Good Girl Ch 21: This Is Not A Date
“This is ridiculous,” Baekhyun groans from my bed where him and a few others are sprawled out on, all voicing their hatred for this whole endeavor.
“I agree with you all, this is being made a bigger deal than needed,” I glare at Tao who is in charge of getting me dressed for my dinner with Jiyong. Like I expected, they couldn’t do much to stop his demand for my company, not that I mind. It felt like forever since someone treated me my age.
“Tao,” Kris growls, “Is the fancy lingerie really necessary?” All twelve men scan me from head to toe, taking in the pretty lace bralette and matching panties I’m standing there wearing.
“It’s cute, plus we get to think about it the whole time she is out and he’ll have no idea how amazing she looks underneath.” Tao smirks devilishly at me.
“And the outfit?” I question staring at the dozen dresses he has thrown on the floor, only one hanging up still, it’s the one that Jiyong sent with a formal invitation to dinner.
“I want to find something close to it so you’re wearing the clothes we bought for you, not the ones that asshole did,” He glares at the beautiful dress. I sigh, tired of this drama, and grab the dress off the hanger before pulling it on. “Baby!” Tao whines.
“Daddy,” I say sternly as I pull on the heels that go with it, “He would notice and get mad. I don’t want to get you guys in trouble for something so small.”
He sighs, coming over he places a hand on my back that brings me close, “You shouldn’t have to be doing things like this, we should have protected you from him.
“You guys are doing a great job protecting me, I’m well fed, happy. And I don’t have to do anything, I’m going because it causes less drama for you and your business and because I enjoy my conversations with Jiyong oppa.”
“I’m very annoyed with how perfect that dress is on you,” Kai pouts from the bed. I click into the closet to give myself a once over. Like normal Chen helped me with my hair so the curls are resting naturally down my back, I let Baekhyun do my makeup, which he is surprisingly very good at. Looking down at my outfit I’m very happy with Jiyong’s choice. It’s a black A-line with a sweetheart neckline that makes my natural curves standout more, the matching stilettos with a bow top it off. Kai is right, it’s perfect, cute but sexy.
“Thank you guys for not rallying and starting a gang war about this.”
Suho chuckles, “Chanyeol tried but with only Kai, Baekhyun, and Sehun backing him, he lost majority vote.”
I eye the giant, “I would go to war for you baby,” He gives me that smile.
“Please don’t, I am not worth a war.”
This time Xiumin approaches me, obviously upset by my words, “You are worth a war a million times over. If he wanted more than dinner, there would be a war without question. If he tires to hurt you or even makes you uncomfortable you tell us, we will start a goddamn war.”
“Daddy, I said no war. We will both behave, have dinner, and he will bring me home.”
“God,” Luhan groans, “I feel like we’re actual fathers getting our daughter ready for her first date.”
“Don’t say that,” Baekhyun shakes his head, “I’m not having thoughts any father should have right now.” Chen swats at him.
“Do I have a curfew?”
“I don’t know, if we can set rules on like that when it comes to something like this,” Suho thinks.
“He should be here in a few, we can talk about it down stairs,” Xiumin decides taking me hand and leading me out of the room with the other boys in tow. By the time we reach the door someone is ringing the doorbell; as expected it’s Jiyong in a nice black suit. He looks right past the boys to me, beaming he walks right in and up to me.
“You look beautiful!” He is grinning ear to ear, I can’t help but smile back at such a handsome face.
“I already want to change my mind,” Xiumin grumbles as he continues pulling me along into the living room.
“You’re new ring goes wonderful with that outfit,” Jiyong scans me, but when he notices the other ring on my hand he stops. “That one, not so much.” He grabs my hand once we reach the living room to look at the new addition. It’s the ring my daddies bought me as soon as we left the office, it’s a beautiful golden ring with xoxo engraved on it and a pretty good-sized diamond on it.
“You’re the one that said they could claim me as well,” I tease the older man.
“I’m regretting it.”
I scoff, “We both know if I’m taking one of these rings off it’s yours.”
He sighs, “I know, forget I said anything. Lets go eat.”
“Wait a minute,” Suho blocks the doorway with Sehun and Kai flanking him, their arms crossed over their chests, now I understand what Baekhyun meant earlier. “We need to talk about a few things before hand.”
“Like what?” Jiyong snaps.
