My Pet Cat Turned Into A Boy - Chapter 9 - Bad Days All Around!
‘No. No. No. No. HELL,
‘C’mon, Casey! You can’t
seriously be that scared?’ said Chen
I shot him a deadly look
which turned out to be a bad idea because it involved looking down, I squawked
and tightened my grip around the branch I was currently hugging. I could hear
Tao laughing hysterically.
We had been the only ones
about the manor today with nothing to do, so we’d decided to go for a walk
outside. I should have known that anything involving these two would end badly.
I’d spotted an apple tree
and commented wistfully on how I loved making apple pie. Of course, Chen and
Tao had immediately climbed up the tree and began picking apples. Then Chen had
noticed I was still on the ground.
I suppose I was also at
fault, I hadn’t wanted to admit my terrible fear of heights, especially to Chen
of all people – childish, I know.
But he was like a
bloodhound after a trail, and provoked me to the point that I had thrown all common
sense out the window, and climbed the damn tree.
It hadn’t been too bad
while I was climbing, but then I’d happened to look down, and, Oh my god, everything be swaying like I’m drunk in the club – and not in a good way. All of a sudden the ground seemed to be a thousand miles away.
So, of course, I’d done
the only logical thing, and wrapped myself around the nearest branch with my
eyes closed, and refused to come down.
I drew in a shaky breath.
‘Guys, I’m not being funny or anything, but I think you’re going to have to
call the firefighters, or possibly a helicopter.’
Now, both Tao and Chen
were laughing hysterically. Great! I just love
not being taken seriously when I’m in mortal danger.
Tao calmed down enough to
suggest. ‘If you don’t wanna climb down, just jump and I’ll catch you.’
‘I’ve got a better idea,
how about I take your belt AND STRANGLE YOU WITH IT,’ I shouted down,
‘Cas, honestly, I’ll catch
you. Don’t you trust me?’ asked Tao sounding like he was pouting.
‘No offense, but you’re
not Aladdin, so no,’ I said tersely.
‘I’m going to have to
agree with her on this one, bro,’ said Chen laughingly.
‘What!? Why?’ Tao
‘Cause you drive like a
maniac, and you use your sword to stab food that’s out of your reach at
dinner,’ Chen obliged him with an answer and before Tao had time to react he
turned back to me. ‘But he did have a point, Casey. I’m sure that between the
two of us…well, surely, one of us is bound to catch you.’
‘Yeah, I feel so much
more reassured now,’ I said,
‘Good! We’re finally
getting through to you then,’ said Chen.
His voice sounded from
right behind me, and I almost jumped out of my skin when I found him sitting
right next to me.
‘How did you that!?’
‘Skills,’ said Chen
‘Don’t worry, Casey,
we’ll help you down,’ said Tao.
I ventured a peek at him,
and Tao smiled up at me reassuringly. I returned a somewhat wobbly smile.
I felt a hand on my arm.
‘Turn around, and put your arms around me. I’ll help you dangle from this
branch so it’ll be easier for Tao to catch you. It’s really not that far down.’
‘For you maybe,’ I
complained but I cautiously turned around to face him anyway.
I kept one arm around the
tree tightly and slowly rested my other hand on the branch, and looked at Chen
‘It’s alright. I’m a lot stronger
then I look – what with super strength and all. I won’t let you fall,’ he said
with a smile.
I put one arm around him,
and then with a little persuasion – okay, maybe a lot – I put my other arm
around his waist. I panicked for a horrifying second, and hid my face against
his chest, holding him tight.
‘No need to squeeze me to
death,’ he complained, but I felt his hand stroke my hair comfortingly.
‘Stop being so nice to
me,’ I mumbled against his shirt. ‘It’s weird.’
‘Duly noted,’ he laughed
After a slight pause, I
added. ‘And for the record I never once thought you looked weak.’
‘Casey,’ he said, suddenly
I looked up at him.
He squinted down at me. ‘Are
you trying to seduce me?’
‘Don’t be an idiot.’
‘It’s no fun if you react
like that,’ he pouted.
‘Okay, now, you’re going
to put your arms around my neck, and then you’re going to swing your left leg
over this trunk, and I’m going to lower you as far down as possible, so Tao can
grab you, okay?’
‘Okay!? Most definitely not
‘Oh, so you have a better
idea. Let’s hear it then?’ said Chen.
I gave him a bitter look
and reluctantly wound my arms around his neck. Our faces were pretty close and
for the first time I noticed how long his eyelashes were.
