Sun-hi stepped outside her home to take in the new neighborhood. She desperately needed a break from the mountain of boxes that still needed to be unpacked.
“Sunny, don’t wander off too far, dear. I don’t want you getting lost the first week,” Sun-hi’s mom hollered from inside.
“Mom, that was one time! And I was 6!” Sun-hi shouted behind her before heading down the driveway to get a better view of the street. Looking down one way, then another, she decided that a short walk to the corner of the block and back would be safe enough and not give her mother a panic attack.
As she neared her driveway on her way back, a teenage boy looking to be about the same age as her jogged down the driveway of the house next to hers. Sun-hi slowed her walk as he neared, keeping her gaze forward but watching him out of the corner of her eye.
“Hey, how’s it going? You moved into the house next door right? My name’s Nick.”
Sun-hi froze, her anxiety kicking in at being spoken to, and by a guy no less.
“Um, are you okay? Not trying to be weird or anything, I was just excited to see someone my age moving into the neighborhood. The rest of the neighbors are either old couples with no kids, or young couples with small kids. I was hoping that we could talk? Maybe go hang out, get to know each other?” He looked at her with hopeful eyes, a small smile on his face.
“I, uh, I. . .a date?” Sun-hi stammered, her nerves on overdrive, heart racing.
“No! I mean, not really, I guess? I was thinking more of hanging out, as new friends, maybe? Sorry. What do you say?”
“I, um, I have a lot of unpacking, and my mom is probably worried about so I should head inside,” Sun-hi stammered out as she tripped her way around Nick back to the safety of her new home.
“Oh, okay. Maybe some other time.” Nick replied sadly as Sun-hi began to scurry away.
“Wait, you never told me your name!” He hollered at her retreating back.
Timidly, Sun-hi paused as she reached her door.
“It’s Sun-hi,” she said as she disappeared inside.