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24 October 2013 @ 01:06 am
New is Better [One-Shot]  

Title: New is Better [One-Shot]

Pairing(s): YoonYul

Rating/Genre: PG, AU Fluff

Disclaimer: I don't own Soshi. I don't own anyone, in fact. All Fiction.

Chap. Summary: A cute hairstylist can fix a broken heart.

Author's Notes: My entry for the YoonYul 3rd Fanfic Contest on Soshified (8/8/2013). Just a lil’ somethin’. Edit: At this point, I realized that I had no 'PG' tag until this post. LOL.



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“Chop off my hair. All of it.”

A bleached, masterly-styled fauxhawk tilted upwards as its owner acknowledged the new arrival.

“Just chop it off, Sunny. I’m done with it.”

“Good evening, friend. It’s been forever! I missed seeing you, too!” Sunny smirked wryly.

Yuri sighed, fiddling with a wrapper in the counter candy dish. “Hi, Sunny. Good to see you again.”

“It’s been months.”

The taller girl scratched at the back of her ear. “I’ve been preoccupied with life.”

“Boyfriend?”

“No.”

“Girlfriend?”

Ex-girlfriend.”

Sunny cracked open the appointment booklet. “Enough said. So, when can I pencil you in?”

“I need this hair chopped off now. Can you do it?”

“No can do. I have a dye job in five.”

“How about Sooyoung? She normally takes care of me.”

The girl bobbed her head to the music blaring from a single earbud, a manicured pinky running across the dated lines of the planner. “She’s out. Return date: to be determined.”

“You have no idea?”

“She’s run away to another land--wrapped in the arms of a dashing man for a torrid love affair.”

Yuri’s eyebrows crinkled, bewildered. “Please tell me that’s a joke.”

She slapped the book shut. “No joke. Our dear Sooyoung decided to pursue hot, hot passion at the busiest time of the season.”

The bustling interior of the hair salon didn’t go unnoticed. Even on slower days, walk-ins were discouraged. “So, what’s the wait time?”

Her prospects of a drastic hair change grew bleaker and bleaker as Sunny’s eyes roamed the setting. Ready to receive a less-than-satisfactory answer, she scanned the waiting area for an empty chair.

“Fany could squeeze you in forty-five minutes from now.”

“Tiffany, really?!” Yuri shuddered, images from the debacle forever known as “Perm-Gate” flying through her mind.

“Yes. Her shaky hands aren’t nearly as bad as--hey!” Sunny waved to the newest incomer.

Yuri only caught the end of a slender arm waving back before the person disappeared into the back room.

“That’s Sooyoung’s cousin. The new girl.” Sunny hissed, voice dripping with gossip. “She barely talks to anyone. Mainly keeps to herself. Half the staff doesn’t know how to approach her.”

“Yikes.”

“Apparently, she’s an ace with hair. I haven’t seen her in action yet. Tiffany says she’s good.”

And Tiffany’s opinion meant next to nothing. “Is she available?”

“Very. She’s having a hard time attracting customers with her...lack of engagement. Her station is at the end. You’ll know it by the mirror covered in obscure foreign band pictures.”

“Are you setting me up for Perm-Gate: Two?”

“Do you want your hair cut or not?”

Defeated, Yuri’s bottom lip stuck out in a pout. This change became even less predictable than originally imagined.

She threw a wave to the familiar hairstylists, making her way to the station farthest away. She plopped into the cushioned seat, spinning around a few times out of habit. With the heel of her sneaker, she skidded to a stop to view the new girl approaching.

Fuschia Ray-Bans covered half of an obviously disinterested visage. Shiny chestnut hair swept to the side of her head--nothing radical, but obviously healthy. A baggy T-shirt displaying the single word “WIN” in English tucked into floral patterned shorts adorned with a bulky canary yellow belt. She scuffed her loosely-tied boots against the floor, barely paying mind to the woman staring.

Not exactly what Yuri expected. She looked down at her own outfit. A simple button-down top and skinny jeans. The new girl looked in her early twenties--about her same age, but she felt the wrong side of forty in this one's presence.

She bowed in her seat. “Nice to meet you. I’m Kwon Yuri.”

No response. She intently thumbed away at her iPhone.

Perhaps she didn’t hear? “Sunny tells me you’re new. That’s exciting!”

