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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 21 - (1/24)]
« Reply #280 on: January 24, 2013, 05:08:07 PM »
I knew Reina would play her money card for Risa...

AI!!  :fainted: Damn it, fight for your girl and show her how much you can give to her!!!

For some reason, I have an odd feeling about how Risa's house was in so good order, as it was said, like she had never left it. *a lot of thinking*

   She could never do as much as Tanaka Reina could do for her.

Bu****it.  XD You can do a lot more Ai~

Again, I have a very very bad feeling where this is going... But I'll be still waiting for more, even though it might take a bit longer time for the next update.
Write more when you have time.  :)

Till next time~

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 21 - (1/24)]
« Reply #281 on: January 25, 2013, 01:34:59 AM »
Hey there! You're been quite active these days nee?  :hee:

Well, yeah it been a while but now, I will take my time and reply to you whenever I can. Promise!  :vv:

Now, back to the story....First, after some exams, I feel relieved while reading your works but....O.M.G this battle between those two is  :on kimbo:.......and this time, Ai got a K.O......

I'm team Tanaka this time....for some reasons but I also wish Ai to win !  :on woohoo: kekekeke

Anyway, I know Ai is going to win but a little twister or ALOT of TWISTERS in the story is always great right?  :mon mischief:

GAMBATEE!!!!!  :thumbsup

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 21 - (1/24)]
« Reply #282 on: January 27, 2013, 07:18:46 AM »
Gonna take five from all the emoticons.

Chapter 18

Geez, talk about complicated relationships. Instead of a love triangle this one should be called a love zig-zag. Reina likes Risa, but Risa loves Ai and Ai loves Risa, but they both can’t admit that they’re in a relationship. Sayu adores Ai, who only sees her as a sister.

Then there’s Eri, Aika and Jun. Will they be part of the zig-zag in the near future? Say yes :D

Ah, the magic of guilt. Makes people do things they secretly don’t want to do for the sake of others.

Totally agree with the title. What the hell you two? Somebody’s gotta take the initiative to do something about this ‘relationship block’(couldn’t think of a proper term). But it looks like that somebody isn’t going to be one of the two who’s actually in the relationship.

Then again, Tanagaki ain’t a bad combi…

Chapter 19

Awkward silence in the “new” empty room… *looks around own room* … Room’s too messy for me to feel the awkwardness of being alone, and it’s not new.

White room? Now this definitely sounds familiar.

  “… Shachou?!”  Risa found herself automatically straightening up properly as if her boss was in the room with her.  “Um… is there something wrong?”
Lol. There’s just something about hearing the boss’s voice that makes employees straighten up, whether they’re right beside you or three floors up. It’s like once we hear their voice the mind’s like “It’s the boss! He/she can see you. Quick act like you’ve been doing work since earlier.” even though he/she is speaking via phone.

The tiny kitten shuffled around in her home, her hand squeezing her phone.
I don’t know why but I had to reread this three times before my mind could process that the tiny kitten was referring to Reina and not an actual kitten. And here I was thinking a kitten had gotten ahold of a phone and was trying to squeeze it to death with its tiny paws.

  In fact, this was probably the first time her kitchen was ever being used.  The sound of the sink water running and the stove lighting up was strangely unfamiliar.
Coming from a family full of cooks I couldn’t help but go “eeeeehhhhh?”. Nothing could top a quality home-cooked meal. The best part of eating is the grueling wait for the meat to cook while the scent of the meal’s just urging you to forget cooking and just eat the damn thing.

Reina eating – Like I said, nothing beats a home-cooked meal. There’s just that special something that makes it more appealing to the palate, especially if someone you like made it. Wouldn’t even matter whether it taste like it’s been through the dead sea and back or dipped in all sorts of sweetness that your blood sugar would spike faster than you could finish the dish.

Which reminds me… I haven’t had diner yet.

Chapter 20

“Well, why not volunteer?” Risa argued back.  “What’s so bad about making another friend?  Tanaka Shachou is, contrary to popular belief, actually a normal person.  And a very nice one.  She has another side to her.”
Cause to Reina she’s not looking for a friend when it comes to Risa. Damn, Risa’s going to be breaking hearts with her realizing too late(or not at all). It’s cruel… I like it.

“You’re supposed to be with Takahashi-san!” the younger girl said, sounding slightly annoyed.  “You chose her over Tanaka Shachou so now, you have to stick by that choice.”

   “… I’m not seeing the connection,” Risa said slowly.  “What does Ai-chan have to do with me making a new friend?”
Oh dear Lord. Looks like Aika’s gotta spell it out for Risa.

