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Track #015: Sweet Sweet Surprise

2 Sep

-[February 24th]-

A crowd of people stood in line at the Tokyo Dome, waiting for the entrance door opened. Most of the fans holding a big poster written “Happy Birthday, Mikki!!” with Mika’s pictures. And some holding Mikki’s fans and glow sticks with Mikki’s logo.

-[Next]-

-[Tokyo Dome. Dressing room]-

Staff #1:
Mikki-san, Mikki san!

She peaked her head into the dressing room.

Mika:
Hai, hai!

She turned away from her make up artist and looked at the staff who stood at the door.

Staff #1:
You have 15 minutes left.

Mika:
Hai!

Mariko dashed toward where Mika stood while carrying a black dress protector bag.

Mariko:
Mika! Here it is! They finally arrive!!!

Mika:
Lemme see!

She glanced at Mariko. Mariko unzipped the bag and grabbed a beautiful medieval dress with black laces.

Mika:
Whoa~ It’s so beautiful!

The make up artist, Toshi (34) stopped and glanced at the dress.

Toshi:
It’s lovely!

Mariko:
I know, right? We actually order this from Europe!

Toshi:
Hontou?

Mariko:
Uh. Too bad Yamada couldn’t be here to see you looking so dazzling.

Mika:
<soft chuckle>

Toshi:
Where is he?

Mika:
He’s in Korea right now.

Toshi:
But today is your birthday and he’s your boyfriend.

Mika:
<sigh> It’s fine. We both have work.

Staff #2:
10 minutes left!

A staff shouted.

Mariko:
Oh! We should get you in this dress.

Mika:
Uh.

-[Next]-

-[The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel]-

Yamada stood in front of the tall mirror, pulled the tie around his neck upward. He took a look at himself and smiled.

<knock> <knock> <knock>

He glanced at the door and marched toward it. Yamada twisted the door knob and opened. He saw Akira stood before him.

-[Tokyo Dome. Dressing room]-

Staff #1:
Ready?

The loud chant from the fans echoed through the grand concert hall. Mika looked into her eyes with a smirk on her face.

-[The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel]-

Yamada smirked.

Yamada:
Uh. Let’s go.

-[Tokyo Dome Concert Hall]-

Every lights in the hall suddenly shut off. All the fans in the room began to scream Mika’s name.

Mika:
♪ Na na na na
Na na na na…
Behind your lovely
No one could see it.
But it’s there.
A monster exists.… ♪

She sang in acapella. Mika’s voice echoed in the grand concert hall. A bright spot light shine on the top of the stage; Mika sat on the golden chair in a puffy black lace dress in a matching Venetian masquerade masks with sequins, bead chains, and feathers.

Mika:
♪ You fool me, You fool me well
I was stupid
To ever think that you’re in love with me
I was innocent enough
To believe your lies ♪

The violin strings entered with the “MONSTER” melody.

Mika:
♪ You thought, I’d forget
You thought, I’ll just close my eyes
And pretend it’s ok?
Do you know how much tears, sorrow and pain
You’ve brought me? ♪

The crowd began to cheered.

-[Next]-

-[In Akira’s car]-

Akira glanced at Yamada, whom sat beside him at the passenger’s seat.

Akira:
I seriously do not understand you.

Yamada:
What do you mean?

Akira:
First of all you lied to Mika about the date you’ll return and once you return, instead of running home, you stay in hotel. And now you’re going to her concert. What are you planning to do?

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> You’ll know in about an hour.

-[Next]-

-[Tokyo Dome. Control room]-

Yamada entered the control room. The stage director, Daisuke Takakura (39) turned around and saw Yamada.

Daisuke:
Yamada?

Yamada:
Konbanwa.

He bowed.

Yamada:
I was wondering if you could do me a favor.

Daisuke:
What is it?

-[Next]-

-[Dressing room]-

Mika rushed into the dressing room.

Mika:
“Happiness” is next right?

She asked the staff beside her.

Staff #1:
Uh. Follow by “EMPTY“ and then “I wish…”

She clarified.

Mika:
Hai! I got it!

Mariko unzipped the black tight leather suit and helped Mika slipped into a elegant, glitter cream long dress.