The phone clacked against the counter of the station. Rather than replying to the warm words, the woman tinkered with her own hair in the mirror. Yuri watched her through its reflection.

“C-cool tattoo.”

She momentarily brushed the edge of an intricate dragon etched onto the skin of her neck with rounded fingertips. If not for that reaction, Yuri would have assumed her to be deaf.

Not deaf. Rude.

Anger bubbling, Yuri squeezed the arms of the salon chair, prepared to storm off and wait that frustrating forty-five minutes for a stylist with shaky hands. Then, the girl did it.

She removed the sunglasses.

Yuri almost choked on her spit. The rude hairstylist was stunning. Clean-cut features, bright eyes, and glossy pink lips down-turned in a blasé fashion.

The grip on the chair loosened against her now sweaty palms. She folded her arms to hide them, subtly wiping the moisture onto her shirt. “I want--um...I want...”

What did Yuri want?

Pretty eyes met hers through the mirror.

She hadn’t gotten this awkward around a beautiful woman since...her. The ex. The weight of the long ponytail suddenly became unbearable.

“I want my hair cut. Really short."

The stylist snatched a red barber’s cape and draped it over the sitting girl’s body, fastening the snap at her neck. Yuri’s skin tingled at the smallest touch.

“W-what’s your name?”

A skinny arm reached to pluck a business card from the station’s surface. Yuri freed a hand from under the sheer fabric.

Im Yoona,” Yuri read aloud. Gray type on black. Only her name, title and a single number. As she checked the back of the card for more details, Yoona unwrapped a lollipop from the front’s candy dish and popped it into her mouth.

Proficient hands effortlessly tugged dark hair free of its tie. She threw it onto the counter. Yuri shivered when the nimble fingers sifted through the thick strands, massaging her scalp. Her mind pictured hairy chests and her grandmother in a bikini to fight off the blush crawling across her cheeks.

“So,” she said, eyes closing on their own, “I’m sick of this hair. Reminds me of a chapter in my life that should stay closed forever. She--um--my ex loved long hair. I can’t help remembering her-uh, their hands playing with it constantly. The relationship is over. Time to move onto better things and shorter hair.” She snorted at her corny speech.

Yoona hadn’t spoken yet. She snagged the mid-section of Yuri’s hair in a tight fist and examined the hanging part.

“I need a fresh start, ya know? Plus, the upkeep is taxing. Can you imagine washing all of this? I spend half a paycheck on hair products alone.”

Still no reply.

Yuri huffed out an exasperated sigh.

“This is the part where you say stuff like, ‘Well, I have the best solution!’ and ‘Do tell, girl!’”

Yoona pursed her lips, dropping the wave of black hair. “You have split ends.”

Her face reddened. “That’s all you have to say?! It doesn’t matter anyways because it’s going to be gone within the next forty seconds. Now, cut my hair!”

A flash of steel scissors materialized out of thin air. Yuri almost leapt out her seat from the sudden appearance. In a sweeping flourish of snipping, long strands of dark hair pooled to the floor. She squeezed her eyes shut. Sharp clipping sounds filled her ears.

This is it. The beginning of a whole new life.

Her eyes flicked open. Temporarily blurred vision revealed...not so short hair. Her ends, now slightly curled from the method of cutting, went a bit past her shoulders. She couldn’t help but feel relieved. Then--just like that--the annoyance returned.

“I told you to cut my hair short. This isn’t short! I made it loud and clear that I want it all chopped off. Give me something daring! Can’t you see I’m having problems coping with this breakup!? Seriously, I requested the simplest--”

The spin of the chair cut her tirade short. Yuri now faced Yoona whose hands held onto both sides of the seat. A saucy grin played upon her lips.

“Why are you angry?”

In any other circumstance, that bold, throaty voice would have her swooning rather than fuming. “You’re not cooperating.”

“Howso?”

“This hairstyle. This isn’t what I asked for.”

“I know. It’s better.”

Lithe, soft fingers formed around Yuri’s chin. She silently swallowed, allowing Yoona to tilt her head left to right. Cunning, flirtatious eyes inspected her face. She wondered if the stylist felt her skin burning to the touch.

“I...I’m...I am the paying customer, though. And the customer’s always right. Your opinion can’t trump that even if--”

A half-dissolved lollipop entered Yuri’s mouth. Automatically, her full lips held onto the white stick. Yoona smirked and patted her on the cheek.

