Your Warmth

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?


6. Six

Min Yu's P.O.V.

"I'm home," I announced as I stepped inside the apartment, closing the door behind me. I took off my sneakers before slipping into my pastel blue slippers. "Eomma? Are you here?"

I put my backpack in one of the four chairs surrounding the circular glass dining table before walking towards Eomma's room, stopping by the kitchen on the way there. I opened the door to her bedroom and peaked inside. I sighed when I saw that she wasn't in there. She must be working over-time again. I went over to my room and changed into comfortable clothes before sitting down on my bed to rest. I groaned after about five minutes of checking social media on my phone.

"So bored," I mumbled as I stretched. "There's nothing to do. Not even homework." I sighed before getting up and lazily dragging my feet to the kitchen to look for a snack. I opened the fridge which turned out to be empty. I sighed again before going to the living room and letting my body sink into the couch cushions.

"I could go to the park. Or maybe the cafe," I thought out loud. "But then I'll have to change." I looked down at my outfit and thought for a second before deciding it was decent enough. I got up and went to my room to grab a cardigan before getting my wallet and keys from my backpack. I slipped on my black vans and left, locking the door behind me.

As I was walking, I thought about what happened today during break. I had no idea the guys have known Cheol An, Seung Wook, Soon Jae, and Jin Hyun since they were young. They even met them before they met us. And why was Soon Jae so mad with Ti Hyun when she stood next to Seok Min? And then announce their engagement to everyone? When Ti Hyun told us about it, she said their parents told them to keep it a secret for now so why would he do that? And then there's Seung Wook and Nae Jin, too. I still can't believe the most popular flirt in school was sneaking glances at my best friend the whole day... I can't even come up with one idea why. Oh, and I can't forget about Ryu Maeil and Cheol An. How did that even happen? Like seriously, a bully and my best friend? That's just--

"Ouch," I mumbled as I rubbed my nose that was now aching from bumping into a... pole? Or was it a wall? I mean, it was certainly as hard as one. I opened my eyes only to find myself facing something white.

"Are you done?" I looked up only to be face to face with Kim Jin Hyun. You have got to be kidding me? Again? I cleared my throat and rolled my eyes before stepping back and bowing ever so slightly in apology. I moved to take a step to the side and walk around him to get to the cafe.

"Stop right there." I sighed as I stopped. Are you serious? I've only gotten like three steps away. I turned around to face Jin Hyun.

"Can I help you," I asked as I crossed my arms over my chest and leaned my weight onto my right leg.

"No. But you do owe me something," he answered as he turned around to face me with a slight grin. 

"Um, what?" There is no way I could ever owe a guy like him. Jin Hyun approached me then put both hands on my shoulders, turning me around. Before I could say anything about it, he put his arm around me then pulled me with him as he started walking.

"Where are we going," I asked. I sighed as I looked up to see his emotionless face once again. I guess I'll just have to wait. As we walked, I looked down at my feet and the sidewalk in front of us. After a while, I got used to the feeling of his arm on my shoulders. It was actually a little comfortable. We were about to turn when I felt my phone ringing in pocket.

"Wait a second," I muttered as I slowed to a stop. To my surprise, he heard me and stopped, letting me take out my phone and look at the caller ID. Jae Yeol? Why is he calling me? I felt Jin Hyun stiffen next to me and heard him clear his throat.

"Aren't you gonna answer," he asked. My finger hovered over the screen as I debated whether or not I should answer the call. Wait, why am I even hesitating? If this happened yesterday, I would have answered the call immediately.

"I... uh..." Before I could make my decision, I heard Jin Hyun 'tsk' before he pulled my phone out of my grip. "Wha- Hey, what are you-" I was cut off by him as he answered the call and I felt my stomach clench. This won't end well...


Hello? Who is this?

I think you know.

Jin Hyun? Why do you have Min Yu's phone? Where is she?

Woah there. Chill. I'm not a kidnapper. Your beloved Min Yu is right here next to me. Would you like me to relay a message?

*Scoff* Sure, tell her that I look forward to having dinner with her and her mom tonight. 

Whoops, sorry. What was that? I couldn't hear you? Oh? You can't make it to dinner tonight? Okay, I'll let her know. Okay, great. Bye.

Jin Hyun quickly ended the call then muted MY phone and then put it in HIS pocket.

"What are you doing," I asked, watching him as he started walking again, dragging me along with him. "And what did Jae Yeol say?" I groaned in irritation and rolled my eyes when Jin Hyun ignore me once again. I swear, this guy is so arrogant. I sighed and continued to do what I've been doing:  staring at the ground while being dragged to who knows where. I started hearing the familiar sounds of the busy street filled with food stalls. The one that Eomma and I would always walk to at night for celebrations, cravings, and when we were just plain lazy. Thinking about our memories here made me smile subconsciously. To my surprise, the smile didn't go unnoticed by Jin Hyun.

