Junshin na Kare
by Stephanie Taylor
Here's part 1 of my first
posted Gundam Wing fanfic. It is an anime romantic
comedy/friendship/love triangle...er, polygon/idol
story/drama in the tradition of Marmalade Boy, Mint na
Bokura, Kodomo no Omocha, Kimagure Orange Road, etc. This
fic is about the Gundam Wing characters but is not set in
the GW universe; it's a different story entirely, taking
place in Japan right now. Enjoy! =)
This fic is does not
contain yaoi or hentai. It can contain shounen ai ideas if
you want it to (see Notes).
Notes: 1) This fic was
designed for fans of yaoi or non-yaoi fanfics to enjoy. It's
a love triangle story, but I'm deviating from the usual
habit of these type of series in that you know off the bat
who the main character ends up with. That is NOT the case in
this story, and until the end you don't know who anybody
else in the fic ends up with either. I think it's more
suspenseful this way, and will make the story more enjoyable
for fans of any pairing. Just imagine it how you want,
because nothing will be in cement until the final chapter,
which I hope will be a long way from chapter 1. ^_^ 2) All
of the characters' nationalities in this fic are Japanese,
with the exception of Duo, Wufei, & Meiran. Pretend with
me, okay? They don't look Japanese, but most anime
characters don't anyway. 3) All Japanese words used in this
fic are translated into English after the story for your
reference. 4) Pretty much all major characters from the TV
anime will be coming into this story. Please be patient for
those who don't appear in this chapter. Thanks!
- Toku ni kirameku
- Yume o mi ageteru bakari
- Jibun no ibasho o
- Mi ushinattari mo suru
- Yozora wa mugen no hoshi
- Kira kira
- Kizuitenai dake
- Kimi no kokoro to
- If you are always looking
up at a dream
- Glittering in the
- You just might forget
where you are now.
- The night sky makes the
- Stars to sparkle
- Without being aware of
- Your heart is the same
- Dareka ga soba ni iru
- Minna hambun ni
- We are only half
- When someone is standing
- Kanashii koto mo
nayamigoto de mo
- Fushigina kurai
- It's mysterious how sad
things and worries
- Can encourage us
- Shinjite goran mahou ja
- Kimi no yasashisa wa
subete no chikara
- Boku wa I'm your
- Please believe. It's not
- It's your kindness that
holds all the power.
- I'm your friend.
It's the start of my first
summer without you. We just got settled into the new house. The town
is quaint and fairly small; I've never seen anything like it before.
All of the houses are spread apart and sort of surround a pretty
lake. You'd never know this was Japan. Well, it's not Tokyo and not
what I'm used to, but it's very scenic. Say hi to everyone for me and
give them my phone number. Okaasama wants me to go out to explore the
area (or rather, get me out of the house for a few hours while she
finishes arranging the kitchen) so I'll end this letter here. I'll
write again once I find out more about the place.
Always remember, I'm your
Episode 1: The Start of Summer!
"I'd Love to Be Your Friend."
- Quatre Raberba Winner
folded a sheet of sky blue paper and slid it into a waiting
envelope. He stood up from the desk and took a survey of his room.
Yes, it was looking good. Two flowers in a glass vase on his
hardwood bed stand, a poster of a violin resting on a piano placed
carefully over his bed, a small animal cage on the floor in one
corner, a wall scroll on the long wall, and his romance novels
lined up on the bookshelf. The room didn't have a particular
theme, but it was almost like Quatre's old room, so he was pleased
with the results of his three hours' work earlier that
- Quatre kneeled down
beside the metal wire cage and unlatched the swing-up lid. A
slight rustling was heard coming from the wooden nesting
- "Tomo-kun, how are you,
boy?" Quatre lifted the lid of the box and carefully scooped up a
palm-sized flying squirrel. For a moment the little creature
blinked at him with large black eyes, and then it shinnied up
Quatre's arm to sit on his shoulder.
- "Tomo-kun, you're such a
cute baby," Quatre couldn't help crooning. "I'm going out soon.
