Your Warmth

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Arranged marriages, company dinners, school trips and dances. The factors of complicated romances. Four best friends, moving onto their fourth and final year of high school with low expectations, are dragged into chaos over and over again by the same people every time. What’s gonna happen to them? Will they make it through these difficulties and find their happy endings? Or will they fail to push past the troubles?

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7. Seven

Soon Jae's P.O.V.

"How irresponsible could you be? You've ruined everything! Now everyone knows about our partnership with Kim Corp!" I sighed as I continued to be scolded by Father. I rolled my eyes as he talked about how hard it was to be the CEO of the company and how I would never be able to live up to his expectations. After more complaining, he sat down in his seat. "Get out."

I nodded then bowed before leaving. After the door to his office closed behind me, I leaned against the wall beside it and sighed. I stared up at the ceiling and my thoughts traveled back to noona.

"Bogosipda..." I mumbled. I snapped out of my thoughts when I felt something wet land on my cheek. I reached up and wiped it off. "A tear?"

I sighed and shook it off before walking down the hallway to my room which was on the opposite side of the house, thankfully. The farther I am from him, the better. As soon as I got in my room, I collapsed on my bed. I kicked off my slippers and got under the covers then stared up at the ceiling again. How would it feel to be free? To do what I want and not have to worry about stupid things like keeping the family's reputation.  I closed my eyes and let myself fall asleep.  At least for a while.

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"Soon Jae-ah.  You need to wake up and get ready.  The party will start soon and your father wants you to pick up Ti Hyun and bring her there."  I groaned and pulled on my blanket while ignoring Eomma who was shaking me by my shoulder.

"Five more minutes, Eomma," I mumbled.  After a couple more minutes of trying to wake me up, Eomma gave up and left.  I reached for my phone on my nightstand and looked at the time.

"It's already 6?  I guess I have to get ready then."  I put my phone back on the nightstand before forcing myself to get out of bed.  I went to the bathroom first to wash my face then to my walk-in-closet to pick out an appropriate outfit.  I picked out a white button up dress shirt along with black pants, a black tie, and a black blazer. I turned around to face the mirror and hook up the clothes only to see a lavender suit already there. 

"I have to wear this," I asked with a groan. I sighed and put the clothes back. "At least it won't look like I'm going to a funeral anymore."

I went back to the suit hooked up next to my mirror and changed then looked at myself in the mirror.

"Not bad, I guess." I let out a long breath before fixing the blazer one last time. I went over to the shelves and drawers then pulled out a black watch. I picked up my wallet, phone, and keys then went downstairs where Eomma and Father were already waiting.

"Omo, my son looks so handsome!" Eomma stood up from her seat on the couch and rushed to me as soon as I stepped off of the last step. She started fiddling with the collars of my shirt and blazer and also my tie.

"Soon Jae, you will go pick up your fiancée and bring her to the hotel. Your mother and I will go there first," said Father. I nodded in response and bowed as the two of them left. After they were gone, I put on my shoes that were by the door then left as well, locking the door behind me. I got in my car and started the engine. I was about to start backing out of the driveway but then, I realized something:

Where the heck does Ti Hyun live?

Ti Hyun's P.O.V.

"Eonni, do I really have to do this," I asked, looking at myself in the mirror.

"Yes, you have to," answered Jenny eonni as she finished fixing my hair. "There, now your look is complete."

Eonni turned my chair around so I could stand up and look at myself in the full body mirror. I have to admit, this really does look amazing.

"You look like a princess!" I turned to the side and smiled at Eonni who seemed to be very proud of her work. I mean, she did my makeup and my hair and even chose this dress for me. It's no wonder she does this as a side-job.

"I agree." Eonni and I turned around to see Oppa standing by the entrance to my walk-in-closet.

"Oppa? What are you doing here," I asked, turning around to face him. Eonni, on the other hand, started cleaning up.

"Can't I check on my little sister," he asked in return. He chuckled lightly before giving me a hug. "My little sis is finally growing up."

