All My Idols Ch 11: Avoiding EXO
“Got7?” Bobby yells out as he stands with his back to us, facing the white board.
“Of course!” Bambam responds for the whole group.
“Is this really necessary?” I whine from my spot on the couch, unable to put up much of a protest with three guys basically wrapped around me. Suga is taking up most of the couch with his feet hanging off the edge and his head in my lap, basically sleeping thanks to me running my hands through his hair. JB is sitting on the floor with my legs over his shoulders watching Bobby be stupid with the rest of his audience. B.I has his arm wrapped around my shoulders, his hand playing with my curls absentmindedly.
“Yes, we need to keep track of who knows about you and since they always end up basically falling in love with you they become knights like the rest of us, now shush so we can figure this out,” Bobby looks away from me without another word to continue this tally. “BTS? Seventeen?”
“Yes,” Both Namjoon and Seungcheol respond with a smile in my direction.
“Of course look how cute she is!” I roll my eyes but smile at Shownu’s cute grin.
“Who else is there that isn’t here?” Bobby glances around at the group of boys, with all of Ikon, BTS, and Got7 the small room is pretty packed. Only Seungcheol and Shownu were able to fit in, while the rest have to stay in their own dressing rooms.
“B.A.P, Day6, Infinite, Madtown, Vixx, Winner, UNIQ, Beast, Epik High and Topp Dogg. Twice want to join and so do 2pm,” Mark diligently numbers off on his fingers.
“How do 2pm know about me?” I glare at Got7, knowing it had to be them.
With my glare being too much Yugyeom caves quickly, “Sorry Noona, we were just talking about you and they over heard and saw the pictures that we have with you and yea…”
“You guys need to stop talking about me,” I tease, smiling at them to let them know I’m only joking.
“We can’t help it, you have some kind of magic spell on us!” JB says as he affectionately rubs my calf.
“Over 100 if you add in the others like Zico, Jay, Loco, Jooyoung, and CL and a few others here and there. Wow Princess, you collected a whole army.” Bobby teases as he ruffles my hair, earning a swat from his leader.
“How in the world did this happen?” I mumble to myself but the three hanging on me can easily hear. Over the last month I go from working constantly with only Big bang as my friends to becoming strangely close with this massive group of rowdy boys. Manager Unni had insisted that I continue coming to award countdowns and other shows because of all the boys, big bang included, kept begging and annoying her. I happily agreed though, these boys are amazing. But now my schedule is fully packed, I barely go home anymore; only for a few hours at most for a power nap or to pick up clothes. Sleeping has become more of a hobby, after working all night one of my oppas from big bang usually want me to come to their new apartments, since their beds are so much nicer, while they work from home.
I’m pulled out of my thoughts by a knock on the door before it cracks open and a pink head pops in with a cute smile when our eyes meet. Without a thought I’m shaking the three boys off me to jump the mini Suga that just appeared, something no one but him appreciated.
“Jihoonie!” I coo as I rest my head on his shoulder and pull him into a tight hug.
“Hello Noona!” He smiles down at me sweetly and even kisses the top of my forehead making the others groan in annoyance and disgust.
“Noona!” Kookie whines from his place on the floor. “Why don’t you ever do that when you see me?”
“Because you’re a little perv,” I stick my tongue out at him.
“So we probably shouldn’t complain either?” Jackson wiggles an eyebrow at me.
“Don’t you guys have to perform?”
Woozi snaps out of his cute mode to a more mature version of himself and looks to his leader, “That’s what I’m here for, we’re going on after this next group.”
His leader nods and stands up to come next to us, “We should get going than, Charlie, you should come watch us.”
“Of course, let’s go,” I pull the two boys out of the door, ignoring the loud protests coming from the large group of boys we are leaving behind. In the hall the rest of Seventeen greets me, I give them a big smile in return.
“I feel like I should bow like a knight every time you smile like that!” Jun coos as he places his hands on my face and squeezes my cheeks.
“Are you coming to watch us perform?” Little Channie pops up next to me and asks.
