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Fate Comes with Time

Fate Comes with Time (2)

 

「Well then, let’s do it.」

I bundled up the back of my head with one hand and tried it.

Then Chrono reliably nodded.

「Let me take care of that. I will make Onee-chan pretty and cute. 」

「Ahhh, I’m glad. Then, I would like to ask Chrono to do just that for me. 」

That’s really cute.

Even if it was lip service, I was glad.

In the past few years, if I think about it, I could not find a salon that suited me, so I ended up moving from a salon to another like a gypsy.

It might be my good fate to work with Chrono-kun.

If it turns out well then, I can become a regular.

Come to think about it, I still have not asked where his shop is.

「Where is the shop Chrono-kun work at is?」

He seemed to be waiting for that question.

「If you don’t mind, please have this.」

He takes a business card from this chest pocket and presents it through the firewall.

Chrono’s hand holding the business card was beautiful enough to captivate my eyes.

His fingers are long, slender and look beautiful like a white marble statue glowing in the moonlit night.

Being as beautiful as a work of art is probably a business tool for him.

I felt guilty about thinking this way while I received the business card from his hand.

Whiling holding the box I received a while ago, I looked at the business card that I received.

“Hair Salon Chrono” — That is the name of the shop.

「Hair salon…… Chrono, is it? 」

「Yes」

The address seems to be close to my apartment but I don’t remember seeing it.

Perhaps it was newly opened.

There was his name under the store name.

『Chorno Kuro, Manager』 –Eh. store manager?

「Chrono-kun, are you the manager?」

Upon seeing my surprised reaction, he pulled a face like a naughty child.

「Can you not read it?」

「Yes, well……. You are young, aren’t you? I’m guessing you are still in your 20s.」

「I’m 28」

「Young?!」

「Even though it is only one employee, me, the manager.」

However, now that you mention it he does give the impression of a boss, but by no means does he look 28.

「I get told that often, it appears so.」

He said this with a sweet smile on his face.

「By the way, what is Onee-san’s name? If you don’t tell me, I can’t make a reservation. 」

「My name is Mishima. The kanji characters are the numeral three and the same character as the island of Shimane. 」

「Mishima what-san?」

「It’s Mishima Miyako. Miyako from the first character of Kyoto 『Miyako』」

「Miyako-san, huh? Chronotowa, my best regards for the future. 」

Chrono-kun continued and lightly lowered his head.

「So, I’m free tomorrow would you like to make an appointment then?」

「Tomorrow? Okay, I have no plans……」

I wonder if it is alright to make a reservation so suddenly.

Chrono-san laughed pleasantly to allay my uneasiness.

「Just to assure you, by chance, there are no reservations for tomorrow.」

「Well then, don’t worry, time is available whenever.」

「Certainly. So then, how about 10 in the morning? 」

「That’s fine. 」

The truth is. after this, I was thinking about going to bed after drinking to myself to a stupor.

But now, my tears have dried up in the night wind and I have an errand to run tomorrow morning.

There is no time to drink, no time to cry.

「So, tomorrow morning at 10, Mishima Miyako-sama. I’ll be expecting you. 」

「Thank you very much. 」

The first shortstop.

When it comes down to it, I am a little nervous now.

It is a heart pounding situation to talk about things like this to a neighbour that one has just met today.

「Well, Miyako-san good night, you had better get to bed early. You will catch a cold if you stay here for a long time. 」

I accepted what Chrono-kun said and responded positively.

「That’s right. Thanks for everything Chrono-kun」

「You are welcome, Miyako-san」

As I said, Chrono smiled again with a face that does not look 28.

「Good night, see you tomorrow. 」

He left a little after his regards and returned to his apartment.

While thinking that his appearance has disappeared, I heard the sound of the veranda door closing quietly through the firewall.

I also took a deep breath and sucked in the cold night air before returning to my room.

For now, let’s arrange the shoes at the entrance, get changed, take a bath then try to get some light sleep.

I will not cry any longer because I have to be up early tomorrow.

