A/N: Okay, here's the last chapter! Be prepared for a LOT of crying! :D Seriously. I might have been putting my own sad emotions of ending this fic when i was writing Kyoko's part.
It seemed as if Ren and Kyoko's relationship dissolved overnight. The reporters stopped bugging them, and they never were together anymore, since that had been Ren's last day of filming. On the surface, it seemed as if nothing was wrong, but both of their thoughts were directed towards each other all of the time. Kyoko was able to keep filming the post-Daichi's-death scenes in LLF perfectly, but several times during a day she would begin to think about Ren too much and need to take a break before she began crying.
It had been a week so far, but Kyoko didn't feel like any of the pain had worn off. She wasn't working today, so all of her motivation to get out of bed left her. As her phone began to ring, she sluggishly left her pile of blankets and pillows and reached for her cell.
"Hello?" she asked sleepily.
"Kyoko! You sound awful! What have you been doing all this time? I've been calling you for five minutes now!"
"Sorry, Moko… I was busy doing something." She seemed to be more and more out of it, and hoped that she would be able to snap out of it, and hoped that she would be able to snap out if it soon. She couldn't just be sleeping all day!
"Really? Doing what?"
"Sleeping…" she admitted.
"Kyoko, it's 1:00 in the afternoon. Don't you think that's a bit late to stay in?"
"Maybe…" She didn't feel energetic enough to think of a real answer, even to her best friend.
"Listen, Kyoko, I'm worried. It's been a week already and you don't seem to be getting better" Before, Kyoko would have loved the attention she was getting from her friend, but now she just wanted to go back to bed and forget the world for a few more hours. "So is that all right?"
"What?" she asked guiltily for spacing out again.
"I'm coming over there to pick you up before I go to my next job. You can stay at my apartment or follow me, but you need to get out. You've been like a ghost these past few days."
"All right," she said, not wanting to get in an argument with Moko too.
"I'll be over there in 15 minutes. You better be ready by then." The phone clicked off and Kyoko sighed. She didn't want to face her best friend's anger, so she had to get ready soon….
"So you sure you're all right her? You don't want to come with me?" asked Kanae in her apartment.
"Yeah. I'll be good," she answered.
"Okay. If you want company, you can always go over to my siblings' room. They'll be happy to see you," she said grimly. Kyoko nodded and Kanae went to the door.
"And if you want anything to eat, just grab something from the fridge." Kyoko nodded again and Kanae sighed. "Bye, Kyoko. Take care while I'm gone." The door shut closed and Kyoko stared at it for a few moments.
"Goodbye." She turned around and walked towards the couch. Remembering the DVD she had brought, she went over to the TV set and put it in.
The director had given her a rough copy of the scenes that had been shot so far to go over her acting. As the movie started, Kyoko turned the lights off and walked to Kanae's kitchen. She found a small tub of ice cream in the freezer and wondered why it was there. Kanae doesn't even like this flavor, let alone ice cream, she though. Shrugging, she got a spoon and settled down into the couch.
The movie was at the point where she met Ren's character for the first time. She braced herself for the emotions that she knew were on her face at that point. Sure enough, as soon as their gaze met across a crowded room full of people, the only way to describe Kyoko at that point was in love.
As the scenes went by, Kyoko could remember all of the emotions that had gone through her head at that point.
"Are you ready for this?" Ren asked her on-stage. The Kyoko in real life looked at him with love and pain in her eyes as eh knew that she would answer yes to him any time he asked her this. The love that the President had told her to gain when she first came to LME flowed through her constantly now, and it was mostly because of Ren. I love Ren, she realized. I love him so, so much. The thoughts in her mind didn't help her at all, though, as she paused the movie on a view of Ren's face. It would be a long time before she would hit play again, and in the time in between that, the only thing she wanted to do was curl up in a little ball and cry.
The next day, Kyoko went to work in an even more depressed state. She barely got through her scenes with the child actors, and eventually the director called her out on it.
"Kyoko, I'm just thinking that you're not really into the emotions of the character right now. She's in the middle of getting over Daichi's death and feeling happy again. It just seems like you're making the scenes darker than what they're supposed to be."
"I'm sorry," she said, her eyes watering up embarrassingly. "Gah, I'm sorry. I'm just a little-"
"I understand," the director said kindly. "But I think you should take a break for a while, until you get things sorted out."
"No, I'm all right, really-"
"I insist." The director's eyes turned cold and Kyoko knew that she had worn through his patience.
"Okay," she said, bowing as she felt the tears come to her cheeks again. She felt humiliated that she couldn't do her job, but just didn't know what to do. She wanted to be back in Ren's arms again, but whenever she thought about it, the thought that he didn't trust her enough to let her into his life filled her with enough pain to push the thought out of her head.
She walked across the parking lot to her bike and collapsed onto the ground next to it, folding herself over her knees and trying not to break down for what seemed like the five-hundredth time in the past few days. She heard footsteps coming near, though, and looked up sharply, gasping as she saw who was standing in front of her.
