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Hi everyone, I have something to figure out for a fic that would take me more than 10 minutes to google the answer for, so as always I turn to you, my intellectual superiors, if anyone is still passing by this LJ! (Because I'm still here too!)

QUESTION: Can you name three female Japanese celebrities that you can see Jun dating? It would be ideal if they were all a similar height, too. If you can only think of two people, then for the third person, please make up a very nice female Japanese name that sounds like a celebrity's?

Any help would be appreciated!

In exchange, here's a snippet of one of my..... numerous WIPs (it's not the one that the above question pertains to though):


On Monday morning, Sho is in the middle of his second newspaper when Jun strides into the green room, stops next to him, takes a crisp, department store paper sack out of his bag, and holds it out to Sho.

Sho looks at it for a moment. Then he looks up at Jun.

"It's for you," Jun explains, with just a hint of exasperation.

"Oh, I see. How nice," Sho says, putting down his news. "What is it?"

"Find out for yourself."

Inside the neatly folded sack is a neatly folded sweater vest. It's cashmere, in a rich dark red colour, and it boasts a medium length v-neck collar which Sho immediately knows would go well with both dress shirts or no shirt at all. Sho holds the sweater up to his chest; it's his size exactly.

"At least try it on," Jun says, plucking the sweater out of Sho's grip and pulling it over Sho's head.

"Oi! I just got my hair styled!" Sho complains, but obediently pushes his arms through the sleeves and straightens the torso over his own t-shirt. He twists from side to side, trying to get a better view of his body, and just barely manages to catch the expression of appreciative satisfaction that flashes across Jun's face.

"Looks fine, good," Jun says, and with a pleased smile, leans down to quickly kiss the edge of Sho's mouth before tossing his bag onto the couch and dashing off to make-up.

Sho, still perched on the sofa, with one hand frozen in the process of smoothing down the shoulders of the vest, can only stare at the spot Jun had just vacated in blank shock. He blinks a few times. Registers the tingling of the left corner of his lips. Realizes the type of interaction that just took place.

"Oh, Jesus," Sho says.

When Nino comes into the room, Sho has not moved a single centimetre, although he has mentally analyzed the past four weeks of interaction with Jun and is fast processing the fifth. He hasn’t yet found any particularly strange behaviour that might shed light on the rationale of Jun’s present, but Sho isn’t very confident in his own ability to pick up “signals.” The last time he'd tried to pick up on "signals," Sho had learned that there was no way to possibly make "I'm sorry I assumed, you just kept grossly staring at me" any less offensive and his brother hated him for weeks for making fun of his swim instructor's lazy eye. This despite many attempts on Sho's part to explain that "grossly" could also mean "very obviously." Clearly that boy's education was lacking; Sho would never have misunderstood vocabulary at that age.

No. Halt. Back on topic. Something must have happened with Jun. Maybe during the tour last month?

"What are you doing?" Nino asks, suddenly materializing out of nowhere. Sho snaps out of his inner turmoil and lowers his arms to his sides in a hasty attempt to look casual.

"Reading," Sho replies, picking up his newspaper noisily.

"Uh huh," Nino says, already bored. He flops onto the couch beside Sho and takes his Gameboy out of his pocket. Sho's not stupid enough to think that Nino hasn't noticed his new apparel, but if Nino is distracted enough by his game-of-the-week to expend any energy haranguing Sho about it, then maybe Sho can get through this day without stabbing himself in the stomach.

Five minutes later, just when Sho thinks he's in the clear, Nino speaks up.

"You're not reading," Nino says mildly, still thumbing at his game.

"I am," Sho insists. "It's not about the sweater. It's not any of your business, anyway."

Nino's eyebrows rise, surprised; Sho feels his gut clench horribly in response -- why does he always say too much when he's nervous?

"I actually meant that you haven't turned a single page since you picked up your paper," Nino says. "So unless that article about rising beef prices really interests you that much, I would guess that something else is holding your attention. A sweater, you said?" His eyes gleam. "That one you're wearing now, I'm assuming."

Sho flinches. Suddenly, Nino's right by his lap and is snaking a hand up Sho's side; Sho's too shocked to giggle. Nino's nimble fingers skim his t-shirt lightly before pulling away, and Sho sees him bring out a price tag, still hanging to the sweater by its plastic thread.

Nino reads the tag, looks up at Sho, and says with interest, "Eh?"

Sho covers his face with his palm.


The sweater had been bought on a whim. It caught Jun's eye right away at the store; perhaps after all those episodes of Mannequin Five, he'd developed an internal sensor for outfits that would look good on the other members. This one that called to Jun was red, professional but simple enough to be worn in casual settings, and with a wider breadth for the shoulders than for the waist, he knew would look perfect on one Sakurai Sho.

