Cherry Blossoms

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A Young writer mistakenly falls in love with a dancer in a Japanese club called the "Arika Geisha Club". But how long can he hide his feelings?

Submitted: April 13, 2013

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Sometimes I think about returning to the past, where the memories of love are pouring all around me. The music and the beat of destiny gives me the strength and courage to do a person's request. And the woman I only loved lies somewhere in paradise, where she once performed as a singer in a club called "Arika Geisha Club"; a club that gives a dazzling entertainment to the gentlemen who sits above and low. The club owner is Ken Hisato, a professional magician and entrepreneur who is most famous with his world of art and small mini restaurants in downtown Tokyo. From there, he founded the Arika Geisha Club, using his own salary, buying him enough time to produce sounds, lights, hiring chefs, waiters and dancers and lastly, the main singer of the club. "Rira Maruyama."

I first met her, one year ago. I was summer romance, the seasons of love. I knew nothing about the Arika Geisha Club or Rira Maruyama, until I stepped out from the shadows of my apartment and saw her performing at a mall show near the Tokyo Dome. At first, I had no interest in meeting her because there was one problem. I've never been in love, or I've never had an experience of dating a girl. All I wanted to do with my life is just write something about gaining experience with love.

Then, a drunken gay dancer collapsed in the doorway. He was accompanied by a beautiful young man, dressed as a geisha. He asks "How do you do?" and then said by simply telling him "I'm fine."

"I do apologize for this, he's just knocked out because he drank so much wine."

"I see, and are you guys, performing something? Because you're wearing a geisha kimono."

"Oh yes, we are performing tonight's show at the Arika Geisha Club, maybe you've heard of it?"

"Yes, I've heard of it, and they say it's the most popular club in Tokyo."

"Oh yes, once you step inside, you can feel the magic of the dance and music of the beat."

The young man had a point, but there was no way I could get inside the club without a ticket or a VIP pass. It's said that if a person sits in the front table, the singer will approach you on stage and asks you to sing with her and dance on stage. Before I could make up my mind, I asked one last question to the young man.

"About that singer you just mentioned, who is she?"

"Ah, her name is Rira Maruyama. The main performer of the club and the star."

"Has any man attempted to date her?"

"Oh yes, but they failed. Because she only wants a man who is willing to do anything to make a big sacrifice and fight for love and freedom."

"So you're saying she doesn't care about money or fame?"

"That's right. I heard a rumor that a wealthy businessman is going there too."

If had to guess, what he just said, then it's definitely going to be Kikyo Hamasaki; a rich and powerful businessman who is currently ranked number one is Japan's most richest people is asia. If he is only just there, just for business, then let the performance to the talking. I began to lay my eyes on the young man in helping him finish his play and present it to Ken Hisato, if ever he finds it amusing and entertaining.

"Before I help you, could tell me first your name?"

"My name is Kunio."

"Nice to meet you, I'm Kenji and the postman's name?"

"Oh he's Keisuke Ueto. He's just in a mid life crisis right now."

"Why? What happened to his life?"

"Well recently, he and his wife were divorced she took his daughter away from him and he suffered a mental breakdown and started drinking and gambling hard."

With the twisted illusions scattering around me, I found myself in a merry-go-round style that it triggers my mind to persuade me to go to the club. With no nothing left to lose, we finished the play and celebrated with a shot of rice wine, and Kunio handed me a ticket to the club and explained to me carefully in taking the table.

"Remember, the ticket is for you to sit in the front and confront Rira and explain your feelings to her. And if she asks if you have a girlfriend, just say no."

"Of course I never had a girlfriend in my whole life. Because I just started writing stories."

"And don't forget the play."

"Oh yes, the play I contributed my writings for. Yes, I didn't forget."

We were off to the Arika Geisha Club with a twist of an explosive magic dust. We felt like we've been transported into a new world filled with magic and inspiration. Ken Hisato and his infamous girls, he calls them his "Star Pixies." Everyone in the club felt the magic and inspiration just like what Kunio said, I felt like I've been hit with magic dust or thunder.

"Kenji? Can you feel it?"

"Yes, it's totally amazing. I feel like moving limbo."

