Rely on me
It took Anchan a while to process the pain in her right cheek. Shuka had slapped her.
"You idiot!" Shuka's shout went after the loud pang
"Do you know how worried I was when I heard from my mom about your situation?! Do you know that even though I hesitated in coming back home I did because you told me so?! Do you know that my mom sent me back because she felt that you needed me more with your current situation?! God, Anju! Don't give me that "I don't want you to shoulder my problems" crap!" Shuka shouted and cried as well
"I know my problems won't be as heavy because you are with me! Even if I don't want you to, I know you're with me! You shouldered my problems along with yours so why won't you let me do the same?!" Shuka cried a lot now, she couldn't control her emotions, not after seeing Anju so desperately cling unto the floor for comfort, not when she thought that the one Anju would desperately cling to was her alone, Shuka felt betrayed and somewhat frustrated herself.
"Shuka..." Anchan made a move to grab Shuka by the hand but Shuka gripped Anchan's wrist first, pinning Anchan down on the floor as her tears made its way down to Anchan's cheek
"I have always relied on you. Please, rely on me more. Is that too much to ask?" Shuka said with a sad smile, tears still streaming down her face and still pinning Anchan on the floor. Anchan let out a small smile and cupped Shuka's cheeks. Without saying anything more, Anchan pulled Shuka's face closer to hers and kissed her passionately.
The kiss went on for what the two felt like forever, but still when they parted because of lack of air they still felt it wasn't enough.
"Im sorry. I'll rely on you more. I promise. I won't hide anything anymore. I'll let you know every single thing Shuka" Anchan said with a smile and much to her delight Shuka did the same.
Anchan lied down on Shuka's lap and indulged themselves in total, comfortable, silence. Shuka not moving as if reassuring Anchan to take all the time she needed before telling her. Shuka stroked Anchan's hair and held Anchan's hand using her other one.
A few moments later, Anchan spoke
"I went home every break only to find my father not there every time..." Anchan started
"Then one evening, I was about to go back to the studio when he finally decided to come home. We talked about a few stuff and I told him he doesn't have to work anymore cause Im already doing the work for him. But even before answering, he got a phone call and just left. I stayed for another 2 days hoping he would come back but he didn't. I got frustrated and just started hating him" Anchan now rose up and faced Shuka
"Hating my own father. Im such a horrible person" A bitter smiled appeared on Anchan's face and Shuka held her hand for comfort
"You'll work it out. I know you will. Want me to accompany you this weekend?" Shuka said with a smile
"But, we'll be busy with rehearsals" Anchan's eyes pleaded Shuka to prove her wrong but her words said otherwise
"I'll talk to the director. If I can't convince him, I'll help you get to your dad. We'll deal with the consequences later on" Shuka said with a smile.
"Thank you" Anchan said with a grateful smile
The two of them worked extra hard for the Carnival though Anchan still can't shake the feeling of nervousness of what she might do to her dad once she would face her. But even before this day came, Shuka gave her constant reassurance every time. Even the rest of the Aqours members were at her back. All Anchan needs to do now, is summon up her courage to face her father.
Standing in front of her dad's office door, Anchan hesitated in going in and was about to step back when Shuka's hand made its way to her back, reassuring her that Shuka will be with her every step of the way. And with one final nod and a deep breath released, Anchan went in to her dad's office.
A/N: Im so so sorry for updating so late but finally finals week is done! I'll be able to update faster now! We still have our recital coming up but that won't be as stressful. Here's to (hopefully) more updates in the future!