III. Ramyeon and Rap Sheets

Stalemate
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The next night, Seulgi showed up at Irene’s front door with soju, tteokbokki, and smiling half moon eyes that masked her usual annoying-if-she-wasn't-so-y bravado. 

 

“Wanna make us some ramyeon to go with these?” Seulgi asked Irene, waving her offerings in the older's face like an obnoxious little kid would.

 

Irene smacked Seulgi's hands out of her face, but laughed good-naturedly. “Come in, ya pain in the ."

 

"What was that, an invitation to probing?"

 

Irene scoffed. "Psssh, it's gonna take much more than just soju and tteokbokki for that to happen."

 

"Ouch, babies, the mean ahjumma called us cheap," Seulgi bemoaned exaggeratedly. "Don't worry, mommy still loves you," she said, before planting kisses on the green bottle and the brown paper bag that held the spicy rice cakes.

 

Irene rolled her eyes in amusement and headed to the kitchen, as Seulgi made herself comfy on the couch, setting the food on the coffee table and idly flipping through Netflix. 

 

“So,” Seulgi said, switching off the TV once Irene returned minutes later with a pot of boiling ramyeon and some chopsticks. 

 

“So?”

 

“I’m here to find out everything there is to know about Bae Joohyun,” the teddy bear declared, expertly giving the soju bottle a few flips to create an impressive (Irene was impressed) tornado, and then did a fancy bartender trick to uncap the alcohol. She ended with a flourish and a hilarious attempt at a wink, and then dutifully poured a shot of soju for her unnie. 

 

Irene raised an eyebrow. “You trying to ply me with drinks and work your smooth moves? What about Kang Seulgi's incriminating details?"

 

“Oh, Kang Seulgi is right here. She’s an open book. She doesn't back down from a challenge. You can ask me anything," the bear boasted, pouring herself a shot, downing it, and then making a face.

 

Cute, Irene thought before throwing back her own shot of soju. “I thought you weren't interested in this stuff. Talking, I mean. I feel like we're getting to know each other backwards, y'know? First, we had , then we went to a party and bickered, now we are just meeting."

 

"You're right. We should've started with child support and alimony payments," Seulgi joked.


 

"Are you saying this is ending in divorce?"

 

"Oh no, we're much too special for that. This is ending in a high speed police chase on the evening news."

 

"Probably because I murdered you," Irene laughed. "Okay, let’s see… tell me about your family.”

 

“Mom, dad, older brother, who looks freakishly like me," Seulgi replied without hesitation.

 

“Sounds y.” 

 

“I’m the y one," the bear corrected.

 

“And the modest one too?”

 

“Oh no, I’m conceited as heck.”

 

They both laughed. 

 

“What about you?” 

 

“Dad, mom, younger sister. Younger sisters are a pain in the ,” Irene said pointedly. 

 

Seulgi stuck out her tongue at the older. 

 

“What do you do for a living?” Irene asked.

 

“I take pictures.”

 

“Like… for events and stuff?”

 

“No, for adult entertainment.”

 

“Oh…”

 

Seulgi started laughing. “I'm kidding, I freelance for magazines.”

 

"Um... dirty magazines?”

 

Seulgi was doubled over with laughter. “No! Mostly for those in-flight things that you find in airplanes that nobody reads. But other stuff too."

 

“Ohhh,” Irene said, blushing. “Do you get to travel a lot? That sounds fun.”

 

“Uh... yeah, I get to travel some. It gets exhausting, and it's basically glorified gig work, but yeah, I like it.”

 

They paused to slurp noodles. Irene wordlessly handed Seulgi a paper napkin, which the younger accepted but didn't use, continuing to eat. 

 

“Did you always want to be an accountant?” Seulgi asked, chewing.

 

“Right, I was six years old and thought ‘I wanna do payroll when I grow up," Irene said with a sneer.

 

Seulgi shrugged. “You seem like you were a weird kid.” 

