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THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER

WINNERS


1. #20: The Flower and the Sea (written by lionheartedvalor)
    See: The Flower and the Sea (Opinions of the Judges)
2. #24: A Figment of My Imagination (written by japanime1)

Special Prizes

For these, we went beyond what was voted on by the readers. A lot of our choices came from unique pairings, unique storylines, are overall great writing that we, unfortunately, couldn’t give first or second place!

#2: No Way
#5: In Spite of Everything
#6: A Change
#9: One Crazy Saturday Night
#10: Rivals
#11: Flicker
#12: Another Chance
#15: Full Speed Ahead
#16: Night the 20th/#19: Futile Excuses
#17: Unconventional
#21: Broken Locker

Thank you, everyone, for participating in our very first contest48!


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You can look at the complete list of fics with their respective authors here
- Entry #1 -
Title: To Breathe For The First Time Again.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Maeda Atsuko
Word Count: 2550

- Entry #2 -
Title: No way.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s):Shibuya-centric, Shibuya/Dance
Word Count: 1170

- Entry #3 -
Title: ちびみなみと麻里子様の物語 (Chibi Minami and Mariko sama's Story)
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Takahashi Minami, Shinoda Mariko
Word Count: 1208

- Entry #4 -
Title: Sakura.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Matsui Rena, Matsui Jurina, Shinoda Mariko
Word Count: 1624

- Entry #5 -
Title: In Spite of Everything.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko
Word Count: 2529

- Entry #6 -
Title: A  Change.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sashihara Rino
Word Count: 1644

- Entry #7 -
Title: The Diary of Sadness
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Maeda Atsuko, Itano Tomomi
Word Count: 1029

- Entry #8 -
Title: 同じ名前の絆 (Onaji Namae no Kizuna)
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Minegishi Minami, Takahashi Minami
Word Count: 2418

- Entry #9 -
Title: One Crazy Sunday Night
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Kashiwagi Yuki, Kuwabara Mizuki, Matsui Jurina, Watanabe Mayu (Some extra AKB girls)
Word Count: 1516

- Entry #10 -
Title: Rivals.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Akimoto Sayaka (Choukoku)/Nakanishi Yuka
Word Count: 1831

- Entry #11 -
Title:Flicker.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Minegishi Minami; Takamina/Kojiharu
Word Count: 1639

- Entry #12 -
Title: Another Chance.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Yokoyama Yui, Takajo Aki. Yui/Akicha
Word Count: 3031

- Entry #13 -
Title: Goddess or Angel?
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sae/Sayaka
Word Count: 1750

- Entry #14 -
Title:Temo Demo no Namida.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sado/Yuko, Rappappa
Word Count:  1730

- Entry #15 -
Title:Full Speed Ahead.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Ogiso Shiori, Kizaki Yuria; OgiYuri
Word Count:  1955


- Entry #16 -
Title: Night the 20th.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Kinoshita Yukiko, Ogiso Shiori, GomaYukko
Word Count:  6154

- Entry #17 -
Title: Unconventional.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Kojima Haruna, Kashiwagi Yuki; Haruna/Yuki
Word Count: 2413

- Entry #18 -
Title: 片想いFinally.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, Furukawa Airi 
Word Count: 1098

- Entry #19 -
Title: Futile Excuses.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Akimoto Sayaka, Shinoda Mariko
Word Count: 1449

- Entry #20 -
Title: The Flower and the Sea.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Hirajima Natsumi, Iwasa Misaki, Nacchan/Wasamin
Word Count: 2363

- Entry #21 -
Title: Broken Locker.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Mitsumune Kaoru, Shinoda Mariko
Word Count: 2997

- Entry #22 -
Title:Do We Live for the Fight? 
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Center, Nezumi, Otabe
Word Count: 1119

- Entry #23 -
Title: Don’t Forget Your Keys.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Kojima Haruna, Maeda Atsuko
Word Count: 1093

- Entry #24 -
Title: A Figment of My Imagination.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sae/Mayu, feat. Yuko, Sayaka.
Word Count: 9528
« Last Edit: September 10, 2012, 11:07:33 PM by Dino »

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 02:51:08 AM »
Sounds exciting! Hahaha finally some action in the fanfic page! Everyone's gonna look like this...  :mon study:

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 02:30:33 PM »
So... no Atsumina, Kojiyuu, Mayuki or Saeyuki??  :dunno:  Then I'll be a lurker this time..  :bingo:  Can't wait for the submitted fics..  :onioncheer:

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012, 05:43:14 PM »
Seems we have our first contestant! Feel free to leave a comment about it  :heart:

Entry #1
Title: To Breathe For The First Time Again.
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Maeda Atsuko
Word Count: 2550


To Breathe For The First Time Again

My life… I’ve told the world that I have only made two big decisions in my life. The first to join AKB48 and my second is to graduate from them.
Six years. That’s how long it took for me to make my second decision. I have always battled my inner self. Always been torn at the crossroads in life that I have reached, and every step I have taken in life in the past six years have felt like it was hardly my own.

I have to be truthful to myself and believe that I made the choice to join AKB to help myself gain an understanding of myself and to boost my own self-confidence. When I was 14 years old I was never confident in myself. I was always scared to blossom because I never thought that I could be beautiful and could never make it anywhere in life. My perceptions of where I would end up would be that to follow a path similar to my older sister. To finish high school and then attend University if I got the marks before I settled down with a partner to get married. Life seemed to plain and simple. I had, in a way, planned my life ahead to be that of the ordinary.

That was until I crossed paths with a poster at the train station whilst waiting for my train home from school. It read something along the lines of “One Minute To Change Your Life and Take a Ten Year Journey With The Unknown.” I read it and for some reason I found myself ripping the poster down and hiding it in my school bag. For some reason I was scared I missing this opportunity and scared that someone else would take it from me. I was openly showing myself to everyone at the train station that day. I was a girl who was paranoid and scared. Scared of every second of the future. My friends at the time were similar to myself. We all spent our time joking around and studying. I was never good at studying at all. Most could say that I was that average student. Hence, I was never really noticed by anyone. Sometimes I wouldn’t attend school and my friends wouldn’t even message me to check how I was.

Back then I would go to random parks. I use to enjoy reading books and manga under the shade of the big trees. I enjoyed the sound of serenity and the sounds of the traffic going by. I enjoyed breathing in the fresh air, smelling the grass and listening to the leave rustle against the wind. I was always happy and content when I was alone. However, there were times when I wasn’t happy and the park was where I use to go to cry. I remember one time my parents had an argument about money and not being able to afford my tuition fees. I heard them complaining about my school marks and I left the house and went to the park near my house to cry.

The day after I stole the poster I went to the same park. I sat there under my usual tree and pulled the poster out of my bag. Unconsciously I was shielding it from being seen by anyone else. I read the same sentence over and over again. I’ve never thought that I could change my plans in life before. When this poster appeared I swear I felt my heart stop. I read through the rest of the information. It was an audition for a project. An idol project. I remember my fascination with the idol groups I use to listen to all the time. I never imagined myself actually trying out to be an idol. I was never good enough in my own eyes. I could never be beautiful enough, cute enough, dance well enough or sing well enough. I was in my own eyes a nobody. Just someone who blended into the ordinary.

I shoved the poster back into my bag and tried not to think about it. Instead I pulled out my homework and began to do it. However, I kept looking at my bag. I couldn’t stop this unnerving feeling I had. This feeling that if I didn’t grab the poster again my life would be over, my chest would burst open. I dropped my pen and pulled my bag towards me. Throwing everything out, I grabbed the poster and held it to my chest. I looked down at the poster and noticed droplets of water on it. It wasn’t until then I noticed that I had begun to cry. I wiped away my tears and read the details once more. I had three days. Three days to find the confidence in myself that I never had to audition for this life changing experience. I ran home that day. I ran like I had never run before. For the first time since I was a child I felt as though I was flying.

When I pushed open the door I leapt into my mother’s embrace. I began to cry frantically and she didn’t know what happened. She had thought I had been hurt. She held me tight and asked me what happened. All I could do was tell her I was scared that I could make a big decision and change my life. She laughed and ruffled my hair. She said something that made me less anxious. She said to me “Everyone has to make big decisions in their life Atsuko. And each time they do, they will step forward and breathe for the first time again.”

I looked into her comforting eyes. I thought endlessly about what she said. “Breathe for the first time again”. What did this mean? I had no idea.

For the next two days my mum and sister prepared me for my audition. Each day I would sing with them and dance with them in the kitchen. One day my dad arrived back from work and saw me happily smiling whilst I paraded around the living room singing. He walked over and patted my head. He looked at me and said “Atsuko I have not seen you this happy since you were in preschool, your smile makes me happy. I hope you can make the world smile one day.” I was quite shocked. Did my smile really have such an effect on people?

I skipped school on the day of the auditions. I arrived alone and I was surrounded a forest of girls. I felt myself being overshadowed by them. I was scared to enter. So scared. I felt as though I could not step into the audition room. It wasn’t until I decided I would take that first step that I finally breathed out a sigh of relief. Sucking back in the air of the room I could taste the freshness of the air. Is this what my mum meant when she said I could breathe for the first time again? That when I make big decisions I could taste the pureness of the air again.

Auditions went by and surely they could tell how nervous I was. When I made it in I swear I almost had a heart attack. That day everyone in the complex was crying. Some were crying because they didn’t make it in. But the group of unknown girls that I was hugging and crying with? We were crying because we had taken our first step into the unknown journey ahead. That day I made a lot of friends. Friends that I still strongly cherish today. These friends stood by my side through the thick and the thin. Each day I woke up knowing that they would be by my side. However now… now I don’t know anymore. Why? Because I had taken another step forward. One they have yet to have made. I had made my second big decision in life and I had breathed in that first breath of fresh air again. However this time I wasn’t as scared. That’s because I could still feel the girls surrounding me and supporting me like they use to. I was not going to be alone anymore. Not like when I was 14.

Now when I look back I remember the pressure I felt when Aki-P gave me the opportunity to be the centre of AKB48. I was scared and I felt that each day I arrived to the studio I was being glared at by some of my seniors. Lucky enough my close friends Takamina and Miichan always protected me. As we began our journey together it was joined by many others who had begun to realise that some decisions were out of my control. The opportunity to be the Ace, the opportunity to be the face. It was more like a media campaign then a decision that I had a choice in. I felt the pressure pull me down, however despite that my friends had always grabbed onto my outstretched hand and pulled me back to reality.

As the years went by and our popularity began to blossom I began to feel the pressure. Each day I went to work I would be spoken to by Aki-P. He would tell me that if I wanted to remain in the spotlight I had to show him that I was going to be “sellable”. I was like a product that had to make money. Lucky enough for me I had the full on support from my friend and captain Takamina. She helped me push through the worst times and gave me confidence that I never had. When she spoke after my announcement I felt supported to leave AKB48. I felt that she will always be there despite the fact that my time in AKB48 was ending.

Most people would say I had made a selfish decision. One that only benefited myself. However, I never thought this was true. I think I made a big decision. One that would give everyone the opportunity to step forward and finally breathe the first breath of fresh air like I had. No one knew that AKB48 was slowly suffocating itself. No one knew that the amount of groups being formed, the amount of movies, television shows and ads we had starred in was slowly taking its toll on us. Nobody knew, because they were too busy looking in from the outside. All they saw was us in our most commercialised form. We were a product. Who we really were was left behind when we entered this journey. The only time we had to show who we really were was when we had a time to actually think. Moments we could actually savour. These moments weren’t often with our busy schedule.

I was actually happy when I went into hospital when I grew ill. Why? Because that was the first time in ages I felt that I was human again. I felt the ability to feel weak and sad. I felt that I could have a normal life again. I loved the fact that I was not exposed to the media anymore. I enjoyed that my friends and family could talk to me and hug me without it reaching the tabloids for everyone to see. I felt how you all would feel. Comfortable and sheltered from strangers you have never met. You may be thinking “she must love the attention, she updates her blog all the time”. But the truth is, that is the cost to remain at the top, and also for me, this is my chance to show the world moments in life which I really cherish. Most of all, showing them who I cherish. I hope next time you see them you could tell them that they are the most important people in my life because sometimes I just don’t have the time to tell them anymore. Sad isn’t it.

Being an idol is never what it is cut out to be. Have you noticed the amount of rumours spread by tabloids? The pressure to look the best? The amount of weight on an actor’s shoulders when the ratings of each television show it released? Sometimes I think that the world is against me. But I have accepted what my first big decision has brought to me. I have accepted that I must face these faceless bullies and pull through to be a stronger woman. That’s all I want now. A chance to be a strong independent woman with my head held high. I want an opportunity to feel normal. The chance to attend university without everyone wanting my signature. Nor to be constantly watched and have endless cameras flashing in my face. All I want is freedom to choose my daily activities.

Where to now? Even I don’t know. I had taken that step out of this Unknown Ten Year Journey and now I have taken a step into my lifelong unknown journey. Each day I wake up and feel a sense of ease because I have not only given myself a chance to grow, but I have given others a chance as well. If I remained at AKB48, I am sure the other girls would remain as they are. Desperately trying to gain attention but still being overshadowed by me. I felt that I always was the road block for the other girls and waking up now I feel as though I am free from being a thorn to them. I am making my own decisions in life each day. I decide where I want to go and what programs I would participate in. Although there is a chance that I may become unpopular and a chance that I will have anti-fans, what’s important if I am growing each time I face such struggles. I am no longer protected by Aki-P anymore, and mistakes are mine to make. I will enjoy this opportunity and grow each day.

I hope that you would all continue to support me. Whether you liked me as a part of AKB48 or just liked me as an idol, even if you disliked me. All I can hope is that you will give me the opportunity to choose my own path and support me. In reality I just want to be like you all. I want to see the simplest things in life and be amazed. I want to feel the heartache of losing someone. I want to feel the struggles of balancing life without the help of others. I want to learn to drive a car and then be free to explore the world all I want. I want to go shopping and not be attacked by paparazzi. I want breathe a breath of fresh air each day and feel that I am still human. So please. I beg you all. Just let me take my first step again. Let me make a big decision again. Let me feel anxious again. Don’t let me be held back again. And just let me breathe that fresh breath of air again…

With much love,

Maeda Atsuko

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Entry #2
Title: No Way
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Shibuya-centric, Shibuya/Dance
Word Count: 1170


No way

"Gotcha!"

Miso ran into Shibuya, the young girl's eyes glinting with mischief.

The ex-queen could hear Dance yelp in the background, "Shibuya-san!" uselessly, too slow, too weak to stop the knife from ramming into her leader's back. A couple of the Yabakune grunts screamed in the background just as ineffectively as Dance- Shibuya wondered if their legs had rooted themselves to the ground.

Some yankees they were- afraid of a little first year!

The Yabakune leader glanced down at the first year, who had the distant trace of a smirk on her face. If this were any other day, Shibuya would have gotten away with a faint twinge of fear clutching her heart, and then the instant realization that there was no harm done, and the first year was just playing, that's all. Then Miso would back away, show her empty hands playfully- of course she would have already got rid of the weapon- and Shibuya would hit her hard, itching for a fight.

But not today.

Shibuya glanced down her back, to the middle of her side. At first she felt no pain, nothing to indicate right away that she'd received any injuries. Tentatively, she dropped a hand toward the impacted area. Her nails grazed the handle of the knife before her fingers did. Time froze, yet she dared to go further, carefully. Everyone in the room continued to ingrain themselves in the ground.

There was no way that crazy bitch had actually done anything to her. She wouldn't dare. She drew her fingers up and found a surplus of blood already covering the tips, dripping down their elegant length.

No way.

There was no way in hell that it was true.

