It was a normal school day as usual for Apple when she woke up. Though she felt very different and happy not like other days in the morning.
‘Do you like comics?’ Asked Jin to Apple reading a comic book the other day.
‘The Girls high school is behind my house and there are tons of left comic books which students threw away on its back yard’ Said Jin.
‘Really? Could you bring them to me?’ Asked Apple with excitement.
‘Sure, it is not a big deal’ Smiled Jin.
‘Now I can read tons of comics!’ Imagined happily Apple.
Apple could not wait going to school as soon as possible. She hurried to finish her breakfast and packed her stuff in a bag. It usually took half minutes to the school on foot and it seemed longer and far away on the day. Arriving at school, Apple quickly searched Jin on her desk but she was not there yet.
‘Hurry up, Jin! Come on quickly!’ Wished Apple.
When Jin came into the classroom, Apple greeted her first faster than anyone.
‘Hi, Jin! Did you bring the comics that you said yesterday?’
‘What? Ah…right. I am sorry, I forgot…’
‘What? Did you forget?!’
Apple could not believe what she had just heard of. It was like all the energy with hope around her suddenly collapsed. Her happiness and joy soon turned into despair.
‘Do not worry. I will definitely bring it tomorrow’ Said Jin.
‘But I already waited for the looong one night!’ Screamed Apple in her mind. Yet she had no choice.
‘Ok, please don’t forget it tomorrow. You promise me?’ Begged Apple.
‘Don’t even mention it’ Answered confidently Jin.
‘Tomorrow is the day. I surely could read comics tomorrow.’ Dreamed again Apple.
The next morning, Jin was late again and she had no comics in her bag when came to school later.
‘Sorry, I was so sick last night that I couldn’t go outside’ It was Jin’s answer. Apple felt odd. She felt herself like a fool but couldn’t say a word over friend’s disease.
‘She could not lie to me as she knew yesterday how much I wanted the books.’ Thought Apple.
‘Did I express it enough yesterday? She could go outside quickly as it does not take a long from her house behind to the school!’ Apple decided to express a bit harder how she wanted it much.
‘Will you bring it tomorrow for sure, right? I really, really want to read those comics’ Almost cried Apple.
‘……oh, ok…I will.’ Seemed unsure though Jin.
Now Apple felt nervous. She had a sense Jin would not bring it tomorrow again as she seemed unsure and vague.
‘What is the reason? It is just in her back door. Why is it so complicated to bring it whether she is sick or not?’ Wanted to yell Apple.
It was the biggest challenge for Apple to understand it through her entire life for 9yrs. She had never felt frustrating like this before and it was also the first feeling to hold on the anger. Apple did not even know how to get angry. She just felt huge anger looking at Jin’s insincere attitude but did not know how to express it.
The first time for Apple to ask someone for something, she felt shame for that as it turned out as failure and disappointment.
The next morning, Jin was absent to school and Apple did not know the reason but she was not surprised this time. The anger was also not that big but it was more like embarrassing.
Now Apple started to doubt about Jin.
‘Think she has a serious memory problem in her head. How could she be absent if she knew I am waiting for the comics? She had to be here whatever happened to her.’
Apple decided to solve the problem on her hands.
‘Sorry, I forgot it again…’ Seemed real sorry Jin next day.
‘It is ok. I will go with you after school. I will bring it by myself. Just let me know where it is when we get your home.’ Said Apple.
‘Really? Will you go with me? It is a great idea!’ Said happily Jin.
‘I was a fool and dull. I had to do it on the first day. I trusted her too much…’ Thought Apple.
Jin and Apple happily walked and talked a lot on her way home after school.
‘You won’t believe how tons of comic books are there. It is stacked like a huge mountain!’ Said with excitement Jin.
‘Oh my gosh! How could I pack all of those books then?’ Asked Apple with amazement.
‘Do not worry. You can come by my house tomorrow again.’ Said Jin.
Unfortunately, Apple could not see a single comic book when they got Jin’s house. Actually Apple did not remember much after that. When they got home, Jin had to care of her younger sister and brother and asked Apple to have Ramyeon together.
Then Apple also had to play with Jin’s sister and brother for a while. It was not bad though. Noodle was delicious and Apple always wanted to have younger siblings. Then Jin’s Mom and other family came home and asked Apple to have dinner together so she did it. Later Apple realized the outside was almost dark.
When Apple came home, Apple’s mom was furious and asked her what had happened. Apple said honestly what had happened since she had a reasonable reason to be late. Luckily, Mom had understood it and told Apple not to be late again before the darkness. Next day, Mom kicked Apple’s butt with a broomstick when she was late again in the evening.