Summary: No one said, becoming prince’s future wife servant is going to be easy.
Genere: Angst, fluff (?)
Warnings: Voilence (somehow), swearing
Pairing: Kim Jongin x Reader
Becoming lady Shin’s private servant was probably the worse thing I’ve ever experienced. When we were alone, she was cunning and bossy, but every time she was outside her room she changed into totally different person. She turned into kind and polite women with fake, but perfect smile on her face. I am still wondering why she chose me. Maybe she figured out that something happened between Jongin and me. Back then, when lady Shin arrived, he didn’t want her to pick me. Damn it. He even lied that I’m a seamstress. But there is one thing I know for sure. Lady Shin is smart. Too smart to miss something like this.
I was running to her room with another cup of tea in my hands. She told me she wanted to drink some coffee, so I just went to the kitchen to make some. When I came back, the first thing I saw was her devilish, cunning smile. She changed her mind. She wanted tea. I had no choice, but to obey. Lady Shin threatened me with a night in the dungeon. For her I wasn’t a human being. For her, I was like an item, her property.
Pushing the door open, I stepped inside her room. Lady Shin was sitting on a big sofa with a book in her hands.
“Finally” she put it down “What did take you so long?”
“I am sorry, my lady” I said and got closer to her “I just could not do it any faster”
“What a pity” her high-pitched voice always sent shivers down my spine “You better hurry next time. Because you know what will happen, right?”
I nodded. Thank to this few days with her, I just got used to the threatens.
I haven’t seen Jongin at all. I spent my whole time in lady Shin’s room, or just somewhere close to it, doing everything she wanted. I know Jongin and lady Shin were engaged, but it was obvious he didn’t want that marriage. But lady Shin was loved that idea. She loved that now, people had to show her even more respect than before.
Taking a deep breath, I bent down to place the cup on the table in front of Jongin’s fiancé. Of course, my clumsiness showed once more at the wrong place, in the wrong time. My ankle twisted and I spilled whole drink on lady Shin. I heard her scream and the next thing I felt was sudden pain. She pushed me so hard, I hit the ground and the empty cup crushed next to me. Shattered glass almost reached my hand.
“You peasant idiot!” she shouted and her palms went to her red dress “I just have enough of it!”
I started to look around me, not sure what to do.
“I am so sorry, my lady… I-”
“Just shut up!” she interrupted me and stomped her feet “Just shut up, you fucking servant!”
I’ve never heard any of the royals use such a language. Even when king Doyun was angry, he still controlled himself.
“I told you” her voice was ringing in my head “You do something wrong once more, you sleep in the dungeon”
No, no, no, no. I didn’t mean to do anything bad. She chose me as her private servant and now she’s insulting me and threatening me. That’s not how the future queen be like. Sadly, no one except me knew who she really was.
“Tonight, you are not going back to your room” she started to clean her dress “The guards will show you the way to your new bedroom”
What else could I say? I was only a servant, I was no one compared to her. I just sat on the ground with tears in my eyes, my whole body shaking. Now, I needed him. I needed Jongin. Even though I was trying to forget him for my own good, I just needed him to be here with me. I couldn’t handle being lady Shin’s private servant any more. I just wanted to scream into her face that she doesn’t deserve to be here and she doesn’t deserve Jongin. I wanted her to know who I really am.
But it didn’t matter now.
“Get up” she said harshly
I obeyed and in the moment I stood up, she grabbed me by my shoulder. Her fingers tightened around me and I almost hissed from unexpected pain. She pulled me with her and started walking to the door. I almost stepped on the broken glass. Lady Shin opened the door and almost threw me outside.
“Take her to the dungeon” she ordered the guard standing on my left “She’s spending the night there… And don’t give her anything to eat”
He didn’t even have to nod because she stormed back to her chamber, loudly shutting the door.
I took a deep shaky breath. Night in the dungeon without any meal sounded terrifying. I barely had time to eat in the morning because she needed me so early, so now I was starving.
“She’s horrible, isn’t she?” the guard’s question surprised me
“Y-yeah” I sighed and looked at him carefully “She is”
I wasn’t sure if I saw him before, but if I did I would remember him. He was tall and had fluffy white hair. Next thing I noticed were his pointy, yet cute ears.
“I’m Chanyeol” he introduced himself “And you?”
