Genre: Romance, Angst (but in such a tiny and ridiculous way that you can actually ignore it)
Rating: NC-17 (Only wrote that rated part in because no one would read it with a lower rating. LOL.)
Length: One-shot with three parts
Warnings: It's me. I think that's enough said, isn't it? But because it's required: Bad Language, fail!everything
Summary: Kyuhyun ran away to find freedom. Or actually something he didn't even exactly know. But what he found was - Sungmin.
"Hey, Kyuhyun! Tomorrow's graduation!", Zhou Mi shouted with a strong chinese accent and jumped on his friend's back. Kyuhyun almost choked on his food and coughed.
"I know. Can I eat now?" Zhou Mi laughed.
"What is so funny?" Zhou Mi tilted his head and seemed to think. After a few seconds, he shrugged.
"I don't know. It's just... I've known you since elementary school. And you've always been a really shy and friendly person who tried to do everything as it pleased other people."
"Ew. Sounds disgusting." Zhou Mi laughed again.
"I still like you, but since you've come back from that vacation two years ago, you've changed 180 degrees! I only know that you ran away and suddenly appeared in another city, 300 miles away from Pattaya after an anonymous called the Pattaya police and saying that the 16-year old Korean boy, about 180 cm tall who was reported as missing, is in that village. No one knows how you got there and the room where you've been founded was rented under the name Jack Smith. Not the real name, of course, since the woman on the reception said that it was a Korean, so the anonymous guy couldn't be found. And you didn't say anything about the incident." Kyuhyun continued eating. "But it seems like something happened, something that made you... Changing."
Kyuhyun had swallowed the last bit of his noodles and was looking at his friend then. "Sounds like a thriller, what you just told. You surely love rumors, don't you?"
Zhou Mi pouted. "You won't even tell me, your best friend! I want to know your secret!"
"What secret? I told you all that I ran away because I was bored. I hitched a ride to get away as far as possible and rented the room under that name so nobody could contact the police but it seemed like someone saw me and had connections to the police. The girl on the reception just mistook me for someone else who had been there with a companion.", Kyuhyun said, bored and still staring on his now empty plate. Zhou Mi just sighed.
"But something MUST have happened!"
"How do you even got that idea?"
"Hey, Kyuhyun!", their teacher, Mr. Park suddenly sat down next to his students.
"Mr. Park? What are you doing here?", Zhou Mi asked, disappointed that his teacher interrupted the conversation that just started to get interesting.
"Tomorrow is your graduation! I will miss you all so much...", Mr. Park sighed and looked at his disinterested student Cho Kyuhyun. "You are finally all grown up, going into that big, dangerous world out there... Talking about big world, I'm sure that our young Mr. Cho here is going to be really successful. Brilliant head, especially in math and science. You are surely going to take over your parents company, aren't you? You and your brilliant math brain... Well, you are one of the only ones I don't have to fear about. What about you, Zhou Mi?"
Zhou Mi sighed. "Well, I want to become a designer but you were mistaken about the guess that our little Kyuhyunnie here is going to take over his parents company."
Mr. Park raised an eye brow. "Are you going to do something with science then? I heard that you are really good with computer stuff. Informatics, then?"
Zhou Mi sighed again. "No, you won't believe it, but-"
"Director. I'm going to study science of film and stage direction.", Kyuhyun finally said and stood up, going away. "Excuse me, my algebra lesson is about to begin."
Mr. Park was sitting there, mouth widely open. "Of all subjects... He is a genius! Why is he taking such a , such a-"
"Because he has something to say.", Zhou Mi said. Mr. Park stared at him. The student just shrugged. "That's what he said."
Both of them were silent for a while. "I didn't believe it at first, just like you, but-", Zhou Mi stood up and took his Gucci-Bag. "I believe in him. Now excuse me, I have to get to PE."
Mr. Park was left back and wondered about the surprises that life would always give him, right in moments he didn't expect it.
Sungmin was sitting in his office, chewing at the rubber end of his pencil and intensely stared at what he had just wrote. It was hot, maybe a bit too hot but the air conditioner was defect. He sighed a last time before erasing the last sentence he has written. Right in that moment, someone knocked at his door. Sungmin murmured a quiet "Come in", but didn't look up from his paper sheet. Eunhyuk sneaked into the office.
