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Kyappu was outside the room, leaning on the wall casually. She was also in her casual clothes. Her outfit somehow resembled Haruppi's except it was off-white and the sleeves were short sleeved. She was busy fiddling with her phone so she didn't noticed the wcenter at first.

"Kyappu~!" Haruppi said out loud, waving frantically. Sakura smiled at her childish action.

The other girl looked up and smiled. "Oh, you finally came!"

When the two finally reached the captain, Sakura bowed at her. "Good evening, Chihiro-san."

"No need to be polite Sakura. Call me Kyappu like the rest of the members." Chihiro urged.

"Are you sure?"

"Of course! We've known each other for such a long time, you're basically my little sister." She said.

Sakura's eyes started to water. She was happy with the other girl's words. She missed the times where she was being treated as one. Now, everyone had a hidden agenda when they talk to her. Her eyes unconsciously moved to Haruppi. Well, except for the Hakata ace. She was different. She was honest and pure. When Haruppi caught her eyes, she grinned at the other girl. Sakura smiled back, taken aback and maybe a little embarrassed for being caught. She looked away, blinked back her tears and smiled at the Captain.

"Okay, Kyappu." She said, testing the name. The other girl smiled at her.

Chihiro was not being petty. In fact, the reason she was being extra nice to Sakura was out of pure honesty. She felt bad that she thought of dark thoughts. It was not the other girl's fault that she was being pushed. In fact, it was not even her fault that Haruppi was showing interest at her. As a matter of fact, it was partly Chihiro's fault in the first place. Haruppi was hers but she pushed her away. Sakura was a good girl and despite the jealousy she experienced with that brief eye contact between the two girls, she forced herself not to think of bad thoughts. She noticed Sakura's watery eyes and suddenly felt her heart reaching out for the other girl. Sakura is still basically a child no matter how mature she appeared to be.

"We're planning to eat Yakiniku. Are you fine with that? We can eat somewhere else if you don't want to." Kyappu told Sakura.

Sakura nodded. "Yakiniku sounds good." She said.

Anai then focused her attention to the Hakata Fairy. Of course, that girl had to look exceptionally cute today huh?

Haruppi smiled at Anai, pleased by her kindness to the fair-skinned girl.

"Usual place?" She asked Anai.

Kyappu nodded. "Your manager said that she'll take us there." She said.

"You have such a nice manager." Sakura said to Haruppi.

"Eh~! Well I guess so, she's kind of a friend too." Haruppi stated.

She?" Sakura cannot help but ask.

"Yup! My manager's a girl!" Haruppi happily mentioned.

Sakura nodded. It was a little rare for an idol to have a female manager. Now that she had thought about it, having a female manager is a better idea. Girls were well-known for being much more caring than their counter parts. No wonder Haruppi's manager seem to take care of the girl quite properly. It was a rare occurrence for a manager to drive someone to a different place other than work.

After a few minutes of awkward small talks between the three, a small black car stopped in front of them. Haruppi waved.

"Ah. That's my manager!" She said to Sakura. The window rolled down and a rather plain-faced middle aged woman smiled at them.

"Hey girls. Sorry for the wait. I had to clear Kodama-san's schedule for next week." She explained.

"It's fine, thank you for always taking care of me." Haruppi said followed by a bow. The manager waved her hands in return, looking embarrassed but pleased.

"Since there are three of you, who wants to take the shot gun?" The manager asked, while eyeing their new companion.

The other girl bowed down. "Sorry for troubling you, I'm Miyawaki Sakura." She introduced.

While the manager was talking to Sakura, Haruppi glanced at Kyappu.

"So who'll take the shotgun?" She asked.

The other girl shrugged. "What do you think?" She countered.

Haruppi pouted. "I don't know." She answered.

"Rock paper scissors?" Haruppi suggested after a beat of silence.

Kyappu nodded. "The one who loses will get the shot gun." She proposed.

Haruppi smiled.

"Jan.. Ken..."

"Pon!" Both of them exclaimed.

Haruppi threw scissors while Kyappu chose paper.

"Ah~" both of them reacted.

Sakura glanced at the two, finding their antics adorable. She already missed Murashige.

"Then you'll be in shotgun while I'll join Sakura-san in the back." Haruppi said. Kyappu cannot help but noticed the slight tilt of her lips. She seemed happy.

"Haruppi, you seem happy." Anai commented.

Sakura glanced at the two of them, sensing something different.

"Eh~ Kyappu what are you talking about?" Haruppi tried to hide it but Anai can tell that she was feigning ignorance. Her cheeks became as red as a tomato.

Anai bit her lip. "Good for you Haruppi. You're finally moving on."

Haruppi's expression changed to a blank expression. Sakura looked at the suddenly silent two. Anai, without another glance to Haruppi, walked towards the front and opened the door. She then entered.

Sakura noticed Haruppi rubbing her nose with a sad expression.

"You go first, Sakura-san." Haruppi said. Her voice was lower than her usual chirp.

Sakura nodded and opened the door. When she sat down, her eyes cannot help but divert itself on Chihiro.

