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14 February 2011 @ 12:32 am
[SJ] every romance is like a moving melody, Qmi, PG  
I have fallen back into QMi so hard it has displaced KiHae as my OTP. Just in time for SJM comeback! This is deeply, deeply inspired by this (part 1) and this (part 2) fanvid. Also by a convo with mardigrasmaven about how much we both love MiChul and how fierce Heechul is about protecting the ones he loves. Happy Valentine's! ♥

every romance is like a moving melody
Super Junior (M), Zhou Mi/Kyuhyun (Heechul, Sungmin), PG, 3675 words
A relationship is never just about the two people in them. Zhou Mi and Kyuhyun's is no exception.


Heechul had a type. He liked the ones who appeared good-natured and unassuming but who, with a little deeper prodding, revealed a hidden streak of deviousness that meant they weren't afraid to tell Heechul off. Maybe it said something about Heechul that he liked people who could call him on his outrageousness, who could insult him to his face. With a grin.

Regardless of why, Heechul had a type and he knew it. Zhou Mi was as far from that type as you could get, awkward and earnest and sincere through and through. Heechul smiled when they were introduced because it was Hankyung standing between the two of them but was ready to dismiss Zhou Mi as soon as he turned his back.

Turned out Heechul had another type.

Turned out Heechul had a thing for persecuted Chinese boys who grit their teeth and threw themselves into their training, who spoke in halting, accented Korean and rapidfire Mandarin.

The people who got under Heechul's breezy, sarcastic persona were not a few. The people who got under his skin, though - those were the rare ones Heechul would go to bat for (metaphorically because, well, let's be realistic about Heechul's athletic prowess) with an intensity that tended to frighten the younger trainees. Sometimes even his fellow bandmates. Heechul thought secretly it was one of his best qualities, hidden beneath his public flair.

"Seasoning," Heechul said as they were changing, the last ones in the dressing room, "tell me if anything happens, okay?" He didn't bother voicing the threat that would follow because Zhou Mi knew him well enough by now to read it off his face with that quick glance.

"It's okay, Heechul-hyung," Zhou Mi said, smiling. "It can be hard but I will be okay."

Heechul pulled on his jacket with a jerk. "Don't be an idiot. Tell me." He scowled. "Let me tell you about the rules of Kim Heechul's favorites: only I get to mess with you. No one else. Even if it's someone else in the band. I can end them, don't worry."

"Yah, hyung, you're so scary!" Laughter.

But Zhou Mi ducked his head in acknowledgement and Heechul grinned, victorious.

Heechul could be flighty, capricious, irreverent, and often irrational - but despite his image and his reputation, Heechul adhered closely to his own private set of values. God help anyone who crossed him.

--


"You'd have to be blind not to see it," Ryeowook said, pouring the freshly boiled water over two cups of tea. "Or just very...unaware." The pause was significant as he glanced at Sungmin over the top of Donghae's head, a gentle smile on his face. He pushed the two cups of tea across the kitchen table.

Donghae took a cup of tea and shrugged. "I don't know. I thought they were just friends. You know, line order, skinship." He waved his hands around airily.

Sungmin was neither blind nor...unaware. He hid a grin behind his own cup of tea. "Donghae, I'm not even with you guys in China and I can tell."

"But everything they do, I do too! With everyone!"

Ryeowook patted his shoulder and then his cheek. "Oh, hyung, you're just a very affectionate person." His eyes crinkled at the corners when he met Sungmin's gaze though. It was true, Sungmin reflected. Donghae was hardly the appropriate gauge for the average person. He kicked Donghae lightly in the shin with a socked foot.

"Kyuhyun's not nearly as—" clingy, "—demonstrative as you, usually. I mean, yeah, some of it in China is probably just because he needs a translator and Zhou Mi is right there next to him so it's convenient but you can tell."

Donghae spun his teacup around, contemplative. Sungmin, who made a habit of being the quiet observer, watched him. He wondered:

"Does it bother you?"

Across the table, Ryeowook bit his lip.

"Donghae-hyung," he started, readying, Sungmin was sure, his speech on love being love in all forms. Sungmin was well versed with that speech, having been a significant contributor to the original.

"No, no, it doesn't bother me." Donghae looked startled. He blinked at them and made a pensive face, brows furrowed and eyes shadowed. "I just, I was wondering, do you think Zhou Mi loves him back?"

Sungmin started laughing.

