Our Secret Melody

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Lyric: Seventy-Six

Kai’s POV:

These past 2 weeks have been very rough for me and Rose. Though I’ve been doing my best in keeping her feel like everything is okay, though even I can’t control what she will see on the news or even in the media. And I will always wish that I could’ve given her an easier life for her to live in, I know I shouldn’t doubt her heart in wanting to stay with me. But it will always be a fear that wavers inside me...

However, it’s moments like these when I’m able to hold her naked body close to mine that I feel at peace. Looking at her sleep, I gently placed a kiss on her forehead before carefully getting off of the bed. Trying my best to not wake her, I began to change into my clothes. Fully clothed, I ran my hand through my thick hair. It’s gotten a bit long...I should probably cut it soon. Though my wife’s short hair looks way too cute on her, I still remember when we landed back in Korea that I was able to finally notice that Rose had cut her long hair.

As I prepared to walk out of the room, I grabbed the knob but before I could shut the door. I looked back to see her relaxed expression as she continued to sleep, my eyes then focused on the key necklace that she was wearing. Automatically grabbing my heart locket, I smiled while closing the door behind me. Making my way down the hall, I headed to the kitchen where the chef was already preparing to make breakfast. Though he stopped in the middle of what he was doing before taking a quick bow to me.

“For breakfast this morning, please make something light for my wife. There’s no need to rush, she’ll be sleeping for a while so when your done cooking you can place it on the table. I won’t be eating breakfast again...” I said to our chef as I thanked him for his service.

Grabbing my car keys, I left the house and entered my vehicle. With the engine running, I began to drive towards Zack’s house as I exit the gates of my father’s estate. Though it was no surprise that I was welcomed by the multiple flashes of reporters waiting outside with their cameras. It’s been like this every day, non-stop paparazzi following me everywhere. It honestly pisses me off that I’ve been having Rose stay at the house for her own protection. Because right now, I’m just filled with paranoia...

It hasn’t been easy in keeping my anti-fans away from Rose, but in the short amount of time, I’ve had to get Rose a new phone since her old phone number was leaked out. Though I could only assume that the staff members that she had once worked with ended up exposing her number to gain income by giving it out. I can still replay that unfortunate incident when Rose got a call that night when she was with me...

People really have nothing else better to do, and it disgusting how they could threaten Rose’s life. That scare really made her worried that she feared for her family’s safety, so I had to double the security and have bodyguards looking after her parent and sister 24/7. I really hope all of this dies down soon...I mean, I know that I could never live a private life ever again...but I at least want Rose to not have to face the criticism and the stress.

Pulling up to Zacks house, I quickly texted him as I grabbed onto my locket. Letting out a tiresome sigh, I rested my head back while closing my eyes. It was only when Zack had finally entered my car that I continued to drive out to our designated area. Though Zack had handed me a cup of coffee as we both began to head to the courthouse.

“You didn’t eat breakfast again, did you? The bag under your eyes shows that you didn’t get much sleep either- oh! Maybe that’s MelRose’s fault, judging by that mark on your neck-”

“Did you bring the last of the files?”

I strictly said to Zack, ignoring his tease I gripped the steering wheel more as I focused on the road in front of me.

“Huh? Oh, yeah...I have them. Kai, are you sure that you want to go through with this? I spoke with my sister last night and she said that she won’t press charges...but she understands why you would want to, considering this is the same person who took the photos of not just you and Rose together...but the same reporter that took a photo of you and my sister all those years ago at the airport. I know that you want to file him for the lies he spread about you and Lily dating back then...but I feel like your also doing this because he released the pictures of what happened between you and Rose. Also...Lily told me to tell you congratulations on your marriage to Rose. I know you guys got married fairly quickly by the court when you brought her back, but you two better have a ceremony...what’s the fun in getting in married when I’m not there?!”

As Zack began to speak, I knew that he was just trying to calm my nerves...

