|The Bird and the worm
Author: Frida Miro PM
Song-yi has Schizophrenia. She always knew that she's different, but not because of her mental illness. She can predictes a person's death within hours or days.Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,575 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 09-13-12 - Published: 02-01-11 - id: 2887660
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Seoul, South Korea Samsung Medical Center - Baek Apartment Sept 2005
It has been two weeks since Ahn Ji-na saw her patient, Baek Song-yi. Now her patient came back and have purplish bruises on different parts of her body. She heads to one of the empty rooms and found her patient sitting on the bed.
"Baek Song-yi. What happened?" Ji-na ask.
Song-yi look at her Psychiatrist before she start laughting a bit. Ji-na let out a sigh before lifting up Song-yi's tshirt. The bruises are on her stomach, breasts, back, and shoulders. Ji-na thought the bruises would be self inflicted, but Song-yi is not strong enough to give herself a bruise.
"Song-yi. Who did this to you?" Ji-na ask again as she lift the shirt down.
"No one." Song-yi replies before start to chewing her fingers.
"I won't get mad. Who did this to you?"
"Leave me alone."
"Alright, Song-yi. Hey nurse!"
"Yes Doctor Ahn?"
"Call Choi Kyu-pil and tell him to come to the hospital right now."
Nurse exit the room and call Kyu-pil as Ji-na stay with Song-yi for a few minutes. After a hour, Kyu-pil enter the medical center and heads to the Department of Neuropsychiatry. As he enter Ji-na's office, he quickly tell that she is not a happy camper.
"Where were you when Song-yi got her bruises?" Ji-na ask.
"I was with other patients. You know I can't keep an eye on her ALL of time. Besides, she does hurt me time to time." Kyu-pil explain.
"I understand, Kyu-pil, but you know how she is."
"I know, doctor."
"Anyway, go and visit Song-yi. She's in room 127."
Kyu-pil bow slighly before exiting Ji-na's office. It took him him a few minutes to find the room and went inside. He found standing next to the window, bitting her pinky.
".....Song-yi.....its Kyu-pil." he says to her as he slowly approach her. "Remember me?"
"Yea. I remember you." Song-yi replies.
"Dr. Ahn told me that you got bruises on your body."
"Can you tell me who gave you the bruises?"
"So....did you gave yourself brusies?"
"Then what happened to you?"
"Can I go home now?"
"Fine. I go and tell your doctor, Song-yi."
Song-yi just nod. Kyu-pil exit the room and talk to Ji-na for a minute before leaving the hospital. He has to take a bus and walk 6 blocks to get to his apartment. Once inside, Kyu-pil took off his shoes and heads to his bedroom to take his nap. As for Song-yi, she stay there for another 2 hours before she is discharge. Ji-na offer her to to give her a ride, but she told her doctor that she hates the smell of her car. So, she says her goodbyes and left the hospital.
Instead of going straight home, She heads to Namdaemun Market. Song-yi likes going to different makrets for some odd reasons. Then again, the shop owners, who often seen her often around the market place, doesn't want her to come here. They thought Song-yi is too crazy and smells horrible. It is true that she skips her showers but never thought she would smell that bad. Anyway, she brought some food before heading home. She lives on the top floor of the 5 story apartment building. As soon as she enter the main lobby, she met up with the manager name Kang Cheol-ho.
"Baek Song-yi. You left your radio on." Cheol-ho says to her.
"Did I?" Song-yi ask.
"Hey! Don't become a smartass towards me!"
"Hey.....Kang Cheol-ho. You will die at 11:47pm tonight."
"Get....get out of here."
Song-yi smiles a bit before taking the stairs to the top floor. As soon as she enter the apartment, she took off her shoes and place her food on the coffee table. Her studio apartment is messy as always. Her unmade bed sitting on the corner of the room. The coffee table sits on the middle of the studio. The kitchen is messy and dirty. One place that is consider clean is her bathroom. Song-yi wasn't why she wants to kept the bathroom clean.
"I need to eat." Song-yi says to herself.
Song-yi sat at her coffee table and began eating her food. After she finish eating, she heads to the bathroom and does her business. As she flush the toilet and wash her hands, she look at herself at the mirror. She has sligthly wavy midback white hair and really pale skin. Due to her poor eye sight, she has to wear eye glasses. She quickly exit her bathroom and turns off her radio. Soon enough, she start drawing in her sketch book.
Kyu-pil only slept for 3 hours before he is awaken by the knocking on the front door, He yawns a bit before getting off his bed and exit his bedroom. As soon as he open the front door, a young woman hugs him. It is his girlfriend, Go Shi-eun. Kyu-pil can smell her perfume. When they release the hug. he notice his girlfriends clothing. Shi-eun is wearing non sleeve red shirt, knee length black pants, and close toe heels. She kept her hair as a low braid.
"How come you didn't answer your cell phone?" Shi-eun ask.
"Sorry. I was sleeping." Kyu-pil replies.
"Anyway, want to go to see a movie?"
"Sure, but I need to check on Song-yi first, Shi-eun."
"She has some brusies on her body. I am not sure if it is self inflicted.
