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iv. Some Day My Prints Will Come

Zhou Mi wanders into the workroom one morning and asks the designers to gather round, then announces the print challenge.

Changmin cringes. He hates prints. He much prefers the clean simplicity of solid colour. Perhaps he’ll use a little ombré if he really wants to go wild, but generally he goes out of his way to avoid prints.

Today though, that isn’t going to happen. Today they’re supposed to be creating a print based on something meaningful from their past. Henry, a previous challenge winner from season six, comes to give them a motivational speech. Changmin recalls that Henry’s winning print involved red maple leaves against a white background. The maple leaves had badly drawn smiley faces and sported baseball caps, and the phrase YO WASS HAPPENIN DUDES was written underneath. Henry had made a pair of MC Hammer-style pants and teamed them with a black tank top bearing the slogan I ♥ the 80s in case nobody had worked out the reference already.

To this day Changmin still hasn’t worked out why Henry won that challenge, but after watching seven seasons of Stitched Up and ten seasons of Project Runway, he’s come to terms with the fact that sometimes the judges have absolutely no taste and are in fact complete idiots.

Zhou Mi thanks Henry for his insight and then says that they’ll all be given dossiers of inspirational images from their past, and that someone special is going to deliver them. Changmin sits at his bench and hopes Yunho is his special someone. The workroom doors open and in come a succession of designers’ mothers. Changmin cranes his head, looking for Yunho’s bright, beaming sunshine face, but his hopes are dashed when his father’s secretary, Hanna, approaches him with an embarrassed smile.

“Here’s your dossier,” she says, handing it to him. “Your mother had a charity tennis match to attend and your father and sisters are in the middle of a board meeting. This is all they could find at such short notice.”

Right at that moment, Changmin overhears Spoon’s mother exclaiming that three weeks just hadn’t been long enough for her to get together all the pictures she’d wanted to include in his dossier.

Hanna looks even more embarrassed. Changmin’s eyes burn. He bites his lip and gestures for her to sit down.

“I can’t stay,” she says, glancing at the clock. “I need to get back to work.” She hesitates, twisting her hands together. “Good luck, Changmin. I hope you win.”

“Thanks,” he croaks. He watches her leave, escorted out by a puzzled Zhou Mi, and then he bows his head so his hair falls into his eyes, takes a deep breath, and opens the dossier.

It’s almost empty. There’s a photocopy of a picture of him in his graduate’s robes in Trafalgar Square. He looks annoyed and amused at the same time, and there’s a pigeon perched on his mortarboard. His university friends surround him, similarly attired, and they’re all laughing and joyful.

Underneath that picture is a snapshot of him at school. He has a bowl haircut that makes his ears stick out and he stares solemnly into the camera lens.

Finally there’s one of the original contact prints from the photo shoot he and Yunho had done for the Posh Boy line. They’re standing close together in an expensive boutique hotel, Yunho in a severe black suit with a white and blue diagonal-striped tie, Changmin much more casual, leaning on the back of a chair and wearing cream trousers and a striped shirt beneath a white-on-red grid-patterned blazer. They’re looking at one another, Yunho all haughty and Changmin just about to smile, and it’s immediately clear to anyone with eyes to see that they want to rip each other’s clothes off and have rampant sex on the floor.

For all the subtextual filth in that photo, it’s actually very classy. Changmin’s mother had admired it, so Yunho had presented it to her in an elegant silver frame. Changmin hadn’t seen it again until this moment, and he wonders where the frame went. Probably it’s housing a picture of his father’s latest acquisition, a hot springs complex somewhere on Shikoku.

He glances at Spoon’s overflowing dossier, at the way Amber is cuddled against her mother as they reminisce, at Milhye and her mum sitting side by side, talking quietly. Though neither of Siwon’s parents are here, his sister is with him, giggling as she flicks through his sketchbook.

Changmin lays his pathetic dossier to one side and gets up. He walks out of the workroom, aware of the cameraman scurrying after him. He stands in the corridor. Probably he should do something dramatic for the sake of the TV audience. He should run into the toilets crying or he should punch the wall, but in all honesty he doesn’t know what to do. All he knows is that he misses Yunho so much it hurts.

He even misses those stupid mutts that Yunho had insisted on bringing to live with them. Those mangy curs with their ridiculous names. Pucci should be the name of a small dog, not an enormous beast like the Leonberger. And Lagerfeld is a noble name, not something to be given to a squashed-face pug.

The thought of Yunho and the dogs makes him smile a little. The cameraman wheels around him, whispers, “Are you okay?”

Changmin nods. “I’m fine. Thank you. I’m... I’ll go back inside.”

He returns to the workroom. Milhye and Spoon look up, but he waves away their concern. Opening his sketchbook, he doodles random shapes before sliding over to the touch-screen computer upon which he’s supposed to unleash his creativity. He plays around with the colour wheel for a while, writes his name and Yunho’s name and draws flowers and hearts around them, and then dismisses the screen.

He has absolutely no inspiration.

Picking up the dossier again, he studies the three pictures. He supposes they all represent a moment of freedom, for all that they might seem to suggest the opposite. He’d enjoyed his time at school. He was clever and bright and the teachers paid attention to him. Going to St Martin’s had been a different kind of freedom. He’d thought he’d beaten his father and got his own way by going to fashion college on the other side of the world, and when he’d graduated he’d felt nervous and excited at the prospect of returning home.

And then there’s the picture with Yunho. Apart from that very slight suggestion of a smile on Changmin’s face, they both look buttoned-up and proper. No one would ever know that, at the end of the photo shoot, he and Yunho had almost totally trashed that hotel suite shagging like bunnies across every available surface.

Changmin sighs and puts his head down on his sketchbook. He closes his eyes and drifts off to sleep, the sound of conversation gentle around him.

He wakes with a start to the smell of damp paper. Eww, he’s drooled on his sketchpad. Changmin sits bolt upright, blinking, shaking off the memory of a horrible dream in which Siwon was eliminated from the show and decided to call around to visit Yunho, who allowed himself to be seduced by Siwon’s washboard abs and stupid chiffon outfits.

“It’s just a dream,” Changmin mutters to himself. He’d fallen asleep on his mechanical pencil and now he has a really unflattering line imprinted into his forehead. He pulls his fringe forwards to hide it, even though the mothers and Siwon’s sister have gone home and no one cares what he looks like, and then he glances at the clock and realises he has five minutes left to design his print and send it off to the fabric printers.

“Oh crap,” he breathes. “Oh, for fu—fashion’s sake.”

“Girl, I love your new catchphrase,” Spoon calls out.

“Fuuuu fashion fashion fashion,” Changmin squawks, scribbling his finger across the touch-screen in a panicked, random design. He duplicates the image to fill the available space and then presses send before he can even do a test print on paper. Whatever happens tomorrow, he’ll just have to make it work.

After a restless night spent worrying about exactly what kind of subliminal Rorschach test he’ll be sending down the runway, Changmin arrives at the workroom to find the print on his bench. The other designers are ecstatic about seeing their creations brought to life, but Changmin just stares at his, then shrugs and starts cutting out a cute, flirtatious summer dress. He has no idea if the design fits the aesthetic of the print, and frankly he doesn’t care.

The runway show is a confusion of interpretations. Jaejoong, Kyuhyun, Madame Oh, and guest judge Henry look baffled by everything that walks in front of them.

