Tokimeki Memorial Fan Fiction ❯ Toki Days ❯ Trip to Kyoto Part 3: Acceptance ( Chapter 18 )

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Toki Days
A Tokimeki Memorial - Happy Days Crossover / Slightly AU, Romance, Comedy, Drama, Parody
by Sailor Enlil
Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You story with a flavor of Happy Days
Synopsis: Shiori Fujisaki starts her 2nd year in Kirameki Highschool with vague memories of her childhood. On the first day of school when she arrives at the gate, Rei Ijuuin, the Principal's grandson, makes his usual grand entrance via a limousine and cheering girls, a routine he's gone through since junior high. However, a new male transfer student in a black leather jacket arrives as a passenger on a motorcycle, and when he removes his helmet, he's dashingly handsome with a greased hairdo and carries himself like a debonair gentleman, effectively drawing the girls away from Rei. Meanwhile, as Shiori looks at him, she gets a nagging feeling in her heart that there's something strangely familiar about him.
Tokimeki Memorial is property of Konami; Happy Days is the creation of Garry Marshall and property of the American Broadcasting Company
Chapter prologue
(Sunday, May 4, 1997, Early Morning, Ijuuin Vacation House in Kyoto)
Shiori had finished freshening up and taking a morning bath after waking up. Since she was an early riser, most of the household, including most of the servants of the Ijuuin Vacation House, were still asleep when she woke up. Within a few minutes she bumped into the guys, most of whom looked quite drowsy. "Um, Good Morning guys!" she said to them.

"Yo! Good Morning Shiori-san!" greeted Fonzu, the only one of the guys who seemed wide awake.

"(Yawn!) Good Morning" murmured Yoshio.

"How do you do that Fonzu-san?" asked Potsu weakly.

"What do you mean?" replied Fonzu.

"You're so full of energy" said Yoshio.

"Rechargeable Batteries" joked Fonzu. Yoshio and Potsu facefaulted while Shiori blinked.

"Um, what's with them?" asked Shiori.

"We had another band practice last night." said Kaji sleepily.

"EH!?" gasped Shiori.

"Geez, you guys did what?" asked Yuko, who just came out of her room.
"I'll explain later, after breakfast." said Fonzu.
"Is that what all the music last night was about?" asked Yumi, also just coming out of her room.

"Yeah." replied Kaji.
"Don't fret girls." said Fonzu. "We have something special prepared."
"Eh?" Shiori, Yuko, and Yumi gasped.
Opening Theme
Nichi, Tsuki, Toki Days
Ka, Sui, Toki Days
Moku, Kana, Toki Days
Tsuchi, what a day
Groovin' all week with you
These days are all,
Tokimeki (Those Toki Days)
These days are all
Share them with me (Itoshii)
Sayonara grey sky, hello aoi.
When I hold you it's so sugoi.
Feels so right, it can't be wrong.
Rockin' and rollin' all week long.
These days are all,
Share them with me (Those Toki Days)
These days are all
Tokimeki (Itoshii)
These Toki Days are yours and mine (These Toki Days are yours and mine), Toki Days
Opening Theme Ends
Chapter 18: Trip to Kyoto Part 3: Acceptance
(Mid-afternoon, just outside the Kiyomizu Temple)

The gang spent much of the day touring the Kiyomizu Temple, from the Otowa Waterfall to the Kiyomizu Stage, as well visiting all the shops, and having lunch at a nearby restaurant.
"This place sure is impressive" said Fonzu.

