Chapter 9 - Realization
Jin's P.O.V As stirred in my sleep, I came to realize that I was now awake. I slowly opened my eyes and I was shocked by what I saw. My arms were wrapped around Hyun-Ae's waist and we were right next to one another. I removed my arms immediately and bolted upright. My face started to heat up and I could feel my heart beating quickly. I can't believe I did that! I really hope she was asleep when it happened. Damn it Jin. This is what happens when you are used to hugging a Mario pillow in bed every night. I exhaled in frustration. I then suddenly heard Hyun-Ae starting to move. I glanced over and saw that she was still asleep. I breathed out in relief. I looked over one more time to make sure she was out when I suddenly found myself studying her features. Her eyes, her nose, her cheeks... I unconsciously started to move towards her. Her lips... As I was only inches away from her face when I suddenly broke away when I heard her speak. "Jace, stop it. Not here!" I suddenly felt a little frustrated. Who is this Jace punk... "No, I can't marry you Jace. I like someone else," she continued to muddle in her sleep. Well it looks like Jace isn't enough for her. Ha! But...she said she likes someone else? I wonder who she is dreaming about... I quickly looked back outside to see that it was still dark out. I decided to go back to bed but this time I rolled over on my other side away from Hyun-Ae and drifted back off to sleep, confused by what she had said. ~~~ As the sun hit my face through the window, I groggily started to open my eyes. I immediately sat up so I could slowly start to wake up. I glanced over at Hyun-Ae to see that she was still in the same position from when I woke up in the middle of the night. As I continued to stare at her, my heart started to race. Why am I like this? I like her don't I? I audibly sighed. Well, I guess there is no going back now. I like Hyun-Ae. Heavens help me. I doubt she feels the same way as she hasn't known me for long but I wonder if she will grow to like me? I quickly glanced over at her again. I really hope so. Determined to not stare at Hyun-Ae all morning, I got up and gathered my clothes and headed to the bathroom. In the middle of changing, I heard an alarm go off. She must have just woke up. I started to get nervous. I finished changing and as I headed out the door I told myself to act cool and not like I was nervous or something. I opened the door and headed out. "Morning," I said. "M-Morning," I heard her stutter behind me. I continued to walk towards the wall in order to not reveal how nervous I was. I went and sat down and looked at my phone to reveal six new messages. All from the boys. Jimin - Yah! Why are you guys gone so long! Are you coming back sometime today? J-Hope - Hey wiseguy. I know that you purposely stayed behind on the bus with Hyun-Ae because you wanted to huh? I am right aren't I? Taehyung - Don't you dare harm a hair on my Hyun-Ae's head!! If you even touch her I will have to kill you! Namjoon - Please be responsible. Don't do anything stupid Jin. I mean you obviously like Hyun-Ae but don't do anything you would regret huh? What...surprised I know you like her? You are so obvious. You are like an open book. Yoongi - Yah...just...take care of Hyun-Ae okay? I don't want to see her hurt when she gets back. Jungkook - I hope you lose Hyun-Ae somewhere and she never comes back! Just kidding...but really though...don't let her near me when you two get back. I might die. I stared at all their responses. They all came at different times in the day but it was funny how worried they were, especially about Hyun-Ae. Damn, Namjoon even knew before I did? Wow I must have been obvious. Taehyung would kill me if he found out that I hugged her in my sleep. Aish, I thought running my hands through my hair in frustration. At that moment, I heard the bathroom door close and Hyun-Ae come back out. Quick, think of something. "Hyun-Ae," I suddenly said. "Hmm?" she answered. "I think she is still asleep. If we want to make the food for her still, now would be a good time to start it," I suggested, trying to not create an awkward atmosphere. "O-Okay," she stuttered. "Let's make her breakfast then," she said, walking to get the items and headed to the kitchen. I continued to stare at my phone, thinking of how to reply to the members. I just decided to text them all that we were on the way back and that we will be back to the campus in the next few hours. "Jin?" I heard her call from the kitchen. "Yes?" I replied. "Do you want to