  “Can I just say that this is really dumb?  Of both of you?”
I concur.

“No, you don’t understand,” Risa said, shaking her head.  “You’re talking as if I have a choice.  I love her, okay?  I love her.  She loves me too but I love her back.  I need her as much as she needs me… no, more than she needs me.  Don’t you see, Aika?  I’m not in a position where I can afford to choose.”
Well just tell her already! -_-

  “… Can I just say that I think you’re an idiot?”   
And again I agree. I like how Aika thinks.

The first thing Risa saw was flowers.  A bouquet of it, to be precise: pink roses.  As she gasped in complete utter amazement, the flower bouquet sank a little lower to reveal the face of her dear one behind it, smiling.  There were droplets of rain still running down her skin but that didn’t hinder her natural beauty at all.
Aw… that’s so cute and sweet and with Ai slightly drenched in rain.. so hot. Yes! Go Ai! That’s what I’m talking about.

She had Ai and Ai had her.  What more did they need to confirm?  I mean, the woman brought her flowers with chocolate and movies on a rainy day.  This was enough, right?
Well if Ai would ask Risa to be her girlfriend it will.

  “But she also said I should take advantage of this oh-so-beautiful day to stay in with you.  Which, in my book, is absolutely wonderful logic.”
And again Eri had to get things going for there to be any progress with these two. On a side note, good going Eri.
Throughout the first part of the talk I just wanted to slap Ai senseless. Come on, read the atmosphere why don’t cha?  Then the thing about who liked the movie? It was like kids arguing over something like whether the sky was blue or light blue. Pointless, but funny none the less. The end of the talk was definitely the highlight of the night. Looks like Risa’s missing “personal time” with Ai. Aw yeah, another round of sexy time. Too bad there’s no extended chapter...

Reina’s so head over heels in love with Risa. This ain’t gonna end on a happy note.

Chapter 21

*realizes that it’s the fourth chapter she’s read and is face palming for not checking for so long*

Sorry, I’ve just been busy for the last… I don’t know how long.

Woot! Miyabi  took Risa’s advice and got some Saki action. I can just imagine Risa’s face when she unintentionally walked into the two new couple’s oh-la-la activity. And then Saki’s reaction to getting busted for their *ahem* activity. Priceless!

Phone rings- it’s the bank. I wonder how Risa will react when she finds out what Reina did, assuming I’m right with thinking Reina bought her house for her…

I figured she would be shocked, and a bit upset, but suddenly intruding in the middle of a meeting, more so your boss’s meeting, is a bone headed move. Good thing Reina’s got a thing for Risa.

Hearing someone bought something for your special someone is not a good for ones ego. Especially when you know this something is special to your er.. special someone, and you know there was no way for you to afford it. This is going to be a hard blow to Ai.

And Risa unintentionally crying due to extreme happiness is just that additional weigh to tip over the scale. It’s already bad enough to know you couldn’t afford something but knowing someone else made your specialsomeone so happy she cried, it’s like a stab to the heart.

Got a feeling there’s going to be a devastating break up in the near future, like super near.

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 21 - (1/24)]
« Reply #283 on: January 30, 2013, 06:42:41 AM »
Hi, I'm a new one who reply (sorry about that  :doh:) but I always read your fic.

I love your fic a lot.

This story make me giggling like a crazy (everyone always wonder what's wrong with me), I like both of TakaGaki and TanaGaki.

I hope you'll update soon  :) 

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 21 - (1/24)]
« Reply #284 on: June 21, 2013, 07:29:38 AM »
Prepares powers:  :shakeit:


Prepares even MORE power:  :shakeit:

 :mon roll:


 :mon zoom:

 :cool1:  All the way. From the far corners os the Universe; one stands tall and reads and re-reads an awesome piece of work. Then one comments at 1 in the morning in an insomnia induced madness.


Anywhoo XD  Just passing by to say hello! I'm reading ! XD like I just finished your first (for the nth time XD) and am going through the second (for the 3rd time XD) and am goin through this one (for a second time) XD


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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 21 - (1/24)]
« Reply #285 on: July 31, 2013, 04:45:08 AM »
Hey~ i forgot where i had stopped at so i am rereading and i am currently at chapter 12. I absolutely love Sayu in this fic and i am glad there are more chapters... I love your fics! You should get a fandom award for your contribution! Thank you thank you thank you thank you! :thumbup


I just finished Ch. 19 and i am totally cheering for Reina! I hope she gets her love. I dunno how u make me care about members i dont even like but wow!

As for Sayu, i am torn! I want Ai to know her feelings but i wonder if Sayu can start to care for Eri!

