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unspoken words of that stubborn soul…

[8] Maybe.. Might be.. Who Knows?

At dawn following that night, Geun Suk woke up, his eyes automatically searching for that someone, missing the warmth which for the last week has been accompanying him in the middle of the night. His lips automatically curved into a smile, finding his little girl settled like a ball beside him; her arms wrapped around herself. her back facing him, her limbs settled on her big pillow. He didn’t know how, but Shin Hye managed to remove herself from under their blanket, her oversized tee lifted upto her midsection, one of her shoulder exposed, her short pink star boxers showing her legs. Geun Suk shook his head, went out of the blanket as well, pulled down her tee, arranged its shoulder, cradled her head, removed her limbs from that pillow, then slowly moved her to his side.

He was wrapping his arm around her, when Shin Hye moved, with half-opened eyes looked at him, smiled, then asked, “Wae-yo, Oppa?”

Geun Suk smiled at her as well, shook his head and while rubbing her shoulder, said, “I didn’t know you sleep like a log, Princess. You almost kicked me out of the bed”

“Yah! Oppa!”, Shin Hye said with a pout, lifting her body a little, settling her head on his arm.

“Aren’t you cold? You’ll catch a cold if you won’t get under the blanket. And do you really have a habit of stripping while sleeping? If I didn’t know you’re tired, someone could have taken advantage of you while you were sleeping”

“Yah, Oppa… Do you want to die?”

“Aigoo, my fierce , little missy. Seriously aren’t you cold?”, he asked, concerned.

Shin Hye shook her head, then said, “I can’t sleep if it’s too warm”

“Do you want me to adjust the airconditioning?”

“Aniya.. you’ll get sick, Oppa. I know you can’t sleep when it’s too cold”

“Eh? How about you? I can manage..” he said, but as he motioned to stand up, Shin Hye had a grip on his shirt then said, “Gwaenchana, Oppa. I just don’t want to use the blanket. It’s too warm”

“You’ll get sick if you don’t wrap yourself up”

“Aren’t you cold?”

Geun Suk shook his head and smiled at her.

“Liar… the temperature is ok. Just don’t ask me to go underneath the blanket”

“You’ll catch a cold!”

“Just hold me like this”, she said smiling, snuggling closer to him.

Geun Suk smiled, held her tighter, kissed her forehead, then whispered, “I love you”

“I love you, too Oppa”

“Go back to sleep, Princess. See me in your dreams…”

“See you, Oppa”

Three hours later, Geun Suk woke up, his little girl in his arm, her hair covering her face.

Geun Suk smiled, tucked her loose hair behind her ears, studied her face carefully, admiring how innocent, pretty, how bright his star is. He placed a soft kiss on her lips, careful not to wake her up, knowing that this girl hasn’t really rested for the past couple of days.

Slowly he lifted her head, placing it on one pillow. Though he hesitated to do so, he pulled himself out of the bed, leaving her Princess, her sleeping beauty within the fortress of their bedroom.

An hour later, still with no movement coming from their bedroom, Geun Suk went back to their bed. He kneeled on the floor, his head on the pillow, waiting for that girl to wake up.

He was blowing some air on her face, irritating her, trying to wake her up.

“Yah! Bongji, stop it! Unnie is sleeping”, she hissed, with wrinkled forehead, arranging her hair.

Bong ji? The guy said, surprised.

“Princess… Princess, wake up”, he said softly.

“Appa, I went home late last night. Can I sleep more?”, she answered with a pout, but still not opening her eyes.

Geun Suk smiled, seeing the randomness of that kid.

“Alice… Alice…”, he said, wanting to see what her reaction would be.

“Eomma… five more minutes, please”

“Yah! Little bugger”

“Aisssh! Oppa, can you please quiet down a bit”

Geun Suk smiled, enjoying the show in front of him.

Then, as if tempted to do so, but he hesitated a little, Geun Suk swallowed, then said, “Alice, Geun Suk is waiting downstairs”

He saw her covered her eyes, as if irritated, still without opening her eyes, she said, “It’s too early, Eomma. Why is Oppa up this early? He should be sleeping a little more”

She closed her eyes tightly, but before she could do another move, before she could open her eyes, that guy, his heart jumping in joy, sat on the bed, settling himself beside her. One hand at the side of her head, the other beneath her pillow, and in one swift motion, he dipped his head, kissing her full on the lips.

“Oppa!”, Shin Hye exclaimed, even before she opened her eyes.

“So, even when sanity is not with you, you still know the feel of my lips”, he teased her, as his face was just an inch above hers.

“Aisssh! Who would be allowed to go inside my room this early in the morning? And who would be kissing me without camera rolling? Tch!”, she said, as she wrapped her arms around his neck.

“So, it’s all about logic?”, he asked, a bit disappointed.

Shin Hye smiled, then said, “Do you want me to have a blind test.. kiss ten guys and ask me to identify who among those is you, so I can prove to you that I know.. I perfectly know the touch of your lips?”

Geun Suk smiled, rubbed his nose on hers and said, “I believe you. I’ll take your word on that. I’d rather have that word, than have you do an elimination round on that kissing test”

Shin Hye shook her head. Geun Suk looked at her, smiled, kissed her once again, and whispered, “I love you”

“Na do”, and as she was smiling, as if remembering something, her eyes widened; she immediately removed her arms from him, took a pillow, covered her face, then said, “Why did you kiss me? I still haven’t brushed my teeth, Oppa! Aisssh!”

Geun Suk laughed at that twisted girl. “Why? Is there something wrong with that?”, he asked, as he scooped her from bed, bringing her to their washroom.

The girl did not say a word, with pouted lips, she sat at the counter, while that guy handed her the toothbrush. Shin Hye glared at him, but took it still, and started brushing her teeth.

“Done?”, Geun Suk asked the obvious, as he took the toothbrush from her, putting it near the sink.

He stood in front of her, and with that mischievous grin on his face, he settled his hands on her sides, then as he neared his face to her, the girl leaned back, and with widened eyes, asked, “What do you think you’re doing?”

“Continuing where we left off…”, he said, as he leave soft kisses on her lips.

“Oppa..”, she managed to say, between his kisses as she’s trying to inch herself away from him.

“Hm?”, he answered in between. Geun Suk smiled, placed his one hand on her back, preventing her from moving away, his other hand on her neck, holding her still. “ I should have not stopped earlier, but knowing that you won’t give in on morning kisses, YET… and with the comfort of the bed not that too inviting for my Princess, YET… you better be grateful of this understanding husband for knowing when to stop and I think it’s just right to reward him of the continuation of those kisses”

Shin Hye smiled, placed one of her hand on his arm, the other on his shoulder, answering his every kiss.

They were savouring the moment, this alone moment which is quite new to them, when as the wolf inside that guy is beginning to show himself, when the kisses were beginning to become deeper, his hands wandering on her back, the girl suddenly distanced her face from him, then said, “Oppa.. have you shaved?”

Geun Suk was still following her lips when she put her hands in between them, pushing him away. “What?”, he said, a bit frustrated.

“Your hair here.. the 2-day old moustache and beard are tickling me. You better shave, Oppa”, she said with squinted eyes.

“Aisssh! You’ll definitely be the death of me, Park Shin Hye”

“Should I be thankful, Oppa?”, she asked, teasing him.

Geun Suk shook his head, closed his eyes and heaved a sigh. Disappointed, he walked towards the sink, took his shaver from the cabinet, placed some cream on his face and started shaving.
Shin Hye was just standing there still, watching him.
Knowing that her husband was quite pissed off of her sudden randomness, she smiled, and pulled her in front of her again.

“What?”, he asked, looking at her.

Shin Hye rubbed her nose, took the shaver, and started doing it for him.

Geun Suk smiled, his eyes never leaving that face.

Shin Hye was just smiling as well, when as she looked back at him, she saw that pretending to be innocent smile, his eyes not meeting hers, and as she felt his hand on her sides, Shin Hye shook her head, pinched his torso and said, “Do you want to have a cut on your face, Mr. Jang?”

Geun Suk stopped his hand, bit his lips and with that guilty smile, he shook his head and answered, “Mianhamnida, Mrs. Jang. “

“Good!”

Five minutes after, Geun Suk put on his aftershave. Shin Hye was just smiling, and when he was carrying her on his back, he felt her snuggled closely, then said, “I love this scent. It’s too refreshing”

Geun Suk smiled, and did not say a word. As they went out of the bed, he placed her on the chair, and placed plates and utensils on the table.

“Yah! You already cooked?”, she asked, quite irritated.

Knowing that tone, Geun Suk shook his head then said, “I don’t want to wake you up”

“But I told you I’m going to cook today, didn’t i?”

“Princess, you can cook tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and the days to come”

“But I said I will cook today”, she said stubbornly.

“But you were still sleeping?”

“Why didn’t you wake me up?”

“Because you were still sleeping”

“That’s why you need to wake me up”

Geun Suk smiled, shook his head and chose not to say a word anymore. He placed her Americano on the table and sat beside her, placing food on her plate without saying a thing.

Shin Hye felt the sudden change of mood, bit her lip, but quite embarrassed to say a thing.

After five minutes of silence, Shin Hye lifted her head a little, trying to search his face, and then, out of nowhere, she said , “The coffee is nicer than the one served in Café Bene”. She tilted her head, wanting to read his reaction.

Still, when he didn’t say a thing, “the toast is good. Not as good as Eomma and Eommonim, but good”

And when she still did not hear anything from him, Shin Hye pouted, and placed her utensils on the plate.

“Won’t you try any harder?”

