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The Anti-Fan and the Idol (My Summer in Seoul #1.5)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Acknowledgments from the Author

I thank God every day I get to do this job, thank you for taking time to read! Thank you so much to 1001 Dark Nights for always being so amazing when it comes to their stories and how they let us authors embark on different journeys every time! I’m so thankful to my readers as well, who keep coming back and who have taken a chance on a slightly different sort of trope that truly brings awareness to a culture and musical phenomenon. To my sensitivity readers—I really appreciate how closely you work with me and how honest you are when it comes to my research and questions. Jill, you’re amazing. I’m so lucky to have you as my assistant. Nicole and Nina, so glad we’re a team. And Rachel’s New Rockin Readers—I freaking love you guys!



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Table of Contents

Book Description

About Rachel Van Dyken

Also from Rachel Van Dyken

Acknowledgments from the Author

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Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen


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One Thousand and One Dark Nights

Once upon a time, in the future…


I was a student fascinated with stories and learning.

I studied philosophy, poetry, history, the occult, and

the art and science of love and magic. I had a vast

library at my father’s home and collected thousands

of volumes of fantastic tales.


I learned all about ancient races and bygone

times. About myths and legends and dreams of all

people through the millennium. And the more I read

the stronger my imagination grew until I discovered

that I was able to travel into the stories... to actually

become part of them.


I wish I could say that I listened to my teacher

and respected my gift, as I ought to have. If I had, I

would not be telling you this tale now.

But I was foolhardy and confused, showing off

with bravery.


One afternoon, curious about the myth of the

Arabian Nights, I traveled back to ancient Persia to

see for myself if it was true that every day Shahryar

(Persian: شهريار, “king”) married a new virgin, and then

sent yesterday's wife to be beheaded. It was written

and I had read that by the time he met Scheherazade,

the vizier's daughter, he’d killed one thousand



Something went wrong with my efforts. I arrived

in the midst of the story and somehow exchanged

places with Scheherazade – a phenomena that had

never occurred before and that still to this day, I

cannot explain.


Now I am trapped in that ancient past. I have

taken on Scheherazade’s life and the only way I can

protect myself and stay alive is to do what she did to

protect herself and stay alive.


Every night the King calls for me and listens as I spin tales.

And when the evening ends and dawn breaks, I stop at a

point that leaves him breathless and yearning for more.

And so the King spares my life for one more day, so that

he might hear the rest of my dark tale.


As soon as I finish a story... I begin a new

one... like the one that you, dear reader, have before

you now.



Chapter One



I stare at myself in the mirror. My eyes are lifeless, and my body feels hollow as my stomach growls. I want food so bad it’s all I can think about. I squeeze my eyes shut again and brace my palms against the sink.

I have no choice.

Being from the States with an American mom and a Korean dad doesn’t actually help me in this situation, even though I’ve always thought of myself as Korean.

The only reason we went to LA was because of my dad’s job, and I only stayed there for six years before coming back home.

It was enough, though.

Enough to make me different. Enough to make people look at me funny during school and ask why my Korean sounded a bit strange.

Enough for people during my idol training to judge me, though I don’t know why. Then again, that’s the job, right? Everyone competing for a few spots at the label and dying to make it—literally.

I don’t look much different from everyone else, yet I somehow feel ostracized. I grip the sink with both hands and stare down at my black fingernails. My perfect skin and the flawless makeup on my face as my jet-black hair falls in easy waves down past my shoulders.

I have a crop top on with a pair of joggers and black Jordans. I’m trying to go for the cute-but-casual look for this audition.

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