"Hyung!" Ryeowook admonished but Sungmin couldn't help himself.

You really had to be...unaware if that were a question. Kyuhyun might've been understandably difficult to get a read on, but Zhou Mi— Oh, Zhou Mi was an open book.

"Just watch them next time," Sungmin said to Donghae, still breathless. "You'll see for yourself."

--


How long had it taken for them to get to this point? Zhou Mi felt like he'd spent half his life waiting, half his life hoping. He'd been afraid to ever voice the question, afraid that putting substance to that wisp of a wish would be to see it shatter. He had never asked, because if he never asked, he never had to anticipate an answer. No holding of his breath for a yes or a no, no flood of light and possibilities - but, at the same time, no fear that even the faintest of those possibilities would be destroyed.

Let us linger in an unasked in-between, he had thought, because this wasn't worth risking. For all of this love songs and love lyrics, he was a coward in the end. He didn't want to lose this, this friendship and laughter and camaraderie. He hadn't wanted to risk the comfort and the teasing mocking, the way they could fit into each others' arms without a second thought, with no uncertainties holding them back. To ask was to destroy something familiar and precious, Zhou Mi told himself, and so he'd refrained.

He hadn't expected it to be Henry who would upset their balance.

Cornered in their shared bathroom, Zhou Mi scrubbing at his face with cleanser and Henry in the doorway in his pajamas, saying without a second thought, "You know, my friends back home tease me a lot about how 'gay' everything is in China. All the touching and stuff, I guess. They don't really do it in Canada. But all of them are actually really good people, you know. They're okay with it. They think that it doesn't matter who you want to love, love is love." And while Zhou Mi had stared at this barrage of Mandarin, marveling in the back of his mind at how much Henry had improved in a year, Henry had smiled and shrugged a little. "That is to say... I think it's a good thing, the way you love Kyuhyun."

And that was the word. The word they all used every day, every interview and every performance, the word that meant a million and a half things.

Love.

"Henry," Zhou Mi had said, pleading. Not sure what he was trying to say. "You—"

Henry had just smiled at him - a small smile, not one of those broad-cheeked ones that made him look so young. This smile had been surprisingly mature, fueled by a kind of experience he would never have learned in Asia, one Zhou Mi had struggled with.

The way you love Kyuhyun and Zhou Mi's stomach had lurched.

Put into words at last, a question drawn from the unformed affection that Zhou Mi and Kyuhyun had always shared. Now it was near tangible. Now it was something Zhou Mi had to face.

Yes or no. True or false. Speak or remain silent.

Zhou Mi was honest with himself: he was afraid of many things. He didn't always take the path least traveled. Sometimes, the easy way was, well, easier than the hard way.

But when confronted with the two biggest opportunities with the most life-changing possibilities - credit had to go where credit was due. Zhou Mi said yes to SM. And he said yes to Kyuhyun - or at least to that chance.

So Zhou Mi pulled Kyuhyun aside one afternoon and, in the quiet of their dorm, he confessed.

--


I like you, Kyuhyun. The words unfamiliar and Korean on his tongue. A smile from Kyuhyun, puzzled. He knew Zhou Mi liked him. It was the understatement of the century. He would say something smart back any moment now, a quip to mock Zhou Mi.

I like you, Kyuhyun. Said again in Mandarin with the full weight of its import.

The smile was fading now, as Kyuhyun understood the shift in atmosphere. Something was off. This was different.

I really like you.

Zhou Mi inhaled, heart clenching tight in his chest, ready to say the next words, the logical progression to the next level - and then stopped when fingertips landed on his mouth. He exhaled, startled, breath damp around Kyuhyun's fingers as their eyes met.

The smile was back. Different. "I really like you too," Kyuhyun murmured in Korean. "Idiot."

--


It was like watching the sun come up, a gentle brightness that blossomed into light so intense you couldn't look directly at it. It was like a golden flood that seeped into every crack and crevice until you couldn't remember what it was like to be anything but so happy it ached.

Kyuhyun's chest throbbed with it, this heavy emotion that seeped through his limbs and left him dizzy. People said joy was effervescent, bubbly, but it slid through him like thick honey and anchored him to this moment. This reality. His hand dropped away from Zhou Mi's mouth as he felt heat creep up his neck - not embarrassment but something else altogether.

"Kyuhyun," Zhou Mi said, so soft like he didn't dare to believe. He wasn't even smiling but his eyes shone like dawn had broken.