To be fair, he had debated whether it would be a good idea to buy it. It wasn't Sho's birthday or any of Arashi's anniversaries (there are a staggering number and although Jun is the only member who bothers to track them, Sho wouldn't attribute this gift to something of the sort because of a noticeable lack of rainbow patterns), and Sho wasn't really the type to accept random gifts. Or was he? Jun had never figured that out. It was hard to judge, when people were as conservatively polite as Sho was.

Well, this wasn't really a gift gift. It was from Jun, and that made a difference.

Or it should have, at least until Jun walks back into the green room after getting his face blushed and hair primped to find the sweater still there, but sans-Sho.

"Jun-kun has really good taste, doesn't he," Nino chirps, the sweater neatly folded beside him as he thumbs at his handheld. "I think you're the only one who would shop at such a fashionable store."

"What are you doing with that?" Jun hisses, striding over. "Give it here. Where's Sho-kun?"

"He got kidnapped by fairies, and this is all that's left of him. I guess they were allergic to certain weaves of wool? Isn't that silly? It's really a nice sweater."

"It's ten in the morning; can't you wait till after lunch to start filling your daily lie quota?" Jun says, sighing. He carefully slides the sweater back into its bag. It goes without saying that he hadn't expected Sho to actually keep it on for today, that would be impractical. He had already been in the outfit the stylists picked out for him when Jun arrived. Sho would prefer to wear it at home, in his own time. Of course.

"I'm trying to break my old record, though," Nino says blithely, without a modicum of shame. Nino often says many tactless things without shame, which is a trait that, depending on the situation, can allow subsequent conversation to be either extremely relieving, or extremely traumatizing.

In Jun's unfortunate case, today has trauma on the schedule.

"So how long have you two been doing the down and dirty?" Nino continues on, blinking up at Jun with wide, innocent eyes. It affords him a perfect view when Jun whips his head around, face lax with shock for less than a second, before he manages to school his expression into something more severe.

"What on earth," Jun says stiffly, "are you talking about."

"It's these phrases I'm picking up from English gaming forums," Nino explains. "You won’t believe the euphemisms they have for sex over in America. Things totally unrelated to anything. The Horizontal Tango is one I figured out last night. They just spit these out like they're jokes! It's like being totally crass without using any crass words."

"That wasn't what I--" Jun starts to say, but then purses his mouth shut to keep down the noise of aggravation that was threatening to well up from deep inside him.

"If you don't want to talk about it, just say so," Nino tells him. "I just wanted to put a time reference to the whole thing. I need to know if the time I accidentally groped Sho-chan's butt last month at Osaka's concert makes me the mistress of this little affair or what."

Inside of Jun, a very concentrated, very contained supernova erupts. Many thoughts hurl through his mind in unison, the majority of which sum up to an all-consuming feeling of, shit.

Outside of Jun, his eyebrows furrow inwards and the edges of his lips pull downwards slightly. He says, “Is this your idea of a joke?”

Nino’s mouth quirks. “Why, do you find it funny?”

“I don’t. At all.”

“Then obviously it’s not a joke.”

Jun takes one large, measured breath. “I really don’t know what goes through your head sometimes.”

“Probably for the best,” Nino says graciously. “That doesn’t change the fact that you and Sho-chan have been rocking the casbah for an as-of-yet nameless amount of time, right under our very noses. I wasn’t sure at first, actually, and I wasn’t going to mention it, because you know me: the very soul of discretion—”

“More like apathy,” Jun mutters.

“But certain events have confirmed my suspicions. And then certain other events forced my hand, so to speak,” Nino finishes. He tosses Jun a very significant look.

Jun’s tone goes as flat and firm as steel; he states, “Sho told you, then.”

“Well, not exactly.”

Jun's eyes narrow as tendrils of dread start to curl in his stomach. “Then what did he say?"

"He said 'ooh-mmmh-od!'" Nino says, sealing his lips and wailing through clenched teeth. "And then he ran out of the room. Then he came back to take off the sweater, then he left again. He looked very guilty," he adds, casting Jun another heavy look.

"Then how did--" Again, Jun stops. "Are you saying that you came to the conclusion -- you're completely – no. No, we're not talking about this now; I've only had three cups of coffee so far today." He takes a deep breath and stares right at Nino. "Whatever you're thinking, stop.”

“I’m thinking that there’s no need to be ashamed of anything,” Nino says.

“I’m not ashamed, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. I’m not in a relationship with Sho.”

“Call it whatever you want, then. You guys are canoodling.”

“We are not.” Jun’s fingers clench. “What on earth can I do to make you drop this disgusting topic?”

“You bought Sho a sweater,” Nino says. He’s not teasing anymore, and yet his voice is still light as he asks. “Can we expect to see tacky engagement rings sometime soon?”

Damn. Of course it was the sweater, Jun thinks, mentally kicking himself.
“I’m allowed to buy whatever I want.”

“I didn’t say you weren’t.”

