A Mystic Messenger fanfic by farleythewill; source HERE. Please follow the link and drop him some kudos if you like it!
The reasoning behind your leaving the chat room is revealed, as Zen begins his measures to assure your loyalty towards him. Meanwhile, the four remaining RFA members converse with V, gaining info on the headquarters of Mint Eye, as well as issuing the plan on how to save you.
More Than Friendship...
Chapter 17: War Room
You gasp, as Zen grasps the phone out of your hand, an annoyed look plastered on his face. "And what do you think you're doing, my princess," he lets out, a stern tone echoing throughout the cell. He looks at the screen, and notices the messages that you and Jaehee have exchanged in the chat room, which causes his eyes to open wide, his teeth grinding forcefully in anger.
"I...I needed...to talk...to Jae-" you try to say, before the sound of your phone shattering against the portion of the wall made of stone causes your eyes to widen in shock.
"...you...don't talk to Jaehee anymore...you hear, my princess? Don't even think about her...just think of me..." Zen says softly, but with rage, engulfing the emotion in his words.
You force your head to shake side to side, attempting to look Zen in the eyes. "I...I won't...think of...you...you...bastard...I...love Jaehee...not you..." you softly say, the drugs in your system retraining your longing to express hatred on your face.
Before you know it, Zen's hand grips against your throat, picking you up slightly, causing the oxygen you were breathing in to pause, your head feeling lighter from the lack of air.
"You little...you can't love that woman, you hear?! You will only have eyes for me! ME," Zen yells out, his grip intensifying. Your attempts at breathing are short-lived, causing your eyes to lower.
Zen sees what his actions are doing, and quickly calms down, letting go from your throat. "I...I'm sorry, my princess...this is what happens...when you think of that woman...please, don't let me do that again...okay," he asks softly, as he takes the syringe in his other hand, and injects it into your arm.
You remain expressionless, not realizing that more of the drugs were being shot into your bloodstream. The thoughts in your head become jumbled, getting them confused with truths and lies. The only thing that hasn't changed, though...was your thoughts of Jaehee, and how much you love her.
"Jaehee...you told V...you told everyone...that I'm the love of your life...heh, I knew it...all this time, you really were trying to tell me you love me...I'm...so grateful...to have such a woman in my life...seeing your reaction...to me coming into the chat room...was the best thing ever. Seeing someone worry about me, like the way you do...God, I love you so much...it doesn't matter what Zen does...he can't change how I feel towards you...my love..." you think to yourself, as your eyes lower, allowing your body to enter a peaceful sleep, with nothing but Jaehee on your mind.
"Wage war," Yoosung asks, as he breaks away from the embrace he was giving Jaehee, confusion in his eyes. "Are...are we really going to go there?"
"Yes," Jumin responds, picking his phone up, dialing a number on the screen. "As a businessman, I see no benefit in this whole arrangement, especially with the loss of Jaehee's business partner, making the operation of their bakery cafe much more strenuous. Such a loss would mean that the loan I lent out would be placed in vain...however..." Jumin pauses, looking into the eyes of the broken woman, hurt placed into her once-alive amber eyes.
"...as a true friend, and leader of the RFA, our friend, Cream, takes priority. I may be thinking irrationally at this moment, and in a way, rushing operations...but, I feel this is the best route to go. I can't bare to see you in this much pain, Jaehee. That...is why we are going, as the RFA...as a family. We will go get our family back, by any means," Jumin finishes, as he hears a voice answer the phone, placing the call on speaker, allowing everyone else to hear.
"Yes, Jumin...thank you for calling me after the conversation in the chat rooms," V says, causing everyone in the room to focus on the call, Seven removing himself from his embrace with Jaehee as well, turning his body, so him, her, and Yoosung are placed on the couch, facing Jumin.
"I did say I would call...anyways, is there anything you can tell us? Since you've been at Mint Eye before, do you know the structure well," Jumin asks, as Seven begins to think to himself, attempting to recall a portion of his past.
"A little, yes...I've only been in there a few times, but I can say that I know the place a bit...why? What are you thinking, Jumin," V asks, worry appearing in his voice.
"I am planning a full-force invasion into their headquarters. We still have to plan, so it will be awhile until we are ready to leave. Do you know how their security looks," Jumin replies, quickly raising his free hand to his face, extending his index finger against his lips, silently asking the other three to remain quiet.
"I wouldn't advise that, Jumin...though, their security isn't as much as I would think it would be, at least, last time I went, two months ago," V says, as Seven raises his finger in the air, as if the recalling of his memories was a success. He then grabs the notepad and pen he keeps in his jacket pocket, and begins to write, causing Jaehee's attention to be diverted to his scribbling, her sniffles still appearing at times, her emotions still being revealed from her eyes.
"Please, tell me what you know about the security there, even if it was from a few months ago," Jumin insists, watching as Seven continues his writing.