"Stop that. You look creepy," he muttered. The smile disappeared and was replaced by a grimace. When he wasn't looking, I stuck my tongue out at him. He's so arrogant. And rude, and mean, and just plain annoying. 

As we walked down the street, I couldn't help but to look around at all of the stalls and the food. Smelling all the food made me realize how hungry I've been since I got home. I didn't eat lunch, like always, because I was planning to eat once I got home. But then, of course, the fridge was empty and I ended up here. With this jerk. 

"Are you hungry," he asked which surprised me a little. I nodded my head in response, guessing he could see since he apparently can see everything I do. I felt his arm being lifted from my shoulders and looked up on time to see him grab my wrist and pull me to a dalgkkochi (Spicy Grilled Chicken Skewer) stand. Before he could order I grabbed his arm to stop him. He turned around to look at me with a confused expression and I completely forgot what I was going to say. I think it's the first time I've ever seen him not emotionless or cold. "What?"

I snapped out of my dazed trance and tried to figure out a way to say this without embarrassing myself. "I, uh, I can't eat anything spicy," I said quietly while looking down at my shoes in embarrassment. I felt Jin Hyun's gaze on me and felt my cheeks warm up.  I glanced up to see Jin Hyun with a surprised expression before he started laughing a little.

"Are you laughing at me," I asked with a smile as I tried not to laugh, too. It was my first time seeing him not so... cold. It was honestly refreshing.  He looked like an innocent little boy for a bit.  Jin Hyun shook his head and then he was back to his emotionless face.  He looked down at me and sighed while shaking his head.  But, I definitely noticed his small grin. 

"Come on," he said softly before pulling me to another stand. This time, it was a hyeli gamja (Tornado Potato) stand.  "Two please."

I watched as the lady working the stand handed two sticks with potatoes twisted around them to Jin Hyun who then gave them to me.  

"That'll be 5,500₩."  I was about to ask Jin Hyun to take one of the sticks so that I could pay for my own but before I could say anything, he already pulled out his wallet and paid for us both.

"Thank you," we both said with a short bow before walking away.  As we walked, I gave Jin Hyun one of the potato tornado sticks and he took it without saying anything.  We continued to walk silently while eating.  Jin Hyun's arm wasn't around my shoulders anymore and honestly, I missed it.  I didn't even realize how cold it was until now.  

"So... Where are we going," I asked.  I looked up at Jin Hyun who was on his phone and to my surprise, he actually answered this time.

"Do you have any dresses at home for a semi-formal occasion," he asked, putting his phone in his pocket. Not exactly the answer I was hoping for.

"A few. Why?" I answered. I looked up at Jin Hyun who smirked instead of answering. Why do I have a bad feeling about this?  He suddenly stopped and took my now empty stick and went to through away our trash.  When he came back, he seemed to be thinking about something.  When he seemed to come up with an idea, he faced me with a playful smirk.

"Let's have some fun today, Lee Min Yu."  I stared in confusion before being pulled down the street, past a park, and after another block, we finally stopped.

"Um, where are we," I asked, stopping in front of the locked gate of a huge house.  Actually, not house.  Mansion.

"My house," he answered calmly.  I, on the other hand, started to panic. 

"WHAT?" I shouted.  Jin Hyun's eyes widened at my sudden outburst before he covered my mouth with one hand and held the back of my neck with the other. 

"Yah, do you want to disturb the whole neighborhood," he asked.  I glared at him which made him chuckle.

"You're gonna get wrinkles if you keep doing that," he said before releasing his grip on me.  Ignoring his comment, I continued to glare.  But, I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little worried about getting wrinkles.  "You see the smaller garage door over there?"

I looked over to where Jin Hyun was pointing and nodded.  "When I open the gate, go over there and wait for me."

"Why," I asked.  Jin Hyun groaned and glared at me.

"Do you always need a reason for everything you do?"  I opened my mouth to retaliate but I couldn't.  He was right.  I only do things that I'm asked of or if there is a legitimate reason to why I should do it.  I closed my mouth and glared at him.  Jin Hyun smirked at my defeated expression before turning back to the gate.  He pulled his keys out of his pocket and unlocked the gate then grabbed my wrist and pulled me behind a couple of bushes. 

"Why are we hiding," I asked as we crouched down behind the bushes.  Jin Hyun peaked over them, looking for... uh.  I don't know but he was looking over them. He turned back to me and sat down on the grass.