“Then stop making this into something it’s not. It’s – just a sweater.”

Nino shrugs. “Okay. Whatever you say. Not like I'm at all involved in a daily job with either of you two, am I?”

There are probably a multitude of reasons why it's not a good idea to strangle Nino at this very moment, but Jun's suddenly hard-pressed to think of any. It’s one thing for Nino to be so perceptive, but does he have to be so smarmy about it? This isn’t how Jun wanted his morning to pan out.

“If you’re so sure of your own conclusions, why do you even need to ask?” Jun shoots back. “I’m certain that whatever I say won’t change your mind in the slightest. If you could keep your mouth shut before you accidentally start a tabloid rumour, that would be appreciated. In fact. We are going to both forget this little exchange ever took place. I'm going to walk out, then come back in, and things will be normal. Do you understand, Ninomiya?"

“Don’t be so—”

“Do. You. Understand.”

Nino contemplates this for a moment, and Jun sees his gaze dart quickly to the heavy set of steel rings Jun had decided to put on this morning. "No problem," he says easily, pasting a fake smile on his face.

Jun turns, walks out of the green room, then back in.

"Where's Sho-kun?" he asks.

"Washroom," Nino replies, immersed in his game.


Sho has been in the washroom for approximately seven minutes now, thinking realistically about the advantages of plastic surgery. He might be too established in his career that a massive restructuring of his facial features would in any way be advisable, but clearly Sho needs to keep his options open. There is something wrong with his face. Not wrong, like ugly wrong, but wrong, like malfunctioning. There's no other explanation for why Nino can look at a clothing tag, then up at Sho's reaction, and then deduce spontaneously that Sho and Jun are sleeping together. Not even Nino is that good at reading people. Is he? No, he can't be. Can he? No. Unless he was -- no.

Sho's eyebrows must have given something away. Dammit. His fans always told him that they were too expressive. Sho will tell his stylist to tone down the arc at his next salon appointment.

“Sho-chan!” Aiba calls, coming into the washroom. “Early morning poo time for you too?”

“No, not today,” Sho says. “Hey, Aiba-chan, can I ask you something?"

"Do you mind if I go while we talk? I'm already kind of late for make-up."

"No, please go ahead."

Aiba lets himself into a stall and Sho leans back against the sink counter, crossing his arms, wondering how to go into this conversation. Aiba's really an ideal person to talk to about Jun, actually, because Aiba knows Jun very well, and they've confided to each other in the past about personal things, and, most importantly, due to the mysterious force of the universe, Aiba is notoriously amazing at keeping secrets.

But then again, there was that... pact -- agreement -- understanding -- thing. Between Sho and Jun. From that... first time.

Which Jun probably already thinks Sho has violated, now that Nino knows about them.

Oh God, speaking of. How long has Sho been in the washroom? He has to hurry back and bribe Nino's silence before Jun gets back from morning prep.

"Aiba-chan, we rarely give each other gifts, right? To other Arashi members, I mean. Without occasion." Start small, Sho tells himself. At least for now, it's probably best to stick to neutral questions.

"I guess not!" Aiba agrees, after thinking for a second. "Maybe we should, more? I think that'd be nice, Sho-chan! I like ideas of being especially nice to each other. We don't do it enough!"

"Right? I can't recall any times when we gift each other randomly."

"I know! What's up with that? Yesterday I saw Captain give some banana stickers to Nino and last week you gave me the extra buy-one-get-one-free necklace you bought from the mall, and after the last concert Jun-kun treated all of us to dinner and when we first started touring I know Nino secretly snuck hair gel into Jun-kun's hotel room. That's like, only four times in the last two months!"

"Exactly!" No, wait. That's actually much more often than Sho had anticipated, much less recalled. Although dinner doesn't really count, and silly things like stickers and free extras hardly count as formal presents, and certainly not at the same level as designer clothing, and -- hold on. Sho frowns. "Nino snuck into Jun's hotel room while we were on tour?"

Aiba's shoes scuff on the bathroom floor as he lets out a massive fart. "I think he felt like he owed Jun from that last time he borrowed gel without asking because Matsujun got so angry, Sho-chan."

"Why can't he just give it to him in person, then?"

"Oh, you know Nino. He really doesn't like damaging his cheap-guy reputation. He does stuff like that all the time and doesn't think anyone notices, but I'm super smart and figured it out a long time ago. I thought everyone knew, actually? Why do you think your favourite sunglasses magically appeared in your bag after you'd lost them for a week?"

"Nino made fun of me and said they got stolen by fairies!"

"No way, Sho-chan. He accidentally slept on your bag and they got bent out of shape, so he took them and bought you new ones."

"He could have just said so!" Sho sputters, feeling oddly touched. Damn that stupid, sneaky, soft kid.

"No he couldn't have," Aiba says plainly. "It's Nino."

