MC disappears after Rika returns
Go to Part 1 here
Everything seemed to be going fine. Rika had the RFA running smoothly again. It wasn’t perfect, but she kept smiling, and she carried everyone along in her happy-trance.
Then V died.
Everyone had questions, how, why, what happened? Broken and falling apart, Rika didn’t answer. Everyone let her keep quiet, they dropped the issue. They didn’t want to hurt the girl who had already been through so much.
The RFA all seemed to pull in together to help support her. They helped her with the funeral, kept everything small. She tried tucking everything away, locking it up with a smile.
Seven and Yoosung helped go through V’s belongings with her.
Tucked away on the top shelf, Seven found a box, coated in dust. In it laid a letter. His heart stopped for a moment when he saw the name on it.
It’s on their way out of Rika’s that Seven tells him.
“MC… I think I might be able to find them.”
“Seven, they’re gone.. I thought we’ve moved past this.”
“…I found this.”
The moment he sees your name, he’s denying it. “No, Seven, she’s gone. She’s gone, we just.. we just started moving on Seven. We can’t break about it again.”
”This might be the clue we need. It’s been hidden this whole year, by V, maybe even by Rika. It might be enough to find them.”
He doesn’t want it to be real.
He was just getting used to you being gone. He was just getting used to Rika being here again, instead of you.
He was just starting to accept that Rika was back, that V was dead, and that that was that.
And now Seven is kicking up dirt.
Rika can’t be part of it all.
-”Rika… we found a letter. From MC. Do you.. know anything about it?”
-”What was in the letter?”
-”Seven has it…”
-”Oh, okay. Come back and tell me about it”
“You… you think you can find them?”
She almost can’t believe it, yet here Seven is, calling her and telling her. It had been months.. a year? Is it really a year now? Yes. It had been over a year since you disappeared.
She must’ve lost track of time… she was so focused on work. She hardly notices the change of day, she only knows work and sleep. Her life deteriorated after your disappearance. She didn’t know how much you affected her life until you were really gone…
“I’m positive I can. I just… I need your help. I need to get more information from Rika. I think she’s hiding information around MC’s disappearance, but she isn’t going to let me get anywhere near it. If you could get it, or get Yoosung to help you..”
“I’ll try Seven. I’m heading out now.”
Jaehee doesn’t quite know what she’s doing, she just knew she was at work… and now she’s at Rika’s. And then walking in, and offering help.
“I got out of work early, I was just wondering if you wanted some help.”
Confusion shows on her face before Rika nods, smiling. “I’ll take all the help I can get. There’s so much to take care of, I.. I never realized there would be so much.”
She bustles off into the other room, and Jaehee takes the chance to look around. Papers are everywhere, stacks upon stacks, packed away into boxes. What caught her eye is a small white box.
Without thinking, she snatched it up and tucked it into her bag. Rika returned then lead her into another room, showing her just how to help more.
-”There’s a letter from MC?”
He can’t help but notice the chatroom right when he wakes up.
-”Why didn’t we know about this before?”
Rika is quick to respond
-”V had many secrets, even from me. I didn’t even know about the letter”
All of the suspicion he once had arose again. Zen just doesn’t know if he can trust her anymore.
You’ve held just as many secrets he can’t help but think.
Leaving the chat, he messages Seven.
-What do you know about MC?
-Jaehee just got some more letters. I’ll let you know as I find more
-where’d you get the letters?
-What do they say?
-they’re letters she received. from MC
she mentioned a threat….
i think rika threatened MC
-She…. she did what?
-I got that already. But… why?
-MC was probably a threat to her..
i have to go
-Keep me updated.
Rika messages Zen soon after.
-Can you come help me? I’ve been having trouble finding some of my things in all this chaos.. Jaehee and I can’t seem to get through this mess
Hesitantly, he heads out.
“Why are you here? I’ve heard from the others that MC is…”
“Is MC really…?”
“I think I can find them. The letters Rika sent… I think I know where MC has gone.”
“What do you need?”
“I need a reason for MC to come back here. And a way to get them here.”
“I’ll take care of it.”
Hesitatnly, Seven nods. “Here, this is where MC is now. I managed to find them… finally. I finally did it.”
“Yes, you finally did. I’ll take care of it from here. You need to go and get a decent meal though. You look like death, and if MC comes back to see you like this–”
“I’ll… I’ll be okay. I’ll be okay now.”
“Wait a second.”
“I heard that MC was threatened. What was the threat?”
“…we’ll take care of that when the time comes.”
With Seven out, Jumin looks at the address. MC… you’re so far away he thinks. I think you’ll come back though, if you were to hear of a death.
After he sends the message and a plane ticket, he decides to check up on Jaehee.
Last he heard, she headed over to Rika’s.
It is late. He knows Jumin had sent the plane ticket. You would be arriving soon, if you were coming at all.
