Summary: Japan was led by the new leader, and this leader had a power that precisely showed that her leadership was counterfeit.
Sakura for Haruka
17th September 2017 was the most important day for this country, Japan. It was a dark cold day. The heavy rain and the strong wind made most of people prefer to stay at home. The television showed the inauguration of the new leader of this country, Haruka – the strongest woman in this country. Smart, pretty, and kind-hearted was what most of people knew about their new leader. She is PERFECT, people said. Wearing beautiful knee-length pink dress, she looked dazzling among the others. She did not pronounce her oath as a new leader on that day. She did not need to because people always believe her. She is DIFFERENT. She is EXCEPTIONALL.
In her inauguration speech, she only expressed her gratitude to the people and ended it with saying, “Trust me my people,” and everyone in that place replied it simultaneously, “We will trust you,” and then they cheered calling her name.
Isamu turned off the stove and poured the hot green tea from the teapot into the cup. He smelled it and sipped it slowly. He was waiting for his friends who would come to his home this afternoon. “27th March 2020,” Isamu murmured while seeing the calendar, “It’s been almost three years,” he continued. Looking at the window, hoping his friends would come to his home quickly. He was bored, so he turned on the television and watched a popular singer, Miwa, singing the song for the leader. “She always smiles on the stage, but I know the truth. Poor Miwa,” Isamu said scornfully. He heard the door was knocked. He ran quickly and opened the door. He was so happy meeting his best friends, Juro and Kamiko. Juro, a handsome tall guy, nowworked as a photographer for fashion magazines. Kamiko, not like her name which has meaning “superior child”, now workedas a cashier in a minimarket.
“What are you doing now, huh? With these pencils, drafts, ink. Are you become a mangaka now?” asked Juro.
“Haha, I’m not a mangaka, yet. My story is always rejected by the publisher,”
“Of course it’s rejected. It’s about her,” Juro read some of the drafts.
Kamiko put the paper bags that she brought on the table and took out many kinds of food and drink from it. “You bought those things? Or you stole it from your minimarket?” Isamu asked. Kamiko looked at him with her peeved face and said, “It’s only for me and Juro, sorry,” Isamu chuckled, “I’m just kidding, sweety. Now, give me that chocolate bar,” Kamiko threw it and smiled at him.
Isamu, Juro, and Kamiko were busy making a new program that could hijack the national television and radio broadcasts that broadcasting the daily leader’s speech every 06.00 PM. On the first two months, they just hijacked it with a running text for the television broadcasts: GOVERNMENT ORDERS: TURN DOWN THE TELEVISION VOLUME UP TO 10%. For the radio, it was easier because there was only one radio station that was trusted by the leader, and this radio station was ran by the people whose mind cannot be controlled by the leader, but for almost three years, they acted like they trust the leader, so it was easier; they only made the speech sounded discontinuously. No one realized it as a resistance to the government. The people who work in the television station did not know about the running text, for they saw it was running smoothly from their work place. The leader also saw it same as the people who work in television station; she saw it from her place called “Sakura no ie” or “House of Sakura” – a 700-meter tall and triangular-prism shaped building; reputedly there were 350 cherry blossom trees that would never wilt in that building.
June and July were the most stressful month for the people who against the government. The leader realized that there was somebody who tried to disenchant the public mind that was controlled by her. The leader never stopped the television and radio broadcasts, even though some people did not watch or hear it anymore because in some places this broadcasts was totally interrupted. The leader ordered the police and army to arrest the perpetrators of this broadcasts hijacking. They would face the death penalty.
“She will find us sooner or later,” Kamiko said to Isamu and Juro, “Our people in the radio station have been arrested two days ago,” she continued, “We’ll fail! We won’t be able to get her. Her people are too many, and they are trust her.”
“Juro and I have made a plan. We’ll meet her on her annual speech commemorating the day where ‘she saved Japan’ from the dangerous virus,” Isamu said tonelessly.
“It’s too dangerous! She knows us! She recognizes us! She’ll….,”
“We’ll kill her on that day,” Isamu interrupted.
“We’ll what??? Our deal is to get her and inject her with the serum that will paralyze her nerve tissue and brain, so she will lose her power for controlling people’s mind.”
“You said that her people are too many, so do you think that we can get her?”
Kamiko was silent.
“We can get her by kill her with this long-range rifle. We can shoot her right in the head from a 2000-meter distance,” said Juro excitedly while holding the rifle.
17th September 2020, People thronged the main square of the “House of Sakura”. Haruka would soon begin her annual speech. She had stood on the podium. She opened her speech by criticizing the hijacking that happened on television and radio broadcasts. Almost 45 minutes she stood there. Then, people on that place could see a young girl was running and crying while hugging someone who was part of her body was covered in red and pink. The people did not remember anything about the person who was hugged by the young girl. “At least, she died beautifully,” said Juro. Kamiko saw that Isamu shed a tear but smiled.
Thank you to Raden Hari Hariadi, Annisa Hida, and Haris Munggaran.
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Word count: (999)
Link for work dramatization: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3-omRItlljFMFpZSWxLQ283MEk/edit