Once Red - Lee Taeyong
"Hipernova's Arte and VIXX's Leo have reportedly broken up their relationship"
That's what the headlines were occupied with that day. My failed one year relationship with Jung Taekwoon was over. Why? It's actually very simple.
He had no time for me.
I mean, I don't blame him. He had to go on tour with his group and he also had to rehearse for his musicals.
What does upset me is the way he handled everything. Calling me things like "immature", "childish", "a waste of time".
We were not in good terms. But I swore to myself that I would make him pay, one day. Revenge is best served cold.
I was heart broken, yes, but at least I knew that I was not alone. During the last two years I became best friends with the 95' liners of NCT, it felt as if they were my brothers.
"God, I really want to punch him in the face" Yuta said bitterly. "How could he do that to you? My little princess doesn't deserve to be treated that way".
He would always call me "little princess", which is funny, because he was older than me just for seven days.
"Punch him in the face? He deserves to have all his ribs broken" Johnny said while he was coming out of the bathroom.
"Why don't we do all that and just end up throwing him off a cliff?" Taeyong joined, sitting on Johnny's bed.
I laughed, they always managed to make me feel better.
"Guys, you won't do anything" I rolled my eyes, sitting next to Taeyong. "I will make him pay later, I don't need you to defend me".
"I always knew it, he didn't deserve you" Taeyong said "you're too good for him".
"I mean, you don't even know him" fuck, was I really defending him?
"Fuck, are you really defending him!?" Yuta said the words in my mind, as usual. We had the same thoughts pretty often. "Buy some self-love, would you?" He rolled his eyes.
"Why don't you lend me some?" I rolled my eyes too. "Whoops, you can't because you don't have any, either!"
"Guys, don't fight" Johnny threw his hands in the air.
"But that was a good one, though" Taeyong whispered in my ear and I choked a laugh.
"Anyway, I have to go, I'll have security cameras installed all over my house" I said, standing up.
"Why? Your neighborhood is one of the safests in Seoul" Johnny frowned.
"Oh, I've been seeing some ghosts around my house and I just want to make sure that I'm not going crazy, so they're being installed inside the house, like the living room, the kitchen, even my own room" I shrugged.
"Can someone remind me why I'm friends with this weirdo?" Yuta said standing up, our friendship was very dual, five minutes ago he was calling me little princess but now I was a weirdo.
"Yuta why don't you do us all a favor a get laid tonight? You've been really annoying lately". Suddenly I saw his eyes lit up. Oh fuck.
"So that's why you're installing the cameras inside the house huh!? You wanna record yourself getting laid!" He exclaimed "you dirty girl".
"Oh my god, go to hell, bye" I opened the door, ready to leave "Bye Johnny, bye Yong".
"Byeee" they spoke in unison.
"Bye, fucker" I told Yuta and exited the room.
"Arte wait!" I heard Yuta yelling, and his steps rushing towards me, "You and I have a date, remember?".
"Shit, I had forgotten about it, shall we go now?" I knew I was forgetting something. Yuta and I booked an appointment with a fortune teller, just for fun. "Fuck, wait, I forgot my car keys in the room".
I ran back to Johnny's room, but I heard Taeyong and Johnny talking, so I decided to eavesdrop a little bit.
"Are you going to do something now that she's single?" I heard Johnny asking.
"It's too early to make a move, they just broke up" Taeyong answered.
"But you still like her, don't you?"
"I've liked her since I first saw her, nothing has changed". My eyes opened wide, was he talking about me? There was no one else that I knew that had just gotten out of a relationship. It made no sense, we had been friends for two years already. Hell, he even gave me some relationship advice when I was with Taekwoon.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" Doyoung suddenly screamed in my ear, making me jump in my place and fall to the floor.
"WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?" I screamed putting a hand on my chest, and he laughed.The door of Johnny's room opened and he looked at me, confused.
"Arte, I thought you had left" Johnny frowned.
"I was about to, but I left my keys in your room" I stood up quickly and entered his room, not daring to look at Taeyong. I took my keys that were placed on Johnny's nightstand and rushed to the door.
Until I heard Taeyong clearing his throat, "Arte, your phone is here too".
I looked at him and he had my phone in his hand. I walked towards him whispering a "thank you", acting as normal as possible. I left the room, and smacked Doyoung's arm because he was still laughing.
"Come on woman, we are running late" Yuta complained when I met him at the entrance. I decided not to tell him anything about my little episode. I adored him, but if you want to live a peaceful life, it's better to not trust him completely.
When we arrived at the place, Yuta held the door open for me. The fortune teller's store looked kind of mystic. The lights were a bit low, burning candles placed here and there, imagery hanging in the walls. I loved it.
A woman in her forties came out from a room, greeting us; she walked us to the room where she came from and invited us to sit in front of her, a table with a purple tablecloth between us. When I had her in front of me, I felt her energy, this was all real, she wasn't a charlatan. I saw her studying us with her deep eyes, evaluating our moves.