“Yea, lets go quick, you guys are going up soon!” I continue to drag Seungcheol and Woozi behind me as I do my best to navigate the halls that I’ve recently become familiar with. With some help from the trail of boys behind me we manage to make it to the stage. Glancing out to see who is still performing I want to scream as Girl generation starts Party. Though I have seen them perform this and Lion heart a few times already it’s such an amazing experience every time I watch anyone perform. I find myself following along with their moves, after watching their video so many times it’s impossible for me not to know.
“Noona,” Jeonghan yell whispers in my ear so I can hear him over the music. “If you love them so much, why do you hide whenever they walk by?”
I don’t know how to tell him that I’m avoiding everyone at SM because of Xiumin. They all know that I hide from EXO because of my bias but they still don’t know who it is thankfully, except for big bang of course. Avoiding the whole company sometimes feels a bit extreme, especially when I think about all the other great people I’m avoiding like Girls Generation, F(x) and Shinee and a bunch of other groups. But the idea of running into EXO gives me too much anxiety, not to mention I don’t know how I’m going to explain it if anyone from the company asked.
Yea, that would go great, don’t mind me just hiding under a table to avoid the man I’ve never met but am completely in love with. Why am I hiding? Well because I’m afraid that I will fan girl and scream in his face or something else really stupid. Won’t be weird at all.
Avoidance seems to be working just fine until Girls Generation starts walking off stage in our direction and I lock eyes with Taeyeon, who also happens to be my favorite. She blinks at me a few times before continuing on her way giving me one last glance before going into the maze of halls.
“I think you’re magic potion is kicking in already,” He teases as he follows the rest of the members on stage, giving me a hot smirk.
Without me noticing Taeyeon has made her way back into the back stage area alone and snuck up to stand next to me silently. Being only a few centimeters taller than me, I didn’t think I would have to look up at her but her heels give her a few extra inches that my flats don’t provide.
“Hi!” She says with a small yet nonetheless beautiful smile.
“Hi Taeyeon-ssi,” I give her a small bow.
Her smile widens at her name and she turns to face me fully, “Omo, you know who I am? That is so cool!”
I’m so taken back by her sudden happiness I don’t respond.
“I’ve heard so much about you and everyone has been talking about how you are so nice and friendly and how you are friends with almost everyone. I was worried that you didn’t like me, I mean us, because you wouldn’t talk to us. Omo, I’m so sorry I’m rambling about things you probably don’t care about. In fact you haven’t even said anything about not hating us so you still could and I’m so sorry for bothering you.” She tries to bow and walk away but I catch her by her wrists.
“Taeyeon-ssi I don’t hate you or anyone in Girls Generation, I’m actually a big fan!” I smile at her.
“Of course! How else would I know your dances?”
She beams at me, “I thought I saw you dancing along but I thought it was just my imagination. You have no idea how happy the girls are going to be that the princess knows our dances!”
My heart stops at the sound of my nickname, “Princess? You know about that?”
She nods, “Everyone here does, lots of people talk about how cute and nice you are. Though I wasn’t sure it was you at first, because no one really says what you look like.”
“Than how did you know it was me?”
She smiles widely, “Because I saw the way they looked at you and I can feel your warm personality. It can draw a person in.” I can’t help but feel a bit embarrassed by her compliments, a blush crosses my face and I have to look away. “You should let me borrow you for a second. I want you to meet the girls, they are going to freak out.” She pulls me gently away from the stage as I lock eyes with Jeonghan who just smiles and winks at me before waving me away. With a sigh I take his signal and let Taeyeon lead me threw the halls. Taeyeon rambles on cutely about what she has heard of me and that the girls have been wondering if I’m as nice and as cute as they say.
“You guys!” She yells as we reach their dressing room that is located in a hall I’m not familiar with. “Guess who I found!” As we enter the room all the girls turn away from their makeup mirrors and stare at me with small polite smiles on their faces.
“Who is your cute friend?” Sunny pops up out of her chair to come check me out.