“Hm?”

“Will you just give up like that?”, he said with poker face.

“Why are you still mad?”

“Am i?”

Shin Hye nodded. “Mianhae”

Geun Suk smiled, then said, “You know I don’t get mad..

“Eh?”, she said, not believing.

“don’t get mad easily at you”, he said, continuing his sentence.

“Can you still do that 10, 20 years from now?”

“Making you coffee and toast?”

“Aniya… not get mad at me easily. Mianhae.. I know I’m quite stubborn..”

“Not quite. Stubborn indeed”

“Yah!”

“See”

“Aisssh!”

“Arasseo… as you were saying…”

“I’m quite stubborn, hard-headed. I may be narrow minded at times, childish more often than necessary… can you promise not to get mad at me easily? I may need some time to adjust”

Geun Suk simply smiled and showed her his hand.

“Did you see this ring? I think this means I will stick with you, whether you like it or not”

Shin Hye smiled shyly, then flashed her ring as well. “It says, I will be with you till this ring met a corner”

“Tch! Circles don’t have corner”

“Woaaah! So does that mean I’ll be with you until the end? Should I write and suggest a rule to re-define circles?”

Geun Suk pinched her nose, then said, “you and me, until our ever after ends”.

——

That night before they go to bed, Shin Hye was fiddling her phone.

“Oppa, kimchi pancake still?”, she asked without looking at him.

“Hm?”

“Breakfast tomorrow”

“Oh.. kimchi pancake”, he answered, smiling.

“Kimchi pancake it is. Oppa, do you have an appointment tomorrow?”

“ I need to be at the office by 10”

“I still haven’t checked with Jun Oppa when my next schedule is”, she said with a pout.

“I told Jun Hyung to free your schedule for two months”

“Two months, Oppa?”, she asked, surprised.

“I want to spend time with you before my enlistment”

“You want to spend time with me? I am free, but you’re not. Do you want me to spend time in the house alone”, she said, sulking.

Geun Suk shook his head, sat on the bed, facing that girl who was seated at the center of the bed. “I will just arrange some things tomorrow, and then after that, my schedule is free until that day”

“Jinja?”

“Jinja..” he said, smiling, rubbing his nose on hers.

“Arasseo….” She answered, crinkling her nose, then settled herself on the bed.

“You’re sleeping early?”

“I need to wake up early”, she said, grinning.

“Eh, but….”, he said

“But?”, she asked, obliviously.

“Arasseo… can I hug you at least while we sleep?”

“Yah! You’re making me look bad. Aisssh! Come here.”, she said, tapping the space beside her. “Come here, come to Mommy, aegi…”

Geun Suk shook his head, laughing at that girl.

Instead of him placing his arm on her shoulder, Shin Hye hugged him, one hand around his neck, the other around his shoulder, making him settle on her neck.

Geun Suk snuggled closer, his arms wrapped around her waist. Shin Hye was rubbing his back, tapping him while randomly singing a song, as if sending a kid to sleep.

She has almost flown into dreamland, when she suddenly felt a kiss landed on her collar, on her neck, his hand going down her waist.
Shin Hye bit her lips, and in the very diplomatic tone, she said, “Oppa…. “

“Arasseo.. Mianhae…”

12 mn, Shin Hye woke up, checking her phone.

1 am, that girl, out of the blue, grabbed her phone checking the time.

“Shin Hye, it’s still early”, Geun Suk whispered, hugging her tightly.

“Mianhae, Oppa..”

3 am, Shin Hye looked at the window, gauging whether it’s already 6.

5 am, she looked at her watch and smiled when she saw that it’s just one more hour before 6.

A few moments after, Shin Hye immediately stood up from bed, a smile on her face, but the smile suddenly vanished when she didn’t see that guy beside her. She automatically grabbed her phone and check for the time.

7.30am!

Shin Hye jumped out of bed and rushed to the kitchen, only to find that guy already toasting some bread, slicing some onions…

“Good morning, Princess!”

“Did you turn off my alarm?”, she asked, mad.

“It kept on ringing but you’re not waking up, so I turned it off”

“You know I set the alarm so I can wake up early, right? Why didn’t you wake me up?”

“You haven’t slept a wink. You keep on waking up every hour. I just wanted you to have some sleep”, he said, trying to keep his cool.

“But I told you, I will be cooking, right?”

Geun Suk closed his eyes, then said, “Mian…”

Shin Hye passed by him and went direct to the fridge. Geun Suk turned his back from her, arranging the toast.

She took some eggs. She was about to get a bowl from the cupboard, when as she tiptoed, trying to reach that bowl, her hand suddenly slipped, the bowl reaching the ground.

“Shin Hye!”, Geun Suk immediately ran to her direction, lifting her from the ground, afraid that she will be cut by the broken glass.

Shin Hye did not say a word. Geun Suk was checking her from head to toe, making sure that she’s not hurt at any part.

“Gwaenchana?”, he asked, concerned. “I told you to be careful, didn’t i? Why is it too hard for you to allow me to do this at the very least?”, he continued, a bit mad.

Shin Hye was biting her lips, her tears started to run down her cheeks.

“Gwaenchana?”, Geun Suk asked, startled, seeing those tears.

“I just want to make breakfast. Is that too difficult to understand? I always dream of cooking you breakfast, can you not just allow me to do that? Do I still need to guard time to make sure that I will wake up earlier than you do? Do you know how excited I am before I go to sleep, and how frustrated I become everytime I wake up, seeing you not on the bed, while hearing plates and utensils from the kitchen? Oppa, do you know that feeling? When you wanted to do something really badly, you planned for it, you even dreamed about it, only to find out that you need to let another day pass, so that you can see whether you can do it the next day?”

“Shin Hye, you’re beginning to become unreasonable”, he said, shaking his head. “Stop being childish”

With those words, Shin Hye felt her chest tightened. “I am too disappointed of myself at this point. Don’t make me feel too frustrated that I am not the person you expect me to be”, she looked at him coldly and then started to walk away.

Geun Suk sat there, confused, irritated, angered.

He heard her took some key from the bedroom.

“Go on. Go back to Jangmonim. We will file our divorce on the ground that I did not allow my wife to cook me breakfast. How pathetic!”, he said, but was taken aback, when she saw the pain in her eyes.

He heard the front door opened and then, he heard the sound of the lift.

Geun Suk was just sitting there, and then remembering those words… her mother’s words…

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

Geun Suk panicked. He ran towards the door, and then, “What if I won’t be able to answer Jangmonim’s call.. what if she let her in… Aniya.. better bring my phone”.

He rushed towards their room, looking for his phone. “Aisssh! Jinja! Where are you? Why can’t I find you when I’m not looking for you?”

And when he found that phone, he grabbed his car key, ran towards the main door and then to the lift, dialing that number…

“Jangmonim.. Jangmonim… I’m coming. Do not let her in. I’m coming..” he said, a bit nervous, on the verge of crying.

“Mwo? Who? Alice?”

“I will explain when i…”

In the midst of his five-minute lost of sanity, he heard that familiar voice, “You’re slippers don’t match. And you’re wearing my jacket. Take that off. It looks funny on you”

Geun Suk stood there, dumbfounded. With widened eyes, he saw that girl, sitting on the stair to the lift, knees hugged to her chest, with tear stains on her face.

“Geun Suk.. Geun Suk… did Alice leave home?”

“Mianhamnida, Jangmonim. I made your daughter cry. I thought she left me, but she chose to stay. I’ll call you back. Mianhamnida for troubling you”, then he hanged up.

“Hey”, he said as he sat beside her.

“Hey”, she answered back.

“I thought you left me”

“I thought you’ll allow me to leave like that”

“I thought I broke my promise”

“I thought my stubborn self has come in the way again”

Silence…

“I was about to go home”

“I was about to run to your house”

“I’m afraid you’ll tell Eomma to let me in”

“I’m scared Jangmonim will let you in”

“What if I really made you mad, what if you got really pissed off, and just send me back home?”

“What if you really get mad and go home crying, leaving me alone?”

“What if you won’t come and pick me up? What if you won’t answer my Eomma’s call? What if….”, she said, crying.

“Shhh! Mianhae….”

“I was really mad, Oppa. Really mad that I wanted to leave you. But then, I remembered what Eomma said. I got scared. What if you won’t ask me back? Mianhae… I am too immature”

“Mianhae, I am too inconsiderate.”, he said, wiping her tears. “I thought you left me. I was too scared”

“Are you really running after me?”, she asked, smiling, though with tears in her eyes.

“Aniya..”, he answered, teasing her.

“Aisssh!”, she said, hitting him.

Geun Suk held her hands, kissed them and then said, “I am not running after you.. I am not running after you, Mrs. Jang. I am running after my happiness…”, he said, closing the gaps between their lips.

That guy ran his thumb on her cheek, looking at her face, calming his heart.

“Oppa…”

“Hm?”

“Can I cook our breakfast tomorrow?”, she asked, her stubborn self channeling in again.

Geun Suk gave out a heartily laugh and said, “Your wish is my command, Princess.”

Then she carried that girl and brought her back inside their castle.

“Should I put locks on all exit doors, Princess? I am afraid I would have a heart attack the next time you come running out of that door”

“Yah, Oppa!”

And with that, their second morning ended.
The teasing continues.
The bickering does not end.
The guy held on her tightly.
The girl did not let go.
Their hands clasped together,
And with smiles on their faces,
Until when will their ever after last?