For all he knows, you could easily just ignore them. They could’ve also have found the wrong person. You could’ve been too busy.
There are so many reasons for you not to come….
He is surprised when he sees you. You, nervously walking out of the airport, new haircut, shaking hands, big eyes. Small bag, lightly packed. You didn’t plan to stay.
But what matters… is that you are here.
Your eyes fall upon Seven, then fill with tears. You shake your head, “Oh, Seven, I never should’ve come.”
“Why? MC, you’ve been gone, with no explanation, I… I‘m sorry. I should’ve helped you, I should’ve noticed there was something wrong, but I just didn’t notice. I was so blind.”
“I… crap, no, I shouldn’t have come. It’s not because of you, it was never because of you.”
“Then what was it? What did Rika do that scared you away so bad?”
“She threatened (insert your favortie mm charrie). I… I can’t let her do that.”
“You already have, MC. Just by returning. You already have.” A sickly sweet voice chimes. Walking up behind Seven, there is Rika with the rest of the RFA. “I never wanted it to get so big, it was supposed to be so simple. Don’t come back. But maybe it’s best, now that you’re here, to just end it all. We can all leave together, can’t we? It’ll be a much better place for all of us.” She pulls out a gun, and smiles sweetly. “How about we start with (insert your favortie mm charrie)?”
“No!” You yell, and you dart forward to stop her.
A bullet flies through the air, and that’s when goes to chaos.
Somewhere among it all, the gun is flung to the floor. Rika falls, left in a stun. And Saeran comes running out in shock, holding a heated gun.
“I– I— it… it wasn’t supposed… no.. no, God, no, fuck fuck fuck….”
He takes your limp hand. “Fuck!” He yells, clenching his fist. “No this wasn’t, this wasn’t supposed to… Fuck! It was supposed to be her, not you… not you….”
He holds the gun up as everyone crowds around. Security is already surrounding the group, yet Jumin holds up a hand to have them stand off.
“G–go away! It’s your fault to begin with, all of your faults! You never fucking listened to MC, now did you? Look at where the fuck it got you!”
He looks down at you, at the crimson bleeding into your sweater. Your eyes were starting to gloss over, but after a few sputtering coughs, you smiled painfully, “Saeran…. it’s okay. Don’t blame them. I love them. Like I love you. I’m sorry that I could have been better for all of you…. I’m sorry.”
A few more coughs, each sounding increasingly more painful.
Saeran lowers the gun, then breaks down into tears.
“The ambulance is getting close,” Jumin says, his voice rough. He looks down at you for just a moment, where someone is helping with the bleeding, before he clears his throat. “I’m sorry. I’ve let you down MC, I could’ve done more, I could’ve protected you… Nothing will be the same without you, you have to make it. Okay? “ He turns away with that, shielding his face from view.
Jaehee slowly crouches down next to you and Saeran, taking your hand. “It’ll be okay MC,” she says, her voice high and watery, “we’re here for you this time… we… we aren’t going to leave you now.”
Shaking his head, Yoosung stares down, “I…. MC… I’m… I’m so sorry. I wish I could’ve been better for you, I wish I could’ve been good enough to stop this, so that… so that you could.. be okay…” He bites his lip, unable to say more. He wipes at his eyes, “I’m here for you until the end this time, okay..?”
“We’re all here until the end this time, I promise you MC… I’m not going to leave you, we’re going to be by your side now. You… you gotta make it for us, okay? We won’t be anything without you.” Zen says, laying a hand on your shoulder. His other hand he holds up to his mouth, wiping at his eyes, or holding back words that might come pouring out of him.
Seven stays in the background until the ambulance comes. He watches as they help you on to a stretcher, and he watches as the life fades out of your eyes. Any moment now, you’ll be gone. The ambulance never could’ve saved you. He knows that. He doesn’t want to accept it, doesn’t want to address it.
But now you’re leaving, taken away on the ambulance for the last time he’ll see you.
He rushes over, takes your hand, and whispers in your ear, “MC… I’m so sorry… I’m sorry I’ve never been good enough for you, that I got you into all of this, that I couldn’t protect you…. I promise…. we’ll see each other again, okay? I promise…. we’ll be able to see each other on the spaceship one day.”
And then the ambulance rushes you away.
The letter they found from V was tucked away in a box.
It wasn’t hidden, wasn’t meant to be hidden at least.
Rika of course kept it away from them.
But she wasn’t here to hold the secrets out of reach anymore.
And V was ready to pour them out into the open in the many letters he wrote, but never could send.
The RFA was shattered after this.
There was so many issues that broke trust, shattered confidence and structure.
Instead of breaking apart, it drew them closer together.
They worked harder than ever before to do good.
But they watched out for each other, kept each other from overworking themselves. They created a group built on trust, so that they could have confidence and closeness and openness amongst each other.
They did it in memory of you.
You changed their world.
And they could never forget you.