When she reached her school, she immediately went up to the announcement board. She even pushed Chanyeol away. “Hey… Choi Nara. Why are you pushing me?” said Chanyeol angrily, “I’m sorry. I’m just too excited to see the test result. I’m really sorry Chanyeol !” answered Nara. Then Nara looked at the result, “What?! I ranked first?! I never ranked first before. Oh… Thank God!” she thought. “Wow, Nara congratulations on your first. You beat my score...ha...ha…” said Chanyeol. “Now, where is that boy name?” she thought while scanning the paper. “What ?? he ranked fifth?? That Byun Baekhyun ranked fifth. ha… now we know who is smarter between the two of us !!” she thought while grinning.
Then Nara suddenly realized that she didn’t see Baekhyun. Then she looked at the crowd around her, then she spotted Baekhyun standing in a blank stare in front of the announcement board. Nara decided to get near him. She shook Baekhyun, and when he realized he quickly ran away from her. She followed him then when she found him sitting on one of the stairs, he looked really pale, when she got near him, “Go away…” Baekhyun shouted. “What has happened Baekhyun?? Are you really that sad because you rank fifth??” Nara said “I told you Nara GO AWAY!!! Are you deaf?? Let me alone!” Baekhyun shouted. Then Baekhyun left her and got away but this time Nara didn’t follow him. And for the rest of the day she didn’t see Baekhyun. “Is he really that stressed because he ranked the fifth??” Nara thought.
The next day at school, Nara didn’t see Baekhyun. She wondered where Baekhyun was “Is he absent?” He didn’t show up. This matter really bothered her.
Time passed, it was almost a week that Baekhyun had been absent. He didn’t show his face anymore -the face that she didn’t want to bear in mind. Nara became curious why Baekhyun was absent.
The sound of bell suddenly woke up Baekhyun. It’s break time, Nara was taking her books for the next lesson in her locker, then she heard Taeyeon one of Baekhyun fangirls asked “Where is Baekhyun? How can he be absent for a week?? Oh… I wish I knew where Baekhyun lived then I would visit him but I didn’t know where his house was so…” “Tsk...You think Baekhyun likes you, don’t you, Taeyeon?” she whispered herself but unfortunately Taeyeon heard it “Excuse me…? What did you say? You are happy aren’t you? That Baekhyun didn’t attended school?” Taeyeon said angrily and almost slapping Nara, but stopped because Irene Nara’s friend came and purposely pour her orange juice into Taeyeon shirt. “Oh…Sorry, how clumsy i am?” Irene said to Taeyeon. Taeyeon just keep mumbling some words then leave them. “You’re okay?” Irene asked Nara, “Yes, I’m fine and thank you” Nara answered. “Nara, do you know what happened to Baekhyun?” Irene asked “I don’t know, I think I’m going to visit him, I got curious why did he absent for a full week?” Nara answered “You know where he lives? How?” Irine said in a shocked expression “I went to his house when working for our project when we were still in Junior High School. Don’t tell anybody about this” Nara said.
After school, Nara decided to take the bus to Baekhyun house. She stopped 3 stops away from Baekhyun house. She then walked to Baekhyun’s house, when she reached Baekhyun’s house.
The house was huge. It was surrounded by a very tall fence. Some trees seemed cozy enough…
She immediately knocked on the door. A minute later, she was very surprised to see Baekhyun’s mother because she looked very young. Someone could just have misunderstood her as Baekhyun’s sister. “Hello…I’m Nara, is Baekhyun home?” Nara said politely, “Yes, he is. But, who are you?” Baekhyun’s mother asked. “Are you my son’s girlfriend?” she asked with a playful grin. Nara stood there in a shock. “I’m just kidding” Baekhyun’s mother said while laughing, Nara force a laugh. “Come on in, I’ll call Baekhyun”.
Nara waited at the living room. A second, her eyes observed in every corner. While she was waiting, something caught her attention, a name card on top of the table. “I’m sorry Nara, Baekhyun doesn’t want to go downstairs. Why don’t you just go upstairs?” she asked. “oh…okay I’ll just go upstairs” Nara answered. “His room is the one on the right. Call me if you need anything I’ll be on the backyard” she said then leave. Nara came upstairs she was very amazed with Baekhyun’s house because it was very clean and neat.
Then Nara reached Baekhyun’s room, she knocked on the door and called him but she got no answer so she just opened the door. She was shocked when she saw Baekhyun lying on his bed lifelessly. “Baekhyun…? Are you okay?” Nara asked,
“Go away!!” Baekhyun said,
“What happened? Why you didn’t come to school? What’s wrong?” Nara asked again,
“I said go away Nara! what are you doing here too?” he said.
“I’m trying to help you Baekhyun. What’s wrong?” she answered. “NARA…JUST GO AWAY…!!! LEAVE ME ALONE!!” Baekhyun shouted. “What? Okay I’ll leave, I just want you to know all I want to do is to help you Baekhyun!!” Nara answered while holding her tears.
Then she ran downstairs, before she left, she took the name card on the coffee table. Then she just left the house.
