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A New Hope (Zombie Apocalypse AU! Lay)

Originally posted by thatsbeautifulsoul

Type: Angst Fluff

Request: Can i request a zombje apocalypse au with yixing where the readers pregnant and about to give birth whilst zombies are trying to attack please??


Who knew the world being sent into an apocalyptic state would help you find love. You and Yixing had been together since the cases started to become more frequently reported. After spending a year or so alone you managed to find a good group who like you guys had no idea who each other was until they came together.

There was a rather, large bump in the road when you found out you were pregnant. You first talk to the used to be paramedic, Minseok who told you that the pregnancy could cause a lot of problems for the group as a whole but you would have to talk to Junmyeon the leader of your group. But before you even did that you told Yixing who went through many faces within a few minutes. Shock, happiness, worry, and anger. Of course the anger wasn’t at you but the fact you had flesh eating creatures after you the whole time.

But to the members of the group, the baby became a beacon of pure and untouched innocence needed to help through the apocalypse. Even though a few of the member Baekhyun, Junmyeon, and Jongdae were parents already their wives never went through pregnancy during the apocalypse at least so far.

The group managed to find a very good and decently safe place in the middle of nowhere to live. It was a pretty town that sustained your lives very well. There was the occasional pack of the undead or just a stray that came along but you grew to find a sort of normalcy within a hellbent world.

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“You’re on bed rest understand?” Minseok told you as he gave you a stern look. “Only if things go down the shitter you try to get out of be-” “she gets it” Chanyeol said as he stood at the door. He was learning a thing or two from Minseok about medicine so if it came down to it he could help. And happened to share the home with you, Yixing, and another member Kyungsoo who was out on a run with a few of the other males who went. The home you picked was mainly because it had a nursery already in it. It was in shambles and you all hoped the family made who lived there before you made it out okay. But for now it was your home.

Soon the loud sound from the clock tower rang through the air as you three all shared a look. Chanyeol rushed to the first floor of the house to lock the doors and check the windows as Minseok looked outside before closing the blinds. “Shit this isn’t good. That bells only rang twice before” Chanyeol says as he headed to one of the room in the house and picked up an ax before something caught his eye outside.

“Kyeongmi is out there” he calls as he looked at the little girl, Jongdae’s daughter who was running away from zombies “why the hell is she out there alone?” he hissed as he rushed back to the room. “I gotta get her” he said “don’t be stupid-” “I’m not gonna let her die. She’s just a kid” Chanyeol says. “Help me up” you say as Minseok gives you a look. “You’re going with him. I’ll be by the door waiting for you guys. Help me up and save her” you hiss.as the quickly rushed to help you up.

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“Shit” Jongin says as he slammed on the gas and slammed into a good few of the zombies. “Go go go” Yixing says as he slams his door into a zombie with extreme force. “Hyojoo?” Jongdae whispers as he saw what zombies were surrounding. He quickly swung his bat into the face of one of them as he looked down at his dead wife. Kyungsoo smashed down on the head of one that nearly bit Jongdae in his dazed state but Yixing snaps him out of it as they quickly went back into clearing the town. Baekhyun, Junmyeon, Sehun, and a few others from your group were already farther down taking out ones that were getting close to the neighborhoods as they took out the ones near where they held food and other supplies.

It took awhile but they managed to get all of them that were terrorizing there town. The faint sound of a scream ripped through the air and Yixing knew right away it was yours. “Y/N” he said as he took off running with the others behind him. He thought the worst of the moment as he slammed on the front door of your house seeing the smeared blood on the door. “Y/N!” he yelled loudly as he hit the door even harder. Another scream came along as he was about to break the door down before it opened revealing Chanyeol who had blood from the zombies and a bit of his own from being knocked on him. You screamed again “she’s in labor” he tells Yixing as they all rush inside.

Kyeongmi?“ Jongdae called as he and his daughter quickly rushed to each other “they got mama” she said as Jongdae nodded bringing her close. The sweet moment was inhanced by the loud wails of a new being entering the home. A smile quickly made its way on the faces of the males as they listened as Yixing cheered.

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Zhang Shou rested calmly in your arms as you sat on a rocker on the front porch of the home. Two months ago was the last time any undead creature walked through your town. Shou had no idea of the world still, what it truly was like. And happy news for the town came as baby number two was in the belly of Sehun’s recently brought in ‘girlfriend’ who they rescued during a run and the pair quickly hit it and it seemed pretty well for her to already be pregnant. You hummed lightly as he yawned “you’re the start of a new generation for us” you coo. A pickup pulled up to the front of the home as Yixing and Kyungsoo hopped out and opened the truck bed. “Where are the others?” he asked seeing you sit there.

