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Make it Work 18/18  
Title: Make it Work
Rating: PG
Genre: Crack; AU
Characters: EXO (as Project Runway contestants); cameos from other idols.
Summary: The final three designers compete during fashion week for the chance to win Project Runway. Who will be the last one standing?

Based on the reality tv show Project Runway.

One month later


A trip to Paris would have suited me just fine. After all, it is the city which inspired my final collection.

However, due to people’s lack of sophistication, my precious chinchilla line didn’t do so well. So, I had to settle with heading back to Qingdao to work on my collection.

Two weeks after my arrival, Yunho paid me a visit with the camera crew.

We were told beforehand that this would happen. As our mentor, Yunho had to guide us and make sure our collections would impress the judges.

I can’t imagine why I’d need guidance, but I decided to play along.

Of course, Yunho had been impressed with my assortment of dresses, pencil skirts, jackets, and tight pants, all tailored to perfection. The variety of leopard, zebra, giraffe, Dalmatian, and cow prints was equally well-received.

I had to resort to fabrics, instead of the real thing, partly because of the budget, and partly due to the fact that everyone was afraid PETA would hunt me down. Whatever.

Yunho might have said something about cutting down on the number of prints, but I firmly believe in myself and my taste level.

Tao is print. Print is couture. Tao is couture.

Simple as that.

Two weeks after Yunho’s visit, I came back to Seoul for fashion week.

I flew economy class.

The experience was new to me. Having travelled in the best conditions my entire life, economy class was a clear downgrade, though a necessity due to my financial situation.

Sitting next to a crying baby, getting spit and peed on, having to bear the monster’s constant wailing, was a nightmare. But after my inevitable victory, this will be a thing of the past.

I already have my first class ticket to Trinidad and Tobago, ready to leave the continent and plan my successful comeback.



After a brief stop to the hotel room provided by the producers, I head on to the SM basement, where my collection has been delivered a few hours prior to my arrival.

Yixing is already there, busy sewing a zipper.

“Hello, Tao,” he greets me and flashes a smile.

I simply nod to acknowledge his presence before settling my leopard print handbag on my table.

“How have you been?” he asks.

I raise a perfectly tweezed eyebrow. “Fabulous, as usual. Working on my magnum opus.”

He scratches his head, clearly unaware of the meaning.

“What did Yunho say about your collection?” I ask, looking over the large amount of black clothes on his hanger.

Yixing bites his lower lip, and I know instantly he’s in trouble. “He wants me to add more colour.”

I fold my arms. “And how are you going to do that?”

“I have this blue shirt,” he says and pulls out the garment from the hanger. “I made it last week. Then there’s this other blue skirt I’m working on.” He motions towards his worktable. “I just need to add the zipper.”

“Oh that’s nice,” I say without revealing much of what I truly think.

His effort is mediocre, to put it nicely. He spent one month making simple skirts and blouses which you can find everywhere.

“And I still need to finish a blue dress by tomorrow,” he adds before pulling some fabric out of a plastic back.

Knowing his time management, that’s going to be a handful.

“What did Yunho tell you?” Yixing asks me.

I smirk. “He thought it was all perfect of course.”

Heading to my clothes rack, I pull out a zebra print shirt, “This was his favourite.”

“It’s so well sewn,” Yixing adds with a nod.

“Of course,” I reply and pull out a long leopard print dress with a slit. It’s Versace-inspired, but nobody needs to know this. “He also liked this one.”

“Wow,” Yixing marvels.

Suddenly we hear a door close. We turn around, only to see Sehun pushing a clothes rack to his work area. All his designs are covered in….aluminium foil.


He says nothing. We simply stare as he sets his handbag on the table and takes off his raincoat.

I shake my head in confusion, knowing full-well that the weather is fine. Why on earth is he dressed like this?

As if sensing our confusion, he turns around and examines us from head to toe. “I just got back from Trinidad and Tobago,” he says. “Horribly rainy on the last day, but beautiful nonetheless.”

I clench my fists. That arrogant brat! Now he gets to go to my secret destination before me? How long must I suffer before I am named as the winner of this damn show?



Miraculously, I managed to finish the blue dress at the last minute.

