Shin’s in so much pain that he can’t even stand. But he can never stand Kyuwon worrying for him. He lies that he’s stomachache. Kyuwon says he should go to the hospital. Shin insists that the performance continues.
Shin is in the restroom, soothing his painful wrist with running water. He doesn’t have much time to worry about it. He can’t let Kyuwon and others think too much about his not feeling well.
Kyuwon hears good news from the album producer. She will go to England for six month’s training. BAD news from Shin’s doctor, however. The doctor suggests a surgery. “Will I be able to play the guitar like before?”
But Kyuwon doesn’t see his sad eyes. She calls, asks him out to to tell the good news.
Kyuwon shows Shin the photo she took for passport application. She asks if Shin has a passport. He has, for he’s been to Europe during the summer vacation of Year 1. Oh, yes, Shin loves traveling (alone?).
She says she’s excited but feels sad when she remembers she can’t see him like now for so long. Shin says it’s the internet age, all sorts of communication means out there. “Lee Kyuwon, it seems you like me too much now.” (Who likes whom too much???!!!)
Kyuwon’s dad asks Kyuwon if Shin doesn’t want her to go. She says he looks like he wants her to go ASAP. Her dad explains he has to pretend to be like that to hide his real feelings. Why everybody else understands Shin better than Kyuwon?
Shin goes to the doctor’s. To schedule the surgery date. But he wants the surgery until one month later. The doctor says he should have it ASAP for the best chance of complete recovery. Shin doesn’t listen to him. I’ll hate Shin if his hand got worse because he insists!
I’ve said this. It’s not because of his pride that he’s hiding his injury from people. He tells Director everything and makes him promise not to tell a word to Kyuwon. She will not go to England if she knows about this.
He says he finally feels that she’s leaving him. Kyuwon complains why he’s so late feeling sad. Shin goes to the counter to take the dessert they’ve ordered. But his hand fails him. A chain of questions. A chain of lies.
“My hand. Is alright now … and … let’s break up.”
“What did you just say?”
“Let’s break up.”
“Why do you say this suddenly?”
“People say one won’t feel the same seeing the world. We’ll be on different ways. Honestly, I’m not sure if I can wait for you.”
“You really mean what you say?”
To convince her, he gives her the teddy bear he loves so much.
One year later. Maybe time flies for Kyuwon when she’s so busy adapting to her new life, learning new things, seeing new people. She’s back. Her first musical album is released. I actually don’t want to imagine what’s life like for Shin. Maybe he’s a sad person to begin with. He is used to sadness. He’s been fine? How’s his hand?
Shin’s little sister asks when he’s gonna perform at the Carthasis again. Her schoolmates been asking about that for one million times. Shin says they still need to wait a bit. Shin’s hand is quite alright now. He’s been practicing the guitar all this time. Earlier, his mom told Kyuwon’s dad about it too. And everybody has to keep that a secret to Kyuwon. Even Shin’s sister promised.
Director goes see Kyuwon. He asks how she and Shin are doing. They broke up? When?
“Before I went to England. He hurt his hand because of me and I didn’t have a clue. Guess he’s mad for that and so he wanted to break up with me. I didn’t understand at first. But when I was all alone in England, I finally understood.”
Who wants to slap Kyuwon hearing her talk about Shin like that??? *raise my hands, raise my legs*
He says he’s gonna ask Shin to do the music. Is she OK with that? She’s OK.
Director asks about Shin’s hand. He’s not too bad, practicing the guitar but still not good enough.
Kyuwon’s waiting for Shin to come home.
So Shin lied when he said he’s taken care of his feelings? Or he thought he’s locked Kyuwon in his heart in a safe place, but she actually goes in and out without his control?
Yoonsu and Seokhyun are talking about Shin and Kyuwon. Yoonsu compares Shin’s case with her own (She had her ankle badly injured in her New York days.) Compared to the pressure of everybody comforting her when they knew, the thing that she couldn’t bear was how sad Seokhyun would feel if the news reached him. She can totally understands Shin’s feelings.
“Who are you to say such things? I just don’t want to do it. Not because of you. I don’t want to see you again.”
Kyuwon thinks she’s every reason to be upset and gets dead drunk at the Carthasis. Bowon has always wanted to do something to make Kyuwon and Shin be together again. Maybe call Shin to take Kyuwon home?
Kyuwon’s dad come out and talks to Shin. If Shin still cares about Kyuwon so much, he should do something. Or he’ll regret it like he did when he gave up Shin’s mom. Shin’s silent. Then he says goodbye.
Who gives you the right to hate Shin, Lee Kyuwon???!!! And you just storms away … from him … again???
Have these two persons gone through enough trials and tribulations? Will they be happy ever after? I asked the following question in an early Heastrings post: You’ve fallen for me and I fall in love with you, compared to, I’ve fallen for you and you fall in love with me, which is more fortunate? Nevermind if you don’t understand my question. You’ll know my answer if you understand how I feel watching this love story. I’m glad that Shin isn’t a real person, or I’ll be so worried about him. Just a few words to Lee Kyuwon as if she’s a real person: Please love Shin LOTS, more than anybody in the whole world.
Yonghwa is too good or I’m just a biased fan; I love Lee Shin much that my heart becomes very broken. I’ll lock Lee Shin in my heart. I don’t want to forget him for Yonghwa asked me not to, but I dare not think about him too often, less my heart aches too much. My heartstring has been tugged too much these three months. Thank you, Yonghwa! For this unforgettable summer.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
But thy eternal summer shall not fade …
I don’t mean this is the last Heartstrings post. But this totally deserves some response from you? Because I want love? Maybe a little. Just a little little. All I want is that you love Lee Shin, and you love Yonghwa who plays Lee Shin.