Track #016: Reunion

19 Sep

-[TBS TV Studio. Press Conference]-

Mika peaked her head out to the stage and saw a crowd of reporters.

Mika:
<gasp> There’s so many reporters here!

She turned around and faced Yamada.

Mika:
I’ve never seen so many reporters in one place.

Yamada:
Well, it’s not surprise since I’m one the top idol in Japan.

He smiled.

Mika:
<scoff> Don’t be too full of yourself.

Yamada:
Mika…

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
Sometime, during the press conference… it’s good to lie.

Mika:
What do you mean?

Yamada:
I know that the reporters will ask a lot of questions about us and some of the question is very uncomfortable so just leave it to me.

Mika looked into his eyes.

Staff:
Mikki-san and Yamada-san, are you ready?

Both Yamada and Mika turned around.

Yamada and Mika:
Hai!

-[Next]-

MC:
Ladies and gentlemen, Yamada Ryosuke and Mika Tanaka.

Yamada and Mika stepped out, holding each other hands, headed toward the table and stood behind it. Every cameras from every angles began to snap pictures of the couple. They bowed before the reporters and sat down beside each other.

MC:
The press conference begins now.

Yamada leaned toward the microphone

Yamada:
<clear throat> Good morning and thanks for being with us today. Do anyone have any question?

Reporter #1:
How did you both met?

Yamada:
We met through a mutual friend.

Mika glanced at him.

Reporter #1:
And when did you two began to date?

Yamada:
About 1 year ago.

Reporter #2:
You both are still in your early 20s and both are famous in the entertainment industry, aren’t you worry that this marriage could affect your-

Yamada:
Absolutely not.

He looked at Mika and held her hand.

Yamada:
Even though I only date her for a short time, but I’m certain that she’s the one for me.

Mika smiled.

Reporter #3:
A question for Mikki-san… Earlier this year, there were some rumors about you and a male model, Ken, can you confirm the relationship between you two?

Mika:
Ken and I are close friend. We met while I was abroad and he helped me a lot with the language.

Reporter #3:
Are you jealous, Yamada-san?

Yamada:
Eh?

Reporter #3:
I meant the closeness between Mikki-san and Ken.

Yamada:
Oh~

Mika looked at him.

Yamada:
<cough> At first I was <chuckle>

He blushed. Mika grinned.

Yamada:
But he really appreciate of what he did to Mika… Whenever she feels sad, she would have a friend to share her problem to.

Reporter #4:
You both decided to marry with only a year of dating… perhaps <clear throat> Mikki-san is pregnant?

It caught everyone’s attention include Mika and Yamada. Mika glanced at Yamada and at the crowd. Everyone began to chuckled. Mika and Yamada quickly grabbed the microphone.

Mika and Yamada:
No! No… That’s-

They glanced at each other. Yamada covered the microphone with his hand and whispered.

Yamada:
You’re not pregnant, right?

Mika:
What are you talking about? We were using protection every time-

MC:
<clear throat> Excuse me, but no side conversation.

Yamada:
Um…

He faced the audience.

Mika:
I’m not! I’m not pregnant.

Yamada glanced at her.

Reporter #4:
There were some rumor that you moved in with Yamada, is that correct?

Mika:
Hai.

Reporter #3:
A question for Yamada-san…

Yamada:
Hai.

Reporter #3:
According to JE’s Idol Ranking, you maintain the position of #1 for the last 8 years… Are afraid that the ranking would decrease after your marriage?

Yamada:
No, not at all. A rank is just a number to verify how well and how many supporters you have… other than that, it’s useless.

Reporter #5:
Base on your fan base, there’s mostly girls… are you afraid your fans would be disappointing?

Yamada:
Well… If they’re truly my fans then they would support me 100%.

Reporter #5:
How about you Mikki-san? Your fan base are mostly male… are you afraid that your fan might find this surreal?

Mika:
Umm… I agree with Yamada. If my fan truly love me than please support me with all your heart.

Reporter #1:
You still address him by his last name?

Mika:
Oh! <soft chuckle> Hai.

She smiled.

Reporter #2:
How about you Yamada? Do you address her by her last name also?

Yamada:
<chuckle> No, I called her by her real name.

Reporter #5:
Have your determine on what date to be your wedding day?

Yamada:
Due to our busy schedule, we haven’t decided on the topic yet.

Reporter #4:
Mikki-san, were you surprise when he proposed?

Mika:
I was… Because I had always thought that he’s in Korea shooting a movie and then a blink of an eye, he was in front of me <soft chuckle> I was very surprised and happy at the same time…

She smiled.

-[Diagonal Crossing, Shibuya]-

A group of girls dressed in their school uniforms, lifted their heads to watch Mika on the big screen.

Unknown #1:
Tch. How annoying… She’s clearly a fake!

Unknown #2:
<scoff> She doesn’t match with our Yamada at all!

She exclaimed.

Unknown #2:
Right? Riko?

She turned toward a girl who stood beside her.

Riko:
How disgusting.

She glared at the big screen while gripped her bag tightly.

-[Next]-

-[Johnny’s office]-

<knock> <knock>

Johnny:
Come in.

Akira stepped in the office.

Akira:
You called me?

Johnny:
Uh.

Akira:
Ano~ Are you upset about Yamada?

Johnny:
A little bit but I guess I’ll let him have his way just for once. To prevent from any further mistake… I’ll stop here.

Akira:
That’s a great idea, sir.

Johnny:
But… if anything happen to his beloved… it will all his fault

Akira:
Huh? What do you mean?

Johnny looked at him.

Johnny:
How many fans do you think he has?

Akira:
Well… he has one of the biggest fan base in JE so…

Johnny:
Exactly. 93% of them are girls so tell me what the result of this situation?

Akira:
Most of them are girls…

He mumbled.

Akira:
<gasp> You don’t mean…

Johnny:
Uh… That’s exactly what I meant… Anti fan.

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

<door shut>

Mika:
I’m so tired.

She slipped off her shoes.

Yamada:
Answering questions is tiring?

Mika marched toward the living room and collapsed on the sofa.

Mika:
Uh. I’ve never thought answering question can be so tiring.

Yamada settled beside her.

Yamada:
Well, get use to it. We might have another press conference…

Mika immediately sat up.

Mika:
Huh?! When?

Yamada:
I don’t know… maybe after we got marry.

Mika:
I can’t take another question.

She rested her head on Yamada’s shoulder.

Yamada:
Now you know how I feel…

Mika:
Uh. I was very uncomfortable when that reporter asked whether I’m pregnant or not… <scoff> Do I look like that kind of girl?

Yamada:
Ah! By the way…

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
Are you sure- I mean… Lately, do you feel exhausted or ill?

Mika:
Well, I was very busy with the concert so I always feel weary.

Yamada:
How about craving for food?

Mika:
Hmmm… Ah!

She sat up.

Yamada:
What is it?

Mika:
Recently, I have been craving for those cream puffs that my brother make.

Yamada:
Cream puffs?

Mika:
Uh… Both of my brothers are pastry chefs. They own a bakery in my hometown.
<sigh> I miss them so much.

She frowned.

Yamada:
You miss them?

Mika:
Of course! I haven’t seen them for three years. I think my nephew is already 6 and I haven’t even seen him once.

Yamada:
Then let’s go!

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
Let’s go to your hometown… together.

Mika:
Really? What about you? Don’t you have events to attend?

Yamada:
No… I’m on a short break. Plus, I’d like to properly meet your family.

Mika:
Really?

Yamada:
Uh.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

Yamada’s car parked in front of his apartment. Mika placed a small luggage in the trunk.

Yamada:
Is that all?

He glanced at Mika.

Mika:
Uh.

Yamada:
Let’s go!

He shut the trunk.

<ring> <ring> <ring>

Yamada grabbed the phone in his pocket.

Yamada:
Hello?

Akira:
Yamada!

Yamada glanced at Mika.

Mika:
I’ll wait in the car.

She whispered.

Yamada:
Uh. What’s up?

Akira:
I’m so glad I finally get a hang off you.

Yamada:
What’s wrong?

Akira:
I think you should postpone the marriage.

Yamada:
Not you too, Akira. Did Johnny-san told you-

Akira:
No! Listen-

Yamada:
I’m sorry, Akira. I don’t wanna hear this anymore. If you’re calling me just to persuade me to postpone my marriage then please don’t.

Akira:
But-

Yamada:
Bye.

He hangs up. Yamada marched toward the driver’s seat and opened the door. He stepped in.

Mika:
Something wrong?

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> It’s nothing.

He faked a smiled.

Mika:
Ok.

She smiled.

-[Oodate. Tanaka residence]-

Yamada’s car pulled in front of a traditional house. Mika and Yamada stepped out of the car.

Mika:
<inhale> <exhale> I’m home.

She smiled. Yamada looked at the house in front of him.

Yamada:
This is your house?

Mika turned around.

Mika:
Uh.

She smiled. Mika skipped toward the house. She peaked her head in and shouted.

Mika:
Jero! Hideki! Konomi! Maki! Otousan!!! Tadaima!!!

Konomi dashed out with a little boy followed behind. She saw Mika stood in front of her.

Konomi:
Mika!

Mika:
Konomi!

Kyou:
Auntie!!

Mika:
Kyou!!

He rushed toward and gave her a hug.

Mika:
Oh my- You’ve grown so much.

Konomi:
Otousan! Otousan!!!

She shouted.

Mika:
Otousan is home?

Konomi:
Uh.

Mika’s dad marched out.

Mr. Tanaka:
What? What is it?

Konomi:
Looks who’s home.

He glanced at Mika.

Mika:
Otousan.

Tears lingered in her eyes.

Mr. Tanaka:
Mika…

Mika dashed toward her dad and hugged him.

Mika:
Otousan.

She cried.

Mr. Tanaka:
<chuckle> You’re home, huh?

Mika:
<sniffle> Yeah <sob>

He lifted his head up and saw Yamada stood from a far. Yamada immediately bowed.

-[Next]-

-[Tanaka’s residence]-

Konomi entered the living room with a plate of glasses of water. She placed a glass of cold water in front of Yamada.

Yamada:
Arigatou.

He slightly bowed. Konomi gently sat beside her father-in-law, facing the couple.

Mr. Tanaka:
Why didn’t you call and tell us your arrival?

Mika:
Because I want it to be a surprise.

She looked around.

Mika:
Where is Jero and Hideki? They’re still at the bakery?

Mr. Tanaka:
Didn’t you call to the bakery?

He asked Konomi.

Konomi:
Hmm…I did.  they should be home by now.