A sigh comes from the phone, catching Jumin's attention for a few seconds. "Alright...I know you, Jumin, so I won't argue against you. The security...was very loose at the front gate. I guess it's because they wouldn't think anyone would come in, uninvited. There are two other entrances into the building. One, that resides in the back, where the vehicles are kept, and the other, located in the left side of the building, leading into the room where the circuit breakers are," V pauses, waiting for a response from Jumin.
Seven taps his pen against his lips, staring at Jumin's phone. "This isn't making much sense...I know that V has been in the building. Hell, I saw him walk in there myself...but, why does he know so much about it, such as where their circuit breaker system is? Besides...if the hacker...S-Saeran...is there, then they would need a hefty amount of power to supply both the building and the computer. Just one room wouldn't be enough to hold all of those breakers...unless..." His eyes widen, as a realization appears in his mind, his focus shifting back to his notepad, his pen continuing to scribble on the paper.
"So, two other entrances into the building...but, if security is lacking behind the front door, that is a viable place to enter as well. Hypothetically speaking, that is..." Jumin trails off, his eyes closing, attempting to think.
"Yes. Security is higher with the vehicles. I'm led to believe that there is high-powered, high-priced technology being stored there, within the vehicles, possibly used for hacking, much like what happened to the RFA. As for the breaker room, there was only one or two guards there, since the room is so small," V replies, as Jumin's eyes open, knowing that the conversation has to end.
"Thank you, V...is there anything else you can think of? Any other information that can be given about this place," he asks, taking in a deep breath, as Jaehee's gaze remains fixated on Seven's scribbling, attempting to piece together what he is writing.
"No, Jumin. That is all...I'm sorry, but I have to go. I'm going to try and get more information about Mint Eye, and see if there is any other info I can get that can help you...well, take care. And don't do anything reckless...or else your cat will be sad," V states, before hanging up.
Jumin closes his eyes again, as he places his phone back into his pants pocket, crossing his arms together. "So...that was a lot of helpful information. Everyone, let's go to the conference hall," he says, turning his back towards the three, heading towards the elevator.
"S-so...does that mean that, when we go in...that we will go into the breaker room," Yoosung lets out, as he gets up, following his boss. Jumin turns his head, a small grin appearing across his lips.
"No. We will not be going in that room," Jumin says, stopping his movement, as Jaehee stands up, wincing slightly from the stinging pain in her stomach.
Jumin's eyes widen a bit, turning his body towards the woman. "Jaehee...if the pain is too much, I won't force you to come with," he says, worry in his voice.
Jaehee closes her eyes, taking in a deep breath, which she was desperately hoping to gain, due to the crying that occurred when you left the chat room. "Do you really think I'm just going to sit down, and not do anything? We are going to save my Cream! This is my girlfriend we're talking about," she yells out, her eyes widening, both her hands covering her gaping mouth.
"Your...'girlfriend?' I...think it's too early to be saying that, Jaehee..." Jumin responds, as his body turns back towards the elevator. Yoosung nervously chuckles at her actions, following his boss into the elevator.
"I...I just called Cream...my girlfriend...God, now I'm really getting greedy...we haven't even properly expressed ourselves...our words of love have only risen because of the tension of the situation...I...I shouldn't be thinking about this, but...my emotions...they are going haywire...I love her, and she loves me...I can't stop thinking about us..." Jaehee thinks to herself, a deep, red blush spreading from her cheeks, the blood in her veins spreading warmth throughout her body, causing her heart to pump faster.
Finally, a soft slap on the back brings Jaehee back to reality, as Seven smiles at her, making his way towards the elevator, his bag in tow. "Well, I can at least say this...you really are becoming more of a human, Jaehee. I'm sure that if she was here, right now...she would be glowing just as much as you are," he finishes, laughing.
A smile appears on Jaehee's reddened lips, as she makes her way towards the open elevator, stepping inside, as the chamber closes, taking the four remaining members of the RFA down, towards the conference hall, or as how Jaehee would refer to it...as the War Room.
"By the way, Mr. Han...when you said that we weren't going to go in using the breaker room...why not? If V said-" Yoosung says, curiously, before being cut off by Jumin's hand being raised.
"It's really simple, actually...but you wouldn't know," Jumin begins, causing the other three to look at him, curiously. "Shortly after Rika and V gave me Elizabeth 3rd, V and I came up with a plan...well, more like a code. If one of us would be forced to share information that is faulty, we would use Elizabeth 3rd as a means to reveal said faulty information."
"Huh," Yoosung says, tilting his head. "This is getting a bit confusing..."
Jumin sighs, shaking his head. "You wouldn't understand...but I'll do my best to explain. When V said the words 'Elizabeth 4th,' that was the first warning. That one must have meant that he was under watch while he was on his phone...then, during the phone call, he referred to Elizabeth 3rd as 'your cat.' He would never refer to her in such a manner, not towards me. That showed me that the information he was giving about the security was wrong."
