Thursday, 9 November 2017

Forever Love : 01




It was on a bright Monday morning. Almost everybody was prepared to start their day. It was a regular thing for people in Japan to wake up early because the sun rises early but somehow inside a room, it took her quite some time for her to even open her eyes. She grumbled, “Ugh… Okay, Wani… You got to wake up. You got to wake up…” she said alone but instead of pushing the blanket away, she pulled it back up to cover her body.

**

            It was 8.10 AM. The day was going on like it usually does. Wani rushed her way towards the main office inside the building that she has to go for her first day of practical as a secretary. Even though it was her last year to be there, she still have trouble to wake up early. She furrowed her face, “Oh, I really hope that I’m not late!!” she said. She and some of her fellow friends were assigned to that company. She surely hopes that she would be there earlier than anybody else. After a while, she stopped right in front of the main office. She inhaled a deep breath before she knocks on the door but unexpectedly, somebody walked out from the room.

            He turned around and bowed down to the manager behind him. “Yes, sir. I’d go to the department and report myself there right now,” he said to Mr. Fujii before he turned around and walked away from there. Somehow, their eyes met for a short time. He gave her a smile before he walked away from there. She was shocked to see him there. ‘Sou Matsushima?’ she remembered his name in her heart. She grumbled in her heart. He is one of the best student from her University and she is the only transferred student from Malaysia.! Looking at him suited up well, she wondered if she could manage to get the position at the company. She sighed. She heard Mr. Fujii called her name from behind her back, “Wani chan,” he said. She was startled before she turned around and bowed down to him. “Sir,” she said.  He called her inside his office and she followed him from behind his back. She tried to be confident but she doubted to win against Matsu at the match. She gripped her fist tight and sighed slightly. ‘Oh, just go for it,’ she said before she gets inside the room and closed to door.

**

            During the lunch hour, after the time had passed as the day continues, how she was relieved that she manage to do some of her job properly on her first day there. She was surprised to be put in at the same department as Matsu. The two of them barely talked to each other, but every time they met, he couldn’t stop but gave her a smile. She groaned and sealed her eyes shut for a while. She was left there alone at the cafeteria. She grabbed on the glass of her orange juice before she took a sip of it but her thought continue to play around in her mind. ‘And I wonder why was he being so nice to me…’ she wondered. She ate the curry rice she bought a moment ago. She knew that Sou is younger than her but why does she felt awkward when he stood so close to her. The image of him smiling to her kept on reappearing in her thought. How some part of her wanted to fade away and never return but how some part of her just wanted to stay. She sighed and continues to eat her lunch before unexpectedly, somebody stood right beside her. “Hey, Wani chan! Finally! I thought I’d never findd you!” she head a man spoke to her. He smiled to her, “Mind if I join you for lunch?” he asked her. She fell silent for a moment before she turned her gaze to see who it was that talked to her.

            How she was startled to see who that person was. He gave her a friendly smile as their eyes met. She felt her heart stopped for a short time, she blinked her eyes once…
  ‘Matsushima…’ she said in her heart…

**

            The two of them continue eating their lunch right in front of each other, “ I really hope that everything would be alright for us today,” he said to her. She had a small laughter and looked at him casually. She smiled slightly, “I hope everything would be okay for you,” she said to him. He looked at her awkwardly, “Why just me? Isn’t it supposed to be all of us?” he asked her. She snorted slightly, “Well, aren’t you everybody’s favourite?” she asked. He raised his eyebrow up, when she just smiled to him, “Nee, Matsushima kun?” she said to him. He looked at her sharply before he smiled to her teasingly, “Just call me Sou chan and don’t worry too much. Both of us would do okay,” he said. She nodded her head, “Yeah, right…” she replied. She knew that the two of them doesn’t have anything in common at all. She’s just a regular student when he is one of the precious diamonds in everybody’s heart. She looked at him enjoying his lunch right in front of her face. How he was enjoying himself. The food that she ate was almost finish but why does she felt like she just want to get out from there? She doesn’t want to see him right in front of her anymore but some part of her doesn’t want to go away from there. How she felt her anxious heart triggered when unexpectedly, the sound of somebody’s high heel were She looked at who it was and saw a beautiful lady walked towards their direction. She walked right behind Matsu and touched on his shoulder, “Matsu kun…” she called his name gently. She was gutted for a moment looking at her right there. Matsu turned around and looked at who it was. He cleared his throat slightly, “Reiko chan,” he said.