<door open> <feet stomps>

Hideki (22) dashed in the living room.

Hideki:
Mika!

Mika turned around.

Mika:
Hideki!

She stood up.  Hideki run toward Mika.

Hideki:
Where is he?

Mika:
Huh?

Hideki:
Yamada Ryosuke!

Yamada peaked his head.

Hideki:
Ah~ It’s really you!!!

He pushed Mika aside and sat near Yamada.

Hideki:
I’m a fan of your drama!! You’re so cool in “Happy Days” Your character was exactly like me!

Mika punched Hideki on his head.

Hideki:
Itte! What the hell?!!

Mika:
You haven’t seen your sister in four years and the first thing you asked is my boyfriend?!!

Hideki:
I’ve never seen a celebrity up close before.

Mika:
<scoff> I’m a celebrity  too!!

Hideki:
What do you do in the entertainment industry again?

Mika:
You-

She raised her arm up.

Jero:
Oi! Settle down!

Mika and Hideki looked toward the entrance of the living room. Konomi turned around.

Konomi:
Honey~

Mika:
Jero!

Jero (32) marched toward the two.

Kyou:
Otousan!

Kyou dashed to his dad’s side. Jero bend down and picked up him.

Jero:
Is this the example you want Kyou to see?

Mika calmed down.

Mika:
You’re lucky today, punk.

Hideki stuck his tongue out.

Jero:
Why did you return without any call?

Mika:
I want this to be a surprise.

Jero:
So you drop everything in Tokyo and came here? How unprofessional…

Mika:
No! I asked for the permission-

Jero:
With permission or not… leaving your job isn’t professional.

Mika:
You haven’t changed at all… After four years, you still scold at me for little things.

Jero:
Don’t take your job so light-

Konomi:
It’s almost dinner time, Mika… can you help me with dinner?

Mika glanced at Konomi and back at Jero.

Mika:
Yeah… Sure.

Konomi:
Honey, how about you, Hideki and Yamada-san go out and get some tomatoes in the garden.

She smiled.

Jero:
Uh.

Hideki:
But I wanna talk to my brother-in-law for a little longer.

He whined.

Jero:
Brother-in-law?

Yamada immediately stood up.

Yamada:
Good evening, I’m Yamada Ryosuke. Nice to meet you.

He bowed. Jero glanced at Yamada and back at Hideki.

Jero:
Help him with the tomatoes.

Hideki:
Hai!

Yamada stared into Jero’s eyes.

-[Next]-

-[Garden]-

Jero lead the way while Hideki holding Kyou on his arm and Yamada followed.

Jero:
You two, go over there.

He pointed to the right of the garden.

Jero:
While I get some Potato over there.

Hideki:
Hai!

He saluted.

Kyou:
Hai!

Kyou copied. Jero departed from the three.

Yamada:
He doesn’t seems to like me…

Hideki:
Huh? Who? Jero?

He turned around and looked at Yamada.

Hideki:
<chuckle> Don’t mind him. He’s just being the ordinary Onion Jero<chuckle>

Yamada:
Eh?

Hideki:
It’s his nickname… You know how Onion has many layers and it makes you cry but once you simmer the onion for a long time and taste it… it became sweet.

He smiled.

Yamada:
Oh…

-[Next]-

Mika:
I can’t believe after 4 years he’s still the same person. Konomi, why did you marry him anyway?

She complained while she cut the beef meat. Konomi turned around.

Konomi:
Because he’s handsome.

She giggled.

Mika:
<scoff> Handsome? You think he’s handsome?! Maki! Am I hearing this correctly?

She glanced at Maki(22) who stood beside her.

Maki:
Uh. That’s also the reason why I marry Hideki.

Mika:
Huh? You too?

Maki:
Uh.

She nodded with a smile.

Mika:
Wow… tch, tch I’m so disappoint in.

Maki:
What about you Mika? Why do you like Yamada-san? He’s very good looking and have a lot of fans…

Mika looked down at the raw meat in front of her.

Mika:
<sigh> I like the feelings when I’m with him.

Maki and Konomi:
Eh? What kind of feelings?

Mika:
Warm and secure.

She smiled.

Maki and Konomi glanced at each and giggled.

Mika:
What?

She looked at both of them.

Konomi:
<chuckle> Gomen ne~ You surely are in love.

Mika:
Really?

Maki:
Sou sou.

She nodded with smile.

Konomi:
Ah! By the way… Mika-san.

Mika:
Huh?

Konomi:
Did you two… you know… ever share a bed?

Mika:
Huh?!

Maki:
What she means was have you two had sex?

-[Garden]-

Yamada:
Eh?!

Hideki:
Come on… I won’t tell.

He elbowed Yamada. While Kyou looked at the two with confusion.

Hideki:
Did you two did it?

Yamada:
Um…

Jero:
Are you two done?

He approached the two with a basket of potatoes. Yamada and Hideki turned around.

Hideki:
Hai, hai!!

He smiled.

Kyou:
Otousan~ What’s “sex”?

Instantly, Jero, Hideki and Yamada looked at Kyou.

Jero:
Kyou-kun! Where did you learn the word?

Kyou:
Uncle Hideki asked Yamani-chan did he had “sex” with Auntie Mika.

Hideki looked at Hideki, shaking his head. Jero glared at Hideki.

Jero:
Hideki! Do you wanna die?!

Hideki:
Go-gomen nasai!

He dashed into the house. Yamada lightly chuckled and caught Jero’s attention. Jero turned around and glared at Yamada. Immediately, Yamada stopped.

Yamada:
<clear throat> Gomen nasai.

He looked down at the basket of tomatoes.

Jero:
Let’s go in, Kyou.

Kyou:
Hai!

He held onto his dad hand. The father and son walked toward the house.

Yamada:
I’m in trouble.

He whispered.

To be continued…

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Track #015: Sweet Sweet Surprise

2 Sep

-[February 24th]-

A crowd of people stood in line at the Tokyo Dome, waiting for the entrance door opened. Most of the fans holding a big poster written “Happy Birthday, Mikki!!” with Mika’s pictures. And some holding Mikki’s fans and glow sticks with Mikki’s logo.

-[Next]-

-[Tokyo Dome. Dressing room]-

Staff #1:
Mikki-san, Mikki san!

She peaked her head into the dressing room.

Mika:
Hai, hai!

She turned away from her make up artist and looked at the staff who stood at the door.

Staff #1:
You have 15 minutes left.

Mika:
Hai!

Mariko dashed toward where Mika stood while carrying a black dress protector bag.

Mariko:
Mika! Here it is! They finally arrive!!!

Mika:
Lemme see!

She glanced at Mariko. Mariko unzipped the bag and grabbed a beautiful medieval dress with black laces.

Mika:
Whoa~ It’s so beautiful!

The make up artist, Toshi (34) stopped and glanced at the dress.

Toshi:
It’s lovely!

Mariko:
I know, right? We actually order this from Europe!

Toshi:
Hontou?

Mariko:
Uh. Too bad Yamada couldn’t be here to see you looking so dazzling.

Mika:
<soft chuckle>

Toshi:
Where is he?

Mika:
He’s in Korea right now.

Toshi:
But today is your birthday and he’s your boyfriend.

Mika:
<sigh> It’s fine. We both have work.

Staff #2:
10 minutes left!

A staff shouted.

Mariko:
Oh! We should get you in this dress.

Mika:
Uh.

-[Next]-

-[The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel]-

Yamada stood in front of the tall mirror, pulled the tie around his neck upward. He took a look at himself and smiled.

<knock> <knock> <knock>

He glanced at the door and marched toward it. Yamada twisted the door knob and opened. He saw Akira stood before him.

-[Tokyo Dome. Dressing room]-

Staff #1:
Ready?

The loud chant from the fans echoed through the grand concert hall. Mika looked into her eyes with a smirk on her face.

-[The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel]-

Yamada smirked.

Yamada:
Uh. Let’s go.

-[Tokyo Dome Concert Hall]-

Every lights in the hall suddenly shut off. All the fans in the room began to scream Mika’s name.

Mika:
♪ Na na na na
Na na na na…
Behind your lovely
No one could see it.
But it’s there.
A monster exists.… ♪

She sang in acapella. Mika’s voice echoed in the grand concert hall. A bright spot light shine on the top of the stage; Mika sat on the golden chair in a puffy black lace dress in a matching Venetian masquerade masks with sequins, bead chains, and feathers.

Mika:
♪ You fool me, You fool me well
I was stupid
To ever think that you’re in love with me
I was innocent enough
To believe your lies ♪

The violin strings entered with the “MONSTER” melody.

Mika:
♪ You thought, I’d forget
You thought, I’ll just close my eyes
And pretend it’s ok?
Do you know how much tears, sorrow and pain
You’ve brought me? ♪

The crowd began to cheered.

-[Next]-

-[In Akira’s car]-

Akira glanced at Yamada, whom sat beside him at the passenger’s seat.

Akira:
I seriously do not understand you.

Yamada:
What do you mean?

Akira:
First of all you lied to Mika about the date you’ll return and once you return, instead of running home, you stay in hotel. And now you’re going to her concert. What are you planning to do?

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> You’ll know in about an hour.

-[Next]-

-[Tokyo Dome. Control room]-

Yamada entered the control room. The stage director, Daisuke Takakura (39) turned around and saw Yamada.

Daisuke:
Yamada?

Yamada:
Konbanwa.

He bowed.

Yamada:
I was wondering if you could do me a favor.

Daisuke:
What is it?

-[Next]-

-[Dressing room]-

Mika rushed into the dressing room.

Mika:
“Happiness” is next right?

She asked the staff beside her.

Staff #1:
Uh. Follow by “EMPTY“ and then “I wish…”

She clarified.

Mika:
Hai! I got it!

Mariko unzipped the black tight leather suit and helped Mika slipped into a elegant, glitter cream long dress.

Staff #2:
Mikki-san!

A staff peaked his head into the room.

Mika:
Hai!

Staff #2:
We have to difficulties.

Mika:
Huh?

She immediately turned around.

Staff #2:
Our staff found an unsafe error for the props of “EMPTY” and “I wish…”

Mika:
What? Did you inform to Daisuke-san?

Staff #2:
Yeah, I did and he said we have to replace those two songs with you upcoming singles.

Mika:
Really?

Staff #2:
Hai! Please hurry, you only have 5 minutes left.

Mika:
H-hai.

He closed the door. Mika instantly looked at Mariko.

Mika:
I have to change into a different outfit.

Mariko:
Uh.

