As she clenched his jacket and cried into his chest, he felt a mix of pain and relief. He didn’t want her to hurt this much, or cry her heart out, especially not because of him, but it was also clear now that she had no desire to distance herself from him and end their friendship. His heart felt heavy as she pulled away, but he nodded in response to excusing herself while the knot in his stomach loosened gradually… he understood everything just a little better. Moments ago she had asked him not to leave… to stay, and that fact gave him some comfort.
As she left to clear herself up, he leaned back against the door and practically collapsed onto the floor. His hands shook and he heaved large breaths that released his tension. He’d been holding everything in for too long now; the emotions, his personal feelings, his thoughts and confusions… and he was glad she couldn’t see him in this state for the moment. It was like a large release after bottling everything. He’d never experienced a whiplash like this from steeling his nerves and wearing the calm and collected mask, but then he’d also never been through this much emotional exhaustion.
He was going to have to learn to be a bit more honest with the girl in regards to showing her how he felt if he was going to survive this friendship, but for now, he managed to pick himself back up off the ground and reclaim dominion over his own body, stopping his trembling and erasing any facial expressions of weariness. He moved over to where the food was and downed his bottle of water as memories from mere moments ago replayed in his head.
She had been close… She had clung to him. He did his best not to let his heart feel small leaps of joy but couldn’t entirely help himself. After all, he was still unaware of her feelings and until he could be sure of what she wanted from him in terms of relationship— He cut his thoughts off. He was already thinking to much again and doing that would probably cause two steps backwards. For now he simply recalled all the little details of the pinkette’s form that were currently ingrained in his memory while he waited for her, also thinking about what he should do now. All he wanted was to see her smile again but wasn’t sure where to go from here.
Ultimately he decided he’d said and done enough and that it was time to just listen and see what she had to say. Thinking about her personality and what he knew of her, she was probably embarrassed to have had her secret learned and also worried about what Kyouhei himself was thinking, having had such a big secret hidden from him. Given the chance, he’d have to reassure that everything was okay… at least, everything was okay for him. The only thing he was upset with was himself for having made her cry…
After releasing from Kyouhei’s grasp, the young female hung her head for a few moments longer. She wanted to collect her thoughts and feelings, Excusing herself, she wandered off into her private bathroom and shut the door behind her.
Ruri let her back slide on the back of the door, her heart was threatening to burst of her chest. Her emotions raged on inside of her like the fires of hell. She wanted to tell him everything. Why she kept her secret from the one real friend that she ever made, and that in the meanwhile she developed a puppy love for him. Of course, she had been tricked before by others, but this time was different.
But yet, was she really ready to let him know everything?
Picking herself up, Ruri went to change into her normal attire, her simple dress with the blue turtleneck under her white dress. Taking her hair extensions out, left the girl with her short hair. And after a few minutes to taking off the make-up, she was back to her old self. The Ruri that nobody knew or really even cared about. (Except Tetsu and Kyouhei)
She stepped out, looking around to see if the brunette was still waiting around for her or if he finally decided to leave. Her eyes grabbed a hold of his figure, which was sitting on the couch and waiting patiently for her arrival once more. Moving over, she took a seat next to him. She fiddled with the ends of her dress, obviously nervous to speak her mind.
"K-Kyouhei.. I’m really sorry about this.. about everything. I just don’t know anyone who I-I can trust… or even who to trust. In the life of show business.. its everyone for themselves.. And I didn’t want anyone to ruin this big break for me.. I was never able to do anything right, except singing. Besides my father.. who got me i-into show business… the only other person who knew my true identity was my manager."
Her voice chocked, obviously it took a lot out of her to talk like how she was. Ruri wanted to tell him the truth, and not hide behind anymore lies or any walls. “I was always busy because of shows.. r-rehearsals.. or anything else to do with this life… And I am sorry that I lied to you for so long… I-It really did hurt me to lie to you like I did…." She hid herself under her hat once more, her body beginning to tremble once more as she forced tears back.
He froze, the knot in his stomach tightening to a nearly unbearable extent. Was… was she crying? Poor Kyouhei had absolutely no understanding of a girl’s heart. What did she want? what could he do for her? How was he supposed to make this better? He thought leaving would have been best but it just seemed to make the situation get worse again. He swallowed as his hand fell from the door handle and he released the breath he hadn’t realized he’d been holding.