“Inside” you called back “Chanyeol, Minseok” he yelled in as he got to the porch. He sent you a smile “hey little man. Looking handsome as always” he coos bending down to his son. “What do you want?” Chanyeol asks as he pops out. “We need your help with a project” Yixing says as Minseok soon appears. “We found a playground set and a few other things for the kids” Kyungsoo calls up “I figure we can make this town a little more homey” Yixing says as you smile. He was going to make this a place for your son to live his life well.

exo professor! au

Minseok: head of the entire mathematics department, always curves his test, holds extended office hours for tutoring, drinks 3 cups of coffee a day, lowkey watches anime between classes, listens to drama OSTs in his car

Jongin: teaches most of the dance courses, randomly makes his students have dance battles, he broke the mirror one time trying to b-boy, he gets his inspiration from SHINee, and his phone wallpaper is Taemin

Kyungsoo: English professor, he has perfect pronunciation, is also fluent in Spanish, gives a lot of work but makes the tests easy because he knows the struggles of studying, you’ll probably find him loitering around the dance studios in his free time

Junmyeon: teaches every political science class, make sure you refer to him as “DOCTOR Kim”, doesn’t assign a lot of homework because he wants his students to get a good night’s sleep, always brings donuts or cookies for his class

Yixing: mandarin/global studies professor, always shows up late with bed hair and pajamas, loves his students and remembers all of their names, passionate about his class but can’t seem to teach, if you want to pass, read the textbook

Baekhyun: game design professor, includes his usernames for all the games he plays in the syllabus, for his finals you have to beat him in a game he designed, super laid back but you better show up to class

Jongdae: teaches vocal lessons/composing, also the choir master, trolls his students by making his test answers ‘c’ 10 times in a row, he shows up with different clothes everyday, his students like talking to him about their problems

Sehun: anatomy professor, laughs at his own dirty jokes in class, provides ‘extra help’ after lectures, his go-to outfit includes a fedora and a long trench coat, also reads off his powerpoints

Chanyeol: music theory professor, his class is never boring, accompanies his lessons with his own singing and pieces, if you ask him a question about something on the exam, he’ll probably accidentally give you the answer, he also jams to “Bad and Boujee” right before class

EXO as Demon Boyfriends

aww, thank you! ;) I hope you like this too! I felt like using the same scenario for each guy would be boring so I changed it up … hope that’s ok! Oh & you’re a human in this :)

Xiumin:

  • is rather quiet and harvests souls only bc it’s his way of surviving, not out of cold blood. can seem uncaring but he simply sees it the same way that humans see a cow or a chicken; food
  • but a soul he could never take is yours, leading to him wanting to protect it instead
  • a group of rogue demons once found out about the scandalous love affair & tried to take your soul for themselves. but minseok surprised everyone by turning into a ruthless, vicious killer
  • he was a good guy but no one got away w threatening his friends or family. it brought out the cold demon in him and while scary, it’s also kinda sexy, ngl
  • intense sex that leaves you with bruises and your neighbours wondering if you’re being murdered

Originally posted by ky-ngsoo

Luhan:

  • seems like a small, delicate demon. the other demons tease him for his “feminine” looks. but when he’s hungry for souls or it’s mating season, he turns into … well, a demon
  • he’s unstoppable & surprisingly strong & ruthless
  • one night, he catches the scent of the tastiest soul he’s ever smelled & stumbles upon you showering at home. deciding whether to devour your soul or your body was such a hard decision luckily he picked the latter or else you’d be dead rn
  • your relationship is a constant mix of hunger/lust for him as he doesn’t know if he wants your heart or your soul more. but don’t be afraid, he would never hurt you … you think

Originally posted by yoonterlude

Kris:

  • gives off an aura of over confidence
  • he doesn’t like being treated as inferior & will stand up for himself. this makes him seem arrogant or like he only cares for himself but he’s rather modest about his talents/strengths
  • and is very humble towards you, as he cares for you very much
  • it’s this self love & love for you that leads him to being so strong, which is what comes across as arrogance
  • has complex feelings but is bad at expressing them so sometimes he may do devilishly bad things when those feelings build up and explode. but you’ll always be there to pick up the pieces

Originally posted by fyifan

Suho:

  • the alpha who doesn’t seem like one on the surface
  • he acts kind & friendly only so outsiders let their guards down. but if anything threatens his family/pack or you, then he will stop at nothing to eliminate that threat
  • feels sorry for humans but knows that their souls are the only way he’ll stay alive so he still kills but does so painlessly
  • spoils you
  • makes you sit on his lap during meetings, so everyone knows you’re the alpha female, even though you’re not a demon. bc human or not, the others know to listen to you. or else they’re on suho’s bad side & no one wants that

Originally posted by suhocean

Lay:

  • he is intelligent, patient & hardworking. but also lazy :/
  • so he goes through phases of collecting endless souls then none & his boss lowkey hates him
  • during one of his hardworking spells, he encountered you & was immediately smitten
  • but before meeting you, he saw human souls as worthless. he wasn’t cruel, mind you, he wouldn’t hurt a human just for fun but they were still below him
  • so the fact that your soul drew him in so much astonished him & he didn’t even try to fight the pull.

