“Kyuhyun-ah! From today onwards, you will be part of Super Junior. You will be the 13 member and the maknae of the group! Congratulations!” Manager hyung was very happy.
I was stunned. Me? Super Junior?
“But…don’t they have 12 members? Adding me would be extra…” I tried to reason. I was nervous. I saw the new group who debuted 6 months ago on 6 November 2005 and I’m a fan of theirs, “I don’t think they will accept me.” I am worried.
I went home with a heavy heart that day. It was good news, but there are many things to be considered. That night, I could only turn and toss in my bed. In a week’s time, I have to move into Super Junior’s dorm.
I dreaded the morning. I am supposed to meet the members of Super Junior today. How will they react to my joining? Will they accept me? If they don’t like me, what should I do?
The door to a dance studio opened. 3 dance teacher and 12 members of Super Junior turned to face us. I felt butterflies in my stomach.
“Leeteuk-ssi! Come here.” Manager hyung called and he walked towards us, expressionless.
“Kyuhyun-ah! This is Leeteuk-ssi. He is the leader of the group. Leeteuk-ssi, this is Kyuhyun, the last member to join.” Manager hyung made a short introduction.
“Annyeonghaseyo! I am Cho Kyuhyun.” I bowed slightly in respect to the sunbaenim.
“When you greet someone, you have to bow at 90 degrees. Don’t you know your manners? You are the maknae of the group which means, we are your hyungs! Remember that!” Leeteuk-ssi said sharply, gave me a hard glare and walked back towards the group.
“Ok! Kyuhyun will officially start practice sessions with all of you next week. He will also move into the dorm next week.” Manager hyung announced.
“What? He is staying with us? We don’t even have enough place to sleep and now you want to add another person to that crowded dorm of ours?” one of the hyungs commented. I remember he is Kim Heechul.
“Boss said so. There is nothing I can do too.” Manager hyung sighed.
This is really not good. First, the leader doesn’t like me. Now, every member will HATE me for squeezing into their dorm when they do not even have enough space. What should I do?
One week later….
We stopped in front of an apartment. I brought only a small luggage and my laptop. I did not want to burden the members with my things. MY laptop is a must. I can’t live without games.
Manager hyung pressed the doorbell, waiting for someone to open the door. He did not want to open the door with the key, because he said, he wanted me to formally enter the dorm.
The door opened. I immediately recognize the hyung that open the door. Kim Ryeowook. He had a very unique voice that I liked and he is cute.
“Kyuhyun-ah! Welcome! Please come in!” Eunhyuk-ssi said. I looked at Ryeowook-ssi who had opened the door and smiled, but to my horror, he just ignored me a walk away. Leaving me shocked.
“Kyuhyun-ah! You don’t have to take it to heart. They need time to adjust to you.” Eunhyuk-ssi said.
“Thank you, Eunhyuk-ssi.” I replied as I walked to wards the hall. Most of the gazes I felt were unfriendly. From Ryeowook-ssi, it was kind of hatred that I felt. Does he hate me? I hope my life won’t be miserable.
“I am Cho Kyuhyun. I hope all the hyungs can give me your guidance.” I said nervously and bowed 90 DEGREES. I did not forget what Leeteuk-ssi said.
“Oh! Welcome.” Everyone said as they headed back to do their own things. The welcome did not feel very welcoming. Sigh…
“Erm…Leeteuk-ssi, may I know where is my room?” I asked shyly.
“We don’t have enough space for another bed, so you just sleep anywhere you want.” He said and walked back into his room.
Great! I started off on the wrong note with the leader. Then I made most of the hyungs unhappy by having to stay in the dorm. Not that I asked to stay here too. I think Ryeowook-ssi HATES me for some unknown reasons. Now, I have to sleep on the floor. Great! Really great! Will I be able to survive this? I really don’t know.
“You can sleep in our room!” I turned to look, I remember him. Yesung-ssi.
“Thank you, Yesung-ssi. It’s ok. I will just sleep in the hall.” I answered nervously. I know that everyone already has very little space. Better not to offend more people.
“We are really ok with you bunking in with us.” 2 of the hyungs said in unison. I recognize them. Donghae-ssi and Sungmin-ssi. Yesung-ssi nodded in encouragement.
“Erm…ok. Thank you very much. Yesung-ssi, Sungmin-ssi and Donghae-ssi.” I said and bowed 90 degrees.
“Just call us hyungs. Don’t have to be so formal.” Yesung hyung replied with a smile. Sungmin, Donghae and Eunhyuk all nodded with a smile. For the first time, I felt that maybe, Just maybe, things were not that bad.
That night, I slept beside Yesung hyung’s bed. Honestly, sleeping bags are never good. I just couldn’t sleep.
I missed home. I missed my parents. I missed my sister. I missed MY BED! I decided to walk into the kitchen to grab a glass of water. As I approach the kitchen, I spot a small figure standing near the stove.
“Who could it be? It’s already 3 am in the morning. Shouldn’t they be sleeping by now?” I thought.