Turning to face the girl he found the top of her head to meet him as she gazed at the floor, tears no doubt falling from her eyes to match the small sobs of her body. The sight alone was enough to make him feel an inch tall. His heart could have exploded right there and the knot in his stomach was now making him nauseous (and forcing down the sandwich earlier hadn’t helped either). Well things couldn’t get much worse than this right? might as well take a different approach…
Kyouhei reached forward to one of her trembling hands which she clutched against her chest and let his own hand gently envelop hers. He could feel her little shakes and jitters that she attempted to hide or quiet with no success. Had he not been so gifted at hiding his feelings, he’d probably have been shaking too. He pulled her close with the hand he held, bringing her forehead to rest against his chest so she wouldn’t have to look at him while letting his free arm embrace her, wrapping around her shoulders in a protective manner that fulfilled the impulse he’d often had just by looking at her.
"I’m not going anywhere… I promise" His voice was low but resonant, it carried a sincerity he couldn’t otherwise convey. "You know me well enough by now, I’m here for you as long as you want me to be, so you can say whatever you have to without worrying about what’ll happen… I’ll still be here." As he spoke to reassure her, the arm which was wrapped around her adjusted, and he began to stroke the back of her head and hair in a comforting manner.
Perhaps this was getting too close to her. He was still pretty sure she just wanted a good friend and it was possible he was crossing a line right now, trying to create an intimacy she didn’t want… but he didn’t think about that. Instead he stopped thinking, as it was all he’d been doing and it hadn’t helped, and began to follow raw intuition: doing what felt right instead of what he thought was right. Even on this emotional roller coaster, feeling physically and mentally exhausted, the girl had the strange ability to intoxicate him. His vision tunneled and he saw only her, the frills of her pink hair still bouncy, the pale skin of her bare shoulders. He became hyper aware of the perfume she wore as well as the feel of her soft hand still in his, trembling. It had been only a moment, a couple measly seconds since he’d pulled her in and began to hold her but each second had felt like forever.
He stood quietly so that she could say what she wanted and needed to, continuing to hold her in this gentle and soothing manner though somewhat anticipating her to pull away from him any second now…
Ruri thought her heart was almost literally ripping right in half, and her body language expressed it. She was being torn, and nothing was going to be held back anymore. If she wanted to keep herself sane, she had to shed something from being buried so deep inside her heart.
She wasn’t expecting Kyouhei to grab her hand and pull her in for the close embrace as he did. If anything, she expected him to just worry and question. But this closeness is what made her like this in the first place. Ruri still gave out small tears, sniffling against his chest. Her small, frail hand grasped against his jacket, before she let all her tears out.
"I’m not going anywhere… I promise. You know me well enough by now, I’m here for you as long as you want me to be, so you can say whatever you have to without worrying about what’ll happen… I’ll still be here."
Those words.. so simple to anyone. Yet the held so much meaning for her. ”T-Thank you…” She mumbled, almost barely audible between her sobbing. It took a while, but the young idol finally calmed down, with her make up slightly running down her face. Ruri held her head down, not wanting Kyouhei to see as she pulled away. "P-Please… excuse me for a few moments…I want to go wash up."
He once again leaned against the counter in the idol’s dressing room as she left. He wanted nothing more than to go and chase after her but he could tell she was frantically trying to get away and giving chase would only back her into a corner, possibly making her more confused or even upset, so he gave her her space for the time being. The question he now pondered though was weather or not he’d been to obvious… She probably realized that he had figured out the big secret.
Kyouhei crossed his arms as he thought about the whole situation. His own feelings for Ruri were constantly becoming more clear to himself but he still hadn’t figured her out well enough yet. He again wondered if she felt anything for him or if he was just filling the role of a friend. Her life couldn’t be easy being a pop star and so he doubted she had much of a social life, if any at all, outside of what her work required. So it wasn’t hard to think she might not have any romantic feelings for him and only treated him special because he was her only friend.
The boy sighed for a moment. It was funny how a moment ago he was entertaining fantasies of the girl sharing only her private and true self with him and now his thoughts were at the other end of an extreme. He realized how selfish he was being as he had only been caring about his own feelings up to this point and living in his fantasy world. He pushed his own depression aside and tried to think of just the pinkette. He knew if he truly cared for her, he could set his feelings aside and give her what (he thought) she wanted:
If all the girl needed was a friend…. and nothing more… then he would be her cherished friend… and nothing more.
However his heart sank as he realized this heavy crush he’d been cultivating had blossomed into a full blown first love… and was probably unrequited.