When you started this fic i was worried it would not be at the level of your other too. It seemed to build slowly but the payoff and the level of angst is off the charts! The pairings are all to my liking and everything seems so balanced! I can't wait to see what will happen next!


OMG! What important thing does Sayu have to tell Ai? Are you going to write a scene where Sayu is bandaging Ai's bloody knuckles? Like i just want them together right now!

I am totally shipping Reina and Risa so hard in this fic... Strictly for this fic only.
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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 21 - (1/24)]
« Reply #286 on: October 28, 2013, 08:18:30 AM »
What this is still here what what what? :mon ghost:

wow. it's been a REALLY long while, hasn't it? :sweatdrop:

I don't even know if people are still following this... but what the hey.  I'm on leave from school and I have way too much time right now so.... I'm writing! lol :nervous

Thanks for those who left comments ancient times ago and a bit more recent as well. I live for you :bow:

Chapter 22 – “Paris made his brave proposal to Juliet”

   Never had Mitsui Aika felt so incredibly uncomfortable in her own home.  True, this place wasn’t really “home” since she would credit that title to where her parents lived back in Shiga prefecture, but this place was as “home” as she could get while she stayed in Tokyo.  Yet “home” did not feel like “home” anymore, as it carried a certain foreign air now.  Yes, everything was arranged the same—well, almost the same, with the few exceptions of picture frames and such—yet there was a sort of change to this place now, a change that she could not get used to.  Everything just seemed much… classier.  It felt as though nothing in the apartment should be touched, as if they were artifacts in a museum.  In fact, this unusual pressure was so strong that the poor girl could only sit in her chair with her arms wrapped around her knees, balled up as tightly as she could in an effort to limit the amount of space that she was taking up.

   Wrinkling her eyebrows with envy, Aika watched her older friend move around the kitchen freely.  Despite the recent series of shocking events, the bean seemed very casual, busily preparing their breakfast.  Had she already gotten over the initial shock of having her house returned to her out of the blue?  By her boss, nonetheless?  How could she be so comfortable already?

   “I still don’t think you should have,” Aika remarked, cutting through whatever random tune Risa was softly humming to.

   “Should have what?”

   “Accepted the house.”  The younger girl pulled her knees in even closer and placed her chin on top of it.  “It’s unnatural.  For your boss to buy your house back.”

   Risa sighed as she scooped up the scrambled eggs from the frying pan onto a plate.  “I know, I know…”

   “I know Tanaka Shachou is fond of you, to say the least,” Aika continued, “but this sort of gesture is a little too much, don’t you think?”

   “I do…” Risa mumbled, bringing the food over to the table and sitting down.  “But what was I supposed to do?  I couldn’t exactly refuse her generosity.  I couldn’t disobey her.”

   “Yeah, I know…” Aika nodded, sighing out her frustration.  “You had no choice.  But I still don’t like this.  Accepting Tanaka Shachou’s grand gift while still being with Takahashi-san… you realize there’s something odd with this picture, right?”

   “I know…” Risa mumbled again.  “Ai-chan, she… she was acting a little odd too, when she saw that I got my house back.”

   “I don’t blame her,” Aika shrugged.  “I would’ve been worried if she hadn’t acted weird.”

   “I guess…”  Risa swallowed as she quickly picked up her fork and seized some scrambled egg, chewing on it as if she was recharging her battery.  “I swear though, I’m going to pay Tanaka Shachou back.  She may have thought I was joking but I wasn’t.  I really am going to repay her.  Little by little.”

   “I guess that’s the best you can do for now,” Aika agreed, smiling a little.  “I’ll help, too.  After all, I live here as well.”

   “Thanks, Aika,” the bean grinned.  “Come on, eat up!  We both have a long day ahead of us.”

**  **  ** 

    “You know, being at home is such a wonderful thing!” the pale bunny remarked, biting into the melon bread in her hand.  “Don’t you agree, Eririn~?”

   “Your excessive happiness is creeping me out, Sayu,” the turtle replied, watching her friend twirl around in her store as she fixed a hat set upon a mannequin.

   “Oh, don’t be such a party-pooper!” Sayumi said, sticking her tongue out.  She skipped towards the counter and sat herself on top of it playfully.  “You know, I’ve never fully appreciated the idea of home.  Sleeping in your own bed, using your own bathroom, eating in your own kitchen…  It’s great being back home!”

   “You’re gonna have to get down from there when a costumer comes in,” Eri warned, walking over to the counter as well.  “I’m running a business here, you know.”