Stunned, she looked over her shoulder at Dance (who looked like she was about to piss herself), then at Miso, then at the other Yabakune students. How much time had already elapsed? Miso was standing there, laughing, holding her wrists out like Shibuya was supposed to handcuff her. Time began to unfreeze itself at the sound of Miso's laughter, but everything seemed so slow. Just for a second, Shibuya's eyes blurred with both fear and pain.

But she didn't collapse, because the very next second she felt anger- hot, white anger boiling up through her belly and pulsing through her hands. How dare she?! That little runt had done it. She'd really done it, and Shibuya was going to make her eat dirt.

For Gekikara, one of her companions in Rappappa, she'd make sure of that-

As the Yabakune leader turned to lash out at the first year, she was blinded by a beam of pure agony. Clumsily, she crashed to the ground, gripping her side. Every breath hurt, yet her chest heaved up and down painfully anyway, her heart racing like it never had before.

Around her, the world around her lurched into fast-motion. There was chaos in the room- Dance began to cry in distress, Miso began to walk off, and the rest of the yankees present either stared at Shibuya or tried to do something about the situation. Some ran toward her, others went for Miso. A few tried to comfort Dance. Was someone calling an ambulance? Shibuya thought she could hear someone talking on the phone, but the words sounded like they were coming through a blocked tube.

The edges of Shibuya's vision began to darken. She was unaware of her own heavy breathing- her eyes were calm, searching the room for nothing in particular. Other than her labored breathing, the ex-queen made no noise, no cry, even now determined to take it like a real yankee, like a Rappappa member.

Fiercely, she held back tears, gritting her teeth with as much pressure as she could. Like hell any grunt was going to laugh at her- she would not be embarrassed again.

Yuko would have been proud.

Well, maybe if she hadn't switched schools.

Shibuya blinked hard, then opened her eyes again. They eventually settled and focused on her loyal servant, her only true friend- Dance. The little underling had finally managed to use her wobbly legs to wander over to Shibuya. Carefully, as if Shibuya were made of glass, she eased her leader's head into her lap, stroking her cheek with a shaky hand. "Sh-shibuya-san..." She began to wail, piercing to Shibuya's ears compared to what she perceived to be the rest of the white noise.

"Shut up..." Dance stopped her sobbing instantly (though her jaw continued to tremble violently) and fluttered her eyelashes at Shibuya, as if waiting for instructions like she normally did. Shibuya's hand shook, but she reached up to touch the other girl's wet cheek.

Dance had always been too affectionate for her own good, but Shibuya had never taken much notice of her before. Or at least, she tried not to. After all, what would she look like showing interest in a person like Dance? Pathetic, right?

Yet somehow, those nights Dance slept over- just the two of them- Shibuya always found herself holding on to the younger girl possessively in bed, sometimes even while they were both awake. She would dig her nails into that small body wherever she could and...

Now Shibuya thoughts were becoming jumbled.

Shibuya opened her mouth to snap at the other girl, but it came out soft- probably due to her lack of breath. "'The hell are you crying like a baby? Can't you do something more useful with your time?" Dance whimpered as if she were about to burst into tears again, clutching at Shibuya's lifted hand with her own. "B-but, Shibuya-san, you're..." Tears began to drip down the girl's face all over again, landing on Shibuya's cheeks.

The leader had expected the pain to fade away after the first burst, but it only worsened the more time went on. Was she losing consciousness...? "Dance," she murmured lowly, her hand beginning to shake more as weakness seeped into her limbs. She tried to lift her other hand, only to find that it was covered in blood that had leaked onto the floor.

So much blood.

Were those... sirens... outside..?

Or was it her imagination?

The injured girl's eyes fluttered. "Shibuya-san, hang on, they're almost here!" Even Dance's voice was growing distant now.

Dance.

The younger girl was still there, holding Shibuya's face as of trying to comfort her, even though the one who needed the most comfort was probably Dance herself.  "... Why... are you crying...?" Shibuya asked, "... you're acting... like I'm..." The words seemed to turn to mush in her mouth, but Dance seemed to understand enough to answer.

"Because, Shibuya-san... I care about you... a lot. I love... Shibuya-san." Though her words were punctuated by whines and sniffles, Shibuya understood what her underling was saying.

... Love.

"Dance..." Pause, another hard blink. "... Don't worry."

And for the first time, Shibuya smiled at her.

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updated! - #2: No way]
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 10:10:43 PM »
Oh, I like this one~ \o/

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updated! - #2: No way]
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2012, 11:59:30 PM »
Third one today! We are really happy to see people so motivated to write :heart:

Title: ちびみなみと麻里子様の物語 (Chibi Minami and Mariko sama's Story)
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Takahashi Minami, Shinoda Mariko
Word Count: 1208

ちびみなみと麻里子様の物語
(Chibi Minami and Mariko sama's Story)

People running trying to take cover from the sudden rain but there is one small shadow inside a cardboard box besides the street shivering. Of course, strangers also tried approaching the little one but the little one will not allow anyone to touch it. From its eyes you can see fear and hostility, its fur were all standing and it let out a low growling sound warning anyone that tried to come close to it. You can tell that this little puppy has gone through many things and has lost faith in human. People gave up and stop approaching this little offensive puppy since it’s none of their business.

Seeing that people has stopped bothering it our little puppy has gone back to its original position but then a sudden shadow has approach the puppy causing it to bite the hand that was trying to touch it.

“Ouch! What an offensive puppy… I just wanted to touch your fur.. so stingy. It’s not like you’ll die if you let me touch them..” complained an OL (office lady) who just finished her work and was on her way home. The bite didn’t hurt that much since the puppy is still small and its teeth hasn’t completely grown out yet.

The puppy thought that after the bite the lady will give up but instead the lady tries to approach it again.

The puppy barks at the lady but the lady just ignored it and grabs the puppy’s neck and put it inside her coat which makes the puppy struggle. But as the puppy starts to feel warmer it stops struggling and falls asleep.

“sigh* What a my pace puppy” the lady says to no one in particular and smile as she went home.

……………………………..Home……………………………..

“Now.. First of all I’ve got to clean this naughty little puppy” says the lady as she leaves the puppy on the sofa and went to the bathroom to prepare the water.

The puppy woke up and was surprised at where it was. The environment was totally unfamiliar for the puppy causing it to panic, simultaneously, the lady has finished preparing the water and saw the puppy woke up.

“Hi dear~ you’ve woke up??” says the lady as she approach the little frightened puppy.

“Woof! Woof! Grr!!” barked the puppy and growl at the lady trying to make it look scary but in the lady’s eye it is not scary at all.

“Hai, hai. You can bark as long as you want but I’ve got to get you this naughty little puppy a bubble bath first~” says the lady as she grabbed the puppy by the neck again and bring it to the bathroom.

After having a long water fight inside the bathroom the lady finally manage to clean the puppy but she got wet from head to toe so she decide to take a bath herself too.

…………………….After Bath……………………..

“Hmm.. Maybe the little puppy is hungry now.. but what does it eat? Bamboo?? Katsudon?? Pickle?? Curry??” after a long time thinking…. “Okay! Let’s make curry! Since curry is human’s greatest invention I’m sure even the little one will like it! Curry got vegetable and meat too so it’s nutritious!” so in the end the lady decided to make curry for dinner…

……………………Cooking Time……………………

“Done! Wow, it smells nice~~ Sasuga Mariko~~” the lady says to herself as she put some inside the plate, one for herself and one for the puppy.

Yes, this lady’s name is Shinoda Mariko an OL but not a normal one because she’s the president of S.M. Fashion Company! She’s also known to be a panda lover, curry lover and is a fascinating poker face!!!

While humming a song she just made herself at the moment she bring the curry to the little puppy that is hiding in one corner of the room.

“sigh*” Mariko put the plate on the floor “eat it, it’s delicious” and went back to the kitchen and eat her curry.

After making sure that Mariko left, our little puppy has come out from the corner because it is really hungry.

Stare~~~~~~~~~~~ the puppy stare at the mysterious food Mariko bring but gave up because it was too hungry to think what it was.

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Mariko was happy that the puppy ate the whole thing~ “As I thought I’m a genius~ Curry is also popular among animals~ Got to tell Haruna about it next time so she could also feed her UsaMimi (the 2 dogs KojiHaru owns) curry~ And sooner or later it would be CURRY TO WORLD DOMINATION~~ XD

Although the little puppy ate the whole curry but it still does not trust Mariko and still hides itself at the corner.

Mariko would’ve leave it alone but seeing the curry sauce all over its mouth, Mariko who wouldn’t let Haruna in because she wants her house to be clean (Haruna: Hey! I won’t make your house unclean!!), couldn’t ignore it. So, Mariko grabs a cloth and approach the puppy but the puppy would keep running away from Mariko.

“haa.. haa.. just wait when I catch you” says Mariko panting while the puppy seems to be making fun of Mariko as it suddenly stuck out its tongue…

This action has caused a few veins popping out from Mariko’s head and fire coming out from Mariko’s eyes…

Seems like our little puppy has sensed something but was a step too late since Mariko has managed to catch it and wipe the curry sauce from its mouth.

“Ha! I got you!” says Mariko while still rubbing the sauce from the puppy’s mouth and the puppy is struggling.

After cleaning, Mariko noticed something on the puppy’s neck which seems to be a collar. Mariko removes it and tries to read off the letters on it but it was too torn and worn off… Mariko was only able to recognize three words which is, みなみ.

While struggling the little puppy bites Mariko sama once again but this time harder causing Mariko’s hand to bleed a little…

“Ouch! You’ve got to stop biting me if not I’ll go to the vet and have all your teeth pulled off!” says Mariko with her queen aura.

The little puppy seems to be frightened by Mariko’s aura so it bows its head down like an abandoned puppy (which it is from the start…)

Seeing the puppy like this makes Mariko feel guilty, Mariko pat the puppy’s head “So I guess you’re name is みなみ? Nice name~ ^_^ You can call me Mariko sama” says Mariko while smiling at the little puppy みなみ. (-.-||| Mariko sama.. puppy can’t talk!!!)

Animals know who is good or bad and Mariko’s smile tells みなみ that Mariko is not a bad person so みなみ felt bad about biting Mariko and starts to lick on the wound which was bleeding a few moments ago.

As みなみ licks Mariko’s wound it also looks up to see if Mariko is still angry at it, also showing two shining eyes saying ‘I’m sorry’.

OMG~~~!!! How can it be so cute~~ >.< I want to hug it tightly~~ <<< our Mariko sama’s inner thoughts

Mariko smiles and pat on the puppy’s head saying “It’s okay, I’m fine. It doesn’t hurt that much”
The puppy kept its 45 degree angle looking cutely at Mariko sama.
Kyaa~~ It’s just so cute~~ みなみ~~~ << our Mariko sama who is totally fangirling over our little みなみ

Mariko then stands up with みなみ still in her embrace.

“Time for bed~ Got to wake up early tomorrow~” says Mariko
“Woof!” responded みなみ

…………………………….Bedroom…………………………………..

“みなみ~” says Mariko with two stars in her eyes
“Woof?”
“Before we sleep, you’ve got to change into this little panda pajama that I bought a few days ago~” says Mariko still with the two stars in her eyes
“..??” みなみ doesn’t understand what Mariko means so she tilt her head to a side showing that she doesn’t understand.
Yaa~~~ >.< みなみ is just so cute~~ She’ll be even cuter with this panda pajama!!!
Since みなみ know that Mariko is not a bad person she allows Mariko to put on the panda pajama on her although the fangirling Mariko looks somehow scary (?) to her.

………………………After Changing……………………..

Yabai!!! Panda みなみ is just too adorable, too cute, too …….. <<< our Mariko sama who is in her world fangirling over panda (?) みなみ (Wait.. みなみ is a puppy!!!)

While Mariko is fangirling over みなみ, みなみ is just so sleepy to analyze what is Mariko doing….

みなみ yawns and look sleepily at Mariko “woof…” みなみ barks softly trying to ask ‘can we sleep now??’
Mariko who notices how sleepy みなみ is smiles and hug みなみ “Hai, hai. Let’s take a photo before we sleep okay??”
“Woof..”
Mariko who also changes to her panda pajamas holds みなみ, who is also in her panda pajamas, with one hand while the other hand took a photo of them.

Happy about her masterpiece Mariko bring みなみ to the bed and cover them with the blanket.

“Tomorrow, we’ve got to buy some clothes for you. Ah! Maybe a panda hat……..”

Mariko is talking happily, planning of what to do tomorrow while みなみ is already exhausted and has fallen asleep while snuggling into Mariko’s warmth.
Mariko sensing みなみ snuggling near her stopped talking and smile warmly at みなみ and says “おやすみ, みなみ。” in which みなみ responded with a soft ‘woof’.

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updated! - #2: No way]
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2012, 03:33:58 AM »
...and says “おやすみ, みなみ。”

I prefer Oyasuminami~ :P 

:mon baby:

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Good batch of stories so far; props to the writers. Interested to see more stories make their appearance. :thumbsup
I'll be stalking tumblr more than jphip though,
« Last Edit: April 01, 2012, 05:25:27 AM by Japanime1 »

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We received two entries more today but we can only post one for now! Enjoy :heart:

Entry #4
Title:
Sakura
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Matsui Rena, Matsui Jurina, Shinoda Mariko
Word Count: 1624

Sakura

“I will turn into an eternal cherry tree
Yes, I won’t move from here
Even if you get lost on your heart’s path
I will stand here so that you know where love is”


———————————————————————————-

The lyrics of the song kept lingering in my mind. It has been 10 years since that day. Do you remember? Those days when we would take strolls by the sidewalk while looking at the ocean. We would talk about the future that we were all looking forward too. So young and carefree. I remember the conversation we had that day.

“Ne, Rena-chan… what do you think you will be after 10 years?” you asked. “Hmmm… I’m not really sure… but…” I hesitated. “I hope we all still keep in touch with everyone even after 10 years.” I said with a shy smile.

“What are you talking about Rena-chan” My eyes blinked in surprise. “Of course we will, especially me. I’ll be right there when you need me.” You said with a confident smile.


I blushed darn it.. that smile always gets me. To cover up my flustered self I asked you, “How about you?”.

You thought about it thoroughly and said “Hmmm… A lawyer? or an Athlete? or maybe I’ll become a model like my older sister Mariko-neesan!” Your eyes would sparkle whenever you talked about your older sister. I didn’t mind it at all, since I thought you looked so adorable while boasting about her.

“But remember this Rena-chan” you continued “For sure I will be here when you need me, I promise.” You leaned over and gave me a kiss on the forehead, which made me blushed again. You smiled and teased me, but, I didn’t really mind. I loved that smile of yours.


I couldn’t help but think, that I took those days with you for granted.

I stared at the picture that was hanging on the wall, A class picture. There you are smiling so brightly, a smile that would make everyone around you smile. So pure and so innocent. So dignified and so confident.

And that Cherry tree. That Cherry tree that we always used to go to with our friends. Always the place for hangouts. I wonder why, but whenever we go there, my mind would always be at ease. Ne, do you remember what you told me once?

Can you hear the cherry tree saying hello?” you said with a serene face.

You closed your eyes and laid down. I sat down beside you and enjoyed the calmness of the moment, later our friends joined us. It was the happiest moments of my high school days. Just sitting there by the cherry tree. Not caring about anything.

Aside from being good with academic studies. We had absolutely nothing in common, You were very athletic where as I would prefer to sit at home, watch anime and read mangas. Very outgoing and friendly, and I’m just really shy, and is afraid to approach people. You act so cool to others and yet when you’re with me you act like a spoiled child. I felt so lucky to be able to see these side of yours that others didn’t see. Our teachers would always compared us, which we both hated but, we got along perfectly well. I guess its true what they say, that opposites attract.