It was just a glance so she didn't saw clearly but she swore she saw a small tear ran down the captain's eye. She blinked but when she looked again, Kyappu was already looking out of the window, her hair concealing her face.

She then glanced at Haruppi and saw her biting her lip. Her eyes were squinted and she seemed to be deep in thought.

"Haruppi-san?"

"Ah, what is it?" Haruppi smiled yet Sakura can tell it was forced.

"Are you okay?"

Haruppi's smile faltered.

Haruppi glanced at Chihiro who was busy having small talk with her manager.

"Yes.. Yes. Of course. I'm fine" she looked down.

Sakura could tell something really is fishy between the two.

She didn't really want to speculate but she sensed something more about the captain and ace of Hakata.

She then looked at Haruppi again. Her short hair was a little messier. A strand of hair was not in place. She glanced at Anai and smirked.

Maybe this will shed a little light to the mystery between about the two.

"Haruppi-san, your hair's a little.."

"Eh?" When Haruppi was about to touch her own hair, Sakura took her hand in order to stop her.

Haruppi's heart went to her throat. She became as still as a statue when Sakura ran her other hand against her hair.

She made sure to properly fix the strand. Haruppi probably spends a lot of money for expensive shampoo. Her hair was very fine and also very soft. It kind of reminds her of a cat's fur for some reason. She glanced at Anai and noticed that she was looking quite pissed off. She suppressed another smirk. Seems like she was right all along.

Her hand unconsciously moved from Haruppi's hair down to the back of her head. Her fingertips grazed the ace's neck.

She  stared at Haruppi, entranced by her bright brown eyes. Sakura was not sure if it was real or just contacts but there was something about the girl's eyes that was really hard to look away from.

Haruppi unconsciously smacked her lips together thus making Sakura unconsciously focus on her lips.

A cough from the passenger seat made Sakura snap out of it.

Shit.

She quickly looked at Anai and it was definitely not a pretty sight. If looks could kill, Sakura and Haruppi would be dead by now. Scratch that, they would not only experience being stabbed in the chest but also shot by a big bazooka once they were lying on the floor, dead. After that they would be ran down by a big, yellow road roller. For the finishing touch, gasoline would be thrown on their broken bodies and light up by a match.

Double shit.
Triple shit.
Shitshitshit.

Sakura could tell that Haruppi could feel what she was feeling right now. In fact, she felt her neck becoming colder and sweat was building down from her hair.

Wait, felt it?

Shitfuckholymothertruck!

Her hand was still resting on the back of Haruppi's head! Not only that, she seemed to be comfortable enough to lean in on the Hakata Ace.

She quickly moved far far away from the doe-eyed girl and looked out of the window. The other girl, still pretty much confused with everything glanced at Anai. The other girl finally looked away from her cold stare.

Haruppi cannot help but feel a tiny blossoming hope on her chest. Is there a possibility that Anai is jealous? She quickly shook out her thoughts.

Chi-chan is a friend, chi-chan is a friend.. The Hakata Fairy chanted in her head.

Anai sighed. She cannot help her emotions. It was not like her at all to show what she was truly feeling. In fact, she was the type of person that tries her best in making sure everything is not a big deal. She's called the ponkotsu Captain for fuck's sake. However, when she saw Sakura touching Haruka, she cannot help but show her jealousy. The embarassed yet happy expression of the Hakata Fairy only added to the fire. She quickly huffed and crossed her arms. She then looked outside the window. Maybe things would really be different if she took the leap. She closed her tired. She'll just rest for a bit.

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We just finished our practice for Hakata Legend. It was really tiring but also very fulfilling as well. Right now, I'm alone in the dressing room.I am too lazy to leave just yet so I ended up staying here. Besides, I'm waiting for my friend. She was called by her manager so she had to talk to her in private.

I cannot believe that I just somehow became the Captain of HKT48. Me, a girl that was not good at anything. I'm mediocre at dancing and even singing. Haruppi told me that she really liked my voice but to be honest I don't believe her.

Speaking of Haruppi..

Sigh.

How can I explain Haruppi in one word?

Klutz?

Hardworking?

Annoying? I fought back a smile.

The truth is I have a secret no one should know. I'm in love with my best friend. I know that she likes me too and it would be easy if I could just tell her how I feel.

How did I know that she feels the same way? That's another story.

I don't want to do this to her. I don't care about myself but..

Haruppi is a rising star. If We ever go out and someone found out, our popularity would be totally done.

I can't do that to her. I want her to reach her dreams. Despite not being a center, she still continues to be strong. The management is stupid for not seeing her real potentials.

I can't blame them though. She grew because of that obstacle.

The person that I like...

The one that was the sun that helps everyone shine with her...

We can't be together.

This feelings that I have, I'll seal it inside this treasure box. No one should open it. Not even the person I want to open it the most.

A knock on the door broke me out of my stupor.

"Come in."

And there she was. Signature forehead exposed. One piece dress as always. The girl that I treasure the most.