Taking the time that Ruri was gone to completely collect himself and his emotions, he utilized his usual ability to wear a calm, collected demeanor (which usually masked nervousness) to hide anything that might let Ruri know what he was feeling the moment she returned. He bottled any sadness or distress, and masked his romantic desires behind a friendly persona. Thankfully the pink haired girl took awhile (as he expected she would) before finally returning, giving him time to compose himself.
When she entered the room the pop star still seemed nervous but had calmed down considerably since leaving earlier. She carried a couple of water bottles and some food; It looked like some sandwiches and fruit. Food which matched the diet Ruri had mentioned to him a few times, including on their amusement park da—- …. get together? hang out? what had it been? Kyouhei shrugged the thought from his mind. In truth he wasn’t very hungry despite the excitement and exhaustion from the concert earlier, however after the whirlwind of emotions, his appetite had faded and was replaced by a knot in his stomach, but he still picked up a sandwich and took a bite, to avoid alerting the girl of those emotions.
"Thanks. You didn’t need to do anything like this on my behalf… if anything, I should have been the one to go and get something for you after all your hard work." He smiled at her yet again before continuing to eat the sandwich in silence. There was a very clear and uncomfortable tension now and he didn’t know what to do. For what seemed like the first time in his life, Kyouhei felt completely helpless. He wanted to make things better, restore their friendship, un-learn this secret and go back to the way things were, but now it seemed like their friendship might not ever be the same. So, he decided there was only one thing he could do to help her right now… leave.
Kyouhei finished off the sandwich before pushing off the counter he leaned against to stand “You know, I think you’re really amazing… you’re not just talented… you also work hard to accomplish what you want.” he turned away from her and faced the door but didn’t walk away from her just yet. “and you’re sincere… you truly love what you do and you love your fans…” In a sudden impulse he decided he wanted only honesty between them in this moment “I was surprised to find out you were Rukko… but I was happy to. I got to learn more about you, though I have to admit I’m probably just more confused about who you are.” He gave a small laugh and decided he’d caused enough problems for her and began walking toward the door. As he reached it though he turned his head back and gave her another sincere and heartfelt smile while saying “Whoever you are though… I like you just because you’re you”
No… How could he figure everything out so fast..?!
Ruri was outside of the room, her hands covering her face as she slowly slid down onto the floor. She was trying to puzzle everything together, and what she did wrong. The whole reason for her drive to become Rukko was to push her usual nervous exterior past her and to move on and become a more outgoing persona. But of course, she fell into a spell where she could only be super outgoing when dressed as Rukko, and in the spotlight.
All sorts of things ran through her mind, about what she should could. Or even, what she could do. Kyouhei had everything figured out, and because of that, there wasn’t much options left over. Was she just to let this slide, and continue being his friend as if he knew everything from the start? Or was she to never talk to him again, and pray that he would keep her secret safe? Sure, she knew the brunette for about three months now, but nothing was going to be assured. Maybe he would tell others about her secret to get back at her. But even though the young girl had all of these thoughts running through her mind, something inside of her kept telling her that he wouldn’t expose her secret.
After moving her hands away from her face, the pinkette rose to her feet before slowly making her way down the hall to where the food room was located, and where she could find some snacks for them. Of course, she ended up taking longer than needed, since when she glanced down at the food she was reminded of their date.
Piling on healthy sandwiches, fresh fruit, and two bottles of water in her arms, the young singer opened the door to the dressing room. And of course, there he was… still leaning against the counter just so when she left several minutes ago. “I… I brought us some snacks. I hope there isn’t anything that you might be allergic to.”
Moving her way over to sit on the couch, Ruri took a swig of the water, letting the cool liquid seep down into her throat. It calmed her in a way, but yet her heart was racing still.
"Thanks. You didn’t need to do anything like this on my behalf… if anything, I should have been the one to go and get something for you after all your hard work."
"Please. Don’t worry about it. I actually still have a lot of energy from the concert. This is nothing. Believe me.. Kyouhei."
Ruri watched as the boy moved over from the counter and towards the door. And her eyes moved from one end of the room, to another. Her heart tore right in half. She knew that this wasn’t right, to allow him to just walk out of here like that. But yet, did she really have the right to do that? He was his own person, and Ruri wasn’t the type of girl to force people to do her bidding like other big name stars.
“I was surprised to find out you were Rukko… but I was happy to. I got to learn more about you, though I have to admit I’m probably just more confused about who you are.”