Sadly, Sho has to agree.

"Okay, so let's use Nino as an example. If he were to just give you a present randomly, just you, not anyone else, apropos of nothing -- how would you react to that, Aiba? A real gift. Not something that he got out of a vending machine."

"Hmm," Aiba says. "I guess... suspicion? Then thankfulness?"

"Suspicious gratitude," Sho repeats.

"Like, 'The present is giving me weird feelings because I think you must have some secret plans that include me but thank you for the effort you must have put into whatever it is'."

Reasonable enough. "And what if Satoshi-kun was the one who gave you the gift?"

"It'd just be thankfulness!" Aiba says eagerly. "Leader gives really heartfelt presents, don't you think?"

"Yes he does."

"But I would also be confused. Because Leader rarely gives big presents, so I'd wonder what the reason is. Maybe he has a psychic revelation and know I was going to die soon and so gets me a pre-funeral gift. And the moment I open the present I'll understand its meaning and know that it signals that my time on Earth is coming to an end."

"Aiba-chan. That's not funny," Sho admonishes.

"It would be if the gift was a magic eight ball. That showed jokes." The toilet flushes and Aiba comes out of the stall, adjusting his belt. "Anyway, it's silly to worry. I made Leader promise me a long time ago not to tell me if he figures out how I die, so I'd just like the present for the present."

Sho moves aside so Aiba can wash his hands. He's almost afraid to ask the next question, but he plows ahead. "What if it was Jun-kun who got you something?"

Aiba, rinsing his hands under the tap, freezes and turns to look at Sho with interest. "Did Matsujun get you a gift, Sho-chan?" he says very seriously.

Sho blanches. "I'm speaking hypothetically."

Aiba's eyebrows pinch together. "Oh. Well. In that case. I guess I would just thank him."

"You wouldn't ask him what the occasion was?" Sho asks hopefully.

Aiba gives him a look. "I don't think Matsujun would appreciate that, Sho-chan. Remember the time that he got disappointed with us for forgetting the anniversary of our first Golden Time VSA episode? It's not like we even had food or anything prepared! He just expected us to know."

Sho groans; he hadn't remembered that at all, but now it's all coming back: Jun's irritated sighs, his short-tempered attitude, the way that after ten minutes of silence between them in the dressing room, he had crossed his arms and huffed out, "Well?"

"But whatever, right?" Aiba continues. "That's just Matsujun for you. If we kept track of all those dates and stuff, then we'd be Matsujun and then there'd be a group of five Matsujuns running around and that's no good. Ah, maybe just a little good. But not as good."

Sho often deals with Aiba's logic in much the same way that he handles travelling through a detour. Forced to travel in a direction he hadn't intended to from the beginning, he's never quite sure where he's going to end up, but he has no choice but to follow through.

"No, not as good," Sho says, resigned.

Aiba straightens his shirt and they head out of the men's room.

"What did you have for dinner yesterday, by the way?" Sho thinks to ask. "That was quite a bowel movement you had there. I'm surprised the toilet flushed normally."

Aiba beams. "It felt great! I made burritos, that Mexican thing. I put in way too many beans though. I felt like Popeye afterwards."

"I thought Popeye ate spinach."

"Well, why not," Aiba says easily. "I'm sure he ate a lot of different things."

if you can't tell, this is supposed to be a humourous fic orz

PS. How is it that another school year is coming to a close? This shit is ridiculous. Something is wrong with our planet's gravity. I simply refuse to believe that days, months, and years pass by this quickly. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME I ACTUALLY FINISHED A FIC OH MY GOD

Date: 2012-03-27 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

anyways I'm brain-fried atm due to it being finals week & getting 4 hours of sleep so I can't help you much in the Jun's hypothetical gf questions but why don't you take some girls he's been rumored with? That'd make it easy, don't you think? and may I ask what fic is that supposed to be? any pairings? C:

Date: 2012-03-27 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

(but THANK YOU ;A;)

No I am really bad at writing both Sho and Jun so together I am just wringing my hands about the whole thing. It was going to be a more serious-toned fic because I thought that would fit the two of them better BUT WHOOPS GUESS THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN

The fic I'm working on is set in the future, so past-"girlfriends" probably won't be the best choice. I guess I could google them for ideas though! The fic is another [ profile] help_japan fic. It's about this house that Aiba buys for Arashi. It's OT5, has some not-too-explicit sex scenes! It's at 15K words right now and Arashi doesn't even live together yet. What is this ability that people have to write short fic? I NEED IT

Date: 2012-03-27 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hmmm i'm not sure if i can think of ladies of similar heights off the top of my head.

BUT GOSH, THAT FICLET. aibachaaan. this is lovely, i hope you continue it at some point! :D

Date: 2012-03-27 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What about just a celebrity that you can realistically see Jun dating? I can use it as my springboard?

