Ryouta Mitarai X Kouichi Sakakibara: At The Beginning

Ryouta Mitarai X Kouichi Sakakibara: At The Beginning

Well here we are, my latest fanfic. Never thought I would get far in actually making another fanfic after the first part of my Code Geass fanfic; however that’s beside the point. So here it is.

I do NOT own Ryouta Mitarai, Kouichi Sakakibara, Isle Delfino, Gelato Beach, Delfino Plaza, Hotel Delfino, Sirena Beach, Pinna Park, Bianco Hills, Pianta Village, Corona Mountain, or any other references to Super Mario Sunshine!
Those Super Mario Sunshine references belong to Nintendo
Ryouta Mitarai and Kouichi Sakakibara belong to the creators of Danganronpa 3 (for Ryouta) and Another (for Kouichi)

I also do NOT own the song, “At The Beginning” It was written and sung by Richard Marx and Donna Lewis

Ryouta Mitarai was looking out towards the sunset of Isle Delfino from Gelato Beach. For him, it was one crazy time; especially since he was originally came to the island for his vacation, what happened to him after that turned into one adventure that he would never forget. From being framed for poluting the island with strange paint-like graffiti, he was forced to clean it up; along the way, he also decided to figure out the truth behind this false conviction.

When he managed to get the main statue of Isle Delfino, he saw what was the cause of the mysterious graffiti: An almost Blueish version of himself, to which he called it Shadow Ryouta. After some time, he reached Pinna Park; the ‘supposed’ hideout of Shadow Ryouta. And after defeating a giant robot, Shadow Ryouta decided to reveal his true identity: A young man by the name of Kouichi Sakakibara. As Kouichi said it to Ryouta, he was ordered by his boss to bring about True Despair to the world and to Ryouta.

Ryouta then realized that he was meaning that Junko was alive and was using this young man as her pawn; he also realized that Junko still had the Despair Anime that he made, which he figured that Junko would use that to turn everyone in the world that watches it into Remnants of Despair. Kouichi then escaped to Corona Mountain; however, he did attack him at Bianco Hills. Once Kouichi pinned him to the ground, thinking he would get the chance to kill Ryouta; Ryouta did something unexpected that not even he never thought he would do, he gives Kouichi… a kiss.

Just as he was continuing to remember the rest of his crazy adventure, he started to hear a song. So he decided to listen to the song.

We were strangers, starting out on a journey
Never dreaming, what we’d have to go through
Now here we are, I’m suddenly standing
At the beginning with you

 

At Sirena Beach, Kouichi Sakakibara was also looking at the sunset; however he was on the rooftop of Hotel Delfino. He was going through a complicated moment in his life. Mostly because he was manipulated by Junko to attack, frame, stop, or kill Ryouta Mitarai in order for her plan to use the Despair Anime that he made and turn the world into her Remnants of Despair.

However, things started to change for him after Bianco Hills. He was set to finish off Ryouta right there and then; until Ryouta, unexpectedly, gives him a kiss. It took him off his guard for that moment; and since that moment, Kouichi was not the same. Every time he attempted to deal with Ryouta, he never got the chance to stop him because he keeps remembering that kiss.

As Ryouta was getting closer to stopping Junko’s plan, Kouichi was pressured even more to stop him; which was taking a toll on him, especially since he did not want another Pneumothorax episode. So he tried his last chance at Pianta Village at night, and both Ryouta and himself had one hell of a fight; and once again, he had him pinned.

However, he asked him a question. He asked Ryouta why he did not try to kill him, he even yelled at him for an answer. Ryouta told him in the end that he was not the enemy, that he was just a pawn for Junko’s plan. To which Kouichi asked again why. He knew that he was Junko’s pawn, and yet he did not kill him; the more that he tried to figure it out, the more that his tears started to come out. Ryouta then put a hand to his cheek to wipe the tear from his face and responded by telling him, “Because we’re both the same, young men forced to help someone with their evil plans.”

And with that Ryouta gives Kouichi another kiss; however unlike the surprise kiss that just happened, Ryouta’s kiss had a bit more of emotion and passion in it. And Kouichi took the kiss with no surprise reluctance this time. As Kouichi touched his lips in remembering the second kiss, he heard a song that was playing.

No one told me I was going to find you
Unexpected, what you did to my heart
When I lost hope, you were there to remind me
This is the start

Then once it reached the chorus, the two of them started to sing. It was almost their way of telling each other what they were feeling.

And life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing
Life is a road, now and forever, wonderful journey
I’ll be there when the world stops turning
I’ll be there when the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

Ryouta decided to take a walk from Gelato Beach back to Delfino Plaza. He knew that they were both on one crazy adventure that led them to each other. Junko tried two attempts to get them to finally fulfill her goal of bringing Despair to the world. The first time was flooding Delfino Plaza and make Ryouta think Kouichi was the one that did that; however when Ryouta went into Corona Mountain the first time, Kouichi found a way to drain the flood from the Plaza quickly.

