A/N: Someone commented on "Bad Habit" that you'd like to see more one-shots, so after some debate I've decided to start a new collection of them. These will probably be a bit shorter (think anywhere from 500 to 2,000 words) and fluffier and updated sporadically. Can't say exactly how many there will be. This first one is actually part of a scene I cut from Heart of Porcelain. Hope you enjoy :)
"I want a kiss."
"Okay, what type of kiss do you want?"
"What do you mean, Sunbae? A kiss, you know…We kiss all the time!" Ga Eul threw up her hands at his teasing expression. They were sitting on Ga Eul's bed playing a card game where the loser of each round had to grant one request for the winner.
"I know, but you need to be more specific. I wouldn't want you to be disappointed. Where do you want this kiss?" His eyes roamed over her face. "Your forehead? Your cheek? Your lips? Your neck? Perhaps…somewhere…"
Ga Eul slapped him on the arm.
"What are you looking at? Just a regular kiss…on the lips."
Crossing her arms, she sat back and glared at him, and he laughed.
"Close your eyes, Ga Eul-yang."
Pursing her lips together, she closed her eyes, and a few seconds later, she felt his lips barely touch hers and pull back. When she opened her eyes, Yi Jeong had already sat back in his place, gathering up the cards.
"It's your turn to deal again," he said, glancing up at her. "You look disappointed. I told you to be more specific."
He began shuffling the cards, but Ga Eul snatched the deck from him.
"Ottoke? That was the worst kiss I ever had." She dealt the cards lazily, practically throwing Yi Jeong's at him. "I don't even know if we should call that a kiss, really. It seems shameful to. Is that how you've always kissed girls, Sun—"
His lips met hers again, but this time he gave her a slow french kiss and nibbled on her bottom lip.
"Is that what you wanted?"
Ga Eul nodded, trying to calm her breathing, and he kissed her forehead before moving away from her.
"Good. You talk too much."
"You tease me too much," Ga Eul muttered as she finished dealing the cards. "It stresses me out." She shoved his pile over to him.
"If I win this round, I'm going to request you not to tease me ever again."
"And if I win this round, you have to kiss me however I want."
She smiled at him, a determined glint in her eyes.
"You, Sunbae, are not going to win this round."
Ga Eul, in fact, won the next three rounds, though she did not ask for him not to tease her. Instead, she asked him to sing the chorus of "Nobody"; then she painted his fingernails a glittery lavender shade just to see the horrified expression on his face; the last time she asked him to make her tea since she still had some of the tea leaves he'd given her in Sweden, so he made enough for the two of them. Then they settled in for another round, which he did win.
He stared down at the cards for a good while, his expression suddenly serious, until she finally asked him again what he wanted.
"Just don't make it too expensive," she playfully reminded him. "I'm on a budget. I can only spend to the limit on this card." Grabbing Yi Jeong's own black card out of the wallet on her nightstand, she dangled it in front of his face and grinned.
Putting her arm down, she repeated, "What?" as he lifted his head.
"What I want...would you really give it to me if I asked?" The longing in his eyes made her self-conscious.
"I think I know what it is," she said softly. "And I do want to do that with you, but…just not…I mean, I'm not…I just don't think I'm—"
"It's okay. Take your time."
Ga Eul nodded.
"I know what we can do!" she burst out, reaching over his shoulder to the notepad she kept on her nightstand. Scribbling on one of the pages, she handed it to him. "I wrote you an IOU," she said. "See? I'm not denying your request. I'm just…postponing it."
Yi Jeong laughed.
"This is the strangest IOU I've ever gotten in my life. Can I…collect on this anytime I want?" He raised an eyebrow, and Ga Eul's eyes went wide.
Yi Jeong reached over and slapped her forehead with a card.
"Don't look so frightened. We'll save this for a special occasion." He folded the paper neatly and stuffed it into his pants pocket. "You pick the time and place. I'll be there." He winked at her and started shuffling the cards. "Another round?"
While his eyes were on the cards, she studied his handsome profile in the soft light of her bedside lamp. If it were possible, she had just fallen more in love with him when he said that.
"Aniyo," she heard herself saying. "I'm a bit tired now. Can we go to sleep?"
He nodded, and his hair fell over to the side and partly covered his face as he shuffled the cards and folded them back into the box.
She loved how he smiled at her then and turned off the lamp on his side of the bed and, lying down, pulled her close to him. She loved the smell of his cologne as she buried her face into his t-shirt. She loved the way he said her name when he said, "Good night, Ga Eul-yang," and kissed the top of her head. She loved how he whispered a moment later that he would kill her if she let him forget to take off the nail polish before he left the next morning. She loved the feeling of his fingers gently stroking her back and the sound of his heartbeat as it lulled her to sleep.