unspoken words of that stubborn soul…

3* The New Competition

Right after that dinner…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Cut!” PD Hong said, laughing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

PD Hong smiled, then excused himself as well.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

“I was just playing with them”

“And you do know it’s not funny”

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

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

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

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

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

And then, suddenly…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“nado, saranghae oppa”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

“I love you!”

“I love you too, Oppa”

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

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

“Saranghamnida, Princess!”

Saturday, Codes Combine. Busan

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

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

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

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

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

“Don’t you get bored, Oppa?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You tell me, Ahjussi. “

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Hyunduk Oppa”, Shin Hye said, helplessly.

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

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

“Deh?”, Geun Suk answered sarcastically.

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

Shin Hye’s eyes widened. “Your kid?”

Geun Suk looked at her, then at Hyunduk.

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

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

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

“I can explain…”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Hm? You can call me Eomma”


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

“Shin Hye-ssi, can I kiss you?”

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

“Can i?” the kid, asked stubbornly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2* Them, Through Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Shin Hye”, Geun Suk called at her.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Kamsa, Hong Star!”

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Since when are you are not feeling well?”

“I am feeling well!”

“Tch! Seriously?”

“I am feeling well!”

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

“Shin Hye”


“I am fine”

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

“Right after Shang Hai Cri”

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

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

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

“Jang Geun Suk-ssi”


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

“Yah! Oppa!”


1* Get Together

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

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

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

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

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



“Why didn’t you go down?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

“Gwaenchana?”, he asked.

“Gwaenchana?”, she asked back.

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

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

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

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

Geun Suk just nodded his head and pulled her closer.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

“Yah, Shin Woo Hyung, I thought you have already given up!”, Hong Ki hissed at Yong Hwa.

“Tch! Not if you are given a second chance, Jeremy”, he answered back.

“Your second chance is not in this venue, Shin Woo Hyung”, Hong Ki answered, crinkling his nose.

They were at that argument, when the girl that Hong Ki was holding, was grabbed by another hand, “Who told you, you can hold her, hm, Jeremy?”

“Waaahhh! The Great Hwang Tae Kyung has finally went down from his hiding place. Tch! Afraid that your keyboardist-turned Nun will transform into a stage actress, hm?”

“Yah! Jeremy,enough of that”, Yong Hwa cut him off, his face turning red.

“Why are you blushing, Shin Woo-Hyung?”

“Yah! Jeremy!”, Shin Hye tried to meddle between the two.

Geun Suk smiled, his arm on her shoulder, half hugging her while bickering with the other ANJells.

They were smiling, teasing, laughing at nothing in particular when Jeremy eyed Shin Hye from head to toe, earning him a slap on the chest from that girl.

“Park Shin Hye, Hyung has recently taking a liking on those wooden heels, hm?”

“Hm?”, Shin Hye asked, lifting her shoes, while leaning against Geun Suk.

“I’ve seen something like that before. Music and Lyrics? Sure Photoshoot?”

Shin Hye smiled, realizing that Lee Hong Ki is still one of his best critics when it comes to fashion.

“Do you like it?”, she asked, hoping to get an approval.

“Hm…”, Hong Ki answered, with one hand under his chin, as if thinking. “have you checked whether you have any full body shots taken from today’s event?”, he continued, while Geun Suk shook his head, controlling his laugh from an impending explosion.

“Hm?”, Shin Hye creased her forehead, realizing that something is hidden behind those series of questionings.

“I like the other one more”, he said, nodding his head.


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

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

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