“Charlie, why are you being so
difficult?” GD sighs.
“Because this is a ridiculous
conversation, you guys are not getting me an apartment, I am not moving, end of
“Chaerin, please talk some sense
into her!” Top pipes in this time, looking just as unnerved by this conversation
as GD. I look to my favorite unni, looking confident and beautiful in only a
pair of ripped jeans in a t-shirt, hoping for her to be on my side like normal.
But from the apologetic look she is giving me I know I’m not that lucky today.
“Charlie-ah please listen to them,
they are doing this because they want to keep you safe.”
I stand up and start pacing,
completely annoyed with this whole situation. After they found out that my
apartment had been broken into last week they have been on edge, worried it
might be a fan that found out about me. I ignore that idea considering they
took my TV and a few other nice appliances that I had left out but nothing with
any information about me or even a picture. They have been insisting since last
week for me to move into the same apartment building that they all moved into
months ago after their break in. The building is owned by YG Ahjusshi so the
security is amazing and is never a problem, something they want for me. I
wouldn’t mind living there if it wasn’t so far from my work and the rent wasn’t
“Unni, you can’t be serious!” I
stomp my foot like a child throwing a tantrum.
“Look here little princess,” Unni
snaps but her tone softens as she continues, “I understand you are a string
independent girl, I love and admire you for it. But your safety is at risk and
that isn’t something I’m okay with. You have every right to say no to this, but
please for your own well being please move in. We will all sleep better knowing
your home is a safe place for you to go.”
I let out a sigh before finally
sitting down in my original spot in between Youngbae and GD on the couch.
Youngbae rubs my back soothingly, knowing how much pride I have and my
unwillingness to break down. I hate it when they buy things for me, food is one
thing but expensive presents are something I never accept so they know not to
even try. So for them offer something this big, they must really feel worried
and suddenly I feel guilty for making them worry.
“Does it have to be here? This
place has to be expensive.” I say giving up.
“Don’t worry about the price, YG
will give you a great discount.” Seungri says beaming at me for finally caving.
“What about work? It’s so far
They look at each other awkwardly
as Unni just glares at them, “You haven’t asked her that either? Is that why
you invited me over? I’m not going to be the one to convince her to do
Still glaring at them Unni says,
“These idiots want you to become a stage hand, the person who wanders around
and makes sure all the idols are in place to perform.”
“No, I can’t keep letting you guys
do things like this for me! I don’t want to be a bother to any of you.”
“We would never consider you a
bother, never.” Youngbae says seriously. “You are one of our closest friends,
you do so much for us. You are one of the few people that actually gets less
sleep then us and it’s because of us. We have you running all over Korea the
least we could do is give you some place to rest that will be your own private
place. And if that makes it harder for you to get too work we are just trying
to think of a way to solve that problem.”
I sigh but lean over and give him a
tight hug, “Thank you for caring so much. I’ll take the apartment, as long as
it’s the smallest one they’ve got. And I may take the job after I talk to my
“Really?” Seungri hops out of his
I nod and suddenly he is on me and
without hesitation Youngbae tries his best to pry him off me.
“We already see her everyday, I
don’t know why you are freaking out,” GD grumbles while he successfully helps
Youngbae throw the youngest away.
Still smiling he says, “It will
just be comforting knowing our little Charlie is only a few floors away at
The others consider his words but
don’t admit they feel the same. I look to my unni who is staring at the boys
with a smile. “You boys are such good princes, just having our little princess
near by can make everything better.”
Top scoffs, “Are you saying you
“Nope,” She pops her lips on the p,
“I’m much happier knowing she is going to be protected by her handsome princes
in your guys’ giant castle. I will be with the rest of her knights guarding the
outside.” She stands up, still giving me a teasing smile before kissing my head
like a mother would. She waves as her heels click their way out the door,
leaving me with my princes.
