A sigh left the blonde idol’s lips as she looked down at the phone in her hand. Her manager had been texting her asking where she was. The truth was that she was supposed to get ready for a photo shoot for a magazine with Tiffany, but Jessica rather hang out with her friends that being with the stupid red head she had been forced to work with.
“Is your manager trying to get ahold of you?” The question made the cap clad blonde look up from the phone’s screen at the brunette girl sitting opposite her. Jessica nodded her head in answer before leaving the device on the table’s wooden surface and grabbing the iced coffee that stood in front of her.
“He just texted me and asked me if you were with me.” Taeyeon said and sipped her tea.
Jessica grimaced by the news and she stayed silent while slowly sipping on her drink. She felt the eyes of the two girls that sat with her were observing her.
“I’m supposed to have a photo shoot with Tiffany. “ Jessica said and lowered the glass from her lips.
“Ah,” The two girls nodded understanding why Jessica seemed to be avoiding her manager.
“You want me to tell him I don’t know where you are?” Taeyeon asked.
Jessica sighed and leaned back in her seat. She looked up at the two girls that watched her. Another sigh left the idol’s lips and she shook her head before finishing her coffee.
“No, it’s still my job. I should fulfill my duty.” Jessica said and placed the empty glass on the table. When she looked up at the two girls she saw them smiling at her.
“Just stay out of fights.” Taeyeon advised. A frown instantly formed on Jessica’s lips.
“It’s pretty hard when she calls me things.” Jessica muttered.
“Like you don’t insult her.” The girl sitting beside Taeyeon said.
Jessica sent the other blonde girl a glare and both Taeyeon and she burst out in chuckles.
“Maybe you should try to not get so hot tempered every time she calls you something? That way both of you will stay away from getting angry.” Taeyeon suggested.
Jessica sighed and picked up her phone from the table and quickly sent away a text message to her manager about her whereabouts. She looked back at the other girls when she was done and she shook her head.
“No,” Jessica deadpanned.
The other girls knew better to not argue with Jessica on the matter. They knew Jessica’s pride and ego stood in the way, and it seemed like Tiffany had just as big pride and ego as well. And if one of the girls didn’t back down the other would probably not. It was an endless fight between the two idols.
After her manager had picked her up from the coffee shop she had been with her two friends Jessica had been driven to the photo shootings location. When she entered the place she noticed Tiffany was already there and dressed. Jessica didn’t even spare a greeting or an excuse for the other idol for being late.
“Where have you been?” Tiffany asked when she noticed the blonde idol going to the changing room.
“None of your business.” Jessica simply stated before she closed the door behind her to the changing room. Tiffany frowned upon the reply and looked down on her phone where she had been playing a game of angry birds to kill the time while she had been waiting for Jessica.
The red head sighed and closed down the game and placed the device in her lap while she waited for Jessica to get ready. Her foot tapped impatiently on the floor while she waited and she glanced at the closed door to the changing room. Feeling it took unusual long time for Jessica to get ready she frowned.
Tiffany drummed her fingers against her knee to distract herself from the urge to go check what Jessica was doing. She exhaled and shook her head. She had been waiting too long for the blonde for her to not feel restless.
The door to the changing room finally opened and the blonde idol walked out and past Tiffany that was seated on a chair. Seeing the blonde was ready Tiffany got up from her seat and followed Jessica to the spot in front of the camera.
“Where have you been?” The photographer asked when he saw Jessica.
“I wasn’t feeling well so I was resting a bit.” Jessica simply stated.
Tiffany snapped her head to the blonde idol beside her. Her eyebrows slightly raised upon hearing that Jessica had been away because she was sick.
“Are you okay?” The concerned question had left Tiffany’s lips faster than what the red head had wanted. The red haired idol widened her eyes in surprise upon her own question and she saw Jessica giving her a weird look. The question was something that was not expected to be asked by any of them.
Jessica however didn’t answer the question and just turned to the photographer to get instructions. And Tiffany could relax after her slip of tongue. She wondered why she had asked Jessica that when she usually didn’t care how Jessica was feeling or if the blonde was sick. Hell, Jessica could even be dying and Tiffany wouldn’t care.
Or that was what Tiffany wanted to believe she did.
She turned her attention to the photographer and listened to him how he wanted them to pose. Both Tiffany and Jessica listened attentively and nodded their heads when he had ended his instructions.
Jessica placed her arms around the other girl’s neck and stood close to her like the photographer had instructed she should do. She felt Tiffany shift in her pose as well to get a good position. When they were done Jessica leaned her head closer to Tiffany’s and looked at the camera, and that’s when she felt the smell. She scrunched up her nose and glanced at the girl who she had her arms wrapped around, and she instantly knew where the smell came from.
Without saying anything Jessica remained professional and let the photographer take a few photos of them before he wanted them to change pose.
They turned around and leaned against each other’s backs. Jessica tilted her head back so it rested on Tiffany’s shoulder, and hearing the click from the camera and seeing the flash, she knew the photographer had liked it.
