Jae-joong Kim sat on the bed in his sister's house, waiting for the moment when he would have to go to the church for his oldest brother, Yun-ho's wedding to his girlfriend of almost two years, Alessa Ireland. He wasn't exactly in the best of moods at the moment, as his own girlfriend, Chloe Rubia hadn't been able to make it to Korea for the wedding as they had originally planned. She couldn't get away from her father's or so she said.
As much as it pained him to think it Jae couldn't help but think that she was lying to him. They had grown apart in the time since he had come back to Korea and she had gone to her father's house in New York. She didn't call him as often as she once did and rarely returned his calls. When she did call, it was only for a few minutes. He didn't know what had happened to them, but he hated it.
He held the cordless phone in his hands and sighed heavily. It was almost Christmas and he wanted to talk to her before he had to leave. Just to let her know that he was thinking about her. But he was almost afraid to; he was almost scared of what would happen if he did. The last time they had spoken, almost a week before, they'd gotten into a fight. And he hated fighting with her.
Still, the urge to speak with her was more overpowering than even he could resist, so he punched out the number to her father's house and held his breath waiting for someone to answer.
"Hello?" it was the small voice of Chloe's little brother.
"Hey Gideon, is Chloe home?" Jae asked. He hadn't met any of her siblings because he had moved back home before she even met them, but he had spoken to them on the phone.
The little boy seemed to hesitate for a few minutes before telling Jae that yes, Chloe was home. He waited for another few minutes before the girl in question actually got on the line.
"Hello, Jae," she said, her voice sounding slightly exasperated. "How are you? And why are you calling now? I thought you had to be at your brother's wedding."
"I am going in a few minutes, I want talk to you first," he told her. He hated that his English was so broken again, but he only used it when he was talking to her and that wasn't very often so it was getting bad again. Not that it had ever been the greatest in the first place.
"Oh, well whatever," she said. He heard her talking to someone in the background and could feel his face flush when he heard her say 'just some guy from Korea. Don't worry'.
So now he was just some guy? What had happened to when she would refer to him as 'honey' and 'my boyfriend'? He could feel a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach and it didn't bode well for him, not one bit.
"Chloe, what's going on?" he asked though he wasn't really sure he wanted to know. "You're different."
She sighed heavily and he could hear her pause before answering. "Jae, listen to me okay? This thing with us, it's not working for me. I can't keep doing this. The distance, the…everything. It's too much. I can't keep living this double life." He heard her sigh again then whisper to whoever was in the room that she was 'doing it now' before she started talking to him again.
"Look, we're two different people. We're not the same as we were when you were here. When you were here it was okay because we saw each other on a daily basis and you helped me through a lot of stuff, but now… now it's different and well, Sai had the right idea.
"I think it would be best if you didn't call me anymore. Actually, I think it would be best if you just forgot that you ever met me."
Jae could feel his heart start pounding in his chest as she spoke. Her voice was so cold and the words nothing like anything she had ever said to him. She was being really – for lack of a better word – bitchy. He was confused beyond anything. He honestly didn't understand.
"But, why? Chloe I love you. You said you loved me. What changed?" He hated that his voice was breaking but so was his heart.
"You're not going to make this easy are you Jae?" she snapped. "Damn it all, here I was trying to be nice and break up with you easy but you're not helping. Fine, you want to know why? I'll tell you why. It's over because I said it's over alright? I don't love you; I don't think I ever did. More it was that I was in love with the idea of being in love.
"You got me out of the house and away from my mother. You gave me a reason to have a backbone when it came to her, but other than that, all I got when I was with you was trouble."
Jae felt the tears sting his eyes and he wiped them away with the back of his hand, not wanting her to know that he was crying. He had never heard her so mean and cold. She had always been so gentle and caring. This was a Chloe he had ever seen before and he didn't like it.
"I don't understand," he said slowly. "I…I don't get it."
"Yeah," she said her voice more of a snort. "That was kinda your thing wasn't it? You never did have a very good grasp of anything. Always confused and hanging onto Jun like he was a life preserver and you were drowning. I never said anything then, but damn that was pathetic. You were pathetic. It's a harsh truth, but it is the truth Jae."
Now he wouldn't have been able to stop the tears if he tried. He let them flow down his cheeks, not bothering to wipe them away. He could not believe that a girl – the first girl – he had ever been in love with could say those things to him. He knew that he tended to cling to his twin at times, but Jun never said anything about it bothering him. Nor had Chloe when they were together in America.
