It was pitch dark outside, except for the string of lights Jin set up at the picnic table. It kind of reminded me of the current scene around the world. COVID-19 – the darkness, tiny sparks of happiness – the picnic table.
It was quite late at night, but I couldn’t help myself. That bright picnic table was too cosy to resist. So, I wrapped myself in the navy-blue blanket adorned with glow-in-the-dark stars. If anyone spotted me at that moment, I’m sure they would’ve freaked out. I must’ve looked like an eerie being walking across the lawn, lol.
Anyways, my puppies Benjamin and Whiskey followed me to the picnic table. Jinnie boy was away for a couple of days as he was on a virtual tour. I missed him a lot, but he called me every day after the concert wrapped up.
I felt like calling him as I sat at the picnic table, but we had already had our daily call. And it was quite late, I was sure he would be fast asleep, exhausted from performing at the concert. But I was in for a surprise. Right at that moment my phone rang, it was Jin.
“Hi babe, how come you’re awake?”, he asked, his voice raspy.
“I was gonna ask you the same question…”, I said smiling.
“I miss you”
“I miss you too”
There was silence for a bit, but it wasn’t awkward, it was comfortable. We just wanted to be with each other.
“Whatcha doing?”, he asked.
“I’m at the picnic table”
“I wish I could join you…”
“I wish you could too”
“Just a few more days…”
“Yup, how are the concerts going?”
“Really well, I’ve missed performing a lot. It felt good meeting the fans, even though it was through a screen”
“That’s nice. I’ve been streaming the concerts every day, you guys are awesome!”
“Did you notice anything about me?”
“The finger heart and the word I said?”
“OH. MY. GOSH!”
“You DID say my name!”
“Yes babe, no one noticed it because I didn’t use the mic. But I knew you would….”
“Allie…”, he whispered.
“Say it again…”
“Are you saying you love yourself too?”
“Yes”, I giggled
“I love you too Jin”
“Say it again”
“I’ll say it when you come home”
“Allieeee”, I could hear him yawn.
“Jinnie, sleep baby, you must be exhausted”
“I am, but I miss you”
“Hmmmm…I think you should go inside now…”
“Jin, don’t say that, I’ll freak out”, I said looking around me.
“Haha, don’t worry, if anything is there Benji and Whiskey will start barking”
“True, they are sound asleep”
“But still, go inside so that I can sleep in peace”
“Araso, araso, I’ll go inside in 5 minutes”
“Jinnie, sleep, I’ll talk to you tomorrow”
“Okay, love you”
“Love you too”