Oshi No Ko: Duet of Destinies

Orphanage walls whispered loneliness, but in Akira Ueno's heart burned a hunger for the spotlight. His voice, his moves were his only weapons against a world that saw him as invisible. Talent shows and underground gigs became his battlefields, fueled by dreams of escape and a desperate need to be seen. Whispers of record labels and fame swirled, a tantalizing glimmer just beyond his grasp. But fate took a cruel turn. A blinding flash, a truck, then darkness. Yet, a warm voice whispers a second chance, a new world. Transmigrated into the world of Oshi no Ko, Akira now holds the keys to potential stardom. Can he navigate this new path, and with a certain rising idol, discover how to love and be true to themselves? ====== Some more information before you hop into the fic: This book is very much inspired by the movie Yesterday and a fanfic I read: The Betrayed Hero and the Idol, but I want to keep the supernatural stuff to a minimum. Also, Akira will be using songs from this world as they don't exist in the world of Oshi No Ko. Akira is a performer, not a songwriter and the only one who would know the songs are not his is him. For full transparency I write the novel myself and use AI to proofread and be an editor for my work. I am more familiar with pop and rnb music so that is what I will be using most likely Since the timeline in OnK is confusing, I am going to go ahead and make my own: Ai Birthday: Jan 25, 2002 Akira Birthday: June 11, 2002 Aqua and Ruby birthday: April 28, 2018 Date when Akira Transmigrates: October 3, 2019

XaviValentine · Anime & Comics
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Unsung Melodies

The orphanage walls always felt too close, the smell of disinfectant a constant reminder I didn't belong. A roof, food they called meals... but a home? That was something else entirely.

I'm Akira Ueno, by the way. Sixteen years old, not a single soul in the world who truly gives a damn about me. Don't get me wrong, I make the best of it. Gotta charm the ladies who work here, smile wide even when my insides feel like a lump of cold charcoal. 

Loneliness gnaws at me, an ache that never really leaves. It's a funny thing about wantin' to be loved, to just mean somethin' to somebody. Makes you put on airs you don't feel.

Nights are the worst. That's when all the smiles and bravado dissolve, leaving just a hollowed-out shell of a boy. See, there's this burnin' inside me. Aching need to do somethin' big, somethin' that'll leave a mark on the world. Let 'em know Akira Ueno wasn't just another face in the crowd.

And maybe... just maybe... get someone to finally see the real me.

Problem is, I ain't got nothin' to my name. No heartfelt backstory, no rich parents - just dreams and a beat-up old MP3 player. But my voice? My moves? That's where things get interesting. See, when I sing, when I dance, something shifts. That hollowness gets filled, replaced with this surge of power. I'm not just Akira the orphan anymore; I'm something alive, something worth noticin'.

The other kids stare when I practice in the dusty rec room. Their eyes get wide, like they're seeing somethin' they don't quite understand. Me, I understand. This fire in me, this is my ticket out. I'll become a star, a legend. My voice will echo in stadiums and my moves will flash across those giant screens.

And then, maybe then, I won't just be seen. Maybe I'll be known. Maybe this lonely orphan kid will finally leave his mark.

Mornings at the orphanage are chaos, but school's a whole different beast. It's like this alternate world where I actually have to pretend I'm somethin' resembling a normal teenager. Homework, pop quizzes, cafeteria drama - it's enough to give a guy a headache.

Balancing it with late-night rehearsals and my part-time jobs? Pure torture. My eyelids are heavier than a stack of textbooks, and my brain feels like scrambled eggs. But hey, gotta work hard and make it look easy, right?

"Ueno! Where's your head today? In the clouds already, dreaming about your big debut?" There's a smirk on Mr. Tanaka's face as he strolls over to my desk. Never liked that guy.

"Just tired, sir. Studying late," I flash my best smile, the one that usually melts the lunch ladies.

He snorts. "Studying, or that singing nonsense? Keep this up, boy, and you won't be going anywhere but back to scrubbing dishes for the rest of your life."

My insides twist, but my smile stays glued on. The orphanage, the cafe, those are my reality. The stage, that's my escape. That's the only place I feel like I truly matter.

Class drags by, a blur of equations and historical dates that mean nothing to me. Lunch is spent surrounded by people, fake-laughing at their jokes, desperately trying to feel part of a world that just seems out of reach.

