The next morning you went to meet Zico at the nearby bakery café. You ordered two caramel frappachinos and waited at a table. You took a sip of your drink and glanced outside for any sign of your boyfriend. *Is there traffic? He should hurry up before the whipped cream melts.* You took out your phone and surfed on the internet for a few minutes.
Suddenly a hand covered your eyes and you stopped what you were doing. “Guess who?” A smooth voice asked.
“Zico oppa.” You guessed. “Pfft. You guess too quickly.” He withdrew his hand.
You turned around and looked up at him. “Ta-da!” Zico held out two tiny panda plushies. One was wearing a baseball cap and the other was wearing a tiara. “This is you,” He pointed to the one wearing a tiara. “And this is me.” He pointed to the one with the baseball cap. “Here.” Zico held out his panda self. “Hug him when you miss me. I’ll pretend this is you and hug it when I miss you.”
You thought his idea was sweet and creative. *Who knew Zico had this side to him?* You accepted the bear with a smile, “Thank you, oppa. Here. This is for you.” You gave him a frap.
“How did you know this is my favorite drink?” Zico took a sip. “It is?!” Your eyes shined. “Now it is since you bought it for me.” Zico grinned. *Cheesy.* You smiled.
“Ready to have fun?” Zico held out his hand. You took it without hesitance this time and got up, “Where are we going today?” “I have it all planned out, panda baby. Just trust your oppa.” Zico gave you a wink and led you out the door.
You and Zico ended up at bowling. “Do you know how to bowl?” He asked as he tied his bowling shoes on. “Yeah, I’ve gone a couple times with the oppas.” You tightened your laces and stood up. “Loser buys lunch.” Zico cleared the scoreboard. “Deal.” You shrugged. “Ladies first.” He courteously bowed. “How about losers first?” You joked. “Ohhh. So that’s how you want to play, huh?” Zico tickled your stomach and you giggled.
“Go first.” Zico smiled. You took the ball and walked towards the front. You took a deep breath and threw the ball. It landed in the gutter and you made a face. “Aww, nice try, babe.” Zico took his ball and with a flick of his wrist the ball rolled down and made a strike. He smirked and you stuck your tongue out, “That was lucky.” “Yeah, I hope you get luck, too, then.” Zico laughed.
You picked up your ball. This time you focused on the pins and aimed. The ball knocked down several pins and you squealed with joy. “Awesome.” Zico held out his hand and you slapped him a hi-five. The game continued and you had a lot of fun with Zico. He was pretty competitive but his funny remarks made up for it. By the end of the game, he was obviously winning.
“You don’t let a girl win, do you?” You pouted. “Do you want me to show you pity?” Zico smirked.
“No thanks.” You dryly said. “Instead, I’ll pay for lunch. My treat for winning.” He took your hand and kissed your nose. You blushed but didn’t mind the unexpected pecks anymore.
You and Zico ate pizza and then roamed around the busy city swining hands. You pointed out fascinating things and laughed. Zico smiled and laughed whenever you did. Zico pulled you over to a table with delightful hair bows and pins. He picked up a pink hair bow and put it to your hair. He picked up a sky blue one and put it to your hair also. “What are you doing, oppa?” You curiously asked.
Zico looked at the worker, “Ahjumma, which one looks better on my girlfriend?”
“Both. Your girlfriend is very beautiful and would match any hair accessories.” She complimented.
“Then do I have to buy this whole table?” Zico blinked.
“Oppa!” You lightly slapped his arm.
Zico smiled and held out the bows, “I’ll take both.” He paid for them and handed you the hair accessories. “You didn’t have to buy anything for me.” You softly spoke. “I wanted to. They looked adorable on you.” Zico softly touched your hair. “Thank you. I’ll wear them well.” You sincerely said. He put his arm around you and led you away.
The two of you took a break from walking and sat on one of the steps at Chunggaecheon Stream Park. You and Zico laughed while conversing about school and other things. You sipped on your strawberry smoothie and glanced around. Many couples were cuddling and talking. A question suddenly popped into your mind. You turned to Zico, “Oppa?” He looked at you.
“Why did you ask me to be your girlfriend?” You asked. Zico blinked then chuckled a bit, “Uhh…cause I like you?”
“Duh.” You rolled your eyes but turned serious, “But why? Why do you like me?” “
Shouldn’t that be obvious?” Zico curled a loose strand of your hair behind your ear. You shook your head, “Not really…” You looked down at the streaming water, “You were right. I never had a boyfriend before. No guy has ever liked me before. So it’s hard to know why any guy would…”
Zico tilted your chin up and you gazed at him. “Maybe guys do like you but they can never tell you why they like you because there are so many loveable things about you.” You turned a pleasant shade of pink. “For me…I like your spirit. You’re not girly like other girls yet you don’t try too hard to be independent.” Zico said. You softened. His eyes fell on your eyes and he gently stroked the area below your eye, “And you’ve got killer dark circles, you know that?”
You self-consciously ducked under his touch, “Don’t joke about them! They’re my complex!”
“I wasn’t joking. They’re…hot.” Zico smirked. You gave him a look, “How can dark circles be hot? You’re just poking fun at me-“
Zico cupped his hand around your neck and yanked you close to his face. You gasped at the proximity. Zico searched your face and a small smirk appeared on his face, “Trust me. I’m not joking.” Then he leaned in and pressed his lips against yours. *Our second kiss.* You thought as you uncertainly kissed him back.
Zico asked you to go to the hip hop club with him but you politely declined. Yongguk wouldn’t be happy if you came home late. You arrived at home while holding the male panda doll in your arms. “I’m home!” You called.
You heard someone coming down the stairs and expected Yongguk or Youngjae to be interrogating you. But you froze at the sight of Daehyun. Neither of you knew how to greet each other. He saw the new doll in your arm *She must have been out with Zico.*
“H-Hi, oppa.” You tried to not let your voice waver but you couldn’t help it. Daehyun avoided your eyes and walked away. With a sigh you went upstairs. You shut your door and sank onto the bed. You lay on your back and held the panda doll up. *I had fun with Zico oppa today and he’s such a sweet guy but…everyime I see Daehyun oppa, my feelings get mixed up. It’s like he sucks the happiness out of me. Why do you have this kind of effect on me, Jung Daehyun? I shouldn’t be feeling this way but I feel guilty for being with my own boyfriend.*
You closed your eyes and hugged the doll, trying to think of the kiss with Zico at the park.
But all you could think of was Daehyun’s disappointed face.
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