Originally posted by lullabyun

Baekhyun:

  • a cunning trickster who knows he’s beautiful
  • uses those looks to lure ppl into selling him their souls
  • when he found someone he couldn’t lure so easily, that “someone” being you, he fought hard to change that. but no matter how many tricks or sexy winks he sent your way, your soul was unattainable & during this chase, he fell in love
  • he’s witty & sarcastic, which can lead to trouble w stronger demons, but he’s not looking for a fight. esp. not if he has you to worry about as well. your safety is everything to him
  • now he focuses his cunning talents on providing for his life with you, not on stealing souls

Originally posted by ohbaekhyuns

Chen:

  • a playful demon
  • he spent hundreds of years just blending in, taking souls as he pleased & enticing the women or men he wanted to bed. in fact, he always just got what he wanted
  • the first struggle he faced was falling for you, which ended up all rosy since he won you in the end
  • the thought of taking your soul does admittedly cross his mind sometimes, but as he imagines a life without you, he decides he’d rather not eat your soul but something else ;)

Originally posted by chenrrerorocher

Chanyeol:

  • playful, fun guy on the surface
  • but surprisingly heartless inside
  • he acts cheerful so others aren’t on constant attack mode around him. but, inside, he knows that if he wants to continue living, he can’t be all merry & carefree. esp not when he needs to take care of you too
  • in his spare time, he taught himself how to play numerous instruments & plays them while singing to lull you to sleep

Originally posted by visual-jongdae

D.O:

  • doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve, isn’t talkative, & seems cold and uncaring
  • but he’s actually very gentle & kind, something a demon can’t be, which is why he hides it
  • except around you. you get to see the real kyungsoo
  • he’s dedicated to keeping you both safe, so he can live out the rest of your life in loving harmony. he doesn’t even want to think about his life when your fickle human one ends; “let’s just live for the moment” he tells you often

Originally posted by v-dyo

Tao:

  • doesn’t like to fight but will if he has to
  • is mistaken as weak but proves the other demons wrong as he’s actually the pack’s strongest fighter. the only thing that holds him back from showing that off often is his good nature, that doesn’t take pleasure out of hurting others
  • feels embarrassed for some reason after feeding on souls (even though you know he does) so will come home & act like he was simply hanging out w some friends
  • loves attention & cuddles but teases you about doing the same for you; “you want me to hug you? wow, I must be irresistible”

Originally posted by kim-jongmin

Kai:

  • is known throughout the demon world as a fluid fighter, since his moves are so effortless and graceful as he takes souls and kills enemies
  • is seen as a ruthless killer
  • but truthfully he’s just a big child and loves dogs (but they hate demons so :/) and he loves you
  • likes that he can let his guard down around you and relax. lots of make-out sessions in sweats, esp after he’s been working out or just devoured a soul; his blood is pumping and he feels so full, but what’s the harm in a lil dessert? ;)

Originally posted by jngn-km

Sehun:

  • a bratty demon
  • hates having to answer to a boss & reap xxx amount of souls
  • would rather just wander aimlessly, experiencing ppl & life
  • he sneaks out one night to do this & that’s how he met you
  • sometimes you forget he’s a super old demon, since he looks so cute when he pouts and can be so childish sometimes
  • has no shame in telling you “yeah I killed 43 people today when my target was only 40. I’m so great. I deserve a raise, don’t I?”

Originally posted by kaisoh

EXO: Hogwarts Houses

Xiumin:

  • quidditch captain; keeper
  • kindly declined when originally nominated as head boy
  • hogwarts unofficial therapist
  • house relations specialist
  • pretty much lives in the kitchen but not to actually cook
  • just when he needs to de-stress
  • so all of his homework and clothes smell like baked goods and coffee beans
  • king of pleasantries and patience, minseok is the model hufflepuff

Suho:

  • head boy
  • quidditch captain; keeper
  • the most intense quidditch strategies you’ve ever seen
  • keeps hoping for his witty dad jokes to get accepted as common room riddles
  • borrow a book from the library and there’s writing in the margins? 
  • blame junmyeon
  • or don’t because hey, isn’t that the answer you were searching for?
  • intelligent, creative, and self sufficient. it’s not surprising you’d find suho in blue and bronze

Lay:

  • quidditch chaser
  • benevolent to a fault
  • the type to loan you his quill when he knows damn well he doesn’t have another one to do his own work
  • king of losing remembralls
  • randomly sits with groups of first years
  • especially in the first two weeks of the school year
  • cause ain’t nobody feeling unwanted or sad with zhang yixing around
  • prof sprout has never seen someone as humble and loves to confirm that he is a hufflepuff.