"Just taste the beat of the music and the dance."

Due to the music's fast beat, the customer's and dancers surrounded us like we were in an abandoned island, waiting to be feasted. But when the music stopped, stardust began to fall on us and a strange black swing came down from above. Her face couldn't be clearly seen, but I was able to get a clear shot from my camera and it was her. She shined so bright like a diamond, turning around like the world was spinning, she came down and began her sweet seduction.

Each men tried to persuade her to with them one by one, she declined each and every offer they gave, because she knew that all of them would only make her bored and suffocate. So she sparked for a new search and there, she pointed out at the front row, and the spotlight, landed on me. I was so nervous that I couldn't even say a single word or move my hands.

"What's your name?" She asks.

"Kenji."

"What do you do for a living?"

"I write stories and plays. And I don't have a girlfriend."

"How come?"

"Because I never felt the experience of love."

And everybody laughed at it, thinking I'm a loser and nobody. But that didn't matter to me, as I was telling the truth. So she looked at me carefully and she only said, "You speak the truth."

Then she invited me to dance on the stage, to which she doesn't know, I have a stage fright. So she said, "Don't be afraid, just use your imagination." "Okay, I'll try." I said. So I used my imagination with the slow beat of my heart and my nervousness disappeared.

"Shall we dance?"

"I'm not very good in dancing, but I'll give it a try."

"Don't be, I'd like to know more about you. But we'll do it in my dressing room."

On the other hand, Kikyo gained his interest Rira and he started planning his schemes for the club. So he arranged a meeting with Ken and offered a deal to transform his club into theatre, but under one condition.

"Rira will be mine. And mine alone."

"And if I refuse?"

"Then you'll lose everything. My assistant Mr. Scar Face will bring down every single people you love in this club. So please, don't refuse."

"I understand, completely; Kikyo."

Ken, ultimately signed the contract and he never a word to any of the members of the club especially Kikyo's to have each of them killed if Ken changes his mind. In the end, Rira knows exactly what she chose. The answer that is running in her mind, sympathizes the energy of her thinking, and it's none other than me. From the moment I entered her dressing room, she began to share her personal life with me and she asked a request.

"What would you have me do?"

"I need you to write a memoir for me."

"What For? Is there something you're not telling the others?"

"To tell you the truth, I have Leukemia."

I couldn't believe what she said, but she didn't look like she was joking. She had leukemia indeed. She was already diagnosed about two months ago during her performance at the Tokyo Dome, there, she suddenly collapsed during her encore. But luckily, she was saved my her personal friend and bodygaurd Wakasa Miyagi. Sometimes, he also has a crush her, but he knows too well that Rira will only consider him as a friend and he respects her decision.

"You know Wakasa, even if you do have a little feelings for me, but you know what? I'll keep that in mind."

"I'll do what you wish Rira."

"Thank you. And I have one last favor to ask. Will you promise to stay by my side until I die?"

"What kind of question is that? Yes I will stay with until the end, even if it causes my job."

"That's all I need to know."

And that was the only time Rira ever mentioned to Wakasa about her condition. But when found out about it, he broke into tears and made his mind that he will keep his promise to Rira. Then, Rira stopped for a minute to go to the restroom and take her medicine, but before she could do it, she collapsed again and she is about to hit her head on the toilet bowl. Luckily, I quickly saved her from hitting her head hard on the toilet bowl.

She slowly regained herself we both found ourselves spotted by Kikyo and his assistant Mr. Scar Face whom he thought I was flirting with Rira. To avoid misunderstandings, Ken arrived just in time to convince Kikyo that Rira and I were actually rehearsing a play called "The Lost Trumpet." Kikyo then decided to see us perform it, with a little help from Kunio and Keisuke and Ken's vocals proved to be much more entertaining than I have ever seen before, it is like he's been through a music school or maybe he started singing at an early age.

"I have a question Mr. Hisato, uh when did you start singing?" I asked.

"I start singing when I was 15. My mom took me a singing contest and I was the grand prize winner. That was before I became a magician and entering entrepreneurship."

"Well, Ken, it seems that you so many secrets that you're hiding. I wonder what else are you hiding?" Rira asks.