"What do you mean 'finally'," I asked while pulling away. He shrugged and smiled innocently. I shook my head as he backed away with a sigh.

"Thank you for all your hard work, miss Jenny," said Oppa, smiling at Eonni who blushed slightly.

"It was my pleasure. Miss Kim is very lucky to have you as her older brother," replied Eonni. Now it was Oppa's turn to blush. Is it just me or is there something going on between these two? I mean, I know Oppa was the one that requested for Eonni to do my hair and makeup but I thought it was because she's close to the family. Maybe there's another reason.

"Anyway, I better get going. Jenny, do you need a ride," asked Oppa. Okay, now I know there's something going on.  Oppa would never offer to give someone a ride unless he was forced to.

"Oh, no thank you. I'm not going," answered Eonni.

"What? Why not," I asked looking over at Eonni who was still cleaning up. She chuckled a little before looking up at me.

"Well, for one thing, I wouldn't have anything to wear. I also have a lot of work to do," she answered. She sighed then walked over to me. She put her hand on my shoulder and smiled apologetically. "I'm sorry, Ti Hyun-ah."

I shook my head in reassurance. "It's okay, Eonni. I understand." Eonni smiled genuinely then opened her arms for a hug which I gladly accepted. Oppa cleared his throat and we turned to face him. I forgot he was there.

"In that case, do you need a ride home," Oppa asked. Eonni looked pretty surprised but then regained her composure.

"I would accept but I don't want to make you late to Miss Kim's engagement party," answered Eonni gracefully. Sometimes I feel like Eonni is actually from a rich family or something. I mean, she's so mature and well-mannered. "Besides, aren't you driving Miss Kim there?"

"It's okay, Eonni. Just let Oppa take you home," I said quickly before Oppa could say anything else. Mostly because I know he'll mess it up and because she'll only agree if I say something about it. Eonni looked at me before looking back at Oppa.

"Well then, I accept your offer," said Eonni before she went back to packing up her supplies. Oppa nodded before turning around.

"I'll be downstairs when you're done," he said before leaving. Eonni continued to clean up while I went to grab a purse to put my personal belongings in. Afterwards, I sat back down in the chair in my closet and took out my phone to text the others.

<Group Chat>

Hey you guys are coming later right?

RM: Yup I was just about to get ready

NJ: I'm just waiting for my mom to get home

RM: It's too bad Min Yu can't come

NJ: Yeah... I can't believe your parents didn't invite Min Yu and her mom

I know it's terrible

My dad wanted to since he knows we're practically sisters but my mom said we shouldn't since there are gonna be a lot of reporters tonight

RM: We shouldn't blame your parents for this

RM: They just want what's best for you and their company

NJ: Yeah let's just blame Min Yu's dad

RM: ... That's not what I meant

NJ: I know

RM: ... 😑

NJ:  🙂

RM:  😒 

RM: Anyway I gotta go

NJ: Yeah me too my mom just got home

RM: See you guys later

NJ: Byeee

Bye

I sighed then turned off my phone and put it in my purse. I looked over at Eonni who was already done cleaning up.

"Are you going home now," I asked as she put on her bag.

"Yup. I've got a lot of work to do," she answered. She checked to make sure she didn't forget anything before going over to me. "I'll see you later?"

I nodded in response before standing up and giving her a hug. Eonni then went downstairs while I stayed in my closet. I went back to the mirror and looked at myself again. Such a beautiful dress and yet I have to wear it to a party for a forced engagement. I started fixing little things like the skirt of the dress and my heels until I heard Mom calling me to go downstairs. I grabbed my purse and a jacket before rushing downstairs but being careful not to trip on the dress at the same time.

"Yes, Mom," I asked while getting down the last steps of the staircase. I was looking down at my feet the whole entire time because well, I didn't want to trip.