How had things gone so terribly wrong, when had they gone so wrong? He didn't know and he didn't think he would ever be able to figure it out. The girl on the other end of the line was not the Chloe he had known and loved. He didn't know who this one was.
"You're crying now aren't you? God, that's sad," Chloe said when she heard him sob. "Oh well, I don't have to worry about that anymore. I have a guy who is just that. A guy. Not a whiner like you were. So, good-bye Jae, and thanks."
He wasn't sure he had heard her right. She had a guy? The only thing he could think of to explain that was that she had cheated on him…not that he was surprised now. He didn't think anything she said would surprise him. But what the hell was she thanking him for?
"For being there enough to show me that a real man doesn't cry at the drop of a hat or let his stepmother do things to him without telling someone. For showing me that I was wrong to ever tell you that I loved you or sleeping with you. Oh well, at least that was good. You have something going for you there at least. But enough of that. I have a date, so I'll not talk to you later."
She hung up before he could say anything else, not that he would have been able to say much of anything. His English had never been the greatest and he didn't understand a lot of what she had said but he knew enough to know that he had just been dumped. He stared at the phone for a few minutes not believing that had just happened.
He had known that things were different with him and Chloe since he had come back home to Korea, but he had never imagined that it had been so bad that she would say the things she had said to him. He had never believed that the girl he loved would think so little of him that she would think him pathetic.
"Hey, what are you doing in here? You're supposed to be downstairs getting ready to go to the wedding. Cho's been calling out to you for the last half hour you know."
Jae looked up seeing his twin standing in the doorway of the room they shared and fresh tears filled his eyes. Jun-su was smiling at him a little, but then that smile faded and he came into the room, putting his hand on Jae's shoulder. That one simple gesture caused Jae to lose it completely.
"Hey," Jun said as he sat on the bed and put his arm around his shoulder. "It's not the end of the world you know. We're still gonna see Yun, he's not leaving Korea. Well, not for a long time anyway, he and Lessa are gonna come back once the honeymoon is over."
Jae shook his head as he stood and went over to the window. Chloe's words about him clinging to his brother were still ringing in his ears and as much as he knew that it wasn't true, he couldn't lean against his twin right now.
"It's not that," he said shakily, wiping at his eyes. "I just got off the phone with Chloe."
"Oh yeah?" Jun asked. "How is she?"
Jae shrugged and looked out the window. "Happy apparently. She's gone on a date right now."
He didn't have to look at his twin to know that Jun was shocked. He heard him shifting on the bed for a moment and then the startled, "what?" from his mouth. Jae didn't bother turning as he told Jun about the phone call and what Chloe had said to him. He could hear Jun muttering under his breath angrily. The only words he could make out though were 'looks like she was channeling the bitch'. He didn't have to ask who he was talking about there. The only person he had ever heard his brother calling a bitch was their former stepmother, Kenya.
"Guys, come on!" their sister, Cho Park yelled from downstairs. "We have to go or we are going to be late."
Jae finally turned from the window, tears still streaming down his face. He stared at his twin for a moment, his body shaking. "I…I can't go," he said. "I don't want to go. Not now."
Jun got up and went over to him, pulling him into a tight hug. Jae didn't care what anyone said, or what anyone thought. His arms went around his twin as he cried even harder. He couldn't help it, his brother was now and always had been his rock. If he didn't have his brother he knew that he would not have lived to see his seventeenth birthday. As it was, Jun had barely done it.
"You're gonna go, Jae," he said, pretending to be stern. "You're gonna go because you are not leaving me to deal with the family on my own. Besides, it's gonna look kinda weird when there's one bridesmaid walking by herself. Remember, you said that to me when I was in that coma."
Jae nodded. He had told Jun a lot of things about when he was in the coma and then had to tell him again when he came out of it. The month that he had been in that coma had been a bad one, and Jae didn't like thinking about it. Especially when right now, he felt something akin to the same way he had felt then.
"Give me a minute first?" he asked as he walked toward the bathroom. "I can't go looking like this." He knew that his face was probably splotchy and his eyes were red from crying.
Jun folded his arms over his chest and gave him a look. "Alright, but if you're not out here in one minute, I'm going in and I'll drag you by the hair to the wedding if I have to. If I have to put up with the sappiness that is Yun-ho, you sure as hell are too."