   “You’re no fun at all today, Eri,” Sayumi grumbled, frustratingly biting off another huge chunk of her melon bread.  “And after I made the effort to bring snacks all the way here…  How lame.”

   “Actually, I distinctly remember telling you on the phone that you really… really didn’t need to come by,” Eri remarked, smiling mischievously.  “So whose fault is this, hm?”

   “… Oh, shut up.” 

   Sayumi mumbled out her frustrations under her breath as she ripped her bread apart again with her teeth, chewing furiously in a manner unfit for a lady.  Eri snickered as she celebrated a silent victory against the bunny.  Despite relentlessly teasing Sayumi, the turtle could actually tell that the girl seemed to be much happier these days.  After being kicked out of her home for a little while, she seemed to have discovered some sort of newfound gratitude towards the fact that she lives with the person she treasures the most in the world.  The little bunny had grown. 

   “Tell me, though…” Eri continued, her tone changing, “what’s up with Ai-chan today?”

   Sayumi raised an eyebrow.  “What do you mean?”

   “Well… she just seems… different.” 

   Eri nodded her head towards her friend who was minding some of the mannequins on the other side of the store.  Sayumi turned and observed her stepsister.  After she got beyond the fact that the woman looked ever so naturally beautiful, as usual, she noticed something was indeed off upon paying closer attention.  At one point, Ai would be organizing the clothing racks or straightening out a wrinkle in a mannequin’s shirt, as she should be.  But the next moment, she would suddenly freeze in place, look down, and sigh as she blanked out.  After a minute or two of that, she would do a little head jolt as she came back into reality and continued her work silently. 

   “And what’s up with her hand?” Eri asked, concerned.  “Did she hurt herself?”

   Only then did Sayumi notice the white gauze wrapped around her sister’s hand, weaved around each finger.  When had Ai hurt herself like that?  What had exactly happened for her to have gained such an injury?  Sayumi bit on her bottom lip, unable to help feeling beyond pathetic.  How could she have not noticed that her loved one was hurt like that?  She shouldn’t have needed Eri’s mentioning of it.  For god’s sake, she lived with the woman!  She should’ve known that Ai had gotten hurt and the reason for it.  She was a failure as a sister and anything else that she may ever hope to be. 

     But what could she have possibly done to help, even if she knew why Ai was acting peculiar?  She was just Sayumi, just the little sister, who has a completely different life than her older sibling despite living together.  In comparison to Ai who worked two jobs, did all the household chores, and was an orphan, Sayumi was unemployed, living off of her mother’s money, and was always pampered.  Someone like her could never understand a scarred person like Ai.

   But still, she wanted to try.  Whatever little things she could do, she wanted to do it for her.  Even if she can’t make much of a difference, at least it’ll let Ai know that she cares.  At least, she can hope it will.

   Deciding to act upon her instincts, Sayumi hopped off the counter and grabbed whatever her hand first touched inside a plastic bag of snacks that she had brought.  Then, she marched straight up to her stepsister and jabbed the food into her face.  Ai flinched as she looked at the bunny in surprise, unable to decipher what was going on.

   “Sayu?” she blinked.  “Wha—”

   “It’s for you,” Sayumi said quickly, shoving the bread into her face again.  “Melon bread.”

   “I’m not very hungry…”

   “Just eat it!” the younger girl insisted, opening the plastic wrapping and offering the food again.  “Sweet things are supposed to make people feel better…  It’ll make Nee-chan feel better…  So eat it.” 

   Sayumi looked away as she spoke, unable to get herself to meet her sister’s eyes.  What was she thinking right now?  Could she be thinking that this is childish and unnecessary?  Maybe she was being a little ridiculous…  Was it too late to go back to her nice little area on the counter? 

   “… Arigatou.”

   The bunny looked up at the sound of a warm voice, making contact with an equally warm gaze.  Ai smiled as she received the melon bread and took a small bite. 

   “It’s delicious,” she commented.  “Sweets really do make people feel better, huh?”

   Sayumi immediately looked away just in time to conceal the blush in her cheeks.  “I-I don’t know, it’s not like I said it first!” she said, trying to sound harsh but ending up with a series of stumbling words instead. 

   “Either way,” Ai laughed.  She reached out and gently patted her sister’s head, allowing the bunny to blush even more as she looked down.  “Thanks for letting me eat this, Sayu.”

