Chapter 7. The truce
Busan from Seoul by car is around 5 hours so KS had to sleep early the night before to be refreshed and energized to drive the following morning. It is Friday today and her presentation is scheduled early in the evening so there is plenty of time, she can drive leisurely going to Busan. She is happy to learn that Sungmin is also attending a teambuilding workshop in Busan for his new drama (he got a drama offer, and he’ll try doin’ it for the first time ) and they look forward to seeing each other again. Leaving Seoul at 6am in her hybrid Sonata, she will reach Busan in time for lunch.
While driving, Sora reminisces her childhood trips to Busan with her parents. She enjoys the beautiful scenery now as much as she did before, nothing changed, no massive realty development had taken place yet and she thinks that is better because somehow the beauty of nature remains pure.
She enjoyed the scenery so much that she did not notice she is about to reach her destination. She sees the entrance gate of the Conference Centre.
The Conference Centre houses three 7-story buildings, one of which is the dormitory for transient attendees. KS parks at the visitor’s lane in front of the dormitory. To her surprise, Sungmin comes out of the dormitory hall and meets her at the parking area.
“How was your drive coming here ?”
“It was steady, smooth, no problems so far.” “How are you ? Has your workshop started?”
“I am good, yes the workshop started this morning, and we are on our lunch break. Come have lunch with me at the cafeteria.”
“Sure, I am starving but I need to register and leave my luggage in my assigned room.”
“Let me help you with that .”
“Thank you so much, , you may grab my luggage and I will take my laptop and other presentation materials with me.”
They proceeded to the reception area, registered and deposited Sora’s luggage and other stuff in her room located at the 4th floor of the dormitory.
On their way to the cafeteria, down the basement, “Is the food good?”, how was your breakfast?”
“They served Continental breakfast and you know me, it is my favorite so I ate with gusto ha ha ha!”
“I would say you are still a growing kid and your appetite is so big, Sungminsshi!” “I wonder what they are serving for lunch.”
“Sorasshi, I checked it out earlier, we have a choice among Italian, Japanese and Korean dishes. It makes sense to me because there are multiple events going on and they should serve a variety of dishes.”
“Then, Korean it is for me, hmmmm I cannot get enough of it.” “What is it for you?”
“I will have Italian! I was just craving pasta yesterday ha ha ha!”……. “Ahermm…Can we drop the formality between us? It’s kinda annoying and we’ve been friends for years now”
“Actually I was about to ask you that..heheh! “
After getting their food, Sungmin and Sora sit by the patio where tables and chairs are shaded by big parasols. The summer sun is just right, not scorching and the breeze is steady. Sora forgot to get a glass of water, she does not drink sodas, so she went back inside the cafeteria. As she is about to get water from the fountain dispenser, she bumps into someone who is rushing to get water too. They look at each other and time stood still.
“Go ahead, take some water first.”
“Thank you” she said and proceeds to get water, then goes out back to her seat by the patio where Sungmin is, enjoying his pasta and pizza.
“Why do you look so flustered, as if you saw a ghost?”
“Why is Leeteuk here, Sungmin?” “Did you know he is here?”
“Hyung? Here?” “Oh, I get it, I think he have some business to attend here, I heard.” “You have not spoken to him until now?”
“No and I do not intend to, what is there to talk about?”
“I think you have some unfinished business to settle Sorassh,errr Sora.” “It would be good for both of you to come to a truce and end the animosity because you will bump into one another most of the time, it is awkward if you are not on speaking terms.” “Korea is such a small place for the two of you!”
“Well, you have a point there, we need to get to the bottom of it for a more peaceful way of living/co-existing in this place, but maybe in due time, the situation has not presented itself so I will cross the bridge when I get there.” “In the meantime I am so hungry, let me eat!”
The two finished lunch, Sora is now proceeding back to her room for final preparations of her presentation while Sungmin returns to his workshop room.
At 6pm, Sora decides she will order room service as she is still busy rehearsing for her presentation. Her dinner arrives and is now eating while reading her cue cards and reviewing her power point materials.
She proceeds to the venue of her presentation at 7pm. Upon arrival, she sets up her materials and checks other logistics that may contribute to the success or failure of her presentation, the technicalities she thought.
She sees a lot of familiar places and mingles with them. At 7:30, the conference resumes and she is the first speaker to present.
Her presentation went good, no technical problems encountered and questions from the viewers were addressed. She did a good job once again. After gathering her materials, she proceeded back to her room.
