~freakish! (korean version) chapter 30
Author: fishie (seungjea)
Theme: 017. Depression
Rating: R, AU
Pairing: YunHo X JaeJoong
Disclaimer: I own them, they live in my closet. Really …
Summary: “So … here you are at the most romantic city in the world with your husband … but he’s too busy to spend time with you because he’s working?”
~ FREAKISH! Chapter 30: Depression Induced Love
JaeJoong’s eyes stared at the white clouds outside the plane absentmindedly, the first class was comfortable but after more than four hours it was starting to get boring. He looked to his side and saw YunHo was asleep. Smiling a bit, JaeJoong adjusted the blanket around YunHo’s Shoulder and continued to gaze at the clouds outside.
It was only three days a go when YunHo’s mother asked them to go to Paris and just like a snap of fingers, there they were, lining at the airport to board into the plane in the luxurious first class.
YunHo was supposed to do some presentations for the marketing of RiNa’s clothing line at a big department store in Paris, which would be a good start for the clothing line to enter the European market. That was all JaeJoong knew about their departure to Paris.
JaeJoong was not sure about what he had to do with Paris since YunHo would be the one doing all the work, YunHo even told him about his schedule which probably won’t leave much free time, but JaeJoong was not the kind of student who would skip a chance to take a break from school. HeeChul would have to deal without him for a week.
When the stewardess announced about the landing, JaeJoong couldn’t help but sighing in relief. No matter how comfortable the first class was, eighteen hours sitting in the same spot was getting tiring and boring.
“Come on! Let’s go to our hotel!” YunHo pulled JaeJoong to a waiting taxi outside the gate.
YunHo gave the name of the hotel to the taxi driver in fluent French, earning a surprised look from his husband.
“I didn’t know you speak French!” JaeJoong exclaimed.
“Just a little, when RiNa was studying in Paris, I visited her couple of times, and she taught me a bit of French so I won’t bother her on my stays”, YunHo replied.
“Are you going to start working today?” JaeJoong asked.
“I don’t have any meetings scheduled for today, so I’m free”, YunHo said, “Is there any place you want to see or are you still tired from the flight?”
JaeJoong shook his head, “I’m not tired! Let’s just go and have fun!”
YunHo smiled at JaeJoong’s enthusiasm, “Let’s just get back to the hotel first, ne?”
The hotel was much nicer than the hotel JaeJoong stayed with his family when they came to Paris years a go, the Grand Palais hotel, he read.
“Come on YunHo! Let’s get going!” JaeJoong pulled his husband impatiently, just ten minutes after they arrived in their hotel room.
YunHo followed JaeJoong out of the room and closed the door, chuckling at JaeJoong’s impatience.
JaeJoong flipped the photo between his fingers, it was almost nine, as he checked the digital clock on the night stand. YunHo’s first appointment today would start at ten thirty and when the alarm rang this morning, it woke JaeJoong as well.
YunHo went to get ready and JaeJoong, who could not go back to sleep, played with the photo they took yesterday at the Ferris Wheel. JaeJoong had rode a Ferris Wheel in Lotte World and he also been to other rides abroad, but this time it was different. It wasn’t as exciting as the roller coaster ride or as scary as the ghost train, there were not elements of surprises or scary turns but somehow, riding the giant wheel with YunHo, the city scene laying down there as if just for them and everything was so nice and quiet … it gave him a new feeling.
“You don’t have to be up if it’s too early for you”, YunHo cut JaeJoong’s train of thoughts as he took some clothes off the hanger to change.
JaeJoong yawned, the time difference between Korea and France made him lost his time orientation as he slept last night. He felt the bed shifted under YunHo’s weight and a kiss was planted on his forehead.
JaeJoong was about to say something, but YunHo already left to the bathroom.
He put the picture to the night stand and made a mental note to put it on his wallet later. The pic was taken as they were on the ferris wheel, it showed their smiling face and YunHo had his arm around JaeJoong in a casual manner, which JaeJoong found really comforting.
Sleep had completely left by then, he stood up and stretched a bit, their hotel room was comfortable and warm despite the not so friendly weather outside.
The sound of water from the bathroom had deceased, probably YunHo was done showering. Lately he was getting used to not knocking the bathroom and YunHo wouldn’t lock the door, although JaeJoong would sometimes still felt uncomfortable being exposed to his husband.
As JaeJoong stepped into the bathroom, he could see YunHo just stepped out of the shower. Skin wet with water and a towel wrapped messily around his middle.