“So when am I going to be moving
in?” I say with a yawn as I shift so my head is in GD’s lap and my legs resting
on top of Youngbae’s. GD just smiles down at me affectionately and strokes my cheek,
letting one of the others answer.
“As soon as possible, I’ll have
Noona call a moving company,” Top responds as he pulls out his phone to text
“What is the schedule for today?” I
ask, ever since my run in with Leo all those months ago my schedule was
immediately changed so I would regrettably work less and only day shifts with a
whiny Bailey but it is much better than seeing that ass again. At least it
gives me more time to spend with my oppas now that I only work a few days a
week compared to almost every night like before.
“There is another countdown,”
“Oh my god,” I copy his sigh, “Now
I see why Unni started using me as bait to make you go, those things are almost
“Tell us about it, we’ve been doing
this for years!” Riri groans.
“We should get going though,” GD
sighs but doesn’t motion to get up, he seems to focused on playing with my
curls. I blink up at him, waiting for him to tell me to move but nothing comes
from his mouth. It’s Youngbae who drags me down the couch off of GD’s lap on to
“Lead the way,” Youngbae gestures
to the door. GD groans as he gets off the couch, Dae, Riri and Top all mumbling
as they follow behind him. Youngbae and I are the last up and to the door.
Pulling on my tan timberlands I follow the boys down the hall to the elevator.
After being to so many countdowns I
have no problem as we sneak through the back door and are lead threw the now
very familiar halls to their usual dressing room. Manager unni is already there
waiting for us, she gives me a bright smile and a hug.
“You look really cute today!” She
steps back and gives my outfit a once over, appreciating my new black ripped
jeans. “I already called and made all of the arrangements, you won’t be needing
to go back to your old apartment. Give me a day or two to have everything
organized in your new one.” Without another word she moves on to the boys, who
are giving me an apologetic look. I shrug it away, feeling a bit sad that I
can’t say goodbye to my apartment but happy my new one is so close to theirs.
“Lottie, I saw Ikon down the hall, they were looking for you.”
I look to my oppas to see if they
are okay with it; they smile and nod, knowing they are going to be busy getting
ready anyway. With their blessing I wander out of the room in search of my
dongseangs. I don’t have to travel far but I don’t find Ikon, instead I smack
into Hansol oppa. He realizes it’s me and scoops me up into a hug without
“Our princess!” He coos as he spins
me around. I laugh, drawing in the attention of the rest of the group.
“Aigoo, what are you doing out
here?” P-Goon asks with a smile as he pats my head, making me feel like a
“No one has snatched you up yet?”
“Nope,” I grin at them, “You are
the first to find me today.”
Jenissi smirks, “Well aren’t we
“When are you guys performing?”
“After three more groups, we would
invite you to watch but…” Atom starts as he looks around for any of his members
to finish for him.
Brave little Yano steps up, “But we
go on after EXO.”
My ‘fear’ of EXO has become common
knowledge to every idol. Though only a few, Big bang, Ikon, and Lay, thankfully
know the real reason. The only people who don’t know about my avoiding them is
EXO themselves; that or they just choose to ignore it when I duck into other
rooms or behind groups to hide. It has strangely become a thing for everyone to
help me avoid them, making walls or distracting them for me to get away.
“We can hang out back stage for a
little bit, I can sneak out before they come in,” I suggest, pulling Nakta and
Hojoon down the hall with me. The boys don’t argue as we make our way through
the building to the side of the stage. We talk for a little while the stage is
quietly transitions for another group that is already waiting on the side
lines. When the music starts up again the boys lead me forward so we can watch
the performance. Seventeen is on and I begin the fan chants with the crowd.
Topp Dogg just watches me laughing; Hansol even holds my hand and joins in the
chant with me. When their performance is done they come off to the side of the
stage. They smile big when they see me, each fighting for a hug.
“Noona,” Channie grins big at me,
“Your chant was so loud you made me loss focus.”
“That’s what I’m here for. I
noticed you missing a few steps,” I tease.
“You need to stop watching us so
much, I don’t like that you can correct me!” He pouts cutely.
