“How was it?” he asked you with his usual big smile.
You went to the backstage right after their performance. They’re
really finally getting some recognition now. Slowly but surely; getting there…
at the top. They’re schedule is getting busier, being filled with some guesting
People around showered them with compliments while you just
smiled softly at him. He somehow pouted and looked away. You caressed his cheek
and made him face you. “It was stupendous” You smiled “No matter what you’ll
do; I know you’d always do great.” Your hand, from his cheek, went to his hand,
stroking the back of it softly for assurance. “Because you’ve always been and
you’ll always be. I believe in you”
“Hey, Bob. I think I’m getting a toothache from too much
sweetness here” You heard Jae commented at your back “Shall I go see a
Brian threw his face towel to Jae “You need to see a
You chortled as you remember when your friends found out
about you. It was three days after the night at the seaside promenade. They
weren’t surprised as you thought they’d be.
“Oh. So you guys are a thing
now? Finally?” Jae queried when he saw Brian walked to meet you half way and
held your hand to walk with you on your way to the usual tree.
Apparently, all of them knew how much Brian likes you. It
was just you who were being stubborn to not believe it. But the thing is, it’s
not really official. You both wanted
to take it slow. Despite wanting to show the world that you got the man of your
dreams, you somehow want to protect the friendship. You didn’t want to rush and
ruin what you’ve built on the process. Besides, they’re really getting popular
now. You don’t want to be showered by bashes and hate by his fangirls.
Few weeks before another school year starts. You’re in a fast
food, standing at the counter waiting for costumers. You got yourself a summer
job. Just when your thoughts wandered to what Brian is doing, you heard your
co-worker giggled with another worker. From the corner of your eye, you saw her
fixing herself so you turned to look at her. She was looking straight as her
hands were busy tucking her hair behind her ear; pressing her lips together and
brushing them with each other.
You know those gestures real well. She’s gonna flirt with someone. You shifted your gaze back in front
when she greeted a costumer, only to find a striking soul beaming at you. From
having a deadpan face, your lips instantly curved to form a smile.
“Good afternoon, Sir.” You couldn’t conceal your happiness
“May I take your order?”
“Yes, your heart, please” You felt your blood rush up to
your cheeks as your heartbeat doubled. A scoffed from his back was heard “Oh,
wait. I already have it”
You heard your workmate gasped beside you and it was
followed by an ‘aw’ from the man in front of you. His head was hit by someone
“This is her workplace, stop flirting” Sungjin chided as he
stepped forward to take Brian’s place. He instructed them to find a table as he
order. The boys obliged. Brian winked and mouthed ‘See you’ before he finally
walked to find a spot.
“Was that guy your boyfriend?” asked your workmate after
Sungjin left the counter with their food, with the help of Jae.
You turned your head and saw her hopeful eyes. This is one
of those moments when you wish he is. You couldn’t answer yes because your
relationship is not yet there; you couldn’t say no because you don’t want to
lift her hopes higher. You responded with a smile and thankfully, costumers
When your shift ended, you went straight to their table, not
wanting to be bombarded with questions you can’t and don’t want to answer.
“What are you guys talking about?” They turned their head to
look at you and Brian instantly grinned at the sight of you. He moved to give
you some space to sit beside him and when you did his arm draped around your
waist right away. You felt your cheeks heat up but fortunately, nobody noticed
“We’re gonna take a break from school” Your eyebrows
furrowed with what Sungjin has said.
“It’s kinda hard to balance everything” Dowoon added.
“But Brian’s gonna continue though” Jae remarked “He’s the student model type of guy anyway. He can
pull through it”
You shifted your gaze to Brian, turning your head to see
him. He was already looking at you with a tight smile, arm still on your waist,
he wrinkled his nose for a second.
A week after, your summer job ended. It was your last day
yesterday so today’s a lazy day. You’re just lying on your bed with nothing to
do when your phone vibrated. A notification from Instagram that Brian has
posted a photo. No one knows you turned on the notification from him, not even
your friend. It was a collage of his four selfies. The weather is real nice. Do u want to go on a picnic with me? You
silently read the caption. And just how fast you clicked the heart button, that’s
how fast your phone vibrated for another notification.
So u’re coming?
You arched your brows with his message.
U’re coming on a
picnic with me or not?
You let out a soft chuckle and slightly shook your head.
