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What I Did for Love
Written By Val
Kang Sung Hoon was Ji Won's other friend and he hangs out with us a lot too. Sung Hoon is a little older than me and is really nice. He has this really cute smile that when he smiles, you can't help but smile back. I called him 'bang geul ee.' His family life also isn't good. His dad is a drunk and his mom had passed away when he was young. So usually it was the three of us together.
My home life is a lot better thanks to Ji Won. My stepmom didn't dare to touch me anymore and it's still the same between me and my dad. We don't talk much. Ji Won's parents like me a lot too. It's because when they tell Ji Won to do something and he wouldn't do it. They would come to me. I'm kind of like their pawn. Life was heaven for me until it completely shattered on day.
It started out with good news but who would have known it would end up in tragedy?
June 15, 1996
My stepmom and dad came home one day from visiting the Euns. "Guess what?" my stepmom told me excitedly.
"What?" I asked calmly.
"The Euns are planning a wedding for you and Ji Won!"
I sat down because my knees gave out. This news hit me with total surprise but I was so happy to hear it because I'm so in love with Ji Won. "Really?" I asked excitedly. "How did this happened?"
"Mr. Eun wanted Ji Won to get married and he figured you're the girl he should marry."
"What did Ji Won say?" I had to ask. I didn't want him to be forced into this.
"Of course he agreed," she answered.
My breathing increased so I took out my respirator. After I calmed
down, my stepmom took me into her room and told me all about the arrangements.
"Just because you're making this wedding for me and Mina doesn't mean I owe you anything!" Ji Won yelled angrily at his dad.
Mr. Eun grabbed Ji Won by the collar of his shirt. "Ji Won! You
listen to me. Once you and Mina get married, your grandpa will give
you all of his businesses. Sharing part of it with your dad isn't asking
for much is it?"
It was true. Mr. Eun was in serious debt and he needed Ji Won to get
married because Ji Won's grandpa was going to give Ji Won his inheritance
once he gets married. Ji Won had just turned 18 and his dad had planned
the marriage months ahead. His dad got on his knees.
Ji Won rolled his eyes. "You're so pathetic dad." He sighed.
Living with Mina taught him compassion and sympathy for people. "I'll
see what I can do dad."
A weird high-pitched giggle came from the other end of the line.
"Ooh "said the voice. "Hi to you too sexy."
Ji Won rolled his eyes. "Oh shut up Sung Hoon."
Using his real voice, Sung Hoon began to laugh out loud. "Gross hyung! That's how you talk to Mina? Ew! It gives me the chills!"
"Hey Sung Hoon," said Ji Won seriously. "Is everything set and ready to go?"
"Yeah hyung," said Sung Hoon.
"Good," said Ji Won, smiling. "Meet me at the docks tonight. From there we can sail to the mainland airport and get away from Hawaii to start a new life in Korea."
"Yeah," said Sung Hoon. "But did you tell Mina about it?"
"No," answered Ji Won, sighing. "I'm afraid she won't leave her family. I'm planning to just kidnap her and take her along. It's easier that way and no hassle."
"Right," said Sung Hoon. "At least the three of us will still be together."
"Yeah," said Ji Won. "Meet you in an hour. Get everything ready. I got our money too."
"Okay," replied Sung Hoon.
"Bye." Ji Won clicked off his phone. Ji Won's dad didn't
know it but his grandpa had given him $10 million in advance, along
with hotel ownerships in Korea and Hawaii as his wedding gift. He planned
to leave his dad $5 million and live off the rest with Mina and Sung
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.
"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."
"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 stepmom.
"Stop hitting her! Can't you tell that she can't think straight through all that pain?"
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?'
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.
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.
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 surprised.
"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 father."
"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.
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 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.
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 with rage.
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 missing."
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.
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.
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.
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
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 changed 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."
Ji Won began talking.
"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
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.
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
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 change 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 fun."
Ji Won rolled his eyes and then he saw two girls wrap their arms around
him. He smiled. "Yeah, I guess."
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.
Be sure to check out Val's "It Was You All Along" and our AsiaFinest's interview with her. Feel free to talk about "What I Did For Love" in our friendly discussion forum!
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