The Beginning

Free Hugs
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“Hi, I’m Ari. Would you like a free hug?” A girl, probably younger than him was standing there when he opened the door. One of her front teeth was missing but she was undeniably cute.

Jongin was nine when he first had the opportunity  of meeting the ‘Free Hugs’ girl on his doorsteps. Of course, he being Jongin, the nicest kid around the locality, shut the door on her face.

“Who was that?” His mother asks as he stomped back into the kitchen where she was.

“Some lunatic girl giving away hugs.”

“Awhh…” She expressed as she washed a bowl which Jongin was having his lunch in. “Then why did you not invite her in? I would have given her a cookie. Besides you can do with a friend.”

Jongin says nothing, simply jutted his lips out.

“Go and get her Jongin.”

He reluctantly gets out of his chair and goes to the door but she is nowhere in sight.

* * *

“Hello again!” It was the girl again but before Jongin could even register that, she had rushed in, almost knocking him off his feet.

Closing the door behind him, he walks to the kitchen where her voice was shouting ‘Cookies!’.

He pauses a little bit before he enters though, because one- he was nervous. He never had a friend before and two- it was a girl!

Anyhow he gathered enough courage and goes in. But again before he could register anything, he is engulfed in a warm, warm hug and a very strong smell of strawberry s

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The end is here. Shall we stop and listen to her story or do we just move on?


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Chapter 66: I finished this in one go. And I'm thinking what to comment, actually reading this makes me think hard. About Ari, about Kai and all life stuff. lol. anyway, this hurts knowing if only Kai reached out to her, by then this won't end like this. But then again, its in human nature so I understand Kai. He is selfish to only think of his own problems but he is already drowning in his own demons to see that others are suffering as well. But I'm happy everything turns out well for him in the end. And I also salute Ari, she fight long enough though she decided to give up and rest in the end. She is brave enough to at least help and be there for Kai even if she is also drowning in her own demons.

Thank you for this one and I hope you are okay now. If in any case you need someone just to listen to you and has no one else, you can PM me. Cheers for more great work Ms. Author 💙
kind of scared to continue reading this one because of mental health issues and all of those disclaimers XD but I'm also excited what I will find out while reading this. I'll comment again once I finish reading this one. :)
Chapter 66: Its sad how kai never tried to reach out to her...
Chapter 28: This fic has its own charm with the simple writing style. And the characters are very interesting too
Baekie_18 #5
Chapter 66: I kinda hate myself for not discovering this story sooner. Reading this reminding me of someone who I used to know. Anyways thanks you for writing such an amazing story.
againagainagain #6
Chapter 66: This hurts

But I'm grateful for your final message. Life is precious, no matter how difficult at the time. I didn't end up as Ari but I did have a time like her. It's hard not to drown in our own pain and miss that of others. I feel reminded to see beyond myself.

I hope you (and fellow readers) always take care <3
Chapter 66: I hope you are fine now. Please always be happy.