Siwon’s print is a violent mess of contradictory colours overlaid with weird animal shapes, flames, and obscure Biblical passages. He says his inspiration was the Book of Revelation. Kyuhyun says the only revelation he can see is in the use of chiffon to make a pair of dungarees. Amber has made what Madame Oh describes as ‘a prom dress tripping on acid’ from her print of boot prints and tyre tracks, which symbolises her childhood growing up as the only girl amongst a family of eleven guys. Milhye’s print features horses, and Spoon’s print is, surprisingly, of forks.

Then they get to Changmin’s look. There’s a long silence as they stare at the dress. They all tilt their heads sideways.

“It’s a pretty dress,” Jaejoong says, rubbing his fake pregnancy belly thoughtfully. “But what about the print? It’s somewhat odd. I guess if you squint a bit and lie on your side, it kind of looks like the Chinese character for ‘wind’.”

Kyuhyun snorts with laughter, then stops and resumes his serious judging face.

“Isn’t ‘wind’ a synonym for ‘crazy’?” Madame Oh asks.

Changmin has no idea how to explain his print. Maybe he should be honest and admit that he drew it at the last minute, but that would suggest he wasn’t taking the competition seriously. “Uh,” he says, groping for something, anything, to say. “I... This is... It represents...”

His mind has gone completely blank. Oh God, he’s going to lose this challenge. Maybe he should do what every other Stitched Up designer does at one time or another and fake a crying fit on the runway.

Milhye steps forward. “What Changmin is trying to say is that this print reflects his home life over the last couple of years since he first appeared on Stitched Up.”

The judges all say ‘ahhh’ and nod in a sagacious manner.

“Um,” says Changmin. “Uh?”

“I see it now.” Madame Oh gestures at the dress, her bracelets jangling. “The lines, the vertical and the horizontals—it’s a house. Those lines represent a foundation and a wall and a roof.”

“Oh yes!” Jaejoong exclaims, leaning forward. “I see it, too. The foundation is not totally solid yet, you can see the wobbly bit there, but just look at the line of the roof—it’s almost as if it’s protecting the chaos inside.”

“Er,” Changmin says.

“It’s so simple, yet it tells such a story,” Kyuhyun enthuses. “You could read it either way. The chaos inside the house could represent Yunho, with Changmin being the floor and wall and roof, or you could spin it right around and say Changmin is the muddled blob in the middle of Yunho’s protective embrace. Really, it’s so romantic.”

“Yes,” Changmin says, humbled by this display of uninformed opinion. “That’s exactly right.”

* * *

v. Conjugal Rights

Halfway through the unconventional materials challenge—making couture from supplies purchased at a DIY store—one of the producers comes into the workroom to tell Changmin that it’s time for his video chat with Yunho.

Barring an emergency situation, the designers are only permitted one video chat with their loved ones during the filming of the show. Accustomed to being apart from Yunho for a good fifty percent of the time over the last two years when work took him overseas, Changmin had thought that three weeks without his boyfriend would be easy to bear.

Except it’s been unbearable. At least when he was abroad for work, he could call Yunho, hear him and see him and have lots of phone sex, and one time when he was in Milan for his birthday, Yunho had surprised him by turning up and whisking him away to Rome for a few days, where they’d stayed at a former convent with walls three feet thick and with eighteenth century stuccoed roses on the ceiling. The bed was huge and antique and piled high with the softest quilts, and Yunho had taken him to the Pantheon and kissed him beneath the glimmer of light from the oculus even though it was pouring with rain.

Over the past couple of weeks, the other designers have come back from their video chats with red eyes and tear-stained cheeks, except for Siwon, who came back quoting from the Apocrypha. Changmin is determined not to get all sappy and emotional. He’s far too sophisticated and in control for such things, and besides, the cameraman will be lurking nearby.

He forces himself not to hurry from the workroom. Milhye asks him to send Yunho her love. Amber asks him to tell Yunho that she’s a big fan of Gwangju Skank clothes. Siwon also wants to send his love, but Changmin ignores that.

The cameraman follows him into the designer’s lounge. He weaves past the couches and the table towards the bench at the back of the room. A chair is placed in front of a touch-screen computer, and beside it is a box of tissues for the inevitable meltdown of designer sobbing.

The screen is in sleep mode. Changmin taps it—Tap This, ugh—and Yunho comes into view. He’s sitting barefoot on the floor at the end of their bed, wearing a khaki shirt unbuttoned over a soft stone-coloured vest and streaked grey jeans. He’s had his hair cut, and now it’s dyed a warm brown with glimmers of red. It looks soft and touchable, and Changmin has to stop himself from reaching out.

Yunho’s face lights up when he sees Changmin. “Puppies, look, it’s Grumpy Daddy!”

Lagerfeld and Pucci appear in the screen. Pucci licks the tiny camera lens and starts barking with excitement. In the background, Changmin hears Lagerfeld yapping. Yunho scolds Pucci for being a bad puppy, and then he holds Lagerfeld up to the screen and the pug wags his tail so hard that he almost wriggles his way out of Yunho’s grasp.

“Jung! Have you been letting the dogs sleep on the bed?” Perhaps this isn’t the most romantic greeting, but it’s a valid and important question.

A shadow of guilt flicks through Yunho’s expression. “Maybe?”

“Oh my God.” Changmin covers his face with his hands. “I swear it should be you that goes to doggy training, not those mutts.”

This conversation is getting more romantic by the minute. Changmin hears the cameraman laugh and shift around behind him to get a better shot of the screen.

“They’re not mutts, they’re pedigrees.” Yunho cuddles Lagerfeld against his chest and hauls Pucci away from the computer. The Leonberger’s massive tail almost sweeps the laptop off the armchair or whatever it’s balanced upon. “Wait just a moment,” Yunho says, then to the dogs, “Come on, puppies, Happy Daddy will give you treats!”

“Just lock them in the kitchen,” Changmin shouts as Yunho and the dogs trail out of shot. “Don’t feed them treats for no reason or they’ll expect it all the time! Jung, are you listening? You’re feeding them between meals, aren’t you? I told you—”

There’s nothing for a couple of minutes. Changmin looks carefully at the shot of their room. A chew-toy lies mostly destroyed beneath the bed. He must remember to remove it when he gets home, because Yunho probably won’t notice. Faintly he can hear barking and yapping and the murmur of Yunho’s voice, and then a door closes, and then another door.

Yunho comes back into shot, sitting himself down on the floor and smiling into the camera. “I’m back,” he says unnecessarily.

“I miss you.” The words blurt out. Changmin looks away, embarrassed that sappiness has managed to override his common sense. He’d written down a bunch of things he’d wanted to say, but he’d left the list in the workroom. He’d meant to complain about the whole Tap This fiasco, and also he has an opinion about the recent revelation, let slip accidentally by Milhye, that the producers had actually asked Yunho to go on the show first, but Yunho had told them they shouldn’t be afraid of asking Changmin instead because obviously they should have asked Changmin first since he’s the better designer.

Changmin really wants to discuss these matters in a loud voice and with a hectoring tone, but now he can see Yunho, he doesn’t want to spoil the moment. He lets out a quivering breath and looks back at the screen.

Yunho’s expression has gone all soft. “I miss you, too. The puppies miss you.”

