|Three Is Company
Author: White-Jet PM
Unspoiled Sidestory to Life of an Agent Episode 12: Shinta sneaks into the clinic to visit J and set things straight. Meanwhile, Takuya's problem drags in more than one group. Will the combined effort of Ouen and EBA help lull him to a peaceful slumber?Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 12 - Words: 56,095 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 02-26-08 - Published: 11-08-07 - id: 3881283
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Author's Note: Yes, for those of you who got the Author Alert e-mail, I apologize for taking the story down, I forgot to a few things that I needed to point out (Then decided to be a bitch by not letting me stick my story back up). First off, Three Is Company is an unspoiled sidestory taking place three to four years after Life of an Agent. Unspoiled means any plots that have not been revealed in Life of an Agent will not be mentioned in this fanfic; this includes the "who saves the world" plot at the end of Elite Beat Agents. As with the Author Notes concerning the personality and appearance of the Ouendan, both Ouen and Noble, I apologize if the way I handle them is not to your liking. I would also like to state that I an not well versed in Japanese dialect and that most of the translations (That I've altered slightly to reduce SOME confusion) are from GameFAQs and the random romaji the Ouendans will be saying came from Animelabs.
Episode 1: Tokyo Divided
In a house/restaurant a few miles from Yuhi River, a pandemic riles up within the four walls of the family run business home.
"Uwa! It's almost time!" cries Tsuyoshi Handa, an average citizen of Japan in the midst of obtaining a job. He frantically digs through his pile of papers, throwing up one resume after another, "My resume! My company information! Where's my entry sheet!?"
He's immediately interrupted by the sound of his family laughing in the center of the room. Nervous, as his family has always had a rotten habit of bogging him down at the worst time, he turns around to check up on them. To his expected horror, he finds the last of his resumes and entry forms being used for randomly stupid needs. His father wrote scores on his entry sheet while his mother made a grocery list out of the back of one of his envelopes, and his devilish little brother had turned one of his resumes into a paper airplane.
"ACK! What've you done!?" he cries in anger and annoyance, "I need those for today's company test!"
The family stares at him in dumbfound silence as he holds up several letters of rejection from previous companies, "I've already failed 99 tests and have no other way of passing! Today's supposed to be my last try!"
"What!?" The father laughs, "I thought it was just a pile of junk!"
The rest of the family laughs and continue with their own business, leaving poor, helpless Tsuyoshi trembling in anger over their ignorance.
"You guys..." he growls, trembling in distraught, anger and overwhelming anxiety. He slowly turns back to his pile of rejection letters, sputtering in desperation, "O...O..."
As he continues to sputter, he grabs a hand full of the rejection letters and throws them into the air, screaming at the top of his lungs.
A split second after screaming his head off, the doors to the Handa house flies open as three men in black, gakuran outfits, burst into the room. Ryuta Ippongi, the lead Cheer Squad with spiky, reddish brown hair that was pulled back into a topknot, and was the only one of the two men wearing ribbons around his shoulders and a band bearing the emblem of their squad on his left arm, shouts "osu" to indicate his presence to the jittering job hunter. Unfortunately, Tsuyoshi was too busy panicking to acknowledge their arrival.
"This is bad!" he shudders, "I have to hurry up and write my resume!" he starts hallucinating, seeing more rejection letters rain down on him, "Waah!! More rejections!!"
The Cheer Squad tries again to get Tsuyoshi's attention by shouting "osu" again at the top of their lungs. The moment the sound reached his ears, an inner ambition burns within his soul, causing all his fear and anxiety to vanish in a split second. Fueled by this energy, he quickly goes to work scribbling out his resume while the Cheer Squad stay in the background, using their cheerleading performance through music to feed his desires.
Tsumazuite, korondetara oitekarenda
Doromizu no naka wo kyou mo yoromeki nagara susumu
Yogorechimatta boku no sekai uita hanashi nado nai
Shimitsuita kodoku ronri, fue nakunatteiru
Tsuyoshi suddenly stops, shifting his legs uncomfortably.
