Who: Reader x Lee Jongmin
Story: He's has an amazing talent but he doesn't trust the rich... He's about to learn.
Jongmin woke up to Joon- Kyung pushing his arm to wake him up. Jongmin was never the type to be pleasant when he was woken up, especially if it was in the morning. A string of curses slipped out of his mouth as his eyes creaked open and his brows pointed down in an angry fashion.
"The hell are you waking me up for?" he growled.
"Dude, you gotta come see the chick outside our place." he said excited.
Jongmin waved Joon-Kyung away as he laid back down on the couch,
"I can't believe you woke me up for some chick. I could careless about women right now." Jongmin groaned irritated as he buried his face in the pillow.
"She's a looker bro you gotta come see her. Besides she's looking for you I think."
Jongmin waved at him again, he heard his roommate sigh and then walk away. Who could be coming to see him this early in the morning anyway? He wasn't in the mood to be pleasant to anyone. Jongmin could hear Jiho's voice from the distance, they both must've been eyeballing that girl. He was starting to wonder who she was but not enough to get up. He heard soft foot steps and then,
"Jongmin you should really come out here." Jiho's voice floated over to him.
"Immh- nhot imtrested!" Jongmin shouted into the pillow so it came out muffled.
"Well she said that's fine but she could always turn in some file she has to the police. You might want to reconsider." Joon-Kyung said.
Suddenly, it dawned on him who would be here. He popped up and his eyes snapped open. He quickly got off the couch and came to the front door. Leaned up against a black bently, was the American girl; she had on a white pant-suit with a black low neck blouse. Her heels were short, classy boots and she had on a delicate diamond necklace that was in a sun shape. Her hair was pulled back into a high ponytail and she was talking to Jiho with a bright smile on her face. She seemed like a different woman than who he met last night.
She looked up and saw him coming out of the door and the edge of the sidewalk to meet them.
"Nice to see you're finally up." she said.
"How'd you find out where I live?" he asked annoyed.
"You didn't really think I'd let you go without knowing a little bit about you? I mean you didn't even give me your name so I had to do my own research- Babylon." she grinned.
Something about her devilish grin annoyed him completely. It didn't matter if she was cute she pissed him off.
"So let's go." she said.
Jongmin sighed annoyed and looked at Jiho who had just been watching the two's interaction. Jiho just smirked at Jongmin and waved at him.
"Nice meeting you Jiho." she said politely.
"You too." he smiled back at her.
Jongmin rolled his eyes and looked back at her.
"Where are we going?" he asked.
She circled around the car and opened up the door so she could get into the driver's side. She got inside and unlocked the door. When Jonging didn't get in, she rolled down the window.
"You do realize that now that I know where you live I can easily bug you. Besides your roommate Joon-Kyung gave me his number so I can always ask him when you're home or not."
"Don't you think you're going a bit far just for me to paint a place for you?" he asked.
"I'm surprised you'd say that considering you think I get eveything I want."
She chuckled and looked foreward. There was nothing left to say? Just a laugh and now she was expecting him to hop in her car. He owed her for not turning him in but did she have to act...like that? He knew he couldn't fight it though, he opened the car door and hopped inside. Most of the car ride consited of Jongmin sulking that he had to even go with her and then he started to think about his brother. If he mentioned money, would she just laugh at him? He wasn't going to beg her for money but he wondered if he asked her about it would she just give it away to him like there was no problem?
He glanced at her from the side of his eye and noticed that her hands were manicured and she had both hands on the wheel like she was being tested on driving posture. He imagined her being a asshole as a boss, standing as tall as she could despite probably being only 5'4. He could see her giving people a steely eyed look or a similar look that she had given him last night. Her voice would probably be cold, the complete opposite from how she talked to Jiho. Was she the type of girl to switch up how she treated others when people were watching?
He looked at her again and this time he noticed her lips moving but she wasn't saying anything. She was focused on the road in front of her and her lips kept moving until he realized that she was counting. Why was she counting though? He found himself staring now trying to keep up with her lips to find out which number she was on.
"Please stop watching me it's unnerving." she said.
"Here I thought girls liked it when guys stared at them." he said now looking back out the window.
"Your first mistake was thinking I'm like other girls." she said.
She made a left turn pulling into the parking lot of a large building. It was huge he was impressed with its size. He also didn't realize how a four hour drive went by that fast. She got out of the car and he followed suit. She locked the doors and he heard the beep to assure her all the doors were locked go off twice. Jongmin was looking at the entire outside of the building in awe.
