The Festival and The Masochist

A Tease for A Tease
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“Red Velvet, you’re up next.”

Joohyun gulped nervously as her gaze followed the stage manager that called up for them. She craned her neck behind the mini stage where a band is currently performing, looking at the audience—about forty to fifty—some were listening attentively while others were just enjoying the beats as they enjoy each stall that surrounded the stage.

To say that Joohyun was nervous was an understatement. She can die of nervousness right there and then, and maybe she hopes to disappear a bit in order to escape her incoming doom.

“Hey Hyunnie,”

Joohyun felt Seulgi’s warm hand hold hers, lightly squeezing it reassuringly.

“It’s going to be fine. You’re going to do great. We are going to do great.”

Joohyun looked up to Seulgi who was smiling so brightly and reassuringly at her. She actually felt that nothing’s ever going to go wrong with how Seulgi beamed. She’s a sunshine.

Joohyun took a deep sigh. “Maybe you should do the vocals for Don’t Say Lazy Seulgi-yah, I don’t think I can manage—”

“Nonsense Hyunnie!” Seulgi retorted, not letting Joohyun finish her sentence. “You wrote it, so you got to sing it!”

“I don’t really think that that last minute decision was a good one.” Joohyun voiced out her worries with full hesitation on her voice.

“Look Hyunnie, we have already decided about this. We don’t want Red Velvet to be tied up in one voice. As much as possible, we want our voice to be as versatile and flexible as possible. It’s going to be fine Hyunnie. You’ll do great. They’ll love you.” Seulgi nodded.

“But Seul—”

“Come here.” Seulgi enveloped Joohyun inside her signature tight bear-hug, the taller girl’s arms caressing her back in the process. “You’re going to do great Bae Joohyun. You got this.” Then Seulgi broke their embrace and looked at Joohyun beaming.

Joohyun felt safe inside her arms and from the smile beaming at her. And maybe, everything’s really going to be alright.

“Unnie! You might want to try this!” Seungwan called.

Seulgi and Joohyun looked at Seungwan who was now sitting with Sooyoung and sipping some tea.

“I think it really does calm your nerves.” Seungwan said nodding, looking at the thermos cup in her hands.

“I told you so.” Sooyoung said, shrugging, sipping her own thermos cup.

Seulgi and Joohyun approached them.

“Here.” Seungwan handed them their thermos. “Sooyoungie packed it up for us.”

Seulgi observed how Seungwan was now smiling calmly instead of pacing back and forth around the backstage in nervousness. She smirked at the nonchalant maknae. “Extra mile, Sooyoung-ah, extra mile.” Sooyoung stepped on her feet discreetly.

Joohyun took a sip of hers too after pouring it down on her thermos cup lid. “Wow, smells good too.”

Seulgi grimaced, not really a fan of tea. “Just tastes like regular tea to me.”

“It has chamomile, you uncultured swine. It helps with the nerves.” Sooyoung retorted.

Seulgi scoffed. “Chamomile? Is that kind of weed like mari—”

“OH MY GOD SEULGI-YAH SHUT UP!” Joohyun had covered Seulgi’s mouth before she can even speak the forbidden word like it’s something fluffy like marshmallow.

Seulgi frowned as she wriggled out of Joohyun’s hold. “What? They’re both plants, they’re the same.”

“Shut up Seulgi-yah.”

“Shut up Seul.”

“Shut up Seulgi-unnie.”

Seulgi frowned at their unanimity against her. “Fine.” She drank her tea and grimaced again.

Seungwan stood up from her seat, feeling hyped up, in contrast with how she was so nervous a while ago. “Well! This is it girls! Finally we’re going to perform as Red Velvet!”

“Yeah!”  Seulgi cheered as well, which earned giggles from Seungwan and Joohyun. “We have to cheers for it!” She suggested and lifted her thermos cup in the air.

“Yeah! Sounds good! Come on Sooyoungie!” Seungwan coaxed Sooyoung to stand up and huddle with them, which the tallest complied after a disbelief sigh.

Once they were all huddled up in a circle, they all looked at Joohyun.

“Well? Go on leader-shii.” Seulgi smirked at her in coaxing. The other two looking at her expectantly as well.

Joohyun cleared . “Alright! This is it cake girls! We can do this! Red Velvet, fighting!

“FIGHTING!” The four of them cheered as they bumped each other’s thermos cups with chamomile tea in the air.


Rice is amazing, I'll eat anything steaming hot
Ramen and oden with pancake, this and that
Carbohydrates, carbohydrates
A dreamy collaboration
(Hot, hot, steaming hot!)

