I was wrong.
The visit was all in the name of proselytizing. How was I supposed to know? She is a sinister being, Zgz unni. She even came prepared with a foolproof plan.
I never stood a chance.
Phase I: Win over Raine and her minions
Zgz unni can cook well and I can’t. I love to eat. So she cleverly wormed her way into my heart through tasty cooking. There was paella and fried eggplant and grilled vegetables and chicken…
Then she charmed my younger sister into delicious giggle fits, mostly at my expense. My dongsaeng loves to giggle. In fact, she’ll keep me up many nights just so I can make her laugh. And Zgz unni is FUNNY. Lil Raine was an easy victory for her.
The only being left was my cat, Timmy. He’s a picky little thing, which makes sense – he’s a CAT. But he took to her from the moment she entered the house. HOW did she do that? I don’t even know how to explain it. Maybe he loves the way she teased him – maybe he loves a hard-to-get-woman.
In any case, with my household won over, Zgz unni moved onto phase 2 of her plan.
Phase II: The Introduction
We met on Dramabeans so of course we’re both ginormous, nerdy, obsessive k-drama fans. Several times we sat down to watch the newest episode of this or that or to chat about this hot pair of abs or that beautiful face.
And then she did it. She mentioned THEM. Of course, I was already a fan of one of THEM from a drama.
She had found her “in”.
With her handy dandy external hard drive, she pulled up a few variety shows with THEM in it, being goofy or specials with THEM trying to speak English and being nice to countryside grandmas.
Who doesn’t love a man who is nice to a granny?
So she continues and then, with a maniacal grin, points out her favorite little skinny Asian man/boy. He is so innocuously cute that I decide to watch more. A few variety shows in, I not only know the man/boy‘s name, but the rest of his groups names as well. One three hour concert later, I know THEIR personalities and even the colors that subbers use for each member. (The man/boy‘s color is yellow…)
Now, if you know Zgzgirl at all, you will know who THEY are and who this man/boy is. If you don’t, here THEY are:
There THEY are. The adorable group of Japanese idols. Their faces are everywhere in Japanese. Their acting skills grace drama upon drama.
And which one of THEM is her man/boy love?
Okay, okay! I’ll say it. ARASHI. Nino! There. It’s out of the bag. We spent half our time watching ARASHI and Nino. We started a drama, Ryuusei no Kizuna, with Nino and a few other Japanese actors I like.
And then IT happened.
Phase 3: Victory
I woke up one day and the words just popped out of my mouth, “Can we watch more Nino?”
Well, Zgz unni literally ran out of the kitchen where she was making some breakfast and did a happy dance. No, a VICTORY dance.
The rest of her time was spent reveling in her victory. We watched concerts and dramas that were occasionally paused to catch up on the newest episodes of Flower Boy Next Door, but it was Game Over. Even after my birthday party we ended up watching ARASHI.
On the day Zgz unni left to continue her trip, we watched an ARASHI variety show until I had to take her to the airport.
Zgzgirl left with her mission accomplished. I fear for Cherkell and Shel who will host her next. What evil plans are in store for them?
Oh, I know…
You may have won this round, unni, but next time, beware…