Persona: Spirits In Pixels – Chapter One

A Surprise Visit

Hey there guys! Welcome to a brand new story and thank you all for voting in the recent poll that came up. I must tell you now that it was a clear winner! Also, I looked at my Story Traffic at the end of last month and...WHOA! Over one -thousand of you read the last story in one month, and I am SO grateful for that, thank you all! Thank you to all of those who gave me help with my story structure along the way as well! Anyway...Let's GT-R-DONE!


07/29 - Midday


The midday sun rose high into the skies above as the afternoon finally begun, bombarding its warm glory over the small countryside that was Inaba. The train stations were lively than ever as the many few people waved their goodbyes and hellos, shouting over the echoing noises of the passing-by trains.

Ryotaro and Nanako waited in their dusty car, waiting impatiently for their family relative to return to their town. Nanako fixated her eyes on the exit with a smile that couldn't be wiped from her face. Ryotaro couldn't help but smile at her expressions for her big bro.

He shook his wrist and took a quick look at his watch, reading the time carefully as he looked at the minute and hour hands with anticipation. "His train should arrive now. Are you excited Nanako?" He asked her, already knowing the answer. "Uh-huh, I couldn't sleep last night!" Nanako giggled, still keeping her eyes on the station.

"Hmm..." Ryotaro thought. "Maybe I should've told his friends that he was coming back today..." He muttered loudly, making it clear for Nanako to hear. "It'll be a surprise for them!" Nanako squealed. The father could only chuckle at his daughter's good thinking.

After a short while of talking about different topics in the car, Ryotaro's cell phone started to ring and vibrate in his trouser pocket. He quickly took it out and looked at the front of his phone, looking at the caller ID.

"It's him." Ryotaro stated as he accepted the call with a press of a button. "Hey Yu!" He shouted happily into the phone.

"Hey Uncle Ryotaro!" Yu mimicked his voice back. "How are you?" He asked, calming his voice down a bit. "Everything's good, Nanako and I are just waiting for you outside the station now. Are you here yet?" Ryotaro asked, hoping that nothing has gone wrong with the travel arrangements.

"That's what I've called you about..." Yu said, lowering his voice a bit. "My train wasn't available because of something that happened to the brakes..." Ryotaro's smile started to fade, along with Nanako's as she saw the change in his expression. "Ah, okay..." He sighed. "Does that mean you won't be coming today?" Nanako's jaw slightly dropped with a sad look in her eyes.

"I'm still coming..." Yu reassured them with a cheery voice. "Y-You are...?" Ryotaro asked surprised. Nanako's smile then came back, more joyful than before. "How are you going to get here then?" He asked in curiosity.

"Right now I'm taking a train to another station, after that I'm gonna take another train there..." Yu explained his plan. "But the thing is, it'll take another two hours for me to get to you guys."

Ryotaro gave a chuckle and then spoke again. "You do what you've got to do, Yu." Nanako was very eager to talk to Yu as she gave a few pokes to her father's shoulder. "Can I talk to him, dad?" She pleaded with puppy eyes.

He looked at her, giving in to her begs. "Would you like to talk to Nanako?" He asked, ready to hand the phone over to Nanako. "Sure!" Yu answered, waiting for Nanako's voice to come through the phone. Ryotaro handed his phone over to the daughter, and she quickly placed it against her ear.

"Hey Big Bro!" She shouted into the phone with a high-pitched tone. "Hey Nanako! How are you doing?" Yu asked with a softer and higher voice than before. "I'm good." The amount of excitement that Nanako had didn't grow any less than it did.

"Are you gonna be late?" Nanako asked with a hint of uncertainty looming in her mind. "I will be Nanako...but how about I get you a souvenir when I get off the first train?" Yu asked in slight guilt. Nanako gave a large gasp at his kindness and generosity. "If you want to! I'll wait right here!" She answered with a beaming smile.

The two cousins talked for a very long while about other topics before Nanako gave the phone back to Ryotaro. "Okay Yu, we'll see you then." He said. "See you in a couple of hours!" Yu said as he hanged up his phone, flipping it closed and stuffing it in his tight pocket.

He was the only person inside one carriage of the train and took his opportunities to correct some mistakes in his fashion sense. He wore three-quarter length trousers that fit tightly around his legs and leaving a small portion of his legs revealed. He also wore white plimsolls that were tied tightly around his feet with thin shoelaces, along with a small white polo shirt that was unbuttoned and the collar was lifted up.

As the train announcer warned the passengers about the next stop, Yu reached into his left pocket and took out a large ticket. The first thing he noticed was the name that was shown in big bold letters saying 'Rise Kujikawa', and under her name was the title for her concert, 'This Is The Real Me'. He also loved the lipstick marks that were left on the ticket, special for him.

Yu just couldn't help but smile at her name, remembering the intimate times he shared with Rise by just looking at her ticket. Even by looking at the words 'Back-Stage Pass', made him more excited to see her.

After leaving the last station, he took out his cell phone again and pressed a few buttons to access his text messages, instantly seeing the familiar list of messages that were sent by Rise. He looked through a few of them with a admiring smile on his face.

