Chapter 1: a groupchat is created
look,,, i have no self control so here is another wip, this time more memey bc its a semi texting fic (its going to be a mess. bear with me)
i, as a scenography student at college, am very passionate abt theatre and i got this idea while watching a lecture from a very cool director who works with groups!! so its self indulgent. im not even sorry i like this au a lot
the first chap is going to be tiny bc its kinda like a introduction
(usernames are self explanatory really you wont have trouble figuring out who is who)
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
dad added angel and 7 others to the chat
dad has named the chat "theatre gays"
boo: may i ask what is this
memehao: i mean it's pretty obvious to me
memegyu: is it a cult
seokmeme: are we going to be sacrificed
NAEGAHOSH: i would like to state that i am very old and not a virgin so my blood is useless
woozi: that's it. the final straw. i am quitting the group
memehao: please take me with you
dad: gUYS CMON no need 2 b like dis
boo: who are you
memegyu: theres only one person who types like "dis"
angel: seungcheol what is this
dad: itsa group chat!!!!
woozi: what for
NAEGAHOSH: thought u were quitting
woozi: not now soonyoung
dad: ok so
dad: auditions r tmr rite??
woozi: for fuck's sake type properly i can't understand a single word
dad: ur no fun jihoonie :((
dad: what i was saying was
dad: auditions r tomorrow and we will have fresh meat soon which means. the group will grow and we need a groupchat dats it
boo: you shouldve,,,, ukno,,,, TOLD US
seokmeme: i legit thought it was a scam groupchat or some shit
memegyu: wait soonyoung so you're not a virgin??
NAEGAHOSH: whoops would u look at the time its time to bLAST
gemini: so what is this
angel: read the chat junhui
gemini: oh ok nice fresh meat
gemini: maybe some real dancers will get in
memehao: you know what jun
memehao: no dinner for you tonight :-)
gemini: nO HAO I TAKE IT BACK
gemini: PLEASE I DONT HAVE ANY MONEY TO SPEND ON DINNER
thank you for reading!! see ya next chapter
Chapter 2: auditions™
told ya i was posting a new one faster than sonic
this is all regular narrative btw i hope it doesnt get too confusing
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
Auditions are quite fun, specially when you're a diverse theatre group that doesn't stick just to epic/dramatic plays. Seventeen likes to call themselves "performers"; that's pretty much what they do, perform. Either it's a Shakespeare play, a Broadway-esque musical or a random mashup of songs choreographed into something solid. So, when their general theatre company (Pledis) opened the auditions, the Seventeen boys were excited. There were lots of groups under the company's name, so it was better for them to hold the auditions separatedly.
The nine boys had the company's medium-sized auditorium to themselves (one of the senior groups was rehearsing in the bigger one) and started calling the names as soon as everyone settled.
A brunette wearing a Thrasher hoodie entered the stage hesitantly. "Hello, everyone." he greeted as he bowed.
"Hi!" Seungcheol smiled, trying to transmit friendliness. "So, what do you have?"
"Hm, I made a... mixtape?" he pulled a pendrive from his hoodie's pocket. "Actually, I need to clarify some things. I'm not an actor at all, but I heard you welcomed performers from all areas so I signed up; I'm a rapper. And I also know a thing or two about sound engineering and stage lighting, but I guess I can't show that on an audition. Sorry, I don't usually talk this much, I'm very nervous if you can't tell."
"No need to be, man." Soonyoung assured. "I'm not an actor either, more of a dancer, actually, but I'm here nonetheless. If you perform — any kind of performance — and work hard there's no reason not to be here auditioning."
Hansol thanked him for the encouragement, and plugged the USB driver on the stereo by the side of the stage. He pressed play and a nice beat started, echoing through the whole auditorium. They recognized it as PVRIS' "Mirrors". Jihoon raised an eyebrow at that and discretly mouthed "how is he gonna rap to this?" to the others.
But Hansol did. His flow was good, and in perfect sync with the song. He improvised during the chorus parts, which was seen with good eyes by the boys evaluating his performance. The lyrics were really nice as well.
"Did you write the lyrics?" Jihoon asked him.
"Yeah, I did."
"They're good. You were good." the short boy gave him an approving nod.
"Thanks for choosing us, we'll let you know if you made it."
Hansol bowed again and left with a small wave, which was returned by all the group members.
"That was actually pretty cool." Seokmin commented.
"He knows how to manage some stuff backstage, too." Mingyu added.
"Do we need another rapper, though?" Seungkwan questioned. "Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating, the guy is cool. I'm just laying the issues on the table, weighting the pros and cons and all that."
"We'll talk about everything later." Soonyoung interrupted. "Who is next?"
After a few failed skits and over-the-top musical numbers from the contestants, the boys were a little tired.
"If the next one is a musical kid, I'm going home."
"Jeonghan, you are a musical kid."
"Yeah, and I know my kind. Annoying, diva-like and stubborn. I think the only exception to this rule is Seokmin."
"I'm calling the next one." Jihoon announced. "Hong Jisoo."
A boy with peachy-pink hair and sparkly eyes carrying an acoustic guitar entered the stage with a soft smile. He bowed and waved.
"Hello, I'm Jisoo, or Joshua, and I'll be playing a piece on the guitar and then merging it with a small monologue if that's okay?? It's not a long number." he started, politely.
"It's okay, man, just do your thing."
He sat at the edge of the proscenium and started plucking the strings. The boys looked at Jeonghan as if asking him "weren't you going to leave if there was another musical kid?" but said boy was focused on Jisoo.
He started singing — it was an Adele song, "Turning Tables". It was sad and beautiful at the same time. His voice was like honey, and the acoustic arrangement was very well-done. When the song finished, he put the instrument aside, bitter semblant never leaving his face, got up from the floor and started reciting the lines to Gloumov's monologue in "The Diary Of a Scoundrel".
"Can't you see in my eyes that I'd rather die than cause you a minute's pain?"
When he finished the number, everyone was, for the lack of a better word, a bit shook (Seungkwan and Mingyu were tearing up a little).
"Wow." someone whispered.
Jisoo was standing in the middle of the stage, guitar resting on top of his feet while his hands held the instrument's arm. He had a curious look on his face, doe eyes wide and eyebrows raised.
"That was really good." Seungcheol commented. "Great job."
The boy on the stage bowed. "Thank you so much, and thank you all for having me."
"Thank you for choosing us. We'll let you know if you got in, stay tuned."
"I will." Jisoo smiled and bowed one more time. "Bye."
Once he was out, the boys started giving their two-cents about the performance.
"Dude." Minghao started. "That was awesome. His voice is so pretty."
"And the monologue? One word: killer."
"I'm actually a little scared." Soonyoung said. "I mean, how can he look all bubbly and soft and sing with a cotton-candy voice and then execute such a sad number? It's weird, man."
"It's called acting, Soonyoung, you should try it some time." Junhui teased.
"Shut up, child actor."
"Okay, children, settle down, settle down." Seungkwan used his best mom voice. "Someone please call the next name."
"Sure thing." Seungcheol nodded. "Hm. No more on letter H, none on letter I, let's move on to J. Jeon Wonwoo!"
A boy with jet-black hair wearing a leather jacket walked in, stood on the proscenium and bowed. "Hi, I'm Wonwoo, I'm a writer."
"Hello!" Soonyoung greeted back. "So, what did you prepare?"
"Are you guys familiar with slam poetry?" he asked. The audience all nodded, affirmatively, so he continued. "Cool. So, this is Shakespeare, slam poetry style, with a wicked twist." he paused, then winced, scrunching his nose. "Sorry, bad choice of words. It's not Glinda-and-Elphaba-Wicked; it's dictionary-wicked, as in, the actual meaning of the word. Sorry, I should have planned my introduction better. I swear I'm not making this up as I go, shit, I'm rambling, sorry."
"It's ok, we've all been there." Soonyoung offered a smile. "Although, to be honest, I would like to see what a Shakespeare-Wicked crossover would be like."
Wonwoo smiled back. "Thanks for understanding. And same." he took a deep breath and murmured "Ok. Let's do this."
"Whenever you're ready." Seungcheol said.
The boy on the stage closed his eyes and started reciting some lines from "Richard III". He spoke with passion, his words were clear and his voice was insteresting to listen to, deep and soothing. He started moving on the stage, eyes still closed. When he opened them, they were filled with fire, and the words he was saying turned unfamiliar; they were not a part of the original play, but were beautiful nonetheless. It was intriguing: it sounded like poetry, but none of the boys recognized it. It related to what was being recited before, but it was different. Unique. He closed his eyes again and went back to reciting.
The "opening-eyes-and-sneaking-in-verses-that-are-not-part-of-Richard-III" thing happened a few more times, and everytime Wonwoo opened his eyes they never failed to radiate some sort of emotion. The number ended with a single unfamiliar verse:
"And I apologize for all I did wrong, for I didn't know I was doing it."
Instead of closing his eyes again, he placed his right hand over them.
None of the Seventeen boys quite grasped the meaning behind it, but were speechless anyway. Someone, probably Junhui, whispered "so cool".
"That was really good, dude." Seungcheol complimented.
"See? There was no need to be nervous." Soonyoung said. "You did a great job."
"I'm curious." Jihoon raised his hand slightly. "Those verses, the ones you recited whenever you opened your eyes. Where are they from?"
"Hm, they... They're mine. I wrote them." the black-haired boy fidgeted with his jacket sleeves sheepishly. "I pulled an all-nighter reading Richard III and my mind was suddenly filled with words, new verses, and I had to write them down. Not all of them are 100% related to the play, though, specially the last one — I'm not a Richard apologist at all, yikes."
"So that was your wicked twist?"
"Y-yeah." his voice wavered, he was nervous again.
"I think it was wicked enough." Soonyoung shot him a double thumbs-up. "Thank you for choosing us, we'll let you know if you made it."
"Thank you for having me, and for the compliments, I really appreciate it." Wonwoo bowed and left the stage.
"Tell me again why we didn't accept him on the spot." Seungkwan poked Jihoon's shoulder. The latter rolled his eyes and refused to respond.
"Lots of reasons, Kwannie." Seungcheol explained. "One: we need to get through all of the people on the list, it's the rules. Two: we need to have a team meeting to discuss every number. I could go on."
"But you have to admit that we've never seen anything like that before." Junhui said.
"Yeah, can't deny that. He said he was a writer, right? Figures."
"But he did more than that, though." Seokmin pondered. "The whole thing with the opening-and-closing his eyes? Plus, the moves on stage, with his eyes closed? That was intense, man."
"Sure was. But, let's not have biased opinions, right? I'm gonna call the next one, you guys chill."
It's not that they were bored. The next contestants just pretty much did the same cliche-monologue-and-or-bad-song number. There was one guy who literally sang Troy Bolton's "Scream". Seungkwan cried after he left.
"Please tell me it's the last one." Minghao sighed, draped over two chairs, with one foot propped up on Mingyu's shoulder.
"Sorry, bro, there are like 7 more after this one. You'll have to put up with this a little more."
"I don't wanna put up with this, I just want my bed. And homemade cookies." he looked at Mingyu expectantly after the last sentence.
"Nope, I'm not cooking anything tonight. I'm as tired as you are, fucknut."
Minghao hit his ear with his foot, earning a yelp as a response.
"Alright, lovebirds, no need for such extreme behaviour." Seokmin teased.
"Everytime you call Mingyu and I 'lovebirds', an actual couple dies."
"If I ever feel romantically attracted to Minghao, feel free to call the police. Or the hospital. Because it would be pretty much incest, and I'd obviously be delusional."
"Okay, we get it. I'm calling the next person, they're probably tired of waiting. Lee Chan!"
A boy with metallic-blue hair that seemed to be the youngest of all the contestants so far walked in. He bowed and gave a shy wave. "Hello, I'm Chan, thanks for having me here."
"Hi, and welcome to the stage." Seungcheol smiled. "What are you showing us today, kiddo?"
The boy cringed at being called "kiddo", but didn't show. "I'll be doing a DV8 inspired performance. I couldn't really try to reenact something by them, because, well, I can't get on that level. So, uh, the text I chose is a poem, the author is unknown, unfortunately. The song, well, it's a remix, and has an element of suprise, so I won't spoil it. So yeah, that's what I'll be doing."
"Fucking finally", Minghao raised his arms, as if thanking some higher being. "I've been waiting for someone to do some DV8. Good luck, dude."
Chan thanked him, and pulled a pen drive out of his pocket. He plugged it on the stereo and pressed play. A Michael Jackson song started playing, and he started dancing.
His moves were mesmerizing, sharp and precise. The song stopped, and he dropped to the floor, legs crossed and hands placed in front of them. He moved his hands to the left and to the right non-stop, and a new song started playing, this time a classic piece. He began reciting the poem and got up, never stopping moving. His body acted the words in a sort-of dance. It was a bittersweet poem about chasing your dreams. When the song reached it's climax, it changed again, now to a childish tune. Chan was on the ground again, mimicking baby steps. The song quickly changed again to an upbeat tune, and the poem was ending. The final verse was "I'll keep on following things I'm not sure if I'll achieve", and the song ended on a minor chord despite the happy premise.
Chan's final pose was right arm reaching behind him, back facing the audience.
After waiting a few seconds for good measure, he retrieved the pen drive and put it back on his pocket. He looked at the other boys, waiting for a reaction.
"That was good." Seungcheol smiled. "Minghao, oh great DV8 expert, what did you think?"
"You did great, dude. Definitely did them justice."
"Thank you so much!" Chan beamed. "Seriously, that is the best compliment ever. Thanks."
"I have a question." Soonyoung said. "Why the Michael Jackson song?"
"I'm a big fan. He's probably the reason I fell in love with performing, so I thought it was fitting for the number. You know, dreams and stuff."
"I like that minor chord at the end of the last song." Jihoon pointed out. "Very clever, starting happy and finishing with a sour taste. It connects with the poem, I liked it."
"Thank you." Chan bowed. "Again, thanks for having me here."
"Thanks for choosing us, we'll let you know if you made it!"
After the boy left, the others started chatting.
"It was cool. A little all-over-the-place, but cool."
"It's DV8, you don't need to get it at first glance. You probably won't, anyway."
"I'm calling the next one. Y'all ready?"
"Please never say 'y'all' again."
me?? projecting my love for dv8 onto minghao and chan?? pfft no haha what do u mean
(look them up my dudes. theyre awesome)
anyways, thank you for reading, see you next chapter
Chapter 3: fresh meat and a meet-up
hello this fic is written until chapter 5 or further so i'll probably binge-post the story bruh i have no self control
i regret the meat/meet pun in the chapter's title but i have nothing better
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
Seven boring performances later, the boys were tired.
"I'm exhausted." Seungkwan complained, leaning his head on Seokmin's shoulder. "I'm so glad we're on break. I wouldn't be able to handle auditions during classes."
"Can we decide the results over text, just this once?" Junhui asked. "I need to go home, I'm hungry and tired and I need a shower."
"Yes please. I mean, we do have a groupchat now."
"Alright, let's talk about it on the chat." Seungcheol agreed. "I'm half-dead as well. I barely have the energy to walk home, I'm drained."
