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Hae Minji
 Posted: Jan 12 2018, 05:57 PM
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For someone who was meant to be working on their master's degree thesis while simultaneously being part of a popular girl group, Minji sure did seem to have a lot of free time on her hands. Or maybe she was just really, really good at time management. That may have been the case, too. Whatever the reason, she had found herself alone in the dorm while the others were busy doing something-or-other, and that had led to her doing a bit of cleaning up around her room and workspace. She had a habit of getting ahead of herself, and her desk area in particular was always scattered and messy - that, and her wardrobe, which desperately needed to be re-organised.

She'd worked on it for a while, starting with the desk and working her way round, but in the end, she never quite finished the wardrobe on account of what she found inside of it - dusty and hidden under a pile of summer clothes was an English version of Monopoly, one which Min had brought back with her from New Zealand. She hadn't even remembered bringing it with her to the dorms, but then again, her mother had ensured that she auditioned pretty soon after returning to Korea, so it didn't surprise her too much to find it there. How had it been that she hadn't played it at all since her trainee days? Maybe she had, but she'd forgotten?

At any rate, it didn't matter - what mattered was that she'd found it, and she knew exactly who she was going to play it with. Of course, who else but Juno? He did speak English, after all, so there was no need to worry about translations or anything else - not that Monopoly didn't exist in Korea, but the point remained that with everything in English, it certainly wouldn't be easy for a non-English speaker, nor would it be very fun.

And so Minji had forgotten all about cleaning the rest of her wardrobe (because, you know, priorities, grabbed Monopoly, written a note for the other girls to let them know she was going to be out for a few hours, and headed out on her merry way. Of course, the intention had been only to play for a few hours, but that was the funny thing about Monopoly that Min had clearly forgotten - it was near impossible to finish a game within only a few hours, especially if there were only two people playing.

And that was how she found herself waking up, spread out on the floor next to the monopoly board - because it was much easier to spread it out that way than on a table, wasn't it? - mildly confused as to how she'd gotten there until she started to remember the seven-and-a-half-hour-long Monopoly game that had ensued the night before and well into the early morning.

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It wasn't exactly a normal situation for Juno, but then again normal was never a proper adjective when it came to Hae Minji. From the outside, she appeared to be a beautiful star with a great voice, and affable presence--and if that was the truth of the matter, it would have been much more difficult for Juno to become close to her. He found himself paralyzed by most pretty idol faces, and the same was with her until he got to know her.

The end result? She had almost even invited herself over to play a game of monopoly. And if he didn't enjoy her company, he would have made an excuse; instead, he had gotten everyone out of the dorm for the night. Only lord knows what would happen if Doyoon or Deul found out.

What Juno didn't expect was seven hours later and she'd be sprawled out on the floor asleep, leaving at an impasse of what to do. The idol was too afraid to check the time, and instead just tried to figure out a polite way to wake her up and get her out of the house before headlines were made about 'Hae Minji leaving the dorm of Generation Mania early in the morning!'

As he inched towards her, she looked too precious, and he slightly whispered, "Minji..." He was met with no response. A minute later, he even poked her shoulder, "Minji-ah..." The prospect of touching her while she slept made him nervous, as well as just observing her in this state. She mumbled but stayed asleep. "I'll let her rest for a bit." he told himself as he sat on the floor, leaning against the couch. She looked pretty, and he smiled at how much of a mess she looked--a peaceful mess.

And at some point of waiting ten or twenty minutes for her to rest a bit, did he fall asleep and wake to the like peaking through the blinds. His groggy eyes struggled to take in the scene around him, and even his mind lagged behind. "Why am I here?" Juno mused, pulling himself into a sleeping position, realizing he fell asleep in an awkward spot against the couch. He traced the surroundings of the room, still lost as to where the rest of his band was or why they let him sleep here until he caught the imagine of Minji still on the floor, apparently already awake.

Juno's eyes widened, "W-wait! Minji-ah! Why are you still here?!"