Maybe not today..
Probably not tomorrow…
Not in the years to come
Who knows?
It may possibly never end..
Just like what he had promised,
Many years back,
That night, when they began to realize
That things seem to go after a script…
That night, when he suddenly uttered..
There isn’t an ending. I won’t allow it to end

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[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?”

“Oppa”

“Hm?”

“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.

“Oppa”

“Hm?”

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”

“Hm?”

“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?”

“Yah!”

“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!

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[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.

“Yah!”

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”

“Eh!”

“Hm?”

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

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

“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?”

“yah!”

“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.

“Oppa..”

“Hm?”

“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.

“Oppa..”

“hmm?”

“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”

“Yah!”

“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?”

“hm?”

“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.
11-11

“Hm?”

“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.”

“Yah!”

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

“Aisssh! Password?”

“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…

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[5] Starting Anew

She was in her grey sweat pants and in his oversized tee.

He was in his grey sweat pants and a white tank top.

That girl was sleeping soundly, her head on his chest, her arm wrapped around his waist.

That guy has his head on the pillow, his arm under her head, wrapped around her shoulder.

The night was still young, but they chose to retreat to their room, wanting to spend their last night catching up on things.

Geun Suk was holding one book with his right hand while humming some lullaby for that girl. He was rubbing her shoulder, assuring her that he’s just nearby.

Shin Hye cuddled nearer to him, tightening her embrace on him. Geun Suk smiled, pulling the comforter to her neck, warming her up. He put down his book, tilted his head, studying her face.

Geun Suk closed his eyes, thanked the heavens for giving this girl to him.

He kissed her on the forehead, when he felt her moved a little then whispered, “Oppa…”

“Shhhhh….”

“Oppa?”, she asked, tilting her head, looking at his face.

“Did I wake you up?”

“Ani….”, then she smiled, closed her eyes once more, then whispered, “Saranghae….”

Geun Suk smiled, held her tighter, then said, “nomu nomu nomu Saranghae…” then dipped his head, meeting her lips. He kissed her softly, brushing his lips on hers, That girl closed her eyes, and answered his every kiss. He pushed her to the bed, her back laid flat, while he lifted his body on top of hers, his arms supporting his weight. He distanced his face from hers, tucked some hair behind her ears, then carefully ran his thumbs on her face, memorizing every inch of it.

“You’re too beautiful Shin Hye”, he whispered, making that girl blushed.

He looked into her eyes, loving the innocence on those orbs.

She looked back into his eyes, loving the sincerity on those eyes.

He was admiring every inch of her face, when that girl wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him to her, lifting her head, meeting him in between, then gave him a soft kiss.

Geun Suk smiled, loving the boldness of that act. He held the back of her neck, supporting her weight, then, still not letting go of her lips, she pushed her back to the bed, continuing what she started. Geun Suk kissed her deeply, more passionately. He didn’t let go of those lips, brushing his tongue on the line in between, softly biting her lower lip. As his lips were capturing her soul, his hand travelled down, rubbing her sides, sliding his hand inside her shirt, running his hands up and down her back.

He felt her wiggled a little, still not comfortable of the intrusion of his hands. Geun Suk smiled, let go of her lips, leaving shallow bites, nibbling her jawline, down to her neck. He felt her let out a deep breath, probably trying to calm her nerves. His kisses travelled down, to her collar, then up to her throat, leaving sweet kisses on every inch of her skin. He felt her close her eyes, allowing him to do whatever it is that he wanted.

“I love you”, he whispered through her ears, touching her skin, sending shivers down her spine. He felt her trembled, then she stiffened. Geun Suk smiled, nibbled her earlobe, while whispering “I love you”, again and again.

He felt her smiled, relaxed a little, but her eyes still kept closed.

“Why are you keeping your eyes closed?”, he whispered, teasing her.

“Yah!”, she answered hitting him on the chest.

Geun Suk caught her hands, kissed them , then whispered again, “Why are you keeping your eyes closed, Princess?”

Shin Hye squinted her eyes, opened one of them, then answered softly, “I don’t know what you’re going to do next…. I’m afraid I will be scared if I see them…”

“Don’t you trust me?”

“Oppa….”

“Don’t you….”

“Mianhae…. i… just..”

Geun Suk lied down, his back flat on the bed, then he pulled her to him, trapping her in a tight embrace. “I love you…”

Shin Hye opened her eyes, then looked at him. “Why?”

“Why do I love you?”, he asked, kissing her on the tip of her nose.

“Eh.. why…. Did…………..you stop?”, she said, her voice too soft.

“Do you want me to continue?”, he asked, as he hovered on top of her again.

“Oppa!”, Shin Hye said, a bit surprised, her hand automatically placed on his chest, pushing him away from her.

“I don’t want to scare you….”

“You’re not scaring me.. Mianhae…”

“It’s ok. I understand…”, he said, then kissed her on the forehead.

The room was dead silent. All that can be heard was their breathing.

Suddenly, he felt her move, her hand on his chest, her face on top of his, her elbow supporting her weight.

And when his eyes met hers, he saw her smiled, then closed her eyes, initiating a kiss once again.

Geun Suk was puzzled, his eyes wide open, as his lips were kissing her back, Then he felt her body on top of his, her hands trembling as she ran it down his torso, tugging the hem of his shirt.

“Princess….”, he said between those kisses.

He felt her smiled, then said, “Thank you for bearing with my pleads earlier on…” she said between the kisses. “thank you for always trying to understand my fear.. my confusion…”

“Hm?:”, he asked, one of his eyebrows lifted, asking her what she’s doing.

Shin Hye grinned, her cheeks red, then she whispered on his ears, “Payback time”, while nibbling his earlobe.

“Are you sure?”, he asked, an evil grin on his face.

He felt her swallowed, and before she could start a word, he carried her, turned her around, and pushed her back to the bed, his body on top of hers, “No more taking back of words, young lady”, he said, smiling.

And as he sees her smiling back, he immediately took possession of her lips, kissing her too deeply, his body pinning her to the bed; he can feel her being buried within those soft cotton.

——-

She was wrapped in a white comforter. Her head on his chest, her arm around his waist.

He has a white blanket wrapped on his lower body, his upper body bare. His arm beneath her body, rubbing her bare shoulder.

He kissed her on the forehead, then whispered, “I love you”.

Shin Hye smiled, cuddled closer to him, embracing him tighter.

——

The following morning, the sun is already up but the young couple is still sleeping soundly.

As that young girl moved a little, the young guy’s arm which is wrapped around her shoulder instantly tensed, holding her tighter, not wanting her to move a little farther.

Shin Hye smiled, looked back at him, and was surprised, when before she saw his eyes, she felt his lips on hers. “Good morning, Princess!”, he whispered, then he kissed her on the forehead.

Shin Hye just smiled, pulled her comforter tighter to her body, as she pushed herself nearer to him.

“Oppa…”

“Hm?”

“What time is our flight?”

“Later tonight. Do you still need to get anything?”

Shin Hye shook her head, then smiled.

“Oppa..”

“Hmm?”

“Why Paris?”

She saw him smiled, then said, “Why? Don’t you like Paris? I thought you want to go to Europe”

“I love Paris. But, I just didn’t imagine… When you told me to bring swimsuits at first, I thought it would be…”

“Hawaii? Thailand?…”

Shin Hye nodded her head.

“I know how you love the outdoors. Bringing you to those places would definitely make this honeymoon an outing”, he said, teasing her.

“Yah!”, she answered, hitting him on the chest, then she pouted.

Geun Suk kissed the pout on her lips then smiled. “You’ll know later..”

“Eh?”

Geun Suk smiled, stood up from the bed, then carried her to the bathroom. “Yah, Oppa!”

“Wae?”

“Put me down!”

“Ani.. just have a quick shower. We’ll be leaving in an hour”

—-

They were walking along the side road, both in jeans and tees, his arm wrapped around her shoulder, her arms on his waist. Shin Hye was laughing on nothing in particular as that guy was saying some random things. She was hopping on every step, unaware of the place they were heading to,

When as she lifted her face, she saw that monument: The Arc de Triomphe. He felt her tense beneath his arm. He saw her face soured, probably remembering what it is that he’s trying to forget.

Shin Hye bit her lips, smiled, then looked back at him.

“Wae-yo, Oppa?”, her eyes asking, confused.

Geun Suk heaved a sigh, looked around. He pointed the street road which states, Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Shin Hye raised her eyebrow, trying to control her emotions. They’ve been here in Paris for almost a week, and she did try her best to go anywhere except on this.

Geun Suk just stood there, smiling weakly at her.

Shin Hye shook her head, was about to walk away, when Geun Suk pulled her back, making her stand in front of him.

Shin Hye looked down, not wanting to meet his gaze. This place, this very place gave her some memories which she tried very hard to forget.

“Shin Hye…”, Geun Suk said, cupping her face, making her look into his eyes.

Shin Hye slowly lifted her eyes, meeting his gaze, She shook her head slowly, smiling weakly at him.

“Mianhae…”

Confusion drawn into her eyes. She was looking into his eyes, trying to read his words.

“I know how much this place has played an important role in our lives. This sets off my dream. You taught me how to achieve my dreams, without flaunting it around. You anchored my feet on the ground, while allowing me to soar. I know how much I disappoint you, years later when I decided to fulfil that dream. I know how much you love Paris when you were young, and how much you hate it after that year. I simply ticked off one of your favourite places in the world, simply because I did something stupid. I know you were hurt. I know I’ve hurt you. That year…was quite a chaos, and it all started when I set foot on Paris.