"I'm not hiding anything my dear, that is the truth and nothing else."

Kikyo had no interests in people's personal lives, except for Rira's; he believes with her beauty and talent, he can make her a star and fly away with him into paradise unless he only knew her condition she is suffering right now. But the only way to make Rira free and happy is to the favor she asked me a while ago.

"I want you to write me a memoir."

"But why? Why chose me? There are many Japanese writers out there, but me, I'm just a beginner."

"Even if you are a beginner, I believe in your abilities and skills. If only you show them, you wouldn't have a hard time right now."

"I guess you have a point. Then I will do it. But is there something I have to give you in return?"

"No, I'm asking anything in return. All I want is just a memoir."

With time running by, Rira has only two more months to live before the disease starts to spread. It is also revealed that she has a younger sister named Izumi; whom she has been looking for a long time. I now understand why Rira is doing this; it's because she wants to see her sister one last time before she passes away for good.

"How close are you with your sister?"

"Very close. Before I became a singer and a member of this club, I used to work in a local construction site. My sister at that time, was only in high school she about third year when I decided to work and serve my family."

"Your parents, what do they do?"

"My mother used to be a nurse, and my father was a fireman."

"So how did you and you're family broke up?"

"It all started when my mom got into a car accident on her way home. The accident, fractured her jaw, her ribs and left arm. The medic tried their best bring her to the hospital, but it was too late. My father, then, started drinking heavily and he started beating me and my sister up. I've been very patient with my father at that time, until he tried to rape Izumi and that triggered my anger towards him so I hit him with a baseball bat and fled the house with Izumi." And Rira didn't say a word that night, when she fled her house with her sister Izumi and they both moved to Tokyo, to start a new life.

Upon arriving in Tokyo, they lived in a small apartment with 1 small room with two beds, 1 bathroom and 1 table for them to eat. She also mentioned that before she started singing, she used to work in a mechanic shop and as a waitress. Every day and night, she worked hard to send her sister to school and at the same time, paying the rent.

At that time, she was discovered by Ken, who came back from his magic tour, and he found her beauty pure sensational and he quickly invited to perform at his Arika Geisha Club. He even mention to her about starting a new chapter in her life; he said "You can make things happen with that beauty of yours. And you can change people's lives."

"Really? But what about my sister? I still have responsibilities to take care of her."

"Trust me, as long you can do what necessary, I can assure you, nothing won't between you and her. Besides, you can make more money here by simply performing a song. I know the customers will like you. I promise you that."

That was the promise Ken told to Rira in their first meeting in the club. However, her sister Izumi went missing the following night after she was scheduled to perform at the Nippon Budokan during Ken's second magic world tour. In the middle of the song, she found out she was kidnapped by a group of Yakuza and Rira had no other choice but to cancel the rest of her set list, just to find her. Throughout the night, she searched every stores, restaurants, game arenas and schools. But everything was lost; she was nowhere to be found, and her was never seen or recovered, she broke down in a deep depression and started drinking alcohol, smoking weed and taking heroine.

In the weeks that past, there were still no news about her sister Izumi, whom she believes she has been mistakenly killed, she attempts to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff at tall building. After hearing the report on the news, Ken rushed in time to save her from jumping off. With nothing left inside her, Rira felt that she lost some of her strength. But Ken convinced her to never give up on herself because  he believes that Izumi is still alive and the investigation is still ongoing.

"Please Rira get a hold of yourself. You think Izumi will be glad to see you like that once the police has found her? She won't."

"There's nothing else for me to do in this world. So please just let me die."

"Not as long as I'm still here. Rira, there is always hope for you; something you can do in this world."

"My sister is all I have left in my family. I will never forgive myself if anything happens to her."

"If you still love her very much, do this for her."

Rira decided to continue performing for the club without her sister, alive or dead. But there was one thing that still triggered her mind. She still believes Izumi is still alive and she will continue to work hard and continue finding her one way or another. In the middle of the show's performance, she suddenly collapsed on the floor for ten seconds and to no avail, she got back up and continued performing to the crowd, making them believe that it is just part of the show. She soon discovered she has been diagnosed with leukemia and doctor told to take it easy on her condition.

