Ten years ago…..
A little girl about 6 years old was crying in the park. She was sitting alone on a swing, while continuously sobbing and tears were flowing from her eyes.
While she was crying, a young boy about 12 years old, passed by. He noticed the little girl crying on the swing. He felt pity for the child. He thought that she might be lost or something. He suddenly decided to turn back and ask the little girl what was wrong.
“Are you lost?” the boy asked the little girl.
The little girl looked at the boy. She had tears in her eyes. Somehow the boy couldn’t bear to see the little girl cry. He immediately pulled out his handkerchief and started to wipe away the little girl’s tears.
“What’s wrong? Why are you crying?” the boy asked again.
The little girl just looked at the boy. And then she suddenly cried again. The boy didn’t know what to do. Then he remembered the box of chocolates that he had just bought. He wanted to to give it to someone special. But he thought making the little girl stop crying was more important at that moment. He thought that he can always buy another box of chocolates. So the boy hurriedly took out the box of chocolates from his bag.
“Come on. Stop crying. Would you like some chocolates?”
The little girl suddenly stopped sobbing and looked at the box of chocolates. She just loved chocolates. She tried to hold back her tears and suddenly asked, “Can I really have some of your chocolates?”
The boys smiled, ”Of course. I wouldn’t be offering them to you if I didn’t want to give them to you,” he answered.
The little girl carefully opened the box of chocolates. She was very happy> It was her favorite kind of chocolates. She immediately opened it, and then she ate some.
The boy felt relieved after seeing the little girl had stopped crying.
“Why were you crying anyway?” the boy asked.
The girl looked at the boy. She was deciding whether to tell him the truth or not.
“I was just sad. My parents had died in an accident a month ago. And ever since then I have been missing them constantly,” the girl answered with tears starting to form in her eyes again.
The boy’s heart somehow stopped as he heard the little girl start sobbing again. He slowly bent down on his knees and faced the little girl. He then started to wipe away the little girl’s tear’s again.
“Please stop crying. Little girls should always be brave. Do you want your parents to be sad?” the boy asked the little girl.
“What do you mean?” the little girl asked.
The boy smiled. “ Your parents may have died, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t watching you anymore. I am sure, they are up in heaven right now. And they are really sad because they can see that you’re always crying.”
The little girl smiled. “Really? Do you really think so? You’re very nice. I never thought about them being sad and all. Do you really think that they are in heaven and watching over me?”
“Yes, I am very sure. So from now on, you should be a brave little girl. And promise me that you’ll be strong and avoid crying so much,” the boy said with a smile.
The little girl looked at the boy. She suddenly thought that the boy was really cute and very nice too. The little girl smiled.
The boy noticed that the girl was looking at him.
“Why are you looking at me like that?” he asked.
The little girl smiled again.
“I just noticed how cute you were,” she answered frankly.
The boy laughed.
“How old are you?” he asked.
“Six and a half,” she answered proudly.
The boy laughed again. “You’re only six years old and you already know when a boy is cute?” he asked as if unable to believe.
“Well, I think you’re cute,” the little girl said again.
The boy messed the little girl’s hair as if teasing her.
“You’re still too young for those kind of things,” he said with a smile.
“Sorry…..” the little girl said.
“For what?” the boy asked.
“For eating half of your chocolates. You were supposed to give it to someone weren’t you? But now that I’ve eaten it, you can’t give it anymore,” the girl said with sadness.
“Oh….it’s okay. I don’t think she’ll accept it anyway,” the boy said with a bitter smile.
“Why? She doesn’t like you,” the girl asked curiously.
“I’m not so sure,” the boy answered.
“Well, it’s her loss. If you were going to court me, I would answer you immediately,” the little girl said without any hesitation.
The boy laughed and then at the little girl. She was certainly a very straight forward girl. As he was looking at her, he suddenly thought that she would surely grow up to be a very beautiful girl someday. Even at her young age, she was already very beautiful. And it wasn’t really hard to tell that she would someday grow up to be a very attractive woman.
“Come on. Where do you live? I’ll take you home,” the boy offered.
The little girl told the boy where she lived and he took her home on his bike. While riding on the front of his bike, the little girl thought she would be the luckiest girl in the world if she became the boy’s girlfriend someday. Somehow even in her very young age, she knew that she had already found her perfect match.
When they finally arrived at the little girl’s home. Another boy, about the same age as the first boy, was patiently waiting for the little girl. As soon as he saw, the girl, his tensed expression somehow changed.
“Where have you been?” the second boy asked the little girl.
“I went to the park,” the little girl answered.
“How many times have I told you to never go out without telling anyone, “ the boy started to scold the little girl.
“Who was I going to tell? No one was around. So I just decided to go out. I was so lonely. I had no one to talk to. I was all alone in the house,” the little girl started to talk back to the second boy as tears were starting to fall from her eyes.
The second boy’s expression suddenly softened as soon as he saw that the little girl was crying.
“Sorry. I didn’t mean to scold you. I was just worried. Next time, don’t go out alone. Mom and Dad are already gone. I don’t want to lose you too,” the second boy said affectionately to the little girl.
The little girl nodded and hugged the second boy.
“Thank you for bringing my sister home,” the second boy said to the first boy.
“It’s nothing I saw her while passing in the park. She was alone so I decided to take her home,” the first boy answered.
“Thank you anyway. I am Jonathan Park and this is my sister Lora. We just moved here a week ago from London,” the second boy said.
“I am Jung Yunho,” the second boy said with a smile.
And the two boys shook hands with one another as a sign of their new friendship
“Hyung, it’s time to go on with the rehearsal again,” Max said to U-Know after he gently tapped U-Know’s shoulder.
U-Know snapped out from what he was thinking, and just nodded.
“He’s eating chocolates again. He’s always like that whenever he eats chocolates,” Jaejoong said with a laugh.
“Should we prevent him from eating chocolates then?” Xiah asked as a joke.
“No, just let him have his chocolates. Eating chocolates makes him happy….” Jaejoong replied with a loud laugh.
Xiah, Micky and Max all laughed together with Jaejoong. U-Know just smiled at his friends, and gently placed the box of chocolates he had back in his bag.
“Yes, two weeks of total peace….” Xiah shouted as he was running around the house that he and the other DBSK members were living in.
Jaejoong laughed. “I can’t believe we have a two weeks vacation,” he said.
“It’s like a dream come true. Imagine no schedules, no interviews, no fan meetings, no rehearsals, no concerts, no tv performances,” Xiah said.
“Do you guys have any plans yet?” Micky asked.
Xiah suddenly stopped rejoicing and looked at his friends.
“Come to think of it….Why am I so happy when I don’t even have a single plan on how to spend my vacation,” Xiah said with a sigh.
“We all have that same dilemma,” Jaejoong said to Xiah.
“I want to go to a place where I can relax, where I can do whatever I want,” Micky suddenly said.
“Yeah, that’s what I want too. But I’m afraid if I go home, I won’t have a moment’s peace with all my relatives and friends coming over every day,” Xiah said with a sigh again.
“We’re all thinking the same thing,” Jaejoong said with a laugh.
U-Know laughed. “Well I have a place to go to. And I have already planned my two weeks vacation in advance,” he said with a smile.
“Where? Where are you going?” Xiah asked curiously.
“I am going to a friend’s house. I’ll be staying there for the whole two weeks,” U-Know answered with a smile.
“A friend?” Max asked.
“Yes, he’s been my friend since I was twelve years old. We haven’t seen each other for more than six years,” U-Know replied.
“Hyung is lucky he has a place to spend his vacation,” Max sadly said.
“So do tell us about your friend….any sister?” Micky asked.
“Yes, he has a sister,” U-Know replied.
“Is she cute?” Xiah asked.
“Don’t even dream about it. She’s six years younger than us,” U-Know said to Xiah.
“Oh! Then she’s what? Only sixteen now?” Xiah asked again.
“Yes,” U-Know answered. “So she’s off limits.”
“Well…We aren’t going to court her if that’s what you mean,” Xiah said with a laugh.
“Yeah, Xiah only asked if she is cute….Nothing wrong with that,” Max said to defend Xiah.
“Well? Is she cute?” Xiah asked again.
“She’s pretty… and very young,” U-Know pointed out.
Xiah laughed. “You’re being over-protective again. Why are you always so protective of almost
everyone? It’s like you’re always the big brother that has to protect someone …”
“Because that’s how he is,” Jaejoong said with a laugh.
“I was just saying that she’s way too young,” U-Know said again.
“We heard you….So is she going to be there? I mean in the house where you’ll be staying?”
Xiah asked again.
“I don’t know yet. She’s been living in London for the past six years. And I don’t know if she’s going to be there,” U-know a nswered.
“Hey. You mean she’s like been living in London since she was ten years old?” Xiah asked in disbelief.
“Yes, she went there when she was only ten years old. She’s living in a boarding school,” U-Know replied.
“Must be tough,” Max said.
“Speaking of tough…. We still don’t know where we are going on our vacation,” Micky suddenly remembered.
“Oh! I wish I had a place I can go to….” Jaejoong suddenly shouted with a sigh.
U-Know looked at his friends. Then he suddenly thought of a great idea.
“Would you guys like to come with me?” U-Know suddenly asked the other DBSK members.
“Really?” Xiah asked.
“Are you sure it’s okay to bring us along?” Jaejoong asked with hesitation.
“My friend Jonathan has a very large house and I know he won’t mind if I bring you guys along,” U-Know answered.
“Are you really really certain? We’re already desperate so we won’t refuse what you are offering,” Jaejoong said with a wide grin.
“Yes….vacation here we come,” Xiah shouted.
“Let’s start packing. When are we leaving?” Max asked excitedly.
“Where are we going exactly?”Micky suddenly asked.
“My friend has bought a new house here in Seoul. That’s where we’ll be staying,” U-Know said with a big grin.
The other DBSK boys suddenly looked at U-Know.
“Seoul?” Jaejoong asked in disbelief.
“And I was imagining a far away place,” Xiah said.
“Well, anywhere is fine with me. Just as long there is food to eat and a place to sleep,” Max commented.
“And at least, we can do anything we want there. There won’t be schedules to keep, and certainly no fans to keep us busy,” Micky said.
“No fans? That is possible if we don’t go out of the house or if the house we live is situated in the mountains or something,” Jaejoong said with a laugh.
“Don’t worry. No fans will be able to see us. Jonathan said that his new house is surrounded by high walls. And the main house is far from the gate. So once we’re inside, no one will ever know that we’re there,” U-Know told his friends.
“Does he have a pool?” Max suddenly asked.
“Yes, I think he does,” U-Know answered.
“Then when are we leaving?” Max asked again.
“We’re leaving tomorrow. So better start packing,” U-Know said to his friends.
All of the DBSK members were very happy. They were all very excited to finally have their two weeks vacation.
As the other DBSK members were laughing, U-Know suddenly thought of someone.
“Will she be there?” he asked himself.
Six years ago . . . . .
“Oppa …. Wait for me,” a ten year old girl shouted as she was running to catch up with her brother and their friend, both sixteen years old. She was trying to hurry that he accidentally dropped the books that she was carrying.
The two boys she was trying to catch up with suddenly stopped walking and laughed after seeing her books were scattered on the side of the road.
One of the boys walked to where the girl was busy picking up her books. He immediately helped picking up her books.
“I’ll carry them,” the boy said to the girl.
The girl smiled sweetly at the boy.
“Thank you, oppa. You’re really very nice,” she said to him.
“Hey! Yunho,Lora…We’re going to be late. Will you guys please hurry up,” the other boy said to his friend and sister.
Just go ahead without me. I’ll just walk with Lora. These books are too heavy. She can’t carry them all by herself,” Yunho said to Jonathan.
“Suit yourself. I have to buy something first. So I’ll certainly be going ahead. Yunho, take care of my sister okay? See you later,” Jonathan shouted as he suddenly started running while waving his hand to say goodbye.
Yunho and Lora both laughed as Jonathan hurriedly ran to buy her new girlfriend a gift.
“My brother is really such a playboy,” Lora commented.
Yunho laughed. “Playboy? Yeah, you could say he is,” he said.
“Frankly, I don’t know how the two of you became best of friends. You’re complete opposites. You’re serious while he’s so playful. He’s a complete playboy while you’re straight ….” Lora commented.
“Me straight? How can you know? What if I say I am also a playboy? Yunho asked jokingly.
“Then I won’t believe you,” Lora immediately replied.
“Why?” he asked.
“Because I have known you for four years already. And I know that you’re not like that,” she replied again.
“Do you know me that much?” Yunho asked again.
“Yes, like the back of my hand,” Lora answered with a smile.
Yunho smiled. Lora had grown up to be a very charming girl. She also had been very strong. Because from the day that he met her on the park four years ago, she hasn’t cried ever since.
“This will be the last time you’ll walking me to school,” Lora said with a sad tone.
“I know,” Yunho answered.
“I’ll miss walking to school with you and Jonathan. I won’t be able to play games with you anymore. I won’t be able to hear you sing anymore. I won’t be able to see you anymore,” Lora said with extreme sadness.
Yunho became very silent. He couldn’t say a single word. His heart was breaking hearing her say that she won’t be able to see him anymore. He didn’t want her to go. She had been with her for four years now. She has been a part of her life. A part that he can’t seem to live without.
“When is your flight?” he finally had the strength to ask.
“6 in the morning,” she replied.
“Take care of yourself okay?” he managed to say.
“Thanks for caring,” she said with a sweet smile.
Lora suddenly stopped walking. She suddenly faced Yunho. She looked at him as if thinking of something.
“Do you still remember when you first met me?” she suddenly asked.
“Yes, why,” he asked.
“Do you still remember when I said that if you ever courted me I would answer you right away?” Lora asked.
“Why are you asking this?” Yunho asked as if confused.
“Don’t laugh okay? What I am going to say is the truth so please don’t laugh,” Lora said with a serious look on her face.
“Okay,” he said.
Lora drew in a deep breath.
“I love you,” Lora said to Yunho.
Yunho was shocked. He never expected that Lora would ever say that to him. She was only 10 years old and here she was in front of him saying she loved him.
Yunho tried to smile. “You’re only ten years old. You can’t go around telling guys that you love them,” he lectured her.
“And why not?” she suddenly asked with fire in her eyes.
“Because….because it is uncommon for a girl to do it, that’s all,” he answered.
“Why can’t a girl tell a guy that she likes him? A guy can always tell a girl that he likes her, so why not a girl?” Lora asked again.
U-Know didn’t know what to say. Lora had always been very rebellious. She was always going against the rules and doing things in her own way.
“Lora, you’re only ten years old. I am already sixteen years old. Don’t you find that a little odd?” Yunho asked.
“No, my dad is ten years older than my mom when they got married,” she answered.
U-Know was suddenly stuck with nothing else to say. Lora was always able to come up with reasons for everything.
