[Good news to tell you. Meet me for lunch. – Ham BaekGu]
[What? You won lottery? XD How about the café at the corner of our office. – Jangoonim]
EunJung was waiting impatiently in the café. She ordered herself and Jangwoo two cups of their favorite coffee, hot caramel latte. She can’t wait to tell him the good news. EunJung waved excitedly when she saw him approaching the door.
‘Here, here!’ EunJung pulled Jangwoo’s arm to lead him to his seat.
‘So what’s the good news you are telling me?’ Jangwoo took a sip of the coffee she ordered.
‘Well it’s like this. Taecyeon is coming back.’ EunJung was smiling ear to ear when she mentioned his name. Taecyeon was the centre of attention during their schooling years. Almost all the girls in the school like him including EunJung. He immigrated to America after high school. No one made contact with him since except for EunJung through emails.
‘Ok Taecyeon?’ That playboy, Taecyeon?’ Jangwoo almost spill his coffee upon hearing his name. Taecyeon flirts with almost any girls who likes him. Jangwoo wasn’t very fond of Taecyeon. He doesn’t like how EunJung loses her rationality whenever he is around. ‘So he is back to Korea for good?’ he took another sip in.
‘Yea for good. But that’s not the point. The good news is he wants me to go out with him tomorrow. He wants me to show him around since he wasn’t familiar with anything here.’ She continued, ‘What should I wear tomorrow? A dress? Or a simple casual T? Will it be inappropriate? Or I should buy some clothes after work?’ EunJung can’t hide her excitement.
‘Just a comfortable one will do. What is there to be fussy about? It’s not even a date.’ Jangwoo felt annoyed at the over excited EunJung.
‘No no I think we shall go shopping after this.’ EunJung quickly gulped down the cooled coffee and signalled him to do the same.
‘How is this?’ EunJung took the dress and showed Jangwoo. He shook his head. This is too revealing.
EunJung went over to another rack of clothes and took out another one. ‘This?’ Jangwoo once again shook his head. It’s too short.
Jangwoo went to another section of clothing and pick one. ‘This would be the best choice.’ He gave a victory smile thinking that he chooses the most suitable clothes for her.
‘This one?’ EunJung scanned the clothes that Jangwoo chose. A long sleeved white shirt and a skinny jean. ‘This is nice?’ EunJung gave a doubtful look. ‘Of course. Look, these few days the weather has been pretty cold. It’s better to wear more. It looked simple and neat too. Taecyeon would definitely find you pretty.’ Jangwoo gave all kinds of reasons to let her agree on the clothing.
EunJung looked around nervously while waiting on the centre of the town park. She rearranges herself once again before he arrives. Little did she know there was a pair intense eyes staring at her from a big bush.
Few minutes later, a tall suave man walk towards her and nudged her. ‘Ham EunJung-ssi, right?’ The man voiced out.
Startled by the sudden nudge she turn around and literally rooted to the ground. The classmate that she adores years ago had become a perfect prince charming right before her eyes. Tall and well dark toned body with a killer smile.
‘O-oh, Tae-taecyeon-ssi am I right?’ She stammers as she speaks. She shyly pulled out her hands to shake hands with him.
‘Wow, you didn’t change a bit. Still as dorky as ever. EunJung-ah, just call me Taecyeon will do.’ He took her hands and shook lightly. ‘So, where are we going now?’
Re-composing herself once again, she finally speaks out, ‘Let me take you around Seoul area. It has changed a lot since you left. Do you drive?’
‘Of course, how am I considering myself a man if I don’t drive myself? I will go and get my car.’ EunJung gasped when she saw a yellow sports car stopped in front of her. Gentleman Taecyeon got down from the car to help her with the door.
When both of them got into Taecyeon’s car, a small white car was following closely behind without their knowledge.
‘So how are you all this time? ’ Taecyeon started the conversation.