My entire collection is done, and the final fitting with the models is going well. I just need to adjust a skirt and two jackets.

Tao’s fitting, however, isn’t going so well.

“You’re a model, you have to know how to walk in heels,” he cries out waving a pair of extremely large heels in the poor girl’s face.

I cringe. The shoes must be at least ten inches high.

“In Paris, this would be unacceptable,” he continues before handing the shoes to another model.

I turn away, focused on measuring one of my models. Luckily, the blue dress seems to fit her like a glove. I ask her to walk for a bit, just to make sure.


An hour later, the fitting is over. The next time we will see the models is backstage before the show, in a sea of hair and make-up artists.

“Goodbye,” Tao waves at his models. “Make sure you don’t eat anything.”

“Tao!” I exclaim scandalized. He merely shrugs.



Sehun is the first designer who presents his collection.

In between trying to dress my models for the show, I sneak glimpses at the large screen backstage.

I notice a lot of reds, yellows, and greens. Dresses, jackets, trousers of all shapes and sizes. In short, the complete opposite of what I’m doing.

For a moment, I’m worried. Did I make the right decision? Should I have added more colour? But then I realize that the judges have such diverse tastes, it doesn’t really matter. They could like anything.

“Well done, Sehun,” Yunho pats him on the back.

If Sehun is satisfied with the feedback, he doesn’t show it. Instead, he simply goes back to his models, who have now gathered backstage to congratulate him, still as blank faced as ever.

“Yixing, are you ready?” Yunho asks me and I nod.

Soon, we send the first model on the runway. I watch the large screen with our mentor, content at how the models are showcasing the clothes.

I wanted to design something chic and wearable, perfect for the workplace, and I’ve accomplished it.

A tear rolls down my cheek, and I brush it with my hand. I feel proud.

“You should feel proud,” Yunho tells me, as if reading my thoughts. “This is a beautiful collection.”

Shortly after, my runway show ends. Yunho congratulates me, and I take a picture backstage with him and the models.

“After Yixing, we’re going with Kris, Kai, and Baekhyun,” Yunho exclaims. “In that order!”

“When am I up?” Tao asks from a corner?

Yunho turns to him with a soft smile. “You will be last, Tao.”

“But why?” he whines. “Those three aren’t even competing anymore? Why do they get to go before me?”

Approaching him like one would do to a small child, Yunho places his hand on Tao’s back. “Tao, they’re the decoys. We need them, so people won’t know who the top three is before the show airs. It’s a necessary measure.”

“But my collection is so beautiful,” he complains.

“Of course,” Yunho exclaims in a sweet voice. “This of your collection as the grand finale, okay?”

Eventually, Tao sniffs twice and nods.

Yunho pats him on the back. “Good boy.”

Turning to one of the producers, he quickly says something before bringing in the decoys.

Kris, Baekhyun, and Kai all arrive, models in tow, smiling and waving. Chanyeol would have been among them as well, if he hadn’t burned down the workroom. From what I know, the judges didn’t press charges, so he’ll have to do community service somewhere.

Meanwhile, one of the producers brings Tao a hand fan and a glass of water.

As Kris’ first model steps on the runway, one of the staff members brings Tao a chair to sit on and starts fanning him profusely.



My runway show went well and all, but now it’s time to crown me as the winner.

“Designers, we all enjoyed your collections,” BoA tells us in the judging room. The other judges nod, including Yunho, who is serving as the guest judge this time.

“Mentoring you all has been an honour,” Yunho says.

“I think you’ve all managed to show us three distinct and strong points of view,” Key joins in.

CL winks at me. “SWAG.”

I smile, even more convinced of my victory.

“Yixing, tell us about your collection,” BoA says.

“I wanted to create something elegant, but also practical and affordable,” he begins. “All the pieces in my collection can be combined in different ways and they’re perfect for any career-driven woman. They’re also really easy to accessorize.”

“That’s actually the first thing that came to my mind,” Key said. “Practicality. I can see many women who would like to wear your designs.”

Most likely tacky women, I think to myself.

“I agree,” BoA joins in. “Your collection is very commercial and as I was looking at the models going down the runway, I was already thinking of the types of bags and shoes that would go with each outfit. You’ve given us a lot of possibilities.”


