“I’ve always enjoyed living in a small town,” Jin laughed at the mention of the city, because he knew very well what it was like - he did get his training in the city, but came back to the quiet life. Perhaps it was just his type of environment; the quiet made him happy. “And yes, it is a very rewarding job; I love it, don’t get me wrong…It’s tiring but I think the smiles I bring back to people’s faces make it worth the while.”
At the mention of her friends leaving, he frowned, even though he knew it was a common occurrence. People came and went around town, and it wasn’t unusual to see new faces every other month. “I see…yes, I would love a friend. Ah, bartending…” He thought maybe of mentioning his dislike of alcohol, but before he knew it she mentioned sitting next to him. With an embarrassed red blush on his face, he said, “Oh, of course - I should have offered earlier.” He moved a little closer to the edge of the bench on his side, making enough room for both Karen and Blondie.
“I’m sorry, I was just enjoying our conversation so much that I forgot my manners, haha…” It was obviously a nervous laugh, and he put a hand on the back of his neck and rubbed it self-consciously.
“Oh ya? I guess that living in a small town has it’s good points. Things are much quieter, and the people tend to be nicer… And it must be nice that you get to really know the patients here, too.” a look of admiration was on her face as she listened to him and she nodded her head in understanding. He was a very dedicated man, the opposite of her father, really. It was refreshing to Karen. “Being able to make a difference like that, it really must be such a great feeling.. I mean, if I do become a vintner, I’ll make people happy, but not in the same sort of way.”
It made Karen smile all the more, hearing that he was interested in a friendship. A reliable guy like Jin seemed like a good person to make friends with, especially since he was so nice and calm - a person who also could enjoy a quiet night, like herself. “It’s okay! I just realized I might as well sit, instead of standing around. People might think I’m bugging you or something.” she chuckled softly, picking Blondie up and then sitting in her place, setting the excited pup back on her lap.
“Are you drinking tea, by the way?” she asked, seemingly at random, but she’d noticed that he had a drink with him that was obviously not alcoholic. “I can bring some, when I visit - unless you like wine. I make wine at home, so if you like that — Aaahh, But I guess you couldn’t anyways, could you?” she smiled apologetically, realizing that a doctor couldn’t very well be drinking during the day, not when patients were around. “I should try and drink less anyways, I suppose.. Aha…”
“Oh…” This was what he had been wondering about the minute she mentioned bartending, and it seemed that she indeed was a wine-lover. Jin didn’t mind that she drank, as long as it wasn’t to excess, which naturally worried him. He too on occasion did drink red wine for good health, but it was a taste that he didn’t really appreciate as much as some did. Alcohol never seemed like a good idea to him, and he preferred tea or even coffee if he was feeling tired.
Looking towards the water, he wondered how he should approach the topic - it was obvious he was thinking deeply about his response, as he didn’t want to offend Karen with his aversion to alcohol. “Well, yes, I am drinking tea,” He said with a slight smile, and then added, “Ah, I’m afraid I’m not much of a wine drinker, it just doesn’t settle well with me.” It was the truth, at least. Jin wasn’t one to lie.
“But that’s very interesting; you want to be a vintner? Do you have your own winery and orchard?”