They first met on the plane trip from Beijing to Seoul. Row 38, seat A and B. Junmyun had just finished a business deal with the CEO boss of RenRen, one of the biggest social networking companies in China. The meeting had gone easier than expected and Junmyun hadn’t even needed his rusty Chinese to communicate, the CEO being multilingual in English, Chinese, Korean and Cantonese. Junmyun looked back down at his ticket and gently pushed himself the passenger in front of him quickly moving until he arrived at his seat. Finally. Once his baggage was stowed he slid into the window seat and allowed himself to relax, eyes closing and arms flopping out to the sides.
“Umm…excuse me could you please mo..”
“Oh yes sorry”.
Junmyun was quick to remove his arm, slightly cursing himself for being so relaxed. He wasn’t home yet. He glanced up just in time to watch the said passenger lift his baggage into the overhead lockers. His shirt and jacket rising in the most beautiful manner allowing for dark skin to be glimpsed. Junmyun quickly looked away. The passenger soon sat down, head flicking his hair out of his eyes. Eyes that soon darted over to Junmyun and did a mini body scan. A polite smile was given and then the connection between them ended…for almost the whole flight. It wasn’t like Junmyun was shy or afraid. No it was just that one did not talk to their fellow passenger. That just wasn’t done on a plane, it would be considered creepy. Though wasn’t his subtle staring creepy?
The second interaction that happened between them occurred when Junmyun needed to go to the loo, his only dilemma was that the hottie next to him had his mouth open, head lolling and he was fast asleep. Should he wake him? But then he might get angry that he was disturbed.
“I’m going to regret this!”
With that Junmyun unbuckled him seatbelt thankful that he had already taken off his shoes. Taking a deep and silent breathe Junmyun proceeded to slip one leg over the sleep boy essentially straddling him. Once one leg was over Junmyun paused, checking that the other was asleep. He shifted his weight onto his other leg and was about to move off the boy when an amused voice disturbed his perfect plan.
“What are you doing?”
Junmyun froze and slowly turned his head to the passenger he was currently straddling.
“Errrr…I can explain! I really can! I know it looks dodgy and everything but I wasn’t doing anything like that. I needed to go to the bathroom and I didn’t want to wake you and please don’t hurt me!”
A chuckle escaped the passenger.
“Don’t worry I do believe you but before we continue this talk could you um…get off me?”
“Fuck yes, I’m so sorry!”
Junmyun literally threw himself off the other, body tumbling into the aisle for a few seconds before he shot back up pretending that nothing of the sort had happened.
“Wow are you okay?”
“Yes of course…I do this all the time…”
“You mean straddle boys in planes?”
Junmyun silently cried, he had become an idiot in the eyes of the extremely attractive boy.
“I’m just going to go…” he turned 90 degrees and started trudging towards the bathroom.
“I wasn’t sleeping…it’s a meditation exercise”
This just made Junmyun feel like more of an idiot
When he came back to sit down the younger wasn’t there. Great he was scared of him! Sighing he slid into his seat and proceeded to prepare himself for bed, quickly pretending he was when his next door neighbour returned. The said boy leaned over and found the others ear.
“My names Jongin…nice meditation”
Junmyun had to mentally stop himself from crying from joy. When the announcement of their arrival was voiced did he rise.
“Yeah well as much as one can on a plane… thankyou Jongin. You can call me Junmyun”
He stuck out his hand.
“It’s been a pleasure meeting you”.
“And you, we might even meet again. The worlds a small thing”.
And indeed the world is a small thing, so small that they met again that very night. Both boys had bought themselves tickets to the National Ballet that was in Seoul in the National Theatre. The meeting was quite unexpected and caught both boys in a shock as they started at each other, faces so very close.
Jongin laughed before helping Junmyun stand on his feat again, the other fixed his suit before looking back up, face slowly turning crimson.
“I’m so sorry. I really didn’t mean it! I just slipped and yeah you know the rest”.
Junmyun bowed as low as he could cursing his new shoes which made him trip and fall into the lap of what turned out to be passenger Jongin.
“Well don’t just stand around and bow all day come sit down”
The seat next to Jongin was patted and confused expression crossed Junmyuns face before seeing that Jongin was holding his ticket which indeed showed that his seat was next to Jongins. Just he luck, not only was he going to be sitting next to Jongin again but he had made himself look like a fool for about the 3rd time. Nothing to be done though, he had a seat and that seat was waiting for him.
Sitting down he tried to make idle conversation and it worked however the only catch was that it was all happening inside Junmyun’s mind, he had yet to open his mouth.
“So Jongin what a coincidence that we meet again on the same day…”
“You think it’s coincidence?”
“What else would it be?”
“Well fate…something or someone has decided for us to meet again. There must be a reason for it.”
Junmyun shut his mouth before something un-polite spilt out. He wouldn’t say he didn’t believe in fate but it seemed such a stupid idea to put your faith in. Yes okay faith could exist but that doesn’t mean everything in life is fate because that would be stupid, fate would be controlling your life not yourself. Everything you did would be put under fate, a decision done by someone else. He didn’t want to put down Jongin’s words or hurt him.
“Okay…but do you believe in coincidence’s? Because fate and coincidence might just be the same thing but it has different properties or it is like Yin and Yang therefore opposites”.
Jongin blinked before breaking his face into a smile, a smile that melted Junmyun’s heart, a smile that would but cheesier cat to shame. Junmyun’s voiced hitched.
“I like you, you don’t just accept what people say. You say what you think or question what the other has said but without any negative emotions and hurtful words.”
He laughed softly.
“Maybe they are like Yin and Yang but who could tell us, you? Me? God? Fate or coincidence isn’t something to be controlled or translated. It is what it is.”
Junmyun nodded trying to think of another response other than “yeah” but in the end nothing else came out except for that causing Jongin to smile again.
“Do…do you want to come for a drink after this ends? Unless you’re busy or with a date or..or”
“I would love to though only if you promise more good conversations?”
Junmyun laughed before nodding.
“Deal but only if you keep smiling”.
Both men laughed. Both men thanked fate or coincidence at that time, hoping that something more than a second meeting would occur…and as fate would have it…they did.
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