Thank you for still accepting me… believing in me after all those things. I don’t want to make your world a bit smaller because of what I did in the past. I don’t want you to avoid something that you really love simply because I did something wrong.
You know how much I love Paris, right? How much I dreamed of this place, to prove myself to everyone? After that year, I hated this place. I hate seeing its photos, for it reminded me of the things that I did and did not do. For it simply showed me the things that I missed and simply let go. “

Geun Suk looked into her eyes then said, “I love you, Shin Hye. I love you, Princess. From now on, I want to erase any of those memories. I want to forget them all and start anew. I want to remember this place as that starting point where we tried to let go, forget those not so good things in the past.. let go of the pain…I want to remember this as the place where we started our lives as one. I want to remember this place, not simply as the most beautiful avenue of the world… La plus belle avenue du monde, but as the starting point of where I will be spending the rest of my life with the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met, and the beginning of the most beautiful memories of my life, with her as my wife. I love you”

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[4] The Unspoken Agreement

“Princess, don’t you want to get up from bed?”, Geun Suk asked her. They were sitting on the bed, Geun Suk’s back rested on the headboard, Shin Hye’s head on his chest.

“Uhm… Oppa… if you want, you can just leave me behind. I don’t feel like moving….”, Shin Hye said, hesitating whether there is a need to continue.

Geun Suk smiled, kissed her on the forehead, understanding why the sudden change of mood. Feeling guilty, but wanting to tease her more, he slid his hand on her back, then pushed her, back flat on the bed, then whispered in her ears, “can we have another round?”

He felt Shin Hye stiffened, tears started to well in her eyes, hands automatically on his chest, pushing him, and with cheeks as red as tomato, she tried with all her might to turn on her side, blanket still wrapped around her, her head buried on the bed.

“Yah!”

“Oppa, can we not do it…. i… uhm.. I don’t ….”

Geun Suk smiled weakly, shook his head, then with all his might, slid his hand on her back, the other at the back of her knees and carried her bridal style. Shin hye feeling her body being lifted from the ground, wound want to wiggle her feet but couldn’t, instantaneously wrapped her arms around his neck, buried her face on his chest and said in a whisper, “Oppa.. don’t… “

“Don’t what?”, Geun Suk asked, bringing her inside the washroom, then slowly, settled her inside the tub. “Don’t why?”, Geun suk asked, with crease on his forehead, worried.

“Aniya”, Shin Hye answered, bowing her head.

“I’m quite considerate last night. Tch!”

“Yah! Oppa!”

“Yah, Princess, I’m already your husband. Why can’t you even tell me simple things like this?”

“Waaaah!”, Shin Hye covered her ears, closed her eyes.

“Jinja, cute. Does it really hurt?”, Geun Suk asked again, concerned.

Shin Hye nodded her head and said in a whisper, “Not that much though. But can we not?”

“Shiro!”, then he smiled turning around, walking towards the dresser.

“Oppa…” Shin Hye said in a whisper, balling herself at the corner of the tub, her head on her knees.

“Yah! Do you really think of me that low?”, Geun Suk hissed on his way back to the toilet, with a towel on his hand. He sat beside the tub and then slowly tapped his fingers on her knees.

Still not lifting her head, Shin Hye whispered not audible to human ears, but loud enough for that guy to hear. “I read from some books, honeymoon should be fun. I know you waited for this, Oppa. Mianhae…. Shin Hye …”

Geun Suk smiled, lifted her chin and said, “This is fun. I’m having fun”

“Jinja?”, Shin Hye lifted her head and asked, wanting to have the assurance that he is indeed having fun.

“Why? What do they say in those books? What kind of fun do they mention?”, Geun Suk smiled, his eyes twinkling, teasing that girl, while at the back of his head, he really find it cute. She indeed, exerted some effort on this.

“Yah, Oppa!”, then she buried her head again on her knees.

Geun Suk tapped her on the head, then said, “I’ll be waiting outside. Then, we’ll leave in an hour”.

“Are you not going to bathe?”, Shin Hye asked with a pout, wondering why that guy is preparing to go out without even bathing.
Geun Suk’s eyes widened in surprise, and then slowly walked towards her, slowly stripping his clothes and said, “why have I not considered that?”

Shin Hye’s eyes widened as well, shocked, her mouth hanged open, “O… Oppa”.

“tch!”, Geun Suk closed her mouth, then, slowly picked up his clothes and said, “Just as I said, I will be bathing outside.. yeah.. yeah.. I will be bathing outside”

And like a kid, that girl smiled, and said, “Kamsa, Oppa. Saranghae!”

Geun Suk smiled, then ran towards her, the girl was shocked upon seeing him running towards her, crossed her arms around her body afraid what that guy would do. Geun Suk smiled, then instantaneously wrapped his arms around her, squeezed her tightly and then said, “this is why I love you the most! Saranghae…”

——
Geun Suk and Shin Hye roamed the street of Paris, walking hand in hand. Both of them in couple tees, with baseball cap on their heads and sunnies, trying to act as normal as possible.

They stopped by a famous café, ordered croissant and their favourite Americano.

“Princess….”

“Hm?”

“How come you said you’re beginning to hate Americano?”, Geun Suk asked, trying to sound as casual as possible. He suddenly remembered that tweet in 2012, when this girl suddenly declared that she’s beginning to not get used to Americano and started to dilute the coffee.

“Hmm?”, Shin Hye asked, trying to sound as if she didn’t hear it.

“We had a problem at that time, right?”

“I did not regret it”, Shin Hye smiled, remembering the tweets that she did on that year.

“Hm?”

“The feeling was too pure.. too surreal that I felt like drowning. I felt too overwhelmed, then slowly, fear crept down my spine. Until how long will it be like this? Until how long will we be happy? I got scared. And then, as if teasing me, when I turned on the TV, I saw the news. I remembered you left me Oppa. You left me with Kurt, while doing the Love Rain press con. The feeling of melancholy suddenly hit me. I feel like an other woman, waiting for that girl’s guy to have some free time and meet me secretly”, Shin Hye smiled, but her voice has betrayed her hidden sentiments on those days, and probably on the other days as well.

Geun Suk reached out for her hand, held it and said, “This guy is really something, right? Has requested her Princess to stay with him but has left her most of the time inside the hotel room, afraid that someone would spot her”.

“’The Princess is missing’, that’s the headline among the stars”.

“And this guy was too bad, inviting people at that tennis court, while his princess was left at the castle”

“Tch! If I didn’t know any better. People were already speculating why Geun Suk left for Yokohama that early, did not do any tweet storm, layed low on public eyes, until he suddenly came out in the open, almost documenting his last two days in Japan. If they only knew, both our agencies are already having problem on how to hide us both, how Shin Hye would go back without the people taking notice of it, and how to tame that Geun Suk who’s almost cursing everyone who’s following him around”

“They really got scared. They thought I will drag you to TBS and make an announcement right there and then, when I stepped on the gas of that red fiat and snatched you away from Jun Hyung”.

“Eommonim was really excited. He thought you’ll really make the announcement”

“And Jangmonim gave me a call right after Jun Hyung gave her a call”

“Eomma was asking you to think it over”

“Jangmonin asked me if something happened… if there is really a need to make the announcement”

“Yah!”

“Jinja. I really wanted to make a prank and tell her, “Mianhae, Jangmonim.. Shin Hye-ya, forced me to do it”, but I don’t want her to think bad of me.”

Shin Hye was smiling, laughing, remembering how the whole of Tree J and 4Him were in chaos the moment they sneaked out.

“All were worried. I was really on the verge of exploding, lucky you were there”

“tch! You’re really lucky that you have me, Oppa. Aigoo! Imagine, Park Shin Hye would be out of the market at the age of 23. Woaaah!”

“yah! Little girl, last time I checked, you were out of the market ever since you turned 17. All the other pairings were just wishful thinking. Tch!”

“Yah!”

“Mianhae….” Geun Suk’s voice suddenly became solemn.

“Hm?”

“Mianhae… if I made it too hard for you”

“Oppa, it was my choice, remember? You asked me a couple of times to tell the public, but in the end, we both agreed to have it that way”.

“Even so, I still feel guilty whenever I would leave you with Hong Ki, with Kurt. I felt foolish whenever I saw the photos at Colamercato and Café On, appearing that my girl is having a date with herself. Where is that girl’s boyfriend? Really, that guy is a bastard, leaving that girl behind”.

“Yah! We both know you were there. We both know you almost punched everyone who would look my way. We both know how jealous, possessive my boyfriend was”.

“Tch! But they don’t know… yah, ‘my boyfriend was’, why am in the past tense?”

“Oppa, my jealous, possessive boyfriend happened to be my husband a few days back?”

——–
They entered one of the Souvenir shops in the nearby street, and while Shin Hye was busy looking for some things that they can bring home, Geun Suk was left outside the shop, having a hit in his cigarette. Though outside, he would never forget to take a glance on his wife, checking whether she is still there.

As he was flicking the cigarette, preparing for his last hit, his eyes squinted as he saw someone approached that girl. Geun Suk smirked, let go of the cigarette and immediately went inside.

Shin Hye was checking the skull bracelet for Hong Star when someone spoke one foot away from her.

“Are you Korean”, the guy, who might be the age of Geun Suk stood there, smiling at her.

“Deh”, Shin Hye nodded her head, smiled shyly. She’s never been used to people approaching her, especially guys, whose giving her that look.

“Are you with someone?”, the guy asked, smiling at her sweetly.

This is not looking good. If Geun Suk Oppa saw you, aigoo, that smile would definitely vanish from your face.