As he went into the bathroom, Jae smiled for the first time. He knew that Jun would come in after him and make him go to the wedding, because that was the type of guy he was. He looked around, wondering if the window was low enough to the ground for him to jump out without hurting himself too much.
"Thirty seconds, Jae!"
"I can't believe you're getting married," Anjuliee Virjinia said as she helped her best friend and soul sister, Alessa Ireland with her veil. "I can't believe that you're actually getting married. And to a Korean no less. Damn, Lessa, you always said the guy for you was Asian, I didn't think you actually meant it."
Alessa looked at her through the vanity and smiled. "Well, you always said that too, Annie. Just so happens that I found my Prince Charming before you found yours. But he's out there you know."
Ann gave her a small smile, putting her hands on her hips and narrowing her eyes a little. "Now when in that statement did I say that I was looking for a Prince Charming? All I said was that I couldn't believe you were getting married. I told you I'm giving up on guys. They're nothing but trouble and hassle." She brushed back a loose strand of hair that had fallen from her elegant up do and groaned.
"I think I'm gonna become a lesbian. Girls are easier to handle. Guys, well, they're guys so I don't have to say anything else about that." She leaned over and wrapped her arms around Alessa's shoulders, grinning at her through the glass. "You're one of the lucky ones, Lessa."
went over to the table beside the sofa and picked up the necklace
that Alessa's father had given her and sighed. She had only been
back in Korea for a week and she was feeling the same feelings she
always had when she got there. Like she was home.
Her father was an officer in the Canadian military and was always getting stationed between Korea and Canada so she had lived here off and on all her life. She felt more at ease in this country than she ever had when she lived in Canada. When she was seventeen and had graduated from high school, she had always said that she would one day come back here and teach. Like her mother, she had wanted to become a teacher. She loved children and loved seeing the looks on their faces when they learnt something.
Ann wanted to be the one to put those smiles on their faces.
Unfortunately, her father had gotten sick last summer and so she hadn't been able to get back to the country until now. Since her parents were divorced and she had no siblings, it had fallen on her shoulders to take care of him. She didn't care though. Her father had been there for her in more ways than one and she always put his happiness and well being before her own.
She was more than happy that her father was well again, the cancer he'd gotten now in remission. He had told her that it was time for her to make herself happy and that she should follow her heart and go back to Korea like she had planned. At first Ann hadn't wanted to go, hadn't wanted to leave her father, but besides him, there was nothing keeping her in Newfoundland.
Not even Craig.
Unbidden, her thoughts automatically drifted to the man she had thought herself in love with. The guy that she had thought was the 'one' but had turned out to be an even bigger jerk than she could have ever imagined. He hadn't wanted to understand that her father was more important to her than anything else in the world. Craig was the 'pay attention to me right now or I'm gone' kind of guy. Ann hadn't been in the mood for his shit, and so she had left him.
It still hurt though, because now she was alone again and her best friend was getting married. She had to put on a happy face for Alessa, because she would do nothing to dampen her friend's spirits on the happiest day of her life.
Ann went back over to her friend, putting the necklace around her friend's neck and fastening it for her. She smiled at her again, watching as Alessa opened the locket and glanced down at the picture of herself and Yun-ho. Ann looked at it over her shoulder and couldn't help but think just how good looking her friend's future husband was.
The whole family was good looking, she'd noticed. She had met all of them except for the youngest two the night before at the rehearsal dinner which neither of the twins had been able to attend for some reason or the other. Yun-ho's brothers, Yoo-chun and Chang-min had gotten their girlfriends from America to come over for the wedding and Ann liked them all immediately. His sister, Cho was just downright beautiful and her husband, Hyun-ki obviously loved her like nothing else.
All in all, the family was close and it showed. But even under all the happiness, she could almost feel a sense of sadness around them. She didn't know what it was, no one had told her and she hadn't felt comfortable enough to ask. It wasn't any of her business anyway, and she tended to not stick her nose where it didn't belong. That was just the way she was. Unless someone she loved was getting hurt, then all bets were off.
The girls turned to see Rachel Takehashi, Chang-min's girlfriend, standing in the doorway of the room. The petite Japanese girl looked adorable in her burgundy bridesmaid dress with her hair done up. All the girls in the wedding party were wearing matching dresses just as all the guys wore matching tuxedos. The only difference was that the guys had green trim on their shirts and the cummerbunds. Alessa, sentimental girl that she was, had wanted to have her wedding colors reflect that of the season. Christmas.
"We're ready," Ann told her with a grin. "You look lovely."
