The Other Girl (L.MH)
Warnings : cheating, argument
Word Count : 4360
Synopsis : she reaches out to minho, desperately wanting to get over the man she loves. as the time passes, she notices that minho has done much more than help her move on, he made her fall in love with him.
Have a love you want to get over? I can help with that. The words stared her in the face, taunting her. She almost missed the flyer completely with how many flyers are pinned to the board, but it’s like she was meant to find this specific one. The number listed along the bottom tempted her. And as she typed it into her phone, ready to send a text, that very love she’s been dying to get over called her.
“Coffee date?” She could practically hear his smile through the phone, and though she wants to decline, tell him no for once, she happily agrees, a skip in her step as she makes her way to their café.
It wasn’t until the following week when she saw the flyer once again that she finally sent the text.
Is this the person that will help me get over love?
Oh uh, I didn’t expect anyone to see that.
I’m desperate. I’ll take any advice at this point.
Meet me at the library. Back corner. I’m the only one here, so I’ll be hard to miss.
She was surprised when she made it to the back corner, a single table with a couple chairs set up, one taken by a man, to see that it was Lee Minho. She’s heard all about him and how he declines every girl that has the courage to ask him out. She always thought it was because he thought of himself as better than these girls, but she’s starting to think there’s something more to him; a heartbreaking story that led him down this path.
“Hi.” She greeted as she sat down across from him, a shy smile on her face when his eyes met hers.
“Y/N?” He’s shocked when she’s the one sitting across from him, desperation clear on her face.
“Y/N? Like Changbin hyung’s Y/N?” Jisung asked as the information processed in his brain. Minho only nodded, hoping this information doesn’t get back to her. “So you’re telling me you’ve rejected nearly every girl on campus because you have feelings for Changbin’s best friend?”
“Yes, Jisung! How many times do I have to repeat it?”
“Okay sorry!” Jisung threw his hands up in surrender before placing them back down on the table and leaning closer to Minho. “What makes her so special?”
“Everything.” Minho shrugged. It seemed like such a cop out answer, but he meant it. If he had the time, Minho would go on about everything about her. How kind she is to everyone around her, even if the same kindness isn’t reciprocated. How smart she is, seemingly without even trying. Everything about her draws him in; it’s not even about looks, not to say she isn’t beautiful. Because she is. He remembers being a teenager, dreaming up the perfect girl that he thought couldn’t possibly exist, and then first day in university in his first class, she walked in and he couldn’t think of a better match to his dream girl. “She’s just perfect.”
“Oh so you got it BAD bad.” Minho sighed, resting his head in his arms that were placed on the table. “I have an idea on how to get over her. You need to get under someone else. And I have just the way to find the perfect someone else.”
Minho really thought no one would ever see the flyer Jisung posted over a week ago. He thought he could just continue day to day pretending he wasn’t helplessly in love with a girl who barely knew him, but now she’s sitting in front of him, asking for his help to get over someone she loves. And he feels hopeful that maybe this could be his way into her heart.
“Oh, I didn’t know you knew me.” She blushed in embarrassment, tucking her hair behind her ear, and barely meeting Minho’s gaze.
“Is that weird? Sorry! I’m friends with Jisung. He talks about you a lot actually.” He nervously chuckled, scratching the back of his neck. It was a total lie. Jisung does talk about her, but only when asked by Minho.
“You’re friends with Jisung?!” She exclaimed, now seemingly excited. “I wonder why he never introduced us! How dare he keep the Lee Minho away from me.” She giggled, looking at him with a smile that seemed to brighten up his whole world. He couldn’t look away from the galaxy that seemed to exist within her eyes. It was in that moment that the helpless crush he had on her turned to love. There was no going back for him, not anymore.
“I’m guessing you’ve heard the rumours about me.” He tried to keep his voice even, trying not to seem so nervous.
“I’m sure everyone on campus has heard about you, Minho.” She teased, but there didn’t seem to be any malice or anger in her words. “You don’t have to be so tense. Just because I’ve heard the rumours doesn’t mean I believe them.” He let go of the breath he didn’t realize he was holding. “Besides, I doubt Jisung would be friends with the Minho everyone describes.” He can’t help but feel relieved at this information.