Why are u asking me tho? Ask someone else. Ur question was for
You raised a brow because
of another notification with Brian mentioning you in a post. It was the same
post, only that the caption was edited. It has now your Instagram username on
Im asking u
You replied with a smiley emoji and he sent few more
messages you didn’t bother to answer and picked up Jae’s call instead. It was a
video call. He was walking with Wonpil to a convenience store to buy some ramen
and he asked you to come because Brian was sulking a bit. You planned on going
anyway, you just want to surprise him a bit so you didn’t care opening your inbox
on Instagram again.
You’re sauntering to where they at. You could already see
them and you instantly smiled just by the view of him smiling. He positioned
himself beside Sungjin and tried to lie down but just when Brian’s head was
about to touch Sungjin’s leg, he brushed his head off away. You chuckled and
shook your head thinking how Sungjin hates skinship. They were all laughing as
you pace faster to them.
Your heart melted seeing Brian’s face glow when he saw you.
He held your hand and guided you to sit on the mat carefully. As soon as you’re
seated, he rested his head on your lap. He’s still holding your hand, he
intertwined your fingers together and rested them on his chest. You unconsciously
moved your other hand to softly stroke his hair. You saw his lips moved to form
a small smile. He likes it.
You looked Sungjin who let out a small laugh saying how Brian
wanted to lie down on his lap because you weren’t there. Jae was narrowing his
eyes. He hates PDA and there were a couple of times that he really wanted to
hit Brian for being so affectionate. You chortled softly as you looked down to
see his angelic face only to find out he’s already fast asleep. You chuckled
“That’s one of Brian’s, a.k.a. Young K, the master of all
trades, talents” Jae commented “Falling asleep anywhere so fast”
That’s true though. For almost a year of being close to him,
you’ve witnessed him falling asleep with just a blink of an eye.
Few hours passed, he asked you for a walk.
“Yeah, go away lovebirds” Jae shooed you both away
“Let’s have dinner together, okay?” Wonpil yelled
You were walking hand in hand when your thoughts start to
wander. Is it better this way? It somehow
doesn’t make a difference because we already seem like a couple. But I’m afraid
if we’ll be official, I’ll start to ask for more; I’ll be selfish and greedy
and I don’t want that. He’s already having a hard time with school and the
“You okay?” You suddenly got back to your senses “Do you
want to go back? Are you feeling sick?”
You smiled to assure him “No, I was just thinking about
He groaned “I’m jealous” You arched your brows “I’m with
you, we’re even holding hands, but you’re thinking about school. Can you not
think of me alone?”
You chuckled and you don’t know how much it affects him. It’s
like a sweet harmony he wants to play on repeat.
“I’m always thinking of you though”
He just smiled and you both continued walking. You had
random chitchat when you stopped near the river. A few number of girls passed
behind you but moments later, you heard a delicate voice saying ‘excuse me’.
You turned to face the owner of the voice only to see her
cheeks as red as tomato, mouth agape, gazing dreamingly at Brian in front of her.
She stuttered in asking ifhe’s Young K and when he answered, she asked if
they could take a picture with him.
Your jaw dropped when she handed you her phone. You blinked
twice to recover and bit your lower lip. You took one for each of them, and
they were three. And another three shots for group photos. You were biting your
lower lip harder than before that you almost said ‘ouch’ aloud when Brian’s arm
was on the girl’s shoulder. Fortunately you didn’t. You don’t want to show him
you’re being jealous. Besides, it’s normal. Aren’t they being recognized
slowly? Yes, this is normal.
You took a deep breath to calm yourself as you showed a
tight smile when you handed the lady’s phone back to her. You felt your
heart skipped a bit when Brian instantly draped his arm around your waist. When
the ladies said their thanks again, he even pulled you closer to him before
waving at them. They turned and whispered to each other. I bet they’re asking each other if I’m his girlfriend.
You really want to take it slow. But being like this without
a label is kinda frustrating. At times you are contented, more than contented
even. But at times like this, you get frustrated.
“Sorry about that”
You showed him a small smile and nodded “It’s fine.” You
smiled again “It’s normal anyway. And I must really get used to it. You’ll be
known by the world soon, and a sea of people would want to take a picture of
you. Shall I apply to be your official photographer?”
He grinned and shook his head and pulled you closer again,
kissing you at the top of your head. He hummed a song and swayed you for a bit.
You let out a comforting sigh and looked up to him “How do
you even exist? I thought there’s nobody perfect in this world?”