‘Okay, good. Now bring
your leg over to this side.’
I looked down and
swallowed. ‘I think…I think I’m going to be sick.’
‘You’re not going to be
sick. Just trust me. We won’t let you fall, I promise,’ said Chen patiently.
‘Don’t look down! Look at me.’
I looked away from the
ground and did as he told me. I started bringing my left leg around slowly then
‘It’s okay just let go.
I’m holding you,’ said Chen.
I took a deep breath and
dropped my leg from the branch so I was left dangling from it. I panicked when
I just felt air all around me and started kicking my legs around and squirming
to get back up.
‘Calm down, Casey. And
whatever you do don’t look…dammit!’
I had looked down,
and…fainted. Yes, I passed out cold like a complete ninny.
‘Got her!’ Tao’s voice
When I came back to, the
first thing I felt was a soft rocking motion. I opened my eyes and saw Tao
smiling down at me. I realised he was carrying me in his arms back to the
‘How are you feeling,
sleeping beauty?’ asked Chen.
I looked to the side and
saw him chewing on an apple, and swinging a whole bunch inside an impromptu basket,
in the form of his hoodie, from his other hand.
‘You don’t have to carry
me. I can walk,’ I said groggily.
‘No way! I’ll carry you. You
gave me such a fright! I thought you’d died,’ said Tao.
‘Oh,’ I said while trying
to wrap my head around how embarrassed I was feeling right now.
‘You should have seen me
catch you, though. I was well cool, wasn’t I, gege? It was like a scene out of
a movie,’ said Tao looking extremely pleased with himself.
‘Never one much for
modesty, our Tao,’ commented Chen.
‘And thank you, Chen. I
owe you one, big time,’ I said gratefully. ‘You were both amazing.’
‘As long as you know,’
grumbled Chen, but there was a
small smile playing around his mouth.
‘Sort of like knights?’
asked Tao hopefully.
‘Yes, like knights,’ I
said with a smile.
‘Better then Aladdin?’
‘Tao?’ said Chen.
‘Shut up! You’re giving
me a rash.’
Tao pouted all the way
back to the kitchen. He put me down gently on a chair.
‘I never knew anyone
could be that scared of heights,’ he commented wonderingly.
I went red with
embarrassment. ‘My mum sent me to counselling for it when I was a kid because I
couldn’t even cross a bridge – it didn’t help much.’
‘Wow! That really sucks,’
‘It’s not a big deal.
Anyway, let’s get started on this apple pie. It’ll be faster if you guys help
me peel and slice the apples…and no, Tao, you’re not allowed to use your
‘What’s that wonderful
smell?’ asked a voice from the doorway.
I turned around to see
Minseok walk into the kitchen followed by Jongin.
‘It’s apple pie. Chen and
I helped Casey make it,’ Tao informed them happily.
‘And no one gets to eat
it unless they helped,’ said Chen.
Minseok’s face fell almost
‘Ignore him. Of course
you can have some. There’s more than enough for everybody,’ I told Minseok.
Minseok beamed at me.
‘I think you’ve just made
his day,’ said Jongin, laughingly.
‘So what did you guys do
today?’ asked Minseok sitting down next to Tao, and pulling a plate towards him.
‘Well let’s see,’ began
Chen in a sing song voice with a mischievous gleam in his eyes. ‘First, Casey
and I sat up on a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G.’
‘For heaven’s sake!’ I
‘Just kidding! We only
looked deeply into each other’s eyes, and then she wrapped her arms around my
neck and we held on to each other - like, for a really long time,’ said Chen, with a wink in my direction.
Tao stared at him
wonderingly. ‘Wow! When you say it like that
it sounds pretty intense.’
‘It was intense, wasn’t
it, Casey?’ asked Chen with an innocent look in my direction.
squinted at Chen in disbelief - I was going to kill him!
Minseok was looking at us
in some amusement. I looked quickly at Jongin who didn’t look one bit as amused
as he stared darkly at Chen.
‘I also carried Casey
bridal style all the way back here,’ contributed Tao.
I could have groaned out
loud. Jongin’s expression turned to one of confusion as he looked between us.
‘Wait! Did all this
actually happen?’ asked Jongin incredulously as he looked to me for an
‘Well, yes,’ I said glaring
at Chen as he began to laugh hysterically. ‘But it’s definitely not what it sounds like.’
‘This is getting good,’
said Minseok, around a mouthful of pie as he watched us keenly.
