A special opportunity

Miku gets the chance to follow her dreams and, thanks to the help of an angel, manages not to accidentally have it blow up in her face.

Date: 2017-04-25
Pose Count: 19
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 07:31:11 75212
Miku would have received a letter. Apparently her and a bunch of other girls had been selected in order to audition to be backup singers for a famous idol!

And no, not Tsubasa. This time. Sumire, in this case. Or the Indigo Angel Tenshi, as some knew her. One of the younger professional singers in the school, with quite a reputation as both an amazing fencer, having almost perfect grades and a gentle, soft disposition that melted the hearts of those around her.

Though, of course there were rumors. After all, no one had managed to get the girl to do anything with them. Hang outs, movies, sleep overs, all were quickly denied and even during meals and breaks she would be found either studying, practicing in the gym or in one of the sound studios.

Some people even believed she was a secret agent! Those people often got laughed at. Of course, her agent had requested some of the best singers from choir to audition to be a backup singer for one of Sumire's shows and, of course, Miku was one of those chosen.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-25 07:50:36 75213
Verone's specialized Lydian Academy has several recording studios, and it's one of these that Miku has found this evening. Outside of the booth, Shiori Terashmi is running the sound both for Miku.

The green-haired girl is still in her black and grey school tartan, awith her hair up in the massive bow she always seems to wear. She's got recording headphones on, a well-tuned grand piano, and a high quality microphone, and into it, she's busy singing.

    and through the darkness find a way
    to last the whole night through
    this little compass shows me how
    to make it back to you.

Miku's rocking a little as she plays, eyes closed, lost in her own song. She plays the outro, and the song slowly fades. When it's through, Shiore reaches up to end the recording, then clicks the speaker, "Miku-chan, someone just brought you a letter."

Miku opens her eyes confusedly. "Hnh?" she asks, then reaches up to remove the headphones. Sliding off of the piano bench, she makes her way to the door out into the sound booth and opens it. "A letter?" she asks.

Shiore hands it over. "I'll get this cleaned up and have it dropped in your personal folder on the server."

"Thank you, Shiore-chan," Miku replies as she opens the letter. Her eyes skim over the contents once, twice, and then a third time.

"What's this?" she asks, showing it to Shiore in confusion. "Is someone playing a joke?"

Shiore grabs the letter and reads it once, then her brows raise up in excitement. "Miku-chan! Miku-chan! You just got offered to sing backup for Indigo Angel Tenshi!"

"But ... I'm not an idol," Miku replies confusedly.

"Miku-chan," Shiore replies, shoving the letter back at her. "It doesn't matter. She wants you to try out!"

Miku reads the letter again, then scratches at the back of her neck. "W-well. I guess it can't hurt," she mumbles.

Eyeing the invitation one last time, she shakes her head, then wanders back out of the room. "It says it's in just thirty minutes. I'd better get going," she mumbles.

Shiore is jsut grinning, as she gets to work on mastering Miku's song for release.

And Miku starts on her way to the location suggested by the invitation.
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 08:35:25 75215
And already the auditions were under way. Sumire was there. As was her agent, both sitting behind a table. There were glasses of water, proper equipment, three security guards who, while they were in plains clothes, were so obviously security guards it was ridiculous. Even if she got in a bit early, she'd notice they already started. Now, to most it looked like the agent was doing all the work. In fact, Sumire would merely smile at the girls and give a heart warming smile. "I'm so thankful all of you could come." She'd gently brush her hair back behind her ear. "You're all such wonderful singers and it is truly humbling that you have deemed me worthy of attending this audition to sing for me. I wish you all the best of luck, okay?" And then gave a smile.

Of course, depending on how well Miku knew the idol life, she might know something was up. Especially if she watched. As the girls did their auditions, many of them seemed to be expecting the agent was measuring them.

But to anyone who paid enough attention, they might notice that Sumire was signaling him. Despite the fact she seemed so quiet and reserved, her eyes rarely left the singers when they sang and she seemed to be scanning them as they moved, then her hand would always tap the desk. One tap... then they'd move on. Two taps, then the agent would gently let them down to perhaps keep practicing.