"Sorry Chi-chan~! There was a conflict on my schedule!" Haruppi apologized.

"It's okay, I want to rest first anyway so I don't mind. By the way, are you hungry?" I asked.

Of course knowing her, her answer would be...

"Yes~! I'm so hungry Chi-chan. Let's eat, Let's eat!" She exclaimed, puffing her cheeks and staring at me with doe eyes.

I knew it.

I giggled.

I feel like I know everything about her.

"Yakiniku?" I asked. She nodded happily.

"I'm craving for Hormone." She said. I smiled at her and stood up from my chair and walked out towards her. When I was near her, she put her arm around mine, giggling adorably.

"Come on, come on~ I'm hungry!" She exclaimed while slightly dragging me.

Being friends, having fun together, eating dinner together...

It's better this way, isn't it?

We decided to walk in order to burn a little bit of calories before eating as much as we like. Surprisingly, Haruppi was silent.

I suddenly felt a little worried. She removed her arm from mine. I looked at her, confused even slightly hurt but it was quickly replaced with a smile when she held my hand instead. Her fingers filled in the gaps of my own and her warm hand healed all of my worry.

Haruppi, since I'm sacrificing so much for your success, I want to you to be really, really popular okay? Reach for your dreams even if there will come a day where you will be so far away from me that I cannot even see a glimpse of your slender back.

"Chi-chan?"

"Hmm?"

"I'll be gone for a week." She said.

I suddenly felt lonely.

"Really?" I asked.

"Yes, for the whole week my schedule is all in Tokyo so I have to stay there." She pouted.

"Ah~ a whole week alone in the hotel.." She complained. She then puffed her cheeks and then stared at me.

"Chi-chan~ I don't want to leave! I want to stay here and be with Chi-chan!" She whined childishly.

"Haruppi, you're not a kid anymore. It's only a week. I'll make sure to call you everyday." I reassured.

If only she knew how much I want her to be beside me as well..

"Promise?" She asked.

"I promise." I said . She grinned and leaned her head against my shoulder.

I smiled at her.

My sun..

My treasure..

My angel..

I'll make sure not to taint you with sin.

When we reached the restaurant, we quickly shuffled towards the corner. It'll be bad if someone noticed us. I mean, nothing will really happen. We are just not in the mood to talk to our fans. At least not right now. I want to at least have her to myself even just for tonight.

Just for tonight, please let me experience being a little selfish.

In the end we ended up talking long until the store was about to close.

When we were finally kicked out by the staffs since it's closing time, we ended up walking again. The sky is already dark and the stars were shining brightly.

"I feel like.. if... If I just reach for it, I can touch them." Haruppi said.

I turned my attention to the girl.

When Haruppi met my eyes, she flashed the most heartbreaking smile.

I sucked in a deep breath discreetly to myself. She's too beautiful. With the minimal light shining from the lights in the city and the beautiful moon shining at us, She was given an ethereal glow. Her bright eyes shined despite the dim surroundings.

"What are you talking about?" I asked her. 

"Staws." She blurted out and then blushed.

I can't help but giggle.

"Don't laugh! I'm trying to be serious here!" She said but a small giggle escaped her mouth.

"Now you're laughing too" I exclaimed.

"Chi-chan~!" She whined.

I raised my hand to pat her head.

"Okay, continue continue." I said with a smile.

She playfully huffed. "Like-Like I said, I want to reach them.. The stars."

"Why don't you?" I asked.

She looked down. "I'm scared I guess. I'm scared of the reality that they are farther than I know. I'm scared that they're already comfortable over there and I do not want to disturb them with this feelings."

Huh?

What is she talking about?

"I don't get what you're saying." I admitted.

"Ah, look there's a park!"

I sighed. There she goes again, jumping from one topic to another.

"Chi-chan, go sit on the swing. I'll push you." She said.

"No way!" I said out loud. "It's scary and I might fall!"

"Don't worry, I promise that I won't let anything happen to you." Haruppi soothed.

I finally gave in and let her guide me towards the swings. When I sat down, I felt her presence behind me. Her soft hand went to push my back. She was pushing me so softly that I felt like I was being cradled like a baby. I can feel her gentle presence and her hands feel so perfectly warm.

"About the stars.." She started out.

I turned my head to look at her but it was too difficult.

"What is up with that stars anyway?" I asked. "If you want to reach the stars, go ahead and do it. I mean there are rockets and all that to help you reach it." I said.

"Chi-chan, you don't understand."

Her hands then gripped my shoulder in order to stop my light swinging.

I blinked.

Suddenly Haruppi was in front of me. The light of the stars and the moon barely helping me in seeing her.

"Chi-chan..." She started out and I can see a tear slowly making its way down her cheek.

"You're the stars."

"Eh? ME?'I finally managed to say after a beat of awkward silence.

"Ye-Yesh"

Sniff. Sniff.

"I have always, always, always had these feelings. "

I bit my lip, tears also started falling from my eyes.

"I w-w... I like you, Chihiro!" She said as loud as she can. "P-pwease go out with me!" She bowed down.