“You’re still too young to say you like me. What do you think your brother will say when he finds out that you’ve told me that you love me? Do you even know what love means?” Yunho asked Lora. He wanted to wake Lora from her fantasy about him.
“I’m not forcing you to like me too. I just said I love you because that’s what I really feel. And frankly I don’t care whether you like me or not. I just want to be true to myself,” Lora said.
“Lora, you’re like a sister to me,” Yunho uttered.
“I know,” Lora smiled bitterly. “You only like me as a sister. That’s why I am going away. I want to be away from you and grow up really fast so when I come back you can love me more than a sister then,” she said.
Yunho couldn’t find the right words to say to her. Ever since he met her there has always been a special part for her in his heart. He didn’t know if what he felt was just brotherly love or something deeper. But what he is very sure of is the fact that they can never be more than friends. He was six years older than her.
He has always been the type to always be responsible for everything. He has always followed the rules and always stood for what is right. But right at that exact moment, he wanted to do something wrong. He wanted to do something that he knew wasn’t right. He wanted to tell Lora that he loved her too. But even if his heart is telling him to tell her how he truly feels, his mind is still controlling his whole being. He can never tell her. He was too afraid about what other people might say. And he was too afraid of what Jonathan would say if he found out.
Lora looked at Yunho. He was looking at her with such a serious expression on his face. She wasn’t very proud of what she just did. But she was glad that she had finally found the courage to do it before she left. She was afraid that if she didn’t do it now, she will never have the chance to ever do it.
She knew that when she leaves, the gap between them will be much bigger than just their age. But she wanted to be away from him to be able to truly understand whether what she was feeling for him was just a simple admiration or the actual love that she often hears. She knew that Yunho was right. She was still too young to even know what love means. But she was willing to learn.
Yunho was about to say something when Lora suddenly started walking away from him.
“I have to go oppa… I’m already late,” she said as she hurriedly entered her school.
Yunho was left looking at Lora as she disappeared among a group of students. He wanted to ran after her and tell her how he feels but he just stopped himself. He told himself that it wasn’t right.
The next day, Yunho woke up very early to go to Lora’s house to say goodbye. She was going to study in London. He didn’t know when she will be back or if she will ever come back. He hurriedly rode on his bike and went to Lora’s house. He wanted to see her one last time before she leaves.
When he arrived at her house. She was just about to ride on the car.
“Lora . . . . .” Yunho called out.
Lora looked at Yunho. She suddenly smiled, and took out something from inside the car. She then slowly approached Yunho. She was smiling.
“Oppa….I thought you weren’t coming. I thought you got mad about what I said yesterday,” she said with a sad look in her eyes.
“So you were really going without even saying goodbye?” Yunho asked.
Lora looked at Yunho’s sad face. Her heart was breaking into pieces seeing him so sad.
“We don’t have to say goodbye. I will be back after a few years,” Lora said with a smile.
“Do you really have to go?” Yunho finally had the strength to ask.
“Yes. . . . .We can always talk on the phone. I can always call you,” she replied with sadness in her eyes.
“But still London is so far away. Who will carry your books? Who will protect you when some guy starts bullying you? Who will walk you home?” Yunho asked continuously.
“I promise I will take care of myself. So you don’t have to worry,” she said with a smile.
“You’ve been my little sister for so long and I have been taking care of you for so long. I know I will surely miss you,” Yunho said honestly.
“Sister?” Lora uttered. Hearing him say that word has brought her pain again. She didn’t want to hear that word whenever it concerns Yunho. She wanted to be more than his little sister. That was the main reason why she was going to London. She wanted to grow up on her own, away from him. She wanted to give him some time to miss her and discover if what he truly feels for her is just brotherly love or something more. She can see it in his eyes that he cares for her. But he was just too afraid to admit it.
“Here take this,” Yunho gave Lora a small box.
Lora immediately opened it. Inside the box was a small heart locket. She was very touched by Yunho’s gesture.
“Thank you….I will take care of this with all of my heart. And this is for you,” Lora gave Yunho a box of chocolates.
Yunho looked at the box of chocolates that he was holding. He was somehow confused on why Lora gave it to him.
Lora smiled. “Remember, the first time you met me. I was crying and you gave me a box of chocolates. And after a while, I started to feel better. Ever since then, whenever I feel sad or tired. I would just eat some chocolates and I would always feel happy and full of energy again. So that’s why I am giving you this box of chocolates. I am leaving, so I know you will be sad. After I am gone, just eat some of the chocolates and I am sure you’ll feel much better. And always remember that whenever you’re sad or tired or maybe missing me, just eat some chocolates and you’ll feel much better. Just pretend that I am eating those chocolates with you just like the way what we used to do….” Lora said with tears already flowing from her eyes.
Yunho just looked at Lora. He was trying to memorize her face. He knew he was going to miss her terribly. But he didn’t want to show it nor say it. His mind was telling him it was the right thing to do. But his heart was screaming otherwise.
“Lora, you might miss the flight. . . . .”Jonathan shouted while inside the car.
Lora looked back at the car and then at Yunho. He was still standing in front of him, unable to talk and move.
She then slowly walked up to him Then as she was standing in front of him, face to face, she quickly tiptoed to give him a kiss on the lips. As Lora was kissing Yunho, they both felt that their world suddenly stopped. Yunho didn’t want their kiss to end. He wanted to be with her.
“Oppa. . . . .Take care of yourself okay? I’ll miss you . . . .” she said as she quickly turned away and ran inside the car.
As the car was moving away, Yunho still held the box of chocolates in his hands. His heart was aching. How he wanted to ran after the car and ask her to stay.
Yunho went to the park where he first met Lora. He then sat on the same swing that she sat on, four years ago. He was so sad. He didn’t want to admit it, but he truly cared for Lora. He suddenly thought about the chocolates that she gave him. He carefully opened the box.
Inside the box was a small note.
Please wait for me. I’ll come back and make you love me.
Yunho smiled. She didn’t have to make him love her anymore because he already does. With the small note in his hand, Yunho finally cried.
“Are you all right? Xiah asked U-Know.
U-Know suddenly looked at Xiah.
“What were you thinking?” Jaejoong asked U-Know.
“Nothing . . . .just something from the past,” U-Know commented.
“Well, is this the place?” Max asked the others.
Their van had finally stopped in front of a large and tall gate.
“Yes, I think so,” U-Know said with a smile.
“Well, come on. Let’s meet this friend of yours,” Xiah said with a cheerful smile.
As the DBSK boys entered the gate, U-Know’s heart was pounding. He was hoping to someone….someone he has never forgotten.
A maid had greeted the DBSK boys at the gate. She then guided them to the house.
The DBSK boys were amazed. The place was just like a resort. It had a huge swimming pool, then the whole open space was made into a garden and as for the house that U-Know said. As it turns out, it was actually a mansion.
“You didn’t tell us your friend was very rich,” Micky said to U-Know.
“I’m quite surprised too. I also didn’t know that they were this rich,” U-Know said.
A guy suddenly appeared. He was smiling at U-Know.
“Long time no see, old friend,” Jonathan said with a big grin.
“Jonathan, how have you been?” U-Know asked.
“Fine . . . . .very fine indeed . . . .”Jonathan replied.
“When you said you bought a new house. I didn’t think you meant a mansion,” U-know said with a smile.
Jonathan laughed. “We have been both very busy these past few years that we haven’t talked much. I haven’t told you that I’m already running my father’s company and I’ve also gotten my inheritance. So that’s why I can afford to buy this kind of place now,” he said with a big smile.
“Really? Yes, you never told me,” U-Know replied.
“So there are your friends?” Jonathan asked.
“Yes. . . . .This is Xiah, Max, Jaejoong and Micky,” U-Know introduced his friends one by one.
“Nice to meet all of you,” Jonathan said with a warm smile. “Come on, let’s go inside the house. We can all have a nice talk there.”
The DBSK boys followed Jonathan inside the house. Once inside, the boys couldn’t help but admire everything. There were antiques and all the others were branded items.
“Come on, sit down,” Jonathan said to his guests.
“Thank you for letting us come and stay here with U-Know,” Xiah said to Jonathan.
Jonathan laughed. “ Oh! It’s nothing really. As you can see this place is big enough to house at least thirty people all at the same time. So having you guys here is no problem. I’m actually glad that you guys came. As the old saying goes, the more, the merrier,” he said with a smile.
While Jonathan was talking, U-Know started to look around. He was obviously looking for something or someone. Jonathan noticed U-Know and smiled.
“Lora isn’t here yet. Her flight got delayed. So she won’t be here until maybe after an hour,” Jonathan said.
“Oh . . . . .” U-Know uttered.
The DBSK boys and Jonathan spent the next hour talking about different things. While trying to pass the time, Jonathan showed them their rooms. Each of them had their own room and each of it was well prepared as if it was a hotel room. The boys were again very impressed with the special attention that Jonathan was giving them.
After showing them their rooms, they returned to the living room to chat with one another. Xiah, Jaejoong, Max and Micky immediately liked Jonathan. He was very easy to get along with.
They were talking with one another, when a man entered the living room.
“Sir, your sister is here,” the man announced.
Jonathan suddenly stopped talking.
“Really? Well, where is she?” Jonathan asked.
“She’s still outside with her friend,” the man answered.
As soon as U-Know heard that Lora was outside, he suddenly felt like he couldn’t breathe. His heart was beating so fast. He couldn’t believe that after six years, he was going to see her again.
“So your sister is finally here . . . .” Xiah said to Jonathan.
“Yes, I couldn’t believe it either. I’ve been convincing her to come back to Korea for almost five years and she always refuses. But now suddenly she agrees. I think it has something to do with you guys being here,” Jonathan replied.
“What do you mean?” Jaejoong asked.
“Well . . . . when I told her that U-Know was going to stay with his friends, she immediately said that she’ll see if she can take a vacation too,” Jonathan said with a big smile.
“Isn’t your sister and hyung (pertaining to U-Know) close?” Max suddenly asked.
“Close? Well, you could say yes. They were more like of a brother and sister than me and Lora. He was always looking after her,” Jonathan answered.
Jaejoong, Xiah, Max and Micky all looked at U-Know. They were somehow feeling that he was hiding something from them.
The door suddenly opened, a very attractive young girl came in. She was tall about 5’8, had golden, wavy hair and she had a very flawless skin. She was very beautiful.
Xiah, Jaejoong, Micky and Max couldn’t believe that the girl in front of them was only sixteen years old. She was tall, beautiful and already had the figure of a full grown woman. She could easily be mistaken as twenty years old or more.
“Hello, Jonathan,” Lora said as he gently kissed him on the cheek.
“How was your flight?” Jonathan asked.
“Fine . . . .but quite tiring,” she replied with a sweet smile.
U-Know couldn’t believe what he was seeing. The little girl he had pictured in his mind was now a very gorgeous young woman. She had totally changed from the conservative little girl to the very sexy young woman she is now. She was wearing a tight-fitting pair of jeans with a tight-fitting shirt. Her full body figure was very obvious with what she was wearing.
U-Know was totally speechless. He was thinking that she had changed so much. Maybe she didn’t even remember him anymore. And thinking that she didn’t remember him anymore somehow caused his heart to ache.
“Lora, you still remember Yunho right?” Jonathan asked his sister.
“Yunho? Of course,” Lora said as she looked at U-Know. She smiled. “Hello . . . . oppa. How have you been? We haven’t seen each other for six years.”
U-Know didn’t know what to say. The other DBSK members noticed how U-Know was reacting to Lora. Jaejoong smiled. As they all guessed, U-Know was hiding something. And it wasn’t something….it was a someone.
“While I was in London, I heard that you really became successful with your career. I’m very happy for you,” she continued to say.
“Well . . . .Hello! I’m Jaejoong. This is Micky, this is Max and this is Xiah,” Jaejoong said with a smile. He already noticed that U-Know wasn’t himself. He was sure that U-Know would surely won’t be able to answer Lora anyway. So he decided to distract Lora for awhile.
Lora smiled. “You don’t have to introduce yourselves. I already know all of you. You guys are very famous now. Everybody knows DBSK right? So no need for introductions,” she said with a laugh.
Jaejoong looked at Xiah, then they both looked at U-Know. He was still looking at Lora. Xiah who was sitting beside U-Know suddenly nudged him. After being nudged, U-Know somehow finally came to his senses.
Micky and Max who were just looking on what was happening, finally let out a sigh. They thought that U-Know was going to be looking at Lora for a very long time.
Lora finally focused her eyes on U-Know. She smiled.
“Oppa . . . .How are you?” she asked.
U-Know’s heart skipped a beat, after hearing her call him ‘oppa’. He hasn’t heard her call him that word for six years. How he missed hearing her say that to him.
“I’ve fine . . . . .quite good to be exact,” U-Know finally answered.
“That’s good to hear. Frankly I know that you’ve been doing quite good. Because I have been following your career ever since I went to London. And even though I was away, I was constantly checking up on you, to see how you were doing,” she frankly said to him.
U-Know couldn’t help but smile. She was still very frank with everything. And then he thought about how he have missed her.
“And how about you? What have you been doing these past six years?” U- Know asked Lora.
“So that means that you haven’t opened even one letter among the hundreds of letters that I sent you. Maybe you would know what I have been doing these past few years if you have only answered even one letter,” Lora said with bitterness.
U-Know suddenly remembered the letters that Lora had sent him during the years she had been away. He had read each and everyone of those letters. But as Lora said, he never wrote her back even once. He didn’t want to answer her letters because he didn’t want to give her hope. He didn’t want her to continue loving him. He was hoping that she would finally give up on him, if he didn’t answer her letters.
“I guess it’s too late to ask now why you never answered my letters even once . . . . “ Lora said again with bitterness.
Then a young man entered the living room. He was carrying two bags.
“Lora, where do I put these bags?” the guy asked.
Lora suddenly looked at the young man who just came in, and then at U-Know. Then she finally looked at Jonathan.
“Has my room been prepared yet?” she asked Jonathan.
“Yes. You should have told me that Kyle is coming with you. I’ll ask one of the maids to prepare a room immediately,” Jonathan said.
“He just suddenly decided to come along,” Lora answered.
“Hello, Jonathan,” the guy greeted Jonathan.
“Hello, Kyle. How was your first trip to Korea?” Jonathan asked.
“It’s no different from going to Japan. But I am sort of very tired. I just arrived from Germany, when I found out that Lora was going on a vacation here in Korea. I suddenly decided to come along. Would you believe I didn’t even have the time to unpack my bags? So basically I’ve been traveling non-stop, from Germany to London, from London to Korea,” Kyle said with a smile.
U-Know looked at the young man. He was about 6’0 tall, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was very handsome.
U-Know felt as if his heart suddenly stopped beating. He was looking at the young man and he couldn’t stop himself from feeling very jealous of him.
