Ahahaha... no, it's not an anime fic... its more like the pairings here are just like the Tao siblings...You get the idea? If not, then read on to find out... I made this one based on their recent dvd/tv releases particularly their platinum 9 concert mc, dvd magazine vol.23 and gravure television. Enjoy this one!XD
“Nihao! It’s time for your English lesson!” Junjun beamed as soon as the door opened up. The shorter girl in front meticulously scanned her from head to toe until her eyes widened from the sudden shock.
“WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING HERE?!”
“I just want to help you with your English skills for free.”
“Reina’s alright with her English… and I thought I told you that you can’t come in my house?!?”
“Datte~… Datte~” Junjun tried to convince her sempai using her cutesy voice.
“Don’t give me that tone! I already told you that it creeps me out!”
The tall girl laughed at the way her sempai reacted. After a five-minute battle of words and wits (not to mention the battle of pushing and pulling the door) Reina finally let her visitor enter her abode. She gestured Junjun to sit on the sofa while she got some drinks for them in the kitchen. No matter how irritated she was at the moment… she still must be a good host to her guest. But the moment she came back, her patience level escalated.
“Woah sugoi Tanaka-san! It feels like… like… a house…” Reina’s eye twitched at the weird remark.
“It really is a HOUSE!”
“I know, but I really thought that your house would be purple in color and there would be lots of yakuza-like things. You know, samurai swords, guns, skull ornaments…”
“CHOTTO!!! I know you hang out a lot with Eri but please, try to have some protection against her weirdness because you sounded like her just now.” Reina tried to maintain her serious look but on the inside, she wanted to roll on the floor and laugh her heart out. After all, what can you expect from the ‘Atomic Aho’ of the group.
“Ehh? I sounded like her?” Reina saw Junjun looked at the ceiling, immersed with deep thought.
“Yeah, that one’s so Eri-like. It looks like she’s not the Junjun whom I know before. Eri must have abducted her and messed her mind but putting some weird device or something. And now, maybe Junjun’s communicating with queen Eri.”
“Can I cut your communication with the eriens and let’s settle this, ok? I may have some yankee image, but I’m not definitely a Yakuza and yes, I like purple a lot, but I’m NOT OBSESSED with it. There’s a huge difference in that, got it?”
“Hai! Got it! So now, let’s proceed with your English lesson!” Junjun replied cheerily. Reina cringed at the mention of Junjun’s purpose. She grabbed her back pack and started unpacking her English books that her mother sent. “I watched your HaroMoni English Lesson and you really need to study your English. Oh yeah, your party party quote knocked me out and I have a theory that Yoshizawa-san and Ishikawa-san’s group name was originally derived from that episode. You know, when Camus-sensei asked whether you’re ANGRY in that incident, you answered HUNGRY. I bet they just changed ‘U’ with ‘A’ and that’s how they came up with Hangry and Angry.” Reina blinked several times at the way Junjun was thinking and conclude that Eri must have done something with their kouhai. She made a mental note to have a serious talk with her friend later, that is, if Eri will take her seriously.
“I already told you, I’m okay with my English. It’s our day off and I don’t want to spend it by frustrating my mind with studying. I need to relax too! Tomorrow we will have a photo shoot for Gravure Magazine and Reina really needs a rest.” Junjun’s smile didn’t vanish even when her sempai turned down her offer. Instead she gladly returned her books inside her bag.
“So then, let’s relax together! I brought some foods for us.” As Junjun returned her books, she pulled out a bundle of bananas.
“Why am I not surprised?” Reina replied sarcastically. What can she expect from the banana-loving girl of Morning Musume. “Well, I don’t want to eat that like I’m some sort of a monkey… Do you want some banana-split? I have a chocolate flavored ice cream in the freezer?” Junjun nodded wildly. She didn’t particularly dislike Junjun and she’s really not that harsh towards her before. It’s just that she’s somewhat annoyed at her kouhai when she practically came to her house even though she clearly stated, even in front of their many fans, that Junjun can’t come. But a smaller part of her thanked Junjun’s boldness to go against her. She got the bundle and turned on her t.v before going back to the kitchen.
Junjun scanned the channels as Reina was preparing their delicious banana-split. She paused at a certain channel showing a well-known but old anime.
“Hey! They are replaying Shaman King!”
