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Track #003: Jealousy

22 Jun

-[Mika’s apartment]-

Mika:
Yamada…

She whispered. Yamada glared at her.

Mika:
What are you doing here?

Without a word, Yamada marched inside the house and grabbed Mika’s wrist.

Mika:
Wha-

He dragged her out of her apartment.

Ken:
<chuckle> It seems like someone is jealous.

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s car]-

Yamada dragged Mika out of the entrance door. He opened the passenger seat door and shoved Mika in. He slammed the door shut and walked around the car. Yamada stepped inside the car and shut the door.

Mika:
What was that?!

Yamada:
I should ask that question… Why he’s half naked? And you’re in a short?

Mika:
Do you expect me to go to bed in a jean and a sweater?

Yamada:
Bu-But… What about him? Why was he half naked?

Mika:
I accidentally spilt water over his shirt.

Yamada:
Oh…

Mika:
<sigh> How embarrassing…

She looked outside the window. Yamada’s eyes glanced down at Mika’s cleavage. He blushed.

Yamada:
<clear throat> Umm…

Mika:
Huh?

She turned around. Yamada took off his blazer and wrapped it around Mika.

Yamada:
It’s getting cold so… <clear throat>

Mika blushed.

Mika:
Uh. Arigatou.

The awkward silence entered.

Mika and Yamada:
So…

They paused.

Mika and Yamada:
You go first…

Yamada:
Umm… Are you hungry?

Mika:
Now you mention… I’m kinda hungry.

Yamada:
Wanna go somewhere to eat?

Mika:
Uh. But let me run upstairs and-

Yamada grabbed her arm.

Yamada:
No… Just forget about it.

Mika:
Ok.

-[Next]-

-[Restaurant]-

Mika:
Yamada.

Yamada took his eyes off the plate of spaghetti and looked at Mika.

Mika:
What if people caught us here?

Yamada:
Then I’ll just say you’re my girlfriend.

Mika:
Easy for you to say… But what happened after I left? How did you explained to the press?

Yamada:
I told them I’m in love with a woman and for the time being I can’t reveal her name and that’s it?

Mika:
Really? Hmm…

Yamada:
Are you sure that… nothing happened between you two?

Mika stared at him.

Mika:
Of course! He’s like a brother to me. Plus, I’m not his type.

Yamada:
Huh?

Mika:
He’s a model. And most of the girls he dated are older than him.

Yamada:
Oh… ok.

He picked up a few threads of noodle and slurped into his mouth. Mika leaned close to Yamada and whispered.

Mika:
By any chance… you’re jealous?

Yamada instantly choked. Mika grabbed a glass of water in front of her and handed it to Yamada. He gulped down the water.

Mika:
Are you-

Yamada:
Who said I’m jealous?!

-[Next]-

-[Ken’s apartment]-

With his back against the headboard, Ken stared blankly at a red scarf hang in his closet.

<flash back>

Ken sat on the bench, staring at the crowded street while holding a bottle of beer. The Christmas songs echoed from afar. Mika approached and sat beside him.

Mika:
So this is where you spent your Christmas… Stalking people…

Ken:
<chuckle> Who said I’m stalking?

He looked down the ground.

Mika:
Michelle came.

He looked at her.

Mika:
She told me to tell you to call her-

Ken:
How annoying.

Mika:
What’s up with you and all those girls anyway?

Ken:
3 weeks rule.

Mika:
Huh?

Ken:
I only date girls for 3 weeks.

Mika:
What?

Ken:
You know… love is like a chewing gum. When you first place it in your mouth, every flavor busted. But if you keep chewing it, the flavor slowly disappears and sooner or later, you have to spit it out.

Mika:
Because you haven’t find the right girl yet.

Ken looked at her.

Ken:
Really…

Mika:
Uh. Everyday, I want to work my best and finish everything quickly so I could go back to Japan and see my boyfriend again.

Ken:
<chuckle> You’re so naïve.

Mika:
What? Why do you have such a bitter meaning for love?

Ken:
Why?

He inhaled and exhaled.

Ken:
My dad left when I was little.

Mika glanced at him.

