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15 February 2017 @ 07:23 pm
[Fanfiction] My fair Model (Part 8/8)  
Title: My fair Model
Type: Series
Year: 2016
Fandom: Arashi, a few other Johnnies as well as japanese actresses guesting
Pairing: Sakumiya, Junba (side)
Genre: slice of life, romance, a bit comedy and a tiny little bit drama
Rating/Warning: PG 13 - NC-17

Summary:
Jun and Nino are friends, but more than that - rivals. When their boss, owner of a prestige photo studio, is about to choose his successor, the two of them have to compete for the position. To make things even more difficult for Nino, Jun boldly suggests a bet according to which they have to pimp up a random stranger to become their perfect photo model. Suddenly, shy office worker Sho finds himself in the middle of this competition, his life turned upside down...

Author’s note:
Written on request by my lovely beta Juju (jtaytt) with the keyword "blossom" (who can find it? :D) for my Spring ficlet challenge 2016 and the wish for something based on "My Fair Lady". Thanks for betaing this for me!

Back to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7


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My fair Model - Part 8


For the next few weeks, Nino felt like a piece of shit. He tried to convince himself that he did the right thing when he rejected Sakurai. That in the end it was the best decision for him and for Sakurai, in order to prevent them from getting disappointed and unhappy in a relationship that wouldn’t work out anyway. But why did it feel so bad then? If Nino did the right thing, why did it hurt so much? Nino had cried, he felt angry and immensely grumpy and it wasn’t too surprising that Aiba knew exactly where that was coming from. He just knew Nino too well.

“Nino, you can’t go on like this. You’re like this for weeks now, you’re scaring away your clients and your friends," Aiba said.

Nino had unleashed his anger onto Jun and fought with him at work, first thing in the morning, for no real reason. It was a very untypical behaviour for Nino, who usually tried to avoid arguments and everyone was surprised. Everyone but Aiba.

“Jun isn’t my friend," Nino grumbled, as he saw Aiba joining him on the balcony where he had fled to calm down his nerves.

His best friend sighed. “I know you and Jun have a complicated friendship but you’re still friends, doesn’t matter if you accept it or not. Here, no caffeine for you today, you need to chill," Aiba said, reaching his hand to Nino and giving him a cup of herbal tea.

“That’s nice, thank you," the photographer said in a slightly sarcastic tone but took the tea nonetheless.

“Oh Nino, why not give it a try at least?" Aiba asked him in a low voice as he settled down on the bench next to Nino, joining him to look at the view over the city.

“It wouldn’t work," Nino grumbled, knowing well that his friend was talking about Sakurai.

“I told you, you can’t know that!"

“And I told you I do know," Nino answered stubbornly.

It happened too often. There was a reason why Nino hadn’t fallen in love for such a long time. And now that he had allowed it to happen - well, not allowed, it just... happened - it brought him only misery (and a freaking hot one-night stand AND a bunch of freaking awesome kisses, the voice in his head made sure to remind him, stabbing his heart even more). And he hurt someone else. Which only proved once more that he was just a helpless case in love matters.

“I’m sure you’ll regret it," Aiba murmured, sipping his coffee. “If you ask him now... I’m sure he will still give you a chance."

Nino chuckled bitterly. “Don’t try to cheer me up. It’s a useless cause, Aiba, I know that if there was a tiny little chance, I have ruined it myself. But better early than after three years of relationship. I wouldn’t survive another breakup like last time."

“You’re traumatized," Aiba sighed. “That’s... understandable. Getting betrayed and then thrown out of the joint apartment... it wasn’t even your fault and no, don’t say again that the one who gets betrayed is the one to blame, that’s absolutely bullshit," the stylist pointed at Nino before the other could even part his lips. “I know you were hurt and blamed yourself because you think you're no better than your parents and that’s understandable but you cannot simply assume that every relationship will end like that. You cannot assume that every potential partner is a jerk like your ex and will betray you! In fact, you are the jerk in this situation. I mean, did you really not know that Sakurai likes you? How blind are you? He “admired" you, yes, he said that. But you didn’t see how he looked at you. That wasn’t simple admiration, he's in love with you."

“Good that you say that now," Nino snorted, surprised that he could even pronounce some words, with that huge lump in his throat, accumulation of uncried tears and old memories.

“Well, you know, I thought you have fallen for him too so I didn’t see the problem. I thought you have finally overcome your shitty past relationships and will give love another chance. I didn't know that you would be the biggest idiot under the sun and ruin what you had with Sakurai," Aiba exploded and Nino stared at him with big eyes.

Probably, that was the first time that Aiba had scolded Nino like this and it was good that he did that. Nino knew he had been an idiot. A huge idiot. An asshole...

“So what do you think I should do now? Go upstairs and tell him that I’m a coward who’s scared like hell that our relationship will fail?" he arched his eyebrows. “What shall I tell him - Sakurai, please give me a chance, even if we might have to attend couple’s therapy from day one? I think he wouldn’t want to start a relationship with me anymore..."

“You’re too negative," Aiba rolled his eyes. “No matter how your relationship will actually look like, you have to try and see. And for that, you have to apologize and ask him out. You still like him, don’t you?" Nino didn’t reply but for Aiba that was answer enough. “The exhibition," the stylist then said, making Nino took at him questioningly. “The exhibition of yours and Jun’s challenge will be held on Friday night in the gallery nearby. Of course, Tacky has invited a bunch of people, among others the models of the project. He will see the end results of the pictures you took of him, he'll surely think of the things you did together and the feelings he had for you, and probably still has. And then, ask him. He won’t say no, I’m sure about it!"

If Nino’s heart hadn’t been in turmoil yet, now it definitely was. Adding hope to his misery wasn’t exactly what he needed, he just wanted to forget and overcome his crush but... what if Aiba was right? What if there was still a chance, what if he just needed to jump at it and try before giving up right from the start? Shouldn't he give it a chance?

“And what...," he started in a shaky voice. “What if he doesn’t show up?"

Aiba patted his friend’s shoulder, smiling. “He will show up. I know it!"

Nino managed a crooked smile in return and thanked Aiba before he dedicated himself to his tea again. “I’ll try...," he murmured to himself.

“Ah... could you do me a favour though?" Aiba then asked as he stood up to get inside again. “Please make up with Jun or I have a grumpy boyfriend at lunch..."

Nino chuckled. “Sure, Aiba-chan."

- + -

Glasses were clinked, hands shaken, shoulders patted. There was laughter in the air, jazzy music in the background - not too loud thankfully - and there was even a small buffet in the biggest rooms of the gallery for the hungry quests, filled with delicious snacks and sweets. There were quite a lot of known faces, fellow photographers from all over the city, a handful of celebrities, some popular models, and whoever else could be interested in “The Big Blue Hour Showdown".

The gallery Tacky had rented was close to the photo studio and they all had been working hard the past days to arrange the exhibition of Nino and Jun’s pictures from their four different photo challenges. Now the big day - or evening - was here, on which it would be decided who of the two photographers would follow Takizawa Hideaki’s footsteps in leading and guiding the crew of the “Blue Hour" once he switched to his new studio in New York.

Nino would be lying if he said he wasn’t nervous. It wasn’t a daily event to exhibit a large number of photographs in such a way and even have to compete against one of his oldest colleagues (and friends, yes). But the biggest reason why Nino was literally a bunch of nerves, was because of that one person standing there at the buffet and trying out every single dish that could be found there.

Yes, Sakurai had accepted Tacky’s invitation to the exhibition as it seemed and even if he didn’t greet Nino yet (he was probably as embarrassed to see the photographer as the photographer was to see him), he was there among the guests and ready for the big evening.

