We are born in sin and die as sinners.
Those words that we heard, are, I wonder, really true? For those people that try to be better each and everyday, how can you call them sinners?
Unfolding before their eyes, in that small peaceful village that seemed to be forgotten in existence, the harsh words after the traumatic event seemed to hurt even more. Why are they sinners, when they tried to bring food to the table for their family? Why aren’t those who did this to them sinners? Here lies those people that lost their lives to set an example of what happens to those who won’t obey the rules. Someone’s mother, sister or lover, someone’s father, brother or husband. It didn’t matter what reason they had.
Yeong-hwan looked shocked to see how fast the girl read the inscription, as not many people in the village could do that. This small detail gave him a clearer understanding about the girl, about the real person that she was. Yet, right now, it wasn’t the time to contemplate that. Now, people need to learn from their mistakes.
‘Do you see what happened because we disobeyed?! You wanted to stand up so much! If you listened to me, this situation wouldn’t have happened!’ yelled a man not older than 45, and to his statement, the crowd seemed pissed off.
‘That’s so easy of you to say, when you have money and no mouth to feed! The rest of us have to fight for our family!’ yelled a woman, then pointed out to the lifeless body. ‘Those people died because a greedy king wanted to have more! We don’t have an option, we either die fighting or die starving! So don’t come to us keeping such a declaration as if people can relate to you!’
The crowd divided their attention to the two people that started fighting. The man smirked and approached her. Yeong-hwan quickly made a discrete signal for Hyun-woo to leave that place as it began to be so crowded, then grabbed Yu Na by hand and whispered to follow him. As Yeong-hwan predicted, the fight really took off. In a flash of a moment, when Yu Na looked back at the crown, she saw someone that stared at her. That person had black clothing and a hat that covered half his face, yet, when she looked down at him , she saw in the moment she tried to grab someone by their collar, that he had a deep cut on his hand.
Then, she felt shivers down her spine, a chilling sensation that made her grab closer onto Yeong-hwan’s hand. It seemed like she had small shivers, recalling a new memory that she gained.
From the moment she opened her eyes into this body, she never, not even once, had a memory from before she came into this world, and now, she suddenly recalled a memory after she had seen something that triggered her memory.
She remembered she was running on a long hallway, it was dark and she seemed like she knew where to head, then, someone blocked her way. In that blurry memory, she clearly saw the same wound that the one from the crowd had. She seemed much more shaken off than before, and Yeong-hwan quickly noticed.
‘Are you okay? Let’s head back inside, you shouldn’t have seen this.’ he softly spoke to her, as he held her hand tighter. Hyun-woo left Yeong-hwan’s left side and came to Yu Na’s right side, he looked at her and smiled.
‘Now, there are two great warriors that can protect you! You have nothing to worry about!’ reassured Hyun-woo, as Yu Na forced a small smile on her face, then the boy continued. ‘Look, if someone tries to harm you, Yeong-hwan can smack them in the head with his books! Maybe he can’t sell them, but that doesn’t mean he can’t use them in other ways!’ jokingly told the boy.
They all wanted to get a chance to look past what happened, but it was hard. They tried to joke around, but after everything that unfolded those couple of days, it wasn’t easy. They tried to bond closer, the three of them, knowing how important it was for them to stay close and get over this together.
The people that died, the people that were blamed, and the ones left behind, all of them suffered. Some weeks passed, the winter was approaching, and the village was embraced by the cold air of the winter. The people from the village knew that it was no good to be angry at each other, after all, they couldn’t change anything anymore. So, to get over everything that happened, the villagers bonded together, they shared the little food that they had, everyone needed to survive, not that the winter was approaching.
In those weeks that passed, the three of them, Yu Na, Yeong-hwan and Hyun-woo bonded together. As they started to learn little by little by each other.
The people from the village got to know Yu Na as Yeong-hwan’s girlfriend and trusted her. The rumors that someone tried to kill the king were almost forgotten, and Yu Na and Yeong-hwan were glad because it seemed like the danger vanished.
They still pretended to be lovers, as now everyone knew that they had a relationship. They were happy, the three of them, but the happiness wouldn’t last. As the past was about to hunt them once again, the rumors were going to resurface soon enough.
One day, while the three of them went out to buy some food to make a meal for dinner, they passed by mister Han’s library. Before they could pass it, mister Han quickly rushed to them and greeted them happily.
‘Yeong-hwan, I was going to visit you! I have some news you won’t believe!’