Track #011: Truth… Expose!

11 Aug

-[Rina’s Apartment]-

Rina sat on the edge of her bed, looking out the night view of the city below her and while holding tightly to her phone. She looks anxious while stared blankly out the veranda. She flipped open the phone and dial Ren’s number.

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

Ren:
Hello.

Rina:
Why was that bastard there?

Ren:
I heard Max-san felt sorry for deposed him so he requested him to come back to Avex.

Rina:
How did he get involved with her?

Ren:
<sigh> I don’t know how but I did make several call and confirmed that he does work for SMEJ and as Mika’s composer. Do you think he could possibly told Mika about working with us and the situation?

Rina:
No… Do you think she’d be quiet about this situation? She’d grab this opportunity to gain more publicity.

Ren:
You’re right.

Rina:
However, we should dispose the evidence.

Ren:
Don’t worry, I’m on it. But what are you going to do?

Rina:
I want to know how much she knows…

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Studio]-

<knock> <knock>

Mika entered with 2 plastic coffee cups in both hands.

Mika:
Oha-

She looked up and saw Kenji sat in front of the laptop.

Mika:
Ah! Kenji, you’re back!

She smiled.

Kenji:
How are you?

Mika:
I’m doing fine.

She looked around.

Mika:
Where is Takeshi?

Kenji:
He called me early this morning and told me that he had caught a cold and couldn’t make it. So I’m his substitute for today.

Mika:
Oh, I see.

She smiled as she approached the seat next to Kenji. Mika sat down and hand him the cup of coffee in her hand.

Mika:
Coffee?

Kenji:
Arigatou.

He grabbed the cup and took a sip.

Kenji:
Hmm… espresso.

Mika:
Sorry, I didn’t know that you’re here today and I don’t know what you’d like to drink so…

Kenji:
No, no, it’s fine.

He smiled.

Mika:
So how was the States? Did you go anywhere fun?

Kenji:
<soft chuckle> The only place I know while I was there is the studio.

Mika:
<chuckle> Really? That’s too bad.

Kenji:
But it’s fine, though. Cause I’ll be back there next summer.

Mika:
Oh… for a family vacation?

Kenji:
Uh.

Mika:
Remind me by then cause I know a lot of good places there for a family hang out.

Kenji:
Then I should thank you first.

Mika:
<chuckle> It’s nothing. How old is your son?

Kenji:
Almost 3 months.

Mika:
Oh, really?

Kenji:
Uh… <sigh> You know, a few months ago I was very frustrated cause there was no place that would hire me but thanks to you and Takeshi… I had a second chance to be in the studio again.

Mika:
We’re happy to have you here. You’ve work hard.

She smiled. Kenji glanced at her.

Kenji:
But Mika… Do you know where- no, whom I worked with before?

Mika:
I heard you worked for Avex before, but I don’t know whom you worked with… What’s wrong?

Kenji:
I used to work with Rina, Rina Hoshino.

Mika looked surprised.

Mika:
Oh… I see.

Kenji:
Yesterday, I went to Avex and confirmed something and I was right. You’re the owner of that song, Confession, am I right?

Mika looked down at the cup of coffee in her hand.

Kenji:
When I first met you, your name sound familiar but I wasn’t positive but now I know. You have ever right to sue her! She did a very selfish and coward act. What she did was a crime! Why didn’t you reveal her? What are you waiting for?

Mika:
Yes, she did commit a crime. It was selfish and coward, but Rina was my friend. Whenever, I need a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to… she was always there. I couldn’t do it. I want her to realize her mistake and sincerity apologize to me. If I reveal this secret, her whole career would collapse… I, however, would gain the pity and more fame from the public. This act is also considers selfish and coward. So please… keep this conversation between you and me.

Kenji:
<sigh> Alright. I promise to keep this between us.

Mika smiled.

Mika:
Arigatou.

-[Next]-

Mika exited the studio, as she lifted her head up, Mika saw Ami sat at the desk. Mika approached the front desk.

Ami:
<sneeze> Oh god, I caught the nasty cold <cough>

Mika:
Why didn’t stay home, then?

Ami lifted her head and saw Mika stood in front of the front desk.

Ami:
Mika.

Mika:
What happened? I heard you had a date with Mr. Greedy.

Ami:
<scoff> Don’t remind me of it. Thanks to him I caught this stupid cold. But…

She looked at Mika.

Ami:
How do you know that I had a date with him.

Mika:
<chuckle> It’s a secret.

Ami:
You knew from the beginning, huh?

Mika avoided Ami’s eyes.

Ami:
<scoff> And you didn’t told me about it?

Mika:
No… I didn’t know that you’re his date until he told me.

Ami:
He-he told you?

Mika:
Uh. He called me and told me about it.

Ami:
Really?

She looked down.

Mika:
Why? Your heart moved by this?

Ami:
<scoff> Why would my heart moved by that selfish bastard? He only brought trouble to me.

Mika:
Really… Hmm, then you’d probably be happy to know he caught the cold, huh?

Ami:
Huh? Really?! How is he?

Mika looked at Ami.

Mika:
<chuckle> So much for a “selfish bastard”…

Ami:
It-it’s not like that!!!

Mika laughed. Her eyes glanced aside and saw Rina stood in front of her. Both of their eyes met. Rina smiled.

Rina:
Ohayou. Long time no see.

-[Next]-

-[Keito’s residence]-

Keito stared blankly at his phone in his hand.

-[flash back]-

Mika:
<sigh> Uh. I wrote that song. I was about to apply it to a record company but she took it and makes it hers.

Keito:
Why? Why didn’t you tell me, huh? Is this your revenge? You made me look and feel like a fool because I rejected your feelings?

Mika looked straight into his eyes.

Mika:
Would you believe me if I told you the truth?

Keito couldn’t answer.

Mika:
Huh? Would you… believe me?

Keito:
Then why did you tell me now? Why didn’t you just keep it as a secret?

Mika:
It’s the truth… The truth could not disappear. Sooner or later you would find out… I’d rather be the one who told you this.
Keito:
What should I do now? What do you want me to do?

Mika:
It’s a decision that you have to decide because I accomplished my goal. That secret would never burden me anymore. I can smile now.

-[flash back]-

Keito flipped up his phone. The image of him and Rina showed on the screen.

Keito:
You’re right, Mika. The truth would eventually reveal… I know what I should do now.

He punched in numbers and placed the phone against his ear.

<dial tone> <dial tone>

Unknown:
This is Max Mastuura’s office.

Keito:
Can you please transfer me to Max- san?

Unknown:
May I know your name?

Keito:
Okamoto. Keito Okamoto. Please tell him it’s an urgent matters.

Unknown:
Hai. I’ll check with him.

<click>

Keito took a deep breath.

Max:
Hello?

Keito:
Max-san?

Max:
Hai. May I know who I’m talking to?

Keito:
My name is Keito Okamoto. I’m from Johnny Entertainment.

Max:
Ah~ you’re from Hey! Say! Jump, isn’t it?

Keito:
Hai.

Max:
Is there anything I can help you with?

Keito:
Actually, there is… I think this might involve law matters so I suggest you prepare a lawyer.

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Cafeteria]-

Rina took a sip of the hot tea from the white teacup.

Mika:
What bring you here?

Rina placed the cup down the table.

Rina:
I can’t visit my dear friend?

Mika:
When did I became your “dear friend”?

Rina:
Isn’t that a little cold, Mika-chan?