Junjun watched the first few seconds showing a scene on Jun Tao and Ren Tao and her mind drifted off.
” Tanaka-san is like Ren. She’s hard on the outside but a real softie inside. She would fight for what she believes in but will fight more for the sake of her friends. She shows fake anger to hide her embarrassment.”
Junjun continued to watch the said anime and then she made a decision as the next scene focused on Jun Tao.
“Jun Tao… is like me. I’m Chinese. I support Tanaka-san even though she can’t feel it. I love her even though she doesn’t know it. A doujinshi that I’ve read before has a Jun-Ren incestual relationship… it will be the same for us because a girl to girl love is a taboo in our society. But then, it’s still possible to tell your feelings out loud. I wasn’t joking when I told her I like her in our Platinum 9 concert. I wasn’t good in acting out the third party because I DON’T want to be a third party for Tanaka-san. If only Shige-san wasn’t there…”
Reina grinded some pine nuts and sprinkled in on top of their dessert. She put the two plates on a tray together with some cold juice and walked towards her dining area. She stopped on her tracks when she saw Junjun intently watching Shaman King. Her eyes lingered on Junjun’s calm but serious face. She bit her lip and tried to remove the thought that was trying to cloud her mind.
“Yabai! Not good Rein.. She’s just doing a ‘fan service’ when she told you she liked you and nothing else. Get a grip and try to act cool and cold if you have to.”
“Here’s our food… Are you sure you didn’t steal this from Saru-chan?” Junjun removed her gaze from the tv and looked at her questioningly.
“Ai-chan.” Junjun blinked for a while before laughing out loud. Reina joined her laughing fit a little while later. They spent their day, laughing and talking about various things but when it’s almost time for Junjun to go home, the cheery atmosphere vanished.
“Uhhm, thanks for dropping by.” Reina said without looking directly at Junjun’s eyes.
“I should be the one who should thank you. I really had fun staying here.” Junjun replied awkwardly.
“Should I tell her? It’s now or never..”
Junjun took a deep breath before finally having the courage to look at Reina’s face rather than the floor. “Tanaka-san… I want you to know… That I’ll be Jun Tao for you.” Reina was puzzled at what her kouhai said and eventually looked up to face her. At first, she was thinking that Junjun was a victim of Eri’s weirdness but that thought vanished when she saw the seriousness etched on Junjun’s face.
“I… I don’t get what you mean.”
“You’re Ren Tao.. and I’m Jun Tao. You always do things alone but I’ll be there for you, silently supporting you all the way.”
“Ehh? W..why?” Reina held her breath while waiting for Junjun’s answer. Would her prayers be answered or a life of sorrow will await her.
“Because I’m serious when I told you on stage that I like you.” Reina’s tears fell at that instant. She was over whelmed with happiness. Her ‘indirect’ effort was not put to waste. She really liked Junjun. On their DVD Magazine while they were having a photo shoot for Platinum 9, she purposely made that ‘couple act’. She wanted to feel how it will be like if Junjun was her lover. She definitely didn’t want Junjun to be cheating on her but, it’s hard to control the scenes if there were three persons. She really wished before that Sayu wasn’t there at that moment but it doesn’t matter to her now.
Junjun now has a worried look upon her face. She didn’t know why Reina suddenly cried like a child but she let her body moved on its own accord. She embraced Reina tightly and let her cried on her chest.
“You… don’t… know how… happy I am…. Right now…” Reina said in between her sobs.
“Finally, it’s a Jun-Ren pairing from now on.”
“I better sit down, right?”
“It’s been a… why? Stand up!”
“When I stand up, we…”
“Juno… Jun is fine, right? Hey Jun,”
“Today, we’re on a date huh?”
“In this extensive…. Grass? Grass? What to say?”
“In a field!”
“Ah, assemble now. Off we go. Bye bye!”
The two smiled sweetly at the camera as they walked hand in hand to meet with the others. They told the world that they were lovers. It depends on the one who watched it whether to take it seriously or not. As for them, they were dead serious about this matter and confessing their love in front of the camera was the thing that differentiates them from the anime Shaman King. Jun was contented at silently looking out for her little brother and Ren Tao always pretended that he didn’t care for his friends. The Tao siblings NEVER admitted to each other, out loud, the feelings that they were holding inside.
They just did.