Chapter 84 - At the Dive Bar
Sun Ha was silent.
Do Ook continued, “It’s completely normal to feel worried and want to know more. Since I realized I loved you, my whole world has revolved only around you.’
Hearing him describe his emotions without any hesitance, Sun Ha felt something boiling up from the bottom of her heart.
“Ah, you did say that you simply liked me rather than love me back then, didn’t you? Now I understand. Since you didn’t love me, you were able to keep being so considerate and elegant towards me.” Do Ook walked past her, practically ignoring her look. Because of that, he wasn’t able to realize what her eyes were telling him.
Act 12: Share the love
After their first date had ended on such a dark note, Do Ook called her first the next day.
Hearing him say that he had acted in such a way because of how desperate he was to have her back, Sun Ha felt a pang of guilt. It was because she couldn’t forget the pained expression Do Ook had shown her.
Their second date was to go out to eat and then watch a movie. It was a date idea even more normal than going to an amusement park, but after three years of living together as husband and wife, it was still their first time going to a movie together.
Even as they had met up and were having their meal, their conversation was careful and they never brought up the fight they’d had the day before.
“Will you really be all right with this movie?” Sun Ha asked as she looked over the tickets Do Ook had bought.
The tickets were to a melodrama that had promising reviews. Sun Ha knew that he was trying his best to make sure everything was something that she would like. However, she wondered if he would be able to handle a whole movie where half the scenes would probably be the lead actors looking sad, about to cry, or full-on crying.
“Well, you like this stuff,” Do Ook said.
“Me?” Sun Ha asked.
“I remember that you were watching a certain drama or movie, and you were crying right?” he continued.
“That’s… w-when did you see that?” Sun Ha began to blush.
“Why are you blushing?”
“It’s embarrassing after all,” Sun Ha said, cooling down her blushing face with a hand fan.
Back then, she had thought that since her husband was so apathetic he wouldn’t understand why the characters in the drama were crying. He could have thought it was stupid, instead. So, she had secretly been watching the drama by herself and had begun to tear up. When she had heard Do Ook coming from his study, she had quickly wiped the tears from her cheeks, but it seemed like he had still noticed it.
“Looks like we still have quite a bit of time left,” Sun Ha said.
Even after they had their meal, there was still time left until the movie. She wondered whether to go to a nearby cafe together with him, but then she saw a tarot cafe across the street.
“Do Ook, do you perhaps… have an interest in tarot card reading?” Sun Ha asked, even though she knew the answer would be no. Still, she wanted to know if it would be okay for them to go have a tarot reading or not.
Do Ook’s gaze turned to look across the street. “That?”
“Let’s go get a reading then,” he answered without hesitation.
The ‘walk’ sign came on for the crosswalk, and Do Ook grabbed her hand right away only to quickly let go and stand still.
“Am I able to… hold your hand?” Do Ook asked while studying her reaction.
Sun Ha hesitated for a moment before grabbing his hand herself. “You can when we need to hurry like this.”
Sun Ha smiled as she gave a glance over to the blinking crosswalk signal. She led him by the hand, not realizing Do Ook’s eyes had stopped for a moment when he caught sight of her smiling.
They would have needed to wait for a long time if there were many people, but coincidentally the people leaving the cafe were the last people that had been served.
A tarot card reader who looked to be in her early 40s gave a delicate smile as she gazed at the two people sitting in front of her. “What did you want to have read today?”
Sun Ha then realized the mistake she had made. She didn’t blindly believe in fortune-telling or tarot card reading. However, she was someone who would have her new year fortune read out of amusement.