Its been 3 years since she was living in NY city with Alex, they were living not far from the central park in a nice apartment. Lean was so busy with her projects all the time, Alex again complained that she did not take him to the movies last weekend, she wanted to finish the project with in this two days so she will spend weekend with her brother, she need a break too. She looked at the sky it was clear and the day was sunny she wished it will remain the same whole weekend, she finished her sandwich and she he run back to the library. Later that week they had very nice surprise, Dad came to visit them over suddenly just for a couple of days, and just because he had to do urgent meetings, but this time he promised to spare one whole day for the kids and even if the weather is good to go out for a picnic.
Next day Dan informed Lean that he has a small cocktail reception arranged for his business partners and have few presentations to make, so he asked to help her, to entertain the guest and at the same time Dan wanted her to meet people in NY and tell them about the project she is making for her this year exams and may be it will help her in the future to find the best suitable company to join. Lean of course could not say no to her Dad.
She was dressed in the beautiful black cocktail dress, that was very elegant and at the same time looked very presentable for a business talks, The place was crowded with business man and their wives, who were dresses very elegantly, she could hear people talk about her father about his achievements in Korea and other countries about his new projects and new contracts he managed to get, she was very proud of him and it help her feel more confident. After the long presentation and introduction about Young and Young, the reception has started and Dan finally took her daughter around introducing her to many people in the same business. And only by the end of the evening Dan had introduced Tony.
– Lean please meet Tony Lee, he is a raising star and very popular in Korea, his new drama just got the best rating, we just signed a contract with him for out new furniture line.
Tony was 24 years old very handsome and tall, he greeted Lean with the smile. For Lean his smile like a cars flash light in the dark, its been a while she have met some one so handsome and man from Korea.
– Tony will stay here for another week, i want to ask you to take him around the city one day, he will be busy for the next two days with the CF filming but then he will have another three days free. I will leave you here i need to say good bye to some of the gentleman over there. Tony i will speak to you later.
Dan left leaving both young people alone. Lean didn’t know what to say she just smiled and asked
– is it your first time in NY?
Tony noticed that she was nervous and to make her feel a bit more comfortable said
– yes it is, and my English is very bad, so i really need your help. Actually i am big star , the way your father described me, i am just lucky to be picked for this CF.
– My father never underestimate people, he has his own way of seeing people and their special talents. I am sorry i am not familiar with the Korean celebrities much, i was so busy studying i am not even in track with the happenings in the world.
– its better for me, like this i will be treated as a normal person, who doesn’t speak any English and seeking for a help from your side.
– is there anything in particular you want to see in NY?
– 2 things i must see is METS and Statue of Liberty! if you don’t mind.
– not at all i shall arrange the tickets for METS for Tuesday morning and later in the afternoon we can go to see the Statue of liberty.
– do we have to do all in one day? or you just want to get reed of me so quickly?
Lean laughed at Tony’s comment, covering her face with her palm
– i am sorry if i have made such a expression. if you don’t mind i would like to take my brother with us when we will go to see the Statue, we have been there like 5 times and he is always want to return there, and lately i was ignoring him a lot, so this will be his treat from me, if you dont mind.
– how is his English?
– he is first in his class in English and Literature.
– them yes, we mind need some one to replace you when you will bee too tiered to talk and explain things to me.
On Tuesday, Lean picked Tony from the hotel and they went to Mets, it was her favorite place in NY she new every painting and when she was explaining to Tony about the paintings she would tell him everything, when and by whom it was done, a small information about artist and even the type of the paint they were using, the hidden meaning of some pictures. Tony was wowed by Lean, so young and so smart, so rich and so simple, from the clothes she was wearing from the way she was looking at people, he felt in love with everything she was.
When they finished they sat in one of the streets cafe’s drinking coffee and have very different conversations, thou both of them were young but life have made them both so mature, their conversations were on the level of a grown people, they talked about life abroad, about new things happening in Korea and what they want in future.
– are planning to return to Korea after school?
Tony wanted to ask this question,for quite sometime. He wanted to know if he can see her in Seoul and may be take her out like this and show her so many new places.
– i am not sure, about it yet, now i am just studying and it is still few years for me to go, i rather not to think about it, I miss Korea a lot but if my future is here, then i am going to be here.
– what if you future is in Korea?
– Then i shall be in Korea. I am not thinking about my future much, present is very important for me, things i am learning now is my future, so i need concentrate on it. What about you? your plans?
– right now i think my plan to learn English and may be look for a chances to come back here soon.
Lean understood what he meant by his words, she has noticed the way he looked at her whole day and the way he would smile at her all the time.
– well i am sure going to be very glad to see you again in NY there is so many things you must see aside from Statue of Liberty but with the days you have left here it is not enough to see even quarter of it.
later they enjoyed walk in a central park eating hot dogs and at some point they just walked and said nothing just enjoyed the company of each other. Tony sure was falling deep but for Lean it was just something new, something she had never experienced before, walking in the park with the handsome young man who as so much attracted to her.
It was a beginning of a beautiful romance, there were letters, e mails, post cards, long telephone calls, visits between Korea and NY. Years flied by but the love was growing bigger, they were so much attached to one another, even distance did not stop them.
On the fifth year anniversary, Tony asked Lean to take him back to Mets, and right there at the place when he felt in love with her, he finally proposed her, standing on one in front of so many people, and she said yes. It was the year when Lean had finally packed her 8 years in US and finally moved to back to Korea, despite all the great offers she had, now she had decided that she will follow her heart and be with the man she loved, this is was one thing she wanted to do for a long time.
Tony’s popularity was not stopping growing, he was always on demand and he had never had chances to have long breaks, what ever time he had free he was always trying to spend it with Lean. That week Tony received a call from his uncle who was having a jubilee, he insisted for Tony’s present among with this parents, and his parents were also after him for the same matter. He was trying to clear that day from the schedules he managed to cancel and re appoint almost all of them, but one which was happening morning shoot, so he has arranged a helicopter to take him and his family to the venue in order to be there on time.
Two days before everything has turned upside down Lean was sitting in her studio and was working on a painting, she was painting a couple walking in the alley holding hand, it was her first painting since she return to Korea. Tony came without prior notice he was welcome in her house like his own, Dan was giving them their own space, there was nothing to hide, couple was mature and this was perfect place for them to meet up, so no one would disturb them. He said that he was just dying to see her that day from morning, he missed her a lot and he could not wait till the day they can finally live together will come. he brought her two rings, wedding rings.
– I have ordered them in NY the day i was leaving to Korea during my first visit, i knew that time that i will marry you and i have spend all money i earned from that shooting just for this two rings.
Lean with the tears in her eyes, took one of the rings and saw the date written on it, it was the day they first met at the reception. She said noting just looked at him and smiled while tear was running down her face. Tony wipe the tear from her face and said
– this was the day i learned that i could fly,and my love to you has given me the wings, that till now i am flying in the sky of love i have for you. I don’t know why I am giving you this rings today, but when i woke up this morning i just couldn’t bear a second with out you, i am so tiered of hiding and so tiered of being with out you most of the times, i want us to be married yesterday so today i don’t have to waste one second apart from you. When i come back from the trip, you and i together will get married in a small church outside Seoul, i can not wait for all the arrangement and formalities, simply can not wait any more. Will you do this for me?
Lean smiled and buried her face in his chest, she put her hands around him and said
– i will do anything for you, if you will ask me to do it right now i will do it, with my eyes closed I follow you everywhere and nowhere, just to be with you.