Happy Wednesday! I hope you're all doing great. The bad news is that I was working on Ko's story when I hit a brick wall at the speed of 3,000 words a day. Ouch. So I'm giving her time to sit on the back burner and figure out what she's going to do next. The good news is I still have plenty of her story left to share. Here is a story told by her handler, Ryuk, about his own time in the Academy (22 sentences for April 22).
"Knew a boy named Bo. He was a good fighter, but that's not why the Agency wanted him. He was recruited out of the Kim Jong-Il University for Performing Arts. A violinist. Great one. Like nothing you've ever heard. Once a week, we’d get half a day off from our training and he’d play for us. Played for himself, really. Kid played music that would get the whole bunch of us thinking about life. Thinking about what it means to be a living, breathing human being. Asking ourselves what we were really doing at that Academy, training to kill. That's why so many didn’t make it past the first few weeks. They couldn't handle the ugliness of it all. And then Bo comes in with his violin, and he's caressing those strings, embracing that lifeless piece of wood, and making all of us grown men sit back and wonder what's the point of living if it's not to enjoy music like his.
"The Agency's not stupid. They know we needed more than just sheer force and fighting skill. We got the arsenal. We got the soldiers. But we needed men like Bo. His purpose in the Agency was to travel the world playing at music competitions. They thought it was a cover, but it wasn't. It's what he really was, deep on the inside. They thought his training at the Academy would change all that, make him a Party boy first and foremost, but I think that grit he lived through at the Academy, that ugliness we ate and sweat and breathed, only made his music that much more powerful."
Random Fact: I spent several years planning to become a violin teacher when I grew up.
Blog Love: Huge thanks to K L Schwengel for hosting the WIPpet Wednesday blog hop, where authors post snippets from their current Works In Progress.
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