Chapter 63 - But Why?
From where they sat, the autumn sky of the inner court was in view through the window. The haze that from that morning seemed to have cleared up, as Kyuyoung could make out the blue sky that was previously hidden. Come to think of it, she couldn’t recall when was the last time she had looked at the sky like this. Recently, she had spent her days as if being chased from behind, that she hadn’t had the chance to stop and appreciate the sky like she was doing now. The only view of the sky that came to mind was the darkened night sky she saw after getting off work.
Their server soon appeared and began serving their food. Kyuyoung assumed this meant Yoongun had already ordered beforehand. The table was soon filled with an abundance of dishes, delicately crafted with seasonal ingredients that looked easy on the stomach. After the table had been set and a quick explanation was given, their servers gestured for them to enjoy their meal in peace and closed the door behind them.
“Dig in,” Yoongun said, as he began to eat without regard.
The place was quiet except for the clinking sounds from the cutlery and dishes. There was no conversation, but somehow, Kyuyoung didn’t mind the silence. She thought she’d lost her appetite after the constant calls from Jihyuk’s mother that morning, but faced with the scrumptious looking meal in front of her, she couldn’t fathom skipping on a meal now.
“You seem to have a small appetite,” Yoongun remarked, breaking the silence as he observed Kyuyoung eating diligently. He’d already cleared his plates.
“I take time when I eat.”
“Don’t concern yourself with the time. If someone makes a comment about you returning late from your lunch break, you can tell them I lectured you or something.”
“Did you call for me just to have a meal?”
“Yes. You looked like you were ready to faint. Plus, I had something I wanted to discuss with you too.”
Team Leader Jung was not the type that cared for his staff’s sob stories, so Kyuyoung felt an itch in the back of her neck knowing what kind of special treatment he was giving her.
It was then that the screen of her phone lit up on the table. Kyuyoung quickly reached out to flip it over when she caught sight of the caller ID, but Yoongun beat her to it. He snatched her phone and scoffed at the screen.
“Mother-in-Law,” he sneered.
Yoongun articulated each word clearly, and an ambiguous expression crossed his face. He seemed displeased that the caller was saved in her contacts. He was smart enough to have figured out the identity of the caller.
“That’s Jihyuk Lee’s mother. I had her number saved a while back and had forgotten about it,” Kyuyoung explained in a steady tone. She was calm, but her words sounded like an excuse to her ears.
“I don’t feel good about it,” he replied. His finger slid down the screen and pressed on the reject button, before he handed it back to her. “It feels like shit.”
Her body jolted at the coarse language that slipped from his mouth, and the hands that were fiddling with her phone under the table froze. His reaction was unexpected and had caught her off guard. Kyuyoung was certain that Yoongun had erected a wall between them from the start. After the night they had spent together, he acted like it’d been an impulsive encounter between consenting adults. That made his reaction now confusing. He was acting as if he was jealous.
Kyuyoung had always been sensitive and able to catch the smallest changes in demeanor in others. She never harbored any wild fantasies that their relationship would progress to dating immediately after having slept together once. She understood that night was just a means to escape their realities. Even when she’d tried to find meaning in the careless kindnesses he showed her, she eventually had to give up.
In her view, Yoongun was not a person she was emotionally equipped to handle, nor was he a person that would be easy to love. So, she thought it was better to leave things as they were. So, why was he acting this way now?
“Team leader, I don’t understand.”
Yoongun always managed to skillfully hide away his emotions, so it was impossible to read his mind. Still, Kyuyoung was certain that there was no space for her in his heart. No matter how she tried, she couldn’t wrap her head around why he seemed so displeased by her past relationship, nor why he now chose to fully display his jealousy.