Jungah left the kitchen.
P.O. whizzed past her with seven boxes of pizza.
Zico shut the door and held out his hand, “Pay up! My wallet is getting thin because of all of you!”
“Ask the birthday girl to pay.” Jaehyo walked past her.
“Seriously. Why did you invite him to MY birthday party?” Jungah asked.
Taeil chuckled, “Don’t say that, Jungah. All the funds for the party decorations came from him.”
She stared at Jaehyo, “From the jerk? Really?” He grabbed a balloon and popped it on purpose. Jaehyo gave her a scary glare, “Don’t push my buttons. I’m only tolerating your iness today.”
Kris glanced between Jungah and Jaehyo. They looked like fraternal twins with their laser-like eyes and emotioness, detached expressions.
“Hyung, quit it.” Kyung lightly slapped his abdomen.
Zico grabbed two plates and handed them to Kris and Jungah. “Go ahead and eat!”
“Yes!” P.O. marched to the front of the buffet table.
Zico grabbed his collar in the nick of time and yanked him back. He gave the maknae a look, “Birthday girl first.” P.O. pouted.
Jungah shook her head as she passed by him. *It’s hard to believe he’s older than me.* She looked back and motioned, “Come here, Kris.”
Kyung and Jaehyo looked at her in surprise. Kris followed her as the second in line. Kyung glanced at Zico in panic. However, Zico seemed calm and peaceful. He seemed to not mind the fact that Jungah took care of Kris before him. “Now you can go.” Zico pushed P.O.
Jungah tucked her soda under her arm and tried to balance her plate full of food on her left hand. Kris came over and smoothly took her plate from her. “Go.” He nodded towards the living room.
U-Kwon and B-Bomb stared with open mouths as they passed together.
“Did you see that?!” U-Kwon hissed. “Are they really going out?” B-Bomb asked in confusion. U-Kwon clucked his tongue and shook his head. “I don’t know what’s so bad about that. Jungah deserves to have a boyfriend.” Taeil shrugged. *Yeah, and that should be Zico.* Kyung thought.
After obtaining food, everyone gathered in the living room.
“Shoo!” Kyung kicked the balloons out of his way and sat next to Taeil.
“Haha! Look! Jungah can’t eat her food properly because of her broken hand!” U-Kwon pointed and laughed loudly.
Jungah looked up and shot him a deathly look. She gripped onto her fork so hard that her left knuckles turned pale, “Say it again, Kim Yukwon.” He quickly elbowed B-Bomb, “Hyung! It’s not nice to say such things!”
“What?! Don’t put it on me!” B-Bomb panicked and frantically shook his head, “Jungah! I didn’t say it! I really didn’t!”
Zico chuckled from the kitchen, “Jungah is fully capable of fighting with her left hand. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, U-Kwon.”
*What an idiot.* Jungah shook her head.
“Do you want me to help feed you?” Kris asked.
Jungah shook her head, “If you do that, that punk over there will die laughing.” She pointed at U-Kwon with her plastic fork.
U-Kwon leaned back, “Point that dangerous object somewhere else.”
“Silly hyung. A fork is not dangerous.” P.O. chortled.
“Anything is dangerous in Jungah’s hand.” B-Bomb stated.
“You two are making me look like some kind of ninja freak.” Jungah pointed out.
“Ninjas are y. Sometimes.” Kyung shrugged. Jungah threw her fork. Kyung quickly caught it, and Kris blinked in surprise. *They really are like siblings.* “Zico, get me another fork. This one is tainted.” She eyed Kyung, who chuckled, “Too bad your arm is still broken on your birthday, ey, Jungah?”
“Too bad I can’t massacre all of you.” She muttered under her breath.
Zico finally came out of the kitchen with his food and an extra fork for Jungah. He hopped over the couch and sat on the other side of her. Everyone conversed while eating except Jungah and Kris. Suddenly, she dropped a scoop of mashed potatoes onto her lap. “.” She cursed and looked around for napkin.
Two napkins appeared in front of her simultaneously.
Jungah paused then slowly looked up. Her eyes darted back and forth between Zico and Kris.
The two males were also surprised and stared at each other.
Eventually, Zico gave in and stretched his arm further, “Here, P.O. You have ketchup on your chin.”
“I do? Thanks, hyung.” He accepted it.
*Oh. Zico meant to give it to P.O.* Jungah dismally thought. She looked up to see Kris gazing at her with his hand still stretched out. She accepted the napkin, “Thanks.”
“So, Wu Fan, right?” Zico asked. Kris looked up. “When are you planning on going back to China?” Zico questioned.
“How about right now?” U-Kwon snickered. Jungah shot him a grave look. B-Bomb and U-Kwon hi-fived each other, and she shook her head. *Immature freaks.*
“I don’t know yet. I’m planning on staying a little longer…” When Kris said that, his eyes lingered on Jungah. *Hopefully Liang lets me stay here. Even after I find out the culprit who is copying our drugs.* He looked up, and his dark orbs penetrated Zico, “What do you do for a living?”
Everyone stiffened at once. The playful atmosphere transformed edgy.
*Shoot.* Jungah thought as she balled her good fist.
Block B’s eyes pinned Kris down. They were hyper-alert at the sudden, random question.
“How is that any of your business?” U-Kwon sneered.
“It isn’t. I’m just making ‘normal’ conversation.” Kris stated.
“Relax, U-Kwon. He didn’t ask anything wrong.” Zico chuckled then smiled at Kris, “I’m unemployed.”
“Really?” Kris raised an eyebrow, “Then how are you able to support both you and Jungah?”
Tension was high in the air. Before U-Kwon or B-Bomb could snap, Zico spoke, “Pretty clever. You are right on the spot. I do have a job…in the business area. I’m able to make enough to support Jungah and I since I don’t have to waste any tuition on college.”
It was silent for a couple seconds then Jungah cleared , “I need more soda.”
“I’ll go get it.” Zico left the room. Jungah glanced around then stood up, “I’ll be back.” She headed to the kitchen.
“Idiot.” U-Kwon muttered under his breath. Kyung nudged him with a look, “Be nice. He’s still Jungah’s guest.” Taeil and P.O. were the only ones that were friendly enough to keep talking to Kris without any hostility.
Jungah poked her head into the kitchen, “Zico…?”
He looked up, “What are you doing here? I can get your soda.” She stepped inside, “I’m not here for the soda. I wanted to check u on you.”
“Me? Why?” Zico asked, genuinely baffled.
“Because…” Jungah glanced back to make sure Kris was still busy with Taeil then looked at Zico, “He asked you… about your job.”
Zico chuckled, “Silly Jungah. That’s not anything to worry about. It’s true. I am in business, right?” He gave her a wink. She frowned, still uncertain.
Zico placed his hand on her head, “Look, Jungah. Tonight is your night. Don’t think or worry about anything but enjoying this party. Okay? I’m perfectly fine. So smile, girl.” He pushed her lips upwards. She let her lips hitch up a little.
Zico smiled, “Beautiful.” He pinched her cheek and left the kitchen.
Jungah blew air out of her cheeks and went back to the living room.