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09 July 2010 @ 12:13 am
[FIC] Talk to me (4/4) FINAL PART  

Fandom:
Johnny's Entertainment
Pairing: MatsujunKame
Chapter rating: G
Disclaimer: No, thanks anyway.
Summary: Kame is finally making the journey he has dreamt of his whole life, the journey back to Japan, back to the place where his family has lived for generations. It's risky, because the Matsumoto clan are still in that area and if they find him he's in trouble. He meets Jun, a handsome young man his age, and even though they don't understand a word the other says they end up riding together. But who is Jun? What really happened fifty years ago? What will become of the two of them? Camping, horseback riding and mountains up ahead!
AN: The master post for this series is right here.
If you liked this then feel free to check out my complete fic list, here.

Water.

Warm, clean water pouring down on me, flowing over my body and down onto the spotless floor. The bathroom was pristine just like every other part of the house, or at least all that I had seen of the place so far. That actually wasn't much as the young man named Sho had lead me inside and then taken me straight here, suggesting that I 'use this room'. I had agreed, of course.

I had wished for a shower when I first visited the well. Back then I would have been content to have any small space and any water temperature as long as it was clean. As time went by I got used to feeling absolutely disgusting to the point when I barely noticed anymore, but now that I had entered this tidy place I realised how badly I needed this shower.

This bathroom was gigantic. There was enough space to fit both me, Jun, Bob, Tenshi and even both of our tents in it, had we wanted to. There was no reason for it to be this big, I thought, but I didn't complain. The feeling of warm water on my skin was blissful. The shampoo I found in there smelled nicely and the towel I later wrapped myself in was huge and fluffy.

I didn't feel like putting on my own clothes as they were both worn out and had a horrible smell, but someone must have thought of that as there was a neat pile of clothes placed on a chair. They must have been there when I entered the room, but I had barely looked around when I quickly stripped and practically jumped into the shower. There was a pair of dark jeans, a white shirt and black sneakers. As I put them on, I discovered that they fit. Even the grey boxers seemed to be exactly my size, and that scared me a little. I hadn't even been here ten minutes but someone had still managed to find clothes which fit me and placed them in there. I left my old clothes in the bathroom, but only after putting on my homemade necklace again.

I found Sho waiting outside when I stepped out. He was sitting on a chair reading a newspaper, but he quickly folded it and looked up at me, staying silent for a moment. Then he smiled, nodded and got up, gesturing for me to follow him.

We went through a few corridors, making some strange turns. I was pretty sure that we went in some kind of circle through the building instead of walking right through it, but I didn't point that out as I was busy looking around me. The walls were full of paintings, some of them nice and some of them just plain weird. They all looked very old, however, and I was pretty sure that I recognized a couple of them from the covers of art magazines I had seen in America. The room Sho took me to next contained no fragile, possibly valuable paintings, because it seemed to be a kitchen.

There were several people working in there and they all looked up to greet Sho as we entered. They were wearing the same uniform as the people who had taken care of our horses had worn, with the addition of dark aprons. I received a few curious glances, but nothing was asked. Sho told them something and then gestured for me to sit down at a wooden table. After a moment we were served a large bowl of soup each. I didn't need a cue from Sho to start eating. It tasted heavenly, although I was ironically of the opinion that most of the things Jun had cooked on the mountain had been even better. Perhaps I had been hungrier during those times.

After we had finished eating, Sho lead me to another room which was even larger than the bathroom had been. I paid little attention to both it's size and the exquisite furniture placed in it except for the king-sized bed placed in the middle of the room.

“Please rest,” Sho told me, offering me a friendly smile. “We will speak later.”

I considered telling him that I would hardly wake up until the next day, but he seemed to comprehend my confusion and paused to think.

“Not today,” he added eventually, looking hopefully at me. “Later.”

“Right, you actually meant tomorrow,” I said, nodding in comprehension. “Okay.”

He smiled at me again, looking relieved that I had understood his meaning. Then he stepped out of the room and closed the door.