After saying quick byes, the boys split up to go to their houses. They were still at college, but chose to live with other group members instead of college dorms. Seungcheol, Soonyoung and Jihoon, commonly known as "leader line", lived together with Jeonghan. Seokmin, Mingyu and Minghao also lived together, along with Junhui, Minghao's cousin, and Seungkwan, Seokmin's bestfriend.
"Gyu." Seokmin poked the tall guy's cheek. "Are there any leftovers from yesterday's dinner?"
"I don't think so, we ate everything. Let's just order takeout or pizza."
(Mingyu was the official household cook, Junhui being the second-in-command.)
Later, the boys found themselves in the living room, with one box of pizza and a few of chinese takeout, Finding Nemo playing on the DVD and store-bought cake for dessert.
groupchat - theatre gays
dad: so lets start this debate
dad: everyones opinions r valid so dont b afraid 2 speak up
woozi: unless you want to accept someone because you think they're cute
woozi: in that case please keep it to yourself
boo: thats mean jihoonie let me be gay in peace
seokmeme changed the chat's name to "let me be gay in peace"
woozi: ... why do i even bother talking to you guys
memehao: oKAY LOSERS enough
NAEGAHOSH: i think we all agree on who stood out more right
gemini: indie rapper boy, guitar gloumov sunshine, wicked shakespeare and dv8 kid
dad: does everyone agree
NAEGAHOSH: ye (jeonghan says yes)
boo: everyone here said yes
dad: now we need to decide
dad: do we accept all four of them or nah
seokmeme: id say we accept the 4 of them they were all really good
gemini: yeah but would they all be a good addition to the group i mean they are very talented of course but they need to click with us
gemini: idk i cant express myself
memegyu: no no i get u
memegyu: personally i think rapper boy would be good for us i mean ok we already have 2 rappers (three if we count haohao) BUT he's a good lyricist and creative and can help with the sound&lighting
NAEGAHOSH: speaking of creativity
NAEGAHOSH: shakespeare guy NEEDS to get in like cmon we all saw what he did if we let him go i will have the everlasting need to punch myself in the face
woozi: please do
NAEGAHOSH: not now jihoonie
dad: ok what abt this we need 2 present the pros and cons of accepting each one
dad: rapper boy, pros: creative, good lyrics, would b a good backstage minion
dad: cons: do we need another rapper??
dad: shakespeare guy, pros
memehao: everything tbh
gemini: we dont know if he can sing or dance
woozi: yeah most of our performances involve music and he didnt use any
dad: jeonghan says thats not enough to NOT accept him
memegyu: where IS jeonghan anyway
dad: on the couch too tired 2 hold his phone
NAEGAHOSH: we're reading the conversation for him
woozi: ^ they are. im not doing anything
dad: alright movin on to guitar guy, pros
memehao: really pretty voice
seokmeme: acting 10/10
NAEGAHOSH: jeonghan says hes cute
woozi: i give up
dad: ignore jeonghan, lets think abt the cons
boo: i cant think of any
memegyu: if anything i'd say we dont know his full vocal range but when we accepted seungkwan we didnt know either and look at where we are now
memegyu: proud dads of our beautiful n talented maknae
boo: aw you guys <3
gemini: we dont know if he can dance but thats all
dad: jeonghan says (again) thats not enough to not accept him
woozi: jeonghan's opinion is biased he has no say in this
boo: thats unfair jihoonie let him be gay in peace
woozi: seungkwan im THIS close to kicking you out of the chat
seokmeme: if jeonghan cant share his thoughts on whether we accept guitar boy bc his opinion is biased does that mean kwannie cant share his thoughts on rapper boy's case?? honest question
boo: seokmin kindly fuck off
memehao: same goes for gyu n shakespeare guy lmao
memegyu: hao i trusted you
memehao: that was your mistake not mine
woozi: im saying this for the last time before i actually combust
woozi: being cute is not a legitimate reason for being accepted
angel: of course its not! if it were, we wouldnt have accepted soonyoung
NAEGAHOSH: uM eXCusE YOu
seokmeme: what happened to being "too tired to hold your phone" or smth
angel: oh i still am
angel: just wanted to roast soonyoung
angel: im going back to the couch bye
NAEGAHOSH: the disrespect in this chat is unbelievable
dad: guys we r losing focus
memegyu: right sorry boss
dad: moving on to dv8 kid, pros
woozi: creative and clever
NAEGAHOSH: really good dancer
memehao: he likes dv8 i think thats a valid reason
gemini: minghao we cant accept someone just because they like the same things as you
memehao: says who
gemini: says rule book
memehao: i dont know her
dad: gUYS F O C U S
dad: lets talk abt the cons
boo: id say the perf was a bit unpolished but i mean
boo: he did A LOT of stuff n came up with almost all of it we cant expect everything to be perfect
seokmeme: my point still stands we should accept everyone
NAEGAHOSH: me too i think they would all be good additions
dad: does everyone agree
dad: all those in favor of accepting the four of them say aye
memegyu: aye aye
gemini: theyre cool
woozi: i hope they're normal people and not soonyoungs 2.0
NAEGAHOSH: jeonghan says aye
NAEGAHOSH: (rude, jihoonie. plain rude)
dad: so i guess its settled!!! woooo im gonaa add them
boo: WARN THEM FIRST
seokmeme: yeah dude dont add them just yet talk to them on private or call them
seokmeme: they're gonna flip just like we did if they get added to a random chat
dad: kay imma contact them
woozi: and type properly we dont want any misunderstandings
unknown number to hansolo
unknown number: hi is this chwe hansol
hansolo: who is this
unknown number: hi!! this is seungcheol from pledis' seventeen
unknown number: you're in dude welcome to the family
hansolo: !!!!!!!! FOR REAL????
unknown number: yeah man
unknown number: we have a groupchat can i add you?
unknown number: kay see u there bye
unknown number to josh
unknown number: hello is this hong jisoo's phone??
josh: yeah thats me, and you are...?
unknown number: seungcheol from pledis' seventeen
unknown number: good news man you're in!!!
josh: THANK YOU
unknown number: no problem lol do you want to join our groupchat
unknown number: ok im gonna add you
unknown number: see u there!!
unknown number to wonwoo
unknown number: hello, this is seungcheol from pledis' seventeen, im guessing this is jeon wonwoo's phone?
wonwoo: yeah hi
unknown number: hi!! good news: you're in
unknown number: as in, you're a part of the group now
wonwoo: shit i wasn't expecting that
wonwoo: thank you so much!!!
unknown number: no need to thank us hahah hey can i add you on our groupchat
wonwoo: yeah man sure
unknown number: oKay see u there then, bye :)
unknown number to dino
unknown number: hi is this lee chan?
dino: yep, thats me
unknown number: hi im seungcheol from pledis' seventeen, and i bring good news
unknown number: you got accepted!!! congrats and welcome
dino: I CANR BELIWVE THABK YUO
dino: sorry im emotional
unknown number: no problem bro we all are honestly
unknown number: speaking of "we" can i add you to our groupchat
unknown number: cool!! see you there :^)
groupchat - let me be gay in peace
dad added hansolo and 3 others to the groupchat
dad: hey gays these are our new members say hi and be nice
dad: i mean *guys
boo: no you dont
boo: hello im boo seungkwan, 19, musical theatre major and funny girl enthusiast
seokmeme: hi im lee seokmin, 20, musical theatre major as well and west side story enthusiast
memegyu: kim mingyu, 20, acting major, scenography minor and dog enthusiast
memehao: xu minghao, not 20 yet, dance major, fashion minor and ghibli studios enthusiast
gemini: wen junhui, 21, acting major and spicy food enthusiast
memehao: im also junhui's cousin but i pretend im not
gemini: you love me hao
angel: yoon jeonghan, not 22 yet, musical theatre major, cultural production minor and sleep enthusiast
woozi: lee jihoon, not 21 yet, music production major, performance arts minor and coffee enthusiast
NAEGAHOSH: kwon soonyoung, 21, double majoring in dance and scenography, yes i am dying, and SHINee enthusiast
dad: choi seungcheol, 22 in a month yay, theatre theory major, business minor and peace and quiet enthusiast
dad: so this is us!! feel free to introduce yourselves :^)
hansolo: hi im chwe hansol or vernon, 19, photography major, art history minor and tyler, the creator enthusiast
josh: hong jisoo (or joshua), not 22 yet, art history major, music theory minor and anime enthusiast
hansolo: josh is my cousin hes a weeb but hes cool
wonwoo: jeon wonwoo, 21 in a week, literature major, theatre theory minor and antonin artaud enthusiast
dino: lee chan, 18, dance major, acting minor and, you guessed it, michael jackson enthusiast
seokmeme: nice meeting all of you!! welcome to the family (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
NAEGAHOSH: wonwoo your username is boring
wonwoo: i cant think of a better one
NAEGAHOSH has changed wonwoo's name to "emo glinda"
emo glinda: i can live with that
dad: should we tell them what are our roles in the group??
dad: im the overall "leader" but honestly im not an authority at all
dad: im pretty much just a father figure and i direct our plays n stuff
woozi: i compose our original songs & co-direct
NAEGAHOSH: im in charge of most of the coreography and backstage stuff and of course the stage design, scenery and shizzle
seokmeme: we call those 3 "leader line" bc thats basically what they are
seokmeme: im a vocalist mostly
seokmeme: well i act of course but usually singing is included
boo: same here
angel: same here but i handle part of the paperwork, hook us up with cool places to perform and do everyone's makeup
gemini: i act mostly and dance sometimes and im full-time eye candy
gemini: i also sing but not that frequently
NAEGAHOSH: hes a really good singer (and dancer) guys
gemini: aw you flatter me <3
memehao: i dance mostly and im also in charge of stage garments
memehao: i do dance-acting performances quite often as well and sometimes i act (i rarely sing bc im not that good lol)
memegyu: LIES (seriously tho his voice is cute af trust me)
memehao: i WILL kick you
memegyu: aNYWAYS im an actor like 99% of the time, im a rapper on our musical performances and i help with backstage shabangs and scenery
NAEGAHOSH: gyuhao are my lil minions
angel: i wish i had at least one single minion to help me with makeup/paperwork
angel: you guys can't see but i'm glaring at both mingyu and seokmin
seokmeme: we're not even in the same house how can you glare at us
angel: dont doubt my glaring abilities
memegyu: jeonghan weve been over this none of us can do proper makeup
memegyu: i wore eyeliner like. once
memegyu: and i was 15
angel: aw but you are my fools :(( my loyal lackeys
woozi: why do i live with you
angel: because im nice and adorable and i pay the rent
emo glinda: i dont know anything about makeup but if you really need help with paperwork i think i can do it
emo glinda: i know how boring it can be lol
angel: really?? :0 thank u!!
angel: you're a good egg
angel: you fuckers should all follow his example
dad: oh are we decidind who is doing what?? it can wait if you guys want i understand if ur tired (we r too)
emo glinda: i dont know?? i just offered help idk
NAEGAHOSH: i have an idea
woozi: im scared
NAEGAHOSH: will i ever stop being roasted?? the world may never know
NAEGAHOSH: anyWAYS how about we meet up @ a cafe or smth to get to know each other better, in person
NAEGAHOSH: not today obviously
NAEGAHOSH: whenever is best for everyone :^)
memehao: this is, suprisingly, a good idea
memehao: we're on break so i guess its easier to choose a day
dad: we have to think abt everyone's jobs as well
dino: i dont have one ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
hansolo: lol same
josh: i dont have any upcoming gigs so its all good ^-^
seokmeme: dUDE you're a musician for a living?? thats so cool
josh: its not that glamorous haha but thanks!!
dad: is everyone free this saturday @ like 3 pm
emo glinda: yes
memegyu: everyone here says yes
memegyu: ((hansol, chan, jisoo n wonwoo you might be confused at thats statement so im gonna explain: seokmin, hao, jun, kwannie and i live together))
dad: everyone here said yes as well ((soonyoung, jihoon, jeonghan n i live together as well))
NAEGAHOSH: so i guess its settled?? yAY
gemini: see you guys there!!
idk how things are where u live but in my humble land those are all legitimate majors so just roll wih it pls thank u
thank you for reading, see ya next chapter
Chapter 4: the welcome in person and the welcoming tradition
they all meet in person, get to know each other and soonyoung is roasted a few times
also attempted subtle angst
im on a roll this is chapter 4 already i feel powerful
i think this will be the last one for today so yeah.
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
Saturday came, and Mingyu was excited to properly meet the new members of the crew. Right now, he was looking at his closet trying to pick a proper outfit to cause a good impression.
"Just wear whatever you'd wear at a group hangout." Minghao said, impatiently. "It's basically the same thing, we're just adding four heads."
"You make it sound really morbid by saying 'four heads'." Junhui piped in.
"That's easy for you to say, Hao, you're studying fashion." Mingyu pouted. "Everything you wear is automatically a runway look." he pointed to said fashion student, who was wearing light blue jeans with holes — not rips, holes — on the knees, fishnets underneath it, a long sleeved blouse with some undergroud band's logo on it and creeper sneakers.
Minghao smirked "This is my casual getup."
"I know, and yet you still look like a model. It's infuriating."
"Fine, I'll help you."
Ten minutes later, Mingyu was ready, black skinny jeans with a white t-shirt that sported russian characters ("probably a swear word", as Minghao liked to say) tucked in. He tied a flannel on his waist and put on some old red sneakers.
"Good. Not too much, and not too less." Minghao approved. "I'm a genious."
"Thanks, Hao, I love you." Mingyu hugged his best friend and planted a sloppy kiss on his cheek.
"You're disgustingly affectionate, get off me."
"Ok, I'll be over there hugging the life out of Junhui."
"Yes, please. He's just as clingy as you, you deserve each other."
Mingyu grinned, sneaking another kiss, this time a peck on Minghao's nose, and went to the living room to cling onto Junhui. The younger chinese boy rolled his eyes, but couldn't hide the fondness in his smile.
Best friends. Gotta love 'em.
Meanwhile, on the Leader Line + Jeonghan household, chaos had settled in.
"I can't find the car keys!"
"Why do we need the car, we can walk there!"
"My ankles are sore, I don't want to walk!"
"Why are there socks on the fridge?"
"I left them there so they could cool and maybe help with my ankles' pain when I put them on."
"There's a spatula underneath my pillow. I'm leaving. See you at the cafe, please don't die, I don't want to pay the rent by myself."
"Wait, where's Jihoon?"
"Right here." Jihoon's voice sounded muffled.
"Shit." Soonyoung cursed. "I accidentally locked the closet door. Sorry, Jihoonie."
"How do you accidentally lock a door?"
"I was distracted, okay? My ankles are in pain, I can't think straight. I'm going to open the door, are you dressed?"
"Of course I am, I was locked for long enough to pick some clothes."
The clothes in question were really cute pastel orange overalls (rolled on the ankles because Jihoon's legs were too short) and a striped black and white t-shirt. Soonyoung's heart melted a little at the sight.
"Oh. You look really cute."
"What the fuck, Soonyoung." Jihoon deadpanned.
