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There were a lot of people at this concert. A lot of people undoubtedly better than her. No matter what she tried, all things she could do were a disgrace compared to the other performers.

These doubts weren't anything new to Aya. She often found herself belittling her accomplishments. She always felt like she was walking in the shadows of other idols. Never seeing herself as her own person. Nothing she did seemed like her own doing.

Aya hated this. She just wanted to be able to stand out. But, it felt impossible. It also wasn't helping that she was the only one here. Management had sent her to do this concert solo, like all the other idols performing. She couldn't even distract herself with her friends. She was all alone, drowning in her worries and doubts.

"Aya?"

Aya turned around. Right. She had forgotten that she invited Lisa to come with her. Looks like she had finally arrived.

"H-hey." Aya hated that her voice shook. Her nerves were taking a hold of her.

"What's up?" Lisa asked.

Aya stared at her outfit, "I... I feel so... small compared to everyone else here..."

Lisa pouted, "Why? You're equal to them."

Aya shook her head, "I'm not! They... they all stand out because of different talents! I... I don't have anything... Everything I can do they do ten times better!"

Lisa rested a hand on Aya's shoulder, "That's not true. You have a lot of talents that differentiate you from others."

"I don't see anything." Aya replied bitterly.

Lisa sighed. This was going to be tougher than she thought. But, she was certain she could convince Aya otherwise.

"After your performance, we'll talk more, okay? I'll show you." Lisa said.

"Okay..." Aya mumbled.

"Hug for good luck?" Lisa held out her arms.

Aya blushed in embarrassment, but did accept the hug. It made her feel slightly better. Having Lisa's support gave her a little boost of confidence.

"Good luck, Aya. I'll see you in a bit." Lisa pulled back.

Aya nodded. She wished they could talk for longer, but it was almost time to get ready. She had to leave.

...

That evening, Lisa met up with her again. She invited Aya over for the night so they could talk in peace.

"So... what do you think is gonna convince me otherwise?" Aya questioned.

Lisa pulled out her laptop, "Here. I found a lot of comments. I think they'll prove you wrong."

The two of them read through a bunch of comments about Aya. They were all really positive. Aya didn't really pay them much mind before as she was so caught up in her doubts she thought they were just being nice. Reading them now, however, gave her a different perspective on things.

Aya couldn't help but smile a little. It was... nice. To see such positive feedback about herself. It changed the way she looked at things.

"I know you've been trying new things to change yourself, but you don't need to. People already can see you're a completely different person than others." Lisa said with a soft smile.

"I... I never really... thought people felt that way about me." Aya didn't know what to say in response.

"Do you feel better now?" Lisa asked.

Aya nodded, "Yeah. It's eased up the feeling of doubt now..."

"Hug?"

Aya nodded. They hugged again. She liked these moments. Unfortunately they were few and far in-between. She couldn't openly say she was dating someone. It was against the contract for the group. So, they had to be pretty secretive about dating.

"Can we... stay like this for a while?" Aya whispered. She didn't want to let go anytime soon.

"Sure. We have the night to ourselves so whatever you want to do is fine by me."

"I love you..."

"And I love you." Lisa gently pressed a kiss to Aya's head, "You're perfect how you are. You don't need to rush around trying to change yourself."

"If... if you say so... then I'll trust you." Aya mumbled.

Lisa smiled, "But, if you do ever feel like changing something, just say so. I'll try to help you the best I can."

"Thank you, Lisa... I'm glad to have you in my life."

"Same to you."