nct/markhyuck west wing au where taeyong is president, johnny is the chief of staff, and mark is deputy chief of staff.
doyoung is communications director, ten is deputy comms director, hyuck is head speechwriter, yuta as press secretary
actually all of 00-line in comms dept (jeno/jaemin as speechwriters, rejun as media assistant) chenle/jisung as junior aides/staffers
mark popping by to see how the writing is going, but mostly to check in on donghyuck ("stop bothering my speechwriters mark lee!" yells doyoung from his office. "unless you want to write donghyuck's speech on global warming that's due tomorrow!")
(donghyuck groans. "hyung, i /told you/ we can't call it global warming, we have to use 'climate change.'")
hyuck wanting to make a move, but he CAN't because there's always another meeting or that time chenle accidentally downloaded a virus on all the computers ("the email said "open for cute cat photos!") or doyoung going crazy about the latest draft of a speech
and also because mark lee may be the youngest deputy chief of staff in like three presidencies but he's also lowkey a dumbass who thinks that when donghyuck stops by for writing advice, that he actually...wants writing advice...
kun as their it director who lost his soul during the whole chenle incident, and now sends out weekly emails about keeping their antivirus programs up to date and to not open suspicious emails especially ones that promise cute animals, yes that specifically means u zhong chenle
jisung [replies all]: what about emails from my mom
doyoung [replies all]: no one needs to know about ur mother's gardening go back to work
ten [replies all]: jisung i would love to hear about your mother's gardening
kun [several emails later]: yes, jisung u can open ur mother's emails. no doyoung, i cannot "turn off ten's wifi connection" also everyone please remember to use REPLY SENDER
doyoung stopping by the speechwriters' office to tell them to work on smth innane, and 5 mins later, ten poking his head in, like "doyoung told you what? oh don't do that, he's crazy"
doyoung complaing to johnny every time ten undercuts him in front of the dreamies and johnny is just like, "but you /gave him this job/"
jungwoo as mark's kind of 4d, kind of weird senior assistant (kind of weird, because the junior staff isn't sure what to make of him, but he knows Everything About Everyone)
jungwoo, who didn't work on taeyong's campaign, but mark specifically asked to bring jungwoo on when he was made deputy chief of staff and it's like he's always been part of the team 😭
markhyuck finally getting it together and dreamies having put bets on when it would happen ("i had more faith, i thought Surely it would happen by the state of the union address," jaemin says sadly as he hands renjun $50.)
mark being vaguely horrified that there's been a betting pool going on all this time right under his nose except then it turns out johnny was also in on it, and mark is all "but yOU'RE THE CHIEF OF STAFF"
johnny: so?? hey jeno put me in for $10 that yuta will accidentally lose his temper at that national post reporter today
renjun taking it upon himself to send out a weekly newsletter to all the staff, full of things like "donghyuck writing tips" and "photos of jeno's cats" and sometimes he throws in funny caricatures of diff senior staffers
donghyuck being holed up in the speechwriters office at like 9pm and mark stopping by w/ some of the Good Coffee because he knows donghyuck gets a little cranky without, even tho mark technically doesn't have time to do stuff like that
jaemin filing a complaint with johnny for "gross deputy chief of staff favoritism" ("i bought you and jeno bagels for breakfast like yesterday" "pft bagels are bagels, you've never gotten us the Good Coffee")
((jaemin doesn't actually care if mark buys him coffee or not, he just thinks mark's deer-in-headlights look whenever johnny calls him into his office is funny- renjun doodles it in the next newsletter))
doyoung tapes the doodle to his office door in hopes that "it'll ward mark off from the comms dept today, maybe he can go bother the economic policy council"
also taeil as a senior advisor, jaehyun as an advisor, lucas as johnny's senior assistant, and winwin as yuta's senior assistant
every thursday lucas, jungwoo, and winwin get together for drinks to complain about their bosses, senior assistants club basically
(they have a long running game where whoever has had the roughest week doesn't have to pay for drinks; winwin ends up not having to pay like 75% of the time)
lucas: i had to keep taking taeyong's speech to the house speaker; every time i came back, doyoung had a new draft to send over
jungwoo: mark and his Moods this week
taeil always dropping into winwin's space like-
taeil: do u have the files on british trade
winwin: this is the communications dept?? the economic policy office isn't even /on this floor/
taeil: do u
taeil: need coffee?
winwin: get me the good stuff or get out
that time mark gets profiled by a magazine and is called a ~rising political star~ and hyuck is just like "but ur canadian"
mark: it's called dual citzenship!!
hyuck: so ur canadian
cc @YanchenZhou :
mark then getting profiled by a trendy teens mag with the headline "10 reasons to love the cute new deputy chief of staff 😍" and the morning after it's released, doyoung brings a copy to work to read aloud to the entire staff
chenle sends out an email like "stop by the comms dept this afternoon for a live reading u don't want to miss this once in a life time event!" ((everyone shows up including taeyong, mark wants to die))
everyone quoting the article for Weeks and donghyuck of all ppl being super not amused by it and being super in denial about how cute mark may or may not be and isn't this a strident show of favoritism by senior staff to only let mark get profiles like this
hyuck: have u seen the way he laughs, his entire face scrunched up and u can see all his front teeth, it's ugly, not cute at all 😐
renjun: i heard they want to put him on a list of the most eligible bachelors in dc
hyuck: don't u have a speech to write