"The pain is clouding my thoughts so my brain to mouth filter isn't working, sorry."
"That doesn't even make sense, how can the pain on your ankles affect your brain? They're not even close to each other."
"I don't know! Cheol, did you find the car keys?"
"Working on it! I found the keys to my old bike, if it helps."
"It would be of great help, if you actually had the bike."
"Soonyoung, are you sure you can't walk?"
"I can try, but I'll probably be limping."
"I'll give you a piggyback ride when we get closer to the shop so you don't get too tired."
"Found the keys!" Jihoon yelled from the kitchen.
"Where were they?"
"Take a wild guess."
"The motherfucking freezer. Why is everything misplaced in this house? And why in the weirdest places? Couldn't it be inside the ceramic pot? Noooo, it has to be in the freezer."
"How did it even get there?"
"The real question is, are you tall enough to reach the freezer, Jihoon?"
Jihoon smacked Soonyoung upside the head after that comment.
"I'M ALREADY INJURED!"
Despite all the chaos, everyone got to the cafe on time. Actually, scratch that.
"Where's Wonwoo?" Seungcheol asked.
"He's probably stuck in traffic or something." Junhui supplied.
"Should we text him?"
"Already on it." Soonyoung unlocked his phone and opened their groupchat.
groupchat - let me be gay in peace
NAEGAHOSH: @emo glinda where u at
emo glinda: im going to be a little late you guys can start without me
emo glinda: dont worry, im okay, just late
emo glinda: be there in like 10
NAEGAHOSH: roger that bro
"He's just a little late, said he'll be here in 10 minutes."
"So, shall we start? We already know each other's majors and at least one interest, so that's cool; anyone wants to ask something? I suck at starting conversations."
"Who is who? Wait, that sounded really weird." Hansol smiled sheepishly. "What I mean is, we talked on the groupchat and I know everyone's names but I can't match names and faces."
The boys re-introduced themselves saying their names and giving a little wave sometimes.
"So", Jeonghan clapped once to get everyone's attention. "How did you guys get swooped into the performance world?"
"It was Josh's fault." Hansol playfully bumped shoulders with his cousin. "He is, if you haven't guessed yet, a diehard musical kid. Made me sit through Les Mis when I was 12. Needless to say, I didn't understand anything."
"You slept throught almost the whole thing!" Jisoo looked scandalized.
"Well, you took a 12 year-old to a 3 hour long play with heavy plot and big words, so whose fault is it? Anyway, I did find the concept very interesting, but I soon realized acting and singing aren't my thing, so, even though I love musical theatre a lot, thanks Josh, my reign is more writing lyrics, performing on stage with a cool beat, hyping the crowd up..."
"Nice. I think we're going to get along, kid." Seungcheol high-fived the boy.
"Well, my story is less complicated." Jisoo started. "I saw Wicked by accident on TV, they were broadcasting it when I was zapping, and fell in love. Started studying music, bought a guitar and here I am now." he smiled softly. "I got into acting a while later, though."
"You're really good at all of those things, you know." Seungcheol said, fondly. "Guitar, singing, acting..."
"Totally, dude." Seokmin added. "Don't tell anyone, but you were the best Gloumov I've ever seen."
Jisoo laughed at that, eyes sparkling and curving into crescents.
"Well, who's left is none other than our new maknae, Lee Chan!"
"It's not much, really." Chan played with the purple straw of his iced coffee. "It started with MJ, then musicals, then DV8 and now I'm here." he smiled.
"It feels good not to be the maknae anymore." Seungkwan sighed. "I'm happy to pass the torch to you, Chan." he said, dramatically.
"And I'm happy to accept it."
The whole table laughed at both boy's antics. A little after that, they were startled by a new voice:
"Hm... Hi?" they all turned to see Wonwoo, a little out of breath, black hair slightly disheveled.
"Hello!" Soonyoung waved enthusiastically. "Come sit here with us!"
He walked over to the table, sitting next to Soonyoung.
"Sorry, I actually just got off of work. My shift ends at 3 and it's not far so I fast-walked. Turns out I'm really out of shape."
"Why didn't you tell us? We could have met at 4 to give you some time to breathe."
"Yeah, but everyone said they were free at 3 so it wouldn't be too nice if I was the only person to say I wasn't."
"What's not nice is you having to run here all the way from work. Tell us next time?"
"Also, what happened to your emo aesthetic, man?" Junhui asked.
Wonwoo looked down at his mint green oversized sweater, brown messenger bag hanging off one shoulder and round specs perched on his nose.
"I work at a library. Gotta match their aesthetic, I can't really wear leather jackets there, can I? Well, unless maybe if I worked at the CD section, which I don't. Anyway, I'm actually a big nerd, sweaters are 75% of my wardrobe and I have really bad eyesight."
"You weren't wearing glasses at your audition, though."
"On purpose, so I couldn't see the audience properly. Helps with stage fright and anxiety, way better than that 'picture everyone on their underwear' nonsense. I wonder if that ever worked for someone."
"It doesn't work", Junhui shook his head in disappointment. "I tried it once and ended up developing a crush on the boy sitting on the third row because the underwear vision of him my brain provided was really hot."
"I remember that day." Minghao said. "He came home, slammed the door open and said, 'Hao, the underwear trick sucks'. It was iconic, because I didn't know the context, so the first thing I thought was 'bitch fucked up my laundry and destroyed my underwear' or something."
"Stop making fun of your elders, Myungho."
"Hm, so, I hate to make this awkward but I have to ask." Seungcheol fiddled with his thumbs. "If you couldn't guess from the chat's name, pretty much all of us are a little gay, I hope you don't have a problem with that. If you do, well..."
"Nah, no problem." Hansol waved his hand in a reassuring manner. "I'm gay too, so."
"Same." Jisoo fist-bumped his cousin.
"And same." Wonwoo smiled.
"Well, not same." Chan raised his hand. "I mean, kind of. Do you guys know what asexuality is?"
"Yeah, man." Seungcheol nodded. "Minghao made sure to educate us all after he came out."
The younger's eyes widened and he turned to look at Minghao. "You're ace too?"
"And proud as fuck." the brown-haired boy smiled and the two exchanged a high-five.
They continued with the playful conversations until Mingyu said it was getting late and he needed to cook dinner. He asked if the new members wanted to come over, but they politely declined, not wanting to take up on the boy's time.
"It's really no big deal", he said. "But I understand. I plan on doing a group dinner some time, though, so don't go thinking you will never taste my cooking, because you will. You just escaped for now." he added, playfully.
Later on, the groupchat started buzzing with new messages.
groupchat - let me be gay in peace
NAEGAHOSH: GUYS I TOTALLY FORGOT
NAEGAHOSH: OUR WELCOMING RITUAL
woozi: its not a ritual soonyoung you were just drunk
NAEGAHOSH: TRADITIONS MAN
woozi: its not a tradition if you legitimated it by writing it on a napkin, smacking your fist on the table, while being drunk out of your ass
angel: we threw away the napkin while you werent watching
NAEGAHOSH: thats straight up heartless
josh: what tradition are you talking about?
woozi: its nothing, soonyoung is just stupid
NAEGAHOSH: show your elder some respect jihoonie
woozi: you're not even six months older than me shut the fuck up
seokmeme: lol fight
memehao: lol fight
boo: lol fight
memegyu has changed the groupchat's name to "lol fight"
woozi: and the cycle of idiots is complete.
NAEGAHOSH: anyways josh you asked abt the tradition
NAEGAHOSH: i started it on a beautiful, yet drunken, night
NAEGAHOSH: we had just accepted junnie, haohao, seokminnie and seungkwannie to our crew and i was feeling very emotional and full of love
woozi: (that was the alcohol talking)
NAEGAHOSH: dont spoil the mood jihoonie
NAEGAHOSH: anyway so i needed to show how thankful i was for their existence
memegyu: so his drunk ass just went there and kissed junhui square on the lips lmao
hansolo: lmao yall call this a date
memehao: ^ thank you for that hansol
NAEGAHOSH: then i was scared the others would feel left out so i kissed them too
boo: he didnt kiss me on the mouth tho thank god
boo: imagine having to live knowing your first kiss was with soonyoung
woozi: i would ask for my mouth to be surgically removed and replaced
NAEGAHOSH: ok you know what
NAEGAHOSH: jihoon is just jealous because his first kiss was because of a spin the bottle game
woozi: lets not talk about that
memehao: lol he didnt kiss me on the mouth either
memehao: i told him "dude you probably taste like satan's piss get away from my lips"
memehao: and he deadass blew a raspberry on my stomach then kissed my nose 3 times
NAEGAHOSH: hey its not my fault if your nose is very kissable xiao haohao
boo: never thought about that
memehao: thank you for not having a nose kink seungkwan
boo: but now that i think about it, agreed
memehao: there he goes
dad: stop bullying lil hao
memehao: thank you
emo glinda: so the introductory ritual is a kiss from soonyoung
woozi: theres no ritual stop encouraging him
NAEGAHOSH: i can hear and feel your jealousy ji
NAEGAHOSH: he got into the group before the tradition started so hes sad bc i didnt kiss him ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
woozi: honestly if i wanted a kiss from you id ask
woozi: weve known each other for god knows how long if i wanted to be kissed that badly i would have asked
woozi: so collect yourself
hansolo: ,,,i feel tension in the air
angel: im in the same room as them i can see the tension
dad: yikes indeed
angel: at least theyre not roomates that would be bad
dad: yh but ur rooming with soonyoung who sulks in silence
dad: jihoon is going 2 wake me up @ 4 am to vent to me abt how stupid soonie is
angel: lol ur best friend, ur responsability
memegyu: does he really call soonyoung "soonie" or
woozi: i did ONCE
woozi: in a moment of weakness
NAEGAHOSH: he usually calls me "no", "what the fuck" or "permanent headache"
seokmeme: is the tension over are they friends again
angel: the tension never goes away if you know what i mean but yes they stopped sulking
angel: soonyoung said sorry, jihoon nodded and punched his arm
angel: they are good
woozi: we are
NAEGAHOSH: we get mad at each other sometimes bc my mouth has no filter and jihoon takes things too seriously
dad: (jihoon is also emotionally constipated but he doesnt realize that)
woozi: im really not whatever this is
woozi: but soonyoung is right its nothing too serious we have an argument, say things we dont mean, stay upset for a while and then make up
NAEGAHOSH: and sometimes he roasts me but hes joking
woozi: lol im not
NAEGAHOSH: see? friendly insults
hansolo: aw cute
emo glinda: am i allowed to roast soonyoung too
memehao: everyone in this chat is allowed to roast soonyoung
memegyu: including soonyoung himself
memehao: yeah but hes too weak for that
emo glinda: good to know
NAEGAHOSH: why would u want to roast me what have i done
emo glinda: idk its fun
gemini: lol i like him
emo glinda: ha thanks
NAEGAHOSH: i feel so attacked
memehao: lmao you should
NAEGAHOSH: where is my bro my main man my sidekick seokmin pls defend my honor
seokmeme: i mean
NAEGAHOSH: bRO DONT BETRAY ME LIKE THAT
memehao: he just said "i mean"
seokmeme: as i was saying
seokmeme: i lov you lots soonyoung but i cant stop the roasting i am but a single small birb facing a bunch of eagles or somthing
dad: seokmin are you high
seokmeme: high on happiness
seokmeme: gyu cooked dinner im happy
boo: the question is when are you not tbh
dad: WE WANT DINNER TOO
gemini: get your own cook
heyy i hope this wasnt too rushed?? ik it > was < rushed esp the "everyone is gay" part i just hope it wasnt too much
also my lovely ace bois. support them.
anyways thank u for reading!!! se ya next chapter
Chapter 5: first official meeting
the boys talk about roles on the group, wonwoo discovers a new talent, soonyoung's tradition gets the justice it deserves and gyuhao go grocery shopping
hiiii there u go. another chapter
i have one more chapter 100% written SO the updates will be slower from now bc i have more works aside from this one AND my free time is limited to the dead hours of 22pm-2am
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
groupchat - lol fight
dad: first official meeting as a group, @ pledis, tomorrow!!
dad: newbies ask the cool janitor guy where seventeen's room is he will show you the way
dino: which cool janitor guy
dad: the only one there is
dad: the only janitor with purple hair it will b easy 2 find him
groupchat - lol fight
gemini: is everyone on their way
dad: yes we're leaving now
dad: i couldnt find the car keys
angel: a g a i n
gemini: pls hurry mingyu is bored and minghao thought it would be a good idea to teach him now to do a cartwheel and i really fear for gyu's life
gemini: i need more people to control the situation
NAEGAHOSH: how much y'all wanna bet that hao is teaching him wrong moves just so he can fall
boo: do us a favor and never say "y'all" again thank you very much
emo glinda: oh. shjt i jsut woke up sprry
woozi: how the fuck
woozi: its literally 3 in the afternoon
emo glinda: i may or may not have gone to sleep at 7 am
NAEGAHOSH: lmao what a party animal we would have never guessed
emo glinda: actually i was writing and lost track of time
emo glinda: im allergic to parties ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
emo glinda: dont worry i dont live far and i have a bike so i'll be there soon
gemini: what kind of bike
emo glinda: the fast kind, with engines
hansolo: josh and i got lost sorry
josh: chan is with us
gemini: ok take ur time
woozi: i thought you were in the middle of chaos or something
gemini: i was
gemini: mingyu fell so i guess he learned his lesson
In a few minutes, all 13 boys were gathered in a room that resembled a classroom. The walls were cream-coloured, with light curtains framing the windows. As an addition to the room there was another, with a mirror wall, smooth wooden floor and a ballet bar on the side. It was their dance practice room, and a glass door separated it from the first one.
"So," Seungcheol started after they all sat in a circle on the floor. "I think, before we do anything, we should decide what Jisoo, Hansol, Chan and Wonwoo will do, what their positions in the group would be."
Everyone nodded in agreement.
"I would like to add that those positions are not like permanent commitments or anything like that." Jeonghan said. "It's not choosing your job or marrying someone, it's a flexible concept and it can change."
"Also, you can choose not to have one if you don't feel like it." Soonyoung smiled. "We started working like this because it makes things easier, but it's perfectly fine if the positions system isn't for you."
"Jobs and marriage aren't permanent either, Jeonghan." Junhui commented.
"Shut up, it was a comparision."
"A bad one, then."
"Ok, ok." Seungkwan used the mom voice again. He turned to the new members and asked: "So, what would you like to do?"
"Well," Hansol raised his hand. "As I said a few times before, I'm a very bad actor so that's a no. I'm a lyricist and rapper, I can handle sound engineering, I know my way around reflectors and stuff, and people say I have a good eye for lighting. So I guess I could also be a backstage minion."
"Yes!" Soonyoung pumped his fist in the air. "That means I have 3 minions now. Thanks, Hansol, your help will be very much appreciated."
"As well as your writing and performing skills." Seungcheol added, with a double thumbs-up. "Who's next?"
"I'd like to stick with the basics, singing and acting." Jisoo said. "And if you ever need a guitarist, well, I could do it, but I guess that's not a very likely thing to happen."
