Etheral

“I don’t understand why you won’t let me take them Mi-Young.” Hyun-A could hear how hoarse her father’s voice was through the door.

“I need them. This business marriage I got thrown into, my reason for taking our daughters with me, all of this, it’s bigger than you and me.” The young girl winced, hearing her mother’s emotionless voice. 

“Your marriage partner has two daughters, involve them.” Her father growled. The sound of skin hitting skin reached Hyun-A’s ears and she winced, imagining the red mark her mother had left. 

“The president has issued the command and I must follow his orders. Understand this. Now leave.” A choked sob escaped Hyun-A as her father walked out of the study. 

“Hyun-A.” He took a step back, surprised, “you shouldn’t be here.” She threw herself at him, the tears flowing freely now. 

“Take me with you.” Her eyes searched his for some sort of agreement, but found none. 

“I’m sorry baby. I wish you hadn’t been born in this world. I wish you’d have a beautiful family. I wish your future wouldn’t be planned out for you. If I try and take you with me, your mother will punish you.” His arms wrapped around her protectively, as if knowing this hug would be their last. 

“I have something for you.” He took his favorite gold ring off his finger and slipped it on Hyun-A’s slender one, “This is for you to remember that I will always love you, even when i’m not here.” She touched the engraving’s on it, the names of his daughters, his lover, and him. 

“I need you to do something for me. Keep your sister safe. Your lives will be difficult so trust no one but each other. I love you Hyun-A.”

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