When the song ended, you stepped away from Kris, “I think I need a break. These heels are killing me.”
The two of you headed to the lounging chairs.
Sehun skipped over, “Star! Dance with me!” “No, me first!” Tao argued.
“I said it first” Sehun yelled.
You shook your head, “Sorry, boys. But my feet hurt. Let’s wait a little bit, okay?”
“Okay. Call me!” Sehun ran off. “No! Me!” Tao pointed at himself then left.
You laughed at their silliness. Kris smiled just because you did.
“I’m going to get another drink.” You walked off to the table. You were pouring punch into a cup when someone hissed, “Slut.”
You froze. *That person wasn’t directing it towards me, was she?* Slowly, you looked up. As expected, Saemi was standing next to you. She took the other ladle and poured punch for herself. You looked around. No one else was there. “Um, excuse me, sunbae. But were you referring to me?” You asked.
Saemi dropped the ladle in the punch and turned to you with a vile smirk, “So you know you’re a slut.”
You narrowed your eyes at her, “No, I didn’t know that at all, because I am not one. How am I slut?”
“Please, don’t act innocent.” Saemi hissed, “I saw you dancing with my ex, and two other guys.”
You rolled your eyes, “Really? I’m a slut because I danced with three guys? Apparently, you need to rethink your definition of what a slut actually is. I saw a dictionary in Jongjin oppa’s room. Go look it up there.” You began to walk away. Saemi fumed when she heard you had gone into his room. *How far did they go?! This conniving bitch-* She grabbed you and spun you around.
“What-“ You gasped as cold punch splattered all over you.
The music stopped. Everyone stared at you.
“STAR!” “MEI-MEI!” Exo ran over. Their eyes widened at the drenched sight of you.
Punch was running down your neck, chin, and shoulders. Your beautiful, new dress was stained with sticky punch. You gaped at Saemi in shock. *No way. She just threw punch at me.*
Chanyeol furiously grabbed Saemi’s arm and hissed, “WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST DO?!”
Baekhyun glared at her with scorn. *How dare she humiliate Star like this?*
“What happened?!” Jongjin ran over, causing Chanyeol to let go of Saemi. His eyes widened, “Haebin…” You didn’t move. Jongjin turned on Saemi, “What did you do?! Didn’t I tell you that if you were going to stay, you had to quietly?! Look what you did!”
She vehemently sneered, “Why are you blaming it on me?! Why can’t you see that she’s just a little slut-“
“Don’t you dare call her that in front of my face, Shim Saemi!” Jongjin spat.
Irene gasped when she saw you. Hyunseok’s eyes widened in surprise. “Oh dear.” Irene ran over with a napkin and began to wipe the punch off your neck and shoulders, “Are you all right?!” You quietly nodded, “I’m fine.”
“Get out.” Jongjin pointed to the door. “Get out of my party.”
“You can’t be serious. You’re actually making me leave instead of her?” Saemi asked incredulously.
"The exit is that way. Don’t make me show you the way out.” Jongjin coldly said.
Saemi threw you a vicious glare then stomped off in frustration.
Jongjin shook his head. *Psycho.* He looked at you and immediately felt guilty. Jongjin ran over, “Oh God, Haebin. Are you all right? I’m so sorry. Let’s get you cleaned up.” Delicately, he put his arms around you and began to lead you towards the restroom.
However, someone caught your arm, and both of you looked up.
“No, thank you. If you don’t mind, I’ll take Haebin home now.” Kris coldly said.
Jongjin looked at you, “Haebin…”
You nodded, “I think I should go home, oppa. I can’t stay here…like this…” You glanced down at your ruined dress.
Jongjin sighed, “I’m so sorry, Haebin. I should have sent her away sooner.”
You shook your head, “It’s okay. It was a very, er, memorable ending.” That didn’t make him feel any better. You lightly patted his shoulder, “I’m really okay, oppa. I had a lot of fun.”
“Haebin, let’s go.” Luhan called.
“Merry Christmas. See you soon!” You waved. Jongjin half-heartedly waved back.
You left with Exo. Kai shook his head. *I should have never brought her here in the first place.* The 13 of you came out of the building and a gust of wind hit you. You automatically shivered and placed your arms around yourself.
“Oh God, Star. You must be freezing.” Without hesitation, Chanyeol took his tuxedo jacket off and slipped it over your bare shoulders.
