From that day on, everything was calm until the midterms were over. At least, apparently it was.
To see if Hyerim’s condition improved, as before, she had lunch and dinner with Yunwoo and Jieun again, and after dinner, she studied for a test at Jieun’s house.
If there was one thing that wasn’t the same as before, it was that Hyerim didn’t go to the gym.
With the thought of maintaining a formal acquaintance with Hye-rim, Yoon-woo contacted Hye-rim every morning when he originally agreed to exercise with Hye-rim, almost out of a sense of duty, but Hye-rim refused to go to the gym with various excuses.
‘My shoulder hasn’t healed yet.’
‘I didn’t sleep well yesterday.’
‘I was sick and rested, so my exams were delayed a lot… … I’ll just take a break from exercising until the exam is over.’
It wasn’t bad for Yun-woo.
Rather, without Hyerim, I was able to go to the gym in the morning with peace of mind.
There was no Hyerim waiting for Yunwoo in front of the gym door, so there was no need to dry her hair in a hurry.
Yun-woo learned only now.
If you are in a hurry to remove the moisture and dry it roughly with hot air, then Ji-eun will find out somehow… … I’d rather dry it thoroughly once it’s dried, so you won’t be embarrassed and you’ll save time… … .
Yoon-woo was still uncomfortable with Hye-rim, but he tried not to show it.
When I saw Hyerim, I greeted him first, and sometimes I tried to talk to him first.
Whether such efforts paid off, Hyerim never showed Yoonwoo’s sharp attitude on Monday morning again.
Hyerim was casually chatting with Ji-eun as before, and sometimes even smiled and talked to Yun-woo.
Whatever the heart, the outward appearance returned to a friendly relationship.
Saebyeol didn’t even say hello as she decided not to even pretend to know Yun-woo anymore.
It was a good thing.
As always, before the mandatory liberal arts class began, Yun-woo’s name was mixed in the chatter of gossip in the classroom.
However, now Ji-eun’s name was also mixed there.
Even so, Yun-woo didn’t hurt as much as before.
Those people, and their words, were no longer considered as important as they used to be.
I felt sorry for Ji-eun, but… … Still, the words that Ji-eun had said that day were still etched in Yun-woo’s heart.
The words of such people are that nothing is important to Ji-eun anymore… … .
According to Ji-eun
People don’t want to spend time getting to know other people, they want to talk about other people.
Such people were not important in Yun-woo’s life.
What really matters is the people who give Yunwoo time.
The words of people like Ji-eun and Hye-eun who willingly give Yun-woo a lot of time, these were things to keep in mind.
Thinking like that, the gaze of passersby, the words that someone without a name throws at Yun-woo, such things can no longer color Yun-woo’s daily life in darkness.
Every day was just not normal.
It was the first ordinary life Yoon-woo experienced.
The mediocrity I longed for… … .
However, the mediocrity that still constitutes Yun-woo’s daily life was as unsettling as thin ice.
This is because Yun-woo’s heart is a deep lake, and the entire contents could not be hardened in an instant.
Still, deep in his heart, there was a dark, dark, gloomy light.
The darkness was only looking for the moment when it would swallow Yun-u whole, who had stepped on the thin ice on the surface.
“It’s finally tomorrow. seeing you.”
[at last… … This day has come already… … .]
“It is expected. I get nervous… … .”
“Because it’s okay.”
[…] … .]
“But Hye-eun-ah, the truth is tomorrow… … .”
Excited, Yun-woo was about to say that tomorrow is his birthday, but soon realized that it was a false statement and quickly shut his mouth.
[What? tell me. I’m curious.]
[If nothing, just say it.]
“Now that I think about it, it’s okay to say it. I’ll see you tomorrow and tell you. Then I’ll see you there tomorrow at 4 o’clock.”
[…] … Yes]
Hye-eun, like Ji-eun, is someone who gives Yun-woo a sincere kindness.
Then, if Yoon-woo now reveals that tomorrow is his birthday, there is a possibility that he will prepare a cake or a gift.
So it shouldn’t be.
Rather than receiving something from Hye-eun, Yun-woo wanted to do something for Hye-eun.
When I was in elementary school, a certain teacher said that a birthday is a day to thank my parents for bringing me into this world.
It’s not a day to receive a gift, but rather a day to give something to your parents.
Yun-woo did not agree at all with those words at that time, but I thought that if other people’s parents were like Hye-eun, it might be natural to feel that way.
Due to Yoon-woo’s wallet situation, he can’t give Hye-eun a big present, but he can buy coffee and a small dessert.
I don’t know why Hye-eun is so worried, but it’s definitely useless.
The face of Hye-eun, the light of Yoon-woo’s life, can’t be seen as ugly in Yun-woo’s eyes… … .
‘Yoon-woo, you… … I won’t even give you a chance to celebrate your birthday.’
‘This was the last time… … It was something I couldn’t say if it wasn’t now… … .’
After hanging up with Hye-eun, I received a message from Ji-eun along with a cute emoticon.
