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Avirjin ([personal profile] avirjin) wrote2016-07-01 01:54 pm

Fic: Proxy

Title: Proxy
Fandom: Exo
Focus: Xiumin-centric, Chen/Xiumin
Genre: Romance
Rating: G
Length: Drabble, 100 words
Summary: Minseok and Jongdae watch the sun rise over Paris, but not quite. 

Minseok sets his laptop down in the empty chair across from him, angling the webcam towards the morning sky and the city skyline instead of himself. It's not as good as seeing the City of Light in person, but neither he nor Jongdae can really help the fact that SM's design team had seen fit to fly them off to opposite sides of the world for their latest album photoshoot.

"I bet you're loving this, aren't you, hyung?" says Jongdae's distorted voice from the laptop speakers. He sighs, long and wistful and loud enough for his microphone to pick up. "The Eiffel Tower at dawn, a freshly brewed cup of coffee. What more could you ask for?"

'Company,' Minseok thinks as he leans back into his chair, clutching his cooling drink closer in lieu of Jongdae's soft hand. There's just enough warmth left for him to pretend it's enough. 'You'.

Original Post: Here.
Silhouette of a person drinking something and sitting alone on a balcony in front of the Parisian skyline at daybreak.
Author's Note: Submitted for the EX'ACT Drabble Competition's Round 1. It was actually the last one I finished writing, submitted right before the deadline. In retrospecct, I liked it a lot more than I expected. It's only 100w because I was rushing, but originally I was planning on mentioning that Chen was sent to Vietnam for his shoot and Xiumin finding a sort of irony in that, and hoping that Chen's trip went smoother than his own did this year when hundreds of fans kinda ruined his trip... Anyway, honestly the part of the prompt that inspired me the most was the fact that there was an empty chair in the picture next to the silhouette. That and the Eiffel Tower standing tall alone gave the picture a sort of lonely atmosphere. I really wanted to write Xiumin for this prompt as well, because the pink sky made me think of daybreak and he mentioned in his album interview that that was his favorite time of day lol

Last note: the title is meant to refer to Chen having to watch the sunrise through a webcam and Xiumin having to use a video chat and that coffee cup as a substitution for the lack of Chen being there to keep him company. It doesn't adhere to the proper definition of proxy, but the connotation matches I think.

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