“Sorry, I know you’re quite tired already. You can rest in my room while your room is being arranged,” Lora said to the young man.
The young man smiled. “Aren’t you going to introduced me first to your other friends?” he asked Lora.
Lora looked at the DBSK boys.
“Yes, sorry…. Well, Kyle…. These are the very famous Dong Bang Shin Ki. He’s Max, Micky, Jaejoong, Xiah and U-Know,” Lora introduced them one by one.
“Nice meeting all of you finally. Lora has been an avid fan of your group for years now,” Kyle said with a warm smile.
“Nice meeting you too,” Xiah replied.
“Guys . . . .This is Kyle Ashton. He’s been my best friend for six years now,” Lora said.
“So your best friend is a guy?” U-Know asked with one eyebrow raised.
Lora looked at U-Know’s reaction.
“Nothing’s wrong with having a guy as a best friend. I remember I had one when I was only six years old,” Lora answered sarcastically.
Jonathan looked at U-Know and Lora. He suddenly decided to break the tension forming between the two.
“Lora, why don’t you bring Kyle to your room first and let him have a rest? Both of you should rest first. I’ll just call you guys when dinner is ready,” Jonathan said with a smile.
“Fine . . . .Come on, Kyle. Let’s go upstairs,” Lora said as she walks up to Kyle.
U-Know just watched as Lora and Kyle both went up the stairs.
“You’re letting your sister bring a guy to her room?” U-Know asked Jonathan in total disbelief.
“Yes . . . . . I see nothing wrong with it,” Jonathan simply replied.
“Nothing wrong?” U-Know asked again. “You’re sister is only sixteen years old and maybe you’re forgetting that she’s a girl. She’s not a boy like us. We can fool around as much as we like. But it’s different with girls,” U-Know said with concern.
Jonathan laughed. “You have always been a good brother to her. Always looking after her has been your habit. But don’t worry. I’m not forgetting that she’s only sixteen years old and that she’s a girl. I think that you’re the one who has been forgetting something,” he said to U-Know.
“I’m forgetting something? What?” U-Know asked.
Jonathan laughed again. “Lora has been living alone for the past six years in London. She has been taking care of herself during those years. And frankly she has earned my trust and admiration. So I trust her with all my heart. I respect every decision that she makes and I don’t interfere in whatever she wants to do. She maybe only sixteen, but she’s more mature when it comes to making decisions. So I don’t lecture her on what to do or how to do things,” Jonathan answered.
“So basically what you’re saying is even your sister is only sixteen years old, if she wants to have a boyfriend and she suddenly decides to sleep with him, you’re just going to let her do it,” U-Know asked angrily.
Jonathan looked at U-Know. He was very amused with U-Know’s reaction.
As for U-Know, he was very angry with Jonathan because he was thinking that he wasn’t taking care of Lora. And that he was giving her too much freedom.
Jonathan smiled. “Yes,if that would make her happy. Frankly, I would let her do anything that she wants do or have anything that she wants to have as long as it would make her happy,” he answered.
“But that’s wrong . . . . “ U-Know said.
“I love my sister and I want her to be happy. I would accept and support every decision that she makes, even if it includes having a boy six years older than her as her boyfriend. That’s how much I love her . . . .But that’s all in the past now,” Jonathan said to U-Know.
U-Know looked straight into Jonathan’s eyes. Jonathan already knew about Lora’s feelings for him. He suddenly felt his world has become more complicated.
“You guys should try to rest too. I’ll just make the maid call you when dinner is ready,” Jonathan said to the DBSK boys.
Immediately Jonathan left, leaving Xiah, Max, Micky and Jaejoong looking at U-Know who was obviously very confused. The other DBSK members were a little confused themselves on what was happening. But what they were very sure of was that U-Know had feelings for Lora, and he was trying very hard to deny it.
U-Know was looking out at the garden. He was on the balcony of his room. It was already dark and some stars were already visible. He wanted to think about many things. But Lora just kept on appearing in his mind.
“What happened to you Lora?” he asked while staring at the stars.
Then he remembered something. He took out his wallet and carefully pulled out a small piece of paper. It was the note Lora gave him six years ago. He had kept it with him all these years. Whenever he was missing her, he would just take it out and read it over and over again.
But right at that moment, he wanted to tear the paper into pieces. He was very angry and jealous. Lora obviously had someone new in her life now.
U-Know read the note again. His heart was aching so much. She had obviously moved on. He couldn’t understand himself. Ever since from the start, he had wanted Lora to forget him. But why is he being angry now that she had forgotten about him and what she had promised him.
“You said you would come back and make me love you . . . . “ U-Know suddenly laughed bitterly.
“You did come back. But how can you make me love you when you’re already in someone else’s arms?”
U-Know wanted to go to Lora, and ask her whatever happened to what she had written on the piece of paper he had in his hand. He wanted to tell her that he had been waiting. He had tried so hard not to wait but his heart was very persistent. It just waited and waited without him knowing it.
And now after seeing her again, his heart had started beating wildly again. He wanted to hold her in his arms and finally tell her how he truly feels but it seems it is too late.
“I waited . . . . .” U-Know uttered while staring at the stars.
U-Know didn’t know that Jaejoong, Xiah, Micky and Max had already entered his room. They were behind him, watching and listening to everything. The other DBSK members didn’t know what to do. They felt pity for their friend. They didn’t want seeing their friend feeling so empty.
“Hyung . . .. .” Max called out.
U-Know suddenly turned around to find his friends staring at him. He tried to smile and then he immediately hid the paper in his hand.
“What are you guys doing here?’ U-Know asked.
“We thought that maybe you could use some company,” Jaejoong answered.
U-Know tried to smile again. “Have you guys been watching me all this time,” he asked.
“Yes,” Xiah replied.
“We can easily see that something has been bothering you. You can always tell us your problem, you know that right?” Micky said with concern.
“Thank you . . . but nothing is bothering me,” U-Know said.
“Really? Are you sure?” Jaejoong asked.
“Nothing? Are you sure because just a few minutes ago, I could swear I heard you said something like….’you said you would come back and make me love you….’ “ Max said with a big grin.
Jaejoong looked at Max. He couldn’t help it. He wanted to laugh. He tried to stop himself, but after a few minutes, he finally couldn’t hold it any longer. He suddenly burst out laughing. Max, Xiah and Micky all joined Jaejoong as he laughed.
U-Know wanted to get annoyed but couldn’t. He just burst out laughing himself too. After laughing with his friends, he felt much better.
“Hyung . . . . I’m sorry. But I am not so used to seeing you so out of control. I have always seen you in charge of everything. You always know what to do and you always lecture us on what is right and wrong. So how come when it comes to Lora, you’re different. It’s like whenever she’s around, you lose yourself. You don’t even know what to say when she’s talking to you,” Max said with concern.
“So now I guess there’s no sense in denying, right?” U-Know asked his friends.
“Yes, because we already heard everything you said. And we can always add up all the things you said and how you are reacting to Lora. It isn’t difficult to figure out what’s your problem,” Jaejoong answered.
“But hyung, I don’t see any reason why should deny what you are feeling for Lora,” Max said to U-Know.
U-Know smiled. “You don’t know? She’s sixteen, I’m already twenty-two,” he said.
“So? There are a lot of couples now that have a big age difference, and it doesn’t bother them. So I don’t think it should bother you either,” Max said again.
“My own sister is older than her,” U-Know said with a bitter smile.
“So what’s wrong with falling in love with someone younger? Many people do it everyday….” Max asked again.
“But I am not like everybody else. What would people say? What would our fans say if they found out that I am having a relationship with a sixteen year old girl? Can you imagine what the newspapers will print out as headlines after they find out about it? And all the TV shows will surely make a big fuss about my relationship with a sixteen years old. And I won’t be the only one affected. All of you will be affected as well. Our group’s reputation will be damaged if a news like that breaks out. And as the leader of our group, I can’t let that happen. Aside from that, frankly having a relationship with a sixteen years old girl is against my own principles,” U-Know said.
The other DBSK members just remained silent. They knew that U-Know had a point. But they still couldn’t help but feel sorry for U-Know’s situation. He obviously had feelings for Lora, but was too afraid to say it due to his responsibilities and principles.
“U-Know, answer me honestly, “ Micky said seriously.
“What?” U-Know asked.
“Why did you come here in the first place?” Micky asked.
U-Know looked at Micky. He didn’t know the answer either.
“Frankly, I don’t know either. What I do know is that I wanted to see her again. And I missed her terribly,” U-Know answered.
“You should try to think about what you are really feeling. Yes, our careers are very important to us now. But what happens after we are no longer singers? We will all continue living as normal people. By that time, you may no longer have any chance to be with her. And you may end up regretting letting her go for the rest of your life,” Micky said with concern.
“Yes, I know. But she’s only sixteen and what will her brother say . . . .” U-Know said as if confused.
“Age? Come on, that’s no big deal. By the time, she’s eighteen, you’re twenty-four. I think everything would be fine by then,” Max said with a smile.
U-Know looked at the other DBSK members. He was very lucky he had such good friends. They were more concerned with his happiness than their careers. He was very grateful to them. But he still had many responsibilities to take care of. And as of now, Lora can not be added to those responsibilities. She was just a big responsibility that he can never handle.
A maid knocked at U-Know’s door.
“Sir, dinner is ready,” she announced.
“We’ll be right down. Thank you,” Xiah said.
“Come on! Dinner is ready. I am starving,” Max said happily.
As they were going downstairs, U-Know finally decided that he wouldn’t let Lora affect him anymore. He was going to be in total control of his feelings. He was telling himself over and over again that Lora was just Jonathan’s sister and his little sister as well.
But even though he was telling himself this, his heart was telling him something else. It was telling him something that he didn’t want to accept and didn’t want to listen to.
Jonathan was already seated at the table when the DBSK boys arrived. They immediately sat down.
“So where’s Lora?” Xiah asked Jonathan.
“She’s still in her room together with Kyle,” Jonathan answered.
U-Know didn’t know what he was feeling after hearing that Lora was with Kyle in her room.
“He’s still in her room?” Max asked.
“Yes . . . . why?” Jonathan asked.
“Well, don’t you think it’s a little bit out of place that a guy is staying in a girl’s room?” Max answered.
Jonathan laughed. “I know what you mean. But they have been friends for six years now. And frankly, he’s quite harmless,” he answered.
“No man is harmless when it comes to a beautiful and young girl,” U-Know commented.
Jonathan laughed again. “Oh! Believe me, Kyle is quite harmless. He has been a constant companion for Lora for the past 6 years and if he were dangerous, believe me I would certainly know,” he said.
“Lora is still a girl and Kyle is still a guy. Shouldn’t you be concerned with your sister? If it was my sister, I wouldn’t allow my sister to have a guy inside her room. Let alone let a guy sleep in her room,” U-Know said with sarcasm.
“That’s the problem. Lora is my sister and not yours. Can you stop protecting her as if she’s your sister. You have your own sister to take care of,” Jonathan answered with irritation.
The other DBSK members were a concerned that U-Know and Jonathan were going to end up arguing. They wanted to ease the tension between the two but they couldn’t think of a solution.
“Did I hear my name being mentioned?” Lora suddenly asked. She had suddenly entered the dining room without anyone noticing her. She immediately sat down beside Jonathan.
“What’s wrong?” she asked.
“Nothing. I was just discussing something with Yunho,” Jonathan replied.
“Oh . . . . .” Lora uttered.
“Where’s Kyle?” Jonathan asked.
“He’s still in my room,” Lora answered.
“Sleeping?” Jonathan asked.
“No, I already woke him up. He was taking a shower when I left the room,” Lora answered.
“You should have just let him sleep. He’s been on a non-stop flight, and the poor guy needs some rest,” Jonathan said.
“Well . . . he said to wake him up when dinner was ready. So I woke him up,” Lora replied. with a smile.
“I just think that you should have left him alone. He really needs some rest,” Jonathan said again.
“Well, you’re so concerned with him… what about me? Where am I going to sleep, if I don’t wake him up? Unless . . . .you want me to sleep beside him?” Lora asked teasingly.
Jonathan laughed. “As if you haven’t done that?” Jonathan asked Lora.
Lora smiled. “Yeah, I have slept beside him a many times, but I seldom do it on a bed. You know how much I hate having someone sleep beside me on my bed,” Lora answered.
The DBSK boys couldn’t believe what they were hearing. U-Know was already very upset with what he just heard. He was feeling very jealous and very hurt. Lora has really changed, and he couldn’t accept it. She was no longer the little girl that she cared for.
“So you mean you have slept with him? You’re only sixteen?” Max asked unexpectedly.
Lora suddenly looked at Max with mixed expressions. She didn’t know whether she would get angry or laugh herself to death.
“Me? Sleep with Kyle? Are you serious?” Lora asked.
“But you just said that you have slept with him many times. . . .” Max said again.
Lora looked at Max’s expression, and then she laughed out loud. “Oh! This is too much! I don’t know whether I would get offended or I would just laugh myself to death,” she said while trying to control her laughter.
“Why?” Max asked very confused.
“Because . . . . I think you misunderstood what I said….” Lora answered while laughing.
“What do you mean?” Xiah asked also very confused.
“I have never slept with Kyle, and I don’t think that will ever happen. I just said that I’ve slept beside him and not with him…. get it?” Lora said with a sarcastic tone.
The DBSK especially were somehow very relieved after Lora cleared everything. But as soon as they felt relieved, they suddenly felt so embarrassed. They had misjudged Lora badly. And they all felt bad about it.
“I’m sorry…” Max said apologetically. He didn’t know how to apologize appropriately. He felt so bad that he really thought that Lora had slept with Kyle.
Jonathan laughed. “I see, U-Know isn’t the only one who’s acting so brotherly now. Lora, I think you really shocked them,” Jonathan said as he laughed again.
U-Know looked at Lora. He was very happy that Lora had explained everything concerning the topic about Kyle. He was very happy that Lora wasn’t intimate with Kyle.
“Well . . . .We are very sorry if we misunderstood what you said,” Xiah apologized.
“Oh . . .it’s all right. But next time, try to ask first before assuming okay? Someone may get very badly hurt when things like that happen,” Lora said with a smile.
“Yes, thank you for understanding,” Jaejoong said with a smile too.
Lora looked at the DBSK boys and started to laugh again. The DBSK boys didn’t know why she was laughing. They wanted to ask her but just refrained themselves from doing so.
“Lora, stop laughing already,” Jonathan said with a big grin. It was as if Jonathan and Lora knew something very funny that the DBSK boys didn’t know.
“What’s so funny?” Kyle suddenly asked. He just entered the dining room.
“You . . .” Lora answered.
“Me? How come?” Kyle asked again.
“U-Know and his friends actually thought I had slept with you,” Lora answered.