Ken:
I saw my mom cried… tears keep falling down her eyes. I’ve never seen her cried that much before. And I wonder… Is love that bitter? It’s that hurtful? That’s why I don’t wanna be in love. Love is a phase… A fantasy and when it’s gone… it leave a scar on your heart. So I created a 3 weeks rule so they wouldn’t fall in love… so I won’t fall in love.

He took a sip from the bottle.

Mika:
I guess… When you accept love you also accept sorrow.

Ken:
<chuckle> Easy for you to say.

Mika:
My mom left me when I was 6.

Ken glanced at her.

Mika:
However, I’ve never unloved. Because I’m surrounded with those who loves me.

Ken:
I wish that happen to me…

He slightly chuckled.

Mika:
Because you wouldn’t open your eyes to see the happiness in front of you.

Mika pulled off her red scarf and wrapped around Ken’s neck. The church bell rang from the distant.

Mika:
Happy Christmas. I hope you will find your true love next Christmas.

She smiled.

<flash back>

Ken:
<chuckle> I already did found my true love, Mika.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Studio]-

Takeshi:
Any thought about your upcoming single?

Mika:
Hmm… I was thinking… since summer is almost over… I thought I should do a sweet melody. Something about love.

Takeshi:
Hmm… sure. I’ll leave everything to you now.

Mika:
Yes, sir.

She saluted him.

-[Next]-

-[3 weeks later]-

-[Yamada’s car]-

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

Mika:
Hello?

<blow dryer>

Yamada:
Hmm… Where are you?

Mika:
Me? I’m at the PV shoot.

Yamada:
Oh…I see…

Mika:
What’s wrong? You seem unease.

Yamada:
Hmm… You know ANAN magazine?

Mika:
Uh… I heard a lot of JE’s was in it.

Yamada:
I was. About 7 years ago.

Mika:
Were you naked?

Yamada:
<laugh> No.

Mika:
Ok. And?

Yamada:
Well… They are offering me to be in the shoot-

Mika:
No.

She answered dryly.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Huh?

Mika:
No. You can pose for any magazine but not that one.

Yamada:
Why?

Mika:
Because I don’t you cuddle those girls.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Ok, ok, ok. I’ll reply to them tomorrow.

Mika:
You better.

-[Dressing Room]-

Mariko:
Mika-chan, could you come here for a sec?

Mika:
Hey! I gotta go now. I’ll see you later.

Yamada:
Uh.

Mika hangs up.

Ken:
Your boyfriend?

Mika turned around and saw Ken stood behind her.

Mika:
When did you get here?

Ken:
Just now.

Mariko:
Mika-chan-

She stopped when she saw Ken stood beside Mika.

Mariko:
I’m sorry. I didn’t meant to interrupt…

Ken:
<chuckle> It’s fine.

He turned to Mika.

Ken:
I’ll go change. I’ll see you at the set.

Mika:
Ok.

She smiled. Ken marched out of the dressing room. Mariko bowed as he passed by. She dashed toward Mika.

Mariko:
Whoa~ He’s hot. You guys know each other? Can you introduce me to him?

Mika looked at her.

Mika:
You have Ryuu already.

She laughed.

Mariko:
But we can be friends.

Mika chuckled.

Mika:
Come on, I gotta change.

Mariko:
Oh yeah.

-[Next]-

Yamada parked his car at the parking lot. He approached the front desk.

Yamada:
Excuse me. Can you tell me where is Mika’s PV shooting is?

-[Next]-

-[Film Set]-

Director:
Ok! Action!

♪… I need you in my life
I need you here beside me
I don’t know why but I need you… ♪

Mika pushed Ken onto the bed and leaned closer to Ken while lip-synced along with the song played overhead.

Director:
Cut!

Mika stopped.

Director:
Mika-san, can you put a little more emotion toward him? Act like you really need him… Pretend he’s your boyfriend, who’s about to leave you.

Mika:
Hai!

Director:
And Ken… Can you please hold her… as if she’s your girlfriend?

Ken:
Hai!

He looked down at Mika.

Ken:
Can I hold you?

He whispered.

Mika:
<chuckle> Right now, yeah.

