Leaves From A Lotus

Leaves From A Lotus

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A woman, feeling trapped in her relationship with her fiancee, meets someone who makes her feel true love again.
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A woman, feeling trapped in her relationship with her fiancee, meets someone who makes her feel true love again.

Chapter1 (v.1) - Chapter 1:

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I have posted this on an other website recently. I didn't want people to think that I stole it in case they found it on the other website. Also, one of the characters is not a native English speaker. Naturally, she would throw in some words or phrases in her native tongue, Korean, but seeing as I can't seem to get Hangeul characters to show up in the editor, I'll put the romanization and the English translation. While this is a work of fiction, it was inspired by real events and real people who had a real impact on my life, for better or for worse. I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoy writing it.

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: January 29, 2017

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Chapter Content - ver.1

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Chae-Won sat at a small, round table at her neighborhood coffee shop, sipping a cup of camomile tea. Her fiancee rambled on and on about the pros and cons of the locations they had decided to choose from for the honeymoon. She sat with her elbow on the table and her chin on her palm with her slender fingers hidden in her short black hair.


"Chae? Are you okay?" James asked, running a hand through his, nearly buzzed, dirty blonde hair. Chae-Won had to shake the thoughts from her mind before smiling and nodding.

"Ne, jagiya." (Yes, darling.) She said and he blinked. James reached across the table and gently took her hand in his, a soft smile on his face.

"Which place sounds the best to you?"  He asked and looked at the handful of travel brochures spread out on the table between them. Savana, Georgia. Santorini, Greece. Kyoto, Japan. Seoul, South Korea. She bit her lip as she looked over the different brochures.

"I may be a bit biased, but..."She pointed at the Seoul brochure. "I would like to have the honeymoon here. Is that okay, jagiya?" (Darling)She asked and grinned. James smiled just as brightly as she did.

"Of course, my love." He said happily. They shared a smile as she sipped her tea and he took a drink of his coffee. To the outside world, and probably even James, they were the perfect couple, but Chae-Won had a hard time feeling the same way. It wasn't that she didn't love him; she did. She had from the start. Only, recently, she had begun to notice that the kind of love she felt for him had changed. She cared for him very deeply, but she had started to feel unhappy.
Chae-Won hadn't noticed it all at once. It had started with small things. Little things like not being able to agree on a movie to watch, or bickering about what kind of music to listen to. Things hardly worth ending the relationship over, but she had begun to notice more and more little things, and even some big things. They were really starting to add up. Chae-Won checked her phone to see what time it was and James smiled at her from across the table.

"Ready to go home? I can start dinner and you can start planning your bachelorette party or something." He said happily and she smiled.

"Yeah. Sounds great!" She said and started to gather her things. She stood and James grabbed her hand as they walked out of the coffee shop. As they walked, she toyed absent-mindedly with the diamond ring on her left hand. She watched the passing cars and other couples as they neared their small, California apartment. She had started to lose herself in thought, wondering if anyone they passed felt the same way as she did about James about someone in their lives. She was so lost in thought that she didn't hear James trying to get her attention.

"Yah... ChaeWon-Ah... kwaenchanh-ah?"(Hey... Chae-Won... Are you okay?) He asked, using her native language. Hearing Korean when she was so used to hearing English pulled her out of her thoughts.?

"Mueot?"(What?) She asked and looked at him. "N...Ne...kwaenchanh-ah..."(Y...Yeah... I'm okay...) She said quietly. "Oh... We're home..." She laughed a little and he gave a slightly concerned look.

"Chae? Are you really okay? You've been acting strangely today..." He said as he unlocked the front door and stepped inside. She closed the door behind them and set her bag down in the kitchen.

"I'm fine. I promise." Chae-Won smiled and started to walk toward the living room. "Do you want to watch a movie or something while we eat?" She asked, hoping to change the subject. No such luck.

"I can tell something is wrong, Chae." He said and she sighed.

"Nothing is wrong, James." Chae-Won said and plopped onto the couch. James sighed and started to cook dinner while she used her phone to look up some places she might use to host her bachelorette party.



A few days had passed and Chae-Won hadn't made much progress in planning her party. She told James that she was going out window-shopping to try and get some ideas, which wasn't a total lie; she was just having a hard time with wanting to make the effort to plan her party. As she walked into a store that sold party goods for all occasions, a pretty young woman with brown hair and chocolate brown eyes caught her eye. The girl was headed in the direction of the birthday section. The section for weddings wasn't far beyond that. Chae-Won started to walk down the aisle as the girl turned to face her. Almost instantly, she was lost in how pretty the girl's eyes really were. A light blush dusted her cheeks and she looked down to try to hide it. The girl had gotten a phone call and as she stared at her phone, unwilling to answer it, she ran right into Chae-Won.

"Oh! I'm so sorry!" She exclaimed. Chae-Won blushed a little more, but smiled and tried to brush it off.

"Don't worry about it! No harm done!" She bowed politely out of habit and the girl smiled.

"My name is Cecilia." She said and held out her hand to shake.

"My name is Chae-Won. Nice to meet you." She said politely and Cecilia smiled brightly at her. They both noticed that Cecilia had dropped the gift bag she had been holding when they collided. At the same moment that Chae-Won bent down to pick it up, Cecilia did the same. An audible thud could be heard in the next aisle over. They both hissed in pain and groaned as they staggered back and held their heads.

"I'm sorry!" They said in unison. Exchanging a glance, Chae-Won and Cecilia laughed. The Korean girl rubbed her forehead and smiled at Cecilia. The girl with pretty brown eyes looked at her and then back down at the gift bag in her hands with a shy smile. Cecilia's phone started to ring and they both jumped out of their skin. She pulled the phone out of her pocket and looked at Chae-Won.

"Sorry. It's my friend. We're on our way to a birthday party. I have to go, but it was nice meeting you." She said happily and waved. "I'll see you around!" Cecilia called before answering her phone. Chae-Won watched as she walked away and her voice faded out.

"Wow..." She muttered. It was the only word that she felt fit the woman. She walked out of the store, already hoping that she would get the chance to see her again.

 

 

I know that this first chapter was short. I will strive to make the future chapters longer. -Randi<3


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