“Stop calling them puppies!”

Yunho smiles, says, “Oh, you’re so grumpy, Changminnie,” and then his smile intensifies, turns a little wicked. “Can I make you feel better?”

Changmin is hard in an instant. Embarrassed and squirmy, he hunches down. “Can’t. The cameraman...”

“Huh.” Yunho comes closer to the lens and tilts his head as if looking for the Stitched Up cameraman. “Hey, Taejoon!” he calls out. “How’s your lovely daughter Sojeong? She must be running rings around you and your wife by now!”

The cameraman shuffles over, all smiles. Changmin glowers, conscious of the uncomfortable ache of desire and the slip of time passing. Of course Yunho would remember their cameraman’s name from two years ago. Of course he’d remember that Taejoon’s wife gave birth to their first child midway through the filming of season five.

They chat away like old friends for a few minutes, and then Taejoon says, “Great talking to you, Designer Jung. I’ll let you and Designer Shim have some quiet time now.” Giving Changmin a knowing grin and a wink, Taejoon and his camera leave the room.

Changmin has the designer’s lounge all to himself.

“Now,” Yunho purrs, “it’s just you and me.”

Excitement spikes. Changmin lets out a shuddery breath. “Are you suggesting...”

Yunho glances at the clock at the bottom right of the screen. “We have about ten minutes before our allotted chat time is up. D’you reckon you can make me come before then?”

Lust hazes Changmin’s vision. “Yes,” he says, his voice husky. “Yes. But wait. Don’t start without me.” He bolts out of the chair.

There’s no lock, so Changmin shoves every movable piece of furniture in front of the door before he makes his way back to the screen. He struts a little, one hand up to unfasten his tie, but Yunho shakes his head.

“Uh-huh, baby. Keep your suit on. You know how much I love you in a suit.”

Changmin sinks down onto the hard plastic chair, arousal thrumming inside him. “You mean...”

“Yeah.” Yunho shrugs out of his shirt and flings it aside. He’s breathing fast, eyes glittering, face flushed. “C’mon, posh boy. Tell me what I should lose next.”

“The vest.” Changmin sits forward on the chair, both feet planted flat on the floor to steady himself. He holds onto the edge of the bench with his left hand. For now, his right hand rests across his knee, even though he wants to cup his erection through his Armani suit and give himself a rub.

Yunho takes off his vest, managing to make it sexy despite the fact that he’s rushing because of the time constraints. Changmin feasts his gaze on the long, lean body exposed to his view, and he moans when Yunho strokes a hand across his chest, shuddering as he teases at his nipples.

“Wish you were here to do this, baby,” Yunho says, gazing straight into the camera. “I love your hands on me.”

“Unh.” In lieu of getting his hands all over Yunho’s sexy body, Changmin has to be content with touching himself. He sits back and unzips his trousers, frees his dick from his underwear.

“Oh, let me see.” Yunho crawls towards the screen, eyes wide. He sounds breathless. “Oh, your beautiful big cock. Look how hard you are. So wet and silky-luscious.” He licks his lips. “Taste it, baby, taste it for me.”

“Fuck, Yunho, don’t.” Changmin is blushing, trembling, but does it anyway. He strokes himself, runs his fingertips over the head of his cock, then lifts his hand to his mouth and dabs at the slick of pre-come with his tongue.

“God, I love you,” Yunho says, heartfelt and desperate.

Time is passing, going too fast. Changmin feels jittery. “Get your trousers off,” he snaps, squeezing the base of his dick to slow things down.

“Yes, sir!”

Changmin groans, watching as Yunho lies on the floor and performs one of his weird yoga moves, feet flat and his hips lifting, back arching. He yanks at the button and zipper, then pushes the jeans down over his thighs. He does it incrementally, and as soon as Changmin glimpses the dark patch of pubic hair, he starts to work his cock hard, gasping out, “Bad boy, Jung, going commando.”

“Somebody stole my underwear,” Yunho says, relaxing out of his arched pose and kicking off his jeans. He kneels up on the floor, completely naked and very aroused.

Changmin can barely concentrate. “You have more than one pair!”

“Yeah,” Yunho says, wrapping a hand around his lovely huge cock and giving it a nice long stroke, “but you took my favourite. And if I wear yours, you’ll only complain.”

“I won’t,” Changmin promises, tugging at himself faster and faster. “I really won’t. Wear some of mine. Please.”

Yunho starts jerking off in earnest. He licks his lips again, brow furrowing slightly in concentration as he stares at Changmin through the computer screen. “I don’t want to wear anything right now. God, you look so sexy, Changminnie. Your hair grows so fast. Look how long it is. Wish I could feel it over my skin, all silky and soft. I love it when you go down on me, when you do it really slow and your hair drags all the way down my chest and across my belly and then it tickles, it tickles when you’re sucking me, and God, baby, it drives me wild.”

Changmin makes a few frantic, incoherent noises and grips his cock tighter, thrusts harder into his hand. The chair squeaks across the floor and he jams his feet down, holds onto the bench with everything he has and then tosses back his head, gasping for breath, sweat trickling and heat rising and rising. He can smell himself, clean and musky, and he misses Yunho’s scent, his cologne, the smell of his skin, the scent they make together.

“Oh God,” Changmin babbles, sensation cresting, orgasm building. “Oh God.”

“You want me, baby?”

“Yes.” Changmin closes his eyes, helpless with lust. He can’t watch any more, he can’t bear to see Yunho naked and desperate for him, jacking off because of him; he can’t bear being apart from him a second longer. Emotion chokes him and he gasps, crushed by the force of his need. “Yes, oh fuck, yes.”

“Tell me, baby, tell me what you are,” Yunho urges.

“Oh,” Changmin mews, flicking his damp hair from his eyes, fixing his gaze feverishly on Yunho, “I’m a winner, oh fuck, oh Yun, I’m a winner.”

Yunho comes so hard he shoots all the way up to his chin. It startles him, and he gives a strangled gasp-laugh that sounds so hot that Changmin goes over a second later, spreading his legs wide and aiming the thick, hot jets of seed at the wall and the floor, shaking with the force of his climax.

“Damn, baby, you came second,” Yunho says, drawing a hand down his chest and smearing his spunk across his body. “I really have to work on my control.”

“And I really wish I could lick you clean,” Changmin says, still panting for breath. “You look delicious, all sweaty and dirty like a proper little skank.”

Yunho laughs, his hair flopping into his eyes as he leans forward. “Whereas you still look like a gentleman, albeit a gentleman with his hand wrapped around his dick.”

“Yun,” Changmin begins, but then a pop-up appears on the screen—10 seconds remaining—and he feels tongue-tied.

“I love you,” Yunho says, obviously having received the same message. He puts his hands up to the camera, his expression serious and warm. “I love you, Changminnie, I love you, I—”

The screen goes blank.

“I love you, too,” Changmin whispers. He leans forward, rests his head on the bench and blows out a long sigh, then puts himself to rights and cleans up with a handful of tissues.

A couple of minutes later, after rearranging the furniture, Changmin emerges from the designer’s lounge flushed but happy.

The producer sidles up to him, red-faced. “Designer Shim, er, how shall I say this... uh, your microphone pack was on the whole time you were, uh, while you were... communicating with Mr Jung just now.”

