Basic Instinct feat. Adonis
This book is a collection of short stories about teenagers and women. Apart from the universal perspective, deals with men and women, people and love and the secret of coffee only adults drink, There are only women living in the town where the boys cross the dimension in due time, Jewelry dolls that grow together as a life partner, A society in which three, not two, people lay a child etc., The book contains stories of the world going in different ways and rules.
Park's stories might reveal most poignant pains of life before those who are tired of people, hurt from love or feeling different from others. But they could experience cure to some extent when wrap up the book.
Table of Contents
Why do adults drink coffee?
My beloved, lovely doll, Nemu
Only lover of mine
An alien, this time?
Commentary: you covered yourself with your picture
About the collection
Why do adults drink coffee?
At the age of sixteen, you will be presented with a coffee pot and then you will be able to drink coffee only allowed for adults. I finally got my 16th birthday to boil and drink coffee, but it was just bitter and nothing happens. But there must be something else secret in coffee, for everyone around is worried about or dismisses me. I peek into the room one day when my brother drinks coffee, to find out the secret.
"What the hell is going on when you are drinking coffee?"
"It's not just drinking coffee. Of corrse you should drink coffee. But that's what I say... "
He looked up at the sky with his dreamy eyes.
"The first feeling was pain."
"Yes, pain and blood. Did not your mom tell you to place a thin blanket on your bed the first time you were drinking coffee? "
"No, she did not say that."
My mother was not a very friendly and nice mother to children. It was my brother who took care of me when I was young, not my mom.
"Painful at first. But if you get used to it, you will find out ... It's a joy. " - (19~20 page)
There is a town where only women live. Women all give birth to their daughters in the same year. When the daughters are grown up, boys of similar age appear. Boys fall from the sky or hang on trees. After pairing with a girl, the boy whom the girl found, the boy disappears, The girl bear children and rear them. Lars fails to find a boy to pair with. She goes to a mountain the adults visit but the children do not know where. There is a mill that opens the gates of the world the boys come from.
Tamiyan's eyes reached the bucket.
"Oh, this? When the boy falls from the sky, I will receive it. "
Said Lars before Tamian asked as if she had awaited a question.
"Would not it be annoying to carry around?"
"Just imagine I have nothing to catch when he falls down. I need to
prepare in advance. ". Lars said, waving the bucket back and forth,
joyfully. Her long braided hair danced to the bucket's swaying.
"You do not know when he comes."
"It will be a time soon."
Lars said confidently. There was something that Lars did not even tell her closest friend, Tamian. She had seen a few days before the adults go to the abandoned mill without their children knowing. The time was close..
- 35~36 page
This story is about the world where three people have to share relationship if you want a baby. One sex has eggs, other sex has sperms and the last sex has a womb. Hain is a person with a womb, and Eyun is a person who gives an egg. Eyun loves Hain only, Eyun have always lived in harmony with Hain in the process to meet matcher with sperms as well as in every day life. But Eyun is increasingly getting tired because of Hain trying to monopolize her and also to do anything to herslf about the third relationship.
"There is no perfect world. I think it is love to cover each other even if the partner lacks in some way. Would it not be better than missing a time trying to find a perfect pair?"
Junsu seemed to be interested in my story.
"And I want a child." I added.
"Of course I want a child, too. Like everyone. " Junsu said.
"Well, I mean, after Hain has born a baby, we will be still together. Of course, Hain will get a support fund from the government because she is Ame. But Hain is not very healthy. She needs someone to take care of at her side. And I want to raise my child. Is it weird? "
"No. But I guess, not an easy thing. "
Just like any other Jute who heard the same story, Junsu said with a step back.
Hain wanted other producers of the child to stay with her.
My lovely doll which was beloved, Nemu
When a child is one year old, it receives a doll which is born from jewels and growing like plants. The doll is a childhood friend the child can have only once in its lifetime. Usually people throw away or kill the doll at puberty to become an adult but Eunji raises her doll until college life. Due to that, she was treated as an ungrown geek. One day she met Yoona who still has a doll. However, Yuna does not show her doll while giving too expensive gifts to Eunji’s doll.
I cherished in mind that somebody else existed somewhere in the world who really understood me. I kept my doll while peers around lose their doll, put it in a trash bag, or even start killing. More and more people with a doll began to perish, and to such extent I became subject of mockery. But I still loved Nemu. I never doubted that somewhere someone lives who loves a doll like me and sympathizes with my story, Absolutely somewhere, somebody!
When I closed my eyes, the stories about the doll emerged that I shared with Yoona. She always told me how to do quite nicely to her doll and about closing life together with our doll, not leaving the other alone. Yoona said that a doll was the only one that she could die with. I did too. So far I believed so. A doll was the only relationship where there was no need to calculate each other. It was the only one whom I could give everything I had without regret.