“What did you eat for lunch?” Jessica asked and tilted her head up and spun around. She put both arms around Tiffany and they smiled at the camera together
“Tuna sandwich, why?” Tiffany answered the question when they changed position again.
“God, no wonder your breath smells like a cat’s.” Jessica said and scrunched up her nose.
Tiffany clamped her mouth shut and felt her cheeks become red by the insult. She felt embarrassed about what Jessica had said, and she didn’t know why as she usually didn’t care what Jessica thought of her.
She tried to come up with a witty comeback like she usually managed to do, but none came up. And when she noticed the blonde girl was glancing at her she knew Jessica probably expected a comeback from her as well, and it made Tiffany blush even more.
“Okay,” The photographer’s voice made Tiffany snap out of her surprised state and focus on the photo shooting instead. She and Jessica moved away from each other and the photographer instructed her to back hug Jessica.
She glanced at the blonde idol that glanced back at her. She saw Jessica rolling her eyes and Tiffany let out a small sigh before she moved up behind Jessica and wrapped her arms around Jessica’s tiny waist.
Tiffany got slightly surprised by Jessica’s body proportions. She had never thought about how Jessica looked like until now when she could feel how slim Jessica was. It amazed her a bit and she wrapped her arms a bit tighter around Jessica.
She felt Jessica place her hands on top of hers that were clasped together in front of the blonde’s stomach. Tiffany felt her heart skip a bit upon the contact and she stared surprised at the camera in front of her, wondering what was wrong with her heart.
Her heart race speed up and she gulped slightly. The photographer motioned for her to lean closer to Jessica and with a bit of hesitance Tiffany did and she felt her heart almost jump out of her chest.
“Did you run a marathon?” She heard Jessica ask.
Tiffany momentarily stopped breathing by the question. She didn’t think it was that obvious and she glanced at the blonde’s side profile. The flash from the camera made her snap out of her state and she averted her focus back to the photo shooting.
After a few more photos the photographer was satisfied and the two idols began moving towards the changing room. Tiffany was still in a slight daze over how weird her body had started act up. The red head blamed the red bulls she had been drinking during the day.
The chatter of her friends was all blocked out as she sat with them by the table in the restaurant. Her mind was completely elsewhere and her eyes stared right in front of her at the small vase with flowers that stood in the middle of the table.
Her mind was filled with a blonde girl, who had a really sculptured body, a pretty face and a nice voice. She remembered how the blonde moved her body when she danced to the music. The memory making her bit down on her lower lip, and the thought why appeared in her head.
Why was the blonde constantly on her mind? Why has she always felt herself getting embarrassed and sometimes even hurt whenever the other girl insulted her? They had kept throwing hateful comments towards each other for years without her caring about what the blonde said. But now she found herself flushing red every time she did a mistake and the blonde was there to see it.
Tiffany was confused over how she acted these days, especially her mind and heart that didn’t seem to know how to beat in a slow pace whenever she accidentally made contact with the blonde. She had thought it was the red bull she usually drank, but when she had stopped drinking that for a while she had found herself falling asleep and the stupid blonde girl appeared in her dreams instead.
It was bothersome.
Tiffany let out a sigh and propped her chin up on her hand. She felt someone placing their hand on her other arm and she snapped her head towards the person’s direction.
“You okay?” The short haired blonde girl sitting beside her asked.
Tiffany averted her gaze from the blonde girl to the two other girls that sat opposite her by the table. The red head smiled embarrassed when she realized she must have spaced out.
“Yeah, I’m okay, Sunny-ah.” Tiffany said and smiled reassuringly at the short haired blonde.
She noticed Sunny giving her a doubtful look, and the short haired girl exchanged looks with the others by the table before they turned back to Tiffany.
“I’m just tired. My schedule is packed these days and I barely have time to rest.” Tiffany explained.
A look of understanding appeared on Sunny’s face and the two other girls nodded their heads understanding.
“I see. But do remember to rest in between your schedules. No playing games and whatever you do instead.” Sunny reminded the red head.
Tiffany smiled by her friend’s concern and she nodded her head and placed her hand on top of one of Sunny’s.
“I’ll, don’t worry.” The red haired idol assured her friend.
“1, 2, 3, 4,
1, 2, 3, 4,
1, 2, 3, 4
1, 2, 3– “ The blonde choreographer stopped counting when she saw the red haired idol falling to the floor with a hard thud. She made a pained expression when she saw Tiffany whimpered in pain.
The blonde idol that was dancing with her let out a frustrated and tired sigh. This wasn’t the first time Tiffany tripped during the dance practice. In fact, Tiffany tripped at least once during every dance practice they’ve had up until now. Jessica heaved another sigh and put her hand on her hip when she looked down at the red head that was still seated on the floor after her fall.
“Sh*t Tiffany, can you never stand on your two feet?” Jessica muttered.
Tiffany didn’t say anything, and Hyoyeon the choreographer also stayed silent while she watched the two idols. Ever since she had started teaching them the choreography she knew that the two idols usually bickered and argued during the practice, but they eventually went back to practice. However for the last past week Tiffany haven’t been arguing with Jessica that much and it had always been the blonde that had picked on the red haired idol.