"Indeed" added Shiori.
"Hey over here!" piped Kaji.
"What is it?" asked Yuko.
"Woa! A print club sticker photo machine!" said Potsu.
"Eh? What the heck is that?" asked Fonzu.
"You take pictures of yourself with it, and it prints them in little stickers" said Yumi.
"Oh I see, kinda like a Photo-Me booth" said Fonzu.
"Eh? You mean you have those too in America?" asked Yoshio.
"Um, actually, its for taking ID pictures." clarified Fonzu. "Like for use in ID cards, Passports, application forms..."
"Yeah, but that's not what this machine is for." said Kaji. "This one is pure fun."
"Hey! Let's take some pictures!" said Yuko. "You should try it Fonzu-kun!"
"Well, alright" said Fonzu, approaching the machine. "How do you work this thing?"
"First you drop a few coins in it." said Yuko, guiding Fonzu. "Then, you stand right in front of it and pull the curtain down. Okay, now choose a background."
"Hmm, there's lots of them" commented Fonzu.
"Here let's try this one" said Yuko, picking one design that looked like a traditional Noh play stage. "Now you press that button. Okay, stand still...." As Yuko stood next to Fonzu, the machine took their picture, then the stickers came out of the dispenser. "Alright! Let's see..." said Yuko, taking the sticker photos.
"Hmm, not bad" said Fonzu.
"Hey! Let us all take pictures!" said Yoshio. Soon the gang took various pictures of themselves in various arrangements and poses. Eventually, Fonzu and Shiori somehow ended up together for one last picture.
"Ready Shiori-san?" asked Fonzu.
"I'm ready" said Shiori. As she and Fonzu posed, they didn't notice Potsu fiddling with the machine and quickly changing the background design. When Fonzu and Shiori's picture was taken, they picked up the sticker photos. "EHH!?!?!" gasped Shiori, who noticed with great embarrassment that in each sticker photo, their picture was framed by a large heart surrounded by roses and had the caption "Love-Love Wedding" at the bottom.
"Uh, Potsu-san..." said Fonzu with a low voice.
"Potsu-kun..." growed Yuko.
"Ehh, huh?" piped Potsu, trying to look innocent, before he took off running with the cursing Yuko in pursuit.
"Mou..." groaned Shiori.
"Hey, don't worry. I'll keep these safe if you want" said Fonzu, taking hold of the said pictures and putting them in his pocket.
"Um, sure, thanks" said Shiori.
"Looks like I'll have to give Potsu-san another lecture" said Fonzu.
"(Sigh) Just like someone I know" said Yumi, before she turned and looked menacingly at Kaji.
"Eh? What did I do?" said Kaji, also feigning innocence.
"THIS!!!" barked Yumi, whipping up a set of sticker photos consisting of herself and Kaji, which happened to have the same background design as Shiori and Fonzu's pictures.

