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Honesty - SHINee
“Whoa…” The six boys of EXO-M stood in the front foyer of the house with wide eyes. They all gaped at the rooms in awe.
Chanyeol proudly smirked with his arms folded across his chest, “Welcome to our house.”
Sneakily, the other boys glanced at EXO-M, who were still gawking at it.
Mother D.O secretly grinned at their surprised reactions, “It’s nice, huh? It’s really comfortable here and—“
“You didn’t tell us you lived in such a crammed place!” Xiumin burst out in snickers. Instantly, D.O and Chanyeol’s smug faces fell.
Kris put a hand on Xiumin’s shoulder, “Now, now. Don’t be rude.”
Chanyeol glared at him. “Then maybe,” He sneered, “You’d be fine sleeping on the roof.”
Xiumin’s grin faded and he sheepishly inched backwards, “…I mean—it’s a nice place.” He hid behind Luhan.
Luhan rolled his eyes and motioned to Naeun, “Could you move aside a little, Naeun?”
Without hesitation, a hand shot out and pulled her beside him. Naeun looked up in surprise to see Baekhyun avoiding her eyes.
In amusement, Luhan outstretched his hand and waved it in the air. A few seconds later, the door opened by itself and six medium-sized suitcases zipped in, only to be gently rested in a neat line. Naeun ogled at the efficiency.
The suitcases seemed to be lined up with the EXO members. Tao took his black and white striped bag; Lay took his silver luggage in front of him, and so on.
“So, where’s our rooms?” Chen piped up curiously.
“Correction—Room.” Kai spoke up. EXO-M gave him funny looks as he further explained, “We only have two rooms. One is currently being used by Naeun, and the six of us share the other. You guys will just have to sleep downstairs or we’ll have to cram the twelve of us in there together.”
Xiumin instantly made a disinterested face, “What? No way! We can’t cram into one small room!”
“Xiumin.” Lay cautioned lightly. The latter folded his arms huffily. Naeun bit back a chuckle.
A light-bulb suddenly went off in Tao’s head. His hand shot up as he went by Naeun’s side. Naeun looked up to the taller boy and stared as he brightened, “I have a suggestion! I’ll just room with mei-mei then!”
Immediately, Baekhyun and Sehun shouted, “NO!”
There was a thick silence, and all eyes were on the two males from EXO-K. Baekhyun turned scarlet and looked away, while Sehun became tongue-tied, “W-Well, Naeunnie’s a girl, and Tao’s a boy! They can’t room…. T-Together.” His gaze became preoccupied with the floor.
Luhan simply smiled. *Interesting.*
“Tao… I think Baekhyun and Sehun are right. It’s not very polite for you to be so blunt.” The deer-eyed boy softly chided.
Tao quirked his lips and pouted, “….I get it, I get it. Jeez, I was just joking…” The boy turned to Naeun as she blinked and kindly smiled. Tao blinked back, but then softened and beamed back.
“Alright.” The Chinese maknae snapped his fingers, “We’ll just sleep in the basement for now. Besides,” He gave her a friendly smile, “It wouldn’t be very hospitable to intrude like that, right gege?” He looked up to Luhan.
“Right, Tao.” Luhan smiled as Kris patted his head, “Good maknae.” Tao lit up.
“Alright,” Suho chuckled, “Now that the sleeping arrangements are settled, we should give EXO-M a general tour of our home. Any volunteers?” His eyes glazed over the crowd.
“I… have to go the bathroom.” Kai turned around and made his way through the hallways. Before he completely turned, he winked at Naeun, who giggled in return.
Suho frowned, “Kyungsoo?”
“Why does everyone always choose me? I cook, I clean, I do the laundry… I’m basically the mother of this house!” D.O rambled on and on.
Suho flinched and uncovered his ears after he was done, slightly apologetic. “Okay then, I guess not…” He turned to the remaining three, “Baekhyun? Chanyeol? Sehun?”
“Just let them show themselves around!”
Kris was not very amused by the last comment made by Chanyeol. Swiftly, he turned around to glare at his friend, but Chanyeol had run off. He shook his head. *Chanyeol, you idiot.*
Suho let out an exasperated sigh and looked at the last hope—Naeun. She caught his gaze and smiled, “Don’t worry, Suho oppa. I’ll show them around. You can go help out D.O with dinner.”
Suho softened in relief, patting her back as he left, “Komawo, Naeun! You’re a lifesaver!”
Naeun chuckled and brushed her bangs away to the side of her face, looking up. The six, confused boys of EXO-M stared at her. For some reason, they resembled little kids following their mother. She brightened, “Alright, oppas.” She mused, “Let’s start with downstairs.”