I had barely put my head down on my pillow before I started drifting off to sleep. The softness of the bed, compared to the rough ground through the sleeping bag which had been my resting place for the past eleven days, was wonderful.

When I woke up, sunlight was streaming in through one of the windows from a completely different angle than when I had fallen asleep. It was the next day, then. I dressed in the clothes I had been given the previous day (plus my necklace) before stepping out of the room to find Sho sitting outside with a newspaper again, obviously waiting for me.

“Good morning,” he greeted, immediately getting up and looking a lot more excited than the day before. “Please, this way.”

Today, we were walking through the main part of the house. The corridors we passed through were wider, the halls longer. People we met were eyeing me curiously, excitedly, and I was pretty sure they started whispering together once we had passed by. The whole place felt different. There was something new on everyone's faces, something like giddy expectation, and I had a strange feeling that I might be the cause of it.

We entered a smaller room together, and in there three guys looked up as the door opened. They were the same three who had come with Sho to meet Jun yesterday, and they were now sitting on a couch, grinning in our direction. Well, two of them were sitting. The green sweater guy was sitting and wearing a t-shirt today, also green, and the blue t-shirt guy was sitting on his right wearing the same blue t-shirt. The yellow shirt guy, however, was lying to their right with his head in blue t-shirt guy's lap. He was playing GameBoy, but he paused as I entered with Sho, turning his head to smile at us with the other two.

“Ohio!” the green t-shirt guy greeted, waving excitedly at us.

“Kamenashi-kun, these are Aiba Masaki, Ohno Satoshi and Ninomiya Kazunari” Sho told me, pointing at them from left to right.

They all waved at me as they heard their name mentioned, the yellow shirt guy (who was apparently named Ninomiya) rolling his eyes a bit as he did so. Still, he was smiling widely. There were some breakfast supplies on the table, among them a pot of tea and some sandwiches which looked pretty good.

Sho closed the door firmly behind us before taking a seat in an armchair in front of the other three, motioning for me to do the same. I did, silently nodding at the three others and trying to smile a little. They all started to supply themselves with food, something I wasn't late in copying. Then I looked up at Sho again, finding him ignoring the food in favour of observing me with the same amused look on his face as he had yesterday when I had emerged from the shower wearing the new clothes.

“This is funny,” Sho told me, attempting an explanation as I raised my eyebrows. “You are exactly Jun's type.”

Apparently, that amused him. I did feel rather pleased about his observation, but I tried to just shrug. I don't think I succeeded.

“I hope you had a good night,” he continued, leaving me free to consider whether or not he was referring to my sleep or any other nightly activities.

It was probably the earlier, so I just nodded at him.

“You must have slept worse on journey,” he continued, and I tried not to smile at his all in all quite endearing (and working) attempt at communication. “It has been rain, too.”

“That was just fine,” I said, speaking for the first time and making the rest of them look up at me. “I seriously love rain.”

After this short attempt at small talk, Sho seemed to decide that it was about time for him to get to the point.

“You should not have come,” he begun, sounding very serious as he looked at me, seeming sort of impressed. “The Matsumoto clan do not approve of the Kamenashi.”

I blinked, taking in what he was saying. Then I threw a look around the room, realising exactly who owned the grand house I was currently inside of.

Crap.

Now I understood so much more. This was why Jun had seemed strange at first, why he had never told me his family name. He was one of them, one of the Matsumoto clan. He had kept his distance in the beginning, taking some time to see where I was going and who I was before attempting something against me. Leaving me up in the mountains with no horse would have effectively trapped me there. I didn't want to know what would have happened next, nor did I know why he had returned that morning instead of disappearing or getting reinforcement. Maybe it had been to bring me here. Had he tried to gain my trust all along?

Full of doubt and insecurity, I met Sho's eyes. He looked neither offended nor aggressive, but I had no idea what thoughts went through his mind at that moment.

“Where is Jun?” I asked Sho, suddenly feeling a strong need to see him again, to ask him about everything even though he wouldn't be able to answer.

The others looked up at the mention of Jun's name, exchanging amused glances. They didn't seem like they disliked me, though. Their actions and my thoughts appeared to be completely out of sync.