The DBSK boys didn’t know what to feel that exact moment. They were so embarrassed. All of them just wanted to hide under the table and just stay there until dinner ended.
Kyle looked at the DBSK boys. He wanted to laugh as well, but he already saw the boys’ reactions and felt pity for them. He just sat down and stayed quiet.
“So no reaction? How come?” Lora asked Kyle.
“What can I say? I assume you have already cleared everything with them?” Kyle asked.
“Yes, of course,” Lora answered.
“Good….Frankly I can’t even imagine what they were thinking,” Kyle said.
Lora suddenly laughed again.
“Hey! Will you stop laughing. . . .” Kyle said to Lora.
Lora suddenly looked at Kyle. He was obviously very upset already. Lora suddenly stood up and went to where Kyle was sitting. She immediately hugged him from behind and lightly kissed him on his cheek.
The DBSK boys couldn’t believe what they saw. U-Know was totally shocked. His heart was beating very wildly. He wanted to drag Lora outside and confront her. He wanted to ask her what she was doing. She was obviously not the same little girl he had grown up with. She was already someone he didn’t know. And everything she was doing was hurting him badly.
“Hey stop being so sweet! You’re giving me goosebumps,” Kyle protested.
Lora laughed again. She was about to say something when her cell phone suddenly rang.
“Hello! Shiro? Yes, I am in Korea now. Yes, okay.” Lora said with a smile.
U-Know looked at Lora’s face. He didn’t like the way she was smiling. His heart was telling him something. He was feeling very jealous of Kyle and now another guy, Shiro.
“Shiro? Just tell him to call later, we’re going to eat already,” Kyle said irritated.
“I’ll be out for a while. I have to take this call. You can start eating without me,” Lora said to Jonathan and the others.
Lora immediately left the dining room, leaving Jonathan and the others still wondering who she was going to talk to on the phone.
“Well . . . we better start eating already because if we wait for her then we’ll be starving by the time she returns,” Kyle said as if annoyed.
“Kyle . . . who’s Shiro? Lora never mentioned him before,” Jonathan asked.
“She hasn’t told you? Now that’s a first . . .” Kyle said.
“Yeah, it is a bit strange. She usually tells me everything. But she hasn’t told me a single thing about this Shiro guy. Do you know anything about him?” Jonathan asked with concern.
“Well, he is an architect we met last time we we’re in a hotel in Japan,” Kyle answered.
“You and Lora were in Japan?” Xiah asked.
“Yes, during your last concert. We went there to watch you guys,” Kyle answered.
“So you went to Japan to watch our concert?” U-Know asked again as if total disbelief.
“Yes, we went to Japan to see your concert. We always go to Japan whenever you guys have a concert,” Kyle answered again.
“So how did you meet this Shiro?” Jonathan asked curiously.
“We met him while staying in a hotel in Japan. He introduced himself to Lora while we were eating in the hotel’s restaurant. And after that he started calling her. He also went to London a couple of times to visit her. He’s quite a persistent guy. He’s really determined to have Lora as his girlfriend. And I think Lora likes him too because she has been nice to him. And you know Lora is always . . . .” Kyle said with a smile.
“Are you sure? Lora likes this Shiro guy?” Jonathan asked again.
“Well . . . yes, I think so. Do you know that half the boys’ population in our school are all head over heels in love with Lora. She’s basically a goddess in our school. Every guy in our school are all trying to get close to her, but she just turns them all down. That’s how frank she is when it comes to her feelings. So I am assuming that since she hasn’t turned Shiro down, then that would mean she feels something for the guy,” Kyle explained.
Jonathan nodded. “You’re right. She’s way too honest with her feelings. She wouldn’t let a guy get close to her if she didn’t like him,” he said with a smile while looking at U-Know’s reaction.
U-Know was just listening at what Jonathan and Kyle were discussing. He was feeling very confused. He was feeling jealous, jealous at Kyle and Shiro …..angry, angry at Lora for being close with Kyle and liking Shiro. And he was also angry at himself for feelings those things. He was totally distracted. He was staring blankly at the food being served in front of him.
Jaejoong, Max, Micky and Xiah looked at U-Know. They could see he was hurting and there was nothing that they could do to help their friend. Max wished that U-Know would just be true to himself and tell Lora what he feels for her.
After a few minutes, Lora returned obviously very happy.
“So why is my dear sister so happy? You never told me about this Shiro? Are you keeping secrets from me now?” Jonathan asked with a smile.
“No, I am not keeping secrets from you. I just never got the chance to tell you about him,” Lora answered.
“So? Aren’t you going to tell me about him?” Jonathan asked again.
“Well, you can interrogate him yourself the day after tomorrow,” Lora answered.
“The day after tomorrow? Why? How . . . Don’t tell me he’s coming here?” Jonathan asked.
“Yes, he is. It is okay with you right?” Lora asked her brother sweetly.
Jonathan laughed. “Yes, of course. It is much better if I meet him personally,” he replied.
As Lora and Jonathan continued talking with each other, U-Know was totally feeling lost. He was feeling like he wanted to just leave and forget everything that had happened. He wanted to forget that he was a DBSK member and just be honest with himself. He wanted to tell Lora and everybody else what he truly feels. But as he was looking at Lora, his heart had suddenly stopped beating. She was obviously very happy. She was happy that Shiro was going to visit her. He was very hurt. And just thinking about her being in someone else’s arms was already driving U-Know crazy.
It was obvious that she no longer loved him. He was just a part of her past now. And no matter what he did, it will always remain the same. She was already in love with someone else and even if he told her the truth it wouldn’t make any difference now. She has already learned how to move on.
After dinner, U-Know was in the living room, looking out at the window facing the garden. He had been watching Lora and Kyle as they were happily running and playing in the garden. The two looked so happy together. They were like small children as they tried to tease one another. U-Know didn’t know who he was really jealous of, Kyle or Shiro.
“Kyle, you’re tickling me. . . .” Lora screamed.
U-Know suddenly remembered he used to tickle Lora in her ears and she would easily get tickled. U-Know suddenly smiled.
Jaejoong, Xiah, Max and Micky came into the room. They saw U-Know looking out the window. His face was full of sadness that they have never seen before. They already knew what he was looking at. They were starting to think that it was a bad idea coming to Jonathan’s house. U-Know was obviously in so much pain and they couldn’t stand it.
Micky went to U-Know’s side and then he offered him a glass of wine.
“Maybe this can help,” he said with a smile.
U-Know looked at Micky, then at the glass he was holding. He immediately took the glass from Micky. And he drank all the wine in one shot. Jaejoong, Xiah, Micky and Max couldn’t help but shook their heads in total disbelief. They have never seen him drink a glass of wine that way before.
After drinking the glass of wine, U-Know looked out the window again. His eyes were so sad. This time he saw Kyle hugging Lora as he was trying to stop her from tickling him. U-Know’s heart was aching so badly. He couldn’t think of anything else. He wanted Lora to turn back into the innocent little girl he had found in the park. That way she could still be his baby and he could protect her, and she would still belong to him.
U-Know was already mad with jealousy. He saw the bottle of wine that Micky was holding and he immediately took it from him. He then poured himself another glass of wine. Then just like the first glass, he gulped down the second glass of wine all at once.
“Hyung . . . Take it easy,” Max said with concern.
“Getting drunk won’t solve anything,” Jaejoong said.
“But it will certainly make me forget even for a short while, and it can make me numb,” U-Know answered.
The other DBSK members couldn’t say anything.
“I can give you a dozen more bottles of wine. But I don’t think it can ease whatever it is you’re feeling,” Jonathan suddenly said. He had suddenly entered the room.
The other DBSK boys looked at Jonathan. He obviously knew what was going on.
Jonathan went to the window where U-Know was. He also looked out the window. He saw Lora hugging Kyle. He then smiled.
“So I was right,” Jonathan suddenly said. He then looked straight into U-Know’s eyes. “Even if you deny it a million times, your eyes can’t deny what you’re feeling inside.”
Jonathan was holding a glass of wine. He also emptied it with just one shot. After drinking, he again looked out the window and started to speak.
“You know, it has been ten years when you first met her. Can you believe the little girl you found crying in the park is actually a very attractive young woman now? Frankly I don’t know if I should thank you or beat you to death,” Jonathan said with anger in his eyes.
U-Know became confused on why Jonathan was angry with him.
As for the other DBSK members, they were alarmed after hearing Jonathan speak.
“What do you mean?” U-Know asked. He wanted to know what Jonathan was mad about.
Jonathan smiled. “I Know it is very unreasonable to put all the blame on you. But I am her brother and it really hurts me to see her in pain,” Jonathan continued to say.
“I can’t understand what you’re trying to say,” U-Know said again.
Jonathan had already drank his second of glass of wine before he started to speak again.
“After the very first day you met Lora in the park, I already knew that she liked you. At first, I didn’t think much about it. She was just six years old. What could a child actually know about infatuation or love. But as time passed by, I already noticed how special you were to her,” Jonathan stopped talking, then smiled. “Would you believe that there were times that I was actually jealous of you. I felt that my own sister was already slipping away from me. She was more close to you than to me. By the time she was nine, she already had the courage to tell me that she liked you more than a brother. At first, I couldn’t believe what she was saying. Imagine, a nine years old girl liking a fifteen years old boy. But I just stayed quiet. I accepted what she told me without any conditions. Then one day, I went home only to find her crying. I asked her what was wrong and she told me that she found out that you liked another girl,” Jonathan again stopped talking.
Then he looked straight at U-Know. “Do you know how painful it was to see your only sister crying because of a boy? And the worst part is that boy just happens to be your best friend. That was the time she suddenly decided to study in London. She said she wanted to be away from you for a while. She wanted you to miss her. I knew how miserable she was when she was here and you just kept her on treating her as your own sister. I didn’t want to interfere so I just agreed with her decision to leave. When she was about to leave, I was expecting you to stop her. I knew that you were the only one who could change her mind. Frankly, I didn’t want my only sister to be far away from me. But as it turns out . . . you didn’t stop her. So she went to London more heartbroken than she already was. And while she was there, she wrote you letters everyday. I knew about it because she told me. And you never answered. Do you know how hurt my sister was? She continued to write to you for the next three years and you still didn’t answer her. And she even called you but you still didn’t answer. That’s when she started to change. She suddenly became wild. I knew she was angry with you. And it was her way of making herself forget. The sweet, innocent little girl suddenly transformed into a rebellious young woman. Before she found happiness even in small things, but after being heartbroken with you, she suddenly became angry at the world. There was a time, I was really afraid that she would become a man-hater. But good thing, Kyle was already her friend during those times she was totally down. He has helped her a lot during the times she was in pain and I wasn’t beside her.” Jonathan looked out the window again. “She’s just starting to become a little bit more happier these passed few months. I don’t know, but maybe it is because of that Shiro guy. But I am really hoping my sister will finally get over you. I know I can’t force you to like her so she can be happy. So I am just hoping that she will finally learn how to move on with her life.”
The other DBSK boys were totally shock by what they learned. They didn’t know that Jonathan already knew about Lora’s feelings ever since from the start. They all admired his love for her sister Lora.
As for U-Know, he was totally speechless. He didn’t know what to say to Jonathan to make up for what he did.
“Frankly, I am not angry with you. But I am very disappointed. You have always tried to be a very responsible person . . .responsible for your family, friends and career. But what about yourself? Your feelings?” Jonathan started to laugh. “Do you know the reason why I want to beat you? It’s because I am thinking that maybe after I have beaten you up, you’ll somehow realize what’s really important to you. Before I thought Lora meant nothing to you, and you just treated her like a sister. But after I saw your face and your eyes after you saw Lora with Kyle. Right then I knew you also cared for her. So that leaves me with a question. What’s wrong Yunho? Why can’t you be true to yourself?” Jonathan asked.
“She’s only sixteen . . . “ U-Know uttered.
“Sixteen? So what?” Jonathan shouted. “Is that your only reason?” he asked again.
“Before I was afraid of what others might think of me. And now given my current situation as a DBSK member and their leader, it’s more impossible now. There are a lot of things to be considered . . .our families, our fans, our company, our careers,: U-Know suddenly answered with sadness in his eyes.
Jonathan looked at his friend. He felt pity for him. He knew he was also in pain.
“Then I pity you, my friend. True love only comes once in a lifetime. If you let it go , it may never come again. I just hope you really know what you are doing. And I also hope you won’t regret it in the end,” Jonathan said as he gently tapped U-Know’s shoulder and left.
The other DBSK members wanted to help U-Know. But they couldn’t think of any solution. U-Know just stared out of the window. He watched as Lora lovingly hugged Kyle. How he wished he was Kyle. How he wished he wasn’t a DBSK member. How he wished he could tell her that he loved her. U-Know silently watched as Lora and Kyle laughed. While they were laughing, his heart was slowly dying.
It was already one in the morning, U-Know still couldn’t sleep. He suddenly decided to take a walk in the garden to clear his mind.
He was already walking in the garden when he noticed that someone was also there. It was Lora. She was facing the pool as if she was thinking of something.
“Lora . . . .” U-Know said.
Lora turned to face u-Know. She was startled. She didn’t expect to see him there. And as she turned to face him, she didn’t had the time to wipe away her tears. She had been crying.
U-Know’s heart suddenly ached when he saw the tears in her eyes. He wanted to comfort her and hold her in his arms like he used to do when she was still small.
“Why? What’s wrong? Why are you crying?” U-Know asked with concern.
“Nothing that concerns you. Why are you here?” Lora asked coldly.
“I couldn’t sleep. So I decided to take a walk,” he answered.
“Then enjoy your walk. I am going in now,” Lora suddenly said.
As Lora was passing by U-Know, he suddenly grabbed her arm. Lora tried to set her arm free from U-Know’s grip but he was too strong.
“What do you want?’ Lora asked with irritation.
“Please stay . . .Let’s talk,” U-Know begged.
Lora looked straight into U-Know’s eyes. She could see the sadness he was feeling.
“Talk? You’re suddenly asking me to talk with you? Are you delirious or something?” she asked in disbelief.
“Yes, let’s talk. What happened to you? Why did you changed so much? I feel like I don’t even know you anymore,” he replied.
Lora laughed. “Isn’t it a little funny that you’re asking me that?”
“Why did you suddenly changed so much?” U-know asked again.
“You really want to know why I changed?” Lora asked.
“Yes,” U-Know answered.
Lora smiled bitterly. “You . . .You’re the reason why I’ve changed,” she said with sadness in her eyes.
“What do you mean?” U-Know asked again. He was very confused. How and why was he the reason for her sudden change, he was asking himself.
“You have really no idea? Are you really that dumb or just trying to be one?” Lora asked angrily.
U-Know’s heart was already beating very fast. He was very frustrated. He didn’t know what to say. And he didn’t like the way that Lora was talking to him.