But 10 years ago I would not have imagined that thing from happening.

You gave me a quick hug, a kiss on the cheek and with a carefree smile you said “I will see you tomorrow ok?” and waved goodbye.


Somehow in my heart, I felt something strange, like I won’t see you again for a long time. But, I brushed it off and waved you good bye. Little did I know, after that day. You…would never come back to me again.

That night I got a call from your mother, informing me about what happened. Crying she told me “Rena-chan… earlier there was an accident… and J-Jurina… she…”

I couldn’t comprehend what I heard after that. But from what I recalled, I went straight out of the door to were you are.

Hoping you were still there, hoping that I see you smiling back at me.

Then there you were, not moving, not breathing. As your father tried his best to explain given the situation, my mind couldn’t process what he was saying. I just stood there in this belief. Staring at this lifeless body. A body whose similar to yours. Then reality struck me. I finally realized, after standing there looking at you. You’re dead.

Somehow I heard my heart being torn into pieces
.

Why didn’t I held you longer? Why didn’t I stop you from leaving? Why did I let you say goodbye? Why didn’t I ask you to stay a bit longer? Why did god took you away too soon? Why didn’t I do anything? Why… Why.. Why…

I won’t be able to feel those touches of yours anymore. I wont be able to receive those hugs and kisses that you gave anymore. I won’t be able to hear those silly puns you made anymore. I won’t be able to spoil you anymore. I won’t be able to see that smile of yours that I loved so much anymore…

I won’t be able to see you everyday anymore.

When I was at your wake, someone tapped me lightly on the shoulders. It was a really tall girl with short brown hair. I wonder if you would have grown as tall as her. I realized that it was your sister, Shinoda Mariko. She came back from her modeling job from France immediately when she heard the news.

“You must be Rena-chan” She said.

“You’re Jurina’s older sister N-nice to meet you” I said nervously and bowed my head.

“Ah, I see Jurina must have talked about me a lot haven’t she?” She said with a bitter sweet smile.

“Yes…sometimes too much actually.” I laughed at that memory of you bragging about your older sister, followed by the realization that you weren’t coming back. My tears started to appear again. I tried to stop it.

“She talks about you a lot too” She said, and I looked at her in surprise. “She said that Rena-chan always takes care of her and she really likes Rena-chan” the taller girl smiled.”It made me relieved to hear, that someone was taking care of my spoiled little sister, Thank you.”  She bowed.

“Ah, It was more like she took care of me” I smiled and bowed back.

“No, really. Thank you Rena-chan. She sounded really happy when she talked about you.” She gave me a hug. I just broke down… I couldn’t hold it anymore. I never thought I would cry like this.

So, this is what is like… To lose someone. It hurts so bad. I want to see you. Jurina.

Years have gone by, I managed to accept the fact that you aren’t coming back. That I should move on. If I didn’t it would only make you worry, right?

Your sister was the one that comforted me, it kind of felt like she became my older sister too. No wonder you looked up to her so much.

Every year I visit your grave with our friends, but every year our group number declined. It made me felt a bit sad, then I realized they have moved on. I know they still treasure you in their memories.

You know what? What you said was true, we still do keep in contact with our old classmates, even though some of them moved far away.

After we visited your grave, we went to our old school. Ah, a lot have changed since then, the classrooms have been renovated, some of our teachers have retired. The uniform has slightly changed. But. The cherry tree is still there.

As we went towards the tree, I felt like we were being welcomed. I placed my hand on the center of the tree. I remembered those days. Our worry free days with each other.

I smiled. I remembered what you told me. “I’ll be right there when you need me” you said back then. Its true whenever I felt sad or troubled, when I remember that smile of yours. Somehow I manage to find away to get through it. Our close friends said the same thing. When they look at our old class picture and see your smile, they would have this feeling of ease.

Ne, Jurina you were looking after us the whole time right?

“MAMA~” A little girl exclaimed. I turned my head towards the direction of the little girl. I smiled at her.

“Ne, mama~” said the little girl. “Can you hear the cherry tree saying hello?” I froze. My heart skipped, I never thought I would hear those words again. It made me smile.

“Jurina-chan, lets go home, it’s getting dark.” I told the little girl who was playing with the fallen petals on the ground. She ran towards me and held my hand.  I waved goodbye to our friends as me and my daughter went home.

Ne, Jurina… my daughter reminds me of you. Not because I named her after you. But, somehow your personalities are the same. It feels like you had been reborn. but, Jurina and my Jurina are different in their own ways. My Jurina still have lots to learn, when she gets older I hope she grows up like you. Always cheerful and confident.

Ne, Jurina. Thank you for the memories you gave me.

さよなら
(Sayonara)

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updated! - #4: Sakura]
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 10:13:52 AM »
Sorry for no updating before, we were waiting for everything to get back to normal in here. To make up for it, it's triple update time :heart:

Entry #5
Title:
In Spite of Everything
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko
Word Count: 2529

In Spite of Everything

Just seeing her sends shivers down her spine. It’s like a chemical reaction. At first, Maeda Atsuko brushes it off as though it doesn’t exist. It’s not there, it’s not real, so it can’t exist. She tells herself that, day in and day out because girls that love girls do exist in this world but she’s very sure that she’s not one of them. She had a crush on a boy last year, but she doesn’t remember his surname or the way he smiled. She vaguely remembers him calling her name once and waving goodbye.


She thinks about trivial things like old crushes to divert her attention from the girl beside her. They’re sprawled out on the floor in her moderately sized bedroom along with pencils and pens, various textbooks and notebooks, bare knees pressing against the floor under their pleated skirts. There’s a groan that stirs her from her thoughts and she turns her attention to the way Oshima Yuko moves to drop herself down in front of her Geometry textbook, skirt fanning out over the backs of her thighs as she bends her knees to kick stocking covered feet in the air.


“I’m bored,” she says finally, breaking the silence between them, and the darker hair girl seems to shift away from the lazy drawl that comes from the other girl’s mouth. It seems to fall on deaf ears, so Yuko kicks her feet against the floor and lifts her head up off of the page that it had thumped against just seconds after this declaration. “I said I was bored!”


“I can hear you,” Atsuko replies with a grimace, nose crinkling as she draws her knees closer to herself, away from the mild tantrum that’s being thrown on the floor. “Yuko, you and I both know that you have to do well this semester,” she trails off because Yuko is looking up at her with an expression that probably shouldn’t make her chest so tight. She wishes Yuko wouldn’t look at her- through her. “Anyway, you know that we have exams to prepare for.” She starts to begin her daily lecture of how important a higher education is in today’s society but Yuko moves dramatically, sitting back up on her knees in a move so fast that her hair falls unevenly on her head. Atsuko goes to tell her what she has done, but Yuko is rising to her feet and pulling the other girl up with her abruptly.


“Let’s go,” is all that she says and even though Atsuko protests whole, well, half-heartedly all the way there, they end up at the arcade nearest Atsuko’s house. Yuko wins some character from some anime that she seems not to care too much about, pressing it against Atsuko’s chest when she’s just about to go home.


“Keep it! I don’t like that show anyway! If you don’t like it, you can throw it away, Acchan… I’ll see you tomorrow,” she calls out with a grin and a wave as she’s riding off on her bike in a wobbly fashion. Atsuko thinks very bitterly to throw it away just as she gets inside, but she keeps the doll pressed against her chest and falls asleep after staring at it on her bedside table until her eyes get heavy that night.


Atsuko decides that there is someone who is definitely out to get her, someone who has plans to ruin her entire life. There must have been a person that hated her back in elementary school, some kid that she might have been rude to, someone that was actually a demon… a god or something. She was sure that this person decided that it would be pretty funny to poke holes in the sky and let the rain fall in abundant amounts. Obviously, a demon wouldn’t have only sent the rain. No, he put Oshima Yuko in the coffee shop across from where Atsuko is standing so despondently under the shelter of the store she’d walked in just moments earlier, when the sky seemed to be clear and there was no way that she ever thought it could possibly rain. She glances up at the sky with a miserable sort of look, bag of snacks for a long night of studying in one hand. The rain doesn’t seem as though it’s going to let up and she stupidly decides to make a run for it.


“You there,” a voice calls and she drags her foot right back under the protected space she’s enclosed in, pretending as if she wasn’t just about to take a step. “Maeda Atsuko!”


“I can hear you, Yuko. It’s just rain, I can hear through the rain,” she snaps, watching as the shorter girl advances toward her with her track jacket stretched over her head, a tooth grin on her face that doesn’t get any sort of visible response.


“I saw you when I was with my friends and I thought, ah, she’s going to try and run through this to get back to her books.” Yuko gives a clever sort of grin, one that makes Atsuko stammer her way through an excuse to try and prove her wrong when she’s entirely right. It annoys her when Yuko knows that she’s flustered but doesn’t try to tease her in the way that a boy would, instead offering her shelter in the confines of that small jacket. Yuko has to shift her arm back around Atsuko’s shoulder to hold the jacket up around them, her breath close to Atsuko’s neck as they run down dimly lit streets.


Atsuko doesn’t think about that day too much, just every night after that when she’s holding that ugly (wonderful- most beautiful thing she’s ever had) toy close to her chest, nuzzling the soft fabric against her nose and heaving a long, cowardly sigh.


“I refuse to study any longer,” Yuko says in a deep voice, fist pumped up in the air as she lays on her back while using her literature book as a pillow, long brown hair fanning out over the pages. She lets her arm fall down to rest over her stomach weakly when she gets no response, tilting her head in the direction of one Maeda Atsuko who sits with with a textbook on her knees as she sits back against the side of Yuko’s bed. Her outstanding declaration doesn’t get any response and she narrows her eyes as if she’s suspicious. Once she goes to speak again, Atsuko clears her throat, eyes lifting over the top of her advanced textbook.


“If you put as much effort into sounding like Ultraman as you put into studying, we’d get a lot more done.” Yuko just laughs out loud but it trails off into a sigh, her leg extending to rest her sock covered foot against the side of Atsuko’s ankle. She taps the tip of her toes against the skin there absently as she stares up at her ceiling, hands stretching up above her head. “You know, Yuko,” Atsuko starts after a few moments of silence. She’s tried to keep this from slipping out but it’s something that she can’t help but to ask, fingers flexing against the side of her textbook as though it will help keep her steady as she continues with what she wants to say. “You always say you want to study, you’re always excited when you talk about us going home and studying, but once we get here, it’s the one thing that you don’t want to do above everything else in the world.”


Yuko’s foot stops tapping against her as the shorter girl looks thoughtful, lips pursed in a thin line before she’s speaking softly, “Spending time with Acchan… I like it. You don’t like to do much other than studying, so I thought I could spend time with you by saying that I needed to study.” It’s put so simply but it means so much more to Atsuko than it should and she can’t bring herself to look away from this textbook she no longer cares about. That is, until she hears the even sounds of Yuko sleeping peacefully, her chest rising and falling much slower than the thrum of Atsuko’s own heart. Even then, Atsuko can’t look at the other girl’s face, only at the flecks of sunlight that touch the tips of her fingers and the bend of her elbow.




Something doesn’t resonate well with Atsuko as she’s walking home that night and it stays with her through the next few days- weeks, even. She ignores Yuko’s phone calls and texts (which are few and far between because Yuko has always found something unsettling about not talking face to face). She even ignores it when Yuko calls her name out after school and pedals away as fast as she can on her bike, only stopping when she can no longer hear that voice to catch her breath.


Things don’t work as she’s been hoping precisely two weeks and three days later, not that she’d been counting or anything, when Yuko corners her right in front of the bike rack. She lurches backwards when Yuko comes running over, almost afraid that Yuko’s going to start yelling at her or push her on the ground. What she does do is much worse. It makes Atsuko’s chest hurt when Yuko looks at her solemnly, teeth worrying the corner of her mouth before she hesitantly speaks up.


“Acchan… did I do something wrong?” Her voice doesn’t sound like it belongs to Yuko and Atsuko vaguely wonders if she’s ever seen Yuko look like this- if she’s ever seen Yuko frown before. “If I said something,” Yuko starts in an unsure, shaky voice.


“You told me that you were just wasting my time,” Atsuko replies harshly and she doesn’t mean for the words to come out like thorns, but they even hurt her when she says them. “You know that I only like to study, so why are you trying to mess that up? Are you that stupid, Yuko? I have to get into college and you don’t care about college,” she says with her voice raising so loud that a few other students turn and glance in their direction, but carry on as if they aren’t witnessing a couple of broken hearts. “Life isn’t all about fun and games, it’s more important than that. You’re stupid for being so careless.”


Atsuko wishes she would say something, but Yuko doesn’t open her mouth. She just gives this slow, sad smile as tears brim up in the corner of her eyes. There’s a shaky intake of breath and a slow nod as that smile widens in a miserable sort of way. Atsuko’s hands are firm against the lock that’s binding her bike- keeping her from escaping. Yuko steps back with another nod, pushing her hand back through her hair before her expression softens.


A coward walks home with her hands tight on the handle bar, knuckles white as she drags her bike alongside her. The girl with the sweetest eyes that coward has ever seen stands at that bike rack when she departs, but Atsuko doesn’t know how long- she doesn’t want to know. She takes that stupid toy Yuko gave to her and she puts it in her desk drawer.


Atsuko can count the number of days until graduation on her fingers but she can’t count how long it has been since she pushed Yuko out of her life. She sees Yuko in the hallways or at the start of class and there’s always this sad smile that tugs at the corner of her lips, pulling at Atsuko’s heartstrings. It’s probably weird and cliche but she stares at Yuko’s back sometimes during class and waits for her to turn around and call her by her nickname, but her father always said that a person only gets what they deserve. He also told her that a person is better off alone if they want to succeed in life. She isn’t so sure what to believe anymore.


She dreams of the day that she’ll be sitting in the back of the classroom and Yuko will barge in and take whatever book she’s reading and kiss her once- maybe twice on the lips. Maybe she’ll cup Atsuko’s face in her hands and say, “you’re so stupid, Acchan. I knew all along,” before kissing her again. Atsuko thinks about the day that will come until graduation day, when they’re all listening to the speeches in the auditorium. She watches as Yuko stands and walks across the stage when her name is called, but Yuko never looks at her.


That night after the ceremony, she walks about ten paces behind Yuko, following the other girl to her familiar house. Atsuko thinks intensely about running up behind her and hugging her close, pressing her cheek against the back of Yuko’s shoulder, but she doesn’t do it. She keeps her distance and thinks about everything that she should do, everything that she won’t do. Finally Yuko stops right in front of the path leading to her house, but she doesn’t turn around. She just stays in place as though frozen, like she’s waiting for something to come, but it doesn’t. The wind ruffles through her hair and it hits Atsuko just a second later. It seems like Yuko stands there for an eternity before her shoulders slump forward and she disappears from view.


Looking back on that day, Atsuko thinks of a million things she could have said, but she couldn’t even bring herself to say one. Instead, she pulls the toy that Yuko didn’t want out of her desk drawer, rubbing over the button eyes with a forlorn sort of look on her face as her mom and dad busy with carrying her boxes out of their apartment and out onto the moving truck. Just as she’s about to leave the room, she looks back at the toy sitting on her desk and wills herself not to cry as she straightens her shoulders and shuts the door behind herself, only able to bring herself to look ahead.


(There’s still a nagging thought at the back of her head, one that keeps her up some nights. It’s a thought that involves her grasping warm hands and saying “I missed you,” and seeing Yuko’s brilliant smile. “I missed you, too, Acchan,” is what she would say back and then maybe they’d hug or their lips would brush, but Atsuko is only looking ahead.)