Mika:
<scoff> Cold? That’s exactly how I felt when you said those words two years ago.

She glared into Rina’s eyes.

Mika:
So tell me… what’s the real reason you’re here?

Rina:
I heard Kenji works as your composer, am I right?

Mika:
Uh. What is it that you need from him?

Rina:
Do you know he used to work with me?

Mika:
Uh, he told me that.

Rina freezes.

Rina:
Really… What else did he told you?

Mika chuckled.

Rina:
What? What’s so funny?

Mika:
I get it. You’re here to make sure that Kenji didn’t slip out the little secret that you keep? You afraid I might use Kenji as a witness to expose your dirty little secret?

Rina:
How-

Mika:
Don’t worry… I’m not coward and selfish like you.

Rina:
What?

Mika:
Unlike you, I’d give everything to pursuit my dream and play a fair game… I’d never use tears and pity to gain any success.

She looked straight into Rina’s eyes.

Mika:
You can leave with a happy heart now.

She stood up and took a step.

Rina:
You’re wrong!

Mika stopped.

Rina:
Giving everything? <scoff> Don’t make me laugh. In this industry, no matter how hard you work and how honest you might seem… it would all come down to how good you persuade others. Using tears and pity isn’t useless as you think because it works, didn’t it? I did it to steal Keito away, didn’t I?

Mika turned around.

Mika:
Then I feel sorry for you because you would never know how it feel like to actually love someone. Do you know how much Keito cherish you? Not one day, I hate the fact that he loves you… because he honestly loves you, but what make me angry the most is how you fooled him with that act of yours-

Rina:
And? Why? Why do you care for him? Don’t you already have Yamada?

Mika:
Because he’s a good person! I couldn’t stand to see him like this.

Rina:
I bet he’ll moved once he hears this, but then again… like you said, he cherish me. He’ll listen to everything I say.

She smirked.

Mika:
Truth… will reveal someday.

Rina:
Then I shall bury the truth.

She stood up.

Rina:
Thanks for the tea. I think I’m done here.

She departed from Mika.

Mika:
Rina, you’re wrong… you can never bury the truth because it’d never disappear no matter how much you hide it.

-[Next]-

-[Avex. Max’s office]-

<knock> <knock>

Max:
Come in.

Ren stepped into the office. Immediately, he saw Keito and a man in a suit sat across from Max.

Ren:
<gasp> Keito.

Keito turned and glared at him.

Ren:
What are you doing here?

Max:
Keito, here, just did an impressive thing… He just told me about something that even I found very shocking.

Ren:
Wh-what is it?

Max:
Do you know why I called you here?

Ren:
No, sir.

Max:
Mr. Izawa, please show him the paper.

Mr. Izawa:
Yes, sir. <clear throat>

He stood up.

Mr. Izawa:
Are you familiar with this paper?

He showed him a music sheet titled, Confession. Ren’s eyes grew big once he saw the paper.

Ren:
Ho-how-

Mr. Izawa:
Are you aware that this song was wrongfully stolen from Mika Tanaka?

Ren:
St-stolen? It’s impossible! It’s belongs to Rina! Rina Hoshino.

Mr. Izawa:
Then can you explain Mika’s name the date on this paper?

Ren:
Bu-But…

He looked at Max.

Keito:
Just give up now. If you confess the truth, we will reconsider the lawsuit.

Ren turned to Keito.

Ren:
Lawsuit?!?!

Ren looked at Max.

Ren:
No… no. Max-san, you can’t do this! It’d cause a huge chaos. There would be rumor- bad rumor about the company-

Max:
That’s why I’m settling this matter within the company! If you confess and resign now, I will reconsider the heavy lawsuit on you and Rina.

Ren:
Rina?

Keito:
Rina will be the one responsible for this. All you need to do is confess everything.

Ren took a step back. He fell on his knees.

Ren:
This-this is not happening…

Max:
So what’s it going to be?

Ren looked at Max.

-[Next]-

-[Rina’s apartment]-

<ding>

Rina stepped out of the elevator with her phone against her ear,

Voice Mail:
… please leave a message…

Rina hang up.

Rina:
What is with him? Why didn’t he pick up the damn phone?!

She raised her head up and saw Keito stood in front of her apartment. Their eyes met.

Rina:
Keito…

She walked closer to him.

Rina:
What are you doing here?

Keito smiled.

Keito:
Are you trying to call somebody?

Rina:
Uh. I’ve been trying to reach Ren ever since this evening but he doesn’t answer my call. Maybe I should try it again.

She held the phone up.

Keito:
No need…

Rina stopped and looked at Keito.

Keito:
He’s occupied, with giving the statement that he’s giving to the police right now.

Rina:
Huh? Po-police?

Keito:
Uh.

Rina:
What’s wrong? Why would he’s giving statement to police? What did he do?

Keito:
It’s not because of what he did… it’s what you did.

Rina:
Huh? Keito, what are you talking about?

Keito:
You stole Mika’s song, didn’t you?

Rina:
What? Did she tell you that? You know that Mika only said that to-

Keito:
I saw it. I saw the music sheet that has Mika’s name on it.

Rina:
Keito… It’s a lie. She lied to you. I-I-I can explain…

She grabbed his arm. Keito pulled his arm away from her.

Keito:
No! It wasn’t Mika who lied to me… it’s you.

He looked straight into her eyes.

Rina:
No… I must call Max-san to clarify this.

Keito:
I don’t think that’ll be a good idea.

Rina:
What?

Keito:
You’re officially suspended from Avex.

Rina dropped her bag and phone.

Rina:
Suspended?

Keito:
I think the best for you right now is to give up.

Rina:
No… it’s not possible.

Keito:
It’s over, Rina. Your fame ended… us.

Rina immediately turned to Keito.

Rina:
What? You’re breaking up with me?

Keito:
I’m sorry. I can no longer be a fool that only believe you and your words.

He took a step.

Keito:
Goodbye, Rina.

He departed from her. Rina collapsed on the ground.

Rina:
No. It’s not over. It’s not over! It’s all her fault!

-[Next]-

-[Fuji T.V. Dressing Room]-

A staff opened the door and peak her head in.

Unknown:
Mikki-san, you’re on in 10 minutes.

Mikki:
Hai! I understand!

She closed the door. Mika looked at Mariko.

Mariko:
So do you think there’d be romance between them?

Mika:
Who knows… Maybe <chuckle>

Staff:
Excuse me. Miss! You can’t walk in like this!

Both Mika and Mariko turned around.

Mika:
What’s going on?

Mariko:
I don’t know.

-[Outside the hall]-

He grabbed Rina’s arm.

Rina:
Don’t you dare touch me! I need to see the bitch who responsible for this! Where is she?!! Where is Mika Takana!!!

Mika:
I’m right here so stop yelling.

Rina turned to her left and saw Mika stood in front of her.

Mika:
What do you want?

Rina marched toward Mika and slapped her. Everyone in the room was completely shocked.

Mariko:
Hey! What the hell do you think you’re doing?!

Rina:
Shut up!

She glanced at Mariko and back at Mika.

Rina:
You did this, didn’t you?!

Mika:
What?

Rina:
<scoff> Don’t play dumb with me. It was you who told Keito about me stealing your song, didn’t you? And you’re also the one who told Max-san about this too, huh?! What happened to “I’ll never be like you”. I’ll never do such coward thing?!?! For a second, I actually believed you but… I‘d never believe you would do such a dirty thing!

