Joshua stood there, his face solemn and his arms crossed as he watched Araceli pace back and forth, rapidly spewing sentence after sentence in Spanish, something she did only when she was severely upset. From what Joshua could pick up, most of the sentences contain a numerous amount of curse words, so she was really pissed. Araceli was completely ignoring his existence, but he knew that she felt his presence. He felt bad that he couldn't do anything to help, all he could do was offer his support.
Soon, Araceli slowly started to switch to Thai, in which Joshua knew that it meant that she was starting to get emotional. He took this as his signal to finally approach her. Slowly he walked towards her, gently grabbing her arm to stop her from pacing. Almost immediately, Araceli turned around and just dropped her head onto his shoulder when Joshua pulled her into a hug. It wasn't long until he felt her tears start to wet the top of his shirt.
"Hey... it's okay, you did what was right," He whispered, bringing his hand up to comb his finger through her hair in a calming manner. "You said what needed to be said. You stood up for yourself and the others and we're so proud of you."
"B-but now I'm h-holding you guys back... I-I'm hurting the group," He heard through her muffled sobs, her body shaking with the heavy heaves she was taking. Joshua made a disapproving noise, pulling back a bit to look at her.
"Araceli, you know that is far from the truth. You're not hurting the group at all, you can never hurt the group," He wiped her tears away with his right hand, frowning. "The one that's hurting the group is the company, not you."
Araceli took a deep breath, taking in what he was saying and nodded. She knew she wasn't being rational in her thinking, but she was just too emotional at the moment to have a clear mind.
"Josh... I don't know what to do..." Araceli mumbled, her sobs reducing into just small sniffles and some tears still making their way down her cheeks. "They halted all my activities with you guys and I'm pretty sure that soon I'll just be completely kicked out."
"We'll figure it out, Ara. Cheol and Jeonghan are down at the CEO's office right now and I believe Jihoon and some of the others are planning something else but I'm not sure what. But don't worry about anything right now. You've done so much for us and now it's our turn that we help you out," Joshua replied, pulling her into another quick hug. At that moment, the front door swung open and in walked Seungcheol and Jeonghan, both seemingly pissed.
Jeonghan was the first to approach Araceli, saying nothing as he pulled her into a tight hug, kissing her forehead.
"I'm sorry... I'm so sorry about all of this..." His words brought tears to Araceli's eyes once again, resulting in Jeonghan pulling her even closer.
"I'm guessing it didn't go so well?" Joshua asked Seungcheol, who shook his head in response.
"Can't believe my boss is a misogynist asshole," Seungcheol grumbled, bringing his hands up to rub at his temple. "If I could, I'd take our group away from this company."
"Oppa, calm down..." Araceli spoke softly, breaking away from Jeonghan's hug to walk over to the older male.
"How can I calm down?! After all the stuff he's done and has allowed to happen?! Hearing the way he talked about you today, I really wanted to punch him square in the face. This has to be illegal right?? It has to be because this is unacceptable-" Araceli cut off Seungcheol's little rant by just cupping his cheeks with her hands. It was enough to make all of his emotions run out of him and have him breaking down into tears himself.
"He hurt you and it's unacceptable... He hurt one of my members he can't-"
"Something will be figured out soon... Please calm down," She repeated, giving him a sad but hopeful smile.
Joshua smiled a bit, nodding at the words she repeated from him.
After a few minutes of calming down the leader and all four of them finally able to settle down in the living room, the rest of the members soon filed into the dorms.
"Where were you guys?" Jeonghan asked, looking at the members that had just come in.
"And where are my children?" Araceli asked, immediately noticing that the BooSeokSoon trio wasn't anywhere to be found.
"They'll be back soon," Chan answered, walking over to sit in front of Araceli.
"We figured that the atmosphere would be really sad, so we went out and bought a whole bunch of food," Mingyu said, holding up the many bags he and the others were holding. "Most of them are noona's favorites too."
"You guys didn't have too," Araceli mumbled, frowning a bit at the boys.
"We wanted too, plus we felt that you needed it," Vernon shrugged, placing his bags down.
"Plus, we wanted to cheer you up somehow. We know this entire thing sucks and the company is total hell, but you got us to go through it with you," Jun said, giving her a smile.
"We would never let you go through something like this alone. So whatever the company has to say to you, they'll have to go through us first," Wonwoo stated, walking over to pull Araceli into a hug.
"Thank you, boys..." Araceli mumbled, giving Wonwoo a quick hug before looking over at the rest of them.
They all unpacked the food and started eating to their hearts' content. However, Araceli still couldn't get her mind off of the three boys that were absent. She was worried about their whereabouts. She was just about to turn to Jihoon and ask him if he knew where they were when the front door opened once again.
"YOUR ENTERTAINMENT HAS ARRIVED~!!" Seungkwan yelled, quickly walking into the living room with Seokmin and Soonyoung behind him.
"What are you guys doing?" Jihoon asked, giving the three boys a blank look.
"We're going to give you a show of things that we've prepared to make our precious noona smile!" Seokmin answered, smiling brightly. Araceli couldn't help but smile as well.
"We were at the studio the entire time, making skits and performances so please hold all groans and just laugh because we worked really hard on this," Soonyoung added through a strained smile, causing some of the members to laugh.
Araceli couldn't be any more grateful towards the boys than now.