“Y/N” I replied “But I’m sure you’ll forget it”
“I promise I won’t. I will forever feel guilty for taking Y/N to the dungeon”
I managed to smiled at his words. For sure, he was some kind of moodmaker.
I didn’t want to sleep in the cell so badly. I was scared, terrified. I’ve never been in the dungeon before.
“I’m sorry, but I think me need to go” Chanyeol continued “Lady Shin might come back soon and I bet she won’t be happy to see you’re still here”
I slightly nodded and swallowed loudly. We began walking to the dungeon.
Another rat’s squeal echoed in the corridor, sending shivers down my spine. I was sitting in the corner of the cell on a small shaft of hay. I guess it was supposed to be some kind of bed for the prisoner. I brought my knees to my chest. I couldn’t sleep, even knowing it was the middle of the night. I had the feeling that I’m not alone here, but I wasn’t able to see any other person here. Guard or a prisoner. No one.
Night in a cell, in a big wet dirty dungeon without any meal for spilling coffee on a dress? That just didn’t sound right. It’s not a thing a good queen would do.
I was starving. I haven’t eaten for the whole day. It was freezing here and the only thing I was wearing was a thin dress for servants. My breath was shaky and I could feel shivers going through my whole body.
Once more I caught myself humming the anthem of Southerlands. My father taught me this melody when I was young. It was one of a few things I remembered about my home country. I couldn’t recall the flag or anything else. Just the anthem. Somehow it made me feel better. It made a small spark of hope appear in my heart. Maybe one day, people will finally know who I really am.
Suddenly, I heard loud and fast footsteps echoing in the corridor. I stopped singing and my eyes immediately went to the grille. They were getting louder and louder. Someone was getting closer with every second. Was it lady Shin? Other prisoner who managed to escape? Maybe the guards?
“Oh, God” the soft voice I’ve heard made me tear up
My eyes met gentle, brown ones of a person I wished to see for a long time.
“Jongin” I whispered looking at him
When my voice broke down, I saw him tightening his grip on the grill. I could tell he was angry. But not at me.
“We have to get you out of here” his voice was soft and quiet
“Your highness” a guard appeared next to him “You shouldn’t talk to the prisoner”
“What is she doing here?” Jongin ignored his words
“Lady Shin ordered to take this servant girl here”
“Open the cell”
I couldn’t see clearly from here, but enough to know how surprising prince’s statement was.
“Or just give me the keys” Jongin continued
“B-but your highness, lady Shin said-”
“I don’t care what she said!” the prince yelled “Just open it!”
The guard hesitated, but after a while, I’ve heard the clink of the keys. The cell opened and Jongin stormed inside. He grabbed me by my shoulders and pulled closer to him.
“You are so cold” he whispered “How long have you been sitting here?”
Tears started to fall from my eyes.
“I have no idea” I let him embrace me
“I will get you out of here now” he gently caressed my head “Can you stand up?”
I slightly nodded. He gently moved strand of my hair from my face and touched my cheek. I caught myself leaning for his touch. Jongin grabbed my hands and helped me stood up. My legs were shaking, so he just wrapped his arm around my waist, to help me keep balance. We began to walk, but I almost immediately started to get dizzy. I couldn’t feel my knees. Without a word, he put one of his hands under my legs and the second one under my back. He lifted me up and walked out of the cell. I curled my fingers on his shirt.
“If you will tell someone what happened here” Jongin hissed at the guard “I’ll make sure you will lose your job as soon as it’s possible”
He didn’t even wait for his answer. I’ve never seen him like this. Angry and threatening others. The most surprising thing about it was that I was the reason of it. Or more like, what lady Shin did too me.
“I will never forget what she has done to you” Jongin whispered against the top of my head “Never”
I felt myself losing consciousness, but for some reason I felt safe.
I woke up with a terrible pain in my back. I was sure it was a consequence of sitting by a hard cold wall of the cell. I slowly opened my eyes, trying to ignore the brightness going through the window.
“You woke up”
The voice I’ve heard made me shift on my arm. Jongin was sitting on the chair next to the enormous bed I was lying on. I looked around. I just couldn’t mistake this place. This was his room, and I’ve been sleeping in his bed. Pink flush appeared on my cheeks.