   “D-don’t… touch me… baka…”

   Despite her mumbled words, Sayumi showed no intention whatsoever of moving away, which she could’ve easily done.  Eri chuckled to herself as she watched this scene, shaking her head.  It was hard to believe that the helpless girl who was frozen in place right now was the same girl who could spit out poisonous words at will.  Looking at her now, she seemed so childlike with only the purest intentions of making her sister feel better.  Either way, Eri knew, Sayumi was Sayumi.  The gap in her character was what defined her.  It was nice to know that it was possible for the girl to actually have a soft spot for something—or rather, someone.  It was only regrettable that the certain someone was a person she could never have.  Or at least, one would think. 

**  **  ** 

   There were few moments in Niigaki Risa’s life when she felt like she had done something good in her past life that allowed her to gain something equally precious in retribution.  This was one of those moments as she silently celebrated her excitement in the calmest way she could manage without getting up and dancing on the table.   The reason?

   “You will all receive your own work space by tomorrow,” President Tanaka informed.  “We just need to open up more space since we were only planning on hiring one intern, but ended up keeping all three.  So, ladies, I give you my official welcome to the Bijou family.”

   Boom.  Fireworks and applause exploded in Risa’s head as she formed a restrained smile on her face.  She bowed her head slightly in gratitude along with her two colleagues, who also seemed quite excited as well.  After a long, long wait and hours of hard work with low pay, Niigaki Risa had finally been promoted as a full-time employee at her dream job.  With this, she could finally start dipping her soul fully into her passion and also start paying off her debt to her boss.  This was the first step to her newly acquired independent life.

   “Though your work spaces remain unprepared,” President Tanaka continued, “I have decided to give you your assignments in advance.  Each of you will only need to focus on the individual project that is given to you.  This may involve working under certain departmental chiefs, in which case, you will be expected to strictly follow their orders.  Junjun?  If you would do the honors.”

   “Hai.”  Nodding her head, the secretary stepped forward and put down a set of manila folders on the table.  She handed the first one to the girl sitting closest to her. 

   “Natsuyaki-kun,” she said, “your first project will be street research.  Observe the streets of Tokyo and check out summer hair styles.  The Hair department’s chief will have more details for you.  Report to her office on the 14th floor after lunch.”

   “Hai!” Miyabi answered brightly, hugging her folder tightly.  She was obviously overjoyed at being assigned to something hair-related, which was where her passion lied.

   “Shimizu-kun,” Junjun continued, passing the folder to the aforementioned employee, “your department is the cosmetics department.  They’re in the midst of putting together a summer makeup tutorial issue along with new products from various companies, including ours.  You’ll be assisting in that project.  Floor 16.”

   “Hai,” Saki answered shyly, her face blushing in joy.

   “Lastly, Niigaki-kun.”  Junjun slid the final folder towards the woman who was keeping her fingers crossed underneath the table.  “You will be assisting in coordinating the models for the summer spread.  You must be present at every photo shoot.  Your schedule will be available with your chief, 5th floor.”

   “Hai,” Risa nodded, pulling the folder close to her while making a serious effort to not tremble.  Every photo shoot, she says.  Coordinating the models, she says.  This was all Risa could ever wish for: a direct, hands-on experience in fashion!  Her dreams were starting to be realized!

    “That is a special post that was created for you by Tanaka Shachou so please make sure to carry out your duties diligently,” Junjun noted. 

   Risa blinked as she looked up from the table.  Her colleagues seemed just as confused as she was as they suspiciously eyed back and forth from the bean to their president.  Reina remained in her seat, smiling calmly.

   “What better way to learn the business than charging into it head on, yes?” she said.

   Risa wrinkled her eyebrows as she quietly agreed and thanked her boss.  On one hand, she was grateful for the president’s care.  But on the other, she was incredibly uncomfortable with the extra attention that was being given to her, especially now that it was very visibly obvious to her colleagues and probably whoever else was in the company as well.  It was hardly appropriate.  Why was the president intentionally drawing so much attention?

   “Niigaki, is something wrong?”

   “Huh?  Oh, it’s nothing, nothing at all…”

   “You’re not sick, are you?” Reina asked, looking concerned.  “You do seem awfully tired.”

   “No, I’m okay, Shachou, really,” Risa mumbled quietly, feeling the same discomfort rising again from the unnecessary attention. 

   “Well, don’t overwork yourself,” Reina continued, either ignoring or not noticing her employee’s embarrassment.  “Take breaks if you need to, okay?”

   Risa nodded silently, sensing all eyes in the room landing on her.  Damn it, she hated this!  If her boss didn’t ease up soon, the entire company was going to find out about them!

   Wait.  Stop.  Find out what about them?  What were they anyway?  They weren’t anything!  There was nothing between Niigaki Risa and Tanaka Reina, as far as the older woman was concerned.  There was nothing for her to be embarrassed about.  But the president’s behavior was, nevertheless, not going to go unnoticed by the other workers. 

