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Twisted Together




When had life become so complicated? When had the mere thought of a good friend turned into stomach clenching unease? Sighing, I glanced at the dimly glowing interface of my cell. My inbox contained a few new messages, but none of them were from the person I wanted to hear from most. No, she hadn't contacted me for several months, and even then it was a fleeting phone call.

"The new musical starts next week, you should come."

"Definitely! It's been so long since I've last seen you..."

My words hung heavy in the air, but she seemed oblivious to it. I could tell she was distracted during the conversation, her tone containing a distant quality.

"Ah! My manager is coming. I'll talk to you soon Risachan!"

The line had ended before I could even say bye. Of course I attended the musical, and she gave a wonderful performance. Ai had found her niche after our Morning Musume graduation, and I couldn't be happier for her, yet there was a lingering sadness.

We had both decided to graduate together the Spring of 2009. We had been so close back then. Spending our rare off days together, and even during work we were near inseparable. It's been two years since our graduation, and I've only seen her a handful of times since then. I always go to her new musicals and concerts when I can, but always in a distant seat, unable to see her afterward. Ai's solo career had rocketed, and her life appeared to be a whirlwind of events.

I didn't entirely blame her for the lack of contact. She had always been difficult with answering the phone. Accidentally leaving it turned off, or misplacing it had been a common frustration, but I forgave her. I knew it wasn't intentional, but the fact she didn't appear to be making an effort to remain in contact bothered me the most. Letting out a deep breath, I pushed myself off my couch and moved towards the large window in the living room. It was raining fiercely, which only added to my dreary mood. Pressing my forehead to the chill glass, I watched the inhabitants in the streets below scurry about for shelter.

Turning, I glanced at the clock hanging on the wall above the TV. Small, brightly colored flowers serving as the clock hands indicated that it was 6:15pm. Eyes widening, I realized I was going to be late meeting with Eri for dinner if I didn't sprint out of my apartment this very second. Grabbing a light green jacket, which also served as a zip up hoodie, and the red umbrella sitting near the front door, I dashed out into the rain.

Gripping my umbrella tightly, I ran down the sidewalk, ignoring odd looks being directed my way by those caught in the storm. Water splashed up along my legs, dampening the jean material as I continued my race for the restaurant. Thankfully it wasn't far from my apartment as I stopped in front of the welcoming entrance. Closing the umbrella, I shook the water from it before handing it to the man extending his hand towards me. Offering him a small smile, I walked in to find Eri waving at me from a booth in the corner. Returning the wave, I took the space across from her, my hands fidgeting with the ends of my damp clothing.

Eri tilted her head slightly, her dark eyes running over my face and taking in my nervous habits.

"Is something wrong?" she asked, her soft voice laced with a tint of confusion and concern.

Shaking my head, I offered a smile that I hoped was convincing, but by the look she gave me I knew she'd be asking again later.

"Ah, well, how have you been Risachan?"

How have I been? What a difficult answer I had for such a simple question. Folding my hands in my lap, I gave her the very filtered, short version, leaving out several of my concerns. Reina and Eri had been promoted to Leader and Sub-Leader after my graduation. She didn't need the burden of my problems.

Nodding, the younger girl accepted what I told her for now. After placing our orders, she went back to watching me, as if my deepest concern was slowly being written across my face.

Wanting to divert attention from myself, I shot her a question which I knew would achieve just that.

"How have you and Reina been?" I asked, unable to keep the teasing smile off my face.

Blushing slightly, Eri adverted her gaze momentarily before settling it on me once more.

"You're supposed to keep quite about that, Risachan!" she chided, although there was a smile on her face as she did so.

"It's just us here, but really, how have you girls been?" I was happy for the two, who had decided to take their friendship to another level. But more importantly, I wanted to know how it was working out. They were keeping this a secret, and I found that it hit home with me on the same subject. What if Ai had stuck around? What if she wasn't so busy all the time? Would something have happened between us?

I must have been zoning out, lost in my own jumbled thoughts, because I was poked on the forehead rather suddenly, with a giggle following shortly after.

"You can't ask me questions and then not listen. You remind me of Aichan." she teased, although the accusation caused me to flinch in response.

She picked up on my reaction, her smile fading away to a concerned frown.

"What's bothering you, Risa? It has something to do with Ai, doesn't it?"

Looking away, I became intensely interested in the beige carpet below us, following the small square pattern over and over.

