All Or Nothing
“Ah, I think I got the wrong apartment” Yoseob said slowly. Jallisa looked at him like he was crazy. “Who are you looking for”? Jallisa asked just to be sure. “Vanessa noona”? Yoseob said. “Alright! I’ll just call her, just a second” Jallisa said walking back into the apartment. “Who is it”? Ashley said feeding Brionna lunch. “Vanessa’s friend, should I let him in”? Jallisa said looking at Ashley; “How do we know if he’s telling the truth; what if he’s a freak and kills people”? Ashley said. Jallisa laughed, “Oh Gosh! Ashley, stop thinking so much, plus that guy is way too cute to be a serial killer” Jallisa said before walking back to the door; by then Kikwang and Dongwoon then paced up and finally were at the door; “Hey, you can come in and---wait fo----“ OMG IS THAT YOU DONGWOON”? Jallisa shouted. “Lisa noona, is that really you? What are you doing here in Japan”? Dongwoon said before embracing Jallisa. “Oh how nice”! Yoseob said after he was pushed to the side. Kikwang just looked at Dongwoon and the girl; still hugging each other. “Jallisa, are you okay? Did something happen”? Ashley said a bit scared. Why was Jallisa shouting anyways, she slowly got up while holding her child.
Yoseob and Kikwang just welcomed themselves by coming inside. “I thought she said a guy, who is this other one”? Ashley thought as she looked both the guys weirdly. “Oh crap! Another foreigner. We really need to learn English”! Yoseob said whispering to Kikwang. Ashley didn’t hear him. Kikwang then looked back at the door and saw Jallisa and Dongwoon walking inside; holding hands.
Brionna for whatever reason; wanted to get down; “mommy, down, down”! she said smiling at her mom. As soon as Ashley put her down, she ran to Yoseob and started poking him while pulling his pants; she was glittering with bright smile. “I think she likes you, how cute”! Dongwoon said out loud; Ashley was amazed at how her daughter was so friendly with this guy. This never happens; she thought.
“Hello, I am Brionna’s mother, Ashley. Nice to meet you both”! Ashley said smiling at the two. “Oh, you also know Korean”? Dongwoon said surprised. “Hello, I am Yoseob, this is Kikwang, and that’s Dongwoon, Is Vanessa here”? Yoseob said smiling at Ashley. “Yes, she just went out for a minute, she’ll be right back, have a seat please”! Ashley said then turned to Jallisa. “How do you know that guy”?
“I met him last year, in Korea. I had to go there for a cover story” Jallisa said smiling. Dongwoon then bowed and introduced himself once again.
“Can I hold Brionna”? Yoseob asked but before Ashley could response, Brionna put her hands ups. “She’s way ahead of you” Jallisa joked. Dongwoon then introduced Jallisa to Yoseob and Kikwang. “Oh! She’s the girl you’ve been talking about nonstop and crus---“There he was kicked by Dongwoon. “Yah, shut up”! Dongwoon hissed glaring at Kikwang. “What did I do”? Kikwang asked innocently pouting while touching his leg; it hurt. Jallisa blushed a little; she knew what he was about to say.
It was no secret well at least to both Dongwoon and Jallisa about their feelings for each other; they just never confessed to one another; well, at least Dongwoon tried but Jallisa didn’t let him. And she felt she had every right not to. She didn’t think it could work out; she was busy with her work; almost a workaholic and Dongwoon was just in his first year of college. She didn’t think she could handle the long distance.
Outside, Vanessa was now getting into her boyfriend’s car; she wanted to buy some things; she wanted to make lunch even though it was kind of late; she decided to cook dinner at home instead of going out she decided after hearing that Kikwang and his two friends were coming to visit her. After getting everything she needed; they went back to their place. “So, did Ami call yet”? Doojoon asked. “No, I am still waiting to hear from her. I just know that she’s alright and in a hotel” “Well, she’ll contact us, don’t worry”! Doojoon said squeezing his girlfriend’s hand gently. His touch was so warm, Vanessa liked it, and she felt secure whenever he held her or simply touched her. They both quickly glanced at each then he looked straight into the road.
Just then, Vanessa’s phone ranged. Vanessa quickly reached for it in her purse. “Unknown number” it says, Vanessa said looking at Doojoon. “Pick it up, it might be Ami” Doojoon said. “Hello, Ami”? Vanessa said unsure but hopeful.
