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High School Apocalypse (metaphorically, not literally)

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Kim Dokja stares blankly at the whiteboard in front of the class.

"Alright, it's all what you need for the scout camping trip this weekend! I really hope you prepare it well because, trust me, this is the most basic needs for camping and you'll get some trouble if you don't bring all of it."

Lee Jihye, one of the scout camping trip committee who's in charge of the class 12-3, stands in front of the class. Because this is a camping trip for 12th grades, then it's obvious that the 11th grades scout members like her would be its committee.

Kim Dokja observes the camping checklist that's written on the whiteboard. His eyebrows furrow deeper when he realizes how long the checklist is.

"I have a question." He raises his hand.

Lee Jihye sighs, as if she's tired of seeing his face. "What is it?"

"Do we really have to bring three pairs of shoes? I think it's a bit exaggerated?"

"It's a must. Because... Well, I can't say it right now, because it'll be a spoiler and it won't be a surprise anymore, but trust me, you will need it!"

Kim Dokja has a bad feeling. "Don't tell me we're going to cross the stream or some sort of it?"

"Uhh... Of course not! Well, it's for your spare shoes, in case it rains and floods." It's a lie.

"Nonsense. Why do we have to do this again?" Han Sooyoung says from behind him, clearly unimpressed.

"Because it will raise your active points by 50 points." Yoo Sangah, who sits beside her, calmly replies.

Han Sooyoung groans and puts her head in the table with a loud thud

"Any other complaints?" Lee Jihye ignores her.

"Can we go home when it's night?" Jung Heewon shamelessly asks.

Lee Jihye makes a frustated noise. "Of course you can't!"

"Why?? It doesn't matter where we sleep as long as we participate the day activities, right?"

"That's not how 'camping' works, unnie."

"Argh who cares about it."

"I do care. And--MASTER! Are you sleeping??"

Yoo Joonghyuk, who settles down on his chair comfortably and lowers his head until no one can see his face since the teacher left their class, immediately straightens up. 

"No, I'm not." He says. But his voice is hoarse and his eyes are red, as if he just got up from taking a nap.

Lee Jihye doesn't know how many pained groans she has let out since she entered this damned class. "Master, you're the worst."

"I'm listening."

"No, you're not." Han Sooyoung interrupts. 

"Shut up, Han Sooyoung."

"Don't worry, Jihye. You know that Yoo Joonghyuk is super good when it comes to multitasking, right? He can sleep and listen at the same time!" Kim Dokja's butting in.

"What bullshit you're spouting now." Lee Jihye says tiredly.

"Alright, I'm off. I've told you all you need to know. If you have more questions, just send me messages." Lee Jihye waves her hand and leaves the class.

Kim Dokja stands up in a flash and runs toward the door. Unfortunately, one step to go and he has to stop. Because Han Sooyoung grabs his collar from behind, that's why.

"Hold on, you bastard. We haven't finished our discussion."

"What? What now? I won't be much help, you know!" Kim Dokja struggles to break free from her grasp, which is a meaningless effort, because in less than ten seconds, he's dumped back in his chair beside Yoo Joonghyuk.

"This class is literally named 'Kim Dokja's Company'. It would be strange if the representative is absence, eventhough he's useless, don't you agree?" Han Sooyoung smiles sweetly at him.

After makes sure that Kim Dokja won't escape, she walks to the front of the class and starts the meeting.

"Alright, you all have heard Lee Jihye. There are a few things we need to prepare together."

"Wait! Can you please repeat what did she explain? I don't quite remember it all." Lee Hyunsung raises his hand, and then scratches the back of his head sheepishly.

"Okay, I'll resume it, so please pay attention."  Han Sooyoung takes a marker and opens its cap. "First, the camp will be held for three days two nights. It'll be this weekend, from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning." She writes it down on the whiteboard.

"We will be divided into two groups, male group and female group. Each group needs to prepare its own tent. But it'll be better if we rent them together, it'll be easier that way."

Some people begin to yawn. Jung Heewon rips a paper, creates small balls from it, and throws it to Jang Hayoung. 

Kim Dokja tries to take off Yoo Joonghyuk's fingers from his wrist, while Yoo Joonghyuk stubbornly maintains his grip, acting as his chain--Han Sooyoung's method to prevent Kim Dokja's escape.

"On the first day, we have to build our own tent, then there's opening ceremony, and bla bla bla, nothing's important. As well as the third day." Han Sooyoung starts to feel thirsty and decides to skip the unimportant things.

Jang Hayoung's competitive spirit is awaken and she throws back the paper balls that hit her head. But she misses her target (Jung Heewon), and hits Yoo Joonghyuk's head instead. 

Yoo Joonghyuk glares at Han Myungoh because he thinks that it was his doing. The poor Han Myungoh shrinks down in his chair due to fright. While Kim Dokja's still trying to pry Yoo Joonghyuk's hand from his wrist. He fails.

