[Rainbow Light Love Story – VOL.1 RED]
Since then, Ryan has spent most of his time playing outside with Seungjae and Sara. They toured all over the neighborhood alleys, played with rocks on the dirt floor, and spent time trying to eat the snowflake when it snowed. Their favorite game was running in Duryu Park, and most of the referees were seen by Sara. The loser bought snacks such as dumplings, fish-shaped buns and puffed rice. As by magic, the three gathered well in front of Ryan's house or at the entrance to the market after lunch without any appointments.
So the year changed, and Ryan became hard to see Sara. As the cold weather continued, almost everything froze solid, and maybe because of that, Sara did not come down well below Duryu Park. It was because it became difficult to get around outside on icy roads. Grandmother especially warned Ryan. The uphill of Duryu Mountain became more dangerous and difficult to climb, so even if he wanted to go, he couldn't go.
One day, when the sky was especially clear and there was not much wind, Ryan did not miss this opportunity. He succeed to come out while his grandmother went to a meeting at the local senior citizen center. He also had two tangerines to give to Sara.
But it was weird for some reason. The back alley felt more chilly. Is it just because it's getting cold? Obviously, there were two banners that were hung in the building at first, so he wondered when they increased so much. A banner reading, "We're not leaving here," was fluttering half way out. The phrase "redevelopment," which Seungjae said before, was also noticeable. Ryan stopped.
Redevelopment. It wasn't a pleasant word to hear. Somehow it felt heavy, hard, and something big was about to happen. The same was happening in ’Duryu 1st District.’ So he was suddenly scared. It was quiet and deserted, and Ryan looked around.
‘Adults are fighting again.’
It was a thought that flashed across his mind. Ryan once saw it on television. At that time, many people and police soldiers were fighting severely. His grandmother even kicked her tongue, saying that they were riots. The streets turn gray with smoke, the flags and banners shaking in between, the people moving forward. Ryan scratched his head. He had to find Sara quickly. He trembled from time to time in the cold weather in every alley. Sara's house’s front door was tightly closed.
He knocked on the door a few times, but there was no answer. Is anyone there? Ryan knocked hard on the gate, calling Sara in a louder voice. But no one responded. Ryan squatted by the gate and sighed. White breaths came out and quickly dispersed. Ryan exhaled a few more times and watched white breaths gather up and disappear from the air.
Then he heard the sound of pulling the slippers from beyond the gate. Ryan stood up reflexively at the sound and looked back. The gate opened with a strange sound, and a man in a black jumper and green training pants came out. It seemed like Sara's brother. Sara and his eyes were especially similar, so it was easy to tell.
"Sara’s not here right now."
, Sara's brother said in a dried tone. It seemed like he had no will of talking affectionately to the trembling little boy. He didn't even ask why he was looking for Sara. It seemed out of the his mind who Ryan was. His face was somewhat irritated. He might be tired. The reason didn't seem to be Ryan, but Ryan hesitated with a sense of guilt.
"That's… I'm sorry…”
"No. Come back next time."
He quickly replied in a softened voice. For some reason, it seemed to be filled with sadness and complexity. After some silence, Sara's brother said goodbye and went in to the house. The gate was closed and the sound of dragging the slippers went far away. Ryan’s legs turned to jelly. Ryan couldn't ask why Sara wasn't there after all. Where she had been, when she should come back. He kept thinking of her facial expression when he said come back again later to him. He clearly looked neither expecting nor promising to see Ryan the next time.
On his way home, Ryan was overwhelmed by the thought that he might not be able to meet Sara again. The snowmen disappeared in the alley where they had gathered to make snowmen together. The snow that had been piled up became black and melted. Ryan's footsteps became heavier with regrets. Ryan stopped by the stationery store because he couldn't even go straight home with those heavy steps. He thought he would feel a little better if he bought a ttakji and played with it at home. However, as he was watching the ttakji in front of the stationery store, he couldn't stop thinking of Sara. Soon, Sara will go to school and he won't be able to see her often. Ryan desperately wanted to go to school. What touched Ryan's eyes was a bunch of red ribbons hanging on the wall. Ryan recalled a conversation he had previously had with Sara, who was full of expectations for going to school.
‘I need a red ribbon and name tag to go to school.’
Ryan counted his money and bought a red ribbon and name tag. He also bought a thick black pen to write his name on. Ryan put the red ribbon and name tag in his pocket well. He wondered if there was anything else he needed for school, but he was short of money. Ryan comforted himself that he would be able to go to school with this right now.
저작권자 ⓒ 한국소비경제신문, 무단 전재 및 재배포 금지