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Since it's Friday, here is a short snippet from my Agent Ko work in progress. Here are five paragraphs since it's the fifth month of the year. This is a story told by Ryuk, Ko's handler at the Academy (a training program for North Korean agents).
“There was this boy from my class at the Academy, Dae-Won we called him. Nice kid. We’re talking the kind of guy who would heft up a tree trunk that had fallen on his neighbor’s roof, roll it off the house, and then chop it up and leave the firewood for her in a nice little pile. Next day, he would go and fix the roof, too.
“Well, Dae-Won gets to the Academy, and we’re there the same year, both fresh out of high school, both scared as monkeys thrown into a tiger’s cage. And he tells all of us there in the boys’ dorm, he says things like, ‘Our moms probably miss us, so we gotta do them proud.’ That’s just the way he talked, the way he saw things.
“But you should have seen him the first day the director got him into the dojang. Director was a lot younger back then, but his technique hasn’t changed much. Called Dae-Won out. Probably ’cause he had heard he was such a nice guy. Most folks think nice guy is just a more polite way to say sissy, see? So director, he pulls Dae-Won in front of the class, tells him to pick anybody to spar with. And director assumes Dae-Won’ll grab one of the girls or someone who looks easy to beat, but he picks the biggest recruit there, and they go at it. And what do you think happened?”
Tae didn’t hesitate before blurting out, “Got whipped.”
Ryuk grinned slightly. “Actually, you’re right. Got a tooth knocked out that round, if I remember right. Shattered a few bones in his hand, too. But that’s not what matters. What matters is he picked the most intimidating one to fight, and he gave that kid a run for his money. We were all surprised, so I asks him about this, asked him why he did that, why not go for an easier target? ‘Well,’ Dae-Won tells me, ‘I might have hurt someone smaller than me.’ See, that’s just the kind of guy he was."
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