onew and dia / ioi’s chaeyeon will be joining celebrity chef, baek jong won, once again for the filming of another arc of episodes for eat sleep eat! the country that they will be visiting this time around will be singapore, which they will depart for on october 31st! (source)
pl -thies (Botany)
botany an abnormal fusion of two or more flowers
AU with Jeon Jeongguk
Angst, a lil’ Fluff, maybe Smut? WARNING:
swearing and also shitty writing Words:
up, work, eat, sleep, repeat.
has been your daily routine ever since you could remember.. or ever
since you were old enough to help your family in the fields.
said than done. Work consisted of harvesting potatoes in the early
morning hours only to carry the heavy basket back to your house, with
humid air in your lungs and hot sun rays burning your skin.
it didn’t just stop there. You still had to clean the potatoes of
dirt and check them for insects – they needed to look appealing on
the market, so that people would buy them and you could survive the
winter without starving because no one wanted to buy your potatoes.
you completed this task you needed to deliver them, which is what you
were doing right now. The heavy basket trapped the heat from your
body, making your ragged “dress” cling to your skin. Luckily, you
soon reached the village. The houses provided shadows, which you
welcomed after walking in the summer heat for 15 minutes.
took a few turns until you finally reached the main street – also
known as the market – and put the basket down inside the small
booth your family turned into a welcoming vegetable shop.
darling. How are you feeling?” you mother greeted you. “Well,
other than almost dying from dehydration, just like every day,” you
said, with a small smirk on your face. Your mother knew not to
take your sarcasm seriously and chuckled. “I know, honey.. But
I need to tell you someth-” Your mother didn’t get to finish her
sentence after a customer rang the bell, signaling that they wanted
to buy some potatoes.
You decided to ask her later about it
and started emptying the basket on a shelf. Once you were done you
cleaned a bit and counted the money, putting it in a box behind some
old cooking books, which weren’t for sale.
“Mom, I’ll go buy
some groceries.. See you at home!” Your mother only replied with a
short ‘yes’ before turning back to yet another customer.
sun kept on wandering towards the horizon,
having left it’s original spot after what seemed like hours.
took some money out of the box earlier. It wasn’t much but enough to
buy bread and a few vegetables. You also needed a few candles because
the old ones weren’t much of a light source anymore.
were on your way home when someone suddenly grabbed your sides,
making you jump. You turned around in fear only to be met with a
“Oh my god, Yugyeom!” you said, putting a
hand over your chest, “How many times do I have to tell you to stop
scaring me before my heart actually jumps out of my throat!?” You
could feel your racing heart underneath your skin.
only tried to catch his breath after he emptied his lungs almost
completely from laughing. “Obviously more than you already have.”
He was now smiling at you. “I swear to god, I’ll accidentally kill
you one day because I actually have a weapon on me!”
was your neighbor. Well, almost. He lived only a few houses away from
you, but he was the only one your age in the small suburban area,
which was a few minutes away from the village. Whenever you saw
him, all you could remember was the pranks you pulled on the elders –
putting old tomatoes in their shoes or knocking on the door and
to _________?” He pulled you back to reality, took the bag of
groceries from your hand and started walking along the path. You
shook your head and jogged towards him to catch up.
you heard? The lottery is gonna be tomorrow.” The “lottery”
was a yearly procedure created by the “Gifted” - the rich. It
wasn’t about some game, it was about getting a job in one of the
do you care? Did you apply?” you asked. You never really understood
why someone would want to go there. You’d basically have to clean
after someone, who thinks they’re better than you just because they
were born into a rich family, and be their slave. Not necessarily
your goal in life.
why would I? You know what I think about them.” Yugyeom had the
same opinion on them as you. “Aw, but I would’ve really liked
the dress of a maid on you.” “Oh shut up.” He rolled his
eyes. You both have been teasing each other ever since you could
After a few minutes of bickering, you arrived at his
house. “Well, thank you for carrying my stuff, even though you
didn’t help me with cleaning the barn last week,” you said with a
cold look on your face, after taking the bag of groceries from
“I was busy!” He was now frowning, trying to defend
himself. “You know I’m just joking!” You started smiling. “See
you tomorrow,” you waved. “I don’t know, why I even hang out
with you.” He said, waving back with a smile on his face and
shutting the door behind him.
You walked two more minutes and
went inside of your own house.
It was now dark outside as you
started chopping the vegetables. You made a quick jog outside to the
well and pumped a few times until the basket next to it was full with
Back inside, you started a small fire in the old brick
oven and hung a pot with a bit of the water and the vegetables inside
Soon after, your mother and your younger sister,
Hyeon, a 6 year old, arrived and helped you, cutting the bread.
all sat on a table and ate. Once you were done, you took a plate with
some soup and a slice of bread and headed towards the former room of
your dad. You went inside and greeted your brother, Hyun-Woo, who was
Your father passed away when you were still young. He
seemed to have an illness, but no one was sure, what it was. You had
neither the money for a real doctor from the “Gifted”, nor the
necessary technology or medicine in the village to treat whatever it
Now, your brother was showing the same symptoms as your
father. He couldn’t handle your fathers’ death and stayed in his
room ever since. It was once the room of your parents but no one
knew if it was contagious or not so your mother started sleeping else
where. But it didn’t seem to be contagious, since you always had
contact to either your dad or your brother but never felt
You kneeled down next to him, on the thin mat,
which served as a bed. “How are you feeling today, huh?” you
asked. “Not much different from yesterday,” he answered in a
sarcastic tone. Your mother always said he learned that from you,
since you’re the older sister and his “role model”.
handed him the spoon and the plate and watched how his bony fingers
slung around the spoon, which soon dipped into the still warm soup.