Reiko snorted slightly when she just sat right beside Matsu and joined in for lunch with the two of them. He smiled to her slightly, “And I didn’t expect to see you here,” he said to her. Reiko flipped her beautiful long hair. She touched on Matsu’s shoulder as she leaned closer to him so that she could whispered in his ear, “Well, I guess I got to be wherever you are,” he said to her but Wani could hear every single bit of what she said. Wani looked away from them as Reiko sat closer to him. She tried to clear her mind that seemed to be slightly irritated with Reiko suddenly being there. She gritted her teeth against each other, ‘Well then I guess it would be a pleasant day indeed for you,’ she said to Reiko. She smiled to Wani slightly before she gently caresses at the side of his face. Matsu smiled slightly to Reiko as Wani looked away from the two of them, ‘I better finish my lunch before anything else happen in front of my face,’ she said in her heart and continue to eat her food.

**

            After sometime, she finally finished eating her lunch. She put the fork and spoon she used earlier down on the plate in front of her before she looked at the two of them, “Well, I’m done with my lunch. I think I should get going because I still have something that I haven’t finish doing yet in the office,” she said to them. He looked at her direction as he felt Reiko suddenly touched him behind his back, “But…” he said to her, but she just gave him a smile, “Well, I with the two of you good luck for today!” she said to them. She stood up and turned around, but somehow without her noticing anything, she accidently hit against somebody unexpectedly.

            How she was gutted when he shoulder hit against somebody that walked right behind her back. He stopped walking right beside her. He turned his gaze towards her and looked at her sarcastically. Matsu was shocked as he stood up just in case if anything would happen in between the two of them. Wani bowed down to the man that wore a neatly ironed black suit right in front of her, “I’m really sorry!” she said to him. Arrogantly, he looked away from her, “Next time, watch where you’re going,” he said to her sarcastically. His friend walked close to him, “Hey, man. Let’s get out from here! I’m starving!” his friend said to him. He grunted arrogantly before he walked away without turning back anymore. She furrowed her face, “And who the hell do you think you are?” she said irritatingly. Matsu pulled his hand away from Reiko that touched him and walked right beside her. He looked at her, “Are you okay?” he asked her. She didn’t even look at him at the same time she heard Reiko’s heel walked towards Matsu’s direction.

            She sighed unpleasantly, “Don’t mind me. I’ll be alright,” she said before she walked away and left both Matsu and Reiko behind. She furrowed her face as she walked away from there. Maybe it was her first day there, and she believe those thing would happen but why would she even bother about it anyway. She groaned, “Just forget about it,” she said to herself as she walked away from there.

            From far, how Matsu was clueless with what was going on. How he wanted to go after her but Reiko couldn’t stop holding him close to her. He felt his heart pound slightly as he couldn’t see Wani anymore further away from her. He sighed before he turned around and looked at Reiko right beside him. Reiko gently caressed on his shoulder. She sighed and shakes her head from side to side, “Let just let her go and do her work,” she said to him. He knew he felt nothing at that time; he pulled his hand away from Reiko that couldn’t stop touching him for too long already. He groaned, “Yeah, whatever,” he said to her. He rolled his eyes as he walked away from there and left Reiko behind. She followed him from behind his back pathetically.

**

            After sometime inside the office, everybody was doing their work like they were asked to do earlier. Their behaviour and workmanship were being watched out by each of the staff that were attend to look after them. Maybe they were all meant to have their practical at that company but nobody knows which department or position they were meant to be. The time continues to tick before soon the head of the company would call all of them and tell where they would be place at for the rest of their three months practical at the company.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Unforeseen : 01

            It’s in the second month after the school in Japan was open once again. It was on Friday and it is the last day of school of the week. Some students were delight that they won’t have to go to school anymore tomorrow, some worries if there would be more homework they got to finish only on the weekend and some students in the Tokyo Junior High spends their time talking to their friends outside the classes.

