unspoken words of that stubborn soul…

Chapter 27: Hide and Seek

Shin Hye is like a puzzle… a secret message that he needs to decode. Watching her every move and hearing her voice are not enough to understand what is running in her head. When he first saw her, Geun Suk thought that Shin Hye is an open book: a story that you can read by mere looking at her eyes or a song which one can continuously hum once you heard the first part.

Ani… the moment he laid his eyes on her, he knew it would take him sometime to fully understand what message she is trying to convey. That girl simply knew what to openly show and which to hide from plain sight. It might be difficult at first, but Geun Suk doesn’t have a clue why everything seems too obvious after one or two meetings.

Wrong move! He should have not left a clue. The moment she learned that he is starting to read her mind, she skirted her way and tried to hide her thought from him.

Just like that day… that night… when she uttered, “Geun Suk… can you… will you stop playing with me? It may sound twisted, but I’m beginning to doubt myself.”

Ani… aniya… she knew he’s not playing. And her other self is beginning to succumb, accepting her defeat. She’s beginning to doubt herself and starting to believe in him.

Geun Suk remembered how he tried to hold her, pulling her out of the car, and have a word or two with that girl; but stubborn indeed, after she created that havoc in his head, she simply smiled and shook her head. She doesn’t want to hear any of those. It’s as if she’s believing, but doesn’t want to fully believe. Am I really that hard to trust? Is it that difficult to finally let go and ride with the flow?

Ha! He knew she’s starting to fall, but she’s buying some time. The connection.. the magic is there. No question on that. But that girl is too hard headed to let go. Have I hurt her that much?

Seeing the situation and knowing what it is that she’s trying to do, Geun Suk tried his best to follow her rules, be careful more than ever.. for he knew.. he can feel that it will only take one wrong move, and that stubborn self will surely rejoice for not easily letting down her guard.


One Saturday morning, as Shin Hye agreed to have breakfast together after that walk at the Han…

“Americano and cheesecake?”, he asked smiling, knowing that she never failed to ask for those everytime they will passed by this café.

He was about to turn around, not needing to hear her confirmation, when Shin Hye smiled weakly and said, “Latte and chocolate cake”

Geun Suk stopped, turned around and tilted his head, as if confirming what he just heard.

“Latte and chocolate cake”, she repeated, making sure that he understood that what he assumed to be right is wrong.

“Oh…”, Geun Suk said, nodding his head. He gave her a smile and then proceeded to the counter.

Fifteen minutes after, he came back to the table, with a cup of latte and Americano, a slice of chocolate and cheese cake.

“I said…”, she started, a bit irritated.

Geun Suk closed his eyes. After a second or two, he smiled and then handed her orders. “Latte and chocolate cake, did I get it right?”

Shin Hye bit her lips and then stared at her orders.

“Did you get it right?”, he repeated, looking at her.

“Mwo?”, she asked back, a bit startled.

Geun Suk just smiled and sat at the opposite chair.

Shin Hye took a sip on her cup, while playing with her chocolate cake. Geun Suk was just observing her, his eyes glued on her hands, which every now and then would close and open.

As if drowning from silence, Shin Hye lifted her head and looked at him. Tch! she hasn’t been looking at him for the past hour that they’ve been together.

“Why are you not drinking your coffee? Are you full?”

“Why are you playing with your food? Can you not push yourself to pretend that you like it?”

Shin Hye looked at him, then let out a smirk.

“Don’t pretend that you know me. You don’t.. you…”

“won’t? You won’t let me, will you?”

“Geun Suk”, she said, annoyed.

Geun Suk heaved a sigh, then pushed his plate and cup to hers, getting her latte and chocolate cake. “I know you won’t like these. I know you’re trying to confuse me. I know you’re trying to lose me on this”

“Yah!”, she said, her voice a bit loud.

“I didn’t do anything. I’m not rushing you. Don’t push me away. I told you I will wait, just don’t run away… don’t do this”, he said, his eyes fixed on her.

“Why? Are you getting tired?”

“You know that’s that not what I mean”

“Tch! I don’t know. I’m not sure. I don’t know you”, she said, slowly.. as if deliberating with herselves whether to say it or not.

“Ha!”, Geun Suk closed his eyes.

“Wae? Are you getting mad now? Am I beginning to become too unreasonable? Can you understand my baby talk?” she asked without batting an eye, trying to push him to his limit.

Geun Suk bit his lips, then looked straight in her eyes. He held her gaze trying to read her mind. Then, there he saw herself, pleading him to understand… asking him to get mad.

Please, leave.

Please, don’t go.

Tell me I’m right.

Show her, she’s wrong.

And when she saw him reading her, she bowed her head, averting her eyes.

Geun Suk held her hand, and in a soft voice, whispered, “Don’t do this. Please. Don’t”

She was about to withdraw her hand, when he held it tightly, not wanting to let go.


He saw her closed her eyes, her hand clasped with his. Then, after a minute or two, she smiled, heaved a sigh. “Are you sure you want to continue with this? I am more twisted than you already know i am”

Geun Suk finally was able to breathe. Still not letting go of her hand, he said, teasingly, “Bring it on. I’m not scared. Just don’t push me away. Tch! Even if you do, I will stay. And I know you will, too”


Shin Hye squinted her eyes, pulling her hand from his, but he held it firmly.


Geun Suk just raised his eyebrows, as if unaware of whatever it is that she is getting mad at.


“Are you free today?”, he asked as they were walking out of the café.

“Wae?”, she asked back, while walking side by side with him.

“Hm… I will be going to two sets today, but I don’t want to bring you home yet. I’m just wondering whether you can spend some more time…..”

“waiting in the car while you were discussing the script for hours?”, she continued, a bit sarcastic.

Geun Suk stopped from his track, didn’t expect to hear that from her. Realizing that what she said is half true, he shook his head, rubbed the back of his neck, then said, “Mianhae.. I did not consider that. I’ll just bring you home, first.”

“Geun Suk, can you be more direct with me? I miss the Geun Suk that I met at Bang San before. The conceited, playful Geun Suk”

“I am not conceited”

“Yes, you are”, she said, teasing him. “Is it too hard to say that you want me to stay with you, spend more time together, while you still can squeeze me in your schedule?”

Geun Suk looked at her, a bit nervous.

“My Geun Suk is getting too popular. Too many projects at once”, she said, nudging him by the shoulder.

Geun Suk’s eyes brightened, his eyes smiled wider. “Say that again”

“Too many projects at once?”

“The one before that”

“You’re getting too popular? Conceited, indeed”

“Ani.. before that”, he said, smile could not be erased from his face.

Shin Hye pouted, wrinkled her forehead, as if thinking. Then she looked at him, then said, “ My Geun…”, then her eyes widened, she covered her face, her cheeks red.

“Say it again”


“I like the sound of that. I am yours and yours alone”


“I love you”

Her eyes widened, her mouth hanged open.

“I haven’t said that in a while. I love you. Just in case you forgot”

“Aisssh!”, then with her face red, she marched towards his car, leaving him alone on that space.


Inside his car….

“Where to now?”

“Do Re Mi”

“Waaah! Are you really playing Shin Eun Gyu’s character?”


“He can play the guitar and he can sing”


Shin Hye looked at him, then said. “I’m a fan. I read Guiyeoni Unnie’s novels. I even have the special, extended chapter. Geun Suk…”




“Don’t ruin my Eun Gyu, hm? I really like him”, she confessed like a kid.

“Jinja?”, he said, smiling.

“Deh”, she answered, nodding her head.


He saw her looking at him, as if asking what is there to ask. “Hm.. Why do you like him?”

“haven’t you read the book?”


“Aisssh!!! How are you going to portray his character? Jinja!”

“Why do you like him?”

“He can sing. He’s good in composing songs. He can play the guitar. He’s good in fighting. He saved Jung Won when she went to her brother’s school. And he doesn’t ask any question but he understands her” then, she smiled, giggled like a kid.

Geun Suk chuckled and said, “Just like me. Just like us”


“I can sing. I may not be good at it YET, but I know how to write songs. I can play the guitar. “he saw her making faces, as if not believing. “Yah, listen! I’m good in fighting. I first saw you when you visited Shin Won in Bang San. And I don’t ask question but I can figure you out”

“yah! Don’t compare us with them. It’s different”

“What’s the difference?”

“Theirs is romantic.. sweet”

“And, ours?”


“Ha ha ha!”

“Geun Suk, have you read the script?


“Did they include the scene when Eun Gyu asked Jung Won who hurts her, then he said something like “whatever it is.. whoever that person is, I will hurt him 10x, 100x than he hurt you”. And then, when he suddenly finds out, Jung Won said, “How am I going to tell you who he is? He is your friend.. your best friend. Now, can you cause him pain 10x, 100x that he gave me”. Ahh! Jinja, that was the best!”

Geun Suk looked at him in disbelief. “You really read it?”

She nodded her head, a bit proud, then said, “more than 10x”

Geun Suk shook his head, laughing at that girl. “I almost forgot, you are still a girl after all”

“Yah! What do you mean by that!”

Geun Suk shook his head, smiling at nothing in particular.


Thirty minutes have passed, Geun Suk walked back to his car, watching Shin Hye as she tapped her fingers on her knees, her feet on the dashboard, probably getting the beat of the song that she is listening to. He looked at her from afar, studying the her that he sees now.

As usual, she’s wearing a denim shorts, a loose tee and her white chucks. “Tch! When will this girl ever learn that she needs to dress up at times.”

He shook his head, reminding herself that this girl is not your ordinary Jane.

As he opened that door, Shin Hye stared at his face, looking at him blankly. She squinted her eyes, as if reading him, while putting down her feet from the dashboard.

“I didn’t know that you have nice legs”, he said, looking at her thighs.

“Yah!” Shin hye screamed, while slapping him on the arm.

“Ha ha ha”

“Did they scold you?”, she asked, as he started the engine.

“A bit”

“They asked you to stay and rehearse more, but you said you still need to go to another set”

“Hm”, he said, nodding.

“And they let you go, for they know that you have told them from the start that the schedules might overlap”

Geun Suk looked at her, then asked, “How did you…”

“Shhh!”, she said, shushing him. “I can wait. I ‘m not going anywhere. You should have stayed an hour more. The next appointment is still 2 hours later, right?”

“Ha! How do you do that?”


“Reading me”

“You’re too obvious”

“I’m not”

“Yes, you are”

“That’s weird”


“You’re the only person who can read my mind”

“Funny. Ha Ha Ha”

“I mean it”

“Tch! So, where is the next date, pretty boy”?

Geun Suk suddenly stepped on break, then looked at her. “Date?”

“Why? Are we not dating?”

Geun Suk swallowed, while his eyes were fixed on that girl.

“Why? Are we just playing?”

“Aissh! Jinja! You really have a talent to create and break a mood.. and you can do both, one after the other, in less than five minutes”


“So, we’re dating?”

Her face turned red, then looked at him, irritated. “Ask it once more, and I swear, you’ll wish you never tried to ask it once. Don’t push it too far”

“So we’re dating”, he said, smile plastered on his face.

“One more time…” she said, warning him.

“At least, now I’m certain on one thing… ani, two things”, then he gave her a side glance.

Shin Hye looked at him, her eyes, as thin as a line.

“You know my intention. And you’re not playing with me”


Then, his laughter echoed inside the car, while that girl won’t stop bickering with him.


Geun Suk stopped at that school where Baby and Me will be shot. Yes, they have already started filming. But he was just stopping by to drop Byeol Noona’s script.

He ran towards that building, avoided every pair of eyes of the staff, afraid that once one of them saw his presence, this quick stopping by will last for at least two hours.

Geun Suk walked at one of the corridors, hiding from everyone, and when he saw Byeol, smiled and tapped his Noona’s shoulder. “Noona!”

“Oh, Geun Suk, I thought you will not be dropping by”

“Mianhae, Noona. I didn’t know that I brought home your script.” He said, smiling, but already on his feet, ready to say goodbye.

“Are you in a hurry?”, Kim Byeol, asked, eyeing that guy.

“ha ha ha. My star is waiting for me outside”, he said, his face a bit red.

“Aisssh! Jinja, this kid. Are you not going to introduce us?”

“Hm.. maybe, next time Noona. I just dragged her to come with me today. Next time”, and as he was about to walk away, he heard a familiar voice calling out his name.

“Jang Geun Suk?”

Geun Suk stopped, bit his lips, then smiled automatically as he turned around, “Deh, Kangdungnim”

“Good, you’re here. I need to have a word with you”

Geun Suk closed his eyes, and prayed that this word will not last him for two hours.

True enough, that having a word, turned out to be a revision of one act which took them almost two hours to finish.

As the director take his leave, Geun Suk immediately ran towards his car, while dialing that girl’s number.

As he reached his car, no trace of Shin Hye was left, except for her phone which keeps on ringing.

“Aisssh, jinja! Where is that kid?”, he muttered silently, his eyes wandering around, afraid that girl has ran away, again.

He was half running, half searching for any clue of her presence, when he bumped into someone and heard, “Saya of Kimcheed Radish is here. I saw her at the washroom. She’s pretty, jinja”

Geun Suk slowed down, his eyes following those two, then as it dawned to him, he ran to the nearest washroom, looking for that girl.

He waited patiently outside, not minding the stares of the passersby.
Ten minutes, twenty minutes have passed, and still he did not see any sign of Shin Hye.

“Jinja, where is that girl?”

He was about to do another lap of run, when as he passed by one of the dressing rooms, he saw a girl, with her back facing the door, her head tilted, her legs bent, sitting on the make-shift bed. She was humming a sweet lullaby, his presence drawn to that voice.

Geun Suk need not any confirmation, but as he looked at that room, he saw her reflection on the mirror, her lips curved upward, her eyes smiling as she looked at that angel lovingly.

Five minutes have passed, and as that angel went to sleep, he saw her looked at the reflection in the mirror and smiled when she saw him standing there.

Geun Suk gave a slight bow, a sweet smile, and another realization hits him.

He likes that girl.
He loves that girl.
Aniya… he doesn’t want her to be his girl.
Can he recite another prayer, and request the heavens to make that girl his wife… the mother of his kids?

Geun Suk shook his head, smiled at that silent whisper.

At 20, he knew she’s different. He’s thinking of having her, that girl as his.
At 21, he’s thinking differently. He’s looking ahead, drawing his plans of settling down…with her.. with that girl as his wife.

Jinja… when your fate started to unfold, you don’t need to do anything but to let it present the plan in front of your eyes…
You may not be aware of it at first.. you may opt to fight with it at the start…
But don’t be surprised, when after a blink or two, you see yourself dancing along with its rhythm, without having a hint on how or when it all started.

Everything is starting to unfold…
Everything is beginning to show itself
Hopefully that girl will not try to fight back… will stop pretending that she’s not seeing any of it…

He’s found her, but searching for her still…
She’s still hiding, fighting back with it..

They’re almost there… but not there yet…


1* Questions, Answers and Consequences (Part 2)


“Yeoboseyo”, her sleepy voice was heard at the opposite end of the world.

“Yeobo, already in bed?”, he heard her smile across that distance.

“Already sleeping, yeobo?”, she ended the sentence in a rising intonation, signalling a question for that word.

“Yeobo, wae?”, he asked, his eyes smiling.

“Oppa, wae?”, she asked back, her eyes twinkling.

“I miss you”

“Na do”

“Did I wake you up?”

“Ani. I am waiting for your call.”


“Hm”, he saw her nodded. “Why are you up too early?”

“I’m afraid I’ll wake you up if I call a bit later”

“Yah, Oppa! You went home late last night. You should have slept more”, she nagged, worry evident in her voice.

“I miss you”, he said, teasing her.

“You’re making fun of me”

“No, I’m not”


“Shin Hye…”

“Changkaman, oppa…”, he heard her whisper something, then he heard opening and closing of door.

“Where are you?”

“I went at the balcony. Wae?”

“Why did you go out? You’ll catch a cold. Go back inside”

“Oppa, my guests are already sleeping. I might wake them up if I stay inside”

“Yah! Are you sleeping with your fans?”

“And if I do?”

“Yah! Park Shin Hye!”