One said, "hiii senpai! Plz come back 2 Inaba I miss u sooooo much! Xxxxxxx" And another said, "happy bday senpai! Wanna no what ur present is? Ill send it to u in the mail its a back-stage pass that I kept reserved just for you...and I kinda kissed it and left lipstick on it! Kiss it once you get it kay? I luv u senpai! Xxxxxxxx 3" There would rarely be texts from other people in the list.

As the last text was read, his phone suddenly started to ring. He looked at the caller ID, happy to know that the call was from Rise. He accepted the call and spoke into the mouthpiece.

"Hey Rise." He said with a quiet masculine voice. "Hi Senpai!" Rise shouted into the phone. She sounded nervous as Yu heard a slight stammer in her voice. "Are you coming over now?" She asked with a sweet tone.

"I'm nearly there now. Just on the way to the last station." Yu explained to Rise through the phone, making her sound more nervous. "I can't wait to see you! I couldn't stop crying for two days after you left Inaba..." Rise confessed, trying to make her voice softer to charm him back. "I can't wait to see you either. You were stuck in my mind as well..." He said in a charming voice.

"I'm so nervous..." She said slowly. "I mean, this is the first time I've done a concert in such a long time and on top of that...you're gonna watch me." Yu chuckled and reassured her. "Don't worry, you'll do great. I know it. Besides, I'm only there to support you and cheer you on, not to make you nervous, okay?"

"I know...but you're my boyfriend, surely you would expect me to do my best for you." She said with a sweet giggle following after. "Well, you'll expect me to do my best for you." He said with a slightly cynical tone. Rise giggle again. "Ooh, Senpai! What are you suggesting?"

"You'll find out once I get there." Yu said, chuckling afterwards. "Now I can't wait any longer. Get here soon okay? I wanna see you before I go on-stage." Rise asked him softly, sounding hopeful and eager. "I promise." He said confidently.

"I'll see you soon then!" Rise shouted excitedly in a high-pitched tone. "I love you, Yu Narukami..." She finally said after a long sigh. "I love you too, Rise Kujikawa." Yu said after her, mimicking her quiet voice.

There was a long while of silence on the phone before Rise finally hung up. Yu flipped his cell phone closed and placed it back into his pocket, entering his thoughts on how the day would go.

The train announcer then spoke. "This station is Port Island Station. Please mind the doors."

Yu's stop was just in sight and that was his time to get up from his seat. He removed his shoulder-strapped bag from the overhead compartment and hung it on his shoulder, waiting for the train doors to open. The train eventually started to slow down, with the braking wheels screeching and echoing throughout the station. It finally came to a gradual halt, and the doors quickly drew open.

As Yu took a few steps outside, he again took out his cell phone and flipped it open, only looking at the digital clock that shone in bold white numbers. "Yeah, still early..." He muttered to himself, putting his phone away in his pocket.

He started to make his way towards the Tatsumi Memorial Hospital where Rise's concert was being held at the Summer Festival. Yu just couldn't help but look all around him, gazing at the magnificence of the city that reminded him of home.

Iwatodai was full of clean buildings and was very quiet despite it being a city.

A long while passed and Yu eventually came past a large high school that stood tremendously to the right of him. He stopped to take his time to stare at it, remembering it from a school trip and then remembering the name. Gekkoukan High School.

He looked below it's windows and found that a group of people were seen standing outside the entrance, huddled up into a small corner at the barred gates. Yu walked over to them, curious as to what was going on.

He joined the group, but couldn't see what they were looking at. He then looked at everyone's expressions only seeing sadness and despair in their eyes. After a short while of gazing at their faces, he put a hand on a boy's shoulder, letting his head turn to see him. The boy had short blonde hair, his body was skinny and he was trying to keep his cool.

"Hey, you okay?" Yu asked the boy, thinking about what he could do for him. "Not really man..." The boy answered looking back towards where he was looking before. Another boy in front of Yu moved out of his way to let him see what was wrong. The feelings of those around him, slowly filtered into Yu's heart as he gave his first glance in realisation.

Stood in front of the group was a self portrait of a slender young man who was wearing the Gekkoukan High uniform. He had blue eyes that matched the colour of his swept hair. He had a small smile on his face that seemed just perfect.

Yu remembered him appearing on the news and remembered his name clearly. "Minato Arisato..." He muttered under his breath, his feelings clear. He turned back to the blonde-haired boy. "I assume you were his friend...I'm so sorry..." He apologised greatly.

"That's okay dude...and he was a good friend...I just can't believe he's gone..." The boy slowly said with a lump choking in his throat. "And it happened on graduation day! ...Why did his life end so suddenly and so early?" His words sounded like an elegy as he talked about it more and more.

"Oh sorry...the name's Kenji Tomochika." He introduced himself with a friendly handshake to go with it. "Nice to meet you Kenji, I'm Yu Narukami." Yu introduced himself back. They decided to walk away from the group and sat on a bench that was situated a long distance from the gates next to a large statue. By the time they got to the bench, Kenji slightly felt better and started to talk positive. They sat down.

"You don't look like you're from around here..." Kenji said as he observed Yu's look and face. "Do you live in Iwatodai?" He asked curiously as Yu gave a smile. "No, but I live on the outskirts. I took a train here." Yu explained.