Just wanted to say good morning. I'll see you later, okay?"
- "Chu," Tomokazu chirped
- Quatre laughed. Darling
little animals always seemed to make him act silly. He lowered his
friend back into the cage, and blew him a kiss as he left the
- The fifteen-year-old
softly walked downstairs. From the delicate chime of chinaware
being moved about he knew his mother must be sorting and
positioning dishes in the kitchen cupboards.
- "Oi, Quatre," came a
voice from the living room. "Are you off to the post
- "Oniisan." Quatre greeted
his older brother. "Yes, Okaasama wants to get me out of her hair
so I'm going out. What about you?"
- Zechs turned from
watching the TV, smoothing out microscopic winkles in his t-shirt.
"I'll be going in a minute. This show's almost over. Could you
mail a postcard for me? I'm entering a sweepstakes to win a
- "Of course I could."
Quatre closed his eyes and smiled.
- "Now don't loose
- "I won't. I know how to
get to the post office and I'm going there straight."
- "What are you mailing?
Aa. Could it be.... a love letter?"
- "No. There isn't anyone I
like. I've told you that a hundred times. It's for Daiki."
- "Hm. See, I told you it
was a love letter."
- "It isn't! He's my best
- "Or so you say."
- "Quit teasing me."
- "Oh, but you're so much
fun, Quatre. Blushing madly whenever anyone talks about love. Or
relationships. Or -"
- "Please just give me the
- "You spend so much time
reading those books of yours that you don't try to find romance in
the real world. But then again, maybe that's for the best. After
all, anyone who sees my beauty wouldn't fall for you, now, would
they? It's unfortunate, but life's not fair...."
- "The postcard,
- Zechs dug the card out of
his jacket pocket and after handing it to Quatre the younger boy
stepped out the front door.
- "I'm leaving!" Quatre
said as always.
- "Come back safely," Zechs
returned in the essential tradition.
- Quatre caught the earnest
look on this brother's face and felt that the sentiment wasn't
said purely out of habit.
- Quatre left the post
office and started walking down the main road in town. He tucked
his city map into a jeans pocket and pondered his situation.
Everything here was different from what he knew. Trees and woods
surrounded him instead of apartment buildings and skyscrapers. It
was quite picturesque really.
- The teen had already
decided to take a stroll along one side of the lake before heading
home. However, a beautiful forest was coming up on his left so he
deviated from the main road. It was such a romantic place, Quatre
thought, looking upward at the sunlight gently filtering through
the trees. He could almost feel the moss underfoot through his
tennis shoes. He paused to gaze respectfully at a cheerful little
stream before heading on.
- Quatre stopped his casual
stroll abruptly when he heard a yell coming from the direction of
the residential area. Quatre silently hurried to see if somebody
was in trouble.
- He pushed aside some low
branches and found himself staring right into the violet eyes of
someone about his own age. They stood frozen for a moment, nose to
nose, until Quatre backed away.
- "Excuse me," Quatre
apologized. "I didn't mean to get in your way."
- "No problem!" The other
boy put two hands on his hips and grinned. "Maybe you could help
me out, though? I just dropped my colored pencils in the water
over there but I'm wearing borrowed clothes so I can't get them
wet trying to fish 'em out, you know?"
- The boy ran a hand
through his brown bangs and then offered the other to Quatre. "I'm
Duo. Nice to meet you! How'd you get here?"
- Quatre shook his hand and
smiled. "I'm Quatre Raberba Winner. My family just moved into town
over that way yesterday. We used to live in Asakusa. I'm just
taking a walk and I'm glad to be of aid."
- Duo's eye's widened.
"Cool. You're sure polite," he replied, winking. "You'll notice as
you get to know me that I'm a real hang-loose kind of guy. I'm
pretty cool myself, so I'm sure we can get along."
- "Oh, I'd love to be your
friend," Quatre offered.
- Duo stopped to looked at
the blonde for a moment, trying to figure him out. "Super," he
told him. "The pencils are down there."