“Oppa, you’re beginning to become unreasonable again”, then he heard her chuckle.

He smiled, leaned his back against the wall then answered, “ And you miss my being unreasonable”

“Aniya!”, she objected.

“Admit it, Princess”

“I won’t”, she said, her head shaking, laughing in disbelief.

“You miss it. You miss me”

“I miss you, but not the you being unreasonable”

“You miss it, too. Say it. I’ve been quite good these past few days. I’ve never been jealous”, he said, grinning.

“Jinja? If I remembered it correctly, you were jealous at Yong during the last YAB meet up”


“You were jealous with Mason”

“Aissh! Jinja, that kid!”, he heard her laugh. “I almost strangle his neck for stealing a kiss from my girl”

“He asked for permission and you said yes”

“I said yes on the kiss, but I did not say on the lips! Jinja”

“Should I wait for him? He’s cute”

“Yah, Park Shin Hye!”

“Wae? You said in one of your tweet that you will be waiting for that little girl in the poster of a children’s clothing line.”

“Did I say that?”


“So, you waiting for Mason is the you getting back at me? Don’t be that jealous, Princess. At the end of the day, you still have me. Yours and yours alone

“Aissh, Oppa!”

“Wae? Did I make your heart flutter again?”

“Aniya. You’re making me feel nauseous. Where are you pulling these things from?”

“From my heart”

“Aisssh! Jinja”

And I quote, “First of all, a warm hearted and gentle person. And a person who has a sense of humor. Besides, a person who can be responsible for his work! Am I asking too perfect (much)?”. Don’t you think you’re beginning to become bolder, Princess? Where did you get the courage to describe me in detail?”


“Let me finish. I’m not done yet. You’re not asking someone who’s too perfect. You’re just describing that someone who you already have”

“Aisssh! I’m hanging up”

“Don’t cover your face. I know those chubby cheeks are now all red”



Then he saw her bit her lips, then asked in a soft voice, “Is it too obvious?”

“Ha ha ha. I love you”. He heard her smile on those words. “Shin Hye?”


“I said I love you. Don’t daydream in there and answer my I love you”

“I love you too”

Shin Hye was smiling, biting her lips, trying to hide that giggle.

“You like Gyu Won more than Mi Nam?” he asked, his voice channelling Hwang Tae Kyung


“So you like Lee Shin more than Hwang Tae Kyung?”

“Eh? Here comes the unreasonable you, Jang Geun Suk-ssi”

“So, Gyu Won it is?”

“Oppa, they were asking me which is more similar to the real Shin Hye. I might be clumsy, but I am more of Gyu Won. You know that.”

“Tch! So you’re more into Lee Shin that Hwang Tae Kyung? Have you fallen for him?”

“Jinja! Why are you like this?”

“You make me into this?”


Then she heard him smirked then said, “Gyu Won (of “Heartstrings”) is more similar to myself than Mi Nam (YAB). Especially the part on how she makes efforts to get closer to a person whom she likes. I’m also that type of a person who works hard to make a man whom I like look at me. Maybe that’s why my friends often tell me that my feelings are too obvious, even though I don’t mean to tell.”


“You’re quite bad. You set me up.” He said, grinning. “You planned it, right? You make me look your way. And when I looked your way, you tried to run away, not taking responsibility on the person you made me into”


“Three years. Three years before you agreed to meet me.”

He saw her smile, then said, “You set me up first, then you broke my heart many times”

“Look who’s talking”


“You broke my heart so many times, that I wonder why i am still breathing”

“because I am still here”


“You’re still breathing because I am still here”

“Ha ha ha. You’re learning too fast, Princess”

“My teacher is good”

Then, they laughed in unison.

“Which will you choose? Minami Shineyo or Heartstrings?”

“I already answered that one. I said Minami Shineyo, right? Didn’t you read it?”


“Why why?”

“Why Minami Shineyo?”

“And i quote, ‘You Are Beautiful” was a turning point of my life. When I met that drama, I felt refreshed as if I’d found a correct- sized clothes that suited me for the first time and I could wear it well. That drama is my monumental work that leads me to become an adult actress from a child actor

“I read that part. But you didn’t answer my question.”


“Should i answer that question for you?”

“Ha ha ha. Let me hear it then, Oppa”

“Tch! You found your heartstring in Minami. You found the other end of your string of fate. You found the correct size of hands that fitted yours perfectly. You found your perfect match. You found me”


“Your stubborn self has finally given in. Six years. Six years, Princess and I finally heard that yes.”


“I found you first. I knew it first. Lucky I’m patient”

“Lucky, I stayed”

“Lucky, I waited”


“The consequences will be given when I return back to Seoul. Better be prepared”


“I figured you out. I decoded the secret messages”

“You were just asking me questions and I was just answering”

“And for every correct interpretation of that answer, I got the chance to ask Truth or Dare. But you did not give me the chance to ask for Truth. So, I’d settle with Dare”


“Tch! The Weibo Q&A was much more difficult. What should the consequences be? I have enough time to plan and I’m giving you enough to prepare”


“Don’t give me that pout. That won’t work. Ha ha ha”

“Jinja. You set me up, again. You set me up on something that I am not aware of”

“It’s not a set up if you knew it,Princess”

“So, you did admit that you set me up”

“Whatever. I’ll get my prize when I return. Better be prepared, Go Mi Nam”.

And then, as if he remembered something, she heard him cuss and then in gritted teeth, said, “Should I ban you from having interviews in Japan?”


“I think all of them are casted under a spell”


“Jinja, I should have not agreed on that interview! Should I just hide you inside my pocket, Princess?”


“They are all stating open admiration. Should i make known of my presence?”


Then, the bickering, the laughter and the teasings continue on that early morning/late night catching ups, miss you’s, love you’s and sweet dreams.

【an・an editor’s comment about Shin Hye】Shin Hye ssi had a shiny skin & wobbly eyes. She was like a fairy. She was so pretty that I thought I would take her to our office many times…!!

Chief editor, Korea TV Drama Japan Magazine: Shin Hye has such a nice personality. Whenever i meet Shin Hye, I think ” how one can be grown up into such a nice girl?”. I saw Shin Hye’s mother at the event. She seemed vey affable and looked very similar to Shin Hye. Geun Suk said that she was loved by co-actors’ mothers.I think she is the top favorite prospective bride in Korea.

Credit: twitter.com/ozbussi


[7] Mr and Mrs Jang

The whole house was still so alive amidst that late evening arrival of the newlywed.

The guys, Mr. Jang, Mr. Park, Shin Won, Geun Suk, and Keunsama were busy talking to each other, discussing about business and properties; MJ and Manager Jun were at the kitchen assisting the elders in unpacking the food that they’ve prepared; while Shin Hye was trapped by Mrs. Jang and Mrs Park at the dining, discussing randomly things regarding households, the do’s and don’ts of living as a couple, and with Mrs. Park reminding Shin Hye of the food and the inventory that they have picked up for them.

Shin Hye was just smiling at the randomness of her two Mothers, thankful that she was so lucky to have her Mom and his Mom approving this union. She looked at them lovingly, brim of tears threatening to fall as it dawned to her that she’s no longer her Mother’s Alice… no longer her Father’s little Princess… no longer her Brother’s little bugger. Somehow these distinction gave a pinch in her heart… does she really need to let go of the “her” that was before?

Adding to this confusion.. uneasiness.. it didn’t escape her eyes when she saw her Mom blinked a tear upon scolding.. reminding her to turn off the iron once she’s done using it.. to not forget any food on the stove if she’s cooking something….

Shin Hye smiled and heaved a sigh.. she will definitely miss her Mom.. their house… the petty quarrels that she always has with Shin Won, and the silent scolding of her Appa everytime she would do something wrong.

Shin Hye averted her eyes, not wanting her Mom to see any of those tears, and as she did so, her eyes automatically landed on that guy who in the past thirty minutes, could not concentrate on whatever it is that the guys were discussing, his eyes stealing glimpses on that girl at the dining.. his mind trying to read her eyes.

As she saw his face, his eyes fixed on her, Shin Hye smiled, tilted her head then silently whispered in the wind… you’re worth it, Oppa… this is where it will all lead after all, right? You and me together…

And as she blinked once again, she felt a hand on her waist, hugging her in the process, then whispered, “ til our ever after ends”.

Shin Hye’s eyes widened, surprised of those words. “Oppa.. what.. how…?”, she asked, a bit confused.

“Still not used to it? We’ve been doing this for years, and until now, you still did not notice it? I can read you, inasmuchas you can read me”

Shin Hye smiled on his chest, and then she heard him say,”I love you”. She closed her eyes, and let those words play in her ears again.

And as if waking them up from their trance, Mrs. Jang called on her son and said, “Suk-di, life will not always be a slice of cake. Not every day will be as sweet as this. As the one older and the man of this house, you have to figure things out. Think maturely. Act accordingly. You are no longer kids who should fight over petty things. Arasseo?”

“Alice, not because you are younger, you can throw your tantrums anytime. I did not bring you up to think like an immature kid who doesn’t care about anything but herself. You both must learn how to give and take… when to talk and to listen. Misunderstandings.. quarrel… those are normal. It’s how you handle it that would make a difference. You’re all by yourself on this. We’re just here. If ever there is something that you need to discuss about, we’re just a phone call away. But.. but.. Alice,when you say your I do, I expect to see a grown up, mature young lady. I don’t want hearing things like, “eomma.. can I go home? Oppa is making fun of me again”. If I hear that.. if I hear that Alice, I myself would drive to reach this house, and will cut your hair short. Tch! Arasseo?”

Shin Hye pouted then hid behind Geun Suk, hugging him from the back.

Geun Suk smiled, held Shin Hye’s hands which are on his waist, then give an assuring nod to those two women. “Arasseo, Eomma, Jangmonim. Do not worry too much. I will be in charge of this little girl right here”.

“Geun Suk, do not spoil that girl. She needs to grow up”, Mrs. Park hissed, eyeing that girl behind his back.

“Jangmonim, you do know that there is nothing I can do to spoil my wife. This lady right here may act like a kid at times, but her way of thinking is far beyond what my mind can process. I think I will be needing to get your advices if this girl starts bossing me around”, he said the last sentence in a whisper which earned him a pinch in the torso.

“Alice!”, her Mom glared at her.

“Arasseo, Eomma”, Shin Hye answered, bowing her head.


After thirty more minutes, around one in the morning, the visitors have bid their goodbyes. Geun Suk and Shin Hye went out with them upto the porch, bowing to their parents, giving the promise that they will look after each other.

“Geun Suk, you still need to buy some fixtures for the kitchen. I guess the cabinets are too high for Shin Hye. Better get some steps or stools from the furniture store. I don’t want my daughter to have an accident in the kitchen, arasseo?”, Mrs. Jang reminded him as she and her husband are walking out of the door.

“Shin Hye, you have to put the kimchi jalgae in the fridge. Do not forget to turn on the heater inside your room. It’s too cold outside. You know that Geun Suk gets sick easily, arasseo?”

Geun Suk and Shin Hye smiled. Geun Suk’s arm on that girl’s shoulder why Shin Hye’s were wrapped around his waist. “Arasseo”, they both answered in unison, and as they look at their fathers, both men were just shaking their heads, laughing at the uneasiness of those two women.

“Yeobo, should you just sleep here tonight?”, Mr. Park asked his wife.

“Should I just pick you up tomorrow?”, Mr. Jang asked Mrs Jang.

Both women looked at each other, and answered at almost the same time, “Should i?”

“Aigoo!”, their husbands laughed as they both ushered their wives outside of the house. But before the elevator door closed, Shin Hye ran to her Eomma and Appa, giving them a farewell kiss and a quick hug. After a second or two, she pulled herself immediately and ran towards her husband who was standing at the front door, waiting for her.

As she reached Geun Suk, the guy hugged her, then they both bowed their heads, bidding them goodbye.

Five minutes have passed, the girl still did not show any sign of going inside, her eyes still fixed on the elevator door, her head tilted as if in a deep thought.

Geun Suk poked her head and teasingly said, “Should I bring you over to your Eomma’s?”

“Yah! Oppa!”

“Ha ha ha. It seems that you don’t want to stay here with me. Do you want to go home first? I will bring you over.”

“Oppa”, Shin Hye answered with a pout.

Geun Suk smiled, then lifted her face, “I understand. I will understand. Hm? Do you want me to get the car key?”

Shin Hye shook her head and smiled at him. “Aniyo, Oppa. I will stay here. I already live here, right? Unless you will kick me out”

“Aigoo! This kid. How will I kick you out of your own house”, he said as he squatted down, giving that girl a piggy back. “Are we going to bed now?”



“Can we tour the house first? I haven’t seen it fully?”

“Arasseo”, then Geun Suk lifted her from the ground and carried her inside the house.


“This Princess is your kitchen. I asked Jangmonim to help in picking up the utensils and spices that you usually use in cooking. You may check them tomorrow, and whatever it is that is missing, we’ll just buy together”

“Jinja?”, Shin Hye said, as Geun Suk brought her down at the kitchen counter, checking the spices bottles and ladles and plates inside the kitchen.

“Oppa, what do you want to eat tomorrow?” she asked as she opens and closes the kitchen cabinets, checking whatever it is that her Mom has bought. “Oppa!”

“Hm?”, Geun Suk asked, his lips curved into a smile.

“What do you want to eat? I will cook”, Shin Hye said, smiling.

“Kimchi pancake?”

“Hm.. kimchi pancake it is.” She said as she returned some of the spices inside the cabinet.

Shin Hye, while still sitting at the counter, looked around the house, as if memorizing every single corner of it, and then, as her eyes did a complete scan of the house, her eyebrows suddenly met, her nose crinkled, but a smile is slowly forming in her lips, “Oppa…”

Geun Suk smiled. “No bar. No wine bar. Eomma said better not have. But I can still bring packs of beer, right?”

“Hm.. I’ll think about it”, Shin Hye said, smiling.

“Yah!” Geun Suk glared, as he stood there in front of Shin Hye.
Shin Hye pulled his neck and gave his lips a soft kiss, “Saranghae, Oppa”

Geun Suk smiled on that kiss and as he was about to pull her closer for a more intimate kiss, ShinHye pulled away and like a butterfly, jumped off the counter and walked slowly towards nothing in particular. Geun Suk was left there, dumbfounded. “Jinja”, he said as he shook his head, following that girl.

“Oppa, how many rooms?”, she asked as she walked to the living room.

Geun Suk stood there at the dining, leaning on one of the post, admiring the sparks in that girl’s eyes, “Two. One study, one master’s”

“Hm.”, she nodded as she walked her way from one room to another.



Shin Hye looked at him, then around the house, as if looking for something. “Oppa, don’t you miss..” And before she could finish her sentence, Geun Suk opened the study, and there comes Suni, Nori and Bongji, running out of the room towards him and Shin Hye, rubbing their furs to the owners.

Shin Hye’s eyes sparkled, she kneeled down, kissing the puppies, hugging them tightly, “I miss you. Unnie misses you so much”, she said again and again playing with the puppies.

Geun Suk walked towards her then sat beside her on the floor, Nori following closely behind him.

Shin Hye was playing with the dogs on the couch, Geun Suk on the floor, his head on the couch opposite Shin Hye, watching her laugh and giggle with their dogs.

His eyes already dozing off, and before he totally resigned, he looked at that girl and said, “Shin Hye”


“Aren’t you sleepy?”

“Hm?”, Shin Hye asked, looking at him, behind Suni. “Are you sleepy, Oppa? Do you want to go to bed first?”


“Woaah! Why are you shouting?”, Shin Hye asked, confused.

“Do you really want me to sleep alone on our first night in our house?”

“Oh. Should we sleep together?”, she asked, teasing him.

“Aisssh! Jinja!”, Geun Suk said standing from the floor, walking away from that girl.

Shin Hye smiled, then said, “Oppa!”

“Wae?”, he hissed while looking back, then he smiled seeing Shin Hye standing on the couch, her arms wide open, asking him to come near her.

Geun Suk walked back and when Shin Hye was about to hop to his back, he surprised her when he held her at the back of her knees, his other hand on her lower back, scooping her from the couch. “Yah, Oppa!”