Staff #2:
Mikki-san!

A staff peaked his head into the room.

Mika:
Hai!

Staff #2:
We have to difficulties.

Mika:
Huh?

She immediately turned around.

Staff #2:
Our staff found an unsafe error for the props of “EMPTY” and “I wish…”

Mika:
What? Did you inform to Daisuke-san?

Staff #2:
Yeah, I did and he said we have to replace those two songs with you upcoming singles.

Mika:
Really?

Staff #2:
Hai! Please hurry, you only have 5 minutes left.

Mika:
H-hai.

He closed the door. Mika instantly looked at Mariko.

Mika:
I have to change into a different outfit.

Mariko:
Uh.

She grabbed a white ruffle dress and helped Mika get into the dress.

Staff #2:
Mikki-san, you’re up!

Mika:
Hai!

She turned to the staff beside her.

Mika:
My mic please.

Staff #1:
Here you go.

She handed her the microphone.

Mika:
Let’s go!

She exited the room and onto the stage.

Mariko:
Ganbatte ne!

She shouted. Mika’s shadow disappeared.

Mariko:
<sigh> Why did the props suddenly crack?

Yamada:
No they didn’t.

She recognized the familiar voice and turned around. In front of her eyes, Mariko saw Yamada.

Mariko:
<gasp> Yamada!

Yamada:
Long time no see.

Mariko:
Wh-What are you doing here? Aren’t you suppose to be in Korea?

Yamada:
I was. Actually, Mariko-san… I have a favor to ask.

He leaned close to her ears and whispered.

Mariko:
<gasp> Hontou?!

Yamada:
Uh.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Dressing room]-

Mika rushed into the dressing room.

Mika:
Next outfit, please.

She glanced at Mariko.

Mariko:
Uh.

She immediately grabbed a light pink rosette dress. Mika glanced at the dress.

Mika:
Where did this dress come from? I thought I’m gonna wear the peach dress.

Mariko:
Yeah… About that…

Staff #2:
Mikki-san, 10 minutes!!

Mika:
Never mind. I’ll wear that.

-[Next]-

-[Tokyo Dome Stage]-

Mika appeared in a light pink rosette dress and a pure white high heels.

Mika:
Minna-san, genki desu ka?!

The Audience:
Genki Desu!!

Mika:
What? One more time!

She handed the microphone toward the crowd.

The Audience:
Genki Desu!!

Mika:
Ja~ It’s finally here, ne~ I’m officially 24 <chuckle> I feel so old. This morning when I woke up, I looked in the mirror and I was like “Whoa!” I look so old-

Fan #3:
You’re super pretty, Mikki-san!

Mika:
<chuckle> Hontou? Toshi-kun, do you hear that?? <chuckle>

Fan #4:
Please marry me!!!

Another fan shouted.

Mika:
<chuckle> Someone want me to marry them <chuckle>

She marched across the stage.

Mika:
Itte! My feet hurts from wearing high heels all day. Can I have a chair or a stool?

She looked at the staff behind the curtain. A staff brought a chair on the stage. Mika sat down on the stool.

Mika:
Ah~ Much better.

Another staff rushed to Mika and whispered in her ears.

Mika:
Eh? I have to be blindfold?

The staff nodded. The crowd began to screamed.

Mika:
Huh?! Hontou? You guys think so too?

The crowded answered her with a loud scream.

Mika:
<chuckle> Ok, then. Where is the blindfold?

The staff handed her the blindfold. Mika grabbed the blindfold and wrapped it around her eyes.

Mika:
Chotto, ne~

She fixed the blindfold.

Mika:
Ok! Done!

Yamada slowly marched out on the stage; strolling a cart with a cake and 24 lighten candles. Once he appeared, some of the crowd screamed and some gasped in surprise.

Mika:
What? What is it?

Yamada did the silence gesture with his pointing finger on his lips. The crowd calmed down. Yamada continued to strolled the cart close to Mika. He stopped and marched toward Mika. He grabbed her hands and pulled her up from the stool.

Mika:
Who-Who is this?

Yamada:
Take off the blindfold.