- "Was it you who was
yelling a minute ago? I was wondering if someone is in danger or
- "Aa, you heard that?" Duo
shrugged. "Heh, yep. Those pencils cost 100 en each. I was dumb to
drop them all like that. They were in this pencil holder I had on
the ground next to the water but it tipped over. I'm workin' on a
- "Of the brook? How
- "Hei hei, I can't draw
masterpieces. This place is just shady and sorta secluded so I
draw here. I do fanart of anime."
- Duo turned to lead the
way the short distance to the water's edge and Quatre started. The
other boy had a long braid trailing down his back past his waist.
Quatre hadn't seen anything like it before. Not on a male, that
- Duo paused. "Something
- Quatre's face turned a
light shade of pink and he tried to smile nonchalantly. He was
afraid it was turning out more like a goofy grin, although why he
was feeling slightly embarrassed he couldn't tell.
- "No, nothing really,"
Quatre responded. "I just didn't notice how long your hair was
'til now. It's very pretty."
- Duo raised one
- Quatre felt flustered.
"What I mean is, it's rather becoming on you. No, that is
- "That's fine. I get the
jist. People used to comment, but I've been here a few years now
and after a month or two, you get to know everyone in the
community. Heh, whether you want to or not; we're that tiny. This
- The two boys leaned over
the greenish water. The stream Quatre had come across earlier
widened and emptied into a small pond. Quatre sighted some rods of
color under the water and, hiking up his jeans as much as
possible, he retrieved them without getting too soaked.
- "Thanks a lot!" Duo
exclaimed, gathering the beloved pencils in his hands. "Come here,
you can take a look at my art. Not that I show it to everybody,
but I owe you something at least for rescuing these babies for me.
You like anime?"
- Duo dropped himself onto
the grass and pulled up his sketch pad. Quatre settled himself
beside the artist.
- "If you don't mind, I'm
just gonna let you see some of the newer stuff. Not that you have
much of a choice, huh? Anyway, the early pictures aren't too good.
Suffice to say I'd be mortified if anyone saw those
- Quatre watched captivated
as Duo started turning the pages and remarking on various
- "Don't think I'm abnormal
or anything, but I thought Ranma 1/2 was kinda cool just 'cuz he's
got a braid, you know? But the show was sorta slapsticky, I don't
know. So that's supposed to be Akane and Ranma. Boy, the arm's too
small in that one. I never go back and fix my old work. See, each
one's dated so I can see how I'm progressing.... or if I'm
progressing, I guess. You seen Beruseiya no Bara? This's Oscar.
She's a girl, not a bishounen. She just dresses like a guy. She
was before Utena. That show was sorta like inspired maybe from
BeruBara; I've got an Anthy & Miki picture somewhere in
- "Oh, that's stunning,
Duo," Quatre commented, pointing at an Escaflowne group drawing as
Duo flipped past.
- "You like Esca? It's the
best, don't ya think? Well, one of 'em. What kind of anime do you
- "Well, I like seishun
- Duo stopped whipping the
pages for a second. "Hm? Interesting. Pardon me for sayin' so, but
I just wouldn't have imagined you liking ecchi."
- Quatre froze for second.
"Aa, no. Um, see, I like romances. I don't watch.... e.... e....
ecchi.... very often. There's a number of good programs that
aren't ecchi." Quatre paused. He was talking about ecchi with
someone he'd just met! "And some of the ecchi series aren't ecchi
the whole way through or anything, just hardly," he continued,
rubbing his hands together. "I don't.... really..... look at those
- "Sure, I've gotcha. Don't
be shy. I like mecha series and sentai, but everything, really.
Yeah, I'm an all-around otaku. Oh, here we go. I knew there was an
Utena picture. I like Miki and Anthy. Too bad they didn't end up
together. Did you watch that?"
- "I'll loan you the LDs.
But see this sketch? It's of Rurouni Kenshin. Now that's a great
- Quatre gazed at the page
respectfully. He moved his legs in front of his chest and wrapped
his arms around them.
- "Duo?" he asked.