“Trust me. This is better.”

Fears about germs or herpes took a backseat to the realization that THE SUPER CUTE GIRL SMILED RIGHT AT HER. And kinda-sorta kissed her...indirectly. There was no way that Yuri could lift herself from the chair with her insides spazzing and tongue flavored sugary lime.

“If you’re not too busy, some layers would be nice.”

Without a hitch, Yoona pinched at the ends of shortened strands to visualize the length. Yuri couldn’t help but marvel at her concentration.

And her killer genes.

“Where do you get your clothes? They suit you so well.”

The woman shrugged. “Around.”

“Do you have a knack for fashion or does somebody teach you?”

“Friends.”

“Still talkative, I see.”

She mentally fist-pumped when the other girl’s lips spread into a toothy smirk.

Yuri wished that smile lasted longer.

“Whenever I go to the mall, I always shy away from the hip stuff,” she continued. “Guess I don’t have an eye for style. Anything remotely out of my comfort zone comes off so unusual.”

Again, the magic scissors emerged. Yuri watched her work through the mirror. Teeth bit onto her bottom lip. Keeping quiet would be the best thing to do, but Yoona made her nervous. And when Yuri was nervous, she rambled. And ramble, she did.

“Like, one time my friend Taeyeon made me try on these chunky black boots, saying they’re all the rage in Japan. I looked ridiculous.”

“What’s up with mom jeans? Is that a thing now?”

“Maybe it’s tonality. Because red lipstick comes off so chic on Tiffany and on me it’s awkward.”

“Oh man. Any dress that’s too short makes me feel too self conscious.”

All done.

“Huh?” Yuri blinked at her reflection. New fringe. No layers to her immediate vision.

Yoona unclipped the cape to shake off the excess hair. “All done,” she repeated.

The bangs were very professionally done. Framed her face perfectly. However, Yuri couldn’t stop the snarky comment spilling from her lips.

“Went rogue again?”

“You’re really bad at making these decisions.”

They exchanged a smile. Yuri’s heart drummed into her ears.

Once Yoona grabbed a broom to sweep around the chair, Yuri’s got to her feet. The part where she bids her farewell. Boo.

“Do you want to donate this hair?”

“Sure.” Yuri patted her back pocket for a leather-lined wallet. “I suppose you want a tip.”

“I like coffee more.”

“C-coffee?" she sputtered. "With me?

“Mmhm.”

“Can I have your number?”

She nodded to the card peeking from Yuri’s jean pocket. “You already have it.”

Oh. Clever.”

They lingered. How was Yuri supposed to perform typical bodily functions like walking when all she wanted to do was whisk Im Yoona away to buy her all the caffeine in the world?

Yoona’s voice jarred her out of the paralysis.

“In case you were still curious...those black boots would probably be cuter on a shorter build. Don’t knock mom jeans ‘til you try ‘em. Um, I’m sure you look perfectly fine in red lipstick. Your comfort is the biggest priority, but being confident about dress length’s very sexy.”

Yuri lacked a witty retort to the unexpected flurry of answers. “I...I guess I’ll send you a text tomorrow?”

“Tonight.”

“Even better.”

Yuri didn’t mind the huge dopey grin plastered on her face as she left to pay at the front. Tiffany manned the desk, eyeing the taller girl curiously.

“I got a cut and bangs.” She barely recognized the cadence of her own words. So calm. Blissful. The complete opposite from her state of arrival.

“What’d you do?” Tiffany asked, ringing up the total. “I’ve never seen the new girl smile before.”

Yuri shrugged, handing over a credit card.

“By the way, you look amazing. Sunny told me about your hair issue. Is this the change you wanted?”

She twisted a few strands around her pointer, smile turning contemplative.

“Not exactly. It’s better.”
 
 
Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: SNSD- Into the New World
 
 
 
wenkeywenkey on October 24th, 2013 05:38 am (UTC)
YOONYUL!?

hehehe nervous/shy Yuri is always adorable and has a soft spot in my heart. However, a confident Yoona is new to me. Not bad.

