I Am Korea [Baekhyun]
Summary: In which you, a famous Kpop star is assigned to work with Baekhyun for an event and just so happens to fall in love with him.
Word count: 3 341
Type: Fluff, angst
Member: Baekhyun from EXO
A/N: FINALLYYY! An imagine about my ultimate bias, lol! xD I really love Baekhyun *awkward smiles and blushes at the same time*
You heard your name as well as your best friends’ names being yelled and screamed by over-excited fans of your group, causing you to smile without even knowing it. To explain what was going on, you were in a famous K-pop group with all your best girl friends and life couldn’t get any better than what it was now, especially since you had only debuted two years ago and were considered one of the best Kpop girl groups to date, making you feel proud of the girls and yourself to see that all the hard-work and dedication to this project finally paid off.
You turned your head in the direction of the screaming fans, seeing many of them with their phones held up to record your friends and you walking into the S.M building while some held gifts for you all and smiles spread across their faces which was something you always loved to see when it came to the fans you loved so dearly. You flashed a smile for them all, acknowledging them all as you politely waved at them, their screams growing even more louder than before when you waved which caused you to chuckle to yourself before you walked inside the S.M building.
You raced to meet up with your best friends since you didn’t just walk into the building, but stopped to have a small conversation with the fans standing outside because you really loved them and admired the fact that would do anything for your group, automatically making you do the same for them, regardless of what your management team had to say. It all started with the fans, so it has to end with the fans.
Once you found your friends approaching the conference room, you quickly sped after them so your manager wouldn’t see you were falling behind the girls or late for the meeting that your manager made very clear was a very important one. All your manager had told you about the meeting was that you were going to be happy with the out-come of it, this made you very nervous. Your level of anxiousness grew expectantly as you took each step closer towards the conference room, sitting yourself down in the only empty chair in the room and tugging at the end of light teal blouse sleeves, biting down on your bottom lip as you heard every important person that was apart of your rise and success speak about new projects that did interest you but not to the point where’d lose your mind with happiness of them happening.
Eventually, towards the end of the meeting you were wondering what your manager had really meant by something amazing happening and wondered if she had just said that so you would finally pay attention during the meeting you never bothered taking an interest in and went onto a various amount of apps to connect more with the fans, the fans adored you most of all for your out-of-this-world voice, your cute tendencies that nobody couldn’t get enough of and lastly, your drive to always giveback to the fans and whoever helped get you to where you were now.
However when the mention of EXO made its way into your ears, your ears perked up and you finally listened intently as your manager said with a smile, knowing how happy you’d be when receiving the news she was just about to speak of, “As you all know, fans have been begging for months now for a EXO and CleoPatra collaboration and we’ll be doing just that at this month’s I Am Korea event.”
Without even thinking, you cheered loudly in excitement and pumped your fists into the air while doing so, opening your eyes slowly and gazing at everyone who looked at you in shock, surprised you’d react this way to an annoucement. With an awkward smile, you sheepishly apologized for your sudden disruption and sat down quickly, tucking a strand of your long hair behind your ear while you looked down at your lap, avoiding everyone’s looks at you as your manager continued to speak, mentioning how every member of your group would either do a duet or dance act or rap off with the members of the K-pop band that inspired you to want to become one of the biggest K-pop girl groups there is and how all together you’d create a routine to close the show.
You were excited, extremely excited, and your giddy smile proved it when you heard your manager discuss the details of this secret project that was only going to be revealed a day prior to the actual event before your ears perked up even more when you heard you were up to do a duet with EXO’s Baekhyun.
You swore your heart had stopped beating and you had stopped breathing for a second as your brain tried to register the fact that you’d be performing a duet with someone you still had posters of in your bedroom back home and admired tremendously. Your immediate reaction was to blush. Your cheeks flush a pastel pink that complimented your beautiful skintone, you smiled broadly and looked down at your lap once again, hoping no one saw the biggest smile ever cross your face.
After the meeting, you were due to start work immediately and you were more than nervous to meet Baekhyun. Of course you’d had the honor of meeting him and the rest of the boys at award shows or in the hallways but you never had to opportunity to talk properly or remember anything because you were so damn nervous you were which always clouded your memory. You followed your manager towards one of the soundproof rooms you always practiced your singing in and walked inside the room, your heart slamming repeatedly against your chest as your eyes laid on the one and only Baekhyun, sat at the black grand piano and playing a melody that was near to something you would imagine hearing play in heaven while he hummed lyrics to himself, his eyes trained on his fingers that moved skillfully along the keys of the piano.
