— summer, jeju-do island, 15 years old
"I don't want to leave this place, Winwin."
I laid on the cool spread cloth on the grass. Winwin did the same, extending his arm to make it as my pillow.
"Well, we could always visit this place, Win. Just call me anytime. I'll always find a way to get to you."
I closed my eyes and inhaled deeply. "Don't make promises you can't keep, Winwin-ah. I... It's... I'm going to be fine."
I felt him lay on his side, facing me. "Winter, look at me."
Feeling that I wouldn't move a bit, he sighed and held my face with his free hand, facing it to his direction.
"Win, don't do this to me. Come on, look at me."
I opened my eyes and looked at him, trails of tears following bead after bead.
"I just... don't worry for me. Just please focus on yourself, okay? We could visit Jeju again and maybe go to other places too. Maybe after we graduate college or so."
He pulled me up so we were sitting. He wiped my tears away and hugged me.
"I can't do that, Win. When will you worry for yourself, huh? Don't be scared, Winter-ah. I'm always here, even though I'd be miles away from you."
"Thanks, Winwin. Thank you for always protecting me — even though that's supposed to be at least my boyfriend's job."
"Well, if you want to, you could reconsider my confession- ow! Hey, that hurt!" I leaned back and slapped his arm loudly, my face turning into a deep blush.
"I told you not to mention that again! Yah, while you're in China or wherever... find yourself some chick, okay? Stop your feelings for me, I'm your sister."
Well, technically I'm not his sister, but you know, we're really good best friends and I don't want to ruin that.
"You're so straightforward it hurts me. Yah, do you think it's that easy to move on? Psh. I'm gonna find someone better than you, like, Song Hye Kyo or whoever."
"Is she Chinese? She's too old for you."
"I don't know. But she films Chinese movies."
"How about Lu Han? Or Kris Wu?"
"What the fuck, Win. I'm straight."
I narrowed my eyes at him and wiggled my eyebrows. "Straight, huh?" I teased.
"Whatever, Winter. I've had so much of your 'Oh my gosh, I ship you with blah blah blah' for over eleven years so please stop adding someone else now."
"Jackie Chan? Bruce Lee?"
"Oh my god, Winter. You better stop." He face-palms, shaking his head while I'm having fun making fun of him.
"Oh! How about Jaden Smith?"
"He's the Karate Kid, remember?"