A Christmas Eve with heavy snow.

The busy streets were full of brilliant lights and carols were ringing everywhere.
Trees that were sometimes fully decorated or shining brightly wrapped around by light bulbs catch people’s eyes.
The streets were crowded with those who wanted to enjoy Christmas in advance.

“Ah, I’m so lonely! Damn it!”

Suddenly, a shout drew the attention of countless people walking on the street.
Some of them giggled and laughed at him.

Yi-Gyeol looked at his friend and awkwardly smiled.
Then he stabbed his friend’s side, who shouted a while ago, with his fingertips.


“Shut up.
Aren’t you embarrassed?”

The male student, wearing a coat over a school uniform, pouted his lips while rubbing his side that was stabbed by Yi-Gyeol. 

“Yeol, they’re all couples.
It breaks my heart just looking at them.”

“If you’re jealous, you can just find a lover yourself.”

“It’s easy for you to say since you aren’t the one you’re suggesting to do it.”

The student put both his hands in his pocket and glanced at the cake box in Yi-Gyeol’s hand.
It was a Christmas cake he bought a little while ago from a famous franchised bakery.
It’s also cute and prettily decorated with red strawberries. 

“Hey, do you have a girlfriend?”

Yi-Gyeol grinned when he noticed that the male student’s suspicious eyes were directed at the cake box.

“Where do I have the time to get one? I’m busy preparing for college.”

Although his grades were originally good, he got a particularly good score on this CSAT[1].
Thanks to this, he was able to enter the prestigious university he was aiming for, so he started preparing for college early. 

“Really? Then what’s that?”

“My sister’s.”

After hearing Yi-Gyeol’s answer, the student fell one step away and trembled.

“Uhhh, so much for denying you’re a siscon….”

“What, you punk?”

He jokingly raised his fist, and the male student quickly apologized and stuck next to him again.

“But isn’t it too much to buy a cake for your sister on Christmas Eve?”

“What’s wrong with it? Christmas is originally meant to be spent with your family, don’t you know that?”

“That’s what kids without lovers say at Christmas.”

“Then you’re the one who should be saying that even more than me.”

I also think that Christmas should be spent with your family.

Yi-Gyeol burst into a small laugh when he saw the male student nodded boldly with a serious expression on his face. 

Then suddenly, Yi-Gyeol felt a throbbing headache.


Yi-Gyeol closed his eyes tightly with one hand on his forehead, distorted his face, and shook his head due to the headache.

“Hey, are you okay?”

The headache quickly began to subside but the momentary pain was so severe that his complexion became worse.
After removing his hand from his forehead, Yi-Gyeol tried to smile and shook his hand as if implying he was okay.
The male student looked at Yi-Gyeol’s pale face and sighed.

“Have you visited the hospital? You frequently have headaches these days.”

“I’ve been there and they said it’s just a normal headache.
Probably because of stress.”

“Well, the stress of entrance exams is indeed no joke.”

The male student clicked his tongue and recalled two months ago.
Every time he remembers when he was studying until his head almost broke for the CSAT, he thought he would have a headache, too.

“Make sure to take your meds.
You’ll be in trouble if it turns into a chronic disease.”

“I know.
I’m taking them even without you reminding me.”

Although Yi-Gyeol answered in that manner, his complexion gave him away.

It hasn’t been too long since he started getting headaches he has never had in his entire life before.
It was just before the CSAT, so he thought it was caused by stress as the hospital said.
He was afraid that the headache would interfere with the CSAT, so he took medicine and went to the hospital often, but it seemed that the frequency and pain were getting worse, let alone getting better.

‘Should I go to a bigger hospital?’ 

Even today, it was already the fifth time he’s having a headache.
As many modern people suffer from stress-related headaches, he thought his case would be the same, but nevertheless, he’s also worried that something else might be the cause.
When he visited a hospital for an examination previously, nothing wrong was found with his brain, so it could be just a simple headache as the doctor said, but sometimes, unknown anxiety chilled his spine.

After parting with his friend, his anxiety reached its peak when a headache wound him up again in the alley heading to his home.


A pain more severe than he had e

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