Word Count (For Part Two)(For Part Two):
(Even smaller appearances by Yeo Changgu(Yeo One))
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The next day when I got to school I find Hayoung at her locker. It was pretty much a boring day so far, everything was like usual. The lunch bell rings and we head towards the lunch room.
“Hey Jina.” Hyunggu comes up beside me. Hayoung seems confused that he’s here.
“Mmm?” I hum towards him.
“You guys can sit with us at lunch today if you want.” He says falling into step with us.
Why would we sit together?
He leans closer. “If you’re going to make people believe we’re friends we need to hang out more.” His voice low enough that Hayoung couldn’t hear.
I guess he is right.
I glance at Hayoung. “Are you okay with that?”
She glances at Hyunggu and back at me. “I mean I guess.”
Once we’re sat down at his table we’re introduced to Jung Wooseok, Adachi Yuto, and Yan An. I sat in between Hyunggu and Yanan who slowly ate away at their food.
“So Yanan,” I glance at him. He pauses and glances at me. “You’re back.”
Yanan was kind of a new student this year, his good looks had everyone talking about him on the first day. However, this wasn’t the first time he was here. Yanan has come and gone from South Korea since we were in Elementary school. He was mainly quiet and aloof but he managed to make friends with Yuto. Which wasn’t too unsurprising as Yuto was Japanese so the both of them had something in common being that they weren’t from here.
He seemed not as close to the other two, since he came and went so often. Yuto and him met at the beginning of this school year. Yuto had transferred to our school last year and as soon as he saw Yanan was in a similar situation to him this year he befriended him right away.
He nods and chews on some more of his food.
I nod. “Are you staying here for the rest of high school or will you be leaving again?”
He hums. “I’ll be staying this time around. I find that the more I go back home the more I miss it.”
I nod. “Yeah that makes sense.”
Hyunggu got up to dump his tray. Yanan squints towards me. “So, like you guys aren’t really friends, are you?”
My mouth drops open. Could he tell?
“I uh-.” Did I slip up somewhere? If he noticed did that mean Jiyoon noticed?
He raises an eyebrow at how I’ve become speechless. He turns back to his food as Hyunggu comes to sit back down.
Hyunggu notices I’ve become stiff. “You good?”
I slowly nod. I needed to talk to Yanan alone sometime soon.
When the final bell rang for school to end I rush to Yanan’s locker. He was already there when I arrived. I tap him on the shoulder to get his attention.
He pauses and glances at me. “Yeah?”
“Can I talk to you?” I ask awkwardly.
He turns away from his locker to face me. “Sure, go ahead.”
This wasn’t my preferred location but I guess it would do. “How do you know that Hyunggu and I aren’t really friends?” I join my hands together. “I’ve never had a fake friend before so I don’t really know how to act?”
Yanan squints at me seeming slightly confused. “What do you mean by fake friend?”
My eyebrows crease, why is he confused? Didn’t he know?
“I thought you knew Hyunggu and I weren’t really friends?” I say softly.
Yanan nods. “Well yeah but I just like kinda of assumed you two were like secretly dating or something? What exactly is a fake friend? Am I like mistranslating something? Is this slang for something else?”
My eyes widen, shit I totally just gave us away. I slap a hand to forehead.
“I’m such an idiot.”
Yanan laughs. “I’m still so confused.”
I couldn’t just not tell him now? What if he told Hyunggu he knew? I didn’t want him to know that I slipped up and told someone.
I glance around him noticing most of the students have vanished for the day so I let out a long sigh. “So, I made a bet with my sister that I could make a friend within one month, if I won she’d get me tickets to see my favorite group. I’m not too great at making friends so I talked Hyunggu into a friendship contract. Which basically means we aren’t really friends, and we probably won’t talk to each other after the month is up. And we agreed to not tell anyone our friendship was fake and I just screwed up because I thought you knew.”
Yanan blinks a couple of times. “That’s quite possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”
My shoulders slump, man way to make me feel better Yanan.
“But your secret is safe with me.” He shrugs. “However personally I don’t think it’s that hard to make friends, Hyunggu’s a nice guy so he’s going to be easy to get along with. I wouldn’t be surprised if you became real friends by the end of this.”
I shake my head. “I highly doubt it, I don’t make friends easily.”
He smiles. “You seem easy enough to get along with, are you sure you just don’t push those close to you away making it hard to make friends?”
I bite my lip. Yanan knew too much.
“No, I’m just kind of anti-social...”
He snorts. “Sure you are. That’s why you came all the way here on your own to talk to me rather than like indirectly doing so.”
I cross my arms over my chest. “You’re kind of sassy you know that?”
He shrugs, “So I’ve heard.”
Hayoung comes around the corner as I finish up my conversation with Yanan. She sends me a confused look as she moves to her locker on the opposite side of Yanan’s.
“Well I’ll see you tomorrow.” Yanan says grabbing his backpack.
“Bye.” I nod my head towards him before moving next to Hayoung.
She glances at me and then back at Yanan as he disappears around the corner. She whips her head back towards me.