Mika recognized the voice and immediately removed the blindfold from her eyes.

Mika:
<gasp> Yamada!!!

The audience screamed his names.

Mika:
What are you doing here?

Yamada:
I’m here to ask you a question.

Mika:
Huh?

He grabbed a jewelry box in his pocket and bended down on one knees. Everyone in the concert hall gasped.

Yamada:
Mika Tanaka…

He opened the box.

Yamada:
Will you marry me?

Mika bust into tears while using her hands covering her mouth.

Yamada:
I want to wake up seeing your face everyday and I want to fall asleep with you by my side. I want to grow old with you and stay by your side forever… Will you marry me?

Mika:
Oh my-

The audience chanted.

The Audience:
Say yes!! Say yes!! Say yes!!

Mika:
<sniffle> Yes.

Yamada slipped the ring on her ring finger and stood up. Mika instantly hugged him while crying like a baby.

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> I love you.

He whispered.

Mika:
<sob> I love you more! <sob>

Yamada:
<chuckle> Baka.

The audience cheered. Backstage, Mariko tears up.

Mariko:
<sniffle> Congratulation, Mika!!

She swept her tears away.

-[SMEJ Studio]-

Takeshi sat alone in the studio, staring at the computer screen.

Takeshi:
<light chuckle> Congrats, baka.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

T.V Anchor:
After Mikki’s public announcement on Excited Music about her special live concert to celebrate her 24th birthday. Fans immediately buy her live concert ticket and just in 5 minutes, the tickets was sold out. During her one night concert, Yamada Ryosuke(25) made a surprise appearance. He bend down on one knees and proposed. The audience was shocked as much as Mikki was. Here’s some of the comments from the fans whom were at the concert last night.

Another clip popped up. A fan stood in front of the camera.

Fan #5:
… Hai, hai! I was really surprise <chuckle>

Another clip appeared.

Fan #6:
I couldn’t- Even now, I still couldn’t believe it! It was surprising, ne.

She looked at her friend, who stood beside her.

Fan #7:
Uh! But very romantic.

Fan #6:
Sou ne~

Fan #7:
I didn’t even know that they were dating.

Fan #6:
Uh. Me too. But I feel happy for Mikki-san.

Fan #7:
Uh. Me too.

They smiled.

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Yamada:
Aren’t you a little self conceited to watch yourself on the news?
Mika moved her eyes from the T.V and at Yamada.

Mika:
Because I wanna confirm whether last night was real or not.

Yamada sat beside her.

Yamada:
Why? It’s unreal to you?

Mika:
Uh… I thought you were still in Korea and BOOM! You’re here~ Wait! You lied to me. How dare yo-

Yamada:
<scoff> Do you know you know how much effort and trouble I have get myself into just to make one memorial event for you?

Mika:
Who told you to do that, huh?

Yamada:
You- I… Fine! If you don’t wanna the ring then give it back.

Mika:
Ok then.

She grabbed the ring on her finger.

Yamada:
No, no, no… I’m just playing <chuckle>

Mika stopped.

Mika:
But seriously…

She frowned.

Mika:
We have to have a press conference this Saturday?

Yamada:
Uh.

Mika:
Why?

Yamada:
We have to confirm it to the public to avoid rumors and such. Most famous couple made a press conference after they got marry, but since I already proposed in front of public, we have to confirm it.

Mika:
<sigh> I’m worry…

Yamada wrapped his arms around her shoulder.

Yamada:
Don’t worry… Just don’t answer any uncomfortable answers, lemme me answer those.

Mika:
No, that’s not what I mean…

Yamada:
Huh?

Mika:
I’m worry about my upcoming single… what if this situation affect my single?

Yamada:
You worry more about your single than our marriage?

Mika:
Uh.

She nodded.

Yamada:
How could you reply with such cold heart?

Mika:
Because I worked hard on it.

Yamada:
So did I. Do you know that JE just lost their number 1 idol? That’s a great lost.

Mika:
But they still have Chinen, Yuma, Yamapi, Jin-

Yamada:
Ok, ok… I’m hungry~ can you make some Udon?

Mika:
Again?

Yamada:
Come on. It’s not that hard when you continue making it everyday.

