Destiny? Part 1
Keywords: Korean Drama, Marriage Contract, Kdrama recap, K-drama, #Kdrama #MarriageContract


Faux-K-stories are intended for the purpose of satire, parody, and criticism. None of the depictions of characters and events are true. While the specific show “Marriage Contract” is used as the basis, many elements of other Korean dramas are used as reference. Read at your own peril. 

People tend to over use the word “destiny” in a conversation about romance. While it depends on what one’s definition of the word is, it is hard to apply the word to most situations when 90% of those in Korea just settle. If you add the 5% that die alone and a few percentage that are gay and difficult to track statistically, only about 2~3% of the romantic relationships that culminate in matrimony could be classified as “Destiny.” Some of the “rich” guy marrying “poor “girl falls into this classification. It is “some” and not all because there a lot of cases of “gold digging” in Korea as men are horny and everyone is superficial.

--- Seo Yoon-Joo, Former Gold digger
What? “Gold digger?”
Who told you I was a gold digger? It was her wasn’t it? I don’t know what she told you but I married for love. Yes, I wanted to better myself and marry a handsome prince but what woman doesn’t. Actually ending up with a fairytale ending doesn’t mean that I was a gold digger. I love my husband. I married him because I loved him.

You know who is a gold digger? It is her! You know who. The woman that told you lies about me. I mean Han Se-Gyung! If you want to know about gold diggers, you should go back and ask her. You know she once asked me to give her tips on how to snag a rich guy. What did I say? Nothing! I’m not a gold digger! She was so desperate and would go away. So, I made up some bull about “Alice” and “the White rabbit.” What? Oh… you want to ask whether a poor girl meeting a rich guy through several coincidences is destiny or gold digging? I depends I would think. What happened?
Okay. From what you just told me, she is definitely a gold digger. Destiny is never that kind to a poor girl!  

---End of Interview

What about the couple we have? Was it destiny? The manner in which the rich guy Han Ji-hoon got entangled with the poor single mother Kang Hye-Soo could be said to be very coincidental. Some would say it was density. Other would say it was too convenient.

This is because it took a lot of coincidences for the two to get into the arrangement they found themselves into. It was the day “The Promise” was having a new menu showcase for the members of the press. Han Ji-hoon was attending the event but had to borrow a friend’s car because someone was using his. After listening to his friend whine for a bit, he took the keys to the car in a very “Pretty Woman” (1990) . Richard Gere style. That movie was huge in Korean back in the day.

Instead of meeting a prostitute with a heart of gold, Han Ji-hoon found himself almost hitting a mother and daughter. As he left the parking lot and turned a corner, he stomped on the breaks as Kang Hye-Soo ran into the street. It seemed that a white cat had lured her seven year old daughter into the street and right in front of Han Ji-hoon’s car.

 Han Ji-hoon was able to stop before hitting anyone but Kang Hye-Soo had fainted and stayed unconscious. This chance meeting triggered him to take her to the hospital and the rest is… rather complicated. What do you think? Is it fate or do you smell a scam in the works?

--- Han Se-Gyung, Former Gold digger
I would put money on the single mom being a gold digger. It is a nice plan after all. Start out with an accident in which the man feels guilty. You lure him on the hook. Then keep him on the line with a cute daughter. If I had a daughter, I would have used that idea too. Old single rich men with bad family lives tend to secretly desire the normal domestic life.

What? I don’t know what Seo Yoon-Joo said but I am not ashamed of being a gold digger. I was poor with a lot of debt and a family that is a mess. On top of that my boyfriend of 10 years ran away with my money. I was fed up with living under my stars fated top me. The only way I could get a fresh start was to attach myself to a person with a lucky star. And I did that. I’m not ashamed about it like Seo Yoon-Joo. My husband? He knows. He is somewhat of a rogue himself.  
---End of Interview

From the outside, it would not be a bad bet to assume Kang Hye-Soo ... (Continue in Part 7-2)

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