“So who is this mystery man that has stolen your heart? If you don’t mind sharing, of course.” A flash of confusion crossed her face before she regained her composure.
“My best friend.” She told him simply, hoping Minho wouldn’t catch the obvious lie. And if he did, he didn’t say anything.
“Falling for your best friend is hard.” He admitted. “It’s like, you know absolutely everything about them. And you want nothing but their true happiness. But you know they don’t feel the same way. And you just have to stay by their side, watching them fall in love with someone that isn’t you, and act happy about it. Because even though it hurts, losing them would hurt more.” In that moment, she came to the conclusion that she had accidentally uncovered Minho’s tragic backstory. She also came to the conclusion that she wanted Minho in her life.
“Binnie!” She ran towards her childhood best friend, jumping into his arms. He caught her like he always does, squeezing her tighter than she squeezed him. “Heading to the studio?” She asked, looking passed him, her eyes meeting Chan’s. “Hi Chan.”
“Yeah, we’re headed to the studio. Did you want to come? I could use your opinion on some lyrics.” She looked at her phone that was blowing up with texts from the man she loved so dearly, the man she needs to get over. “Or do you have a date with lover boy?” He teased, nudging her lightly with his elbow.
“Nope, I’m free! I want to spend time with my best friend.” Changbin threw his arm across her shoulders and the three of them headed towards the studio where Jisung was already working away. “Sungie!”
“Y/N!” He stopped what he was doing to give her a quick hug. As they pulled back, she slapped him lightly in the arm. “Ow! What was that for?”
“For keeping Minho away from me! We’ve been hanging out a lot the last couple weeks and he’s such a delight!” Jisung’s eyes widened as he looked towards Changbin and Chan and then back to her.
“My bad, Y/N.” He pouted at her, knowing she couldn’t resist his pout.
“Okay fine, I forgive you. Just don’t pout at me.” She pouted back to him before the two of them burst out laughing.
“Why did I ever think introducing you two was a good idea?” Changbin sighed, taking his usual spot, Y/N plopping down beside him.
“Because you love us and value our happiness.” She answered, taking his lyric book from him, and flipping through the partially written songs, mentally taking notes to give to Changbin. The songs he wrote were all quite good, there was no doubt about that. She’d always been envious of the talent her best friend possessed, wishing she could write her feelings out even half as well as he could. Sometimes she would just recommend a word change here and there to make it flow easier.
Changbin was always grateful for his best friend. She has always supported his dream and helped with his lyrics since they were kids, long before he met Jisung and Chan. He knew he could ask the two of them for help with his lyrics, but it was a habit to ask her at this point. And the two boys never took offence and would actually ask for her help here and there as well. All three of them valued her opinion and her friendship.
“You never cease to amaze me, Seo Changbin.” She smiled, placing his lyric book on the table in front of her. As she went over her recommendations with Changbin, Chan reached over and grabbed what he thought was Changbin’s book and began reading the lyrics on the most recent written on page.
“Y/N, please don’t be mad at me.” Chan announced, looking up from the book he now knows doesn’t belong to Changbin, but the girl sitting beside him. She looked up at him, noticing the familiar book in his hands, and immediately flushed red.
“I uh, was actually going to ask for your help with that. I know it’s nowhere near as good as the stuff you guys write, but I was hoping with your help it could get there.”
“Y/N, this is incredible. You need to give yourself more credit. Is this about who I think it’s about?” She slowly nodded as Changbin took the book from Chan, scanning the lyrics his best friend wrote. He could feel the pain and heartache she must have felt when she wrote this. The faint tear stains really tied the whole piece together, and he couldn’t help but pull her into his arms.
“Why didn’t you tell me this was happening?” He whispered. It was Jisung’s turn to look over the lyrics. He drowned out the quiet conversation happening next to him as he looked over the lyrics, his own heart breaking like hers must have when the words poured out onto the page. He sat there just staring at the words, reading them over and over again until he had them completely memorized. He could see the lyrics even with his eyes closed.
