title: Brainstorming
fandom: Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi
characters/pairings: Sapphire Editor, a BL manga-ka, Takano/Onodera, Kisa/Yukina, Hatori/Yoshino
rating: G
warnings: gossiping
summary: Our Protagonist pitches her ideas to her head editor, inspired by the Emerald Editing staff.
notes: written for my trope bingo card, mistletoe kiss and accidental baby acquisition in one. if i could draw, this would have been amazingly better, but with my limitations, this format was the best i could do. the next time i write a fic with a metric @#!&-ton of html formatting, may god please let me figure out how to format it first, so i don't have to change all the formatting afterward. again. and then REformat it for AO3, sighs.

COFFE SHOP
There are six tables spread across the stage, and a counter on stage right. There are two GIRLS behind the counter in blue t-shirts and aprons, looking massively bored, gossiping. There are occasional CUSTOMERS, but only one table is occupied. PROTAGONIST sits in the table just off-center, looking around nervously. She's a mess; wearing sweats, her hair is tied in braids with a bandana to keep her bangs out of her face, wearing thick glasses. No one would guess she's a wildly popular BL mangaka. There are three cups of coffee on her table, as well as two notebooks and a sketchbook. Nervously, she sketches just about everything she sees, apparently a habit. MAN walks in and goes to the counter, and she sketches him with extra enthusiasm.



ENTER Stylish SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

I see some things never change.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR sits down at PROTAGONIST'S table, carelessly pushing aside some notebooks to make room for herself.

PROTAGONIST jumps in her chair.



PROTAGONIST

H-h-h-h-h-h-h-head editor!!! I was just...!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

Picturing that guy naked with another guy in between his legs?



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR leans over to examine PROTAGONIST'S sketch, clearly approving.

PROTAGONIST quickly piles her sketches together.



PROTAGONIST

Head editor, thank you so much for inviting me to the Emerald Christmas Party. ...Do they always hold it in April?



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

You know how crazy it is right at the end of the year. There's no time for editors to celebrate then. I don't know why they do it in April, though. I think it was Kisa's idea...



PROTAGONIST

Well, you were absolutely right. I just sat in a corner of the breakroom with my notebooks, and I got plenty of inspiration!



PROTAGONIST shuffles through her notebooks, trying not to reveal anything to the SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(whimsically)
I love the Emerald staff, and having them on the same floor as us... no one writing for me needs to ever go long without inspiration.



PROTAGONIST

Ah ha! Here! Ok, so first there was this. This man came in with a woman, he was holding a child. At first, I thought they were a family, but then she kept apologizing for bringing her son and he told her that it was fine and he'd watch the boy for the night, so she could just enjoy herself. Maybe she was a secretary?



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

Did you draw her?



PROTAGONIST

No, I was trying to sketch him with the baby. I didn't have time to sketch her, too.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

Well, we all have to make choices.



PROTAGONIST

After she left, he stayed in the breakroom to give the baby a bottle, and he was just... oh, so dreamy and nuturing!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

This guy? The one in this sketch?



PROTAGONIST

Yes! Tall, dark... handsome... good with children....



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

This guy?



PROTAGONIST

Yes! Does that seem strange?



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

If you'd ever seen him at a deadline... then, yes, it would seem very strange. You drew him with the baby very well, though.



PROTAGONIST

Oh, he was just... just so...



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(flatly)
Dreamy.



PROTAGONIST

Is something wrong? You know him, right? Is he...



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

I just think it's a crime against nature for a mangaka to be mooning over a guy like that. But you wouldn't be the first.



PROTAGONIST

Anyway, the best part comes next... See, a few minutes later, this really frantic guy came in... Here...



PROTAGONIST turns a few pages and shows SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR.



PROTAGONIST

And it was hilarious. Tall, dark, and dreamy handed him the baby and said, see, I wrote it here, Ritsu. Excellent news. We were approved for adoption!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(laughing)
Wait... he said... He called him Ritsu?



PROTAGONIST

And then...! He just walked off, and he left that Ritsu with the baby! And he was sputtering... socutely!! Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-TAKANO-SAAAAAAAN! (giggles uncontrollably)



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

Oh, my god, he's even more sadistic than I thought!
(leans over to get better view of sketch)
I never really gave the newbie a passing glance. I might have to look him over more carefully. Now that I think about it, there was some kind of story about them sleeping together on a business trip.



PROTAGONIST

Ooh!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

So your next work is going to be a massive S seme and his M uke raising a child?



PROTAGONIST

Well, that was just the first couple! The M ran off after tall, dark, and S-y, and I was alone. But then!!



PROTAGONIST flips through notebook pages excitedly.



PROTAGONIST

Then these two showed up!



PROTAGONIST shows off a sketch proudly.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

Don't you think you overdid this one a bit? It's a great character design, but all the sparkles and flowers around him are a bit...



PROTAGONIST

No, that's completely accurate! I swear, he was followed by hearts and flowers and sparkles at all times! I think there were sunbeams on him at all times, too!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(frowning)
Didn't the party start at like 8 o'clock?



PROTAGONIST

I know!! So gorgeous!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

Stop stroking your own sketch. That's weird.



PROTAGONIST

Sorry. He came in following this guy...



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

Ah! My personal favorite source of inspiration for BL fantasies!



PROTAGONIST

He was really nervous about anyone seeing them, but I guess I was tucked away neatly in the corner. In... visible...



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(smiling, kind)
Don't let it get to you. If you'd been seen, you wouldn't have been able to get all this good stuff.



