October 16, 2020, 04:30
President's residence in the Blue House, Jongro-ku, Seoul.
The president quietly sneaked out of his bedroom so as not to awaken his first lady, Oh Eun-ha, and went out into the garden in the front yard. Then, he put a cigarette in his mouth, even though he had quit ten years ago. The cigarette was from the secretary staff that had gone with him to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Command Center yesterday afternoon.
In the dark garden, the cold outside air felt refreshing, and it cleared his head. The president finally lit the cigarette he had placed in his mouth and took a deep drag, then puffed out smoke while looking at the bright stars.
"Do I bring our nation into the inferno of war during my short term, or do I just stand and watch while China takes over North Korea..." he thought.