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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Chapter 73: This was a really really great reading for me, the way you write is exceptional! Some might be bothered by the details but I loved them, your characterisation is on point too, I loved all characters here, its sad how you wont be finishing it tho :( I truly wanted to reach the end of this story, and like 70 chapters and we didn't even have the chance to reach the of this masterpiece sigh

I was wondering that If u cant finish, then maybe you can just give us a little summary about how you planned to finish this, because really im dying to know what happens when the team finds out about baeks background, who gets to know first and how, how did they react, if yeols parents will ever meet baeks, if baeks parents will appear later in as well, what will happen when baeks meets pcys ex after the reveal... and so many more questions sigh

Oh well I hope you be able to give a little conclusion or maybe ever get back to wrting it <3
Chapter 73: i just want to tell you how proud of you i am and strangely i feel the need to tell you i love you. weve had multiple conversations on here in the past and i always think of them very fondly. i just want to let you know that i completely understand. exo was my escape kpop was my escape from all my anxiety, my self hatred, my suicide attempts. exo was my breath of fresh fairy air, and ubuntu always took me to the fairytale land away from real life. personally its also been hard. i dont think ive even finished reading what of ubuntu you've written. its so emotional, it also brings me back to a place of just....i dont know, pure emotion. 2014-2017 were the worst years of my life so far and ubuntu was soemthing that kept me up. i will finish reading it eventually. just like you will finish writing it eventually. i am very happy you're leaving up the original version, though it is hard to do so. and i look forward to the clean updated version as well. i just want you to know there are very few fanfictions i would buy as a book. i would buy ubuntu as a book and i would treasure it and keep it in my favorite books section. and i mean this with all of my heart i love you <3
SoSquishy #3
Chapter 73: I read this before I was still so young back then. (Not really) I really love how slow this story is going. The pain in Baekhyun's life. Its breaking my heart to know that you're not going to finish this but I would be even more happy to know that you're fine. Thank you for trying to give us a good story. I love this. Will always be.
ijataeil #4
Chapter 73: First of all, I'm so relieved you're okay! I thought a lot about you here and there and hoped everything was alright. I'm glad you gave us an update on yourself, it's very reassuring. More than anything, I hope that you'll be alright. I'm sure things will fall into place soon, so just be patient! You've been doing great so far and I know you'll get through these hardships. Don't worry about the fic right now and focus more on yourself. Your health/well-being is above all. Thank you for even this short draft you've posted. I love this story with all my heart and it has definitely transcended into more than just a fic for me. But more importantly, I feel like through this fic, I've gotten to know about the lovely human behind it and honestly, I admire you so much. Both you and this story have come to mean a lot to me... you really have a special place in my heart! Even if things seem impossible now, I hope that soon you'll see a dim light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for being such a blessing, not only to me, but to this fandom. We love you dearly.
anonimo6404cb #5
the fanfic looks very interesting but it is not complete, so I prefer not to read it. although the summary I loved.
fairitint #6
Chapter 73: As much as i want you to continue this, i whole heartedly support whatever decision it is. I have been waiting for the ending of this story and have been re-read this story i dont know how many time again but as a writer myseld i understand your situation completely. Thank you for the journey you have brought us in this story. May u have a good life ahead ❤
Chapter 73: thank you for this masterpiece of a fic. I wholeheartedly understand why you can't continue with it and I support you wholly. I hope everything is going well for you in life. I'll forever treasure this x
Chapter 73: Thank you for sharing your feelings and experiences with us through such an amazing story. This is by far my favourite and the only one I always checked to see if there was something new (almost obsessively haha), I was really happy when I saw the notification and almost hyperventilated when I saw it was this story. Thank you for taking your time to explain your absence and I really really really wish you all the best and hope you find peace and never give up. I personally think that whether this story continues or not it's entirely up to you, do whatever makes you feel comfortable, there's absolutely no pressure ?. The only thing you should focus on is in your well-being.

Thanks again and may your future be filled with happiness ❤❤

(Sorry if I made your eyes bleed, English is not my first language /.\)
YumeTenshi #9
Chapter 73: Thank you for everything. As you can see, I'm still working on my english, so if this comes up a little bit forced, I apologize. Firs of all, I want to thank you for sharing this story with us, for writing a part of your soul, for being such a strong person... for trying. This story is a major inspiration in my life as a writer and as a person, for it streghtened not only my english, but also strengthened my self-care. To be completely honest, I was expecting something for you. Not a chapter, tho. 2017 was a rough year for me too, and while I was visiting Santa Monica thinking about my crappy life and how I wanted to jump to the ocean and drown, I thought of you and my negative thoughts were the ones that drowned. Suddenly I became worried becase it had been so long since I heard from you and reading this made me feel at least relieved that you're still trying and that makes me want to keep on trying as well! No matter what you decide to do with Ubuntu, because I probably will be here if you decide to return. Take you time and please don't give up.
Thank you for everything, again. I wish your path is filled with happy moments ♡
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!