From browsing through Tacky’s notes during a small meeting in the morning, Nino knew that Ohno as well as Sakurai would be specially thanked during Tacky’s speech during the ending part, then at least they would all be standing on the same stage, probably just a few meters apart. It was that what made Nino nervous as hell, but also his plan to catch Sakurai afterwards when everything was over, for a talk... to ask him for forgiveness over his idiotic behaviour and for another chance.

The photographer was still convinced that he wasn’t good with people. Even if Aiba had pointed out how great he was, working together with Sakurai during their photoshoots and even if his boss had mentioned that Nino’s work with the clients of the photo studio had improved too (well, not counting the last few weeks in which Nino had been a jerk), he couldn’t really believe it. Sakurai was wrong. Nino wasn’t cool or confident, not at all. Nino was ignorant of other people and if he wasn’t, he was insecure and self-doubting, on a level which might be ready to compete with Sakurai’s worst times, probably.

It wasn't Sakurai who needed confidence, it was Nino who needed it. He didn’t deserve the other man’s admiration, and especially not his love. He had disappointed him and hurt him. How could Aiba really think Nino would still have a chance with Sakurai?

However, right now was probably not the right time to think about all this. At least not when there was a chic old lady asking Nino to explain one of his pictures which they were standing in front of right now. Ironically it was one of the “angel pictures" he took during the supernatural shooting - one of his personal favourites.

The event was already in full swing. The doors of the exhibition were open since about three hours ago. Every visitor had received a small flyer and questionnaire at the entrance, which told them about the goal of this exhibition and gave them the choice to vote for their favourite picture. Voting would end about 11 pm, votes would be counted and then, half an hour later, Tacky would announce the winner.

Until the voting was over, the photographers were encouraged to walk through the exhibition, accompanying interested visitors to provide a few background information about their works. Of course, Jun was in his element, while Nino tried to hold back a little, too shy to interact with people he barely knew and much busier with his thoughts about Sakurai than anything else.

He crossed looks with Sakurai maybe two times, but they hadn’t approached each other yet, and each time he saw the man, Nino became more nervous, more doubtful of what would be possibly his last chance. It was driving him crazy.

Thankfully, the old lady who was hooked at Nino’s arm to have a bit more support while walking and seemed to be a big fan of his pictures, distracted the photographer’s thoughts for the last quarter hour, before Tacky announced through the speakers that now, everyone had to put their votes into one of the small boxes that were placed all over the gallery. Then it was Keiko, Suzu, Aiba and Shige’s work to count the votes - Nino and Jun were excluded in order not to possibly manipulate any results - for the next 30 minutes.

All of the pictures had been spread throughout the gallery, sorted by the respective topics - “Work", “Outdoor", “Supernatural Humanity" and “Freedom". Yes, apparently, Tacky had interpreted clubbing as a form of freedom. Nino wouldn't actually agree with him on this point, but he could see the idea behind it, so he let it pass. Jun and Nino had to decide on a few of their favourite shoots - in discussion with Tacky who gave his honest opinion on each of them and edited the respective pictures to their liking before they were printed on huge canvasses before being hung in the most suitable spaces to show them.

It was an impressive exhibition, showing the two different models in different situations. The feedback was very good, a lot of people praised the photographers, as well as the models. More than once Nino had seen Sakurai blushing when someone approached him to ask if he was that good-looking guy in the pictures. Of course, there was no fifth shooting with the topic “Home", and if Sakurai didn’t know before that Nino was lying, now he knew.

And then there it was - the moment of truth.

“Ladies and Gentlemen," Tacky greeted everyone from the stage in the centre room and guests who wasn’t there yet, were informed through the speakers in the other rooms to come over. “My name is Takizawa Hideaki, I’m the owner of the photo studio “Blue Hour" and I would like to take the chance to thank all of you for coming here tonight and joining us at our “Showdown"-exhibition!"

The crowd applauded.

“As written in our invitations and our informational flyers, I will soon move to New York in order to lead a branch of my studio there together with a friend. We are eager to work with a lot of new interesting people and spread our working philosophy there," more applause was heard but it ebbed quickly as people wanted to hear more. “Now we created this event, with all of your help, to make it easier for me to decide on my successor as the boss of our Tokyo branch. Thank you very much in participating in this event. Please let me introduce my two candidates now - Ninomiya Kazunari and Matsumoto Jun."

The crowd applauded again. In front of everyone was Aiba, who cheered for both - his boyfriend and his best friend - in a loud voice, embarrassing Suzu who was standing next to him. Tacky talked a bit about the two men. How they joined the photo studio years ago as some of his first apprentices, how they had been rivals and friends over time - he even dropped an embarrassing anecdote, making the two photographers cringe and the audience laugh - and then pointed to some of the closest pictures to show who took which of them.

“I also would like to make an honourable mention to our two models, Ohno Satoshi and Sakurai Sho who bore with my two men here for weeks," Tacky then said, pointing at the two men who were standing close to the stage and gesturing them to get up to show their faces. The two did, Ohno looking bored as usual and Sakurai embarrassed but with a charming smile on his face, and came to stand next to Nino and Jun. A few more words by Tacky and it was time to crown the champion.

“Thank you very much, Keiko-chan - by the way, this beauty is one of my photographers too -," the audience applauded while Keiko left the stage after handing Tacky a small envelop. “So it’s time for the results! I will now announce who of my two photographers here received more votes by you, my dear audience, and will become the next boss of our photo studio!"

“Don’t make it so thrilling, hurry!" Shige’s voice could be heard from the side of the stage and the audience laughed again.

“Slow down, my dear nephew, I’m already at it," Tacky replied chuckling and finally opened the envelop, pulling out a small piece of paper. “And the winner is... nobody!"

The audience gasped, Jun’s chin dropped and Nino frowned. Then there was silence over the room until Tacky chuckled into his microphone again.

“I’m sorry, guys, of course, this was a joke," he said, causing the audience to laugh again.

“Very funny," Jun whispered to Nino but Nino didn’t react.

“So... the real winner is...," Tacky started again, trying to make it thrilling for another time, “Ninomiya Kazunari AND Matsumoto Jun!"

The audience gasped again, Jun said “HUH?!" and Nino frowned again, sighing.

“Ah, this time, it’s not a joke," Tacky then added, turning around the piece of paper to prove it. “In fact, it’s a tie! Which means, that both of you won, congratulations!"

Now the audience cheered, falling into applause, Aiba was screaming his congratulations over everybody else’s voice and while Jun was looking kind of desperate, Nino couldn’t help but laugh behind his hand. He wasn’t particularly happy to be one of the winners (what was the point of this competition when in the end it was a tie?) but he definitely found it amusing.

For the next 20 minutes, Jun tried to talk Tacky into a re-vote or an additional challenge so that he could beat Nino and become the only boss. When Tacky threatened Jun to make Nino the only boss instead due to Jun’s uncooperative behaviour, the man shut up and went back to his boyfriend who wrapped his arms around him and congratulated him again, telling him what an amazing job he had done and how cool it was to be part of a two-guy leadership of a company. In the end, Jun was convinced that the result was not actually so bad and even offered Nino a handshake to seal the deal.

Nino would probably need a bit more time to adjust to the idea that he would really become a boss in the near future, and it made him a bit nervous, to be honest, so in fact, he was even relieved not to be the only one in this and to have Jun by his side. The two of them might have their differences, but Nino was sure, if they both pulled themselves together, they would be able to work together well.

What was left now was the thing with Sakurai... The man had been standing at the other side of the stage, so he wasn’t near Nino when the announcement was made, and now that all the guests were celebrating with the photographers, he seemed to have vanished somewhere into the crowd again... maybe getting another snack, Nino supposed. He himself had tried to back off a little into one of the room's corners, sick of all the handshakes and congratulations, a drink in hand. Orange juice, by the way.

“There you are," he heard Tacky’s voice as the man approached him. “It’s your big evening, why are you hiding from everything?"

