Title: The Beginning of Bishounen Café
Pairings: Ryo Nishikido/Ayumu Hamano (OC)
Story Type: One-Shot
Rating: Rated K
Summary: Written for "One-Shot Challenge #4: Bishounen Cafe Challenge”
introduce Bishounen Café, we start off with a story of how it all came
about. Meet Ayumu Hamano, the rich spoilt girl who chases after a café’s
waiter Nishikido Ryo. For the first time in her life she cannot have
the one thing she really wants.
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Ayumu Hamano was a girl who loved the
attention. Her father, Yosuke Hamano, was the owner of several chains of
hospitals around Japan. Because he couldn’t raise his daughter himself,
he had to hire nannies to take care of her after her mother died when
she was a toddler. He compensated by buying anything and everything. She
grew up as an attention seeking, spoilt rich girl.
her father wasn't expecting her to take over the business, she had gone
to a medical school and surprised everyone by finishing earlier than
most people. But six months ago when her father sent her to one of his
hospitals where she would be working as a junior doctor, an incident
occurred and got her quitting the job after less than a month of
starting. The workers never treated her like a doctor. In fact they were
more scared of her than anything. It wasn't like she could fire them if
she wanted but they never understood that to a point where everyone
complained and persuaded her father to make her leave.
the same time she couldn't blame them for being unable to treat her like
a doctor. She dressed flashy as usual with her high heels, mini-skirts,
low tops and heavy make-up. Her hair would always be dyed in every
other colour but black, her eye colour would always be different every
month and her clothes were always a gaudy colour as she liked to wear
It was on her 24th birthday, she finally
realised that there was some things in the world she cannot have. One of
them was Ryo Nishikido.
She met him in the café where he worked.
She was still a bit down with her stepping down from the job although
it has been six months. She was down because when she went to see her
father at the hospital as usual the doctors and nurses all looked down
on her. She was wondering around the street by herself not caring where
she went when she saw the café. She went in as she never been in it
before. Actually since it was really small you could easily miss it.
Some of the waiters were welcoming her. She ignored them. She sat down
by the window and started to stare out.
“Miss would you like to order?” she looked to see who this musical tone belonged to and stared right in too him.
took her breath away. She never really liked guys who worked in a lowly
paid job but seeing him dressed in a white dress shirt, a black
bow-tie, a waist-coat and the black tailored trouser that was covered
with the apron around the waist looking like a skirt got her drooling.
Meeting him was like a jolt to reality from her selfish, spoilt world.
She realised that whatever she had the past twenty-four years of her
life wasn’t even worth what she can’t have now.
she went into the café, she’d always see him standing there as if
waiting for her. He’d have a dashing smile on his face that would make
her heart skip a beat. He’d bow at her and guide her to the table. She’d
always think she was in a restaurant as the service was as good as
that. His voice would nearly send her to a starry-daze whenever he would
“Welcome, Ayu-san,” he’d say. By then she had already told him to call her by her name.
was a month later that she found out that she wasn’t an exception to
his sincerity. In fact, he treated all his customers in the same manner.
The whole thought made her angry. Her selfishness was returning. It was
that day, that he was someone else’s waiter while another waiter was
assigned to her.
That day she was as flashy as ever, clad in a
flamingo pink dress, matching heels and bags. Her accessories were big
and overly expensive. She was furious. “I want Nishikido Ryo as my
waiter!” she demanded haughtily.
“B-b-but Miss…” the waiter
stammered. He looked over at Ryo pleading for help but Ryo ignored his
fellow colleague and carried on serving the other girl.
Upset for being ignored as well, she stood up abruptly and stalked up to him. “I said I want you to be my waiter.”
customer seemed irritated by her presence not that she cared. “Don’t
you see he’s my waiter?” the girl snobbishly pointed out.
dressed up girl shot the girl a glare making her cower down. Her gaze
returned to Ryo, waiting for him to give in and come back to being her
“Ayu-san,” he said with a sigh. “If you come back tomorrow, I will be your waiter. Today, I am this lovely lady’s waiter.”
“There’s nothing lovely about her,” she snapped at him.
“Every lady who comes here are is lovely,” he explained with his calm, velvety voice.
welled at the corner of her eyes. She forcefully blinked it back. “No
they’re not,” she argued. “You can’t think of other women like that!