You ripped your gaze away, not wanting to think about the
“What did you do today?” you asked. “Played
with Hyeon,” he answered, dipping some bread into the soup and
eating it. “That’s nice,” you said “I worked my ass off.” He
chuckled and finished his soup. “Did you already take your meds,
Hyun-Woo?” “No, can you hand them to me, please?”
brought him a glass of water and a small pill, which he quickly
swallowed. It was supposed to help him with digesting food but didn’t
seem to be doing a good job since you felt like his body absorbed
almost no nutrients from the food.
“I wanna sleep now, sis,”
he said, his eyelids almost closed. He seemed to be getting more and
more tired over the last few months but said that the weather could
be the only possible reason for that.
Of course, you didn’t
“Good night.” “Sleep well,” you said,
closing the door.
slipped under the covers of the bed you shared with your sister and
your mother. You remembered now, that she wanted to tell you
something but you didn’t want to wake her, so you decided to ask her
about it tomorrow and quickly fell into a deep slumber, already
knowing you wouldn’t get enough sleep.
awoke to a rather unpleasant tug at your hair. Opening your eyes, you
could see the sun rays dancing on the wall with the shadows of leaves
from the tree outside of the old house.
Moving your head up
only intensified the tug at your hair, creating a dull pain on your
scalp. Your eyes were met with the face of Hyeon, whose tongue was
sticking out of her mouth, licking at her upper lip in concentration.
“What are you doing?” You tried to sound as friendly as
possible, despite your still raspy voice.
“I wanted to do
something so mommy told me to braid your hair!” You scrunched your
face at her high pitched voice and told her to please stop creating
more knots in your hair before standing up.
“Will you go to
the village with me today? The election is gonna be today!” She
tried convincing you with her puppy eyes but that never worked on
you, no matter who’d do it.
“No. You know, you have to stay
with Hyun-Woo. And you know that mom doesn’t want you to go there,
you don’t know, what kind of people walk around there.”
was true. You already had countless encounters with disgusting old
men that looked for some “fun” or women who tried to steal from
Her puppy eyes were now gone and all that was left on her
face was pure disappointment.
day, you’ll be old enough to go there yourself. So just listen to
your mother and-” “-be patient, yeah, I know.. But you’re
right!” You were relieved that she didn’t throw a tantrum and
smiled at her, ruffling her hair.
“I’ll go play with
Hyun-Woo now!” Hyeon quickly exited the room and all you could hear
were her tiny feet tapping on the floor.
You were now standing
in the door, saying goodbye to your lovely siblings. “Hyun-Woo,
Hyeon, I’m leaving now!” you received a quick answer of 'see you
later’ and 'love you’ before you exited the house.
The air was
still a little bit cold when it flowed through your lungs, a
temperature you preferred over the humid and thick air from the
sun warmed your skin as you made your way to the village.
potatoes from yesterday plus another basket you already prepared the
other day should be enough for today.
The streets were going
to be full, as always on the day of the election, so you were excited
about all the customers and obviously the money. Maybe you could
actually afford the new medicine for your brother without having to
save even more money and not buying food.
arrived at the shop and saw that your mother didn’t open it yet,
assumed that she hasn’t been here yet and started with unlocking the
door and lifting the wooden planks to present the loads of potatoes
and other vegetables.
more and more customers were buying potatoes, saying that they
discovered this shop today but should’ve come this way sooner, since
the potatoes were of higher quality for the same price as other
shops. You had a good feeling in your gut about the next time you
would count the money.
The sun should’ve reached its highest
point by now, signaling that half of the day has passed but the sky
was covered with dark clouds. You weren’t really complaining about it
since the sun was now unable to make you suffer.
creeped through your body since your mother still hasn’t returned yet
but you tried not thinking about it because she was obviously older
than you and could protect herself really well.
thought of your mother you remembered her, wanting to talk to you.
Your thoughts were quickly interrupted as you heard a woman’s
voice say “We ask all villagers to assemble at the center of the
village. The election of the new servants for the households of the
“Gifted” will start in a few minutes.”
woman’s monotone voice then repeated itself several times to grab the
attention of all people.
You also decided to go there, which
was probably not the best decision since you already lost count of
the number of times someone stepped on your feet.
soon as you arrived, your eyes fell onto the big screen on the wall
of the town hall and the stage underneath it. They made quite the
effort, you must admit.
