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A Soulmate AU where they only realise they are Soulmates when they say/read/hear each other’s names out loud followed by an immediate overflowing of emotion sparking inside of them. Instant realisation.
- He was already running late. This was not the first impression he wanted to give to everyone! He was in University! He was intelligent! He knew how to set a simple alarm!
- … in theory yes, in practise… not so much… hence the lateness…
- It also didn’t help that he couldn’t remember which lecture theatre he was meant to be in- which meant he had to stop and scan for his name at each door on the floor… four down three to go…
- Kim Yoosung… Kim Yoosung… Kim… nope not that room!
- When he got to the final room (because of course it had to be the final room) he managed to find his name… but his eyes were mysteriously drawn to another name, his mouth wrapping itself around the syllables before he knew what he was doing…
- “M… MC?”
- His heart felt like it was about to leap out of his chest, his knees went wobbly and his head felt light and fuzzy, yet so damn clear at the same time. Yoosung stilled himself, bracing his arms against the doorframe to insure he wouldn’t fall flat on his face.
- What was happening to him?
- He had never felt this way before- was he coming down with something? He touched the back of his hand against his forehead and sure enough he was warm and sweaty.
- Though, granted, it could have been because he had been running for the last fifteen minutes and trying not to burst out crying because he was going to be late- not because he was sick and dying.
- His stomach fluttered and his mouth ran dry… no, he must be getting sick. Maybe he shouldn’t have eaten that pizza that was left over… from three days ago. He really needed to start cooking more.
- Yoosung clamped his eyes shut and forced himself to breathe deeply, he could get through this. It was only one hour. He could do this.
- Opening the door, the newly blonde haired student waltzed into the theatre only to have the entire room turn to face him.
- Great. He must have been later than he thought he was.
- Only to have them all shrug and continue on with their conversations.
- Yoosung turned to his left to where their professor was meant to be standing, only to see it empty- the teacher was late? He wasn’t the last one to class? Finally! He managed to catch a break!
- Running a hand through his sweat soaked hair and laughing as he wiped his palm on his jeans, Yoosung shook his head at how stupid he was to worry so much… besides, chiding himself made it easier to forget the uneasy feeling coursing through his veins.
- It wasn’t a bad sensation, just… different. Good. Like little bubbles of pure emotion streaming through his blood. Why he felt happy and excited and nervous all at the same time… he didn’t know. Weirdest case of food poisoning he ever had that was for sure-
- He began to scan the rows of seats for the easiest spot to slip into and found one close to the middle just on the aisle without anyone sitting in between him and the girl on the other side, the really pretty girl laughing with her friends…
- Yoosung pressed his blunt nails into the flesh of his palm to wake himself up from his unintentional staring. He took in a bolstering breath and psyched himself up just so he could sit down, it’s not like the cute girl had noticed him or his existence or anything. It would be fine.
- Edging into the chair and adjusting the fold up side table he began to unpack his books and pens, only for his latest guide for LOLOL to slip out from between his textbooks.
- The girl next to him caught sight of the bright colours from the side of her eye and turned around, her eyes focused on the cover of the magazine before they shot up to look him in the eye.
- She was stunning. And she looked disgusted with him.
- “Tsk, another one of those computer geeks who do nothing but sit in their dark little apartments and fall in love with fictional characters,” she sneered as her friends cackled behind her… clearly none of them had grown up any since graduating from high school. Yoosung sighed and was about to shyly excuse himself when-
- “Yeah, that’s right! We sit in our apartments and fall in love with fictional characters who still have far more depth and strength of character in one pixel than you could ever have in your entire being… Girl- did you regress into your 7th grade form over the holidays after graduating- it’s cool if you did, I’d like to study you for my psychology lab- I’ll entitle it, ‘Dumb bitch, scared and out of her league, forgets how to act like a decent human being.’ Know what? Just leave- you’re not appreciated here- we wouldn’t want to infect you with our geekiness.”
- Yoosung turned around to see a girl with big earphones and an even bigger hoodie sitting forward giving the first (not so cute anymore) girl the most menacing glare he had ever seen, bar the ones his mother wielded.
- The group of girls huffed and tried to retort under their breaths before packing up and moving rows.
- Headphones girl clicked her tongue against the roof of her mouth as she made up her mind; she slung her cross-body bag over her shoulder as she clambered over the seats to sit next to Yoosung. The girl slightly winded from her almost-argument and her repositioning, offered the blonde boy a crooked grin- one he returned without hesitation.
- “So… LOLOL boy- you gonna let me look at that guide? I was meaning to pick one up today after class but since you have one right here…” she eluded as she quirked one eyebrow up to test if he caught her drift. He did. He handed her the guide.
thanks for before… I didn’t know what I should say, if I should say anything at
“No sweat LOLOL boy-”
“Hahah are you going to call me that forever?” he asked, laughing as he rubbed the back of his neck.