She grabbed a white ruffle dress and helped Mika get into the dress.

Staff #2:
Mikki-san, you’re up!

Mika:
Hai!

She turned to the staff beside her.

Mika:
My mic please.

Staff #1:
Here you go.

She handed her the microphone.

Mika:
Let’s go!

She exited the room and onto the stage.

Mariko:
Ganbatte ne!

She shouted. Mika’s shadow disappeared.

Mariko:
<sigh> Why did the props suddenly crack?

Yamada:
No they didn’t.

She recognized the familiar voice and turned around. In front of her eyes, Mariko saw Yamada.

Mariko:
<gasp> Yamada!

Yamada:
Long time no see.

Mariko:
Wh-What are you doing here? Aren’t you suppose to be in Korea?

Yamada:
I was. Actually, Mariko-san… I have a favor to ask.

He leaned close to her ears and whispered.

Mariko:
<gasp> Hontou?!

Yamada:
Uh.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Dressing room]-

Mika rushed into the dressing room.

Mika:
Next outfit, please.

She glanced at Mariko.

Mariko:
Uh.

She immediately grabbed a light pink rosette dress. Mika glanced at the dress.

Mika:
Where did this dress come from? I thought I’m gonna wear the peach dress.

Mariko:
Yeah… About that…

Staff #2:
Mikki-san, 10 minutes!!

Mika:
Never mind. I’ll wear that.

-[Next]-

-[Tokyo Dome Stage]-

Mika appeared in a light pink rosette dress and a pure white high heels.

Mika:
Minna-san, genki desu ka?!

The Audience:
Genki Desu!!

Mika:
What? One more time!

She handed the microphone toward the crowd.

The Audience:
Genki Desu!!

Mika:
Ja~ It’s finally here, ne~ I’m officially 24 <chuckle> I feel so old. This morning when I woke up, I looked in the mirror and I was like “Whoa!” I look so old-

Fan #3:
You’re super pretty, Mikki-san!

Mika:
<chuckle> Hontou? Toshi-kun, do you hear that?? <chuckle>

Fan #4:
Please marry me!!!

Another fan shouted.

Mika:
<chuckle> Someone want me to marry them <chuckle>

She marched across the stage.

Mika:
Itte! My feet hurts from wearing high heels all day. Can I have a chair or a stool?

She looked at the staff behind the curtain. A staff brought a chair on the stage. Mika sat down on the stool.

Mika:
Ah~ Much better.

Another staff rushed to Mika and whispered in her ears.

Mika:
Eh? I have to be blindfold?

The staff nodded. The crowd began to screamed.

Mika:
Huh?! Hontou? You guys think so too?

The crowded answered her with a loud scream.

Mika:
<chuckle> Ok, then. Where is the blindfold?

The staff handed her the blindfold. Mika grabbed the blindfold and wrapped it around her eyes.

Mika:
Chotto, ne~

She fixed the blindfold.

Mika:
Ok! Done!

Yamada slowly marched out on the stage; strolling a cart with a cake and 24 lighten candles. Once he appeared, some of the crowd screamed and some gasped in surprise.

Mika:
What? What is it?

Yamada did the silence gesture with his pointing finger on his lips. The crowd calmed down. Yamada continued to strolled the cart close to Mika. He stopped and marched toward Mika. He grabbed her hands and pulled her up from the stool.

Mika:
Who-Who is this?

Yamada:
Take off the blindfold.

Mika recognized the voice and immediately removed the blindfold from her eyes.

Mika:
<gasp> Yamada!!!

The audience screamed his names.

Mika:
What are you doing here?

Yamada:
I’m here to ask you a question.

Mika:
Huh?

He grabbed a jewelry box in his pocket and bended down on one knees. Everyone in the concert hall gasped.

Yamada:
Mika Tanaka…

He opened the box.

Yamada:
Will you marry me?

Mika bust into tears while using her hands covering her mouth.

Yamada:
I want to wake up seeing your face everyday and I want to fall asleep with you by my side. I want to grow old with you and stay by your side forever… Will you marry me?

Mika:
Oh my-

The audience chanted.

The Audience:
Say yes!! Say yes!! Say yes!!

Mika:
<sniffle> Yes.

Yamada slipped the ring on her ring finger and stood up. Mika instantly hugged him while crying like a baby.

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> I love you.

He whispered.

Mika:
<sob> I love you more! <sob>

Yamada:
<chuckle> Baka.

The audience cheered. Backstage, Mariko tears up.

Mariko:
<sniffle> Congratulation, Mika!!

She swept her tears away.

-[SMEJ Studio]-

Takeshi sat alone in the studio, staring at the computer screen.

Takeshi:
<light chuckle> Congrats, baka.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

T.V Anchor:
After Mikki’s public announcement on Excited Music about her special live concert to celebrate her 24th birthday. Fans immediately buy her live concert ticket and just in 5 minutes, the tickets was sold out. During her one night concert, Yamada Ryosuke(25) made a surprise appearance. He bend down on one knees and proposed. The audience was shocked as much as Mikki was. Here’s some of the comments from the fans whom were at the concert last night.

Another clip popped up. A fan stood in front of the camera.

Fan #5:
… Hai, hai! I was really surprise <chuckle>

Another clip appeared.

Fan #6:
I couldn’t- Even now, I still couldn’t believe it! It was surprising, ne.

She looked at her friend, who stood beside her.

Fan #7:
Uh! But very romantic.

Fan #6:
Sou ne~

Fan #7:
I didn’t even know that they were dating.

Fan #6:
Uh. Me too. But I feel happy for Mikki-san.

Fan #7:
Uh. Me too.

They smiled.

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Yamada:
Aren’t you a little self conceited to watch yourself on the news?
Mika moved her eyes from the T.V and at Yamada.

Mika:
Because I wanna confirm whether last night was real or not.

Yamada sat beside her.

Yamada:
Why? It’s unreal to you?

Mika:
Uh… I thought you were still in Korea and BOOM! You’re here~ Wait! You lied to me. How dare yo-

Yamada:
<scoff> Do you know you know how much effort and trouble I have get myself into just to make one memorial event for you?

Mika:
Who told you to do that, huh?

Yamada:
You- I… Fine! If you don’t wanna the ring then give it back.

Mika:
Ok then.

She grabbed the ring on her finger.

Yamada:
No, no, no… I’m just playing <chuckle>

Mika stopped.

Mika:
But seriously…

She frowned.

Mika:
We have to have a press conference this Saturday?

Yamada:
Uh.

Mika:
Why?

Yamada:
We have to confirm it to the public to avoid rumors and such. Most famous couple made a press conference after they got marry, but since I already proposed in front of public, we have to confirm it.

Mika:
<sigh> I’m worry…

Yamada wrapped his arms around her shoulder.

Yamada:
Don’t worry… Just don’t answer any uncomfortable answers, lemme me answer those.

Mika:
No, that’s not what I mean…

Yamada:
Huh?

Mika:
I’m worry about my upcoming single… what if this situation affect my single?

Yamada:
You worry more about your single than our marriage?

Mika:
Uh.

She nodded.

Yamada:
How could you reply with such cold heart?

Mika:
Because I worked hard on it.

Yamada:
So did I. Do you know that JE just lost their number 1 idol? That’s a great lost.

Mika:
But they still have Chinen, Yuma, Yamapi, Jin-

Yamada:
Ok, ok… I’m hungry~ can you make some Udon?

Mika:
Again?

Yamada:
Come on. It’s not that hard when you continue making it everyday.

Mika:
Oh~ I seriously regret of accepting your proposal.

She whined.

-[Next]-

-[Johnny’s office]-

Johnny:
He asked me for a short break to create this news? Do you perhaps have anything to do with this?

Akira:
No, no, sir.

He flinched.

Akira:
I honestly couldn’t he would do that. I was suspicious at first but then-

Johnny:
Call him in.

Akira:
Eh? Now?

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Mika and Yamada:
Ittadakimasu~

They both dipped their chopsticks in the hot bowl of Udon.

<ring <ring> <ring>

Mika:
Your phone…

Yamada stood up and marched into the living room. He grabbed the phone on the table.

Yamada:
Hello?

Akira:
Johnny-san wanna see you now.

Yamada:
Now?

Mika peaked her head in. He slightly turned around.

Yamada:
Uh. I’ll be there.

He hangs up.

Mika:
What’s wrong?

Yamada:
Sorry. I have to go somewhere.

He grabbed the jacket on the sofa.

Mika:
Is everything ok?

Yamada:
Uh.

He faked a smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Johnny’s office]-

<knock> <knock>

Johnny:
Come in.

Yamada stepped into the office and saw Johnny sat on the chair.

Johnny:
Come. Sit down.

Yamada marched toward where he sat and settled down across him.

Johnny:
I heard you proposed.

Yamada:
Yes, sir.

Johnny:
Then you know what happen to those who decided to marry at the early age in this industry.

Yamada:
Yes, sir.

Johnny:
All of these years, there were rumors about your love life and I let it go because I know it was just for fun. But now you’d risk everything, your whole career for a girl?

Yamada:
She’s not just a girl. She’s my girl and I love her with all my heart. I never said I’d leave the company. Plus, I’ve always wanted to settle down and have a family so I wanna do it now so please… support my decision.

Johnny glared at Yamada without any words.

Yamada:
If there isn’t anything else then I’d like to excuse-

Johnny:
You really have guts, huh?

Yamada:
I’m sorry, sir. I don’t know what you are talking about.

Johnny:
Yamada Ryosuke… I was the one who made you and I can also break you.

Yamada:
Then why didn’t you do that 8 years ago?

He stared straight into his eyes.

Yamada:
You knew that I had a relationship with Atsuko and yet you didn’t stop me. Could it be… that you were the one who told her to stay away from me?

Johnny couldn’t answer.

Johnny:
I don’t know what you’re-

Yamada:
It’s ok. I’m glad you did anyway. Because of you, I have a chance to meet Mika… a chance to love her so I’d like to thank you. I guess everything does happen for a reason, huh Johnny-san?

He smiled. Johnny grabbed the chair handle tightly.

Johnny:
How? How did you know?

Yamada:
I overheard your conversation with Atsuko over the phone after she married.

Johnny:
<scoff> And you’re not afraid I might do the same to Mika?

Yamada:
If you lay one hand on her… I swear I’ll bring you and your company down.

He glared at him.

Johnny;
<chuckle> You sure grown up a lot.

-[Next]-

Once Yamada opened the door, he found Akira leaned his ear close to the door. When Akira saw Yamada exited the office, he  immediately jumped.

