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[Yama fic] A Complete Escape

Title: A Complete Escape
Pairing: Yama (Ohno x Sho)
Rating: PG
Genre: AU, fluff, romance
Summary: Sho was a workaholic who hadn't had a vacation for years. How did a cruise with business clients turn into a complete escape for him?

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Sho never liked the sea before. Going on a cruise was the last thing he’d think of doing, but today he is boarding a gigantic cruise ship The Love Boat for a seven day cruise.

“Why do they choose to sign the contract on a ship?” Sho asked his secretary Momoko annoyingly.

“I think they do it out of good intention. They give us the biggest deal for this year and pay for all expenses for the cruise. Who would have thought that you don’t like sailing?” Momoko shook her head. “I’d love to go in your place in a heart beat. Too bad it’s not my signature they want on the contract. I heard this cruise line is the most luxurious in the industry. Just think of it as a vacation. You haven’t taken any time off for four years. You’re working too hard.”

Sho was indeed working very hard. He started this business from scratch four years ago on his own. He hadn’t had a relationship or even a non-business related social life ever since. Every minute of his life was about work. The devotion and diligence brought his business to where it is, employing close to fifty employees and has stable clients. The contract he’s about to sign is the biggest yet and he depended on it for his expansion plan.

So there he is, boarding The Love Boat as invited by the potential clients to seal the deal. Three couples from the client company were going on this cruise. They had extended the invitation to his other half since most people go on cruises in pairs, but he doesn’t have an other half and had to go solo which made him feeling even more awkward.

Once embarked, it took him less than an hour to finish his tour around the ship. Although it’s quite amazing that the ship has almost everything one could find in a small town, restaurants, bars, library, casino, fitness gym, even a small chapel to perform weddings, nothing was interesting enough for him to get excited. He began to wonder how he could spend the rest of the days besides watching CNN news in his cabin.

First things first, the purpose of the trip was to get the contract signed, so Sho wasted no time to get this done. But it seemed his clients were in no hurry. They said they wanted a relaxed first evening on board and would not talk business till next morning.

That night he had dinner with the clients in the ship’s specialty restaurant. They food was delicious and the wine was awesome. Even being in business for years, he still didn’t enjoy socializing all that much. He wouldn’t mind spending hours analyzing data or writing proposals and reports, but holding a glass of wine and chit chatting non-business related things for a whole evening was the least of his likings.

Finally dinner was over the three couples proceeded to the bar for more drinks and dance but Sho excused himself from the after dinner entertainment. He had gone with clients to bars before and was rather annoyed by the numerous uninvited approaches from both males and females patrons.

It’s still too early to sleep. So he grabbed a magazine and sat at the lounge area to enjoy some relaxing music alone. He read for a few minutes but slowly his thoughts wondered off. He didn’t know how long he had been in a daze before he felt a little sleepy and retreated back to his cabin.

Sho didn’t sleep too well that night. May be he’s anxious about the unsettled business, may be he’s not used to the rocking movement at sea He’s not sure. He got up after dawn and dying for a cup of coffee. He decided to get breakfast before coming back to get ready for the meeting with his clients.

When he opened the cabin door, he found a big envelope at his mailbox outside the cabin. There was no name on the envelope and he wasn’t expecting anything. But since it’s in his mailbox, it must be intended for him. He took it back to the cabin and opened it. To his surprise it was a drawing, a drawing of him.

It was a pencil sketch of his head portrait, very well done. The facial features were very detailed and lively. It resembled him very closely. At the lower right corner of the drawing there was a small signature. He could vaguely read the words on it – Satoshi.

He searched the envelope, there was nothing else in it. Who would leave him such a drawing and when was this drawn? He went out to find his steward hoping to get some answers.

“Do you know who left this envelope in my mailbox?” Sho asked.

“Sorry Sakurai-san, I don’t know. It must be left after I finished my last round.” The steward replied.

“I see. Then do you know anyone by the name of ‘Satoshi’?”

The steward thought for a moment, then shook his head. “I’m afraid I don’t either.”

