‘Oh, Odette, did you find your Prince Siegfried?’ the man asked
Soo-Yun quickly waved at the boy as she rushed over to greet him, she graciously ran towards him with gentle steps, as if she was floating. Daewon still couldn’t shake the feeling that he saw that man somewhere else.
‘No, he’s a friend of mine! But why did you come here, did you come by train, too?’ she asked
The boy put his hand on her shoulder, and upon seeing his gesture, Daewon felt something burning inside him. He rushed over and took the girl by his side, staring coldly at him. The man puffed.
‘Daewon, don’t be like that!’ she laughed awkwardly. ‘He is my colleague, Haru. He’ll play the role of Prince Siegfried in the play.’
Now he remembered it! He had seen his face on the poster, together with Soo-Yun! He looked closely at his face, in hope that he would match it with the one of the killer, but it was worthless. While the encounter with the killer was short, one thing he would notice about him was the fact that he didn’t have any unique feature that could distinguish him from others. He didn’t have a scar, he didn’t talk with him, nor did he walk funnily. He was like anyone, and that was the biggest disadvantage Daewon had in finding him. Looking at the new person, he couldn’t help but feel reticent in trusting him. After all, he could be the killer.
While this Haru was an innocent boy, caring on his face gentle features that couldn’t possibly indicate him as being someone cruel, Daewon found something strange about this innocent man: he looked at Daewon mockingly. While they only met now, he had this look on his face, as if he was superior. This made his blood boil, but he tried to not show any emotion.
‘Come on, Daewon, greet him. He’s your senior.’ Soo-Yun elbowed him
Daewon grinned his teeth: ‘Nice to meet you, I’m Daewon, Soo-Yun’s best friend and classmate.’ he said as he reached out his hand
‘Oh, I never heard about you before, best friend of Soo-Yun. I’m her prince for the play, Haru.’
‘Let’s say it's a pleasure to meet you, but I’m afraid I have never heard anything about you.’ Daewon responded back as he smirked, ‘I didn’t even know someone like you existed!’
There was no doubt: the feeling between them was mutual. Both of them despised each other. Daewon took in consideration to put him as a suspect, too, as, when Soo-Yun was killed, despite the fact that he had his room close to the girl, he never came when he yelled out. He didn’t know his wear abounds and now, he had to take him in mind.
‘Then, I’ll leave, as I don’t want to interrupt the two of you from training.’
With that being said, Daewon left the training practice. It was still early, and the fact that it was Sunday didn’t help much. He had no place to go,, and his friend most definitely was sleeping. He wandered around the Ballet Academy building and after that he left home.
His mother greeted him as soon as he entered inside.
‘Daewon, are you home? Where have you been so early?’ concerned, his mother asked
He smiled as he saw how his mother had waited for him, with warm food on the table. ‘I met with Soo-Yun, sorry I didn’t tell you earlier.’
‘It’s okay. Next time, respond when I call you!’ she pointed to his phone. ‘It went straight to voice-mail!’
Daewon looked down and figured soon that his battery died and that was why his mother couldn’t call him. He put his phone to charge and then came to eat breakfast.
‘Mom, did you know Soo-Yun got the leading role in a play? Isn’t that amazing?’
‘Soo-Yun?’ the mother uttered back, ‘Is that girl you fancy over?’
In that instant, Daewon felt his cheeks turning red. He lowered his head and began munching on his food. ‘Yeah, that one.’
‘Oh! That is amazing. Good for her. So what play would she perform in?’
‘Swan Lake. She will play Princess Odette.’
They continued to talk over this subject for a while, as they got to enjoy the breakfast together. When they finished, Daewon cleaned out the table while his mother went out to buy groceries.
It was their usual routine. For as long as he remembered, it was always the two of them. His father had left them when he was young, and his mother took her time to raise him well. While he did not mind this type of life, as it was his own, he found it hard sometimes.
He was a teenager now and, while he had many changes in his body, he also got to experience his first love. Soo-Yun was the only one he ever loved,, and it was hard for him to gather the courage to confess to her. Some nights, he wondered if he had a father, would he guide him in how to express his feelings to the one he loved? He couldn’t know the answer, and, as life would soon show him, he will never get the chance to confess to her.
That’s what he thought. Yet now, it was different. While he was sure that this second chance was for him to save Soo-Yun, he could also do something he never got the chance in his previous life: confess his feelings.
In order to do that, he had to find out who the killer was. In this way, he could protect both the girl he loved and his chance of being with her.
‘I’ll find you. This time, I’m going to be faster, so that something like that would never happen again.’ Daewon muttered to himself as he opened his laptop
He had two suspects now: Haru, the one who played the main male role, and the previous Princess Odette, Hyeona. Those two were his leading suspects, and the two of them had reasons to hurt the girl.
While Hyeona’s reason would be stronger, as she lost her role that could lead her to fame, she also lost the ability to perform ever again. This could be a great factor that could influence her in getting someone to help her kill Soo-Yun. For Haru, Daewon couldn’t think of a good reason, maybe he was jealous that his previous teammate couldn’t join him, or maybe it was because he held a grudge against the girl. Daewon didn't have a strong reason to suspect him, but he also didn't have a reason as to why he wouldn’t try to kill her.
Daewon spent the following 10 days gathering clues about the two of his main suspects. From their daily routine to their attitude towards the girl. Everything strange about them was being observed, yet one thing remained for sure: they didn’t look to have any intention to hurt the girl.
Hyeona tried to overcome her obstacle and find happiness in her new life, and for Haru, he was too busy bragging to all the girls he met about his role in the play. It was like Daewon got to a closed road. If one of the two of them were to be the killer, they would plan out how they would do it.
The time was running out, and there were 20 days left. He couldn’t waste time anymore following them so close. He decided to take a different approach: this time, he will confess his feelings and stay even closer to the girl.
So, on the 10th day of June, under the cherry trees that led to the training practice building, Daewon met with Soo-Yun to confess his feelings.
‘So, why did you ask me to meet you here?’ Soo-Yun asked