"NANI!?!?" yelled Yoshio, who ran after the fleeing Kaji.
"Oh, boy" said Fonzu. "I guess that's two of them for a little dressing down later."
Shiori just shook her head.
(Monday, May 5 1997, just after lunchtime, Ijuuin Vacation House, just outside the music room)
"Gosh Fonzu-kun, you could have had one more day to go out and have fun" said Yuko. "if only you could have talked the guys out of doing club practice that night."
"Nah, it's alright." replied Fonzu. "Those two places we've been to were great! I've had a blast so far! Besides, the club practice was my idea."
"Eh?" piped Yumi. "You were behind it sempai?"
"Yeah" replied Potsu.
"Something about a major announcement." added Yoshio.
"Major announcement?" asked Shiori.
"You'll see" said Fonzu.
"Indeed you will" replied the host of the vacation house who just approached.
"Ijuuin?" said Shiori rather coldly. "Just what do you mean by that?"
"Calm down Shiori-san" said Fonzu.
"Demo..." began Shiori, until Fonzu gave her an assuring look. "Alright, fine. So what is this announcement?"
"Well, first, shall we head inside the music room?" said Fonzu.
"Okay" replied Yuko, as everyone stepped in to the music room.
"Woa!" piped Yumi, as everyone saw the rock band club's instruments all set up in the middle of the music room on a makeshift stage, with a few seats lined up in front of the set. Kaji was already seated at the drumkit.
"Well let's get this show on the road?" said Kaji.
"Wait a minute!" said Yuko. "Why is there a keyboard too?"
"Yeah! Who's playing it?" asked Yumi, pointing out the electronic keyboard set next to the drums.
"That's where the major announcement comes in." said Fonzu.
"Eh?" piped the girls.
"If you may," said Fonzu. "Ijuuin-san?"
"My pleasure" replied the blonde, as he stepped behind the keyboard. The girls were astounded. Shiori on the other had, was furious.
"NANI!?!?" Shiori said in a hushed but angry tone. "Fonzu-kun, what is the meaning of this!?"
"Just recognizing talent where it lies" said Fonzu simply. "So, Rei Ijuuin-san is going to be the band's Keyboards player!" he declared.
"But, of all people, why him? WHY HIM!?" said Shiori, raising her voice.
"Does it matter?" asked Fonzu.
"Y-yes it does!" snapped Shiori.
"Just how does it matter?" said Fonzu, moving a little close to Shiori and looking her straight in the eye.
"Um," piped Shiori nervously. It's just that..."
"All because of some rumor going around after the brass band club fell apart?" said Fonzu.
"It's not just a rumor..." began Shiori.
"But where's the evidence?" challenged Fonzu while keeping a straight face. "Or is it just out of taking your frustrations on the first thing that crosses your path? Come on just what do you have against Ijuuin-san personally? Let's hear it."
Shiori at this point was caught between words. Not wanting to fall out of Fonzu's favor, she relented. "Fine." she hissed, taking one of the seats. Yuko and Yumi nervously sat with her trying to calm her down.
"Man she's taking this really hard" whispered Yoshio as he picked the electric guitar.
"Much worse than last time" added Potsu as he took up the bass guitar.
"She'll come around." said Fonzu as he took hold of the acoustic guitar. "I sure of it."
"If you say so" said Kaji.
"You're putting a lot at stake here, Fonzureri" said Rei as he switched on the keyboard and made some adjustments.
"Don't I always" said Fonzu. "You girls doing okay?" he then asked the girls.
"We're okay here" said Yuko. Yumi waved her hand in assurance, while Shiori just kept silent.
"I think we oughtta skip the formalities and get the show on the road?" said Fonzu to the band.
"Yeah good idea." said Yoshio.
"I'm good to go!" said Potsu.
"Ditto!" said Kaji.
"Ready when you are, Ijuuin-san" said Fonzu.
"Am I ever!" said Rei, laying his hands on the keys of his electronic keyboard. He then started playing a soft tune consisting of piano sounds, before Kaji and Potsu played their parts, with some accompaniment by Yoshio and Fonzu. Before long, Rei began to sing, to the girls' surprise.
This is your time
This is your day
In your heart, I feel the answer
Keeping this hope, unlocked and away
Now they can't hold me down
Yuko and Yumi were aghast at Rei's singing. Shiori on the other hand tried not to show any reaction, though she was secretly impressed. The band soon reached the song's chorus, playing their instruments louder and Kaji and Potsu providing some backing vocals.
With a touch of your hand
I believe in you
You're lifting me up
Just like I knew you would do
Holding you close
Can take my pain away
With a touch of your hand
I'm burning like a flame
"Woa!" went Yumi.
"'Woa' is right" said Yuko.
Shiori couldn't help but listen, as Rei sang solo on the second stanza.
I drift on the water
We met on the sand
In your eyes I see the answer
Live for each moment
Rise up and stand
I'm not the lonely one
"Not... bad" whispered Shiori, as the band reach the chorus the second time.
With a touch of your hand
I believe in you
You're lifting me up
Just like I knew you would do
Holding you close
Can take my pain away
With a touch of your hand
I'm burning like a flame
Yumi and Yuko looked at each other with a smile, now gyrating with the music, as the band reached an instrumental section of the song. Before long Rei sang the bridge.
Come on just walk towards me
I'll hold you in my arms
We'll share these times together
I'll shimmer in you charms
Come on just walk towards me
The girls were awed when Fonzu began playing few guitar tunes that stood out in the next instrumental segment of the song. Shiori couldn't help but feel mesmerized, but she was snapped out of her reverie when Rei, along with Kaji and Potsu, continued singing.
Holding you close
Can take my pain away
With a touch of your hand
I'm burning like a flame
Touch of your hand
I believe in you
You're lifting me up
Just like I knew you would do
Holding you close
Can take my pain away
With a touch of your hand
I'm burning like a flame
The guys silenced their voices for one last instrumental segment, before singing the chorus a few final times.
With a touch of your hand
I believe in you
You're lifting me up
Just like I knew you would do
Holding you close
Can take my pain away
With a touch of your hand
I'm burning like a flame
As the band finished, Yuko and Yumi couldn't help but applaud.
"Woa! That was rather good!" said Yuko.
"Yeah!" added Yumi. "Right Shiori-sempai?"
Shiori did a double take. Her pride made her want to hold back, at the same she wanted to keep in good graces with Fonzu and give an honest answer that she was indeed impressed by Rei's performance.
"Shiori-chan?" said Yuko worriedly.
"Ah, ano..." began Shiori.
"Yes?" said most of the guys at the same time, before they realized their actions and felt embarrassed.
"I'll be honest here." said Shiori flatly as everyone listened. "I'll admit that was impressive, Ijuuin-san"
"Ah, thank you." said Rei, to everyone's surprise. Fonzu glanced to his direction with an inquisitive look, to which Rei replied with a wink.
Shiori was caught off guard for a moment hearing something like that from Rei, but then she went on. "But, it doesn't mean I'm satisfied." she put it simply. Most of the group started to get worried.
"What will be satisfactory to you then, Shiori-san?" asked Fonzu plainly.
"Um," began Shiori, causing tension to build. "Well... it's just..."
"Come on," said Fonzu, in a more gentle tone.
"I was hoping, to hear you sing, Fonzu-kun" said Shiori suddenly. Everyone was really surprised.
"Eh???" piped Yoshio, Potsu, and Kaji.
"Ha??" went Yuko and Yumi.
"It seems you've anticipated this, Fonzureri" said Rei.
"Ah!!" gulped Shiori. "Fonzu-kun?"
"You prepared something else too?" said Yuko.
"I sure did." said Fonzu rather calmly. "I was kinda expecting something like this, though I'll admit Shiori-san, you were kind of forward about that."
"Um," piped Shiori. “It's just, I liked the way you played that guitar, so… well…”
“Oh?” went Yuko and Yumi teasingly.
“In that case,” said Fonzu, stepping down from the stage and pulling an extra chair, towards Shiori.
“EH!?” gasped Shiori, while Yuko and Yumi were wide eyed. Yoshio, Potsu, and Kaji just stared while Rei smirked.
“You said you wanted to hear me, so, you'll get your wish” said Fonzu. “And what better way to hear someone than being up close and personal?” he said as he set the chair right in front of Shiori, then sitting on it and taking his guitar in hand.
“Uh, ano…” piped Shiori.
“Yes Shiori-san?” asked Fonzu.
“You, don't, have to do it this way…” began Shiori, but Fonzu cut her off.

