Romancing Miss Sunshine Chapter 4

Crossing Bridges



The next time they met again, she was extra shy. When they spoke together, she barely could look at him in the eyes.


He liked a lot of sides of her. But a shy Kim Go Eun gotta be the most adorable. He's swept by the wish to kiss her again, and swallowed it down with coffee.


In this state of situation, they filmed the scene at the stable, where Tae Eul pointed a gun out of frustration that there were actually parallel universes, with Woo Do Hwan as the loyal Yeong. He had to admit, as the two rehearsed their scene and he stood there watching, he felt so jealous to Do Hwan. He really hated it when she gave those smiles and laughter to other people, regardless how friendly the two were. He had the wish to hit Do Hwan with the whip he kept holding, but of course, he held it in.


He and Go Eun always held a discussion before filming their scene.


It's rare that he wore something casual for the drama. For the scene at the basketball field, he wore a hoodie.


"Oh, you look like a college senior!" Go Eun commented, her face bright and her eyes shining.


"Someone you might fall for?" he replied boldly.


She was caught off guard, and responded with a giddy laugh.


"Can you be my bodyguard?" he asked, because she looked really cute wearing the black bodyguard suit with her hair in a braid.


"Then what would happen to your current bodyguards?"


"I can ask one of them to work with Do Hwan."


She laughed and hit him playfully on the shoulder at that, and they resumed the filming afterwards.


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Another thing he had discovered that could help his cause was her love for handwritten letters. Through random browsing, he found out that she once said handwritten letters meant more, so she liked to give her fans handwritten notes in her fanmeeting.


He also gave up trying to fight this battle silently. He asked the staff who was the closest to him to befriend the staff who was closest to Go Eun, and found out what she liked.


From then on, he supplied her coffee and tea, with a note he wrote on a post-it, daily.


"Today too, I hope you'll be happy."


"Jung Tae Eul, fighting!"


"When you smile, I really feel the world has turned to a happier place."


Those were the things he wrote on his notes.


It was cheesy, but sincere. He had never done anything of the kind before, yet he didn't feel embarrassed. He'd do whatever it took to melt her heart.


And because he's always looking at her, he could tell that he's slowly making a difference. Her wall was starting to crumble brick by brick.


She still maintained her friendliness.


However, she spoke gentler, her smiles and laughter turned more shy, and her eyes seemed to shine a lot more brighter.


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He had made it his habit to knock on her van and sat inside with her. His alibi, in case anyone dared to ask, was that it's easier to rehearse and memorize in a closed, private space.


She was surprised at first, but then acted like it was no big deal.


They proceeded to rehearse their lines, until suddenly Go Eun asked him, "Sunbae, what are you doing, really?"


He was speechless at that moment, and stopped saying his lines.


Silently, he took a good look at her.


Are we having that conversation now?


"Isn't it obvious what I'm doing?"


She looked really serious and determined, although she must've been under an emotional turmoil as well, since her voice became really soft, and she's nearly whispering, although they were alone in the van.


"Sunbae, I might misunderstand if you keep-this up."


"You won't misunderstand. I intend to make it clear to you."


"To make what clear, Sunbae? I don't want to be the fool who thinks too much."


"You don't want to be the what???" he asked back, aghast. "I want to be with you. There. Clear enough?"


Her eyebrows were raised. Before she burst out laughing. But seeing his serious expression, the laughter died down unnaturally.


"........you're getting carried away, Sunbae. It's Lee Gon's feelings."


"Don't tell me what I feel. I'm the one who know myself best."


"You barely know me, Sunbae. We've known each other for only two months!"


"That's enough to make me fall for you."


Her mouth hung open in a shock and he wished he could just kiss her hard right then.


"When this filming ends, you'll realize that everything you feel was just an effect of this drama. And I won't-"


"You won't humiliate me by mocking me of something that was untrue?"


She didn't answer. But he already grasped her meaning.


"What I feel for you is real. I'd marry you after the drama ends if you'd let me."


She flinched.


"Don't speak words that you don't mean, Sunbae, please."


He laughed bitterly at that.


"You don't believe me."


He sighed in annoyance.


"You'll see. The more time we spend, the more you'll see that I'm not playing around. I never play around, Eunni."


