The Present and The Present...

A Tease for A Tease
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The crowd cheered, whistled and clapped. Red Velvet just performed their first song for the opening ceremony of a new class year of their school and their performance had been a staple and a most awaited event at the school.

“What better way to start a school year but to get hyped up, right?!” Seulgi shouted and the crowd cheered more. She drank from her bottle of water and her fans screamed in delight as she wiped her face off the dripped water, with Joohyun scoffing at the reaction while the other three giggled at their bassist’s.

Seulgi huffed. “We’re extra happy today, too. Because all my bandmates, well, except Yerimie our maknae, are on the same class! And just like what we sang first, Fate is Endless, indeed!” The crowd reacted with cheers, having the same sentiment as the vocalist of having their closest friends together in the same class.

“It seems like the days from here on out will be shining, am I right, Wendy-yah??” Seulgi turned to a laughing Seungwan behind her.

“I certainly agree, Seul!” She paused. “Shining Days!” She shouted then dropped a drumbeat immediately followed by Sooyoung’s keyboard and the others. She started singing.

A treasure chest filled with this and that, little things
When did I lose it? It's disappeared somewhere
Beads, charms, candles, ribbon, soap bubbles and clovers

But, you see, a real treasure chest is inside my heart
I've become aware of an everlasting treasure just by being near everyone
It's strange, fun, pleasant, delicious, cute and lovely

Perhaps we're supposed to cherish the day, every day
Time's passing by in fast forward – it may be wrong but I can't wait for tomorrow

Just being like this is great; it's fine as it is
I'll sing my favorite songs and have hot tea with everyone
These are treasured days; dazzling, shining days
It's written in the music score of the heart, where there are infinite riff marks
Let's go forth with loud voices and share them...that's happiness!

All of them beamed as they played their perfect harmony as they traversed to the second verse.

One, two, three years; even after a hundred years I can't be stopped
It's my dream to dance and make some noise on-stage anywhere
At the school festival, athletic festival, training camp; during live events, camping, Christmas

From the classroom window I can see outer space, become a bird, become a star
At this moment we're sending out sparks; even the wind is awakening from this hot melody

Just being like that is great; it's fine as it is
Even though we're ordinary girls, we're stars! We'll excessively praise each other
These are treasured days, days when we cried and laughed together
The music score of life is constantly changing key, but we'll be fine
Since it's wrapped in lots of love...thank you!!

Yerim and Seungwan dueted, then Seulgi soloed while Seungwan was dropping supporting beats. Seungwan sung the bridge with Sooyoung’s piano that had them thinking, really, what could’ve happened?

If we hadn't met by chance that day, what would today be like?
Would I be reading at the convenience store on the way home?
Maybe eating fast food alone??
Maybe taking an afternoon nap???

Surely though, they wouldn’t be this happy.

Just being like this is great; it's fine as it is
We'll give it our all when playing our music, stuff ourselves with sweets
These are treasured days; dazzling, shining days
It's written in the music score of the heart, where there are infinite riff marks
Let's go forth with loud voices and share them...that's happiness!

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Like Seungwan said on her self-composed song, time passed by in fast forward. They now found themselves preparing for the Valentine’s event at the same concert house they performed in last year. The reception for their performance were positive so they’ve been invited again.

Seulgi was snickering as she read the music sheet Joohyun gave them of the two songs she had written. Apparently, it was written long ago, but she only showed it to them now. Her smile was teasing and proud as she said, “You are so in love with me, Hyunnie.”

“YAH!” Joohyun shrieked and reached out to chop their guitarist’s head, cheeks blushing in bright red.

Seulgi only giggled as she caressed her own head.

“You’re not one to talk though, Seul.” Seungwan commented as she read the music sheet of Seulgi’s new composition, opting the latter to read it too from behind.

“What the hell, Seulgi-yah!?” Joohyun screamed as she read the provocative and insinuating lyrics on her music sheet.

Seungwan read it out loud.

“Just one second was plenty for me to fall for you
A single glance and I was in love, brought you home, and even took you to bed with me”

“Took you to bed with me??” Sooyoung asked with raised eyebrow at the guffawing Seulgi.

“When I stare at you, you seem like such a sly, beautiful girl
A day goes by like any other
But you're just a hoarded away treasure... so may I touch you?”

“May I touch you, what, Seulgi-yah?!” Joohyun screamed in horror.

“What??? At least I asked permission!” Seulgi retorted with a big proud smile. Yerim snorted in remembrance of the secret kissing fiasco and immediately received a chop on her head since she’s just beside Joohyun as they all huddled behind Seungwan except Seulgi in front of them.

“Let's try, I'll change you from a super shy person to a loudmouth
Whether you live or die depends solely on my skill
Now, I'll accelerate my picking, warmth spreads through my body
No one can stop me now; I'm already head over heels for Giita!”

Seulgi guffawed louder after Seungwan read the last line. “You’re so assuming Hyunnie. It’s not even you I’m talking about. I'm head over heels for Giita!!”

The trio can only sigh as a super angry Joohyun ran after a still guffawing Seulgi around their clubroom, a usual sight whenever they get together.

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In the mirror we look so cool somehow
I'm suddenly transformed from a normal girl to - woah! So musician-like!