In the days that past, the disease starts to spread  daily, tearing her apart, losing her energy day by day, and the doctor only said she two more months to live, and Ken never told anyone about her condition, especially Kikyo.

"Wakasa, you maybe her personal guard and friend, but she must know. The show must go on."

"I understand Ken."

Unknown to Ken, Wakasa already knew about Rira's condition, so he pretend to like nothing happened when Ken mentioned it to him. Meanwhile, Kikyo revealed to Ken, that he had other plans for Rira; regarding the construction of the theatre. He plans to marry Rira once the first show takes place in five days. Then, he plans to travel to Los Angeles and make Rira a star; and Ken found it unimpressive.

"I'm afraid I have to disagree with you on that one Kikyo."

"Huh? And what's your excuse?"

"Even if you ask Rira to live with you in America, I'm sure she wouldn't agree with you."

"We'll see about that. Then I'll just have to ask her myself."

"I don't think now is not the good time because she's resting. Come back again tonight."

Kikyo felt like he was jealous and disappointed and warns Ken that he may stop financing the show, unless Rira sleeps with him for one night. That night, Ken makes a fake excuse to Rira, claiming that her life maybe in danger unless she lives with me in my apartment. Rira decides to stay in my apartment.

"Is it alright if I stay with you for a while?"

"Sure, I don't mind."

"You live alone? Where's your parents?"

"My parents died when I was 18. Since then, my grandmother took care of me until Graduated from college."

"I'm sorry, I didn't know."

"It's alright, it's like what they say when you lose a loved one."

Rira soon began to develop her feelings for me; but we both know that we weren't meant for each other. But she insisted, when I allowed to stay with me; until the Kikyo's threat is over. Later on, Rira dresses up for her dinner with Kikyo in his private mansion. Meanwhile, I paid a friendly visit to Ken, and he began to reveal to me Kikro's plans, and Rira's condition.

"It's alright sir, I'm not bothered at all. What's this meeting all about?"

"I wanted to tell you something about Rira's condition and Kikyo's plans."

"Tell me."

"As you see by now, Rira's condition is getting worse. The doctor said she still has five more weeks to live, since one month has passed. Anyway, Kikyo plans to marry her as soon as possible, and then he plans to take her to America after the wedding. And that is the only thing I will not allow to happen. He also said, after the first show, he will turn the theatre into a drug empire and use all my workers to be his dealers."

"What can I do to stop this madness?"

"Right now, I just don't know but all I'm asking you, is that, I want you to keep making Rira happy and safe."

"Don't worry Ken, I'll do everything I can to make her happy always."

I soon realized how cruel Kikyo is, when Ken told me everything about his plans. But how soon will the wedding take place? And where will it happen? I had to warn Rira about it, but there was no avail on entering Kikyo's mansion as soon I remembered, he had  his eyes on me and so is his bodyguard. All I had to do now, is wait; and see what could happen next. Ken told something else about Rira's secret place. A place where she usually spends time alone, when she's not busy working in at the club. He told that she loves to hang out at the Cherry blossom park, where the leaves fall from the branches, and the happiness arrives to remove the sadness which causes nothing but deep breakdowns and emotional pain.

Meanwhile, Kikyo proposes to Rira; just like he planned it, he explained to her his plans beginning with the wedding, the honeymoon, the transformation of club into a theatre and changing the members of the club into drug dealers.

"You're mad, is this why you chose me because of my beauty?"

"Think of it this way, Rira. Once I marry you, then I can control the entire business by transforming you're beloved club into my drug empire."

"And if I refuse?"

"Then, I will have the boy killed. I've noticed you've been living with him ever since you've recovered from you're condition, to which I am not interested."

"Then there's only one way end this. And I will never tell you."

"Do whatever you like. But for now, I will give you time to think about it."

A suspicious Rira, stormed off the mansion and she rushed at my place and cried in my arms. I was beginning to suspect the look on her face, as if she's been abused by Kikyo or sent a warning message to prevent from coming anywhere near to Rira. But that didn't stop me from doing what I must do.

