Rick and Helen were staying for a night at the house of their grand mother, the house was old but well maintained. Rick every year tried is best to make a light refurbishment and made sure that his grandmother has everything she needs to feel comfortable. Their grand mother was old, but she still managed to live a busy life, looking after the pets and chickens, and small garden she had. She lived with their aunty who was a widower.
In the early evening Rick had met his childhood friend for a drink, he always enjoying the company of his friend, because he lived a different from him life, he was married has kids and he was always telling Rick different stories about happening in the island. listening those stories always made Rick wanna settle in the Island, he loved Jeju a lot.
– you know we have so many new hotels opening in the beach area next year, the construction are going on like crazy, we have lots of work this days, the pay is not bad and good things the pay is always on time.
– this is really good to hear, i was wondering how did you managed to survive last year.
– don’t tell me, it was really hard for me and my family, but this year is different. Right now we are building a new hotel with Yang constructions, and its their first project on a Island, and at the same time we are building a house for the honer of the company.
– Yang construction? I know this family
– really. how close you are to them? they are really very rich. I saw today Dan Yang, he looked very presentable and very down to earth, he shake hands with workers on the way and thanked them for a hard work, then arrange the food delivery for the shift. I am telling in my work history it is for the first time.
– i met him once, he is really a very kind person and he really look simple.
– his daughter as well.
– you saw his daughter, which one? The one who do not take flights, and always travels to Jeju by boat.
– yeah she is here too, she came to check the land for the house, she was sitting there for a long time, taking pictures and making some notes. they told me she will design the house. And I heard the managers told to the other that she was very smart, she came already knowing everything about the landscape of the island. I think she might stay here for a day or so.
– do you know where is the piece the of that land?
on the way back home Rick had picked up Helen, who was with her ex classmates, enjoying karaoke and they walk home together, talking about the memories about the island, about their mother and about how they find it difficult to speak on the islands dialect at first.
– Brother, sometimes i think our mom was the happiest when we were here, i think she enjoyed it the most, I remember her smiling here the more then we were in Seoul.
– mm, now thinking of it, i think you are right. Our Mom had the most beautiful smile, the smile that could heal the wounds and take away all pain.
– may be all those wounds and pain had stuck with her, thats why she got sick.
– May be.
Rick sat in front of his sister and offer her a piggy back ride.
– I am not a little anymore, and i weight a lot more now.
– don’t worry, your brother will always be stronger for you.
– one day when you will get married, i will have to share you with your wife, so please be careful when you will chose.
– don’t worry, the one I have chosen is going to be so great to you, you will be surprised.
– what? you have decided to marry?
Rick laughed and gave a sign to his sister that he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. But the thought of his marriage to Tina was a painful subject for him, thou Tina was not in hurry, he was still thinking that it was something too early even to discuss. So they have spent a night together, so they have had what they have had, but in this century it is not a reason for a marriage.
” Ah i wish i could remember the night, at least”
Dan had scheduled late flight for his private jet to Seul so he could have a dinner with Leah and talk to her about so many things. Dan knew that Leah will finish late but Dan did not want to lose his chance of one on one conversation with her. It’s been a month since they could have a time for each other, Leah took too many projects and now the house, she was running non stop and this is what worried Dan the most.
Alex was drinking in the Heaven with Bong, Bong was invited to the club by Alex and they were in their private zone, with curtains down, slowly drinking glass after glass.
– If leah will know ,we are going to be in a big trouble.
Alex took another glass in and said
– She is in Jeju for couple of days, Mr. Lee is with her, and the rest guys i can handle.
– is everything ok with you? This is the first time i see you like this.
– Do you remember i have told you once that me and Lean has been kidnaped once.
– so that man who had did it, died couple days ago. I should have found him first and beat him up for all what he did to my sister and me, i should have found him and kill him myself, at least one punch, i wanted him to look in to my eyes awhile he was suffering from pain, i wanted to see him suffering.
– Alex! all this time it’s still hints you, I thought you have moved on.
– I still see him at nights, i still see him….
The door got opened and Tina walked inside the room. Bong stood and gave his greetings.
– Bong nice to see you, sit lets drink.
Alex pour a glass for his sister and with no words to say for each other they took their glasses in, then another one right after. Then Tina moved to her brother’s side and put her hand around his shoulders and said
– Only today, and i will do it with you, only today and tomorrow you will put this things behind you, for Lean, you will erase everything about this man from your memory.
Alex throw the glass agains the wall and cream so loud, Bong raised from his seat, and Tina make a sign to Bong to sit back, she took a new glass and poured a drink and gave it to Alex
– Drink, we need to get it over with. Bong, you drink too, today we drink till we pass out, so we will wake up to a new tomorrow.