He chortled and reached for your hands “I’m not perfect;
just perfect for you.” He raised your right hand; the back of it met his lips.
He softly caressed it as he put it back down, still not letting go of it.
You narrowed your eyes at him before you laughed and hit his
chest with your other hand playfully. You wrinkled your nose as he let out a
soft chuckle seeing you do his signature move.
“Seriously though…” You trailed off and lingered your gaze
for a while at his image “Soon there will be countless of girls who’ll swoon
He shrugged “Well, Bae starts with B and so does Brian.” You cracked up at his remark “Doesn’t your
name start with M?”
You knitted your
brows together and gave him a querying look “What?”
It wasn’t a question but a statement of declaration. You
just stood there; stare was locked with each other’s for what felt like forever
until his gaze shifted a bit lower. You gulped knowing where he was looking.
You felt her fingers move in your hand as he softly pressed it while leaning
closer. It was the longest minute of your life, anticipating for something you
know will happen. And it finally did. You slowly shut your eyes and felt butterflies
flying wildly in your stomach as his soft lips brush with yours. It wasn’t that
long. Neither too short. It was just right. Just right.
You felt shivers down your spine when you felt his soft
breath as he slowly pulled away. His gaze instantly met yours. He caressed the
back of your hand once again.
“You’re mine” he repeated.
You’re breathing became so uneven as you felt your heart
pounding hardly to your chest as if it wanted to get out. You let out a breath
as you slowly nodded. He pulled you into his arms for an embrace as he kissed the
top of your head and whispered something that made your heart beat even
Having fun with pictureamoebae’s Height of Summer custom lighting. These pics are with the AMBIENT_LIGHT set to 1 in GEMFX_SETTINGS.CFG. I still have Shimrod’s Lighting mod installed as well - I want to take that out next and see how things look.
(BTW, these were edited a bit - just a little sharpening and increase in saturation.)
At least 84 people are dead after a truck plowed through a large crowd of people in Nice, France, on Thursday; police say an ID found with the driver belongs to a French petty criminal of Tunisian descent, the Associated Press reports.
Two Americans were among the dead, the AP says, citing the State Department.
The truck accelerated as it approached the crowd, gathered on a seaside promenade to celebrate the national holiday Bastille Day. The driver continued forward as he hit scores of people.
Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting France? The two most popular tourist destinations in the country are Paris and Nice, on the French Riviera. But now they’ve both been hit by deadly attacks — three large-scale attacks in a year and a half.
Last Thursday’s truck rampage in Nice killed 84 people on a seaside promenade watching fireworks. It’s taken a serious toll on the French spirit – and has made some tourists reconsider a visit.
On July 14, 1956, less than two weeks after their wedding, Marilyn and Arthur Miller flew to England. Arthur had a British production of his play A View from the Bridge to attend, while Marilyn was getting ready for production of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) at Pinewood Studios.
A scimmage of over two hundred newsmen (four hundred some reporters) awaited them at the airport, barely restrained by more than seventy police officers who also had to handle three thousand fans who had gathered to welcome the world’s best-known newlyweds. Heading the welcome party were Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh. None of them could leave until Marilyn gave the baying crowds an impromptu press conference, described at the time as “the largest conference in English history.”
They day after her arrival, Marilyn battled her way through four thousand adoring fans to the Savoy Hotel, for a press conference with Olivier about The Prince and the Showgirl, while police officers had to join hands to restrain the boisterous crowds.
This level of interest continued for the duration of Marilyn’s stay in the U.K.; wherever she went and whatever she did, it made the front pages. While she was in the country, Bus Stop (1956) opened to rapturous reviews. The Times called her, “a talented comedienne, and her sense of timing never forsakes her….There is about her a waif-like quality, an underlying note of paths which can be strangely moving.” Regular trips to the theater were well documented, as were the couple’s cycle ride around Windsor Great Park and trip to Brighton, where they strolled along the seaside promenade.
Marilyn couldn’t even go shopping without being mobbed; after fainting in Regent Street on August 25, she arranged her shopping expeditions outside regular business hours.
During their English sojourn, Arthur and Marilyn lived in Parkside House, Egham. The house was spacious, set in beautiful grounds, and a convenient distance from the studios. It was also next door to the country home of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor.
I’ve had these pics in my drafts for awhile and thought I might as well post them. This is Meredith, a programmer who lives in the apartment above Mortimer’s. Can you tell what her favorite color is? :-p