“I’m not going.”
His gaze was fixed on Jaehee as he directly rejected the invitation. Before long, after the other person talked for a while, his finger playfully touched Jaehee’s cheek and earlobe. Without any grace, she twiddled her hair with her hand, pretending to look at something else, and she got up from her seat.
She walked towards the display shelf aimlessly and looked at the bags.
She couldn’t bring herself to reach out and touch anything. What she was looking at was her own reflection in the reflecting mirror. She felt Junghoo’s gaze following her.
He was carefully looking at her back.
In the midst of the light where nothing can be hidden. There was no dark corner.
She glanced at her face, which was detached from the brilliant lighting of the department store and exudes an unstable energy.
“Do you like that?”
He approached slowly from behind with his phone in one hand and picked up the bag from the display shelf.
“No, I saw it because the design looked unique.”
The bag didn’t catch even a moment’s attention, but Jae-hee replied.
“I think so too.”
He placed the bag on the table. Knowing that there was no point in talking, he silently sighed.
- “Hey, who are you talking to while talking to me?”
“I’m hanging up.”
- “Really, you’re not going to the alumni meeting?”
Junghoo was tired of Sungtae’s voice. He was the alumni chairman who had been urging him to attend the alumni meeting for over a month. The alumni month was going to take place tonight. He glanced at Jaehee’s face as she gazed at the bag that was placed on the table.
“Okay, I’ll be there.”
- What? Really? All the girls who said they wouldn’t come will come. You’re really coming, right?
“You’re coming with your partner, right?”
- That’s right. If you have a partner, you can bring them, and it’ll be good to see everyone’s faces. They’re all coming to see you.
The manager and several employees came in one by one, carrying bags, clothes, shoes, etc. starting from their underwear. Immediately, Jung-hoo hung up the phone and pushed Jae-hee toward them.
“Find everything that suits you. Please make reservations for hair salons and makeup.” Junghoo said to Jaehee and the manager.
“Oh, are you going somewhere today? I think it’ll be easier to coordinate if you tell me where you are going.”
“I’m going to an alumni meeting at the university with you.”
The manager was taken aback but didn’t show it. Yoon Jung-hoo had never taken a woman to an official event from what she had heard. Sometimes there were rumors that he met a celebrity or someone briefly, but no one had seen it with their own eyes. He had come here a few times when he was dragged by acquaintances or bought gifts for his family, but he had never bought gifts for anyone else here, so the manager looked at Jaehee’s face again.
“We’ll just go eat and come back.”
Junghoo smiled softly and leaned on the sofa.
“You’ll only be embarrassed. I’ve never been to a place with a lot of people.”
“You’ll put on a nice makeup and dress up, but I don’t want to be the only one looking at it.”
He didn’t know that he would have the desire to show off. It was quite an impulsive decision to take Jae-hee to a place where a partner must accompany him, but Jung-hoo didn’t care much about it. He was about to say something more, but soon Jaehee interrupted him.
“What are you trying to say? No matter what I say, you are going to take me with you.”
“Are you angry? Should I not go then?”
“Go by yourself.”
“Let’s go together. I need a partner, but I can’t go alone.”
“You know the other women. Go with them.”
The manager was taken aback by this. When she told her to go with the other women, Jaehee’s face was devoid of any hint of jealousy. Jung-hoo, on the other hand, who gently soothed her by saying he had no partner, appeared sorrowful and stained with jealousy. When she saw him struggling so desperately right in front of her eyes, she didn’t know where to look.
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