Title: Marry Me (Part Two)
I was in the midst of reminiscing when the doorbell rang and my mom asked me to get it. It was just a little after seven and I thought it was already Miya. “She’s early.” I told myself in disbelief. Before opening the door, I fixed myself and straightened my clothes. I took a deep breath before turning the knob. I smiled once I opened it and took a peek on who was on the other side. Upon seeing the person, the smile slowly faded but I tried to keep it for a little while as I asked the person to come in.
Taking the last step down the stairs, I went directly to the kitchen without knowing what to do once I’m there. I got accustomed on going there directly every morning to get a glass of milk and a piece of white bread to go with it. It’s a little light breakfast for someone who works as a singer and dancer at Hello!Project – well known for its intense practices – but with little time every morning, I can’t stay and wait for mom to wake up and for her to finish cooking. With my backpack still at hand, I placed it on the table and went to get myself a glass of milk, as usual. As I took a sip of milk, I glanced at the clock and it was just thirty-minutes past six in the morning.
“It’s still this early?” I whispered. It was a little surprised that I woke up earlier than planned. I sat on one of the chairs near the table and thought of what made me stay up late last night and not even letting me sleep. “It’s all Miya’s fault…” I took another sip before placing the empty glass down on the table. “Good morning Saki!” A voice greeted and it made me jump slightly off my seat. Looking at the too familiar person who just walked in, I smiled at her as she also did to me. “Good morning.” I replied as she put on her apron and approached the refrigerator to get the ingredients she needed for cooking breakfast.
I stayed at the kitchen for a while, still finishing my milk while waiting for Miya to come. After glancing at the clock again as I thought when Miya would come, a tune my mom was humming made me at ease and even made me smile. I closed my eyes and remembered one of the special memories I had years ago. Sakura no Shiori…
I was in the midst of reminiscing when the doorbell rang and my mom asked me to get it. It was just a little after seven and I thought it was already Miya. “She’s early.” I told myself in disbelief. Before opening the door, I fixed myself and straightened my clothes. I took a deep breath before turning the knob. I smiled once I opened it and took a peek on who was on the other side. Upon seeing the person, the smile slowly faded but I tried to keep it for a little while as I asked the person to come in. “Daiki.. What made you come and visit?” I asked in disbelief that Daiki was the one who came and not Miya. He greeted my mom first before answering my question. “I heard you were going for a trip this weekend.” I was surprised. No one knew I was going to a trip this weekend. I turned to my mom and she sighed, “It was your father. He actually wanted Daiki to come with you.”
“What?” Was the only thing I said as a reaction to the idea. I looked back at Daiki and said my apologies for being rude. “It’s just that, I’m going with a close friend and it has been a long time since we last went out together.” I bit my lower lip with the excuse I gave but it was a trip that I really want to spend alone with Miya. “You understand, right?” I was surprised when he just laughed. “I know and I understand. I actually don’t want to interfere with your business with friends. I just came to see you off.”
I continued on staring at him with confusion running around in my mind. My dad was so good on talking to people that he could easily control them, but why didn’t it work with Daiki? I was still trying to figure it out when another knock on the front door came. It was already forty minutes past seven and now I’m sure it was Miya. True enough, as I opened the door, Miya was standing in front of me. “Hey!” She greeted and I replied with a smile. I invited her to come in even just for a little while since the cab was already waiting for us outside.
Mom greeted Miya with a warm welcome since it had been months since she last came by. “I hope the two of you would have fun in Okinawa.” Miya smiled, “We will. I’ll make sure we will.” After hearing Miya say that, she looked at me with her usual smile but it seemed like something was behind it. Something that made me eager to go to the trip and find out but before I could even imagine what it was, a cough came from behind me and I was surprised. “Ah, Miya, this is Daiki. Daiki, this is Miya. The close friend I was telling you about.” I introduced as I watched them greet each other. “Don’t worry about Saki. I’ll be sure to take care of her.” Miya assured him though Daiki was not afraid of that. “I know you will. But if ever I see her hurt when she gets back, you’ll be dead.” He told her with a laugh at the end. Miya laughed as well but the cab driver was already in a hurry for he feared traffic would befall us when we stay longer. With a couple of beeps, I took my backpack on the floor and swung it to my side but Daiki took it while I was off guard and held on to it while we walk to the cab. I was a little embarrassed for a little while since no one had done that for me for a while now. The last time I could remember was the summer two years ago; when Miya was still in love with me.