I smile at that. It’s obvious CL will only like my collection.

“I’m glad that you added some colour in your collection,” Yunho says. “I was worried that the collection would be too boring.”

It is boring.

“I actually think it could have used even more colour,” BoA adds. “Maybe an extra shirt in blue or something else.”

“I TOTALLY AGREE,” CL jumps in.

Key nods. “And also maybe a pair of pants or two. At one point I was thinking that you had made simply too many pencil skirts. It was getting a bit boring before you sent down that blue dress.”

“It was gorgeous,” BoA exclaims. “I would wear dress to a press conference in a heartbeat.”

“If I could, I’d wear it too,” Key says and the judges laugh softly.

Shortly after, BoA turns to the next contestant. “Sehun, I know that you don’t like to speak, but at this point it’s necessary to…”

“Yes, I know,” he cuts in. “Sometimes art must be expressed through oral means as well.”

CL drops her cue cards in shock.

“You will know my thought process behind this collection,” Sehun continues. “But first, CL dear, that purple top with those brown pants…” he waves his finger. “…no-no…”

Key chuckles.

“Now, I will tell you about my inspiration,” Sehun says. “I have a muse. When I first saw her, I knew I wanted to be a designer and dress her.” He lets out a deep sigh. “Her name is Miranda Kerr, and this collection is a tribute to her beauty.”

CL drops her pen.

“Who doesn’t want to be Miranda? Beautiful, talented, surrounded by a beautiful family and friends? Who doesn’t want to be as well-dressed as her? So my collection is aimed at women who want to have it all: a career, a family, a blooming social life, and of course, style. Just like Miranda….my eternal queen.”

He turns to look at the judges. “Thoughts?”




Everyone is too shocked to speak. Even I can’t form a coherent opinion about his collection.

We spend a couple of minutes in silence, before Key stands up and claps.

“Beautiful,” he exclaims close to tears. “Simply beautiful.”

From the corner of my eye, I see BoA dabbing her eyes with a napkin. “Tao, please tell us about your collection.”

I clear my throat. “My collection is inspired by Paris,” I tell the judges. “Sophistication and class all in one package. Perfect for every stylish woman who wants to make a statement. The pinnacle of couture.”

Folding my hands, I anticipate the judges’ reaction to my work of art. I will certainly not reduce them to tears to shame.


“You have great sewing skills,” Key says.


I flash the judges a smile. “Thank you.”

“You’ve designed a lot of separate pieces that can be combined,” BoA states.


“You certainly have a bold point of view,” Yunho remarks.


“Will you let us speak?” Key snaps. “We need to judge here.”




The time has come to announce my victory.

As we step on the runway two hours later, BoA stands up to deliver the results.

“Designers, you all did a fantastic job,” she tells us. “But only one of you can be the winner of Project Runway and enjoy our fabulous prizes.”

A fashion spread in Ceci Magazine, Jeremy Scott internship, $100 000 to start my own collection…..give me everything.

“Tao, you have amazing sewing skills and a unique point of view,” BoA praises me. “However, sometimes we question your taste level.”

My taste is flawless. I don’t even know why that’s under suspicion.

“Yixing, you are very talented and you have a lot of potential,” she continues. “But we wanted to see more diversity from you.”

“Sehun, your designs are impressive and we genuinely believe in your creativity. But we wonder if you’re truly able to promote yourself. Speaking is vital.”

She looks at each of us, before she speaks.

“Yixing, you’re out.”

I let out a deep breath. One down, one to go.

Yixing bows at the judges and thanks them for the opportunity. One of the producers escorts him off the stage.

It’s down to me and Whatshisface.

“Sehun,” BoA calls his name and I hope he is prepared for his inevitable loss.

“You are the winner of Project Runway!”


I look at CL in disbelief. She simply shrugs.

Are you kidding me?

“Tao, I’m sorry that means you’re out.”

I freeze, unable and unwilling to move. This can’t be happening. I thought I was winning. I was supposed to win.

I am the true winner.

“You have to leave the runway,” BoA tells me after a short moment, and somehow I stagger backstage, trying to keep my dignity.

I slump down in a chair, deep in thought.