He pictured her sitting at the desk in her dorm, scribbling away, getting all of her feelings out. While the man this song was about was out galivanting with someone that wasn’t her. The love she wanted so desperately to hold onto was slowly slipping through her fingertips, and there was nothing she could do to stop it. And he knew this was something he needed to talk to Minho about. Warn him just how broken this girl was.
“You signed up for the talent show?” Changbin asked her, an eyebrow raised as he wonders where his shy best friend went.
“You guys have helped me a lot with the song in the last few days. It’s almost done, and I think it’s something that deserves to be heard, especially by him. My way of ending things for good.” She answered, fiddling with her fingers, unable to meet Changbin’s gaze. “I’m really nervous, but I know you’ll be cheering me on.”
“Of course! All three of us will.”
During the weeks leading up to the talent show, she spent practicing in the studio with the boys of 3RACHA. When she needed a break, Minho was there to take her mind off everything. “Is it an ice cream day or a cake day?” He joked as the two of them walked together. As she opened her mouth to answer, she caught something out of the corner of her, something that used to break her heart.
The love she tried for years to hold onto was slipping through her fingers, and for the first time, she didn’t seem to care. Instead of wasting anymore time looking at him with another girl, she smiled, turning towards Minho. “I’m really craving that cake you bought for me last time.”
Minho could feel his heart pick up pace as she looked up at him with such a beautiful smile. He felt like the only person in the world, his own smile growing wider as he led them towards his favourite cake shop just off campus. “You have a beautiful smile, Y/N.”
“Thank you, Minho.” She tried to ignore the skip in her heart. She tried to ignore the familiar feeling of butterflies in her stomach, something she’s only felt with one person before Minho. She tried to ignore how hot her face felt, knowing Minho could see the blush on her cheeks, knowing it was caused by him. “You have a really nice smile. I think you look so handsome when you smile.”
He tripped over his own feet when her words processed, causing her to giggle before asking if he was okay. “So you think I’m handsome?” He slowly stumbled out his words, his throat suddenly feeling dry. She couldn’t help but giggle at him again, wondering just when Lee Minho got so cute.
“Who knew I could have this affect on the infamous Lee Minho.” She teased, gently knocking him with her shoulder.
“So I get nervous when pretty girls call me handsome, what about it?” He looked at her with an angry pout. She thought he looked so cute she almost didn’t realize the indirect compliment, causing her to trip just like Minho did moments earlier. He immediately reached out to stop her from falling. “Whoa, are you okay?” She turned her head to look at him, underestimating just how close they were.
She could feel her breath hitch in her throat when her nose brushed against his. She watched as he took a glance towards her lips, risking a glance towards his. They looked so pink, so soft. She suddenly felt this need to feel them against her own.
When he noticed she wasn’t pulling away, and instead was leaning in, his heart picked up pace, seemingly trying to beat out of his chest. She lazily wrapped her arms around his neck while her eyes fluttered shut. Something he had only dreamed about was about to happen, and he refused to mess up this perfect moment.
His hands dropped from her arms to her back, pulling her closer to him, and a wave of confidence took over him as his own eyes closed. Their lips met in the middle; the feeling even better than Minho could have ever imagined.
There was no thoughts, no firework show, there wasn’t even any butterflies erupting in her stomach. There was only him and her. The world around them disappeared; it was only them, falling in love.
“You’re going to kill it out there.” Changbin reassured his nervous best friend backstage. “You worked so hard and everyone will notice that. And he’s going to feel stupid for letting you go.” Honestly, she hadn’t even thought about him. The only thing she’s been thinking about the last couple of days was the kiss she shared with Minho.
“Is it possible to fall for someone while you’re trying to get over someone else?” Before Changbin could ask what she was talking about, Jisung had draped his arm across her shoulders as him and Chan joined the two of them.
“Minho’s really excited to see you perform today.” Jisung told her, smirking at her like he knew something the others didn’t.
