Lookism 30 Day Challenge #1
Hong Jae Yeol.
Is what the label next to the door said.
At such an old age, it was inevitable for his death to come–it was going to happen eventually. They just didn’t expect it to be the day they decided to finally meet up after so long.
The dull, boring room remained silent as neither of them spoke. The only noise resounding in the room was the clock.
Each tick signaling the near awaited death of the blond male.
Not being able to deal with the silence, Hyung Seok finally spoke, “Um, Jae…”
Jae Yeol turned his head to face the male.
Suddenly getting the attention, Hyung Seok gulped, “Uh…”
It’s been years since they’ve talked. Ever since Jae Yeol became the CEO of a company and Hyung Seok became a husband, they stopped contacting each other. Cutting all ties.
Not knowing what to say, he had said the first thing that came to mind, “Milk…”
Like that, he decided to keep his mouth shut. What was he? Vasco? Who would suddenly mention milk at such a critical time in his friend’s life?
Curious, the blond’s attention fully grasped as he wondered why he had mentioned such a random topic out of nowhere.
Seeing such a child-like expression, the black-haired male felt pressured to continue talking.
Winging it, he had remembered a moment in high school, “Ah! Remember that time you gave me milk in school?”
Surprised by his sudden excitement, Jae didn’t notice what he had said until a second later.
“Jae? What’s wrong? Your face is a little red.”
Hearing that had made his temperature rise, Hyung Seok now incredibly worried.
“Ah! Keep your temperature low! You’ll die faster if it’s that high!”
Recognizing the normal, oblivious Hyung Seok, the blond felt his lips tug up.
“I haven’t changed?” Hyung Seok tilted his head as he interpreted what Jae had meant to say.
Nodding his head, Jae felt unbearably happy when he saw Hyung Seok’s sunny smile once again. Staring at the black-haired male behind his bangs, his eyes unknowingly shimmered as he thought of the old memories.
“Oh, are you thinking about the old days?”
Jae nodded before they both immersed themselves in their teenage years.
Hyung Seok laughed as he remembered how oblivious of a child he was.
The cheerful man was about to say something, but stopped once he saw the blond’s eyes.
His pulse speeding up and his face warming, Hyung Seok had his mouth opened loose. Throughout the whole thing, the blond’s eyes never left the male before him. But of course, he hadn’t notice he was doing that.
Confused, Jae wondered if he had gotten sick.
Reaching up to check his temperature, the black-haired male only got redder. Unknown to Jae, he had failed to realize Hyung Seok was able to understand the unintentional comment through his loving stare.
“I love you.”
The black-haired male, putting pieces together, his knowledge far surpassing his teenager self, feels the ability to understand all of the events that had happened.
The new clothes.
The sudden feeling of being watched in class.
His blush only getting hotter, he began to feel like an idiot.
Why didn’t I notice it sooner…?!
As if switching places, Jae Yeol stayed confused as he watched the scene before him.
Even at his age, he still looked dazzling–Jae took in all he could before Hyung Seok decided to stand up.
Flinching at his sudden movement, he continued to watch as the beautiful male contemplated on what to say.
However, another surprise came as the black-haired male’s eyes were filled with tears, the tears now falling down to the ground.
Worried, Jae started to move his arms frantically. Seeing his tears only get bigger, his panic level went through the roof.
“I-i…” He started, Jae Yeol still worried as he was about to call for one of the nurses. However, once he saw the next word forming from the male’s mouth, the blond’s hand halted as he waited, suddenly feeling the need to hear the next words, “l-love you…too…”
His guess was correct.
The blond couldn’t believe his ears. He had guessed such words, but he hadn’t actually expected him to say it.
Wiping away his tears, Hyung Seok calmed himself down before giving up on the never-ending waterfall. Staring at the other’s face, he became determined.
The tears still going down at a slow pace, nevertheless, he managed to give the blond a sloppy, yet warm smile.
“I love you, too.”
Hearing the genuine confession, he felt his eyes water up at the sudden requited love. After all these years of observing, staying silent, and not requiting his love, he had finally gotten the love of his life.
Gently intertwining each others’ fingers, Jae kept his head on the pillow as his smile started to weaken from sleepiness.
Not wanting to go just yet, he kept his smile on with some struggle–the will to close his eyes overwhelmed him.
Hearing the heartbeat slow down, Hyung Seok gripped his fingers tighter, “No. Not now.”
He glared at the heart rate monitor, “Don’t. Please…please don’t do this to me.”
He turned his head towards the blond, “Jae…please…please don’t go…”
With his final strength, Jae pecked him on the lips, his smile still on despite the near-inevitable misfortune.
The monitor started to beep slower before it eventually beeped in one straight line.
Understanding the last words from Jae, the death only made him feel worse.
“If only I had confessed to you sooner…”