"I never said I thought that you were, Sunbae."


"Then why are you being like this? Why do you keep reminding me that I'm just a friend for you?"


She didn't say anything to that.


"Has it always worked? Friend-zoning your co-stars?"


She still said nothing, but her expression told him everything.


"It won't work on me" he said gently, yet with determination.


He, in turn, was also silent, thinking hard.

"Are you seeing anyone? Is it why-"


"No" she cut him, "I'm not seeing anyone."


"Then there's no reason for you to do this."


"You know why I'm like this, Sunbae."


"I wish I could read your mind, but I swear I don't know what you're thinking at the moment."


They stared at each other for a while. He's trying to find the answer, she's hoping he'd get it without she having to say it.


"Tell me" he demanded, "Before I go crazy."


"The heartbreak would be too painful for me."


He felt his heart dropped to his feet.


"I'll never-I'm not someone who mindlessly dump girls, Kim Go Eun-ssi" he emphasized, obviously angry.


"You're you" she said helplessly, as if that one sentence would explain everything.


He wanted to scream, but he took a deep breath, and tried to use his brain. If this was a first step, the way he responded to this would decide the course of his life. So he willed himself to be patient.


"What should I do to make you see that I'm sincere?"


".........be a good friend for me, Sunbae."


"Don't-"


"No, I mean it. If-if you really want us to be-something more than friends, first, we must be friends first. A good one. Let's get to know each other better."


He stared at her for a second, shutting his eyes and drawing a deep breath.


"Fine. If that's what you want, I can do that. I'll be your best friend. A best friend that wants to be more for you."


She smiled weakly at that.


"I'll wait until the filming is over. Ok?"


She nodded.


He bent to kiss her cheek, then went out of her van.


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On her next day off, Go Eun visited her sister in-law. She played with her niece and nephew for half a day, until the time they had to take their nap.


Once her sister finished tucking the babies to bed, she sat beside Go Eun. First, she heated the street food Go Eun brought, bringing everything to the sitting room, then finally opening two cans of beer, giving one to her sister.


"So, what's going on? There must be something wrong when you bring beer and street food to my place. Come on, we don't have forever. The babies could wake up anytime from their nap. Spill."


Go Eun had to drink half a can of her beer first.


Her sister knew that silence worked best when Go Eun was like this. She had to wait patiently before Go Eun was ready to pour her heart.


"He said he liked me."


Her sister's chopsticks stopped midair.


"Who?"


"Him."


"Him, who, paboo? I don't know all your friends!"


"Kim Tan."


Her sister successfully choked on a tteokpokki.


They used to go crazy over The Heirs and Kim Tan together.


"LEE MIN HO LIKES YOU???"


"Ssshhhh! Unnie, you'll wake your kids!"


"Who cares?" her unnie asked back,

though she kept her voice down. "What is this I'm hearing? Lee Min Ho? The Lee Min Ho says he likes you???"


Go Eun nodded.


"Omo omo omo! Yahhhhh, Go Eun-ah. You grow up so well, omo, omo!"


"Are you that excited?" she asked, half-smiling, half-scared.


"ARE YOU KIDDING ME???"


"Sshhhhhh!"


"Sshhhhhh" her unnie agreed. "Are you serious? He told you that?"


Go Eun nodded.


"How?"


"He...just told me that."


"Where?"


"In the car."


"Whose car?"


"My van."


"LEE MIN HO ENTERED YOUR VAN???"


"Sshhhhhhh!!!"


Her Unnie took a newspaper and fanned herself.


"What else? I want the details!"


"He's.......he's been nice. And really sweet........"


"Sweet? Like what?"


"He brings me drinks and writes things on post-its......"


Her unnie gaped.


"And?"


"And.....he sent me this."


Go Eun played the audio file Min Ho sent her, the poem he recorded with his voice

.

Her unnie hit the couch several times when she heard it.


"He sounds so sexy!"


Go Eun laughed.


"It is that amazing, right?"


"IT'S CRAZILY AMAZING!!!"


"Unnie, sshhhhhhhhh!"


"But what's the problem? What's worrying you?"


"...........I don't know what to do."


Her unnie only stared at her, muted.


"Eun-ah. Please don't tell me you ask to be just friends with him."