Kyuhyun couldn't help raising a brow. "You really are stupid. Don't I stop playing games when you're around?"

Zhou Mi looked surprised, an expression that melted rapidly into indignance. "No you don't! You still play them all the time!"

"When we're all together," said Kyuhyun. "I play them less when it's just us." He had acknowledged what it meant ages ago, because you could only live in denial with yourself for so long. Evidently Zhou Mi had never come to such a realization, though comprehension was dawning on his face. It was true, what Kyuhyun said. Because when Kyuhyun was with Zhou Mi, he often found himself not even thinking about his games, and the occasions he would play, it was because they were so comfortable in each others' presence doing their own respective things. Kyuhyun didn't feel like he had to put up a front.

"Kyuhyun," Zhou Mi said again and Kyuhyun leaned forward and kissed him.

"Kuixian is okay," he said later, lying tangled in each other on Zhou Mi's bed, still clothed but giddy and breathless. He felt his heart thump against his ribcage, a smile tugging at his mouth.

"Oh ho," said Zhou Mi, delighted and wicked. Kyuhyun flushed.

"Kuixian," said Zhou Mi, practically a purr.

The only response Kyuhyun could reasonably give to that was to haul him back down for another kiss.

--


"It's official," said Sungmin, beaming. It was probably irrational, but he felt proud of them. And on their own, too!

Well, with some help from Henry, if he was to be believed. Sungmin hadn't been as surprised as Zhou Mi that Henry had been the catalyst. Henry was - well, he was deeper than he appeared. Not such a kid.

Heechul made a wordless sound, a little harrumph of contemplation. He shook his head. "About damned time," he said at last.

Sungmin just grinned. Heechul, for all that he was known for his way with words, could be deceptively quiet too. Maybe they weren't as close as they each were with other members, but Sungmin had been in the same band as Heechul for over half a decade now. You learned things about people.

"You should've seen him, hyung," he said. "He looked so happy he might burst."

"So just about the way he looks every day, then." Heechul scoffed and flicked his fingers at Sungmin, dismissing him. "Thanks for the update."

Undeterred, Sungmin waved cheerfully at him and continued down the hall to the next door. Hyukjae, at least, would be surprised. And, damn it, he would be happy. Sungmin loved being the bearer of good news; he nearly floated down the hall.

--


Heechul was fiercely protective of what was his. No one knew this better than Hankyung, but he wasn't here now. Of the remaining members, probably Donghae knew this best, but Donghae had rarely needed Heechul to defend him - or reassure him, or hold him - with so many others clamoring for the job. Heechul didn't worry about Donghae much.

Zhou Mi, however, got Heechul's protective hackles up so high he felt like a cat sometimes. "You're a cat person because you're a cat," Kibum had once told Heechul, amused. Heechul hadn't disagreed. He knew his faults. He knew his assets too.

"Yah, Cho Kyuhyun." Heechul put a hand on Kyuhyun's shoulder and propelled him sharply into a corner of the parking garage, a short distance from their van.

"Hyung." Kyuhyun gazed at him calmly.

Brat. Heechul was fond of the kid, cheeky as he was, standing there with his hands at his sides, like he had no idea what this was about. Heechul didn't cross his arms because that would make him look defensive. Instead he looked Kyuhyun in the eye and held his gaze, hard. "Listen to me, Cho Kyuhyun," he said. "I know you're a good guy. But, trust me, I will hear about it if you are anything but good to Zhou Mi. I will know. And I will end you."

Kyuhyun's eyes widened.

"I'm glad you two idiots have finally figured it out. I'm happy for you. But I know you're young and kids, you know, they do stupid things. Don't be that stupid kid, Kyuhyun. If you hurt Seasoning, your life will be more miserable than you could ever imagine." Heechul let that sink in a moment. "I hold grudges."

Everyone knew that.

Kyuhyun's eyes narrowed. "Hyung. You didn't have this conversation with Zhou Mi, did you?"

Heechul just stared at him. He let his contempt for the question speak for itself.

Now Kyuhyun was starting to look offended. "Am I not good to you? Why are you only threatening me? Hyung, this is unfair— Why are you assuming that I'd hurt him? What if Zhou Mi treats me badly?"

"Do you want to die?"

Kyuhyun's mouth snapped shut. After a moment he said, quieter, "Hyung, you know I'd never hurt him. I..." He met Heechul's eyes again, eyes clear and gaze steady. "I love him."