"I have to use the bathroom...but..." he glares at his little brother, who has been watching him since he started feverishly writing down his resume, "Don't do anything stupid!" The brother nods as he rushes off to the bathroom
Tamesarete mademo koko ni iru koto wo kimeta noni
Jumon no you ni "shikata nai" to tsubuyaiteita
Tsuyoshi comes out of his room minutes later wearing his business attire and carrying a small, brown briefcase, "Alright! I'm going!"
"Nii-chan! Nii-chan!" the little brother calls out, running to Tsuyoshi. He hesitates for a moment before pulling up a large envelope, neatly preserved, "I attached your photos and put them in this envelope!" he finishes with a snide, but unintentionally childish snicker.
"Wow! Thanks! You saved me!" Tsuyoshi says in surprise, taking the envelope from his little brother. He looks at his watch as he leaves the house, his expression turning to shock at how late he was going to be.
"Yikes! I don't have time! I gotta hurry!" he yelps. The Cheer Squad appear from the ally near his house, shouting "osu" again and filling him with more undying ambition. Yelling in determination, he dashes off into town, hoping to catch the train before it left.
Tsumiageta mono bukkowashite mi ni tsuketa mono topparatte
Tomedo nai chi to ase de kawaita nou wo uruose
Ano koro no bokura wa kitto zenryoku de shounen data
Sekai wo hiraku no wa dare da?
The train station was light this time of day, making Tsuyoshi's trip a lot faster. He tries to go easy by walking down the line at a brisk pace, but then he panicked when he saw how much time he had left. Desperate, he rushes down the hallway until he spots a ticket booth near where his next train would arrive at. Panting with relief, he starts digging through his briefcase, his panicking increasing.
"Wallet...!" he mutters, "My wallet...! I forgot my wallet!"
A thought suddenly entered his mind, reflecting back to when he rushed out of his house. His mother had stopped him earlier, handing him a folded piece of paper. He pulls the note out and opens it, finding a stack of yen clipped to the side and a note written on top.
"If you're ever in trouble, use this – From mom," the note said.
"Thanks, mom!" Tsuyoshi sobs joyously as he takes the money out and uses it to pay for his ticket.
He arrives at the company half an hour later. Remembering the fiasco of his last 99 tests, Tsuyoshi began to panic once again.
"It's the interview; I have to calm down!" he jitters, "This is bad!!"
The doors to the company slide open as the Cheer Squad jump in, shouting "osu" again. Tsuyoshi's panic turns to burning ambition as he eagerly heads inside and sits down in front of a panel of business men, waiting for the interview to start.
Asobu koto wasuretetara oitekarenda
Kokontoko wa shigoto ONLY warae nakunatteiru
Tsuyoshi froze at the first sight of the judges, seeming at a loss of what to do. The moment they began asking questions, however, his anxiety lightens up and he began explaining his reasons for employing in their company. The judges nodded with enthusiasm over his calm, talkative posture.
Yodonda keshiki ni kotae wo mitsukedasu no wa mou yame da!
Nigotta mizu mo atarashii hikari de sugu ni sukamiwatatteiku
"What is your definition of a family," one of the judges asked. Tsuyoshi thinks back a bit on the answer. At first, his thoughts reflected on the annoying, rotten things his own family did in the past, first delaying his chances of getting into college for three years, and now almost bombing him out of a job. However, through both turmoils, they seem to understand just how ambiguous he is in getting what he wants and drop their absent-minded ways to help him achieve those goals.
"To me," Tsuyoshi said slowly, before bringing his fists to his shoulders and finishing with enthusiasm, "My family is a treasure that bares no substitute!"
The judges, enthralled by his words, clapped with enthusiasm and excitement for his response.
"Wonderful!" they all shout.
