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[Fic] Choices


Title: Choices
Characters: Akanishi Jin; various passengers
Genre: ...Genfic? Canon.
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine. None of it.
Word Count: 1,081
A/N: A short, very impulsively-written fic. Comments are most welcomed, I hope it proves interesting.

Summary: Jin takes a journey; makes revelations.

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January, 2005
 
Jin takes his seat, number 52, next to a straight-backed, crisp-suited businessman and opposite a couple playing intricate games with their tongues. He settles his Starbucks Iced Coffee down on the fold-out table above his lap and kneels on his seat for a few seconds to cast a glance over the other passengers, eyes open for people he knows or, in particular, people he’s avoiding. (His sunglasses offer him more disguise in his mind than reality, but he isn’t fazed.) Most seats are still empty – Jin allowed himself time to pull himself together, mostly to keep his calm, but maybe partly so his friends might change their opinions on his organisation skills. He’s more responsible than the world seems to think.
 
There’s a ruffle of pages as the man at his side flips his newspaper to the page with the crossword and gets busy. Jin makes a nonchalant effort to answer some of it mentally, but gets stuck on the third clue and gives up. His mobile phone slips out of his pocket when his hand rummages for his mp3 player; he curses and blindly palms the floor under his seat in search, minding his coffee doesn’t fall.
 
It’s not a habit of Jin’s to peer under things to spy on people, but the ankles he sees under his seat are definitely too pale and pink to be healthy. They’re thin and bony, and make Jin wonder if the person is sickly or has some sort of impending rash. That is until a slur of foreign words sneak into his ears, which prick up in recognition of the language he’s been watching sitcoms in for the past three years. The English rings thickly under his seat, but a crick in Jin’s hip informs him that the position he’s in is doing him no favours. He also takes a rain check on what he’s doing and sits up immediately, knees barely avoiding his liquid-filled cup as his back snaps into place (albeit in a much less uptight fashion than that of the salary man next to him), phone in his palm.
 
He’s never been one to eavesdrop a lot, much less on people he hasn’t even met before, but something about the sounds and attitudes of those in the seats at his back are making him curious, and before he knows it his right ear’s pressed flat against the rough fabric of his backrest. He’s hardly been studying English so he can understand the un-dubbed version of Heroes; where else is an opportunity to bag some day-to-day listening practise likely to pop up?
 
He makes out laughter, friendly chuckles, and even those have a different ring to what his ears are normally exposed to. There’s talk of how odd Japan seems compared to America (their home, Jin presumes) and how the fact that there’s more to Japanese cuisine than sushi and soy sauce was an even bigger shock than their stay in a capsule hotel. All of the voices appear to belong to women, until a booming male voice cuts into their conversation with a ‘where the hell is Danny?’, and there’s the muffled bang of a fist connecting with one of the train’s tables. There’s resulting bickering between the lad and the girls and Jin discovers a small grin on his lips when he takes a sip of his chilled drink.
 
Jin listens, content, for another minute or so, before more people start boarding the train and the shuffling noises block out any more of the foreign talk. It’s all Jin can do to remain still in his seat, when his legs are itching to stride around to the seats behind so he can show off his language ability and test out his accent. His earphones allow his mind a bit of peace with itself when he slots them in, and he finds himself turning up the volume to full and blasting out his American playlist (a badass hip-hop mix, sent to him by Jimmy Mackey – by request, since Pi had been sent it first and Jin had felt a little miffed at the favouritism – last summer). Jin worries that his tracks, awesome as he finds them, might be outdated and therefore lame in the ears of the Americans behind him, if they can even make out the songs over the noise in the carriage.
 
Despite his music blowing every other sound out of his ears with its volume, Jin’s mind is on other things. It ponders ways to slip in a few casual phrases: ‘Do you know what time it is? My watch makes it 11:30,’ or ‘Do you know where the toilets are?’ (Anything more complex would make it obvious he’s just jumping on the chance to try to make an impression.) But then approaches the issue of ‘why ask them, when there is a trio of native speakers sitting a whole lot closer?’
 
He settles for waiting, eager to spot any forthcoming methods for him to get a word in, but nothing is thrown his way. There have been no comments on his music, just resulting steely stares from those close by. At least if he gets reported for public disruption he can always say he was just trying to learn his songs for this week’s Shounen Club episode, which reminds him that he needs to do just that, and he flicks his mp3 player to SMAP’s ‘Fly’. (And significantly lowers the volume, since the glares he’s receiving must be some sort of subtle hint to ‘turn it down, or GET OUT’.)
 
