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It Hurts But I'm Okay (UUUUU) - VIXX
The loud and harsh sound of the school bell ringing in Naeun’s ears signalled the end of yet another day.
Naeun quickly stood up and packed her supplies into her school bag before heading out the classroom door. As she neared her locker, she noticed girls enviously gazing at her from afar.
Naeun let out a quiet sigh. *This is all Baekhyun oppa’s fault.* She squirmed uncomfortably under the stares and tried to get all of her things out of her locker as soon as possible, so she could leave.
It had been one long month and a half since Baekhyun had returned to Earth. Their days together as a couple who lived together were fun, lovey-dovey, and very enjoyable, with late-night talks and promises of kisses and hugs in the morning.
Of course, it was every girl’s dream come true, to have such a doting, caring, and handsome boyfriend.
But ever since the Kangsoo incident, Naeun was even more avoided by the students at school. She was now known to be the senior that everyone envied, or the senior that was feared by many (because of Baekhyun’s threat towards Kangsoo).
All in all, students either worshipped her like a goddess, or murmured about her in the shadows. Both halves of the students didn’t dare talk to her.
Naeun, however, didn’t particularly enjoy the popularity. Of course, she was more than thankful that Kangsoo didn’t come close to her anymore, but she was still iffy about the attention. Her only incentive to finish every school day was because she could see Baekhyun. Naeun shut her locker and made her way out the front entrance of the school.
“Look, it’s Naeun sunbae!”
“Shh! She’ll hear you!”
“She’s so pretty!”
“Her boyfriend’s so hot! Look at him, just waiting for her at the gates!”
Oh yeah, one more thing.
Ever since that incident, Baekhyun had also been more uneasy about her getting bullied at school, and thus, he came to the conclusion that he would pick her up after school every day.
A crowd of girls squealed in the corner as they saw a figure with his hands in his pockets, kicking rocks at his feet.
“Oppa,” Naeun automatically called out.
Upon hearing her voice, the figure swiveled around. Immediately, his face brightened and his eyes twinkled, “Naeun-ah.”
Naeun hurried over to him with a grimace, “You know, you really don’t have to go to the trouble of picking me up all the time.”
Baekhyun waved it off and happily smiled at her, stroking her cheek once, “I want to. After all, I can see you earlier instead of having to wait at home.”
Naeun softened at his sweet words. *What a cheesy man.* She chuckled to herself. From afar, she heard the same girls gossiping loudly about Baekhyun and her. She made a discontented face and pulled on Baekhyun’s arm, “Come on, Baek. Let’s go.”
Baekhyun blinked in surprise. A knowing smile slowly spread on his face as he noticed the faint blush on Naeun’s cheeks. *How cute.* He quietly followed until they were a safe distance away from the school.
“They’re so annoying.” Naeun frowned then looked at Baekhyun. “You stand out too much, you know.” She joked.
Baekhyun rolled his eyes, “No I don’t.” He held out his hand, “Bag.”
Naeun blinked and put a firm grip on her backpack straps, “It’s okay. You came all this way to pick me up. I’ll carry it.”
Baekhyun narrowed his eyes and suddenly pointed at something, “Oh! What’s that?!”
“Huh?” Naeun gullibly turned, “I don’t see anything—“ Seizing the chance, Baekhyun smoothly pulled the backpack off of Naeun’s shoulders and slipped it over his, “Kidding.” He stuck out his tongue childishly and held out a hand, “Come on, naïve girl.”
“Hey!” Naeun yelped as Baekhyun rolled his eyes and took her by the hand, “Slowpoke.”
Without him seeing, Naeun stuck his tongue out to the back of his head and laughed. Beaming in contentment, she caught up to him and hugged his arm. Baekhyun confusedly glanced at her but soon gently smiled, letting go of her hand but putting his arm around her and pecking her cheek.
“How was your day today?”
“It was alright.”
Their conversations lingered in the air as the happy couple continued down the sidewalk.
After getting soft-serve ice cream, Baekhyun and Naeun decided to head home. She had to get started on dinner, anyways.
Baekhyun his strawberry cone as Naeun ate her vanilla cone. She glanced at the pink treat and giggled, “Pink. Manly.”
Baekhyun turned to her, jokingly offended, “How could you? Pink is the manliest colour in the world.” Naeun shook her head, “Whatever you say, macho man.”
“Yah!” Baekhyun let out a hearty laugh. Naeun chuckled along and innocently smiled, a devious plan forming in her head.
“Oppa~” She chimed.