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updated! - #4: Sakura]
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2012, 10:21:06 AM »
Entry #6
Title:
A Change
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sashihara Rino
Word Count: 1644

A Change


Sashihara Rino… Rino… That was her name. And yet, she never did hear anyone call her by that name. Not even her parents. All of them, be it from her classmates to family, call her stupid, a burden, stupid, and even useless. Well, she did, at one point have someone call her Rino. But that was her Grandmother. Her grandmother who soon left her as their next meeting after their last had her in a casket. On that very day, she felt abandoned.

 

Unloved.

 

Unneeded.

 

What was her purpose of living if the person who she thought cared for her the most has already left her side? To who was she supposed to run towards to whenever she felt sad, whenever she needed a crying shoulder? Even though her grandmother promised that she would protect her until she was strong enough to stand for herself… She still left her like that. Without even saying a word of goodbye.

 

She couldn’t blame her, of course. Maybe her time had just come. Her grandmother was already old. And even standing turned into a challenge for her already. So maybe… Just maybe, her grandmother finally had enough of living and went to an eternal sleep.

 

She didn’t like the thought of it at first.

 

She even went as far as lying to herself that her grandmother was still alive.

 

But it was useless.

 

Everything she did was useless.

 

Soon, Sashihara Rino came to accept the fact that her grandmother was gone. And eventually got used to the names people call her, be it from sour ones to plain cruel. She even came to believe that she really was hopeless. That nobody really needed her to be there. That anyone would be fine without her.

 

With that, she once again asked to herself…

 

What was her purpose of living?

 

She had none.

 

The thought of killing herself did come to her once. But she was a coward, a lowly coward who could only plan things, and yet, never actually do any of it. She wanted to leave the world badly; she wanted to just end all of her pain by following her grandmother, by dying as well.

 

But even after hours of sitting down by the bridge’s rail, she couldn’t jump.

 

It hurt.

 

The thought of living hurts.

 

And yet, she couldn’t put that source of her pain to an end.

 

She couldn’t kill herself.

 

When she was young, Rino had this weird passion on singing. So she would always sing a song to her family, to everyone in a karaoke. But being the young kid she was, she only knew so few of the songs listed on the song book. And eventually, everyone had enough of her singing the same song again and again.

 

Everyone, at first, would clap to her as she sings, but soon, all of them would wear frowns on their faces and began giving her cruel remarks. Even to the point of shouting shut up to her.

 

Because of that, she promised not to sing again.

 

She also knew how to draw. She loved Anime, after all. And because of that, she would draw things on her notebook, on a sheet of paper, or even in her books. But then her brother saw her drawing once. And immediately, after taking a quick glance of it, spat out how awful it was.

 

She wasn’t sure if her brother really meant it, or if he was just being the tease he was.

 

But knowing that someone actually hates her drawing,

 

Rino stopped all at once.

 

Still, even with such cruelty like that, her life continued on. And eventually, she reached the age needed for school. Clueless of how the outside world is, Rino was happy to know that she would meet new friends; the thought of having one thrilled her to no ends. But even in school, she was pressured by her mother.

 

Her brother had remarkable performances in school, and so, her mother wanted her to follow his foot steps as well.

 

But she was dumb. She knew nothing more than making excuses and apologizing. She couldn’t even read something as easy as ‘cat’, nor could she properly say all the alphabets without stuttering every now and then. The only thing she was really good at was being quiet. Just sitting down on her seat without saying a thing or two.

 

Her parents were always busy. Too busy to even spend a time with her. Her father was a famous welder, and there was never a day where she saw him out of his workshop. One time, she entered the said workshop, and there, she was her father forming something with metals. It looked like an armor to her. A robot.

 

Out of excitement, she asked her father if he was indeed making a robot.

 

Her father remained in silence for a minute or two, but eventually nodded his head with a broken yes. Being the idiot she was, Rino believed in this whole-heartedly and cheered. She talked about it to her classmates, and boasted at how her father was the greatest welder in the world. But none of them believed her. They told her that they would only believe her if they saw the robot themselves.

 

So Rino asked her father when the robot would be done.

 

“On your eighth birthday.” Her father promised.

 

And so, she held onto those words. Waiting impatiently for her eighth birthday to come.

 

And when it did…

 

No robots were in sight.

 

She felt ashamed of herself. Her friends called her a liar for having no robots in her birthday, and as a result, everyone began ignoring her.

 

Silently, she told herself,

 

Never to believe promises.

 

Going to school soon became a hindrance to her. Nobody wished to talk to her anymore. Everyone already labeled her as a liar because of that small incident. There were even some who would come to her just to bully her, asking for her money and tearing her books and notebooks apart.

 

But even with all of that cruelty, she couldn’t do anything. She wasn’t strong like them, she was weak, she was stupid… Hopeless…

 

Wanting to escape that cruel place, she decided to stop going to school.

 

And because of that, she wasted one year of school doing nothing, and when she came back… Everyone acted as though she didn’t exist anymore…

 

To Rino, it felt as though everyone could see nothing but negativity in her. Even when she tried her best in school, her mother would still scold her for having mistakes on a quiz, and whenever she would be forced to come home late because of some bullies, she would whip her. Rino did tell her mother that it was because of the bullies once, but she didn’t believe her. Nobody believed her. Slowly, she lost hope in searching for someone to help her escape from those cruel people,

 

And slowly, she stopped voicing out whatever she wanted to say.

 

Rino had always had troubles in school, especially when it comes to answering questions. She had a difficult homework once in math, and having no other option, she came to her brother to ask for his help, but instead of getting the help she wanted, the only thing her brother did to her was to call her stupid.

 

He kept on repeating how the questions were too easy, how even a kid younger than her would be able to answer it. He told her how she was only a bother to him, and ordered her to leave his room at once.

 

Being the hopeless girl she was, Rino could only obey with her mere ‘Sorry’ lingering in the room.

 

It was painful to see her brother call her a bother like that, and not wanting to experience the same pain again,

 

She swore to herself never to ask for help anymore.

 

Time slowly passed by for her, and soon, her family turned from a very poor one to middle-class.

 

Eventually, her mother bought her and her brother separate computers. For school purposes, she said.

 

Rino was bad when it comes to technology, but she gave it a try anyway, she turned the said computer on successfully, and repeatedly clicked on one application to another in hopes to find out which one was the browser.

 

After some time, she found it, and the first thing that greeted her was an article about an idol group.

 

Singers, singers who aimed for their dreams, it stated.

 

At first, Rino simply watched the said group’s video out of boredom, but soon she came to love them, soon, it became the reason for her to look forward to each day.

 

Of course, she never told anyone about her like towards idols, but that was fine.

 

She was envious of the girls she saw on the monitor, they were all happy, with a goal in mind. They all had friends to tease around with, and they all bore smiles on her faces. She thought of how she wanted to be like them too, she wanted to experience it too. She wanted to have friends whom she could smile with, she wanted to be happy, and she wanted to be just like them.

 

As though God heeded her call for the very first time, Rino saw a poster on her way home from school. It was a poster stating that there was an audition, a poster that had a really motivating quote written on it.

 

Reading that, Rino immediately wanted to try it. Even though she knew that she had no talent on singing, no talent on dancing, she thought of trying it.

 

She thought that maybe… Just maybe she would get in, and maybe…

 

Maybe for once, her life would change.

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updated! - #4: Sakura]
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Entry #7
Title:
The Diary of Sadness
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Maeda Atsuko, Itano Tomomi
Word Count: 1029

The Diary of Sadness

March 2012, SSA Day 3

    “I took the audition to enter AKB48 when I was 14 years old, which was a big decision in my life.  Now, please let me make my second big decision.  I am graduating from AKB48.

    I have caused some troubles because of my mood swings, but thanks for everyone’s help, I am here today. To perform in Tokyo Dome was a dream since I was 14.

    Now this dream has come true, at 20 years of age, I have to work hard towards my next dream.

    I have worked hard for the past 6-1/2 years. I have to move onto my next dream at the age of 20. I am anxious and worried because I don’t know what will happen. But for the kouhai, I have to take the first step towards this. The details haven’t been decided yet. When it’s been decided, I’ll convey it to everyone. Thank you very much.”

You can hear the fans chanting her name after saying that. We sing ‘Aitakatta’ as the final song for that event while holding her hand.

In the backstage, the staff prepare a party for her. Everyone have their own thoughts about the sudden announcement, but no one of them really knows why or dare to ask.

There are person’s who knows why Atsuko will graduate, Akimoto-sensei, her parents and me. Tomomi Itano, a member of Team K and Atsuko’s Bestfriend.

The reason why is because of a cancer, a cancer that eating her inner body slowly. The doctor said that the cancer is cannot heal anymore, the stage of it was in the last. That’s why, no matter she eats many food, she never get fat and she only have 1 to 2 years to live.

???

May 2012, Releasing of our 26th single ‘Manatsu so good’ and Atsuko’s final single as a member of AKB48

We are celebrating at Yuko’s house with all the other senbatsu members. You can hear the loud music from the speakers, open and closed canned soft drinks and chips, other foods on a large table. The other one’s are dancing on the dance floor, while Yuko, Haruna, Mariko-sama, Mii-chan, Atsuko and me are sitting on the couch. Atsuko’s head was resting on my shoulder. She’s wearing a large jacket with a large t-shirt inside. She becomes thinner a little bit, but no one realize. At practice, her movers are limited. The doctor said that her body becomes weaker too.

Every night, she’s always crying. Saying, why she deserves this or why it has to be her. I have to be with her that times. I even moved to her apartment , so i can monitor her movements.

???

June 2012, 4th Senbatsu Election

Atsuko cannot join the election anymore., but she insist to watch it in the front seat (where the participants of the event seated). As expected, Yuko become the no. 1. As for me, i really not paying attention to the election. even when they called my name, i just stand and thank the fans who vote for me and sit to my assign chair. i just always looking at her, i can see the happiness for the members and the same time, the wish that she can participate too.

Her gain lose again. The doctor gave her medicines that can slow the thinning of her body. This time Yuko, Sayaka and Mariko-sama knows her condition. They cried all day on that day.

???

July 2012, Preparation for our biggest concert at Tokyo Dome

The staff and all the members are nervous and excited at the same time. Everyone are seriously practicing the routines and memorizing the songs assigned to them. I don’t know why, but i’m not excited from this event. Like the election, my attention is at Atsuko. She’s been pushing herself practicing, even it’s break time. Like before, her body become more thinner this time. The medicines are not effective like before.

I looked around and i saw her with Mii-chan and Haruna practicing the river steps. These two knows her condition. Atsuko said that they saw her visiting her doctor and spy at her. I was in a meeting that time.

???

Auguts 2012, The day Of the Concert

When the concert is about to end, it’s the last MC. I took the opportunity to announce my graduation. I decide to leave AKB to take care of Atsuko. The members, staffs, fans and especially Atsuko was shocked about my decision. But they didn’t ask anything.

After the concert, the staff throw a party like when Atsuko announce her graduation, but we gone home early. When we got home, she just go straight to her room and slammed the door.

“Atsuko please don’t get mad at me.” I tried to open the door, but she locked it.

“WHY *sob DIDN’T YOU TELL ME *sob THAT YOU’RE GRADUATING! * sob Is it because of me! *sobs”

“I’ll explain to you, but please open the door first.” After many seconds the door opens. I took her hand and guide her to the bed.

“I want to leave because i want to take care of you. I can’t take care of you. I can’t take care of you if i have many things to do outside.” She hugs me tightly.

“But what about your dream?”

“My dream is nothing, if i don’t have you beside me Atsuko”. I took out a key and show it to her. “I buy a house near the sea. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, If it’s okay to you to spend your remaining time with me?”

???

February 2013, The Happy Moments

At Atsuko’s remaining time, we able to spent all the time swimming at the beach, traveling caves and sometimes the girls visited her. Every time i can see real happiness in her, i know she’s content at this time.

???

April 2014, 1st Anniversary of Atsuko’s death

It’s been 1 year now, but don’t worry Atsuko. Now I’ll come to where you are now.

Sorry I make you wait that long.

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Triple Update! - #5, #6, #7]
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2012, 10:30:49 PM »
Daily update! A big 'thank you' to all readers and writers  :heart:

Entry#8
Title: 同じ名前の絆 (Onaji Namae no Kizuna)
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Takahashi Minami, Minegishi Minami
Word Count: 2, 418

同じ名前の絆
(Onaji Namae no Kizuna)

AKB48 is a Japanese idol group produced by Akimoto Yasushi. The name is named after the place called Akihabara in Japan. AKB48’s concept is ‘idols you can meet’ which is why there is an AKB48 theatre at the 8th floor of Don Quijote store which is of course at Akihabara.

In year 2005, Akimoto Yasushi has started the AKB48 project and held an audition for selecting the members of AKB. Out of 7, 924 girls that applied only 24 passed and became the founding members of AKB48.

We, the founding members or the first generation of AKB48 has experienced many things before we come to what we have now. We were all newbie who didn’t know how to dance so we had training lessons every day. No matter how hard and tiresome it was we would continue our best because we are girls who wanted to realize our dream, who wanted to change ourselves. By the way, we are also known as members of Team A.

Finally at December 8, 2005 we had our first performance at our AKB theatre, there were 72 people but out of the 72 people, 65 were staffs and only 7 were customers. But that didn’t stop us from losing our spirits in performing every day at the theatre.

Later on Team K, Team B was also formed. More and more members also joined in, slowly increasing the population of AKB.

We had our first CD released, our first Kōhaku Uta Gassen, our first time on TV and our first time having a concert outside the theatre, etc.

Anyway to make the things short, what I want to say is that it took us a lot of time and effort to be what we are now. We’ve been through many things, many hardships, many sweats and tears. Before people used to call us skirt/panty flashing army but now people starts to acknowledge us and we can also be said to be the idol group representing Japan now! By the way I’m Minegishi Minami~

Through the hardships it deepens the bond between each member. We all have someone we’re close with within the members and that’s the same for me too. I am particularly close with members the same generation at me such as Acchan, Maeda Atsuko, Tomochin, Itano Tomomi, Haruna, Kojima Haruna, Mariko too although she is 1.5 generation and finally ‘her’.

She can be said to be a person I would never want to lose in my life. There are also bond between us, not only as the bond of both being the founding members of AKB but also the bond of sharing the same name, みなみ. Yes… I’m sure you guys also know her well. She is the captain of Team A, Takahashi Minami a.k.a. Takamina.

Although we’re both the founding members of AKB we were not close at all.
Although we both share the same name, みなみ, we do not talk much to each other at all.
Although we have training lessons and theatre performances every day we do not get involve in each other’s life much at all.


I thought we’ll never be able to be best friends but things never go with what we think at first.

In 2008 me, Haruna and Takamina formed a unit called No3b (ノースリーブス). We had our first single released called Relax. During the video making for the PV, Takamina was always alone during break and I and Haruna were always fooling around together.

But as time passes, we have spent more time together because of No3b activities such as the drama Mendol. Spending more time with Takamina makes me learned more about her and slowly we become close together.

As you guys know, because of the activities as an AKB member I didn’t spend much time at school. This result in me doesn’t have any friends at all… Of course it was lonely but I can’t do anything about it. So when I have my graduation in school I was really worried and I told Takamina about it. Then..!!! Guess what??!! She came to my graduation as my guardian!! I was so happy about it, it was really touching!! From that time on, I told myself that I will never want to let go of this person! And I’m serious about it!!

Everything seems to be going fine, but that was just the calm before the storm. Akimoto sensei has announced the Senbatsu Election to be held to decide for the Senbatsu Members. I was really shocked about this, not only me but everyone I’m sure. I do not have any confidence in the election and many worries pop out in my mind.