“The one and only princess!” She releases my hand to do jazz hands to present me.
“Taeyeon-ssi please, you don’t have to call me that, you can call me Charlie,” I tell her again.
She shakes her head, “It’s like an unspoken rule that we must call you princess unless we are close. Once we are really close I will, but you can call me Unni!”
“Omo me too!” Sunny beams her cute smile at me.
“How in the world did Tae unni find you?” Yoona, freaking Yoona, asks with her sweet voice as she comes to stand with us, grabbing hold of my hand.
“I was watching Seventeen perform and she just came up and snatched me,” I tease Taeyeon.
“Unni! You stole her? We are going to be in so much trouble!” Sooyung joins our little group by the door as well.
“I didn’t steal her!” Taeyeon stomps her heel and pouts like a very cute child.
“Did anyone see you walk away?” Yoona asks.
I think for a second, “Jeonghan did, but knowing him, he’s probably not going to say anything to anyone.”
“So the rest are going to think you are missing?”
“What will they do?”
I shrug, “They might be a little worried.”
“A little? You’re the princess; those boys are going to panic! I heard that last time you ended up in some boy groups room when they were changing.”
“How do you guys even know about that?”
Yuri laughs, “It’s all over. You are one of the most talked about people back here. We are the only second group from SM that have met you.”
“Yea, Lay said he talked to you when you first started showing up.” Seohyun explains.
“Even EXO know about me?” I can’t even try to hide my blush.
“Of course! When ever anyone mentions the princess Lay pops up and scans the crowd for you, the rest of them try to join in but it’s pretty pointless since he hasn’t told them what you really look like.” Sooyoung giggles.
“Such a good oppa,” I say mostly to myself. I can’t believe he is still hiding me from his members even if he doesn’t know why.
“Unni,” Seohyun pipes in, “You should probably bring her back before someone sets off an alarm.”
“But she just got here!” Yoona and Sunny both whine cutely.
“But what if one of those boys storms in here looking for her? We are going to be in big trouble!”
I nibble on my lip as I think back to what happen last time when I disappeared and Big bang were obviously worried. I grimace at the thought of any of my dongseangs having to explain to them that they lost me again. “I’m going to agree with Seohyun unni this time, we can play around next time when I give my oppas fair warning that I’m going to be with you. Otherwise they worry I might wander into a bad situation like last time.”
The rest pout but nod, though Seohyun is beaming at me, “You just called me unni! I’m the princess’s unni!”
“Come on Princess,” Taeyeon locks her arm with mine to lead me out of the room, “If you say anything else cute I don’t think they will let you leave.” We giggle at each other as we go down the hall, another unfamiliar way. After two turns we run into Lay and the cute unicorn beams a beautiful dimpled smile at me.
“Charlie!” The boy nearly yells as he runs to me and gives me a surprising hug.
“Ya! Lay, put our princess down!” Taeyeon protests as she slaps the younger man arm for him to release me from his grip.
“But Noona,” The unicorn boy pouts but doesn’t loosen his grip.
“I’m in the process of returning her to her knights!”
“I’m a knight!”
“Since I saved her from falling! Right Charlie?” He looks down at me.
“You were the reason I was falling but I accept you as one of my knights,” I tease back.
He smirks back at his noona, “See, now I can take her the rest of the way.”
“Don’t you have to go on stage soon?” Taeyeon retorts with a pout.
“Oh yea!” He looks genially surprised by the news. “I got distracted when I saw her,” He looks over his shoulder, “I wonder where the others went.” I stiffen at the mention of the rest of EXO, something that doesn’t go unnoticed by Lay as he eyes shift to me.
“Hyung!” Chen calls from down the hall, out of my vision with Lay in the way, “What happened to you? We turned around and you were gone!” Lay is about to turn around when out’s my turn to latch on. My fingers grip his shirt like my life depended on it as I nuzzle myself closer to him, trying my best to hide under his leather jacket without much luck. Lay lets me do whatever I’m trying to do without question, just stares down at me with concern, and wraps his arms tighter around me, as if he is also trying to hide me.