On the contrary, I’m better than I thought I’d be.

On Saturday, I visited the address on the business card that I received.

「Hair Salon Chronos…… It’s here」

The store was close to our apartments, just around the corner of a residential area.

The store is small white brick store that had a cute and pretty appearance with a look of a café.

One of the reasons for that is that the windows are smaller like other shops, not like other hair salons.

There was a poster at the door.

According to it, it seems that the store will open at 9:30am on Sunday morning.

It seems that it is not opened yet today.

「The reservation was today…… right? 」

I suddenly I got worried.

Last night, Chrono said 『10 o’clock on Saturday morning』

I remember the time, but what if I misunderstood?

Worst of all, I had a broken heart and there is the possibility of me hallucinating, but I was sober.

While I was perplexed, the doorbell sounded unexpectedly.

「Welcome, I’ve been waiting for you.」

Then the door opened and a familiar face appears in front of me.

Chrono-kun.

A sweet smile floated on his lips, with a blonde hair sweeping over his face and drooping eyes.

I timidly answered back.

「Good morning. Did you make a reservation for today? 」

「That is correct.」

「But the sign on the door stated that it is opened tomorrow. 」

「The place is empty and you have an appointment. It’s not a coincidence, isn’t it? 」

Chrono-kun invited me to the store as a matter of fact.

The inside of the shop was paneled with woodgrain panels both on the walls and floors and had a warmth to the interior decoration.

There are 3 styling chairs and only 2 shampoo basins.

Every fixture is brand new and shiny, and the mirror is polished to the extent that the figure appears on the floor as well.

There is no one in the store besides Chrono-kun and I.

「Miyako-san is the first customer in this store.」

While guiding me to the styling chair, Chrono-kun said.

「Is that so? Is it because it is before the official opening? 」

When he heard that, he nodded back.

「Today we will call the staff and guests in the afternoon for planning and rehearsal.」

「Well, it’s the day before the official opening,」

「I’m glad you came here but I wanted to cut your hair anyway. I invited Miyako-san before rehearsing. 」

And after having me sit down, he turned me in the chair around the front, facing the mirror.

The mirror in front of me was reflecting me sitting in the styling chair and Chrono-kun picking up the brush behind me.

I had puffy, swollen eyes.

Chrono-kun who rolled up the sleeves of his dungaree shirt, brush my hair with gentle movements.

My hair was comfortably combed.

Just like I saw last night, his hand was a beautiful, slender hand like a work of art.

I was looking forward to seeing how this hand will change my hair.

At the same time, although I also felt somewhat frustrated.

「Is it ok for me to be your first customer?」

When asking through the mirror, Chrono-kun raised his face up and met my eyes.

「Miyako-san is fine as a first customer」

Saying such a thing so easily makes me embarrassed.

「Aren’t you superstitious?  Having a broken-hearted person as a first customer? 」

「The customer is a customer, the reason is irrelevant.」

Chrono-kun gently bunched my hair with slender hands.

The eyes that were looking at my hair were serious.

「In addition to what I said yesterday. Miyako-san will definitely look good with a shortcut. 」

I could not believe it was lip service as it was said in a passionate voice.

「I will make Miyako-san the absolute cutest. Please believe and leave it to me 」

This is the first time cutting my hair short.

I thought it would be better to leave it to Chrono-kun than deciding it myself.

「Well then, please go ahead. You can do whatever you want. 」

In response, Chono-kun smiled for an instant.

「You are resolved, aren’t you Miyako-san」

「I have nothing to lose」

I laughed into a mirror.

I had a last look at my long hair.

After that, Chrono-kun lead me to the shampoo basin.

A towel was wrapped around my collar and sat in the chair and had a blanket put on my knee, Chrono-kun gently reclined the back of the chair.

I was slightly nervous somehow when I looked up at him from an almost supine position.

With the strong lighting coming from the ceiling, Chrono-kun’s face had a dark shadow cast and looked like a different person when I had a peek.