“What happened to you? You’re not like this before . . . You were such a sweet little girl before . . . . but now . . . . now you’re . . . .” U-Know couldn’t find the words to describe Lora.
“I’m what? You want me to continue what you want to say? Okay . . . I am a . . . . ” Lora was about to say something but U-Know stopped her from talking.
U-Know suddenly embraced Lora out of total confusion. He didn’t know what to say to her to express how he truly feels. And he certainly didn’t want to hear the words she was going to say about herself. He wanted to stop her. He knew that while she was trying to say mean things about herself, she was also hurting him through what she was doing.
“Please stop . . . .” U-Know begged.
Lora felt as if her whole body became numb. When U-Know embraced her, it seemed as if everything around them ceased to exist. She had been dreaming of this moment for the past ten years. She wished she could stay in his arms forever.
“Lora . . . .I . . . I love you . . . .” U-Know started to say.
Lora suddenly looked at U-Know. She had been waiting all her life for him to say those words to her.
“I love you like my own sister . . . . and it hurts me to see you like this,” U-Know finally uttered.
‘Sister’ . . .the word suddenly started echoing in Lora’s ears. She somehow snapped of her day dream, and suddenly was forced back into reality. Her cold heart was already starting to feel warm again and was starting to melt finally. But as soon as she heard the word ‘sister’ again, her heart suddenly turned cold again.
Lora suddenly pushed U-Know away. She tried to hide the pain she was feeling with a smile.
“Well . . . .I am sorry but your precious little Lora is gone now,” she said as she was trying to hold herself back from crying.
“But why?” U-Know asked.
Lora looked at U-Know. She wanted to cry out and tell him everything that was on her mind.
“Lora . . . .” U-Know uttered.
“I hate you . . . . .” she said with a trembling voice.
“What?” U-Know asked. He couldn’t believe what he heard. He was telling himself that he just heard her wrong.
“I hate you!” Lora shouted at U-Know with tears already streaming down her face. She couldn’t hold back her tears anymore. “I hate you with all my heart.”
“Why?” U-Know asked with a trembling voice. After hearing her say those words to him, he felt as if someone had stabbed him right then.
“Why? Why? Do you know how painful it was to wait? I wrote to you for three years, but you never answered even one single letter. Everyday I wrote and everyday I waited. I kept on hoping that if I continued writing to you, you’d pity me and answer me. You didn’t have to answer all my letters, just one single letter would have been enough,” Lora stopped talking. Her tears were already flowing.
U-Know’s heart was breaking as he was looking at Lora.
“Do you know how embarrassing it was for me to call my own brother so I can check up on you . . .so I can ask him how you were doing? Do you know how embarrassing it was for me to call your sister to ask her if your career was going well or if you have been sick lately? Do you know . . . do you know while I was calling and asking them about you . . . .I felt so miserable,” she asked him with such anger and hatred in her eyes.
“Lora . . . .” he said with a low voice.
“When I said I loved you, I didn’t expect you to love me back. The only reason why I told you is because I wanted you to know how I felt. If you really disliked me that much, all you needed to do was tell me straight. You didn’t have to totally shut me out of your life,” Lora said. She was already crying and sobbing uncontrollably.
“Lora . . . please let me explain,” U-Know said as tears were already starting to form in his eyes as well.
“Do you know how painful it was for me? I called you almost every week for three years and your sister would always be the one to answer me and make up so many excuses for you?” Lora continued to ask.
“Lora . . . .I’m sorry,” U-Know said.
“Sorry? I’m sorry too . . . .But the Lora you knew before has already died long ago,” Lora said with a bitter smile. “Do you still remember before I left, I said that I’ll come back and make you love me? Well . . . . I am back but I am not here because I still want you to fall in love with me. I came back because I want you to see your precious little sister has finally grown up. And I want you to regret what you threw away years ago.”
“Lora . . . .please . . . .let’s stop this,” U-Know tried to get close to Lora. He wanted to hold her in his arms again. He was thinking that maybe she would somehow stop feeling so lost if she was in his arms.
Lora stepped back. . . . away from U-Know. She didn’t want to be close again with him. She was already in so much pain.
“I’m sorry . . . .oppa. But I don’t love you anymore. It’s what you wanted isn’t it? You wanted me to forget you? The only thing I feel for you now is hate,” Lora said as she quickly turned and ran away.
As Lora was running away, she was crying and sobbing uncontrollably.
“I’m sorry, Yunho. I’m sorry . . . .” she kept on uttering.
As Lora left, U-Know didn’t know what he was feeling. He was already crying. He never expected that he would feel so much pain in meeting Lora again. He wanted to scream and cry out. He wanted to ran after Lora and ask her forgiveness. He wanted Lora to love him again.
He felt like his whole world had suddenly crumbled. He felt very weak and his whole body was trembling. He slowly fell down on his knees.
“I’m sorry, Lora. . . . .I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt you. I love you . . . . . I love you . . . .I love you,” U-Know said as he cried uncontrollably.
In one of the balconies facing the garden, Jonathan was silently watching. He had seen everything that had happened between Lora and U-know. He pitied both his sister and his friend. He felt their pain and he really wanted to help them but he didn’t know how. He knew that only Lora and U-Know could possibly solve their problem.
But looking at U-Know crying alone in the garden, Jonathan felt so sorry for his friend. He knew that U-Know also loved Lora but was just too afraid to let out his feelings. He understood U-Know’s situation. But he still couldn’t stop himself from thinking that he had wasted such an extraordinary love.
It was truly U-Know’s choice. And at that exact moment, he was wishing that if he could only turn back time. He would certainly try to set things right. He would have told Lora his true feelings. And if he had done that, she still would have been in love with him.
U-Know screamed. He was in so much pain that it was driving him mad. He knew that whatever he was going to say and do now was already useless. Lora no longer loved him, but hated him. He cried. He wanted to die right at that exact moment, so he wouldn’t feel pain anymore.
Lora was already in the house when she heard U-Know scream. After she heard him, she cried uncontrollably again. She was in so much pain as well. She wanted to die and just disappear into thin air. She wanted to feel numb . . . .the pain was so much she can’t take it anymore.
Jonathan suddenly appeared. And as soon as Lora saw him, she immediately ran to him. She hugged him tightly and in his arms, she cried again.
The next day, U-Know went out of his room early. He couldn’t sleep so he just stayed up all night thinking about what had happened between him and Lora in the garden.
He went to the other DBSK members’ rooms to see if anyone of them was already awake. Luckily, all the other DBSK members were already awake as well.
“Hyung . . . . why are you up so early?” Max asked U-Know.
“I couldn’t sleep so I just decided to look if anyone of you was already awake,” U-Know answered.
“You couldn’t sleep? Why? Did something happen?” Xiah asked.
U-Know looked at his friends. He really needed someone he can talk to regarding what was going on between him and Lora. He wanted someone to tell him whether his decision was really right or wrong.
“I went out last night into the garden. And I saw Lora there. We talked . . . .about everything. Then she told me that she didn’t love me anymore, but instead she hated me,” U-Know told his friends.
“She hates you? But why?” Jaejoong asked.
“Before Lora left for London, she already told me that she loved me. I was basically shocked. I have treated her like my own sister for years. After she told me her feelings for me, I became confused. I didn’t know what to do. I was afraid of what her brother might say if he found out. I was afraid of what my parents and sister would say. I was afraid of what everyone would say. And back then, I was just starting in my dream to become an artist. So I wasn’t ready yet for any serious relationship, especially with a girl six years younger than me. So I just decided to stay away from her. After she left, she started to send me letters everyday. But I never answered her letters not even once. She even tried calling me almost every week, but I made my sister answer the calls and say that I was out even if I wasn’t. I wanted her to forget me. I thought that it was the best for everybody. For three years, she continued writing and calling me non-stop. But I just continued avoiding having any contact with her. And then one day, the letters suddenly stopped coming and there were no more phone calls. At first, I thought I was relieved. But as the days passed, it was only then that I realized that I had grown accustomed to reading her letters. So when the letters stopped coming, I was constantly missing it. And together with the letters, she also stopped calling,” U-Know stopped talking and tried to smile. He was trying to control his feelings.
“During the first month after she topped sending me letters and stopped calling me, I was totally at lost. And for the next three years, I had been waiting for the chance to be able to see her again. Frankly, I don’t know what I was feeling for her exactly. I don’t know if I just love her as a sister or more than that. I still can’t get my emotions straight,” U-Know confessed.
Jaejoong looked at U-Know’s face. He then smiled. “Isn’t it clear to you yet that you’re already in love with her?” he asked.
“In love? Sometimes I think that maybe I am in love with her. But there are also times that I think maybe I just love her like my little sister,” U-Know answered still confused.
“Hyung . . . . I may not know much about falling in love and all that stuff. But believe me when I say you’re in love with Lora. We can all see it in your eyes and the way you react to her,” Max said.
“But . . . .” U-Know started to say.
“Oh! Enough with the buts! We already know what you’re gonna say next. ‘She’s only sixteen’ . . . .” Micky said while being annoyed. “U-Know, if you really love her, then just forget about her age for once. In a few more years, your age gap won’t make any difference any more. So will you just drop that excuse,” he continued to say.
“We can all see that you’re hurting. If you really love her then tell her. Just forget about what others might say. As for her brother, he already knows right? So you don’t have to worry about him anymore,” Xiah said.
U-Know looked at his friends. “But she already said that she hates me. When she said those words to me, it was as if my whole world suddenly fell apart,” he said with sad in his eyes.
“Then that only proves that you’re really in love with her,” Xiah said with a smile.
The other DBSK members weren’t used to seeing U-Know very confused with something. He was always very mature and always had answers for any problems that he was faced with. It was certainly their first time to see the other side of U-Know’s personality.
U-Know smiled bitterly. “What do I do now? She already hates me. I didn’t know that I’ve hurt her so much . . . . so much that she would hate me.”
Max felt sorry for U-Know. But he also understood Lora’s reason for hating his hyung. “Sorry hyung. But I think you were really cruel when you didn’t answer even one letter that Lora sent and when you didn’t answer her calls. Frankly, I understand her situation and the reason why she hates you now,” he said.
“Yes, I was cruel . . . .And I hate myself for doing those things to her. If I could only turn back the time, I would certainly try to correct my mistakes,” U-Know answered sadly.
“Maybe it isn’t too late yet. Why don’t you tell her what you truly feel?” Micky said.
“It’s too late . . . .She already has someone new in her life. I don’t want to interfere. I want her to be happy. I’ve already caused her so much pain for so many years. I think she deserves the right to be happy,” U-Know said again with sadness in his eyes.
The other DBSK members just stayed quiet. Even if they wanted to help him, he himself had decided to give up.
Suddenly, someone knocked on the door.
“Good morning! Breakfast is ready and Jonathan is already waiting for all of you,” the old housekeeper said with a smile, as she entered the room that the boys were in.
The DBSK boys immediately went downstairs to have breakfast. They found Jonathan already sitting at the table, reading a newspaper.
“Good morning! Did you guys have a nice sleep?” Jonathan asked with a big smile.
“Yes, I slept quite comfortably. It’s been a while since I have slept alone in a room,” Max answered.
“That’s good to hear,” Jonathan said.
The boys all sat down at the table. They noticed that everything was already prepared at the table.
“So where’s Kyle and Lora?” Xiah asked.
“They’re still in their rooms,” Jonathan answered.
“Is this really breakfast?” Max asked while looking at the different foods served at the table.
Jonathan looked at Max.
“Yes, of course. Why do you ask?” Jonathan asked with a laugh.
“Well . . .there’s so many different foods here . . .It’s like you’re having breakfast, lunch and dinner all together,” Max answered with a smile.
“You’re my guests, so I am making sure that you guys are well taken care of. I wouldn’t want your fans to say that I mistreated you guys,” Jonathan answered with a smile.
“Good morning?” Kyle suddenly greeted.
Everybody at the table suddenly looked at Kyle.
“Good morning!” Jonathan greeted back.
Kyle immediately sat down at the table.
“So where’s Lora?” Jonathan asked.
“Still preparing, I guess,” Kyle answered.
“Preparing? For what?” Jaejoong asked.
“She’s supposed to go out today. Well, that was what she told me yesterday,” Kyle replied.
“Go out where? She didn’t tell me she had plans,” Jonathan said.
“Well . . .frankly, I don’t know where she is going, and who she’s going out with,” Kyle said.
“I guess I have to talk to her myself then,” Jonathan said.
After a few more minutes, Lora arrived already dressed up. She was obviously going somewhere.
U-Know looked at Lora. His heart was aching while he was looking at her. He remembered everything that she had said to him in the garden.
“So you’re going out?” Jonathan asked right away.
“Yes,” Lora simply answered.
“With whom may I ask?” Jonathan asked again.
Lora looked at her brother. She smiled. “I am going out with some of my old friends. You remember Hana right? Well, I am going out with her and and some of our other friends. It’s been six years since the last time I saw them.”
“Yes . . . six years. They will surely be shocked once they saw you,” Jonathan replied.
“Shocked? Why?” Lora asked curiously.
“Because you’ve grown up to be such a beautiful girl,” Jonathan answered.
Lora laughed. “Wow! A compliment? Did you sleep on the wrong side of the bed dear brother? I seldom hear you give out compliments these days especially when it concerns me.”
Jonathan looked at Lora. She was smiling and laughing, but he knew deep down she was still hurting. He pitied his sister. How he wanted to help her. If only he could make U-Know confess to Lora, then maybe everything will be all right.
“So what time will you be coming home?” Jonathan suddenly asked.
“I don’t know so don’t wait up,” she answered.
“You’re staying out all night?” Max suddenly asked.
Lora looked at Max’s expression. She smiled. “Well . . . .maybe,” she replied.
“You’re letting your sister stay out all night?” Xiah asked Jonathan.
“If she wants to, why not?” Jonathan answered.
The DBSK boys couldn’t believe that Jonathan was allowing his sister to do whatever she pleases.
“Don’t you think she’s a little bit too young to be allowed to stay up so late?” U-Know suddenly asked Jonathan.
“Even if I don’t allow her, she will certainly do it anyway. So what’s the point of denying her what she wants,” Jonathan answered.
“So where are you going?’ Jaejoong asked Lora.
“At my friend’s house, then we’re going to see a movie, then afterwards maybe go shopping, then we’re also going to a club,” she answered.
“A club?” U-Know suddenly asked.
“Yes, a club,” Lora answered with a cold voice.
“You’re too young to go to a club,” U-Know said.
“No, I’m not. When I was back in London, I can easily go to any club that I want to go,” she answered with sarcasm.
“That was when you were in London, you’re in Korea now,” U-Know said with a raised voice.
Lora looked at U-Know. She saw the concern in his eyes, but she was too angry to even care what he was feeling.