Nino took a sip of his juice before replying. “I’m not a crowd-person, I prefer to stand here and watch."

Tacky nodded, he must know about Nino’s preferences anyway. “Are you surprised by the results?"

“That it was a tie?" Nino asked.

Tacky nodded, a grin on his lips and it was then, when Nino finally suspected something to be wrong with the whole thing.

“Don’t tell the visitors, but actually... we never counted the votes."

“You manipulated the voting," Nino whispered, understanding, his lips curling up into a smirk.

“To be honest - and don’t tell Jun because I think he won’t take it in a good way -," Tacky said, winking at his employee, “I made my decision to give the job to him and you already in the beginning. I think, it needs both of you and I think it will do you good to have a reliable business partner. Like me and Tsubasa, you see?"

Nino chuckled amused. He felt caught, but on the other hand, he scolded himself. He should have known his boss better. “OK... I have to say, I’m not even that surprised about your decision, Boss. But why did you make us go through this whole challenge thing then... and then this big event and..."

“The event is great, and it's good advertisement for our photo studio, isn’t it?" Nino’s boss offered with an arched eyebrow. “And my goal wasn’t to decide who of you is the better guy for the job, I wanted the two of you challenge your weaknesses and grow while learning from those photo shoots. And I think, it worked quite well, didn’t it?"

Nino hummed in agreement while downing the rest of his orange juice and placing the empty glass on a nearby table.

Indeed, Jun had become much more patient with his clients since he had to work with Ohno, and even if Nino was still feeling awkward with people, he had become better in giving instructions. Further, the qualities of their pictures had improved too and their creativity had been awakened once more. All in all, Jun as well as Nino had become better photographers during the last few months.

“Don’t get me wrong," Tacky added. “You both did a great job with the photographs. I love all your works and I’m proud that you are my students. I can clearly see that both of you improved and have big talent."

“Thank you for your honest feedback every time after the shootings," Nino said. "It was very helpful."

“Anyway," Tacky added, drawing Nino’s attention. “There’s something more in your pictures that I could feel..."

Nino didn’t reply. His heart started beating faster.

“Correct me if I’m wrong," his boss continued, “But what I feel when looking at your pictures… is love."

Nino gulped. So his cover has been blown.

“I know how it feels to fall in love with your model through the lens of your camera. It happened to me too, once," the other man said with a warm smile on his lips. “You see a person in so many different angles when you work together for so long, and you either start getting annoyed by it, or you fall in love with that person."

Still, Nino didn’t reply but he was sure that his face was burning red now. At least, that was how he felt. Then, his boss suddenly nudged his side.

“I think he likes you too. He has this special look in his eyes..."

The young photographer chuckled bitterly. “In the beginning he said, he admired me, thought I was cool and stuff... then we got closer and you’re right, he liked me... but once he got to know me… he found out what a big idiot I am. He probably can’t like someone like me anymore."

Tacky shook his head. “Don’t say that."

“I pushed him away," Nino said in a weak voice. “At the point at which he confessed to me and we even had crossed a line... I pushed him away because I got scared."

“Scared of what?"

Nervously, Nino started fumbling with the end of his necktie. “I’m not good in handling people, you know that, right?" he started. “Especially not relationships. Why do you think I was single for years?" he smiled crookedly.

“People change," Tacky said, putting his hand on his employee’s shoulder.

“I’m not so sure about that, to be honest...," Nino sighed.

“But look how much your model changed in such a short time," his boss said, pointing at one of the pictures hanging nearby, the one with Sakurai seemingly clinking glass with Nino’s camera, a confident and charming smile on his face, one of the pictures just before their first kiss...

“He had the potential from the beginning. He just needed to be pulled out of his misery," Nino said.

“Who says that doesn’t apply to you too? Maybe he even helped changing you as well? Maybe you’re just a step away from your new self and your stupid fear is everything that keeps you from it?"

Nino sighed again, looking at Tacky. His heart was pounding but his stupid fear was still poisoning his mind. “I wished I could be as positive as you are, Boss. But I fear, it’s too late."

“It’s not too late, Nino. He’s still looking at you with those eyes, I saw it," Tacky whispered, leaning a bit closer. “I’m convinced he still likes you. However, you should better tell him that sooner rather than later. Or the other model will snatch him away from you," the man ended his speech, chuckling.

“What?!"

That triggered something in Nino, something that he didn’t know was so prominent in his chest. That feeling of jealousy that he had experienced after the supernatural photoshoot when the painter was flirting with Sakurai, or that time when Ohno had danced so closely with the other man that Nino started feeling sick about it.

“What is Ohno doing?!"

Nino’s boss chuckled again. “I saw him flirting with Sakurai just before at the buffet. So go and save him."

The young photographer didn’t hesitate any longer and after straightening his clothes and thanking his boss, he went off in the direction of the buffet. Indeed, he found Sakurai standing there, and Ohno was there too but thank god, the two of them weren’t flirting (since they were both too busy grabbing the last few servings of everything).

However, his reaction to Tacky’s comment had shown Nino once more, how deeply involved he was, emotionally he was still into the whole thing. He wouldn't be able to forget Sakurai. He wanted him. He wanted him for himself. And Tacky as well as Aiba were right. Maybe, Nino had changed. Or at least had the potential to change. Maybe this time, things would go well, who knew? He had to try to find out. Try and not give up from the very beginning.

Nino could feel his nervous heartbeat in his chest, but it couldn’t be helped. He took a deep breath before taking the last few steps to approach Sakurai. He could do it!

“Hey...," Nino said, cursing at himself at the creaky tone of his voice. Wow, what a way to approach someone you want to ask for a date...

“Hey…," Sakurai replied, looking just a little less awkward than Nino felt right now. “Uhm... Congratulations on…," the man continued, lifting his glass of champagne for a small toast. Yeah, on what? Nino didn’t actually win or did he? “Your promotion," the man chose his words, wisely.

“Ah, thanks," Nino rubbed his nose with his fingers, a bit embarrassed. “It’s all thanks to you, you know?"

“No, don’t say that. It’s your talent that brought you so far," Sakurai, blushing slightly, chuckled and his lips curled up in that shy cute smile of him but he sounded bitter and his eyes didn’t shine like usual.

Nino had missed it, that smile, his quick heartbeat told him.

“Do you have a minute for me, maybe?" the photographer asked.

He pointed at the exit of the room into another, a quieter room. He needed a bit time with Sakurai alone or he would die if he had to tell him what he intended to say in front of all those people.

“Sure," Sakurai replied after a second of hesitation, placed his plate onto a table to come back to later, probably, and followed Nino.

Ironically, they had ended up in the room with the “Outdoor" topic, Nino’s personal favourite. He turned around to face Sakurai.

“So… how are you doing recently?"

Sakurai tilted his head. “Fine, fine," he said after a short while of hesitation. “My new-found confidence makes it a bit easier for me at work. That’s thanks to you."

Nino slightly shook his head.

“On the personal side though," Sakurai continued and the photographer couldn’t help but feel guilty. “I don’t know. I was dumped after all; it might take a bit to recover from that..."

Now, Nino’s heart was beating like crazy. Did this mean that he might actually still have a chance? Or was Sakurai just bitter about the rejection?

“Are you… do you –," Nino really didn’t know how to say it, cursing his inability to communicate his thoughts properly to other people. “There’s something I have to tell you," he eventually said.

Sakurai arched a sceptical eyebrow but he didn’t say anything, seemingly waiting for Nino to continue, who couldn’t help but feel like the world’s biggest idiot – which he probably was. Nino had never been good in admitting his own mistakes and he had always been bad at apologizing too, so this situation was a true challenge for him. But he needed to take it. He wanted to take it. He took another deep breath, trying to figure out a way to say what he wanted Sakurai to know.