Heechul grinned suddenly, a crooked smile as he hooked an arm over Kyuhyun's shoulders. "Good, as long as that's clear. Come on, brat, let's see what's keeping everyone else." Out of the goodness of his heart, he graciously ignored the sullen twinge around Kyuhyun's mouth as they headed back towards the van.

Heechul had made his intentions clear, marked his territory. Now he could wish the dumb couple the best in the world.

--


"Hi," said Ryeowook, setting Zhou Mi's favorite Wuhan dish in front of him. He was beaming. "Eat up." He couldn't seem to quit smiling.

"Ah, Ryeowook!" Zhou Mi exclaimed. "This is amazing. Thank you! But what brought this on?"

"I'm happy for you," said Ryeowook. His smile threatened to spill off his face as he took a seat across the table from Zhou Mi and handed him a pair of chopsticks. "Eat up!"

Zhou Mi caught on fairly quickly. It had been happening to him all week, from the first time Sungmin had tackle-hugged him and squeezed so hurt it actually hurt. Followed by Heechul inviting him over to drink and mess around with the camera and mussing his hair fondly. Even Donghae, who had looked between him and Kyuhyun and back, and started whispering to Henry, who was wandering around with a self-satisfied air.

Zhou Mi fingered his chopsticks nervously. "You know, then?"

Ryeowook's hand stilled his fidgety fingers, a warm weight. "I'm glad you're happy," he said. "Both of you." And Zhou Mi should never have doubted, because this was Ryeowook. Ryeowook, who squeezed his hand and then sat back and waited expectantly for Zhou Mi to dig in.

"Thank you," Zhou Mi said as he helped himself. He meant it in more ways than one.

--


Kyuhyun very nearly sloshed his 2005 Pinot Noir over the rim of his glass as he leaned heavily against the wall. "He only threatened me! Me. How is that fair?" He wasn't drunk, not quite, but comfortably tipsy. The wine was very good. And it was good company, familiar company, with Sungmin on the other end of the bed, leaning against the wall as well. It was like back when they'd shared a room. Not too much was different.

Some things were different though.

Kyuhyun gestured with his arm and caught himself again, as the wine sloshed about. "Heechul plays favorites. I'm good to him, aren't I? But he only cares about Zhou Mi."

"What'd he say?" Sungmin asked. His eyes were bright over the rim of his glass as he sipped. He probably wasn't as dru— tipsy as Kyuhyun. He was a clever little fox of a hyung. Yes.

"He said he'd end me if I hurt Zhou Mi." Kyuhyun scowled. "Which, fine, that's fair. He's the type to do that. But you know he only said it to me! What if Zhou Mi hurts me? Does hyung not care at all?" Kyuhyun thought this was an entirely reasonable question to ask. It was a matter of equality, after all. And, all right, it was obvious the way Heechul had taken to Zhou Mi and to be honest Kyuhyun was glad Heechul liked him. God knew it would be so much more awkward if Heechul didn't. It was good for Zhou Mi to have good friends like Heechul, too, who would look out for him and make him smile and...things. Thinking was not Kyuhyun's forte right now.

But, come on, Kyuhyun had been Heechul's dongsaeng for...years! Many years. Before Heechul had even met Zhou Mi. And Heechul had been good to Kyuhyun after the accident, taking care of him. They played games together sometimes, even if Heechul was nowhere near Kyuhyun's level. It was only reasonable for Heechul to offer to threaten Zhou Mi on behalf of Kyuhyun, wasn't it?

Kyuhyun surfaced from his hazy thoughts to the sound of Sungmin's laughter. He squinted at him.

Sungmin was giggling helplessly, making no effort to hide his laughter. He leaned back further into the wall for support as Kyuhyun eyed him with some impatience, waiting for an explanation.

"Oh Kyuhyunnie," said Sungmin, stroking Kyuhyun's arm sweetly. "Oh you." He shook his head. "Do you think Zhou Mi could be anything but good to you? If he ever hurt you, it would hurt him even more than it hurt you. He wouldn't need anyone threatening him with bodily injury."

I like you, Kyuhyun.

Kyuhyun brought his wine glass to his lips.

I really like you.

