Heya! :) This is my first ever story on FictionPress, so be nice! This will be a comedic, somewhat drama-filled, little romance AM/BW story that I'm trying to plan, but so far I think I got the beginning quite nailed. :D So…here I go! Wish me luck! :)
Oh! And by the way…
Disclaimer: I, TPOC, own the characters, the fictional places, and the story/plot. If you copy and paste this and decided to somehow publish this, I will exceedingly send Jet Li, Jackie Chan, AND Chuck Norris to come at your doorstep, and let them open up a can whoop-butt on you, while I will laugh at yo' ass as they do so. …But yeah, no stealing.
Also, just a heads up, but I feel like I don't need to put up every Japanese suffixes(I hope you all know what I'm talking about.) at the end of each name. You all know this is just a fictional story and it doesn't have to be taken TOO seriously…well, it does need to be taken seriously, but…look, I'm lazy, I just don't want to go through all that trouble. Sorry. :p
Change. It happens sometimes. Whether you want it or not, change is bound to happen.
Change comes up when you at least expect it. You're not prepared for it, yet you kind of are in the back of your head. And when it comes, you don't know what to do about it. Change is unavoidable. But sometimes, change can be good and bad.
To me, it's both.
So, were do I begin? Well, for one thing, my Mom recently passed away from cancer…yeah…you can already tell that that's the bad part of the change. When I first heard the news from my Dad, I was completely devastated. I prayed long and hard for her not to die. When I visited my mom at the hospital, she told me not to worry about her, saying that if one day, if it was her time to go, then it was her time. I didn't accept that. I told her not to say such a thing. She just smiled warmly at me and held my hand, saying, "Let your heart not be troubled, sweetheart."
She died a day later. Thankfully, I said I loved her before I left. We all did when we visited her, my dad and my little sister.
I prayed. And what happens? She passes away.
I was really angry at first. Angry at everything, angry at God. I felt like He just played a sick joke on me. Doesn't He provide those that call onto Him? I almost cursed at Him when I was alone in my room, but restrained myself from doing so. I was at an emotional state, so being angry at everything, especially at God, wouldn't solve anything at all.
My Dad came into my room later to give me a reassuring, comforting hug, telling me that Mom was in a better place. I hugged him back. My dad was hurting on the inside as well. I could tell just by looking at his face when I saw him in the den/living area, sitting on the couch with a forlorn expression as I walked in the house. I should've seen that as a warning sign when I first came home, him sitting at the den couch with his head in hands, quivering...
My little sister didn't take the news too well ether. She cried for fifteen minutes. Dad was there to comfort her as well. He called us all at the den/living area, letting us join him on the couch, and told us this.
"Kids," he paused, trying to form the words out of his mouth without shedding any tears, even though he shed some. "I know that this is a hard time for you all to accept this. I'm trying to accept it too. But…from what I learned from all those years I was with your mother…when she introduced me to our Lord…" Dad was trying to keep it together. "She told me that whatever happens to her…let it be bad…she will always be with us in spirit…just like our Lord." Dad said that with a slight smile.
That fact made me feel a little better. I mean, I couldn't stay mad forever. Like my Mom said, quoting from a bible verse; 'Let your heart not be troubled'. I was strong to accept that she was gone. That she will always be with me, looking out for me like a guardian angel.
Oh…sorry. Heh. I was so caught up with my mother's passing that I didn't tell you my name.
My name is Hyugen. Reyinma Hyugen. I'm seventeen years old, and I'm an artist. As you can see, I'm Asian, obviously by the name. Half Japanese and Chinese, which is something, really. My current residence is in Tokyo right now…but soon I'll be leaving my home city to live in another country.
What happened, you say? Nothing really. It's kind of related to my Mom's passing though. You see, my Mom is Chinese, but she's actually Asian-American, meaning that she was born in the United States. In the city of San Francisco to be exact. My Dad was born in Japan, as well as my sister and I, all three of us being born Tokyo-ites.