“You know, Camelot really likes you. He says, he misses you...," Nino said, contradicting everything that his thoughts had laid him out to say, but at least he wasn’t gawking at the man in front of him any longer, with awkward silence between them. Now, it was only awkward.

Sakurai snorted amused. This time, he sounded a bit more sincere, a bit less bitter. “Oh does he?"

“Well… to be honest, not only Camelot," Nino picked up on the glint of hope he saw sparkling in the conversation between them. He tried to pull off a nonchalant shrug. “Sally wanted me to text you but I was a stubborn idiot and didn’t have the courage, for example..."

“I’m sorry, Sally was who?" Sakurai asked, frowning a little.

“My cell phone," Nino stated bluntly.

“Ah," the other man replied. “Makes sense... And... does someone else miss me?" he then asked, the hint of a smirk slowly showing at the corner of his lips that he tried to hide by taking a sip from his drink. “Reynard, perhaps?"

Nino smirked half-heartedly, shrugging slightly to continue his faked nonchalance. “Among others?"

“So tell me who else," Sakurai replied, challenging, and Nino’s heart stopped beating for a second.

“I," Nino simply said, directly, his voice probably only a whisper. “I miss you... A lot..."

Sakurai stared at him for a few seconds. “...Really?"

“You remember when I told you my secret of being confident during early days when we just met?" Nino asked.

Sakurai nodded. “I do. You said that you’re being confident because you don’t care about what people think of you."

“Exactly," the photographer confirmed. “To be honest, it’s still like that. I don’t care about what most people think of me. But…"

“But?"

“There is a specific person that I might truly care about what that person thinks of me…," Nino admitted, averting his eyes.

“Is that so?" Sakurai asked in a low voice.

“That person is you," Nino said, honestly, locking eyes with Sakurai and taking a step closer towards him.

“Are you getting carried away by the situation again?" Sakurai said, earnestly, some bitterness shining through his voice and Nino knew that it was his fault that the other felt hurt at that very moment.

“No! No," the photographer shook his head. “I’m not. And I swear, I only drank orange juice today! Let me finish, please!"

Sakurai crossed his arms but agreed. “OK, go on."

So now was Nino’s chance to fix things. His last chance, probably. He didn’t want to ruin it - again. He took a deep breath.

“I got scared when I realized that I care about what you think of me. I got scared when you told me you like me, because I thought if you get to know me better you will find out that I’m not as cool or confident as you think I am and that I’m weird and not easy in a relationship... that you might stop liking me and change your mind and-"

“Nino, stop," Sakurai said, lifting his hand.

“But I-," Nino wanted to protest desperately. But wait, did Sakurai call him “Nino" again right now?

“You think I can simply stop liking you?" Sakurai asked, frowning. “Why will you think that could happen? Do you think I didn’t think about the whole thing before I told you that I like you and would be interested in a relationship with you? You’ve always been honest with me, you told me from the beginning that you’re not the cool guy I might think you are, but I don’t care. Maybe, I found it a bit quirky that you like giving inanimate objects names and occasionally talk to them as if they are your friends, but I don’t care. Maybe I even find it cute?"

“You…," Nino blushed helplessly.

“It’s fine. It’s totally fine for me, really! If you’re a little weird like that, I will love that about you. And what else do you have to hide?" Sakurai waited as if he wanted to give Nino the chance to chime in, and even if Nino didn’t really know what to say, he used the chance.

"I-I lied to you!" Nino dropped, internally hitting himself. He should have probably chosen a better way to tell Sakurai the truth, but, he just had to let it out somehow. When the other arched a questioning eyebrow, the photographer continued. "The fifth photo shoot, the one in my apartment, it wasn't real..."

Sakurai sighed. "Well, seeing the pictures of today... I figured that it wasn't real. Why did you lie to me?"

"Because I wanted to talk to you about the kiss... tell you that I remembered, but didn't know how," Nino admitted, his look dropped to the floor. "That's how big of an idiot I am. I couldn't just talk to you normally like every other person, I had to make up this lie and it was still you who started the topic then. I completely failed... I'm sorry... I'm probably the biggest weirdo on earth." And then he didn't know what else he could say. There was so much on his mind, but he just couldn't find the right words...

“I’m not that naïve, Nino," Sakurai then replied. "I know that nobody is perfect, but for me, that’s perfectly fine. Everyone has their quirks, strong and weak points. I’m the best example for that. You’ve seen how weak I was and still can be, how shy, how clumsy… but that’s me."

"If someone is weak here, it's me," the photographer said. "I'm really sorry I lied to you."

"I can accept every weakness that you might come with," Sakurai answered. "Just don't do it again, OK?"

Nino shook his head, heavily. "Never!"

"What about you? Can you accept me the way I am?" the other man asked. "I don’t want you to toy with me again, I do have feelings, you know?"

“I’m really sorry that I pushed you away when you confessed. I’m serious!" Nino finally blurted out. “I regret it every single day, Sho-chan, and believe me, I like you! A lot! Even back then… that night that we spent together… even back then, I liked you but I couldn’t tell you. I’ve been a coward, I tried to protect myself but I hurt you and I’m truly sorry for that... and for my lie about the photo shoot... I think, you are adorable. Even when you’re clumsy or shy, or when you are not so shy any longer, I also do not care. I promise, I will accept you the way you are if you do the same with me."

Sakurai stared at Nino in disbelief. “Y-You…," the stammered.

“Did I say something strange?" Nino was close to panic and he wasn’t sure how to interpret the surprised look in Sakurai’s eyes.

“…You called me Sho-chan," the other replied, perplexed.

Confused, Nino frowned. “Eh? Yeah, I did…"

“You gave me a nickname," Sakurai said under his breath.

Nino blushed even more. “Well…"

“You’re serious, aren't you?... You only give nicknames to things you intend to keep, right?" Sakurai chuckled, causing the other to blush even deeper.

“I never said you are a thing, though!"

Sakurai took a deep breath. “What I want to say is… yes, I still do like you. More than that."

The man stepped a bit closer, and the more the distance between him and Nino was shrinking, the more Nino’s heartbeat was speeding up.

“If… if there is just the tiniest little chance that you still like me, do you think you could give me a second chance?" Nino whispered to Sakurai, who was close enough now that a whisper was loud enough for him to be heard. “I don’t know if it will work out but -"

“Shhh," Sakurai just said, letting his arms sneak around Nino’s waist. “We can figure things out later," he whispered, before closing the last bit of distance between them.

Nino was in heaven when he felt Sakurai’s lips on his again, it literally felt like how he would imagined being kissed by an angel would be like. Of course, as Nino’s inner voice joking said, Sakurai is your own secret angel after all.

Smirking despite himself, the photographer allowed himself to completely dive into the kiss, letting all of his emotions break out. He lifted his arms to hook them around Sakurai's neck, pulling him closer, kissing him again and again, never ever wanting to stop again and the other man didn't seem to have anything against that, thankfully.

They were still kissing when the party was almost over and the other photographers seemed to have started searching for them. It was when Nino heard Aiba’s delighted “Oooh look, they made up!" that he broke the kiss with Sakurai and the two of them faced the group of others with blushing cheeks. Of course, Jun couldn’t help but make a lame comment as always, but Nino didn’t really care. Between him and Sakurai, the two of them had linked their hands, Nino was pressing Sakurai’s hand slightly as they exchanged a look, to show him that he intended to continue from where they were just interrupted, later on. When he turned to face Sakurai, the man flashed him his most beautiful smile, which Nino returned with a light and warm heart.

- + -

About two years later, Nino could finally say, that he had gotten used to his new position in the “Blue Hour". It had taken him and Jun quite a few months to work out a business plan that worked for both of them and didn’t result in Nino wanting to poison Jun while the other plotted to push his colleague into the river on a pitch black night.