“I know someone in the audience that won’t be too excited when he realizes the song is about him.” Chan chuckled. The three boys noticed she didn’t seem to be as broken as she was when she first brought the song to them. Changbin and Chan brushed it off as music therapy helping her realize she deserves better, but Jisung knew better. Jisung knew the reason that her heart was more whole than before was sitting in the audience, anxiously waiting with a bouquet of flowers to give her at the end of the show.
Minho could barely pay attention to the other acts, impatiently waiting for the one person he came to see. The man sitting next to him seemed to also wait for someone specific, a similar bouquet in his hands. “Waiting for your girlfriend?” He suddenly asked Minho, pulling him out of his thoughts.
“I’m hoping she’ll be my girlfriend by the end of the night.” He admitted to the stranger, a wide smile dancing across his lips, the same lips that kissed the girl he loves only days before. “What about you?”
“I’m waiting for my girlfriend. We’ve been dating since the beginning of high school and I had no idea she could sing. According to her best friends, she wrote the song about me.” Minho wondering what it would be like if she wrote a song about him. What would she write in a song for him?
Would she talk about how she thinks he’s handsome when he smiles? How she blushes when he compliments her? Would she write about the kiss they shared? He got so lost in his own thoughts he almost missed them announce that she was next.
“This is my girlfriend. I’m excited to hear the song she wrote about me.” Minho’s eyes widened at this information, staring at the strange man beside him. “She’s beautiful, right?” He asked Minho as she took the stage. “I’m Hyunjin, by the way.” Minho ignored the hand Hyunjin held out, standing to leave the auditorium. Hyunjin shrugged at Minho’s strange behavior, not thinking too much about it and focused on his girlfriend on stage.
Slow piano music filled the auditorium, and Hyunjin’s smile widened as the lyrics rolled off her lips. Talking about a long-lasting love, but his smile quickly faded by the chorus. Her eyes met his with a look of anger as she sung about his infidelity.
He couldn’t look away from her no matter how badly he wanted to leave. Her eyes were solely trained on him, singing every single word right to him. Other students noticed her gaze was locked on one person, and turned to look right at Hyunjin, but he barely noticed. He could only see the anger and sadness written on his girlfriend’s face. How did she find out?
Hyunjin didn’t stay to watch the final performances and instead went backstage to confront her. “How could you do that to me?!” He yelled, catching the attention of those who were still backstage. Changbin was the first to approach him, ready to give him a piece of his mind.
“Binnie.” Her voice was stern as she uttered the nickname she gave him when they were kids on the playground. He took a step back, allowing her to come face to face with the man she once loved so dearly. The reason she turned to Minho in the first place. “I don’t think you have a reason to be angry at me, Hyunjin.”
“I love you!” He yelled, causing a scoff to come from her mouth.
“Hyunjin, you’ve been cheating on me since we got to university. If that’s how you love someone, I don’t want it. I’m done. I don’t love you anymore.” She turned to leave but stopped to say one more thing. “Give those flowers to your other girlfriend, I don’t want them.” He glanced down to the flowers still in his hand, and then to her walking away, Chan, Changbin, and Jisung following after her.
“Man, that really sounded like a breakup.” Jisung commented as the four of them sat in the same restaurant they frequented after 3RACHA performances.
“It was.” Changbin told him, his brows furrowed towards the younger boy. She wasn’t paying attention, only focused on the fact that Minho had blocked her number.
“Didn’t you say Minho was going to be watching?” She questioned, not looking up from her phone.
“Why didn’t you tell me Hyunjin was your boyfriend?!” The anger in Jisung’s voice caused her to look at him.
“I thought you knew.”
“Obviously not. You all acted like he was just someone you had feelings for! The word boyfriend was never said!” The anger running through his veins was escalating and he knew he couldn’t look at her face anymore. “You know what, Y/N, you don’t deserve Minho.” He stood up from the table, ignoring Chan’s and Changbin’s protests.
“I think I actually have a shot, Jisung.” Minho smiled as he sat next to Jisung on the couch. “She called me handsome today. And she kissed me.”