Anyways, we all made a decision on reconnecting with my mother's roots and be near her family at her home in San Francisco, California. It was my Dad's idea on wanting to establish a new life there. No matter how at peace he might be at Mom's passing, he still feels like he should be closer to her by remembering all the times he spent with her.
Actually, they met in Los Angeles, one of the bigger cities of the U.S. My Dad, whose name is Shunsei, met my mother, whose name was Chei-Yu, in their college years. My Dad went to the American Media Institute, while my mother went to the Los Angeles College for the Arts. They met at a coffee shop of all places, dated, and got married. But mostly she introduced The Lord to us. It's kind of strange for a Chinese woman to introduce Christianity to a man who used to be a Shintoist, but she did. My Dad was unsure at the time, but he loved her enough to know that if what she believed in gave her so much happiness and confidence, then he'll have happiness and confidence in it too if he'll be with her. My grandparents from my Dad's side soon understood and converted as well.
And, believe it or not, my Mom's family is Christian. It probably has to do something with a missionary in China spreading the gospel to my ancestors over there(whoever did it though, I'm grateful. I thank The Lord and the person for that.).
But anyways, we're getting packed right now. Loading everything, all our belongings, stuff that we need, all into cargo boxes onto one big ship. We leave tomorrow.
…I'm really nervous.
Well, not because of meeting my relatives from my Mom's side. I've met them numerous times when I was growing up when they came to Japan on the holidays, and they're very wonderful people. It's just… well, I'm nervous when it comes to meeting new people from a new country. I mean, the United States doesn't house one race, they house multiple races! I mean, I see some occasional Caucasian people in Tokyo off and on, but I never even spoke to them! And there will be some races I've never even encountered before! Like a Latino! Or an African American! I told my Dad about it, and he just laughed and said, "Don't worry about it, son! We're all the same. Just be yourself."
I hate my shyness.
You're probably wondering how we can afford all of this? Well, my Dad is a writer and publishes fantasy novels that has spiritual messages in them. He was going to go with fantasy adventure books when he was studying in America, but after meeting my Mom and knowing The Lord, he decided to go deeper. His books sold pretty well. He's written about four. It's a good thing Japan doesn't really mind Christianity that much.
Once we arrive there at San Francisco, we'll be staying in a marketplace/neighborhood in the city called Chinatown where my grandparents work. That sounds very fitting.
But yeah, all in all, I'm kind of excited, yet nervous about this next step in my life.
Hyugen snapped out of his gaze from the window of his small, modern two story house in the city(in the area of Shibuya.). He turned around to see his younger sister, a girl of fourteen, Lei-Lei standing in the door frame, her hands were on her hips, her face contorted into a look of annoyance.
"Yeah?" Hyugen said, out of it.
"I said, 'Dinner's ready!' two times already!" Lei-Lei said aggravatingly.
Hyugen blinked. "Oh, you did? Um…sorry, I was just um…"
"Daydreaming?" Lei-Lei said with a peculiar raised eyebrow.
Hyugen scratched the back of his head, blushed and chuckled. "Well, if you want to put it that way, yeah…"
Lei-Lei rolled her eyes at him. "Well, snap out of it and get to dinner!" she said as she went to her right to the den downstairs.
Hyugen got up from his chair and desk and walked out of his small room, down the narrow hallway to the stairs to the den/living/kitchen area. There's one thing he won't miss in Japan; living in confined spaces.
Hyugen reached their traditional Japanese dinner table where his father, Shunsei, and his sister, Lei-Lei, were all seated. He kneeled down on his floor chair(1) and scooted towards the table. He looked down at his plate.
His Dad cooked them stir-fry with pork and vegetables. It was their Mom's specialty dish.
Hyugen smiled. His father was trying to copy their mother's recipes for them. He was doing a good job so far; he followed the recipes just right.