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Hae Minji
 Posted: Jan 15 2018, 02:17 PM
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Minji was... a little different. Not bad different, but nonetheless, she just didn't quite think the same way as many other individuals her own age. Perhaps it was because of her intelligence level, or perhaps it was merely because she'd always been bound to be just a little bit odd. Regardless, she was the way that she was, and she wouldn't apologise for it - partially because there was nothing to apologise for, and partially because she generally didn't seem to realise how different or strange and awkward she could really be from time to time.

That was the case with people who thought certain ways; they couldn't just suddenly start thinking in a different way. That was just how individual brains functioned, and besides, if every brain functioned exactly the same way, wouldn't life be boring?

The correct answer to that question was yes, it would be. Hence Min's fairly random and last minute decision to more or less appear uninvited to a friend's dorm in order to play a game of monopoly (well, okay, she'd at least asked and gotten permission first - she wasn't completely socially inept). Of course, the irony lay in the fact that while she was enough of a genius to solve difficult maths problems in a matter of minutes or even seconds on the first try, she didn't seem to realise that going to the dorm of a boy group in the evening and leaving early in the morning probably wasn't exactly the most intelligent decision in the world. Such was the way of Hae Minji - she thought of all the rational things except for when common sense was involved, within which she occasionally seemed to be rather lacking.

Anyway, she hadn't planned on sleeping on the floor - even she knew better than that. It was just the accumulation of one too many late nights in the university's lab, assumably. It was far too easy for Min to get overexcited about a project or some research, and as a result she'd go hours upon hours working on it with complete tunnel-vision, hardly able to think of anything else (for example, sleeping or eating, both of which she did actually enjoy immensely). Regardless, in this situation, it hadn't fully been intentional, but rather had been one of those overtired, badly made decisions in which one thinks, 'Oh, I should just rest my eyes for a moment -' and then immediately, they're asleep without a second thought. Minji had been dead to the world at that point, with hardly a chance of being woken up by anything gentle or quiet - in other words, precisely how Juno had attempted it.

Even when she had eventually woken, it was a while yet before she was fully conscious and aware of her surroundings. Juno's voice only filled her with further confusion as she began to try to piece together her thoughts and her surroundings. She turned her head to blink at him in surprise, mumbling sleepily,

"Huh?"

Not the most eloquent thing that she'd ever said, perhaps, but she was tired and not fully awake. Even a genius could lack proper diction on a sleep-hungry brain. Nonetheless, she pushed herself up into a sitting position, rubbing her eyes blearily and looking much like a toddler that'd been woken up from a nap too soon - at that moment, no one would have known that she was in her mid-twenties. Her eyes then averted to the monopoly board, and through a yawn, she enquired, "Who won?" It didn't look like the game had even been finished, but she genuinely couldn't remember... had she sleep-played through the last few rounds before finally submitting to the will of her body and allowing a nap?

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While Minji struggled about, Juno was already at the front door, trying to recall the number of shoes missing. He then hurried over to a window, to look out onto the streets below. There was nothing to gain short of hoping to catch sight of the group walking the street, but the panic in Juno convinced him it was worth a shot to look. All he saw were sparsely placed cars on the street, and a few nameless people walking. The window didn't even face the entrance to the complex, so there was nothing to gain from the effort.

Juno then peaked down the hall, looking for open doors or any signs of his band members having returned. Doyoon had been ousted by Deul last month for having a half-naked woman in their confines, and this wasn't as drastic: but he still feared the paparazzi and their potential to generate false reports. Was Generation Mania even popular enough to garnish that much attention from reporters?

It seemed clear, but he was still fidgeting with an anxious tingle in his limbs; his heart continued to punch his ribcage from the adrenaline. She asked, and he breathed once before replying, "I... can't remember. I think you knocked some of the pieces around when you were asleep." He harshly rubbed his face with both hands, trying to think of a good situation, "You're so stupid, Joon. So stupid. How did you fall asleep?!"

"Wait, I know! I'll tell them we both got food poisoning, and with the band out of the apartment, we couldn't get to the phone to contact anyone. Yes, that's perfect." he concluded with a confident expression. It melted almost seconds later, "I'm an even bigger idiot for considering that..."