Only me. You can only think of me like that.”
The girl, who at
first was scared of her glare, managed to regain her composure and stand
up to be in the eye level as Ayumu. “Who the hell do you think you
are?” she demanded. “Nishikido-sama belongs to everybody. Don’t come
here claiming he’s yours.”
Ayumu gasped. No one ever talked to me
with a raised voice, she thought. No one dared to. “You bitch, if you
don’t know who I am, then just ask. My name is Hamano Ayumu, the
daughter of Hamano Yosuke.”
Seeing the shocked expression on the
girl’s face, she smiled in triumph. There is not one person who hasn’t
heard of her father. She turned to the guy she liked and held out her
hands in a haughtily gesture.
“Let’s start dating,” Ayu boldly
announced and tuning out the gasps around the café. “I’m rich, beautiful
and irresistible. You won’t find anyone better than me.”
Nishikido was annoyed, more than annoyed. He had never met a girl like
her. The past month he had to deal with her flirting which he tried to
ignore. But it was hard to ignore her with her flashy clothes. He
guessed she purposely wore them just to get the attention she loved.
to hear her bold confession, he was beyond shocked at her
straightforwardness. He took a deep breath and then exhaled haggardly.
know the girls I can’t stand the most?” he began, speaking as calm as
he could. He carried on before she could open her mouth to reply. “Those
who are selfish, arrogant and self-centred. They are too full of
themselves and careless about anything beside wealth and looks. They
definitely are not ones that I will ever date. If I ever date it would
be a girl who doesn't care about her looks and background. She would
not flaunt how well off she is and she would be sincere. She should get
me with her personality and not her looks.” He then added with disgust,
“Also, to tell you the truth, your gaudy clothes are an eyesore.”
could tell he had stunned her. And he guessed that he must be the first
to speak to her like that knowing well of her family and wealth. He
could care less about something like that.
He watched as she
opened her mouth to speak, and then closed it. She was speechless. He
wondered if he went too far. He even wondered if she will start crying
like a typical rich heiress and start wailing. He was about to prepare
himself with the waterworks but to his surprise she stared at him
defiantly and proud. She refused to cower down. She then turned on her
heels and walked out the café.
challenge was called. If he wanted a girl with personality then she will
show him her personality. She will make him fall for her. She did feel a
bit guilty when she said all those stuff but she did it out of pure
jealousy. She never used her background before. This was the first time
she used it.
Ayumu Hamano never backed away from a challenge even
if it was something impossible for her. But if it was to win over a guy
like him, a guy she was in love with despite the humiliation she had
felt that time, she was willing do to anything.
No way was she
going to back down now. It only made her motivated. She liked guys who
played hard to get even if he wasn't playing.
For a month she did not return to the café. Instead she was busy changing herself.
first thing she changed was her hair. She died it back to her original
colour which was black - her unfavourable colour. The second was her
contact lenses. She threw them all away in the bin and for the first
time she was showing her brown orbs that she never liked. The third
change was her accessories. She had to put away her flashy jewellery and
stick to something simple although it was still expensive. And the last
was her clothes. She had to go shopping for them. She didn't own
anything plain or dark colours.
To make things more interesting,
she put on an unsubscribed thick spectacle, her clothes were oversized
and her hair was braided when she would never even pull it up before.
see if you could recognise me, she mused inwardly with a grin forming
in the corner of her mouth. She looked like she was plotting something
evil as she stared back at her reflection on the glass door of the café.
quickly pulled herself together when she spotted Ryo who just turned to
face the door. Pulling up her oversized trouser, she pushed the door
open and entered.
Ryo stepped forward, at first he just stood
there staring back at her but then bowed before straightening to cast a
smile. Just like the first time, her heart skipped a beat.
“Welcome,” he greeted softly. He motioned her over to the table.
Ayumu was overly excited that she was having a hard time concealing it. He hasn’t recognised me! Allowing him to guide her to the table, she dug her short nails into her palms just to calm down.
Ha! She thought smugly. He is such an idiot - in a cute way - to not recognise me.
was shocked when she entered the café. He immediately recognised her
even with the get up. He had to pull himself together and act normal not
wanting to give himself away. He wanted to know what was up with the
At the back of his mind, he couldn't help but be
impressed by how she could go to this length just for him. Yet he chose
not to think too much into it.
