Wow…it's been over 3 years since I updated this story! A lot happened to me in the past 3 years. I won't go into detail since I know you all are eagerly waiting for this chapter, so here it is!
WARNING: This chapter is 100% un-beta-ed, so if you find any grammatical errors in this, please let me know so I can edit it. Thank you.
The Emancipation of Mimi (I Want You, Too) Chapter 6: Stay the Night
Mimi blinked the sunlight that filtered through Matt's blinds out of her chocolate eyes the following morning. She rubbed the ache from her lids and turned over to watch as the father of her son sleep. Smiling gently, she tucked a few strands of his hair from his face to get a good look at him.
Kami, he's so beautiful, she told herself. These years have been really good to him. Sitting up in his bed, Mimi yawned and stretched her arms above her head, allowing her muscles to warm.
The singer covered her face with her hands as realization dawned on her. I made love to Matt last night! I know I shouldn't have. I know it was wrong, but everything about it was… right.
Closing her eyes, Mimi reminisced how the father of her son held her… the loving words he said to her as his body moved in tune with hers. It was just like I never left. It's so peaceful here, not like the hustle and bustle I deal with every day. I could get used to this.
Mimi's thoughts shifted as she wondered what her life would've been like if she chose her family three years ago. There was no chaos here. There were no nosy reporters, stalker fans, or untrustworthy people out to get her for everything she had. She could have peace, privacy, serenity, and most importantly… unconditional love. She wouldn't have to worry about meeting impossible deadlines, or pleasing the entire world. She could truly be herself whenever she was around Matt.
Blinking away unshed tears, Mimi thought back to the day after the 80's birthday party she held at her grandparents' home for Matt and their friend Jun Motomiya three years ago. The day she woke in Matt's bedroom and he was playing sweet melodies from his acoustic guitar. She thought about how each chord vibrated in her ear perfectly and she couldn't help but to sing along to the music.
That was her favorite memory she shared with Matt. She figured every day with Matt could be just like that… the two of them making beautiful music without a care in the world.
At that moment her phone began to ring and Mimi immediately snatched and hit the 'Ignore' button so Matt wouldn't be disturbed. After a few moments of deciding, the singer turned the device off so no one would disrupt her time with her family. I'll deal with the consequences later. Michael's going to kill me, she thought.
Speaking of her family…
"I wonder when Tai and Sora are going to return with MJ?" She quietly asked herself, gently getting out of Matt's bed so she wouldn't disturb him. She reached for his pajama shirt that was on the floor and slipped it on to cover her nudity. "I really would like to see him again."
Mimi smiled thinking about her son's happy grin, and eager personality. He loves me so much. But somehow I feel like I would crush is world if he knew about my true identity. I'm surprised that Matt hasn't told him.
Shaking her head to rid herself of all negative thoughts, the singer exited the bedroom and entered the kitchen to prepare a hearty breakfast for the father of her child.
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"Where in the hell is she?" Michael paced around in Mimi's hotel room with his hands linked behind his back. He looked at his watch and the time read 11:33am. "She never came here last night! She never even made it to the club she was supposed to attend after her concert! What the hell happened, Rufus? You were the last person to see her before she disappeared!" Mimi's manager set his hard, blue eyes on the security guard standing before him.
Tugging the collar of his shirt to allow some cool air to caress his skin, Rufus cleared his throat and said, "Honestly I don't know where she went. She told me that she wasn't going to the club and that she just wanted to come back here to rest." He lied and he clearly hoped that it wasn't evident to the pestering man in front of him.
It was true that after the show, Mimi entered her limo and told Rufus that she wasn't going to the club. However, the major detail that Rufus left out was Mimi's decision to stay the night at Matt's place instead.
The security guard knew that he should tell Michael about Mimi's whereabouts, but he felt that it wasn't in his place to do so. He knew Michael was only worried about Mimi's safety, but his constant badgering wasn't going to make Mimi appear at the hotel any sooner.
"I keep calling her phone, but it's sending me straight to voice mail!" The blond shouted as he quit pacing and lifted his arms in the air for emphasis. "My texts aren't going through, either! Dammit! She could be anywhere and we don't have a fucking clue! Ahh! I just knew the moment she would surround herself with those people, something bad was going to happen! I should call the authorities!"