‘It’s not what it sounds like!?’ repeated Jongin in disbelief. He
closed his eyes and took a deep breath. ‘Okay, it’s okay. I trust you. I just
don’t trust him, so please,
I shot Chen a look that
promised a thousand painful deaths, but before I could say anything else, Tao
broke in with, ‘Casey was really scared, so she fainted from the tree, and I
‘Tao, you idiot! I wanted
to see her flounder through an explanation,’ said Chen looking disappointed.
‘But that’s mean,’ said
Tao. ‘Don’t worry, Casey, I got your back.’
Chen rolled his eyes.
‘You – what!?’ exclaimed
Jongin looking alarmed.
I somehow managed to
explain to him what had happened earlier – even with Chen’s constant
interjections of how I had “gasped with gratitude and helplessly buried my face
in his shirt”, or “seduced him with my tear filled eyes” or, my personal
favourite, “swooned in his arms”.
‘Who would have thought
that going for a walk in the garden could be so dangerous,’ commented Minseok,
much to Tao and Chen’s general hilarity.
‘Come with me,’ said
Jongin, suddenly grabbing my hand and pulling me out of the kitchen.
He dragged me away, until
we were well out of earshot, and into a small alcove half hidden behind a
tapestry of a pack of wolves.
‘Jongin, don’t listen to
Chen. You know what he’s like,’ I said exasperated only to find myself wrapped
tightly in an embrace.
‘I missed you,’ said
Jongin against my neck. ‘I just wanted to get you away from everyone, and have
you to myself for a bit.’
I felt my cheeks grow
warm and my heart beat faster as a thrill of happiness shot through me.
‘Don’t just randomly spout
mushy stuff, idiot,’ I said gruffly trying not to grin – and failing miserably.
‘Then don’t just randomly
go fainting from trees, idiot,’ he retorted softly.
He kissed my forehead,
then the tip of my nose, and then finally he cupped my cheeks and kissed me on
the lips. No matter how many times he kissed me I always felt like I was about
to suffer major heart failure. Everything in me just leapt into overdrive. I
had thought the feeling would eventually fade, but if anything it had just gotten
I leaned against him and
wrapped my arms around his neck. He pressed me back against the wall and
threaded his fingers through my hair. His lips were so incredibly soft against
mine that I couldn’t help myself, and gently bit his lower lip.
He pulled back in
surprise and touched his lip.
‘Sorry,’ I apologised.
‘No, I like it,’ he said
with a wicked grin. ‘It’s like you’re marking me as yours.’
‘There you go again,
saying unnecessary stuff,’ I said breathlessly.
Jongin bent his head and
brushed his lips against mine slowly and then…
‘Sorry to interrupt,’ I
looked up to find Chen leaning against the entrance not looking sorry at all.
‘But Junmyeon wants to speak to you.’
I wondered belatedly if
he had some sort of a death wish. Jongin punched the wall next to my head,
making me jump, and threw Chen a look that would have had a smarter man running
for cover, but Chen obviously didn’t qualify because he just stood there with
the most annoying smirk on his face ever.
‘I think you better go,
Jongin,’ I said trying to avoid a murder from occurring.
He swept an impatient
hand through his hair and sighed. ‘Yeah, okay.’
He grabbed my chin and
planted a hard kiss on my mouth. Chen wolf whistled and I could feel a blush
creeping up my cheeks. Jongin left looking very pleased with himself, while Chen
wiggled his brows suggestively at me, before following him.
Two days later, I was in
the library when I heard a commotion outside. I ran out of the library, and
followed the sound down the hallway. When I rounded the corner I stopped dead
at the scene that met my eyes.
Chanyeol looking frantic
as he carried a blood soaked Baekhyun in his arms, and Kyungsoo leading the way
with a grim look on his face.
‘Baekhyun!’ I cried, running forward.
‘He’s not dead, just
unconscious, but we need to stop the bleeding as quickly as possible,’ said
Kyungsoo, seriously. ‘Chanyeol, set him down on the dining room table. The
infirmary is too far.’
I ran ahead and pushed
everything off the table.
‘Wait a sec,’ I told
I ran to a chest of
drawers in the corner, pulled out a clean white tablecloth, and set it on the
Chanyeol laid Baekhyun
down as gently as he could.
‘There’s so much blood,’
I said hoarsely feeling like I had just walked into some kind of nightmare.
Kyungsoo strode back into
the room carrying a medical kit.
‘Do you know if Yixing is
back yet, Casey?’ asked Kyungsoo.
‘I’m the only one here,’
I answered, tremulously.
