Title: P.S. I Love You
Rating: K+ (It's just prolonged NakaMizu fluff. Because I like them best. XP) (But there are a few curse words. Oops.)
Pairing: Nakatsu x Mizuki
Spoilers: Yes, for the entire end of the manga. I don't know how much of it's out in the old U.S. of A, but if you haven't read the whole darn thing, then read no further.
Summary: "Know this: I would marry you yesterday."
Word Count: 1,399
Warnings: This takes place post-manga, though exactly how far after the end of the manga, I'm unsure. The last chapter says three summers have passed since Sano left for America. So, they'd be… 20? Something like that. I think. :confused: So, this is after that. Since Rie was two-months pregnant then, when she got married. Yeah. Or something… In this story, that child is already two-years old. So Mizuki's class are all about 22.
Disclaimer: The summery quote belongs to Music From Another Room and Charlie Peters. Hana-Kimi: For You In Full Blossom belongs to Hisaya Nakajo.
Nakatsu Shuichi sighed heavily as rifled through his mail, tossing all the unwanted envelopes gracelessly onto the counter of his dorm room. Junk. Junk. Bill. Letter from his mother. Junk. Letter from Mizuki. Ju-
He froze suddenly, before a large grin broke out onto his face. Throwing the rest of the mail towards the counter (why did he even have so much mail?) he gleefully tore open Mizuki's letter. As he flopped boneless-ly onto the only couch in the room, he started to read.
It's so great to hear from you! It's wonderful that you're doing so well on your team, maybe I'll come over and watch you play sometime! I'd love to see you in action, just like the old days back at Osaka!
I can't believe Sekime-san and Rie-san's little girl is already two! Doesn't it seem like just yesterday we were all at their wedding? The pictures are just adorable, tell them I think so, will you?
Which reminds me, when are you going to get yourself a girlfriend, Nakatsu-san? I'd like to see you all dressed up at your own wedding. You'd be a great dad, I think. With really cute kids!
Shuichi snorted at this. Him? A good father? He'd probably be a horrible influence. But Mizuki, now she'd be a great parent, a great mother. He smiled just thinking about it.
And… no, we haven't set a date for the wedding yet. I know it's been two years since Izumi proposed and all, but… I don't know. He's so busy with his high-jumping, he doesn't really have time for anything else. I hardly see him as it is, I don't even want to think about having to plan a wedding by myself. But, I guess I can't be mad at him. He's pursuing his dream. So I should just be happy for him, right? Even if it is a long time to wait.
He frowned. Really? Two years later and still no date set?
Anyway, that's enough complaining from me! Everything is going great anyway! I'm going to graduate in this Spring, so maybe I'll come visit you then! It's only… four months away! What do you think? Think that would be okay? I'm sure my parents would be okay with it, as a graduation present.
He felt the smile tugging at his lips turn into a full-blown grin. Mizuki, come visit him here? That would be awesome! And maybe Sano would still be practicing. He seemed really into it, if what Mizuki was saying was true. And then he'd have her all to himself.
Well, I hope to hear from you soon, Nakatsu-san, and I hope you all won that game you were talking about before!
Shuichi read the letter twice before he sat it on the coffee table and running a hand over his face. They still didn't have a wedding date? That was… certainly odd. Sekime and Rie and known each other for less time than those two and they were happily married with a two-year-old bouncing, baby, girl.
And it's not like he didn't think Sano and Mizuki didn't love each other. He could tell they were in love with each other. Hell, everyone could tell they were in love with each other. So he, like everyone else, was wondering what the damn hold up was. High School, collage. Frick, Sano had moved across and entire ocean to go to school with her. So why the hell weren't they married yet?!
Another sigh, and his eyes trailed to the pictures hanging on the wall over his couch. Pictures of his family, his hometown, the team at Osaka, Taiki. Then pictures with Mizuki. Working at Umeda Rio's bed-and-breakfast, the beauty pageant.
Ugh. He covered his face with his hands. That was the reason he didn't have a girlfriend, that was the reason he wasn't anywhere near getting married or having kids. He was still totally in love with her. He'd thought, back when she had left Osaka, that his feelings would fade, especially after Sano went off after her a year later. But when he met her again at Sekime's wedding, all those feelings came rushing back and he realized they'd never go away. He'd wind up like Umeda-sensei, all angry and emo, in love with someone who would never love him back. Fan-bloody-tastic.
Heaving himself to his feet, he shuffled towards the kitchen, ransacking through draws until he found a clean sheet of paper and a pen. Leaning against the counter he started to write Mizuki back.
First of all, can't you call me Shuichi, now? We've known each other for, what five, six years? I think that counts as us being pretty good friends, right?
Yeah, I'll tell them you like the pictures. You can go visit all of them if you come out and visit me this summer! We'll make a big day of it. Sounds like fun, right? Maybe Taiki and Nakao-chan and Noe can all come, too. Is Sano going to come out with you? He seems busy training, doesn't he?
He paused, trying to think of how he felt about what Sano was doing into words.
And Mizuki, I think you do have a right to be angry at him. I mean, making you wait two years to even set a wedding date? That's not right, you know? If I were engaged to you, I would have married you a long time ago, before someone else comes along and gets you. I mean, Sekime was still in school when he and Rie-san got married. He was still in school when she got pregnant, too. So, I don't really see what's stopping Sano from marrying you now. Especially since you're graduating so soon.
He read that paragraph over twice. Yeah, he supposed that was how he felt.
And on that note, congratulations on your upcoming graduation! I wish I could go to America and be there for you on your big day, but we're having matches all summer, so… Sorry. But it would be fantastic if you could come out here. You could probably stay with Sekime and Rie-san. Or maybe Nakao.
And yes! We did win that match! Three-to-one! It was awesome, I wish you could have seen it!
Hope to hear from you soon about you coming back to Japan!
And Mizuki… I really do think Sano has waited too long, more than he should. If I were him… Well, know this: I would marry you yesterday if I could.
He stopped, the tip of his pen paused an inch above the paper, before setting it down to write one more thing.
P.S. I love you.
A/N: Yeah, I got this idea after 1. I re-watched the beginning of Music From Another Room and 2. Saw a preview for P.S. I Love You. I haven't seen the movie yet (though I dearly want to, since Gerard Butler is smoking hott), but I do get Goosebumps whenever I hear the clip from the preview of him saying "P.S. I love you." Gives me chills. Makes me sad, cause I don't have someone like that. :tears: (Actually, has anyone scene that movie? If you have, I'd love to know if it was any good.)
Also, this is only gonna be a few chapters long. From Nakatsu's POV(ish). I do this because I dearly love Nakatsu. He's three-way-tied for my favorite. (The other two being Umeda and Nanba.
And yes, I am aware the timeline is probably somewhat skewed, but, well… oh, well. Lol.
Reviews are love!