But when he saw my face, he smiled and the darkness quickly scattered.

「Miyako-san, are you nervous?」

「Oh, sorry. It is weird for someone that I know to wash my hair.」

「It is OK for you to relax. I’ll put a towelette on your face, so close your eyes 」

I closed my eyes as requested.

A few seconds later, I felt a think cloth on my face.

I can hear the sound of warm water flow over my head.

「Please let me know if it is too hot」

After voicing that, Chrono-kun ran the hot water through my hair.

At first, from the hairline to the side of the ear, from the hair whorl to the eyelid, slowly stroking my head with warm water and big hands.

The warm water was just like the temperature of a bath, comfortable.

「Miyako-san is it not too hot?」

「It is just right.」

Chrono-kun’s shampooing was good.

It was very pleasant to be washed and massaged with fingertips.

It is also a good feeling when the bubbles rise with a rhythmic sound.

Not only the dirt, my stress and tiredness felt like they were melting away from deep inside as well, it gave me the feeling that I wanted my hair to be washed all the time.

So, when I let out an unexpected sigh, I heard Chrono-kun teasingly laughed.

「Do you feel good?」

「Yeah, very much so……」

I might have fallen asleep if I was a little more relaxed.

I was nervous and it was good for it.

「Chrono-kun’s shampooing is good」

I corrected myself after saying it in a rude manner to a manager. (TN: Japanese manners can be perplexing.)

「I’m sorry, because you are a manager, it is natural to be good.」

「It seems like it, but it is due to spending a lot of time down in the bottom ranks, isn’t it?」

Chrono-kun replied while moving his fingers.

「When I was a newbie, I was in charge of the shampoo station all day. In most shops, shampooing is the newcomer’s work. 」

「If so, it is a great honor to have the store manager, Chrono-kun, wash it.」

「Because I’ve worked so hard, I got to own my own store.」

There was the sound of the taps twisting again.

「I was also lucky though. It is here, in this shop, where the things my seniors did are now implemented. 」

Chrono-kun continues while washing away the lather from my hair with warm water.

「The seniors were going to close down their shop, and there was a rumor going around that they would hand it over to someone…… I thought that this was my chance and I stood forward. I’ve always wanted to be independent. 」

Even though there is only a 1-year difference between Chrono-kun and I, he is quite well grounded.

I want to be independent, it is quite a wonderful ambition to have, owning a store while still in his twenties.

I should emulate this.

「However, I’ve not lived here so I don’t really know the lay of the land.」

Then Chrono-kun smiled a smile that was more appropriate to his age.

「All the staff are from this neighborhood, but I was the only one that was not. I thought I need to get familiar as soon as possible. 」

Is that why Chrono-kun moved?

He is not a person from around here, I’m like that too though.

「Miyako-san are you from here?」

After washing my hair, I was questioned while getting wiped it with a towel.

「No. But since I’ve been here for 7 years so I know it better than my hometown. 」

「7 years, you are by far my senior.」

Chrono-kun removed the towelette covering my face.

When I slowly open my eyes, my line of sight strikes Chrono-kun who is wiping my hair.

「If so, can you teach me about the area?」

Those words, I’ve heard it from another person before.

『I don’t know much about this area yet. Mishima-san, please show me around』

The warm smile of Etou-kun suddenly revived in my mind, flooding me with distress.

That’d why I thought I’d show him around.

This town.

The planetarium at the science museum.

「……Miyako-san?」

I heard my name called and I pulled myself together.

Chrono-kun at my face suspiciously.

If you are suddenly immersed in memories in front of you, you’d act pretty odd.

「No. Please feel free to ask anytime. 」

I answered as brightly as I could.

Even right now, I feel like laughing off my past.