What if I didn’t get to be the Senbatsu Members??
There was a lot of ‘What ifs’


I hid myself at the bathroom crying… I have decided to myself that I’ll not get in for sure and think of the worst… At that time, Takamina came to me and comfort me…

‘Miichan will be okay’
‘Miichan should have more confidence in yourself’


But I was still young and was too insecure… I spilled out all my angst to Takamina…

“Takamina is popular so you don’t have to worry! Because you’re popular so you don’t know my worries! You don’t know how I feel! You don’t know how insecure I feel!”

But no matter what terrible things I said to Takamina, Takamina just hugged me and comfort me and say ‘everything will be okay’. At that time, I think that I’m the worst person ever…

I really thank Takamina for supporting me when I needed help the most…

“I must say that AKB or rather Akimoto sensei never fails to surprise/shock me…”

There then was a team shuffle after AKB Sports Day… this was really shocking… I didn’t think that there was a day when I have to leave Team A at that time… I was really sad about it because I truly love Team A. But now that I have to go to Team K, I’ll still do my best there!

I was also asked to write a letter to the captain of Team A which was Takamina. Since normally I didn’t have the opportunity to tell her how grateful I am, I used this chance to tell her how much I thank her and how much I know how lonely and many pressure it is to stands in front. She always works hard without complain and by looking at her back it always encourage myself to work harder and it was because of you that I was able to persist until now. And that I want to support her in her dream. I want to tell her that I’ll catch up on to her.

I’ll not forever be the little girl who always needs you to take care of…
One day I’ll be strong enough to lend you a shoulder for you to lean on…
One day I’ll not be standing behind you but by your side…

So for now please spoil me like you always do…

I love to stay overnight at your home because it’s comfortable and I felt important… Normally when at AKB or Team A your attention will always be on other members like Haruna and Acchan, but only when I’m staying over all your attention is on me.

You would always tell me to remove my makeup before I sleep,
I would always let you remove my makeup for me.

You would always prepare the water for bath and clothes for me,
I’ll always throw my clothes around and even took your panties sometimes.

You would always dry my hair for me,
I would always close my eyes and enjoy your hair-drying service.

You would always cook food for me,
I’ll always enjoy eating and making fun of the food you make but actually I like it… Like the time when you made a heart-shaped hamburger for me…

You would always wake me up every morning,
I would always tell you 5 more minutes.

You would always complain about me taking your panties,
I would always laugh and say because the panties were cute and have my mom bought you new ones. Besides, shouldn’t you be grateful that I took your panties?? Because of that you have something interesting to say at the TV shows!!! So stop complaining!!!


Takamina, you are always so kind to me which makes me falls for your kindness and gentleness… Although I always don’t want you to touch me it’s because I’m used to making fun of you and am not used to you taking the initiative to hug me. I do not want you to see me that blushing because I think it’s embarrassing so I always act like a Tsundere to you.

Takamina, I always remember everything you do for me… Do you still remember one time when we went to shopping..? Because you say that you like Yukarin and Haruna so I thought that you like mature woman so that time I wanted to look mature in front of you so I wore high heels that I’m not used of. Which resulted in my feet aching and it hurts so much that I can’t walk properly… That time, do you remember what did you say?? You say that, “Miichan, let’s exchange shoes!” You notice that my feet was hurting because of the high heels but I didn’t want to change because I felt embarrassed but you tell me gently that it wouldn’t be good if I force myself and remove my shoes and put on your shoes for me. I was really happy about it but I didn’t express it out, I just simple thank you that time but my heart was really pouncing hard that time.

New Team K First Stage Performance…
I was really nervous about it… But the message you sent to Tomochin’s mobile really gave me courage to do the performance that day. After reading your message me and Tomochin hugged each other and cried…

And remember on the 1st day of Team K’s new stage?? I still remember you brought along a cake for me that have the word ‘Ganbatte’ written on it…

No words can express my gratefulness and feelings for you…
I always wonder if there’s a time that I’ll be able to repay you back…


Ah! Remember the AKBingo Project?? That time during our new single ‘Kiss no Ryuusei’ I challenged backflip?? I was really sad about it… I wanted to do it but I was not able to do it. So that time when you challenged rakugo and was not able to perform it, I really know how bad it felt so I decided to perform it in your stead. I hope this can somehow make you feel better in not able to perform it… After you knew about it you really cry your heart out and I was happy that I can help you but felt pained seeing you cry, because no matter what kind of reason it is I never really want to see you cry…

Takamina, we’re no longer friends!!!

Of course I really appreciate having a friend like you but… There are also times when you piss me off!!!

I’m sure you knew that I’m allergic to cats, and… you just have to buy a cat!!! Now, how can I go to your home and have fun when I have to take the risk of getting allergic to your stupid Nyachan??!!!! Bakamina!!! Hmph!!!

Did you do that because you didn’t want me to go to your home??!!! If you hate it so much then let’s not be friends anymore!!! Stupid Bakamina!!!

So because of your new pet I decided to ignore you but I’ve got another problem… YOU!!! So dense!!! Don’t even know why I’m ignoring you!!!! Fine!! I’ll tell you!!

“Why did you buy a cat when you know that I’m allergic to cat??!! Did you do it on purpose??!!” I shouted

No matter what reasons you explained nothing went in my mind, it went in and out! Hmph! I won’t forgive you so easily!!

After you try to put down my anger by buying me cakes and sweet talking, me the kindest person you ever met, Minegishi sama, has decided to forgive you so you better be grateful about it! Hmph! Just don’t bring the cat too near me!!

But honestly to me it’s No Takamina, No Life!

There was a project that you’re going to marry and me as your best friend will have to write a letter to you. Although I didn’t like the idea of you marrying but since it’s a fake one I did my best in writing the letter. But as I write I kept recalling of the past memories we shared in AKB, from the time we first entered AKB until now…

To Takamina, (Author's Notes: Contents not exactly same from AKBingo!)

Now that you’re going to marry, from the bottom of my heart I really congratulate you. I hope that you’ll have a happy married life.
It’s now the 6th year we know each other right? You really spoiled me a lot… Whenever I went to your home you would always dry my hair for me, prepare the water and clothes for me to take a bath, cook food for me and wake me up. This is what I’m proud to say about, this is something that you do only for me. This is my only privilege and no one else’s. Remember the time when you went to my school graduation?? I was really touched about it and told myself that I never want to lose this person. And at that time both my parents have also became Takamina, your fans. I hope.. no.. I’m sure that we’ll forever be best friends. And please let me continue to be by your side. Lastly, Takamina!! I’ll always support you!


From your best friend Minegishi Minami

This is the story of the bonds between two people who shares the same name. So minna san, what do you think about it?

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Update! - #8: 同じ名前の絆]
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2012, 02:30:46 AM »
One more update today! Writers are sure fired up! :heart:

Entry #9
Title: One Crazy Sunday Night
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Kashiwagi Yuki, Kuwabara Mizuki, Matsui Jurina, Watanabe Mayu (Some extra AKB girls)
Word Count: 1516

One Crazy Sunday Night

I heard echoes of her twisted laugh as I tried to run away from it. I heard something metal being dragged. It was getting closer and closer. I felt something hit me. I wasn’t sure what it was but it hurt so damn hard. I felt some cold liquid gushing out of my head… and my vision started to get all red.

Well one thing is for sure. I’m probably going to get killed tonight.

I thought as I fell on to the concrete floor. I saw someone walking towards me. 
 
Shit.
Mayu… Where are you? I thought and lost consciousness. 
 
“-chan” “..ina-chan” “Jurina-chan~” I heard someone call my name, but It wasn’t the voice I wanted to hear. I looked up to see that person calling my name.
 
“Well, well, well you finally woke up~, For a second there I thought you died and joined everyone else. Like your SKE family there.” She smiled at the thought as if she enjoyed it, no she did enjoyed it.
 
“Ah~ you should have heard them screaming while they were all trapped in that theater burning. Do you want me to tell you how each of them died? Wait. Never mind I don’t know most of them anyway. Well by the time the firemen get there, they will all be burned to a crisp.”
 
She smiled again looking proud of what she did. I felt the anger that was rising within me. I want… To kill the person that is in front of me.
 
“You bitch.” I looked at her with anger in my eyes. She smiled like she didn’t do anything wrong. She was having fun.
 
“OH right! I also killed everyone in AKB as well. You know its so annoying when that girl, Acchan always gets center. Akimoto-san (Sayaka) tried to save her so she I killed her too. She was strong but I had her trapped. And you know what? Sae-chan got angry at me and tried to stop me so I decided to just kill everyone, since they all have each other’s back anyway.” She gave out a twisted laughter.
 
That laugh sent chills down my spine. This person is not normal. I thought there was something off the first time I met her. Now I know. She’s crazy.
 
She paused as if she had remembered something. 
 
“OH! I almost forgot the most important thing!” She said smiling. 
 
She threw something at me. At first I couldn’t find out what it was but when it got closer. It was a human heart. 
 
“I ripped that off for you. So you can say goodbye to your precious Mayuyu.” She said and laughed again.
 
“YOU BITCH.” I shouted in anger “She looked up to you like an older sister!” 
 
She looked at me and got closer. “You know she sends me 200 mails everyday? It’s so annoying! Always going Yukirin~ Yukirin~ at me. I hated how she always glued herself to me.” She said sounding really annoyed. 
 
I felt my anger becoming stronger. 
 
“You should have heard say her last words” She paused. “Please leave Jurina alone, she said. Then I ripped her heart off.” She gave me the most twisted smile that she had. 
 
I felt my anger giving me strength. She was close enough for me to give her a head butt, she collapsed at the floor and was unconscious for a while. I ran out while tied to the chair. 
 
“I have to find something sharp” I thought. So I can get rid of these rope tying me to this chair.
 
I need to find something to kill that bitch with.
 
Luckily this abandoned hospital still had the equipments. I found something to cut the rope with.
 
As I was checking each room for useful things. I stood frozen in front of one of them. There was a body that was lying there. I recognized who it was and ran towards it. 
 
“Mayu…” I held her body close to me. My tears won’t stop falling down.  And I held her tighter hoping that her body would regain its warmth.
 
I~ found you~” Said the figure that was by the door watching us.
 
“This really hurt you know? Now my head is bleeding…” She held up the crow bar she was holding.
 
I closed my eyes expecting to get hit. But I heard it hit another metal instead. 
 
NOT OUR ACE YOU BITCH!” Shouted the girl whose body was a bit burned. She seemed a little exhausted but looked like she still had some energy to fight.
 
She had the same anger that I felt earlier. No I still feel that anger.
 
“Huh. how did you manage to escape that burning theater?” Asked the evil person right in front of me.
 
“I managed to un-jam the door and got out. The ceiling collapsed right after… killing everyone before I could even call them out. The fire was already too strong to put out…” Said the girl with regret.
 
“Jurina go!” Said the older girl.
 
“But Mizuki I-” I insisted.
 
“I SAID GO! I’ll Deal with this bitch for now! I don’t really have that much strength left. You have to think of a way avenge us.” Said the older girl.
 
I obeyed her words and ran away. “I will for sure. For all of you… And Mayu.”
 
After a few hours of searching. I found some useful things. A long metal pipe, gasoline, and some matches. These would be useful later and then I thought about my plan.
 
I looked for the perfect spot, a dark room that almost had no windows, just pillars. I waited in the shadows. Now its time to become the hunter.
 
Surely enough I saw her after a few minutes of waiting. She looked slightly weakened from her fight with Mizuki. Which is good for me since I wasn’t really able to heal the cut in my head either. I was starting to get weak as well. 
 
“Come out come out whereever you are Jurina-chan~” she called out.
 
“Over here.” I said, and threw gasoline on her as she turned around.
 
Surprised. She didn’t have time to react and I hit her on the head with the metal pipe I had found. 
 
This is payback bitch.” I said to her.
 
She looked at me and just laughed. I kept hitting her. A few minutes later, she had stopped laughing. But I couldn’t stop myself from hitting her. What if she gets up again? When I was satisfied that she wasn’t moving. I lit her body up.
 
“That is for everyone.” I said, as I watch her body burn.
 
I set fire on the abandoned hospital. I went back to the room where Mayu’s body lies. But first I saw Mizuki lying on the hallway. 
 
“Thank you Mizuki… I will join you and the others soon.” I said as I closed her eyes with my hand.
 
I embraced the girl with the twin tail hair that was on the other room. 
 
“Mayu we will be together soon” I smiled and held her cold body. 
 
I felt the harm fire reaching the room. I didn’t care. As long as I can be together with her again, I didn’t care. 
 
I closed my eyes and held her tighter.
 
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AND… CUT! OK PEOPLE THAT’S A WRAP!!! GOOD JOB EVERYONE” Said the director on his megaphone.
 
I opened my eyes to see the girl who I was hugging, smiling brightly at me. 
 
“Good Job Juri-chan~” She said in a cute way.
 
“You did a good job too! You know… for a corpse” I smiled and teased her.
 
“Mou~~~” she said with a frown. So cute I thought. I couldn’t restrain myself and pinched her cheeks. She frowned even more. How adorable.
 
“Good Job everyone.” said the older girl which came out from another set. 
 
“Jurina-chan, Did I hit you too hard back then?” She asked with concern on her eyes.
 
“No, I’m ok Kashiwagi-san, same here did it hurt?” I asked back.
 
“Ah I’m fine” She smiled and patted my head. She turned to the other girl “I’ll see you at the theater tomorrow ok? don’t be late~” And with that she went to her next job.
 
“AH MOU~ This is the second time I died.” Said the other girl who sat up from her position as she scratched her head. Everyone just laughed. Oh that Mizuki, never failing to make everyone laugh.
 
Then I looked at the girl right next to me who was fixing her bangs. Without any words I gave her a hug. She gave me a surprised look.
 
“Ju-juri-chan what is this all of a sudden?” blushing she asked.
 
“Because of that last scene, I realized that I should treasure my love ones, especially you.” I kissed her already blushing cheeks.

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Update! - #9: One Crazy Sunday Night]
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2012, 11:55:54 AM »
Wow, "One Crazy Sunday Night" was some crazy sick shit but man, I love every bit of it! AKB & SKE should totally do a high school horror drama like that for laughs!

Mizuki is awesome in this short fic! Appearing out of nowhere and protecting their ace just earned her lots of cool points XD And Yukirin has been hanging around Rena too much :nervous

Last but not least, Mayuyu can't help being cute at all times, even when she's dead :heart: :heart:

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Update! - #9: One Crazy Sunday Night]
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2012, 04:48:27 PM »
We are happy to see you people are enjoying this contest  :deco:

@anzai48 We cannot reveal the authors yet , but you'll know who wrote each fic when the contest is over  :cow:

Also, sorry for the late updates here! I'm the only one in charge of forum updates and I had some personal matters to attend, so I couldn't update that fast. There are a bunch of fics waiting to be posted so let's begin now :heart:


Entry #10
Title:
Rivals
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Akimoto Sayaka (Choukoku)/Nakanishi Yuka
Word Count: 1831

Rivals

From their very first encounter, they were drawn to each other.

But don’t get all gooey-eyed, it wasn’t all sparkles and unicorns, since their first impression of each other was rather…informal. Nearly destroying a classroom might have fallen under an overreaction from just bumping into one another by passing to get to their desks, though it did serve to give them some kind of impression of each other.

The day after their whirlwind encounter, high tension was felt within the classroom as the students occupying it went about their business cautiously, as one of the girls who was part of the chaos had arrived earlier and was sitting at her desk. Heavy footsteps could be heard coming down the hall from outside, the tension in the air seemed to thicken as the students worried for another crazy encounter that would turn their classroom upside down once more; would it be like this every day because of these two?

