Friday, 19 October 2007
04:25:50 AM (GMT)
I finally made it to Chejudo, Korea. I didn’t know where to look for Ji Won so
anywhere was fine. I was never a lucky person. I couldn’t find any signs of Ji Won
there so I traveled to Inchun City. My search for Ji Won continued for another year.
During that time I had traveled to many cities like Guam, Pusan, etc. It must have
been a gift from God because one day my search was over…
November 21, 1998
I had just finish my overtime shift at the Nam Hotel. It was pretty ironic because my
whole family spent their lives working for hotels and here is the biggest one in all
of Seoul with our family name. I went into the worker’s lounge to take a break and
pour myself some tea. I sat down and read the headlines.
‘Sechskies are to open a conference broadcasting live on Channel 6 today’
I rolled my eyes. Not them again. They were the notorious mafia lead by Matthew Eun.
I shuddered. I can’t believe the leader has the same last name as my beloved Ji
Won. Actually 6kies was composed of 6 leaders. They committed a lot of crimes and
were always challenging the authorities. They had a lot of power and no one could
take their pictures without their consent but a lot of people know what they look
like. I didn’t care. I was too busy looking for Ji Won to notice them.
A worker with me named So Kyung Hee came in. “Hey,” she said, patting me lightly
on the knee. “On break?” I took a sip and nodded. “Me too,” she said smiling.
I smiled back at her. Kyung Hee was actually one of the nicest people at the hotel.
Most of them were cold and just worried about how much tips they can get.
Kyung Hee picked up the TV remote and turned to Channel 6. “Hey Mina, there’s
supposed to be showing 6kies today. Wonder what they look like.” I nodded and
watched with her. When the clock struck 9, I felt my heart had stopped and it was not
from my heart failure either. I stared at the face that was giving a cocky smile to
the camera. Ji Won. Slowly the camera pulled out revealing the other 5 members.
I recognized Sung Hoon. He and Ji Won looked completely different but I still
recognized them. Ji Won had his hair dyed completely blonde while Sung Hoon’s was
streaked. Kyung Hee and I watched them in silence as they began to talk. Ji Won and
the others introduced themselves. Then the camera showed directly at Ji Won.
To most people he would look like an evil gang leader but in my eyes he was a
beautiful angel. If it was ever possible, Ji Won was even finer than before.
“Mina, are you okay?” asked Kyung Hee, as she waved a hand in front of my face.
“Huh?” I asked looking at her. “Oh, I’m fine. Just listening to what they
have to say.”
I pointed to Ji Won on the screen. “Who is he?”
“That’s Matthew Eun,” she answered me.
I stared at Ji Won some more. He had change his name and so did Sung Hoon. No wonder
I couldn’t find them.
Kyung Hee caught me staring so she smiled at me. “The leader is cute huh?”
I blushed. “Yeah.”
“Too bad in real life he’s such a jerk.”
“He is not!” I yelled at her.
Kyung Hee scooted her seat back in shock. I apologized right away. “Sorry Kyung
Hee, I didn’t mean to yell at you.” She had a confused look on her face but she
said, “Uh, it’s okay Mina.” I pulled a finger to my lips. “Shh…let’s
listen to what they have to say…”
Ji Won began talking. “This is Sechkies speaking to all you losers out there
watching us. We just want to say that we’re open to hire new ‘employees’. We
usually travel around to our many hotels but you’ll find us if you have the right
connections. Also a word to the police of Korea. Why are you picking on us?, “ Ji
Won asked sarcastically. “We’re good, law-abiding citizens.” Ji Won folded his
hands together and gave a little bow. Then all of the Sechskies leaders started
“Oh my gosh! Look at him!” yelled Kyung Hee and pointed to Sung Hoon on the T.V.
screen. “Look at that stupid smile and that perverted laugh. Kekeke…” Kyung Hee
made a poor impression of Sung Hoon’s laugh and it made me laugh. Geez, I thought.
Sung Hoon would kill her if he knew she made fun of his trademark smile.
