Category: Fans Fiction


Hye was waiting for her usual bus at the usual bus stop near her work place. It was late at night, almost 10pm. She was all alone. But, what she didn’t realize was that she wasn’t exactly all alone. There was someone who was watching her from afar, and another someone who was watching her from over the glass. Both of them wasn’t able to approach her. No, only one of them wasn’t able to approach her because he saw that she wasn’t alone.

It wasn’t 3 minutes later that the bus came. It was very cold that night, but it didn’t bother Hye because her mind was somewhere else. She had been having late nights and her body condition wasn’t tip-top. She boarded the bus and because there wasn’t many people around, she was able to get a couple seat to herself. In such circumstances, the girl would usually sit near the window, but Hye chose to sit near the aisle. She put on her earphones and played her music. The lyrics of the first song on the playlist seemed to be singing out her story. She closed her eyes and unknowingly, tears flowed.

There was someone who was watching her, beside her; Hye of course wouldn’t have noticed. Hye was starting to weep a little, but there was no noise. The man seated next to her stretched out his hand to wipe off those tears rolling down the cheecks. The cold touch startled Hye.

Turning her head fast, Hye saw JaeJoong seated right next to her. She couldn’t help but weeped more.

“What’s wrong?” JaeJoong asked, being concerned.

“Nothing.”

“Don’t lie.”

“It’s really nothing.”

“You know I can’t read your thoughts recently.”

“Have you tried?”

“I…” JaeJoong is lost for words. He didn’t know how to explain it to Hye. No matter how hard he tried to read her mind, he can’t. And, he was kept away from her with his mission.

“See…” Hye tried to force a smile. “Why are you here at this timing?”

“Why? I was here all along. But, someone was so busy crying that she…” JaeJoong was trying to cheer up Hye.

Hye pouted and stared hard at JaeJoong.

“And… You know.. Usually, at times like this, the ladies would usually sit at the window seat. And, they would rest their head on the window… Why?” JaeJoong stopped his nonsense when Hye continued to stare at him.

“Why would I? When there’s no one else. And, it has always been my habit to sit here.”

“Oh, really?”

The next song continued to play on Hye’s music player. JaeJoong took the ear phone resting on the left side of Hye’s ear and put it into his own.

“What song was it that made you so upset?”

“Ung?”

“You were crying.”

“I… It wasn’t the song.”

“You’re lying.”

“It’s up to you to believe it or not.”

JaeJoong didn’t argue with Hye. He sat upright to match his shoulders to be higher than Hye. Then, he put his left hand over her shoulder and pushed her head to rest on his right shoulder.

“Why?” Hye tried to lift her head upright.

“Just for a while. Just stay like this for a while.”

The third song continued to play on. Tonight, weirdly it seems, all the songs on Hye’s playlist seemed to be playing stories about their past. Both Hye and JaeJoong have many parts of their stories in bits and pieces. One thing JaeJoong didn’t realize is that Hye had a companion who was looking out for her at a distance.

The bus drove on and it soon came to the stop that Hye needed to alight. Hye took the ear phone off from JaeJoong’s ear and stood up immediately.

“Oppa, I’ll alight and walk home myself. You don’t have to see me home.”

“Hye…”

With that, Hye alighted the bus and ran a little until she was sure she wouldn’t be seen from the bus stop. As she ran, she couldn’t stop herself from crying. She sat at a bench and cried with all her might. Someone was seated next to her. He was protecting her in his own way.

JaeJoong saw that Hye was seated alone on the bench and she kept weeping. Upset, he wasn’t able to take a step forward towards her so he could sit beside her and comfort her.

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Hye, I’m really sorry.” JaeJoong found himself crying for the first time after his death.

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“Mr. Kim JaeJoong, you didn’t forget about your mission, have you?”

“Senior, I haven’t. It’s just…” JaeJoong knew that he failed on his mission tonight.

“As your senior, I only have one advise for you. You’re already dead. Don’t mess with the life of the living. No matter what you do, you can’t turn back time.”

JaeJoong nodded when his senior put an arm over his shoulder to usher him that he should leave.

“Now that you’ve seen her enter the door of her own house, you should feel more at ease.”

“Thank you, senior.”

His senior let out a sigh and commented, “I seriously have nothing to comment about your relationship with her.”

“You don’t have to.”

“Your fate with her ended in this life. But, no one can tell what’s coming up next. Haven’t you know enough to be able to guess?”

“What… do you mean… with that?”

“Come on, boy.”

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“You’re upset, aren’t you?”

Hye entered her own room and he followed behind her. Hye slammed the door right at his face. But, in any way, it wouldn’t matter to him.

“You’re upset because of him.”

Hye went to her table and put her bag down.

“What can you do about it?”

Hye sat down on her chair.

“There’s nothing that you can do even if you’re upset.” As he said that, Hye was tying up her hair.

“You’re not going to start to cry again?” Hye folded her legs right in front of her chest, on her chair.

“Alright, for a day like today. You should cry your heart out.”

That night, Hye cried for a long time and she didn’t even bothered bathing or changed to a new set of clothes. Tired, she just lied on her bed and slept, without covering the blanket.

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“Hye!”

“Hye!”

“Hye!”

Hye’s mom was calling out for her in the dining area. It was already 8am. Hye would be late for work.

“What’s that girl doing? Why isn’t she coming down yet?”

“Why don’t you go and take a look?”

“She’d usually be here, eating her breakfast at this timing.”

“Morning, dad, mom.”

“Seo, you came at the right time.”

“Why?”

“You’re done with feeding the dog? Can you go and call your sister?”

“Hye is still not coming down?”

With that, Seo ran upstairs and barged into her sister’s room.

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“What? What are you? Why are you here at broad daylight?!”

“Why can’t I? I can be here anytime I want.”

“What did you do to my sister?”

“I swear I didn’t do anything. But, she was crying the whole night.”

“Crying?” That guy nodded hard.

“Hye? Hye, wake up. You’re late.” Seo called out for Hye as she approached her sister. Seo touched her sister and realized that she’s down with a high fever.

“Mom! MOM!”

Frantic, her mom ran to the second floor.

“Hye… She’s down with a hot fever.”

“Hot fever?” Concerned, her mom burst into the room. “Let me see.” Her mom moved to the other side of Hye and touched her on her forehead. “Indeed. Seo, get some ice and cloth from the kitchen. Make sure to wet it.”

“Ok…” Seo ran downstairs.

“What’s wrong with your sister?”

“Oh… She’s down with fever and mom wants me to get some ice.”

“Down with fever? Our strong Hye? She hardly falls sick.” Worried, her dad went upstairs to take a look.

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With that, Hye’s mom busied herself the whole morning, trying to lower Hye’s body temperature. A house doctor had been called in and medicine prescribed. Worried, Hye’s mom couldn’t leave Hye an inch, but it was almost lunch time.

“My dear, you need to take your medicine. I’ll cook you something, alright?” Hye’s mom said in a very soft voice.

She left the room.

That guy who was watching this whole thing came forth and took a look at Hye.

“I’m supposed to protect you. But, I couldn’t stop you from having a fever. You’ll come to know why later.”

He wasn’t expecting an answer, but… “Why?”

“What a scare! You can see me?!?!?”

“You’re standing here, aren’t you?” Hye said as she lifted her hand and pointed at the direction he was standing.

“I… am…” Puzzled, that guy continued to ask, “But, how did you manage to see me? No, no, no, since when did you know of my presence?”

“You’re questioning a sick person?”

“You’re not that sick that you can’t answer a question or think.”

“Since… last night?” Hye wasn’t certain. So, she added, “But, I know you’ve been around.”

“You knew? Must be your talkative sister!”

“No… it wasn’t… Seo. She… didn’t say anything.”

“Hmm… interesting.”

“What doesn’t interest you?”

“You interest me.”

“Thanks.”

“You’re welcome.”

Hye threw a glance at him.

“What’s your name?”

“I can’t tell you.”

“Why can’t you?”

“Wait… Why aren’t you scared?”

“Should I be?”

“True, after what you’ve been true.”

Hye ignored him.

“So, who else do you see?” He paused for a moment before adding, “Other than him.”

“Just you and him.”

“Oh?”

“Since you have no name, let me name you.”

“No, thank you.” He tried to say politely but strongly rejecting.

“I insist.” Hye sat up and thought for a moment. She took in a deep breath and heaved out a sigh. “I shall call you ‘shadow’.

“Eh? Why shadow?”

“You don’t like it?”

“Do I have a choice?”

“No, actually. Because you seemed like a shadow when I knew of your presence.”

“Wait, meaning you couldn’t see my actual figure?”

Hye nodded before she rested her head on the pillow again.

“Mom’s coming.” Hye warned.

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“Hye, come, eat this and eat your medicine.”

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What seemed like a long journey began in Hye’s mind again.

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It was autumn. It was dark at night. Hye was walking by herself and she came to the signboard. She couldn’t read what was written. But, she entered. As soon as she did, the place lit up. It was a busy place. She took a glance around her surroundings. Then, she saw that she was being escorted by a lot of people behind her.

“The night is cold. Why don’t you return?”

“No, I barely came.” Hye responded to the voice.

Hye continued to walk. Then, to her astonishment, she realized that people behind her are disappearing. She turned back to see.

“What are you looking at? Why aren’t you following me?”

Hye turned in front to see a familiar face.

“Why are you in a daze? You want me to hold your hand?” With that, the guy held her hand and dragged her to walk forward.

“Where are we?” Hye asked and the dream disappeared.

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Hye awoke from the bed and she smelled something nice. She walked towards the kitchen.

“Who… is this?” Hye asked. And, she saw herself walked passed her.

“My dear, you’re awake?”

“My dear husband, what if Mother-in-law sees this?”

“Don’t worry, my dear. Mother had went out early this morning.”

“But, still…” That guy placed both of his hands on her shoulders and made her sat on the chair. “My princess, you can sit here and wait to be fed.”

Brimmed with happiness, Hye saw herself smiling and staring at the guy.

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“Are you dreaming about him?” Shadow asked the sleeping Hye. “Do you know that each time you dream about him, you would end up tearning. Although you wouldn’t know what exactly happened, but your dream will stay with you. I only worry that, you’d feel miserable on the day you get the full story.”

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“Oppa!” Hye was waving towards a guy who was standing beside a red posh car.

“You’re late. Get on quick.”

“I’m sorry. I was preparing.”

“You don’t have to.”

“How do I look? I’m going home today.”

“Pretty as usual.”

“Really?” Hye stared at herself and into the rear mirror.

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“I’m sorry. I didn’t know that it would become like this.”

“Had I known, I wouldn’t have agreed to come along with you.”

“Why do I always get the blame?”

“Ain’t I always in a shit because of you?”

“Hey, high scholar! Why are you blaming me? You should say if you had a better idea.”

“Yeah, right. It was all because of you we ended up here.”

“YongJae, I’m sorry. Ung? Don’t be angry.”

“Oh, whatever. Are we really going to spend the night here?”

“We… don’t… have… a choice…”

“Aishh…”

YongJae took off his top and lied on the left side of the bed. “You sleep over there.”

“Yong Jae ahh…”

“… …”

“I got it.”

