Posted by: bianne on: August 23, 2012
In: My Alternate Universe - The SukkieHye Stories Comment!
Ever heard of the “six person theory”? According to wiki, this theory, more popularly known as “six degrees of separation”, is the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by introduction, from any other person on Earth. This is one of those things that kept me hopeful (and eventually made it possible for me) to see Sukkie and meet Shin Hye ; one of those that keep my faith on the possibility of meeting, too, the other person in this story (yes, I have high hopes for this one, love!); one of those that will keep me believing that my significant other is just around the corner.
“Annyeong haseyo, Park Shin Hye ssi.” Shin Hye turned to look at the source of the unfamiliar voice, and was surprised to see a familiar smiling face.
“Oh, annyeong haseyo,” she greeted back, trying not to look too stunned. She stood there for a while, not knowing what to say. She was with Keun Suk, and they went here knowing that there is less risk of being recognized, or being mobbed for being recognized. All of the other places they used to go to have already been discovered by fans, and she knew quite well how Keun Suk feels about sasaeng ones. And in this new place the first person she meets… is someone they know.
“Oh… Yoo Chunnie hyung ah,” Keun Suk exclaimed as he followed her inside, just as surprised as Shin Hye was earlier.
“I know just what you need,” Yoo Chun declared, acting quick, setting aside their stunned expressions. He led them to the farthest part of the restaurant, a private nook at the rear end which was conveniently hidden by a discreet turn and a Japanese-inspired divider.
“This is my favorite spot here in Hanilkwan,” he gestured, motioning them to have a seat. “My halmeoni owns this place. Everything here is practically the same as the old restaurant in Jongno, before the reconstruction, except for this nook. She personally saw to it that this be added, said her grandsons are celebrities, so we would be needing it,” he explained, since they were still at a loss for words.
“Very nice place, thank you,” Shin Hye finally voiced out as she took a seat. “Mianheyo, Yoo Chun ssi, I was a little surprised to see you here, and more than a little surprised that you and this person know each other.” she confessed, looking at him and Keun Suk back and forth. It registered to her that Keun Suk did not bother with formalities earlier. The way he addressed Yoo Chun indicated that they were more than two actors who recognized but knew nothing about each other.
“Ahh… kereyo,” Keun Suk said, smiling at her. He signaled his hyung to join them, and as Yoo Chun hesitantly took the seat across them, he sat beside Shin Hye.
Keun Suk clarified, “I’ve been around the idol groups, being an MC of music shows for so long, remember? I’ve met quite a number of them idols, Yoo Chun hyung included, when he was still one of the gods.”
“Ahhh ye, Dong Bang Shin Ki,” Shin Hye nodded, recalling that before being full blown actors, Keun Suk was an MC/DJ and Yoo Chun was part of the famous five-member pop group now split into two.
“Ahhh, but Keun Suk ah,” Yoo Chun quipped with a glint in his eye. “During your golden times as MC, we were flying high in Japan. I’m pretty sure we have not met in any of those music shows you’ve mentioned.” He seemed oblivious to Keun Suk discreetly shushing him, enjoyed seeing him squirm.
“Ahhh, hyung, we met in one of those idol events then, for sure,” Keun Suk answered quickly, too quickly that Shin Hye’s eyebrow went up. Seemed like she already had an idea what was coming next.
“We have common friends, Shin Hye. I used to hang out a lot with Hee Chul hyung, Yoo Chunnie hyung was friends with Kibum, so there ave been times we run into each other. All of them being in one training center, it was not easy to miss anyone, especially sunbaes like Chunnie hyung,” Keun Suk babbled.
“Ahrasso… So if it was in their training center, it means even the girl groups were there, right?” Shin Hye teased Keun Suk, to Yoo Chun’s amusement.
“Ye,” he replied, not relenting. “And sometimes the MC hyungs and noonas attend those events, too. Ho Dong ssi, Jae Suk ssi, Myung Soo ssi, Dong Yup ssi…”
“Dangyunhaji!” Yoo Chun and Shin Hye exclaimed in unison, instinctively fisting their hands in the air. They both laughed hysterically for thinking of the same thing, and Keun Suk was out of the loop.
“Now what was that about?” Keun Suk asked, confused.
“While you were busy MCing and DJing, Keun Suk ah, I was a trainee, too. So I joined variety shows just as idols like Yoo Chun ssi did,” Shin Hye explained, and Yoo Chun nodded in agreement.
“Ahhhh, dangyunhaji,” Keun Suk said, eyes lighting up in comprehension. “But of course!,” he added, intentionally using this phrase to imply that he knew they were referring to the famous variety show portion.
“Kende, we never went against each other in any of those programs, Shin Hye ssi. It was just through…” Yoo Chun started, then trailed off uncomfortably.
“So if you haven’t… how…?” Keun Suk confused once again.
“Kahee unni,” Shin Hye murmured after an awkward pause, and Yoo Chun looked sheepish.
“Oh?” Keun Suk asked in surprise, and then, “Ohhhh,” as it finally dawned to him. This hyung used to go out with one of Shin Hye’s unnis, pre-debut days.
“And there you were thinking we first met at Paeksang, weren’t you Keun Suk ah?” Shin Hye said, trying to lighten the mood.
“Who would have thought we had this much people in common,” Keun Suk wisely deduced. “No wonder you already looked chummy during the first time you both won the award.”
“Ye, though we weren’t given time to talk that first year. I really feel honored to be placed in the same recognition as you guys,” Yoo Chun praised, smiling. Keun Suk grinned and Shin Hye blushed.
“Omo, ilaejimaseyo,” Shin Hye said, still blushing.
