I look myself over one more time in the mirror. Martin sits behind me checking his phone as always. I take a deep breath and turn to him. He finally looks up and looks me over.
"What do you think?" I ask.
He nods. "I like it."
"You've been quiet lately. Everything ok?"
He sighs. "Look, this whole thing with Taehyung and Jungkook…I'm nervous about the outcome or how it'll affect the guys. Do you know who you will choose at the end of this? Do you think either of the guys will take your answer without a fight? Is that a realistic expectation?"
"They assured me it won't affect the group."
"Of course they have."
We sit in silence for a few moments before there is a soft knock on my door. Jimin pops his head into the room. "Hey Jessie, are you ready? The guys are all loaded up and your car just pulled in to take you and Martin to the studio."
After the usual introduction is filmed, Tae and I are sent in a car to our date's destination. We pull up to a large gate and Tae smiles.
"I hope you're not afraid of heights. I requested this place for our date—I didn't want the producers of the show to have anything to do with it."
Tae comes around to my side of the car and opens my door for me. He grabs my hand and guides me passed the gates and into a carnival. Aside from a few employees working the stands and rides, the place is completely empty. There are flashing lights everywhere and different food trucks and games. Carnival music plays in the background, making the park feel a little livelier and not so empty. Tae looks to me with excitement in his eyes.
"Where should we start?"
I bite my lip and look around quietly. Finally, my eyes stop on a rollercoaster. I point to it. It looks to be the tallest coaster in the park. Go big or go home I guess.
Tae smiles wickedly. "Let's do it."
Of course, the ride is insane. The entire time I scream as Tae laughs at me. Tae puts his hands up and encourages me to do the same. When I do, it feels like I'm flying and I scream even more, making Tae laugh just as much.
After the rollercoaster, Tae and I play a few games to come down from the high of the coaster. He wins a couple stuffed animals for me, one being a blue monkey and another being a pink elephant. As we make our way to a merry-go-round, I see a game booth with a bear that is the same size as I am. My eyes go wide and Tae quickly notices.
"Come on, let's go win you one!"
It's a dart game and Tae wins the bear easily. After winning the bear, Tae points to a bench and tells me to pose with all the stuffed animals. He snaps a few photos of me and smiles warmly as he looks them over. He looks up to me once he finishes looking them over. There's a slight blush to his cheeks and I can't help but blush, too.
"What?" I ask.
My heart jumps to my throat.
Tae reaches his hand to me and brings me to my feet. "Leave the stuffed animals here. Let's get some cotton candy and head to the Ferris wheel. I want to give you the best view before the date ends."
After we get our cones of cotton candy, we make our way to the Ferris wheel. The wheel is lit up with flashing lights which change colors with every flash. The outer part of the circle is covered with soft glowing white lights. When we reach the entrance of the ride, Tae suddenly turns to the ride operator just a few feet away from us. He gives him a thumbs up and the operator nods. Suddenly, the flashing lights stop. When they come back on, the lights are red and become the shape of a heart.
My jaw drops. "Tae…"
He smiles. "Do you like it?"
I can barely even nod. "Tae, this is wonderful. I love it."
With that, the cameras disperse and leave us to our private portion of the date. Tae grabs my hand and leads me to our pod. The entire pod is floor to ceiling windows and allows us to enjoy the view from every angle. He helps me inside and once we're all settled in, Tae gives a thumbs up to the operator and the ride begins. Right when we reach the top of the wheel, the ride stops. We are surrounded by pink light as the sun begins to set. I stand up and stand at the window. From the top of the wheel, we can see the entire carnival and all the twinkling lights from the city.
Tae comes up from behind me and wraps his arms around my waist and sets his head on my shoulder. I turn to face him, and his face is so close his breath brushes against my cheeks. He smiles and releases me, taking a step back. I release my breath that I didn't realize I was holding until that moment.
"I was hoping you'd really enjoy this part of the date. It was the hardest part to coordinate."
"I would imagine. Tae, everything about tonight was perfect. Thank you for making me feel like the most special person in the world. I've never felt something like this."
Tae smiles. "That was the goal."