The message was sent at 00:00 AM.
As soon as Yun-woo sent the message, a reply came back from Ji-eun immediately.
– Am I number 1? Has anyone sent a congratulatory message before me?
– I only have a sister. Who knows that today is my birthday.
– Could there be more?
-Parents don’t send messages like that.
– No, not my parents. Hyerim was the one who told me about your birthday… … .
– I must have forgotten.
– I can’t.
-Even so, it’s late now. you’re probably sleeping
-is it… … .
– Sister is sleeping now. It’s a test tomorrow morning.
-okay. But it’s Yunwoo.
-Remember that we decided to light candles on the cake tomorrow evening?
– After work, do you have to come home right away? Don’t listen to it anywhere else.
-okay. There’s nowhere else to go.
Then, after saying good-bye to Ji-eun, Yun-woo closed her eyes.
How many times have you heard from a living person happy birthday?
When I was very young, sometimes, when a happy day coincided with Yun-woo’s birthday, I think he said that to my parents.
And Yoon-woo has never seen his parents in a good mood on his birthday since elementary school.
So Yoon-woo has never had a happy birthday since then.
But will tomorrow be a good day? Maybe it will be a day when you can be happy to be born for the first time?
When tomorrow evening comes, Yoon-woo and Hye-eun will surely be seated opposite each other in a chair in the corner of Bordeaux Baguette.
Seeing Hye-eun’s face for the first time, Yun-woo will say that she is unconditionally beautiful no matter what, and that she cannot understand why she hid her face until now.
And after talking for a while, when he came home, Ji-eun said he would light a candle for Yun-woo.
I hope it will be tomorrow
Waiting for the sunrise in the morning to come… … If this kind of life continues, it may be possible to sleep without taking medicines in the near future.
Yoon-woo’s heart continued to race with such anticipation, but thanks to the sleeping pills that returned to their original dose, he soon began to fall asleep.
In that haze, Yun-woo thought that it would be okay if tomorrow wasn’t necessarily a good day.
For nearly two weeks from the day Ji-eun confessed to Yun-woo, Yun-woo had a very happy time.
No need to be greedy any more
I think tomorrow will be fine no matter what day it is.
Even if something bad happens, I will definitely be able to bear it.
No matter what happens, Ji-eun is with you during the day and Hye-eun is with you at night.
That night when he fell asleep with such thoughts in mind, Yun-woo had a good dream after a long time.
He dreams of Yoon-woo, who is sitting leaning against an apple tree, surrounded by a lot of rabbits and sleeping together… … .
The rabbits’ body temperature was so warm and cozy that Yun-woo in the dream seemed to cry for some reason.
The morning of Friday, October 26th was Yoon-woo’s first birthday.
When Yoon-woo woke up early in the morning to go to the gym, Ji-eun got up and sat on the sofa in the living room.
Then, as soon as he sees Yun-woo, he shouts out loud.
“Happy birthday Yoonwoo!”
“thanks. I woke up early, sister. But that… … .”
“of course… … It’s your birthday present.”
What caught Yoon-woo’s eyes were the two boxes that Ji-eun was holding.
Carefully wrapped in pretty wrapping paper… … .
There was a time when I thought it was foolish to exchange gifts.
I thought it was very inefficient to give something without knowing that cash was the best and the other person needed something.
However, Yun-woo himself was aware that such a thought was very ugly.
He knew that he was only underestimating the value of what he didn’t have.
How the hell did Yun-woo know its true value?
I’ve been thinking that maybe there’ll never be a day in my life where I’ll find out.
So far that’s it.
The value of the rectangular box wrapped in wrapping paper was not determined by the contents inside.
The fact that Ji-eun took time to choose the gift, that she thought about what to give to Yun-woo, that the person named Ji-eun exists in front of Yun-woo at this moment, and that even without opening the wrapping paper, it was already a gift.
“No, what, are you already in tears? I haven’t seen the contents yet, but I’m embarrassed… … .’
The content had nothing to do with it.
It didn’t matter at all.
Even if there were wooden chopsticks or disposable plates in it, there was no problem for Yun-woo.
“thanks. I’m the first to get a birthday present.”
“uh? really? Is this your first time receiving a birthday present?”
“It’s my first time receiving a present from anyone. Although my parents gave me some cash for each birthday… … .”
Yun-woo’s birthday was nothing more than an envelope of money that was left alone on the table when he was young, and a deposit account when he got older.
It’s not that I wasn’t grateful.
However, a birthday spent alone in a room always made my heart ache.
To the extent that I wish I didn’t know that that day was my birthday… … .
“… … From now on, I will take care of you every day.”
“I’ll make sure to take care of my sister’s birthday too. When is your sister’s birthday?”
“It’s been a while since I It’s May.”
“How many days in May? Let me know, I will remember.”
“It’s the 22nd.”
In order not to forget that day, Yun-woo immediately turned on his cell phone and wrote down the schedule for May 22, next year.