I'm continuing it right now!! It's just sloooooow going :( But thank you for the encouragement!

Date: 2012-03-27 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
white day spoiled me and now i want ALL the jun/becky. i'm...drawing a blank. jun/naka riisa? JUN/MATSUSHIMA NANAKO, YES. ahem, i mean. uh. what.

so much cheerleading for you! if you get really stuck i could offer suggestions but frankly i think the appeal of sho/jun is how prickly they are about each other. XD

Date: 2012-03-28 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am not familiar with Matsushima Nanako but I am already loving her because that name sounds boss.

YES! It's like a block of granite meets a huge boulder, but both of them are made of pudding inside???

Date: 2012-03-30 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
someone else mentioned that she is in lucky seven; she also played domyoji's older sister, where she... kicked jun in the face, i think? :D? basically she's great. (and on the taller side, i think?)

YESSS, EXACTLY. pudding that just wants everything to go the way it should and for everyone to have a good time. but is also anxious. and squishy, because: pudding.

Date: 2012-03-27 04:15 am (UTC)
phrenk: (je: pleased)
From: [personal profile] phrenk
Elfie recommended reading this snippet, and it is utterly delightful. <3<3 Also, because I am obsessive and like things like this, I have briefly brainstormed women I love, with whom I'd enjoy imagining Jun, and made a height list. :D

Kanjiya Shihori 156cm
Becky 157
Yoshitaka Yuriko 157
Inoue Mao 158
Kitagawa Keiko 160
Takeuchi Yuko 162
Toda Erika 162
Fukada Kyoko 163
Karina 164
Ayase Haruka 165
Aibu Saki 165
Aragaki Yui 167

I didn't click links for more than a minute or so, so this is just ... whom I thought of and who starred in dramas together and such. So you could go short and adorable (Shihori, Becky, Yuriko, Mao-chan!) or taller and lovely (Karina, Ayase, Aiba Saki, Gakky!) :D Or in the middle! There is really no losing. Anyway, this snippet is amazing and I'm glad I could read it. <3<3<3

Date: 2012-03-27 10:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I second the list~!

Date: 2012-03-28 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OH MY GOD THIS COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2012-03-28 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
THIS IS AMAZING!!! holy shit thank you so much this is everything that I wanted!!!

I really, really hope you didn't go through a lot of trouble compiling this list considering the part I need this information for is literally like, one sentence?? I only asked you guys because I don't follow Japanese pop culture aside from Arashi, and I didn't want to just stick random female actresses into the fic when they might never ever be connected with Jun, who knows. Anyway this is incredible, you are awesome, your brain is a treasure!!!!

I'm really happy you liked the snippet too! Man this is great, I am getting answers and encouragement for a slow-going fic all in one post! T___T ♥

Date: 2012-03-28 04:30 am (UTC)
phrenk: (Becky)
From: [personal profile] phrenk
Ah, it was really no trouble! I started with Love Shuffle, since awesome women abound in it, and actress-clicked from there. Not all of them have been Jun-connected (that I know of), I didn't go so far as that, but they've all... been on Arashi's shows, at least? :D

Date: 2012-03-28 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's above expectations for me tbh!! I was ready to make up celebrity names, I'm clearly not picky, hahaha.

Date: 2012-03-27 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I second the list above, and just to add some here..

I'm always has a thing for Gakky, so yeah.
Koyuki...but she's Ken wife>_<...
Kichise Michiko..(why I put somebody older than him,idk..hu2)
Nagasawa Masami..idk, but she's tall and pretty.
Matsushita Nao..real tall.
Higa Manami..she's cute. <3
Eikura Nana
Fukishii Kazue
Suzuki Emi
Ueno Juri
Katase Nana
Motokariya Yuika..she's sweet<3. She is Kanjiya Shihori best friend.

There's above are tall and pretty girl. I just realized that there were not so many J-actress that tall compared to K-actress.
The one that I think has a same height with him is Matsushima Nanako. No wonder they can be such a good sibling. :P

Date: 2012-03-28 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Man this is crazy helpful too, thank you so so much!! omg now I am like overwhelmed with choices?? Haha, I thought just three girls would be asking for too much, but you guys are too brilliant for me!

Thanks again for the help!! :>

Date: 2012-03-28 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad to help. :)
Matsushima Nanako such a queen, she is the drama queen actually. If you don't really know, she is Sorimachi Takashi's wife. The one who played in GTO. So sweet and brilliant woman.