When Jin steps off the train, ‘kimi wa ima sugu tobitateru no sa’ leaving his mouth as mutters hidden under his breath, he makes sure to do so at the same time as the foreigners so he can get a good look. The male is tall and dark-skinned; fairly well-built – the stereotypical image many seem to have of American guys. The girls, two, are shorter in height, one with blonde hair and a gentle tan and the other ginger; fair-skinned. Jin hoists his sports bag over his body and slurps down the last of his drink so he can toss the plastic into a litter bin as he strolls through gate G, Americans in tow. They aren’t talking, but Jin’s not really listening anyway.  He’s too busy compiling sentences in his head in a ragged blend of English and Japanese; making decisions he’s been considering for a long time.
 
He needs to visit America.



Comments

( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
rek121
Sep. 11th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
You posted it~! :D
Well you already know my opinion on this fic <3
I'm waiting for the next one btw =P
kattunberry
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
I did ;__;
I do, and I appreciate it ♥
YOU. THERE IS NO NEXT ONE. I can't write sequels, this was open-ended. T_T
rek121
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Stop crying >.>
Always ♥
I meant the next fic actually, but hey that's a great idea~! :D
SEQUEL PLEASE~! ^O^
kattunberry
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
Lol, it's not really crying. Just being pathetic about posting this. I sware there are practically no comms for Jin genfic >.> And what genre would this be? It ended up as 'drama' over at jent-fanfics ^^"
... Oops. So this is what you meant by grave digging. I must be a pro -_-
NO SEQUEL FOR YOU. I'M ALREADY WRITING Akame KAT-TUN HORROR-ISH FIC. Satisfied?!
rek121
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
LOL, try to tag 'comic' at communities. It works just great/ sarcasm
There's JE just friends community or something I think. A gen-fics community. And you can put it in kat-tun_fanfics as well~
Indeed. And it amuse me to no end <3
Are you implying that I'm a bad influence? :O Now I'm offended. What did I said, that I want a serial killer Kame? :<
I'm still waiting to the sequel that you'll obviously WILL WRITE. And to the Akame horrorish fic :D Tell me when they are ready :P
kattunberry
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I can imagine. *patpat*
I know, I'll head there next. I was unsure about posting it in KTfanfics since there's not even a mention of any other member ^^" #controversy
You are mean, and you know it.
Not at all, dear. Not at all. ^_^
You will get what I choose to write. Which means no sequel.
rek121
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
<3
I think that it's okay, I mean there are some Ryoda fics there that only Tatchan appear.
And you love me for it.
Fine then, I forgive you =) till the next blackmail *cough*
Of course I will get what you choose to write :O And a lot more XD
maayacola
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
I really like this. The pacing is really really cool, like in real-time, and I think it offers a glimpse that implies why Jin might have left without telling. I also really like the way you've betrayed Jin here, as a person with intellectual curiosity, not justcsomeonevwho wanted to learn English to go get drunk at the club... It's short and sweet, and a nice little fic :)
kattunberry
Sep. 12th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad the timings are ok, and the references to the first LA escapade caught on. It was something that kind of went without saying, but I did have that in mind, somewhat.
Though the lyrics to 'Ha ha' may suggest otherwise, I decided to write Jin as someone with as much sense and thoughtfulness as any other character would have. I'd glad that worked ^_^
I'm happy you liked it, thanks for commenting!
maayacola
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
Sorry for all the typos in my comment, by the way. My phone is always auto correcting me when I get excited about something I read and type too quickly. Obviously, I meant "portrayed Jin" and there should be spaces instead of the letter c between words. Sorry about that :)
kattunberry
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about it :) Your meanings were clear anyway. Easily done.
kyjr
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Really love this fic, it was something nice and calm to read late at night. I love how there's no rush to it, it all just happens as it comes.

[Did I see some ninja JinCrew in there? Or is my mind just making things up again? XD]

Thanks for sharing this wonderful fic!
kattunberry
Sep. 12th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm happy the pace was fitting, despite it being quite a short fic overall. I wrote it with focus on the travel, with not a lot either side, which probably slowed it down a little :)

That wasn't intentional XD Your comment made me draw on the likenesses, but I hadn't noticed before.

I'm really glad you enjoyed it, thanks a lot for reading and leaving a comment!
bellemainec
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
i really liked this, it worked really well as Jin's insight and headspace was consistent and made sense and you could just feel him wanting to try out his english but not quite daring to...and the SC reference was great. lovely!
kattunberry
Sep. 12th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm happy you liked it! And that it flowed. I'd wanted to include Jin's adoration for English in some way or another.
I felt it was better to add in some sort of time-frame, and SC helped me to do that ^_^ I'm glad it fits.
Thank you for reading and commenting!
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