And this time Tiffany didn’t say anything as well and just stood up on her own feet again. She wiped some sweat out of her face before she turned to the mirror and positioned herself on her starting position in the choreography. The choreographer met her eyes through the mirror reflection and she nodded towards her to say she was ready.
“Alright, from the start. 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2– “ Hyoyeon stopped once again when Tiffany tripped and fell.
Jessica let out a groan when they stopped again and she put both hands against her forehead and turned away from the girl seated on the floor. Hyoyeon looked sympathetically at the idol duo. She could understand the frustration Jessica must feel when they always had to stop mid-way, but she could also understand Tiffany’s feelings when the idol tried her best to keep up despite her lack of dancing skills.
“Why can’t you stop falling? We’ve been practicing this routine for more than a week and yet you’re always tripping over your damn feet! What is wrong with you?!” Jessica lashed out on the red head.
Tiffany sat on the floor with her head bent. She didn’t respond to Jessica, nor give Jessica any witty comeback. Her lack of responses only frustrated the blonde even more and Jessica pulled at her own hair out of frustration.
“You’re hopeless!” Jessica exclaimed while she paced around the dance studio.
Hyoyeon continued to stay silent. She knew the two idols were probably extremely tired after their schedules, and that they had to go through four hour of dance practice at the end of the day probably didn’t help their fatigue and mental exhaustion. The choreographer crossed her arms and watched as the blonde idol stopped by the wall and sunk down to the floor.
Her eyes were averted back to Tiffany that still hadn’t moved from the spot she had fallen on. The red head was still sitting with her head bent down and it looked for a second that Tiffany was crying.
“Tif– “ Just when Hyoyeon was going to ask about Tiffany’s condition the red head stood up and headed for the door of the dance studio. Hyoyeon could catch a faint “I’ll be back.” before Tiffany headed out and left her partner and choreographer alone.
Hyoyeon and Jessica exchanged glances when the door to the dance studio closed. Jessica only shook her head and let out a tired sigh before she lied down on the floor on her side. The choreographer also sighed and uncrossed her arms before she slowly started to make her way towards where Jessica was lying.
“Don’t you think you’re bit harsh on her?” Hyoyeon asked the blonde idol.
“We’ll start filming the music video next week, how can I not be when she’s still dancing like she has two left feet?” Jessica mumbled.
Hyoyeon sighed upon the reply.
“Maybe if you encouraged her a bit and praised her it would go better for her.” Hyoyeon suggested.
Jessica gave the blonde choreographer a weird look and Hyoyeon took it as her suggestion was something Jessica wouldn’t even consider doing even if the blonde was dying.
“But you have to understand her, Sica. She’s a ballad singer, she’s never danced like this before.” Hyoyeon said.
Jessica sat up and looked at Hyoyeon with a glare.
“Why are you on her side?” Jessica asked.
“I just think you’re bit hard on her. If you maybe listened to Taeyeon’s suggestion about not being so hot tempered the dance routine might go better if you’re not lashing out on her every time she does a mistake.” Hyoyeon said calmly.
Jessica huffed a sigh and lied back down on the floor.
“You spend too much time with Taeyeon.” Jessica muttered.
Hyoyeon smiled at the statement. “We’re sisters, how can I not?”
Jessica let out a small chuckle, but the smile on her lips faded and she looked up at the choreographer that stood beside her.
“I don’t want to.” Jessica stated.
Hyoyeon sighed and was just about to say something to the blonde idol but stopped when she heard the door to the dance studio open and the idol’s and choreographer’s attention was brought to the red haired idol that had come back.
“Sorry, should we start again?” Tiffany asked and focused her eyes on Hyoyeon.
“Yes, of course.” Hyoyeon said and turned to Jessica that stood up from her seat on the floor. Hyoyeon went to the wall opposite the wall with mirror and leaned against it while she watched the two idols dance.
Jessica went to her spot beside Tiffany, her eyebrows slightly raised when she noticed the puffiness around Tiffany’s eyes. The blonde continued to stare until she heard Hyoyeon clap her hands and she brought her attention to her mirror reflection.
“Alright, let’s start.” Hyoyeon said and then started counting and the two idols started to dance after the beat.
The door to the apartment closed behind the red head and she let out a sigh while leaning against it. She swallowed and screwed her eyes shut. She felt how her whole body trembled and she sank down to the floor while hugging her knees as the tears from her eyes had started to flow down her cheeks.
“F*ck, why her?” Tiffany muttered and opened her eyes and looked up at the ceiling of her foyer.
The red head sniffled and closed her eyes again. The picture of the person she had tried so hard to not think about appeared and she cursed again, and she opened her eyes only to grab one of the shoes that lied beside her and threw it away.
She huffed a sigh and felt her hot tears continue to stream down her flushed cheeks. She bit down on her lower lip to muffle a sob only to release it again when she felt it impossible.
With her head bent she watched her finger clutch the fabric of her coat. Another sniffle escaped her and she inhaled and exhaled a raspy breath.
“Why won’t you listen to me stupid heart?” Tiffany mumbled and felt her vision getting blurry by the tears that filled them