The door slide open to reveal a towering figure, everyone held their breath as the person at the doorway and the one sitting at the desk made eye-contact. It seemed like an eternity as they held their gazes, the figure standing moved forward and towards the one occupying the desk. The one sitting immediately stood up and met the other halfway; they both simply held their heated gaze as everyone else waited for the first strike. 5 seconds seemed to have lasted 5 years before both girls just smirked at one another and preceded to their desks, as if through their prolonged eye-contact they had somehow come to an agreement or understanding; the rest of the students within the room all breathed a sigh of relief as they slowly realized they wouldn’t be experiencing another morning of chaos.

Though it didn’t shake the feeling of intimidation they felt for the two.

After that fateful occurrence, the two seemed to have become quite close though once in occasion they would end up in a heated argument that would build up into a fight but luckily for anyone else, it would take place outside of their homeroom; they may have been yankees but it didn’t mean they were below manners. The empty storage facilities near their school would serve as their battle ground so no one would interrupt them, the fights would seemed everlasting, usually when the sun had long gone down and stars were already shining bright; even after such a prolong time they’d still have energy to spare even after their anger was long spent and the only reason for holding their fights for so long was for the enjoyment of battling each other.

Not so much friends, at least they wouldn’t admit it out loud, but opponents just challenging one another.

===

Those short years in middle school passed by quickly and the two rivals found that they would be separated from one another by attending different high schools, Majisuka Gakuen and Yabakune Gakuen.

“So, what are you going to be doing over at Majisuka anyway?” one of the girls asked the other.

“..I heard there was a strong group of fighters at that school, so I figured it would serve as a good challenge for myself.” the other girl answered leaning against the railing the two were both occupying, overlooking the town.

“So you’re just gonna throw yourself into a fight like that? Don’t you think it’s a little foolish, even for you?” the one who asked the question chuckled a little before erasing the playful expression from her face as the other girl quickly turned to her in a fit of agitation.

“You don’t think I can win? We both know I’m strong enough and capable of winning a fight on my own!” the agitated girl yelled at the other, frustrated and a little bit insulted that she would doubt her own prowess so quickly.

“It’s not about being strong or not, Sayaka. It’s the fact that you’re just throwing yourself into a den of lions instead of thinking this through. You yourself said that they were strong but how strong? Don’t you think it’s better to see where exactly you measure up so you don’t kill yourself?” the other girl quickly asked, seeing that she may have been misunderstood, only worried for her headstrong friend.

Agitation quickly washed from Sayaka’s face as she realized that maybe she was too rash in assuming that her friend doubted her own skills. “Okay, then what do you suggest I do?”

The other girl pushed herself off from the railing, taking a few steps forward before turning back around, “Well, they say experience helps building and strengthen skills so why not do a series of fights? Every time you beat one opponent, you find a stronger one, that should built your level up quite nicely don’t you think?”

Sayaka thought it over quickly before agreeing, “Alright but then how many fights should I complete before I’m ready?”

“Hmm Oh, I’d say at least 100 or so, I’m sure by the time you reach 90 you’ll be able to slaughter anyone and I know you’re not just going to go around and pick any delinquent you find to fight.” The other girl joked, walking back towards the railing and returning her gaze towards overlooking the town again as it was being washed over with the rays from the sunset, slowly seeing it turned to its nightlife.

“How about you, what are you going to do over at Yabakune?” Sayaka questioned, mimicking her friend as she watched the streetlamps slowly flicker on.

“Me? Well, I’m just attending the school since it’s close to where I live and I need to start helping out my family with our business; so I’m going to try and stay out of trouble as much as I can.” Sayaka chuckled along with her friend, though it didn’t stop the gnawing feeling in her stomach knowing that she wouldn’t see or hear her friend as much as before.

“Ah I better get home before my mom decides to yell at me for being late again. I guess…I’ll see you around then Sayaka?” The other girl slowly moved and away from the railing and started on her way home; Sayaka hesitated before turning towards the girl leaving.

“Hey Yuka…” Nakanishi Yuka quickly stopped and faced towards her friend in curiosity. “We’ll definitely meet again and when we do, I’m challenging you to a fight and I’ll show you how much stronger I’ve gotten.” Sayaka finished her plight and silently waited for Nakanishi’s rebuttal before being taken back by her friend’s chuckling.

“Y’know Sayaka, sometimes you’re too serious for your own good.” Nakanishi teased her before composing herself long enough to reply.

“But yeah, we’ll meet again and I definitely won’t lose to you.” The two friends slash rivals both knew that it would be quite some time before they would ever see one another again.

===

Akimoto Sayaka stood outside the Nakanishi family bakery; it’s been 4 years since she last saw her friend and honestly, she was a little nervous.

Immense guilt could not fully describe how she felt for not contacting her friend even once throughout the time they were separated but she was here now and the first thing she would do is ask for forgiveness.

The door chime ringed loudly as she entered; faint shuffling noises could be heard coming from the backroom before a voice called out.

“I’ll be right with you!” Though slightly deeper, she could recognize her friend’s voice quite clearly.

As the minutes seem to drag on, Sayaka’s nervousness continue to grow and gnaw at her stomach, almost giving herself a heart attack when she could hear footsteps nearing towards the open doorway from behind the counter, jumping slightly as someone appeared.

“Can I help you…?”

A few years may have passed without seeing one another but time didn’t really change them as much. Sayaka’s physique had developed somewhat through her training on her own and as a professional fighter but she was still same appearance-wise and Nakanishi may have cut her hair shorter and grown taller and slimmer but just like her friend she remained the same.

They stood staring at each other for quite some time before the honking of nearby traffic snapped them out of their stupor. Nakanishi gave a small smirk.

“You sure did take a while; it’s not like you to keep others waiting.” Despite not seeing her long-time friend and rival for so long, Nakanishi couldn’t help but tease her friend. Hesitant still, Sayaka felt great relief that there wasn’t any resentment in her voice.

“Yes well, it’s a long story.” The two proceeded to laugh as the awkward atmosphere dissolved; after the uneasiness faded away, Nakanishi closed the store and waved away any worries from Sayaka and informed her that that was fine closing so early in the day before moving to the upper level where the family lived and the two proceed to catch up after so long.

===

“So wait, you’re telling me this Maeda girl actually beat you?” As embarrassed as she was to admit it, Sayaka nodded her head, “And then there was a war between Majisuka and Yabakune?” Again once more, she nodded.

“What the hell? I missed out on a lot!” Sayaka quickly picked her head up to see her friend with disappointment painted across her face.

“Are you actually upset?”

“Of course I am!” Startled by her friend’s outburst, she quickly questioned Nakanishi as to why.

“I’ll tell you why, compared to me the only exciting thing I had going on was the small random fights from some of the other Yabakune girls and a few from the neighboring schools. I didn’t mind the downtime but it would have been nice to have SOME excitement.” Sayaka continued to gaze at her friend in astonishment knowing full well that despite complaining, this was just her way of dealing with being lonely and separated for so long from each other, at the moment she remembered something quite important.

“Hey remember what I said I would do whenever we would meet up again?” Nakanishi looked at her questioningly before realization slowly washed over her face and she broke out into a small smile.

“Is the great Akimoto challenging me to a fight after so long?”

“Why are you asking, don’t think you can beat me?”

Both girls stood up in excitement of the thrill of fighting each other once more after years of separation.

“There’s an abandoned building just a few blocks from here, how about it Choukoku?” Sayaka smirked before following Nakanishi towards the back exit of the store.

“Anytime; Otoko.”

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updating~ #10-#14]
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2012, 04:58:50 PM »
Entry #11
Title:
Flicker
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Minegishi Minami; Takamina/Kojiharu
Word Count: 1639

Flicker

The beat came to a halt

The crowds cheered

The lights flickered

They were ushered off the stage as preparations for the next act were hastily assembled. Walking towards their dressing room they passed through a sea of commendations and flattery. Gracious, the girls replied in modest gratitude, and each waved a pleasant farewell by doors of their destination.

Two of the girls went to one side of the compact room, giggling and whispering, the tallest one sat in front of a mirror and started removing her false lashes, the other sat by her and started unbraiding her long black hair.

”Next time make sure to end your jumps with a slight sway of the hips.” Takahashi announced from the other side of the room.

The two girls nodded noncommittally whilst continuing their chatter.

Upon receiving this response, she heaved a sigh, and went to sit by them grabbing a comb and untangling her hair.

”Miichan! Miichan take a picture of me!” Haruna exclaimed passing the former her cellphone, and posing with a ‘no3b’ sticker on the mirror.

”Take one of me!” Minegishi said after a giving various appraisals towards the latter. This led to another wave of compliments. This exchange lasted a good five minutes, and the two pondered what they should write about on their blog.

”Takamina, take a picture of us” Haruna said reaching her phone towards the former, ”please.”

Takahashi glanced at Haruna, who was looking straight at her. Haruna urged her on with her emotive eyes.

Takahashi begrudgingly accepted the phone and took a few snapshots, as soon as she passed the phone back she walked out of the room and was careful not to slam the door.

She heard murmurs of the two girls continuing their chatter nonchalantly as she walked further away from her dressing room and towards the nearest balcony.

The numerous skyscrapers of Tokyo glittered hypnotically gleaming as a substitute for the cloud covered stars.

”Deep breaths Minami” the girl said to herself. She was and always had been the type who was to hard on herself, as a result she often spent times after performances alone, deep in thought over what went wrong and what she could do to prevent said thing from happening again.

She went over the performance in her mind a hundred times, she was in a self-inflicted trance: three girls swaying hypnotically, gracefully, elegantly, dancing through her mind, each movement emphasizing an aspect that could have been improved, and as her mesmeric reverie elapsed only two girls danced, emanating sentiment, passion, and each undulation accentuated her current worries.

”Minami?” her daze came to a sudden halt at the interruption. She looked back to see her prepossessing peer. ’We need to hurry back soon you know-”

Her words were welcomed with a short uncomfortable silence.

”I know. I’ll be there in a minute Kojipa” Takahashi broke the silence with a strained smile.

”Oh, okay… That’s fine then” Haruna softly responded and walked towards the door, looking back with worry only to face her turned back.

She exited leaving Takahashi alone to her thoughts once again. Both girls sighed to themselves.


”There you are Nyannyan!” Minegishi said running towards her ”Where have you been, I was looking all over for you!” The young girl huffed with a pout.

”I was looking for Takamina, well, we need to leave soon, I don’t want to be late or anything. It’s an important interview, we haven’t even rehearsed what we’re going to -”

Minegishi interrupted her endless overwrought prattle ”Nyannyan don’t worry so much! You’re starting to sound like an old lady, no even worse you’re starting to sound like Takamina” she cheerfully laughed at her own wit, hoping it would serve its purpose of lightening the tense atmosphere.

”You know if either of us tried to even behave slightly more like her, we might be doing better in the charts” Haruna bitterly replied.

”Woah, I was just kidding, relax.” the younger replied wounded by her companion’s aggression. ”Both of you seem so on edge lately, I don’t understand why, we’re doing fine. So please for me can you just for one fucking minute relax!?”

”I..Miichan I’m sorry…I-” Haruna tried to comfort her companion, however it was to late. Minegishi had already stormed off leaving Haruna standing seemingly alone in the bland corridor, now that Minegishi had left she began to notice how cold the passage seemed.

”Kojipa.” Haruna jumped at the sudden resonance, and looked back to face Takahashi.

”Did-”

”Did I hear what just happened?” Takahashi finished for her. ”Yea..Yes I did”

”I don’t know what to say to her, I never know what to say to her!” Haruna said suddenly vexed ”What should we do?” She half screamed clenching her fists.

”I…I don’t know.” Takahashi responded ”We, we really can’t tell her. She’s young…she, she just wouldn’t understand. She might tell someone!”

”You don’t know if she would!” Haruna stubbornly asserted.

”You don’t know if she wouldn’t” Takahashi retorted regrettably ”I want to believe she wouldn’t, believe me I do, but it’s to much of a risk. If the management ever finds out, not only will be finished but we will have endangered AKB as a whole. Is that what you want?!”

”We already have endangered AKB. Come on Takamina face it, if risking AKB is the problem, it’s already been done.” Haruna exhaled miserably as she gravely countered.

”Y-yo-you’re right.” Takahashi admitted already on the brink of tears she leaned up against the nauseatingly colored wall. ”You’re right. I can’t believe I let this happen.”

”Wait, I didn’t mean it that way all I mean was that I really think Miichan deserves to-”

”I endangered AKB, I sabotaged it, I…I might have ruined everything we’ve worked for…I…I…” She propped herself from the wall and looked Haruna straight in the eye. ”We can’t continue this- ” as she said this she took her hand ”-any of this.

She let go of her hand, she tearfully smiled and continued speaking. ”I’m sorry I let this happen.” and with that she was gone.


”Who are you closest to in AKB48?” The vibrant talk-show host inquired flashing a incandescent curious smile at his enchanting guest.

His words were met with a thorny silence.

Haruna had a hard time thinking about anything but her, weeks had passed since that, that…event, nowadays they only spoke when necessary, in order to not evoke any suspicion amongst anyone they simply avoided one another as much as they possibly could, and in those situations were they were forced to speak they’d only say the bare minimum to each other.
Haruna’s heart ached every time they had a talk show, or a concert and Takahashi was placed as far away from her as possible, even then she could not keep her eyes of her, was there any sadness behind her eyes? She could not tell.

”Oh, you’re asking me?” Haruna replied breezily, slightly distracted by the loud cheery background music they played in the studio and the flashing lights.

Her ditzy delayed response queued a laughter within the crowd, her air-head personality always guaranteed joyous tittering.

The talk-show host laughed alongside his crowd, and urged her to answer.

”Oh that’s easy!” Haruna announced. ”It would of course be-”

”Takamina, Takamina!” the considerably taller girl cheerily giggled. ”Come over here!”

”I’m coming, stop being so impatient Kojipa!” Takahashi airily replied with a bright stunning smile.

They chased each other around the picturesque verdant park, and accompanying their joyous laughter was the wistful sound of birds chirping.

”Caught you” Haruna announced in a mock spooky voice as she grabbed Takahashi.

”No fair! You’re so much taller than I am” Takahashi whined as they ran towards enchanting part of the park suffused with stunning cherry blossoms.

”And what does that change?” Haruna lightheartedly laughed as she lay down in the airy shade of the trees.

”Well, it makes me so much easier to catch” She indicated her short legs and frowned at her companion.

”You’re so cute when you’re being a sore loser” Haruna laughed as she signaled for her to sit down.

”Stop being condescending! I’m not a sore loser!!” Takahashi pouted as she finally sat down in the damp grassy shade. ”I could just as easily catch you if I was just one centimeter taller, In fact make that one half-”

Haruna cut her friends speech off with a soft kiss.

”You’re my best friend” Haruna announced dewy-eyed and beamed.

”I think you mean best girlfriend” Takahashi grinned up at her, her delicate features accentuated by the spring sun.

And for the first time in a long time, Haruna thought to herself how perfectly happy she was.


”Yes?” The talk-show host encouraged his charming guest.

”Sorry, I was a bit lost in thought” Haruna dolefully smiled at her host.

This led to another eruption in the crowds ‘What an adorable air-head’ the people thought as they guffawed.

”What I meant to say was, that, that’s easy! My best friend in AKB48, and our beloved sub-unit no3b, is Miichan!” Haruna finished as she twinkled bewitchingly at the camera.

”Oh yes, you two do seem very close.” The host jovially agreed. ”Well, that’s the end of this episode! I hope you enjoyed our guest Kojima Haruna!”

”Thank you for having me!” Haruna replied fiddling with her hair, and it wasn’t until everyone, including the crowd, had left the set, she shed a tear.

