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What I Did for Love
Written By Val
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 order?"
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.
"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 touch me!"
"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
She handed Jae Jin her apron and pad and stomped over to me in the
dark corner. "Stupid, lousy jerks," she whispered to me.
"Hyung," said Sung Hoon. "What are you looking at?"
"Her," said Ji Won, pointing in Kyung Hee's and Mina's direction.
"You like my waitress too?" asked Sung Hoon, pouting.
"No," said Ji Won, shaking his head. "Her friend. Doesn't she look like Mina?"
Sung Hoon glanced at the person Ji Won was pointing to and watched her walk away. "No..." said Sung Hoon slowly. "That girl's hair is much longer and Mina has a nicer body. That chick looks like a stick."
Ji Won cocked an eyebrow at Sung Hoon. "How do you know Mina have
a nice body?"
I heard some footsteps following behind me. I quickly turned a corner and entered my room.
Ji Won ran after her as fast as he could. He saw the girl turn a corner and he continued chasing her. He saw a figure up ahead and he grabbed her by the shoulder. When the girl turned around, she had a surprised expression on her face.
"What do you want?"
Ji Won looked at the strange girl. She looked nothing like Mina. "Wrong person." The girl walked way. Ji Won sighed. 'Maybe it's cause I miss Mina so much that I'm beginning to see her.' He began to walk back to the lobby, disappointedly.
From my hotel room, I was watching Ji Won with the little hole in the door. I saw him pat a girl and then walk away with his head bowed down. I went over and sat down on my bed. I let out a sigh. Ji Won doesn't miss me. He has too many girls with him already. He probably forgot who I am by now.
Tears fell down my face and I didn't even realize it. I quickly wiped them away. I wanted to tell myself that I hate Ji Won but I couldn't because then I'd just be lying. There was only one thing left for me to do.
I stood in front of my bathroom mirror. I can't be with Ji Won as Mina,
but I wanted to be by his side to watch over him. I thought about it
for a while and remembered they were recruiting new members for Black
So I did it. Within an hour, I had transformed myself into a guy. I
checked myself over. As a guy, I didn't look too bad. I smoothed out
my new short hair and tucked it into a cap. Guys wear earrings too so
I didn't have to worry about my earring holes.
Only 2 of the 5 guys lasted when Jae Jin and Jae Duc were done beating
them up. "Okay," said Sung Hoon. The two newest members to
Ji Won stared at the young boy who was walking towards them. 'What
the hell? Damn! This kid looks like Mina!' he thought. 'I must be losing
it. How come I keep seeing her today?'
I looked at Sung Hoon. 'Gosh, he developed an attitude', I thought.
I took a deep breath. This is it. "I want to join SechsKies."
I moved his hand for him. "No. I'm 18 and I'm not 5', I'm 5'3."
That remark made all the other members laugh, except Ji Won. I looked
at him curiously and realized he was checking me out.
Ji Won held up his hand for the others to stop laughing. "Hey,
if he wants a chance, then we'll give it to him."
"Look kid," said Ji Won to me. "You have to be jumped in to join. These 2 guys (pointing to Jae Jin and Jae Duc) will kick the crap out of you for 5 minutes. If you're still standing, you're in."
I nodded my head. I knew I had to last because I'm doing it all for Ji Won. I stood there as Jae Duc and Jae Jin began to hit me. Jae Jin threw the first punch and it gave me instant pain. He's even stronger than my stepmom, I thought. Jae Duc kicked me and I was knocked to the ground but I kept pulling myself up.
Ji Won looked at the helpless boy who was struggling to stand up. He
doesn't understand why but when he looks at the boy, images of Mina
replaced him. Right now in his eyes, it looked like it was Mina being
beaten up by Jae Jin and Jae Duc. He couldn't help it.
I heard Ji Won yelling for me to stay down. My ears listened but my
legs wouldn't. I refused to stay down. No matter how many times they
hit me or how hard, I managed to get up. Finally 5 minutes was over
and I was still standing.