"Hey, how is my favorite movie critic doing?" Sungmin finally glanced up from his work and smiled at his best friend.
"It's okay... Always thought it would be a bit more exciting but who isn't thinking that of his dream job?" Eunhyuk laughed.
"Well, you've wanted to become a critic since you were 12. Now you're 26. I've got some pearl milk tea for us!"
Sungmin's smile turned into a grin and he reached out with his hands. "Giiiive me soooome!!!", he whined exaggeratedly.
Eunhyuk shook his head. "Tsk, tsk. Such an addict. They say this stuff is dangerous."
"I don't care, just give it to me. Speed is okay, but bubble tea isn't?"
Eunhyuk just chuckled and gave the transparent cup with the white liquid where little black bubbles were moving on the ground to his friend. "Want to go watch a movie?"
"I'm working... Still have to write reviews for about 3 movies..."
"It's a movie which got quite good reviews by now..."
"A Korean one. A rookie. His first movie."
Sungmin laughed. "Are you kidding me? A Korean, rookie director? Duuuh, I'm surely NOT going to watch such a movie."
Eunhyuk shrugged. "Just wanted to lift up your mood with a movie since I knew that you had a hard time. And don't be that superficial. Poor guy."
He began to walk around in the office, looking at everything that was in there. He stopped in front of the book shelf where a small picture frame was on the top. His eye brows narrowed when he recognized the picture in it.
"You still have that thing?"
Sungmin lifted his head and looked at the picture. His eyes changed for a second to a look that Eunhyuk barely saw in them. That sudden darkness in Sungmin's eyes was so rare that he couldn't interpret the meaning behind it.
"Uhm, yeah.", Sungmin whispered quietly and looked at his sheets again.
"Unbelievable that you still remember him. It must been 7 years by now." Sungmin didn't answer but Eunhyuk noticed that he had hit a weak spot. They've never talked about the young boy on that picture again after Sungmin had once didn't reply anymore and had just walked out of the room. "You don't even know his name."
Sungmin still didn't reply. "You like him that much?" Eunhyuk saw his friend biting his lower lip. He registered a nod, so small that a person who wasn't Sungmin's best friend wouldn't even have noticed it.
He suddenly felt sorry that he had started that topic again despite that he actually knew what he did to Sungmin by mentioning it. Eunhyuk slowly walked up to the desk and his hand slowly came up to Sungmin's shoulder. "Hey, what's actually the matter? You liked him, so-"
"Let's not talk about it anymore." There was silence. But this time, Eunhyuk didn't want to give up.
"How much exactly did you like him, or still do?" Sungmin sighed and Eunhyuk felt his friend's body stiffening.
"A lot." Eunhyuk nodded. He knew what Sungmin wanted to say.
"He didn't like me back the way I like him." Eunhyuk nodded another time, but slower.
It was silence again. Eunhyuk didn't like it. He hated silence. And even more when it was between him and his best friend.
"Well... Didn't you want to watch a movie?",Sungmin suddenly said with that let's-change-the-topic-voice that everyone knew. Eunhyuk was more than glad about the topic change and sighed in relief.
"Okay, come on!"
"What's the name of the movie?", Sungmin said when they were just standing in front of the cinema. Eunhyuk looked into his notebook.
"Wait, I got it here... I'm writing down all the movies we watch."
"I know. Freak.", Sungmin grinned.
"Uhm... "Run... But not away."
"Is there a dash between the word 'Run' and the rest? Or are there three dots? And is it a dot or an exclamation point on the end?"
Eunhyuk gave him a confused look. "Why is that important?"
"Oh come on, tell me! I want to test something out."
"Uhm... Okay? Three dots and another dot at the end."
Sungmin grinned. "It's a romance, isn't it? A dramatic one."
Eunhyuk took a quick glance on the genre and found himself surprised. "Yes, that's right, but how-"
"I'm gonna tell you later. Sense for language, you need that when you write reviews about movies. What's the name of the director? Maybe I've heard it somewhere already."
Eunhyuk was standing on the cash and paid for the tickets. "Cho Kyuhyun, I think."
Sungmin frowned. "Never heard before. Well, I'll have to build myself an own opinion."
