•• U-Kwon ••
I was unconsciously staring at Hyorin as she drove Kyung, Zico, and I towards Jaehyo's favorite bakery. She jerked to a stop and we all flew forward. "Sorry! I've never had anyone but Jinyong here teaching me..."
"No problem," Zico coughed. "Yo, Park Kyung, maybe you can take over teaching her how to drive," he joked with a grin.
Kyung shook his head and then teased, "Oh, come on, we all know that U-Kwon is the best driver!"
"Taeil seems to be a very good driver," Hyorin commented, looking at the car in front of us.
I nodded in agreement and then laughed, "If Taeil-Hyung had the opportunity, he would probably destroy all of the driving skills we've already learned and would replace them with his lessons!"
Kyung and Zico nodded furiously in agreement and Hyorin giggled with an amused smile. "It's nice that you guys are all this close."
Kyung shrugged and admitted, "We have to be close because we're a group."
"I'm still awkward around Taeil," I admitted with a small smile.
"Oh, really?" Zico asked me in surprise as Taeil parked in front of us. Hyorin pulled into a spot beside him and I gasped. "Hyorin, that was perfect parallel parking!"
"I can't even do that so well!" I exclaimed.
"Oh, thanks guys. That was the only thing I picked up well from Hyojun before he died."
"Well, he did a great job teaching you," Kyung praised. "I remember Hyojun-Hyung... I really wish he was still around..."
"He took down a good chunk of those sharks when he died though," Hyorin commented, joining Jaehyo who ruffled her hair.
"That's good," I mumbled, unsure of what else to say.
Taeil sighed and stretched as he stared at us. "Yo, why the long faces guys?"
"It's nothing," Zico reassured with a shake of his head. Taeil shrugged and then waved us all into the bakery. "Hyorin, is there anything you want? I can but for you," I heard Zico offer as I joined Kyung in line.
I elbowed Park Kyung gently and he stared at me curiously. "The boys are all making moves on your cute ex. Anyway, why'd you bring the rest of us along today? Didn't you want to ask her out again?"
He shrugged awkwardly and I smiled softly and ruffled his hair. "There's only roughly three months between us and you still have so much to learn."
"Eh, what do you mean?" he questioned with wide eyes.
"Nothing," I laughed with an amused shake of my head. "If you plan to ask her out again, ask her soon. That's all I'm saying. For all you know, her heart could already belong to someone else. She does live with three boys after all."
"I guess," he mumbled in agreement. We ordered our food and paid the lady before standing to a side and waiting for our numbers to be called.
Hyorin and Jihoon were talking together and he was obviously flirting with her. "See? Even the Maknae is making his own move," I pointed out to Kyung as Jihoon held up a bit of his cinnamon pretzel and allowed her to try it. "You're being overshadowed my friend."
"Aish, Kim Yu Kwon, don't freak me out!" he whined. "I'll get to it in my own time."
I rolled my eyes and sighed, "Meanwhile, they'll all be getting their own way with her." On cue, Jiho handed her a hot chocolate and then seated himself beside her.
"She only dates older boys and I know that for a fact," Kyung mumbled with a pout forming on his face.
"Okay, so that excludes... Jihoon. Good luck competing with the rest," I teased, patting his shoulder and grabbing my coffee and my red bean bun. "Yo, Hyorin~! Try this!" I exclaimed, shooting Kyung a look that caused him to glare at me.
"Park Kyung is making a scary face..." Jaehyo commented, shivering awkwardly as he took a sip of his hot chocolate. I fed Hyorin a piece of my bread and she broke into a smile.
"We used to get this when we had enough money!" she explained with a happy sigh. "Hyojun would take me to the corner stand and he would buy me a bun and we would share half of it on the way home and would give the rest to our parents!"