Baekhyun:

  • prefect
  • quidditch beater
  • charming af
  • super in tune with the needs of his friends and other house mates
  • so much so that prof trelawney is convinced he comes from a line of seers
  • rearranges songs for the frog choir in his spare time
  • like, he doesn’t know latin, but he knows what sounds good
  • benevolence outweighs his compulsion for mischief, truly signifying that hufflepuff is the home for baek.

Chen:

  • quidditch chaser
  • beagle line knows no house boundaries
  • pfft, you thought the weasley twins were bad?
  • oddly dedicated to the frog choir though
  • mostly because it’s the one thing baek and chanyeollie are also serious about
  • came to an understanding with peeves the poltergeist on like, his second day?
  • that the castle would have to be big enough for the both of them
  • gryffindor because he’s the most talented and determined person you’ll ever meet. plus damn, doesn’t he look good in red?

Chanyeol: 

  • quidditch beater
  • gryffindor? more like gryffindork
  • loyalty incarnate
  • king of house point deductions 
  • but makes up for it on the quidditch pitch
  • metamorphmagus; means scarlet hair on game days
  • because he’s got all of the house pride
  • chanyeol’s lack of restraint and acceptance of a good challenge has made him a sure member of the gryffindor house

D.O.

  • mild shock and panic as the sorting hat shouted his house
  • like he had worked so hard to put up this hateful af front
  • but now he could melt into his true pengu form
  • and is actually so proud to be surrounded by human sunflowers such as himself
  • honestly loves to tutor first years
  • even though he acts like it’s an inconvenience 
  • loves to sneak away and cook in the kitchens at night
  • hardworking, dedicated, and humble. a true hufflepuff who judges based off of ability rather than heresay

Kai:

  • quidditch captain; seeker
  • quiet confidence
  • everyone thinking he’s this mysterious slytherin
  • mostly because his inability to do anything without sehun
  • but choke on air when they realize the red tie poking out of his robes
  • but then he’s spending late nights in the kitchens with kyungsoo
  • and everyone’s confused about his house again
  • popularity and athleticism are just two of the gryffindor traits that belong to this boy. no one is surprised to see him wearing red and gold.

Sehun: 

  • quidditch seeker
  • sass levels higher than his GPA
  • honestly the fairest player on the quidditch pitch
  • especially when he’s playing against kai
  • because “only the best deserve the best”
  • so naturally half of his team hate him
  • only went into a mild depression when his besties transferred to durmstrang rip hunhan
  • sehun is an uncharacteristic slytherin, using his unique friendships and ingenuity to rebrand the stereotypes associated with his house


as always, many thanks to the beautiful and talented @novaurora13 for being the cutest lil sorting hat ever.

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EX. 0 Diner, located off of Exit 100 on the highway (often referred to as Exit 0 by residents due to how many visitors get lost on the way to the city) is up and running! It’s the best place in town to get a wonderful meal, heavenly cappuccino, and questionable quality customer service! 

Owned by the Kim family for generations, the diner has recently been put into the hands of a young man named Junmyeon. Although he is young, the diner has not lost its unique (albeit unconvential) charm in his command!

Protected | Yixing X Reader AU Series | Chapter 1 |

Assassin!Yixing X Bodyguard!Reader

Genre: Action, angst, mystery

Warnings: Blood, violence, death, language

Word Count: 6,214 (holy sh*t what have I done)



The blood… it was everywhere

Your eyes felt like cinderblocks: Dry. Heavy. Unmoving.

The blood; was it yours?

As you tried to move your body, you were met with a painful realization: you were laying in a pool of blood, and, as you tried to gather any scrap of information about your surroundings, you found yourself to be utterly immobile. You collected every fiber of your willpower to pry your eyes open just long enough to scan your approximate area. Your breathing quickened and you fidgeted in panic once you saw something vertically, fatally lodged in your abdomen.

Glass.

Your figure remained a solid brick regardless of your willful attempts to budge even the slightest. You felt a strange presence of heat to the left of your body as a faint light danced out of the corner of your vision.

Fire. There’s a fire.

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dating yixing would include...