"Follow me." she said with a softer smile.
She turned and walked towards the door. He heard her car beep again, she must've been making sure she actually locked it. She unlocked the door and when they walked in Jongmin saw a large open floor, at the southern end of the floor was a large stage and there were light fixtures above. The walls were bare white and there were stairs going up to a second level to the building, he even noticed there was a roof top level when he was outside. There was a bar on the northern end, it was very large and there were double doors on the right like something that would lead to a kitchen.
"This is going to be my version of a host club. Upstairs is where customers dine, down here is where they can dance and the roof top is open for all to enjoy how ever they wish as long as they're not doing the dirty up there."
The way she ended that statement made her sound like she was uncomfortable with even having to say that. Either she was a virgin or she'd actually caught someone in the act before. He didn't laugh but a small smile crept up on his face when he thought about how red her face would turn in that situation.
"I'd like you to do something on these walls down here and the ones upstairs. How long might it take you to do the entire area? I'm aware you may have a job of your own and I won't have you work on the weekends." she said.
She was sounding more like a business woman now. Something about that irritated him. He looked around though, the bare walls were his canvas to really say something and she was going to let him. He was going to be able to release his stress without worrying about getting in trouble, however the rush of almost getting caught was a thrill to him. He couldn't risk that though, his brother's medical bills were stacking up. He kept telling Hwimin not to worry, he could do that for him.
"Look I'm outta work right now and looking for a new job so I don't know how that'll effect my schedule-"
"How about I give you two months as a deadline then. Four days a week you choose how you work them." she proposed.
He looked at her shocked but she had a stotic look on her face. He saw her press her key again and the familiar sound of her car beeping could be heard even through the door, perhaps because of how quiet it was. Why did she keep doing that?
"You do know you've locked the door three times aleady?" he said.
Her eyes slightly widend and she looked away from him for a moment. He noticed her cheeks turning a shade of pink. He was confused as to why she was even embarrassed. She walked over to the bar counter and took a seat once again he heard the car beep again. She took out something from the small clutch purse she had and started writing on it. When she was done, she turned back to him and said,
"Do we have a deal?"
"There's one problem, I can't get up here four times a week, I don't have my own car, train fair will get expensive if I keep going back and forth."
"I have a beach house here you can stay in. I usually rent it out for air bnb but the last two visitors have already left and I've put the house on hold for an inspection. You can bring whatever you want and I won't charge you rent so long as you don't damage my home."
She thought of everything didn't she? He wondered what this house of hers looked like. It would be convenient to stay here in Busan while he paid back his debt. If he could do it fast enough he could get back to Seoul and take care of his brother. He may not need two months. She stepped closer to him with only an arms length between them. She extended her hand and said,
"So, do we have a deal?"
He looked at her hand and reluctantly extended his to meet hers so they could shake on it. She then handed him a small slip of paper and said,
"Here, consider it a deposit, you'll get other payments as the project gets done with the final payment due the day you finish."
He looked at her shocked,
"You're paying me?" he asked surprised.
She looked at him as if that was a stupid question,
"Of course, you're doing work for me why wouldn't I?"
She turned around and headed for the door. Her phone was ringing and she was taking the call as she was walking outside. Jongmin was trying to comprehend what just happened. He stared at the check, it was more than enough to cover his brothers hospital bills. He was actually going to be able to take care of him. The amount of excitement he felt was erupting inside of him but he didn't want to give her the satisfaction of seeing that she helped him. He didn't want her pity or charity so as long as she thought she was paying him for an art job he'd continue to accept her checks....
"I'll be there for dinner. I'm in Busan right now." you said to your cousin Winter.
"Okay see you then." she said.
Babylon walked out the door and you turned to lock up the building. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six times. Back and forth you turned the key to make sure that it was locking. You jiggled the door knob just for extra measure and then headed back to the car. Jongmin was lost in his thoughts for the rest of the ride meanwhile you were counting from one to twenty while driving, over and over again. A few times you knew he was looking at you again but you didn't say anything because he'd just turn away after a few minutes.
As you pulled up to his house you said,
"Tomorrow I have a few meetings to go to in Busan. I'll send a car to bring you up to the house tomorrow afternoon."
"Sure." he said plainly, he started to get out of the car and said,
"One more thing, if I'm going to work for you I think I should know what to call you."
You smiled at him and said,
"The name's Y/F/N and you or would you rather I stick to the alias."
"Lee Jongmin." he said.