“Since when were you and Kang Hyunggu friends?” She raises an eyebrow.
I shrug. “He’s easy to get along with.” I say using Yanan’s words from earlier. “Plus, I want those tickets so bad.”
She snorts. “I just hope he’s not in it for anything other than friendship. I mean he is Kang Hyunggu after all.”
I nod, although just from the interactions I’ve had with him so far, he doesn’t seem like a bad guy. Everyone kind of places him, Yuto, Wooseok, and Yanan on a pedestal and assume since they are good looking they that use that to their advantage. Every girl swooned over them so why wouldn’t they take advantage of that.
I honestly wasn’t too sure if that was true.
But I do remember him saying he wasn’t looking for a relationship right now. So maybe I’ve just not seen that side of him yet?
“I’m not too worried about that.” I shake my head.
She nods. “I’m happy that you’re making friends at least though. It’s about time we have a big group of people to chill with.”
I laugh at her and she smiles.
The next day at lunch we sit with Hyunggu again. Even though it was only the second day eating with them it kind of felt natural. The boys weren’t hard to talk to at all. Though naturally I kept conversations with Wooseok and Yuto short as I didn’t know them all too well. With Hyunggu conversations flew by easily. It was somewhat the same with Yanan. Since he knew about the contract I felt comfortable around him.
I left lunch early to head to the bathroom as I was almost late to class because of it yesterday.
Once I’m done I move to wash my hands. As I pull a paper towel out to dry my hands the bathroom door opens. I don’t pay attention to it though.
I move to leave but notice whoever’s entered is blocking the way. I glance up and make eye contact with Kim Dayeon.
I cock my head to the side confused. What was she doing here?
She raises an eyebrow. “Since when were you and Hyunggu close?”
I blink at her confused. Oh wait, they used to date, didn’t they?
I guess I could somewhat understand why’d she be interested in this then.
“Oh, we’re friends now.” I shrug.
She snorts. “Are you sure you aren’t getting close to him for another reason?”
Did she figure it out as well? No don’t give it away this time.
“I don’t know what you mean by that?” I cross my arms over my chest.
She laughs. “Don’t play innocent, Hyunggu isn’t the person you think he is. He doesn’t sleep around so give up now.”
My arms drop to my sides. “I said we were friends, I’m not looking to sleep with him.”
Did she perhaps still like him?
She rolls her eyes. “I’m not stupid, there have been many girls like you that have gotten close to him for that exact reason. How are you any different?”
I sigh, “Do you even hear me when I talk? This is like a one-way conversation.”
She shakes her head at me and stomps out. I let out a long breath, that was extremely unexpected.
But I guess her and Hyunggu did date for a long time. I think they got together in eighth grade? So it would be around three years of dating for them? They only just broke up a couple of months ago for reasons I don’t know?
She would know him best.
It was the weekend and I was supposed to be hanging out with Hyunggu. So, I show up to his place awkwardly knocking on the door.
Hyunggu isn’t the one to answer it’s Wooseok.
“Oh, hey Jina!” He smiles opening the door wider for me to enter.
“Hey Wooseok.” I smile in return.
“Hyunggu’s in the shower, he should be down anytime now.” He says as we walk down the hall. “Until then you can hang with me and Yuto in the living room.”
I nod. “Sounds good.”
Roughly ten minutes later Hyunggu saunters into the living room noticing I’m here.
“Oh hey.” He waves. I turn my head towards him taking in his appearance. He was in casual attire which was weird because I was used to seeing him in a school uniform or dressed up.
He was in a simple purple hoodie and black sweatpants. I’m not going to lie, he actually looked really good in them. But he didn’t need to know that.
“Hey.” I nod towards him turning back to the tv to watch Wooseok and Yuto’s avatars fight. They had been playing some video game since I arrived. I didn’t know what the game was but it looked similar to a game my brother played. He made me play games with him all the time so I was mildly intrigued by the game.
Hyunggu plops down beside me on the couch. “Have you ever played?”
I glance at him. “Not this one, but one similar.”
He nods. “Guys we have next round.”
Wooseok glances back in our direction. “No way, is Jina really gonna play?”
I shrug. “I mean it looks fun so yeah.”
Wooseok nods amused.
Once their round ends, which consists of Yuto crushing Wooseok last minute I find myself on the floor next to Hyunggu.
He smirks towards me. “Ready to get your ass kicked?”
I glare back. “Not a chance.”
“Oh I like her already.” Wooseok remarks from behind us.
All of my fighting words were a bluff. I had no idea what I was doing on this game. The controller was different for this console so I was totally lost.
When the round was over I could feel Hyunggu’s smug self staring at me. I send him a glare and he sticks his tongue out towards me.
I shove his shoulder back and he starts laughing. That laugh of his would be the death of me. It instantly makes me smile when I hear it.
“Okay okay, hand it back over to the champs now.” Yuto cuts between us. I hand him my controller before standing.
Hyunggu hands his controller back to Wooseok standing up beside me. “Wanna go work on homework?” He suggests.