Mika:
Rina! You better watch your mouth! It’s true that I told Keito but I’ve never spoke with Max-san before. So don’t just barge in here and assumed people for something they didn’t do?

Rina looked into her eyes.

Rina:
It’s your fault!!! It’s, all, your fault!!!!

She screamed.

Mika:
No… It’s your own fault.

Rina:
What?

Rina lifted her arm up. Mika grabbed her wrist before she could hit her.

Mika:
If you want to blame someone then you should blame yourself for being too greedy. It’s all because of your doing that brought you here.

She glared at Rina.

Mika:
It’s over, Rina. Just give up…

Rina lower her hand.

Mika:
Start over but this time please be more honest.

Tears fell from her eyes.

Unknown:
Mikki, you’re up.

A staff announced.

Mika:
I’ll be right there.

She turned to the staff and back at Rina.

Mika:
I wish you the best.

She departed from Rina. Rina collapsed on her knees.

Rina:
No… NOOOO!!!

She screamed.

To be continued…

EDITOR?!?!?!

10 Aug

Hello~It’s Miidori once again!!

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Track #010: Truth… No more lies

1 Aug

-[Coffee House]-

Raindrops fell down from the dull gray sky one by one. Mika dazed out at the pouring rain.

Mika:
<sigh> Why did it suddenly rain?<sigh>

Keito:
<chuckle> Your sigh might blow away the table.

Mika turned around and saw Keito stood in front of her, holding 2 mugs.

Keito:
Here. Have some hot coco.

He placed the large mug in front of Mika.

Mika:
Oh! Thank you.

The two exchanged a smile as he settled across from Mika.

Keito:
When your ride comes?

Mika:
My stylist will pick me up me soon.

Keito:
Oh I see.

Mika took a sip of the hot coco.

Mika:
Hmm… It sounds like an audience clapping all at once.

Keito listened.

Keito:
Uh, you’re right. It does sounds like an audience clapping.

He smiled. Mika looked at him. Keito noticed her.

Keito:
Ah! I forgot… I apologized about that day.

Mika:
Huh? That day? When?

Keito:
The day at your place… Rina and I were a little bit rude to come without an invitation.

Mika:
Oh… It’s fine.

She smiled.

Keito:
It’s good to see you smile. Years may fly by, things may change but your smile is still the same.

Mika:
Huh?

Keito:
Uh, I admire your smile. It’s full of joy. It make other happy just to see you smile.

Mika:
You’re happy to see me?

Keito:
Of course.

She looked down at her fingers. Keito took a sip of the warm hot coco.

Mika:
I thought you don’t wanna see me again.

Keito stopped and looked at Mika.

Mika:
Two years ago, around this time of the year… You coldly exclaimed, no… more like warned me to not to come near you nor see your face.

Keito:
Mika…

Mika:
<chuckle> Do you even know how much those words hurts me?

She looked into his eyes.

Keito:
Mika, I was saying those words out of frustration-

Mika:
I know. I know how much you cherish her.

Keito:
Indeed, I love Rina more than anything… <chuckle> I know it might sounds cliché but that’s how truly feel toward her.

Mika:
Of course, you would be the fool who madly in love… while I was also a fool who loved that other fool <sniffle>

Keito:
Mika, I-

Mika:
You know, you would make me laugh when there’s nothing seems right. When I’m around you, I feel calm as if the time had stopped and there’s an unknown world has created. Your aura is warm and gentle… I guess that’s why I like you.

Tears filled in her eyes. Mika looked down at her fingers.

Mika:
But once I acknowledge the fact that’s your heart goes to someone else… not just anyone but my best of friend, my heart ached so much that I couldn’t breath. And once you said those harsh words, my whole world collapsed.

Tears dropped upon her eyes as she quickly swept it away.

Keito:
Mika… I’m sorry.

Mika:
Don’t say that. Because of you, I know what’s love is. I learned to become stronger and more determined. I learned on that rainy day that no one would believe you when you’re a loser who has no power.

Keito:
Mika, please-

Mika:
That song… “Confession” are you familiar of that song?

Keito:
Uh. She wrote it to indicate her feelings toward-

Mika:
Don’t you mean I, Mika Tanaka, was the one who wrote that?

Keito:
Wh-what do you mean?

She smiled.

Mika:
Ah! My ride is here.

Keito turned around and saw a white mini van pulled over in front of the coffee house.

Mika:
It’s nice to see you again, Keito and thanks for the hot coco.

She smiled as she stood up.

Keito:
That’s a lie, right?

He looked at Mika.

Keito:
Ho-how could that song be yours?

Mika:
I think you should ask your girlfriend that question. You might find it very interesting.

-[Next]-

-[Ami’s Apartment]-

Ami threw a dry towel on Takeshi’s face. He swept it off his face.

Takeshi:
Don’t have to be cruel… I was just-

Ami:
Shut up before I kick you out in the rain.

Takeshi:
Ok, ok. I’ll be quiet.

Ami:
<clear throat> I have to change so don’t you dare peak at-

Takeshi:
Then don’t tell me! Just go and do whatever you want. Why report to me?

Ami glared at him.

Ami:
Don’t you dare, you disgusting old pervert!

Takeshi:
Ok, ok, ok. Just go.

Ami marched into her room. Takeshi looked around the apartment. He saw a row of box set of drama that had been organized be alphabet.

Takeshi:
<soft chuckle> Drama freak.

He glanced at the calendar.

Takeshi:
Damn!

-[Next]-

-[Dressing Room]-

Mika:
What?! You’re at Ami’s house?!!

She stood up from the chair, holding her cell phone.

Takeshi:
Shhh!

Mika sat back down.

Mika:
<chuckle> How could this be? How could you make such a fast move?

Takeshi:
Shut up. I’m just stuck here cause my car had towed away.

Mika:
<laugh> What? <laugh> Your car had towed away? <laugh> I’m not surprise. So how’s the date? Did you have fun?

Takeshi:
Fun? Don’t you mean torture? Not only she slapped me and kick me but also embarrassed me in front of thousand of people.

Mika:
Because you deserve it! Why didn’t you just tell her that it was you from the start?

Takeshi:
Be-because I thought it would be a little fun to make her wait.

Mika:
Tch, tch… <scoff> Why didn’t Ami kick you at your private? She’s being too nice. If it was me, I make sure that you would never have children.

Takeshi:
Whose side are you on, huh? I’m your manager!!

Mika:
Really. Then why aren’t you here?

Takeshi:
How could I go out in such horrible weather?

Mika:
Just say you want to stay at her place.

-[Ami’s Apartment]-

Takeshi:
Hey! You better watch-

Ami:
AAAAHHHHH!!!!

Takeshi:
Ami!

-[Next]-

Takeshi opened the door and dashed in.

Takeshi:
What’s wrong?

He looked at Ami, who’s fully naked.

Takeshi:
<gasp> You’re…

Ami:
Shut up and turn around!!!

Takeshi immediately turned around. Ami grabbed a blanket and covered herself.

Takeshi:
Why did you scream, you idiot?!

Ami:
The-there-there’s a spider over there.

Takeshi:
Where? Where?

Ami:
Over there. At the corner.

She pointed at a big black spider.

Takeshi:
Whoa!

He jumped as he held Ami tightly.

Ami:
What you are you doing? Kill it!!!

Takeshi:
No~ Why should I?

Ami:
Then remove it!

Takeshi:
Bu-but I’m afraid of spider.

Ami:
WHAT?!!! How could you call yourself a man?

