A Surprise Encounter
"No mom, everything is fine. I'm safe. Just walking around by myself for now. Dora is back at the hotel sleeping. I needed to get out for some fresh air and clear my head."
"Clear your head? What's the matter?" Her mom asked.
"Nothing. Just so overwhelming being here. I can't believe we actually made it to LA. It's been a long time coming. Hmm, what's this? B-T-S?"
She stumbled upon a gigantic billboard baring the acronym in big bright and colorful lettering.
"What or who is that?" Her mom asked.
"I have no idea. But whoever they are they're playing a few shows here tomorrow thru Friday. They're kinda cute tho!"
"They are huh?"
"Yeah." She said with a smirk.
"Well, you be careful out there walking alone. Get back to the hotel safely."
"Yes ma'am. Talk to you later."
"Okay. Call me when you get back in. I want to make sure you're in your room."
"Yes ma'am. Good night."
"Good night honey. Mama loves you!"
"Daughter loves you!"
They end the call and she placed her phone in her back pocket.
She continues walking around downtown LA until she reached the beach. She approached the boardwalk taking in the clean sea air. The wind felt so nice as it brushed against her face.
"It's so beautiful out here." She said aloud.
"Yes it is."
She turned around startled by the mysterious voice that appeared out of nowhere.
"H-Hi! You scared me. Haha." She said.
"I'm sorry." He said as he bowed then offered a friendly smile.
"Wow, he's handsome." She thought.
"I...I should probably give this back to you."
He hands her her phone.
Her eyes widened. "What? Where did you get this? I thought I stuck it in my back pocket!" She said.
"I saw you when I came out of the 7/11. It dropped on the ground as you tried putting it in your pocket. I ran over to pick it up then I followed you here to return it."
"Oh! Well... Thank you. I really appreciate it."
"You're very welcome." He said still with that lovely smile on his face.
She returned the smile then turned her focus back onto the ocean.
He couldn't help but to keep his eyes on her. To him, she looked so content and at peace. He felt inspired by her.
Out of the corner of her eye she saw that he was staring. Slowly facing his direction she raised an eyebrow...
"What?" She asked.
"Oh! Uh, I mean... It's beautiful. The- The ocean. AHEM!"
She could tell that he was nervous but she was clueless as to why.
"Ye-Yeah, it is." She smiled.
"So... Are you from here?"
She gave him another questionable expression.
"I'm sorry. Is it okay that I ask?"
"No, no. It's fine. I'm from Florida."
"Oh cool. I've never been there. Is it true that it's always hot there?" He asked.
"Most days yes. And I can't stand it!"
"Yes! I hate the heat." She rolled her eyes and groaned.
She smiled. "Are you from here?"
"Me? Oh no. But I come here a lot so you might as well say I live here!"
"That's cool. Where are you from?" She asked.
"Haha. You want me to guess?"
"Sure. Why not." He said.
"Okay. Let's see. Well, you have a very interesting accent and just by looking at you I would assume you're of Asian decent?"
"Alright. Now to figure out which Asian country you're from."
He stands back to give her a chance to look him over.
"You look Korean but my head says Japanese?"
"What? Am I wrong?" She asked.
"Well, partially. I'm Korean."
Her eyes lit up, "I knew you looked it! Ha!"
He laughs. "Good job."
"Thank you, thank you." She playfully takes a bow.
Her phone vibrates.
"Oh! I have to take this. Excuse me."
"Hello? Hi mom! No, I'm still out. I'm at the boardwalk just looking at the ocean. Uh huh. No um, I'm here with someone. A young man who returned my phone. I thought I put it in my back pocket but it slipped. He found it and brought it back to me. Yeah, I thought it was nice too. Okay mom. I love you too. Good night!"
She ends the call then looks at the young man.
"Sorry about that."
"It's okay. That was your mom huh?"
"Yeah. She wanted me to call her when I made it back to the hotel. That's who I was talking to before I dropped my phone."
"Well, I better get back there before she calls again." She said nervously.
"Uh... Um... May I walk you there?"
She gave him a polite grin. "Uh, sure. If it's not out of your way."
"It doesn't matter if it is or not. It would be my pleasure." He said.
She blushed and they proceeded to walk together.
There was silence between them but a pleasant walk none the less. They made it to the hotel and she was kind of sad knowing that this is where they were parting ways.
"Well, thank you for walking me here. You were sweet to offer."
"You're welcome. I enjoyed myself." He said.
"As did I."
They smiled at each other like a couple of shy school children.
"So um, have a good night." She said as she turned to walk inside.
He reached out his hand to quickly grab hers. She spun around and faced him in shock. He bent over to kiss the back of her hand and her heart fluttered.
She turned red with embarrassment.
Shyly, she put her head down and began walking inside the hotel.
"Wait!" He yelled. "May I ask your name?"
She slowly turned around, "Katrina."
"Katrina." He whispered to himself.
"Good night, Katrina." He said.
She smiled, "Good night--?"
"Oh! I'm sorry. I'm Jungkook."
"Cool. Good night, Jungkook."
She walked inside the hotel and took the elevator to her room. Her best friend, Dora, was still asleep so she didn't disturb her.
She gave her mom a quick call to let her know that she finally made it back. After the call she took a shower then slipped into her PJ's.
While lying in her bed she grabbed the TV remote and flipped through the channels.
She landed on ENews! and they were in the middle of discussing the nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards.
They mentioned the nominees for best choreographer, video director and so on, but when they got to Artist of the Year she perked up.
"What?!" She yelled aloud.
She immediately looked over at Dora thinking she may have awaken her but she was out like a light.
Turning her attention back to the TV screen she freaked out again.
"Was that Jungkook?! No, it can't be."
She then remembered the billboard she came upon earlier.
"B-T-S... *gasp* Jungkook is in BTS!"
She cut off the TV and thought to herself, "I can't believe it."
Her eyes became heavy so she tucked herself in bed. As soon as her head hit the pillow she'd fallen asleep with hopes of dreaming of Jungkook and what would've happened if they'd exchanged numbers and pursued a friendship.
"Good night Jungkook." She muttered under her breath.
© 2018 Katrina Lippolis