“Tell Lily that I said thank you. But the thing is that Rose and I didn’t plan on getting married so quickly... however when she received that death threat. I honestly felt like a part of me drowned...it made me re-live the incident of what happened to Lily. And when I picture somthing horrible happening to Rose...I just feel sick to my stomach. If I were to lose Rose...I think it really will be the death of me. It’s kinda pathetic. But...on that night when I made her hang up the phone. I grew panicked and felt the anxiety consuming again...and in the end, it was Rose who comforted me. I told her that I would be the man that she can rely on. But it seems that I’m still relying on her...so that’s when I told her to marry me at the very moment. And without any hesitation in her voice, she said yes. Before we knew it...she became my wife. And although we’re keeping it from the public, the only other people we’ve told were her parents, my father, and...you. But since you told Lily, I know I can trust her from keeping It a secret. But, we will have a ceremony one day...it’s only right...and Rose, she deserves it. I want to see her in a beautiful dress...I want her family as well as mine to be there...but right now. I have to settle this before I could move forward...”

I explained as I finally pulled up to the courthouse...

“I understand...I don’t blame you for feeling that way. You know, now that Rose is involved with us. She could never live the life she once had and she knows this...which is why I truly respect her. It takes a strong woman to be happy in this difficult world...but it takes a stronger woman to keep smiling after the pain they’ve gone through. Kai, how is Rose doing? And, have you spoken with Jin?”

Zack asked as we got out of the car, entering the building. I grabbed the files that Zack had and served the lawsuit to be filed against the reporter. If things go through properly, which I know they will. I could sue him for slander and banned him from ever working as a reporter. It was his lies that made Lily get hurt...and now he’s doing it again, but with Rose. I won’t let him get away with it...not this time. In this week alone I had to hire lawyers and set court dates to settle everything. I’m just thankful that Zack has been there by my side. And now that these legal issues are almost over, I’ll be able to focus on just living my life with Rose...

“When it comes to Rose’s mental state... she’s okay....but at the same time. She’s not fully relaxed. I did tell her about the lawsuit I was doing so she knows how stressed it’s been on me. I’m just grateful that she’s honest with her feelings now...and I’m relieved that I could tell her everything about what I’m doing with my life now. Not being able to speak with her one year...really tore me. I even envied Jin for while, watching him be on the phone with her...I’ve always known who he was speaking with. But now that he’s gone...I won’t lie and say that Rose doesn’t miss him. She’s... been writing to him, though I haven’t been able to bring myself to tell him anything yet. I want...to see him in person. That’s the only way I’ll be able to finally talk with Jin, face to face...”

I said in a tired sigh once Zack and I headed back to my car...

“It sounds very you...but knowing Jin, I’m sure he would want to talk with you in person also. Though I don’t think you need me to tell you how he’s doing, I’m sure Rose will keep you up to date on his well-being. But...I could see what you mean by Rose not being 100% happy. But on the days I came to visit you guys, she always looks so cheerful and full of life. Though I’m certain that’s what she wants to show me...which by the way, if you don’t mind me asking. How is her little sister doing? After the story, you told me between Rose and Sam...I almost couldn’t believe that actually happened. A part of me still doesn’t want to believe that she tried to kill Rose. But at the same time...you never know how dark a person’s mind could become.”

With Zack sharing his thoughts, I stopped midway down the steps as I looked up at the sky to see how early morning it still was. The sunrise was warm, yet the lingering sadness slowly began to fill my heart when I thought of Sam.

“From what Rose’s parents said...she’s gotten worse. They have her taking medication now... but she’s been refusing on taking them. Rose and I had even argued about her wanting to leave so she could go to America just so she can go visit them, though her parents and I were able to convince her to stay in Korea still. I get it...I understand that she wants to be there for her family. But right now...I feel awful for saying this, But...I just don’t feel comfortable with Rose being anywhere near her sister. If you would’ve seen how badly those handprints were around her neck, you’ll understand why I’m completely against my wife getting close to her. Her sister is not in the right headspace...and after she saw the pictures of me and Rose together on the internet. It only complicated things...I don’t...want Rose to blame herself for her sister’s actions. She hasn’t been eating, she’s stopped talking to her father and she refuses to leave the house...and I know that Rose is growing stress over it. But what I’m really concerned about is that Sam wants to talk with Rose privately...but I won’t allow that. I don’t care if their sisters...I refuse to ever let my wife be in the same room with someone who almost tried to kill her.”