“Even my brother can’t stop me, if I want to go to. So what makes you think that you can? You’re not my brother and you’re certainly not my boyfriend. So what gives you the right?” Lora said to U-Know with anger.
U-Know didn’t what to say next. He certainly had no right to tell her what she can or can not do.
“Lora,your friend is already waiting for you at the gate,” the old housekeeper suddenly announced.
“Oh . . . then I must be going,” Lora said in a hurry. She quickly kissed Jonathan on the cheek.
“Bye . . .”
Lora hurriedly left the dining room.
“Who is at the gate, a boy or a girl?” Jonathan asked the housekeeper.
“A young man on a motorcycle,” the old housekeeper answered.
U-Know’s heart suddenly skipped a beat.
Jonathan laughed. “I’m impressed. She ‘s only been in Korea for one day and she already has a boy picking her up.”
“You better believe it. Back in London, all she has to do is call and she can have more tha half the boys’ population in our school,” Kyle said.
“Really? She’s that popular?” Jonathan asked with a smile.
“Yes. She can have anyone from the different teams . . .football, swimming, track and field, basketball . . .Frankly, I don’t even want to count. All the boys in our school would do anything just to have the chance to go out with her,” Kyle answered.
“Well . . .my sister is quite pretty. So that’s only natural,” Jonathan said again with a laugh.
“Quite pretty? The term the boys in our school call her is gorgeous and totally hot,” Kyle said with a laugh.
U-Know was feeling very jealous just hearing Jonathan and Kyle talk about Lora. He couldn’t help himself from imagining Lora in the middle of so many young men.
“I just hope she doesn’t drink,” Kyle suddenly said.
“Why?” Max asked with concern.
“Well, she’s not really good at drinking. She has low tolerance for anything alcoholic. So just a little sip and she gets drunk easily. And frankly, when she becomes totally blank whenever she gets drunk. I just hope her friends know how to handle her when she gets drunk,” Kyle answered.
“If you already knew that she was like that . . .then why didn’t you try to stop her?’ U-Know suddenly asked Kyle. He was very irritated.
Kyle looked at U-Know’s angry expression.
“Try to stop her? Are you kidding? No one can stop her. If you try to stop her from doing something that she wants, the more she will persist. And you will certainly regret the fact that you tried to stop her in the first place. Because she will do what she wants to do in the worst way possible. That’s how wild she is,” Kyle answered.
U-Know’s heart suddenly stopped beating. It was as if he couldn’t breathe. He felt so terrible. He was blaming himself for Lora’s wild behavior and personality.
After breakfast, they all tried to pass the time watching some movies, eating and drinking, chatting with one another and playing some video games.
While Jonathan, Kyle and the other DBSK members were busy playing, U-Know was just quietly watching them. He was constantly thinking about Lora. He was very worried about her.
Time passed quickly, and it was already evening. After dinner, U-Know was already very worried. He was constantly looking at his watch. Lora still hasn’t arrived.
Jonathan, Kyle and the other DBSK boys have already noticed how U-Know was looking at his watch, and then looking out the window.
Jonathan smile. “You’re worried about Lora, aren’t you? She’s a big girl now. You don’t have to worry about her.”
U-Know looked straight at Jonathan. He couldn’t believe that he wasn’t worried about his sister.
Time passed again, and it was already midnight. U-know was totally restless. By the time the clock struck one o’ clock, he had finally decided.
“I am going to look for Lora,” U-Know suddenly announced to Jonathan and the others.
Everyone in the room suddenly looked at U-Know. Jonathan smiled.
“But hyung . . . where are you going to look for Lora? We don’t even know what club she went to,” Max suddenly said to U-Know.
“I don’t know . . . Even if I have to go to each and every club in Seoul, I am going to do it. But I will find her,” U-Know answered.
Jonathan smiled again.
“Well, we can’t let you go alone. So we’re coming with you,” Jaejoong said.
“Yes, we will help you,” Xiah said with a smile.
The DBSK boys were about to leave the room, when Jonathan suddenly called U-Know.
“What?” U-Know asked with irritation. He still couldn’t believe that Jonathan wasn’t doing anything or wasn’t even concerned about his sister.
“Here take this. You’ll need this to find her,” Jonathan suddenly took out his cell phone and gave it to U-Know.
U-Know looked at the cell phone that Jonathan gave him.
“Why did you give me your phone? I have my own phone,” U-Know said to U-Know.
Jonathan laughed. “Lora’s phone has a GPS tracking device installed without her knowledge, of course. My phone is designed to track her phone. So I’m giving you my phone so you can easily find her,” he explained.
U-Know suddenly smiled. Jonathan was still a very caring brother to Lora after all.
“And take this too . . . .It’s the key to the van. Use it . . .” Jonathan added.
“Thank you . . . .” U-Know said to Jonathan as he and the other DBSK members left.
“Is this the place?” Max asked U-Know.
“It seems so. . . .this is where the tracker is pointing to,” U-Know answered.
“Well do anyone of you have any idea how we are going inside? We certainly can’t just go in. Everybody will immediately notice us. And we might get mobbed or something,” Xiah said with concern.
“So what are we going to do now?” Micky suddenly asked.
“This is the hottest club in Seoul. Many people will surely be inside by this time,” Jaejoong said.
“It’s going to be such a big news if we just enter that club. It will surely hit the newspapers tomorrow,” Xiah said with concern.
U-Know was very determined to find Lora. He was already going mad just thinking that she maybe drunk at that moment and was already being taken advantage of by some of the boys she was with.
“I am going in. I don’t care if anyone recognizes me. What is important now is finding Lora,” U-Know said to his friends.
“But hyung. . . you can’t just go in alone,” Max said with concern.
“Yes, I can. You guys don’t have to come with me. If we all go in, we will surely attract more attention,” U-know said to his friends.
“No, we’re not letting you go in alone. If you’re going in, then we are all coming in with you,” Jaejoong said.
“Yes, that’s right,” Xiah said.
“You’ll never know you might need our help,” Micky said with a smile.
U-Know looked at his friends. He suddenly thought that he was very lucky that he had such good and loyal friends by his side. He suddenly remembered Lora again. He feels that something is wrong with her. And he must find her immediately.
The DBSK boys didn’t have anything to cover their faces. They were left with no choice but to go in without any concern about their identity and safety. They all wanted to find Lora and get her home safe.
U-Know got off the van first, followed by Micky, Xiah, Jaejoong then lastly Max. As soon as they got off the van. Some girls immediately recognized them. Some girls started screaming and calling out their names. They boys hurriedly entered the club.
Once inside the club, they immediately started to look for Lora. U-Know used Jonathan’s cell phone to get to Lora’s exact location. The other DBSK members just followed him. While they were looking for Lora, some girls in the club started to call out their names. More and more girls were starting to gather around them and follow them.
“Hyung, let’s hurry,” Max said to U-Know.
“Yes, I know,” U-Know answered. He already knew that they couldn’t stay long inside the club.
U-Know looked at the cell phone. Lora was nearby. He immediately looked around. Then in a corner, she immediately saw her. She was obviously very drunk already. She was sitting between two young boys. And one of the boys was giving her a glass of wine. She took the glass and drank all its content.
U-Know was very mad. He wanted to punch the boy who gave Lora the glass of wine. She was already drunk and the boy was making her more drunk. U-Know hurriedly rushed to the table that Lora was sitting at.
“Let’s go home,” U-Know said to Lora.
Lora looked at U-Know. She wasn’t herself anymore. She was very drunk.
“Hey, who is this guy Lora? Is he your brother?” one of the boys asked Lora.
“Brother? Yeah . . . .He’s my brother. He’s my big brother, and I am her little sister,” Lora said then she laughed loudly.
The other DBSK boys started to look around. Many of the people inside the club were already looking at them.
“Hey . . . . Aren’t you guys Dong Bang Shin Ki?” a girl suddenly asked Xiah.
Xiah just looked at the girl then smiled. He didn’t know what to say. He was already very nervous. He was expecting that any minute a lot girls will be rushing after them.
“I said let’s go,” U-Know said again to Lora.
“Sorry, I don’t want to go. I am still having fun,” she quickly answered.
“Don’t make me say it again,” U-Know warned.
“I don’t care,” Lora said.
U-Know was already very angry, especially when one of the boys suddenly placed his arms over Lora’s shoulder. U-Know quickly grabbed Lora by her arm. She tried to break free. She didn’t want to go with U-Know.
The other DBSK boys watched as U-Know quickly picked up Lora and placed her over his shoulder. She was still fighting and trying to set herself free. But U-Know was already holding her tightly so she couldn’t break free.
As soon as the other DBSK boys saw that U-Know had already gotten Lora. They immediately turned back. But as they were about to go out, a group of female fans started to ask for their autographs. The boys didn’t know what to do.
U-Know suddenly became very worried, after seeing that a group of fans had already blocked the door.
“Please let us through,” Xiah said to the girls.
“Our friend needs to go home immediately,” Max said.
The girls looked at U-Know and Lora.
“Who is she? Is she U-Know’s girlfriend?” a girl suddenly asked.
“Please . . . .Let us pass,” Jaejoong said to the girls.
Luckily, two men suddenly appeared and started to get the girls out of the way. The DBSK boys hurriedly went out the door. They were very relieved that the men came and helped them.
On their way back to Jonathan’s place, Lora had already fallen asleep.
Xiah and Max looked at Lora and U-Know sitting at the back of the van. She was resting her head on U-Know’s lap. While he was gently caressing her head. All the other DBSK members sensed the special love that U-Know was feeling for Lora. How they wished that their friend would be able to express his true feelings without any worries.
“We would certainly hit the headlines tomorrow,” Micky commented.
“Well, it couldn’t be helped,” Jaejoong answered.
“We sure have a lot of explaining to do after we return from our vacation. . . .And that is if we will be able to continue with our vacation….” Max said with a big sigh.
“Hey! At least we helped U-Know right?” Xiah said with a smile. He was trying to cheer everybody up, inspite of the fact that he knew that what happened in the club would certainly make a big news the next day.
“Yes,” the other DBSK agreed. They were all very happy that they have helped U-Know find Lora.
“Those boys were really trying to get Lora drunk,” Max said.
“And who knows what would have happened to Lora after she got so drunk and she fell asleep,” Jaejoong added.
“She shouldn’t have started drinking in the first place,” Micky said.
“Who do you think were those guys who helped us back in the club?” Max suddenly asked.
“We didn’t even had the time to thank them,” Xiah said.
“Well . . . .good thing they were there. If they hadn’t helped us, who knows what would have happened to us,” Micky commented.
“Yes, that’s true,” the other DBSK boys agreed with what Micky said.
After they all arrived at Jonathan’s house, U-Know immediately carried Lora up to her room. She was still asleep. But U-Know had noticed that she somehow was running a slight fever. He was very concerned with Lora.
“U-Know, you should rest. I’ll take care of her. You can go to bed now,” Jonathan said.
“No, thanks. I’ll just stay here and look after her. I’m not tired at all. Besides I’m not sleepy yet. Maybe you should be the one to go to sleep. . . .I’ll take care of her,” U-Know said. He said all the excuses he could think of. The truth was he didn’t want to leave Lora’s side.
Jonathan looked at his sister and then at U-Know.
“Very well, I’ll just sleep for a few hours and when I come back, you can sleep then, “ Jonathan said to his friend.
“Yes, have a nice sleep. Don’t worry. I’ll take care of her,” U-Know said with a smile.
“Yes, I know you’ll take good care of her,” Jonathan replied and then he left.
The other DBSK boys also decided to leave U-Know and rest. They all knew that their friend wanted to be alone with Lora. So they decided to just go to bed because they didn’t want to be a bother.
“Goodnight!” the other DBSK members said to U-Know.
“Goodnight to you guys also. And thanks . . . .” U-Know said with a warm smile.
At last, U-Know was alone with Lora.
U-Know gently caressed Lora’s face with his hand. She was still asleep, and U-Know couldn’t help but admire her very beautiful face. Again he caressed her face, gently . . . . slowly. He had been dreaming of doing this for a very long time. He suddenly smiled. This was his only chance to tell her how he truly feels.
“Please . . . .stop this Lora. I don’t think I can take it anymore. If you’re angry with me, then just blame it all on me. Can you please stop destroying yourself?” U-Know said with a low voice and as he was gently caressing Lora’s hair.
“I am willing to suffer all the pain just as long as I know you’re happy and safe. I can’t bear to see you destroy yourself just to prove to me that I was wrong. I admit . . . .I admit I was wrong. And I am very sorry if I’ve hurt you. But I want you to know that while you were hurting, I was hurting as well. Maybe more than you’ll ever know. I admit I was a fool to ever let you go. But I did it because I thought that it was the best for you and me . . . . for everybody. I wanted to protect you. But I never imagined that my own decision would eventually lead to the destruction of what I treasured the most,” U-Know stopped talking. He was trying to stop himself from crying. He was feeling very sad and he was pitying himself.
“I am very sorry if I can only tell you these things when you’re asleep. I don’t have the heart, and the courage to tell you all those things when you’re awake, because I can’t bear to see you cry. Whenever I see the tears in your eyes, it feels like someone is killing me very slowly. For every tear that drops from your eyes is equal to a needle being pinned straight unto my heart,” U-Know stopped talking again.
Tears were already flowing from his eyes. He has always been in control. He didn’t like crying. He could always control himself and his emotions. But whenever it concerns Lora, he couldn’t stop himself. He was always very emotional. He was angry with himself. He didn’t crying but he couldn’t help it.
“Do you know how many times I have dreamed of holding you in my arms and being able to kiss you? I always remember the day when you left for London. You were a little kid then, but you already had the courage to tell me how you felt. I am really envious of you. I wish I was as courageous as you. I know I was a coward back then. If only I had even half of your courage back then, I would have been able to tell you how I truly felt . . . .And I would have been able to stop you from leaving. And if I have done that then you would be beside me now. But I know that regretting what I have and haven’t done in the past is useless now. I can’t turn back time. So whatever I do now will never change the fact that I have caused you so much pain and I have caused your sudden change,” U-Know said while he tried to control his tears.
“I don’t know if you will ever forgive me. But what I do want you to know is that . . . . I . . . .I love you . . . . not as a sister like what I always tell you. I love you in the way a man loves a woman. I know you have been waiting for me to say those words to you for a very long time now. I am sorry . . .I lied because I wanted to hide what I was truly feeling for you. I hope you will understand that there are so many things that sets us apart . . . .many responsibilities that binds me and keeps me away from you. I don’t know if there will be a day that I will be able to hold you and love you freely. But I want you to know that even if that doesn’t come . . . .I will still love you in my own special way . . . .I will love you silently from afar . . . . I will still love you even if you’re already in someone else’s arms. That’s how much I love you . . . .” U-Know said as he cried uncontrollably.