Rachel smiled at her and nodded. "So do you. Alessa, Yun is going to die when he sees you. The guy is a nervous wreck right now."
Alessa gave her a puzzled look. "Why?"
Rachel grinned. "Because the twins were late. Apparently Jae wasn't going to come for some reason, but Jun guilted him into it. Everyone is here now and all we're waiting on is you."
Ann shared her friend's sigh of relief. From the little she knew of the twins, she knew that Jae was the baby of the family and that all his siblings were very protective over him. The other twin, Jun, had gotten that side of the older ones as well since they had left America. She didn't know why but would be lying if she said that she wasn't curious to know.
A few minutes later, they left the back room of the church and went out to the main hall where everyone was waiting. As maid of honor, Ann was walking with Yun's best man, Yoo-chun. It meant that she wasn't going to get to meet the twins until later, but it was all good. She still had the reception to look forward to.
And she really wanted to meet them. After all, everyone had talked so much about them since she got there she was curious about them. Really curious.
wandered off to the side after the ceremony, trying to get away from
the demon known as his newly married brother and new sister in law.
Sighing he sat in a chair looking at the ground; he couldn't help
but think about Chloe.
The things she had said to him, they were just so unlike her. He still didn't understand, why did it have to come to this? They couldn't have talked it out?
He looked up to see his father, Sun-kyu. He hadn't really talked to him in the time he had moved to Korea. His father sent him letters every now and then, but he had never written back. The pain of what had happened to him and to his brother was still too fresh. He looked older. Actually, he looked like hell on earth. On the other hand he looked probably the way Jae felt.
"Hi," he muttered back, looking down at the ground again. He hadn't really spoken to his father since the whole thing with Kenya and he had moved back in with his sister. The relationship between him and his father was strained to say the least.
"It was a beautiful ceremony," Sun said as he sat on a chair next to his son. "Alessa was a beautiful bride. Your brother is very lucky to have found her."
"Yeah, he's happy," Jae said, looking over at the main table where his brother sat with his bride, feeding her something or the other. "At least one of us is."
"How are you?" Sun-kyu asked. Jae could tell he was concerned which meant a lot considering all that had happened. He had no doubt in his mind that his father still loved him but it was hard to wrap his head around what had happened. It was fair to say that nothing that eventful had ever happened in Korea, which was the way Jae wanted it.
"I'm okay," he replied monotonously. He wasn't okay, hell right now he felt like jumping off a bridge, and he probably would have done it too if it weren't for the family he had. He couldn't leave them; they had already lost one member of the Kim family...
"Jae-joong," his father started. Oh great, let's hope this wont be a guilt trip speech. "I know that you and your brothers and sister feel betrayed by what I did. And I know that Yun, Yoo, Chang, and Cho may never forgive me but I'm not really looking for their forgiveness."
Jae looked at him, intrigued now. His father was not the type of man who asked for forgiveness easily, nor was he the type to willingly admit that he was wrong. He also knew that this was not easy for the man, so for the first time in a long time, he was willing to listen.
"Kenya didn't hurt them; she hurt you and Jun-su. The forgiveness I want to earn is yours and your brother's."
As much as he knew that his father was right, Jae couldn't help but think that the real forgiveness his father needed to earn was Jun's. Sure, Kenya had done some real crappy things to him, things that he still had nightmares about but he hadn't almost died at her hand. Not like his twin.
"You don't know how sorry I am that this happened to you both. I feel like such a failure as a father for not believing you when you told me that she treated you that way. I should have listened instead of putting my own selfish needs before yours," Sun looked away, wiping at his eyes.
"But you didn't," Jae said quietly. "You didn't listen to us and Jun almost died because of it." He knew that he sounded bitter, and he was. His brother, his best friend had almost died – had died for a minute – because his father had cared more about keeping his wife happy than what his children were telling him.
Still, there was a part of him that missed his father, and wanted the relationship back to the way it was before Kenya had entered their lives. He wanted their family to be the loving, unified unit it had once been.
"I know it's going to take time, but I do hope that you will come visit sometimes, and that you will call," Sun said as he stood. "It was nice talking to you."
Jae nodded not bothering to stand or do anything else. His father was right; it was going to take time before he was willing to forgive. He would eventually, that much he knew, but he would never forget. Not for as long as he lived would he ever forget.