Baekhyun moaned and his
eyelids fluttered open.
‘Baek!’ I said grabbing
Chanyeol stared down at
him anxiously. ‘Don’t worry, buddy, we’re going to fix you right up.’
‘I’m not worried. I would
have been worried if I’d have had to carry your 6 ft1 ass back here instead of
the other way round,’ said Baekhyun with a grimace. ‘And don’t look so worried
you two, I’ve had worse… though nothing comes to mind at the minute.’
Kyungsoo was laying out
some pretty scary looking instruments on the table.
‘What happened?’ I asked.
‘We walked into a trap. We were completely
unprepared. Baekhyun got shot twice. He knocked his head on the floor and
passed out,’ Kyungsoo answered emotionlessly as he filled a syringe with transparent
‘Oh, so that’s what
happened. I’d been wandering myself,’ commented Baekhyun, a tad too cheerfully.
‘Don’t be so bloody blasé
about this – you could have died,’ I said without any real heat as I tucked a
lock of stray hair behind his ear.
‘One of you cut his shirt
off, and clean out the wounds,’ ordered Kyungsoo then he turned to Baekhyun
with a grim look on his face. ‘I’m going to give you some morphine but you’ve
got two iron bullets in you. You know what that means, right?’
‘No. No, I don’t. What does
that mean?’ I asked.
‘It means that any pain
relief is next to useless until the bullets have been extracted. Iron is like
poison to us. He’s going to feel everything,’ said Chanyeol quietly.
I looked at Kyungsoo in
horror. ‘There must be something else we can give him?’
Baekhyun tugged my hand
down. ‘It’s alright, Cas…don’t worry.’
I noticed how pasty his
skin had gone and the sweat beading his forehead.
‘Believe me, there is
nothing else,’ said Kyungsoo, firmly but not unkindly. ‘And if we don’t get them
out quickly they’re going to infect, and make him very ill. I’m pretty sure
they didn’t hit anything vital, so when Lay gets back he should be able to heal
him pretty well.’
Chanyeol was already
cutting Baekhyun’s shirt down the middle and peeling it away.
‘Whoa! Shouldn’t you like,
buy me dinner first,’ joked Baekhyun weakly.
Chanyeol snorted and
passed me a wet cloth that Kyungsoo had brought from the kitchen along with a
bowl of hot water. I blanked as I stared at all the blood leaking from the hole
in his shoulder and the other one lower down near his waist.
‘It probably looks worse
than it feels – ah!’ groaned Baekhyun as Chanyeol started wiping around his
‘Clearly,’ I said, dryly.
I started dabbing around
his other wound as gently as possible, but I could tell it hurt him.
‘Ok, that’s enough! Bite
down on this, Baekhyun,’ ordered Kyungsoo placing a strap of leather in front
of Baekhyun’s mouth.
Baekhyun sighed and took
the leather between his teeth. Kyungsoo glanced at me. ‘I think you better
leave the room. You’re not used to this.’
‘I’m not going anywhere,’
I said looking him dead in the eye.
Kyungsoo smiled slightly
and nodded. Baekhyun looked like he was going to protest but I just shot him a
look that brooked no arguments.
If Baekhyun could suffer
through this pain then I could bloody well handle at least this much.
‘Hold him down,
Chanyeol,’ said Kyungsoo.
Kyungsoo started cutting
into the wound with practiced precision. Baekhyun went rigid and closed his
‘It’s going to be
alright,’ said Chanyeol softly.
‘I can see it,’ said
Kyungsoo triumphantly. ‘I’m almost…’
Suddenly Kyungsoo went
still and his face paled. A sense of dread uncoiled itself and settled in the
pit of my stomach. Chanyeol looked up then did a double take as he noticed the
look on Kyungsoo’s face. I swallowed past the knot in my throat.
‘What is it?’ I asked, not
really wanting to hear the answer to that.
Baekhyun’s eyes snapped
open and he stared at Kyungsoo questioningly. Kyungsoo shook his head in
disgust and looked at Baekhyun. ‘The good news is I can still get it out. The
bad news is you’re screwed.’
‘Well, don’t sugar coat
it for him!’ I snapped, trying to cover up the fact that I was about two
seconds away from throwing up from nerves.
‘What’s wrong, Soo?’
asked Chanyeol worriedly.
‘This bullet was designed
in a way that when it entered his body it shattered and released… what I can
only assume is liquid iron, into his blood stream,’ said Kyungsoo. ‘It’s
actually quite ingenious.’
