"Why does GaEul so adamantly believe in soul mates?" I asked Jandi one day after having yet another discussion with GaEul about her belief that she will meet her soul mate one day.
Jandi stood silent for a moment, studying me before she gave a large sigh. "You probably won't believe me…but GaEul used to be like you. She went clubbing and had quite a few one night stands. I had to bail her out of some tough situations every now and then. I was really worried but she wouldn't stop."
I nearly choked up my drink. No way in hell was GaEul ever the partier. She used to look down on me because of my attitude. She's too sweet and seems way too innocent for a one night stand.
"Then one night I went to find her at the club because her parents called worried. She'd never stayed out that late on a Tuesday. She never went out on Tuesdays it was always Thursdays through Sunday with an occasional Monday. Tuesdays were always, ALWAYS, the days she would allow herself to rest. Maybe do some homework. I don't know what happened to cause her to go to that club that night, but it was for the better in the end." Jandi paused there, reminiscing about something.
I started to get agitated after about a minute. "What? What happened that night?"
Jandi jumped out of her little day dream and looked at me funny. "Why are you so interested?"
"I want to know what changed GaEul so much. I'm just curious." I really wasn't sure why I was so interested in GaEul's life. All I knew was that I needed to hear more.
"I really shouldn't be telling you this. I don't even know why I told you this much…" she trailed off at the end, looking a little nervous.
"Please, Jandi? I won't say anything to anyone. I just want to understand why GaEul has such strong feelings on the subject of soul mates." I was practically begging.
Jandi have another sigh but then continued on. "When I had finally found her she was talking to this guy. It was the first time I had ever found her at the club when I'd gone to find her that she wasn't sucking face with someone. They were having an intense talk. . . so I listened in. I was curious so I sat a few places away. Close enough to hear but GaEul wouldn't notice me because I was hidden behind her back with my hood up."
I was skeptical about this, but if GaEul never turned around, I suppose Jandi wouldn't have been discovered. I shook my head. There was no need for these kind of petty thoughts to be in my head when I was finally going to hear about something ive been wondering about for a while.
"The conversation surprised me. He was talking to her about changing her lifestyle. How he had seen he here a lot when he came with his friends when he had a hard night. He'd never seen her leave without a man wrapped around her waist. He told her he used to sleep with girls like they were candy. The way he described it, it was a description that would fit you to the T. But then he spoke about the girl he met. The woman who had changed his life. She'd come out of no where. He'd met her through a mutual friend. She was the best thing to ever happen to him. But he had a hard time giving up his way of life. When he'd almost lost here due to his straying, he finally gave it up. He had found his soul mate. He convinces GaEul that she would find her soul mate someday, but if she continued going in a downward spiral, she would lose him for sure."
I sat there silent listening to Jandi's story. I could hardly believe this. If it was true, GaEul was a more pure at heart than I thought. For her to believe something like this from a stranger, so strongly, proves that she had always wanted to believe something like this from the bottom of her heart. She'd just needed proof that it was real. This guy told her about his soul mate. How his way of life almost ruined it. Gaeul didn't want to jeapordize her chances to she quit her lifestyle.
"After that night, GaEul tried harder in school and she quit going out all together. It was a big relief, not having to worry about something happening to her as she went off with a new guy almost every night." Just then someone came through the door to the porridge shop.
"Thank you Jandi. I got to go, but you told me everything I wanted to know."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just know, if you tell anyone, you're dead." I smiled.
"You and JunPyo make such a perfect couple." She glared at me before rushing to help the people who had just walked in.
I was walking back home, wondering about what Jandi had told me when I heard someone yelling a little ways down the street. I knew that voice. I ran towards the sound of her voice to see her yelling at some man I'd never seen before.
"YOU HELPED ME CHANGE MY LIFE AROUND! NOW YOU ARE SAYING NONE OF IT WAS TRUE!?"
What had this guy said to make GaEul so angry?
"YOU TOLD ME THAT EVERYTHING LEADS TO THAT ONE PERSON. NOW YOU HIT ON ME…" GaEul's voice got quieter. ". . . And tell me everything you told me that night was a lie. . . I changed for no reason. . ."
The guy smirked. "I thought what I was saying was the truth that night. Now I know everything I said was a lie. Im back to my old ways, now how about you? You know you want to join me."
GaEul looked up at him with some hope left in her eyes, until she looked into his eyes and I saw something change.
I couldn't stay silent anymore. "GaEul!" I called out. I didn't know what was going on, but I knew it wasn't good. And with this talk of old ways…all I could think about was what I had just heard from Jandi.
GaEul turned to look at me. "Sunbae." She bowed. Then looked at the man again, then at me. A look of sadness flashed across her face then a look of coldness overcame it. She turned back to the man and said "I'll be at the club at 8."