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𝐗𝐗𝐈𝐈𝐈: 𝐈𝐧 𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬, 𝐈 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮

Ever since I received, or stole the card, I had been overly paranoid. To be fair, I didn't think I was being paranoid, just cautious, but from Gi-hun and Sae-byeok's point of view I was. Every where I'd go, whether it was shopping or a late night stroll, I swore I could always see a circle, triangle and square somewhere.

I had told them about this a few times, and how I was worried and I wasn't really sure why. But they both always tried to reassure me that we were safe, and nothing bad was going to happen to us.

It was now 2pm in the after noon, and I walked through the bustling street filled with street vendors on my way to Sae-byeok's new apartment that she shared with Cheol. The road was scattered with orange leaves, and I smiled as the smell of street foods wafted through my nose. I clutched a small plastic bag in my hand, with tteokbokki from a small street food stall I had passed. After all, it would be rude to show up without anything.

However, my eyes zoned in on one vendor. There was an older lady selling small squids on skewers, and I tensed when she wiped her dirty hands on her red apron, that had the three shapes in the middle of it. ◯ △ ▢. As if noticing my worried gaze, her head shot to me and I quickly shuffled down the road, rushing to Sae-byeok's apartment.

This was no longer a mere coincidence or me just being paranoid. I'd bring it up to Sae later, I thought to myself as I crunched leaves underneath my shoes. I didn't want to ruin this moment for her.

I continued to walk for another 10 minutes, and by then my hands had stopped trembling and I felt my body start to relax and calm down as Sae-byeok's apartment complex came into view. She had landed a job at a local restaurant, and she thought that it wasn't and achievement and just something to shrug off. Needless to say though, I showed her how proud I was.

I slipped into the complex, before lazily trudging up the several flights of stares. I pursed my lips, trying to hold back memories of the many stairs I had once climbed when we were all in the colourful room. I scowled at myself. I was being dramatic.

I finally made it to the floor, knocking on her door, which was room 199. I could hear the sound of the lock being unlatched before I was met with a softly smiling Sae, and a beaming Cheol.

I held out the plastic bag that I had been holding on my walk here, sending them a smile. "I brought tteokbokki."

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The three of us sat around the dining table, as Cheol animatedly told me about his day, and how he was looking forward to see me today. When he said that, I couldn't help but pinch his cheeks with a grin.

"Sae-byeok was also very excited to see you today." The boy said, before stuffing his mouth full of tteokbokki. His comment made my face slightly heat up, before I turned to Sae-byeok who was looking anywhere but at the two of us.

"Cheol go in your room, and read or something!" She scolded her brother, who quickly scattered off to his room, his laughs still audible from where we both sat. It was silent for a moment, but not the awkward kind. I was sure I could survive with Sae-byeok forever even if she was silent all of the time.

The silence however, broke when she spoke. "Don't try lying." Was all she said, and I looked at her weirdly, cocking my head to the side. "Lie about what?" I questioned, genuinely confused as she swallowed a piece of tteokbokki.

"You seemed off when you walked in." She muttered, and I threw my head back, letting out a loud groan. For as long as I can remember, this girl was always able to read my like an open book, and I never understood how.

"How am I so readable, huh?" I said, my eyebrows creasing as I brought my face closer to hers, trying to intimidate the answer out of her. However, I felt my stomach knot, and my face hit up when I felt her slim fingers tuck a strand of hair behind my ear, her eyes following her movements.

"I can easily read people I like." This time, she looked in my eyes, and I felt butterflies erupt in my stomach. No matter how many times those eyes stared into mine, they always seemed to have the same affect on me.

They always made me feel nauseous, but I also felt like I could stare at them forever. I placed my hand over her staring eyes, before turning back to my food.

"What's that supposed to mean?" I muttered under my breath, picking up pieces of my food and aggressively stuffing them into my mouth. I didn't know what she meant by 'people she liked', and I didn't feel like accidentally blurting anything out. Tteokbokki was the answer to all of my problems.

It was silent for a moment, before I felt a weight on my shoulder. I tensed for a moment, before my muscles relaxed, and the girl spoke. "You know exactly what I mean Y/n." She sighed, before she removed her head off of me and looked back into my eyes.

And like I said before, no matter how many times she did this, I still felt nervous and sick. But the feeling was addicting, and I wanted her to stare into my eyes again, and again.

I shook my head at her, as I felt my throat begin to dry up. "No I don't." I whispered, and she softly smiled at me. "I guess I'll have to show you." I didn't have time to react before her lips were on mine, her hand gripping my neck and then my hair.

I sighed blissfully in the slightly rough kiss, as I placed my hand on her cheek and the other one was hung around her neck. This was the what, 3rd time we had kissed? Yet it didn't disappoint and it still felt like the first.

I was pulled from the joyful moment, when a loud ringing sound ripped us back into our senses, making me jump slightly as Sae-byeok pulled away from me. I groaned lightly at the ruined moment, as Sae-byeok cursed loudly.

As she searched for her phone, I softly pressed the pads of my fingers to my lips, feeling my cheeks burn up as I kicked my legs happily.

Once Sae-byeok found her phone, she pressed a few buttons before turning to my blushing figure. "Now do you know what I mean?" She asked, and I bashfully looked away, in an attempt to hide the soft smile growing on my lips.

"Yes."

"And don't think I forgot; what's wrong?"

"Nothing," I smiled at her, in a way to reassure her that everything was fine. She had just recently moved into her apartment, and was able to properly support her and her brother. This was a milestone in her life, and I didn't want to ruin it for her with my dramatics.

"I promise."





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