“Hi Vanessa, It’s me”! Ami said. “Where are you”? Vanessa asked away without any patience. “I’m nearby your building. Can you come downstairs and get me”? Ami asked. “Of course! Wait right there. We’ll be right there”! Vanessa said before hanging. “She’s outside the building, waiting for me. Let’s hurry up please”! Vanessa said. Fortunately, they were few blocks away not too far.
Ami didn’t want to go in front of the building; she was scared the security might kick her out again so she waited across the street. She was sitting on her luggage waiting while going through her phone. It suddenly felt like there was a shadow hovering her. “That was fast” Ami said looking up but she saw a guy looking at her; with a wide smile. “Oh God, please not another of” Ami said quietly but the guy heard her; he giggled a little. Ami then stood up while holding on to her bags; she looked at the guy sternly like she meant business but not rudely; since he kept on smiling at her; it was a bit creepy but he wasn’t mean unlike that jerk, Ami thought. I wonder if he knows English Ami thought. “Can I help you”? Ami asked. He didn’t doesn’t look scary or anything, but rather he looks very handsome. Ami thought as she tried to ask again what he wanted.
“Your friend” “Ah, you know Vanessa, your friend”? The guy finally said “Yes, Vanessa. Do you know her”? Ami asked smiling while taking few steps towards the guy. “Yes, Vanessa’s friend, me friend” the guy smiled back.
“AMI”! Vanessa shouted while running to her friend. Ami turned around; to see Vanessa coming towards her, with Doojoon right behind her smiling at her. “I’m so happy that you’re okay. I was so worried, we all were”! Vanessa said hugging her friend. “I’m sorry for causing you to worry”! Ami said apologizing to her friend; Doojoon and Ami then exchanged hugs.
“What are you doing here, Hyungseung”? Vanessa turned to the guy. “I saw her sitting here while I was heading for your place, I thought I should take her but you guys came” Hyungseung said.
“You’re Korean? I thought you were Japanese” Ami said chuckling to herself a little. “What’s so funny”? Doojoon asked looking at Ami as they all then walked together, Hyungseung and Doojoon were carrying her things. “Because, If I had known, I would have just spoken Korean to you; instead of making you” Ami felt bad so she just smiled, “Anyways, thank you so much, Hyungseung”! Ami smiled at him.
“Coming, Vanessa noona”! Yoseob shouted happily. “They’re already here” Vanessa said smiling at Doojoon, “I guess so” Doojoon said clenching his fist, ready to punch the shit out of Yoseob. “Hi, noona”! Yoseob said giving Vanessa a hug but that didn’t last long because Doojoon came between them. “That’s enough, Yoseob, get off her” He hissed glaring at Yoseob. Yoseob smiled with a grin and walked inside. Kikwang then came towards Vanessa and his brother; “Hello noona, hey Hyungseung hyung”! Kikwang smiled then gave Vanessa a light hug, not knowing that just behind Doojoon was Ami; he then saw her walk in. “YOU”?! Ami and Kikwang said at the same time pointing at each other.
Everyone; including Jaehyo who has just arrived at Vanessa and Doojoon’s place before they did. They were all looking at the doorway.
“Ami noona”? Yoseob said walking towards Ami with Brionna in his arms. “Yoseob! OMG! Bri”! Ami shouted coming towards Brionna who recognized Ami; and started jumping. “Come here baby Bri! I missed you so much. You’re all grown up now, I am so sorry I missed your 2nd birthday, will you ever forgive me darling”? Ami said with a sad pout. It was like Brionna understood everything Ami was saying; She started nodding and smiling. Ami gave her a peck on the checks and walked inside until she laid her eyes on her two good friends; “Ashi, Lis, I’m really really sorry for making you worry”! Ami said with Brionna’s arms still wrapped her neck. “As long as you’re here now safe, it’s all good” Jallisa said coming to give Ami a hug. Brionna didn’t want to let Ami go, making Ashley and Jallisa laugh “I guess a group hug will do” Ashley said. Both Ashley and Jallisa then gave Ami a hug with Brionna still on her; making Ami laugh; her laughter faded away when her eyes and Jaehyo’s eyes met. They both were glaring at each other. “Bri, baby can you go to mommy for a second”? Ami said with a straight face but Brionna frowned and said “No, I want MiMi”! she said. Vanessa realized what was going on and was thankful for Brionna being there or else god knows what Ami could have done or said. Ami tried to breathe in and out; calming herself.
“Wow, so…you’re friends with Vanessa noona also”? Yoseob said coming in front of Ami. Ami nodded.