Shin Hye smiled apologetically, then said, “Deh”, she answered, her eyes wandering around looking for that soul. “ I’m with my….”

And then suddenly, as fast as a lightning, an arm was wrapped around her waist, a kissed touched her temple, as he heard that voice said, “Looking for me?”.

And as he looked at the face of that guy, the guy smiled at her, pulled her closer then raised his eyebrow to that stranger, as if asking, do you need anything else?

The guy smiled, looked at him from head to toe as well, sizing him.

Aisssh! Jinja. He doesn’t know him.. he doesn’t know us.

“Boyfriend?”, the guy asked, ignoring Geun Suk’s presence.

She felt his grip tightened, Geun Suk smirked and before he could say another word, Shin Hye stepped in, wrapped her arm on his waist as well, smiled at Geun Suk, making those faces, trying to cool him down, then answered, “Husband”, then she flashed her wedding ring.

The guy feeling embarrassed, bowed his head then excused himself.

Geun Suk immediately removed his hand on her waist, shook his head then took a step forward. But before he could take another step, Shin Hye grabbed his hand and said, “Yah!”

Geun Suk just smiled weakly and said, “I need to get some fresh air”.

“Oppa….”, she pulled him to her,then cupped his face, making him look her way.

“Yah, Shin Hye, people are staring at us”, he hissed, averting his eyes.

“Oppa… look at me..”, Shin Hye said, smiling, planting a peck on his lips.

“Can you pull your act together? Stop acting like a kid!”, Geun Suk hissed irritated, then he stormed out of the shop.

Shin Hye was left there, dumbfounded. What just had happened?

And before she could figure it out, she felt her eyes getting hot, so she decided to leave the place as well.

Geun Suk was striding too fast, when as he realized that that girl has shorter limbs, he tried to slow down his pace, afraid that she will be left behind.

Five minutes after, still, he could not hear the voice of that stubborn girl, he turned around, and said, “Stop following me around!”, his head held high, and when still, he could not hear a word, he lowered his gaze, and was taken aback when he did not see that soul in front of him.

His mind panicked, his eyes wandering around, his heart beating a thousand. Where are you, jinja?

Knowing that girl’s English and French were not that good, and the fact that the sky is already turning dark, her wallet and her handphone are all with him, and the worst… that girl might be crying her heart out while walking around the city, Geun Suk started to half run half-fly, searching for any trace of that girl.

Jinja.. I told you to stay near me, didn’t I?

Geun Suk has roamed the street, looking for that girl. He did not know where to start or where to go next, knowing that it was him who volunteered this place and that it was him who planned everything for this trip.

Trying to tame his heart in order to think properly, Geun Suk slowed down his pace, allowed his feet to bring him somewhere, while he’s trying to figure out where that girl would go.

And just like before, as if his feet knows exactly where to find her, there she is, seated at one of the benches in front of Fontaine de la Concorde, her head stoop low, her shoulder moving up and down.

Not even a week after the marriage, and here you are making her cry these tears.

Dragging his feet to where she is, slowly he sat beside that girl.

The girl did not budge, did not move.

He did not say a word.

She did not say a thing.

They just sat there, talking in silence.

After a good thirty minutes or so, that girl heaved a sigh then said, “Kaja, Oppa!”, she stood up, offering her hand to him.

Geun Suk smiled, reached for her hand and before she could move a step away, he pulled her, making her sit on his lap.

“Yah!”, Shin Hye exclaimed, bewildered.

“Weh?”, Geun Suk asked innocently, his arms wrapped possessively around that girl.

“Oppa…”

“Hmm?”, , he asked snuggling his face on the crook of her neck, while holding her tighter.

He felt her smiled, then she wrapped her arms around him.

“Mianhae….”

“I know..”

“I can’t promise I won’t be jealous again…”

“I can’t promise I won’t be walking away like that…”

“If things come to worse and I do not see you behind me…”

“If I become too stubborn and do not follow you behind…”

“Don’t be scared. I’ll definitely find you”

“And I will not say a word”

“And I will just sit beside you like this”

“And we will just let the pain.. let the misunderstanding be blown by the wind”

“Then, I will hold you like this”.

“And I will hold you back”

“And I will say sorry..”

“And I will forgive you…”

“Just like before…”

“No word needed”

And then he cupped her face, pulled her closer. They both closed their eyes, letting their hearts talk. And when they knew that both have understood, they smiled on nothing in particular, and when she was about to stand up, he pulled her again, and possessively held her and took ownership of her lips.

Saranghae…

Nado, saranghae…

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[3] When Dreams Come True

“Yah! Do I really need to hold all of these? Tch! This is the first time that I’m going overseas with my hands this full!”, the guy asked teasingly.

“Do you want to bring MJ? I’ll bring Jun Oppa, then,” the girl answered with a smirk, then proceeded, walking ahead of him.

“Tch! The girl is getting scared”, he knew. She’s been avoiding him ever since they said “I do”. “Cute. Jinja!”, then he followed closely behind her.

——-

As they arrived in the hotel, Geun Suk handed their luggage to the bellboy, then proceeded to the front desk. The girl at the desk looked at Geun Suk, smiled flirtatiously, eyeing the guy from head to toe. Shin Hye was walking behind him, that smile did not escape her eyes.

Jinja. Right after the wedding, here you go again, Jang Geun Suk-ssi! Shin Hye muttered, her eyes throwing daggers to those two.

She wanted to run to them, strangle the neck of that guy who happened to be her husband just a few hours ago. Shin Hye squinted her eyes, chewed her lips and when she was about to charge towards those two, he felt a hand grabbing hers, pulling her in the process. Then, suddenly, a hand was wrapped around her waist, a kiss landed on her temple, then she heard that deep voice chuckled and said, “Honeymoon Suite. Just got married”, then he flashed his ring to the girl.

Shin Hye’s eyes widened, surprised of Geun Suk’s action. She blinked twice.. thrice… could not believe those words that she just heard.

His arms still on her waist, Geun Suk smirked, knowing how surprised this girl who happened to be his wife just a few hours ago. He saw her lifted her chin, raised her eyebrows, as if asking that girl in the front desk if she still needs anything else.

Geun Suk chuckled. Jinja. She’s already 25 and she’s still acting like a Junior High who has been threatened upon seeing her first boyfriend flirting with another girl. Geun Suk shook his head, trying to silence his laugh.

Trying to stop an impending fight, Geun Suk pulled Shin Hye, planted another kiss on her cheeks, enjoying the show that his girl is playing. I love it when she’s jealous.

As they entered the elevator, Geun Suk whispered on Shin Hye’s ears, slightly touching her skin. “You look really cute when you’re jealous”, he didn’t mean to, but the girl suddenly became stiff, did not move an inch. Confused, Geun Suk looked at her again, and then realizing what he just did, he bit his lips, trying very hard not to laugh. Ha! Is she really scared?

—————
Inside their room, Shin Hye was busy unpacking their things, while Geun Suk was just lying on the bed, watching her doing her stuff. He was looking intently at her, enjoying how the girl fold and hang their clothes. Yah! What’s too amusing seeing someone unpack things? Tch! Her. When she’s the one doing it.

Realizing that Geun Suk was not doing anything, Shin Hye stopped what she’s doing, placed her hand on her waist, narrowed her eyes and said, “Yah! Oppa, why are you not doing anything? Will you stand up from there and help me on this?”

Geun Suk smiled, seeing his bossy wife. “Yah, Shin Hye, we have just got married and you’re already treating me like this. And what’s with the Oppa? Are we just dating?”

“Tch! What do you want me to call you, then? Yeobo? Chagi? Eh!”

“Ha! So Jang Geun Suk will still remain an Oppa? What do I need to do now to earn the Yeobo?” , Geun Suk said, standing from the bed, walking towards her. He stands behind her, his hands wrapped around her waist, then whispered, “What should I do to become a Yeobo, hm?”, then he kissed her on her shoulder.

He felt her swallowed. She stood there frozen, again. Uh uh, this is not looking good. She is really getting scared.

Geun Suk smiled sheepishly, then moved to kiss her on the neck. He felt her wiggle, moving her face, her body away from him.

Geun Suk held on her tightly, not wanting to let her go. He kissed her farther up, now reaching her jawline, then her cheeks.

“Oppa…”

“Hmm?”, he answered while leaving kisses on her neck and her cheeks.

“Oppa, I need to arrange our clothes, hm? Oppa…”

Geun Suk smiled. The girl is buying sometime. I’ll let you off this time. But this won’t be for long.

He then let loose of his hands, sat at the edge of the bed, helping her in unpacking their things.

He was removing her things from her bag, hoping to see something that must have been handed to her as preparation for this night, but his mouth hanged open as his eyes landed on that piece of cloth.

“Yah! What’s this?” Geun Suk asked, irritated, wondering why this girl brought a sweat pants on their honeymoon. Jinja! Sweat pants in a honeymoon? Is she really testing my patience?

“Hm?”, the girl answered upon hearing him, then looked back at what he was holding. “Ah. I heard it’s quite cold here at night, especially when the breeze comes from the sea. You know I can’t sleep when it’s too cold Oppa”, Shin Hye answered innocently.

Geun Suk smirked, squinted his eyes and said in a deep voice, “who told you, you will be sleeping tonight, Mrs. Jang?”

“Yah, Oppa!”, Shin Hye screamed, covered her ears, her face red.

Jinja! What are you going to do with her, Geun Suk!

—————-
If it was only him, he would rather stay in their room, and do what needs to be done on this day. Tch! But the girl is quite stubborn, wanting to have a glimpse of the resort. He wanted to flick her forehead, asked her whether she joined a wrong plane.

