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I can't help it

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Anchan woke up feeling really warm early morning. Well, why wouldn't she when Shuka is literally bearhugging her. The said girl's leg is across her stomach and Shuka's arm is right across her chest, hugging her like a bear. Anchan chuckled at tried to her arm away but she won't budge.
"Shuka...?" Anchan muttered, again trying to take her arm away but to no avail.
'What the heck Shuka?! Why are you so strong?!' Was what Anchan thought. Then Shuka hugged her tighter muttering stuff like "5 more minutes" and "It's too early" as she nuzzled her face on Anchan's shoulder.
"Shuka..we have work today..." Anchan caressed her cheek and swept back a fringe that covered Shuka's face. Shuka still wouldn't wake up. Anchan let out a sigh and just embraced the sleeping girl back.

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Anchan had slept longer than she thought. It's been an hour and a half since she slept again.
"SHUKA! WAKE ME UP!" She shouted startling the poor girl
"Eh?" She said, rubbing the sleepiness in her eyes
"WE'RE LATE FOR WORK! IT'S ALREADY 10 IN THE MORNING!" Anchan shouted again and rushed to the bathroom
"I'll take a shower first! Get ready okay?!" She shouted from the bathroom and suddenly Shuka heard running water but still has no idea what's happening.
A few minutes passed and Anchan immediately got out wearing only a towel
"SHUKA YOUR TURN!" Anchan nagged Shuka who just drowsily went inside the shower while Anchan hurriedly looked for clothes to wear.

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They left Anju's house half an hour after Shuka got dressed. Anchan dragged Shuka on the way to the studio cause she was still sleepy.
"Geez Shuka! We're late you know!" She half shouted as she was still dragging Shuka by the hand on the way to their studio.
"Un" Shuka just muttered.
After a few steps of walking they finally arrived at the studio and all of the members are already there and so is the staff.
"Sorry we're late!!" Anchan apologized and bowed. She made Shuka bow as well by holding her head and forcing her to bow.
"That's so unusual of you Anju" Rikyako said with Kyan grinning in the background
"Yeah, Shuka I can understand but Anju too?" Aiai added with King and Kyan now grinning in the background.
"Okay girls, enough!" Arisha interrupted.
"Let the director speak" She added and everyone nodded as Anchan got two chairs for her and Shuka and sat down next to each other.
"We have special guests today!" The director said with excitement but everyone obviously know who the special guests are so they weren't even listening.
Aina and Suwawa were muttering amongst themselves, Rikyako and Aikyan were in their own little world, Aiai and King were playing janken, Shuka was srill drowsy so she rested her head on Anchan's shoulder to Anchan's delight. Arisha is probably the only one listening.
"Seriously, I know you girls already know but at least try and look excited?" The director disappointedly said and the girls just giggled at him.
Not long after, Saint Snow appeared!
"Asamin! Hina-chan!" Aiai greeted them first with a hug which the others then followed
"It's good to be working with everyone again!" Asamin said and bowed and so did Hina
"Let's do our best at today's practice!" Hina said letting everyone give her a "un" for reassurance
"Okay girls! Enough with the greetings, let's get to work!" The director said and everyone followed.
"Ah, not you Anju" The director said again making everyone who was supposed to go to the studio look at him, especially Anchan who looked at him with questioning eyes.
"You'll be having your own solo trainer. The Miracle Wave flip is something you can't take so easily. By solo training you can take the necessary precautions to perform it. Your trainer will teach you the proper posture and proper position for a successful flip." With that, Shuka suddenly felt alive. Anchan just nodded and was about to go to another studio when Shuka grabbed her wrist.
"With all due respect sir, I don't think Anchan is ready to perform the flip yet" Shuka said with a different kind of seriousness that has never been heard from her before. Shuka knows very well Anchan is yet to resolve the matter with her dad, with her current state of mind she might get injured or worse that she probably won't be able to join the carnival!
"Sir, it's not that I think Anchan can't do it. I know she can, but.."
"Shuka" Anchan cut her off
"I'll be fine" Anchan said with a reassuring smile and a reassuring squeeze of Shuka hand. Everyone just stared at them, some grinning evilly, some squealing internally, and some was touched. Like they were watching a movie.
"Well then! Let's go! Time's wasting!" The director said again and everyone went ahead except for Anchan and Shuka.
"Don't worry, Im fine" Anchan said again but with a hug now
"I trust you. But be careful alright? I'll be in our usual studio if you need anything" Shuka muttered and hugged back. As soon as they parted, Anchan gave Shuka a peck on the cheek before saying
"I know. See ya!" and left. Shuka stared at her for a while, a smile forming on her face and went to where the others are.

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Both of the girls in different rooms practiced at the exact same time. Different teaches and stepping but their heart's desire is one. Anchan did okay on her first try of the flip which her instructor commended, but on the second one she ended up landing on her butt, but just like Chika she never gave up. Shuka was the same, she danced till her heart's content. She loves dancing, it's her passion. Everyone knows that, but for some reason today, her dancing was even more beautiful and graceful. As if, everyday Shuka goes from pretty to beautiful to gorgeous to absolutely stunning and it goes up and up. Little did they know, that whenever she dances, she's thinking that she's doing it with Anchan. Just like how You would think if she's with Chika.

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"Aaahhh~ Im tiiirrreedd" Shuka said while stretching her arms
"We're done for the day anyway, why don't you go check on Anchan?" Arisha said and Shuka nodded, skipping and hopping towards the other studio. When she got there, she saw a reaaallllyyy sweaty Anchan. Not your normal kind of sweaty when it comes to practices. Her entire shirt is soaking wet like she just got dumped into the pool. When Anchan finished talking with her instructor Shuka came in, eyebrows furrowed in worry.
"Hey! Nice to see you here" Anchan greeted with a smile. Shuka silently handed her a face towel and a new shirt for her to change into.
"Go get change. You'll get sick if that dries on you" Shuka said and Anchan as she was told.
A few minutes later Anchan came back, newly dressed.
"Thanks Shuka! Ready to go home?" Anchan asked but Shuka averted her gaze away from Anchan.
"What's wrong?" Anchan asked
"I don't think you should do the flip" Shuka said with a serious tone
"Shuka, I'll be fine. I promise you, I will. Now, why don't we head on home and finally set this aside?" Anchan said, lightening up the mood
"Okaaaayy" Shuka replied and they both went out of the studio and headed on home.

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On the way to their apartments, Shuka suddenly got a text message from her mom that made her squeal.
"What's wrong?!" Anchan asked worried
"My brother got the scholarship! They now want him to choose whether to study in Hokkaido or Tokyo!!" Shuka answered excitedly. She couldn't contain her happiness that she jumped on Anchan who was caught off guard but managed to stand on her ground. Both of them looked like Anchan was carrying Shuka bridal style now.
"Geez, I thought something bad happened!" Anchan pouted. Shuka made her pout disappear by cupping Anchan's cheeks and kissed her instead!
"This calls for a celebration! Let's go eat agepan!" Shuka raised her fist in triumph
"You really like agepan that much?" Anchan sweat dropped
"It's my treat anyway! Let's go! I'll be sure to congratulate him once I get home!" Shuka said and Anchan smiled at her
"Then tell him I said that too" Shuka returned her smile as both of them went to the store to buy agepan.

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A/N: Shoutout to my little brother Youshuro for getting the scholarship! This one's for you!! Shoutout to the rest of the fam for a job well done! -yousoroidol Asalie19 OtakuGamer0924

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