Things That Mix - 48G FanficFirst Encounter: Shimazaki Haruka (III)I’m getting late from the real time scenarios so I’m just going to upload everything of the first arc.
THE sound of the meat being fried makes Paruru and Myao hungrier. There are a lot of side dishes in the table too. It’s the first time that they’ll eat this Korean Barbecue. (Yeah, it’s a barbecue even though it is being fried.)
“Go and dig up, ladies~ It’s all on your beautiful aunty~” Hiroko told them when she confirmed that the meat is ready to eat. “This is thanks for being the first friends of Neko-chan.”
“I told you they are not my friends.” Mumei resisted, rolling her eyes once again.
“Oh you, little Tsun tsun.” Hiroko teased. “Go on and eat, Paruru and Myao.”
The two girls grabbed their chopsticks. “Itadakimasu.”
Mumei watched Paru took a piece of meat and ate it just like that.
“That’s not how you eat samgyeopsal.” She commented. “I’ll show you.”
She got a piece of Korean lettuce and put some rice on it. She then put the meat and added a bit of bean paste. She also put a slice of garlic and kimchi before she wraps them all with the lettuce.
“Here you go. Open up.”
Paruru looked at Myao and Hiroko before looking back at the samgyeopsal on Mumei’s hand.
She’s going to feed me?!
She felt a sweat break on her forehead. This is just embarrassing for her.
“What are you waiting for? I can’t hand you this or the wrapper will open. You want me to cool this for you?” She started blowing softly on the food and then she stretched her arm again to give it to the lady opposite of her.
Paruru gulped. It seems that she can’t say no to it. She gradually opened her mouth and ate the food from Mumei’s hand. She started chewing the food and a good blend of taste hugged her taste buds. Her eyes sparkled with joy.
“How was it?”
Paruru swallowed first. “It is really good!”
Mumei smirked. “That’s how you eat it.”
“Hey Neko-san, make one for me too.” Myao cried. Confused on why Paruru is the only one receiving special treatment.
“A-A-Ah~” Hiroko suddenly barged in. “Don’t call my Neko-chan “Neko”, Myao.”
“Why? Isn’t her name Neko?” Myao asked.
Hiroko shook her head. “Neko is the nickname I gave her. This girl is nameless.”
Paruru looked at Mumei who is busy making one wrap for Myao. Mumei felt Paruru’s heavy stare and looked back at her. “I told you about it earlier, right? Myao-san, open up.”
“It’s impossible! How can someone be nameless?” Myao commented before opening her mouth for the food. “Dewicious!”
Hiroko laughed a little but somehow that laugh seemed lonely.
“That was also the first reaction I got when I first met her. She has no name and she doesn’t even speak. I just took her in because she’s so cute! I saw her wandering at a park so I just named her Noraneko.” (Noraneko = Stray cat, 野良猫)
“Neko is the name Hiroko-san gave me. That’s how she knew me so the usage of the name is just between us.”
“That’s so confusing! How about in other places? Like school or anything.” Myao kept on throwing questions that’s also popping on Paruru’s head. It’s really convenient to have Myao around.
“I have another name on school. Since I have no attachment with anyone, I’m going with a fake name.”
“So, if you want to be close with her you have to name her too.” Hiroko gleefully stated.
“Enough with the name talk. Let’s just eat quietly.” Mumei protested with a knot between her brows.
“Eating quietly is not fun Neko-chan~ How about we order some soju?”
“Don’t make the idols drink!!!”
That’s all and the barbecue night went off smoothly. Paruru did enjoy the food and the company of Hiroko and Mumei. But the things she discovered while eating just covered Mumei into more mystery. She’s so interested. She can’t deny it.
THE barbeque night ended up into a stay over. Apparently, Hiroko is the owner of the whole apartment complex and it is her business; one of her businesses to be exact. Hiroko is a wife of a rich Korean businessman. Yes, Hiroko is Japanese. You know the details.
