When a Nerd falls for a Jock
It does not come as a complete surprise when their new roommate is nowhere to be found the next morning Jinki wakes up.
"Well that was expected.", Jinki mutters and grabs the glasses from the table nearby, successfully knocking off the glass of water that sat next to it.
He curses quietly when Taemin's body stirs on the bed. It usually takes time for the boy to come to his full senses once he is awake. But today he is up in
seconds, eyes instantly scanning every corner of the room. When he climbs off the bed and starts sniffing the air, Jinki decides to speak.
"Minho left.", he confirms, putting rolls of toilet paper on the wet surface of the table.
Taemin looks at him and doesn't say anything for a long time. Jinki knows he is on the verge of breaking into a long rant about how much it irritated him
that it was Minho who turned out to be their roommate. So he turns his attention back to Taemin from the soaking tissues and gives him a look of approval.
'Yes, you may start.'
The expected rant doesn't come, however.
"Does it look like I care about that tall frog?", Taemin says despite all his actions seconds ago, and situates himself on the bed.
"Is it my honest reply that you want?", Jinki says grinning when Taemin glares at him and stamps his way to the bathroom.
They go to the beach that day. The most excited out of all of them is Nichkhun. Wearing nothing but a pair of shorts, he and his friends grab
hold of as many bikini babes as they can, posing with them for pictures and feeling them up as much as possible without the teachers seeing.
Only Yoochun looks calm and normal, unlike his usual self that was displayed in SM.
He somehow look sad.
Jinki is alert at all times, always observing his surroundings and searching for that porcupine hair and a pair of frigid eyes. He has a hard time finding them since they
are not wearing their Academy uniforms anymore.When it was easy to spot the Cratus in SM, here it was a different story.
Though he doesn't have to look for very long.
It may have been difficult to spot Jonghyun. But Key always stood out wherever he went. His hair wasn't highlighted red anymore, Jinki notices. All the red strands
were now replaced with different shades of rainbow.
Jinki's group is sitting not too faraway from the trio. He makes sure he doesn't make any obvious signs when he recognises that one person he do not want to be
seen by appears before him with his friends and settles down not even thirty feet away.
Shindong's body temporarily blocks his view of Jonghyun perfectly so Jinki believes he is in the safe zone and watches them from the corner of his eye from
time to time. Beside him, Taemin is blabbering away nonstop to his beloved hyungs about how sweaty and stinky that Choi Minho really is. Jinki is just relieved that
he is not too loud.
They are sitting in a small circle, Key, Jonghyun and Minho. They appear to be in their own world, talking between themselves about what, only God would know. Secretly,
Jinki is curious about what they must be talking about.
Girls?, he muses. But isn't Key gay?
The other students wouldn't dare to bother them, Jinki is aware by know, feigning like those three are not there and engaged in doing their own things. They are people
with the will to live. It's only understandable.
He is in the middle of observing how the way Key sat with his legs closed resembled so much like a girl's way of sitting when the latter's eyes travel past Minho and right at
Jinki. He smirks and waves, his other hand reaching in an instant to poke the Devil.
Jonghyun's cold eyes soon enough follows Key's gaze and falls on Jinki. He freezes, fear starting to pulse through his heart. He holds his breath tight. It would be happening
any second now. Jonghyun getting up and kicking him down into the sand. Or punching him in the gut. Whichever one he preferred.
He is wrong.
Jonghyun stares at him for a few more seconds before he turns his attention completely towards the beach. Key gives him a sceptical look but shrugs, going back to his previous
conversation with an utterly bored Minho.
Jinki's mouth drops open. He can't believe it. For once Jonghyun actually chose not to bully him. Maybe, Jonghyun did after all lose the interest in him. A grin spreads on his face.
Even thinking about it made his chest leap with excitement.
