Disclaimer: I don’t own any of the characters. I just borrowed them from their rightful owners for the sake of having some fun writing and reading. This is my first attempt in writing a fan fiction. I’ve never written anything like this before and I am relatively new in this fandom. So, there is a good chance that the people involved may be a bit out of character. Thinking that it is set in an alternate universe where one of the girls was not an idol, the Iwate Incidents had never happened, and LINE had not yet been a popular way of communication may help. Regarding ratings, I’ve never written anything that can be rated more than PG-13. However, the story does portray a same-sex attraction between girls. So, if you’re not comfortable or not allowed to access such thing wherever you are, please do feel free to stop reading here. Reader discretion advised.
THEATER BLUES: An AKB48’s YuiParu Fanfic
by Arch DeNight
Chapter 2—A Companion for the Night
“Hai. I am at Yokoyama-san’s apartment. Hai. I am sorry I couldn’t contact you sooner. My phone was dead. Hai. I won’t give any trouble to Yokoyama-san. I will come straight home tomorrow morning.”
Shimazaki Haruka ended the call. Leaning on Yuihan’s bed, she sighed. Her mom rarely got mad, but she did become worried easily. So, although staying at a friend’s house was not something unusual for members in her idol group, doing so without letting the parents know first was a no go.
“Are you okay, Shimazaki-san?” asked Yuihan.
She had just done taking a shower. Warm water did a good job on soothing her tired body. Now, she had two mugs of hot chocolate in her hand.
“Ah, hai. Thank you for letting me to spend a night and use the shower first.”
“You’re welcome and douzo,” Yuihan smiled and put one of the mugs on the table, closer to Shimazaki Haruka.
“I don’t know whether you’re on a diet or not. But, considering the weather, even if you are, it may be okay. Just this once,” she winked conspiratorially.
Shimazaki Haruka smiled at the kind gesture.
“Arigatou,” she said, accepting the warm offer.
Yuihan sat on the rug at the other side of the table and turned the TV on. Even though there was not any interesting program at that hour, the sound of the TV might make the silence less awkward. Or so Yuihan thought. Both girls did sip their hot chocolate without saying anything more. At least, until Yuihan tried to start another conversation.
“Ano… Do you have any work tomorrow, Shimazaki-san?” she asked.
“Um… An interview and a taping for AKBingo. But, I don’t have to be at the location before 3 p.m.”
“Ah, sou ka. It’s good then. I was afraid that you won’t get enough sleep since it’s already this late.”
Yuihan finished her hot chocolate and Shimazaki did the same. Then, she put their mugs in the sink, moved the table away, and turned the TV off. She let Shimazaki took the bed while she laid a futon for herself.
“Oyasumi,” said Yuihan, turning the lights off.
“Oyasumi,” said Shimazaki, turning to sleep on her side.
Funny. Even though they barely knew each other, spending the night together did not feel as awkward as they initially thought. On the contrary, it felt rather nice, having someone else in the room on a cold November night.
- -san: a honorific used by the Japanese; can be considered equal to “Mr.”, “Mrs.”, or “Miss”
- -han: a honorific used by the Japanese, especially in Kansai region; equal to -san in Kanto region
- Hai: Yes
- Douzo: Please, kindly, by all means, here you are
- Arigatou: Thank you
- Ano: can have many different meaning, but in this context refer to something equal to “Well..” or “You know…”; used to start a rather delicate conversation
- Sou ka: an expression used to show a realization or understanding; can be considered equal to “I see” or “Is that so”
- Oyasumi: Good night, sleep tight
- AKBingo: a Japanese television variety show starring Japanese idol group “AKB48” and other 48 groups, hosted by a comedy duo called “Bad Boys”, broadcasted by Nippon TV