Special birthday series for Dong Hae.
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It’s hard to decide…
It’s hurt to remember…
Nevertheless, this is what called a story of the past…
I walked while carrying my professional camera on my hand. I watched the scenery of Rhone River, occasionally aimed the camera lens at the scene that evening which reflected on the crystal clear water of Rhone River.
Suddenly, I glued when I saw an old building across this river. Automatically, my finger press the shutter button to take a photo of that building. It’s been a long time. I never visit that building again. Since someone was not at here again.
I sat down on the bench at the riverbank while thinking about my decision to run away from Korea just now. I didn’t think my decision was true. But, it was the better way to have a distance with someone. It is my fail to hurt her long time ago. And now, it’s time for me to get all retaliations.
“Aiden!” admonished Alison Beauvoix, my friend at the photo studio. “What are you doing here? Waiting for girlfriend?” He patted my shoulder twice.
I smirked on him, half ignored him too. “Nope. What the hell! I don’t have a girlfriend! Stop to say it, Alison!”
He laughed hard at me, made me a little offended.
“Why are you laughing like that? Teasing me?” I stared at him unlikely.
“Oh man! I know, you still wait for your ex-crush!” said Alison. “Don’t be a silly man, Aiden! Chase her and take her heart back. It’s yours!”
Cynically I looked at him, “Jerk, I said don’t say it again. Enough already.”
Suddenly his burly hand hit my back, “Stupid! Don’t you remember what did she do for you sometimes ago?”
I didn’t answered him, pretended to stare at the scenery in front of me.
“And what you’ve done to her?”
Oh jerk! Please keep silent!
“I know what you’ve done in the past, Aiden.”
I sighed and took my camera, ready to go from Alison. “Je suis allé (I go),” said me and I went quickly from there.
“Allô (Hello), VANESSA!” shouted someone suddenly.
I looked back at Alison who were talking on the phone. Nevertheless, I pretended to don’t hear anything.
“Quoi (What)? ARE YOU HERE?” shouted Alison louder than a just. “OKAY, I WILL TAKE YOU AT THE AIRPORT NOW.”
I kept to walk away from Alison.
“AIDEN IS WITH ME NOW!”
Jerk, I thought. Why he mention my name?
“WE WILL TAKE YOU. WAIT FOR US THEN!”
No sound after all. The dialogue has ended already.
“Aiden! Vanessa is in Avignon now.”
“So, what?” I still pretended to don’t care.
He hit my back again, “Don’t pretending like that, come one. Don’t let her wait for us too long!”
Caumont Airport, Avignon…
I walked behind Alison. I never thought before if I would meet Vanessa today. I just run away from her.
“Vanessa!” called Alison. His voice as same as like a triumph.
“Allô, Alison. Il a été longtemps sans vous voir (It has been a long time no see you).” said Vanessa. Calm as usual.
“Moi aussie (Me too). How was you been in Seoul?”
“Unwell.” answered Vanessa.
Alison wrinkled his forehead, “Any problems with The Ricci’s?”
Vanessa shook her head, “The Ricci’s gone well during this time,” then she smiled at Alison. Honestly, I missed her smile at me.
“Do you look for Aiden?” asked Alison suddenly, made me coughed.
Alison walked back then pushed me, “Vanessa, do you still remember him?”
I stared at Alison with anger. I didn’t like his way.
“Aiden?” This evening, her pink lips said it out again.
I didn’t answer anything. I keep in my silence.
“I never thought if I could meet you less than a day. Whereas, the imigration has permit me to live here until six months. During 6 months, I’ve planned to find you here. But today, I’ve met you here.” said her.
“Still we have affair?” asked me incisive.
For several seconds, Vanessa glued her eyes at me. Then she reached into her jacket and took my hand. “I just want to give it back to you.”
I stared at her, a little bit confused, “A ring? What for? This is yours. Not mine.”
“Give it back to me, if you comeback to Seoul.”
“This is a ticket for you. I give you a week to think about it. I will wait you there.” said her.
I speechless and couldn’t say anything anymore. “Vanessa, what are you doing?”
She didn’t say anything. She just hugged my waist and leaned her head on my chest. I could feel her breath. And at the same time, my heart was beating very fast.
“Vanessa, what are you doing?” I tried to pull her arms, but she increasingly hugged me tightly.
“Twenty six years ago, a baby was born in Mokpo. He called Lee Dong Hae, means the sea of the east. Then, when he was twenty second, he met a stupid girl in Avignon who poured a glass of red wine on his white coat. Suddenly, the girl have affair to fall in love with him. It has been four years for them to love each other. And now, suddenly the guy is running away from the girl. And the girl, take him back. She has forgot all the violences which the guy did at her. Now, the girl just wished as he want to go back with her.” Vanessa let go of her arms on Aiden.
“Vanessa, what are you talking about?” I still didn’t understand of her.
“It has been twenty six years old, Aiden. And today is your day.”
Again, I speechless in front of her. How could she remember it?
“I don’t bring anything for you, but….”
I put my finger on her lip, “Sstt…” I asked her to keep silent. “I don’t need anything from you. And you don’t need to give me anything.”
I smiled at her, then kissed her eyes as I usually did at the past, “Thank you, Vanessa.”
Thereafter, the tears rolling down on her cheeks, “Uljimayo. I can’t see you crying like this.” I kissed her cheeks to wipe away her tears. “You should smile today.”
“Dong Hae, may I sleep at your aparte today? Tomorrow, I will flight back to Seoul. And wait you there.”
I just followed my intuition to hug her when she was sleeping. I knew, I didn’t allow to hug her as I do at the past.
“Dong Hae,” called her slowly. Her eyes still closed.
“Happy birthday.” said her, “You know, how much I love you?”
“As deep as your heart.”
She chuckled, “You know the answer.” she mumbled. “Would you hold me all night? Until I wake up and leave Avignon to wait you in Seoul?”
“Sstt…. Just sleep, Vanessa. I wouldn’t go anywhere until we meet the morning.” I tightly hugged her and sleep until meet dawn.
Originally written by Angela Chen
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEE DONG HAE
TRULY BEST REGARDS FROM FLAWLESS ETERNITY CLUB
WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST
AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD
GOD BLESS YOU