”I insist” said Fonzu. Shiori was left speechless, while Yuko and Yumi stifled giggles. The other guys gave each other curious looks.
“Um, Fonzu-niisan, are you sure can you manage from there?” asked Kaji.
“No problem!” replied Fonzu. “Shall we, guys?”
The guys nodded, and Kaji began beating his drums. Before long, Fonzu began to sing as he and the other band members began playing their instruments.
Nothing's so loud
As hearing when we lie
The truth is not kind
And you've said neither am I
Shiori blushed as he heard Fonzu's deep and mellow voice, which she found rather charming. Yuko and Yumi were awed as well. Fonzu continued singing, wowing the girls when the tone of his voice went up with the music.
But the air outside so soft
Is saying everything
By the time the chorus came, Yoshio and Potsu provided backing vocals as Fonzu sang.
All I want is to feel this way
To be this close, to feel the same
All I want is to feel this way
The evening speaks, I feel it say...
Shiori could only stare as the song reached its first instrumental, while Yuko and Yumi began happily gyrating to the song's rhythm. Shiori was snapped out of her reverie when Fonzu continued with the next parts.
Nothing's so cold
As closing the heart when all we need
Is to free the soul
But we wouldn't be that brave I know
And the air outside so soft
Confessing everything
All I want is to feel this way
To be this close, to feel the same
All I want is to feel this way
The evening speaks, I feel it say...
Yumi, Yuko, and especially Shiori were startled when Fonzu raised his voice to another level for the bridge of the song.
And it won't matter now
Whatever happens to me
Though the air speaks of
All we'll never be
It won't trouble me
By the time the next instrumental came and Yoshio did another guitar filler getting Yuko and Yumi amused, Shiori's mind was in turmoil. Something crept into her thoughts - that same shadow she kept seeing before, only now it seemed to be singing to her, though she couldn't make out what it sounded like. Meantime the band went into the last part of the song.
All I want is to feel this way
To be this close, to feel the same
All I want is to feel this way
The evening speaks, I feel it say...
Shiori was snapped out of her thoughts when Fonzu sang his own set of lyrics (A/N: In parenthesis) while the rest of the band repeated the chorus.
All I want is to feel this way
(And it feels so close)
To be this close, to feel the same
(Let it take me in)
All I want is to feel this way
(Let it hold me so)
The evening speaks, I feel it say...
(I can feel it say...)
Eventually the band finished the song, and Yuko and Yumi applauded again. Shiori on the other hand…
“Um, Shiori-san? Is there something on my face?” asked Fonzu jokingly some time after the music room fell quiet.
“EH!?!? Ah! Sorry!” said Shiori very quickly. She looked quickly around her and realized everyone was standing around her, staring at her (fortunately, Rei had been long gone). “Uh, ano…”
“You were staring blankly again” said Yuko.