make the rice?" she asked me. "Sure, just a second," I said. I was about to get up when I saw another text from one of the members. Taehyung - Good! Don't take too long! I want to see Hyun-Ae~ I couldn't help but laugh at his text. I then left my phone and ran into the kitchen, almost falling over. "Smooth," she teased, witnessing my misstep. "Shut it," I retorted, making her laugh. "So what am I doing again?" I asked. "Making the rice, if you could please," she said. "Okay, rice...rice...," I said, looking for the bag of rice and after finding it, I put it in the rice cooker. I started to warm up the side dishes while making sure to take care of the rice as Hyun-Ae continued to cook the meat. I also made sure to get us glasses and fill it up with water so we had something to drink as we ate. "Should we go and wake her up?" I suggested as soon as I finished my part of the breakfast. "Yeah, I don't want her to eat cold food," she said. "Want me to?" I offered. "Sure, make sure to knock first though," she replied. "Got it," I said, walking away. I went to the ahjumma's door and quietly knocked. I heard a faint reply to come in as I slowly opened the door. "What do you need dear?" she politely asked me. "Can you come to the kitchen for a second? We have something to show you," I told her. "Sure," she said, starting to stand up. I quickly ran over to help her stand and then she waved me off, muttering that she can walk herself, as we went out of her room.
When we reached the kitchen, she was genuinely surprised by our gesture. "Oh my," she cooed. "You didn't have to do this," she said taking a seat in front of me and Hyun-Ae. "It is the least we could do for you since you let us stay here at such a late notice," Hyun-Ae said. "Oh, you guys weren't any trouble at all. I will enjoy the food you made for me," she said. We both smiled at her. Before we knew it, we were laughing and eating when the food all suddenly disappeared. "Ah man, we are out of food!" I whined. "You could still eat more? You ate so much!" Hyun-Ae exclaimed. "What, I love food. Leave me alone," I said. Mi Yong and Hyun-Ae started laughing at me. Mi Yong started to rise from her seat, taking her dishes with her when Hyun-Ae stopped her. "I can clean the dishes," she said, taking them from her. "You just sit down and rest okay?" she told her, flashing her a huge smile. "You guys are spoiling me!" She complained. Hyun-Ae and I laughed in response. I gathered the rest of the plates and brought them over to the sink. I felt bad that Hyun-Ae was going to clean them after she cooked, so I just awkwardly stood there determining if I should offer to help or not. "I can clean them, you can go sit down Jin," she told me. "Can I help you? I feel bad," I said. "Don't feel bad, just go sit," she said smiling at me. "Okay," I said, giving up and sitting back down in front of Mi Yong. "So you two really aren't dating?" Mi Yong, suddenly questioned again, startling me. I even saw Hyun-Ae flinch a bit at the sudden question. How cute. "No, we are just friends," I explained to her. Even though, I don't want to be just friends. "Are you sure? I may be old but I am not blind. I can see the way you two look at each other," she said. "I am sure. Hyun-Ae is just shy so it might seem like that but we are just friends, honest," I explained again. I wish she looked at me the way I looked at her. "Okay, I don't believe you but if you say so," she said. As, Hyun-Ae continued cleaning the dishes, Mi Yong kept on asking me about our relationship, relentlessly. "So you guys just became friends a few days ago?" she asked. "Yes, it is kind of complicated but we have not known each other for too long," I explained. "Really? I would have never guessed with how close you two were being," she whispered to me. I became flustered at her comment. "Close? N-No, we are-" I started, waving it off. "You like her don't you?" she questioned straight-forwardly. I sighed. I turned towards Hyun-Ae, making sure that she couldn't hear what I was about to say next. "Am I that obvious? Because I just found out about my feelings recently and even one of my friends knew before I did," I said. She chuckled. "I could just see that you do care for her. I can see it in your eyes and the way you look at her when you two are talking. You are willing to do anything for her, aren't you?" she asked. "I am, Mi Yong. I will do anything for her," I confessed. "Well, I will support you and wish you luck. Although, I don't know if you even need luck," she said winking at me. A little confused, I