“Just throw this away or feed it to the dog,” InKyung muttered to one of the maids. Her face was sour and her eyes were narrowed. The expression sent shock to the maid in charge who dared not to question why. They knew something bad has happened because the cheerful InKyung is now as gloomy as a stormy night.
InKyung was frustrated. She was pissed. And she was sad.
She tried to convince her only brother to eat yet she had a gun pointed at her instead. Changmin had never pointed a gun at her direction before. She was family. And this could only mean that his limit is coming very near. If Min Hee doesn’t wake up soon, the whole clan will return to its previous condition, which partly means that Changmin will start torturing people according to his likes again.
InKyung thought Min Hee had already put a stop to that, which she was forever grateful for.
InKyung sat at the dining table with a pouting face, looking into the walls, searching for something that could solve the problems that are disturbing the peace in her family. She wanted to help her brother to gain his deserved happiness and she wanted Min Hee to have all of her memory back. It was hurting so much to see two of her most loved person aching physically and emotionally. How she wanted things to get back to the day Min Hee and her brother just got married. But that was clearly too much to ask.
She then turned her attention out of the window where she could see the wind was blowing the small branches of the trees, making them dance in a subtle melody. Just as she was about to be engulfed within the beauty of nature, the scene of a gun pointing at her came back out of nowhere. She cursed.
Should she just break into the bedroom and talk to Min Hee when Changmin is not around?
If Min Hee’s memories are returning in the chronological manner, perhaps some events should be forced to repeat… And she knew just which she should try.
“Hey! How did you get in here?” Min Hee’s voice sounded alarmed. She took a few steps backwards each time the intruder takes a step forward. “Stay where you are!”
“Onnie, I just came to talk,” InKyung said as she put forward her empty hands. “I’m not a bad person. I won’t do anything bad to you.”
“I said STAY WHERE YOU ARE!” Min Hee felt threatened as she can feel the wall is getting closer behind her.
“Okay okay! I will!” InKyung uttered quickly as she stopped in her tracks. “But I really need to tell you something.”
Min Hee remained the look of suspicion on her face and fixed her position. She blinked her eyes a few times to let the words sink before hastily nodded her head and ushered for InKyung to make it quick.
“Please give my brother a chance,” InKyung began before Min Hee changes her mind. “I know he has started things on the wrong foot, but he truly cares for you. And all he wanted was to spend more time with you.”
Min Hee chuckled. “He wants to spend more time with me? Hehh… Then what was he doing all these while, coming in and out of this room as he pleases, and always finds the slightest opportunity to touch me in bed? Isn’t that enough spending time with me?”
“Please don’t misunderstand--”
“How could I not misunderstand?” Min Hee immediately cut in. Her voiced raised and her insides were starting to burn. “First he took me in and tortured me physically every day until I can’t even lift a limb. Second, he shuts me inside the dungeon for months and only gave me leftovers to feast on. Then, when I thought humanity has finally struck him, he attempts to touch me every single day!”
“He was just--”
“And now you’re asking me to give him a chance? Go to hell!”
InKyung stared at the enraged female in front of her. There was clearly revenge and hatred in the girl’s eyes. She knew that what her brother has done to this girl was beyond forgiveness. But she understands her brother. She grew up with him and she could read most of what plays in his mind.
And she perfectly knew that her brother has fallen for this girl so hard…
“Time’s up. Now GET OUT!” Min Hee shouted. Both her hands were ready for action is case InKyung decided to use her fists her to get her to surrender.
“He loves you!” InKyung desperately added.
Awkward silence immediately conquered the room. Clearly the three words weren’t the easiest to understand for Min Hee. As a matter of fact, at the moment, it didn’t make sense to her at all.
“Please… I’ve never seen him behaving this way before. It hurts me to see him so lost, yet I’m not the one who can help him find his way.”
Min Hee looked into InKyung’s eyes, still with anger and hatred.
“Tch… Love you say. He doesn’t even know what a family means.” Min Hee pulled the nearest object she could find and threw it towards InKyung with all her might. “Don’t you dare give me that load of crap!”
“But that’s the point, Onnie!” InKyung was still trying to utilise her opportunity. “He has changed because of you. And he doesn’t know how to cope with that change.”
“I’m not your Onnie. Stop calling me like that.”
“But I want you to be my Onnie. I want you to be the one to save my brother from himself. Or…” InKyung’s stare moved downwards to her feet as her voice were dimmed. “Is that too much to ask?”
InKyung inhaled an amount of air before pulling up her chin and forced a sudden smile. She remained quiet for a moment before facing Min Hee again.
“Well, that is all I came to say,” InKyung said, her expressions turned cheerful. “See you later then, Onnie!” She gave Min Hee a small wave and lightly skipped out of the room as if nothing has happened. But to Min Hee, it felt like events from a hundred of years have just passed by all at once and there were too much things to comprehend in just one day.
Once InKyung was outside the spare bedroom, she leaned her back against the wall, shut both her eyes tight and crossed her fingers. She really hoped that Min Hee will decide to give Changmin a chance to love her. Just one chance, nothing more…
InKyung knew what she has said back then wasn’t the best set of words, but it managed to get Min Hee to reconsider nonetheless. She knew Min Hee has put a lot of faith into her decision. And InKyung can tell that her sister-in-law has never regretted it, for she and Changmin have led a very happy married life a year later.
If only she can make that happen again…
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A few soft knocks were heard from the locked door. The constant disturbance forced Min Hee to open her sleepy eyes only to find herself laying on the carpet, hugging herself tightly into a ball. She looked side-ways and lazily released the grip on herself as she tried to comprehend the situation she was in. She remembered crying herself to sleep last night. But she couldn’t remember why…
A pain immediately struck the back of her head as she lifted herself from the floor, causing her to fall back again.
“Damn this headache…” she muttered as she brought the back of her hand to her forehead. It was burning.
Min Hee sighed and rolled to her side with her eyes closed. She remained in the position as her mind started to resurface since her deep slumber. What exactly happened last night?
Soft knocks could be heard again from the door, causing Min Hee to open her eyes in reluctance.
“Onnie, I have something to talk to you,” she heard a familiar voice utter.
“I’m not your Onnie. Stop calling me like that.”
“Arghh…” Min Hee cried. “It’s happening again. What does it mean?” she mumbled under her breath in frustration.
Pushing herself upwards, she massaged her temples with one hand while holding herself in balance with the other. It was starting to annoy her whenever a déjà vu decides to appear before her. What annoys her more is the fact that the flashes that she experienced totally contradicts with the reality that she is currently living. Perhaps, it was time for her to link the occurrences and make sense of what her past might be.
Would that be possible?
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