So this kind of ended up being 2,4k words long… I’m sorry it took me so long but at 3am my brain just wanted to sleep. So I continued writing in the morning while
eating my cereal. With cereal first. Even though I’m normally on the
milk team but you guys made me curious to try it out. (Can I be bicereal?)Anyways
thanks to @hyyunjinn@belazygirl@seungminies@strayskid and @felixsfreckles (I hope I didn’t forget anyone, if so just tell me) for the
support and inspiration. Hope you guys like it! (By the way, I’m also going to post this on ao3 as soon as I find the time).
Are. You. Doing?” Minho turns around, looking at a offended
seeming Changbin in confusion.
“What does it look like?
I’m making cereal.”
“No but how?!”
by pouring milk into a bowl? Do you need me to teach you how to do
that? As soon as the cap is open it’s pretty easy.”
I mean you can’t put the milk in first!”
grasping the problem, Minho looks for help, getting his hopes up when
Jisung pokes his head through the kitchen door. Only for that hope to
immediately get crushed again.
“WHO PUTS MILK IN
room is filled with a mess of Jisung’s and Changbin’s voices talking
over each other. It’s confusing really, Minho can’t understand a word
between their quick talking and wild gesturing. His brain is still
halfway asleep. There’s only one thing that can save him now.
Thank god he heard
“Chan-hyung won’t be able to help you out of this!”
Jisung shouts just as their leader, still tired, rubbing his eyes and
wearing nothing but boxer shorts and a huge hoodie, enters the
“Hyung! Please teach Minho how to make cereal.”
A somewhat relieved expression takes over Changbin’s face while he
crosses his arms in front of his chest.
please tell me you do know how to make cereal.”
course I do! But for whatever reason those two are freaking out over
“Because he puts the milk in first!”
Chan raises his brow at the two shocked boys in front of him.
“Seriously, that’s why your shouting like this?”
it’s unnatural!” Jisung shots back, Changbin only shakes his
head at Chan’s ignorance.
“Unnatural? Because he puts the
milk in first? That’s how I’ve been eating my cereal for the past 20
Changbin and Jisung gasp, looking at him with wide eyes. Jisung
almost looks hurt, Changbin’s expression seems more like that of
disappointed and betrayal.
“I should have known things
would be crazy in down-under.”
“I trusted you.”
Jisung says with a shake of his head before stepping closer to
Changbin and letting himself get pulled into a quick hug by the
“What the fuck…” Minho, who watched the
entire discussion with the pack of milk still in his hand, whispers
in still ongoing confusion. He exchanges a look with Chan and is
about to speak up again when he is interrupted by a deep, raspy voice
coming from the door.
“What’s wrong? Why does Jisung
looks like he’s about to cry?”
“I’d like to tell
you, but I still don’t get what just happened.”
or cereal first?” Chan explains, looking at Felix expectantly.
would anyone put the cereal in first?”
ME?!” If it wasn’t for Chan holding him back by the arms Felix
would have surely jumped at Changbin and scratch his eyes out for the
last comment. Luckily, Chan is stronger than the younger so holding
him in place isn’t too difficult, even though he’s still tired as
hell and has no idea how they got into this mess.
on, everyone. Don’t get personal.”
got personal the second the second he touched the milk!” Jisung
exclaims, pointing at Minho behind him.
did what?” Everyone turns around, finding their youngest band
member walking into the already cramped kitchen. “What’s the sense
of putting the milk in first?”
the cereal doesn’t get all soaked and sludgy?”
yeah, Hyunjin!” Felix screams, pressing through the crowd of people
inside the small room and dabbing after successfully getting his high
five from Hyunjin at the doorway.
can’t believe we’re about to loose in numbers.” Jisung whispers,
resulting in Changbin pulling him closer again.
worry, I got this. Woojin-hyung!”
Oh, are we having a group meeting in the kitchen?”
like that. Milk or cereal first?”
