It was just as well because it was only two month before that Junsu could finally smile again on ice. Those two years he spent on the lake after his rehab was literally hell. The tears and blood that were shed was enough to break his mother’s heart ten times over. However he could be such a blind stubborn fool that his mother knew better than to interfere. Fool he may be but idiot he is not. He knew that which made his skating special was his attitude, confidence and grace... while it may be robbed for the moment he knew they still reside in him. Since he still holds the most important aspect, there was no fear.
Technique was important sure, but Junsu’s skating was never about techniques. Unlike Jaejoong where technique is the base and pivotal point, to Junsu its just another instrument to his song. You don’t watch Junsu and think “wow that’s such a complicated move”, you watch and feel “that is so beautiful~”. Junsu can smile as it is once again beautiful~ He still cant jump like he used to and sometimes parts of his body doesn’t listen but its okay. He has learnt to adapt and in some ways his skating is even more special and unique now then before.
It is what Jaejoong also realises as he approached Junsu from the other side of the lake. Compared to Junsu he was awkward. So mechanical and just oh so awkward despite the fact that Junsu had yet to regain all the grace he once had. Jaejoong was rendered speechless at seeing Junsu skate so close, his expression, his whole body emanating his endless love for what he’s doing. Jaejoong’s mind turns into a contradictive mess arguing whether it was luck he never saw Junsu up close because he’d never have the courage to start ice skating otherwise or should he be regretting because he thinks he may have been taught wrong somehow. This is what ice skating should look like.
He was about to hit himself on the head for being a stubborn competitive idiot to miss such beauty for all this time when he was knocked in the head out of his reverie by Junsu himself. “Stop making that stupid looking face Jae.” Laughing out loud after he whispered his little taunt Junsu pulled Jaejoong by the hand as they skate back to Junsu’s house for hot chocolate. Challenge all but forgotten.
The week after they both enter a figure skating competition. Junsu wins first and Jaejoong gets second. The audience is a mess after the announcement, half cheering for Junsu’s win half complaining why the guy that pulled off the triple axel in a relatively amateur competition didn’t win. Junsu raises his eyebrows in amusement on the podium and smiles charmingly, most of the female audiences quiet down. Jaejoong just sighs and shakes his head, understanding all too well. Why he lost and why the girls suddenly didn’t have a problem with Junsu winning anymore.
This situation repeats itself again and again in the coming competitions. However with every passing one, Junsu and Jaejoong’s scores become closer and closer. A day comes when their scores are even. Its not the same though, no. Junsu receives higher on his presentation and Jaejoong receives higher on his techniques. The Judges can’t decide and the spectator never agrees so end up tied in first place.
Back at their lake Jaejoong gives Junsu a jab as they skate together saying, “I think you should go back to wearing those female costume so we can enter the pairs competition. It’ll put a stop to the constant arguments we cause between the audience. The judges are starting to get sick of us you know, they’re having a hard time cause of us.”
Junsu gives Jaejoong a look, then whacks him across the head before skating off yelling, “You’re the girly looking one idiot! Mom would have a field day with that, she’d love to dress you up all prettily~” Junsu almost fell over laughing at the image that comes up in his mind and was determined to share with his mother the idea. Jaejoong on the other hand was left dumbfounded, looking on as Junsu skates back his house laughing like there’s no tomorrow.
I wonder if anyone saw how this story is reminiscent to RL Jaesu music journey?
This story stemmed from what Jaejoong mentioned in a few interviews and such. He used to think that being a good singer means you could make singing a hard note look effortless. That's why at the beggining of their career he always looked so expressionless onstage. He realised that is the wrong thinking when he sees Junsu sing so he's been learning from Junsu how to express emotions. Honestly Jaejoong's stage presence has imporved by leaps and bound since then.
I also threw in Junsu voice break = car accident and supportive mother.
Jaejoong unsupportive parents and supposed tone deafness = lack innate talent and also Jaejoong joined SM later than Junsu.