I said my last goodbyes’ to my mom and to Daiki before we really left. In the cab, Miya was letting me see the place we were going to stay at and the places we were going. “We’ll be staying here.” As she pointed one of the specific hotel from the general Terrace Hotels brochure, “Busena Terrace?” I whispered and hearing it, she nodded. I looked at her surprised but a little uncomfortable. She went silent for a little while as she tried to depict what was on my mind. “What?” She asked softly, “Is there something wrong? Don’t you like the place?” She asked a few more questions since I kept quiet. It was nothing really. I just thought it was quite expensive for just a weekend trip. To think of it, this was supposed to be for Risako, not mine. I smiled at her and answered her so many questions. “It was nothing. I just thought it was too much for just a weekend trip.” I smiled again, reluctantly this time as I continued my answer, “but then I realized, this was a trip for you and.. Risako. So it should be like this.” Miya shook her head and sighed. “Don’t think about that now. We’re going to this trip so you could forget your recent concerns and just enjoy it.” I didn’t know what to say but thank her for her concern but it made me think. Was she doing this because I’ll be married soon or was it because she didn’t want her money to be wasted because of the sudden photo shoot of Risako? Whatever it was, she was right, I should stop thinking of things for now.
After that conversation, we were silent throughout the trip – from the cab up to the plane and when it landed at Okinawa. From Okinawa, we decided to stop for something to eat and since it was still early for us to check-in at Busena Terrace. As how Okinawa was known, it had an American style into it but with no doubt, Japanese was still dominant. We went to eat at a park where there is a stall for crepes. We ate and strolled around the park but as soon as the next boat to Busena Cape was scheduled to take in passengers, we were off to the dock. The next day went by as we enjoyed the view of the underwater world from the underwater observatory of Busena Marine Park. The second day, we just went for a little stroll around the hotel and used its outdoor swimming pool to cool down from a hot day. While we were having fun swimming, Miya suggested we eat at a nearby restaurant for dinner and for something special before we leave tomorrow morning. I thought it was a great idea and so I decided to go with her plan.
When we were already walking to the restaurant, I told Miya that we’ll be eating in a cheap restaurant since I don’t want her to spend so much for me. I’m just someone asked to be a replacement and so, I don’t deserve this treatment. I was lost in my own thoughts that I didn’t recognize we were already sitting on a table with a luxurious covering as well as the whole restaurant. I was brought back to my senses when Miya called my attention for my order. I quickly took the menu and looked for something I would like. I didn’t mind the price at first but after telling the waiter of my order and him leaving, I checked the price out and was surprised. I looked at Miya and shook my head. “I told you a cheap restaurant will do.” I wanted to cancel the order but she stopped me and gave me a reason, “Just sit down and enjoy the upcoming meal. This restaurant is fine. I’ll be the one paying anyway.” I shook my head furiously now and refused her decision. “No, I’ll pay for it.” I answered her but she just flashed me a soft smile and made me sit down comfortably. “Saki.. I’m the one who invited you to come with me. I’m responsible for you. So please let me. Take it as something to repay you for the inconvenience I’ve brought you.”
I wanted to speak up but I ended up silent. It’s not because I agree with what she wanted but because I heard her say that exact phrase before. It was the exact same thing she told me two years ago but I remember it to be kind, apologetic and heartbreaking. With the remembrance of the past, I started to shed a tear. She might have caught a glimpse of it since before I could even excuse myself so I could go to the ladies room, she was already asking what was wrong and was already handing me her handkerchief. I smiled at her as I shook my head a little. “Nothing… Nothing’s wrong. I just rem- Excuse me.” I refused to take her hankie as I tried to wipe my tears with my fingers before standing up to go to the comfort room.