She pushed him. Takeshi landed on the ground.

-[Next]-

-[Avex building, Max’s office]-

Kenji:
…Please understand, sir.

He bowed. Max smiled.

Max:
Don’t worry. Thanks for coming.

Kenji:
No problem.

He smiled.

Kenji:
Ah! Sir…

Max:
Huh?

Kenji:
Do you still keep Rina’s song?

Max:
Uh. Why?

Kenji:
There’s something I’d like to confirm.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

Ren approached the elevator and exchanged a friendly smile at the ladies who had been waited. The two ladies giggled and mumbled. He pressed the button at the elevator.

<ding>

As the elevator door pulled away, Ren lifted his head and saw Kenji stood in the elevator. Their eyes met. Ren smirked as he stepped into the elevator along with the ladies behind him. He pressed the number 1 button.

Ren:
<clear throat> You still have some stuff left behind or something?

Kenji:
No, sir.

Ren:
Really… Then why are you here?

Kenji:
Oh! I thought you’ve heard the news.

Ren:
Huh? What news?

Kenji:
Max-san called me yesterday, asked me to come back to Avex. I just met with him.

Ren:
<scoff> What? I think there’s a misunderstanding. Why would Max-san called a useless composer like you-

Kenji:
You’ve heard of a singer name, Mika- I mean, Mikki?

Ren:
Yeah. What about her?

Kenji:
Her latest single had landed on the top 10 of the Oricon chart.

Ren:
And?

Kenji:
I composed those songs.

Ren’s eyes opened wide.

Kenji:
Since those songs made the top 10, I think you should took back those cruel words of me being a “useless” and all.

He smirked.

Ren:
You-you worked for Mika Tanaka?

Kenji:
Uh. Not only she’s an amazing singer but also a good songwriter. Hmm… I wonder why her early work got into the wrong hand.

Ren:
Huh? What do you mean?

<ding>

The elevator door pulled away.

Kenji:
Ah! I believe this is where I get off. It’s good to see you again, Ren Osawa.

He smiled as he exit the elevator. Ren breath rapidly as the elevator door closed.

-[Next]-

<knock> <knock>

Max:
Enter.

Ren marched into his office.

Ren:
Max-san, Kenji was here?

Max:
Uh, you just missed him.

Ren:
Did he ask for anything?

Max:
Hmm… he asked to look at Rina’s song.

Ren:
Huh? Which one?

Max:
Confession.

Ren turned pale.

-[Next]-

-[Keito’s car]-

Keito’s car stopped at the red light.

Rina:
So what do you wanna eat today? Chinese? Italian? Ah! We should stop by this new Italian restaurant…

Keito stared blankly at the road.

-[flash back]-

Mika:
That song… “Confession” are you familiar of that song?

Keito:
Uh. She wrote it to indicate her feelings toward-

Mika:
Don’t you mean I, Mika Tanaka, was the one who wrote that?

Keito:
Wh-what do you mean?

She smiled.

Mika:
Ah! My ride is here.

Keito turned around and saw a white mini van pulled over in front of the coffee house.

Mika:
It’s nice to see you again, Keito and thanks for the hot coco.

She smiled as she stood up.

Keito:
That’s a lie, right?

He looked at Mika.

Keito:
Ho-how could that song be yours?

Mika:
I think you should ask your girlfriend that question. You might find it very interesting.

-[flash back]-

Rina:
Keito. Keito?

She shook his arm.

Keito:
Huh?

Rina:
Are you ok? You seem a little distracted today?

Keito:
Me? <nervous chuckle> I’m fine. What were you saying?

Rina looked at him.

-[Next]-

-[Italian restaurant]-

Keito stared blankly at the dish as he swirled the pasta round the fork.

Rina:
Keito?

Keito:
Huh?

Rina:
Are you sure you’re ok? Perhaps you’ve caught a cold?

Keito:
No… I don’t think so.

He revealed an awkward smile.

Keito:
Rina…

He looked into her eyes.

Keito:
About the-

<ring> <ring> <ring>

Rina:
Ah! My cell phone!

She reached into her purse and grabbed the cell phone. Ren’s number appeared on the screen.

Rina:
<clear throat> Excuse me.

She smiled as she stood up from the table.

-[Next]-

Rina hide herself at a corner near the restroom.

Rina:
Hello?

Ren:
Something had happened…

Rina:
Huh? What happened?

Ren:
That bastard Kenji… Do you know whom he’s working with right now?

Rina:
No. Who could’ve wanted to work with him? He’s just a hopeless composer-

Ren:
Mika. Mika Tanaka.

Rina’s eyes opened wide.

Rina:
What?! How could this possible- are you sure?

Ren:
I spoke with him. I’m afraid he’ll reveal the song-

Rina:
No! That’s not possible! There isn’t any prove that that song was written by Mika.

Ren:
But her name was written on the paper.

Rina:
Huh? What?! Scratch it out! Make it disappear.

She whispered.

Ren:
No, I can’t. If I asked Max-san to borrow that music sheet, he’d be suspicious.

Rina:
<sigh> It’s a long time, he’d probably forgot about it- No! He might not notice it so… don’t worry.

Ren:
Yeah, you’re right.

Rina:
I’ll call you later.

She hangs up the phone and turned around however Keito was behind her. Rina flinched as soon as she saw Keito.

Rina:
Keito… What are you doing here?

Keito:
You’ve been away for a long time so I was worried about you.

Rina:
Oh… I’m fine.

She peaked a smile.

Keito:
Are you sure? Your face is all pale. Did something happen?

Rina:
No, no… Nothing happened.

Keito:
Do you wanna go home?

Rina:
Uh, uh… yeah.

Keito:
Ok.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

Keito’s car pulled over in front of Rina’s apartment. Rina unbuckled the seat belt.

Rina:
Do you wanna coming in?

Keito:
No. I have to meet someone.

Rina:
At this hour? Who?

Keito:
A friend from England… He visits here and he’s not familiar with the place so he asked me for help.

Rina:
Is it ok if I come along?

Keito:
Maybe next time. He has some unsolved problem and need a drinking buddy.

Rina:
Oh, ok. Good night then.

She smiled.

Keito:
Sweet dream.

He smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Fuji TV Station]-

Mika and Mariko exited the building.

Mariko:
<laugh> She really kicked him?

Mika:
<laugh> Uh, Takeshi had finally met his match <laugh>

As they lifted their heads up, they saw Keito stood in front of them. Keito’s eyes met Mika’s eyes.

Mariko:
Umm… I’m just gonna wait for you in the car.

Mika:
Uh.

She smiled. Mariko departed from the two. Keito and Mika took a step closer to each other.

Mika:
You were waiting for me?

Keito:
Is it true?

Mika:
Huh?

Keito:
What you said earlier… is it true?

Mika:
<sigh> Uh. I wrote that song. I was about to apply it to a record company but she took it and makes it hers.

Keito:
Why? Why didn’t you tell me, huh? Is this your revenge? You made me look and feel like a fool because I rejected your feelings?

Mika looked straight into his eyes.

Mika:
Would you believe me if I told you the truth?

Keito couldn’t answer.

Mika:
Huh? Would you… believe me?

Keito:
Then why did you tell me now? Why didn’t you just keep it as a secret?

Mika:
It’s the truth… The truth could not disappear. Sooner or later you would find out… I’d rather be the one who told you this.

Tears lingered in Keito’s eyes.

<honk> <honk>

Mariko peaked her head out of the window.