It had been four months after his mother, Chei-Yu's passing. They've been preparing and gathering all their things, stuff, belongings, etc. into some packed boxes for the past month, getting ready for their move to the States, as the movers put their packed books, DVDs, pictures, clothes into cargo boxes, along with some of the furniture into more cargo boxes onto a ship for them to sail overseas.
They'll be leaving tomorrow.
Hyugen looked across the table to see his Dad patiently waiting for him with a smile. His sister was by his right side at the table.
Shunsei was a man of forty, wearing a collared button white shirt and blue jeans, while his hair sported a shaggy look, just like Hyugen. Hyugen's sister, who was more into the quirky fashions, was in pink and black stockings with blue shorts, and a pink shirt with a spunky 'Hello Kitty!' insignia on it. Her hair was stylized into a braided ponytail. Hyugen just shared the average Tokyo teenager look; the shaggy hair, the red sporty T-shirt, and dark blue jeans.
"Now let us say grace." Shunsei said.
Hyugen nodded and so did Lei-Lei. They all bowed down their heads in prayer.
Shunsei started. "Lord, thank you for this food that we are about to have, and provide us guidance when we set off to America tomorrow, to start our new life. And even though we will leave behind friends and family, we will make new friends and reunite with our other loved ones. Let us have a safe flight, and enjoy this next step into our lives. Thank You Lord Jesus and bless us in Your name, Amen."
Hyugen and Lei-Lei both said their 'Amen's', grabbed their chopsticks and dug into their plates.
"So how were your last days of school?" Shunsei said onto his kids.
Lei-Lei was the first to start. "Oh! My last day was awesome! My homeroom class bid me farewell, and the teacher gave me extra treatment, but not too much for her to interfere with her work," she added with a hushed voice. "and to not make the rest of the other students jealous." She went back to her regular tone with a smile. "Then my friends made me this special friendship bracelet so that I'll be able to remember them! See?" She sticks her arm out to show her multiple beaded colored bracelet to her Dad and Hyugen.
Shunsei chuckled, "I saw that. That's very nice of them."
Hyugen chuckled as well. "Did any boys wished you farewell?"
Lei-Lei turned her head to Hyugen with an annoyed pout. "Did any girls wished you farewell?" she countered back.
"Now Lei-Lei…" Shunsei softly corrected her.
Hyugen blushed. It was no doubt that Hyugen was quite the looker, with his handsome features like his soft and honest face, his strong medium built chest, his arms that showed a little muscle on them. Taking judo and doing a little karate sure made Hyugen quite the catch for the ladies.
Lei-Lei was also quite attractive. She was quite pretty, with her round face and her growing figure. She already grew into her hips and has long legs, not to mention is wearing a bra.
Back to the discussion at hand, Hyugen muttered, "I asked you first…"
Hyugen has one thing in his personality he wishes he wants to get rid of. And that's his shyness towards talking to attractive young women. Actually, getting rid of his shyness in general. But mostly when it comes to talking to pretty young women. A lot of young women from his homeroom class tend to have the courage to talk to him, while he has zero courage to say anything 'cool' to them. His father, and his mother when she was alive, did say to just be himself, but that was pretty much hard to do, even when talking to a beautiful girl.
There was also a reason why he never did have a girlfriend around Tokyo, and that was because of their religion. They are either Shinto or Buddha, and he was kind of afraid that he would offend them if he was ever in a relationship with these young women, all the while trying to convert them into his faith. He didn't want to force his faith onto them so soon and so abruptly. And to be honest, he didn't know how to spread the gospel to some people. Some of his guy friends understood it, but that was when his Mom was alive, and she explained it to his friends when they came over to his house(his Mom was quite the looker herself, so you can say his friends had a crush on her.).
Maybe this was one of the good things about going to America(or is it the United States? Guess either one, really.). They have a lot of churches there, so they just have to find one that suits them, and they'll be set! And maybe then Hyugen will find a good girlfriend there!
