Genres: musical, drama, school life, slice-of-life, comedy, fan fiction, author’s universe
Summary: Ayie Igarashi. Yuki Sakura. Magnum Trigger. Shinju Sawada. Four girls, met together by accident, but bound by their love for a certain band. One day at their school, due to heavy rains, they took shelter in an old room. In there, they have spent the rest of the day talking to each other until they have slept. Once they woke up, they found themselves trapped in the room’s building. This is the start of their way to overcome all odds with music.
This is a Nami fan fiction originally planned by shinju-10 and is collectively conceptualized by members of the organization (including me). The idea came from a post at the forum by nenemaru_18, which placed the four girls featured here became counterparts of the members of the J-rock band Scandal (hence the title). shinju-10 didn’t have much time to make this, so the idea just became an idea.
After she has read IQ342 , she asked me to make a one-shot with her as one of the characters. This is when I was reminded of this concept. So, this is for her, and also to nenemaru_18, whose birth day is the release date of this one-shot (otanjoobi omedettou!), and also to all the Namijins I’ve first encountered in SCUAA 2010. It’s been a year since we’ve met. I still remember it well hahaha...
I might have forgotten some of the details and didn’t include that many characters , to which I apologize. But I hope I made it good (please comment if you agree or not!). I also hope you guys liked the pictures I made with this. Darn, this is the longest Author’s Note I’ve written; I’m ending it already so you can read the story now…
The date was September 26, 2009, a date Shinju, Magnum, Yuki and Ayie will never forget.
7:23 in the morning. Kaiji Katsuragi and Shinju Sawada are strolling around the school while waiting for their make-up class in Physical Science. They have no place to sit because most of the seats in the school’s public areas are already occupied.
While passing by an office, Kaiji got an idea. As his usual means to get Shinju’s attention, he poked her cheek twice.
“Why?” she asked curiously as she looks at her classmate.
“Nee, Shin-chan, let’s go to CS!” he was talking about a school building where music, humanities and physical education classes are usually held. And in their position right now, they’re possibly walking towards it.
“You wanted to play the piano again, right?” she replied jokingly.
“…I guess…plus, we can sit in there…” he said as he realized that Shinju is tired of walking because her legs are a bit shaking.
She reluctantly gave a nod. She was half-hearted about it. Though she badly wanted to sit right now, she honestly doesn’t want to be tempted to play the piano too. “I’m playing the guitar, I’m playing the guitar!” was her thought of endurance. But nonetheless, she went with Kaiji.
Piano tunes from scratch filled the second room to the left of the third floor of the building. Kaiji is ‘researching’ how to play the songs he usually hears. This time, each key he presses lead a broken tune of an Anberlin song. Shinju was humming along to a song she’s been playing all morning. When the boy pressed another key, the momentum has stopped, for no sound came out.
“What happened?” Shinju asked.
“Hmm, looks like the key’s broken.”
She knows that already. Almost all of the pianos in the building have the same kind of problem; the one in that room was no exception. “Oh no, you broke it!” she blamed teasingly.
Kaiji looked at the girl and said, “I’m that good!”
“No, you sound so awful!” she was laughing but her point was a bit serious.
“Just like the grumble of your stomach.”
He surprised Shinju who didn’t hear or feel her own stomach growling. With this, he stood up and neared his bag, where he took some coins.
“I’ll buy some food. What would you want?”
“Umm, you just choose.”
“Matching food it is, then.”
Kaiji walked towards the door. Shinju’s eyes trailed after the guy. Before he disappeared, he looked back at the girl sitting near the piano.
“Don’t leave until I come back, okay?”
With that, he stepped out of the room, leaving the room, their things, and Shinju even more tempted to play the instrument in front of her.
7:24 in the morning. A girl went inside the room. She wears glasses, much like Shinju what is wearing. Also, she sports a black jacket with red highlights and a checkered scarf wrapped around her hips. A black PSP is resting between her left thumb and the other left fingers. She looked stern and gave an aura of seriousness in her. Shinju, still lured by the piano, turned to the woman who looks like she’s from a higher year level.
“Can I sit here? I’ll just be here until my class starts at the next room.” The woman requested.
“S-sure.” Shinju replied timidly.
