Seoul Detention Centre
Four years passed by in a blink of an eye and just when I thought that everything would finally get back to normal, I developed a heart disease, leaving me with only half a year to live.
A few months ago, I started having fevers more regularly and would faint almost every day. The guards and officers noticed my unusual behaviour and decided to take me to visit the jailhouse doctor a few days later only to find out that I had contacted a heart disease. I couldn't believe my own ears when I heard that I had only 6 months to live. What did I ever do so wrong to receive this continuous bad luck?
" Jeon Eunbyul?" Minhyun, one of the officers whom I had befriended during my time in this cell, stood outside my jail cell and called out for me as he held a clipboard in his hands. " After much consideration and discussion with the court, we've decided to let you off and give you your freedom for the last few months that you have to live on earth. " He announced which made me look up at him with shocked eyes.
However, realization hit me hard when I realised that there will be here for me. No one will be by my side. So what's the point of leaving this place? I surprisingly managed to gain some friends here since the officers were really nice and believed in me but no one believes in me in the outside world... So what's the point of all this?
" What's the point," I mumbled as I fiddled with my fingers.
" Someone who claims to be your brother, Jeon Woong, is waiting for you outside now." He replied calmly.
Je⎯⎯⎯ Jeon Woong? He came for me?
" Does he know about my illness?" I asked with a shaky voice.
I didn't want him to know about it because how would I know if he would suddenly do a heart transplant for me? I'll never allow that to happen because I can't bear to live without him by my side. I need him.
" No, he doesn't know anything about it. We'll leave that for you to decide on whether you want him to know about it or not. " He said before he unlocked the jail cell. " Now get out of here before I change my mind." He joked as he held his hand in front of mine.
" I'm going to miss you Byul." He pouted and pulled me into a bear hug. " I'll miss you too." I gave him a small smile as he led me out of the detention centre. " Goodbye." I waved at him and gave him one last hug before finding my way out.
It has been 12 years since I've last stepped out of here and everything seemed so foreign. I awed at the night sky filled with stars and slowly looked to the front to notice a figure that stood in front of me with a small smile on his face.
" O⎯⎯⎯ Oppa..." I couldn't help but tear up at the sight of him as I immediately ran toward Woong who was standing in front of me. " I missed you." I cried as I hugged him tightly.
" Me too." He let out a mumble while I looked up at him to have a good look at his face. " When a girl hugs you, you're supposed to hug her back." I huffed as I wrapped his arms around me before hugging him again. " You don't know how much I've been thinking about you..." I said while snuggling into his chest.
We stayed like this for a few more seconds before he pulled away from the hug. " We should get going. The others are waiting for you at home." He said which made me shudder in fear.
The thought of meeting them at that house just scares me.
" I⎯⎯⎯ I don't want to." I stuttered as I took a step back.
Woong seemed to notice my action and held my hand in his. " I'll be here with you and I won't let anyone bully you okay? I believe you Byul. I've always did." He squats down to my level as he ruffled my hair. " Let's go." He squeezed my hand and used his other hand to pick up my bag. " It'll be fine."
" I⎯⎯⎯ I can't." I held onto Woong's arm for dear life the moment he tried to open the door. " I can't go in. I can't face them."
" I'm here Byul. I'm right here. Everything will be okay." He reassured me and grabbed my hand as he entered the house.
" We're back." He announced as he brought me to the center of the room where Mr Bae, Jinyoung and Eunbi were sitting at.
" Why did you bring this murderer here?" Eunbi retorted as she sent me a death glare.
" Jeon Eunbi," Woong said sternly as his grip on my hand tightened.
Eunbi let out a scoff as she walked closer to me. " Am I wrong? Wasn't she the one who killed Jinyoung's mother? Wasn't she the one that got caught and put in jail? Wasn't she the one⎯⎯⎯"
" Eunbi, enough." Jinyoung stood up as he held her hand, pulling her behind him.
" Oh so now you're protecting her? This murderer who murdered your mother? You're unbelievable Bae Jinyoung." She shook her head in disbelief as she stormed off to her room, causing Jinyoung to let out a sigh as he ruffled his hair in frustration.
" Why don't you run after your girlfriend?" Mr Bae commented, making me turn to him with widened eyes.
Jinyoung and Eunbi are dating? What was I even expecting from him...?
When we were younger, I knew that Jinyoung never liked Eunbi because of her rude attitude. Even Mr Bae and Woong disliked Eunbi at times but because she was my one and only sister, I still loved her unconditionally no matter how many bad things she did to me. There was once where Jinyoung even confessed to me and me being my innocent self, thought of it as a serious confession and liked him too, with all my heart. We were just kids for crying out loud! However, never in my life have I ever expected that one day, Eunbi would take my place, in his heart.
" She doesn't let me go into her room." Jinyoung huffed in annoyance as he sat back down on the sofa.
Mr Bae ignored Jinyoung as he walked over to me with opened arms. " It's good to have you back home." He smiled while pulling me into a warm hug. " All of us missed you so much. Eunbi, Woong and Jin⎯⎯⎯"
Before he could finish his sentence, Jinyoung stood up and left the house in fury while my eyes followed his footsteps, with my heart aching in pain.
I guess he still hates me a lot...
" Don't mind the two of them. They are still adapting with you being here. You can go up and rest first since you must be tired from all the moving." He flashed me a fatherly smile as he signalled Woong to bring me up to my room.
I bowed at Mr Bae before making my way to my room as my heart started beating faster and faster with each step I took. The image of Jinyoung's mother's dead body replayed in my head as my breath hitched in fear.
" Relax." I felt Woong's hand on my shoulder as I held it tightly in mine. " Can you stay with me tonight?" I asked.
Woong simply nodded his head and led me into the room that brought back beautiful yet horrifying memories but swiftly tugged me into bed as he slid himself right under the blankets, trying to stop me from thinking about the bad memories.
I couldn't help but turn to him with a smile on my face as I buried my face into his chest. " Thank you for being by my side all these years. You're the best brother anyone can ever have in their life. I don't care what others say about you being cold-hearted and having no emotions because I love you and I don't think I would have been able to live through this torturous life without you by my side." I said as I hugged him tightly.
He remained silent as I felt his hands slowly wrap around my waist, pulling me closer to him.
I smiled to myself knowing that he remembered my words from earlier on.
" I love you too Byul. You're the best sister I could ever have." He said and pecked my forehead; something that he has never done throughout the 19 years of my life. " Goodnight."
" Goodnight," I mumbled, slowly heading to dreamland.
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［ BOOK 1 ］ she loved him, he loved her. she was framed, he was pained. they were like lost stars, blinded by their scars. they got engaged, he was enraged. she longed for his love, he wished for her...