Her cheeks flushed a soft pink, yet his words stung at her heart once more. And watching him turn and put his handle on the door made it worse. Ruri stood up, trying to stop him. The pinkette ran over, her face hidden as she felt hot tears finally rip from her cheeks. "Kyouhei wait..-"
There was a sudden knock at the door, before a familiar voice resounded through the blocked doorway. "Miss Rukko, is everything alright in there? You haven’t asked me to get you anything in a while."
"Ah…" The girl shuddered, trying to wipe her tears quickly and try to mask her voice. "Y-Yes Manager-san.. I am fine! Please don’t worry about me!" And as she said those words, her hands began to tremble, and her body followed suit. She hung her head once more as her tears began to shed once more.
"Kyouhei… Will you.. j-j-just please stay…? Let me talk.. please.."
He nodded to her statement. “Of course Rukko-san, I’m a big fan like everyone else and didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to meet you in person. I’m very grateful for you agreeing to speak with me.” He’d only told half the truth. Of course he wanted to meet Rukko, who he was sincerely a fan of, but he now had the added goal of finding out why she felt so familiar. He wouldn’t tell her that though, he certainly didn’t want to seem weird or creepy after all.
He didn’t want to seem rude either, so he didn’t extend his effort to see her face each time she hid it, but even this process of trying to see who she was felt familiar, as though she was embarrassed about something… an embarrassment he found oddly endearing. He’d only ever felt that way around….
It hit him like a freight train all at once. “I know you…” The words escaped his lips on an inaudible whisper, one she thankfully didn’t seem to hear, which he was quick to cover up by responding to her again. “It was fantastic! You were amazing!” he had to fight to keep all of his sudden emotion and confusion down, appropriately hiding his inner-turmoil with his calm and collected persona. Is it really Ruri? With every little glimpse he caught, he was more sure than before it was her, but what really sealed the deal was each time he listened to her voice. After all they’d originally met over a Xtransceiver without video capability and so he’d become intimately familiar with her voice.
Why would she hide it though? that’s a stupid question he thought to himself. There’s a hundred obvious reasons to hide something like this. It certainly explains why she’s so busy and works for long and odd hours. Should I tell her I know? He thought about it for a moment but decided against it. He knew her to be a shy girl (even if the rest of the world didn’t) and he didn’t want to embarrass her or make her uncomfortable. For now he would play along.
"You’re voice is amazing and getting to hear you in person is a real privilege. I also wanted to thank you for bringing me up on stage. I had so much fun. This concert has been a truly amazing experience!" He continued to compliment and thank her sincerely, but now that he knew what he did about her, he wanted to have a little fun. Perhaps he could get her to tell him herself, though it was unlikely. At the very least he’d be able to talk about some of his feelings with confidence, since she was supposed to be someone else right now. "I just wish I could have brought one of my friends. I just met her a month ago but she’s already someone very dear to me and I think she would have enjoyed coming. She’s very busy though so she doesn’t have time to go out and have a lot of fun but I’m glad she’s happy doing what she does. Of course that also means I don’t get to hear from her too often but I cherish what precious little time we do get… hahaha what am I saying? sorry, you probably don’t want to hear me talk about a girl you don’t even know"
He laughed it off but was doing his best to sneak a glance and catch a reaction from her as she hid behind a rack of clothes in the middle of the room.As he spoke he leaned casually against a counter, his mind still racing. This must be how he had gotten the VIP ticket in the first place. Thinking back about it, “winning” a random award like that was probably a little fishy. After all he hadn’t signed up for any contests or such. If she had been the one to send the ticket then it’s not like she was hiding her identity because she didn’t like him. WAS she hiding her identity? which side of her was the real her? maybe she was hiding her real self from the rest of the world and only he’d seen the real her. The idea pleased him, but he quickly caught himself and stopped letting his imagination go crazy.
He gave a coy grin as he moved from the counter over to the clothes rack and peaked around the side of it rather suddenly meeting her face to face for a moment “I hope I’m not bothering you. I certainly don’t want to over-stay my welcome” He smiled at her. It wasn’t his simple, friendly (and goofy) smile that he usually wore, it was the kind and warm one that was evoked by his deeper emotions, such as the mysterious way Ruri made him feel. The kind of smile that could be seen in his eyes, and he managed to give her this smile during the short moment they made eye-contact…
"I’m glad that you liked the concert!" She smiled, closing her eyes as she turned around to see him so that she wouldn’t be able to see who he was. Of course, when she turned back to go through her clothing, she scrambled to try and find a outfit that she could change into.