"Your fiancé is here to pick you up." My what? I looked up and saw Soon Jae standing by the door in a lavender suit that actually looked really good on- I mean. He looked... okay. I looked down at my dress and realized that we were matching. No wonder why all of the dresses earlier were the same color! Soon Jae started walking towards me and for some reason my heartbeat started speeding up.

"Shall we," he asked as he extended his hand. I shyly nodded and put my hand on top of his which he held tightly. "We'll see you there jangin eoreun (Father-in-Law), jangmonim (Mother-in-Law)."

"Take care and drive safely," said Appa who shook hands with Soon Jae. Mom then shook hands with him too before turning to me and giving me a short hug.

"I'll see you later Mom, Appa." Soon Jae and I bowed slightly before we left, still holding hands. Soon Jae led me to his car which was parked right out front and opened the door to the passenger seat for me. I was a little surprised but I didn't question it. I mean, it's not like it's the first time he's done this. After I got in, he closed the door for me and got into the driver's seat.

"You look beautiful tonight," he said looking over at me with a serious face. I turned to face him and felt my cheeks burning up. I quickly looked away before thanking him.

"You, um, look good, too," I said quickly. I heard him chuckle which made me turn to look out the window. My face was probably as red as a tomato already. The car ride to the hotel was super quiet. Neither of us said anything and the only sounds came from the car. But, the weird thing is, it wasn't awkward. It was more like a comfortable silence. There wasn't any tension either. It was actually really relaxing.

"We're here," said Soon Jae as he turned a corner and entered the enormous parking lot of the hotel. After he parked the car, he quickly got out and opened the door for me before I could even unbuckle my seatbelt.

"Thank you," I said as I stepped out.  I adjusted my coat and purse while Soon Jae closed the door behind me.  I sighed then turned to face Soon Jae who was watching a car that just entered and was about to park closer to the hotel.  His eyes looked so... sad.  But at the same time, he looked super mad.  Like, he would've attacked the person in the car if he could.  I was about to tap on his shoulder or clear my throat to get his attention but my phone started ringing.  I pulled it out and saw it was a call from Oppa.

Yeoboseyo?

Oh, Ti Hyun-ah, eodiya (Where are you)?

I'm at the hotel with Soon Jae, why?

Can you tell Mom and Appa that I'm gonna be late?  There's a lot of traffic right now.

Oh, sure.  Did Eonni get home safe?

Yah, you punk.  Of course she did.  I drove her home.

Yeah I know you did.  That's why I'm asking.

Aish...  You're so much like Mom.

And you're so much like Appa.

Of course I am.  Appa and I are the most handsome, amazing men in the whole entire world.

...

Wae?  Speechless?

Aish... I'm hanging up.

I heard Oppa chuckling as I quickly ended the call.  Ugh, what a useless brother I have.  I turned to look at Soon Jae who was looking at me with an amused smile.

"W-What," I asked.  I'm not used to seeing him without an annoyed or cold expression.  It's weird.

"It's nothing," he answered while shaking his head.  He sighed and took one last glance at the car from earlier before turning back to look at me.  He extended a hand to me like earlier.  "Let's go."

I grinned slightly then put my hand on top of his.  He smiled then closed his hand around mine, tightly.  We started walking towards the hotel, hand in hand.  I looked up at Soon Jae who had a small grin.  Without me even realizing it, I started smiling, too.  As we got closer to the entrance, the sound of cameras and reporters got louder and louder. 

"Look it's them!"

"We're here at the entrance of XXX Hotel where the engaged couple has just arrived."

"It's Lee Soon Jae and Kim Ti Hyun!"

"They look amazing together!"

Soon Jae and I stopped by the red carpet leading to the entrance and waved to the cameras and reporters.  I gave them polite smiles while Soon Jae just looked at them with a straight face and waved a bit.  Soon Jae then extended his arm to me and I smiled while linking our arms.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not enjoying this.  It's because there are reporters and cameras here and we have to look like we're happy and like we weren't forced into this.  Even though we were.  We started walking down the red carpet to the open glass doors with our arms linked and reporters crowding around us.  Thankfully, the security guards stopped them from following us inside.  Though, I'm pretty sure some of them will be allowed in later after all of the guests have arrived. As soon as we got inside, a certain guest approached us.

