|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 Nov 2005
Even since Yeon-joo's death, her husband, Kang-ho, had spent a lot of time in the local park. He first lost his daughter and now he lost his wife. His two other kids were worried about him. He told them to not worry about him. Before their deaths, they mentioned a name a few times.
"Baek Song-yi..." he muttered before he stood up and heads to his apartment.
He need to find more infomation about Baek Song-yi. As for Song-yi, she's at the Samsung Medical Center. Instead with Dr. Ahn Ji-na as always, she's with Dr. Lee Joon-hee in one of the patient's rooms. She's wearing long sleeve pale purple shirt, ankle length lime green shirt, and open toe sandals. Her hair is messy as always. She's currently standing by the windows, bitting her fingers. Joon-hee simply watching from his chair. He's wearing short sleeve pale blue button up shirt, brown slacks, brown loafers, and white doctor's jacket.
"Please stop biting them, Song-yi. You already had scars on your body." Joon-hee said to her.
"Dead girl's mommy is dead now." Song-yi stated.
"The lady at the lobby."
"The woman who attacked you?"
Instead of answering, she began screaming and covered her ears. Joon-hee stood up and walked up to her. As he about to grab her wrists, Song-yi pushed him aganist the wall and tried to leave. He managed to caught up to her and wrap his arms around her waist. He's aware that he supposed to not to grab her like this way, but its his first time to handle someone who has Schizophrenia. Also, he need to calm her down.
"Song-yi...please calm down. You have Anorexic Nervosa. You will put a lot of stress on your heart." Joon-hee said to her.
"Manaki is bugging me." Song-yi answered.
"Manaki? Who is Manaki?"
"Manaki is a friend."
"Listen...please calm down. You can sit down on my chair:"
Song-yi soon stopped struggling and turned around to look at the young doctor. She tilted her head a bit before sitting on the patient's chair. She soon began hiccupping and sucking her thumb. Joon-hee let out a sigh before sitting on his chair.
"Anyway, care to tell me about your family? Do you have any brothers or sisters?" Joon-hee asked.
"I am the only kid." Song-yi answered.
"Ok...where are your parents? Are they still alive?"
"Don't know. Manaki said that you smell funky."
"Tell Manaki I am sorry then. Anyway, why you cannot eat food? Is it because you don't want to become fat? Or is it because Manaki told you so?"
"He is looking for me."
"Who is? Do you have a stalker?"
Before they could resumed their conversations, Dr. Ahn Ji-na entered room. When she saw her patient sucking her thumb, she raised her eyebrow at the young psychiatrist.
"Why she's here? She isn't supposed to be here until much later." Ji-na asked.
"I invited her here." Joon-hee answered. "I simply wanted to ask her about her background." Joon-hee replied.
"Listen...if you want to know about her, you should come to me first." she explained before looking at Song-yi. "Lets have your general check up with Park Seung-eon, Song-yi."
"I want him to come." Song-yi said back to her as she pointed at Joon-hee.
"Care to come...Joon-hee?" Ji-na asked.
"Sure." he answered as he stood up.
Three of them exit the patient's room and heads to Seung-eon's office. The check up lasted for over 30 minutes. Song-yi said her goodbyes before leaving the medical center. As soon as they exit the office, Joon-hee spoke up to Ji-na.
"Excuse me, doctor...Song-yi told that someone is following her." Joon-hee said to her.
"Are you sure that she is not talking about Poka?" Ji-na asked.
"Poka? She just mentioned Manaki."
"Poka and Manaki are few of her 'friends'. According to Song-yi, they are family."
"When I asked her if her parents are still alive, Song-yi doesn't know at all."
"Her parents, Dong-jin and Chae-ah, are still alive, but they are in the aslyum. Last time I checked on them, they were on suicide watch."
"Suicide watch? Is because the voices told them to killed themselves or is it something else?"
"Perhaps, Joon-hee, bnt Chae-ah also have Bipolar type 1."
"So...Song-yi may have it too, Ji-na?"
"Or she may also have Borderline Personality Disorder. Oh...Song-yi was pronouced dead...twice."
"As you already knew...Song-yi has Anorexic Nervosa. She had two heart attacks. She almost did not make it during the second one."