"Do you need me to get you anything? Water? Something to eat?"
"I just wish I could have brought one of my friends. I just met her a month ago but she’s already someone very dear to me and I think she would have enjoyed coming. She’s very busy though so she doesn’t have time to go out and have a lot of fun but I’m glad she’s happy doing what she does. Of course that also means I don’t get to hear from her too often but I cherish what precious little time we do get… hahaha what am I saying? sorry, you probably don’t want to hear me talk about a girl you don’t even know"
Rukko froze for a few moments upon hearing this, and knew that in those few matter of seconds that he had it figured out. He knew that the shy, inverted girl that he met the first time at the amusement park was the same fun loving one that was standing before him. It hurt her, in many different ways. Of course, she thought about it a little more now, that she shouldn’t be hiding it. Kyouhei most likely preferred girls who acted like Rukko, and not the quiet ones like Ruri.
The pop idol turned her back to the boy, before going over to her mirror to sit down once more. Why had she never thought about it before? It was obviously the right answer, seeing as Kyouhei was always so energetic, happy-go-lucky, and kind. Most people often went for others who were a-like, and had lots of similar traits. But even so, Ruri couldn’t throw away her old life for a life of being someone who wasn’t true.. right?
After noticing that Kyouhei was worried about her change in behavior, she thought about saying that it was due to the concert and she was exausted. Yes, that could work. It was most likely the only thing that could work. "Forgive me ahead of time.. I’m a little exhausted from the concert. They usually drain me." The girl stood up, walking over to the exit. "Please excuse me for a little bit. I’ll go grab us some waters and food." And without even turning back to look at him, the idol left the room and ran down the hall to get some fresh air. This was going to be dangerous concert if she didn’t play her cards right.
He was always good at dealing with and hiding his own nervousness. He could usually recover after the slightest moment of embarrassment or surprise. So when she asked all the fans on stage to sing with her, it wasn’t because of his own nervousness that he didn’t join the fans in the song. It was because he was again distracted by Rukko’s face. Every time she looked out over the crowd or at the other’s on stage he probed her features, looking for what it was that felt so familiar about her. When he got caught not singing though he gave a sly grin and held up the mic.
His voice wasn’t pop star quality, but he was still confident in his ability to sing and so joined in with the others, releasing a surprisingly lyrical and resonant voice as he began to harmonize with the idol sensation. However, while his voice was certainly pleasing to listen to, he had no ability to dance, and so stood perfectly still on stage, creating a somewhat awkward image as all the other girls around him moved to the beat of the music.
As was typical, Ruri was on his mind as he sang the fast love song lyrics, and his thoughts of her fueled the emotion in his voice as he sang the song to its end. He’d gotten pretty into it at that point and as the music stopped. Kyouhei excitedly waved out to the crowd. He was caught off guard as Rukko hugged him along with the rest of the fans and he was over whelmed with the sense of familiarity. He was sure he knew her now, he just had to figure out from where. Returning back to the audience he enjoyed the rest of the concert and jumped and sang and cheered with everyone else. When it finally ended, he was lead back stage with the other VIP pass holders.
He thought silently to himself as his mind still rushed with the excitement of the concert that had just ended. He was determined now to find out who Rukko was to him. As they walked back to the VIP guest room, Kyouhei managed to catch the attention of a woman passing by who seemed to be in charge. “Ah, excuse me, I’m sorry. I was just wondering if we would get a chance to meet Rukko?” The lady seemed to be about to say something before seeing the badge he wore and giving Kyouhei a knowing glance. She thought for a moment before finally speaking.
"Rukko-chan should be free for just a few moments. follow me" The lady’s smile seemed a bit sly which made Kyouhei nervous, but he followed her none-the-less. They came to a dressing room with a star hanging on the door (cliche right?) and the lady popped her head in the door
"Miss Rukko. One of the VIP members would like to see you."
Before Kyouhei knew it he was being ushered into the room and as he turned back to look at the lady who Ruko had called manager, he again was met with the sly smile before the door was shut leaving him alone in the dressing room. with the pop star.
Kyouhei slowly turned back towards the pop star with his normal friendly smile.
He’d gotten pretty used to the feeling of familiarity she now gave him. it wasn’t that it was wearing off, it was just that he’d come to expect it. Now in a well-lit room with no big excitement of 10,000 people watching, he’d have a chance to get a real look at her face.
