Hyukjae, at the request of his younger sisters, had taken them over to the small little park the district had set up for the kids. It wasn’t much…just a swing set, a slide, and a basketball court nobody seemed to use these days so the little girls used it as a place to play hopscotch. They seemed to enjoy going there, but they were kids. They were still so innocent. They didn’t have to risk being in the games for years. Hyuk watched them play for hours, except when the youngest sister had asked him to push her on the swing set. The sister that adored him.
Hyuk had to get them home quickly after their fun little day. His stepmother would be furious if the girls missed their lessons. ” Alright! Time to go home!” The girls pouted and begged to stay, but they knew better. If they weren’t home in time, Hyukjae would have to pay the price. As they were going home, Hyuk noticed the school had just released the students. It was a fond memory for him. A memory buried deep in his past with the passing of his brother.
Hyuk and his siblings stood in front of their home. “Hurry up and get inside. ” The three of them nodded and ran inside the house, without Hyukjae. Instead, he made his way over to the district outskirts, where he liked to spend most of his time.
A day off from work at the power plant. It was rare of his boss to give him time off, but seeing as the wound on his forehead (that he gained during an accident with the main generator) was still healing and causing him headaches and nausea, it was safest for them all if he stayed away from the dangerous machines for a while. So instead of walking his daily route to school, Siwon found himself clueless of where to go. His mother didn’t want him at home where she sew garments all day and listened to her favourite songs on the radio. Siwon figured she felt embarrassed to sing while he was present and therefore had chased him away, unable not to sing when the songs called out to her still cheerful side.
Siwon inhaled deeply, keeping the fresh air in his lungs until he exhaled loudly and with it so did the restlessness. Better make good use of the day, it was sunny and warm, a small breeze ruffled his hair and made it pleasant for him to take a stroll. It didn’t take long for him to leave town and engage in the lush nature that surrounded them, wanting to desperately get away from all the buildings and machines now that he had the chance. And when he was finally all alone, he spread his arms and let himself tumble forwards, rolling down the hill that he had climbed minutes before.
He groaned in pain, but laughed when he finally reached the end and landed on his face. When was the last time he had done something so silly and illogical? Ever since he finished school Siwon had been involved in serious business, especially when having two younger siblings who can get chosen for the Games. But now, at least for today, he’d allow himself not to worry and not to take things so seriously. Perhaps he could enjoy life a little.