“What a small world, right”? Ashley said trying to lighten the mood before going to take Ami’s belongings to the room
“I know right. I didn’t think I would see you like this, I thought I’d probably call you” Yoseob said smiling at Ami. How cute, Ami thought but her face didn’t show any pleasant expression, rather a frown was what she wore the whole time.
10 minutes later; Everyone was sitting down in the living room; Vanessa had started to cook; Ashley was helping her cook. “So, Ami! How you been? We haven’t heard from you since last year” Doojoon said looking at Ami; Brionna was on Ami’s lap, playing with her toy.
“I’m sorry! I have just been really busy with work and stuff” Ami said smiling a little. Jallisa who was beside Ami felt the awkwardness in Ami’s voice. She really seemed upset but knew the reason she couldn’t let it all out.
“Noona, I’ll be your tour guide in Japan, Okay”? Yoseob said, Ami only nodded with a simple “Thank you”!
“You’re welcome noona”! Yoseob said. “How do you guys know each other”? Doojoon asked curious
“Yeah, I was also curious, where did you guys met, in Korea”? Vanessa asked confused.
Since the kitchen wasn’t far off, conversations could be heard from and to the kitchen.
Dongwoon then narrated the whole story of how they met; what had happened and all.
“And, yet you were telling me not to talk on the phone”? Doojoon said shaking his head looking at his brother.
“Nobody got hurt right”? Ashley asked worrying. “No, Ami noona saved the little boy’s life” Yoseob said smiling.
“Yeah, you should have seen his mother, she was so thankful; she couldn’t stop bowing” Dongwoon said recalling the incident.
“I can totally understand her. Ami, you saved a life, that’s such big deal” Ashley said
“You need to be careful though; you could have gotten hurt” Vanessa said. She didn’t want Ami to get hurt; she was happy that Ami saved someone’s life but she also didn’t want her dear friend to be hurt. “I am okay, Vanessa! Don’t worry! I will be careful”! Ami said looking at her friend and reassuring her.
Jaehyo was still giving the cold look and mean glares to Ami. Hearing that she saved a kid’s life, made him think different of her; maybe she wasn’t all that crazy and careless” he thought but didn’t show it. “Jaehyo hyung, why are you so quite”? Yoseob asked while giving Brionna another toy. She smiled at him grabbed it from him.
“Ami-ah, why don’t’ you freshen up”? Jallisa asked seeing how uncomfortable she seemed and the glares were nonstop between Ami and Jaehyo. “Huh? Oh, alright”! Ami said then turned to Brionna. “Bri, Aunty Mimi is going to take a shower, okay? I will be right back and then we’ll play”? Ami said with a very bright and happy smile. Brionna nodded then went to Yoseob.
For less than a second; Jaehyo thought Ami was beyond attractive and adorable; that act of hers towards Brionna made his heart skip a beat or two but that didn’t last long as she got up and gave him a dead glare. “Oh, I am so scared”! Jaehyo hissed then smirked, Everyone in the living heard what he said; Jallisa quickly took Ami’s hand and whispered; “He’s not worthy it, let’s just go” Ami clenched her teeth together, frustrated that she couldn’t take all of her anger out on him.
Few minutes later; Jallisa was back, she helped Ami get her things out and left when Ami went into the shower.
“I need some things, I kind of forgot it” Vanessa said. “We’ll go” Dongwoon put his hand up; while grabbing Jallisa’s hand. “Here are the car keys” Kikwang said, Dongwoon winked at Kikwang, “Thanks man! Let’s go Jallisa”! Dongwoon said as he took the list of the things he needed to buy.
Yoseob was busy playing with Brionna; he didn’t even notice Dongwoon and Jallisa leave. Jaehyo had his arms crossed. Maybe, I should just leave. I don’t want to fight with her. Just looking at her, makes me mad. Jaehyo mumbled under his breath.
Vanessa then brought more drinks for Yoseob, Kikwang and Jaehyo. Doojoon was in the room changing; getting something comfortable to wear.
In the store, Dongwoon and Jallisa were still looking for the wine; Vanessa had asked for. After asking for help; they found it and paid for their things and left the store. As they were walking towards the car; while their pinkies were still intertwined together, Dongwoon said softly “Did you think about it enough”? Jallisa was quite. “If you need more time, then I understand. I am just glad to see you again” Dongwoon said taking hold of her hand as they made their way to the car. The car ride; was a lot quieter than before. It was a bit awkward. “I’m sorry if I made you feel uncomfortable, I didn’t mean to” Dongwoon said feeling bad.
