“Have you finally decided?”
“On?”Taeyeon looked at her best friend.
“Your holiday. What are you gonna do?”
“Yul asked me if I wanna go with you to Jeju but I don’t think I should. It’s rare for you to have all of your family members in one place right?”
“It’s okay though. Why aren’t you with you family this time?”
“Once I go there, it will be hard for me to come back on time” ,Taeyeon smiled remembering how she had to run away from her mother just to get on the bus on time when she returned to Seoul after visiting her family, “Besides, I could make some extra money here. Can I start working on that part-time job of yours by the way?”
“You gonna start working now??The school just ended four days ago.”
“I know. I just wanna take my mind off some things for a few hours and I think it will be a nice idea to work instead of lazing around the house.”
Sunny looked at her and scoffed,“If you DO want to keep your mind off some stuff, I suggest you go on a trip either with me or your family. Because the reason of your conflict is here and it won’t do any good if you are hanging out four days a week. And don’t you dare deny it cos I’m not judging or commenting about it. “
Taeyeon huffed in air, trying not to retort when she knew Sunny was right this time,“…I know. I just need to confirm something. That’s about it.”
“Well, good luck cos you will need it. “
“Yeah, I do need that.”
A lot, apparently
“Coming!” Taeyeon turned off the gas oven and went to open the door.
A smiling Tiffany greeted her as soon as she opened the door. Covered in trench coat and a pink scarf, Tiffany looked like she came out of a movie. Her brunette hair was stylishly cascading down her shoulders and the latter was wearing a minimal make-up, revealing her cheekbones and sharp nose more distinctively. She immediately agreed in her mind that she liked this version of Tiffany, less guarded and more friendly and more beautiful.
Tiffany chuckled at the stuttering girl in front of her and crinkled her nose playfully. “Aren’t you gonna let me in? It’s cold out here.”
“Of course!” Taeyeon squeaked which caused more laughter from the latter. She groaned at her own demeanour and moved away a bit to welcome the brunette into her humble apartment.
“Wah! It’s really warm here!” Tiffany smiled as she felt the warmth as she stepped in. A hand tugged her coat and she turned her head to see Taeyeon pointing at the clothe.
“I will hang it for you.”
Tiffany smiled brightly in appreciation and removed her coat and gave it to Taeyeon. She went over to the dining table, taking off her scarf along the way. She helped herself a cup of tea that Taeyeon put on the table.
“I can see that you are getting used to my apartment.”
“Are you kidding me? I feel like this is my home already.” Tiffany grinned as she sat down and put her legs on the table to prove her point. Taeyeon snorted at the girl’s comment and proceeded to continue with her cooking.
Tiffany visited her flat at least twice a week at her flat. She would stay on for hours until late night and Taeyeon would have to push her out of the door or the girl wouldn’t stop requesting to have a sleepover at her flat. Three hours of them being alone was already making her struggling to function properly. Sleeping next to each other would give her a mental breakdown as she had been talking to herself these days just to push off unnecessary thoughts.
On the other hand, Tiffany and her best friends had been getting closer and she was happy for it. She knew Tiffany didn’t have many close friends as people always had their own image of Tiffany in their mind before they even started chatting and Tiffany resented that, hence she didn’t trust anyone enough to have close friends. But she had a few close friends back in US who she’s still in touch with and a small number of best friends.
“What are you cooking? It smells nice by the way.” Tiffany asked as she leaned over to peek at the oven.
“Oyako Don.” Taeyeon replied as she drizzled the beat egg over the chicken and onion.
“Really?! Can you cook one for me?”
“My grocery expense has increased after you have started coming to my flat.” Taeyeon commented drily as she covered the lid on the pan and started to take out the chicken thighs from the fridge.
“Hehe” ,Tiffany laughed sheepishly, “I can repay you though. Because I know I eat every time I come visit your house.”
“Oh? I thought you didn’t notice.” Taeyeon teased at the brunette who had her lips pouted.
“Ya! I know,okay?” Tiffany whined as she folded her arms, “Your cooking are delicious, you can’t blame me for liking them.”
Taeyeon laughed and winked at the latter, “Thank you for your compliment. At least you like my dishes.”
“On a serious note though, let me repay you. I know that you have a cap on everything you spend.”
Taeyeon shrugged nonchalantly as she chopped the onion, “I was just kidding. It’s not necessary.”