The woman sat and looked at the PSP. She was playing the same Kamen Rider game for two hours and there was no sign of her stopping yet. Her face showed no expression, for it is manifested on how she smashed the keys away.
Shinju went from looking at the newcomer to the piano, again. Her mind is still rambling whether to play her favorite instrument or not. It took her some time to decide, and as soon as she did, another two girls came to the room.
Their faces and heights were different, but their other physical aspects are almost identical. They had long hair ending three-fourths on the way to their hips. They have such cheerful eyes that can make smiles out of people. Also, the two wore identical clothes, sling bags and sneakers. One look at them and one can jump to conclude two things -- they’re either twins or sisters, and they’re both attractive.
Chatting their way near the window, the two took no notice of the other two already in the room. They were talking about their cosplay plans.
“I really wanted to cosplay characters from Fairy Tail.” The shorter girl uttered.
“Really? Which character there?” the taller one asked. Although she haven’t heard of the anime, she was still able to ride onto the discussion.
“Lucy Hearfilia! But in comparison to her, I’m a bit small here,” she flattens her hand up to the ground to symbolize her height. “and here, too…” pointing to the front of her body.
“Don’t worry, Sempai Yuki, I think you can still pull it out! What would her costume look like?” the taller girl relieved her friend.
When Shinju heard of the term ‘Sempai’, she turned to the girls. She thought in her mind, “Ehh? The shorter one is the sempai???”
7:26 in the morning. Still, there was no sign of Kaiji coming back. Shinju resorted to listening to songs on her MP3 player to ease her urge to play the piano, and to eat. The woman playing the PSP earlier is still… (there were only a couple of minutes that elapsed, of course she’s still playing!) The chatting couple was laughing to a joke Yuki said.
Shinju was poised to stand up when the cord of her earphone was stopped by a part of her chair, snapping the earphone out of the player. The song playing was suddenly spread into the whole room, getting the attention of the people in it.
[donna shunkan datte unmei datte, hitotsu dake tashika na mono ga aru to…]
“Wait, Ayie, is that…?” Yuki asked the taller girl.
“Yes, it is!” Ayie answered eagerly.
“That J-rock band…”the other woman uttered.
They all exclaimed.
7:27 in the morning. Kaiji is just about to receive his order – two sets of siomai with rice.
“Thank you, sir!” the counter said as she hands over two Styrofoam containers. He gets them and heads back for the room. He was surprised by who he saw when he turned around.
“Kaiji?” the girl spoke. She can’t clearly recognize her acquaintance from the entrance exam.
It looked like Kaiji is going to stay for a while. What would be of Shinju now? As for the four people in the room, they got acquainted in no time, all while the song is still playing in the background.
“I’m Magnum, but I’m usually called Nene. Second year, English major.” The woman told the group, now sitting in a circle-like arrangement near the room’s table. She was the last one to do the introductions.
“You’re English major, too?” Yuki asked enthusiastically. “I’m a third year English major!”
“Wow! You’re already a third-year student?” Shinju asked. It was a bigger surprise for her to see an upperclassman in Yuki. The one asked replied with a nod and a smile on her face.
“So, how come you and Ayie know each other? She’s on the first year just like Shinju…” Magnum inquired.
“Ahh, we just met by chance earlier…” Yuki responded.
“I bumped into her at the corridor and saw her picture cosplaying as Ciel of Kuroshitsuji. I really wanted to cosplay, so we started to talk!” Ayie continued.
It looked like four complete strangers started to talk with each other.
The song stopped, and the rains have started.
7:33 in the morning. Kaiji and Xiaoyu took shelter in the second floor of CED, another school building, just like the other people who were in the quadrangle area. They sat at the staircase leading to the third floor, with Kaiji sitting beside the window.
“Here.” He hands out one of the Styrofoam containers to the girl. The girl automatically accepted, for she likes to eat. As they commence eating, Xiaoyu raised a question.
“You must’ve bought this for someone, did you?”
“H-h-how did you know?”
“You always buy food for other people. So,” she stopped eating and looked at Kaiji. “Who?”
“It’s for…” his face reddened. “…for…” he thought he can’t say Shinju’s name, for Xiaoyu might think of something, so he uttered another name instead.
The two went silent and looked in different directions.
