|What Could Have Been
Author: guitaristah PM
Len is leaving. Would you think that this is a typical story under these circumstances? What if someone tried to prove 24-yr old Kahoko that her boyfriend isn't good enough? And what if this someone was close to Len's heart? What will happen to LenXKaho?Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Drama - Kahoko H. & Kiriya E. - Chapters: 30 - Words: 67,342 - Reviews: 103 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 04-15-12 - Published: 10-31-10 - id: 6440485
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I'm back! Haha, actually, I made another fic before this called 'Chasing After You' but I found it too similar to my old fic so I got pissed and rushed myself to make this. Don't take this too seriously, the original plan for this story was to make an EtouxKahoko fic, but it depends. I'm using Broken Arrow as my guide for the storyline. Hope you enjoy. :) Please leave a review if you can so I can get even more motivated to continue :D
Kahoko Hino was already 24 years old. She was currently working as a teacher for pre-school and grade schoolers, and sometimes for High School and College students. Most College students hit on her while High Schoolers were still shy about it, but their advances on her never managed to get through to her. After knowing what her last name was, they knew they would never have a chance. Why? She was in a relationship with the Tsukimori Len for 6 years. Six years. No one understands why in the world Len hasn't proposed. That problem lies within the relationship itself.
Tsukimori has been going from country to country meeting all sorts of different stars and experiencing all sorts of cultures. Sad enough to know that he never brought Kahoko along with him on any trip, even to Korea or the Philippines, places close to Japan. She always wondered about that but it's been 8 months since they've been together with Tsukimori Len doing who knows what in China.
"Hino-sensei! Hino-sensei! I did it! I did it!" cried one of her High School students, Minami Iouko.
"See, I told you that you could get it with enough practice." Kahoko smiled. Minami Iouko was still in her Uniform. Kahoko was a teacher in a cram school every after school hours. She had perfect attendance and was the most popular teacher out of the five others. Most students found her averagely pretty but what struck them the most about her was her kindness and patience and her fair judgment. There were three female teachers and two male teachers. Both of the male teachers were the best violinists until Kahoko came along. Having been a student of a now international and most recognized Japanese violinist today, they expected no less about it but wanted to know how he taught. When she told them about it, they all found Kahoko and Len completely opposite from each other. Len nagged and was very strict in teaching, Kahoko was sweet and honest. But they were still very much in love.
Her shift usually ended at 7:30pm but she got out at 8:13pm because of one College student that was a slow learner. To help him out, she got Coco (real name is Marco), the foreign male teacher to help her out. She hasn't eaten dinner yet and she was starving.
"Coco, I'll go ahead. Sorry for the trouble!" she said, her things already packed and her desk clean. She had also arranged the seats and the music stand so as not to burden Marco any longer.
"Alright, Kaho-chaaan! See you tomorrow!" he said enthusiastically. He had a guest so he would stay for a while. And yes, Marco was gay.
She took one last look at the large room, making sure she didn't forget anything. She had already gotten her coat from the coat rack beside the double door; her desk along with four others by the wall was clean with the exception of Marco's and the seats and music stands were all arranged, with no trash on the floor. The room was used as a dance room during school hours for adults which explained the large mirror and the bars stuck to it. She had her car keys, time to leave.
As she went down the steps, she realized it was raining outside. She greeted the guard by the entrance and he smiled back. He brought an umbrella with him and brought her to her car. When she was inside, her heels not getting wet from the raindrops, someone knocked on the driver's side window and it was Kiriya Etou, who was getting soaked by the second. She motioned for him to enter the other side.
"What are you doing here, Etou-kun? Wow! Long time no see! You look so mature and taller!" she said, and hugged him briefly.
He chuckled. "Is it alright if I treat you to a Ramen shop? Or will your boyfriend eat me alive?"
"Ramen shop? Wouldn't people crowd over you? You're so popular in America. I never knew you won so many competitions even before you were 15."
"Forget about my fans, let's just eat! Aren't you hungry?"
In the end, Etou had to sign many autographs for the people who dined there, and took pictures, too. Kahoko was recognized by a few people, mostly fangirls of Len Tsukimori. There were two guys that had crushes on her and requested to take pictures.
"I'm really sorry. I thought I could avoid them, haha." He said as they were about to part. Etou's ride was a motorcycle.
"It's fine, Etou-kun! I actually had fun." She giggled. "Thank you for treating me. I owe you one!"
Etou smiled at her as she drove away. It was already 9:30 in the evening but he just stood there, hanging around. He looked up at the stars.
"Hoo, she's really going to get hurt, isn't she?"
"So you intend to make everything feel better?" asked a voice behind him.
Startled by the reply, Etou turned around and saw one of the guys back in the competition days with Hino Kahoko.
"Who are you?" He asked politely.