thanked her and bowed slightly. "Jin," Hyun-Ae said, interrupting my conversation with Mi Yong. "We should probably get going. The bus is going to be here in 30 minutes," she told me. "Okay, let's get our things," I replied, getting up from my seat. We went and quickly gathered our items and headed out the front door. Mi Yong followed behind us. "Thank you for letting us stay here again," Hyun-Ae said, handing her some money to pay for the night. "Ani, I can't take your money," she said. "Bu-" "Let's just call the food this morning as your payment okay?" "Are you su-" I started. "Yes! Now go before you guys miss your bus!" she said. "We will come to see you again sometime, we promise!" Hyun-Ae called out as we walked through the gate. "I will be waiting!" she called back, giving us a smile. Hyun-Ae and I waved good-bye to her as we walked away. "She is such a nice ahjumma," Hyun-Ae said. "Mhm. We should come back again sometime," I responded. "Okay, we should bring the other guys too! They would love her!" she suggested. I suddenly felt something, something not pleasant, when she said that. "No," I whispered unconciously. "Why?" she asked, surprised. Am I being...jealous? "I just want it to be a place for the two of us. I don't want the other guys to know about it," I explained. Wow, jealous and possessive. Looks great on you, Jin. "What wh-" "Because I don't want them to know," I said, walking ahead of her. Why am I being like this? It's not like they can't come, but I just don't want them to know about this place. I just want it to be something that only the two of us have. Possessive, jealous, and crazy. Have I changed in the last couple of hours. We then reached the bus spot and we waited for the bus to come. "So...what did you and Mi Yong talk about as I was washing the dishes?" she asked me. "Nothing in particular," I replied. No way am I telling her that we were talking about her. "Wow, you are just not going to tell me anything huh?" she said, pouting. "Nope. I am not telling you a thing~" I replied. "Fine! I was going to tell you something but I am not going to anymore!" she exclaimed, sticking her tongue out at me. Omo, even while pissed, she looks cute. Do I have it bad. "Tell me what," I asked, suddenly curious as to what it was. "Nope, nope, nope! You are not getting anything!" she told me. As if on cue, the bus came into our view. "What is it?!" I said as the bus pulled up. We climbed onto the bus and took seats in the back. "Is this about last night?" I asked as soon as the bus started moving. "W-What about last night?" she questioned. Does she know that I hugged her? She looks nervous. Maybe she didn't want me to know about how she talks in her sleep? "The fact that you talk in your sleep," I said. "W-What!" she exclaimed. "Last night in your sleep, you said some pretty strange things. Like, 'Stop it Jace! Not here!' and 'I can't marry you Jace, I like someone else!'" I said, imitating her. "I-I said that?" she asked. I nodded. "Yep and...wait...that isn't what you were going to tell me?" I asked, surprised at her response. "N-No! But that is so embarrassing!" she replied. I started laughing at her as she started to turn red. "Dont laugh!" she whined. "Okay, so what was it? What is it that you were going to say to me?" I continued to ask. I really hope she doesn't know. "Well, did you know that you also talk in your sleep?" she asked me, studying my face. Did I do that too last night? "Yeah, I do that a lot actually," I explained. "The boys have caught me doing it a lot before. Usually I say some pretty weird things," I said. "What did I say last night?" I asked. Please let it be nothing embarrassing. That is the last thing I need right now. She suddenly turned away from me, embarrassed. "Umm...I don't want to tell you," she whispered. "Oh come on. It couldn't have been that bad. Definitely not as embarrassing as yours," I said laughing. "What did I say?" I asked again. "You...uh...said," she started. "That...you..." She then turned back to face me. "Like me," she said very faintly. D-Did I hear that right? "Wait, I said what?" I asked, trying to act oblivious. "I didn't hear you." She started to twirl her hair with her fingers to avoid making eye contact with me. "That you like me," she whispered again. N-No, t-that can't be right. "Hyun-Ae, I seriously can't hear you," I said again. "Can you-" "You said that you liked me!" she exclaimed, making the other people on the bus turn to face us. She quickly apologized to them, bowing her head. I instantly turned red. I said