Deflated, Juno fell back onto the couch, unsure of himself and his life. The tiny voice in the back of his head cried that he was being overdramatic and it was just morning weariness, but it couldn't be heard over the doubts. Hopeless, he hung his head back into the cushion with his eyes glued to the ceiling, and groaned pleasantries, "How did you sleep?"

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Hae Minji
 Posted: Jan 15 2018, 07:45 PM
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Academically speaking, Minji was a genius, yes. But with great intelligence came great responsibility - and a distinct lack of common sense, so it seemed. At this point, it was to be expected from anyone that knew her well enough, but for those who didn't, well, it was more than a little bit shocking to see how much of an airhead the girl with the 165 IQ could be.

Particularly in instances such as this.

Min watched in mild interest as Juno seemed to run about the house, going out toward the front door, then the corridors, even the window... what was he doing? The initial confusion faded and was replaced by newer, more relevant questions: What was going on in that mind of his, and why was he going around the dorm like a chicken with its head cut off? All right, so maybe that was an overstatement, but the idea still stood. Something was off. He seemed stressed. Even Minji could tell that much.

He answered her question, though, in spite of his scatterbrained appearance, and rubbed his face anxiously afterward. What was bothering him? She'd ask, but first things first - "Oh, that's too bad. It'll have to be a draw, then." That was the down side of playing Monopoly. It was all fun and games until it had been 8 hours and all had been forgotten, the game never finished... or until a friendship was ruined and the board thrown across the room. Either way, it was rare for a game to finish, and for the participants to be on good terms. At least they'd fallen asleep before finishing it (assumably). Minji would have hated to be the cause of a dissipated friendship.

Though, now that she'd mostly woken up, there were more pressing matters at hand than an unfinished Monopoly game. Min watched as Juno collapsed onto the couch, leaning backward with the same restless, uneasy demeanour that he'd had for at least the past few minutes (that she'd noticed). Slowly, Min began to pick up the pieces that had been scattered, packing up the board game in a leisurely way as she shrugged and answered Juno's question - "Like a rock... sorry for that, by the way. I guess I pulled one too many all nighters at the lab." Or it was a combination effect of that and work... she honestly hadn't felt like she'd done too much, but her body seemed to beg to differ. "So, when are you going to tell me what's bothering you? Did you lose something?" That could be the first assumption, based on his looking around everywhere. She'd noticed, of course. She noticed everything, and yet simultaneously, nothing. She was both astute and unaware; a walking paradox, in many ways. She didn't look at him while she asked; she merely continued to pick up the game, piece by piece, almost in her own little world, or at least appearing to be.

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 Posted: Jan 16 2018, 08:11 PM
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Juno felt the grip of stress, and in most cases, what Minji said would only tighten that grip. However, with her, her ignorance was almost a charming point. She often lived at two ends of the spectrum: bright and daft. She could probably name the mineral composition of most rocks beneath their feet with an eye and a tongue (which Juno found odd), but would be the one to look up if you mentioned to her that a joke "went over your head." Infuriating at times, but endearing.

So he didn't get angry. When she threw down her (probably unintentional) geology pun, he chuckled abruptly, rubbing his eyes with his palms before looking down towards her. She wasn't very lady-like in most regards, but she did look pretty even after sleeping "like a rock." "That's good, I guess. A silver lining." he said, the second part of his response in English.

"It's... nothing. I'm just being-" Juno responded, eyes locked onto her fingers as he surveyed the board to put up the pieces. He stopped suddenly, eyes shooting back down the hall, "Minhyuk!" No response. "Doyoon!" No response. He winced a little afraid of a wail from his next beckoning, "D-Deul..?" Thankfully, no response. So they weren't here, that was relieving at least.

Juno returned his attention back to Minji, "It's nothing... I'm fine." Launching himself up from the couch, he walked behind the kitchen bar, and called out to her while fumbling through cupboards, "You want anything to eat? Drink? Coffee?" He had surrendered to the inevitable and just tried to manage to be normal. Minji was doing that so well, so why shouldn't he? Nothing happened... right?

