PART I

"And, I should be here, too?"

"Since this is General's room and you are General."

"Since I'm General?.. Here?"

"Here… without running away."

"Here, together with me in my room? Are you sure?"

He was towering above her, one more second and there won't be any more distance between their faces.

He smiled and backed off. Truthfully, he was pleased, and she was so cute in that outfit! But…

"I can not give you permission. I have certain privileges that come with my position, one of them is the ability to have a room for myself, no roommates."

"Even me?"

"Especially you."

"But why?"

"But why? You are kidding me, right? You do not know why? You still do not know why? You keep confessing your feelings to me. I like you, I just want to love you every day, please let me stay by your side. Is it all, or did you have something else to say? But why? Am I made out of stone? Am I not a man? Who do you think am I? Do you think it is easy for me to be next to you for 24 hours and not imagine more, not to want more? Do you think having you in my room will allow me to sleep peacefully, while feeling your presence next to me? Do you really believe that I can control myself forever? What the hell is wrong with you, woman?"

Only then he realized that he returned to the same position where he was before, towering over her, his emotions are a mix of anger, frustration, and a powerful desire; any longer and he would explode from the tension within.

She was staring him right in the eye, screaming back at him with the same intensity:

"That is what I was saying, seriously! You do not know why? You still do not know why? Do you not think I'm human either? Do you think I say I like you to every man who passes by? Do I seem like a woman who would beg to stay by your side? But why? Am I made out of stone? Am I not a woman? Do you think it is easy for me to be next to you for 24 hours and not imagine more, hope for more or want more? Do you think having you in my room will allow me to sleep peacefully, feeling your presence next to me? Do you really believe that I can control myself forever? What the hell is wrong with you?"

She took a breath and continued:

"Do you know the difference between me and you? At least I have the courage to say it, but you just hide under the pretence of keeping your promise or what not, all you ever want to do is to send me away. With all the screaming, you never said how you feel, did you?"

"Is this what you want to hear? Aish!" His fist smashed into the wall.

He was so mad. He was done. He had enough:

"Stubborn, incorrigible, fearless woman, I love you! I love you more than the world itself! I love you so much that I'm going crazy. I do not give a damn about my country, my king, my honor, my responsibility, as long as I can have you next to me. That's all I ever want. I'm completely owned by you. I love you in a way that a man should not love, because a man should not lose all of his reason like that. It's dangerous for a warrior to have so much to live for, you know. I used to hate you, I hated you so much for coming into my life and making me feel again, and now I am even more grateful for the same reason. From long ago, you always came first, I have loved you for a long time, Eun Soo. I have. It was never a secret from you, maybe I was trying to hide it from myself in the beginning. But not for a while now. My promise to you from that time, it has not been important to me once I realized, I love you and that's why I will protect you, always.
I LOVE YOU. YOU AND ONLY YOU.
You own me, I go where you go, I do as you ask, I belong to you. So if you want me to act on it, then release me. So that I can be a free man again to love as I please, not be held back, please release me!"

He had tears in his eyes from so much feeling and giving it all at once to her to wield her power over him.

"I'm glad we cleared that up. Now, listen well, Daejan. I do not want to own you, and will not order you. I release you from whatever it is you think is keeping you away from me," she paused - "Since I do not have such thoughts. I'm here because I want to be by your side and you do not have to hold back for my sake."

He was breathing so hard, still shaking from the madness that just occurred.

He glared at her and said "My room, my rules. I will do as I want and you will do as I say. Get it?" , after taking a deep breath, he added softer, "Imja".

"Yes, Daejan." She smiled cutely at him.

That's it. He had to have her now, he had to stop her from teasing him, his embarrassment was too much to endure. He needed her at this instant, right here, in this room, he had to take her as his woman, to claim his love as she requested and be done with it. He was a man of action after all, take the most direct approach, and if that does not work, figure out next step.

He was a free man to love, finally.