PROTAGONIST

(smiling bravely)
That's true. And it really was good stuff. First, they were talking about what Gorgeous was even doing there, you don't work for Marukawa, etc, etc. Turns out, he helped out a sales guy a lot at some book signing? And maybe he's being recruited? So anyway, he's there at the sales guy's invite, so Cute 'n' Sexy



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(giggles)



PROTAGONIST

says that they have to keep their distance from each other, he works here, can't cause suspicion, all that, and Gorgeous starts whining, just like a large dog! People already know they know each other, he argues, and what's wrong with two colleagues enjoying a party together. And then Gorgeous mentioned that he saw mistletoe hung up somewhere, and Cute 'n' Sexy ran off.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(laughing, enjoying herself)
Kisa... with Mr. Too Good-Looking To Be Real... Oh, I love this idea! Older, smaller, cute uke with gorgeous, puppyish seme... There's a lot of directions this one could go!



PROTAGONIST

But that's not even it! There's another couple!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(disbelieving)
A third couple?



PROTAGONIST

Yes! Here...



PROTAGONIST shuffles through notebook, finds page, shows to SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR.



PROTAGONIST

See, this one came in first, leading this one by the hand. The smaller one was complaining the whole time, and the tall, cool one wasn't really reacting. The small one apparently had a cut on his knee somehow? Anyway, the tall one put him up on the counter like a child and got down on a knee to dress his wound! ...Which totally was no big deal, anyway.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(smiling, knowing)
Ahhh, I see. A childish prince uke and a cool, mature seme... yes, that's very nice.



PROTAGONIST

But then the child prince said something about what he was doing last week, and the cool guy got all annoyed, saying something about his deadline, so it was like... the cool guy was the editor and the prince kid was the mangaka?!?



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(snickering)
Getting you into that party was the best idea I ever had...



PROTAGONIST

The prince kid ran off trying to avoid the cool guy, who was tailing him realllllly closely.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

So, you're pitching me three different scenarios... Any feelings on which will be your next title?



PROTAGONIST

Wait, there's more! After that, I started to compile ideas, but then the first uke with the baby came in, and he was being really motherly, even saying things like Papa won't abandon us, he's just doing his work, don't worry, son! And he changed the baby's diaper! He was pretty clumsy about everything, but all in all, I'd say he adjusted to the idea of having a child with tall, dark, and dreamy pretty well in a short period of time. But then tall, dark, and dreamy came in with the baby's mother, and he tried to get Ritsu to give him back, and Ritsu ran off with the child crying! And tall, dark, and dreamy called him an idiot and went after him. I think the mother had had plenty to drink, because she just seemed amused by it all.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(dryly)
Or she was just used to Takano, after all.



PROTAGONIST

That was super hilarious, so I started to draw up some storyboards for that scene, but then Cute 'n' Sexy came back in, grumbling and complaining, followed by the Gorgeous Puppy. And Gorgeous was all... here, I drew it, see? He kept telling Cute 'n' Sexy not to be mad, he just couldn't help calling someone cute when they were cute. And Cute 'n' Sexy said that everyone would think they were weird if he kept gushing like that. And then! Gorgeous said he'd leave Cute 'n' Sexy alone... if Cute 'n' Sexy let him have a mistletoe kiss!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(excited)
Oh, I can just imagine Kisa's reaction to that!



PROTAGONIST

(giggling)
I know, he was so cutely mad! He said absolutely no way, no way, no way! But Gorgeous backed him into a corner... see? I drew it. And he held the mistletoe over Cute 'n' Sexy's head. And so Cute 'n' Sexy pouted... really cutely... and then he sighed like he was super put out and said Fine, whatever! But you promised! Leave me alone after this! And then they kissed!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(eagerly)
Did you take video?!?



PROTAGONIST

It all happened so fast! At first, it was just a sweet little kiss. But that only lasted about twenty seconds. Then, Gorgeous had his hands in places and Cute 'n' Sexy moaned really sexily, and it almost seemed like they were going to just do it right there on the breakroom floor!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(grabbing PROTAGONIST by collar)
My god, woman, why didn't you take video or at least pictures?!?



PROTAGONIST

(shaken but still happy)
Just when it was really getting hot, there were voices outside the breakroom, and Cute 'n' Sexy shoved Gorgeous off. And Cute 'n' Sexy called him an idiot, but he didn't sound too convincing, and so Gorgeous said, Let's go home, and they left.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(breathless)
You think they're living together?!



PROTAGONIST

(dreamily)
In my head, they are.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(slumping back in chair)
This is the best brainstorming session I've ever been a part of. Ever.



PROTAGONIST

Took me a minute to get my head together, and then I started to furiously sketch everything I saw, as quickly as possible. Before I forgot and everything.



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(surging forward)
Let me see!



PROTAGONIST hands SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR a notebook, pointing to a part of a page, smiling. SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR quickly starts poring over the pages, eagerly flipping back and forth and grinning like a maniac.



PROTAGONIST

I didn't get to finish, though, before the childish prince and his editor-slash-valet showed up and...



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR tears out a page of the notebook, shoving it into her purse, ignoring the objection of the PROTAGONIST.



PROTAGONIST

Hey!



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

This has been fantastic, but let's get back to point. Have you decided on what kind of story you want to do, then? An S-type seme and M-type uke with a baby, an older, cuter uke with a younger, gorgeouser seme who are sex fiends, or the childish prince and his dutiful servant who have reverse work roles?



PROTAGONIST

(moaning)
I can't decide! They're all so delicious! I was kind of thinking... well... what if...
(hopefully)
I did a story about a manga editing staff... and their love lives... and just used all three?



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

.........
(pondering hard)
.........Well...



PROTAGONIST

(eager, pleading)
There are a lot of series with large casts and multiple couples, after all. Doesn't that give the fans more to work with? Like, everyone can have their own favorites??



SAPPHIRE HEAD EDITOR

(slowly)
True...
(deciding)
This could work. But just in case, we should change a few details. I do have to work on the same floor with these guys, after all.



END SCENE




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