"Who knows, man." Seokmin shrugged. "You never know what's going on in Jihoon's mind. He might as well plan a musical that only has guitar sounds, no lines."
Jihoon rolled his eyes and everyone started laughing. Chan raised his hand next.
"I can act and dance! I'm not very confident in my singing, though."
"That's fine." Jihoon assured. "We appreciate you anyways, the dancing and acting are enough."
"Guys, look." Minghao pointed. "Jihoon is soft."
"I am NOT."
"Who wouldn't be? It's Chan. He's the cutest, an actual baby, who wouldn't be soft for him?" Jeonghan pinched Chan's cheeks. "I wish I could adopt you."
"Sometimes I wonder why I'm friends with you." Seuncheol glared at the long-haired boy, who stuck his tongue at the oldest. "Enough of that. Last but not least... Wonwoo."
"Are you alive? Functioning? Is your brain awake? I mean, you woke up less than an hour ago."
"To answer all of your questions, respectively: I don't know, are we? Yes. Kind of, like 70%." the black-haired boy rubbed his face. "Fuck, I forgot my glasses."
"How come you didn't notice that before?" Seungkwan asked. "We're probably blurs for you right now."
"You are, and I did notice. I just thought it was sleep clouding my eyes." he blinked slowly. "To be honest, it probably is, too."
"So, do you want a specific role in the group?"
"Yeah, I do, I would really like to write our stuff. I can come up with ideas and adapt plays as well. I guess I can also act if needed."
"'I guess I can also act'," Soonyoung mocked. "Dude. You're an amazing actor, don't sell yourself short like that."
Wonwoo blushed at the compliment, thanking him with a shy smile.
"When can we read something you wrote?" Mingyu asked. "No pressure, I'm just curious. But take your time with showing us your words."
"Actually," the boy started shuffling through his bag. "I brought a few poems. I wrote them today, I was feeling inspired, that's why I stayed up all night." He handed a few torn notebook pages to Jihoon, who was closer to him. "They're fruit of a sleep deprived brain, so they may not be good, but it's raw content so I thought it was best for first impressions."
Jihoon nodded slowly, focused on the words. Then, he spoke up.
"Cheol. Take a look at this."
Fuck, Wonwoo thought, it sucks. It's beyond terrible and I'm gonna get kicked out.
The leader took the papers and read through all of them.
"They look like-"
"Lyrics." Jihoon finished. "Rap lyrics."
"Really?" the writer was surprised. "I didn't think about music while writing them at all. I mean, I enjoy music a lot but I don't think I'm good at it."
"Let's see." Seungcheol grabbed one poem and passed the rest to the others. "Read them, guys. Jihoonie, do you have some pre-mades in your laptop? I think this one works with a regular 4/4."
The lavender haired producer fussed with his laptop, opening a folder labeled "premades", then another labeled "reg 4/4" and clicking one of the multiple audio files. A catchy beat started to play on a tiny bluetooth speaker. Seungcheol cleared his throat and started rapping a verse, reading it from the paper in his hand.
It sounded nice, a bit rusted because the words were unfamiliar, but good nonetheless. The oldest gave the poem back to Wonwoo. "Your turn. Try rapping the rest. Just do what I did, on your own way."
Wonwoo froze. It wasn't an easy task; he'd never done this before, and he couldn't screw it up. Jihoon pressed play, and he listened to the beat for a while before starting. He gave his best, that's for sure. After he finished, he looked up to the others expectantly.
"Just as I expected." Seungcheol smiled. "That was good."
"You're a natural, man." Soonyoung reached over to pat his shoulder.
"I don't know why you're surprised." Minghao said, already splayed on the floor (they still hadn't found a surface where Minghao couldn't lie on). "I'm his fan. Even though he's a Shakespeare nerd."
"Shakespeare is good and he was an icon, okay?" Wonwoo protested. "The Elizabethan theatre would be nothing without him."
"The Elizabethan theatre would be nothing without Elizabeth. Is it called Shakespearian theatre? Hm, I don't think so."
"Alright, children." Jeonghan patted both of their heads. "We get it, you're both nerds that like different nerd things." A pause. "What do we do now that everything is settled?"
"Well, we did need to start planning this year's showcase." Seungcheol suggested.
There was a choir of "no"'s, varying between whiny, loud and lazy tones.
"I want to do something fun!" Soonyoung clinged to the leader's arm. "Please?"
The oldest sighed. "Fine, but no alcohol. At least, not for you."
Turns out Soonyoung didn't need alcohol to get emotional. The boys had ordered pizza and put on some music, opting for just having fun on their room, since the company allowed.
The choreographer was currently sitting against the glass door, looking fondly at the new members.
"I'm already so attached to them." he sighed dramatically. Junhui, who was by his side, snorted.
"I can't tell if you're a drama queen or just a big fluffball."
"Probably both." Soonyoung's face then lit up in realization, and he stood up from the floor. "GUYS! The welcoming ritual! We need to do it."
"No, we don't." Jihoon protested. "It's creepy, weird, and unnecessary."
"It's not like your opinion matters, Jihoonie, I'm welcoming the new members, not you." he stuck his tongue out at the shorter. He turned to the new guys. "Is it ok with you? I'm not kissing you on the lips, unless you want to." he gave a cheeky smirk.
The four boys addressed said they were ok with the "ritual" — "you're not drunk this time, so it's cool", Jisoo had stated —, so Soonyoung asked them to form a line in front of him. They did as they were told.
First, there was Chan.
"Sir Lee Chan, precious maknae, dancer and actor, I welcome you." Soonyoung said, solemnly. "To seal our friendship, a kiss on the forehead for you." he pecked the younger's forehead.
Then, there was Hansol.
"Sir Chwe Hansol Vernon, cool guy, indie rapper and backstage minion, I welcome you. To seal our friendship, kisses on the cheek for you." He kissed both of the boy's cheeks, rather noisily for extra effect.
"Sir Hong Jisoo-slash-Joshua, soft bro, singer, actor and guitarist, I welcome you. To seal our friendship, kisses on the hands for you." he took Jisoo's hands and kissed his knuckles, then added: "Blessed kisses for blessed guitar fingers."
Lastly, there was Wonwoo.
"Sir Jeon Wonwoo, huge nerd, writer, actor and newfound rapper, I welcome you. To seal our friendship, I can't think of a new place to kiss. The only option left are your lips so I need to ask if that's ok." the other boy shrugged ("why not") so he continued. "To seal our friendship, may I emphasize the term friendship, because it's a platonic kiss, you assholes, a kiss on the lips for you." and so he did. It was a quick peck, with no second intentions behind it, indeed.
Minghao, Mingyu, Seokmin and Seungkwan were yelling "EW" while Hansol and Chan were making multiple finger-hearts around them. The older members were just laughing at the whole display.
"Ha. That was fun." Soonyoung was proud of his welcoming ritual. "Thanks for not making this awkward." he elbowed Wonwoo.
"See?" he raised his voice, addressing everyone. "This is how you deal with things. Wonwoo is indeed a good egg."
"I'm tired." Seungkwan whined, rolling on the floor.
"It's not even late." Jihoon replied.
"I woke up early. I need a nap."
"Then take your nap."
"We're in our practice room, I can't nap here."
"I think we should call this a day, anyway." Seungcheol entered the conversation. "We're not getting anythig done, that's for sure."
"My mom called." Mingyu lifted his phone and shook it, for emphasis. "She needs me to run some errands for her."
"Living close to your parents has it's perks but also downsides." Minghao patted his friend on the back.
"It's not a downside, I don't mind." he paused, and turned to the other boy. "Wanna tag along?"
"I don't, actually, but you're going to whine and give me the sad puppy-dog eyes if I say no, so I guess I don't have a choice."
"Thanks, Hao, you're the best." he started to lean in for a hug, but Minghao dodged.
"No. You're lucky your mother is a nice woman who deserves my kindness. I'm doing this for her, not you."
The other boys in the room started to laugh at the two's antics.
groupchat - lol fight
memegyu: you guys wont believe it
memegyu: minghao just picked a fight with an old lady
dad: how did that even happen
gemini: stop texting us and record it omg
memegyu: ok so we're at the grocery store and i have a shopping list and one of the items is asparagus and i told hao to fetch it for me
memegyu: but the vegetables aisle is shit and there are almost no good veggies and the old lady needed it too
seokmeme: they are fighting over food this is amazing
memegyu: HAJSHSJSHSN HES TRYING TP CONVINCW HER TGAT THE ASPARAGUS IS ANOTHER VEGETSBLE
memegyu: "im sorry i think ur eyesight has gone poor this is clearly an eggplant"
memegyu: then shes like "dont try to trick me young man i've been shopping for asparagus for longer than you're alive" true tbh
memegyu: and hao "ok then grams if you want to put a fucking eggplant on your asparagus salad then be my guest, im going to grab the REAL asparagus"
memegyu: im wheezing he is walking over to where the eggplants are
seokmeme: minghao is a gift to mankind
boo: me: i dont like boys
boo: minghao: *picks a fight with an old lady over asparagus*
boo: me: i like ONE boy
gemini: seungkwan you like boys
gemini: like, in general
boo: its a fucking meme
memehao: did mingyu just do what i think he did
memehao: broadcast my fight with gertrude on our chat
dad: ur literally shopping with him ask him
hansolo: lol was she really called gertrude
memehao: arent all old ladies called gertrude
memegyu: hao stop texting and help me carry the bags
memegyu: the disrespect,
hansolo: take this as an opportunity to train weight lifting
seokmeme: yeah man get dem Guns
memegyu: no you dont understand even if i could carry their weight there are a lot of bags theres no space left on my arms
memegyu: minghao just vanished
memehao: im at the store's lil drugstore looking for hair dye
memegyu: well get your ass back here you ARE helping with the bags
memehao: ok dumbass ill be right there
memegyu: update im w hao and apparently he can carry more bags than me im offended
boo: get rekt
seokmeme: gyu is such a soft person his body is also starting to become cotton candy
memegyu: this is bad i need to work out more
boo: you need to work out, period
boo: mingyu youve never set foot on a gym like ever
memegyu: neither did you
boo: i dont need to, im a healthy person already
memegyu: so am i?????
seokmeme: yeah but you cant lift grocery bags
memegyu: neither can you????
seokmeme: yeah but do i need to? no
seokmeme: you, on the other hand.......
memegyu: why did you all decide to roast me
boo: soonyoung is not online
seokmeme: you're our substitute target
memegyu: gtg hao told me to stop texting bc im slowing him down
boo: lol have a safe trip
look at my boy soonyoung giving people the kisses they deserve,,, he is just an overflowing waterfall of affection ok,, let him smooch
(imagine a pair of 2nd graders kissing each other on the lips for 0.2 seconds. that was the kiss. laugh with me)
thank you for reading!!!
Chapter 6: they finally start planning their showcase
they forget about a birthday, stanislavski is a fake bitch, important showcase talk and jihoon suffers a little
ayyyy so here i am this is 100% texting i am Surprised
also look at that terrible title why am i like this
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
NAEGAHOSH: we've been a group of 13 for more than a week now
dad: congrats to us!!!
NAEGAHOSH: this also means... we missed wonwoo's birthday
angel: we did what now
NAEGAHOSH: when we added our new fantastic four to the chat he said he turned 21 in a week but more than a week has passed
gemini: o shit
emo glinda: oops
NAEGAHOSH: dont "oops" me young man you should have told us
emo glinda: didnt want to cause unecessary fuss
NAEGAHOSH: since when is a birthday "unnecessary"
woozi: soonyoung just because you wake up at midnight and start yelling ITS MY BIRTHDAY then proceed to demand presents doesnt mean everyone does as well
emo glinda: its ok soonyoung really
emo glinda: i dont care about birthdays that much
emo glinda: i dont care about parties or presents either
NAEGAHOSH: but everyone likes presents
emo glinda: i do like them but i can live without them you know
emo glinda: birthdays are eh
NAEGAHOSH: ok im sensing there is a hidden reason here but i wont ask bc ur clearly not comfortable and i respect that
emo glinda: thanks
NAEGAHOSH: now changing the subject
NAEGAHOSH: what do you guys think of brecht
emo glinda: i like him
emo glinda: more than that fake bitch stanislavski
dad: omg did u really call stan a fake bitch
emo glinda: did you really call that fake bicth "stan"???
NAEGAHOSH: would you take a look at that
woozi: its a fight between drama theorists never thought id see one of those
woozi: they are usually chill people
emo glinda: i have no chill when it comes to dissing stanislavski
emo glinda: or defending artaud but lets not get into that otherwise i WILL write an essay
NAEGAHOSH: where did you come from
seokmeme: like we didnt know that
memegyu: wow we live with an actual demon
woozi: how the fuck are you three always together
memegyu: we're platonic soulmates
seokmeme: like buy one get 2 for free
boo: you said the same thing about gag trio you traitor
NAEGAHOSH: bro dont leave us like that
memehao: honestly i think theres plenty of seokmin for both gangs
NAEGAHOSH: i love how minghao has this special ability to turn every sentence into something really shady or morbid
josh: i just got here whats a gag trio
woozi: the three stooges aka soonyoung seokmin and seungkwan
boo: aka booseoksoon
seokmeme: we are
gemini: i love how the theorist fight thing now lies forgotten bc of your antics
dad: ngl i probably would have lost the fight
dad: but guys serious talk for a bit
dad: we need 2 start working on the showcase, come up with something
angel: do we have to meet up to do that?
dad: hm i dont think so
angel: so we can talk about it here right
NAEGAHOSH: it solves the whole "setting up a day when everyone's free" problem
dad: cool so r we starting right now?? everyone has 2 b online
josh: hansol is sleeping
memehao: wake him up
dad: nO DONT
dad: minghao please stop inciting the chaos
dad: jisoo you can let the kid sleep we'll talk later
seokmeme: guys isnt it funny how jihoon, chan and i have the same last name but we're not related
woozi: that doesnt make any sense
woozi: also where did that come from
NAEGAHOSH: who says you're not related maybe you are
woozi: soonyoung no
NAEGAHOSH: maybe theres a removed cousin or step aunt there somewhere you never know
NAEGAHOSH: who knows maybe mingyu IS related to that cute acting senior
seokmeme: what if im related to one of our teachers i mean there are plenty of lees on campus
woozi: thats why it doesnt make sense
angel: does that mean i might be related to that adorable high school boy who attended makeup classes with me
angel: cool he could be my lost little brother
hansolo: hi good morning
hansolo: shit really????
dad: hansol look outside your window its already dark
hansolo: oops guess whos gonna stay up all night again
hansolo: sorry josh i think my sleep schedule just doesnt wanna be fixed
dad: okay who is online we need to start deciding things
angel: im here
dad: did booseoksoon and 97 line just fuse
woozi: never do that again i dont think my brain can handle it
emo glinda: hi i was lurking
gemini: i was playing neko atsume but you guys never shut up so i guess ignoring you is useless
dino: MY PHNOE DIED
woozi: not now myungho
dad: everyone is here!!!!! cool so any ideas
NAEGAHOSH: new guys dont be afraid to suggest stuff i know it might feel like ur intruding or smth but thats nt true
memegyu: yeah all ideas are welcome
gemini: honestly you're probably more creative than us old souls
dino: hm i might have an idea idk if it works because it might be like a lot of work and also take up a lot of performing time
josh: how much time do we have for the showcase?