‘Good. But not as good as you. Look at all this.’ EunJung was admiring the interior of his car. Jangwoo’s car came across her mind. ‘Not like that man.’
‘That man? Who? Your boyfriend?’ Taecyeon’s curiosity arises.
She quickly denies, ‘Oh, of course not. Don’t misunderstand. I’m saying Lee Jangwoo. You remember him?’
‘Lee Jangwoo?’ He paused for a moment. ‘Oh that Jangwoo, the one that used to like you…You guys are not together?’
EunJung almost choked on her saliva, ‘What? He likes me? It’s impossible. We are enemies back then. How could he have liked me?’
‘Really? Maybe I am wrong then. Anyway it’s good that you are unattached. Because I am single too.’ He replied. ‘Haven’t you noticed? You are the only one I kept contact with after all these years.’
EunJung blushed by the sudden confession. Am I just being confessed by the man I have been admiring?
EunJung and Taecyeon got down in front of a restaurant for a late dinner. ‘I always come here with Jangwoo. The food here is really good and cheap.’ She took the lead and entered the restaurant.
‘Ahjumma, give me the same serving as before!’ EunJung shouted to the ladyboss.
‘Okay! Coming right up.’
The lady came and starts serving the food on the table. ‘Oh, you brought another person? I thought you came with your boyfriend again.’
‘Oh ahjumma you have misunderstood. The man that always comes with me is not my boyfriend. Just a friend.’ EunJung said while passing an awkward laugh.
‘You and Jangwoo must be really close. Even strangers misunderstood you. Are you sure you guys have nothing together?’ He narrowed his eyes at her.
‘Believe me. We are clear as water. Let’s not talk about him anymore. Try the food here. It’s really delicious.’ She shoved the chopsticks into his hand.
‘I had a great time today. Thank you for your company.’ Taecyeon took out his hand in courtesy. EunJung shook politely and gave a warm smile. ‘Hope you have fun too.’
‘So can I meet you again another time? Taecyeon asked boldly. ‘I really like you. I hope we can go further than friends.’ EunJung just smiled shyly.
He balled his hand into a fist. What? Confessing after a day going out? OK TAECYEON I won’t let you have your way. He knew he was a byuntae to follow them the whole day like a paparazzi. He just doesn’t feel safe with the player around EunJung.
When EunJung got home, she dashed to her living room, putting away all the things and called Jangwoo immediately.
‘Hello?’ He answered bluntly.
‘Yah, I have good news again! Taecyeon just confessed that he like me!’ She shouted across the room.
‘I know. So what?’ He can’t even hide his clear unhappy tone.
‘You knew about it already? How? Ah, anyway I’m so excited now. What am I supposed to do now? Accept or decline?’
He confessed to you right in front of my eyes. Of course I know. ‘What do you mean what to do? Just follow your heart. If your heart says yes, then go ahead.’ He could literally felt daggers piercing into his heart when he says those words.
‘Really? I should really think about it. By the way, what’s with your tone? You sound listless. Sick?’ EunJung placed the phone between her neck and head while getting a beer out of the fridge.
‘Listless? You must be joking. I just came back after meeting with YooJin.’ He told his lies smoothly. ‘Wait, are you drinking beer again? You always want to drink whenever there is an occasion.’
‘How did you know? Seriously I need to get away from you some time. You know me from the inside out. So…did you guys have good time together?’ EunJung closes the fridge door.
‘Of course and I think we match made in heaven. We clicked together so quickly. I think we are progressing really well.’ Jangwoo lied through his teeth once again.
‘You guys are really going to date for real? Why didn’t I hear you mention this before? Good for you then…’ She was little upset when he was boasting about YooJin.
Afraid of exposing his lie, he quickly ended the conversation, ‘Ah, I got to go. YooJin is calling me again. Bye.’ He threw the phone towards the couch and heaved a deep sigh. I’ve made so much lies…for what?
She was taken aback by his sudden coldness. He never do this before. She is always the one who end the call first, not him. What is wrong with him?