 

Fate Comes with Time

Fate Comes with Time

Synopsis

Chapter 1

  1. Fate Comes with Time (1)
  2. Fate Comes with Time (2)
  3. Fate Comes with Time (3)
  4. Palpitations Fall at Night (1)
  5. Palpitations Fall at Night (2)
  6. Palpitations Fall at Night (3)
  7. Palpitations Fall at Night (4)
  8. The Season Appears from the Sky (1)
  9. The Season Appears from the Sky (2)
  10. The Season Appears from the Sky (3)
  11. Winter is suitable for Love (1)
  12. Winter is suitable for Love (2)
  13. Winter is suitable for Love (3)
  14. The Holy Night is Full of Light (1)
  15. The Holy Night is Full of Light (2)
  16. The Two Create their Own World (1)
  17. The Two Create their Own World (2)
  18. The Two Create their Own World (3)
  19. The Two Create their Own World (4)
  20. The Two Create their Own World (5)
  21. Soaring Up the Abyss With Love (1)
  22. Soaring Up the Abyss With Love (2)
  23. Soaring Up the Abyss With Love (3)
  24. Soaring Up the Abyss With Love (4)
  25. The Dream Will Continue Indefinitely (1)
  26. The Dream Will Continue Indefinitely (2)
  27. Sequel: To take the hand in a vow of engagement
Fate Comes with Time

Fate Comes with Time (1)

「Mishima, Mishima-san, I’m sorry. I’m going to have to……. 」
These are the words used by Etou-kun to shatter my love into a million pieces.

Ah… I’m so irritated.

I think anyone who had experienced an office romance will be able to relate.

Meeting him everyday, experiencing his warmth and kindness, seeing his smile, Etou-kun’s everything attracted my heart, going to work became much more enjoyable .
Overtime was never boring with him. Actually, I cherished the time we sent walking the dark streets, just the two of us, after finishing the extra hours.

But all that has now come to an end.

「Mishima-san has helped me a lot at work, so I feel bad about having to refuse.」
That’s how Etou-kun declined my invitation to go out on a date.
I stood there, rock-still, holding the planetarium tickets i just bought today, they were supposed to be given to him.

「It has always been you who’s treating me, for so many times …… 」
Yes, I thought we were dating or at least heading towards that direction since we had two meals just the two of us, …I guess Etou-kun did not think so.

「Besides, my girlfriend would get very jealous……going out with another woman on a date would be bad.」
Oh…he has a girlfriend! and he’s telling me that only now!!. I guess the relationship between us is that shallow!.

「It is a very awkward misunderstanding, I’m sorry.」                                                            My voice finally squeaks out, coming out hoarse like a wicked witch.

「No, I’m also very sorry.」                                                                                                           Etou-kun apologised in turn.

I showed a little relief as I looked up with empty eyes.
Ironically, seeing this, he’s starting to relax. As for me, even though I’m still hurting, there is a part of me that’s happy he looked relieved.

「Well, this……」
Since it can’t be helped, I decided to give the tickets that I bought to Etou-kun.
They were meant for him anyways, since he had mentioned before that he wanted to visit a planetarium.

Even though he had been in the city for  three years now, after finding a job, he didn’t have the chance to visit. I intended on taking and introducing him to the Science Museum. as we did had a conversation indicating that before.                                                   『Why don’t you try going once? It’s well equipped and it’s worth seeing.』
『Oh, that sounds good, I’d love to go.』

The memories of such a conversation still remained brand new in my mind.

Well, he did want to go, but he did not say he wanted so with me. I guess it was my wishful thinking that heard it that way.

「I’ll give you the tickets, why don’t you go with her? 」
I said that while presenting the tickets to Etou-kun again, but he still refused.

「No, that would bad.」

「It would be bad if they were wasted, at least you can go on a date.」

「Isn’t it expensive? Don’t you think that Mishima-san should use them for a date instead?」
Etou-kun said that with his usual gentle, warm smile.

He did not seem to realise the pain his words made my heart go through.

I refuse to cry during work hours. So, I just finished the day’s work, did not do any overtime, walked aimlessly through the streets, and before I know it, I reached home.

I rushed into my room on the second floor of the apartment and went straight to the verandah with my bare feet.

My room has a small verandah from which the view is not bad.
「Haaaaa……」

I did not change out of my suit and just went to the verandah as was.

