Pairing: Yongguk x OC Genre: Fantasy, with Angst and Smut to come Summary:
a vampire attack leaves you almost dead, you are rescued by a group
of werelions, powers long thought to be extinct. Upon discovering the
same power flows in your blood, you join their fight against
encroaching vampires and another, very human monster, to save the kingdom. Previous parts: 1, 2, 3, 4,
words still preoccupy your mind the next day. And the next. You find
yourself watching your companions more closely for any sign of his
story. You eventually attribute their lack of physical scars to the
healing factor, but what of the deeper, emotional scars? How can your
friends go through their days smiling and joking and teasing when
they underwent such suffering? Only when they train or ride off to
hunt does the grimness come forth. Though you cannot imagine the
wounds such experiences would leave, they cannot be ones easily
your companions were treated in such a way still baffles your mind in
a disturbing way. In tales, weres are heroes. Saviors of the kingdom
held in high esteem for their sacrifices and power. The Goddess
teaches that all life is sacred and that violence should only be used
as a last resort to deal with those who threaten life. To treat weres
as creatures unworthy of respect or decency is unthinkable. To have a
king who would oversee this is even more so. You can understand why
Himchan said they hate him more than vampires. Vampires are monsters
by nature. The king is one by choice.
try to remember what you can of the king. In the far off Capitol, he
is a power faceless but for the rough likeness stamped on every coin.
Occasionally, people grumble of raised taxes here and there, but
under him, your kingdom continues to enjoy long peace. You vaguely
remember his wife dying in childbirth and his reputation as a gifted
seer, but nothing else. Nothing that would hint at the fiend who secretly turns children into soldiers.
eyes come to rest on the two youngest of the pride. You feel an affectionate smile
tug at your lips at Junhong and Jongup dozing in their chairs.
Despite only knowing them a matter of days, you feel protective of
them. Perhaps it is the very human craving for connection with
others. Each were is already dear to as childhood friends. Well, all
look to Yongguk. Trusting him is unquestionable, but you sense a
tension in his shoulders when you are around him and it sets you on
edge as well. He barely speaks to you. Since your second night, the men have taken turns staying behind with you while the others hunt
so you are never alone with him. He forgave you for challenging him.
What other offense you could have possibly given remains
unfathomable. He smiles and speaks less than the others, but that
seems to be his nature rather than because of you.
the alpha has been even more quiet since your trip to the wolves, but
sometimes you can feel him watching you as carefully as you do them.
Yongguk’s eyes always flick away when you notice, as if you were
another part of the keep. He also hasn’t said anything about today being
the beginning your training. You hope the wolves’ news changed his
reticence. If not, you will have to win all of the others to your
look like you are solving the problems of the ages.” Himchan steps
in front of you, cutting off your view of Yongguk.