A continuation at the start of December!!! WEEEEEE!!! I made a cameo role here as my other blog name, Murasaki_Aoi...hehehe... Enjoy reading!XD
A week had passed and she now fully understands how the management works in there. Good thing that Mr. Nishida provided her with a competent secretary. She learned that Mari’s birthday was January 20, a day after her birthday, and she’s older than her by 2 years. She was really amazed at first when she was introduced to her because her secretary and a famous JPOP idol, being linked to her ‘crush’ Shun Oguri, has the same name and surname. Mari knocked on her door and told her that they will have a luncheon meeting again. In the main branch, they only have monthly meetings or emergency meetings whenever a problem arose but here in the Saitama branch, they make it a point to have a luncheon meeting every week. The conversations were lighter than the regular monthly meetings and it’s not that stressful. It’s like they’re following a rule which states: ‘Prevention is better than cure’ so before any problem emerged, they can prevent it because of the regular meetings held by the management.
She was again, the first one to arrive in the meeting room. Rika can smell the aroma of the cuisine in the other room, and then her stomach grumbled. Good thing that she was there alone and no one heard it or so she thought.
“Good morning. I see you’re hungry already.” Rika froze on her chair. Someone did hear her. She looked towards the door and saw the somewhat ‘stoic’ face of the area manager.
“Good morning too, Ms. Yoshizawa. Yeah, I didn’t take my coffee break earlier that’s why I’m somewhat famished now.”
“I see.” Hitomi replied. She went again to her chair; the one opposite Rika, and sat. “I’m sorry about the incident before. I was thinking about something.” Rika thought about it at first and then nodded. Hitomi was pertaining to their first meeting. For the past week, she often left her room and did some rounds on the office but she can’t see her. Mari said that Hitomi rarely leaves her office, even on lunch breaks. If there were things needed to be done outside, Hitomi’s secretary, Yasuda Kei, was the one doing it. It’s normal in an office environment but for Rika, she will do whatever things she can do besides paper works especially if it involves meeting other people. It’s another way of supervising the company and she can see firsthand whether a department was experiencing difficulty at work.
“It’s alright, I understand.”
Rika was delighted at the Italian cuisine served during their meeting. The Alfredo Bolognese pasta with Pancetta toppings was scrumptious. Coupled with a Black Forest Cake, as a dessert with an ice cold fruit punch, the meeting became silent for a while because all of them were enjoying the delicacies served in front of them. After the meeting, Rika excused herself and went to the rest room to brush her teeth and to re-apply her make-up.
“You were drooling over the foods earlier.” Rika knew that voice. She looked up from the sink and saw Hitomi standing beside her. She was really intrigued by this person. She can make funny comments while staying in her ‘stoic’ face. Hitomi got her toothbrush from her purse and started brushing her teeth too. Rika applied some lipstick lightly.
“You saw that? You’re very observant.” Rika replied. She was about to put her lipstick inside her shoulder bag when she saw something dangling on Hitomi’s purse. “Kawaii!!! It’s a cute pink insect!” Rika’s eyes grew wide. Her façade had fallen off. She showed her ‘fangirl’ side to someone, much worse, to her co-worker. She moved back slowly and cleared her throat. “A… ano… it’s cute.” She said plainly.
“Ahh, it sure is. A friend gave it to me. It’s called a ‘Kuwagata’.”
“So, this is where she got her username. But why choose an insect? I can understand if her username’s Alien… or ERIen… because she likes Eri…but an insect? Does Eri like insect?”
“You’re in a stance just now.” Rika noticed that Hitomi was looking at her intently.
“Gomen! I just thought of something just now. By the way, where did your friend buy that? I really love pink things.” Rika noticed the girl looked away, as if she was hiding something.
“I don’t know. I didn’t ask her. I’ll better get going now.”
“W… why?” Eri stammered. This is the first time that her best friend looked intensely at her.
“Because, you didn’t do that the day we met.”
“Is that it? Come on, you know that I’m an introvert person before. I’m glad that you made me open up like this.”
“Like a turtle coming out of her shell.” Sayumi laughed forcefully. “I remember you squeezed between two cabinets when your auntie introduced you to me. You were really funny that time… till now.”
“Waaah!!!” Eri screamed while remembering the earlier events. “Don’t make me remember what happened earlier. It’s really embarrassing.”