Originally posted by wonhae-manhi-manhi

  • having to deal with a very confused person 101 
  • finding him randomly grinding on the floor because… he’s lay
  • him being all lovey dovey to you and not being embarrassed to be like that in front of the members 
  • shows you off a lot 
  • him being sorta clingy; he’d want your attention at all times 
  • you’re the only one who is actually capable of forcing him to take breaks from his hectic af schedules;; seriously though he needs rest
  • you keeping track of everything and being organized, like from his movie filming, solo album, group performances, concerts, trainings, practices, etc…
  • yixing just casually, sleepily walking out in the morning with messy hair and sweatpants with his eyes barely opened 
  • “lay don’t you have filming for your movie or smth today”
  • “oH SHiT YEAH”
  • honestly no fights because this angel is too pure for this world and he wouldn’t be able to find an excuse to be mad at you. in all odds you are perfect to his pretty eyes
  • him forgetting his keys that day so after a whole day of practice he comes home late at night and low-key climbs through the window making sure you’re sleeping
  • last time you thought it was a burglar and almost hit him with a pan but it’s all good since he has the magical powers of healing***
  • sooooo many text messages, like “did you eat?”, “how was your day today?” but subtle things like that truly show the side of him where he cares and shows his love for you
  • i mean but it isn’t a problem for him to just straight up FaceTime you and be like “ayo ily” and hangs up
  • you reacting to his solo album music videos/music and shit and you just start tearing up and him being the innocent puppy he is he’s like “noOooO don’t cry! why are you crying?!?!” *starts crying with you*
  • randomly starts saying cheesy crap in chinese although you may not understand but you can tell from the loving look in his eyes it isn’t a bad things so >.<
  • waking up to one of his legs always draped over you and him basically suffocating you into his chest
  • although you may not be his first priority due to his job, you are in his heart and he is not afraid to express it. just be expecting a very stable relationship barely filled with any bumps in the road because zhang yixing is the definition of perfect.
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Someone requested I post all of the original Peter Pan AU artwork separate from the ask, so here they are! Gosh this feels like such a long time ago. Look at how far we’ve all come on this magical AU journey <3

What is EXO’s favorite traits about you.

Xiumin -

Favorite Physical Feature - Your Hair

Favorite personality trait - How confident you are with yourself

Originally posted by xiu-angel

Suho - 

Favorite Physical Feature - Eyes

Favorite personality trait - How kind you are to everyone.

Originally posted by veriloquentmind

Lay -

Favorite Physical Feature - Your hips

Favorite personality trait - How you can make a situation less boring just by being there.

Originally posted by getlayd

Baekhyun - 

Favorite Physical Feature - Mouth

Favorite personality trait - How smart you were.

Originally posted by wooyoung

Chen -

Favorite Physical Feature - Your legs

Favorite personality trait - How relaxed you can be.

Originally posted by purpleuhan

Chanyeol - 

Favorite Physical Feature - Your laugh (if that counts as a physical feature)

Favorite personality trait - Being able to be serious in a serious situation and be fun in a fun situation.

Originally posted by dibidibi-disrespectful

Kyungsoo -

Favorite Physical Feature -  Your smile and the way your eyes brighten 

Favorite personality trait - Being spontaneous when it comes to dates.

Originally posted by arosoo

Kai - 

Favorite Physical Feature - Your voice - how calmed he feels when he hears it.

Favorite personality trait -How energetic you could be with anything you did.

Originally posted by 12fools

Sehun - 

Favorite Physical Feature - Jawline and cheekbones. 

Favorite personality trait - How you could persuade him to do things outside of his comfort zone.

Originally posted by wooyoung

Goryeo!Exo: When Someone Challenge Them For Your Hand In Marriage

Jongin:

“A peasant like you are trying to win over a king?”

Originally posted by katherine8595

Joonmyun:

“I’d like to see you try”

Originally posted by asstheticsuho

Sehun:

“Don’t bother trying”

Minseok:

“Again?!”

Originally posted by lobbu-lobbu

Yixing:

“Alright then”

*Thinking over how hard it was for him to win over the other guy before him*

Originally posted by laygion

Chanyeol:

“Prepare yourself”

Originally posted by parkchny

Kyungsoo:

“I’ll never give her to you”

Originally posted by kyungsuhos

Baekhyun:

“What kind off rubbish is this?”

Originally posted by ludork

I have something for goryeo dynasty

- Bella

p a r t n e r s  (lay ceo! au)
  • words: ~3k
  • genre: fluff, ceo! au
  • characters: you, lay
  • unedited

“Welcome to China.”

As soon as I got off the plane, I smiled graciously at all the employees Mr. Zhang sent to greet me. I took the hand of a flight attendant as I stepped onto the asphalt.