"Don't judge on him only because he is a rookie and Korean. You just told me about the 22-year old scriptwriter, director, producer and actor from France. You said he was brilliant."
"He is an exception. And really brilliant! Got his first movie to Cannes, I mean, that's awesome! But he's not Korean, that's actually the main point. Our nation doesn't know how to make good movies."
Eunhyuk laughed. "You are picky."
"I am. Now come on, the movie's gonna start in ten minutes. Well, half an hour if you calculate the commercials in."
Eunhyuk and Sungmin bought some popcorn and a few drinks and sat down on their seats. The whole cinema hall was crowded and Sungmin heard the people sitting next to him whispering to each other while waiting for the movie to start.
"They say that the story is not that much of special but the enactment seems to be amazing! My friend cried in the end and she didn't know if it was from affection or from empathy!", the girl next to Sungmin said to her boyfriend. "Oh, it's a same-sex romance, by the way.", she added and squealed a bit. "How cute!"
Sungmin almost choked from laughter when he heard her boyfriend gasping a "What?!".
"Oppa! Don't be like that! It's already remarkable enough that finally a Korean director makes one. Our country is a bit retarded in that matter."
Sungmin could only hear a dissatisfied grumble and ate another handful of his popcorn. He blinked when the screen went white, showing the start of the commercials. A few aftershave models, mobile phones and movie trailers later, he smiled when he saw that the movie started with a tracking shot out of a car, showing the sunset glow of the violet, orange shining sun. A voice could be heard but the camera kept showing the horizon.
Sungmin had to grin. The typical start of a dramatic movie.
"I'm so excited! I hope that that little city, town or whatever it is called lifts up it promises!", a female voice said.
"Well, I'm already glad that we finally have time to spend some time together as a family, what do you think, Kyoungsoo?" Now a few houses could be seen, small but they were getting more and more with every second, showing people coming out and doing their work.
"Our Kyoungsoo was really hardworking this year, it's good that we rewarded him with that little vacation.", the female voice came again.
"Well, hello. My name is Kyoungsoo. We are on a vacation in Thailand right now. Not that I'm complaining. Okay, maybe a bit. If we would have stayed in Korea, I could have finally end all my Final Fantasy games. But being the wonderful and obeying son I am, I didn't want to disappoint my folks and went to Thailand with them."
"Kyoungsoo, just imagine, this vacation!"
"They have a whole company and barely have time for me. I never had a problem with it but they use their whole free time to pamper me. Dude, I'm 16 and have never been to a bar and haven't even drunken alcohol yet."
Sungmin narrowed his eye brows. That seemed somehow familiar to him. The family had arrived at a hotel meanwhile and were checking in.
"Okay, Kyoungsoo, you are getting an own room. Isn't that exciting?" The young boy was smiling.
"At least they finally understood that I don't need them to read me goodnight tales before going to sleep anymore. Or they just want to have some quality time together, if you get what I mean."
Sungmin was intensely staring at the screen where the family was now sitting on the pool and eating lunch.
"Have you ever thought about running away? I mean, just to see what would happen? I know that it sounds crazy but I've always wanted to do it. Not for the reasons other kids would do it; to get the attention their parents failed to give them. I want to do it... Just to see what happens. Or maybe I just want to escape from this boring life. I mean, I'm like 16 and never had a girlfriend before.", the off-screen voice continued.
"My parents always tell me to smile and listen when other people have something to say, I barely am allowed to go out with my friends alone and I'm just sick of all this shit. My friends say that they are just afraid that I might get kidnapped because mommy and daddy are rich but dude, I'm 16."
"What are you thinking of, Kyoungsoo?", the mother said friendly.
"Nothing.", they boy named Kyoungsoo replied friendly, smiling whole continuing eating his noodles.
In the next scene, the boy was seen, laying in his bed and fully dressed. Sungmin held his breathe, he had done it the whole time over already and was only ex- and inhaling from time to time, only when the loss of oxygen became too unbearable. Kyoungsoo stood up and went out of the hotel, directly aiming the beach where he just stood and stared at the dark sky and the even water for a while. Then he went back into the hotel's direction and entered a bar.
