First things first, my apologies for the lateness in this update. Life has been crazy hectic the last couple of months with work, things at home, and various other things (both good and bad) and I haven't been as active as I once was but things have started to calm down and I was finally able to find some time to actually sit down and finish this chapter!
Secondly, thank you everyone for your lovely comments on part one. They really meant a lot to me and made me even more determined to get this chapter done for all of you. You guys are awesome.
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And now, without any further ado, on with part 2!
TOP sighs as he leans his head back against the head rest of the sleek town car. He is still horribly jet lagged and did not fall asleep until the late hours of the evening.
He spent his hours awake browsing the internet and checking his social media accounts, reading comments to help calm his mind.
It was while he was scrolling through Instagram notifications that he happened upon a photo from earlier that day at the Louvre. He smiled at the comment and could not resist replying. As the night wore on though, he found himself going back to that photo and staring at the girl in it.
He could not see her face fully but there was something very intriguing in what he could see. His eyes flickered back and forth between his expression and hers and saw that they were the same. Both were looking on in wonder and fascination.
He clicked on her tag to go to her profile but frowned. The profile was private and she wore a hat low on her face in her profile photo so he could only see her lips in a small smirk. He sighed and set his phone aside, rolling over to attempt some sleep.
Reaching into his pocket now, he pulls out his phone and turns his camera on, snapping a quick picture. He has a long day ahead of him so he wants to post something onto Instagram before having to stay off his phone the next couple of hours. He is set to be the special celebrity guest at Dior’s fashion show that morning then he had a series of interviews and two photoshoots before meeting up with Jiyong later that afternoon for a tour around the city.
He opens up his Instagram app, picks a decent filter and posts the photo. Within seconds, the photo gains thousands of likes and comments start flooding in. He skims through the first couple comments before he lets his finger slide down to the notifications button and pulls up the photo from last night once more.
He looks up and stares at Jiyong, who sits beside him. “Yeah,” he says, pressing the home button on his phone, exiting the app. “Why?”
Jiyong shrugs, looking back out the window. “You just seem distracted.”
“I didn’t sleep very well last night.”
Jiyong nods. “Wouldn’t have anything to do with that picture you keep looking at, would it?”
TOP stares at his friend and band mate in surprise. “W-what do you mean?”
Jiyong glances over with a mischievous smirk. “Hyung, you’ve been staring at your phone all morning and every time I look over, it’s of the same picture.”
TOP sighs and rubs his thumb over his blank phone screen. “It’s nothing. Just a photo from the museum yesterday that I-”
“Say no more,” Jiyong interrupts, holding up a hand. “I should have known it had something to do with art.”
TOP smiles, thankful that he does not have to explain himself any farther.
The two fall into silence as the car turns a corner and the building that houses the Dior fashion show comes into view. Both men sit up a bit straighter, Jiyong letting out low whistle as they see the massive crowd of people standing out front.
TOP can feel his palms begin to sweat as the car slows its approach. The mass of people surge forward to see who was inside, cameras up at the ready. Even after a decade with Big Bang, he has never quite gotten used to having crowds of people awaiting his arrival at places. The invasion of his personal space, the screaming, the flashing of the camera; all of it still sends a thrill of anxiety through him.
The car stops and the driver gets out, walking around the car to let him out. Two large men in suits are stationed at the door while security begins to part the crowd to make a path for him. He lets out a shaky breath and rolls his neck back and forth to relive some tension.
“Good luck,” Jiyong says, giving him a winning smile. “See you in a few hours.”
“Thanks and try to stay out of trouble.” TOP smiles back then looks to their driver and nodding, letting him know he was ready to go.
“I make no promises.” Jiyong replies as the car door opens and the deafening screams of the crowd erupt.
TOP steps out and buttons his jacket, nodding and smiling to the various cameras. There were far more people than he anticipated and another wave of anxiety ripples through him. His security team surrounds him, waiting for his signal to move forward.
With a quick breath, his pulls his shoulders back and steps forward into the sea of faces.
The day passes in a blur to TOP as he is ushered around the fashion show, making conversation with guests, taking photos with designers, and being interviewed by numerous international magazines. After that he is taken to a gorgeous apartment in the heart of Paris for two separate photoshoots.
