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 7—Bitter Feelings
“Paru,” said Shimada.
They were just done with their stage performance that night and were in the dressing room, changing into their street clothes.
“Are you close with Yuihan?”
“Yokoyama-san? Hm… Why are you asking?”
“Nothing. It just seems like you talk and spend some time together lately.”
“We did. Kind of. Is that something I am not supposed to do?”
“Eeh? No, it’s not like that,” Shimada immediately said, “Yuihan is a really nice person, isn’t she? She’s around our age and always seems friendly, so it’s easy to approach and have a conversation with her. Right, Miyu?”
“Who? Yokoyama? Yes, she’s really nice. I lost my student ID card the other day and she helped me looking for it.”
“You’re talking about Yuihan?” Nakamura Mariko chimed in, “She’s so nice to everyone that even the kenkyuusei members know her. Some of the younger girls even consider her as their favorite Onee-san.”
“Right. They like her more than they like us.”
The other girls laughed at Takeuchi Miyu’s words.
“She hasn’t been working at theater for long. But, within a month since she started working here, everyone had learned her name and called her ‘Yuihan’ or ‘Yokoyama’. Paruru was the only one who kept calling her ‘Staff-san’.”
Another round of laughter ensued.
“But, it’s just like Paru. She rarely remembers the name of the staff, left alone make friends with them. Right, Haruu?”
“Um,” Shimada responded, “That’s why we’re just kinda curious. It is nice to have a good relationship with the staff. They’ve been working hard for our sake as well after all.”
“True. By the way, Yuihan turned out to be a fun person to hang out with when she’s not busy working. She is quite close with Kawaei. I went to eat with them a couple of times before. It was really fun,” said Mariko.
“Kawaei?” Paruru repeated the name.
“Yeah. Kawaei Rina from the 11th gen. You know her,” said Shimada, “I think she is especially close with Yamamoto Sayaka, though.”
“Sayanee?” asked Paruru.
“Yeah. They look like a manzai duo when they are together. Really funny. I wonder if it’s because they are both from Kansai region.”
Paruru finished changing and putting her stuff away while the other girls were recalling some of the jokes they heard from the duo and laughed all over again. So, she excused herself, saying that she needed to be home soon. She felt a bit bad for declining an invitation for a late supper with her friends. But, she really was not in the mood.
She walked quietly through the corridors ready to go home and get some rest when she saw Yuihan in one of the storage rooms, putting away some equipment they used earlier that evening. Paruru instantly smiled. She was about to wave her hand at the girl, but then she stopped herself. Kawaei Rina was in that room with Yuihan.
“It’s all done, right? Let’s go get some food before we go to your place, Yuihan,” said Kawaei while putting her hand on Yuihan’s shoulder, “I am starving and we have a lot to talk about!”
“Hai, hai. Let’s go!” said Yuihan, putting an arm around Kawaei shoulders.
Paruru squinted. Anyone who saw the scene may think that the two girls were cute or, at least, funny. But, Paruru was not amused. There was an unfathomable pain in her chest. She tried to convince herself that it was probably just her asthma coming back. But, that did not explain the bitterness she felt after seeing the interaction between the two. So, she made a haste to leave the theater.
Why should she care with whom Yui spends her free time with? That was what she had in mind.
- -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
- Kenkyuusei: Research students; a group of trainee member aspiring to debut in AKB or other 48 groups; they fill in for absent members at the theater and are promoted to official members to replace graduated members
- Onee-san: Older sister
- Manzai: a traditional Japanese stand-up comedy, usually involves two performers (manzaishi) which are a straight man (tsukkomi) and a clown/funny man (boke).
- Hai: Yes, all right