“Right this way, Miss.” He bowed his head kindly before leading me to a sleek black car. He said it would take me straight to my hotel.

The whole ride, I thought of Zhang Yixing. He’s been so kind, even though we only met once. Our first meeting was in Paris at the World’s Entrepreneur Expo.

It was my first public appearance as the CEO of my father’s company. He had just retired, after handing me his position. I hadn’t quite been ready at the time to handle such a great responsibility. I’ve never had problems speaking in front of people, but suddenly I found myself nervous and lacking confidence. I couldn’t disappoint my father. I couldn’t just avoid everyone all night. Not when so many people were curious about the daughter of the man behind one of the most successful companies in the world.

I couldn’t, yet I tried to- and the time for me to speak was drawing near.

I was standing by the bathrooms, terrified and uncertain, when all of a sudden a man stopped before me. We were the only two down there. Everyone else was on the main floor chatting up business deals and making acquaintances. But for some reason, someone other than me was also standing there in that big, empty hallway.

“Are you okay?” He asked.

I hesitated, but nodded.

“You don’t look okay.”

I finally try to get a better look at him. He was just…my age. His eyes looked just as tired. His hair was messy and short. He looked…troubled.

“I’m nervous,” I whispered. “I’m too young to own a company. I’m scared.”

He stares absentmindedly at the floor. “I know.” He nods. Then, he looks into my eyes. “Me too.”

But somehow, we both made it through that night. He spoke before me, and in the middle of his speech, his eyes found mine and suddenly he calmed down. He spoke slower and more coherently, and I felt as if he was talking to me only. When it was my turn, I looked for him, too, and somehow I managed to deliver a speech worthy of a standing ovation. At the end of the night, we found each other again and shook hands. We became friends. Our companies have kept good relations since and the two of us have managed to send representatives over frequently to send our good wishes to each other.

However, the last time Yixing sent a representative over, rather than send the usual box of sweets and friendly card, he sent me a plane ticket.

“What’s this?” I asked the messenger.

“Mr. Zhang wants to formally invite you to China next week.”

I get flustered. “China?”

“He wants to discuss the possibility of a partnership between our companies.”

I’m about to open my mouth, but the representative stops me.

“Mr. Zhang doesn’t want an answer now. He would like to negotiate first before you make a decision.”

One week later, here I was.

When we arrive at the hotel, I’m just about to send my secretary over to check-in, when one of Yixing’s employees bows politely. “Mr. Zhang has taken care of everything. We will take you to your suite.”

My suite turned out to be the entire uppermost floor.

Before my secretary and his could leave, I stop them. “Oh, but this is way too big for just one person.”

For some reason, the two of them share a look- as if they were sharing a secret.

“Mr. Zhang wanted you to be as comfortable as possible,” The boy says politely. “We’ll come back at 8 PM to meet him. Until then, please rest and if you need anything, don’t hesitate to let us know.”

I smile gratefully.

6 hours later, me and Hara were going through pains trying to decide what outfit I should wear.

“Miss, I promise, you look fine.” My secretary assured me with a smile. She took the lipstick out of my hand and set it on the dresser.

I sighed and looked at my reflection. I wore an elegant form-fitting golden gown. My eyes trailed down my body, from the sweetheart neckline to the loose ribbon around my waist. My lips were painted a classic red and my cheeks covered in a soft blush.

“I just really want to look good tonight,” I admitted shyly. This will be our first meeting in the past two years. I wanted to leave an impression on him.  

“I know.” Hara smiled knowingly once again. “And you do. So we should get going.”

Outside the hotel, Yixing’s secretary waits beside another black car. I get in and I catch him wink at Hara before they both get in, as well. I smirk.

Sending messages back and forth between us…looks like they got to know each well too.

It didn’t take long for us to arrive.

I was accompanied through a high-end restaurant until we stopped before a pair of double door, separating the public and the private sections.

I walked through the doors and found a single man standing in the center of the room. Upon hearing our footsteps, he slowly turned around, and I was brought face to face with Zhang Yixing.

He looked…different. Unlike the small boy with short brown locks and kind eyes three years ago, the Yixing that stood before me looked noticeably different. Older. More mature. He got taller, his physique much more muscular. He looked more confident than the boy from before, too. He seemed equally surprised upon seeing me, taking a few seconds to eye me from head to toe. I wondered if I looked the same way to him.

“Hey,” he smiled.

“Hi,” I grinned in response.

“We’ll be outside,” Yixing’s secretary said before taking Hara and walking out.

Yixing gestured to the two empty seats, and I took a seat across from him. We sat there for a few moments quietly before he finally broke the silence.

“You look different.”

I raised a brow. “I can say the same for you.”

