Why did they do this? Why was I the target? Could it be someone who was curious about my new line?
“I wanted to bring this to you.” Mi Sun handed her an envelope. “I found this when we were cleaning. I wanted to see if it was from him like last time.” She admitted.
Ji Su took the envelope, hesitated just a little before opening it. Unfolding the paper, she froze.
Did you miss me?
I miss you my little bitch.
I still haven’t forgotten what you did to me.
Maybe I will do the same to your boy toy?
Her hands shook. He was back and Mi Sun confirmed it. The man that raped and for a year after, taunted her was back. The nightmare she believed was gone while with Jae was now back to torment her once more. Ji Su looked up was Mi Sun whose face show empathy and worry for her friend.
“Did you show this to anyone.?” Ji Su asked, voice a whisper.
“No.” Mi Sun stepped closer to Ji Su. “Who is he referring to as ‘boy toy’?”
Ji Su looked way and started to move to the closet that held her men’s line and wedding dress. A smile played on her lips thinking about how she made Jungkook wear some one that outfits. Those late nights were hot and electric. Now being in this office felt violated.
“Jungkook.” She answered Mi Sun’s question. She didn’t look at her friend and didn’t want to reveal it. However, now that he was being threatened, she didn’t seem to have a choice in the matter.
“How long has this been going on?” Ji Su heard Mi Sun walk over to the door closing it and the chair in front of her desk slide out.
“A month and a half.” Ji Su finally turned to face Mi Sun. “It started the night that Jae ended things.”
She watched Mi Sun who was processing what she was told. “That night when you called me about the break up, that as when you stopped talking to me all because of him.” Mi Sun stated leaning back in the chair. “Well, I am not surprised. He is a great catch and honestly perfect for you.” Ji Su continued to watch her friend noticing that Mi Sun wasn’t sharing something with her.
“Mi Sun, do you know something that you are not telling me?” Ji Su sat down in her chair and looked at Mi Sun.
“I can’t believe you were spying on me?!”
However, the who thing turned over in a different way. “Did you tell Jin?”
“Why would I tell him?”
“Mi Sun, I know you are lying. Why? Because you tell him everything.” Mi Sun pierced her lips forward.
“Fine I told him, and he promised to not say anything. Plus, he already knew something was going on between you two.”
Jin must have been listening because he walked right in when his name was said. “Ji Su, I won’t say anything scouts honor.” Jin held up his right hand giving a scout’s salute.
That brought a smile to Ji Su’s face, but she knew it would light up like all the others. She knew Mi Sun and Jin were looking at her another face full of worry.
“Maybe we need a week away. We could see if we could move the camping trip a week ahead.” Jin suggested.
The annual camping trip with his parents was coming up. His parents every year rented out cabins for everyone for a week trip away from everything. This tradition started up five years ago. The girls really enjoyed taking a break from the real world. Especially the year when the store was about to open. That was when Jin suggested a team exercise with the staff. Since then, the camping week turned into a family event with Jin and the boys along with Mi Sun and Ji Su.
“No let’s just stick with the same week without having to move things around. Plus, I have a client to meet in an hour.” Ji Su stood up and grabbed her portfolio of sketches before walking out. She ignored the worried looks from Mi Sun. if anything Ji Su would just stay busy with work in hopes that her nightmare would disappear once more.
Ji Su arrived at MBC to meet with her clients’ XOXO. A new comer KPOP girl group the composed of four girls. Echo, Nyx, Bin Na, and Dan Bi. Ji Su was asked a week ago to put some styles together for the new MV that was being filmed this week. When she stepped out of her car, she noticed Jungkook’s Jeep was parked. Ji Su swallowed her excitement and forced herself to be more professional. She worked with other well-known kpop artiest, she needed to show it.
She went through the motions of going to the front desk stating who and why she was there. From there she was led to where the meeting was taking place. When she arrived at the room, Jungkook looked up from his computer and gave her his infamous smirk. She smiled in return, and she was positive that it didn’t reach her eyes. He patted to the seat next to him. She wanted to so bad, but the note repeated in her mind that she sat away from him. He gave her a puzzling look and glanced away when XOXO walked in. Ji Su and Jungkook stood up and greeted them and the manager. The director of Sunshine Entertainment, Mr. Choi, sat at the head of the table and wasted no time to get the meeting underway.
