Jieun and Hyerim both woke up too early.
Or you woke up too late.
There was still quite a bit of time left before the alarm set by Ji-eun went off, and quite a lot of time had passed since the pill Yun-woo swallowed was completely absorbed into his body.
Such a content appears in the children’s book titled “The Silence of Water” by José Saramago.
A boy who went out to the river to go fishing… … But something was wrong.
Either the fishing line was tied incorrectly, the bait was wrong… … Anyway, obviously there were a lot of problems.
In that state, the boy encountered a very large and strong fish, which broke the fishing line with the bait in its mouth and ran away.
The boy could hardly forget the taste of his hand when the fish took the bait.
So, I got ready again from the house and threw my fishing rod into the river. ‘Is the fish still there?’ Grandma insisted, but she didn’t listen and ran out of the house.
But also… … The river was only still.
After standing on the water’s edge for a while, the boy never saw the fish again.
all life is like that
It may be the fate of all human beings to live with endless regrets, looking at the quiet river, thinking of the fish, and why we didn’t come out more fully prepared.
Reflecting on the opportunities that have passed… … .
However, can we call the two hours that Yun-woo was able to lavage after swallowing the medicine as an opportunity given to Ji-eun or Hye-rim?
If we repeated the same time several times, if we could go back to the daytime on this Sunday how many times, would it have been possible that someone broke into Yun-woo’s door and attacked him within that time, and forced him to vomit or take him to the hospital right away? ?
That would have been difficult.
Neither Hyerim nor Ji-eun stood on the waterfront with clumsy equipment like the boy in a fairy tale.
They were doing their best in their relationship with Yun-woo.
But there was a wall they couldn’t overcome.
It was a wall of common sense.
This is because Ji-eun and Hye-rim were moral and common-sense people who knew manners and modesty.
So there was nothing I could do.
Even if there is no monitoring device installed in Yun-woo’s house, how do they know what Yun-woo is doing?
I also sent a message saying that Yun-woo is awake now, but he said that the atmosphere was strange, is it possible to break into someone’s house without permission?
Therefore, putting your worries aside and quietly waiting for dinner was the best thing Hyerim and Jieun could do within the wall of common sense.
A common-sense and legitimate relationship, a very desirable relationship.
This is the goal that most people, in most relationships, should aim for.
But it wasn’t Yoon-woo.
That was not what Yun-woo needed.
Yun-woo was not a person who could be defined in the framework of common sense, and he needed unusual means to form an ordinary relationship with him.
It was only after the problem broke out that Hyerim and Jieun realized that fact.
Before they realized the problem, all they could think about was what to do with the dinner menu.
“By the way, how did you get them to eat at Sudway? Yunwoo and… … .”
“that… … Do you have any meatball combinations that my sister told me before? That’s what I did.”
“Why? I like it the most.”
“Oh… … did you? Then what about Yunwoo?”
“Yes? heh heh… … .”
“Huh. Next time, I would like to pack three of the same thing and eat it. with coffee… … .”
This was one of the reasons why Ji-eun and Hye-rim were able to turn away from their ominous premonitions more easily.
It was because there was a sense of insecurity at the sense of incongruity felt in Yun-woo’s attitude, but at the same time, there was also a sense of relief.
The relationship between Yoon-woo and Hye-rim developed rapidly, and he thought he had to step aside at any moment, but that didn’t happen.
Then, the three of us can eat together and play with the three of us.
It’s okay to set aside the question of who likes whom and who doesn’t.
I wanted to forget all that and have a good time with Yunwoo and Hyerim.
In his thoughts, Yoon-woo lacked vitality no matter how much he looked at it.
Drinking and singing should make life a little more fun.
I’ll have to take him to the bowling alley next time.
It will definitely be fun.
With that thought in mind, Hyerim continued talking about dinner.
“Should I make some meatballs by myself?”
“uh? Can you make it?”
“It’s simpler than you think. All you need is minced meat… … .”
“Is that going to be the budget we set aside in advance?”
