We’re shut in at home. Like, it’s literally for the good of the world. I should be writing my ass off. I should be cleaning my house, working, decluttering, grooming, exercising, trust me. There’s plenty to do. But what am I doing? I’m watching stuff on my phone, letting my imagination run away with me, and eating. I’m not eating as much as usual — thank God — but fat kid definitely ain’t missing no meals. Sigh.
I am, however, blogging. In this week’s joint, which picks up where last week’s left off, Tan is nervous because Sinna’s friends are coming to Seoul for a visit. So, she gives him all the 411 on the women — and men — who made up her life back home in Chicago.
Y’all know I have a tendency to carry characters from one book to the next. Eventually, everyone gets their own! LOL But I love doing that because it gives the characters extended life. I love these people, ok?
It’s why it’s so hard for me to let go and publish my books. I write them fast. I edit them forever — because of my characters. They’re not real real, but they’re realer than some. They help to advance the story, provide context, flavor, history and backstory, their value from an editorial perspective is limitless.
But if I’m honest, I love writing them into my stories because most of them are just fucking cool. Like, if they were walking around, they’d be your best friend, and you’d love them to death.
The picture is of model turned actor Lee Soo Hyuk. He’s got a new drama coming up. But he’s mostly here because he’s tall and sexy, has long elegant fingers and a deep, unforgettably masculine voice. And the man is chiseled. It’s like his entire existence was carved out of marble. Dee-lish. A little too skinny for my personal taste — too many sharp edges in the wrong sitch-ee-ations, if you know what I mean — but he’s so…eye-catching. It’s not my fault, ok? YouTube keeps pushing me his videos. What can I do? It’s YouTube. I listen. LOL
Be well, everyone. Stay healthy. And if you’re money or family has been affected by the coronavirus, my thoughts and prayers are with you. It’s an awful, awful, scary thing, but please keep your chin up. This too shall pass, so hang in there!
“Will your friends like me?”
Sinna didn’t look up from the box she was opening. “Yup.”
“How do you know?”
“You’re rich, fine, sweet, and you like me. Full house.”
“Fine? Full house? I don’t understand.”
“Fine is handsome, and full house means you’re holding the right cards.”
He still looked confused.
“You’ve got it all.”
“Ah! Thank you, Sinna-ssi. I am happy that you look on me so favorably.”
Sinna rolled her eyes.
“Why do you roll your eyes? Do you doubt my sincerity?”
“No. I was thinking your English has improved tremendously, yet you still sound completely Korean.”
He laughed softly. “I suppose I do. Do you dislike that about me?”
“No. It’s charming.” That was saying something because there were a lot of things that got on her nerves about South Korea – not that she’d ever admit it. “You’ll be a big hit with the girls.”
“I hope so. What can you tell me about them?”
“I’ve known them for more than 20 years. Tommy even longer; we grew up in the same neighborhood in New York.
“Tommy and Lani are in business together, fabulous event planning, image consulting, branding, PR, artist and reputation management, high end personal shopping, if it involves talking shit, making people look good, and making a buck, Tommy’s your girl.
“She knows everyone, and the people she doesn’t know she just hasn’t met yet. She’s the one who got me this job, and Lani is her perfect complement. She has three children, and her husband Jeremy is a very successful novelist. Tommy just recently got engaged to Dominic, who we’ve also known forever. He was best friends with Tommy’s first husband.”
“She is divorced?”
“A widow for almost 10 years now.”
“So young to be alone for so long.”
“Yes. I often thought it was a shame because she’s beautiful and charming and a fabulous business woman. But it worked out well because apparently Dominic has been in love with her since they first met. And, in the way of all good romantic tragedies, he chose not to interfere with his friend’s happiness, and instead waited for his chance. While he waited, he built his father’s business into a global monster. He has a hotel here in Seoul.”
“Really? Which one?”
She nodded. “The Blue Chateau.”
He blinked in shock. Daebak. “Me and the boys have been trying to go there since it opened. But something always comes up. That place is supposed to be amazing!”
“Dom wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s bringing his youngest son, his younger brother Liam, who also works in the family business, and probably a few bodyguards.”
“He must be quite wealthy.”
“Very. And extremely protective of his family.”
“I don’t blame him. He waited so long for it. He never married?”
“He did. He has four children from his first wife. He was married when he met Tommy. I’m sure it was an interesting situation for a man to be in, loving one woman while married to another.”
“And the man who was his competition was also his good friend. That must have been very hard. It’s no wonder he threw himself into business. He needed relief from sadness. Was he good to his first wife?”
“Far as I know, very. No one knew how he felt about Tommy until after their divorce. He took himself all the way to Japan to keep them from finding out. His first wife and three children went with him for a time.”
“I thought you said he had four children.”
“Yup. The youngest is a very late addition. Bubs is two, I think? A last ditch effort by the first wife to keep Dom from divorcing her. It didn’t work. She got him drunk, and got herself pregnant, but he still divorced her, and now they’re not even friends. He’s cordial, but the relationship was never the same.”
“He felt betrayed. They were a good team sounds like, but her behavior at the end was not good. She has only herself to blame.”
Sinna smiled slightly. She loved that Tan was both extremely romantic and extremely practical. It was so refreshing.