“Don't worry,” Sho told me, the look on his face telling me that he thought my wish to see Jun was something very sweet. “He will come here soon.”

That made no sense, either. None of this made sense. Sho himself had said that their clan didn't approve of the Kamenashi clan, just like everyone else had told me.

Eventually, Sho seemed to realise that I had become sort of nervous. He seemed confused by my tension.

“The feud is done,” he said, pausing to search for words. “Between Kamenashi and Matsumoto. Didn't Jun-kun say?”

I blinked again. Then I slowly shook my head, waiting for him to explain further.

“The well,” Sho said, looking at me like I must know exactly why this was relevant. “You showed Jun-kun the well, the writing.”

“I couldn't read any of it,” I explained, still confused. “I have no idea what it said.”

“Oh,” Sho said, understanding dawning on his face. “Now I realise.”

He was silent for another moment, looking for words again.

“The writing is from long ago,” he begun. “A hundred years. It was made by Matsumoto and Kamenashi, the symbol proves.”

He pointed at the symbol I was wearing around my neck.

“Heiwa,” he said, just like Jun had when he first saw it. “Peace, our peace. Matsumoto and Kamenashi peace.”

“The sign means peace between the two clans?” I said, earning an eager nod from Sho.

“It is also used for clan marriages, on rings” he continued. “It was smart for you to wear that. Jun-kun realised you were good.”

I nodded, not bothering to explain that I had just thought it was a nice symbol.

“One hundred years ago, heiwa,” Sho continued. “Back then, when Kamenashi festival was, the well was dry. That is what sign said.”

“So fifty years ago, when the fire burned down the field, the well was already dry,” I concluded.

Sho nodded eagerly at me.

“Kamenashi elders who knew about well also knew about dry,” he continued. “So they knew about well was pointless for fire. They knew field would be ruined and village doomed.”

I had to look away for a moment then in order for me to hide my amused expression. Still, he had made himself perfectly clear.

“That's why feud is done,” Sho concluded, taking a deep breath.

He seemed pleased with himself after speaking so much English, and I didn't disagree with that. He had messed up some grammar and had definitely insinuated at first that his clan still disapproved of mine, but all in all our communication had functioned well thanks to his efforts.

Now I knew why the atmosphere in the building was far from tense. Yesterday it had been different, but by now this explanation must have been given to everyone involved. I still wasn't sure exactly what was going on with everything, but at the very least I was of the opinion that I was safe here.

“There is tradition,” Sho continued after a while, making me look up again. “When clan feud is settled, clans must have ceremony. Shiki.”

“Oh,” I said, becoming slightly weary again. “What kind of ceremony?”

“Connection,” Sho said, confusing me further. “You can adopt one of our children. Clan leader decides exactly what will happen with Shiki.”

I gaped at him, a bit weary of the possibility of being appointed someone's parent all of a sudden.

“Clan leader?” I asked.

“Yes, Jun-kun,” Sho said. “Jun-kun is youngest male of age, so he is leader.”

“Jun is your leader?” I asked, my tone betraying my surprise.

“He is,” Sho confirmed. “Has been for a while, since he grew up. Some of us were leader before.”

He gestured towards the three on the couch, making me take another look at them. Ninomiya and Ohno seemed quite distracted, Ninomiya by the GameBoy in his hand and Ohno partly by Ninomiya's head in his lap and partly by some sketch he was working on. Aiba, however, was looking at me and Sho. Mostly at Sho, I concluded after a moment. He wore a soft, almost proud expression as he watched Sho talking to me.

“When Ohno-kun grew up, he was youngest of age,” Sho told me, making me look back at him.

He seemed to be trying not to laugh as he glanced over at Ohno.

“A bit chaos when he was leader” he continued, forcing himself to remain serious. “Then I grew up, taking over. Everyone had already started calling Ohno leader then, and that nickname is still. I organized things a little and had some little trouble when Nino-kun appeared.”

Ninomiya had not been a part of the clan his entire life then, I concluded.

“It was confusing a while,” Sho told me. “Nino-kun and Ohno-kun, friends or couple? For long they just were like this.”

