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Common Grounds
NoWealthNoRuin HC's Territory
A locally-run coffee shop frequented by the group's younger members. Seems to do well despite not having much foot traffic.
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Jun 14, 2018, 09:51pm

(XD Exactly. But I imagine Hongbin and Hyuk are both seething at this point.)

Keeping her arms tight around the man, she watched as the two younger boys called security and the larger men showed up to escort Jinki out of the room and to the hospital. The guards offered multiple apologies to the idols for letting him pass before leaving the group alone with the woman once again. Her arms remained tight around her friend, cheek still resting against his back as she hoped he was back to himself, back to her Taekwoon. "...are you...are you okay?"
Edited by Kace81 on Jun 14, 2018, 09:54pm
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Jun 14, 2018, 10:08pm

((Oh everyone's pissed. Oppa team activate. But Leo's got this covered. XD))

"Are you?" He asked in return, placing a hand over hers as he fought to keep from running off. "I shouldn't...shouldn't have lost control. I've never heard anyone say such...horrible things about someone before. Especially not to someone so important to me. I just....just snapped." Taking a shaky breath, he continued. "I won't ever be sorry for what I did...but I'm sorry if it scared you. That's...I'd never want to do that."
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Jun 14, 2018, 10:44pm

(XD and she just thinks they're judging her and that she should leave.)

As she felt the larger hand cover her own, some of her nerves eased. She took a shaky breath, hearing the statements, the questions. Just because he'd said horrible things didn't mean they didn't think they were true... After all, they knew she used to work with idols and she stopped, despite being good at it. She nodded slowly, forcing a weak smile as she tried to play it off that it hadn't bothered her. "I'm fine. He just...I don't like when people talk about my past. It's no big deal. I was...was planning on moving on, anyway, finding somewhere new to work." He wouldn't want to be touched by her, she was certain, not after the accusations that had been made. She slowly let her arms fall from around the man to hang back at her sides before addressing the rest of the room. With alow bow, she apologized for Jinki's behavior and for her own involvement. "I'll...I'll finish out this city...and look for other employment. Don't worry, everyone."
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Jun 14, 2018, 10:52pm

"Why would you do that?" Hyuk blurted from the other side of the room, murmurs of agreement from the others backing him up. "He's full of shit, just because he's saying bullshit about you doesn't mean that we don't want you here."

Taekwoon's hand tightened on hers as the others agreed, making their own statements of how they wanted her to stay. After a long moment, he turned to face her, the worry clear on his face. "Please...I know what he said isn't true. That's not...anything like you. And even if it was, all I care about is that you're here. And you're happy. Please don't go."
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Jun 14, 2018, 11:27pm

As she looked up at them, shock clear on her face as each boy in turn asked her to stay. Before when these accusations arose, she'd been kicked out immediately, she'd been told she'd never work for a company again...she'd never work with idols or with music again..but these men...they still wanted her around? She bit her lip, dropping her gaze as her eyes burned with unshed tears. After a long moment, she spoke, voice soft. "I suppose...I have a lot of explaining to do..don't I?"
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Jun 15, 2018, 09:12am

"Only as much as you want." Hakyeon placed his hand on her back, offering a gentle smile. "If you want us to forget all about it, we will. You're family now, Naeun...we're here for you no matter what."

Still holding her hand tightly in his, the fair-haired man gave her fingers a squeeze, hoping they might be able to undo some of he damage done by Jinki and whatever group she had worked for before.
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Jun 16, 2018, 06:39am

Eyes still low, finding it impossible to look at her friends, impossible to believe they really trusted her, really wanted her to stay, she chewed her lip for a long moment before speaking softly. "You guys all... Must See me completely differently now... Like some... Some gold digging whor--" she cut off as her voice broke, trying to ignore the feel of Taekwoon's fingers on her own, Hakyeon's hand at her back. It was an act now. It had to be. Her eyes burned again, tears hot but still refusing to spill from her eyes as her hair hid her face from their view.
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Jun 16, 2018, 01:04pm

