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Mark looked down at his sore feet. He was tired but excited for tomorrow. But what he was happiest about was that Rina had gotten to eat lunch. Something must have happened to Manager Kim because he seemed to be in a grumpy mood all afternoon until he let the members go. Rina came home for dinner exhausted.

"Man, I didn't know there was that much paperwork Manager Kim had to do. I can't believe he does so much," she plopped down on the sofa. She didn't realize she was sitting next to Ten, and when she did, she remembered the conversation they had had earlier, and she felt all flustered.

"I'm just going to eat a quick dinner and go up to the room," she said, weakly, and Taeyong served her some food.

"Are you feeling okay?" Taeyong asked.

"Yeah, just tired. You all must be tired too, so please drink lots of water and eat well and get a good night's sleep. I want to see your best performance ever tomorrow."

"Fighting!" Haechan cheered, and the dorm erupted in "fighting!"

"Rina! You are coming tomorrow, right? For sure?" Mark asked.

"Of course! I wouldn't miss it for the world," Rina reassured him.

"Hey, why don't we take a walk after you eat? It'll be nice to clear our minds before bed," Mark suggested after sitting down next to her.

Rina liked the sound of that. Being cooped up in Manager Kim's office had made her feel all stuffy and tired. Just a little fresh air would do the trick. She quickly finished eating and grabbed her jacket. Mark did the same, and the members didn't even realize when they slipped out. They decided to go take a walk along the Han River. Mark thought maybe showing Rina the water would remind her of her home in Busan.

"It's beautiful," Rina breathed. She smiled at the lights of the city that were reflected on the water's surface. It was funny how she'd already been here for almost a week now, and she hadn't felt homesick one bit since meeting NCT, especially Mark.

Mark knew what she was thinking about. "Hey, Rina. Pull out your phone for a second. Let's do something you've been trying to put off."

Rina raised an eyebrow in confusion but soon realized what Mark was hinting at. "No, I don't think I can-"

"You can do it. I believe in you," Mark said, and Rina slowly dialed her mom's number in the keypad.

The phone rang a few times before a woman picked up on the other end. "Hello?" a woman's voice asked into the phone.

Rina found herself trembling, and to give her more confidence, Mark held her hand, giving it a light squeeze. "Mom?" Rina felt herself nearing tears. "Mom, it's me."

The line went silent on the other end, and Mark squeezed Rina's hand tighter.

"I know you probably don't want to hear from me. I'm sorry that I'm chasing a dream you don't want me to chase, but I've been doing well. I'm actually pretty successful. If you listen to the radio when driving to work, you might have heard some of my songs I've written. I'm working with NCT right now. Soon, I'll be helping them with their album, and I think I've finally found my big break."

There was more silence before someone cleared their throat. "I'm glad you're doing well. I wish I found out that you were going to Seoul to work from you instead of through your dad. It would have been nicer if I had had the chance to wish you good luck and give you a hug and maybe send you off with some sweets. Also, you're a talented young woman. And I'm sorry I didn't understand that before."

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