Yamada:
What are you doing?

Akira:
<clear throat> No-nothing.

Yamada marched away from the office.  Akira followed behind.

Akira:
Ya-Yamada…

Yamada:
What?

Akira:
Aren’t you afraid that-that Johnny-san will suspend you?

Yamada:
For what? All I want to do is get marry.

Akira:
Then… About Atsuko.

Yamada stopped and turned around.

Akira:
I remembered how you were so upset about the whole situation that all you did was drinking as much as you can. If you knew… why didn’t you resign-

Yamada:
Because if I quit… then I can’t stand in front of him and said those stuff. I want to prove to him that I, Yamada Ryosuke, can be success without his support.

He glanced at the office door from the distance.

-[Johnny’s office]-

Johnny sat still on the chair, stared blankly at the empty seat.

Johnny:
<soft chuckle> Yamada… You’re really good. Let see how long you could keep that confidence of yours when you taste the bitter of consequence.

He smirked.

To be continue…

Track #014: A Lonely Valentine’s Without You

29 Aug

Ami covered her mouth as she dashed out of the restaurant. Takeshi followed behind her.

-[Next]-

-[Park]-

Takeshi ran and caught wit Ami. He grabbed her wrist. Ami turned around, in tears.

Ami:
What?! What is it now?! Why?!!! Why are you always make me feel like a fool?! Last time and now this. That was a chance to actually find someone that I can fall in love with. <sniffle> What if know no one would marry me, huh? Are you gonna take the responsibility-

Takeshi:
Yeah! I will!

Ami looked into his eyes.

Takeshi:
If no one in this whole entire world would marry you then I will!!! Just don’t go on any date with anyone else but me!!

Ami:
What? Why can’t I go on a date-

Takeshi:
Because I love you!

He shouted.

-[Next]-

-[Restaurant]-

Mika placed the long string of spaghetti in her mouth.

Jin:
You think they’ll be ok?

Mika:
Don’t worry. They’ll be fine. Ah! Thanks by the way.

She smiled.

Jin:
No biggie! I actually had fun today…

Mika:
Hey, hey! Don’t you dare! She have to be my manager’s future wife.

Jin:
Ok, I got it.

-[Next]-

-[Park]-

Takeshi sat beside Ami on the bench, staring out the beautiful sunset.

Ami:
Is it true?

Takeshi:
Huh?

Ami:
What you said earlier… that you love me… is it true?

Takeshi:
<clear throat> Uh.

Ami:
Say it again.

Takeshi:
Huh? Why?

Ami glared at him.

Ami:
Because I want to make sure what you said wasn’t lie.

Takeshi couldn’t opened his mouth.

Ami:
<scoff> I knew it.

She stood up. Takeshi grabbed her hand.

Takeshi:
Don’t go.

Ami turned around. Takeshi stood up and faced her.

Takeshi:
Don’t ever leave my side. I know sometime I could be a little childish and didn’t take stuff seriously but…

He held her hands with his.

Takeshi:
Please stay by my side.

Ami stood still, looked into his eyes.

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Mika walked into the bedroom and dropped her handbag on the ground and collapsed on the bed.

Mika:
<sigh> So tired~

She turned to the right. Her eyes caught the cell phone on the bed. Mika grabbed the cell phone and flipped the cover upward.

Mika:
<sigh> No messages.

She frowned and shut the phone.

Mika:
Alright! Let’s take a warm bath.

She pulled herself up.

<ring> <ring>

Mika turned around and glanced at her phone and saw an unknown number appeared. She instantly grabbed the phone.

Mika:
Hello?

-[Korea. Hilton’s Hotel]-

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> You were waiting for my call?

Mika:
No.

Yamada:
Really…

Mika:
Kinda… A little bit.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Just admit you miss me.

Mika:
<scoff> I’m too busy to miss you. Plus, who once said I’m corny, huh?

Yamada:
I was just kidding but what did you do today?

Mika:
I had lunch with Ami, Jin and Takeshi.

Yamada:
Takeshi? Why the sudden?

Mika:
Oh… It’s for a good cause, don’t worry.

Yamada:
<chuckle> You tried to make Takeshi jealous so he would make a move on Ami, huh?

Mika:
Damn you!

Yamada:
No one know you more than me, Mika.

Mika:
Am I really predictable?

Yamada:
Uh. <chuckle> Mika…

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
I miss you.

Mika:
I know…

Yamada:
Ok, now it’s your turn.

Mika:
<inhale and exhale> I love you. I love you, Ryosuke Yamada!!

Yamada:
<chuckle> Baka…

Mika:
<chuckle> See… You’re not the only one who can be corny.

Yamada:
I love you too, dork.

Mika:
I know you do… If you love, no! even think about another girl… you’ll die in my hands.

Yamada:
<chuckle> I wouldn’t dare.

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Mika laid down on the bed.

Mika:
Yamada…

Yamada:
Huh?

Mika:
Yamada…

Yamada:
What is it?

Mika:
I don’t know… I just wanna say your name.

-[Hilton’s Hotel]-

Yamada lies on the bed.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Shouldn’t you be sleeping? It’s late.

Mika:
Uh. But I don’t wanna hang up the phone.

Yamada:
Why?

-[Yamada’s Apartment]-

Mika stared at the empty spot beside her.

Mika:
Because I wanna feel your presence here with me.

Yamada:
But aren’t you sleepy?

Mika;
No… just a little bit.

Yamada:
Hang up and go to sleep.

Mika:
No! I don’t want to.

She couldn’t opened her eyes,

Mika:
I’m fine.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Ok, fine. I’ll stay on the phone until you fall asleep.

Mika peacefully fell asleep.

-[Hilton’s Hotel]-

Yamada:
Mika… Mika… That was fast. <soft chuckle> Good night, Mika… I love you.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Studio]-

Mika:
Ohayou~

She announced her arrival as she stepped into the room. She saw Takeshi leaned back on the chair, staring at his phone. Mika quietly stepped toward where he sat and sneaked behind him to take a look at the phone screen.

Mika:
Baby, I know we didn’t have fun yesterday so lemme make it up for you on Valentine‘s Day, love Takeshi.

Takeshi immediately turned around.

Takeshi:
Oi!

Mika:
<laugh> How corny~ <laugh>

Takeshi:
Shut up!

He shut the cover of the phone.

Mika:
Baby?? <laugh> How cliché <laugh>

Takeshi:
<scoff> You act like Yamada never call you that.

Mika:
Because he never call me that.

Takeshi:
W-w-what? Th-then what do he call you?

Mika:
Mika.

Takeshi:
No, I mean a nickname.

Mika:
Hmm… Mika.

Takeshi:
How boring.

Mika:
Hey! It’s better than “Baby” <chuckle>

Takeshi:
Shut up! I have to tell you something.

Mika stopped.

Mika:
What is it?

Takeshi:
About the concert… We had the approval.

Mika:
<gasp> Really?

Takeshi:
Uh. But can you record and be present at he rehearsal?

Mika:
Hmm… Yeah, I can do it.

Takeshi:
Good. Now go into the recording room.

Mika:
Ok… Baby~ <chuckle>

Takeshi:
Go now!

Mika:
Ok, ok.

She opened the door to the recording and entered.

<door shut>

Takeshi grabbed the phone in his phone.

Takeshi:
“Baby” is too corny?

He whispered.

-[Next]-

-[Three weeks later. Excite Music]-

Mika:
Minna-san. Konnichiwa~ It’s me, Mikki. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

She bowed.

Mika:
Hmm… In about a weeks I’ll be 24. Ja~ I feel so old <chuckle> Anyway, on my birthday which is February 24th I’ll be holding a very special live concert to celebrate my birthday with all of my beloved fans. Sounds exciting, isn’t it? I’m super duper exciting for this live event that my heart couldn‘t stop racing <chuckle> So I hope I can see you all at the grand Tokyo Dome, ne. Bye bye~

She smiled and waved.

Director:
Ok!

Mika stood up from the sofa and marched toward the staffs. She shook their hands.

Mika:
Thanks for your hard work.

She smiled and bowed. Mika marched toward Takeshi, who is on a phone.

Takeshi:
Uh, uh. I’ll be there in 10 minutes… no, 5 minutes. Uh, uh, uh, I know.

He hangs up and turned around.

Mika:
It’s Ami-san, isn’t it?

Takeshi flinched.

Takeshi:
You scared me to death.

Mika:
You guys are going on a date?

Takeshi smiled.

Takeshi:
Uh. We’re going to this grand restaurant and then I’ll take her to the movie-

Mika:
Ooh, sounds interesting. Mind if I tag along?

Takeshi:
No!

Mika:
Why?

Takeshi:
Because it’s a date. A date is when a couple spent time together and a couple means two person not three.

Mika:
Lemme go~ I’ll be really quiet that you won’t even know I’m there, I promise.

She begged.

Takeshi:
Whoa! You’re really helpless without Yamada, huh?

Mika:
That’s not true… Just lemme go. I don’t wanna go home facing four walls.

Takeshi:
No. Go home.

Mika:
Please~

She grabbed his arm.

Takeshi:
I said “No”

He tried to shook her off.

Mika:
No~

Takeshi:
Ah! Free Okomiyaki!

Mika immediately turned around.

Mika:
Where?!

Takeshi used the opportunity and dashed away from Mika. She turned around.

Mika:
Hey!!!

She shouted.

Mika:
Tch, I don’t wanna go home~

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

<door shut>

Mika:
Tadaima~

Her voice echoed.

Mika:
<sigh> Of course no one is home.

She slipped off her shoes and marched into the house.

-[Next]-

-[Korea. Film set]-

Yamada grabbed his phone in his pocket and dialed Mika’s phone number.

<dial tone> <dial tone> <dial tone>

Mika:
Hello~

Yamada:
What’s wrong? Did you just went for run?

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Mika rolled into the bed.

Mika:
Compare to what I’ve done for the last two weeks… Running sounds 10 time better then that.

Yamada:
Tired, huh?

Mika:
Uh… I only had 2 hours of sleep yesterday.

Yamada:
Well… that’s a life of an artist for you.

Mika:
<groan> Who the hell spread this rumor anyway?

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> Whether that person spread this rumor or not you have to be multitask and prepare and not complain.

Mika:
Who said I’m complaining? I just feel a little sad, that’s all.

Yamada:
Why? What’s wrong? Then go out and hang out with your friends.

Mika:
Who would wanna hang out with me. Everyone is too busy going on a date with their loved one. Even Takashi have a date!

