“Let me go, Jung! I could walk on my own!”
I voiced out in anger towards my bodyguard as he pulled me into a vehicle!
The whole drive back made me completely aggravated, I wanted to talk to Rose more. But I didn’t expect to get recognized by so many people. I thought that wearing my facemask would have kept my identity hidden a bit. But I guess that isn’t enough anymore. Leaning my head against the window, I snuggled my face to the scarf Rose had wrapped around me. Her actions surprised me, despite how angry she was. She still seemed to care for my well-being, however, what I wanna know is...
“Jung did you and Jin both followed me-”
“Forgive me Mr. Joong, but it was Jin that had me go with him. And with all due respect, I can’t have you leave the company without my protection along with the rest of security-”
“I left because I wanted some time alone and because I needed to talk to Rose about some things. Jung, do you know where Jin is taking Rose at?” I asked while looking at him through the rearview mirror, he avoided making eye contact with me as he continued to drive us back towards the company.
“Mr. Joong, if I may ask...that girl. Was she possibly the one that snuck into your room? I never seen you go out of your way to talk to a girl other than Lily-”
“She didn’t sneak into my room, things just turned out complicated and-”
“So it was that girl! Kai, you can’t be alone with her. What if she’s dangerous and tries to hurt you-”
“Enough! Don’t make assumptions that you have no clue of. She’s not a dangerous person, she’s just a girl that had the unfortunate event of meeting me. Now answer my question, where is Jin taking her?”
I asked in high demand as Jung finally pulled us into the companies parking lot. I don’t know why I feel so uneasy about having Jin leave with her. It’s not like Rose is in any danger, but...
“I’m sorry Mr. Joong, your right...I shouldn’t have spoken badly about her. But it’s just that after so many incidents that had happened with you and the other members. We just have to be extra careful, and I truly have no idea where Jin is taking that girl. But he did tell me that he’ll be back soon, Oh!? manager Sang is calling me-”
“Don’t tell him about the girl! Leave her out of it, I’m sure he’s calling about the chaos that had happened a few moments ago. I swear, everything gets recorded and uploaded on social media so quickly...”
I said to Jung as he nodded his head at me while answering the phone. As we both began to get out of the car, I took my phone out and immediately called Rose. Just where the hell did Jin take her at? With Jung and I approaching the main building of the company, I finally heard the call getting through. However, I wasn’t expecting Jin to be the one to answer her phone!
“Jin! Why the hell do you have her phone?! Where’s Rose? I need to talk to her-”
“Kai, you said what you needed to say to her...” As Jin was speaking to me, he didn’t let me get a word in as he hanged up afterward!
“Huh?! Wait! Jin, don’t- hello!? Damnit! He’s fucking dead when I see him! Who the hell is he to speak for Rose!?”
I voiced out in anger as I ruffled my hair in frustration. Ignoring what Jin had to say, I went back and called Rose’s phone number again.
“Kai, manager Sang needs to have a word with you before you go back to the dorms,” Jung said to me as he got off the phone, his tone was serious and I could already tell that it was going to be a pain in the ass seeing my manager.
“Is he in his office?”
I asked Jung as he led me to the elevator, with Rose still not answering I couldn’t help but squeeze my hands tightly around my phone. This is pissing me off! I don’t like the way she and I left things...
“Kai! You’re in so much trouble this time! Wait, where the hell is Jin?” The voice of Zack could be heard coming from behind me as he placed both his hands behind my shoulders.
“I don’t care what manager Sang has to say, and as for Jin...I don’t know where hell he’s at.”
I responded as calmly as I could as we all entered the elevator. Putting my phone away, I leaned myself back against the wall and ignored whatever Jung and Zack had to say to me...
“Kai you can’t keep doing whatever you want, I get that it could be stressful on you. But you have to be responsible with stuff like this...”
“You know Jung is right, you and Jin both need to listen to manager Sang. Remember what happened last time when I was in a scandal with another celebrity, the tabloids made all kinds of crazy rumors about me dating that girl. I may have not taken it so seriously, but that girl ended up quitting her acting job from the amount of hate she got. You may not care what you do, but you need to start caring for others. Because you never know how terrible it might affect a person- You know what...never mind. Forget I said anything...”
Zack immediately caught on to what he was saying and quickly stopped himself from speaking any further. The look of awkwardness came over his face along with guilt...
