Before anything else! I just want you to know that the personality Kyouko Mogami is going have is the one before her Pandora's box was opened! But its going to change as the story goes as she become more confident of herself and all that. Also, she's going to have her long black hair instead of her short orange one. Please give this story a chance to warm up on you. ^_^
The song that struck me for this story was "She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5"
I Do Not Own Skip Beat! But I really want toooooo!
~*~I. Own. U.~*~
Life for as long as she could remember has always been so hard so when her
mother disappeared and left a heart broken Kyouko an insane amount of debt, She
was just about ready to throw in the towel. But then this person she barely knows
offers to help, but with a price, of course. Desperate, Kyouko accepted and thus
began a new chapter in her life.
Chapter 1: The Hardworking Daughter
She was dreaming again. Kyouko was sure she was dreaming because she's only
ever truly happy in her dreams. When her mind wanders away from the real world
and into paradise. A world were Kyouko's mother and unknown father loves her
and Shotaro, her childhood friend and ex, would talk to her again and her puppy,
Prince Skippy, would come back. From a distance, Kyouko can hear the sound of
the end of her dream.
'Nooo! Please go away! 5 more minutes!'
Kyouko begged as the giant alarm clock looked at her with evil eyes.
"Its time to wake up, Kyouko! Wake up! Wake up!"
* Ring ~ Ring ~ Ring ~ Ring ~ Ring ~ Ring *
Just another day.
Kyouko forced her heavy eyelids to open and stared at the pale white ceiling. The
cool morning breeze blew past the white curtains on the open window of her
room, making her shiver. After a night of heavy rain, the air smelled fresh and
inviting. Kyouko released a small sigh.
'… It's morning again… I wonder if mom's awake yet.' Kyouko stretched and
stood up to start to preparing for school. She paused for a bit after getting out
from the bed. She was suddenly feeling lightheaded and the room started
spinning. A few seconds and it was gone. Kyouko merely shook it off.
After taking a bath and changing into her uniform, Kyouko went to the kitchen to
heat up breakfast. At exactly 6:30 am, everything was prepared for her mom.
The table was set, the food was on the table and she placed a few yen in an envelope
next to an empty glass on the table in case her mother might need something.
The money wasn't much but it was better than nothing.
At 6:35, Kyouko was out the door, running towards the bus stop. She ran past her
next door neighbor who had just gotten home. He moved in 3 weeks ago. A
handsome college student who was living alone. Kyouko thought he was gorgeous
but never really cared much for such things. Her life was complicated enough, she
didn't need more things to worry about. She has her mother to think about.
'I wonder how long mom will be staying this time.'
Class went by in a blur. Kyouko didn't have close friends but there was no one to
blame for it. It's not that she's not friendly or that her classmates weren't. More
than anything, she wanted to have friends and live like any 16 years old girls,
but… It's just that Kyouko didn't have the time or luxury. Other than school, the
rest of her day is filled with responsibilities.
Working 5 jobs to pay the bills and for food. On weekdays, she comes home
at 11:30pm from the gas station she works at. Then she has homework. A good 5 hours
of sleep if she's lucky then she has to wake up for another day. On weekends she
works another three jobs. On Saturday mornings, she's a once a week house keeper for a rich
old woman who lives with her cat in a lavish apartment in the city. That's her biggest pay.
In the afternoon, she works as a waiter in a restaurant. Till 9pm then she'd get to work
on doing homework for classmates. On Sundays she baby-sits 3 kids and a baby from the
neighborhood 9am to 5pm. After her work on Sunday's, she buys the groceries and cooks
food for a good 5 days. Then does her last minute school work and so on and so forth.
That was her cycle. For so long now she, Kyouko was always working. She remembers
as a young child of 9, Kyouko would ask the neighbors to let her walk their dogs for a few coins
or weed the garden, even at school she'd doassignments for a price, anything to get money for food
Her mother was never the affectionate kind. Most of the time she would just up
and leave for a few days, the most was 8 months. At times, she would come back
with loads of money and at times she would just walk in and go straight to her
room, not even giving the lonely little girl a glance. Even so, Kyouko had never
lost hope that someday she will be able to reach her mother even if its just half
way. She just has to keep working hard!
The lunch bell rang and everyone in the class started to leave one by one. Kyouko
just remained seated, using the free time to finish her homework.
"Want to go to the cafeteria together?" Asked one of her classmates. Kyouko gave
a regrettable smile. "Thanks for offering but I'll just stay here. I'm hoping to
finish this homework today before I go to my job later."
"Kyouko! You work to hard, you need to take a break every once in a while!"
