[Alternate Endings] Hello? Signal 2016? I’m from 2017 here to fix your ending
by Guest Beanie
Signal is the kind of drama that only comes around once in a blue moon. It shook my world and probably a lot of K-drama fans also felt the same. It was great through and through. Sadly, the last episode was the weakest and it left me deflated by the end of it. I usually enjoy open-ended dramas, but was disappointed at how Signal left things unresolved.
I mean, Jae-han and Hae-young never meet?! Are you kidding me?! How dare you, show! I’m also not hopeful for a Season 2 (or more like, I don’t think it can surpass this one) so I’m more bitter that it ended just like that. So here’s my fanfic version of an alternate ending. I’m not good with brainy stuff so I’m going with emotional closure here.
Hae-young saw her coming from a distance. From the way her lips curved down, he knew that there was still no news about Jae-han. It’d been a while since the transmissions stopped. Everyone seemed to go about their lives like normal. It wasn’t surprising, although a whole timeline just got changed. But it wasn’t the same for him and Soo-hyun. They knew and they never forgot.
“Hey,” was her greeting. On closer look, her eyes were red as if she had cried before coming here. They just sat there, afraid that they would break into tears once they voiced what they had in their minds. Should we stop? Maybe he did die— He stopped the thought.
“Jae-han sunbae…” Soo-hyun broke the silence. Trying hard not to break down, Hae-young looked up. “Do you think he’s still…”
Just then, Soo-hyun’s phone started ringing. She wiped a teardrop that unknowingly escaped her eyes. “Hello?” Her eyes widened. “When was the body found?” The person on the other line must have relayed shocking information because Soo-hyun shot up from her seat. “I’ll be there.” She hanged up and looked straight at Hae-young. “Let’s go.”
In the car, Soo-hyun couldn’t help but replay the phone conversation. It was Gye-chul. “Doctor Oh was looking for you today. She found someone who has the same description as the person you’ve been looking for. Height, age, and even the metal pin in the shoulder. The thing is… It’s not a corpse. This person is alive.”
She knew she wasn’t supposed to hope for anything but her heart did anyway. Her foot pressed harder on the accelerator.
Soo-hyun and Hae-young sped through the corridors of the hospital, the latter not knowing what was going on except that he had to follow his superior. She looked desperate yet strangely hopeful. What did she find out through that phone call?
They both stopped in front of a room. Soo-hyun rushed inside, breathing heavily from running. Unsure of whether he should go in or not, Hae-young stood outside. He heard Soo-hyun’s voice, like she was crying. Curious, he checked the name beside the door. The name hit him so hard he had to step back. He couldn’t believe his eyes. It said: Lee Jae-han.
Soo-hyun stared at the man sitting on the bed. He was dressed in a hospital gown staring back at her. She noticed a few wrinkles had formed on his face and more than a few strands of his hair had turned white. He looked older than what she remembered, yet it was the same warm and welcoming face she’d always imagined in her head. It was him. Recognition came to Jae-han and he smiled at Soo-hyun. The tears that she’d been holding in for years escaped her eyes. She stood there crying, unable to put her words together.
He slowly got up from the bed and made his way towards her. Pausing only to glance at her face, Jae-han pulled her into an embrace. Sounds finally came out of her mouth. She was sobbing. “Jae-han sunbae.”
Jae-han smirked. “I see our 0.5 is still a crybaby even after so many years.” Soo-hyun hugged him tighter as if trying to hold on to a dream. “I’m sorry it took me this long.”
“I really thought you died,” she said in between sobs. “I thought I did too.” It was that familiar laugh. Soo-hyun let go and looked up to his face. “But how? How did you…” she began to ask. “Through a radio transmission and a young man,” he said.
The door opened and in came the exact young man he was talking about. “Detective Lee Jae-han…”
Hae-young couldn’t believe that the man he’d only talked to through the radio was now standing in front of him, alive and well. Memories of the past year went through his head. The cold cases, the victims, the timeline change, the deaths, the justice. However, one memory was clearer than the others. It was him eating omurice thinking he was alone. Now, he knew he’d never been. Jae-han was there for him and it seemed that this time, he was here to stay.
The three of them filled each other in on the years they’d lost. There were tears and laughter. Jae-han finally managed to confess his feelings for Soo-hyun and they got married. It took a while to convince her mom that Soo-hyun was not going to wear a pink wedding dress. Hae-young came to the wedding with his girlfriend Song Ma-rin (What? Oh, wrong drama.) They went on picnics from time to time. And this is how the final episode of Signal ends with the credits rolling…
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