- "Are you
- Duo laughed and stretched
out his legs in front of him. "Oh, you could tell I'm not, huh?
Nope, I'm totally American. My mom's English and Scottish and
German and about 20 other things. I forgot what my dad is....
cultural melting pot descendants, both of 'em. We lived in
California until I was 10."
- "That's so interesting.
I've never been to the United States."
- "Oh, it's great. Southern
California, where I lived, has a nice climate and you can buy
Japanese stuff there." Duo shrugged. "I've liked anime since I
first saw a dubbed TV show airing on American TV. I was so psyched
to move here."
- "That's amazing," Quatre
replied. "I've lived in Japan all my life, but I didn't really get
into anime fandom until last summer."
- Duo tossed the blonde boy
a crooked grin. "Weirdo," he said.
- "Oiiiiiiiii, Duo!"
- The two boys spun around
to see two girls on bicycles riding toward them. Quatre wasn't
expecting that and promptly bumped into Duo, who consequently
nearly fell into the stream but hastily grabbed onto Quatre's
shirt to hold himself up.
- "What are you doing,
Duo?" one of the girl's voices rang out as she slowed to a stop.
She hopped off the bike and looked down at him, eyebrows high in
- "Nothing. It was him."
Duo jerked a finger at Quatre's head.
- "I'm sorry. I didn't mean
to push you." Quatre quickly pried Duo's other hand from his shirt
and rose to nod at the girls.
- "This is Quatre," Duo
introduced. "He just moved to town. This is Relena."
- "Relena Peacecraft," the
girl supplied. She flipped her dark blonde hair over one shoulder
and gave a slight curtsy. "Nice to make your acquaintance."
- "What the -?" Duo
demanded. He shot a look at Quatre. "She's not usually this
- Relena smiled. "I am too,
when I'm in the presence of those worthy of my civility."
- Duo shrugged. "Hei, I
didn't do anything to you."
- "No, you didn't. I just
like to give you a hard time once in a while." She winked.
- "I'm touched," Duo
- "Duo?" a second voice
interjected. "Introductions seem to be in order."
- Quatre sighted the other
girl who was leaning her bicycle against a tree trunk. She
straightened and walked over to them, grinning cheerfully. Her
dark hair was mostly hidden beneath a deep rose-colored hat, but
her eyes were sparkling and her mouth almost had a laugh on it.
Quatre thought she was charming.
- "I'm Hilde. You
- Quatre gave his classic
closed-eye smile. "I'm Quatre Raberba Winner. I'm very pleased to
meet you. And you," he added, turning to shine his smile at
Relena. "I don't mean to be forward, but.... I seem to recognize
your face from somewhere. Perhaps I'm mistaken."
- Relena chuckled and Duo
took it as an opportunity to explain for her.
- "I bet you have," he
agreed. "Wouldn't you know the second person you meet in town is
our most famous resident. Ojousan was a supporting role on a
short-lived TV drama called 'Toe Shoes'. It just ended production
a few months ago and now she might get a new part in something
- Hilde placed her hands on
Relena's shoulders. "Yes, Relena-chan is really talented. She's
also -" Hilde stuck out her tongue playfully, "- my best
- Relena raised a palm to
her face in mock bashfulness. The girls giggled.
- Duo impetuously twirled
on his heels and stomped to the creek. He proceeded to glare into
the lapping water.
- Quatre hesitantly took a
step toward him but Hilde rushed past him, and, from behind, swung
her arms around the angry boy.
- "I'm sorry, sorry!" she
exclaimed, hugging him tightly. "You're my best friend too!
Seriously, I wasn't being mean or anything. Forgive me,
- Duo pouted for a minute
and then relented. Quatre had never had friends like these
- Duo walked back
awkwardly, Hilde still hanging from his neck. She waved at
- "Good to meet you," she
told him. "It seems you're Duo's new best friend too?"
- "Yep!" Duo affirmed.
"Quatre and I are so close now. 'Cuz.... I let him see my
drawings." Duo gave an all-knowing look to the girls.