Of course, she might notice a few of the girls get double tapped right from the get go. Others get single tapped. One in particular gets double tapped that probably surprised Miku. The girl had been a natural, after all, one of those girls who had the perfect voice, barely practiced and yet was still hugely popular and believed she'd become a diva in the future. Probably would, with her talent. Sumire's agent looked mildly annoyed at that one, but did tell the girl that, while she was talented, she wasn't what they were looking for.

Of course, depending on how well Miku knew the other girls... she might realize the girls seemed to be being chosen based on how hard they worked. One girl who got single tapped was actually known to be a really, really hard worker, but didn't have the best voice. A good voice, but she had it thanks to hard work and never giving up.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-25 08:41:41 75216
Unsure of what to make of any of this, Miku hasn't been paying particularly close attention to who's being picked and who's being passed. The fact that auditions were already underway when they got here has the grunette nervous, so she's been hastily reading and re-reading the part, quietly mumbling along with each of the girls auditioning ahead of her in an attempt to learn the piece cold.

When her name gets called, Miku startles in surprise and looks up from the score sheet, then blinks. "Ah, yes!" she calls, "coming!" She rises, smoothes her skirt, and hastily makes her way to the microphone on the stage.

"Ah. Kohinata Miku," she introduces herself. "Second year on the Lydian scholarship at Verone. Thank you for the opportunity."

Then, she nods to the accompanist to begin the piece.

Unlike most of the girls who have come up here today, Miku no longer has the score sheet in her hand. She isn't reading it while she performs for Sumire and her manager: she's singing it from the heart, with all of her soul. The same as she does every piece she's given. She memorized the score twenty minutes ago, but kept at rehearsing it in her head and singing along with the other girls the whole time because perfect is never good enough.

And maybe Miku will never have the kind of talent required to be a Sumire or a Tsubasa. Maybe she isn't going to become an idol herself, because she lacks the body and her voice is only very good instead of perfect. But what she lacks in perfection, Miku makes up for in dedication, determination, willfullness, and confidence. When she sings, it is with the same passion and heart that earned her the scholarship in the first place.

And when she is through, Miku takes a breath before opening her eyes and looking to the manager. "Thank you," she says quietly, then starts to step down off the stage, not waiting for her judgement.
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 08:51:11 75217
Sumire Tenshi eyed the girl when she sang, before gently giving a single tap. Of course, the agent nods. "Good, now, if you'll please come over here, you'll be advancing to the next stage."

One by one they were chosen until, after about three dozen girls were there to begin with, now only about eight or so remained. There'd be two back up singers, so they had a one in four chance! In theory. Only in theory, though. Of course, then the agent started.

"Okay, from here on out, it'll be a bit different. As you all made it through this stage, you all will be allowed to participate in the concert." There were a few giddy squeals from some of the girls. "But only two of you will be singing with our angel." He gestured to the young girl, who just gave a small, almost timid wave.

"The rest will be part of the chorus if you wish. Now, before we proceed, we have these..." He pulled out some forms and... "You need your parent's or guardian's permission, and you'll need to sign them as well. They are NDA's. And..." And then boring legal stuff, he'd have to meet with their parents, blah blah blah. Of course, they were all given a time to meet with them and rehearse. Once it was over, they were all dismissed! After being given the songs they were supposed to practice, of course.

What would Miku do now?
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-25 08:55:12 75218
Miku accepts the forms with a little confusion. She didn't expect to be chosen. She didn't expect any of this. She reads over the songs, then the form, then the songs again, then reaches up to rub at her forehead. "Geeze," she mumbles to herself, "a concert? I don't think I have time for all of this."