“Y/N?” Jisung asked, the lyrics of the song she’s performing in a matter of days ringing in his mind. The song he wanted to bring up to Minho, but never did. Maybe he had read her all wrong. Maybe she’s no longer hung up on Hyunjin and has let Minho into her heart.
“Yeah, Y/N. I think I’m going to ask her to be my girlfriend after the talent show.”
The memory hit Jisung as he ran towards Minho’s apartment. How much did he know?
Days passed and she hadn’t seen Minho around at all. Jisung was ignoring her as well, leaving all her texts on read. She tried to approach Jisung after class, noticing Minho wasn’t attending school at all, but Jisung walked passed her as if she wasn’t even there. “Sungie, please.” She pleaded, following after him. At the sound of the loving nickname she gave him when they met at the start of university, he stopped. He could hear the hurt in her voice, and deep down he knew she didn’t mean to hurt Minho. But he couldn’t bring it in himself to forgive her.
“You don’t have the right to call me that anymore, Y/N.” He couldn’t look at her, knowing as soon as he saw the heartbroken look on her face, he would cave. Since they met, her sadness as been his weakness. She’s too kind, too giving, and he vowed to make sure the smile never left her face.
“I know what you and Minho must think, but I promise you it was never my intention to hurt him!” Jisung kept his back turned to her, tears filling his eyes as he heard the sob she choked back.
“You told him you were in love with your best friend, Y/N! Knowing full well that Hyunjin was more than that.” He turned only halfway, still not meeting her eyes.
“I didn’t want to explain why I needed to move on from the guy I was dating. I didn’t want to explain why I was still in love with a guy who had been cheating on me for over three years. And honestly, I liked that he didn’t look at me with the same pity you, Binnie, and Chan always did.”
“We were worried about you. We always saw how you gave up on yourself every time something happened. We all just wanted the happy Y/N back.” He finally met her eyes, fully caving as soon as he saw her tear-stained face and swollen eyes.
“Minho brought her back, Sungie.” His own tears fell.
“I know.” He took a breath, knowing Minho was going to hate him for what he was about to do. “I’ll take you to Minho. Please fix this.”
“I’ll do my best. Thank you, Sungie.”
“I have a surprise for you, Minho.” Jisung called as he and Y/N entered Minho’s apartment. He hadn’t moved from his spot on the couch that Jisung left him in before leaving for class. “Please just listen before you hate me.”
“If you think I could hate you for this, why would you do it?” She could hear in his voice how much he had been crying. She tried to blink back her own tears, hoping to tell him everything she needed to without sobbing.
“Because she’s the only one that can fix this.” Minho was about to ask what he meant when his eyes met those of the girl he loved, the girl who broke his heart without trying.
“Get out. Both of you.”
“Minho, please.” He’s not sure if it’s the sadness he hears in her voice, or the fact he can tell she’s been crying just as much as he had, or the pleading look in Jisung’s eyes, he allows her to sit next to him. Jisung slipped out, knowing this was a conversation just for the two of them. “Words aren’t enough to express how sorry I am for not telling you the truth.”
“Why did you lie?”
“Because, out of everyone in my life, you were the only one who didn’t look at me like I was an injured puppy. I liked how close we got, and I didn’t want to lose that when you learned that I had a boyfriend.”
“Did you know I had feelings for you?” She shook her head, looking down to her hands before meeting his eyes again.
“Not until the kiss. That’s also when I realized I had feelings for you.” Minho scoffed before getting up from the couch. “Minho, please listen!”
“I’ve heard enough. Does Hyunjin know you’re here confessing to me right now?” She also stood from the couch, reaching out to grab his arm, but he stepped away.
“Minho, Hyunjin and I broke up. He’d been cheating on me since we started university. That’s why I begged for your help. I didn’t want to love him anymore, and I don’t! I love you, Minho.”
He stood in front of her, staring at her, as he processed the words she just told him. He still had a million questions, but he knew there was time for that another day. Her love confession bounced around in his mind, and he couldn’t help the small smile that broke out on his face. He cupped her face and pressed his lips to hers in a kiss even better than the first. “I love you too.” He whispered as he rested his forehead on hers, watching the smile spread across her lips.