It was basically the only
electronic device in this town and you felt a little uncomfortable,
since you didn’t understand how it works and that bothered you.. And
because you were almost squished to death on your way here. Obviously
most people wanted to be a servant, having a bed to sleep and tasty
food, also not having to worry about the next day and if they would
Everyone has now gone quiet and soon a woman in
formal clothing came out of the town hall and onto the stage. She
tapped the microphone in her hand a few times before she
“Ladies and Gentlemen, we will now get started on the
yearly election of the new servants.”
You felt a tap on your
shoulder and turned around to see Yugyeom.
whispered to him. He smiled at you before turning his attention back
to the woman on the stage.
“You probably know the drill
already but I will still explain it to you again, just like every
year. To attend this election, either you or a family member can
register your name. All the names, that we’ve collected over the last
week are written onto small papers. Today, we will draw 5 papers for
each gender. You must be between the age of 12 and 40 to be able to
attend. The female attendants will serve as maids and the males will
serve as safety guards. As you all know, this village is also called
There are 10 districts and district 1 is
the biggest, district 10 the smallest. That sums up pretty much all
you know about the other districts.
“If you count all
selected attendants of each district, you have 100 soon to be
servants. If you get selected, you will earn money, which is sent to
your family. You, yourself won’t need money, since food, a bed and
other necessities are provided by the “Gifted”..”
would be the only reason for you to actually spend time in the same
room as one of those moneybags.
“Now, that we spoke about
all the formalities, let’s get straight to the election of the
females, shall we?”
Suddenly, you felt someone tap your
shoulder again, only this time, it was your mother.
I needed to talk to you, remember? Please, don’t be mad but-” “Kim
Ji-Hye” “What did you say, mom?” The microphone was too loud
to hear her completely. “Park Mi-Suk” “Just a few hours
ago, I-” “Kim Hyo-Jung”
can’t hear a word, mom!” “______ ______”
immediately looked up to the woman, who just continued reading random
names. You didn’t hear the other names, nor the male ones because
Yugyeom was now pulling you out of the crowd, your mother following
“Are you kidding me right now?” Yugyeom was
now shaking you by the shoulders.
You were still unable to
talk, knowing that whatever came out wouldn’t make sense.
always said, you hated those bastards and now you entered the
election?! And even got elected?!” He was pacing around, looking
like he was about to throw his fist at someones face.
now you got nothing to say?!”
“I did it.” His eyes were
now on your mother and you turned your head. You didn’t notice her
In the distance you could hear people singing
happily, because they heard their names and were now hopefully going
to live a better life. You could also hear the woman say that all the
people, that were chosen, should come to the center of the village
tomorrow morning, where they will be escorted by cars.
she said goodbye, you finally realized the situation you were in,
your mind racing and blood rushing.
“You knew, she hated
them, and yet, you entered her name, and judging by her face, without
her knowing of it?” Yugyeom had calmed down a bit by now but was
“I wanted to attend but I couldn’t have left her
alone with a sick and a young child. I know it was selfish, but
listen,” she now turned to you “, you would live a good life,
with food and a bed and with the money we could finally buy
Hyun-Woo’s new medicine!”
mother had a point and you knew it. But you still couldn’t quiet
comprehend everything that was happening right now. You felt like you were slowly drowning in quicksand.
think.. I’ll go.” Your eyes now wandered to Yugyeom, who was quiet
and looked at the ground with crossed arms.
You knew he
wouldn’t be ok with it but what mattered right now was your brothers
health, not Yugyeom’s opinion or your pride.
You wouldn’t be able to handle the weight on your chest that
you could’ve saved him if you went.
You wouldn’t be able to
handle yet another death of a person dear to you.
So you made
up your mind and went home. You didn’t really have much to pack. But
you made sure to take an older family picture with you.
was still a baby and you all were younger. Your dad was still alive.
You remember saving up money for 2 years to afford a picture. You
smiled at the memory.
You thought about not going but once
you remembered the cold skin of your father’s hand when you held it
before saying good bye for the last time, you knew that this
wasn’t a decision. This was possibly the only chance for your brother
And you refused to be the reason
night was horrible for you. You couldn’t make your heart calm down
once, never mind even close your eyes.
After standing up your
made your way down the stairs, seeing your family sit at the table
with food in front of them.
The last time you ate breakfast
together was when your dad was still alive.
quickly took a seat next to your younger sister and started eating.
You didn’t know what would await you at your new “home” so you
wanted to be prepared.
After taking your last bite with your
family you got your stuff and waited at the door.
how long are you gonna be gone?” Hyeon was now looking at you with
teary eyes. You felt your heart break a little at this.
don’t know, little one, but be good to
mom, will you?” You kneeled
down and ruffeled her hair. “I probably won’t be here, when you
grow up to be a fine woman, but take care of your older brother and
mom,” you said and hugged her, trying to fight the tears
“Hyun-Woo, I swear to god, don’t you die on me before
I’m back home!” You were now laughing a bit while hugging him
and taking a handful of his shirt to not break down. You wanted to be
strong for them and that’s what you were going to do.
watch them both for me.” You were still a bit mad at her but that’s
not what mattered right now. You hugged her, too, and soon your
siblings joined in.
made your way to town, your feet almost not carrying you there like
they were attached to the ground in this small village. It
was your home after all.
the center of the village you could already see the other elected
Soon, a big black car was approaching. Nothing
new, you’ve seen it a few times as a kid, hiding behind Yugyeom
because of the roaring engine.
told your mother to tell him that you were sorry and that you would
miss him. The thought of
staying reached your mind once again but you then thought about your
brother and remembered that this wasn’t about you but your
used to watch people coming out or going inside of it. Now
you were the one entering it. The inside looked just as fancy as the
outside, nude leather seats with name tags on them.
