The trip back to Seoul had definitely been uneventful and while Ivy was happy that she could truly relax she was also a bit upset that she couldn't have any of the Running Man members with her. Ji Hyo had to go early in the morning to film but had promised a full weekend of girl time for the two of them when she was done on Friday, which Ivy was very excited for, Jaesuk had to get back to film as well, HaHa and Gary had to go to their respective studios, and Jong Kook had to prepare for a concert. Ivy hadn't been able to catch what Kwang Soo and Suk Jin were up to. So on the train her only companion was Mark who was now sound asleep across from her. Ivy gave a small grin at the sleeping man in front of her before looking out the window to watch the scenery fly by and before she knew it she was being sucked into her own thoughts.
Ivy thought back to what had happened earlier in the morning when she had gone to the cafe with Mark and all of the advice he had given her. Sure, he had a lot of really good points but could she really let herself stop thinking about the consequences on the two men's careers? If she could her choice was obvious, or at least to her it was, but if it was so obvious why did she feel bad about it? Was it because she didn't want to hurt the other one or was it because she was making her decision based on what she knew prior to meeting them?
**Flashback to the cafe**
“Okay. With that out of the way, who's making more headway in your heart?” Mark asked leaning forward as Ivy smiled before giving her answer.
“Min Yoongi,” Ivy felt her stomach drop a bit with her answer. What in the world?
“You don't look so convinced,” Mark said tilting his coffee so that the straw pointed at her.
“I don't know Mark. It's true, Yoongi is the one that has made my heart flutter and given me butterflies more but Jong Kook has done the same thing. It's a really hard choice that I'm in no way ready to make. I just want to make sure that I don't make the wrong decision and hurt them. It's really hard,” Ivy picked at the sleeve around her coffee cup, trying to occupy her mind with anything that wasn't the thought of what Jong Kook's face would look like had he heard what she just said.
“Well I know I sound like I've been rushing you and all but don't worry about it so much. Take your time but make sure that you get to spend some time with them. If you don't then you'll never really know which one you choose,” Mark reached out and laid his hand on Ivy's that had been picking at the sleeve to calm her nerves. “I think you'll make the right choice.”
“If you keep frowning like that you'll get wrinkles,” Ivy looked over at Mark who was now rubbing the sleep from his eyes.
“Ne, Oppa,” Ivy laughed as Mark gave her an are-you-serious look.
“I may not know Korean but I will have you know that I do know yes and no now, thank you very much,” Mark crossed his arms defiantly making Ivy laugh again. “Are you still caught up on what to do with those guys?”
“Honestly? Yes. I have no idea what to do. I feel bad for saying that I like Yoongi more because it's not like he's winning by a landslide or anything and I'm worried that I only feel like that because I'm his fan,” Ivy let out a sigh and then slouched in her chair.
“Well why don't you try to go on a date with them? You know, an actual date, no cameras, no time limit, no ridiculously harsh penalty for leaving,” Ivy laughed as Mark reminded her about Yoongi's situation.
“I would I just don't think it's appropriate. It's not like I can actually go on a date with them and it not make the news. People would flip their shit if they found out that I had been on a date with them,” Mark shook his head and rolled his eyes at her answer.
“Well it'd be like that for a long time anyways right? Maybe you should go on a date that you would actually have with them if you were in a relationship. You know, give them a test drive. Wait. That sounds dirty. Don't test drive them. Test the waters. Yes, that sounds much better,” Ivy laughed again and shook her head.
“You know I'm really happy you're the same when you're Markiplier and when you're just Mark,” Ivy smiled and Mark puffed out his chest.
“Why thank you citizen! I appreciate your accurate description of my amazing super power,” Ivy couldn't help but laugh as he whipped off his glasses and wriggled his eyebrows at her.
“What did I do to deserve a friend like you?” Before Mark could answer her the speaker over head announced their arrival to Seoul, which Ivy translated. They both got off the train and hailed a taxi to take them to their hotels. Mark was heading back to the states the next day, unfortunately, and this was their last chance to hang out.
“Look, don't let what anyone else is going to think influence you. The only thing that matters is how you feel at the end of the day. I still think you should go on a date with them and see how it turns out but its up to you. If you need me, you have my number, call me. I don't care what I'm doing, I'll answer and help you. I know you don't have a lot of time here and you need to figure this out before you leave,” Mark said as he leaned over to give Ivy one last hug before getting out of the cab.
“Thank you Mark. I really appreciate it. I'll give it a shot. Be safe and let me know when you get back okay? And same goes for you. If you ever need me for anything just call me,” Ivy said giving him one last squeeze before he got out and waved at her as the driver started to pull away.
“Ah. I miss that. Young love is the best,” Ivy almost choked when the taxi driver spoke up.
“Aniyo ajusshi. He's just my chingu,” Ivy waved her hands in front of her face as the driver looked at her in his rearview mirror.
