A RACE TO MY HEART
"Good news boys!" the DBSK boys manager suddenly announced as soon as he entered the boys' apartment.
"What is it hyung?" Micky asked curiously.
"Well there is going to be a big racing competition here in Japan. And the organizers want a group to sing and promote a song for the race. And that group is you guys," their manager answered happily.
"Racing competition? What kind? Do you mean . . . as in real race cars? Do we get the chance to ride on one of them? Or better yet . . . do we get the chance to meet some famous race car drivers?" Max asked excitedly.
The DBSK boys' manager suddenly laughed. "Max . . . don't get over excited. Don't worry. You'll get the chance to see and ride on real race cars because you will all be doing a commercial for the promotion of the competition. And aside from that, you will also get the chance to meet all the race car drivers who will be competing in the race."
"Really?" Max asked as his eyes suddenly lit up with joy.
Jaejoong, Xiah, Micky and U-Know all laughed as well. Max had really shown his young and innocent side.
"So hyung when is the race going to be held? And when are we going to start recording the song and making the commercial?" U-Know asked.
"Well the race is going to be held next month. And the recording of the song will start the day after tomorrow. As for the commercial, I think it will start next week. There are still some changes that need to be worked out," their manager answered.
"Wow! That is fast. We just learned about this today and it will immediately begin after tomorrow?" Xiah commented.
"Yes, the organizers and sponsors of the race are in a hurry to finish the commercial. Oh! And before I forget, there will be a gathering on Sunday for all the people involved in the race. and that includes you guys. So all of you must attend, " the older man said.
"Sunday? That's six days from now. We still have a lot of time to prepare right?' Jaejoong said.
"Yes . . . That event is still a very big occasion. A lot of high profile people will be attending. So you guys should really prepare," their manager said again.
"But I thought you said that it is only for people involved in the race? How come many people will be attending too?" Max asked.
"This race is sponsored by five huge companies. And there are more than sixty drivers from different countries competing. So it is already attracting the interest of many people. And based on what I learned, some media personalities will also be attending because the organizers will finally introduce all the drivers who will be joining the competition. So you guys better prepare yourselves. You will also be introduced together with the drivers," the DBSK boys' manager said.
"Oh! This is going to be exciting," Max suddenly exclaimed.
The other four DBSK boys laughed again. They were all very hoping and excited as well. They had never seen real race cars up close and they had never met any race car drivers before. So this project was certainly very interesting and new to all of them.
Days passed by quickly . . . and it was already Sunday.
The DBSK boys were already sitting in their van, and on their way to the hotel where the special event for the race was going to be held.
"Hyung . . . Do you think there will be movie personalities in the gathering we are going to?" Max suddenly asked.
"I'm not really sure. But what I do know is that a certain girl in the race is already attracting a lot of attention. Well, it is based on what I heard, of course," their manager said.
"A girl? Why? Don't tell me, there's a female driver who is going to join the competition?" Micky suddenly asked with interest.
U-Know suddenly laughed. "Here we go again. Micky's eyes have suddenly lit up with joys again. He's already interested in the race because of the girl hyung mentioned."
"Hey! It's just that it's very uncommon for a guy like me to actually meet a girl who is more adventurous and who has more guts than me. I've never met a female race car driver before. That's why I am very much interested to meet this girl," Micky tried to explain his side.
"Yeah . . . me too. I am quite curious as to what a female race car driver would actually look like. I mean if she would be pretty or not," Xiah added.
"Well, what do you guys expect? Of course . . . she will look like any ordinary girl. I think there would be no difference at all . . . except maybe if she knows how to cook . . . then that would certainly make a big difference," Max said with a laugh.
Everyone looked at Max. And then they all sighed. Whether a simple or serious conversation, Max still couldn't stop himself from thinking about food.
He was constantly finding some excuse or way to mention about food in all of their conversation.
"Max . . . can you please just stop thinking about food even for one minute?" Jaejoong asked as he suddenly tapped his forehead in disbelief about what Max had said.
Max laughed. "Sorry, hyung. You know how much I love food. All kinds of foods and dishes to be exact."
"I wonder, do you guys think that there is a possibility that maybe somewhere . . . there is a certain girl that can match up with Max's huge appetite?" Xiah suddenly asked the other DBSK boys.
Jaejoong, Micky and U-Know all looked at each other. Somehow they couldn't imagine a girl with a big appetite for food just like Max's. After a few minutes of thinking, all of them started to laugh uncontrollably.
"Hey! Why are you guys laughing?" Max asked with a hurt look on his face.
"Honestly, I can't even try to imagine what a girl with the same appetite as you would actually look like," Micky said with a big laugh.
"Why?" Max asked again.
"Well . . . I can certainly imagine what a girl with Max's appetite would look like . . . " Xiah said with a big grin on his face.
"Well what?" Jaejoong asked.