- The girl eyed him critically from behind the pages of the guide.
“Pretty much, yes.”
Yoosung chuckled as he twirled his
pen through the tips of his fingers, happy to feel the earlier wash of illness
and emotion wane into nothing but a sense of peace and calm.
“Well, can I at least have a name to call you? Butt-Kicking Classmate is kind of a mouthful.”
“And yet so apt-”
“Yes I understand this but-”
- “MC. My name is MC.”
The waning was nothing but the calm
before the storm, the eye of the tornado- and Yoosung was the poor cow stuck up
1000 feet in the air and she… she was the tornado. The boy sat back as he burnt
up, his cheeks flaring as he bit his lip to not shout out from the sheer heat
that he endured. Why did this happen every time he heard her name? Or said her
name? Or even thought of her name? It was infuriating!
“What should I call you if not LOL-”
“Yoosung. Kim… Kim Yoosung.”
- He had heard a soft gasp from behind the pages of the guide and he didn’t miss the way her hands trembled, or how wide her eyes had become. Slowly but steadily, MC drew the magazine down past her chin until her entire face was visible to him… that fluttering in his stomach, that fuzzy but clear feeling- it all came rushing back one hundred-fold.
- “Yoosung… Kim… you say?” she asked, her once confident voice all but whispered.
- He had never heard his name sound so beautiful.
- “Yes, Yoosung Kim…” he confirmed with the smallest of nods of his head, watching as she swallowed some saliva and captivated in the way her throat moved as she did so. He was entranced by the way her mouth seemed to want to do a thousand different things, smile, talk, laugh, scream… so damn expressive.
- MC clicked her tongue once more as she was wont to do when she made an important decision and put the guide back down on his desk before leaning forward, completely invading his personal space. Not that he was complaining. In fact… she could invade it more. It didn’t seem close enough.
Kim… I’ve been looking for you, for a long time,” she smiled, her warm hand
resting atop his, a flash of electricity passing through their touch.
“You have? Why? I’m just me, little old Yoosung…”
- She threw her head back and laughed and to him it sounded like bells chiming.
you are little old Yoosung, but from today - you are my little old Yoosung…” she pointed out as her pointer finger
booped him firmly on the tip of his nose.
“Well if I’m yours, th-then you’re mine!” he answered his chest puffing out slightly- why had he said that? When did he become so damn brazen? Was he going crazy?
“Hahaha, duh! If you’re my Soulmate then I’m your Soulmate- so of course I’m yours!”
“….. Soul… soul what?”
- His parents had never told him anything about Soulmates, didn’t prepare him for what was to come. He was hit by a truck and completely floored.
- The truck was named MC. He didn’t want to get up.
- “Care to explain?”
- MC stared at him completely dumbfounded, her mouth agape and her eyes even wider than before. She inhaled and nodded, resigning herself to the fact that the love of her life was completely innocent and that she did indeed have to teach him everything.
- It was going to be so much fun.
see when a man and a woman love each other very much-”
“MC I KNOW ABOUT SEX I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT SOULMATES!” he hissed loud enough for the two rows surrounding them to snigger at.
“Sex? Who said anything about sex? Geez, I say soulmate and you’re already trying to get into my pants-”
“MC!” he whined, his amethyst eyes large and pleading. Of course, she acquiesced.
- “Forever Yoosung. It means that you and me, until death do us part, no matter what… it’s me and you.”
- He took a moment to process this, that he had literally no choice in who he fell in love with- that fate intervened and made sure that he had someone to love and someone to love him in return for the rest of his life… it was just so much to take in…
- MC entwined her fingers with his when she noticed what she assumed was struggle painted on his face. This, he was going to have this, forever.
didn’t matter that he had just met the girl, that he knew nothing about her-
his body knew before he did.
He already loved her.
- He smiled and squeezed her hand back.
I think I’m okay with that.”
- His first motion picture…
- He was beside himself. He couldn’t believe that his agent had managed to get him this part! It was meant for a more well-known leading man and an unknown actress but they had fallen in love with how well he had read for the part and how well his headshots looked against the actress’s.
- He hadn’t been told who they had chosen, it wasn’t like it really mattered at the end of the day- the girl was an unknown, fresh faced and new in the show business role. She had never acted a day in her life but the casting director had seen her on the street and she had just the aesthetic he was after- it was just pure dumb luck that she was natural at acting.
- He had planned to talk to her at the read through but she had lost her voice and couldn’t attend… it wasn’t until they were both there for the first physical run through of the scenes that they actually met…
hi! You must be-”
“Yeah! You’re the actress playing MC right?-”
- He didn’t get to finish his sentence, nor did she.
- She was whisked off to fit some costumes and he… he couldn’t breathe.
- The moment he said MC, his lips started to tingle and an odd buzzing sound rang in his ears. His cheeks felt flushed and his heart beat raced. He couldn’t understand… he had said that name more than a thousand times whilst reading the script, not once did he ever feel that way. It must have been her. Seeing her and her face must have just solidified his character’s feelings inside him of course. That must be what it was.
