Something Just Like This
As the weeks passed, Go Eun treated Min Ho as her main best friend, since she couldn't spend time with her friends outside the filming.
She liked to throw him random questions, and Min Ho always enjoyed their conversations.
"What are you most grateful for?" she asked one day, when they were sitting on the set, having finished memorizing their script.
".........being healthy. This covid-19 pandemic makes me remember that being healthy is a huge blessing."
"That's so true. Being healthy is the most important. We can do nothing if we are unwell. What else?"
"My family and friends. My family is my strength. And I don't have that many friends, but they have stayed with me for a long time."
She nodded, "My family and friends are really important for me as well. What else?"
"......that I could do what I like. Acting again. In a drama with an awesome story. I consider myself really lucky. Surprisingly, 2020 is not like a lot of people picture. We were all really excited, remember? The start of a new decade. Then this pandemic happens, people are suffering....."
"I know you've sent a huge donation."
"And I know you did the same, but with less publicity" he smiled. "I didn't mean to make a fuss, but people found out. While you, I think people need to talk about you more."
"Kindness and noise don't have to go hand in hand."
"Omo. Cheonsaeyo? (Are you an angel?)"
She laughed at that.
"We are really lucky, don't you think? There's a lot happening right now, and we could be here, doing what we love."
"We are blessed" she smiled, "That's what I like to think."
"Of course. I am blessed to play in this drama with you. I can see you nearly everyday. That's what you're waiting to hear, right?"
"What? No, it isn't! I was really asking you!"
"What's with the "what else, what else"? You want me to mention you, I know it."
"Aniyaaaaa! I really wanted to hear your answer!"
"I'm grateful because I'm here with you. There. Happy?"
"That's not what I mean!"
"But that's what I mean" he grinned.
"Ah, mwolla! I hate you! Bye!"
"What's your favourite thing to do on a day off?"
It was after lunch on the set, and they were both exhausted. Still, despite taking a nap, they both found solace in talking with each other.
"Sleep. Sleep is the best thing any of us could have at this moment."
"I know, right? I'm sure once this is all over, I'd just lock myself up in my place and sleep for a week" she sighed, "I miss my bed at my apartment."
"I'm going to sleep longer than being awake" Min Ho stated.
"It's gonna be heaven" Go Eun agreed, seriously nodding. "What else do you like to do beside sleeping?"
"Eating. Lots of meat, jjigae and rice."
"It's awesome to not worry whether you'll look bloated in the camera or not, right?"
"Absolutely" Min Ho affirmed.
They were both quiet then. Before Go Eun fell asleep, though, he warned, "Your hibernation after the filming is over, don't do it without me."
She turned to him.
"You can sleep all you want, but meet me everyday to have meat, jjigae and rice."
"........we'll see" she said, looking the other way to hide her smile.
Lee Min Ho liked to prank those who were important for him, and he did that to Go Eun as well. One late night, the Lee Min Ho craved for pizza, so he ordered boxes and boxes of pizza for himself, the other cast and the crew.
Go Eun was still filming when Min Ho had the pizza with Do Hwan and a half of the crew.
Thirty minutes later, Go Eun ran to the biggest room at the palace's setting, breathless and eager.
But she saw only empty pizza boxes, and not even a slice of pizza left.
"Did you eat everything?" she asked, looking terribly disappointed.
She looked at Min Ho and Do Hwan with what looked quite close to hatred in her eyes, and Min Ho's staff as well.
All the crew looked guilty.
"Mianhe. You were just too long, and we were starving, so...." Min Ho trailed off.
Go Eun stood silently there. Call her childish, but she was really looking forward to have the pizza. It's been ages since she had some. Usually the catering food was Korean food. She really felt like crying there and then. She ran there hopeful to have some and then......
Her staff then appeared from another room.
"Lee baewoonim hid a dozen boxes for us at the other room" one of them said.
Go Eun glared at Min Ho, who was sitting on a couch with Do Hwan, before she ran to the room next door.
Do Hwan and Min Ho looked at each other.
"Oh, oh" he exclaimed.
He then got up and rushed to the room Go Eun ran to.
She was sniffling, standing in front of the table of six boxes of pizza.
"Aigoo, I made you cry."
Seeing him, she turned around, giving him her back.
"I'm a bad guy. It's all my fault. I was just joking. I'm sorry."
She avoided to look at him, too embarrassed to cry just because of some freaking pizza.
