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-------------------------------------------------------------------Chapter 1 – The Switch! Takahashi Minami’s POV
I’d left my apartment in the morning and began my walk along the riverside for a change. It was a beautiful day and the sun was just beginning to rise. I looked at my watch and saw it was 5:30 am, and still had an hour till practice began at the theatre. However, I’d promised to meet up with Miichan at the station not too far from here. Continuing my walk, I began to hum our latest AKB single, sayanora crawl.
Before continuing on my way, a loud bang forced me to halt all movements. Turing around frantically, I tried to pinpoint the origin of the noise. My gaze was instantly drawn to the river on my left side. The water near the edge seemed to be glowing. Curious, I slowly and cautiously walked over to the edge and knelt down by the water. Instead of seeing my reflection, the glowing in the water instead showed a strange silhouette of a city, but it was too blurry to get a clear view. Thinking I must be losing it, I stood up and rubbed my eyes. Just as I was about to take a step back to move away, my foot slipped on the edge and I fell into the river. “Woah!” I plunged in head first and the water engulfed and wrapped around me. I could feel myself somehow being pulled deeper in the water regardless of my struggling. What’s going on! The river isn’t even this deep!
I panicked, but there was nothing I could do. Slowly I was suffocating and losing my consciousness. With no energy left to resist, I let the water pull me into the darkness.
“It’s not like Minami to be late” Miichan said as she checked the time on her cell phone. It was 5:50 and the leader had promised to meet her at the station. “She must’ve gotten distracted by something on her way here...Then again that’s not like her, but even she has her moments” The young girl sighed and decided to walk in the direction of the leader’s apartment, hoping to run into her half way. The variety idol kept making her way down the sidewalk, and after a few minutes, she suddenly stopped when the sound of coughing caught her attention. She looked down and saw someone emerging from the river. Said girl lifted herself up from the water, crashed to all fours on the ground, coughing and gasping. Miichan figured she should go see if the girl needed help. Regardless of just coming out of the water, the girl looked pretty dirty, at least her clothes did. The girls light brown hair was long and dishevelled. She wore a black leather jacket that was cut in some areas and a white shirt stained with dirt and... Is that blood!? Is she hurt? Miichan ran down the nearby stairs and headed towards the girl. “Hey! Are you all right?” the variety idol called out and stopped dead in her tracks when the girl raised her head. “Ta..Takamina!?”
As I dove out of the water, I began to violently cough, attempting to catch my breath. This is what happens when I trusted idiots to build the machine. Safe landing my ass. I cursed as I got my breathing under control.
“Hey! Are you all right?” I heard a familiar voice yell as footsteps approached. Looking up, I was surprised to see Minegishi Minami, who seemed equally as surprised as she called out. I reacted first as I quickly stood up and reached behind my jacket for my hidden gun. Before I could make anymore movements however, the girl crossed her arms and glared at me, shouting. “Geez what the heck were you doing in the river! Don’t tell me you fell in? And did you get into a fight with a wild dog or something, because that’s what it looks like.” She said.
I was too baffled and stopped reaching for my weapon. Minegishi sighed and then looked perplexed, she reached out with her right hand towards my hair but I defensively slapped it away. “What are you up to!?” I said guarded.
“I should be asking you that! Though I admit as messy as your hair is, it looks nice. When did you get extensions?” she asked. I momentarily dropped my guard and raised an eyebrow at her,
“Did you hit your head or something? Or is this a trap?”
“Stop messing around Takamina, we’re going to be late for practice...Ah, that’s right! Did you get hurt or something, there’s blood on your shirt” she yelled as she stepped closer, actually seeming concerned. What the hell. I figured she’d do nothing but rejoice if she saw my blood spill. I was about to express that out loud but stopped when I noticed the genuine concern in her eyes, which caught me off guard. A look I hadn’t seen from her for a long while. I calmed my expression and reassured her.
“No...I’m fine. It’s not my blood...It’s nothing” Once I said that, she looked relieved, then grabbed my hand.
“Fake blood huh, your sense of fashion never seizes to amaze me. Now come on, it’d look bad if the leader of AKB showed up late to practice” she said as she began to drag me along. Leader of AKB? Wait, does that mean the machine worked...I thought maybe nothing had changed and it failed...but if I’m still the leader then it must’ve worked. Then... why do things seem so different? Did the machine somehow screw up the timeline? In any case, since I’m here now, I have to do what I came here to do.
Minegishi kept dragging me through the streets. Everything did look different. More peaceful. Something wasn’t right. Even in the past things were never like this. What’s going on?
Minegishi lead me to a train, something I hadn’t ridden in awhile, not counting the ones I stowed away in that sent deliveries to the prefectures. After getting off the train, she said we made it to the practice in time. Must be performing some practice drills then.
However, the building we approached was foreign to me, and so was the writing displayed. “Japan’s most sophisticated show? Wait what?”
I was dragged in before I could protest and Minegishi stopped in front of two large doors and opened them. When she did, I stood dumbfounded at the site before me. The girls were dancing on the stage. Although I did recognize all the familiar faces present.
“Boo! You all started early.” Minegishi accused as she walked up to...Oshima! There the girls all stopped practicing and made their way down the stage. I stood at the doors, to afraid and freaked out to move. There they all were, looking so... happy and energetic. When they turned and noticed me at the door, there was no hate in their eyes.
“You’re always the first one here leader. Heard from Miichan just now that you fell into the river, never thought you were that big of a klutz” Oshima laughed.
“And you got extensions. That’s a surprise” Itano spoke up.
“Well we’re all here now. Why don’t you go get cleaned up and dry off in the change room before we resume practice Minami” Shinoda smiled.
“Yah your clothes are still kind of wet but at least the sun dried off most of it” Minegishi said.
“Uh, earth to Takamina, you with us?” Kojima asked.
“Takamina san, are you okay?” Shimazaki asked.
“She’s still not responding, Miichan what did you do” Sashihara joked.
I snapped out of it, and looked to them all, finally gaining back my senses. “What are you all doing?! How can you be dancing and singing when there are more important things to do?” I yelled. They all stopped chatting to stare at me.
“What else would we be doing? We have to practice for our concert. Top idols remember, it’s important to practice to give our fans the best show.” Miyazawa answered. Concert? Idols? Fans? Oh no...
I started to panic as I held out my left wrist and clicked at my watch, trying to see what my location was displayed as. This can’t be right! It still says it’s June 1st 2013, but that’s the day I left...then that means...I didn’t successfully travel back in time! ...but then...where the hell am I?
I looked up to see all the girls staring back worriedly. What did I do...?
After a short moment of silence, I cleared by throat and decided to speak out. “So AKB is an idol group? What about the government, what are they doing?” I asked.
Everyone exchanged glances again. “How are we supposed to know? Government related things I guess; it’s not really our concern. You’re really getting into this politician thing though” Oshima answered.
I gulped. My suspicions slowly being realized. I screwed up! I need to get back! ... But wait...If I’m right about what’s happened then...
I looked over to Minegishi, “Try calling Min...my house phone or cell phone” I instructed.
She raised an eyebrow, “Why would I? You’re standing right here”
“Just do it please”
She shrugged and dialled. She said no answer at the house, and rang the cell phone but said that wasn’t being answered to.
“Weird, I thought your cell was on you. Did you drop it in the river maybe?”
I took a deep breath. This wasn’t good. If I was here....then that meant...’she’ is there. If I don’t find a way back soon and fix this...then the person who should be here instead of me will most likley die.
END OF CHAPTER 1