After school, there's no escape back to my room. Just the buzzing lights of the convenience store and a register that rings like my death bell. Every scanned item feels like my dreams getting pulverized into dust and blown away by the stale air.

"That'll be $23.50, ma'am. Would you like your receipt?" My voice is a practiced sing-song, a mask to hide the exhaustion seeping into my bones.

The hours blend together, a monotonous parade of grumpy faces and crumpled bills. Each scanned item feels like another nail in the coffin of my fading dreams. Gotta save money for those dance lessons, for a vocal coach if I ever want to make it big... but how am I supposed to improve when I'm stuck in this place?

Sometimes, though, there's a flicker of something interesting. A customer whose eyes linger on me, a smile that's too hungry. That's when Mrs. Nomura, the manager with her shrewd hawk eyes, gives me that nod. Time to play the "helpful young man."

The walk to their fancy cars, weighed down by their perfectly packaged groceries, is the worst kind of temptation. I make small talk with women who stare at me like I'm dessert, their perfume choking me. I try to act like I don't notice their fingers lingering on my arm, the unspoken offer. The tips are sweet, a bitter balm to keep me going. But in those moments, looking in their shiny car windows, I see a distorted version of myself. One I don't want to become.

My MP3 player blasts the same tracks until the lyrics are ingrained in my soul. My voice, soaring alongside the melody. Sometimes, it's like I'm not alone in that dusty room. It's like those imaginary crowds are cheering me on, their energy fueling mine.

Feet ache. Voice cracks. Tanaka's words poison the air - "singing nonsense..." Doubt worms its way in - am I just a fool chasing shadows?

But then, a stubborn fire kicks in. I think of the stage, the blinding lights, the roar of a crowd. I think of proving them all wrong, proving to myself that this orphan kid can rise above. That's when I push even harder, ignoring the pain, the exhaustion. Every mistake is fuel, every awkward move is one step closer to perfection.

By the time I stumble back to the orphanage, well past curfew, every muscle aches with satisfying exhaustion. It's the best kind of tired, the kind that says I gave it my everything. Sleep is a heavy blanket, but even then, the rhythm thrums in my veins, and melodies whisper through my dreams. I'm one day closer - one step closer to getting out there in the world and making my mark. 

The talent show poster at school might as well have been a billboard on a highway. "Talent Show - Sign Up Now!" it screamed in garish colors. I signed up and my heart did a weird flip-flop thing. A chance to perform, a real stage, not just that dusty community center mirror. But fear prickled just as fast - could I really do this?

The night of the talent show, my stomach was in knots. The school gym smelled like old socks and nervous sweat. Backstage was a mess of kids buzzing and pacing. A couple of girls were doing vocal warm-ups that sounded like dying cats. Didn't do much to calm my nerves.

Finally, it was my turn. The walk to center stage felt like a mile. My legs quivered. Then the music kicked in, the familiar beat of 'Off The Wall' a lifeline. It was like a switch flipped - muscles took over, the steps flowed, and that fear? Gone.

There was something addictive about that spotlight. It made me larger than life, chased the shadows away. I fed off the energy coming from the audience - the gasps, the cheers as I hit a particularly snappy move. It was over too soon, the music fading, my chest heaving. The sound of applause washed over me, a sweet wave that made every aching muscle worth it.

Backstage, kids I barely knew crowded around me. "Dude, that was sick!" "Where did you learn to move like that?" For the first time in forever, I felt like those smiles and compliments were real, earned. They saw something in me, something beyond the charming orphan kid. Yeah, I liked that feeling. It made me hungry for more. The talent show was just the beginning. 

Every dingy backroom, every makeshift stage in a rundown community center... they became my kingdom. After the talent show, that addictive taste of the spotlight wouldn't leave my tongue. Each time I stepped out under the harsh lights, the stares were different. Before, it was curiosity, or pity mixed with surprise. Now, I saw excitement, anticipation. They knew I'd bring something worth watching.

Word spread through Tokyo's underground scene faster than wildfire. "The kid from nowhere who dances like his soul's on fire." I'd catch whispers before shows, rumors swirling like a smoke machine swirling fog. I earned nicknames, none of them quite fitting the real me but somehow flattering nonetheless. They were watching.