Since it’s already late and the hotel where they stay is far, Hiroko just recommended them to stay and spend the night at Mumei’s room. It’s not a recommendation if viewed in Mumei’s perspective. They were forced to. Hiroko even ordered one of her secretaries to buy them change clothes and blankets and it arrived at the front door in no time.
The two idols just accepted the offer. Since Hiroko is Japanese too and she seems nice, she easily won the trust of the two foreigners in the land. It’s just that Mumei finds this stay over terribly awkward.
The girl is not used of having other people around. She likes being alone and for her it is the safest thing but now she has to deal with visitors that she just met a while ago and now going to sleep at her house. That’s just ridiculous.
Paru and Myao are at her room changing clothes. Myao is so amazed on the collection that Mumei has. She almost has all the stuffs related to the 48 Group. Posters are posted in the walls even in the ceiling. The CDs are in the shelves and are all in order. She even has the limited editions. Of all those things, Myao can’t figure out who is Mumei’s oshimen.
“This kid might be a DD. (Daredemo Daisuki)”
“She seems to really like AKB.” Paruru commented while pulling out a pajama that Hiroko bought.
“You can tell by just looking at her stuffs.”
Paru noticed the price tag still attached at the pajama so she went on looking for scissors. She can’t find anywhere so she went outside to ask Mumei but she’s not in the living room neither in the balcony. Paru with her ponkotsu character went to search in the bathroom. She just opened the door and saw Mumei washing her face on the sink.
Before she even say a word, her eyes automatically went to the direction of Mumei’s arms. There are scars. A lot of it. There are a lot of cut marks even on her wrist.
Mumei getting aware of Paru’s presence hurriedly removed the soap on her face and dried herself with the towel. She picked her broken glasses and covered her arms with the towel.
“What’s up?” She asked Paru. She’s obviously trying to hide her scars.
Paru snapped back into reality. “I need some scissors to remove the tag.”
Mumei looked at the pajama, grabbed it from Paru with her arms still covered by the towel and removed the tag with her bare hands.
“Sharp objects are not allowed in this place.” That’s all and she handed back Paruru the pajama before going out of the washroom.
Scars? Now what?
IT’S already 2 in the morning but Paruru is still wide awake. Myao has been taken to the land of dreams hours ago but Paruru refused to go. She’s been thinking of repaying Mumei until now. She’s also thinking of the name she will give her.
Wait, does this really mean that I want to be friends with her.
They are sleeping at Mumei’s bedroom. The girl said that she can’t let them sleep anywhere else. Her bed is the most comfortable space available. She’s just going to sleep at the sofa in the sala. Paru cannot deny the curiosity she feels for the spectacled girl. She’s a fan but acting like not. She’s nameless and terribly scared. She’s not Japanese or Korean but she’s speaking both languages fluently. She doesn’t even look western or anything. She’s just a mysterious entity.
Cannot sleep, Paru stood up and take a good look at the AKB related stuffs all over the room. There’s not a single poster with only a particular member. They are all in groups.
Who the hell is her oshimen? I really want to know.
Paru slightly opened the door to see if Mumei is already sleeping but she’s nowhere in the living room. She went out to search for her. The girl is on the balcony, still with her earphones plugged in her ears. She’s just sitting at the chair in there with her right elbow on the railings, looking at somewhere.
Mumei noticed Paruru looking at her. She removed her earphones and started talking.
“You’re still awake?” She asked Paru with a confused look in her face.
“You talk.” Paruru replied with her character on.
Mumei flashed a faint smile and looked back at the scenery she’s looking at a while ago.
“It’s summer and there are things that I can only do during this season. Like enjoying the breeze and looking at the stars.”
Paruru went out to the balcony to look at the scenery Mumei is talking about. Right after she set her eyes on the sky, her jaw dropped. It’s a very beautiful horizon with lots of stars. When was the last time she saw the night sky like this? When she’s not busy with work, she’s sick. She never had the time to look up the sky and enjoy an amazing scenery like this.
