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Choi Yoo-sung and Natalie are college student in a nearby University of Arts and Music. They came out to a nearby park for a walk.
Choi Yoo-sung and Natalie were pleased at the performance they heard everywhere.
“There’s a lot of people street performing today too.”
“Since it’s near our university, there are many people performing. Some are even from our department.”
“Hmm. Natalie. Look at that.”
Natalie looked toward what Choi Yoo-sung was pointing.
On where Choi Yoo-sung pointed, there is young boy holding a small violin.
Choi Yoo-sung and Natalie headed toward the little boy. Looking closely, the clothes that the boy was wearing and the violin he was holding looked old.
In a corner of the peaceful park illuminated by the sunlight, the appearance of the boy, seemingly making his surroundings black and white, caught people’s attention.
Looking at his violin case, many bills and coins where on it.
“His donation are not bad either.”
Choi Yoo-sung and Natalie also put money in and waited. The boy bowed to the two and rested his chin on the violin.
When the boy’s arm holding the bow moved, Choi Yoo-sung and Natalie realized something at same time.
When they were very young, they were also clumsy. Making awkward hand gesture with the bow.
The boy was a newbie.
Several notes were mixed at once. His posture was bad so naturally did the sounds coming from his violin sounded bad.
Choi Yoo-sung and Natalie were slightly moved by the boy’s continued performance despite such mistakes. Although he was a beginner, it could be he was doing his best.
“What’s this sound?”
Some people frowned at the loud sound and tried to spit out swear words, but only ‘tsk’ their tongue when they saw a young boy.
Well, that’s probably it.
The boy was really a newbie trying his best to perform.
Nevertheless, Choi Yoo-sung and Natalie felt amused while listening to the unbearable performance. It might be a terrible performance, but there were quite a few people who listened until the end.
The boy played the last song and bowed.
Applause could be heard.
The faintly smiling boy left with money and the violin case. The people who were watching also scattered one by one.
His old clothes and his pale appearance were stuck in both Choi Yoo-sung and Natalie’s minds.
Choi Yoo-sung, who was looking at where the boy disappeared, opened her mouth.
“I hope he can eat dinner.”
“But there are people who film his performance too.”
“…I just hope he doesn’t become a laughing stock.”
At Choi Yoo-sung’s words, Natalie sighed.
* * *
Seojun headed to the store he was using as a waiting room under the security of the bodyguards and An Daho.
He changed his old clothes and handed it together with the violin over to the staff.
The employee received the clothes, but gave the violin back to Seojun.
“I’ll bring another set of clothes next week, but yiu must take this violin and practice with it. It might be hard for you to play later on because it’s different from the violin you will use for the filming.”
“Yes! What about the money?”
Seojun looked at the bills and coins on his hands.
He never thought of receiving money on his performance, either way, people still gave him bills and coins on his opened violin case. He couldn’t stop them because he was playing.
The staff laughed and said.
“It’s all Jun’s because you earned it. Buy what you want to buy. Jun. You did a great job today.”
An Daho arrived in front of the store with the car while Seojun said his goodbye to the staff and bodyguards.
Seojun was sitting beside two violin cases in the back seat, while he was holding coins and bills tightly in his hand.
As Daho was driving the car, he started counting the money in his hands.
“7 dollars! It’s 7 dollars!”
“Really? That’s great.”
An Daho laughed at Seojun’s words.
“There’s also the one you gave me, right?”
“… How did you know that?”
“I saw you secretly put it in.”
In the middle of playing, Seojun saw An Daho secretly inserting a coin from time to time.
He knew how messed up “Gray’s First Performance” was, but he was worried Seojun would still be disappointed by the little money in his violin case.
If he put in a lot of money, it would stand out, so he only gave a coin every after 10 minutes.
In addition to An Daho, he remembered the people who gave him money. The coins and bills in his hand became heavy as he thought of their kind hearts.
“I’m not going to use this. I’m going to collect them.”
Seojun smiled and cherished the coins and hills be received.
* * *
The next scene would be Gray learning the violin from Rebecca.
Gray, the usual gloomy boy, would only smile brightly like a colorful flower when holding a violin.
Jason Moore stopped by the set at every filming. When he looked at Rebecca’s performance, he was quite surprised.
“Isn’t Professor Benjamin a good teacger?”
Jason Moore’s looked at Assistant Director Emily.
“During practice, the professor must have left an impression on her. Making her subconsciously immitating the professor.”
As Emily said, Catherine’s posture was similar to Professor Benjamin.
Director Sarah Lot filmed her like that without saying much because studying and acting the appearance of people around her is a common method.
According to Rebecca’s teachings, Gray first drew a bow. Because he was not familiar with delicate force control, he pressed the two strings of the violin with a bow at the same time.
Only screeching sounds could be heard, Rebecca shook her head. George giggled as he watched the two.
“Relax. Gently like touching a dog.”
“I’ve never touched a dog…”
Down Rock only have large abandoned dog growling fiercely.
Rebecca was restless when the brilliant color surrounding Seojun slowly turned black.
“I have a dog at home! Should I bring him? He’s so cute.”
Gray, who looked like a puppy, smiled broadly.
After the morning shoot, the children chatted while eating lunch.
“You earned 7 dollars?”
“With that performance?”
Catherine and Paul, who heard the performance he would be doing in the next scene, looked at Seojun with surprised faces. Seojun nodded while eating.
“Daho gave me about two dollars in coins, but people that I don’t know gave me five dollars.”
“I can’t believe you earned 5 dollars for that kind of performance…”
Paul shuddered, recalling the performance that had torn his ears.
“Are you going to do it this week too?” Catherine asked while dipping the meat in the sauce.
“I wonder what kind of promotional video will it become.”
At Paul’s words, Catherine and Seojun nodded.
After lunch, the next scene would be Gray’s first ever performance.
“Don’t mind making mistakes and just play like I thought you.” Rebecca reminded Gray.
“I’m not good at it…”
“You have to really practice to know what you should fix. It’s an easy song, so try it.”
It’s a children’s song. Everyone is familiar with “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.
Gray, who was very nervous, rested his chin on Rebecca’s violin. George decided to film Gray with his camera.
Gray recalled what Rebecca had taught him.
‘Straighten your back and shoulder at the same height.The left finger holding the string should be arched, and the right hand holding the bow should be graceful as if you are holding an egg. Be careful not to let the violin go down.’
He lowered the bow and drew it.
Inside the quiet park, they heard a crackling sound.
Rebecca and George, no, Catherine and Paul forgot about the shooting and had no choice but to hold back their laughter.
Gray heard the Rebecca and George, but he didn’t and continued to play with a serious look.
His ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ seems to be coming from hell.
Staff, Professor Benjamin, Jason, and Sarah kept their mouths shut and waited for Seojun’s performance to end.
Gray wiggled after the performance to the part he learned. He knew it himself. It was a mess. Still, he was happy to play the violin by himself.
“What do you think?” He asked, looking at his friends with a shy face.
The script also said to laugh, but Catherine and Paul really laughed to their heart’s content.
After filming Gray pouting his lips, Director Sarah Lot shouted okay. Soon laughter erupted among the staff.
“Jun, you’re so good at this!”
“If I were you, I would have burst into laughter in the middle of playing.”
At the words of Catherine and Paul, Seojun also laughed.