YunHo watched JaeJoong’s face blushed a bit before he hurriedly turning to the sink to busy himself with the toothbrush and a smirk formed on YunHo’s face.
“JaeJoongah …” he called out.
“… nae?” JaeJoong turned around, wondering what YunHo was trying to say and suddenly found himself being pulled to the shower.
“This is called a quicky”, YunHo grinned between kisses.
Later that day, JaeJoong was sitting in a limo, complimentary from the hotel they were staying, alone, since YunHo was out on a business meeting.
He said he would meet JaeJoong later after the meeting for dinner, though …
The Eiffel Tower was not the first thing he had in mind when he was told that they were going to Paris. Not alone at least … But the driver from the hotel they were staying drove JaeJoong to Eiffel Tower, he Shouldn’t say that he didn’t know where to go, although he really had no idea where he Should be going, alone, in Paris.
Who said Eiffel Tower is beautiful when you’re alone? JaeJoong scolded.
The car was nearing the hotel again and JaeJoong recognized the street, it was only past lunch time and YunHo wouldn’t be back until another four hours, JaeJoong really had no idea what he should be doing until YunHo returns and he didn’t want to spend more time alone in the hotel room.
“Could you just drop me here? I know my way to the hotel”, JaeJoong told the driver, it wasn’t that complicated, really, the driver spoke enough Korean for them to understand each others.
After thanking the driver, JaeJoong got off the car to the sidewalk.
Paris was so much different than Seoul, JaeJoong decided, the people, the scenery … everything. Although this was not the first time for JaeJoong in Paris, he had never been on his own in the streets of Paris, it was always him and his family, and most of the times, JunSu was always with him.
JaeJoong couldn’t stop thinking how nice it would be if he could walk the city with YunHo, His husband seemed to know a lot about Paris, RiNa went to university in Paris a couple of years a go and YunHo said he visited his sister almost once a year, so YunHo must knew a lot about the city.
JaeJoong was too absorbed in his thoughts and he missed a guy who was bending on the sidewalk, picking something, a thick paper binder on his right hand.
It was too late, he collided with the unfamiliar body and both of them crashed on the sidewalk. A second later, pages of white paper flew to all directions.
Realizing his fault, JaeJoong tried to help the guy to catch the paper, some of them got blown away to the other side of the road and some people passing by accidentally stepped on them.
“Miahnhae!” JaeJoong bowed at the man, he totally forgot that he was not in Korea at the moment.
“Gwenchanayo”, the other man replied, smiling, at the familiar language, JaeJoong looked up, surprised.
“You … you’re …”
“I can tell that you’re Korean”, the older man smiled despite JaeJoong’s stuttering, “I’m Nathan”, he smiled, offering his hand.
“My name’s JaeJoong”, JaeJoong said back.
“And he took me to have lunch in this small café not far from here … he’s a student and his mother’s French, he’s been living on his own in Paris since his father remarried and went back to Busan … it’s great isn’t?” JaeJoong chirped excitedly.
“It’s good that you’ve made friends”, YunHo commented, loosening his tie.
“And he asked me if I want to look around the city with him while you’re busy!” JaeJoong continued, “I said yes and he’ll pick me up at the lobby tomorrow morning!”
YunHo frowned a bit, but JaeJoong missed the slight disagreeing look on YunHo’s face.
“YunHo yah, are you tired? Do you want to have dinner out tonight? I remember there’s a nice restaurant downtown called La Scala, do you know that place? I went there with my parents a couple of years a go and …”
YunHo pulled on a t-shirt and stood in front of JaeJoong who was laying on the bed.
“… or we can stay here in the hotel if you’re tired”, JaeJoong stopped, “What do you say?”
YunHo smiled and gave JaeJoong a small kiss, “Let’s go find that restaurant.”
It was almost nine when YunHo was getting ready for another set of meetings when he saw JaeJoong was getting dressed and ready to go.
“Nathan is going to pick me up at the lobby!” JaeJoong told YunHo, “I’ll introduce you to him if you have time before you go!”
YunHo continued to re-adjust his tie, he shouldn’t be jealous of JaeJoong’s new friend.
JaeJoong helped YunHo with his tie with a grin, he looked so excited for the day to start.
“Come on! He said he’ll be here around this time! I don’t want to keep him waiting!” JaeJoong bounced happily, YunHo just smiled and followed the younger blond to the lobby.