“Sugoi.” Paruru muttered under her breath.
“Deshou? People are already asleep by this time so most lights are off giving way for the stars to shine.”
Paru looked at the spectacled girl who’s smiling at the night sky.
“Does the wound in your lips still hurt?” She worriedly asked.
Mumei got surprised. She put her fingers to her lips to feel the wound. “I forgot I got this.” She started to flick her wound. “See, it’s nothing so don’t worry about it.”
“Don’t flick it like that.” Paru grumpily commented. “I’ll pay for the repair of your glasses.”
“Ah! My glasses?” She removed it and looked at the damage.
She’s really cute especially without those glasses.
“They’ll still do so don’t stress yourself about this. You’re not the one who should pay for it anyway.”
“But it got broken because you saved me.”
“No, it got broken because that guy slapped me and it hit the floor.”
“But it is still because of me, right?”
Mumei looked at Paru without her glasses with a “Dude, seriously” look. She heaved a sigh and leaned her back at the chair.
“You, sure, are stubborn. It’s just a little crack.”
“Just let me fix that for you.” Paruru insisted with her cute, puppy face.
Mumei looked at another direction avoiding that cute, irresistible face.
“If you insist.”
“Yey~!” Paruru gave out a cute snicker after Mumei’s surrender. They went to look at the sky once again and the cold early morning breeze started blowing.
“’You cold?” Mumei asked when she noticed Paru hugging herself. The other girl just nodded.
Mumei smirked. She tapped her lap before spreading her arms.
“Sit in my lap then I’ll hug you.”
Paruru’s eyes widened together with the flushing of her face.
“B-B-BAKA!” she stammered. “Why do you think I’ll agree with that?”
Mumei just laughed at her reaction. “What’s wrong? We are both girls!”
“T-T-That’s not it! We are not even friends!”
“Then give a name to me, right away.”
Another moment of silence and stares. It was only cut when Paru’s phone suddenly rang. She turned around before answering it.
“Moshi moshi? O? Yuihan?”
It was Yokoyama Yui, the new general manager of the 48G and Paru’s closest friend. She called to confirm if Paruru is safe.
“I’m safe Yuihan. There’s nothing to worry about. I can say that I just played hide and seek with Myao-san in Korea. I think the media might bite that.”
The wind started blowing again and Paru shivered. She’s vulnerable with cold since her respiratory system is not that strong to start with.
“No, it’s okay. I’m still not sleepy. Eh? You just finished filming now? That must be hard—“
Her sentence got cut when she felt warm from her back. Mumei just back-hugged her.
“Moshi moshi? Paruru are you still there? Are you okay?” Yui bombed her with questions when she suddenly went quiet. Paruru’s heart is beating fast and there are butterflies in her stomach.
“H-Hai.” She stammered, catching her voice back. “I’m fine.”
“Make sure to take care of yourself. We have a group to take care of and you’re the ace.” Yuihan worriedly reminded her. “And I cannot afford to let something bad happen to you again.”
“Yes. Don’t worry. Go and take a rest now.” Paruru said those words while looking at Mumei who is resting her head on her shoulder. She’s listening to their conversation. It is so obvious with her smirk.
“Okay, see you soon. Come back safe. Oyasumi.”
That’s all and the call ended. Mumei is still hugging her.
“Wahh~” She started. “She sounded like your boyfriend.”
Paru looked down. Mumei’s scarred arms are not covered. Those scars do look fatal. But wait, that’s not the important thing now. This girl is hugging her and she must be angry about it. Now she is starting to doubt herself because she finds it completely fine.
“W-Well Yui is like a boyfriend to me. She did say that she likes me.”
Mumei slowly departed from her. Paru turned around to look at the taller girl but her eyes are back to the stars. She’s still smiling but why does it feels like she’s crumbling.
