Feb 07, 2017, 11:52pm
The Pond
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A lush area at the far end of the park dominated by a large pond.
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Jun 13, 2018, 11:09pm

Kim Tan had missed the hell out of Korea, though he hadn't realized it until he returned. Being driven out of the country by his elder brother hadn't mattered much to him at the time, but after a few years of living, studying, and getting into as much trouble as he wished wasn't enough for him to feel like he was really living. And knowing that Won was living the high life being their father's favorite didn't help any. He had returned to an unsurprisingly chilly reception at home and school, leaving him to try to unwind in one of his favorite places to visit when he was younger. A textbook sat open on his lap, forgotten as he stared out at the water of the pond glistening in the afternoon light. It would take some getting used to, he told himself firmly, but he would find a good life here, through his own choices. No matter what anyone tried to do to stop him.
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Jun 13, 2018, 11:28pm

School was hard, work was hard, home was hard. Cha Eunsang was exhausted as she shifted her backpack over her shoulders and stepped into the entrance to the garden. She passed through it every day, to remind herself that while things were hard now, she was working toward something bigger, a better life for her mother and herself...a life where her mother wouldn't have to be a housemaid for the horrible madame Han an Jeguk Group. She wished Jeguk Group would go bankrupt...for all the trouble that family put her mother through. As she approached the pond, glancing into the water to see the koi fish swimming around, she gave a small smile and tossed a few flakes of food into the water. Waving hello to the fish, she told them she'd be back tomorrow before setting off down the sidewalk toward her first job of the night.
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Jun 13, 2018, 11:37pm

He had heard the footsteps approaching before it truly registered that he wasn't alone, turning to see a figure bending to talk to the fish in the pond. She was pretty, he thought, tilting his head as he watched her feed the koi. No, more than pretty. She had a simple sort of glow about her that he couldn't place. He couldn't let this moment pass. Slipping his things into his backpack, he slung it onto his shoulders, standing and making his way toward her. "So you're the reason these fish have gotten so round," He started, slipping his hands into the pockets of his jacket. "I don't remember them being so well-fed before."
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:07am

She jumped at the sound of te voice, turning to face whoever it was that was following her. She'd expected a worker fromthe gardens, someone to scold her for feeding the fish again, but when her eyes fell on the high-school boy who couldn't have been more than a year older than her, she felt her heart stop. Relief washed over her and she started to talk, to tell him that the fish weren't cared for before....when her eyes fell on his uniform. Jeguk High...he was an heir, a rich boy, somebody that someone like her shouldn't even acknowledge....at least, that's how society saw it. As she straightened her own dirty-looking brown uniform, she gave a small bow, greeting him with a soft voice. "I worry they don't get fed much so I stop on my way home. If your family owns the gardens and ask me not to, I won't feed them anymore." With another small bow, she turned to leave the gardens.
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:15am

"I don't care what you do. I don't think they get fed at all, so you're doing them a service." He shrugged lightly, recognizing the uniform as one of the low-end schools in the city. Her behavior had changed when she saw him, he noted. She was familiar with the school. "That school's pretty far away from here," He pointed out, tilting his head as he watched her. "Do you live around here?"
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:36am

Giving a nervous, but clearly surprised laugh, she shook her head. "No. I couldn't afford a place in this neighborhood. I...I'm on my way to work, I take care of the fish after school...that's all.' She didn't have an opportunity to go to nice places like this on a regular basis...at least, not to enjoy them, not to take time enough to enjoy them... After a moment, she stood a little straighter. "I'll...I'd better be going, I can't be late." With another small bow, she turned away again, starting down the side walk.
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:39am

Tilting his head, he watched her or a moment before starting down the path after her, knowing that the route he normally took to get home was along the same path. A low-class girl working in a neighborhood this nice...he had to admit that he was curious to know just what she did.
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:43am

unaware that the boy was following her, she made her way to the little cafe. Stepping into the back,s he changed out of herschool uniform and into the simple brown apron, black slacks, and pulled her hair back into a low pony tail. Bowing low and apologizing to the boss for being late, she set to work, mixing the coffees and teas for customers, taking orders, bringing drinks to their tables, working practically single-handedly to take care of nearly every patron on her own with a smile and a cheerful voice, not showing just how tired she really was.
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:46am