“Now you realized it?” Sayumi sarcastically said. “You know, I wanted to do that to you too before. You’re so mysterious that time; only going out when the sun had already set. Thankfully I didn’t because I would look like a complete idiot and instead, I’ve asked your aunt Kaori to introduce you to me.”
“Hai, arigatou. I’ll follow your advice and ask her properly next time!” Eri joyfully exclaimed. Sayumi frowned.
“EHHH?!? I didn’t say that you can do it! You’re making me jealous… I’m your best friend!”
“Yes, I know. You are the bestest best friend that I ever had. It’s just that…” Eri turned serious. “I can’t explain this feeling growing inside of me whenever I see her. I really wanted to become close to her. I can’t explain it.”
“Dude, are you gay?” Sayumi asked seriously. Eri looked at her with disgust.
“Ehh?!? What are you thinking?! I’m straight, straight… STRAIGHT!!! I just want her to be my friend… OUR friend.”
“I see.” Sayumi smiled at her friend. She noticed that Eri exaggerated a little bit with her response and she can’t look straight into her eyes as well. That’s a sure sign that Eri’s lying or guilty about something. She knew her friend too well.
“Why are you smiling like that?”
“Because you are funny. Saa, let’s continue our game.”
“Yoh!” Sayumi greeted her friend.
“Woah, did you cut class? You’re an hour early today.” Eri rose up from her bed as soon as she saw her friend.
“It’s the first Monday of the month. There’s a meeting. Oh yeah, I have a surprise for you.” Sayumi showed her camcorder to Eri. She went to the television to set it up.
“What are we going to watch?” Eri asked curiously. She sat on the floor beside her friend.
“You will like this, I promise.” Sayumi finished connecting cables and stuffs on the T.V. She switched it on, as well as her recorder. She clicked the video button on the T.V and pressed the play button. Eri’s eyes grew wide from shock. It was showing a class room. But more importantly, the video focused on the girl she always saw playing on the court.
“Her name is Tanaka Reina. Tanakacchi as her friends fondly call her is a sophomore student in our high school, like me. Her close friends are Risa Niigaki and Ai Takahashi, the captain and sub-captain of our Basketball varsity team. They influenced her so she’s practicing really hard to be able to be accepted in the varsity team. Apparently, she likes yakiniku and goes to karaoke frequently, she’s considered as a ‘yankee’ because of her fashion sense, her blood type is O and she was born in Fukuoka last November 11, 1989.”
“Woah, you did all of this for me?!? Thank you!” Eri hugged her friend tightly and due to her excitement she kissed Sayumi. Apparently, Sayumi was suffocating due to Eri’s tight hug. She turned to face her friend to say that it’s enough. But when she did, Eri’s kiss which is supposed to land on her cheek, landed on her lips instead. Both of them were shocked by the incident.
“GOMEN!!! I really didn’t mean it! I was just about to kiss your cheeks, not your lips!”
“I knew it, you’re gay.”
“No, I’m not! It’s your fault for turning around!”
“It’s your fault trying to suffocate me!”
“Oh, I did?” Eri suddenly calmed down and looked at her friend. “I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean it. You know me when I get excited right? Sorry…”
“It’s ok… So, let us just continue watching it.”
Eri sat down on the court, panting and sweating profusely. She just finished her daily ‘training’ in basketball. She grabbed her bottle of water and gulped it down in one breathing. She lied down on the ground and looked up at the stars.
“Will there be a time for me gaze upon the morning sky?” Eri looked at her wrist watch and saw that she still has a full 20 minutes before sunrise.
“Excuse me, are you okay?”
Charmy: Hmmm, something fishy is going on here… I feel that Sayu’s the one who’s gay towards her friend… is she? But then, she did have Reina’s profile and even recorded her on video for Eri’s sake… Now I really didn’t know where this story’s getting at. Who will it be? KameShige or TanaKame? XD
The last scene…. That’s Reina right?!? LOL
*Waits for the next chapter*
As Rika clicked the ‘post’ button, someone knocked on her door. She immediately minimized the internet explorer and opened a sales report in MS Excel. She pretended that she was editing some of the graphs present in that report.
“Come in!” Mari opened the door wider and went inside the room. She was holding a light blue colored folder and handed it to Rika.
“It’s the business report made by Ms. Yoshizawa about her business trip in Kanagawa.”
“Thank you very much.” Rika received the folder and waited until her secretary closed the door. Lunch break’s over and she knew she had to resume her work but for some reason, she can’t get enough. She clicked the maximized button. She smiled as she saw that her comment had been posted. She proceeded with reading the earlier comments made by her fellow fangirls/fanboys.
