Feb 09, 2017, 11:55pm
Kang's Bakery
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A family-owned bakery and cafe on the edge of Hakyeon's territory.
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Feb 14, 2018, 05:23pm

Flushing at the question, he rubbed the back of his neck, shaking his head. "N-no! Well, not...watching, I just noticed you when I walked in." He corrected quickly.
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Feb 14, 2018, 05:32pm

Laughing softly, she shook her head. "Relax. Evwn if you were watching, id be flattered. As foe him...im tired of cleaning up hia issues. Im tired of not having a say in anything, I'm tired of being property instead of human. And im tired of him doing everything in his power tk make sure i have no one in my life but him. I swear, it's like hes from the North." Shaking her head, shw scoffed. "He can cool off and work out his own solution. When hea ready to talk with me like an equal and stop jumping to conclusions, I'll be there.
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Feb 14, 2018, 05:45pm

Surprised by the comment--joking as it might have been--he raised an eyebrow at her decision to let the man be. This couldn't be going any better, he thought. With her washing her hands of whatever drama Chulsoo created between them, it prevented him from using her as a human shield again. With a small smile, he commented, "Wow...it sounds like you're doing more for him than he is for you...if you don't mind me saying."
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Feb 14, 2018, 11:25pm

"I'm just sick of being treated more like property, like the old days, than like a woman." She shrugged, thinking for a moment. "I had a friend that escaped from the North before she went to America. And she told me all about how women are treated there, it's like a drama. An old drama, where the woman are expected to be quiet, not speak unless spoken to. It's like...there are hardly any rights in the north given to the men and there are none to the women." She shrugged. "I imagine the way he treats me is how they treat their women there, too. It's ust so...frust-" she cut off, realizing she was still talking before she flushed softly. "I...am talking too much. You don't care about this. I'm so sorry..."
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Feb 14, 2018, 11:39pm

"N-no, I care!" He was quick to assure her, shaking her head. She knew a defector? He was surprised to hear of how women were treated, wondering for a moment if he had met a single one since he entered the army at age eight. "That sounds...awful, really. If he treats you so badly, why have you stayed so long? Don't you deserve better than that?"
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Feb 14, 2018, 11:54pm

"It's what they're...raised like there. It's just...normal for them." She smiled slightly. "I wonder a lot if the people in the north ever really realize...how terrible it is there. How much better it would be if they could all just...leave." She frowned, thinking of her friend for a moment before she shook he head. "Sorry. I didn't mean to make the conversation so serious. I just...I dont know" Shaking her head, she lifted a hand to her hair. She should really stop talking about ht enorth. It was what got her into a lot of trouble. Especially with sympathizers. "He doesn't treat me badly...he ust doesn't treat me like a perosn. It's...complicated" She shook her head before looking up at him again. "And...who said I've een with him long?"
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Feb 15, 2018, 12:02am

"I'm sure if it were that easy, there would be more people coming through." he commented, humming thoughtfully before shaking his head at the last. "I don't mind, really. I...study a lot of current events. There's a lot about the tensions between the countries that I like to hear about." He added with a small smile. At the question, he ran his hand over his mouth. "You've been with him long enough to know how he treats you, long enough to analyze it and compare it to what you've heard. You've thought a lot about it...I assume it's because it's been long enough that you know it's his personality instead of assumptions based on misunderstanding him."
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Feb 15, 2018, 12:15am

"But if all of them decided to go at once, there's no way the government could stop everyone." She shook hre head. "You like hearing about the re-unification attempts, too?" She couldn't hide her surprise. Most in the south either sympathized or tried to ignore it. As she saw him run his hand ove rhis mouth, she couldn't deny ow attractive it was. When she heard the last, she nodded slightly. "I've been with him for a few months now. Not too long to be terribly serious, btu long enough to know that he needs to change or we need to split. I'm too...strong-willed, too abrasive to have a man that won't treat me like a human being."

