11. best part

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[ KIM TAEHYUNG ]

won't you give yourself to me,
give it all

"Let's skip class."

"Together?"

"Together."

She pouts her lips, gripping tightly onto her textbooks as if she had something else planned. In this case, actually going to class and take down notes that are probably really valuable towards our exams. I fold my arms and squint my eyes at her.

"Don't judge me. I want to show you something."

"And out of all times of the day we can go out, you choose now?"

"Yes."

"Well then, I'll see you later, Kim Taehyung, I have notes to take down in today's lesson."

She starts to turn around but I feel my heart skip a beat, my heart getting caught in my throat as I contemplate on whether telling her that it's-

"It's a date."

She stops in her tracks, slowly turning around before I take a few steps forward to close the space in between us. I reach out and grab her hand as she is almost lost in a trance, tilting her head with a confused and dazed look on her face.

"What tricks are you playing, Kim?"

I lean closer towards her, our noses close to touching and brushing against each other. She freezes in her stance, almost as if she was stiffening at the proximity between our faces.

"Stop calling me Kim."

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"Out of all places, you brought me to a forest? Are you sure you're not going to murder me and leave my body here?"

I snort, turning over my shoulder, her hand still in mine. The warmth of my hand was soothing her cold, clammy hands that were shivering from the autumn breeze. She pulls her hood over her head with her free hand, while I turn back around.

"We're almost there, relax, would you?"

"I'm afraid you'd murder me here."

"I would never murder you."

"Ever?"

"Ever."

She then falls silent, and as we head deeper into the forest, my eyes fall upon the familiar trail that was abandoned for almost years. I follow the trail, looking up to see the trees that used to be small when I was brought here as a child.

"We're going to go to this abandoned hill that overlooks all of Seoul. You'll get to see all the busy streets, see every single human being out and about on their own business, while you can just sit on the edge and not worry about a single thing."

"How'd you find this place?"

"I was brought here when I was a child."

As we reach the abandoned hill, I glance at her and could only smile at how astonished her face looked. Her mouth was slowly falling open in shock, her hand still in mine, and she slowly looks at me. She smiles, and my heart could only grow weak.

"It's.. beautiful, I mean, obviously -but, it really is.. beautiful."

"You're actually the only I've brought here with me, other than my parents."

We took a seat on one of the fallen trees, the log's width helping us see the view much more clearer. She places her head on my shoulder, and I wrap my arm around hers.

"You didn't bring Seolhyun here with you?"

"No. I would never. This is almost like my safe haven and she doesn't deserve knowing about it."

"I feel a bit special, Kim."

"You should."

She suddenly lifts her head off my shoulder and points at my chest. I raise an eyebrow questioningly.

"You're doing this because I wished for it, aren't you?"

"Yeah. Maybe. Does it matter? I'm your soulmate now."

She frowns, her whole body slumping before avoiding eye contact with me.

"Why are you doing this? Is it because you feel bad for me? Now I feel bad too because I can't do anything to help you."

"Don't worry about it. That's what glitches do for each other, am I right? Now, turn that frown upside down, Park."

"But-"

"No 'but's. Besides, I've learned that glitches have to help each other out.. especially from my parents. They're both glitches too, they were never meant for each other but they ended up together somehow."

"They're not soulmates?"

"Nope. Their soulmates were already taken, and since they formed such a platonic relationship, it developed into something more after years.. then they decided to cheat the system.. and now here I am."

"So you're their glitch offspring?"

"Well, just me. Namjoon is completely fine, he found out Jin was his soulmate a few months back."

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[ PARK SOOJUNG ]

if you love me,
won't you say something

It was the way he looked out for me, cared for me, thought about me, was what made me think twice about him. Even though he was a reckless guy who didn't care about anything or anyone, he still stepped into my life without any warning or decision, only to do everything he would never do.. just for me. Was he really just playing the role of a glitch who was looking out for another glitch? Is my mind playing games?

As we reach back to my place, I take notice of how my hand is still in his, still warm and comfortable. It fit perfectly in his, but in this fixed world, no matter how perfectly our hands intertwined together, we're never meant for each other.

"Make sure you get some rest."

"I will."

We reach the porch, and he turns me around by holding my shoulders. I look up at him, and he slowly smiles. I purse my lips into a line.

"I'll get going, okay? Get some rest."

Just as he turns around, my mind grows sprawled around the place until-

"Taehyung-ah, why are you doing this?"

He turns over his shoulder.

"What do you mean?"

"Why are you doing this for me? Why are you looking out for me, taking care of me, almost like.. a guardian angel?"

He lets out a laugh, and I could only grow more confused. He walks back towards me, tugging at the hems of my hood, until I stumble towards him.

"I thought I was pretty obvious.. Soojung-ah."

"Obvious? Obvious about what?"

"I hope this answers your question."

I was about to protest until he tugs harder at the hems of my hood, and right before I knew it, his lips were on mine. I stiffen, only to relax, slowly closing my eyes as I wrap my arms around his neck to pull him in closer. And just like that, all my questions were answered.

love me,
won't you?

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a/n: you guys are probably wondering
'why did you update on a wednesday?'
well, that's because i wanted to make up
for not updating on monday! so here it is!
i hope you enjoyed this chapter, until then,
i will update on friday!

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