"I'm sorry. You can hit me all you want" he said, reaching for her face.
Go Eun pushed him away.
"I hate you!"
"Mianhe. I was only joking."
"I ran here so fast because I want it so badly!" she said, hitting his chest.
"Mianhe. I'm really a bad guy. You can hate me for a day."
"I thought there's really nothing left" she added in frustration, hitting him more, her eyes were wet and red with real tears.
Min Ho laughed, "Cham, you really cry easily."
"I hate you!"
"Giyopta (so cute)."
"Let me go."
"Let me go this instant, you evil guy!"
"Let me go, or I'll stomp on your feet."
"Stop being cute, or I'll kiss you."
"You're the one throwing a prank, why do you want to kiss me as well???"
"Because you're so cute. And I'm really sorry. I'll never joke about food with you again."
She pushed his hands away and sat down, opened a pizza box and began eating one slice.
"Don't talk to me. I hate you."
She finished the slice and opened another box, finding a different flavour.
Min Ho grabbed a bottle of mineral water and opened it, giving it to her.
She gulped a few sips, then finished her second slice.
Min Ho opened the third box.
She immediately reached for a slice after she finished her second one. Once she's done with her third slice, she said, "These are all my favourite flavours. How did you know?"
"I asked your staff."
"............I'm sorry for being mad."
"I still gave you a prank."
"And I'm sorry. I should've known a hungry Kim Go Eun is lethal."
She shoved his shoulder at that.
"Am I forgiven?"
She stared at him, then broke to a giggle, "Ne. Thank you for feeding me."
"If you're grateful, you should show it."
"Oh, really? How?"
"You should kiss me again."
"I can't. I'd taste like pizza."
"I don't mind."
He's looking at her that way again, the way that made her heart flipped and danced.
"We're at a filming location. Anyone could enter in a second."
"Does it mean you'd kiss me if we're somewhere private?"
He knew how to use that seducing voice of his to melt her, as his eyes went down to her lips.
"You owe me a kiss, Eunni."
With that, he got up and left the room.
Her staffs were all waiting for them to finish whatever they were doing.
When Lee Min Ho appeared, they dared to peek inside the room.
Their Kim Go Eun was blushing profusely, laughing on her own.
Whatever happened, she seemed entertained.
With each prank came the retaliation. Go Eun's revenge was launched exactly the next day, the day they filmed the sunset scene.
Min Ho liked the script so much, and had waited to film the scene.
However, when he arrived at the location, he was surprised because she wasn't there. In vain he looked around for her white car. She wasn't reading her script anywhere visible, she wasn't chatting with the director, and he couldn't see any of her staffs around.
He tried to call her, but it was unanswered.
Unwilling to spend another minute in confusion, he marched to the director.
"Where's Go Eun? It's strange for her not to be on location an hour before filming starts."
The director stared at him, bewildered.
"What? Do you mean you don't know?"
"......of what?" he asked back, dreading the answer.
"Go Eun-ssi is at the hospital. It's her ulcer problem again. We have to cancel filming this scene, and we'll just shoot your individual scenes."
"She's at the hospital? Which hospital?"
The director mentioned a well-known private hospital at the centre of Seoul.
"PD-nim, I have to see her. I'll be back after I know her condition."
Without hearing the director's answer, Min Ho quickly returned to his van, telling his staffs he'd go to the said private hospital.
"But the filming? You can't just leave-"
He looked really pale and frantic.
"Eunni is sick. I have to see her. I already told the PD-nim. Please go to the next filming location. I'll meet you all there."
Shortly after that, his van sped away to the direction of Seoul.
He tried to call her again. It's still unanswered.
He called one of his staffs, and asked her to call all of Go Eun's staffs and inform him once they heard anything.
He realized his hands were sweaty and cold.
What happened? She was alright last night.
How bad is her condition?
He spent ten full minutes in absolute misery, praying that her condition was better than his fears, when someone called him.
It was Go Eun.
"Are you alright? Wait, I'm on my way there."
"I'm not there."
"I'm not at that hospital."
"You're released already? Where are you now? What did the doctor say?"
To his surprise, she mentioned a mall near the filming location.
"I'll be there. Please wait for me."
Min Ho told his driver to head to the new destination. Go Eun said her car was parked at the basement near a specific cafe.
It's easy to find her car thanks to her direction.
Once they spotted the white car, Min Ho stepped out of his car.
He knocked the window of her car.