Jun might have expected that it would be easy for him to push Nino back from the boss job to take over the studio alone, but he didn’t plan on Nino’s new-found confidence and competitiveness, which definitely didn’t only surprise him, but also everyone else - including Nino himself. But the photographer didn’t want Tacky’s decision go to waste, the man had decided that he AND Jun should become the new bosses, and so it should be.

The photographer just came back from a long meeting with his business partner which was prolonged even more when Aiba brought along three cups of coffee and the three guys discussed some plans for the studio together, until Nino’s look fell onto the clock hanging up on the wall. He jumped up like crazy, promising Jun to talk about the rest in the morning meeting the next day.

“I’m back!" Nino yelled when he entered his apartment, exchanging his shoes for a pair of black fluffy slippers that Aiba gave him as a present last Christmas.

He put his sneakers into the shoe cabinet right next to fine pair of black leather shoes - which didn’t belong to him.

“There you are!" a familiar voice welcomed him when he entered the living room. “We’ve been waiting for you!" the man sitting on the couch said, pointing at the gaming console that he was using at the moment.

“Sorry for being late," Nino said and leaned down to peck his boyfriend’s cheek. "How was your presentation today?" he asked, remembering, how nervous his boyfriend had been in the morning, as he was about to present a new business plan at work.

“Welcome home!" the other replied with a wide smile before turning his head and pecking Nino’s lips in return. "The presentation went well, I didn't make as many mistakes as expected and in fact, everyone appreciated the idea and my brother promised to consider it seriously. It might become a new project, soon."

"That's amazing!" Nino flashed him a smile. "I'm so proud of you!"

The photographer then earned the most beautiful smile on earth from his boyfriend and finally came around to take a seat next to him. He placed a plastic bag filled with take-out dishes from the nearby Chinese restaurant.

“You’re a hero! I’m starving," his boyfriend said, reaching for the bag immediately and starting to spread the different boxes before handing Nino a pair of chopsticks. “Good that I didn’t start cooking already," the man chuckled.

Nino laughed as he reached for one of the boxes. “Better that way, Sho-chan!"

“I’m digging in!"

THE END


More author's notes:
That's it, folks, I hope you enjoyed the final chapter! Please let me know in the comments down below and I'll read you soon! (PDF-version for those who want to re-read the whole story is up now and can be found here.)

Thanks to my special guests:
Eliyah the elevator. Camelot the camera. Conny the coffee machine. Sally the cellphone, Haruka the houseplant, Wanda the waterlily, Reynard the refrigerator and every other inanimated object I forgot to name. ;)

And of course – BIG THANKS as always to you, my dear supporters, readers (also the silent ones ^.^) and those lovely people who pressed the heart-button (which is I think a feature on the phone? At least I can only see it when I'm on my phone XD). My special thanks as always to my faithful comment writers:
aicchira, airifan, amnos13, arashiobsession, arashitv, arkalein, deelovesryo, eve_aida, galuhdayinta, hana_jae, hatorisachiyo22, ichiban_seiyaku, icha_kazeinda, indigo_lover, juulchii, kame_no_arashi, jtaytt, learashi, lorechan15, mu_ness, narusaku4vr, orejinsei, pur3f8thxd, ralatoindah, say_oh_chan, simopimo, thelos22, vsho, wendyjoly, windyway94, wjktl, yuidirnt, yumi_usagi and yun_miyake!

Your comments made my days and I really enjoyed talking to you. Hope to see you again in the future =D *hugs*

For those who are wondering what will come next, I will start posting my Aibaexchange entry next Wednesday (a story with Junba as the main pairing and Sakumiya as a side pairing). In case you did not read it yet at the exchange, I'd be delighted to see you visiting my journal for my weekly updates (there will be 4 parts). In case you will head over to read the story at the exchange, please make sure to drop me a comment there so that I will know if you enjoyed it! ^.^ After the Aibaexchange repost... I'll see. However, I'm excited to share more stories with you guys and am looking forward to your feedback! :D


PS: I have no idea who it was but I just saw that some of my fics got nominated for the arashifanficawards 2016. Whoever nominated my stories, thank you very much! *bows* I feel really happy and proud and you saved a shitty day for me! <3 Now, good luck to all nominees during the voting period! ^.^/

Sky
 
 
 
Destiny ♪: ラブライブ! ☆ Kotori's China dressyuidirnt on February 15th, 2017 06:54 pm (UTC)
Like all your stories, the ending was incredibly satisfying. I love your writing, because it always pays off, you know? It's like a time investment guaranteed to make me feel all happy and fuzzy inside at the end :D
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 04:28 pm (UTC)
THank you very much! :D I'm happy that I was able to provide a satisfying ending and that you enjoyed it! ^^
Say Oh-chansay_oh_chan on February 15th, 2017 07:18 pm (UTC)
*try to stop giggling like a fool* I don't really have the words to express how much I loved this end ♥ That was really the best of the best who could happen ♥ I tried to imagine how they could made up but it was so so so much better than what I've imagined ** I really liked how it sounded so real and mature how they've made up, how Sho didn't hide his feelings even if he was hurt and how Nino for once let him know his true feelings and was brave enough to express them.

"It had taken him and Jun quite a few months to work out a business plan that worked for both of them and didn’t result in Nino wanting to poison Jun while the other plotted to push his colleague into the river on a pitch black night."
That made me laugh so hard imagining them in these situations x)

"He put his sneakers into the shoe cabinet right next to fine pair of black leather shoes - which didn’t belong to him."
It's a simple phrase but it means so much than just his first meaning. That their relationship seemed to overcame the first hurdles and even went to a really important step and Nino didn't freaked out and like everything is going well and I'm so happy for them T_T

I want to thank you again for this, I really enjoyed every Wednesday, waiting and reading every chapters with pleasure. They were my higlights of these days ♥
(And I was one of the ones who did nominate you for the awards because for me your Sakumiya fics are the best and now I will shut up or else I may scare you x))
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 04:42 pm (UTC)
Awww thank you so much for your adorable comment! XD I'm so happy that you enjoyed the ending of this story!:D It was clear for me that these two have to be honest with each other, even if it was a challenge for Nino.

Haha I'm glad you picked up that line about Jun and Nino playing with the thought of "killing each other" XD Sometimes I wonder if people have a completely different sense of humour than I do but then sometimes people quote such things and I can only think "lol thankfully I wasn't the only one who thought that's funny" XDD I'm stupid, sorry.

After those two years Sho and Nino really came far :) They are even living together now xD Who would have thought that Nino would take such a risk ever again? But everything for Sho, ne? ^^

Thank you so much for thinking about my stories when nominating for the awards! I am really happy to have such supportive readers as you! *hugs tightly* <3
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Seirapur3f8thxd on February 15th, 2017 08:15 pm (UTC)
awwww CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING NOMINATED!! You deserve it!! :) I really loved this story and I'm glad that Tacky stepped in and gave Nino that push that he needed~ Jealousy is a scaring thing hahas~~ Thank you for sharing your wonderful story!!
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D I'm happy you enjoyed this story! ^^ Thanks for your comments and your support!
learashi: Glasses! Junlearashi on February 15th, 2017 08:44 pm (UTC)
Aww, you got me when Nino gave that nickname to Sho.
Thanks for this adorable story. (I think I have to start naming things in my own house now ☺) ❤💛
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! ^^ I'm happy you enjoyed the story and liked Nino's nickname for Sho :3 It wasn't very creative but the meaning behind it is the important thing, right? XD <3
deelovesryodeelovesryo on February 15th, 2017 10:12 pm (UTC)
Aaah, what a beautiful last chapter!
First Aimiya friendship. So good Nino has such great friend, and so patient and fair, always in the middle dealing with his stubborn best friend and his stubborn lover.
Second, Tacky. So thoughtful and encouraging, the best among bosses and so right in his decisions.
Third, the little humor here and there. "that one person standing there at the buffet and trying out every single dish that could be found there. " Yeah, that's our Sho!
And at last, the awkward but cute and sweet reconciliation. It was not easy, Nino is still unsure of himself. But talking with sincerity they can overcome all their issues. I liked specially the last bit, after all the problems you can see them happily at their own home having a great time together and talking about their improvements.