“Hm”, he asked, smiling.

Shin Hye wrapped her arms on his neck and smiled on his chest.

As he gently lay her down on the bed, still with her arms on his neck, she looked at him then whispered, “Is this really happening, Oppa? Am I not just dreaming? Please wake me up if this is just a dream.. wake me up before I begin to believe that this is real”

Geun Suk smiled, kissed the tip of her nose and gently whispered, “Wake up, Princess”

He saw her pouted, closed her eyes and before she could say another word, he placed a soft kiss on her lips and said, “Wake up. The first part of your dream has ended. Wake up to the continuation of the next chapter. This is where it ends and where it will all start. Are you ready for the next ride, Mrs. Jang?”

“Tell me when you are, Mr. Jang”

The meet up of two souls… the bringing together of two halves…making them not simply whole, but complete…

Hana.. dul… set!


[6] Seriously… Seriously… Here Comes the Real Deal

The newlywed couple, fresh from their honeymoon, arrived at Incheon International Airport late one night. Geun Suk was holding Shin Hye’s hand while, MJ, Manager Jun and Keunsama were following closely, their luggages in the trolley, gifts and souvenirs held in hand by MJ.

“Shin Hye, gwaenchana?”, Manager Jun asked Shin Hye, worried, curious, Geun Suk didn’t know what.

“Yah! Hyung, it’s as if I would do anything bad to this girl”, Geun Suk smirked, grinning at the concerned look on his face.

“Geun Suk…”

‘”Ara… Hyung, I know that this is the longest time you’re not with this girl. I do appreciate the concern, and I’m really thankful. Just trust me, Hyung. I am no longer that immature, possessive boyfriend. Might still be immature, but this girl now is my wife. Nothing to worry about”, he answered, assuring the elder that he won’t do anything near to hurting this girl.

“I am holding you responsible, Geun Suk”.

“You have my word and my neck on the line, Hyung”, he said, smiling.

“Shin Hye”, Keunsama called on that girl.

“Yah! Don’t tell me you will also scold this girl if she treated me bad”, Geun Suk hissed, holding that girl protectively.

“In your dreams, punk! Better be reminded that we did inform you that wherever this thing will lead you both, worse comes to worst, we will be at this girl’s side, not yours”, Keunsama said, smiling at Shin Hye.

“ Ha ha ha! Oppa, you heard that. Better treat me nicely. If not, I have the whole of Tree J and 4Him coming after you”

“No need to remind me of that, Princess. When I said my “I do”, all those things were taken into consideration, plus the probable disownment of my parents to their only son if ever a tear fall from those eyes of yours, little one”.

“That’s why I love you the most, Oppa”

“Tch! You love me the most, or you love THEM the most”, he said, teasing her.

“Hm..”, Shin Hye said, pouting… thinking.


All of them laughed in unison, as they saw the irritated face of that guy once again.

As they reached the parking lot, Manager Jun immediately walked to her car, her things on his hands. Shin Hye smiled, tip toed and kissed Geun Suk on the cheeks, said, “See you later, Oppa!”, but before she hopped her way towards her car, she felt Geun Suk’s hand on her arm, his face dark.

“Hm?”, Shin Hye asked, confused.

“Tch! Disoriented again, Princess? Jet lag? Where do you think you’re going?”

Shin Hye’s eyes sparkled, she gave out that sheepish smile, then while playing with her index fingers, she said innocently, “I was just checking if you still remembered”

“ha! Good excuse,Princess! I guess the moment I heard your I do, I have already etched that date and the things that will happen after that, afraid that I will forget in a second or two that I am already married, and this girl is already mine.”

“Yah, Oppa!”, Shin Hye said, a bit guilty.

“Haha. The kid is guilty. No worries, dear, I will remind you again and again that you are now MINE”



“Tch! You are MINE, Jang Geun Suk-ssi”

The guy wrapped his arm around her shoulder, ushering her to Khan.


“You like Khan more than anything, right?”

“Hal!”, Shin Hye pouted, remembering her jealousy on Hana, back in 2012.

“Yah! You’re hurting his feeling. I have taken good care of him, because you said you like him”

“I like them all, Oppa. I like Louis as well”, she said, smiling, while buckling her seatbelt.

“Even that white land rover?”


“The red fiat?”

“Aisssh! Jinja!”, she said, irritated, remembering the hoolaboo caused by the red fiat and Geun Suk sleeping overnight at a parking lot.

“I love you”, he said, teasing her.

“I love you, too” Shin Hye answered, in response. The words came out naturally, as if she is programmed to answer with that nado, after he said those three words. And then remembering those words, her response, Shin Hye rumpled her hair, then looked at Geun Suk. “Jinja, Oppa!”


As Geun Suk drove off the airport, though they haven’t discussed it, she allowing Geun Suk to make a decision, she looked at that guy, unsure how to ask it.



“Where to now?”

A place to stay should not be a problem. Geun Suk has bought a number of properties, in preparation for this settling down. She can still go back to her parent’s house, or to that property her parents has gifted her right after her graduation. It’s just that, on one of those discussions, Geun Suk made it a point that she will not go back to her parents’ and she had make it clear that she doesn’t want to live in Busan, or in that three-storey property in Seoul.. not yet.. at least not at this point, until he has finished completing his service.

Geun Suk would be enlisting two months from now, and she insisted that she would want to live a simple life, learn slowly of those things that they need to learn, without the help of anyone else. She wanted to make a simple, intimate start. Intimate in the sense that she wanted to do this with only the two of them: without the staffs from Tree J assisting them in picking up the furniture for a house; without getting lost in a seven bedroom, three storey building; without expecting a breakfast to be served with them both still lying late on the bed.

Shin Hye wanted to live a simple life. A simple, normal life.. like what a normal couple, a newly-wed would do. Maybe later on..later on, they can enjoy what they have worked for… the fruit of his hard work. But not at this point. Not at this point yet. She wanted to have a feel of this feeling, them enjoying the “them”, not the “what” that they have.

Geun Suk looked at her, then said softly, “Where to? Should I return you to Jangmonim’s first?” then he heaved a sigh. “I prepared so much I didn’t consider the first few years of this life”

“Hm?” , Shin Hye asked, looking at him.

Geun Suk smiled,held her hand, then said, “You said you want a big family. I prepared for that. I bought those properties. I forgot it will only be the two of us at the start”

Shin Hye smiled, loving how Geun Suk really planned for this.. for them living together.



“How did you know that it will be us in the end?”

“Eh?!”, Geun Suk’s eyes widened, surprised, a bit irritated of that question.

“When? When did you know? I mean, you started buying properties in 2010, asking me to come along, to help you in choosing, but it never occurred to me that I was choosing something for us”


“Seriously, Oppa?”

“Park Shin Hye”

“Hm?”, she said, looking at him.

“Jinja… should I hit you in the head? I mean, all those while, were you just playing with me?”

“Yah, Oppa, we just got married and here you are, threatening to hurt me”

“Aisssh! Jinja.. should I just return you to Jangmonim?”, he asked, teasing her.

“Tch! I dare you, Oppa! Why don’t you just return me to my Eomma”, she asked, challenging him.

“Aigoo!!! I can’t”

“You WON’T” she said, a bit proud.

“Haha.. I can’t. I CAN NOT. Shin Won would kill me. We had an agreement”, he said, a bit disappointed,

‘Hm?”, Shin Hye asked, a bit disoriented.

“No return. No exchange, after the exchange of vows. Aisssh!! Jinja. Can I retract my words?”

“Seriously? I mean seriously, are you really returning me back?”, she asked, a bit taken aback.

“Seriously… seriously…”, he said, without looking at her. “Seriously, I’ve been planning for this since I made that pact with the heavens. Seriously, seriously… I knew it the moment I saw you at the bus stop. Seriously… seriously, you still don’t believe that I am serious on this, even after that I do?

Shin Hye squinted her eyes, moved her lips left and right, then looked at him, “Seriously, seriously,Oppa. Do you still think I’m not taking you seriously after I gave my I do?

They both smiled, Geun Suk grinning upto his ears, while holding that girl’s hand.

“I love you”

And just like before, as if it’s a lyrics of a song, after those words, Shin Hye answered, “I love you, too!”

As they reached one village, Geun Suk parked the car at the basement area of one of the buildings.

“Oppa…”, Shin Hye asked, unfamiliar of the place.

“Hm?”, Geun Suk said, as he opened his car door.

“Who lives here?”


“Don’t you think it’s a bit late to visit someone at this hour?”

Geun Suk smiled, walked around the car, opening the door at the passenger’s seat, pulling that girl out.

“Oppa!”, Shin Hye called on him in a whisper. “it’s already late. Let’s just come back tomorrow”

Geun Suk went inside the elevator, Shin Hye following closely behind.


“Unit 11, 11th floor. Wae?”

Shin Hye smiled. November 11, 2006. Speed dial #1.

“What are you thinking about?”

“Aniya. Private lift? Who lives here?”

“Jinja!”, then he scooped that girl from the floor, carrying her Princess-style.

“Oppa!”, Shin Hye exclaimed, a bit startled.

As they reached the main door, the whole house was quiet, the lights were turned off.

“Oppa, they are already sleeping. I told you, we better come back tomorrow”

“Park Shin Hye, one more word and I will drop you on the ground.”


“Key-in the password, Princess. You’re a bit heavy”

“Aisssh! Password?”


Shin Hye think for a while, then with squinted eyes, keyed in, 11-11-11. A moment after, the front door opened.

“Oppa, why is the password like that? Why is it similar to our password?”, she asked without pause.

But before that guy answered, the lights were turned on, revealing Mr and Mrs Park, Mr and Mrs Jang, Shin Won, Keunsama, Manager Jun and MJ.

“Woaaah! Why are you all here?”, she asked, her eyes bright.

Geun Suk smirked, put her feet down on the ground, and after five seconds or ten, he stood in front of her, flicking her forehead.

“Yah,Oppa! What is that for?”

“For annoying me of your questions for the last ten minutes”, he
said, while blowing some air on her forehead.

“Eh”, she asked with a pout.

“Why do you need to ask the obvious?”

“Eh?”, Shin Hye’s eyes widened. “You mean, this house… the password… this is ours?”

Geun Suk smiled, nodded his head as an answer.

“Jinja?”, Shin Hye’s eyes were bright. She didn’t expect it. She didn’t expect that they can play this “game”, having the role playing of husband and wife, before he enter for his service, before they can deal with the real real thing.

“Yes, Princess. I told you, right? Your wish is my command.

Shin Hye looked at him in disbelief, then in a nano-second wrapped her arms around his neck, while that guy’s hand were instinctively wrapped around his waist. “kumawo, Oppa!”

“I love you, Princess”

All of the guests were smiling, their hearts melting, upon hearing those words.

“I wonder until how long you can put up with this little bugger, Geun Suk”, Shin Won smirked, handing him a can of beer.

“Eh, Oppa!”, Shin Hye squinted her eyes to her older brother.

“Seriously, Hyung, can I not return your little bugger?”, he asked riding along.

“Yah,Oppa”, she pouted at her husband.

The elders were laughing, shaking their heads at the playfulness of Geun Suk and the childishness of Shin Hye.

“Alice…”, Mrs.Park called on her.

“Deh, Eomma?”, she asked, as she looked for her Mom.

“Alice, you are already married. You cannot live as if you were just sixteen, getting irritated by Geun Suk’s teasings”, her Mom said, arranging her hair.

“Geun Suk”, Mrs. Jang called on him.

Geun Suk smiled, knowing what that call is for.

“Deh, Eomma”

“Geun Suk, do not always tease Shin Hye. You two are no longer dating. You cannot get irritated at each other, then call this quits. Remember…”

“Arasseo, Eomma. You will disown me once I make your Princess… my Princess.. my Queen, cry a tear”.

“Geun Suk”, Mr. Park called on him.

“Deh, Abeojji”, Geun Suk said, a bit nervous.

Mr. Park walked towards him, bringing along Shin Hye. The elders form a circle with the two youngsters standing in front of them.

“I don’t want you both getting hurt or hurting each other”, Mr. Jang said, eyeing Geun Suk dangerously.

“Appa!” Geun Suk answered in protest.

“Alice, I don’t want you running home, crying”, Mrs. Park said, looking lovingly at her daughter.

“Geun Suk, don’t you ever make Shin Hye cry”, Mrs. Jang said with squinted eyes.

Mrs. Park smiled and then looked at Shin Hye again, “If ever there is a problem, you better discuss it, arasseo? No one’s going home. No one’s leaving the other for petty misunderstandings. I will not let you in, Shin Hye. I told you, right? Geun Suk?”, Mrs Park called on him.

“Deh, Jangmonim”

“The moment this girl comes home crying, I will call you. You make a choice. It’s either I will let her in, or you will pick her up at my door steps. The moment I let her in, you cannot take her back”, she said smiling, but serious. “Do you both understand?”

“Deh”, both of them, answered in unison.

Geun Suk’s arm was already on her shoulder, when Mr. Park voice echoed inside the house, again.

“Geun Suk”

“Deh, Abeojji”, he said, bowing his head.

Mr. Park looked at Shin Hye, smiled, then faced Geun Suk. “If ever you find this little Princess too annoying, you can just return her to us. I don’t want my Princess getting hurt. I’d rather have her back, whole than leave her here, bruised. Do you understand what I’m saying, young man?”

Geun Suk looked at Shin Hye, then to Mr. Park. “Deh, Abeojji. I understand fully. The moment I said I love you, even before my I do, I have already taken responsibility of this girl.”, then he looked at everyone, smiled at them, and continued, “I know everyone is worried. Please don’t be. I might have made this girl cry a bucket of tears, but I have cried a drum for every moment I made her cry. We’ve been together for long, and I know we will be for the years to come. I loved this girl, love her still and will love her forever. You have my word, and my head on that”, he said playfully, then kissed that girl in the forehead.

Then, with that, the newlywed’s journey towards their ever after started to unfold. The husband and the wife, stood there still, anticipating what the heavens have prepared.. wondering what script was written…looking forward to how this happy ending will be narrated.

With a lot of uncertainties… only one is certain. They will stick with each other, through thick and thin.. beyond the teasings and misundertandings to however and whatever it is that is waiting for them. Them through forever, until their ever after ends…

Seriously… seriously…


3* The New Competition

Right after that dinner…

Shin Hye walked to PD Hong and Yong Hwa, while Geun Suk and Hong Ki were talking about something at one corner.

“Shin Hye-ya, so we’ll meet again on the next Minami reunion”, PD Hong said, while giving that girl a quick hug.

“Save the date, Kangdungnim. If you won’t show your face, you’re dead!”, Shin Hye answered, playfully.

“Aigoo! This kid! Tell that to your Hyung-nim! Better show his face in the photos. If not, I will have your Shin Woo Hyung stand beside you, ” he said, remembering the funny photo that they’ve uploaded after that Minami Shineyo second anniversary last year. “Haha! I wonder what will the commotion be about this year”

“Yah! Hyung!” Yong Hwa hissed, stopping PD-Hong.

“Yah! Yong Hwa-ssi, in case you forgot, I …”

“Mianhamnida, Kangdungnim! This Busan boy suddenly forgot who he’s talking to”, Yong Hwa answered in his Busan accent, and then looked at Shin Hye and pulled that girl to an embrace.

“I will miss you, chingu!”, he said, while tapping that girl at the back.

“I will miss you too, Chingu!”, Shin Hye answered, smiling on his shoulder but as she opened her eyes, she saw her Hyun-nim, eyes as big as saucers and with that signature pout, Shin Hye blinked twice and thrice and then swallowed, but still not letting go from that embrace.

Yong Hwa, noticing her uneasiness, smiled through that embrace and whispered in her ears,”Is your Hyung-nim throwing his daggers on me, again?”

Shin Hye shook her head on his shoulder and said, without removing her eyes from Geun Suk, “Ani.. he’s throwing his draggers on me

“Ha ha ha!” Yong Hwa pulled away, and then placed his arm around Shin Hye’s shoulder, winked at Geun Suk, but standing there, still.