that last night? Damn me and my sleep-talking! How could that even happen?! "I mean...it isn't true is it?" she asked me. It is true, Hyun-Ae. "You were just talking in your sleep?" she continued to question, leaning towards me. I was but now I want to say it to you. I suddenly turned towards her, looking at her in the eyes. "And what if it is true," I replied, acting boldly. "W-what?" she asked, appearing taken aback. "What if it is true that I like you, Hyun-Ae," I said, continuing to stare at her. "What are you going to do?" I continued to ask, more confident than before. "Well- I don't-" she stuttered, embarrassed. "I-I don't know," she whispered. I can't do this. I can't say anything about this. But, before I could stop myself, I started to ramble. "Well, you are going to have to figure out, Hyun-Ae. Because it is true. Ever since I saw you on the first day of school in our Psychology class, I knew you were different. That day that we sat behind you, I convinced the guys to sit there so that I could sit closer to you to be near you," I explained. Stop. Don't tell her. "The reason why we suddenly got close to you is because I wanted to hang out with you. When I suddenly realized that the guys liked you as a person as well, I was happy. I knew then that I would be able to see you more and spend time with you. And when I realized that we would spend the night together, you do not know how happy I was that we missed getting off the bus at our stop. I know you haven't known me for that long Hyun-Ae as I have just admired you from afar, but I couldn't do it anymore. I had to get to know you." Don't say anything else. Don't confess. "And after learning about what happened to you, I knew then that I wanted to protect you and always be there for you. So call me crazy. I don't care. Because..." Don't- "I like you." My heart was beating like crazy as I told her the truth. Well, it is all out there now. Way to hold back. Would she say she likes me as well? Is it too much to hope for? How is she going to react?
As I continued to sit there and process everything that just happened, I could feel Jin's glare on me. So he was the reason that the boys suddenly became close to me? And he has been looking at me since the beginning of the year? I-I don't even know what to say. My heart continued to beat off the charts at this sudden unexpected situation. D-Do I like him? I don't know. I do see him differently than the others but I don't know if it is because I have feelings for him. "Hyun-Ae," he suddenly said. "N-Ne," I said still avoiding his eyes. "Even though I just said all of that, you do not need to answer me right now okay?" he said. I turned to look at him to see that he had on a straight face. "O-Okay," I shyly responded. "I would like an answer eventually though, just no pressure," he continued. Yeah. No pressure at all. None whatsoever. At this time, I suddenly got a phone call from someone. I looked to see that it was Taehyung. Silently thanking him, I picked it up. "Hello?" "Hi Hyun-Ae~," he said. "What is up?" I asked. "Well I wanted to call to see if you guys are close," he said. "I think so, why? Are you guys waiting for us?" I questioned. "Yeah, well some of us. Jimin, Yoongi, and I. The rest of us had other things to do this morning," he said. "You guys don't have to wait for us," I told him. "Nah, we wanted to. Mainly to make sure Jin didn't do anything to you. Yoongi especially wanted to wait. Him and Jimin looked extremely worried," he described. "Really? That is a shock," I said giggling into the phone. "I know it surprised me too. Yoongi mainly. He hardly seems to care about others besides us as he doesn't want to get involved. But it seems like that he definitely sees you as a friend now," he said. I smiled at his response. "Well that makes me happy to hear. Now, just to conform Jungkook over is the real challenge," I stated. "True, I think he is slowly getting there though. He even looked a little shocked and worried last night about you too. I was surprised," he continued. "Wow, Jungkook showing emotions other than disgust for me? I am shocked!" I joked into the phone. Taehyung started laughing at the other end of the phone, making me smile. I suddenly heard Jin clear his throat next to me, bringing my attention back to him. "Ok Taehyung, I am going to go but we will see you when we get off the bus," I told him. "Ok sounds good. See you then," he stated. "Bye," I left him with as I hung up the phone. I turned towards Jin as soon as I did. "Sorry," I apologized. "So you and