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Early the next day, Koeun couldn't help but keep yawning. After Herin had left her room, she hardly slept a wink. As she instructed the other girls to get up, she started roll calling.

Koeun: "Lami... Herin... Hina... Winny... Jee--" and she stopped. She recalled quickly of Jeesu leaving the company yesterday.
Hina: "Unnie, I'll lock up. You and the girls head on down first" she patted Koeun.
Koeun: "Thanks" she responded in a soft voice.

Koeun can feel the rest of the girls looking at her as they all squeezed in the elevator going down. She knew she and Mark had become the talk of the rookies... and she knew it wasn't going to be easy to convince everyone.

Herin: "Unnie" she tried to get the attention off of Koeun. "How was vocal practice yesterday?" she asked.
Koeun: "Fine. Jinyoung-saem wants us to practice since we're starting the show tomorrow"
Herin: "I hope you guys have fun... It's unfortunate that I can't join"
Koeun: "You know, I've been thinking. Maybe I'm not ready to be in the eye of the public just yet. Maybe... Maybe Mickey Mouse Club isn't ready to have me"
Herin: "What do you mean?"
Koeun: "I mean... why don't you go on the show?" she told her.
Herin: "What? But... unnie, if it's anyone that deserves to finally showcase her talents- it's you"
Koeun: "It's alright, Herin-ah. Just think of it as an opportunity, okay? I'll talk to manager-nim when we get to the agency" she smiled at Herin.
Herin: "No, no... unnie, you have to go on the show! I was only saying what I said earlier because---"
Koeun: "Herin-ah, be confident. It's time for you to shine. I've heard you and seen you practice... and your practice will pay off. Just listen to me and get ready for tomorrow." she patted Herin on her shoulder before they all got off the elevator.

** (( Later at SM Entertainment )) **

Koeun: "Manager-nim" she called out to their team lead.
Manager: "Eoh what is it, Eun-ah?"
Koeun: "I have a favor to ask" she told him. "Can we put Herin on the team?"
Manager: "What do you mean? It's too late for that. The show only asked for nine rookies so we can't add another"
Koeun: "No, I'm not talking about adding another rookie. I'm talking about replacing one..."
Manager: "What?" his eyes widened. "Who?"
Koeun: "Me" she told him.
Manager: "Yah, are you crazy? You've been wanting to showcase what you've learned these past three years. This is the perfect opportunity!! What are you thinking?!" he hissed at her.
Koeun: "I know, I know... but I'm not ready yet. Please talk to the production team to change my name to Seo Herin, please" she requested of him.
Manager: "Fine, fine... but there's no guarantee to it" he responded. After scratching his head in disappointment, he finally walked back into the agency.

Koeun felt somewhat sad that she wasn't going to be able to show the public all that she's learned in the past few years... but it made her happy that Herin was finally going to get to showcase her beautiful voice.

Hina: "Unnie, where were you?" she asked Koeun as soon as Koeun walked into the practice room again.
Koeun: "Ahh, I was still talking about something with manager-nim" she said.
Hina: "Lami's going to be on the show with us. She's replacing Winny"
Koeun: "What? What do you mean replacing Winny?"
Hina: "Winny... she left last night apparently"
Koeun: "Left?!"
Hina: "No wonder Winny wasn't at the dorm this morning. When I was locking up, I went to go check and all of her stuff was gone"

Herin: "Unnie, I just heard from manager-nim. Why did you do that?"
Koeun: "I told you it's okay... I'm not ready to face the public yet" she smiled.
Hina: "Do what now????" she asked.
Herin: "Koeun-unnie won't be participating on the show anymore"
Hina: "Unnie what??!!" she gasped.

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