While he was serving her favourite
green tea, he realised something as she spoke to him. Although she had
changed on the outside, she was still the same inside.
she talked was still the same. The way she smelt - lavender rose - was
still the same. The way she would pick up her tea cup with her delicate
fingers and a pinkie finger pointing up was still the same.
Ryo stilled as he was about to refill the cup.
What was he thinking? He panicked. When did he pay attention to her that he even knew the little things about her?
He didn't like her. She was the type of girl he hated the most. He refused to acknowledge the feeling he was having.
“Is everything alright?” she asked, her voice was coming out sweetly unlike her haughtily tone.
He snapped out and glanced at her then at the kettle he was holding. He quickly poured the tea and stepped back.
“Y-yes everything is fine, Miss..”
Damn, he had to get a grip over himself.
found it fun dressing down. It felt different. People treated her
differently and they approached her more inside the café and outside.
Before the make-over no one dared to approach her. They had never
included her in anything.
It felt good to be treated like that
but at the same time she was a little saddened that they would only
treat her like that when she was in that form. If she returned to the
old Ayumu Hamano, she knew they would back off again.
few months she had been going to the café every day and every day Ryo
would be her waiter. He also treated her differently than usual. He
talked to her more while before she would have to force words out of
him. They would talk about numeral of things and she showed off her
intelligence and knowledge. It was thrilling to have an intelligent
conversation with him. She found out that he was the type who likes to
read different types of book and would discuss it in full length where
she will always make sassy remark and make him laugh.
She was happy. It meant that he liked her even if it was just a little.
as the dressed down Ayumu, she was shy to ask him out even though she
shouldn’t have changed that drastically. Maybe it was because she didn’t
want another rejection and was afraid.
To her utter surprise, he
beat her to it by asking her out when she was on her way out of the
café. He had followed her behind and just when she had opened the door,
he grabbed for it startling her by his action. He leaned forward and
whispered into her ears.
“This Sunday, if you’re free meet me outside AB Cinema.”
gasped and jerked her head back as her ears tickled at his breath. She
stared at him wondering if he was being a jerk. There was no humour
written anywhere on his face. Instead, he looked more serious than ever.
She gulped. Before she could give him an answer he pulled back and walked away leaving her in a daze.
He couldn't believe it. He asked her out!
It was a spur of the moment thing but he couldn't help but fall for her
even when he had tried to deny his feelings. He found that she was not
how she first seemed. He found her witty and straightforward. She would
listen to him chatting nonstop about a book he read and she would say
something witty and give her own opinion on it. He found her humorous
and also found it comfortable around her. He may have misjudged her.
when they had met outside the cinema, he had noticed how nervous she
was, evaporating his own nervousness at the sight of her. She looked
cute. He saw that even with her new outlook it didn’t hide her confident
look. She stood straight and proud. But she looked sincere and real.
The two had started dating regularly but whenever she would come to the café, they’d always be the customer and the waiter.
seemed they couldn't further their relationship yet after all she had
yet to come clean and tell him she was Ayumu Hamano not Sayuri Watanabe
her mother’s name. And he had yet to confess that he already knew who
One day something happened. The
girl from couple of months ago, who had been served by Ryo when the
humiliation had occurred, came back claiming Ryo as her waiter again but
Ryo was already Ayumu’s waiter.
It wouldn't have blown out of proportion if the girl didn't recognise her instantly.
my God! Hamano Ayumu, it’s you, isn't it?” she exclaimed out in
disbelief. “What the hell?” she went on. She had by now, caught
everyone’s attention. “I can’t believe you’ve dressed up as a nerd!”
tuned out the girl’s voice and looked at Ryo who stood rooted on the
spot. She tried to read him but it was hard to when he had an impassive
look on his face.
Tears welled at the corner of her eyes. She
should have guessed. Even if she was Sayuri Watanabe now, eventually her
cover will be blown and she would be Ayumu Hamano once again, the girl
no one wanted to care about or want to get close to unless they wanted
to get close to her father or get something out of her. They will always
She had hoped to reveal Ryo her real self once he
confessed that he liked her which she hasn’t heard from him yet. It was
too late. She was not likely to hear it ever.
The girl didn't
seem to be finished. “Nishikido-sama, did she try to deceive you? That
witch thinks you’ll like her while she’s pretending to be a nerd.”