Now I'll have to find this Yoonyul fic contest thing to ease my Yoonyul feels...
checkinyourbra: yuri02checkinyourbra on October 27th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
Yes, YoonYul! What's happening to me?!?! hehehe :3

Preshie/adorbs Yuri holds a special place in my heart, too. :3 I supremely love a confident Yoona. I may do it again! :D A fun little exercise for me. ^^

Omg yeah it was in August. Have you found it yet? If not, HERE you go! Feel away!

Thankssss~~
yuukistar22yuukistar22 on October 24th, 2013 06:04 am (UTC)
YESSSSSSS! ON IT LIKE A CAR BONNET BB

I shall return after some much needed snooze time~~

Edit tiiiime: Got super excited to see that you hadn't forsaken us <3 I've always wanted to see you produce a one-shot annnnd it was just as amazing as i expected it to be.

You could've totally won with this in the contest, it was refreshing, funny and an all around great read. Gawd it feels weird to give serious feedbacks and not pervy ramblings...

Once i finished it, i leaned back on my chair and said out loud: "Yoona is one smooth motha fucker." Now i'm trying to imagine Yuri with shorter hair. Hmmmm

Also, loving the song choice bb. That is the snsd song of all songs after all.

Thanks for sharing bb, tbh i was surprised to see you update so quickly after the grand finale of WGTG. Made this particular perv very happy.

Keep up the good work bb, i'll see you around. Luff you

Edited at 2013-10-24 03:38 pm (UTC)
checkinyourbra: yuri02checkinyourbra on October 27th, 2013 06:28 am (UTC)
CAR BONNET! I totes had to look that up haha

Omg bb. <3 I heart you so much haha. Idk I don't consider this my best work, but I think it's cute enough. Writing one-shots is still pretty new to me. >.<

Ahhhh by the final totals, I think I got roughly 5th place. So close!! haha The winners deserved it, though. Some amazing entries! Glad you found it refreshing, though, bb. ....yeah the lack of perviness is very new to me. :O

"Yoona is one smooth motha fucker."--Hellz yeah she is. Never forget that.

Kwon Yuri with shoulder-length hair would be cute. :3 Though, I'm in love with her long, luxurious hair. Picturing her with short hair is interesting...

Hehehe SUCH A WONDERUL, CLASSIC SONG. bb soshi <3 Awwww thanks, bb. I'll try not to fall off the face of the LJ world. I try to take note of every new idea. ^^

Thank youu!! Seeya around~ ♥
I la- la- la- love youregreted on October 24th, 2013 07:13 am (UTC)
excited to see something from you! even if it's like not new its still new to me. i love your style. you write kind of sparingly but detailed and your pacing here was spot on. yea. fun fun yoonyul hehe, yuri's not so stupid here. that was refreshing. lol.
checkinyourbra: yoona02checkinyourbra on October 27th, 2013 06:32 am (UTC)
Hehe happy you liked my new-not-new story!

>.< I have a style? Thank you!! I'm still trying to get a sense of writing. Doing a one-shot was definitely a new experience haha. Glad this first attempt/exercise was well-paced. ^^

Yeah. Happy Yoonyul. It's weird considering...haha

Omg ikr!? Why isn't Yuri constantly confused here!? Where are my priorities!? :P

Thanks for commenting, bb. <3

Edited at 2013-10-27 06:33 am (UTC)
byunqbyunq on October 25th, 2013 04:02 am (UTC)
ayeeee............ my yoonyul feeling! btw i love dominant yul more xP
checkinyourbra: yuri01checkinyourbra on October 27th, 2013 06:32 am (UTC)
Feelings everywhere! Haha I enjoy both dominant Yul and Squishy!Yul. :D

Thanks for dropping by, bb!! :D
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checkinyourbra: yoonsic01checkinyourbra on October 27th, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
Yay refreshment! Oh gorl. I remember going through those stories. Many were really nice, but all the angst. Haha I wasn't feeling angsty at all, so I wasn't about that life. Hence, FLUFF.