He just has to get past his shyness around foreign people first…
But back to the discussion at hand…
"Well, if you must know, then yes, a couple of boys wished me farewell. One of them even gave me a kiss!" Lei-Lei smiled.
Shunsei frowned and went into protective father mode. "A kiss?"
Lei-Lei rolled her eyes. "Oh don't worry, daddy! It was just a kiss on the cheek!"
Shunsei seem to believe Lei-Lei with a nod, but still asked, "Who was the boy?"
"Daddy! It was just Donoyo! You know he's a nice enough guy and he wouldn't hurt a fly!"
Content with that answer, he chuckled and said, "Alright then." He gave her a warm smile and took a bite of his pork with his chopsticks. He looked straight at Hyugen and said, "So how was your day, Hyugen? Did your homeroom class bid you farewell?"
Hyuugen nodded. "Yep! And to answer Lei-Lei's question," he said with a sly tone. "there were girls in my homeroom class that did bid me farewell." He said with a smirk.
Lei-Lei just rolled her eyes again for the third time, and countered back again. "And what did you do? Froze?"
"Lei-Lei…" Shunsei softy, but sternly said to his daughter.
Now Hyugen rolled his eyes. "No. I completely…" he shifted his eyes. "…well, did my best to say 'thank you'…"
"Did they give you a kiss?" Lei-Lei said with a sly smirk as she took a bite into her stir fry.
Hyugen blushed a bright red and choked a bit on his pork before swallowing it painfully and coughed a fit.
"Lei-Lei!" Shunsei said in a stern tone.
"What?" Lei-Lei said innocently.
After coughing down his food, he hoarsely said, "N-No! They're not ten! They're mature young women! They just gave me hugs!"
"Ooooh!" Lei-Lei said deviously. "Did you even get hugged by the one with the big boobs?"
"Lei-Lei, that's enough." Shunsei said, as Hyugen blushed another hue of red.
"Ha! You did! What was her name, Aoiniki? What's her cup size, 34D?"
"How would you know her size?" Hyugen said in repulsion.
"From her sister in my homeroom class, of course!" Lei-Lei stated.
Shunsei just sighed at their spectacle and shook his head with a chuckle. He thought to himself, 'My dear Chei-Yu, if you were here to see this humorous sight now…'
After dinner(and the sibling battle), Hyugen told his Dad that he going out to meet his friends at the local arcade joint to play with friends one last time since it was a Friday. Shunsei let him go but told him to come home around nine so they can sleep in and wake up early.
After meeting with the guys and playing genre games like shooters, fighters, and even dance games(which Hyugen was partially bad at, but his friends told him one last try wouldn't hurt.) , he bid his friends one last farewell and set off home, but not until someone called out to him.
Hyugen turned around to see his childhood friend, Takahi running up to him.
Hyugen smiled. "Hey Tak!"
Takahi was one of the few friends that followed him through his faith since kindergarten, thanks to his mother's and his father's help when he came by his home for the first time.
Takahi came to an exact stop without exhausting himself. Being the track and field star at the school can certainly give an advantage.
"So what's up?" Hyugen asked.
"Aw, nothing, it's just…" he hesitated as he glanced away. He looked back at Hyugen with a solemn look. "Look, just…don't forget about us, alright?"
Hyugen blinked. "Wha? Of course I won't forget you guys."
Takahi nodded. "Good. And…I'll pray for you man, okay? I'll be praying that you'll have a safe trip, pray that you'll have a good life overseas, and…pray that you'll be very successful someday."
Hyugen's eyes widen in surprise at what Takahi said, but was touched at what he said at the last part. There was one thing Hyugen like to do, and that is draw. He wants to do animation someday in studios like Toei Animation, or Studio Ghibli if he can even go higher. He heard that the U.S. mostly has CG animation movies, and while he likes some of those, his heart is set on doing 2D animation. Maybe with a little hope, he can make his own animated film studio. And he wouldn't mind animating a series while he was at it, just to start somewhere.