JaeJoong looked around the lobby for a couple of seconds, searching for his new friend. As he watched JaeJoong looked so excited, YunHo couldn’t help but getting a small nagging feeling inside him, JaeJoong didn’t even look half this excited on their first meeting, did he?
[Of course not, babo, you two met by arrangement, it was a completely different situation …]
YunHo waited at the lobby with JaeJoong for around ten minutes but still no signs of Nathan, JaeJoong was getting nervous, could his new friend cancelled their plan? YunHo would wanted nothing but stay with JaeJoong at the moment, but the time reminded him that his meeting should be starting in another fifteen minutes.
“JaeJoong, I have to go, the meeting is going to start any minutes”, YunHo told JaeJoong, “If anything …”
“It’s okay YunHo, I’ll be fine”, JaeJoong replied, “Good luck with the meeting, I’ll see you later in the afternoon, ne?”
“Have fun!” YunHo planted a kiss on JaeJoong’s lips before leaving.
Five minutes later, a familiar figure came to the lobby, he saw JaeJoong waiting at the sofa and quickly approached the blond.
“Miahn … I got something to do on my way here”, he tried to explain, “I hope you didn’t wait too long!”
“Of course it’s ok!”
“Let’s get going!”
“… and then we went to the zoo! Nathan took lots of pictures, he said he’s studying arts at the university, … I can’t remember the name though … he made some sketches of the animals, they’re really good! By the way, YunHo, how come you never drew anything lately? I saw the sketches you did and they’re good!”
“I just haven’t got the time lately”, YunHo answered.
“Oh! Nathan showed me the sketches he did when he was in Japan last year, they’re nice too! His father lives in Busan with his step-mother, he visits them twice a year …!’ JaeJoong continued to chirp about his new friend.
“JaeJoong-ah what are you planning to do tomorrow?” YunHo cut JaeJoong’s excitement abruptly, as much as he liked to hear what JaeJoong was doing today, he felt an unfamiliar tug on his heart as he was forced to listen to JaeJoong having fun in Paris … but not with him.
“We’re going to the Louvre! Nathan said there’s this cool exhibition he wanted to show me, he’d seen it before though but he wanted to show me the paintings!” JaeJoong replied happily.
“Well … have fun then.”
“You wanna go have dinner now?”
“Tell me something …”
“Hn?” JaeJoong turned to Nathan who was sitting on the grass, checking on his digital camera, “What is it?”
“You said you’re married?”
JaeJoong nodded, “Yeah.”
“And you’re here with your husband”, Nathan said as he continued to fuss with his camera, JaeJoong nodded, “So … here you are at the most romantic city in the world with your husband … but he’s too busy to spend time with you because he’s working?”
“I know it’s stupid but yeah, it’s true”, JaeJoong smiled.
JaeJoong turned to meet Nathan’s eyes, “Hmm?”
And the camera flashed.
It was almost eleven when ShiWon’s phone rang, he picked it lazily, “yubosaeyo?”
“ShiWon, it’s me.”
“Aren’t you supposed to be in Paris now?” he questioned, with JaeJoong, he added bitterly, but ShiWon kept it in his mind.
ShiWon soon sensed something was not right … but his train of thoughts was cut as YunHo asked.
“Do you think it’s possible for JaeJoong to choose other person over me?”
ShiWon’s head stopped thinking for a moment, did … YunHo finds out about his feelings towards JaeJoong?
Unfortunately, YunHo took ShiWon’s silence for something else, “… for the first time since I met him, I never thought someone could be so close to him”.
YunHo didn’t continue, ShiWon waited, but didn’t get what he was waiting for.
“Eung …” ShiWon started as YunHo didn’t say anything for a couple more seconds and the silence between the two was getting strange, “Maybe you should talk to JaeJoong about it.”
“I don’t think JaeJoong knows what the pervert got in mind anyway, he’s so innocent and it’s easier for me to believe that JaeJoong is leading him on without even realizing what he’s doing.”
ShiWon’s heart beat was the only thing he could hear at the moment. Could it be that hi best friend had finally realized what was going on? He didn’t know what to say, his mind was blank of all answers.
“I’m probably taking up your sleeping time, I’ll talk to you later” YunHo seemed to think that ShiWon was fighting to stay awake instead of listening to him, but knowing YunHo, ShiWon suspected that the blond was trying to change the subject and saved it until the next time they could actually talk, face to face.
ShiWon put the phone back to its receiver, losing all thoughts of sleep as his head hit the pillow.