- "You didn't!" Hilde
demanded to know. "You don't let anybody look at those. You didn't
let me look at them until I knew you for weeks! Now I'm hurt.
Okay, I'm kidding. But can I see your new ones?"
- "Mmmm...... nope, you
can't," Duo answered. He loudly whispered toward Quatre, "A girl
likes it if you're standoffish."
- "Duo, I do not! Come on,
let's have the sketch book." Hilde hurried to pick it off the
- "Hilde, I don't mean to
intercede," Relena spoke up, "but you might want to comply with
Duo's wishes. If you take a peek without permission, you're dead
meat. He's a violent youth."
- "A violent youth?" Duo
mouthed at Hilde with a quizzical expression. "Where'd she get
- Relena caught a glimpse
of this and conceded. "Well, you never know. He seems like he
could kill a person."
- Quatre gave Duo a
once-over and tried not to appear unnerved.
- Duo scoffed.... and then
pretended to go after Relena with a bladed weapon.
- "Hahahaha! I'm after your
blood, beautiful Ojousan!" he cackled. "Come to Duo, the
- Relena shrieked, dropped
her bike, and ran circles around Quatre and Hilde, the latter who
was laughing. Relena was laughing too. She was the only person
Quatre had seen who could laugh and shriek at the same
- "Enough, enough already!"
Hilde cried after a few minutes.
- "Duo!" Quatre grabbed
onto his sleeve to slow him down. However, Duo had too much
momentum to equal Quatre's strength and he spun out of control and
directly into the stream.
- Relena stopped shrieking
and Hilde stopped laughing.
- "Why Duo!" the
navy-haired girl said incredulously as he stumbled, dripping, out
of the water. "Duo....!"
- Duo shrugged his
shoulders and tried to wring out his braid.
- "Duo Maxwell!" Hilde
sputtered. "You're in for it! That's my best shirt, you
- Quatre felt a large
sweatdrop slide down the back of his head.
- Hilde frowned. "Okay,
you've gotta pay me back for it. Where's your wallet?! And give me
back my shirt! Take it off! I can't believe you're this
- Hilde grabbed at Duo,
yanking at and unbuttoning the shirt.
- "Hei, stop it!" Duo
protested, doing his best to shove Hilde off of him but at the
same time keep his clothing intact.
- Relena sat down on the
ground, watching the unusual spectacle with some interest. Quatre
found that to be a good idea and sat down next to her.
- When Duo promised to pay
for the shirt Hilde gave up. But not after convincing him to wash
it for her and return it the next day.
- Duo soon struck up an
animated argument with Relena regarding which of them was more
violent in general. Quatre turned to Hilde and was a little
surprised to see her gazing at his face intently. She smiled
shyly. Quatre thought it a bit humorous as she had been yelling
reprimands the minute before.
- "Quatre-kun? Would you
walk over there with me for a minute? Please?" Hilde motioned
toward her bike, which was a few yards away.
- "Sure. Um, why?"
- Quatre got to his feet
and followed her, feeling a bit nervous for some reason. This
always seemed to happen when he talked to girls.
- "Oh, it's...." Hilde
stopped her even stride beneath a maple tree. She lowered her head
slightly. "You see, there's something that I've been wondering
about lately. I hadn't found someone right to do it with before,
but I just noticed you're.... perfect."
- Hilde looked up at Quatre
from under long lashes and his nervousness increased.
- "Yeah. Just.... stand
there," she told him quietly. "And close your eyes?"
- Quatre found himself
complying, but a hundred thoughts were flooding through his mind.
He wasn't even sure why he was going along with this....
- He could hear Hilde
rummaging in a pocket for a moment, and then he sensed her step
closer to him. And closer. Then her breath was on his
- Just then a loud noise
erupted in Quatre's ear and his eyes flew open. Suddenly his brain
registered. It sounded like a gunshot.
- EVERYBODY, NICE!
- ashita no kagayaki wo
- EVERYBODY, CHANCE!
- kono te ni tsukamaeyou
- Everybody, nice!
