[identity profile] arashikuro.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] blackstormfics
Title: Revenge is Bittersweet
Pairing: Gen OT5 love

Rating: R
WARNING: Nino fakes his death. Generally really sad. Suicidal reference. Not recommended for those who can't handle Arashi member death, even though no one actually dies.

Length: 1934 words
Genre: Angst, sad sad sad
Summary: Nino gets his revenge for the prank the others played on him before. But is he really doing all of this for revenge?
Requested by: [livejournal.com profile] drarashi93 and [livejournal.com profile] newarashian
Sequel to Karma's a B*tch, but you don't have to read that one first. (But again, it's so short, so why not?)

Guys, I have something to tell you.
What?
I... Nino took a deep breath. ...have cancer.
WHAT?!?
Are you going to be okay?
Of course hell be okay! Its one of those cancers that can be taken care of easily, right? Like one that can be cured with radiation, or a small surgery. Right? RIGHT?
Nino shook his head.
Dont tell me...
Nino, what did the doctor say? What kind of cancer is it? Whats the treatment plan?
Its pancreatic cancer.
Jun sank to the ground, tears filling his eyes.
Is that type hard to cure? Worry crept into Ohnos voice.
Yes, it is. It has a very low survival rate. And those who survive are the ones whose cancer is detected early, which is uncommon, as pancreatic cancer is tough to detect until it is too late.
Everyone looked at Nino, hopeful that there was an early detection.
Nino shook his head.
The doctor only gave me two weeks to live. The cancer has spread throughout most of my lower body. That explains the back pain Ive been having.
Two... weeks...
NINO! Please! Dont die on us!
I was told that nothing can be done. And cancer doesnt magically disappear, either.
Everyone was crying at that point. Even Ninos eyes were filling up.
Stop crying!
Everyone looked at Nino, sniffling and wiping away their tears.
I dont deserve your tears. Nino wiped his own eyes.
Rather than being sad, we should be happy these next couple of weeks, right? Arashis activities are suspended for now, as I cant continue to work, and the agency doesnt want this to get out. So why dont we take our time off and enjoy it? I dont want to spend my last weeks surrounded by a bunch of crybabies.
Everyone nodded in agreement.
Lets go drinking tonight! My treat!
Jun glared at Sho and rolled his eyes.
Cant do that, Im on too many pain meds.
Well, lets at least go out to eat then!
Sounds like a plan.
A plan, this cancer story was, indeed.


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A couple years back, the members of Arashi pranked Nino, making him believe they were all dead. Nino, being one who never forgets, decided to get his revenge. Of course, his prank was much more cruel than their short trick, but it was deserved.
But Nino could help but feel bad. He kept telling himself that he was just doing the same thing they did, it was just another prank, but he hated making his bandmates suffer like this.

But he still went through with the entire plan, never backing out.

Though he kept lying to himself by convincing himself that this was just to get them back, it really wasnt. Nino was never one to have or show much emotion, and he hated how he felt when he thought his bandmates had been killed. He hated that he broke down crying, he hated that he gave up on life, and most of all, he hated how exposed he felt during those moments. He wondered if his bandmates would act the same way if he had died. He started thinking about it more and more, and started to believe that the others wouldnt be as upset if he died. Nino wanted to prove to himself that they really would care.

In short, he was just insecure.


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Things went fairly well the next couple of weeks for Arashi, as well as things could go when one of your bandmates was dying. Everyone visited Nino daily, playing video games with him, cooking for him, and just giving him someone to talk to.
The members stayed strong for Nino. They didnt show their sadness, or their anger. They saved their crying fits, destructive outbursts, and periods of cursing at every god imaginable for giving a wonderful person such a short life for when they got home.

Nino didnt see it, but they cared. More than he could ever imagine.

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Nino beat the odds, still alive three weeks after his two-week prognosis. The members tried to take this as a good sign, but Nino was looking worse and worse. His skin was turning yellow (courtesy of some makeup) and he was losing weight rapidly (Nino didnt eat when the others werent around, which made Nino feel like he was actually sick), which were common symptoms of worsening pancreatic cancer. The fated day came a few days later, when each member received a call from the hospital, saying Nino had passed.

Ohno, visibly shaking, placed his phone down gently, and slowly sat at a chair in the kitchen. He placed his head on the table and cried until he passed out.

Sho threw his phone at the couch, where it would land safely. Tears streamed down his face as he walked through his kitchen, flinging two chairs out of the way. As he headed into the living room, he flipped over his coffee table, everything on top of it toppling off.

Jun, already angry by being woken up to his phone ringing, couldnt comprehend the words being told to him.
Hes dead?
Yes, I am sorry-
HES DEAD?!?!?
Jun flung the phone across the room, where it slammed into the wall and shattered into pieces. Jun screamed as loud as he could, until his throat dried out.

