Sohee is born on a quiet night in June amongst the fireflies and rolling hills of her grandfather's farm. At night she runs barefoot in the garden, breathing in the heady scent of damp pine, following the twinkling lights as they dance about, her appa's quiet laughter ringing in her ears.
Sohee's mother Stella doesn't like her mother-in-law. Secrets are impossible to keep in the tight living quarters they keep and besides it is barely a secret. So Sohee digs and tickles the sore spots, with that same impatient curiosity that will lead her to put her tongue in Kim Ahri's mouth just to see is so terrifying about kissing another girl. And there comes a look that Sohee will remember, later, as a warning: a you wouldn't want to know that hides the vast ugliness of her parent's past. Of a woman with big dreams, her wings cut and shackled to a life she has no interest in. "The only thing you need to know," says Stella, and isn't that an ominous sentence, a sentence that will turn its back on Sohee and slap her in the face, hard, "is that I love you, and I won't let what happened with your grandmother happen with us." If she had been Sohee at eighteen she would have turned her head away scoffing, but she is Sohee at eleven and she just nods, dutiful, before embarking on a story of the Rat King and the maidens he eviscerates, and does Stella want to see? Stella does.
Sohee's always been a small, spindly thing; wraith-like, she weaves her way through the years with nothing more than the occasional pink hue rising to her cheeks. Her black hair attracts many jealousies, and as the family around her falls apart, Sohee lets her father weave it into delicate braids.
"It's a way of coping," she'll say later, pouring tea out of breakable china. Her grandmother will nod at her and she'll know she understands.
They send her to the city for high school. Where she can attend a specialised school for the arts. She graduates and instead of attending an university for the arts, she applies to all the SKY schools and is accepted into two. To make it in the film industry you must be both talented and lucky, and Sohee wants to ensure that she has a backup plan in case her luck runs dry.