"Yeah, you don't look familiar. Though, if you did live here, I would've gotten to know you years ago!" Kenji joked, trying to cheer himself up with a small laugh. Yu laughed with him as his smile grew wider. "Say..." Kenji continued. "What are you doing here? You wanted to do some shopping at Paulownia Mall?" Yu shook his head.

"Nah, I came here for Rise's concert at the Summer Festival. Are you going?" Yu asked, wanting to get to know Kenji better. Unfortunately, he shook his head reluctantly. "Well Rise is hot and all..." Yu gave a short and quiet laugh at his comment and then went back to listening. "...But I didn't think about going...besides, I didn't get any tickets..." Kenji said as if he regretted it lowering his head slightly.

"I'll get you in if you want." Yu offered kindly, causing Kenji's head to shoot up in joy. "R-Really? You'd do that for me?" He asked excitedly. Yu couldn't help but laugh admiringly at his reaction. "In fact, how about I get you back-stage to see her?" The question that Yu asked made Kenji all the more up for it.

"Y-You can really do that?" Kenji's question came out as a shout. Yu quickly reached into his pocket and brought out his back-stage pass, holding in front of Kenji's face to see.

"This is like a dream come true!" He shouted as he glared at the ticket. The next thing he realised on the ticket was the lipstick mark that was left on the pass, making Kenji's smile turn cheeky. "What?" Yu asked, oblivious of the lipstick markings.

"Dude, did Rise kiss your ticket?" Kenji's smile grew wider and wider as a look of realisation formed on Yu's face. Yu quickly pushed the ticket back into his pocket and then after a few awkward seconds, came out with the truth. Kenji listened very carefully to his story and felt very impressed. "Man, that is so awesome! You are actually going out with Rise Kujikawa!" He spoke louder than he wanted to.

Yu put an index finger to his lips. "But I don't want anyone else to know yet. So don't tell anyone, okay?" He sounded serious, but Kenji gave a confident nod to Yu's request. "Don't worry dude, you have my word." Kenji reassured him as he put a hand to his heart. "Thanks." Yu thanked him with a smile.

They both talked for a long while about different topics, ranging from girls to relationships and from boy clothes to favourite bands. After a few minutes passed, Kenji went into deep thought and quickly came out of it again.

"Actually, I don't want to go to the concert, but thanks for the offer man. I really appreciate it." Kenji reluctantly said with a friendly smile. "Are you sure?" Yu asked, slightly surprised at his change of mind. "Yeah. I've gotta think about college work anyway. That's also something that Minato would want me to do. We did think about working hard together once you know." Kenji smiled wryly.

"That's fine, Kenji. I understand" Yu said with a nod. "Thanks, Yu." Kenji replied with his thanks. He observed Yu's look and personality some more and then smiled slightly.

"You're so much like Minato. I mean, you make a good first impression, you're a good friend to others and you are really impressive to be with. It's like making friends with him for the first time again." Kenji's words made him slightly embarrassed, but Yu was grateful and smiled widely at his kindness. "Well, I'm just glad you're better now." He said kindly gaining a trust in Kenji. "All because of you, man." Kenji said with positive thoughts.

Yu held up his wrist and quickly looked at the minute and hour hands of his watch, slowly getting up from the bench and looking back at Kenji. "Sorry Kenji, I've gotta go now." He said as he picked his bag up. "That's okay man." Kenji started. "We should meet up sometime...hey, what's your number?" Kenji took out his phone and so did Yu, pressing a few buttons to input their new contact numbers.

They put their phones back in their pockets and gave a heartfelt farewell before Yu made his way towards the Summer Festival with thoughts in his head asking himself if he will ever see Kenji again.

As the sun was rising to it's highest peak and shining it's brightest radiance, Yu just reached the small bridge that connected the two islands. His feet were starting to ache from the long walk, so he decided to sit at the edge of the bridge. As he was sitting down, he hung his feet over the edge to relieve some of the aching while his backside was boiling from the hot wood that was made by the blazing heat of the sun.

He looked into the cold water that stood calmly still below him, looking at his reflection and correcting any mistakes in his look. He took his time to look at the large city in the distance, seeing the tall buildings and small trees along the river that made up Iwatodai.

After a long while of taking in the breathtaking view, Yu's cell phone started to ring. He quickly reached into his pocket and took out his phone, pressing a single button to accept the call. He put it against his ear, speaking his greeting into the phone.

"Hello?" Yu greeted the caller, noticing that he forgot to check the caller ID. "Hi Senpai!" The caller's voice was of Rise's. "Are you nearly at the concert yet?" She asked sweetly yet impatiently. Yu turned his head to find that the Tatsumi Memorial Hospital was in sight and so was the large stage that stood at its entrance. Both of these things were only a short distance away.

"I can see the stage from here. I'm just a short walk away from you." Yu explained as he slowly stood up from edge of the bridge. "Yay! Okay, but get here before the others do!" Rise warned Yu playfully. He was slightly confused when she told him about the 'others'.

"Others?" Yu asked. "What others?" Rise giggled at his confusion. "You know..." Yu thought for a moment, but it didn't take long for him to realise that she was talking about the rest of the gang.

