Wandering around, falling graciously from the sky, a little snowflake found its way to the ground. It was cold, yet not cold enough for the snow to remain on the ground, so, the small snowflake found itself melting before he could even reach the ground. Similar to this poor snowflake, many young people found their lives ended before they could even get to understand the world they were born into. Unfair, cruel and tragic, it was something people closed their eyes upon seeing it and decided to ignore it. After all, they were all too weak to save another person’s life.
Like that snowflake, Ji-soo also lost her life. A young, aspiring lady, who did not even get to see her twenties before her life ended. Her death came without notice, cruel and evil, and the ones who stained their hands with her blood got away with it, hiding in the shadows. Hyun-woo, who grew up pampered and had everything he ever wanted, felt conflicted upon her death. He was too young, too naive, to even understand why his sister had died.
Now, when the only person left by his side was his friend, he could not worry upon seeing him change so suddenly. He met Yeong-hwan when he was young. He had watched over him and saw how he changed over years, but this time, it was different. It wasn’t like Yeong-hwan didn’t try before to resolve the mysteries behind the great ruler of this dynasty, he had tried, in fact, the room he looked out was the starting point of his journey in finding out the truth, but when people died around him because they tried to find out the mystery behind the ruler, he backed down.
Only when he met Yu Na did Yeong-hwan regain confidence in finding out the truth once again. Hyun-woo had noticed this change in his friend and had warned him before. It wasn’t that he had forgotten about his sister’s untimely death, it was just that he felt scared. Not knowing the background of the girl that suddenly appeared in the life of Yeong-hwan, Hyun-woo could not be skeptical about her. All three of them had the same desire: to find out the truth, yet, because they kept things from each other, the trust between them became unstable.
‘Everyone closed their eyes when those crimes happened, we hated it, and because we hated it, we wanted to change things, but as time went by, we stumbled upon the many obstacles this road had led us on, so we gradually stopped trying to change history. Now, only after you met Yu Na, did you regain the confidence to walk again on that road, but what makes you think that you could actually change something?’ Hyun-woo questioned as he tried to sit down, he was angry from the moment Yeong-hwan brought up Ji-woo.
‘I know you are still trying to find out who did that to Ji-woo. It’s killing you inside because you couldn’t do anything, but now we have another chance! If you would want, we can plan again, we can infiltrate inside the Palace and find out who was the killer. It is not that after Yu Na arrived that I regained this idea, but it was much more recent, and only today did it angered me so much that I wanted to try again. Only because they tried to attack Yu Na right now, I’m sure they won’t stop, so why don’t we fight back? They know who we are, we also hid into the shadows, but it seems like they want to fight again. Now, I even got an oppo–’ he started rumbling, but was suddenly cut off by Hyun-woo.
Upon hearing the words that someone tried to attack the girl, he felt a cold, shivering sensation, running down on his back. He looked at the girl and only then did he notice she was soaked in water. He was so angry that they hid so many things from him, that he did not notice the state the girl was in.
‘You’ve… brought this upon yourself, Yeong-hwan. I had a feeling that it was wrong of you to hide her, I knew that you were pretending to love her, I knew you were putting up with that act, but now, your life can be in danger because of her! And you still take her side?’
‘You’re wrong! Yeah, I saved her, yeah, I hid her, I knew that it might be dangerous from the beginning, but I did not back down, and as for my feelings, yeah, at first it was all a pretense, but now, I can’t say the same. Please, calm yourself and we can sort everything out. Trust me on this, Hyun-woo.’ Yeong-hwan reassured his friend.
Yu Na, who was silently listening to the conversation, looked down to the floor, in shame. She knew she was a burden to them, she did not help them in any way, she did not do any good to them, and now, she even brought danger to them.
‘I owe you many things, Hyun-woo. I’m sorry I never got the chance to tell you the truth about me, but it wasn’t because I did not want to. After the accident, I had lost many memories and many things are a blur to me, but I did not come here under no one’s command, and I do not want to get you guys in trouble. I had run away from the Palace, but if you guys want to resolve the problem you have, I’m willing to risk my life to help you achieve what you wanted. That’s how far I’m willing to go in order to repay you all.’
Now, thinking back on it, Yeong-hwan realized that maybe he was too quick from the anger and that he was putting the girl in a dangerous position with his plan. He backed down and sighed.
‘Maybe you are right, Hyun-woo. I got so angry because they tried to hurt her. If… if I was a moment late, she could have lost her life. Tell me, how can I not lose my mind after what might have happened.’ Yeong-hwan said quietly
‘You were scared that what happened with Ji-woo might happen with her, too, right? I understand, but…’
‘I did not do anything wrong. I did not try to kill the king, it was a set-up. That’s why I ran away. I can guarantee my life on this.’ Yu Na cut off Hyun-woo's speech.
‘Is it it, then…’ Hyun-woo contemplated for a moment, then continued. ‘I can trust this. I can close my eyes once again, if you guys promise to not do anything behind my back. Yeong-hwan, I can follow you to the end of the world, but I don’t stand seeing you put yourself in danger. If you still want to keep up with this plan to infiltrate the Palace, I’ll be by your side, but, for now, I think it would be best to leave this place and hide at my residence. If we gather enough evidence, maybe then we can think that we can match their power. Until then, the best approach is to stay hidden.’
Yeong-hwan nodded. ‘I am sorry for leaving you out of this. I’m grateful that you still take my side even when I’ve wronged you.’
‘Then, I think we can take in consideration the hiding plot. Until we get to an agreement, I would like to know more about you, Yu Na. It’s so late, and we had shared many memories by now, but it would be great if you get to share about you a bit. To see how you are with this plan, to consider you truly an ally of ours.’ Hyun-woo stated as he looked into the girl’s eyes.
Yu Na nodded, and a smile was seen on her face.
‘I would be glad to share my side of the story. Thank you for considering me a part of this trio.’