Track #001: Roll Call

20 Apr

-[Odate, Akita Prefecture. Tohoku Region]-

Under a clear sky, two young girls dash through the heat of the summer carried their luggages in both hands. One suddenly fell down.

Mika:
Rina!

She shouted and ran back to check on her friend.

Mika:
Are you ok?

Rina:
I’m ok. I slipped.

Mika:
Ok. I’ll carry your stuff so come on.

Mika (19) helped Rina (19) get up and they continued on. Rina and Mika reached to the train station and hurried to the train. The girls settle down on the seat near the window.

Mika:
<sigh> We made it. Rina, can you hand me the water bottle?

Rina:
Uh.

She reached her hand into the backpack and grabbed the water bottle. She hands it to Mika.

Mika:
Thanks.

She took a big gulp of the refreshing water down her throat.

Mika:
Aah~ Want some?

Rina:
No, thanks.

Mika:
What’s wrong?

Rina:
I’m nervous.

Mika:
About what?

Rina:
Mika-chan.

She turned to Mika.

Rina:
What if we won’t make it? Then what would we do? I mean… this is our dreams and it would…

Mika:
It’s ok. It’s ok. Relax. Don’t think about it too much.

Rina:
<sigh>

Mika pointed her pinky finger toward Rina.

Mika:
Let’s promise each other to always be at each other side no matter what happen.

She smiles. Rina smiles and wrapped her pinky around Mika’s.

-[Shibuya, Tokyo]-

Mika and Rina:
Whoa~

Their eyes are amazed by the bright lights of the city.

-[Golden Noodle]-

Mika:
Auntie!!

She shouted as she stepped into the Golden Noodle restaurant. Once her aunt, Mrs. Okada, saw her niece walked through the door, she dropped everything she was doing and ran toward Mika and hugged her.

Mrs. Okada:
Look at you… all grown up.

Mika smile.

Mika:
Auntie, you remember Rina, my best friend, right?

She pointed to Rina, who stood behind her. Rina bowed.

Rina:
Long time no see.

Mrs. Okada:
Of course, I remember. You’ve become prettier as you grown up.

Rina blushed. Mika looked around.

Mika:
Where’s uncle, auntie? And Sousuke.

Mrs. Okada:
Your uncle got a job at a construction site and your cousin are attending college so they won’t be home until 7.

Mika:
Oh~

Mrs. Okada:
We should get you settle down first. You guys must be tired from the long trip.

-[Next]-

Mika walked into the room in a old T-Shirt and short with her hair tied up into a messy bun and a damped tower around her neck.

Mika:
Aah~ So refreshing.

She sat near Rina, who seems to be writing something.

Mika:
What are you doing?

Rina:
Nothing. Just a list of songs that I have in mind for tomorrow’s audition.

Mrs. Okada:
Mika! Rina! Dinner!!

-[Next]-

The whole family sat down at the dinner table.

All:
Itadakimasu~

They all digged in.

Mr. Okada:
How was the trip here, Mika?

Mika:
It was ok.

She talked with her mouth full.

Mr. Okada:
How’s your father and brother back at home? I haven’t seen them for quite sometime now.

Mika:
They’re fine. Hideki got married.

Mr. and Mrs. Okada:
Really?!

Mika:
Uh. He married Airi-chan a couple months ago.

Mrs. Okada:
How come your father didn’t tell us about it. We could’ve attend the wedding.

Mika:
No, it’s fine. Dad said he doesn’t want you guys have a ramen shop to take care of.

Mr. Odaka:
None sense. We’re a family.

Sousuke:
Ah~ It’s so unfair! Mom. Dad. Hideki is only 20 years old and he got to marry and I’m 23, how come I can’t get marry?

Mr. Odaka, who sat beside him, slapped him on the back of his head.

Sousuke:
Itte!

Mr. Okada:
You have school to finish. Once you graduate from college you can get marry to anyone you wish.

Mika:
Sou, you have a girlfriend or something?

Sousuke:
Bingo!

He dropped his chopstick and reached into his pocket to grabbed his cell phone.

Sousuke:
Here.

He showed the wallpaper of him and his girlfriend.

Sousuke:
Ta-da! Isn’t she cute?

Mika:
Uh.

Mr. Okada slapped Sousuke’s hand.

Mr. Okada:
Where’s your table manner, huh?

He turned to Mika and Rina.

Mr. Okada:
So do you both have any plan?

Mika:
Uh. Rina and I planned to audition to Avex.

Mr. Okada:
Avex?

Sousuke:
Ah~ That really big talent agency?

Mika:
Uh.

Mrs. Okada:
Do your father agreed to that idea?

Mika:
Yeah. He doesn’t has any objection toward the idea.

Mrs. Okada:
You too, Rina-chan?