As I walked nearer the kitchen, the figure turned. It was Ryeowook-ssi. From the look on his face, he was shocked to see me. There was an awkward silence between us.
“Kyuhyun-ah! Erm…what are you doing in the kitchen at this time of the night?” He asked.
“Hello Ryeowook-ssi. Err…I can’t sleep, so I-I just came out to get some water.” I replied carefully. The last thing I need is another enemy. “What about yourself?” I asked hesitantly.
“I just made some hot chocolate.” He smiled and turns towards the kitchen and disappeared. He came back with 2 glasses of hot chocolate.
“I know how you feel. I felt the same when I first stayed here too. I missed my home. I still do now, but it gets better.” He said as he handed me a cup of hot chocolate. “Oh! Sorry for ignoring you this afternoon…” he paused, “You see, I was the maknae with Kibum in the group and I love being the maknae. But when you joined, I realized that you are going to be the maknae and I got, I got really jealous of you.” He continued as his face blushed scarlet against his high cheekbones.
“Oh! I am sorry Ryeowook-ssi. I did not mean to snatch the maknae’s position from you.” I just did not know how to answer.
“It’s ok. At least now I have a handsome dongseng that I can be proud off.” He chuckled. “And you don’t have to be formal with me.” He smiled as he offered me some on his homemade waffles.
“Thank you Ryeowook hyung.” I smiled in return. I was relieved that he did not hate me at all.
“You can call me Ryeowook. It’s ok. Let’s be friends. Ok? You can share with me anything. Don’t worry, I will help you.” Ryeowook chirped.
We sat there drinking our hot chocolate and chatting till about 4.30am before we headed back to our rooms to sleep. Thank goodness tomorrow, NO, today is an off-day.
Kyuhyun debuted with Super Junior, with the song U. He is the 13th member and maknae of the group. Super Junior thus became a permanent group, dropping the “05” prefix. But things were still very rough for him.
His hyungs were not as mean to him, but they still have not accepted him. But Kyuhyun did not really care at all. He reverted back to his former self. The gamer person he was, and still is. He also made no effort to hide is playful and evil personality.
“Kyuhyun-ah! Want to go out to the mall for lunch? I’m going with Minnie hyung, Donghae hyung, Hyukie hyung and Yesung hyung. Want to join us?” Ryeowook asked me one morning.
I was stunned.
No one in the group ever asked me to join them in any activities apart from Super Junior’s activities.
“C-can I-I j-join?” I stuttered.
“Of course. We are friends aren’t we? The best of friends.” Ryeowook answered confidently.
“B-but h-hyungs, t-they may m-mind.” I replied nervously. Quickly looking at them and away. There was an awkward silence between us.
“Hyungs!” Ryeowook broke the silence and turned to the hyungs, “I think I’ll skip lunch with you today. I’ll go with Kyu.” He continued.
I was shocked. Kyu? He called me Kyu? Does it mean he wants to be my friend?
“Ah….ok. We understand.” Sungmin hyung smirked and the rest of the hyungs just giggled.
“Hyung. Please~ don’t make fun of me.” Ryeowook groaned as he pulled my hand towards the door.
“R-Ryeowook h-hyung, “ I stuttered, “Can I change my clothes first?” I asked looking at my home attire.
“Oh! Sure. Mianhe. I forgot.” He blushed. My heart started to pound against my chest so fast, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I quickly rushed into my room to change. I had to calm down.
“Kyu-ah! Are you ok? Can we leave now?” Came Ryeowook’s voice from behind the door. I took a deep breath and steadied my breathing. I opened the door.
There was an awkward silence. I was just inches from his face and he was looking at me. His face was so innocent and beautiful. It was like an angel that had come down to earth.
“I’m done. We can leave now.” I broke the silence.
“Ok. Let’s go!” He chirped happily, taking my hand and pulling me towards the front door. I can feel my heart beating faster again and heat rushing to my face. I hope my face is not red.
“Kyu-ah! Where do you – are you ok? Are you sick? Why are you so red?” He turned around and his face was suddenly full of concern.
SHIT! He mustn’t know! He mustn’t know! I was screaming in my head.
“I’m fine. Just a little hot. I think it must be due to the summer heat.” I lied.
“You know. You can tell me anything. I am your best friend and you are my best friend. Let’s be best friends from today ok?” He suddenly said to me with an eager smile on his face.
“But why would I be your best friend? You have the hyungs and I’m sure they are your best friends.” I tried to reason with him.
“But you are my favourite dongseng and I think of you as my best friend now. After all those night chatting with hot chocolate, I want to be best friends with you. Arasso?” He asked. I could see the sincerity in his eyes.
Since that day, we have become the best of friends with no secrets. I remembered the day. 15 August 2006. I made my first true friend. Kim Ryeowook.
A/N: Well, finally chapter one is done up. I will try to update as often as possible, but my priority is my other KyuWook fanfic, Love Never Dies.On a lighter note, I can only hint to you that the first few chapters maybe 2 or 3 will be a the build up of the story.