"No." Taekwoon spoke over the sharp denials of the others, pulling her into a tight hug. "Of course we don't. I don't. We know more than anyone that this business...is full of rumors and poison. We'd be crazy to believe them." He mumbled into her ear, hoping that she could feel his sincerity in his actions as well as his words.
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Jun 16, 2018, 03:13pm

As the man pulled her into a hug for the second time since she'd met him, she felt her breath catch. Hearing his words, feeling his heartbeat against her cheek was enough to allow her yo relax, to lean into him. After a moment, her hands came up to rest on his back, gripping his shirt as if terrified he'd let her go. She spoke whwn she found her voice would allow her to. "I can...exlplain it all...if you'll all listen to me.."
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Jun 17, 2018, 10:04pm

"Of course. Only if you want to...I don't want you to be uncomfortable...well, any more than you are after that bastard ran in." His voice dropped a little at the memory, brushing her hair back as he held her securely.
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Jun 17, 2018, 11:06pm

Nodding, she was silent for a moment. Finally working up her courage once again, she spoke, voice soft. She explained everything, how she'd worked for a large company, for several idol groups. How she'd traveled quite a bit because she was the most reliable, the most experienced, the most impressive. She'd made friends with two separate groups, a girl group and a boy band. While the girls were on tour, her picture appeared in a magazine as she worked on the leader of the group...and then her image started to circulate, others wanting to know who she was, fans asking if she was an idol as well. It was when the guitarist of the other band started asking about her, asking her for coffee that the girls got jealous. They began to abuse her, verbally at first, then physically. They made her believe they wanted to reconcile and invited her to karaoke one night. When she went, when she sang with the leader, a magazine reporter heard it all...and published an article that she was the real star, that she was the one that should have her name in lights. And it was then that the woman spread the rumors. That she'd slept with the reporter as wellas the entire other band... Naeun had no clue that Jisoo and that guitarist had been dating when he pursued her... Not until her name was ruined, her job was destroyed, and she was expelled from the company for her actions. As she finished the story, she bit her lip, eyes looking down. She knew they wouldn't want someone with this background on their team. After all, the rumors could appear again...Jisoo was still working. She was actually working on a collaboration with Vixx at that moment. It was why she'd refused to work on their makeup and hair during sessions with her...it was why she hadn't told them who the woman that ruined her life was.
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Jun 17, 2018, 11:27pm

Silence followed for several beats as her story wound to a close. The boys' faces all held equal parts disbelief and shock, and even anger toward the hell that their friend had gone through. After a few moments, Hakyeon gave her shoulder a squeeze, excusing himself before pulling out his phone, calling their manager and stating firmly that their collaboration with Jisoo would come to an end, immediately. He'd throw the whole song away if he had to, none of the group would have anything to do with her.

Half-listening to the conversation his leader had, Taekwoon found himself unwilling to release Naeun completely, even as he gave her room to speak. His hand still rested in hers, fingers laced together to give her reassurance that he wasn't going anywhere. As the other boys voiced their shock and horror that she'd had to endure so much, and endless apologies for the other groups' actions as well as their own, he only gave her hand a soft squeeze, hoping that she knew he meant so much more than he could put into words.
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Jun 17, 2018, 11:34pm

She heardt he apologies, the shock, the words the boy's spoke, she was about ot respond before she saw the leader pull out his cellphone and call the manager. Upon hearing what he said, she gave a sharp objection, reachig out as if to stop him, to pull the phone away when she finally realized Taekwoon still held her hand, held her back.. Stopping her advance on Hakyeon, she turned her gaze back to the quietes member, the one that hadn't expressed his own feelings for the story. Did he believe her? Did he think it was all true...? Jisoo was an amazing singer and she claimed that the reporter stated she could sign better...she hadn't sang in front of anyone since that day. Would they really believe a story like that? Could they? Did he think it was true at all? That she'd slept around to get to where she was? Did he think...she really was some gold-digging whore? Looking up at him, eyes meeting his, she felt a sense of calm wash over her. He seemed...regretful, angry, sympathetic...but he didn't seem disgusted. She knew he wouldn' ttalk about it, not about how he was feeling, not until she had gotten him away from the others. It was just who he was. "...you don't...have to cancel your plans. Working with her is..is a great publicity stunt. She could..really help you all...she's well known. Refusing to work with her...people will ask questions."
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Jun 18, 2018, 12:08am

