The scream of the engine gradually became the screaming of the neighbors. The clanging of the metal walls soon became the sound the gunfire.
Under the shadows of an overgrown tree, Jun an elderly man, in his late 70’s, tried to recall the events that shaped his life. But, maybe because he had tried so hard to forget, he could remember just one moment
1950, October 24th autumn, Northern Korea
Jun woke up to see a mountain load of suitcases pile against the wall next to the weak and fragile sliding door. Confused, Jun walked over to his mother who was frantically walking around the small living room in circles. “The communist raid is coming…… We must leave to receive help, I am just waiting for you sister to arrive” Jun shocked to hear this news, ran to the front door and threw it open, as the glass on Jun’s brothers picture shattered, with an earthquake like shake, a monstrous cloud of pitch black smoke rose above from behind the mountain, which was ...view middle of the document...
Grabbing hold of his mother’s small hands he rushed to the carriage and lifted her up to the back seat and settled off to the southern side of the country. As the carriage rolled further and further away, Jun looked back at the rose garden, no longer white but a crimson red. It was a bitter sweet, a reminder of death but a hope of escape.
2014 December 25th summer, Australia
As Jun, brushed his overgrown gray hair, he wondered if he knew then that he will never be able to see his loving sister. As the thought filled his mind, a gust of wind blew up the debris under the overgrown tree. Then the memory of his brother filled his thought, a raindrop like tear dropped slowly down his right cheek to the ground below.
1950 December 13th winter, South Korea
It had been close to 2 months since Jun had escaped the Communist influenced North Koreans. As he walked down the rows of makeshift shelters, he took a glimpse of a message board which was filled in with reports of those who were missing or lost because of the war. He looked, searching for a link he could make to his older brother who had been studying in Japan when the communist influence reached the lower part of North Korea. As he walked a slowly back to the shelter where his mother was, an ear ring alarm went off, this alarm was no ordinary alarm but it was to warn the people in the makeshift shelters that a raid was coming. As Jun walked inside and out of the panicking people, he noticed that the carriage of his sister started to move in a high speed. As his heart skipped a few beats, he ran towards the carriage jumping on the carriage. When he looked his mother, eyes swollen and nose red. Held him tightly in her arms, not wanting to let go.
2014 December 25th Summer Australia
As he wiped the tear off his cheek he, imaged a picture of his brother of what he might have looked like before he passed away. It was only recently that he found out about the death of his brother in Japan, and meets his nephew, who came to Australia to find the family which his father tried to find for over sixty four years. He recalled the oath he said on that day that he will protect the ones he love.