Thanks for sharing^^

Oh, I see I have your exchange fic among the stories I still have to read. It would be easier to read it by chapters, I keep pushing long stories for later because I'm not confident I will have the endurance to read just a little when there is already posted the full story (I keep losing sleep time because of that as I'm busy during day time) I will try to read it as if it's a new story and not run to Aiba exchange after the first chapter, lol
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, I'm happy you enjoyed this last chapter! :D I tried to include everything that was important to me in this final chapter - the friendship between Aiba and Nino, Jun and Nino (yes, I truly believe that the relationship between them is a form of friendship xD), some wise words from a senpai (or boss in this case lol) a hint of Oh-chan and of course Sho and Nino making up. I'm also happy that you picked up on my little humour lol Tbh, sometimes I wonder if people have a different sense of humour than I do (because I know my humour can be strange from time to time lol) but then someone quotes a line and I'm really relieved, thinking "lol good that I wasn't the only one who thinks that's funny" XD I'm really happy you enjoyed this ending so much, thank you! :D

Oh, I'd be really happy if you'd drop by on my journal to read my Aibaexchange story ^^ I know it's pretty long for an exchange story, that's why I again decided to post it in parts. I think it's easier for people to catch up then and it's fun to read the reader's thoughts in between those parts :3 I hope you'll like it! ^^
Windy Way's Journalwindyway94 on February 16th, 2017 01:05 am (UTC)

Otsukareeeeee! Sorry I didn't comment on your last chapters, I got my first fulltime job last month (Yatta!) and it consumes A LOT of my time XD But I always read them every Thursday morning.


FINALLY NINOOOOOO YOU CONFESSEEEEDDDDD! ARGH I WANNA BREAK YOUR BONES LAST WEEK XD Once again you kept your ego, Sho would slip through your fingers. I didn't expect that Matsumiya will be the bosses, but I agree with Tacky. They can cope their weakness thanks to the project.


Thanks for the fic and looking forward to your next work!

Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 04:51 pm (UTC)
Nino, our little idiot finally found a way to fix things, it was time, ne? XD

Thank youuu! I'm happy you enjoyed this story, thanks for reading! <3 Don't worry, I know we're all busy with RL and YES a fulltime job isn't to be underestimated, right? XD (I suffer from it every day lol). However, congratulations on finding a job! :D I hope you like it there!

Hope to see you at my next story! ^^/
lorechan15: Nino 01lorechan15 on February 16th, 2017 01:15 am (UTC)
Aaawwwn, such a perfect ending for such a perfect fic! I loved the way they sorted their feelings, it was really well written!

Congrats! See you on your next story! <3
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm really happy you enjoyed the ending of this story! :D
Yuki: Sakumiya ni Shiyagarehana_jae on February 16th, 2017 01:23 am (UTC)
A unic way to confess those two <3<3
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading and for your comment! ^^
sandy_wjktl: #IstandwithSatoshiwjktl on February 16th, 2017 02:24 am (UTC)
Congratulation for the nomination!!!! 😘😘


Thank you for the beautiful perfect ending!!!! Yes! The studio need two awesome bosses!!! Good work, Tackey!

I love their made up scene... When they talked about Sally, Reynard....and more!!! This is so cute!!! Sakumiya is cute ne~~

Overall, i really enjoyed this story...always waiting for the updates... I have to tell you...im going to miss this cute story...and all the studio members

Cant wait to see you in next project!!! I love your fics!!! Otsukare!!

💝💛
💚💜
💙
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much dear, I'm happy you enjoyed the ending of this story and that you liked the Sakumiya confession! ^^ It just had to be the two of them to become the bosses together, right? XD

I hope you'll enjoy also my new story! =) Thanks again! <3
Life is Hard だけど be Happyicha_kazeinda on February 16th, 2017 02:55 am (UTC)

Firstly I wanna say... Congrats for your fics got nominated!!! Yeaaayyy~\( 'ω')/❤❤


And about this last chapter... What a beautiful happy ending!! *sobs* I'm sooooo happy that they finally solved their misunderstanding and Nino... last week I hated you but now I'm soooooo proud of you!! XD And thanks to Tackey's words that Nino finally had courage to move on and clear things with Sho ( and they even had decided to live together for 2 years already :')) ) Honestly at the last 3 chapters (or 4 chapters maybe XD) I even forgot that in the story Jun and Nino was in the middle of a competition LOL XD Too focused on our Sakumiya x3 that's why when the last chapter revealed who's the winner I was like, "Oh right they're in a competition before" XD But I like how Tackey manipulated the result and his real idea behind the competition to make Jun and Nino learned about their weakness and grew to be a better person ^^


Can't wait for the PDF version and your next fics in the future!! XD

Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, dear! I'm so happy you enjoyed the ending of this story so much! ^.^ <3 I'm glad that you could reconsile with Nino xDD Haha yes, it was all about the competition... well, the competition was the frame for Sakumiya to blossom so it's OK if you forgot about it halfway lol xD I can't blame you.

I updated the PDF-version in my PDF-Masterlist btw ^^ You can find the link in the sidebar =) Enjoy! ^^
yumi_usagi: Sakumiyayumi_usagi on February 16th, 2017 06:08 am (UTC)
You did it! You were right. This chapter did make up for last chapter. It's so good. It's perfect. I love it <3
Thanks to Aiba and Takky for knocking some sense into Nino's head. But I think now I understand. That was so sad for Nino with 3 year relationship and got throw out of his appartment :(
You don't know how nervous I was, my hands were all sweating when I read about the result. And it's the best result. Nino and Jun are both the boss.
I still feel sorry for Sho though, his situation in the company with his brother :(
The part when Nino went to talk to Sho, I wanted to scold him but I had to laugh and said cute when he said Camellot missed Sho LOL
And Sho was super cute when he was happy that Nino gave him a nickname <3 The ending of 2 years later with Sho waiting for Nino in their appartment and they ate together is a perfect and sweat ending! Hehe and I noticed Sho said we've been waiting for you with "we" as him and the game controller XD
Not only this chapter but I really like how Sho loves food in this fic (trying to eat every single dishes in the buffet, put the plate down and come back later to eat... LOL)
Yay thanks to all the special guests in this story, they all have beautiful names.
Hope to see you soon in your next Sakumiya project!
Congrats for being nominated. I hope you will win.
Thank you as always! I will miss that feeling waiting for your fic every Wednesday for at least 4 weeks :(
Thank you for including your readers' names at the end. That was very nice of you doing that, and it was one of the reasons made you one of my favorite authors too <3

Edited at 2017-02-16 08:12 am (UTC)
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you dear, I am so happy that you enjoyed this last chapter so much! :D <3

Exactly, about Nino, he had experienced bad things related to love in the past and he mostly blamed himself, so it was hard for him to give it another chance but in the end, for Sho, he did and he was really lucky that Sho is such a nice guy and gave him another chance, right?

