The newest fiction series from The Unpublishables is a teen K-drama-style romcom without the interminable wait for Viki to load properly (or is that just me?) and for a generous person to subtitle. If you haven’t read Chapter One, you can do so here.
Things are pretty grim for Vanessa “Bunny” Chan. It’s the start of Sixth Form and classmate Ji-hun still hasn’t realized that she’s a girl, much less noticed she’s been in love with him for a year. When Ji-hun tells her that he’s fallen for the new girl, Bunny almost loses hope but fate gives her the luckiest break ever: she manages to convince the most popular boys in school, known as the Wolf Pack, to swear to help her and Ji-hun get together. Kurt, Taishi, and Wei resist at first but gradually get swept up by Bunny’s plans…until they all start falling for her, too.
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BUNNY AND THE WOLF PACK
“Hey guys, have you seen Pat around at all? She may have walked by from the Music Room.” Ji-hun asked Bunny and Emi, who were sitting at their usual spots on the steps overlooking the court. He crouched down to their eye level, and Bunny felt a burst of warmth. This was exactly the kind of thoughtful action that Ji-hun did almost unconsciously. “Sorry, we haven’t seen her and we’ve been sitting here since we finished lunch,” she said.
“Oh, I see.” Ji-hun looked perplexed. “She’s usually around her at this time, but I guess maybe something came up.” He took out his phone. “Maybe I should message her and see what she’s up to.”
“Were you two supposed to meet up?” Emi asked.
“No…I just thought she might want to hang out. I guess she’s busy with something else.” Ji-hun frowned at his phone before tucking it back into his pocket.
“Why don’t you just sit with us then?” Bunny asked, her heart accelerating slightly in hope.
“Yeah, why not? It feels like I haven’t really hung out with you guys in a while.” Ji-hun found a comfortable sitting position and stretched his legs out.
“What are you talking about? We’ve hung out,” Bunny said.
“Yeah, but not like how we used to. I mean, it’s no big deal.” Ji-hun looked slightly embarrassed.
“Ohh, you mean Kei.” Bunny discreetly poked Emi with her foot. Emi nodded and mouthed, “I got you” to Bunny before blurting out to Ji-hun: “Don’t you like Kei? Are you jealous?”
Bunny winced and cast a reproving look at Emi, who smiled and winked.
“No! It’s not like that,” Ji-hun said earnestly. “He’s really cool, I’ve known him for years, and he’s one of the most genuine guys I’ve ever met. It’s just, you know…” He looked at the court, his forehead creasing slightly as he searched for the right words. A lock of his hair fell across his eyes again. Bunny resisted the urge to touch it and settled on admiring how Ji-hun looked on the steps, with his dark blue blazer and tousled hair, the sun gilding the lines of his face. “It’s harder to catch up with your friends if they’re dating someone. It’s not like our friendship’s changed,” he hastened to add. “It’s just that it’s nice when we get a chance to hang out like we used to.”
“Wait, I’m not dating Kei,” Bunny said, flustered.
“Yeah, but he obviously likes you a lot. Otherwise, why else would he be around you so much?” Ji-hun pointed out. “And you must like him, I mean, you seem pretty happy to see him.”
“No, it’s…” Now it was Bunny’s turn to search for the right words. She didn’t want to discourage Ji-hun by saying that there was something between her and Kei, but she didn’t want him to think that Kei wasn’t attracted to her. Fortunately, Emi stepped in by bluntly saying, “You seem pretty happy when Patcharin is around.”
Ji-hun immediately went red. “Oh…well, I guess maybe I am.”
Bunny felt a dark weight on her heart at hearing this, although she struggled to keep her expression neutral. “Really?” she asked, her voice thick.
Ji-hun nodded and he said bashfully, “It’s kind of dumb because I don’t know if she even likes me in that way. It’s not like with you and Kei, you guys seem like your relationship is pretty good.”
“No, no, it’s not like that at all,” Bunny said urgently. “We’re not in a relationship.”
“Really? But you guys…”
“It’s a lot more dramatic than it looks,” Emi interjected. “Lots of drama. Just crazy stuff.”
“Crazy stuff?” Ji-hun said, concerned. “He’s not giving you trouble, right?”
“No! No trouble, just…complicated stuff,” Bunny said through gritted teeth, looking askance at Emi. Unfortunately, Emi didn’t seem to get the hint–or perhaps she got a different one because she piped up, “Yeah, it’s sooo complicated. There’s, like, other people involved.”
I’m going to kill her. Bunny looked at her friend appraisingly. Emi beamed back proudly. Yeah, I’m going to strangle her.
“Other people?” Ji-hun repeated with a raised eyebrow. “You mean Kei has other girls…”
“No, no. Not Kei.” Emi jerked her head at Bunny meaningfully. Bunny closed her eyes and thought, I am so going to kill her.
“Oh.” Ji-hun was stunned. “That’s…unexpected.”
“What do you mean by that?” Bunny asked, opening her eyes and feeling slightly offended.
“Nothing, it’s just…wow. I thought you guys were pretty close,” Ji-hun said.
“Well, I’m close to…to other guys, too. Aren’t you and I close?”
“She’s in demand,” Emi said knowingly. “She’s got so many guys–“
“Thanks, Emi.” Bunny interrupted with a glare.
“Oh really? Wow.” Ji-hun looked like he wasn’t sure what he was supposed to be thinking.
“There’s nothing wrong with that, she’s young, she’s single, she’s…she’s…” Emi ran out of words and Bunny breathed a sigh of relief.
“Yeah, yeah, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s all good.” Ji-hun smiled at Bunny, although he still looked a little unsure.
Bunny hesitated and then said lightly, “Enough about me, so Patcharin and you aren’t…?”
Ji-hun shook his head, still blushing slightly. “No…I mean, I’m still getting to know her, and she’s only been in Hong Kong for barely a month and she’s already met so many people. I’m sure she wants to take things slow.”
“Oh yeah, she definitely needs more time to adjust. It’s probably a good idea that you’re not rushing into anything,” Bunny said a little over enthusiastically.
“You think so?”
“Yeah, definitely. I mean, she must still be getting to know her friends here and discovering the city.”
“Right, right. That makes sense.” Ji-hun paused and then said, “Hey, why don’t you guys come out with us on the weekend? We can all hang out together and you can get to know her better. I think she’d really like to have more female friends here.”
“Uh…yeah, that sounds cool.” It did not, but Bunny wasn’t going to let Ji-hun know that.
“Oh, I’m busy this weekend, but why don’t you guys ask Kei to go with you instead,” Emi said smoothly. Bunny grinned at her and resisted the urge to give her a thumbs up. All was forgiven.
“That’s a great idea! Too bad you can’t come though, Emi,” Ji-hun said. “What have you got planned?”
“My mom’s sister is in town and we’re taking her out,” Emi said so convincingly that Bunny almost believed her, except that she knew Emi’s mother didn’t have any sisters at all.
“Okay, why don’t you ask Kei, then, Bun? We could hit up the Peak or maybe go to Ocean Park?”
“Yeah, sounds cool.” It still did not, but Bunny wasn’t going to pass up a chance to wedge Kei between Ji-hun and Patcharin. She exchanged grim nods with Emi.
“It’ll be great,” Emi said. “Lots to do.”
“Lots to do,” Bunny repeated firmly.