It's the same routine everyday. Minho is gone by the time Jinki and Taemin are awake. When they return at night, they find him snoring with his body sprawled out on the bed, and
his face buried in his pillow. And everyday, Taemin pulls a disgusted face and waves his hands from side to side exclaiming Minho is "very smelly."
For the next whole week that is left of their trip, the teachers announce that they will be going forest camping. It is also decided that they all get to keep their new Hermes roommate
for the following week.
Which makes this the last day they are going to be staying in the hotel.
Since they are allowed chill out today as tomorrow morning they will be leaving, Jinki decides he is going to treat Taemin to dinner.
"WHYYY?", Taemin cries into Jinki's shoulder when they are on their way to fill up their stomachs after all the packing up is done. "Why do we have to keep that stinky pig with
us next week too?"
Jinki pats Taemin's back awkwardly.
"I'll buy you ice cream later, Taemin."
It's only after they decide on buying chicken does he realise one thing.
"Err, I think I... I really think I...", he begins, scratching his head and avoiding his best friend's gaze.
Taemin looks at him quizzically for a moment, then sighs and shakes his head when he sees Jinki stumbling through his jeans pockets awkwardly.
There are occasions when Jinki would like to curse out loud and hit himself hard on the head for his own damn stupidity. This is one of those occasions. He left his stupid wallet in the
room before he went off and offered to buy food for his friend.
When he rushes his way into the room to retrieve it, Minho is on his bed, cackling while reading some kind of magazine. It is the first time Jinki has seen some kind of emotion on
that face and he is indeed very surprised. Minho looks just as surprised at the sight of Jinki and quickly composes himself. He doesn't do anything particular to acknowledge Jinki's
presence except passing a brief glance and returning to his magazine.
Jinki has a short mental battle between whether to say hi or not. He decides that probably wouldn't bring out any reactions from Minho and begins his search for the wallet. When he
doesn't find it in his bag where he usually keeps it, he freaks out and frantically looks for it everywhere else, in the table drawers, under the bed and even between the pages of thick
books he reads, but at the end, finds nothing.
Time passes as the search continues and after a while he glances at Minho unsurely and panting, only to find the latter staring right back at him with a hint of amusement on
his face. Jinki opens his mouth several times to ask the boy if he has seen his wallet but remembers a recent piece of advice he received from Heechul.
"If he thinks he is some Soccer prince who is too cool to speak to us Apollo students, we don't speak to him either. Ignore his existence. End of."
Jinki chews his lips and turns around to search some more, until he completely gives up and disposes himself on the bed, now starting to regret refusing Taemin's offer to
come with him.
He lost his wallet. The one thing he hasn't lost until today was his wallet. Everything else he owned, he has lost at some point of his life. (and that includes his virginity) He had
been extra careful not to lose it. It contained all his life savings.
"Oh my God!", he sobs into his hands, suddenly realising what this meant. He was going to be dirt poor.
He can still feel Minho's gaze on him but right now he decides, he don't really give a crap. He already have enough things to worry about. He takes a deep breath as an attempt
to calm himself down. Maybe he could ask that G.Dragon to give him the job as the paper boy of SM. All he had to do is shout out 'Hot news, hot news' with his lungs out and give out
Seems like a legit idea, he nods to himself and breathes again.
"It's under your pillow.",Minho finally supplies, once he thought the other boy has fully admitted his defeat.
Jinki's head springs up, startled by the deepness of the other's voice. Or just shocked that Minho was seven speaking to him.
Minho doesn't repeat himself but only continues to look back into Jinki's wide eyes, his lips slightly twitching in amusement.
Jinki looks at his bed and slaps his forehead.
Of course, the pillow! How could he have possibly forgotten it? He placed it there himself when he was too lazy and exhausted to get up from the bed when they returned yesterday
from their day out. Minho probably saw him doing it.
He rushes and almost pulls down the whole bedsheet along with the pillows from the bed. When he finds his precious wallet under it just like the taller boy said, his eyes twinkles
with delight. He slowly turns to look at Minho with glee, who he once again finds immersed in reading again.