He gestured towards their peaceful corner of the couch.

“In the end we just made Nino-kun clan member, either way,” Sho said, shaking his head and smiling at the memory. “Then they seemed to realise maybe there is something more, and then they became together.”

I nodded and couldn't help smiling over at the two. They were quite adorable.

“Then Jun grew up,” Sho continued. “Became leader and is leader still. It was not hard for him when my Aiba-chan joined, we were very obvious.”

He smiled over at Aiba, who got caught staring and quickly looked away, blushing. Both Sho and Aiba were smiling to themselves as Sho continued again.

“Jun is good,” Sho said, sounding a bit more serious. “Knows what is right and wrong about clan. He is young, but still very good. I only wish he could talk about things to us. Day before today, he talked for so long about you and things you did. I have never heard him talk so long before.”

Sho shot me a rather curious glance, making me look down for a moment. I remembered well all the times Jun had sat with me by the fire, speaking for long periods at a time, the words seeming endless. Sho was right. Jun definitely needed to talk, to speak to someone about what went through his mind and why. To trust someone else and be able to tell them everything. Now, more than ever, I wished that I could have understood every word Jun had said and not just his moods and feelings. I wished that I could have supported him better.

“We all try to speak with him,” Sho continued after a while, “but he never responds much.”

I stayed silent, saying nothing about how much Jun had spoken to me. I didn't think that Sho would understand why Jun would even think of doing so.

“Jun is not most leader like, nor the least leader like,” Sho said, throwing an amused glance in Ohno's direction as he added the last part. “He is tired of old arguments, old conflicts. He approves tradition, but not traditional enemies. He is careful with them, but rational. This focus is good.”

Sho smiled politely at me as he said that, most likely referring to who I had been to him only the day before.

“Like you,” he confirmed. “He found out who you was and was going to act, but then he saw you were not here to harm. So he waited and found out what really was fifty years ago. He was right about you.”

I just nodded and smiled, having no reason to contradict his favourable opinion about me.

“After ceremony, you will be clan member,” Sho told me. “But you won't be leader, only born members can be leader. That's why Nino-kun and Aiba-chan never where.”

“I see,” I said, still far from pleased with the idea of this ceremony.

I didn't see how I could refuse, though. This was kind of similar to what my dad had told me. That their traditions would for some reason keep me with them. Maybe adopting a kid wouldn't make me completely miserable, but it wasn't something I felt ready for or in any way desired at the moment. If that was their wish, then I would have no choice. I had seen enough of the place to know that they were indeed ridiculously rich and that questioning anything they said would be very difficult. They no longer held a grudge against me, but I was still stuck here and told what to do by them.

Just when I was about to ask when the ceremony (or perhaps the Shiki) would take place, the door opened and Jun stepped in.

As the others jumped up from their seats, rushing over to talk to him, I felt myself let out the breath I hadn't been aware that I was holding. He wasn't even looking at them as he calmly walked through the room, meeting my eyes and smiling at me.

“Ohio,” he said to me once he had arrived in front of me.

“Morning,” I responded, smiling at him.

“Oie, Jun-kun,” Aiba said, trying to get his attention.

Jun turned to face them, smiling kindly at them.

“Moushiwake arimasen,” he said. “Ima no mama shite, kudasai.”

They seemed very surprised as they looked at each other.

“He is saying we should leave,” Sho told me. “That is not good, I can't translate.”

“We'll be fine,” I assured him. “We were fine for a whole week.”

They all looked displeased, but when Ohno got up and started walking over towards the door the others followed him. They were reluctant, but they did leave.

Once the door closed, Jun turned back towards me again. He didn't look like he had slept as much as I had, but at least it seemed that he had found the time to take a shower. His hair was even fluffier now, his curls more gorgeous than ever.

“I missed you,” I told him quietly, taking hold of his hand. “I was worried.”

I looked up at his face, surprised to see him wearing a bit of a tense expression.

“Shiki,” he said, a word I was now familiar with.

“I know,” I said, nodding. “Sho told me. He said it was up to you, but that there has to be a connection between the clans. Since I'm the only one left of mine, it has to involve me.”