Seemed not much to go on, Sho decided to put if off for now. But he’s not giving up on finding who this ‘Satoshi’ was.

His day went on without other surprises. He met with the clients for lunch and the contract was finally signed. He thanked his clients for the business and paying for the cruise. At the same time he started to wonder how he could spend the next six days on a big cruise ship.

As he didn’t sleep well the night before, Sho took a nap in his cabin. When he woke up, it’s already dinner time and he went to the restaurant to eat. With that much sleeping and eating, he’s afraid he would gain a lot of weight in this trip. So after eating dinner, he decided to walk around the ship just to burn off some calories.

He walked past the casino and some shops. Neither attracted his interest. Then he saw the sign to the art gallery, a place where he normally wouldn’t even consider going. But now he had all the time to even take a tour of the ship’s storage room.

Proceeding to the gallery he saw many paintings and drawings hanging on the wall and on the floor. Sho could immediately tell that these art pieces were rather unusual. They were not scenic ones with trees and mountains, or portraits of beautiful girls or animals, but guys with big heads and small bodies, gorillas wearing hats and smoking cigars, and abstract ones with just shadows and patterns. He couldn’t help chuckling at the art pieces. This artist certainly had a unique style of his own, he thought.

Then something in these drawings caught his attention. They all have one thing in common – all had the same signature ‘Satoshi’ at the lower right corner, the same one that was on the drawing left in his mailbox. He had found the person, the artist who drew him!

He had a lot of questions, but he knew he seemed to be a step closer in finding the answers. He looked around the gallery, hoping to find more info about the artist, but all he could find was the business hours of the gallery. He would be there at 11 a.m. sharp the next morning when the gallery opened again, hopefully to meet this ‘Satoshi’, or at least learned how to find him.

Back in his cabin, he took looked at the drawing again, more closely this time. There's no smile on the face and the eyebrows were slightly frowned. The pairs of big eyes were staring but weren't really focusing. There wasn't much emotion expressed but Sho felt a glimpse of emptiness and loneliness in this person. The artist had shown in the drawing the unfamiliar self of Sho that even he himself hadn’t noticed before.

The urge to meet this ‘Satoshi’ became stronger.

Sho was literally counting seconds the next morning after he had breakfast. He went to the gallery and waited to find out who this ‘Satoshi’ is.

Then a man with short brown hair and chubby cheeks appeared in his sight. Sho’s eyes widened as he watched him walking towards the gallery. When the man saw Sho staring at him, he paused for a moment, eyes also on Sho. Then he looked away and continued walking towards the desk. Sho was certain that he saw a faint smile on the man’s face.

The man stopped at the gallery desk and put his bag on it. Sho was debating if he should approach him as he seemed to be busy organizing something. It was the man who noticed Sho’s hesitation and spoke up first.

“Can I help you?” The man asked Sho.

“I’m sorry.” Sho felt somewhat awkward. “I’m wondering if you can tell me where I can find ‘Satoshi’, the artist who made these paintings.” He pointed to the paintings and drawings he saw the night before.

“You want to buy his paintings?” The man asked again.

“Actually I have one of his drawing. I – just want to thank him for it.”

The man shook his head. “There’s no need. He only gives his drawings when he enjoys drawing them.”

“How do you know he gave the drawing to me?” Sho puzzled, “Unless – ”

“Unless I’m ‘Satoshi’” The man laughed. “Yes, you’re talking to him. I’m Satoshi Ohno.”

“Oh – ” Sho didn’t know how to respond, even though it was not a total surprise to him. Somehow he had that feeling when he first saw him. “Well, I still need to thank you. It was a lovely drawing.”

"I'm glad you like it.” He said as he turned the ‘Closed’ sign to ‘Open’, getting ready to open for business.

“Umm, I’m wondering if I can ask you something.” Sho continued.

“Sure, but I have to open the gallery now and may get busy. I have a lunch break at 2 p.m. if you don’t mind having late lunch.”

“Of course not.” Sho was delighted at the invitation. “I’ll meet you back here at 2 then.”