Zhou Mi's face, full of quiet terror and equal amounts of determination. Zhou Mi, whispering translations in his ear. Zhou Mi, laughing at him and fighting with him for the bathroom, the last egg roll, the remote. Zhou Mi, showing him song after Chinese song until Kyuhyun picked one he liked enough to learn for a solo. Zhou Mi, earnestly explaining the meanings of the lyrics, tirelessly correcting Kyuhyun's pronunciation. Zhou Mi, huffing in frustration, smiling in pride, throwing his arms around Kyuhyun backstage.

Kuixian.

The wine was warm in his stomach, in his limbs. Lethargic and reminiscent of the way Kyuhyun felt with Zhou Mi's smile pressed against his jaw, his collarbone. A tangle of too-long limbs pressed close.

Kyuhyun opened his eyes, unaware of when he'd closed them. He found Sungmin smiling at him.

"I guess you're right," he said, a grumble.

Sungmin clinked their glasses together. He said, "But I do think Heechul-hyung was wrong about one thing. I don't think you'd ever hurt him either."

--


They talked about it, later. Zhou Mi said, "Well, Henry said," and Kyuhyun felt foolish, that it had taken the childlike Henry to bring them together. And then Kyuhyun said, "God, Heechul-hyung said," and Zhou Mi laughed and flushed, pleased despite himself, as his eyes promised Kyuhyun that he would never hurt him on purpose, never want to be without him, never let this go—

"Don't think this means I stop playing games," Kyuhyun warned, feigning grumpiness as they cuddled on the couch. "Now that I know you like me, I have nothing to prove anymore."

"I thought you said when you got a girlfriend, she would be your everything." Zhou Mi teased right back. He let Kyuhyun lean against his shoulder, arm snug around Kyuhyun's waist.

"Yup. Well too bad you're not a girlfriend."

Zhou Mi grinned into his hair. "You can pretend all you want, Kuixian, but I know you like me."

It was going to be his trump card forever, wasn't it? Kyuhyun was doomed. He reached out and pinched Zhou Mi's thigh, making him yelp.

"Doesn't mean I can't be mean to you."

Zhou Mi squirmed his thigh out from under Kyuhyun's hand, but still remained close enough to be pressing up against him. It was a talent, Kyuhyun mused, and then his thoughts snapped back to the present with Zhou Mi's threat. "I'll tell Heechul-hyung."

"Oh, you did not—"

--


Sungmin and Heechul walked in a few minutes later, Donghae and Ryeowook close behind them, to the sound of laughter and a mess of flailing, gangly limbs flinging couch pillows.

"God," said Heechul with a roll of his eyes. "They're made for each other." But Donghae caught the way he smiled as he turned sharply on his heel and made his way to his room.




--

Started: 2011.02.13 | Finished: 2011.02.14 | Notes: Title is a translation of "每段爱情都想动人旋律" from the lyrics of the song from the first fanvid (linked above). ♥♥♥
 
 
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There's no obvious, rational form for sadness...: MiMimardigrasmaven on February 13th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
I ♥ you. I'm saying it because all my flailing was done over MSN. So all I really can say is I ♥ this and I ♥ you and it's so beyond true that even Heechul couldn't find fault with it. I dare him to try.
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} 周觅: kiss memeiface on February 15th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC)
Thanks, bb.

The dude in your icon is one of the best fucking things to come out of SM and I pretty much think everyone should worship him.
(no subject) - mardigrasmaven on February 15th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Simindoumyoujitsukas on February 13th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
oh oh that's one of my favorite mvs ;A;

i really have no words, but i'm so so glad you're writing qmi again ♥
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} sjm: boxesmeiface on February 15th, 2011 07:29 am (UTC)
Epic Qmi is epic, yeah? Love them so fucking much.

Thanks! I'm kind of surprised to find myself writing kpop again but if anyone could do it to me, it'd be SJM, of course.
BABY LOVE CRASH (OH MY GOSH!): kyu hey youky_rin on February 13th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
I am beginning to suspect you are made of sap and cheese.