Tsumiageta mono bukkowashite mi ni tsuketa mono topparatte
Ikue ni kasanariau egaita yume he no houbutsusen
Magire mo naku bokura zutto zenryoku de shounen nanda
Sekai wo hiraku no wa boku da
The interview continues without a hitch. The judges continue to ask Tsuyoshi questions, to which he answers with enthusiasm and happiness. What fear he had of the previous rejections seems to melt away like ice under a warm sun.
Shikai wa mou sumikitteru
Several days later, a bike pulls up to the Handa house as a mailman knocks on the door. Tsuyoshi, still in his sky-blue pajamas, slides the door open only to be presented with a large envelope.
"Mr. Handa! Special delivery!" the mailman said. Tsuyoshi takes the envelope with jittering hands.
"This is...!" he mutters, pulling the envelope open and reading the contents inside. Shouting for joy, he scrambles into the living room, waving a small letter in his hand, "I did it everyone!"
His family looks towards him in curiosity as he laughs with excitement.
"It's all so sudden!" he says, "But I got a position in the elite service of New York!"
Overjoyed by his happiness, Tsuyoshi's family crowd around him and began tossing him into the air as though they were human trampolines, watching as he laughs with more enthusiasm.
Six years after the meteor threatened to destroy the planet, and three years after an alien invasion nearly stripped them of their love for music, new hope was beginning to grow among the people who lived most of their lives with stress, worry and anxiety. All is not lost, however, as they have grown to accept the aide of a group of men and women who have dedicated their lives and talents in helping them reach their goals no matter what the cost.
The aloof party, fit, strong, and unnerved by anything. They are the driving force of everyone's fight to a better life, dream and prosperity. They are called the Ouen Cheer Squad. For many years, people have relied on them as a last ditch effort to save their careers, their goals, even their lives. They may be the bottom of the barrel in ideas, but they don't care as long as people understand that there is someone out there willing to help them overcome everything that stands in their way.
But in all outcomes the squad has faced in the past, not once have they been prepared for what is about to become the largest test of reliability in the history of world motivation.
Ryuta wanders through the banks of Yuhi River, his two companions, Atsushi Saito, with the black hair and eye patch, and Ittetsu Suzuki, with the blond Mohawk and short beard, following on either side of him. Today just seems like another long day with nothing to do but wait for the next person to call on them. That is, until the ground they stood on began to shake.
A strong spirit, rivaling that of their own squad, was sailing through the river and near blinding speeds. The three turn around to see a large houseboat zoom by them. On one side of the boat, a blue flag, bearing a symbol that looked like a shield with "EN" squeezed inside a large "O", two flags crossing over each other, and a leaf-like crown bent below the symbol, waves in the mighty wind.
As the boat began to pass by them, the squad could see several people standing on the main deck. Five of them, male, wore blue outfits with gold trimmings on the zipper and bottom corners of their jackets, and had the same emblems that was represented on their flag.
One of them, coursing with the same, bold spirit as his, caught Ryuta's attention. Standing near the edge of the deck is a man with long, blond hair, wearing a white bandana. To make the situation more curious, the man seems to have sensed that he was being watched, but paid no immediate heed. Ryuta frowns in uncertainty, wondering what their intentions could be for showing up and challenging the city who had relied on Ouen for many years.
In the Versailles girl's academy in Asahi Town, a young girl with long, brown pigtails arrives at the door. She yearned to be in the noble-family choir class, and thus, moved away from the city to be apart of it.
"I've finally arrived!" Yuria Satake, calls out, "The choir club of the noble-family Versailles girl's academy!"
She pushes the door open to the choir room and steps inside, "I wish to join the club..." her voice trails off as she finds that most of the room was bare except for one person, bearing short, dirty blonde hair, standing in front of the window outside, glancing at the beautifully colored sky.
"Sa..." the girl began, at first not turning around. She began to tremble as she continues to stutter, "Sa...sa...sa...sa..."
Finally, she turns to face Yuria, presenting a rose and pouring tears from her eyes, "SAVIOR!!"