We were strangers, on a crazy adventure
Never dreaming, how our dreams would come true

Kouichi also decide to walk from Sirena Beach back to Delfino Plaza. He was not happy that Junko tried to put the blame of flooding Delfino Plaza on him, just to get Ryouta to finally kill him. However once the plan backfired, thanks to Kouichi finding a way to get rid of it quickly; Junko waited until Ryouta reached the top of Corona Mountain to deliever the final blow.

Once Ryouta reached the top, she revealed her plans to both of them. Once done, she gave Kouichi a gun and told him to finally kill him. Ryouta told him that this was his decision, and he wanted him to do what HE thought was the right thing to do. After letting all the thoughts go through his head, especially those two kisses from Ryouta, he told Junko he made his decision.

With his special paintbrush in hand, he turned around and fired his gun on Junko; essentially turning his back on Junko’s plan and helping Ryouta to stop her from activating the Despair Anime and making the world obey her. Yet Ryouta and Kouichi did their best to stop her. Once they reached the last section of the giant hot tub, they were trapped. However, with the aid of the EMP-esque blue-greenish paint, which destroys Junko’s weapon system and also destroys the Despair Anime video once and for all.

Then Ryouta breaks his paintbrush and throws it off the platform, then he embraces Ryouta as they destroy the last part of the floating hot tub together.

Now here we stand, unafraid of the future
At the beginning with you

Back in the present, Ryouta was still getting closer to Delfino Plaza; he knew that the two of them wanted to see each other again, yet they wanted to keep their distance after Kouichi helped clear Ryouta of the crime. However, there was one thing that was going through his mind that he wanted to know for sure; and he also knew that Kouichi probably had the same thought going through his mind as well.

Kouichi was also getting closer to Delfino Plaza. He was glad that once Junko was dead, he was able to clear Ryouta’s name; however once that was done, he stayed far away from Ryouta. He mostly wanted to figure out his own feelings, and he figured that Ryouta wanted to also have that chance to figure out his own feelings as well.

And life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing
Life is a road, now and forever, wonderful journey
I’ll be there when the world stops turning
I’ll be there when the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

It was a very long walk; however Ryouta managed to get to Delfino Plaza, and his destination: The Statue where he first met Kouichi Sakakibara, back when he was still disguised as Shadow Ryouta. It was almost nostalgic for him, he just wished for the chance to tell him how he felt and his feelings for him.

He then said to no one in particular, “I just wish I could tell Kouichi that I love him.”

Knew there was somebody, somewhere
Like me alone in the dark
Now I know my dream will live on
I’ve been waiting so long
Nothing’s gonna tear us apart

Then out of nowhere, Ryouta heard someone say, “That’s a coincidence; because I feel like I should say the same thing to you, Ryouta.” He was surprised by that voice, he knew that it was Kouichi yet he could not know where his voice was coming from. Then Kouichi simply said, “Up here.” Ryouta then looked up at the head of the statue to see Kouichi standing there, in the very place where Ryouta first met him officially; this time he was not disguised as Shadow Ryouta, he was stand there as himself.

The two of them stare at each other for a good amount of time, letting it all sink in for both of them. Then Kouichi said, “Despite being younger than you; do you still love me? After all that I put you through when I was Junko’s pawn; do you still love me, Ryouta?” Ryouta replied, “Yes. I do love you Kouichi! No matter the age or if you were forced to help someone carry out their will, I love you. And I am more than certain that deep down in your heart, you already knew that answer.”

And life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing
Life is a road, now and forever, wonderful journey
I’ll be there when the world stops turning
I’ll be there when the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

With tears in his eyes, Kouichi knew that Ryouta was telling the truth. So with that he jumped off the statue’s head, just like he did the first time; yet this time he had his arms outstretched, Ryouta followed suit and opened his arms wide as Kouichi came down. The moment that Ryouta caught Kouichi, they both shared an embrace. They knew that this time they were not enemies forced to attempt to kill the other; they were now lovers and more importantly, they were together. They were a little off-balance due to Kouichi’s impact; yet they were together.

Life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing
Starting out on a journey

The two of them took some more time to gaze at each other, because they both want this moment to last as long as possible. Then Ryouta said, “Kouichi Sakakibara, I love you.” With tears of joy in his eyes and a more happier smile on his face, Kouichi said, “Ryouta Mitarai, I love you.”

With that, the two of them looked up at the night starry sky.

Life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing

Kouichi then said, “This looks like the end of our story.” Ryouta said, “No, this is the beginning. And I feel better standing at the beginning… with you.”

Then Ryouta pulls Kouichi into a kiss

In the end I want to be standing
At the beginning with you…

Kouichi did not fight it this time, he took Ryouta’s lips with no hesitation. From two young men who were thrown into facing each other, to ending up being together as lovers; it really was a new beginning for both of them.

So the two of them stood there in the starry night in each others arms.

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