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M: I’m V. 

L: No, I’m V. 

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M: I’m V. 😝

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FanFiction, Uncategorized

My Playdate with V: Chapter 2

Warning & Disclaimer: Contains mentions of child neglect. This fanfiction draws from real characters and events however its connections are purely the work of the author’s imagination.

If you have not read Chapter 1, you can read it here.

My Playdate with V

by J.H. Pyo

CHAPTER 2: 7 BECOMES 8

Early next morning we were scheduled to meet Mr. Warren G, so I woke the boys up at half past six to get ready and have breakfast. During breakfast, V, Suga, and Kookie talked about the little girl they had met at the laundromat.

“이제부터 그 애를 ‘태이태이’라고 부를 거야. ‘Mini-me’인 것처럼 내 이름이랑 비슷하기도 하고. (I’m going to call her Tay Tay, cause it sounds like my name, like a mini-me!)” V gave his classic eye smile and continued eating his breakfast.

He and Kookie finished early to skateboard a little before leaving. I followed them out since I had already eaten and wanted to make sure our ride was here.

As soon as we stepped into the hallway, we could see Talayiah sitting in front of her door with her arms wrapped around her knees and her little head resting above them fast asleep. V immediately ran toward her and gently patted her on her shoulder, “Tay Tay, 괜찮아? (Tay Tay, are you ok?)”

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Talayiah began to wake up. “, 괜찮아. (Uh, I’m okay.)”

V was in a panic and asked, “무슨 일이야? 왜 여기서 자고 있어? (What happened? Why are you out here sleeping?)”

Talayiah, still in a sleepy state, said, “밖에서 기다리라고 해서 기다리고 있었는데 잠들었나봐. (They told me to wait outside and I fell asleep.)”

At this point, V was clearly angry,  “그럼, 너 데리러 나오지도 않았다는 말이야? 너 밤새 여기에서 있었다는 말이야? (And they never came out to get you? You stayed out here all night?!)” He lifted her up and carried her back to their unit, shaking his head in disbelief.

As we came into the dormitory, Tony the tutor, and one of the bodyguards approached us, “What happened?” V signaled for them to be quiet. He sat on the couch and placed Talayiah’s sleepy head on his lap while I explained to them what happened.

Rap Monster asked, “How can this happen? How can they just leave her out there like that?”

Carlos, one of the production crew asked me to translate, “My sister is a social worker and she tells me things like this happen all the time. Severe neglect is the number one reason kids enter the foster system.”

Looking shocked Jimin asked, “누가 경찰이나 누구에게 신고할 수 없어요? But can’t someone report it to the police or something?”

Carlos explained, “Even if they do, Child Protective Services will most likely continue to let her live with her aunt. They do not like to pull kids out of their relatives homes especially when placement is so hard to come by.”

“Placeu? ment? 그게 무슨 뜻이야?? (What does that mean?)” asked J-hope.

Carlos continued as I tried my best to translate, “Placement. They are temporary homes for kids who are taken away from abusive situations, or in this case, neglectful homes like Talayiah’s. But the number of children that need homes is staggeringly greater than the number of homes available. Children are often left to sleep in the social worker’s office or in hospitals. The Department of Children and Family Services is woefully underfunded and just don’t have the resources or manpower to meet these needs.”

As I translated, the room was silent. The boys looked sad and angry at the same time. While Talayiah slept on V’s lap, he patted her gently on the arm as if to soothe her in her sleep; however, it woke her up instead.

좋은 아침, (Good Morning,)” she said with a smile.

V didn’t want her to know what they were talking about, so he immediately perked up and said brightly.  “오늘 우리랑 같이 놀래? (Do you want to play with us today?)”

The boys all agreed with this idea, but I interjected and reminded them of our full schedule. V flipped his puppy eyes setting to super begging and and I turned towards Carlos and asked, “Do you think it would be ok to take her with us?”

He nodded and whispered to me, “You can ask the aunt to be safe, but quite honestly, I don’t think they would even notice she’s gone.”