“I've never seen a someone look at their chingu the way he looked at you,” Ivy simply waved her hands in front of her face again and the driver shrugged. The rest of the way to the hotel Ivy spent texting Yoongi. She didn't want to look up from her phone and risk the driver trying to insinuate Mark was in love with her. Thankfully Yoongi was on a break and available as a viable distraction.
BinguIvy: Annyeong Yoongi-ah! What are you up to?
MinSuga93: Annyeong Jagi. We're taking a break from dance practice. They're killing me with this shit.
Ivy couldn't help but giggle at the knocked out Jay-G emoticon that he attached.
MinSuga93: What are you up to Jagi?
BinguIvy: Not much just heading back from the train station. My taxi driver thought that Mark was in love with me lol
MinSug93: Am I going to have to hide you away to keep other guys away from you?
BinguIvy: Ha ha very funny Min Yoongi.
MinSuga93: Wae? Is it wrong that I don't like other guys looking at you?
BinguIvy: Well since I'm not your girlfriend you may be pushing it a bit.
MinSuga93: Arrasseo. How long until you're my girlfriend then?
Ivy snorted a bit and shook her head. He was definitely persistent, she'd have to give him that.
BinguIvy: I don't know. When do you think you'll be able to get some free time?
MinSuga93: We're going to have a two day break in about a week. Waeyo?
BinguIvy: I was wondering if maybe we could go on a date. I know we wouldn't be able to really “go out” or anything but I think it'd help if I could know what I'm getting myself into.
MinSuga93: So you want a test date to see if you'll actually be my girlfriend?
BinguIvy: I guess it sounds worse than it did in my head...
MinSuga93: Ani, I think it's a good idea.
MinSuga93: Are you going to do this with Jong Kook hyung?
MinSuga93: Just curious...
BinguIvy: Yeah... That was the plan...
BinguIvy: This is a really hard decision for me...
MinSuga93: Aniyo. It's okay I just wanted to make sure that I knew before I got my hopes up too high.
MinSuga93: Wouldn't want to think you'd already made your choice only to get dumped right?
BinguIvy: Mianhe... I'm a horrible person aren't I?
MinSuga93: Aniyo. I get it. I couldn't imagine being in that situation myself so I get that you're just trying to do the best you can.
BinguIvy: Arrasseo. Can you do me a favor though?
MinSuga93: Ne, anything for you Jagi.
BinguIvy: Can you act like yourself around me? I feel like you're being super cheesy because you think that's what I want but I want to get to know Min Yoongi remember?
MinSuga93: Alright, one sarcastic, blunt, emotionally repressed man at your service.
BinguIvy: lolol... You are really something else Yoongi-ah.
MinSuga93: Just because you don't understand my genius doesn't make it nonexistent lol
BinguIvy: Genius? Who in the world ever called you a genius?
MinSuga93: You did in your videos reviewing our albums.
BinguIvy: I thought you didn't speak English?
MinSuga93: Subtitles are a wonderful thing.
BinguIvy: Wait I thought you said you hadn't seen all of them? The last one for you guys had to be like what, a year or two ago? Did you go back and watch them after we met?
MinSuga93: Why wouldn't I?
BinguIvy: Omo! I talked about a lot of things I never thought you'd hear!
MinSuga93: Oh you mean the fanfiction video?
BinguIvy: Oh god, tell me you didn't watch that.... Please!
MinSuga93: How was your favorite Bangtan fanfiction about Taehyung? You couldn't find one about me?
BinguIvy: Oh god... Stop talking please....
MinSuga93: You even said the main character was biased to me before the pairing! Are there no good stories about me?
BinguIvy: You really have no idea what you're talking about please god just stop.... This is really embarrassing...
MinSuga93: You wrote a Monsta X story but you can't write a story about me?
BinguIvy: How did you know that????
MinSuga93: Someone named Angie mentioned it in the comments...
BinguIvy: Someone named Angie is now dead when I go back home....
MinSuga93: Hey I've got to go we're going to start practicing again... I'll message you with the details for our date later.
BinguIvy: Min Yoongi you better forget what you heard!
MinSuga93: Never Jagi! Never!
Ivy simply locked her phone and looked around. The cab was pulling into her hotel and now all she wanted to do was go to her room and crawl into her bed and never come out. This had to be one of the most embarrassing things that had ever happened to her. Since when had there been subtitles on her videos?
Pushing those thoughts aside Ivy paid the driver and headed into the hotel. She pulled out her phone when she entered her room and checked the time. It was still early in the evening and Jong Kook's concert hadn't started so she sent him a quick message telling him good luck and to give her a call when he was done. His reply was quick, he thanked her and told her he would. With that done all that was left was to get herself some dinner and figure out what she was going to do for the rest of her stay in Korea. It was going to be a long month.