IRL Yoona already has that aloof, cool girl vibe going on, so I agree. Rebellious Yoona wouldn't be a stretch. I love teasing my Yuri characters. SHE'S SO CUTE. XD

*Bows* Thank you, Queen of All Things Fluffy. Kid on the Fluff Throne. XD

*totally inappropriate squealing* OMG ISN'T YOONSIC SO PERF?! LOVE THEM SO MUCHHH. <3 They should get married, tbh. I'm so proud that you acknowledge their superiority cuteness! Thanks, Kid!!
sle3piesle3pie on October 25th, 2013 08:52 am (UTC)
Yay, you posted that until Yoonyul you wrote a while back.
Decisive yoona, and still lost Yuri..you give your characters such interesting personalities.
Thanks for sharing.
checkinyourbra: yoona02checkinyourbra on October 27th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
Yes I did! Thanks for the reminder!

Hahah are all my Yuri characters lost!? Omg now I'll have to write her as a brilliant lawyer or something. haha Yaaaayyy personality!

No prob, bb! Until later~~
kotegawa87kotegawa87 on October 25th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
Jajajaja yuri is so random... really...


Aaahhh and yoona so cool...
And confident ... ...
Aaahhh i keep loving how you write... :p
So refreshing...
Oh :o
Can i request a jeti... jajajaja just kidding... (not completely :p si quieres escribir un jeti estare feliz de leerlo :D)

Anyway....
Good yoonyul was sweet and... cool...
Well at least yoongie...
:)

Thankssssss for this
checkinyourbra: yoona02checkinyourbra on October 27th, 2013 06:37 am (UTC)
My random Yuri characters! Oy! haha

Omg I wish cool Yoona would do my hair. :( Why must she be so attractive?! Ahhhh thank you, bb! I'll keep writing for you, then! ;)

A JeTi? Hmmm I may have an idea or two involving JeTi. I have more stories in the works. I'll start going down the list, so I'm not sure when it'll happen. Just know that--YES, I'm open to producing a JeTi story! \o/

Hahaha look at that Yoongie bias (jk I know your heart lies with Tiffany and Sunny)! Thank you, bb. ^^

Edited at 2013-10-27 06:38 am (UTC)
whyyyyyyyparachuterawr on October 25th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaaa I can so get used to this version of Yoona. So sexy though.

I lolled when she put the lollipop in Yuri's mouth just to shut her up haha that was adorable.

Did you win the contest?!
checkinyourbra: yoona02checkinyourbra on October 27th, 2013 06:40 am (UTC)
RIGHT?! It's like we have the same taste in ladies. Hipster!Yoona and WGTG Hippie!BoA can have all my love and money, tbqh.

Hahaha in any other circumstance, that's GROSS. But, if it's Yoona, it's cute. ^^

Naaahhhh I didn't win. The winners were jawesome, tho!

Thanks for readingggg~~
 a.C.planet_ac on November 2nd, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Lol I only wish the same could happen to me. Y'know...go get my hair done and then meet someone with every potential to be my next flame. This one's so refreshingly sweet and simple. AND IT'S PG!!!
checkinyourbra: yuri02checkinyourbra on November 2nd, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
OMG PG!?!? WHAT'S GOING ON WITH ME!? *checks temperature*

Hehe I'm glad you enjoyed it, bb. It's a little short, but I wanted to do a quick, cutesy one-shot for the contest. ^^ If only finding love was so easy, right? haha

Thank youuuuu <3
dyestaindyestain on November 2nd, 2013 10:44 am (UTC)
I like the idea of aloof/quiet/headstrong Yoona and chatty Yuri. It was refreshing, as I think they're often written in a similar way most of the time.
Yay for Sooyoung running off happily into the sunset~
checkinyourbra: sooyoung01checkinyourbra on November 2nd, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
When you say "similar," do you mean similar to each other or similarly in general? :P

I think aloof hipster!Yoona is highly attractive. I'd put her up there in the ranks of Hippie!BoA. The love is real. XD

Hehe yaaayyy for Sooyoung!

Thanks for reading, bb~~

Edited at 2013-11-02 11:01 pm (UTC)
dyestaindyestain on November 6th, 2013 09:55 am (UTC)
Ahh I meant that in a lot of other fics that I've read, Yuri and sometimes Yoona are often written similarly (not to each other, each separate characterisation of them). If that makes sense haha
checkinyourbra: yoona02checkinyourbra on November 7th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC)
That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying!! ^^

I miss chatting with you roughly every five days, btw. :(

I gotta put out another fic to remedy this. XD

dyestaindyestain on November 11th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
Aww me too!
Yes new fics sounds like a brilliant idea ;)
(but feel free to talk to me whenever about whatever if you want~)