"Did you invite Yosuke and the others?" Yu asked, feeling slightly disappointed. "Yeah, why not? Didn't you wanna see them?" Rise asked him as if the confusion had been passed through the phone. "Yeah I do want to see them again..." He paused. "...But I was kinda hoping that we would spend time with each other alone." He sounded adorable to Rise and she giggled again in admiration.

"Aww, don't worry Senpai. I told them to come fifteen minutes later, so we'll have plenty of time alone." She reassured him with a soft voice. Yu couldn't help but smile. "I love you." Yu told her in both meaning and gratitude.

Rise gave another sweet giggle before saying those words back to him. "I love you more, Senpai!" She shouted into the phone, excited. They both said their goodbyes on the phone and hung up, again leaving a long silence to see who would hang up first.

As Yu put his phone back in his pocket, he started to power-walk down the bridge, taking huge lunging steps closer to his destination. The happy thoughts of seeing Rise again continued to flow into Yu's mind, creating more and more thoughts to further grow his smile.

After a long few minutes had passed, he was finally there, standing and gazing at the towering glory of the Tatsumi Memorial Hospital that was lit up by multicoloured lights that were created by the lighting department in the large stage that stood magnificently in front of it.

Yu fixated his eyes on the stage as he made his way towards the back of the stage, where a small door was situated with a sign on top of it saying in big letters, 'Back-Stage'. He walked up to the two security guards that stood between with hands behind their backs and sunglasses to make them look the part.

Once Yu took out his ticket, one of the security guards checked the ticket very carefully, lifting his sunglasses to reveal his squinting eyes. The guard rested his sunglasses again and went back into his stance, giving a nod to Yu.

He opened the door and closed it behind him, looking around the room, seeing the radiant whiteness bounce around its light in a glamorous effect. He walked down a small corridor and turned a corner seeing more white furniture fill the room in beauty.

To the right of him was Rise, looking in a large mirror with light-bulbs surrounding it, posing different facial expressions with her beautiful face that was brightened with a light amount of make-up. Yu's heart raced as his face turned a bit red.

Rise was looking at a treasured picture of Yu and her that sat next to the mirror, shining in a bright light-bulb. Yu looked at the picture from afar and noticed that there were also lipstick marks on the picture where he was.

She sighed. "Yu, when are you getting here?" She sounded desperate for him to come any second, so Yu stepped out from the corner in a corny gesture. "Ms. Kujikawa, there's someone here to see you." He said playfully. Rise looked into the mirror and saw Yu in the corner of it, causing her head to rapidly turn around with a look a surprise.

A large smile grew on her face. "Senpai!" She shouted as she jumped out of her chair, sprinting to him and throwing her arms around his neck. Yu nearly fell over from the impact, but he regained his balance and wrapped his arms around her waist in a romantic embrace.

She buried half of her face comfortably in his chest, underneath his chin and he rested his chin on her head. Yu lifted his head slightly and kissed the top of Rise's head. As Yu did this, Rise heard his heartbeat rush through his shirt, so she decided to do the same. She lifted her head and softly kissed him on one side of his neck.

They slightly broke away from the hug, keeping each other's arms around each other, looking deeply in one another's eyes. "I missed you so much! Why did you leave me in the first place?" Rise said in a mockingly angry voice, even though she kept her smile on. "I'm here now, with you..." Yu quietly said, looking around him afterwards. "...alone." He finally said in a quieter voice.

Rise's face became red, blushing harder and harder. "C'mere you..." said an embarrassed Rise, moving her hand to the back of Yu's neck. She gently pulled his head closer to hers, slowly moving into a passionate kiss that was waiting to happen for a long time.

For the last fifteen minutes, they shared their tender moments with each other, reminiscing the moments that they had together from the start of when they first met, to the time when Yu took his train back home. Rise also talked about what happened after he left, mostly saying that nothing was same that only she was missing him more and more with every day passing.

"I've missed this...having you here..." Rise whispered to Yu as she rested her forehead against his. "I've missed it all..." He whispered back to her laying a soft hand on her rosy cheek.

Suddenly, the back-stage door was heard creaking open, followed by familiar voices that made Yu and Rise jump at how close they were. "And what happened to ladies first?" a female voice sternly said. "Oh yeah, like you act lady-like!" shouted a male voice.

"It's already been fifteen minutes?" Rise whispered alarmingly, breaking away from each other's embrace with an even more embarrassed look. Yu quickly looked into the mirror that stood behind him, trying to act natural. As he looked into the reflection, he stared at the corridor, seeing a few familiar people slowly walk in. As Rise scurried to Yu's side, they all looked at him with a beaming smile lighting up on their faces.

The first one to come in was rough boy who was very tall for his age. He owns a swept-back crewcut which was of a beach-blonde colour. He wore black jeans with a thick belt wrapped around his waist along with a slightly baggy vest that had a skull-and-cross-bone on the front of it. He had a scar above his left eye and he had metal jewellery worn on his fingers and wrists. He was Kanji Tatsumi.