“It’s fine Zack...I know you didn’t mean it personally. But I have my reasons for how I do things...and I would expect you and Jin as well as Lily to understand why.”
I explained in a deep sigh as we all watched the elevator doors opened. Once we stepped out, I told Jung and Zack to wait outside the hallway. And I’m glad I did because the moment I walked into manager Sang’s office and closed the door behind me. I was welcomed by a harsh slap across my face!
“DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT YOU’VE JUST DONE!? NOT ONLY WILL THIS MAKE HEADLINE NEWS TOMORROW, BUT IT WILL GREATLY AFFECT YOUR REPUTATION ALONG WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS!”
Sang raised his voice in such rage that even his face was turning red, it’s been a long time since I last saw him this outraged. I think the last time he acted this way was when Jin made front-page news of hugging a fan...
Rubbing my cheek with the back of my hand, manager Sang showed me the many pictures on his computer of what happened today in the library. As expected, the main picture that everyone is talking about is when Rose wrapped her scarf around my neck. I know she did it to protect me, but it only made things worse I’m afraid. But at least, no one knows who she is. And that’s all I care about, but as manager Sang began to read off the tabloids online of what happened. It was only making him more upset as he slammed his fist against the table!
“Kai Joong was spotted at the local library today with his secret lover. Is Kai Joong possible already dating someone? Who is this mysterious girl that wrapped her scarf around Kai Joon-”
“They’re just stupid rumors, the media has nothing else better to do other than make up lies. There’s nothing between me and that girl, I don’t even know who she is. I just went to the library to read in peace, but I guess someone was able to tell who I was. So this random girl came up to me and tried to cover my face with her scarf. She was only trying to look out for me.”
I tried to come up with a reasonable lie, the last thing I want is for Sang to look into who this girl is. But I’m beginning to worry if Rose was able to leave safely...
“DO YOU THINK ANYONE IS GONNA CARE!? NO! THE ONLY THING THAT EVERYONE IS GONNA SAY AND THINK IS THAT YOUR DATING THIS WOMAN! I don’t give a fuck that you went to the library! What I’m pissed off about is that you didn’t have any of your bodyguards with you and you allowed yourself to be in this position! And because of that, I forbid you, Jin, and Zack to leave this property until this shit blows over!”
“BULLSHIT IF YOU THINK IM’A STAY HERE! I HAVE PLANS TO SEE MY MOTHER THIS WEEK!”
Raising my voice in hatred, I marched my way towards manager Sang’s desk! Slamming both of my hands against the hard wooden surface I stared at him with intimidation. He knows that I took this time off out of the year to see my mother’s grave, so to hear him say I’m not allowed to leave. It makes me wanna punch him in his fucking face! But when Sang began to explain further in-depth about what’s happening, I immediately withdrew my hands, I felt my heart wanting to stop beating...
“YOU SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT BEFORE YOU LEFT THIS MORNING! DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CALLING ME THIS AFTERNOON!? REPORTERS WANT TO HOLD INTERVIEWS ALREADY WITH YOU! AND IT’S NOT JUST THAT, BUT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO THAT GIRL IS, SHE’S ALREADY GETTING DEATH THREATS ONLINE! And if anything happens to her...it’s our fault.”
Once he was done speaking, I was unable to say anything else. I just felt sick to my stomach as I was given flashbacks of my past, so that’s when I rushed myself towards a trash bin near his desk and immediately vomit!
“Kai! Are you okay?! Are you getting sick? Where... where are your pills?!”
As my manager rushed towards my side, he hurried in trying to find my meds within my pockets. But I made him stop searching as I stumbled myself back and began to leave his office.
“Kai! You can’t leave just yet-”
“I’M FINE! I...I just need to rest...will talk later about this.”
I grunted out my words to him as I left his room. Zack and Jung hurried towards me afterward, however, I wasn’t in the mood to put up with them. So I had them leave me alone as I made my way to the dorms, my heart felt like it was beating a hundred beats per minute. My hands were even shaking uncontrollably, reaching for my phone I dialed Rose’s phone number again and prayed that she would answer. But no matter how many times I called, I couldn’t hear her voice. And what manager Sang said earlier replayed back in my head. If anything happens to her, it will be my fault...