All I have left is a ticket to Trinidad and Tobago, an envelope with some savings, and one hundred thousand dollars I managed to stash in a bank account shortly before my chinchilla line flopped.

How will I ever recover from this?

I put my face in my hands. How will I move on? I wanted that prize. I deserved it.

“Are you Huang Zitao?” a deep voice startles me.

I look up to see a man in uniform. “Yes?”

“You are under arrest for complicity to arson.”

“What?” I exclaim, completely outraged.

The policeman pulls out a pair of handcuffs. “You will have to come to the police station for further interrogation.”

I groan.


It’s all his fault.



“Congratulations, Sehun,” BoA exclaims. “You are the winner of Project Runway!”

I nod. Thank you, Miranda! “..”

“How does it feel?” Key asks.

Pretty good. “…”

“I’m sure you’re overwhelmed,” BoA remarks.

I’m alright. “…”

“Your talent overcomes your dislike for talking,” Yunho tells me.

I know. Miranda herself believes in me. “…”

“I DIDN’T VOTE FOR YOU TO WIN, BUT I AM HAPPY FOR YOU,” CL butts in, as annoying as always.

Whatever. “…”

“You have to tell us how you feel,” BoA says.

I let out a sigh. “There is something I’ve been meaning to ask you.”

CL drops her cue cards in shock. I try not to roll my eyes.

“Anything, Sehun,” BoA assures me.

Pushing my shoulders back, I continue: “Is there a way to replace that Jeremy Scott internship with a stint as Miranda Kerr’s personal assistant? I would really appreciate it.”





Why am I not surprised?



A/N: Omg it's over! \o/ If you've managed to get to this point, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed the fic (hopefully despite the result lol). Thank you for reading and commenting (and putting up with all the crazy things going on in the story lol), because it really encouraged me to keep writing. xoxo

[a parting gift]

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Luna Lovegoodpsychicfeeling on August 17th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
Aw, I was a 1000% rooting for Yixing
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 17th, 2013 10:18 am (UTC)
aww *hugs*

lol poor Tao =)))

Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you enjoyed the story.
notemoperfect on August 17th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
when it came down to it i didn't know who i wanted to win, but i definitely agree with the first comment - as long as it wasn't tao! lol >_<
Yixing seemed to take it okay,

“You will know my thought process behind this collection,” Sehun continues. “But first, CL dear, that purple top with those brown pants…” he waves his finger. “…no-no…” THE SASS, OMFG SEHUN I LOVE YOU and your Miranda Kerr fanboy-ness
The last bit with replacing the internship... very fitting asdfhjkl
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 17th, 2013 10:20 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading and for the feedback :)

I'm happy you enjoyed Sehun's sass. I couldn't resist adding that line lol.
themuziqloverthemuziqlover on August 17th, 2013 05:37 am (UTC)
"..." (omg y this over nooo but i loved sehun too much in this when im sad i will read this whole fic and be happy and thnk you so much for writing this. Tao is couture.)
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 17th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading. I'm happy you liked it :D
Lorennoxiouscherries on August 17th, 2013 06:01 am (UTC)
i was rooting for yixing but but but sehun deserves this too!!!! pls give him the chance to be with his eternal queen /o/

Edited at 2013-08-17 06:02 am (UTC)
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 17th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading! :D Sehun will definitely get what he wants lol.
onnaonahonnaonah on August 17th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
bbbut.... it's over.... ;mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm;
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 17th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
sorry bb *hugs*

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anielluiccaanielluicca on August 17th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yey for sehunnieee!! i'm rooting for him and yixing and i'm glad that both of them reached the top 3!! :3

thank you for writing this fic authornim!! I love it ♡
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 17th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading. :D

I'm happy you liked the story.
angeliqueizon_no_niwa on August 17th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
ahahahaha omg it's over :( and sehun won hahaha i am surprised but i shouldn't be? miranda kerr is one true queen u_u
i still cackle at all the "tao is ___. ___ is tao." omg
really great ending too! :D
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 17th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
I'm actually glad you're a bit surprised haha. Thank you for the feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :)
The only Unihornpurpleunihorn on August 18th, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
Noooooooooooo!! It cant be over! No!
God so many feels for the fic and all the characters... When i read this i felt like i was watching the actual show.
Bravo! Or in Sehun's words "..." (There's no words to explain this perfect fic)
Good job author-nim
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 18th, 2013 10:16 am (UTC)
Aww *hugs*

Thank you for reading. I'm so thrilled you liked the story <3.
beloniikabeloniika on August 18th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
omg i loved it x'D like a genius,i started reading your story in the middle of the night,eventually convulsing in attempts of keeping my laughter quiet. now that i've finally finished it,i go against my aversion for commenting to say (again) that i loved it,too bad it' over already!