She whined.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Then watch a movie.

Mika:
No~ I’m too tired to open my eyes.

Yamada:
Ok, ok. You should rest for a while.

Mika:
Uh… I’ll call you after I take a nap. By the way, when will you come back?

Yamada:
In another 2 weeks

Mika:
2 more week?!

Yamada:
Uh, I’m sorry.

Mika:
No. It’s fine.

Yamada:
Then rest well.

He hangs up.

Akira:
The last time I look at your schedule it says you’ll return in February 21st.

Yamada turned around and saw Akira before him.

Yamada:
You’re here.

Akira:
Are you cheating on Mika?

Yamada:
<scoff> You think I’m that kind of person? Plus, if she finds out that I’m cheating… she’ll never let me live through my 25th birthday.

Akira:
Then why did you lied?

Yamada:
Because I have a surprise for her.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Tokyo Dome. Rehearsal Stage]-

Mika stood on the grand stage in a plain white T-Shirt and a gray sweat pant, holding a microphone in her hand and a band behind her, Mika lifted her voice.

Mika:
♪…I wish this pain in my heart would stop aching.
I wish I could hear your voice
I wish I could say I love you
I wish I could see you just for once…
How? How can I see you?
I wish…

Just for once… I want to see your face
How? Tell me how.
How can I see you?
I wish… ♪

The sad violin slowly faded.

Stage Director:
Ok!

Everyone unwind after hearing the director’s request.

Stage Director:
Mika-san.

He spoke into the microphone.

Mika:
Hai!

She replied with the microphone in her hand.

Stage Director:
After this song and Her Perfume, you have a 20 minutes of MC Corner…

Mika:
Hai!

Stage Director:
You have 5 minutes change into a new outfit and while you’re changing, we will show a video clip of other artists’ comments on the big screen. Then you’d appear on the stage again and we’ll bring a cake in and then we have to jump into a finale.

Mika:
Hai, I understand… So during my finale is when I sing my new single?

Stage Director:
Yup, that’s correct. Ok! Let’s take a break!

-[Next]-

-[Narita Airport]-

Yamada exited the gate. A black car pulled over where Yamada stood. He opened the back door of the car and threw his luggage in and shut the door. Yamada opened the passenger’s seat and stepped in.

-[Next]-

-[In Akira’s car]-

Akira:
You have a home why do you wanna stay at a hotel?

Yamada:
Because if I go home it’d ruin the whole surprise that I’ve prepared for Mika.

Akira:
What kinda surprise is it anyway?

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> You’ll see.

Akira:
<sigh> What if the media discover that you’re staying at a hotel-

Yamada:
Why? I can’t? It’s not like I’m staying in a hotel with a girl.

Akira:
What about Johnny-san? Do he knows that you’ve returned?

Yamada:
Uh. I called him yesterday and asked if I could have a week vacation and he agreed.

Akira:
Huh?! Wh- He gave you permission for a vacation?

Yamada:
Uh.

Akira:
Johnny-san? The CEO Johnny-san?!

Yamada:
Uh. Why are you so scare of him?

Akira:
Who wouldn’t? He-he’s Johnny-san! I can’t believe he actually approved your proposal?

Yamada:
I’ve worked nonstop for JE for a long time now and I can’t take a week off? You think Johnny-san would be that cruel?

Akira:
He never gave me a break and I worked for him for 20 years!

Yamada:
Have you ever ask?

Akira:
No…

Yamada:
Hmm, there’s your problem.

Akira:
Because he can be scary sometime.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Anyway, can you do me a favor?

Akira:
What is it?

He glanced at Yamada.

-[Next]-

-[Bulgari Jewelry Store]-

Akira exited the store, holding a bag. He marched toward his car, opened the door and stepped in.

<door shut>

Akira:
Here.

He handed the bag to Yamada.

Yamada:
Arigatou.

Akira:
What’s in it?

Yamada:
Mika’s present.

Akira:
Huh?

Yamada looked at him.

Yamada:
You’ll see.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Mika stepped out of the bathroom and into the bedroom. She sat in front of the mirror and applied the moisturizer on her face.

<ring> <ring> <ring>

She stood up and grabbed the phone on the bed.

Mika:
Hello?

Yamada:
Where were you? I called like a thousand time earlier.

Mika:
Oh, I was in a shower.

Yamada:
Oh. Still tired?

Mika:
Of course! Thanks God I’m done with recording.

Yamada:
How’s the rehearsal?

Mika:
It’s going as plan…

She smiled.

-[The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel]-

Yamada:
Are you exciting?

Mika:
Uh.

Yamada:
I’m glad to hear that.

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
Because I’m also exciting.

Mika:
Why?

Yamada:
You’ll see…

He smiled.

Mika:
What? Why are you being strange today?

Yamada:
I don’t know… I guess, I’m just tired.

Mika:
Oh… Then you should rest.

Yamada:
Uh. Good night.

Mika:
Night.

He hangs up. Yamada stared at the box in his hand.

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> Mika… Just wait and see.

To be continued…

Track #013: Secrets

26 Aug

Rina stood still, faced Mika with a rage in her eyes.

Mika:
Rina! Snap out of it!!

Rina
Didn’t you said we were friends?

Mika:
Huh?

Rina:
Then be a good friend and die!!

She ran to Mika with the sharp knife in her hand. Mika close her eyes tightly as Rina dashed toward her. Suddenly, a shadow from behind held Mika in his arms. Mika opened her eyes and saw Yamada.

Mika:
Yamada.

Yamada looked at Mika.

Yamada:
Are you ok?

He collapsed.

Mika:
Yamada!

She tried to held him up.

Mika:
Are you ok?

She noticed the blood on the side of Yamada’s stomach.

Mika:
<gasp> Yamada, you’re bleeding.

Yamada:
I’m ok.

Mika:
Somebody!!! HELP!!! HELP!!!

She cried. The doctor and a nurse rushed in. Mrs. Hoshino dashed in and saw the blood on Yamada and Rina held the knife in her hand.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Rina!

Rina’s eyes looked into her mother’s.

<clang>

She dropped the knife.

Doctor:
Please help me take him to another room.

Nurse:
Hai!

They escorted Yamada out of the room. Mika’s eyes followed Yamada as he carried out.

Mika:
<sniffle> Yamada~

She covered her mouth. Mrs. Hoshino marched toward Rina and took a look at her.

<slap>

Mika turned around.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Rina-chan! What’s wrong with you?!

Tears fell from her eyes.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Why are being like this?!

She cried and grabbed Rina’s shoulder and shook her.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Have I gave you enough? Do you think your father would happy to see you like this in heaven? <sniffle>

She collapsed on the floor.

-[Next]-

Doctor cut the cloth bandage around Yamada’s waist.

Doctor:
Ok, done.

He sat down the chair in front of Yamada and Mika.

Mika:
How is the cut?

Doctor:
Luckly it’s not that deep. It’d take time to heal but it won’t leave a scar.

A nurse peaked her head in.

Nurse:
Excuse me. Doctor, we need you at room 213.

Doctor:
Oh! I almost forget. I’ll be there in a sec.

The nurse shut the door. Doctor looked at the couple.

Doctor:
If you experience any ache or difficulties of getting up just please contract me. And you should be careful when you’re taking a bath.

Yamada:
Hai. I understand.

Doctor:
And now, please excuse me.

He stood up from chair and existed the room.

<door shut>

Mika turned to Yamada.

Mika:
Are you ok?

Yamada:
Uh. I’m ok. Are you ok?

Mika:
Uh. I will. But what about you? Are you able to travel?

Yamada:
Didn’t you hear the doctor? He said I’ll be fine.

Mika:
But… What about your performance at the film set? Isn’t you upcoming movie is a suspension thriller?

Yamada:
Uh

Mika:
Don’t you have to be active a lot?

Yamada:
Uh… but don’t worry. I’ll be fine.

Mika:
Are you sure?

Yamada:
Yeah… Don’t worry.

He smiled.

Mika:
When is the time of your flight?

Yamada:
Around 9 o’clock.

Mika glanced at the clock on the wall.

Mika:
It’s almost 8 now.

Yamada:
Really?

He glanced at the clock.

Mika:
I think you should head to the airport.

Yamada:
Do you want me to drop you home?

Mika:
Hmm… No, I wanna stay here for awhile?

Yamada:
Are you sure?

Mika:
Uh. Don’t worry. I’ll be fine.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

-[In front of the hospital]-

Mika peaked her head in the car.

Mika:
Call me when you arrive.

Yamada:
Ok.

He started the engine.

Mika:
Remember to be careful, ok?

Yamada:
Alright.

Mika:
Ok, then.

Mika unlocked the door and pushed the door out. Before she could stepped out of the car, Yamada grabbed her hand. She stopped and turned around. Yamada leaned forward and kissed her on her lips.

Yamada:
Ittekimasu.

He smiled.

Mika:
Have a safe trip. I’ll wait for your call.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

Mika pushed the entrance door of the hospital and stepped in. As she lifted her head up, Mika saw Mrs. Hoshino stood in front of her. Mrs. Hoshino peaked a smile.

-[Next]-

-[Hospital’s Cafeteria]-

An uncomfortable and strange atmosphere of Mika and Mrs. Hoshino lingered between them as they both looked at the cups of hot coffee before them. Mrs. Hoshino took a breathe in.

Mrs. Hoshino:
How’s your boyfriend?

Mika:
He’s fine. The cut wasn’t too deep. Thanks for asking.

Mrs. Hoshino:
I’d like to apologize for Rina’s foolish action earlier.

Mika:
No. It’s fine. I understand that she had under went a difficult time…

Mrs. Hoshino:
Tomorrow, I’ll take Rina back to our hometown.

Mika:
Tomorrow?

Mrs. Hoshino:
Uh. The doctor she need some peaceful time so I think it’d be best if I’ll take her back home.

Mika:
I see…

Mrs. Hoshino:
I’m sorry, Mika.

Mika looked into her eyes.

Mrs. Hoshino:
It’s my fault… Rina’s dad passed away when she was a very young age so we couldn’t afford things. Therefore, I was worked most of the time and couldn’t spent time with her. Maybe that’s why she had became a greedy person… I’m a bad mother, huh?

She looked down her fingers, trying to hide her tears.

Mika:
No…

Mrs. Hoshino looked at her.

Mika:
If I have a mother like you… caring, kind and warm like you… I’d give everything. Rina just didn’t know how lucky she is to have a mother like you.

She smiled. A few feet away, Rina hide behind the wall, overheard the whole conversation. Tears dropped from her eyes.

