27. Ego

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Anna was in the dance studio with Hoseok. It was just as massive as it had looked on camera. He had shown her their little lounge room with their own kitchenette and bathroom.

After he had finished stretching, Hoseok had begun to dance and at first, she just watched him in amazement. Anna had always wished she could dance, but she was convinced that she looked stupid whenever she tried.

Without realising it, she started to dance along from her position on the floor. When she realised what she was doing she stopped herself, but it was too late. The mirrored walls meant that Hoseok could see her too.

"Anna dance with me!" her soulmate announced in English.

"Umm, no, thank you. I'm okay," she tried to refuse, although she had a feeling it wouldn't stick. Hoseok bounced over to her and held out his hand. She looked up at him. "I can't dance."

"Not true." He shook his head. "But I teach Namjoon and Jin-Hyung. You? Easy." Hoseok shrugged, making Anna laugh, and then he winked at her.

Somewhat reluctantly, Anna took his hand and let him pull her up off the floor. After getting her to do a few warm-up stretches, Hoseok moved to stand behind her and tried moving her arms for her like a puppet.

"You are so..." He moved her arms robotically. "Relax."

Hoseok put his hands on her shoulders and started to massage them, but Anna jumped away.

"Sorry. No one has ever..." she trailed off. No one has ever touched me like that. "Never mind. Go ahead."

Hoseok placed his hands back on her shoulders for a moment, before changing his mind sliding them down so that he was holding the tops of her arms instead. He gave them a squeeze, before letting Anna go and moving to stand next to her.

"Follow me." He took her through some simple moves, one step at a time. "Great!"

"Really?" she questioned, not really believing him.

"Simple, but important," he told her. "Now, something more hard. You know any of our dance?"

Anna wasn't sure how to answer that. As an ARMY, of course, she had tried to learn a dance to one of their songs. However, she didn't want to raise his expectations by telling him about it. In the end, it didn't matter, her hesitation to answer told Hoseok what he wanted to know.

"Yes! What song?" he asked.

"ON," she answered quietly before rushing to explain. "Just the chorus and not at full speed!"

"Whoa, go Anna!" He laughed. "Don't worry, we do something easy today."

"Okay," she sighed in relief.

Anna watched him as he searched through his phone to pick a song. Something about his words gave her the feeling that this wasn't a one-time-only dance session. Although she would be ecstatic to have dance lessons with her soulmate, she worried that she would be wasting his precious free time.

"Let's have fun! I choose easy dance song. I not always remember how it goes, but we have fun," he told her. "Yeah?"

It took a while, but with Hoseok's encouragement, Anna began to enjoy herself.

Suddenly, Anna had a clumsy moment and tripped over her own feet. Before she could fall over, Hoseok grabbed her wrist and pulled her upright. The momentum of his pull caused her to fall towards him instead.

Anna felt dizzy as she found herself pressed against Hoseok's body, her hands resting on his chest, their faces only inches away from each other. Anna was breathing heavily, her body not used to the workout that even this short dancing session had provided. She no longer knew if her heart was racing for the same reason, or because of the sudden closeness of her soulmate.

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