Yong Jae slept facing inside, but as soon as Hye lied on the bed, he turned and faced the other side. The dream stayed on for quite some time in the dark. Hye was staring at YongJae’s back the whole night. From the viewpoint of the Hye in the dream, Yong Jae wasn’t asleep either. In fact, he didn’t move an inch because he thought Hye was asleep and he was afraid he’d wake her.

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The day went on very long and Hye, down with a hot fever, slept through the day. The dream went on and on in swirls. Shadow just sat beside Hye and tried to reduce her sorrow as much as he could.

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Preview Part 15

What Hye saw in her dream made her drew a distance with JaeJoong. She couldn’t tell from which is which. She knew that JaeJoong is hiding things from her. She wanted to question him. But, she need to find a good time. With lesser and lesser time that JaeJoong is appearing in front of him, what questions can she ask?

Check it out Part 15: One shouldn’t dwell in the past. Our past is a shadow.

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“Hye! Hye! Hye!” Hye couldn’t hear her mom calling for her from level 1. She went straight up after she entered the door to her room. She was deep immersed in her thoughts to hear or notice what’s happening around her.

“Hye!” Hye’s mom called our for her as she opened the door with a sudden swift and it startled Hye.

“What a scare!” Hye turned around and saw her mom standing at the door with her arms crossed in front of her chest.

“My dear daughter, I’ve been calling you since just now when you stepped in and my throat is all dry now.”

“I’m sorry, mom” Hye was feeling apologetic towards her mom. Not because she didn’t hear her calling out for her, but because she was still deeply immersed in her thoughts. Hye was staring blankly at her mom as her mom spoke.

“Hye… Do you get anything I just said at all?”

“Huh?”

“Oh well, nevermind. What have you been up to lately? You seem to be lost in your own thoughts.” Hye’s mom moved to sit beside her daughter who was now sitting at her own bed. Hye was going to tear up, but she managed to hold it back.

“It’s nothing. Just… things at work.”

“Are you having a lot of stress recently?” Hye knew that she’s going to burst into tears soon. She couldn’t bear to let her mom see her tearing up. No, in fact, she was afraid that her mom would question her. Because, she would have no answers to those questions. Her mind was in a stir. Hye continued to be in daze as her mom exited the room.

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There was someone else in the room. The feeling was positive. But, because Hye was too immersed in her own thoughts she wouldn’t notice a thing. There was a loud thud and it shocked Hye. It actually brought her  back to the current world. Seo was standing at her door.

“What’s that for, Seo?”

“Shhhh….”

“What is it?”

“Just keep silent for a moment.” Seo moved around and her fingers moved towards the main switch of Hye’s room. She pushed the switch and it clicked off.

“What are you doing?!” Hye exclaimed, irritated by her sister’s nonsensical actions.

“Quiet.” A few moments passed and Hye was so irritated she got out of her bed to switch on the light. She then held her sister’s hand and dragged her to sit on the bed.

“Can you tell me what exactly are you doing now?”

“I can. Let me ask you some things first.”

“Shoot.”

“First, you’re having nightmares recently?”

“Yes.”

“JaeJoong hasn’t been around for very long?”

“No…”

“How can that answer be no?”

“Why not?”

“You’ve seen him?”

“Yes.”

“Where?”

“Everywhere, but home.”

“Everywhere… but home… Hmm…”

“Why?”

“I’m doing the questions here.”

“Fine. Shoot, then.”

“Did you notice any difference in your room after he’s gone?”

“What difference is there?”

“Nevermind.”

“Why are you asking all these?” Of course Hye’s question had been ignored by Seo.

“No reason why. Shouldn’t you be bathing already?”

“I am about to…”

“How long have you been having nightmares?”

“It’s been quite some time now.”

“What are they about?”

“Nothing much… Wait, how did you know I was having nightmare?”

“You talked in your dream.”

“I… What?!”

“Nevermind. Go and bath. Quick.”

“Why are you acting just like…”

“Like what?”

“Oh, nevermind.” Hye grabbed her towel and clothes and went straight into the bath. Seo watched Hye as she made every single movement and she was certain that she did not feel anything unusual about her own room.

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When Hye started to bath, Seo walked around the room, patroling like she’s some dog sniffing for a bone that was hidden somewhere, lost.

“I know you’re around. Why don’t you just appear to make things easier.”

There was no answer.

“You should be able to tell what I’m made of. Don’t try me” Seo tried to threaten. “Just because we’ve been busy with our daily lives doesn’t mean that I don’t bother about my dear sister.”

There was still no answer after Seo waited for what felt like an hour but it was barely 1 minute that passed.

“I say, come on out now.” It wasn’t a threat, it was a demand.

And, it worked.

“Why are you looking for me?”

“Oh, you’re a guy.”

“If not?” That guy raised his eyebrow.

“What are you?”

“What?” That guy paused for a moment before continuing, “You used what?”

“Yes. Answer me now.”

“You have no respect for us.”

“Us?”

“Yes, us.”

“Just answer my question.”

“That’s not for me to say. I can’t tell you.”

“Doesn’t mean I can’t find out.”

“By all means.”

” You caused her nightmare?”

“Not exactly.”

“What’s your motive?”

“I have no motive.”

“Liar. Speak up now. What are you here for?”

“I mean no harm, alright. You’re like a tigress. I’m here to protect her.”

“Protect her? Under whose orders?”

“Someone. I can’t tell you who.”

The bathroom door opened and Seo stood frozen still facing that guy. Seo looked right at him and turned to look at Hye and back to that guy.

“Why are you still here, Seo? You still have something to say?”

“Me? Ahh… No… No, I have nothing to say.” Seo replied her sister while shaking her head. Seo is acting weird today and to Seo, Hye seemed to have notice but she didn’t question about it.

Seo left the room. One thing that she’s certain, Hye isn’t able to see that guy. Somehow, she didn’t know to feel happy about that or not. That night, Hye turned in early. But, it didn’t stop her from having her dreams again.

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“Why did you ask to meet here? I had a hard time sneaking out.”

“I know.”

“Although the times we spend is very short, but I’m always happy with you.”

“Hye…”

“Ung?”

“Nothing.”

“The weather is nice today. Let’s just enjoy it together peacefully.”

JaeHak looked at Hye with a sorrow face, but he tired very hard to keep it from Hye. Each time, when Hye turned to look at him, he’d smile at her brightly. Hye, being the innocent her, wouldn’t have noticed anything.  The dream stayed sweet for a moment before it was moved to another scenario.

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Hye was walking down a path where all houses lined up in a straight line and it was dark in the night. She was all alone. She had a piece of her outer clothing wrapped up over her head in order to cover her face. She took each step forward with much cautious. She had ran out of somewhere, onto this street, in search for something. In the dream, Hye kept walking and none of the street lights lit up for her. Then she heard sounds behind her and she turned around, scared. She then heard some footsteps in front of her. She turned around and she’s being brought to another sencario. It was a back street. It was a dead town. Scared, Hye forced herself to walk fast foward in a haste. She stopped at a corner when she heard a voice.

“Who sent you? Who are you people?”

“Cut the crap. Kill him!” A marcho guy ordered some 2-3 other shorter guys.

Then a fight broke out. Scared, Hye hid herself behind the house while she watched the 5 men fought. She saw that the man that they were trying to kill was JaeHak. Shocked, she let out a loud scream. JaeHak lost his focus on her and he was slashed by one of the shorter guys. Shocked, the 4 men fled.

“Prince JaeHak!” Hye shouted out to him as she ran towards him. She tried to hug him when he was in much pain, but because it was just a dream, when she tried to hug him, the dream shifted and the scenario changed.

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“Prince JaeHak?” Hye saw him from afar. She ran towards him, only to notice that he wasn’t alone.

“Hello” Hye greeted the other lady that was with him before turning to him. Hye signaled to JaeHak to ask him who that lady is. But, Hye didn’t like the expression on his face. He was avoiding her glance as well. He didn’t bother to introduce her. The lady, didn’t bothered to introduce herself either. She glanced at Hye and then at JaeHak, as if she understood everything. She did, in fact.

“Who’s this lady?”

“She’s someone… bestowed to me.”

“Bestowed?”

“Yes, we’re getting married soon.” That lady interrupted them.

“I didn’t ask you.” Hye was suddenly losing her cool.

“Stop that, Hye. She’s my wife-to-be.”

Hye kept shaking her head as she backed away from the scene. She was tearing up in her dream. She looked very heartbroken. After backing for what seemed 15 steps, Hye turned and walked, then it turned to brisk walking, then to running.

“No… You shouldn’t. Why are you doing this to me? You said you love me… You can’t do this to me. No, you can’t! You can’t!” Hye found herself weeping in her own sleep.

She was crying so badly that she woke herself up.

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“No… You shouldn’t. Why are you doing this to me? You said you love me… You can’t do this to me. No, you can’t! You can’t!”

This kept ringing in Hye’s head for the next couple of days. For the next couple of days when she met Jae during the day, she wasn’t able to smile brighty at him.

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Preview Part 14

JaeJoong seemed to have notice that something is not right. He tried to use his means to find out the reason behind it. What exactly had he found out? What was the thing that he exchanged with his missions? What did he realize that Hye come to know? Would that change the relationship between the both of them? Who exactly is that guy?

Check it out Part 14 Given a choice, I wished we remained as who we were, never to meet.

“No… You shouldn’t. Why are you doing this to me? You said you love me… You can’t do this to me. No, you can’t! You can’t!”

Hye jumped out of her bed and broke out in cold sweat. It was the sequencial dream that she keeps having after that night and tonight is already the 10th night. Everything was like a puzzle that she had to fix up herself and the story was incomplete – no, it was yet to be completed. Sometimes the dream stopped after once but at times, it continued the whole night. The amazing thing about dreams that Hye realized was, in reality everything happens by the seconds then minutes, but in dreams, everything happened in a flash within a spilt second. It wasn’t at all confusing, in fact, it told her many things within a single second – stunning yet scary at times.

Hye got off her bed while she tried to catch her breath and relaxed herself. She glanced around and realized that JaeJoong wasn’t around. He hadn’t been around at night since after that eventful night. It wasn’t because Hye didn’t had the courage to question JaeJoong about it, but she knew that she shouldn’t. It was like a taboo, like how a little girl’s candy would be taken back if she questions the capability of her fairy god mother. Hye went to wash her face and realized that it was 6am.

She sat back at her bed for what seemed to be 10 minutes that passed. “I might as well wash up and get ready to go to work.”

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During the morning, Hye was busy with meetings until 11am and when she finally finished everything, she was totally exhausted.

“Why don’t you go get a cup of cold water to drink and rest a little?” A familiar voice struck from behind her.

She turned around with teary eyes. “Oppa…” She called out of him in a low voice as she tried to keep her tears from falling out.

“What happened, my dear? You look tired.”

“Ung? Oh… It’s… not… hing much…”

JaeJoong heard footsteps and he turned Hye’s chair back to facing the front.

“Hye, could you help me with these? I need to go for a meeting and I have an external meeting over lunch later. But, the boss wants this done by the afternoon. Please… Please… ” Hye couldn’t reject.

“Alright. I’ll look into it now.” When her colleague left, Hye turned around to look for JaeJoong.

“Oppa?” She paused for a moment. “Where did he go?”

“I’m here.” JaeJoong appeared at her front instead.

