Track #003: Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream

24 Apr

-[Golden Noodle]-

Mrs. Okada:
Here you go.

She placed two bowls of ramen in front of Keito and Yuto. Yuto clapped his hand together.

Yuto:
Itadakimasu!

He broke the wooden chopstick in half and dig in. Keito followed the procedure like Yuto.

Keito:
Itadakimasu.

He dig in.

Yuto:
Eh~ Oishi!

Mr. Okada:
Hontou?

Yuto:
The best.

Mr. Okada:
Arigatou.

She departed.

Yamada:
Uh…

Yamada raised his hand.

Yamada:
Where’s mine?

Mr. Okada:
Mika is preparing it right now.

Yamada:
I’m gonna die.

Mika:
I’m not that low, you know.

Mika stepped out of the kitchen, carrying a bowl of ramen. She walked toward Yamada and placed it in front of him.

Mika:
Douzo.

She stepped away from the table.

Yuto:
Wait!

Mika turn around.

Yuto:
You and your friend should sit down and have a chat with us.

Mika looked at Rina.

Rina:
Sure.

Rina stopped what she was doing and walked toward the table. Rina settle down beside Yamada. Keito looked at Mika.

Keito:
You too, Mika.

He offered.

Mika:
Sorry, I have another job waiting for me.

She took off her apron and hang it on the hook on the wall and grabbed her shoulder bag.

Rina:
I thought you won’t go to work until 6.

Mika:
Well, Ryuu, the guy that I work with have to take an exam today so I’m covering for him for a day.

Rina:
Oh.

Mika:
Bye.

She waved.

Mika:
Auntie! I’ll be going now!!

She shouted so her aunt in the kitchen could hear her.

Mr. Okada:
Have a nice day at work~

Mika existed the restaurant. Once Mika gone, Yuto leaned forward and asked.

Yuto:
Where do she work?

Rina:
Oh, she’s working at a convenience store.

Yuto:
Oh.

He resumed eating the ramen.

Keito:
What about you? Do you only work here?

Rina:
Oh no, I sometime help out at the restaurant but I currently attending Avex Artist Academy.

Yuto stopped.

Yuto:
Oh! Really? I heard that school is very popular.

Rina smiled.

Rina:
I guess. Mika and I auditioned a couple months ago but only I got accepted so I’m a trainee at the academy.

Yuto and Keito:
Oh~

Yuto:
Based on the accent, if I’m correct… you’re not from the area, huh?

Rina:
Yes. Mika and I are from Odate, Akita.

Yuto:
Oh, I see.

Keito:
Are you gonna debut soon?

Rina smiled.

Rina:
I don’t know. I hope so.

Keito:
Once you debut, I hope I’d get to go to your concert.

Both of them laughed. Yamada noticed the atmosphere between those two.

-[Next]-

-[Avex Artist Academy]-

Hideki:
Alright class, let’s have each one of you come up here and sing solo.

Everyone in the class began warming up their vocal. On the hand, Mika quietly sweeping the floor with the mop.

Mika:
A solo?

She whispered. Mika spotted a couple boys approached Rina. From a far, Mika wasn’t able to hear their conversation. However, she saw Rina looked down and smiled.

Keiko:
What a slut.

Mika heard from a girl who look a little older then herself, stood in the middle of the other two girls.

Aina:
Just look at her, pretending to be innocent.

Miyu:
Do you ever notice how tall her nose is?

Keiko:
Maybe it’s fake.

The girls laughed.

Miyu:
Maybe.

Mika (voice over):
Bitches. Ugh! Today is your lucky day to taste the Mika’s Mighty Fist.

Mika took a step but a voice suddenly interrupted.

Hideki:
Ok, Keiko. You’re up first.

Keiko(21) walked in front of the class.

Hideki:
What song are you gonna sing?

Keiko:
1000 Words by Koda Kumi.

Hideki:
Ok, douzo.

♪1000 Words♪

After Keiko finished the song, everyone in the room applauded.

Hideki:
Good job. Keiko, next time please put more emotion into the song.

Keiko:
Yes, sir.

Hideki:
Next, Rina.

Rina:
Hai!

Rina walked toward the front of the class. However, while she was walking the other girl, Aina, ejected her legs out and Rina fell down. Everyone in the class laughed at her. Keiko walked pass Rina without offering help.

Mika (voice over):
Those mother [beep].

Rina got up and continued her path to the front of the class.

Hideki:
Are you ok?

Rina:
Yes.

Hideki:
What song are you gonna sing?

Rina:
Secret by Ayumi Hamasaki.

Hideki:
Ok. Go ahead.

♪Secret♪

Once Rina finished the song, everyone applauded except the three girls, Keiko, Miyu and Aina.

Hideki:
Alright. Good job. It’s lunch break, I’ll see everyone back here in another 30 minutes.

The class diffused from the class room.

Keiko:
Nice job.