The show ended a little too soon for me but Ji Won did say he was visiting many
hotels and mine is the biggest one. He has to come here. I went back to work and
waited for him to come.
Ji Won entered the main doors of the Nam Hotel and headed towards the lobby. He let
out a sigh. Being in a hotel brought back to him a lot of memories. He remembered how
he would take Mina to the hotels to trash it or slide down the long stairway
banisters. But those carefree days are over. His only love had died and he no longer
has the heart to love anyone else.
Eversince the news of Mina’s death, Ji Won began to develop a passion for anything
he thinks is related to her. Things like her hairbrush, the same type of lipgloss she
uses, her little respirator, etc. There are times when he had to give her mouth to
mouth if the respirator wasn’t around. Ji Won smiled remembering that she had told
him that he was her first kiss. Mina never went out with any guys so it made him
really happy but he also found it very strange. He didn’t want to give her any
ideas about dating other guys so he never asked.
Ji Won had changed his name to Matthew. It’s to symbolize that Ji Won died with
Mina and Matthew replaced him. He chose the name Matthew because of Mina’s initial
‘M’ and if anyone asks, the ‘M’ stands for Matthew.
Sung Hoon wanted to changed his name to Ricky but Ji Won wouldn’t let him. Ji Won
only allowed him to change it if it had the letter ‘M’ so Sung Hoon ended up
changing it to Mickey instead.
“Hey hyung! Over here!” shouted Sung Hoon.
Ji Won looked over at his five friends. He walked over to them and was surprised at
what he saw. “What the hell is this?” he asked angrily. Every single one of them
had a girl in each arm. “What do you guys think you’re doing?” he asked as he
strode over to them.
“Come on hyung,” said Jae Duc. “Lighten up.”
“Yeah,” said Jae Jin. “We worked hard all day and now let’s have a little
Ji Won rolled his eyes and then he saw two girls wrap their arms around him. He
smiled. “Yeah, I guess.” “Alright!” they all shouted. They like it when Ji
Won is in a good mood.
From where I was standing, I felt as though someone had stabbed me with a knife. Ji
Won looked so happy with those 2 girls sitting on both sides of his lap. I stared at
my reflection in the hotel mirror. Big, glassy eyes, pale skin, and waist-length
black hair. I looked kind of like a ghost. Not much to look at, I thought sighing
sadly. Then I felt a tap on my shoulder and I slowly turned around.
“What are you looking at?” asked Kyung Hee.
Whew. I let out a sigh of relief. “They’re here,” I whispered to her.
“Who?” she asked, looking over my shoulder.
“Oh. So you want to go serve them?” I shook my head ‘no’ quickly. Kyung Hee
laughed. “Okay. Don’t get so worked up, Mina. I’ll do it.” She took a
waitress pad and headed over to their table. I remained in the corner watching them.
“Hi, my name is Kyung Hee and I’ll be your waitress today. May I take your
All the SechsKies members looked up to the pretty, young girl who just approached
them. Instantly Sung Hoon made the 2 girls on his lap move. He looked up at Kyung
Hee, giving her his best smile. “I don’t know what I want for dinner, but you
want to be my dessert?” The other 5 Kies members laughed while Kyung Hee rolled her
eyes. “That’s so cute. Must have took you all day to think up that one huh?”
“Ooh,” shouted Ji Yong. “This one has a mouth.”
Sung Hoon just smiled. “Feisty. I like it.”
Then he pinched Kyung Hee’s side playfully. She moved away, glaring. “Hey don’t
“Come on babe. Go out with me. I’ll show you a good time.”
“Hell no!” Kyung Hee shouted back in his face.
Then Ji Won stood up. “Don’t talk to my friend like that,” he said in a low
threatening voice. “Or else I’ll have you fired.” Ji Won’s glare made Kyung
Hee move back a little bit but she answered back anyways. “You can’t fire me! I
She handed Jae Jin her apron and pad and stomped over to me in the dark corner.
“Stupid, lousy jerks,” she whispered to me. “I know,” I whispered back,
patting her shoulder. Suddenly, I caught Ji Won staring at me. I didn’t know what
to say or do so I just left.