Part 1 & 2
“Let me out!” screamed a terrified eight year old Sung Hoon. He was trapped in total darkness with four walls closing in on him. Tears streamed down his cheeks as he remembered what had happen.
He was playing hide and seek with two boys from his school. Their names were Eun Ji Won and Chu Tae Won. Sung Hoon was so happy when they invited him to join them. In school Sung Hoon was the most popular kid because his aunt was the famous actress Jung Yeh Ja but when all the excitement about her was over, he was lonely all over again. In real life, Sung Hoon doesn’t have any friends because all the other kids assumed he was too good to play with them.
“Okay,” said Ji Won.
“I’’ll seek and you guys hide. 10…15… 20… 25…” Sung Hoon jumped with excitement and started running to find a place to hide. He saw a refrigerator near his house. He wondered where it came from but then didn’t care because it would make a great hiding place. Sung Hoon hid for a while and then he heard Ji Won’s and Tae Won’s voices. He wondered what was going on and then he heard a noise.
“I hope you like it in there Sung Hoon!”
‘What?’ thought Sung Hoon. He tried to push open the door but it wouldn’t budge. He felt trapped and started to gasp for air. He pounded on the door and screamed,
“Let me out you guys!” Ji Won just laughed.
“Why don’t you ask your aunt Yeh Ja to help you? Act like you’re better than us just because she is famous.” Sung Hoon’s heart sank. He couldn’t believe it. He thought Ji Won and Tae Won were his friends but they had tricked him. He began to cry.
“I don’t act like I’m better. Please let me out.” Tae Won began to laugh.
“This will teach you to mess with us.” Then he and Ji Won left.
In the dark, Sung Hoon sat and curled himself into a little ball. He was terrified. He was scared of the dark and worse, he was afraid of being alone. Then he heard a knocking.
A little girly voice called out,
“Is someone in there?”
Sung Hoon stood up and banged his fists against the door.
“Hurry up and let me out!”
He heard the noise of wood sliding and the door suddenly opened. Just as he saw light coming in, he pushed his way out. He bent over and began breathing fast because he almost ran out of air when he was inside the refrigerator. Then a pair of Mary Janes came into his view. When he looked up he saw a pair of big brown eyes staring back at him. It was a little girl in pigtails that saved him. They looked at each other for a while and didn’t say anything. Then the girl looked down and kicked her foot into the dirt.
“Umm… What were you doing in my fridge?” Sung Hoon looked at her and then he turned away and ran into his house, leaving the little girl staring after him.
‘Huh? What just happened here?’ Kyung Hee thought.
“Aye! I’ll never understand boys!” she screamed out loud. She was watching Sung Hoon as he ran into the house next door.
“What don’t you understand sweetie?” her grandpa asked as he came out the front porch to look for her.
“Oh nothing grampie.”
“Come here.” He waved for Kyung Hee to come sit with him on the porch swing. She walked over to him and sat on his lap.
“Do you like it here?” She nodded her head.
“Ah huh. I get to be with you all the time but I’m still mad at mommy and daddy for leaving me.” She frowned and crossed her arms.
Her grandpa let out a little laugh. “Silly girl, your parents are geologists. They have to travel around the world. They can’t take you with them because you have school. Besides they’ll send you presents.”
Kyung Hee’s eyes got wide. “Presents? A lot?”
She clapped her hands. “Yay!”
Back at home Sung Hoon buried his face into his pillow and cried. Then he heard a knock on his door.
“Sung Hoonee?” Sung Hoon quickly wiped his nose on his sleeve.
“Yes? Come in.” Then his mother came in.
“What’s wrong honey? Why are you crying?” He shook his head.
“Oh it’s nothing mommy.” His mom looked around his room.
“Where are your friends?” Sung Hoon tried his best not to cry.
“They…. They went home.” His Mom hugged him.
“Oh, you’re sad that they had to go home so early?” Sung Hoon held onto his mom tighter and didn’t answer. His mom thought for a while.
“Hey I know. A new family just moved in next door. An old man and a little girl. You can go play with her. Do you want to?”