I am because we are (Ubuntu) [Permanent Hiatus]

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Baekhyun is a poor student who goes to an elite university and faces challenges of the everyday poor. After an unexpected encounter with one of the well-known elite groups of the school, his life begins to change. Along the way of the blooming friendship he had of the group, he experiences love in a way he never imagined possible. But along this dream-like life given to him by his friends is a secret he wishes to convey but afraid to reveal: his social status.


The poor and the rich may never mingle. They belong to both ends of the pyramid hierarchy;

one on top and one at the bottom.








"An ancient African word meaning 'humanity to others'.

It also means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'." --






  Author's Notes 

  Story Backgrounds







Ludovico Einaudi

Berling Song

The Crane Dance


Joe Hisaishi - Two Hearts

Spheria - Serena

G.Soul - You

Alison Krauss - When You Say Nothing At All







Title: I am because we are (Ubuntu)
Pairing: Baekhyun/Chanyeol (main); KrisHo; ++other side pairings (KaiSoo - relationship will not be expounded).
Rating: PG-15 (may be subjected to change)
Genre: Friendship, Angst, Romance, Fluff
Length: --
Word Count: --



Start: Jan 2, 2015
End: --




Mild language. Hinted mature content. Toe curling, vomit inducing fluff. OT12


Chapters with mature content but not necessarily rated (or at least I believe is mature) will be marked !! » (Proceed with caution. Let's pretend it means that~ At least in this fic lol)


May be marked Rated based on future plot development.




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► Story is written in a descriptive manner and follows a very slow plot. While ChanBaek is the main OTP, the story also mostly focuses on Baekhyun's. If you are not very fond of those, do not subscribe. I will, however, appreciate that you have or will check out this story.

► I was a very new writer when I began writing this and was still learning the know-hows of creating a story. In addition to that, I was also in a very messy emotional state. With that, this story holds heavy of personal value to me. So I apologize if things are a mess. Not only has this fic been a huge learning ground for me, but it also holds pieces of personal sentiments and stories.

► On the instance you find something you do not agree with, feel uncomfortable, or bothered by - feel free to unsubscribe. I am open and more than welcome to receive constructive criticism especially on the technicalities of writing. However, while I do assure you I take into account these criticisms, most, if not all, are only applied outside of Ubuntu due to the fact that this story is more of personal writing than it is to please anyone. At least in that, I hope you would understand.

► If you find mistakes, details that come off to you, please do not hesitate to inform me. I am only human and unfortunately, even if I review my writings five times and more, I still tend to pass on any errors.

► To those who will push through and read, give this fic a chance: In advance, thank you, and I hope you enjoy.






Disclaimer: The characters in neither this story nor the story itself is not in any way affiliated to EXO or any of the people who owns the names in real life. However, the story, the characters, and the plot are all mine. If found similar, it is entirely coincidental and unintentional. No plagiarism please.

Details such as school, customs, and other else, are mostly loosely based from where I am from. The Arts in this story are also loosely based on personal experience as an art student myself.

Do forgive my grammar, especially at the beginning stages. It is unfortunately not my forte.




twitter: @exocholic



[Ubuntu] My Lord, you guys are so sweet ; A ; Where are all you coming from?? Why are you guys too kind and lovely?? You guys make me cry. I'm truly sorry again TT. I'll try to reply to every one of the comments, but please be patient with me. I didn't expect to receive so many, huhu 💕

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0 points #1
Chapter 73: Thank you so much for telling us what was going on and not just abandoning us! I'm sure many of us would have been worried sick without hearing from you for sometime (I know I was). Please, just take your time and rest, do whatever you need to do to help yourself out. We will all understand. Take care if yourself, okay?
Thank you, again!
FleurWinter 0 points #2
Chapter 73: Hello! :)

