Happy Wednesday! We've been busy with hockey, animals, and nursing sick kids. Thankfully, everyone seems to be mostly on the mend.
For today's post, I have a snippet from my Agent Ko series. This is Ko's roommate Chun-Hee talking about a man in her past.
“I had a boyfriend once. I mean, not like Yu-Chan or Tae or those kind. This was different.” A small smile raised Chun-Hee’s cheeks but didn’t reach to her eyes. “Name was Kun-Wu. We met when we were both getting ready to prepare for the Arirang Festival. I was a dancer. He was a singer in the same troupe. Voice like an angel, I swear it. We lived on opposite sides of the city, never met until then. The funny thing is we never even slept together. He kissed me once, and then he was so apologetic I was afraid he might die right then and there of shame. And you know, I was ok with that. We didn’t need to be messing around. We had … I don’t know how to say it. Every young couple thinks what they’ve got is the real thing, something grand that only a few fortunate souls are ever lucky enough to experience. Most of the time, all they’ve got is hormones and lenient chaperones. But with me and Kun-Wu, it was different. It was …” She struggled for the right word.
“Special?” Ko suggested.
Chun-Hee took a sip of wine. “You make it sound like a nostalgic love song. That’s not what this was. I don’t even know what to call it. Real, maybe. That’s the closest I can think of. We’d talk about our families and our earliest memories and even the dreams we had at night — he would have some real strange ones sometimes. We’d talk about history, about the revolution, about politics. His voice was gorgeous. You know I’m not one to use that word lightly. Singing or just sitting there talking, his voice was like honey and gold and silk all woven together. You know what he asked me once? He asked me if I thought the Eternal President could have stopped the famine if he hadn’t died. Well, we were young back then. Of course I thought so. Most everyone I remember thought so. But he said he wasn’t sure. Said he wondered sometimes if the Eternal President was just a man who grew old and got sick and died just like the rest of us. I swear, he was a genius or something.”
Did you know? Agent Ko appears by her given name in my most recent novel, Flower Swallow, which is on sale for 99 cents today only!