A few minutes later, he saw his twin walking in his direction. He grinned to himself and almost laughed. Apparently, he wasn't going to be left alone long enough to wallow, that was for sure. Not that he minded, because at the moment, he didn't want to wallow. He wanted to forget everything that had happened with him and Chloe, even if it was only for a few hours.
"What did he want?" Jun asked as he handed him a bottle of water. He sat next to him in the chair their father had just been sitting in and stared in the direction of the dance floor. Jae knew that he was referring to their father and sighed.
"He came to tell me that he knew what happened was wrong and that he was sorry and hoped that one day we would forgive him."
Jun snorted, opening his own water bottle. "Well, tell you what," he began angrily. "When I don't have scars from being shot, I'll forgive him."
"You'll never not have those scars Jun," Jae pointed out needlessly. His twin gave him a pointed look.
Jae sighed. Jun most likely would never forgive their father, nor would his other siblings. None of them understood how the man who claimed to love them could stand by and watch his children be hurt the way they were. Jae didn't know either, but he was at least willing to try. Eventually.
"Hey, who's that?" he asked suddenly, wanting to change the subject and also because he was genuinely curious as to know who the dark haired girl now talking to Alessa was. He couldn't remember ever seeing her before, except for a few minutes at the beginning of the ceremony. She had walked with Yoo-chun that much he knew for sure, and was pretty much all that he knew.
Jun followed his gaze and then grinned. "Her name is Anjuliee Virjinia, she's nineteen and she is Alessa's best friend. I think Lessa said she was from Canada, but she's lived in Seoul a lot over the years. Single, lives with her dad when she's home, parents are divorced and speaks perfect Korean."
Jae stared at his twin, eyes wide. "How in the world did you find all that out?" he demanded. His brother never ceased to amaze him, never. "We've been here for all of an hour."
Jun shrugged again and looked back at the dancers on the floor. "Simple, it's called asking. I wanted to know who she was, I asked Lessa and she told me. More than I wanted to know, but hey, it's all good right?" He gestured to the girl with his water bottle. "She's pretty too."
Jae was still a little in shock, but he nodded. The girl – Anjuliee – was very pretty. In fact, she was beautiful. At the moment she was moving toward the dance floor with one of his many young cousins, a smile on her face as she picked the little boy up and spun him around. It was obvious that she liked kids, which was a good thing.
"She's beautiful," he muttered out loud when he saw her smiling again. "Really beautiful."
Jun nudged him in the shoulder, laughing. "Hey, what's this? A smile? I thought you were depressed. Depressed people don't smile; they try to sneak out of houses through bathroom windows."
Jae ignored him. Yes he was depressed because his girlfriend had pretty much used him and then cheated on him, then dumped him days before Christmas. Anyone would have been depressed at that. But damn it all, he wasn't dead. He could still appreciate the fine things in life.
And that girl was fine.
Ann was having a great time at the reception. More fun than she had ever thought she would have in a place where the only person she knew was her best friend. At least she could speak Korean, so she could pretty much tell when people were talking about her. Her Korean was a little rusty since she hadn't used it in so long but she knew that it would only take a few days before she got back into the swing of things.
She wandered around the edge of the dance floor looking out at the crowd of people and smiled again. Everyone was having a good time and for that she was glad. She wanted everything to be perfect for her best friend's big day and it was. Right down to the absolutely beautiful wedding vows the bride and groom had written themselves, as well as when Yun-ho and his brothers had gotten up on the stage and serenaded Alessa. Of course, Alessa had started crying which set off nearly every other woman in the entire building.
Ann herself had felt like crying when the brothers sang a song they had called 'Hug'. It was beautiful and their voices blended so well together that it was like they had been doing it for years.
It had also given her the opportunity to see the semi elusive twins. Well, one of them at least. The younger one had seemed to be hiding behind the older one, not wanting to be seen from the stage. She hadn't met him yet, but the one she had met, Jun-su, was a hottie that was for sure. Then again, she wasn't surprised, Alessa, Julia and Rachel had all sworn up and down that they were just as gorgeous as the other brothers.
"There you are," Alessa said as she came up to her, hooking her arms through Ann's. "I've been looking for you everywhere. I want to introduce you to Jae the minute he comes off the dance floor." She pointed past Ann's shoulder at a young man who was dancing with a tiny little blond girl. "That's him."
Ann felt her breath catch in her throat as she looked at the smiling guy. Oh merciful heaven, she thought, he was gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.
"That's him?" she repeated.
"Yep, that's Jae, the baby."
