“What do you mean ‘who are you?’ It’s me, Kangin.” Kangin said.
Leeteuk merely stared blankly and looked at him again. “Kangin? I don’t know a Kangin.”
Kangin just looked dumbfounded. Was Leeteuk playing a joke on him or something because it wasn’t funny.
“Kangin!” His grandmother found him at last. “Let’s go home.”
He was still too shocked to say anything so his grandmother dragged him back home.
“Did I do something to upset Leeteuk?” Kangin finally spoke when it was dinner time. Heechul looked up from his meal with his eyes full of curiosity.
“No, you didn’t do anything wrong.” His grandma said calmly. “Heechul, would you like another serving?”
Heechul nodded and handed his plate to the old woman who put some Korean food on there that smelled delicious. Normally, Kangin would have asked for seconds but he didn’t feel like eating today. He just sat there and played with his food. He looked at his grandmother who didn’t return the gaze and looked as if she was making herself busy for a reason.
“Gran, is something wrong?” Kangin observed how his grandmother seemed as if she was arguing with herself.
“Oh nothing. Just um…wondering if I should grow azaleas.”
“Azaleas? Gran, aren’t you allergic to them?”
“Oh right, I forgot. Haha silly me.” She hit her head softly and chuckled. Empty silence.
“Thanks for the food.” Heechul got up and went to Kangin’s room to prepare things for a shower.
Kangin faced his grandma once more. “I know you’re lying, you’re not forgetful. Tell me the truth.”
“Kangin, I’ll tell you some other time. Right now, I’m really tired so can you wash the dishes?” She yawned and ran from the little table. “By the way, stay away from Jungsu for a while.”
“Wha-“ The door slammed shut before Kangin could get a response.
“Aish!” Kangin was really frustrated, what was so darn hard to say.
The next morning, Kangin woke up and found Heechul barely getting up as well.
“Did you sleep well?” Kangin asked.
“Surprisingly, yes.” Heechul snickered.
“So are you going to go visit Hankyung?”
“Yep, be back soon.” Heechul went off carrying a picnic basket and a bunch of flowers. He took one whiff before heading out the door.
“See ya!” Kangin waved. He wondered how Leeteuk was doing, the idea of Leeteuk not knowing who he was bothered him. He wondered how long he would keep up with this joke.
Kangin stretched him arms before heading out himself. He went up to his grandmother and greeted her. “Gran, I’m going to go for a jog.”
“Okay, have fun.”
Kangin snickered, he was going to go see Leeteuk. His grandma did warn him, but was he ever a filial son much less a filial grandson?
He ran to Leeteuk’s house only to find no one there. How weird…Kangin thought. He decided to go to the place where he and his love usually hung around at which were at the beautiful cherry blossom garden. As he approached he saw a figure by the tree. He squinted at the tree and realized it was Leeteuk.
“Leeteuk!” He shouted as he ran over there and gave him a hug.
“Don’t touch me so casually!” Leeteuk pushed Kangin away.
“Come on, time to stop with the joking around. You got me.” Kangin laughed.
“What are you talking about?” Leeteuk looked at him suspiciously.
Kangin stopped laughing. “You seriously don’t remember who I am? I’m Kangin…your boyfriend.”
The man was a little taken back by what he heard. “I don’t know if you are.” Then he ran off leaving a very shocked and hurt Kangin.
Gran went home to find Kangin finishing his first bottle of soju. “Kangin! You can’t drink yet, you’re too young!” His grandmother yanked it away from him.
“Just leave me alone Gran.” He opened another bottle in which his grandmother promptly took away also. “You want to drink with me too?”
“No, drinking is a bad habit.” She scolded him.
Tears fell from the man and his grandma stopped scolding him.
“He doesn’t remember me.” Kangin clenched his teeth to stop the sobs. “I thought it was a joke at first…it’s not.”
Heechul went home and saw Kangin crying. He went over and patted Kangin on the back. His grandmother’s eyes were welling with tears.
“Kangin, what I’m about to tell you is serious.” She said solemnly.
He looked up as did Heechul.
“Leeteuk…has Alzheimer’s…and the worst part is…he doesn’t know it himself.” His grandmother began sobbing and walked out of the room.
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