"A-Ah! I will thank you!" As her classmates left, their laughter echoed in the
empty room. Kyoukoclosed her eyes and help off the bitter feelings in her heart.
'No, Kyouko! Stop thinking such negative things! Today's Friday, which means
its pay day.' Forcing a smile, Kyouko went back to her homework.
Class was finally over and Kyouko looked at her watch with satisfaction. 'Since
class was let off early, I can take my time getting there.' She made her way to the
rest room. Kyouko heard loud talking inside and slowly began to open the door to
not make a sound. She wouldn't want to disturb their conversation. The door was
open about 5 inches when Kyouko though she heard her name being said. She
stayed quiet standing outside the partly open door of the bathroom.
"…I know, right?"
"She is kinda weird. It's like she doesn't want to have friends or something."
"I mean, Kyouko is nice and I have nothing against her but-"
"Why is she working so hard anyway? Is she living alone?"
"No, she lives with her mother but she doesn't have work or something?"
"Isn't her mother a gambler?"
"Gasp! You think that's what Kyouko does every night? Maybe even prostitution-
"Eeeew! No way!"
"I can't imagine someone like her to have even held a guy's hand let alone ever
been kissed! I mean, have you seen her hair?"
"If you even call that hair!"
"Wait! Didn't we hear a rumor once that she was going out with Sho Fowa?"
"That's a lie!"
"The coolest guy in school and little miss plain and boring? No way"
Kyouko, who was listening out the door had had enough and ran. She ran through
the corridor and down the stairs, past the school gates and into the park across the
street. She stopped by a tree and leaned on it. She struggled to calm her breathing,
but it didn't lessen the pain. She had suspected how the other girls had thought of
her but to actually hear them say it…
Was is a cruel joke of the heavens that at that moment, Sho Fowa himself walked
by her together with his friends. Shotaru looked at her for a second then kept on
walking, not acknowledging her at all. As if they never knew each other at all…
As if he had never went out with her.
She knows why he is doing this. It had been Kyouko who ended their relationship
before it even started. It couldn't be helped, she was just too busy and couldn't
spend more than a few minutes with him each day. Sho was furious that she was the
one dumping him. She didn't mean to. It didn't mean she didn't love him, she really did!… But…
Kyouko let herself sink to depression for a few minutes. Gloom filled her mind.
It's no big deal, this happens all the time. Then she would stand up and dust
herself off just like what she's doing now. She looked at her watch and frowned
'… I'm late'
It was a quarter to 12 when Kyouko finally got back from work. She was feeling
more tired then usual. Perhaps she's coming down with something… Kyouko
opened the small gate to her house and checked the mailbox. 'Sigh~ nothing but
bills, bills, bills…' She stepped on the porch and started rummaging in her
pockets for her keys.
"Good evening, Miss Kyouko." Kyouko blinked and turned her head to the right.
Her neighbor greeted from the other side of the wall. He looked like he was just
about to go out.
"Good evening" Kyouko greeted back with a polite smile. She didn't know the
man's name and was feeling too tired to ask. She hoped he wasn't offended that
she didn't say his name.
"Home from work, huh? I'm just leaving for mine"
"I see, take care." Kyouko said, thinking the conversation was over and turned to
unlock her door.
"By the way, I saw your mother leaving in a taxi earlier. She was carrying a lot of
"What?" Kyouko's eyes widened as she hurriedly open the door and ran towards
her mother's room. She ripped the door open and stared. Her mothers room was
completely empty. All her possessions; clothes, shoes, jewelry, even the small
laptop was gone.
"Gone… Everything's gone." Kyouko said in disbelief. As if realization had just
hit her, she ran to her room and discovered in horror that her door was unlocked.
She opened it and sure enough, her closet drawers were open and her clothes were
thrown on the floor. Kyouko walked inside to check if her suspicions were true.
The money she had stashed under the tile on the side of her bed for her school was
gone. Once she confirmed it, Kyouko fell down on her knees, brought both her
hands to her face and started to cry in silence.
Her mother had disappeared loads of times in the past without telling her
anything but not like this. Not taking all the valuables they possessed and especially not
her hard earned cash. Was it possible that this time her mother didn't plan on coming back?
'She took everything! The money for this months bills and everything worth
selling. Why, Mom?… Why? Where did you got his time? And when are you
coming back? Did I do something wrong? I'm not very sharp so I won't know
unless you tell me!' The mail Kyouko had been holding fell to the floor.
Something caught Kyouko's eyes and she bent down to puck up one envelope and
Her hands began to tremble as she began to register what it was. It was
from a bank, no not just one bank. Her mother had gotten huge loans from
multiple banks- The amount was more than the total of all her whole life's
earnings combined! How was her mom able to borrow from the bank? Questions
went around and around in Kyouko mind until her started getting dizzy.
