Track #004: Love’s a heartache

25 Apr

-[Six months later]-

Host #1:
Today, we have a very lovely guest. She made her debut a month ago and her debut single, Here I am, rank from #17 on the first week to #1 on the second week. Please welcome Rina Hoshino.

The three host who sat around the curve table applauded as Rina bowed.

Host #2:
Kawaii ne~

One host commented.

Host #3 and #2:
Sou. Kawaii ne~

Rina smiled and sweep her hair behind her ears.

Host#3:
You must be tired since it’s very early in the morning.

Rina:
Oh, no. I mostly awake by this time.

Host #1:
Hontou?

Rina:
Hai! Because I attended Avex Artist Academy so I wake up pretty early.

Host #2:
Oh yeah, you did attended there.

Rina:
Hai.

Host #3:
How did you become a student there?

Rina:
Well, I auditioned about a year ago so I was blessed to attended the academy for free.

Host #1:
Ah~ Sou. How do you feel about the result of your debut?

Rina:
I was very exciting once my manager told me about the rank.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Back stage]-

<knock> <knock>

Rina:
Come in.

Ren(46), Rina’s manager, entered the dressing room.

Ren:
Are you ready?

Rina:
Yeah. Ren?

Ren looked at her.

Rina:
Do I have any event tonight?

Ren:
No. Why?

Rina:
Because my friend are throwing a party for me.

Ren:
Ok, you can go. Have fun, kid.

Rina:
You should come.

Ren:
Me?

Rina:
Uh.

Ren:
Sorry, love. I have other work to do.

Rina:
Oh, ok.

Ren:
Come on. Let’s go. You have a radio interview at noon.

Rine grabbed her jacket that hang on the chair. The two stepped out of the room.

-[Next]-

-[Golden Noodle]-

Yuto:
Congrats Rina for her first debut single!!

<bang>

Yuto released a million of confetti hidden inside the cone. Everyone applauded. Everyone sat around a large rectangle table full of delicious foods. Yuto sat next to Chinen, Hikaru while Keito sat beside Rina and Yamada stuck with Mika. Both Yamada and Mika wasn’t too happy to sit next to each other. Everyone lifted their utensils and dig in the food.

Mr. Okada:
Sousuke! Turn on the T.V. The news almost on.

Mika:
Yeah. Maybe they’d talk about Rina’s debut.

Mrs. Okada:
How’s your new apartment, Rina?

Rina dropped her chopsticks and answered.

Rina:
It’s very comfortable and soothing. Thanks  for asking.

She covered her mouth as she speak.

Mrs. Okada:
I’m glad to hear that.

Sousuke reached up and turned on the T.V. Yamada suddenly got up and excused himself out.

Yuto:
What’s wrong?

Everyone immediately stared at Mika who was about to take a bite of the tempura.

Mika:
Why everyone staring at me? I didn’t do anything.

Sousuke:
Oi! Oi! I think they talking about Rina.

Everyone turned their attention to the T.V.

Mrs. Okada:
Turn the volume a little louder.

Sousuke obeyed her order.

T.V Anchor:
… Rina Hoshino, an 19 years old, who had just debut a month ago with a single called, Here I am, rank #1 for 6 weeks straight. People adored her lovely face and named her, “Real life Doll”. However, an anti-fan site was created earlier this week and within an minute, 2 thousands members joined the site and many commented….

Mika:
Turn the T.V off!!

Mika shouted. Sousuke quickly turn off the T.V. Everyone suddenly gone silent and looked at Rina. They saw her face looked down.

Rina:
Sumimasen.

She stood up and ran out the door. When she dash out, she almost bumped into Yamada. Mika ran after her and so did Keito.

Mika:
Ri…

Keito:
Rina!

Mika slow down and turned to look and it was Keito. He rushed to Rina before Mika could. From a far, Mika witnessed Keito grabbed Rina’s hand and pulled her into his arm. Mika freezes and she can hear her own heart beat, loud and clear.

Mika (voice over):
Wh-what… My heart. It won’t stop beating. Why do it feels like someone just squeeze my heart that I couldn’t breathe anymore.

Mika turned around with her head down. She took a few steps then she saw Yamada, stood still.

Yamada:
Don’t tell me you like…

Mika dragged his arms and ran back to the ramen shop.

Yamada:
Lemme go!

He shook his hand off Mika’s.

Mika:
Don’t tell anyone!!

Yamada:
Huh?

Mika:
Just don’t say anything, please.

Mika marched inside the ramen shop.

Yamada:
Huh? She likes him?