"Damn Alessa, he's fine," she said with a small sigh. "How is that possible? How can there be that many hot guys in one family? That's not right."
Alessa laughed. "Yeah, that's what all us girlfriends used to say. Saleym used to say that it was illegal for it to be possible and that when the five of them were together she was going to die from hottie overload."
Ann gave her a puzzled look. "Saleym?" she asked. "Who's that?"
"Oh right, you didn't meet her. She was one of the girlfriends for a while. She and Jun dated for almost six months 'til she up and dumped him so she could go to England. Then there's Chloe, who was her best friend. She and Jae are together and have been for the longest time. She's in New York right now. She was supposed to come here for the wedding but something came up and she couldn't get away."
Ann didn't know who in their right mind would dump the cutie known as Jun, and felt an almost sense of disappointment over hearing that Jae had a girlfriend. It was too bad, because he looked like someone she could date.
The song ended and Jae left the little girl at the end of the dance floor with the smiling woman whom she knew was his former stepmother, Lisa, and her new husband, David Manning. The girl, Ann knew, was David's daughter, Cameron whom all the Kim children considered a sister.
She couldn't help but think that was one of the sweetest things she had ever heard. She could never imagine considering her step siblings as anything other than just that: her step siblings. It was no secret that she didn't get along with her mother's new husband or his children. At least here she didn't have to put up with them.
"Come on," Alessa said, grabbing her hand and dragging her over to the food table. Once there, she tapped the guy on the shoulder. "Hey, what's this I hear about you not wanting to come here today?" she demanded.
He turned around, his eyes wide. "Sorry," he stammered looking from Alessa to Ann then back again. "I…I…"
Alessa put her hands on her hips and glared at him. "Do you not like me that much, Jae-joong Kim? Do you regret that Yun-ho married me? Is that why you didn't want to come? Are you disappointed that he wanted to marry me?"
Ann knew that her friend was teasing, but it was obvious that the poor boy didn't. His face had gone bright red and he didn't seem to be able to string two words together. She felt bad for him and turned to Alessa and clicked her tongue at her.
"Leave him alone, Lessa," she ordered. "Don't worry, she's just picking at you," she assured him. "It's her idea of a joke. A sick one, but a joke none the less. I'm Anjuliee Virjinia. It's nice to finally meet you," she said holding out her hand.
He gave her a grateful smile and she thought that he should do that more often. He had an amazing smile, even if it didn't quite reach his eyes.
"Nice to meet you too," he told her, shaking her hand.
don't you two dance?" Alessa suggested. "It will give you time
to get to know each other. And it'll make me happy."
Ann glared at her friend, wondering just what the hell Alessa was up to. She had only said a few minutes before that the guy had a girlfriend, yet it seemed like she was trying to push them together. That was completely unlike her. Then again, it was her wedding day and she more than likely just wanted all her guests and new family members to enjoy themselves.
"What do you say?" Ann asked, looking at Jae with a smile. "You want to get away from Bridezilla and dance with me? I promise not to step on your toes if you don't step on mine."
Jae seemed to hesitate for a few minutes before finally nodding his head. "Sure," he said though he didn't sound sure at all. "Anything to get away from Bridezilla."
Ann laughed at the hurt expression on her best friend's face, but knew that it was all good when Jae leaned over and kissed her on the cheek before leading her onto the dance floor. Once they were there, he put his hands on her waist and she moved hers to his neck. The guy was nervous, she could tell. More than likely he was worried about what his girlfriend would think if she was here. Then again, if she had been here, then Ann wouldn't be dancing with him.
They were only dancing for a few minutes and she was really getting into it when he suddenly stopped. She stared at him, surprised. 'What was going on?' she wondered. And why were there tears starting to well up in his eyes? Had she stepped on his toes accidentally? She didn't think she had, but one never knew for sure when they were wearing high heels.
"I…I'm sorry," he muttered, looking down at his feet. "I can't do this. I'm sorry." And with that, he was gone, leaving her to stand in the middle of the dance floor like a complete moron.
She regained her composure and left the area, shrugging to Alessa who was asking without words what was wrong. Damned if she knew. She looked over to where Jae was now standing with his twin, shaking his head and gesturing wildly. Then she saw Jun nod and hug his brother and Jae walking away with his head down.
She would have been lying if she hadn't said that she was curious. Or that he hadn't intrigued her. She was determined to learn more about Jae-joong Kim; and what Ann wanted, one way or the other, she got.