I explained to him as I rubbed the side of my temple in a tired-like motion. Yet the feeling of Zack resting his hand over my shoulder, I was able to look over at him and see his agreeing nod...

“I wouldn’t want Rose to be put in danger either...so she should stay here. Besides, you both can go visit her family when everything is calmer. Since your relationship with Rose is still the main topic that a lot of people are talking about. I say you wait until you bring her out to the public eye, in the meantime...how are things with you looking for a new house?”

Zack asked as I watched him walk down the steps in front of me...

“It might take a while...I’m trying to find an area that is calming, where Rose and I could have our privacy. And when I do find the perfect place for us, I’ll start having it built. But for now, the safest place for me and Rose to live is in my Father’s estate. Though I won’t say it hasn’t been strange for me...Rose is too kind when she meets people. So whenever my Father does come home...which it has only been twice. Rose is always happy and is willing to talk with him... whereas I...I’m still trying to get used to him being around.”

I said while making my way towards the car...

After a while of driving, Zack and I changed the topic into something less serious before dropping him off. From what Zack was telling me, it seems that he was able to sign a new contract with the company. Only this time, it won’t be as controlling when we were part of ExEx Idol. It’s strange...but now that I’ve stopped making music. It feels like nothing but a memory now...

“Alright, well, call me if you need anything. Tell Rose I said hi and that I’ll come to visit soon.” Zack said as I watched him exit the car...

“Yeah, I will. And...tell Lily I said that I hope she’s doing well.”

I told him in an awkward tone before seeing him nod. Once he closed the door, I immediately began to drive off.

But instead of heading back to the house like usual, I decided to stop by my favorite flower shop. Grabbing my shades from the glovebox, I placed them on before parking the car outside the store. Looking out, I saw that there were a few people inside. Annoyed, I let out a sigh and decided to just get things over with and rush myself inside the shop.

With having Rose stay in the house all day for the last weeks, I thought that maybe buying her flowers would help cheer her up? So as I entered the flower shop, I looked around until I saw a nice set of white roses. Grabbing them, I looked at each flower to make sure none of them looked wither. Without even realizing it, I smiled at the thought of my wife’s pure reaction when I give these to her...

“Hey...is that Kai?”

“What?! No, it couldn’t be, why would he in a place like this?”

“Let’s go ask him-”

“No, you go ask him...”

Hearing people whisper around me, I grew irritated and immediately went to the front desk to pay. Quickly leaving the shop, I was followed out by many people who were in the store as they began recording me. Ignoring their actions, I went back inside my vehicle and finally headed back home...

*

“Rose?”

Calling out her name, I didn’t see her in the kitchen nor the dining room. Don’t tell me she’s still sleeping? It’s already afternoon, heading to our room. I thought I would find her still lying in bed. But I was welcomed by my wife’s half-naked body as she stepped out of the bathroom with only a towel wrapped around her. Judging by her damp hair and light wet skin, I knew that she had just finished taking a shower. She only took notice of me once I began to make my way to her...

“Oh! Kai, you’re back! Welcome home, how did everything go? You took a lot longer than usual-huh? Are these...for me?”

She asked sounding surprised as I watched her gently take the bouquet of roses I held out to her. Watching her cheeks grow slightly pink, I couldn’t resist holding myself back. Wrapping my arm around her waist, I pulled her in and immediately kissed her. Her sudden moan made her grab onto my shirt as she wasn’t expecting me to kiss her so desperately. I wish for these moments to last forever, she is the sunshine of hope that I can always feel safe around.

“I’m sorry I took long today, I hope these flowers will make you forgive me,” I said to her in a teasing smile.

Seeing her pout in embarrassment, she turned to the side as she held on to her Roses. Noticing the bite mark I left on her neck from last night, I instantly poked it. Rose then jolted as she immediately covered her neck with her hand. Giggling at her reaction, I lowered myself close to her ear and began to tease her some more...

“Does it still tingle? Is your body feeling sore? It shouldn’t be considering how aggressive you were with me last night... you even ended up marking me-”

“Is this gonna be an everyday thing with you!? All you do is be perverted and end up teasing me! If your gonna keep bullying me then I won’t sleep in the same bed with you anymore- hey! What are you doing!? Put me down!”

She began to shout at me as I lifted her over my shoulder...