There's a few moments where she hesitates over leaving, while the other girls are all giddy and excitedly talking about getting to sing backup for Sumire. But Miku doesn't leave. Instead, she makes her way back to the manager and bows before him, then offers the papers back. "Manager-sama," she says, "I'm very sorry, but I can't accept these. Singing backup for Indigo Angel Tenshi-dono would be a dream come true, but ... I have school, and extracurricular activities, and I can't simply abandon them to be backup singer to an idol. Thank you very much for the opportunity. I apologize for wasting your time."
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 09:01:58 75219
The manager looks shocked. Then he looks annoyed. "If you had no intention of singing, why did you come? There was no need to--"

However, he went silent when Sumire got up, the young girl smiling to him. "Please don't get mad. It's her decision, after all," the young girl said. For being so young, she certainly had a mature way of speaking. The agent still looked annoyed, but then sighed. "Fine. Next time, don't audition if you can't do the part." And then was kind of dismissed, directed towards the door.

Sumire glanced at her watch and... Well, she had a few minutes. It couldn't hurt, could it? She then walked out and, when the girl started to walk off. "Kohinata-sempai, would you mind if I asked you a small question?" she asked. Her hands were neatly folded in front of her as she walked. Her clothes, her hair, everything about her was perfect. She must have had people working to maintain her image here, too. But even then, the way she moved was perfect, fluid and graceful. The kind of steps of someone who had practiced them a million times and spent every moment as if she was being watched and never dared slip up.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-25 09:08:20 75220
Miku continues to bow throughout the manager's scolding and disapproval. She bows until he dismisses her, and then she bows one more time before turning to leave with a quiet, "I apologize."

He's right. She shouldn't have auditioned in the first place. It was a waste of his time, and now he's going to have to call back one of the girls they dismissed to replace her. What a foolish mistake she's made. And of course, this is the kind of mistake that can haunt someone for a lifetime. She'll be lucky if she ever gets signed, at th--

"Hnh?" Miku asks, turning at the sound of her name. She looks right over Sumire's head, then lowers her eyes down until they settle on the young girl. She blinks once, twice, then takes a step back. "T-t-t-tenshi-dono?" she asks, confusedly. "I'm not your senpai. You don't have to call me that." Okay technically she is. "Please, just Kohinata-san will do. If anything, I should be calling you senpai."
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 09:14:26 75221
Sumire Tenshi smiled up at her, with that award winning smile. "Oh? But you are my upperclassman. But if you insist, Kohinata-san. And please, there's no need to be so formal. We're both fellow students, aren't we?" she asked.

"If you don't mind, may I ask you a few questions? I'll try not to take too long, I promise. And you may just call me Tenshi-kohai, okay?" She walked up besides the girl, staring up at her. There was something in her eyes. Just a hint of something... restrained.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-25 09:18:49 75222
"T-tenshi-kohai," Miku repeats, then mumbles and rubs at her face. "Yes. Okay." Because it's totally every day that one of Japan's idols tries to treat you like her upper-classman. Even Tsubasa doesn't talk to Miku, and they technically work together!

Miku moves to find a place to sit down, putting herself more on the level with the much shorter girl. "Please, go ahead and ask me whatever you want. I'm in no hurry. I'm very sorry I won't be able to sing with you. It would probably have been an amazing experience."
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 09:29:07 75223
Sumire Tenshi nodded. "Oh, indeed. Singing on the stage, with the lights, the crowds, everyone watching you... it is something very few get to experience. When we were in there, you said it would be a dream come true. But... then you said no. If it's your dream, why would you give up on it? Or is your dream something else?" she asked, still smiling up at her.

"After all, aren't dreams important? Shouldn't you pursue them with every fiber of your being, if you want any chance of actually getting them?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-25 09:31:13 75224
Why indeed. The question hits awfully close to home. Miku sighs and puts her hands in her lap, wringing them together faintly. "Well," she says quietly, a little uncertainly, "You see, Tenshi-san. Sometimes ... some of us don't get to have our dreams." Because they're probably half-way around the world, training to defend the dreams of others. "Some of us have other obligations; other things we have promised to do. Or other responsibilities we are required to keep. Things that come between us and our dreams aren't always bad things; sometimes they're just very, very important."
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 09:42:02 75227
Sumire Tenshi stared at her for a long moment, then... "That's just a cop out," she said flatly. "You're making excuses. 'Don't get to have our dreams'? What's the point of living life like that? Believing that things will never happen because it's just 'unattainable'."