Truth be told, I was glad to hear that Talayiah might be able to come with us. I couldn’t bear to leave her here alone like this. She was better off with us than wandering around by herself. This poor girl. Even while I was talking to Carlos, I saw her eyeing the leftover breakfast. Jin and his motherly tendencies had noticed as well and gathered a plate of food for her. I wondered when she had last eaten. In the time it took me to say, “I’ll be back,” she was already going for seconds. “Eat slowly, ok? We have more you can take with you later. I am going to ask your aunt to see if you can come out with us today, ok?”

“Ok…” mumbled Talayiah with her mouth full.  

Carlos accompanied me as I headed to Talayiah’s unit.

“Take her! Take her for as long as you want,” was the answer I got after getting all my courage up to ask her nicely. I couldn’t believe people like her existed! I felt like I was in some over-dramatized tv show. Except I wasn’t. This was real.

Walking back into the unit I hurried everyone downstairs to stay on schedule. The production crew told me to keep her by my side and that they would keep her out of all the shots.

We packed into the van with Talayiah at the center. The boys were unbelievably sweet to her. Even Suga, the grumpy grandpa of the group couldn’t keep a loving smile off his face. The car was filled with laughter as J-hope tried to speakeu english to her and she would come back with perfect Korean. Even I couldn’t keep my laughter in.

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CHAPTER 3: BABYSITTER G

 

Illustrated by: Sandee

Edited by: Telumiel & C. Moon


There have been many theories given about the Spring Day MV, from “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” to Sewol Ferry tributes. There is one theory no one has ever explored. Why the Laundromat?

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FanFiction, Uncategorized

My Playdate with V

There have been many theories given about the Spring Day music video, from “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” to Sewol Ferry tributes. There is one theory no one has ever explored. Why the Laundromat?

A Fan Fiction Theory….

Disclaimer: This fanfiction draws from real characters and events however its connections are purely the work of the author’s imagination.

My Playdate with V

by J.H. Pyo

CHAPTER 1: THE LAUNDROMEET

Hi my name is Rye and this is my account of a story between one idol and his forever fan.

 

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A little introduction about myself and how I got entangled in this beautiful story. I teach Korean at an after school program in Los Angeles. In 2014, I was asked to be a translator for a Kpop group called BTS who were coming to LA to shoot a reality show called American Hustle Life. My friend’s father had connections to a Korean entertainment company and helped me get the job. Although I grew up on Korean music, I was unfamiliar with the current popular groups. To me, this was an opportunity to earn some extra money.

From the moment BTS arrived, I was with them pretty much night and day. They were typical boys who were fun but also hard-working. By about the eighth day, they were more comfortable with their new living arrangements and their staff. They were also more relaxed and knew their way around things a bit more. While filming, they were given the task of managing their household chores, such as cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry. I was assigned to the laundry team, so we headed off to a laundromat.

Those of you who have seen American Hustle Life might recall a scene in Episode 4 in which Taehyung, Suga, and Kookie won some toys from the crane machine. They were playing with the toys while waiting for their clothes to wash. Meanwhile, off-camera someone tapped V on his shoulder and said in Korean, “그거 가지고 놀아도 돼요?” Which means, Can I play with that? This took all of us by surprise because this little girl was black but she spoke near-perfect Korean! She wore an oversized dress shirt with a mismatched vest that was ripped at the seams. She looked about six years old and seemed very comfortable with them, as if she knew who they were. The little girl did not stop with just one question. She proceeded to have a conversation with V, completely in Korean.

V responded, “당연하지! 너가 가져도 돼.” (Of course, you can have it!) He gave her the toy and patted her head, smiling at her. “아, 귀엽다! (Ah so Cute!) 너는 이름이 뭐니? (What is your name?)”

The little girl answered, “내 이름은 (Talayiah) 이에요. (My name is Talayiah.)”

“안녕. (Hi.) 내 이름은… (My name is…)” V started to introduce himself, but Talayiah interjected.

“알아요. 뷔. (I know, it’s V.)”

V was quite surprised. “너, 내가 누군지 어떻게 알았어? (How do you know who I am?)”

Talayiah ignored his question and pointed at Suga and Jungkook. “아저씨는 수카, 그리고 정국. (And you are Suga and Jungkook.)”