Rina nodded her head.

Mr. Okada:
Well, best wishes to you both.

Rina and Mika:
Arigatou.

-[The next morning, at Avex Artist Academy]-

Rina and Mika sat beside each other in a room full of others girls who also auditioning. Some were warming their voice and some settle on the chair.

Rina:
<sigh> I’m so nervous. I mean… All of the girls here sound amazing. I don’t know if…

Mika:
Don’t worry. You have a nice voice so don’t think too much about it.

Rina smile. A lady peak her head out and announced.

Unknown:
Number 096, Rina Hoshino.

Rina:
It’s me.

Mika smile and pushed Rina:

Rina:
Go.

Rina stood up and head to the audition room. She look back at Mika.

Mika:
Good luck.

-[Next]-

Rina stepped into the room.

<door close>

She saw 5 judges sat behind the table. Rina slowly walk toward the center of the room.

Judge #2:
Please introduce yourself.

Rina bowed.

Rina:
Konnichiwa. My name is Rina Hoshino and I just turn 19 last March.

Judge #5:
Please tell us what song will you perform today?

Rina:
Voyage by Ayumi Hamasaki.

Judge #5 smile and replied.

Judge #5:
Douzo.

Rina took a deep breath and began to sing the chorus of the song.

Judge #1:
Alright. Thank you.

The judges began to debate.

Judge #3:
Rina-chan. We really like your appearance. Your face is very fresh and adorable. Not a lot of girls has your look.

Rina blushed and sweep her hair behind her ear.

-[Next]-

Mika entered the room. The judges began to look at Mika up and down. Their eyes followed her. One of the judge turn to another and whispered.

Judge #4:
Look at her clothing.

Judge #3:
Yeah. She look like she just got ran over by a mob or something.

Judge #5 clear his throat.

Judge #5:
Please introduce yourself.

Mika:
My name is Mika Tanaka. I’m 19 and I’m from Odate, Akita.

Judge #4:
Excuse me, Miss Tanaka. Do you know what you’re wearing?

Mika looked at herself.

Mika:
Yeah. T-shirt and jean.

Judge #3:
Did you read our dressing code?

Mika:
There’s a dressing code?

Judge #5:
Never mind that. Please tell us what will you perform for us today?

Mika:
Moment by Ayumi Hamasaki.

Judge #4:
Ah~ Another Ayu’s song.

Judge #5:
Douzo.

Mika began to sing the chorus of the song. Once the judge heard Mika’s voice, their eyes opened wide and amazed at her strong and warm voice. Once Mika was done, there were an silence in the room.

Mika:
Um, I’m done.

All the judges snapped back.

Judge #5:
<clear throat> Thank you, Mika-san. Please wait for the result at the waiting room.

Mika existed the room.

<door close>

Judge #1:
Oh my god. Her voice was amazing.

Judge #2:
That was the best voice I’ve heard ever.

Judge #4:
I agree but I mean look at her. Her personality was impolite and the way she dress…

Judge #5:
I agree with you. Even though her voice was amazing but will the audience love her? Can she sell products?

Judge #3:
Exactly. We need someone who can sell a product and her… I don’t think so.

-[Next]-

Mika and Rina waited anxiously in the waiting room.

Rina:
I’m so nervous.

Mika:
Don’t worry. You did your best so just let God do the rest.

Unknown:
The result is now available at the front desk.

-[Next]-

The crowd surround at the white board. Mika and Rina squeezed themselves in the crowd. Both search up and down for their audition number.

Rina:
Ah! I passed. I passed. Mika! Look!

She dragged Mika’s arm.

Mika:
Congrats!!!

The exclaimed with joy.

Rina:
How about you?

Mika:
I don’t know. I can’t find it. Did you see it?

Rina:
No. But let’s find it.

The girls looked at every number on the white board but they couldn’t find it. Mika stood still without any movement. Rina walked toward her and place her hand on Mika’s shoulder.

Rina:
Gomen.

Mika shook her head.

Mika:
No, it’s fine. There will always be another opportunity.

She smiled. Mika wrapped her arms around Rina and shouted.

Mika:
Come on. Let’s go to a fancy restaurant to celebrate your success!!!

-[Next]-

-[Restaurant Hoku]-

Mika:
Kanpai!!!

Mika and Rina shoved their drink glasses together.

<cling>

They drank the light beer in one big gulp.

Rina and Mika:
Aah~

Mika digged in the delicious food on the table.

Rina:
Mika.

She whispered.

Rina:
Did you see the price of the food here?

Mika:
Yeah.

She talked with her mouth full.

Rina:
Do we have enough money to pay it?

Mika:
Don’t worry. This is my treat.

She slapped on her chest.