“That’s a good thing, I hope.”

“It’s not a bad thing.”

He smiled.

And just like that, we spoke. We spoke for hours about everything. Each time I spoke, his eyes filled with amazement and genuine curiosity, as if I was the most important thing in the world. Soon he started talking about his childhood and growing up in Changsha. I listened in awe, getting excited when he got excited and imagining what it would be like to run through the vendor-filled streets of China.

“Yixing,” I suddenly asked him.

“Mhm?”

“What was it like to have the world in your hands?” I whisper.

He raises a brow. “What do you mean?”

I shrugged, getting nervous approaching the topic, but wanting to talk about it nonetheless. “I mean, being free to walk the streets of your childhood. Having memories of playing soccer in an alley and fighting with your fights. Remembering the sights of the sun in the early morning and the moon reflecting against the river. Being immature and childish. What was that like?”

He smiles softly, his brown eyes full of memories of skipping rocks in the river and sharing chips with the boys on his street. “It made me feel free.”

I nod, looking at my hands with a bit of longing. “That must have been nice.”

Yixing tilts his head to the side curiously. “How did you grow up?”

I think of my childhood. All my memories took place within my father’s mansion. I was catered to and followed no matter where I went. There wasn’t a single day where I was allowed to act my age and just…have fun.

“I was always surrounded by four walls.” I whispered sadly.

He watched me. I couldn’t tell what he was thinking, but he listened.

“I was only ever allowed to leave my home when I was accompanied by someone my father appointed. I had a really big house, gardens, parents…what more could I want, right?” I mumble.

“Did you feel lonely a lot?” He whispered.

I looked into his eyes. His brown orbs were full of concern and…just like that night two years ago, I trusted him.

“Yes.” I stared at the floor. “Very much so.”

Suddenly, I hear his chair screech as he gets up. My eyes widen when he takes my hand into his.

“Come with me.” He says, pulling me out of my seat. I get confused, but he stares straight ahead, walking with a purpose. We walk out the room. Hara and his secretary were in the middle of laughing when they see us. They share a look and get up immediately in shock. We walk completely past them.

“Yixing,” I call him. “Yixing, where are we going?”

He pulls me closer to him and grins. “To make up for lost time.”

I feel my heart flutter in my chest as we race through the crowded streets. His hand held mine tightly and I’d look at him from time to time to make sure this was real. I felt the wind in my hair and the warmth of his hand against mine, and yet…it still seemed too good to be true.

“Have you ever had jianbing?” He asked suddenly.

“Jianbing?” I repeat. “What’s that?”

He slowed down to a stop, eyeing a little food vendor across from us. “Chinese crepes. You’ll love them.”

I smile softly when he lets go of my hand to go up to the old lady behind the street cart. He gestures a “two” with his fingers. The lady smiles at him as if he were an old acquaintance. I watch him making small talk with her, the dimple in his cheek evident as she hands him two rolled napkins. He smiles graciously before making his way back toward me.

“Here,” He says as he hands me a crepe.

I stare at it for a few moments before taking my first bite. Immediately, an obscene sound comes out of my mouth.

“Oh my god, this is so good.” I say with full cheeks.

Yixing laughs, enjoying my reaction. “I used to eat these everyday before school.”

I giggle, imagining a little Yixing hiding from his parents’ security to meet the old lady with the jianbing cart. He watches me with a knowing smile as I stuff more of the crepe into my mouth. When I look up at him, his cheeks are just as puffy, and after a few moments of staring at each other, we both fall into even more laughter.

I get closer to him and nudge him with my shoulder. He grins softly and we start walking together.

“So what else did you do as a kid?”

He thinks for a moment. “A lot of things. Want me to show you?”

Before I give him an answer, he grabs my hand and suddenly we’re both running together through the cobbled streets. I can’t tell if I’m laughing or screaming, all I know is that I hold onto him tightly and I don’t let go. As my feet hit the asphalt and the wind blew my hair, I felt like I was flying somewhere above the Earth. Yixing laughed and locked his fingers with mine, giving me a reassuring smile. I squeezed his hand back.

People kept staring at us, some glaring when we’d bump into them, some pointing out the crazy pair running in evening clothes and dress shoes. This only made me smile wider.

“I’m having fun!” I wanted to shout out to the world. I laughed harder and raced faster, until I was the one ahead. Yixing’s eyes shone with joy.

Soon we saw the blue of the Xiang River ahead. We slowly came to a stop along the river’s shore, panting heavily.

“That was-”

Before he can finish, I hug him tightly, my hands curled into the clothes on his back and my head tucked warmly against his chest. He stops, surprised for a moment, and then I hear him chuckle as his arms wrap around me, firmly and closely.  

