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”Pfft, you’re good at plenty of things, don’t say that.” he said, nearly whining. He didn’t like it when Eunsook said bad things about herself, especially since she was such a good person with so many fine qualities and abilities. At least Minho thought so. ”But alright, good. The offer is still there though~” he repeated. 

The man shook his head a little, looking down at his hands with a shrug of his shoulders. ”No, just never mind…” he tried, but when the girl kept insisting he eventually gave in. ”Fine, I… I was thinking maybe we could stay in and watch a movie and have some popcorn and maybe… well… maybe we could make a… a tent of sheets in the bed.” He looked down, hating how childish his idea was. Most of the point of learning how to read and getting a job had been to show Eunsook that he was mature and could take care of himself, but yet he was acting like three year old child. 

Minho sighed out, looking over at Eunsook with puppy dog eyes. I used to do it with my sister. It was fun and it always made me feel safe but… it’s very childish.”

"I was joking, sweetie" she replied, still writing. She was joking when she said it, even if there was a hint of truth to her words, but Minho’s insistence made her smile softly.

"Oh, a blanket fort?" she asked with child like excitement, looking up from her work. She hadn’t made a blanket fort in years, she used to make them in her room as a child and bring her cuddly toys and books with her. She didn’t have many friends and her parents were often busy with work, so she created her own little world hidden under the blankets.

She couldn’t help but roll her eyes a little when she saw his puppy dog eyes though. It was cute, and she knew that she would have given into them if she were against the idea, but because she liked it the look was funny to her. She lifted her pen up and lightly swatted him on the forehead, shaking her head a little “Stop that, I like the idea” she said with a soft laugh “We may have to go to the supermarket though, for snacks and popcorn”

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Minho followed the girl with his eyes as she got up and went over to the counter, not looking away even after she had sat down next to him again. ”If you want me to go so you can finish your work in peace and quiet, just say so.” he pffered, letting her know that the opportunity was there and he wouldn’t be offended if she couldn’t concentrate because he was talking. 

”’Mmh, I don’t know.” he said, shrugging a little. ”I had an idea but… it’s silly. I don’t know about going out, I don’t know where we would go. Of course if there’s somewhere you want to go then I’m alright with it.”

"Nah~" she replied, shaking her head as she tapped her pen against her lips "I don’t mind at all, I can chat and do this. I’m not good for a lot of things but maths is one thing I can do right" she laughed softly, pushing her glasses up again, before jotting down another number

"Oh? You had an idea?" she asked, looking up from her work to look at him with her pen still pressed against her lips "Tell, tell, I bet it’s not silly"

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She looked over towards where he was pointing, looking at the paperwork, before shrugging a little “not long” she replied, not knowing an exact time “I got most of it done already, as it has been a bit of a slow day today. I just need to add some some totals and check my working, then I should be all down until the end of the week” she nodded to herself, leaning forward to put her tea down onto the coffee table “Why do you ask?”

”We need to celebrate, dont you think~” Minho asked, grinning at the girl a bit. ”I was just wondering if you would be busy with work all night, that’s all.” he was beginning to work out a plan of how to celebrate in a way they could both enjoy. Minho didn’t want to get drunk or anything like that, not necessarily, he just wanted to have a good time with Eunsook. Though he always enjoyed himself when he was with her, he wanted to do something nice for the both of them.

"Oh, of course" She agreed, nodding to herself "This is definitely something that needs to be celebrated" As she spoke she got up and went over to the counter once again, getting her paperwork and a pen before heading back to the couch and sitting down. She decided that she could get the work done quicker if she continued it while she spoke to Minho "Is there anything in particular you want to do?" She looked at him, pushing her glasses up the bridge of her nose, before looking at her papers and writing some numbers down "We can go out some where or we can just stay in, it’s up to you"

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Minho didn’t wuite know what to say to that. Even though Eunsook wasn’t brushing his thanks off, it still seemed like she needed to justify it for some reason. It was like she tried to make it seem like common sense, that anyone would do what she had done to help him, that she wasn’t something special. Minho guessed there wasn’t much he could do to convince her otherwise. 