Luckily, yours was next to a window.
the whole drive you watched the trees and tall buildings pass by, not
really interested in the small talk of the others. You weren’t here
to make friends, though you hoped you’d find someone to talk with
during your time there.
After the car arrived at a big
building you were escorted to some showers. For the first time in
your life, you saw water oozing out of a small showerhead attached to
the wall. Warm water was now flowing down your body and it felt like
Then you were equipped with a black pair of pants and
a white shirt.
A few people then took you to a big hall where
the seats had yet again name tags on them. You looked for yours and
sat down. Each row was on a different level than the other, all
creating a half circle around a big desk.
After all the other
people from the districts entered and took a seat a woman in a tight
skirt entered with jet black hair and red lips.
every single one of you in this school. For two weeks from
now on, you will all be
tested and educated in you field of profession. The better your
results are, the higher your rank will be. The higher your rank, the
better the payment. You will have to study very hard to make it all
the way up.”
took a seat in a chair and kept on talking. “Today
I will teach you all about Hangul(Korean
alphabet) and writing.”
few people started distributing small
bags, which contained sheets
of paper with weird signs on
it, white paper and pencils.
then wrote the characters on the blackboard and explained them,
letting the whole room repeat
after her as she pronounced them.
Fast forward a few hours, you were a little tired. Obviously,
carrying a basket of potatoes and collecting them for hours on a
field was a lot more tiring, but still, getting stuff pressed into
your head and keeping it
there was also not very
You were assigned to rooms of ten but no one really
talked. They all went straight to bed, just like you.
second you sat down on the comfy mattress, that was several sizes
bigger than your mat back at home, you felt your eyes grow
You still thought a bout the next day a little.
said, doctors were going to check your health and that you were going
to exercise but also that some of the families were going to come by
to take a look at their possible servants.
necessarily excited about meeting a bunch of douchebags with money
but you still decided to give them your best effort. You
wanted to earn the most money possible so that you could afford the
best treatment for your brother.
were now starting to let go of your surroundings and soon the arms of
the night enclosed around your body, hugging your tired
an already well filled stomach and rested body you followed some
girls to the training area.
The teacher was now a male and as
soon as you entered, he whistled and made everyone run some
You felt the sweat form on your body and hair sticking
to your neck, despite your pony tail.
girl, about your age, came walking
towards you and handed you a towel, smiling at you. You quickly
thanked her, not able to say anything more because you were having a
hard time breathing.
After running, she introduced herself as Hyerin. You now got
a better look at her. She had short brown hair and looked pretty fit.
Her face was beautiful and she really looked like she belonged to one
of the “Gifted”.
You talked a little and you found out
that she was from district 4. She was sick of living a normal life so
she decided to enter just for fun, thinking nothing of it. Of course
she was surprised when she got elected but it didn’t really bother
her, she was looking for some
kind of an adventure after all.
she was done talking she pointed towards the other end of the
“Look, that’s one of the families,” she
said, as she stepped closer to you, your
eyes following her finger.
“They once came to my
district to get some special
medicine there. They must be
really famous, because they had a bunch of body guards with
eyes traveled to each one of them. They all looked very handsome or
pretty, like they were created in some
kind of laboratory with
symmetrical faces and sharp features.
One of them caught
your eye, having a slightly different facial structure. He
looked at each person in that
room, some of them
embarrassed about looking like a sweaty mess in front of these 'high
his eyes were
also meeting your ones
but soon kept on
He was one of the most handsome ones there and was
also quite tall, wide shoulders and dark hair. Next
to him was a female. She looked like she was your age and you noticed
that she wasn’t wearing as fancy clothes as the other people from
that group. She was also looking at the other people in that room,
but with more arrogance in her gaze.
looked away, staring was rude after
all. Of course you didn’t
really like them but that didn’t mean you needed to be a bitch
towards them. Other than that, those people
could possibly be your futuristic “masters”.
group then left but you couldn’t get his face out of your head.
After the exercise,
as expected, you had to see a doctor.
The checkup didn’t show
any abnormalities and you were soon able to go, relief
spreading through your body.
you arrived at your room, you saw that Hyerin was your roommate. You
didn’t even realize that yesterday and were a bit embarrassed about
being so oblivious.
talked a bit, hearing from
her that apparently the
family visited to talk about one of their maids and how she behaved
rude and in a lewd way. You
wondered if it was the girl that stood next to that tall guy.
Some heard that you could get replaced if your “masters” weren’t
happy with you. It was
kind of scary to you, to think that someone could just throw you out
of their house because they didn’t like you.
soon went to bed, your
muscles finally relaxing.