Kyu-pil puts on his shoes before exiting his place with his girfriend. They only walk for a few blocks to get to Song-yi's apartment since Song-yi and Kyu-pil live near each other. As they enter the lobby in the apartment building, they met up with Kang Cheol-ho. He told them that Song-yi is in her apartment, but never mention about his suppose death tonight. They thank him before heading upstairs to her apartment. Once they're at the apartment, Shi-eun knock on the door and wait. After a few minutes, Song-yi opens the door. Song-yi is wearing her pjs. Her pjs consists of long sleeve grey shirt and black baggy pants.
"Why you're here?" Song-yi ask before looking at Shi-eun. "Who are you?"
"I am Shi-eun. Remember?" Shi-eun replies.
"Oh." Song-yi replies.
"Anyway......are you okay, Song-yi? Do you need anything?" Kyu-pil ask.
"I am okay. Don't worry." Song-yi replies once more.
"Are you sure?" Kyu-pil ask again.
"Please leave." Song-yi answers.
Kyu-pil just nod before he and his girlfriend left the apartment building. Soon enough, Kyu-pil and Shi-eun heads to the movie theater to watch their movie. As for Song-yi, she closes her front and returns to her artwork. After a few minutes, she quickly turns on her tv and radio before start giggling. When night has finally came, Kang Cheol-ho just enter his apartment. As he took off his shoes, he look at the clock. It says 9:30pm. He only have 2 hours and 17 minutes before his suppose 'death'.
"I knew that she's crazy, but saying that I am going to die. She must be a damn looney then." Cheol-ho says to himself.
So, he heads to the kitchen and made a small dinner for himself. Afterwards, Cheol-ho heads to his bedroom to read some of his books. As soon as the the clocks strikes at 11:46pm, he start to have a hard time to breathe. As Cheol-ho stood up, he feel on his knees and touch his left side of his chest. Once 11:47pm strikes, Kang Cheol-fell on the floor and die.
Around midnight, the janitor came to front office and ask the Cheol-ho for the master keys. When he could not find hom. So, he heads to the manager's apartment. After knock a few times and wait for a few minutes, the janitor touch the door knob and open the door. As soon as he saw Cheol-ho's dead body, the janitor calls the ambulance and police. It is only 2am when Song-yi is awaken by the sirens. She gets off her bed and open the curtians She saw the crowd gather at the front of the apartment building.
"They found the body." Song-yi mutter to herself.
Song-yi exit her apartment and heads downstairs. As soon as she went to the first floor, she is stop by the local police officer. After a few minutes, she sees two people with Cheol-ho's body exiting the apartment. As soon as the body went inside the ambulance, the police officer began interviewing Song-yi.
"Do you live here right?" the officer ask.
"Yea. Fifth floor." Song-yi replies.
"Did you see the manager yesterday afternoon?"
"You think? It is a yes or no question."
"I want Kyu-pil here."
"Is he your brother or relative?"
"My social worker. Here is the number."
Song-yi gave the card to the police officer and within 30 minutes, Kyu-pil. The police officer explain the situation and ask him talk to Song-yi for him.
"Hey Song-yi. The officer would like to know if you ralk to the manager of this apartment building." Cheol-ho says to her.
"I saw Kang Cheol-ho." Song-yi answers.
"Was he ill?" Cheol-ho ask.
"No. He is okay." Song-yi replies.
"You mean he WAS ok." he says to her.
"Can I go to my apartment now?" Song-yi ask before heading to the stairs.
"Go ahead." Officer answers and watches Song-yi heads upstairs. "What does she has?"
"She has Schizophrenia." Kyu-pil replies.
"Does she sees the doctor?" officer asks once more.
"She does see her numerous times a week." Kyu-pil answers.
They talk for a few minutes before the police officer left the apartment building. Kyu-pil yawns a bit before heading to Song-yi's apartment.
"Hey Song-yi. I need to tell Ji-na about this." Kyu-pil says to her.
Song-yi start laughing for a bit. He want to tell her that it is bad when someone who just died. Then again, he does not want her to hurt herself. So, he says his goodnight to her and heads back to his apartment. Next morning, Kyu-pil calls Ji-na and told her a situation. After the conversation, Ji-na let out a sigh before calling Song-yi. As usual, Song-yi did not picks up the phone. So, she left the message.
SONG-YI. PLEASE COME TO MY OFFICE TODAY. IF YOU ARE NOT HERE BY 3PM, THEN I WILL COME BY TO YOUR PLACE.
Once she hangs up the phone, Ji-na exit her office and check her other patients. As for Song-yi, she play and reply Ji-na's message. She stood up and heads to her suitcase. She took off her pjs and puts on some clothes. She's now wearing long sleeve knee length grey gress and black ankle length khaki pants. She grabs her shoulder bag, puts on her hat and old tennis shoes and left her apartment. Instead of going straight to the Medical Center, she heads to Namdaemun Market. As Song-yi explore around the city, she bump into someone. It is her old classmate from high school. The classmate's name is Hong Young-ok. Unlike Song-yi, Young-ok consider herself fairly attractive. She's wearing non sleeve, knee length pale blue dress and open toe 4 inch heels. Her raven black hair is curly and goes to her shoulders.