“Seriously, I never knew I could go full length in acting. I‘m quite enjoying it, especially now that Yoo Hwan is also an actor already. That was why I wasn’t able to join you at your table this year, we were seated together,” declared the obviously proud big brother.
“Kere, don’t be like that, hyung. Don’t you know that we have to work doubly hard, since you idols acting are giving us actors a run for our money?” Keun Suk teased.
“Jeongmalyo? Last I checked it was you actors singing giving us idols a run for our money, Keun Suk ah,” Yoo Chun threw back at him, and this time all three of them said “dangyunhaji!” together, followed by another round of laughter.
“How was it working with Park Min Young ssi, by the way?” Shin Hye asked, as they all caught their breath.
“It was my first long term acting project with actors our own age and a lot of sunbaenims,” Yoo Chun confessed. And his eyes lit up as he remembered, “Joong Ki was there, too.” Amazing, another common friend among them three.
“Anyway, Min Young ssi is a professional. I’m glad I got partnered with her. We got pressured together, so I learned lots from her,” Yoo Chun confessed laughing.
“Oh, Keun Suk oppa said the same, when they worked together for a CF,” Shin Hye recounted.
“Yeah, the CF I’ve done after you’ve worked with Lee Min Ho ssi,” Keun Suk joked, and Shin Hye swatted him playfully. Yoo Chun guffawed.
“I haven’t met Min Ho ssi, but I’m friends with Hyun Joong,” he confided.
“She has worked with the both of them, hyung,” Keun Suk volunteered, “no kissing scenes for both, thank God!” He earned another swat.
Yoo Chun smiled and looked thoughtful. “It’s better that way, actually. Idols have a difficult time dealing with fans and non-fans who make a big deal of kissing scenes. The leading lady of idols sometimes gets the worst of it.”
“True,” Shin Hye said reflectively. “I think the only reason why I, and maybe Min Young ssi too, didn’t get as much antis was that people didn’t see us, me, as a threat snatching not one but three minam men from right in front of their eyes. Because in the drama, I was a guy.”
“A very pretty guy,” the boys said simultaneously, snorting as they try to smother their laughter.
“But Hyung… is that also why you don’t go out on dates? Anti-fans?” Keun Suk asked, much to Yoo Chun’s surprise. Shin Hye also wanted to know. It was really quite hard for them to date. She herself could attest to that.
“Aissh, speaking too soon… Wae… Can’t I?” Yoo Chun challenged them. “The both of you are taking the risk, although there’s an obvious spark between you two. I can feel the chills,” he said, rubbing his arms for emphasis. Once again, Keun Suk grinned and Shin Hye blushed.
“For all you know, I’m just being more discreet than you both are,” he added evasively. “In fact,” he said, as his phone vibrated right on cue, “I think my date is anxious to know where I am right now.”
“Hyung, ilaejimaseyo … don’t be like that, ignoring the question, aissshh,” Keun Suk chided, which Yoo Chun sincerely denied.
“For all we know, that’s just Lee Tae Seung ssi asking you to spend some soju time with him again,” Shin Hye egged on, referring to the two oppas‘ drunken tweets.
Yoo Chun hollered, amazed that her calculated guess nailed it. He forgot that Shin Hye is a big baseball fan, and of course would know Tae Seung hyung. He felt so busted.
“That’s for me to know and you to find out,” he teased back, not volunteering any other information in attempts to salvage the anonymity of his “date”.
He felt so at ease talking to them both. It has been a while since he and Keun Suk have talked, and they never really talked like this. And Shin Hye… ahh, she’s a revelation. She’s everything he has read about her and more. He was happy to note that they complement each other very well, happy to see it work for people from their part of the world. It gave him hope.
“I’ve already taken too much of your time, dongsaengs,” he said, smiling as he got up from his seat. “Stay for as long as you want, no pressure. Kurum…”
“Komapsubnida, Yoo Chun ssi, we hope to see you again someday soon,” Shin Hye said, knowing that she meant it. She felt that the ties she previously had with him – those connected only by common experiences and common friends – has just been strengthened to the more permanent ties of friendship. It was a good kind of feeling.
“Komawo, Hyung,” Keun Suk said. “Let’s do this again some time. We have more people to talk about by then,” he taunted, laughter in his eyes.
“Let’s all work hard so we can see each other on the next Paeksang,” Yoo Chun called out as he left, to hoots from both Shin Hye and Keun Suk.
As they were left alone (finally!), Shin Hye twined her arm in Keun Suk’s and placed her head on his shoulder.
“Thank you for choosing this place at this time, Oppa. This has got to be the best date ever,” Shin Hye said, sighing contentedly.
“What’s that, Shin Hye ah? Are you saying seeing Chunnie hyung made it all worthwhile already? Because as far as I’m concerned, this date hasn’t even really started,” Keun Suk pseudo-complained, wanting to sound pained but failing terribly. For he, too, was glad with Yoo Chun’s unexpected yet very much welcome interruption.
“You know what they say, about six people being in between you and any other individual on earth?” she asked rhetorically. Keun Suk waited for her to continue.
“Talking with Yoo Chun ssi like that, us three knowing all of those people, made me realize that there must be truth in that theory. But it made me realize something else, something more important.”
“Maribba,” he encouraged, twining his fingers with hers.
“I feel like I’m the most blessed person on Earth, because while others are still going through those six people to find their one true love, I’ve already found you.” She said with the contentment of a girl and the confidence of a woman, scooting closer to him.
“Aniya, Shin Hye ah, you have it all wrong,” Keun Suk said, and she looked at him in question.
He dropped a kiss on her forehead, and smiling contentedly.
“You are not the luckiest person on Earth, I am.”