After a quick lunch and a trip back to his hotel to change into more casual clothing, he meets back up with Jiyong for their scheduled tour of the city. This is not their first trip to the city but none of the guys in band ever turn down an opportunity for some free time, even if they have already seen many of the attractions already.
While walking down one of the quieter streets of the city, Jiyong’s phone starts buzzing. He pulls it out, checks his message and smirks, “It’s Seungri again.”
TOP hums in response, his focus on his camera, trying to get the perfect angle of the sun hitting the rooftops above them. “What does he want this time?”
“He is reminding me that he wants me to bring him back something.” He says, typing back a response and tucking his phone back into his pocket. “Excuse me,” He asks their translator. “Is there a bakery or chocolate shop nearby?”
The translator converses with their guide momentarily before nodding and points down a small side street. “There is actually a very popular shop a few minutes’ walk from here.”
“Great. Can we go there next?” Jiyong asks.
Their translator bows his head and informs their guide that they were ready to move on.
“You’re too nice to him sometimes.” TOP says, smiling down at Jiyong as they follow their guide down the side street.
Jiyong shrugs. “I’m only doing it so he’ll leave me alone.”
“You keep telling yourself that.”
Jiyong punches TOP’s arm. “Hyung!”
TOP just laughs and swings his arm around Jiyong’s shoulders.
Thankfully the shop is not very busy when they arrive with only a handful of people browsing the shelves and displays. The woman behind the counter greets them warmly as they enter. The two bow to her and begin to look around for some treats to bring home to their friends and family.
While Jiyong quickly makes his way over to the chocolate section of the store, a display of brightly colored macaroons catches TOP’s eye. He walks over and crouches down so that he was eye level with the treats and pulls out his phone. He will take a photo and send it to Seungri to tease him a bit on what he is missing out on.
He angles his camera a bit to the side to get the full display on the screen and snaps the photo. He smiles and looks over the photo to make sure it did not come out blurry. The smile slowly slips from his face, however, as he notices a pair of girls in the background of the shot. ‘It can’t be...’
He looks up and his eyes widen. Standing right across from him, looking at a shelf filled with gift boxes, was the girl from the museum. He was sure of it. He had stared at the photo enough in the last day to recognize her profile.
Slowly, he makes his way around the macaroon display so that he is standing in the same aisle as the girls. They are talking but he cannot hear their conversation but he finds himself fascinated every time the girl laughs. ‘She is much prettier in person,’ he admits to himself even though he still could not see her full face.
TOP jumps and turns to see Jiyong standing beside him.
Jiyong laughs and places a hand on TOP’s arm to steady him. “Why are you so jumpy all of a sudden?”
TOP clears his throat and rubs the back of his neck, glancing quickly over his shoulder to see if the pair noticed anything. Thankfully, they were still talking and seem unaware of anyone around them. “I’m not jumpy. I was just thinking about what I wanted to get.”
Jiyong does not look convinced and tries to look over his shoulder but TOP shifts and blocks his view. “Well, hurry up.” Jiyong says, narrowing his eyes slightly. “I’ve already got something for Seungri and Youngbae but I know Daesung would love some of these macaroons. Grab a box over there and then we can get something to eat. I’m starving.”
“Right,” TOP nods. “I’ll grab the box and I’ll meet you at the register.”
Jiyong gives him another suspicious look but walks away none the less.
TOP sighs and turns to get the box of macaroons off the display when he bumps into someone. “I’m sorry. Please, excuse me.” he apologizes in French, bowing low to hide his embarrassment.
“It’s alright.” The soft but flustered voice replies in English. “It was my fault. You really don’t have to apologize.”
A hand touches his arm, encouraging him to stand up straight. He straightens up and looks down, ready to offer more apologizes but his words get caught in his throat as he stares down into the face of the girl from the photo.
She seems just as shocked as he is because her eyes immediately widen and she gasps, taking a step back. “It’s you!”
Dun! Dun! Dun! What is going to happen now that they are face to face? Who knows... ;)
Would you like to see another chapter from TOP's point of view in the future or should I just stick to her perspective? I'll admit, writing this became a challenge because I kept switching to past tense and had to fix it or change things because it no longer made sense so I worry this chapter may not have been my best. If I do another TOP chapter, I'll probably just stick to the past tense for him and leave her chapters in present tense. Let me know!
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