Angsty pearlmethyst where Amethyst is vulnerable and depressed and says something like, “At least your defect is that you’re so much more than an average pearl! I’m so much less than I what could’ve been …”
And Pearl just tilts her head and smiles, “All you could’ve been was so much less wonderful, so much less a Crystal Gem, and so much less the Amethyst I fell in love with.“
Sooo! I was requested to do a post/fanaccount thingie from my point of view. I will add some extra things (but they are just for myself since I want to write them down). Here we go!
I arrived on Wednesday evening and just went straight to my hotel. The room was extremely modern and clean, but I found out my wifi was really bad. Every third message I sent just disappeared, and I got sooo frustrated! I couldn’t even update the page.
Suddenly a friend of mine (ELF meet up organizer) posted a photo on FB that she met Donghae. I went crazy since I couldn’t just walk out of my hotel and go after them x_x I was squealing and I felt even more excited than before. He was in the same city as I was ;__;
I still couldn’t believe I was travelling alone to a foreign country though. I spent my evening talking to other ELFs (just barely), and luckily managed to sleep although I didn’t want to. The next morning I woke up, did my things and decided to check out Leicester Square first.
When seeing the theatre itself I was like ‘omg, it’s gonna happen here’. I had never attended a kpop concert or an event like this before. I wasn’t even sure what to expect. I just went around, taking photos and killing time.
When I got bored, I went to use Burger King’s wifi and ended up meeting a friend ahead of scheduled time. We chatted for a while until even more ELFs appeared. When it was time to separate, me and my friend dragged ourselves to a restaurant called New China (where the ELF meet up lunch was going to happen).
The lunch was a success! It was fun talking to the others and finally actually USE English. The staff was also REALLY friendly. The waitress even took photos of us with my camera ^^ When that was over, our whole group went back to Leicester Sq and met others in front of M&M’s World. We just hung around after that, talked and got to know each other. We visited a few kpop shops (Seoul Bakery included) until it started getting dark.
Back at Odeon I went to see the friends who had my ticket, and got it. Banners were also being given out at that point. I got it too and decided to once again snap a few photos of the exterior.
Soon it was already nearing 6pm, so we decided to visit a cafe nearby and have a toilet break. When we came back, it didn’t take long until I got my D&E lightstick too. Then we were all let inside.
I could NOT believe it. I knew I we had front row seats, but actually seeing it and sitting on the seat.. It made me so happy ;; I don’t think I can ever explain the joy I get when I have front row.. The venue was nice since we got to move around and didn’t have to queue or fight to keep our places. We blew our balloons and switched our lightsticks on.
At that time a cameraman came and asked if he could interview us. He said 'this is going to be sent to SM’ and I was like omfg interview me, me me me, pls! In the end I even got to hold the mic. My hands started trembling because of the excitement XD We answered questions like where are we from and who are our favourites, and are we here just so see the boys.. It went well and now I’m just wondering if that clip is ever going to be aired somewhere? (or put on a dvd? documentary? idk!)
When we had calmed down a bit, the mini concert started. The venue turned blue, screams filled the air and we all looked to the back where the boys came from. I could not believe it was happening. They were real people, just like us, looking exactly the same and as beautiful in real life as they do in the pictures. I concentrated on their walking, since it was NORMAL walking and they were still behind the fans. Just like seeing ordinary people in a crowd, exept they had their hair and makeup done, and they were wearing their performance clothing.. They didn’t stand out that much until they were on the stage, on a higher platform than us. (i know this doesn’t make any sense but that’s what i was thinking. and forgive me, i have not seen them before ;_;). It’s really like.. seeing a character from a painting come to life. Just like that, they were there.
The first song was Motorcycle. I don’t know if it’s just me, but that song tends to sound somehow different when performed live. The beat sounds different, just like the tone Donghae’s 'rrock, rrock..’ part. I can’t explain that either, but I heard the difference and it made me soooo happy. I like live versions of Motorcycle more than the studio one.. somehow..
I can’t even remember the order of the songs. Like I had already said - I had to concentrate on so many things at the same time. Firstly waving the lightstick, then trying to hold the balloon, then raising the banner during Still You and at the same time taking photos and videos.. And I wanted to watch the concert with my own eyes, not through the camera lens. I just kept shooting something, hoping that I could get at least a few good shots.
