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[KinKi Fic] Reunion

Spent the last few weeks recovering from another harddisk crash. Sadly, backups were a few months behind (a negligence now rectified). When I finally gathered myself enough to go through the outdated KinKi drafts, the mood of this one resonated with me and so I picked it up to finish.

The proper treatment of the "disbanding" topic would probably be a full tumultuous AU, but I don't see me having the energy nor motivation to go there anytime soon, so it fell to the background and the writing plodded away into fluffy territory and turned into this. =X


Disclaimer: This writing is fictional and has no commercial purpose. Characters are real persons belonging to themselves.
Pairing: Loosely KinKi Kids
Genre: Fluff in angst's clothing (that it soon sheds), a what-if semi-AU
Rating: G

Summary: Suppose KinKi Kids actually disbanded, then met again years later.


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Reunion


The fact that he came should have said something.

Except it did not actually say very much. There had been preceding talks via their managers, of course, and most of the surprise was in finding out that all those hypothetical discussions had gotten fruitful enough for a face-to-face meeting to be arranged.

Still, Kouichi had not entirely trusted that his ex-partner would not cancel it at second thought, knowing the whimsical personality from the past. That was what defined Tsuyoshi, after all -- that perpetual tipping point between attraction and frustration, highlighting the dissonance of their unit in an increasingly fatal intensity until they finally disbanded.

It was like being hurled out of a storm. The solo days that followed were just as hectic, but at least not frantic, and Kouichi didn't have to question at every turn what the heck are we doing? even if it was disorienting at first to do alone all the routines that he used to do with a partner, everything that he'd first learned as and would forever associate with their group.

Two years now, and he could look back at their turbulent partnership and reason about it with detached clarity. They were incompatible, and that alone was sufficient rift between two headstrong, high-strung youths. The frustration was, in all probability, mutual.

But he'd agreed to this meeting because that frustration was just slightly outweighed by curiosity and a suicidal fascination with the challenge -- to return to what they had backed out of and see if they could've done something different, if there could've been more to achieve that he was not doing on his own.

It hadn't been his idea. He would never have taken the initiative. It hadn't been Tsuyoshi's idea, either. It was Kouichi's manager who had listened between the words when he'd finally told her about their accidental encounter at the studio. It had been civil and awkward and nothing unexpected, but somehow his thoughts kept going back to it.

Did you exchange your contacts? His manager had asked then, and he'd never suspected that his fumbled, dismayed response in the negative would propel her to look up Tsuyoshi's manager, that whatever talk they had would progress to this.

This -- a nod, a greeting with that extra suffix to their names, a brief meeting of the eyes followed by less direct gazes as they tried to judge the extent of change in each other. Tsuyoshi looked... well. He'd gained and lost weight just as mercurially as his mood changed in the past, but at present his features looked settled, calmer.

They fell silent, but with the past heavy in the air Kouichi felt once again at the centre of the storm. Their knowing managers took it into their hands to start talking about schedules -- always a relevant topic, and non-committal enough.

Then Tsuyoshi stirred, and handed him a piece of paper.

"I had some lyrics written up," he said neutrally. "Do you want to try writing the music?"

Just like that, he proved to be as unpredictable as ever. Writing songs was a skill Kouichi learned after the separation. They'd never done that as a group.

Kouichi took the paper. "I think our styles are very different, though." Always had been.

"Your usual style would be fine," Tsuyoshi said, and Kouichi refrained from asking, so you've been listening to my music? It shouldn't be surprising, anyway; it was hard not to listen in when a familiar name came up on television.

Which was how Kouichi could tell that these lyrics were indeed much less abstract than Tsuyoshi's solo creations. But the poetry was still there, however subtle, and his 'usual style' wouldn't fit this as it was.

Well, Kouichi thought, I came here asking for this trouble. And he said, "Okay, let's go with this."

Watching the hesitant twitch of Tsuyoshi's lips, he found a name for the quivers in his own chest: anxiety, and excitement.


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They celebrate their anniversary on Debut Day, the official date accepted by the majority of the fans, including the ones who insist on counting the extra five-odd years from the day their tiny selves first laid eyes on one another.

The minority celebrates it on Reunion Day instead.

Kouichi doesn't have a preference and often has to be reminded about any of the dates at all. But when he comes into the dressing room and sees Tsuyoshi slipping a stalk of gerbera each on the handle of their managers' bags, he doesn't need to ask what the occasion is.

"He's been doing it from your sixth year, if I remember correctly," Kouichi's manager told him. "Very sweet of him."

Kouichi scratched his head. "Uh, um, yeah, thank you for..."

She laughed. "There's no need to thank me! All I did was call him and set up the meeting, then you guys talked it out on your own. We didn't even expect you'd go as far as reviving the group."

"Eh? But I thought you and Miki-san worked out the arrangements beforehand."

"I don't think we could've made an assumption that bold." She tapped a finger on her lips, recalling. "No, I'm pretty sure I only asked him whether he wanted to see you."