Mariko:
Mika~ It’s getting late! We should head home!!!

Mika:
Uh. Good night, Keito

She took a step.

Keito:
What should I do now? What do you want me to do?

Mika:
It’s a decision that you have to decide because I accomplished my goal. That secret would never burden me anymore. I can smile now.

She departed from Keito. Mika stepped into the car and zoomed away. Keito bust into tears and kneel down on the ground. Mika glanced at the rear view mirror and saw Keito in tears.

Mika (Thinking):
Keito… I’m doing this so you can wake up from the lies that she had created. I don’t you to be a fool forever… I’m sorry.

She looked away. A tear fell from her eyes.

To be continue…

Author’s News!! Please read >~<

31 Jul

Yo! It’s Miidori~

I apologize for the delay of the previous chapter (Ch.9). Due to the technology difficulties I was unable to write the chapter <— (I sound so professional. Ke ke ke) But please don’t worry, I just got it fixed a day ago and it’s all good to go!!! Well… as you can see, as a author (NOT pro but as an amateur TT^TT)  it’s my responsibility to write good story and take time to put pieces together. I don’t want to released a dull and characterless story. Therefore I took time, a lot of time, to think and re-think about every little scene in this story so yes! it would take time to write so please understand ^-^ Being a wannabe author is also a great opportunity to learn from others. Matter of facts, my nickname is Drama Freak (LOL) I spent my time “studying” (not watching *clear throat*) drama. That’s the reason why I’ve written such a good story (hopefully??) as this one. Therefore, if I’m gone more than a week that means I’m “studying” drama >~< so please understand ^^” I will continue to inspire others as others had inspired me. Thanks ^-^

UPDATED!!!

Currently, my computer has finally reach its age and had died TT^TT so I won’t be updating any chapter soon TT^TT so please understand ^-^

Love&Peace

~Miidori~

Track #009: The Unexpected

31 Jul

-[SMEJ Cafeteria]-

The awkward atmosphere lingered between Mika and her mother. Naoko cleared her throat as she held up the warm cup of tea. She took a sip of tea while Mika sat still with her head down.

Naoko:
<clear throat> How’s your father?

Mika:
He’s doing fine.

She avoided her eyes.

Naoko:
How about Jiro and Hideki? Are they doing well?

Mika:
Uh. Jiro and Hideki got married. Jiro has a 5 years old son and he owns a bakery along with Hideki’s help. So I guess they’re doing pretty well.

Naoko smiled.

Naoko:
Yokatte ne~

Mika:
Hai.

Naoko:
You’re doing very well now, hmm? I just came back from Australia and <soft chuckle> everywhere I go I’d see your name. Once I see you, I just know that’s it’s you.

Mika:
Huh? How?

Naoko:
You look like me when I was young.

She smiled.

Mika:
Oh.

She looked down the cold cup of coffee in front of her.

Mika:
How about you?

Naoko:
Huh?

Mika:
How’s your life? Are you doing well?

Naoko:
Me? I’m married and had two children, a boy who’s in college and a 13 years old girl. A year ago, I established a jewelry line. Therefore, I often travel to places.

Mika:
Are you happy?

Naoko:
Uh.

Mika looked at her.

Naoko:
I’m very happy.

Mika:
<chuckle> Really?

Mika stared straight into Naoko’s eyes.

Mika:
<scoff> I was hoping that you would say, “No”. Never mind, I was hoping that… you’re in a very miserable place so that’s why you show up here. You know… lots and lots of time, before I go to sleep… I was hoping that when you left us, you would have an unhappy life… your new husband is a drunk who always came home with a heavy liquor smell on him…

Tears dropped upon her eyes.

Mika:
And you children despite you because of what you did to us. But I guess… I was wrong. You lived a happy life in a comfortable house. Sleep in a warm bed. Eat delicious food and never once think about us and how much we’ve suffered. Do you know what dad did after you left? He had 3 jobs a day to provide for us; he delivers newspapers in the morning, works at the construction site and then delivers food at night. Neither of us three graduated from high school. We have to drop out because we couldn’t afford the tuition fee. Do you know that all those years, since you left… Dad never once thought of remarry? He’s such a fool <sniffle>

She swept the tears on her face.

Mika:
Well, I guess it’s useless to tell someone that had abandoned her family, huh?

She stood up.

Naoko:
Mika…

Mika:
Last time, I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye so…

She bowed.

Mika:
Okasan, sayonara.

-[Next]-

Takeshi rested his back on the chair, staring at the laptop screen.

Takeshi:
Hmm… I wonder…

He pulled himself up and began to type. Takeshi scrolled down the dating page and looked at Ami’s profile picture.

Takeshi:
<chuckle> This brat…

At the moment, Mika entered the room. Takeshi turned his seat around.

Takeshi:
Ah! You’re back?

Mika:
Uh.

Takeshi looked at her.

Takeshi:
Did you just cried?

Mika:
Huh? No.

She shook her head.

Mika:
What are you doing?

She pointed at the laptop screen as she walked toward Takeshi. He swirled the chair around.

Takeshi:
<chuckle> This?

Mika bended down and looked within the screen.

Takeshi:
It’s Ami’s dating profile. Look! Look!!! Look at her profile. Bust- 28, waist- 30 and hip-32. Tch, tch, tch.

He reads.

Takeshi:
And what’s this? “Love to watch drama and shopping” <scoff> Did her mom dropped her when she’s a baby? Who would write that in a dating site? No wonder no man interested in her.

Mika:
Ami-san? She’s really cute and very honest.

Takeshi:
But still… Who would shamelessly wrote their real B-W-H? At least lie about the bust part.

Mika rolled her eyes.

Mika:
If a guy really loves her, he would accept her no matter what. She’s honest, kind and smart. Who wouldn’t date her?

Takeshi:
A man.

Mika:
<scoff> When are you so interesting in Ami’s personal life, huh? By any chance-

Takeshi:
Nope! Not even a percent.

Mika:
Then why, huh? Why are you checking her dating page? How creepy.

Takeshi:
As a Senpai, I have to look after my Kohai, right? Plus, that girl is really useless without a guide so I thought I could help her.

Mika:
<scoff> Fine, fine. Do whatever you want. Just don’t hurt her feelings.

Takeshi:
I know, I know. Anyway… Who was that?

Mika:
Huh?

Takeshi:
That lady who waited for you in the visitor’s lobby.

Mika:
Oh… She’s my mother.

Takeshi:
No wonder… When I first looked at her, she looked very familiar. Now, I know why.

Mika:
Why?

Takeshi:
You both look alike.

Mika:
Really?

Takeshi:
Uh. So what’s wrong? Did something happen at your hometown?

Mika:
No. She came to see me… to apologize… yeah, you can say that.

Takeshi:
Huh? Why?

Mika:
<sigh> She left my family when I was 6.

Takeshi:
Oh… Sorry. Are you ok?

Mika:
Yeah, I’m fine. It’s all in the past now so…

She looked at the music sheet in front of Takeshi.

Mika:
It’s that the song that you’ve been telling me?

Takeshi:
Uh.

He grabbed the music sheet and showed it to Mika.

Takeshi:
I was thinking about making this song into a techno-pop.

Mika:
Hmm…

She looked at the paper.

Mika:
I guess you can do that.

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

<door shut>

Mika:
Tadaima~

She announced as she entered the house. Mika marched passed the bedroom and heard the shower running in the bathroom. She twisted the doorknob and entered. Mika pulled the shower curtain away. Yamada stood in the shower instantly looked at Mika.