He clears his throat and waves the wallet in his hand.
"Yeah. Urm. Thanks."
If Jinki didn't watch carefully, he could have missed that one nod Minho offers. He gulps and lingers in the room for a while, shifting from foot to foot.
"You know," he starts keeping his eyes at the floor, "smiling looks really good on you. You should do it more often.", the second it is out of his mouth his eyes widens, "O-Only
if you want to, of course.", he quickly adds with a nervous smile.
Minho looks at him again with same hint of amusement in his eyes though it disappears just as quickly as it comes. His face turns completely blank and he goes back to his magazine,
making Jinki reach the conclusion that he won't be getting a reply.
"I'll think about it.", says Minho when Jinki's hand reaches for the doorknob.
Jinki turns to give him a smile. He can't help feeling that the other boy was giving off a friendly vibe. Why else would he bother helping him find his wallet?
"See you later then.", he says opening the door hurriedly and bumping his shoulders harshly on it on the wayout. He almost misses the short chuckle that escapes Minho's lips.
Jinki takes a huge bite of his chicken and lets out a content sigh.
"You don't find it a bit fishy?", Taemin says and stuffs a whole scoop of ice cream in his mouth.
Jinki looks at him slowly and chews every bit of food in his mouth before swallowing.
"It tastes fine to me."
Taemin gives him an eye roll.
"I'm talking about Minho."
He wipes his mouth with his sleeve repeatedly and proceeds to dig the next scoop with the spoon.
"Why do you think was he assigned to room with us when it could have been anyone else from any other House?", Taemin demands, another scoop of ice cream
disappearing into his mouth shortly after.
Jinki doesn't understand what is so fishy about Minho sharing a room with them. He barely talked for God's sake!
"It's a coincidence."
Taemin looks at him as if to reply but is soon distracted when their next order of ice cream arrives. Some of it starts dripping from the corner of his mouth. He wipes it
with a finger and licks it clean, smiling wide and lolling his head to both sides. The sight is disgusting and very, very disturbing. Jinki pushes a stack of tissues towards the boy.
They don't speak about it again until the end of the day, when Taemin has to spell out to Jinki the dangers of having the best friend of a bully as your roommate .
"Minho is a friend of Jonghyun, Onew. Obviously, this must have all been part of their plan."
Jinki appears to be thinking about it for a moment and Taemin thinks he has finally got it.
"That's silly, Taemin. Go to sleep. "
A huge pout covers Taemin's lips.
"Fine. Don't tell me I didn't warn you.", he turns away from Jinki and hugs the pillow close to his chest.
Inside , Jinki shudders a little. He turns on the bed to look across at Minho's snoring face and remembers what had happened earlier that day.
Taemin is just imagining things.
The next day, Kyuhyun does not forget to fill Jinki's mind with horrors when they are on the bus.
"This is no coincidence." he snorts. "You can consider yourself dead now Jinki. Because sooner or later it's happening. Your confrontation with Jonghyun."
Heechul seems to be thinking deeply.
"Now that I think about it, Taemin did have a point ."
Taemin nods, smiling and looking proud.
"Maybe you're just a guy hampered with bad luck all your life." Shindong provides not-so-helpfully.
Jinki ignores everything.
Minho barely talks to us. What harm can he possibly do?
"He doesn't seem so bad to me. He talked to me yesterday.",on their way to the campsite, Jinki tells Taemin who stops on his track and examines him carefully.
"And? Does that change that he is Jonghyun's friend?" he says coldly and starts walking. "Besides, it could all be part of their plan. To be friends with you and then trap you."
Once they reach their destination, all the students are assembled to ensure no one is left behind. Jinki doesn't see Jonghyun anywhere.
They have to set up their tents by themselves with the occasional help of the teachers. That day Taemin realises one thing. There's no way you could put up a tent with Jinki as
"Where is that stupid frog when you need him?", Taemin yells frustrated when Jinki loses his sense of proportion and messes up for the tenth time.
