The man tapped on the window again, this time we were able to make out who he was; a police officer. Jae Joong scrambled to the front seat to wind down the window.
“What are you two doing here so late at night?” the police officer said.
“Erm… on a date?” Jae Joong said.
“You shouldn’t be here. It’s such a deserted area. If anything were to happen, no one would even notice,” the police officer continued.
“Choesonghamnida,” we said as we nodded at the officer. Then, his face lit up in recognition.
“Hey! Aren’t you Yongung Jae Joong?” he exclaimed.
“Ne,” Jae Joong said.
“And aren’t you that Sierra from S-Cube?”
“Ne,” I replied. Then he took out his booklet.
I thought he was going to issue us a summons, but instead he said, “Can I have your autographs?” and he handed us his booklet.
“Ne,” we replied nervously and started to scribble our signatures on the booklet.
“Kamsahamnida,” he beamed at us as we handed the booklet back to him. “Now hurry home,” he said. “This is no place to be at such late hours in the night.”
“Ne,” we answered and wound up the window as Jae Joong backed the car out to drive away.
As soon as the police officer was out of sight, Jae Joong and I started laughing hysterically.
“Stop it…” I said as I slapped his thigh, trying to control my laughter. “It’s not funny.”
“I thought he was gonna arrest us or something,” Jae Joong laughed.
“Did you see his face when he recognized us?” I laughed.
“It was priceless…”
“Being celebrity has its perks, eh?”
“Sure does… If we were just any normal couple, we would have gotten a huge telling off.”
“Hmm…” I smiled and he took my hand.
“Has your manager gone through the repertoire for the concert in New York with you?”
“No, I’ve not met him this week.”
“They want us to sing Insa (인사) together,” he said. We had done a remix of Insa with Clazziquai last year, and it was the filming of the MV that had brought us together.
“Chongmal… ya… just thinking about it makes me happy. Our first big concert in America and I get to perform with you,” he smiled.
“Did you ever think we would end up here now?” I asked him.
“I did say once, that I’d expected myself to end up with a fan, but nothing prepared me for a fan who was also a kasu.”
“Whoever said I was your fan?” I sneered at him.
“You’re not? Then whose fan are you?”
“I was Yun Ho’s fan…” I said, grinning.
“Hmm… so should I return you to him then?” he asked. His face looked a little grim. Did he really mind that I used to prefer Yun Ho to him?
“I don’t want to get back with Yun Ho,” I said. “It’s hard being with your idol. I want to be with a man I love, not a man I idolize.”
“Now that you’ve said that, I have a confession to make,” he said.
“I worship you…” he smiled. “Will that be a problem for you?”
“Worship away…” I laughed.
“Asa! From now on, you’re my new religion,” he said.
It was about 9:30pm when he finally dropped me off. I showered quickly and turned on my laptop. My Yahoo! Messenger popped open and there was an offline message.
Benson: Heya! So how are things going?
I clicked on the ‘Reply’ button and started typing.
Sierra: You there??? I’ve not seen you online since you left Korea.
I waited for about 5 minutes before he replied.
Benson: I was in America, overseeing some factories.
Sierra: Aren’t we responsible now… ;)
Benson: Right… you know I’m a good boy :P
Sierra: As if… if you’re that good, then I could be an angel.
Benson: So how are things with that U-Know guy?
Sierra: We broke up…
Sierra: I’m with Jae Joong now…
Benson: That Hero guy at Cheju?
Benson: Well, well… you’re sure good at switching them up ;)
Sierra: Don’t be mean!!!
Benson: Sorry… I suppose, if you’re happy… then this is the way it should be. Are you happy?
Sierra: I guess…
Benson: Well… you’d better be sure this time. I can’t always be there when you crash and burn.
Sierra: Speaking of crash and burn… did you know I was assaulted?
Benson: What the…. #$@&*(^%$
Sierra: Some anti-fan bust me up real good.
Benson: Are you alright???
Sierra: I’m alright now… I had surgery…
Sierra: On my face….
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Benson: I’m really speechless… this is you?
Sierra: The new me…
Benson: You still look like you…
Sierra: I know… it was a minor reconstructive surgery. I think my company had been waiting for a chance like this to fix my face.
Benson: You look good though… I’m still a little baffled, but nevertheless… nice job! ;)
Sierra: Hmm… thank you?
Benson: What’s wrong? You hate it?
Sierra: I feel like I’ve been altered…
Benson: You have…
Sierra: Wish I wasn’t…
Benson: It’s done… live with it…
Benson: I’ve gotta go… meeting some friends for supper.
Sierra: Okay… bye…
Benson: Take care now…
Benson has logged off
After I'd replied a few mails and decided to call Jae Joong. He picked up on the second ring. He was breathing heavily and I could hear the guys shouting in the background.
“Jae Joong…” I said.
“Oh… Sierra… chamkan…” he said and I could hear him cover the mouthpiece of his mobile phone with his hand. “Yah!! Shikkuroun!!!” I heard him yell at the guys and they laughed. Then I heard the door close. “Sierra…” he said.
“Oh…” I replied.
“You still there?”
“No… I’m not here,” I said and he laughed. I smiled to myself when I heard his laughter.
“Sorry about that… the guys were playing around.”
“I can hear them… What are you guys doing?”
“Just messing around,” he said.
“Jae Joongie…” I heard Yoo Chun’s voice.
“Go away…” Jae Joong laughed and I could hear them struggling with each other.
“Ah!!” Yoo Chun yelled in a high pitched voice.
“Shiro!! Leave me alone,” Jae Joong said. “Sorry… That was Yoo Chun trying to annoy me.”
“It’s fine,” I said. Then I heard Yoo Chun singing in the background. I listened intently and realized it was a Disney song; ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin.
“I can show you the world… Shining, shimmering, splendid… tell me princess…”
“Yah!!” Jae Joong yelled at him and he started to giggle. Finally the giggle faded and Jae Joong was back at the phone.
“Where did he go?” I asked.
“I kicked him out of the room and locked the door,” Jae Joong said.
“Aww… I was looking forward to a mini concert,” I laughed.
“I’ll tell him to sing for you the next time we go out together.”
“So are you going to continue?”
“What do you want me to sing?”
“Hmm… let me think…”
“5 seconds… 5-4-3-2…”
“My Destiny!” I said. He took a deep breath and started singing.
kaeritai nagai yoru ni boku no mune wa mada mayotteiru
kaerenai awai asa ni tsugeta chikai uso ni naru kara
ano koro no bokura no kage ga
ima tachi agari ugokidasu you know that I'm still waiting for you
Another day, another night
mirai wa soko ni tachi domatte iru keredo
Now I'm living without your love
kimi no furueru kata wo omoidashite wa
iikikasetteru, imadake ga setsunai
“You said mini concert, that was mini,” he laughed.
“I’m going to bed,” I said.
“It’s 11pm. I have recording tomorrow morning. You should sleep early too.”
“Are you coming to pick me up tomorrow morning?”
“Yup… I have training. I’ll be there at 8:30am, alright?”
“Sweet dreams…” he said.
“Saranghae…” I whispered.
“Saranghae…” he whispered back.
The next morning, I was waiting in the lobby for Jae Joong. About 8:35am, a car pulled up in front of my apartment block, but it wasn’t Jae Joong's.