Horror drenches Changmin. “What!”

“But don’t worry,” the producer continues, his smile the very definition of unconvincing, “we’ll edit it out!”

And that’s when Changmin knows that for the rest of his life, in every interview he gives and every TV show he goes on, he’s going to be haunted by the sound clip of himself sobbing I’m a winner, I’m a winner in a desperate, frantic-to-come voice.

He is going to kill Yunho for this.

* * *

vi. Hello, Ratings!

In an effort to stretch out All Stars Stitched Up for as long as possible, Jaejoong announces a pre-finale challenge for the final three.

“Designers,” he chirps, arms protectively around the fake baby bump that’s so huge now that Changmin wonders if he and Porpoise are expecting twins, “this is a very exciting challenge today. It’s a team challenge.” He puts a hand into the oversize coat he’s wearing and pulls out the velvet button bag.

“I bet you’re all wondering how it can be a team challenge when there’s only three of you. Well, you’re going to have a little bit of help from some familiar faces.” Jaejoong snaps his fingers, and three figures emerge from behind the backdrop.

Changmin squirms when Yunho strides onto the runway, mega-watt smile beaming out at everyone. Following him are Ryeowook from season three and Joohyun from season six.

“Welcome back!” Jaejoong says. “So, designers, you’ll be randomly paired up with these losers who refused to take part in the full show because they had better things to do, and each team will create a head to toe look for one of their rival designers. Let’s see what the button bag has in store for you.”

Changmin doesn’t want to be paired with Yunho. Except he does. But he doesn’t, because they wouldn’t get anything done. Except maybe he should rise to the challenge, embrace it, just to prove to himself that he can focus despite such a glorious, sexy distraction. Although he shouldn’t think of words like ‘rise’ and ‘embrace’. It leads his mind on the wrong path, and he almost misses it when Jaejoong says, “Milhye, you will be working with Yunho.”

Instead of feeling relieved, Changmin is annoyed. He tries not to show it, turning to Milhye and saying, “Good luck, you’ll need it.”

“Milhye and Yunho, you will be designing a look for...” Jaejoong scoops a name from the button bag and dramatic-pauses, “Changmin.”

“Oh fu—fashion,” Changmin says.

Jaejoong pulls out more names. Amber and Joohyun will design for Milhye, while Changmin and Ryeowook will design for Amber.

“To make things fair, you must all design menswear or womenswear that closely mimics menswear,” Jaejoong tells them. “We want to see fashion-forward trouser-suits or separates, but no dresses or skirts. I know we’ve had some strange individuals on the show who enjoy cross-dressing but I’m not one of them, and—”

Ryeowook casts a pointed look at Jaejoong. “That is such a blatant untruth. I’ve seen you out shopping in those pregnancy smocks.”

Jaejoong ignores him. “Zhou Mi will meet you in the workroom and I’ll see you on the runway!”

After the obligatory hugging and squealing as the three teams gather in the workroom, Changmin leads Yunho out into the corridor and spends five minutes of precious sketching time kissing him. It would have gone on for the full thirty minutes if Milhye hadn’t come out and tapped Changmin on the shoulder, enquiring when she could have her tailor back.

“He’s not a tailor,” Changmin says, stung.

“Today I am.” Yunho gives him another kiss. “I know all your measurements, but I think I’ll want to take them again later. Just to ensure a perfect fit.”

Ryeowook comes out to see what’s going on. “Designer Shim, this is a poor way to win a competition.”

“Technically I can’t win anyway,” Changmin says, “but that’s not an excuse not to do my best, so...”

“Changminnie, fighting!” Yunho calls as they head back into the workroom.

They have the rest of the day to create their looks. The time passes in a blur, a frenzy of cutting and sewing and pressing and unpicking and swearing and coffee and more sewing.

For Amber, Changmin designs a pair of low-waisted skinny trousers with narrow stripes of neoprene running the full length of the leg, and a structured, off the shoulder top of metallic pale blue fabric, plus a flirty little capelet.

Over on the other side of the room, Amber’s look for Milhye involves a print that resembles a picnic blanket. Ryeowook studies it and whispers to Changmin, “It’s so Henry Holland, don’t you think? I’d have pegged Milhye as more of a John Rocha girl.”

Milhye has made a suit for Changmin that manages to be both hard and soft at the same time. Yunho is working on the fit of the jacket. “I’m sewing in love with every stitch!” he announces in a really loud and embarrassing voice, and Changmin cringes.

Finally it’s time for the runway. Even though this isn’t actually the finale, all of the previous contestants are seated to one side of the catwalk. Jaejoong, Kyuhyun, and Madame Oh look slightly more animated than usual.

Because the designers are also modelling this challenge, there’s a bit of confusion as they try to tidy their looks last minute. Milhye says that a button has fallen off Changmin’s suit jacket. Changmin is walking last, so he takes off the jacket and hands it to Yunho to fix while Milhye takes to the runway to open the show.

Then Amber walks. Changmin thinks she looks great. He’s studying his and Ryeowook’s work with a critical eye when Yunho slides the jacket onto him. “Good to go, baby,” Yunho says in his ear, and Changmin struts out along the runway.

He’s halfway down the catwalk when he realises there’s something spoiling the line of the jacket. When he passes the judges and does the stop-pose-turn for the cameras at the end of the runway, he lifts a hand and pats himself down. Yes, there’s definitely something stuffed into the jacket pocket. Probably the small pair of scissors he’d seen Yunho wielding earlier when he’d sewn the button back on. Regardless, it does make the jacket sit oddly. It’s unfortunate. Milhye will lose points for that.

All three designers return to the runway with their assistants in tow, and the judges make their comments.

“This print,” Kyuhyun says of Amber’s design, “it’s so weird. I love it—but is it fashion-forward?”

“I have seen this before,” Jaejoong adds. “It looks very House of Holland to me.”

“Told you so,” Ryeowook mutters to no one in particular.

“I like this look,” Madame Oh says, gesturing with her scorecard at the outfit Changmin designed. “It’s chic and modern. I know this girl, what she’s doing, where she’s going. It’s very editorial. I like it a lot.”

“And what about Milhye’s look?” Jaejoong chirrups. “Changmin, do you like the suit Milhye and Yunho made for you?”

“It’s beautiful,” Changmin says honestly, “but I’m not sure it showed to best advantage, because there’s something in here,” he pats the jacket pocket, “that spoils the line.”

Exchanging a look with Yunho, Milhye says, “Why don’t you take it out and see what it is?”

“Um, okay.” Puzzled and slightly anxious because of the way the judges all lean forward, their gazes intent upon him, Changmin slips a hand into the pocket and brings out a tiny box. Not a square box, but narrow, almost flat, just big enough to contain...

“Oh God,” he says, a hideous, joyful suspicion sharpening. His hands are shaking as he pops the lid and reveals a simple, unadorned platinum ring.

The other contestants draw in their collective breaths. The judges look smug.

Yunho drops down onto one knee. “Changminnie,” he begins, looking nervous, “I know we can’t get married here but if we go to Spain or Iceland or somewhere like that, we can get married and it’ll be legal and everything, and—and—Changmin, I’d be really honoured if... I mean, would you, could you... Oh, I really want to marry you. Will you marry me?”

Changmin flails.

“If he says no, I’m right here waiting!” Spoon calls out.