Date: 2012-03-27 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
PRIM. I DO MISS YOUR WRITING SO. I still remember sitting in Ottawa together that day eating soup and talking about how we were going to blow everyone away with our awesome fics. I still want to. *________*

This is all glorious, but I love the way you write Aiba so much. I am so glad I live alone because there's no other excuse for cracking up laughing repeatedly like this. :D :D :D

Date: 2012-03-28 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ERICA OMG YES THAT WAS AWESOME. God that was such a long time ago... and I have failed to deliver, haha........ ;__; How are you over there in Beijing? I creeped on your LJ and see that you're going over to Japan next! CONGRATULATIONS OMG T___T MY DEARESTTTT that is amazing!!! Are you planning to come back to Canada anytime? Haha I ASK FOR SELFISH REASONS OF COURSE ;)

I'm actually writing a lot these days! It's just that I have so many WIPs going on and they are all so long, I lose steam fast. I can't seem to find it in me to finish anything and it's very frustrating. It's not exactly writer's block, but I guess from the point of any readers, it amounts to the same thing. The alternative would be to post in-process snippets of all my fics, but I don't like doing that because I always go back and change so much stuff. :/ Anyway! The cold Montreal winter is fading so hopefully the nice warm weather will give me more energy to write! ♥

PS. Your comments give me life. It's not even what you say (although you only ever say great things). It's like, ERICA HAS READ MY POST, OH MY GOD, MY HEART IS SWELLING, SHE IS STILL ALIVE AND WITH ME AND IS SO ENCOURAGING AND GREAT, I LOVE THIS GIRL

Date: 2012-03-31 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
HEY. Beijing is awesome - I'm much better at bargaining now. :) I'm really excited for Chiba. ;____; I'll be in Winnipeg for July for sure, but that's about it!

I'm writing a lot IN MY HEAD, but not much is happening on the keyboard. Saaad. I'm always so happy to see your writing and YOU. I miss you, and see you update brings WARM SWELLS OF EMOTION.

Date: 2012-03-27 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
PRIM. I've been meaning to email you actually but I guess I fell into the abyss somewhere along the line. Also, I'm terrible.

PERSONALLY, it is very very difficult for me to see Jun with a celebrity because as much as I can see him spoiling the fuck out of whoever he's with, there can only be one princess in the relationship. THAT SAID, I think someone like Matsushima Nanako would work. The dignified, not-your-typical-starlet type. Igawa Haruka (Nino's sister in Freeter), too. Takeuchi Yuko, of course, which always brings the added benefit of PISSING NINO THE FUCK OFF. Aaaand maybe Tomosaka Rie (she was in Chonmage Purin with Ryo.)

Edited Date: 2012-03-27 04:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-03-27 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ALSO as someone who is struggling with a Jun fic (why is it always him) you are welcome to email me with WHAT THE FUCK WHY IS HE LIKE THIS WHY CAN'T THIS BE EASY and I will respond with I KNOW RIGHT I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY HE IS THE WAY HE IS BUT HE NEEDS TO STOP THAT SHIT RIGHT NOW.

Date: 2012-03-28 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YES I FIND JUN REALLY HARD TO WRITE?? His speech patterns especially. Sho is easier for me to write because I can just use bigger words for when he talks (LOL) and have him react really hugely to bad situations (LOL LOL) and while that might be not perfectly IC, it's not totally OOC either?? /SHALLOW

But Jun is harder! He's not as smart as Sho but he speaks quite eloquently imo, and his personality is very strong but also quite cute and it's like -- WHAT DO I DO WITH YOU?? HOW DO YOU INTERACT WITH SHO BEHIND THE SCENES / WHEN THE CAMERA IS NOT ON YOU? This is why I find Nino and Aiba much easier to deal with, since they push people into situations where they are forced to react, but Sho and Jun together, it's like... who starts things? Who ends things? They're too similar and too different at the same time. I'm just rambling now but for this fic (the one posted above, not the question-related one), I actually wrote this huge introduction about Sho/Jun as a "prelude" to the fic (this was back when the plot was SRS BZNS and angsty) and here it is (I scrapped it all when the rest of the story veered into humourous domain oops):

A truth about show business is that profitably entertaining groups rely on contrasts. This is the long-forged way of the comedian duos: you need one boke and one tsukkomi, one clown and one straight-arrow, one action and one reaction. A group that is full of jokers is too messy, too hectic; a group full of flat-voiced suits is just boring. To thrive, a group needs to cultivate differing personalities, so if one member lacks in a certain area, another member can jump in to take over, overall creating a smooth, seamless performance -- a good show. If more than one member have the same strengths, then one of them must step back each time an opportunity arises for them to showcase that skill. Whereas if each member has a different ability in which to excel, no one drops behind and no one misses a beat. The show flows on, heedless.

This kind of balance within groups is not easy to create. It takes years of adjusting, tiny concessions of okay, I'll be less X if he acts more Y, of learning how to mold oneself and each other until all the pieces of personality fit perfectly together, side by side and no cracks in between.