“I do want to.” Tiffany’s insistence was evident in her tone. Taeyeon paused her preparation and turned around to look at the brunette.
“You are my friend. And this is my home. My house, my rules.”
Tiffany shook her head, “As your friend, I can pay for your grocery expenses. Besides they go into my stomach, not yours. How about we buy the groceries together?”
“How about you start learning to cook instead?”
“I won’t get to eat your dishes anymore. I want to enjoy the food cooked by you. If I start to cook, you will just make me cook every time I come just for practice and I don’t want that. I prefer watching you cook and eat with you together afterwards.”
Taeyeon didn’t reply and silently pour the omelette to the rice bowl. If she turned around now, she wouldn’t dare to imagine what she would do when she sees the latter’s face.
Instead, she faked a cough to change the atmosphere,“You are really cheeky today. Did you take a lot of sugar before coming here?”
“So, I am succeeding in making you flutter?” Tiffany grinned.
Taeyeon snorted to hide her blush, “Ya wish. Now, let’s eat.”
“Last chance, kiddo.”
Taeyeon looked around the area. Many people were queuing, clutching ti their passports as they prepared to leave the city for the holidays. She followed along with Sunny to see her off at the airport.
Taeyeon smiled and shook her head.
“You sure? You can actually just buy a ticket right now and come along with me. Besides, my and your size are similar so you don’t need to worry for clothes.”
“Similar?” Taeyeon scoffed, “Your melons are bigger than mine.”
“Oh, so you noticed.” Sunny smirked.
“Cocky much.” Taeyeon mumbled.
Sunny laughed and hugged her best friend by the shoulder,“Well, if you have decided then I won’t ask anymore. You can start working at Leeum on Wednesday. I have told my aunt about your hobby by the way. She said you can bring some sketches.”
Taeyeon’s eyes tripled in size at her friend’s revelation,“Ya! My drawings are crappy. It’s not even a sketch. They are doodles!How can you ask the Art Director to see my sketches?!”
“Don’t be so downgraded. Your sketches are cool, ya know. People won’t even believe that you are taking a Business major instead of Arts.”
“Well, a girl gotta make a living.” Taeyeon replied flatly, reminded of the little opportunity she had for her future. In this harsh economic situation, she couldn’t blindly pursue whatever she’s passionate about.
Sunny patted her arm in empathy . Taeyeon smiled and hugged her best friend tightly.
“Have fun over there, yeah? Let loose.”
“I will. You also have fun at the museum.”
“You’ve gotta be kidding me….”
Taeyeon couldn’t concentrate enough to close her mouth from hanging open.
“OH MY GOD. I didn’t know Leeum has Kim Wan Ki’s paintings!” She squealed as she looked at the paintings in wonder. She could imagine herself jumping around and squealing but it’s not suitable for this place.
Sunny’s aunt laughed at her astonishment,“No wonder Sunkyu says you are an art enthusiast. Yes, we host a few of his paintings.”
“Where and how can I help you in this exhibition?”
Lee Mi Yeon is a well-known art curator and she recently got the position are the Art Director at Leeum. Sometimes, being Sunny’s best friend has its perks. Like this for example.
“You will be my assistant for the preparation. Since you are from Business Major, I assume you can handle some accounts?”
“I hope so.” Taeyeon responded enthusiastically.
“Great.” Lee Miyeon smiled, “Sunkyu will be joining you after she got back from Jeju so don’t be nervous okay?”
“Call me Unnie. I feel old. “ Lee Miyeon joked as she proceeded to show her the rest of the collection.
Taeyeon smiled sheepishly as she looked around the gallery in wonder. She had to thank Sunny with toys when she returned. This was heaven.
“You know that I’m still sitting here right?”
Tiffany looked up and saw Siwon glaring at her across the table. She rolled her eyes and went back to her previous focus.
“You know that I have eyes?” Tiffany responded.
“Then why are you looking at your phone instead of me?”
Tiffany sighed in annoyance and showed her phone screen,“I’m just responding to a friend’s message.”
“That friend must be quite important to you that you literally ignored me for fifteen minutes.” , Siwon retorted.
Tiffany felt like pulling his hair off but she decided to finish her previous task before locking her phone. She pressed the Send button and put her phone down.
“You have been hanging out with a Taeyeon quite a lot these days.”
“Is this a statement or a question?”
“Your recent SNS are filled with her.”