Just as Michael reached for his phone, Rufus grabbed the hysterical man's arm and pulled Michael's phone from his grasp. "Now, don't do anything drastic, Mr. Williams," Rufus told Michael sternly. "Wherever Miss Tachikawa is, I'm sure she's safe, and I'm sure she has a good reason for her disappearance. Just have faith in her."
Sighing dejectedly, Michael sat on the hotel bed and cradled his chin in his palm. "You don't understand, Rufus. I worry about Mimi because I know that she can't protect herself. She needs to understand that she's different now. It wouldn't be safe for her to travel alone. What if something were to happen to her? I wouldn't be able to forgive myself."
"You mentioned her friends earlier." The guard leaned back against a wall, never taking his dark eyes off Mimi's manager. "Why do you dislike them so much?"
Michael's head rose at Rufus' question. Before he could protest, Rufus spoke.
Holding his palm out to prevent Michael from saying anything, Rufus continued. "I can tell just from listening to the tone of your voice whenever you mention them. You seem to especially hold a grudge against that man who we met at the record story yesterday. Why don't you tell me what happened so I can get a better understanding of what's going on. What are you hiding, Michael?"
Taking a deep breath, the blond shrugged his shoulders and told him about his past with Mimi and his confrontation with Matt from three years ago. He even mentioned Mimi's pregnancy and his suspicions that Matt's son is Mimi's.
"Whoa…" Rufus blinked rapidly once Michael was finished telling the story about his past. "That's… that's a lot…"
"And I'm worried that she's gone back to him! Man!" Michael punched his fist and clenched his teeth in frustration. "I thought for sure that he was out of our lives for good!"
"'Our lives'?" The security guard repeated. "Michael… do you still have feelings for Mimi? Is that why you're so upset?"
"Of course I still love Mimi!" The manager stood and balled his fists at his side. "I never stopped loving her! That's why I stuck by her side after all of these years! If that man truly loved Mimi, why didn't he come after her? Where was he when her parents died and she needed comforting? Huh?"
Shaking his head in pity at the man before him, Rufus plainly told Michael, "Things were obviously complicated between the two of them. Her parents broke them up because of her pregnancy, and yet the managed to find each other again.
"Listen, Michael, I know you love Mimi, but you have to learn to love and let go. Whether you like it or not, Mimi made her decision just like she did three years ago. She chose him. You're going to have to move on."
Blinking the unshed tears from his eyes, the blond looked at the guard and asked, "So… do you think she's with him right now?"
"Truthfully I don't know what to think," Rufus lied again. "All I know is that if you love Mimi, trust her decision and respect it. That's all you can do."
"Well… she can't just quit her life, y'know?" Michael licked his lips and spoke. "Even if she wanted to be with him…" he spat the word from his mouth like poison souring his tongue. "…she can't because she knows the scandal it'll create. She wouldn't be able to deal with it."
Not replying, Rufus looked away and thought, I don't know, Michael. I don't think you're giving Mimi enough credit. But, who knows what the future may bring?
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Matt stood at the entrance of his kitchen wearing his pajama pants, watching humorously as Mimi made her favorite dish… the only dish she knows how to prepare: shrimp fried rice with strawberries and whipped cream. All of these years haven't improved her cooking skills I see, he told himself.
Mimi stood with her back facing the entrance, and as she sautéed the vegetables in the skilled over the stove to add to the meal, she felt a pair of warm, strong arms wrap around her small waist. Sighing contentedly, the singer leaned back and comfortably settled herself in her lover's arms. She gently smiled when she felt his soft lips press against her hair.
"Good mornin' babe," Matt grinned into her silky, ice-blue tresses.
"Good morning, Matt." Mimi's smile widened. She looked down at the skillet and noticed the vegetable were slightly charred from over-cooking. It'll be okay. I'll just add some more water. "I wanted to surprise you with breakfast, but you woke up much too early."
Inhaling deeply, the blond sniffed the air and joke, "It smells… familiar… You did this for me before, remember?"