“No,” Changmin snaps, and then as Yunho’s hopeful expression dies a horrible death, Changmin waves his hands and shouts, “Yes. Yes! I was saying no to Spoon, no Spoon can’t have you because you’re mine, even though you’re an idiot and you should have asked me properly and not on a stupid TV show, and you’d better take me to Spain because I’ve always wanted to go there and we can wear sunflowers and lie on the beach and you can collect seashells for me and oh God, I love you but you are such an idiot.”

Yunho bounces up, his smile utterly dazzling. “Yes? You said yes?”

“Why do you sound so surprised, you stupid Gwangju skank! Ugh, oh my God, this is so embarrassing.” Changmin hides his face against Yunho’s neck.

“Oh, Changminnie. You said yes.” Yunho hugs him, tucks his head in close and whispers, “I love you, I love you.”

“Shut up,” Changmin snuffles. “I never wanted to cry on the runway. Oh, fashion.”

Zhou Mi meanders out onto the catwalk. “Designer Shim, Designer Jung, may I be amongst the first to congratulate you? And now let’s see the VTR of the moment Designer Jung asked Designer Shim’s father for permission to marry his son...”

Everyone turns to face the screen projected onto the Stitched Up backdrop.

“What?” Changmin jerks his head up but doesn’t step out of Yunho’s embrace. “Oh no. You didn’t. Yun, you didn’t.”

“It was the right thing to do,” Yunho says calmly. “Watch.”

The video starts. A camera follows Yunho along a corridor to a door marked Shim Dongsik, CEO, East Coast/West Coast Hotels. Yunho knocks, looking excited and hopeful. He goes inside. The cameraman lingers in the hallway. A muffled conversation is audible from within, and then comes a roar of fury. The door is yanked open and Yunho runs out. A heavy paperweight arcs through the air after him and bounces off the wall. Yunho flees down the corridor.

Changmin stares at the screen in horror. “My father really did that?”

Yunho nuzzles against Changmin. “Don’t worry, I managed to convince him.”

On the VTR, Yunho comes back into shot. This time the cameraman follows him into the office. Yunho prostrates himself, begging for Changmin’s hand. Changmin’s father looks very stern, and then he starts to crack up until he’s laughing too hard to continue the charade. He helps Yunho to his feet and gives him a manly slap on the back, and then they both face the camera and grin and do stupid thumbs up and victory signs.

Changmin can’t believe what he’s seeing. “This is,” he says, completely without the words to describe it, “this is...”

“All massively contrived?” Kyuhyun suggests with a grin. “Of course it is. Shim Changmin, you’ve been stitched up!”

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Date: 2012-09-21 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

This was so hilarious and sweet and amazing that I'm at loss of words. (And still teteering on the edge of halp-I-lost-my-breath.) If I wanted to quote my fave moments at you, I'd probably have to throw your fic back at you? Since each following sentence and section just kept on making me grin broader.

But let me start from the beginning~

I loved the Jung-Yunho-is-so-whipped vibes the first ficlet radiated with, except then it turned out that Homin are just mutually whipped and indulgent (Changmin - reluctantly cause he's Mr. Denial and Yunho - with beaming enthusiasm and coffee stained kitchen counter) and it was teeth-rottingly cute and awesome. The whole imagery of their domesticity was gah ♥ Loved the continued theme of sophisticated vs. carefree, forever Posh Boy and his Gwangju Skank~ And Changmin getting jealous about the dog. Oh, Shim. Also, the invitation itself. XD And coming second, omg.

Second ficlet - I must say Go Ara-Go Away made it for me 8D Ah, isn't that what basically each TVXQ fan dreams about at this point. (Seriously, is she the only girl in SME? I like Yeonhee better :<) Changmin wearing Yunho's clothes was adorable and mention of Changmin-the-boybander~~~8D (And Changmin the hooker 8DDDD Ah, next Bigeast Mission should include Changmin in drag, yes.) Also, forever snorting at Changmin's jealousy towards Siwon.
And Tim Gunn, I mean, Zhou Mi's excitement! (I'm guessing that was the line you mentioned on twitter?)
Also, your picks for the other contestants <3

Tap This slayed me because omg, such a Jung thing to do and Changmin's reaction was priceless. It was both a bit mean and a sweet of him. And Zhou Mi, omg. (Also, I love Spoon. ...ofc, I can only imagine Chris when I read his lines, lol.) ...I sure hope Yunho made up lots and then some more to appease Changmin's indignation, once they reunited 8D

I got a bit sad for Changmin when no one significant appeared for him in the next ficlet. But I kind of love it how he didn't magically produce a perfect print out of his (cute and bubbly) ass and that he made it on pure luck~ (Unless you meant it as in he actually subconsciously depicted his and Yunho's life together in which case I'd laugh too cause lol, the biggest tragedy in Shim Changmin's life - his own mind keeps on betraying him :<<<)

The video chat, omg. So, I kept grinning/giggling thorough the whole fic, yes? But when I reached the line in which Changmin was made to realise that his whole (very hot, yessss) moment with Yunho got recorded, I actually burst out laughing, head thrown back and all. And let me tell you that it doesn't happen very often since usually I'm the type to laugh in that silent breathless manner when I'm reading/watching stuff.
(...And Shim Changmin's a winner, omg.)

And the ending ficlet was so fitting, too! So funny, so cute. Hello ratings indeed - I'd watch the hell out of this show myself 8DD ...But sadly, all the good bits are usually edited out of the Homin shows I watch normally :'( (And I'm pretty sure Yunho tried to get Changmin to officially accept his marriage offer at least once irl ;; Why do they always deprive us of such footages. Life's unfair.)
And omg, Changmin's stiched up \o/

So yeah, I immensely enjoyed it and probably looked like a mad person while reading and ugh ♥ This is such a joyful, hilarious * sweet piece, I loved it. ♥ I can just see myself coming back to it many times, especially when I'm feeling down :3
I hope writing it was at least half as much fun as was reading it and that it indeed managed to cheer you up a bit ♥

Date: 2012-09-21 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you \o/ This was terrific fun to write and I am starting to feel better, though that might be because I have done bugger-all this week rather than the Magical Healing Power of Crack Fic.

Go Ara should just change her name to Go Away, it's so much more appropriate. Victoria was a random selection and then [ profile] diagon started watching the TV show she did with Mimi, so my casting became even more ridiculous. And yes, that was the Zhou Mi line I mentioned! He can hardly contain his excitement. Although I'm fond of his line about the designers dawdling randomly on the pavement because I could imagine Tim, I mean Mimi doing that.

*g* I think the print challenge could be read either way (as Kyu says, and he's very wise). In my head Changmin just scribbled anything, but! doodles can show the truth! So who knows if he revealed his subliminal whatevers. It's all about perception! This is fashion!

Glad that scene made you laugh XD Poor Designer Shim, the only celebrity to have an audio sex tape rather than a video sex tape LMAO

I can't remember which season it was (maybe s9) but there was an almost-proposal on the runway when the designers had to make a dress for a woman based on descriptions given by the woman's husband/bf. Heidi was all 'have you got something to ask her?' at one guy and he looked terrified XD and that would such a massively cheesy thing to do, to propose on TV, so of course Yunho has to do it. What a romantic dork.