9:24 in the morning. The rain showed no sign of stopping, and it grew even fiercer. What started as a shower earlier became a torrent in a matter of minutes. The four looked out the window they decided to close. The once green fields that can be overlooked at the window developed into a lagoon of brownish waters.
Magnum looked at her phone. She received a message.
“Minna, looks like our classes are out. My classmate Michi sent me a text that classes in all levels are now suspended.”
Everyone is relieved.
Yuki raised a question. “The only problem is, how are we going to get out?”
Everyone is thinking.
Ayie pondered, “If it rained like this for five minutes already, chances are the lower floors are already flooded.”
“True, but since we are in the third floor, we are still safe, for now.” Shinju concluded.
Everyone is silent.
“Hey, what’s with that very huge box?” Magnum was talking about a humongous wooden box sitting in the corner of the room. It had no lock whatsoever; it’s just covered with a wooden plank. No one took notice of it until now.
“Let’s open it!” Yuki told the others. They were a bit obliged to do so out of sempai authority. When they opened it…
Everyone is amazed.
“Band instruments!” Magnum uttered.
“Oh yeah, I remember that!” said Ayie.
“There were supposed to have bands over to perform. This must be the equipment.” Shinju realized.
“It’s so cool!”Yuki conveyed awe. “Can we play it?”
“I’m gonna do lead guitar!”Shinju speedily spoke.
As for Ayie, she volunteered, “Rhythms!”
“Drums for me…” Yuki spoke confidently.
Magnum sighed. “Looks like I have no choice…”
“I wish Kai-chan was here!” Shinju stated.
“Kai-chan?” asked Magnum. Yuki and Ayie all had her eyes on her, as if implying something. Feeling a bit embarrassed to answer who he is, she just said “I said ‘I wish a man was here, so he could help us set them up!”
“Good idea! Maybe Sempai Renan is still here, I’ll try to call him.” Yuki is talking about a good friend of hers. She takes out her phone, only to find out that there was no signal.
“What’s wrong, Sempai Yuki?” Ayie questioned with a distressed tone.
Magnum and Shinju took and check out their phones, too.
“There’s no questioning it.” Shinju spoke with a worried look on her face.
“Let’s just wait for someone to arrive.” Magnum suggested.
The three agreed.
Their waiting eventually lead to their slumber.
6: 02 in the evening. Two rescue boats manned by the school’s security guards scoured the school for stranded people in the buildings. Xiaoyu is already asleep in Kaiji’s lap when the first rescue boat came to their building. The boy thought of waking the girl up, but the influx of people nearing the boat stopped him from doing so. His thoughts were on the situation of his classmates, but her eyes on Xiaoyu. The sleeping face of hers drew closer and closer to him. He was very close when he whispered.
“Xiaoyu…I’m sorry…I can’t…take it anymore…”
Xiaoyu suddenly woke up full of red in her face. She was about to give in, but her mood was spoiled by the next words Kaiji spoke.
“Get off me for a while, I need to go to the comfort room!!!!”
She was knocking his chest with half of her arms while saying “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!”
Kaiji was baffled by her sudden tantrum. “Ehh?”
“Even if I get off you right now, the comfort room’s below, and below is submerged in water! You can’t go to the comfort room!”
He was frustrated by that fact he never realized.
7:47 in the evening. Ayie was the last person to wake up. She found her new friends looking towards the window, towards the never-ending darkness. The room itself is also dark. If it weren’t for the light of their phones, Ayie could’ve mistaken them for ghosts.
“No one’s coming.” Magnum concluded.
There were no lights to be seen outside…
“How are we going to be saved now?” Yuki spoke with distress.
…there were no people to be seen outside…
“Ayie, are you awake now?” Shinju inquired.
…there were no other objects to be seen outside…
Ayie nodded. “Why, Shinju-chan?”
…there were no hopes to be seen outside…
“I have an idea.”
…only on the inside.
7:49 in the evening. The rains have just stopped. The crowd at CED has numbered down to six people. Another rescue boat has come, but only has the capacity of five more people.
“Kaiji, thank you for today.” Xiaoyu spoke softly as she descends to the boat. As she looks back, she was surprised to see him stay at the building. “Wait, you’re not coming with me?”
Her classmate answered in a composed manner. Kaiji’s answer resounded on her mind.
“Go first; I still have…someone to save.”
And the boat has left.