Jun was quite for a moment, hesitating. Then he reached a hand into his pocket, pulling out a small box and pushing it into my hand. I took it, giving him a curious glance.

“What is this?” I asked, but of course I received no reply.

Once I had opened the box, I stared at the content for a long while without saying a word. It contained two, identical rings. They were golden and had the symbol, the one we were already wearing around our necks, engraved on a round stone on each of the rings. The now familiar symbol, the ring with two parallel lines. Heiwa, peace. Peace between our clans. There were two golden rings, two symbols, two of us. If we wore them, it would be a connection. It would be the ceremony, the Shiki.

Yet Sho had told me what the symbol meant and in which circumstances rings with the symbol on were used. 'Clan marriages' was what he had said. Marriages between clans.

“You are crazy,” I told Jun quietly, but my protest was very weak. “We met just a bit more than a week ago. I have never been able to tell you even one complete sentence. We don't know anything about each other.”

He just looked at me, his almost pleading expression saying more than any words could have. He took the box from me, removing one of the rings and placing the box on the table. Then he took hold of my left hand and looked at me again. He kept his eyes on mine as he slowly put the ring on my left ring finger, taking a light hold of my hand when he was done.

Aishiteru yo, dakara,” he told me simply.

I wouldn't need to ask Sho later to know what that meant. It was in his voice as he said it, in his eyes as he looked at me, in the way he took a stronger hold of my left hand. Catch me whenever I fall, and all that.

“I love you, too,” I told him softly, feeling defeated. “So much, there isn't words for it.”

Pleased to be giving up and giving in, I took the second ring from the box and freed my hands to take hold of his left one. Then I put the second ring where it belonged, on his left ring finger. He took hold of both of my hands after that, smiling softly at me.

“My dad was right,” I told him, returning his smile. “The Matsumoto clan did find a way to keep me here. I suppose it will be hard to decide things like the date for the wedding or the menu, but maybe I'll just leave that to you. You're the leader, after all, so you're good at organizing stuff. I will be there for you, supporting you and listening to whatever you have to say, just like you will stand by me. You can teach me Japanese while I teach you English, and we will be together forever and go on many more long rides together, and...”

I didn't get to finish my monologue of happiness as Jun choose that moment to capture my lips, pulling me into his arms. As I closed my eyes, loosing myself in the kiss, I stopped thinking about all the details. I didn't imagine what the others' faces would look like when we left the room hand in hand, wearing our engagement rings, nor did I try to envision what our wonderful, confusing married life of weird yet wonderful misunderstandings would be like. The only things which concerned me at that moment was Jun, his warmth against me and his lips on mine. After all, the world and our lives were trivial things, because in the end Jun would always be more important to me.



AN:
I love it when a fic finishes! I sit here with about fifteen tabs open after having googled everything from whether one writes "home made" or "homemade" to how the romanization of the Japanese words for "I love you" is spelled (... and now I just googled "romanization", finding that it is not spelled with the letter j). After closing tabs I update my "total fic" document (in which I keep total word count, number of pages and so on for all of my Johnny's fics. It scares me that I've got more than 145, 000 words since april.)

And then there is posting. And writing AN. What I'm doing now. XD

Well, this was fun. So next? I can't do anything until next week and I most likely won't post anything new until even later later. It will probably be something fluffy involving Arashi. I've got an idea. (And a bunch of other ideas, those are for later but might have been mentioned earlier.)