"I did."


"What. An. Idiot."


"Unnie!"


"And then what, has he given up?"


"He said he'd wait until the filming is over."


"Thank God."


"I don't know what to do."


Her unnie frowned. "Wae? Is he a jerk in real life?"


"Oh, no, no! He's a great guy. He's really nice. The guy that says "thank you" and "you've worked hard" to everybody. He also works harder than everybody else."


"Then what's the problem? Although I can't date Lee Min Ho, my sister can!"


"..........unnie. I'm serious."


"Which part of me that is not serious right now?"


"How can I be with him?"


"Why not?"


"I mean.......he's him."


"So? You're my beautiful sister, Actress Kim Go Eun, who has won many awards and the brand ambassador for Chanel. What's wrong with you?"


Go Eun just laughed at that.


"It's like.....being with him will be......so public. Some of his fans will hate me."


"That has never stopped you from reaching your dreams before."


Go Eun went silent.


"What will become of me if it doesn't work out?"


"Why? Do you like Kim Tan that much now?"


"Unnie. The real Lee Min Ho is so much better than Kim Tan."


"Then what are you waiting for? Just go get him!!!"


"It's not that easy."


"Why is it not that easy? You're a girl, he's a guy. You like each other. You have the same profession. You work together. What could be easier?"


"Really, when you're feeling positive, there's nothing that could dissuade you."


"Usually you're like that too, Eun-ah. People used to say we were like twins, although I'm only your sister in-law."


"...........what if it ends up as the worst heartbreak of my life?"


"What if he's the one for you?"


Go Eun laughed at that, her tone disbelieving.


"It's about you and him. Not the whole world. Feel what you feel. Open your heart. Maybe you're his Eunsang and he's your Kim Tan."


Go Eun drank her beer.


"You know, I think if it's him, I'll never say "he's not good enough for you" like how I spoke about your exes."


Go Eun chuckled.


"Go grab him. Give unnie a chance to brag that Lee Min Ho is my brother in-law."


This time, when Go Eun laughed, she scooted forward to hug her unnie.


It was three seconds before her unnie screamed, "OH MY GOD, LEE MIN HO LIKES MY SISTERRRRR!!!", then the babies woke up and wailed.


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Initially, he was rather dejected by his latest personal conversation with Go Eun. Strangely, when he started to think he better stepped back and be a good friend for the time being, she became more attentive.


He couldn't really tell the reason. She was more relaxed, and more responsive towards his jokes.


He still sent her a drink and a note on a post-it everyday, and she grew to be cuter and more talkative.


They would be together between breaks and he'd ask random questions, and ever since her last day off, she had been a lot more attentive.


"What's your favourite work?" he asked one evening, as they got ready to film the scene on the plane when Lee Geon picked her up from Seoul in the Kingdom of Corea.


"I like all of them."


"Come on, pick one. I wanna hear it."


"Hem........A Muse is unforgettable. It's my first work. I knew nothing, but I only did my best. Even though I received a lot of critics back then, I also got lots of praises. Doors opened because of that movie. I won awards, too. So, I think that made me believe that doing my best and going beyond my fear is the way to go, always."


He looked impressed.


"How about your favourite drama?"


"Why? Do you want me to say it's this one?"


"Ne. Say it."


She laughed.


"I do like The King drama."


"Wae? Because of the male lead?"


"Because of the story."


"So mean" he sulked.


"Ok, fine. The male lead is kinda great as well."


"Just kinda great?"


She laughed again at that.


Thankfully, the crew told them to get ready for filming, so they walked together to the seats.


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Min Ho enjoyed their meaningful and random conversations. He liked listening to her talked to other people. The first day Go Eun and Kim Young Ok ahjumma met (Head Court Lady Noh), they sang trot songs together. It was the first time he ever thought he became a fan of a trot song.


He liked how she could suddenly asked deep questions.


That day as well, she asked, "When was your happiest day, in the past decade?"


"Buying a house for my parents."


"Omo. That's cool."


"I finally felt successful when that happened. It was my life goal."


She gave him two thumbs up for that.


"How about you? When was your happiest moment?"