It must be realized that Sho and Jun are a part of Arashi, who actually have achieved that kind of miraculously wonderful teamwork, and have both, through time and effort, changed their public personas to work best within a set of five very particular people with a very large range of talents. It just so happens that they both play two of the more dominant roles in Arashi, and when they are left alone, two members out of five and with no one to buffer in between, their characters can often overlap. Clash. But they are the both of them nothing if not professional, and any conflicts are usually resolved with taking a step or two backwards, a nod of "you go ahead," a deliberate move to allow the other to lead. Sho and Jun have, over their decade in Arashi, perfected a very effective partnership.

It's when their private selves start to bleed through into their jobs that things start getting complicated.


Date: 2012-03-28 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
AUGH THAT SNIPPET. prim. how do you work though. teach me your ways.

I seem to be in the minority of fandom in that I actually find Jun the easiest of the five to write. I think it's because I relate to Jun more than is probably healthy, and it is easier for me to flesh him out as a character than the others. The hardest ones for me, actually, are Aiba (surprisingly enough; I always tend to take the hints of sadness he drops and BLOW THEM OUT OF PROPORTION because I am a crazypants)and OHNO OHNO YOU ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT PERSON TO WRITE WHY. I have the same issue with Ohno's speech patterns that you have with Jun's. Of course the fic I'm working on has him as a major character. :|

To me, Sho and Jun together are kind of like...a river flowing, if that makes sense? There's no particular beginning or ending, just sort of this casual warmth that cultivates conversations and shit like that (i am the most eloquent). You're right, they're really similar in that I think the one who is most bothered by X will bring it up first (and then they'll fight forever because they're stubborn fucks and Aiba probably has to come in and cry at them to make them stop)

GOD I AM RAMBLING BUT YES I find actually writing Jun to be easy but having him in actual situations with other people to be the complicated part. If. If that makes sense. tl;dr jun should be a hermit it would make my life so easy

I emailed you a picture of baby jun that i like to look at when he's being all I AM THINKY AND COMPLICATED!!! about sho because sometimes jun really is just simple in his emotions :')

Date: 2012-03-28 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

l m a o Come to think of it I can't write Ohno either. My repertoire of writing Ohno is just making him watch events unfold and not say anything until prompted. I've written one Ohno fic in my life and I've never managed it again. Me = 100% talent okay.

I really like your description of Sho and Jun's relationship. REALLY like it. I'll keep it in mind when I just stuck on this story (which I do a lot). ALSO I do not like writing Aiba so chipper as I usually am guilty of doing, because it's really his TV persona and you're right, he does have these really nice (not a good adjective to use here but hopefully you get my drift) moments of sad/quiet which seem to be a glimpse of his more natural personality. When I started realizing this about Aiba, I tried to tone down his energy in my stories, but I'm not very good at it yet because I sort of depend on him too heavily for comedic value, just like I depend on Nino too much to be the "mean one". Ugh characterization is so hard though, because I want the members to be instantly recognizable, so tend to overemphasize their stronger features (the ones they show most often on TV), and that's not good writing, that's just lazy. Anyway rereading what I posted above, Aiba's parts will have to be sanded down a little, I think. :/

YOU'RE SO WISE THOUGH. I might ask your opinion for Jun in the future, EARLY WARNING!!!

Date: 2012-03-28 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I LOVE BABY JUN SO MUCH JESUS CHRIST THERE IS NO QUESTION AS TO WHY JOHNNY WAS JUST LIKE "YOU, KID, IN MY COMPANY, NOW." Baby Jun is the main reason I'm going through all 1000+ pages of my tumblr one by one and tagging baby arashi with the tag "chibi" because I need those pictures at hand to make me happy.

OHNO IS FUCKING DIFFICULT. GOD. it's because he doesn't say anything and when he DOES it's either a) extremely stupid and vapid or b) GRANDMOTHER WILLOW LEVELS OF WISDOM. ohno satoshi you are the worst.

With a non-centric/non-serious Aiba fic I think it's okay to rely on him being the energetic one? He is actually SUCH a ridiculous person (I watched an episode of shukudai-kun last night where he asked a pro-golfer if he's ever wiped herself with a leaf in a forest AIBA MASAKI WHY) that I think he's okay in your snippet? yes, he's ridiculous (and god all five of them are so married re: bathroom habits) but he still has that thoughtfulness to him (when he explains why you don't ask matsujun what a present is for, for example).

OKAY :D I WILL DO MY BEST. I bought a jacket that looks exactly like his in Believe and when you ask I will wear it and I will Become Matsumoto for your sake.

Date: 2012-03-28 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh god aiba why
just why

UGH BUT you are so nice! Thank you! You are the best, my dear. ♥___♥


Date: 2012-03-28 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He asked many inappropriate questions. She was just like "...," as a sane person would be. Aiba Masaki, this is why your mother strung you upside down from her balcony.

I am happy to help! :) I also have more free time than is really necessary.