”Huh? I was?” asked Shiori embarrassingly.
“Hey! Maybe she was spellbound by Fonzu's singing?” teased Potsu, earning another glare from Yuko.
Na… n-n-n-nani!?!?” stuttered Shiori.
“Um, I think she needs a few minutes alone” said Fonzu to everyone, who complied. As soon as everyone left the music room, Fonzu talked to Shiori. “You alright?”
Shiori kept her face low and didn't face Fonzu. "Um, Fonzu-kun," she began nervously. "Gomenasai..."
"Hey, it's alright" said Fonzu.
"I... I don't know what came over me..."
"Let it go. It's nothing to worry about."
"I ruined your vacation Fonzu-kun..."
"No you didn't."
"But I..."
"Like I said, it's nothing to worry about"
"It's just, I can't help it. I, I feel miserable"
"I'm not angry with you or anything."
"Still, I'd feel better if I could do something to like, make up for it"
"Do you really want to?"
Fonzu looked at Shiori like he was looking at a child. "Tell you what."
"N... Nani?"
"Tonight, after dinner,"
"How would you like to go stargazing with me on the upper balcony? There's a telescope mounted there."
Shiori's eyes widened. "Uh, Hai!" she said, smiling.
(Evening, Ijuuin Vacation House, one of the Balconies)
"See that one over there?" said Fonzu.
"Yeah" replied Shiori, peering through a telescope.
"That's our constellation, Aquarius."
"Ah, yes you're right."
"Beautiful isn't it?"
Just behind the door, Yoshio, Potsu, Yuko, Yumi, and Kaji spied on the pair.
"(giggling) They sure are enjoying themselves" said Yuko.
"Yeah" replied Potsu. "Just like a nice couple."
"Man how did he do that" commented Yoshio.
"Took a lot of experience actually" said Kaji.
"You sure could use some." said Yumi.
"Eh?" gasped Kaji, before he wore a grin on his face. "Well, if you put it that way..."

"DON'T... get any funny ideas!!!" warned Yumi. "I didn't say you could gain experience with me!"
Kaji facefaulted, while Yoshio glared at him.
Ending theme
Sayonara grey sky, hello aoi.
When I hold you it's so sugoi.
Feels so right, it can't be wrong.
Rockin' and rollin' all week long.
These days are all,
Share them with me (Those Toki Days)
These days are all
Tokimeki (Itoshii)
These Toki Days are yours and mine (These Toki Days are yours and mine), Toki Days
Ending Theme Ends
Chapter Epiloge
(Monday, May 5, 1997, Morning, Ijuuin Vacation House in Kyoto)

"Are you sure you wish to return home already, people?" said Rei to the gang as they had their bags ready for departure.
"I think it's in everyone's best interest, especially Shiori-san." replied Fonzu. Shiori kept her face low.
"Yeah. We've had enough excitement" said Yoshio.

"Then I suppose I shall delay you no longer." said Rei. "I'll call for the chauffer immediately." He then walked off to another section of the house.

"Well guys let's move it!" said Yuko as she walked towards the waiting van.
"Yeah, can't wait to get home" said Potsu, following suit along with most of the gang. Kaji surprisingly stayed put.
"Kaji-kun, what's keeping you?" said Fonzu.

"Oh, there's something I've always wanted to do, Fonzu-niisan."
"What's that?"
"I think I'll take a bullet train back. It's been a dream of mine for a long time."

"Come on, I know you dream about Hayashibara Megumi." said Fonzu sarcastically.

"Yeah, but in the dream, I met her on a bullet train." replied Kaji.

"Hey! Are you guys coming?" called Potsu.
"We'll be right there!" replied Fonzu. "Come on, man!" he said, dragging Kaji with him.
"Ouch! Okay okay!" replied Kaji.
Song Credits:
Touch of Your Hand by Glass Tiger
All I Want by Toad the Wet Sprocket
A/N: Well this didn't quite turn out how I expected it. Also, some the lyrics of Touch of Your Hand are guesswork since I couldn't find the official lyrics anywhere (even the album where it's included, "Air Time: Best of The Best", which I have, doesn't have them). Anyway the gang is on their way home, and now the Rock Band club officially includes Rei as Keyboardist, but he won't be taking part in most of their performances though.
Stay tuned!