ped on their waists are surrounding her.

Shes still breathing but knocked unconscious and my mother has her head bleeding terribly.

What should I do?

What can I do?

Another man in black appeared on the top of our roof looking pretty irritated at the sight.

”I thought this woman was alone? ”

He mocked the others.


”This would be a problem, eradicate them immediately. We need to take the woman with us, alive. ”

The men surrounding my sister saluted.

What is this?

What is happening?

What do these guys have to do with us?

Why are they doing this?

What do they want from my mother?

What are they going to do with us? Are they going to kill us?!

I guess Id be very much pleased to know if they really were bandits, but judging from the situation, the purpose of their visit is far from stealing our stuff.

It sent chills down my spine.

”You need me, take me instead! Leave them alone! ”

My mother weakly yelled behind me.


I turned my head and saw my mother free from the binds, although looking weak, I haven seen any traces of her being held captive. Is this really my mother?

Their leader smirked.

e loose? I guess they are pretty important to you, though Ive never really thought that those ropes would hold you. They
e so important that you
e willing to come with us in exchange for their safety? ”

He jumped down the roof and went close to my sister. He sat down, looked at her, grabbed her hair and examined her face.

”How pathetic. ”

He took a blade from his behind and softly rubbed it on my sisters cheek. I want to move and take that blade off but I am frozen in place. Whats wrong with me?!

”It still confuses me. Who is this little girl? It tempts me to see what you will do if I dig deeper. ”

He pushed the end of the blade to my sisters cheek enough for it to bleed.

”What kind of length are you willing to take? ”

My mother went down to her knees and looked at the guy.

”Ill do anything, just, just don hurt her, don hurt any of them. ”

”Love, what a thrilling emotion. It bewilders me that someone like you could do this for some shrimp. ”

He chuckled.

”I am rather intrigued with what your actions may be after this. ”

And yes, I expected what he did. Yes, I knew it from the start since I saw my mother in the study.

And yet no, I didn know hed do it. No, I didn want to expect that it was coming.

No matter what I felt or predicted, it wouldn change the fact that my sister…

He quickly slid the knife into my sisters throat. So quick that the next thing I saw after seeing him talking to my mother was the bloody neck of my sister.

It wouldn change the fact that my sister is dead.

One of the black men collapsed out of the blue.

”Missed. ”

His leader whispered.

What did he say…?

I looked at the dropped man and saw a very thin pin struck at his forehead.

I turned to my mother and saw her exhale.

No, she isn crying… she exhaled.

And from that moment, I don think I really knew who my mother was.

”I told you to leave them alone. ”

My mother said silently.

She removed her last hairpin and her hair went down. The men surged toward my mother and with a few moves, she killed the men without breaking a sweat despite getting outnumbered.

”If I were you, Mahri, I would run. ”

My mother said without looking at me.

I want to but how can I leave my sister here? How can I leave my mother here? I can see that she can manage herself here but what after? Id just leave this place alone?

”Mahri! Leave! Id take things from here, I don think I can still hold on if you are hurt as well. ”

Mother directed in a stern voice.

”But… ”

”Just leave! ”

I paused and ran outside. I stopped and looked at my mother. She smiled. I hesitantly stepped away.

She nodded softly, ordering me to go after locking my eyes on her.

This may be the last time Id see my mother, at least Id see her smiling even for the last time. I decided to go but turned one last time.

I was about to turn to go when I saw their leader slash my mothers leg.

And I had what I wanted. I saw my mother smile weakly as she mouthed the word ”go ” but no, I can move, and no, I don want to go.

I acted on impulse and was about to run towards my mother when someone covered my mouth and pulled me out of the open.

Sangria scandal*

”Shh… you can trust me. ”

She harshly whispered to my ear.

Who are you?

Key term: (all words in italic and ends with an asterisk* excluding the title)

Scholars – refer to people who serve the public without governmental positions. They live their life studying philosophy, most specifically Confuciuss teachings. Scholars are all men due to gender discrimination during the Joseon Era where women are considered lowly creatures and therefore don have the right to study. All scholars had undergone examinations the same as how other governmental position exams are held. They differ from other exams because the people who prepare for the exam are the royal family, most of the time, the King, and sometimes they are also the ones who take hold of the examination.

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