"Really? That's sweet," I whispered, nuzzling my cheek against hers just to mess with Kyung. I really had no intention of asking Hyorin out. I couldn't be sure about the rest of them, but it meant Jihoon and I were ruled out. Taeil was obviously interested in her and Jiho was acting more like her wanted to be her close friend than her boyfriend.
"Uhh... Th-Thanks for the food U-Kwon," she stammered awkwardly.
"Hey, Hyorin, when's your birthday?" Jaehyo asked her curiously.
"Eh? Mine? December twelfth. Why?"
Taeil jumped to his feet. "Four days after the death ceremony? Don't worry, I'll get you something amazing!"
"Taeil..." she murmured awkwardly. "You don't have to get me anything..."
"I can and I will," he told her with a determined smile. "Don't you worry your pretty little head."
"You boys are awkwardly nice," she stated.
She didn't suspect anything? Was this really the girl Kyung dated for two years? Aigoo, so dense...
"That's because, any friend of Kyung is a friend of ours!" I covered with a nervous laugh, shooting Taeil-Hyung a glare. She shrugged to me and I sighed with a roll of my eyes.
"Hey, Hyorin, I brought you your favorite~" Kyung cooed, coming up behind her.
"OMO! No way!" she squealed, clapping excitedly. "You remember all of my favorites so easily."
"Not that hard," he told her with a shrug. "Smell," he commanded, waving the wrapped food under her nose. She took a deep breath and then stared at him in surprise. "Ho-Ddok."
"Open up," he giggled with a caring smile. She closed her eyes and opened her mouth. He popped a piece of the honey and cinnamon filled bread into her mouth and she sighed happily. "Is it good?"
"Ne! I remember when we would get this and stand around before school just eating!" she laughed with a wide smile.
"Good times," he agreed, shooting all of us glares and then smirking with an amused expression. "So, who's your favorite Block B member?"
"Yah, don't make me say that!" she protested, whacking his chest with a pout. "But, since I've finally met all of you... I think it would be a close tie."
"Between who?" we all demanded noisily.
"Zico, Jihoon, Kyung, and Jaehyo," she mumbled under her breath, ducking her head awkwardly.
"Yah, am I not special enough or something?!" Taeil exclaimed with a pout.
"I'm understandable," Minhyuk admitted. "Sorry for meeting you in nothing but a towel."
"It's okay," she giggled, a small smile forming on her face.
I stood and the others looked at me curiously. "Let me make this clear, by the end of her friends' military service, I will make myself her bias."
"Eh?" my members all mumbled with wide eyes. I nodded and they got to their feet and all exclaimed, "I will too!"
"Now, down to rules!" Jiho began, using his leader tone. "Absolutely no moving in on her using sexual methods! We can only kiss her if she makes the first move. We cannot take her on a date without the consent of the others. We can't ask her out unless she has kissed us already." Kyung grinned and turned to Hyorin. "Kissed us since the competition began!"
"Yah, you just added that for sabotage!" he complained.
"I added it because 'equality for all'! Lastly, no sabotaging a couple! Your fellow members or Hyorin must break up a relationship. On the day of her friends' return, she will pick her ultimate bias."
"Deal," I agreed after hearing the terms.
"Aigoo, don't I get any say in this?" Hyorin complained with a pout.
Taeil ran his finger under her chin with his charming smile. "Don't worry Cutie. This will be fun! It's a promise from me to you."
"Somehow that doesn't convince me entirely," she mumble with an uncertain frown. "I guess I'll trust you guys for now then..."
"That's the spirit!" Jaehyo agreed with a cheerful grin. "Zico, you forgot one thing."
"What's that?" he inquired curiously.
"Who's competing in the romantic division and who's competing in the friendship division," Jaehyo told him.
Hyorin stared at us with disbelief. "You have divisions? How many times has this happened exactly?"
"Not many times," I admitted. "Friendship."
"Friendship," Jiho agreed.
"Romantic!" Taeil cheered. Jaehyo nodded in agreement and they gave each other a high five.
"Just kidding, friendship," Jaehyo laughed.
