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Track #005: Bitter Sweet Liquor

29 Jun

-[4 weeks later]-

-[Avex Studio]-

Kenji:
But please… You can’t fire me.

He dropped on his knees.

Rina:
<sigh> Didn’t you hear me correctly? Maxx and I talked about this and it’s not my decision to let you go.

Kenji:
But I have a wife… she’s pregnant right now-

Rina:
Do I look like I care?

Ren:
Come on, Kenji. Just collect your stuff and leave.

He grabbed Kenji’s arm and dragged him out of the room.

Kenji:
No! This is not fair! No!!

He screamed across the hall.

Rina:
<scoff> How pathetic.

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ studio]-

T.V Anchor:
The singer, Mikki (22) had released her L.O.V.E/Sunshine single and was rank #6 on the Oricon Chart. The single was delaying due to the scandal; the leak of a picture of Mikki and the male model, Ken Nakahara. SMEJ, Mika’s agency, told the press that Ken and Mika are just good friends. Ken was participated in Mika’s new PV, L.O.V.E…

Takeshi turned off the T.V and looked at Mika.

Takeshi:
Good job.

He smiled. Mika looked at him with soul-less eyes.

Takeshi:
Are you ok?

Mika peaked a smile.

Mika:
Uh.

Takeshi:
Aren’t you gonna get ready?

Mika:
For what?

Takeshi:
Your appearance on Music Station…

Mika:
Oh yeah.

She stood up from the chair.

Mika:
I’ll see you later.

She headed toward the door.

Takeshi:
Mika.

Mika turned around.

Mika:
Huh?

Takeshi:
This is a business world. Don’t let your personal life get in the way. If you let it interfere, you will loose, understand?

Mika:
I understand.

Takeshi:
Report back to the studio tomorrow. I have a song I’d like you to hear.

Mika:
Uh.

She opened the door and stepped out.

-[Next]-

-[Dressing room]-

Mika stood still, carelessly, while Mariko sew the gap of the skirt. She accidentally poked Mika with the sharp needle.

Mariko:
<gasp> Oh my… I’m sorry!

She stood up and saw Mika stood like an empty shell.

Mariko:
Mika. Mika! Mika!

Mika:
Huh?

She looked at Mariko.

Mariko:
Are you ok? I just poke you on your thigh and you couldn’t felt it?

Mika:
Oh, you did?

Mariko:
Mika… Is something wrong?

Mika:
No, no, it’s nothing.

She shook her head.

Mariko:
You know, you really suck at lying.

Mika:
No, really. I’m fine.

She smiled.

Mariko:
<sigh> If you continue being an airhead, I might call Yamada and report it to him.

Mika’s smile disappeared.

Mika:
You don’t have to… We broke up.

She faced the floor.

Mariko:
<gasp> Wha- Ho-How could it be?

Mika:
I guess… I found out who he really is.

-[Next]-

-[Bar]-

Yamada swallowed the bitter liquor down his throat. He poured more into the empty glass.

Daiki:
Stop!

He grabbed the bottle.

Daiki:
You called me out just to see you drink yourself to death?

He snatched the bottle from Yamada’s hand.

Yamada:
Have you ever made a mistake, Daiki?

Daiki:
Of course, everyone make mistake.

Yamada:
I’ve hurt someone… someone that I love. Jealousy had made me do thing to hurt her <sniffle>

Daiki:
Then be a man and ask her for her forgiveness.

Yamada:
But I don’t think she will forgive me.

Daiki:
If she loves you then she will forgive you as long as you’re sincere about it.

Yamada:
<sigh> I hope so.

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ studio]-

Mika opened the door and entered.

Mika:
Ohayou.

She smiled. Takeshi turned around.

Mika:
Coffee?

She held up the coffee cup.

Takeshi:
<chuckle> You read my mind.

Mika walked toward him and handed him the coffee.

Takeshi:
Thank you.

He took a sip of the hot coffee.

Mika:
What do we have here?

She settled down on the chair next to Takeshi.

Takeshi:
I have news.

Mika:
Ok, what is it?

Takeshi:
Erik was moved to the states to work on this project with a singer so we need a new songwriter.

Mika:
Do you know anyone who’s available?

Takeshi:
<sigh> No… I made several calls to my old colleagues but they all busy.

Mika:
Hmm… I’ll try to do this by myself.

Takeshi:
No.

She instantly looked at him.

Takeshi:
It’s not that I don’t trust you… It’s too much work for one person to do it. Don’t worry, I’ll find one soon.

Mika:
Uh. Ok.

Takeshi:
Anyway, I wanna show something.

He reached to the mouse and the keyboard.

Takeshi:
Here.

He handed the headphone to Mika. She grabbed the headphone and wore it on. Takeshi click “Play” on the music player. Mika listen to the music and looked at Takeshi.

Mika:
This is really good.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

Mika stepped out of the studio. As she lifted her eyes up, Mika saw Ken stood in front of her.

Mika:
Ah! You’re here to see Takeshi?

Ken:
I’m tired of seeing him <chuckle>

Mika:
Then…

Ken:
I came here to pick you up.

