“it was the start of something new”.
Rune and Achara came to jinhae, south Korea a while back. They are siblings, originally from Bangkok, Thailand, who came to jinhae to study. their university started in 2 days and they couldn't be more excited.
"hey, did you buy your books yet?" Achara asked Rune who was too busy playing games to answer.
Achara threw a pillow on his head, "ouch!! I'll take care of it. I'll get it when school starts" he said in an annoyed tone.
Their first day of school arrived and both were excited. Achara in the business department and Rune in the music department.
All the other students were nice to both of them and the day was going well.
"okay students so I will assign a Korean student for each one of the exchange program students to help you learn the language" the professor announced.
It was mandatory for all the foreign exchange students to take Korean as one of their majors. So Rune was assigned with this boy in the row in front of him, Lee Kwan.
"Hey isn't he the one we saw one that day?" one of the students asked another.
"yes, it was him. Goodness, he was so scary. Hopefully, the newbie doesn't get killed", the other student jokingly said.
Lee Kwan just rolled his eyes.
At the end of class, Rune, being the overly friendly guy went to Kwan. "ummmm anyong....haaseyoo... cho... Rune immnidaa", Rune obviously did not speak proper Korean but tried his best.
"it's fine, I can speak English," Kwan said.
"Oh that's good, so my name is Rune somboon, I'm from Thailand. nice to meet you", Rune said.
"I'm Kwan Lee". judging his tone Rune understood that he was not really interested in this.
He was right, Kwan was not interested at all. All he wants to do is just maintain a life as a regular student and do not want to be in the center of attraction for anything. He was the last person who would attempt to socialize.
"Look I'm only doing this because the professor told me to, so don't think we can hang out or have fun", Kwan said.
Hearing this made Rune want to ask the professor to change his mentor.
But he thought, what could this guy possibly do? Rune didn't expect such a rude person to be assigned to him on the first day of school. What a nice way to begin my first year in college.
Later that day, he met up with Achara near the school gate after class.
"Oi! Did you get the books?", she asked knowing that he wouldn’t have gotten it.
"shit. Wait for me I'll get it"
"THIS IS WHY SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO ME YESTERDAY!" she shouted at him as he ran.
It was almost time for the sale to end so he ran to find the library, where they were selling the books. Unfortunately, being the new student, he didn't know where the library was and realized he was not familiar with the campus yet and asked the local students but most of them were lost not knowing English.
His phone was dead and he was lost. Just as he was about to go to the main office, he bumped into someone.
”Kwan!! what happened?” He didn't look too well.
He held on to Rune and...collapsed. A person fainted on him and he didn't know what to do. Rune tried to wake him up but he wouldn't. The people around started to point towards the main gate indicating to the infirmary. Rune rushed him to the infirmary and told the doctor what had happened.
He piggy-backed him to the infirmary.
"Doctor! He ran up to me and fainted. Can you help him?!"
"Yes put him on the bed I'll get the materials", the doctor said
After a while, the doctor told Rune that he had fainted due to acute anemia.
"Oh thank you, doctor, I will wait here with him till he wakes up. you can go for dinner" he said.
Rune was relieved it was not anything major. Rune decided to wait until he woke up, which was not long.
As soon as he woke up Rune complained “I missed my chance of getting my books because of you. what the hell happened, bastard?”. But even though he was trying to be annoyed, deep down he knew he wanted to be nice to Kwan.
“Did I ask you to stay? You could've left me on the ground”, Kwan replied.
"I'll share my books with you till you get yours" Kwan felt apologetic that he was an inconvenience to someone.
"Hey so let's start classes from this weekend", Kwan said.
"Sure I'm free"