"Oh, God…" Kyouko can't possibly pay for all of this! Her breathing came in
short gasps as little by little the events of the day came back at her. There was no
one Kyouko could turn to for this. Other than her mother, Kyouko didn't know
any other family. She's only 16! Where was she going to get all this money?
Kyouko couldn't stay in school if she going to get a better job to pay for all this!
Why, Why, Why-
Kyouko didn't know how long she stayed hunched down and crying. It was only
when she felt a gentle hand on her head that she became aware again. Kyouko
looked up with a tear-streaked face. And just for a second, she had thought it was
her mother coming to help her. Gentle light brown eyes stared at hers. It was her
neighbor again. The man really was handsome. His dark brown locks framing his
smooth face, broad shoulders and long legs. A perfectly fit body. 'Maybe he's a
model,' Kyouko thought numbly. Kyouko could see the man was saying
something but she couldn't hear anything. Kyouko began to feel very exhausted
and decided to just close her eyes for a bit…
Kyouko could hear someone calling her. She tried to say something but nothing
came out. 'My throat's too dry… I feel hot' She was sweating and the sheets on
the bed was very cold against her skin. Kyouko tried to raise her right hand but
felt it too heavy to move.
"Don't move, You have a very high fever," said the same voice that was calling
her name earlier.
"Mmm…" was all she could say. She felt someone slide a hand under her head
and slowly pushed up. Something cool was against her lips and Kyouko realized it
was a glass. She drank greedily. The lukewarm water smoothly ran down her
throat, quenching her thirst. She sighed in relief when she was done and
her head was laid back down. Slowly she opened her eyes.
"… W-where am I?" She said in a whisper. The room she was in was very clean
and expensive looking... Sitting on the bed next to her was the man again. 'Why
am I always seeing him today?'
"You're in the guest room of my house… I couldn't just leave you in the state you
were in yesterday night." He said with a smile. He took of the cooling pad of her
forehead and replaces it with a new one slowly. Kyouko flinched at the coldness.
"Y-Yesterday?… I have school, and the house is-"
"Right now, you need to rest. We'll deal with the problems once your fever is
She closed her eyes for a moment. Instantly, she started thinking about her
responsibilities. The house, her school, the banks… She has to go to the bank as
soon as possible and explain to them her situation. Then she has to call her boss
and tell him she wouldn't be able to come to work- 'Oh, wait… It's already night…
I hope I'm not fired. Maybe if I beg the boss for forgiveness, he will just
let me off with a warning...'
"You're not resting" She heard the man say. Kyouko opened her eyes and looked
his straight in the eyes.
"Sorry, I was thinking that I need to call my boss… And there's a couple of more
things I need to do… I'm causing you trouble… Sorry."
"… I don't know… What to do…" Kyouko felt the weight on the bed leave and
realized the man had stood up. His back was faced to her and Kyouko couldn't
held admiring his clothes. They were clearly expensive brands.
"Ano… Thank you so much for all you've done…" Kyouko began. The man
turned to Kyouko then, looking angry. As to why, Kyouko doesn't know.
"I can help you solve all your problems," he suddenly said. Kyouko's eyes
widened as she stared up at the man.
"You need money, right? I can take care of all of your debt. You don't have to
work so many jobs anymore or worry about what food to buy or your house bills. I
can even take care of your school expenses. Everything. I can help you with it all."
Kyouko opened her mouth in disbelief then closed it again. This repeated several
times. The man never took his eyes of hers. Kyouko swallowed, feeling a sudden
pressure in the air.
"I can't possibly let you do all that. I don't know you that well," She said in a
small voice. "We're strangers." Although she said that, Kyouko felt a spark of
hope light inside her.
"You don't have to feel guilty or in debt to me. My help won't be for free. But it's
still better than your situation now," he said in a calmer voice.
"I… Didn't catch your name," she said, her eye lids started to feel heavy again.
"What can I do… In return for… Your help…?" The man gave Kyouko a
mysterious smile and there was something in his eyes that gave her a strange
feeling in her chest. The man sat back down on the bed, took a face towel that was
placed on the night stand beside the bed and started to gently wipe the sweat on
her face. Kyouko was starting to drift off to sleep at the rhythmic strokes on her
face and hair. Just before falling asleep, Kyouko was able to hear the last thing he said before darkness took over her consciousness.
AndIn a soft whisper, he said,
"My name is Ren Tsuruga… And what I want is…"
TADAAAH! ^_^ My first ever skip beat fiction!
How did I do? Is it okay?
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