Chapter 1: “The End is Actually the Beginning”
“CUT!” says the director marking the end of the taping, the end of their run as a virtual couple. “Sugohasyeotsseumnida (Thank you for your hard work),” Both Wooyoung and Seyoung are bowing to all the staff and crew present on their last taping day, expressing their appreciation and thankfulness. They looked at each other, still somehow unsure about what just happened; that it really was the last day.
As everyone starts to pack up for the day Wooyoung asked Seyoung while looking at her intently in the eyes, “Are you going straight to the Glorious Day filming location?”
“I’ll be heading home; I don’t have any scene to shoot today. Why?” asked Seyoung. Although she already has an idea about what he’s gonna say next, she still can’t believe he remembered.
“I have something to say; well more on something to ask you. You did say on your birthday to ask you again after we filmed the last episode. Did you perhaps change your mind?” Wooyoung replied, a mixture of feelings reflecting in his eyes – uncertainty, expectant, hopeful.
“Kure; let’s have that talk. Where do you want to have it?” she answered after a minute of thinking. She finally made up her mind. She’s finally sure that he meant everything he said on her birthday.
“I know you’re gonna say it’s cheesy but, can we have it at Han River? Let’s convoy; is that okay with you?” he said, using the tone and aegyo that she can never say no to.
“Alright, Han River it is then. See you later, Wooyoung-ah.” She’s trying really hard to sound normal and not excited worried that the crew might catch up with the two of them.
“See you later, Park Seyoung-ie.” He smiled her favorite smile, that warm smile that she knows he only shows her.
They waved goodbye to each other and to all the staff and crew that’s heading out, their work for the day done. She giddily made her way to where her car was parked, feeling all teenager-y all of a sudden. As she makes her way out of the parking lot, her thoughts went back to what happened on her birthday…
They finished shooting an episode – her birthday episode. He went above and beyond and she was really happy. Sure it was sort of scripted but still, the idea is very touching and though most people have no idea of her personality, she really likes small touching events. While everybody packs up for the day, Wooyoung approached her. She thought he already left, he has a packed schedule lately; their comeback is just around the corner and JYPE has their One Mic event. He’s smiling her favorite smile though she noticed that there’s something about him, like he’s anxious and nervous at the same time.
“You thought I left, right?” He asked her, as if he read what’s on her mind.
“Actually, I thought you did. You said you had a schedule in 3 hours.”
“I do, but I wanted to give you something. There’s also something I wanna ask you.”
“Give something to me? Aside from what you’ve already given, there’s still more?”
“You know that’s mostly just the script. That’s not entirely me. I wanted to give you something that is my idea and not someone else’s.” He took out a blue box from his backpack; it has blue ribbons like the puzzle he gave him on the show. “I know it’s not much, but I do hope that you’ll like it.” He said as he handed his gift.
“Wooyoung-ah I… I don’t know what to say. I mean… Thank you..” she was having a hard time to find the right words to say because she was taken by surprise. At the back of her head she’s thinking, by chance, does this mean something more? “Can I open it?” she asked after she has collected her thoughts.
“Of course you can and you are welcome.” She can see that expectant look in his eyes and she can’t help but be more excited than she already is.
Inside the box is a bracelet like watch with different charms on it. It’s easily the loveliest gift she has ever received in a long while and she can tell that he gave much thought into it specially after taking a good look at the charms attached to it.
“It’s beautiful! Thank you so much!” She said as she takes out the watch from the box. Only then did she notice the piece of paper folded carefully to resemble the shape of a heart. She should have seen it coming. She’s been feeling something has change about him lately, with the way he sends her messages, the late night calls. She just doesn’t want to face it yet because she’s afraid of the consequences, but she can feel it, she is after all Park Seyoung, perceptive Park Seyoung.
She decided to crack a joke out of it and said, “What’s this? Another song? Did you want to do a duet again without asking me if I want to?”
“No, it’s not, just read it. Quickly before I have a breakdown!” Wooyoung insisted, she can see that he’s looking more nervous by the minute and she finds it adorable.
“Arasso, I’ll read it. Silently?” she asked him and he gave a weak nod. Somehow the content of the note is something she has been expecting, something that made her anxious and happy at the same time.
I know you’ve noticed that I am changing, that the way I’m feeling for you is not as simple as it used to be. Please believe me that I’ve put a lot of thought into this; I thought of all the possibility, what could and would happen if and when I decide to cross our virtual reality. And the answer that I came up with is: I want you; I want us to be a reality. I don’t care if it’s gonna be difficult, you are worth it. Seyoung-ah, Park Seyoung-ie, joahe. Chongmal joahe, michigetda. Will you be mine?
Keeping it real,
She read the note four more times before the content actually sink in. Did he really write those words? Even if she’s seeing it with her own eyes she still can’t believe it.
“Wooyoung-ah, I… I…” She doesn’t have any idea how to react. She’s avoiding his eyes though, for him not to get a read of what she really feels.
“I mean every single word in there, really. I hope you feel the same.” Wooyoung said while trying to catch her eyes.
As she avoids locking gaze with him, she said, “I really do not know what to say, I appreciate your feelings, but I just do not have the words right now. I feel like you could be just confused about our situation. Daeume, once we shoot our last episode together, if you still feel the same, ask me again.”
“Okay, I’m not really in a hurry to have your answer. I just want to let you know how I really feel, that I’m not just following anything anymore, that it’s really all me now. I’m going, I’ll see you next shoot.” Says Wooyoung, obviously downhearted but trying to smile.
“I’ll see you next shoot. Wooyoung-ah, you’re not being dumped okay, I just want us to think about this some more.” She couldn’t help but say because of what’s written in his face.
“Arah, don’t worry. Just please, keep what I said in mind. Annyeong!” he said and walked away.
“Annyeong! And yeah, I’ll keep it in mind.” She said as she watched him walk away.
“Ka-talk.” The message alert called her attention back to the present. The message came from Wooyoung. It reads:
“Seyoung-ah, drive safely. I’ll see you soon. Remember what I told you, I mean every single word. Our last shoot is not the end, it’s the beginning. Saranghae.”
She can’t help but smile after reading his message. Yes, it’s not the end, it’s the beginning. And she’s driving excitedly towards her happiness.