- When she finally returned and they shook hands he could have sworn that he felt his own heartbeat beating in time with hers, palm to palm, one solid beat.
- Damn it he needed to focus and not get too lost into the character… his character was the love-sick fool not him! He was a professional! He had only met this girl! He-he
- … she had the most beautiful smile he had ever seen in his life.
- He had to thank whatever it was running through his system because he had never felt more “on” than at that moment. Every line he delivered to her felt authentic and organic, like he truly meant it. Looking around it was obvious that everyone else on set agreed, absolutely transfixed on the couple centre stage.
- He could feel every word she was saying to him like it was scripture; that every word of love and devotion that she spoke had the power to let him walk on air… and god he really wanted to try.
- He must have been a better actor than even he gave himself credit for, making himself believe that he was already half in love with the woman in front of him…
- He didn’t even want to stop rehearsing until the Director had called out three times for them to finish up, he was just a ball of energy and wanted nothing more than to release that through this amazing acting he and this actress were performing, he didn’t want to lose momentum.
- He didn’t want to lose what he was feeling…
- “H-Hey! MC! Did you want to go and get some lunch with me?” he had asked before realising that he had called her by her character’s name. He felt the blood flood his cheeks as he forced himself not to slap himself or just die from embarrassment. He couldn’t be that far gone into this role to already be thinking of her as her character… this is how idiots fall in love with co-stars… “I’m so sorry, habit, I didn’t mean to call you MC-”
“And why not? It’s my name too,” she smiled as she rested her hand on his bicep, the muscle there twitching instinctively under her touch.
- Zen was no fool. He knew what this meant. He knew, deep down, that he wasn’t that good of an actor to fool himself- damn it- he was already half in love.
- The only half evidently. She seemed completely unaffected… unless… had she said his name yet? No, she hadn’t. Only his character’s name!
- “How silly of me! All this time I’ve never introduced myself properly! Hello MC, my name is Zen, it’s a pleasure to meet you,” he beamed offering his hand out to her.
- She smiled and took his hand and laughed as he flipped it over to kiss the back of hers.
- “Oh! Hahah- wow! Um… yes, yes it’s lovely to meet you too Zen… Zen.”
- He watched in rapt fascination as her fingers curled around his almost painfully, how her eyes widened and how her jaw fell and closed but fell back down- as if she were trying to desperately find the words… or simply remember how to talk.
- “So… it’s true what they say…” he trailed off as he drew her closer with a simple tug of her hand still within his, “About when you meet your other half…”
Swallowing deeply and finally
blinking her burning eyes MC shook her head and took a step back, though, she
did not withdraw her hand.
“What do they say?” she asked her voice trembling as much as her body was.
“That when you finally say your Soulmate’s name- nothing else in the world sounds as beautiful. That nothing else tastes as nice as the name of your Soulmate on your tongue. That the mere thought of their name is enough to bring tears to your eyes…”
- She stared at him completely astonished by the ardent proclamations of this- stranger-
one says that,” she whispered as she licked her lips subconsciously her eyes
fixated on his, content on watching him worry at the plump flesh.
“Not out loud…”
“They should… So- um… lunch?” she asked finally pulling away and bringing her hand to her chest, her other hand cradling it almost tenderly, her fingers tracing the still- warm parts of her skin that he had held.
- They talked about anything that came to mind, their pasts, their dreams, their favourite food and their mutual aversion to cats. “A cat scratched my face when I was three and although I think they’re beautiful, I just… I just can’t.”
- Soulmates were made to be a perfect fit after all…
- Once they got back on set the tension between the two was so thick it was practically humming- everyone could see that something had happened over lunch.
- During a pivotal scene, where they were about to finally separate ways forever and part with a kiss…
- MC was looking at Zen, tears brimming in her eyes –geez what a talent- merely four lines away from their kiss and-
- … and she dropped her script and crossed the stage to kiss him. Completely unscripted. Completely inappropriate.
- It was perfect.
- “-But Director, they’re not meant to kiss yet-”
“Shhh… she’s absolutely right! The character wouldn’t be able to wait, she wouldn’t want to waste a moment with talk when these two people are all about action! Have the scriptwriters add it right away-”
- Zen smirked as they continued to share their first kiss with more than fifty random people around them. He didn’t care, the Director was right. They didn’t want to waste another moment- and suddenly- Zen didn’t mind being one of those idiot actors who fell in love with his co-star.
- “Okay guys we get the point, we should probably move on… guys?… guys?!”
- It wasn’t particularly easy being kicked out by your Uncle and Aunt… she didn’t have anyone… and she didn’t want to touch what little was left of her inheritance from her parents so- she figured it would be better if she found a part time job.
- That way her mind would be occupied at all times and she could indeed earn some money.