♥♥♥ the heechul/zhoumi pictures are so adorable and lovely and I almost don't wanna give Zhoumi to Kyuhyun... >.> Still. Augh. Kyuhyun's indignation at being threatened \o/ I really like the cinhae you slipped in there. /biased
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} 희철: 希meiface on February 14th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
LMAO I SO AM, DID YOU NOT KNOW THIS BEFORE? It is only rarely I am made of crack or occasionally angst. You really have to drag me into any other kind of genre. (so many WIPs, sob)

hehe do you like how I put in all my biases regardless of what I'm writing? :D Zhou Mi deserves a million good things, from whomever. Idec. ♥♥♥

SO YOU SHOULD WRITE.
(no subject) - ky_rin on February 14th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - meiface on February 15th, 2011 07:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
a scrub☆nisakomi on February 13th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
This is stunning! /makes heart faces at you
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} 규觅: 사랑해meiface on February 15th, 2011 07:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! /makes heart arms back at you
丁零当啷 ♪: goldensuxing on February 13th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh, Meiiiiiiiiiiii, I don't know if I even have words--I LOVE THE WAY YOU WRITE THEM SO MUCH--! Seriously, this just reads so~~~ naturally, and I love how you included everyone (even Kibum! ♥ no seriously, my heart fluttered when I saw his name :D) in the ensemble and just... I feel like... I mean, the chances of something like this happening is kind of slim, all things considering, but if by some chance bb!Kyu and Mimi are in love with each other in real life, I could definitely see something like this happening.

And just ahhhhhh, I love this so much! I totally missed reading your writing, this is gorgeous~~ ♥♥
丁零当啷 ♪suxing on February 13th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
P.S. Mimi's confession scene was so vivid and right, I could literally see in my minds eye, especially Kyuhyun's expressions and fkdlsjfkalsjflk just--perfect! Absolutely perfect!!
(no subject) - meiface on February 15th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
dearestcreature: qmi: snarkdearestcreature on February 13th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
more incoherency. .___. I absolutely love the way you fit the other members into this. Oh, Heechul, I'll love you forever for your fierce protectiveness. Sungmin. and way to go, Henry. <3

You ended this with Qmi flinging couch pillows at each other. I-Ide. Perfection.
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} 규觅: ♥meiface on February 15th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
I think this was a tiny tribute to how they have really cemented their spot as my OTP. ♥ Fucking gorgeous boys, fucking gorgeous relationship. ♥♥
没有你日子很黑白: [SJ] 사랑해 ♥papered on February 13th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
I cannot tell you how much I adore the first section oh my god. Heechul. HEECHUL HEECHUL HEECHUL, so fierce and protective and fantastic, ilhsm. and then there is oblivious!Donghae ("But everything they do, I do too! With everyone!" ♥, HEHEHE of course he does :3), and RYEOWOOK'S SPEECH OF LOVE and QMI, oh, the qmi :')))).

sobs a little in delight
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} 희철: 希meiface on February 15th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
Your biases are my favorite, Liz. Without them and without you, I would probably be a little more out of my mind. ♥

This was the first thing in ages and ages that I was truly happy to write.
the frumious Bandersnatch!: dee: fondnessforochel on February 13th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
oh, bless.

this line here:
"No, no, it doesn't bother me." Donghae looked startled. He blinked at them and made a pensive face, brows furrowed and eyes shadowed. "I just, I was wondering, do you think Zhou Mi loves him back?"
threw me a bit, though. it reads as though Donghae's saying both bits of dialogue, whereas if I read it correctly, Sungmin's the one saying "No, no, it doesn't bother me". Perhaps a paragraph break between that and "Donghae..."?

Yay Henry! but, uh, he bringeth more nitpicking:
This smile had been surprisingly mature, fueled by a kind of experience he would never learn in Asia, one Zhou Mi had struggled with.
The future tense doesn't fit here, considering Henry's already learned that smile? "He would never have learnt" would make more sense. To me, anyway.

Either way, this is sweet :)♥

Edited at 2011-02-13 07:11 pm (UTC)
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {yotsuba&!} hihimeiface on February 13th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
HI HO o/ I AM TIRED ALL THE TIME but in that first bit - it is Donghae saying both pieces of dialogue? It is Sungmin who actually asked if it bothered him. Maybe I should make that clearer. But you are right about the last part about Henry and tenses ahhhhh this is what happens when I write everything in present tense; switching back to past tense actually throws me off!

I AM SHOCKED YOU ARE EVEN READING KPOP FIC MISHY. :D SJM SONG OUT TONIGHT SJM OH SJM. Kpop who? I'm here for SJM.
(no subject) - forochel on February 14th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - meiface on February 15th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
rara rawr!: 슈퍼주니어 {qmi; sleeping}black_goose on February 13th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
...distracted from life by the slight Heemin.

this is so cute. qmi are so cute. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE COMEBACK WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE QMI. lol who am I kidding, 'possibility'
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} 규觅: 太完美meiface on February 15th, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)
I thought of you when choosing Heechul and Sungmin to be the main characters this fic would center around, aside from Qmi! I always do, Laura. You and Sluts United linked inextricably in my head.