Taehyung are close huh?" Jin suddenly asked, turning away from me with his arms crossed. "Huh?" I responded surprised. "Nothing," he brushed off. "Are you," I started. "Jealous?" I asked. He suddenly turned to look at me. "Aniyo!" he denied, a little too strongly. I couldn't help but laugh at him. "Don't laugh at me," he whined. "It's hard not to when you act like that," I said. "You are just too cute when -" I suddenly stopped myself. His childish face suddenly turned into a smirk. "So I am cute?" he asked. I quickly turned away. "I-I didn't say that," I whispered quietly. "Yes you did, you just did!" he retorted, pointing at me. "Ani! You misheard what I said!" I replied, denying it. "Oh really? Then what did you say?" he asked, trying to trip me up. "I said," I started. "That um - You are just too childish when you do that thing when your face," I told him. "Uh-huh, sureee," he teased. I stuck my tongue out at him in embarrassment and he just laughed at me. At that same time, we pulled into the bus spot at the campus. We both quickly gathered our things and got off the bus in an orderly fashioned to only be ambushed by Jimin. "Hyun-Ae!" he yelled as he ran towards me and pulled me into a hug. I started to get flustered. "H-Hi," I got out as he squeezed me, a little too tight for my liking. "Are you okay? We were so worried!" he asked. "Yeah, we were okay. We actually were able to stay at a place last night so everything worked out," I explained. "Good!" Jimin said, while still hugging me. I then pulled away from Jimin as I saw Taehyung and Yoongi walking over. "Hi guys," Jin said to them. "Hey," Yoongi answered. "Hi! What is with the shirts?" Taehyung said, making me look down. I then realized that Jin and I were wearing the couple shirts. I started to get flustered again. I glanced back up to see their suspicious looks. "Ah," I began. "This is because we needed something to wear and we found this at the store that we bought stuff from and at first we thought we shouldn't get it but I wanted something to change into so we decided to get them," I rambled. They laughed at my response. "We figured that," Jimin began, trying to stifle his laughter. "But seeing you ramble was too much fun to pass up," Taehyung finished. I started to turn red. "You are all mean!" I whined, picking up my bags as I started to walk away from them. I heard them calling me back but I kept on going. Psh, make fun of me. Fine! See who doesn't talk to you for awhile! "Hyun-Ae!" I heard one of them call out behind me.
I stopped and turned around to see Yoongi running towards me. As he reached me, he leaned over to catch his breath. "Wait...for...me..." he said in between his breaths. "Well, I did stop," I told him. He started laughing. "What's wrong?" I asked, confused as to why he ran after me. "I had to ask you something," he said. "What is it?" "Do you like Jin?" he asked straightforwardly. I blanked. "W-What," I stuttered. "Do you have feelings for Jin," he continued to question. Why is he asking me this?! "I-I don't know," I answered. "W-Why are you asking?" "So you aren't dating him?" Yoongi asked, looking dead serious. "N-No!" I replied a little too loudly. "We aren't dating." What is wrong with Yoongi? Why does he want to know? I glanced back over to see him smiling and I became even more lost than before. "I should get back to the guys," he said, changing the topic. "O-Okay," I replied. "See you on Monday," he stated, walking away. "B-Bye," I whispered. I turned back around and tried to process what had just happened as I walked back to my dorm. I then got back to my room and as soon as I opened the door and shut it behind me, I left my bag by the door, and fell on my bed. This day has been too much for me. With everything that happened with Jin, I need time to think about all of this. D-Do I like him? I don't know. I know I see him differently from the other guys. And he makes my heart race every time I see him. And the way he hugged me after I told him what happened was so sweet and comforting. And he is nice and caring to others, even to elders. So much so, that it makes me smile every time he smiles at someone. After thinking so much about him and processing my words, I slowly came to realize what I have been feeling. The thing that I least expected to happen to me, especially after Kyung-il. That I would like someone again. That I am starting to fall for Jin.
Omo! Hyun-Ae is starting to like Jin! And why was Yoongi so interested in their relationship?
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