dad: as much as we need as long as its not absurd like 4+ hours
woozi: and also as longs as we give the audience a break like an intermission or smth
angel: chan tell us your idea my child
dino: ok so
dino: we all have like different ish talents/abilities or w/e i mean everyone is good at everything but theres just something special u know
dad: ok im following
memehao: "everyone is good at everything" not really mingyu cant dance for SHIT
woozi: minghao i usually appreciate and indulge your snarky comments but let the kid talk
memehao: alright alright soz
dino: so like we could split into 3 teams for separated performances and then do an actual play as a whole
woozi: the play couldnt be very long though
dino: yeah thats why i was worried abt the time
dino: also that would be a lot of things to plan and stuff so i understand if you turn down the idea
NAEGAHOSH: actually i think its pretty cool
gemini: did you think about who would be on each team?? and what the teams would be??
dino: it would be like the rappers, the vocalists and the dancers i guess you know who would be on each team
dad: its an interesting division i like it
dad: everyone express your opinions dont be ghosties
seokmeme: i like that a lot
boo: me too
hansolo: me three
angel: me four, how did you come up with this?
dino: i have a lot of free time to kill
angel: cant relate
angel: but understandable
memegyu: yep that would be cool!!
memehao: im glad that im not on gyu's team
gemini: you're on mine~
memehao: be gone, foul demon
hansolo: lol minghao is like my favorite person on this chat
memehao: thank you hansol my one and only fan
hansolo: the first of many
seokmeme: o shit that was deep
memehao: bRUH you cnat just go and say shit like that out of nowhere
memehao: but thanks
memehao: i refuse to use emojis so i have to state that im smiling
memegyu: hes deadass blushing
memegyu: hiding behind his hands and all
seokmeme: hansol you managed to make minghao BLUSH
seokmeme: thats straight up sorcery if you ask me
NAEGAHOSH: yer a wizard hansolie
memehao: motherfuckers i didnt give you the right
boo: honestly minghao likes to put up this "dont fuck with" façade and ok i guess hes right dont fuck with him but deep down inside he likes being complimented
gemini: unfortunately our xiao haohao isnt really used to compliments and kind gestures so :-/
hansolo: wait shit really??
hansolo: did i make him feel bad or smth
memegyu: no silly didnt we tell you he was similing and happy and stuff
memegyu: its just
memegyu: long ass story and not ours to tell so
hansolo: ok i understand
NAEGAHOSH: i feel an awkward vibe hanging
woozi: no shit sherlock
seokmeme: we dived into deep waters
dad: im gonna ask again seokmin are you high
memehao: he really isnt
NAEGAHOSH: thats exactly what a high person would say
memehao: yeah but you asked him not me so
dad: NO DRUGS ON MY WATCH
memehao: lol i was joking where would i even get drugs
gemini: and showcase talk lies forgotten
dad: yeah right we shoukd get back to that
dad: who else hadnt expressed an opinion yet
hansolo: hm jisoo went to sleep and told me to tell you that he likes the idea
NAEGAHOSH: ok who wants to bet wonu is lurking again
emo glinda: what did you just call me
NAEGAHOSH: there he is
emo glinda: but yeah the idea is great
dino: thanks guys!!!!
seokmeme: chan is so pure what did we do to deserve him
dad: so i guess its settled!!
dad: there will be plenty of work for everyone so be prepared
dad: jihoonie where u at
woozi: 1) dont call me that you soggy bell pepper
woozi: 2) we are in the same house
dad: ok ok id come over to our room but its just a simple question i dont need to bother u any furher
woozi: ok ask
dad: do you think you can come up with an original script
woozi: yeah i guess
woozi: i mean ive done it before
woozi: but we do have an official writer now
dad: shoot i forgot
emo glinda: why is everyone calling me that
dad: easier to type
dad: can you come up with an original script
emo glinda: i can try but i will most likely need jihoons help
woozi: its alright
NAEGAHOSH: jihoonie can you come up with original /songs/ for the teams??
woozi: ,, fINE i guess that is my job here anyways
NAEGAHOSH: yaayy thanks <3
woozi: can i go now
woozi: ok goodnight losers
seokmeme: is it just me or jihoon complained abt cheol calling him jihoonie but didnt bat a metaphorical eyelash at soonyoung doing the same thing
hansolo: lmao exposed
memehao: ok for the sake of this chat i will not send a lenny face but imagine i did
memegyu: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
memehao: you just had to ruin everything didnt you
place your bets how many of jihoons headaches are caused by booseoksoon and 97 line
wonwoo is me, i am wonwoo. i, too, would write an essay about how much i love artaud
also appreciate the mingsol bromance pls they deserve all the love look how soft
AND THE UNITS ARE FORMED!!! things are starting to build up
(pay attention to the small sad remarks in this chapter they are Important)
Chapter 7: lazy sunday morning
mingyu makes too much ice cream, treasure planet is the best animation movie ever, there are cuddles and hansol has questionable taste in socks
ayyy its me again i decided to post before finishing the next chapter like i like to do for no reason really. next chapter is like 70% done
this is a filler chapter but its cute so yeah.
things start to happen next chapter hehe
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
groupchat - lol fight
memehao: i just woke up to seungkwan and seokmin having a high note battle
memehao: please end my life
hansolo: who won
gemini: i did
gemini: threw a pillow at both of them to shut them up and threatened to take their breakfast privileges off
boo: look,,, i won
boo: before junhui ruined our fun
gemini: you ruined my sleep its only fair
memehao: for once i agree with junhui
hansolo: sounds like a fun household
memehao: it isnt
memehao: my will to live gets tested everyday
memegyu: hey who wants ice cream
angel: stop blowing up my phone withh notifs i want to sleep
memehao: mute the chat asshole
hansolo: i want ice cream
memegyu: cool i'll bring it to you where u at
hansolo: my humble abode
hansolo: aka the shitty dorm i share with josh
memegyu: i live off campus the ice cream would melt
seokmeme: come have breakfast with us hansol
seokmeme: bring josh
boo: are we really ignoring the fact that mingyu is offering ice cream at 9 in the morning
memegyu: i made too much
hansolo: did u MAKE the ice cream???
memegyu: ye its standard vanilla w chocolate chips and strawberry syrup
hansolo: text me your address i need to try this shit
seokmeme: bro are you really coming over??
hansolo: i guess??? if it isnt okay i understand tho
seokmeme: its not that we just really need to clean up the place
hansolo: it cant be worse than my place so everythings fine
"I cannot believe Mingyu invited Hansol over to eat ice cream for breakfast." Minghao sighed, rubbing his still sleepy eyes.
"Look, it will be a good bonding moment!" Mingyu replied, brightly.
"I'm not saying it won't, I'm just saying it could be under less weird circumstances."
They were cleaning up the apartment, despite what Hansol had said on the chat earlier. Minghao and Seungkwan were still wearing pajamas.
"Put on some proper clothes, you two." Junhui said. "Look presentable, for once."
"I don't have to 'look presentable' at my own house, fuck off." Minghao plopped down on the couch and started fiddling with his phone. He opened the groupchat.
groupchat - lol fight
emo glinda: hey can i come to ice cream fest
memehao: probably yea lemme check with the housewife
memehao: (thats gyu if ur wondering)
"Hey, dumbass." Minghao called.
"Which one?" Mingyu and Seokmin both answered.
"Tall dumbass. Wonwoo wants to come over for ice cream as well."
"Okay, sure. I think there's enough for everyone."
groupchat - lol fight
memehao: thumbs up for you
emo glinda: yay
emo glinda: do you need me to bring anything like toast or coffee
memegyu: nah just bring yourself
emo glinda: i'll bring coffee just for good measure
"Help me pick something cool to wear."
"Mingyu, we're at home, just dress the way you would if Soonyoung was over or something." then, a mischievous glint passed through the younger's eyes. "Oh, is this about Wonw-"
"No! I just want to look like a good host."
"I'm also a host and look at what I'm wearing." Minghao clasped his friend's shoulder. "You're fine."
"I hate the fact that even your pajamas are fashionable."
"My shirt literally says 'fuck Gucci', how is this fashionable?"
"It has attitude."
"Your bunny slippers have attitude as well. Don't sweat it, they're chill people, they won't care about anything but the ice cream, to be honest."
Mingyu sighed, but agreed. Hansol and Wonwoo said they would be there in a few minutes so he headed to the living room — he had the decency to at least put a nice towel on the table they would be eating breakfast/ice cream. Seungkwan had already changed to something that wasn't old pajamas, while Minghao stubbornly remained dressed in the "fuck Gucci" t-shirt and Yoda boxers.
Soon, the rumble of a motorbike could be heard, and a few moments later the doorbell rang. Junhui opened the door and was surprised to see both Wonwoo and Hansol, not just one of them.
"Did you come together?" he asked, motioning for the boys to come inside.
"We actually live on the same building, so yeah." Hansol shrugged. "I found out like, last week."
"I still can't believe we've never met before." Wonwoo laughed. "I've been living there since I started uni and I've never seen you. Like, ever."
"It's because I'm a cryptid who never leaves the dorm."
Mingyu interrupted them to announce breakfast was ready and there was plenty of ice cream to share. To go with it, he had made waffles. All seven boys filled their plates and made themselves comfortable in the living room.
"Do you guys want to watch a movie?" Seokmin asked.
"Can we watch Treasure Planet?" Mingyu suggested. "Please?"
"Let the guests decide, don't be rude." Minghao flicked his forehead.
"Ignore them." Seungkwan turned to Wonwoo and Hansol. "Are you guys cool with Treasure Planet?"
"I've never watched it." Hansol said between spoonfuls of ice cream.
"You have to. It's the best animation movie of all times."
"Okay, so Treasure Planet it is!" Junhui volunteered to get up from the couch and set up the movie.
They all went silent when it started. Mingyu shed a tear in advance.
groupchat - lol fight
gemini has sent an attachment
gemini: look at all the cute
dad: how did they end up in this situation
gemini: we were watching a movie and those 3 were sitting on the floor but then hansol fell asleep on hao and kwannie fell asleep on hansol
memehao: i suffer
memehao: they are heavy my body is fragile i cant support their combined weight
dad: think positive at least theyre comfy
memehao: yeah but im not
seokmeme: ur body is anything but fragile
gemini has sent an attachment
gemini: more cute
dad: aw look at those babies
woozi: care to explain why wonwoo and mingyu fell asleep on each other when its not even noon
woozi: how are they tired
seokmeme: ice cream + a movie is a deadly combination
josh: aw this looks like fun
josh: i wish i could've joined you guys but i got invited out of the blue to play at an event in 2 days so i had to prepare some things :-/
gemini: its ok there will always be opportunities mingyu is always making too much food
seokmeme: guys update minghao fell asleep on me
seokmeme: i joined cuddle line on the floor and then hao leaned his head on my shoulder and bam hes out to dreamland
NAEGAHOSH: i cant handle all the cute,,, its Too Much
woozi: says the person who kisses everyone who joins our group
NAEGAHOSH: i am an affectionate friend
NAEGAHOSH: i see my friends and i just....... need to give them the Love and Support they deserve
gemini: you're such a sap
woozi: you're just as bad as he is junhui
gemini: no im not!!!!
woozi: do i have to remind you of our first showcase
gemini: no regrets
NAEGAHOSH: i just noticed something on the first photo
NAEGAHOSH: why is no one commenting on the fact that hansol is wearing weed socks
josh: he got them from his secret satan last Christmas
josh: you know secret santa but with bad/ironic presents
josh: he started to wear them ironically but at this point im starting to think he took a liking to them
woozi: im disappointed.
seokmeme: hey now dont sockshame the boy when hes not online to defend himself
eat homemade ice cream kids. industrialized ice cream is very bad for our health!!! plus homemade tastes better.
treasure planet is an amazing movie. watch it. i relate to mingyu crying before the movie started tbh its so fuckign good Good Shit Rigt There,,,
heh. cuddles. and weed socks. everyone has that One Friend who wears (or would wear) weed socks
ok enough talking, thank you for reading!!! feedback is appreciated, see ya next chapter ✨
Chapter 8: a few questions, friendship and banter
seungkwan asks something, wonwoo has Questions, soonyoung and jihoon have bonding moments and jisoo is appreciated
heyyyy how r u
look im very happy bc i landed a job as an official costume designer on an amateur play so!!!!!! im excited but also scared as heckle. but yeah im happy so i decided to update :D
so uh without further ado, enjoy the chapter!!
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
boo to hansolo
hansolo: o hi
boo: nothing much
boo: i wanted to ask u something
boo: a friend of mine is starring in a musical and got me two tickets
boo: wanna come with me?
boo: eh it might sound awkward bc we're not very ~~close~~ but you said you liked musicals so
hansolo: !!!!!! yes!!!
hansolo: it aint awkward dude you fell asleep on me that day we're now bonded for life
boo: lol sorry about that
hansolo: dont be
hansolo: that day was fun af and ice cream was bomb
hansolo: also mingyu was right treasure planet is an amazing movie
boo: i'll make sure to tell him that hes gonna love you forever
hansolo: everyone loves me
boo: everyone loves ME
boo: they like you bc ur new and adorable
hansolo: didnt junhui throw a pillow at you on multiple ocasions
boo: its tough love
boo: he would never hurt his favorite son
hansolo: pretty sure his favorite son is minghao
boo: theyre related so it doesnt count
hansolo: oh wait so im "adorable"
boo: when did i say that
hansolo: scroll up
boo: that was my autocorrect
hansolo: okay boo sure
boo: did u just call me boo
hansolo: thats...... thats ur username....
boo: yea true its just that not many people call me that so i was Surprised
hansolo: oh so do you prefer kwan
boo: hm i like all of them so dont fret haha
hansolo: so when is the musical
boo: next friday!! i think its at 7
hansolo: pls tell me its not a fancy-clothes type of outing
hansolo: because i only own basketball shorts and jeans and im too broke to buy fancy stuff
boo: oh no not fancy
boo: but uh wear jeans
boo: i dont wanna be seen with anyone wearing basketball shorts
hansolo: police hello im being bullied
boo: get rekt both u and ur terrible fashion sense
emo glinda to woozi
emo glinda: hey jihoon
woozi: its past 3am so im assuming you're writing
emo glinda: you assumed right
emo glinda: also why are you awake tf
woozi: just like you, i thrive in the dead hours past midnight
woozi: so im composing
emo glinda: understandable
emo glinda: i have a question about our play
emo glinda: are we going to cast the actors after the script is finished or do i have to write with the actors in mind
woozi: we dont usually think about this so idk
woozi: but 1st option is safer
emo glinda: yeah thats what i thought
emo glinda: one more thing
emo glinda: what about female characters? i mean we're 13 boys and while i love drag i dont want this to be like classical greek theatre
emo glinda: you know with only guys playing the characters
woozi: oh that
woozi: so theres this other group in the company
woozi: they're a group of 10, all girls
woozi: so we collab sometimes
emo glinda: oh awesome
woozi: yeah we need to introduce you and the other newbies to them
woozi: theyre a handful but theyre good souls
emo glinda: okay then i wont disturb your composing anymore
emo glinda: thank you jihoonie
woozi: call me that again and i'll block you
That morning, Soonyoung found Jihoon asleep on the living room's couch, headphones resting on his neck and laptop — probably out of battery now — open on the floor. He shook his head disapprovingly and attempted to wake the other boy up, so the latter could go to his actual bed and sleep a little more on a comfortable setting.