Silence.

I like you too, Haruka. I have always liked you. You're my own personal sun. Of course I want to go out with you. So much.

So much it hurts.

But I can't. Not like this.

Not this way.

"No..."

"Eh?" She looked up, shocked.

"Please, don't do this to me."

"Chihiro." She took a step away.

I broke down. The tears just kept on coming. I cannot seem to stop them even if I tried. It got so bad that I started having trouble breathing. Little gasps starting escaping from my mouth. My hand went to cover my mouth to stop them but it only made it worse. My head felt like it was drowning in the water.

Why can't I just say yes? How come I have to stop my feelings? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?!

"Chi-chan?!"

I opened my eyes and I realized I was gripping my chest. I cannot speak. Tears just flowed like a waterfall. I felt messy and wet. I probably look really ugly right now. I opened my mouth yet words cannot seem to escape. The little gasps turned into pants.

Gentle arms wrapped around me and I was enveloped by a sweet vanilla and floral scent.

"Calm down, chi-chan." Her voice sounded like honey. Her hand went up towards my hair and started patting it.

I melted in her embrace. Since she was standing up, my face was squished right next to her stomach. The soft marshmallow feeling of her untoned tummy made me felt a little better.

I sniffed and realized that I was ruining her dress with my tears and snot.

I quickly tried struggling out of her hold.

"Y-your dress.." I know that was one of her favorite clothes.

She didn't budge. "It's just a dress." She whispered.

"I'm sorry. I wasn't thinking properly." She apologized.

I gripped the back of her dress in order to pull her closer.

"I ended up not thinking about the consequences once again." She said.

"I-I'm sowwy Chi-chan."her voice trembled. I tried looking up but her grip on me tightened.

"I just really wanted to tell you my feelings. I didn't.. Didn't know that I am burdening you." Her voice was for once lower in pitch. It was filled with melancholy.

I closed my eyes.

You're not burdening me, Haruka. I am so happy about what you said. If we were in a different dimension and I am a guy. You were not an idol, maybe this will not happen.

But this is not a fantasy world. This is the reality. We are idols and..

Whether I like it or not, we're both girls. We aren't meant to be with each other.

I wish I can just tell her that but knowing her, she would be hopeful and I cannot ruin her sudden boost of popularity.

I cannot stand being in the way to her success.

I ended up not saying anything, just hugging her and letting her comfort me. My breathing started to turn into normal and I could tell that she seemed to notice it.

"How about this? Forget everything I just said."

"Eh?" I finally let go from her hold. When I looked up I regret doing so.

Her face, that expression on that beautiful face almost made me beg her and tell her the whole truth.

"This night never happened."

My eyes widened at her words but I know that was for the best.

"You're my best friend, Haruka. That's what I feel about you. That's it." I finally said.

Silence crept in the night as Haruppi showed the most heartbreaking expression anyone could ever have.

"Okay. I understand. If I stop these feelings, w-will you.. Will you be happy?"

I bit my lip. No. I won't, I'll be heartbroken. This means this would be the end. I will never have he chance to be with her. She would be just a friend, nothing more, nothing less.

But.. If this is for the sake of Haruka.. For her dreams.. For her future then I should stop this before it blossoms into something more.

"Yes. That.. would relieve me from burden." My tongue felt so heavy. I looked down, tears slowly fell from my eyes.

"Chi-chan. Can I ask one last favor?"

"What is it?" I asked.

"Close your eyes."

I looked at her questioningly. "Why?"

"Just do it. For me?"

I huffed then closed my eyes. I felt her hand move the fringe of my bangs out of my forehead. Something incredibly soft and moist was suddenly placed on my forehead. I almost opened my eyes.

The same feeling made its way on my eyelash and then to my cheek. I froze. Is she going to..?

Her mouth made its way dangerously close to my lips. The tip of her upper lip barely grazed my bottom lip.

I waited in anticipation for that tantalizing lips to meet my own but after a few seconds, it did not came.

I finally opened my eyes only to find no one in front of me. I stood up and looked around the park but there was no one.

Haruka is gone.

I started tearing up. Is she going to leave me?

I started walking out of the park when I spot a taxi waiting.

"Are you Anai-san?" The old driver asked when he saw me.

"Uh.. Yes." I confirmed.

"A cute teenaged girl called my attention when I was driving. She said that you need a ride. She already paid in advance so all you have to do is enter." He explained.

I shook my head at her thoughtfulness. Here I am breaking her heart into million pieces and there she goes being the kind person that she truly is.

The rest of the ride was a bit blurry. I didn't remember telling the driver about my house but for some reason, I made it. I was too preoccupied with my thoughts about her that I didn't even thanked the driver when I finally made it to my house.

When I was finally in my room all freshen up and pajama-clad, that was the time I started crying.

The tears just kept on falling down.

The girl that I loved the most with all my heart, I can never have her. It's settled.

When I closed my eyes, Haruka's broken expression popped straight to my mind.
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"Chi-chan!"

