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Let's Walk Together - TOUCH
Fun days soon morphed into long weeks with EXO-K there to keep Naeun company. She began to grow accustomed to the six EXO-K boys. It was fun to have friends around, and of course, she wasn’t that lonely anymore.
Today was an extremely hot summer day on EXO Planet. The sun was scorching hot, but it was still a beautiful day.
“Argh! It’s so hot!” Chanyeol fanned himself with his hands, but of course, it had no effect on him.
“Hm.” Sehun mused from beside Naeun. He sat at the dining table, eating a grape-flavoured popsicle. She munched on a cherry one. Sehun rested his head on his fist, “It’d be great if Xiumin hyung was here.”
Naeun pulled the popsicle out of and tilted her head to one side, “Who’s Xiumin?”
“He’s a friend from EXO-M. His power is frost.” D.O replied lazily as he laid his head down on the cool dining room glass.
Kai put his arm on his eyes, shielding it from the sun, as he sat on the couch. “Yeah, Xiumin hyung could’ve cooled the house down for us.”
Naeun blinked and put her arms down on the table. *Xiumin, huh?*
Suho noticed that she had a distant look in her eyes and grew alert. He thought that Naeun might feel left out in the discussion. “Well,” He began, “I’m sure you’ll meet them soon, Naeun.”
Naeun looked up, popsicle in hand, and stared into his warm, kind eyes. *As always, spoken like a true gentleman.* She smiled at him and nodded, “I’d like that.”
Baekhyun caught Suho’s gaze and understood where he was coming from. He kept silent and just smiled at you.
“But should we really spend our whole day cooped up in the house?” Suho scratched his head.
Chanyeol’s eyes widened as he sat up, “You mean—you want us to go outside?! Where it’s burning hot?! No way!” He crossed his arms firmly and frowned.
Naeun laughed, “Come on, Chanyeol oppa. It might not be as bad as you think. Who knows? The leader just might be onto something fun.” She winked at Suho, who gratefully grinned back.
“Aww, great. Now leader hyung’s got the princess on his side, too.” Chanyeol jokingly glared at Naeun, making a face at her. “You’re always on Suho hyung’s side.”
D.O raised his head in interest, eyeing Naeun suspiciously, “Come to think of it, that’s true…”
“What, do you have a crush on our leader or something?” Kai smirked, suddenly ignoring the heat that he was complaining about so much before.
Baekhyun’s head snapped up in alarm and Sehun almost dropped his popsicle in shock. His jaw dropped open a bit.
Naeun laughed. “Mayyyybe~” She jokingly teased.
Baekhyun saw the way Suho shyly smiled and patted Naeun’s hair. She giggled and smiled back up at him. He had envy and jealousy swirling in the pit of his stomach, hinted with a dash of worry. *She’s just kidding, Baekhyun. She’s just kidding…* He forced himself to think and the jealousy to disappear.
From the corner of her eye, Naeun saw Baekhyun’s eyebrow twitching. He was keeping his eyes shut tightly and he bit his lip hard.
The said boy stopped and opened his eyes slowly. He gawked as he saw Naeun’s face zoomed right into his. She looked worried, “Is something the matter? Do you not feel well?” Naturally, she brushed up his bangs and put the top of her hand onto his forehead, feeling his temperature.
The others just watched in confusion.
Baekhyun quickly recoiled from her touch, not wanting her to feel the heat from his blush. “I-I’m fine.” He insisted, eyes not meeting hers.
Naeun tilted her head to the side and took note of a little drop of blood seeping out from his bottom lip. Immediately, she took a tissue and tried to dab the blood away, “You shouldn’t bite your lips so hard—“
“It’s okay.” Baekhyun abruptly snatched the Kleenex away from her and dabbed it, “I can do it myself.” His tone of voice came out harsher than he meant for it to be.
Naeun looked surprised and froze, shrinking back into her seat. “Oh. Okay. Sorry.” She quietly mumbled, a bit hurt from his sharp tone of voice. Baekhyun was usually much more calm and kind. He was always gentle towards her, so why was he being so hostile?
Chanyeol clucked his tongue in distaste. *Baekhyun. What are we going to do with you?* There was an awkward silence in the air.
“Uhh… So…” Suho quickly racked his brain, “…Is there anything you guys would like to do outside?”
Everyone pondered over that until Kai spoke up, “How about…. Hide and Seek?”
Sehun instantly tensed up and Naeun noticed.
“Call!” D.O, Chanyeol and Suho agreed. “You guys up for it?” D.O looked at the three.
Baekhyun wordlessly nodded. *Stupid…idiot…Byun Baekhyun…* He continued cursing himself.
“I’m okay with it,” Naeun glanced over to Sehun worriedly, “But are you, Sehun oppa?”
Sehun snapped out of his daze, “Huh?” Everyone stared at him expectantly. “Oh… yeah. I’m…okay with it.” He gave Naeun a reassuring smile, but the latter didn’t really seem convinced.
Nevertheless, everyone nodded, “Call! Let’s go!” They quickly filed out of the house. Soon, everyone but Naeun and Baekhyun left.
*Err…* She glanced in his direction for a split second before she looked away. *I should leave first…*
Naeun stood up to follow the others when an arm shot out and grabbed hers. She looked over her shoulder in surprise.
“I….” Baekhyun started shamefully. Naeun noticed the apologetic tone in his voice and she softened. She noticed how he seemed uncomfortable as well.
He let out a slow sigh, “…Mianhae. My behaviour was rude. It was my fault. I just acted like that on impulse without thinking it through.” He caught Naeun’s gaze and tenderly stared into her eyes, “…Sorry.”
Baekhyun let go of her arm as she let out a hum. She dug into her pocket until she found a small wrapper and peeled it apart.
A gentle touch startled him as she carefully placed the circle band-aid onto Baekhyun’s cut lip. “It’s all I can do, but just don’t bite it too hard again, or else the wound might open up and get infected.” She quietly reminded.
Baekhyun nodded. Naeun smiled, “And… I forgive you. So let’s just go and have fun today, okay? Everyone’s waiting for us.” She waved him over and held out a hand to help him up.
A thankful smile spread across Baekhyun’s perfect lips as he took her hand in his.
A perfect fit.
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