He stood up and walked up the steps to his apartment door. You drove off and headed towards the restraunt to meet your cousin. You met her at a nice little barbaque place. Her hair was dyed blonde and she had it done in tight curls. She stood up and greeted you with a smile. She was the second oldest of her siblings and older than you too. She wore a black crop top with a lacey black cardigan. She had on skiny dark blue jeans with ankle high heels. Her lips were a dark brown and the wings of her eyeliner made her look like a cat. She smiled big and her teeth were bright white like you remembered them.
"How have you been Winter?" you asked.
"Good how about you? And what took you so long I thought you said that you had the day off." she asked
"Oh yeah, I had to settle some business though and drop someone off."
"You're such a workaholic. You know sometimes I think it's just to avoid us." she chuckled.
"Nonsense I love you guys."
You started organizing the silverware on the table and made sure everything was in a line. Your main ocd quirks were locking the door, counting and organizing but as your stress level rose you tended to do more like make everything in a straight line and tidy up for no reason. Winter had become accustomed to these rituals and knew when they switched up even in subtle ways that you were under stress.
"What's wrong? I know you don't like it when I talk about the family but I can tell something else is bothering you." she said.
You looked up at her and wondered if you should tell her about Jongmin. She'd make a whole case about it though. You were only going this extra mile because you really wanted this club done, you wanted to be there on opening night but you'd be going back to America for roughly three months. You weren't trying to rush the development but at the same time you wanted it done quickly. You only hoped that it wouldn't take Jongmin that long to do what you asked him to do. Still, telling Winter about Jongmin was opening up a world of conversation you didn't want to start so you left him out of it.
"Nothing, I'm just thinking about my club. I'll be going back to America in three months and the club isn't ready to open yet. We've already hired staff for the kitchen and bar, interviews for the hosts will start next month and even if we get all the staff on board if it's not done by the time I have to leave I won't get to see it opening night."
"You'll have other nights to see it though, is it really that big a deal?" she asked.
"Winter, opening night is everything to me I get to gauge public interest and how advertising did that brought so many people out. Besides I've had some of my workers create a social media presence so we'll be live but I wanted to be there to feel the energy of the first night. It's an experience I won't get back with that place."
"Jesus you talk about it like it's a baby."
"Well- it's my baby." you said and smiled.
She laughed at you and threw the paper to her straw at your nose which you were able to catch when it fell. You stuck your tongue out at her and she laughed with you. Winter was the closest thing to a sister you had and you adored her. The waiter came in to place the food on the gill and start cooking before he hurried away to help another table. Winter was checking out all the guys in the restaruant.
"Well I certainly know why you love it here." she mused.
You chuckled at her.
"So how long are you in Seoul?"
"Oh I leave Saturday morning. There's a concert friday night my girlfriend is dragging me too."
"No hip hop acutally, I can't deny the guys are good. The group is AOMG i think."
"Groovy, I've heard of them just do me a favor and don't go throwing panties at Jay park."
"How did you know my secret plan?" she joked.
You rolled your eyes at her and looked up when you thought the waiter was coming back. Instead, it was Joon Kyung, Jongmin's roommate, he wasn't with his other roommate but another male and two females. They were being seated when he saw you. You smiled and waved back when he waved at you. He excused himself from his friends for a moment and said,
"Well seeing you twice in one day, I must've been a good boy to deserve such a treat."
"You and Jiho say the cutest things." you said.
"Yeah well just remember I'm cuter than him."
You laughed and he said hello to Winter. You introduced them both and Winter seemed enthralled with how he was interacting with you. You knew she'd have a lot to say about it later and you only hoped she wouldn't pass on the message to her mother.
"I just thought I'd say hi and I wanted to ask about how Jongmin behaved."
"Behaved?" you asked.
"Oh yeah, he's such a bear in the morning but he's a total ladies man. I wondered how he balanced that."
Winter laughed which made you turn your attention to her. She said,
"Y/N knows how to keep everything painfully professional and even more she's super oblivous to guys advances. He could come flat out and say he liked her and she'd just say okay."
You stuck your tongue out at her again but Joon Kyung laughed at it. You looked at Joon Kyung and said,
"While her description is a bit over done, I'm afraid she's right I kept everything professional, besides he didn't give off any signs that he was a ladies man."
"Hmm that's odd for him. Well I have to get back to the crew nice meeting you Winter and nice seeing you again Y/N. Text me sometime we can go out to eat." he said.
"I'll keep that in mind. See you."
Winter laughed at you and said,