   “So that’ll be it for now,” Junjun said, deciding to wrap up the meeting before the atmosphere got even more awkward.  “Lunch break for all of you.  Then report to the locations you’ve been assigned to.”


   Risa immediately got up and started to gather her things at the speed of light.  She had a bad feeling that if she didn’t escape soon, another inevitable would happen…

   “Niigaki!”  There it was.

   “Shachou?” Risa answered, reluctantly turning around to face her boss.

   “With me.  Now,” Reina curtly ordered, walking past the bean and out the door.  Risa’s eyes widened as she stood frozen for a second, looking around for help.  Junjun just simply raised an eyebrow and walked out, making a smart decision to not take a part in this.  Miyabi and Saki shot looks of confusion at their co-worker, to which Risa shrugged casually with an effort. 


   Jumping at the sound of her name, the bean quick shoved the rest of her belongings in her bag and quickly left the room and briskly walked down the hall to catch up with her employer.  For a tiny woman, she could really walk.  And at such a speed, before Risa knew it, she was following the kitten out to the parking lot towards a familiar black car.  With the click of her keys, Reina unlocked her vehicle and stepped into the driver’s seat.  Risa froze in front of the car, clutching her bag to her chest, unsure of what was going on. 

   “Shachou, I… what… where…?”  Though she tried to phrase some sort of question to this situation, she had no idea where to start.

   “Stop mumbling and get in,” Reina said, sticking her head out the window.  “Lunch break doesn’t last forever.”


   “Niigaki,” the kitten said sternly, “you know I don’t like repeating myself.”

   Sighing, Risa helplessly clambered into the passenger seat and put the seatbelt on.  There was no way out of this game, was there? 

   With a satisfied smile, Reina revved her car into gear and drove off and entered the main road.  At some point, she took out a pair of sunglasses from a compartment and put them on.  Risa glanced at her boss who looked way too young to be an entrepreneur and stylish enough to be a pop idol.  Really, her entire being was such a mystery.  How could Risa possibly root out what was going on in that little mind of hers?

   “Ano… Shachou…?”


   “If you don’t mind me asking… where are we going?”

   “Isn’t it obvious?” Reina chuckled.  “I’m taking you out to lunch.”

   “Haa?!”  Risa wrinkled her eyebrows.  “But… no, I mean, you don’t need to do that!”

   “I want to,” Reina shrugged.  “For that delicious homemade dinner you made me that time.”

   “That and more was already paid for when you bought me my house back!” Risa said, in utter confusion. 

   “That’s that, this is this,” Reina said.  “It’s different.”

   Risa’s mouth remained dropped open in disbelief.  Really, did this woman’s brain just run on a different frequency than everybody else’s?  How was treating someone to dinner and buying someone a house unmatched in the level of favors?  What kind of math did she learn in school?

   Before Risa could further argue, the car came to a stop as Reina stepped out of the car without a warning.  The bean hurriedly followed out as a man in a vest got into the driver’s seat.  Valet parking.  Oh boy, this was definitely one of those restaurants that Risa could only afford in her dreams.  Yikes. 

   “Don’t get lost, Niigaki.”

   Risa looked up from her spaced out thoughts and found her boss already at the entrance of the restaurant, smirking.  The bean quickly caught up to her as she entered the building and greeted the waitress there.  They were immediately led to a table with considerable sunlight beaming down on it, making the small flower case in the middle of the table shimmer.  Risa couldn’t hide her awe as her head spun this way and that, catching a glimpse of every fancy white curtain and majestic designs of the ceiling and the well-dressed waiters. 

   “You can pick whatever you’d like,” Reina said.

   Though it was a kind gesture, Risa found such an offer useless, as she understood none of the dishes listed in the menu.  It was still Japanese but it was in a fancy culinary language that she could not figure out.  Alas, she had gotten nowhere when the waiter came to take their orders.

   “I’ll have an iced strawberry-peach lemonade,” Reina said, “and herb-roasted capon chicken.  With a side of salad.”

   “And for you, miss?” the waiter asked politely, turning towards the bean. 

   “Uh…  I’ll have the same.”

   “Very good,” the waiter nodded, writing down the order.  “I’ll be right back with your drinks.”

   As soon as the waiter walked away, Reina leaned in towards the bean with a smile and whispered, “You know, if you didn’t understand the menu, you could’ve asked me.” 

   “I understood!” Risa retorted back, her cheeks turning red.  “I just… I trust your taste in food so I wanted to get what you were getting.”