"I just don't want to lose you Kenji."

"You will never lose me Rira, I promise."

"I cannot live longer without you."

"I won't lose, just because of a rich man who claims to be powerful. And I still have another promise to fulfil, which is finding your sister."

It's beginning now, the ultimate destiny awaits for me and Rira. Tomorrow morning is the last day of Rira's decision to marry Kikyo. But Rira understood on what I was going to say to her. I said "Tomorrow, go back to Kikyo and tell him that you will agree to marry him. And then, come back to club and tell everyone and Ken about the date, schedule and venue."

"I'll do what I can."

"But remember, just take it easy on yourself. Remember your condition."

Rira began to realize something. She realized that no matter what happens to her, she knows I'm always at her side, and I would never leave her by her side. But before she could make a move, she collapsed again and this time, more blood came out from her mouth and I quickly called the doctor to check up on her, while I pay a visit to Ken and ask him about the final happy moment of Rira.

"Please tell me Ken, I just need to know the final happiness of Rira's life."

"It would seem that the only thing that makes her happy and calm is the Cherry Blossom tree."

"Cherry blossom tree?"

"Yes, it is where she always spends her time alone whenever she's not busy working. She told me, that the leaves from the trees give her the wisdom and strength to keep her moving forward."

"I see, so every time a petal falls, she can see the light and the winds blowing all around her?"

"Yes."

"Then, that's exactly what I need to do. I'll take her to the park for one last time, before she passes away."

"That's a good point, and I bet she would love it and her sister too."

"Thank you Ken, I owe you one."

That night, I prepared a new plan for Rira. While she was asleep, I made arrangements for a special day for her, right after the show. I wanted to take her to park for one last time before she passes away and at the same time, I wanted her to reunite with her sister and see them enjoy their private time together. But, she is still with Kikyo, whom she promised to see him and sleep with him as part of their agreement. Then I asked myself "I feel Edgy, Oh my."

Meanwhile, back at the mansion, Rira tried to make herself a little comfortable, so that Kikyo won't suspect her from revealing her feelings towards me. But unfortunately, Kikyo found out already, when he saw the bracelet I gave her that night. He angrily burst into rage and he started to hurt her and he tried to rape her But luckily, Wakasa arrived just in time to stop Kikyo and gave him a big punch in the face.

"Rira, are you alright?"

"I'm fine, Wakasa, please take me back to Kenji."

"Come, let's go."

And then, she started cry harder and harder, the minute she came back to me. She finally admitted to me her. She wanted to have a peaceful life after the show; she even told me that she chose me over Kikyo and I had no other options but to tell her my other plan.

"I know now is not the time right now, but I have to say this to you right away."

"What is it?"

"After the show, I was thinking of something that maye you could retire after."

"But what about Ken and the others?"

"Don't worry about them, Ken has a plan. And I want to tell you another reason. Ken told me that you only have five more weeks to live. That is exactly the same time, before the theatre will be finished."

"What will you do about it? What about my sister?"

"Don't worry I will find her before that happens and I will take to see you at the Cherry Blossom park."

"Really? You will do it? Promise me."

"I promise."

Everything was going well according to plan, but Kikyo didn't felt like he got away with what he wanted. he urged a private meeting with Ken and this time he told Ken that he will have me killed if Rira doesn't live with him again, tonight.

"I swear to you, that I will have the boy killed."

"Killed?"

"Killed."

Kikyo had his eyes set on me. If I don't handle over Rira to him, he would have me killed in front Rira and I will never be able to keep my promise to her. Ken was losing himself and so did the members of the club. He decided to tell truth to the rest of the club, so that no one won't be harmed during the show.

"Everyone, I know this is going to be tough, but I really have no other choice but to tell this to all of you right now. After the show, Kikyo will turn our beloved theatre into a drug base. And he will turn you all into his drug dealers and makers of various drugs."

"But what are we going to do?"

"I don't know. The only thing I'm counting on right now is Kenji, because I believe in his abilities and I know he will put an end to Kikyo."

Meanwhile, I gave a phone call to my friend and police officer Junya Arakaki; to help me put an end to Kikyo and let Rira have a happy ending with her life and reuniting with her sister. Junya was shock to hear me getting involved in the case he is working on, he said.

