Minseok and I were having a mini-feast for New Year’s Eve. It was supposed to be just the four of us – Min, our two puppies – Benjamin and Whiskey – and me. But a surprise phone call from our friends ended up with us inviting them over to join us for our feast.
It happened when Shelly called me to wish us a Happy New Year. She and Shawn had recently entered the parenting world with their daughter Rachel. And they were highly in need of a change of scene. So Min and I spontaneously decided to call them over.
About an hour later Min’s friend – Jungkook – called to wish us too. While we were talking, we came to know that he and Callie – my other friend – were friendly (hmm when did that happen…Min and I looked at each with the same question in mind). So, we invited them over too.
“Kenzie, we are going to interrogate Jungkook and Callie tonight”, Min laughed.
“Yup yup”, I replied and gave him a high-five.
We had already begun preparing dinner. And with the amount we usually cook, it would be enough for everyone.
The Menu –
Appetizers: Cocktail sausages and Tuna canapes.
Drinks: Juices and aerated cold drinks.
Dinner: Bibimbap, Kimbap, Korean friend chicken and Min’s favourite – Sashimi.
Dessert: Vanilla and Choco-chip ice-cream.
We decided to go non-alcoholic since Shelly was still off alcohol as she was breastfeeding Rachel. Jungkook and Callie were in charge of the drinks. Shelly and Shawn were getting the dessert.
Evening came and all of us were seated at the picnic table. The weather was pleasant, but after a while it got too cold for Rachel. She was fast asleep in Shawn’s arms. So Min offered to take her inside. We had set up a bed for Rachel in the living room before they arrived.
“Kenzie, please come with me”, Min called out to me, although I was already on my feet about to follow him inside.
Once we were in the living room, Min was nervous about setting the baby down, so I took Rachel from him gently and placed her on the bed. She was fast asleep and looked so peaceful.
“Did you make this?”, Min asked me as he touched the light-yellow sweater Rachel was wearing.
“Yes, I knitted a couple of sweaters and booties for Shelly’s baby…”
“You made these booties too?!”, Min whispered but his voice was surprisingly high pitched.
“Yes babe!”, I mocked him in the same tone.
He caught on and just smiled at me.
“I wonder what our baby’s fashion sense will be like…”, he said and smirked.
I just stared at him dumbfounded.
“Breathe Kenzie”, he said and hugged me.
“I wonder what our babies will look like”, he said out loud while still hugging me.
“Babies?!”, I whisper-yelled and tried to wriggle out of his embrace but he didn’t let me go.
I just sighed.
By that time Rachel started to whine. Min let me go and I carried Rachel. She slowly fell asleep in my arms. Within a couple of minutes, everyone had come back inside. We had already finished the appetizers and dinner.
Shelly and Shawn were hovering around me to check if Rachel was ok.
“This was the longest I’ve been away from her”, Shelly told me, while looking at her baby lovingly.
“Now go sit with your husband, you’ll be away from her a little while longer”, I said and kissed Rachel on her forehead.
“Thankyou Kenzie”, Stacy said and gave a side-hug.
Shelly and Shawn took a seat on the couch. But within a couple of minutes she was worrying about Rachel again.
“Kenzie, how is your Godchild doing?”, asked Shelly.
“Minseok, she’s your Godchild too”, said Shawn.
After Shelly and Shawn saw the shocked look on Min’s face, they realised I hadn’t told him about this tiny fact.
“I mean, whoever Mackenzie marries will be the Godfather”, Shelly tried to cover up.
But by that time Min’s shock turned into awe and he took Rachel from my arms.
“Yup, that’s me”, he said casually.
“WHAT?!” All four of them said at the same time.
“Kenzie, where are you?”, Callie called out. By that time I had sneaked away into the kitchen to get everyone ice-cream.
“Did you propose?”, Shelly asked Min.
“No, but I’m marrying her”, he said matter-of-factly.
“Does she want to marry you?”, Jungkook joked.
“I guess so, Kenzie, do you want to marry me?”, Min called out. I was back in the living room with a tray full of ice-cream servings.
“Hmmm…..”, I teased.
“MACKENZIE!”, both Shelly and Callie cried out in excitement. But this was too loud and awoke Rachel. So Shawn took Rachel from Min’s arms. She immediately calmed down in her Dad’s embrace.
“Yes”, I said quietly while handing each one a bowl of ice-cream.
“So, has he proposed? Is there a date? Where is the wedding ceremony going to be held?”, Shelly and Callie asked questions non-stop.
Min noticed the runaway bride in me crop up. So, he immediately put his arm around me and took over answering the questions.
“Woah, woah, calm down. Nothing has been set, but we will get married. Not any time soon though”, he said and changed the topic to Jungkook and Callie’s sudden dating news.
So, the rest of the night we spent teasing these two while our questioning was put on the back burner for now. But I knew my best friends wouldn’t back off that easy. I had told them about Min but didn’t officially say anything about marriage because I was still processing it.
I was mentally preparing myself for the future phone calls asking for the deets I myself wasn’t aware of yet.
‘Maybe I’ll hand the phone to Min when they call. Wait, hold up, that is actually an amazing idea!’, I thought to myself.
Shelly and Callie liked Minseok and they got along really well. So, they wouldn’t mind talking to Min about the wedding since they would’ve realised by now that I was still trying to wrap my mind around it.
If I told them what Min said about babies a while ago, they would flip. Maybe another time. For now, I enjoyed the rest of the evening with Min by my side.
I was expecting him to break up with me, but it still hurt. I thought it would happen sometime later, not so soon. “See, I told you, people leave”, I thought to myself, as I sat in the tent, completely void of any feeling. Within a couple of minutes, he came back inside with ramen… Continue reading Level Up