"Oh you," the singer swatted Matt's arms from around her body and proceeded to finish preparing their meal. "Hush! Go wash your hands and sit at the table. The food's almost ready."
"That's what I'm afraid of…" Matt muttered under his breath.
Turning from the stove, Mimi faced the father of her son and asked, "What was that?"
Swallowing hard from nervousness as a drop of sweat formed on the side of his head, he replied, "It was nothing!" He proceeded to do as he was told, never questioning why Mimi decided to remain at his home after last night.
I'm surprised she even showed up at all. Matt thought as he cleansed his hands in his kitchen sink. It feels unreal… having a celebrity in my home, cooking for me no less. And yet, it feels… right… like she belongs here. Shaking his head to free his mind from that negative thought, Matt told himself, Mimi does belong here! And somewhere deep down, she knows it, too! She could've stayed away if she wanted to, but she chose to come here. She could've left after last night, but she remained. Hopefully soon Mimi will come to her senses. But I can't make that decision for her; she has to make it on her own.
Matt and Mimi sat at the kitchen table ready to eat their meals… well… the latter was already digging into the concoction she made. The former on the other hand, looked down weakly at his place as he tried to find an excuse to not eat the food Mimi cooked.
Immediately there was a knock on the door, which Matt hurriedly and answered it, thankful for the distraction from the sweet and sour breakfast on his plate. "I'll get it!" He hollered out, and Mimi ignored him, continuing with her meal.
Tai and Sora entered Matt's apartment, with Sora carrying a sleeping MJ over her shoulder. Just as Matt was about to close the door, four more heads popped into Matt's doorway.
"Heya, bro!" Matt's younger brother, TK Takashi cheerfully greeted. "How's it goin'?"
"Hi, Matt." Tai's little sister, Kari entered the apartment and stood next to her boyfriend, TK. "It's been a while since I last seen you."
Nervously Matt scratched the back of his head and laughed. "Yeah, it's been a while, Kari. How are you doing, TK?"
"I know you see us standing here," a male voice spoke over the group.
Matt looked at the final two people standing at his front door and a wide grin spread across his face. "Izzy! Joe! How's it been, you guys?"
"Everything has been great, Matt." Joe greeted his friend while removing his shoes. "Now that it's summer, I can take some time away from university and just relax."
Nodding in agreement, Izzy replied, "Yeah I know what you mean. School's great and all, but sometimes it's just great to hang out with good friends."
"Tai thought that it would be a good idea to invite the entire gang over so we could all get together and do something fun for today," Sora spoke as everyone settled into the living room.
"Yeah, everyone's busy with their own lives, but since school's out for the time being, I thought we could all spend the day together. We should all go to the park. It'll be just like old times!"
"I'm going to lay MJ down so he can continue resting." Sora turned from the group and headed towards the back of the apartment, but stopped dead in her tracks when she noticed Mimi sitting at Matt's kitchen table.
"Um…" feeling awkward at the moment, Mimi blinked twice and looked away from her best friend. "Hi… Sora…"
"Uh… hi… Mimi…" the auburn-haired woman spoke slowly. "What are you doing here…?"
TK stood from the living room sofa and walked behind Sora. "Hey, what's with the commotion…?" His blue eyes followed Sora's line of vision and he muttered, "Oh, shit. Mimi."
"Wait? Mimi's here?" Tai asked incredulously, while Kari, Izzy, and Joe all murmured excitedly in unison.
Grinning broadly at Matt, Tai asked his best friend, "How'd you pull that off?"
Staring at the ceiling, the blond mentally slapped himself in the forehead and repeated his little brother's words: Oh, shit!
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Thankfully MJ didn't wake up from his slumber. Sora made sure her nephew was tucked safely in his father's bedroom before making her way back to the living. There Mimi and Matt at on the sofa with everyone surrounding them, asking what she was doing in his home, amongst other questions.
Growing irritated with his friends' badgering, Matt hollered, "That's none of your business why she's here, okay?"
"Shhh…" Sora panicked, shushing her frustrated friend. "You'll wake up, MJ."
The naughty grin never left Tai's face as me made a circle with one hand, and used his other hand to insert a finger inside it, making lewd gestures with hands at the blushing couple on the sofa.