Karouko Tsubaki, the supposed president of the choir club, breaks down into tears as she bit her lip in bitter agony, "Abandoned club...abandoned club! The choir club is in a crisis to be abolished... There was a slump in the contests for many years and the club expenses were reduced. The club members began to quit one after another, leaving only me, the club president. Unless we win at this year's nation-wide choir tournament... They'll shut down the club!"
"That's absurd!" Yuria cries out in shock, "And after I went so far to transfer to this school...!"
"Yuria!" Karouko shouts, grabbing Yuria's hands, "Let's combine our powers and go for it!"
"O…of course!" Yuria stutters. The two began to dance around the room in agony and sorrow, "So...where are the club members?"
"Gone!" Kaoruko sobs.
"So the club expenses..."
They prance around the room, "O..."
Then break apart and sing a beautifully loud call.
The double doors in the next room fly open to reveal three men surrounding a piano, one of them, Hayato Saionji, sat at the keys as he runs his hands over the notes, playing a beautiful song.
"We need to bring new choir members!" Yuria stutters as she grabs her head in fright. As if on cue, the three men appear behind her and shout "osu" at the top of their lungs. Spontaneously, she shouts in determination, grabbing several stacks of flyers and running out to the front of the building to begin her search for members.
Watashi no omamori
Chiisana watashi o yasashisa de
A lot of the students passing by gave little notice of Yuria's campaign. Kaoruko watches anxiously as her new member hesitates with each person that ignores her. Determined not to give up, Yuria began preaching about the plight of the club and how joining it could save them from abolishment. Enthused by her words, the recent passerby stop and form a crowd around her, accepting the flyers as she vigorously began handing them out.
Tsutsumu hito ga sukina hana de
"President!" Yuria shouts an hour later, presenting Kaoruko with a large group of girls, "We finally have new members!"
"We did it!" Kaoruko shouts, grabbing her conductor's wand, "1, 2, 3!"
On cue, the new members began to sing gracefully, as though they were angels smiling from heaven. Enthused, Kaoruko pulls Yuria to the side, patting her shoulder.
"Isn't this great, Savior!?" she laughs.
"N...no way..." Yurika mutters in stunned silence.
Kaoruko then knocks her to the floor and points to her, "Now let's restart our club expense income by babysitting!"
"Babysitting!?" Yurika shrieks, having no experience with caring for children. The new squad shows up behind her, shouting "osu" again and filling her with another dose of ambition.
Tomadoi ga otozureru
Toki ni kagitte
Jibun o nazedaka kurushimeteru
Having turned their club into a play room, the girls tried their best to keep the kids happy. But because of their lack of experience, the children became restless, screaming for their mothers while freaking everyone out. Yuria, panicked by the child wiggling with the loneliness of being away from his parents, began to sing softly to him.
In an instant, he slowly stops whining and begins to laugh happily to the sound of her voice. The rest of the club look towards her in astonishment before deciding to follow her lead and use their own voices to calm the children down. The entire room miraculously transforms from fussy and restlessness, to peace and joyfulness.
Sonna toki koso
"Nap time!" Kaoruko shouts, swinging her wand into the air "Let's go!"
The choir gathers around, each holding a child, as they began to sing a lullaby with voices so beautiful, it almost sounded like the warmth of their mothers. The children are lulled to sleep by the soft sounds of their voices and the gentle rocking of their arms.
The moment Yuria places the child in the crib, Kaoruko grabs her and pulls her into a tilt in her arms.
"I leave this tune to you, Savior!" she says.
"N...no way..." Yuria mutters in shock. Kaoruko suddenly drops her to the floor and points at her again.
"But the volume isn't enough!" she shouts, "Our voices need to reach as far as the outside of these walls!"
"But how!?" Yuria yelps in shock.
The new squad appears behind her, shouting "osu" again and filling her with another douse of burning ambition. She quickly rounds up the rest of the choir and pulls them into the meadow several miles from town, believing it would be the best place to practice the volume of their voices.