In a hour, Jang saw how three big guards were taking three drunk people to the underground parking.
– Mr Lee did you check on Alex today, i was trying to call him but his phone is off.
– yes he was with Bong today they were playing bowling and then Tina joined then and t look them for a dinner.
– Tina took them for dinner? really? Hmm
It was for a first time Mr Lee had lied to Lean, he perfectly knew what was happening in Seoul, after all he hired those man, one after one, he hired the best guards in the country and they have never failed him so far. But in the afternoon, he had received a message from Dan ” Only for today, don’t tell Lean what Alex is doing, only today tell your men, to take easy on him and Tina”
Dan was sitting in his hotel suit and looking at the SMS he had received from Tina. “Father, you know what is the day today, me and Alex will celebrate, so please keep your guards out of it, today me and Alex will send of this man to hell in our own way”
Lean was inside the suite looking at he father and smiled
– what is this you are thinking about?
Dan smiled and looked at his daughter, he got up from the chair and gave her a big hug.
– Mr, Lee, please ask them to serve the dinner.
Dan gave instructions to Mr. Lee still hugging Lean.
– i didn’t know you miss me this much,
– i miss you always, but right now i want to pass you some of my energy, because i feel like you are look so tiered and weak.
– Father, you are mistaken.
in few minutes the table was set for dinner and when Lean saw the food she was shocked
– what is it?, is it some kind of celebration, its enough to feed an army.
– the food on this island is very good for your health so you must eat a bit of everything, i am worried about you, you took another project, this time even did not asked me about it.
she said, asking like a small girl
– I took it because it is very interesting, and the project will start right after i will finish the current one, its something i have never tried, i always wanted to put my hand on a project that involves a connection bridges.
– Ok, but this is going to be your last project, after you finish the project, you and I both will travel a bit and then you have to take over the company, i want to retire.
Lean put the spoon back on the table and looked at her father, who was busy sipping his soup.
– father, please give me few more years, i still need time, i won’t be able to do it without you. I knew that sooner or later this day will come, and i have always made myself ready for it, but i never knew this will happen this soon. Are you not feeling well? may be you need just take a bit of rest.
– don’t worry i am not going to leave you alone at once, You are right couple of year i will be by your side, i will guide you, don’t worry, but you must stop taking project, and start to work in the head quarters.
Lean did not want to argue with her father anymore, she perfectly knew that, he had been waiting for her for quite sometime now, he needed her help and she suddenly felt sorry.
– Sorry father, i know i have supposed to help you and start with you at head quarters years back, You are right, i will not take more projects, this is the last one and once we finish the house too, you can move here and enjoy the island. Please forgive me, father.
– Khmm, know you make me feel guilty a it, stop saying sorry, eat and eat a lot.
Lean smiled and said
– yes father, i will today till i will explode.
Lean later took her father to the airport and on the way she told him that she had visited her teacher.
– really? you did good, i bet she was happy to see you, i bet she is happy to know that you still remembering her.
– yeah and i saw another flowers there, i think se has some family members are still visiting her. She was so beautiful and so talented, She was one of the reason i did;t want to leave Korea that time. I missed her a lot in States, she was a great teacher, and i have learned so much from her.
Dan listen to his daughter and quietly looked outside the window, looking at the dark street of the Island, Today when he visited her too, he told her that for the first time in so many years, he wished they had never met and he wished that he never loved her so much, and he asked her to look after his children and ask her to do something to ease their pain that her husband has caused.
– One time she told me that when she found her true love she had become much better at art and when she had lost her love he had become much stronger in her art. And i have realised not long ago, that once i was good at my art and now i am just strong and accurate, rather then passionate.
Dam looked at her, removed her hands from the rings she was holding and said.
– one day you will find your passion again, you will find your passion for art and for love. I am sure about it. The love that stored inside you is yet to come out and spread like a volcano. and just like this Island, it will turn out to be beautiful and will bring you lots of wonders.
Lean put her head on her fathers shoulder and wrapped his arm with hers and nodded her head.
– I really hope for it, my daughter, my precious daughter.
In the night of the same day, Tina and Alex let the alcohol to fight with their bad memories, and Dan was trying to fight his own thought about his one and only love. Lean was fighting her thought about the future and Rick was just staring at the stars and thinking about how his mother once said to him.
“one day when you will find your true love, that love will even outshine the brightest star on the darkest sky for you.”
– somehow all the stars are so bright for me, even the smallest star is still shines brightly for me.