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Studio]-

Takashi opened the door and stepped in. As he lifted his head, he saw Mika sat on the table, faced the computer.

Takashi:
Whoa! Did the sun rise in the west?

Mika:
Hahaha… Good morning to you too.

Takeshi:
What happened? Did you and Yamada had a fight? Why are you here so early?

Mika:
No, we do not have a fight. I just don’t wanna go home.

Takeshi:
Why? Mostly people who are in love would always run home to their honey.

Mika:
It’s not like that… He’s not home.

Takeshi:
Huh? Ah! I got it! He finally decided to run far far away from you, huh? Smart choice.

Mika:
No~ He’s filming a movie right now and the setting is in Korea so he’s over there now.

Takeshi:
Oh… Are you sure it’s not an excuse to run away from you?

Mika glared at him.

Mika:
What about you, huh?

Takeshi:
What about me?

Mika:
You and Ami-san.

Takeshi:
Hey, hey… Don’t change the subject.

Mika:
Just say you don’t wanna admit that you like-

Takeshi covered her mouth.

Takeshi:
Shh… She’s outside.

Mika:
Ok.

She whispered. Takeshi removed his hands.

Mika:
The greedy Takeshi are in LOVE with Ami-san!!

She shouted. Takeshi covered her mouth.

Takeshi:
Hey! Shut up!!

He whispered. Mika pulled his hands away.

Mika:
If you like her than make a move.

Takeshi:
Who say I am.

Mika:
Tch tch… first step of having a secret crush is denial.

Takeshi:
I’m not denying.

Mika:
Ok , if you don’t like her then… it’s ok if I introduce a friend of mine to Ami-san, right?

Takeshi:
Huh? Who?

Mika:
A hot photographer.

Takeshi:
What?

Mika:
Uh. He’s charming and kind and caring unlike someone here.

Takeshi:
Ok then… go ahead.

Mika:
Ok.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

Mika stepped out of the studio. She saw Ami sat at the front desk and rushed over.

Mika:
Ami-san. Come over here for a sec.

Mika:
Huh? What for?

Mika grabbed Ami’s arm and dragged her to the visitor’s lounge.

Ami:
What is it, Mika-san?

Mika:
You have to listen to me very carefully, ok?

She whispered in Ami’s ear.

-[Next]-

-[Korea. At the film set]-

Director:
Lunch!

The casts and staffs including Yamada bowed. Yamada settled down on the chair. A staff wrapped a blanket around him. Yamada turned around.

Yamada:
Ariga- I mean… Kamsahamnida.

He smiled and bowed. The staff smiled and departed from him.

<vibrate> <vibrate>

Yamada reached into his pocket and grabbed his phone and flipped the cover up. [Alert] He pressed the “View” button. [Mika’s Birthday in 3 weeks] popped up on the screen.

Yamada:
Oh yeah~ her birthday is coming.

He whispered.

Yamada:
Hmm…

He smirked.

-[Next]-

-[ The next morning. SMEJ Studio]-

Mika walked into the studio and closed the door behind her. Takeshi removed his eyes from his phone and at Mika.

Takeshi:
You! Come over here.

Mika (Thinking):
Oh snap! He know?

She marched toward Takeshi.

Mika:
What is it?

Takeshi:
Your birthday is on the 24th , isn’t it?

Mika:
Uh. I’d be 24 this year. Wait! How do you know about my birthday?

Takeshi:
Because someone emailed me and asked if the rumor of you gonna have a special live concert on your birthday is true or not?

Mika:
Huh? I’m gonna have a special live on my birthday?

She walked toward where Takeshi sat and looked at the computer screen.

Mika:
“We had reported earlier by an anonymous tip that Mikki would have a special live concert to celebrate her 24th birthday…”

She reads.

Mika:
What?!?! Who made up this stupid rumor?

Takeshi:
I don’t know but it’s not such a bad idea. It’s not too late to arrange a live concert.

Mika:
But- If I have a live concert… that means I only have 3 weeks to prepare?! No!

Takeshi:
Think about it… If you have a special live concert than thousand or maybe million would come. Wouldn’t that be nice to celebrate your birthday with your fans?

Mika:
Hmm… I don’t know… I’ll think about it.

Takeshi:
Ok. Give me a call once you decide on the final answer. I think we can arrange a concert within 3 weeks.

Mika:
Uh.

-[Next]-

-[Korea. Hilton’s Hotel]-

Yamada:
A special live concert on your birthday?

He pulled out the tie around his neck and threw it on the bed, and sat down on the bed.

Mika:
Uh. Some one reported to media that I’ll have a live concert on my birthday to celebrate my birthday. Who would so such thing?

Yamada:
I think it’s a good idea. You should do it.

Mika:
You can’t be serious. A live concert in 3 weeks?

Yamada:
If you look at it… it’s a pretty good way to celebrate your birthday. You can celebrate with million of fans and receive many blessing from them. Plus, more concert means more money. It’s a win-win deal.

Mika:
But I wanna spend my birthday with you and my family.

Yamada:
Your family?

Mika:
Uh. I was planning on visiting my family back at my hometown on my birthday with you.

Yamada:
But if you have a live concert, your family would be able to see you.

Mika:
Hmm… True. I’ll think about it. But anyway, when will you come back?

Yamada:
Around 4 weeks.

Mika:
Another 4 weeks?! You’d miss my birthday, huh?

Yamada:
I’m so sorry. We have to film all of the scenes before the snow melt.

Mika:
<sigh> It’s ok. I understand.

Yamada:
But don’t worry, you’ll have million fans coming to the concert.

Mika:
I’d rather have you.

Yamada:
<chuckle> You sound so corny now.

Mika:
I can’t express my love?

Yamada:
<chuckle> Ok, ok. It’s late, you should head to bed.

Mika:
You too.

Yamada:
Uh. Good night.

Mika:
Uh. Night.

Yamada:
Dream of me.

Mika:
No… I’m tired of seeing your face everywhere I turn. I wanna dream of something else.

Yamada:
Don’t you dare dream of any guy except me.

Mika:
<scoff> And you call me corny… Night.

She hangs up.

Yamada:
Hey! Hello? Hello?

He glanced at the screen.

Yamada:
She just hang up on me? <scoff> She sure has gut.

<ring> <ring> <ring>

Takeshi’s name appeared on the screen.

Yamada:
Hello?

Takeshi:
Yo!

Yamada:
Did everything goes as plan?

Takeshi:
Don’t worry. I purposely showed her the fake email and the article.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Thanks.

Takeshi:
But hey! What make you so sure that she’ll fall for it?

Yamada:
Don’t worry, she’ll have a live concert because she love her fans more than anything. Just be sure to fool her until that day.

Takeshi:
Got it.

Yamada hangs up.

Yamada:
Mika… I’ll give an unforgettable birthday ever.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Studio]-

<ring> <ring> <ring>

Takeshi:
Hello?

Mika:
I decided!

Takeshi:
Ok, what is it?

Mika:
I’ll do the concert.

Takeshi:
Ok! I’ll make some call.

Mika:
Thanks. By the way… did you have lunch?

Takeshi:
No, not yet. Why?

Mika:
Cause I’d like to treat you lunch.

Takeshi:
Why? You had never treat me lunch before… Why the change of heart?

Mika:
Well, I’ll start treating lunch then.

Takeshi:
Hmm… I don’t know-

Mika:
Come to the restaurant near the studio in 20 minutes or your ticket to free lunch would be gone.

She hangs up.

Takeshi:
Shoot!

He immediately stood up.

-[Next]-

Takeshi existed the studio and passed the desk and stopped. He looked at an empty spot behind the table and at the person beside Ami’s usual spot.

Takeshi:
Eh?! Where is the Drama Freak who sit here?

Yuri:
Ami?

Takeshi:
Uh.

Yuri:
She called in earlier and said she have an important meeting today.

Takeshi:
An important meeting?

He mumbled.

-[Next]-

-[Restaurant]-

Takeshi stepped in the restaurant.

Waitress:
Konnichiwa~ Do you have a reservation?

Takeshi:
Hai. Mika Tanaka.

Waitress:
Oh! She’s already here. Please follow me.

She leads the way toward where Mika sat.

Mika:
Ah! You’re here.

She noticed.

Takeshi settled down the chair across from her. He grabbed the menu on the table and opened it.

The Waitress:
Would you like to order now?

Mika looked at Takeshi

Mika:
You wanna order right now?

Takeshi:
Uh.

The Waitress:
What will you have, sir?

Takeshi glanced at Mika and back at the waitress.

Takeshi:
What’s today special?

The Waitress:
Ravioli stuffed with lobster.

Takeshi:
Alright, I’ll get that one then.

He handed the menu to her. The waitress turned to Mika.

The Waitress:
And what would you have for today?

Mika:
Hmm…

She looks at the menu.

Mika:
I’ll have Spaghetti with Alfredo sauce and mushroom.

She smiled and handed the menu to the waitress.

The Waitress:
Alright. I’ll be back with your orders shortly.

She smiled and departed from the table. Takeshi looked at Mika.

Takeshi:
Ok. What’s the catch? Why did you suddenly treat me lunch today?

Mika:
Since Yamada’s not here I feel kinda lonely eating out so I just wanna invite you that’s all.

She grabbed the glass of water on the table.

Takeshi:
Really… Hmm, interesting.

Mika took a sip and suddenly stopped.

Mika:
Hey! Look! Isn’t that Ami-san?

She pointed toward the entrance door. Takeshi’s eyes followed her fingers. He saw Ami dressed in a dazzling black dress stood by the register desk.

Takeshi:
What is she doing here?

A tall man appeared beside Ami.

Mika:
Whoa! She’s on a date? With a very very hot guy?!

The man began to wrap his arm around Ami’s waist. From a far Mika and Takeshi witnessed the affection between the two.

Mika:
<gasp> He wrapped his arm around her waist!

Takeshi immediately turned around.

Mika:
Ami! Ami-san!

Takeshi:
Hey! Shh! What are you doing?

He whispered.

Mika:
I’m calling Ami.

Takeshi:
No! Sit down! She’ll see us!

Mika:
Ha! Too late. She’s coming over here.

Takeshi:
What?!

Ami and the man beside her, approached the table.

Ami:
Mika.

She smiled and glanced at Takeshi.

Ami:
And you.

Her smile disappeared.

Mika:
Jin! You’re here too!

She smiled.

Jin:
Uh. Long time no see.

He smiled back.

Takeshi:
You know him?

Mika:
Uh. He’s the photographer that I was telling you about.

