How could you forget?!
The next morning, the gang woke up rather early and after breakfast they all went to the Izu-Mito Sea Paradise. Everyone was so excited, though a certain someone is not that excited. Saito Shuka, the person who you least expected, is not feeling Izu-Mito Sea Paradise and this is her place we're talking about. She didn't even show the least bit of excitement when she saw Uchichii, she was just sulking the entire time. Why though? Well, because the person she expected to remember You-chan's birthday the most, is the one who forgot. Almost all the members greeted You-chan along with her today. That certain someone went to sleep ahead of her last night and Shuka waited for the clock to strike midnight. When it did, she tweeted almost immediately her greetings for You-chan. The following morning, tweets from the other members came in as well despite them being together all the time. They even greeted her when she woke up. But that someone? Not even a word or a mutter of You-chan's name.
"Unbelievable" Shuka groaned under her breath as she continued to walk behind that certain someone. She stared at that someone's back, if she could send messages about how it's You-chan's birthday today through her brain then she would!
Who would that someone you ask? Oh, it's only Shuka's significant other, no other than Inami Anju herself.
"Of all people I expected to remember!" Shuka groaned again, this time not keeping up with the pacing of the others. Seriously, even the staff greeted her today, and Anchan didn't even seem to notice it!
"She can be quite dense and it's frustrating!" Shuka muttered more audible now for Anchan to hear which cause her to turn around and see Shuka falling behind.
"Shuka! Come on!" Anchan called out which Shuka just ignored and going as far to go a different direction. Anchan followed her of course, she followed Shuka to the place where You-chan was leaning on the glass that changes colors in the PV of Koi ni Naritai. There she also found Shuka in the same position with the same expression. She walked over to her and asked
"Is everything alright?" Shuka just simply replied with a frustrated "Hmph!" While turning her head away
"Shuka, tell me what's wrong. You've been acting weird since morning" Anchan made an attempt to hold Shuka's hand but she retracted.
"Shuka" Anchan muttered. Shuka stopped leaning on the glass and just slid pass Anchan and said
"They're gonna look for us if we stay separated for long" before leaving. A troubled Anchan followed after her.
They went to the aquarium's restaurant and their seating arrangement was somewhat peculiar. That was what the other 8 members thought anyway.
Shuka, who would usually sit beside Anchan, is now the farthest away from her. Suwawa, who was supposed to be seating beside Aina is the one beside Anchan. Rikyako was with Arisha, Aiai was with Aikyan, and King is in the head of the long table. Sitting at where a normal king would be.
"Say, Shuka has been acting strange" Suwawa whispered to Anchan
"I know. I can't help but feel like it's somehow my fault" Anchan whispered back with a shrug.
"Say, do you know what today is?" Suwawa whispered again
"Yeah, it's a Tuesday" Anchan answered
"Aside from that" Suwawa said
"It's April 17, You-chan's birthday" Anchan casually said
"So you didn't forget!" Suwawa half shouted half whispered
"Why would I? Shuka cherishes her as much as I cherish Chika" Anchan replied
"Did you greet her yet or showed any signs that you know?" Suwawa asked
"No. I plan to surprise her" Anchan shrugged again before proceeding to eat the food that just arrived on the table
"Good luck" Suwawa smiled and ate as well
Somewhere in that table, a jealous girlfriend witnessed the scene. She thought about how Anchan could be so clingy to Suwawa but not even remember You-chan's birthday. She ate as fast as she could, banged her hands on the table and said
"I'll wander off of my own for now. I'll meet up with you guys by sundown" before leaving completely. And with that, Anchan put her plan into action.
It was almost sundown and approximately 5 hours after Shuka wandered off on her own. During that span of time, it made her even more mad at Anchan and even more frustrated. Six people had given her birthday cards with long messages for You-chan and some even with balloons but absolutely none from Anju. She didn't even look for Shuka which made her frustrated even more.
Groaning under her breath, Shuka proceeded to go to the exit of Izu-Mito Sea Paradise wherein she expected her fellow members to be there waiting for her.
When she reached the exit, all the members, including the staff, Uchichii and even some families who came to the aquarium that day was in front of the exit, holding a large tarpaulin that contained hers and You-chan's photos with the text "Happy Birthday You-chan and Shukashuu! Thank you for bringing us You-chan!" Shuka couldn't help but tear up a bit as she bowed to everyone while saying "Thank you so much!" Over and over again. It would've been perfect. It would be perfect. But Shuka noticed the absence of the one person she treasured the most.
But before her smile could turn upside down, a hand touched her shoulder causing her to flinch. Then a whisper entered her ears
"Happy Birthday, You-chan" That voice, Shuka knows that voice all too well. It's the same voice of the girl You-chan treasured the most, Takami Chika. She turned around and saw Anchan with a bouquet of blue flowers in hand.
"A-Anju..." She started tearing up
"Y-y-you...remembered...?" Shuka said wiping the tears that started welling up in her eyes. Anchan giggled before saying
"Stupid You, I never forgot" using Chika's voice. She gave the bouquet to Shuka who happily received them.
Anchan then cupped her cheeks and made Shuka look at her.
"I know you treasure You-chan as much as I treasure Chika but I also know, that as much as Chika treasures You-chan, it's also as much as I treasure you" Anchan said bumping her forehead with Shuka's. Shuka literally just started crying now, she couldn't contain herself now. Anju never forgot, she just acted like she did to surprise her.
"Chika-chan daaaaiiiisuki dayo!" Shuka said using You's voice. Anchan smiled and replied "Watashi mo soudayo" using Chika's voice. And to end the day with a bang, the both of them sealed it off with a kiss completely forgetting that there's a crowd watching them though Arisha covered Aiai's eyes, Rikyako secretly reached for Aikyan's hand with the latter not minding it at all. Suwawa and Aina were already clingy with each other, and Anchan and Shuka never let go of each other, even on the way back to the inn.
A/N: Okay so I somehow managed to rewrite the entire thing again. Though this is just half of what I wrote last time. Sorry if it's a bit rushed, this day absolutely cannot end without me publishing a chapter about You-chan's birthday.