Well, that's that. :)
 
 
 
La Fee Verteabsinthe1213 on July 9th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
i so love the ending...

all's well that ends well, even falling in love...
auburn_witch: Kameauburn_witch on July 9th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
:) Thank you for reading!
Micchiohryouchipi on July 9th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
love it,
it's so sweet,hehe
otsukaresamadeshita.
auburn_witch: Kameauburn_witch on July 9th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
:) Thank you!!!
fazlyn_nfazlyn_n on July 9th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Ohhhh... So sweet!!!
Great ending. Love your fic so much.
Thanks for sharing...
auburn_witch: Kameauburn_witch on July 9th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
:) Thank you for reading!
Shadzshardaunei on July 9th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
What a sweet ending. I'm glad it turned out okay. Congrats on finishing a fic.
auburn_witch: Kameauburn_witch on July 9th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
They kind of had to turn out okay this time. ;) Thank you for reading!
Evelyn Reevesevelynreeves on July 9th, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
Yay,,the adventure of kazu and jun finsihed,,^^
love the ending..clan marriage,,
i just wondering their marriage life with different languages,,but it doesnt matter as long as they love each other ^^,,
thx for this,,you did it great for this fic * you search the right word for this fic*,,
^0^ *hugs and hearts*
auburn_witch: Jun - calendar picauburn_witch on July 9th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
I think their lives will be slightly more complicated than others, but I also think that's okay. :)
Thank you for reading!
chibi_turtlechibi_turtle on July 9th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I really love it..
kind of sad that it end because I want more ;_;
but I'm glad everything turned out well.

otsukare~ :D
auburn_witch: Jun - calendar picauburn_witch on July 12th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
:)
This is not one I can continue, I think. The ending's kind of too final.
Thank you!
Sole Sakuma: Matsujunsolesakuma on July 9th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a happy ending! :)

The idea of their married life is amusing too. XD
auburn_witch: Jun - calendar picauburn_witch on July 12th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
:) This one was kind of happy overload. I've written some depressing stuff lately, so I thought this was fitting. ^^
Thank you for reading!
mikkie28mikkie28 on July 10th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
I LOVED this fic.
auburn_witch: Kameauburn_witch on July 12th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you!!!
arashistyle on July 10th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Girl, I guess I'm in love!
What a story!
And thank you so much for making it short, quick and unforgattable!
When I first read it, there was only chapter one. And my friend told me: it'll take so long. Then, today, googling it I just find out it was finished!
Thanks for your hard work!
And, mine, your are sooooooooooooooooooooo cool!
Loved the story, the way you made a so perfect MatsuJun without any comprehension of my part, but so perfectly understandable... You really rocks!
Omedetou gozaimasu!
auburn_witch: Kameauburn_witch on July 12th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you!!!
Finishing stuff rather quickly is kind of my thing. :) I never, ever leave a project hanging - if I start posting then I will finish, and I never write other stories in between. Finishing is fun! =D
arashistyle on July 10th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Forgot to say: running to read you other works!
Veeeeeeeeery curious!
Alexcrono112288 on July 12th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Awww so cute~~
I really loved Kame rambling by himself in the end since I can somehow image it so clearly :D
and also the way Jun is forceful yet sweet at the same time
Thank you for writing and keeping this Matsukame paring alive for me!!
not in a way that you wrote it for me but in the way that I still love it so much (^-^;)
auburn_witch: Kameauburn_witch on July 12th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
:)
"Forceful yet sweet" is an excellent(!) way to describe Jun, I think. :) My impression of him is very determined and so forth, but he can also be compassionate. Eh, I think. Well, even if the real Jun is not compassionate, then he's no fun to write so I need both sides of him here. XD
Writing MatsuKame is fun fun fun! =D
agnes_yunitaagnes_yunita on July 13th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Finish......and i'm really late reading it.....blame my holiday..hahahahaha...but i really like this uncomunicative relation.....jun's type...kyaaaaaaa.....they gonna married....^^

Thank u....>_
auburn_witch: Kameauburn_witch on July 13th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
:) Thank you for reading!
sawadashinsawadashin on August 6th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
first time reading matsukame fic... like it ...now i getting more addicted to this pair fic
auburn_witch: Kameauburn_witch on August 13th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you for reading!
tylendratylendra on January 17th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
I really love this. I think it was really awesome how you kept the languages separate, it made it really good.
auburn_witchauburn_witch on January 17th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
:) Glad you liked it!
Ocyra(ヴァレンチィーナ)ocyra on April 13th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
waaah
i love it!
but i'm always sad when a fic ends, i always want an epilogue...
auburn_witchauburn_witch on April 29th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading! :)