Anai opened her eyes only to see Haruppi a few inches away from her face.

"Good you're finally awake. We're getting worried. You were crying in your sleep." She said. She handed the Captain a handkerchief. Anai took it and numbly started dabbing her tears.

"What was the dream about? You seem really sad." Haruppi asked when they were out of the car.

Sakura looked at the two worriedly in the entrance of the restaurant.

Anai smiled bitterly.

"Oh you know, about fairies." She said before moving faster.

The other girl looked at her confused but then shrugged. "That can't be about me, right?" She whispered to herself.

If the fairy only knew.































































































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AKB48 Fanfics / Sayonara No Imi [Nogizaka46][Chapter I||280217]
« Last post by finiarel on Today at 11:07:57 AM »
Notes: This story is adapted from Sayonara No Imi Music Video, however in order to make more sensible plot there are several things that will be changed. Also, I really have no idea how Shitoushiki works so what I write in this story is purely based on my imagination mixed with a little bit of information that I gained from the MV.


Chapter 1

“Hashimoto Nanami-san.”

The sound of her name seems to echo through the shrine hall and crawling along the wooden floor. She blinked a few times, not expecting her name to be the one that's going to get called. Suddenly the world seems so quiet, her ears could only hear the sound of her own heart that has started to beat faster.

Noticing the man gaze that lay upon her is starting to turn cold, she realized that she was taking too much time. She nodded before standing up from her seiza sitting position, hoping that she wouldn’t look like she is losing her balance as she walks forward.

Stopping 5 steps away from the man she kneels down. Actually feeling a bit uncomfortable because her thorns are reacting to her emotion and have already grown a few inches from her skin, causing a little bit problem with positioning her hands on each of her knees.

The person in front of her carefully took a thorny crown from the little table beside him. She lowers her head, letting him place the crown on the top of her head.

“May the God of peace always watch upon us,” the man said, before turning around to start the prayer.

Hashimoto used to wonder what does it like to be the person wearing that strange looking crown. She also used to wonder what does it like to be chosen as the representative of her kind.

Well over the last two years she has learned that despite always being dubbed as an honor, the duty of being the chosen one to wear the surprisingly light crown isn’t enjoyable at all. In fact, from all the past ritual that she has heard and 5 that she has experienced there’s only one case where a person that is not chosen volunteer ended up to be the crowned one at the ritual.

She closes her eyes, softly inhaling through her nose and exhale through her mouth, immersing herself with the sound of prayer chant, hoping it would ease her racing heart.

More than 100 years ago the people of the country was ruled by a group of greedy shoguns who made other people suffer in poverty and hunger. Protesting will lead to a death sentence, disobeying the orders will lead to a more unimaginable punishment which will make the suspect beg for them to just kill him instead. With their ruthless samurais as their wall, the shoguns were untouchable.

Until one day a curse was fallen to the shoguns and their reliable protectors. Thin and sharp thorns started to grow from beneath their limbs skin. They have called every physician, even some of them had come from far outside the country. Nevertheless, there was no one that can help them. Even when they tried to cut the thorns from the skin it would start to grow again after some period of time. Strangely somehow the thorn has become a part of their body.

Upon seeing this the people of the country took their chances to roll over the situation and banish them from their position, which lit the flame of war between both sides. Blood was everywhere, making the country even more dangerous than before. Perhaps because of their much larger number, the normal human was at the winning side and they weren’t stopping, with their sharp thin blades they try to slay every single thorn humans or as they called them, shi-jin.

At the end, knowing that if the war continues nothing will be gained instead of more bloodshed of their kind, the shi-jins beg the human for reconciliation, saying that they won’t bother the humans again as long as they let them live. The humans agree and both parties signed a treaty which is followed by a ceremony of thorn removal for some of the shi-jins.

It’s believed that Shitoushiki-the name of the ceremony, is necessary as a symbolism that humans and shi-jin could leave alongside with each other despite their differences, while the act of slaying the thorns illustrate how shi-jin had surrendered and will let the humans determine the punishment for those who disobeys the treaty.

Ever since that day, the ceremony is performed yearly with a representative chosen randomly through a simple yet sacred election ritual. Some believe, that the Gods actually play a part on having a particular name chosen. They believed that this is why a Shitoushiki without the true chosen representative had never gone smoothly.

She blinked her eyes twice, realizing that she was getting lost in her own mind instead of paying attention to prayer chants. Hesitantly she looks straight ahead and sees that the man who leads the prayer has stood up to retrieve a tray of offerings, their eyes met for a moment and she realized that she should be standing up and follow him, which she quickly does.

Right before the altar, he waited for her to reach the spot right next to him and let her place the offerings down. When she finished putting down every single thing on the tray, both took one step back and do their finishing bow.

With the help of the man, she took off her crown placing it carefully in a box that will keep it safe from any harm.

“Hashimoto-san, after this you should have your lunch with everyone else, but after that, I’ll have you meet the human representative. Also, you should start thinking about 4 people that you want to escort you. Since we’re supposed to start practicing tomorrow I expect you to give me the names at dinner time today. Do you understand?”