Sho walked away for a while but couldn’t help going back to the gallery. He stayed at a distance to not disturbing the man’s work. Many passengers came and looked at the paintings and also ask Ohno to draw a pencil portrait for them. Sho found himself attracted to the way Ohno was drawing, so focus and professional.

Right at 2 p.m. Sho met up with Ohno again and headed to the restaurant. They ordered some food when Sho realized something.

“I’m sorry. I don’t think I have properly introduced myself. I’m Sho Sakurai.” Sho reached out his hand.

 Ohno shook Sho’s hands and smiled. “You’re so proper. So, you have something to ask me?”

Sho had wanted to ask the question ever since he got the drawing, but now that Ohno was in front of him, he felt embarrassed to open his mouth. “I just wonder – why did you draw me?” He finally spoke up.

Ohno laughed. “I don’t know actually. I saw you at the lounge the other night and found your facial features very beautiful. My hands just couldn’t help it.”

Sho blushed at the compliment. He had been praised as handsome numerously times before, but never felt his heart beating so fast as it was this time.

“You seemed to be lost in your thoughts then, which made your contours even more distinguishable.” Ohno added.

Sho remembered the unfamiliar self that he saw from the portrait. “I saw something about myself in the drawing that I never noticed before. You drew more than my look.”

Ohno widened his eyes and looked at Sho. “You could tell?” He seemed surprised. “I drew what you felt in your heart. At least that’s what I wanted to, in all my drawings. But most of my customers don’t notice or don’t care. All they see is whether the drawings look like them or not.” Ohno’s voice softened at the end. Sho could tell a sense of disappointment in it.

“I’m really glad you noticed.” Ohno lightened up. He felt he finally met a customer who shared his passion.

“How did you find out my cabin number?” Sho suddenly remembered about the last thing that was puzzling him.

“I work here, remember? You ordered a drink at the lounge and charged it to your cabin. It’s not hard for me to find out.” Ohno ate a bite of food which made his cheeks even chubbier.

Sho laughed at the sight. The artist in front of him was carefree and passionate, so different from the businessmen he saw everyday who’s so practical and even fake sometimes. He felt very loosen up around Ohno, which he hadn’t felt for a long long time.

The rest of the lunch was pleasant. They talked about a lot of things, but Ohno had to get back to the gallery so they reluctantly said goodbye.

They met up again the next day, and the next day and the next day. Sometimes Sho brought a book or his laptop and sat at the lounge adjacent to the gallery when Ohno was working. Sometimes they had drinks in the bar late in the evenings. Other times they sat on the deck talking about anything that came to mind. What seemed to be a dreadfully long cruise to Sho had become too soon to end. Disembarkation was the next day before he knew it.

Ohno and Sho sat on lounge chairs on the open deck looking up at the sky.

“Ohno-san – ”

“Satoshi, call me Satoshi, please.” Ohno interrupted Sho with a grin. “I’m not used to people calling me ‘san’ like you do.”

“Satoshi – ” Sho liked it. “What are you going to do after the cruise ends?”

“Me? Staying in the ship for another cruise.” Ohno shrugged. “I signed a one-year contract with the cruise line. The Love Boat will be my home for the upcoming year.”

“You don’t look like to me the type that want to be binded to a ship for a whole year.” Sho suggested. To him Ohno seemed to be someone that liked to travel around.

“You got that right, Sho.”

Hearing Ohno called him ‘Sho’ for the first time gave him butterflies in his stomach.

“I don’t, but I have to, if I want to go to Antarctica next year.” Ohno said eagerly.

“An – Antarctica? Are you serious? What do you want to go there for?” Sho was shock. He knew artists had extraordinary ideas, but he didn’t expect such crazy ones.

“I want to see live penguins, hundreds and thousands of them. That’s my passion since I was little. But I have to save up enough money first, and this year working on The Love Boat will help.” Ohno was like a little kid speaking about his dream, all excited.

Before Sho could digest the idea, he heard another three words from Ohno.

“Come with me?”