You and your manager stood there for a moment, you watching in amazement as his fingers moved across the keys gently with passion and his beautiful voice was heard, his words slightly murmured as he sung some of the words he didn’t know to the song which you couldn’t help but smile at. When you were a trainee, you’d occasionally see him walking the hallways or doing something that you’d always catch him doing, always causing you to hide behind any object closest to you. Baekhyun and the EXO boys were a big reason as to why you auditioned here at SM, as well as the constant encouragements from friends and family back home that knew your talent needed to be recognized by a more bigger and broader base. It was pretty obvious when you hide behind a plant tree or a vending machine every time you saw Baekhyun walking in your direction that you liked the boy, but nobody but you had to know about that. You never imagined yourself in this type of situation and partly hated yourself since he was somehow always around you, yet you never did anything to make him like you. You just hide behind plants and vending machines, what was there to like about that?
Your mind cleared of all your thoughts when you heard that he had stopped playing his song. You heard him let out a sigh, a sigh of fondness before you saw his head turn in your direction, immediately made your cheeks turn a pastel pink color once again.
You were quick to react to things, especially to this as you quickly looked down at the ground, trying to hide your blush and ear-to-ear grin as you held your hands in front of you, standing quietly and obediently next to your manager as she quickly ntroduced herself to Baekhyun and mentioned you and Baekhyun would be working together for the I Am Korea event in less than month.
When your managed whispered for you to look up, without no choice, you dared to look up from the site of your shoes for your manager’s and Baekhyun’s sake, your breath caught in the back of your throat as Baekhyun stood up from the piano bench and walked over towards you, bowing respectfully and introducing himself, being a total cutie afterwards and sending you one of those famous smiles that Baekhyun biased girls and you would lose their minds over. You stood firm, trying to not lose all confidence and control, breathing out as you introduced yourself with much less bass to the normal tone you spoke in, cursing at yourself for making it so obvious that you were nervous ans shy, trying to cover that up with a smile, but the smile was shy too and all you could do now was just pray that Baekhyun couldn’t see right through you.
“We just need you two to sing the lyrics of a heartfelt song between two lovers and we’ll deal with the choreography later onwards. But for now, just get to know each other and try and search for songs to sing at I Am Korea.“
You were more than sure your manager wanted you dead. Spending the whole day with Baekhyun in a room, alone, without any distractions and only each other to keep company. She wanted to kill you. She said her goodbyes, saying how she should go check how the others were doing and walked out of the room with a slam of the door, an awkward and silent tension heavily weighing in the air the second she closed the door behind her.
You were usually a reserved person around new people, especially around people you liked and that didn’t help you at all whatsoever during the course of your life. But luckily, Baekhyun was a very loud and fun and caring person and took the initiative of the situation, saying in a voice that pained you because of its sweet sound, ”We can use my computer and search online for duets to perform and hopefully at the end of the day, it will be less awkward.”
You laughed at that, smiling at Baekhyun who never failed to put a smile on your face as you two chose to sit on the floor because you two were both weird people that rather would sit on the floor than actual chairs in the room and searched the web for duets you two could perform, testing out the sound of your voices together with a few of your favorite songs and enjoying each other’s company as you discussed things outside the project you were currently busy with.
It was the night of the I Am Korea event and everyone was excited, mostly excited for Baekhyun’s and yours duet since after your group debuted and you were spotted with Baekhyun once, fans automatically shipped you guys together and were more than excited to hear your amazing voices sing one song along with a mind-blowing performance that they weren’t ready for.
Through a lot of hard-work that was put in every second of every day for the performance, blood that was seen when small injuries were tackled, sweat and tears that were shed constantly during the long and draining month, Baekhyun and you had managed to record the duet you would be performing tonight and make-up a choreography with Kai’s and your fellow dance machine of CleoPatra, Bubbles, help that you learned and perfected until you were both laid down on the floor, panting heavily while looking like you had done a 25K run. You both knew that this had to be up to expectations that fans always unintentionally set for their favorite acts and you were both sure that the routine, the song and your voices singing the song would exceed anyone’s expectations, putting one of the greatest performances you could ever put on.
Throughout the long and draining month, you had gotten to know Baekhyun as a person and started to fall for the canine of EXO. He was funny, loud, witty, selfless, professional when it came to his work and caring like no other and you couldn’t help but fall for him. You’d always hope that this experience or period of time would make him see you in a different light, not someone he worked with but someone who he could love too, but you had doubts when he would always introduce you as his friend when it came to him explaining why you two were hanging out together outside of the SM building and also when many reports and pictures of him and Taeyeon would spread like wild fire over on almost every social media apps. You won’t lie, it broke your heart to see and hear about their flawless relationship but you had to act professional for your sake and the fans sake, ignoring your feelings and putting the fans first like you always did because to you, the fans mattered more than your petty feelings over some boy who captured your heart.