He shrugged his shoulders a bit, looking over to the counter to see the paperwork Eunsook had been working on. ”How long will it take you to finish that?” he asked, pointing towards the papers on her desk. It was getting close to closing time, he noticed.

She looked over towards where he was pointing, looking at the paperwork, before shrugging a little “not long” she replied, not knowing an exact time “I got most of it done already, as it has been a bit of a slow day today. I just need to add some some totals and check my working, then I should be all down until the end of the week” she nodded to herself, leaning forward to put her tea down onto the coffee table “Why do you ask?”

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Minho blushed a little at what she said, still not used to having people say nice things about him. He had known that she supported him and believed in him, but it was still always nice to hear it. 

”It’s all thanks to you.” he said in all honesty. ”Not just what I’ve learnt but… all of this too.” He didn’t really know how to express his gratitude towards the girl, she had done so much for him and helped him beyond what he could ever hoped for, but he didn’t have the words to express that. He guessed he would just have to show her somehow, sooner or later.

”Thank you. And don’t say that there’s no need to thank you because you know that’s not true. If it hadn’t been for I would’ve still slept in obandoned buildings and all that.” His voice was soft even though his words were serious, he just didn’t want her to brush his gratitude off.

She shrugged a little bit, not brushing the thanks off this time like the always did. Instead she got up and went over to the counter, picking up her cup of tea before heading back over to the couch and taking a sip “Well…like I said” she replied, taking another of sip of her tea between words “Everyone deserves a chance, you included, and everyone needs some sort of spring board to get started. I just had the spare space the the time and the desire to try and help you. It was obvious you were, and are, and intelligent guy even if there are no sorts of academics to back that up”

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”I’m glad you think so, thank you.” Minho said, his smile turning soft at the girl’s reaction. 

”He said something like that too, because at first I couldn’t believe it at all. He had to reassure me a couple of times.” He chuckled a little, looking down on the hands in his lap, only remembering then how the palms of his hands had been burnt the first time he had been in the shop, the first time he had met Eunsook. All that was left of them now were scars. They had healed nicely, he thought. 

”Anyway, I kept telling him that I couldn’t read very well, I told him that you’ve helped me a lot but I’m still not the best at it, but he said it was fine, I would learn more by working, he thought. I also kept reminding him that I have never had a proper, honest job in my life before, but he said he would teach me the most important things himself, and that it seemed like I had the will to work too. He didn’t seem worried at all.” It was still hard for Minho to believe he had bet someone like his new boss, the only selfless person he had met so far was Eunsook, and he had never thought he would meet someone else like that. He guessed the world still held many suprises for him. 

"Mm~" she hummed in agreement "You will learn a lot more through working, not just with your reading but with just any sort of life skill really. You do have a really good sense of motivation and work ethic and, if anything, the way you have been living before makes you more determined as you want things to improve and work out. That puts you above many people in that respect as you having fallen into the slump of routine or gotten use to just having things, you have had to earn them and you understand their worth"

She reached over to lightly pat Minho’s knee, smiling softly at him “I think you will do amazingly, no doubt about it. You can put anything you put your mind to. I mean, look at how much you have learnt in the time we have known one another”

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”Especially since it’s a smaller aquarium.” he said, nodding a little. He was happy Eunsook was paying attention to his little story, though he hadn’t doubted she would. She always seemed to care about what he had to say.

”Well anyway,” he continued. ”So I got in there and I wasn’t very confident at all. Even though the manager seemed quite nice at first I didn’t feel comfortable. He asked me if I had any papers with me, and I said no, thinking he would tell me to go right there and then.” Minho smiled a little. ”But he didn’t seem angry, nor did he find it amusing. He just simply asked me why not, and I told him that I hadn’t had a job before. Then he said that was laright, but instead he asked me to bring some papers from the last school I went to. I said I didn’t have any, he asked why and I explained that I hadn’t gone to school either.” 

