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Title: The Perfect Couple (1/13)
Pairing: Sakuraiba
Rating: NC-17 (PG for this chapter)
Length:  1554 words (this chapter)
Genre: Fluff, Romance, eventual smut
Summary: Sho is madly in love with Aiba, but will his struggles with his sexuality and his job as an idol prevent him from being able to be with the person he loves?
Note: New chapter every Wednesday and Sunday until this fic is finished!
Based on a request by [livejournal.com profile] yuuki_73




1
It had taken Sho years to accept his sexuality, and even longer to accept his love for his bandmate. Aiba had slowly but surely become the love of his life. Aiba was so sweet and caring that Sho couldn’t help but love the man. He felt more and more in love every time Aiba did fanservice with him. Just sitting next to Aiba would make Sho’s day better.

There was just one problem. Aiba didn't want to love him back.

Sho had finally gathered the courage to confess his feelings to Aiba. But Aiba rejected him, claiming that a relationship within Arashi could ruin the group.

“I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can say the same. Though I’m flattered that you like me, I don’t think things will work out with our current situation. Arashi always comes first, remember?”

Arashi did always come first, no matter what. Sho always thought that and still felt that now. Maybe it was selfish to want to date, but Sakurai didn’t think it was right to be deprived of that either. Sho understood where Aiba was coming from, but it was a harsh reality to accept. Sakurai believed that they could act like adults and keep their private lives out of work, but it would prove to be difficult.
Though what bothered Sho the most was the sadness in Aiba’s eyes when he rejected him. It seemed like there was something else he wanted to say. Sho wanted to know what that was.

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“Matsumoto-kun?”
“Hm?”
“Can we talk about something?”
Sho was nervous. He didn't want to share his feelings about Aiba to anyone, especially not Jun, but Jun was the best at giving advice.
“Sure. What’s wrong?”
“Uh...how do I say this...”
“Is it about Aiba?”
“Eh? How did you...”
“Nino figured it out. You know how he is.”
“Well, what do I do?”
“I’d give him some space for now.”
“Easier said than done. I see him at least once a week at work.”
“You’re going to have to try. Give him a while to think things over.”
“Do you mind?”
“Mind what?”
“Mind if two Arashi members were dating. Do you think it would cause problems for the group?”
“It could. I’d like to think you’d be mature enough to keep your private lives to yourselves, but if you have a large fight or a bad break up, the fans will know something happened. And Arashi thrives off of the fact that we get along well. If the fans think we aren’t getting along...”
“I know. It’s just... I’m sorry. I’m being selfish. I’ll just forget about it. Arashi comes first.”
“No, wait. Don’t forget about it. Everyone in Arashi has dated before. We can’t just throw our personal lives away for this group. Your happiness and Aiba’s happiness is important. I know that Aiba likes you back, he really does. And he feels bad for not being able to go out with you, but he’s too worried about Arashi. Just give him some time to be comfortable with the idea. Myself, Nino, Riida – we’ll talk to Aiba about it and tell him that we support him and we’ll support you guys if you decide to start dating. Okay?”
Sho nodded.
“Thank you, Jun.”

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“Ahhh~ but you and Sho would make such a cute couple! Neee~ Satoshi?”
Nino and Ohno took Aiba out for drinks. Nino, lightweight that he is, was already drunk, and the other too were starting to get tipsy as well.
“Yeahh they would neeee~”
“Neee~”
“Really?”
“Really!”
“Aiba-chan, you really are an airhead. Can’t you see that you and Sho are perfect for each other?!”
“Aiba-chan’s dumb neee~”
“Shut up!”
“Mou~ Masaki-chan is being mean."
“You really don’t think it’s bad for two Arashi members to be dating?”
“No way~ It’s perfectly fine~”
“What if we argue? That’ll be bad for the group’s image.”
“It’ll be fine, Masaki. Follow your heart.”
Ohno nodded in agreement.
“That sounded like a line from a low-budget romance drama!”
Everyone laughed and took another sip of their beers.

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Sho eyes met Aiba’s a couple of times in the green room the next day. He felt an awkwardness that he had never felt with Aiba before. He could tell that Aiba was trying to avoid his eyes.

Filming went as usual, as once the cameras were on, the tension disappeared. Only to reappear during breaks, however. Sho normally enjoyed these brief periods of rest where he could read a few more articles in the paper or chat with the members, but today he wanted nothing more than for them to end.

Work had finally wrapped up for the day and Sho quickly headed back to the green room, hoping to gather his things and leave before Aiba returned. As Sho was about to exit the dressing room, he felt a gentle tug on his sleeve. As he turned around, his eyes met with Aiba’s for the first time that day. Sho noticed that Aiba was mouthing something to him.
“Hm?” Sho couldn’t quite get what Aiba was trying to tell him.
“Wait,” Aiba whispered.
Despite wanting to turn and run, Sho nodded.

The other members left and Aiba shut the door behind them.

