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Just Coffee.....

Updated: May 23, 2020

Dear readers, this is my maiden attempt to write a story. I hope you will enjoy reading it!

Disclaimer : I'm a huge KPop fan and you will come across names and photographs of KPop idols in most of my stories. They are my muse and inspiration in so many ways. The incidents and characters are fictional and have no resemblance to any K pop idol in any manner.

I saw him, standing in a queue while the person before him was billing his stuff. Dressed to kill- all black from head to toe! I kinda dig that look . Simple black jeans and a tee, black leather jacket, black cap and chunky boots( again black!). Even a black mask ( a necessity nowadays!) which frustrated me as I couldn't see his face properly.... His eyes though ( sigh..) My friends and family know I have this thing for the 'eyes'! Actually, not only are eyes the first thing I notice about a person, I feel that eyes are truly the window to a person's soul. No matter what, the eyes never lie..... I'm generally good with my instincts and first impression about people and the eyes always speak to me! So coming back to 'his eyes'... He probably sensed my gaze, because he stared right back at me. I didn't flinch nor did I look away. I returned his stare with my curious gaze and smiled warmly. Mostly because I was really happy to be out of the house after 2 months of quarantine to buy some groceries at the supermarket and even more so because I wanted to smile at him ( people say I have an infectious smile which makes others smile 😊). He held my gaze but his stare softened... Maybe my infectious smile is working! I could see him trying to come to a decision as to whether he should smile back at me or not..... Coincidentally, we reached our respective cashiers at the same time and almost reached the exit together. He stopped and held the door for me. I thanked him with a smile and finally asked him (what I wanted to ask ever since our first encounter 2 months back), "Coffee?" He just looked at me with his beautiful doe eyes and said," Sure!" Oh that voice! Just one word and my heartbeat quickened! So, we walked towards the Parking lot and he helped me load my packages. We walked together towards the quaint Cafe across the street and he helped me with the coat when we were inside the Cafe. I was completely floored as he pulled back the chair for me, thinking about how he has been such a thorough gentleman all this time. As I thanked him and sat down, I looked at him taking his jacket off. Okay, he has a great physique and obviously works out a lot! I'm really trying hard not to stare at his strong veiny forearms and surprisingly delicate long fingers, like artists have.

"Just coffee?" His velvety voice brought me back to reality and I looked up at the face I had only dreamt about in these two months, every moment! I was stunned. "Are you really who I think you are? Am I dreaming? Is this real? I think I will faint!", I blurted out all at once, shocked to see my favourite singer in front of me, while he smiled at me making my knees weak! His posters are all over the walls in my room and his music is all I listen to day in and day out! Wait, his voice sounds different when he sings.... When he talks its deeper.... "Just coffee, please," I finally found my voice and asked him, "Do you live around here? I would have never imagined that you would prefer this place!" "Well, I was here to shoot for my latest music video and got stuck. But this place has really grown on me and I'm toying with the idea of buying a house here. Any recommendations? You are a local, right?" He said and I was wondering how friendly he was! No airs despite being one of the most famous singers in the world! "Yes, I have been born and raised in this town. So, I know most of the people around. I will let you know if there's any good house, suitable for you, "I replied and gave him my phone. He typed in his number and smiled as he saw my screen saver (it was him!😬) but didn't say anything. "Would you like to come to my place for dinner? My parents and sisters would love to meet you. In fact my dad might be able to recommend some good property dealer to you." I asked, suddenly feeling bold and hoping ( fingers crossed) that he agrees . He sat back, looked at me and said, "But I don't even know you!" I know he was just teasing me, so I decided to tease back, "You say you love love all your fans. I'm a fan; isn't that enough for you to accept my invitation? Besides I am just a student who stays with her parents and I'm practically harmless! Please don't refuse.... I promise not to be cringey or crazy or touchy. Pretty please 😬!" "Of course I will be there. I was just teasing you. Text me the time and place. Just one thing..... My husband will be with me, if it's alright with your parents," he looked at me doubtfully. I was more than a bit surprised and even disappointed that he is 'taken', but I can understand how difficult it must have been for him to even trust me with his secret which could become a full fledged scandal if it got out! "I don't think my parents would have any issues but it's still better to tell them he is a friend or colleague. I promise you I will never tell another soul about this! This secret is ours and I will take it to the grave!", I exclaimed a bit dramatically as I tried to assure him. "This is why I am hardly on social media and also why I'm keen to live in a smaller, quieter place where nobody knows me. To be honest, I was surprised to find a devoted fan like you in this remote town.

I never expected that my songs would find appreciation in a country which has a different culture and language! Do you really understand what I sing about?" He was curious. I laughed and said, "Why don't you find out for yourself? I should also compliment you for learning and speaking English so well! I am learning your language by the way!" I got up to pay for the coffee but he had already paid for it! He stood up and held out his hand," Really? How wonderful!! So, can we be friends??" "Of course!", I beamed as we shook hands and walked towards our cars. When I was driving back, I screamed with excitement! My favourite singer is now my 'friend' and is coming to my house! I don't think I'm ever going to forget this day in my life! Knowing that he is married was a tad disappointing but then I have gained a friend.... I could see honesty and truth in his eyes.... His eyes( sigh).......

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