Geun Suk chewed his lips, his eyes on Yong Hwa’s hand, then shifted his gaze to that girl. Shin Hye swallowed, standing uncomfortably.

“Hyung..”, Hong Ki said in a whisper, tagging Geun Suk as he charged towards those two.

“Cut!” PD Hong said, laughing.

All four of them laughed in unison as they heard that magic word.

Geun Suk and Hong Ki walked to where they were standing. Geun Suk pulled Shin Hye immediately as he reached that place, trapping that girl to a tight embrace.

“You do know that I am not feeling well, don’t you? Yet, you still pulled that prank”

“Hyung-nim, you know pretty well that this is always part of the farewell, right?”

“And you do know, little Missy, that what we all have this year is far different from what we have last year, hm?”, Geun Suk whispered, his tone dead serious.

“Oppa!”, Shin Hye exclaimed, pulling away from his embrace, her eyes squinted.

Geun Suk smirked, placed his arm on her shoulder while Shin Hye’s is automatically placed around his waist.

“So, I will be taking this girl away. I guess my body temperature is getting higher, afraid that I will reach the boiling point if I keep on seeing that stare, Shin Woo-ssi. Tch!” he said, playfully.

Yong Hwa smiled, bowed his head, then said, “Mianhae, Hyung. I just missed my Gyu… ahm… Mi Nam”


“Yah, Oppa! Yong!”, Shin Hye said, pulling them both out of that trance.

Geun Suk and Yong Hwa both laughed, then smiled at that girl.

“We’ll head off, first”, Yong Hwa said, smiling at her.

PD Hong looked at Shin Hye, then at Geun Suk, “Hwang Tae Kyung, I hope you do know how lucky you are to be standing beside that girl. You do know what I mean, right?”

Geun Suk looked at PD Hong for five second or so, smirked then said, “This girl is not going anywhere. The script might change, the cast might come and go, but this girl will never go anywhere”

PD Hong smiled, then excused himself as well.

Hong Ki walked near them, squinted his eyes on Shin Hye, then said, “Up until now, I still don’t know what they both see in you, Shin Hye-ssi” then he smiled at her and nudged Geun Suk by the shoulder.

And as he turned around, he heard his Hyung let out a dangerous laugh. “That is why I like you the most, Lee Hong Ki. And I do appreciate that”.

Hong Ki stopped from his track, swallowed a little. Does Hyung know? Then, he shook his head, he laughed, walked away, while waving at them from the back.

And as all of them drove off, Shin Hye automatically removed her hand from Geun Suk and started to walk away.


“Tch!”, Shin Hye smirked, then stopped two feet away from him. “What was that?”

Geun Suk laughed, then said, “which one?”

“You do know what I’m talking about, Oppa?”

Geun Suk raised his eyebrow, still pretending that he doesn’t know.

Shin Hye looked at him as well, and with squinted eyes, stood there, still.

“I was just playing with them”

“And you do know it’s not funny”

“Do you think I’m having fun standing there, watching you both?”

“Oppa, three years. It’s been three years. You’re beginning to become unreasonable”

“Don’t tell me you don’t see it, Shin Hye. The guy still has a thing on you”

“Ha!” Shin Hye answered in disbelief. “ I’m not hearing any of these”, she said while walking away.

Geun Suk closed his eyes, knowing that he pushed it too far again. He shook his head, remembering that guy… her chingu.

And then, suddenly…

“Argh”, his voice was heard, followed by a thud.

Shin Hye automatically turned around, and as she saw Geun Suk on the ground, she automatically ran towards his direction, worry evident in her eyes.

“Oppa!”, Shin Hye exclaimed on her way to where he was. “Gwaenchana? Gwaenchana?”, she asked, again and again.

And when the guy still did not answer, “Oppa.. Oppa…”, she said while tapping his cheeks, her hands, trembling.

Tears were already running down her cheeks, her heart beating a thousand.

She was looking around her, her other hand looking for something inside her bag, when the guy in her arm twisted a little and then she felt his hand on her cheeks. “Did I scare you?”

“Oppa!” she said, her voice a bit louder.

“Mianhae… my world suddenly twisted and turned when I saw you walking away”, then he smiled weakly, trying to remove the worries in her eyes.

“Funny.. jinja funny”, she answered back, while trying to stop her tears.

After five seconds or ten, Geun Suk tried to stand up, his arms anchored to that girl.

And as he was pulled to a stand, before that girl can make a step forward, he pulled her to a tight embrace, then whispered, “Saranghae….”

Shin Hye’s heart jumped a beat. “Oppa…”

“Eh, is that the correct answer, Go Mi Nam”

“nado, saranghae oppa”

As they reached her house, Shin Hye supported Geun Suk while walking towards the main gate. She was struggling to get her keys when the front door opened, revealing her Eomma.

“Eomma!/Jangmonim!”, Shin Hye and Geun Suk said at almost the same time. Geun Suk immediately removed his hand from Shin Hye, but losing his balance, lucky Shin Hye Eomma was fast, if not, he could have kissed the ground.

“Geun Suk/Oppa!”, Mrs Park and Shin Hye said, as they both tried to keep Geun Suk in his standing position.

“What’s that commotion about”, they heard Mr. Park approaching the door. GeunSuk embarrassed of his state, tried to remove his hand from Shin Hye, and before the girl could say another word, they heard her Appa said something like, “Are you drunk, young man?”, his eyes fixed on that guy.

Geun Suk swallowed, then with all the strength that he could gather, tried to stand up straight, bowed at Mr. Park then said without pause, “Annyeong haseyo, Abeojji! Animida. I am not drunk. I tried not to drink tonight. I am just sending Shin Hye home”.

Shin Hye’s eyes widened. She couldn’t almost stop her impending laugh, still not getting used to her Oppa acting like this in front of her Appa.

Geun Suk after saying his piece, closed his eyes, bowed his head once more, then started to walk away, but Shin Hye’s arms were faster, her hand automatically grabbing that guy,”Oppa!”

Geun Suk almost lost his balance, his world turning, but still trying to compose himself.

Mr. Park shook his head, smiled turned around then said, “Bring him to Shin Won’s room. He can stay in Shin Won’s room”, then looked at Shin Hye abruptly, “not in your room, young lady”

Shin Hye swallowed, and before she could say her protest, she saw her Appa smiled and said, “I trust you.” Then looked at that guy, “I trust you as well, but you have to follow my rules, arasseo?”

“Deh, abeojji!”, Geun Suk said, bowing at the old man.

Mrs. Park smiled, then looked at Shin Hye. “Do you think you can bring him to the room, Alice? I will just prepare some porridge”

Geun Suk was already lying on the bed, his eyes closed. Shin Hye left him for twenty minutes or so, washing up, preparing to go to bed as well.

But before she resigned herself to the comfort of her room, she decided to check on Geun Suk, worried that he’s still not feeling well.

Shin Hye sat at the side of the bed, looking at his face, admiring the calmness of his figure. She placed her hand on his forehead, checking whether he still has a fever, then smiled afterwards, knowing that his temperature has gone down.

She pulled the blanket to him, checked the humidifier inside the room, and before she went back to her room, she sat back at the edge of the bed again and leaned closer to him, giving him a peck on the cheek.

“ Goodnight, Oppa!”, she whispered in the wind. She was still leaning at him, her face above his, when she was taken aback, her eyes wide open, mirroring the eyes of that guy beneath her. The guy smiled, pulled her on top of him then rolled on the bed, making her lie on her back, his body on top of hers.


“Tch! Do you know that it’s not a good idea to steal kisses from someone who’s sleeping, Princess, especially if that someone is pretending to be sleeping, restraining himself from pulling you to a tight embrace?”


“I love you. I love you more than anything.. more than anyone. I love you!”, then he dipped his head, meeting her lips.

After five seconds or ten, he pulled himself away, admiring the face of that angel below him.

“I love you!”

“I love you too, Oppa”

Geun Suk smiled, then with all his might, moved his body away from her then said, without looking at her, ”Now, leave Princess, before I can’t hold myself from trapping you inside this room”

Shin Hye smiled, then immediately stood up from the bed, ruan to the door. But before she took a step outside, she looked back at him then said, “Kamsamnida, Oppa!”

“Saranghamnida, Princess!”

Saturday, Codes Combine. Busan

Shin Hye and Geun Suk were seated at one corner inside Hyunduk’s newly opened restaurant, Cola Mercato S+.

They were munching on anything, laughing at nothing in particular, Geun Suk’s arm on her waist, while she’s feeding him with whatever that Hyunduk was giving them.

Hyunduk sat opposite to where they were seated, his hands on his chin, his mouth hanged open, looking at that couple in front of him. “Are you sure you two have been seeing each other for six years? Jinja, seeing that guy acting too mushy like that gave me goosebumps on my skin. Don’t you get bored?”, he said, teasing them.

Shin Hye smiled, crinkled her nose, then said, “I’m beginning to get bored, Hyunduk Oppa. Should I find another one? Six years is far too much, right?”

“Yah!” Geun Suk hissed, eyeing that girl dangerously.

“Don’t you get bored, Oppa?”

Geun Suk let out a dangerous laugh, then with that evil grin said, “I am getting bored. Do you think we can explore doing some other things?”

“Yah! Byun-teh!”, she said, removing his hand from her waist, giving that guy a slap on the chest.

“Ha ha ha! Shin Hye-ssi, when do you plan to get married?”

“Oppa, we’re still too young for that?”

“Yah! This guy has been itching to settle down, amidst his popularity”

“Ha ha ha. Maybe he’s beginning to get tired of all the commitments. Should we tick off one commitment from those, Oppa?”, She said, playing with Geun Suk.

“Ha! Do you still want to get your diploma young lady, or should I drag you to give me your “I do” now?”

“Tch! Do you think I will say “I do”?” she said, challenging him.

“Ha! Are we still playing here, Agasshi?”

“You tell me, Ahjussi. “

“Yah!” Funduk stopped them both, knowing how childish these two can sometimes be. “Shin Hye, if ever you will have a kid, what would you like your first kid to be?”

“I want a daughter. A pretty one”, that girl said, her eyes smiling.

“Look who doesn’t have any plan of settling down. Stop day dreaming, little missy. A daughter is not a simple gift which Santa can put inside your Christmas socks. Give me your “I do” and I will give you your daughter”, he said, smiling mischievously.

“Tch! Are you the only one who can give me a daughter?”,she said, pushing it further.

Geun Suk looked at her, without saying anything. She saw him closed his eyes, then started to walk away.

Surprised of the sudden turn of event, Shin Hye immediately grab his shirt, but before she could say another word, she saw the guy smirked, looked at Hyunduk, then said, “Do you think you can close this level for today. I think I better give this girl her daughter before she would say another word that would break my heart”

Shin Hye’s eyes widened, and as she saw that guy walking closer to her, she said, “Yah”

Geun Suk smirked, Hyunduk stood up, excused himself, knowing what will happen next.

“Hyunduk Oppa”, Shin Hye said, helplessly.

“Mianhae, Shin Hye-ssi. I’m out of here”

“Oppa”, Shin Hye swallowed, her eyes on the ground.

“Deh?”, Geun Suk answered sarcastically.

He’s five feet away from them, when Hyunduk’s phone rang. After a minute or two, the guy smiled then looked at Geun Suk, “Stop scaring that girl, Geun Suk! I know you won’t do it. Ah Cham, your kid is here. Do you think you can introduce him to her? I asked them to bring him over”

Shin Hye’s eyes widened. “Your kid?”

Geun Suk looked at her, then at Hyunduk.

Knowing what that look is for, Hyunduk acted a bit disoriented, then said, “I thought you have discussed it with her already.” Then he looked at Shin Hye then back to Geun Suk,”Mianhae”

Geun Suk rubbed the back of his neck, then looked at her slowly. “Shin Hye…”

“Oppa….” He saw confusion drawn in those orbs.

“I can explain…”

Shin Hye shook her head and as she was about to run away, Geun Suk grabbed her hand and pulled her to somewhere.

Five minutes after, Shin Hye was seated on that couch opposite Geun Suk and his son. Her eyes keep on moving from Geun Suk to that kid and then from that kid to Geun Suk.

“You really look the same, jinja!”, she said amused.

Geun Suk was smiling at Shin Hye, admiring the spark in her eyes as she was looking at his son.

“What is your name?”, she asked, kneeling in front of that little Geun Suk.

“Mason. Moon Mason”, the kid answered. “You’re pretty”, he said shyly.

“Jinja?”, Shin Hye asked, her eyes smiling.

“Hm. I saw your picture with me when I’m still a baby. You were with this Ahjussi and you were holding me”

Shin Hye looked at Geun Suk then to the kid’s Mom. “He likes you the moment he saw that photo.”

Shin Hye smiled, then as she looked at Geun Suk, she heard that little boy said in a whisper, “Shin Hye-ssi…”

“Hm? You can call me Eomma”


“Eh!’ Shin Hye asked, startled by that sudden little voice.

“Shin Hye-ssi, can I kiss you?”

“Mwo?” Shin Hye exclaimed, surprised of that question.

“Can i?” the kid, asked stubbornly.

“Ha ha ha. If I didn’t know any better, I will really believe that you are this guy’s son. You are as stubborn as this big guy here. Hm.. let me think.” Then she looked at Geun Suk who was laughing at that kid’s request. “Little man, you have to ask this guy right here if he will allow me to kiss you”

Moon Mason looked at Shin Hye, then at Geun Suk. “Can I kiss this Agasshi, Ahjussi?”

Geun Suk smiled, and before he nodded his head, he said playfully. “Kid, that girl is taken. You better find your match”

Moon Mason squinted his eyes, jumped off that couch and stood in front of that girl kneeling on the ground.

Shin Hye tilted her head, was smiling at that little guy, but was taken aback when that kid held her face then give her a quick kiss on the lips.

Shin Hye’s eyes widened, her face red, surprised of that kiss.

Moon Mason’s eyes were smiling, his face red, then ran, hid behind his Mom

Geun Suk’s eyes squinted, his face red, angered by that kid who just stole a kiss from his girl.

Jinja… the competition is getting bigger and bigger…
Ooops.. their sizes are getting smaller and smaller.


Chapter 26: One Step Forward. Two Steps Back?

Shin Hye stepped out of the car. She slowly walked away, towards the bar, waiting for that guy to get off as well. After a minute or two, the guy still hasn’t gone down; probably deliberating some things, contemplating her words. Shin Hye stopped from her track, looked back, wanting to see when that guy would come back to his senses.

After five minutes more, the guy went down, his face dark.

Shin Hye smiled weakly, shook her head, then silently muttered, “This doesn’t look good. He didn’t get me. Aigoo! Who is older between us, Geun Suk?” Then she slowly walked inside, dragging her feet.

As she stepped inside, she saw Hong Ki and Jong Hun waiting for her at the doorway.

“Yah! Why are you here?”

“We’re waiting for you?”

“Eh? Wae-yo?”

“A lot of people were inside. Super Juniors, SNSD. They are all inside. We don’t know them. I think they don’t know us as well”

“That’s fair then. You don’t know them. They don’t know you. Haha”.

“Tch! Noona, do you really think we can stay here? Isn’t it embarrassing to mingle with them?”, Jaejin asked.

“What’s your name again? What year are you born?”, Shin Hye asked, teasing him.

“yah! Noona!”

Shin Hye smiled and then asked Jong Hun,”Leader, should we book another room? I also don’t feel comfortable with people I don’t know?”, while crinkling her nose.

Jong Hun smiled upon seeing the unguarded expression of Shin Hye.
Then out of nowhere, Geun Suk appeared, his eyes on Jong Hun, not liking the way the guy was looking at Shin Hye.

Then, while laughing at Jong Hun, Shin Hye’s eyes flew to that guy, who at the last five seconds, his gaze glued at her.

She smiled upon seeing his face, but the guy just gave her a nod of head. She saw the guy threw another look at Jong Hun, eyed her again, tilted his head, then said, “Is the game on?”

All the guys looked at him, he simply smirked, then dragged them inside. “The game is about to start. We better get going”.

Shin Hye watched his back, heaved a sigh then said, “Let’s play then.”

As they went inside, Geun Suk was met by Tiffany and Jessica.