“I’m sorry.”
“For?”
“For rejecting you like that.”
“No, don't apolo-“
“I like you too. Honestly. I just don’t know if dating a member will work out." Sho's heart skipped a beat when he heard Aiba say that he liked him too.
“I understand where you are coming from, but don’t you think we can handle it? We're adults after all. I don’t think we need to worry that much.”
“That’s what Oh-chan and Nino said.”
“You talked to them about it?”
“Yeah, we went out drinking last night. They were saying we’d be ‘the perfect couple’. But they were drunk so I didn’t really pay attention to what they were saying.”
“Matsumoto-kun said he’d support us if we started dating.”
“Matsujun said that?!”
“Yeah. He said that our happiness is important and we shouldn’t throw away our personal lives.”
“If the others are really okay with it...”
“Hm?” Sho looked over at Aiba, feeling hopeful.
“I guess we can start dating.”
“Really?” Sho’s face broke out into a grin.
“Yes. But let’s take things slow, okay?”
Sho nodded, pulling Aiba into a tight embrace.

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Their first date was typical, at least for someone as busy as an Arashi member. During the lunch break of an Arashi ni Shiyagare filming, Sho approached Aiba, nervously.
Wanna go out for lunch?
Eh? Oh, uh, sure? The sudden proposal threw Aiba off-guard.
Great! Lets go, our break isnt that long! Sho grabbed Aibas arm and pulled him up.
Aiba nodded, slipping his shoes on.

I didnt think you were capable of being spontaneous, Sakurai Sho. Aiba commented as they walked down the hall of the NTV building.
No?
You always have a complex plan for everything.
Well I guess thats true.
Where are we even going?
My favorite sushi place.
Oh, that one you were telling us about? Isnt it a bit far away to walk to?
Yeah, it is a far walk. Sho said as they stepped out of the building.
Good thing theres a taxi here.Sho grinned.
You called a taxi already? And I thought you were being spontaneous. Im sure you have everything planned down to what sushi youll be getting and the exact time that we return, right?
You know me well, Aiba Masaki.
Aiba groaned.

Sho and Aiba made small talk as they ate their sushi.
Yum, this is soooo good!
Aiba chuckled, watching Shos cheeks puff out as he stuffed his mouth with sushi.
This is some of the best sushi I've ever had. I shouldve come here sooner.
Myeah. You shoulda. Sho said, mouth full of food.
Aiba giggled. Seeing the unprofessional side of Sho was always amusing.

Only one piece of sushi remained on the plate and the pair both went to pick it up with their chopsticks.
You have it. They said simultaneously, while letting go of it.
The sushi dropped and fell back on to the plate, somehow managing to stay intact.
We should have thought that one through.
Yeah...
They both burst out laughing, as Sho cut the piece in half.
Open wide~
Aiba picked up one of the halves of sushi and placed it in Shos mouth.
Sho laughed as he swallowed the sushi.
Masakis turn~
Aiba giggled, allowing Sho to feed him.

Wed better be heading back now. Do you mind calling a taxi?
No, thats fine. Aiba pulled out his phone. Meanwhile, Sho took the check and paid for their meal.
Hey! You made me call a cab so you could pay!
And?
How much was it?
Not telling~
Come on Sho, at least let me pay half!
No, you can get the cab fare.
You paid for the cab on our way here, and our lunch! Thats too much!
And you can get the cab on the way back.
Ugh, you're too stubborn!

Aiba slipped a couple of 1000 yen bills into Shos bag later that day.




NEXT CHAPTER

Comments are very appreciated! <3

Date: 2016-06-23 04:05 am (UTC)
learashi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] learashi
Awww, these two are the fluffiest couple ever.
Sho really doesn't know the meaning of the word "spontaneous" does he?
It's wonderful that they have the support of the others.
I'm looking forward to the next part <3

Date: 2016-06-23 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freyjasername.livejournal.com
HAHAHA that last bit where Aiba slipped his money into Sho's bag, I can't help but feeling smitten by these two (but also having secondhand embarassment bcs these two are such a couple). I'll look forward to the next chapter!!

Date: 2016-06-23 06:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yukitsubute

Oh that was cute, all the support from the others. I am looking forward to the next.


Date: 2016-06-23 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] almond18.livejournal.com
This is cute!!! Excited about what will happen in the next chapter (^_^)

Date: 2016-06-23 10:56 am (UTC)
yuuki_nyanmaru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] yuuki_nyanmaru
They are soo cute together *-* The other members are right, they will be the perfect couple haha ^-^
Looking forward to the next chapter~
Bye <33

Date: 2016-06-23 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adeyakana.livejournal.com
these two is really cute
looking forward for next
thank you ^^

Date: 2016-06-23 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deelovesryo.livejournal.com
They are so sweet!
Thanks for sharing^^

Date: 2016-06-23 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] masakidotkom.livejournal.com
I saw fluff, romance and smut..XD.. their relationship will affect the group if something bad happened..it unavoidable because feeling is involved.. but the heart wants what it wants..lol..I can't wait to see what'll happen next..

Date: 2016-06-23 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yuuki-73.livejournal.com
when I saw message saying that you was mentioning me, I thought "Oh no! What have I done?!" OoO
But then... It was the fic... That was the first time that I ever requested a story and I didn't imagine that I would get so touched about it!!!
I feel so flattered, so silly, so flushed, so embarassed, so blissful, so... somebody....

Such a beautiful story written so beautifully by a talented person, because I asked.... And it has chapters??!! I am in tears!

Thank you so much! This is so precious!!! Thank you dear!!!

Date: 2016-06-25 02:57 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] nidesux.livejournal.com
This is so cute (+Drunk Ohmiya are precious. XD) Looking forward to the next part~

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