- Besides… working with coffee wasn’t a bad thing. Being a barista wasn’t a bad thing, even if it did mean she was practically drooling at every order she made, she figured there would be worse cons to a job… like being a slave to a tyrant who overworked you and never appreciated you- she shuddered. She never wanted to end up like that!
- It was a particularly busy day being the first weeks of winter, everyone would run in just wanting a cup of something warm to hold to help them heat up against the chill in the air, the poor brunette was already run off her feet. She was barely even looking at the customers in the eyes as she pushed their orders across the counter.
- Wiping the sweat off her brow with the back of her arm, Jaehee took a deep breath and let it out slowly. Soon. Her own break would be soon. Just the next order to do and she would be free for 30 glorious minutes.
- Pulling the last ticket off the machine so she could read her colleague’s sloppy writing a little easier, she memorised the order and proceeded to make it perfectly. Pouring it out into the large cup Jaehee took the receipt again to make sure she got the customer’s name right- MC…
- She nearly spilt the drink all over herself.
- That name. She’d seen it a thousand times before. Written it a thousand times before.
- But this time- this person’s name… it made her heart skip a beat. It made her heart feel full and happier than it had for the longest time. It made her want to laugh and cry at the same time. It made her think of a home, a real one with her and this MC.
- All from a name.
- Jaehee finished writing the name down on the cup neatly and carefully put the pen down. She licked her lips and inhaled and called out in a voice she hoped didn’t shake too much, “MC?!”
- “Oh here!?”
looked up to see an angel in a trench coat and beanie. Her skin kissed with
cold, nose and cheeks rosy and eyes bright. Such beauty right in front of her.
“Um… may I please have my order um… Jae-Jaehee?”
- The two women looked at each other from either side of the counter, the noise and hustle and bustle of the small coffee shop completely going unnoticed by them.
- Jaehee pushed the cup to the middle of the bench only to be met in the middle by MC’s hand, her gloved fingers wrapping themselves around her quivering digits.
- “I… this is…” she stammered unable to look away from the other woman’s eyes, her own honeyed irises large with disbelief.
- She couldn’t be that lucky… to meet them… to meet her so early in life…
- “It is,” MC answered her pink cheeks turning red as her lips curled into a stunning smile.
I don’t believe in-”
“I’m standing right here.”
“Nothing good ever happens to me-”
“Right in front of you.”
“I have a break now-”
“Let’s have a coffee.”
- For the first time since she started working there, Jaehee took her break front of house… with a customer no less… and no one batted an eye when 30 minutes turned to an hour. Then an hour into an hour and a half- the girl had never smiled like she did right then; who were they to take that away from her?
- They did however yell at her when she accidentally kept writing and calling out MC’s name for every order for the next day.
Preposterous. His father had spent his entire adult life looking for his
soulmate, convinced that every pretty woman who batted their eyelashes at him
and feigned to feel a strong connection to him
(his money) was the one. This
obsession with finding his Soulmate leading their family to shame and their
company to ruin.
- Well. Not. Him.
- He didn’t believe in such nonsense. Not once did he find a woman worth spending time with let alone believing them capable to be the other perfect half of your soul. That would be the day.
- All throughout high school he had one vapid girl after another clawing at him to say their name, hoping that he would feel the twinge in his heart and for butterflies to zoom out of his butt or some ridiculous notion like that. By the first month of school he refused to call any girl by their name and insisted on labelling everyone “Hey you there” or “Female student in front of me.”
- By the time he entered university, word had gotten out that Jumin Han just hated the idea of anyone being in love- because who would so vehemently refuse to even try to find their Soulmate? Who would look down on others just for trying to find a little piece of happiness? He was just an angry, lonely man.
- Not that they were entirely wrong on that assessment… but not entirely right either.
- Though, he didn’t let something like public opinion of him falter his course or his ideas- Jumin never thought much of other people’s talking of subjects they had no idea about. He took great pleasure it picking apart their arguments and making them sound like fools.
- Probably why he made such an excellent debater, Captain of the team in fact.
- In his final year of University, they were finally pitted against their rival school; not once in all the years he had been on the team had he had the chance to face off with the national champions- he was always called off to sit in with his father’s meetings or off sick; but not this time. This time he would meet them, crush them and reclaim the title for his school.
- He had tried every avenue to find out what they could about their new Captain but everyone was on lockdown, no one would talk and all means of electronically hacking their systems to find out who they were, were completely barred. He didn’t want to cheat, it would sully his victory- no he just wanted to be prepared. Know their history, their grades and whatnot- let it never be said that Jumin Han didn’t do his homework.
- The day of the debate arrived and sure enough familiar faces lined the opposite team- except one. A pretty girl he supposed, hardly what he would call imposing with her sweet smile and her intermittent waves to the crowd in front of them. Hardly Captain material, he’d be surprised if she was first chair… but wait- what was she doing sitting in the Captain’s chair?