"Jihoon." he placed a hand on the other's shoulder and shook him lightly. "Jihoonie, wake up."
Jihoon just grumbled in response and swatted Soonyoung's hand away.
"Hey. You fell asleep while composing, you're on the couch." the older poked Jihoon's cheek. "This is not a good place to sleep in, you know."
"Leave me alone." Jihoon drawled that last syllabe, voice sleepy.
"Don't make me carry you to your bed. You know I can and you know I would."
The shorter boy buried his face on the cushion and flipped Soonyoung the bird.
"Okay, then. Don't complain about your spine when you wake up, I warned you."
Jihoon shifted a little before sitting up slowly, hair disheveled and eyes still closed. "Fine. I'm going."
"Take off the headphones first, Ji."
He groaned, annoyed, before doing so. "What time is it?"
"Wake me up before ten and you're bald. I mean it."
"Wouldn't dream of it." Soonyoung smiled.
10:30 found Soonyoung watching cartoons in the living room, bowl of cereal forgotten on top of the coffee table and sketchbook by his side. He heard footsteps coming from their hallway and turned his head to see Jihoon, still in pajamas and barefoot.
"Morning." the younger greeted. "Where are Cheol and Jeonghan?"
"It's a Tuesday, they're at work. And good morning, Ji. There are breakfast things on the kitchen table and I made coffee."
Jihoon made his way to the kitchen and came back with a cup of coffee and a plate with toast and cookies.
"Scoot over." he motioned to the couch. "You're taking up all the space."
Soonyoung moved to the side and put his sketchbook on the table. Jihoon made himself comfortable.
"What are you watching?"
"Steven Universe. It's awesome. Where did you find those cookies?"
"They're from my secret stash, I'm not telling you."
"That's mean." Soonyoung snatched a cookie from the plate and took a bite. "It tastes good."
"Yeah, that's why I hide them."
Soonyoung smiled and leaned his head on Jihoon's shoulder, to which the shorter scoffed.
"It's too early for this. I mean it."
"You invade my personal space and I'm the killjoy?"
"I can live with that."
Jihoon got up from the couch to grab his laptop and continue working on the songs for the showcase. Soonyoung followed suit and started practicing stage designs on his sketchbook.
It was a common thing, both of them working on different things at the same time, often asking the other for an opinion. Sometimes, Soonyoung would put on the headphones and listen to Jihoon's works a few times, and Jihoon would take control of the pencil and scribble things he considered important on Soonyoung's sketches. They were competent enough working solo, but were excellent working together.
In a few hours, Jeonghan and Seungcheol got back from work, only to find the TV still on and their housemates glued to the couch, immersed in their work.
"I can't believe you two." Jeonghan shook his head.
"We work our asses off to provide for this house and the dynamic duo doesn't even leave the couch?" Seungcheol crossed his arms. "Kwon Soonyoung, is that an empty bowl of cereal I see on the coffee table?"
Well, in that house, peace was always a little shortlived.
groupchat - lol fight
hansolo: a moment of your attention please
hansolo has sent an attachment
hansolo: i would like to state that mr. hong jisoo is ready to strike a few strings and win some hearts
josh: vernon no
josh: look its nothing ok the event im playing at tonight has this punkish vibe and they asked if i could dress the part
gemini: W O W
NAEGAHOSH: u look so good wth
memegyu: ive been Blessedt
josh: i blush
hansolo: he really is blushing lmao
angel: no offense but sign me the fuck up
woozi: jeonghan. manners
angel: sorry :(
angel: but this is a great look shua
josh: thanks :D
memehao: uh i saved the photo for studying purposes i hope you dont mind???
memehao: the outfit is really great i could use it as inspiration for my next assignment
josh: oh i dont mind!! thank you for the compliment!
memehao: im guessing you picked the clothes yourself?
josh: you guessed right
memehao: yeah you couldnt have asked hansol for help since he has the fashion sense of a slightly damaged cardboard box
memegyu: hello 911 i would like to report a SICK BURN
seokmeme: apply ice to the burn
hansolo: this is no way to treat your one and only fan i am wounded
josh: you know hes right vern
hansolo: betrayed by my own cousin
hansolo: my flesh and blood my bro
seokmeme: hansol says he cant act but he can be quite dramatic sometimes huh
memehao: did he just. got roasted by seokmin of all people
NAEGAHOSH: he did
NAEGAHOSH: i am so proud
memegyu: we're corrupting seokmin
memehao: we are.
hansolo: i know seokmin is a good soul so his roast hurt a little less
memehao: are you implying im not a good soul
memegyu: is he wrong tho
memehao: of course???? im a nice person???
woozi: there are only 3 nice people in this chat
woozi: seokmin, chan and jisoo
woozi: the rest are just varying degrees of annoying and/or evil
memegyu: whos the most annoying
NAEGAHOSH: hes gonna say me
woozi: im glad you're aware of yourself
josh: i hate to interrupt the banter but im leaving now for my gig
josh: wish me luck please??
NAEGAHOSH: good luck dude get them boys
woozi: good luck! you'll do good
memehao: good luck josh
memegyu: as the kids say these days,,,, SLAY
seokmeme: good luck!!!!!!
gemini: good luck jisoo we're rooting for you!
josh: hansol just kissed my forehead for good luck so i guess thats my cue to leave
josh: thanks for the good wishes, i'll tell you how it went!
look the jisoo appreciation thing at the end was totally self indulgent i love this boy so much...
and soonhoon. you ask, i deliver, thats how i work. prefessional soonhoon dealer. i promise i'll develop the other ships as well heh
so yeah thanks for reading loves!!!
Chapter 9: meet the girls
we meet the girls jihoon mentioned, bonding moments through chat, jeonghan makes a mistake and wonwoo gets work done
hi i wasnt going to post this now i wanted to add a scene but i thought it would be too long so here it is!!!
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
groupchat - the tea is piping hot
nayoung added dad and 6 others to the chat
nayoung: girls im adding svt's leader line and their four new members for a while so we can meet the new guys since we're probably gonna collab again for this year's showcase
nayoung: hi boys we are pristin
pepe: siyeon stfu
nayoung: gals introduce yourselves briefly
nayoung: hey this is im nayoung, not 22 yet, pristin's leader and director
milkyung: hi im kim minkyung, 20 in a few days, actress!
thing 1: kang kyungwon, not 20 yet, actress, singer and smoothie master
thing 2: henlo this is kang yebin, not 19 yet, actress + rapper
thing 1: we're surprisingly not related
pepe: i am jung eunwoo, 19, singer and actress
fine china: the name's zhou jieqieong, 18, actress and dancer
bae: im bae sungyeon, 18, im a singer and i act sometimes
YEAHwon: kim yewon, 18, actress and sunshine deliver
trashiyeon: im park siyeon, not 17 yet, rapper, actress and resident prick
trashiyeon: seungcheol in case ur reading this....
trashiyeon: you're an idiot :^)
kylo ren: hello im kyla massie, not 16 yet, rapper, actress and singer sometimes!
hansolo: okay one of us is going to have to change
kylo ren: this chat isnt big enough for two star wars references
dad: boys introduce yourselves be nice
hansolo: im chwe hansol or vernon, 19, rapper
hansolo: and apparently kyla's father
kylo ren: yeah i killed you
milkyung: im still bitter about that
josh: im hong jisoo/joshua!! not 22 yet, im a singer + actor and hansol's cousin
dino: hi im lee chan, 18, actor and dancer :)
emo glinda: jeon wonwoo, 21, writer and actor
pepe: dude i know you
pepe: you were in mr lee's modern theatre class last semester right
emo glinda: yep
pepe: i took it as well
pepe: but i never said anything and sat on the back so u probably dont remember me
pepe: i saw you crying when we watched that bob wilson documentary
pepe: tbh same
emo glinda: im what the kids call Relatable
thing 1: mood = ruined
trashiyeon: welcome to pledis dudes
emo glinda: you're all so young,,, i feel ancient
pepe: lmao grandpa
trashiyeon: no thats seungcheol
josh: is siyeon bullying seungcheol a common ocurrence or
nayoung: it is
woozi: theyre step-siblings
dad: yeah we're very close
dad: you love me
trashiyeon: i tolerate you
thing 2: uh you cried last year because he had to go to another city for his internship???
dad: i didnt know dat
trashiyeon: fuck you yebin dont ruin my reputation like that
bae: FUN LETS HABE FUN
dino: nice save
fine china: i have a question why is soonyoung quiet
NAEGAHOSH: i dont have anything relevant to say
woozi: since when has that stopped you
thing 1: DAMN SON
pepe: i forgot how much i love jihoon
NAEGAHOSH: i am wounded
fine china: man down
trashiyeon: roasted to death
dad: did you notice all the nice people stopped texting
thing 1: kyla isnt nice
kylo ren: I AM NICE
milkyung: i wouldnt trust someone with kylo ren as their username just saying
kylo ren: ITS A PUN
hansolo: i will protect my child
kylo ren: thanj u father
thing 2: kylo kills han in the movie tho
trashiyeon: good job yebin now eunwoo is crying
nayoung: sungyeon jokingly asked who died and now shes crying even more
dino: poor eunwoo
dino: its ok you still have 3 movies and a half with han
pepe: i sob
YEAHwon: its ok to cry
josh: look on the bright side at least its a character and not a real person
pepe: still sad
dad: boys i thhink this is our cue to leave
emo glinda: why would sad nerd talk be our cue to leave
dad: idk i just feel like we're intruding their chat
milkyung: its not like you DONT intrude our practice room right
woozi: but we shoukd really get going
hansolo: bye girls it was nice meeting u through text
josh: i look forward to meet you in person!!
thing 1: josh is so nice,,,, im blessed
dino: bye everyone!!
emo glinda: bye children
pepe: bye uncle
hansolo has left the chat
josh jas left the chat
dino has left the chat
emo glinda has left the chat
woozi: bye girls
woozi has left the chat
NAEGAHOSH: goodbye dudettes
NAEGAHOSH has left the chat
dad: bye angels and siyeon
dad has left the chat
trashiyeon: thank god
groupchat - lol fight
memehao has changed the chat's name to "yoon jeonghan in evil"
memehao has changed angel's name to "fucking asshole"
fucking asshole: what did i do
memehao: you know very well what you did
fucking asshole: help me remember
memehao: "minghao, can i borrow a jacket?"
memehao: "yes, of course, they're on the left side of my wardrobe, just be careful with the box underneath them"
memehao: two minutes later my box is discarded on the floor
memehao: he threw it
fucking asshole: how does that make me evil
memegyu: was it THE box???
memehao: it was
seokmeme: o shit
fucking asshole: will somebody please tell me what was on the box
memehao: vases and plates
memehao: theyre all broken
memehao: some were my mother's
memehao: you knwo. from CHINA
fucking asshole: ohmy god
fucking asshole: hao im so sorry i really am
fucking asshole: shit. i dont know what to say really how can i make it up for you
memehao: you cant???? unless you have super glue or something
memehao: i dont really care that much about some of them but my mother's vase was really important so yeah
seokmeme: i can buy super glue on my way home
memehao: thanks seok
fucking asshole: im really sorry minghao
memehao: just listen to me next time ok
fucking asshole: i promise <3
fucking asshole: why did you keep the vases and stuff?
memehao: they had interesting prints and colors i was going to use them as inspiration for some designs
fucking asshole: oh....
fucking asshole: you can still do it right
memehao: yeah it will be difficult but theyre still useful
fucking asshole: oh im glad
memegyu: hao do you want hugs
memehao: im upset not dying
seokmeme: yeah hes back to normal
emo glinda to woozi
emo glinda: jihoon
emo glinda: i think im done with the script
emo glinda: it needs to be polished and stuff and there will probably be some changes but overall its done
emo glinda: i read it out loud and calculated the time and its around 1 hour and 10 mins long
woozi: cool can you send it to me
emo glinda has sent an attachment
woozi: i'll read it and tell you what i think
woozi: i like it its a little cliche but not too much and i think we can make it work
woozi: the dialogue is really good and the plot is imteresting
woozi: but can i make a suggestion
emo glinda: go ahead you're the boss
woozi: make it gay
ayyy so yes it was pristin!!!! i hope the girls' characterization did them justice and i promise siyeon is just a rebellious teen who loves her step brother dearly but wants to look Tough
i watched the bob wilson documentary mentioned by eunwoo at college and i wouldve cried too if i wasnt dying to go home thar day
the plot is about to thicken (read: the plot will finally Exist) so stay tuned!!! as always, feedback is appreciated
thank you for reading!! ✨
Chapter 10: the not-date at the theatre
hansol asks for help, gets roasted, mingyu is a sweetheart and this is really not a date
hi!!!! sorry for the late update, i struggled with writers block this past week :// also college Yikes
but worry not here i am with your (not so) daily dose of gayness, fluff and theatre shabangs ✨
so, without further ado, enjoy!!
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
hansolo to memehao
hansolo: i need your help
hansolo: im going out and i need a nice outfit
memehao: i see
memehao: do you even own nice clothes
memehao: or does your wardrobe consist of hoodies only
hansolo: im honestly feeling so attacked right now
memehao: dead meme
memehao: but since im feeling nice today i'll help you
memehao: first of all where are you going
hansolo: im going to watch a musical
memehao: oh what a coincidence seungkwan is going to see a musical as well
hansolo: hehe about that
memehao: wAIT A MINUTE
memehao: are you two going together??????????
hansolo: yea he had an extra ticket so he asked if i wanted to go w him
memehao: CHWE HANSOL ARE YOU GOING ON A DATE WITH OUR KWANNIE
hansolo: nah dude chill its not a date
hansolo: just a friendly outing
memehao: oh ok two bros sitting in a theatre 5 feet apart cause theyre not gay
hansolo: hao pls
hansolo: are you going to help me or not
memehao: i am
memehao: do you have any black skinny jeans or smth
hansolo: nah only dark blue jeans and one acid wash
memehao: wear the acid wash jeans
memehao: a dark tshirt like black or navy blue
memehao: nothing too fancy
hansolo: i have a very cool neck deep tshirt its black i think it would look good
memehao: i dont know what neck deep is but i dont trust your judgement
hansolo: neck deep is a BAND you uncultured swine
memehao: i dont listen to your emo shit hansol
hansolo: but go on
memehao: do you have a leather jacket?
hansolo: nah i have a bomber jacket and jisoo has a trech coat i could borrow
memehao: nope no trench coats
memehao: so unless you want to come here and borrow something from me you're stuck with the bomber jacket
memehao: but do you want some friendly advice
hansolo: yea sure
memehao: seungkwan likes boys in band tees and leather jackets
memehao: he would literally swoon
hansolo: tf why are u telling me this
memehao: imagine i just sent a winking emoji
hansolo: hao. we are not going on a date
memehao: okay sure !
memehao: but are you wearing one of my jackets or what
memehao: i have a red one that would suit you just saying.......
hansolo: ...fine im coming
It was nearing 6pm when Hansol stood in front on Minghao's house and rang the bell. He heard a few muffled voices that were saying something along the lines of "hey, go get it", "no, I look gross, you go get it" and "do I really need to do everything in this house?". Moments later, the door opened, revealing a smiling Mingyu wearing an oversized Clockwork Orange t-shirt and grey shorts.
