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"She left a little while ago," Kyungri murmurs without taking her eyes off her phone.

Sam is about to ask why but thinks better of it, knows Kyungri would just give her a distracted answer and shoo her out of the room that's meant for everyone. "Thanks," she says instead, and just a tiny bit disgruntled.

Kyrungri's face breaks out into a smile and Sam almost sticks around. That is until Kyungri's arm goes up in the air with the phone at an angle.

Sam is out the door before the flash.

 

*

 

"I thought she was with you?" Sungah looks more confused than usual. It's... it's comforting in its own way. So is the way Sungah tries to hide her phone screen even though it shouldn't, not at this point.

Sam catches a glimpse of an old picture, from when Hyuna still wore oversized shirts to bed in the summer. She almost wants to grab Sungah and shake her. "Want to help me find Minha?" she asks instead, even though it's bound to be a useless attempt.

Sungah shakes her head and puts the phone away. "No, thanks though," she replies with a tight smile.

"Kyungri's down in the practice room, she looked bored," Sam points out with practiced nonchalance. She'll give Sungah an out this one time because she's optimistic enough to think Sungah's not that stupid.

 

*

 

"Nope," Erin calls out from the couch without bothering to take her headphones off.

Not even two steps in, Sam swings back around and leaves the room before she can wonder how Erin even knew why she was there. With Erin, it's always better to just not ask.

 

*

 

Sera and Eunji give her sheepish looks as soon as she enters the makeshift kitchen.

"You've got to be kidding me," she mutters, mostly to herself. "For someone who doesn't actually do much of anything all day, Minha is really making herself difficult to track down."

Sera laughs a little and nudges Eunji. They look like they're up to something—the worst kind of something—but Sam was too busy to care about the trouble they were no doubt going to cause. Besides, if she leaves quickly enough, whatever mess they make wouldn't be her problem.

"Strawberry?" Eunji asks, holding out a bowl across the table.

Right, because strawberries would help her find Minha right now.

Sam glares a little but she takes the whole bowl and leaves without another word.

"Good luck," Eunji snickers behind her.

 

*

 

The sounds of harmonizing leaking out from the recording studio make Sam breeze past without bothering to check inside. The ridiculously sad song choice alone is enough to let her know it's only Hyemi and Hyuna messing around.

She has half a mind to stop and bang on the door to let them know they're not being original.

 

*

 

With nowhere to go but up, Sam heads to the roof.

She's searched nearly the entire building by now, if Minha isn't up here then she might as well just jump off for being hoodwinked. Well, that or toss strawberries at the unsuspecting fools on the sidewalk below.

Sam is only a little bit relieved when she sees Minha leaning against a railing, all class and elegance in the worst way possible.

"Finally," Minha says, looking more annoyed than she has any right to be.

"What was so important that you made me run around looking for you?"

Minha just shrugs and walks towards her. "Just wanted to see if you would," she admits with a smirk and brushes by Sam to get back in the building.