   “Uh-huh.  Okay,” Reina laughed.

   Risa blushed brighter, she was sure, but somehow, she still felt comforted by her employer’s teasing.  The way she laughed wasn’t meant to make her feel even more foreign to such a high-class atmosphere, but rather to loosen her up more.  It was something Risa could appreciate. 

   And the rest of the lunch went along the same way.  The drinks arrived, Risa had taken less than a liking to it, and noticing this, Reina ordered a different, less sweet drink.  The salad arrived and Reina made sure that the waiter gave Risa the first scoop with all the croutons she wanted (which she claimed was none, but Reina, of course, saw through her politeness).  The main dish arrived and when Risa accidently dropped her fork on the ground before she could even touch the food, Reina put her own fork in the bean’s hand first before asking for a new fork for herself.  This lady was not planning on holding back the least bit in kindness and care for the bean.  And the more consideration Reina showed, the more confused Risa became.  Though she tried to question the reason for such attention, the president would continuously direct the conversation towards elsewhere.  Even after the meal, when they were on their way back to Bijou headquarters, Reina made sure to continuously chatter or ask inconsequential questions of her own to give Risa no leeway whatsoever.  So by the time they were stepping out of the car in the parking lot of the Bijou building, the bean’s mouth was itching to finally get an answer out of the kitten, once and for all.

   “Shachou,” Risa started, blocking Reina’s way.

   “Niigaki,” Reina answered, walking around her employee.  But Risa sidestepped to stand in her way again. 

   “Why are you doing all of this?”

   Realizing she wasn’t going to get away with it anymore, Reina faced the older woman.  “Doing all of what?”

   “You know what!” Risa said a bit louder.  “Giving me a place to live in when I got evicted?  Buying me back my house?  Taking me out for lunch?  All of this and more.  Why?”

   “Couldn’t we simply leave it as random acts of kindness?”

   “No, Tanaka Shachou,” Risa answered, “because we both know it’s not that.  And if it is, I don’t want it.  I don’t need your charity, Shachou.  I’ve been supporting myself for a long time and I can still do it.  I don’t need pity points—”

   “You think I pity you?” Reina interrupted with a small scoff.  “Please, pitying you is the last thing I’d do.  No, I respect you, Niigaki.  Like you said, you’ve been living by yourself for so long, it’s a mystery how you made it by yourself in Tokyo.  Though it may have seemed impossible at times, you followed your risky dream of getting into fashion and now here you are, interning at Bijou.  You’re the oldest intern we have but also the most hardworking.  I respect you, Niigaki.  And I admire you.”

   “But why are you—”

   “And I love you.”

   With that, the world stopped.  Risa froze mid sentence as she stared blankly at the woman in front of her, this woman whose cat-like eyes pierced back into her fearlessly. 

   “… What….”

   “I said, I’m in love with you,” Reina repeated without a moment of hesitation.  “Niigaki Risa, I’ve loved you for a while now.  And I’d like you to go out with me.”

   Risa didn’t say a word.  All of  Aika’s future I-told-you-so’s echoed in her head along with flashbacks to every moment of her time spent with Reina, the clues that she never picked up on.  But the most present thought in her head was of Ai.  Takahashi Ai, her close… ‘friend’.  The one she truly wanted to be with.  The unsettled confusion between them, the unsaid words, the unclear borderlines.  Nothing made sense in Risa’s head as a series of films just ran through her mind.  She couldn’t think, she couldn’t see, but she could hear. 

   “Please go out with me.”


BOOM. come back.  :yossi:

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 22 - (10/28)]
« Reply #287 on: October 28, 2013, 02:59:24 PM »

You totally made my weekend complete posting this update!

I was laughing so hard during the Risa/Reina part.  Reina is so thoughtful and nice and using her position to spoil Risa  :oops:

And Sayu was perfect as always.  I love this fic!  I hope you will update more soon especially since now you are rearranging everyone and I can finally get some Ai/Sayu  :otomerika: maybe  :nervous

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 22 - (10/28)]
« Reply #288 on: October 28, 2013, 03:29:29 PM »
Oh ma gash! You updated! Welcome back! Been waiting for this since forever

How could she have not noticed that her loved one was hurt like that?  She shouldn’t have needed Eri’s mentioning of it.  For god’s sake, she lived with the woman!
I guess that’s what you call “blinded by love”, like literally. But Sayu seems to have grown up after having been temporarily kicked out of her own house… though she sure still has a funny way of showing her concern.