When I was already at the hallway to the comfort rooms, I started to run to it for tears started to come once more. Why do I need to remember these things? I need to forget… My thoughts took halt when I bumped into someone unknowingly. “I’m sorry.” I told the person I bumped into while bowing before starting to get to the comfort room in a hurry but before I could go any farther, a sudden call of my name stopped me. “Saki?”
I looked back and found myself staring at Daiki. I can’t let him see me like this and so I turned around and started to walk. After a few steps, a tug on my arm stopped me once again and there was Daiki. I could feel he was tempted to ask but just as he would have, I told him not to ask. Instead, he just took me in his arms and hugged me tightly; trying to soothe me while I tried to stop myself from crying. It lasted for a long 15 minutes before I could show myself again to Miya. When I sat down, she asked me if I was feeling better and I nodded as an answer. “I’m sorry earlier. I just remembered something and it made me emotional for a bit.”
She just smiled back at me as the food was served. Silence grew as we started to eat. No one started a conversation until we were already in our room. I was at the veranda when she came from behind walked beside me. I looked at her with a smile before looking at the great view of the ocean at night. It was the last night I had to be free before being bound eternity to Daiki tomorrow. I was lost in my own thoughts when I didn’t catch on what Miya was saying. “Will you really get married tomorrow?”
When she realized I was not with her, she just looked at the view I was fond at. Not long after, I felt warm behind and that was when I realized, Miya was hugging me from behind. I was rooted from where I stand I didn’t know what to do. Should I stop her on what she was currently doing or should I just stay and enjoy the secure feeling it brings me? The result is the same. I always give in when it comes to her and so I didn’t stop her and even made myself comfortable. With this, I once again wished to the first star I saw tonight that Miya would not let go; to not let go of me anymore.
We spent a few minutes in silence and comfort until we heard the door banged open and it surprised us as we saw Daiki come in with Ryosuke not far behind him. “Daiki! This is not a good idea!” Ryosuke was telling him but he wouldn’t budge. I tried to come forward and talk to him but he ended up ignoring me. One thing made it clear on why he was acting like this. He was drunk. I looked at Ryosuke and would like to ask why he was drunk but before we could interact, we heard Daiki say a few words and when we looked his way, he already slapped Miya hard on the cheek. Ryosuke had a faster reaction time than me and so he tried to stop Daiki before he could hit Miya again. In my reaction, I went straight to Miya and went to secure her. While I was, Daiki was still so upset because of the effect of the booze and so he started yelling things. Things that I didn’t know if it were true or not.
“Miyabi Natsuyaki. I trusted you to take care of Saki while you go to this trip. And what did I see earlier tonight? She was crying. CRYING!”
Ryosuke tried to persuade him of leaving the room but he still stood his ground. “Did you know why I trusted you so easily? Aside from Saki telling me you’re her close friend, I researched your history and found out you had a past relationship with her. With that, I knew you know her well. You knew what makes her cry, what she likes and what she doesn’t. You know how to treat her.”
As I heard him say those, I tried to intervene with my own reason. “Daiki! Listen to me! It was not her fault I cried earlier. It was me. I remembered something I shouldn’t have. I made myself cry.”
“Just listen, Saki.” He answered and I went silent. “Miya, why did you invite Saki out here? Was it to just really let her enjoy the weekend before the wedding or was it because you wanted to spy on Risako at the presidential suite? Where she is busy having her photo shoot?”
After that, it happened too fast. I ended up seeing Miya returning a punch on Daiki’s cheek. “Just shut up! You don’t know my real reason!” She shouted back but before she could hit Daiki again, I moved in between and tried to stop her while Ryosuke tried to stop Daiki returning the favor.