“YuiParu is such a good ship, right?” Mumei commented and the looked at Paru. “You better sleep now or your health will not improve. You need a lot of rest, you know?”
“How about you?”
“I’ll go sleep a little later.”
“Okay, I’ll go sleep now. Oyasumi.”
Mumei laughed a little and Paru started to become curious again.
“Is there something funny?”
“Nah.” She assured her. “It’s just that I haven’t heard being wished a good night for a long time now. Go and sleep now.”
Paruru nodded and went back inside. Before she went inside the bedroom, she took one last glimpse of Mumei in the balcony. A picture of a cute, mysterious girl sitting under the light of the moon and stars—that’s the same thing she saw before she fell asleep.
“THANK you so much for letting us spend the night and for everything else.”
Myao and Paruru bowed to Mumei and Hiroko as a sign of gratefulness. It’s 8 in the morning and the two are ready to set off. Their return flight is at 3pm but they have to return to their hotel for their stuffs.
“You don’t need to bow like that. You guys are so formal now but rude most of the times.”
Hiroko spanked Mumei’s back, telling her to stop with the Tsundere behavior.
“I’m sorry for this child’s tongue.” Hiroko said with a smile. “I hope you enjoyed your trip here in Korea. Next time make the trip a bit longer and don’t forget to contact us. Here is my calling card.”
Hiroko gave each a copy of her contacts and the two thanked her for it. Paruru made sure that she keeps the card at a safe place.
“I’ll ask one of my drivers to take you to the hotel and then to the airport so you will not get lost again.”
“Wow! Thank you very much, Hiroko-san! That sure is a big help!” Myao thanked her with a very bright face.
Paruru looked at Mumei who is now wearing a new pair of glasses. Hiroko bought her a new one even before they go to a shop to repair it. She tried to pay for it but Hiroko declined her offer. She’s like a mother to her Neko-chan.
“Uhm….” Paru murmured.
“What is it Paruru-chan?” Hiroko asked.
“Uhmm… I know it’s not allowed to take a picture with a fan but can we all take a picture together? Will it be okay?” She bashfully asked.
Hiroko jumped in joy and grabbed Paru’s hand. “Ofcourse Paru-chan! Who are we to decline?”
Who would’ve thought that this woman is a company’s CEO? She’s acting like a wota.
“Okay, I’ll go take the photo.” Mumei volunteered and grabbed Paru’s phone from her.
“Wait!” Paru grabbed back her phone. “Who said you are not included?”
“Eh? Are you seriously including me? I don’t want my picture to be taken!”
“Look who’s acting like an idol here.” Myao rumbled.
“Join the picture. I just want a remembrance.”
Paruru looked at Mumei with determined eyes followed by the magic word “Please”. Mumei rolled her eyes and sighed.
“Good, good!” Hiroko interjected. “I’ll go call Ae-ri to take the picture.”
Hiroko rushed outside and came back dragging her daughter Ae-ri who is obviously half-asleep. It’s just 8 in the morning and Korean kids normally wake up late during summer.
“엄마 왜? 난 자고 있잖아.”
(Mom, why? I'm sleeping, can't you see?)
“Speak Japanese halfie. We have guests.”
Ae-ri, who is a beautiful 17 year-old girl, rubbed the sleep from her eyes. She opened her eyes widely and noticed that they are at Mumei’s room. She also noticed Mumei looking at her with her smug face. And then she noticed the other two girls then it came to her.
“NANIII?!” she shouted. “Why am I at Mi-nam’s place? I’m not allowed to be here!”
Mi-nam is the name Ae-ri gave Mumei. It literally means ‘handsome guy’ in Korean. Paruru remembered the name thing again.
Hiroko handed her Paru’s phone that’s already in camera mode.
“Yes. You only have a minute to stay here or else Neko-chan will hate you forever. Now go and take our picture. A good one, okay?” Hiroko rushed to organize their positions. She put the two visitors in the middle and dragged Mumei to stand beside Paru. She then stood beside Myao.
