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What I Did for Love
Written By Val
"Hey kid," said Jae Duc to me.
"What is it?"
He handed me a gun. "Use this to protect yourself."
My eyes widened as I held the cold metal. 'Please don't let me use it', I prayed silently.
Ji Won walked over to Min Sung. "Okay, the coleaders of Black Dragons are meeting around here. You'll recognize them by the dragon tattoos on their arms. If you see them, just shoot them as they come out."
"But Matthew hyung, I-" but my words were cut off the sound of gunshots.
"Get down!" yelled Ji Won as he covered me. Then he started
firing. I covered my ears and watched Ji Won in disbelief. He had shot
4 people and killed 3. Ji Won stood up smiling.
One Black Dragon member lay hurt on the ground. Ji Won pulled him up by the collar of his shirt and pointed a gun to his head. "Tell me who's your leader punk or else I'll blow your brains out."
The young boy was whimpering. I felt sorry for him. "Please don't
kill me. My leader is Eun Tae Won."
I listened to what the boy was saying. I never knew that Ji Won's uncle had a godson. From what I had heard, Ji Won's uncle had passed away 2 months ago and he had an heir. 'The heir is the leader of Black Dragon', I figured out.
"That bastard," said Ji Won. "He's dead and he still
has someone after me." When Ji Won wasn't looking, the Black Dragon
boy had pulled out a knife, ready to stab Ji Won.
Ji Won looked at me surprised. He gave me a smile. "Good job, Min Sung," he said walking over to me and patted me on the back. I was appalled at what I had done. I couldn't answer him so I just handed him back the gun.
Just then Jae Jin and Jae Duc came back to us. "Got them all hyung," said Jae Jin smiling as he did fancy handwork with his gun.
"Good," said Ji Won. "Min Sung here just saved my life. I knew it was a good idea to bring him along."
"Really?" asked Jae Duc. "Nice work kid." Then he punched me lightly on the shoulder.
When we made it back to the hotel, I ran into my room using my respirator
and swallowed a pill. Afterwards, I took a shower. I felt so dirty because
what I had done. I knew this was going to be only one of the many dirty
work I would have to do to stay with Ji Won.
During this time, since I saved Ji Won's life, he began to trust me
more and confided in me with everything. I was like his new best friend.
SechsKies continued traveling to many places and recruited new members.
April 30, 1999
Finally, after many days of hard work, SechsKies finally got a day of rest. The leaders always hang out together but Ji Won always included me. We were at this fancy restaurant and were all having a good time. Jae Duc was telling us funny jokes. He stopped in the middle of a joke as he saw the Black Dragon leaders enter the restaurant.
Tension was felt by everyone. The Black Dragons sat down across from
us. Ji Won and Tae Won were giving each other glares.
Ji Won covered me as we ran out of the restaurant safely. We met up with the other 5 Kies in a dark alley. The Black Dragons were still chasing us.
"Damn it hyung! What should we do?" asked Jae Jin.
"Kill them all!" shouted Ji Won.
"There are too many," Ji Yong shouted back. "Let's just hide out in this motel." We all ran and hid in this cheap motel's restaurant. The Black Dragons lost us and continued searching.
"I don't believe this!" said Ji Won furiously. "I, Matthew Eun, of SechsKies have to hide down here in this cockroach motel like I'm a dog or something!"
"Calm down," I said to him gently, patting his back. "It's not so bad."
"Yeah hyung," said Sung Hoon. "It's only for one night. Besides, we'll make them pay for this."
All of us looked around. There was only one bed. I could tell none of us wanted the floor because it was disgusting and reeked of something. "I ain't taking the floor!" all of us shouted in unison.
"There's only one bed though," said Su Won.
"Look on the bright side," said Jae Duc as he laid out the sheets on the bed. "At least it's king size."
I nodded my head. "It'll be tight but we'll all have to try and fit in."
Soon it was Jae Jin, Jae Duc, Ji Won, me, Sung Hoon, Ji Yong, and Su Won lying down side by side uncomfortably on the bed. We were laying down one by one and the others looked at me strangely as I ran to be the next person who lie near Ji Won.
Soon everyone fell asleep except me. I made sure everyone was asleep before I made my move. I bent over to kiss Ji Won lightly on the lips. Then I laid my head down on his chest to hear his heart beat. I sighed contentedly.
Then suddenly I felt Ji Won's leg twitch. Oh no. I knew what he was
about to do. His 360. I placed my entire body on top of his because
I didn't want to get kicked.
The others must have been exhausted because none of them woke up except
Jae Duc. He opened his eyes sleepily and said, "Huh?"
May 1, 1999
Ji Won began to stir. He woke up finding Min Sung holding onto him
tightly. Ji Won widened his eyes and gently unraveled Min Sung's arms
and legs off of him.