“When did you…”

“I was hiding as I didn’t want to confused you.”

“I don’t get confused these days.” Hye signaled to JaeJoong that she has more work to do, putting the file right up to his face. But, of course, the file couldn’t touch him. Nothing can touch him unless he allows it. Or, unless it wasn’t human or an object.

With that, JaeJoong disappeared from Hye’s sight. Hye buried herself at work again.

1 hour… 2 hours passed…

“Geez… What time is it now?” Hye was talking to herself again as she stared up at the clock opposite. It strike 1.30pm.

“Oh shit! It’s already 1.30pm! Since when did time pass so… Wait, I’m hungry…” Hye was thinking of going to the cafe downstairs to grab something. She stood up and glanced around. She was the only one left. She grabbed her wallet and phone and was about to leave when the door bell rang.

“Yes?”

“Delivery”

“I don’t think anyone ordered anything.”

“It has been paid for. The address is correct. Do you have someone by the name of…” Hye glanced at the receipt that the person was holding and saw her own name.

“That’s me!” Hye shouted out, without realizing that she was being too excited about a lunch delivery. She was stared by the delivery guy.

“Where shall I put these?”

“Oh… Oh! You can just give them to me.” Hye ensured that the person left the office before she turned around and head off to the pantry area.

“I’m quite sure I didn’t order these. Who was… ” Hye murmured to herself.

“I ordered for you.”

“I thought you went off?”

“I did.”

“But, why are you…”

“Because my princess would miss her lunch again.”

“My princess?”

“Yes, my princess…”

“What’s up with my princess?” JaeJoong didn’t answer Hye but showed his white rows of teeth, smiling gradiently at her.

“It’s really been a long time…”

“What?”

“It’s been a long time since you smiled like this, oppa.”

“Did I?”

“You look less tired these days.”

“I guess getting used is part and parcel.”

“Maybe…”

“And, you look more and more tired.”

“Do I? Maybe it’s work.”

They heard footsteps and once again, JaeJoong disappeared.

This time, he disappeared for the whole day.

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“You know that I love him. You knew it, yet why did you propose marriage?”

“I know it. But why should I let the both of you be together?”

“You know that I never love you.”

“Of course I do. I don’t expect you to now. But, I will make you love me.”

“Why can’t you just let go of me?”

“Because I love you…”

“This is not love. What you and Princess MiEun do is not call love!”

“Where do you think you’re heading to? To him?”

“Let go!” Hye was grabbed by her shoulders from behind.

Once again, Hye broke out in cold sweat from her dreams. She stared at her clock and it says 3am. She had barely slept for 2 hours but it felt so long. She went to the toilet to wash up and changed into a new set of clothes before turning in again.

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“Prince JaeHak, are you studying?”

“uhmm…”

“Why don’t you come and walk the garden with me?”

“uhmm…”

“Can you teach me how to ride a horse?”

“uhmm…”

Hye was annoyed by the reaction that JaeHak was giving her. Being at 15, being at a playful age, she teased JaeHak.

“Why don’t you make me your wife?”

“uhmm…”

It wasn’t even a slight second that passed when JaeHak reacted.

“What!”

Hye giggled out loud.

“I like how you let me ride the horse.”

“Horse riding is not something…”

“I know, I know, you don’t have to keep saying.”

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“Your Majesty…”

“Says who you can bring the princess out as you like?”

“Please pardon me.”

“EunHye! You too! When will you ever grow up?”

“Father, I…” Hye started out but was stopped by JaeHak. Hye shook JaeHak off. “I like him. I want to marry him!”

“No, I won’t allow that!”

“Why can’t you, father?”

“You’ll marry when you’re of marriagble age, but he won’t be the man.”

“Why can’t he? He’s also a prince like…”

“What are you doing? Won’t you bring the princess back right away?” An angry voice commanded in Hye’s dream.

“Prince JaeHak… Prince JaeHak!”

The next image that was seen was JaeHak pleading for forgiviness.

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This time, Hye awoke frozen in her bed. She felt numbed for at least a long 10 minutes before she could finally move. She felt that she wasn’t alone.

“Who’s there?”

“Oppa? No, you can’t be him.”

“Who are you?!” Hye screamed across her room in a loud voice.

Seo went into her room. She saw that Hye wasn’t alone. There was another presence that was being felt. But Seo didn’t know what that was. She couldn’t afford to scare her sister.

“What are you doing? I heard you screaming.”

“Screaming? No, I thought I saw…”

“Saw?”

“It’s nothing.”

It was obvious to the both of them that either of them are hiding something from each other. Hye couldn’t tell Seo out of fear and Seo couldn’t tell Hye because she shouldn’t get Hye involved and knowing about the existence of these things. On an additional note, she herself, wasn’t too sure either.

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Preview Part 13
Sometimes, the more we question about something, the more we get to know about a certain truth. Sometimes, the truth could be something desirable, but many times, it is a true fact so true and torturing that one wouldn’t be able to bear knowing the whole story behind. When we question, we choose what we want to question. And, when we remember, we have to be certain that’s worth remembering for what’s being remembered would not be forgotten even if that thought is missing from the brain, it lives in the subconscious mind. Hye wasn’t prepared for anything at all.

Part 13 That wasn’t a betrayal. It wasn’t within our means.

 

For the next couple of days, it was hard to catch sight of JaeJoong. Hye was bothered about it when she had that free time to let her thoughts run wild; sometimes on the way back and forth work and sometimes over lunch. These days, Hye likes to eat her lunch alone rather than having the company of her colleagues. She thinks that she needs time to herself to think about many things. But, each time she sits down to really give it a serious thought, her mind just went blank. She felt puzzled and frustrated about it. She could ask no one. JaeJoong wouldn’t tell her of anything even if she’d try to ask, he’d just change the topic and asking Seo is definitely not the best idea. She wouldn’t want JaeJoong to be hated by Seo. It was a Sunday night when Hye was tidying up her schedule for the following week.

“Hmm… There’s just so many things to be completed in a week. Why do we have only 24  hours a day? And, spending 8 hours a day for sleep is just such a waste of time!” Hye complained to herself in her room. “And…” Hye glanced around her room. “Where is that Mr Kim Jae Joong!” She exclaimed quite loudly to herself.

“I’m here.”

“Wow!” Hye was shocked. JaeJoong was standing directly behind her chair. “Why did you appear out of nowhere?”

“Where am I suppose to appear then? In front of you?”

“That’s worse. It’s a wall.” JaeJoong nodded in agreement mischievously.

Hye turned her chair around only to find herself stuck right in front of JaeJoong. JaeJoong was staring directly at her. Hye started to pout and cross her arms to show her dissatisfaction.

“What’s wrong now?” JaeJoong asked, being concern. He was praying in his own heart that Hye would never ask him that question.

“Where have you been all week?”

“How’s work? Is it still bad? I wanted to help…” Hye broke JaeJoong off before he could finish up his sentence.

“Don’t try to change the topic again. Answer me. Where have you been?” Anger filled Hye’s voice. Hye stood up and her eyes matched JaeJoong’s eyes. He looked seriously tired. Hye’s eyes started to tear a little. JaeJoong softened.

“I’ll tell you when…”

“You’re not going to say you’re going to tell me when the time is right.” Hye walked away from JaeJoong to escape his glance. “You know that I’ll be worried. I’ve been worried about you for the whole week. Do you know how it feels like talking to myself, thinking that you’d reply me? Thinking that you’re actually right beside me and I couldn’t see you? I’ve been worried about your whereabouts.”

“I know…”

“I know. That is it?” Hye wasn’t trying to be pushy but she’s really worried. “Oppa, you can tell me frankly.”

“Hye, it’s not that I don’t. It’s I am not supposed to. You need to understand that.” JaeJoong thought.

“Fine.” Hye was crossed.

“It’s Sunday night. You’ll need to work tomorrow. You should…”

Hye glanced at the clock. “You’re going to ask me to rest again? But, oppa, you…” Hye felt too listless to continue. She didn’t want to quarrel with JaeJoong, especially so when he just returned after such a long time. One thing that Hye is very certain is, she’s still able to see him.

“I promise that I’ll come very night, alright? Now, go and rest.” JaeJoong tried to coax Hye.

Hye pretended that she listened to JaeJoong and went off to bed. Seeing that Hye is asleep, JaeJoong set off again. When Hye noticed that JaeJoong is gone, she get out of bed to get changed. She ran out of her house, onto the main street and found JaeJoong walking. She followed him but wondered to herself if that’s how ghost travel – by walking. She followed him quite closely but kept a distance so that JaeJoong wouldn’t know that he had been followed. She felt like a stalker and thought about to herself how his stalker fans must have stalked him like that previously. She saw him come to a halt in front of a condominium. JaeJoong stood there and stared at a single unit for at least 10 minutes before moving off again.

“Why is he doing here? Why did he keep staring at the apartment. Which apartment was it that…” Hye was distracted in her thoughts for a moment and before she realized it, JaeJoong was out of sight. She stood up and revealed herself, thinking, “Where did he disappear to? He didn’t walked?” There was a shine of light coming from behind. Hye turned.

“Miss, what are you doing here? Are you a resident?”

“No, I am…” Hye started off saying, but decided that she should lie. “I just came back from an exercise and will be heading back now.”

Hye pretended to enter the building and pressed the lift when the security guard went off. “Phew, that was close! What a time to be at a strange place and spotted by a security guard with no excuse.”

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For the next couple of days, Hye’s day schedule were meetings and conferences and appointments in the day. For night, the original planned schedule was overtime, dates with friends, drinks, movies but she had them changed and cancelled.

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As promised, JaeJoong did show up every night at Hye’s house and put her to sleep, but each night when she sees him, he gets a littler more tired than the previous night. Hye was worried but she didn’t question. She was unusually obedient to JaeJoong. JaeJoong was too tired for anything else so it didn’t cross his mind that Hye was being unusually obedient to what he has to say. Every night, when Hye pretended to sleep, JaeJoong would leave the house to go to that mysterious apartment. Hye would follow him only to fail to be able to tell which unit exactly was the one that he entered. But she was determined.

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“Oppa, I’ll be going out with some friends tomorrow so I won’t be home early. Would you be dropping by to see me?”

“Have fun with your friends. I’ll not drop by tomorrow since you’re not home.”

“Oh… Alr… right…”

“Are you disappointed?”

“Rather than saying I’m disappointed, I’m just…”

“I can find you at whereever you’d be tomorrow night”

“No,no,no it’s fine.” Hye insisted thinking that it’d foil her plans. She had intended to wait for him at the apartment instead.

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Hye was there at 10.15pm. She knew that she could be early but she wouldn’t want to be late. So, she didn’t bother about the time. It was a good thing that the weather was kind to her that night. She waited at a bench nearby, close enough to be able to spot JaeJoong when he appears. After a long wait, he appeared. Hye was excited and determined when she saw his appearance. This time, he walked into the building. Hye followed closely behind. He was gone when she reached the lobby but she noticed that the lift stopped at 15th floor, so she took the lift up to the 15th floor. There were 6 units in that level. Hye started to walked back and forth at the lift lobby, wondering which unit could JaeJoong be at.

“It’d be insane to go and ring the bell of every single unit. People would complain and I’d get into trouble and I can’t investigate. No,no,no, that’s a very bad idea. What can be done?”