The second was also a boy but was shorter than the first, even though he was the same age as Yu. Upon walking in, Yu remembered that he was the clumsy one of the group. He owned slightly unkempt brownish hair along with a huge pair of headphones that he wore around his neck. He also wore a t-shirt that was white, but had orange sleeves, along with a slim-fitting pair of jeans and a pair of dirty trainers. Yu knew that he was Yosuke Hanamura.

The third to come in was an upbeat girl who seemed to have come in a bit irritated. Yu thought it was because of Yosuke's actions again. She had short brown hair and always wore her green jersey wherever she went, but she didn't seem to wear it on a hot day. But she did wear a yellow tank top with a pair of thigh-high jeans and flip-flops to complete the summer look. She tried to stay upbeat most of the time and that kind of personality could only come from Chie Satonaka.

The next person to walk in was a slightly shy girl who had her hands held behind her back, walking in a lady-like fashion. She had long black hair with a red hair-band holding it together along with a red tank top that had lovely red flower blossoms on her shoulder-straps. She also wore a short frilly skirt that hung down to her knees and she wore a pair of small-sized flip-flops. Yu remembered clearly that she was Yukiko Amagi.

Another girl was with them, but oddly, she dressed like a boy. She had short blue hair that was mostly hidden under an officer's cap that contributed to the masculine fashion. Making it more believable, she also wore a buttoned turquoise shirt with a pale yellow tie around the collar in a formal style. Even though it was summer, she wore black trousers along with formal shoes to go with it. She was the 'Detective Prince', Naoto Shirogane.

And the last person to walk in was a funny figure that Yu remembered very well. He had golden-blonde hair that was swept to the right, as if a large gale blew it sideways. He wore the same white flirty-styled shirt that had a small rose in his left side pocket. Nothing more was to be said of who he was, because Yu knew that he was Teddie.

"Sensei? Is that you?" Teddie shouted in disbelief, gazing his widened eyes upon his long-missed friend. "Yeah Teddie, I'm back." Yu calmly said to Teddie, who seemed like he was nearly ready to cry, pulling comical faces to try and hold back his tears.

"Rise did tell us that there would be a surprise when we got here. Man, this is the biggest surprise since my birthday!" Yosuke said, trying to keep his cool, yet still showing some signs of clumsiness by just looking at Yu.

"I'm so glad that you're back Yu! We were all so bored out of minds!" Chie said after, standing in her confident position. "Yeah, nothing felt the same without you..." Yukiko said loudly, making gestures to emphasise how much she missed Yu.

"Now with Senpai back, the whole gangs back together. And we're all at a concert! The party starts here!" Kanji shouted, echoing his over-the-top voice off of the walls. Yu looked at everyone with a large smile. "You really missed me that much?" He asked, close to embarrassment.

"I cried for two days because you weren't with us Senpai, doesn't that explain it enough?" Rise said softly to Yu, wrapping her arms around him afterwards. Yu wrapped one arm around her and used the other to scratch his head in flattery.

"So Yu, what brings you to Iwatodai?" Naoto asked him with a curious look. "I came here to see Rise's concert, apparently as a surprise for you all." He began. "After that, I'm coming back to Inaba with you guys." Everyone heard his words clearly, giving gobsmacks and wide smiles as their reaction.

"Aww sweet! For how long?" Yosuke asked him excitedly in a goofy manner, making Chie's eyes roll. "Until my Uncle Ryotaro finishes with the case that's come up." Yu answered, making a blank face as he thought back to Kenji. "Is that gonna be a long time then?" Kanji asked eagerly. Yu only answered with a brief shrug. "Well, let's hope so!" Yukiko reassured everyone.

After a long while of chat, a chaperone bursts into the room with a speaker plugged into his ear. "Rise, you're on now." He said calmly. "Oh shoot! I better get on!" Rise shouted as her nerves started to kick in. She turned to Yu and turned her voice into a whisper. "Will you cheer for me?" She asked him with a blush reddening her cheeks. "With every lyric you sing." Yu whispered back to her with a reassuring smile. Before Rise ran on-stage, she gave a wink to Yu, giving him an unsubtle kiss on the cheek afterwards.

"Whoo! Is something going on between you and Rise, Yu?" Yosuke asked him mockingly. "You could say that..." Yu answered him, acting like he has nothing to hide. "Nice one dude!" Kanji congratulated. They all then left it at that, and turned to watch Rise.

The crowds shouted and applauded loudly as Rise ran onto the stage, watching her give them blowing kisses. She ran up to the microphone. "How's it going Iwatodai?" She screamed, making the audiences shouts louder as they heard her from the speakers. The band behind her got their instruments ready and nodded to her, to say that they were set.

Rise made her preparation by standing at the microphone as the song began to play.


Promise This – Cheryl Cole

Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette, plumerai l'aile

In my beginning there was nothing,
So empty in the space between,
Then you came in, turned the lights on,
And created what it's came to be

Before i pluck your wings, cover me please,
Spread your wings, cover me and...

Promise this, if i die before i wake,
Oh promise this, take a time to say your grace,
On your knees you pray for me,
Promise this, be the last to kiss my lips

Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette. déployer l'aile
Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette, plumerai l'aile

Though i'm walking, through the shadows,
You are with me, and you comfort me,
Lay me down now, time for sleeping,
But before that, would you miss on me

Before i pluck your wings, cover me please,
Spread your wings, cover me and...