It didn’t get any better when the boys came towards us. I was like one meter away from both of them. In a concert, that’s the best part. I had my camera focused further back, so it was difficult to just suddenly change it while holding a lightstick.. Here are a few examples XD
I bet someone is laughing at my photograpy skills right now, but seriously that’s was how it was like.. That’s normal-people-photography-reality at a concert. (the good ones are inhuman ok?) It was always the same; at first they were far away, until suddenly I go from ’YES, HE IS RUNNING TOWARDS US’ to ’OH FUCK HE IS HERE ALREADY’ with an aftermath of 'OMG HIS CROTCH WAS RIGHT THERE!’.
Like really, Mister Lee Donghae, control your bulge and thighs PLS
All of the songs were over too quickly.. ;_; At first I was confused when they performed 1+1=Love since it’s a new song and I couldn’t recognize it XD Oh No was a blessing, just like Still You. Hearing those songs they usually don’t perform.. Ahh, I want to go back.. T_T During Oppa Oppa we were allowed to stand up, and so we did, and that allowed me to get even closer.. Then Donghae decided it’s a good idea to do this:
I WAS LIKE OMG DID HE SERIOUSLY JUST DO THAT? AND HOW DID MY CAMERA EVEN SUCCEED IN CAPTURING THAT? WHAT IS AIR AND HOW DO YOU INHALE IT? WHY IS THIS FISH SO HANDSOME AND CUTE AT THE SAME TIME? @___@
When the concert was over, it was MOVIE TIME!! BEWARE OF BADASS!HAE!!!
It was the best movie experience I’ve had, lol. We all reacted at the same time. We squealed and 'WOHOO'ed when Donghae’s face was first shown. He looked so handsome in that school uniform. (The smoking scene was HOT!! I secretly took a video of it..) There was also a scene when Donghae cried, and everyone went 'awwwww’.
The movie itself consisted of four different stories, made by different directors(?). It had lots of swearing, smoking and fighting. When someone in the movie got hit really badly, we all went 'OUUUCH’.. If there was a major plot twist, everyone went 'oooh’ XD And when someone pulled Hae’s hair and beat him down, we were like 'nooooo T^T’. It was so funny even though the movie was dark and a bit confusing at some points.
At the end credits we all screamed and clapped when we saw Donghae’s name ^^
There it is, somewhere in the top four names. (obviously my camera had decided to turn itself to manual focusing and made the picture blurry ..) After that it was time for the Q&A!
I don’t have much to say about that, except Donghae’s adorable shyness.. After fans screamed, he always got shy ;_; He looked like a brave kid trying to do something alone (without Hyuk lmaooo).. And he was so, so, SO gorgeous in his suit T_T While I was taking pictures, I was thinking 'HOW CAN SOMEONE BE SO PHOTOGENIC’. That mofo looks perfect of every angle and his smile was just as handsome as his blank expression XD
When Hyukjae came onstage, fans went crazy about the lap sitting moment. It was the cutest everrrrrr! Hyuk put his hand behind Donghae’s back and looked at him sweetly..
In the end they stood together on stage and just talked for a bit. They mentioned their new album too. Not sure if the word 'DNA’ has something to do with it. (like holy shit my mind is only taking that with a dirty meaning..). After a while the official photographers appeared, taking a picture of the boys and fans. Donghae decided to take out his phone too, and that’s when we all just ran to the front. I’m not sure if someone signaled us to do it or gave permission, but somehow we just did and I had my hands full of stuff. My camera was with me and apparently I took a photo of them (can’t remember that happening LOL) while Hae was getting ready to take his picture.
And oh my god, I managed to get myself in it. Here it is, once more. Credits to the owner (BLESS HIM)
I’m the one with the Swing snapback. That is probably my new favourite photo of all time ;___; It’s a proof that I was there, so close to the people I cherish.. (you can see the camera in my hands lolllllll)
Then it was over. I was exhausted, but I didn’t feel like crying. I was so happy of all the things that happened! I just slowly made my way out of the theatre and talked to the fans I had met earlier. We were all too hyped to leave.
When I finally went back to my hotel, I just stayed in my bed, going through all the photos over and over again.
And that was my LKFF experience! Next up is SS6 ^^