Mika:
Oh~ I seriously regret of accepting your proposal.

She whined.

-[Next]-

-[Johnny’s office]-

Johnny:
He asked me for a short break to create this news? Do you perhaps have anything to do with this?

Akira:
No, no, sir.

He flinched.

Akira:
I honestly couldn’t he would do that. I was suspicious at first but then-

Johnny:
Call him in.

Akira:
Eh? Now?

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Mika and Yamada:
Ittadakimasu~

They both dipped their chopsticks in the hot bowl of Udon.

<ring <ring> <ring>

Mika:
Your phone…

Yamada stood up and marched into the living room. He grabbed the phone on the table.

Yamada:
Hello?

Akira:
Johnny-san wanna see you now.

Yamada:
Now?

Mika peaked her head in. He slightly turned around.

Yamada:
Uh. I’ll be there.

He hangs up.

Mika:
What’s wrong?

Yamada:
Sorry. I have to go somewhere.

He grabbed the jacket on the sofa.

Mika:
Is everything ok?

Yamada:
Uh.

He faked a smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Johnny’s office]-

<knock> <knock>

Johnny:
Come in.

Yamada stepped into the office and saw Johnny sat on the chair.

Johnny:
Come. Sit down.

Yamada marched toward where he sat and settled down across him.

Johnny:
I heard you proposed.

Yamada:
Yes, sir.

Johnny:
Then you know what happen to those who decided to marry at the early age in this industry.

Yamada:
Yes, sir.

Johnny:
All of these years, there were rumors about your love life and I let it go because I know it was just for fun. But now you’d risk everything, your whole career for a girl?

Yamada:
She’s not just a girl. She’s my girl and I love her with all my heart. I never said I’d leave the company. Plus, I’ve always wanted to settle down and have a family so I wanna do it now so please… support my decision.

Johnny glared at Yamada without any words.

Yamada:
If there isn’t anything else then I’d like to excuse-

Johnny:
You really have guts, huh?

Yamada:
I’m sorry, sir. I don’t know what you are talking about.

Johnny:
Yamada Ryosuke… I was the one who made you and I can also break you.

Yamada:
Then why didn’t you do that 8 years ago?

He stared straight into his eyes.

Yamada:
You knew that I had a relationship with Atsuko and yet you didn’t stop me. Could it be… that you were the one who told her to stay away from me?

Johnny couldn’t answer.

Johnny:
I don’t know what you’re-

Yamada:
It’s ok. I’m glad you did anyway. Because of you, I have a chance to meet Mika… a chance to love her so I’d like to thank you. I guess everything does happen for a reason, huh Johnny-san?

He smiled. Johnny grabbed the chair handle tightly.

Johnny:
How? How did you know?

Yamada:
I overheard your conversation with Atsuko over the phone after she married.

Johnny:
<scoff> And you’re not afraid I might do the same to Mika?

Yamada:
If you lay one hand on her… I swear I’ll bring you and your company down.

He glared at him.

Johnny;
<chuckle> You sure grown up a lot.

-[Next]-

Once Yamada opened the door, he found Akira leaned his ear close to the door. When Akira saw Yamada exited the office, he  immediately jumped.

Yamada:
What are you doing?

Akira:
<clear throat> No-nothing.

Yamada marched away from the office.  Akira followed behind.

Akira:
Ya-Yamada…

Yamada:
What?

Akira:
Aren’t you afraid that-that Johnny-san will suspend you?

Yamada:
For what? All I want to do is get marry.

Akira:
Then… About Atsuko.

Yamada stopped and turned around.

Akira:
I remembered how you were so upset about the whole situation that all you did was drinking as much as you can. If you knew… why didn’t you resign-

Yamada:
Because if I quit… then I can’t stand in front of him and said those stuff. I want to prove to him that I, Yamada Ryosuke, can be success without his support.

He glanced at the office door from the distance.

-[Johnny’s office]-

Johnny sat still on the chair, stared blankly at the empty seat.

Johnny:
<soft chuckle> Yamada… You’re really good. Let see how long you could keep that confidence of yours when you taste the bitter of consequence.

He smirked.

To be continue…

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