"What about her grandparents?"
"Both died from cancer. Anyway, you better check on the other patients...Doctor."
Joon-hee simply nod before heading to a different direction. As for Song-yi, she finally made at her apartment. She took off her skirt, shirt, and shoes. She's now wearing spagetti strap grey shirt and pink cotton panties. She stood there for a moment before heading to her small living room. She sat next to her coffee table and soon began drawing. Within 30 minutes, she drew pictures of Poka and Manaki.
"Sorry Poka. Sorry Manaki." Song-yi said loudly.
She quickly stood up and heads to the bathroom. For the next 9 days, Song-yi haven't come to the Samsung Medical Center. Even though Ji-na told Joon-hee that its normal behavior from Song-yi, he still worried about her. So, he asked Kyu-phil and Shi-eun to go to the apartment and checked on her a few times. The couple gave him a same answer. Its either Song-yi doesn't want to answer the door or she simply is not home. He thanked them before heading to his office.
"I wonder where she has disappeared to..." he muttered to himself as he sat at his desk.
Joon-hee decided to look through her file once again. After a few minutes, he learned that her birthday is coming up. He began to wondered if her birthday was the reason why Song-yi did not bothered to show up. He decided to call for a day. He said his goodbyes to Ji-na and the others before exiting the Samsung Medical Center. Instead of going straight home, Joon-hee decided to find his patient.
As for Song-yi, she's currently at Namsan Park. She's wearing grey long sleeve shirt, knee length tan khaki pants, old baseball cap and open toe sandals. Her hair kept as a long braid. She had trash her apartment and managed to hurt herself. It hurts, but she doesn't seem to care though. As for food, she ate some, but not a lot. In the last few days, she had been straching her shin and ankles and left some marks on them.
"It won't go away..." she muttered to herself.
She stood up and began heading back to her apartment. She only walked for a few minutes before someone grabbed her arm and made her turn around. Song-yi's eyes widen when she saw Kang-ho.
"You're...Baek Song-yi...right?" Kang -ho asked.
"Why you stalking me?" Song-yi asked before kicking him on the shin.
"Shit! You little...tell me...how the hell you killed my wife and daughter? Is it poison?"
"Poka and Manaki said they supposed to died."
"So then...you did killed them."
Before Kang-ho could able to do anything, he felt someone grabbed his tshirt collar and pull him away from Song-yi. The older man took a few steps back before falling onto the ground. When he looked up, he saw Lee Joon-hee.
"Song-yi...there you are. I was worried about about you." Joon-hee said to her as he approached her. "Are you ok?"
"Manaki and Poka led you here?" Song-yi asked as she tilt her head.
"Somewhat..." he said quietly.
"Are you that monster's boyfriend or something?" Kang-ho asked as he stood up.
"No. Song-yi is my patient. That is all." Joon-hee replied. "She is harmless."
"Then tell me why she killed my wife and daughter?" Kang-ho asked again.
"She did not killed them. There is no proof that Song-yi killed them." he answered again.
"Hong Kang-ho...you will die at 554pm...today..." Song-yi said to him with a small smile.
"Baek Song-yi. Don't say that." Joon-hee said to her before grabbing her hand. "Have a nice day, Mr. Hong."
Before Kang-ho could speak up, Joon-hee and Songyi quickly head to the nearest bus station. He let out a sigh before looking at his watch. It said 309pm.
"She probably crazy then." he muttered to himself before heading home.
As for Song-yi and Joon-hee, they head to her apartment. As soon as they arrived and went inside, he noticed some blood stains on the wall. He stood there as Song-yi walked pass him and head to the kitchen.
"Song-yi...why you said that to him? You know that he might report you to the police." Joon-hee said to her as he took off his shoes and went to he kitchen.
"How can a dead man tattletale on me?" Song-yi asked. "Its silly. Poka gonna kill him."
"Yea. Poka usually is the one to killed them."
"Song-yi...please don't say that."
"Manaki doesnt like that but he doesn't care though."
"Well...ok then. Anyway, your birthday is coming up. Are you going to do anything?"
"I am hungry."