All three boys stared in shock to be recognized so far from home and in a laundromat by the seemingly most unlikely person.

Talayiah confidently stated, “유투브에서 봤어요. (I see you on YouTube.)”

V asked, “너가 유투브를 본다고? (You watch YouTube?)”

Talayiah nodded. “네.  유투브를 보면 행복해져요. 저는 이모랑 같이 사는데, 이모는 저에게 컴퓨터로 티비만 보게 해요.  예전에 우리 엄마랑 저는 함께 유투브로 재미있는 한국 쇼 프로그램을 보곤 했었어요. 엄마가 그리워서 지금도 유투브를 봐요. (Yes, because it makes me feel happy. I live with my aunt and the only thing she let’s me do is watch TV on the computer. My mom and I use to watch funny Korean shows on YouTube so I watch them because I miss her.)”

V began to understand it a bit more. “그래서, 유투브를 보면서 한국말을 배운거야? (So is this how you learned Korean?)”

“아니요, 우리 엄마가 한국 드라마를 좋아해서 제가 한국어를 배웠으면 하셨어요.   엄마는 나중에 이민호랑 결혼할 거고 나에게 아빠가 생길 거라고 했어요. (No, my mom likes Korean dramas, so she wanted me to learn Korean. She told me one day she will marry Lee Min Ho so I will have a daddy.)” Talayiah said in earnest and belief, as V and the boys chuckled.

V looked around the laundromat. “너의 엄마는 어디 계시니? (Where is your mom?)”

Talayiah’s eyes teared up. “돌아가셨어요. (She died.)”

“이런…(Ayegoo)…” V bent down and hugged the little girl. “미안해. 그럼 누구랑 여기에 왔니? (Sorry…sorry…then who are you here with?)”

“혼자 왔어요.  빨래 다 된 것을 가지러 왔는데 아직 다 안 돼서 기다리고 있어요. (I am by myself. I was suppose to pick up the laundry and bring it home, but it is not ready.)” She frowned at the machines.

V asked, “어디에 사니? (Where do you live?)”

“저기요. (Over there.)” and pointed outside.

V put an encouraging hand on her shoulder. “진짜?  어디? (Really? Which building?)”

She walked out and the boys followed her. She pointed to the industrial-looking building next door.

V smiled happily, “우리도 저기에 살아!  우리가 도와줄게. (We live there too! We will help you!)”

Due to the amount of laundry we had, they called the production crew to drive over and help. We loaded everything into the car, including Talayiah’s laundry and headed for the dormitory. The boys were so sweet to her and helped her bring her laundry to her unit.

Talayiah’s steps slowed as we approached her door.

We could hear yelling and fighting inside and the boys looked on nervously as Talayiah’s tiny hand reached for the doorbell. She hesitated for a moment, as if summoning courage, then pressed the bell. The door swung open and the women in the doorway began yelling at Talayiah, “Where have you been?! What took you so long?! Why are you dragging home Chinese people with you again? How many times do I have to tell you, your mama ain’t ever coming back so give it up!”

She grabbed the laundry basket out of Jungkook’s hands, gave them a dirty look, and walked away without saying thank you.

Talayiah turned to the boys. “도와줘서 고마워요. 오늘 재미있었어요. 다음에 또 놀아도 돼요? (Thank you for helping me. I had a lot of fun with you today. Can we play again?)”

V hugged the little girl tightly. “당연하지!  우리 바로 저기에 살아.  언제든지 놀러와. (Of course! We live right there.)” He pointed across the hall. “알았지? (Come any time ok?)”

As Talayiah turned to go inside her apartment, V struggled to let her small hand go. The door closed, but V remained kneeling in front of the door hunched over in sadness. After a moment of silence, Suga lifted him up, patted him gently on the back and led him toward their unit.

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CHAPTER 2: 7 BECOMES 8

Illustrated by: Sandee

Edited by: Telumiel & C. Moon


There have been many theories given about the Spring Day MV, from “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” to Sewol Ferry tributes. There is one theory no one has ever explored. Why the Laundromat?

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