"Good evening" Yuta broke the silence that was becoming overwhelming.
"Good evening, children" she smiled sweetly. "What brings your ways to me?"
"We'd like you to read our cards" I smiled, feeling somehow safe in that place.
"It would be my pleasure, it's always nice to read a young couple's cards". Her eyes lit up and she smiled.
"Oh no, no. We are just friends" Yuta quickly corrected her.
"You may be, but I can sense a higher connection between you two, something beyond the mortal realm".
I frowned and looked at Yuta, who had the same puzzled expression.
"Do you know about the connection of souls?" She smiled.
"Are you trying to tell me that this guy is my soulmate?" I chuckled.
"Why don't we look at what the cards have to say about that? Artemis, the goddess of nature, please shuffle the cards for your reading". She took the cards out of a black silk cloth.
I looked at Yuta with my eyes wide open, I never told her my name.
I suffled as she told me, being an expert in the art of shuffling cards after so many rounds of Uno with the guys. She gave me instructions to make smaller decks of cards and place them in no order, pulling out the cards that were at the front of each deck.
Once there were eight cards placed in front of her, she smiled.
"The cards confirm it, there is a higher connectionn between you two" She smiled, "Do you ever feel like you can hear each other's thoughts? Or like you know what the other is about to say before they say it?"
"All the time" Yuta rolled his eyes.
"I've found myself mimicking his actions unconsciously, small things like taking a sip of water, of taking off a jacket at the same time as he does".
"That's the proper behavior of soulmates. Although it can happen too when two people spend too much time together". She nodded, a warm smile spread across her lips.
I looked at Yuta, no wonder why I felt like I already knew him.
"And yet, a soul mate is not the highest connection we can find". She explained.
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"You two are soulmates, but that's not the deepest connection we can find, we have many soulmates, actually. And they don't necessarily have to be a love interest, a soulmate can be a friend, someone from our family, even an animal can be a soulmate. The highest connection we'll find is our twin flame. While the soulmate can complement us, twin flames are two souls that are already complete. Two souls that reunite to bring light, love to the world, it's the deepest possible connection. Two souls who see the world in the same way and do their best to make it a better place. You can find a soulmate by just looking at them in the eye, but you won't even be able to make eye contact with your twin flame at the beginning, but once you do, you'll know everything about them and their vision of the world. The connection of the twin flames goes beyond logic, rationality. Love in it's purest, rawest form. And the cards say, that you already found him, didn't you?"
I was speechless, who was it supposed to be? I didn't feel that connected to anyone. "Those deer eyes and that killer jaw, I'm surprised you took too long to realize". She arched her eyebrows.
Of course she was talking about Taeyong. Who else could it be? I was missing him before I even knew him. We couldn't make eye contact when we met, but I thought that that was because of his shyness. The way we always understood each other so easily now made sense. Of course it was him.
"What about me? Do I have a twin flame?" Yuta asked when he saw that I wasn't going to say anything else.
"We all have one, my dear, why don't you shuffle these cards so you find out?" She handed him another set of cards that she pulled out of a white silk cloth.
I left the place confused. What was I supposed to do with that information?
"So," Yuta spoke when we hopped back in my car "Taeyong, huh?"
"Why do you even think it's him? She didn't say names" I rolled my eyes.
"Like she needed to. Deer eyes and killer jaw? Bitch, please". He scoffed.
"So what if it's him?" I did my best to not roll my eyes again, I had to keep them on the busy road.
"At least we know that he likes you" He lifted his eyebrows. When I didn't say anything, he connected the dots. "But you already knew that" it wasn't a question.
"I heard Johnny asking him if he was going to do something now that I'm single, before we left". I shrugged.
"Is that why you looked like a tomato when we met at the entrance?" He chuckled.
"Yeah, I guess I wasn't supposed to hear that" I shook my head.
"Everything happens for a reason, sweety" He said.
"How long have you known that he likes me, anyway?" I looked at him for a moment, he was picking a song to play from his phone.
"Uh, since the beginning, I think" He smiled, teasing.
I exhaled, "define beginning".
"Since the day we met, Arte. Seems like he found you before you did".
"So am I that blind that I never realized?" I felt guilty. How must he have felt all those times I talked to him about how wonderful my ex was?
"No, he hid it very well. If only you knew the amount of times he has slapped or smacked me behind your back because I was about to tell you he likes you" He fake cried.
"What am I supposed to do now?" I whined.
"You're annoying me, I'll set you guys up". He scoffed.
"Yuta, don't you dare" I scowled in his direction for a second.
"It'll be easier, come on, I wanna see my babies together". He wiped an imaginary tear off his face.
"No, if anything happens it has to be natural". I shook my head.
"So you admit you like him?"
I didn't know. Liking him would be a bit weird. We were friends.
"I don't know" I whispered.
"You didn't seem to remember that you just broke up with your ex when that woman told you about Taeyong, the answer to my question is a bit obvious, you just don't want to accept it".
Oh, sometimes I hated how well Yuta could read me.