Coffee Prince Chapter 5: “Can’t Disappoint the Witch”
(Random) SONG OF THE DAY
Bi / Rain – “아쉬운 빈 공간” (roughly translates to “lonely, empty space”). This is my favorite Bi song, and one I dub the sweetest let’s-get-bizzy song I’ve ever heard. Basically he laments the empty (physical) space between him and his girl, having reached that point in the relationship where he feels a kiss is insufficient to express his love, and now he wants to sleep with her. HAHA. But I swear it sounds more sweet than skeezy in Korean. [ zShare download ]
Okay, so between Bad Couple’s final two episodes, the two upcoming episode of Coffee Prince, and Harry Potter, I probably won’t be writing novel posts for a couple days at least, but I’ve gotta leave off with this section first, since Chapter 5 really turns up the heat. Woo!
Let’s just say I wish I could translate the entire chapter, but at least you have your faithful Xanga poster for that.
CHAPTER 5: “Can’t Disappoint the Witch”
So Eun Chan is angrily on her way to see Han Gyul, who’d so officiously demanded her presence at a certain party at the last minute. As it’s Valentine’s Day, the party is for singles, but also serves as a de facto welcome-back-to-Korea gathering for Han Gyul.
At the party, he’s harassed by his friend’s little sister Ye Rang, whom he dubs the Anaconda for her voracious man-eating personality. I’d left her out of a previous chapter because it seemed a pretty small point, but essentially she’s obsessed with Han Gyul. When he wakes up from a night out with her in his hotel room, she claims they slept together. He insists he didn’t touch her, but he’s inwardly a teeny bit worried that he might have even though it’s likely she’s lying. But because she’s his friend’s sister, he’s worried she’ll spread the gossip and cause trouble for him.
Anyway, Ye Rang keeps pestering him and it occurs to Han Gyul that he can kill two birds with one stone. Or, rather, with one issue (that he’s gay), he can rid himself of two women (his blind date and Ye Rang). So he calls Eun Chan to the party.
Arriving, Eun Chan forcefully tells Han Gyul she’s done with their arrangement, and Han Gyul agrees: “Today’s the last day of this show. We’ll finish this decisively today…” That suits Eun Chan, though Han Gyul doesn’t divulge the plan slowly forming in his head…
All right! Today, he’d do it definitively. In front of all these people, he’d have his coming out. With such loose lips, there’d be no reason to hold back and the rumors would fly. Although his old man would flip out hearing about it, he wouldn’t have to deal with clinging women for at least a few years. This was a lucky chance.
“Han Gyul pushed over a glass of tequila. Eun Chan, bewildered at the situation she found herself in, accepted it. Han Gyul clinked his glass to Eun Chan’s and tossed back the liquor. He’d borrow some strength from alcohol in order to loosen his nerves. Eun Chan felt the same anxiety. Han Gyul remembered the time in Seattle when his openly gay friend Dick had grabbed him in a sudden kiss. You could say he thought the kiss wasn’t horrible.
Just then, the partygoers start up a game called the witch game, where a man and a woman basically groove on each other onstage and one gives the other a lapdance. The “game” gives them an opportunity to play the roles of tyrant and witch (it’s okay to be skanky if you’re “acting” as a witch?). After one couple goes, Ye Rang goes up onstage and announces her partner: Choi Han Gyul. He turns her down as unsuitable and is in turned named the witch, and told to pick his lady partner.
Sulky and bitter, Ye Rang comes up with an idea to stick it to Han Gyul. She looks around the room and sees the guy with Han Gyul, and calls out slyly, “The partner doesn’t strictly have to be a female, does it?” Ye Rang points to Eun Chan and says, “That guy over there.” The crowd stops for a second, then (somewhat jokingly) reacts with excitement and calls out for a kiss.
Han Gyul looked at Ye Rang, who was giving him a look that said, “Come on, see if you can try it,” and gave her his thanks. This was going better than he’d thought. This way would be a hundred times better than presenting Eun Chan, shabbily dressed like some idol star, and saying, “Actually, I’m gay.” Since it was a game, it wouldn’t seem artificially planned, but the effect would linger. It would leave people wondering if he was gay, but provide no definite answer. The rumors would run even wilder.
Han Gyul put his game face on and spoke in a low voice to Eun Chan.
Han Gyul gets onstage and tells Eun Chan to come up, inciting excited murmurs through the crowd:
“Is he really gonna do it?”
“Wow, he’s so cute. I just want to bite him!”
“Look at those cheeks. I think I’ve seen that guy around somewhere. Is he in Dong Bang Shin Ki?”
“Who’s that guy? I haven’t seen him before.”
“I dunno. He must be Choi Han Gyul’s sweetheart.”
“Sweetheart? Is that a girl, or a guy? That bastard sure is pretty.”
Eun Chan’s stunned, while Han Gyul starts feeling nervous. He’s only ever kissed a guy once, and that was a surprise kiss from a friend. “Dammit. What if he threw up?”
Han Gyul catches Ye Rang’s eye and sees that she suspects he’s just putting on a show. He realizes he’d better go all-out, because if he doesn’t, it won’t be convincing and he might wind up in the hands of the Anaconda. He’ll just go for it.
Casting aside his misgivings, he grabbed Eun Chan’s head and pulled it toward himself. Eun Chan had gone stiff, and he pressed his lips to hers.
Amid the catcalls of the crowd, Han Gyul has a wayward thought:
Whoa, he’s soft.
Without realizing it, Han Gyul’s hand had naturally made its way to Eun Chan’s waist to pull her to him. The hand holding Eun Chan’s head held on even tighter. At Han Gyul’s increased pressure, Eun Chan pulled her waist away, little by little. Unconsciously, Han Gyul cocked his head, fitting his lips to hers like perfectly matched gears. He kept moving his lips softly against hers. Stillness hung in the air, as silent as though someone had pulled the pin out of a grenade. The kiss, which was deeper than anyone had expected, had frozen everyone still.
Forgetting everything about his surroundings, Han Gyul found himself engrossed in the kiss. Suddenly, Eun Chan’s eyes flew open like they’d fall out of their sockets. The instant Han Gyul met her eyes, he was struck with the realization. He’d pushed his tongue in her mouth.
/end Chapter 5.