Thank you for such an epic comment :D

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Date: 2012-09-21 09:29 pm (UTC)
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So from the utter high comedy of Tap This to Prints which I have to be honest left me incredibly sad and waaaahhhhhhh for Changmin.
It was exactly the right place to dial down the pace before the finale, but it really caught me un-awares and I fell so much for Changmin in this one.

I knew Yunho couldn't be there (someone told me the ending by this point lol) but that Changmin's sisters and folks weren't there either just made me incredibly sad for him. Like proper devastated sad. Changmin being so wrapped up in his career and relationship that he didn't have anyone else who could help him reflect on how far he's come. It's all about his individual hard graft to make it in fashion, despite family - and being so incredibly wrapped up in the amazing partner that is Yunho. The little nuggets you shared earlier about them lazing around the house together and just getting so much contentment out of each other's company (and all the sex)

And then not only his speedy random design in the simple dress having a hidden meaning of love, but that it's everyone else who can see it - Milhye being so sweet to help a competitor who if flailing on the runway, but also Madame Oh and Kyu seeing it and helping to verbalise it because it's so obvious to the whole world how much love there is between Yunho and Changmin.

Such a distinctive section, and while at odds with the others, it's the perfect tone and placement. It's like the sorbet of the banquet. Clever. Really, really clever.

And then onto SkypeSex. Starts off so romantic - love the idea of Yunho's surprise in Italy (Yunho is good at these romantic surprises, yes?)
Then the double lol of Siwon have SKypeSermon and Changmin refusing to pass on any messages to Yunho.

And then my favourite line in the whole fic - the one that I have to stop myself blurting out randomly at work: “Puppies, look, it’s Grumpy Daddy!"
While Yunho baby-talking to the dogs is cute in itself, having a Grumpy Daddy and a Happy Daddy is totally made of mush and Changmin being SO PISSED OFF - but completely loving it at the same time is perfect.

And when he's annoyed Changmin calls Yunho "Jung" but I be Yunho has never called him "Shim" because this Yunho just doesn't do grumpy. Love it!

Plus they're on a time-limited call but Yunho still goes off screen to settle the dogs, rather than have them out of the way first. That's so very Yunho.
Also very Yunho to remember the cameraman and be so sweet.

Also very Yunho of being absolutely talented at Skype sex and how they both know the other's cues and turn-ons inside out so that they can make each other come in 10 minutes. When Changmin keeps his suit of for sex he's Posh Boy and when Yunnie gets naked and covered in come he's a total Skank.

I thought you were going to have CCTV in the designers' room too - but leaving the mike on was even funnier. I want a copy of that audio tape (and for them magically to have been speaking in English and not Korean lolz)

And then the final piece is so fitting (by the way, these fashion puns are truly accidental). Again I'm spoilt because I knew what was coming, but I love how you built it up so it was a genuine surprise for Changmin.

Story of Changmin's whole life summed up in one sentenceChangmin doesn’t want to be paired with Yunho. Except he does.

I love that precious design time would be taken up with precious kisses. I love even more how no-nonsense Wookie is.

It's adorable that Milhye is in on the proposal so she organises the jacket sneakiness, and the suggestion that the whole production crew is in on it too... Yunho goes to incredible lengths for his Changminnie.

Sums up whole relationship: oh God, I love you but you are such an idiot.”

Except it doesn't because for all he plays the fool, your Yunho in this is the smartest, cleverest guy.

More about clever, smart Designer Jung in next comment box, because I just bust this one!!

Date: 2012-09-21 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

You put so much tiny blink-and-you-miss-it detail into this story of how much Yunho works to keep Changmin happy.

He gives Changmin plenty to bitch and moan about, and doesn't call his boyf on the fact that he secretly loves everything he bitches and moans about (exception being Siwon)

Changmin is utter haute couture and has to cope with all the expectation and stress that brings and all the travel and being away from home, but Yunho always makes sure he has a loving home and loving arms to come back to.

In the meanwhile, Yunho is turning out really awesome ready-to-wear but still making sure he does a damn good job.
You don't get an order for 14 pairs of jeans from MimiTim without being brilliant at what you do, plus the co-ordination and image selection of the Tap This campaign was pure fashion genius.

But Yunho lets Changmin be the big high fashion name of the partnership because he knows Changminnie needs the constant recognition to help to keep reminding himself he made the right choice to defy his father.

Look at you. You give me an utter crack-fic and yet still manage to get so much deep-and-meaningful layered in places that absolutely shine without spoiling the line of the hilarity.

When it comes to stories you are an absolutely winning designer and seamstress. Utter perfection.

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Date: 2012-09-21 09:29 pm (UTC)
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spot spot spot, designer Hemi will be back later with a proper comment! (人´∀`*)

Date: 2012-09-22 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sitting in front of my computer with my hands over my mouth and making ridiculous cooing noises. This was so hot and so cute and ugh, every time I see an update from you I find myself clapping my hands like a seal, it's so embarrassing.

I loved this. Thank you, as always!

Date: 2012-09-22 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Like a Seal? Not like a Porpoise? ;) LOL thank you for commenting, I'm glad you enjoyed this daft bit of froth :D

Date: 2012-09-22 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This was awesome! The microphone part had me dying! I wonder how Changmin woud design their wedding!

Date: 2012-09-22 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ROFL oh don't give me ideas! They'd probably wear sunflowers on their heads and dance flamenco *__* Maybe they should get married in Iceland after all XD Thank you for reading ^^

Date: 2012-09-22 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD THE SIXTH FICLET i am so totally dead from feelings right now. the second Changmin opened that box i just totally flipped out, lol.
please forgive me because this comment doesn't do justice to this beautiful beautiful fic - i loved the humor and the little quirks in HoMin's personalities and the not-puppies and ugh, it's almost midnight where i am and i should be sleeping but this fic was great! looking forward to seeing more writing from you~

Date: 2012-09-23 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :D

Date: 2012-09-22 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so happy you made a continuation to this because I adore this universe to pieces! Designers Shim and Jung (and you of course) have made my day so much better!

Jaejoong and the fake baby bump was the 1st thing to make me laugh in this. That boy is so eccentric and his brash speeches make me cringe and smile at the same time. But I very much enjoyed it when he told Go Ara to "go away." Very clever indeed. ;)

Pucci and Lagerfeld are the best names for their dogs. When I read the ending of Perfect Fit, I was imagining two cute little fluffy puppies (much like Changmin's Mangdoongie) but when I read the description of the two dogs in this, I giggled like no tomorrow. But I imagine that Changmin must put up with them because Yunho must look soooooo adorable and hot when he's playing with them. And while I'm on the subject of dogs, the "Grumpy Daddy" and "Happy Daddy" that Yunho came up with was so fitting. I wonder if they ever get a chance to adopt in the future if Yunho will refer to himself and Changmin with those names too. :p

The TAP THIS ads were brilliant. Yunho is a genius. Also the chat session was really hot. Only Yunho would be able to get Changmin all noisy and sobbing. If anyone is the winner, I'd way it would be Yunho. ;) If the producer wants the ratings for the show to skyrocket into oblivion, he should /definitely/ not edit out the chat noises. ;)

And then my favorite part of this....the proposal! When Changmin first felt something weird in his jacket pocket, I thought it may be a ring, but I didn't want to get my hopes up. Imagine my surprise when it /was/ a ring! \o/ The proposing speech had "Jung Yunho" written ALL over it and Changmin's little word flail at the end had me smiling so widely at the computer screen, I must have looked like a real freak. They need to come get married in Canada and then honeymoon in Spain! :3

This was fantastic from beginning to end. <3 Between this and all the TVXQ! news out lately, I am currently very very happy. <3

Date: 2012-09-23 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you ♥ I picked a large breed dog at random and today I walked into the local garden centre and saw a huge dog by the cash desk and my partner said "Is that a Leonberger??" and the owner said "Yes!" and we just fell about laughing. It was so surreal!