Aibas world froze. Time had come to a standstill. He felt as though everything was falling apart around him. There was no point anymore, was there? His bandmate, his best friend, was gone forever. Aiba glanced at the window of his apartment, and ten stories down he saw the street. He saw people walking to work, chatting with friends, going in and out of shops. He saw people living their normal lives. It wasnt fair. His life would never be normal again. Aiba opened the window, and briefly considered throwing himself out of it. But he didnt. He couldnt do that to Jun, Sho, and Ohno. He couldnt leave them behind.

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The wake was a few days later. The remaining members of the now nonexistent Arashi (Arashi is five people) were asked to pay their respects an hour before everyone else, to prevent attracting public attention to the actual wake. The casket was open, allowing the men to see Nino for one last time.

Everyone broke down into tears.
Why? Why Nino?
There... must be a reason. Sho said, choking back his tears.
Does... anyone... else think that... Ohno sniffled. He looks less yellow?
He... does. He looks healthier.
Guys! Did you see that?! He moved!
HES DEAD, AIBA.
Jun immediately felt terrible when he saw the heartbroken look on Aibas face.
Sorry for yelling. You have to be seeing things though.
No, I just saw him breathe, too!
Alright come on, we better get going. We are all losing it.
How can you explain what we just saw?
You want him to be alive. You want him to be breathing. So thats what you are seeing. Simple.
I guess so. Come on guys, lets say our final goodbyes.
Bye, Nino. Thanks... thanks for everything, really.
Nino, thank you... for being my best friend, for always being there for me, for-
ALRIGHT, STOP IT! Nino shot straight up, glaring at the men.
NINO?!?!
The members of the once again complete Arashi jumped on top of Nino, who was still sitting in his casket.
Let... me... breathe! He tried his best to push them off, but they wouldnt let go of him.
They were all sobbing, clinging onto Nino as if their lives depended on it.
We thought you were dead! How could you do this to us?
Guys, Im so sorry. Tears filled Ninos eyes. Please, let me explain.
Everyone nodded.
I feel terrible for doing this to you guys, I really do. Im not sick. I don't have cancer. I kept telling myself this was revenge for what you guys did back at our place three years ago, before we started to live separately.
For that small prank we played on you where we pretended someone killed us?
You got revenge by torturing us for three weeks? I know our prank was bad, but worrying us and putting us out of work for that long just to get us back is a dick move.
I know, Im sorry.
You asshole! How could you?
Jun, calm down.
No, I deserve it. But please, let me finish explaining.
Go ahead.
The truth is, when you guys pranked me in the past, I was terrified. As you know, I started crying and lost my will to live. I felt incredibly sad. I tried to convince myself that I was doing this for revenge, but I was really just afraid that you guys wouldnt care as much if I died.
Eh? Kazu, of course we care! We spent days crying thinking you were gone.
I know that now. But I was just worried that I wasnt really that important to you. Im sorry for thinking of you guys that way. But after showing all of my emotions to you guys, I guess I just needed confirmation that you guys felt the same. Im sorry! Please forgive me...Tears streamed down Nino's face.
Kazu... You shouldve known that wed care about you...
Well forgive you. What matters is that youre alive and well. Just no more extreme pranks, okay? I think weve all learned our lesson.
Nino nodded.
You know what? We should all move in with each other again!
Yeah, why did we move out again?
Because we actually started making money and didn't have to live together anymore.
Oh yeah...
But I liked living with you guys...
That doesnt mean we cant move back in with each other! Right guys?
Everyone nodded.
Okay, lets go out to lunch and discuss it. My treat!
Bullshit, you never pay for anything.
I’ll actually pay, I swear! Nino pulled his wallet out of his pocket and waved it in Jun's face.
Everyone laughed as they exited the building, ready to continue on as five once more.




Author's Note: I'm sorry this took literally forever to write. This was really hard for me to write due to the nature of the work. I'm really bad with member death. XD
Sorry about that.
Anyways, a short-ish chaptered (yes chaptered!) fic will be out somewhat soon, if all goes well.

Don't forget that voting for the Arashi Fanfic Awards ends at the end of the month! Vote (for me, maybe? X'D) if you haven't done so already :D

Date: 2016-04-24 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matsupie.livejournal.com
this boys are nuts! lolz

great story :)

Date: 2016-04-24 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drarashi93.livejournal.com
WOW!
This, this was amazing.
It was so much more than I imagined when I asked for it.
I mean seriously, cancer?
I was just thinking fake blood or something. And you had him drag it out 3 weeks + a wake. Brilliant!
For someone who doesn't write character death, you are wonderful at writing fake death.
Totally worth the wait, and I promise I won't ask for anything near death again.
Thank you so much!

Date: 2016-04-24 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pupilurker.livejournal.com
Haha I thought J will strangle Nino for doing so xD

Date: 2016-04-24 03:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] learashi
Wow, lucky for Nino that he didn't end up being actually dead when the others found out.
They are the only ones who would take this as a normal thing and just carry on as usual afterwards.

Date: 2016-04-24 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] newarashian.livejournal.com
I am already prepared for Jun's drastic reactions but then thanks to Sho.

I think this is the first fanfic that i've ever read where in Nino treated Arashi for lunch xD and the part where he waved his money to Jun is purely hilarious xD

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