“Oppa! I haven’t seen you in a while?”, Jessica said while planting a kiss on his cheek.

Geun Suk hesitated to hug Jessica, but with Shin Hye’s words playing back in his ears, he pulled the girl then gave her a hug and a quick kiss on the cheeks.

At the side of his eyes, he saw Shin Hye went in, FT Island following closely behind her. He saw her flinch a little when he planted that kiss on that girl’s cheeks, but then smiled weakly after.

Her head bowed down, her hands opening and closing. She’s getting uncomfortable, but trying to pretend cool, not wanting her dongsaeng to witness her uneasiness.

Geun Suk felt a bit guilty. Shin Hye is not used to this crowd. She might not even have an idea who these people are, but she agreed anyway, knowing that he will be there and she will not be alone. Geun Suk was about to go back, was about to hold that girl’s hand, when out of nowhere, he heard someone called on Shin Hye.

“Shin Hye?”

Shin Hye looked at the owner of the voice, then smiled upon seeing that face. “Si Won Oppa?”

Choi Si Won stood up, then walked near Shin Hye. “What are you doing here?”, he asked, his eyes squinted.

Shin Hye looked at Geun Suk, and upon seeing that Geun Suk is not in the mood to save her at the moment, Shin Hye smiled a bittersweet smile then said, “I came here with my friends. Ah, Cham, Oppa, this is Jaejin, Minhwan, Seung Hun, Jong Hun and Hong Ki. They are from FT Island”

The guys exchanged their greetings then Siwon looked at Shin Hye again, his arms crossed on his chest. “I didn’t know that Mr. Park has already allowed you to drink, and that you can come here without Shin Won”.

“Eh, Oppa, I’m not here to drink. And yah, I am already 18, and Shin Won Oppa doesn’t like it when I’m always tailing him”

“Aisssh! This girl”, Si Won said while rumpling her hair.

Geun Suk stood there, his eyes throwing dagger at Si Won. Who is that guy?

Sensing the look in those eyes, Hee Chul threw the question that Geun Suk has been dying to ask.

“Dude,you know Si Won?”

“Dude?”, Si Won looked at Hee Chul, then at Shin Hye.

“Haha. Dude. Hee Chul said I look like a guy”

“Hee Chul? You still don’t easily call anyone Oppa?”, he said, his eyes grinning.

“Aisssh! Jinja”,Geun Suk muttered under his breath, not liking the comfort between those two. And Si Won OPPA. OPPA. Jinja, who the hell is that guy?

“Yah, Oppa. You knew how I grew up and who I grew up with. Tch! My Oppas will not like it if I simply call anyone Oppa”

“There’s a certain degree of trust, responsibility, and comfort before you can address someone Oppa. Arasseo.. arasseo..”

“Haha,and you, being a close friend of my Oppas was chosen as an honorary member of my Oppas Association. Seriously, Oppa, do you know how they come up with such rules?”

“Seriously, Park Shin Hye, you still don’t know why your Oppas in church are too protective of you? I’m sure they prefer you having this boy hair cut, rather than being on guard everytime.Tch! Wait, but I heard there was a silent approval for you to go out with someone. When I did not see Shin Won coming after you, I thought I would see that guy here”.

“Eh?”, Shin Hye asked, confused.

“I heard there is this pretty boy who keeps on picking you up from school and from church. I heard Shin Won and the rest of the guys from the Music Ministry are having a silent agreement to let you meet him. Tch! But better remind that guy that he has to meet your Oppas sooner or later.”

Geun Suk’s eyes furrowed, his chest tightening, smoke coming from his nose, curious, puzzled of those whispering between the two. He saw Shin Hye blushed, then looked at him. And then after a second or two, she moved her eyes away from him.

Hee Chul, feeling the tension, raised the question again.

“Yah, Dude?”, he said, his eyes probing for answer, then when he saw that Shin Hye was looking at him, he intentionally moved his eyes to Geun Suk, informing that girl of how red, green, Geun Suk is at the moment.

Shin Hye followed her eyes, heaved a sigh when Geun Suk pretended to be having a conversation with the girls.

“They were at one radio program last year, right, Si Won?”, Lee Teuk said, remembering that DJ-ing stint that Si Won had the year before.

Si Won smiled then said, “Uhm uhm”, while shaking his head. He put his arms around Shin Hye and then said, “This, my friends, is my Little Princess”

“Yah, Oppa!”, Shin Hye said, hitting him on the shoulder.

“That’s not a Princess, Si Won. That’s a Prince”, Hee Chul said, remembering how he teased his dude.

Si Won looked at Hee Chul, then said, “Hyung, I don’t care how you see her, but this is my Princess. Ha ha ha.” But seeing that pout on that girl’s lips and following her eyes which are glued on that guy opposite them, his back facing them, but he knew he’s listening, Si Won smiled, probably having an idea. “Ah… we are under the same denomination in Church. We attended the same church before, and we both served the same ministry. We still see each other once in a while, though”, he said, smiling.

Hee Chul heaved a sigh of relief upon hearing the whole story. He eyed that guy and he finally smiled upon seeing that glow in his eyes again.

“Hyung, don’t you want to introduce us to your friend?”, one of the guys asked, looking at Shin Hye.

Geun Suk’s eyes automatically landed to that youngest SuJu member. Seriously, how many guys will ruin my day tonight.

And then, as oblivious as before, Shin Hye smiled, then introduce the FT Island members, one by one.

Hee Chul shook his head, walked near Geun Suk, then whispered, ‘I really like that girl. Yah! Better not bring her to gatherings like this. She will already be eaten alive, but she still doesn’t have a clue.”

After the introduction, Shin Hye was smiling at her dongsaengs, when as she looked back at Si Won, she found a bunch of Su Ju standing there, looking at her. Shin Hye swallowed, looked for that guy and was disappointed when she did not see him on that same spot. Her head hanging low, when as she was about to lift her head, she heard that voice, “Shin Hye, you better find your seat. You bring your FT Island to that table”, then he held her hand and ushered her to one table at the corner.

She saw him whisper something to Hong Ki, then before he left the table, he went near her then whispered, “Don’t you dare stand up from this corner. We’ll be leaving after 30 minutes”

“I said,we can stay until 11”

“Ani.. aniya… we better leave this place before I lose control of my sanity”, then he smirked and walked away.

Shin Hye was sitting there still, smiling like nothing was wrong, teasing and bickering with the other FT Island. They were having their own world, when out of the blue, they were invited to sit together, the tables arranged so that all of them were seated in one long table. As the seats were re-shuffled, she helplessly looked at Geun Suk, probably getting tired of the tough cover that she’s been showing off, hoping that guy would find her a seat near him, so that she could at least relax a bit. She saw Geun Suk looked at her, she smiled thinking that she could finally rest, to be only left disappointed when the guy simply stared at her blankly, then laughed, whispered something to Jessica and Tiffany, his arms wrapped around their shoulders.

Shin Hye squinted her eyes, held her chest, pangs of jealousy are now starting to bite on her flesh.

She blinked a tear, heaved a sigh then followed closely behind Hong Ki.

“Wae?”, the vocalist looked at her, confused.

Shin Hye leaned closer to him then whispered, “Don’t let your bandmate know it, but I’m quite not good in places where I barely now anyone. Hong Ki..”


“Can you not leave me alone?”


“The seats are re-shuffled. Your bandmates are moved on the other end. I would want to stay here at the corner, but I’m afraid I will be seated beside someone I don’t know. Haha.. this is quite embarrassing, but can you sit away from your band?” she asked, closing and opening her hands, feeling really uneasy of this night.

Hong Ki smiled, then like a kid who found a new best friend, placed his arm around his new buddy then said, “I will never leave your side, chingu!”

Shin Hye’s eyes brightened. Finally, something good has happened tonight.

They were talking silently at that corner, when Kyu Hyun, SuJu’s youngest pulled a chair and sat beside Shin Hye. He was holding two bottles of beer, then as he sat down, he offered one to that girl.

Shin Hye looked at him, smiled then shook her head.

Kyu Hyun, smiled back and then said, “Only one bottle. This won’t get you drunk”

Hong Ki was about to grab the bottle, when from the opposite ends, two guys stood up and at the same instant, said, “She doesn’t drink”.

As they finished their sentence, both of them looked at each other, while Shin Hye was looking back and forth at them.

Kyu Hyun bowed his head, embarrassed. Feeling bad about it, Shin Hye bit her lower lip, contemplated a little and then when as she was about to grab the bottle, she didn’t know how it happened, but Geun Suk suddenly appeared beside her, grabbing the bottle from Kyu Hyun, glaring at Shin Hye for attempting to get that alcohol, then drank it at one shot.

Shin Hye’s eyes widened, and as she was about to grab Geun Suk by the shirt, the guy suddenly walked away, then clank his glass with the girls from SNSD.

Shin Hye sat there dumbfounded. This doesn’t look good. With the rate that Geun Suk is downing his bottles, he will definitely be drunk in no time.

The girl looked at Geun Suk every now and then, throwing him glances everytime he would take a swig from his bottle. Geun Suk was not oblivious of those stares. He knew when her eyes would squint, when she would release a sigh of disappointment. He didn’t want to push it this far, ignoring her this night, but disappointment, frustration eating him out. He didn’t expect to hear those words from her, she letting him go, allowing him to do what it is that he wanted, and her setting him free of any responsibility of being careful of his act in order not to hurt her. He didn’t know why, but such freedom is tying him at a distance away from her, and he doesn’t feel any comfort on that. He’s been living this life, his time with her, not asking her for anything, afraid that if he raised the question again, the girl will only feel burdened. He’s not hurrying her up. He’s waiting… patiently waiting… only to be told of those words.

Geun Suk was thinking silently when he felt a hand on his, pulling him to somewhere. He looked at the owner of the hand, letting the flow carry him to wherever, but before he totally let go, he looked back at that girl seated at the corner, wanting to read her eyes.

He wanted to see her jealous… he wanted to make her jealous… he wanted to see a reaction from her.

He was looking at her, hoping to see something, but was taken aback when the girl stared at his face, looked at his eyes, then after a second or two, closed her eyes, sending message to him.

Geun Suk , while walking backwards, closed his eyes as well, listening to what that girl was trying to say. After a minute of silent conversation, he opened his eyes, smiled, withdrew his hand from that other girl, then ran his way to that girl.

As he reached his destination, he stopped abruptly in front of her, panting. He looked into her eyes. No smile. No word. No anything.

He held her hand without looking at her, pulled her to stand then submit a request to be excused.

“It’s getting late. The little girl right here need to be home on a curfew none of you is allowed to ask.” Then he looked at Hong Ki, and said, “FT Island?”

“Our manager will pick us up, Hyung. No need to worry. Shin Hye…” he said, then waved at her.

Shin Hye waved back, bowed at everyone, and as her eyes met Si Won’s, the guy smirked, nodded his head then smiled at her.

Geun Suk held Shin Hye’s hand, smiled at everyone, then proceeded to walk away. They were walking in silent, all misunderstandings settled with the one minute of silent mind reading.

I told you not to worry about me. Go and play with them. Have a feel of your heart. Do a reality check once in a while. Do you really like me? Do you still like me? I’m not pushing you away. I’m just putting all the cards down. Take your pick. I trust you. Don’t you trust me that I trust you?

I’m not worried about you. I’m worried of myself everytime I would do something that would concern you. Hearing that you’re letting me do what I want, reading that you’re thinking that I would rather be somewhere than here, somehow broke my heart. Mianhae.. It’s not that I don’t trust you. It’s just that I’m having a double take on you trusting me… I, myself, find it hard to trust this me.

As he opened the passenger’s seat, Geun Suk squeezed Shin Hye’s hand, looked at her then smiled.

Shin Hye smiled back. She’s biting her lips then after a second or two, before she went inside of the car, she looked at him briefly, held her chest, closed her eyes , then said in a soft voice, “My heart was beating too fast. I tried to grab you, but you walked away without looking back. I saw my stubborn self beginning to break, preparing to be broken again. I panicked. I got scared. I trust you. It may sound twisted, but i’m beginning to doubt myself. Geun Suk, can you… will you… stop playing with me?”


Chapter 25: Almost There, But Not There Yet

“In case you’re not aware. You’re getting too sensitive… and too cautious. Be extra careful. We’re getting there. I don’t want seeing you having a difficult time. Hold back, while you still can. Just, don’t run away. “, he said, trying to shush her.

For some, those words might not mean a thing. But not for her. Not for Shin Hye. He’s reading her again. And she’s really getting scared.

Geun Suk smiled upon sensing that Shin Hye did not budge. The girl is getting scared. He knew. And he’s getting excited.

They were at that position, he hugging Shin Hye, when the door of the waiting room opened, revealing the rest of the guys, with Hee Chul blabbering something even before the door opens, “Geun Suk, we’ll be….oops, mianhae”, the elder emcee said while smiling mischievously. Shin Hye automatically pushed Geun Suk away, her head bowed down, embarrassed of the scene.

“Yah! Why did you push me?”, Geun Suk, asked, teasing her.

Shin Hye just looked at him, and gave him a dagger look, while the rest of the guys were just laughing, whistling at them.

“As I was saying”, Hee Chul continued, eyeing that girl, “we are going to the bar nearby. Would you mind joining us?” he asked, not sure whether to look at Shin Hye or at Geun Suk.

Shin Hye lifted her head, looked at Hee Chul, then at Geun Suk. “Arasseo”, she said smiling.

All of the guys were surprised, not expecting that answer; all of them except for Geun Suk.


“ANI!”, the rest of them blurted. “ Ani? She already said yes. What is that “no” for?”

“Tch!”, Geun Suk smirked, then walked towards that girl. “Ani.. I’ll bring you home”.

The rest were dumbfounded, confused why Geun Suk doesn’t want to bring that girl with them.

“yah! Why are you too possessive? The girl already said yes and here you are, offering to bring her home? No one would eat that girl in the bar.

“Oh? Did she just say “yes”?”, Geun Suk returned the question to them while smiling, shaking his head at Shin Hye.

Shin Hye just bowed her head and bit her lips.

“I guessed I heard her say, “Arasseo”, not yes. “Arasseo, you go out with them. I’ll find my way home. No need to worry, I can handle myself”. Tch”, Geun Suk said while getting his things, and pulling that girl outside of the room.

“Waaah! Yah! Geun Suk, are you making a story here? The girl said, “arasseo”. Don’t play with us”

“Don’t play with her! Ask her”, he said, as he’s pushing her out of that room.

“Shin Hye-ssi”, Hee Chul called unto that girl, not believing those words that Geun Suk has just said.

“Deh?”, Shin Hye answered, looking at him.

Hee Chul looked at Shin Hye, then at Geun Suk. “Seriously, can this guy read your mind already?”

“Eh? Ani.. aniya…”, she said, while waving her hands in front of them.

“ See.. see Geun Suk”

“tch! ani.. aniya.. hm? Continue”, Geun Suk said, waiting for her.

“Hm… you can bring Geun Suk with you. I’m not sure whether it would be needed for me to join, It’s getting late”, she said, not sure whether she’s making any sense.

‘Do you seriously think that Geun Suk would come with us and leave you alone?”, Hee Chul asked looking at Shin Hye.

“Yah! Don’t’ scare her?”

“I’ll be kind, really.” Hee Chul continued, ignoring Geun Suk. “I’m just missing my friend here. And I just want to talk to you”.

Shin Hye looked at Hee Chul then at Geun Suk. Her eyes were pleading him to go with them, asking him to just let her go. Geun Suk furrowed his eyebrows, tilted his head, then shook his head, laughing in disbelief.

Shin Hye did not avert her eyes. She was looking at him, having a staring game. And when the guy still did not budge, ‘Saeng il chukahae, Geun Suk-a! “, she said smiling, then she walked near him, and in gritted teeth said, “chebal… go with them”

Geun Suk looked at her and before she could take a step outside of that room, she heard Hee Chul said, “Arasseo, you just bring her home. We’ll just call this a day. I don’t think she likes us. Mianhae”

Shin Hye bit her lips. She stopped then heaved a sigh. After a second or two, she turned around, then looked at Hee Chul then, at Geun Suk. “Geun Suk,, I need to go home before 11, will that be ok?”

