You slept in until the afternoon. Your brothers didn’t wake you up. You needed the sleep since you hadn’t fallen asleep until late after crying.
When you woke up, no one was home but Seungri and he was in the attic.
You groggily went to the bathroom and looked at yourself in the mirror. You were a complete mess. Your eyes were puffy and red. Your hair was sticking out in all sorts of places and tear-stains paled your cheeks. *I better take a shower.* You sighed and shut the door.
After a hot shower, you changed into comfortable clothes and went downstairs. You pulled out ice and put them in a zip-lock bag. You sank into the chair and put the ice bag over your eyes with a tired sigh. Your phone beeped with text messages. You flipped it open.
‘Are you awake?’ –Seunghyun.
‘Still crying?’ – Jiyong.
‘Smile, princess! I <3 YOU! : )’ –Daesung.
‘Forget about everything and have a good day. Remember: no matter what, oppas will always love you.’ – Taeyang.
A smile cracked on your face. *I can smile because of oppas.* You saw the dirty dishes in the sink. You took a deep breath and stood up. *Time to start the day.*
Outside your house, Zico had been waiting for 3 hours. He didn’t have your number so he couldn’t call. And he was slightly intimidated to ring your doorbell. He didn’t want to face your 5 brothers at once, especially the tall one with those dark eyes that could just kill anyone by glaring at them. Zico looked at your ring in his palm and anxiously sighed. *Damn. Will she ever come out? Is there a way that I can sneak in? But which one is her room? I don’t want to climb into a room only to find out it’s her brother’s.*
Just then, he heard the door open. Zico quickly ducked behind the wall. He peeked out. To his relief, it was just you.
You came out with the trash bag. You put it into the garbage can and dusted your hands. You were about to back in when someone called your name. You turned your head and your eyes rounded in surprise. Zico smiled, “You finally came out! I was wondering if I had to sneak in or what not!”
You just gave him a resentful look and headed in.
“Wait, wait, wait!” He darted into the gates and blocked your path.
You stiffened. “Get out before I scream.”
“Come on. Give me a chance-“
“My brothers are all home. One scream and you’re dead.” You fibbed. Zico stopped talking. You passed by him. He grabbed your wrist. “Let go!” You struggled but he held fast onto you. Before you could scream, Zico flattened your palm. Your eyebrows furrowed in confusion, “What-“
He pressed something into your hand and looked into your eyes, “I found it.”
*What?* You gave him a confused look.
Zico released your hand.
You looked down at your hand. Your eyes widened *THE RING! But how…!*
You looked up to see Zico walking away. You ran after him, “Wait!” He turned around.
“…Follow me.” You walked past him and led him to the bench at the playground. The two of you sat on opposite ends. You kept gazing at your ring. *Is this a dream come true? I can’t believe I got it back.* You tenderly touched the ring.
Zico cleared his throat, “Um, I guess it really does mean a lot to you.”
“It’s the only thing I have of my mom’s.” You whispered. *Did she die or run away?* He wondered.
You looked at him, “Did you find this?”
“Who else would’ve found it?” *Definitely not Jaehyo.* Zico thought.
“Thank you.” You whispered. He blinked in surprise. You were smiling a bit. Sincerity was in your eyes. “I thought I would never get this back. I was really miserable last night.” You cradled the ring with a loving smile.
Zico softened, “No problem…” He turned to you with a sigh, “Look, wanted to apologize for my friend’s childish behavior yesterday. My friends aren’t bad guys. Really. They just need some time to getting used to. When I saw Jaehyo throw that ring out the window, I swear, I wanted to kill him for you. Instead, I punched him for you hard and I wasted 6 hours of my life getting that back for you. So when you see him on Monday, please don’t kill him. Forgive him just this once, please?”
You thought about it.
“No?” Zico hopelessly asked.
You looked at the ring, looked up at him, and then smiled. “Okay.” His eyes widened, “S-seriously?!” You had never been so agreeable before. You nodded, “I’ll forgive him just this once. Just let him know that it’s because of you that I’m forgiving him.” You stood up and walked away.
Zico blinked, “Wow…” *If I had known she would’ve done that, I wouldn’t have freaked out this morning.* He ran after you, “Hey, wait.” You turned around.
“So, um,” Zico coughed into his fist and put his hands back in his pockets, “The friend thing…you know about never wanting to see me again…are you going to take that back?” You blinked. His shoulders deflated, “Or does that still stand by?”
A furtive smile came on your lips, “I don’t know. I still have to see about that one.” You left.
His jaw dropped. *Still?!*
You shut the door and leaned against it. You looked down at the ring and chuckled. You bit your lip to keep the smile from growing on your face and glanced out the window. Zico was frustratingly scratching his head. You chuckled. *That guy isn’t so bad after all. Just maybe…we can be friends.*