- Good Lord.
- This was going to be too easy.
- Jumin barely heard the announcer listing off his teammates but he paused when he heard her name. It cut through him like a hot knife through butter, seared onto his brain.
- He felt nauseous, a cold sweat forming on his upper lip as his steel grey eyes raked over her smaller form.
- She looked just as shaken as he did; her hands ringing together ripping the tissues trapped between her fingers.
- He thought he was going to faint- what was this feeling? He mouthed her name and the feeling of illness slipped away only to be replaced with a wash of warmth? A silly tingling in his blood that seemed to be singing her name in his ears. His mouth was dry and his throat on fire, his palms lined with a sheen of sweat and his heart beating in the pit of his stomach. He didn’t know what was going on, he didn’t understand.
- He watched as MC calmed herself all the while keeping her gaze focused on him, her cheeking burning up the longer she stared. She ran her tongue along her lower lip and he had never been so charmed by a muscle in his life.
- Jumin she mouthed, maybe to him, maybe to herself- he didn’t know- what he did notice however was the way her hand clutched at her blazer just above where her heart would be. She didn’t look like she was in pain but she wasn’t exactly the same grinning woman he had seen moments earlier.
- Indeed, it seemed that Jumin could barely tear his eyes off her, he couldn’t pay attention to his teammates, he couldn’t take notes- he could only focus on her. Just how far had he fallen? Over hearing a name and seeing a pretty face? Get it together Jumin!
- Except he couldn’t. Every time he tried to rebut an argument he would instinctively look back at the opposite team and his eyes locked onto hers and he’d be lost. Each time he’d make any headway with his points he’d want to say her name instead, and of course, everything came out all tongue tied.
- Thankfully for him, her performance wasn’t much better, she was a blushing mess but still- a coherent blushing mess.
- Jumin’s university went home empty handed that year after all.
- But not Jumin, not this time.
- He wouldn’t lose twice in one day.
- “Hello there, good performance today.”
“I’m Jumin Han-”
“I know. I’m MC-”
“I heard, yes.”
teammates were calling for her to hurry up and get on the bus and she was about
to call back to them but was cut off by the suddenly confident opposing
Captain, “Please go on ahead- I will take MC home.” They looked at her and she
in turn looked up to him and shook her head at his cavalier and brash
assumption. He was just lucky it was the correct one.
“It’s fine guys, you heard what Jumin said- he’s going to take me home.”
- The silence in the auditorium was deafening. Jumin never spoke a girl’s first name and he certainly never let someone who just met him call him by his first name… unless…
- Jumin fiddled with the cufflinks in his sleeves trying to buy time before he had to speak again. MC picked at imaginary lint at her skirt in hopes that the man would continue his initiative.
- “I… I don’t know how any of this works… in fact until about an hour ago I was certain it was all a farce,” he admitted his eyes firmly fastened on her right shoulder, “but if… if it’s really what it seems like is it- what it feels like it is- I would like the chance to understand it all. Understand everything about you.”
smiled, even if she wasn’t his Soulmate, after that heartfelt speech, she would
have bribed the stars themselves to realign just so she could be.
“I don’t know how this works either- my mother told me it might happen one day, to just pray it would just happen before I got married to someone else who I thought was my Soulmate… is it… I mean… you felt it too? When you heard my name?” she questioned her eyebrows arching up as high as they would go. “The pull? The need to keep saying my name over and over again? Tell me it just wasn’t me.”
- Jumin’s lips quirked to the side in an amused smirk, this girl was adorable. She could have asked to have his heart out on a platter and he’d have freely offered it, but all she required was the confirmation of his budding feelings from him.
- Just too easy.
did. I feel it now. I have no choice but to believe in all this-”
“Scream my name out into the audience, let everyone hear it! Let everyone hear the name on the tip of your tongue, the name that your heart beats to now!” she goaded him, an excited grin on her face.
- Jumin stared at her in shock- again another easy request… he didn’t care what people thought of him after all. Shrugging nonchalantly Jumin opened his mouth to swallow a gulp of air more than ready to scream out her name-
- Only to have two delicate hands cover his mouth and a giggle that was not his own reverberating on his chest.
“Damn it! I didn’t think you’d actually do it! You’re crazy! I believe it, I believe you!” she guffawed, burying her face against him, her body heat and laughter seeping into him and offering a warmth that he had never felt before.
- He liked it.
- He wanted more.
perhaps it wouldn’t be out of line for me to ask you out to dinner?” he asked
looking down at the crown of her head.
“O-Of course not!”
- The tentative slip of her hand in his was answer enough for him.
- He was a good, diligent worker and that was all that mattered to the Agency.
- He barely ate, he barely slept, barely did anything but exist and work.
- The perfect agent.
- Then they brought her in.
- Quiet and withdrawn but brilliant. She could code almost as well as he did and she could hack into places faster and without a trace better than him. She slept less than him. Ate less than him. Was less than him.