‘Ingenious? Really! I’m
busy dying here, and you’re admiring their craftsmanship!?’ said Baekhyun
indignantly, and then he gasped, and went deathly pale.
‘Ah. That must be the
iron spreading in your blood stream. And you’re not going to die…you’re just going to be in a lot of pain,’ said
‘Well, that’s a relief!’
muttered Baekhyun, sarcastically. ‘Yeollie, bring me the
strongest whisky in the mini bar.’
‘That’s not going to-‘
‘Believe me – it’ll help,’ interrupted Baekhyun.
‘Okay, let’s get this
show on the road,’ said Kyungsoo grimly. ‘You ready, Baek?’
Baekhyun took a
swig from the bottle of whisky and grinned. ‘I was born ready.’
He bit into the leather
once more and braced himself.
I stared down at the
floor unseeingly, my arms braced on my knees and my head resting against them
The sleeping form of Baekhyun
lay a few feet away in his bed. After three hours and a half, of agonizing
horror, we had finally managed to get a hold of Lay, and he had come back
immediately, and succeeded in healing Baek just enough that he was able to sleep.
‘Why don’t you go get some
rest, Casey?’ asked Chanyeol.
I looked over at him
sprawled in an armchair next to Baekhyun.
‘It’s okay. I’m fine,’ I
‘No offense but you look
wrecked. I’ll look after him,’ said Chanyeol with a kind smile.
When I didn’t answer him
straight away, he sighed and said. ‘At least go get cleaned up. ‘
I looked down at my
ruined clothes, they were soaked through with blood and in some places where
the blood had dried it was sticking to my skin. I must look a fright – but then
again, so did Chanyeol. I sighed in defeat, partly because a bath did sound
heavenly right now, and mostly because I was pretty sure I was one wrong word
away from bursting into tears and I rather not do that in front of anyone.
A loud thunder of steps
sounded outside in the corridor and the door swung open as Tao came busting
into the room like a tornado. His face fell when his gaze landed on Baekhyun.
‘How…how is he?’
‘He’s going to be fine.
We just had a few unpleasant surprises that will slow down his recovery, but
Lay said he’s going to be okay,’ answered Chanyeol.
Tao made a jerky motion
with his head then turned on his heel and stormed out of the room. I looked at
Chanyeol and he shrugged.
I meandered down the
corridors with the intention of going to my room but somehow I ended up outside
in the gardens. I took a deep breath and tried to dispel the terrible images
playing behind my eyes.
Baekhyun screaming. His
body bucking off the table as the iron burned in his veins. Kyungsoo’s blade
cutting into his flesh again, and again, as he tried to dig out all the
I took another deep
breath, and stiffened when I heard a muffled noise. I took a step in the
direction the noise was coming from and followed it around the corner of the
I froze as I caught sight
of Tao crouching with his back to the wall. His face was in his hands and his
shoulders were shaking. I realised with some shock that he was crying.
I really wanted to
comfort him but I felt that he might not appreciate my company at the moment. Just
as I was about to turn away, his head snapped up.
His eyes were red rimmed
as he looked up at me, a myriad of emotions crossed his face before he looked
down at his hands again, his shoulders slumping dejectedly.
I walked over and sat
down next to him.
‘Don’t worry, Tao. He’s
going to be fine,’ I said, and was proud when my voice didn’t waver.
I put my hand on his
shoulder gently, and he flinched. I quickly pulled my hand away. I started to
wonder if he was upset about something more. I sat silent, waiting for him to
make the next move, at least he knew I was there if he wanted to talk.
‘Do you really believe
that?’ he asked quietly, his eyes fixed on his hands.
I was about to reassure
him but something in his tone made me pause. I stared at him, and for some
reason a feeling of dread swept over me. But then he looked up and smiled.
‘I’m sorry. I’ve freaked
you out,’ he said, with none of the grimness that had been there before.
‘I can be a bit dramatic sometimes.’
After muttering something
about Junmyeon needing him and whining about how overworked he was, he stood up
and left. It was almost like I had imagined the desperation on his face.
One time Sehun and I were shopping for clothes in Hong Kong and I saw a pair of khakis for sale. So I thought ‘hm, they’re on sale so I should buy it right now right’ and so I did. I go to another aisle I see more khaki pants but the sign this time says “Buy three, get one free’ so I go and buy that one as well. So now I have about five khaki pants which I thought was a great idea cause I can wear one on monday, one on tuesday, one on wednesday, one on thursday and one on friday. It’s like I’ll never run out of khakis.