Kimchi's Diaries 2: Shady Culprit

And here’s the continuation of “Kimchi’s Diaries: Dangerous Fa(n)scination”! For those who didn’t sleep since my last diary, here’s good news – continuation! But is it really for your good? Part II of the diary: We finally got a long vacation from our company and we were going to not very known village Hwang-ya. However, was it really a good idea? Besides fun we were caught up in the mystery of the village, which later had unpleasant consequences... But soon I understood that this was more complicated than I ever imagined.


4. Lost

I was so shocked that I forgot to take a breath and in a moment I couldn’t breathe. Fortunately, Inseong was awesome swimmer, so he pulled me to the surface and began to swim to the shore. But suddenly stream grabbed us and we were pulled in again. This time, however, I remembered to take a deep breath. It jerked us a couple of times, and then we hit the rock with a momentum. I lost my breath and Inseong unexpectedly became heavy. I got hold of myself and pulled him out.

I tried to reach the shore, but my leg really hurt. And Inseong was getting heavier. I looked at his face and almost drown. He was unconscious with a blood on his forehead. I clenched my teeth and after a few tries I pulled him out. When we were safe on the shore, I coughed and lay down tired. Suddenly I remembered Inseong and shook his arm.

“Hyung!” I shouted. “Inseong-hyung! Please, wake up!” Tears gathered in my eyes. I looked around desperately. “W-What should I do... ?”

He moved. Slightly, but moved.


Inseong opened his eyes for a second, then closed them again. He fell asleep. I quickly wiped tears and wrapped his injury with a piece of my shirt. I stood up, but suddenly I felt sharp pain in my right ankle. It was twisted. Again I clenched my teeth, took Inseong on my back and walked away.

After a few minutes of hard march I heard voices. Members! I was so happy that I rushed to them, forgetting about my ankle, which pulled me down. First one to see us was Seungjun.

“What happened?” Youjin asked and helped me to stand up. I screamed and leaned on him, standing on one leg. His face darkened. “Are you hurt?”

“Twisted leg,” I muttered. “But Inseong-hyung is –”

“He’s going to be fine,” unfamiliar voice said. There was a man beside Inseong.

“He’s a local doctor,” Youjin explained, seeing my face. “Did you see Heejun?”

“He’s not with you!?” My fears came back like a hit with hammer. “We’ve to find him immediately!”

“What’s wrong with you?”

I told them about a corpse and someone, who pushed me and Inseong into the river. This time my voice was shaking, but it was partly because of the cold.

“H-How –” I stammered quietly. “How did you know we n-needed a doctor?”

“Hunch,” Youjin said, warming me with a blanket. “You were too long absent and we heard screams. It’s dangerous here.” He showed me his bandaged arm. “I fell too.”

“We still need to –”

We heard a groan. I jumped but again forgot about my ankle, and Seungjun caught me before I landed on the ground. Inseong was waking up.

“Hyung!” I cried. “How’re you feeling? Hurts a lot? Do you know who I am?”

“Noisy one...” Inseong whispered, and smiled slightly. “It’s just a bump in a head, don’t worry.”

Then I burst into tears of relief. Seungjun hugged me as I tried to calm down, saying sorry to Inseong a couple of times. Youjin helped Inseong sit.

“You didn’t find him?” Inseong muttered.

“No... Some of village people, who came with us, are looking now, but we don’t have any information yet.”

I stood up.

“What do you think you’re doing?” Youjin asked sharply. “Sit down.”

“We all have to look for him,” I ordered.

“No way! It’s getting dark and you’re still –”

“As a leader I command you to search for Heejun!” I burst out. “Somewhere out there is probably a murderer, who may hurt him without a reason, just like that woman.” I took a deep breath to calm down. “We have to be together to think about what to do. Only Inseong-hyung will get transported to Mr. Lee’s house. Let’s go.”

“Jihun!” Inseong opposed, but I’ve already started to walk.

After a few seconds I heard footsteps. Seungjun and Youjin followed me. I was really glad. For a moment I thought they’ll let me go alone.

“Do you even know where to look?” Youjin said grimly.

“This is where we parted.” I pointed to a hill in front of us. “I think we just have to –”

Suddenly I heard something. Like... humming? Who the hell would hum in this creepy place?

Then it hit me. I couldn’t believe I was so blind!

“I think I found him!” I shrieked and ran to the humming source.

But in the mid-way I stopped abruptly, when some another thought appeared in my head. What if I was going straight into murderer’s trap? The humming was too quiet to be sure it was Heejun.

“Jihun!? Wait up!”

“I’m here!” I called and stepped back, but that was a mistake.

The ground under my feet crumbled and I fell down into a cave. I groaned and blinked, then looked up. It was too high to climb. I stood up and tried to think of something, when I heard some kind of growl and something grabbed my hand.

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