17 – Embarrassment and a New Miroku

(Once again, Miroku is in Kanji in the title)

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The rainy season had also begun, and sweat has started to flow in early summer.

(T/N – It rains in Japan from June to mid-July in the rainy season)

When he alighted the air-conditioned train, the faint scent of sea water wafted in the air. Today’s shoot’s location was a park near the sea.

Miroku was the type who did not carry a bag, but lately it had become hot, so in order to carry the sunblock spray and a towel, he brought a clutch bag that was on the smaller side.
Miroku, who walked wearing a casual shirt and black jeans he received from the stylist, and a newsboy cap1 with black rimmed glasses, in the end, still stood out.
The tall stature in a slender, albeit well-toned body, the well shaped nose and thin lips that made one expect that it would be a well featured face, even if one looked at nothing but the mouth; each woman who passed by him turned her head, and ended up asking if he was a celebrity in whispers.

(I wonder if the glasses and hat I received from Oneesan are the limit……)

Unlike a few months ago, he was now conscious of his appearance after all. But still, the fact that there were girls who held affections for him, because of long-term achievements(?), was a part that was still to be accepted.
While he was walking toward the location, two female high school students called out to him

「Um, are you the model, Miroku-san?」

「Ah, yes. That’s right.」

「You’re that person who came in that video of Let’s try Dancing, right?」

「Hmm, well……」

「「It’s the White Prince who can sing and dance! Kyaa-!!」」

「Yes?」

What’s with that.
When he tried asking about that mysterious nickname that had to many places to retort2 at, it seemed that the fact that it was Miroku in that video, had become somewhat of a rumour.
It was fine till there, but fans who picked out various aspects of Miroku and called him 「The White Prince」came into existence, and in all with that video, it became 「The White Prince who can sing and dance」or so……it seemed.
(What’s with that, it’s really embarrassing……)

While also interacting with the two high school students who wanted an autograph, the remainder of the shock and embarrassment quickly dissipated.

He had experienced personally how emotionally tough it was without Fumi. Even regarding the strange nickname, if she’d been there, she’d have surely consoled Miroku nicely.
When he talked about it in the group talk while being dispirited, there was an immediate reaction from Shiju, who said 「I also knew it. It’s famous.」, which made Miroku even more depressed.

(I just don’t want to be called the White Prince. What should I do…….Mmm……)

If Yoichi had been there, he’d have surely retorted, saying, if you say so, the flying kiss you gave the other day was even more embarrassing.
Miroku’s criteria for 『Borderline Embarrassing』was a mystery.

Watashi

Wa

Sugoi

Desu

The shooting ended just after noon, and when Miroku, after greeting all the shoot’s staff, thought of going towards the station, a familiar car pulled up beside him.
Brown coloured fluffy hair rushed out of the chocolate car.

「Good work! I came to pick you up, Miroku-san!」

「Fumi-chan!」

Looking at the smiling Fumi, who made him feel warm enough to almost make him cry, Miroku was healed.
Seeing Miroku seeming that happy, Fumi too, felt happy. But, she felt slightly pained.
It was difficult to put that feeling into words, when she thought of the thing after this, she felt complicated. A feeling to cheer him on, and a selfish feeling for him to remain as he was.

「I’m sorry for my absence in the morning, we have to quickly join a meeting in the office after this, are you fine with it?」

「Meeting?」

The two got in the car.
Fumi had been driving silently for quite a while, but when she looked at Miroku who was sitting in the backseat through the mirror, her eyes met with Miroku’s and she became flustered.

「Hey, are you ok?」

「Ye-Yes, sorry, I’m ok!」

「……I wonder what the meeting’s about. Did I do something?」

「You’re wrong! It’s not that……I don’t think it’s good to say it, but you want to know even if it is only business, right?」

「Yeah, that’s right. It’d be good if they don’t get angry though.」

「I’m saying, you’re wrong. ……Miroku-san, you like singing, right?」

「Well, its only to the extent of singing at the karaoke though」

「I think it’s a talk about working in that field.」

「By “that field”, you mean singing?」

「Yes.」

「At the karaoke?」

「It’s not that.」

「……Eh? ……Is it about becoming a singer!?」

Fumi faced Miroku through the rear-view mirror and nodded with a serious face.


1. The newsboy cap or newsy cap is a casual-wear cap similar in style to the flat cap. Sometimes also referred to as the: Baker Boy, Bandit Cap, Apple Cap, Eight Piece Cap, Eight Panel, Cabbie, Jay Gatsby (from The Great Gatsby), Fisherman’s Cap, Pageboy, Applejack Hat, Lundberg Stetson, Chiz Hat, Chip Hat and the Poor Boy Cap.

It has the same overall shape and stiff peak in front as a flat cap, but the body of the cap is rounder, fuller, and paneled with a button on top, and often with a button attaching the front to the brim (as the flat cap sometimes has).

[Source – Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newsboy_cap]

2. Tsukkomi

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