(as a sehun stan,thank you for making him win xD my favorite parts were his sass,his fanboying over miranda and the scene with the chicken)
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 18th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting! I'm so happy you liked the story and the winner haha.

Paski.pinkzade_2605 on August 20th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
I planned on reading this when you finished it. And now I've read it, I liked it! A whole lot. I like watching Project Runway too so it wasn't hard to imagine what was happening.

Sehun as the winner omg. LOL. I was surprised. All he does is, "..." HAHAHA. But definitely the Miranda Kerr chapter. OMG hahaha fave chapter right there.
I wanted Yixing to win as well but I'm glad he made it to the top three. He deserved it!
Honestly, I was glad that Kai told the judges about the fire. Hahaha. Poor Chanyeol though he did great at first.
Baekhyun the drama queen omg HAHAHA
I liked how $uho left so people could win since he has lotsa munny$$$$ already

The article chapter was one of my faves too.
Lol at Kris being a former Mr. Universe and Kai's selca :((

I'm so glad I was able to read this because I don't have time anymore. Definitely one of my fave crack series (as I don't read a lot of chaptered fics hahaha). This is awesome, authornim!
bunica1990bunica1990 on August 20th, 2013 10:00 am (UTC)
Hey! Thank you for reading and commenting! :) I finished the fic faster than I was expecting, so I'm glad you got to read and enjoy the story. Have a nice day!
Tony Louthe_erotomanic on January 19th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this so much buni!

For some reason this reminded me of chuck palahniuk's invisible monsters. I don't know how to explain it though. Hehe!
bunica1990: lupitabunica1990 on January 19th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
I've just read the synopsis for Invisible Monsters =))) SCREAMINGGG!!!

Thanks bb!
smells like fabric conditionercitrine047 on May 3rd, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
Sehun is the man of my dreams. Sehun is couture. Sehun is the future

yaaaay!! i've finished it. so sorry for spamming you with so many comments despite being a year late to discovering this story
seeing that this is a crack fic i am not going to be bothered by characterization, as far as i'm concerned it is all very amusing :)
i love how you planned for the plot. and the execution keeps just the right amount of suspense for each chapter to keep me reading until the end
also that chapter of news articles compilation was genius, complete with the choice of photos! lol
i loved it

sehun is couture. sehun is the future ~ /repeats mantra till i get to sleep
bunica1990: drag racebunica1990 on May 7th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
Hello bb! I'm sorry for the late reply. I had no idea people were still reading this lol.

I'm so happy you enjoyed the fic. And Sehun. :D
mcchicahadashi_no_eden on May 5th, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
I am not much of a fan fic reader but I read this in one weekend. It was hilarious. I'm glad Sehun won. I sort of feel a little bit bad for Tao? Nope. Nope. Sorry. It was a temporary thing. Good work!
bunica1990: drag racebunica1990 on May 7th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Hello bb! Thank you!

Sorry for the late reply, but I'm glad you liked the fic. :)
Island Noonabookishvice on May 15th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
This story was so much fun!! I loved that you went through all the members point of views, letting us glimpse into their weird minds. Also, I'm so sorry but i hated Tao SO SO MUCH! LOL My favorite was definitely Sehun with his [...] and then totally talking when Miranda Kerr was the special guest and the judges going speechless XD
I thought Yixing would win, but Sehun deserved it better. He always produced good outfits, and didn't have a problem with time like Xing bb did. Overall, this was aaaawesome!
bunica1990: drag racebunica1990 on May 15th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
Aww thank you bb! I'm glad you enjoyed the story and the outcome :D