“Poor granny.” Leeteuk said sadly. “I can’t believe she has Alzheimer’s….”
“Yeah…me either.” Kangin looked at Leeteuk.
“I wonder what it’s like to forget everything…”
Kangin turned to Leeteuk and held his shoulder. “Park Jungsu, marry me.”
Leeteuk looked up and saw Kangin was serious.
“What?” Leeteuk responded. Did Kangin just say what he thought he said? Marriage?
“I asked if you would marry me.” Kangin repeated.
“I barely met you.” Leeteuk said.
“I know, I barely met you too, but I know you are the one for me. It’s not just some kind of stupid infaturation, its the real thing.” Kangin looked Leeteuk genuinely and held his hands.
Leeteuk thought about it. “We’ll marry, only if you can get the approval of your parents and mine.”
Kangin flashed a grin. “Deal.”
The shorter male laughed and kissed Kangin on the cheek. They resumed holding hands and walking down the street. While Leeteuk looked carefree, Kangin tried to mask the pain he felt because he knew that sooner or later his love will forget everything.
“Oh no.” Kangin faked a smile. Yes, everything was wrong. Why was Leeteuk losing his memory so early? If only he had met Leeteuk years ago.
They walked on the dirt road and as they got near Kangin’s now home, they noticed the lights were on. Kangin could have sworn he had shut them off before Leeteuk and he went on a date. They opened the door.
“Mom…dad?” Kangin said as he saw the two figures on the couch. His father had a stern look on his face while his mother had one of pity.
“So this is Park Jungsu.” His father looked at the scrawny short boy.
“Hello Mr. Kim and Mrs. Kim.” Leeteuk bowed. “I am Park Jungsu, nice to meet you both.”
“My, you are very polite.” Kangin’s mother complimented.
Leeteuk bowed again.
“Kangin, I need to talk to you in private.” His father said in a stern tone.
“Jungsu-ah, I’ll walk you home.” The grandmother told Leeteuk and shot Kangin an apologetic look. They shut the door behind them and Kangin took a seat on a chair.
“I’ve been wanting to talk to you too.”
“What is it?” His father asked.
“I want to marry Jungsu.”
“Absolutely not!” His father shouted.
Kangin looked taken back. He didn’t expect his father to respond so quickly and with that kind of tone. “Why?”
“Jungsu, as nice a kid he is, is a boy.”
“Honey.” Her mother said.
“What’s wrong with that?”
“Kangin, I want you to marry a girl that way, your mother and I can have grandchildren.”
“Jungsu and I could adopt and give you grandchildren.”
“But they won’t be your blood.”
“As long as they’re my kids, blood or not, I will love them the same.” Kangin felt offended.
“Aside from that whole issue, aren’t you a little too young to get married? You haven’t even entered college and here you are discussing with me about marriage.” His father said to him and rubbed his temples. His wife looked at Kangin with pity and tried to mediate the tense atmosphere felt in the room.
Kangin gritted his teeth to force the tears back. “I don’t know if you have heard or not, but Leeteuk has early onset Alzheimer’s. Dad, I want him to have plenty of joyful memories before he forgets.”
“Dear, can’t we let them have a marriage? Please, for the sake of our child?” His mother pleaded on behalf of Kangin.
His father bit his bottom lip and mentally debated the whole issue. “Ah, even if I were to say no, you would still go on with the whole wedding anyways.”
“Thank you, dad.” Kangin shedded the first tears he had ever shown his parents.
“Jungsu, how are you feeling?” Gran asked as she walked Leeteuk home on the dirty road path.
“I don’t know, just kind of shocked.” Leeteuk blushed.
The gran giggled and wrapped her arms around Leeteuk. “Jungsuah, do you really like Youngwoon?”
“Yes!” He said as if almost shouting and shut his mouth. He couldn’t believe that in less than a summer, he was already going to get married, then again, he wouldn’t choose anyone else to marry.
They finally arrived in their home and he found his mother waiting for him as always.
“Umma, I have something to discuss with you.” Leeteuk said quietly.
“What is it sweetie?” She said, slightly concerned by the tone of her son.
“If possible, could you give me permission to marry Youngwoon.”
“Will you be able to handle the hardships that come your way?” She asked simply.
“Y-yes.” Leeteuk stammered but his mother could feel his confirmation.
“Okay then, I’ll give you my blessing. I just hope you’ll stay happy.” She smiled at his son.
“I will umma.” Leeteuk gave her a hug and smiled.
The old lady stood by the living room door way, smiling. Boy do kids grow up fast.
sorry for the late post! i've been busy and i finally finished all my ap tests!! whoo!!!!