"Okay, there are security cameras and if we're not careful we're gonna caught-"

"Wait," I interrupted. "I thought this was YOUR house." I glared at him as he sighed and rolled his eyes.

"It IS. I'm not supposed to be home right now which why we need to sneak around so I don't get caught," he answered.

"Oh," I muttered in response.

"Anyway, like I was saying, keep going down this path here behind the bushes and then hide behind that tree. I'm gonna sneak in and then get my bike. When I'm in my room, I'll open that window there," Jin Hyun paused point at a rectangular window on the floor right above the mini garage I was supposed to wait at. "Then get out from behind the tree and wait for me."

"I thought you wanted me to wait by the garage," I said earning yet another sigh and eye roll. 

"I did until I remembered there's a camera right above it," he said with a slightly irritated tone. I nodded in response since talking would probably irritate him even more. 

"Okay, stick to the plan," said Jin Hyun before he darted out from our hiding spot and ran straight towards the front door. 

"How extra can this guy get?" I mumbled as I watched him go up flat against the wall and slowly sneak towards another door closer to the garage and his room. I sighed before crawling towards the tree he told me to hide behind. When I got there, I waited for the signal like he said. How long is this gonna take? I reached into my back-pocket to grab my phone and gasped when I didn't feel anything there.  Did I drop it somewhere?  I started thinking back about the last time I had my phone.  Oh, that's right.  The jerk has it.  I groaned and leaned against the tree with my arms crossed over my chest.  Now I have no idea what time it is and if Eomma or anyone else has been trying to contact me.  I glanced over my shoulder at the window that still wasn't open yet.  After a while, it finally opened and I got out from my hiding spot.  Right after that I saw the garage door open with Jin Hyun coming out pulling a motorcycle with him. 



I thought he said he was getting his bike!!!

Jin Hyun started the engine and put on his helmet, not forgetting to smirk at me before he did.  I rolled my eyes and crossed my arms at his actions.  How is Seung Wook the flirt and not this guy?  He pulled another helmet off from a hook by the door then went over to me.

"Get on," he ordered as he held out the helmet to me. 

"Um..."  I muttered as I hesitated to accept it.  I might actually die if I get on this thing with this guy.  Jin Hyun sighed then grabbed my hand and put the helmet on my palm.

"I've never gotten in an accident, so you don't need to look so scared."  I pursed my lips and looked at Jin Hyun skeptically.  I sighed before putting on the helmet.  I could feel my heartbeat increasing rapidly as I sat down behind Jin Hyun.  My stomach felt like it was gonna explode.  It was like going on a rollercoaster.  "Hold on tight."

I lifted my hands to put them on Jin Hyun's shoulders but then I remembered who he is.  From what I've heard, he hates any form of physical contact.  I put my hands down and was about to hold onto the rim of the seat instead when I felt his hands hold my wrists and pull them around his torso.  I wanted to say something but I was completely and utterly speechless.  What would I even say?  My heart was pounding at this point.  I'm pretty sure it's gonna jump out at any moment.  Jin Hyun distracted me from my thoughts as he started driving.  Going through the neighborhood was fine but as soon as we got onto the busy streets of Seoul, I literally thought I was gonna die.  I was holding my left wrist with my right hand and squeezed it tightly.  I heard Jin Hyun chuckling and I looked up at him.

"What's so funny," I asked.  He shook his head then put his left hand on top of mine.

"Stop shaking.  Who would've thought you were scared of motorcycles," said Jin Hyun with a smirk.  I glared at him and pulled my right hand back to hit his shoulder which only made him laugh more.  I shook my head but also smiled a little.  Just a little.  The smile was gone as quickly as it came as Jin Hyun started moving forward.  I wrapped my arms around his waist again, hoping I wouldn't fall off.  After a while, I started getting comfortable and relaxed.

"How do you feel about going to Busan for a little," asked Jin Hyun as he turned a corner towards the cafe.  I still can't believe my decision to go to that same cafe is how I ended up where I am now.

"But isn't that like a three hour drive," I shouted over the loud engine.  Jin Hyun didn't answer as he turned into the parking lot.  After turning off the engine, we both got off.  I took off my helmet and handed it to him.

"Yup," he answered.  "But, the place I was planning to take you with me is on the way back so the latest we'll be back is around 10."

Hm...  Should I...?  I mean, there's nothing to do.  And usually when Eomma works over-time she doesn't get back until midnight.  Wait.  What am I thinking?  Why would I go with Jin Hyun?  But, I kinda wanna go.  I've never been to Busan.  I really hope I don't regret this later.

"Sure, why not."

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