“The minced meat is a lot cheaper than I thought. I’ll search for a moment… … Look here.”
“A pound of minced pork is 3,000 won, and a pound of minced beef is 6,000 won… … That’s right. It’s cheap.”
“Isn’t it cheaper to buy it at the supermarket? How many days will you eat if you make a couple of pounds and put them in the freezer? It can be added to many dishes… … I think the ingredients like butter and ketchup will just be leftovers from the refrigerator at home… … .”
“Is this easy to make? It’s right in front of the mart. Shall we stop by? I have time until evening… … .”
“It will be fine. Yun-woo doesn’t seem to have eaten lunch, so let’s make a hearty dinner.”
It was around 4:30 in the afternoon.
Hyerim wanted to distract herself by making food that requires a lot of work.
Besides, there are many stories to tell Yun-woo in the evening.
When we talked like that, I also had a feeling that the sincerity would be conveyed well if I offered food with a lot of effort.
Ji-eun didn’t like to be bothered, but it wasn’t that she didn’t know Hye-rim’s feelings, and she really liked meatballs, so she accepted Hye-rim’s proposal without saying a word.
So, the two left Ji-eun’s house, and on their way to Hye-rim’s house, they stopped by the mart to buy ingredients such as minced meat and green peppers.
I brought some onions from Ji-eun’s house.
“Hey, is this enough?”
All you have to do is chop up the ingredients and knead the dough.
Ji-eun is also pretty good at cutting, so I thought it was a much easier process than I thought.
However, the problem was the dough.
“No, sister, if you bake it in that state, will it break? We need to come together a little better… … .”
“Oh, this is difficult… … Is it because my hands are small? Why am I not like this?”
“that… … I’ll just make the dough. Sister, grill the meat.”
There was a delicious smell all over the house.
The smell of the batter mixed with butter, meat, pepper, onion and bell pepper couldn’t have been better.
“Yeah, but aren’t two pounds too much… … ? Will this be over before Yun-woo arrives?”
“… … Let’s work hard. I’m not the kind of kid who would say anything about the rice coming out late… … .”
“But if he sees him, he will surely come back to help, too… … .”
“Yes… … Let’s do something quickly.”
Whether he was good at something he was good at or not, Yun-woo was not someone who could sit still and wait for the results while others were working.
He tried to help himself with anything, but when the result was not very good, he looked cute in Hyerim and Jieun’s eyes.
That clumsy knife skill when trimming curry ingredients… … .
However, Hyerim and Jieun also wanted to serve Yunwoo food today.
So I wanted to finish all the work before Yunwoo came… … It was never a good thing.
Minced meat perishes easily, so it was necessary to bake it once and store it in an airtight container in order to keep it frozen.
Neither Hyerim nor Jieun had to make the dough, bake the dough, and at the same time make the sauce.
This was especially the case with Hyerim, who led the cooking process.
Besides, Hyerim was thinking other things during the process of doing the labor.
A word of apology to Yoon-woo after eating.
Confessions and explanations about what Hyerim, 4th grader of elementary school, thought of Yunwoo and why she behaved like that.
I was thinking about things like that.
The original dinner table was smoked salmon.
What I usually eat with Yunwoo is a menu that goes well with a salad like this, and doesn’t require a lot of effort.
But today’s table was different.
Smoked salmon, sweet-smelling meatballs, and Hyerim brought out the cheese and wine she had received before.
No matter what Yun-woo’s budget was, he was thinking of taking it off for the first time.
I got it as a gift, so the money I put in was 0 won… … .
But after setting the table like that, the time was 15 minutes past the usual scheduled dinner time, 6:00.
“After all, it’s late… … .”
“But, Yun-woo didn’t come either… … .”
“Would you like to call me?”
“… … Can’t my sister do it? I’m a little… … .”
“Well… … Then wait another 10 minutes and call us. There may be days when I’m late… … .”
The anxiety that I had been suppressing hard since morning began to rise again.
