Thirteen

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"Lilla, wake up. We are here at the airport," Jae's soothing voice whispered as he gently shook me. His warm hand was pressed onto my bare shoulder and his breath fanned out on my face as he spoke.

I turned to my side and away from him. "I don't wanna go, Jae," I mumbled. I realized, even though half asleep, I was in a cranky mood. Him waking me up did not help tame the fire.

Jae-won laughed at me, though. "Lilla, sleeping in the middle of the day won't let you sleep tonight. Then you will be even more upset."

When he said those words, everything clicked into my head. I shot open my eyes to take in my surroundings, surprised to see we were sitting in the airport parking lot. I registered my casual clothing as something I threw on last minute before jumping in Jae's car and falling asleep.

My official husband sat beside me with a gentle smile. He reached behind him for the duffle bag of his things before popping open his trunk. "Since it is likely something will happen to my car, I've arranged for someone to come get it."

I frowned, rubbing my eyes and stretching out. "Okay." I couldn't make myself say any other words, so I passed on the communication and opted for getting my suitcase from the trunk. We both walked together towards the airport, him holding onto our ID's and papers that were our tickets.

I sat down on a plastic chair lined up to the large window and waited. The noise was filling my ears, everyone talking to someone and bags clattering as people moved them. I took in everything through tired eyes but I could still remember this later, if I wanted to.

"Where are we going?" I asked with a yawn. I leaned back against the grey chair, placing my head on the window. Rolling my head to the side, my eyes met his.

"Crazy," he replied simply. He adjusted the tickets within his hands to distract himself while talking to me.

I glared at him. "No, really; Where?"

He smirked at my irritation. "We are going to Alaska. I heard it's cold there so I wanted-" His joke was cut short.

"Ohio?" I questioned, looking at the flight tickets. "Why there? We could have gone to Hawaii or some place special. Why Ohio?"

Jae-won seemed disappointed with my reaction. "You don't like it?" He frowned a bit, almost like a child. "But they have roller coasters."

I made a face at his statement. "Yeah, a lot of places do." I sighed heavily, closing my eyes again. "I can't believe that made you decipher our honeymoon place."

"Do you like roller coasters?"

I shrugged. "Sometimes. I have only been on the kiddie ones, though."

Jae-won squirmed with excitement behind me. "I heard these ones are really good. They may be fast, but how daring they are is what counts."

Just the image of us on roller coasters made me grimace. I didn't think I would have been spending my honeymoon praying to God that I don't die while three-hundred feet in the air. I thought we would be somewhere beautiful with palm trees and bright sunsets. Apparently I had my hopes too high.

"Hey," Jae called as he shook my arm. "Look, it's our airplane." He pointed to the screen far away from us that held flight numbers.

I squinted hard. "Huh? Where?" I couldn't read the board at all and was a bit bothered that he could. When I glanced at him, I was surprised to see glasses glued to his face. "What is that?"

I couldn't help it, I bursted into laughter. Seeing his handsome face covered with dorky square glasses made him seem like a child. He was a baby-faced man already, but even more so now.

"Don't laugh!" He pouted, pushing up his glasses and looking away from me. "I can't see without them and I dropped a contact at the wedding hall."

I smiled brightly at him, leaning closer so I can look better. "It looks cute," I told him with a nod. "Don't be upset."

He turned his head, eyes staring into mine as he tried to find truth in my words. After a moment, he just inched forward to place a kiss onto my mouth. "I know."

I pulled away, annoyance clear on my face. "Just because we are married, it doesn't give you the right to kiss me whenever."

He grinned. "I'm pretty sure it does." He stood to his feet, a hand held out towards me. "Let's go get on our plane, it says it is here now."

I ignored his hand, standing on my own and following him closely. It was my first time ever being in an airport and the crowded area was bothering me. If I stuck to him like glue, I could probably make it out alive.

We dumped our bags onto a belt machine that swallowed it whole. Quickly, Jae took my hand and dragged me towards the line that was for our plane. He handed the attendant woman our tickets before taking me to sit on the plane.

"Here, this is your seat, this is mine." Jae sat me down in a seat towards the back on the left, while he sat a row above me in the middle section.

I started to panic a bit. "What? Why aren't we next to each other?" I almost stood to my feet when Jae got up and held me down.

"Lilla, it's fine. I am right here, okay? Look at me and talk to me," he told me in a slightly stern voice. Other people started to come onto the plane, forcing him to sit down. "We can even speak in Korean so other's don't know."

I bit my lip, crossing my arms across my chest to hug my body. My fingers curled tightly into a fist. "O-okay." I took a deep breath. "I have never been on a plane before, it's weird."

He nodded. "You're alright. Do you have your phone?"

It was different speaking to him in his native language. I wasn't use to hearing his voice like that and the way he spoke was not the same either. The accent was gone, and I was positive I was the one with the strange accent now.

"Yes, why?"

"Turn it off. It could affect the flight."

My eyes widened and I immediately turned off my phone, tucking it into my pocket and holding it securely. "I'm just going to close my eyes and wait for this to end."

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가슴은 뛰고 있어
여전히 널 보고 있어
자꾸만 숨이 막혀서

아직은 멀리에서
너를 지켜보고 싶어
내가 또 왜 이러는지

My heart is racing
I’m still looking at you
Because I keep running out of breath

I’m still watching over you
From far away
Why am I being like this?

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