"Hi, Hansol! Minghao told me you were dropping by. Come in, come in."
Hansol stepped inside, hands in his pockets.
"I didn't peg you for a Stanley Kubrick type of guy." he said, motioning to the taller's shirt.
"I'm not." Mingyu smiled. "Junhui is, though. The t-shirt is his."
"So you all just steal each other's clothes?"
"Only when it's laundry day. On regular days we just ask if we can borrow them."
They both laughed at that. Hansol waved at Seokmin, who was watching TV in the living room, and followed Mingyu to Minghao's room. He knocked on the door.
"Who is it?" they heard Minghao's voice ask.
"It's me!" Mingyu answered in an exagerated sweet voice.
"Good to know. Go away."
"Hansol is here as well."
"Okay, I'm coming."
A sleepy-looking Minghao opened the door and motioned for Hansol to come in. The room was a little messy, as expected from a place shared by young adults. It had two twin-sized beds, one of which was currently being occupied by Junhui. The older boy was typing something on his laptop and waved at Hansol as a greeting, smiling at him.
"So", Minghao turned to him, analyzing his outfit. "I see my help was useful. Not bad, young grasshopper. Not bad." he nodded in approval.
"I'm a few months younger than you, don't call me 'young grasshopper'."
"Fine, fine." Minghao opened his closet, picking a red leather jacket from a hanger. "What do you think?"
Hansol tried on the jacket. It fit, it matched his other clothes and it was comfortable. "It's good. Thanks for letting me borrow it."
"No problem. Just give it back in one piece."
Hansol nodded and shrugged off the jacket, folding it carefully. "Hey, where's Seungkwan?"
Minghao held back a teasing smirk. Are they really trying to convince me this is not a date? "He's getting ready. Skincare routine or something."
"You two are going to the theatre from here, right?"
"Yeah, I guess. It would take too long to go back home and then go to the theatre."
"I figured. Make yourself at home while you wait for Seungkwan, there's strawberry milk in the fridge, and you can just search around the kitchen if you want to eat something because I never know where the snacks are so I can't tell you where to find them."
"I'll go back to the nap I was taking before Mingyu rudely interrupted me." Minghao motioned to his bed. "Have fun on your not-date, Hansolie."
The younger rolled his eyes and exited the room, choosing to watch TV with Seokmin while he waited for Seungkwan to finish whatever he was doing.
After a few minutes of watching a comedy movie and dealing with Seokmin tickling his sides for no reason ("it's affection", he explained later), Hansol heard a door slam and someone screaming "I'M LATE!". He turned to the corridor and saw Seungkwan with an exasperated look on his face, rushing to the door as if he was going out. Before he got to his goal, he noticed Hansol on the couch and let out a surprised "oh".
"Surprise!" the brunette said with little enthusiasm.
"What are you doing here?"
"Uh, Minghao let me borrow a jacket so I came here to get it. Going back home just to leave for the theatre again would waste my time, so I just stayed here."
"Okay, cool. So we're not late."
"No, we're on time. I think we need to leave in 15 minutes, though."
Seungkwan hummed affirmatively and joined the other two boys on the couch, sitting between them. He took his phone out from his back pocket and opened what appeared to be a colorful game — wait, was that Candy Crush?
(He was on level 53.)
Now that they weren't rushing to leave or anything, Hansol could pay attention to the blonde boy beside him. Seungkwan was wearing dark blue jeans, a white turtleneck and a pastel pink jacket over it. His lips were pink, his eyes were soft, his cheeks were full, his skin was glowing... and Hansol was getting a little carried away admiring the boy.
"Is there something on my face?"
"No, it's nothing." Hansol smiled awkwardly. "I was just, you know, spacing out."
"You do that a lot, don't you?"
"I do. Habit that I can't break."
"It's ok." Seungkwan poked the younger's forehead lightly. "It means you're creative."
On the other side of the couch, Seokmin rolled his eyes. "I can't believe I'm third-wheeling right now. Okay, I get it, you two are cute, but tone the PDA down, geez."
"Third-wheel is an expression used only when couples are involved." Seungkwan objected.
"And we're not a couple." Hansol added.
"Could have fooled me." the older smiled. "You even finish each other's sentences."
"Why is everyone picking on us today?"
"Relax, I'm just playing." Seokmin ruffled his best friend's hair.
Mingyu joined them on the living room after that, but before he could sit down on the floor (there was no space left on the couch) Seungkwan grabbed his sleeve.
"Gyu, can you drive us to the theatre?"
"Is it far?"
"Not really. We just don't want to take the bus." he looked up with puppy-dog eyes. "Please?"
The taller sighed. "You guys take advantage of my softness. Okay, I can drive you there. Just tell me when we're leaving."
Hansol and Seungkwan celebrated with a double high-five and hugged Mingyu.
A few minutes after that, they decided to leave. Mingyu grabbed the car keys and Seungkwan opened the door.
"After you." he motioned to Hansol.
"No, no, after you." the brunette protested.
"I insist, after you."
"Excuse me." Mingyu interrupted them, pushing through and getting out the door. "After me."
The musical was nice. Seungkwan's friend did an amazing job playing the villain and the protagonist had a very good development throughout the two acts. The songs were incredible as well and Hansol found himself humming to the tune of the last song after they left the theatre.
"So", Seungkwan turned to the younger. "How was it?"
"Awesome. Really. I'm glad you invited me to watch this."
"I'm glad you accepted my invitation. You're a pretty cool person to hang out with."
"I could say the same to you."
They sat at a bench just outside the building and Seungkwan rested his head on Hansol's shoulder. "How are you going back to your house?"
"I'll probably take the bus."
"Do you want me to ask Mingyu to drive you? It would be safer and faster."
"I don't want to be a burden. I mean, I already stayed at your house for a while before we came here and-"
"Nonsense! Mingyu wouldn't mind, really. He's very kind and helpful."
"Okay, then. But if he looks tired or anything, I'm taking the bus."
Hansol froze at the nickname. Seungkwan, after realizing what he had said, blushed a little and started apologizing for "calling him something before asking if he was comfortable with it".
"It's ok, Seungkwan." he touched the other boy's arm. "You just took me by surprise. No one's ever called me that before. But I like it."
"Oh, good. I wouldn't want to make a new friend uncomfortable because I can't control my words."
"I'm pretty sure I can't get uncomfortable around you, though. You're such a happy presence."
The blonde boy blushed at that and tried to hide it with a cough. "I-I should call our personal driver. I don't want either of us to get home late."
20 minutes later Mingyu arrived, and it was enough to clear the awkward atmosphere between the two boys. The car ride to the campus (where Hansol lived) was full of singing along to what was playing on the radio, bad jokes, a particularly funny drunk story and Seungkwan pinching Mingyu's cheeks non-stop.
When they got to Hansol's apartment block on campus, they said goobye to each other, Hansol thanked both of them and left the car. When he reached the door, he gave one more wave before entering the building.
Back on the road, Mingyu shot Seungkwan a knowing glance, eyebrows raised and smirk playing on his lips.
"What?" the blonde asked, even though he knew what kind of topic was coming up.
"So... you two, huh?"
The younger rolled his eyes. "Agh, not you too."
ayyy finally the verkwan not-date! i love seungkwan's outfit on this chapter..... i'd draw it and post the link for reference but i cant draw denim to save my life so we're stuck with our imagination
as always, feedback is appreciated, thank you for reading!! ❣️
Chapter 11: things getting done
jeonghan is forgiven, the script is finished, the play is discussed and jihoon gets things done
WHEN WILL I STOP POSTING AT 2AM seriously. but anyways here's the new chapter its kinda short but it is V E R Y important!!!! so without further ado, enjoy ✨
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
groupchat - yoon jeonghan is evil
memehao has changed the group's name to yoon jeonghan is old
memehao has changed fucking asshole's name to angle
memehao: he is forgiven
angle: thank you bubu
memehao: call me bubu again and i'll rethink my previous actions
memegyu has changed memehao's name to baby boy
baby boy: W H Y
memegyu: idk you just are
baby boy: i fucking hate you
seokmeme: ok but now we have to match
seokmeme has changed memegyu's name to tall boy
seokmeme has changed their own name to smiley boy
smiley boy: all done
baby boy: why do you two get okay usernames while im stuck with baby boy
baby boy has changed tall boy's name to annoying boy
baby boy has changed smiley boy's name to loud boy
baby boy: justice.
emo glinda: my dudes
emo glinda: sorry to interrupt the banter but i have good news
loud boy: spill
emo glinda: after late night confabulations with boss #2 (jihoon), the official script is finally finished
annoying boy: YAY
loud boy: YAY
angle: wait who is boss #1
emo glinda: seungcheol
NAEGAHOSH: oh am i boss #3????
emo glinda: no you're the houseplant
NAEGAHOSH: i am Wounded
NAEGAHOSH: i take you under my wing and give you nothing but love and support and kisses
NAEGAHOSH: for you to do this
emo glinda: <3
NAEGAHOSH: keep ur hearts im hurt
woozi: let soonyoung be a baby and send everyone else the script pls thank you
emo glinda: will do
emo glinda has sent a file
annoying boy: brb gonna read this
loud boy: same
NAEGAHOSH: reading time, begin!
groupchat - yoon jeonghan is old
loud boy: this play is so gay i love it
emo glinda: thank jihoon for that
emo glinda: it was going to be a straight endgame but jihoon said "make it gay"
emo glinda: i was scared of making it gay bc we dont know if there will be AssholesTM watching it but like
emo glinda: opportunity of a lifetime right
annoying boy: i think i might have a crush on hyejun
annoying boy: can i be eunjeong pls
baby boy: congratulations mingyu you have a crush on a faceless character
annoying boy: but his pERSONALITY
gemini: no i want to be eunjeong
annoying boy: you were the protagonist on all of our other plays let me have the spotligh this time
baby boy: junhui can be the villain
gemini: only if hao gets to play my sidekick
loud boy: but jiyoung doesnt have a sidekick
gemini: minghao can be hyejun then
baby boy: okay first of all im not an actor
annoying boy: you are tho
baby boy: shut up let me finish
baby boy: second of all id rather die than be mingyus romantic interest
woozi: are you forgetting who chooses the actors
annoying boy: sorry boss
woozi: also we ARE going to meet up to decide this so dont go thinking this discussion will happen over chat bc it wont
gemini: and our fun was ruined thanks jihoonie
woozi: we are THIS close to becoming a group of 12
It took a while to figure out a day and a time when it was possible for everyone to meet up at the company due to their different schedules, but they were finally there. They were in luck, because one of the small auditoriums was vacant for the rest of the day, so they were allowed to use it for as much time as they needed.
All thirteen boys were sitting on the chairs, leaving the stage empty. Some were enrolled in parallel conversations and some were scrolling through their phones until Jihoon called everyone's attention with a loud "hey!".
"Shall we start?"
Eveyone nodded, script in hand.
"Before we decide the roles", Seungcheol started. "We should do a summary of the story together, just to make sure everyone has the basics memorized. I'll start. The three protagonists are the twins Kang Hyojin and Hyejun, plus Hyojin's best friend Park Eunjeong."
"Hyejun thinks Eunjeong has a crush on his sister and is a little overprotective, but aside from that he is a really cool guy." Hansol added.
"Eunjeong, on the other hand, thinks Hyejun is an asshole." Seokmin continued. "I don't really blame him."
"The story is set on an universe where some people have powers, but they're not superheroes. For whatever reason." Chan said. "Hyojin has mind-reading powers."
"Hyejun doesn't have any powers." Junhui added. "Even though they're twins."
"He does have a solid right hook, though." Mingyu interrupted.
"Stop defending you fictional boyfriend, Mingyu." Minghao flicked the taller's forehead. "Anyways, another person who has a power is the villain, Jo Jiyoung. He has superhuman intelligence."
"So, there are some weird things happening and the protagonists decide to find out why." Seungkwan continued.
"And they have the help of the Jung brothers, Woojin and Iseul, their neighbours." Jisoo said.
"Don't forget Moon Jimin, she helps them too." Jeonghan reminded. "And she has time-manipulation powers."
"And in the end, they all figure out the mistery, Jiyoung vanishes and Hyejun and Eunjeong are hella gay for each other." Soonyoung finished. "Hyojin remains a strong independent woman who doesn't need a love interest to be happy. The end."
"I think they summed it up pretty well." Wonwoo turned to Jihoon. "What about you?"
"Yeah." the shorter agreed. "I can't believe you guys almost forgot Jimin. She's my favorite character."
"So" Seungcheol clasped his hands together. "Are we doing this?"
By the end of the day, almost all of the roles were covered. Junhui agreed to step out of his comfort zone by playing the villain, leaving Eunjeong to be played by Mingyu. Chan and Seokmin were going to play the Jung brothers. Seungkwan, Jisoo and Jeonghan were going to be the three remaining characters that hadn't been mentioned before: Jimin's best friend, Jiyoung's lost brother (with cure powers) and the detective that helps the protagonists, respectively.
The only characters left were the two girls and Hyejun.
"I can contact the Pristin girls to see if two of them can help us." Soonyoung suggested. "But Hyejun..."
"I'm not doing it." Minghao shook his head. "My acting isn't good enough."
"I can't play Hyejun either." Jihoon said. "I'm still working on the songs, and I'd rather help direct the play."
"I'll do it."
All heads turned to Wonwoo, the source of the voice.
"You sure?" Jihoon asked.
"Yeah. I mean, I wrote him. I know the character well enough."
"Okay then. Just making sure you're not being peer pressured to do it."
"I'm not." he put a hand over his chest dramatically. "It's out of kindness of my heart."
The group laughed. Then, they dispersed to do their own things — the actors started reading some scenes together to test dynamics, Hansol went to the technician booth on the mezanine to get familiar with the illumination system, Jihoon opened his laptop and put on his headphones and Minghao started some basic sketches.