That persons face was somehow
still on your mind but you
decided it was best to forget it. He
wasn’t important after all.
thought about your family and wondered if they were doing well but
tried not to bother too much, or otherwise you would get homesick.
decided to ask the next day if there was any way of contacting them
and soon fell asleep, your
goal clear in your
past two weeks passed by so quickly that you didn’t even realize that
you would only stay here for
two more days. You were able
to contact your family through letters, since your mom has a friend
that is able to read and write.
you were going to be submitted to a family of the “Gifted” and
the day after tomorrow, once the sun started to set, you would have
to be able to know everything about your masters.
day you were taught on how to become the perfect maid. You knew now
how to make a bed or set the table, how to cook the easiest of meals
and that you needed to hold the teapot in a certain way, how to clean
windows, how to greet and much more. Once
your schedule was over you studied your notes about math and
Hangul(Korean alphabet) until late in the evening.
was tiring but you still felt like you were in heaven when you let
hot water run down your skin and fell into your bed with thick, clean
sheets and a smell of laundry detergent.
you were provided with a special dress that had white and black
layers but also
a white apron on top. Some
women started pulling it tighter and adjusting it in some areas,
making it fit your and only your body.
they told you that you were done, you left and
made your way towards your last class in
that school. It was about
first aid and what to do when one of your masters got injured, the
wounds ranging from small
cuts to shot wounds.
You remembered a class earlier that
week. It was about the safety of the houses and that it was necessary
to know the map of the house
and its safety equipment in case of an emergency. It was not
uncommon that intruders got into houses and stole expensive objects,
even kidnapped members of the families just to get money and have a
class ended you felt relief rushing through your body. Finally, you
didn’t have to shove information into your brain and somehow keep
everything inside. It was just afternoon, the first time your
class didn’t last until dinner. After you arrived in your room you
noticed that Hyerin hadn’t been there yet because her bed looked all
tidy and unused.
Usually, whenever you arrived first she
would come in and fall onto her bed, a long exaggerated sigh leaving
her lungs. Then she would wiggle around in her bed making weird
noises and creating a smile on your lips.
But her bed looked
just like this morning when you both left for breakfast. You
assumed she still had class and thought that it was best to start
collecting you stuff and cleaning a little bit, practicing on how to
make the bed look perfect.
After that you grabbed a water
bottle and put on workout clothes, which you also got from the school
and made your way towards the
small gym in the school.
You wanted to be prepared if you ever
had to leave and go back home. You would be of no use if you couldn’t
even carry that basket of potatoes, after all.
you felt your clothes sticking to your skin and your muscles
screaming for a break you went to go shower.
You saw Hyerin,
who was on her way to your room. “Hey, I’ll just take a shower
really quick!” you said, as she was approaching you. “You
wanna eat dinner together?” she asked, her eyes lighting up at the
thought of food. You chuckled a little and told her “Sure.” “Kay,
I’ll be waiting in our room!” She was already a few steps
ahead, waving at you.
waved back and continued walking to take the shower that you have
been waiting for since you began working out.
You felt a
little bad because you started getting addicted to this kind of life
style but you were sure that if leaving was your only option you
would quickly get used to showering with luke warm water again.
you sat down on a table with Hyerin, a steaming soup in front of you,
she scooted really close to you. You already knew what was
“So, have you heard?” “About what?” you
asked back, ready to dig in. She
got even closer now and you were certain that she wanted to talk
about other people who have caused drama, her voice dropping to a
whisper. “Yuna fucked Mr.Shin just to get a few more points for
You thought it was something more dramatic but
still clicked your tongue. “Hyerin, how many times do I have to
tell you, don’t say something like that..” “What, you mean
“fucked”?” She knew exactly what you meant and repeated it on
purpose, only earning a glare from you.
She smiled at you and
giggled a little, her finger now massaging the wrinkles between your
eyebrows. You somehow
couldn’t get angry at her, but this was no serious matter so you soon
forgot about it. You, yourself, had now almost stopped swearing
in hopes of creating a better image in front of your masters to stay
as long as possible and get enough money to save your brother, the
only reason you came here.
Your mind now focused on something
else than the swearword she used. “I wonder what my score is..”
you said in between slurps from your soup. “I’m sure it’s super
high, since you study all the time.” Not knowing if you had put
enough effort into your work annoyed you. The scores were kept secret
until the last day, the day when you would get submitted.
know, if I were you I also wouldn’t study but
I have to!” you said, a bit
jealous of Hyerin.
She used to have a lot of contact to the
“Gifted” and sometimes even talked to them. She would ask for any
kind of book that they didn’t need anymore and whenever they came
again, they brought new books for
her. They told her what each letter meant, she kept remembering
them and that’s how she learned reading. They also brought math books
and science books so she basically already knew everything that they
not everyone can be as blessed as me, to have a coffee shop on the
main street,” she flipped her hair and sighed “Some are just not
One of her eyebrows was now arched and she
raised her chin, looking down at you.
And suddenly you both
broke into laughter.