The crowds cheered

The lights flickered

The beat came to a halt

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updating~ #10-#14]
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2012, 05:08:57 PM »
Entry #12
Title:
Another Chance
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Yokoyama Yui, Takajo Aki. Yui/Akicha
Word Count: 3031

Another Chance

Dark, dark, dark. Everything is dark. She can’t see anything. Slowly, everything becomes white and bright. Very bright. She tried to stand on her own feet and look around. There’s nothing. There’s no-one.

Only her.

She began to feel frightened. She tried to run, run, and run. But, she can’t reach the end of this place. There’s no ending. She gave up. She fell on her knee, and began to cry. She’s crying loudly. And try to remember what was happened.

Flashback

“Today is practice day, Ganbarimasu~!” she wrote on her google+ page. She is still on the way to AKB48’s training center. Yes, AKB48 is going to held a big concert with all of their sister group, next month. So, they should practice harder to give their best to all fans.

The traffic seems quiet. She told her driver to drive faster because the training will began in 10 minutes. She doesn’t wanna be late. The car she was riding went pretty fast. Everything seems to be ok. Nothing bad will be happen. Not yet.

Along the car’s speed that has increase fastly, the distance to the AKB48’s training center is being closer. She told her driver to drive faster.

With no realize, a huge truck drove very fast from the other direction.

Meanwhile, in AKB48’s training center.

The practice will be began in about 10 minutes. All members has arrived, except one girl who still on her way.

“Yuko! Is there any message from her? She never late like this” Takamina, the captain asked to the older member in Not Yet, Yuko.

“Iie, she always tell me if she’s gonna be late” said Yuko while still move her body, trying to remembered their newest dance move.

“Well, I think we should began our practice today. With, or without her. Just make sure she’ll get your punishment” said Sayaka, team K captain, to Takamina

When they about to begin their practice, someone shouting. Some members go up to their changing room, where the sound came.

“Akicha! What happened?” Yuki shout worriedly seeing her French Kiss mate stand on her knees.

“It’s broken…”

“What’s broken? Speak clearly!” another girl replied. It’s Sae.

Akicha didn’t answer to Sae’s question. She just pointed her finger to the picture that have fallen. A picture of her best friend. A girl that can’t make Akicha sleep just because of her smile. A picture of team K and Not Yet member, Yui. Yokoyama Yui.

“Don’t believe in myth! Maybe it was a sign, but maybe no. Just hope that she’s alright and just stuck in traffic” Mikapon try to calm Akicha down. Then Sayaka told them to continue their practice. All of them begin their practice. But, Akicha’s mind is not there. She’s still thinking about Yui.

Back to street, not so far from AKB48’s Training Center.

“Hurry call the hospital! We need an ambulance!’

It happened so fast. When the sun shine brighter than yesterday and the wind was blowing breeze. A huge truck accidentally hit a car in high speed. Some other cars also involved in the accident. The pedestrians who saw the accident was trying to help. They tried to free some people who trapped on the cars.

“Hey! Over here!” one of them asking for help. He try to pull out a girl from an overturned car. Some people join him and try to help the girl together. They’ve succesfully pull out the girl when the ambulance have arrived.

“Ah! No way!” A high school student who was help before, shout.

“Hey boy, what’s wrong? You know her?” Another man asked him when the ambulance took the victims to the hospital.

“She’s Yokoyama Yui. Member of AKB48”

End of Flashback

= = =

Now she has remember what happened to her before.

“So, I’m dead?” She began to cry in this all-white place. She still can’t believe that her peaceful trip to the AKB48’s Training Center will end her life, forever.

“Yokoyama Yui. Are you ready yet?” Suddenly, A mysterious beautiful women walk to Yui from behind. She looks bright and sparkling. She smile to Yui and stretch out her hand to Yui.

“Am I really dead?” Yui take the mysterious woman’s hand and try to stand up.

“I don’t know either. I’m here to accompany you, until someone come to pick you up.”

Yui cried louder than before after hear it. Yui can’t accept the fact that she had to leave this cruel world. To a better place, to the eternal life. She’s not ready yet. There’s a lot of things that she want to do. She not even become AKB48’s center. Things that she was dreaming for, a target for her to achieve since she still a Kenkyusei.

She hasn’t said goodbye. To the parents she loved, to Akimoto-sensei, to all members of AKB48, to all her fans. She still can’t leave the world now. Even Yui hasn’t tell her true feeling to her best friend. That she love her more than as a friend. That Yui want to have her as her girlfriend. Yui still doesn’t say that…

To her special friend, Takajo Aki.

= = =


”Ok. It’s enough for today. Let’s end the practice” Togasaki walks in, interrupting the practice.

“Eh~?” All members shock. Togasaki never been like this before. There must be something urgent so he must stop their practice.

“What happened?” Takamina asks Togasaki. She knows that something is wrong. And she wants Togasaki to tell it right now.

“All team captain, change your outfit and follow me” Togasaki ignores Takamina’s question.

“We’re not going. No until you tell us what happened.” says Sayaka, team K captain.

“Ok. Well, Yui still isn’t here right?”

“There’s something wrong.” Akicha talks to herself, deep in her mind.

“Yes, she isn’t here. So? What happened to her?” Yukirin asks Togasaki to the point.

“A while ago, there was an accident between 6 car not far from here…”

“It can’t be…” Akicha shocked

“…Yui is involved in the accident. And she’s unconscious now.” Togasaki finishes his sentences

Everybody in the room shocked. Some of them begin to cry. The others pray for Yui. Akicha, shocked too. More than the others. Her mind’s trying to digest Togasaki’s statement. Her legs suddenly become powerless. She falls on her knees…

“YYYYUUIII!!!”

= = =

After changing their clothes, all captains now following Togasaki. Akicha run towards them and begging to go with them to the hospital. She’s so worried about her best friend’s condition. Togasaki tries to stop her and not allow Akicha to go with them. But all captain defend Akicha, they won’t go if Akicha can’t go with them. Togasaki give in. He lets Akicha join them. They walk together to the hospital. Yuki hugs Akicha, trying to stop her crying and said that everything will be ok.

= = =

Back to the all-white-unknown-place

“Let’s go around for a while.” offer the mysterious woman to Yui. Yui can’t do anything except takes the offer. Now they are walking side-by-side. They walking, and keep walking until they arrived at a pond. The woman ask Yui to go see the pond. Slowly, the water change into display screen. Yui see a girl body lying in hospital bed. She can easily recognize that it’s her body.

“So, I’m not dead, yet?” Yui sighs and feel a little bit relief.

The woman didn’t answer Yui. She’s keep silent and tell Yui to keep her eyes on the pond. Suddenly, the view is changing, now she can see the situation in the waiting room. Yui can see that Togasaki and some members are there, listening to what the doctor tell about her condition. After listening to the doctor’s explanation, the 5 members suddenly crying. Yui know that the doctor tell them that she’s gonna die.

Now, Yui observed all of her friends face one by one. There are Takamina, her captain Sayaka, Yukirin, Minarun, and…

“Akicha…” she whispered and let tears escaping from her eyes. Yui can’t let Akicha, the girl that she love crying because of her. Yui starts to cry more louder when she saw Akicha’s body fall to the ground after hear the doctor’s explanation.

“AAKKKIIICHHHHAAA!!”

“What kind of friend am I? Leave the girl that I love like this? I don’t even tell her about my feelings” Yui is still crying when she saw all the captains try to wake Akicha up.

All memories now flashed before her eyes. All memories with Akicha. How can Yui fell for Akicha on the first day they met. She also remembered an important thing that make Yui and Akicha become a best friends.

Flashback

“Akicha!” Yui called and run towards Akicha.

“Ah! Yui-han! What are you doing here?” Akicha ask the girl who sit beside her now.

“Nothing, just wanna enjoy this beautiful scenery” “and you” Yui said deep in her heart

“How about the festival? Don’t you enjoy it?”

“Yeah, I enjoyed the festival. But, I’m not in the mood to go to the crowded place now”

“And also, because I can’t enjoy the festival without you around” again, she talking to herself

“…”

Suddenly, le wild awkward moment appeared. Both of them just keep quiet while enjoy the scenery. Well, maybe not both of them. Because Yui just looked at Akicha. Akicha suddenly turn her head just to see Yui busy looking at her.

“Why are you staring at me?” asked Akicha suddenly. Yui try to hide her blush and find an excuses.

“uh.. you looked sad” Yui said, while trying to change the topic.

“Eehh?” Akicha shocked. “I’m not sad at all!” She pouted denied while trying to hide her true feelings.

“Your lips may said that. But you can’t hide it. I can see the sadness through your eyes” Yui replied with smile.

“You’re thinking about them, don’t you? Sasshi and Kitarie” said Yui before Akicha could answer.

“Actually, yes! In fact, I’m happy that they can share their true feeling to each other now. I knew that they love each other more than friends. But, they leave me all alone here! They didn’t even asked me to go with them to the festival! What kind of friends they are!?” Akicha shout and reveal what she feels now.

“Ok, ok. Calm down Akicha. I know what you feel right now. But, maybe they just need more time.. You know just for two of them.” Yui tried to calm Akicha down.

“I know, i know! I’m ok with that!”

“Yeah, it’s good that you’re ok with their ‘new relationship’…”

“But, how can they become a lover? Both of them are girl!” Akicha interrupt before Yui manage to finish her sentence.

Yui look at Akicha, and smile. “It’s not only about gender. It’s about their true feelings”

“and I hope that you have same feeling with me” again, Yui talk with herself. Just in her mind.

“Fine! But they leave me alone!”

Yui just smile to her and say “You are not alone! Can’t you see that I’m here with you?”

“Thanks”

“You’re welcome”

“…”

“Uhh… Yui..”

“Yes, Akicha?”

“Can You give me a hug?” ask Akicha

Without answering to that question, Yui wrap her hands to Akicha. Unexpectedly, Akicha began to cry in Yui arms.

“thanks..” Akicha whispered to Yui . Yui smile and try to hide her blush.

End of Flashback

She also remembers what happened next when they go back to the hotel. She remember how Akicha decided to sleep in Yui’s room to avoid Sasshi and Kitarie who gonna have their “private time” in their room. Yui also remember when she wake up in the morning and see the older girl still sleeping beside her. Her cute face makes Yui spend all of her time just see Akicha’s face. Until she wake up from her sleep.

Another memories flashed before her eyes, again. The first time she tasted Akicha’s sweet lips. Friendship kiss, she said. But it’s more than enough to make Yui stay up all the night thinking about it.

Yui didn’t know that the same thing happened to Akicha. She also wake up ‘till morning just thinking about it. Yap, both of them still didn’t know about each other’s feeling. Affection as a friend that turns into love.

Both of them have planned to confess to each other. But none of the plan turns into confession of love. None of them have courage to confess it. They are to afraid of rejection, unrequited love. Day by day passing by, they always delay their plan.

Yui’s mind is full of doubt.

So does Akicha.

And it seems that they’ll continue doubting

= = =

Meanwhile, in the hospital

“Where am I?” her voice whispered softly.

“Ah~ Akicha! Finally you wake up.” said the team K captain, Sayaka.

“Yeah, all of us shocked because you fall suddenly and lying on the floor unconscious” Minarun look relieved.

“You make us worried, you know?” Takamina said it while pinch Akicha’s cheek

“Aaah!! Itai~” Takamina let go her hand of Akicha’s cheek.

“Uh.. where’s Yuki?” Akicha realizes that her French Kiss teammate is not there.

“She is in Yui’s room.” Minarun sighs

“Yui’s room? Hasn’t she awake?” Akicha looks worried and moved up from her bed. She walk out the door and looking for Yui’s room. No-one stop her. They know about Akicha’s and Yui’s feeling to each other.

The door open. Akicha enters the room and…

“Where’s her room? I forgot to ask it before” She strokes the back of her head.

“748. Right before the stairs, stupid girl” Sayaka answers Akicha’s and tease her

“Arigatou” She bows and go out, looking for the room, again. She saw the room number one by one.

“Ah! 748!” She entered the room and found her French Kiss mate sit beside the unconscious girl. Akicha walk to Yuki and pat her shoulder to wake her up.

“Akicha… I’m worried about you. I think that we’re gonna lose two member on a day” Yuki wake up and crying. Akicha hugs her and stroked her back.

“I need to go now. I have meeting about my upcoming photobook. Take care” Yuki pulled back Akicha and hold her shoulder. Then she walk out the door, wipe away her tears.

= = =

Akicha’s POV

I walk and sit beside her. She looks helpless. She just lying there. I looked at her face. Her beautiful face that makes me fall. I hug her body, it’s cold. Normally, she would hug me too. But now, she’s motionless. I kiss her on the lips trying to wake her up and then whisper to her ear…

“Yui-han… Wake up” Yui didn’t answer.

“Yui…” I whispered to Yui’s ear once again. Trying to wake Yui up by calling her name. But it’s useless. She still sleep quietly. Tears runs down from my eyes. I don’t know what to do. I love her. I don’t want to lose her. I don’t even express my feeling to her. I don’t even tell Yui that I, Takajo Aki has fallen in love with her so badly just because of her smile.

I brought my mouth to her ear and whisper again. “I, Takajo Aki, love you so much. I want you to be my girlfriend…” I kiss her mouth once again but still, she didn’t react.

Yui’s POV

I let another tears escape from my eyes.

If I have to die right now, at least I’m happy. Happy to know that Akicha have the same feeling. That she love me too. She even kiss me, twice! Hope that Yuko-senpai will tell Akicha about my feeling after my funeral.

But..but..but… I’m not ready yet! I can’t left her like this! No!

Another tears escape from my eyes. I’m crying louder. I was happy to know Akicha’s feeling. But now I’m sad. I don’t have enough time to tell her. And I’m sad to know that I’ll never see her again!

“I Love You… Akicha”

= = =

That mysterious woman tries to calm Yui down. She holds Yui’s hand and say…

“Your time is running out” That’s all she could say. But it makes Yui cries louder and harder than before. But it doesn’t make her stop. She pulls Yui from the pool and brings Yui with her. Yui try to resist, but the mysterious woman’s power is way stronger than her. Yui can’t remember what’s coming up next. All she can remember is everything became black again. So black, and very dark.

In the middle of the dark, Yui heard a crying voice. The voice calls her name repeatedly. The voice sounds familiar. Yui chasing the voice. She quickened her pace. Faster. Until she arrived to the place where the voice come from. Yui saw a girl. She walked to the crying girl.

Slowly, the darkness disappeared. She opened her eyes slowly and see a girl fall asleep in the right of her bed.

“Akicha…” Yui let her voice out softly. Akicha opened her eyes and raised her head slowly. She look to where Yui’s head leaned. Akicha can see that Yui looked and smiled at her. Akicha slapped herself to find this is a real life or just fantasy.

“Stop hurt yourself” Yui smiled to Akicha. Tears succeed escape from her eyes. And also from Akicha’s

“Yui~!” Akicha hug Yui tightly. They cried with joy. They are really happy to see each other, again. Whether what’s on their mind. Straight away, in the same time, they whispered to each other…

“I Love You”

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updating~ #10-#14]
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2012, 05:21:57 PM »
Entry #13
Title:
Goddess or Angel?
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sae/Sayaka
Word Count: 1750

Goddess or Angel?

She woke up from her sleep as she felt the first rays of the sun touch her face. She had left the window open because she was too tired to close them the night before.

“Good morning, Tomodachi…” she greeted to her only real friend, a lifeless object that listened to her every night after she went back home. I observed her silently as she yawned and stepped out of her bed. For one moment, my heart skipped as she looked into my eyes and smiled. However, I remembered that it was impossible for her to see me.