Both of them are clearly unexperienced. All the other students seem to be finished with their tents. Jinki mumbles a sorry and decides that it's better if he passed the things
Taemin want and stand in the corner somewhere.
Minho turns up when Jinki jabs his eye with a tent pole while passing it to Taemin.
"Sorry, I couldn't find you.", he explains and by the way he was panting and sweating, Jinki believes him.
"That's totally okay.", he says offering a bright smile, the corner of his eye bleeding.
Taemin looks at him in disbelief and orders to get it fixed. When Jinki is gone completely, he glares at Minho, looking like he is about to explode with anger.
"Look here you stupid Keroro," he says pointing his finger at him,"If you hurt Onew, I'll hurt you. I'll stab you when you are asleep and slash you into tiny little pieces.",
he whispers attempting to smile evilly and sound dangerous.
Minho stares at him and blinks. He covers his mouth with a hand and a huge snigger escapes his lips. There are a few more sniggers that follows and soon he is on the ground
bursting out laughing with a stiff Taemin standing in front of him.
"It's nice that you two are getting along well,", Jinki says smiling when he returns with an ice pack on his eye.
Taemin grits his teeth and continues with putting up the tent. He says nothing when Jinki encourages Minho to speak more by asking him questions, ("Do you like chicken, Minho?").
and just hopes his best friend would notice how upset he actually is. But naive Jinki was always naive.
There are times Jinki's attention will be turned to something else and Taemin will shoot daggers at Minho, who smirks at him looking like he was enjoying this way too much.
This is when Key comes and it's Taemin's turn to smirk. Well, he tries, at least. He could finally prove it is all an act.
Jinki is surprised that he is not accompanied by Jonghyun .
"We're going for a walk. Want to come?", Key asks to Minho, dusting off the invisible dirt from his purple t-shirt.
According to Taemin, this is when Minho is going walk off and leave them to do the rest of the job.
Minho glances between Key and the unfinished tent, and shakes his head.
"You can go without me, Key. I have to finish this first."
Taemin swallows the 'I told you so' that was ready snap out of his tongue the moment Minho agreed to leave. He goes back what he was doing before, frowning hard.
Jinki watches Minho like he is the eighth wonder of the world. But the most taken aback by it is Key, the alarm in his head starting to ring.
It is unusual of Minho to show this side of him to others.
"Okay.", his reply is directed at Minho but his eyes watches Jinki and Taemin carefully before he turns.
Jinki cannot stop smiling at Minho. He decides he really like this real Minho under the cool exterior.
"See Taemin,", he trills happily after high-fiving Minho who smiles triumphantly at their finished tent, "I told you he is nice."
Taemin fakes a smile.
He does not like the way this is going.
A/N: So I read the comments you wrote and all of you are so nice to me. Thank you ;__; Means a lot to me <3 <3<3
Alright so I understand that the story has a really slow pace AND that it is not entirely concentrating on JongYu anymore.
I agree with you on that and I'm really sorry if you feel bored at times. I'm assuming many of you must have felt the same
way but only one of you actually pointed it out to me.
But anyway, so about the pace of the story, I'll do something about it. Then again, I like to think this is that kind of story which
should have a slow pace. I'm sorry!
About having too many characters and pairings. Well. It is true that I mention a lot of people in the chapters but it is not
necessary for you to remember them. Like, you don't HAVE to remember Jo Kwon or GD . I mean, it is a high school. There will be
many students. Oh, but you might want to remember the Cratus students though. And there's always the story guide to help you!
As for the pairings: everyone knows about EunHae, (even if you don't ship that pairing, you still know about them, I'm sure) and don't
tell me you don't know about YooSu! O.O Cause I'll get mad. Those are the two other pairings in this story along with JongYu and 2min.
I PROMISE the later chapters will be more focused on JongYu. All I'm asking for is a little patience from you. Please... *puppy eyes*
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