"Fallen Crown" (YD x ES)
(LIST OF CHAPTERS)
Eun Sang stood in front of Young Do’s suite for what could have been the hundredth time. At this point, she had lost count. It was never easy to bring herself to knock. Walking past that threshold symbolized submission; it reminded her that he was in control of the situation. She hated that. Eun Sang hated that she couldn’t afford to ignore him. She didn’t want to live her life as miserably as she had. She wanted a better future, not just for herself but for her mother who had worked so hard. Seeing how she was treated in Tan’s home, how she quietly threw away her pride for her sake, Eun Sang couldn’t turn around and throw her mother’s sacrifice aside like nothing. If her mother could bear the burden of their situation, the least Eun Sang could do was bear her own troubles with equal resilience.
Taking a deep breath, she rung the bell. Maybe he wouldn’t be there. It wasn’t like it hadn’t happened before. She learned that his father was a very demanding man who made him work whenever he saw fit, ignoring Young Do’s personal schedule. Sometimes he had even left mid meal, never admitting how much it bothered him to have to yield to his father’s capricious whims. She closed her eyes, hoping he wasn’t there. Tonight she was too exhausted to humor him.
Young Do opened the door. He smiled at her in his usual cocky way, reminding her that he had the bull by the horns. He usually had to say nothing to convey his sentiments across as loud as if he’d shouted them. He made an exaggerated bow toward the inside, and she went in, rolling her eyes.