"Do you have food in your fridge?"
"Look, I will bring dinner here and we can food together. Got it?"
Song-yi exited the kitchen and heads to the bathroom. Joon-hee took as a yes before he put on his shoes and left the apartment. More than twenty minutes had passed before he came back to the apartment with the food. As he took off his shoes, he found her sitting at the coffee table. He smiles a little before he joined Song-yi at the table.
As for Kang-ho, once he arrived at his home, he took off his shoes and head to the living room for a smoke. He smoke for a few minutes before he turns on the tv. While watching the news, he looked at the clock. It said 455pm.
"I am not going to die. That bitch is crazy." he muttered to himself.
Kang-ho watched the news for over 3o minutes before heading to the bathroom. He took a quick shower before heading to his bedroom and put on his pjs. When he checked the tome again. Its said 544pm. He remembered his wife was acting gloomy and depressed prior to her death.
"I am not going to die." he said more loudly.
He head back to the living room and continued to watch tv. When the clock strike 553pm. Kang-ho had a difficult time breath, It felt like someone grabbing his throat real hard. He tried to get off the couch, but cannot moved. Within 30 seconds, he began couching out blood. When the clock strike 554pm, his body became limp. Hong Kang-ho was dead.
The next day, after 12pm, Song-yi arrived at the Samsung Medical Center. She's currently sitting in the patient's room with Ji-na, Joon-hee, and Seung-eon. Seung-eon putting pandages on Song-yi's shins, wrists, and arms while the two psychiatrists sat across from them. As for the young patient, she kept looking through the window.
"Baek Song-yi, you need to stop hurting yourself or your wound will not heal up properly." Seung-eon said to her.
"Open the windon. Manaki cannot breathe." Song-yi said to her.
"I got it." Joon-hee replied quietly as he stood up and open the window.
"Joon-hee, where did you found her excatly?" Ji-na asked.
"Namsan Park, ma'am." he answered. "She was harassed by a older man."
"And you did not bother to report to the police?" Ji-na asked again.
"Sorry. I just don't want to make a scene. Besides, he did mentioned about Song-yi was responsible for his wife's and daughter's deaths." Joon-hee explained.
"Song-yi wouldn't hurt anyone." Seung-eon said to them. "Anyway, I am finished now. Please don't hurt yourself, Song-yi."
"Bye."Song-yi replied as she get off the table.
"Thanks Seung-eon." Ji-na said to her and watched her leave. "Song-yi...for your next check up...you will get shots."
"No. Manaki and Poka said it will hurt." Song-yi replied back.
"I know, but you need to stop hurting yourself." Ji-na answered before looking at Joon-hee. "Its your turn to talk with her.
"Yes ma'am." Joon-hee answered and what her leave. "Lets go to my office."
Song-yi jump off the table and followed Joon-hee into his office. As soon as he closed the office door behind them, he felt arms around his chest. He was taken back when Song-yi gave him a hug. He had been with with little more than a month and he's aware that she does not like being touch. He believed that she was molested when she was little.
"...Song-yi..." Joon-hee said to her.
"Poka told me that you're nice." Song-yi said back to him.
"Well...can you tell Poka thanks?"
"I will go sit down now."
"Alright then. How long you know Manaki and Poka?"
"Three years old?"
"Do they treated you nice?"
"Do they know your parents?"
"Mama and daddy did see them before they disappeared.."
"Alright then. Care to tell me why you hugged me just now?"
"You smell nice. You smell like my brother."
"Brother? I read your file and it said that you were a only child."
"I am the only child, but he is still alive. He isn't like me."
Joon-hee simply nodded. They talked for almost an hour before Song-yi head to her apartment. Joon-hee baffled of what Song-yi just told him during their session. He read her file a few time and it never mention that she had any sibilings. He let out a sigh before checking on his other patients. As for Ji-na, she's in her office, sitting at her desk and on her laptop. She just learned a man named Hong Kang-ho died yesterday. His two children found him in the living room. He died in the similar fashion like his wife, daughter, and daughter's boyfriend. She then remembered about Joon-hee asking about Song-yi's 'powers'.
"I better keep a closer eye on her then." Ji-na muttered to herself as she turned off her laptop.