As I was feeling the cold breeze of the night on the verandah, I let loose my tied up hair. The view was of the night-lights of houses from the residential area I live in, it was nice and quiet, the numerous warm lights were comforting for someone who lives alone.

Will this broken heart of mine ever be healed?
「If you have a girlfriend, please tell me first……」

As the night scene gradually got blotted out, I closed my eyes tightly.

I knew that was a selfish demand. Etou-kun was there to do his job, he had no obligation to tell me about his private life. But still, if I had known sooner, my wounds would have been a little bit lighter.

Why did I have to get carried away on my own?, I even bought him the tickets!, and yet, he only saw me his senior, and treated me like how a junior should.

Perhaps it was annoying to invite me out for a meal before?. Being his senior, I couldn’t refuse out of good-will towards my junior. Maybe Etou-kun misunderstood my intentions thus he didn’t tell me he had a girlfriend, he did want my help after all. (TN: Her mind seems muddled, the sentences were all over the place and made it a right pain to translate ….)

The pain of a broken heart can cause one’s mind to fail.

What am I to do now?. I am way too embarrassed to face Etou-kun.

I wonder if this is considered as a senior bullying his junior.

Ah, this is the worst! Now I’ve become an abusing senior who needs to avoid the junior she bullied.

Although I did not plan for it to happen, I did end up liking him, earnestly.

「I really liked you……」
I murmured as tears were falling, I slumped down on the handrail of the verandah.
It’s good that tomorrow is Saturday.

I would definitely be troubling Etou-kun if I went to work with a swollen face after crying too much.

I guess I’ll just cry my heart out now, maybe that will lighten my mood, would drinking help? but that will make me drunk, alone, and I’ll still be crying!.

While being caressed by the gentle night breeze, I only had those thoughts in my mind.

「– – Ahh, I’ve finally met you.」
From somewhere close came the voice of an unfamiliar man.
As I was face down, I didn’t know where the voice came from.
I wonder if someone is talking outside…. that’s what my tired mind thought of.

「Onee-chan, nice to meet you. I’m the one that has moved next door, please have my best regards.」
My mind kept telling me that those words are directed at me, and yet, here I am, face down, still crying from a broken heart. I told myself I need to answer, but I couldn’t even raise my head.

「I wanted to give my greetings yesterday or earlier today, but you were away all this time. I’m glad to finally meet my neighbour. Please do not worry because I live alone, and am not noisy.」
He disregarded my head that won’t raise up and kept talking.

By the way, the room next door was vacant for about a year now. Did it finally get tenanted?

As much as I was reluctant, I still turned my head towards the direction of the voice.

The second floor had four rooms, each one of them had a narrow verandah, and these verandahs were separated by firewalls between the rooms.

I peeped at my new neighbour’s face from over here, I rubbed my eyes and let the tears spread all over my hands, his face finally began to clear up.

As I thought, the voice was a man’s.

His hair was dyed ash blonde with a slight wavy perm gently descending to a medium length. His ear peeked out as the gentle night breeze slowly swirled his hair making it sway slowly back and forth. A sweet smile likely to melt a girl’s heart was gently floating on his face, it matched perfectly with his droopy eyes.

My first impression of him was… not a salary-man.

“How old is this person,” I wondered in my mind. He certainly looks younger than me, maybe around twenty-three or twenty-four perhaps.

The person who had been smiling all along finally realized I was crying
「Ahhh, I’m sorry. You were having some troubles, weren’t you?」
After staring at him wide-eyed, I simply withdrew to my room for some reason. However, when I returned to the verandah, I found a thin box presented from the other side of the firewall.

「Please use this as you see fit. This is my greeting gift to you.」(TN: Hikkoshi Aisatsu, if you want to look up the custom.)

「Haaa! thank you.」
I didn’t know what to say, so I just received the box that was tied up with red string. I was hesitant to open it up in front of him, so I kept holding it in my hands.