- Believe in the shining of
- Everybody, chance!
- Grab onto my hand and
- kata wo butsukete
- nido to aenai
- jibun kattena yarikata
- ashita wo sagasou
- We who just bumped
shoulders and brushed past each other
- Each in our own way,
we'll search for tomorrow.
- itsuka aerusa omae ga
sagashiteiru yume ni
- kaze ni sakaratte
toozakaru sono senaka ni GOOD LUCK & GOOD BYE
- We'll meet again
- in the dreams you're
- as you face into the wind
and I see your back becoming small in the distance
- Good luck & good
- "I'm Quatre Raberba
Winner. My new friends I met in the forest are an unlikely group.
Duo says I should audition for a summer musical with Relena. I've
never been in the spotlight. What should I do? Hilde got a little
too close to me for comfort. What was happening? And a mysterious
destructive boy is suspicious....
- "Next time on 'Junshin na
Kare'! 'Episode 2: Quatre's Decision. Can I Act Alongside
- "Please stay
JAPANESE WORD & SUFFIXES
- -chan: added to given
name to address children affectionately, can also be used among
girls who are close friends
- -kun: added to given or
family name of male friends or someone of lower status, also
rarely can be used for girls
- oniisan: someone else's
older brother OR as a term of address "my older brother"
- okaasama: polite form of
okaasan, as a term of address "my mother"
- ojousan: your or someone
else's daughter OR a young lady or girl
- oi: hey
- hei: hey
- kuso: crap
- en: yen, the currency in
- Beruseiya no Bara: Rose
of Versailles, a classic anime series
- seishun: youth,
adolescence. More broadly, the time of growing up, experiencing
first love, trials of school and trying to graduate, figuring out
what future to pursue, etc.
- ecchi: "H", short for the
word hentai which means perverted. Ecchi anime has sex in it. Some
seishun romance series are ecchi.
- mecha: short for
mechanical, in anime anything mechanical from giant robots to
- sentai: team fighting, a
genre in anime and live-action TV shows
- otaku: obsessed fan.
Derogatory connotation, but used by many American anime fans to
- Shinigami: God of
- I'm your friend
- Words: Kimito
- Music: Iwasaki
- Arrange: Iwasaki
- Song: Orikasa Ai (as
- Found At: The Gundam Wing
- GOOD LUCK AND GOOD
- Words: Andou
- Music: Ozeki
- Arrange: Iwasaki
- Song: Seki Toshihiko (as
- Romanization: ??? (Found
- Found At: The Gundam Wing
- I got through chapter, or
I should say, episode, 1 and I'm quite happy about it. The idea
for this story came to me probably in June or July and I've been
wanting to write it for a while now.
- Zechs isn't quite himself
from the real Gundam Wing, is he? ^_^;
- If you're wondering where
in Japan Quatre and co. live, I don't know. I'm picturing the
place in an episode of Card Captor Sakura when Sakura went on a
vacation and met her grandfather. It is likely a fantasy area only
for summer homes, but I don't know. If anyone knows of a place in
Japan that fits what I've described in the fic, please let me
- I'd like to note that
Quatre's friend in Tokyo, Daiki, is named after my favorite
manga/anime character, Asuka Daiki (more commonly known as Asuka
Jr.) from Kaitou Saint Tail by Tachikawa Megumi. This is a very
sweet romantic comedy, so if you enjoy romance please check it
out. The manga is absolutely enjoyable and endearing. ^_~
- You might have noticed
that the TV drama "Toe Shoes" has the same name as a shoujo manga
series by Mizusawa Megumi. There isn't really a TV drama; I made
- Thanks for
Gundam Wing characters,
names, etc. © copyright by Soutsu Agency, Sunrise, Terebi Asahi,
Bandai, and associated parties. The characters of this work are used
WITHOUT permission for entertainment only. This story is not meant
for sale or profit.
Story ©copyright 1999 by
Stephanie M. Taylor
Comments and constructive
criticism are greatly appreciated! Please e-mail me by removing the
@ quixium .com
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