“And that’s the rooftop ladder.” Naeun pointed at a big rectangle carved into the ceiling. “All you do is pull this rope,” She yanked on it and stepped back, causing the ladder to swiftly come down, “And climb the ladder onto the roof.”
Naeun pulled the rope again, and the ladder magically zipped back up into the wall. She turned around to the boys with her hands on her hips. Their luggage had previously been put away into the finished basement, where a few beds had been set up already. EXO-M smiled back at her.
“That’s all you really need to know. I’ve went over everything.” She shrugged. “Enjoy your stay, I guess?”
Kris chortled, “You’re an intriguing girl, Song Naeun.”
Naeun smirked a bit, “Just call me Naeun.”
“And you can just call us oppas.” He smoothly replied.
Naeun laughed, “Touché then, oppas.”
At that moment, a loud voice called, “Dinner’s ready!”
“DINNER?!” Hungry Xiumin was the first to race down the stairs. Kris shook his head and the rest fled downstairs, behind the duizhang. Naeun allowed a smile to rest on her lips and looked up.
Only Luhan and Lay remained with her. She tilted her head to the side, wondering what the matter was.
“What’s up with the stares?” She questioned.
Luhan just gazed at her. Lay stared at Luhan and let out a quiet sigh.
Luhan smiled, “What…. Do you think of our didi?”
Naeun blinked. *Didi…?* “Oh, Sehunnie?”
“Sehun… Oh Sehun…” Naeun thought hard about that for a while. “Sehun was the very first one that I got attached to when I came here. He’s like a very cute best friend and dongsaeng…. Even though he’s older than me.” She chuckled.
Lay’s expression was indifferent, but he was slightly saddened for the younger. *Poor didi.*
Luhan was thinking along the same lines. “A friend…” He murmured thoughtfully. Naeun stopped laughing and looked up, “Pardon?” The elder immediately shook his head, “It’s nothing.”
Naeun shrugged and started making her way towards the staircase, “We should probably hurry before the food gets cold.” She motioned them over when a long, slender hand lightly touched her shoulder, “Wait, mei-mei.”
Naeun stopped in her tracks and looked over her shoulder, “Yes?”
“Baekhyun…” He said. She froze and waited for him to continue.
“…Yixing, be more specific, or else she won’t understand.” Luhan encouraged.
Lay dropped his hand and furrowed his eyebrows.
“…How about Baekhyun? …What do you think about him?”
Naeun searched his serious and intent eyes. *Baekhyun oppa…?* Her brain instinctively searched the key term ‘Byun Baekhyun’.
“Y-Yah! W-Who the heck are you and why did you come out of my bed?!”
“…I’m Byun Baekhyun, by the way. My power is light and sun.”
“Jump.” He beckoned, “I’ll catch you. Don’t worry.”
Naeun looked unsure and hesitantly stood up. Baekhyun’s reassurance made her feel at ease as she jumped, “I swear, if you don’t catch me—“
A pair of firm but thin arms wound around her waist. She looked up to stare into Baekhyun’s mesmerizing eyes, “Or what, I may ask?” He teased, “What will you do?”
“S-Sorry.” Naeun flinched, “I just… really hate thunderstorms.”
He was sure she couldn’t see his expression, but Baekhyun’s facial features softened immensely. “Don’t worry.” He put his hands on her shaking shoulders. “I’m here, aren’t I?” He said lightheartedly.
“Thank you… Baekhyunnie oppa.” Naeun lightly chuckled. Her laughs sounded like music to his ears. Baekhyun automatically grinned but kept quiet.
“You know…” She began to admit, “With you here, my uneasiness just faded away.”
“Lighten up. Do you really not want to be alone with me?”
At that sentence, Baekhyun’s eyes widened as he captured both of her hands in his, “Absolutely not!” He looked almost offended. *Of course I want to be with you, silly.*
The feeling of Baekhyun’s hand being slipped over hers.
The tingling feeling that tickled her stomach every time she saw him.
The shiver of delight that made her automatically smile whenever he was in view.
His tousled hair.
His smiling eyes.
His heart of gold.
*Ah.* Naeun’s facial features softened as the pang of realization hit her. *That’s it.*
*I was in love with him all along.*
Both Luhan and Lay studied Naeun’s slightly pink cheeks. Their expression immediately became gentle. *So she realized.*
“Naeun! Lay! Luhan! Hurry up! The food’s getting cold!”
“Yeah, geges and mei-mei! Hurry!”
Naeun snapped out of her trance and leaned toward the banister, “Sorry! Coming!”
With one motion of her hand, she hopped down the steps two at a time. Somehow, she felt relieved.
*That was it. I’m in love.*
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