Jihoon sighed and then said, "Romantic."
Minhyuk-Hyung frowned and then sighed, "Romantic, I guess."
"And Kyung?" Jiho asked Kyung curiously.
"What do you think?" he questioned with an amused roll of his eyes.
"Romantic it is!" I cheered, patting him on the back. "Good job working up some courage," I whispered to him with a nod.
"We have U-Kwon, Jaehyo, and I in the friendship division and Taeil, Kyung, Jihoon, and Minhyuk in the romantic division! Good luck to all of you." We all nodded to each other and Hyorin slowly got up and attempted to sneak out.
"Yah, where do you think you're going?" I asked her with a raised eyebrow.
"Uhh... I have to go feed my cat," she blatantly lied. I decided to give her the satisfaction and then nodded.
"Would you like me to drive you home? Maybe you'll pick up something from Block B's best driver," I offered.
"Second best at the most," Taeil-Hyung grumbled.
"You would help me learn how to drive?" she asked me suspiciously. I nodded and she smiled. "Wow, thanks U-Kwon! Sure! Lets go then!"
"Yo, Hyorin!" Jiho called. She whirled around and stared at him curiously. "One, you forgot your hot chocolate," he laughed, handing it to her. "Two, why don't you stay over with us today? It must be lonely in that apartment."
"Ummm... I wouldn't say that," she giggled with a glance at me.
Why did she look at me, I wonder?
"Still, we have a spare room. We'd love to have you over. Plus, Kyung is always talking about your amazing food and we'd really all love a taste. Come on, please? It'd be really fun~" he cooed, poking her shoulder with a smile.
"Well, let me think about it and I'll get back to you later, okay?" she offered. Jiho nodded in agreement with a smile. "Bye guys! Thanks for hanging out with me!"
"Bye Hyorin!" they all called as I lead her out of the restaurant.
"Hey, U-Kwon, how are you going to get home if you're dropping me off?" she asked me with wide innocent eyes.
"Who said anything about going home?" I teased with a smile. Her cheeks began turning pink and I yawned and held out my hand for her car keys. "Come on then." She nodded and handed me her keys and I sat down inside her Hyundai. "Alright, make sure you pay close attention to what I do, okay?"
"Yes sir," she agreed with a nod, buckling her seatbelt.
"Good. Now first, we turn on the car." I switched on the car and then looked at her. "Got it?" She gave a nod and I smiled and ruffled her hair. "You know it's okay to talk, right? Don't worry, I'm nice. There's no reason to be shy." She nodded again with a small smile and I grinned. "Alright, we ease out of the spot." I turned the steering wheel and peered over my shoulder. "Make sure you check for incoming traffic."
"Yes U-Kwon," she mumbled. I smiled and then pulled out of the spot before getting up to the speed of the moving traffic.
"You want to try to get up to speed as soon as possible so that you don't cause any accidents, okay?" She was quiet and I felt her eyes examining my every movement. "See how there's a signal coming up and the light is yellow? We slowly ease our foot onto the break and gently stop the car." I slowly pushed down the break and stopped perfectly without any jerkiness.
"I have trouble with that. I freak out," Hyorin admitted with a frown.
"It's understandable, but remember, driving is just patience and observation. As long as you know what is going on around you, your body will respond accordingly." The signal changed and I eased my foot onto the accelerator before going forward. "Another thing I noticed is that you tend to take turns really fast, especially when you're turning into oncoming traffic," I pointed out.
She nodded awkwardly. "It's pretty scary and I just forget."
"There's nothing to forget. It's just body reactions. I'm a dancer so I have to have good reaction time. If you want, you can start checking out some of our dance rehearsals and try it out," I offered with a smile.
"Really?" she asked with in surprise, a look of awe on her face. I nodded and she ducked her head to hide her smile. "Oh, thanks so much! That would be so cool. I really admire pop groups and the way you work so hard to perfect everything."
