Not long after his alarm went off, Kevin woke up and found Eli sleeping on the floor. Kevin rubbed his eyes, yawned and sat up on his bed with a hunched back.
'Must've rolled off the bed,' he groaned.
Without having a second thought, Kevin got out from his bed and began
trying to get Eli back on his bed by pulling his arm to drag the rest
of his body onto the bed. Even with the strength Kevin has in the
morning (which wasn't a lot); it was almost impossible to lift Eli off
the ground. Suddenly Kiseop entered the room.
'Did I come in at the wrong time?' Kiseop asked suspiciously.
'N-no, I was just trying to…'
'Yes, you did.' Eli stated, interrupting Kevin's explanation. Kiseop just sighed and looked at Kevin.
up and get up, both of you. We have a performance tonight, remember?'
Kevin nodded as Kiseop exited the room. Eli sat up and looked at him.
can let go now, Kevin,' Eli laughed. Kevin let go of Eli's arm and
looked away, blushing slightly. He could feel his heart racing again
but this was different to when it was beating two days ago during the
first Doradora performance. Kevin was about tell Eli something when
'Hyung, what's the matter?' Hoon asked worriedly. Kevin couldn't hear what Soohyun was saying but he sounded quite angry.
YOU TWO!!' Soohyun yelled, suddenly standing by the room door. 'Didn't
Kiseop tell you that we had a performance already?! If you haven't
realised, we're leaving in 10 minutes so you better hurry!' Soohyun
bared his teeth at Eli and Kevin and left the room, slamming the door
'Well someone's in a bad mood,' Eli said as he stood up and started to change out of his pyjamas.
Kevin started to blush again. Gotta get out before he starts changing his pants!
He looked through a pile of clothes on his bed and grabbed a pair of tattered skinny jeans and a red checkered shirt.
going to change in the bathroom because I…need to brush my teeth too.'
he explained awkwardly. Eli stopped struggling to put his shirt on.
I mean, why the sudden thing to change in the bathroom? Wouldn't it be
easier to change here? We're short of time, anyway.' Kevin just stood
there, trying to think of an excuse.
After a bit of thinking
time Kevin finally answered Eli by saying, 'I really need to go to the
toilet now. I'll tell you later,' and ran off to the bathroom. Eli
watched Kevin leave the room.
'Why was he acting so strange?' he said but just shrugged it off.
While Kevin was trying to put his shirt on and brush his teeth, someone walked into the bathroom. It was Kiseop.
shot I rocked the door.' Kevin mumbled with his toothbrush sticking out
of his mouth. Kiseop chuckled and helped Kevin button up his shirt
while Kevin continued to brush his teeth.
'I thought I told you
not to talk and brush your teeth at the same time. You could choke on
the toothpaste you know,' Kiseop joked, buttoning the top button on
Kevin's shirt. Kevin suddenly stepped away from Kiseop and spat the
minty mixture into the sink.
'Don't button up the top one, it always chokes me.' Kiseop scrunched his eyebrows.
'It doesn't choke you when you wear a suit!'
different. This is for casual wear, not formal wear.' Kevin rebutted
with a mocking tone. Kiseop smiled to himself and laughed
'I guess that's why your picture in our new
album has 'metrosexual' next to it,' he mumbled to himself. Kevin
suddenly realised that Eli was standing at the bathroom door. Before he
could say anything Eli walked off.
Why is Eli suddenly like this? He was fine last night…wasn't he?
the thinking and talking made Kevin's stomach rumble quite loudly.
Kiseop started to laugh but stopped after seeing Kevin glare at him
funny. Kevin pouted, trying to look angry, and walked out of the
bathroom to get some food from the fridge.
Not long after
Kevin snacked on some Choco-pies he found lying around, the manager
started telling everyone to get going. Eli was putting on a pair of
black leather combat boots when Kiseop approached him. Even if Kevin
couldn't hear what Kiseop was telling Eli, he had the urge to interrupt
their somewhat tense conversation but thought again and decided to just
stay out of it.
'Kevin hyung, stop day-dreaming and get in the
van! The manager told me to stay out of the warm and heated van until
you get your butt in there.' Dongho said, drooling over the thought of
being in a warm place to be in rather than being in a freezing
'Why does the manager always pick on me?! Kiseop and Eli are…' Kevin's voice faltered.
the car waiting for you!' Dongho said, finishing Kevin's sentence for
him. Dongho dragged Kevin by the arm, threw him his shoes and made him
run to the car that was waiting outside of the apartment building.
you just let me put my shoes on? I don't want to get frostbite on my
feet!' Kevin complained as he reached the entrance of the building. It
was snowing lightly outside, covering everything that wasn't sheltered
with white, cold goodness; including the pathway to the car.
I refuse to walk in the snow with only socks on my feet, Kevin whinged in his mind.
whole face scrunched up and his body shivered with just the thoughts of
standing in the snow almost barefoot. Kevin could tell Dongho was
getting impatient by the way he folded his arms and looked at Kevin.
'You know what, screw this.' Dongho mumbled to himself and started to push Kevin from behind with all his strength.