Date: 2012-03-28 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dunno if they'll get the fic-juices flowing but damn girl my eyes are salivating, send over them pics!! Okay well no rush because I have to actually do real work now LOL because despite all universal logic, I am still in school. I know you say you miss school and the grass is always greener, but damn what I wouldn't do for a few months of free time just to get these fics out of my system! :(

1:48 am........ lawd

Date: 2012-03-28 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Once I get my hair in order (it is currently a quite large and in charge afro and it needs detangling >:F) I will throw them your way!!

Sigh. You work in the lab over the summer too, right? DOUBLE SIGH. World, let prim fic though.

Sob insomnia :c

Date: 2012-03-28 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[ profile] elfiepike and [ profile] azraqeyabove also suggested Matsushima Nanako! This is clearly a strong choice. I also LOOOOVE the idea of Jun being in a relationship that pisses Nino off. Of course he's not actually dating anyone in this fic but whatever, the mental imagery is fucking hilarious.


Date: 2012-03-28 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think Matsushima Nanako is popular right now because she's in Lucky Seven with him. And is his boss. And he's all IMMA HIT ON YOU and she is like lol you child, and it's great. AND YES OH MY GOD [ profile] augustfai and I are pretty sure that there was violence when Nino found out Takeuchi Yuko was going to be his costar in Natsuniji. Angry, bitchy violence. He once gave her a giant bouquet (and wore a tux) on VS and she was all "teehee that's cute" and then just sort of...wandered...away lololol nino your life is so hard but you totally ask for it.


you are in Montreal??? that is as close to me as canada gets without being niagara falls :o :o :o

Date: 2012-03-28 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
holy shit i didn't actually know nino had a crush on her, i thought he would just be a possessive shit if he liked her (not even based on the fact that she's a girl, just as a person)

well the bad thing is the fic is set like ten years in the future so even if Nino blew a fuse now about a possible relationship with Yuko it wouldn't hold up in a decade. But now that I know about the tux+flowers thing I have to find a way to sneak this failure into the story, cause that shit is hilarious.


Date: 2012-03-28 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He's mentioned her a few times as his ideal woman lmao

OKAY IT TOOK ME TEN MINUTES TO FIND THIS BUT: Nino's failure. (The spanish subtitle says "why the suit??")

I AM IN NEW YORK CITY :) when you were in my area for the k-pop concert i was in school lol BUT YES I AM HERE! SAME COAST WOO

Date: 2012-03-28 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]


Oh yeah! I actually knew you were located in NYC! NY Fashion Week! Ugh I want to go back. Get me out of Canada and its crazy fluctuating weather T B V H

Date: 2012-03-28 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
HE IS SO IN LOVE. and she is so disinterested rofl

the weather is just as crazy here :( I left for the weekend and it was 70 degrees. I come back and it's 30 WHY WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS WEATHER WHAT DID WE DOOOOOO

Date: 2012-03-27 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The snippet was hilarious! I love it!

I have to think about your question on Jun though.

Date: 2012-03-28 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! :D And it's okay about the question! There's already been more actresses suggested than I can even use, so!

Date: 2012-03-28 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So I was at work and I was thinking of rereading your Matsumiya fic so I happened to past by your LJ and I saw this little snippet of yours and I JUST STARTED LAUGHING AND GIGGLING AND COULD NOT STOP. OH MY GOSH, PLEASE DO CONTINUE. People were probably wondering why I was laughing, LMAO.


and not a big help on the girls because I SHIP JUN WITH EVERYONE. But I agree with elfiepike's comment, thanks to phrenk's jun/becky whiteday fic, jun/becky, i could totally picture!

Date: 2012-03-28 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

UH I SORT OF... TWITCHED HORRIBLY... WHEN I SAW YOU LEFT ME A COMMENT? And then I read it and actually breathed a maaaaassive sigh of relief, you have no idea!! This fic is for you, girl! It's that one about Sho/Jun + GIFTS that you prompted me for [ profile] help_japan and oh man, I can apologize on hands and knees if you want, for taking so damn long writing it. But the fact that you like what I've posted is just -- !!!!! I am glad. Very, very, very glad. ;A;

Matsushima Nanako seems to be a really popular choice! I will use her, thanks!!

Date: 2012-03-28 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, no, no! No horrible twitching on account of me, please!

I honestly am in no hurry! I didn't even know this snippet was for me. But when I read your comment, I went all, THIS AWESOMENESS IS FOR ME? WOOOOOHOOOOOO! So, there was a lot of excitement at 5 am.

Prim, I know you are in school and you got a lot of stuff going on so please don't worry about this. The main thing for help_japan was helping them. It was just really a great bonus that you would write for me. So, please don't worry about this fic. This little snippet would be enough actually. I'm happy already! <3 Thank you so much! *hugs*

Date: 2012-04-02 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really appreciate that, you have no idea. No idea! YOU'RE A GODDESS OKAY!!!!!!! JUST FYI
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