The lift door sprang opened and a black suit man walked out. He looked beat. Hye followed behind him to see which unit he entered. He walked to the far end of the unit that the main door faced the whole corridor. She tried to followed closer up, intending to make a right turn to the unit at the right if he notice her. That black suit man turned his door knob and Hye stood there frozen.

Before she could react, JaeJoong was standing in front of her. He shook her a little to get her to wake up.

“Hye!” He said to her, looking at her eyes. “It’s not safe here. Let’s go.” JaeJoong knew that the other two men would most probably appear soon if they found out.

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“What are you doing there? Have you any idea how dangerous it is? And, what time is it now? Do you think it’d be safe for a girl to…” Hye was still in a daze. “Forget it. I’ll take you home.”

JaeJoong grabbed Hye by the wrist but Hye shook his hand off.

“What’s that for?”

“I’m taking you home.”

“Not that.”

“What?”

“You know what I mean…”

“You’re going home this moment.”

“Oppa, don’t try to escape this time.” Hye started to cry.

JaeJoong hated to see her cry. He hugged her. To Hye, he felt a lot colder than he used to be when they first met. She didn’t question. She knew the answer. She didn’t have that energy to either.

“Alright, I’ll tell you.” JaeJoong said as he grabbed her hand and started to walk. “Let’s walk home while I tell you. But you’re not allowed to ask any questions.” Hye nodded in agreement like a 3 year old kid given a lollipop candy.

“I’m on a mission. I can’t tell you what mission is that. It’s against the rules. There are rules that I have to abide by while I’m here. I didn’t know what happened that allowed me to stay here, but I have to exchange something with it for while I’m here. There are people in charge of me to ensure that I accomplish my mission and to ensure that my identity wasn’t revealed. You are a threat. You’re not supposed to know anything. But, I stayed for you.” JaeJoong said, stopping now and then to check that his words are clear to Hye.

“I have to do this every night. It drains my energy. I’m always with you during the day. But, I need to rest too, so I didn’t appear in front of you.”

“Is that why my work is always so smooth?”

“No, not exactly why. I couldn’t help much because it strains my energy as well. You were good at your work to begin with.” Hye nodded to show that she understood him.

“It’s like an exchange. For the missions I complete, I get to stay here longer. There are things that I need to find out. I promise I’ll tell you when I get the whole picture…”

They were almost at reaching Hye’s house. JaeJoong was glad that nothing happened. But he wasn’t glad for long. That two men appeared in front of him. JaeJoong didn’t know that Hye wouldn’t be able to see them. On the other far end of the street, he saw that Seo is standing there with her arms crossed and an angry look on her face. He didn’t have to ask to know. He and Hye walked nearer to the two men and Seo decided to walk towards them as well. Seo saw the two men and felt that their presence could be a threat so she decided to walk to Hye.

“Hye, what are you doing out here in the middle of the night?” Seo tried to shake Hye awake. “Are you sleep walking again?” Seo pretended that she didn’t see JaeJoong or any of the two men. JaeJoong was glad that she did so. He didn’t want to put either sisters in any danger. Seo grabbed Hye’s arm and put it over her shoulders. She didn’t turn around to look at JaeJoong or the two men and made sure that Hye didn’t either.

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“Mr Kim Jae Joong.”

“Yes.”

“We have our rules to abide to.”

“Yes.”

“You have broken some rules tonight.”

“I know. But, could you…”

“We don’t touch the living. Their forces and ours don’t match. It’d cause us more harm than good.”

JaeJoong didn’t understand what his last sentence meant but it wasn’t important. Before he could react, he was brought to a dark room.

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That night, Seo put Hye to sleep after feeding her with a cup of hot milk. That night, Hye had a rough night. She saw JaeJoong in the dream, but he wasn’t his usual self. He wasn’t laughing and he looked more tired than usual. He was, in fact, in pain. 

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Preview Part 12
Hye found out what JaeJoong was up to at night, but she didn’t manage to get her answer. Her dream that night bothered her greatly but she didn’t question JaeJoong about it. JaeJoong still manage to keep her company during the day, appearing now and then when she needed him. But, that marked the start of the nightmares that Hye started to have at night. What exactly was all that? To JaeJoong and Seo’s surprise, Hye actually had a visitor ever since that night – a non-human visitor.

Check it out: Part 12 Unprecendented past and an unknown future

‘What have you been busy with recently?”

“What have you been busy with then?”

“You should know what I have been busy with, oppa. I had special trainings and after that we had discussions. And I wrote a note the other day to say I found an extra job so I’ll be working late at night too.”

“Why would you need that extra job for?”

“It’s just so I can save up more money… for some uses…” Hye was planning to go on a vacation with JaeJoong. And, of course, there was no need to save for a 2-person trip.

“If you say so…”

“I haven’t been able to talk much with you and this is what I get when I finally have time.” Hye pouted.

JaeJoong ignored that fact. He was bothered with other things than what’s going on around the room now. Someone is waiting for him outside the door. Someone that he thought only he himself can see.

“It’s late. You should be resting.”

“You realize? You’ve been asking me to go to  bed all nights for the whole week when it’s barely 12midnight!”

“It’s late. You should really rest and save up the energy for tomorrow.” In fact, JaeJoong too can’t bear to leave Hye.

As he turn to leave the room, Hye shouted, “By the way, I have all the rights to know… everything about you!” Hye was angry. Having said that, she lifted her blanket with a flip and hid under it. JaeJoong turned and glanced at her with broken heart.

“I’m sorry, Hye. Now is not the time. I have no idea what’s going on yet.” He murmured really softly under his breathe. So soft, Hye didn’t hear a thing.

JaeJoong exited Hye’s room and turned to stare at Seo’s door and then moved his sight to the living room. They were there, two of them, waiting for him.

“We’re glad you kept your promise. We were waiting for you.”

JaeJoong didn’t answer. He just walked down the steps to meet them and the exited the house.

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“Hye… are you not going to wake up? You’re going to be late for work.” Seo said to Hye as she opened her sister’s door. Seo glanced around and noticed that JaeJoong isn’t around. Seo was surprised but she didn’t ask much.

“ung?”

“lazy bum! Wake up now! You’re late!” Seo started to pull Hye out of her bed.

“I got it. I got it. I was having a sweet dream and you had to spoil it.”

“It’s not the time to be having dreams now.” Seo said as she pointed as the clock in Hye’s room. Shocked of the time, Hye jumped out of her bed.

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“Hye! Are you not going to have breakfast?”

“Sorry omma! I need to run. There’s an early morning meeting today.”

“Hye…!” Hye was out of the house and down the yard before her mom could continue what she wants to say.

“It seems like she’s been taking up different responsibilities at her work recently.”

“Should that be a good sign, my dear?”

“I guess it should be. Where’s the paper?” With that, Hye’s mom went out to get the morning paper for Hye’s dad.

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For the whole morning, Hye was stuck in the meeting room and discussions about a project at work that she and her team mates are working on. She had no time to think about JaeJoong and didn’t even notice that he wasn’t around since last night. It was almost lunch time when one of Hye’s colleague approached her.

“Hye, it’s almost lunch. Where should we go today?”

“Ung?” Hye asked as she stared at her watch. “I didn’t realize it’s 12.30pm. I’ve been busy with work. I still have a couple of things to finish up on before I can eat my lunch.”

“Is that so? You can’t do you until after lunch?” Another colleague asked.

“I guess I can’t. You guys go ahead and I’ll try to join you later?”

“We’ll just head down to the cafe downstairs then. EunJung-nim says she has an email to send before she can join us and SeungHee will be meeting us at the lobby shortly. Join us when you’re done.”

“Alright.” Hye smiled at her colleagues before burying herself at her work again. She flipped through her work after 5 minutes and let out a sigh.

“So much to be completed.” She said to herself in the empty office. Then she stood up and glance around. Luckily, there really wasn’t anyone around. She heaved a sign of relief and sat back down on her chair.

“No matter how busy you are, you still need food.”

Hye heard someone spoke behind her. She turned around only to see JaeJoong standing behind.

“Oppa! You scared me. Don’t appear out of nowhere like a ghost.”

“I am a ghost.” JaeJoong said laughing.

“That’s not funny.” Hye crossed her arms in front of her chest and stared hard at JaeJoong.

“Aigooo… my dear princess is angry.” JaeJoong teased her.

“I have so many things to do these days. I only have 2 hands.” Hye complained to JaeJoong.

“No, you have four.”

Hye stared at JaeJoong with a blank look.

“I mean I can help you too.”

“Help me? How?” Hye asked feeling very puzzled.

“You will know later.” With that, JaeJoong pulled her out of her chair, grabbed her bag and put it on her shoulders and hold her by the shoulders and walked her towards the door. “No matter how busy you are, you need food. Your stomach says it is hungry.”

Hye smiled.

“What will I do without you?”

They waited at the lift lobby and the lift arrived, slightly packed but still there’s space for at least 3 people. The both of them entered. Then, it stopped at the next level again. This time, 2 people were waiting. JaeJoong signaled to Hye that he’d  be at the lobby. Before she could react, JaeJoong was gone. Hye didn’t like the missing act. And somewhat, she remembered that he didn’t come back yesterday.

Hye exited the lift and found JaeJoong seated gracefully at the sofa in the lobby. She walked towards him and in a low voice, said “Where were you last night and this morning? I didn’t see you.”

“You’ll be stared at talking to yourself.” JaeJoong has grown to be more conscious of their surroundings and accepted the fact that he’s invisible to everyone. “Now, let’s go to the cafe over there and get you some lunch.” JaeJoong put his hands on Hye’s shoulders and ushered her out of the building. There were a lott of people queuing to get food.

“What shall I get?”

“You didn’t even have breakfast.”

“Should I get egg sandwich? I’m craving for eggs.”

“You didn’t have your coffee too.”

“Tuna sandwich looks delicious.”

“You don’t like tuna.”

“Smoked salmon!”

“That’s a salad. It’s insufficient for you.”

“I think I should get a smoked salmon and a bagel and then black coffee. That should be it.”

“You should get your egg sandwich, a honey bagel and cappuccino.”

Although the queue was long, the service was somewhat fast. Before Hye’s turn, she turned and look around at the crowd and there wasn’t any seat. Then she noticed her colleagues at the other corner and decided that she shouldn’t join them.

“What can I get for you?”

“Hmm… Can I get an egg sandwich, a honey bagel and cappuccino, please?”

“Do you want your sandwich to be toasted?”

“Yes, please.”

“It’s $18.20.”

Hye made payment and was given a receipt and a waiting number. It was barely 3 minutes when her order came out. She held the tray and walked towards the direction of her colleagues. JaeJoong was following closely behind and he was whisling in a good mood.

“Hye! Come here!” SeungHee waved to Hye as he saw her approaching their direction. Another colleague pulled a chair and made space for her.

“Thanks, guys.”

“What did you buy? We waited so long in the queue and there were so many people.” HeeJoo complained as Hye settled herself.

“Oh really? I was there for less than 10 minutes and I had everything.” Hye said as she glanced around to look for JaeJoong who had walked over to the other side of the cafe to seat under the tree. Hye stared at her food and sighed.