“This is not an island hopping, holiday tour, young lady. This is our honeymoon, in case you forgot”, he said, teasing her when she dragged him out of their room.

They were walking on the beach. He’s in board shorts and white tank top, while the girl was simply wearing a sun dress, her hair dancing with the wind. They were walking hand in hand, admiring the clear sky, when as they passed by a group of ladies, all eyes are on him. Shin Hye did not notice the stare. She let go of his hand, tempted to play with the sand.

Geun Suk walked a bit slower, his eyes on those ladies, with that girl still on his peripheral. The girls were in bikinis, quite revealing than usual, and they gave him those look… that look as if inviting him somewhere. Teasing that little girl who seemed to be enjoying the sand on her feet, only a pail and shovel needed to complete the picture of toddler playing by the sand, he walked to that group and joined in the laughing and giggling, while sipping some wine.

Shin Hye realizing the absence of Geun Suk when she looked up, her eyes wandering around the resort, trying to find that guy. Then, as if confirming what she was thinking, she found that guy, laughing, whispering with those girls in bikinis.

Geun Suk was laughing at them, yes. But his eyes, his attention were still on that girl, waiting what that girl would do. They’ve been together for years, yes, but this is the first time that they are going out without a need for a cover. What will you do now, Princess?

He saw her shake her head, smiled, bowed down. He was on his feet, ready to run in case that girl would decide to walk away. He was about to walk back when the girl did not lift her head in five second or ten, but was taken aback when as she lifted her head, he saw her grinned.

Puzzled, Geun Suk’s eyes, squinted, waiting for that girl’s next course of action. She’s not planning to leave me, right? She’s not planning to make a scene, right?

Geun Suk did not remove his eyes from her, not letting his guard down, waiting for her next move.

What he saw next, he did not expect. Shin Hye smiled sexily at her, winked, and then in a split of second, held the hem of her dress and pulled it off her head.

Geun Suk’s eyes widened. Below that dress was a pink checkered bikini, accentuating all the curves of her body.

He shook his head, commending that girl’s effort. A pink checkered haltered top bikini. Jinja? Pink… not even red, black or white. Haltered, boy cut… not stringed. And on top of that… on top of that… was a white baby doll bikini cover up. Seriously? Does she really think I will leave these ladies when she showed me that?

Geun Suk swallowed, his breathing has tripled. He gave his infamous Hwang Tae Kyung pout, then started walking towards that girl.

He never imagined a pink checkered bikini with a cover up will look this sexy.

He walked near her, and when he was about a foot away from her, he stopped, eyed her from head to toe. The girl stood there, with chin up, rather proud of her bikini.

“Where is the pool party, little girl?”, he asked teasingly.

The girl widened her eyes, probably did not expect those words, examined herself slowly and then lifted her head, watching all those girls that are walking passed them, pouted her lips, stomped her feet and started to walk away.

But before that girl could take another step away from him, he pulled her to an embrace and whispered, “My Princess looks really sexy. You’re the sexiest girl in this resort, jinja?”, he said lovingly, knowing the courage that girl has mustered in order to remove the sun dress.

Shin Hye wrapped her arms around his waist, and like a kid, asked, “Jinja?”

Geun Suk smiled, loving this girl’s childishness. “Jinja… jinja…”

————
Though the time he waited for has come slower than what he prayed for, Geun Suk’s heart was beating a thousand as they make their way to their hotel room. This is it!

Call him pervert, fox, wolf.. whatever. He waited for this. He waited for eleven years. Let him have this one. She’s now his wife after all. And this is their honeymoon, for goodness sake!

His heart jumping in excitement, joy could not be contained in his chest. Shin Hye has been in the bathroom for an hour now. Jinja, how many more hours does she need?

Geun Suk was sipping some wine, distracting his self, trying to control his urge, not wanting to scare her more. But remembering the sweat pants, the baggy shirt which for sure would go with it, his excitement has lowered a bit, hasn’t expected her to wear like that.

Jinja. She should have prepared a little. I’ve been a good boy. She should have let me have this night.

Shrugging his disappointment away, Geun Suk smiled, remembering that girl’s stubbornness.

He was at that kind of thinking, when he heard the bathroom door open. He was playing some music, sipping a glass of wine, sitting at a couch in the living room, waiting for that girl to finally show herself.

“Tch! Whatever clothes it is, those would definitely be removed anyway”, he smirked, trying to give some consolation to himself.

He felt Shin Hye opened the bedroom door, and stand there still.

This is it.

He slowly looked at her, his eyes landed on her toes first, expecting to see the hem of her gray sweatpants, but was surprised when he saw her feet instead. Geun Suk swallowed, his eyes slowly going up and when he still did not see a cloth on her knee level, he blinked twice, thrice, holding his breath, excited on what that girl is wearing. His eyes, being too impatient, immediately looked up. An evil grin appeared on his face, his eyes turned into a wolf, when he saw her in a black silk camisole.

Still not what he has expected on their first night, but at least he knew she tried.

He saw the girl swallowed when her eyes met his.

Slowly, he walked towards her and when he was about two inches away from her, he lowered his head to meet her eyes and asked,
“Are you scared?”

She hesitated at first, averted her eyes, bit her lips, then when she thought she has gathered enough, looked at him in the eyes and said, “Aniya… I’m not scared.”

Geun Suk smirked, looked into her eyes and whispered, “Nice try. But….”, he said, pausing, eyeing her from head to toe, then looked into her eyes again, licked his lip and said, “you better be”,and before that girl could run away, he scooped her from the floor, carry her princess style into the bedroom.

The girl was screaming, wiggling her feet as if he was about to violate, take advantage of her.

Geun Suk smirked, laid her gently on the bed, shush her down, and kissed her on the forehead.

“Saranghae”

“Nado…”

No sound was heard from inside of their room, saved for that girl’s heavy breathing, scared on what is bound to happen. Then…

“Yah, Princess, don’t bite your tongue”, the guy said with a smirk.

“Yah, Oppa, where are you touching me?! Aisssh! Don’t!”, the girl screamed, stopping him

“Aisshh,jinja! Can you be quiet?!?”

“Ha ha ha…oppa, don’t.. I am ticklish there.. don’t.. haha”

“Aisssh! Keep quiet. Don’t move!”

The room was filled with her laughter and with his irritated voice, and then the sound of her laughter.. of his irritation suddenly died down, replacing those sound, filling the air with his whispers of sweet nothings and her silent obedience.

———–
The following morning, sunlight coming from the window, her back against the light, the girl was wrapped in white blanket, her head resting on his chest, his arm on her shoulder, his hand on her arm.

The feeling was too comfortable, her heart calm, her eyes wouldn’t want to open. Can I stay in this place forever?

And as if waking her up from a dream, when as she was about to turn, she felt the arm around her tensed, then, she felt a kiss on her forehead and heard someone whispered, “Good morning, Princess!”

Surprised, forgetting the day and the place and who she is by now, Shin Hye’s eyes widened, looked at herself, and slowly took a peek beneath the blanket, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!”, she screamed, pulled the blanket closer to her body, and pushed that guy off the bed.

“Yah!”, Geun Suk fell with a thud.

“Oppa?!?” Shin Hye asked, could not believe it.

“Who else would you expect..”, irritated, Geun Suk was about to raise his voice when as he looked at that girl, his eyes widened in surprise.

“How could you?”, then she started to cry. He saw her took a peek inside her blanket again and then, started howling.

Geun Suk would want to flick that girl in the forehead. He bit his lips trying to muffle the impending laughter, and then said,calmly,”Shin Hye….Shin Hye…”

The girl threw him a dagger look, scared, angry.. he couldn’t figure out.

“Shin Hye, please listen…”

“How could you…”

“What day is today? Where are we? Who are you?”, Geun Suk asked, grinning at her.

Shin Hye tilted her head, widened her eyes, and in a split of second withdraw her hand from inside the blanket, and looked at her ring.

Realizing what day was that day, where they were and who she is, Shin Hye immediately covered her face, hiding her, by then, already red cheeks.

Geun Suk smiled, sat at the edge of the bed, in front of her, kissed her on the forehead, then slowly removed her hands from her face.

“Shin Hye, looked at me..”

The girl closed her eyes when he removed her hands covering her face.

“Shin Hye…”

“Oppa, this is too embarrassing… Mianhae.. jinja.. mianhae”

Geun Suk smiled, hugged her tightly and whispered,”Saranghae…”

He felt her opened her eyes, then answered in a whisper, “Do you regret it now that it is me whom you married?”

Geun Suk smiled upon that girl twisted way of thinking.

Thinking of playing with her, Geun Suk nodded on her shoulder.

Shin Hye understanding the gesture, pulled away from the embrace and with a pout, said, “Jinja? Jinja, you’re regretting it now?”

Geun Suk nodded his head and before another tear fall from her eyes, he pinched her nose and whispered, “Why did I just marry you now? I should have married you years before. Maybe by now, you will not be pushing me off the bed when you wake up seeing me by your side, thinking that I have taken advantage of you…”, he answered with a pout.

“Does it hurt?” Shin Hye asked worriedly.

“Hmm”, Geun Suk nodded, then continued, “It hurts here”, while pointing to his heart.

“Yah, Oppa. Mianhae.. Jinja..”

Geun Suk smiled, cupped her face then said lovingly, “I will never regret that I marry you, Park Shin Hye.Not in this life time..not ever. I have dreamed of these mornings waking up beside you, with your head on my chest, with my arms wrapped around you… I have dreamed of this, minus the pushing off the bed”

“Yah, Oppa!”