The very instant I entered my room, I took off my jacket along with Rose’s scarf. Grabbing my meds that were sitting on my nightstand. My anxiety level was out of this world and I found it difficult to breathe again. With every minute that passed by, I felt that I was getting worse! The cold sweat that ran down my back only made me more nauseous. Because if Rose gets hurt, and I turn out to be the reason why. I’ll feel like a complete asshole, regardless of how we both met...she’s still just a normal girl trying to live her life. The last thing I want is to ruin that for her, which is why I won’t have her work in this industry...
Suddenly, a knocking could be heard coming from my door! I wasn’t in the mood to see anyone right now. So as I made my way towards the door, I was already prepared to tell them to leave, however, the moment I opened that door. I was welcomed by Jin’s face who looked at me in disappointment. Unable to control my emotions, I grabbed him by the collar and yanked him inside! Pushing him aggressively against the wall, my hands couldn’t stop trembling by how pissed off I was with him! I had so many questions to ask, but the first thing I wanted to know was...
“Where is she?!”
I asked in such panic that I’m sure Jin was able to tell how anxious I was becoming. He then grabbed one of my arms and held it tightly.
“Did you take your meds-”
“Answer the fucking question!” I raised my voice even more as I shoved him more harshly.
“She’s fine, I told you that I took her to the airport. Her flight probably already took off a few minutes ago, now let me go before I get angry-”
“What right do you have in getting angry?! You took Rose away by force when I wasn’t done talking to her! Do you have any idea what the media is saying about her right now?!”
I said to him as I brought my hand back down, taking a few steps away, I watched as he pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket...
“I understand why you’re worried, but I made sure she got to the airport safely. The reports on some websites are already trying to see who she is, I’ve read a few tabloids on the way over here. But the one at fault for causing all of this is you. If I wasn’t there to take Rose away. Things could have gotten much worse, Kai...I need you to listen to what I have to say. I talked with Melrose, she’s a very interesting person. I even went so far as to check if she had any social media accounts. And to my surprise, she doesn’t...all she left was her email and phone number on the portfolio. I wasn’t able to find her anywhere on any platform on the internet, which is why I don’t feel worried that I offered her to work for me as my makeup artist-”
Cutting him off, I brutally punched him across the face! Though that only made him stumble a bit as he went to look at me with a heated death stare. We both then in synced tackled each other towards the ground as we both continued to punch one other any chance we could!
“ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! JIN! DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU’VE DONE! I DON’T WANT HER WORKING IN THIS COMPANY! SHE’S ALREADY BEING THREATENED BY SO MANY PEOPLE-”
“WHO ARE YOU TO TELL HER WHAT SHE CAN AND CANNOT DO! IT’S HER FUCKING LIFE! AND IF SHE WANTS TO WORK IN KOREA THEN LET HER! WHY THE HELL DO YOU EVEN CARE ABOUT HER ANYWAYS-”
“YOU FUCKING IDIOT! IF ANYONE FINDS OUT WHO SHE IS, WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPENED TO HER!? IT WILL BE OUR FAULT!”
I yelled out at him as we both finally pushed each other away. The taste of blood could be felt inside my mouth with how strong Jin punched my jaw earlier.
“Nothing... nothing is gonna happen to her. She’s strong...and well-minded. I’ll take responsibility for her...”
Jin quickly answered breathlessly as he tried to get back up on his feet. Wiping the blood away from his upper lip, he backed himself against the wall as he picked up MelRose’s portfolio he had dropped prior to when we were fighting. Not too long after he said that he made his way out the door...Sitting there on the ground, I slammed my fist against the tile floor as I felt completely light-headed. So much is going through my mind that I didn’t know what to think anymore. If Rose does end up working here, what would be the consequences? Grabbing the heart necklace that was around my neck, I worried about what was to come. I wasn’t able to sleep that whole night as I kept wanting to talk with Rose about not coming to Korea. So as I kept track of the hours, I timed the moment she should have landed back in America...
I instantly began calling her, but of course, she wasn’t answering. But I didn’t give up, my one fear is having people get hurt because of me, people dying... because of me. If I could prevent it from happening, then I’ll do whatever it takes. Even if I get hurt in the end, at least I know they’ll be alive and mentally okay-
The sound of her trembling voice made my chest tighten when she finally answered! I knew that she was possibly crying again. Jin calls her strong-minded, and although that may be true. Rose is still a small fragile girl in my eyes...
“Rose, are you crying?”