“You looked so ridiculous just now!”
you said, finally getting some air into your body. “For a
moment, I was afraid you thought that I was serious.”
kept on laughing for a little while and finished your soup.
your way back, Hyerin suddenly had the urge to take a bath and
excused her, saying that she would forgive you if you fell
You were happy that she said that because once your
body hit the mattress you felt the leftover energy of your body run
out without even turning the lights
might be the first day for me to actually study,” Hyerin whispered,
as she leaned over to your ear to not disturb anyone around you.
“Hmmmm, yeah, go on, brag about your intelligence.” She
then looked you in the eye, an oh-come-on look on her face. “I
hate you.” “Love
you too,” you said, smirking at her.
Both of you then turned
your head to the front again.
You were currently sitting in a
big hall full of chairs with soon to be maids and security guards
sitting on them.
Today was the day you would get assigned to
a family. You were a little excited, if that’s what you could call
it. You were ready to work your butt off until you got enough money
for your brother and then flip off those
the lady that talked on stage back at your home village, made an
introduction, saying something about how amazing it was that we more
or less learned so much in such little time and then some men
distributed papers in the hall.
you got yours, you realized that these were your points and on the
bottom it showed a number, which had 'SCORE’ written above it in
thick, cursive letters.
out of 500
You suddenly smiled, knowing that your efforts
weren’t a waste of time. Hyerin then almost crashed into you to
look at you paper.
“No waaaay! You have two more points
than me!” “Ha! Regret not studying now?” you asked, feeling
really good about yourself.
I mean, I was lazy the whole time and was almost as good as you so
“Ha!” right back at you.”
squinted your eyes at her and she stopped smiling. You then stuck
your tongue out and she held her heart.
“Dear god, stop
that!” she said as she was hitting you with her paper.
woman then said that you should come to the front now to one of the
that had your district number
on a paper glued to them, and
that the men standing behind
hand you a folder with information about your family that has already
been chosen for you.
it was your turn your heart started beating at an unhealthy pace and
your breath got shorter.
voice sounded normal but your mind was a mess.
Did your hard
work pay off? Will you get a good family? Will you make enough money
to pay for your brothers treatment?
you go,” he said and it made you shake your head to stop thinking
and start doing something.
You took it and quickly rushed to
your room, not thinking about
waiting for Hyerin right now.
sat down onto your bed and laid the folder next to you.
wouldn’t matter if you opened it because you wouldn’t be able to tell
if the family was good or not by their name anyway. But you couldn’t
bring yourself to do it.
Hyerin burst into the room.
could see that she got a good family by the way she wouldn’t stop
smiling while her eyes were tracing the letters on the first paper of
“Oh my god, you won’t believe it! I got family
You just looked at her, not being able to say if that
was good or not. She saw it by the way you looked at her and
continued talking nonstop
“They are super rich and their
son, Kim Namjoon is known to be super smart. He reads a lot of books,
just like me, and maybe we can bond that way and we’ll start dating
and then get married and have – Hey, you haven’t even opened
“Ah, yeah, I just.. I don’t know? A name
wouldn’t be helpful anyways..”
Hyerin saw how helplessly
confused you were, not knowing what to do or rather, not even knowing
what held you back from opening it.
“Listen,” she said,
sitting down next to you and putting a hand on your back in a
comforting manner, “I don’t know, why you’re here or what your goal
is but I know that you want to get money-”
Your eyes shot up
to hers in shock
“You talked in your sleep that one night,
but that’s not the point. What I meant to say was that with your
score there is no way that you would get a worse family than mine and
mine is already bomb so.. What are you waiting for?”
knew that she was right, but you also didn’t want to be
disappointed. Still, you slowly reached for the folder and put it
on your lap.
You slid a finger under the binder and pulled it
The soft feeling of the paper under your fingertips
reminded you that you came here two weeks ago, never even seen a book
and now you were even able to read. You have to be able to read to
understand what the recipe
says so that you can cook for
your master who will pay you for your hard
work and that your brother
might live happily with the medicine you bought from that money.
you gave yourself a push and flipped the first page.
you said, looking up from the paper just to be met with Hyerins
Her eyes were ripped open, glued to the paper, and her
mouth slightly agape.
She then looked at you with the same
“W-What? Is it
She then jumped up and grabbed you by the
“BAD?! ___________, the Jeons are basically on
top of the food chain. They’re one of the richest families
Your jaw dropped and you felt like you were on
drugs. You couldn’t contain your happiness and jumped into Hyerins
arms, ugly laughs and screams filling the room.
An older woman
than burst into the room and said something about how loud you were
and that you were disturbing other people who were trying to
You then looked
at each other and started laughing again, this time only a little
more quiet, though.
You fell into bed and started talking a
little. “Tomorrow will be the last day, huh?” you
atmosphere that was so refreshing a few minutes ago was now replaced
Different families would mean no more Hyerin.
can write letters, now that I can read..” you said, trying to stay
“Maybe even call each other if we’re allowed to.”
For Hyerin, it seemed like no big deal for you two to stay in
“You know, in the beginning, I never wanted to make
any friends here.. but with you it happened so naturally and so
“I know, it’s 'cuz I’m so awesome!” She propped
herself up by her elbow and held a peace sign to her eye. You
both giggled at that.
still miss you though.. and our stupid laughing!”
know.. Me too.”