Surely Yun-woo didn’t send a katok during the day?
So Hyerim, Jieun, and Yunwoo were just telling themselves that they were just a little tired, that nothing would happen, and that they would show up at dinner no matter what.
But even after 6 o’clock, Yun-woo did not come.
I was afraid to call.
The two of them sat in front of the set table and looked at the clock without saying a word.
After another 10 minutes… … Hyerim looked at Ji-eun with sad eyes.
“sister… … .”
“okay… … .”
“Sorry… … .”
It was Ji-eun who finally picked up the cell phone.
Ji-eun clicked Yun-woo’s profile picture and clicked the saved phone number to make a call.
However, there was no ringing tone to connect the phone.
As soon as I called Yun-woo, a voice guide came out saying that the phone was turned off and connected to the voicemail.
“Hyerim. Yunwoo… … Did you turn off your phone?”
“what… … .”
“Bae, maybe I forgot to charge the battery?”
“Then it won’t say that the phone is turned off, but it will just say that it cannot be connected?”
“then… … .”
“It was on purpose. power.”
“… … why?”
“well… … .”
Hyerim lowered her head with a stiff expression and kept her mouth shut for a while.
Ji-eun seemed to know what Hye-rim was thinking right now.
How many minutes have you kept your mouth shut? … The words that came out of Hyerim’s mouth, who opened her mouth again, were exactly what Jieun expected.
“… … It’s because of me. That’s all.”
“You don’t know yet? Look, I just looked it up, and depending on the carrier, the notification sound may be different… … .”
“Yunwoo… … I didn’t even come to exercise this morning. A few days ago, when I couldn’t come, I called in advance, but today I didn’t say anything… … .”
“Did you sleep late? He’s also human, so he can make mistakes sometimes.”
“still… … Is it natural for a kid like Yun-woo to accidentally break an appointment twice a day? I can’t… … .”
“… … .”
“You don’t want to see me anymore. So I cut off contact… … To disappear in front of me again… … .”
“Are you saying nothing like this? Dive without warning? Yun-woo can’t do that… … .”
“It could be… … Yunwoo is me… … Because I really hate it… … .”
“Anyway, let’s talk about it at least once… … .”
“Really. Once Yoon-woo hates him, he tries not to look at him again. I’m sorry, sister. I think Yunwoo hated seeing her unnie because of me… … .”
As soon as he finished saying that, Hyerim burst into tears.
Ji-eun was just embarrassed.
Hyerim crying, food cooling on the table, Yoonwoo turning off her cell phone… … I didn’t know what to do and how to fix it.
Did Yun-woo really cut off contact with Hye-rim or Ji-eun to avoid seeing him again?
Obviously, we had been friends until yesterday.
The only thing that had changed was to find out that Hyerim was an elementary school classmate with Yunwoo.
Is it really just that fact that Yun-woo is trying to cut ties with everyone related to Hye-rim?
If so, it was quite unfair in the eyes of the author.
Shouldn’t the fact-check be done properly?
Shouldn’t we be given one chance to protest?
Besides, Ji-eun has nothing to do with Hye-rim and Yun-woo’s past.
However, it is unfair to cut off her relationship with Ji-eun because she hates Hye-rim.
Ji-eun is close to Hye-rim, but it is not Hye-rim’s bundled product.
Ji-eun is only an individual who built it.
“dinner… … Aren’t you in the mood to eat?”
Ji-eun asked, handed a tissue to crying Hye-rim.
Hyerim nodded her head without saying a word.
“Then let’s put this in the freezer. Put the salad in the refrigerator… … I’ll take care of everything, so you wash your face.”
“I’m sorry, sister… … Sorry… … .”
“Let’s put this away and go to Yun-woo’s house together. It’s not okay for a person to dive without a word like this. Isn’t this absurd?”
“sister… … If I go… … Yoon-woo is obviously… … .”
“Stop sniffling and go wash up. You hide behind me, and when Yunwoo appears, talk to me. I’ll clear up any misunderstandings… … .”