“Yeah” my voice was husky
“Did you sleep well?” he asked and folded his hands
“Yes, thank you… I’m just a bit sore”
He let out a sigh and his brown eyes landed on me. I looked down. I was wearing a big grey and silky shirt. It ended right above my knee and the sleeves were too long. It must’ve belonged to Jongin. I crossed my legs flustered and my hands went to the hem of the material. I didn’t remember changing. I was wearing the servant’s dress last night.
“Um…” I didn’t know how to ask the question “D-did you…”
“Did I help you change?” he raised his eyebrow at me and when I nodded, he just laughed quietly “No, don’t worry about it. I asked some female servant to do this, but first I made sure she was trustworthy. She’s not going to tell anybody”
I didn’t know what to say, so I just let silence fill the room. It wasn’t awkward. We both knew we needed that, to think about everything. Previous words were just excuse to talk to each other.
“I forgot to tell you” Jongin got up from the chair and walked to a small table “I asked to brought it here for you”
He returned with a tray. Suddenly, I remembered how hungry I was. I haven’t eaten for whole day, whole night and probably some hours more. On the tray I saw a small plate with croissant, on the other ones there were pancakes with some topping, french toast and an apple. I also saw a glass of orange juice and a cup of tea. I was wondering how will I eat all of this.
“You stare at the food with such an awe” Jongin laughed “You look funny… But cute”
Normally, I would blush, but I was still mesmerised.
“Thank you” I whispered “It’s all for me? Really?”
“Of course” he shrugged
I smiled brightly and began to eat. The food tasted amazing, probably because I was absolutely starving before, but I didn’t care. I quickly drank the juice and the tea. As I finished consuming, I sighed loudly and fell back onto the mattress.
“You must’ve been really hungry” the prince said
“I was” I murmured “Thank you once more. No one gave me that much food since I became a servant”
“So you weren’t a servant before?”
Now I realised what I’ve just said. It was so close, my secret would be revealed. I couldn’t tell him. At least not now.
“Yes, but it’s a long story and I don’t like to talk about it” I shook my head, hoping he didn’t find out anything “Jongin… How did you know I was in the dungeon?”
“I went to lady Shin’s room in the afternoon because my father wanted me to show her around the palace. When I came there, I saw a cup shattered on the floor. I asked her what happened and she told me…” he took a deep breath “She told she snt you to the dungeon for disobeying her. I didn’t want to come for you in the middle of the night. I wanted to come earlier, but my father told me to stay at the meeting about…”
He hesitated. I saw that. He just didn’t want me to know something.
“About what?” my curiosity won
“About my marriage” he breathed out
I blinked a few times and looked down. How could I forget about it even for a few seconds? I was serving his future wife after all. Lady Shin didn’t deserve him. Jongin was too good for her.
“Y/N” he sat on the bed and grabbed my hand “It wasn’t my decision. I finally have an opportunity to tell you that I don’t want it. I don’t want to marry lady Shin.”
I wasn’t brave enough to look at him.
“Then what do you want?”
“I want you” he took my chin between his fingers and made our eyes meet “I want to be with you everyday. Whole day and whole night. I want to fall asleep next to you and wake up next to you. I want to spoil you as much as I can because you are my only one. My treasure. I want to cuddle you, kiss you and do things I shouldn’t even think about. Trying to stay away from you was driving me crazy. It’s just impossible for me”
He let go of my chin and looked down. I saw his hands curling on the sheets.
“I told you before, when we were in the garden… I started to be interested in you when I first saw you in the palace. There was something in you that mesmerised me. After that night, during my birthday party, a small spark of hope appeared in my heart. I thought it would be gone by now, but it’s not” he took a deep breath “If you don’t want the things I want the just tell me. I will-”
“Who says I don’t want it?” I cut him, mustering up my courage
He was just staring at me when I took his face in my hands.
It won. The need of Jongin won. I know it was risky, but I just couldn’t help it. I was saying that I’m trying to forget him for my own good. Who was I lying to? Me? The others who didn’t actually know about anything? It just didn’t have sense anymore. It didn’t have it even at the beginning. I knew it before. Prince Kim Jongin was like a drug which I was addicted to.
I connected our lips in a firm, yet sweet kiss.
Author’s note: Sorry for not updating for so long!
The members’ Concepts in TOUCH MV but then comes Junjin!! .. Junjin: What the hell is a “car accident” concept?!! Is it even a concept? Maybe..coz I like cars?!! Eric: No! Coz when you got your first car, you crashed it right away! LOL