"Oh.....it just you." Young-ok says to her.
"Why you here?" Song-yi ask. "Are you stalking me?"
"Why the hell I am stalking a psycho like you? Anyway, I am meeting up with my boyfriend, Kim Jung-hoon."
Young-ok simply took a few steps before she felt a push. She fell on her hands and knees before looking at Song-yi. Song-yi smile at her before running to a different direction As she stood up, her boyfriend quickly approaches her.
"What happaened?" Jung-woon ask as he helps her up.
"Well....I was pushed down by a old classmate from high school." Young-ok answers.
"Remember I told about one girl with white hair and really pale skin?"
"You mean 'The Ghost' Young-ok?"
"Well, let me find her."
"Forget it, Jung-hoon. Lets go to the resturant."
As for Song-yi, she left the market and heads to the medical center. As soon as she walk pass the front doors, she bump into Ji-na.
"You finally came, Song-yi." Ji-na says to her.
"Ok." Song-yi replies.
"Lets go to my office."
They heads upstairs and walk through a couple of hallways. Once they enter the office, Song-yi quickly stood on the couch for a moment before went on the floor to sit down. Ji-na close the office door and sat at her desk.
"So....Kyu-pil told me that the manager of the apartment building had died." Ji-na says to her.
"Yea. His heart stops." Song-yi stated.
"What do you mean his hear stops, Song-yi?"
"You mean he had a heart attack?"
"His heart exploded."
"Well okay.....does his death affect you at all, Song-yi?"
"Not really. He suppose to die anyway. Can I go now?"
"Sure. I will come by tonight and check on you."
Song-yi looks at her for a moment before standing up and exit the office. As Song-yi exit the medical center and walk down the street, she met up with Young-ok and her boyfriend. When she tries to walk a different direction, Jung-hoon grabs her arm tightly. Young-ok then stood at front of her former classmate.
"Baek Song-yi. Why you push me down?" Young-ok ask.
"No I did not." Song-yi replies.
"You did, weirdo." Young-ok says to her.
"Just say you are sorry to her." Jung-hoon says to her.
"Fuck off you idiot." Song-yi says to him.
Song-yi then felt a slap across her left cheek. Due to the hard slaps, she can taste some blood in her mouth. Soon enough, she bite Jung-hoon's arms and pinch his chest.
"What the hell? Are you a damn animal or something?!" Jung-hoon asks loudly as he let go Song-yi.
"Hong Young-ok. Kim Jung-hoon. You two will die tonight at 9:59pm." Song-yi says to them.
Soon enough, she start running to her apartment. As for the couple, they went their way. As soon as Song-yi enter her apartment, she giggles a bit before she start painting on canvas and walls. When dinner time came around, Ji-na came to her patient's apartment. She has some take out food with her. When the front door open, she sees her patient in her non sleeve green tshirt and panties. She notice the bruises on her left arm.
"Why you're not wearing any pants?" Ji-na ask as she went inside the apartment.
"Don't know. Is that my lunch?" Song-yi ask.
"Yes. Where did you get that bruise? Did you hurt yourself?"
"Who hurt you?"
"I'll be okay."
As soon as Song-yi eating her dinner, Ji-na exit her apartment and heads to her home. As for Young-ok and Jung-hoon, they just go out of the movie theaters. They're now heading to the nearest burger joint to eat. It is only a few hours since Song-yi told them that they're going to die tonight.
"I always knew that she us crazy." Young-ok says to him.
"Don't worry too much, Young-ok. You are getting stress over this." Jung-hoom replies.
"Alright then." Young-ok answers with a smile.
Once they finish eating their burgers, they pay their food, and heads to Young-ok's apartment. It took them 10 minutes to get there. As they enter the apartment, they can hear the radio playing louding. As Jung-hoon heads to the bedorom and turns off the radio, he head a loud scream in the living room. When he ran back to the living room, he finds Young-ok laying dead on the floor. She's bleeding through the nose, mouth and ears. When he look at the clock, it says 9:57pm.
"Oh my god. What the hell?" Jung-hoon says to himself.
When he tries to leave the apartment, he cannot open the front door. The door is unlock, but he cannot turn the knob. As the clock strikes 9:58pm, Jung-hoon grabs his throat and began choking in the 15 seconds, he fell on the floor and die. The clock strikes 9:59pm and Hong Young-ok and Kim Jung-hoon has died. The next morning, a friend of Young-ok, came to the apartment and knock a few times on the front door. As soon as she opens the door, she screams when she finds the bodies. Within an hour the police and ambulance came to the apartment. Kyu-pil is watching tv when heard the news about the deaths of Hong Young-ok and Kim Jung-yoon.
"First the manager and then the couple. It haven't been 2 days since the manager died. Maybe a serial killer or something." Kyu-pil mutter to himself.
He stood up and heads to the bathroom for a shower. As for Song-yi, when she hear about the deaths of Young-ok and Jung-hoon, she start to giggle a bit. She turns off the tv and began doing some of the artwork.