“I have only posted two selfies with her. “
“You took shots of her back, side and hands.” Siwon pointed out, remembering the inconspicuous profiles of Kim Taeyeon on Tiffany’s posts. It might be nothing to most people but Siwon knew better than to ignore.
“What are you trying to say?”
“Don’t play with her, Fany. She’s actually a nice girl although she’s reserved.”
“How do you know?”
“Yoona. But that doesn’t matter. Though you, Tiffany Hwang need to watch what you’re doing.” Siwon spoke as he pointed his finger at the latter.
Tiffany gritted her teeth at the statement,“Back off, Siwon. This is my personal stuff and it doesn’t concern you what so ever.”
“It’s fascinating honestly. The Miss Popular hanging out with a Social Reclusive.”
“She has REAL friends and for the last time, BACK OFF.”
“Just making sure you don’t destroy someone while trying to attain your fantasy, Miyoung. Be careful.”
“That’s rich coming from you.”
“Sweetheart, I’m the fantasy itself. Girls love me and the boys are envious.”
“I’m not included.”
“That’s why I love you, sweetheart. And I don’t want the only girl I can have a decent conversation disappear.”
“I know what I am doing, Oppa. Honestly, stop worrying.”
“I’m not worried about you. I’m worried about her.”
“Why? Are you interested in her?”
“I admit she’s pretty and I can see that she’s a rare gem but she’s not my type. She’s too precious to be held.”
Tiffany combed her hand through her hair to distract herself from lashing back at him impulsively. The nerve of that guy
She leaned back to her seat and looked at the guy, unwavered.“Can you stop playing with your words?”
Siwon merely smiled and spoke softly, “Be careful, Tiffany.”
“I don’t need a reminder.”
“I hope so.”
“How’s your part-time job?”
Taeyeon finished her rice cake and replied,“Fantastic. I’m having a blast.”
Tiffany rested her chin on her hands as she smiled amusingly,“It’s rare for someone to having that fun at a job. I suppose you landed on the right job?”
Taeyeon nodded happily,“Yup! Sunny asked her aunt who’s an art curator and she hired me as a junior executive for the upcoming exhibition at Leeum.” It’s rare to find a good part-time job and she considered herself very lucky to get to work in such a good place.
“Speaking of which”, Taeyeon put out two small papers which looked like tickets. “I got two tickets for that exhibition. Now that I am working there, I don’t need a ticket anymore. Maybe you can come and visit the museum with one of your friends.”
“Shucks,” Tiffany pouted, “You had me excited for a while.”
“I thought you were asking me to go with you to the exhibition.”
Trying not to choke her rice cake, Taeyeon hurriedly grabbed her water to flush it down. Flirty Tiffany had strike again.
“ I-I was! But I got a part-time job there and I get accessed to it and the ticket wasn’t necessary so I didn’t want it-“
A finger on her lips immediately stopped her blabbering. She looked at Tiffany and saw the latter smiling widely at her. Damn, that smile
“I will come to the exhibition. Thank you for the tickets.”
“I have always wanted to see the famous Kim Taeyeon. A pleasure to meet ya.”
Taeyeon looked down at the hand extended to her. She looked at the owner again. The latter was obviously showing off her tower-like height, looming over her with a smirk that she started to get annoyed of.
Tiffany nudged at her friend in not-so-gentled manner and faked a smile at the latter,“Soo was just kidding, Tae. Right?”
Sooyoung laughed, seemingly undisturbed by Tiffany’s glare. “Hehe. Sort of, man, you are tiny.”
“…”,Taeyeon just continued to look at the Bamboo Stick silently, praising herself for the nickname she had invented.
“Choi Sooyoung, you are trash at making first impressions.”
Sooyoung raised her hands in apologetic manner and smiled,“Sorry. Hi Taeyeon, I’m Choi Sooyoung and you can call me Soo for short.” She casually put her hand on Tiffany’s shoulder and smirked, “I’m this naughty Hwang’s best friend since middle school.”
Taeyeon could only gawk at the tall girl. She wore a mischievous simile on her lips similar to that of Yuri and Hyoyeon’s.
Yup, this one’s a prankster
This took me TWO WEEKS to finish it. Yup, I’m that lack of inspirations and ideas at the moment. T T
But don’t worry, I intend to finish this story and I will finish this story. 😎
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Till, next time~~~