Sungmin closed his eyes when he saw the bar. It was a bar which was not usual for Thailand, not flashy but more a bit in a corner and lighted, but not too much. Sungmin's heart almost stopped when he saw the protagonist sitting down and studying the list of drinks. The barkeeper appeared and Sungmin immediately spotted a person sitting behind Kyoungsoo. He almost had to laugh in relief when he saw that that person didn't look like himself at all.
"That would have been the creepiest thing ever."
But only two minutes later, he heard the words "Tequila Shot" and had to close his eyes again. A shy "Thanks" followed and he had to bite his lower lip.
"Why is it only that less?"
"Well, tequila is strong. Most people can only handle that little glass, that's why is it called a shot. What's your name?"
The boy hesitated and shyly said "Marvin" and that was when Sungmin stood up and rushed out of the cinema hall. Eunhyuk was left back, surprised and dumbfounded.
"What's wrong with that guy?", the person sitting on the other side next to him asked but Eunhyuk could only shrug.
"I have no idea."
Sungmin passed other halls and reached the ticket counter where he almost jumped on the girl standing there, chewing her chewing gum in the slowest and most bored manner she possibly could afford.
She jerked and stared at him in shock. "Oh my god, I didn't expect anyone to-"
"Tell me the fucking name of the fucking scriptwriter of that fucking movie.", Sungmin growled through gritted teeth, earning an even more scared look by her.
"Wo-wooh. Calm down, what movie are you talking about?"
Sungmin inhaled deeply, closing his eyes and calming himself down. "That... Something with run."
"Oh! "Run, but not away" was the name, right?"
Sungmin smiled. "Yes!"
The girl tilted her head. "Hmmm... Usually, I don't remember scriptwriters, only directors and actors but this time... There was something with the scriptwriter."
Sungmin became impatient and his legs began to wiggle.
"Oh yes, it's the same as the director. The director of that movie also wrote the script."
Sungmin nodded and wheezed a quick "Thanks" before rushing out of the cinema. He just wanted to take a few quick calls when he realized what he was doing.
Leaving a movie before it's ending.
"Are you getting nuts the older you become, Lee Sungmin?"
He was still grumbling when he entered the cinema hall again, sitting down next to Eunhyuk.
"What was wrong?"
Sungmin just shook his head. "It's okay, let's watch the movie."
Even though he actually knew the whole storyline of said movie already, he was surprised from time to time, was it by the surprisingly good exposition of his own person or just the brilliant enactment of the whole movie. In the end picture, the protagonist woke up in a room with the window open, the wind blowing through his hair and his face showing a confused but then understanding expression as the door opened and his parents entered the room.
"I don't know who he was and why he suddenly stepped into my life. I don't even know why my parents were suddenly standing there, in a town 200 kilometers away from Pattaya. I don't know anything... but I think that someone somehow changed me. I'll miss him."
Sungmin bit his lip when a tears ran down his face and he had to sniff a bit. Eunhyuk next to him had gone mute when they were standing up, ready to leave the hall as the credits began. Sungmin held him back.
"What? The movie is over and- are you crying?", Eunhyuk asked in shock and his hand was immediately on Sungmin's chin, lifting it up a bit to have a better look on his friend's face.
Sungmin shook his head nervously. "N-no. Just give me a minute."
He looked at the screen again and saw the words "Producer, director, script: Cho Kyuhyun". His mind immediately remembered it and he gently pushed Eunhyuk forwards.
"The movie was good, but why are you crying? You didn't even cry when Jack died in Titanic. I mean, I even cried."
Sungmin murmured something about "Titanic is not real." and they left the cinema.
Standing in front of Eunhyuk's car, said man noticed that his friend still seemed upset. He sighed and hugged Sungmin tightly.
"What's wrong?" Sungmin closed his eyes and buried his face in his friend's shoulder.
"That movie was beautiful.", he mumbled and Eunhyuk had to chuckle.
"So beautiful that you had to cry?"
"Why don't you write about it?" Sungmin slowly broke free from their hug and looked into Eunhyuk's eyes.
"Yes... Yes, why not?"
And it was already the next day when everyone who wanted could read it in the newspaper.