"When I watched Dokkaebi with my whole family. They all really liked it. And I felt, wow. I don't care if the whole world doesn't like me. As long as they like my work, that's all that matters to me."


It's his turn to give her two thumbs up.

"Wait. That's not entirely true. I got hurt too, when people criticize me. But at the end of the day, as long as my family still support what I do, and my decision, I still think I'm doing well in life."


He really wished he could hug her, that very moment. Yet he held it in, of course. It wasn't the time yet.


He guessed she sensed it, though, with the way she looked away all of a sudden, and nervously reaching for her hair, wanting to tie it.


"No, keep it down" he said, catching her arm.


"It's hot, though."


"I'll keep you cool" he insisted, half-laughing, fanning her with his script.

She smiled, looking a little confused and letting go of her own hair.


"There. You look the best with your hair down."


Her breath caught in her throat.


Then she practically ran away, "I need to-see my staff for-for some water."


He only laughed and let her slipped away.


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They have reached their new phase. On the first layer, they're growing to be really good friends. Their understanding towards each other grew so fast, as they became more and more comfortable with each other.


Underneath that, there was a magnetic pull that was hard to fight. Every time they were together, it felt like coming home. He's always the happiest when she's beside him, and he saw how it's growing on her too. She seemed to glow from the inside to him.


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He finally admitted there's another layer of his feelings for her. The deepest one. The desire he held for her.


Although he made it clear to her and everyone else who could see it around them that he's attracted to her and he's trying to be closer to her, he still tried to see her as someone precious. Someone he held on a high pedestal.


But when they were filming Lee Geon and Tae Eul's first kiss, and she held her hand up to signal that she's not ready yet, he shook her shoulders. He's laughing, but he's disappointed. He WANTED that kiss, despite doing it in front of a dozen filming crew.


It was a short kiss, and it made him wanted more, a lot more.


Because, let's just face it, her lips had been haunting him ever since the first script reading. Her lips were full, plump and really kissable. His eyes went again and again onto her lips, for weeks and weeks.


She had to know that, yet she's pretending she didn't notice that.

He was really triggered by the kissing scene until when they monitored the said scene, he whispered, "I haven't kissed in a long time."


She was sitting on the floor, at a bedroom in the palace, the filming location. He was sitting on the bed.

She was surprised, and looked up at him. Without meaning too, her lips were opened in surprise, and he wished he could bent down and ate those lips for real.


"You're the first woman I've kissed in years, Eunni."


With God's mercy, he finally saw her blushed, and wetting her lips with her tongue.


He went into a complete daze.


"Unnie, dinner is ready" her staff announced.


"Ye-yes, I'll be there soon."


She took off the headset she was wearing and stood up.


"Let's have dinner, Sunbae."


And again, she ran away.


Leaving a smiling Min Ho between the crews.


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They filmed the drama up until December 30. The production house gave them 2 days off, on the 31st and 1st.


They celebrated New Year's Eve with their respective families.


Five minutes after new year, Min Ho video called her.


"Happy New Year!" he said to his screen, as Go Eun entered her bedroom to receive it.


"Happy New Year, Sunbae! I hope all your wishes will come true this year!"


He laughed, "Jinjja? Including my biggest wish?"


"Hm........" she suddenly mumbled, then giggled.


"Hoobae, you should give me a New Year Present."


"Oh, really? What should I give you, Sunbae?"


"I want your selfie."


"What???" she shrieked, giddy but also embarrassed.


"Wae? Is that so shocking?"


"Hemmmmmmm........" she refused to answer again and only mumbled.


"Send me a selfie?"


"Algesseumnida."


"Thank you. I'll go back to my family now."


"Ne, thank you for calling me."


After he hung up, Go Eun stared at her phone for some time, before finally taking a selfie and sending it to him.


So pretty, thank you.


Go Eun smiled reading the text.


I hope we could be together on next New Year's Eve. And the next, and the next, and all the years after that.


Go Eun's sister in-law obviously could tell who was on the phone with her. Go Eun couldn't stop smiling from ear to ear.


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Author's Note:


It's a Friday full of candies.


It's Raining Candies Day.


I know my fic can't be better than reality, but at least writing this makes me happy.

I hope it makes you a little happy as well.


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This part was first posted on May, 22nd.


See you soon!




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