"Hi, my name is Kim Sunggyu."
Week two of Howon’s proposal. You had a week left before you had to tell him your decision. Surprisingly, the two of you haven’t been in any huge arguments since the time you bought him medicine. Rather, the both of you helped each other once in a while. You two were practicing when the door creaked open. JungYeop popped in his head.
“I have someone I want to introduce to ~~~.” He announced. “Howon already knows him.”
He stepped inside to let the other male enter. His hair was dyed light brown and his hair was styled neatly. He was around Howon’s height and had this leader-like aura surrounding him. Next to Howon and Sungyeol, he was one of the handsomest men you’ve ever seen. The clothes seemed to fit him and his image perfectly. His eyes turned into crescents when he smiled and introduced himself.
“Hi, my name is Kim Sunggyu.” He bowed.
“~~~ i-imnida.” You stuttered, bowing.
He flashed you a dazzling smile that caused butterflies in your stomach.
“I wanted the both of you to get to know each other more because I was thinking of Sunggyu and ~~~ doing a duet before her debut. Howon is going to debut first and then we’ll slowly reveal ~~~ to the public. While ~~~ and Sunggyu get to know each other, Howon will be doing some photoshoots. Tomorrow, the two of you will have the day off.”
You and Sunggyu nodded. The CEO and Sunggyu had to leave. Sunggyu did a cute salute to you.
“See you tomorrow.” He smiled.
You only managed a nod.
“He’s not that handsome.” Howon teased.
“S-shut up, I wasn’t thinking that.” You blushed.
“Sure,” He said, laughing. “Let’s just finish practice.”
You practiced with Howon with flushed cheeks. Sure, Sunggyu was handsome, but you had your mind on someone else at the moment. Practice flew by since you had so much on your mind. Howon bade you good-bye and left to Haemi’s room. You left.
“Listen, Howon.” Haemi said, applying make-up on her face. “You shouldn’t visit me so much.”
“Why?” He asked. “I care for you.”
She patted powder on her face and thought for a while. “And I do too… but I think it’s best if you don’t.”
“Why not?” He asked, fear evident on his face.
“It’s just… not going to work out.” She said. “For now anyways. You’re busy and I’m busy.”
“I’ll make time!” He said.
“Howon, just, not now. Ok?” She said.
“A-alright.” He gathered his stuff. “I-I’ll see you tomorrow.”
She nodded and applied lip gloss on. You scurried away from your hiding place and hid in the shadows. You saw Howon walk past and you could’ve sworn his eyes were glistening with tears. One made its way to the ground and he hastily wiped it away. He stopped right next to you and leaned onto the wall. Your heart stopped and you didn’t dare breath. He slid down the wall, sat down, and buried his face in his hands.
“Why can’t you see how much I care for you?” He whispered.
If he reached out his hand, he would’ve touched you. You slowly slid away from him and waited for him to leave. You were about to get up, but Haemi walked out. She didn’t even see Howon sitting and being miserable since she was too busy texting on her phone. Howon didn’t make any move to get up, so you slowly got up. He brought his head up and you flinched. He looked around and squinted in your direction. You thanked your habit of wearing black during practice (like Myungsoo) and stayed completely still. Howon reached out and you almost let out a squeak. You pressed your body as close as you could to the wall. His hand retreated and he continued sitting there. You decided to take a nap while waiting for Howon to leave.
You woke up, sore and tired. You looked around and noticed you were in the hallway. Your eyes shot open. Your body ached. You got up quickly and your head started spinning. Howon stirred awake.
“H-huh?” He looked around confused.
His face was so adorable at that moment, you wanted to pinch his cheeks – if you weren’t feeling like dying at the moment. You were freezing and began to shiver.
“What are you – are you ok?” He was wide awake now.
You swayed a bit. The exhaustion from practice was finally kicking in and sleeping in the cold hallway during January didn’t help your condition. He caught you. Your eyes were closed and your normally pale cheeks were light pink. He felt your forehead.
“She has a fever!” He shouted to no one in particular.
He didn’t know what to do: call the CEO, leave you there – no, that was too mean, or take you to your house. None of those were options he was willing to take. He whipped out his cellphone and dialed the first number that came into mind.
“Gyu hyung.” He said. “~~~ passed out. She has a high fever. Come quickly!”
Sunggyu was there in an instant. He didn’t know why he was so worried. He had this urge to take care of you for some odd reason. It felt as if a piece of him was missing and that he was hurting as well. Howon insisted on carrying you to Sunggyu’s house, which wasn’t, in any means, close. Sunggyu would’ve offered to drive the three of you, but he came on his bicycle. He couldn’t find his car keys in time, so he grabbed the first type of transportation he saw, which happened to be his bike from a few years back. Howon told Sunggyu to go home first and get everything for you while he carried you there. Sunggyu was reluctant, but left anyway. Howon began the long trek to Sunggyu’s house. A grueling hour later, he arrived, hot and tired. It wasn’t that you were heavy; it was because he wasn’t working out as much and the fact that every time he reached a light, it happened to turn red. Sunggyu was impatiently pacing back and forth. Howon laid you down and the two men worked on treating you. Sunggyu called JungYeop.
“Yeah, she’s having a very high fever and Howon’s here. Ok. Yeah, I’ll tell him. Bye.” Sunggyu turned to Howon. “You have to go.”
For some odd reason, he didn’t want to. He felt it was his responsibility to take care of you. But then the thought of seeing Haemi had him up in an instant.
“Are you going?”
Sunggyu shook his head. “I was supposed to be with her today to get to know her better. I guess this will suffice. You, on the other hand, have preparations to be done for your debut.”
“I’ll take you in my car.” Sunggyu got up and went to get his keys.
Howon followed in suit. Sunggyu came back from driving Howon and you were still asleep. He set down the porridge he picked up on the way back. At around twelve, he woke you up to have medicine and eat.
“~~~-ssi, wake up.” He gently shook you.
Your eyes slowly fluttered open. Sunggyu’s heart stopped for one second. You were so beautiful when you woke up.
“Where am I?” You asked, still a bit groggy.
“My house.” He replied. “You sort of passed out because of your fever. Have lunch and drink your medicine.”
You felt a lot of gratitude towards Sunggyu. He was handsome, kind, and caring. He even bought you food and medicine because you were sick. Now this was the type of man you’d want to be in a relationship with. At the end of the day, while in Sunggyu’s car, you decided to thank him.
“Thank you for everything.” You said. “Feeding me, taking care of me, and bringing me to your house when I fainted.”
“No problem.” He smiled at you. “But, I can’t take all the credit.”
You were confused.
“Howon carried you all the way to my house.” He replied. “It wasn’t an easy task, seeing as my house is a ten minute drive from the company while all he had was his legs. You should thank him.”
You were shocked. Howon brought you to Sunggyu’s house?
“I-I will. Thanks for today. I’m sorry we couldn’t hang out Sunggyu oppa.” You bowed.
He chuckled. “It’s fine and no need to be formal; we already established a friendly relationship today.”
You nodded and went into your house. You showered and lay on your bed. What Sunggyu said wouldn’t leave your mind.
“It wasn’t an easy task, seeing as my house is a ten minute drive from the company while all he has was his legs. You should thank him.”
“You should thank him.”
“You should thank him.”
You thought hard. You will make sure to thank him tomorrow.
Maybe he isn’t that bad after all…
Sunggyu has made his first, and not last, appearance! Hooray for Grandpa Gyu! :D
Haemi doesn't deserve Howon D; Howon's slowly opening up towards you! (:
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