Pairing: het!OnHo (Onew/Minjung)
Genre(s): romance, humor
Word Count: 733
Summary: In which Minjung saves a prince and Jinki is awkward.
a/n: This is part of a set of rewritten fairytales that I completed for a class. The idea was to give more variety to traditional fairytales so that they aren't so patriarchal, hetero-normative, and romance-focused.
Cinderella | Beauty and the Beast
Minjung was competitive. Everyone knew it. It's just how she'd always been- challenging boys to foot races (and winning) while the other girls in her town played with their dolls and served imaginary tea.
So that's why her reaction to the news that the heir to throne, Lee Jinki, had been put under a spell was a bit more proactive than that of the other young women standing in the town square. The general consensus was that the whole incident was tragic, unfortunate, and a shame.
No one had any ideas on how to solve the problem, seeming to assume that someone else would deal with it. Especially since the sorceress who had cast the spell was guarding the castle with enchanted creatures. One woman even joked that he needed a “Prince Charming” to rescue him.
Minjung watched with disbelief as the women gossiped and speculated before going on with their day. Prince Charming? First of all, Jinki was a prince himself, so obviously being a man of royal descent didn't mean he was immune to evil sorceresses. And why a prince anyway? If no one was going to do anything, then Minjung would just have to do it herself.
Which was how she found herself standing in Jinki's bed chamber, staring at the young man whom she never met as he slept seemingly peacefully in his bed.
Minjung had fought off the creatures the sorceress had sent to stop her easily enough- evidently her active lifestyle had its advantages. She'd even managed to outsmart the sorceress herself and get past her to Jinki's room. Except now she didn't know what to do.
Sure, she knew what she was supposed to do. She was meant to kiss the prince and wake him from the sleeping spell. But she hadn't really thought this far ahead when she'd decided to come to rescue him. She'd been focused on fighting off dragons and the like. Not on kissing some random guy whom she'd never met.
Minjung leaned over the bed and peered at the sleeping man's face- round cheeks, full lips. He had a kind looking face, though he was asleep, so that didn't mean much. He was attractive enough she figured. But that didn't change the fact that she'd never met him. She might kiss him only to find that he was a terrible human being. Of course, he could be completely lovely as well. It was a gamble.
I can always kiss him and then if he's awful, I can leave right away, she told herself. Part of her wanted to just leave right then, but that would be pretty selfish- coming all the way here under the guise of saving him and then not even waking him from the spell.
Taking a deep breath, Minjung leaned over a pressed a quick kiss to his still lips, pulling back and watching as he stirred- blinking sleepily up at her.
“Um...” she began, knowing that she should explain what was going on, “You were put under a sleeping spell.”
Jinki just stared at her.
“So...someone had to come and...rescue you.”
“Who are you?” Jinki finally spoke, easing himself up into a sitting position.
“Oh! Right,” Minjung chuckled awkwardly, “I'm Minjung. Choi Minjung.”
“Do I know you?” he asked, looking truly perplexed.
“Then why did you rescue me?”
Minjung opened her mouth to respond, but found that she didn't have a particularly good answer so she closed it again.
“Not to say that I'm not grateful!” Jinki amended, “So...thank you?”
“You're welcome,” Minjung smiled, shifting uncomfortably on her feet.
“Do I need to...pay you?” Jinki asked, looking at her in earnest.
Minjung fought not to roll her eyes.
“Obviously not,” she told him, “That's not how this whole heroic-rescue thing works.”
“Then how does it work?” Jinki wondered.
“I think we're supposed to fall madly in love,” Minjung told him, cocking her hip and sighing exasperatedly.
“I don't think I'm in love with you,” Jinki told her seriously, “I'm sorry.”
Minjung couldn't help but burst into laughter at the completely sincere look on his face.
“Well obviously,” she said between guffaws, “We just met each other.”
“Oh,” Jinki replied, seemingly confused.
Minjung grinned at him.
It turned out, Jinki was quite charming indeed and they got along better than Minjung expected.
And if they did end up falling in love eventually, well...she wasn't complaining.