She nodded as she stole a glance towards the other girls who are making their prayer, “Tokuyama-san, when exactly the arranged meeting time with the human representative? It’s my turn to do chores today, I will have to tell someone beforehand if I couldn’t do it because of that.”

“She should be here by 1 PM, you should tell someone to switch with you because I expect you to be on time.”

Again she nodded before she realized the first word the man used in his last sentence, “she? The representative is a she?”

“Yes. She’s actually the direct descendant of Nishino- the human representative who sign the treaty.”

Hashimoto raised her eyebrows part of her couldn’t believe what she had just heard but chosen to don’t prolong the conversation and end it with a curt nod before turning her feet to where the shelter house is. As she makes her way she keeps her eyes looking straight ahead in an attempt to ignore the paper signs stuck on the iron fence of the building.
 
The lunch time goes by without her needing to talk much, that’s not surprising since the other Shi-jins seems to be avoiding her. She couldn’t blame them because she also did the same over the last several years and to be honest, she’s also thankful that they chose to do so because after what had happened she had somehow lost her will to converse.

She was taken by surprise when she feels a hand on her shoulder when she’s washing her plate, “seriously, have you ever heard of the term greeting with words instead of a touch?”

The girl behind her chuckled softly, “sorry, Nanamin, but should you be preparing to meet the human rep? It’s fine to go ahead, I’ll take care of your portion of chores.”

“Thanks. Let me finish this one first,” she smiled in gratefulness at the other girl.

“Sure. Anyway, has he told you to pick a few people for the escort?”
She wiped her hands with the towel hung on the wall, taking a step back to let the girl occupy the space in front of the sink, “Yes, he did.”

“You should choose me. I have been in your place before, three times-even. So you shouldn’t hesitate to ask for my help,” the long haired said sincerely before tying her hair up in a ponytail.

Hashimoto couldn’t help but stare at the other girl’s moving hands. Despite the beautifully light tone of her skin, there’s a long line formed across the back of her hand, starting from the part below her thumb to the start of her little finger. A grim reminder of how dangerous the ceremony could be.

Hashimoto gulped down the sudden anxiousness that has fallen over her, “will do, thanks for everything, Maiyan.”

“Your welcome. Take care”

She nodded and tried to smile a little as if to assure her that everything is going to be just fine, “you too. See you later.”

The walk to the study room where she’s supposed to wait until the human representative come is short lived and once she’s inside she shut the sliding door behind her and take a deep breath. Now that she already got one person for her escort she just needs to think about 3 other girls. She is aware that she has every right to choose whoever she wants and that person would not be in a position to refuse, she is also aware that being an escort will not bring them any harm, but still she feels the need to make sure that she’s choosing the most capable person.

After prancing around the room for several minutes she decided to open the window and sit on the railing, balancing both of her legs on top of it. She could hear a faint sound of people talking behind the door meaning that the human representative has arrived, but choose to place her focus on making paper plane instead of trying to listen, after all, she is not the kind who would bother to eavesdrop things that are not for her to hear.

She wonders about that Nishino girl, is she around the same age with her? Is she much younger? Or maybe much older? How does she look like? She probably could guess about her features since she had seen the girl older brother before, he was actually a representative for the human a few years ago.

Personally, she thinks that it’s strange that the humans chose a girl for their representative, after all as long as she can remember they always appointed male descendant for the role. It’s supposed to be the same for the representative of her own kind. However, the male population of her kind is actually on the brink of extinction, maybe because they usually run away from the shelter and try to disguise themselves as a normal human. Just like her father.

Her fingers played with the paper plane, still could not decide whether to let it fly away or not, while her thorns appearing and disappearing every now and then because of her nervousness. She noticed that the people behind the door have been more silent. She couldn’t help but to think whether they are still there or not, more importantly, just how much longer does she have to wait?

She averted her gaze from the plane to the door and that exact moment her movement is halted because she realized that the door is opened a little bit. Revealing three girls staring at her in bewilderment.
 
One of the girl seems to be surprised that she saw them and close the door shut abruptly.

Hashimoto stands up, not knowing what to do. Does she have to tell them that it was fine? She really wanted to do so but she is aware that being a representative doesn’t give her the allowance to make that kind of pointless contact with a human. On the other hand, that short unexpected moment is truly bugging her, especially when she remembers their face upon seeing her thorns.

Because the last thing she needs is having the representative afraid of her.

~To Be Continued~



AN:
Hi! So I’m trying to get this out as soon as possible so you guys could have a slight idea about how the story would be. Also, I think I’m going to try to write more from Nanamin perspective which is the opposite from the MV, I’m hoping that would leave me more room to improve and build the story.
After this update, I’m going to focus on both this story and Sakanatachi so it probably going to take some time. See you later :D

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@wakaten:
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but i'm also sad for her graduation.. i didn't realized she has that kind of effect to me,. seriously.. she grew bigger in me, and like you.. she is my role model too

so, now back to the story, the girl definitely is maimai right?? HashiGawa is always there and i cannot to dislike the pairing.
how irony it is right after maimai grad, nanamin followed...

