X. Periods and Puppets

Stalemate
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"Have you been crying?” Seulgi asked incredulously when Irene opened her front door for her neighbour.

 

“Raccoons trying to eat cotton candy are the modern day Sisyphus,” Irene sniffled, making Seulgi snort and pinch her cheek. “You don’t understand, Seulgi! The raccoon keeps washing the cotton candy, and it just disappears, right? It just disappears! The cotton candy was right in the raccoon’s hands, and this chonky guy is thinking, ‘, yes, I’m gonna eat a cloud,’ and he can’t understand where he went wrong, but they’ll never be together! That cotton candy is never coming back, and the raccoon is doomed to forever keep washing the cotton candy that he will never get to enjoy!” Irene sobbed.

 

Seulgi laughed, but pulled the older woman into her arms. “And that’s relatable to you? You ing weirdo!”

 

“I mean, we all keep trying and trying, but none of us are ever going to be truly happy,” Irene said in a comic moroseness. “Wait, why are you here?”

 

“Wendy called me?” Seulgi said in a mix of amusement and mild confusion. “She said that she was at a work conference in Japan, and that you were sick?” the bear asked, giving her neighbour a once-over. Irene was in her usual comfy sweats, but apart from the crying and the unfortunate fashion choices, she didn't look unhealthy. 

 

“Ugh, she’s so dramatic,” Irene said, fighting a blush. “I’m just on my period, and I don’t feel so great.” 

 

“Cute,” Seulgi commented dryly. “Well, she left me with some very specific instructions on how to take care of you,” the bear said, holding up a brown paper bag. “She made me pick up some kimchijjigae, and I’m supposed to heat up Mr. Snuggles and your blanket in the dryer so they’re nice and warm.”

 

Seulgi pushed past Irene and headed to the kitchen to put the soup down on the counter.

 

“Omg, Wendy is so ridiculous! Sweet though,” Irene said, biting her lower lip. 

 

“Pfft, she’s so sweet, but I’m the one stuck here doing all the work,” Seulgi grumbled.

 

“God, people are going to think we’re a throuple,” Irene laughed.

 

“Yes, but a throuple of what?” the bear joked, striding into Irene’s bedroom, full of purpose, before poking her head out. “What… is a Mr. Snuggles?”

 

“That’s classified information. You stay away from Mr. Snuggles!”

 

“What, I’m good enough to have a with, but I don’t have clearance to meet Mr. Snuggles?” Seulgi asked in mock hurt. 

 

“Yes,” Irene said flatly, crossing her arms stubbornly.

 

“Is he a toy?”

 

“No!”

 

“Is he the last remaining vestige of your heterouality?” 

 

“Ugh… go away, Seulgi!”

 

“I can’t! I have strict orders from Wendy! How come she gets to know what a Mr. Snuggles is?” Seulgi pouted. 

 

“‘Cause she doesn’t make fun of me!”

 

“Hehehehe,” Seulgi chuckled evilly. “It’s just too easy I can’t resist.”

 

 

*

 

 

Seulgi had finally fed Irene some soup, and had wrapped her into a bunnyburrito with a warm blanket. They were on the couch, watching YouTube videos.

 

“Hey, so I just found out that Wendy and I are the same age,” Seulgi said suddenly.

 

“Uh, yeah. I never realized, but I guess, yeah,” Irene replied absentmindedly.

 

Seulgi waggled her brows greasily at Irene.

 

“What?” the older asked, raising an eyebrow haughtily.

 

“You have a ,” Seulgi grinned accusingly.

 

“I… what??? A for what, idiots?”

 

“A for people exactly three years younger than you, so we’re not too young and we still understand all your ahjumma references, but we’re young enough that you can boss us around.”

 

“That- ohmygod, it’s true…”

 

Seulgi was laughing so hard. “Omg, Baechu! You’re so easy to gaslight into submission!”

 

 

*

 

 

“So, was that your first ?” Seulgi asked, scooching closer to where Irene was sitting on the edge of the couch.

 

“Yeah, it was,” the Baechubunny replied, shoving Seulgi’s face away with a playful grimace, when the younger had pushed her nose right to Irene’s face. 

 

“How was it?”

 

“It was okay,” Irene said, trying to keep from snickering. She knew the offhand comment would be triggering to Seulgi, who prided herself on her ual prowess.

 

The bear got surprisingly quiet and pensive though. 

 

“Hey, I was kidding,” Irene said with a nudge to Seulgi’s shoulder. “It was obviously insanely hot. I mean, I… I squirted,” she added, blushing. 

 

Seulgi smiled wistfully. “You know I think you’re my best friend?”

 

Irene smiled back, tracing the shell of Seulgi’s ear. “Yeah? Me? Not Krystal whom you’ve known since the Jurassic period?”