"Imagine a . . . huge elephant . . ." Xiah said as he suddenly burst out laughing.
Jaejoong, Micky and U-Know and their manager laughed.
"Hey! That's unfair," Max shouted.
"Don't worry, Max. I'm sure you'll meet the perfect girl someday. As for her looks . . . don't worry. I know she'll look just fine," Jaejoong said as he tried to console Max.
"Speaking of girls . . . Hyung do you know the name of the girl who's going to join the race?" Micky suddenly asked their manager.
"Why do you ask?" the older man asked.
Xiah suddenly laughed. "Don't tell me that you're interested in that girl. She's way out of your league."
"I was just asking her name. What's wrong with that?" Micky asked with an innocent look on his face.
U-Know suddenly laughed as well. "I wouldn't even dare think of what would happen once you get the chance to meet that girl."
"Well, I am sure that hyung will find a way to capture that girl's attention," Max said with a broad smile.
"Are you guys teasing me again?" Micky asked suddenly as if hurt.
Jaejoong laughed. "No . . . of course not. We're just expressing what's on our minds."
Micky the shook his head as a sign of disbelief. His friends were totally making fun of him, he thought.
Xiah suddenly placed his arm around Micky's shoulder. "Hey! Don't be so serious. We're just fooling around. But honestly, a race car driver is really way too much for all of us. Let's just say, she's someone we can never be able to handle."
"You're certainly right. That girl is really too uncontrollable for anyone of you to handle. Someone told me that girl in the race is the youngest female driver ever to actually pass and be accepted in the race. They say the organizers in the competition at first . . . were somehow reluctant to let her join because aside from being young. She's actually the one and only daughter of a big business magnate in the US. They say the organizers were somehow afraid that if something bad happened to her, her father might blame the organizers and cause trouble.
"So she's rich? So why does she need to put her life in danger like that? Frankly, I don't get it. I don't understand why some people love racing so much to the point that they don't care about their own safety," Max commented.
"Well, maybe that's the whole point. Maybe she's so rich that she's done everything that she ever wanted that she's trying racing now just to experience something new," Xiah replied.
"I really can't understand it. And somehow I don't think I can ever get along with a person like that. I believe we should always make use and enjoy our lives properly. And honestly I think racing is just a waste of time, money and effort," Max commented.
"Well, we all have different ambitions or dreams. Maybe that girl's dream is to really become a well-known race car driver. We shouldn't judge her," Jaejoong suddenly said.
"Hey guys! We're here. Better get ready," the DBSK boys' manager suddenly announced.
The DBSK boys' conversation was suddenly stopped. As soon as their van parked in front of the hotel, they immediately noticed the large group of people and reporters waiting outside of the hotel's entrance.
"Wow! So many reporters," Max exclaimed.
"I told you guys this event is big," their manager said.
"Well, what are waiting for?" Micky suddenly said.
Jaejoong laughed. "Micky, you're being over-excited again," he said as a joke.
Several minutes later . . . . .
The DBSK boys were already in the gathering. Everyone was already busy doing different things. Micky was already busy chatting with some girls. While Xiah, U-Know and Jaejoong were busy talking with other celebrities. As for the boys' manager, he was already talking with other managers of other stars.
As for Max . . . .
He wasn't in the mood for talking. He was interested in something else. He started to walk while turning his head, left and right. He was looking for something. Then after a few minutes, he stopped. He had already spotted what he was looking for.
He immediately went up to the buffet table, and started to choose what foods to taste first. He was already eating an appetizer he had picked when . . . .
"You should try that appetizer near the one you're eating now. It's quite good. I've already had five of it," a girl's voice suddenly said in fluent English.
Max immediately looked at the girl. She was smiling at him. And instantly, his heart started to beat wildly. She was an Asian, about 5'10", with long black hair and a captivating face and figure.
"You should try this," she said again in fluent English as she pointed at the food she was currently eating. "It's good."
Max stared at the girl. She was very beautiful and obviously very nice. And somehow while she was smiling at him sweetly, his heart was pounding rapidly.
The girl stared at Max for a few minutes. Then she laughed. "You don't understand me?" she asked in English while waiting for an answer.
The girl giggled again. "I'm sorry. I should have spoken in Japanese right away. What I said earlier was that you should try that appetizer near the food that you just ate. It's quite good. In fact, I've already eaten five pieces of it," she said this time in Japanese.
Max suddenly laughed with what the girl had said. "Really? Then I should try it then," he said as he then picked up the appetizer the girl was recommending.
After Max ate the appetizer the girl was suggesting, he immediately smiled back at her.
"Thank you. It's really good. Do you think I can have some more?" he asked.
The girl laughed. "Of course. We can have as many as we want. But we better try the other foods as well. Don't you think so?"
"Yes, you're right. How about we try this one too?" Max asked as he pointed another appetizer.
