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"Mei, wake up!" Hana hit me with a pillow.

I sneezed, "I'm up, you can stop hitting me. Why do I need to be awake?"

"Go into the living room!"

I rubbed my eyes, "I swear if this is another one of your pranks I'll... Tao?"

"Happy Valentine's Day!" I practically tackled him onto the coach. I sobbed into his chest and kissed him over and over.

"That was rough, Mei," he stroked my hair.

"Sorry, I'm just so happy to see you."

"You didn't even notice I was here!" Chonglin shouted, he was offended, "Or Kandy!"

"Chonglin, your Korean is good!" I said, but then put my attention back on Tao.

"Can I sit up please?"

"Sorry, did I hurt you?" I stood up.

"I'm okay. You were just excited," he pulled me onto his lap.

"Tao?" I turned around so I could look at him, "How long are you going to stay?"

"A couple of days," his fingers played with the hem of my pajama bottoms.

"Then you can take me home with you right?"

"No, Mei has a job," Hana said.

"You two can leave," I pointed at her and Chonglin. They left, taking Kandy with them.

"Do you want to come home, baby girl?"

"So bad," I leaned my head on his chest, "Tao, you need a haircut."

"I didn't want it cut until you could do it."

"Let me wake up first," I yawned.

"It's almost ten, I'll make you breakfast."

"I really can't believe you're here," I said as we walked into the kitchen, "Am I dreaming? No I can't be dreaming, last night I had a weird dream where Chanyeol turned into a bird and shaved my head."

"Hairs all here," He messed up my hair, "I'm here too."

I giggled, "What about Chanyeol being a bird?"

"If he's a bird you can come home. Birds can sing but they can't rap."

I laughed, "Tao, we don't have any food. We have cereal and oatmeal."

"Okay, then, I'll make you cereal," He opened the cupboard, "Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Frosted Flakes."

"Surprise me," I sat down at the table, "Is this Jamba Juice yours?"

"It's Chonglin's."

"Okay, I'm going to drink it anyways," I sneezed again and sniffled, "Okay, maybe I shouldn't then."

"Is my princess getting sick?" He set a bowl of cereal in front of me and laid his head on the table to stare at me.

"I'm okay, I'm just tired."

"Well, eat breakfast, then get some sleep."

"I don't want to sleep. I want to spend time with you."

"You have to sleep though, it's good for you," He fed me cereal, "You're so cute when you're eating."

"Because she isn't talking?" Hana walked back in to the apartment.

"Wow, don't even knock. We could've been having sex," Tao looked like an angry toddler.

"I live here, more than Mei does." I took my spoon out of Tao's fingers and continued to eat the cereal. Chonglin sat across from me.

"I'm graduating soon," he said.

"Me too. I only had to take a couple of classes. I wouldn't really call it graduation though. I'm just getting a license."

"As long as it's not a drivers license we're safe," Hana said.

"We should celebrate for Chonglin!" I said, "We can have a party at home!"

"We don't have any friends," Chonglin said.

"Hana is our friend, and Hana can come if she stops insulting me. Grandma can come too."

"Yeah! I've been working hard on my Chinese too!" Hana exclaimed.

"Chonglin, are you sure we're your only friends?" Tao asked, "Five people isn't much of a party, honestly."

"Do you think Grandma will be upset if she's the only old person there?" I wondered out loud, I didn't have any other old people I liked besides Grandma. Everyone was silent for a moment.

"The four of us then?"

"Sounds good," Chonglin agreed.

"I need to make a call," I pulled out my phone, "Hello? Ms. Lee, I'm quitting."

"Mei!" Hana took my phone from me and put it on speaker, "Did you get that, Ms. Lee?"

"Hana, let me talk to Mei about this."

"Leave it on speaker," Hana whispered, probably loud enough for her to hear.

"Mei, I'm going to be honest with you, I could see this coming," Ms Lee sighed.

"I'm sorry, it was hard for me to make this decision, but I have a family now, I can't stand not being with them," I smiled at Tao.

"I understand, come by tomorrow and fill out paperwork," She sounded distressed yet somewhat relieved.

"Thank you," I hung up.

"Mei, I can't believe you did that," Hana leaned her head in her hand.

"You can come work at my Salon, Hana, where you can be in charge of what you do."

"I can't quit, yet, I don't have a rich fiancé supporting me right now."

"Give it a couple of months."

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