“Thanks.” You snuggled into the warmness and tightened the jacket around you. “I don’t see any cabs out here. Let me call for them.” You began to take out your phone, but Luhan pushed it away. You gave him a curious look, “Do you see a cab?”
Luhan looked at Kris. Kris sighed, “There’s no other choice.” Suddenly, you were whisked into his arms. You turned red, “What are you doing?! Put me down!” You struggled, but he just tightened his grip on you. “I’ll fly home with Haebin first. The rest of you follow in your desirable methods of transportation.”
Before you could protest, Kris took off into the sky. Chanyeol’s jacket fell onto the ground. “NO, STAR!” Chanyeol reached out, but you were already out of sight. His hand dropped to the ground in stunned hopelessness.
“Why’d you let him take our Star?!” Sehun complained.
“Would you rather her shivering in the cold?” Luhan asked. Sehun turned quiet.
“Let’s go.” Luhan nodded at the remaining Exo-M. They nodded and at the same time, jumped up into the sky. Exo-K glanced at each other, then they, too, jumped across buildings to go home.
“Holy crap! We’re really flying!” You squealed as you clung onto Kris. “I’m going to fall. I’m going to fall. I’m going to fall.”
“Relax, Haebin. Do you really think I would let you fall?” Kris asked.
You peeked up at him, “Really? You won’t?”
Kris rolled his eyes, “There’s a bigger chance that a meteorite would hit the earth right now than me letting you plummet to your death.”
“Geez. That’s a nice way of putting it.” But you felt more comforted than before.
In no time, you and Kris had arrived at home. Minutes later, Exo M and Exo K came home. You sneezed a couple times. “Star! Oh no, you must be freezing.” Chanyeol rubbed your arms with a glare at Kris, “If she gets sick, it’s all your fault.”
“I’m perfectly fine. I think I’m going to take a hot shower.” You headed upstairs.
“Poor Star.” Sehun pouted.
Tao glared at the door, “Where does that witch live?! Whoever messes with my mei-mei is going down!” “I’ll join you, didi!” Xiumin nodded. “You can stop time, and I’ll freeze her to death. Chen, you should come. Strike her with lightning!” Chen rolled his eyes. *Immature fool.*
“That’s enough. No one is going anywhere.” Kris said. Xiumin’s face fell, “But duizhang-“
Kris headed upstairs as he loosened his tie. He slipped it off his neck then tossed it on the ground with an exhausted sigh. *I am never wearing this again.*
Half an hour later, you came out of the bathroom, clean and clothed. You took the towel and rubbed your long, wet hair with a sigh of both content and wistfulness. You sank onto your bed and stared at the ruined party dress hanging from the knob of the closet. *Well…that was an exciting party, if anything else.*
There was a rapid knock on your door. “Come in.” You called.
Exo-K, in their regular clothes, stepped inside.
“Star,” Sehun sat next to you, “Are you all right?”
“Now that I have had a shower, yes. That punch was sticky. You guys had never had punch thrown in your face before, but trust me, it’s not a good feeling.” You chuckled, trying to make a joke of the dramatic experience. Chanyeol and D.O. exchanged glances.
Suho reached out and lightly sroked your wet hair, “Are you sure you’re okay?”
You nodded, “I’m fine. Don’t worry about me. I’m sorry if you guys didn’t have any fun at the party.”
“Of course we did, Star. We were with you.” Chanyeol gently murmured.
You smiled, “Thanks, Yeol.”
Sehun pouted, “What about your dress?”
“Yeah, that kind of sucks…I only wore it once. I wonder if they’ll take it back…” You thought aloud.
“Don’t worry about the dress, Star.” Baekhyun comforted. “Yeah, Star. As long as you’re okay, that’s what matters.” D.O. said.
You nodded, “Araso. You guys should go to bed. It’s late.” “Araso, Star. Good night.” Exo-K waved and headed out.
Sehun leaned towards you with a cute smile, “Should I sleep with you tonight?!”
“Maknae!” Suho called gently but firmly.
“Araso, araso. I’m coming. Sweet dreams, Star!” Sehun planted a wet kiss on your cheek and ran off, closing the door behind him.
Chuckling, you wiped the saliva off your cheek. *At least Exo is still with me. If I had to survive this alone, I wouldn’t be as optimistic. They are becoming a bigger factor in my life. I wonder if that’s good or bed…* With that thought, you went to bed.
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