I had to finish on the proposal *g* It would be so cheesy and Changmin would be *so* embarrassed. And then Yunho would get Zhou Mi to pop out of nowhere when they're in Spain and go "Designers, you have six hours to make one another a suit for your wedding" and they'd have 500 euro to buy fabric from the market and Changmin would flail so much XDDD

Date: 2012-09-23 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
<3 !!!!!

This was awesome!

Date: 2012-09-23 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

Date: 2012-09-23 06:15 am (UTC)
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Omggg why am I such a loser why am I only seeing this now why am I working on a sunday who's stupid enough to work on a Sunday whyyyy!

I will read this once I get home.

Date: 2012-09-23 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Working on a Sunday is definitely a terrible thing, but I hope your day went well anyway!

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Date: 2012-09-23 07:02 am (UTC)
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This really turned my day around :)

I love this whole verse, and I always enjoy an uptight Changmin, paired with a silly (but extremely perceptive) Yunho.

It's always a treat to read your writing. Thankyou for continuing to contribute to this fandom. ^^

Date: 2012-09-23 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it ^^

Date: 2012-09-23 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was fabulous, a great combination of crack, fluff and hot scenes.

Date: 2012-09-23 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! :D

Date: 2012-09-23 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love this sequel.

All the hilarious and embarassing stuff that happens to Changmin.
It's like he has been set up from the very beginning of this show until he gets proposed to by Yunho on live TV.

I think the part that had me bursting out in laughter is that Changmin forgot his mircophone was on during their video chat.

Seriously, you have no idea how ofter people forget their lapel mics are still on after they do presentations that you can hear embarassing stuff.

Milhye is such a sweetie to come to Changmin's rescue.

Date: 2012-09-23 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! Poor Changmin, he has to suffer such weird things happening to him in the name of love ;) but secretly he enjoys it HAHA

Date: 2012-09-23 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I literally squealed in excitement when I saw you had something new posted. And it's so fluffy! Augh, I love it!!!! I especially loved the bits with Changmin and his disapproval of the poochies. I can totally relate. And the video sex scene! I totally did not see the microphone part coming! I would have laughed like a hyena at that part if it weren't one in the morning and if my family weren't already sleeping.

Excellent ficlets. They were a pleasure to read. I can hardly wait for you to post your future fics!

Date: 2012-09-23 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! Poochie Pucci, damn I missed an opportunity there LOL!

Date: 2012-09-23 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omg Yunho is so in love with all his half promoting his jeans line and more of promoting his man..:))

hehe... and Changmin??
i thought his family didn't care ...but i guess they care enough to stich him up??
love this...
i couldn't really understand all those technically fashion jargons you used before but this time around i think i got the whole fic digested..:))

love this to bits...

Date: 2012-09-23 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
HAHA you're right, Yunho is absolutely showing off his gorgeous boyfriend at the same time as advertising his jeans \o/

I think Changmin's family are too workaholic to go on a weird reality TV show rather than they don't care. Changmin is also workaholic but he doesn't see himself like that. Yunho will make him slow down some more ;)

I've watched two more entire seasons of Project Runway since writing Perfect Fit and I guess it shows! LOL it's so addictive XD

Date: 2012-09-23 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
“Yes,” Changmin says, humbled by this display of uninformed opinion. “That’s exactly right.”

I honestly thought that was brilliant. It summed up the stupidity of judges in one go. Oh Changmin even at your worst you are the best. xD

And the *smut* - it was pure brilliance. Like seriously - it wasn't the cheap kinda smut you always read where there is a bedroom-foreplay-prep-fuck-love yous. It was dirty and sweet and romantic and so incredibly hot even though it wasn't the full sex. I love how Changmin and Yunho barely even need to say anything to each other before they are coming - just looking at each other apparently does it for them ;D LOL And The "winner" part I didn't know whether to burst out into hysterical laughter or cringe and then when Mimi said they caught it on mic - I was rolling around in the bed hiding my face in embarrassment *for* Changmin. Seriously how do you write so incredibly well that I can feel it in the real world!?

And the ending - just perfect. There is nothing more I can add to that because it seriously was just perfect. :')

If you are still up for continuing this verse I'd thought I throw out the idea of maybe seeing Yunho beg for children? Since we got this whole domestic!HoMin thing going on and Yunho clearly needs a mini-me version of him to run around with. Or maybe a little girl so he can make clothes and dress her up. And of course Changmin cringing at the thought of children. LOL the thought of it has makes a goofy smile appear on my face. Absolutely no pressure though - as Zhou Mi says, "it's just a suggestion, take it or leave it" xD :'D

-virtual hugs- You totally just made my day!

Date: 2012-09-23 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Honestly sometimes I have NO IDEA what the judges are thinking. Some hideous outfit walks down the runway and the judges praise it, usually with some bollocks about its story or whatever, so yes. Works in Changmin's favour here XD

HAHA poor Changmin, forever embarrassed. But I'm sure those ten minutes of Skype sex were worth it. Er.... maybe!

Heeee, that's such a cute idea! Yunho would be adorable making clothes for his daughter. And Changmin would get all sniffy about it and dress her head to toe in couture instead XD

Date: 2012-09-24 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
this was an awesome sequel.. Changmin being his snarky self and Yunho being the lovely stupid one.. especially how he treated the dogs.. he is just like me.. letting them sleep in the bed.. you have me laughing out loud and it is late here.. how he propose to him is out of this world... thanks for sharing.. I love HoMin!! Cannot wait to see them on the music shows... so excited!!!

Date: 2012-09-24 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you ^^ I'm sure Yunho let the dogs sleep on the bed every time Changmin was in Italy XD

I'm just listening to the new album, it's got so many great songs on it!!

Date: 2012-09-24 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
it was brilliant and lovely, especially since it focuses alot on homin's relationship :3 omg haha and yes yunho is truly an idiot, but only for changmin i suppose~ lmao that tap this jeans ;D and OMG when homin had the video-call sex and the mic was on!! i legit laughed out loud xDD

this was just awesome and amazing, and yunho asking for changmin's hand in marriage LMAO aww they're getting married ;~; asdfksdfkl;

Date: 2012-09-24 07:29 am (UTC)
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Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :D and I'm sure their wedding plans would go horribly awry and Yunho would invite half of the cast, crew and previous contestants of Stitched Up to help make their special day a mess of gigantic proportions perfect XD

Date: 2012-09-24 05:41 pm (UTC)
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*cry all my tears*

I don't think words can express my feeling right now so I will do this in another way.

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Love this fanfic too much!!! You are awesome!!!

*go back to my corner and cry again*
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Date: 2012-09-24 07:20 pm (UTC)
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OMG brilliant!!!! Especially the picture of Yunho, that really is the best XDDDDDDDD And the advert!! Even the dogs look stupid ahaha! LMAO that really is fantastic :D Thank you!