“Or was it to see if Saki still loves you?” Daiki laughed for a little while before continuing his tease, “Do you think with what she would hear tonight would make her change her mind? You haven’t even told her one important thing..” Miya wanted to hit him again but I tried to stop her. “Saki would be hurt when she hears the truth.” Miya was in rage and I was left trying to stop her from attacking her prey but in a slight slop from my hand, there she goes and she hit Daiki on the cheek once again. Now it was harder than the first since Daiki fell on the floor. “Stop it! Just leave! You don’t deserve to be her husband if you act like this! I could treat her better than you do!” I couldn’t take it anymore. The fight has been too much for a short time and I don’t want to cause any trouble. I stood and stopped Miya again as I faced Daiki, “Just leave Daiki…” I told him as he was being pushed by Ryosuke away from Miya but he was too serious on his uproar and it ended him telling more even though I didn’t want to hear more.
“Your trip with Risako was supposed to be at Kafuu Resort where it is a little cheaper than this place, then why did you change hotels and one of the expensive ones as well?” Ryosuke tried to push Daiki again and was telling him to stop while I tried to stop Miya from going after him. Little by little, they went near the door. When they were already halfway through the room, Daiki shouted one last thing, “What is your reason for bringing Saki here? Right after you broke up with Risako two weeks ago?”
Hearing what just came out of Daiki’s mouth made me stop on holding on to Miya. She broke up with Risako two weeks ago? What is all these? So many information in such little time made me confused. Without further ado, Ryosuke found an opening and pushed Daiki out the door and before Daiki could even say more, he closed the door and led him back to their room.
When we were left alone, all the things that Daiki had just said came back to me one by one. With all of those, it made me want to know the truth. “Was that true Miya?” She didn’t answer and so I was forced to ask again, “Did you really break up with Risako two weeks ago?” She still didn’t answer me and my eyes started to swell again. I grabbed her arm and made her look at me. “Tell me.. Is it true?”
It took a few seconds before she responded, “Yes. We did. Two weeks ago. Right after I saw you at the entrance of the bookstore. ”
I still need to take everything in as I let her go. I slowly backed a few steps from her and asked, “Then… Is there a reason why you brought me here?”
Silence came again but I know she would answer and so I waited. “I.. I just wanted you to enjoy the weekend with me..”
I started to get teary once again, for no reason at all. “You wanted me to enjoy the weekend with you? That’s all?”
I could see her as she bit her lip, thinking of what she would say but it made me doubt if it was her true intention or if this was all show so she could sneak in to the presidential suite to watch Risako. “No.. That’s not the only reason..” I heard her whisper and it made me more curious but tears made me stutter. “T-then wh-at other reasons?”
She looked away and sighed. “I wanted you to have fun before your wedding.”
I thought she would say something worse, like telling me she was here to spy on Risako but I didn’t imagine her telling me this.
“I see… So you still wanted me to get married… I get it. Just, please answer me on why you told Daiki that you could treat me better?” I watched her as she stood in silence. She was not answering me and so I tried to get the information out by asking another question. “Is there a reason behind it?” I was actually waiting for an answer that I once had wished for. Something that would give me a reason to refuse the wedding and would tell my parents that there is someone other than Daiki that is willing to marry me without force. Someone who I love but I guess it was not meant to be true. I started packing my things after a few more confrontations.
“No. There is no reason behind it. I’m happy that you’re getting married to someone who is willing to love you.”
“Is that really all?”
“Yes. What else did you think?”
“I don’t know… I thought you’ll tell me something that would make me know that you… still love me.”
“I’m sorry there is nothing like that..”
“Miya.. don’t lie to me.. There is, right?” I started to pull on her hand as tears started to really fall.
“You still love me Miya.. You still do.”
“I know you do.. If you don’t.. Then why would you say that to Daiki?” I tried to hold her tighter and closer to me but she was the one who kept stopping me. Why?
“Miya… be honest with me. Please…” With a sigh, she whispered, “I’m sorry”, then left the room.