“Why?” HeeJoo asked.

“Ung? It’s nothing. I didn’t know I ordered all these.”

“What was that?” SeungHee asked.

Everyone ate and finished everything and went back to work. Hye had like 10 tasks to be completed that day and she was all prepared to work over time like the rest of the day. But everyday, she always never fail to finish her work faster than she should.

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That night, JaeJoong returned home when Hye was about to leave her office. He was surprised to know that Seo was waiting for him inside Hye’s room.

“Hye has been telling me things.”

“What sort of things?”

“Don’t pretend you didn’t know.”

“What are you referring to?”

“You’re not supposed to help her.”

“What am I not to?”

“You’re not supposed to be here in the first place.”

“… …”

“Don’t take it that I never say anything doesn’t mean that I approve of you. It’s all for my sister’s sake. Now, if you’d let her be with her things and stop doing all those things to help her.”

“What’s wrong with that?”

“Don’t you know? There are many things that you shouldn’t interfere and she should have done it the human way.”

“Hye is reaching soon.” JaeJoong warned.

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Hye burst into her room only to find JaeJoong seated peacefully flipping though a book she placed on her table.

“Oppa…” She started as she placed her bag on the floor and jumped onto her bed. “You read?”

“Why don’t I?” JaeJoong placed the book back on the desk and turned to face Hye with his arms crossed in front of his chest. “Now, if you’d get off that bed and go to bath, you dirty fellow.”

“Let me lie down for a while.”

JaeJoong stood up and was about to reach out to Hye when Hye rolled herself out of bed. “I got it. I got it. I just came back and you want me to move.”

“You can bath and then rest later; smelling nice and feeling good.”

“I got it…” Hye pouted and added, “Don’t act like a grandma.”

“What will you do without me?”

“Why would I?” Hye asked as she shut her bathroom door to bath.

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She returned to her room but JaeJoong was gone.

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Preview Part 11
JaeJoong has been doing the disappearing act for most nights that Hye would return after dinner time. After some nights, she realized that he always disappears after 10pm. Where exactly did he go? What exactly did he do in between the time when he’s not with Hye. Is he trying to settle some other things that he didn’t accomplish? Hye was getting curious and was very determined to find out. She shouldn’t alert JaeJoong about it because it has to be done in secret and in her own means.

Check it out: Part 12 Human stay in the human world and the dead walks their own path

“Do you perhaps know…?”

“Know about?”

“I have liked you since a long long time ago…”

“Yes, since a very very long long time ago…”

“Ung?” Hye sat up and turned and looked at JaeJoong in a very swift movement. They were lying down on the grass getting the sunlight on their faces.

“Why are you so shocked?” JaeJoong asked Hye, sitting up and stared at her straight into her eyes.

“No… because you seemed to know that I liked you since a long long time ago… So… I was just wondering how did you… know…”

“I knew about it recently…”

“Recently? How? What do you mean?” JaeJoong stood up from where he was seated and started walking off when Hye stood up and chased after him.

“What do you mean with that?”

JaeJoong shrugged.

“What does that mean?”

Hye was ignored by JaeJoong again. Angry, she stopped at where she stood and crossed her arms in front of her chest and turned her head against where JaeJoong was walked. JaeJoong, noticed that Hye was not following turned back. JaeJoong stood at where he was positioned and looked at Hye.

“You’re angry?” Hye twisted her head slightly further away.

“Your neck will hurt this way. Look at me…” JaeJoong said in a soft voice and that melt Hye’s heart. She turned slowly first to look at JaeJoong. But something shocked her.

“Oppa?!” Hye was not able to see JaeJoong from where she was standing so she started to pace herself into a slow run.

“I am here. Why?”

Hye didn’t seemed to have noticed where JaeJoong was standing and ran past him. JaeJoong chased after her and grabbed her by her left arm.

“Where are you heading?” JaeJoong asked as he grabbed her arm.

Hye was starting to tear.

“Where did you go? I couldn’t see you!” Hye sounded scare.

“I’m sorry because I…” But before JaeJoong could finish his sentence, Hye cut him off.

“Oppa, you seemed different from last night. Actually, you looked different this morning too.”

“Different? In what sense…?”

“I don’t know is it because of the bright sunlight…” Hye looked at the sun and then set her focus back on JaeJoong’s face. She tip-toed slightly because it was even harder to tell where exactly JaeJoong is standing in front of her.

“Maybe it was the sun… I couldn’t make out your face a while ago…”

“You mean you couldn’t see me?” JaeJoong started to understand what Hye meant.

“It should be just the sun… You are too fair!” Hye started to complain and she started walking off.

“What?! What has that got to do with me being fair?” JaeJoong was slightly annoyed. He didn’t like it when people say that his skin is fair because he couldn’t do anything about getting darker even with sun tanning.

“Do you want me to be late? I need to get to the bus stop else I’d miss the bus.”

“The bus is not coming until a little while more. Maybe another 3 minutes?” JaeJoong was looking at his watch when he said that and he was looking very cheerful and optimistic.

Hye stared up at him feeling slight annoyed. At the side of her glance, she noticed that a granny was looking at her with weird glances like she was someone insane.

“It’s all your fault!” She murmured under her breath.

Exactly 3 minutes later, the bus arrived as JaeJoong had said. Hye stared at him as he stepped up to stop the bus to board it. Hye flagged the bus too and it stopped in front of her instead of JaeJoong. They had both forgotten that not everyone would be able to know JaeJoong’s existence.

Hye was having some special course that day for the whole day and the special training will go on for 3 days. Feeling bored, JaeJoong told Hye that he would be going somewhere else and he’d see her at home. That night, Hye returned late because the people at her class had asked her out for a group dinner.

“He needs to have a hand phone so I can tell him I’d be late… How am I supposed to let him know? Would he know..?” Hye stared up in a daze at the night sky as she thought of all these.

“EunHye, what are you in such deep thoughts? Is it going to rain?” One of her mates at the training class asked her.

“Ung? Oh… Nothing…”

“Let’s go!” He said as he pulled her hands.

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“Oppa?” Hye pushed open her door, still panting.

“He’s not here?” Hye slammed her own door before JaeJoong could react. He was seated on her bed. JaeJoong heard her running across to Seo’s room.

“Seo…?” Hye asked as she opened Seo’s room door slowly.

Seo turned and looked at Hye from her study desk. “You’ve come? How was it?”

“Ung? How was what?” Hye asked as she settled herself on Seo’s bed.

“You won’t think I’d be asking about your training, would you?”

“You knew?”

“You think I wouldn’t?”

“That has never cross my mind.. But… But! That’s not what I wanted to ask! Did you see oppa?”

“Oppa? JaeJoong?”

“You don’t see him” Seo asked, slightly shocked. She stood up and walked towards Hye’s room, open the door and found JaeJoong seated at the end of Hye’s bed.  “He’s here. Don’t you see him?”

Hye peeped through her own room’s door. “I… see… him… now…”

Seo turned and walked out of the room.

“But I couldn’t see him earlier!” Hye shouted to Seo.

“Who couldn’t you see?” Hye’s mom asked as she approached Hye.

“Ung?” Hye turned to look inside her own room. JaeJoong was still seated at her bed. Hye tried to shield him from her mom’s view.

“Hye, why are you acting weird today?”

“Acting weird? When… did I? I did not!” Hye sounded much excited then she should have been.

“And you’re saying you are not acting weird?” Hye’s mom pushed Hye to one side and walked into Hye’s room and sat by her study desk. Hye shifted her sight from her mom to JaeJoong. JaeJoong shrugged and shook his head.

“Omma… what’s the matter?”

“Do I need a reason to have a talk with my own daughter?”

“No… that’s not what I meant but… but I just came back… and… and… I haven’t showered.” Hye set her focus on JaeJoong’s face, afraid that her mom might have noticed JaeJoong.

“Hye?”

“Ung?”

“Why are you so out of sorts? Did you have fun?” Hye’s mom asked her as she stood and walked towards Hye and patted her on her head.

Hye’s view of JaeJoong wasn’t blocked by her mother and she saw JaeJoong gave a hard shake with his head. Hye stared at him with an annoyed face.

Maybe because Hye’s mom saw the look on her face she said, “You seemed to have a hard day. Have a good shower and rest early.” She said that as she closed the door behind her.

Hye dumped her bag on the bed and moved in front of JaeJoong.

“What was that look for?”

“What did I do?”

“Nevermind!” Hye walked away from JaeJoong and went to pick up fresh clothes to bath and change into.

Hye had forgotten about something. JaeJoong too had forgotten about it. It was an hour later when Hye came out from her shower, all ready to go to bed. She laid down on her bed and JaeJoong tucked her under her blankets. JaeJoong was about to walk away when…

“Oppa…”

“… …”

“Tell me…”

“About…? Bedtime story?”

“No… Our story…”

“Our story?” JaeJoong remembered of the conversation they had earlier this morning. “I don’t know where to start…”

“Just start from anywhere…”

“Hmm….”

“Hurry…”

With that JaeJoong started his story.

“On the day of my accident, I saw a very bright light that flashed across my face. Then, I heard someone calling out to me. I felt like I had arrived in a very strange place. That place was very peaceful. It was all white initially then there were colours and faces and voices. It felt like a hundred years have passed within that swift moment. I saw everything. I saw you. But it wasn’t the you that you are now. I saw myself. But it wasn’t the myself now. I saw many other people. I saw Seo too and I saw many other people. I think I saw your parents too but their looks were different. Then the story went on. I saw what happened. Everything that happened…”

“What? How you met with an accident? I was there that day.”

“No, not that. Remember I said this morning I knew that you liked me since a very very long long time ago?”

“Ung… You said so this morning.”

JaeJoong continued his story.

“I have no idea how to explain about the way of our dressing when we first met. It wasn’t modern and we met a couple of times or should I say many times back before? We were lovers before and before that. But our parents objected of our relationship. You seemed to be from a rich family, like you are now and I seemed to be from a family that wasn’t so well-off, exactly like what it felt like now. I saw you crying many times and then you were dragged away by people who seemed to be like your parents from before. We were seperated and we wasn’t able to meet at all. Then everything ended when your parents tried to arrange for your marriage, forcing you to marry a person that you didn’t loved and I have no idea what happened to you after that…”

“Maybe I died? Maybe I committed suicide?” JaeJoong totally ignored Hye.

“Then it because different again. This time, we were students. We were not from the same class. I was quite sure I liked you then but you didn’t seemed to know who I was. I was pretty upset about it, being quiet most of the time. During that time, you had a lover. I was always watching you from far away. You seemed to know that I was watching you but you didn’t bothered with me. You had times of happiness with your lover then. But there was one day when the two of your fought and he pushed you onto the floor. You were crying very badly. I hit him out of fury. I consoled you. You started to take notice of my existence. But that was all. You didn’t accept my feelings for you. We became slightly closer friends but that was it. Then, you dated someone new after a few months later and everything ended there. I had no idea what happened next.”

“Ung…” Hye was starting to doze off in JaeJoong’s arms.

“This life… I saw you out of that many people. But, it was too late obviously. I saw you when you went for our first showcase, our first concert, our first fan meeting, our first recording live and I saw you at the airport several times. You were even at some of our tour concerts. I saw you a few times when you walked to the supermart near my place. I was always on my way out when I saw you. Why didn’t I took more notice?”