Yamada:
Oh! You’re home?

Mika lifted a smile.

Mika:
Uh. I’m home.

Tears fell down her eyes. Yamada stretched his arms out and wrapped her in his arms.

Yamada:
Daijoubu… Daijoubu…

Mika whimpered.

-[Next]-

Mika lies in Yamada’s arms on the comfortable bed, sharing one blanket; Mika whispered.

Mika:
Yamada…

Yamada:
Hmm?

Mika:
I met my mother today.

Yamada:
Huh? Didn’t she… leave you?

Mika:
Uh. It’s strange, huh? For her to show up like that…

Yamada:
What did you do?

Mika:
We talk… Somehow, it feels very awkward to see her again.

Yamada:
Of course, you two haven’t seen each other for a very long time…

Mika:
No.

She shook her head.

Mika:
Because when I look at her… it reminds me of the days when I foolishly waited for her; hoping that I could see her once again. I used to think if one day… one day when I meet her again I would scream at her but today, I couldn’t do that.

Yamada:
Why?

Mika:
Because I could see the guilt in her eyes.

Yamada:
<chuckle> When did our hot tempered Mika learns to read the atmosphere?

He teased as he runs his hand through her silky brown hair.

Mika:
Do you know that I look exactly like her?

Yamada:
Uso! <chuckle> How could you be pretty as your mom?

Mika:
Hey!

She scolded.

Yamada:
I’m just playing <chuckle>

He wrapped her in his arms.

Yamada:
My Mika is the prettiest girl in this whole entire world.

Mika:
<scoff> Prettier than Atsuko-san and all of those models you’ve dated?

Yamada:
Uh.

He nodded.

Mika:
<chuckle> That’s what I thought.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Studio]-

Takeshi leaned back on the chair as he glazed at the laptop screen.

Takeshi:
<soft chuckle> Drama freak.

He looked at Ami’s profile and smiled.

-[Next]-

Takeshi stepped out of the studio and saw Ami sat at the front desk. He clears his throat as he approached her. He placed one arm on the desk and leaned over. Ami looked up.

Ami:
You’re still here?

Takeshi:
Saturday…

Ami:
What about Saturday?

Takeshi:
<clear throat> I know a colleague that’s interested in you.

Ami:
Really?

She stood up.

Takeshi:
Tch tch. Look at you. <sigh> I set up a date for you two so don’t make any plan on Saturday.

A huge smile appeared on Ami’s face.

Ami:
Senpai~ You’re the best! Who is he? Is he a producer? No, no, no… Is he a famous singer? Oh~ That would be awesome to date a famous people.

Takeshi:
<scoff> Just meet him at the near by Chinese restaurant on Saturday and you’ll know.

Ami:
Hai!

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Studio]-

<knock> <knock>

Mika entered the studio holding 2 plastic cups of coffee in each hand. Takeshi turns around.

Takeshi:
Oh! You brought coffee.

Mika:
Uh. Premium roasted coffee.

She handed him the plastic cup.

Takeshi:
Arigatou.

Mika:
Uh. How are things doing?

Takeshi:
Kenji sent me the file this morning and I’m just arranging the song now.

Mika:
Oh, where is Kenji?

Takeshi:
On a business trip.

Mika:
Huh? Where?

Takeshi:
The States. The people over there asking me to visit and help producing a song but I sent Kenji instead.

Mika:
Hmm, that’s very rare.

Takeshi:
What do you mean by that?

Mika:
I always thought you’re greedy and stingy. There’s no way you’re staying without a benefit.

Takeshi:
Why do you always thinks negative about me?

Mika:
<chuckle> Can you finish it by next week?

Takeshi:
Yup!

Mika:
Ok. So can we meet on Saturday?

Takeshi:
This Saturday?

Mika:
Uh.

Takeshi:
I have plan on this Saturday.

Mika:
<scoff> When did you have plan on the weekend?

Takeshi:
Hey! I’m human too.

Mika:
Who is she?

Takeshi looked at Mika.

Takeshi:
None of your business.

Mika:
Whoa~ It’s a he?

Takeshi:
Tch. Do I look like that type?

Mika:
<chuckle> Then who is she?

Takeshi:
Someone.

Mika:
Do I know her?

Takeshi:
Hmm… Yeah.

Mika:
Oh my~ is it that actress? No, no, no that model?

Takeshi turned around.

Takeshi:
Stop making stupid guesses.

Mika:
Then who is it?

Takeshi:
Do you really wanna know?

Mika:
Uh.

She nodded. Takeshi leaned toward and whispered.

Takeshi:
It’s a secret.

Mika glared at him.

Mika:
You’re so lame! Just tell me!

Takeshi:
You already massacre my life just leave my personal life out the way.

Mika:
How am I massacring your life?

Takeshi:
You and your personal life are really making me older. I even have white hairs!

He showed her his hair with a few white hairs.

Takeshi:
I’m only 37 but I already have white hairs.

Mika:
It’s just a few~ Just tell me.

Takeshi:
You’ll find out sooner or later.

Mika sat back and pouted.

-[Next]-

<beep> <beep> <beep>

Yamada turned to nightstand and slapped the big button on top of the alarm clock.  He turned around and saw the empty space beside him.

<cling>

-[Next]-

Yamada stepped out of the bedroom and headed toward the kitchen where all the sounds come from. He stopped and saw Mika with her back against him, standing at the stove, placing the pan on the stove. He peaked a smile. Yamada approached Mika and wrapped his arms around her waist.

Mika:
Ah! You’re up?

Yamada:
Uh.

He whispered.

Mika:
Then sit down. Breakfast is almost done.

Yamada:
Just a moment.

He held her tight.

Mika:
<chuckle> Breakfast won’t be done if you keep holding me.

Yamada:
Then I won’t eat breakfast.

Mika:
<chuckle> Seriously.

Yamada:
Ok, ok.

He released her.

Yamada:
What are you gonna do today?

Mika:
Well, I have nothing to do this morning but I have a T.V appearance this evening.

Yamada:
T.V Appearance?

Mika:
Uh, I’m a guest for this variety T.V show.

Yamada:
Ah, sou ne. Since you have the whole morning to yourself, what do you plan to do?

Mika:
Hmm… Hang around.

Yamada:
Huh? Where?

Mika turned around.

Mika:
It’s a secret.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

-[Chinese Restaurant]-

<bell chime>

Takeshi entered the restaurant.

Waitress:
Do you have reservation?

Takeshi:
Uh.

He turned his head and saw Ami sat on the table next to the glass window; waiting patiently. She fixed her attire and took a deep breath.

Ami:
Calm down, calm down. But… what if it’s a lowlife pervert? <scoff> If that greedy bastard introduce me to a lowlife I swear…

Takeshi:
Ano… Are you Ami Ito?

Ami (Thinking):
It’s him! It’s him! What should I do? Act cool! Act cool!

Ami:
Hai…

She answered as she turned around.

Ami:
I’m Ami- <gasp> Takeshi!!

She jumped.

Ami:
What are you doing here?

Takeshi pulled the chair out and sat across Ami. Ami looked around.

Ami:
Where is he?

Takeshi:
Who?

Ami:
Senpai! Don’t play around. Where’s my date?

Takeshi:
<chuckle> You’re looking at him.

Ami:
Wh-wh-what? Yo-you’re my date?

She pointed her finger at him. Takeshi smiled.