“Saranghae” he whispered, kissing the tip of her nose.

“Nado Saranghae, Oppa…” Shin Hye pulled him by the neck, and planted a soft kiss on his lips.

Ha. Sweet mornings everyday.

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[2] Their Vows. Sealed with a Kiss


    Shin Hye

When i was a kid, i believe that fairy tales do exist.
When Appa called me Princess, at four, i thought i really was.
Every night since i was seven, i would wish upon a star and ask where my Prince is.
At eleven, i gave up my fairy tale and start looking for my own dream.
At fourteen, i met a pretty face, then, suddenly, my fairy tale passed by my eyes again.
At fourteen, i thought i would start my happy ending, but it ended so early.
I had my heart broken when i was fifteen.
And that Prince kept on breaking it.

I told myself then, maybe i’m not a Princess.
Princesses are usually weak and they just stay inside their castles.
Maybe, that pretty face is indeed a Prince, but i am not his Princess.
So, from that time on, i decided to set foot outside of my castle, decided to start my journey to find my dream and my Prince.
I haven’t yet gone far, but the Prince appeared in front of me again.
I was really irritated.
I wanted to break his bones.
He followed me around, reminding me that i am a Princess and the stars have agreed that he’s my Prince.
I wanted to slap his face then, remind him that he broke my heart so many times.
I wanted to tell him that “yes, i might be a Princess but i’m no longer looking for a Prince.
I’m on my way to find my Knight, someone who will protect me when my cover of courage has been blown off by wicked witches”

When i was twenty, i officially fell in love with that stubborn Prince.
It was not supposed to last this long.
I was just trying to test my luck on fairy tales and Princes
But that Prince was too bad
He let me continue with my dream
Believe that i am a Princess
That he is my Prince
And that happy endings do exist.

Jang Geun Suk-ssi, you think i love you these whole time
I hate to break it to you, but i hate you more than i love you
I hate it when you would show that childish side of you whenever i feel mature enough to handle things.
I hate it when you start scolding me at times when i wanted to play
I hate it everytime you read my mind as if i’m an open book.
I hate it whenever you would know exactly where to find me at times when I’m trying to hide from everyone.
I hate it whenever you would say the very words i wanted to hear.
I hate it.
I hate you.
I hate it that i hate you.
It’s not supposed to be like that.
You’re not supposed to do those things.
And I’m not supposed to fall like this.

Thank you for letting me believe in US
Thank you for telling me that you do believe in fate
Thank you for the assurance that if fate won’t believe in US, you would rather believe in US
Thank you for always reminding… uhm, blackmailing me whenever we would have fights,
That i should not be harsh on you
Because, somewhere down the road, if ever i decide to run away from you, i would still see your face,
waiting for me at the crossroad
Thank you for using the stars and the heavens to make me stick with you till the end.
And i thank myself for always choosing to believe in you amidst the absurdity of your arguments and logic.

With this ring,
I promise to fight with you but would make up in the end
To doubt you but would believe later on
To argue with you but to listen after my temper has cooled down

I will be your sounding board
Your kite flyer
Your little bugger
Your girl

I will love you till the end
I will believe in US through whatever
Saranghae, my Geun Suk, my Hyung-nim, my Oppa, my Prince, my better half.

    Geun Suk

When i was a kid, i don’t believe in fairy tales.
(why, you expect me to read stories of Snow Whites and Sleeping Beauties, tch!)
I grew up in countryside, hoping that someday i could give good life to my parents
My life, my dreams, my goals, revolve around me, my Appa and my Eomma.
I was really filial.
Blame this girl for changing my world upside down.

When i was 17,I heard stars have played their trick
A Princess was said to stumble upon her Prince
Tch! I did not care, i told you i was not a fan of fairy tales
I was about to set foot on my journey, chasing for my dream
Little did i know that my dream has already shown herself in front of me.
I may not know her by then, but it seems that my heart has been waiting for her, ever since
I saw a girl at the bus stop, hands on the straps of her backbag
Hair clipped on one side, weirdly talking to herself
I don’t know why but my eyes won’t leave her face.
When the light turned green, i may not be aware by then, but my soul has finally found his mate

When i was 17, i saw a girl in front of my school
Who would have thought that girl and that girl at the bus stop were the same
Tch! See, when stars make a decision, you cannot run away from them
I found this girl who has taken ownership of a certain waiting space
But i didn’t know, like a thief, she has made her way and take ownership of my heart

When i was 17, and for three years since then, she thought i was having fun breaking her heart into pieces.
I hate to break it with her, but this guy, who for those years before he met her, has never realized the meaning of broken heart
Tch! I was supposed to write to Sir Merrian and ask for the definition.
But thanks to her, thanks to that girl, the definition, the realization of heart being torn into pieces have come sooner than expected

When i was twenty, i was sure by then that there’s something between the two of us
My inner voice has been telling me that my stars are too kind to allow me to meet her that early
But, my stubborn self, my ranging hormones, would not allow myself to give in
“Give in and the game is over”

I might be 20 and she might be 17, but the moment I gave in to that, I knew it’s the end.
“No more playing, Geun Suk.
No more game.
That girl is for real.
You have her now and you’ll have her forever…
Unless you have the heart to break her for real
Unless you have the heart to break yourself for real…..”

I’ve been breaking myself many times since i met that girl
And i’m not willing to break me, her for real
I was only twenty, and my inner voice was already asking me to stop playing.

I don’t believe in fate. I don’t believe in fairy tales
But the moment, i saw that girl smiling to another guy
No single word needed to convince myself again.
The selfish me has taken over,
Working with sun and moon
Pleading my stars to give me another chance
I bargained, made an agreement with the heavens
Hand me that soul, and i will not ask for anything else

The stars are kind enough
They gave me another chance
And it’s sooner than what i have prayed for

When i was 23, i met her Father
He asked me, “How do you find my daughter, young man?”
I was supposed to say Shin Hye was a friend.
But then pictures of her standing beside another man, holding a kid who is not mine…
Tch! The moment her Father asked me again who Shin Hye is to me,
Believe it or not, but on that first meet up with my friend’s father,
I told him, “I want to marry your daughter, Mr. Park”

That girl might be three years my junior
Others might see her as clumsy, childish, playful
But don’t be fooled by that facade
The moment she made that pout, squinted her eyes and crinkled her nose,
This Prince with all his might, would block all exit points afraid that she would run far away from him.

Thank you for believing in me, for believing in US
Thank you for staying by my side
Thank you for making me believe that you don’t need to go and find another dream
Thank you for telling me that i am your dream come true

Thank you for anchoring my feet to the ground
Thank you for loosening my strings, allowing me to explore the endless possibilities
Thank you for calming my heart when anger is eating me out
Thank you for the assurance that i will never be alone whenever fear is creeping down my spine
Thank you for being my guardian star, my guiding angel
Thank you for giving me my faith and for teaching me how to believe and to live

With this ring, i promise to flick your forehead whenever you start to annoy me but will still stand next to you and blow your face to ease the sting
I promise to still be jealous, to make you jealous, hoping to have a kiss and make up after an hour of argument
I promise to continue with my diaries, fulfilling my dreams, let people appreciate my achievements without boasting about it
Ah, cham. I’m done with my list. The next diaries will be about ourselves, the realization of our dreams

I will be your number one star
Your inner voice
Your shadow
Your best partner ever

I will love you till the end
Till our ever after ends,
Saranghae, my Shin Hye, my little bugger, my sounding board, my kite flyer, my Princess, my wife.

Then the reverend’s voice echoed through the chapel “By the power vested in me, i now pronounce you husband and wife. Young man, you may now kiss your bride.”

Upon hearing those words, Shin Hye’s chest has been doing a drum roll. That’s it? We’re married.

Geun Suk, thinking that his wife, oh.. that’s a good word, my wife…suddenly got shy upon hearing the word kiss from the reverend, is trying to buy some time, with an evil grin on his face, he inched towards her, lifted her chin. He saw her eyes widened, surprised of their sudden proximity.

He smiled, lifted her veil.. the veil that is attached to her crown.. the crown really looks good on her….cupped her face, and as he lowered his head to meet hers, he felt her tremble.. again.

He ran his thumb on her cheeks, hoping to relax her a bit, then remembering her words..

“Oppa, when the reverend ask us to kiss, do it fast, hm? Soft, quick and simple, hm? Don’t make a show out of it, hm?”

She and her never ending request.

As he dipped his head, meeting hers, he planted a soft kiss on her lips. And as he felt her smile, thinking he’s done, he moved her hands to his neck, his hand travelled down to her waist, down to her right thigh, lifted her leg up to his waist; his other arm at the back of her shoulders supporting their weight. He felt her eyes widened and before she could have her first ever protest as his wife, he kissed her deeply then pushed her backwards, and have a picture-perfect 120 seconds- bending kiss on their wedding day.

Perfect!

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[1] Walk Down the Aisle. Like a Star

Geun Suk was pacing back and forth in front of the chapel. He’s sweating like crazy. He has not seen Shin Hye since the other day. The elders have kept his Princess away from him, lecturing them about traditions and beliefs, afraid that if he sees the bride before the actual day, something bad might happen and wedding bells will not ring.

Geun Suk smiled remembering her eyes, her smile, her impending giggle, having the elders hidden her behind their backs, as if he’s someone who’s going to steal that bride away.

As the white limousine made its way in front of the church, his heart jump a little, his eyes widened, wanting to see her before the ceremony starts. He’s standing there still, his feet preparing to run down the stairs, wanting to make sure that Shin Hye is indeed inside that car.