I nod, might as well. I end up grabbing my backpack I had left out in the hall and follow him upstairs. Which if I had thought longer about it probably was a bad idea? But I didn’t think too much into it. We end up in his room and when my eyes land on his bed I finally realize what I’ve just walked into.
Suddenly I’m on high alert. He wasn’t going to make a move on me, was he?
My eyes flit to him, he bends down by his desk to pull his backpack up onto it. He digs around inside of it before pulling out a notebook.
Everything’s normal so far.
He sits down on his bed and pats the other side suggesting I sit. I awkwardly sit down and pull my backpack to my chest. I open it up and pull out my own notebook.
We each separately work on our homework. A half an hour later I’ve relaxed more and Hyunggu’s moved to lying on his stomach while jotting down notes from his textbook.
I hear him sigh. “I hate homework.”
I snort. “Doesn’t everyone?”
“True.” He hums. I hear him set his pencil down. “Let’s take a break.”
I glance at him after he’s said that. “Okay?”
He looks up at me. “Shouldn’t we take the time to learn about each other? I mean what happens if someone questions us about something a friend would know?”
“So like, do we tell each other our favorite colors or what?” I ask a blank expression on my face.
Hyunggu laughs. “You’re funny.”
“I was being serious!” I exclaim with a huff.
He shakes his head moving his elbows out so he can lean on his hands. “How about you tell me the reason why you don’t want to make friends?”
My eyes meet his and I stare at him for a couple of seconds. “Why should I tell you that?”
He shrugs. “I mean you don’t have to, but I’m interested in knowing why. Have you ever told anyone else why?”
My gaze lowers to my hands. “No one knows why.”
He sighs. “I’m willing to listen.”
My eyes dart up to meet his again. I haven’t even told Hayoung this? Why should I tell him?
But then again why couldn’t I tell him? He wasn’t my friend and he also wasn’t related to me. He was kind of like someone I could tell anything to and not worry about the consequences.
“I’m afraid to that’s why.” I finally spit it out.
“Why?” He hums.
I swallow the lump in my throat. “Because I don’t want to lose anyone.”
He squints slightly confused. “What do you mean by that?”
I let my hands move to my sides to rest on his bedspread. “I just, I don’t like losing people I become close to. If I don’t get to know anyone too well I can’t lose them.”
I felt Hyunggu’s eyes on me as a silence follows. “Is this perhaps about your mom?”
My eyes dart to him quickly. “How do you know about my mom?”
He reaches a hand out to rest on mine. “Jina we’ve went to school together since kindergarten I think I would know.”
I didn’t realize other people cared?
“If I’m being completely honest, yes the reason behind why I’m like this is because of her.” I bite my lip. “It was so unexpected and sudden. My mom and I were inseparable and I had her ripped from me.”
Hyunggu’s grip on my hand tightens. “I can see why you do this then.”
I nod. “Thanks for listening.”
He pats my hand pulling his hand back to rest underneath his chin.
“I understand how you feel though because it sucks when a person you’ve known for so long just isn’t beside you anymore.” He sighs.
Was he talking about Dayeon?
“Are you talking about Kim Dayeon?” I cock my head to the side.
Hyunggu gets a weird look on his face. “Not necessarily, but I guess that’s a good example.” He nods. “Though my breakup with her was a mutual decision.”
“What happened?” Because I mean Dayeon didn’t seem too over him?
He laughs. “Well you see people change. She just wasn’t the same person I fell in love with anymore and I’m not the same person who fell in love with her.”
I nod, oddly enough hearing him say that kind of makes him charming. He wasn’t really bad mouthing her at all. He was just explaining what happened.
“Do I still have feelings for her?” He hums his eyes moving to the side as he thinks. “Maybe? But they aren’t the same anymore.”
I close my notebook. “So, then what’s the reason behind why you won’t date?”
His eyes meet mine. “You probably already know this but my dad cheated on my mom last year and left us. Before he left they fought all the time and hearing that was unsettling, I don’t want to end up like them. So, I’m afraid to date now.” He shrugs. “Maybe this is also why I changed and didn’t see Dayeon the same way anymore.”
“You know you’re completely different from what I imagined you to be like.” I say without thinking.
I hear him snort. “What did you think I’d be like?”
“I don’t mean to be rude but I kind of expected you to be more of a douche.” I admit with a sheepish smile.
He laughs. “You’re just like I imagined you to be.”
My smile drops, he thought about me before this? “Is that a good or bad thing?”
His laugh continues. “It’s a good thing.”
“Explain, what did you imagine me to be like and what am I like?” I poke my finger into his forehead.
He raises his shoulder to shrug. “You’re really nice and easy to get along with. Not the shy girl everyone thinks you are. You also are kind of adorable.”
I felt heat rising up my neck threatening to rise to my cheeks. “Yah who calls someone adorable!”
He winks. “It’s true though.”
(Author's Note: I just want to note that the reason the part's end so abruptly is because this isn't a chaptered story, I just had to cut it into 4 parts since it was so long!)
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