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𝟎𝟔𝟕

𝐗𝐗𝐈𝐕: 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐞


It had been a while since I had experience my 'paranoia', and going over to Sae-byeok and Cheol's apartment had basically became an every day thing. And if I wasn't over at their place, then it was the other way around. It wasn't rare for them to come over and stay for dinner, and after awhile my parents had gotten used to the extra company. 

However for Gi-hun, it felt like he had been MIA for a while. Every few weeks he'd send a text stating he was alright, and hoping we were too. But I understood. He had a child to take care of, and a life to get together.

As for now though, I was waiting for Sae-byeok to come over to my place. Nothing new, however this time Cheol would stay with my parents, while I went out with his sister.

"Where are we going?" I asked once Sae-byeok dropped Cheol off to my parent's, and we started walking out of my house and down the street. It was starting to get dark as the cold air nipped at my face, surely turning my cheeks and nose red. 

She stayed silent for a moment, stuffing her hands in her pockets and pursed her lips. I looked up at her as the wind brushed its way through her short hair. It was starting to grow just a little, and I tried to imagine her with longer hair. I couldn't. 

"I've been wanting to try something for awhile, and I thought you could help me." Sae-byeok muttered under her breath. "Think of it as a girls night out." I felt my heart constrict at the thought of a girls night out. I had never had one of those before, and as a young kid would always dream of finding a group of girls that would be more than happy to have one with me. 

I clapped my hands together, a grin nearly splitting my face in half. "We can also do each others nails! I always see people in movies doing that during girls nights out." I continued to speak to myself, finding new things to do. 

I could hear Sae-byeok chuckle under her breath, as I continued to ramble. We were nearing her apartment and I could feel myself nearly combust with excitement. I sped my pace up, leaving the freckled girl in the dark, before I stood waiting in front of the complex. 

I repetitively stood on my tip toes, growing inpatient at her purposefully slow pace, groaning loudly.

"Hurry up before I have a girls night on my own." 

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We both entered the room, as excitement thrummed through my veins. Sae-byeok led me to the kitchen, and my eyebrows creased at the assortments spread across the counter. I leaned up against it, looking at the group of ingredients in confusion. 

"What's this for?" I asked, as I picked up a bottle of soda water, nearly grimacing at just the thought of the static like taste. Sae-byeok walked around the counter so we were both facing each other, before leaning forwards. 

"Have you ever tried mojito's before?" She asked, and I slowly shook my head no. Sure I had snuck into clubs and casino's before, but I had never gotten myself intoxicated before, seeing I was usually there on my own. 

"Tonight we change that." I saw a ghost of a smile grace it's way onto her lips. "We're making mojito's." She announced, and I shot her a look. "Do you even know how to make mojito's?" 

She looked away for a moment, then back at the ingredients laid out on the counter. White rum, lime juice, sugar and so on. Sae-byeok looked a bit unsure, but nonetheless hummed under her breath, as a way to reassure me that she did. 

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