“Thank you all for coming on such a short notice. The girls are gearing up for another comeback this year and the director for the music video quiet. Mr. Jeon, I have seen you work from the states and knew that I needed you when the other director fell through. Ms. Kim, I have seen you work as well with the other artiest that you have worked for and plus the girls her love each line you come out with.” He glanced at Ji Su and Jungkook praising them for the work that have achieved over the years. “This time I want the concept to be simple and in love. Pastel colors and flowers. Each of the girls is sitting somewhere thinking about a boy they love.” Mr. Choi shared his vision.
Ji Su stood up and handed him her portfolio of styles she envisioned for each of the girls. “For the girls I came up with four different outfits.” Ji Su started to hand out copies of her sketches to everyone. “With Echo I thought about soft blues. Her style would mainly be in jeans or shorts, but with the soft spring look to it.” She glances at Echo whose face lite up liking the style choice. “Nyx, I thought about lilacs, soft purples. She would have two dresses and then a purple top with jeans.” Ji Su moved her eyes to Nyx who looked up and gave Ji Su a thumbs up in an agreement. “Bin Na has the cottage look with skirts, jean shorts, a dress, and overalls. To me she seems to like the cottage out in the country type.” Bin Na nodded in an agreement. “Dan Bi has the soft pinks and yellow. She has the simple but ready for spring.” With one final look at all the girls, Ji Su was stratified that they all loved what she designed.
Mr. Choi looked through each style, looking up at Ji Su. “You nailed. Each one seems to be impressed with what you have done.” He then turned to Jungkook. “No, I know you were asked today, but what envision do you have?”
Goddess of Love
“I like the idea, but why not have it to where one of them as the goddess of love while the others are walking around shops thinking about love. We keep the video light, romantic, and again simple.”
Everyone at the table agreed and the continued with the meeting on when to start shooting the music video and where. Then they started to discuss who would be the goddess of love. Everyone shouted names and who they all wanted. Dan Bi seemed to be favored, but she politely declined. When no one suggested anyone else, Jungkook spoke.
“Ji Su could be the goddess of love. That way no one gets upset on who what’s to be what. Plus, it would be easier then having to hire someone.” Ji Su just looked at him. Collaborating with him was enough having him film her that was something different.
Her mind returned to the note she read this morning. On her way to this meeting, she thought about ending their business relationship. If this nightmare was back, then she was going to do everything in her power to protect him. If she ended things now and just dealt with working with him, she would do it.
“Ji Su?” Mr. Choi called her name.
“Sorry about that my mind was somewhere else.” She apologized and gave him her full attention.
“Would you be ok with playing that part?” she was about to ask what part, but she quickly remembered.
“If that saves the time that we don’t have then I will.” The smile on Mr. Choi’s face lifted with excitement.
After that the meeting was over and Jungkook would notify them where the MV would be shot. He hoped by the end of the week he would know something. With that everyone left leaving Ji Su alone in the room. She hoped she missed Jungkook, and he would leave before she made her way to her car.
She made the decision. She was going to tell Jungkook whatever was between them wasn’t going to work no more. Ji Su kept telling herself that it was to protect him. He wasn’t her boyfriend, if he was then she would tell him about what was going on. However, he was just a friend, and she didn’t want him to be involved if he was being targeted.
Time went by and Ji Su stood up thinking enough time has pasted by and she really was hoping that he was gone and not waiting. Sadly, when she made to her car, there he was waiting for her.
He looked up when she was making her way. “Hey, are you feeling, ok? You seemed fine thought out most of the meeting but towards the end of it you seemed to be somewhere else.” He took her hand dragged her closing the distance.
Ji Su let go of his hand and step back. “I’m fine just a lot on my mind.” Half true half a lie.
“You want to go and get coffee to talk about it?” he asked her, taking a step towards her. She took a step back. He stopped noticing. “Did I do something wrong?”
She took a deep breath and closed her eyes. She opened them again when she spoke. “Since we are working together on this project, I think its best if we put a pause on things.” What she was saying was mostly empty words and she knew it. Ji Su thought it was the best for both. She didn’t need the idea of him being hurt or worse on her hands.
“So, you’re saying when the project is over then we can pick up where we left of?”
She wanted to say yes, but hesitated. “We will see where things are.” She looked up at him to see what his emotion was. She couldn’t read him.