“Princess?” Taeyeon asks gently, also confused and concerned. I feel her small hand on my back near Lay’s, “Princess, is something wrong?”
“She hid last time the rest of the members showed up, I don’t know why but could you go see if you can find one of her knights?” Lay requests her sweetly, I hear Taeyeon’s shoes click away. His hand begins moving in circles soothingly on my back, doing his best to get me over whatever could be wrong. I feel like an idiot doing stuff like this as if I’m a helpless baby but the idea of meeting the idol that I loved more than my oppas isn’t something I can take lightly. What if he doesn’t like me? What if he isn’t what I thought he was? What if I’m not what he thought the princess would be like? Too many questions with answers I really don’t want to find out.
“What are you doing?” Chen’s voice is closer and my grip on Lay tightens. His foots steps stop when they get to right beside me, “Who is this?”
“The princess,” Lay whispers as he continues to rock us both, but does little to calm my anxious heart.
“Really?” Chen nearly yells.
“Ya! You’re scaring her!” Lay snaps.
“Sorry,” He says in a whisper like Lay. “Is she okay?”
“I think she’s fine, it’s just when someone for EXO shows up.” Lay explains and I just feel guilty.
“Oh no, the rest are coming right behind me.” As if on cue a chorus of howls for their hyung fill the empty hall along with a yell of Chen, “Stop right there!” The howls stop and are replaced with just as loud mumbles. “Be quiet! Something is wrong with the princess.”
“The princess?” The word is repeated a dozen times before a stampeded of footsteps is coming toward us as the voices get louder. A low bear like voice catches my attention.
“She’s so little! I wanna see her, I wanna see her,” Chanyeol’s voice echoes.
“No, me first!” Baekhyun must have swatted the younger away because Chanyeol whines.
“No one will be touching her!” Lay says firmly. “Hyung.” I noticeably tense at that one word, something Lay notices.
“Should I get someone?” Suho’s warm voice responds, making me relax.
“Can you just get everyone to back up?”
“Okay guys to the end of the hall!” Suho claps his hands together like before.
“But hyung! We haven’t even gotten to see her!” Sehun whines.
“She isn’t in the mood to see that face of yours anyway!” Baekhyun teases.
“Kyungsoo can I get some help?” Suho sighs.
There is the sound of a struggle as they go down the hall but shortly followed by the sound of an amazingly familiar voice, “Charlie-ah!” Seungri’s voice calls from the same direction as EXO’s.
“Oppa!” I call out from Lay’s chest.
“Charlie-ah,” His voice is right next to me as Lay hands me over, he happily accepts. “How in the world did you end up here?” He whispers as he scoops me up and tucks my face into his chest.
“I’m sorry, I borrowed her and I was bringing her back when all of the sudden this happened, I’m so sorry princess!” Taeyeon mumbles out.
“Thank you for finding me,” Seungri bows to her and to Lay, “Thank you for taking care of her till I got here.”
“No problem, can I tell her something?” Lay asks.
“Yea, go ahead.”
I feel Lay’s hand on my back and hear him whisper, “I’ll keep your secret little Princess.” I forget about my anxiety for a minute and snap my head to look at him. He’s smirking softly as he gestures to the big cheeked man at the end of the hall standing along with the rest of his members. My eyes lock with the cute man making me squeal and tuck myself back into Seungri’s chest. I’m surprised they can’t hear my heart pounding loudly in my chest.
“Thank you again, we’ll be going,” With that Seungri speed walks down the hall past EXO back to Big bang’s dressing room. Even when we’re back safetly in the room I don’t unlatch myself from Seungri, not that he complains. I feel so stupid for acting like a big baby in front of EXO. Even Seungri’s sweet words and warm embrace can’t making me feel better.
I hope one day I’ll be able to talk to the rest of EXO like how I talk to Lay, but I have a strong feeling that won’t be happening for awhile.
Just wondering if any of you lovelies are coming to my wonderful city to see BTS next week? If yes we might run into each other!