Woot! They kissed!!! THEY KISSED!!!! Although it’s only an accident but… you made my day there…XD
Hi! I’m a newbie here… I really liked your fic that’s why I ‘came out of the dark’. I also watched Taiyou no Uta last week and it made me cry a lot… I hope you will not let me cry in your fic too..LOL… Please update the next chappie…
The next chapter’s pretty interesting!!! If based on the movies, then in the last scene, that’s the guy… guy= Reina in your fic… There are only two possibilities that I’m thinking… One is that Eri will talk to her (like in the movie) and two, is that Eri will run away (considering she was a shy person at first). I’ll wait for your next chapter! XD
Yatta!!! After years of convincing you, you finally made a blog account!!! Omedetto!!!XD
Eri_S.L.A.V.E- You really are a KameShige fan. That one’s dedicated to you. ^_^
MurasakI_Aoi- Welcome and thank you for reading my fics.. :)
Elevator_Party- I guess the answers will be revealed on the next chapter… Are you and Murasaki_Aoi friends in rL?
Yep, we’re friends. I’m the one who introduced her to Three Tums, and she got addicted to it.
“Woah, they’re like Ayumi and me…” Rika blurted. She logged out of her account and went to a different site, her best friend’s blog. She looked over it and saw that it her friend had another fic… and this time, it’s a comedy fic about OhYass. Rika became teary eyed for she was trying her best to constrain herself. After finishing it, she clicked the ‘comments’ button.
SUUUUUUUUUGGGGOOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!! That one was really unexpected. At first I thought that Ohkura’s mom was slow…. You know, Mari only looked like Yassan in some angles, not totally for they are not twins or anything, but hey, in the end she knew!!!! Harharhar… XD
~“Actually, I just wore my ultra-high shoes… So, Ohkura wouldn’t have a hard time when his kissing me.” Yassan accidentally blurted out.~
THIS ONE REALLY MADE MY DAY!!!! I was really trying so hard to stop myself from squealing (I’m still in the office and they might hear me) that my eyes became teary.
~”Yass… Yaguchi-san, will you marry me?”
“Ha… Hai, Tadayoshi kun”
“That’s good! Now kiss her intimately!!!!” ~
Ohkura has one cool mom… She’s supporting him even though his preference is a guy..LOL
~“That was it?! I didn’t get a chance to shoot a picture…. Ohkura, do it one more time… And this time please be passionate. Just think that you’re the only ones here. I’ll not bother you, so just do your stuff.” Ohkura and Yassan couldn’t believe what they are hearing from this old lady…~
I can understand Ohkura and Yassan. They are in such an uncomfortable atmosphere. :D
~“That’s great! So, who’s on top?”
“What?! I didn’t get it… Of course I’m always on top.”
“Ahh, it’s just that you’re both guys… I didn’t know who among you plays the Seme and Uke…”~
So they thought that they will be successful in deceiving Ohkura’s mom but… in the end they are the ones that were deceived. AHAHAHA..XD
But my favorite part was the one that Ohkura’s mom requested them to kiss in front of her… You gave me an idea that his mom is a Yaoi fanatic… (like us?LOL) I pictured her to have some banners and pom-poms yelling ‘GO OHYASS! GO OHYASS!!!’ like that.
I hope you will write a continuation… ONEGAI!!!!
(Oh yeah, did you know that my secretary’s name is Mari Yaguchi? Not the well-known JPOP artist who took my Shun… LOL…. Another ‘epic’ type comment, nee? XD)
Rika closed her laptop and went back to work. She finished reading and editing some documents before getting the blue folder that her secretary gave her. When she opened it, she was surprised to see the text written, crudely, by hand. They have a protocol in that company to print any submitted reports. She was about to put it down when she noticed that it’s not a report. Rika started reading the first paragraph and as she progressed her eyes widened with excitement. She continued reading it until she finished it.
” I can’t believe this! No way!” Rika quickly pressed the number 1 button on the intercom.
“I want to see Ms. Yoshizawa here, ASAP!”
Hitomi has just come back from her appointment on third floor. When she sat on her table, she felt that something’s missing; and indeed there is. She immediately called her secretary. Kei arrived a moment later.
“Yes Miss Yoshizawa?”
“Have you seen a light blue folder here a while ago?”
“Yes, you’ve told me earlier to pass your report to Ms. Ishikawa.” At that instant, Hitomi’s eyes widened with rage.