“I… … Hide behind your sister? how… … .”
“… … Anyway, hurry up and wash up!”
“Huh… … .”
After Hyerim went to wash her face, Ji Eun secretly ate a meatball while cleaning the table alone.
“I made it deliciously… … bad bastard… … .”
Yoon-Woo was terrified.
I think it was the first time Ji-eun was so angry with Yun-woo while meeting Yun-woo.
I said friend… … We also exchanged gifts… … We drank together, went to karaoke together, slept together in bed… … But how are you trying to cut off such a relationship in such an instant? … .
If that’s really the case, I thought I couldn’t leave it alone.
I know the house password, too. If Yun-woo didn’t come out, I thought I’d forcefully open the door and break in, arguing and scolding him.
After that, won’t Yun-woo sincerely trust Hye-rim and Ji-eun’s kindness?
If you see Hyerim like this still crying from behind Jieun… … .
However, Ji-eun did not yet fully understand Yun-woo’s world.
I did not know the meaning of Hyerim or Ji-eun in Yun-woo’s world.
It was the same with Hyerim. I didn’t know that Yun-woo, a 4th grader in elementary school, really liked him.
I still didn’t know which part of Hyerim’s words and why she upset Yunwoo.
To understand others is to comprehend the whole world that he sees.
It is literally a world, and it is almost impossible to grasp all of it.
But you don’t need to know the whole world.
You just need to know a little bit more.
Knowing what the other person likes and dislikes, when they are happy and when they are sad, and when they are angry is enough to maintain a good relationship.
However, in relation to Yun-woo, it was very difficult to take that one step.
No one could have predicted that Hyerim, Jieun, and Yunwoo would have to suffer so much for understanding just one step further.
It was Ji-eun who first knocked on the door of Yun-woo’s quiet fortress, who started the sit-in alone.
Hyerim stood by the door with her head bowed.
When Yun-woo opened the door, in order not to come into Yoon-woo’s view… … .
“Yoonwoo Lee! Aren’t you inside?”
Ji-eun’s knock on the door grew nervously.
“Where did you go… … ? Or are you really pretending not to know us?”
“sister… … When others see… … .”
“It’s Chuseok after all, so everyone won’t be here. Aren’t you popular? by the way… … There is no celebrity in his room. What is it really?”
“if… … I thought I’d come with you… … .”
“Yoonwoo Lee! what are you doing! Aren’t you coming?”
“sister… … .”
“Ah… … Do you know the password here? Let’s just open it and go in.”
“… … would that be okay? Won’t Yun-woo be angry?”
“do not know. I’d rather be angry. There is an opportunity to have a conversation.”
“… … Your sister is right.”
Ji-eun shouted “enter” in front of the door and entered the password.
Hyerim looked at Ji Eun with curious eyes as to why she knew the password for this room… … I couldn’t afford to explain now.
“what? Why is it so dark? Yunwoo… … Don’t you?”
Hyerim was still quietly shutting her mouth outside.
It was because he was afraid of how Yun-woo would react if he knew he was there.
I had no choice but to leave the situation to Ji-eun.
I had no choice but to wait.
I just want the author to create an opportunity to have a conversation with Yun-woo… … .
“The light switch… … oh this is it No, it was a toilet switch. wait… … uh? uh… … .”
Ji-eun’s muttering voice suddenly stopped.
I could hear the author running around the room for another tens of seconds.
Is there no Yunwoo?
What is Ji-eun looking for?
Hyerim cautiously called Ji-eun.
“… … sister?”
But for a long time there was no answer.
There was only silence in the room.
Hyerim sang Jieun once again in .
“Ji-eun? What is it? Is there no Yun-woo?”
Ji-eun’s voice responding to that… … It was a voice mixed with various emotions that Hyerim had never heard before.
I felt like crying, maybe even angry… … Between intense exercise and rapid breathing, a voice that barely seems to squeeze out power… … .
“baby… … Ambulance… … Hyerim. I have to call 911. hurry… … .”