"Are you sure? This isn't going to be easy."

"I'm sure Junya. He plans to turn Ken's theatre into a drug hideout and turn all of his members into his dealers and opium makers."

"That sounds bad. But Kenji, just listen to what I have to say. Kikyo is also wanted in eleven countries for smuggling drugs and weed. So the question is, do you have a plan?"

"Yes I have a plan. During the show, have your men disguise themselves as audiences. Kikyo will be seated in the second front row; near the stage and once the show is over, he will take Rira and they plan to get married in All Souls Church in Okinawa. And then, he will depart for Los Angeles and spend his honeymoon there."

"Okay Kenji, thanks for the info. But are you willing to do anything for this woman?"

"Yes Junya, I am willing to sacrifice for Rira even if it causes my life. She had a reason why she chose me to write a memoir for her, so yes, I am willing to take that chance."

In the middle of the conversation, I found Rira, lying on the floor with a rush of blood coming out from her nose and Wakasa immediately called the doctor for another medical treatment, but she felt that she is losing much of her strength. Wakasa and the doctor quickly arrived on the scene and we placed her on her bed. The doctor looked down on her said, "Hang in there Rira."

"Thank you doctor, for everything you've given to me."

"Just rest my dear, you will some energy for the show."

"The show doesn't matter to me, but my sister is."

I told Rira that night, that I would find her sister early in the morning while she recovers for the show in the remaining weeks that lies ahead of me and her. After four weeks past, it was now the final week, and I'm getting closer than I ever thought of her. When the time finally, came, I began to search for Izumi, starting with her former classmates from high school and then her best friend Tomoe. After searching for nine hours, there were still no trace of her or any evidence provided by her friends of classmates. However, Junya was able to locate her with the help of some detectives who were also looking for her since she disappeared.

"Have you found her yet?"

"Yes, she is at downtown Tokyo where she is being held by the Yakuza."

"Then what are we waiting for? Let's go then."

Junya organized a raid on the Yakuza and everything went into total chaos. The lights went out, gun fires aiming at each other, the voices of the hostages and the tears of Izumi kept herself far from a distance as she covered her ears and closed her eyes.

"Please, make it stop." She said.

Then the gun fires stopped as she opened her eyes, she saw all the Yakuza pinned down at a distance when the rest of the members surrendered. And Izumi walked away from the door and she looked at Junya and he rushed to her aid and said, "Are you Izumi Maruyama?"

"Yes, I'm Izumi."

"My name is officer Junya Arakaki. You're safe now."

"Thank you."

"I would like you to meet someone. Izumi, this is Kenji he is a friend of your sister and he is going to take you to her right now."

The first I saw Izumi, she looked exactly like her sister, but she didn't even mind me saying that, because Rira might get jealous or she'll just laugh about it. Because of what happened today, Junya reported to the headquarters and the chief congratulated Junya for saving Izumi and exposing Kikyo's first hideout.

"Well done, Junya. Now we have a link to Kikyo's records and hideouts."

"Thank you sir. I didn't alone but I was aided by my friend Kenji."

"Ah, the writer. Where is he now?"

"He's taking Izumi to see her sister."

"I see. Well, what you need to do is continue searching the rest of Kikyo's hideouts his black market charade."

"Yes sir."

This incident soon, attached to Kikyo as he felt more angrier when his first hideout was interrogated. With no time left, he decided to change the date of wedding. With nothing left to lose, Ken called a private meeting with me and Junya to discuss the final plan against Kikyo. But before I attended, I took Izumi to see Rira. The two lost siblings, have finally reunited once again. At the same time, Junya wanted to ask Izumi a few questions on how she was abducted, and how did she ended up at the hands of the Yakuza.

"Will it be alright if I'd ask a few questions?"

"Uhm, I don't know if I can remember everything but could give me time to think about it?"

"Sure, I'm in no rush, I'll let you enjoy your time with your sister just let me know when you're ready."

"Sure, I will."

At the meeting, Ken discussed the final plan after Kikyo met him today, shortly after he found out about the raid. I asked "So what happens next?"