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Hae Minji
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Even though most of her life had been spent in Seoul, perhaps the most important and impressionable years of it were spent in New Zealand, which likely explained how she ended up acting so Western most of the time, in spite of her roots. She was remarkably casual with people her own age and younger, and even with people older once she considered them to be a friend. This appeared to be the case with Juno, at any rate - he was a bit older, and perhaps when they'd first met she had respected that, but it hardly crossed her mind these days.

Minji smirked at Juno's pun - she made so many geology puns these days that most of the time it was purely by accident, but she always noticed if someone else did. This could probably be said about other situations, too. She made a small hum, just enough to respond without words, as she continued picking the game up, organising the cards and the money so that they were ready for the next one. Not that it would be anytime soon, of course. Monopoly was fun, but few and far between.

What Juno did next ended up confusing Min more than most people would have been. Most people would have understood what he was doing and why, but as the younger idol finished cleaning up and put the lid onto the box, her eyes moved back to look at her friend, head tilting slightly to the side and brows furrowed as she questioned, "What's the matter, why're you....?" She was a scientist at heart - or an academic, at least. Curiosity was in her nature, but apparently figuring things out in social situations wasn't.

Juno was definitely acting weird though. She could at least figure that out, even if he was saying everything was fine. So, Min pushed herself up from the floor, moving the Monopoly box out of the way with her foot, and went over to the kitchen bar where he was, leaning against it as she watched him search the cupboards. "Hmm... Coffee would be nice, if you don't mind." She wouldn't ask for food unless he was already going to make something - she could just eat at home later. But coffee was something she lived and breathed these days, for one reason or another. She'd never say no to that. Suddenly, a thought occurred to her. "You don't have a schedule now, or anything, right?" Maybe that's why he was acting weird about the members? She'd feel bad if she'd made him late.

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Despite the exhaustion from the small amount of sleep--a small amount spent in a very uncomfortable position--Juno's hands moved deftly between the kitchen appliances and ingredients for some coffee. An espresso machine sat idly in the corner, dusk lining the top in a thin film, but he made no attempt to use it. Instead he hand some grounds, a pot of water, and a few other secondary ingredients he'd consider adding after. The process was more effort, but with his dad the only one working, his mother had picked up a variety of hobbies that in-turn, became habits or the way things go for Juno. One of those hobbies was being a food and cooking enthusiast.

"Any preference?" Juno question, still drained to the point of letting his body flow with the current of life without struggle. There was time to pass while he patiently waited for the water to boil over.

It took a moment for Juno to interpret her question, but when he finally turned around and watched her at the bar, it sank in. "Oh, me? Uh..." he considered. He should have known the answer, the only reason he agreed to her coming over was because he had nothing to do the day after. These days he honestly had a lot of free time and usually just spent a lot of it writing. "Nope, I have the day off. Or as much of a day off as you could get as an idol," he droned. Yeah, the coffee would help.

His ingrained mannerisms on courtesy spoke for him, remembering all the etiquette classes he was required to take in his youth, "How about you?" He'd snap his head over to check the progress of the water, a pattern of tiny bubbles began to line the bottom of the pot. He turned back towards Minji, knowing he still had a bit to go before he could put in the grounds.

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The more she became aware of the situation and woke up slowly but surely, the worse Min felt - after all, Juno hadn't gotten a very comfortable night's sleep because of her. She hadn't thought about it before, but she had literally fallen straight asleep on the floor - how long had he sat there, or had he fallen asleep instantly too, or...? Well, it wasn't like it was worth worrying over now, but still, it bothered her a bit. She hoped that he wasn't too sore or exhausted because of her, and that it wouldn't ruin his schedules when he did have them.

These days, Minji was used to being sleep-deprived, but that didn't mean it was up to her to ensure that others experienced the same!

Min shook her head at her friend's question. "No, I trust you. I've never made my own coffee before... I wouldn't know where to start." she was impressed as she watched him work. His movements were methodological, like hers in the lab. Comfortable, even. Like he'd done it a thousand times before - and maybe he had. It made her curious. "How do you know how to do that?" She couldn't resist asking. It just wasn't in her nature to hold back on questions, no matter what they were.

When Juno answered that he had the day off, Min immediately felt relieved. Her fingers silently traced the side of the counter, then moved up to her hair, pushing some loose strands behind her ears. She was sleepy, still, but the coffee would help, undoubtedly. "Nothing... but I'll probably go back to the lab later." she was always in the lab if she wasn't at practice or something else. It was a wonder she even saw any sunlight these days.