Takeshi:
Uh.

-[Next]-

Ami furiously exited the restaurant.

Takeshi:
Ami! Wait!

He followed. Ami ignored him and continued to march. Takeshi ran toward her and grabbed her arm.

Takeshi:
Wait a minute!

Ami:
What is this, huh?

Takeshi:
You want a date right? So I’ll be your date?

Ami:
Huh?

Takeshi:
Why? Don’t you always want a date with a tall and rich guy like in those dramas you’ve watched-

Ami slapped him. The public turned their attention to the two.

Ami:
Do I look that desperate to you?

Takeshi:
Ami-

Ami:
Sure! I’m turning 31 soon and yet never been on a date nor have any relationship with anyone. I’m a workaholic and a drama freak. I spent my free time doing nothing but watching drama. Does that make me a desperate virgin?!

Takeshi flinched.

Takeshi:
Ano…

Ami:
Shut up! Don’t answer that question you greedy bastard!

She kicked him on his leg.

Takeshi:
Itte!

He fell down in pain as Ami departed.

Takeshi:
Ami!

Ami turned around.

Takeshi:
How could you leave an injured person here?!

Ami:
You deserve it!

She stuck her tongue out and continued to walk.

Takeshi:
<chuckle> This girl <chuckle> You seriously leaving me here?!

He shouted.

-[Next]-

-[Music Store]-

<bell chime>

Mika entered wearing a black cap. She browsed around the “New Release” section and stopped at her own new single album.

Mika:
<soft chuckle> It’s here.

Keito:
Mika?

Mika turned around and saw Keito stood behind her. Mika’s eyes were amazed.

Mika:
Kei-Keito…

To be continue…

I’M BACK!!!

17 Jul

Hello~

I’m back!!! Oh yeah!!! With news~

While I was lying around on the bed, doing nothing… I spent a lot of time watching K-Drama (Ha! Surprise, surprise <— sarcastic) I just finish with Pasta (It’s very good, so check that out when you’re bore) and I’m currently watching Coffee House (VERY VERY FUNNY!!! Even though, it have NOTHING to do with coffee) Well… I was inspired~ Therefore, I’m writing a summary for a new story/drama and I will work on it! After StarDom, of course… I’m sorry, this time it’s not a fan-fic =,[ It’s more like a drama. I’m sorry guys~

The title of my new story/drama has already got a name and it’s called, Cappuccino. What is it about??? Well… I’m writing the summary right now. Plus, everything hasn’t really come together… yet! So please support me >~< Thanks ^-^

Love&Peace

~Miidori~


Track #008: Together… Once again.

17 Jul

-[A week later]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

<dorr shut>

Mika’s assisted Yamada into his house.

Yamada:
I’m fine. I’m fine.

Mika:
No. The doctor said you might experience faintness after taking the medicine.

Yamada:
<chuckle> I’m fine. Don’t worry.

He suddenly fell on Mika.

Mika:
<gasp> Are you ok?

She held him in her arms. Yamada wrapped his arms around her.

Yamada:
Thank you.

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
For forgiving me, thank you.

Mika:
<soft chuckle> Ok, ok. You should sit down.

She helped him to the sofa.

Mika:
Wait here. I’m gonna make some hot tea.

Yamada’s eyes followed her as she made her way to the kitchen.

-[Next]-

Mika stepped out of the kitchen and into the living room with a cup of hot tea. Once she reached the sofa, she saw Yamada sleep serenely on the sofa. She gently placed the teacup of the coffee table and sat down across from Yamada. Mika stared at Yamada and smiled.

Mika:
Good night, my patient.

-[Next]-

The birds chipping as the sun shine through window glasses. Yamada opened his eyes.

Yamada (voice over):
Ah! I fell asleep!

He immediately pulled himself up.

Yamada:
Huh?

He noticed Mika sleeping on her hands right beside him.

Yamada:
Ohayou~

He smiled.

-[Next]-

Yamada looked at Mika while she consuming foods in front of her.

Mika:
Huh? Is there something on my face?

Yamada:
No. It seems surreal to see you sit in front of me again.

Mika:
<chuckle> Baka.

Yamada:
Mika.

Mika:
Huh?

Yamada:
How about you move in with me?

Mika paused and looked at Yamada.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Never mind. Never mind.

He faced down the bowl of rice.

Mika:
Uh.

Yamada lifted his head.

Mika:
I’ll move in after the promotion.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

-[2 weeks later]-

-[Yamada’s car]-

<dial tone> <dial tone>

Mika:
Hello?

Yamada:
Are you home?

Mika:
No, not yet. I have another T.V show to attend then I’ll be home right before 9. You still have the spare key that I gave you?

Yamada:
Uh.

Mika:
I already packed everything into the box so all you need is to transfer those. The rest of the luggage, I’ll bring it tomorrow.

Yamada:
Uh. Ok.

Mika:
Ok, I’ll talk to you later.

Yamada;
Uh.

-[Dressing room]-

Mika hangs up.

Mariko:
<squeal> Oh my god! You’re moving into his house?

She jumped with joy.

Mika:
Shh…

Mariko covered her mouth. She looked around, and leaned toward Mika and whispered.

Mariko:
Is it true?

Mika:
Uh.

She smiled.

Mariko:
Yokatta~

She clapped her hands together. Mika chuckled.

-[Next]-

-[Mika’s apartment]-

<ding>

The elevator door pulled open. Once Yamada lifted his head up, he saw Ken stood inside the elevator. Their eyes met. Ken smiled.

Ken:
Aren’t you going to go in?

Yamada:
Ah! Uh.

He stepped in the elevator.

<ding>

The doors automatically close behind him as he walked in.

Ken:
Are you here for her stuff?

Yamada:
Huh?

Ken:
I heard she’s moving into your apartment.

Yamada:
Uh.

Ken:
Honestly, Yamada… I envy you.

Yamada looked at him.

Ken:
You would sacrifice yourself to save someone you love. I, however, couldn’t do that… <chuckle> Pretty selfish, huh?

He looked at Yamada with a smiled.

Ken:
Be good to her. Only you can make her happy.

<ding>

Ken:
Maybe next time when we meet again we could be friend, ne.

He exited the elevator.

<ding>

The elevator door closed.

-[Next]-

-[Yamada’s apartment]-

Mika placed the filthy dishes into the sink.

Yamada:
Do you need help?

Mika:
No, I’m fine.

She smiled as she slipped her hands into the rubber gloves. Yamada walked toward her; he slides his arms around Mika’s waist.

Mika:
<chuckle> What is it?

Yamada sniffed the sweet scent of jasmine on Mika’s hair.

Yamada:
I don’t know whether it’s because of the medicine or something… but I just wanna hold you like this.

He squeezed her tightly.

Mika:
<soft chuckle> Baka.

She turned around.

Mika:
I think you should lie down.

Yamada:
Not without you.

He leaned toward her and kissed her on her lips.

-[Next]-

With Yamada on top of Mika, they slowly fell on the comfortable bed and shared an intimate kiss. Yamada stopped and looked into Mika’s eyes.

Yamada:
I love you.

He whispered. Mika smiled.

Mika:
I love you too.

Yamada leaned toward her and kissed her.

-[Next]-

The glory light shine through the thin layer of white curtain; the light finds it ways to the lovers’ bed. Beneath the layers of blanket, lie Mika and Yamada. In each other arms, they sleep peacefully. Yamada slowly opened his eyes; he looked down at Mika, who’s in his arms. He looked at her sleeping face and smile.