I take my hand away from him to stand closer to Xiumin, “Like what time they want me home, where we will be going, no excessive touching, no running off to Paris.”
“You guys talked about this in detail?” He cocks an eyebrow at me.
“No, you remind me of Jihyo and she tends to forget these kinds of things so I figured you were the same.”
“Fine, what time would you like her home by?” Jiyong cross his arms over his chest and looks at the wall of men in front of the doorway.
“9,” Sehun deadpans.
“It’s already 7. Midnight.”
“She has a bedtime,” Suho says this time.
Jiyong gives me a questioning look, “You weren’t kidding about the whole daddy, rules thing.”
I shrug, “Told you.”
“You are making an acceptation.”
“I agree,” I smile at my daddies. “I promise we will be good.”
“You guys are going to all of that time at a restaurant talking?” Kris doesn’t seem to believe us.
“It’ll take us an hour to get into town, we’ll eat and talk for three and I’ll have her home by midnight.”
They all share a look and I can tell they are about to cave. Grinning big at the idea of my first time out since this all happened I quickly kiss each other daddies on the lips before grabbing Jiyong’s hand and pulling him to the door. I yell over my shoulder, “Love you all, be back tonight!” Jiyong is grinning next to me, he quickly takes the lead throwing me into his black sports car before climbing in on his side.
“I’m not having you back by midnight.” He quickly whips out of the driveway and speeds down the road.
“Shit, at this rate we’ll be in town in half the time,” I pull on my seat belt, worried for my safety.
“They seem very strict.”
I shrug, “They aren’t that bad, more rules than I’ve ever had but I don’t do much anyway.”
“You aren’t a crazy girl with boys blowing up her phone every second of everyday?”
“You are confusing me for Jihyo.”
“There is that name again, Jihyo, I would like to meet this girl if she reminds you of me.”
“She is probably more your type anyway.”
He glances at me, “What makes you think you know my type? We don’t know each other that well for you to know those things.”
“I can just guest.”
“Please tell me what kind of women I like, oh wise Jooyoung.”
I sink lower into my seat as I stare at him, “You like the beautiful bad girl. The one with short skirts and leather pants. She spends more money on her shoes than her rent, that is if she pays for them at all.”
“Not bad, I have to admit. That is a very close description to the sluts I normally fuck with, but very far from the type of girl I see myself in an actual relationship with.”
“Relationship? You want to settle down?”
He nods, “I want nothing more than to have someone at home to welcome me warmly with a smile on their face.”
“That isn’t hard to find.”
“Try living like me Beautiful. My life isn’t simple, most women who see me, fear me, or want me for power. It is hard to find someone like you.” We ride in silence the rest of the way, I feel kind of guilty for assuming so much about him when I know nothing beyond the fact that he’s the head of the mafia. I switch from staring at his face that is being illuminated by the dash and looking out the window into the darkness. When we finally get into town it’s only 7:30, he’s speed only decreases slightly but he continues to follow his own traffic rules. By the time we pull up to the restaurant my hands are cramping from gripping the door handle so hard.
He chuckles as I massage my hands once we step out of the car, “Didn’t mean to scare you.”
I glare at him, “I’m calling bullshit.”
“Come on Beautiful, I’m starving,” He offers me an arm that I wrap mine around. With a little smirk he walks me towards the set of tall black doors, they burst open scaring the crap out of me, I tighten my grip on Jiyong’s arm. “It’s okay, they are just going to greet us.”
Beyond the door are two lines, one on their side of the door, all bowing deeply to greet us, but mostly Jiyong. “Welcome Black Dragon,” The group says in unison.
“Everyone scram, you scaring my guest,” Heads turn up to look at me at his words. Men and women alike were utterly surprised to see me on his arm, their wide eyes and hanging jaws told me it all. When no one moves Jiyong snaps at them again, “I said scram!” With that they all scattered, creating chaos for a moment as they run around like chickens with their heads cut off.
I laugh, “Do they do this all the time?”
“This is a first, they usually respond right away. They must be distracted by my date.”
“This is not a date,” I deadpan taking my arm away from his.
He pouts, “This is a date.”
“We are two friends out getting dinner.”
“Beautiful,” He huffs.
“Oppa,” I huff back.
He sighs, “Fine, this is not a date. Now may we please go eat?”