Sho is progressing and he's becoming more confident and more important to his company. Maybe, one day, Sho will be the master mind behind everything XD

The nickname Nino gave Sho wasn't really creative but it's the meaning behind the gesture that counts, right? And haha yes, Sho adapted Nino's habit in naming things and started befriendingn with them too lol After all, living with Nino also means living with Nino's things, right? XD

Aw... I'm sorry that I can only provide repostings of exchanges for now >.< I don't really have anything other ready to post since those stories took quite some time too =( But I hope to see you again in the future when I'll have new projects ready. ^^ Thanks a lot for your support! :D <3
ララトインダー ☆tocchi☆: pic#125350868ralatoindah on February 16th, 2017 07:42 am (UTC)

Congratulations for being nominated, Sky!!! 🎉🎉🎉

Awww, love this last chapter!!! The way Nino apologized to Sho is really cute xDDD. I love how Sho tried to tease Nino by asking who else misses him xDDD. And I can see his growing confidence by leading Nino into confessing and when he initiates the kiss... OMG, Sho is adorable!!! 😘😘😘

Everyone can see the love between Nino and Sho, ne. And I'm glad that they are wise enough to give some necessary push when needed at the very end. Somehow I believe that if they told Nino about it before the incident happened, Nino would try to deny and convince himself that he's not in love with Sho. He's such a tsundere that way xDDD.

Love AiMiya and MatsuMiya relationships in this fic too!!! Jun is acting like a spoiled kid, and he actually is clueless, haha. I'm happy to know that Nino and Jun are finally able to cooperate...

Can't wait for another fic of yours ❤❤❤.

Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, my dear! I'm glad you enjoyed this last chapter! ^^ Nino is full of quirks, so was his way of apologyzing lol XD Sho must have found it so cute that even IF he was angry at him, at this moment he just could forgive him lol Sho had grown a lot throughout this fic, hasn't he? <3 Haha yeah and you're right, Nino is definitely a tsundere xD I'm glad you also enjoyed the Aimiya and Matsumiya relationships here ^^

Hope to see you soon, thanks again for your support! <3
god damn these electric sex pants: arashi: sho and nino are sexyyynicefinalbeam on February 16th, 2017 02:31 pm (UTC)
I've been quietly reading - congrats on an excellent finish! :)

I really loved the whole concept of this fic - falling in love with someone and growing as a person because of it. Both Sho and Nino went on a journey with themselves in this story, and got the start of a relationship out of it too ♥

ALSO I AM SO GLAD that you highlighted kissing a lot throughout. It's funny how a lot of stories either go for a single kiss or a few kisses and then straight to sex. All those other details of showing affection, the idea of Sho being this amazing kisser, it was great to read and fun to see Nino's reluctant excitement about :D

I love Junba as a pair and the way you had Aiba so supportive of his boyfriend whenever Nino took little jabs at Jun, I thought that was adorable. Plus some Yama flirting never hurt anybody - especially if it got Nino to act ;D

Fun fun fun! Thanks for sharing :)
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:36 pm (UTC)
Hey! :D I'm really happy to know that you read and enjoyed this story, thank you so much for your comment! <3

I'm glad you liked the kissing in this xD I really like kissing scenes... the more the merrier lol. Yei for Junba! I have to admit since last year I really grew to love them as a pairing <3
amnos13 on February 16th, 2017 03:31 pm (UTC)
aaaa i really wants to read it from morning, but only now can finished it...

“You know, Camelot really likes you. He says, he misses you...," is sooooo adorable.... i really like it when nino used Camelot, Sally to express his feelings in nervouses.

oh nino.....

and when sho was so happy because nino gave him a nickname....

i really like it. thank you, sky :) i really enjoy it
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, I'm happy you enjoyed this story! ^^ Even if Nino's nickname for Sho wasn't very creative, it's the meaning behind the gesture that counts, right? XD <3
galuhdayintagaluhdayinta on February 17th, 2017 01:05 am (UTC)
AWWWHHH WHAT A SWEET ENDING ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

to be honest I didn't see that coming, that Takki actually chose Jun and Nino as the bosses right from the start. but well, I think Takki made a right choice. Eventhough Jun and Nino could kill each other at times but they were perfect frienemy!

and for the lovely scenes... I'm so proud of Nino ❤ he confessed it all! it must took all of his courage :") but it paid off by amazing kiss(es) so I don't see anything bad in it XD ❤ but hell, Nino confessed like a highschool girl! or so I felt when I read it LOL XD it was sweet.
They kissed until the party was about to over? ....... I mean how long was that LOL they were too starved for each other XD ❤ oh, get a room you two! ❤

the epilog was adorable too. ❤ I see that Sho had grown his confidence and move forward! all thanks to Nino ❤


Thank you so much for the story, Sky ❤ I'm looking forward for your next stories! I'm glad that we're on the same ship (Sakumiya and Junba) ❤❤❤
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much dear! <3

It was time for Nino to be brave and he finally managed to accept his feelings, to risk something and to confess! I'm proud of him even if it was a cheesy confession lol XD Ah... well they kissed after the announcement of the winner and after their conversation. At that time it was pretty late already so probably they didn't kiss THAT long... at least not there :3 hrhr

Haha so I caught you in surprise with Matsumiya leadership :3 They are indeed like you say, perfect frienemies xD

I'm so happy you enjoyed this ending! Thank you so much for all your awesome comments and your support! <3 I'm happy too that we're on the same ship :3 Hope you'll enjoy my next story too! ^^
sakuraiba8282_vsho: pic#126676705vsho on February 17th, 2017 09:11 am (UTC)
Another wonderful perfect masterpiece from you .. 😍 ..
I really enjoyed this fic maximumly. . The ending was really kyaaaaa¤¤♡♡😘
I really liked it how Nino confesses his love and brave enough asked for another chance .. that was cute confession ever .. Sho is so happy when he heard Nino have called him by his nickname .. ❤💛 it was such a cute ending .. .I already miss this series 😢... because I always used to wait for your updates of this fic every week..now this fic added in my Fav list.😙😙
Thanks for sharing such a adorable fic with us Sky . Otsukare~~♡looking forward to your next work💙
Omedetou for your nomination .. im so happy for you..❤

Edited at 2017-02-17 09:14 am (UTC)
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, I'm really happy you enjoyed this fic and the finale so much! ^^ Nino was brave enough to make a cheesy confession but I'm happy that you found it cute, just like Sho :3 Really, thank you so much for your support throughout this series! I hope you'll enjoy my next works too! ^^ <3
arashiobsessionarashiobsession on February 17th, 2017 09:30 am (UTC)
More please
I don't want this to end. It was so good. I loved all of them Aiba was so cool and helpful and Sho was so sweet. Thank you for writing such creative and different piece.
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:43 pm (UTC)
Re: More please
Thank you so much for your support, dear! I'm happy you enjoyed this story and that you likes Aiba in this :3 He's truly a great friend here <3
simopimosimopimo on February 17th, 2017 12:22 pm (UTC)
I will just say: "Finally!". How cute they are? The nickname things, the fact that Sho does things that Nino is cute to give namesto inanimated objets. Everything! I really love it.
And thanks for the mention! It's a first time for me :)
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm happy you enjoyed this story and the ending! :D <3
arashiobsessionarashiobsession on February 17th, 2017 12:23 pm (UTC)
More please
I don't want this to end. It was so good. I loved all of them Aiba was so cool and helpful and Sho was so sweet. Thank you for writing such creative and different piece.
Hatori Sachiyo: pic#125150510hatorisachiyo22 on February 18th, 2017 03:40 am (UTC)
I love the ending!! 😍 Especially when the usually confident Nino stutters when he confesses and Sho found his confidence in him pushing the right buttons in Nino ❤💛

I'm looking forward next Wednesday!! 😍

Edited at 2017-02-18 03:46 am (UTC)
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm happy you enjoyed the story and the ending :D Finally, Nino was brave enough to make a cheesy uhm cute confession xD <3

Hope you'll enjoy my new story too! ^^
Wouldn't it be nice~: yeah yeah ninoaicchira on February 18th, 2017 06:09 am (UTC)
Great job, Aiba chan!! Just hit Nino if need it. Finally he had some corage to confess to Sho and so glad Sho was still coming to exhibition, I'm afraid he would avoid Nino. Really, Sho has big heart and really love him, how grateful Nino. Even Nino hardly conveyed what he should said, until using his 'friends' in cute way I can say to start explaining everything, yes, the nick name, that simple act in deep meaning, instantly make Sho forgive and accepted him.