Here we go…
Hearing the door shut, the idol spun in on the bar stood seat to face the boy and froze almost instantly. Out of all people, Kyouhei was the one who had asked to see her personal. One on one, and with no where for her to run except into the bathroom. But before he could look at her though, she hid her face with her ponytail, trying to play it out as something else.
"Hello there.. You wanted to talk with me?"
Ruri flashed him a quick smile, only giving him a tiny glance at her face before she stood up and went to the clothing wrack to where all of her clothing was located. She was trying to just shrug it off as maybe trying to find another more formal outfit to wear for around other people. After all, the idol outfit was kinda flashy. "So I hope that you liked the concert!"
Her heart was racing. She was between a rock and a wall with very limited changes of escaping. If she wasn’t careful, he was going to figure out her secret as plain as day. She did take note after all of him staring at her, almost pondering what her real identity was.
He yelled with the crowd as Rukko quite literally sprang onto the stage and choreography immediately began. He cheered in response to her greeting and was swept up in the wild energy of the entire hall as music began blaring away, Rukko’s sweet voice filling his ears. Yet even in light of all the fun he was having, hearing her voice made him wish he could share a fun moment like this with another pinkette he’d grown so fond of…. again his thoughts turned to Ruri and he missed her.
Then things got interesting. Rukko began calling people on stage and the fans went wild, some of them madly shouting for her attention, others jumping up and down waving glow sticks. Kyouhei cheered each time one came up on stage and sang or danced with her. Some had been to nervous to do much more than stand there with her but Rukko never missed a beat and did something fun for each fan, creating a memory they’d probably all never forget.
"You there! Brown hair, black jacket, and poofy hair! Get on stage!~"
He froze…. crap…. he thought to himself.
just moments ago he’d been cheering and singing along with all the other fans that surrounded the stage but now…. she was pointing at him…. was she pointing at him? she was… wasn’t she? maybe. His thoughts were sent into a tizzy as she called for him to come up on stage.
His pseudo paralysis was quickly buried under the calm and collected demeanor he usually hid behind when he was actually nervous or freaking out. Without hesitation he made his way to the stage and came up just as the fans before him had when they were called up.
He flashed a bright smile to Rukko as he joined her on stage and all the fans cheered for the next song to start. as he caught sight of the idol’s face he was over-whelmed with that sense of familiarity and stared for a moment. Realizing he might seem rude he glanced out over the crowd and waited for whatever it was the pop star was going to make happen next.
After seeing the boy’s initial reaction, she could tell that he was nervous. She let out a smile, before moving closer to the edge of the stage. "Come on guys! Cheer for him! We want him up here!~" And of course, it was like as if the fans were all in sync, cheering and screaming for the boy to join everyone else on stage. When he finally arrived, Rukko gave each of the members a microphone.
"So for this next song, I want everyone to join along! If you can’t remember all the words, just sing what you can! This is your moment of becoming a star, and it only happens once!"
Rukko smiled brightly, trying to encourage all of them that there was nothing to be afraid of. "So let’s hear it for our volunteers! We love them! So let’s hear them sing!" The energetic tone in her voice only got the crowd screaming more, wanting more from the young pinkette. And so, the next song played, and it was a slower tune, but still had its usual pop tune to it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0bFtIwNy2w&list=FLRaS_e30InxuHRMIvhPwV2g)
The girl eased right into the song, taking some of the female fans, and singing along, trying to get them comfortable with the stage and singing in front of hundreds of people. Of course, she noticed Kyouhei staring at her, and looked away before her emotions could take her. This wasn’t the time to be thinking about him! She was doing her job! She went around to everyone, trying to get them to sing. Of course, Kyouhei was the only one who didn’t. "Come on! Sing along!" She cheered, jumping over to him and having them play it in a slower tone, extending the words until the boy finally sang along. And after two sets with the young fans, she sent them back into the crowd after hugging each one of them and congratulating them.
"I just want to thank everyone for coming out here to my concert! I absolutely love your support, and I love every single one of you! Be on the look out for my next single which will be coming out really soon!~" She yelled, hearing the roar one more time before the floor gave out under her, pulling her back from where she once came.
Ruri took the water bottle and towel in hand, wiping her face as she walked back to her dressing room. The concerts always took a lot out of her, but she really did love preforming and loved all of her fans. But the real question was… how did he like it? She remembered him mentioning about coming to her concerts, and hopefully she had made his dreams come true. She opened her xtransceiver, wanting to give Kyouhei a message before he would arrive but she remembered that he didn’t know about her big secret.