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Date: 2012-09-24 06:06 pm (UTC)
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omg this verse is giving me so much feels ;~;

Date: 2012-09-24 07:21 pm (UTC)
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LOL I think it's giving poor Changmin nausea XD

Date: 2012-09-24 07:59 pm (UTC)
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The end was so sweet and greasy but I loved every bit of it ;A; They're so clichee but I still love them oh my god.
XDD This is how I imagine the perfect couple like seriously. Except maybe I'd rather have cats than dogs |D
I'll go to bed now and dream of cute Yunho and Changmin and their super fashionable wedding.

Date: 2012-09-24 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for reading! Yunho could open a cheese factory, really XD

Date: 2012-09-25 10:21 am (UTC)
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I am not sure I can even say anytbing I am so floored by the whole thing. Can I tell you how the video chat was my favorite altogether. That bickering that goes with a couple who really know each other, that have been together long enough to pick up the cjes the small signs of love and devotion and aggravation and yet get beyond that. To know that beneath it is LoVE. And that is all that matters.
The sex was so .......sooooooo.... beautiful for video phone sex. That they can't get enough of each other still. It's does wonders for my sense of romance. Which needed a boost too and there you are.
Not to mention the long loud laughter whe it was over only to find it was all on tape. I laughed so hard I had to get up and walk away for a second.
I guess I had a lot to say, because the bit with the print and his family not showing up. Grrrrr.but Milhye stepping forward to help him out wonderful.
This is going to sound dumb. But Kyuhyun at the end whe he says this was all so contrived. The end yes, I mean when Milhye made mention of the jacket and Yun took it I knew something was up. And once the line was ruined yeah the proposal, But how contrived are we talking? Not the whole show? It was the last bit right? Yun didn't plan to pull all of these people together just for Changmin and a proposal right? Not that he couldn'tdo it, because Yunho can do anything, but .....
Either way, wonderful, fabulous, marvelous, spectacular. Take your pick or have them all. And Thank you.

Date: 2012-09-25 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks again :) No, you're right with your first thought - the show was legit, it was just the pre-finale challenge that was all set up for the proposal. Just for the ratings, you understand *g*

Date: 2012-09-28 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Perfect!!! That's all I could say right now. Just simply PERFECT!! Thanks.

Date: 2012-09-28 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you :D

Date: 2012-09-28 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So happy to see this! Even tho lj doesn't like to post your updates to my f-list so I'm late as usual. Very fun and fluffy. Adore their characters and how they interact, and all the background characters too. Jae's Porpoise was Junsu, in my head, even if that wasn't what you intended. Also loved the puppies, made me go hug my own 5 year old puppy. Thanks for writing and posting!!
Edited Date: 2012-09-28 11:38 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-28 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I backdate a lot of fic posts to spare my 96% not-interested-in-kpop flist, that'll be why you didn't see it :) LOL you're quite welcome to think of Junsu being Porpoise, I didn't have anyone in mind so why not XD

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Date: 2012-09-29 02:19 am (UTC)
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Date: 2012-09-29 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL thank you!! :D

Date: 2012-10-01 07:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your writing is so impeccable and your stories are always well-rounded in terms of plot, length, description, etc, that I always feel intimidated to leave a comment 0_o

I would like to pinpoint so many aspects of this piece but I will just be reiterating what your lovely commentators have already mentioned.

Your writing is so vivid that you bring the scenes to life yet you still leave room for imagination. One of my favorite elements in your writing is your dialogue. It’s always witty, smart and just right in every way!

From all the HoMin fics you wrote, the characterization of Yunho here and in ‘Brakes are truly my favorite. He’s super nice and sweet but still strong and confident and not to be messed with which is my favorite kind of characters! The same with Changmin..I love how he is prim and proper, organized, good at what he does, gives off this strong, snarky, ‘I’m too good for this’ in a sense vibe yet he is actually really vulnerable and then that one person comes by that has a strong effect on him and brings down his walls. I don’t know if that makes sense.

I absolutely LOVE how Yunho already acts like they’re a married couple..with the “puppies” and’s so satisfying reading about their relationship because they are so comfortable with each other. I always say if I can sit in a room with someone in comfortable silence then we have something special, and that is how I perceive their relationship. Changmin’s jealousy with the “puppies” and Siwon is the cutest thing ever (^_^) Spoon and Milhye are just love how Spoon calls Changmin ‘girlfriennd’ XD

The prints challenge was my might not have been the case how they interpreted his pattern but I’d like to think it is (^_^) and the fact that he did it unconsciously is just…sometimes you know something but don’t necessarily see it so when other people see it clearly and point it out to you it just validates it and their interpretation of his relationship with Yunho is absolutely beautiful

The proposal??? God I love the whole thing! I read that part 3 times in a row! I just kept reading it over and over…I love Yunho..and I love how he loves’s like he knows exactly what to do! And I love the way Changmin loves he expected him to appear as his someone special…it’s like the whole competition is for Changmin to realize his feelings for Yunho and their relationship.

Yunho drops down onto one knee. “Changminnie,” he begins, looking nervous, “I know we can’t get married here but if we go to Spain or Iceland or somewhere like that, we can get married and it’ll be legal and everything, and—and—Changmin, I’d be really honoured if... I mean, would you, could you... Oh, I really want to marry you. Will you marry me?”

Changmin flails.

“If he says no, I’m right here waiting!” Spoon calls out.

“No,” Changmin snaps, and then as Yunho’s hopeful expression dies a horrible death, Changmin waves his hands and shouts, “Yes. Yes! I was saying no to Spoon, no Spoon can’t have you because you’re mine, even though you’re an idiot and you should have asked me properly and not on a stupid TV show, and you’d better take me to Spain because I’ve always wanted to go there and we can wear sunflowers and lie on the beach and you can collect seashells for me and oh God, I love you but you are such an idiot.”

Yunho bounces up, his smile utterly dazzling. “Yes? You said yes?”

“Why do you sound so surprised, you stupid Gwangju skank! Ugh, oh my God, this is so embarrassing.” Changmin hides his face against Yunho’s neck.

“Oh, Changminnie. You said yes.” Yunho hugs him, tucks his head in close and whispers, “I love you, I love you.”

“Shut up,” Changmin snuffles. “I never wanted to cry on the runway. Oh, fashion.”

that just did it for me (^_^) and now I have to go find me a Yunho!!

Love you~

Date: 2012-10-04 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much, I'm really happy you enjoyed this fic ^^ Designer Jung and Designer Shim make me smile when I think of what weird escapades they could get up to... or should that be what Yunho gets up to, and Changmin is long-suffering-but-secretly-enjoying-it-all-really!

sometimes you know something but don’t necessarily see it so when other people see it clearly and point it out to you it just validates it
Yes! This is the perfect way to describe it :D It's always special when that happens ^^

Ahhhh Yunho is adorable. I like sweet yet tough guys, too - hmm now you said your favourites were Brakes!Yunho and Designer!Yunho, I realise that they must be my favourites too, because they're the only ones with sequels! LOL thank you for that illumination!

And if you're interested, there's a very different (mysterious and tough) biker!Yunho here ( ^^ though it's not fluffy!
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