She decided to visited Dong-jin and Chae-ah in the aslyum right now. Ji-na said her goodbyes to her co workers before exiting the medical center. She got into her care and soon head to the aslyum. Its 20 minute drive before she arrived at the aslyum. She parked her car before heading inside. As she asked to see Baek Dong-jin and Chae-ah, one of the nurses told her that Chae-ah is still uncer suicide watch, but Dong-jin is in his room. The nurse led her walked a couple of hallways before they arrived in Dong-jin's room. Dong-jin's hair goes to his eyes and is messy like is daughter. He had dark circles around his. His whole face look sunk in like a zombie's face. He's wearing long sleeve white shirt and dirty grey sweatpants.
"I'll be back in 30 minutes, doctor." Nurse said to her before walking away.
"Thanks." Ji-na answered before looking at Dong-jin. "Mr. Baek...do you remembered me?"
"Yes...doctor." He answered quietly before looking at her. "Chae-ah tried to bashed her head again."
"I heard. Anyway, the reason I am here is because of your daughter."
"Did the monster bashed her head too?"
"She is not a monster simply because she's albino."
"You docs wouldn't understand. She have Manaki and Poka with her."
"I thought we agreed that Manaki and Poka are her 'friends'."
"Manaki and Poka are monsters. They do her bidding when she predicts deaths."
"Song-yi cannot kill people with her 'predictions'. Its nonsense and it is impossible."
"You soon be on her lists...doctor. Oh...did she find him?"
"You don't have one."
"I did had but those fucking assholes took him away from us. He will find us. You will see."
"See you later, Mr. Baek."
Ji-na quickly left the aslyum, got into her car, and head home. She's getting scared because he was right. Dong-jin and his wife did had a son, but he was taken away because they were too unstable during that time.
"Great. I hope He doesn't find his little sister." Ji-na said to herself.
Two weeks has passed before Song-yi's birthday had finally came. Song-yi dislike her birthday. She doesn't need a reason why she dislike it. Instead of going to Samsung Medical Center, she stayed in her apartment, doing her drawings while listening to her radio. She's wearing short sleeve black shirt and white cotton underwears. She smiled once in a while because she's happy that her stalker had finally been killed. Its after 12pm when Song-yi heard a knock on the door.
"Baek Song-yi...I know you're in there. Please open the door." Joon-hee said to the door.
Song-yi slowly stood up and quickly open the front door. Joon-hee is wearing long sleeve black shirt, black jacket, black slacks, and nice shoes. His hair is slick back. She noticed that he holding a couple of drawing books and two boxes.
"Happy Birthday, Song-yi." he said to her. "I am aware that you hate your birthday, but I want to give something to you. The sweets are from Choi Kyu-pil and his girlfriend, Shi-eun."
"...thanks..." she replied quietly.
"Are you ok? Did you hurt yourself again? I am sorry if I made you mad."
"Be my model."
"Take off your shoes and follow me."
"Ok ok. Hold up."
Song-yi took the gifts away from him and placed on her coffee table. Joon-hee took off his shoes and followed her. Once they're in the small living room, she made him to take off his clothes minus his underwear. His face became warm as he slowly took off his clothes. In his mind, it felt wrong and went aganist his morals as a doctor, but at the same time, Joon-hee want to see her smile. Once he finished stripping down, she made him sit on the pillows.
"Please me give me 30 minutes." Song-yi said to him as she sat across from him.
"Ok." Joon-hee replied.
Soon enough, she began drawing. Its his first time to model someone in his underwear. He felt embrassed, but at least she isn't took any pictures in his underwear Thirty minutes had passed before she told him to moved again. Joon-hee streched his body a bit as Song-yi stood up and walked up to him.
"You keep it." Song-yi said him.
"Are you sure?" Joon-hee asked as he stood up.
"Alright then. Thanks."
"I am coming to see you tomorrow morning at Samsung Medical Center."
"Ok. See you then."
Joon-hee put on his clothes before taking the drawing from Song-yi. He said his goodbyes to her before exiting the apartment. As he exited the apartment building, he wasn't aware that someone saw him exiting the buidling.