Kyuhyun didn’t understand why he had to be here, really.
So what his father was the lead scientist at the power plant? It didn’t mean that it was mandatory for him to go. At least, not in his eyes. It wasn’t that way to the rest of District 5. He had been forced - by his family and by his class - to go. Perhaps he hadn’t been told outright, but the underlying warning was there.
It wasn’t like he planned to work in the power plant anyway, wasting his life away life his father - whom he loved, but god, this wasn’t safe, this wasn’t right for him - inside nuclear waste and hydroelectricity.
He walked inside the throngs of his classmates, trying to keep himself as inconspicous as possible. There at the from stood his father, and he brushed off the man that was guiding them around’s incessant chatter.
Next to his father, however, was a man that he seemed to recall vaguely - handsome, with sweat on his forehead and serious eyes. His mind flashed to a vision of a hospital and his father on the bed, and it suddenly came to him that this was the same man that had been in the room next door and talked to him.
Kyuhyun met the other’s gaze for a moment, then looked down.
He heard his father’s familiar voice say, “Welcome to the sixth power plant of District 5.”
He wished that he was anywhere but now.
The voice of Dr. Cho was authoritative and silenced the students that stood waiting for the grand tour. The introduction of the different departments began, people explaining their job shortly and making it clear that the students were to not touch anything if they wished to leave the power plant still alive. Siwon frowned slightly at this, wondering if it was such a good idea to thoroughly scare the youngsters.
“Head of Maintenance, Choi Siwon,” he began his own introduction with a small nod of his head at the students, eyes fixated on Kyuhyun face even if it was directed downward. Was the male angry at him, perhaps? Siwon had no clue whatsoever.
“My job is to check all the machinery, the wires, everything in this power plant to make sure it’s all going according to plan. My team improves the safety of all the workers here,” Siwon explained, empathizing the importance of his job when a few boys on the left snorted at the title of his career. Surely they’d stop snorting if their father worked here and was to die because of the lack of a skilled man such as Siwon himself.
This reminded him of the prior accident in which Kyuhyun’s father had nearly lost his life. It had been a dreadful day, one Siwon wished to forget, but he remembered it clearly had it motivated him to inspect the power plant even more thoroughly.
“Group 5, you’re coming with me,” Siwon said after the teacher of the group of students had divided the youngsters in smaller groups, each group assigned to a certain employee. They would use a circulating system until all groups had seen the five departments. Siwon’s group was to check the large generator and the man would explain the signs of wear and tear, and how his team could fix these things.