She looked at Ami and Jin.

Mika:
Where are you two sitting?

Jin:
Over there.

He pointed to the table near the window.

Mika:
We are all here, how about we all sit together.

Takeshi glared at Mika.

Takeshi (Thinking):
What the hell?!

He glanced at Ami and Jin.

Takeshi (Thinking):
Say no! Say No!!!

Jin:
Sure.

He smiled.

Takeshi (Thinking):
Damn!

-[Next]-

Mika:
So how’s the date so far?

She asked Ami.

Ami:
It was fun.

She smiled.

Mika:
How about you, Jin?

Jin:
Uh. We had fun.

Mika:
Where did you guys go?

Jin:
We went to the museum.

Ami:
Uh. The art is really amazing. I didn’t understand it at first but Jin explained it to me and I found it’s very interesting.

Mika:
I’m glad to hear that. It’s way more better than was fool by some immature idiot and soaked in the rain, right Takeshi?

She looked him.

Takeshi:
Uh. Of course.

He faked a smile.

Takeshi (Thinking):
What are you trying to say?

Jin:
Who was fooled?

Mika:
Oh! Takeshi-

Takeshi:
Hey! The food is here!

He shouted. Everyone looked behind them and saw the waitress pushed the cart of food toward the table.

The Waitress:
Sorry for making you wait.

She placed at plate by plate on the table.

Mika:
Wow~ It smells so good.

The Waitress:
Please enjoy your meal.

She bowed and departed from the table.

Mika:
We should eat it before it gets cold.

Ami:
Uh.

Jin, Ami and Mika:
Ittadakimasu!!

Takeshi:
Ittadakimasu… my ass.

He mumbled. The four shoved their forks into the plates.

Mika:
Hmm… It’s delicious, isn’t it?

Ami:
Uh. I’m glad order the same meal.

Mika:
Uh. How’s your ravioli, Takeshi?

She glanced at him.

Takeshi:
It’s out of this world!

He said with sarcasm.

Jin:
Ah! Ami-san… You have a little something on your lip.

Ami:
Eh? Where?

Jin used his hand and swiped the sauce on her lip.

Jin:
It’s gone now.

He smiled.

Ami:
Thank you.

Takeshi glared at them with rage.

Takeshi (Thinking):
How dare you!

Mika:
Takeshi, you don’t look so well.

Takeshi:
Nothing. It’s nothing.

He dipped his fork into the plate.

Mika (Thinking):
You play it cool, huh?

Jin:
Ami-san, what do you do for fun?

Ami:
Well, I like to-

Takeshi:
Beside watching drama what else do she do?

Ami glared at him.

Jin:
Drama? You’re into drama?

Ami:
Um… yeah.

Takeshi:
She loves it too much that there’s a nickname for her at work.

Jin:
A nickname?

Takeshi:
Uh. Drama Freak.

Jin:
Drama Freak?

Takeshi:
Uh. Can you believe it? A 30 something woman obsesses with drama <laugh> Who would date her? <laugh>

<thud>

Ami:
Ya!!!!

She slapped her hand loudly against the table and stood up.

Ami:
You @#$&%* %$#&*#$@!!!!

Everyone stared at her. Ami gasped and covered her mouth. She looked at Jin.

Ami:
I’m sorry.

She quickly grabbed her purse and dashed out of the restaurant.

Mika:
Ami-san!!

To be continue…

Track #012: You were…

23 Aug

-[One week later]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

T.V Anchor:
… Earlier this morning, Avex announced the official suspension of the starlet, Rina Hoshino (22). An insider reported the reason for Rina’s suspension was due to an suspicion of Rina’s famous song, Confession. Apparently, the song, Confession, was stolen without the owner’s right. The identity of this unknown song-writer remains mystery…

<click>

Yamada:
I was gone for two weeks and all this trouble happened?

Mika turned around.

Mika:
Ah! You’re home.

She smiled as she stood up.

Yamada:
Uh, I’m home.

He smiled. Yamada stepped closer to Mika. He wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her closer to him.

Yamada:
Are you ok?

Mika:
<soft chuckle> Of course. I’m Mika Tanaka, the toughest Udon that ever exist.

Yamada:
<chuckle> I’m glad to hear that.

Mika:
How was Okinawa?

Yamada released her and looked into her eyes.

Yamada:
What are you planning to do?

Mika:
About this?

Yamada:
Uh.

Mika:
I don’t know.

She looked down.

Mika:
This is too sudden. I couldn’t imagine that it happened so quickly like this. I’m still shock because of this.

Yamada:
But do you know who revealed this?

Mika:
<sigh> I don’t know. Rina dashed to the T.V station out of nowhere and created a riot… at first, I thought she was being paranoid… I’ve never imagined that she was suspend.

Yamada:
Do you think someone slip out?

Mika:
Only Kenji and I know about this…

-[flash back]-

Rina marched toward Mika and slapped her. Everyone in the room were completely shocked.

Mariko:
Hey! What the hell do you think you’re doing?!

Rina:
Shut up!

She glanced at Mariko and back at Mika.

Rina:
You did this, didn’t you?!

Mika:
What?

Rina:
<scoff> Don’t play dumb with me. It was you who told Keito about me stealing your song, didn’t you? And you’re also the one who told Max-san about this too, huh?! What happened to “I’ll never be like you. I’ll never do such coward thing”?!! For a second, I actually believe you but… I‘d never believe you would do such dirty thing!

-[flash back]-

Mika:
<gasp> Keito…

Yamada:
Huh?

-[Next]-

-[Keito’s residence]-

<ring> <ring> <ring>

Keito marched toward his phone, which laid on the bed. He grabbed the phone and glanced at the screen. Mika’s name appeared. He flipped the cover upward.

Keito:
Hello?

Mika:
Are you busy right now?

Keito:
No. Why?

Mika:
Can we meet?

Keito:
<sigh> Sure. Where would you like to meet?

Mika:
At the coffee house last time.

Keito:
Uh. I also have something to say to you.

-[Next]-

-[Coffee House]-

The waitress placed a cup of hot coffee in front of Mika and Keito.

The Waitress:
Please enjoy.

She bowed and departed from the table. Keito took a sip out of the cup.

Mika:
You did this, didn’t you? You’re the one who told Max-san?

Keito:
Uh. I reported it to Max-san.

Mika:
Why?

Keito:
Like you said… the truth cannot disappear. Sooner or later it will reveal. Plus, I don’t wanna be a fool anymore. Why? Aren’t you waiting for this day to come?

Mika:
Yeah, but not like this. Don’t you love her? Don’t care about how she must feels-

Keito:
Of course I do. You think I’m enjoying this? Do you how many day and sleepless nights I’ve thought out this? <sigh> Is this the whole reason why you called me out?

Mika:
Uh.

Keito:
Is that all?

Mika looked at him. Keito took another sip from the warm coffee.

Keito:
You know what’s the hardest thing about making this decision?

Mika couldn’t answered.

Keito:
The hardest thing isn’t about the facing the cruel truth nor accepting it but… forgetting it.

Mika glazed into his eyes.

Keito:
Forget everything… Every memory I had with her. Every hug, every kiss and everything involve her… even her name <inhale and sigh> But I guess it would be easier now to forget.

Mika:
What do you mean by that?

Keito:
I’m going back to England and continue my study there.

Mika:
What? When are you leaving?

Keito:
Today at 7 o’clock

Mika:
Are you coming back?

Keito:
I don’t know. I guess I will when that name has completely erase from my head. Then I could come back with ease.

Mika look down at the cup of coffee in front of her.

Keito:
You know, honestly… I used to like you.

Mika instantly looked at him.

Keito:
You were bright and always cheerful. Just being near you, make me feel at ease. The biggest mistake I’ve ever done was believing you at first. Wouldn’t it be nice if time could reverse… If I could’ve known about your feelings a little bit sooner, you and I would be holding each other’s hands now, huh?

He smiled as the tears lingered in his eyes. Keito turned his eyes to the scene outside.

Keito:
<soft chuckle> The weather is very nice today, huh?

Mika glazed at him and tears fell down from her eyes.

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

<door shut>

Mika slipped off her shoes.

Yamada:
You’re home?

Mika lifted her head up and saw Yamada stood before her.

Mika:
Uh.

She marched passed Yamada with her head down. Yamada followed her into the bedroom.

Yamada:
What’s wrong?

He sat down the bed while Mika placed the hand bag into the clothes.

Mika:
<sigh> Nothing really…

Yamada:
Mika.

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
Mika.

Mika turned around.

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
Come here.

He lays his hand before her. Mika stepped closer to him. She reached out her arms and grabbed his hand. Yamada pulled her closer to him.

Yamada:
You know, you really sucks at lying… Tell me, what’s bothering you? Aren’t relieve that everything fell back to its rightful place?

Mika:
Well, I do… at first.

Yamada looked at her with many wonders in mind.

Mika:
But I don’t want things to end like this… I’ve never had any thought of hurting Rina. All I’ve wanted her to do is realize her mistake and sincerity apologize to me. Not in a million years I thought that it would be Keito whom behind this… I just understand why he would do that.

Yamada:
Keito and I known each other for a very long time. Even though we barely talk but I could understand why he would do that.

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
Every man has pride… No man would continue being a fool for someone whom had lied to him. He did a right thing. If he’s a real man he’d never protect whom at wrong.

Mika:
But… he loves her… it’s too-

Yamada:
That’s why he must do what he did. He did it because he also wants to protect Rina from continue doing wrongful deeds.

Mika:
Would you do the same if did the same crime that Rina committed? Would you march into the president’s office and reveal everything?

Tears dropped down her eyes as her eyes gazed at his. He swept tears on her cheek.

Yamada:
No… Because I trust you. I believe in you. I know that you, Mika Tanaka, would never committed such crime.

Mika:
<scoff> Baka.

She wrapped her arms around his neck.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Uh… You can call that.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

Wrapped in Yamada’s arms, Mika slept peacefully.

<ring> <ring> <ring>

The sounds woke the two up. Yamada pulled himself up, trying to find his phone. He grabbed the phone under his pillow and flipped the cover up.

Mika:
It’s mine, it’s mine.

Mika grabbed her phone that laid on the nightstand.

Mika:
Hello?

Takeshi:
Mika?

Mika:
Takeshi? What is it so important that you have to call 2 in the morning?

Takeshi:
<sigh> Something happened. Something bad happened?

Mika:
Huh? What is it?

Takeshi:
That girl, Rina…  I just got a call from a friend, he told me that she had been rushed to hospital an hour earlier.

