Wow! I actually managed to write another chapter. Warning: it's pretty much pure fluff. This chapter is for mouseter and rjifblue who asked for more :)
I do not own Skip Beat!
This dating thing was much harder than Ren had imagined, not because their tightly packed schedules made it hard for them to see each other for more than a few moments in passing, not because of the media breathing down their necks, not even because of the numerous men who were still obviously going after Kyouko. Dating was more difficult than Ren had imagined because Ren had Kyouko and Kuon wanted her.
It wasn't as if Ren had a split personality. He wasn't crazy, though sometimes he felt like it, but he wanted to be with Kyouko forever. That meant someday it would be Kuon and not Ren by her side and that, in turn meant that Ren would have to tell Kyouko who he really was. He knew the day would come and was terrified that when it did, he would lose her.
"Tsuruga-san, you're really quiet tonight," Kyouko said after an entire day of interviews trying to delve into their private life together.
"Am I?" he asked.
"Yes," she said. "You've been quiet all evening. Is something wrong?"
"I guess I'm just tired from so many interviews," he said with a smile. "I'm just happy I can spend a quiet evening with you all to myself."
Kyouko narrowed her eyes suspiciously.
"What?" he asked.
"You're doing it again," she said.
"Doing what?" he asked.
"You're giving me the something's-wrong-but-I-don't-want-you-to-worry-so-I'm-going-fake-it-and-pretend-everything's-alright smile," she said.
Ren stared. He didn't know how she did it. He was Japan's number one actor, he was able to fool everyone, yet she saw through everything. That was what troubled him.
"So are you going to tell me?" Kyouko asked, "Or am I going to have to keep feeding you cake until you're ready to talk."
Ren glanced down at his partially eaten lemon sponge cake, a light and only mildly sweet concoction of Kyouko's, but a dessert nonetheless. He thought better of his silence.
"What would you do if you found out that the person you loved was a secret agent?"he asked.
He gave her a scenario and, as predicted, Kyouko got that look in her eyes and went into acting mode.
"How long have we been together?" she asked, beginning to gather material for her role as Girl who finds out her boyfriend is a secret agent.
"Not long, but you've been close for a long time before that," he said.
"Why didn't he tell me?" she asked.
"He wanted to," Ren said with more feeling than he'd intended. He cleared his throat. "He wanted to, but if it got out before his mission was complete, it would destroy the work he's been doing for the past six years, and more than that, he's afraid that if he tells her, she'll leave him."
"So then how do I find out?" she asked.
"Well, you asked what I'd do if I find out, so if he doesn't tell me, how do I find out?"
Ren thought for a moment. "You overhear him talking to his commanding officer."
"What do I overhear?"
"Is that important?" he asked.
"Well, the last time I overheard a guy talking about me behind my back I swore to take revenge on him," Kyouko said, her demons escaping for a moment before she went back to normal and said, "So what I overhear really makes all the difference."
Ren shuddered for a moment. He'd considered the possibility of Kyouko leaving him if she heard about his past. He hadn't considered that he could possibly become a second Fuwa Shou. He had to swallow a lump in his throat before going on.
"Well, his mission is about to end, so his commanding officer asks what he'll do when it's over, and he tells him that he'll marry you and have a life together."
Kyouko seemed to be deep in thought. "I probably wouldn't do anything," she finally said.
"You wouldn't?" Ren asked.
"Well, it's hard to say. I don't really have any experience in relationships expect with you, but if it were you, I probably wouldn't do anything," she continued, her face growing red, "I mean I trust you so, as long as you weren't lying about how you felt about me, I'd probably be ok. I mean, I'd be a little sad that you couldn't come to me, but…"
"So you wouldn't leave?" Ren asked, trying to keep the relief out of his voice.
"No," she said. "I'd wait for you to tell me when you were ready and then I'd be there for you."
"Even if I'd done horrible things on my mission?" he asked.
"But you wouldn't do anything really bad," Kyouko said.
"But if I had?" he asked.
"Well, I the love person you are now …" Kyouko said in a barely audible voice.
"Say it again," Ren said, for the moment, completely forgetting the original purpose of his line of questioning.
"No, it's embarrassing!" exclaimed a bright red Kyouko.
"But you've never said it before," Ren said.
They had been back together for a month now, the media had finally begun to stop questioning whether they would last this time around, but Ren was still worried. Not only did he have the secret of his identity weighing on his mind, but also the concern that Kyouko was, once again, just going along with it. He had still been the only one to say "I love you." He was not going to let this slip by.
"I'm the only one who's said it, Kyouko," he told her.
"Eh? That can't be true," she said.
"It is," he confirmed. "Except for just now, you've never said it."
"You said it a moment ago. Can't you say it so I can hear you this time?" he asked, dialing the puppy-dog look up to its maximum setting.
"I- I love you," Kyouko said. Her face now matching the roses filling the vase on the table between them.
"I love you too, Kyouko," he said, beaming his God-smile her way. "which is why I have to tell you. Kyouko, I am the secret agent."
"Eh?" Kyouko asked.
Ren's "mission" really had been about to end. It wasn't long after he told Kyouko about his secret identity that he was offered a role in a Hollywood film, skyrocketing his fame both in both countries to the point that he finally felt he had done enough to surpass his father. When he announced his true identity to the world, there was a mass media frenzy.
"What are you going to do now that you've finally achieved your goal?" one reporter asked.
"I'm going to set a new goal," he said.
"And what is that?" the reporter asked.
"This time, I want to surpass my father in another area of life," he said, then turning to Kyouko, he got down on one knee and proposed then and there.
"Not until I become the number one actress in Japan," she said.
They were married a year later.
AN: Thanks for reading! Sorry it was only Ren and Kyouko again...I guess I just can't broaden this story. Hopefully it feels more complete now though. If you'd like to let me know what you think, please leave a review :)