It was curiosity that brought him into the cafe instead of going toward his house, not wanting to cross paths with either his brother or his father in case either had gone home from the offices early. He'd been called disobedient and a family disgrace too many times today. Instead he placed his order amidst the rush and took a seat, attempting to read the chapters he had been assigned and finding his eyes drifting more and more often to the young woman working nonstop to serve each patron to walk in. He had never seen anyone run themselves ragged like this before.
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:52am

She was in a good roll, working table to table, about to take the stranger's drink to him, when another girl, a highschool girl from Jeguk stepped in front of her, causing her to knock the full drink all over herself. With a gasp at the cold liquid, she looked down at her uniform which was soaked before hearing the girl curse at her, insult her, tell her to watch where she was going, tell her that she'd have to pay for cleaning costs, that if the stain, the samll drop of coffee on her dark jacket didn't come out, that she'd buy her a whole new one. She bowed repetitively, offering apology after apology before she managed to sneak away to the back, taking off her shirt and washing it with a frown, wearing one of the oversized t-shirts her boss left in the back for such occasions.
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Jun 14, 2018, 09:08am

Tan was used to such treatment from Jeguk students. He had done more than enough himself, but something about this bothered him. He had been enjoying watching this woman work so efficiently. Standing, he sighed, making his way over to the girl's table, relishing in the mixture of anticipation and fear crossing the faces of her and her friends. A few soft words, carefully worded promises of equal treatment or leaked secrets were enough to get the girls on their feet, leaving a tip more than twice the price of their drinks before they rushed out of the door. He smirked to himself, picking up the money and making his way toward the counter to make sure it got where it needed to be.
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Jun 14, 2018, 03:37pm

When EunSang had finished washing off her shirt, she returned to the front, eyes slightly more swollen and red than they had been when she'd been up front before. She had waited until she was sure she was alone to allow herself a moment to cry, then to compose herself. Putting on another bright smile, though this time it didn't reach her eyes in quite the same way, she bowed to a couple of leaving customers before looking around for the girls. They were gone... With a furrowed brow, she finished making the high schooler's drink, bringing it to his table, not looking at him long enough to realize itw as the boy from earlier. She bowed low, telling him to enjoy his drink before hugging the tray to her chest and straightening as another customer called her over.
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Jun 14, 2018, 04:04pm

"Miss?" He asked, trying to catch her attention before she could go too far away. "The girls from earlier had to leave very...quickly. But the wanted to make sure this got to you." He offered the money to her, sure that if he left it with anyone else, they might pocket at least part of it for themselves.
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Jun 14, 2018, 04:19pm

SHe nearly stumbled in her effort to stop moving, hearing the soft voice and turning back toward the boy. When her eyes met his as he spoke, she realized who he was and her eyes widened slightly. As he spoke, she slowly made her way back to him, taking the money with both hands and asmall bow, she thanked him softly, looking at the cash. Well...at least she could get a new pair of shoes. Hers were falling apart. After a moment,s he cleared her throat. "Did you...did you follow me here...?"
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Jun 14, 2018, 04:39pm

"This cafe wasn't here when I last lived in this neighborhood. I thought I'd check it out." He shrugged lightly, eyes moving over her as she bowed. "I didn't think you worked here, fish girl."
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Jun 14, 2018, 04:55pm

Looking up at him at the nickname, she gave a soft sound almost like an offense before she straightened again. "..Fish girl?" When he last lived in the area? So...where had he been? She'd been working at this cafe for nearly a year now and it was only a couple of years old...had it been so long since he'd been in this neighborhood?
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Jun 14, 2018, 07:34pm

"I didn't get your name while you were feeding the fish." He raised an eyebrow, watching her as he took a drink from the cup she had brought him. Much to his surprise, it was better than the coffee he'd had at any coffeehouse in the States. Humming in approval, h added, "Did you make this?"
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Jun 14, 2018, 09:15pm

"I...didn't give it." She gave a small laugh, shaking her head before looking back at the boy as she heard the approval, heard the question. With a soft flush, she nodded slowly. "Yes...I made it.."
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Jun 14, 2018, 09:40pm

"It's good." He was picky about his coffee, he knew. He'd have to come here more often. "I'm Kim Tan. And those girls probably won't come here anymore."
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Jun 14, 2018, 10:06pm

Looking up at the man in surprise, her brow furrowed. Kim Tan...why did that name sound familiar? "The girls...?" They came nearly every day to mess with her. Why would htey stop coming now? "They come all the time. I'm sure they'll be here again at some point."
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