"It takes a while," I admitted. "It's fun all in all though. What about you? You must have amazing focus and good eyes if you're a fashion designer. Kyung has showed us some of your designs. It's really cool how you pay such close attention to detail," I praised as I stopped at a signal again. "Shall we take a detour? I can teach you more then."
Hyorin shrugged and then nodded. "I'm fine with that."
"That is, if you're alright with your 'cat' not being fed," I added with a wink. She laughed as I drove forward. "Alright, pay special attention, okay? I have to take a right through oncoming traffic okay? So I'm going to slow and stop until I have an opening. You have to make sure that once you're almost through the turn, you punch it and make it through the traffic quickly." Hyorin nodded obediently and I waited for an opportunity before gently turning and then speeding through the traffic. I slowed to the speed limit and then grinned at her. "That's how you do it."
"Wow, it's amazing how calm you are," she commented as I coasted through the streets. "I would have almost had a heart attack."
"That's when you risk an accident," I told her, parallel parking quickly and turning off the car. "Come on then. Switch with me. Lets see what you've picked up."
"I don't even know where we are," she complained, getting out and then sitting down and adjusting her mirrors and the seat. "Tell me where I'm supposed to go."
I shook my head with an amused smile. "They say, it is not the destination so much as the overall journey. Now, ease out and lets drive."
"But U-Kwon~" she whined with a pout. I shook my head and pointed out into the road. "Fine." Hyorin carefully pulled out of the spot, checking for coming traffic and then began driving down the road.
"Great! Now, take a left. Lets go on an adventure!" I commanded as she slowed and then turned. "Fantastic," I praised with a clap. "Isn't it amazing how much you can learn from simple observation?"
"It is," she agreed with a smile. "Why do I get the feeling that you don't know where we are either?"
"I don't," I agreed with a grin. "Lets see where we end up, ne?"
"You're crazy," she laughed, continuing to drive. "Alright, I'll trust you, but if we end up in some red light district, I swear..."
"I won't hold it against you," I promised with an amused smile. "Now, take a right up there."
"You're purposely making things hard for me, aren't you?" she grumbled, stopping and waiting for a chance to turn through the coming traffic. She found a gap and quickly drove through before turning onto the road with a sigh.
"Fantastic!" I applauded with a grin.
"Thanks. So, where to now Mr. Driving Instructor?" I shrugged and then sighed.
"Lets get lost."
"You heard me. Lets get lost."
And get lost we did...
•• Later ••
"Ummm... U-Kwon... Where are we?" Hyorin asked me as the car sputtered and died. "Oh dear, we're out of gas..."
I checked my phone and frowned. "Well, we're definitely good and lost," I stated, repocketing my phone.
She stared at me curiously. "What makes you say that?"
"Yah! We're out in the middle of nowhere! We're going to starve to death and die! What do we do?!" she screeched, beginning to panic. She unbuckled her seatbelt and threw open the car door.
"Hyorin! Come back here! It's like negative twelve degrees centigrade! You'll freeze to death!" I exclaimed getting out of the car and rushing after her.
"We're going to die!" she cried, sinking into the snow on the ground and shaking from her tears.
"Hey, we'll be fine, okay? I won't let us die. It's a promise," I told her gently.
"Fine..." I helped her to her feet and lead her back into the car.
"Just chill out. Give me a second to think..." She was quiet as I leaned my head on the window, thinking. "Maybe I can pick up some bars if we go back out there again..."
The sun was starting to set and it was getting colder. My phone started beeping frantically and I jumped in surprise. "What's that?"
I sighed with relief. "Find my phone. Don't worry. We'll be fine. They can track our signal as long as my phone doesn't die."
"My phone is already dead," Hyorin mumbled, leaning back in her seat. "It's really cold..." she commented with a shiver, blowing warm air on her hands.
"Maybe if we huddle together it'll be warmer?" I suggested with a shrug. She stared at me uncertainly before climbing into the back seat and sighing heavily. "Alright, well, I guess you can freeze then."
