It was night. The 6 of you were still in that same spot sitting against the wall.
Seungri’s tummy kept growling.
“Will you shut up?!” Jiyong snapped.
“It’s not something I can control.” Seungri mumbled.
“Oppa, I’m cold…and hungry.” You sniffled.
Seunghyun sighed. All the money had been spent on the bus and train fares. He was thinking of what to do when an elderly ahjumma came out of her restaurant with trash. “Ummaya!” She jumped when she saw the 6 of you. You all blinked at her.
“What are you kids doing here? Shouldn’t you be going home?” The ahjumma asked. None of you replied. “Go on or you’ll starve out here in the cold.” She turned around when she heard a stomach growl.
Jiyong gave Seungri a dirty look. He bit his lip and covered his stomach.
The ahjumma turned around and softened. *Something tells me these 6 do not have parents.* “Come inside.” She walked away.
The 6 of you looked at each other and warily got up.
You entered her empty restaurant that smelled like delicious beef soup.
Seungri closed his eyes and savored the scent.
The 6 of you awkwardly stood around.
“Well what are you doing? Sit down.” The ahjumma said. You and your brothers looked at each other and did as told. Minutes later, she brought a tray of yummy beef soup, rice, and kimchi. Seungri his lips.
“Mianhaeyo ahjumma but we have no money.” Seunghyun said.
“I’m not asking you to pay. Go on and eat.” She walked away to give you privacy.
“Can we eat, hyung, please?!” Seungri begged. Seunghyun hesitated before nodding. Seungri began to eat with glee. Taeyang put the rice in the soup for you. You gingerly took the spoon and started to eat. Despite his injured arm, Daesung ate very well. “Hyung, eat.” Taeyang urged. Seunghyun nodded and picked up his spoon. Only when he took the first bite did he realize how famished he was.
In no time the bowls were clean. The ahjumma came back.
“Can I have seconds?!” Seungri asked.
“Kim Seungri!” Seunghyun hissed. He ducked in shame.
“Of course. I’ll get all of you seconds.” The ahjumma got more food. Seunghyun sighed, “I’m sorry.” The ahjumma smiled and shook her head as she d your hair, “Kids need to eat. You should eat up, too, young man. And you, what happened to your arm?”
“Huh? Oh.” Daesung sheepishly smiled.
The ahjumma clucked her tongue and fetched the first aid kit. She neatly fixed his arm up. “Thanks.” Daesung smiled widely. “No problem.” She smiled back.
“So, where are you kids from?”
“Around here.” Seunghyun vaguely replied.
“Where are your parents?” She questioned.
All of you remained quiet.
*Just as I thought.* “Any place to stay for the night…or every night, in that case?” The ahjumma asked.
All of you shook your heads dismally.
The ahjumma studied all of your dirty, weary faces. She made a choice and stood up with a bang of the table. “That’s it.”
The 6 of you jumped in shock.
“I needed a garbage boy and someone to clean up the floors. I’ll give you room and board if you clean for me. How about it? It’s a good deal.” The ahjumma said.
All of you brightened and looked at the oldest. Seunghyun thought about it and nodded with a grateful smile, “Yes, ahjumma. We would like that. Thank you very much.” She beamed, “Good. Follow me.”
The ahjumma locked up her shop and led you across to her home. Upstairs was a one-room house. “I stay below so if you need anything, just call. Come out by 10 tomorrow to help clean the restaurant. Have a good night.” She left.
All of you started cheering at once. “Now we have a place to stay! We don’t have to run anymore!”
The ahjumma heard that and smiled, happy that she could have helped.
All of you took clean showers that night.
You sat on the floor in your pajamas while Taeyang brushed your long hair. Daesung and Seungri were rolling on the warm blankets in joy. Jiyong was watching TV while Seunghyun was making plans for tomorrow.
Then Seunghyun realized what time it was, “We should go to sleep.” He ordered Jiyong to turn the TV off and for Taeyang to turn the lights off. All of you lied down together. You were between Jiyong and Seunghyun.
Seunghyun glanced across at Daesung, “How is your arm?” “Okay!” He beamed. Seunghyun smiled.
You giggled with joy.
Taeyang sat up on his elbow and glanced at you, “Why you laughing?”
“Because I’m so happy.” Your brothers smiled at that. You turned to Seunghyun, “Oppa, we don’t have to run anymore now, right? We have a home now and we can stay together here, right? Just the six of us?” He smiled and nodded, “Yes, we can stay here just the six of us.”
“Yay!” You cheered.
“Sleep, will you?” Still, Jiyong was smiling. You stuck your tongue out. “You!” Jiyong rolled you up in the blankets and tickled you. You squealed with laughter as you squirmed about.
“Shh, guys. Ahjumma is sleeping downstairs.” Seunghyun put a finger to his lips with a smile.
Jiyong stopped tickling you and you kicked the blankets off. You started humming and mumbling made-up words as if you were rapping
“~~~~~~~~ sleep.” Jiyong sleepily mumbled. You willingly stopped singing and closed your eyes.
“Taeyang, let’s go help clean the restaurant tomorrow.” Seunghyun murmured drowsily. “Okay, hyung.” He whispered back.
“Don’t leave me out.” Jiyong grumbled.
“I’ll go, too.” Daesung said.
“I’ll help.” Seungri added.
“Don’t forget me~ Wherever oppas go, I go, too.” You sing-songed.
Your brothers laughed and rolled around to look at you. A smile appeared on your sleepy face.
“Aigoo~” Jiyong cupped your jaw and squished it.
“Owwie, Jiyong oppa~” You pushed his hand away.
“I love you, baby sister.” He whispered in your ear.
You smiled, “I love oppas, too…”