Aina:
She deserved it.

The three laughed as the existed the class. Mika caught their little conversation. Her eyes twitched.

Rina:
Mika!

Mika turned around. Rina ran toward Mika.

Rina:
Let’s have lunch together.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

-[The lounge]-

Mika and Rina settle down at a table near the window. A group of boys passed them and commented.

Kenta:
Nice job up there, Rina.

Rina:
Arigatou.

She smiled. Mika and Rina took out their bento boxes and opened them.

Rina and Mika:
Itadakimasu~

They clapped their hands together. Then both dig into their bento.

Mika:
Rina.

Rina:
Huh?

Mika:
Do you feel uncomfortable in the classroom?

Rina paused.

Rina:
What do you mean?

Mika:
Do those girls always do that toward you?

Rina faked a smile.

Rina:
They just playing around. It’s ok, it’s ok.

She looked down at her bento and continue eating.

Mika:
Oh.

Mika saw the hidden worries behind Rina’s smile.

-[Next]-

-[The girls’ locker room]-

Mika tip toes into the girls’ locker room. She stood in front of locker # 3012, #3011 and #3013. Mika took out a strong scent of foot cream and replaced it with the facial cream in the lockers.

Mika:
This is not a pay back… It’s just karma.

-[Next]-

After hit the gym, the girls returned to the locker room. Keiko, Aina and Miyu stepped out of the shower. They visited their lockers ( # 3012, #3011 and #3013) and followed their routine and applied their facial cream.

Miyu:
<sniff> <sniff> Hey. Is it just me or I smell something really bad?

The other two sniffed around.

Aina:
Oh my god, it’s came from us.

Miyu:
Keiko.

Keiko looked at her.

Miyu:
Your face?

Keiko:
What? What’s wrong with my face?

Both, Miyu and Aina stammered. Keiko ran to the mirror and looked at herself and saw her face was swollen.

Keiko:
AAAAAHHHHHH!!!

Her scream echo.

-[Next]-

-[The Main Office]-

Keiko:
You! You’re the one who did this?!

She screamed and pointed at Mika who sat in front of the supervisor desk. Mika turned and glared at her.

Mika:
Would you stop screaming? It’s just foot cream. They will eventually wear out in a couple days… except for the odor. It will linger for a couple weeks or so.

Keiko’s mouth dropped.

Keiko:
Wh-what? Supervisor.

She turned to the supervisor,Taiki(45).

Taiki:
Ok, ok, ok. Keiko, please calm down.

Keiko pulled out the chair beside Mika and sit down.

Taiki:
Mika-san. What you did was every dangerous. A face of a singer is very important in this industry. Please apologize to Keiko-san.

Mika:
No. Based on what she did to another student in class… she doesn’t deserve it.

She answered coldly.

Keiko:
What kinda person are you?

Mika:
Definitely not like you.

Keiko stood up from her chair.

Keiko:
You really want a smacking today, don’t you?

Mika immediately stood up and glared at her.

Mika:
What? What? What are you gonna do, huh? Slap me? Go ahead and try and see what would happen if you do.

Taiki stuck in the middle.

Taiki;
Ladies, ladies. Please…

Keiko:
Are you threaten me?

Mika:
It’s not a threat, honey. It’s a promise.

Taiki:
Quiet!!!

He yelled. Mika and Keiko stopped and looked at Taiki. Taiki stood up.

Taiki:
Keiko, you’ll be suspense for a week for disturbing and harassed other student.

Keiko:
What?!?!

Taiki:
And as for you, Mika-san. You’re fired.

Mika:
Oh don’t worry. I quit.

She ripped her name tag and slammed it on the table and marched out the office.

-[Next]-

Mika wandered around the city on the train. She finally stopped at a random music store.

<bell chime>

Mika opened the door and walked inside. The atmosphere seems un-lifting. She wandered around the “New Release” section.

Mika:
Oh! Ayumi Hamasaki!

She grabbed the CD up close.

Mika:
I didn’t know she had a new single.

A familar voice came from behind her.

Keito:
Are you a fan of her?

Mika turned around and saw Keito.

Mika:
Uh. I like her. She’s my idol.

Keito:
Oh I see.

He smiled. Mika’s heart suddenly racing.

Mika (voice over):
My heart… it’s….

Mika:
… Beating fast.

She spoke aloud.

Keito:
Huh? What?

Mika:
Oh, nothing. Nothing at all.

She nervously chuckled.

Keito:
Would you like an ice cream?

Mika:
Ice… cream?

-[Next]-

Unknown:
Hai! Two Chocolate Fudge ice cream cones!

He handed Keito the ice cream cones.

Keito:
Arigatou.

Keito took the ice cream cones and ran toward Mika.

Keito:
Here you go.

He gave her the ice cream cone.

Mika:
Arigatou.

She took the cone from his hand. The two sat down at a bench.