I didn't want to talk about Ai. It hurt too much to think about her these days.

"Risa?" Eri reached out for my arm and gave it a gentle tug, drawing my eyes back to her once more.

Letting out a deep breath, I began to tell her my worries from the beginning. About how it all started shortly after graduation, when Ai was swept away for bigger and better things.

She listened without comment, her face unreadable for the majority of it. By the time I finished, she was watching me with a sad gaze, as if she could perfectly understand what I was going through.

"Have you talked to her about any of this?" she asked, her right hand now supporting her chin as she watched me.

"Of course not. I rarely get to talk to her as it is, and I don't want to dump my own problems on her when she's so busy."

Frowning, Eri began to bit her lower lip as she chewed over my words.

"But if you don't ever talk to her about this, things will remain how they are," she nodded to herself, before continuing on. "Besides, all of us always knew there was something going on between the two of you. As close as you two were, we would have thought one of you would have at least acknowledge it, but it was like being that close was the norm, and you were happy like that."

My eyebrows began to furrow together as I mulled over what she had said. She was right in more than one way. Ai and I had been extremely close to one another. We had been together since before day one of our Morning Musume career. I still remember standing next to her during the auditions eleven years ago, and finding out we were both being accepted. Despite being so close, neither of us had ever took a step back to think on what this meant. Did I like Ai as more than a friend? Did she feel that way about me? We had just accepted our closeness for what it was, and had never stopped to think on it further.

"Oh!" she exclaimed suddenly, startling me as I stared at her in surprise.

"What?"

"I received a letter today from management. They're wanting to do a H!P special in Hawaii next weekend. We'll all be there, as well as Morning Musume graduates. It's a week long, but only three days of it is for the actual special. I guess you could think of it as a treat vacation." Eri was smiling now, her excitement filling the small area of the booth.

"That means Ai will be there..." I mused, my mind beginning to work in overdrive.

Eri nodded, a large grin beginning to form.

"But wait, I haven't received any such announcement. Then again, I haven't checked my mail today..." I finished the sentence with an embarrassed mutter.

Laughter could be heard in response from the other woman. It was strange how the atmosphere had completely changed. No longer was I feeling the gloom that had latched onto me earlier today.

I would be spending a week with Ai, and nothing could remove the beaming smile that lit up my face.
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Rori, did u write this??
It is very good although I'm not loving the pairs....
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of course not....u know my english bad just got it from another forum and i feel "hmm...maybe i can share this story with my friend"....just like that....
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wow! this is awesome!!
love the story! good thing you found this roro hehe ^^

I knew my Eri would make Risa smile eheh ^^
also Aichan went to become in theater & musicals eheh ^^
also kind weird coupling Eri and Reina... but still a nice story hehe ^^

btw is there a continuation for this on the site you found it? hehe ^_^
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yup I found it...but to post it all at once....its too sudden....
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remember to give credits rori....
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ah....gomen! All credit goes to Ruhe from H!O....how come I forget to credit him
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lol hehehe ^^
i'll be looking forward for more to be posted hehe ^^
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Chapter 2




The week had shuffled by in a blur. I had attempted to call Ai and see if we could meet up, but as usual, I got her voice mail. I'd sometimes call just to hear her speak briefly in the voice mail recording. That was about as close as I got to hearing her voice these days.

Staring at my packed bags, I realized I was being ridiculous. What happened to the old Risa? The girl with a smile always etched to her face and ready for any challenge? She had apparently diminished in the years that had past. No, she hadn't disappeared. The many layers of ‘what might have been’ was currently covering her up, and I was determined to clear the way once more.

With that in mind, I grabbed my bags with the airport as my destination.

***


"Risa! Riiiiisa!" a voice called out towards me, drawing my attention away from the security guard in the airport, and towards an excited Sayumi.

"You made it!" she exclaimed, a wide smile turning up the corners of her mouth.

"I wouldn't let you guys have all the fun," I teased, her reaction drawing a smile upon my face.

"I haven't seen you lately. We've been so busy with concerts.." she commented, a pout beginning to form.

"Oh come on, I know you love concerts," I replied, my free arm going around her for a semi hug.

She nodded into my shoulder. "Yeah, but not the rehearsals," she mumbled.

I completely sympathized with her. Rehearsals over and over could become grueling after a while. Pushing those thoughts aside, I began to scan the lobby for the other girls.