Even if I become a celebrity, signing autographs all the time
I won't change, I promise I won't forget
The me from the days we just played inside our rooms

Let's play, these fingers were definitely made just to touch you
We can only communicate with TABs, but we understand each other
Hey, the finger muting went off without a hitch, let's get everyone to look at us
You're heavy, but I can't let you go, I'm already head over heels for Giita!

Even if we fight, I'll soon tune you right up
It's okay, I forgive you

Let's try, I'll change you from a super shy person to a loudmouth
Whether you live or die depends solely on my skill
Now, I'll accelerate my picking, warmth spreads through my body
No one can stop me now; I'm already head over heels for Giita!

Joohyun was a blushing mess when Seulgi ended the song. And when she thought that Seulgi learning to be greasy won’t be good for her—she was one hundred percent right. Because damn the younger girl even brought her cheesiness into her compositions and this has been the most embarrassed she’s ever been as she performed on stage.

Because she knew all too well the song was for her even though her girlfriend reasoned that she just personified her guitar—the song talks to her in a direct bull’s eye. Somehow, she regretted all those days that she using flirty attacks, because this is karma spiting her—Seulgi’s teasing grins, her bandmate’s giggles, and how she somehow just noticed how long Seulgi’s fingers are and how flexible and talented they are—DAMN! Her being a closeted doesn’t help at all.

Seulgi’s introduction to the next song skipped out of Joohyun’s mind, like she’s on auto-pilot due to her internal thinking. The second song intros, and the bassist just played in a daze, which didn’t go unnoticed by their vocalist so in the end, she sung the song Joohyun had written on her stead.

My calligraphy pen, FUFU

Oh ! Joohyun thought, whipping her head to Seulgi who she heard sung, and she was already smiling at her.

Is trembling, FUFU

Seulgi sung as she winked, silently telling Joohyun that she got it.

As I'm writing my first ever GREETING CARD to you

Joohyun sighed in relief as she smiled back at Seulgi who had taken the vocals for the song.

My throbbing PASSION
And overflowing ACTION
Might just spurt out

It was a funny déjà vu, when Seulgi forgotten her own lyrics during their first performance at a festival and Joohyun sung on her stead—now, it’s happening again but the other way around.

I imagine your smile
And I want to show you my good points
I grasp my passion
I got to make you notice me!

Joohyun was taken back to those days when she was writing these songs. She smiled at how dumb she was before—so dumb that she couldn’t finish her songs just because it’s not clear to her what she feels. But now, it’s all crystal clear.

Seulgi sung the rest of the song Joohyun finished writing when she finally realized how she truly felt for her, as she wrote that New Year greeting card a year ago.

All right, I'm going to write smoothly with all my love
So that me and you can be connected by happiness when you've received it
I'm showing you my dreams as my characters dance around
Hang in there, calligraphy pen, you've made it this far
I'm totally serious

To my calligraphy pen, FUFU
I might be being overdoing it, FUFU
It seems I might be crushing it, but

My handwriting is on a MISSION
Red-hot TENSION
Normal print is so boring

At the point where I close, the point where I stop
This heart-throbbing is most definitely love
"Please treat me well from here on out"
I add that single phrase

My cheerful lettering is so shiny, look how well polished it is
It'd be wonderful if they could go straight into your heart
The running lines shine until they dry
You'll have to wait, calligraphy pen, sorry, ballpoint pen
You'll have to rest
I'm totally serious

I imagine your smile
And I want to show you my good points
I grasp my passion
I got to make you notice me!

All right, I'm going to write smoothly with all my love
So that me and you can be connected by happiness when you've received it
I'm showing you my dreams as my characters dance around
Hang in there, calligraphy pen, you've made it this far
I'm totally serious

Seulgi turned to Joohyun as the previous song outros, eyes inquiring and a bit worried. Joohyun nodded in reassurance that she’s going to be fine now. Her bandmates understood and they introed into another song again, Sooyoung’s piano with Seungwan’s cymbal beats starting, Yerim, Seulgi and Joohyun joined, the latter then started singing.

There are tons of thoughts in my head
I'm sort of afraid they might spill out
But I'll just plug it up with headphones~
(Don't stop the music!)

Joohyun smiled at Seulgi’s second voice then continued singing.

I'll say that I want the things I want
I'll say I want to do the things I want to do
But there are also words I cannot say
(Can't stop my heartbeat!)

Joohyun smiled at the remembrance of when she wrote that specific line—when she was so ecstatic upon learning Seulgi was crushing on her. It was so dumb of her to not realize right there and then, that she’s feeling the same. It was so funny; she guesses she really has a pure heart.

Suddenly! A chance arrives
We happen to take the same way home
Wow! The balloon in my heart blows up
My feet suddenly feel light
And they float on the air

Fly away! To where you are
This pure, pure heart of mine
I'll have no fear if you will accept it
But when these feelings passed through the atmosphere
You had disappeared from the other side of the street
Oh well, I don't mind

You know, an honest song
With words of love mounted inside is the best way
I'll casually hum it as I walk along
(Don't stop the music!)

A melody sweeter than cotton candy
And a rhythm hotter than fireworks
After all, I can just say I like the songs I like
(Can't stop my heartbeat!)

Surprise attack! A problem arrives
Maybe you heard what I was humming
No! For the first time, our eyes meet
I'm happy, but embarrassed
I'm about to run away...

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