(Poor baby loves his country so much, tho... and she's over here insulting it... XD)
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Feb 15, 2018, 12:29am

((He does. XD He doesn't know what to make of it. XD))

"I like hearing all sides of the story. If they didn't believe it so completely, if they didn't think they had the right idea...they wouldn't be working so hard." He had to keep most of his opinions to himself, he knew. If she even began to suspect him, he'd be the one on the kill list. He had done too much and trained too hard to be thrown into the spotlight by a woman, no matter her beauty. At the last, he couldn't hide a smile. "You're...a lot more confident than a lot of women I've seen here. You know what you want...and what is best for you."
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Feb 15, 2018, 12:32am

"All sides of the story. It's hard to get the north's side since no one comes out of it alive. At least not witout a lot of difficulty." She shook her head, looking up at him again. "I just don't understand..how anyone could live like that and be okay with it. I mean...it's brainwashing. It's...I...have really got to stop talking." It would get her arrested...again. She shook her head again. "Okay, Somin..changing the subject." With a weak laugh, she looked up at the man again. "I'm not terribly confident. I just don't take a lot of shit."
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Feb 15, 2018, 12:52am

"But there are enough. Your friend made it." He pointed out. "It's not so bad, I guess...if that's all you know. If there's nothing else to compare it to." As opposed to the lawless, chaotic nature of the world he found himself in. Everything was predictably unpredictable...and a part of him wondered how well the captain was doing. "That's a sign of confidence to me. You don't let anyone step on you. It's...admirable."
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Feb 15, 2018, 12:57am

Her friend made it, yes. But she could never see her again. The north sent spies all the time to catch defectors, to kill them or take them back... it was why her friend was in America. As she saw him seem to go into some deep thought,s he frowned. As she heard the last, she couldn't hold back a small shrug. "I try no to let anyone step on me. I mean... it still happens sometimes, but everone gets stepped on a little, don't they?"
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Feb 15, 2018, 01:39am

"I guess so. Until the person getting stepped on decides to fight back." He shrugged as well, surprised that it was so easy to carry on a conversation with her. Everone else he had met had been forgettable, content with the bare minimum he gave before sinking back into their own lives and their own concerns.
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Feb 15, 2018, 01:40am

"So is that what you think I'm doing? Fighting back after getting stepped on?" She laughed softly, shaking her head. After a moment, sherealized they were still standing just in front of the women's restroom. "We should..probably move. Didn't you want me to show you your way home? We can head that way if you'd like."
Edited by Kace81 on Feb 15, 2018, 01:41am
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Feb 15, 2018, 01:42am

"We all have our stories. Maybe you have." He realized their position, flushing lightly before nodding, slipping a backpack onto his shoulders. "R-right. Sorry, I got..distracted." he added after a moment. "Thank you for helping me...I hope I can learn the city a little better before wandering like this again."
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Feb 15, 2018, 01:45am

"I should be the one apologizing. I interrupted your meal by nearly falling...again." She laughed softly, shaking her head before she gestured to the food he'd ordered that sat on his table. "Do you want to finish eating or do you want to take it with you?" He was so...adorable. It was odd, thinking of a college kid, someone close to her own age as...adorable. Especially one as attractive, as juts....beautiful as him.
Edited by Kace81 on Feb 15, 2018, 01:45am
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Feb 15, 2018, 01:47am

"You haven't been here for longer than a few minutes, have you?" He asked, seeing two still-steaming cups on the table she had previously occupied. "I mean, you're...welcome to join me. I have all the time in the world."
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Feb 15, 2018, 01:50am

She felt her cheeks flush softly as she realized she'd really just abandoned her boyfriend out of frustration. Her wrist was aching where he'd grabbed and dragged her. Small bruises in the shapes of his fingers were starting to darken on pale skin and she nodded slowly. "Alright. I'll finish my coffee. And then we can go, how's that?"
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Feb 15, 2018, 01:06pm

"That sounds great." His smile strengthened before he caught sight of the darkening skin of her wrist. "He...did he do this?" He asked softly, gently taking her hand to inspect the damage without a second thought.
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Feb 23, 2018, 12:07am

She was about to respond before she felt his hand on her own, pulling her arm into his line of sight. His hand was warm, his fingers were strong and calloused. She felt her cheeks flush softly, heart jumping as she looked up at him, raising a brow. That was new. Most people weren't so...open to physical contact, especially with a stranger. But he didn't seem to care at all. She pulled her arm from his grip, pulling her sleeve down to hide the bruise. "It wasn't intentional. He's having a pretty bad day and he was a little panicked. It doesn't hurt, you don't have to worry with it."
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