Weeks blurred into a whirlwind of performances. Each one, a little bigger, a little more electric. My old MP3 player was replaced by playlists on someone else's cracked phone, the beats thumping through speakers that actually did the music justice. My worn sneakers barely held together, but the moves they helped me pull off were my own creation, raw and rough like the venues I performed in.

One sweaty, smoke-filled night in Shibuya, the crowd parted like the Red Sea. It wasn't for me; it was for the suit in the back. He had a smile that didn't reach his eyes, and a business card tucked into his manicured hands. The card was embossed, fancy. It might as well have been forged from gold for how it made my pulse quicken. A record label? After the show, backstage, he talked about potential, a "unique sound", and opportunities bigger than these back alley gigs. It buzzed around my head like a relentless mosquito, impossible to ignore.

Back at the orphanage, tucked into my too-small bed, the reality hit hard. It wasn't just disbelief. I'd dreamt of this, but always with a nagging doubt. Now, that doubt transformed into a churning mass of excitement and terror. Could I really do this? Was I ready? Did I even deserve a shot like this? 

But beneath it all, stronger than the fear, was a surge of defiance. I'd worked my ass off, spent years singing to indifferent walls and dancing till my legs gave out. Nights when my stomach was empty, but my soul felt full from the sheer adrenaline of performing. I deserved to step out of this dingy orphanage, into a world painted with floodlights. 

The next few days were a haze. Phone calls at odd hours with the suit - his name was Kazuya - talking in a language I barely understood. Contracts and legalese. Talk of studios and promotions and a whole world I couldn't even picture. 

Then, the real call came. I was 17, barely legal. Kazuya's voice on the other end of the line was smooth as silk, "We're ready to invest in you, Akira. If you sign, your life will change forever." 

That walk to the record label should have felt like a victory march. Instead, it became a countdown, each step unknowingly bringing me closer to the end. The crispness of the contract crackled in my bag, a mocking echo of the future that glittered just out of reach.

Tokyo was a blur. Faces I'd never see again flickered on the periphery of my vision, none of them truly mattering. My focus was on the gleaming towers ahead, the promise of that bright new life swirling in my head like a siren's call.

Lost in my world, I never saw the truck. It came barreling out of nowhere, a flash of metal and the screech of tires against pavement. One moment I was walking, the next, there was only a blinding flash of white. Then... nothing.

The silence was the most jarring. No more thudding heartbeat in my ears, no rumble of the city. Just...nothingness. But then, like a warped echo, I heard my name.


It was distant, like it was floating just out of reach. Something tugged at me, a flicker of warmth against the encompassing chill.

"Akira... fight..."

The voice was clearer, insistent. Was that...hope? A stubborn part of me, the fighter, the survivor, stirred against the encroaching darkness.


I wanted to scream, to thrash, to let them know I was still there, hanging on by some fragile thread. But my body wouldn't obey. There was the sharp, sterile smell of a hospital and the faint beeping of a machine fighting a battle I couldn't join.

The beeping slowed, each sound more distant. The harsh hospital lights overhead blurred, melting into a soft, warm glow. It wasn't the white light I'd expected, more like a... hug?

"Fight... Akira..." The voice, once so insistent, now felt far away. I wanted to answer, to reach out, but I couldn't feel my body anymore. Was this giving up?

Something shifted, like becoming weightless. Was I floating? A blurry face flickered in front of me. Was that...one of the orphanage kids? Then another face, someone with hungry eyes from a backstage crowd... Were they saying goodbye?

The warmth grew brighter, and a new voice cut through, gentle but firm. "I'm so sorry, little one. You were not supposed to die."

Die? What was that supposed to mean? Was I already...gone?

"There is so much left undone," the voice continued, a hint of amusement in its tone. "But that doesn't mean the story is over. A new world, a new chance... if you are willing."

Willing? Was that a choice I could even make? The faces swirled in my vision, the warmth pulling at me. Then, a spark of defiance. No. I wasn't done. I never got my chance to shine. With a final surge of... something, I reached towards the light.

A flash, then colors I couldn't even name. Music swelled around me, a strange melody that felt somewhat comforting. I gasped, a breath I didn't realize I was holding, and the world exploded into swirling shapes and sounds.

The voice, now more real than ever, resonated around me. "Welcome, Akira Ueno, to a life where your story has just begun."

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