"The second day is the most important day, obviously. We will have outbound activities, games, cooking competition, art performances and campfire."

"What the hell?! Hey, isn't it too much?"

Han Sooyoung frowns. "Don't complain to me. You should complain to Lee Jihye. Weren't you listening?"

"Don't think too much about it. Just send Yoo Joonghyuk to all activities, he will win it all for us." Kim Dokja says, finally gives up to remove Yoo Joonghyuk's hand.

"They are group activities, idiot."

"Yeah? So what? You'll do it, while the others will ride the bus and cheer you on."

Yoo Joonghyuk kicks his shin under the table, and Kim Dokja shuts up immediately, winces in pain.

Han Sooyoung continues. "We just need to prepare for the cooking competition and the art performances."

"Oh, oh, oh, I have an idea!" Jang Hayoung raises her hand enthusiastically.

"What is it?"

"We can perform a dance cover! It'll be so much fun!"

"That's a pretty good idea. But I think we should use a simple choreography, since if I'm not mistaken, the art performances will be held at night, most likely all of us have been tired already." Yoo Sangah kindly reminds them.

"Let's perform Baby Shark then." Jung Heewon suggests lazily.

"No way, it's stupid." Han Sooyoung blurts out.

"Oppa Gangnam Style?"

"Are you kidding me?"

"Gentleman?"

"..."

"Daddy?"

"You literally don't have any better idea other than PSY, do you?"

"Oh? Then, do you have a better idea, genius?" Jung Heewon says sarcastically.

"Well, actually, I do have a better idea." Han Sooyoung forms a wicked smile. "But I need three sacrificial lambs to do it."

She explains her plan to them, and a few moments later...

"It's a good plan, I think." Yoo Sangah nods approvingly. 

"The problem is, who's going to do that?"

"Of course, one of them must be Kim Dokja." Han Sooyoung says like she won't accept any arguments.

"What? Why me?" Kim Dokja's surprised, clearly doesn't expect it. "I don't want to!"

Han Sooyoung ignores him. "And since Kim Dokja is the first lamb, then Yoo Joonghyuk will naturally follow."

Yoo Joonghyuk's glaring daggers at her. "I won't do that."

"You will."

"No." His tone of voice is final, like he doesn't accept any complaints and he will cut down anyone who opposes him.

"What a shame, Yoo Joonghyuk. I really don't wanna use this method." Han Sooyoung shakes her head like she's really regretting it, but everyone can see the evil gleams in her eyes.

Yoo Joonghyuk's eyes slowly widen in horror as he realizes something. 

"I will tell Kim Dokja that you--"

Yoo Joonghyuk slams his hand on the table. "Alright. Fine. I'll do it."

"Wise decision, Yoo Joonghyuk."

Yoo Sangah shakes her head slowly. "Devils will resign from their job due to the shame that they're less competent than you, Sooyoung-ssi."

Meanwhile, Kim Dokja is creating a fuss. "What? Tell me what? Joonghyuk-ah? Sooyoung-ah? I thought we're best friends??" Unfortunately, everyone ignore him.

"Okay, but now, who's gonna be the third?" Han Sooyoung touches her chin, thinks hard. She's eyeing the whole class with a judgmental expression, but no matter how hard she looks, she can't find the third person that suits her plan.

"Why don't you be it, Han Sooyoung-ssi?" Lee Hyunsung innocently asks. Han Sooyoung glares at him, but before she can open her mouth to retort, someone cuts her in.

"Perfect! Han Sooyoung-ssi is actually really good at this, isn't she." Yoo Sangah claps her hands.

"Yes, I agree with Yoo Sangah-ssi." Lee Seolhwa nods solemnly. "Also, the best person who can perform this plan is actually the one who suggests it."

'Damn it.' Han Sooyoung immediately regrets it.

Jung Heewon laughs wholeheartedly. "Let's trust these three dumbasses for our art performance then."

"Excuse me?" Han Sooyoung looks offended.

"Yeah, you dumb," Jung Heewon points at her, "dumber," she points at Yoo Joonghyuk, "and dumbest," finally she points at Kim Dokja, "will perform the best stand-up comedy show."

"No, hang on--"

"I'll kill you--"

"Wait, I never say that I agree--"

Unfortunately, no one seems to hear their complains. They're already busy chatting away, even some of them already stand up, getting ready to leave the class.

Kim Dokja groans. "Eiii, I don't want to know anymore." He glances at Yoo Joonghyuk from the corner of his eyes and sees the murderous aura around him. He nudges Yoo Joonghyuk's side with his elbow. "Joonghyuk-ah."

"What."

"With whom you will sit on the bus when we go there?" The camping location isn't too far away, but to make it easier, they will depart together by bus.