“This?” JaeJoong showed YunHo the small stone carving he was playing between his fingers, “Nathan made this when we went out together, I found the stone by the river and Nathan carved it.”
It was just a small round shaped stone, with a frog was carved on the surface, making it seemed like it was perched there naturally.
“it’s cute isn’t?”
YunHo said nothing in return.
It was only 12hours later when he heard the familiar tone calling on his cell phone.
“ShiWonnie? Are you there?”
This time ShiWon couldn’t hide his surprise, why JaeJoong called him from Paris? Did that got anything to do with YunHo calling ShiWon yesterday?
ShiWon cleared his throat nervously, “Yeah, I’m here … how are you doing, JaeJoong?”
JaeJoong sighed, “I … I’m good … Listen ShiWon, I think I need your advice.”
“What is it?”
“I …” JaeJoong hesitated for a second but then he said it, “I think YunHo’s jealous of someone who I’ve been close to lately …”
ShiWon was left speechless at the statement. He must had been quiet for too long as JaeJoong asked.
“Are you still there, ShiWon? Damn, the connection is really bad!”
“Err … I’m here”, ShiWon finally said, hoping he wouldn’t sound too awkward, “It’s okay, … wait … what’s going on?”
“As I was telling you … I think YunHo’s jealous, but he thinks I’m too young and inexperienced for these kinds of things, but I know what he’s thinking!”
“I know what he’s been thinking and to think that I don’t understand what’s going on is stupid, because I love him and I won’t cheat on anyone else!”
Despite his relief to know that his best friend was in a good hand, ShiWon couldn’t stop the pang of hurt as JaeJoong confessed.
“I think I will have to tell him how I feel … you know … just in case he doesn’t know … and …”
“JaeJoong-ah you’re stuttering …” ShiWon reminded him, … and you’re cute like that, he had to add.
“Really? … uh …” JaeJoong remembered what ShiWon just said and decided to stop stuttering, “I think I’ll let him know how I feel, … just so he knows and … yeah … thanks ShiWon for listening to me!”
YunHo returned to the hotel that night, feeling exhausted and somehow stupid.
He was a newlywed, in Paris, but he was stuck doing the most unromantic things such as listening to presentations and talking about business with a bunch of business men, while JaeJoong spent the days sightseeing with another man.
Something was definitely not right here.
The room was dark, except for the table lamps, JaeJoong was probably still out with what’s his name again … YunHo cursed.
He was about to push the door to the bathroom when it was opened from the inside.
“Hey, I didn’t know you were here”, YunHo replied.
JaeJoong walked out of the bathroom wearing only the white bathrobe, his hair slick and plastered to his face.
“I thought you were out with … what’s his name …?”
“Nathan”, JaeJoong replied.
“Oh yeah … him”, YunHo refused to say the name.
The few seconds passed awkwardly, until JaeJoong decided to pull YunHo’s hand to sit on the sofa.
“Today Nathan asked me to have dinner with him”, JaeJoong started, “But I told him I can’t…”
“Because …” JaeJoong took a deep breath, “I told him that I’m married, and … I love my husband, so I don’t think I should go and have dinner with him.”
“And he said my husband must be a very lucky guy and he said he understands … “
“How come you told him something you never told your husband?”
JaeJoong looked up, YunHo was pouting.
Looking at YunHo’s pout, JaeJoong grinned, “I’m telling you now … am I? I love you, YunHo.”
YunHo was still pouting.
“I love you, I love you, I love you YunHo!” JaeJoong continued, “Is that enough?”
“Well it’s enough for now …” it was YunHo’s turn to grin, “But I need to hear that again more often …”
“Wha … YunHo?!” JaeJoong almost yelped as YunHo suddenly carried him off the sofa, but instead of protesting, he hooked his arms behind YunHo’s neck and laughed as YunHo took him to the bed.
“Now … I’ve planned to cancel our flight back home and extend our little holiday … no meetings, no what’s-his-name-again …”
“Nathan”, JaeJoong butted in.
“Whatever … nobody else … just you and me … in Paris, how’s that sounds?”
“What about my school?” JaeJoong suddenly asked.
YunHo kissed him deeply, leaving JaeJoong breathless.
“Screw school”, JaeJoong concluded, before YunHo leaned down and kissed him deeply once again.
As the kiss ended, YunHo looked into JaeJoong’s blue eyes, and said, “You always get away with everything don’t you?”