  “That is a special post that was created for you by Tanaka Shachou so please make sure to carry out your duties diligently,”
I wonder if the sachou will be in every photo shoot “watching” every session.

the entire company was going to find out about them!

   Wait.  Stop.  Find out what about them?  What were they anyway?  They weren’t anything!
Oh the drama… and the mini spazz attack in Risa’s mind.

Holy Fu-dge brownies with sprinkle toppings! She confessed!

And argh… Cliff hanger
Totally awesome chapter though.

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 22 - (10/28)]
« Reply #289 on: October 28, 2013, 07:58:25 PM »
When I first noticed the pink new label behind this story I just thought that someone had left a comment like "WHERE ARE YOU??!!" And such. But when I noticed the date and a word update, my mind went like this:

 :stunned: :on gay: :wriggly: :hee: :hiakhiakhiak: :farofflook: :mon dance: :mon angel: :banana: :pepper:  :panic: :cow: :bow:

Yeah, lol  :lol: I was very excited...

But aww man! What is going to happen to Takagaki???!!! Don't break them!!  :bleed eyes:
And Reina confessed to Risa?  :shocked Risaaaaaaaaa, listen to your heart (the one where Ai is~) and don't fall for Reina! But hey, though Reina confessed the first thing Risa thought was Ai.  XD Lol, I'm trying to convince myself that Takagaki is still possible.
And though I'm not so fond of Tanagaki (no, it really doesn't show at all...) the lunch with Risa and Reina was hilarious  :lol:

Nice to "have you back"! Hopefully you will have more free time so you can update this story more often  :lol: Very great job!

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 22 - (10/28)]
« Reply #290 on: October 29, 2013, 02:13:04 PM »
  oh my gosh lovelove -sama ! WELCOME BACK ! IT HAS BEEN 10 MONTHS ?!

 OKAY :)




 KYAAH !!`

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 22 - (10/28)]
« Reply #291 on: October 30, 2013, 01:12:23 PM »
 :O :shocked :shocked :shocked asdasfsdgfh jfc! Holy crap and what a come back it is. I want the Tanagaki, but, but, the Takagaki, too~! Wait, I remember this feeling, damn! I thought I could fight it, but you bring it back full force~!

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 22 - (10/28)]
« Reply #292 on: December 10, 2013, 09:09:43 PM »
BOOM ! !

I always love your fiction SarangAi.. :wub:  :bow:
i read chigatte, kokoro no uta and this fiction too.. I even read them a few times (especialy takagaki part  :P) but I seldom post comment  :oops: :oops: sorry.. but I will post comment whenever I see you update this fiction.. so please give us update  :bow: :bow:  :bow:

IMHO, Juliet and Cinderella's story is really unique and interesting! using famous old story as the background, and translate it into modern era.. It's very creative changing a ball into a club party, using a best friend to do fairy godmother's part, etc.. I'm not really familiar with romeo and juliet story, I just know it is a romance story, the ending is both of them die tragically.. you won't let gaki die right?   :mon scare:

I love takagaki couple! :mon inluv:
but after reading this fiction, I dunno why, but I think tanagaki is lovely too.. :panic: tanaka shachou is very lonely  :cry: and it looks like she is willing to do anything for gaki :cry: :cry: in the other hand, Aichan is soooo  #$@÷%^&!*€£¥₩?; don't have the guts to express her feeling, her tought to risa about their status and other things. :mon headbang: (But Aichan is still no. 1 for me in momusu eventhough she already graduated lol)

I want to know how risa answer tanaka shachou confession :panic: :panic: :panic:
will she accept it? or reject it? I'm kind of wish risa accept reina's confession.. hihihi

ahhhhhhhh, pleasd update soon...!!!!!  XD XD

LoveSarangAi  :heart: :heart:

btw, it looks like Aichan always be the one suffer a burden because loving Gaki in your fictions.. poor Aichan  :gyaaah:

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 22 - (10/28)]
« Reply #293 on: April 29, 2014, 06:53:15 PM »
hello \o/ I'm a new reader
I started reading and I enjoyed  :inlove:
I'll be supporting and Please update soon!  :kneelbow:

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Re: Juliet and Cinderella ~ [UPDATE - Chapter 22 - (10/28)]
« Reply #294 on: May 15, 2014, 03:47:40 PM »
I'm with the new one!! In fact I read the story for quite some time - without being a user - I registered a few days ago.
Your writing is amazing. Seriously, if I had a hat I'd take it off, and bowing several times.
I'll support any story that you will write and I'm more then requesting- I'm begging you (*cute papy face*) please, please, please keep writing this fanfick (*keep going withe the papy pace*)
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