You smiled at each other, a little sadness
in your eyes. You would definitely remember Hyerin. But soon she
yawned, making you yawn too. Seeing this, you made really ugly faces,
yawning and laughing at the same time.
It was already a little
late and you both decided to sleep. Tomorrow was going to be tiring.
It was you last day, after
family name is Jeon. The family members consist of a father, Jeon
Sang-Ook, a dead mother, Jeon Jung-Yoon, an
illegitimate son, Kim Seok-Jin, an illegitimate daughter, Kim Eun-Ah,
and another son, the youngest, Jeon Jeong-Guk. Preferred
names are Sangook, Jin, Eunah, Jungkook’
That is what you have
been repeating in your mind ever since this morning.
house with three levels and a basement, and
12 – no 15 bathrooms…? Ah, damn it..’
You somehow couldn’t
get the number of bathrooms into your head and you have been
struggling with this ever since this morning. But
other than that, counting in
one or two seconds to think about it, everything else was engraved on
the security cameras were, where the kitchens were, the entrance, the
eating hall, the bedrooms, everything.
you had been studying the whole day you were quite confident and
repeated a few facts two or
three times for the last time and started packing your stuff after
It wasn’t much, just some shampoo and a toothbrush, your
notes, workout clothes and casual clothes. Lastly, you put the
picture of your family on top of your stuff and closed your
Looking at the clock with your folder in hand, you
walked out of the room for the last time.
Your steps towards
the entrance were slow, because you still had a few minutes left. As
you reached the door your eyes met Hyerins and you walked over to
“Hey, sorry I left a little earlier this morning, I
study the best when I’m outside.”
“Seriously? I don’t
really care, where it is, it just needs to be quiet.” You
looked around a little, most of the participants were leaving
“When is your driver gonna come?” you asked, turning
your head back to Hyerin.
She was about to face you but her
eyes were now glued elsewhere. “Apparently now.”
turned around and saw a black car with a man in front of it. In his
hands was a sign with Hyerins name written on it.
quickly turned back to her and hugged her. “C'mon, you have to
“I know. Don’t forget to contact me,
Her hug tightened for a second
and then she let go of you.
“Bye,” you said, looking at
her as she walked towards the car.
“Later,” she waved now,
smiled a last time at you and then entered the car.
eyes still lingered on the car a little bit, already missing her, but
you soon looked in another direction.
was now a lot of whispering around you and before you could wonder,
why, your eyes found yet another sign, this time, your name was on
You grabbed your
stuff and walked towards it, the people around you, mostly girls,
saying your name or the family name of your masters. You couldn’t
understand anything else they said but you didn’t even want to hear
So you just got
in, the driver now greeting you.
“Hi, nice to meet you. My
name is Jung Hoseok and I’m one of the drivers of the Jeons.”
flashed you a big smile, which invited you to introduce yourself,
“Uh, hey, I’m ________ ___________, and I’ll soon be a
maid of the Jeons..?” It still sounded a bit odd to you and he
seemed to notice that, laughing a bit.
“Don’t be so nervous,
I won’t bite. But I know that it’s a little uncomfortable in the
beginning, I was like that, too.”
You quickly opened up to
Hoseok. He was really funny and open, making it just as easy to like
him as with Hyerin.
came here at the age of 17, and worked there for 5 years now, making
him 22. 'Older than the son and the illegitimate daughter of master
Jeon,’ you thought.
“But don’t be surprised if they talk to
you in a rude way or informally. Age doesn’t matter if you’re a maid.
Even the guests that have children at the age of 7, everyone won’t
care how old you are.”
“I’ll be prepared, thanks to
You drove for one or two hours and you looked at the
folder from time to time. Finally, you were able to remember how many
bathrooms they had. It made you feel a little better but as you got
closer to the house, seeing it on Hoseoks GPS, you couldn’t help but
feel a little anxious. What if you would snap one day and be so upset
that you would be sent back to your family? Would you have enough
money by then? How were you going to –
Your eyes darted to Hoseok who was already exiting
the car. Now you were really nervous.
You got out and
straightened your apron
a little. You looked up and almost fell over. The size of the
house was indescribable.
The map didn’t do justice to it and
you wondered, how many maids you would need, to clean that whole
As you entered the house through a big
door with Hoseok, you felt
your heart drop.
From the door to the stairs was a long, blood
red carpet with maids and security men alined. Everyone
was now looking at you and you felt pressured to make a good first
impression so you bowed, deep and long.
“N-Nice to meet you.
I’m _________ __________ and I’ll be one of the new maids working
You lifted your head and looked at about 16 maids
and 16 security guards, the
slightest bit of blood rushing to your cheeks as they all just said
something along the lines of “Hi” or “Nice to meet you too”
and left afterwords to continue their work.
guided you to your room through endless corridors and fancy looking
rooms, with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and statues
decorating each hall
your room was more luxurious than the one back at your school and
that was already more than an average ambiance.
sleeping here. Showers are just down the hall. If you need something
just come to me, I’m just a room above you,” he said, as he pointed
his finger towards the ceiling.