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As it neared a boiling state he'd be attentive to the brew, stirring occasionally to ensure no burning. And as it did boil, he uncorked vanilla extract and dabbed a bit into the water with the scent already soothing him. One final stir and he'd turn back, letting the coffee fend for itself for the next bit of time.

"Then, I'll just do what I usually drink," he commented. In truth, the taste of coffee was too potent for him. He had taken up the recipe more to tend to guests that for himself, as an apple in the morning usually did the trick. To compensate for the bitterness, Juno had the habit of turning it into a warm morning dessert. As she asked, he quickly snapped his head back to give it another stir with the ladle. "Uh... my mother taught me. She cooks a lot, and taught me pretty thoroughly," he shrugged, refusing to reveal to what extent of a cook he was. He'd gladly use the coffee machine if there wasn't that waft of guilt that visited him whenever he looked at it. His bandmates originally used it until they found out that could just abuse him for service.

With one last stir, he cut off the oven and moved the pot over to let it cook in a decreasing temperature, "It's pretty simple."

While Juno waited once more, he turned back to lean against the counter and give attention to Minji. He didn't bother asking what held her attention as she traced the surface, at this point already used to her some minor habits. When she mentioned the lab, his mind went back to her education and how she was going for geology. Till this day he couldn't decide if it was a hobby, or she genuinely sought a career in rocks. It wasn't the sort of question that was easy to ask either, he'd rather not know if she was planning to leave the industry. One accidental word could create a wave of media and rumors that would complicate everything.

With a mindless question but genuine curiosity, he asked, "What's happening at the lab?" He was tutored in biology and chemistry, so the parallels were nonexistent. But there was enough second-hand knowledge that he'd be able to follow along in whatever she said.

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It wasn't that Minji was necessarily absentminded half the time... more often than not, it was rather that she had too many things on her mind at once. It was easy for her to get distracted unless she was focused completely on a project, in which case it was completely the other way around and she'd end up in tunnel-vision-mode. This morning, pre-coffee, of course saw her presented in the former case as opposed to the latter.

What he usually drank? Min could hardly believe that he made coffee this way frequently. It seemed like a lot of work... she usually just used a standard coffeemaker, the kind where you just chose the flavour and pressed a button and waited a few seconds. Or, there was even lazier and more expensive option, which was to order one from a café. She didn't do that too infrequently, either. But there was something intriguing about creating one's own coffee like this. It was systematic, and Minji quite liked things that had systems and routines to them. "Maybe I'll try to learn sometime. It must be nice to have a hobby like that." Even if he had more or less inherited it out of habit... Min didn't really see herself as having too many hobbies. Her degree was her hobby, but she hoped it'd be a career someday.

It didn't seem like a simple process to Minji, this coffee-making, but she supposed that if it was at least as straightforward as it seemed, it would mainly consist of muscle memory, wouldn't it? "Is it? I guess so... like a chemical equation. Right?" She'd always thought of cooking in that way. Some ingredients mixed well, and others... not so much. It was just a matter of finding the right combinations.

It was only when her peripheral vision revealed Juno turning back to lean on the counter across from her again that Min bothered to look up. Her hands fell back down to her lap, but likely wouldn't stay there for long. Even when she was tired, she had a tendency to be a bit fidgety. She didn't like to stay still for long - her brain was always far too active for that. When Juno asked about the lab, though, she couldn't stop the grin from spreading onto her face, and her eyes lit up with excitement. She loved talking about her research, but didn't often have the chance to - unfortunately, that meant she was prone to babbling on about it for quite some time if no one had the courage to stop her.

"Oh, it's really been interesting! Right now I'm looking at carbon dating - I got my hands on some pretty old fossil samples, along with my professor of course. I also found some really interesting isotopes while I was at Hongdo Island a few weekends ago, so I've been studying those, too! I mean, to be honest, I'm pretty sure I wasn't allowed to take rock samples from the mountains but they probably won't mind since it's for a good cause and all...."

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