"I'm Hihara. Hihara Kazuki. I'm one of Kaho-chan's close friends."
"By close friend, you mean you like her?"
Hihara was slightly taken aback. "I'm older than you, you know?"
Etou didn't answer.
"I liked her." He said, without eye-contact.
"Suuure you did. Len's going to hurt her soon enough. Aren't you just waiting for an opening, Hihara?"
Kazuki scoffed at his informality. "I don't intend to lose to you."
"Ooh, I thought you were a cheerful person. Why so dark toward me, huh?" he chuckled.
The next day, Len had sent Kahoko a text. She most probably pressed the buttons too hard that she didn't hit the right one out of excitement. She missed her boyfriend. She felt lucky just by thinking that Len was her boyfriend. It felt like a dream come true all over again.
I left you something in your mailbox. Go get it.
Without hesitation, she ran downstairs, greeted her mom and sister quickly and burst outside. She looked in the mailbox but it was empty. She looked around both ways but there were only common passers-by and no mailman. She figured it probably hasn't arrived yet. She figured she'd look inside again, bending down and putting her head in front of the mailbox.
"Are you stupid? Your head won't fit in there."
She pulled away from the mailbox and instantly hugged whoever that person was. She knew that voice anywhere.
He laughed in her neck and inhaled the scent of her hair. Her hair was messy, and it was obvious that she had just woken up but it wasn't the first time he had seen her bed head. He held her tightly, still wearing his formal clothes. He kissed her neck, her jaw, her cheek then finally her lips. Her lips, what he hasn't tasted in so long. His tours prevented him from seeing her at all. They pulled back for a half a second to breathe and their lips met once more. It was PDA: Public Display of Affection but would it really matter if your beloved came back after 8 months of not seeing each other?
They pulled back from their kiss, Kahoko giggled at the familiarity and how much she's missed it.
"I miss you." She said simply, and buried her face in his neck.
"Len-kun! You're back! You didn't even inform the news or anything." Kahoko's mom said after inviting him in.
"Yes, well, I just wanted to see you first before anyone else." He said, with his arm around Kahoko as they sat on the couch. Kahoko seemed to be more radiant with Len around; most probably because she was happier. She seemed to glow every time she smiled even without her make-up.
When her mom had left, they both cuddled on the couch.
"So, anything interesting happen while I was away?" Len asked, kissing her temple. He seemed to want to kiss her some more but he controlled himself.
Kahoko leaned back on the arm behind her and moved closer to Len's face.
"There's way too many. I did meet another famous violinist yesterday…" she stared at his eyes.
"Kiriya Etou?" he asked, his eyes going back and forth from her eyes to her lips. Her hand slipped into his and fit nicely.
"Yeah, he treated me to dinner since I came home late yesterday."
Kahoko narrated everything Len had missed over the long period of separation. From her job to friends including Ryotaro, Nami, Shoko, and many others then her insecurities, her face, her hair. Speaking of her hair, it's not long anymore. It's short, bangs falling in front of her face until half of her nose and her hair ending just below her jaw.
Just seeing her talk animatedly to him—informing him about everything, not missing a single detail—reminded him of that one time. He admitted that it was all his fault. He couldn't control himself that time but he considered it a guilty pleasure. Even though he still loved her, he still had to break the news no matter how much he didn't like confrontations.
Kahoko was still talking about what he missed when he interrupted her.
"Kahoko… I'm leaving again for another tour."
Hino paused. "But.. you just got back today." Her hand slipped away from his.
"I know, I wasn't really supposed to, but I wanted to see you and let you kno—"
"How long?" she asked him, without looking him in the eyes. Len knew that meant trouble whenever Hino asked him a question and didn't look him in the eyes. She's going to cry..
Len licked his lips and frowned. "Six months.."
Kahoko's head seemed to lean in forward from surprise. She turned to look at him and her expression seemed to say 'What the hell is wrong with you?"
Len started to defend himself. "You know it's the stuff I have to do.."
"Oh, so you have so much time for that and not for me? You have almost 60 days for that and only one day for me? You love me that much, huh."
"No! Of course not! You're lucky I even dropped by when I'm not supposed to. No one knows I'm here."
Hino looked up to the ceiling and pressed her lips together and brushed her hair with her hand from underneath. A usual gesture of girls when they're irritated.
They sat in silence for a while until Hino whispered to herself:
"This is so unfair.." and buried her face in her hands, moving away from Tsukimori and leaning forward.
Suddenly, Len's phone rang. He stood up. Hino watched him pace around.
"Hello? Yeah. Don't worry, I'll be there. Now? Yeah, I still have tickets. Alright."
Hino rolled her eyes and fell back on the couch.
Len stared at her and pursed his lips. He got her upset.
"I'm sorry." Was all he could say; he didn't know any other way.