“Yes,” I give him a victorious smirk, looping my arm with his once again. He leads me past the beautiful entry way into the darkly lit dining room. I’m surprised to find it empty and all the candles on the table are out. Without hesitation he leads me to the single table with a candle still lit, like a gentleman he pulls out my chair for me. “Did you buy the whole place out?” I tease, placing the napkin on my lap as he takes his seat across from me.
A smirk spreads across his face, “This is my place.”
I roll my eyes, “Of course it is. You didn’t have to close the place down, that is unless you are embarrassed of being seen with me.”
He shakes his head, “I wouldn’t have put that ring on you if I didn’t feel anything but fondness for you. I just want all of your attention.”
“I can focus on someone when other people are in the room, you know.”
“People would be staring, trying to talk to me to be polite, I can’t stand people. I liked the bubble we had at the office, just us, I wanted that again.”
I nod, “Fair enough. What are we going to be having for dinner?”
“You can pick from the menu, we have a very wide variety of foods,” He hands me one of them menus in front of him. “Anything to drink? Martini, wine, margarita?”
“Water is fine.”
“Please get something other than water.”
I sigh, “Fine, some wine would be great with a steak.”
“That is easy enough,” He claps his hands three times, right away there is a man coming from the kitchen doors to our table. The man is probably not much older than me, early twenties, he’s handsome even with such a cold face. “Two glasses of my favorite wine and begin bringing out number three.” The man nods before rushing back into the kitchen without a word.
“So tell me Mr. Mobster, why did you want to have dinner so bad?”
“I’m not 100% sure, it may be the lack of fear in your eyes, or you’re cute curiosity in things you should run away from.”
“Could I ask you something?”
“Are you above my daddies?”
“Above in ranking?” I nod. “They are the head of their group, I am the head of mine, we are technically on the same level.”
“What do you mean by technically?”
He relaxes into his chair as he explains, “We may be the same position but our groups are on different levels. We are involved in different things, they are focused on guns, animals, and information.”
“You promise not to be upset?” I hesitate answering, not sure I can promise something when I don’t really know how I will react. After nibbling on my lip for a minute I nod, letting him know to go on. “We deal with drugs, people, and moving money.”
“People,” I echo.
He nods, “Do I need to give you a minute?”
I shake my head as I try to let that information go in one ear and out the other, “Don’t give me time because I will only talk myself into a hole I don’t know if I’ll be able to get myself out of, can we talk about something else?”
He tires to change the conversation, “How was school?”
I’m happy with his attempt but bust out with, “How do you expect me to talk about something as boring as school when you sell people?”
“I sell people,” He confirms.
“How can my daddies think I would get upset at them for selling guns, animals, and information, when you sell people?” For some reason I can’t seem to wrap my mind around how a person could do that to another human being.
“They have to do a lot of bad things to get those things, they have to kill and torture to keep their secrets and to get other peoples’. Like I said Beautiful, my life is not simple. Either is theirs’.”
“How much more dangerous are you than them?”
He doesn’t understand at first, “I don’t know how you want me to answer that.”
“Lets say on like a scale of 1 to 10, what are my daddies?”
“Because they have sort of a democracy amongst each other, they can’t do things unless they have a majority rule. They also have each other, even though they are half siblings they grew up raising each other. They have things to loose, things people could hold over their heads, friends, parents, more family. I, on the other hand, rule alone. I have no one but my right hand men and even most of them are expendable. They all know I wouldn’t bat an eye if they got taken. I’m alone, no friends, no family, no lover.” There is a coldness growing in his eyes that gives me a chill.
I feel the need to be playful to get that horrible look away. “What does that make me? I thought we were friends.”
He cracks a smile, “True, you are, for the first time in my life, my weak spot.”
“Wow, your weak spot already after a few days? What does that get me, a look and a phone call to ask how much the ransomed is?”
“It means I would make sure no one can take you in the first place,” He is suddenly serious again as he stares at me from across the table with affection in his eyes. The first course comes along with a bottle of wine, my mouth is watering at such a delicious sight. The food is absolutely amazing and so is the wine, that I’ve somehow already downed two glasses of. Time flies by quickly with many different conversions that I would have never thought I would talk about, soon the bottle is empty and I’m pretty sure Jiyong is only on his second one by dessert, oops.
“You shouldn’t let me drink.” I’m a bit passed buzzed where my little side has been popping her head into the conversation, giggling like an idiot and making me feel like a dumbass.
