**Author’s Note – This is a work of fiction and not meant to be taken as real. It has no meaning, no hidden message, and no intention other than to tell a story.**
Jia had led quite the charmed life until now. She didn’t have any major family problems growing up, she had plenty of friends in her school, and though her family wasn’t exactly rich, she had never wanted for anything. She even slept on Egyptian cotton sheets, which her father had emblazoned with her favorite boy band, BTS. Unfortunately, because of his job Jia’s father was rarely home, even on the weekends. She had her mother, grandmother, and little brother to keep her company instead, which was fine with her. Though her father was kind, he was a bit of a stranger to her and she never felt comfortable being more than daddy’s little girl around him, in spite of her rapidly advancing age.
Jia had a boyfriend from high school named Jeongmin. Though they had been dating for 5 years, were now 24, and were deeply in love, marriage was just out of the question. They were just too young! Besides, she had a promising career as a journalist that she needed to focus on. Maybe after they got closer to 30. And maybe not even with him. After all, he did have his military service coming up soon. He was scheduled to leave in less than 3 months, and 2 years is an awfully long time to go without a boyfriend on her arm, not to mention the lack of regular sex.
Jia had never really cheated on Jeongmin. Not in her mind anyway. There was that one time when she went for soju and clubbing with her besties, then blacked out. All she remembered was waking up naked and alone in a love motel, and if there was nobody there, she probably didn’t do anything bad. Right?
As far as she was concerned, everything was just fine. Besides, why wasn’t Jeongmin there to watch her? It wasn’t her fault that she drank too much, her friend just kept pouring shots! Isn’t that a boyfriend’s job, after all?