Mika:
Huh?

-[Next]-

-[Ken’s car]-

Mika:
You just bought this?

She looked around the car.

Ken:
Uh. Like it?

Mika:
It’s nice.

She smiled. The car came to a stop at the red light. Mika turned her head toward the window. She saw a blurry image of the model, Emi hugging Yamada’s arm as the entered Yamada’s apartment. The big bold letters of Yamada’s scandal on the bottom of the picture on the T.V across from the car. Mika couldn’t make any movement.

Ken:
So ho-

He turned and saw Mika sat awkwardly still. His eyes flicked to the T.V screen.

Ken:
Mika.

Mika turned around.

Mika:
Hey, Ken… You wanna go for a drink?

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Studio]-

<knock> <knock>

Daichi entered the room.

Daichi:
It’s almost 11 and you’re still here?

Takeshi removed his eyes from the computer and at Daichi, who stood at the door.

Takeshi:
Uh. Trying finishing this song.

Daichi:
I see. This Mika really has power, huh?

Takeshi:
Huh?

Daichi:
I mean… No matter how much I begged you to help me produce a song but you’d always declined and here comes this Mika…

Takeshi:
<chuckle> I see myself in her; devote and determine. I have faith in her.

He smiled

Daichi:
<chuckle> Well, I gotta go home to wife and kids.

Takeshi:
Hey!

Daichi stopped and looked at Takeshi.

Takeshi:
By any chance you know an available songwriter?

Daichi:
Hmm… Right now? Ah! Do you know that rookie from Avex, Kenji?

Takeshi:
Who?

Daichi:
Kenji Matsuya, the kid that we met couple years ago at the reunion.

Takeshi:
Ah! That rookie?

Daichi:
Uh. I heard he got fired from Avex. <sigh> Poor guy… His wife is 8 months pregnant and now he has no job.

Takeshi:
Do you know why he was fired?

Daichi:
I don’t know.

Takeshi:
Hmm… Do you have his number?

-[Next]-

-[Bar]-

Mika gulped down the heavy liquor.

Mika:
Ah~ Wow. I haven’t had this for such a long time <chuckle>

Ken stared at Mika.

Ken:
What’s wrong?

Mika:
Huh?

She faced him.

Ken:
I’ve never seen you drink like this before. What happened?

Mika:
We broke up… Yamada and I broke up.

Mika looked down at the empty shot glass.

Mika:
Ken… Have you ever love someone so blindly that you don’t care about anything or anyone. You just love them.

Ken dazed into Mika as she speaks.

Mika:
But… then one day, you found out that… nothing is what you pictured. Everything is a lie… And you wish you had never love that person…

Tears fell from her eyes. Ken reached his hand out and swept her tears away. Mika turned and looked at him.

Ken:
I wish that could be that easy… But it’s too late. Because I’m already in love with that person…

Mika looked into his eyes. Ken leaned closer toward Mika. Mika suddenly dropped her head onto the table.

Ken:
<chuckle> Baka.

-[Next]-

Ken grabbed his phone from his pocket and dialed Takeshi’s number.

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

Takeshi:
What trouble are you getting yourself in this time?

Ken:
Not me this time.

Takeshi:
Then who?

Ken:
Mika.

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Yamada lied on his bed with one arm under his head. Looking at Mika’s phone number on the screen, Yamada’s eyebrows pulled closed together. He finally pressed, “Call” on his phone.

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

Ken:
Hello?

Yamada pulled phone away from his ear and looked at the screen.

Ken:
Yamada, isn’t it?

Yamada:
Where is Mika?

-[Bar]-

Ken looked at Mika, who’s unconscious with her head lies on the table.

Ken:
She’s sleeping.

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Yamada instantly pulled himself up from the bed.

Yamada:
Where are you?

-[Next]-

-[Bar]-

Takeshi stepped inside the bar. Ken raised his hand up. Takeshi walked toward where Ken and Mika sit. He looked at Mika, who lies on the table.

Takeshi:
Tsk. Why do she have to create messes for me to clean?

<bell chime>

Yamada rushed into the bar. He stopped and looked around. At the moment, Ken stood up and pulled Mika. She fell into his arms. Yamada ran toward the two and grabbed Mika’s wrist and pulled her away from Ken.

Mika:
Huh?

She tried to open her eyes.

Yamada:
Why did you drink this stuff, huh? Do you wanna die or something?!

He shouted. Mika pulled her wrist away from Yamada.

Mika:
Why do you care whether I’m dying or not?

Yamada:
Come on.

He grabbed her hand. Ken grabbed Mika’s other hand and swings her back to his side.

Ken:
Don’t tell her what to do. She doesn’t belong to you anymore.

Yamada:
Mind your business. This is between Mika and me.

He pulled Mika. Ken pulled her back. Takeshi stood between them, dumfounded.

Takeshi:
Hey, guys…

Ken:
She is my business now.

He swings Mika into his arm and kissed her. Mika, Yamada and Takeshi were astonished by his behavior.

To be continued…