In the end they can overcome their issue, together make it better. How lovely end~
thank you...

Waiting for your next story~

Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for your comment! I'm happy you enjoyed this story! ^^ Aiba is really a great friend in this one, isn't he? And finally, Nino was brave enough to confess ^^ Sho really has a big heart and he grew a lot throughout the story. The nickname Nino gave Sho was probably not really creative but indeed, it's the meaning of the gesture that counts, right? =)

Hope you'll enjoy my next story too, thanks again! <3
ichiban_seiyaku: busyichiban_seiyaku on February 18th, 2017 08:04 pm (UTC)
Really Nino, good for you that you feel like shit. It's because you really were. But then, I can't completely fault him. He just wants to protect himself too. Sometimes, when we have had too much hurt, we just tend to curl up to ourselves. In order to maintain our mended selves, we do not allow others to touch us. The problem comes when there is someone that genuinely loves us. It really is hard to be in that position.

And, as always, I love how Aiba is the voice of reason. He tries to persuade his friend not only to point out how wronged Sho was but also to make Nino understand that previous experiences are not the template for future relationships. It takes much to make Aiba angry and I'm happy that he actually became mad at Nino. It shows how frustrated and desperate he was.

And I also liked how Tacky reinforced Aiba's point. He does observe his staff from the sidelines and I think he has seen how Nino has matured with his project. He can sense that something major has happened. He is such a supportive mentor. I want to have someone like him.

Nino using his quirk as a way to apologize to Sho is so cute. I think Sho at that point was able to realize just how hard it was for Nino to talk about it. But I am happy that they were able to resolve it. I'm glad there was no more additional drama. And I like that they acknowledge that they grew as individuals with their time with each other.

And who else but Aiba to outright break the couple's kiss. ^_^

Honestly, from the start, I figured that Tacky was going to make both Nino and Matsujun his successors. They both have the potential. They are quite opposites so they will both be able to stimulate and argue with each other's decisions. Together, they can push the company to greater heights.

And I just love how Sho has even adapted Nino's habit of naming objects. It's heartwarming how they were able to create a home with each other.

Thank you for mentioning me. I just am happy to give you feedback. You write nicely and I really appreciate you sharing your stories. I'm excited with your next story and hopefully, I will not be as busy and be able to read it as you put it out.

And your stories really deserve to be nominated in the fic awards. Your works are really awesome!
Skysky_fish7 on February 25th, 2017 10:00 am (UTC)
Haha yes, Nino's reaction was shit and he knows. Protecting himself or not, he could have been a bit nicer and talk things out with Sho. But like I said, it was a last challenge for the two and it proves that Sho indeed is serious about Nino because he still loves him even if he treated him like that. Well, then, Sho as a person here is used to be treated like "not wanted/needed" due to the inferiority complex which is lying within him. However, I think that an inferiority complex is not always a bad thing. People who suffer from that are often their own worst critiques and so, other peoples words – even if they still hurt – often cannot hurt even more than the harsh thoughts we have on ourselves. So I think that Sho is "strong" enough to cope with Nino's reaction and still hold on to his feelings for him. Does that make sense? I'm not sure if I could say what I wanted to explain with that ^^" Sorry.

You're completely right about Nino. Due to his bad experiences, he built up a wall and it's always harder to rip it down again than to build it up. With Sho truly loving him, Nino felt completely overwhelmed. He felt not worthy of anybody's love, he didn't even consider a relationship as a real possibility for him due to that. So Sho's honest reaction at that moment was too much for him to cope with and since he's weak with dealing with people, he clumsily hurt him.

Aiba in this story is like the Yin to Nino's Yang. He needs Aiba and his positiveness to balance him out so to say and so of course it had to be Aiba who tells him to try and see if things work out. It wasn't enough to push Nino over the edge to actually going to Sho and make up with him, but it was enough to make him seriously think and consider the possibilities they have. And with Tacky's last push, Nino was complete so to say. I really portrayed Tacky as the "ideal boss" in this fic, didn't I? It's very unrealistic I think... but I want to believe that there are such people out there in leading positions.

That's the scene I meant when I said I was "building up" on Nino's quirks xD For me it was clear that he wouldn't be able to immediately say "Sorry, I did wrong, I love you and I miss you", that wouldn't have fit his personality. So he created this "round about way" with using his quirk to come closer to his feelings. It may be quite cheesy, but I like the idea of using allegories and such in order to express true feelings. Maybe it's because I personally am weak with saying things like "I love you" straight forward to another person, that I came up with this way for him. But seriously, he's really lucky that Sho was so patient with him and that he likes Nino and his quirks, or otherwise this might have badly backfired ^^"

Yei, you looked through me from the beginning lol. I really think it's the best way to make both of them the new leaders, Nino and Jun. They both have potential, they have their strengths and weaknesses but together they will find ways to deal with both and to grow as the leadership team. It's a challenge for both but since they are used to being rivals, they will be able to deal with each other even in tough times.

Really, it's the least I can do to name those who comment on my stories and make the posting such a great experience. It's rare to be able to talk about one's own creation so I always really enjoy the dialogue with you. ^^ And thank you very much, I am really happy that you enjoy my work! Thanks for your support <3 and I can't wait to discuss with you about my future works. Hope you'll enjoy them too! =)
perkyandproudperkyandproud on February 23rd, 2017 07:12 am (UTC)
Aw, that was delightful! Yay for a happy ending! :)
Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear, I'm glad you enjoyed the ending of this story! :D
eve_aidaeve_aida on February 23rd, 2017 12:45 pm (UTC)

I'm glad Aiba was not all about rainbow, sunshine~ he was there with Jun able to knock some sense in Nino's head! he was BFF for nothing xD Also I'm happy how Nino was brave enough to face Sho and told him about his insecurity (btw, I really like Nino opening line to tell Sho, how he missed him by putting blames to 'his friends' xD) and Sho being the mature one, listened despite hurt by Nino lies. All was explained in the end, with no room for more understanding. They definitely made for each other!


Thanks so much for a wonderful fic! Love you!

Skysky_fish7 on February 23rd, 2017 05:49 pm (UTC)
Hey dear, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm glad you enjoyed this fic! =) Haha yeah, Aiba might be a happy nature but he knows then things get serious. That's what makes him such an adorable friend. <3 Lol I'm so glad you liked Nino's confession XD It's cheesy but I like it lol. Sho is really mature, yes, he gave Nino a second chance and listened to him although he acted like the biggest idiot on earth XD

Thanks again! <3
mu_ness: pic#64573408mu_ness on February 25th, 2017 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations on another amazing Fanfic!!!! I'm so happy everything worked out in the end. This was a fun and light hearted story. Jealous Neen was too cute and im glad Sho could blossom at the end as well. I live your little 2 year in the future snippet at the end too :3 also I don't know anyone more deserving of the nominations than you. Congrats on those as well! I hope things go better I know this last month has been a real struggle for me too but honestly getting to look forward to reading your updates every week was a real treat! And seriously helped me when things in real life were getting tough. You and your stories provide a safe oasis for me and I'm sure others too! So I hope you can remember that when times are tough in your own life. <3 <3 <3
Skysky_fish7 on February 26th, 2017 08:56 am (UTC)
Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment, dear! I'm so happy you enjoyed the story and its ending ^^ And thanks for your nice words! I'm glad that with my fics I can brighten up your weeks a tiny little bit. I'll try my best in the future too to not disappoint my readers. RL can be tough, ne? Good luck with everything! <3