She rested her cheek on her knees and looked out the window. "You're a jerk..."
"You knew this would happen, didn't you? That's why you told me to try to get lost because you knew the car would stop," she mumbled as I climbed into the back seat and sat beside her.
"So, what if I did?" I asked her quietly. She looked up at me in surprise and I stared at her with a gentle smile. "Tell me something Hyorin. When you were talking about not being lonely, why did you look at me back in the bakery?"
"Th-That's... I can't tell you..." she told me, biting her lower lip. "Why don't I tell you a story, hmm? A story, fairly recent in fact, about a girl and an Angel."
"An Angel?" I questioned, cocking my head to one side.
She nodded and sighed shakily. "There was once a girl who lost everything. She was alone until she met her three closest friends. She moved up and eventually began working and living with them. She began being tormented by a boy who claimed to be an Angel, but she ignored him, not believing his words. One day, her friends had to leave as well, but they promised to come back. Soon after, the Angel revealed himself to her again. 'I'm your Guardian Angel,' he told her. 'I'm here to protect you when no one else can.' The Angel had the appearance of one of her old friend's close friends. True to his word, the Angel tried his best to protect her, revealing secrets about the Angel realm to the girl. The girl didn't begin to believe him until he revealed his wings to her. She was eventually forced to go to a party with one of her friends and was taken advantage of in an alley shortly after, but she was saved by the Angel. The next day, a day much like this one, the girl met the boy who looked like the Angel and got lost with him as per his command and started telling him a story to try to explain her life to him. The End..."
"Angels?" I asked her with obvious disbelief.
"I knew you wouldn't believe me..." she mumbled with a heavy sigh. "But it's true. Even if you don't believe the things about the Angel, everything else at least, believe it to be true."
I was quiet and Hyorin began shaking from the creeping silence of the cold and the darkness surrounding us. "Hyorin... Come here," I whispered, holding out an open arm. She looked at me, her eyes puffy, and then inched closer to me. I hugged her close to me and we sighed from our combined warmth. "I may not believe your entire story... But I did pick out the fact that you're lonely... You should come stay with us, or at least come visit us every once in a while."
"You think I'm crazy, don't you?" she questioned with a small laugh.
I smiled softly in the dark and then shook my head. "No, I don't think you're crazy... Even if I do, all of the great people in the world are crazy, are they not?"
"I guess... Thanks U-Kwon."
I smiled and nuzzled my cheek against the top of her head. "You're welcome. Even if you don't have an Angel, Block B will take good care of you."
"I hope so," she told me with a smile. "I really hope so."
•• Kyung ••
"Where is this signal? Geez, it's in the middle of nowhere!" Taeil complained as we hurtled out of Seoul after Hyorin and U-Kwon's signal.
"It hasn't moved for a while, you think they ran out of gas?" Minhyuk asked curiously, poking the signal on my phone.
"Good thing we have an extra tank just in case," Zico grumbled. "What are you doing U-Kwon?"
"Nothing good," I muttered under my breath. "God, I hope his phone doesn't die..."
Jaehyo grabbed my phone and stared at the screen. "It seems to be a straight shot. Even if his phone dies we have a good estimation of where they are considering it's along this road."
"I'm going to punch him when I see him," I growled.
"You will do no such thing," Jiho told me stubbornly. "He probably had a good reason for this. We'll interrogate him later. The important thing is finding them and making sure they're okay."
Jihoon looked out of the window with a sigh. "It's getting cold. I hope they're doing okay. If their car died, they won't have any heat."
"They could die," Jaehyo stated bluntly. "Yah! Stop, stop, stop! You passed it!" Taeil screeched to a stop and we all jumped out and ran to Hyorin's car. U-Kwon and she were huddled together, fast asleep in the back seat.
"So, this was his brilliant plan," Zico grumbled with a shake of his head. "I'll drive them back. Taeil drive the others home. I'll see you guys."