Dongho, are you crazy?! Don't you dare send me out there without any
shoes on my feet!' Just before Kevin got shoved out of building, Eli
got out of the van and started to pace his way to the apartment's
Dongho leaned close to Kevin's ear and whispered,
'you're lucky Prince Charming came to rescue you~', and laughed softly
Eli opened the doors and picked Kevin up
immediately, cradling him in his arms. Kevin smiled gently as Eli made
the trip back from the apartment block to the van.
Kevin said quietly, loud enough for Eli to just make out what he said.
With a wide grin on his face, Eli replied, 'you owe me one, okay?'
the van Kiseop, being the 'selca-king', was taking selcas with AJ, who
was sitting behind him. Eli and Dongho were playing video games to past
the time. Kevin and Hoon had both fallen asleep and were both in
'Neverland' while Soohyun listened to music and slowly dozed off.
'Ya, hyung, do you actually like Kevin hyung?' Dongho asked as if it was that terrible to like Kevin. Eli looked up at Dongho with stern eyes.
'If this is to distract me from the game just so you can beat me, then no.'
not. I'm being serious. I mean, even the other members are starting to
think the same thing too! Your crush for Kevin hyung is nearly as
obvious as Kiseop hyung's crush for him, you know?' What Dongho just
said caught Eli's full attention. He thought for a bit, wondering
whether his feelings for Kevin were as obvious as Dongho said it was.
'Kevin wouldn't have figured it out yet, right?' he asked Dongho nervously. Dongho shook his head and sighed deeply.
doesn't even know Kiseop likes him so why worry?' was Dongho's advise.
Eli nodded with reassurance. 'Let's keep playing. I need to beat you
before we get to the studio!'
The car suddenly stopped and made a strange but loud noise, waking Kevin up from his slumber.
What the heck just happened? Kevin thought worriedly.
sound of the failing restarts of the car engine brought panic to all
the members. The manager roared with frustration and started banging
his fists on the steering wheel angrily. Of all places, the van had to
stop a kilometer away from the studio.
'You guys have to jog
there. Soohyun, you know where the place is, right? Lead them there
while I get someone to fix the car,' the manager instructed, upset.
Without hesitation all the members got out of the van and started
stretching while the manager gave more instructions to Soohyun.
everyone,' Soohyun began as he got out of the van, 'we need to just
follow this road and head straight to get there. We're going to jog
'WE'RE GOING TO JOG THERE?!' Dongho argued. 'Hyung,
if you haven't realised, we're a kilometer away from that place! It's
going to take us maybe one and a half hours to jog there in this
Soohyun cursed, shutting Dongho up. He took a deep
breath and started jogging alone. Dongho moaned and followed; so did
Although it was snowing and was less than -3°,
all seven of them made it to the studio without stopping. U-KISS burst
through the entrance panting. Almost immediately, Dongho and AJ had
passed out from exhaustion.
'Are you kidding me?!' Soohyun asked
rhetorically and dropped on his knees, followed by everyone else. A
tall, slender woman stood in front of Soohyun and looked down on him.
Her eyes were heavy with eye make-up and her face as pale as a ghost's.
The woman's clothes' colours were extremely clashing-a bright yellow,
short dress and a black aviator's jacket.
'You guys are late; an
hour to be exact,' she exclaimed, tapping her silver watch then eyeing
every single member. After Hoon finally caught his breath he stood up
and swallowed the saliva that was stuck in his throat.
cut us some slack! We ran a kilometer just to get here because our car
broke down!' Everyone nodded in agreement. The slender woman known as
Jihye sighed and rolled her eyes in dismay.
'Well hurry up and get on the chairs! We need to dry off all that sweat and snow off you too before we beautify
you so we have a lot to do. Chop, chop~' she said with a cute wink that
seemed to disgust Kiseop and Soohyun. 'Oh, and try to wake them up
quickly.' Jihye added, pointing her slightly crooked finger with blood
red manicure at Dongho and AJ.
There was only 45 minutes to go
before their performance began when Jihye finally styled U-KISS' hair
and applied the necessary make-up to their faces. Suddenly, a car horn
sounded in front of the studio. Jihye stood at the transparent glass
doors for a few seconds then turned to the boys who were sitting on the
couch or on the floor.
'Your ride's here.' she chimed, giving
Dongho, Kevin and Eli the shivers. 'Hurry up if you don't want to be
late for the show!' Everyone got up reluctantly off the couch and floor
but were shooed out by Jihye. As everyone rushed into the van, Kevin
remembered something and turned around.
He smiled and bowed
yelling out, 'thank you!' to Jihye who was still standing at the front
doors of the studio. Although he Kevin couldn't see it because he had
to get in the van, Jihye waved back.
'Let's hope that innocent
child knows how to end that love triangle he's in.' she said as she
walked back into the building to clean up.
'You guys start
warming up your voices now. You might not have time to do it later.'
the manager explained from the driver's seat.
Looks like it's time for me to put up a show again, Kevin thought, but this time I'll try to seduce the right person.