-[Next]-

-[7-Eleven Convenience Store]-

Ryuu saw Mika once again stared into space lost in her La La Land. He walked toward.

Ryuu (imitate manger’s voice):
Mika! I do not pay you to stand around!!!

Mika:
I’m sorry, boss!!!

Mika shocked. Ryuu snickered because of Mika’s reaction. Once Mika noticed that it was Ryuu, she smacked him on the back of his head.

Ryuu:
Itte!

Mika:
That what you get!

Ryuu:
Ok, what’s wrong?

Mika:
Nothing’s wrong.

Ryuu:
Come on, talk to me.

Mika:
No!

Mika lingered for a while.

Ryuu:
1…2…3…

He counted.

Mika:
Ok!

Ryuu:
I knew it! Ok, what’s on your mind?

Mika:
I have a friend…

She started.

Mika:
She seems to likes this guy.

Ryuu:
How much does she likes him?

Mika:
Well… her heart beats really fast when she with him and she always have thoughts about him…

Ryuu:
Dirty thoughts?

Mika glared at him.

Ryuu:
Sorry, please continue.

Mika:
As I was saying, she has this warm feelings when she around him. And he treated her very kind. However, she saw that guy ran after her close friend when she was crying and he comforted her. What does that mean? Do he likes her best friend?

Ryuu:
Well… first thing first, “your friend” is not only likes him but she loves him. And, base on what you told me, as a guy perspective… a guy would never chased after a girl unless he likes her. But I don’t know, you…. I mean, “your friend” should ask him.

Mika:
Oh…

-[Next]-

Mika stepped out of the train. As she walked toward the music store, Mika spotted Keito wandered around the ice cream stand. She took a deep breath.

Mika:
Ok.

She approached him.

Mika:
Keito!

She shouted as she ran toward him. Keito turned and looked.

Keito:
What’s wrong, Mika? You suddenly call me.

Mika:
Oh, sorry. Did I interrupted you or something?

Keito:
No, not at all. So what is is that you want to tell me?

Mika:
Ummm…

She began to walk and Keito followed her.

Mika:
Can I ask you something?

Keito:
Ok. What is it?

Mika:
Do you have feelings toward Rina?

She looked at him. Keito looked up the clouds. He smiled and answered.

Keito:
Yes. I like her a lot.

The facial expression of Mika sudden changed; Her eyebrows pulled together and she face down at her hands.

Mika:
Can I ask why?

Keito:
Because she’s pure and honest.

Mika:
Oh, I see.

She faked a smile.

Keito:
Why did you ask?

Mika:
Oh nothing. Since Rina is my best friend, I was wondering if you really like her or just playing around.

Keito chuckled.

Keito:
Don’t worry, I’m being truthful here.

Mika:
Well… I gotta run back to the ramen shop. I’ll talk to you later and thanks for meeting with me.

She waved and dash away.

-[Next]-

Mika rested her head on the window of the train.

Mika (voice over):
It’s official, he likes her. I should have known. <sigh> I’m such an idiot.

She bang her head onto the window a couple time.

<crack>

Mika lift her head away from the window and saw a huge crack.

Mika:
Oh shit!

-[Next]-

Mika walked around a park and settle down on a bench facing a the playground full of kids. She stared blankly at space and released a sigh. Suddenly felt a tab on her shoulder. Mika turned around and saw a little kid stood behind her.

Kid:
Moved! That’s my seat!

Mika glared at him.

Mika:
It’s mine now.

The fire appeared in her eyes.

Kid:
Monster! Monster!

He dash away from her.

Mika:
Pshh… Kids nowaday.

She stared at her hands. Mika felt another tab on her shoulder.

Mika:
This kid…

She whispered. Mika turned around and shouted.

Mika:
Didn’t I told that this seat is mine…

She saw Yamada stood in front of her.

Yamada:
Ok, it’s yours.

Mika:
Oh, it’s just you.

She turned around. Yamada sat beside her. There was a awkward silent between them.

Yamada and Mika:
What are you doing here?

They looked at each other.

Mika:
You go first.

Yamada:
I have a photo shoot near by and we’re taking a break so I walked around a little bit and saw you here.

Mika:
Oh.

Yamada:
What about you?

Mika:
I asked him today…

She got Yamada’s attention.

Mika:
I asked him whether he likes her or not and without any hesitation he said “Yes”. Somehow, I’m not surprised. I mean, she’s pretty and nice. No wonder ever guys fall head over heel for her.

She turned and looked at Yamada.

Mika:
But why would you care… You probably have a crush on her.

Mika stood up and bid her goodbye.

Mika:
Well, thanks for listen to all my crap.

She strolled away.

Yamada:
No.