JaeJoong stared down at the face of Hye. She looked so sweet and peaceful, asleep. JaeJoong sealed a kiss on her forehead as tears rolled down his cheecks.

“If only… If only I had notice you earlier, perhaps… perhaps things would be different…”

JaeJoong hugged Hye tighter with much remorse about his retarded feelings.

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Preview Part 10
The week passed by peacefully with Hye busy with her training and preparation works that followed after that. JaeJoong was bored by the work that Hye had to do so most of the time he didn’t sticked to her. He would appear at her room at night and sometimes she would find him seated at her study desk the next morning. There were times when JaeJoong said he would be back when he failed to. But one thing, Hye was never late for anything due to JaeJoong’s help.

What exactly was JaeJoong busy with? What exactly did JaeJoong help Hye with? Would life really remain that peaceful as the couple would have liked it? Seo suddenly disapproved of JaeJoong sticking on to Hye and even threatened JaeJoong. Why did she do that?

Check it out Part 10: All good things come to an end. Or, does it not?

“Omma!!” Hye said to her mom as she entered the kitchen and placed a kiss on her left cheek.

“Yes, my dear?”

“Is there anything I can help you with?” She was already hugging her mother from behind.

“Why are you up so early? It’s barely 7am.”

Hye avoided the question and walked to the other side of the table and sat down. She started to pinch on the side dishes that has been laid out.

“Ommo! Who’s this?”

“Appa!”

“What’s with the vibrant this early in the morning, my princess? Why are you up already? It’s hardly past 7am.” Hye’s father exclaimed as he put his brief case and coat and wanted to settle down on the chair.

“Appa! That…” Hye stood up and almost screamed because she was shocked.

Hye was seated on the first seat towards her father’s right – her usual seat and JaeJoong was actually seated on her father’s seat.

“Why are you so shocked?”

Hye shook her head.

“My little princess,  have you been pinching on the side dishes again?”

“It has become a bad habit.” Hye’s mom complained.

“No, it wasn’t! It was just too delicious!” Hye pouted and stared straight into what was opposite her.

JaeJoong had changed his seat in a short 1 second. And he was laughing at her. Hye showed her annoyed face at him.

“Why are you giving me that face?” Hye’s mom had scooped soup for them and had turned around to place it on the table when she noticed Hye’s expression.

“Ung? It’s nothing…” Hye shooked her head hard.

“Where’s Seo? Is she still sleeping? She’s always the one who wakes up about this time.” Hye’s mom said as she settled herself on the chair opposite Hye. In a swift moment, JaeJoong changed his seat to beside Hye.

“This is so new to me.” Hye exclaimed out of nowhere.

“What is new, my dear? You waking up so early is really new to me.” Hye’s dad teased her.

“Appa!”

“Seo! Come and have your breakfast! Hye is up unusually early today. Maybe something nice will happen.” Hye’s mom teased Hye.

“Omma! Why are you teasing me as well?” Hye sighed.

“I think that already happened.” Seo started out of nowhere. “Right, Hye?” Seo said as she looked from JaeJoong to Hye in a short 1 second.

“What nice thing has happened since early morning?”

“Ung? It’s nothing.” Seo went over to sit beside her mom and avoiding sitting on where JaeJoong was seated in – her usual seat.

“You’re unusual today too. Don’t you always seat beside Hye?”

Seo ignored that question from her mother.

“I need to go to school earlier today. Dad, can you drive me?”

“You’re heading out so early? Of course I can, my dear.”

Hye looked at Seo but she didn’t say anything. She knew. She knew that Seo knew about it. Seo probably knew what happened last night and she probably knew about the fact that Hye is now able to see JaeJoong.

Hye helped her mother washed the dishes that morning; something that she haven’t done so in a long time. She initiated to wash it. JaeJoong was seated on the table beside her the whole time and watching her while she washed.

“Oppa, stop looking at me. It’s weird to have someone staring at me the whole time.”

“No, I just like how your back looks when you wash the dishes.” JaeJoong said as he stood up and moved towards Hye. He leaned his back against the wall and he’s now facing the side of Hye’s left.

“This is so embarassing! Stop staring!” Hye tried to splash some water onto JaeJoong but he avoided it.

“Omma?” Hye called out to her mother outisde her room as she finished her dishes.

“Why?” Hye’s mom asked as she opened the door.

“What were you doing? I’m done with the dishes. And I will be getting ready to head out.”

“You don’t have morning classes today.”

“There’s somewhere I want to go.” Hye shouted from the staircase. She ran up the staircase and into the room. She closed the door behind her. She stared around the room and turned back pull open her door again.

“Oppa?”

“I’m here.” JaeJoong called from behind Hye.

“What a sudden!”

“Sorry~”

“How did you…” Hye started off pointing at the door and then to JaeJoong.

“No idea. I didn’t need the door to come in. If not, how do you think I came into your room every night?”

“Every night? You came every night?”

Jae nodded.

“You were watching me as I slept?”

Jae nodded.

Hye jumped onto her bed and hid under her blankets. JaeJoong was confused with her actions.

“This is totally embarassing!” Hye shouted at the top of her voice. She draw the blanklet away from her and JaeJoong appeared in front of her covering her mouth.

“Shhhhh! What if your mother heard you?”

Hye nodded. “I forgot about that.”

JaeJoong laughed at her.

“So… it means that it works…”

JaeJoong nodded.

“Oppa, let’s head out.”

“To…?”

“Anywhere. Let me get ready.” Hye jumped out of her bed and started picking the clothes to wear.

“This looks nice… No… Not that bottom… that doesn’t match… No… NO… That looks fine… Hmm…. ” JaeJoong started commenting as Hye chose clothes to wear while lying sideways on Hye’s bed.

“Why are you commenting? I choose what I want.” Hye didn’t like the idea that JaeJoong thought she has no fashion sense.

“Alright. I was just saying. I shall keep quiet.”

Hye continued to choose.

“That…”

Hye turned back to look at JaeJoong with an angry face.

“Alright. Alright. I got it.” JaeJoong zipped his mouth with his bare hands, signaling that he will stop commenting.

Hye chose her set of clothes and was walking towards the attached bathroom when she suddenly turned around at JaeJoong  and gave him a stare.

“You won’t peep, would you?”

“Do I look like some peeping tom to you? Who do you think I am?”

Hye nodded feeling slightly sorry that she doubted JaeJoong. She walked into the bathroom and closed the door behind her. She wasn’t trying to be quick about her bath and had took about 45 minutes. She stepped out of her bathroom, all ready, only to find JaeJoong gone.

Worried, she shouted, “Oppa! Oppa! Where are you? Oppa!”

“Hey! Hey! You want the whole world to hear you?” JaeJoong said as he suddenly appeared behind her.

Hye turned around and stared up at JaeJoong with her teary eyes. She gave JaeJoong a hug.

“I thought you’re gone again.”

“I’m sorry.” JaeJoong felt apologetic that he had went away. “but you were taking too long!” JaeJoong complained.

Hye pushed herself away from him and wiped off her tears. She was slightly angry. She totally ignored JaeJoong, picked up her bag and head of downstairs. Her mother was sitting at the sofa in front of the TV, folding clothes.

“Omma, I’m leaving.”

“Ung. Don’t be too late. I’ll cook your favourite Kimchi stew tonight.”

Hye bidded goodbye to Luis and giving the huge boy a hug. JaeJoong was following behind Hye and Luis was barking at JaeJoong.

“He always bark at me!”

“Luis sees you too?”

“I guess so?”

“I’m the only one, I guess?” Hye said, feeling slightly upset.

“You’re not the only one. Your parents can’t see me too.” JaeJoong joked.

Hye turned back and stared at JaeJoong again.

“Alright! Alright. I shadn’t tease you then.” JaeJoong had put both his hands in front of his chest in case Hye would hit him.

JaeJoong followed behind Hye as she walked down the long passage to where the bus stop is. A route that he felt so familar walking down the same path for since he was with Hye. But it was a different feeling today. He had purposely chose to walk behind Hye and Hye had turned back several times to urge him to walk beside her but he ignored it and urged that she should just walk ahead. He liked walking behind her, staring at her back. That kind of feeling felt so familar. It has happened before. He liked how it is now. He liked the fact that Hye loves him and how glad he was that he found Hye. Although he regretted that he had found her only after he was dead. He loves Hye. He remembered how much he loved her and how much he loves her now. But, Hye only remembered who Kim JaeJoong was.

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Preview Part 9
What is the past that Hye and JaeJoong shared in the past? What was the flashback that JaeJoong had when he realized that he was going to die. What could a ghost-human relationship come to?