Yamada:
You look like a pig when you sleep.

He whispered. Yamada leaned toward her and kissed on her forehead. His kiss awoke Mika.

Mika:
Huh?

She opened her eyes.

Yamada:
<soft chuckle> Ohayou~

Mika smiled.

Mika:
Ohayou~

She shrugged.

Yamada:
You’re cold?

Mika:
Uh.

Yamada pulled up a blanket and placed it on top of Mika.

Yamada:
Better?

Mika:
Uh.

She smiled.

Mika:
Were you looking at me while I’m sleeping?

Yamada:
<scoff> Why would I?

Mika:
Ugh, hentai~

Yamada:
What?

He tickled her.

Mika:
<laugh> St-stop.

Yamada:
How dare you call me “Hentai”?

He continued to tickle her.

Mika:
<laugh> Go-gomen <laugh>

<ring> <ring> <ring> <ring>

Mika:
Stop! Stop!

Yamada stopped.

Mika:
Is that your phone?

<ring> <ring> <ring>

Yamada turned around and grabbed his phone on the nightstand.

Yamada:
Hello?

He listened for a while.

Yamada:
Hai… hai. I understand. I’ll meet you at noon, sir.

He hangs up the phone.

Mika:
Who was it?

Yamada:
It’s Johnny-san. He wants to have lunch with me.

Mika:
By any chance, he knows about us?

Yamada:
<sigh> I guess so.

Mika looked concern. Yamada’s glanced at her.

Yamada:
<chuckle> Don’t worry, piggy.

He messed her hair.

Yamada:
I bet Johnny-san will understand.

Mika:
But… We have to break up once people find out, right?

She looked into his eyes.

Yamada:
Don’t worry.

He wrapped his arms around her.

Yamada:
I won’t let that happen.

He kissed on her forehead.

Yamada:
It’s kinda early. We should go back to sleep.

He closed his eyes as he held onto Mika. In his arms, Mika still feels a little burden.

-[Next]-

-[Restaurant]-

Yamada walked in the restaurant.

Waitress:
Irashaimase~

The waitress bowed.

Waitress:
How many people?

Yamada’s eyes browsed around the empty restaurant and finally found Johnny-san, who sat at the table in the middle of the grand room.

Yamada:
It’s fine.

He smiled. Yamada approached to Johnny-san, who’s staring at the menu.

Yamada:
Sumimasen. Did you wait long?

Johnny:
No, no. I’m just here early. Sit.

Yamada:
Hai.

He pulled out the chair in front of Johnny and sat down. Yamada grabbed the menu beside him and opened it.

Yamada:
Did you order yet?

Johnny:
Hmm… No. Not yet.

The waitress approached the table.

Waitress:
Are you ready to order?

Johnny:
Oh yes. I’d like a medium rare steak and a 1775 Sherry.

Waitress:
Hai.

Johnny looked at Yamada.

Johnny:
How about you?

Yamada:
Same.

He smiled.

Waitress:
Hai.

Both, Johnny and Yamada handed the menus to the waitress.

-[Next]-

The silence between Johnny and Yamada draws deeper as they consumed the steaks on the plates.

Johnny:
How’s your health? Feeling any better?

Yamada:
Hai. I’m better, now. Thanks for asking.

Johnny:
Is it true?

Yamada:
Huh?

Johnny:
You and that singer, Mikki. Are you dating her?

Yamada lingered.

Johnny:
Tell me honestly.

Yamada:
Yes, sir. We’re dating.

Johnny:
So she’s the one that cause the commotion 2 years ago at the airport?

Yamada:
Yes, sir.

Johnny:
I see. You do know that if people find out about this not only her career at stake but also yours, hmm?

Yamada:
I understand it very clearly but I accept that challenge.

Johnny:
Hmm… Why…

He tried to slice the thick piece of steak.

Johnny:
Why does this piece of meat so stubborn?

Yamada stopped and looked at Johnny.

Johnny:
No matter how much I tried to cut it, it’s never seems to separate… Yamada…

He stared at Yamada.

Johnny:
Do you think that this cow had been pampered too much that it’s became stubborn and a little arrogant?

Yamada smiled.

Yamada:
It sure is stubborn and arrogant but…

He placed the piece of steak into his mouth and chew.

Yamada:
It is a very good steak that you can’t deny.

He smiled.

Johnny:
Sou ne~

Johnny smiled.

-[Next]-

-[SMEJ Studio]-

<ding>

Takeshi stepped out of the elevator. He approached the front desk.

Takeshi:
Ami, any fan mails for me?

Ami:
Nope, but you have a lots of complaint calls from your landlord.

Takeshi:
Tch. I told him a thousand times; I’ll pay after this month. Tch. How annoying.

Ami:
Ha! I knew it! You’d never pay until the last minute.

Takeshi:
Hey, hey… Don’t judge me.

His eyes flicked to the waiting room and saw a middle age woman sat there.

Takeshi:
Hey! Who’s she?

Ami looked at where Takeshi’s eyes lay.

Ami:
Her? I don’t know. She didn’t tell me her name and when I asked her who’s she here for, she said she wants to see Mika-chan but when I tried to call to the studio she refused and insisted to wait for her until Mika come out. Strange, huh? I wonder who is she? Maybe Mika has a very rich relative. Or-or she’s Mika’s long lost mom, you know like in those drama where a-

Takeshi smacked on her head.

Takeshi:
You watch too much drama! How old are you, huh? 30?

Ami:
In a few months, I’ll be 31.

She whispered.

Takeshi:
Tch, tch. About to be 31 and without a boyfriend. That’s really pathetic. Do the society a favor, go out and actually date someone, huh? Don’t just clue your eyes after work on drama.

Ami:
Why do you care? Plus, who would date a 30 something?

Takeshi:
Have you heard something call Internet?

Ami:
Of course, I signed up at so many sites but no one replied…

She pouted.

Takeshi:
Ok, ok… I’ll hook you up with someone.

Ami:
Really?

She jumped.

Takeshi:
Look at your expression… Yeah, I’ll introduce you to someone nice-

Ami:
And good looking. And-And rich. And don’t forget tall.

Takeshi glared at her.

Takeshi:
Did you look in the mirror this morning?

Ami:
Uh. Why?

Takeshi:
What make you think that type of guy would chase after you?

Ami:
I’m just saying.

She looked down.

Takeshi:
Ok, ok. I’ll try.

Ami:
Arigatou.

She smiled.

-[Next]-

<knock> <knock>

Takeshi stepped into the studio.

Mika:
You’re here.

She turned around.

Takeshi:
Uh. You’re here early.

Mika:
<chuckle> Is that a joke? It’s already pass noon.

Takeshi:
I thought you would be home taking care of your honey.

Mika:
<scoff> How cliché? Who would use “Honey” nowadays?

Takeshi:
Are you calling me old, huh?

He used his finger and tipped Mika’s head.

Mika:
Ow~ <chuckle>

Takeshi:
Oh yeah, do you know there’s a lady waited for you outside?

Mika:
Huh?

-[Next]-

Mika slowly approached where the lady in fur coat sat.

Mika:
Umm…

The middle age lady looked up.

Mika:
Is there I can help you with?

The unknown lady stood up.

Naoko:
You don’t remember me?

Mika tried to remember.

Mika:
I’m sorry, but I do not recall…

She smiled.

Naoko:
It’s me… Your mom.

Mika’s smile disappeared.

To be continue…