Baekhyun lowered his cone and turned to Naeun, “Yeah—“ He gawked, stunned as Naeun pushed his hand near his face. His strawberry ice cream smashed into his cheek a little.
Naeun doubled over in laughter as she skipped ahead of him and pointed at his dumbstruck expression, “Puhaha! Now your ice cream is Baekhyun flavoured~”
Baekhyun’s bangs fell in front of his face as his eyes glinted darkly, “…Song Naeun….!”
“Eep!” Naeun yelped and laughed as she ran away from him. The neighborhood was close to their house, so not many people passed by.
“Come back here!” Baekhyun grinned and chased after her. “No!” Naeun protested and ran as fast as she could.
After a while of running, the two soon were out of breath, and Baekhyun really didn’t have the heart to smush ice cream on Naeun’s pretty little face, “Okay, okay… I’ll let you off.”
Naeun soon became interested and slowly walked back towards him, “Really? Truce?”
“Truce, truce. Dang, you run fast.” Baekhyun panted tiredly and made a show of slinging an arm around her for support. “I’m one of the fastest runners in P.E.” She held up a peace sign and grinned widely.
Baekhyun grinned, “Show off.”
“You’re just jealous.” She joked and they smiled in silence for a bit, almost nearing their house.
Naeun glanced up at the clouds after a while, inhaling the fresh air around them, “I wonder what the oppas are doing now?”
Baekhyun stopped walking and sadly gazed at her face before turning his attention to the baby blue sky as well, “I don’t know… But I hope they’re doing well. That’s all that I wish for.”
Naeun softened and tangled their hands together in a comforting kind of gesture. Baekhyun looked back at her and she could tell that he appreciated it. *They’ll be fine, oppa.*
The two continued walking after smiling encouragingly at each other.
They knew that as long as they had each other, they’d be all right.
After dinner, the two did the dishes together.
Baekhyun washed them while Naeun dried. Baekhyun had put bubbles on Naeun’s nose, while Naeun smeared soap on Baekhyun’s forehead. The two were laughing loudly when a loud knock on the door put all the fun and games to a stop.
“Who is that?” Baekhyun’s eyebrows furrowed in puzzlement, “Were you expecting a visitor?”
Naeun tilted her head to one side in confusion, “No.” The knock sounded again as Naeun quickly wiped the soap off her and Baekhyun’s faces. “Coming!” She called as she hurried to the door.
Suspiciously, Baekhyun followed behind her and called out, “Who is it?”
The landlady’s familiar voice sounded from the other side of the door, “It’s me! I have something important to tell you!”
Baekhyun and Naeun exchanged furtive glances, “Ahjumma, we already paid the rent this month!”
“No, no, not that!” The landlady said, “I wanted to introduce you to your new neighbours that have recently moved in beside you two!”
“Neighbours…?” Naeun was surprised as Baekhyun warily unlocked the door and opened it. The old landlady was beaming from head to toe, probably happy that she had new buyers and more money.
“Your neighbours are an… odd-looking group of people, but they are very handsome, nonetheless! Boys!” She called and motioned them over.
Naeun instantly gasped when she saw them. Baekhyun almost slipped.
The landlady furrowed her eyebrows. “You two youngsters look like you’ve just seen aliens. It’s rude to stare, kids.” She clucked her tongue, lightly reprimanding them.
“S-Sorry, ahjumma…” They both managed to stutter out.
Their new ‘neighbors’ were none other than… EXO!
The landlady happily clapped her hands together, “Well! These five fine young boys have rented the house on your right,” She pointed at EXO-K, “While these six handsome fellows have rented the house on your left!” She gestured to EXO-M.
“I’ll leave you kids to get acquainted.” The landlady smiled and left just as fast as she came.
Naeun and Baekhyun were still frozen, not comprehending anything, when…
“…NAEUNNIE!” Sehun instantly pounced on her with a hug. Naeun yelped loudly as Sehun hugged the living daylights out of her. Luckily, Baekhyun swiftly caught and steadied her so that she wouldn’t fall.
“Sehun-ah, what did I say about holding back your urges?” Luhan amusedly chided. Sehun glanced up with his long arms chained around Naeun’s neck, and pouted at Luhan, “Sorry, hyung, but I couldn’t help it!”
Luhan let out a sigh.
“G-Guys…” Naeun’s jaw was slightly agape, “Sehunnie…” She touched his cheeks, “Oppas…” She repeated, taking in everyone’s smirks.