So. Fast.” Felix intervenes, a little smirk on his face as he steps
closer until he’s right in front of Jisung and Changbin. Everyone’s
gaze is directed at him as he speaks up again, barely loud enough for
the rest of the band to hear. “Seungmin is still missing.”
moment of silence passes before everyone (mostly Jisung and Felix
(but also the rest (even if not 100% voluntarily in Minho’s case)))
make a run for it, dashing into the room Felix shares with Seungmin.
Later is still asleep. Well he was. Half a dozen people flooding the
room, accompanied by lots of voices wake him up immediately.
happening? Why is everyone here?” Drowsy and bed-haired Seungmin
slowly sits up in his bed. Takes a look around. And closes his eyes
again. Awestruck silence fills the room at all the cuteness displayed
by one of their youngest members.
I mean. Uh. Seungmin. Really important question.” In that moment
Changbin thanks every god in existence that Seungmin is still way too
far in dreamland to notice the low chuckles coming from the others.
“Milk or cereal first?”
Very far in dreamland.
on everyone, let’s give him time to wake up properly first.” With
that Chan chases everyone out the door and into the living room.
time afterwards is filled with tense silence. Really, the dorms has
never been this quiet before. It’s kind of ridiculous how they all
divided into two groups, even sitting down on the couch as far away
from the other group as possible. Minute after minute passes until
eventually Jisung is the one to speak up again.
still can’t believe it. All this time we’ve lived together you two
have been eating your cereal the wrong way. Good thing you didn’t
infect Jeonginnie.” Team cereal simultaneously gathers into a group
hug around the maknae as if they had to shield him from the bad
influence of pouring the milk before the cereal.
it’s still just cereal.” Chan tries to reason but is immediately
cut off by Felix next to him.
not just cereal, hyung. This is a matter of upbringing.”
a religion.” Hyunjin agrees, giving Felix another high five. And
letting him dab.
tell me you guys still haven’t solved the cereal discussion.”
Everybody turns to Minho who is by now eating his bowl of cereal in
the quiet before the storm aura filling the dorm.
milk-pourer!” Team cereal instantly tightens his hold around each
other. At the same time Hyunjin and Felix cuddle up to either side of
Chan, forming a pile of team milk.
Minho mutters before shoving another spoon full of cereal into his
going on in here?”
“Seungmin!” Half the band suddenly
jumps up and crowds the newly awake band member. Being the
reasonable leader, and feeling like the only sane person left
together with Minho, Chan tries to at least hold his time back.
Though Hyunjin is out of his grasp in the blink of an eye, he somehow
manages to keep Felix on the couch. That’s how Seungmin ends up with
“only” five of his band mates cornering him.
milk or cereal first? You know cereal is the only way don’t you?”
trying to influence him, Woojin-hyung!” Again, Chan has to hold
Felix back to prevent the situation from escalating.
not influencing, he’s saying the truth. Come on, Seungmin. How do you
pour your cereal?”
I usually put the milk in first.” Immediately, team cereal jumps
away from him as though they just burned their hands on him, leaving
Seungmin really confused at the extreme reaction. The confusion only
grows when half of team milk, not even Chan being able to hold Felix
back this time, throws itself at Seungmin.
actually more of them?” Disbelieve resounds in Jeongin’s voice,
resulting in his time forming a hug around him as well.
do you mean ‘more’? Isn’t it 4:4?” Everyone stares at Minho, and
his second bowl of cereal, in shock. Even Chan.
do you mean 4:4? What about you?”
neutral.” He continues eating his cereal as though he didn’t just
shatter all his dongsaeng’s view of the world.
can you be neutral?! You’re the one who started this!”
Changbin, you’re the one who started it. I only wanted to eat my
you poured the milk in first, right? That means your in our team.”