The following day Nara kept coming to Baekhyun house even he didn’t answer any of her question. When she was at her room, suddenly she remembered about the name card, it was a psychiatrist name card. She took it and decided to go to the address that written on the name card. She really wanted to know about Baekhyun. When she arrived there, she immediately met the administration. Not long after that she met the psychiatrist.
When she met the psychiatrist, the psychiatrist asked her “Hi…What’s your name? What can I help you with?” “Hi… My name is Nara, Choi Nara,mmm… Doctor, I come here to ask something about my friend . His name is Baekhyun do you remember him?” Nara answered “Can you tell me what happened to him?” she continued “I’m sorry Ms. Nara but our patient secret is our priority, we can’t tell you anything about him.” The doctor answered.
Then, suddenly a nurse came to the room while panting she said there’s a woman outside looking for the doctor while screaming and crying. The doctor went to meet the woman, because the woman who was looking for him make everyone panic.
When the doctor was outside Nara immediately searching for Baekhyun’s file inside the doctor’s office. After she found Baekhyun’s file she opened it just to find a sound recording tape. She knew that it was illegal to steal, but she just can’t stand looking at lifeless Baekhyun. She missed him being her rival, she missed being in a competition to know who is better between both of them. She missed him so much.
She took a bus to get home. When she reached her house she immediately went to her room and lied down on her bed. She stared at the ceiling as she thought about what she had down earlier. Then she looked at her purse and decided to listen to the tape. She played it, then she heard a little boy voice inside the recording.
“Hello, What’s your name, young boy and how old are you?” said a voice as she thought it must be the doctor’s voice. “Hello, my name Is Byun Baekhyun and I’m 10 years old, It’s nice to meet you doctor’ answered the little boy that is Baekhyun himself. “Oh… Nice to meet you too Baekhyun, you’re such a good boy” the doctor said, Baekhyun smiled then answered “My mother told me to always be a good kid so my father wouldn’t get mad at me and punished me” “Does your father get mad to you a lot?” the doctor asked “he only get mad when I don’t be the best, even after he died, he showed up in my dream and said that’s all my fault. I always have the same nightmare it is about my father.” Said Baekhyun.
“so, is this why Baekhyun being so stressful? because he didn’t do his best? And his past memories?” Nara thought. She kept thinking about Baekhyun all night long. She kept thinking so all this time a cheerful Baekhyun was just some mask he used to cover his dark past? She kept thinking until she fell asleep.
In the morning Nara wake up and got ready to went to her school. After she reached her school not long after that the lessons began, when it was the time for Nara to go home. Suddenly Mr. Minho their math teacher called her. “sir, are you looking for me?” said Nara “oh…yes. Nara I want you to help me to pass this paperwork to Baekhyun and teach him some of the lessons that he has missed!” Mr.Minho said “what?why me?Why don’t you just tell chanyeol to do this sir?” nara asked “Nara…you’re the first in the class of course you can help Baekhyun better than Chanyeol “ Mr.Minho said in a stern voice “Okay sir, I will” Nara said in defeat she knew that Baekhyun is Mr.Minho favorite student of course Mr.Minho wanted the best for Baekhyun.
She walked to Baekhyun house and when she reached his house she knocked on the door, but to her surprise it wasn’t Baekhyun mother who opened the door, but Baekhyun himself. “What do you want Nara? Go away” he said harshly “I’m here because Mr.Minho told me to Baekhyun, He wanted me to pass this paperwork to you and teach you about the lessons you’ve missed, since you’re absent.” Nara answer plainly. “Why don’t he just sent chanyeol here?” Baekhyun asked “I already plead him so he just sent Chanyeol off but he just wouldn’t do it and choose me instead.” Nara answer. “okay come in.” Baekhyun said.
When they started the lesson, Nara felt something weird like someone was staring at her. Then she realized that every time she was explaining the lessons to Baekhyun. Baekhyun just staring at her face. She felt a blush crept on her cheeks. She tried not to blush in front of Baekhyun, because of course it would be really embarrassing if Baekhyun saw her blushing. But she thought it’s too late, Baekhyun already saw her blushing, because he said “Why are you blushing? Ah…. You like me, don’t you? Ahh… I know which girl who doesn’t like me right?”. “w-what? I-I don’t lik-like y-you!!” Nara said stuttering. “Then, why are you stuttering? It’s okay, I like you too” Baekhyun answered calmly. Nara’s eyes widened hearing Baekhyun words, her brain told her that it’s just a prank but her heart kept beating rapidly, she couldn’t control her emotion, all she managed to say was “You’re pranking me aren’t, Baekhyun?”. “No, I’m not pranking you, I’m telling you the truth Nara. I love you.” Nara sat there in a daze listening to Baekhyun confessing to her. Her eyes widen when she felt Baekhyun holding her hand tightly. All she could feel was the butterflies inside her stomach. She couldn’t lie about her feeling to Baekhyun, because this past day all she thought about was only Baekhyun. She couldn’t utter any words from her mouth. all she could do was holding Baekhyun hand. On Baekhyun side he felt really worried because he thought that Nara didn’t like him back, but he smiled when he felt Nara also holding his hand. He hugged Nara and whispered to her ear “I promise I will tell you everything about myself, I promise to take care of you and protect you. I love you Nara.”. “I love you too Baekhyun” Nara said smiling into the hug.