"I don't know. I can't even think of a proper plan just to stop him."

"Maybe I can figure it out."

"How?" Junya asks.

"First, we will use the wedding as a last resort to take him down. Because weddings are the best ways of a man to do it in public. And furthermore, Rira will have to go on in wearing her wedding dress, while Junya and his men will be outside and the rest on the inside disguised as guests."

"That's a great idea, I like it." Junya said.

And Ken agreed with the plan. Now that everything is prepared, it's now all down on Kikyo. He still believes he can still outrun the law and get away with his money. Every man says that once a man tries escape his crimes, it will still comeback and haunt him for the of his life. And sometimes, every man has his own gain to escape with a blast. Now it's time to put it back.

Rira and Izumi both enjoyed themselves for the day and Rira hold Izumi's hand very tight and she recalls the memories when they last saw each other. Rira can only the one thing that meant to her and that is Izumi. When Izumi looked at her, she did nothing else but smile at her and so did Rira.

"How long has it been since we last saw each other?"

"I don't know. I can't remember how much older you got." Izumi blushed.

"Do you want to know how I calm myself?"

"Sure, what is it?"

"Well, whenever I get a little depressed, I always come here at the park, just sit down, look above, and watch the leaved from the cherry blossom trees fall down from the branches."

"I'm still glad that you never gave up on me. That's all that matters."

"As I promise, I will never leave you again."

Izumi only know that Rira will never leave her again, but what she doesn't know yet is her leukemia. Any time soon, the disease will start to take over her body and she will collapse and she still might say her final words to everyone. At long last, Rira's dream has finally come true; she is now reunited with Izumi and it was all thanks to me, Junya and Ken for making happy all the time. However, the problem is not over yet. As long as Kikyo still walks on the streets, there will always be chaos and anarchy.

The next day, Ken prepares to reveal Kikyo's plans to everyone in the club. When the meeting started Rira decided to present herself as well, because she wanted to hear Kikyo's plans for the wedding, while Izumi stayed my apartment and talked to Junya about her abduction.

"Are you ready now? Izumi?"

"Yes, I am ready."

"Start from the beginning."

"It all started when I was on my way home from school. But before I went home, I stopped by at a convenient store to buy snacks. Then, a group of masked kidnapped me when I stepped out of the store. They blind folded me and the tied me up and they put me to sleep."

"What happened next?"

"When I regained conscious, I woke up in an abandoned warehouse with a group of kidnapped girls who are also students like me. Some of the men I saw, were wearing black leather jackets with a crow symbol at the back of their jacket. Then, one of them mentioned a guy named Kikyo is going to pick me up and use me to sell opium."

"Do you know his last name?"

"I think his last name was Hamasaki."

With the look on Junya's face, the information he needed has finally put the pieces together. On the other hand, Ken also did the same thing when he announced the changed schedule of the wedding and I am the last person to reveal the last puzzle to the group.

"I'm sure right now, Kikyo is now aware of what's hapenning. The reason why he is doing this is because he is afraid to get exposed to the public and have his drug empire revealed. But there is a way to take him down, once and for all. The plan is just simple all we have to do is just attend the wedding, while Junya and half of his men will be outside. Then the rest will be on the inside disguised as guests. Then, the police will begin to activate once Rira and Ken start to put their rings towards each other."

"Very impressive Kenji, very impressive."

Everyone in the room, prepared that very night for tomorrow's wedding and Ken had his one and only purpose of changing his mind. He only wanted what is only best for his club. But when Kikyo decided to do things his way, he decided to stand up against him and cancel everything including the contract he signed. I wanted to do the same thing as well, because I had no intention of agreeing to the conditions of Kikyo.

The next day, everyone prepared themselves for the wedding, without being suspected by Kikyo that everyone knows the truth about his plans. So they decided to pretend like the know nothing and act normal, once the wedding starts. And then, Rira came out of the dressing room in her wedding gown and she looked stunning and beautiful as I laid my eyes on her.

"Wow, you look, great."

"Thank you, I'm not really sure if I still want to do this."

"Yes you can, you can do this. You jsut have to trust me."

