Your average Korean woman “A” had always taken the bus as her main method of public transportation. And as mundane bus rides go, A never expected much out of the ordinary. Most of the time, she kept to herself — minding her own business, focusing on reaching her destination in peace.
Starting one day out of the blue, however, A noticed “B” — a Korean man — who insisted on sitting in the empty seat next to hers, every single time he got on the same bus. At first, A thought it had been a coincidence… but after a month of their paths crossing constantly, A realized there might be something between her and B. Could it be? Could it really be?
Confused, A turned to the internet for help. She asked an online forum if she might be right to think B is trying to make a move on her. Fellow netizens, enticed by this 21st century modern love story in the making, suggested that A try testing the water with B — by leaving an umbrella or some personal belonging behind on the bus. Netizens claimed if B really meant to approach A from the beginning of it all, he’ll definitely see that as an opportunity. And just like that, the master plan was in place.
Some time passed before A returned to that online forum to share what happened on the chemistry bus. She wrote that the plan was executed without failure.
Hey guys, this is A who asked about B who keeps sitting next to me on the bus. I took your suggestions to leave behind an umbrella… and gave it a go. Except, I left behind a sketchbook because it wouldn’t rain and I didn’t have a reason to be carrying around an umbrella…
It was a Monday when A accidentally left her sketchbook behind on the bus, she recalled. Unfortunately, came Tuesday and B didn’t seem to have collected A’s sketchbook. She felt a bit discouraged…
Anyway, on Monday, I got off the bus without my sketchbook. It was a used sketchbook that I left behind, just in case. And I thought on Tuesday, he would approach me with it. But he didn’t! He didn’t have my sketchbook. So I was like, okay…
… until a couple of days later, B finally made a move: And the most grand one of them all too.
But today, right as I was getting off the bus, he stopped me and gave me this! He said, ‘Hey, you forgot this…’ And oh my god, he was so cute! I was literally half way off the bus though, so I couldn’t stay to talk to him any longer.
A revealed that B had handed her a brand new sketchbook, gift wrapped to her surprise. On top of the sketchbook, B stuck a post-it note that apologized for having looked through the old sketchbook that she left behind.
Hi. I’m the one who found your sketchbook on the bus and I kept it until I got the chance to return it to you. And I noticed that you might be needing a new sketchbook, so I bought this for you. I hope you like it. And I’m sorry I looked inside your old sketchbook without your permission. Please take this as a token of my apology. I hope you can forgive be for snooping around your stuff. It has gotten a lot colder these days. Take care of yourself, okay?
Just when A thought this post-it might be the lukewarm ending to this K-Drama, she found a clump of paper titled “Report” stuck in between the pages of the new sketchbook. And that report went like this:
… but it’s more like a letter. I have never written reports like this before.
By: Not a creep, I promise.
[Part 1. My Motivation] Here is what led up to me falling in love with you:
You looked beautiful sitting on that bus.
You looked beautiful leaning on the window of the bus.
You looked beautiful giving up your seat to someone else.
You looked beautiful showing graceful manners that match your looks.
You looked beautiful sipping on the banana milk.
You even smelled beautiful sitting next to me.
[Part 2. My Charms]
I bet you’re surprised, right? I have to say, I was pretty worried that you would find me creepy because I kept sitting next to you. I’ve been following you because I’ve fallen in love with you at first sight. I actually never take that bus. It takes me 40 more minutes to get home if I take that bus. But when I saw you on that bus one day, when I was hanging out with my friends… I’ve been taking that bus for about a month now. Some days I would miss you… but these days I’ve come across you many times. Personally, I was happy about that. I wanted to take my chances, but I was worried you’ll turn me down. I decided to go for this anyway because I don’t want to regret not trying. But! Since you don’t know anything about me, I prepared this report so you can decide if you’d like to give me a shot or not!
[Part 3. My Plans] Finally, my plan is to get to know you and take you on dates. I really want to see you outside that bus. I just really really want to see you. I’m serious and I mean everything I said. I wish I could call you by your name… If any part of my plan sounds good to you, please give me a call. You can call me late night too, that’s totally fine. [Phone number]. PS. PLEASE!
So…? Did A think any part of B’s plan sounded good?
Fast forward a year, A shared that she and B will be tying the knot soon! After reading through the report that explained B’s interest in her, A reached out to B. The two had begun dating — and the chemistry they couldn’t fight off on the bus rides home proved them to be absolute soulmates! A returned to the online forum to thank the netizens who encouraged her to be proactive.
Taking your advice, I gave away my sketchbook and won a husband! Haha. Thanks guys!
Looks like the “Report” really sold A on the idea, right? It’s no wonder K-Dramas are always so dramatic. It’s because Koreans are really out there, making their own fairy tales happen on the bus ride home!