"Miss Rukko. One of the VIP members would like to see you."
"Ah! Yes Manager-san! Please send them right in!" She cheered, before turning her xtransceiver off and stuffing it back into her bag.
(sorry for a little slowness =P I decided I wanted to read our amusement park thread to re-grasp our relationship haha)
22 days… 3 weeks and 1 day…. almost 1 month… He could probably calculate the hours and minutes too… It was the amount of time since he’d seen the shy pink haired girl at the amusement park and rare was the moment that he didn’t think about her. For awhile he went through the typical rush of emotions; excitement when he thought about her, constantly wondering when she might call or when they might have the chance to meet again, and of course wondering what her feelings were for him exactly. Over the passed three weeks this rush had faded somewhat, but every time she did call it would always return in full force, and while the obsessive excitement would fade a little now and then, his feelings for her never did. If anything, his crush, so to speak, had only gotten stronger, and their limited exchanges were that much more special.
Their Xtransceiver conversations had gotten increasingly more open and they talked with a familiarity that belayed affection; However, there was a certain line neither of them had really crossed, never seeming to speak of the affection itself or broach related subjects, such as when they had held hands before, or weather or not the meeting at the amusement park was REALLY a date (though both of them clearly considered it as such.) This had been the cause for Kyouhei’s constant inner-turmoil as to weather or not she actually liked him as anything more than a friend… anything more than even a close friend, and left some small shred of doubt somewhere in the back of his mind.
But today, his thoughts were somewhat more focused as he quickly made his way across the South West Unova region, just now leaving Virbank city as he made his way home to Aspertia. His mother had called him the day before and told him some important looking mail had arrived with his name on it and thus he was now going home to check it out. As he exited the city he caught sight of an electronic bill board cycling through adds when a picture of Rukko showed up, advertising her latest concert coming up which was to be held in the not-to-distant Kalos region.
Unova’s pop star was all the rage right now and just about everyone was a fan, Kyouhei being no exception. Lately however he’d been having a weird string of nostalgia-like experiences whenever he saw her on T.V. or especially when he listened to her music or heard her voice in a talk-show. He couldn’t help but feel like he’d seen her before or heard her voice, which, granted, sounded strange considering she was seen and heard everywhere from advertisements to the radio but the strange feelings he got were more than that, like there was an intimate quality to the voice he was listening to that only he was familiar with.
As he passed the billboard he pushed the returning sense of familiarity away and picked up his pace on his way home. It was late in the afternoon when he arrived home, greeting his mother and giving her her moment to gush as parents tend to do over their children when they’ve been gone for awhile. Afterwords she handed him an envelope which was marked first-class priority mail and had a stamp that said “Time sensitive” which, he guessed, is why his mother had ushered him home right away.
opening the large envelope, he pulled out a couple of papers. The one on top was a flyer advertisement again featuring Rukko and her Kalos region concert much like what he’d seen on the billboard earlier that day. ‘This is time sensitive?’ He thought to himself as that strange sense of familliarity again filled him for a moment. He put the flyer aside and looked at the next paper, this one looking more official as he began to skim over it.
……………. awarded ticket…………. concert…………. Rukko………………..back
stage pass…………………VIP treatment……………..privileges ……………..
exceptional trainer………………. Lumiose city ……………. Pokemon…………..
Pop star extravaganza………….Fashion………………music………….
fun………….. Date of xx / xx / xxxx
Kyouhei’s eyes nearly popped out of his head. He’d been awarded a special VIP pass to Rukko’s concert in the Kalos region as part of some pokemon trainer give away! He’d always wanted to go to one of her concerts but it was nearly impossible to ever get a ticket, even for himself, the current pokemon champion of the Unova region. But this wasn’t just the ticket he’d always been trying to get… it was a VIP pass with extra privileges and such. he wasn’t sure what exactly the extra benefits were yet but he’d read the other papers the envelope contained later as he again looked inside the special piece of mail, this time spotting a plastic, laminated badge with his name on it. Pulling it out he stared in wonder.
Immediately he pulled out his Xtransceiver and tried to call Ruri. He rarely called her because she was usually busy and instead would wait for her to call but even when he was excited about something else, she was the first thing he thought of and he wanted to tell her. The device rang for a moment…. but no dice. Just as he half-expected, there was no answer. He gave a small dejected sigh, missing the sight of the shy girl on his communication device, but quickly consoled himself by returning to the excitement of this special award.