Ayumu cried out. “It’s not like that!” She glanced at Ryo with pleading
eyes. “I only wanted to show the real me. I wanted you to like me for
me. I’m still me even under these baggy clothes.”
“Ayu-san,” he called her name out. “I...”
“What a bitch!” the girl cut him off. “Just because she’s rich, she thinks she could get away with anything.”
wasn't trying to get away with it,” Ayumu defended herself desperately.
“I love Ryo-kun. I just want him to like me back. Is that wrong?” she
paused to brush away the tears that were streaming down her cheeks. “I
admit I was a bit selfish and spoilt but I was pursuing Ryo-kun on my
own. I’m not demanding him to like me. I’m just waiting for him to see
me for who I am.
“These past few months with Ryo-kun were the
first time I was able to be myself and enjoy myself. I never had a
friend before to talk and laugh with. Everyone who I knew only wanted to
get close to me because of my father or thought they can get something
from me. Ryo-kun was the first to never care about my name and
“I’m sorry for lying,” she went on. “I just wished
you had started feeling the same way as I felt about you. This time I’ll
definitely let you go.”
The girl cast a smug expression. She
turned to Ryo and held onto his sleeves. “Come on, Nishikido-sama.
You’ll be my waiter now.”
Ryo at first did not budge but then
when he saw Ayumu turning on her heel and about to leave, he pulled his
sleeves back. He took a few long strides to her and grabbed her wrist
causing her to twirl around in surprise.
“Wait,” he said. “Who said you can let me go?”
Her tears subsided and her breath hitched. “Huh?”
you think I’m stupid?” he continued ignoring her confused expression.
“Do you think I didn't recognise you if the girl over there,” he nodded
his head over to the other girl who was fuming furiously at them,
“recognised you immediately?”
She opened her mouth to speak but no words would come out.
let go of her wrist and lightly tapped her head. “Silly girl,” he
grinned. “I told you I didn’t like girls who care about their looks and
background. If you really cared about your looks that much, you would
never have changed, even if it was for me and if you cared about your
background, you would never have fallen for someone like me.
at first I was a bit wary about your motives but you didn’t force
yourself on me. Instead you started to show me the sweet, kind woman
you are and waved away any doubt I had of you before. You blew me away
with your impressively mind and dazzled me with your inner beauty. It
was like I found my best friend when I could talk to you about
“W-w-what does that mean?” she stuttered out as soon as she found her voice. She was looking at him eagerly.
chuckled. “It means that I love you. I wouldn't have asked you out if I
didn't like you even after knowing who you are all along.”
“You love me?”
nodded. And to prove it, he leaned forward and touched her lips with
his own for a chaste kiss. When he pulled back, he saw her frozen in
place. A smile crept on his mouth.
“Let start dating, Hamano Ayumu,” he declared. “I’m handsome, although I’m not rich, but I am irr-res-sista-ible.” He emphasized the word ‘irresistible’.
came out of the daze wondering if it was a dream and she would wake up
any minute. At first she blinked several times before bursting out
laughing. “That’s okay. I can cover the rich part for both of us.” This
made him laugh. She was definitely witty with the capital W.
looked around in surprise as she heard everyone around the café began
clapping and cheering for them. The girl who was still furious stormed
out of the café. Ryo laughed as he grabbed the back of Ayumu’s head and
pulled her for another kiss.
refused to let Ryo work as a waiter after that. She wanted him all to
herself. She bought a café in the main part of Tokyo and named it
Bishounen Café where only handsome men worked. She wanted other girls to
experience what she had which is why all the guys were single. Even
with her outrageous demands, guys were dying to work at the popular café
and of course only the handsome ones were picked.
Café was so popular that women from other countries were demanding her
to open one at their country. Since she wanted to please them, she
opened three more in Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Ryo was given
the position of the boss since he had persuaded her into returning to
becoming a doctor. Because she was dressed down now - not the nerdy look
but more sophisticated - she was now respected as a doctor. Her father
was so pleased with the change that he finally appointed her as his
successor when previously he had planned for her to marry a guy to take
over his business. And since he was leaving it with her, he didn't mind
that his daughter went with Ryo.
Ryo could only manage one café
at a time which is why he left the cafés in Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong
with other managers unless they needed him over there.