Geun Suk looked at her, not sure whether he heard her correctly, while the rest of them clapped their hands, were shouting loudly, were not expecting that the girl would really agree to go out with them.

“Yah, Shin Hye-ssi”, that FT Island’s vocalist called her attention and then, shyly said, “I watched you in Tree of Heaven. You were really good there”

Geun Suk furrowed his eyebrows, threw that guy a dagger look.

Lee Hong Ki, noticing his stares, bowed his head, smiled and said, “Ani, hyung. I am really a fan.”

Shin Hye glared at Geun Suk, then walked closer to Hong Ki and said, “jinja? What was my name in that drama?”

“Tch! Hana, and then Lee Wan Sunbae is Yoon Suh”, he said with a smirk.

“Waaah! You really watched it?”, Shin Hye said, her eyes bright.

Hong Ki looked at her, surprised of those eyes and that smile. Her smile is like a disease, contagious.

Hee Chul smiled as well, wrapped his arm on that girl’s shoulder, then said, “Yah! Pretty boy, I was not told that you cut your hair like this”, while playing with her hair.

“Yah! Hyung, can you remove your hand from her”, Geun Suk said, pulling Shin Hye away from them.

“Yah! Geun Suk, can you lower your voice a little? It’s as if I’m going to take this girl away. Aisssh! I want to go out with a girl!”

Geun Suk looked at him seriously, while hiding Shin Hye behind his back.

“Ani.. aniya… not that girl. Not that kind of girl. No offence, Shin Hye-ssi, but I like a girl… girl. From the time I saw her upto her conversation with Hong Ki, I’m thinking there’s something different with that girl”

“Eh!” Shin Hye said, not sure how to take that comment.

“You’re not a girl, dude. You’re just pretending to be a girl”, Hee Chul said, smiling. “Mianhae about earlier. I did not mean any bad thing about it. I just find it amusing seeing Geun Suk like that. But, I like you. Jinja. I don’t think we’ll have a hard time getting along”

“Yah!”, Geun Suk hissed.

“yah! Did you hear what I just said? I want to go out with a girl. I better call my dongsaengs and ask them to join us”

“Nugu?”, Jaejin asked.

“Yah, FT Island, are you sure you can go out with us? I’m afraid your managers will kill us both if they found out that we’re dragging you here”

“I think, we can. We don’t have any gig tomorrow. Should be ok…”, the leader, Jong Hun said.

“Arasseo.. arasseo….”Geun Suk said, while holding Shin Hye’s hand.

“I will be calling SNSD and Super Juniors. Will that be ok?”, Hee Chul said, looking at Geun Suk.

Geun Suk just shrugged his shoulder, then looked away.

Hee Chul grinned at that guy, while Shin Hye followed Geun Suk’s eyes. “Wae-yo?”

“Shin Hye-ssi, you’re not the jealous type, right?”


“You’ll see later. This guy here is quite a pretty boy, if you know what I mean”

“Hm”, Shin Hye said, half-smiling then said, “He’s not committed. He’s not dating anyone. There should not be any problem on that”. Then she pulled her hand from his, then walked ahead. “I’ll be waiting outside, dude”, she said, looking back at Geun Suk, then winked at Hee Chul.

“Sure, dude”, Hee Chul answered, smiling.

Shin Hye smiled back, then hopped her way out of that room.

“Yah, Hyung, can you not ask them to come?”, Geun Suk asked, not sure of what will happen later.

“Wae-yo? The girl said there should not be a problem”


“You’ll thank me after this day, lover boy. Trust me”

Geun Suk rubbed the back of his neck, uncomfortable of what would be happening later.

When Geun Suk and Hee Chul went out of the room, they found Shin Hye playing with Hong Ki and the rest of the FT Island.

“Tch!”, Geun Suk smirked, eyeing that girl dangerously.

Seeing that Geun Suk is slowly being eaten by that green monster, Hee Chul smiled, nudged that guy by the shoulder and then shouted at that girl. “Yah! Dude, are you not going to play with my Geun Suk?”

Shin Hye looked at Geun Suk and then with squinted eyes said, “Yah! Dude, I’ve been playing along for long, and we’ve been doing fine.”.

“Aisssh! Jinja! How am I going to teach that kid a lesson?”, he said in gritted teeth.

“Dude, it’s getting late. We better get going”, Hee Chul said, then Geun Suk walked ahead of him, passing that girl without saying a word.

“Arasseo. Kaja, Hong Ki!”, she said, wrapping her arm around the vocalist while inviting the others to follow.

The vocalist did the same, laughing at Shin Hye, singing along to Love Sick.

“Your kid found a playmate”, Hee Chul whispered at Geun Suk, then asked the others to follow him to his car.

Geun Suk looked back at Shin Hye, tilted his head. He muffled a laugh, not sure whether to be jealous or irritated. When as he stopped in front of his car, he saw Shin Hye smiled, stood beside him and said, “Geun Suk, Hong Ki and Jong Hun will be going with us, hm?”

Geun Suk shook his head and before that girl could say another word, he pulled her, removed her baseball cap from her head, then took something from his jacket pocket.

He smiled, stood in front of her, ran his fingers through her hair, while that girl was just standing there, curious of what he’s doing. He raised his eyebrows, then after a second or two, put a clip on her hair. “I hate it when Hee Chul Hyung call you dude”.

Shin Hye shook her head, smiled at that guy and whispered, “But I like it when I call him Dude. I don’t feel uncomfortable”.

But before he could place his arm around that girl, he heard a familiar voice calling his name, saying some random things in English.

“Oppa, where have you been? I haven’t seen you in a while?”, a petite girl called on him, speaking in straight English.

Shin Hye looked back, her eyebrows furrowed, probably remembering something… someone. Then she smirked, whispered to him and said. “I didn’t know you have fetish on girls who can speak English. Too bad, I’m only good in Hangul”.

And before he could say another word, that petite girl named Tiffany walked near them and gave Geun Suk a peck on the cheek.

Both Geun Suk and Shin Hye were shocked. Shin Hye got over it faster, looked at that girl, then at Geun Suk.

Geun Suk was about to say something, when Tiffany cut him and asked, “Cousin?”, while looking at Shin Hye.

Shin Hye smiled, offered her hand, looked at Geun Suk, then at that girl. “Annyeong haseyo! Park Shin Hye-imnida”

“Hi, Tiffany here”, the girl answered, took her hand then looked at Geun Suk.

Geun Suk just smiled weakly at Tiffany, then looked at Shin Hye. He was opening the car, holding Shin Hye by the arm, when as the car door was opened, Tiffany smiled at him and said, “Thank you, Oppa.”

Geun Suk looked at Tiffany then at Shin Hye.

“Hee Chul Oppa asked me to join you. They were already full in his car”

“Shin Hye…”

“Kwaenchana. Hong Ki, Jong Hun and I will sit at the back”, she said, not looking at him, then pulled the other two guys to the back of the car.

Shin Hye was discussing any random thing with Hong Ki and Jong Hun, while Geun Suk was not removing his eyes from her, watching her through the rearview mirror. Shin Hye was seated between the two guys, Geun Suk on guard, his eyes glued on how the two were treating that girl.

He was looking at that girl, worried what she was thinking behind those smiles.. those laughters. He was worried that Shin Hye would misunderstand again, and that her fear would push her farther from him…again.

He was looking at her, saying things like, “Yah! Hong Ki, can you move nearer to the window? Don’t squeeze Shin Hye at the middle. The girl can no longer move”


“Aisssh! Geun Suk, will you stop looking here and concentrate on driving? Hong Ki, don’t push yourself near the door. That door would be forced open!”, She said laughing at the awkwardness of Hong Ki.

“Shin Hye-ssi…”

“Shin Hye… Yah! Do I look old? And beside, we’re all friends here, right?”, she said while smiling at Jong Hun.

Geun Suk felt a pinch of jealousy. He missed those smiles. He missed that Shin Hye when he first met her… before he hurt her, before she became too cautious of him… before he confessed…. Before he burdened her of that confession.

He was looking at those three, envious of their instant closeness. He was looking at her through the mirror, when he suddenly caught her eyes looking at him through that glass.

He held her gaze, wanting to read her eyes.

Shin Hye looked at him, smiled genuinely, and nodded her head. Geun Suk smiled back. Something in her gesture gave him the assurance that she understands.

Shin Hye looked away after that smile. She wanted to tell Geun Suk that there is nothing to worry about. She knew, from the time Hee Chul has said those words at the waiting room, to the time he saw her having fun with Hong Ki, upto the time the Tiffany girl got into the picture, she knew Geun Suk has been worried.

They were both smiling, when out of the blue, they heard the girl from the passenger’s seat said something.

“Oppa, where are you looking at? Yah! Why didn’t you call?”, she said in English.

Geun Suk furrowed his eyebrows, suddenly irritated of that girl bossing him around.

He looked at Shin Hye, who by then was giggling with Hong Ki. He wanted to throw those two other guys out of his car, but was restraining himself not to.

“Oppa, are you listening? Why didn’t you call?”

“I don’t even have your number, Tiffany. How would I call?”, he answered in Hangul., making sure that the girl at the back would understand what it is that they are talking about.

Shin Hye smiled unknowingly, while laughing with the guys. Her heart has skipped a beat, her smile for that guy.

She’s not good in English, but she did understand what it is that she asked him. And she really appreciates it when Geun Suk answered in Hangul instead.

“Yah, Oppa!”, the girl said, a bit irritated. “I gave you my number last time?”

“Is it?”, he asked, then as he looked at the mirror, “Shin Hye, can you remove your cap? I told you not to wear a cap for a while, didn’t I? You’re not allowed to wear a cap, until your hair grows or unless, you’re wearing a dress!”

“Tch! Geun Suk, do you think I would dare wear a dress with this hair? I will look like a guy lost in a girl’s clothing from the back?”, she said with a smirk.

“Tch! So, from the time being, you will be dressing up, living like a guy, until your hair grows back?”

“If I do?”

“Yah! People will think I am dating…”

“Yah! Geun Suk, focus on driving!”, she said, mouthing “do you want to die?” at him.

Tiffany looked at Geun Suk, then at Shin Hye. “You two, seem really close. I didn’t know you have a cousin here”

Shin Hye was smiling when that guy looked back at her then said, “She’s not my cousin!”

“We’re here!”. Shin Hye immediately shouted, avoiding further questioning from that girl. The girl immediately opened the door, and stepped out of the car.

She didn’t mean to lie at her, but something at the back of her head was telling her not to let her know, at least for now, until she sees what is there between her and Geun Suk.

Geun Suk shook his head, let out a dangerous laugh, reading her actions, then said, “Still not trusting me, do you?”

Shin Hye smiled, bowed her head, looked at him, pushed both Hong Ki and Jong Hun outside of the car, then said, “Is there something that I need to see?”

“Why don’t you just ask me, instead of watching us from the sideline?”

“Do I want to hear any of those?”

“Why don’t you ask, instead of having those thousand of questions floating in that stubborn head of yours?”, he said, getting irritated by the minute.

“Tch! The stubborn me would want to see it myself.”

And before she went down of his car, she looked back at him then said, “Have fun, Geun Suk! Don’t think too much of the things that I might think or might see. If you want me to trust you, work on the premise that I am trusting you, and you are trusting me that I am trusting you. Wherever this thing will lead us, whatever it is that is waiting for us, let’s just wait and see. Let’s have the now. Observe me from the side, have a feel of your heart. Is she still the girl that I like? Isn’t she getting a bit bossy, a bit irritating? Do I really like her? Do I still like her? Once in a while, you need to do a “heart check”. Your brain might suddenly stop sending the signal and before you knew it, you might be asking yourself why you are stuck with this girl. Be open with other options, Geun Suk. Who knows, you might like that girl as well, but your stubborn self has been bothering you that you have made a promise with a certain girl, so you better not look any other way. I do appreciate that. But, we’re still not there. We’re not there yet. Weigh your options. You still have time to play. You can still play, and I won’t hold you responsible. I’ve learned my lessons. I now know how it works, and I won’t be that immature little girl who got mad at someone who she thinks is responsible for making her fall. I’m not that kid anymore. Let’s play. Let’s both play, and see whether we’ll see each other at the crossroads.”, then she smiled,stepped out of the car, leaving that guy, lost… dumbfounded.


2* Them, Through Time

It’s a beautiful night, Shin Hye-ssi. Better make sure you will not meet any fanatics, or should I say, lunatics after this event. They have figured out your hand, don’t you think they cannot figure out your shoes? Hahaha!”

“Yah!”, Shin Hye ran after Hong Ki, causing a burst of laughter inside the restaurant.

Hong Ki ran around the resto, hoping that Shin Hye would finally get tired, but was quite disappointed when that lady in wooden heels has returned to her Go Mi Nam character, following him wherever he will go.

Seizing the opportunity of making a U-turn and hide behind his Hyung, Hong Ki ran as fast as he could, went back to where Yong Hwa and Geun Suk were talking, and stopped abruptly between the two guys. Shin Hye reading his mind, smirked, and walked slowly towards the three, but when she was about five feet away from them, she motioned to do some stretching, making sure that the brown haired guy would never go anywhere.

“Shin Hye, stop”, Geun Suk warned, knowing that girl would never let her friend off this time.

“Oppa, he’s making fun of me”, like a kid, Shin Hye pouted, telling Hong Ki to Sukkie, as if the elder was not there during their conversation.

“Tch! Did I say something wrong? I’m just giving you a friendly advice, young lady. You’re underestimating the power of fans”, Hong Ki said as if he has a fair share of such scandal.

“Yah! But this is not that pair of shoes”, she said, soliciting an agreement.

“Did I say they’re the same? I just said Hyung is taking a liking on those line of shoes. And the controversial photo was just uploaded days ago, and here you are, wearing something which most probably came from the same line. Do you want them to check in which shop did Hyung buy those shoes?”

“What made you too sure that Oppa bought this pair?”, Shin Hye said, Hong Ki getting to her nerves.

“Why, Go Mi Nam, are you going to buy any of those pairs? Last time we went shopping, when our scandal-proof relationship is still under warranty, all pairs that you both were either sneakers or flats! You have never dared buy high heels”, Hong Ki said, squinting his eyes on her.

“Enough!”, Geun Suk hissed at Hong Ki, knowing that the two are getting into each other’s nerves again.

Shin Hye looked at Hong Ki, throwing him daggers, then at Geun Suk, giving him that resigning look. “Mianhae”, she whispered, then excuse herself from the group.

“Shin Hye”, Geun Suk called at her.

“I just need to go to the washroom, Oppa”, Shin Hye answered, not looking at him.

Geun Suk was about to run towards her, when Hong Ki grabbed him by the arm, smiled and said, “Let me talk to her, Hyung. I think we need to discuss something”.

“Yah!”, Geun Suk gave him a do you want to die look, when Hong Ki laughed and said, “Yah! Hyung, better get your thoughts together. I’m not a competition.”, then he half-walk half-ran towards the washroom.

Fifteen minutes have passed, and that girl was still not walking out of that place. Hong Ki was already tempted to knock to the door, when suddenly that girl came out, eyes a bit swollen.

“Yah, Park Shin Hye”, he shouted when Shin Hye passed by, without noticing him.

“Wae?”, she hissed back, brave, but avoiding his eyes.

“Tch! Are you pretending to be a girl, now? Getting too sensitive on those bickering. Do you have your period?”, he said, without a pause.

“Yah! Lee Hong Ki!”, she said, hitting him on the chest.

Hong Ki grabbed her hand, held it then looked at her. “Is there a problem, Avant-Hye?”

Shin Hye met his gaze, bit her lips then uttered, “Hong Star…”

Hong Ki smiled, patted her on the head, then said, “I miss my prettiest friend. Is the scandal-free relationship already out of warranty?”


“Why were you avoiding me, Go Mi Nam?”

Shin Hye smiled, looked at him, then answered, “You are no longer my Jeremy, Hong Star. You are not even my Hong Star now. I am afraid I will do harm on you, just like what I did to Yong and Oppa”

“The Pri loves you. You’re the number one Pri, remember?”