Ji Won held the boy, surprised. He realized the boy had fainted. Usually he would have let go if someone fainted on him, but this time he held on tight.
The other 5 Kies members looked and the 2 new recruits looked at Ji
Won with queeried eyes. "Uh, hyung," said Sung Hoon, as he
patted Ji Won on the shoulder.
"What should we do about the new recruits?"
"Give them instructions and show them to their rooms. We'll have a meeting tomorrow."
They all left but once in a while, they all would glance back looking
at Ji Won, who was carrying the boy in the other direction.
Ji Won gave me a sideways glance. "You okay?" he asked. I
nodded my head. Ji Won got up out of his seat and walked towards me.
He sat down on the bed next to me and looked at me straight in the eyes.
"So what's your name?" he asked.
"What did you say your name was?"
"Min-Sung," I answered him quickly.
"Oh," he said and backed away from me.
Ji Won stood up and walked towards the window, looking outside. He
knew the new recruit was a boy but somewhere inside him wished Min Sung
would say his name was Mina. He let out a sigh.
I looked at Ji Won with his back facing me. It had only been 2 years but I felt as though I couldn't read what was going on in his mind anymore. I let out a sigh myself. "Ji Won, where do we meet later tomorrow?"
The call of his real name made Ji Won suddenly look up. He ran over to where Min Sung was sitting and grabbed him by his shoulders. "How do you know my real Korean name? No one knows me by that. Everyone calls me Matthew."
Oh no, I thought. I had completely forgotten that Ji Won had changed
his name to Matthew but I thought fast. "I didn't know your name
as Ji Won. All I said was, 'Gee, wanna go out later tomorrow?'"
'I'm losing it,' thought Ji Won. "We'll meet in the main dining
room tomorrow," Ji Won told Min Sung. He nodded his head and left.
Ji Won walked out to the balcony and looked up at the sky.
After Sung Hoon and the others gave the new recruits instructions and
about the meeting, they all went back to their rooms.
"No, it's nothing," answered Sung Hoon.
"You think maybe Matthew is gay?" asked Ji Yong.
"You're the one who looks gay," said Jae Duc, jokingly.
"Shut up!" yelled Ji Yong as he punched Jae Duc lightly.
The others began to laugh. Then Su Won said, "Could be though.
I never saw him 'be' with a girl before."
"It was like 5 years ago when Matthew hyung met this girl named Nam Mina ."
"She a babe?" asked Jae Duc, interrupting.
Sung Hoon gave him a look. "Yes, Duckie, she's a babe."
"Oh, okay," said Jae Duc. "Continue."
"Anyways, Matthew knew her before he met me. It turns out that she was the first person who ever really cared about him and Matthew fell in love with her. But you know how hyung is. He could never tell anyone exactly what' s on his mind or how he feels. Instead of saying he wants Mina to be his girlfriend, he said he wants her to be his dongsang-"
"That's stupid!" yelled Jae Duc, interrupting Sung Hoon. "Why did he say that for? She's a babe!"
"Sh..!" yelled Jae Jin, Ji Yong, and Su Won at Jae Duc.
Sung Hoon continued. "Well, Matthew ended up having this blood ceremony with her. They scarred each other's back with their initial. It looks like a blood tie but later on I found out it was his symbol of promised love-"
"Ow..that must have hurt," said Jae Duc, as he hugged himself. Jae Jin smacked him on the head for interrupting again.
"I think they knew each other for a year before they met me. At first I thought Mina was cute, but then by the way Matthew acts, I can tell she was off limits. See, Mina had this heart condition where air would suddenly be closed off and she couldn't breathe. The only way to get air in was by this respirator-"
"The one hyung always carry?" asked Jae Duc.