Only love of mine
I get more and more bored in a repetation of routine life. One day I encountered an advertisement for alternative lover, android, and purchase one under impulse. Android lover, Tane becomes to me a perfect lover. I treat him as a real love. Hoeever, fantastic image I have had on my android disappears as I see other people handle their android lover just as a toy.
I abandon Tane, keeping it at the warehouse and meet a real man. But I finally return to Tane for I realise only Tane gives me such a comfort that is only possible to arise from a real love.
Android is a lover in fantasy. I know that Tayne is an android and that it is safe to have it get a regular examination once a year. He received an after-sale service once because he walked weirdly. Anyway till now, I could have treated him as a fantasy of a lover, not as an android. However, when I saw Ji-hee's android and
acknowledged the way Ji-hee or other people treated androids and the essence of the android revealed through broke up my fantasy. Tayne is not a real lover. It is nothing but an industrial product, say, a machine. Ji-hee or people in the cafe were normal. They treated their androids as nothing other than expensive toys. – 135page
“But you can do it well. For you are a nice person. Sometimes you may have a difficult time, but you will overcome. Cheer up. You have me.”
This was what I ardently wanted to hear at the moment. Only natural. I had put in such response. That time was when I operated it this way and that looking into the user manual after Tayne came to this house. If it was now, I would have fed the dates of events and let him do whatever at random. I wouldn't have put in every word myself. But it was different then. At the time, Tayne was a struggle of mine to fill the surging emptiness and vacant time as well as an expensive toy which I would surely regret of later, looking at my bank book balance. Now, Tayne who stayed with me for 1 year was a lover beyond lover celebrating the 1st anniversary. - 189page
It's okay to act carelessly or get angry when I am with Tayne. No need to have a courtesy. No matter to say bad words or even beat him whenever I am impulsed to. If he is broken from my violence to him, I can send him to get repaired. His eyes on me will not be changed no matter how hard I treat him.
Humans are not the only beings that exchange feelings. Everything interacts. If I treated him so carelessly, I might not be able to feel this warm consolation.
“Tell me it will be all right, Tayne, will you?”
“It will be okay. You can do it.”
Tayne whispered into my ears. A high tone for a man. Very small voice. Heard only to me. Enough. - 191page
As soon as Hyunsu graduates from high school, she quits home empty-handed. While struggling to live engaged in part-time jobs, she meets a high school alumnus by chance. The friend recommends playing online games together. Hyun-su meets Hee-su on the day when game-players are scheduled actually to see face to face each other. Hyunsu who has been being sexually abused, Hee-su who is confused about her identity, the two girls go around each other in game and reality.
"My sister asked me what I was doing. What was it I was holding on to? So I answered I made grow the character and then went to equipment and then I went to a higher level of equipment and equipment, I said something like that on game. Then she asked me why I was indulged in games. It's a waste of time. So I said that."
Kyungsook said, pushing forward her body as if showing off her great insight.
"Isn' life different? Going to college to spend money, studying, spending money to learn in an academy and then entering a company to earn money, buying a house, getting promotion, purchasing a bigger house by making more money, buying better cars… What's different? My sister then rebutted that they were all productive things to do. Bless the mark! I was appalled"
"What seems not to be helpful in living, I mean, something nonproductive might be what is really necessary to do in life", Hyun-su muttered. After a short silence they all shouted "Oh!!!".
I am a spaceship pilot. Breaking up with a lover whom I have never felt to love me I volunteer to collect scrap metal from the ruined earth. A look of the earth where life has disappeared and repeated work as well cover memories of the separated lover.
The blood vessels of a person are carefully spread to the tips of the fingers and toes. It seemed nothing but turned out that I was cut deep and the artery was touched. A shock came as blood ran out rapidly. I just cut my fingertips a little. But I was able to die even though it was just that. - 313~314 pages
An alien this time?
I can easily fall in love, so my heart easily gets cold and quit. And finally I am condemned as a philanderer. One day I take the guide of the alien envoy who visit earth. I fall in love again with envoy at first sight. People say that I inclined to give heart to an unusual object as the cases earlier- having done the same to a vampire or a mermaid. I feel resentful. I always have sincerity and reason in love. What's important to me is how rather than who.
What in the world to talk about with an alien! How to guess the taste it has! Not only such! To drag along the security guards, not to laugh loud, not to try to touch its body, not to gaze at it with curious eyes, to speak slowly and clearly to make interpretation work properly and so on, I have to remember dozens of rules for guide. They do not pay more salary for me to guide the alien.
"She's coming!", said guard.
Guards are divided just as a tsunami passes, when Wren appears.
"Oh, god damn!!"
I see her give a slight nod just as an earthian does and think
at the same time.:
Again! Shit, again!
I have fallen in love. -321page
There are some people who argue that because women have maternal instinct,
they easily give heart to a man who looks weak. But it's not true.
The true reason is that they can peer into his inner depth.
When one shows one's hidden substance, for example, inner wound, to the other,
the two ones can not stay anymore at their superficial relationship. -364page