Looking over the finer details, the pass came with an itinerary, rules and regulations, expiration dates, etc. etc. etc…. The concert was about a week away, and so time began to fly by for Kyouhei. He spent very little time getting himself ready as he had not yet visited the Kalos region, making this trip an even greater adventure. Two days after receiving the letter he was on a plane flying to the new region, and after making it to Lumiose city he spent some time exploring and shopping. He also went out of the city to explore the area and see what new Pokemon he could find but never went very far, his excitement preventing him from distancing himself too much from the concert venue.
Finally the day of the concert arrived and he could barely contain his excitement. During this time he had tried repeatedly to get ahold of Ruri since it had been awhile now since last hearing from her, but it was still to no avail. Something important must be happening at work for her. He told himself. As he wondered about Lumiose city, slowly making his way toward the concert hall, he couldn’t help but take in all the sights. There was always so much to see in a big city. Even though he’d wondered this particular street already there was still something new to check out.
He was also looking quite different at the moment. Fashion was a big thing apparently in the region, at least, more-so than it was in his own home region or the other regions he had visited, and he had quickly noticed the abundance of clothes shops, trends, and styles which were everywhere. He stuck out a little bit at first, wearing his usual blue travel clothes and trade mark red visor, but after going shopping, he fit in a bit better. His friends might not even recognize him, though his unkempt brown hair was hard to miss.
Arriving early to the concert hall, Kyouhei found an extremely large line had already formed and was waiting to be let in…. The concert didn’t even start for another 3 hours…. Kyouhei felt a wave of relief as he remembered his pass gave him special access that allowed him to for-go the line. Making his way over to the ticket booth (which was covered with sold out signs) he found someone to help him as he flashed his vip badge.
He was quickly shown inside and treated with a strangely high level of respect as if he were actually someone important. This treatment is great… I can’t wait to tell Ruri all about it. he thought silently to himself, uttering a word of thanks under his breath to the lord above. In the hours of waiting that came he got to enjoy a VIP guest room with refreshments and Hors d’oeuvres where other people who actually looked important chatted away. Every now and then he would get an odd glance from those around him as though he were a bit out of place, but nothing particularly rude. He was given some cool swag which featured Rukko (including a poster which he planned to hang on his wall back home when he went back) and a copy of her latest album.
Finally it was time for the concert. Most of the businessy and important looking people stayed in the guest room and continued talking there but a few, including Kyouhei of course, made their way to the concert hall. It was standing-room-only and Kyouhei made his way into a reserved area right in front of the stage with a few others when the lights went out and fog began to fill up the stage, exciting music growing in volume to announce the pop star’s imminent arrival….
This was it… one of the life experiences he’d been waiting for…..!
Ruri felt the platform beneath her rise. Over her head, a opening appeared to allow the young pinkette to be shown on stage. Smoke oozed down, and the platform shot up, sending the girl into the air for a few moments before her dance crew caught her. The crowd roared with excitement and anticipation. The young idol was on her feet once more, and moved towards the center stage. On top of the bright, overhead lights shining down on her, a single spot light helped to illuminate the sparkles and jewels on her outfit.
"Hello everyone! How is everyone doing today?!"
The popstar idol waved her hand excitingly on the stage, hearing the crowd roar with excitement to see Rukko. She was a big hit sensation and to a lot of young girls, even a idol figure. Of course, she wanted nothing more than to put out her absolute best.
Music began to pour of of the speakers, and Rukko wasted no time getting right into the first song. The beat was fast and the first song that was on her new album. It rose high on the charts, so of course it had to be the opening song for the show. It was her pure, cute vocals for the first few notes, before the music queued in, and the crowd roared with excitement. And as she sung, the entire time she pictured Kyouhei. She wanted so badly for her to see him. And of course, it didn’t help that there was at least 10,000 people in the crowd. Knowing him, he wouldn’t wear his usual clothing for something so important.. right? After all, he did get a VIP pass.
After a few sets of songs, Ruri decided to do something different. She wanted to invite a few fans for a song, or even to just be on stage and enjoy a good time. At first, she picked a few girls who were pumped to even have the idol’s eyes land on them, allowing them onstage. Looking around, she noticed the one boy who she wanted to see in the crowd the most.
"You there! Brown hair, black jacket, and poofy hair! Get on stage!~"