"Yes Zico," we all murmured. I trudged back to our car and grabbed the gas tank before walking back to Hyorin's car. I opened the gas tank and poured the fuel in with a heavy yawn. Zico nodded his thanks and got in before starting the engine and speeding off down the road back towards Seoul.
I sighed and tossed the tank in the trunk before getting in the car and attempting to keep my eyes open as Taeil drove all the way back to the apartment. It was a quiet drive back to the apartment. We were all slowly drifting to sleep, even Taeil!
"It's a full moon," Minhyuk stated as he stared out the window.
"It's pretty..." Jihoon commented with a small smile. "We should come out here more often."
Taeil nodded in agreement. "Although we aren't far out of Seoul, the light pollution is significantly less out here. You can see more."
"I wonder if U-Kwon and Hyorin woke up..." Jaehyo murmured suddenly.
I stifle my laughs as I said, "If they did wake up, Jiho is probably lecturing U-Kwon."
"I wonder if Hyorin will actually stay over tonight," I mused with a frown.
Jihoon elbowed me with a smirk and teased, "I bet you want her in your room, right Kyung-Hyung~?"
"Shut up Maknae," I grumbled, my cheeks tingling as I puffed out my cheeks. Aigoo~ It's been too long of a day."
"What an awkward way to phrase that," Taeil-Hyung stated with a grin as we reentered Seoul. "Almost home. I'll hang in there. We don't need the BBC's worrying about us if we get in an accident."
"Not just that, we don't want to have to pay damage insurance costs..." Minhyuk-Hyung murmured with an amused smile.
"We have so little money!" Jihoon cried, throwing his arms in the air. "We're just amazing! That's the only reason we can pay for our apartment!"
"Say that again," Jaehyo challenged with a raised eyebrow. "I dare you." Jihoon shook his head frantically and Jaehyo nodded approvingly. "That's what I thought."
I leaned my head against the window with a yawn and sighed heavily. I noticed that Zico had stopped up ahead and then realize that we had arrived at our apartment. U-Kwon was getting out of the backseat with my gorgeous Hyorin sound asleep in his arms. I angrily got out of the car and then saw her cuddle against his chest.
"Thanks for taking care of her..." I told him, giving him an awkward pat on the shoulder.
"This is still a war," he told me with a wink, holding her closer to him and walking into the building. I was too tired to say anything and then just walked up to our apartment along with the rest of the boys. U-Kwon placed Hyorin on the couch, undid her boots, and took off her jacket before putting a blanket over her. "That should do..."
I nodded as the rest of the members drifted off to their beds to sleep. "What did she tell you?" I asked him as we stared at Hyorin.
"Nothing that you need to know," he replied bluntly.
"I need to know. I'm her friend."
He looked at me with a small frown. "If you are her friend, why didn't you notice how uncomfortable she was around us all day?"
"Eh?" I mumbled in surprise. He nodded and I sighed. "I'm the worst person ever..."
U-Kwon shook his head and put a hand on my shoulder. "No, you're just blinded by love."
I smiled softly to myself and shut my eyes with a sigh as Hyorin continued sleeping soundly. "I must be crazy," I said half to myself.
He shook his head again with an amused smile. "Anyone in love is crazy. It's not just you."
"Are you trying to be reassuring?" I questioned with a small grin. He nodded with puffed out cheeks and I laughed softly. "You're not doing a very good job."
"That means I'm doing my job well," he joked. "Well, I think I'll turn in for the night." We both yawned heavily and trudged off to our beds before falling asleep with sighs.
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Angel of Sanctuary [Block B]Romance
Chae Hyo Rin is a fashion designer in Seoul. Her business has just taken off with her high school friends Nam Jin Yong, Park Kwang Su, and Choi Dae Jung, life seems perfect. That is, until Daejung, Kwangsu, and Jinyong are called for mandatory milit...