Run...but not away is a movie that made me tearing up. It was weak, but not in the way you might think I mean it, but in a tender, hurt way, like a little crying child that you just want to embrace and comfort. The protagonist seems continuously absentminded but the way he slowly begins to open up, not only to the brilliantly portrayed second main character but also to other people, even though under the influence of drugs, is heartwarming and you surely enjoy it to see his development. If the progress he does is right or wrong still depends on the respective opinion of the audience. All in all, it still has it weaknesses, like the lack of a creative plot or the, sometimes, too rushed storyline, but with the apparent talent of rookie director and scriptwriter Cho Kyuhyun, I'm sure that he'll have a bright future because that man has something to tell the world. Run... But not away is not a perfect movie but it wouldn't be that good if it was.
Lee Sungmin for The Seoul Times
After writing the review, Sungmin read his own work for about ten more times when he realized something.
Marvin aka Cho Kyuhyun had talent. Actually the biggest bunch of talent Sungmin had ever noticed in a newcomer director, second after Alexandre Aja. And it was obvious why such a simple plot could be turned into such a touching movie full of emotions.
Kyuhyun loved him and put all his feelings and memories into that little piece of movie that was a retell of his own life. Sungmin had felt it and that was why he had to cry. That movie was his movie, it was screaming out to him, searching him. And that was what made it good. Sungmin sighed. Actually, he had planned on going to Kyuhyun and finally meeting him again after 6 long years.
To say the truth, he had hoped that Kyuhyun would forget him because Sungmin had never been the type of guy Kyuhyun was supposed to love. Only looking at the circumstances of their first meeting. And since Sungmin had realized that it seemed as hard for the younger as it was for him to forget the other man, he was anticipating it so much to meet Kyuhyun again, kind of the reunion of a big love, blaaaa etc.
But after reading his own review, he saw it clearly, saw that he was the one who made Kyuhyun's movie that tender and beautiful. Kyuhyun could only make good movies when Sungmin was not with him, the only way for him to be hurt or, however you want to call it, love sick.
So there was only one question left that wasn't even a question for Sungmin.
"Hey, Min.", Eunhyuk greeted when he entered his friend's office once again.
Sungmin lifted his head, looking tired and unshaved for estimated 3 days.
"Wooow! What happened with you?"
Sungmin smiled weakly. "Having a hard time."
Eunhyuk nodded. His friend was often busy.
"Talking about hard time... That movie we just saw together recently, Run... But not away, it was giving me some headache as well." Sungmin raised an eye brow and placed his chin on his hand.
"So? Why? Tell me." Eunhyuk tilted his head.
"It was a really beautiful movie, as far as I can say without being a movie expert, but the second main character, you know, he was giving me a hard time."
"Get to the point.", Sungmin said while taking a sip of his coffee.
"He reminded me of you."
Sungmin almost choked on his drink. "What do you mean, he reminded you of me?"
Eunhyuk shrugged. "Dunno, I've known you for so many years and the man in the movie acted like you would have, in all the scenes."
Sungmin rolled his eyes. "Ridiculous."
Eunhyuk shrugged again. "Just saying. And it was in Thailand, you've also been here once, haven't you?"
"I have no idea what you are talking about. I'm certainly not the only Korean man in the world who has been to thailand, plus, it's a movie. Fiction, you know?"
Eunhyuk grinned. "Yeah, I know. I didn't say that you were doing all those things but I just found it funny how much the man resembled you."
Sungmin grabbed his hair. "Yeah. I'm just overstressed, sorry."
"So much work?"
Sungmin just nodded.
"Hey hey, you surely have time for one or two hours?"
Sungmin sighed. "What do you want?"
"Treating you lunch?"
"Sounds good! Galbi?"
Eunhyuk laughed. "I spend so much money for you. Galbi, then."
"How about you find yourself a girlfriend you can spend your money on? She would give something as a reward, at least.", Sungmin said while standing up and getting his jacket.
Eunhyuk stared at him stupidly. "What do you mean?"
Sungmin laughed and patted his shoulder. "You never fail to lift up my mood. It's something I can't and won't ever give you, okay?"
Eunhyuk still didn't get it.
END OF SECOND ACT
A/N: Rereading it right now and I seriously never read something more stupid LOL But maybe that's just the self-critical me. Or I am just right. LOL