Check it out Part 9: The past created the present, if you remembered how…

For the next couple of days, Hye remained very silent. There were a lot of things weighing on her mind. Seo knew what was it and she was wise to choose not to speak of it. JaeJoong kept following them around wherever they go. Seo was irritated but she couldn’t show it lest Hye realized she was irritated and start to question about it. Mom and Dad did notice the change in the girls and they questioned Seo about it but Seo eased their mind with her own logic.
“Hye… you know you have been…”
“I know we’re not alone.”
Seo know that that was a statement. And she chose to keep quiet.
“I’ve been trying to figure things out over the last couple of days.”
“I’m not alone. We’re not alone.” Hye paused for a moment before she continued, “You said before that he’s here for me. He’s following me around, isn’t he?”
Seo stared at JaeJoong who was walking beside Hye and he gave kept waving his hands trying to indicate that that was no fault of his that Hye noticed.
“Hye…” Before Seo could finish her sentence, Hye cut her off.
“Where is he now?”
“With us…” Seo didn’t want to let Hye know that he was just standing beside her.
“He’s with us even during the day?”
“Yes. In fact, it’s with you.”
Hye fell silent. A bus came and she boarded it. That wasn’t a bus that leads to home.
“Seo! Seo! Seo! This is not the bus home. Why is she taking the bus? Why are you taking it with her? She shouldn’t take the bus. You’re supposed to walk home!” JaeJoong was talking non-stop as soon as Hye settled herself down on a window seat and Seo went to settle down beside her. JaeJoong sat on a single seat that was in front of them.
Hye was looking out of the window blankly. She looked like she had a lot weighing on her mind.
“I know these are all unacceptable. You shouldn’t try to even think about it.”
“It doesn’t explain with logic, doesn’t it?”
“No.”
“Alright.” With that, Hye pressed on the door bell and alighted. But the bus had already gone on for about 15 minutes.
That night, Hye went online after dinner to search about all the possibilities. JaeJoong was watching her doing that. He couldn’t do anything to stop her. There was nothing that he could do except for the fact that he existed yet Hye was unable to see him.
“I know you’re around, Oppa.” Hye started after she got tired of searching on the website. None of the results that came out satisfied her curiousity.
JaeJoong was shocked.
“I know you know every single moment of mine. But I don’t see you. I don’t feel you. I don’t hear you.” Hye was trying very hard to calm her voice.
“It’s crazy speaking into the space and nothing gets responded. I think I’m insane.”
“You’re not, Hye. I am here! But you can’t see me. How do I do to make you see me?”
“Oppa, I have a lot of questions to ask. I’m very confused.”
“What is it that you’re confused about? I didn’t want you to be vexed about me.”
“Why is it that you’re related to me yet I can’t see you but Seo can? Can she even hear you? Or perhaps even feel you?”
“I don’t know about all these either. But it seems only Seo is able to see me so far. I didn’t come here to upset you.”
“Oppa… Won’t you say something? I think I’m crazy trying to speak to someone I don’t even see or feel.” It was getting harder to try to control Hye’s emotions now. She placed her legs in front of her chest and rested her head on her knees.
“My dear… Please… please don’t be like that… I don’t want to upset you.”
“I… I was really very devastated when I learned about your death. And I was happy that you’re still around.”
“… …”
“But you don’t really exist in my eyes.”
“… …”
“You’re here but not here.”
“Hye dear… I am here!” JaeJoong was started to feel frustrated about the fact that Hye is starting to tear up.
“Oppa, I really miss you. I really want to see you. I really…”
It was at this moment that Hye started to tear up so badly. She was crying so hard in silent that it hurt JaeJoong so much. He started to pace around the room. He thought about finding Seo. But she wasn’t the best person to approach now. He tried to think of ways to console Hye but there was nothing that he could do; she can’t see him, can’t feel him and can’t hear him.
“Hye! Hye! It’s me! Kim JaeJoong! I’m here! Can you hear me?!” JaeJoong was screaming at the top of his voice.
“… …”
“Why can’t there be something done about this?! How can I stop you from crying? What could I do to stop you from being upset?”
He paced around the room more and he tried to approach Hye but he didn’t touch her. He was watching over her tearing up so badly but there was nothing that could be done to stop that. He hated himself for being so useless.
Hye was weeping so badly that her throat ran dry and she was starting to cough. JaeJoong moved to stand behind her wanting to give her a pat on her back. He tried. It failed. Hye continued to weep and cough. JaeJoong moved to stand on her right and that was the same time when Hye stood up, wanting to move to her bed.
Something blocked her and her back hit against her table with a soft bang. JaeJoong stared out at the door. No one was approaching.
“What is that for?” Hye questioned herself. She wiped her eyes that have been blurred by tears. Her vision didn’t quite come through. She picked a few pieces of the tissue off the tissue box and cleaned it such that her eyes became dry.
“Are you alright?” JaeJoong sounded worried about Hye. He was standing right in front of Hye but he didn’t touch her.
Hye rubbed at her eyes once again. “What is this…”
“What is what?” Hye was totally freaking JaeJoong out now.
Hye went totally quiet and she stared blankly at the space in front of her. JaeJoong turned around to see if there was anything behind him. There was none. He walked towards the door and tried to listen for footsteps. No one was approaching. He was worried that Seo would jump in any moment. The clock hit 12midnight. JaeJoong stared up at Hye, looking at her face, into her eyes. He went to stand at the opposite side of the bed. Hye was moving herself away from her table and towards her side of the bed. JaeJoong noticed her eyes.
“You…”
The room fell into silent. Hye was moving closer to JaeJoong now. She tried to open her mouth to speak but no voice came out.
“Hye…” JaeJoong broke the silence.
“So… this… is… it?” Hye started to tear up again.
JaeJoong moved his hand towards her face, wanting to wipe that tear off.
“You’re… there’s no temperature from you.”
“… …”
“What happened exactly that I am able to see you now?”
“I have no idea…”
“Is this a dream?”
“No.”
“You’re not real.”
“I am not real… Yes…”
“I am in a dream.”
“You’re not exactly…”
Hye tried to set her focus. She sat down on her bed and tucked herself into the blanket. JaeJoong stood still and watched her as she did. She didn’t speak again.
“Hye, are you turning in?”
“You’re really here. This isn’t a dream.” Hye sat up again. “I thought it was my imagination.”
JaeJoong went to seat facing her on her bed. “You should try to go to sleep.”
“No. I’m not. You’d be gone again.”
“… …”
“There are a lot of things I want to know. What does Seo means when she said we’re related? Why are you dead yet you’re here? How did you come to know about me? How did you manage to find me here? How was it possible that…”
JaeJoong broke her off. “My dear girl, a question at a time. How am I supposed to answer all that at one go?”
“I’m sorry… It’s just that I’ve wanted to know all these and I get to see you now. This could be my only chance and I need to know about all these. I think I’m going crazy. And what about…”
JaeJoong held on to Hye’s shoulders and urged her to go to bed.
“No! I’m not sleeping! What if you’re gone again tomorrow morning?”
With that, Hye sat up and stared at JaeJoong and started with her 101 questions.
There were a lot of questions that she had to clear. There wasn’t time. She didn’t know when JaeJoong would disappear on her again. She didn’t want to waste a moment sleeping away. She wasn’t allowing him to disappear on her. There was no certainty because JaeJoong have no idea either if Hye would be able to continuously be able to see him, hear him and feel him or is there a time limit for all these.
Feeling unease, there wasn’t a second to waste for the couple.
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Preview Part 8
Hye stayed up the whole night and cleared her doubts. But there was one doubt which she had no answer to. JaeJoong did not have the answer either. They could only wait; wait for dawn to break. What will happen when the sun rises?
Check it out Part 8: I will protect you….

That night, Hye did not sleep well. She was very certain that she had dreamed about something a lot but she wasn’t able to remember it after she woke up. It was bothering her because it was something important yet she didn’t manage to remember it. She was sulky the whole morning and was not in her usual self.

“HYE!” Hye did not response to Seo’s call-out and Seo was getting agitated.

“Did you hear me calling you?” Seo ran up to Hye and took her by the shoulders.

“What’s wrong with you today? You are in such a daze.”

“Huh… it’s nothing much…”

“Nothing much? And you’re not even acting like usual.”

“Tell me. What is it?”

“Seo…” Hye paused for a moment. “It’s nothing.” Hye said as she turned to walked away from Seo.

Seo felt so frustrated that she ran in front of Hye and looked her right into her eyes. “What’s wrong?” She asked being concerned but she sounded slightly pissed.

Hye isn’t someone who would keep anything from Seo. And there was something else that annoyed Seo. He has been following Hye around in their house the whole morning and now, even when Hye is out in the streets.

“Hye~ something must be going on in your mind. Tell me! You’re not even bringing Luis for a walk today.” Seo glanced over Hye’s shoulders, at him.

He gave Seo the what-did-I-do expression and tried to avoid eye contact. Seo ignored that and walked along with Hye. Seo tried to keep quiet but Hye’s actions just bothered her too much for her to remain silent for long.

“Hye~ I know…” Before she could finish, Hye break her voice.

“Seo, why are you so noisy today?” Hye sounded slight frustrated. She turned and look at her sister. Hye don’t know if she should be telling all that to Seo. As she walked, she realized that she reached the park near their house. She took a seat at one of the benches and Seo settled down beside her. He was with them all this while.

“Seo… I don’t know if I should be saying all these… but… but… it’s really bothering me a lot…”

“So, just tell me. You’ve always told me everything!” Seo sounded happier than she should usually be.

“I had a dream last night. A weird dream. As I remembered, it lasted very long. I dreamed about a face. But it was very blurred I can’t tell who he was. We were very close… like lovers maybe?” Hye turned and looked at her Seo’s face. Seo urged her to carry on.

“I don’t know… I can’t really remember… All I know was the person in my dream… He’s someone who I liked a lot… But I don’t have…”

“What is it that the dream is bothering you about?”

“I don’t know too…”

Seo turned and gave him a hard stare. He said, “It wasn’t me. Really!”

Hye and Seo sat there for a moment enjoying the bask while Hye clears her mind. He moved to seat in the shade near the tree opposite where the girls are seated. Seo continued to glare at him.

“Seo… it’s head back.”

“You sure? Are you better now?”

“I guess I am.”

That very night, Hye had the same dream again. Kim JaeJoong was in the room with her. He come to know what the dream was all about and who was the one who caused it. But it wasn’t really within his control. He sat there, beside Hye, watching her as she slept and as she dreamed about them being together.

“I didn’t know about all these too, Hye.”

“I guess when people dies, they really move on to a different realm.”

“Would there be any difference if I had know earlier?”

“The moment I die, there was a whole load of flashbacks about what happened all these times while you and I remained as strangers.”

“You found me before. And I find you now but am I able to change anything at all? If I had known…”

Kim JaeJoong was talking to himself in the room but Hye broke him.

“Where are you going? Aren’t you bringing me along…?”

“Hye~ what is it that you’re dreaming about today? Do you even realize that you talk in your sleep as you dream?”

He moved forward to touch her on the face. She felt warm. Some intense feeling went through Kim JaeJoong and he removed his hand from her face. Another flashback. He had seen something that he shouldn’t.

“What was that? I know that I saw those flashbacks when I met with that accident and eventually died but what was that earlier on?”

Someone came by the door. It was Seo. She looked at him and signaled that he should follow her. He did.

“Do you know that you’re very noisy?!” Seo was not pleasant to him. She hated him.

“I’m sorry that I disturbed your sleep.”

“It’s not that…”

“Then?”

“You shouldn’t be here. You shouldn’t be following her around like some pest.”

“Then? What should I do?”

“Can’t you just move on?”

Kim JaeJoong understood what Seo meant exactly. “I can’t. Something tells me that I had an unaccomplished mission here.”

“What mission do you have for a dead person?!”

Seo was getting louder as she spoke. She didn’t even realized that Hye was awake by now.

“Seo… you’re… talking…. to…”

“Why are you up at this hour?”

“I saw… him…”

“Him? Who?”

“You’re talking to him…”

“You… saw…?”

“He was the person from my dream.”

“You saw his look?”

“No, I didn’t. It was just white… and… and… pleasant… like some feeling of… feeling glad…”

“You should be back at bed and sleeping.”

“I am not a kid.”

“Hye~”

“You know something!”

“I…” Seo was lost for words for the first time.

He reappeared again.

“Who is he?” Hye was asking Seo.

“He’s someone…” Seo said to Hye as she started at Kim JaeJoong’s face.

“Who?!”

“Hye, calm down.” It was the first time that Seo saw Hye being so agitated she was in a shock herself.

“He’s someone you admired and loved so much.”

“Someone I admired and loved?”

“Have you always seen things?” Not trying to lie to Hye, Seo nodded.

“Since when has that been?” Hye questioned, back at her usual tone.

“Since when we were young. When our grandparents passed away. I realized it.”

“And you’ve been keeping that to yourself?”

“Yes…”

“And… I see and feel them too?”

“You do. But you don’t realize.”

“I don’t…” Hye was trying to think back about the unusual things that she sometimes see. The unusual that she doesn’t talk to Seo about it.

Hye broke the silence, “That was him, isn’t it?” Hye said pointing at the white figure.

“Yes…”

“How long has he been here? Why is he here? Who is it that he’s looking for? How did he come to our house?” Hye was just shooting all questions that came to her mind at Seo and at Kim JaeJoong.

She had come to know. Her reaction wasn’t that of what Seo had imagined. And of course, Kim JaeJoong wouldn’t know that she would had reacted so. She wasn’t able to see him in his original form anyways.

“Are you going to tell her everything?” He interrupted. He was worried about Hye’s reaction.

“Hye… I’ll tell you what you want to know. What I’ve come to realize. Let’s go inside before we wake up mom and dad.”