He looked closely at Lora’s face . . . .her eyes . . . .he nose . . . .her lips. He wanted to memorize everything about her and keep it locked up in his mind and in his heart. He may never have the chance to get this close again with her. He had already lost her, and there was no way that he could ever win her back.
His heart was still beating, but he knew that it had already died. He wanted to be numb. He wanted the pain to go away but he didn’t know how to do it.
Lora had been in his life for a very long time. He doesn’t know if he can live without her. But he accepts the fact that he has to let her go. U-Know cried. How he wished he would die.
U-Know looked at Lora’s face again. He then leaned over her, face to face. Slowly and gently, he kissed her for the very last time. His kiss was very tender and sweet. But as he was kissing her, his tears just kept on flowing steadily
“Goodbye . . . .Lora. . . . I love you . . . . Please be happy and always take care of yourself,” U-Know softly whispered to Lora.
CHAPTER 13 Part 1
The next day, Lora woke up with a headache. After waking up, she quickly looked around. She became very confused.
“How did I get here?” Lora asked herself.
The last thing that she can remember was that Hana and their other friends had left her with two boys they had met at the club. They wanted to dance but she refused, so she was left sitting at the table with their new acquaintances. Then the boys started to give her drinks and she just took one sip and that was all she could remember.
The door suddenly opened and the old housekeeper came in.
“Good! You’re already awake. They are all waiting for you. It is lunch time already dear. You must be starving. Jonathan said that I should just let you rest. So I didn’t wake you up to have breakfast.
Are you all right?” the housekeeper asked after seeing Lora’s expression. She was still very confused on what happened to her at the club.
“How did I get here? I mean who brought me home?” Lora asked the housekeeper.
“Well. . . .those boys. . . .your brother’s friends, they are the one who brought you home. U-Know was the one who carried you up to your room,” the old woman answered.
Lora suddenly became more confused. Why did U-Know brought me home? She asked herself. And how did he know where I was? She asked herself again.
“Well, better hurry. They are waiting,” the old woman said again.
“Yes, I’ll be down in a minute. Thank you,” Lora said again.
The old woman left the room, leaving Lora still asking herself many questions.
“I think this is going to be trouble,” Lora suddenly said with a sigh. She knew that her brother would not let her get away with what she had done without any discussion. She immediately went downstairs after fixing herself up.
“Good morning! I won’t ask if you had a nice sleep because I already know that you didn’t,” Jonathan immediately greeted Lora with sarcasm.
Lora tried to smile. She was feeling very light-headed. She quickly sat down beside Kyle
“I hope you learned your lesson. You know you can’t drink anything alcoholic,” Kyle suddenly said.
“Kyle . . . .” Lora said as if a warning.
“Why? Did I say something wrong?” Kyle suddenly asked with a smile.
“I already called Hana and asked about the boys you were with last night,” Jonathan suddenly said.
“You did what?” Lora suddenly asked in an angry tone.
“Well, I have a right to know. . . . How can you be so careless as to accept drinks from guys that you just met?” Jonathan asked as if irritated.
“I . . . .don’t know. Maybe I was a little too distracted with some thing yesterday,” Lora suddenly answered.
“Distracted? With what? Good thing that U-Know decided to go and look for you. If he didn’t show up, who knows in what place you will wake up to,” Jonathan said.
Lora didn’t know what to say. She couldn’t look at U-Know because she was afraid of what she would see in his eyes. She didn’t want to see his reaction. She was afraid that her cold heart would somehow melt.
“Well, I didn’t ask him to look for me,” Lora suddenly said.
The DBSK boys looked at U-Know’s reaction. He was still looking silently at Lora. His face was still expressionless.
“Lora . . . .you’re crossing the line, young lady,” Jonathan suddenly shouted.
“What do you want me to say? Thank you? Okay . . . . Oppa, thank you. So are you happy now, dear brother? “ Lora asked with sarcasm.
“Hey! We’re about to eat . . . .Can you please stop arguing?” Kyle suddenly said.
Lora looked at Kyle. She then smiled. She then went to Jonathan and hugged him from behind.
“Sorry . . . .Jonathan. I know I was out of line. Can you forgive your very silly sister?” she asked.
“Only if you promise to never do it again,” Jonathan said.
“Okay, I promise,” she quickly answered.
Then Lora finally looked straight at U-Know.
“Oppa . . . .thank you. And thank you to all of you also. I know searching for me must have been very tiring,” she said with a smile.
“Oh, it’s nothing,” Xiah immediately replied.
“But can I ask how did you know where I was?” Lora suddenly asked.
The DBSK boys didn’t know what to answer.
“I told them where you were,” Jonathan suddenly answered for them.
“And how exactly did you know where I was?” Lora asked Jonathan with one eyebrow raised.
“I know you only go to the best clubs and restaurants. So I just guessed,” Jonathan lied.
“Oh . . . .” Lora said. She somehow satisfied with Jonathan’s answer.
Jonathan let out a long sigh.
After eating, the DBSK boys, Jonathan and Kyle were in the living room watching a movie when Lora suddenly entered. She was dressed up again. U-Know’s heart was beating very fast. He didn’t like the idea that Lora was going out again.
“And where do you think you are going?” Jonathan suddenly asked Lora.
“Didn’t I tell you that Shiro is coming to Korea today? I am meeting him in the airport,” Lora quickly answered.
Jonathan suddenly smiled. “Sorry, I forgot. So when is Shiro’s flight?” Jonathan asked.
“He’ll be arriving a little after 3 pm. So I have to leave now,” Lora said with a smile.
“Are you sure that you’re okay? How about we just let the driver be the one to pick him up?” Jonathan asked.
“No. . . .I said I will meet him,” Lora protested.
“Fine . . . .Just make sure that you bring the driver with you,” Jonathan said.
“Okay . . . .” Lora replied.
“So I never got the chance to ask you . . . .Where is this Shiro staying?” Jonathan said.
“Well . . . .he’s staying in a hotel. . . . He won’t be staying here. So you don’t have to worry,” Lora suddenly said.
“Well, I am not worried at all. I just wanted to know so I could make the maids prepare a room for him,” Jonathan said.
“He said that he is staying in a hotel. He’s already booked a room. So you don’t have to worry,” Lora answered.
“What time are you leaving?” Kyle suddenly asked.
“I am leaving right now. Why?” Lora asked.
“Nothing. And what time are you coming back?” Kyle asked again.
Lora looked at Kyle. She can’t understand why Kyle was asking her such questions.
“Why are you asking?” Lora asked.
“Nothing. But you said that we were going to watch a movie tonight, remember?” Kyle said.
Lora suddenly smiled. “Oh….I’m sorry. I forgot. I don’t think I can watch a movie with you tonight. I promised Kyle that I will be having dinner with him tonight,” she answered.
“You’re having dinner with him?” Jonathan asked.
“Yes,” she answered.
“Where?” Jonathan asked again.
Lora smiled. “I don’t know,” she answered.
“Are you sure that you’re all right now? You were very drunk last night. You shouldn’t be going out today. You should just rest,” Max said with concern.
Lora smiled at Max. “You know you’re very sweet. Thank you for caring. But I have to go. Don’t worry about me. I have already taken some medication to help with the headache and the hang over,” she answered.
Xiah. Jaejoong, Max and Micky all looked at U-Know. They suddenly became worried about him. They knew that he was hurting.
Jonathan also looked at U-Know. He pitied his friend. “Well . . . .I think you should go already. You don’t want to be late,” he said to Lora.
Lora quickly gave Jonathan a kiss on the cheek. And she bade goodbye to everybody.
CHAPTER 13 Part 2
After Lora left, U-Know became very quiet. The other DBSK members immediately noticed him. They were left all alone in the house. Jonathan also left because he had a meeting to attend to and Kyle went to a mall.
“Hyung . . . . How about we just leave?” Max suddenly asked U-Know.
“Leave? What do you mean leave?” U-Know asked.
“Well. . . .We are starting to think that it was a bad idea coming here in the first place. So we figured that maybe we should just leave,” Max said.
“Leave? Leave?” U-Know started to ask himself.
“U-Know, we know what you are going through. And frankly we don’t want to see you get hurt anymore. So we suggest that we should just leave,” Micky said.
“I don’t want to leave,” U-Know said. “I will finish my two weeks vacation here and that is that,” he added.
The other DBSK members just looked at U-Know. They knew the main reason that he didn’t want to leave was because of Lora. But seeing U-Know get hurt more and more was also hurting them. They love and cared for U-Know like their own brother. How they all wished that if they could only help him, then everything might turn out all right.
“Hyung . . . why is it that you don’t want to leave? We can see that staying here is bringing you so much pain. So why do you still want to stay?” Max asked.
U-Know looked at Max.
“I only have two weeks to be with her. Then after that I don’t even know when I will be able to see her or if I will ever see her again. Even staying here is bringing me heartaches. I am willing to bear it. Just as long as I am near her . . . .and I can see her . . . I am also happy,” U-Know suddenly stopped talking and looked at his friends. “Please let me have my two weeks of happiness with her.”
Jaejoong, Xiah, Max and Micky were really sad for U-Know. Ever since they became a group, they have been helping and taking care of one another as if they were all brothers. But now seeing U-Know so down makes them feel so useless and powerless. They want to help him, but they don’t know how, which makes all four of them very frustrated.
Jaejoong let out a long sigh. “Very well. If you really want to stay. Then let’s all stay. But what will you do when that Shiro guy starts to show up? You’ll surely be hurt again and again. Are you really sure you still want to stay?” he asked asked.
“Yes, I still want to stay,” U-Know quickly answered.
“I just hope you really know what you are doing,” Xiah suddenly said.
U-Know looked at his friends’ faces. He can see the concern in their eyes. He was still very lucky, he thought to himself. He had such good friends.
Time passed and it was already 7 o’ clock in the evening. Jonathan and Kyle have already both arrived.
They were already eating dinner when Lora arrived.
“Hello! We can still join you guys for dinner right?” Lora said as she entered the dining room.
Everybody looked at Lora’s direction. She was with Shiro.
Jonathan smiled. “Hello! I thought you said the two of you were having dinner together?”
“Well . . . .Shiro said that he would like to meet you,” Lora answered.
“Oh . . . .really?” Jonathan uttered.
“Good evening to all of you . . . .I am Shiro Yamagata,” the man said with a smile. He was about 6’0 tall, good-looking and was somehow very formal.
U-Know’s heart suddenly pounded. He looked at Lora and Shiro for a very long time. Jaejoong noticed him and suddenly decided to break the silence.
“Hello . . .I’m Jaejoong. So you’re a Japanese?” he said with a smile.
“Yes,” Shiro answered.
“Well, sit down,” Jonathan finally said.
Lora and Shiro sat down beside one another. Shiro was very sweet and caring with Lora. He carefully pulled out the chair that Lora was about to sit on. He was even helping Lora select the foods she wanted to eat.
The DBSK boys just watched as Shiro showered Lora with all the love and affection a guy could ever give to a girl.
While they were all eating, Jonathan started asking Shiro some questions.
“I hope you don’t mind me asking Shiro. But what do you do for a living?” Jonathan asked seriously.
“Well . . . . I am an architect for a big company back in Japan,” Shiro answered.
“So how long have you been working? I learned from Kyle that you’re 23 right?” Jonathan asked again.
“Yes . . . .I’m 23. I’ve been working as an architect for the past two years. But I have been working and helping manage my father’s company for six years now,” Shiro replied.
“Your father’s company? So you mean you’re working at your father’s company?” Jonathan asked curiously.
“Yes . . . .” Shiro replied again.
“I see . . . . Well, I am also taking care of my late father’s company now. Maybe Lora has told you?” Jonathan said.
“Yes, she has,” Shiro answered.
“Oh . . . .then let’s all continue eating then. I’m sorry if I am being too inquisitive,” Jonathan said to Shiro.
“It’s all right. Frankly . . . .that’s why I wanted to meet you. So you could ask me anything you want and so you can see that I am very serious with your sister,” Shiro said.
Jaejoong, Xiah, Max and Micky almost choked on what they were eating after hearing what Shiro said. He was very frank about his feelings for Lora. They immediately looked at U-Know’s reaction. He was still eating as if he heard nothing.
“Really . . . .now?” Jonathan uttered.
“I know that you may think that I am way too old for her. And I know she’s only sixteen. But I am willing to wait for a few more years. I have already fallen in love with your sister from the very first time I met her in Japan. Ever since then I can’t stop thinking about her,” Shiro said.
The other DBSK boys couldn’t help but admire Shiro. He was a very honest man. They could tell that he was saying the truth judging by the way he talked and moved. Again . . . .they pitied U-Know. They couldn’t even start to imagine how hurt he was right at that moment.
After dinner, Shiro bade goodbye to everybody. He was going back to his hotel.
Lora returned to the living room where all the boys were, after Shiro left.
“So that guy is Shiro? Are you serious with him? Are you really sure that you like him?” Jonathan asked continuously.
“Why are you asking me so many questions all of a sudden?” Lora asked with a smile.
“I can see that you’re already close with him, so I am asking,” Jonathan answered.
“Oh . . . .” Lora uttered.
“I hope you haven’t answered him yet,” Kyle suddenly said.
“Kyle . . . .why are you like that? You don’t like Shiro, is that it?” Lora asked Kyle.
“Frankly . . . .I don’t,” Kyle quickly answered.
Lora laughed, then giggled. She quickly hugged Kyle.
“My baby’s jealous . . . .” she teased.
“No, I’m not,” Kyle protested.
U-Know felt he was the one being very jealous. Lora was hugging Kyle tightly that it was making him mad.
“Don’t worry . . . Even if I have a dozen boyfriends, you will always be my very special best friend,” she said with a smile. Then she quickly gave Kyle a kiss on the cheek.
U-Know was already feeling like he was going to explode. He had been controlling his emotions ever since Shiro showed up and now he was on the brink of blowing up, especially after seeing Lora kiss Kyle on the cheek.
U-Know suddenly stood up. He had decided that he had enough already.
“I’m sorry . . . .but I’m quite tired already. I’ll be going to my room now . . . .Good night,” U-Know suddenly said.
Everybody in the room just stared at U-Know. The other DBSK boys knew why he was leaving.
“Well . . . .good night to you too,” Jonathan said.
As U-Know was going up to his room, his mind was already spinning. He couldn’t think straight. His heart was beating very fast.
Once inside his room, he suddenly grabbed the pillows on his bed and threw them as hard as he could. He felt very weak. He slowly sat down on the side of the bed and started to cry.
The pain he was feeling was just too unbearable. It was driving him mad. He thought that he could handle seeing Lora with Shiro, but he was wrong. He loved Lora very much. And seeing her with Shiro and Kyle was like total hell for him.
Alone in his room . . .U-Know cried. It was the only thing he could do to ease the pain that he was feeling. “This is what I get for losing her. I have to bear the pain. I only have eleven days left to be with her. I have to hold on. . . . I want to be with her, even for the last time,” he said to himself over and over again.