“Thank you, Hoseok.”
and also, tomorrow, one of the other maids will wake you and the
other newcomers up, around six. They’ll show you everything and
“Okay, I’ll get going
“Bye,” were your last words that you spoke that
You moved your stuff and put your clothing in the closet,
got ready for bed and laid down. The bed was a little softer than
the one at the school, giving in under your weight.
It had a
different smell, probably some really expensive laundry detergent.
That smell was now your lullaby and you felt your body relax,
drifting to sleep with yet again more worries in your
nice to meet you. I’m very excited to post my first writing on
here. But also anxious, 'cuz English isn’t my first language but I
still try, OK?!?? Also, excuse my endless amount of commas, I’m still not
sure where to put them.
In this chapter is literally almost no
Jeon-action going on and I’m really sorry about that but oh bOI get
ready for the next one..? Or the one after that because I unsually rush things and then I rewrite the whole thing because I wanna write good stuff but it’s reall hard for me?? Idk, please don’t hate me ;-;
But every time you leave I forget how to sleep, I forget how to eat and I forget how to breathe. I’m not myself without you in my life. But you never see how much I break. Hiding behind a smile is an art to me.
A pharmacist (in regards to my nearly tearful-statement, “I’m so poor,” at my relief of having to pay only $3 for my anti-psychotic meds), asked me if I was going to school full time (I am, and I was wearing the polo from the grocery store I work at), and then told me she was really proud of me and I’m doing great.
That was…more validation than I have gotten from my parents in my 22 years of life.
[Unrelated, but I’ve been poking around terminals and Fallout 4′s dialogue for Institute-related things, and with at least two synth characters in the wasteland, there’s emphasis on them fitfully sleeping/not sleeping at all. So I don’t know if that’s something across the board or what and only adds to the eternal mystery of how synths even work.]
Hi, I’m @halo-therebuddy , and I struggle with depression, self harm, and poor self esteem. All I want to say is to keep going, no matter how hopeless things might be. Nobody was actually meant to be here, so why not enjoy it? Drink a little more coffee, sleep in a little more, eat that donut. You deserve the world, yes you! Indulge a little, and smile, because it looks amazing on you.
Thank you to everyone who is helping, or helped me with my recovery of PTSD, Chronic Depression, Self harm, suicide, and anything else.
Headcanon: Robert won’t leave Aaron’s side in the hospital, and Aaron starts feeling a little smothered by the attention and a bit guilty about scaring Robert so badly. Aaron tells Robert to go home and take care of himself: shower, sleep, and eat something decent. But the way Aaron says it triggers Robert to flash back to Aaron stuck in the car and he completely breaks down. From then on, Aaron stops nagging Robert to go home, but does ask Vic to bring him meals and Liv to bring a pillow and blanket.
Guys, I am going to tell you something about me you might not know. I have struggled about it for quite a while and I thought I should tell you. I am addicted to pudding. It’s bad. I eat pudding in my sleep. I eat pudding in a tree. I eat pudding in a pudding. I feel bad, but this is who I am. I. AM. ADDICTED. TO. PUDDING. AND I AM PROUD.
Yes, Mother, when you ask me “what time will you be done with your work today?” and I reply with “I could work all day” it does indeed mean that I have so much to do that were it not for the need to eat, sleep, and occasionally give my brain a bit of a rest, I would work endlessly, probably straight through until next Wednesday.
but u cant deny that mentally ill ppl do have a different (and way more realistic) view on this world.... i mean ever since i became severely depressed i realised all we really do is eat sleep work and die. everything is meaningless
He traveled with him in all Greece and he watched Rhadamanhys becoming a broken person, desperate and furious. Valentine never complained of anything and he did everything possible when ever he could to allow them to sleep and eat, supporting Rhadamanthys in every decision and always treating him like the king that he was supposed to be.
Slowly, during their infinite travels, they became close and intimate, growing to men together and spending every night learning about things that the other didn’t know. All the situations that they passed through, all the problems, all the nights spent hugged because cold, all their intimate talking, created a deep chemistry and attraction but especially a need for each other.
After years of wandering, they stopped. Valentine managed to convince Rhadamanthys to leave the past behind and to start a new life together with him, far from all that harmed him. Or at least Valentine thought so.
Rhadamanthys started to recover and in a way to accept what happened, they started to live a peaceful life together somewhere, but really shortly after settling, Zeus ordered to Rhadamanthys to leave and marry. The god convinced Rhadamanthys easily, reminding him who he was, that living like a normal person was ridiculous, and he reminded him what he always wanted to do in his life: to devote himself to an important cause.
Rhadamanthys didn’t oppose and he accepted immediately the task to create a kingdom that will follow the laws of the gods, breaking their relationship and leaving Valentine behind.
He ordered him to stay away and to start a life far from him, telling him that he was with him only because he didn’t have other choices, making Valentine understands that there weren’t any feeling between them, literally destroying Valentine’s heart, hopes and desire to live.
Even after some time far from each others, Valentine didn’t succeed to forget his lord or his feelings, and even if Rhadamanthys’s words hurt him deeply, he really could not believe them, and so after finding the courage necessary, Valentine started a travel to reach his lord in Boetia.