"Definitely not you."

"Thank you, Joonghyuk-ah, I know I can rely on you to accompany me during the trip."

"I said no--"

Kim Dokja covers his ears with both hands. "What? I can't hear you?"

Yoo Joonghyuk sighs, defeated, and massages his temple, feels an incoming pounding headache. Looks like he's already running out of energy to deal with this rat bastard.

Kim Dokja laughs cheerfully and pats Yoo Joonghyuk's head. "Joonghyuk-ah, let's go home?"

Wordlessly, he stands up and walks toward the door. Kim Dokja grins cheekily and follows him.

Their school is already quiet when they reach the gate, only a few people here and there. The sky have turned red and orange due to the sunset. Looks like the discussion took more times than how it felt.

Kim Dokja quietly walks alongside with Yoo Joonghyuk, it's their habit to walk home together.

'Most likely, Mother hasn't come home yet, should I just have instant noddle for dinner?' Kim Dokja thinks. 'No, wait, I've had it this morning, maybe I should go to sleep right away. I'm not hungry, either.'

Yoo Joonghyuk sneaks a glance to his side, observes Kim Dokja's calm face. From his eyes, his nose, his cheek, and finally his lips... He immediately averts his gaze when he feels that his face is getting hot.

"Kim Dokja."

"Yeah?"

"Come for dinner." Yoo Joonghyuk says, doesn't even look at him.

Kim Dokja blinks. 'Did he read my mind?' Then he laughs. Oh, such a caring friend he is. Kim Dokja can't help but feels touched.

"Sure, thank you Joonghyuk-ah."


[ Apocalypse D-1 ]

Lee Jihye
>> you all are exaggerating
>> it's just a camping trip

Jung Heewon
>> feels like an apocalypse to me

Han Sooyoung
>> @YooSangah
>> i'll only bring toothbrush
>> bring some extra toiletries for me

Yoo Sangah
>> Okay

Kim Dokja
>> Are you planning to take a bath together?

Han Sooyoung
>> yeah why? wanna join?

Lee Jihye
>> no debauchery under my watch

Han Sooyoung
>> @KimDokja @YooJoonghyuk
>> don't forget to practice

Kim Dokja
>> Practice? What practice?

Han Sooyoung
>> kim dokja

Kim Dokja
>> I'm just kidding.

Jang Hayoung
>> aileen help
>> i'm running out of underwear
>> what should i do

Jung Heewon
>> hayoung-ah, you aren't supposed to send something like that in the group chat

Lee Seolhwa
>> I think they are mistexts.

Jang Hayoung
>> OOPS sorry my bad

Han Sooyoung
>> i hate packing
>> who has already done?

Kim Dokja
>> I have.

Han Sooyoung
>> impossible

Kim Dokja
>> [picture]

Han Sooyoung
>> damn

Jung Heewon
>> it'll be so much faster if you put down your phone and start packing

Han Sooyoung
>> shut up, the same goes for you too
>> hey how did you pack three fucking pairs of shoes?

Kim Dokja
>> Just put them in a plastic bag, and tie it to your backpack.

Han Sooyoung
>> no wonder your luggages look like mountains of trash
>> too much plactic bags

Kim Dokja
>> You're welcome.
>> I know you will do it anyway.

Lee Hyunsung
>> Excuse me
>> How many ropes do we have to bring?

Lee Jihye
>> as many as you need, hyunsung-sunbae
>> you'll need it for build your tent
>> 4 x 3 metres will be enough

Lee Hyunsung
 >> Thank you
 
Lee Jihye
>> you're welcome

Han Sooyoung
>> so sleepy

Kim Dokja
>> You should eat.

Han Sooyoung
>> that doesn't make sense, why would i eat when i'm sleepy?

Kim Dokja
>> So you won't be sleepy anymore?

Jung Heewon
>> but you'll get fat instead
>> it's currently 11.23 p.m

Han Sooyoung
>> thanks for the information
>> not helping at all

Yoo Joonghyuk
>> All of you
>> Be quiet


[ Apocalypse D-1 ]

[ Han Sooyoung changes the group name to "Apocalypse Day". ]

[ Jung Heewon changes the group name to "Wish me luck". ]

[ Han Sooyoung changes the group name to "You're the first to die". ]

[ Jang Hayoung changes the group name to "See you in the next life". ]

[ Kim Dokja changes the group name to "Ways of Survival". ]

Lee Jihye
>> why do you have to make it sounds so brutal

[ Lee Jihye changes the group name to "Camping Trip 12-3". ]

Han Sooyoung
>> boring

[ Han Sooyoung changes the group name to "KDJC vs Camping Trip". ]

[ Jung Heewon changes the group name to "Apocalypse D-Day". ]

Jung Heewon
>> this is better