My eels love you. That is the exact phrase that Oppa has told me, and look what is happening now. I’m making things hard for him, Lee Hong Ki.”

“How did you just call me? I don’t think I know you”, Hong Ki said, a bit hurt, and when he was about to walk away, Shin Hye grabbed him by the hand and said, “Yah! Hong Star!”

Hong Ki smiled, turned around, “Better! Why are you too afraid of antis, Shin Hye-ssi?”

“I’m not afraid of them. I am afraid for you.. for Yong… for Oppa”

“Geun Shin. Yong Shin. Hong Shin. You’re such a play girl, Shin Hye-ssi”

“Tch! More than half of the eels, about half of Boices and a quarter of Pris are now coming after me. I don’t mind, really. But imagine those numbers leaving your fandom for the mere reason of Park Shin Hye being connected to any of you, do you think that’s fair?”

“Which is fair then? Park Shin Hye sending Hong Star an SMS, reminding him not to mention her in any of his tweet? Shin Hye-ssi, rejecting Yong’s invitation to listen to his new compositions, afraid that people might misunderstand her presence in FNC? Or, your girlfriend, asking you to deny to everyone that you are in a relationship, and insisting to tell your eels that you are single? I don’t know about them, but not approving me as a follower of Alicehanaz is quite a different story, and not allowing me to post a photo of ANJell is another angle, and me seeing my prettiest friend trying really hard to control her laughter, her eyes betraying her…. Seeing my Go Mi Nam seated away from me, avoiding any eye contact when in front of the crowd,… that is quite painful. I miss my friend, Shin Hye. I miss the chit chats, the gossips, the teasings .. the bickering… I miss you”

Shin Hye’s eyes welled, looked at Hong Ki then whispered, “I miss my weirdest, Chingu!”, and then she walked towards him, giving him a hug.

“We are always here, Shin Hye. Eels, Boices, Pris and even Stars may come and go, but ANJells will always be here. Do you think we would exchange you for anyone else?”

“Jinja?”, she asked while still trapped in that tight embrace.

“Let go of all those worries. So what if they figure out that these shoes were almost similar with the one whom Hyung has dated a few days back? It’s just similar, but not the same. And what made them too sure, that it was you anyway?”

“Yah!” Shin Hye hissed, hitting him on the shoulder.

“And I miss the hitting and the body ache everytime I would meet my prettiest chingu”

“Kamsa, Hong Star!”

They were still hugging each other, when a voice echoed along the corridor.

“Yah! Lee Hong Ki! Are you dating my girl behind my back?”, Geun Suk hissed as he saw the two.

“Yah! Hyung, there is really something wrong with your head. What made you think that I will date this girl?”, he said with a smirk.

“Yah!”, Shin Hye hit him on the head, which gained laughter from those two.


They were all seated on one table, Shin Hye seating beside Geun Suk while PD Hong, Hong Ki and Yong Hwa on the opposite side, when as Hong Ki was about to pour Sukkie a shot of soju, the guy lifted the glass away from the bottle, shook his head, smiled and said, “Not drinking”

“Mwo?”, Hong Ki’s eyeball almost dropped from his eyes, and then his head automatically shifted to that girl sitting beside his Hyung.”You cruel little girl. Is the alcohol ban not lifted yet?”

Shin Hye just smiled, raised her hands as if saying she has nothing to do with it.

“Yah! Are you going to deny it? Aigoo! Park Shin Hye!”

“Yah, Lee Hong Ki, who gave you the right to raise your voice to this girl?”, he cut him, while placing his arm around her shoulder.

“Hyung, are you seriously siding to Shin Hye?’, he asked, trying to tease the two.

“And do you really expect Oppa to choose you over me?”, Shin Hye asked, disbelief written in her tone.

“And what made you believe that I will choose you over him?” Geun Suk asked, his face blank.

“Yah! Hyung, enough of that”, Yong Hwa came to his chingu’s rescue.

“Yah! Yong, are you sure you’re not courting this girl?”

“Yah! Oppa, seriously, are you going to have a double take on who you will choose between me and Hong Ki?”

“Yah! Shin Hye, do you really need to push that topic this far?”

“Yah! Cut!”, PD Hong interjected, laughing at those four.

Geun Suk smiled,. gave a high five at Hong Ki while kissing Shin Hye at her temple, while that girl simply pouted, distancing her body from Geun Suk, and Yong Hwa was just sitting there, shaking his head on the immaturity of those three.

An hour has passed, all five of them laughing at nothing in particular when as Shin Hye leaned on Geun Suk, the girl immediately wrinkled her forehead. She was about to say something when that guy whispered to her ear, “Are you free this week?”

“Oppa?”, she asked tilting her head, reading his eyes.

“Wae?”, Geun Suk gave out a chuckle, trying to hide from her reading him. “I am just asking if you are free this week? Why are you looking at me, as if I am dying?”

Shin Hye looked at him, then whispered, “You are hot.”

“I AM hot”, Geun Suk whispered back, smiling at her.

Shin Hye distanced her body from him, looked at him from that distance, causing the other three to stop from what they are talking about.

“Yah!”, Geun Suk hissed, knowing what it is that she sees.

Shin Hye cupped his face, looked at the white of his eyes.

“Shin Hye”, Geun Suk said, irritated by the sudden worries in her eyes.

Shin Hye did not budge, then looked at him straight in the eyes, then asked, “Since when?”

“Since when what?”, Geun Suk hissed, removing her hand from his face.

“Since when are you are not feeling well?”

“I am feeling well!”

“Tch! Seriously?”

“I am feeling well!”

“I am not worried. I am not scared. Do you want me to lie like that? Jang Geun Suk?”

“Shin Hye”


“I am fine”

“I am going home”, she said, standing from the table, when as she was about to walk away, Geun Suk grabbed her hand.

“Right after Shang Hai Cri”

The other three, sensing the situation, excused themselves saying that they need to go to the washroom or need to answer a call. The two of them nodded their head, but stayed there still.

“That was two weeks ago, and you’re walking, laughing like nothing is wrong!”, she said in gritted teeth, not wanting to make a scene.

“I don’t want you to worry. You have a lot of things to think about”

“Jang Geun Suk-ssi”


Shin Hye took her phone, dialled one number then said, “Keunsama… Oppa, can you bring Geun Suk Oppa home? I think he needs to rest. Ani,.. ani… we’re fine. We did not fight. Oppa, you do know that Geun Suk Oppa is not feeling well, right? Didn’t I tell you to scold him if he won’t follow. Just bring him home, and let him rest. Eommonim? Ani… ani… arasseo…. Mian…”

“Shin Hye, you don’t need”, he was about to say something when she stopped him mid-sentence then started talking again.

“Jun Oppa, can I have a three-day break? Ani… aniya… no… there’s no problem….i just need to check on something.. Yah! Oppa! Arasseo…. Geun Suk Oppa needs to rest… mian.. kamsa..”

Shin Hye closed her eyes, heaved a sigh and when he was about to look at Geun Suk, she was surprised to see him smiling, giggling like a kid.

“Should I call KeunSama and ask him to bring some clothes over to your house?”


“I guess he already told you that Eommonim is not home. And if I heard it correctly, Jun Hyung has approved a three-day leave. I think I can afford to be totally sick now. Someone will be looking after me”, he said, smiling at him.

Shin Hye would want to shout at him for hiding, dragging his pain this long. Her eyes tearing when Geun Suk pulled her to sit beside him, wiped her tears and said, “How can I afford to get sick when I worry you this much? Mianhae”

“Oppa!”, Shin Hye said, biting her lower lip.

Geun Suk smiled, pulled her closer then whispered, “So will Leo be hugged, tucked in his Princess’ embrace these coming three days?”

“Yah! Oppa!”


1* Get Together

Right after the event at Insadong, Shin Hye went inside her van to find that guy sitting comfortably at the back seat, checking the photos that Manager Jun has taken. He was squinting his eyes, wrinkling his forehead, as he scanned the camera.

Shin Hye sat beside him, her head resting on his shoulder, as she closed her eyes as if trying to rest her mind.

Upon sensing her head on his shoulder, Geun Suk automatically lifted his arm, wrapped it around her, kissed her forehead then whispered, “Tired?”

“Aniyo”, Shin Hye shook her head, while cuddling nearer him, settling her head comfortably on his chest.

Geun Suk smiled, knowing that she will never admit on her exhaustion, especially for doing something so close to her heart like this charity event.



“Why didn’t you go down?”

“Do you want to be eaten alive by my eels?”, he said teasing her, but pain is evident in his voice.

“They like Go Mi Nam”, she answered back, trying to ease his worry.

“That was three years ago, before you grow your hair to this length… before they actually realized that you are indeed a girl, and that you are a competition and the closest to my ideal”

“I am your ideal!”, she said matter of factly.

“What made you too sure?”, Geun Suk teased her back.

Shin Hye smiled upon realizing that Geun Suk has come back, at least.

Geun Suk smirked, realizing what that smile is for. He missed his smile as well, and that smile that could simply make him smile.

“And besides, I can’t see Go Mi Nam here”, he said, while looking back and forth on the photos.

“Aissh! Who is this one, then?”, she said as she pointed on her image on the camera.

“Park. Shin. Hye. This is you, the pretending to be Shin Hye-ssi. You have outgrown Go Mi Nam. Though I couldn’t tell whether it’s because of you growing up through time, it’s you trying to grow up to avoid those scrutinizing eyes, or whether it’s you pretending that you have grown up to avoid myself from worrying that much”, he said, weakly smiling at her.

Shin Hye looked at him, “Oppa, I am Mi Nam and Mi Nyu. I have that playful, gullible self. The one who is always smiling amidst your bullying. And this, Hyung-nim is Mi Nyu. “ she said as she pointed at her photo, smiling demurely, forcely(?).” The shy, prim and proper girl from the convent”, she further explained, trying to remove the worries in his eyes.

“Mi Nyu… Mi Nyu, the Mi Nyu that I know is that confident young woman who would not dare lie, but would dare hide to make her Hyung Nim happy. Are you thinking that you’re making me happy by doing this, Go Mi Nyu?”, he asked half smiling with eyebrows raised and with that signature pout.

“Second year of absence in YAB reunion… Tch! Hyung-nim, people are now speculating that Go Mi Nam is taken by Shin Woo Hyung”

“I was there. We both know I was there. I have never missed any get together cum reunion. And, correction, Go Mi Nam, you are not taken by Shin Woo Hyung, but by Lee Shin. And as far as I am concerned, for as long as Jeremy is there and PD Hong is standing beside you, you are Go Mi Nam, and not Lee Gyu Won. The moment that little drummer boy of FNC appeared, do not be surprised, if amidst the presence of your Windflower, you will be going down there dressed as a guy, and you will be walking like a penguin, following closely behind your Hyung-nim!”


“Tch! Lucky, my eels are there to make all online updates during your FM!”

“Oppa, your eels are the ones cheering for me and Yong, “she answered and smirked.

“Those, Shin Hye, are my pretending to be eels. My true blooded eels know who Go Mi Nam is for Jang Geun Suk. They are silently seated there, guarding my territory. Tch! Back to my question, Park Shin Hye..”


Geun Suk looked at her, then continued, “Are you thinking that you’re making me happy by doing this, Go Mi Nyu?”

“Doing what, Oppa?”, Shin Hye said, averting her gaze.

Geun Suk heaved a sigh and then smiled upon seeing one photo. Seeing that smile on his face, Shin Hye immediately looked back onto the camera and checked what it is that he saw.

Upon sensing her looking at the photo as well, Geun Suk whispered, “Sudden letting down of guard, Princess. You are always pretty at candid shots. No pretense. No hesitation. Not so much of walls. I miss this smile. This is Go Mi Nam and Jeremy.”

Shin Hye smiled, closed her eyes, remembering what it was that they were talking about to make her smile, laugh like that.

“Gwaenchana?”, he asked.

“Gwaenchana?”, she asked back.

“Tell me you’re fine, and I will be ok”.

“Tell me the same, and I will have no worries”

Geun Suk kissed her on the forehead, smiled and said, “Mianhae, for the trouble”

“Mianhae for making you worry. Things will be fine, Oppa. Trust me”

Geun Suk just nodded his head and pulled her closer.

They were in that position when the van door opened, revealing Manager Jun with smile on his lips and sparks in his eyes, “I miss you both”

“Tch! The number one shipper, next to my Eomma”, Geun Suk smiled back, positioning Shin Hye’s head comfortably on his chest. “And my Eomma”, Shin Hye continued.

“Arasseo.. arasseo. Third on the list…Now, my dear Shin Hye and Geun Suk, all has agreed to meet at one of the restaurants in downtown Seoul. PD Hong will be joining as well. The Great Jeremy has given a threat to upload at least ten of your couple photos if his Tae Kyung Hyung will not go down from the van just like what has happened earlier.”

“Tch!”, Geun Suk smirked, reading what that Jeremy is trying to do.


Thirty minutes later, their entourage has reached the destination. Shin Hye went inside first, with Manager Jun behind her. Then the van made a U-turn, transferring Geun Suk to Louis, which Keunsama has brought along.

Fifteen minutes after, Geun Suk went inside the restaurant, with Keunsama walking side by side with him.

As they entered one of the private rooms, Geun Suk found Shin Hye talking with PD Hong while Hong Ki was standing beside her, guarding his post.

When that girl noticed the opening of the door, Shin Hye automatically bowed to PD Hong and was on her feet, ready to run towards him, when Hong Ki grabbed her by the arm, and said in a whisper which everyone in the venue could here, “Try to pretend, at least, that you don’t miss him that much. It’s as if you were not just with him an hour ago. This is the reason, you are being targeted, Go Mi Nam. You’re too clueless, careless.”

He said, shaking his head as he saw that familiar Shin Hye pout. Then, out of the blue, another guy stood behind them, tapping Shin Hye on the head, then whispered, “You’re breaking my heart again, Go Mi Nam. You’ve been making this a habit”

“Yah, Shin Woo Hyung, I thought you have already given up!”, Hong Ki hissed at Yong Hwa.

“Tch! Not if you are given a second chance, Jeremy”, he answered back.

“Your second chance is not in this venue, Shin Woo Hyung”, Hong Ki answered, crinkling his nose.

They were at that argument, when the girl that Hong Ki was holding, was grabbed by another hand, “Who told you, you can hold her, hm, Jeremy?”

“Waaahhh! The Great Hwang Tae Kyung has finally went down from his hiding place. Tch! Afraid that your keyboardist-turned Nun will transform into a stage actress, hm?”

“Yah! Jeremy,enough of that”, Yong Hwa cut him off, his face turning red.

“Why are you blushing, Shin Woo-Hyung?”

“Yah! Jeremy!”, Shin Hye tried to meddle between the two.

Geun Suk smiled, his arm on her shoulder, half hugging her while bickering with the other ANJells.

They were smiling, teasing, laughing at nothing in particular when Jeremy eyed Shin Hye from head to toe, earning him a slap on the chest from that girl.

“Park Shin Hye, Hyung has recently taking a liking on those wooden heels, hm?”

“Hm?”, Shin Hye asked, lifting her shoes, while leaning against Geun Suk.

“I’ve seen something like that before. Music and Lyrics? Sure Photoshoot?”

Shin Hye smiled, realizing that Lee Hong Ki is still one of his best critics when it comes to fashion.

“Do you like it?”, she asked, hoping to get an approval.

“Hm…”, Hong Ki answered, with one hand under his chin, as if thinking. “have you checked whether you have any full body shots taken from today’s event?”, he continued, while Geun Suk shook his head, controlling his laugh from an impending explosion.

“Hm?”, Shin Hye creased her forehead, realizing that something is hidden behind those series of questionings.

“I like the other one more”, he said, nodding his head.


It’s a beautiful night, Shin Hye-ssi. Better make sure you will not meet any fanatics, or should I say, lunatics after this event. They have figured out your hand, don’t you think they cannot figure out your shoes? Hahaha!”

“Yah!”, Shin Hye ran after Hong Ki, causing a burst of laughter inside the restaurant.

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6* Mine

Geun Suk almost flew to that side of Seoul.