“I don’t get it.” Ae-ri questioned. “Why is Mi-nam letting you take his picture? And why are there two girls in his place?”
“You have thirty seconds left Ae-ri.”
Ae-ri took a lot of pictures. The first ones look weird because Paru and Myao are confused with the happenings but they managed to smile in the latter pictures. Mumei was just on wry.
“Okay daughter, one minute over!” Hiroko patted her head and took Paru’s phone. “You did well.”
Ae-ri instantly went out the door. “Omma, tell Mi-nam to explain everything to me! And please lift the ban now!”
“Neko-chan heard you clearly!”
That’s all and Ae-ri left. They heard her murmurs before they heard her door slammed. Mumei shook her head in embarrassment.
“What’s up with your daughter Hiroko-san?” Myao asked. “And what’s the ban?”
“That girl is crazy.” Mumei answered. “She sees me as a guy and thinks I’m her boyfriend. You heard it, right? She addresses me as a ‘he’.”
“That’s why she bans her from talking to her and for coming near her. If she doesn’t comply she will be hated forever.” Hiroko added while looking at the pics. “Oh, she really did a great job.”
“She tried cutting my hair once, you know? She’s like a maniac.”
Myao and Paru looked at each other. Looks like they encountered a weird family.
“But she’s a nice girl. It’s just that she has problem with her eyes.”
Hiroko looked at her watch. “Oh! Time flies so fast. We should go now girls.”
“Wait, Hiroko-san!” Paruru halted once again.
“Is there anything more you need?” Myao asked.
Paru turned to Mumei. The girl started to become uneasy?
“W-What?” Mumei asked.
“Let’s take a two-shot together.”
Mumei’s jaw dropped. She looked at her right and left and then back to Paru. She pointed herself. “Two-shot with me?”
Paruru nodded and then the magic word again. Mumei slapped her forehead.
“Only one, okay?”
“Sure! Let’s take it at the balcony!”
Hiroko and Myao watched how Paru dragged Mumei to the balcony and instructed her to pose on the camera.
“Paru sure is acting weird. I never saw her like this to a stranger.” Myao commented.
Hiroko smiled. “They are a weird pair, right? Both tsunderes in their own way.” Hiroko patted Myao’s head. “Thank you for losing Paruru-chan here in Korea, Myao-chan.”
“Wait! You said you are only going to take one!” Mumei complained after Paruru took a second picture.
The girl snickered. “I said I’m going to take a proper one but you’re not even looking at the camera!”
“Hmp!” Mumei interjected but then smirked. She just came up with a naughty idea. She moved her face closer to Paruru.
“Since I cannot look at the camera I will just stare at you like this.”
Paruru flushed but her determination cannot be destroyed.
“Fine. I’m taking the picture now.”
“Hurry up, Hiroko-san is waiting.”
Paruru took the picture. It was a cute one. It gives the feeling that they are close. Mumei looked at the picture and she kinda felt impressed on the way it turned out.
“C-Can you pass me this picture?” She requested.
“Sure.” Paru affirmed. “But how?”
“Do you have Share-It app?”
“Oh my gosh, I forgot you are using an iPhone.”
“How about on Line?”
Mumei looked at Paru. It seems that she’s hesitating about Paru’s suggestion. She just sighed.
“Okay, scan this QR code.” She showed Paru the QR code on her phone and the girl immediately scanned it.
“What’s this? Your username is ‘Name me’?” Paru asked in disbelief.
“Did you forget that I don’t have a name?”
Paruru puffed her cheeks and smiled. Mumei heard a notification.
You are now friends in Line with 島崎遥香.
島崎遥香 sent you a photo.
島崎遥香 Changed your name into 星
Mumei’s eyes widened after reading the last notification. She then looked at the smiling Paruru beside her.