- She wasn’t going to survive, she would burn out and become useless to the Agency and she would have to be disposed of.
- … and even as far as he had come, as low as he had gone… that didn’t sit right with him. He chose this life, but someone that hollow did not. Someone that broken had been torn away from a good life, a happy life.
- He imagined her having younger siblings who missed her, parents who searched the streets with her picture in hand begging for information, friends who no longer spoke to each other because the memory of her haunted them.
- He wasn’t going to let the agency steal a life that didn’t belong to them.
- It all started with innocent emails; just him asking how she was, sending her funny jokes or pictures, bantering and bitching about work in such a way that no one would be able to crack down on them for… make her smile. Make her strong. Don’t let her break.
- 606 soon became the life of the office… which didn’t say much because it was literally just him, her and Vanderwood in the small room. She was laughing and smiling and radiating joy- her work improved… the Agency was very happy.
- 707. Stay back tonight. Help me with an assignment?
- Of course, 606, whatever you need.
- That night when Vanderwood had finally gone past his threshold of exhaustion, the older man peeled himself off the chair and bid “the children” goodnight.
- She kept typing, she kept on finishing her work for another 20 minutes as he sat there dumbfounded as to why she had asked him to stay back when all she was doing was literally more work. That was what tomorrow was for!
- He was about to pack up and leave when she threw him a piece of paper.
I’m leaving. Tonight. Come with me.
looked back up at her, there was nothing on her face to discern that she even
sent him the message- or even blinked.
“So… you in?”
- Of course, 606, whatever you need.
- He nodded. She kept typing.
“Come and see me in my room then?”
so that’s how she was going to hide it- she was going to pretend they were
going to sleep together. That was something he often found weird in the Agency-
they didn’t care or discourage the formation of relationships between agents-
probably believed if you got attached they could always use the partner as
insurance or worse, incentive.
“Yeah, I’ll meet you in there.”
- When he arrived she was in full combat gear, she was ready to fight her way out if needed. They went over the plan over and over again, whispering directly into each other’s ears so that not even the bugs in their rooms could pick up what they were saying. Also with occasional moan or shudder it seemed like they were just making out.
- Her room was just above the route the laundry trucks would ride out from and she had managed to make contact with one of her friends from the outside- come midnight she, they, would jump down and escape this hell hole. They only had one chance to do this- the other agents on duty would notice a paused truck and would respond immediately.
- The clock ticked by and before they knew it, it was 11:59 and the faint rumble of an engine could be heard, the soft hiss of the brakes beneath her window.
- “In case I die,” she uttered, her face stoic and unmoving, “I want you to know- my name, it’s not 606. They wanted me to forget but I will never forget. My name is MC.”
- It was like a punch to his chest, the sound of her name. It ignited something in him that he never thought he would have the chance to feel, to experience. Not there. To find her there amongst all the sin and evil that they do, he knew how to spot a miracle when God sent one.
- “You’re not going to die MC, I promise,” he replied as he held her to him in a bone crushing embrace, “I promise.”
“Your name, 707- if I die, I want to
“Didn’t I just say that you weren’t going to die MC?” he chuckled as her helped out of the window, “I, Saeyoung Choi, promise you.”
- The look on her face as she said his name would have been enough to take him to his grave. To see her face light up with joy and surprise as if someone had turned on a light inside of her, that would be one of his most treasured memories.
- His sharp ears caught the sounds of rushed footsteps down the hall.
- He pushed her roughly before she was ready and heard a loud snap of something when she fell onto the truck. MC was bowed forward, holding onto her right foot that had landed awkwardly and bent inwardly- her face contorted into silent screams.
- Saeyoung made the sign of the cross as he backed away from the window to do a run up. God please- I just found her- don’t take her away from me.
- He landed beside her, coiling his arms around her protectively as he laid her down to see the damage to her ankle- it was bad but nothing that some doctor couldn’t fix.
- He beamed down at her, cupping her face tenderly…
- As he tried desperately to ignore the barrage of agents chasing after the both of them.
- Saeyoung gently caressed her features with his fingers, desperate to feel everything under his touch, etch it into his mind.
lie down here and keep safe okay? I’m going to go and hold them off-”
“No! You can’t do that! They’ll torture you to death!” she cried sitting up, screaming out in pain as she accidentally moved her foot. He shushed her, looking forward to see that they were nearly clear of the base… she was so close to being free.
“Shh, shhh- it’s okay MC. It’ll be okay. I promise,” he reassured her, his eyes crinkling so much that little droplets of tears dotted his auburn lashes.
“No it won’t be-”
“I’ll find you. I promise. I’ll find you.”
- He jumped off the truck and refused to allow himself to look back at her- if he did, he would never be able to leave her side.
- MC ignored the searing pain rushing up her leg to twist her body to watch her Soulmate’s noble sacrifice. One man, two, twelve men on him… he had no chance.