"Yes Duckie," said Sung Hoon, rolling his eyes. "Anyways,
it was either that or mouth to mouth. Once when Matthew went collecting
shells for Mina, I was walking along the shores with her. One of her
attacks came on. I freaked out of course, but I knew what to do. I laid
her down and I was about to give her CPR but then Matthew ran the speed
of light and knocked me into the ocean and he gave her CPR."
"Dang, ain't he a Romeo?" said Jae Duc, laughing.
Sung Hoon smiled. "It's cause he loves Mina and didn't want any
other guy touching he. I mean, during school, if any guy talks about
wanting to date her, Matthew made sure he didn't. Oh yeah, Matthew hyung
hasn't always been Matthew. His real name is Ji Won. The 'M' scar on
his back stands for Mina, not Matthew."
"How romantic," whispered Jae Duc.
"Shut up hyung," said Ji Yong. "Quit interrupting!"
"Okay, okay," said Jae Duc, blocking himself from Jae Jin's hand.
Sung Hoon began talking.
Then Su Won spoke. "Last year hyung sent me out to get some news on Nam Mina. She had died drowning."
Sung Hoon nodded. "Yeah but Matthew and I think she committed suicide. He think it's because Mina can't handle living with her stepmom, who always abuse her. If you ask me, I think Mina committed suicide because Matthew left her without any reason. I think hyung thinks that too but he won't say it. I think he blames himself for her death and since then he hasn't been the same. He used to be nicer and not this touchy. Also that's why he's never been with another girl. I mean, we see him flirt with other girls but none of us actually see him 'be' with another girl right?"
The others nodded in agreement. Sung Hoon continued. "About this
new boy today. I think Matthew is losing it. He probably thinks when
he sees the boy he is see-"
"Aigo," said Jae Jin. "It's that same waitress babe."
"See?" said Jae Duc. "It's cause of a girl, not me. You hit me by mistake."
"No, it's not a mistake. I still wanna smack your head cause it makes this cool hollow sound," replied Jae Jin as he smacked Jae Duc on his head again.
"So, wanna go out sometime?" Sung Hoon asked Kyung Hee, leaning near her. She rolled her eyes at him.
She answered flatly, "No" and began to leave.
Sung Hoon held onto her arm. "Come on babe. X-mas is next month and don't be a scrooge."
Then suddenly, Kyung Hee gave him a seductive smile. "I guess. How about we go out on November 31st then?"
Sung Hoon gave her a sexy smile back. "It's a date then," he answered, letting her go. The other 4 walked up to him.
"How'd it go Mickey?" asked Su Won.
"Hey, hey, what can I say?" answered Sung Hoon cockily. "I'm the man!"
Jae Jin gave him a high-five.
"Alright!" yelled Jae Duc. "When you 2 going out?"
"November 31st," answered Sung Hoon.
"Uh, Mickey," said Ji Yong.
"Sup Ji Yong?" said Sung Hoon.
"November doesn't have a 31st."
"What?" asked Sung Hoon, surprised. He looked at the calendar. November ended on the 30th. He looked around but Kyung Hee had already left. He started cursing while the others tried to hold back their laughter.
November 23, 1998
"This meeting of SechsKies is now in session," announced
Ji Won to the main members of the group, along with the new recruits.
His voice got their attention and they quickly focused their attention
on Ji Won.
"So any new business?" he asked the members.
"Yes," answered Jae Jin. "The Black Dragons have killed some of our members and took away some of our businesses."
"Damn it!" yelled Ji Won as he pounded his fist on the table. "We'll just have to see that this Black Dragon matter will be solved. Mickey you, Ji Yong, Su Won, and the 2 new recruits deal with the businesses. Jae Jin, Jae Duc, and Min Sung will come with me." Everyone looked at Ji Won strangely.
Sung Hoon began to speak. "Uh, hyung. You want to take Min Sung along?"
Ji Won glared at him. "Yeah. Anyone here have any objections?" No one answered. "Meeting adjourned," announced Ji Won and everyone went to work.
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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