Director:
Ok! Action!

Yamada approached the film set. He stood aside, watching the couple on the bed, Mika and Ken.

♪… I need you in my life
I need you here beside me
I don’t know why but I need you… ♪

Ken wrapped Mika by her waist and pulled her close toward him. He leaned close to Mika’s lips. Yamada, who stood aside, formed a fist while watching the couple getting intimated.

Director:
Ok! Cut!

Ken released Mika.

Director:
Ok! That was good. Good job everyone.

Mika stepped down the bed and pulled up the sleeve of the robe.

Mika:
Arigatou. Arigatou.

She bowed. When she lifted her head up, she saw Yamada stood in front of her.

Mika:
Yamada?

Yamada marched toward her.

Mika:
What are you doing here?

Yamada:
I came here to pick you up.

He grabbed both of her shoulders.

Mika:
<chuckle> Really?

Yamada:
Uh.

Mika:
Ok <chuckle> I’ll change. Can you wait?

Yamada:
Uh.

He smiled. Yamada’s eyes followed her as she exited the set. All the staffs disappeared into the other room.

Ken:
You’re here.

Yamada turned around.

Ken:
Are you that insecure toward her?

Yamada:
Huh?

Ken:
<chuckle> Just as I thought… You’re jealous, huh?

Yamada glared at him.

Ken:
Hmm… I guess it’s acceptable for someone like you.

He turned around.

Yamada:
She’s mine!

He shouted out the empty room. Ken turned around, facing him.

Yamada:
Mika… She’s mine. She’s my girl.

Ken:
Mika is not a property that you can own. She has rights to be with whomever she wants… And I’m confident that I can take her away from you.

He smirked.

Yamada:
What?

He whispered.

-[Next]-

-[Mika’s apartment]-

Mika stepped inside with Yamada behind her.

Mika:
Are you hungry?

She dropped her bag on the sofa.

Mika:
I can make some-

She turned around and saw Yamada stood behind her.

Mika:
<gasp> <chuckle> You scared me.

Yamada:
I’m sorry.

Mika:
You want something to eat?

Yamada wrapped his arms around her waist.

Yamada:
Mika.

Mika:
Huh?

She looked into his eyes.

Yamada:
Do you love me?

Mika:
<chuckle> Of course.

She smiled.

Yamada:
Then kiss me.

He whispered. Yamada leaned close to Mika. He kissed on her soft lips. His tongue reached out, wrapped around hers. He pushed her on the sofa and began kissing on her neck. Mika released a soft moan.

Mika:
Yamada…

She whispered.

Yamada:
Huh?

Mika:
What are you… doing?

Yamada reached his hand under the layer of clothes and then under her bra.

Mika:
Yamada.

She instantly opened her eyes. Yamada quickly unbutton her shirt. Using his tongue, Yamada slightly sucked on Mika’s smooth skin.

Mika:
Yamada. Stop!

He continued to unbutton her shirt.

Mika:
Yamada! Yamada!

She pushed him away from her. Tears fell down from her eyes.

Mika:
I said stop…

She busted into tears.

Yamada:
I’m… I’m sorry.

He moved closer toward Mika.

Yamada:
I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I don’t know-

Tears flown from her eyes as she swept away the tears on her cheeks. Yamada wrapped his arms around her.

Yamada:
I just… I love you so much that I guess I’m afraid to loose you.

He kissed on her cheek. Yamada grabbed Mika’s shoulder and turned her around. He used his fingers and swept her tears away.

Yamada:
I’m sorry. I won’t do that again, I promise.

Mika:
Ok. <sniffle>

Yamada button her shirt. He looked into her eyes.

Yamada:
I love you and you know that, right?

Mika:
Uh. I know.

He kissed her on her forehead and then rested his forehead against hers.

Yamada:
I’ll go home now.

He stood up from the sofa. Before he took another step, Mika grabbed his hand.

Mika:
Can you stay?

Yamada looked at her.

Mika:
Just… don’t do that again.

Yamada:
Uh.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

With Mika lies in his arm, Yamada held her tightly as they both fell into a deep sleep.

To be continue…