“No, it’s not that. I just think it’s time” Jallisa said taking a glance at Dongwoon who in return glanced back with a confused look
“What do you mean”? Dongwoon asked unsure of what she was about to say
“I thought of what you said last year, and as much as I tried to deny it, I can’t hide my feelings for you anymore” Jallisa said, suddenly Dongwoon pulled the car away from the road and parked on the side. “So, you’re saying that…are you serious”? Dongwoon beamed while getting hold of both her hands and gazing at her.
“Yes! I will be your girlfriend. I really like you too Son Dongwoon. And It hurts not knowing our future but we can give this a try” Jallisa said tearing up a little. It’s been over a year now; she and Dongwoon have been talking. She was so afraid of not being able to take the long distance relationship to the next level that she almost lost her chance at real love. Next thing, she knew, her lips were against Dongwoon’s. It was just right. It was gentle yet passionate. “You don’t know how happy I am right now, thank you so much. And trust me; I will not let our relationship be ruined under any cost. I will protect it with all I have got” Dongwoon said romantically as he then gave a quick peck then looked deeply into her eyes and gave her a soft kiss on her forehead.
They drove away and were finally out in the building of Vanessa. They both wore a very bright smile. They walked inside the building holding hands, but before they got out of the elevator; Jallisa stopped causing Dongwoon to worry. “What’s wrong”? He asked. “Ah, nothing really. It’s just that I want to be the first to tell my girls about you, so can you not do it today, I mean, I will tell my girls and you do the same when you’re not at Vanessa’s place, is that okay with you”? Jallisa asked hoping she’d hear a yes.
“Of course, that’s fine with me. I was thinking the same”! Dongwoon said before giving her a hug. “I love you, Lisa”! Dongwoon said still hugging her, Jallisa felt the same but somehow the words weren’t coming out. “Hmm” She said while nodding. Dongwoon didn’t think anything of it, maybe she was shy or was waiting for another moment to say it; he thought.
Hyungseung wanted to get along with Brionna but that wasn’t happening anytime soon. She seemed to be playing with Yoseob the whole time and not acknowledging his existence. He then glanced at Ashley in the kitchen, I wish she was stay near me, so I can talk to her more, Hyungseung thought; he seemed sad.
“Noona, I need to use the bathroom” Kikwang said, he had way too many drinks. “Go head, Kiwi, and use our bedroom bathroom. You didn’t forget the way around this apartment, did you”? Vanessa teased him. “Okay noona, thank you”! he said walking away fast. He really had to go.
Just as he was about to turn left; towards Vanessa’s bedroom, he saw that the other bathroom’s door was half way open, he quickly rushed in; only to find Ami taking a shower; it wasn’t really steamy so he could clearly see through the glass of the shower; his eyes widen but he couldn’t speak; her face was covered with soap, so she probably didn’t see him. He didn’t know why but his eyes scanned every part of her body from head to toe. He couldn’t look away until he finally realized where he was at. He quickly left and closed the door. “Who is there, Jallisa”? Ami asked but nobody answered. “Oh well, it’s probably nothing” Ami said and continuing washing her hair.
Kikwang stood still in great shock yet he had a huge smile across his face; and it was as if though his whole face was turning red. “Yah, what are you doing there”? Doojoon asked looking at his brother.
“Huh? Ah, well, I was …you see, ah”! “What the hell happened to you? Why are you so red? And what’s the matter with you”? Doojoon said coming closer to Kikwang. “Nothing. Nothing is wrong. I am fine”! Kikwang said, Doojoon would have believed him if he didn’t answer so fast and quick. Doojoon raised an eye brow and walked away. Kikwang ran to the bathroom in Vanessa’s room. He put the cover on the toilet and sat on it. “Oh God, my heart. What is wrong with it”? Kikwang said placing his hand on his heart.
Few minutes later; Ami was all done. She came out to the living room; wearing a pair of skinny jeans and pink Turquoise thunder tank top, with her hair in pony tail. She put on a light eye liner and a bit of her favorite perfume.
Instead of going to the living; she decided to help Ashley and Vanessa, she really didn’t want to see jerk face. “I heard, there’s fireworks tonight, and it starts as early as 7:30; are you guys up for it”? Vanessa asked. “Sure, that would be fun” Ashley said. “Not if jerk face is coming” Ami mumbled. “What was that Ami”? Ashley asked unsure of what Ami had said “Oh! It’s nothing” Ami smiled back.