“WHAT?!?” Hitomi yelled as she slammed her fist on her table. Her secretary was getting scared for it’s the first time that she had seen her boss getting angry. “You’ve passed that folder to her?!? But you’re supposed to pass this folder!” Hitomi raised the dark blue folder on the left side of her table. Kei was surprised.
“I’m so sorry ma’am. I didn’t know that I’m supposed to pass the one in the dark blue folder, not the light blue one.” Kei explained. Hitomi opened the folder and showed her the front page.
“And I bet you didn’t even open it, right?”
“I’m sorry ma’am, but …” Kei looked over the phone as it rang. Hitomi slumped on her chair and pressed the phone’s speaker on. She tried her best to hide the irritation in her voice.
“Ms. Yoshizawa, Ms. Ishikawa wants to see you in her office immediately.”
“Hai, I’ll be there in a moment.” She gave a piercing glare to Kei. Kei was as nervous as ever because for the last year that she had been her secretary, this was the first time that her boss got really angry. It’s as if there’s some kind of mystery inside that folder which she doesn’t want Rika to know. “She wanted to see me…” Hitomi coldly said on her secretary. She rose up, got the folder and left her room. Her office was in fifth floor and Rika’s in seventh but for the first time, she took the stairs instead of the elevator to delay the time and when she arrived, she knocked three times before hearing Rika’s voice telling her to come inside. She saw the girl, sitting quietly on her chair, looking at the ‘report’.
“There has been a huge mistake. Yasuda-san was supposed to pass the report on the dark blue folder, and not that one. ” Rika motioned her visitor to sit in the chair in front of her. Hitomi sat on the chair, feeling rather anxious at how her boss stared at her.
“Ms. Yoshizawa, I will ask you a question and I want you to answer it honestly.” Rika said in a stern voice. Hitomi nodded.
“Who wrote this story?”
Hitomi bit on her lips. She was having doubt telling about the truth for her boss might not believe it but, she has to say something. “Ahhhm… my … my friend. I was just...” Hitomi was cut short when Rika rose to her table and walked slowly towards her.
“So, your friend is the one who wrote this… Now I get it… the accessory on your bag that she gave… It all makes sense.”
“Huh? What are you saying?” Rika stopped when she was in front of Hitomi. She gave a wide smile before snatching Hitomi’s hand and gave her a very long hand shake.
“OH MY GOSH!!!! YOU ARE KUWAGATA’S FRIEND!!!! I really can’t believe it! It felt like I’m only dreaming.. My gosh!!!! I’m Charmy!!! I’m one of your friend’s greatest fan…Can I hug you?!” Before Hitomi managed to say anything, Rika took the liberty to hug her tight. She stood up from her chair and walked over in front of Hitomi.
“Didn’t you know that your friend’s really good??!!! I can’t believe it… Do you have a blog too? What’s your on-line name?” Rika released her grip and looked at Hitomi’s puzzled face. It’s like a cold water has been flushed onto her as she felt really stupid doing that. “Ah, gomen… I was just… shocked to know that my favorite writer and you are friends. Can you please let her meet me if that’s ok?” Hitomi looked at her from head to foot. Rika paused for a while and suddenly realized what she just did.
“Ahhhm, I really don’t know what to say…” Hitomi replied. Rika showed again her ‘genki’ mode. Only Ayumi knew this side of hers. It’s been a long time since she acted like this towards other people. Ayumi invited her to an Anime convention when they were in 3rd year high school. She went nuts over a certain ‘Uchiha Sasuke’ cosplayer and went as far as to get his email account and cellphone number. After a few months, she ‘upgraded’ and morph from being an anime addict to jpop addict. She listens from various artists; groups and soloists alike and she found Three-Tums to be interesting. Hitomi smiled for the first time since they met.
“I acted like Eri in her fic just now… Did I?” Rika asked and earned a nod from the sales manager. Rika caught a glimpse of Hitomi who was staring oddly at her. She looked at the floor immediately so her colleague wouldn’t notice that her face was already turning red.
“And just like Eri, you’re blushing from embarrassment right now.” If she were a cartoon character, she pictured her face will be crimson red and steam would be coming out of her head and ears. Hitomi nailed the spot and that made her even more embarrassed.
“I wouldn’t do what Eri did in her ‘draft’ for chapter four…. I want to know her better aside from our superior-subordinate set-up… And maybe… through her, I can get the first hand access to Kuwagata’s fics!