The door was unlocked, and he entered.
He fully expected to see a pale Go Eun, in pain. Instead, she was sitting there serenely. Smiling, although looking a bit uncomfortable.
"Are you alright? Is it ulcer problem? What happened? You were alright when I called you last night."
Go Eun was quiet.
"What did the doctor say?"
"I'm sorry. I lied."
"What? What do you mean? How bad is it?"
"...............what do you mean, nothing?"
"..............Eunni. Just tell me. I can handle it. What happened?"
"I lied. I'm not sick. This is just a prank. You know, a payback for your pizza prank last night."
Min Ho looked blank for a few seconds.
"But the PD-nim said-"
"I asked him to cooperate."
He was silent for a few seconds, just trying to breathe.
"Are you really alright?"
"I am. I'm sorry? I didn't know you'd be this worried......."
"Whoah. Yah, Kim Go Eun! There's a limit to pranks!"
"Mianheyo" she tried to smile, although she started to feel a little afraid. It looked like he's mad.
"Yah, I thought-I thought you were really sick! I was out of my mind!"
"You pranked me last night as well......"
"It's about pizza, Eunni! And you told me you're sick at a hospital!"
"I - you're overreacting, calm down!"
"How can I calm down??? I thought you're ill!"
"I'm really sorry. I'm sorry, ok? I didn't know you'd be this affected."
"Yah.....Kim Go Eun. How cruel."
"What should I do to be forgiven, then?"
He glared at her.
And the next second, he's pulling at her hand.
She was lifted and hauled onto his lap faster than she could ask "What are you doing?"
Luckily, her driver was sent away to have some coffee before Min Ho even arrived.
But none of them could think of the
driver, not when she's hovering above his lap, fighting to not entirely sit on him, and he's holding her waist, looking at her with those fierce, fierce eyes.
"You asked for this" he said, before crashing his lips on hers, and kissing her without any manners.
He pushed at her back, making her crashed and really sat on his lap, as he ate her lips hard.
She's all shocked noises in her throat, her hands were holding his shoulders as if she would fall, as if he would let go.
His tongue probed the insides of her mouth, and when their tongues clashed, she yelped.
Min Ho stopped then, already breathing fast.
She was wide-eyed and blushing.
He was still mad, but aroused as well.
"You can do a lot of things to me" he began, "except joking about your well-being. That's unacceptable. Do you understand?"
"Will you ever do it again?"
She shook her head.
"Good. I'm still mad, though" he informed, before seeking her lips again.
He caught her lower lip and swiped his tongue on it, before sucking it gently.
She gripped his clothes and when he pressed her lips with his own again, she kissed him back.
They kissed until they couldn't breathe, and even when he pulled away and she sucked in a much needed air, he ran his tongue on her smooth, smooth, fair neck.
Unfortunately, she trembled when he licked a spot under her left ear.
Min Ho froze, before licking and nibbling there mercilessly, making her moaned and trembled further.
It wasn't a good idea to moan with him.
He practically laid her on the seat and pressed her body with his, and kissed her until she wrapped her legs around him.
If it wasn't for her phone ringing, who knew how far they would go.
They both sat up, their hair messy.
She reached for her phone in her bag.
"Yes? Ne. We're on our way. Ne."
Once she hung up, she tidied her hair and clothes.
He tidied his hair as well.
None of them said anything, they were both just trying to even their breathing.
All those sexual tensions were going to explode someday, somehow anyway.
"Don't play with me like this again, Eunni. Or I'll make you do things you thought you wouldn't do before you're married."
"Are you threatening me, Lee Min Ho-ssi?" she asked.
They both understood the joke. It's been a while since she addressed him that formally.
"Oh, yes. I'm threatening you. I'll make you forget everything. Except me."
"And when will this threat happen?"
"Are you challenging me? Shall we just check in to a hotel right now?"
"Aniya. We have to work" she replied sweetly.
He laughed at that.
"Be a good girl. Don't tempt me too much. Or I'll really forget to be nice" he said, kissing her cheek. "Let's stop being naughty and go back to work."
"Don't act cute when you just scared me to death."
"I'm not acting, Sunbaenim. I am cute."
"Yah, Kim Go Eun!"
"Nevermind. I've had enough of you" he replied in mock anger, before opening her car door and stepping out.
Of course, they both laughed afterwards. She in her car, and he in the parking lot, as he walked to his van.