She did not even know that I was there.

“You know what, Tomodachi?” she said in her muffled voice as she brushed her teeth. “Last night I dreamed about a goddess.” She stupidly grinned at the doll and proceeded with her musings. “She had a very long wonderful hair and she’s very beautiful… like a goddess!”

After washing up and choosing what to wear, a very colorful combination that would make a normal person’s eyebrow rise, she thought a bit. “She’s wearing a white dress though, maybe she’s a ghost!” she shivered cutely. I looked at my dress. Do I look like a ghost?

This is bad…

Do beings like us supposed to have these kinds of feelings? I’ve been watching over her since she was a child. I saw everything that had happened to her life: her happiness, and her misery. I know the secrets behind that genki smile that she always had.

Today was actually a normal day for her. She was in a good mood so that made me smile a bit. I accompanied her to her work, not flying too high as I want to be just beside her. She greeted people she knew along the way, smiling tirelessly at them.

I couldn’t help but still be amazed with her energy. She had two part-time jobs for that day and I just followed her around as she smiled and served the customers. Sometimes she would look beside her and as if she was seeing me, she smiles goofily.

I couldn’t help but feel nervous when she does that.

“I’m so sorry…” she apologized repeatedly. The owner of the shop was shouting at her.

“Work faster, Miyazawa! Our customers are getting angry!”

“Yes…” she said in an exhausted voice. She was obviously tired, I thought. But she had to work hard. She had to push herself to her limit. She went around the small, noisy bar, distributing the orders.

If only I can help her, I would. She forced herself to smile even though some of the customers were yelling at her.

“Ahhh… I’m sorry!” she said as she accidentally spilled beer on a customer’s lap. The man seemed drunk. I had to rush nearer.

“You twerp!” he shouted as he swung a bottle over her dangerously.

“Sae!” I exclaimed, going towards her and embracing her tight. After all, it was my job to protect her anyway.

It would be dumb if the bottle would just bounce off by some invisible force but by my intervention, another man came to stop the drunkard from hurting Sae.

“I think you should go home for now,” the shop owner said.

I hovered behind her as she walked home, shaking due to fear.

Why should she be scared? I’m just here beside her always.

***

I think it was a short dream or maybe I was seeing things. As the man was about to hit me with that bottle, I felt warmth, like someone hugged me. I felt faint, and then I saw her.

The goddess that was in my dream. She was looking at me with worried eyes. She was whispering my name, too.

I stopped walking for a bit and looked around. No one was around.

I reached my apartment. Sitting on the small bed and sighing, “Ne, Tomodachi,” I asked. “Why are my days ending like this always?” I said, tears threatening to fall down. Leaning at the headboard, I hid her face between her knees and cried.  “I’m no good… I’m always no good…”

I clutched Tomodachi as I cried. I was so tired of everything…

“I’m no good… I’m not good for anyone… I’m just here, all alone…” I sobbed. “What I only have is this stupid little doll…” I said painfully as I threw my inanimate friend on the bed.

***

I was bothered, really bothered.

I had to watch over Sae but at the same time, I wanted to leave. I was not supposed to feel anything but it felt painful as she cried her heart out.

But that was the first time she spoke her heart out. She would cry silently but she wouldn’t say anything. This was the first time I’ve heard her pleas. I had no power to read her mind. I cautiously wrapped my arms around her. It was embarrassing but I didn’t have any other way to console her.

“I wish I could spend my life with someone who would never leave me… And then… I would be happy…”

“But I would always be here with you forever…” I thought miserably. That was the first time I’ve heard her wish, the reason for her silent tears behind that energetic smile.

I would give everything to see her smile for real, forever.

After Sae fell asleep, her cheeks glowing with the traces of her tears, I flew out of her window. On top of the highest tower, Yuko and Atsuko greeted me as they both descended, their wings folding behind their backs.

“I know what you want to do,” Atsuko said with a sad smile. “Are you sure?”

I was anxious. “I cannot stand looking at her like that always.”

“Is there no other way?” Yuko whispered sadly.

Atsuko  shook her head. “She came here knowing what you want to do.” She placed her hand on my shoulder. “Is there something stopping you?”

“I fear that I wouldn’t be able to protect her anymore…”

“You did your job very well,” she replied. I left my charge’s room with my made-up mind. But then I was also afraid to sacrifice. What a coward…

“All I wish is that for her to be happy…” I said, my hands on my chest.

“What would you give in exchange for your wish…?” Yuko gasped as my reply came out.

“My wings…”

As my feathers slowly faded, I started to feel human pain.

***

I woke up when I heard something fall down from the tree with a shriek. It was still dark.  I got up immediately and looked at the window. Looking down, I saw a woman, lying on her back. It was obviously her who fell down.

“A…are you okay?” I called out. She just whimpered. I went down the stairs and got out of the apartment.

I thought I was still dreaming. It was the woman in my dreams. It was the vision that I see when I felt like I’m in big trouble. She was very beautiful…

She was biting her lip to stop herself from sobbing in pain, her eyes watery, making me realize that that was not the time to appreciate her features.

“I… I’ll help you up!” I said in panic. It seemed like nothing was broken. I half-carried her inside and laid her down my bed.

“Are you okay?” I asked as I tried to clean her wounds. “What happened to you?”

“I… I fell…”

“What? What were you…?”

Our eyes met and I couldn’t help but blush. I avoided her gaze and continued cleaning her up. She smiled at me and said, “I’m glad,” taking my hand and patting it.

It was the same warmth that I always feel during the night before I went to bed. It puzzled me yet it also amazed me. She was just smiling softly at me.

She did not tell me where she came from or why she fell from that tree but I think I could really trust this mysterious person without questioning her. I just… felt like it. My heart’s beating really fast!

“Why don’t you change clothes?” I suggested. I ran away immediately and tried to look for some pajamas… or anything. I found a large nightgown that I don’t wear often and I brought it to her. Without any warning, she started to strip.

“Hey!”

“What?”

“Tell me beforehand before you undress yourself!” I shouted in a shrill voice as I was really embarrassed. I turned around and let her change.

“What do you think?” she asked. I turned around and I smiled because she looked cute when she’s anxious.

“Okay!” I commented. “Let’s sleep now,” I said.

I wanted to give her the bed since she had some injuries but as I started to prepare the futon on the floor, she said, “Why don’t you sleep on the bed too?”

“Eh?”

“It’s okay,” she said, pulling me forcefully on the bed. She smiled softly as she placed the thick blankets over me like a mother. I felt shy but I didn’t want her to see that I was so I hid half of my face under covers.

“What… what’s your name?” I asked for the first time.

“Sayaka…” she said as she looked at me.

“Sa…yaka…” I repeated. What a nice name! “My name is Sae…”

She just nodded in reply. Both of us were silent as we tried to sleep. Unexpectedly, the rain started to pour. It got colder and colder.

Surprising myself, I wrapped my arms around Sayaka, searching for more warmth. She instinctively patted my head. She had a nice scent. But more importantly, her warmth was really familiar, like she had been beside me ever since.

“Sayaka…” I said shyly.

“Yes?”

“I don’t know where you came from or what you are but I felt that I’ve met you before. I wish you’re the person who will stay beside me forever…” I said.

She smiled again, making me gulp. She kissed my forehead and faced me. “I will, Sae…”

I’m still confused whether Sayaka is an angel or a goddess… But all I know is that she’s the answer to my wishes and that she will be beside me forever.

She is both…

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Re: ~ 48Fandom Writing Contest ~ [Updating~ #10-#14]
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2012, 05:29:55 PM »
Entry #14
Title:
Temo Demo no Namida
Main Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sado/Yuko, Rappappa
Word Count: 1730

Temo Demo no Namida

“Sado-san, why don’t you ever come out with us?”

“Sorry, I’m busy.”

“You’re working yourself too hard, you know. Yuko-san wouldn’t-“

“Wouldn’t what?”

“… I just thought we should all go out together. You know, for old time’s sake!”

“It wasn’t that long ago. You four can go on your own, Torigoya.”

“You’re always so grumpy. Come on, it’ll be fun!”

“… Fine.”

“Great! We’ll see you there, then!”

-

Sado sighed, dropping her phone beside her and leaning back onto the couch. A hand moved to rub her temple in mild irritation.

Back when she attended Majijo, Sado almost never came home. When Yuko was still coming to school regularly, she spent most of her time at her leader’s house, where they would sing privately on Yuko’s karaoke machine or just sit around, talking quietly (or noisily, on Yuko’s part). Yuko had been her best friend, and the only one ever allowed to tease Majijo’s great Sado. Often, the other girl would playfully threaten to tell the queens about Sado’s singing- which was actually fairly decent, if not pretty good when she tried.

Her favorite song, one which she had often sung with Yuko was “Temo Demo no Namida”.

When Yuko was hospitalized, Sado spent most of her time patrolling the neighborhood, keeping an eye on the situation with a certain Maeda Atsuko. Still, the only time she was home during that period was to sleep, maybe to eat breakfast. But to say the least, Sado’s relationship with her parents had been awkward, which was probably why she was living in own apartment already.

However, now Sado spent most of her time at home. The reason she’d always given everyone was that she was too tired or too busy from nursing school. After a while, everyone had either accepted that she didn’t have that much time on her hands or figured out that she was just unfriendly.

Of course, the reality of Sado’s desire to avoid socializing was obvious to anyone who knew Oshima Yuko.

Sado had shut down and completely withdrawn when Yuko passed away. Although the tears had stopped as soon as she could help it, every who knew her could tell how she was feeling. The great Sado- second strongest third year in Majisuka Jyogakuen, third strongest of all grades and most feared in the entire school- was heartbroken. Yuko had been the only one that Sado had trusted enough to show tenderness to, and she left, just like that. No one in the world could possibly comfort her.

Deep in her heart, Sado was afraid. Her time with Yuko had been so short, yet the short, energetic girl had made such an impact on her. If she got that close to another person, what if something like that happened again? She could hear Yuko’s voice in her head- “What? Don’t be stupid, Sado. You can’t mope forever- go on, have some fun!”

Oh, if only her imagination were reality!  In any case, not even an outing with her old friends was going to change her feelings.

Sado was lonely. Sado was alone.

At least she could cry in peace.

-

“Ah, you’re finally here!” Torigoya… or Kojima Haruna, as her clients called her now, stood outside, appearing to have waited for Sado outside. “Mm,” Sado grunted in reply, feeling a little awkward meeting her friends without her school uniform and fur jacket. It felt even more odd to her knowing that she technically had no rank over the four anymore- that meant no more barking orders at them or aggression if they did something she didn’t like. “Haruna, I-” she started, but the other girl interrupted. “Oh, don’t bother with that. I’d rather you just keep calling me Torigoya.”

Sado swallowed and nodded. At least not everything had to change. “Torigoya, I’m not sure how long I’m going to stay. I might have to leave a little earlier than the rest of you-” Torigoya interrupted again with a dismissive wave of her hand, apparently ignoring Sado’s excuses.

The taller girl stared at her, mildly incredulous. If they were still in school, she would have never dared to do such a thing- no one would have, except perhaps Yuko. “Come on, the rest of the queens are waiting inside.” Before Sado had a chance to reply, Torigoya took her by the hand and practically dragged her into the karaoke bar.

-

The evening started off just as Sado expected- the five discussed what they had been doing after high school. Shibuya had been hired into a company, but she clearly wasn’t suited to the work. As Sado sipped her drink, she heard Shibuya mention something about quitting soon- she’d never liked being an underling in the first place, even to Sado. The only one she’d ever really respected was Yuko.

Black had given birth to her child, and was passing him around. He was a cute little boy, but Sado half-expected to drop him, though Black insisted that she see. For such a young mother, she sure was proud of her son. During their school days, her pregnancy had caused a mild scandal within Rappappa, but everyone had kept it under wraps- it wouldn’t have been pretty if someone had hurt the baby intentionally.

Gekikara (or Amakuchi, as she was now called) was still in school, poor girl. Despite the principal’s so-called “don’t leave anyone behind” policy, Gekikara hadn’t been allowed to graduate from Majijo. She kept surprisingly quiet as the other four spoke about what they had been doing, biting her nails.

Torigoya, to Sado’s astonishment, had become a prostitute- or “erotic massager”, as she put it. She had a little business card and everything. She kept trying to convince the others to come work evenings with her (even Black), which was mildly amusing until she began to pester Sado about it. No way was she going to degrade herself that far- besides, she might hospitalize someone with her strength.

In between these chats, of course, they sang… or at least, most of them did. Sado wasn’t big on singing in front of everyone- and neither was Black, but Torigoya pulled the other queen up anyway, keen on forcing everyone to have fun. Shibuya, when her turn came, was eager to show off solo. Gekikara kept laughing during her own performance, at first as if embarrassed, then as if she thought it was actually funny.

Sado resisted Torigoya when she tried to take her up. Sado was as firm as the other girl was persistent- she would stay with them, but no one would make her sing… not without Yuko by her side.

-

“What should we sing next?” Shibuya, at least, appeared to be having fun despite her pouty expression. “Hm… Classmate? Four people can sing it, and we all know it, right?” There were nods from the rest of the members. Sado, who hadn’t sang for the whole time, was silent, leaning forward with an empty glass, imagining that it was her kendama.

When would the evening be over? It had to be getting late by now. This particular room had no clock, so Sado couldn’t even check.

At the front, near Shibuya, Sado head Black chuckle at something, which was rare. Then, laughter that was not so rare- Gekikara’s. In a way, it was nostalgic to hear her sound like that; the noise was almost comforting if you could believe it. Gekikara, like a child to a mother, had always been able to make Yuko smile one way or another, even when Sado couldn’t. Yuko, she knew, had a soft spot for the insane girl, and Gekikara had taken to Yuko almost right away. Once, Sado had come into Rappappa’s club room to find Gekikara asleep, her head peacefully placed on Yuko’s lap. Somehow, Sado had been a little jealous.

Careful to act casually, she remembered fitting her white jacket over Gekikara’s shoulders. At once, the girl had snuggled into it and Yuko’s lap. That day had been strangely serene.

With that memory, Sado began to think of the other three queens. The four began to sing “Classmate”. Now that she thought about it, Rappappa’s old vice-president realized that she hadn’t thought of them as friends until recently. Until graduation closed in, they had merely been underlings- grunts with their own grunts. But through the pain of Yuko’s death, they had been the ones who had been there, trying to comfort her… and she had looked away from them, lost in her own mind.

A sigh escaped Sado’s lips at the thought, and she rubbed her eyes, which were beginning to become hot. Why? Gekikara’s cheerful expression changed to one of concern, and she rushed over to her ex-boss. “Sado?!” Gekikara got down on her knees and looked up at Sado, who appeared to be tearing up. “Sado, what’s wrong?!” Her voice was filled with distress.

Appreciation, affection, and especially apologies had never been very easy for Sado. She blinked back tears and shook her head at Gekikara, giving her a rough pet on the head. She could imagine Yuko’s voice in her head again- “What, are you going to cry again? You’re such a big baby.” She sounded so real, so close… Could it really be just her imagination?

Gekikara tried to shove the mic into Sado’s hands as the queen’s song ended, eager to try to cheer the other girl up. “Sado, sing! You’ll feel better, really!” And there was Yuko again- “Yeah, Sado, don’t disappoint Gekikara. Come on- I’ll even go with you.”

Finally, Sado stood up, quietly switching places with the queens. She put on her favorite karaoke song, then turned slightly to look at the faces of her friends. The four watched her, all eager to finally hear Sado sing. As Sado turned her head to look at the lyrics on the screen, she could have sworn she saw Yuko appear at the very edges of her vision.

Perhaps she wasn’t so alone after all.

She began to sing.

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