Leeteuk, Sungmin, Kyuhyun
"I - " Jungsu dropped the rag down on the sink and was about to leave the kitchen when she shook her head.
"You can stay. I don't care."
Jungsu reluctantly picked up the rag again to continue shining the glass when she dug through her purse. When he glanced at her next, she was wiping away her smudged mascara with a wipe. Without the heavy eye makeup, she looked like she could be anyone off the streets.
"I wish I could be doing other things, but the world's not such an easy place," she said. She sighed and uncapped her lipstick and looked into the mirror. "But it's a living, you know?"
Then she put on a fresh coat of red lipstick over her lips. When she finished, she smacked her lips together and scrutinized her reflection once more before finally stepping away from the mirror again.
"What am I doing, complaining to a 15-year-old," she said with a laugh. "You won't understand any of this if you tried."
This is my second major project and my fifth story, and one that began with the thought, "What is the angstiest possible story I can think of?" Under Red Lanterns is a very different story from "Kyuhyun... It's been hard on you." in a lot of ways. It will deal with more mature themes, will hopefully be angstier, and will contain the smallest hint of romance. But perhaps the most different is that it’s actually supposed to be a planned-out story with a definite storyline unlike KIBHOY, which was really more of a chronicle than a story with a plot. So although it is going to be much, much shorter, it will be entirely my creation, so I will be - and already am - more attached to this story than I am to KIBHOY.
Like always, there are people to thank. The first is LostInDreams - I would never even have conceived this story if not for her, and I definitely wouldn't have penned it if not for her. She helped me iron out the kinks and encourages me every step of the way, and I thank her so much for it.
Another huge thank you goes to yehyun and her Dreality Poster Shop, who has again provided me with a beautiful poster and the chapter banners.
And of course, you, the reader - thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy, and like always, comments are always, always appreciated!