When Alix suggested we do a swap, Khottie for Musical Monday, I was in. When she mentioned in the life of Khottie none of the members of Nu’est had never been featured, I was super in. And then my entire day was sunk researching pictures of the boys together, alone, and all giffed out. Hundreds and hundreds of pictures. Seriously, I was at it for the entire length of the Netflix documentary series, Tiger King. (Geeezz!) The entire time I’m wondering how I was going to take this. I’m not entirely certain you’re aware of my new love of Nu’est. I find them lovely and snuggly, all warm and cozy, exactly what I want to burrow into right now. But because I love them so much, I don’t want to waste this opportunity. SaraG and I had discussed doing them as Kpop School, however, much like regular school, Kpop school is going to have to be postponed until after the crisis, when SaraG has more time on her plate. Alix suggested I try to teach her Nu’est and, while her offer is delightful and would make me very happy truth of the matter is, while I know a lot about them, I’m concerned I don’t know enough to do them the justice they deserve.
I literally love them so much I want to do a really good job with this.
There is the thought, if I do them as Khottie, together or separately, could I then also do them as Kpop school later? Is that boring? Would I run out of images? (The answer, looking at my now overflowing files, is def no.) Then I realized, I’m really stressing out too much about this. You know what my life doesn’t need right now? Yeah, that would be me stressing out about how to correctly express my love without boring you guys. Currently, I need to do exactly what you’re doing right now, surrounding yourself with the things that make you happy and if temporarily turning Kchat into a WE LOVE NU’EST fansite? Well, luckily, I’m the boss and I can do it if I want to.
I’m not any closer to making a decision, perhaps the upcoming weeks will be a hybrid of the two? Perhaps I’ll talk to SaraG about this and she’ll want to chip in or help me run my facts, as I teach Alix, or maybe she’ll want me to hold off and, in that case, I’ll completely be happy to do so. Why? As Alix is the owner of my Monsta X love, its SaraG who cultivated my love of Nu’est. Now, we’ve discussed SaraG and her trickeries into getting me to like things. (Unlike Alix who has more of a ‘submit to my will’ sort of style.) This time though? I’m happy to say I’ve shocked her with my new love.
See? What happened was, SaraG loves, loves, loves Nu’est. In other dimensions, she may or may not be married to all of them. Its one of those loves where she would really love everyone else to love them, but while she won’t push, she will, inside her heart of hearts, be sad if you don’t respect or encourage her love. In that spirit, I asked questions. I learned the member’s names. I’d shout them to her periodically throughout the day…until she told me essentially I was fan chanting them and I SHUT. THAT. SHIT. DOWN. While I was interested, it was more for the love of SaraG than it was for Nu’est.
But then a funny thing happened.
A weirdly funny thing.
I was having a bad day and just wanted to watch something cozy. A bit of fluffy nothing. SaraG suggested the Nu’est Video where they go and be terrified at the amusement park. I don’t know what it was about that video, but I got hooked. After live chatting to her about it for a while, SaraG stopped what she was doing and watched with me.
I watched that video and then another and another.
I started asking more and more information about the members and she was more than happy to pass along all her anecdotes, all the warm and fuzzies, pictures, gifs and videos, and my love blossomed. It was the first time I learned a group without a Kpop Class. I just…absorbed them into me.
In all honesty, though, it wasn’t so much their music that I was connecting to. Their music is still growing on me but wasn’t something I sought out. I was there for them as people. Through these videos and stories, you can see just how these underdogs have grown and stuck it out together through their years together. These guys really are a made family.
And I’m a sucker for a made family.
I’m also a sucker for an underdog story.
A group that took more than 6 years to start getting traction?
A member who learned how to write songs because they weren’t getting the attention they needed from their agency and he needed to do whatever necessary for his members?
Their pictures and videos and gifs and stories just make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They make me weirdly happy in a way I’m not even certain I know how it happened or why. I’m now a little sad I didn’t know about them, or care. I can now remember them being brought up on Friday nights. Conversations around me that I now wish we could have again so I could participate.
Yes, I realize I am coming off as a bit much and a whole lot melodramatic. Whatever. I’m also the same girl who cried in the grocery store yesterday when tech issues at check out just pushed me over that line of okay to too much. It’s a melodramatic time. And if I choose to cope by looking at pictures of pretty boys? If I choose to devote every weekend for the next month to Nu’est because it makes me happy? Well, that’s just what I’m going to do. Khottie? Kpop School? Same-Same.
What the hell. How about a fan chant?