He laughs, “I’m happy I did, you are adorable.”
I groan, “Everyone loves me when I’m drunk because I’m so cute and loveable and not a bitch like I am normally.”
“You are not a bitch. I prefer you when you are your normal self, I like your fiest.”
I give him a sad smile, “Thank you for being one of few. My daddies hate it when I’m big.” There it is again, my constant insecurity about how the men who abducted me feel when I’m not little.
“They do not hate you.”
I sniffle, “Yea they do. Xiumin and Kris only scold me now because I want to do things for myself. Kyungsoo won’t let me watch him cook anymore since I keep trying to help but it’s too dangerous. They all just get so distant when I’m myself. I know Chen told me it’s because my big side is too much temptation but I’m calling bullshit! They just hate the real me,” I cry. Once I realize how stupid I’m acting I try to stop the tears but they don’t want to listen. “God I’m such an idiot! Who cries over shit like this?”
Jiyong is around the table with his arm around me shushing me sweetly, “I told you, they do not hate you. I’ve seen them with women they hate, you are a queen in their eyes. Please stop crying.”
“Can you take me home? I just want to go to bed,” I sniffle, letting him wipe away a few of my tears.
“Of course, can you walk?”
I nod but still accept his arm when he offers it. I sway slightly but manage to make it to the car without an incident. The drive home is not as awkward as I thought it would be, we didn’t talk but he refused to let my hand go. It was comforting the way his thumb drew circles around on the back of my hand. He drove the speed limit on the way back, giving me time to cool down before I have to deal with the dozens of questions that we both know are going to come.
Pulling up to the house Jiyong reaches for his door to walk me up, “It’s okay, I can walk to the door myself.”
“Let me walk you in,” He says sternly but I shake my head.
“I was stupid and drank too much of your probably thousand dollar bottle of wine and cried because people don’t like me on only our second time meeting. Let me have some self respect tonight.”
I smile at him gratefully, “Thank you so much for a night Oppa, I had so much fun. I’m sorry for ruining it by crying.”
“I’m happy I was there to comfort you. We’re friends, it’s what I’m here for. If you ever need someone to talk to about this, I’m here. I’ve never been anyone’s person to call when they are upset, but I’d think I could do it for you.”
“So cheesy Oppa,” I laugh. “Thank you again for dinner and being a good friend, I’ll see you again.”
“Of course, you have a good night.”
I give him one last smile before getting out and going to the door. The door is surprisingly unlocked, but I still go inside, locking it behind me. Standing in the door for a minute a sad feeling settle in my belly when the whole house is dark. Did no one wait up for me even after throwing a fit about me going? It’s 1 in the morning so of course they went to bed, why would they wait up for me? I’m a big girl remember? I don’t need anyone to take care of me! Than why do I feel so small right now, why do I feel like crying at the fact that no one cared if I got home okay? Like the baby that I am I start to sniffle once again, not caring now that I’m alone how stupid I might look.
“Joo-ya?” Daddy calls from the living room.
“Daddy.” I say back in a small voice.
I hear him shuffling to me from the living room, “Are you crying? What’s wrong?”
“No one wanted to greet me,” I cry. “No one cared that I got home safe. But I’m a big kid so I shouldn’t cry about stupid things.”
“Are you drunk?”
“Yes I’m drunk! So you should be happy, I’m little right now. I’m small and weak and crying and all I want right now is a hug.”
His arms are around me in a second, holding me to him firmly, kissing my hair, “Why in the world is my baby crying?”
“Because no one was happy that I’m home, because I’ve been big lately. No one likes me when I’m big.”
“Baby, we love you all the time.”
“No!” I snap back pushing out of his embrace. “You have been avoiding me! You constantly ask me where is your little girl, where is she? I’m not always going to be in a little state of mind, why? Because I’m not a little kid! I’m fucking 17 years old. You guys tell me that you love me and that you’ll protect me but I’m calling bullshit on all of that because the moment I become myself you all treat me like I have the plague. I should just leave now before you guys get bored with me so I can still have some pride.”
His arms are around me again, holding me tighter, his is in the crook of my neck, “Don’t say things like that. You are not going anywhere.” He kisses me softly at first on neck, leaving a trail of kisses up to my jaw, just before he reaches my lips he says, “I’ll prove how much I love you.”