Then Sung Hoon began to wake up. He sat up and looked around. "Gross!
How the hell did I end up down here?" Ji Won shrugged his shoulders.
"Sorry you guys," said Ji Won laughing. "I must have done a 360 and kicked you all off."
"How come you didn't fall off Min Sung?" asked Ji Yong.
Uh, oh, I thought. "I did," I answered him. "But I got back up and went to sleep on the bed again."
"Really?" asked Su Won. "I didn't even know. I just went right on sleeping."
Ji Won began to study Min Sung. It was weird but somehow Ji Won had a feeling that Min Sung knew he does a 360 in his sleep. 'But that's impossible,' he thought to himself. 'Only Mina knows that and why didn't Min Sung say anything about me kicking him?' Ji Won didn't know what was going on with Min Sung but he knew he had to find out.
We all got up and ready to leave the room. The coast seemed clear so
we walked out unarmed. Big mistake. There was an ambush waiting for
When I found Ji Won, he was backed up against the wall by a Black Dragon.
It was the leader, Tae Won. He was telling Ji Won to bow down and beg
for mercy but Ji Won ended up spitting in his face. Tae Won got angry
and pulled the knife back to stab Ji Won in his throat.
"Do you know whom you're messing with?" he asked me angrily.
I glared at him back unflinching. "I'll make you pay for hurting Ji Won."
"Oh you must be the gay SechsKies member I've heard so much about," said Tae Won laughing. "You're afraid your faggot leader would die leaving you alone?"
That made me really angry. I didn't care that he called me gay but
calling Ji Won a faggot ticked me off. Since he was distracted, I grabbed
the hand he was holding the sword with, and made him stab himself. He
cried out in shock and pain. He pulled knife out of him.
Then suddenly a voice screamed out, "Gang Rape!"
It made Tae Won run off. I looked over to see who it was. It was Kyung Hee screaming for the cops. I saw her looking at me sighing and walked away.
"Kyung Hee!" I screamed for her.
Kyung Hee looked at me strangely as she approached me. "Do I know you?"
I nodded my head and motioned for her to come near me. When she did, I whispered in her ear, "It's me, Mina."
"Mina? But you're a guy!" she yelled back at me.
"Look at me closely."
When she did, her eyes widened as she grabbed a hold of me. "Mina, it is you!" I turned her back to face me. "Please help me bring Ji Won back to the hotel." Kyung Hee made a face of disgust.
"What are you doing with the SechsKies leader and why are you dressed like a guy?"
"I'll explain later," I told her. We both put Ji Won's arms
around us as we carried him back. Along the way we found Sung Hoon unconscious
on the ground, bleeding. I set Ji Won down gently and lifted Sung Hoon
Kyung Hee looked at me reluctantly but then nodded. I lifted Ji Won
onto my back and carried him back to the Nam Hotel. My leg was still
bleeding from the cut and I was limping.
Then suddenly, I couldn't breathe. One of my attacks is coming on and I didn't have my respirator with me. My heart was aching so painfully that I was gasping in pain. But then I remembered Ji Won had a respirator. I searched his pockets and sure enough, there it was. I started pumping it quickly and air entered my lungs.
My vision cleared and I began to breathe easier. Then I put it back into his pocket. My touch made Ji Won stir. He began to wake up. He looked at me.
"Min Sung?" he asked weakly.
I nodded my head. "Yes, it's me hyung."
Ji Won lifted himself up. "Where am I?"
"We're back at our hotel."
"Oh," Ji Won said as he looked at my leg. "What happened to your knee?"
I looked down at it. It was bleeding through my pants. "It's nothing hyung. I'll be okay in a few days."
"Did Tae Won do this to you?"
I nodded my head.
Ji Won pounded his fist on his desk. "Damn him! I'll get him back."
"It's okay hyung," I said calming him down.
"By the way," he asked me suddenly, "how did you end up finding me? Weren't you supposed to come back here by yourself?"
His question hit me by surprise. I answered him truthfully. "I came back to look for you because I was worried you might be in danger." I saw Ji Won look at me awkwardly and inched himself away from me. 'He thinks I'm gay', I thought.
"Uh, thanks for coming back to save me then," Ji Won said to Min Sung awkwardly. Min Sung nodded and left his room. Ji Won lets out a sigh. He loved Min Sung as a friend and definitely nothing more. He didn't want Min Sung to have any thoughts.
Instinctively Ji Won reached into his pocket to check to see if his
respirator was still there. It was but it was different. Ji Won stared
at it with wide eyes. His once filled respirator was now only half full
He took me to the beach that was near our hotel. Then he walked over
to a spot where there were two rocks side by side. I caught my breath.
This looks exactly like our spot in Hawaii, I thought.
Ji Won began to study Min Sung. 'He looks like Mina in a way,' he thought.
