A/N: A little fluff for the middle of the week :) This author fully admits that she herself has a bit of a stuffed animal problem. Oh, well...there are worse addictions. :)
"Sunbae...what is all of this?" Ga Eul stood in the doorway to her boyfriend's bedroom, gaping at the huge collection of stuffed animals in all sizes that completely covered the perimeter of the room as well as the bed.
"A present," Yi Jeong answered from behind her. Today was Wednesday, and she'd come over to his apartment to study. And also not to study. Yeah...mostly that.
But now she was staring at a dozen stuffed bears in various colors, giraffes and penguins and puppies with large, pleading eyes, and a few sea creatures from the aquarium they'd visited not long ago. A beluga whale and a seal and a dolphin.
In the center of the bed lay a life-size honey brown teddy bear with a red ribbon around his neck. He was bigger than Ga Eul. The kind she'd always begged her father to buy for her as a little kid, and he'd refused.
If we put that in your bedroom, there will be no room for you! he'd say.
Her bedroom was still the same size, and now that she was older, it had more stuff in it. But of course, Yi Jeong wouldn't have thought of that, only his endless wallet, when he bought all of the friendly, plush faces staring back at her.
"But it's not my birthday...or...our anniversary...or…." She trailed off, unsure why she was protesting. Yi Jeong liked to be extravagant. She knew that, and she'd be lying if she said she didn't enjoy it. But there was usually an occasion for it. Or a trip. Or...some regard for the physical space in her parents' house.
"It's a present," he repeated. "For being my girlfriend."
"Oh," she whispered, mouth still agape.
"Oh? Jun—I mean, Jan Di said you liked stuffed animals."
"Oh, I do like them! I-I mean, thank you. I like it. I really like it. I just...You know, you could have just bought me one." She laughed, stepping into the room. "Where am I supposed to put all of these?" she asked, spinning around to face him. He stood in the door frame wearing a black suit with a dress shirt that was white at the top and black at the bottom. Hands stuffed in his pockets. No earring today.
"Well, where did you put all the other ones?" he asked.
"Other ones?" Ga Eul frowned, and Yi Jeong instantly looked nervous.
"I just meant...where you normally put things like that." Running his fingers through his hair, he brushed past her and picked up the life size teddy bear. Bringing it over to her, he hid behind it and brought up the bear's arm to tap her on the shoulder.
In a high-pitched voice, he said, pretending to be the bear, "Get me out of here! Please! He's locked me in this room all day!"
Ga Eul giggled.
"Well, weren't you having fun with all of your friends?" She gestured to the other stuffed animals.
"No. They're driving me crazy! Take me with you! Please! Please!" The bear wrapped both arms around her shoulders and shook her in a pleading gesture. "Please! Please!"
"Okay! Okay!" Ga Eul managed between laughs. "You can go home with me."
"Yay!" Clearing his throat, Yi Jeong popped his head up and continued in a normal voice, "See? You have to take them now. They don't like me."
"Well, why don't I pick out my favorite ones since I can't possibly take them all?"
"Sure." He rested his chin on top of the bear's head.
"Sunbae, what's going on here?"
"Nothing's going on."
"Something's going on."
"I'm rich. I like spending money."
Ga Eul raised her eyebrows suspiciously.
"What?" he asked.
She gave him a look.
"Sunbae...what did you do?"
"I didn't do anything. Don't listen to him. The door to my bedroom was unlocked." He nodded to the bear under his chin.
"Leave the poor bear out of this. This is between you and me." She pointed at herself, then poked Yi Jeong's shoulder where it stuck out behind the bear's massive arm.
After a long moment, Yi Jeong sighed and said, "Okay, fine. It's just...Jun Pyo said Soo Pyo got you all those stuffed animals out of the stupid claw machine, and you really liked it, so..I thought you'd like these." He glanced awkwardly away, and then, thrusting the large bear into her arms, said, "Anyway, just take the stupid bear." Turning away from her, he bent over the bed, collecting the other animals on it and putting them on the floor.
Setting the bear down on the carpet, she approached him from behind and wrapped her arms around his waist.
"Thank you," she said, "but I already have a life-sized teddy bear."
"You do?" Yi Jeong asked, confusion evident in his voice. Probably because he'd seen her bedroom a few times and knew for a fact she did not.
"It's you, silly," she mumbled into his back.