26 At Midnight

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

A small adventure with 13 year old Susanna, walking on the streets of Christmas...It's just a very very short paragraph about her taking a walk on Christmas about 10 years previous to the setting of The Celebrity Next Door. Be sure to check my novel if you like this or are intrigued in any way shape or form!!

The old-school electro music blast into my ears. Interesting tune. English lyrics from a singer with a rocker like voice begins playing in my mind as I step into the atmosphere of a lone Christmas. Living in one of the less fortunate areas of the Songpa District, I can expect that this year 4 of my tradition, to get an escape from the terminal depression my home brings me every Christmas, will be spent typically. I can't help but scoff when I think of how each year the talk going on at home is about how my parents are going to make money when their workplaces aren't open in the holiday hours. My father's blackberrry rests in my pocket and drags down my sweater's pocket and the wind with the absense of carrying any snowflakes rushes past me. The quiet and soft sounds of a rare car doesn't exist as actual music plays in my ears for the first time this Christmas when I lost one aspect of the tradition with wearing headphones not attached to any devise playing music. The headphones finally are able to carry music this year. Gladly, I have a feeling that this year isn't going to include an drunk ajusshi coming up to me and that might as well be the truth. A lone walk on Christmas; it's not what you'd expect from anyone but it is an aspect of my life. I walk down the eerie street with caution breathing in the air giving me the freedom to do anything which I use by simply taking steps one after another. A leaf hangs onto a tree branch in front of me and I wonder why it holds on when it's eventually going to fall anyways. I guess that's quite hypocritical for me to say. I see a rough figure in the distance, the space in between me and the figure deteriorates. A girl or boy, probably a bit older than me. I bury my face into my scarf and feel the heat build up around my face giving me the foreign yet recognizable feeling of warmth. The figure gets closer and then stops while looking at me. I stop too not knowing if it's time the adventure in my life commenses with having to run away from a murderer, rapist, frusterated teen, or psychopath. His facial features  are distinct, probably the same age as my sister but with innocent eyes. I continue and he turns to walk across the street. Interesting, someone afraid of me instead of the way it's been for the past 3 times I've done this in my life. Amusing since there doesn't seem to be anything scarcely intimidating about me except that I seem like a foreigner and foreiner equals danger in Korea especially in night although it would be difficult to convince oneself of that looking at me. The distance from the person across the street still gets nearer and nearer and before I knew what I was doing, my mouth opens and a voice that I can't convince myself of being my own says, "Merry Christmas.". He stops in his tracks, turns to me and says, "Tha-thank you. Merry Christmas"... I feel warm inside. Why do I feel like I did a good thing just now.Maybe that person was just as lonely as me on a day that's supposed to bring people toegther that unfortunately doesn't apply to those with certain lives granted by the cosmos but that return of a saying that doesn't necessarily apply to my situation still made me feel oddly appreciative of someone wanting to waste their breath and vocal chords on me.
The music continues to sing, the world continues to spin, my legs continue to walk and my life continues to pass as December 26 draws near and my walk on Christmas night strays on. 


Submitted: December 25, 2014

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