Mika turned around.

Yamada:
I don’t like her. You know… not every guy like a girl because she’s pretty. But you’re right, I honestly don’t care because that’s how love is. It’s bitter and full of sorrow and in the end… you’re the one who got left behind.

Mika studied his face, trying to figure out the meaning of his speech.

Yamada:
Well, Jan.

He then walked away.

-[Next]-

-[Golden Noodle]-

<bell chimes>

Mika rushed into the restaurant.

Mika:
Auntie, sorry I’m…

Mika couldn’t believe her eyes as she witnessed the horrible mess scattered around the restaurant; The chairs are broken, pieces of the bowl laid on the floor and the decorations are torn down. She heard her aunt whimpered. Mika ran toward her aunt.

Mika:
Auntie, what happened here?

Mr. Okada:
He… he did this.

Mika:
Who?

Mrs. Okada:
Your cousin, Sousuke.

Mika:
Huh?

Mr. Okada continued crying that she couldn’t even speak.

<ring> <ring> <ring>

The phone rang. Mika ran toward the phone and answered.

Mika:
Hello?

She listened for a while.

Mika:
What?!?!

-[Next]-

-[Police Station]-

Mika and her aunt dash into the police station. They marched toward the front desk.

Mika:
Excuse me, we’re the family members of Sousuke Okada.

Policeman:
Oh good, you’re here.

Mrs. Okada:
Where is he?

Policeman:
Right now, he’s in the cell.

Mika:
What did he do?

Policeman:
We caught him stealing 2 thousand dollar worth of jewelry.

Mrs. Okada fainted. Mika grabbed her and held her up.

Mika:
Auntie.

Mrs. Okada:
I’m ok, I’m ok.

Mika:
Are you sure? Do you wanna sit down for a bit.

Mrs. Okada:
Yeah.

Mika escorted her aunt to a near by seat and ran back to the information desk.

Mika:
Can we get him out?

Policeman:
Yeah. The family have to pay the fine.

Mrs. Okada got up and walked back to the desk.

Mrs. Okada:
Ok. We’ll pay for the fine. Please, just release him.

-[Next]-

Mr. Okada:
What the hell were thinking, huh?!?!

He shouted at Sousuke while he was on both of his knees.

Mr. Okada:
Not only you borrow a large money from the sharks (mafia) and now you shoplifting?! It’s that how I raised you?

Sousuke:
I’m sorry, dad

Mr. Okada:
Ugh!

He sat down at the sofa.

Mrs. Okada:
Why did you do that, huh?

Tears fell upon her eyes.

Sousuke:
My girlfriend is 5 months pregnant and we need money for the hospital and the supplies for our baby.

The family member, Mr. and Mrs. Okada and Mika was shocked to hear the news.

Mr. Okada:
What?!

He stood up but then fell down onto the sofa.

Mrs. Okada:
Honey, honey… Are you ok?

Mika and Sousuke rushed to his side.

Sousuke:
Dad, dad!!!

Mika:
Uncle, are you ok?

Mr. Okada were suffocated and loosing oxygen. He held onto his heart indicated him having a heart attack.

Mrs. Okada:
Mika, call the ambulance!

She demanded. Mika dash to the phone.

-[Next]-

-[Hosipital]-

Mika slide the door and entered the room. She saw her aunt sat beside Mr. Okada who laid on the bed and connected with many wires.

Mrs. Okada:
Dear, what are we gonna do now? We had used all of our saving money… the only thing that we had left is our ramen shop but now…

She cried.

Mrs. Okada:
But now… it’s all destroyed.

She sweep her tears away. Mika approached her and placed her hands on both of Mrs. Okada’s shoulder.

Mika:
The doctor said he’ll be fine. It’s just a minor heart attack that won’t lead to anything serious.

Mrs. Okada touched Mika’s hand.

Mrs. Okada:
Thank you very much, Mika.

Mika:
No, it’s nothing at all.

Mrs. Okada:
Where’s Sousuke?

Mika:
I told him to go home and gather his thought together.

Mrs. Okada:
Yeah, he must have been frighten. You should go home too, Mika. It’s getting late.

Mika:
What about you?

Mrs. Okada:
I’ll stay here with your uncle for the night.

Mika:
Do you wanna me to go buy anything for you to eat?

Mrs.Okada:
No, no, no. I’m fine. You’ve done enough so go home and get some rest.

Mika:
Ok. I’ll come by tomorrow.

Mrs. Okada:
Uh.

Mika opened the door. She looked back at her aunt and felt the sadness and sorrow that her aunt is going through.

To be continue…

[NOTE]

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

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