'Could he be Mina in another form?' Ji Won didn't believe in reincarnation
but Min Sung was too much like Mina for him. He wanted to see if somehow
Min Sung was Mina so he had to test him.
"Sure," said Min Sung eagerly.
Ji Won smiled as he told his story. "There once was this rich boy who came from a messed up family. He had no friends at all. Then one day he met this little girl who became his friend. She was really nice to him, unlike his family, so he began to adopt her as his dongsang." Ji Won paused right there to see Min Sung's reaction.
My smile faded when Ji Won began his story. He was talking about our life in Hawaii. Then I figured out he was testing me. 'The respirator', I thought. 'I must have drained it when I was using it so now he suspects me'. I steadied myself and tried my best to give no reaction.
Ji Won stared at Min Sung, who appeared to have no reaction to the
story. "Well what do you think?" Ji Won asked him.
"Poor girl," said Min Sung.
"Yes, poor girl," said Ji Won sadly. "She died a few years later."
I looked at Ji Won sadly. I knew Ji Won felt bad because of my death
but since I'm no one special to him, it wouldn't matter if he knew the
truth that Mina was still alive and with him right now. Then Ji Won
took out a stone and handed me one. I rubbed the white marble stone
for a while.
"Perfect," he said.
"Why is it perfect?" I asked him.
This time I wished he would tell me the significance of the 3-skip.
"When the stone skips 3 times, it means 3 words. I love you."
I looked at Ji Won in an overwhelming joy. Did Ji Won love me? He had
thrown the rock and it skipped 3 times many times before.
As Ji Won continued staring at the ocean, I began to walk home with
a heavy heart. Ji Won began to shake his head. 'Mina's dead already
so why am I denying that I love her?' he thought to himself as he stared
out to the ocean.
Ji Won turned around and saw that Min Sung had left. 'Oh well,' he
thought as he headed back to the hotel.
Sung Hoon woke up aching. He realized he was back at the Nam Hotel and in his room. "How did I make it back here?" he asked himself. Then he realized he was wearing nothing but his boxers. His bathroom door suddenly opened and out came Kyung Hee. "Hey!" he shouted as he pulled a blanket over to cover himself.
Kyung Hee rolled her eyes. "It's too late for that. I've seen it all already," she told him as she yanked the blanket away.
Sung Hoon crossed his arms over his chest. "So you took advantage of me in my weak state?"
"So what if I did?" she snapped at him.
"That means you have to marry me and support me while I give birth to your child." Kyung Hee couldn't help but laugh.
Sung Hoon smiled at her. 'I guess he isn't so bad,' she thought. "You know," said Sung Hoon quietly. "You didn't have to diss me like that when you said you'll go out with me." Kyung Hee looked at him.
"I had to! You were such an arrogant jerk and you wouldn't leave me alone."
"Maybe it's because I like you too much to leave you alone," he replied back.
Kyung Hee blushed a little and decided to change the subject. "Give me your arm," she said to him. Sung Hoon's right arm was bleeding and Kyung Hee began to wash the cut.
"Ow!" he yelled in pain, pulling his arm back. "That hurts."
"Does it?" Kyung Hee asked him, concerned. "I'm sorry."
She leaned over to blow on his cut. Sung Hoon stared at her the entire time. He felt warm and shy being around her. He never felt this way for a girl before. She was nice to him and not dissing him like she usually does. He really liked that feeling. Kyung Hee gently placed his arm into a cast.
"There," she said. "All better."
"You know," said Sung Hoon softly. "Everyone says kisses make boo-boos feel better and go away."
When Kyung Hee was nursing Sung Hoon, she developed a liking for him and his nice body was a good addition. "Really?" she asked skeptically. "I don't believe you."
"Why don't you test it out then?" he challenged her smiling.
"Maybe I will," she said, flirting back. "Where does it hurt?"
Sung Hoon pointed to his knee. Kyung Hee kissed it. Then he pointed to his hand. She kissed it too. Slowly he pointed to his forehead, which she also kissed. He worked his way down to his nose. Kyung Hee couldn't help but laugh as she kissed his nose lightly. Sung Hoon's nose was broken.
Then he pointed to his lips. Kyung Hee was about to kiss it lightly
but then Sung Hoon held onto her tightly to deepen the kiss. Kyung Hee
felt drawn to him so she didn't push him away. He turned her over so
she lie down on his bed, with him on top of her.
'I'm going to kill that person,' thought Sung Hoon as he broke off the kiss. "Yeah? What is it?" he yelled.
"Matthew wants all of us to go down to the dining room for a meeting," said Ji Yong.
"Okay, I'll be there in 5 minutes!" Sung Hoon yelled back.
When he heard footsteps of Ji Yong leaving, he kissed Kyung Hee once
more. "Sorry honey, I have to go but I'll be right back."
Kyung Hee nodded and helped him into his clothes.
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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