Keito:
I didn’t know you like Chocolate Fudge.

Mika:
<laugh> Yeah… I’m a big fan of chocolate.

She took a big bite out of the ice cream.

Keito:
So… Do you go here often?

Mika:
Huh?

Keito:
The music store.

Mika:
Oh. No. This is my first time here.

Keito:
Ah~ Sou.

He took a bite from the ice cream.

Keito:
Oishi desu ne.

He smiled. Mika stared at his smile and once again, Mika’s heart continue to beat rapidly.

Mika:
H-hai.

♪Soba ni ite aisuru hito toki wo koete katachi wo kaete♪ (Heaven by Ayumi Hamasaki)

Mika’s phone suddenly rang. She dig into her shoulder bag, trying to find her phone.

Mika:
Hello?

She answered the phone.

Ryuu:
Hey! Where are you? It’s your shift so be responsible.

Mika:
Ok, ok… I’m on my way.

Ryuu:
Hurry up! I have a date with a hot girl today and if I’m late it would be your fault.

Mika:
I said I’ll be there so just calm down.

Ryuu:
Hurry up!

Mika hung up.

Keito:
Do you have to go somewhere?

Mika:
Yeah. It’s my shift. So…

She stood up.

Mika:
Bye and thanks for the ice cream.

She waved and then ran. Keito chuckled.

-[Next]-

-[7-Eleven Convenience Store]-

Mika rest her cheeks upon both of her hands, stared blankly at space. Ryuu(19) spot her and waved his hand in front of Mika but there was no movement.

Ryuu:
Yaa!!

He pushed her. Mika snapped back to reality.

Mika:
What the hell?

Ryuu:
That what I should say. What are you staring at?

Mika:
Nothing. Just thinking.

Ryuu:
Weirdo.

Mika:
Wait a minute, what are you doing here? I thought you have a date.

Ryuu:
I did~ but she called and canceled at the last minute. Oh~

He whined.

Mika:
So I rushed here for no reason?

Ryuu:
Mariko~

He pounded his head onto the counter.

Mika:
Tch, tch, tch. You should look at yourself right now. You’re so pathetic.

Ryuu rose from the counter and made a straight face.

Ryuu:
There’s no such thing is pathetic when you’re in love~

Mika:
You really are pathetic.

Ryuu:
Ha! Wait until you’re in love.

Mika:
Ha! I won’t!

She crossed her arm.

Ryuu:
You will one day.

Mika:
Ha ha ha. Keep dreaming.

She looked away.

-[Flash back]-

Keito:
Oishi desu ne.

He smiled.

-[Flash back]-

Mika shook her head.

Mika:
Get out! Get out of my brain!

She smacked herself on her forehead.

-[Next]-

-[Golden Noodle]-

It’s almost time for the restaurant to close. Rina helped Mrs. Okada cleaning the table.

<bell chime>

Rina:
Sorry, we’re about to close.

Once she looked up, she saw Keito stood in front of her.

Rina:
Oh, Keito-kun.

She smiled.

Keito:
I’m sorry. I didn’t know the store is closing.

Rina:
It’s ok. You can come in.

-[Next]-

Rina:
Douzo~

She placed a bowl of ramen in front of Keito and sat down across from him. He joined hands together

Keito:
Itadakimasu!

He dig in.

Rina:
How is it?

Keito lift his face up.

Keito:
Oishi.

Rina:
Yokatta. My ramen is not that good compare to Mika’s.

Keito:
No, I think it’s very good.

He complimented. Rina smiled.

Keito:
You know…

He stops eating.

Keito:
I really like your smile.

Rina chuckled and gently sweep her hair to the back of her ears.

Rina:
Arigatou.

Keito:
I saw Mika today.

Rina:
Really? Where?

Keito:
We bumped into each other at a music store.

Rina:
Oh.

Keito:
She looked soul-less when she walked into the store.

Rina:
Yeah, she just got fired because of me.

Keito:
Huh?

Rina:
I often got bullied by these girls in class and Mika was just trying to protect so… she pulled a prank on them but unfortunately, she was caught on the camera.

Keito:
Oh I see. That’s explain her emotion today.

Rina:
Uh. Mika always protecting me ever since elementary school.

Keito:
You guys must be very close, huh?

Rina:
Yeah… She’s very strong no one was able to bullied me. She have been through many tough situations.

Keito:
It must be hard for her, huh?

Rina:
Yeah, her mother left her family when she was very small. Mika was surrounding by men while growing up so it’s explain her tomboy act. She was so tough that all the boys was afraid to get near her.

Keito:
What about you, Rina? Do guys approach you a lot?

Rina:
Umm…

Keito:
<chuckled> Gomen, that was a little forward.

Rina:
It’s ok.

Keito:
Thanks for the ramen.

Rina smiled.

Rina:
You’re welcome.

To be continue…

[NOTE]

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

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