His smile almost reach his ears, he has never felt this excited, this alive before. When as he was about to step down the stairs, he felt two strong arms on his shoulder, and as he lifted his head, he saw his father on his right and hers on his left. Both of them shook their heads in unison. Mr. Jang ushered him inside the church as Mr. Park went down the stairs, will be escorting his daughter this one final round.

As Mr. Park made his way towards his Princess, he remembered his wife, and as he looked at his left, there she was, her eyes swollen with Mrs. Jang in tow, both ladies blowing their noses, as if they are not the ones who almost planned the entire event.

Mr. Park took a step down the stairs, shook his head, and proceeded his walk towards his Princess.

As he opened the door, there he finds his baby, his little girl, his princess in a white gown, her face shining like a star, with tears brimming in her eyes, his little girl jumped to him the moment she stepped down the car.

“Saranghae, Appa”, Shin Hye whispered to his ears, her tears running down her cheeks.

Mr. Park, stepped back at the sudden embrace, rubbed Shin Hye’s back as if shushing his baby, trying to control his tears, he said, “You still have time, young lady. Do you want me to take you away from here?”

He heard his little girl giggle, pulled away from him, then said in a pout, “Should I, Appa?”

Mr. Park runs his thumbs on his Princess cheeks, wiping away her tears, then said, “You can. If you want to be an old maid, you should”, he saw his girl pouted. He smiled and then added, “but if you want to get married and start a family, “he paused, smiled and said, “ you still should, you could still run away, but… be prepared to meet that young man down the road Princess, because you will never say I do to anyone except for him. Now, you decide, do you want to give your “I do” now, or should we move it a little later?”, then he winked at her.

Shin Hye smiled, hugged him again and said, “Why should we delay this, Appa, if i will have no choice but to marry him still later?”, then she pulled herself and gave the elder a peck on the cheek. “Saranghae, Appa. I hope you know that. I love you more than anyone.”

“More than the guy inside?”, Mr. Park asked, his eyebrows raised.

With widened eyes, Shin Hye swallowed, smiled and said,”Before i say my i do, do know that i love you more than anyone”

“Aisssh! My Princess is smart. If that guy make you cry..”

“Appa!”, Shin Hye pouted.

“Arasseo.. i know he won’t, unless he wants to have another 15 minutes at the study”, then they both laugh remembering Geun Suk’s fear of the elder’s study.

“Shall we?”, Mr. Park offered his arm to his Princess, escorting him to the church.

Shin Hye smiled, her heart beating a thousand, tears starting to run down her cheeks again. This is it, Shin Hye. Fighting!

As they reached the top of the stairs, towards the entrance of the church, Shin Hye heard brawling from two elder women. Expecting them both to cry their eyes out today, Shin Hye smiled, and hugged her Mother and his.

“Yah, Eomma, why are you crying? Eommonim, should we not continue with this?”, Shin Hye teased the two, her tears running down her cheeks, smiling at them.

The faces of the two elders suddenly became stiff, as if she has said something taboo.

“Yah, Alice, what nonsense are you blabbering about?”, Shin Hye smiled hearing her Eomma calling her Alice. She definitely made her mad upon saying that. Smiling at the thought that her Eomma loves Geun Suk so much, so much that maybe when they divorced later on, her Eomma would probably disown her, Shin Hye smiled, hugged her Eomma, then kissed her on the cheeks. “Saranghae, Eomma!”

Mrs. Jang, sulked, remembering her joke, saying,”Mianhae, Shin Hye-ya, for pushing you to this. You know i love you so much, that i’d rather have my son be the most eligible bachelor forever if he will not marry you. Mianhae for forcing you to this”, her tears starting to run down again.

Feeling guilty of what she just said, Shin Hye pouted, walked near to Mrs. Jang and said, “Eommonim, if you don’t want me to become an old maid, better give your blessings now..”, then as she saw the elder smile, she hugged her and said, “Mianhae Eommonim. Your daughter-in-law is just kidding. Kamsamnida for bringing Oppa to this world”, then she hugged her, meaning all the words that she just said.

Mrs. Jang, hugged her back and having the planners and staffs whispering scared instructions to them, signalling that the ceremony is about to start, Mrs. Jang pulled away from Shin Hye, then whispered, “I better go inside. I’m afraid my Geun Suk would come running here if he didn’t see you in time”. Mrs. Jang gave her a kiss on the cheeks then was ushered inside.

Shin Hye was fiddling her fingers. She closed her eyes, saying a silent prayer, hoping she would not die of heart attack before she could say her I do. Shin Hye breathed out, calming her heart.

Mr. and Mrs. Park stood beside her, waiting for the cue for them to walk inside.

The entourage has started to walk inside. Flower girls, with halo on their heads and wings on their back started sprinkling flowers and stars along the aisle.

All were in awe, anticipating the entrance of the bride.

Geun Suk was standing there still, taking one step back and forth, fiddling his hands, hoping to see her face from that door. His throat is becoming dry, he’s having difficulty in breathing. When as he was smiling at the sight of those little angels, he felt a tap on his shoulder and was surprised to see Shin Won at his back, gave him a half hug then whispered, “I’m entrusting you my little bugger. No return, no exchange, dude. Once you say your “i do”, she’s considered sold”, then he smiled and nodded his head.

Geun Suk smiled as well and whispered before he could go back to his seat, “I’m taking responsibility on your little bugger. I will definitely not exchange her for this world, Hyung”

The two guys exchanged their bows and as Geun Suk was about to turn around, he heard the familiar introduction of that song.

Just like a star across my sky
Just like an angel off the page
You have appeared to my life
Feel like I’ll never be the same

Geun Suk’s eyes automatically looked at the door. The door was pulled open, sunlight coming from the outside, blinding all at the sudden intrusion of brightness. Everyone squinted their eyes, except for that guy who’s been standing there, smiling, his eyes used to that light.

As Geun Suk saw that girl entered the door, with sunlight coming from her back, the groom smiled lovingly, seeing how heaven has been too kind to him, for allowing this angel to leave them and live with him.

Still I wonder why it is
I don’t argue like this
With anyone but you
We do it all the time
Blowing out my mind

Shin Hye’s eyes automatically find that man, his eyes not living hers, her eyes fixed on his. They were smiling at each other, tears running down her cheeks, his heart beating a thousand.

Geun Suk smiled, wanting to run and scold that girl, seeing how her pace has fasten, hoping to close their distance in a heartbeat. He glared at her, she pouted and as she bowed her head, she stepped on the hem on her Princess cut gown. She almost stumbled, lucky her father was there to hold her.

All were shocked, Geun Suk almost run to where she is, when as she composed herself, she smiled, grinned at almost everyone, giving them a nod, assuring that she’s ok.

Geun Suk shook his head, smiling at that girl’s clumsiness. Shin Hye pouted, her eyes met his, then smiled upon seeing the grin on his face.

I have come to understand
The way it is, it’s not a secret anymore
‘Cause we’ve been through that before
From tonight I know that you’re the only one
I’ve been confused and in the dark, now I understand

As Shin Hye reached the bottom of the stairs, Mr. and Mrs. Park gave her a quick hug, then she was left alone to cross that aisle.
Seeing all eyes on her, without her father nor her mother beside her, Shin Hye’s heart started to drum in her chest, it seems that she could not breathe.

Shin Hye started to swallow, her fingers fiddling the petals of her bouquet. Geun Suk smiled seeing her nervousness, and as she lifted her head and saw him, Geun Suk tilted his head then smiled at her. Shin Hye seeing that he’s watching her, tilted her head as well, mirroring his gesture then smiled at him.

Their eyes not leaving each others, Shin Hye crossed that aisle, every step seemed to be like a light year.

Five steps away from him, he felt his eyes getting hot, tears starting to well.

Three steps away from him, she felt tears running down her cheeks again.

Two steps away, all were surprised when Geun Suk crossed the line, met her at the middle, smiled, kneeled down, offered his hand.

Shin Hye surprised as well, with widened eyes and wrinkled forehead, her eyes asking why.

When he felt her hand reaching for his, he smiled, kissed her hand, stood up, then escorted her to the altar.

Just like a star across my sky
Just like an angel off the page
You have appeared to my life
Feel like I’ll never be the same
Just like a song in my heart
Just like oil on my hands

“Oppa”, Shin Hye whispered, still smiling, but confused of the sudden meet up. That’s not included in the rehearsal.

Geun Suk looked at her lovingly, said, “My forever is taking forever to reach me. I’m afraid two steps away from the altar, the heavens might change their mind, snatched you away and returned you back to where you belong”.

Shin Hye, smiled at his cheesiness. Then tilted her head, and asked in a whisper, “Oppa, why were you scared if they will return me to where i belong?”

Geun Suk, wanting to flick her forehead for asking the obvious, squinted his eyes, and before he could utter a word, that girl smiled stood closer to him and whispered, “even if they snatch me away, if their intention is to return me to where i truly belong, you need not worry, Oppa. They will just return me to you.”

“Eh?”

“I only belong here. Here, right here, with you”

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(Prologue) Save the Date

He was 28. She was 25.
He was waiting for her down the aisle
His eyes never living hers, her eyes fixed on his.

They were smiling at each other…
Tears running down her cheeks,
His heart beating a thousand

One half met the other
Making them not simply a whole
But complete…

Eleven years ago, the stars played their trick
A Princess stumbled upon her Prince
And when that light turns green,
He knew his soul has found his mate

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