Rice is amazing, it's a problem if I don't have it
Better yet, rice should be a complete side dish
If you're from Daegu, it's all about jjim galbi, yukgaejang and rice

But...I'm not from Daegu
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!

Rice is amazing, I'll eat anything steaming hot
Kimchi and soybeans, raw egg, this and that
White rice is a pure, snowy white canvas
A fantasy imagination
(Hot, hot, steaming hot!)

Rice is amazing, it's a problem if I don't have it
Rice is a staple food, after all
If you're from Korea, it's all about rice over bread

"Rice isn't a side dish, you know!"
"Oh... I forgot."

Rice is amazing, I'll eat anything steaming hot!
Fried noodles, octopus balls, pork wrapped in egg, this and that
Carbohydrates, carbohydrates
A dreamy collaboration
(Hot, hot, steaming hot! Let's go, let's go!)

Rice is amazing, it's a problem if I don't have it
Better yet, rice should be a complete side dish
If you're from Daegu, it's all about jjim galbi, yukgaejang & rice
I must have been from Daegu in a past life!

One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!

A round of applause and cheers echoed in the area, some whistles and hurrahs were heard, along with some laughing in positive agreement and cheering for rice.

The four of them was genuinely surprised as more people started to pile up in front of them.

Joohyun watched Seulgi beamed her brightest smile and it made her heart flutter. It has always been Seulgi’s dream to play in front of a crowd. And now, Seulgi has taken one step to her dream. Even though the crowd isn’t that big, she knew how it made Seulgi really really happy. And if Seulgi is happy, Joohyun is happier.

Seulgi looked at Joohyun, who was beaming at her, some beads of sweat had already formed on her forehead and neck, but she looked like she was enjoying herself. That

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Chapter 41: STOPPP I CANNOT TAKE THIS. I'm so in love with the characters and their personalities! I know their based on the actual Red Velvet members but it still feels like a separate persona. I admire the group's dynamic and I love how we got a look into how they stayed together despite the separation. I can't believe I reached the end of this already. It feels like only yesterday I started reading this (I probably did but it still ended so fast). I honestly feel inspired to truly take on my dream of being a musician as I have started. Something about this story makes me want to be more adventurous and explore my life. I have a habit of growing attached to stories because of all the emotions they manage to make me feel. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an incredible writer and having a way with your words. Until next time! :)
Chapter 40: I JUST CRIED???? This is the one of the best stories I've ever read and the plot is so unique! I love how the songs fit the emotions of the characters and I can tell you spent a lot of time on this. I love every second I read this :,) Sad that it's ending, but I'll manage. Thank you for creating such a wonderful story. :)))
Chapter 5: LMAO The uptown funk reference in the authors note is so good
Chapter 41: when I realized it was the last chapter, my brain and heart were already preparing to write 2 or 3 full paragraphs of review. I mean, gosh, this is so well written! honestly, I've never read a long story with just my fluff playlist playing instead of a tearful mellow playlist. But hey, I still cry! Usually I cry when I read the sad parts and only sigh with relief when the main characters are finally happy. However, while reading this story, I found myself crying tears of joy. Friends into Lover is quite a cliche trope, but you write it sincerely. Nothing is forced so that all emotions can be conveyed properly.

I'm not too sorry to leave this story in the library for a long time. Because in the end, I'm reading this in the last week of vacation and next Monday I have to start my real life. I believe this story will give me positive energy to start a new semester. I remember well all the sweet things in this story. I even imagined a tv series with this simple plot and I think other people will like it too!

As I also said before, I'm always amazed by the way you gather Red Velvet members in one story. It's smooth and sweet. You are one of the Seulrene authors that I love the most!! this story deserves more attention! I also write even though I'm still an amateur, so I feel I appreciate your writing more than before I started writing. I'm also actually quite jealous of your head that can contain these brilliant story ideas and your hands that execute everything so well! okay, at this point I could probably make a book to express how much I love your writing!!! I fall in love! You are cool! please keep writing because your writing makes my day more colorful!
Chapter 37: Next stop! Wenjoy!
Chapter 29: Bunny sounds cute and rabbit sounds too serious lol
Chapter 23: Idk but I think it was something related to Yeri's big fat crush on seulgi
Chapter 20: I've always been in love with the way you put 5 girls together in the storyline. I still remember the ending of 'The Notebook', it was so sweet
Chapter 15: Fluffy time sound so goooddddd