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16 January 2009 @ 01:54 pm
Title: Simplicity
Author: omen1x2
Rating: G
Pairing: HoSu, very slight hints of JaeChun, OT5ish
Disclaimer: Like all fanfic writers, I twist reality to please me.
Summary: Sports are simpler for Junsu than life. Except sometimes they aren’t. Fluffy ficlet for sakura121. Happy birthday! ^____^

By Omen-chan

Sometimes they ignore the cold and the snow and the dark and the lack of sleep and go out in the middle of the night to play soccer. They wrap themselves up in layers upon layers, so many that it’s almost impossible to move, but Yunho wouldn’t ever let them leave if Junsu wasn’t bundled properly.

They used to invite the others to come along too, but Changmin prefers to stay warm, in bed or at the computer or studying or doing one of the tens of millions of things Changmin enjoys doing even though he never has time. Sometimes Jaejoong and Yoochun tag along, but not often. Yoochun’s not as good as the others at soccer (although he has his moments, and Junsu and Jaejoong always try to find a way to bring them out more), and Jaejoong gets tired of wet socks and cold feet in winter.

Most of the time, it’s just the two of them.

Junsu’s the best, and there’s no denying it by any of them. He makes soccer look graceful and effortless, and he loves that Yunho’s such good competition, because it seems like his growth is limitless.

Yunho doesn’t like soccer as much as Junsu, or even Jaejoong. He’s not as good as they all seem to think he is, and he prefers a faster-paced sport, one where he isn’t trapped between two goal posts all the time.

Junsu can never understand why Yunho isn’t as good in a real game as he is in their one-on-one PK matches. Changmin tries to explain it to him, late one night when Junsu still can’t sleep and wanders around the apartment, tired, but unable to settle down, and trying to make sense of this one thing in his world of soccer where everything should make sense.

“Goalkeeping isn’t just about catching the ball, you know,” Changmin says in his soft voice. How he always knows what Junsu’s thinking is another thing Junsu can’t get, but it’s not about soccer, and there’s so many things that aren’t about soccer that he doesn’t get, so he doesn’t spend time wondering about it. “It’s about understanding your opponent, reading his mind, figuring out where the ball is going.” Junsu nods, because of course he already knows that. “Yunho hyung knows us. He doesn’t know the game.”

Changmin goes back to their room, and Junsu follows, because of course that makes sense. Problem solved, he can sleep now.

Except he doesn’t.

Junsu likes basketball, and hates it at the same time. He loves playing any sport with his friends, it simplifies everything until it’s all about winning and losing and there’s nothing confusing or painful like in life.

But he hates that he’s not that good at it.

Yunho and Yoochun see and play the whole court. When the two of them are on the same team, they’re unstoppable, pure force and energy, and they score more points in the blink of an eye than anyone can anticipate.

Changmin applies strategy and speed and strength and damn him for being so tall anyway. Junsu knows intellectually that height really isn’t as much a factor in basketball as everything else, but he needs to have something to blame in Changmin’s perfections sometimes. Changmin doesn’t even like sports.

Junsu appreciates that Jaejoong’s worse than he is at basketball, and doesn’t even try to hide it. It’s silly, and he knows it, but there’s just something wrong with the universe when Jaejoong is better than he is at something athletic. Except that sometimes Jaejoong is, and it doesn’t bother Junsu when it happens, but he never questions it.

But he loves basketball too, because watching their teamwork is like everything it should be, everything that Dong Bang Shin Ki is about. Yunho and Yoochun are poetry in motion, and he loves watching them. He and Jaejoong never hide it, more than happy to sit at the sidelines and cheer and watch and smile.

Sometimes Junsu suggests they play basketball instead of soccer, and he loves the sight of Yunho’s happy, childish grin (the one that he barely ever gets to see). Junsu doesn’t even mind when he slips on the ice, because Yunho’s always there to catch him.

They love to race each other. To the van, to rehearsal, to the stage, to the clothes… It’s friendly and fun and it helps them all forget that their perfect lives aren’t perfect, so they run until they can’t think anymore.

Yunho and Yoochun give up early. Watching and laughing and breathless, following along slowly so they don’t lose sight of the rest, but not caring about the game.

Jaejoong beats Changmin sometimes, and the resulting crows of victory last for hours, until Changmin laughs and tackles him, trying to get him to shut up.

Changmin beats Jaejoong more often than not, and they never get tired of watching Jaejoong chase Changmin around everywhere, kicking and fighting and playing and still losing, but no one ever cares because it’s Jaejoong.

But Junsu always beats them both, and no one cares about that either, because Junsu running is beautiful, in its way, full of movement and life and Junsu’s never happier than he is when he’s worn himself down to almost nothing (and yet there’s more of himself in that one moment than any other).

Yunho brings Junsu his water and makes sure that Junsu puts on the jacket he’d lost during the race while Yoochun teases Jaejoong for losing as he brings over his own water bottle for him. (Jaejoong’s still half-heartedly attacking Changmin, but they don’t care. It’s Jaejoong.)

Yunho gets sick sometimes, but he refuses to admit that the late nights sweating in the cold are the reason, because he loves every moment with Junsu, and he won’t give that up for anything, and Junsu accepts Yunho’s explanations, because it never occurs to him that Yunho would lie.

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Omen-chan: Pierrotomen1x2 on January 16th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^o^

Well, they're all so young, you know? ^____^

Edited at 2009-01-16 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Omen-chan: TVXQ - Changmin's Too Tallomen1x2 on January 17th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Yes, exactly. So incredibly imperfect, but he tries so hard that his imperfections become perfections. (I'm going to be writing a Changmin POV soon, for his birthday, and I plan on expanding more on that. ^o^)

They really are. And watching Dong Bang Shin Ki whenever they do anything athletic is one my simple joys in life. ♥
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Omen-chan: I love my fandom. ^___^omen1x2 on January 17th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
It'll be a bit JaeChunnish, and maybe HoSuish, with Changmin's observations. I think it'll be mostly gen, though. ^____^

DUDE. YES. I watch the Peace soccer episodes and the Channel-A soccer episode more than I watch ANYTHING. Junsu playing soccer is sexy as hell, and I love seeing Jaejoong not Fail Epically at something. XD
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Omen-chan: kannivalism - Ryou and Yuuchi - Hustleomen1x2 on January 17th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Yessssssssssss! It's all about soccer and tennis, for me. I'm such a freak for those sports, and Junsu with his killer soccer skillz just rule. Hands down. ♥
aniprincess_13aniprincess_13 on January 17th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
This is so sweet :)
Omen-chan: Kirito - Solaceomen1x2 on January 17th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^o^
graveyardgrin on January 17th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Junsu appreciates that Jaejoong’s worse than he is at basketball, and doesn’t even try to hide it. It’s silly, and he knows it, but there’s just something wrong with the universe when Jaejoong is better than he is at something athletic.

LOL. how adorable :D ♥♥♥
Omen-chan: Miyavi Loves Us All ^___^omen1x2 on January 17th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I always kind of wonder if the others feel like Worse Than Fail whenever Jaejoong beats them at something. XD
SAMANTHAreasonofyours on January 17th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
So nice.

Thanks for writing this fic.
It was beautiful, cute and innocent, at the same time.
Thanks, so much, because there are so little Hosu writers.

Omen-chan: TVXQ Loveomen1x2 on January 17th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you. ♥

I don't really write HoSu much, just when it's requested, but I do love writing Junsu to itty bitty bits. He's just... so damn lovable, and sometimes I can't help myself.