Baekhyun was just silent in shock. *So this is how Naeun felt when I suddenly appeared in front of her.*
Sehun hugged Naeun’s waist, “Did you miss us?” He beamed brightly.
“H-How did you—“ Baekhyun was cut off when Chanyeol winked and put a thumb up at him, “We passed the test and got second chances at life too!”
There was a long silence that dawned realization on Baekhyun and Naeun.
Kris awkwardly cleared his throat, “Is this the part where we’re supposed to shout surprise?” Some of the guys shrugged. “Um… Surpri…se…!” He tried to sound enthusiastic but failed miserably.
Baekhyun let out a loud snort as Naeun laughed loudly. Kris’ ears turned red in embarrassment as everyone doubled over in laughter. Baekhyun was tackled with hugs from the guys.
The brightest smile appeared on Naeun’s face as she laughed along and hugged the boys as well. Tao came over and tackled her in a hug, “Mei-mei!”
“Tao!” Naeun happily hugged him. Sehun gaped and crossed his arms, feigning anger, “You hug Tao, but you don’t hug your best friend? I’m disappointed, Song Naeun!”
Giggling, Naeun gave a big hug to Sehun, automatically, a gentle smile took over his lips. “There,” She pulled away, grinning. “Is that better?”
Sehun just ruffled her hair, causing her to laugh again.
Naeun smiled as she greeted everyone and beckoned them inside her and Baekhyun’s house. *My wish…* Naeun shook that thought out of her head and ecstatically grinned up at Baekhyun. *No. Our wish… Finally came true.* She softened at the boys’ laughter. *Our family… is reunited.*
Baekhyun softened and smiled back at her, happy for the same reason.
“D.O oppa, can you add some spices to the kimchi stew?” Naeun asked as she cooked marinated bulgogi meat on the stove.
“Sure,” D.O called as he stirred the stew with the ladle and added ingredients in it to make it taste better. Kai and Xiumin were grabbing glasses for drinks, Suho was setting the table with Lay, and Sehun and Tao were bickering over who sat where. Kris was playing referee.
“Naeun, is there anything we could help with?” Both Luhan and Chen came into the kitchen with lopsided grins. Naeun gratefully smiled, “Thanks guys. Could you scoop out the rice into bowls?”
Naeun cheerfully hummed a tune as she heard lively sounds in her kitchen. She could hear Sehun and Tao’s bickering, Suho and Lay’s chatting, Xiumin’s teasing, Kai’s snide jokes, and all in all, it made her feel right at home.
D.O smirked at her, “What are you smiling about?”
“Kyungsoo oppa.” Naeun blinked at him and smiled, “Oh, nothing. Just thinking about how you and the other oppas will have morning breath and bedhead hair tomorrow morning, just like the rest of us humans.” She inwardly laughed at the secret joke.
“What?” D.O stared at her with wide, confused eyes.
“Nothing.” Naeun beamed and put the cooked meat on a plate, “The meat’s done!”
Meanwhile, Chanyeol and Baekhyun were talking to each other while sitting on the living room’s sofa.
Baekhyun stopped in mid-sentence and automatically smiled when he saw Naeun’s overjoyed aura and the sight of her cooking. *She’s finally happy.*
Chanyeol followed his gaze and teasingly grinned, “You greasy monster, you. I bet you enjoyed the month you had alone with Naeun, huh?”
Baekhyun’s face quickly flushed as he evaded the question, “Why didn’t you guys come back to Earth instantly after you passed the test?”
Chanyeol put his hands behind his head and touched a piece of his now-straightened hair. “Half of it was to give you guys some alone time, while the other half was because we had to take care of some things. Who’s going to protect Heaven now that we’re no longer the fighter angels of EXO?”
“What? Then what happened? Who’s doing our job now?” Baekhyun was eager to find out. Chanyeol waved it off, “Super Junior. We’re covered.”
Baekhyun relaxed and let out a relieved sigh, “I see.”
“Oppas! Come and eat!” Naeun called as everyone flocked to the table.
Chanyeol stood up, patting his flat stomach, “I’m starrrrving!” Baekhyun followed suit, straightening up.
Chanyeol let out a smirk, “Since we’re going to be living beside you two, that means that we’re going to protect Naeun’s purity. No funny business!” He wagged his finger.
Baekhyun was tongue-tied, but rolled his eyes, smirking back, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
“Well then,” Chanyeol held out a big hand, “I’ll be looking forward to the new adventure, neighbour.” He flashed his trademark smile.
Baekhyun tried his best to stifle his laughter, and took his hand, firmly shaking it.
“Same here, neighbour.”
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