“No can do, I won’t allow my wife to sleep alone. Nor will I ever stop teasing her, you’re stuck with me for the rest of your life...”

I said to her in chuckling laughter as I made my way to our bed...

Dropping her on the soft mattress, she laughed beanthe her breath as she kept holding on to her flowers. As I began to unbutton my shirt, the smile on her face yearned for me to hold her. Placing a knee between her legs, I watched as her towel slowly beginning to come undone. Watching her look up at me, she tilted her head back as I hovered over her. With our lips only a few inches apart, I was about ready to kiss her when the sudden alarm of her phone going off made us stop what we were doing!

I watched Rose hurry into answering it, and although it was a text message from her parents. I could see the worried look in her eyes as she began to read it. I waited until she responded to them and lightly pushed her against the bed. Embracing her tightly, she wrapped her arms around my back as she snuggled herself within my chest. I wanted to ask her if everything was okay, but maybe it’s best if avoid bringing up her sister...

“Earlier when I dropped Zack off at his house...he told me to tell you ‘hi’. And that he’ll drop by some time...he’s gonna be busy starting next month. Since he sighed a new contract with the company, he’s going to start making his own music soon...”

I tried to make conversation that would distract her from any concerns she has with her family...

“Oh...that’s good news. I hope things go well for him. I’m glad that he’s been going with you to the courthouse...by the way, how did everything go? Oh! Thank you for the roses, by the way, they’re beautiful. I’m sorry, my head has been filled with overthinking a lot of things lately.”

She said in a bittersweet smile as we both looked at each other...

“It’s okay...you don’t have to apologize. And don’t worry about the charges I’m doing, it’s nothing for you to be concerned about. Just let me and Zack focus on that...Rose. I’m sorry, I know it hasn’t been easy being in here. But I promise to make it up to you soon...if you can wait just a few more weeks-”

“It’s okay, Kai. I know that it’s for my safety until things die down. But I know that even when things are settled, I’m still going to have to face the criticism regardless. I know....what people say about me. That I ruined the group...that I’m the reason why ExEx Idol broke up. And after receiving that death threat a while back...I’m sure there’s a lot of people wishing I was dead-”

“Rose-”

“As I told you before, I’ll be okay. As long as you’re by my side. You, my parents, Zack and...Jin. As long as I have all of you... everything will be okay. I’m not afraid...I’m just nervous about living my new life here with you. It’s funny but... being here, compared to when I was staying with Jin a year ago. You’re both complete opposites from each other...he was like a child that needed to be looked after. And with you...well, I feel like your the looking after me...Kai, are you sure you don’t want to write go Jin?”

She asked sounding very stern as she tugged on my shirt...

“I’m sure. Bedside, there’s not much I need to say to him anyway. When the time comes when we see each other...then I’ll be more than happy to talk to him. And don’t remind me that you lived with him for a while, it annoys me...it still pisses me off when I think about it. But, it’s like you said...we will all be by your side. No matter what...and I was thinking, will you be okay with coming to see my mother’s grave soon. I want you to finally meet her...”

I said to her feeling nervous, I’ve hardly spoken about my mother to Rose since I’ve always ended up just having a breakdown. But now, I feel like I could talk about her more easily with Rose. However, the reaction that my wife gave me made my heart jump. I was shocked to see that her eyes were growing teary!

“Of course! I...I’ve been wanting to go see her for a very long time now. I just...I wanted to wait until you were finally ready for me to come visit her. Kai, if you don’t mind...do you think that maybe...we can go see Jin’s mother as well.”

She asked in a weak-like smile before grabbing my hand.

Holding her hand firmly, I placed a light kiss on her forehead. Slowly planting kisses around her face, I moved around her neck as I felt her fingers running through my hair. I truly love this woman with all my heart and I will never regret being part of her life...

“Yeah...we can. Let’s go visit them tomorrow...I want to show my mother. How beautiful my wife is...and how happy I’ve become. Rose... please, let me hold you again tonight...”

I spoke dangerously close to her ear as her sweet kisses began to devour me whole. The heat of our bodies mixed in ecstasy as this heart of mine will always belong to her, my life feels complete with her in it and I won’t let anyone separate us. I will forever hold this love until my last dying breath...

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