“For fuck’s sake naman Jaehyun, oo alam kong tatanggapin ka parin ng fans mo. Pero how can you be so indecisive sa mga ganitong bagay?”
“Bro, just trust me on this, okay? It’s just a simple announcement, no harm kumbaga. And nagawa ko lang naman ‘to as per his request.”
“His request?! Wala akong pakealam kung kanino pang request na yan! Ayang mga actions mo ang magiging udyok ng pagkasira ng pangalan ng entertainment natin! Hindi mo ba ‘yon naisip bago ka magsabi sa press? Ang tanga lang!”
The room was filled with silence as someone important knocked and entered, though the tension is still hot between the two.
“Kuya Yong? Pinapatawag niyo raw po ako sabi ni Haechan?”
“Ah yes Renjun, upo ka dito.” Taeyong guided the younger to the seat across Jaehyun by his desk, and Renjun feels the stares at him, making him uneasy. Jaehyun was just sitting, legs-crossed, showing no signs of nervousness at all.
“Did you hear the news, Huang?”
“Uh, sa totoo lang po I haven’t checked my phone because dali-dali akong ginising ni Manager Haech from the dorm, hehe.”
The oldest among them was about to speak but Jaehyun stood up, left hand in his pocket & right hand in front of Renjun, asking for a handshake.
“Congratulations, we’re official.”
Official? Anong sinasabi netong GGSS na ‘to? Wait, y-yung…? Renjun snorted, now Jaehyun is confused.
“Sineryoso mo ba ‘yon? I mean, sineryoso niyo po ‘yon? Mr. Jeong, lasing na ‘ko nung nag-inuman po tayo noong isang araw.”
“You guys went for a drink, tapos gabi pa?”
“Kuya Taeyong, Mr. Jeong right here rented a private room sa isang bar. Sino ba po ba ako para tumanggi? Nahihiya naman po ako humindi kasi po he’s a senior.” Renjun faced Jaehyun.
“Mr. Jeong, kung sakaling hindi ako lasing, I won’t ask you about pretending to be my boyfriend. Hindi po ako ganon kababa at desperado para maging isang sikat na artist and actor. I can do everything by myself, without any of your help.” Renjun stormed out the room quickly, as his heart pounds fast.
Jaehyun just scratched his nape, leaving a blank face and feeling confused. “Oh shit.”
“Oh shit ka talaga Jeong Jaehyun. Sinasabi ko na sayo, I can’t easily trust you pagdating sa mga bagay-bagay na alam nating magiging out of hand! Lalo na mga dating scandals mo! Oh ano ngayon gagawin mo ha? Trust me on this ka ‘pang nalalaman. Habulin mo ‘yon at humingi ka ng paumanhin, go!”
Jaehyun ran as fast as he could just so he can catch up with Renjun, and with his luck, the elevator was still open. Locking eyes with the older, Renjun pressed for the ‘Close’ button as many times as he could, but Jaehyun managed to stick his arm between the doors before it closes. As the elevator closes, both of them sighed loudly & took out their phones.
Wala bang CCTV dito? Or kahit recording device?
None, ayaw ni Taeyong ng mga ganon sa loob ng elevator.
Looking around and making sure there's none, they kept their phones inside their pockets. “So? Maayos ba acting ko, Mr. Jeong?” Renjun looked at the older, seeing the latter chuckled, he lightly slapped his arm.
“Ouch naman, baby. I was about to tell na yes, magaling ka talaga." Jaehyun pinched Renjun's cheek, making Renjun wince a little. "Halika nga dito." Jaehyun pulled the younger for a hug, which the latter gladly accepts.
“Jae, I can ask something naman diba?”
“Of course, ask away baby.”
“Bakit napaaga ata pag-announce mo ng tungkol satin? I mean don’t get me wrong ha-” Renjun was asking Jaehyun when the elevator rang and they immediately separated from their hug. When the doors opened, it was their managers who just entered, though they aren't relieved since Johnny (Jaehyun’s manager) and Haechan are also clueless about the thing happening between their artists.
“Hoy Jun! Andito ka lang pala! Pero parang ang bilis mo ata sa taas? At kasama mo pa si Jaehyun.” Haechan looked Jaehyun from head to toe, scanning him for no reason. Jaehyun only focused on his shoes, avoiding his significant other’s eyes.
“Ano ka ba Hyuck, kami yung kinausap ni Kuya Taeyong.”
“Ay kasama siya?" Haechan pointed at the older. "OMG ka, bagong project na ba ‘to?”
“Sana nga, Hyuckie. Pero tigil muna ingay, please? Medyo masakit ulo ko e.” Renjun fake massaged his temples, showing his manager that he really has a headache, but both of them heard one of the tall men laugh, which caused Haechan to face them.
“At sino naman yung tumawa, ha? Ikaw siguro, Suh? May nakakatawa ba?”
“Lee, wala akong tinatawanan ha. Etong alaga ko ang natawa.”
“Hindi ah! Umubo lang ako, si Johnny talaga ‘yon, promise.”
Haechan now couldn’t contain his anger, so he went closer to them. “Kayong dalawa, sumosobra na talaga kayo, ‘no? Ikaw Jeong, bakit ka ba dikit ng dikit dito kay Renjun ko ha? At ikaw naman Suh, wala akong pake kung kasing taas ka ng Eiffel Tower, maaabot ko parin ‘yang mukha mo at masasapak ko ‘yan soon.”
Renjun was laughing inside, but he can’t show it to Haechan, so he had no choice but to pull his manager away from them. “Ikaw talaga Hyuck, napaka-warfreak mo ano? Kumalma ka, walang ginagawa sayo yung mga tao oh. Calm your tits na kasi nasa ground floor na tayo.” And in queue, the elevator bell rang.
“Dito ka muna Jae, magsusulat lang ako sa log book.”
“Wait ka dito ha, Jun, sulat lang ako sa log book, mabilis.”
The lovers were just standing beside the elevator, though they can see people are looking at them at whispering something.
“What if halikan kita dito? As in ngayon na? Alam na naman ng karamhian na we’re dating eh.” Jaehyun whispered softly to Renjun. The younger glared at him and rolled his eyes, but signaled to follow him, which Jaehyun did.
They were now in the middle of the lobby of their company, they can still sense people staring at them, so Renjun asked the older,
“Ready ka na?”
“Ready for what?”
Renjun tiptoed and wrapped his arms around Jaehyun’s nape, locking eyes, and both of them lean into a short but passionate kiss. They were both aware of the paparazzi that are watching them because of the camera flashes that are very evident, but what made them stop is a loud shout that made everyone in the floor who are working, turn around.
“Kayo na ba talaga, Jaehyun at Renjun?!”