「My name is Chrono.」
He looked towards me and smiled again.
「I’m a hairdresser. I’m good at listening to my customer’s stories, so feel free to consult me if you have troubles.」

I was quite impressed with his courage, to be able to talk in such an overly-familiar way with a crying woman he met for the first time must require guts. I wonder if this is due to his profession.

「No, there is no trouble……」
I was at a loss for words. Being freshly brokenhearted today, I neglected to keep up appearances and appeared abrupt to my neighbour.

「It’s just a broken heart. I’ll feel better after crying a little. 」

「Heeee, Onee-san is tough isn’t she?」
Chrono-kun said in an impressed tone.

「It is unlikely for people to be able to say that whilst crying from a broken heart.」
「Is that so……?」
I wonder if I was praised?

Honestly, it would be much more complicated, if it went according to my anticipations.

I take a deep breath.
「Ahh… well, it was somewhat of an empty wish.」

Chrono with a doubtful face asked,「What is it that you desire?」

「The other party is a junior in the same workplace. So, I have to recover by the end of the weekend.」

「That’s awkward, isn’t it?」

「Yeah, it is. Though confessing to him felt a little like salvation.」

「Ah, maybe you found out that he has a girlfriend?」

「That…, perhaps it was like that. It is not like I knew he had one beforehand.」

Before i realize it, i had fluently confessed everything, I was shocked! Why am I talking about such a personal issue with a neighbour I’m meeting for the first time?

Even though he offered to listen, it was still inappropriate to talk about my problems to a stranger. However, Chrono listened to me with a gentle countenance. He even smiled so sweetly.

「Well, Onee-san. Let’s do it all at once.」

「What?!」

「Of course, your hair. It will give your heart a fresh start, improve your mood and refresh your mind.」

You truly think so?

「Did I just fall into work-mode?」he said.

I couldn’t help but to hook up my lips a bit, though, my smile must have looked terrible. However, just the fact that I was able to laugh now was really surprising, considering the pain my heart was going through.

「Onee-san’s smile, I’ve finally seen it for the first time.」

「From the time I had first seen you, I kept on thinking that a short hair would fit onee-san perfectly.」he continued.

「I’ve never had it short before.」

I have been maintaining a certain length for a long time since my school days. And because I’ve always liked to style my hair myself, I often tried new hairstyles to find the ones I like.

Since Etou-kun liked the side-tails hairstyle, I have always maintained that look in his presence. Though now I have no reason to.

However, cutting my hair still feels wasteful, and will probably trouble Etou-kun once he sees it.

Let’s just do it!
「I bet, you are absolutely right」
Since Chrono is a professional hairdresser I had confidence in his opinion, Isn’t it normal to feel comfortable doing what the hair-dresser recommended?
It would be an adventure for me, maybe I’ll even be able to clear up this feeling in my heart.

「But……」, I’m still hesitating.

「『An unrequited love or a haircut. Which one should you go on with?』                      The old man at work always asks that question whenever a female customer says 『I’m broken-hearted. 』」.

Actually, a broken heart is often the reason why a girl cuts her hair. Well, not that I care that much…… it’s just……

「A girl cutting her hair to start anew, that happens often.」
Chrono replied to my doubts.

Ah…, I wonder if I should do such a thing?.

But I guess people often do change their mindsets when they are brokenhearted, So… I think I’ll do it!, the first step to breaking the heavy melancholy I’m feeling is to lighten my head by cutting my hair.

I want to change my mood.

I want to change.

I will have to face Etou-kun again at the beginning of the week, so I need to stop crying forever.

The feeling of wanting to change had given me the courage to take a big step.

 

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Fate Comes with Time

Fate Comes with Time

Author: Morisaki Sora

On the day my colleague broke my heart, I met my neighbour who just moved into the city on the verandah.

His name is Chrono, he is a hairdresser.

Whether this encounter is destiny or not will surely be revealed from now.

This is a completed WN.

※This is a copy from the author’s own site http://tg1130.sakura.ne.jp/

 

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