 

“She’s the friend I’ve known the longest,” Seulgi explained. “I hang out with a lot of people. And they’re awesome people. I just don’t think they know me very well. Also, they’re more likely to land me in jail than to bail me out, y’know?” she added with quiet chuckle.

 

“Hmmn… well, you and Wendy are my only friends, really,” Irene said, before suddenly burying her face in Seulgi’s neck and sniffing wildly like a rabid bloodhound. 

 

“What the !” Seulgi laughed, trying to squirm away. “Stop! What are you doing?”

 

“You smell good,” Irene whined, trying to sniff some more. 

 

“Stop! That tickles!” Seulgi shrieked.

 

Irene climbed on top of the bear, straddling her. Seulgi discovered Irene was surprisingly strong for an Oompa Loompa, as she held down the younger woman and ticklesniffed to her heart’s content. 

 

 

*

 

 

“Is she Nanalan?”

 

“What?? No! She’s Mona!”

 

“So the one with the Jersey tan is Nanalan?”

 

“Seulgi, the orange one is Nana. The show is called Nanalan ‘cause she’s hanging with her grandmother. It’s Nana land.”

 

Seulgi was quiet for a moment.

 

“So she’s an alien?” Seulgi asked, scrunching her nose in confusion.

 

“What?? No!”

 

“A frog?”

 

“Seulgi.” 

 

“I don’t understand! She looks like Yoda!”

 

“She’s a kid hanging out with her grandma!”

 

Seulgi paused to watch.

 

“Is she speaking English? Or any actual language? I feel like I’m high.”

 

“Right? It’s awesome. She’s so ing cute,” Irene said with a psychotic look in her eyes. “Like you…” she said slowly, eyes widening in a crazed realization before she took the bear’s cheeks to pinch them hard, like she was stretching pizza dough or trying to rip a mochi to pieces. 

 

“Oooooww!” Seulgi howled in pain. “Joohyun, what the ! You’re crazy! What are you doing?!”

 

The younger tried to fend off her neighbour, who was once again straddling her, pinching any inch of exposed flesh she could get her murderous hands on, gnawing on Seulgi’s shoulder like she was a zombie. 

 

“My god, you really are a teddy bear- no! A gummy bear!” Irene said, pupils blown in excited insanity. 

 

“Help,” Seulgi squeaked weakly.

 

 

*

 

 

It was ten pm when Seulgi let Wendy into Irene’s apartment. 

 

“Damn, did you come here straight from the airport?” 

 

“I just wanted to check on her,” Wendy explained sheepishly.

 

“I say check her into an institution!” Seulgi said in a bellowing whisper, her eyes welling up with indignant tears.

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arqshime
295 streak #1
Chapter 19: Oh author you've exceeded my expectations. I couldn't help but read this with a smile on my face hehe So fluffy and hot! The best of both worlds. I just feel so giddy... Thank you! 🧡
dancingseulo
#2
Chapter 19: Weee so happy for them. They didn’t straight away jumped into having and I think that’s a healthy decision they made for the sake of their relationship 😌
regurgitate #3
Chapter 19: The planetarium thing totally reminded me of Ross and Rachel. I like that they get to do things instead of just having . It's not just about the dates, but just doing the mundane things. While is important, thing is, even with how good it can be, relationships are not all about that.
ceralamperouge516
#4
Chapter 19: <3<3<3<3<3
arqshime
295 streak #5
Chapter 18: "I would set buildings on fire and punch anyone in the face for you" Hahahahaha Only seulrene could make this sound so romantic. I was smiling so big when I read that. I love them! Seulgi taking her time to heal and be emotionally available to serve as Joohyun's personal toy is a good sign that she is really serious about being with Joohyun. And it looks like she's ready! They're going on a date! You rock author! 🧡
dancingseulo
#6
Chapter 18: The return of the ex 😌 Seulgi did the right thing for not jumping into a relationship with Irene even though she knows their feelings are mutual because she wasn’t in the right headspace.
dancingseulo
#7
Chapter 17: Oh damn didn’t expect Seulgi will move in with Rosé. The saddest part is they have always known they love each other 🙂‍↔️
eunxiaoxlove 31 streak #8
Chapter 18: Yieeeee nicee
VanguardLancer
#9
Chapter 18: Oops, we are on a ride! ... Well, the first few paragraphs were indeed quite a rollercoaster of revelations. 😂 I can't say that I'm completely surprised, but I also can certainly say that I am FAR from disappointed.

FINALLY. The universe has conspired well! A COSMIC kind of love that transcends time and space 🥹 (Which, hey, by the way is such a fun coincidence. Our space buddies are indeed reaching for the stars again soon!)

Can't wait to see more of these crackheads again soon!
scarlet511 #10
Chapter 18: Omggg this chapter is so cute and ngl I'm happy reading the revelation of their feeling. It's funny but heartwarming nonetheless.
I thought it's gonna end w the story goes but you still have more? Yeay thanks!