Eri and Reina stood close together, sharing a laugh with Junjun and Linlin. Aika had separated herself from the small group to walk towards Sayu and I. She waved at us, her usual bright smile plastered to her face. Even at eighteen, she was still all smiles. I felt myself smiling in return, and returned the hug she gave.

"I see Sayu found you. She alerted the whole lobby about it actually, yelling like that..." she jabbed.

Sayu bristled up defensively, but Aika was already grinning in reply. Shaking my head, I made a joke about how I'd have stalkers after me now to defuse our resident bunny. Laughter followed, and I felt myself smiling again. I hadn't realized how much I missed their company until it was no longer there. Even after two years, it was still weird to not see them all the time.

Reina caught my eye as I glanced towards their group once more. She smiled and waved before turning to say something to Eri. Eri then looked over at me with a grin, before waving for Junjun and Linlin to move closer. They huddled together whispering excitedly, before all four looked in my direction, struggling to keep their expressions straight. What in the world were they up to? I raised an eyebrow in response, which earned me several giggles.

Waving my hand at them dismissively, I felt my mouth turning upward in a grin. They were such goofs.

***



"Aichan!" Eri exclaimed suddenly, causing all our heads to turn towards the glass doors.

There she was, struggling with her bags as Koharu walked along side her, looking weighed down as well. The first thing I immediately noticed was that she had grown her hair out some. No longer was it the short cut she sported during her leader years. Ai had grown it out to reach her shoulder blades, and it was currently tied back into a low ponytail. She was clad in a pair of jean shorts and a form-fitting yellow shirt with random English phrases scattered across the chest area. I could only stare as the other girls ran towards her. Apparently they hadn't seen her in a long time as well.

Ai smiled, and gave an embarrassed laugh as they all tried to hug her at once.

"Aichan! It's been so long! Completely inexcusable!" Eri declared, attempting to give her the evil eye, but failing miserably.

Blushing, Ai could only apologize for her prolonged absence as they went to help her with her luggage. I stood back, simply watching it. Now that she was actually there, I was at a loss on what to say.

"Hey, it's been a while." Too lame.

"I've been waiting for you..." Too cliche, and melodramatic, and kinda stalkerish. Damn.

Argh, this was proving to be difficult.

Drawing in a deep breath, I slowly released it and squared my shoulders. Ai was still Ai. My best friend, even if it had been a while. As the other girls went back to their seats, I made my way for Ai before she could follow, leaving us with at least a small bit of privacy.

Her smile faltered at the sight of me walking towards her, but she quickly recovered. I could see the rush of emotions flickering around her dark eyes, eyes that I had always found to be so captivating.

"Aichan." I stated, unsure of how to greet her.

"Risachan, how are you?" she replied, a light smile playing across her lips, but I could see the turmoil lying underneath.

"I've been well, but what about you? You always seem so busy." I responded, gently hinting that I was well aware of her absence.

A frown began to form as she broke my gaze. "I have been busy. Singles to make, concerts to perform, and various musicals. I'm lucky if I ever find time for myself."

I felt myself wince mentally. Here I was being upset with her, when it wasn't really her fault. The entertainment business was very demanding, and especially so for someone like Ai.

We stood there staring at one another. I wanted to hug her. I wanted to let her know that everything would be ok, that I was so proud of her for all the work she had done, but yet I couldn't. There was an awkwardness that had grown between us during our time away from one another. She apparently had felt the same, as she remained where she stood.

Before any more words could be exchanged, the flight announcement came on to report that our plane was ready to board.

"We'll talk on the plane?" I offered, hoping we could settle things between us before arriving to Hawaii.

"I'd like that," she replied, a small smile resurfacing, which I returned in kind.

Maybe this wouldn't be so bad after all.
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awww so cute but I really want a yossy fic!!!
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kiyaaaa~ I love this fanfic so much!!
whoops! lol XD
i can clearly see this story going through my head thats like a video or an episode or a movie hehe ^^
cant w8 for another chapter!! hehe ^^
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its so damn long..i dont like reading long stuff...is it any good?
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shaggymonkey wrote:

its so damn long..i dont like reading long stuff...is it any good?


I guess u are of the type that likes to skip to the juicy bits...

Well it is a gay story between aichan and risa, does that rock your boat?
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huh?...

i tried reading the first lines..then as i scrolled down...i was like "nevermind..."

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This story is so GOOD!~ xD. I can actually imagine the story in my head. thanks for finding this roronoaz and another thanks to Ruhe. is there more?
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