            After a short while, the bell suddenly rings and the students anxiously to go to their first class of the day. Most of them grabs their books from the locker and rushed towards their classroom, but some are walks without anything in their hands.. Sakurai walked beside two of his friends towards their class. They talks and laughing with each other, not even bother when they walks right next to a teacher that is going towards his class, 09-10, close to theirs.

            Inside the class, Sakurai and his friends continue their conversation and their voice is just too loud the whole class could even hear what they were talking about. Sakurai laughed, “I know right?! That would make me the richest kid in school!” he said to Shin and Shun, the identical twin in the class. The two of them nods their head with a dumb smile across their face. “And how excited is that….?” Shun asked Sakurai. Sakurai rolled his eyes. “Of course! Won’t that make everybody in this school want bow down to me?!” Sakurai said. The two of them nods their head, “Yeah! That’s so right” they said to agree with Sakurai.

            Slightly further away from their table, Ayaka puts the pen she holds in her hands down, she  turned to her side and she looked at Sakurai sarcastically, “Oh, your mighty,” she speaks. Sakurai turned around to look at her direction; Sakurai furrowed his eyebrow, “What?” he asked her. Ayaka smiled to him annoyingly, “You know, sometimes I feel like you are talking too loud, the whole world is going to collapse with your unpleasant voice,” she said to him. Sakurai grumbles, he raised his eyebrow up, “And why are you talking too much?” he asked her sarcastically. Ayaka looked away for a short time, “Excuse me? Is it me who’s talking or you who can’t shut up?” she asked him directly. He groans. He looked sharply to her direction, “Oh and when your ‘boyfriend’ isn’t here, you talk too much,” he said to Ayaka. Ayaka sharpen her eye gaze towards Sakurai. “My boyfriend?!” she asked him shockingly. Sakurai snorts, “Whatever,” he said to her. He rolled his eyes before he turned his gaze towards his friends and continue their conversation.

            Ayaka groans, “Urgh! And I don’t know what will happen to this world…” she groans. Mie that sat beside her look at her, “Sometimes you just got to ignore those types of people…” she said to Ayaka. Ayaka nods her head, “Yeah, maybe you are right,” she replied Mie. Mie smiled slyly, “Or else you’d either become one of them or crazy because of them,” Mie said to her. Ayaka smiled, she nods her head. “Yeah… You are so right…” she said to Mie. Mie nods her head, she smiles to Ayaka, “And I think we should finish the work that Mr. Fujiwara gives us before he returns in a short time!” Mie said to Ayaka. “Yeah, you’re right!” Ayaka nods her head. The two of them continue doing their work.

**

            It’s during the second period of the day at the school. Things were going regularly like how it usually goes. The students of class 08-10 stands up and bow down to their teacher before the teacher walks out from the class. Sakurai looks at the teachers direction from his desk as the teacher walks out from there. He calls for his friends, Shin and Shun to get their attention, “Hey guys,” he said to them. Both of the twins looks at Sakurai’s direction, “Yes?” Shin answers Sakurai. Sakurai walks towards the classroom door when he see a new student that come to the school just a few weeks ago. Shin and Shun walks closer to Sakurai, “What is it?” Shun asks Sakurai. Sakurai grins when he looks at the new too old school type of boy, with his spec that don’t suit his face, he don’t even know what name he should be calling him anymore.

            “And looks who’s coming to our direction!” Sakurai said to the twins. Shin looks at where Sakurai was looking at. He raises his eyebrow’s up, “Hey, isn’t that the nerdy guy? Did he change his dress up code suddenly?!” he ask his brother and Sakurai. Sakurai snorts slyly, “Maybe…” he smirks to them. The boy pushes his spec that  falls down back up to its actual position as he continue walking towards the class. Sakurai crosses his arms, “Why not we give him a little surprise?” he asks his friends. Both Shun and Shin smirks while they nods their head…

            “Yeah… That would be just splendid!” they answers Sakurai. Sakurai smirks looking at the boy that was coming to their direction. He hides himself inside the class so that the boy won’t see him there.

