Here you are… the sixth chapter… I suddenly felt the urge to please the few that still follow my story… it's really only that so don't expect another chapter until somewhere in July… also I hope this to be one of the last chapters, I never intended to make this a long story (I actually thought I would be something like a one-shot, two-shot at best… that is, before I started writhing…).
This chapter was written in one day, (Normally I take 2, one for the writing and one for editing, if I do both on the same day, the results aren't that splendid… well not that they are if I do the editing separately… but you get what I mean.) so I'll be editing this chapter when the next one come's out
DISCLAIMER: I do not own Skip beat or any of its characters.
"Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut" director Shinkai called running to the set.
Chaos dominated all over as everyone witnessed Kyoko's persistence in acting out the scene till the end, her face trying to bring up a soulless smile.
Ren quickly grabbed hold of her shoulders, gently trying to wake her to consciousness, and get her off of her knees. It didn't work.
'Shit… Kyoko, please… come on… don't do this to me please… snap out of it… are you trying to give me a heart attack' Ren thought, wiping off some of the sweat that had formed on her forehead.
"Guest" he suddenly heard a faint mutter come from her mouth. He quickly turned to those who were behind him, trying to help but failing, and told them to be quiet so he could hear what she was saying.
"Must… must … endure… ha…have… to smile… can't… guest… leave…" her voice was faint but he immediately understood and quickly went and got off of the set. As soon as he did, Kyoko fainted.
Ren sighted in exhaustion. He waved his hand to the stagehands as a sign that they could take care of Kyoko then put his head in his hands.
He felt his frustration level rise to a max. 'Shit… in the end it still has to do with Fuwa… why can't I do anything right for her… aargh… I really want to cry'.
Surprised, they both looked up as their dinner was suddenly served.
Then their eyes met as they excused themselves for not paying attention. Ren quickly averted his eyes.
"Kuo… Ren are you mad…" Kyoko asked in a soft voice, not wanting to disturb the man when he was in thought.
Ren looked back at her "yes…" he stopped when he spotted the pain hidden in the corners of her eyes
'Yes of course I'm mad, I mean… I promised you an enjoyable day with lots of new experiences… well you did get the experiences part but still…' he thought back to when the ambulances had arrived and taken Kyoko away, he had been frightened for dear life, the way they had picked her up, her body limp, as if she were a puppet…
"no, it's fine, I'm just upset at myself for making this day such a horrible experience for you even though I had told you it would be an enjoyable day…" he said, sighted and began eating.
In the end she didn't get the role as Ruriko took it during the time she was in the hospital.
Ruriko had seen Kyoko's potential after what the director had pointed out and with all her might had convinced Shinkai-san that she would do her best and to please let her redo the filming.
Shinkai had had to agree as it was his and the president's original plan to make her change her attitude toward working-matters.
I looked up at Kyoko and saw her quickly turn back to eating, as if she had been watching me. I smiled and went back to eat.
Kuon seemed really mad for some reason… 'Is it really only because the day turned out bad? Or is he still mad because I only come to him when I have problems with Sho… now that I think of it… it's true that I do that.'
CLICK! the sound of the front door to Kuon's apartment shutting close. A chill ran down my spine as I thought of what was to come.
I quickly stamped to the kitchen, fully intending to go and make us dinner –so I could avoid having to tell Kuon about what happened, together with the anger that still seemed present in Kuon's mind—than, too late, realizing that we had just eaten.
In no time I felt Kuon's breath teasing the skin behind my ear as he leaned closer, tightly wrapping his arms around me, telling me to stop avoiding him and to start talking.
He then lifted me up in the air and swiftly carried me to his bedroom.
"K…KK…Kuon, where are you taking me" I asked, half already knowing the answer.
Kuon knew me better than anyone, better than all my friends, even than Sho, even though Sho had always been by my side –he had never taken the time to properly get to know me.
"I'm taking you to lie down on the bed so you can relax and talk properly without you fidgeting all the time… and you already knew that" he added.
He sat me down in front of the bed, gently turning me around to pick me up again and settle the both of us on the bed, next to each other.
We lay down in silence –both looking at the suddenly very interesting ceiling—for about ten minutes, calming down while recollecting the day's events.
I suddenly couldn't take the silence any longer and felt the urge to say something. "I'm not returning!" is what escaped my mouth.
I looked sidewards to see his reaction. He looked surprised at my sudden outburst but then let out a chuckle.
"I know… figure… I won't let you even if you wanted to…" he shuffled to sit on his elbows then continued, a little anger and anxiousness shimmering through his voice.
"I'm tired Kyoko, I'm tired of seeing you getting hurt by that bastard all the time…" I could feel the anger and other dark emotions building up inside him as he spoke.
Even though Ren never told anyone, including me, about what had happened to him during the time that he was abroad, I knew Kuon had had a difficult time dealing with his parents' influence and thus, with himself during that time, and that him flying back to Japan, and him changing into 'Tsuruga Ren' had to do with it. I also knew that his fits of anger, he occasionally released when he was alone or in company of someone he considered trustworthy, were a product of that time and that it was best to distract him from it before it went out of hand.
"Ren!" I called out knowing that by calling out his stage name he would revert back to his calm and composed persona and leaned in to lightly kiss him on his cheek.
Surprised, he looked up at me, his anger forgotten.
Then came that incredibly warm smile that always made me wonder how I could always leave him to rejoin Sho.
Only this time that smile was followed by a playful smirk, signaling that 'The Emperor' was on his way, or already there… He swiftly shifted his body over mine, forcing me back on my back.
"Now… Kyoko, need I remind you that you're in my room, in my apartment, with me, a guy who might just like you…"
I felt the red creep to my cheeks as he finished his sentence. Then, when he realized what he had just told me, he to flushed, let out a sight and dropped his body back on the bed. He then shifted a little closer and–like a little kitten—snuggled his head in the space between my head, neck and shoulder.
"I'm sorry Kyoko…" he whispered in a deep cracking voice.
That'll be it for now, hope you enjoyed at least a little…
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