Promise this, if i die before i wake,
Oh promise this, take a time to say your grace,
On your knees you pray for me,
Promise this, be the last to kiss my lips

Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette, déployer l'aile
Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette,
Alouette-uette-uette, plumerai l'aile

By a thread we're hanging on,
In the hope you don't let go,
If you ever leave me no,
I wanna go with you

Promise this, if i die before i wake,
Oh promise this, take a time to say your grace,
On your knees you pray for me,
Promise this, be the last to kiss my lips

Alouette-uette-uette
Alouette-uette-uette
Alouette-uette-uette, déployer l'aile
Alouette-uette-uette
Alouette-uette-uette
Alouette-uette-uette, plumerai l'aile

Alouette déployer les ailes,
Alouette plumerai les ailes


The large amount of people who witnessed Rise's return, clapped, cheered and shouted her name in awe as she took a bow. Even the gang were amazed, cheering her on from the wings in support. They looked out at the audience and found that the large amount of people that stood out there started to grow significantly in number.

Rise took the time to glance over at an impressed Yu, who gave her a thumbs up with both hands. She gave a cheeky smile at him, making a heart shape out of her fingers in thanks.

She walked up to the microphone, looking towards her band. The drummer behind the Drum Kit gave a few clicks of his sticks to show that everyone was ready for the second song.

As the song started to play, the audience's shouts grew louder as Rise put her lips to the microphone.


Bulletproof – La Roux

|Intro|

Been there, done that, messed around,
I'm having fun, don't put me down,
I'll never let you sweep me off my feet

I won't let you in again,
The messages I've tried to send,
My information's just not going in

Burning bridges shore to shore,
I'll break away from something more,
I'm not to not to love until it's cheap

Been there, done that, messed around,
I'm having fun, don't put me down,
I'll never let you sweep me off my feet

This time baby, I'll be bulletproof,
This time baby, I'll be bulletproof

I won't let you turn around,
And tell me now I'm much too proud,
To walk away from something when it's dead

Do do do your dirty words,
Come out to play when you are heard,
There's certain things that should be left unsaid

Tick tick tick tick on the watch,
And life's too short for me to stop,
Oh baby, your time is running out

I won't let you turn around,
And tell me now I'm much too proud,
All you do is fill me up with doubt

This time baby, I'll be bulletproof,
This time baby, I'll be bulletproof,
This time baby, I'll be bulletproof,
This time baby, I'll be bulletproof
This time, I'll be bulletproof,
This time, I'll be bulletproof

|Instrumental|

This time baby, I'll be bulletproof,
This time baby, I'll be bulletproof
This time baby, this time baby,
This time baby, this time
This time baby, this time baby,
This time baby, this time

|Outro|


After the second song, and even louder cheer came from the audience as it filled Iwatodai's fresh air with the Rise's name. The gang made another supportive cheer for her, clapping and sometimes stomping the floor.

Rise gave a sly wink to the group before walking up to the microphone. Instead of starting another song, she spoke into it.

"Do you guys wanna meet my friends?" She shouted to the crowd, instantly getting a cheery response of agreement and excitement. "Er...what...?" Yosuke asked rhetorically, afraid of what might happen next. "Sh-She means her fans right?" Kanji asked nervously, also having the fearful thoughts that Yosuke had. Yu knew her plan, but didn't feel any feeling of nervousness whatsoever.

Rise gave one last wink to the audience before running offstage into the wings where the gang was, only to find that Yosuke and Kanji weren't there with the girls. "Hey, where did the other two go?" Rise asked Yu. "Don't tell her!" Yosuke whispered a shout, unsubtly giving his location away. "Shut up! They'll hear us dammit!" whispered Kanji, who also blew his cover.

Chie walked over to a clothes rack and drew some clothe-hangers apart, revealing a shaken Yosuke and Kanji. They were both taken by surprise. "Oh, hey Chie!" Yosuke said to her with a wobbly tone.

"C'mon, you chickens!" Chie ordered the two, grabbing them by their shirts and taking them over to Rise. Once they were taken to her, Chie still didn't let go. "Rise, don't make me go on the stage!" Yosuke pleaded. "I-I...get stage-fright! Yeah, that's it!" Kanji claimed, not making his reason so convincing.

"Guys, it's just a couple of songs." Yu began confidently. "We get to pick them as well." After hearing that they could play any song they wanted, both Yosuke and Kanji calmed down a bit. When Chie saw this, she let go of their crumpled shirts.

"Really? Oh thank god for that! I thought you were gonna make up sing girly songs or something!" Yosuke spoke his thoughts in relief. He quickly grabbed a pair of drumsticks that were laid out on a white desk and readied them in each hand. Yu walked over to a guitar and picked it up, wrapping the strap over his shoulder and tuning it to his liking. And lastly, Kanji picked up a bass guitar and did the same as Yu did.

The three boys huddled up to agree on which song they were going to play first and second. But before they decided, they looked around them, seeing that no-one else joined in with them. "You guys aren't playing with us?" Kanji asked the girls.