"Yes . . ." the girl said with a smile.
Max and the girl started to taste the different foods on the buffet table. While eating, they were both exchanging comments on whether the food they ate was good or not, based on their food preferences.
More than thirty minutes passed, Max was already enjoying his time with the girl that he didn't notice that Xiah, Micky, Jaejoong and U-Know were already watching him nearby.
"Look at him! He's already met such a gorgeous girl and he's still busy eating," Micky said in disbelief.
Jaejoong laughed. "Well the girl is busy herself . . . eating."
"Yes, they're both enjoying chatting and eating," Xiah commented with a laugh.
"It seems our little boy has finally found his match. I think that girl has a bigger appetite than him," U-Know said with a laugh as well.
"Yes, I've noticed that. That girl really loves eating," Micky said with a nod.
"Should we interrupt them?" Xiah suddenly asked.
"Definitely . . . yes. Knowing Max, I'm guessing he still doesn't know the girl's name even if he's been with her for more than half an hour now," Micky answered.
"Well, what are we waiting for? Let's meet Max's new friend," Xiah said with a laugh.
The four DBSK boys slowly walked up to where Max and his new friend were.
"Max . . . ." Micky called out.
Max then looked at his friends and smiled. "Hyung . . ." he uttered.
"We've been looking for you. So you've been busy eating huh?" Xiah asked.
"Yes, the foods here are totally delicious," Max answered.
"So who is your new friend?" U-Know suddenly asked.
Max then stared at the girl he had been talking with. The girl was smiling at him.
"Uhm . . . . We have been talking with one another for a very long time now. But we still haven't introduced ourselves to one another. I'm Max and you are?" Max said with a smile.
The girl laughed lightly. "I was wondering when you were going to ask my name. I thought you were really more interested in the food we were eating than me," she said in Japanese.
Xiah, Jaejoong, Micky and U-Know suddenly burst out laughing.
Max suddenly blushed. "I'm sorry. I know it’s quite impolite. I only remembered to ask your name after my friends asked about you," he said shyly.
The girl smiled sweetly. "It's okay. Don't worry about it. I was just joking with what I said earlier. Anyway . . . I'm Fate Nakamura. Nice meeting you . . . Max," she said as she gave out her hand to him.
Max immediately reached out and shook hands with her. And the moment that his hand touched her hand, he instantly felt a strange feeling. He felt like he had held her hand before . . . and somehow he didn't want to let go of it.
The girl suddenly smiled after noticing that Max had held her hand for a very long time already.
The other DBSK boys also noticed Max. All of them wanted to laugh, but they just stopped themselves. They didn't want to embarrass their friend.
"Hi! I'm Micky," Micky suddenly said to break Max's hand from Fate's hand.
Then Jaejoong suddenly lightly nudged Max as if to make him come to his senses.
"I'm Xiah . . ."
"I'm U-Know . . ."
"And I'm Jaejoong . . ."
"Nice to meet all of you . . . So are you racers as well?" Fate asked.
"You don't know who we are" Micky asked as if unable to believe.
"No . . . sorry," she replied apologetically.
"That's okay. We're not racers but singers. We're a group called Dong Bang Shin Ki. We're the ones singing the song for the commercial of the race," U-Know explained.
"Oh, I see! I am really sorry. I just arrived in Japan today. So I am not familiar with the things going on," she said.
"So are you a part of the crew of the race or are you from the media?" Xiah asked curiously.
Fate smiled and gently shook her head. "No . . . I'm . . ."
"Fate . . . ." a man's voice suddenly called out.
Suddenly a man came up to them and immediately held Fate's hand. The man was an American, about 6'0 tall, blond, good-looking and with a well-built body.
Max looked at the man. And then at the man's hand as it tightly held Fate's hand. Somehow his heart started to ache.
"I've been looking for you. Come on . . . The program's going to start," the man said to Fate in English.
"Sorry, I got hungry. And then I met some new friends. They’re the ones doing the song for the race," Fate said to the man.
The man then looked at the DBSK boys. " Sorry . . . but we've got to leave. Maybe you can talk again with Fate after the program," he then said in fluent Japanese.
The DBSK boys didn't know what to say, so they just nodded.
"Goodbye . . . Maybe we can continue chatting with one another after the program. Goodbye . . . Max," Fate said as she was gently being pulled away.
Within seconds, Fate disappeared among a crowd of people. Max suddenly asked himself if he was really going to see her again.
Then after several minutes, the program started. All the race car drivers in the competition were introduced, one by one.
While the program was going on, Max's mind was being filled with questions concerning Fate. Somehow he wanted to see her again. But he knew it was somewhat impossible.
Then lastly . . . the organizers introduced the only female driver in the race.
Instantly . . . Max's attention was drawn to the stage.
Max couldn't believe what he was seeing. The female racer everyone was talking about was no other than . . . . Fate.