Dongwoon and Jallisa then walked in. “Here you go, noona”! Dongwoon said handing Vanessa the bag. “Thanks Dongwoon and Jallisa” Vanessa said giving them both a hug at the same time. “You’re welcome, Vanessa”! Jallisa said. “You guys are the best and so cute together” Vanessa said with a wide smile then walked away with the bag. It got awkward; Jallisa and Dongwoon looked at each other. “They know”? Dongwoon and Jallisa whispered then got the idea out of their head. There was no way; they knew, who would tell them? Right? Both Jallisa and Dongwoon hoped as they walked into the living room.
Everyone, expect for Kikwang were in the living room; “So, who wants to come to the fireworks tonight; after we eat dinner?...I was thinking we could all go and hang out there; watching the fireworks, what do you guys think”? Vanessa said looking at the guys in the room. “That would be cool. I am going to babysit Brionna, its set” Yoseob said smiling, with Brionna on his back, he was acting as a horse, for her sake. Kikwang then walked in looking down and sat beside Dongwoon and Hyungseung.
“I can try to talk to her more tonight. Thanks Vanessa for the great idea” Hyungseung said to himself. “You said something”? Dongwoon asked, Hyungseung shook his head no. “You’re cool with it, Kikwang”? Dongwoon asked seeing how his friend was behaving, strange he thought. He knew Kikwang was a bit weird but he was acting weirder now.
“Huh? What”? Kikwang asked looking up finally. “Yah, why are you acting all weird”? Doojoon hissed at his brother. “It’s nothing” Kikwang said looking at his brother. “Leave him alone” Vanessa said going to Kikwang, “You’re going to come with us to the fireworks, right Kiwi”? She asked sweetly. “Sure noona” Kikwang answered like it was nothing but then realized he would be around Ami. “Oh, I just remembered something, I-I have plans, I can’t go” he said real fast. “What plans”? Yoseob said.
“Something just came up, I can’t go” Kikwang said looking away. “AW! I really wanted you to come, but I guess if you really can’t come then…” Vanessa was pouting now sitting beside Doojoon. “See, you made her sad. Just cancel your plans and come with us” Doojoon said. “Yeah, you should come; it would be nice if you came” Ami found herself saying. She felt bad for him because of earlier; maybe he was uncomfortable with her coming because the way she glared at him earlier; “I am sorry. I know you didn’t do it on purpose”
Ami said smiling coming near him. Kikwang’s eyes widen and his face started to get red again; he was blushing like crazy. She knows, she saw me looking at her. Why isn’t she upset with me? Kikwang thought.
“I’m truly sorry! I didn’t mean to; I was just…” Ami cut him off, “Stop apologizing. Nothing happened” Ami said touching his shoulder, he jumped; scaring Ami and making everyone look at him. “Oh, I am sorry” Ami said taking back her hand and stepping away. “Yah! You’re scaring everyone. Stop it” Doojoon snapped at his brother. “Aw, don’t yell at him. He’s probably still in shock. Kiwi, come with me” Vanessa said taking his hand. “Is there something you want to tell me”? Vanessa as she took him across the hall, away from others. He was quite for a while. “C’mon, you can tell me. I am good listener and you can trust me, I won’t tell” Vanessa said smiling at him.
“Noona, I saw something I shouldn’t have” Kikwang said
“What did you see”? Vanessa asked not sure what he meant
“I was headed for the bathroom in your room; but I don’t know why I saw the other bathroom half way open and I walked in, not knowing someone was in there, and …I-I” Kikwang couldn’t say the rest
Vanessa was still not getting what he was trying to say; then it all made sense, the way he was not meeting eyes with Ami, his blushes which came out of nowhere; it was happening too sudden, something was totally off, then she realized something.
“It couldn’t be. Did you walk in on Ami, NAK----”? Vanessa half shouted; then just on time, Kikwang covered her mouth and dragged her away even further. “Noona please! Keep it down” Kikwang whispered as if his life was on the line
“I’m so sorry. But, did you really see, you know her fully naked”? Vanessa said in disbelief. Kikwang nodded with a guilt look. “She was behind the glass; taking shower but it was crystal clear; I saw her, you know” Kikwang swallowed his salvia hard.
“I’m really sorry, Vanessa noona. I swear, I didn’t know she was in there. I just thought, nobody was using it” Kikwang begged
Vanessa was still in shock; she was happy it wasn’t her but she felt bad for Kikwang and more so for Ami, because she had no idea of what was going on.
“You promised, noona please I’m trusting you on this” Kikwang pleaded with puppy eyes. Vanessa nodded and they walked back into the living room as if nothing ever happened. “Is everything alright”? Ashley asked, Vanessa and Kikwang both nodded at the same time, which got Ashley and Doojoon curious.