Wasurenaide mitsumeru koto o
Imashikanai kono jikan o
Anata shidai de
Real life nagareyuku
Real heart kawariyuku
At Kaoruko's cue, the choir began to sing at a rather soft volume. She stares at them wearily while Yuria cringes at the poor performance. She stops a moment, takes a deep breath, and then bursts out in a loud, wondrously proud note. The rest of the choir look at her in surprise before doing the same, causing the meadows to become so lively, even the flowers couldn't help but dance to their beautiful voice.
Their practice, however, came to a screeching halt as a wild boar charged through the meadow. To further their shock, the principal of the girl's academy stood in its path, trimming the tall grass of the meadow and seeming oblivious to the oncoming disaster.
"President!" Yuria shouts, "The principal's in trouble!"
"Fortessimo!" Kaoruko shouts, throwing her wand into the air.
The choir turn their attention towards the principal, shouting as loud as they could.
"Teacher! Behind you!" they shout. When he couldn't hear them, they resort to the volume of their voices, singing "Watch out" with such a loud, but graceful volume, it was almost as if the earth was calling to him.
Finally hearing their words, he jumps out of the way, allowing the boar to fly right by him and smack its snout into a tree.
"Thank you, choir club!" the principal shouts, throwing a thumbs-up towards the girls who saved him, "From now on, you have my full cooperation."
At the day of the tournament, Kaoruko points to the stage, burning with ambition.
"At last!" she shouts, "The performance!!"
Watashi no sasae
Kokoro ga tsuyokunaru
With everything they practiced for, performing to a large audience seemed like child's play to the choir. They got up on stage when called and played their numbers with such beauty, power and volume. Everyone looked joyous and happy doing their skit for the tournament.
Wasurenaide mitsumeru koto o
Imashikanai kono jikan o
Anata shidai de
Real life nagareyuku
Real heart kawariyuku
"And the overall victory goes to..." the announcer said at the near end of the tournament, "Versailles girl's academy choir club!"
The girls squeal with delight at the sound of their club being chosen as winner of the tournament. Kaoruko glomps Yuria once the lights flashed on them.
"Everyone did a great job!" she shouts. The two were immediately met by the principal who smiles excitedly at the victory.
"Principal!" Yuria shouts with delight.
"I've decided to allow you the continuance of the girl's choir club!" the principal laughs happily.
"Thank you!" Kaoruko shouts with enthusiasm, throwing her arm around Yuria's shoulder, "As I thought, Yuria is the supreme savior!"
Late that afternoon, Hayato heads out of the school with his two companions, Tsuyoshi Moriyama, with his bald head and round glasses, and Kenshin Sugita, with his closed eyes and long, reddish-orange braid, following on either side of him. As they were making their way down the sidewalk, they're immediately greeted by Atsushi, Ryuta and Ittetsu.
The two squads stare at each other, Ouen out of suspicion and weariness, and their new rivals, spiritually, out of determination and will to prove something. The differences in their beliefs and prides conflict with each other, making it impossible for either side to accept any kind of welcome.
While there was more to the Ouen's beliefs than just using their talents to cheer people towards their goals, what they saw in their new rivals made them even more suspicious. Though their willingness to help people is as equal as the original squad themselves, the high spirit of rivalry seem to suggest they want nothing more than to shove oppositions out of their territory so only the people living in Asahi Town would rely on them for aide. This kind of spirit was the only thing that riled up Ryuta and the rest of the squad, making them less likely to accept the appearance of the new squad and the way they run their business.
Hayato continues to stare at Ryuta challengingly before continuing onward, almost brushing past him in the most irresponsible way that further annoyed him. Ittetsu and Atsushi stare at Hayato, mentally angered before seeing their rivaling counterparts walk around them, barely giving them any glance at all.
The familiar squad of Yuhi continues to watch as their new rivals disappear down the street before reluctantly continuing down the path they were walking through earlier, intent on figuring out how they were going to settle this dispute without putting anyone else in danger.