7:52 in the evening. Shinju’s idea came into being.
“Done!” Shinju sighed.
“But we have electronic instruments…” Yuki raised another point, a point that hurt everyone except her, who will be handling the drums.
“Yes. We got the equipment set up just like you told us to, but what exactly are we going to do?” asked Ayie.
Shinju replied confidently with a smile on her face. “We’re going to make sure we’re going to be heard!”
Magnum went “shopping” at the adjacent rooms and found something that can power up their guitars.
“Nifty, a generator and an extension cable!”
The group was full of hope and excitement as they set up the generator. As they power up their guitars, Magnum was a bit reluctant to play the bass, for she never played it once.
“I mean, I’ve watched other people play it. I learned how, but this is my first time playing it.”
Shinju spoke words of encouragement.
“This is the first day we have met. This would be your first time to play the bass. This is our first time to play as a group. This may be hard, but the first time is the right time to rise above challenges. If you can do it, it will create a huge impact on how you’re going to handle problems. You’ll never need second chances any longer. Think of your first time as your last time, and you are sure to savor and enjoy every moment of it, even more if you were successful. Want to give it a go?”
Everybody smiled. With the sound of the drumsticks, Ayie’s voice pronounced the start.
“One, two, three, go!”
7:53 in the evening. The last guy on CED is currently telling the guard manning the boat something.
“I tell you, there are still people in CS!”
“Sir, our other boats have come twice at CS and found no one in there!”
“Please, I need to go back there, some—“
This is when they’ve heard a sound, a sound that Kaiji instantly realized. It was the song that Shinju was humming along in the room earlier.
“Shunkan Sentimental.” He whispered. Then, he glared at the eyes of the guard. “Get me there now!”
The guard quipped in fear as he takes the boat off, bringing Kaiji with him. Their destination – to where the sound was coming from.
[kawashita hazu no na yakusoku ga, kyou mo, bokura no mirai wo ubawo oto suru…]
Shinju was feeling great about singing the lyrics of the song. Although she struggles a bit in the multitasking, she’s still able to pull it off.
[hoshi ga ate kita mono wo tenishi demo, sunao ni, umaku wararenai to wa naze darou…]
Ayie was doing the second voice for this one. She, like Shinju, was struggling with singing while strumming the guitar. She’ll get the hang of it, she thought.
[afureru namida wa yoasayaku wakai janai…]
Yuki was steady with her beats. Among the four, she might have the most practice, for she regularly plays drums in arcades.
[itami ga unda, kakera de…]
Magnum did second voice for the line. She just felt out how the bass would sound and plucked random strings, which turned out to be complementing to the overall effect.
They were about to sing the chorus when a voice of a man emerged from outside the room.
“Shin-chan, I’m back!”
The makeshift band stopped playing their instruments as Kaiji stood shocked at what they were doing.
8:11 in the evening. The six are now travelling towards the nearest train station. It took them some time to explain to the guards what they were doing and to put away the instruments.
“ I thought you were very brilliant!” said the guard. “I’m already a fan!”
The four were glad and giggled amongst themselves after they have heard those words.
Meanwhile, Kaiji was silent at the sides. Shinju tried to console him. “Kai-chan…”
“So he’s Kai-chan…” Magnum deduced. “Pretty bad-looking fellow.”
“No need to rub it in.” he replied.
The boat was filled with a slight whip of laughter.
“Hey, wanted to do more of what we did earlier?” Yuki suggested. The other three were ecstatically agreeing to what she has raised. As for Ayie, she was quiet and serious.
“Ayie, not even you…” Shinju looked at her with a concerned face. The girl looked at the guy, then to Shinju.
“Let’s do a band.”
“That’s a brilliant idea!” the guard jumped into the discussion. He’s pretty much into brilliance, don’t you think?
“To the band!” Magnum exclaimed while she placed her palm facing downward to the center of the boat. The others followed suit, Yuki, Shinju, and then Ayie. In one moment, they released their hands to the air while shouting the name…
The coincidence made the girls laugh. As for the guys, they were smiling at the four who seemed like they’re having fun. Despite having a huge rain on their parade, their first time as a group and their first day as a band made their day truly splendid. They sure savored and enjoyed every moment of it. The date was September 26, 2009, a date Shinju, Magnum, Yuki and Ayie will never forget.