She watched his shoulder rise and then fall. He looked at her, “I hope it won’t be too long.” He gave his famous smirk that made her weak in the knees. He walked up to her and kiss her forehead. “Just promise me this isn’t a goodbye.” He pleaded with her.
“I can’t promise you that.” She felt tears pooling. He backed away from her and without a second glance, he walked away.
Ji Su heard his car door open and close. The jeep started and from the corner of her eye, he drove off. She stood there for a moment before clearing her throat and whipping away the tears before they fell. She was going to make it her mission to figure out this man was. Take care of it and maybe just maybe she could go up to Jungkook and tell him that she was falling for him. She just hoped he felt the same way too.
Few days went by in a blur. Ji Su turned into a workaholic. She had all XOXO’s outfits ready to go, her outfit for the music video, the men’s line 85% done, and Mi Sun’s wedding dress was nearly completed. When the day arrived for the music video, Ji Su was on the verge of a panic attack. Reason behind it: Jungkook. Why? Simple she was ready to take back what she said. What stopped her from doing so? Finding nothing about the man she called nightmare.
Of course, ask for any help thinking she could do it all on her own. Now she was really regretting it. Push her personal investigation, Ji Su walked up to Jungkook who was in charge.
“I am here with the outfits. Where do you need me?” she asked upon walking up to him.
He turned and looked at her. “Go and style the girls and then once they are down get dressed. I want to have todays shot to be done no more then seven hours.” He was a whole different person. Granted he was the director and in charge. Ji Su was shock on how different he was when he was with her, filming.
“Alright thank you.” Was all she said to him, breaking the eye contact with him. She made her way to the trailer where the members of XOXO were sitting down getting their makeup done.
Ji Su from there went to work starting with Nyx. Out of the four outfits, Ji Su instructed her assistant the order of each outfit. Nyx started with the purple sweater and black floral skirt. Next would be her purple polo dress and then the same sweater with pair of jeans. From there they worked in a line for each of the girls with Bin Na second, followed by Echo, and then Dan Bi as the last one.
Ji Su was working with Dan Bi who seemed nervous. “You ok Dan Bi?” she asked.
“Yeah, I am fine, just have a been busy on practicing.” Dan Bi surpassed a yawn that didn’t go unnoticed.
“Hopefully you’ll be able to take a break once you are done with this.” Ji Su encouraged her.
“Not likely. I am the main dancer and vocal. I have no choice but to practice without stopping.” Dan Bi finished putting on the wedges and grabbing the pink cardigan. “Plus, unnie I am the maknae I can’t slow them down.” With that said, Dan Bi walked out leaving Ji Su to get dress and makeup down.
When she emerged from the trailer, she could feel Jungkook’s eyes. Ji Su didn’t know why. Was it because she was wearing a pale pink chiffon, cross back, deep V-neck dress. Her makeup was exotic. With pinks and purples highlighting her eyes and then rimstones lined up all over her face. Hair was in soft curls with flowers spread out.
Someone cleared his or her throat grabbing everyone attention. Everyone move to his or her places. Ji Su was second to last to be filmed. All she had to do was at like she was sending love to each of the girls. Jungkook had the camera and got close to Ji Su. She did freeze or acknowledge him. When he was down filming her, everyone on site clapped saying how amazing her acting was.
She told them that it was nothing and went back to the trailer to change. When she returned, Jungkook was filming the dance part and Ji Su spotted Lizzy. A thought passed through her mind. Thinking that maybe Lizzy would be good for Jungkook if Ji Su doesn’t find who the nightmare was.
As the day ticked by things seemed to move faster and when fives hours went by, everything was done. XOXO changed and thanked everyone for the help and support. They left soon after that needing to head to the next schedule appointment. Ji Su was packing everything when someone entered the trailer. She glance up to see Jungkook. Before so could say anything to him, he took no time to stand in front of her. She stopped breathing.
“I don’t know the real reason is for pausing what we have. I hope you find it that you can trust me.” He didn’t give her chance to say anything when he leaned down and kissed her. Her eyes were still closed when she felt his lips leave. She opened her eyes when the trailer door closed.
Well, something is brewing and what will come of Jungkook and Ji Su? Nothing really much to say besides how much I like this version better. Don’t forget to comment on what you like so far.
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