“Good Morning!” Lora greeted everyone as she entered the dining room.
“So my sister is in a good mood today?” Jonathan teased.
“Well . . . .I am going shopping today. That’s why I am in a good mood,” she answered.
“Shopping? With whom?” Jonathan asked.
“With Kyle, of course,” Lora replied.
“I thought you were going to say . . . .Shiro,” Jonathan said.
“Shiro? Are you kidding? Why would I bring a guy to go shopping?” Lora suddenly exclaimed while laughing.
“Well . . . .Kyle is a guy . . . .” Xiah suddenly said.
Lora looked at Xiah. Then she suddenly stopped laughing. She didn’t know what to say.
“Uhm . . . . yeah . . . .Kyle is a guy . . . .but he’s special. He loves shopping as much as I do. And he’s more vain than me,” she quickly answered.
Lora and Kyle both looked at each other as if they were hiding something. The DBSK boys noticed the way the two were looking at each other. They didn’t know what was going on. But they were sure that Lora and Kyle had a secret.
As soon as they all finished eating breakfast, Lora and Kyle immediately left to go shopping.
“Why are they leaving so early? Are there malls already opened at this hour?” Max asked the others while eating a bag of potato chips.
“They’re going to the salon first,” Jonathan quickly answered.
The DBSK boys and Jonathan were all in the living room again. Jaejoong and Xiah were playing a video game. While Micky was checking his emails using his laptop. Jonathan was busy sorting out documents and U-Know was quietly sitting on a chair pretending to be asleep.
“Salon?” Xiah asked with a laugh. “ Really? So is she going to get a new haircut or something?”
“I don’t know why. They just said they were going to the salon first. Then they were going to see a movie. Then lastly they were going to go shopping,” Jonathan answered.
“Oh . . . .” Xiah uttered.
U-Know didn’t want to talk to anyone. So he just decided to pretend that he was asleep. While his eyes were closed, he was imagining Lora happily watching a movie with Kyle, eating in a fancy restaurant and picking out clothes. His mind was filled with images of Lora doing different things with Kyle. It was too maddening for him. He suddenly opened his eyes to see Jaejoong closely looking at him.
“See . . . I told you he’s not asleep,” Jaejoong said to Xiah.
“Oh . . . .Come on . . . .It’s lunch time already,” Xiah said to Jaejoong and U-Know.
U-Know was surprised. It was already lunch time. He suddenly thought that he may have really fallen asleep after all.
Time passed by quickly and dinner was already served. But Lora and Kyle weren’t home yet.
“Those two are really something . . . .” Jonathan said while eating.
“Do you think they are still shopping?” Xiah asked Jonathan.
Jonathan laughed. “Knowing my sister. Yes . . .I believe they are still in a mall . . .shopping.”
“Kyle and Lora are sure very close. Aren’t you even concerned that they could fall in love with each other?” Jaejoong asked Jonathan.
“Fall in love? Kyle and Lora? Now . . . that’s impossible,” Jonathan answered with a laugh.
“But why is it impossible? Kyle is quite good-looking and Lora is beautiful . . . .” Jaejoong said.
Jonathan looked at Jaejoong. He was about to say something, but then just decided to say nothing at all.
“I don’t understand why you don’t even consider Kyle as someone Lora can fall in love with,” Micky said to Jonathan.
“Look . . . . Don’t ask me why . . . .but just believe me when I say Lora and Kyle can never fall in love with each other,” Jonathan said again with a big grin on his face.
The DBSK boys just looked at each other. They knew that Jonathan was hiding something.
It was already passed 10 o’ clock in the evening, when Kyle and Lora finally arrived.
The DBSK boys and Jonathan were in the living room watching a movie.
“Hello everybody!” Lora greeted happily. She entered the living room carrying at least ten assorted plastic bags from different stores. Then Kyle followed her, carrying at least several boxes.
“My god! How much did you spend?” Jaejoong suddenly asked after seeing how many bags and boxes Kyle and Lora carried.
Kyle placed the boxes he was carrying on a table. Then he sat down on the nearest chair beside him.
“I’m so tired!” Kyle exclaimed.
Jonathan laughed. “I can see why . . . “
“So did you really go shopping from morning till night?” Max asked Lora.
“No . . . .we went to the salon first. We both had a facial, then we had our hair trimmed a little . . . .a manicure and a pedicure . . . .Then we went to a spa. After that we went to a movie and then lastly we went shopping,” Lora answered happily.
U-Know was very silent. Lora was obviously very happy. And he was very jealous that she and Kyle were able to do all those things together.
“You really love shopping . . . .Look at how much you bought,” Jaejoong said to Lora in total amazement.
“Well . . . .you should see her go shopping when she’s sad . . . .” Kyle commented.
“Why?” Jaejoong asked.
“You’ll be more shocked. The amount we spent today wouldn’t even come close to one-fourth of what she would actually spend in a day that she’s totally sad. Once I remember, she actually spent $10,000 dollars in a single day of shopping,” Kyle told Jaejoong.
The DBSK boys were totally shocked.
“$10,000 dollars? I don’t even want to count how much that would amount in Korean money. That’s too much!” Xiah exclaimed.
Lora laughed. “I did it one time only. I was really sad then. Besides it was my money anyway . . .”
“How . . . . .Your money? How can you have such a large amount of money?” Micky asked.
“Yeah . . . .We have been working for years and we still can’t spend that kind of money,” Xiah said again.
Jonathan laughed. “You see, after I took over my father’s company. We both received our inheritance as well. So we both have our own separate money in different banks.”
“Wow! Then you guys must be very happy being very rich and all,” Max commented.
Lora’s happy expression suddenly changed.
“Happy? Money can’t buy happiness, Max. I would trade all the money I have now just for a chance to be happy,” Lora said with sadness in her eyes.
U-Know suddenly looked at Lora. How his heart ached, after seeing her expression. The sadness in her eyes was just too painful for him. How he wished he could held her in his arms and comfort her.
The other DBSK boys couldn’t understand why Lora suddenly became sad. They were very puzzled.
“Well . . . .I am going upstairs now. Good night!” Lora said and she quickly turned around to leave.
“What happened to her?” Kyle asked the others.
“She must be tired,” Jonathan just said. But he knew the reason why his sister suddenly became sad.
In her room, Lora was sitting on her bed and talking to herself.
“If money can only buy happiness . . .then I would certainly be happy now. But what I want can’t be bought. So I am stuck with being miserable and unhappy. If I can only buy happiness, I would give all that I have now just to have you in my arms. . . .If I can only buy happiness, I would give up everything I have without any doubts. . . . I am willing to give up everything just to have you . . . .to love you . . . . to kiss you . . . .to be able to lie in your arms whenever I am feeling very tired or sad. If I could only be able to do all those things . . . .only then I can truly say that I am happy.”
Quietly Lora cried herself to sleep.
U-Know woke up early the next day. He still remembered the sadness in Lora’s eyes. He wanted to talk with her, and ask her what was wrong.
He slowly walked up to her room. He wanted to knock and see if she was already awake. But as soon as he was about to knock, he heard that Lora was talking to someone inside her room.
Inside Lora’s room, she was talking with Kyle. She had woken up early and decided to wake Kyle up as well. She needed someone to talk to.
As they were talking, Lora was also trying on the different clothes she had bought. She was in front of the mirror. And she had just put on a short black dress, when she realized her long hair was stuck in the zipper of the dress she was wearing.
“Kyle . . . .Please help me . . . .My hair is caught in the zipper . . . .It hurts,” Lora pleaded.
Kyle immediately went to Lora. The zipper was certainly stuck and wouldn’t open. He tried to open the zipper, but Lora’s hair was stuck in it, and was being pulled.
Lora cried out in pain as her hair was being pulled as the zipper of the dress was being opened.
Kyle had already opened Lora’s dress and pulled out Lora’s hair, when the door slowly opened.
U-Know was shocked with what he saw. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Kyle was standing so close behind Lora. But what immediately caught his attention was Lora’s dress. The back of her dress was fully open, and Kyle’s hand was still holding the back of the dress as if he had just opened it.
The sight U-Know saw was just too obscene for him. His mind suddenly became blank. He couldn’t think straight. He immediately went up to Kyle. He pulled him away from Lora and angrily punched him right in the face.
“Oppa . . . .please stop. I think you’re making a mistake. It’s not like what you think . . . .please,” Lora pleaded. She was trying to pull U-Know away from Kyle.
U-Know was mad . . . .mad with jealousy. He wanted to hurt Kyle badly. He couldn’t believe that Kyle could even think of doing such a thing to Lora.
Lora started shouting for help. U-Know was already out of control. He kept on punching Kyle. Jonathan and the other DBSK members had already been awaken by the commotion in Lora’s room.
“Hyung . . . .” Max shouted.
“Stop it . . . Kyle’s already bleeding,” Jaejoong said to U-Know as he and Micky tried to get him away from Kyle. While Max and Xiah helped Kyle to stand up.
U-Know was still unable to think clearly. He was mad with Kyle. He wanted to hurt him again and again.
“What’s wrong? What happened?” Jonathan asked Lora.
“What happened? Can’t you even see what’s happening? Can you please take a good look at your sister?” U-Know answered angrily.
Jonathan looked at Lora. He noticed that she was wearing a short black dress. Then he also noticed that her back was exposed because the zipper was open.
“Lora . . . .Can you please explain what is happening here?” Jonathan asked Lora angrily.
“Kyle and I were inside my room when Yunho entered. He got mad because he saw Kyle was behind me and he was helping me open my dress,” Lora answered.
“He got mad because of what?” Jonathan still couldn’t understand what Lora was trying to say.
“He got mad because he thought Kyle and I were about to do something,” Lora said in a low voice.
Jonathan looked at Lora, then at Kyle, then lastly at U-Know. He suddely laughed.
“What’s so funny?” Jaejoong asked with irritation.
Jonathan still couldn’t stop himself from laughing. “So this commotion is all because Yunho thought that you and Kyle were about to make out?” he asked still unable to believe.
“You’re sister is about to sleep with a guy and you’re laughing?” U-Know asked with total disbelief.
“Sleep? Do you really think that I am that kind of a girl?” Lora asked U-Know angrily.
“So how will you explain what I saw?Are you still going to deny it? Are you that kind of a girl that you would actually sleep with anyone who wants to sleep with you? Don’t you even have some decency? You were even going to do it inside your own room . . . .You’re so disgusting,” U-Know said with anger as well. He couldn’t believe that Lora was still denying the truth.
“I’m sorry if you don’t believe me. But I can never sleep with Kyle . . . . or with any other guy . . . . I am really hurt that you actually think that I am that low . . . .To even do it in my own house . . . .in my own room . . .But I guess I deserve it after showing you my wild side . . . .But I expected more from you, Yunho. You have been my friend for more than 4 years . . . .At least, that should have accounted for something. Now I know what I am in your eyes . . . But I just want you to know that I may be wild and liberated but I can say straight to anyone that I am still a virgin and will stay one until I can finally give myself to the one I truly love . . . .” Lora said with tears already forming in her eyes and with that she suddenly ran out of the room.
As Lora was leaving the room, her tears were already flowing. She wanted to die right at that exact moment. She had never imagined that she would actually hear such hurtful words from U-Know. She was really embarrassed and hurt at the same time. She didn’t know what she was feeling right at that exact moment. She wanted to ran away and hide.
U-Know somehow snapped out of his madness and quickly returned to his consciousness after hearing what Lora said. He knew that Lora was hurt by his assumption. And he felt so sorry that he didn’t believe her at the very start. He then looked at Jonathan, and then at Kyle. Kyle’s lower lip was already swollen. U-Know felt bad that he had hurt Kyle. He should have been more mature and he should have tried to settle everything calmly.
“Hyung . . . “ Max said as he noticed that U-Know had suddenly become very pale.
“I’m sorry . . . .I didn’t know what I was doing,” U-Know said with a low voice. “Kyle, I’m sorry. I can’t say anything to make up for what I have done to you . . . .but again . . . .I am sorry.”
Kyle looked at U-Know. He wasn’t angry because somehow he understood his situation.
“It’s all right. Somehow I can understand your situation and why you acted so violently. But please next time . . . be a little bit more calm. You can’t possibly beat up all the guys that Lora comes close with. And she’s right . . .you should have given her more trust . . . .” Kyle said.
U-Know didn’t know what to say. It was as if his whole world was spinning out of control. He wanted to turn back the time, and correct what he had just done.
“U-Know . . . .the reason why I was laughing . . . .is because . . . .” Jonathan suddenly stopped talking and looked at Kyle. “Kyle . . . . .I think it is time that they all know the truth just to clear up all the confusion . . . .” he said again.
Kyle just nodded as a sign that he agreed.
“The reason why Lora and Kyle can never fall in love with each other is because . . . .Kyle is gay. He has been a gay since he and Lora met six years ago. Lora and I know about it but we all keep it as a secret because Kyle’s parents still doesn’t know,” Jonathan said.
The DBSK boys were shocked with what they learned. U-Know felt that someone had suddenly poured him with cold water. He was very embarrassed at what he had done to Kyle and what he thought about him and Lora. He suddenly remembered Lora. He was angry with himself. He said so many hurtful things to Lora.
“Lora . . . .” U-Know uttered.
“I think you better find Lora and apologize Yunho. You were wrong and you said such cruel words to her. I think the two of you should talk,” Jonathan said with concern.
“I don’t know what to say to her . . . .”U-Know suddenly said.
“Then try to find the right words . . . .or you won’t have the chance to talk with her again and you will eventually lose her forever,” Jonathan said.
Suddenly the housekeeper came into the room.
“Jonathan . . . . Lora left. I am really worried . . . . . She was crying when she left,” the old lady said.
The other DBSK boys suddenly became worried . U-Know was suddenly alarmed as well. He quickly ran out the room. His heart was beating very fast. He had to find Lora.
Lora was walking on the side of the road. She was still sobbing and crying. She didn’t know where she was going. She was very confused and hurt. She was thinking that she wanted to go away. And that she didn’t want to see U-Know anymore. She needed someone to talk to right at that moment but she couldn’t think of anyone. She needed someone . . . .
Suddenly a car stopped by the side of the road and she looked at the driver of the car.
U-Know ran as fast as he could. He knew that Lora couldn’t be far away. He frantically tried to search for Lora. He could feel she was nearby. He was already calling out her name. He was desperate to find her. He needed to talk with her and clear everything . . .and ask her forgiveness. He needed to say what he truly feels. It was already maddening . . .He couldn’t find her. Where could she be? He asked himself over and over again.
Then as he was turning around the corner. Something caught his eye, it was Lora. But she wasn’t alone. She was crying . . . .in Shiro’s arms. His heart suddenly became numb. He was too late.
He was already too late . . . .