- “Saeyoung!” she croaked, her voice stifled by her despair.
- You promised…
- 707: WAIT
707: Think someone entered the chat room;;
- Saeyoung smiled to himself as he traced the location and turned on the camera.
- Promised I would find you.
- He had been searching for months under her orders. Months and no one was right. He was about to give up hope, that he would have to send in one of their own to infiltrate the damned RFA… but then she appeared.
- Like a gust of wind on a scorching day or the breath of air coursing through starved lungs- she blew into his life and turned it upside down.
- He would follow her and watch her from afar. He would tap in and listen to her conversations- not because he was interested in what she was saying- he just wanted to hear her voice.
- Her friend was laughing on the other line, “Oh… MC… you’re too much!”
- Saeran fell to the floor, his knees smarting from the hard concrete. No- NO!
- He crawled underneath his desk and curled up into a tight ball, his arms hugging his knees as he lightly rocked back and forth. Adrenaline pumped through his veins, made him jittery and on edge. No- he was warned against this. Was told that if he ever felt this that it was wrong, that he should only love the Saviour and their cause. That the call of someone else was evil, that it was the work of the corrupted
- But he was already corrupted, no matter how many times they drugged him and made him try to forget- he knew he was… but MC-
- She was perfect, absolutely perfect.
- Unfortunately, the Saviour agreed.
- It was hard to have something of your own in Mint Eye, something private, something sacred.
- He had to get her back.
- They had sent her to infiltrate an organisation full of desperate and lonely people- the most kind and innocent person sent into a den of wolves to feast upon. He had to save her.
- He was frantic, he sent her conflicting messages- wanting to scare her away from Mint Eye but wanting her to stay away from them- especially Saeyoung. If any of them saw even half of what he saw in her… they would steal her away.
- Finally the Saviour said it was time to claim their prize back, that since he was so good he could take her for himself- keep her safe himself. He was so happy. But when he got to the apartment, as he scaled the building and broke through the window to reach her… she was not as happy to see him.
- She was screaming. She was backing away from him. She was afraid.
- He couldn’t think straight- this wasn’t right. She was supposed to be happy to see him, to come with him willingly. Wasn’t that what Soulmates were about? The moment he knew her name-
- That was it… he knew her name but she didn’t know his… to her he was…
- “I’m from Paradise. You don’t know this but you were invited too… I know it took some time for me to come for you… now let’s go together… you look scared, don’t be. I won’t hurt you… endless parties, overflowing love, joy without pain… I’ll save you… You invited someone? Maybe… Luciel Choi?”
“MC- Are you hurt?”
“I… I don’t know who you are… but let go of her!”
- No. Not Luciel. The actor. The pretty one. Of course she would fall for the pretty one.
She’s mine. She’s meant for me.
“If you don’t, I’ll have to use
force to protect my girl.”
I don’t want to do this. “You move a
single inch, you see this switch here? I’ll press it.” I won’t.
“What do you want?!”
- The truth then.
- “To escape this place safely with the RFA planner… If you don’t want to activate the bomb you better stay still. Just watch as I take… “your girl” and disappear.”
- The pain in his arm paled in comparison to the ache in his heart when she pulled away from him to run into the arms of another man. Away from him. Always away.
- Never his.
- Meant to be his.
- “My name… My name was Saeran.”
- It was the school for the rich and gifted.
- Some more rich and others more gifted.
- Most loved it there. Some merely tolerated it.
- One person hated it.
- Brought in through a scholarship to show how the school was “giving back to the community”, bringing in the charity case and parade them around like their latest trophy.
- Well this trophy didn’t like the case she was put in. She didn’t like the people who thought they could polish her up and make her shine to their standards. She didn’t like them at all.
- Especially those that shone the brightest- it hurt to look at them, like the sun- blindingly beautiful but dangerous.
- None shone more so than V.
- Who the hell named their child V? What pretentious jackass does that?
- Wasn’t it enough that he went strutting around with his best friend, waving and talking to the more common folk? Wasn’t it too much that he went around taking photos of people and landscapes and saying pompous things like “everything is beautiful and everything is art?” Wasn’t it over the top that he had the gall to act all sweet and kind and look like some sort of bronzed Greek God? WASN’T IT?!
- MC breathed in trying to calm herself. For the better part of the last six months she had spent it running, hiding and keeping her distance from him. He seemed hell bent on seeking her out and trying to talk to her- well she wanted nothing from him! No help! No charity! No pity! Just to be left alone.
- During a study period, she was cornered by none other than that trust fund kid’s best friend, super-mega trust fund kid the first, Jumin Han.
- He chose the desk right next to hers although almost every other desk was available, which only meant he wanted to speak to her.
- “Why do you hate V?” he asked so bluntly she was surprised by it. She sat up from her prone position laying along the desk and twisted slightly to face the man to her left. She propped her head on her hand and gave him a long, pointed stare.