You were doing your before show ritual, beatboxing to no familiar beat while your fingernails tapped constantly against any surface. It was a habit, an annoying one that you couldn’t and didn’t bother to stop because it relaxed you, even if you have been performing for two years, you still got nervous and tonight was one of those nights where you were very nervous. Your voice coach came into the room while your make-up artist was finishing off her masterpiece, joking with your voice coach about how nervous you were which only made you blush and want to hide. You trained your voice for your duet, not pushing your voice over the edge because that would only result in utter disaster but making it sound as best as it could sound because you didn’t want to disappoint anyone during this performance that everyone made sound like your whole career depended on.
After warming up your vocals, you had the opportunity to look at yourself in the mirror and smiled at your appearance, thinking of how you resembled a fairy princess you’d always hear about in fairytales when you were younger. With that positive mindset, you walked out of your dressing room and walked side stage, watching the many acts perform and applaudinf their performance afterwards, knowing how much work they had put into just one single performance to please others as well as themselves.
Suddenly, it was time for you to get into position for the duet and with the help of backstage assistants, you managed to get into your complicated position, noticing how Baekhyun arrived just as you found out how difficult your position was and helped you out, not noticing the fond smile on his face as he looked at you while you stared at your white shear dress after you two were all sorted.
You knew it came time to perform as you immediately felt those bright lights bite at your skin, the roar of the beyond excited crowd gathered for the special event and the reassuring smile Baekhyun sent you before the music started playing, you knew you were ready. As the music played, you sang your heart out, cheers and screams for you and Baekhyun as you performed your routine in between, the positive response from fans only causing you two to put more of your everything into that one routine.
The song had sadly come to an end, you two finishing off the special performance in your ending positions, removing your ear piecesand allowing the crowds reaction to flow freely into your ears. You smiled breathlessly at the crowd, happy of the amazing feedback from all the fans in the crowd, blowing a kiss towards the loving crowd before you walked off the stage, running when Baekhyun held his arms out for you as you approached side stage.
You ran into his arms, your bodies colliding on impact as your legs and arms wrapping around him as you buried your face into his neck, his scent of sunshine and vanilla bringing an even bigger smile to your face. You clutched onto him more tighter, happy to be in his arms and swearing to yourself that you would never let go, for this was the place that you were most happiest.
“We did it, Baek. We did it.” You whispered to Baekhyun, proud of the outcome of the routine you worked very hard on and tried your best to perfect just for the fans and your own satisfaction but mostly proud of each other for pulling the performance off without any hiccups or any bumps in the road.
“Couldn’t have done it without you.” He whispered back happily, enjoying the embrace just as much as you as he clutched you closer towards him, enjoying the peace and serenity the embrace brought along.
Sooner than expected, someone had to ruin the beautiful moment of them being together and they broke apart, hearts beating rapidly when they realized what had just happened before they went their separate ways, getting ready for the last performance of the night which featured all artists that attended the event. But not without glancing back one another walking away from their place of embrace.
It was the closing performance, you were smiling brightly and performing the minor routine put together for the closing. Once you noticed your routine was over with, different music blaring, you were one of the first idols to rush towards the edges of the stage, touching all the fans hands who came out to watch this performance and smiling at all of them, being your silly self and taking a selfie with one lucky fan’s phone that was luckily attached to a selfie stick so you got yourself and fans into one picture and some idols in another one.
Finally, after some fanservice you still weren’t ready to finish with, you and a series of other idols were set to stand on a platform that would hoist you all up and you could see from high above the crowd and you could wave and do all kinds of things that you were excited about. Fate would have it that Baekhyun would be standing next to you, sending you the same smile he gave you the first day you two had met in the practice studio before you smiled back, playfully nudging him before he did the same and you laughed at each others actions as the crane lifted off the stage and put you all high above the fans.
You politely waved to all the fans, sending hearts and kisses while screaming your love for them as suitable and joyful music blasted throughout the arena, the atmosphere only surrounded by joy. You smiled at a fan who was crying tears of joy, directly pointing at her and blowing at kiss at her, making her smile broadly that made your heart smile as well.
Suddenly, you felt a warm brush of the hand against your hand, the touch sending shivers down your back before you thought Baekhyun must have accidentally did so when he was waving to fans below but it was no accident when you felt his hand grab onto your hand, holding it with care and gentleness like your hand was the most precious piece of China.
You looked at him, seeing a blush surface his cheeks before he leaned inwards, whispering something along the lines of that he was in love with you before you felt his soft lips press against yours, the action catching you off-guard before you smiled out of pure happiness, moving your lips along with the one man you truly fell for in front of fans you also loved just as dearly as you did Baekhyun.