9 • alone with ten

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Chapter Nine

"What happened to him?"

I kind of worry about Ten. He looks so terrible right now. Lying on a couch, wrapped around blankets and wearing a thick jacket, it seems like he's still freezing. 

"He just came here a while ago, looking like that. We thought it was just a cold, 'cause he kept on sneezing while we were having the team meeting. He was still energetic, but then he suddenly collapsed."

"Well, why don't you bring him to the clinic? The doctor's always there."

Doyoung and Jeno exchanged looks. "H-hyung doesn't want to be brought to any clinics, especially to hospitals. He hates it."

"Don't tell him we told you that," Doyoung quickly seconded Jeno. He has a hospital phobia?

"Well, it's just a minor fever, I guess. Why were all of you so flustered a while ago? You stopped when I came in."

"T-that's because we were so relieved that you came."

"I didn't come here for Ten, Mark. Taeyong came to me running a while ago, because he said Mr. Park was calling me. He told me to come here."

"I-is that so? We told him to call you because Chittaphon's sick and we need someone who knows how to cure one."

"Eh? Then why the hell call me? I'm not a doctor."

Everyone in the room fell silent. They were all looking at each other. Why are they all tensed? Even Taeil can't even look me in the eye. He keeps on fidgeting.

The awkward aura that enveloped us was broken by Ten's loud coughing, followed by his sneezing.

"I think he should be brought home now, Johnny hyung."

"I know, Jeno. Bring him in the car, I'll drive him home."

"But who's gonna take care of him at home? His parents aren't there," said Jaehyun.

Well, I'm sure they have a maid or a nurse there. He or she can manage to take care of this sick human being.

"Well, we can ask Winter to watch over Ten first," suggested Hansol.

"That's a great idea! You're very clever, Hannie."

What?

"But I still have classes, you know."

Whatever's happening, I ain't liking it.

"Ah, don't worry about it, noona. I already told your teachers that you'd be absent for their class because you're the one to take care of Ten hyung," said Mark.

"You can do that?"

"Uh, yes? Why not?"

"First of all, I'm not even related to him," I pointed to where Ten is. "Also, WHY ME?"

Mark scratched his head and turned to Johnny, asking him to explain. I raised an eyebrow at Johnny.

"Uhm, the truth is... we told them that you two are currently dating." He said it like it was more of a question than a statement.

"Dating?! Johnny, why?"

"Trust me, there were no students around the faculty room when we said that. The most important thing is they've already allowed you to go."

"I can't believe this. Of all people! You could've just asked one of his fangirls to do this instead! And I'm sure that they'll be happier with this instead of me."

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