Hyunjin concludes but is met with a small chuckle from the elder.
pour whatever gets into my hand first into the bowl. Why is the order
Minho can comprehend what is happening he’s surrounded by people
throwing complaints at him. He tries to take a few steps back but
his back soon hits the wall. Meanwhile the shouting only increases,
getting louder with every passing second. “Guys, you’re going to
spill my cereal!” They don’t seem to care. In fact, the sheer
mention of cereal only urges them further until there’s only option
left for Minho: making use of his agility and small build by
squeezing through the crowd, making a run for the bathroom before the
others notice him lock it. Everyone blinks in confusion when they
realize he escaped. Then follows him to the bathroom. They’re about
to start a knock concert at the door when Chan stops them.
has to stop! Come on let me through.” It takes a moment but
eventually everyone steps aside, letting their leader step in front
of the locked door. “Minho, please get out of there.”
not leaving this room until you guys sort your shit out and calm down
if someone has to use the bathroom.”
have plenty windows.”
we can’t do that! We’ll have to use the bathroom sooner or later!”
because you milk-pourers end up with too much milk for your cereal.”
Changbin throws at Hyunjin with a triumphant look.
of this! We’re solving this like adults now.”
to be that person, Chan-hyung. But aren’t most of us underage?”
I’m not. Everyone sit down in the living room. I’ll be right back.”
teams go back to their separate places on the couch, waiting for Chan
to return. When he does, it’s with a flip chart. Jeongin is about to
ask since when they’ve been hiding a flip chart in their dorm but is
shushed by their band leader.
Nobody speaks until I say their name.”
“Do we also have to
raise our hand?”
Felix you have to raise your hand. Now quiet please.”
that Chan turns around, fetches a marker from his pocket and starts
to make a chart – cereal on the right and milk on the left, the two
sides divided by a thick line in the middle.
will make a list and then see which side wins. Woojin.”
the loser team have to convert at the end?”
Maybe. We’ll see. Team cereal, your first argument please.” They
stick their heads together, then Changbin raises his hand. “Yes?”
the cereal gets covered in milk and doesn’t just float at the
nods and writes down “cereal covered in milk” down at the right
side. When he turns around, team milk is already prepared for their
cereal stays crispy.”
Wait until it’s your turn!” He writes down the argument before
turning to the right side of the room again. “Now.”
the point in using milk if you want the cereal to stay hard?”
not an argument, Jisung. It’s a question.”
Cereal is supposed to become softer from the milk.”
that their professional goes back and forth. Cereal, milk, cereal,
milk. It surprises all of them how many arguments they are able to
come up with. The list grows longer and longer until all of them run
out of things to say.
I think we’re at a standoff.”
That can’t be!”
one more team and your team will lose a point.”
find a compromise already!”
had to listen to everything. This is ridiculous. Please, just find a
compromise already so I can leave this room in safety.”
how about this:” Chan waits until he all the attention is
concentrated on him before continuing. “Everyone switches today. We
use the other option and try to understand the other team.” There
are a few grunts and mumbled complaints but eventually everyone
agrees to the plan. “Minho, the coast is clear.”
I can’t believe this took us over entire hour.”
day, team cereal eats their cereal with milk first for the first
time. Woojin is even brave enough to try Seungmin’s way of warming
the milk in the microwave before pouring the cereal into the bowl.
Team milk on the other hand tries out starting with the cereal.
Everyone watches in fascination, enjoying the strangely satisfying
view of milk raising from underneath the cereal. In the end everyone
has to admit that both side have their advantages. On Minho’s request
they even group hug and promise to never let a fight escalate like
have to say though, I’m relieved this was our first fight.”
Everyone throws confused looks at Chan, urging him to explain. “Well
imagine if our first fight would have been over something serious. It
would have been bad of we had gotten into a fight about the
choreography or something like that. I’m glad we’re fighting over
something like the order of pouring milk and cereal. If we can have a
fight purely about a topic like that, doesn’t that show how well we
get along? That we don’t have anything more grave to fight over?”
Everyone agrees with a smile before finally starting their breakfast