QMI DOMINATION MOTHERFUCKERS!
囧興 囧興 囧興liederkreis on February 14th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
Ah, dearestcreature pointed me over here, and I'm just kind of falling all over myself now, because Qmi. ;-; ♥

There's not really anything I can say to do this justice, but happy Qmi with friendship and affection and Heechul being protective and Sungmin who sees things and oblivious Donghae asdfaldgjkaljkrg Also, your Zhou Mi just grabs my heart and runs with it every single time. I will never stop loving the way you write him.

Maybe I'm just a delusional fan, but there's something about Qmi that seems to go so much deeper than just skinship and fanservice. I don't even think it's romantic, but it seems so genuine and easy, their teasing kind of friendship. (I think that's why I love watching them interact so much?) Anyway, you really caught that dynamic, and it's left me a completely delighted, flailing wreck. ♥

Thank you for writing and sharing! ♥
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} 규觅: 사랑해meiface on February 15th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, what to do with this absolutely lovely comment? If you are a delusional fan, I am one with you because I totally agree: there is just something about Qmi that is so happy-making to see and to (hopefully!) translate into fic as well. I'm so thrilled you thought I caught that dynamic because that is what I was going for when writing this. (My bias for Zhou Mi is obvious, I think; my writing tends to be an outpouring and manifestation of my inner loves.)

Thank you for reading! ♥
Katherinevampite on February 14th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
^.^ is the only thing I can say about this. IT'S SO TRUE. AND SO WONDERFULLY WRITTEN. ANT IT MAKES ME HAPPY.

A relationship is never just about the two people in them. THAT is so insanely true, too XD

Great fic! <3
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} 周觅: kiss memeiface on February 15th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
We are all invested in seeing Zhou Mi happy and hurt-free. I am glad this was happy-making!
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it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your headmeiface on February 15th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
In my version of the universe, everyone supports Qmi, including the other members. :D Love cannot be denied!
addict for dramatics: qmi lookingununoriginal on February 14th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
omg i'm so utterly fucking happy tat qmi is ur otp again ♥♥♥♥♥ i couldn't stop squeeing and flailing the entire fic ^_________^ i love ur heechul, how knowing sungmin is, how clueless donghae is, how adorable qmi are :D:D:D not tat i was in a bad mood b4 reading this, but now i'm jus so much more cheerful and smiley! thanks for writing this lovely fic :D
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your head: {kpop} 규觅: 사랑해meiface on February 15th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Your comment made me grin so much when I got it. I was really happy to be able to write this fic (to write at all...) since Qmi has been in my head for a while now, demanding to be written. Happy Qmi, fuck yeah. ♥!
kitschfulkitschful on February 14th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
A reason why you are one of my favourite writers, you always, always write them so affectionately and so beautifully. I love those mvs and watching them took me back to when we had a constant barrage of QMi together... this piece will stay with me for a while now. ^^

Thank you ♥
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your headmeiface on February 15th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I am not sure I could ever write Qmi anything but affectionate - whether in love or platonic. It would fly in the face of too much RL evidence of their closeness... Plus it would make me sad!

Love those MVs, love the memories they bring back. Just think, now we can look forward to more Qmi with SJM comeback!
kyudreamz39kyudreamz39 on February 14th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
"That is to say... I think it's a good thing, the way you love Kyuhyun." --> what a smart boy you are my Henry bb /coos. you finally pushed them together~~~~

But you know he only said it to me! What if Zhou Mi hurts me? Does hyung not care at all? --> I felt a bit indignant on Kyuhyun's behalf to be honest ... how can he hurt Mimi when he's so in love with the man? XD

i'm an pond of oozing fluff and bunnies right now, just dripping on the floor. this is just the cutest thing everrr. I am extremely happy that QMi is your OTP again they should be everyone's~

Thanks for sharing!!! ♥
it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your headmeiface on February 15th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Henry is badass and ought to get more props.

Kyuhyun can be a snarky little brat but I like to believe, like Sungmin, that Kyuhyun would never purposefully hurt Mi either. ;)

they should be everyone's~
Heh. Agreed. But we're probably biased.

Thanks for reading!