Yes that's the thing about Nanamin, I guess. You think you don't really pay attention to her but before you know it you actually look up to her so much  :) Yep that girl is maimai, and of course there's no disliking hashigawa, they're cute

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so far i like the prologue, sasugaa my fav author, saiko dayo!! (my poor japanese)

I'm glad that you like the prologue, I hope you will like this one as well, thanks for supporting my works  :deco:

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and, so... there will be maiyan, matsun, misa and waka right? (i hope so, based on mv hahaha)

And Yes of course, there will be maiyan (she's probably not the main character but I'm always up to write something for my oshi) and also matsun, misa, waka, reika and the other girls that appeared in the MV.

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btw, let's work hard together in balancing private life and our fanaticism..
Let's do so! I hope we can do a better job on it :thumbsup

@gee:
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NICE PROLOGUE...
I've been crying all day because Nanamin's graduation, I've been binge watching her MV and still crying everytime I watch her Naimononedari MV....
Damn Feels.... Although she's not my number one oshi in Nogizaka (it will always be Reika) her graduation still leave a deep bittersweet feelings to me. It's sadder then Maimai graduation, because she'll leave for good from the showbiz.
Thank you very much. I'm glad that you like the prologue  :cathappy:
Yes, Nanamin graduation it's sadder because we won't get to see her anymore.... But she doesn't want to be idol from the first place, so I'm glad that she has chosen to follow her heart and do what she want... okay I'm getting emotional :nervous

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Anyway.... I want to thank you for your nice prologue... it's save me from binge crying that I've been planning to spend my night... somehow this fic make me realize that we can still remember her through her works and of course through a fanfiction. I finally realized that it's not the end of the world (even if it still feels a bit like that to me and maybe for you too) and I should make some departing gift for her too...
Now I became more motivated to continue my fic about her, and it's all thanks to you...
I'm glad that this can help you to move on from crying phase  :) Yes, we can still remember her through so many things that she has done at her time in Nogizaka and fanfiction could also be a way. Hahahaha of course nanamin graduating feels painful but it's not the end of the world, in fact, I'm pretty sure it open a whole new world for nanamin herself. Now that you mention it, for me, writing this story help to me to let her go much easier, so maybe you should make something too  :)

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PS:
I hope you can overcome the sadness of her graduation, and change it to motivate you to make the greatest fic for her....
Trust me, that's what I'm trying to do :cool1:

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Oh and I can't wait to read what happens next between the Hashigawa pair...


Sorry for the long Comment though... ^_^
Hmm... because I will be following the MV plot, hashigawa pair wouldn't appear much, actually. But this story is an eventual Hashigawa, if you can understand what I mean  :)
And please don't be sorry, I love reading long comments  :hip smile:

@ミサキ:
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finally you posted it !! :cow: :cow:

so the story is basically from Sayonara no Imi MV? i've just realized that after I read it for 3 times  :lol: :lol:
and is that maimai? HashiGawa pair :)

anyway thank you for the fic... you managed to write it.. i know that you are still busy with real life ;) please update soon finn!! :cathappy:

and about nanamin graduation... for me, it's not that sad like maimai... but still we lost that short haired girl that always shows her pouting face, everyone's role model, and daddy figure....  :cry: :cry: :cry:

it's understandable that you find it hard to realize that  :lol:  :lol: :lol: but I'm flattered you actually read it 3 times, wow  :deco:

Your welcome! I'm actually was surprised that I could get the prologue out on time, but nevertheless writing is one of my favorite ways to spend spare time so  :cathappy:

Nanamin hit me harder than maimai, maybe because I started to become a big fan on Ima Hanashitai days and maimai graduated not long after that so I didn't have more time to fall in love deeper  :nervous but maybe it could also because I can relate to Nanamin in being the first daughter / eldest child in the family  :nervous I think I will always consider Nanamin as a father figure in Nogi and also always my daddy  :mon sweat: Thanks for the comment tho  :cathappy:
 
DADDY I MISS YOUUUU
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oh hey I just realized this single comes out on Sakurako Wada's birthday

Alright, it's been a while since I did a long rant on H!P songs; been meaning to for a few releases last year but I figure now's a good time to just try again! (oops, wrong group)

BRAND NEW MORNING
So speaking of old-school hip-hop references: my first impression of the early previews of this song was that it was kind of annoying with the shortness of the "WE ARE BRAND NEW MORNING" main groove, but in the back of my mind it actually sounded familiar...then I realized what it reminded me of:


And suddenly I'm in love with this song! :lol:

Then I look at the credits and see that this song was composed/arranged by Jean Luc Ponpon, who I decided to look up, and learned that it's a production team led by none other than Daniel Merlot, better known to H!P fans as "Crash Berlin", the DJ/producer of Hangry & Angry F! This definitely explains why this song sounds the way it does, and why I ultimately love it!