When he finally calmed his thrilled heart and looked at the gift box once more, Yoon-woo suddenly had a question.
“By the way… … Why are there two boxes?
“Both are yours.”
“Why two? I am so grateful that I am overflowing with just one… … .”
“… … .”
At Yoon-woo’s question, for some reason, Ji-eun suddenly shut her mouth.
Looking at Ji-eun’s face again, Ji-eun’s head bowed and Ji-eun’s expression didn’t look very good, so Yun-woo felt worried.
Then, Yoon-woo’s worry was, ‘Is it possible that this gift is too expensive? How should I say to get a refund?’ Ji-eun opened her mouth again as she was about to develop.
“Hey… … As for why there are two presents… … .”
“… … The contents are clothes. The top and bottom are wrapped separately. I worked hard to choose the ones that go well with each other above and below.”
“Oh… … like that. How can I thank you?”
“Why don’t you try it now?”
“now? … … It’s a shame.”
“Isn’t it worth it? what?”
“that… … This is the first gift I ever received… … I want to see more of it in this packaging… … .”
“uh? what? Nope. What matters is the content. Just tear off the wrapping paper and throw it away. If it’s a waste, take a picture or take a picture with your cell phone… … .”
“Tear it… … I tried to carefully tear off the tape and fold it… … .”
“what… … such a stupid thing… … .”
“Besides, you don’t have time to focus on that because of the exam right now, right? I want to see you later at night.”
“What… … Why do you need time to focus on that box… … Why don’t you just get it, try it on, and put it in your closet?”
“Is it polite to open the wrapping paper as soon as you receive it? Because I don’t know… … .”
“It’s not necessarily like that… … .”
“Then, can’t we just leave it like that for a little while? I’ll tell my sister right after I tear it off.”
“uh… … If you really want to… … do that It’s your gift… … .”
yoon woo is stupid
thoughts are short
Ji-eun, who told me that Yun-woo was not stupid, but Yoon-woo, who is not as ignorant as he is now, could not be so frustrated.
I’ve been with Ji-eun for the past few days, almost every hour, so why don’t you ask, where the hell did Ji-eun have time to buy this gift, when and where she bought this gift?
However, Ji-eun couldn’t tell Yun-woo, who was crying because she couldn’t hide her happy expression, to open the package immediately and look at the contents without doing anything useless.
In the end, the gift box was left unopened on the desk in Yun-woo’s room, even when Yun-woo and Ji-eun left home to take the classic economics midterm exam.
“Yoonwoo, Hyerim wants us to eat lunch today.”
“Yes? What’s going on?”
“Something to do… … there is.”
“Then, after the classic economics exam, I will be waiting at the door, noona.”
“… … Yes.”
Ji-eun couldn’t say anything else to Yun-woo until he entered the classroom and sat down with Yun-woo following the guidance of his assistant.
There were many things I wanted to say, but because I promised not to.
Thanks to Yun-woo’s notes, Ji-eun was able to fill out the answer sheet for the classic economics exam without difficulty, but even after that, I did not feel refreshed.
The exam is over, but a bigger problem still remains.
However, all that Ji-eun could do about that problem was to wait.
“Yoonwoo, how about lunch? You have an exam right away in the afternoon. Would you like to simply solve it at Sudway?”
“Isn’t there a lot of people there?”
“Didn’t you see it was empty outside? Except for people like us who failed to make the Geumgonggang, all the exams are over.”
“Oh… … is it.”
“Last time I was Hyerim, so I ate it while watching the movie, was it delicious? Meatball Combination… … .”
“Huh. How does your sister know that?”
“That’s what I recommended to Hyerim.”
“Oh, I see. It was really delicious.”
“Then are we going to do that today? or something new? Do you have a favorite menu?”
“I’ll just eat what you eat. Does your sister know you well?”
“That’s right, but everyone’s mouth is different, isn’t it? I like olives and hate jalapenos, but Yunwoo, you may be different… … .”
“What if the one I chose doesn’t suit your taste?”
“If it’s something my sister likes, I’m sure I’ll like it too.”
“… … .”
At that time, lying in a room alone and imagining how Yun-woo and Hye-rim would go on a date at the cinema, this might be what Ji-eun wanted to do with Yun-woo.
What Ji-eun likes, Yoon-woo says he likes it too… … .
But when I was really in such a situation, I felt terrified.
I thought something was wrong.
Something different from what the author thought.
If Ji-eun likes something, Yun-woo will like it too… … What does that mean?
Yun-woo doesn’t even know what ingredients go into each of those many menus.
I don’t know what each of these various sauces tastes like or what vegetables they go with.
You probably have never eaten it.
Nevertheless, Yun-woo entrusts everything to Ji-eun.
I try to follow Ji-eun’s preference.
Seeing that, Ji-eun felt that Yun-woo wanted to like her.
But that was not a very pleasant fact for Ji-eun.
Yun-woo wants to like Ji-eun.
Because that sentence has a completely different meaning from the sentence that Yun-woo likes Ji-eun.