He hasn’t met Kurt yet, hasn’t discussed the thing that they will be doing later tonight, but that could wait. Anything could wait, except for the urgency of seeing her today.

8 in the morning

He parked his car in front of her house. She would not talk to him, yet. That, he was certain. But he needed to try. He needed to at least see her face.

He was quite hesitant as first. He was feeling this kind of embarrassment to face Mr. and Mrs. Park. After all the tears that he has made their Princess cry, here he is, asking for them to accept him again. He would beg, if that would be needed. Just don’t take his Princess away.

He was holding at the steering wheel of Louis, nervous to face his in-laws. Oh, how great it is to call them by that. How I wish I will really be given that privilege. Jinja! Geun Suk.

He was looking at her bedroom window, trying to plan his speech.

15 minutes at the study would be ok. Heck, he will even accept a year of imprisonment in that study just give him an assurance that that girl will be his again.

He was at that mode of thinking when a knock was heard at his window. Geun Suk almost had a heart attack when he saw Mr. Park standing outside the passenger’s seat, looking at him with questioning eyes.

Geun Suk, automatically unlock his door, went down and gave his respect to the father of his Princess.

“Annyeong haseyo, Abeoji!”, Geun Suk said, quite hesitant of his last word. He bowed his head and bit his lips.

“Annyeong, Geun Suk-a”, he heard him say, and as he lifted his gaze, he saw that man looking at him with a smile on his face. “What are you doing here outside? Are you just planning to stay here? That Princess is quite stubborn. She may not even let her hair down just so you can talk to her, young man. Better find any another way”, then the elder let out a soft chuckle and proceeded to the gate.

Geun Suk swallowed, stood there dumbfounded, then as he was about to say, “Abeojji, mianhamni….”, he was cut mid-sentence by the elder and said, “That girl would not say a word. I know there was a problem. Her eyes would be swollen though she tried to hide it. I was waiting for this day to see you, and probably break your neck. But the moment I saw you spacing out, and your eyes mirroring what I saw in my Princess’s…. I still have faith in you, Geun Suk. Sort this out. You’re like a son to me. My girl is stubborn. You should know that by now. I will not help you. You better find you way young man, and prove to me why I still have this faith on you”, then he went inside, leaving the main door open.

Geun Suk dragged his feet, stood there at the front door, closed his eyes and gave himself a pep talk,and before he could take another step, he heard his other favourite woman screamed his name, “Saeng il Chukahae, Saui!”. There she was standing at the main door, with a smile on her face, though worry is evident on her eyes. Geun suk wanted to cry. What has he done in his past life to deserve such treatment from her family?

And as if his feet have their own mind, he found himself running towards that old lady, his arms hugging her to a tight embrace, and as if he was a kid finding someone who believes in him, his tears started to roll.. all his pent up emotions exploded, missing the warmth of this house.

The elder rubbed his back, hushing him while whispering, “It will be ok, Geun Suk. It will be fine. Just give her some time. She will understand”

“Jangmonim, mianhae. I did not mean to.. mianhae…”

“Shhhh! I know.. I understand. Everything for her… but you underestimated your longing for my Princess”, he heard her say, teasing him.

“Jangmonim…”, he said as the elder pulled away, smiling at him.

“Your Eomma has been calling me since that day you decided to leave Seoul. She’s worried Geun Suk”


The elder shook her head, ushered him inside, as she was saying things in random,”You might have been hungry. What time did you arrive in seoul? You look tired Geun Suk. Your Mom would be jealous again, driving here without even seeing her first” Geun Suk smiled as he sat on that seat which seemed to be assigned to him.

As her Mom was preparing some food, he heard those familiar footsteps. His heart beating a thousand, tears starting to well in his eyes. He badly misses that girl.. he wanted to see her.. can he touch her? He just wanted to hold her… say his sorry.. tell her he cannot do this.

As he heard her final step reached the floor, his heart jumped a beat, and as his eyes met that face that he longed to see the most, when her eyes met his, he saw her took a step back, her eyes glassy; he saw tears starting to well on those depths.

He was about to stand up, run towards her directions, afraid that she would run away the moment she got the chance, when that girl stopped him from his track; her eyes pleading him to abide.

Geun Suk just looked at her helplessly, he was standing there, rooted.

And as he heard her Eomma went out of the kitchen, he felt her looked at him then at that girl and as she was about to say something, ‘Shin Hye-ya….”, he heard that stubborn girl’s resigning tone, “Eomma, please…..”

And as she turned her back to him, he heard his voice got the courage and whispered, “Do you still remember what day is today?”

Geun Suk would want to cry.. laugh.. be angry, the moment he heard her say in that soft voice of hers, though her back still facing him, “You’re not my Leo. Will never be”, then she proceeded to walk away, and before his tears would start running down his cheeks again, he saw her pause, closed and opened her fist, as if having a battle with herself, then he heard her say, “Tell Kurt, better do good tonight. I don’t want to be embarrassed that I know someone from there”, then she proceeded to walk away.

Geun Suk smiled, though tears are now running down his cheeks, his heart was laughing with joy. She might be mad, angry…but she still hopes for him to do good.

Geun Suk shook his head. What have you done?

The night of UMF, Geun Suk and Kurt were already inside the VVIP room. Tweets from his staff have been coming in, but he chose not to reply to any of them. He’s just waiting for that one message, one message and he can do anything.

Tch! But that girl was quite stubborn. Geun Suk smiled. Better not expect for anything young man. You knew how much scolding she’s having now from herself after she said those words.

The moment Team H was called on stage. Geun Suk smiled. Better do good Geun Suk. She’s watching. She’s definitely watching.

An hour of drinking right after their gig, Geun Suk was still able to drive Louis to that place. Tch. The venue is just ten minutes from her house.

He parked again on that space, hoping to have a glimpse of her.

Alcohol taking control of his body, he went down of his car and pressed the doorbell, hoping to see that girl. He can hear Nori and Bongji barking inside, when the gate opened, and there he saw the elder again.

Feeling kind of embarrassed, again, of his state, Geun Suk smiled to Mrs. Park and said, “Mianhae, Jangmonim. I just want to see her. My mind won’t stop and my hands drove me here. Mianhae, if I intruded in your sleep. I will just come back tomorrow”, he said, tears are again running down his cheeks and as he was about to walk away, he felt the elder’s hand on his shoulder and he heard her say, “I don’t think you can still drive Geun Suk. Better stay here for a while. I will just call your Eomma”, then she ushered him towards their house.

The elder sat him in the living room. His world was turning, when the elder left him and proceeded upstairs.

Mrs. Park knocked on her daughter’s room.”Shin Hye…”. No answer. “Park Shin Hye, I know you’re awake. You have a visitor downstairs. I left him at the couch. It’s either you look after him or we’ll just check if he’s still alive tomorrow”, then the elder smiled upon hearing her footsteps nearing the door.

The moment she heard the door unlock, Mrs. Park turned to her, poker face then continued,” alcohol intoxication can kill, young lady”

Shin hye bit her lower lip then looked unto her Mom, “Eomma, why did you take him in? If he will die, let him die with the person he wants to be with!”, she said stomping her feet.

“Tch! That’s exactly the point, Alice. I think he’s dying and it would be a little of favour to have him at least an arm length from you”

“Eomma!”, Shin Hye said, worry evident in her tone.

“Do what needs to be done, Shin Hye. You’re old enough to handle these things. And I think you’re smart enough to understand why he did such thing. Better tell him it’s over, if it really is”, then her Mom proceeded to her own room, leaving her there, dumbfounded.

Five minutes after, Shin Hye heaved a sigh then proceeded downstairs.

She saw that guy lying on the couch, his arm on his forehead, his eyes closed; tear stains on his cheek.

Shin Hye looked at him, tears running down her cheeks again. He looks tired, exhausted. And as she was about to take a step closer, she saw him twitched then immediately sat up, his eyes automatically landed on her face. She saw him smile, but his smile was weak. She just looked at him blankly, trying to control herself.

“Mianhae…”, she heard him say.

Shin Hye just looked at him, then proceeded to the kitchen.

“How many bottles?”

“I lose count”

“Tch! Why did you come here? You should have gone some other place, not here”


“She might be looking for you…”


“I’ll just go home”, she heard him say as he struggled to stand up.

Shin Hye automatically ran to where he is the moment she heard something.. someone fall down.

“Aisssh! Jinja”, she squatted down, took his arm and anchored it to her neck while her arm automatically wrapped around his waist.

She looked at him, irritated, but he was looking at him lovingly. “I miss you”, he managed to say as they were both struggling to bring him up in standing position.

“Aissh, Oppa! What am I going to do with you!”, she hissed as she walked him to the couch again.

Geun Suk smiled at her, then answered, “forgive me, please. I’ll do anything”, then as if he remembered something, as she was about to leave him on the couch, he pulled her hand, trapping her in a tight embrace, “Did you just call me Oppa?”

“Aisssh!”, Shin Hye struggled to stand up, but his grip was stronger.

“I’m sorry…. I love you… I love you….”, he said again and again, not wanting to let her go.

Shin Hye closed her eyes, silently scolding herself for that slip of the tongue.

“Geun Suk….”, Shin hye said, pulling herself away from him.

Geun Suk stiffened, then his eyes welled again, as he cupped her face, he whispered,”Mianhae… jinja, mianhae…”, his arms still wrapped around her.

“Let me go.. please”, she said, trying to free herself from him.

His hold unto her tightened, his face stiffened as he heard her words. “Aniya… not in this life time. Not ever. “

“Oppa, the water is boiling. I need to get it”, she said, her voice soft.

She felt him smiled, closed his eyes, then slowly let go and before she could stand up, he pulled her again and gave her a kiss on the forehead.

Shin Hye shook her head, distance her face from him and said, “this is still not kiss and make up, Oppa. We need to talk when you’re sober enough.”

Geun Suk gave that grin, sat properly and said, “I am already sober. We can talk now”

“Aniya. You need to eat something hot first.”

Geun Suk smiled and like a kid, nodded his head.

When Shin Hye was done with what she is cooking, she brought them to the living room, and left it on the table beside Geun Suk. The guy was lying down, his head on the arm rest, smile plastered on his face.

“Oppa”, Shin Hye shook him gently, trying to wake him up.

“Hm?” Geun Suk answered, with a smile on his face.

“Oppa, eat this and then we’ll talk after”, she said pulling him to stand up.

That guy smiled, followed her lead and as she gave him the bowl, the guy pouted and then said, “ Not sober enough to hold the spoon”

“Aisssh! Jinja! Jang Geun Suk-ssi!”, she exclaimed and she saw the color of his face left his cheeks the moment he heard what she just called him.

She wanted to laugh when he immediately sat up, took the spoon and ate it immediately.

He almost spit the porridge, swallowing it that fast, forgetting that it was still hot.

Shin Hye shook her head, took the bowl from him, and sat beside him.

“What am I going to do with you, Oppa?”, she said while blowing some air on the porridge.

She saw him smiled, reached for her face and said, “Don’t leave me, please. Please…”, then she saw tears running down his cheeks.

Shin Hye smiled at him, wiped the tears in his eyes and said teasingly, “Let’s see, Oppa. Let’s see”

Geun Suk closed his eyes and whispered. “Mianhae….”

Shin Hye went back to the kitchen, left that guy lying on the sofa, while she’s washing the dishes.

When she came back, twenty minutes after, her heart jumped a beat when she did not see him in the living room. Her eyes wandered around, looking for any trace of him. Then, her eyes automatically flew to the door, scared that he just left like that. Shin hye opened the door, heaved a sigh of relief when she saw Louis parked outside. “Oppa….”, she said softly, then she heard cabinet doors and drawers opening and closing, her eyes automatically squinted, knowing exactly where that guy is right now.

Shin Hye ran up the stairs towards her room, and there he saw that guy, sitting at her bedside corner, with his old tee and sweat pants on, the things that he left in her house when he’s teasing her regarding sleepovers and the likes. Shin Hye found him holding her frame at her bedside table, their picture together when they were younger, photo taken by one of his friends before they were even paired up for YAB.

“Oppa…”, she said, calling to him.

“How I wish we’re just some ordinary couple, Shin Hye-ya.. Mianhae..”

Shin Hye sat on the opposite end of her bed, smiling at him. “No more NG’s on kissing scene. No more out of the country escapade. No more special privilege on café’s and theatres. No more photoshoots as couple”, she said, teasing him, but she was surprised when he looked at her, smiled and said, “For as long as it’s you, not a thing would matter. I just don’t want you getting hurt”.

Then remembering the topic that need to be settled, Shin Hye smiled, looked at him then said, “How many times do I need to tell you that I am not a kid? Don’t treat me like one. Things might get out of hand, but I can manage. I know how things work and I know how to make them work.”

“Shin Hye….”

“Next time, don’t make decisions on your own. We are one on this, remember? Whatever it is, don’t decide something for my own sake. “


“I was waiting for you to open up. To trust me that I can help you on this. But you just made things worse by bringing that topic in the picture. I was jealous, yes. I was mad. When I saw that photo, I felt betrayed. You cheated on me. But when I saw you that morning, I know better than that. This is me, Oppa. Do you think you can trick me by doing that? I waited for you to tell me what the plan is, but you shut me off. That betrayal is worse than the first one. You hid me like a kid.”

Geun Suk smiled, kneeled before her, held her hands, kissed them and whispered, “Mianhae. I just wanted to protect you”.

Shin Hye shook her head, Geun Suk smiled, cupped her face and whispered, “Saranghae” then he pulled her to him, giving her a soft kiss.

After that kiss, with her eyes still closed, Shin Hye tilted her head, ran her tongue on her lips, and before she could say a word, Geun Suk scooped her from the bed and when it dawned to her, “You used my toothpaste?”

Geun Suk gave an impish grin and then said, “You were not prepared, Princess. I even have couple toothbrush in my room so that you’ll have something to use when things like this happened”

Shin Hye’s eyes widened, hit him on the chest and said, “You used my toothbrush? Eeeew!”

Geun Suk smiled, shook his head of disbelief. Trust this girl for being too twisted.

And as he laid her down on her bed, tucking her in, and as he is about to slip his self inside the blanket, that girl’s eyes widened, throwing daggers at him.

Geun Suk, understanding what those eyes are for, smiled then walked to the door. The girl heaved a sigh, probably thinking that he would go down and sleep at the couch, and almost stood up from bed, when he opened the bedroom door wide then walked towards her again and in an instant, slipped himself inside the blanket.

“What was that?”, she asked, her body moving away from him, when he held her, pulled her to him, his arm automatically under her shoulder, pillowing her head and the other wrapped around her waist.

“Oppa!”, she screamed, as she hits him on the chest, then turned around, her back facing him.

“The door is open. I am in your kingdom. I think I will be beheaded if I committed one wrong move”, he smiled pulling her closer. “Don’t you trust me?”

Shin Hye kept silent, contemplating what her next move would be. Then she heard him say, “This is the best birthday gift ever, though someone i know did not even spend some seconds to greet me..”

“You’re not my Leo”, she whispered, remembering the incident again.

She felt his hand tensed, then he heaved a sigh. “Mianhae, I am not your Leo”.

Shin Hye smiled then whispered, “Aisssh! Can you be my Leo?”, asking like a kid.

“I will be whatever you want me to be, Princess. “ then he smiled, pulling her closer. “Will it be too much to ask if I will request that special someone to greet me at least?

Then he felt her smiled, then whispered, “Should I give her a ring? I bet she even gave you a call when the clock strikes 12 this morning.”

She felt his grip on her loosened, then he heaved a sigh.

Shin Hye smiled, turned around, facing him, while his hands are still on her back and her waist. He felt her hands on his neck, pulling him closer, giving him a soft kiss on the lips, then she whispered, “Saeng il chukahae, my Geun Suk”

Geun Suk smiled. He never imagined that hearing her calling him without that Oppa will sound this great. How he wished she would
take ownership of that endearment. That he is hers and will only be hers.

And then, as if answering to that call, Geun Suk leaned unto her, his forehead on top of hers, he looked into her eyes and whispered softly, ‘Saranghae, my Shin Hye”.



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