None of them knew that pranks could lead to such delicious consequences.
When they both returned to the set, they quickly returned to their staffs, who immediately cleaned their faces and put on their makeup.
As they got readied and memorized their script, they exchanged glances and shared knowing looks full of mirth.
Lee Min Ho had half a mind to ask the PD-nim to star in the drama as well, since his acting skill in tricking him earlier was so good. However, the PD-nim half-hugged him and patted his back when Min Ho got ready for the scene.
"I can't be angry at you if you're like this PD-nim."
"Then don't be angry, Min Ho-yah. You need your good mood when you're filming this scene."
"Algesseumnida. I'll be in my best mood."
"We both know it's not because of me" the PD-nim stated sagely.
Min Ho only laughed at that.
How would she react when they had to film again, knowing that they just hotly kissed each other less than hour before? Would she be cold, or would she not be able stop giggling like mad?
Either way, it's really interesting to know.
To be honest, Min Ho had never been this curious of a girl's reaction. Usually, she could read a girl well. That was how it was with his exes. But Go Eun? There were things that he knew well, yet there were other things that he had to ponder, as if she was a vast ocean he had to chart.
Apparently, she was all professional, but extra cute in the NGs.
Or was it just him? Was it because he just kissed her, and he could still feel her in his mouth, how she looked in his arms, that she looked cuter than usual?
It was him who couldn't speak much during the filming.
She was happily swinging his arms, and he kept laughing at everything she did.
The scene where she had to act falling scared him a little. It looked so believable he believed she tripped all the time. Everytime he caught her, he was really catching her, genuinely afraid that she'd hurt herself.
The way she hopped and skipped to chase him when he walked ahead was cute.
The way her ponytail bounced in the air was cute.
The way she grinned at him was cute, knowing full well what they just recently did. She looked like she's giddy about the secret they were both holding.
He wanted to put her in his pocket and keep her there.
After the filming ended, they walked side by side to where their cars were parked. They had to immediately go to the next locations, wherein they would film separate scenes.
"You have forgiven me, right? Now that I think about it, I was really careless."
"For tricking me to think that you were ill and at the hospital?"
"If I were you, and I heard you're sick and in a hospital, I'd be scared as well."
"Would you, really?"
"Of course I would. Please be healthy, forever."
"Why do you care so much, Kim Baewoonim?" he asked, teasing her with the extra formality, "Because I'm your sunbae? Your friend?"
She gave him a look of "I'm being serious here."
"Wae? You're the one who keep hanging me on a thread. You're playing me, Eunni."
"I'm not playing with your feelings, I'm just being careful."
"And I told you I'm ok with that, as long as you'll marry me in the end."
She skidded to a stop and he had to turn back and waited until she was beside him again.
"You say the most insane things so easily!"
"I know I want you. What's the point in playing games?"
Go Eun sighed loudly.
"You know what, this is a pretty place to start a relationship. As in, a nice place to say "yes" to me."
Go Eun lifted her head and looked around.
They were indeed in a pretty place. The field around them was pretty. In front of them, the sun was slowly setting. The whole field was basked in a soft orange glow, and she didn't realize they were holding hands already.
"What do you think? Can you say "yes" now?"
She smiled, and squeezed his hand.
"Not today. Soon."
He didn't even feel bad. Not even a little. Because her eyes were shining, and she was looking only at him, and she was smiling, blinding him.
He would've kissed her, but the whole crew and their staffs were behind them, tidying the location.
"I'll be patient."
".................are you trying to make me kiss you in public?"
She giggled, "Aniyo."
"Do me a favour. Never, ever call me "Oppa" in public. Unless you want me to kiss you right then and there."
"Algesseumnidaaaa" she said, bowing in mock formality.
"Gamsahamnida, Hwanggung mama (thank you, Your Majesty the Queen)."
"Cheonmaneyo, Pyeha" Go Eun replied, as if they were acting a historical drama.
Min Ho laughed at that.
"Aigoo..........why is it so nice to be with you?"
"Maybe because I'm me?
"Of course it's because you're you. I wish I could accompany you to your filming location."
"You have your own scenes to film."
They have reached her car, and Min Ho wished they didn't have to say goodbye for the day.
She turned to him, and was going to say something.
"You're forgiven. Stop saying sorry, I can't stand it."
She was surprised.
"Are you a mind reader?"
"Probably. Just for you."
"I'll see you tomorrow."
"Ne. I'll call you later."