Seo tucked Hye into her bed and settled down beside her while she sat beside her, tucked into the blankets. Kim JaeJoong was standing up and looking down at the two of them. Seo was hoping that he could have seated down so he wouldn’t irritate her further. It was like the start of a Q&A.

“How long has he been here?”

“Couple of days after the accident.”

“Why is he here?”

“Because of you.”

“Why me?”

“You share a special relationship with him.”

“What special relationship?”

“I haven’t got much idea about it. All I know is you have a twisted fate.”

“Like in my dream? We were lovers?”

“Yes…” Seo paused before answering.

“How did he manage to find me?”

“When people die, they see a lot things about themselves. I guess that’s how…”

“He’s going to be here forever?”

“I don’t think he can.”

“Why can’t I see him and you can?”

“You can’t see anything since young.”

“I don’t understand…”

“What don’t you?”

“He’s… he’s… just an artist that I liked… how does that…?”

“You’ve crossed the line several times. Do you know that?”

“Crossed the line?”

“Do you rememember what you always tell me?”

“What I always tell you…” Hye was trying to think. She was fully awake by now. “Things about him…”

“Yes… I was puzzled before but now I know…”

Hye stopped questioning. Seo continued to stare at her.

“She shouldn’t be asking all these. And you shouldn’t be telling her all these.” Kim JaeJoong was interrupting them. But it was only Seo who could hear him clearly and she has chose to totally ignored him.

Kim JaeJoong sat down, crossed arm on the floor as Seo continued to stare at Hye. He was mad… But he wasn’t mad at Hye or Seo. He was mad at something else that he couldn’t exactly tell what it was.

“Seo… Will I be able to see him?” Hye broked the silence after what felt like several long minutes.

“That… I don’t know… And… I can’t be sure… Would you prefer to?”

“I don’t know. I have… I can’t… I don’t know…” Hye started to cry and she went to hide under her blankets.

Kim JaeJoong stood up and stared down at where Hye was. He signaled to Seo to ask her to do something about it but she ignored him totally.

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Preview Part 7

Has Seo told Hye too many things? So much that Hye shouldn’t even know? Will Hye eventually be able to see him as what she wanted? How was it that she would be able to see him? Would Seo be approving about all these?

Check it out Part 7: I don’t want you to know… not like this….

Seo left Hye’s room when dawn broke that morning. She kept trying to figure out what was it that she felt the previous night that kept her awake the whole night. She felt the need to be stronger so she could protect Hye. Hye didn’t leave her room at all that day and Seo was very worried that Hye is taking the matter in too hard but she also knew that nothing she say will get into the brains of Hye’s. Seo went into Hye’s room from time to time to check on Hye but she didn’t move an inch. Seo was frustrated after several tries and she went to pull Hye out of bed only she realized Hye was running a fever. Freaked out, she called their family doctor. Seo cooked something light for Hye and fed her medicine. That night, Seo slept by Hye’s bed side. Hye was sick for continuously two days. Hye felt better on the third night and was awake in the middle of the night. She saw Seo sleeping beside her bed and tired to get off bed with cautious. Hye went to open the door only to see something running away from her door. Freaked out, she let out a scream. Hye’s scream woke Seo and Seo ran towards her sister.

“What happened?!” Seo asked Hye as she grabbed hold of her arms.

“I… I think I… saw something out there…” Hye spoke as she shook in fear.

“Something out there? A thief? Wait here…”

“Seo, it’s dangerous. I’m not sure if that was a thief. Maybe we should wake Appa and Omma up.”

“Just wait there… And don’t move.” Seo assured Hye.

“Seo…” Hye was feeling uneased.

Seo went to check around the house but didn’t notice anything unsual. She couldn’t find anything unusual because that object had went to hid behind the kitchen. Feeling unsafe to leave Hye alone, Seo went back up.

“There was nothing there.” Seo assured Hye but was unsure about that fact. She didn’t show that on her face; afraid to freak Hye out. But Seo was determined to find out exactly what that was.

“But I was sure I saw something…”

“There’s nothing. Now, why are you awake at this hour? Are you feeling any better?” Seo asked gently as she moved her hand to touch Hye’s forehead. “Seems like you’re not having any fever anymore.”

“I think so. But I’m feeling kind of light.” Hye was nbot making any sense to Seo.

“Kind of light?” Seo asked anxious.

“Yeah. I don’t know how to explain it. Just light feeling. Maybe because of the fever, I was feeling heavy the last couple of days.”

“Oh.” Seo wasn’t convinced. “Lie down. I’ll go get you some hot milk.”

Seo went down to the kitchen and also to check around the house once more. She wasn’t able to detect anything special. She made it quick and ran back upstairs, made sure Hye finished her milk and tugged her under her blackets.

Next day, Hye was feeling all better and insisted that she would go back to work the following day. Their parents wanted Hye to rest more but Seo assured them that Hye would be alright. But the fact was, Seo didn’t want Hye to be staying in the house whole day. Seo drove Hye to work and back home for the next couple of days. Nothing special happened the next couple of days. Seo was in fact worried about Hye because her reaction at the hospital and after she came back home was totally different. Hye didn’t even bothered with reading the news about it nor did Seo see Hye searching on the internet about it. Being Hye’s sister, Seo was extremely worried for Hye but she wouldn’t ask Hye directly. Hye looked like she was braine washed and her no recollection about the incident. “Had the shock been too big?” was what Seo was worried about.

That night, Seo had a lot of work to clear so she brought them home. She could have done it in the office but felt the need to keep Hye company. During times like these, Seo would really be a nice sister to have. Seo was working deep into the night when she thought she heard some noise. She dropped everything and went towards Hye’s room to check on her. She was shocked to see what she had found walking outside Hye’s door. She approached the figure. The figure sensed her and tried running away.

“Don’t try to run!” Seo raised her voice slightly. “What are you? I know you’ve been here couple of days now. What do you want from Hye?” She spoke to the back of the figure. The figure refused to turn so Seo had no choice but to take a closer look. She saw someone she knew.

“It was you! What are you doing here? How did you even…?” Seo couldn’t finished her sentence.

“I’m sorry. I just followed the two of you here. And when I saw her…”

“When you saw her?”

“I don’t know how to explain.”

“Explain yourself. You shouldn’t be doing here.”

“I’m sorry. But… ”

“Stop apologizing. And explain yourself, I say!” Seo was getting slightly agitated.

“Hye… she’s… we’re… I am… related…”

“Related? What do you mean by related?”

“I don’t believe my sister know you.” Seo wasn’t convinced but it didn’t seemed like a lie to her. Everything was so puzzling.

“It will take a very long time to explain. But let me ask you one question.”

“What?”

“You don’t seem to be afraid  of me.”

“Is that supposed to be a question?”

“Not exactly… but just that your reaction upon seeing me was unusual.”

“No.” Seo was getting irritated. “Now, tell me so what is what?”

“Do you believe in life after death? And do you believe that memories become clearer after that?”

“There’s no life after death. And for your second question, I’ve never been dead so I don’t know.”

“Then I’m telling you that memories about yourself do come back to you after you die.”

With that, the figure disappeared. Seo tired to stop the figure from leaving but failed. Seo heard someone turn the door knob.

“Ung? Seo. Why are you standing here?”

“Did I wake you?”

“I was awake. Who were you talking to?”

“Talking to? I wasn’t talking.” Seo was trying to confuse Hye by denying. “Go back to sleep. It’s only 3am.”

Hye rubbed her eyes, noded and went back to her bed. After checking that Hye went back to sleep, Seo went back to her working desk. She lost all her concentration. “Life after death. What was that about?” Seo was very curious about it so she tried to do a search online and out came many results. She read through most of them which made her even more confused because there were so many different theories so she had no idea which was true. She was determined to find out.

Seo, she was over protective for Hye so rather than having fear that night, she felt more courage in her. It wasn’t the first time tht she had seen things that didn’t existed. She had seen her grandfather after he had passed away or sometimes when they go to attend funerals, she’d see or sense things. These didn’t bother her at all. She wasn’t ready to accept things as she had seens and neither did she have anyone she could ask.

Seo was sure he wold be back.

She was right.

“I saw you again.”

“I never left.”

“Why didnt you?”

“You’re curious about me.”

“You can tell?”

“You can say so.”

“What’s your motive for getting close to Hye? I don’t think you know her.”

“She loves me.”

“I know she did.”

“She still does. Before and now and will continue to.”

“Why are you so certain.”

“I am here for her.”

“You’re going to take her away? Don’t you dare try!”

“You don’t understand what was the relationship we shared before.”

“I don’t need to understand. You’re not allowed to take her anywhere!” Seo was starting to get a little louder.

“Seo?” A soft voice called out from second level.

Seo stared up at Hye. “Did I wake you?”

“Who are you talking to?”

“I wasn’t talking to anyone.” Seo denied. Seo moved her focus from Hye to the figure.

“No. I saw you talking to someone.” Hye was starting to come down to ground level.

Flustered, Seo continued to stare at the figure and then to Hye and back to the figure as if signaling to the figure that he should get lost. Hye stopped beside Seo which now formed a triangle from the way the 3 of them stood.

“Why are you talking to yourself in the middle of the night?” Hye asked Seo, being concerned.

“I wasn’t talking to myself.”

“But there wasn’t anyone else.” Hye explained.

“I could let her know that it was me you’re talking to.”

Seo knew that she wasn’t supposed to speak to him so she gave the keep-your-mouth-shut look.

“Seo? You’re acting all weird. Is there something?” Hye was starting to question Seo.

“You know I could show myself to her and everything would…” Seo cut him off.

“Hye. It was nothing. Let’s go back up.” Seo grabbed Hye by the wrist but Hye shook it off.

Looking at the direction that Seo was staring at, she said, “No matter who you are. Or no matter what you are. I can’t see a single thing. But don’t you dare bother Seo.”

Seo was shocked at Hye’s statement because it was the first time that Seo had seen Hye acting this way. Altough it wasn’t the first time that Seo had seen things, Seo was certain that Hye wasn’t able to see or sense what she was always able to. Seo was sure that Hye was different from her.

“Hye… what do you think you’re doing?” Seo tried to grab Hye by the wrist again and pulled her back to second level.

Seo had no idea how to react to this issue because she had no idea what he meant by “I am here for her.” and “… relationship we shared before.” Seo was feeling very uneasy about it but she couldn’t show it on her face to get Hye suspicious. Seo had come to know that she was able to see things after her grandfather’s death when she was young but she had always thought that she was the only one who see them and if she figured if she had no reaction to that, no body would find out eventually.

Hye, she had no idea who Seo was talking to but she knew that something was there. She wasn’t able to see anything but she was able to sense something. What Seo didn’t know about Hye was, although Seo was able to see things, Hye was able to sense them. But because of Hye’s cheerful personality, she didn’t show it at all. What Hye didn’t know was that she was actually staring at the person she had loved, loves and will love – Kim Jae Joong.

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Preview: Part 6

Will Seo tell Hye that Kim Jae Joong was actually there that night? Or would Kim Jae Joong tell Hye personally? Or will Hye be able to find out about it herself eventually? Will Hye ever get to know about it and will she ever get to meet Kim Jae Joong?

Check it out Part 6: You found me first before. It’s my turn now.