Matt threw a sofa pillow at his friend, which the brunet easily dodged. Mimi blushed madly while clearing her throat.
"How's it like being a celebrity?" This question came from Kari, and the singer smile gently in the young woman's direction.
"It's very tedious because sometimes I can't do the things I want to do, but it can be fun too." Mimi answered honestly. "I love traveling and meeting different people, but sometimes, the people I meet can be very scary." She told her friends about the stalker-fan she had and how her security guard, Rufus managed to keep her safe throughout the entire ordeal.
"And what about being on TV, and in magazines?" TK prodded enthusiastically.
Holding up two fingers, Mimi told him, "I only have two words for that: no privacy." Everyone laughed and Mimi allowed herself to relax. This feels really good seeing everyone again. I forgot how good I feel whenever I'm around my friends. It feels like we never separated. This feels like old times.
"I have a question." The laughter ceased when everyone turned in Joe's direction, noting the look of seriousness on his face. "I know in your line of work you meet different celebrities all the time. I wanted to know if you've seen Jun since your success. And if you, how is she doing?"
Not expecting that question, Mimi blinked several times before answering. "Ahem, yes, Joe. I've spoken to Jun a few times in America. She's doing… fine… However she retired from dancing…"
"What do you mean 'retired'? And why do you look so uncomfortable all of a sudden?" Joe raised a dark brow at the pop singer, mentally questioning how honest Mimi was being. He knew she wasn't a good liar, and he began to wonder what she was hiding.
"I… I…" Beads of sweat began to coat Mimi's forehead and her temperature rose due to Joe's questions about his ex-girlfriend. Oh, Joe, if you only knew the truth…
"Daddy… what's going on…?" a small voice sounded from across the living room. Mimi's heart skipped a beat at the sight of her son rubbing sleep from his eyes as he waddled towards his father. Mentally, she thanked him for the distraction from Joe's questions.
Matt stood and scooped his son in his arms. "Nothing little, man. Hey, how about we spend the day together at the park? You wanna go with all of us?"
MJ looked around the room at the familiar faces and stopped once his large, curious blue eyes settled on the blue-haired pop singer on the sofa.
"Mimi, you're here!" He cried hysterically. "Daddy, Daddy… is Mimi coming with us, too?"
"Um…" Matt looked away from his son and focused his gaze on the mother of his child. "I don't think so, little man. Mimi can't stay—"
Standing from the sofa, Mimi walked towards Matt and MJ and ruffled the child's hair. Smiling gently at him, she told him, "I'd love to come with you. I wouldn't miss it for the world."
"Yeah!" MJ squirmed out of his father's embrace and lunged towards the singer.
Mimi hurriedly caught the boy before her son could fall on the carpet. Her insides turned to jelly and her heart fluttered in her chest when she held her son for the first time. "I'm glad you're spending the day with us," she heard him say, while he rested his head on her shoulder.
Everyone in the living room happily looked on at the precious site of mother and son holding one another. Kari and Sora blinked away unshed tears from their eyes, while Tai rose from his position on the carpet and gave Matt an encouraging pat on the back.
What is this feeling…? She wondered to herself. I never felt this before. This feels… really… good… It feels like he was meant to be in my arms. This feels like… home.
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I wish I can explain my hiatus, but really I can't. All I can say is that somewhere down the line I lost interest in Digimon, and I found a new love in Bleach and Naruto! Now that both of those series got boring to me, I decided to read old Digimon fan fictions and watch the series again, and my love for the series blossomed all over again.
I actually had this chapter written and typed 3 years ago, but I really… really didn't like it, which is why it was never published. I re-read the author's notes and I know I promised a lime, but I just didn't have it in me. I realize that I want to keep this story light, which means no sex! (Lol!)
Since it's been so long, I had to scrap my original idea for the ending of this story and come up with something new! So this story is going to be pretty short compared to I Want U. It's probably going to be no more than 10 chapters, but they'll be well worth it. Actually, it's nearing a close now, which means hopefully I can update faster! (Lol!) Thank you to everyone who took the time to read both is and I Want U. It's greatly appreciated!
Now I have to write the final chapter to Teach Her, Teacher!