It is 10 pm and she cannot sleep. The summer heat is on and it is warm inside her room in spite of the fact that it is equipped with a ceiling fan. She decides to talk a walk along the dormitory pathways leading to the landscaped lawns.
Oh, the cool summer breeze is so refreshing, she thought while walking along the pathway. She reaches a curb where a bench is nestled under an arc of perennial flowers, she sits and relaxes for the meantime.
“Welcome back,” she heard a familiar voice that made her want to stand up fast and run away but this feeling vanished quickly, she remained seated.
LT sits by her side, about an arm’s length away. They remained silent for a long time, it seems like eternity but someone had to break the silence.
“How are you doing, Sora, are you happy?”
KS does not answer, she does not know what to say.
LT continues talking. “Life is not fair, I believe you are happy now, I wish I could say the same for myself.”
“I have to thank you for what I have now, Leeteuk. When you said that you wanted me out of your life, I almost died, but come to think of it I made the right decision to leave Korea for a while. My experience in New York had made me feel more confident; it raised my self-esteem and taught me things that I never imagined I could do.”
“Good for you. Just for the record, I did not want you out of my life, I may have insinuated it but I never wanted you out of my life.” “I regretted saying those lines and still regret it to date and will remain regretting it for my entire life I guess.”
“I think it is too late for us to debate on semantics, Leeteuk.”
“I meant to see you after the night of our talk but I was too ashamed of myself that I did not have the nerve to see you. Then, I learned that you were off to New York as an exchange student, I was so happy for you then and thought that I might as well let you go to fulfill your longtime dream of pursuing a degree. I thought that there will be plenty of time to reconcile with you after your New York stint, when you come back to Korea, thus I was convinced that we needed that space apart.” “I sent you off when you left, I was at the airport looking at you from afar.”
“You were confident that I will come back and we will get together again? Is my understanding correct?, You are one cheeky guy! You are too sure of everything!!”
“Please do not get me wrong, I was being confident but at the same time I prayed a lot that you will still be available when you come back.”
Sora does not know what to say. She is assessing herself wanting to find out if she still feels something for LT but the symptoms are still there, her hands are sweaty, her knees feeling weak and heart, her heart racing fast. Oh my God, please no.. I can’t think like this, I have to be firm… Yes, she may still finds him still very attractive but she does not want to be with him.
“Yes, I was hoping that you would come back still available but perhaps karma is catching up with me now. I am too late to ask you for a fresh start, right?”
Sora remains silent, she is starting to get confused as to where this conversation is leading.
“My mom and sister bumped into your parents last Tuesday at the mall.”
Oh no, said Sora to herself, now she knows where this is leading to and she better brace herself and should think of a smart answer to LT’s incoming questions.
“Twins, with their nanny, was with your parents at that time and they said that they are yours. My mom said that they looks so adorable.”
Sora does not want to say anything as yet, she allows LT to talk.
“It is my dream to have a family of my own, years ago I would have wanted you to be the mother of my children.”
“Then, what is keeping you Leeteuk, go build your own family, I think you are stable enough now to do it.”
“But I want you in it and I want that little twins to be a part of my family too.”
“Wait, leeteuk, is this why we are having this conversation? You think they are yours? You are hilarious! May I remind you, oh my God, this too embarrassing for me but gee, let me jog your memory a bit, yes you maybe the first but are you sure there’s nobody after you?”
Stunned, Leeteuk realizes the truth and starts sobbing unabashedly.
“The mere thought that another man had made love to you, Sora, is tearing my heart into pieces. With that little twins as a living proof that you had consummated your love for someone else other than me makes me feel jealous as hell! If I could only bring back the hands of time, I would! Perhaps, we would have ended up together as a family had I not allowed you to leave for New York!”
Sensing the remorse in Leeteuk’s voice, Sora felt sorry for him.
“Leeteuk, I have a lot on my plate right now. My work demands a lot of time as well as my parenting chores. However, I thrive in this busy atmosphere and I love multi-tasking. I feel so complete now with my kids by my side and my passion at work serves as the driving force to achieve something that makes me feel fulfilled. Honestly, I do not need a man right now to satisfy my needs.” “Our ship, had sailed, sunk even!”
“If I am not her father, then who is?”
“You do not know him.”
“Then, introduce me to him.”
“You will meet him, in due time but honestly, I do not know how meeting him would help you.”
“I need closure, Sora! I need to see the guy who deserves your love more than me.”
Sora was speechless, She don’t know what to say…..
“One more thing, I want DNA Test”……………………..
This fanfic is written by Fighting Dimple @jerqu at Teukso Soompi