The man stopped, sighing as he remembered how nervous he had been at that time. ”Again I thought he would ask me to leave, but instead he just kept asking me why not. He still didn’t seem judging or angry or anything, so in the end I told him the story. I told him about you as well. I guess I should’ve left out some parts, but at the time I didn’t think about that. I just told him the truth. I regretted it afterwards, because he turned silent for a while, just looking at me, and in the end he said that he hadn’t met anyone who deserved the job more than me. Can you believe that?”

"Oh, wow, really?" She asked, her voice softer and sounding obviously touched by this unknown man’s actions "That’s…wow. I’ve never heard of a person doing something like that but I’m so glad he did. I’ll have to do something to thank him for being so selfless, there are so few people like that in this world"

She fiddled with the end of her sweater as she spoke, thinking for a moment before smiling softly “but he is right, you do deserve it. You deserve your chance and it’s not right for you to be held back from that just because you didn’t get the same start in life…it’s not right at all and this society seems determined to keep those who start lower down in that lower part of the social structure and that just isn’t right. I’m glad someone else out there can see that”

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”Nae, I did.” he chuckled, letting the girl guide him to the sofa. He sat down obediently, but hwen Eunsook didn’t sit down as well he took hold of her hand and pulled her towards him with a little too much force, making her land on his chest. ”omo, I’m sorry. Are you arlight?” He apoligized, being unable to hide a small laughter in his voice.

After making sure the girl was sitting properly, he sighed and leaned back into the sofa, closing his eyes for a moment. ”I’ll start from the beginning then.” he began, nodding a little to himself. ”I really didn’t think I would make it, there were three other people appyling for the job today and they all had papers and recommandations and references and what not. They were all older than me too so I didn’t have high hopes at all.”

He smiled at her, pausing a bit to let his words sink in so it wouldn’t be too much all at once. ”I was the last one the manager talked to. I was called into his office and all. Or well… it wasn’t really an office, or at least it was unlike an office I’ve ever seen before. To be honest I don’t think he has one, he just used a free room I guess.”

She was going to go and get her cup of tea before sitting down but, before she could head over to the counter, Minho took hold of her hand. She looked down at their joint hands, about to ask what was up, but all that came out was a surprised squeak as she was pulled down. She landed half on his lap, her face against his chest, and she couldn’t help the small blush that reached her cheeks as she looked at him.

"I’m fine, I’m okay…you aren’t aware of your own strength huh?" She tried to tease, moving so that she was next to him, before relaxing in her seat. The tea could wait she guessed, especially now that Minho was telling her what happened. She was really curious and so she wanted to hear everything.

She nodded as she spoke, humming lightly when she heard him talk about those with all of the paperwork that Minho wouldn’t have. She was surprised as well, not because he was unable or anything, but simply because he didn’t have the paper work that others had, but she was still happy for him and she continued to nod as she listened “I guess aquariums don’t really have many offices…”

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”It’s a bit of a long story.” he sighed out, reaching up to wipe some sweat of his forehead with the back of his hand. ”I’ll tell you all about it.” After gesturing towards the sofa, Minho took his coat off and walked to the backroom to hang it up. He was so warm, and decided to take off his sweatshirt as well, leaving him in his striped t-shirt. 

When he still didn’t cool down right away, he took out a glass and filled it with cold water from the fridge and downed it in one go, only to fill the glass again before he closed the fridge. He stopped a little, only leaning against the counter to regain his breath properly before joining Eunsook in the shop again. ”Ah, jjinja.” he breathed out as he sat down. ”I haven’t run like that in months.”

"mmm~" She hummed out happily, smiling at him "I’ll look forward to hearing it"

As Minho left the shop she turned around to put her paperwork away, knowing that it could wait. This was a big deal for Minho, and it was for her too. She was so happy to see him making his way in the world after struggling for so long and his excitement over it all was contagious. She was still worried, of course, about what could happen with him meeting so many new people, but she tried to push it all aside with what he had told her a few weeks before. She found comfort in his words, even if she struggled to see how he could say such a thing, and she trusted him and so she trusted his word.

When he came back down Eunsook looked up from where she was sliding her papers under the counter, frowning a little “Did you actually run all of the way? Aigo, Minho” She came out from behind the counter and guided him over to the couch, making him sit down “You need to rest”

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