"Anyone that hurts you isn't welcome anywhere near us." Taekwoon said at length, thumb running over the back of her hand. "Those lies, that pain you went through...it's unforgivable. I'm not going to stop until everything they did is put right. I promise you that." His voice was soft, holding all of the emotion and determination that boiled just beneath the surface of his control. "I am...so sorry that you've gone through that. So sorry that we just...pulled it all to the surface again. I can't imagine...how it must feel to be in a place like this again. I hope we didn't...hurt you."
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Jun 18, 2018, 12:15am

"I wonder...if she even remembers me.. wht she did." She shook her head, comforted by the feel of his thumb on her skin. She'd been about to speak again befoe she heard the last. Unforgivable? He wanted to put it right? How could he do that? As he continued, speaking, telling her he hoped they didn't hurt her, she looked up at the group in shock. It seemed they were all worried...worried that she'd somehow been hurt, that she was upset. Brow furrowing, her gaze returned to Taekwoon. "Hurt me...? How would you all have hurt me? I've been...the happiest I've ever been..with you all. Working here has...has been like a dream. I don't think any of you could ever hurt me... You're..you're my family."
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Jun 18, 2018, 12:19am

"She'll pay. No matter what I have to do, she'll pay." He shook his head with a frown, moving his free hand to hold hers between them. At the last, his expression softened into a smile, though the worry remained. The others were quick (and quite loud) to reassure her that she was family, that they'd always be there to help her, backed by Taekwoon's own soft promise never to let her hurt like that again.

Hyuk suggested after a moment that they all take a breather, go out and enjoy themselves at a bar to relax. The others weren't far behind, wanting to do anything to clear the air and help put the incident to rest at last. The fair-haired man found himself a little reluctant to go anyplace loud and boisterous after losing his temper as he did, only wanting to make sure the woman at his side really was all right.
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Jun 18, 2018, 12:23am

As Hyuk suggested the bar, she found she jst didn't have the energy for a large and loud outing, especially if fans of the group happened to find them as they often did nowadays. Shaking her head and telling them gently that they should go on ahead and that she'd just go home and rest, that she had a lot to think about and would prefer a quiet place this time, being sure to reassure them mulitple times until they agreed to go on without her, she pulled her hand free from the older man's, offering a weak smile and telling him he should go with them, he should enjoy himself while he had the free time, before she turned back to the counter and started clearing up the brushes. When she was aone, she could let go...she could show how she really felt, she could break down and cry if she wanted...but she couldn't do hat in front of her friends. They'd never seen her cry before and she was determined to make sure that didn't change now.
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Jun 18, 2018, 08:55am

Shooing the others away quietly, Taekwoon muttered softly that he would stay and make sure she was all right. Hakyeon gave him a knowing look, making sure the boys vacated quickly before following after with a smile.

When they were gone, he quietly made his way across the room, gently placing a hand on her shoulder. "It...must be hard. Reliving all of that. You don't...you don't have to keep pretending to smile. To keep pretending that you're all right."
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Jun 18, 2018, 09:13am

She was about to insist that he go, too. At least, until she felt his hand. Freezing in her work, she tensed, forcing back her tears once again. She'd never broken down in front of him in the three years she'd known him... But feelimg his hand now, hearing his words, she trembled. Keeping her head bowed low, she found she couldn't speak at all. When her phone began to ring on the cabinet next to them, she glanced at it, tensing further when the man that had just caused all the commotion showed up in the caller ID. He was calling to apologize, now that he'd sobered up, she was sure... Fingers trembling, she started to reach for the phone. She should answer it, she should forgive him... Shouldn't she? They'd been together for two years now...
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Jun 18, 2018, 09:18am

Reaching before he could stop himself, he declined the call, pushing the phone a little further away. "Don't let him control you, Naeun. You are so much more...you deserve so much more. You need to be happy, and he's not going to do anything but hurt you."
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