But on that note, it's kinda funny...sometimes I come across comments from other fans saying they want Morning Musume to "get a new sound to their music already", and in a way I agree with that statement, except not in the way they probably have in mind. Because honestly, this song and the sound Merlot's team does bring here is what I personally feel is the step in the right direction...well almost. This isn't the first time I've brought this up: I think H!P, and idol music in general, kinda suffers a bit from too much of the same 130+bpm euro/disco/house four-on-the-floor droning monorhythmic drum beat. Like, even if the instrumentals provide some interesting melodies and chords, the samey-same old lazy beat kinda holds a lot of songs back from reaching their full potential. Yes, I know, it's part of the culture, wotas expect it because it fits their chants and pacing, yada yada yada, whatever...I'm still a hip-hop head, beats and rhythmic flow are my life, I'm gonna critique this.

But right off the bat "Brand New Morning" differentiates itself from that with a more flowy, syncopated drum pattern and synth guitar groove...THEN DIFFERENTIATES AGAIN with that refreshing half-tempo beat when the first half of the verses kick in! But then it regresses back to the monorhythm, back to the same old H!P melodic sound, at the chorus of the song, and it kinda suffers for that. But it's not a complete suffering, because that part still sounds good, providing a nice melodic break and some power vocals to contrast with the aggressive attitude and groove of the main beat.

Overall I do love how this song hits us with a brand new groove, transforms itself, transforms back, transforms into something old and played, then transforms back again to remind us that this is indeed a brand new morning. If Momusu music is being kpop-ified or westernized then so be it: This rhythmic shakeup is what H!P music needs.

Also I love how everyone's interpreting the lyrics to be "political" and passive-aggresively referencing the current state of the world...I mean, yeah, they very well could be. Just another reason this song is so great and interesting.

JEALOUSY JEALOUSY
I saw the credits for this song before the previews came out and read that this is to be another Tsunku/Okubo production, but with "rap arrangement by UMEDY", and suddenly I was intrigued! Again, I've been clamoring for better rhythmic beats...but alas, it was not to be, as this song is another synth-disco monorhythmic thing. Same old, same old...but hey, it turns out to be a pretty good song anyway, so whatever! :P The string intro reminds me of video game music somehow, and I love the brass hits, subtle EDM touches, and overall fun dance feeling. But the real game changer is the rap verse, especially the first one, bringing a whole new rhythmic vocal dynamic we often don't see much (or enough of) in H!P. And holy crap hearing Miki with that "Rapper's Delight" lyric was a great touch! In that sense, perhaps the monorhythm makes sense considering the original "Rapper's Delight" is essentially a disco song. (this actually isn't the first time UMEDY sneaked in a classic hip-hop lyric into a Momusu song: 2011's "Silver no Udedokei" had a Slick Rick line capping off its rap verses)

The second rap verse is kinda silly/corny, but hey, it adds to the fun of the song, just like the sudden deep voice before the final chorus. :lol: So yeah, even if "rap arrangement" didn't quite completely give me what I wanted, the general execution still got me bopping my shoulders and putting a smile on my face.


I love both of these songs for different reasons, and at the same time kinda disappointed at them for the same reason. Duality is the name of the game here, another interest of mine at the philosophical and aesthetic level. But for real, can we please get Jean Luc Ponpon and UMEDY more involved in H!P music production from here on out??? Tell Hyadain's Rickrolling ass to go work with some other idol company for a while.


The music videos
The rigid dance formations and military style outfits/setting feel like a stark contrast from the message of the lyrics in "Brand New Morning", but I do like the color balance of its video. Mostly red, gold, and black (OMG 49ERS COLORS JUST LIKE 13TH GEN) with the lights providing some nice blue for balance. In a way it's standard Momusu/H!P, not impressive but not completely terrible, just same as usual. I do love how it starts off with the new girls front and center with Mizuki leading the charge with some flag waving, so even if it is business as usual, those things along with the music add hype to this new era's beginning. I really dig how Kaede's hair is styled in this one.

"Jealousy" has the more interesting music video, though. I love the black-vs-white division going on to drive in the theme of jealousy/envy (and again, duality), and the dance set does a great job making a square-ridden aesthetic look not-boring via dynamic placement and sizes of the blocks in the background. But I need to talk about the outfits here: it's funny seeing people complain about "yet another all-white snorefest" then suddenly HERE COME THE COLORFUL HIP-HOP THREADS! Well, garishness of some of the colors aside, I'm in love with this! Best single outfits since "3-2-1 Breakin' Out", the loose/sporty hip-hop styling is so much fun and great looking, and everyone is individualized while still maintaining a consistent theme. This is the kind of fashion I like, y'all can keep your boring button shirts and leather shoes. 8)



tl;dr: THIS SINGLE ACTUALLY STILL MAKES ME SAD BECAUSE MAACHAN COULDN'T BE PART OF THESE AWESOME SONGS :cry:
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AHHH I'M LOVING THIS SINGLE.

ALSO KAEDII IS SO AWESOME I FEEL SO SLAYED. ;___; HALP
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