"Then I trust you, more than ever, rather than Kikyo."

And then it was time to deliver the torch. We drove straight to the church, were everyone was in place and so as Junya, Ken and the rest of the members. When it started, Junya prepares his signal, in order to alert the men and give a distraction to Mr. Scar Face, who is watching from the left side corner.

"Speak up Junya?"

"Kenji, the men are only waiting for your signal. When do we start?"

"After when Kikyo and Rira places their rings, then you can begin."

"Roger that."

After the offering, Kikyo and Rira prepared to insert the rings in their finger, while Junya prepared for the ambush. "Everyone, keep calm." Junya said. Kikyo could not believe the look on his eyes, he tried to use Mr. Scar Face to help him escape, but to no avail. He tried to contact his other bodyguards, but they were also arrested. Realizing he has finally lost, Kikyo still had one last resort which is pointing out his gun and placing it on Rira's head.

"Nobody move, or I'll put a bullet in her head."

"Let her go Kikyo. You're completely surrounded and outnumbered."

"I swear I will do it if you don't move out of the way."

Junya ordered his men to stand down and Kikyo tried to head for the exit. Luckily, Izumi came in time and hit Kikyo's left arm with a kick. Rira and leaps out, but Kikyo picks up his gun, points at Rira, prepares to shoot, but anothr gunshot was fired. The bullet hit the gun of Kikyo and it caused it his hand to burn temporarily.

"Kikyo, It's over, get up with your hands up and do not make any attempts to escape. You lost, it's over."

"I never surrender. You don't even have evidence on me. I can sue you all."

"Wrong again Kikyo, we know everything we know your criminal activities, hideouts and the smuggling of drugs from other countries and you try to make the Arika Geisha Club you're new hideout for drugs? Not a chance. So stop acting like you don't know anything, because this time you can't talk your way out of it. Surrender peacefully or we will make you."

And then Kikyo finally surrendered. The contract was dissolved, and then Ken and rest of the members of the club rejoiced their happiness and returned to club. Rira, Izumi and I followed, and so did Junya. Once the club opened, we have celebrated and spend the night of Kikyo's arrest and the freedom of the club. But, that wasn't over yet. Rira's condition soon takes over her and she falls down on her knees and I came to her side and we both talked to each other for one last time.

Everyone was shocked, but they all listened, and Izumi too. I wanted to tell Rira, how much she meant to me, and how much I love her. She said her final words to me.

"You have to live on Kenji, you have so much to do in this world. You can can tell begin, by telling the story of how we first met."

"No, not without you."

"It's too late for me now. I don't much strength left, just remember, I will always love you and I will always be here on yoru side. And I have one last request for you."

"Sure, anything?"

"Take care of Izumi for me. That is my last request for you."

"Yes, yes I will, for you. I promise"

And then she closed her eyes and died peacefully in my arms and I cried aloud that very night and everyone including Izumi shed tears and felt grief stricken. Days have past, months turned into a year. The Arika Geisha cub has closed down after Rira's death. Izumi went back to school after she promised Rira when spent their last days together. She wants to become a fashion designer.

Ken returned to stage performing once again as a full time magician, but he no longer continues in opening any business in the future. As for me, I sat down on with my typewriter, writing the remaining pages of Rira's aubiography and my first novel based on my real life relationship with Rira. By the time the book was finished, it hit the bookstores and solded around 1.5 million copies and then it later reached 30.0 million copies worldwide. Everyone loved it and the fans of Rira; Ken love it too and Izumi. She knew that Rira would be proud of it. And I walked around in the streets of Tokyo and I stopped by at the park and I sat down under the cherry blossom tree and looked up to the sky and watch the leave fall.

I closed my eyes and looked down and could see a woman's feet standing before me, and she touched my hand and lended me her smile and she made my day complete. When I opened my eyes, I felt like being myself again. I quickly returned to my apartment and I started writing my next novel called "Cherry Blossoms". I chose this title because of Rira, sharing her memories with me on how she used to stay under the cherry blossom tree.

And then Izumi comes in and she asks "Ready for a next adventure?" and I said, "Yes I am ready."

 

 

THE END

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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