Mika:
Wh-what?

Mika sat up. Yamada followed her.

Mika:
What did you said? Rina had been rushed to the hospital?!

Takeshi:
Uh. It seems like she tried to commit suicide by over-dosed herself with sleeping pills. I heard she had passed the dangerous course but still unconscious.  I think you should pay a visit.

Mika:
Uh. What’s hospital is she hospitalizing?

-[Next]-

-[Hospital]-

With Yamada behind her, Mika dashed to the front desk.

Mika:
Excuse me. What’s the condition of Rina Hoshino?

Nurse:
Are you her relative?

Mika:
Umm… I’m her friend.

Nurse:
Than I’m sorry, I can’t reveal the patient’s condition.

Mika:
But I’m-

Mrs. Hoshino:
Mika?

A familiar voice came from behind her. Mika turned around and saw Mrs. Hoshino, Rina’s mother, stood in front of her.

Mika:
Mrs. Hoshino…

-[Next]-

-[Hospital’s Cafeteria]-

Mrs. Hoshino:
I haven’t seen you for a while and now… You’ve changed so much.

She smiled. Mika peaked a smile.

Mika:
Hai.

She looked down her fingers.

Mika:
I heard the news earlier so I rushed here. How is she?

Mrs. Hoshino:
<sigh> The doctors are unable to determine her condition until she wake up.

Mika:
I’m sorry.

Mrs. Hoshino looked at her.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Why would you said that? It’s not your fault-

Mika:
But I feel like it is.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Sweetie, don’t blame yourself. It’s my fault… I heard about what Rina did to you; all of the pain she had caused you… I should be the one who should apologize to you.

Mika:
No.

She shook her head.

Mika:
Mika:
At first, I was hurt and felt betrayed by her but once I entered the entertainment industry I can understand why she did it. She must felt a lot of pressure and may had a lot of insecurities.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Rina have such a kind friend but she couldn’t see that.

She smiled.

Mika:
Is it ok if I could see her for a while?

Mrs. Hoshino:
Uh.

-[Next]-

Mika opened the door and stepped inside. She stepped closer toward where Rina laid. Mika sat on the chair beside Rina’s bed.

Mika:
Rina… I’m here. It’s me, Mika. Why did you do it, huh? Why did you do such a foolish thing? <inhale and sigh> I’m sorry. I’m sorry, Rina. If I could foresee this… I swear I’d never do it. Rina, please… open your eyes. Please just open your eyes… I don’t care if you hate me for the rest of your life, I just want you to open your eyes.

Mika held Rina’s hand with her hands.

Mika:
Rina… What happened to us? We were once so close… we used to share many secrets. You are always so gracious and gentle and I <scoff> was immature and careless. You’re the one who help me realize my dream. You’re the first one who believe me…

Tears flowed from her eyes.

Mika:
<sniffle> Please… just open your eyes.

Yamada silently stood at the door, looked at Mika while she was in tears. He quietly closed the door.

-[Next]-

Mika swept the tears in her eyes as she stepped out of the room. She closed the door behind. Mrs. Hoshino walked toward Mika.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Did you talked to her?

Mika:
Hai. Arigatou.

She bowed.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Uh. And thanks for visiting at the time like this.

Mika:
No, it’s fine.

Mrs. Hoshino:
You should head home… you must be tired.

Mika:
Hai. I’ll take me leave.

She bowed. Mika departed from Mrs. Hoshino. As she lifted her head up, Mika saw Yamada.

Mika:
You’re still here?

Yamada:
Uh.

Mika:
I’m sorry.

Yamada:
No, it’s ok. Let’s go home

He smiled. Mika spread her arms open and hugged him.

Mika:
Arigatou.

Yamada:
Huh? For what?

Mika:
For being here… For stay by my side… And for everything.

She smiled.

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> Baka.

He held her tightly.

Yamada:
I’d always be here for you no matter what… after all, I’m the idiot in love.

Mika:
<chuckle> Uh, you are… my idiot.

-[Next]-

-[Three days later. Max’s Office]-

T.V Anchor:
… The beloved idol, Rina Hoshino was rushed to the hospital three days ago due to the overdose of sleeping pills. Her mother found Rina laid on the bathroom floor, unconscious and immediately called the ambulance. Rina’s fans blamed on Max Matsuura, the CEO of one of the largest music label of Asia, about the situation and left many cruel comment on his Twitter page…

<click>

Max placed the remote control on the table. He released a sigh.

Max:
Mina-san? Are you there?

Mina, Max’s assistant stepped in the office.

Mina:
Hai. Do you need something?

Max:
Can you find out what’s Mika Tanaka’s phone number?

-[Next]-

Mika stepped out of the bathroom and into the bedroom. She marched toward the closet.

<ring> <ring> <ring> <ring>

Mika freezes and looked at the phone on the bed. She stepped toward the bed and grabbed the phone.

Mika:
Hello?

Max:
Is this Mika Tanaka?

Mika:
Hai. Who is this?

Max:
This is Max Matsuura… I’d like to meet you, is that ok?

-[Next]-

-[Max’s Office]-

<knock> <knock>

Max:
Come in.

Mika stepped in.

Mika:
Please excuse my intrusion.

She bowed.

Max:
Oh! You’re here.

He stood up from the chair.

Max:
Please sit down.

Mika settled down at the chair across from Max. He looked at Mika.

Max:
You look familiar. Have we met?

Mika:
Hai. About three years ago I auditioned to Avex but was rejected. I worked as a janitor at the Avex Academy and I accidentally swept the mop on your shoes.

Max:
Ah~ I remember.

Mika:
Sorry…

Max:
<chuckle> It’s fine. You said you auditioned before?

Mika:
Hai. At that time my skill was lacking so I didn’t make it.

Max:
Ah…

Mika:
Is there something you’d like to discuss with me?

Max:
Yeah. It’s regarding to the Rina’s situation.

Mika:
Oh.

Max:
I’d like to apologize for not knowing this earlier. As the CEO of this company I feel ashamed for not knowing what’s had happened inside the company. I hope you could forgive me.

Mika:
It’s fine. It’s just a song… Plus, it’s better that it was Rina than anyone else.

Max:
I’m glad you understand.

Mika:
Hai.

Max:
It’s a lost, ne~

Mika:
Huh?

She looked at him.

Max:
I heard your song and honestly… I was blew away by your strong vocal. It’s a lost that you couldn’t be a part of Avex.

Mika:
<chuckle> Arigatou.

Max:
Is it too late to ask you to switch to Avex?

Mika:
<chuckle> I’m sorry.

Max:
<chuckle> I won’t force you then.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Hospital]-

Rina laid on the bed very still. The sounds of the clock ticking by echo in the cold room. Suddenly, Rina slowly opened her eyes.

Rina:
Mika…

She whispered.

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

<door shut>

Mika:
Tadaima~

She slipped off her shoes and stepped into the house.

Yamada:
Where did you go?

Mika:
I just met with Max.

She marched into the living and collapsed on the sofa.

Yamada:
Max?

Mika:
Uh.

Yamada:
What did he said?

He sat beside her.

Mika:
He just apologizing for what had happened <sigh>

She leaned on his shoulder.

Mika:
I’m so tired.

Yamada:
I guess it’s kinda a bad time to tell you that I’ll be leaving tomorrow, huh?

Mika:
Huh?

She pulled herself up and looked at him.

Mika:
Tomorrow? Where?

Yamada:
A movie that I’m in right now has a setting in Korea… I just receive a call from Akira that I’ll be flying to Korea tomorrow.

Mika:
Really?

Yamada:
Uh.

Mika leaned on his shoulder.

Mika:
Ok, then.

Yamada:
Are you ok?

Mika:
I’m fine. Just go… and kiss a very pretty girl there.

Yamada:
<chuckle> You think I’ll enjoy it.

Mika:
Isn’t that the reason why you chose to be an actor at first? To kiss many hot girls as you can without anyone calling you a man-whore.

Yamada:
<chuckle> You think that’s the reason?

Mika:
Just be honest.

Yamada:
Ok fine. How about this? You become an actress too. Then hopefully we would end up in a same movie as the main characters and then we got to kiss each other.

Mika:
No thanks… Acting is not my thing.

Yamada chuckled.

<ring> <ring> <ring>

Mika grabbed the phone in her pocket.

Mika:
Hello?

Mrs. Hoshino:
Mika?

Mika:
Hai.

Mrs. Hoshino:
Rina… Rina…

Mika:
Did something happened to Rina?

Mrs. Hoshino:
She-she’s just woke up.

Mika:
Really?!

She got up from the sofa.

-[Next]-

-[Hospital]-

Yamada’s car pulled in front of the hospital. Mika opened the door and stepped out. She peaked her head in the car.

Mika:
Thanks. I’ll call you later.

Yamada:
Do you want me-

Mika shut the door and ran into the hospital. Yamada released a sigh as he started the engine. Before he step on the accelerator, Yamada glanced at Mika’s trace.

-[Next]-

Mika dashed to where Mrs. Hoshino stood.

Mika:
Mrs. Hoshino… How is Rina?

She tried to catch a breath.

Mrs. Hoshino:
She woke up an hour ago and the first thing she said was wanting to see you.

Mika:
Ok. Where is she now?

Mrs. Hoshino:
She’s in the room. You should go in.

Mika:
Hai.

-[Next]-

Mika opened the door and stepped in. She shut the door behind her. She saw Rina sat on the chair, staring at the starry sky out of the window.

Mika:
Rina? It’s me, Mika… I’m here.

She stepped closer to where Rina sat.

Mika:
Rina? Rina? It’s Mika…

She placed her hand on Rina’s shoulder. Rina slowly turned around. Suddenly, Rina held a knife aimed straight at Mika. Mika immediately flinched back.

Mika:
Rina! What’s wrong?!

Rina:
What’s wrong? It’s all your fault!!!

She screamed.

Rina:
You made me like this!!! I lost everything because of you!! You thought you saved me? <scoff> Don’t make me laugh. You just ruined everything!!

Mika:
What do you mean?

Rina:
Don’t you get it? If I die… the reputation of that company will be ruin. But… thanks to you, I couldn’t do the last thing that I want! Since I couldn’t die… I guess, you should take my place. That’s right. That’s a great idea… once you die, I could regain everything <chuckle>

Mika:
Rina! Snap out of it!!

Rina
Didn’t you said we were friends?

Mika:
Huh?

Rina:
Then be a good friend and die!!

She ran to Mika with the sharp knife in her hand. Mika tightly closed her eyes.

To be continued…