-[Mean while]-

The famous, Hey! Say! Jump, sat at the VIP section. Yamada Ryosuke (20) held the bottle of wine and pour it in the empty glass but there wasn’t a single drop left.

Yamada:
Oi! Bring us more beer!!

He shouted. Takaki held him back.

Takaki:
Shh! You have enough, Yamada.

Daiki:
Yeah. You should go home, Yamada. You have an event to attend tomorrow.

Yamada:
No! I want more. Waiter!!

He stood up. Inoon and Daiki, who sat beside him grabbed his arms and dragged him down. Keito lean over to Chinen and asked.

Keito:
What’s wrong with Yamada today?

Chinen:
He got scolded by Johnny-san earlier.

Yuto:
What happened?

Yuto joined in.

Chinen:
There was another scandal between him and another idol.

Keito and Yuto:
Oh~

Yamada struggled to got out of Daiki and Inoo’s force.

Yamada:
Daiki, Kei. Let go of me.

Daiki:
No!

Inoo:
Who know what you would do if we let you go.

Yamada:
I just want to go outside for some air.

Daiki and Inoo:
Oh. Ok.

They released him, which cause Yamada flies and hit his head onto the table.

Yamada:
Itte!

-[7 bottle of beers and 5 plates of Spagetti later]-

Mika:
Aah~ The food here is delish.

She tapped on her belly. Mika grabbed the beer bottle in front of her and poured it in the empty glass.

Rina:
Cho-Chotto!

Rina ran to Mika and stopped her.

Rina:
Mika. Stop drinking before you get sick.

Mika:
It’s ok. It’s ok. This is only my 7th bottle. I won’t knock out until I hit 12th bottle.

Rina:
But… Mika.

She pulled the bottle away from Mika. However, Mika suddenly released the bottle. Therefore, all the liquid was spill on a stranger behind Rina. Both, Mika and Rina turned and looked at the stranger and it was Yamada.

Rina:
Gomen. Gomen. Gomen. Gomen.

She took the tablecloth near by and tried to swipe the water off Yamada’s suit.

Yamada:
What were you doing, huh?!

His fellow members heard his shout and ran out to check him out.

Yamada:
Do you know how much this suit cost?!?!

Rina low her head.

Mika:
YAAA!!! Who do you think you are, huh?! So what? We spill on your suit.

She slammed her hand against the table. Rina held Mika back.

Rina:
Mika! It’s our fault.

Mika:
But he doesn’t have any right to yell at you like that.

Rina:
But…

Yamada:
<scoff> What a low life.

Mika glared at him.

Mika:
What? What did you said?

Yamada:
I called you a low life! What are you gonna do about that, huh?!

Rina covered her face and dash out of the restaurant.

Mika:
You asshole!!!

She grabbed the left-over cake on the table and slapped it on his suit. Mika ran out of the scene to followed Rina. In the other hand, the members, Daiki, Takaki and Inno, held Yamada back before he would make another scene.

Yamada:
Lemme go!!!

He struggled.

Inoo:
No! We did and look what you did?

Daiki:
Calm down, Yamada!

In the other hand, Keito who ran out to chased Mika.

-[Next]-

Mika dash out of the restaurant.

Mika:
Rina!

She looked around. Suddenly, she felt a tab on her shoulder.

Mika:
Who are you?

Keito bowed and introduced.

Keito:
My name is Keito. I’m deeply sorry about my friend’s behavior.

Mika:
Why are you apologized? It was your friend who was being a jackass.

Keito laughed.

Mika:
What’s so funny?

Keito:
Nothing. Ah!

He grabbed a pen out of his pocket.

Keito:
Can I see your hand?

Mika lead him her right palm. Keito began to write on her palm.

Keito:
This is my number. If there’s anything happen, please don’t hesitate to call.

He bowed once again and ran back to the restaurant.

-[Next]-

Mika slide the door and stepped in. She saw Rina curled up in a ball and hide her face with the blanket.

Mika:
Rina~

But there wasn’t any movement.

Mika:
Rina.

She walked closer to where Rina laid and sat down.

Mika:
<sigh> Why are you crying? You shouldn’t cry. Today is your day. You was picked to become one of the trainee in the biggest record label in Japan. And me…

She looked down.

Mika:
I worked very hard to get the money to move here and yet… I wasn’t chosen. But it’s ok. Because I know it’s meant to be. Maybe one day… I’ll get accept by a different agency. Rina, no matter what people may see us that’s their opinion. What matter the most is who we think we are. When you get famous, you can laugh at their faces.

Rina chuckled.

Mika:
Is that a chuckle I hear?

Mika lean over and tickled Rina at her side. Their laughter filled the empty room.

To be continue…

[NOTE]

Any grammar, comment or suggestion please address me on my LJ or here ^^

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