Yanee had never felt such a strong urge to gush out at how cute something was until now. If she didn't know about the strict and intimidating side of Cube Inc's CEO, she'd have crossed the distance between them to give him a pat on the head for a job well done. She's talking about his evolution from a hard CEO to a model on fatherhood, of course.
Unlike when Yunjae told the story and she cried, Yanee now couldn't help but let out a satisfied sigh and smile. If she could describe her feeling, it'd be all marshmallows and cotton candy.
"Aww… Honey, you're so cute," Yunjae voiced out Yanee's thoughts, as she poked her husband on the cheek.
However, in spite of her teasing tone, her eyes shone so brightly like diamonds. It was very obvious that she was very happy with her husband, and Yanee couldn't approve more. She deserved it. He deserved it. After all that they'd been through, even if for other people, they acted like fools, she believed that the happiness they had now was very much warranted.
"Are you sure, you don't need to write anything down?"Jinho asked Yanee, who once again failed to take down notes.
Realizing this, Yanee palmed her face, much to Yunaje's amusement. She laughingly poked her husband again as she defended Yanee. "Ya! She has a good memory. I'm sure she'd be able to remember everything."
Yanee Lee embarrassingly nodded her agreement as she gave them a megawatt smile. "Don't worry, Mr. Kang, I won't forget a thing," she promised, and the CEO nodded.
In his part, Jinho was not at all worried about the book, anyway. It's just that if he did not ask, Yanee might find it strange that he didn't seem to care. If she started getting puzzled over these little details, she might accidentally discover the truth behind this project, and it's too early for that to happen.
It just started! He shouldn't let their love-sick little brother, who was left in Japan down.
"By the way, Ms. Lee," Jinho changed the topic, and both ladies turned to him, waiting. "We're you informed that we don't want our real names used on the book?"
Yanee sat up straight as she smiled reassuringly. "Yes, sir. My boss had instructed me to use different names for the characters of the book."
It was totally normal for them to request this as they were people known by many. Even if she would be basing her anthology on real people, she was instructed to change all names and never mention real companies and places unless it's a known landmark.
"Alright," Jinho nodded before glancing at his wife and taking her hand in his. "We're leaving our story in your hands, then."
Yanee smiled warmly at them and thanked them for trusting them with the story of their lives. After that, she was invited by the couple to have dinner, and they even took her personally back to the hotel as Yanee told the hotel's service she left the café earlier where she was supposed to be picked up.
That night, Yanee didn't sleep immediately even if it was getting late. She actually had three days there in Soul. Today was just the first day, but she already finished her interview. She was supposed to spend tomorrow sorting out her notes and writing a bit before she returned to Tokyo the morning after. But she was in the mood to finish writing her notes tonight.
She closed her eyes and images the words Yunjae and Jinho told her flooded her mind, and her hand automatically glided across the paper as she wrote each and every detail she remembered from their story. This continued on for a few hours. She wrote not just words but the feelings she had while she listened.
When she finished, it was already almost four in the morning which surprised her. She didn't think she'd spent that much time writing as she worked continuously and only stopped twice to go to the toilet.
Yanee was amazed. She couldn't believe she'd work this efficiently. She's even more hardworking just a while ago compared to when she worked to impress someone at her previous office.
Realizing she thought of something she shouldn't have, she tugged at her hair as a form of punishment. She had promised herself not to look back into the past anymore. It took her a while and she worked hard on forgetting her bitter memories. They were better left where they should belong: out of her mind, just as that person was now out of her life.
Then again, as she went over her notes for one last time before going to sleep, something bothered her and she frowned. She read her story outline again, and once more felt disturbed. Why?
"How can I say that this is an office romance?" Yanee wondered out loud.
It was true that Yunjae and Jinho worked in the same company, and were even boss and secretary at some point. In their case, they worked together for two months before they got married. However…
"But they knew each other since they were in college," Yanee stated problematically.
The two met and fell in love as students in the same swimming club and not at work. They even conceived their first child during that time, before their misunderstanding happened and they separated. Their flames were only rekindled when they met again after two years. They had an office affair and found out the truth about their past, and then got back together again.
It was truly a heartwarming and magnificent story.
"But is that considered an office romance?"Yanee wondered again.
She was expecting to be interviewing people who met and fell in love at their workplace. If they already knew each other before, then she had no idea if that was still okay.
"I guess I better ask the potato then," Yanee commented with a sigh.
She wondered if Tohru James had an idea what Yunaje's story was about. It's good if he did. Because if he did, then it meant that her interview and the Kang couple's love story wouldn't be in vain.
Remembering Yunjae and Jinho, Yanee Lee smiled as she let out a satisfied sigh. She didn't notice that her pessimistic heart felt like she could believe in love at that moment in time.
Thanks for reading Office Diaries. The update will be back to 3-5 chapters weekly. Very busy these days as I'll be traveling to Manila soon so my little boy can experience Filipino holidays.
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