"Well, I can play the keyboard, but I don't think it will fit well with your choice of songs..." Naoto told them truthfully. "Yeah, and I don't think trumpets and saxophones would fit well either..." Yukiko said honestly. "Oh, um...okay then." Yosuke said as his nerves started to act up again.

They huddled up again and quickly chose the two songs they wanted to play. "You guys ready?" Rise asked the boys with confidence in her smile. "Yeah, bring it on!" Kanji shouted in preparation.

Rise then turned to Yu. "Amaze me..." She softly said to him. "I will..." Yu answered her order with a smile. "Then go get 'em!" Rise shouted to the other two.

The three boys went into a line and shouted a countdown. "Ready...Set..." Yosuke said the first two words slowly, and left the last word for even longer. "...Go!" On that one word, they ran onto the stage with adrenaline pumping in their blood.

The audience gave a loud roar of cheers and applause upon seeing the three enter the stage. Yosuke gave a few quick waves to the crowd before sitting behind the Drum Kit. Yu and Kanji set up their guitar equipment with ease and quickly got to the show on the move in no time.

With his guitar in hand, Yu ran up to the microphone which Rise used. "Iwatodai!" He shouted to the audience, making them all shout the name of their city back to them. "You ready for this?" He asked rhetorically into the microphone, only to get a loud response. He looked at the crowd, finding that the number has grown yet again by a magnificent amount.

And with that, Kanji walked up to his microphone and Yosuke set up his as they started to play their first song. Yu felt a surge of excitement as he was about to sing his first lyrics into the microphone.


Welcome To Paradise – Green Day

|Intro|

Dear Mother, can you hear me whining?
It's been three whole weeks since that I have left your home
This sudden fear has left me trembling,
'Cause now it seems that I am out here on my own,
And I'm feeling so alone...

Pay attention to the cracked streets,
And the broken homes,
Some call it the slums,
Some call it nice

I want to take you through a wasteland,
I like to call my home...
Welcome to paradise

A gunshot rings out at the station,
Another urchin snaps and left dead on his own
It makes me wonder why I'm still here,
For some strange reason it's now feeling like my home,
And I'm never gonna go...

Pay attention to the cracked streets,
And the broken homes,
Some call it slums,
Some call it nice

I want to take you through a wasteland,
I like to call my home...
Welcome to paradise

|Instrumental|

Dear Mother, can you hear my laughing?
It's been six whole months since that I have left your home
It makes me wonder why I'm still here,
For some strange reason it's now feeling like my home,
And I'm never gonna go...

Pay attention to the cracked streets,
And the broken homes,
Some call it the slums,
Some call it nice

I want to take you through a wasteland,
I like to call my home...
Welcome to paradise

Oh paradise...

|Outro|


With the third song completed, the familiar roar of praise once again erupted from the lungs of the audience. More applauses and more cheers were given to the boys, and more shouts were heard for an encore, just as they planned.

"We'll play one more for you then." Yu spoke into the microphone, causing a few shouts from individuals and groups to be heard from the large crowd. They got their instruments ready for the next song and started to play their final song.


Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts

|Intro|

Life's a road that you travel on,
There's one day here and the next day gone,
Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand,
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind

There's a world outside every darkened door,
Where Blues won't haunt you anymore,
Where the brave are free and lovers soar,
Come ride with me to the distant shore

We won't hesitate,
To break down the guarding gate,
There's not much time left today, yeah

Life is a highway,
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way,
I wanna drive it all night long

Through all these cities and all these towns,
It's in my blood and it's all around,
I love you now like I loved you then,
This is the road and these are the hands

From Mozambique to those Memphis nights,
The Khyber Pass to Vancouver's lights,
They knock me down and back up again,
You're in my blood I'm not a lonely man

There's no load I can't hold,
The road's so rough this I know,
I'll be there when the light comes in,
Just tell 'em we're survivors

Life is a highway,
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way,
I wanna drive it all night long (All night long)

Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimme, yeah

Life is a highway,
I wanna ride it all night long,
If you're going my way, (If you're going my way)
I wanna drive it all night long (All night long)

There was a distance between you and I, (Between you and I)
A misunderstanding once,
But now, we look it in the eye

Ooooo, yeah!

|Instrumental|

There ain't no load that I can't hold,
The road's so rough this I know,
I'll be there when the light comes in,
Tell 'em we're survivors

(Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long)
All night long, yeah
(If you're going my way, I wanna drive it)
All night long

Life is a highway,
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way,
I wanna drive it all night long (All night long)

Life is a highway,
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way,
I wanna drive it all night long
All night long...

|Outro|


The final song was finished, and the three got a standing-ovation as the crowd stood up from their deck-chairs and sun-bathing towels to applaud and cheer them on. The gang that waited in the wings were also roaring with the crowd. "Thank you Iwatodai! We wish you a good summer!" Yu shouted as a farewell, waving to the audience as the three ran offstage, back to the gang.

As they ran into the wings, they instantly took off their instruments and gave everyone a high-five as congratulations. Rise ran up to Yu and immediately wrapped her arms around him after he took the guitar off of his shoulders.

Rise heard his heartbeat beating faster and faster, even though he rushed adrenaline through his body to perform in front of a live crowd. They slightly broke away from the hug to look at each other.

