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You may call me Es. S is for Sumire, though, Sumire isn't my name. However, my name does begin with S, which is why this letter is appropriate. S. For Sumire.





Welcome to the Zuka writing journal of flower_ballet. Here you will find mostly original fiction with themes and scenarios inspired by and in direct connection to the Japanese all-female theatre, the Takarazuka Revue. Due to this choice in setting, you will most certainly find fics that deal with a variety of subjects on sexuality, gender and sex roles. If you do not feel comfortable or agree with such views, you should return to your own profile now.

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Feeling daring today? Then please do continue onwards into the world of dreams which generations of women have created and basked in since 1914.

With a kiss, I welcome you.



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I write to live. I live to write. If you read some of my writings and liked it, but it made you wonder "hey, what would she do with this kind of idea?", this is the place to drop a comment and give me the request you'd like me to consider.

However, note that I don't write RPS (real people slash/femslash) and thus won't write about any of the actresses in the Takarazuka Revue. I write original fiction and most of the time at least one of my characters is a performer for the Revue, but they're always children of my own imagination and thus have no real link to real life Takarazuka.

This shouldn't keep you from requestion something, be it a simple word prompt or a more fleshed out idea. If the idea speaks to me and it lies within my abilities, I will try fulfilling your request. So, please, go ahead!

Warning! My knowledge on the Revue is limited and most of the technicalities are from TakaWiki and a few personal observations from musicals and/or scholarly research. Thus my writing may contain errors of misinterpretion or simple ignorance. I ask you to bear with me and tell me in a decent manner if there's anything about my writing that is lacking.

With all of this said. Dozo!


 
 
 
 
 
 



Title: Reunion
Author: flower_ballet
Fandom: Original
Character(s): Mai, Miki, Akane, Sanae and Kazuko
Rating: PG-13 for sexual innuendos
Summary: The Fantastic Five meet for a memoriable photo shoot after ten years of having been in different troupes. A reunion always brings forth old memories and much talking.
Length: ~ 1.120 words
Author's Notes: Dialogue-only. Just a light piece I've been wanting to write for a while. Script format.
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A friendly talk about weaknesses and strengths and all the women Kazuko has hit on over the years...Collapse )


 
 
 
 
 
 



Title: Musumeyaku
Author: flower_ballet
Fandom: Original
Character(s): Kanae, her parents.
Rating: PG
Summary: Silence is just another form of dishonesty and sometimes dishonesty is just another kind of truth.
Length: ~ 950 words
Author's Notes: Just a small insight into Kanae's relationship to her father.
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Title: 3 AM
Author: flower_ballet
Fandom: Original
Pairing(s): One-sided Itoshi/Kanae
Rating: PG
Summary: Underneath all the glamour, she's really just a person full of flaws, heart-sized holes and with egoism enough for two.
Length: ~ 1000 words
Author's Notes: Just a little look into Kanae's thoughts on certain aspects of her romantic life or lack of same. Somehow a sequel to Lead [&] Follow.
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Insomnia in WordsCollapse )


 
 
 
 
 
 



Title: Turning Point; Points of No Return
Author: flower_ballet
Fandom: Original
Pairing(s): One-sided Itoshi/Kanae and hinted-at past Kanae/Hisae
Rating: PG
Summary: A development in three sentences.
Length: ~ 330 words
Author's Notes: Because I wanted to try the one-sentence style of writing. All headlines are taken from 1word1day, using the Italian tag.
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A lot can change in the course of three moments and the words it takes to describe them...Collapse )


 
 
 
 
 
 



Title: Partnership
Author: flower_ballet
Fandom: Original
Pairing(s): Kanae, Shinju, Kanae/Hisae and hints of Kanae/Itoshi attraction.
Rating: PG
Summary: With Shinju’s chin warming her shoulder and her breathing ghosting over the skin on Kanae's neck, she thought she understood a bit better what exactly Itoshi-san had been trying to say... About the kind of musumeyaku Aira-san was. The kind of musumeyaku Shinju was on her way to become. The kind who could make you forget that you were a woman playing a man’s role.
Length: ~ 4.320 words
Author's Notes: Quickly written for kirakira_sora. Inspired by the prompt "A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power" by ladybretagne.
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Pieces of a puzzle...Collapse )


 
 
 
 
 
 



Title: Romeo and Yuriya
Author: flower_ballet
Fandom: Original
Pairing(s): Romeo/Yuriya
Rating: R for mature themes.
Summary: For female couples to commit or attempt double suicide was tantamount to their making a public(ized) claim for sexual citizenship and subjectivity through an act of ultimate resolve and [...] expression of sincerity and purity of intention. - Alan Wolfe
Length: ~ 3.850 words
Author's Notes: Inspired by Robertson's article "Dying to Tell: Sexuality and Suicide in Imperial Japan" and by the story of Saijo Eriko (musumeyaku in the Shochiku Revue) and Masuda Yasumare who attempted committing double suicide when they couldn't be together under the eager observance of the press. Death fic. Lots of quoting of "Romeo and Juliet" and from Robertson's article. Notes at the bottom.
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Because they are not man and woman...Collapse )


 
 
 
 
 
 



Title: Revival
Author: flower_ballet
Fandom: Original
Pairing(s): Kanae/Makoto
Rating: PG-13 for lots of kissing.
Summary: Every kiss on stage is a revival of her very first one.
Length: ~ 500 words
Author's Notes: Quickly written for wottie. Inspired by the prompt "i wish i could meet and fall in love with you all over again".
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Title: Lead [&] Follow
Author: flower_ballet
Fandom: Original
Pairing(s): Mentions of past Hisae/Kanae, Hisae/Katashi, Kanae/Riko & Kanae/Sayuri
Rating: PG
Summary: Kanae had begun thinking of her Takarazuka career less in terms of postgraduate courses and more in terms of girls’ names; the girls who’d come and gone. The girls she would never get back.
Length: ~ 2.800 words
Author's Notes: Written for wottie. Another dive into Kanae, aka Murasaki Eri's, complex background. Probably very wordy and poetic, because angst always comes out that way when I write it. I hope you'll enjoy!
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you stomp on caterpillars, but complain that there are no butterflies. the world doesn't work like that.Collapse )