Thank you for taking some time to explain to us why you couldn't update. It was truly a pleasure to read this story and I was very looking forward to the next chapter. And I'll continue to wait, until you're able to update again. But please don't put pressure on yourself because us -readers- are expecting you to update someday. Focus on what you have to do, we'll support you no matter what. And I tend to believe that if it's meant to be, then it will happen, no matter what...
Until then, take care of yourself ^^

Fighting ~~ ✊
Chapter 73: I'm sorry that I'm a bit late but thank you for leaving us with this amazing story. I hope things get a lot better for you. Thank you for cheering me up with this story, although I read it a while ago I still remember it and I might re-read it again. Thank you~
listi900 #4
Chapter 73: Thank you for writing and share this beautiful story authornim ~ i hope ur life always fill with happiness :)
Chapter 73: Thank you for sharing these deep personal feelings!! I really appreciate that there is some kind of closure because some authors just disappear and i keep on going on those unfinished stories hoping for an update. So thank you very much for this post. I am so sorry that you felt such conflicting emotions due to your own creation and this story has been an oasis for happiness for in pretty bad times. But you have you own life and I hope you will start to feel better!! my heart broke reading this post because nobody should feel such things. Everyone should feel happy and live a wonderful life and I am so glad you are going to pursue your happiness now. Thank you for this wonderful story and I hope your life will make a better turn and be filled with sweet happiness and peace :) All the best!!
mistystorm8 #6
Chapter 73: Thank you for sharing us the little part of the story. The journey of reading this story was great, happy at times but also wrapped in sadness. It was deeply heartwarming. You can tell how much work and feelings you put in it. I know this story no longer makes you feel better when you look at it, thank you for leaving it on for other people, this story is something I would never want to forget. I know you are struggling right now, but I hope there are still other people who will give you the strength to keep going. I wish you happiness in what you do in life even in the midst of despair. I'm not good at giving advice or sharing my feelings with others but this is what I want to say to you: ENJOY YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST!! <3
poppyyy #7
Chapter 73: ;( it really feels like parting with an old friend you know you won't meet again but will always be there for you if you need, through memories. there are just so many things i'd like to say but idk whether i can actually say them without wanting to just cry T.T tbvh i had known and seen a lot of authors who wrote great, amazing stories but decided to stop writing before it ended. but never does my heart get used to this sad empty feeling TT and because of that i'd feel guilty and ashamed for even having felt all those. as a reader, we could only thank the authors and support whatever decision they decide with their stories. i'm sorry for feeling sad T.T i'm just, i feel like i'm not only parting with the story, but the author as well TT i think i've already felt attached TT (story and author are a set! haha)

i hope you're feeling much much better now. if i can be frank with you, i've actually searched you on twitter a week ago because i suddenly remembered ubuntu and how long ago you updated it. i wanted to know how you were doing and just wanted to make sure you were ok. and i was glad to see you were pretty active on twitter (idk abt the ok part though... but seeing you being updated made me feel a little better. lol) i'm sorry for checking your twitter and sound creepy +_+ i have a weird need to make sure and check whether ppl are doing ok / healthy. sorry again if that creeps you out ;;

thank you so much for your great contribution in this fandom! it's greatly and highly appreciated. i always feel like your stories always have that melancholic feeling (especially ubuntu), i think it's a trait you must have. the emotions feel raw, a lot of times it left me thinking about everything and nothing at the same time. i'm sorry, i'm bad at expressing words hahaha. i could only hope you understand and take my opinion in a positive way.

i hope you're feeling much better now. hopefully one day, you'll want to share a story with us again. take care!!!
musicislikemagic #8
Chapter 73: I’m really glad u explained the circumstances, that makes it more bearable ^^ I really hope u get better and thank u so much for sharing all of this with us.
piecesofmoments #9
Chapter 73: I love you author-nim <3 <3 I wish you all the best and better days in the future, focus on yourself and do all it is that you need to do to
sara_gg_xol #10
Chapter 73: thank you. wish you a lot better days in future. all the best