- “I… I don’t know. I just do. From his perfect hair to his perfect persona to, god even his name pisses me off! V! There are just some people that you’re not meant to get along with and he and I are obviously not meant to be besties,” she huffed as she rested the front of her torso back down against the desk, resting her chin atop her crossed arms.
- “I told him,” he clicked his tongue as he shook his head ruefully, crossing his arms like a disappointed adult to a child… or small pet. “I told Jihyun that you were certifiable. Who hates someone just because of what they can see? Without even getting to know them?”
- Her fingers dug into the worn wood of the table beneath her.
- Jihyun… now that was… that was a name she liked. Her breath escaped her lungs as she whirled around so fast she almost lost balance on her seat. That name made her feel soft and fuzzy and loved- she had never even met him and she was already in love with him. Jihyun, a good and noble man who wanted nothing more than to love and care for the woman he loved and to be loved and cared for in return. A man who would make them such horrible breakfasts on Sunday when they were married that they would inevitably go out and eat at a restaurant- yet he never stopped trying. Because he loved her and one day he wanted to get it right. A man who would stay in and read the paper to her as she lay in between his legs and slept on his chest- he wouldn’t even move at all for fear she’d wake or be disturbed.
- She loved that name.
- Her heart beat faster and suddenly she couldn’t control her extremities, her legs were bouncing up and down in excitement and her hands unsure of where to place themselves, every place awkward compared to the thought of her hands being linked with his. It didn’t feel right- to be on her own, not now she knew his name.
- “Who?” she meekly asked the ebony haired prince next to her. He was fiddling with a loose thread on his blazer sleeve, pulling at the strand until it came out completely. “Jumin- who?” she repeated hoping that her insistence would be enough to show him how important it was for her to know who this man was.
- He gave her a perplexed look, thoughtful eyes glided over her form as if he were trying to ascertain whether she was joking or not. His eyes widened and his mouth pressed into a thin line when he quickly realised that she wasn’t asking in jest, she was completely serious.
“Jihyun… Jihyun Kim is V’s real name. The man you so ardently hated?” he answered, his mouth twitching up into a wry smile.
- Damn it.
- MC violently pushed herself back from the desk with both hands before she started running to the last place she had seen V- Jihyun. He was entering the dark room just as she was heading to the study hall. The light was on meaning he was developing something… she should be patient…
- … but all those months… all those wasted months- how could he forgive her? She didn’t know but she had to try!
- The light flicked off and she knocked, waiting for him to call out that it was okay and that she could come it. She slowly opened the door and closed it behind her.
- Less than five steps away was Jihyun, pulling down some developed photos.
- He was right. Everything was beautiful. Everything was art.
- He was art.
- And she was just some dumb pedestrian trying to look at the piece and critique it without having all the history and facts behind it, not knowing the mastery it took to create it. The love that went into it. Fool.
- He turned to her and she swore that the blue of his eyes was just that little bit bluer, the tone of his hair that much deeper and his lips, full and perfect and so ready for her to kiss she couldn’t believe there was ever a time she wanted to slap his smile off. Now she’d do anything to keep it there forever.
- What’s in a name? Everything. What did Shakespeare know?
- “I… I’m so sorry,” she cried, prostrating herself in a deep bow.
V set aside his print and pulled the bowing woman up and forced her to look at
“What for? I’m not aware of anything you’ve done that would warrant an apology,” he replied good naturedly, his kind smile warming her to her bones.
“I have been terrible to you and only because… for some unknown reason- I couldn’t stand your name. What it stood for, what you seemingly stood for,” she confessed, her cheeks burning under the harsh lights.
- V reached behind her and turned on the dark room red lights once again- to save her from embarrassment.
- “I know- it’s okay MC, you don’t have to explain. I know my name is the problem,” he admitted with a careless shrug. MC gawked at him, how could he know? How could he possibly know?! “I’ve known since the first day when I felt the bond but you did nothing but run away from me- I knew that my name was faulty and that although you may be my Soulmate- that I simply was not yours.”
- All this time, he thought he was the problem. That she didn’t love him because his name was faulty, that he was faulty.
- Her heart shattered and she bit her lip to stop herself from crying. She almost ruined this man, she continued to pile hurt upon hurt on him and now there she was telling her how much she loved him… well… that was what she wanted to do, whether or not she could do it not was the other question.
- “No… I… I was just stupid. I thought your name was V, not Jihyun. There was nothing wrong with your name- there is nothing wrong with you. I… just, wanted to let you know that. You’re amazing. You’re perfect and I want to get to know you, just as you are.”
- Even in the dark, the brightness from his smile could be seen.
do?” the hope in his voice evident, taking the first steps to close the gap
“I do. I want the chance to know the real Jihyun,” she beamed.
“I would love nothing more than that, MC,” he replied, encircling his arms around her body.
- Well what do you know, they were a perfect fit.