It was a normal Sunday afternoon, at least that was what Miyawaki Sakura was thinking as she lazed around on her bed. It was already 2 o' clock in the afternoon and yet there she was with her arms spread out on her bed. Ever since she had been part of the AKB48 Senbatsu, she rarely had any free time. She was constantly working her ass off. It was not her fault for being pushed by management. In fact, despite of the insane workload, she was happy to be given a lot of opportunities. Still, it was rare of her to have a day-off and it was definitely appreciated. She was about to close her eyes again to catch a nap when her cellphone started ringing. She fought back a groan and lazily ran her hand on her bed sheets to find the annoying device.
"Hello?" She mumbled lazily when she finally found her phone.
"Miyawaki-san? Sorry for calling you on your day-off." the familiar voice of her manager made its way on her left ear.
"It's fine." She soothed before fighting back a yawn.
"I have a message for you from Akimoto-sensei." he announced.
Sakura quickly sat up. Usually, a message from the famous producer can either mean a really good opportunity or a completely bad and depressing news.
"What is it?" she asked, quickly removing her phone from her left ear and shifting it to her right one.
"Akimoto-sensei that you will be a part of a song." her manager said vaguely.
"What? Are you serious?" What was that supposed to mean? A solo debut?
"Yes. He decided that you and Kodama-san will have your own duet song as a coupling song for your new single." her manager quickly cleared out any thoughts about the solo debut.
Sakura calmed down and comfortably lied down on her bed once again.
"Ah, okay. What was it about?" she asked.
"I just got the lyrics. I'll send it to you okay?"
She nodded before realizing that her manager obviously cannot see her. She felt a little silly.
"Okay." she answered.
"Enjoy the rest of your day-off. Goodbye."
"Bye." she mumbled.
She yawned luxuriously as she waited for her manager's email.
A hum escaped her pretty lips. A song with Haruppi huh? Sakura cannot help but feel a little excited. She had always admired the short-haired girl. Not in a romantci way of course. As far as she was concerned, she knew she was straight. Still, she was happy. They had a weird friendship and rivalry with each other and despite not being that close, it was really easy talking to the energetic older girl.
The familiar sound of her cellphone broke her thoughts. She tapped on her iphone to see the lyrics her manager had sent her.
"Color of Taboo?" she said out loud, confused by the meaning of the title.
As her eyes scanned the lyrics, her eyes slowly widened.
"Isn't this a love song?" she asked herself.
"A love song with Haruppi?"
The next day, Sakura was seen sitting on a chair while glancing on the back of the very fashionably dressed Hakata Fairy, she was wearing a dress like usual. It was dark blue and beautifully looped on her neck and shoulders. It was break time for their handshake event and Sakura wanted to speak with her. Unfortunately, she was talking with her best friend, Kyappu.
The other girl was laughing at something that the short haired girl had said. Sakura waited for the Center to turn and when she did, she pretended to look at her phone.
"Ah, Good moring Sakura-san." she greeted. She mumbled something from Kyappu and then made her way towards Sakura.
"Good Morning." she answered and stood up on her chair.
"have you heard from your manager about our new coupling song?" she asked.
Sakura nodded with a smile. "It seems that we would be the one who would sing the song." she said.
Haruppi smiled. "It would definitely be a good opportunity for the two of us." she said.
"Have you seen the lyrics?" Sakura asked the short haired girl.
Haruppi pursed her lips and shook her head.
"The thing is, my manager still hasn't showed it to me." Haruppi admitted.
She opened her phone and tapped at her manager's name in the screen. She then handed the phone to Haruppi.
"My manager already sent it to me. Feel free to look."
"Thank you." Haruppi said with another smile. She took the phone and started reading.
"EHHHHHH?!" Haruppi cannot help but explained. From the other side of the room, Anai looked at the two of them in worry.
"Isn't this a lafff.. la... love song with you?" she said, she stumbled with her words and it somehow relieved the tension from Sakura. She fought back a laugh.
"Yes." She said as seriously as she can.
"I didn't know." the Ace whined. She pouted and unconsciously puffed up her cheeks.
Sakura looked away. She was scared especially since she doesn't want things to be awkward between the two of them. She wondered why she has to be the one who had to do the song. They were not even close. If it was the Captain who would do that with Haruppi, it would be a lot easier for the two of them.
"If it's with Sakura-chan, I wouldn't mind." Haruppi said with a smile that could melt anyone. Sakura knew the effect of that smile. That was the reason that made Haruppi captivate her fans. She had a specific charm that differentiate her from the other girls. She has the ability of giving a healing sensation to people around her with just a hint of her secret weapon, her smile. Sakura knew that's what makes her the true Ace of HKT48. Of course given the circumstnaces that they were rivals she cannot easily admit that to her.
"Haruppi!" Kyappu voiced out.
The center looked back towards Anai then smiled apologetically to the long-haired girl. The other girl waved her hand as a sign of goodbye. Haruppi waved back before making her way towards the Captain.
"What was that for?" Anai asked Haruppi when she stood next to the girl.
"Nothing, we were just talking about work." Haruppi explained. Still, Chihiro noticed that Haruppi kept on looking back at the pretty girl. Her expression frustrated her. She was showing an expression that Anai had never seen before and she hated it. Haruppi belongs to her and only her. She would not let this girl take her away from her.
"Say, Haruppi. How about dinner later?"
--------Spoiler-ish: ChiHaru moment next chapter
Look forward on the next CHAPPU~