“Oh there you are my dear Young Ji.” Fei’s voice was heard, soon she came out from the crowd together with her friends.
“Fei! What is this? I don’t understand” Young Ji called out to her.
“Oh dear, I don’t understand either. I didn’t know you were such a s–t, you already have a boyfriend but you’re out there messing with other guys” She clicked her tongue, circling around Young ji
“That wasn’t me! I swear” She tried to defend herself, but after looking around she noticed that there were tons of pictures of her scattered on the floor and glued on the school walls, each picture with different angles completely proving that the girl on the picture is really her.
“Wha…What? How did..” She was losing her mind, placing her hands on her head as she tries to remember everything.
She recalled that Fei made her drink something, and there was a guy who kept talking to her that time and led her inside a room. She realized it was Fei who did all these things, and looked at her with daggers in her eyes.
“It’s you!” She charged Fei, but before she could even lay a hand on her, she was stopped by the sound of their teacher’s voice.
“What is the meaning of this?” The teacher yelled, the students began to leave the scene not wanting to get involved with their drama.
“Miss Ah reum! I’m glad you’re here, Young Ji just tried to hurt me” Fei faked a cry, her friends standing behind and patting her back.
Miss Ah reum looked around the hallway and saw those pictures, she looked at Young Ji with a deceitful look and said “Come to my office right now.” She began walking, with Young ji reluctantly trailing behind her.
Fei smirked, seeing that her plan was going smoothly. Young ji saw her mocking smirk and was irritated, leaving them behind.
As soon as they arrived in the teacher’s office, Miss Ah reum abruptly sat on her office chair and looked at Young Ji who just sat down on one of the chairs in front of her long desk.
“So… Care to explain?” She said, putting her chin on top of her clasped hands.
“I swear, I was framed.” Young ji mumbled, her voice filled with anger but doing her best to make it sound polite considering that she was talking to a teacher. “Fei dragged me to a party and made me drink this weird beer, the next thing I know is that I woke up in another place.”
“I see… Well, it doesn’t matter if you’re framed or not, the girl in the picture is still you. This news will reach the principal’s ears and will soon call you to his office, probably gonna arrange your expulsion.” Ah reum stated, picking up a pen and scribbling down on her notes. “For now, make your parents come here to school so we can have a talk.”
“But miss Ah reum, I swear it wasn’t my will to do those things! It was Fei who made me do it! She already planned this thing to happen and even printed a lot of pictures and scattered it throughout the school!” Young Ji slammed the desk, her voice already loud enough to be heard even outside the hall.
“Calm down Young ji.” Ah reum tapped her shoulder, and slightly made her sit back. “If you’re worrying about the pictures, I already made the janitors in the school to make sure that not a single photo is left in the halls. I also ordered the student council officers to confiscate the photos from Fei’s phone and from other students who took a picture.”
“R-really? Thank you miss Ah reum.” Young ji smiled in delight, relieved that she would no longer feel humiliated.
“I’m not the one you should thank.” Ah reum smiled, continuing her statement. “Anyway, the fact that I’m still gonna talk to your parents doesn’t change. Make sure that they come here as soon as possible so that the principal wouldn’t have to be involved in here, you know how terrifying he is when angry.”
“But… but I can’t.” Young Ji stammered, looking down and hanging her head low.
“What do you mean you can’t?” She asked, her eyebrows twitching at Young ji.
“I… don’t have parents.”
“What? Then your relatives can come here.” She said, gesturing her hands.
“I also don’t have relatives, even if I have they wouldn’t care about me.”
“Then a guardian, you must have a guardian.”
“There’s none. I basically got abandoned.” Young ji said, fumbling her fingers in shame to let someone know that she’s living alone.
“Then how can you live by yourself? Where do you work? The tuition fee in this school is not that high but you still need to feed yourself. Don’t tell me you work in an illegal organization?” Ah reum was panicking to know that one of her students is suffering.
“Miss Ah reum, calm down.” Young ji chuckled at the sight of her panicking state. “I work part time in a karaoke bar and my boss there is super nice so I usually get to eat dinner there and my pay is enough to pay the water bill and to afford rice, and I have a friend who is really nice who always visits me at home with pizza and other stuff so I’m not lonely.”
“Oh my, poor you.” Ah reum was teary eyed and was blowing her nose. “Don’t worry my dear Young Ji, from now on I’ll visit you too. I won’t let anyone bully you too, and screw that principal, I’m not letting you get expelled.” She suddenly hugged her, burying Young ji’s face on her chest.
“Umm thanks Miss Ah reum, but I’m fine by myself.” Young Ji smiled, trying to escape from her breathtaking hug.
“Okay okay, just let me know when you’re in trouble, I’ll personally head butt those people who tries to hurt you.” Ah reum smiled, caressing her face.
“Then I’m going back to class.” Young ji stood up and bowed, turning away and walking towards the door.
“Let me take you there, I’m sure the other students would still make fun of you.” Ah reum was trailing behind her, certain to protect Young Ji.
“No I’m fine miss Ah reum, thank you very much for your concern.” Young Ji smiled at her.
“O-okay, take care.” Ah reum stopped following her and went back in her office.
“Well, I gotta fix this problem before it reaches the principal.” She whispered to herself before continuing her work as a teacher.
After another tormenting class for Young Ji, she want nothing more but to go home already. Yoo ma wasn’t reacting about the pictures that were scattered and doesn’t even look at her, she went back to Ah reum’s office but saw that she was busy scribbling down on her paperworks so she didn’t bother her.
It felt as if she was left alone in the world, wandering in the empty hallway and passing through the classrooms. She can still hear everyone’s mocking voice, and their silly words about her.
Time and again, they spout selfish words at her, and she acts as if she doesn’t care, but more than anything she worries about it the most.
As she was about to walk down the stairs, she felt a strong push behind her, causing her to stumble down the stairs and landing on her head. For a split moment, she heard something crack, as if her skull just cracked broken.
“ughhh.” She helplessly wheezed, trying to stand up but failed. Her vision was swirling and blurry, her tears making it more worse.
“Umm… Are you okay?” She heard a voice, she raised her head to see her classmate, Irene, her hand reaching out to her.
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