"Oppa," shouted Dae Yeom, running to Soon Jae's side.  Does she not get it?  Like, he's engaged! How desperate can she get?  I watched as Dae Yeom started rambling about random stuff as she latched onto Soon Jae's arm.  I really wish I could tell her to back off right now.  Who does she think she is?  Soon Jae is my fiancé, she can't just hold onto him like that!  And why is she calling him 'Oppa'?  He's not her oppa.  He's mi-

Wait.

Ha... haha... I'm not jealous.

And Soon Jae is most definitely not mine.

Heh.

"Oppa, come with me.  My parents want to meet you," said Dae Yeom tugging on Soon Jae's arm.  He sighed before removing his arm from mine.  For a second, I actually thought he was gonna go with Dae Yeom.

Until he pushed her away and started walking towards the guests.

I held in my smile as Dae Yeom watched with a shocked expression.  Then she stomped on the ground so hard I thought she was gonna break her heel and fall backwards.  She was about to follow Soon Jae until she noticed me.  

"This is all your fault," she said in a menacingly low tone as she stepped closer to me.  I started getting nervous as she continued to get closer, making me walk backwards until I was up against the wall.  "Soon Jae is mine.  Got it?  I won't allow you to steal him just like you did with others."

"What are you talking," I asked.  Seriously, I have no idea what she's talking about.  What others? Is she okay?  Did she hit her head?  Is she confusing me with someone else?  Dae Yeom glared at me and clenched her fists.

"Don't act like you don't know.  Don't act like you're innocent.  Because you're not," she shouted.  I gulped nervously and glanced at the ballroom that was now silent due to Dae Yeom's sudden outburst.  I heard footsteps and saw Dae Yeom being pulled away from me.  I watched as she struggled in that person's grip while being pulled away.  I felt a hand on my shoulder and looked up to see Seok Min.

"You alright," he asked.  I nodded and turned to face him.  I let out a long breath to calm myself.  That was... a little frightening.  I looked up at Seok Min and saw a glint of sadness in his eyes.

"And you?  You seem a little... upset," I replied.  Seok Min sighed and forced a smile.

"I'm fine.  As long you're okay, so am I," he answered.  I felt my cheeks burning up at his answer.  When did he get so flirty?  I smiled softly at him before looking over my shoulder where Dae Yeom was talking to Soon Jae.  Wait.  When did he get there?  Wait... Was he the one that pulled her away from me?  I watched as Dae Yeom continued talking.  She looked furious.  Soon Jae, on the other hand, looked like he would rather jump off a clip than listen to her.  

"We should go greet your parents and in-laws," suggested Seok Min, pulling my attention away from Soon Jae and Dae Yeom.

"Yeah, but I should wait for Soon Jae so we can greet them together.  After all, we're engaged and this is our engagement party," I said, politely declining his offer.  Seok Min looked a little sad when I mentioned that Soon Jae and I are engaged.  I don't really understand why though.  I mean, it's not like he didn't know.  Besides, I already apologized earlier for not telling him sooner even though it wasn't really my fault.  I barely found out about it the day he got back from Daegu.

"Well then, I guess I'll just go and join the others," said Seok Min as he started backing away from me.  "I'll see you later."

I nodded in reply and watched as he turned around and started walking towards three guys whom I'm guessing are Woo Young, Min Hyuk, and Jae Yeol.  I couldn't really tell since their backs are facing me but I'm almost certain it's them.  The four of them have been best friends for a long time.  They always go everywhere together.  Like me, Ryu Maeil, Nae Jin, and Min Yu.  After Seok Min got to the guys, I turned around so that I could get a clear view of Dae Yeom and Soon Jae.  Unfortunately, I saw something that I don't think I was supposed to see.

I saw them kissing.

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