“The river was my escape.” Yixing spoke quietly, staring off into the horizon. “The older I got, the more I ended up here. I’d imagine myself throwing away all my problems into the water.”

I stared down into the murky, soil-filled water.

“At some point, I even considered throwing myself down into the river.”

I looked up at  Yixing in shock. He was still smiling.  

“The next day, I had to go to Paris for the World’s Entrepreneur Expo. I was expected to lead a company I wasn’t prepared to lead. Fill in shoes I wasn’t ready to fill.” Suddenly, he leaned his head down against mine. I hugged him closer.

“But that night, I met you.” He whispers. “You looked like you were going through something similar. But…somehow we both made it through that day. Somehow we both made it to today.”

My chest felt tight. What would have happened had we not met that night? How would I have felt if I woke up one day and Yixing wasn’t there? How would he have felt if the same thing happened to me? Even though we didn’t meet again until 2 years later, I trusted him more than I did anyone else. Whenever either of us needed a second opinion, we’d call each other or send a company representative over. Yixing’s presence, although it wasn’t a direct one because of how far away we were from each other, was one I always relied on. Just knowing I had him was comforting. It was reassuring. I felt like I wasn’t alone…that someone had my back.

“I’m glad I met you, (Y/N),” He said softly.

Before I knew what I was doing, I leaned up until I pressed my lips against his. I felt his hand freeze against my back. When I pulled away, his eyes were wide- and that’s when I realized I just kissed Yixing. I gasped.

“Oh. Oh. I did not mean to do that.” I pull away from him, embarrassed. I can already feel my face heating up. “I’m so sorry, Yixing, I-”

I pull my hand away from him quickly. But just as I am about to turn around, I feel him grab me back, and suddenly he’s kissing me. I freeze and I wonder if that’s how he felt when I kissed him. His hands are on my cheeks, holding me in place. I can feel my heart beating wildly in my chest. Slowly, my fingers inch onto his chest. I gently hold onto the dark lapels of his jacket, and when I feel him smile against my lips, I tug him in closer.

After a few moments, I gently pull away, a light smile on my lips. When I look into his eyes, Yixing’s staring down at me with so much emotion that I blush again. He hugs me against him, until we’re so close I can feel his own heart thumping against mine.

“You have no idea how long I’ve wanted this,” He whispers against my neck.

I stare at the golden streets behind us and smile at the people watching us.

“Me too,” I confess shyly.

He’s about to kiss me again when someone shouts near us.

“Why don’t you tell her about the partnership you were planning, Mr. Zhang!” I turn around to find Yixing’s secretary and mines both standing there gleefully, recording us.

The partnership! In all my excitement, I completely forgot I was actually here on business terms. “Oh, right,” Yixing says. Suddenly, he’s embarrassed, his eyes flitting from his shoes to the river to anything that isn’t me.

“What were you planning?” I ask him softly.

Our secretaries are practically snickering behind us.

“Oh, well, to be honest, I- umm,” Yixing swallows. “-I haven’t really, um, thought that far?”

I get confused. “What do you mean?”

He’s glaring at his secretary now, but eventually he sighs and rubs his neck awkwardly. This is the first time I’ve seen him act like this.

“Well, I was just- kinda, looking for an excuse to get you here,” Yixing mumbles. “I was going to accept whatever deal you wanted. Use that as an excuse to visit you often. And then, maybe, um like, after a few years- months if I was lucky- I’d get you to like me back, and then- I don’t know, I was just-”

I start laughing.

He finally meets my eyes sheepishly, and smiles. “I didn’t know I’d get lucky so fast.”

“I think I’m the lucky one.” I say, still not believing how much effort he put into this. All this time! I can’t believe he liked me all this time.

“I’m the lucky one!” I hear his secretary shout behind us. He grabs Hara’s hand and she stares up at him dreamily.

“No, I’m the lucky one!”

“No, baby, I’m the lucky one!”

“I-”

“I think we could both use some new secretaries, what do you think?” Yixing says loudly. I laugh as the pair suddenly stands up straight and watches us in disbelief.

“After all we’ve done for you?” His secretary says incredulously. “Not like we set you two up while you were both awkwardly sending subtle hints of your affection for two years!”

“Talk about loyalty!” Hara stares at us accusingly.

I roll my eyes just as we all burst into laughter. Soon, the sound of the ruan fills the streets as the river bathes in the moonlight. I sigh, thinking about just how perfect this moment is, when Yixing offers me his hand.

“So, what do you say?” He says, looking at me expectantly. “Partners?”

I stare at his outstretched hand before smiling back warmly.

“Partners.”

And the look in his eyes truly does make me feel like nothing will ever feel as perfect.


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