"Yu, you have an amazing voice..." Rise complimented him with blushes surfacing on her cheeks. "I hoped you'd like it...but it doesn't compete against yours." Yu said in relief, returning the compliment.

They stayed back-stage for another few minutes before making their way towards the train station that was situated . Everyone seemed tired after the amount of applauding they did for each other.

Over a long period of time, the walked over the Moonlight Bridge and walked a bit further to reach Paulownia Mall, where Yu went to buy Nanako's souvenir. All of the shops in the mall didn't have anything that would seem to please her.

"Hmm..." Naoto hummed. "Something on your mind?" Kanji asked her, curious to know if it was anything to do with Nanako's gift. "Do they sell Jack-Frost Dolls here? Knowing Nanako, she would love a plush doll." She deducted.

"They don't sell them, but they do have them as a prize in that crane game over by that 'Game Panic'." Yosuke said, pointing over to the crane game that sat next to the entrance of an arcade store.

Everyone hurried over, and stared through the glass, finding a pile full of Jack-Frost Dolls waiting to be won inside the game. "Well, it's for Nanako." Yu said thoughtfully, digging in his pocket for two-hundred yen.

He gave the crane the correct amount of money and took a hold of the joystick, moving it around to try and find an easy grab. Fortunately, he found one doll in the far corner and moved the crane over.

He observed the crane carefully trying to predict it's exact position. When everything was to his liking, Yu pressed the large button on the right of him, causing the crane to slowly drop, opening it's claws as it gradually came down onto the doll.

It was a successful grab, but everyone's hopes came up for the next part. The crane held the body the best it could, lifting it up and ready to move it over to the hole in the prize hole.

As the crane made it's way to the hole, the doll suddenly slipped out of the claws, managing to keep the doll's head inside the claws grip. Everyone made a jolt of shock when the doll's body slipped out, making large gasps and gestures.

The head of the doll was starting the slip, and only words of hope were the only things that could keep the doll inside the grip. "C'mon, nearly there..." Yosuke said to himself, hoping that no one would have to pay another two-hundred yen.

The claw was just a couple of inches away from the prize hole, and hat of Jack-Frost was just a hair away from freeing itself from the claw. Suddenly, the claws couldn't keep a hold of the doll and Jack-Frost began to fall.

Everyone made another jolt but reassured themselves as the doll's fall was broken by one of the hole's walls. Jack-Frost balanced on the wall for a long time, making everyone talk to the doll, ordering and commanding it to fall into the hole. The doll was stuck there, with no way that it would fall either way.

"Aww man! Who's paying this time?" Chie asked, mining in her pockets to try and find some yen, which she couldn't find. Everyone else dug into every pocket they had only to find sweet wrappers as well as thread and cotton from their trousers. Even Yu couldn't find the right money.

Kanji walked up to the crane game and looked at the doll with a serious look, as if the doll taunted him. "Just when we got no money!" He shouted, slamming his fist down onto the panel.

Everyone then stared at the doll with a shocked look on their faces. Kanji heard their gasps, quickly looking back to the doll. It's balance failed as it fell into the hole, causing siren bells and jingles to echo throughout the mall.

"Good thinking, Kanji!" Yukiko commented, praising Kanji. "Heh, I didn't mean to do it, but I'm glad I did it." Kanji said with a cheeky grin on his face.

Yu reached into the small prize hole just below the glass and pulled out the Jack-Frost Doll, imagining it being with Nanako. "You're right Naoto, she will love this." He said to Naoto, as if he was grateful for the idea.

He then took a brief moment to look at his watch. "Let's get to the train station now, my uncle's expecting me to be back in Inaba in the next hour." Yu explained. "All right then partner, lead the way!" Yosuke said, following Yu towards the exit.

After a short few minutes of walking, they finally reached the station. They walked towards the ticket office, only for Kanji to realise something crucial. "Hey wait a minute, we don't have any yen!" Kanji shouted in worry.

Yu calmed him down almost immediately. "Don't worry Kanji, I already bought some tickets for us before coming here." He assured Kanji, giving him his ticket along with the others. "That's some common-sense you have there, Senpai." He said with a friendly smile.

After going through a few gates and a few security checks, they finally reached the train to Inaba. Rise walked over to Yu's side, hugging his arm and resting her chin on his shoulder. "Ready to come back?" She asked him with soft eyes and voice. "Of course I am. Ready when you are." He said back to her, using the arm that Rise was hugging to hug her waist as they walk through the doors with everyone else.

As they both sat down next to each other, Yu looked into Rise's eyes, seeing that she looked very tired. He wrapped his arm around her shoulder, letting her head rest on Yu's shoulder. She entwined her fingers in his and laid their hands on her lap. "Tired, huh?" He asked her with a grin. "Yeah...but at least, the first thing I get to see when I wake up is you." She said croakily. Soon enough, she fell fast asleep, snuggling herself up to his body.

The sight of Rise sleeping encouraged Yu to do the same. He rested his head against hers softly and kept their hands held gently together. He slowly dropped his eyelids, and spent the rest of the exhausted hour with his sleeping Rise.

I did not think the first chapter would be this long! But at least it's a start! Anyway, keep reading and reviewing, and I will see you later! CYA!