Mingyu pops up looking down at me
from his massive height but still some how manages to look like a puppy,
“Noona, how did I do?”
“You did great but you and Wonwoo
need to calm down with the fan service, you’re children, remember that!” I
glance over at the older boy who is just grinning like an idiot. “Where is my
angel?” I look around the massive crowd of boys, trying to find a child of God
“I’m here Noona,” His perfect voice
rings out from behind me. Joshua is smiling down at me, a picture so pretty I’m
surprised I don’t cry.
“Omo, you were so cute out there!”
He just blushes.
“I thought I was your angel,” Junghan
teases with a devilish smirk.
“You are just a wolf in sheep’s
He fakes hurt giving me perfect
puppy dog eyes that I’ve learned to become resistant to, making him actually
frown. I’m distracted by a cute girl pulling on my arm away from the group of
boys. Yeri of Red Velvet grins at me, making me giggle and hug her tightly.
“My cute little Yeri!” I coo as I
“Unni! I feel like I haven’t seen
you in for ever!” She steps back still holding my hands.
Joy joins our group, giving me a
big smile, “We saw Unni like a week or two ago!”
“Aigoo, does that mean you didn’t
miss me?” I tease the girl.
“Of course I missed you Unni!” She
gets in between the younger and I to hug me.
“Ya!” Irene calls as her and the
last two complete our group. “Are you guys causing trouble for our Princess?”
The oldest jokingly scolds.
“No!” The two youngest snap to
attention, their eyes wide with innocence.
“Good,” She gives them a once over
before looking to me with a big motherly smile, her arms open wide to hug me.
“How have you been?”
“Unni, it hasn’t even been two
“That’s not what I asked you.”
I laugh, “I’ve been good, how about
you lovely ladies?”
“We’ve been pretty busy, but that’s
what happens when you’re a newer group,” She sighs with a shrug.
“Sorry to ruin this fun moment but
we are going to have company in a few minutes,” Seungcheol whispers in my ear.
I nod in understanding and it only takes a few seconds for Red Velvet to
understand as well, all of the sudden becoming look out as they scan back stage
for their sunbaes. Seventeen forms a shield around me, as I wave goodbye to the
other groups, escorting me back to the halls. After a few turns I giggle like a
school girl at the sight of Himchan walking down the hall mindlessly. I bid a
farewell to my amazing escorts to run up and jump on the older man.
Even his yelp is still a deep sound
and he reflexively wraps his arms behind himself to catch me, suddenly giving
me a piggyback ride. He glares at me over his shoulder for a second before
realization sinks in and he grins big.
“My little princess what are you
doing giving your oppa a heart attack?” He teases as he continues down the hall
with me on his back.
“Sorry Oppa,” I apologize as I wrap
my arms around his neck, “I saw the perfect opportunity and I had to take it.”
He chuckles as he turns into their
dressing room where he is greeted by a pillow in the face. I’m not surprised to
find out it was thrown by an over excited Youngjae. The younger automatically
bows to apologize, but Himchan already look ready to kill him. My attention is
taken by the giant that approaches me from the side; I drop to the ground to
hug the massive boy.
“Oh my goodness my baby is getting
so tall!” I coo as I give the tall boy a once over. He smiles down cutely at
me, his adorable face giving away his age. “You look thin, have you been eating
properly? Youngguk oppa! Why is my baby Zelo so thin?” I snap as I scan the
room for the oldest member, who is already approaching us.
“I don’t even get a greeting
first?” His deep voice rumbles with a very cute gummy smile. I sigh before
giving him a tight hug and a swat on the arm once we separate.
“Why is my baby so skinny? Have you
not been feeding him?” I turn to Zelo before the older can answer, “Is he not
feeding you enough? I told you to call Noona if you are having any problems,
are you hungry now?”
The young boy grabs my cheeks and
leans down with a smile on his cute face, “Noona I am fine, thank you.” He
pecks the top of my head before letting me go.
