Sunday, 14 October 2007
08:52:15 PM (GMT)
Back at home I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. I know I was still young to be
thinking about marriage but I know Ji Won is the only guy for me. I held my teddy
bear close as thoughts of Ji Won drifted me to sleep.
It was midnight now. Ji Won snuck out of his house quietly without making a noise. He
carried his backpack full of money on his back. He planned to go to Mina’s house to
grab her and leave. Then it would be just him, Mina, and Sung Hoon leaving together.
He was almost to Mina’s house when he realized that he was being followed.
It was his uncle’s men. They came to get rid of him. Ji Won was smart. He knew the
streets too well. He made it through the alley and those men end up losing him. But
when Ji Won reached Mina’s house, about 10 men had surrounded her house. They all
saw him approaching. Ji Won began to ran as they chased him. He made it to the dock.
He saw Sung Hoon on the boat.
“Hyung! Hurry! The boat is leaving!”
Ji Won threw his bag onto the boat first and made a high jump. He landed safely onto
the boat. His uncle’s men couldn’t chase him anymore. Ji Won and Sung Hoon
started cheering until Ji Won realized what was missing. Mina. He had left her. Ji
Won fell to his knees.
“What’s wrong?” asked Sung Hoon.
“Mina! We left her! We have to go back!” yelled Ji Won.
Sung Hoon opened his mouth in shock because he just realized it too. Then he shook
his head sadly. “We can’t. If we go back, we’ll just get killed and we’ll be
putting Mina’s life in danger too.” Ji Won moved away from Sung Hoon, knowing
that the darkness will cover his face. And for the first time in his life, Ji Won
I woke up the next morning with this strange feeling inside me. I don’t know why
but I find it disturbing. Then I remembered that Ji Won and I are going to get
married soon, it subsided. When I went downstairs, my stepmom was holding that wooden
stick I haven’t seen in years. I began to panic. She whacked me with it. I fell
“Where’s Ji Won?” she screamed at me.
I was so confused and surprised I didn’t know what she was talking about. She kept
hitting me and telling me to answer her. But how can I answer when I don’t even
know myself? Then something unusual happened. My dad grabbed the stick away from my
“Stop hitting her! Can’t you tell that she can’t think straight through all
My stepmom was shocked and she kept her mouth shut because my dad never did that to
her before. “Mina,” my dad said to me, holding my hand. “Ji Won ran away from
home again. He’s no longer in Hawaii and the wedding’s canceled.”
“He left?” I asked blankly.
My dad nodded his head sadly. “How can he leave me?” I asked standing up. My
stepmom’s next words hit me hard and cold like ice.
“He probably left because he didn’t want to marry you.”
I sunk to my knees and fell to the floor. I began to sob to myself. My parents left
the room, leaving me alone. ‘How can you leave me, Ji Won? Were all those promises
of taking care of me lies?’ I loved Ji Won so much. All I ever wanted is to be with
him, even if he did only consider me as a dongsang. I needed to know why he left.
Being with him all this time, I knew where he went. I’ll search all of Korea if I
One year later…
During this year, my life of hell had return. I managed to save up enough money for a
ticket to Korea and money to spend. I had to work odd hours so my stepmom wouldn’t
find out or she’ll take the money from me. I also had to sell some of Ji Won’s
gifts to me. He was a really generous oppa who would buy me a lot of expensive
clothes, jewelry, perfume, and just about anything that I wanted. I figured he
wouldn’t mind because they’re just material possessions. They were a big help
because I managed to trade them in for a lot of money.
July 24, 1997
I finally had enough money to leave. It took me a while to go because I knew chances
are low of finding Ji Won right away. I needed extra money for my search and I had to
pay double for a fake I.D. You could say that I have almost everything planned out. I
got a pretty good amount so I planned on leaving today.
It’s been a little over a year since Ji Won left me with no reason or explanation.
I’ve gotten so much thinner because I couldn’t eat or sleep and I miss him so
much. The problem I still had facing me were my parents. I know they were not going
to let me leave. I was only 17. Damn. Still a minor. This year had been total hell
for me and I can’t stand another year of it. I had to leave and I had a plan. I was
going to fake my death.
It was all so perfect. My family had to go out to a luau with Mr. Eun. He still keeps
in touch with us. I guess it’s because he thinks I might know where Ji Won is.
Truth is, I have no idea except I know Ji Won’s somewhere in Korea.
I planned to fake a drowning. Because of my heart failure, it helped me close off my
air circulation for up to 4 minutes. This time I am using it to let my family think
that I have drowned and the tides drifted my body to sea so I will never be found…
But before I go I had to say goodbye to my father. I hugged him hard. He looked at me
“What was that for?” he asked.
I shook my head. “It wasn’t for anything dad. I did it because I love you.”
My dad had tears in his eyes. “I’m so sorry Mina. I’m so worthless as your
“No you’re not but you have to do what’s right dad. Don’t let anyone stop you
and stop putting yourself down.”
He nodded his head. I hugged him for the last time. “I’m going for a swim
okay?” He nodded his head and watched me head toward the ocean. The plan went
perfect. I stayed underwater for a while and swam myself to the other side of the
beach where they couldn’t see me. All my belongings were there. I got on the dock
and sailed to the mainland airport leaving Hawaii forever…
July 26, 1997
Ji Won traced the ‘M’ scar on his back. ‘Damn,’ he thought. ‘I miss Mina so
much.’ He sent out one of his men to retrieve news about her and if they could, get
her here to him in Korea. Ji Won had it all. Money and power. The only thing that was
missing was Mina. So much had happened to Ji Won as he remembered back.
Ji Won and Sung Hoon made it to Seoul, Korea. With Ji Won’s leadership skills and
Sung Hoon’s smooth talking, they end up getting a lot of businesses and putting
others of out business. Money was not enough for Ji Won. He needed power so he
created Sechs Kies, where he was the leader and Sung Hoon was his 2nd-in command. He
and Sung Hoon managed to eliminate the group Quiksilver on their own and gained the
respect and loyalty of the two members Kim Jae Duc and Lee Jae Jin. Along the way,
they found Ko Ji Yong and Jang Su Won wandering the streets. Ji Yong proved to be a
genius and Su Won was handy in finding information.
Ji Won knew they were enough. They had hundreds of men under them but Sechskies were
the main leaders with Ji Won as the head. They committed a lot of crimes but no
evidence was ever found to convict them.
Just then there was a knock on his door, interrupting his thoughts.
“Come in,” said Ji Won.
Jang Su Won came in. “I have news for you, boss,” he said.
“Well what is it? What did you find out about Mina?” Ji Won asked.
Sun Won looked down and hesitated to reply. “I’m afraid it’s bad news.”
Those words made Ji Won panic. “Jang Su Won, you answer me now!” yelled Ji Won
Ji Won’s yell scared Su Won so he blurted it out. “Mina Nam is dead. She drowned
while she was swimming in the ocean. Her body has not been found and is still
Ji Won fell back in his seat in shock. ‘Mina’s dead? No, anyone but Mina,’ he
thought. Su Won knew it was a good time to leave so he left Ji Won in his office.
“Mina!” Ji Won screamed out of his window in pain. His cries echoed throughout
the city of Seoul.