 

" you, I wanted to be an astronaut!" Irene retorted, using her own napkin to wipe gochujang from the corner of Seulgi's mouth. 

 

“Space invader!” Seulgi exclaimed, wriggling away from Irene's reach like a stubborn child. 

 

“Yeah, yeah. But anyway, I eventually grew up and developed this crazy interest in making rent and paying bills and stuff."

 

"Wild."

 

"Right? So number crunching is the closest to astrophysics I can get.”

 

"You regret it?" Seulgi asked with a quiet earnestness that inexplicably made Irene want to spread her legs and take whatever Seulgi was giving. 

 

"My only regret in life is finding out that the moon isn't made of tofu," Irene joked, trying to remain nonchalant. 

 

Seulgi gasped dramatically. "Next you're gonna tell me that Santa isn't real!"

 

"Oh no, he's real. He watches you sleep, Seul," Irene said with a psychotic smile. 
 

The younger scowled. "Ew, you know, for someone who's a wimp with scary movies, you're creepy."

 

"Awww, no voyeur Santa for wittle Seulgibear, okie?" Irene teased, pinching the younger's cheek.

 

“ual orientation?” Seulgi asked after pouting up a storm.

 

“Um… bi I guess? But I’ve only had boyfriends,” Irene answered. 

 

“Ohhh, I wanna hear about these boyfriends!” the bear said, clapping excitedly.

 

Irene grimaced, and then took a deep breath. “Okay, well, there was Sehun, my high school boyfriend. We did long distance for a bit in college, and then he broke up with me ‘cause he got someone pregnant.“

 

“Oh dayumn!”

 

“Nono, it wasn't as traumatic as it sounds. We weren’t really handling long distance very well. I mean, we were kids. Like, it getting cheated on, but I always knew he wasn’t the love of my life or anything.” 

 

“Of course not, I'm the love of your life,” Seulgi said, grinning.

 

Irene ignored her greasiness. "Next boyfriend was Chanyeol in col

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eunxiaoxlove 0 points #1
Chapter 18: Yieeeee nicee
VanguardLancer
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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 0 points #3
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!
taenyworth
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Chapter 18: Ngl maybe I'm just stupid or dense but when Jisoo called and brought up Jennie I was like damn another girl for Irene's reborn so I really really have the same reaction as Irene when she told that she married. To Rosie wkwkw anyway I just wonder shen Seulgi suddenly came to Irene's door in this chapter, is it because Irene suddenly contact her or? Just coincidentally she just mean to visit her? With the Chinese food one I mean?
And thank for the update anyway 👍👍
regurgitate 0 points #5
Chapter 18: Chapter 18: This chapter reminded me of Say Anything, the carry-the-boombox-scene, which then reminded me of Grey's Anatomy, particularly the scene of Meredith Grey saying "pick me, choose me, love me" and just 80s, early 2000s movies overall. This was wonderfully written. One part romcom twist (Rosie + Jennie), one part American Pie-ish kind of cute+y combo (I don't know, I got reminded of Michelle + Jim, because they're funny but sweet too, a shade similar to the dynamic between Seulgi and Irene here), but all parts that are very much grounded into reality, especially when you pointed out that being single doesn't make a person emotionally available or ready right away. Good job, author. Really enjoyed this one.
KaiserKawaii 14 streak 0 points #6
Chapter 18: Hahah. Lol. As expected. The mess is kinda funny.
username404 #7
Chapter 17: I lowkey wish for Rosie's ex to return ._.
dancingseulo
#8
Chapter 16: Wenrene is finally over. What will Seulrene do now 👀
arqshime
270 streak #9
Chapter 17: Oh author! I can't wait for the grand fluffy fest of love! I'm so ready!!! Hehe I wasn't even bothered with the slight angst. I know the good stuff will be even sweeter to read after that. The seulrene talk was really great, the way they understood each other without saying the actual words... genius! Thank you for being so consistent with your updates. You're the best! 🧡
eunxiaoxlove #10
Chapter 17: Woo excited for the next one