Hyugen gave a warm smile to his friend. "Thanks Takahi."
Takahi gave him a smirk and patted him on the arm. "No prob. And get yourself an American girlfriend while you're at it!"
Hyugen chuckled as he blushed a tiny bit. He then looked at his best friend attentively and said, "Really, I won't forget you guys."
Takahi nodded. "I know."
They stood there a bit…until they both gave each other a man hug, patting each other on the back a bit, before parting.
"Hey, don't worry, I'll visit you guys soon." Hyugen promised with a smile, trying not to get all emotional.
"Heh, you better. The U.S. is a big country! You'll get lost in it." Takahi said, trying not to get emotional himself.
Hyugen softly laughed. He looked around the neon lights of the city and saw a neon clock that showed the time. It read 21:44(2). "Well, I better get going. I have to wake up real early tomorrow."
Takahi nodded in understanding. "Well…see you around…" he extended his arm out to shake.
Hyugen blinked but understood the gesture and looked at his friend with a soft smile and firmly shook his hand. "See you around."
It was Saturday morning at an August in 2010.
They woke up around 4:00 in the morning and drove to Hyugen's and Lei-Lei's grandparent's place that was not too far from where they live, which was a simple, single(and also small) Japanese home. They have been waiting for them to drive and take them over to the Shibuya Station and let them use the Narita Express to go to the Narita Airport.
As soon as their grandparents gave them their hugs and kisses and their tearful goodbyes to their grandchildren and to their son as well, they headed off to the train. They rode it and reached to the airport in time to catch the gate to their flight.
As they waited for their boarding flight, Hyugen watched the numerous people passing by in the airport terminal. He saw many different people, young and old, from a little boy holding his parents hands, to a young couple walking by, the young woman with her head on the young man's shoulder, and to a sweet old couple that were holding hands.
He also saw other people greeting each other with traditional bowing and handshakes.
Hyugen smiled warmly at all the warmth and tradition around him.
He really is going to miss Japan.
"The flight to Sapporo is now boarding." The flight announcer made known.
Once again Hyugen snapped out of his daydreaming and got up from his seat to be at the line with his father and sister.
"You all ready for a long trip?" Shunsei said to his kids with a smile.
"I'm ready!" said Lei-Lei with excitement.
"I'm sure as enough ready." Hyugen smiled back.
Shunsei laughed softly. "Well, alright then! Let's head on!"
As they reached the line to the gate and waited, Hyugen looked at the terminal window to see that the sun was slowly rising from the ground. He gazed at it and smiled.
'Land of the Rising Sun.' Hyugen lowered his head in thought. 'A new sun…a new beginning…' He smirked at that. He looked back at the slowly rising sun and thought one last thought before boarding.
'Bye Mom. I love you.'
1.) Instead of them kneeling on the ground, the Japanese had came up with some floor chairs for their traditional dining area! Type in 'Japanese dinner table' in Google Images and you'll see what they look like! :)
2.) I think that's Japan or Asia time. If I did it right or wrong, someone tell me.
Everyone tell me what you all think! I really don't have the rest of it all planned out, just the beginning. But don't worry, I'll think of something good! :D
I hope I didn't go overboard with the religious stuff, and I hope I somehow didn't offend anyone. Really though, I hope it got you interested in the story because of the backstory. :)
By the way, I know it's a little rushed, and I introduced some VERY minor characters in here, but again, this is just the prologue. I'll have the first real chapter around…later…sometime…whenever…I kind have a busy schedule on my other works that are fanfiction, plus I have a life and…well, we'll just have to see, okay? I did enjoy working on this! And I like to work on the next chapter sometime soon! :)
So until then, see ya! And please leave a review and tell me what you think! :D
Next chapter, we'll probably see the main female character! ;D