Chapter 1 - That Ain't Cool
On retrospect, maybe sharing everything with your mom isn't always the best of ideas. Especially not if she has crazy friends who end up dragging her into schemes that don't make sense, don't always work, and are downright annoying
Riho sighed as she closed her private journal and put it back into her bag. The train was not particularly crowded, so she had managed to get a seat. She had insisted on going to the auditions alone, because she hadn't wanted her mother to take time off just to accompany her. She could always keep her updated via phone. That's what phones were for
Still, barely 20 minutes into the journey, she had started to feel the very familiar sense of being watched. Riho was not stupid, but then one didn't have to be very intelligent to spot 4 grown women trying very hard to be inconspicuous...and failing. Badly.
"We shouldn't be doing this." Stage whispers were softer than this. Riho raised her eyes ceilingward. Mama, I love you, but you need to grow a spine. And possibly a brain.
"But we have to! It's dangerous! What if she gets kidnapped? What if some sleazeball tries to con her into a phony contract? This could be life and death!" Forget whispering, they're not even trying to be inconspicuous now, are they?
Riho only barely resisted the urge to facepalm.
"I think Riho-chan is sensible enough though..." Finally, a voice of reason! Wait, I didn't know she was back in town!
Riho inwardly cheered. Having this one of her mom's friends around usually meant getting cool gifts and having interesting new stories told to her.
"That didn't stop you from supporting Gaki-san's crackpot scheme." Riho decided that her mother's snark needed work, but the deadpan tone was spot on.
"I wanted to see Riho-chan! She's been growing fast, hasn't she?" Damn right I have...good thing Mama can't hear me, because she'll scold me for language again...
"You guys are too noisy! She'll notice if she hasn't already!" Another voice hissed, accompanied by the sounds of pen on paper. Never underestimate train acoustics. Riho figured that this person had to be the smart one of the group. The one Mama had warned her to be very careful around. Riho-chan, whatever you do, never EVER eat or drink anything in her kitchen. You never know what might happen...
Riho wondered what had happened for Mama to issue so strong a warning.
"What are you doing here, Ms Honor Student? I thought you wouldn't participate in this insanity." My thoughts exactly,
Riho nodded, concealing the movement by shifting in her seat.
to you now, Ms Sees-Her-Friends-Twice-A-Year."
"Ouch. That's a low blow, Pon-chan~"
Riho ssexy beasted elegantly (if there was such a thing). If nothing else, her mother's friends were entertaining. That also made up for the whole, you know, being stalked
by them thing.
"And to answer your question, I'm just here to fulfill a scientific curiosity~"
"It's an ongoing project about hereditary traits and...Ai-chan, stop glaring at me like that!"
"My daughter is not
your lab rat!" Riho felt sorry for the poor woman who was probably being pinned to the ground by the Takahashi Death Glare. Granted, on its own that death glare wasn't very intimidating, but coupled with the Takahashi Growl, it took on a life of its own.
Riho also happened to know that despite being small, her Mama could quite easily break down a door by kicking it in. That had been quite the legendary moment when her normally sedate Mama had lost her temper. Personally, Riho hoped it would never happen again. It was hard on the furniture. Not to mention the people around her.
"Well, you can't fault me for wanting to keep notes! You were my first success! The numero uno
! The elixir of life! Pandora's box!"
"Oi Mame, help me shut the mad scientist back in before choir girl murders her with her own stethoscope, will ya?"
"Will do...hey, where's Riho-chan?"
The four women looked around, flabbergasted that their quarry had eluded them. Then Ai's phone buzzed, and she held it up to read the message from her dear daughter.Mama -
Please stop following me around. We can have dinner together afterwards with you and your friends. I know you love me and I will be careful.
Also, to the three-musketeers-who-can't-stalk-to-save-their-lives: Nya nya nya! You lost me!
Last note: Stalking ain't cool. Besides, what were you thinking, cosplay is not inconspicuous at all! Sunglasses are so cliched. And the trench coats? Seriously?
Oh and Mama, please don't forget to take your medicine. You really shouldn't be out when you have a cold. Please take care, and dress warmly.
From your loving daughter,
There was a long moment of silence.
"You know, obviously she didn't get the bitchy part from you..."
"Kon-chan? Shut up
I admit I had fun writing crack!Gokkies. And Riho? So damn WIN.
That message just wrote itself...
And now I must sleep. O_O