After a while, Jihoon stood up with his laptop, took out the headphones and called:
"Hey, dancers." Soonyoung, Junhui, Chan and Minghao turned to him. "Come with me. Your song is finished."
dad to nayoung
nayoung: hi how are you? and the boys?
dad: evrything fine
dad: we need help
dad: i mean its more like a collab
nayoung: you need female actors dont you
nayoung: we'll be glad to help
nayoung: how many
nayoung: that's too little
nayoung: i need more girls
dad: thats gay
nayoung: im gay
dad: but are you going to help us
nayoung: sure can you send me the script
dad has sent a file
dad: enjoy your reading
nayoung: i will
nayoung: i'll get back at you with an update
dad: see ya l8r
nayoung: i dream of the day when you will start texting properly
ayyy that was it. the plot of the play is finally revealed and y'all get to know what jihoon meant by "make it gay"
sO. place your bets on who's playing hyojin and jimin woooo also the names are from name generators and my own brain so if theyre real people oops i didnt know
as always, feedback is appreciated!! thanks for reading, see you next chapter❣️
Chapter 12: three new groupchats
songs are discussed, insecurities are discussed, mingyu defense squad is a thing and jeonghan is cheesy
GUESS WHOS BACK
ANI IS BACK
and before december 14th woooo i finished my last assignment today so i have nothing else to do im a free elf so i decided to post this
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
NAEGAHOSH added gemini and 2 others to the chat
NAEGAHOSH has named the chat "performance team"
baby boy: great another groupchat
NAEGAHOSH: henlo boys and welcome to the perf team groupchat
NAEGAHOSH: so we can talk about our part of the showcase yay
dino: hello everyone!!!!!
baby boy: was a new chat really necessary?
NAEGAHOSH: yes shut up hao
baby boy: excuse you
gemini: as the oldest its my duty to stop you two children
gemini: so please stop
NAEGAHOSH: im only five days younger than you
gemini: still younger
baby boy: sorry mom i will keep quiet
gemini: this is why minghao is my favorite
dino: isnt it because you're cousins??
gemini: that too
NAEGAHOSH: so. serious talk??
NAEGAHOSH: what did u think of the song
baby boy: lit
NAEGAHOSH: yea i agree jihoon never disappoints
gemini: lmao whipped
NAEGAHOSH: AS I WAS SAYING
NAEGAHOSH: so, just like all of our previous original songs, it has a test-drive phase in which we can add/change lyrics or another parts of the song and stuff
NAEGAHOSH: and when its finally done we record it with our very own voices
NAEGAHOSH: and then its coreographing time!!!!!
dino: oh so we need to sing?
NAEGAHOSH: only if u want to
gemini: yea dont feel pressured
baby boy: you all know very well that i dont sing
gemini: shut up hao your voice is gorgeous
baby boy: no
dino: ive never heard your singing voice but im sure its nice
NAEGAHOSH: a beautiful cinnamon roll, too good for this world, too pure
gemini has sent an audio file
gemini: this is minghao singing in the shower i recorded it yesterday
baby boy: wHAT THE FCUK
baby boy: junhui my beloved cousin have you ever heard of the terms "respect" and "privacy"??? just a thought
gemini: we are ignoring the main point which is you have the voice of an angel
baby boy: an angel with a sore throat maybe
dino: your voice really is good, minghao
dino: dont be too hard on yourself
NAEGAHOSH: 3 against one you lost
NAEGAHOSH: your argument is now invalid
baby boy: im this close to leaving the chat
dino: pls dont
baby boy: loud sigh
gemini: did you just type out "loud sigh"
baby boy: do you have a problem with that
NAEGAHOSH: children pls
baby boy: even louder sigh
NAEGAHOSH: im just going to ignore this shit
NAEGAHOSH: are yall fine with the song
baby boy: yea but i have a few lyrics i think would fit??maybe
NAEGAHOSH: hit us up
baby boy has sent a file
NAEGAHOSH: neat i think we can add this i'll talk to jihoon
baby boy: cool
NAEGAHOSH: later we can meet up @ his studio later to record the song
NAEGAHOSH: "later" as in a few days obv
baby boy: please never use that word again
dad added annoying boy and two others to the chat
dad has named the chat "rap dudes"
emo glinda has changed the chat's name to "hip hop team"
emo glinda: i refuse to be in a group called rap dudes
dad: i am hurt
dad: but dis is a good name so ur forgiven
hansolo: so why are we here
dad: glad u asked my boy
hansolo: you're only three years older than me.
dad: my boy
dad: so our song isnt finished yet
dad: but jihoonie said since our team is basically all lyricists we should write the lyrics before he starts composing the song fr
annoying boy: im not a lyricist tho :((
dad: shush ive seen your writing its not bad
annoying boy: yeah but it isnt good either
hansolo: there will be no insecurities in this chat
hansolo: kim mingyu listen to me
hansolo: you are a talented person im sure your lyrics are Good Shit and even if they werent your voice is beautiful so they would sound heavenly
hansolo: and i got a little bit carried away im sorr
emo glinda: i agree
emo glinda: i will fight anyone who gets even close to dissing you
annoying boy: but what if im dissing myself tho
emo glinda: i'll fight you
annoying boy: thank u guys
annoying boy: for caring
annoying boy: ily
dad: that was such a pure exchange of words........
dad: so, kids
annoying boy: we're not your kids but go on
dad: this gc is for our shenanigans so if u hav lyrics u can send them to the chat
hansolo: roger that
dad: for now i will log out so bye
annoying boy: bye honorary father
woozi has added angle and three others to the chat
woozi has named the chat "vocal team"
woozi: listen here you little shits
woozi: and joshua
woozi: i havent finished our song yet BUT we're like halfway there so i created a group so we can decide when to meet up and record the song ok
loud boy: cool
boo: is it a ballad
josh: i love it already
woozi: josh would you like to record the guitar parts and play it live??
josh: yes i would love to!!!!!!
angle: hong jisoo, the Purest,
loud boy: ikr
josh: i blush
boo: and i roll my eyes so intensely i can see my brain
boo: not bc of you, josh
boo: you're the best
boo: im just perpetually rolling my eyes at everything jeonghan says
angle: thats no way to treat your favorite father
boo: my favorite father is jihoon
woozi: i am slightly creeped out but thanks
woozi: you're my favorite son as well
angle: but seriously what did i do
boo: you're cheesy
boo: its too much
boo: even tho i agree with you
loud boy: makes no sense but okay
woozi: go to sleep seungkwan
boo: its 4 pm
woozi: go to sleep seungkwan
jihoon has a soft spot for the maknaes fight me on this
so!!!! the units are now official can you guess what songs they'll be performing?? hint: theyre not all from the same era/album
oh also the audio junhui sent of minghao singing in the shower..... remember that going svt episode in which jun recorded minghao practicing a song?? yeah its the same song his voice is beautiful i love him so much
so yea. as always feedback is appreciated, thanks for still sticking around during that tiny hiatus, see you next chapter ✨❣️
Chapter 13: monday
soonyoung is happy, minghao is cranky, recording session is eventful and jihoon is sleepy
HELLO MY FRIENDS sorry this took so long. writers block
i dont have anything to say here so without further ado, enjoy!!
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
groupchat - performance team
NAEGAHOSH: my dudes
NAEGAHOSH: how do yall feel abt a recording session on monday
NAEGAHOSH: hao and jun i know you two dont have work
dino: neither do i
gemini: hao and i are available
baby boy: why are you so happy
baby boy: its like dawn
gemini: its literally noon
baby boy: its dawn....... somewhere in the world
NAEGAHOSH: im happy because i am a happy person
NAEGAHOSH: unlike you
NAEGAHOSH: you say jihoon is a cactus but ur just as prickly
baby boy: i mean i never said i wasnt
gemini: ignore him he just woke up he's cranky
baby boy: your ass is cranky
dino: hao do you want chocolate
baby boy: is that bribery
dino: no its called caring for my cranky friend
dino: i can come over w chocolate and also bring videogames
baby boy: now THATS bribery
dino: yeah it is
baby boy: consider myself bribed im a slut for chocolate and videogames
baby boy: a hypothetical slut but still
NAEGAHOSH: so everyone ready for monday
baby boy: wait what should i be ready for
gemini: oh my god
On Monday, the four boys met up at the company's building, in front of the door to Studio 2A. Jihoon was probably already inside, as it was pretty much his second home. The studio rooms belonged to the company, but the members of the groups could borrow it whenever (if it was available, of course). Needless to say, Jihoon's name was on the borrowing book a lot. A lot.
Soonyoung knocked on the door. "Ji? It's us!"
Shuffling sounds and footsteps could be heard on the other side of the door before it was opened, revealing a tired-looking Jihoon, in his sweatpants-and-jumper glory, featuring Prada eyebags and messy hair.
"Hey." he waved. "Come in."
"I'd say good afternoon, but I'm going to skip the greetings just this once." Junhui narrowed his eyes and held Jihoon's face with both hands. "When was the last time you slept?"
The shorter shrugged. "I don't know."
"Are you eating, at least?" Minghao asked.
Jihoon pointed to the boxes of takeout piled on a table.
"So the answer is 'yes, but not properly'."
"Look, I need to get things done, alright? We don't have much time to do everything we need to do."
"We have plenty of time." Chan said. "You should take care of yourself, you know, health first, work stuff second."
"Preach." Minghao raised both arms.
Jihoon crossed his arms with a hmpf! and sat on the spinning office chair in front of the computer screen.
"We can talk about this later. Are you guys ready? Are the lyrics okay, everything?"
Three out of the four nodded. Chan had his eyes fixated on a spot on the floor, looking insecure.
"Chan." Soonyoung put a hand on the youngest's shoulder. "Your singing is great, we've practiced it, remember? No need to worry, you're going to do fine."
Chan smiled at the older, patting the hand that was resting on his shoulder. "Thanks, Soon." he turned to Jihoon. "I'm ready too."
Jihoon rolled his chair to the area in front of the recording booth, where another computer stood. "So, who's gonna go first?"
Minghao walked to the booth, claiming he was not scared of anything, not even recording a song. During the chorus, he added an adlib that wasn't on the plans, but fit really well. Jihoon smiled at that.
Soon enough, his part was finished.
"You're done!" Jihoon said into the mic. "Thanks for the adlib, Hao. It suited the song."
The other boy ducked his head, a little embarassed, before leaving the booth.
Soonyoung was next. His part went smoothly, and the rest of the boys couldn't help but notice the way he moved along as he sang. They were small body movements, fluid motions with his arms and shoulders in a way he was dancing, yes, but his focus was on singing. The others wondered if it was councious or if he was so connected to the beat it just flowed through his body.
Junhui occupied the booth after Soonyoung left. He sang the same line as Soonyoung but on a different verse, and it was originally a falsetto, but he chose to sing on a lower register. Jihoon stopped the recording.
"Why did you lower your voice?" the shorter asked. "It sounded good, don't get me wrong, but do you think you can try singing this part in the original pitch? If you can't, we'll keep it this way, don't worry."
"I don't think I can reach the notes, my voice doesn't have a wide range."
Soonyoung took control of mic for a moment, pushing Jihoon aside. "Shut up, Junhui, you sound like God's favorite tenor and you know it."
Junhui blushed at the compliment. "Okay, I'll try."
He tried, and he did it perfectly. All jaws in the room fell.
When he was finished and left the booth, Jihoon kicked him on the shin. "Don't underestimate yourself ever again, you fucker."
"Sorry sir!" Junhui mock-saluted the shorter. "Won't happen again, sir!"
The last one to record his lines was Chan. He was still nervous, yes, but most of it had died down. He focused on his lines and reaching all the notes, and didn't have much trouble during the recording.
"Alright", Jihoon drummed his fingers on the table. "I'd say that's a wrap but we still have that breakdown part with no lyrics."
Soonyoung lifted his hand. "I have a suggestion."
"I'm slightly scared, but go on."
"Give Channie a rap verse for the breakdown."
Jihoon pondered. It wasn't a bad idea at all. He turned to the maknae.
"What do you think about that, Chan? Do you want a little spotlight during that part?"
"Yeah, I guess." the boy shrugged. "It'd be cool. But we don't have the lyrics yet, do we?"
"Actually..." Soonyoung clasped his hands together. "Remember Minghao's lyrics? The ones he sent on oir groupchat?"
"Oh!" Minghao nodded. "Yeah, they could be a rap."
"Awesome. Do you think you can do this, Chan?"
They spent a little more time on the studio than planned because of the impromptu idea for the breakdown. When Jihoon finally declared that they were finished with the recording, everyone was tired and dying to get some rest. However, when Minghao, Junhui and Chan got up to leave, Soonyoung didn't join them.
"Go on." he told them. "I'll stay a little bit more. Leader stuff. I'll talk to you guys later, ok?"
They said goodbye to the two remaining on the studio and closed the door. Then, Soonyoung turned to Jihoon with a worried expression.
"You're not spending another night in this studio. You're coming home with me."
Jihoon averted his eyes. "Don't tell me what to do. Do your own work, let me do mine."
"Come on, we all said it, this isn't good for you. We'd rather have you healthy and well-rested than finish everything on time, you know."
"You're just as bad as I am! You stay locked up in our practice room, dancing until early in the morning, you don't eat and you only shower because dancing makes you sweaty and gross."
"I'm trying to take better care of myself. I don't see you doing the same."
"Look, I'm fine, ok? I've been doing this since forever. I'll survive."
Soonyoung huffed. "Come here." he opened his arms.
"This is not a hug-appropriate conversation."
The younger shook his head.
"Just let me hug you, you idiot. I fucking missed you."
Jihoon rolled his eyes, but wrapped his arms around Soonyoung, who hugged back.
"I haven't been here for that long."
"Enough for me to miss you. And for everyone else to miss you as well."
"I hate it when you get all protective-best-friend over me."
"Yeah, I love you too." Soonyoung pressed his cheek to the shorter's head. "Promise you'll try to change your habits."
Jihoon sighed. His breath tickled Soonyoung's neck. "I promise."
They pulled apart, but Soonyoung still held the younger at an arm's length. "You're still coming home with me."
That made Jihoon gron in frustration, but he complied anyways. Soonyoung was very persuasive. The pout on his lips had something to do with that, or whatever.
They called a cab, and it wasn't long until Jihoon fell asleep on Soonyoung's shoulder. The older looked at him fondly, and damned the moment he had to wake him up to get out of the car.
When they entered the house, Jihoon made a beeline for the couch, but Soonyoung stopped him.
"Nuh-uh, remember the last time you fell asleep there? You're going to bed to get a good night of sleep." he pushed the half-asleep boy by the shoulders, directing him to the room he shared with Seungcheol.
Speaking of Seungcheol, he wasn't asleep yet — it wasn't that late. The lamp on his nightstand was on, illuminating the pages of the book he was reading. He greeted his two friends, letting out a scoff as Jihoon fell on the opposite bed like a sack of potatoes.
He watched Soonyoung tuck the other in with all the care in the world and a blushing face. He also didn't miss the delicate kiss the dancer placed on Jihoon's forehead. He shot him a knowing look.
"Shut up." Soonyoung mombled.
Jihoon woke up at 7:23am. Seungcheol's bed was empty — he was probably getting ready for work.
Jihoon felt rested, but not enough. The last thing he remembered from the other night was a pair of soft lips on his forehead.
Weird, he thought. Probably a dream.
He turned to the other side and went back to sleep.
you ask, i deliver. professional soonhoon dealer, cryptidsoap.
but uh i know the whole overworking yourself is The Cliche of soonhoon fics but i couldnt help it so
uhhh its kinda blatantly obvious but did you figure out the song they're doing?? wink wink watch out for the others
tysm for reading, see you next chapter ✨❣️