**

            Outside the class, the boy walks towards the class with piles of books in his hands, “Oh, I really hope I don’t miss the second period! Miss Sizuka needs my help too later after the third period ends!”  he said. He pushes his specs up once again as he approach the class. He walks inside the classroom with a bright smile across his face but before he could move further, he stumbles down when he didn’t realize somebody’s feet was evading his way to gets inside. He groans before the book that he holds in his hands falls down on the floor.

            “And here comes the stumble boy of the year!” Sakurai said when Shin manage to trips the boy down. Ayaka looks towards Sakurai’s direction. She furrows her eyebrow when she notice that the boy has falls down on the floor. She grumbles before she walks towards the boy’s direction. Sakurai pushes the boy with his legs but Ayaka pushes him away, “Can you just get a life, Sakurai?!” she said to him. The boy tries to stands up but Sakurai and Shun still tries to pushes the boy again. Sakurai looks at Ayaka sarcastically, “Huh, what are you going to do to me now?” he said to her. Ayaka pushes Sakurai away with all of her might. Sakurai almost stumble down, but Shin manages to grab hold of him before he reaches the ground. Sakurai grumbles. He looks at Ayaka furiously, “We should get out from here,” Sakurai said to his friends. He walks away from there when he looks how Ayaka tries to help the boy. Ayaka furrows her eyebrow, “Just get out from here!” she said to Sakurai.

            Ayaka looks at the boy’s direction. He finally manages to stands up because Shun walks away from disturbing him. Ayaka looks at the boy full of concern, “Are you okay?” Ayaka asks him. The boy smiles and looks at Ayaka’s direction, “Yeah. I’m alright,” he said to her. She nods her head before she helps him picks up his books on the floor. “Sometimes, I really don’t understand what is wrong with this guy!”  she said to the boy. The boy adjust his specs before he grabs all of his book, he smiles to Ayaka, “Thank you for backing me up,” he said to Ayaka. Ayaka startles for a second before she looks at his direction again. “Oh, no worries. If that jerk ever disturb you again, I’ll make sure I’ll pinch his face next time,” she said to him. The boy snorts slightly, “Really, thanks,” he said to her. He bow down to her before he walks away from there. Ayaka looks at his direction. She taps her feet several of times…

            “You can always count on me, Matsumoto…” she said alone. She looks at Matsumoto’s direction. She knows that he is a new transferred student from Hokkaido, he seems decent enough to be causing any trouble, but it seems like she don’t really know about him at all. She seldom see him hanging out after school ends, she don’t even know where he lives… Who is he, really makes her curious…  Ayaka raises her eyebrows up, “Who are you really, Matsumoto kun…” she wonders.

            Suddeny, Mie taps on her shoulder to distract her. Ayaka startles when she turns her gaze to the side. She looks at Mie smirks to her direction, “And what’s on your mind?” she asks Ayaka. Ayaka furrows her eyebrow, “What’s on my mind?!” she asks Mie. Mie nods her head, she taps her fingers at the side of her head, “Yeah… On your head,” she asks Ayaka curiously. Ayaka’s jaw falls open when she know what Mie is thinking in her mind. She furrows her face, she pushes Mie’s slightly to the side, “I’m surely not thinking what are you thinking!” she said to Mie. Mie giggles, she grabs on Ayaka’s hand, “Are you still accompanying to the teacher’s office to see your dream Mr. Kento?” Mie asked Ayaka’ Ayaka laughs, she pushes Mie out from the class, “Shh! Don’t make too much noise!” she said to Mie.

            The two of them walks out from the class, but from far, Matsumoto looks at Ayaka’s direction for a short time before he continue doing his reading.


**

            After their school finishes, Matsumoto takes his leave. He walks towards his home where he lives all alone. He had lost his parents in a car crash a few years back. He got no other relatives to support him and he believes that he can live his life own his own. He is not eight years old anymore. He walks at the side of the roads towards his house that isn’t that further away from the school. Most teachers ask him where he lives but he don’t even know what is his home address.

            Along his way back home, he could hear the sound of water from the river close enough to the pathway, only people could not see it, but it is there. Matsumoto holds himself together, he smiles alone, “Just wait for me, Chie chan… I’m coming back home,” he said alone. He continues his journey towards his home.

© Scarlet B 2017