An invitation to Antarctica? Sho didn’t know what to think of it. His heart skipped a beat upon hearing it, but then he just knew this man for a few days and he had never done such crazy things before. But, Sho admitted that it’s still tempting.

“You really want me to go with you?” Not looking at Ohno, Sho said softly, so soft it’s more like whispering. He wasn’t sure if he wanted Ohno to hear.

There was no answer. May be Ohno wasn’t serious about the invitation after all. Sho  became a little disappointed, but tried not to think too much about it.

“Satoshi, may be we can have breakfast before disembarkation?” Sho tried to change the subject to cover his disappointment. He turned to Ohno, but found him with his eyes closed and a slight snoring sound could be heard. The artist had dozed off.

Sho chuckled. This artist was really one of a kind.

The next day Sho said goodbye to his clients before their disembarkation. He stayed behind hoping to see Ohno again before leaving.

“So I guess this is goodbye.” Sho said to Ohno, rather sadly.

Without saying a word, Ohno leaned over and kissed Sho on the lips. Then he smiled at him and said softly. “You know where to find me.”

Sho froze on the gesture. He couldn’t say a word when seeing Ohno walking back inside the ship. He’s still in shock on his way home.

When he went back to the office the next day, Momoko greeted him with a cup of coffee. “So, the cruise wasn’t so bad, was it?”

“Not at all.” Sho replied with a grin. “Not at all. As a matter of fact, I want you to book me on every cruise with The Love Boat this year. I want to make a complete escape.”

As for Antarctica, Sho thought, I’ll see what fate brings me. I have a year to find out.

// The End


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 30th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
yay!! finally a yama fic <3 *goes off to read*
May. 30th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
so sweet <3 thank you for sharing~
May. 30th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
so cute <3 yama in a cruise.
May. 30th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
wow it makes me giggling to imagine Sho was blushing ><
thanks for this, can't wait for more ^^
May. 30th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
ahahaha every cruise? how will sho still be able to work? :P wahahaha loved it XD
May. 30th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
Kyaaa!! A Yama....
I've waiting for your story..
I'm so happy to read your writings again...
May. 30th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
sequel?? *puppy eyes*
this fic somehow emits a yama aura very much
i can feel sho loosen up when he talked to ohno
Glad that he could found ohno and even determined to go for every course <3
And so ohno to ask sho to go to antartica without even thinking the consequences XD

May. 30th, 2012 09:24 am (UTC)
Oh !!
this seems so interesting and lovely
a Yama cruise adventure... Love it !!
thanks for sharing ^^ 
May. 30th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
I really like how this ended. Thanks for sharing :D
May. 30th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
it was so sweet as always. i love your yama!
thank you for sharing :)
May. 30th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
"come with me"..really make me excited XD
May. 31st, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
this is cuuuuute. i like how ohno's drawing showed sho something he hadn't realized in himself!
Jun. 1st, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
whoaaa so cute >//<
love it <3
Jun. 6th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Just so natural for Papa Satoshi to do such things neh!!!
I bet he's already in love with Mama Sho when he first saw him sitting there, deep in tots.
Hahaha. And only after spending time together for a few days and Papa Satoshi kissed Mama Sho XD
Super bold lah!!!! *claps*

Though there's no specific happy ending and its all up to the readers' to conclude their own, I would imagine Mama Sho spending at least 2-3 mths of holiday on the boat XD

Ahhh. Romantic neh!!!! *super excited*
Keep the sweet fics rolling, dear!!! *hugs*
Feb. 25th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
I love this! It reminded me so much of Titanic--without, of course, the sinking ship. And with a very satisfying and promising ending.

Ohno's sentiments about people's level of appreciation for his drawings sounds just like him. And obsessing so much over Sho's face that he ends up drawing the younger guy sounds just like him, too. (≧∇≦)/ I love that Sho is taking his newfound escape in stride, not jumping right away on that Antarctica trip, but keeping the possibility of it open in his mind--just like how I imagine he would do. I love that the romance is not rushed between these two, but promises to lead into something quite meaningful. ^ω^

Thanks very much for sharing! ~<3
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