“Aigoo,” I swat at him, “I’m not a
They all laugh but Daehyun speaks
first, “Aw but your height begs to differ.” He pats my head.
“If you guys are going to be rude
I’m going,” I puff as I turn on my heel to head toward the door. Just as I’m
about to step out all of BTS comes busting in slamming the door close behind
them. “What the hell?”
Jin raises his brow at me, “First
off, watch the pretty little mouth of yours.” I snap my mouth close and give a
small apologetic bow. “Secondly there was a change in the schedule since one of
the EXO members was late. He is heading this way and we were one our way to
come find you.”
“Who is it?” I ask undeniably
curious, though the anxiety in my chest tells me not even to think about it.
“I think it’s Lay,” Suga answers.
As fast as the anxiety appeared it
is gone replaced with butterflies, “Lay oppa?” I say happily.
“Ugh why did you tell her it was
him?” Jimin whines as I push passed them to the door.
Suga shrugs, “I forget he’s the
exception to her fear.” I don’t hear the rest of the conversation as I speed
walk down the hall to find Lay before he finds the rest of his group. As Suga
said, Lay is the exception to my ‘fear’, in fact he has kicked almost all of my
other favorites in the ass to get closer to the top of my list. I love all of my
oppas, unnis, and dongseangs but it would be a lie to say I don’t have
favorites. Big bang are on top no without question, followed by Ikon, BTS and
Seventeen, after that everyone else is pretty equal.
At the end of the hall I see Lay
turning the corner to start walking towards me. His eyes lock with mine and he
automatically smiles, his dimples showing strong, making me smile in return.
But his smile doesn’t last long, he looks over his shoulder as Suho turns the
corner. I stop in my tracks at the sight of the older man, my heart debating on
whether is should stop or pound out of my chest. He looks absolutely amazing in
neatly ironed slacks and a matching black button up, I mean god damn. Even
though I’m comfortable with Lay, him standing there next to Suho looking just
as good in about the same outfit I want jump them, there I said it.
“Charlie-ah,” Lay says as he
reaches me, I am far to lost in my own slightly dirty thoughts to realize both
he and Suho are now in front of me. He puts a hand on my shoulder, rubbing it
“Charlie?” Suho repeats cutely. I’m
too dumbstruck to say anything right away.
Lay looks from me to Suho debating
on whether he should explain both my identity and my sudden statue like
behavior, “Charlie, the princess.”
Suho’s eyes go wide and suddenly he
takes a step back and bows deeply, “It’s an honor to meet you.”
“Oh no,” I say finally snapping out
of my daze, “No need to be so polite, you’re older I should be the one bowing.”
I match his bow.
“Both of you stop,” Lay says as he
makes both of us stand up strait. Neither of us could look at each other head
on, only able to do small glances, each noticing the others blush. Lay has
never looked so amused in his life. “Will you both stop being so awkward?”
“Lay oppa,” I swat at him, “No need
to be rude.”
“I’m not being rude little one, we
are just kind of rushing so I would like to get all of the awkwardness out of
the way so if you ever run into the rest of EXO while I’m not there, there will
be someone else to help you out. So,” He pulls Suho and I even closer together,
If only it was that easy.
“Lay, the princess obviously is
uncomfortable with the idea so lets not force her,” Suho sounds upset as he
tries to pull away from Lay. I feel guilty at the thought of Suho thinking I
don’t like him or something, when it’s the exact opposite.
“I’m not uncomfortable with it Suho
oppa,” I say shyly as I grab his arm keeping him from pulling away. He stares
at me with wide eyes, an expression that makes me giggle.
“If you are sure, we can become
closer,” His awkwardness is so adorable I forget I’m talking to EXO’s leader.
“I would like nothing more,” I
can’t help but smile at him. Lay leans down and whispers in my ear.
“If only you could be like this
with the rest of EXO, especially a certain hyung,” He leans away with a
innocent smirk on his lips.