Was... she mad? Her tone was calm, she still had that smile. But the words had a bit of sting to them. "You shouldn't forsake your obligations. But if it's your dream, then it should be worth trying. But you didn't try. You could have asked for the schedule, to try and move around it or ask if certain dates wouldn't work. You could have talked to your teacher, to see if they'd give you the homework early so you could be ready for it. There are a hundred different things you could do. But instead, you came to this audition, hoping to be picked, but then the moment you had your chance, you suddenly stopped trying and just gave up. And you worked so hard for it, too. You memorized the lines, practiced. Everything."

"So... can you tell me the real reason, Kohinata-san?" she asked again, smiling up at her.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-25 09:46:26 75228
Miku purses her lips a little. The presumption of the young girl was annoying enough to wear through her feelings of regret and self-doubt. "Tenshi-san," she says quietly, though with a little more ire in her tone, "I have told you the truth. I have obligations. School is one of them. I came here today because I was caught off guard; I didn't really think it through at all. But once I realised that I was going to have to sing on stage--and that winning would mean going on tour with you--I realised I cannot agree to it. I have a job, and very important people depend on me being there every day for that job. People who don't have time for excuses like 'I want to sing backup for an idol'. I apologize very much for wasting your time, and your manager's, Tenshi-san, but I cannot do this."
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 09:50:51 75229
Sumire Tenshi cocked her head to the side, tapping her chin a little bit. Then... "Kohinata-san? Why do you think you'd be going on tour with me? This is a local concert, not a tour. It is a one time job," she said, her eyes filled with mirth. "Taking other students on tour with me would be far more difficult and require far more paperwork than having a few of the girls on a single concert."

She just kept smiling up at her, that gentle, soft smile. "Is that why you were so upset? Did one of the other girls tell you that?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-25 09:53:09 75230
Miku blinks in confusion at the response. She sits back a little, studying Sumire, then shakes her head. "Wait, what? Really? It's only one concert?" She furrows her brow a little, then asks, "But ... then ..." she trails off, mind working furiously to reconsider all the possibilities. "But if that's the case, then what's going to happen to your usual backup for this concert? Are they just taking the night off?" She can definitely do one concert. "I mean. I'm sorry, I didn't know. I misunderstood, I suppose."
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 09:58:17 75231
Sumire Tenshi shook her head. "Of course not. I don't have set staff, Kohinata-san. Well, there are those my agent will hire often. And, of course, those who work for my sponsors. But I myself do not have set backup singers at this time." She hasn't been doing as many concerts, either.

"Set ones tend to be for tours. But in those cases, they are more often than not adults." Maybe that was why she talked in that manner? She probably spent most of her time around adults.

"If you'd like, I'd be more than happy to talk to my agent and give you another shot at your dream. As long as you're still willing to work hard for it." She then pulled out... the song paper? The one Miku had tossed aside? And held it out.

Though, a quick scan would reveal this paper was... well, it was the same type, but not the exact same one. The one Sumire had been using? Studying, perhaps?
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-25 09:59:57 75232
"Ah," Miku replies, then hesitantly reaches for the paper. "S-sorry," she mumbles. "I misunderstood." Idiot. She really doesn't deserve this chance at all. Miku skims over the paper, then looks up to Sumire. "I'll talk to my teacher, and to G--my employer. I'll make sure I have the time off, and I'll work harder than anyone else for you, Tenshi-san."
Sumire Tenshi 2017-04-25 10:03:37 75233
Sumire Tenshi nodded. "That's wonderful. I'll look forward to working with you, then. I trust you'll work extra hard, Kohinata-sempai," she said happily, before turning and walking away, heading back into the studio.

Of course, once she was gone... a few of the students were already gossiping. Miku could probably hear some of it already. Had Miku already gotten a position? Did she and Sumire know each other? What if Sumire was secretly Hibiki's long lost sister and the two were searching for her to... okay, no. That'd be silly.