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"What's this?" Tsuyoshi asked, taking the sheet Kouichi gave him. He looked over it and grinned. "A love letter?"

A Tsuyoshi twelve years younger might have made fun of it a bit more. A Kouichi twelve years younger might have taken offense.

The present Kouichi pouted mildly. "Could you compose the music?"

"Ah, right." Tsuyoshi read it again, more carefully. "How rare for you to write."

"See if we can have a... commemorative single," Kouichi said.

Tsuyoshi looked up. "Oh." He tilted his head. "Any release date in mind?"

Kouichi made an exasperated noise. "You know which one."

Tsuyoshi laughed. "And you still don't."

"As long as I get this to you in time. Can you finish it by then?"

"In a month, sure." Tsuyoshi looked back at the sheet. "You already have a workable rhythm going here. How do you want it?"

"Any way you like," Kouichi said. "I intend it for you."

Tsuyoshi didn't look up.

"Not the words, I mean as a song--"

"For us, you mean," Tsuyoshi said softly.

"Yeah... no, I mean," Kouichi coughed, "I can't possibly give you flowers."


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[*] KinKi's managers are made up, certainly. To avoid complications, Johnny-san is not in the scope of this story. (. _ .)

[*] I suppose Tsuyoshi might care about what gerbera says in the language of flowers, but I simply went with a flower with suitable looks and accessibility. =P



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einery_here
Jan. 10th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Love it all the way.
Although it would be a cruel world with KinKi apart.
ladyxenax
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Very nice. And as for managers - I still prefer writing the real ones, I mean Suzuki Wataru-san.
kireira
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
Ah... I do lack knowledge/research about their real managers. =P The ladies in this fic are chosen for convenience. Thanks for the info!
kireira
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
That it certainly would. And a huge loss to us.
Thanks for reading!
faiee
Jan. 11th, 2013 11:11 am (UTC)
I thought that was interesting. And nice to think about. I guess in my head I sometimes play with the idea of how they would be like if they were to split up now... but I've never really considered an AU where they split up when they were younger. So this was fun ^_^

Koichi can't give flowers but he can give loads of awkward sweetness. That's what I loved about this -- Koichi's unique brand of sweet shone through ^_^
kireira
Jan. 14th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
Ah, the grown-up split would be even more interesting I think! The younger version had the excuse of instability and I took the easier way out of assuming their relationship would still have grown to a similar state as they are now, just a delayed version. Still it nags at me that it could have been a lot different. The grown-up version would certainly have more considerations.

"Unique brand of sweet" nicely sums up the Kouichi we know, I think. =D And I love Tsuyoshi's reaction to it every time, looking at Kouichi with that gentle, happy, but exasperated expression, like "You're throwing this at me *now* in front of all these people?"
jandeth
Jan. 12th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
Interesting ^^
Very Koichi-ish to figure a way out from having to give flowers XD
kireira
Jan. 14th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
Thanks. ^^
Can't decide how Tsuyoshi might react to receiving flowers in private. He would appreciate it I think, but not before giving Kouichi a thoroughly disbelieving look, lol.
jandeth
Jan. 14th, 2013 03:47 am (UTC)
I think Tsu might like it, but if the one giving the flowers were Koichi I bet there would be a long moment of "...............huh?" XD
yoru_no_hikaru
Jan. 28th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
It's a very interesting story. And oh, the never-changing pattern on KinKi's dynamics. Well, it seems that even with their weird attitudes fate simply keeps patching them together. <3

LOL! I love Koichi's approach about his "gift". It's very... well, I think it's very much in character. ^^"

I find the idea interesting that Tsuyoshi is a bit of an arbitrary character, simply swinging with his moods and thus fueling Koichi's frustration with an unpredictable counterpart.

I think there were breaking up rumours about KinKi in 2000 or 2001? It's to be expected that two people with such different characters would find it difficult to grow together, but I think that there's also a lot of potential in such a combination. There's a lot to learn from each other too. And once you make it work, you can do amazing things. :D

Thanks a lot for sharing this experiment, it's something really special. I enjoyed reading it a lot. <3
kireira
Feb. 20th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comment! Glad you enjoyed it. =)

Yeah, in my mind it's hard to imagine them not together. As for the breaking up rumours, that's what I heard too -- mostly when Kouichi talked about it (and then gave us more fanservice to prove it wasn't true lol). But I kinda suspect there was a period of time when their relationship seemed strained, but they got over it intact, and see how they are now. =3
fishings
Jan. 29th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Despite the positive ending, this really hurt to read :p maybe it's because I happened to come across some comments from Japanese anti fans today and it made me feel a little depressed. ;; But it's good to be reading your writing again! I'm glad you're still writing. (:
kireira
Feb. 20th, 2013 02:31 am (UTC)
Good to see you again too! My updates are very few and far between now =P but yeah, I still write KinKi when I feel like it. But with this pattern of picking up old drafts, the result is often quite far from how I envisioned it when I started the draft. XP
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