As I opened the window, the cold air with little drops of rain quickly sent me their greeting. They might have thought I’ll reply with a smile but today, I’m sorry to say, it just made me sad. I know I shouldn’t be for I saw her three days ago. I saw her plane leave the airport safely. Yesterday, she even made a long-distance call from America to Tokyo, just to tell me she arrived safely and was resting in the hotel they were checked in. I knew she was safe, but why am I still sulking while thinking of her? I miss her… I miss her already.
It was cold and wet outside. It’s raining again and it seem like the gods are crying. Why are they crying? I should be the one doing that. Staring at the road with nothing to see but the cars passing by, for no one dared to walk in this strong weather. As I opened the window, the cold air with little drops of rain quickly sent me their greeting. They might have thought I’ll reply with a smile but today, I’m sorry to say, it just made me sad. I know I shouldn’t be for I saw her three days ago. I saw her plane leave the airport safely. Yesterday, she even made a long-distance call from America to Tokyo, just to tell me she arrived safely and was resting in the hotel they were checked in. I knew she was safe, but why am I still sulking while thinking of her? I miss her… I miss her already. I kept telling myself that it was not the time to think about it. It was not the time to think selfishly of my own feelings. It was time to think of Miya and to help her get better. Shaking my head a little to get myself back into reality, I looked once again on the empty streets as the wind sent me another greeting; I closed my eyes and smiled. It was time to get to work.
“Captain?” A voice behind me called and it made me look at her.
“I’m coming. I just went to get my bag.” I answered before taking my bag on the bed and followed the girl down the stairs.
Locking the front door behind her, I opened the door of the taxi and let Miya get in first. While in the taxi, we were talking about the upcoming release of Blitz’s debut song, “Ready! Set! Blitz!” It was the opening song of the new anime, Delta Ace!* It is about these 4 girls as super rangers in outer space, saving the people living on Earth from those who live on the Moon. Earth and Moon had an ongoing war for power. Though some claim for them having a peace agreement for a year now, some still want power over the other. A good thing is that, the 4 girls – having all the advance equipment – are Miya, Mai, Megumi and Me. Though our names are different in the anime, we are the ones who will dub the characters; lending our voices and singing its opening song. We kept on talking about how great the dubbing we had done yesterday. It was the first time for us to actually voice a character in an anime and we were so happy that we were given that chance to do it.
“Yesterday was fun, right Captain?” Miya asked me with delight, “I was making the recording bad because of my mistakes but you were so great! Not to mention, cool! Even though you laugh after each speech-” She let out a small laugh, “You were so amazing!”
I was just laughing with her as she said how good I was with my character but I contradict her with how wonderful she voiced out her own. It was like her in-person-self. Having fun, giggling and laughing but speaking with a beautiful voice; I couldn’t forget how she had done so well and being the leader of Blitz, she had done her part well.
“Do you remember how Mai tripped from her Megumi’s bag?” She was still giggling as she tried to mimic the fall of Mai, at least, the spreading of her arms and the bending of her upper body, but if she did, I wouldn’t know what to do. If I should laugh at her or help her get up.
We talked with each other throughout the trip to the company building where we need to continue the dubbing we had started yesterday. When we arrived, Mai and Megumi were already reading their lines for today as we, Miya and me, were given the time to read ours while Mai and Megu start their recording. It was a scene where Lila (Mai) and Haruna (Megu) were talking to each other about their leader and her incapability of the responsibility as a leader. Though it was proven that Mizuki (Miya) was a great fighter and the bravest of them all, she still had the childish personality that sometimes put them in danger. Both Lila and Haru see my character, Yukina, as someone who is someone qualified to be their leader. Yukina or Yuki, is someone who is very responsible, mature and seek consideration for all the members but their commander made it clear that Mizuki is their leader.
“What did Commander see in Mizuki to make her the leader?” Mai started to voice out her line while Megu was waiting for her turn.
“I don’t really know. We see her as someone who couldn’t think before acting. Like the last time, we were trapped in a cave while training because of her misuse of the rocket launcher.” Haru insisted on the fact that Mizuki had been clumsy ever since they started as trainee.
They continued on their exchange of ideas when a voice stopped them.
“You guys. You should stop backstabbing Mizuki. As long as she is our leader, we should trust her skills and be supportive of her.” Yuki interrupted as she believed on Mizuki and supports her.
“Don’t you see she could be the reason for our death?” Haru answered.
“And can’t you see she needs your advice in every decision she should make? Leaders don’t need that.” Lila answered as well.
“That is not true.” Yuki answered back, as calm as she is but before she could continue, the alarm for an emergency attack rang as loud as it could and that is when the Megu, Mai and me sat down for a little break and since it was Miya’s time for a solo recording.
“Saki-chan, you were so great. Even really fit your character.” Megu told me while I was taking a sip of water from my water bottle.
I let out a smile before contradicting her, “No. I don’t even think it was that good. I was shaking while I was saying my lines.”
Mai shook her head, “You looked like too calm to be shaking at that time. I was watching you.” She said looking as if she was not buying what I said. But it was true. I was really shaking and my heart was beating fast. I tried to stay calm but my body responded the opposite of it.
Megu and Mai decided to go to the comfort room and asked me if I wanted to come along but I refused. I wanted to stay at the recording room to watch Miya do her lines. It was something boring for others but for me, it was something I wouldn’t want to miss.
I was staring at her as she was saying her last line, “This is bad.. I should go and meet up with the others. Thanks for the info Commander”, and with that, she stepped out of the small room and was smiling as she walked to me. Her smile was not the smile of victory or success but her smile has the sense of doubt and unsatisfied with her recording.
“You did great, okay? Stop thinking you’re doing it wrong.” I told her with a little laugh.
“I know but I want to hear it. You know this is different from singing.” She replied with the doubt still there.
I shook my head before handing over her bottle of water. “Here, take a sip first. Megu and Mai went to the comfort room and it seems they will need a few more minutes.”
Miya nodded as she did what I told her. I on the other hand, just looked back at my copy of the script when Miya suddenly pulled my arm towards her. I was caught off guard and found myself being hugged by her. I was confused on why she suddenly made that move but it didn’t stop me from asking.
“Miya?” I started but before I could continue, she responded.
“It’s okay Captain. I know you miss her but it will be alright.” She whispered near my ear as she held me tight.
I was now really confused. I couldn’t understand what she meant. “What do you mean?”
She slowly moved me a little away from her so she could look into my eyes, “I know you miss Momo.”
I was a little surprised on what she told me but it was something I couldn’t avoid. It was the truth but it was something I wouldn’t want others to worry about. “I know,” she started, “After this, let’s go to the amusement park nearby. I heard it was their grand opening.”
Miya was trying to make me feel better; I could see that, but it was something I should be doing. I should be the one taking her to places and making her forget about Risako. Now it was turned like this. I laughed a little at her suggestion. “I do miss Momo, but it is something not to worry about. And about the amusement park-”
“You mean the nearby amusement park? Today is their grand opening, right?” I was interrupted by Mai who looked excited with the idea of the new amusement park.
“I want to go too! Can I go with you two?” Megumi asked with Mai following behind her with the same reason. They wanted to come with us to the amusement park and it was not really a problem with both of us and so we agreed that all four of us would go after the recording.