“I gave you a name.” She smiled sweetly yet bashfully. “Hoshi.” (Hoshi means Star)
Mumei froze on the spot. She felt all her muscles stopped working. Paruru went back inside with a smile on her face telling Hiroko that she’s ready to go.
“Okay then, let’s go.” Hiroko cheerfully said as she leads them to the door.
“How about her?”Myao asked pertaining to Mumei who is still frozen on the balcony.
“She’ll be alright. It looks like she received a gift.” She smiled at Paruru and winked. Paru smiled back at her. That’s all and the crazy tour in Korea ended.
When they went back to Japan, Paru immediately messaged Mumei.
20:14 Are you moving now?
Paruru got thrilled waiting for a reply and she couldn’t believe how happy she was after receiving a reply.
20:14 Are you moving now?
What do you think of me? A statue? 20:19
20:21 Haha. I’m already home. Thank you for everything.
No worries. Sleep early to be healthy. 20:26
20:27 I still have to update my blog so I’ll stay up more.
What are you doing now?
I’m waiting for you to update your blog. 20:30
20:31 I’ll update it fast so wait, okay?
Sure. Do it fast. 20:32
After that Paru focused on writing her blog. Her blog was soon updated and Mumei started reading it as soon it was posted.
Shimazaki Haruka’s Blog
(Pic of Paru with Myao on the Namsan tower. This was taken on their first night there.)
I just got home from a three-day trip in Korea. It was really fun. The food was great and the weather is nice. I really love the Korean Barbecue. (KBBQ pic)
As all of you have heard, I got lost in our second day of trip. It was really stupid of me to get lost. But somehow, someone came to save me.
(2-shot picture of Paru and her Hoshi. The not so cute one. Hoshi’s eyes are covered.)
She saved me from being lost and became the way to be reunited with Myao-san. I’m sorry that I covered her eye. She’s a shy one. I also got a cuter picture but I’m no sharing it. (flowers, smiley face) I’m surprised on how good she is in Japanese.
Don’t worry about me. I’m fine. This girl pampered me really well especially her “mother.” (picture with Hiroko, still eyes are covered)
I’m sorry for making you all worried. I’m more than okay~~
Have a good sleep~ Oyasumi~ ★~
Mumei choked when she saw her picture being posted. Her eyes are covered for her identity’s protection but it is still her picture. She thought that Paruru will just use it for memories. She suddenly got tamed after reading the closing remark.
Have a good sleep~ Oyasumi~ ★~
It has a star in the end. It feels like Paruru sent her the greeting personally sinced she named her Hoshi. After reading the blog, she messaged Paru.
I’ve seen it. 20:56
20:57 How was it?
You surprisingly said a lot.
Why is my face in there? 20:58
20:59 I covered your eyes.
You’re mean. :p 21:01
I like the name. ★
Thank you, Haruka. 21:06
Paruru blushed again after reading the last message. Her Hoshi called her by her first name. Haruka.. It’s been a long time since someone called her with her real name. Even her family has started calling her Paruru. Someone calling her at her first name makes her ecstatic.
She covered her face with her pillow and shouted before going back to her phone.
21:20 I’m going to sleep now. Oyasumi Hoshi~
Umm. Sleepwell, Haruka. 21:21
That is where their chat ended. Since then they became chat friends. No matter how busy Paru is she doesn’t forget to send a message to her Hoshi. Mumei is sure to reply even though it is not that fast. She discovered that the spectacled girl is also working on a part-time even though a generous person like Hiroko is supporting her so she’s a little busy too.
A lot of members noticed how cheerful Paruru is in the past days. She’s always on a good mood and she’s talking a lot with her juniors. If she’s alone, she will always be seen facing her phone. Smiling on it like a girl receiving a message from her boyfriend. Even Yui noticed the changes.
But then, after a month, she never received mails from her Hoshi again.
First Encounter End
Second Encounter : Watanabe Miyuki