"Hello, Mogami," Tsuruga Ren said, smiling at her sadly. He still looked like his usual super-star handsome self, but something seemed to be missing.
"Why are you here?" she asked him quietly. He doesn't act here anymore, does he? "And why did you call me Mogami?"
"I just wanted to stop by to talk to you. I… understand if you don't want to be in a relationship with me anymore," he said sadly. "I can just be you senpai, if you like. That's all I can ask for."
"Baka Ren…" she muttered through frustrated tears, pointing her face to the ground again and wiping her eyes.
"What?" She turned her face to his again and got up. Even with her standing up, though, Ren still had to tilt his head down to see her. Kyoko wished she could be comforted in his tall, strong body again, but knew that it wouldn't help now, while she still felt as if Ren was pushing her away whenever she talked to him.
"I didn't mean that. I don't want to be just your kohai…" She sniffed again and knew that she was making a mess of her face again.
"Than why?" he asked her, placing his hands on her cheeks.
"It's because you're always shutting me out!" she shouted, her tears flowing down her cheeks in spite of her efforts to keep them contained (which hadn't been working out well). "You never tell me the truth or what you're thinking. I barely know anything about you, and it's seriously pissing me off!" She felt like she was about to explode, but stopped when she saw Ren's face. He seemed to be trying not to laugh. "Reeen…" she cried out, feeling a bit pathetic and strange-looking.
"No, go on," Ren laughed out as Kyoko stared at him oddly.
"What's so funny?' she asked angrily. "I'm serious, here!"
"I'm sorry, "Kyoko." He cleared up his laughter with a few coughs and stared at her with a small smile on his face. "It's just all this time, I was shutting you out to protect you, to make sure that you didn't want to run away. And now I find out that that's what you've been angry about all this time! And I thought it was something like I had a bad personality, or something. But I can fix this, so I'm relieved."
"You were closing me off… to protect me?" she asked. He nodded and she hit his chest. It didn't' hurt but he pretended to wince for her sake. "Why didn't' you ask me? I should… I should…" She began to cry again, much to her embarrassment, and Ren took her into a hug.
"I'm sorry… I won't keep you away again. I'll do anything at this point to keep you with me." She nodded into his chest and sniffed again.
"Ren?" she asked him, turning her face toward him again.
"I want to be with you forever." She almost winced, thinking how dorky that sounded.
"You want a Love to Last Forever?" He winced as she hit him again playfully. "Okay, okay. I'll stop with the corny sayings."
"Good," she smiled, reaching up on her toes to kiss him. Who knows, maybe this would become a love to last forever?
The bell to the ice-cream shop dinged, signaling the entrance of a laughing young couple into the store. They settled down at a table after getting their order and started to talk casually with each other.
"And then, he started imitating Ren Tsuruga-"
"Oh, Ren Tsuruga! He's so dreeeamy," teased the girl, laughing.
"Yeah, I know I can't add up to Ren Tsuruga," hr boyfriend said sarcastically. "But you have to be careful, hun. He's a married man now."
"I know…" she sighed. "And I probably would want to kill his wife if it weren't Kyoko. She's now my favorite actress, after I saw her in A Love to Last Forever. She was so good! I was in tears the whole time!"
"I know. I was in the movie theater with you, remember?"
"Oh, right," she laughed. "It's a shame that she's going to stop acting for awhile to raise a family, though. But I hear that after a few years, she might star in another movie! That's what I heard in the magazines, anyways."
"Well, you can't believe all you read. In fact, I just saw this story where aliens…" The couple continued to chatter cheerfully as a couple a few booths down, both wearing sunglasses, grinned.
"I still can't believe it whenever I hear somebody talking about 'Ren and Kyoko'," the woman said. She had shoulder length black glossy hair pulled back from her face and was staring at the man in front of her, smiling.
"You better get used to it soon. You're getting quite popular, you know," he smiled back at her.
"Well, but it's not easy having a husband who's the most sought-after man in Japan," she said. "I guess I'll just have the most beautiful son that they've ever seen, then," she told him, gazing fondly at the bulge that was beginning to form under her clothes.
"Then I bet he'll look more like his mother than his father," he told her, staring into her eyes and smiling.
"Well, if his personality's anything like mine, he had better watch out," she said, laughing quietly.
"That's for sure." He smiled at her and leaned forward to give her a kiss.
A/N: Okay, I want to say a thank-you out to everybody who's read my story and especially the people who have reviewed! :) This has been a lot of fun to write, and I hope it was as much fun to read! Also, I want to clear some things up:
For the people thinking: hey, I was reading that! Why did it suddenly just end? I was actually thinking of dragging the whole long process of them getting back together out, but once i put pen to paper, it seemed like a better idea to just write it out in one chapter.
I also should have mentioned the whole co-starring deal with Actor X, but it didn't really fit into the plot, so I just left it out. Sorry! D:
The last part of the chapter was about a year afterwards. I'm not really sure how long, but it is in the future somewhat.
Well.... I think that's it! Hope you enjoyed reading my first shot at a Skip Beat fanfic!