Seven nods in agreement, a pleasant grin revealing itself on his lips. "Yep! I had a hunch that what V was telling us wasn't true, especially about the breaker room. If the hacker has the same skills as I do, then he must have a powerful computer system, like mine. I noticed a small building close by, near the door that I presume V was referring to as the breaker room, at the side of the palace. There were large power cables coming from that building...so, I'm sure that the building...is the true breaker room."
Jaehee closes her eyes, attempting to take her mind off of you for a brief moment, so she can focus on their conversation. "So, this room that V was talking about," she begins, crossing her arms just under her chest, the heating pad soothing the still lingering pain from Zen's attack on her stomach. "Do we want to presume that it's...a trap?"
Jumin nods, revealing a small grin from his thin lips. "Yes. I'm glad that you can come up with such theories in your current state, Jaehee. It's that kind of thinking that will help us rescue your love," he states, causing Jaehee's breathing to deepen, her eyes opening slightly, her thoughts going back to where they wish to stay...with you.
The elevator slows to a stop, as the doors slide to the side, allowing the four to leave the space, leading into the long hallway, where Jaehee once walked before. She takes a small strand of hair from her bangs, and begins to swirl the end with her finger, as the memory of her twirling you around in the elevator enters her mind, her face becoming light pink again.
"Mr. Han, sir! We have all arrived, as you requested! Everyone is inside, sir," the chief of security belts out, surprising everyone, except for Jumin.
"Thank you. We will begin the meeting immediately," Jumin lets out, as the chief opens the door to the conference hall. The four enter the room, as the atmosphere quickly turns into a dense, dramatic essence. The soft murmurs coming from the security guards quickly die down, as Jumin takes his place at the podium, with Yoosung standing next to him, Seven sitting down on a chair, and Jaehee, standing close to Seven, her hand nervously placed in front of her, looking away from the glances the security team is giving her, her finger still swirling the strand of hair.
"Thank you all for coming on such short notification. I will get straight to the point. We will be performing a rescue mission of the highest priority. One of the members of our organization has been kidnapped. We have been referring to her as 'Cream,' so this name will be used to represent her. The one who took her was another member of my organization, Hyun Ryu, also known as 'Zen.'"
The murmurs from the crowd begin to increase in volume again, as members of security begin to ask questions to themselves. "Mr. Han, a few questions! First, why would someone like Zen kidnap her? Second, who exactly is this 'Cream,' and why is she this important? Third...who is that woman standing next to the redhead," one of the security staff asks, as the murmurs agree, wanting to know exactly who she is.
"Quiet! Now is not the time for questions...however, I will answer these, since they can show you exactly why this mission is of upmost importance," Jumin responds, sharply, causing the security staff to hush, and focus on his words. "Firstly, we do not know exactly why Hyun would kidnap Cream, let alone kidnap anyone in particular. Secondly, you all know that Rika, may she rest in peace, was one of the founding members of our organization, as well as our previous party organizer. Now, that title has been handed over to Cream, who helped us host our first party in years. This is why she is important...but, also, she is a good friend of my previous assistant, Jaehee Kang."
Jaehee quickly turns her head, glaring at Jumin, who's eyes have met with hers, seeing the hurtful look in her amber eyes, much like how they were when she first responded to the word 'friend,' after you were abducted. Jumin raises his hand quickly, causing Jaehee to pause the sentence she was about to say.
"I only referred to her as a 'friend,' because I want to keep this as simple as possible. There is no need to be upset...as for the third question...well...this woman, standing next to Luciel...is, in fact, Jaehee Kang," Jumin finishes, as the commotion between the security staff starts again, shocked to see that the once-robotic assistant of Jumin has changed into the woman before them. "Uhm...hello, everyone...it's been awhile..." Jaehee responds, as her face begins to turn red, knowing that every eye in the room has been turned towards her, her hand rubbing against the fabric of her tight tank top, embarrassed.
"Enough!!!" Jumin yells, slamming his palms against the podium, causing everyone, including the three other members of the RFA, to jump. "We need to focus, everyone!"
Jaehee's eyes widen, not used to seeing her former boss show so much emotion. "Ever since you took over as the head of the RFA, you've been so...sensitive, Jumin. Did you really take your position to heart...or, is it because of my leaving of the company? I know that your mind was scattered enough to attempt to drive one of Luciel's cars that day, despite your bad driving record...did me quitting really change you," she thinks to herself, staring at the recovering chairman, his hands slowly leaving the podium, his eyes closing into meditation.
"The group that Hyun is apparently associated with is known as 'Mint Eye.' Little is known about the group, but their location is acquired. Luciel, the redhead mentioned by you earlier, has been to this place before, with our previous leader, V. Since the information has been gathered, I can go ahead and state that I have a plan for how we can execute the rescue," Jumin continues, catching the attention of the three members again, including Seven, who walks towards Jumin, his notebook in tow.
"So, what exactly is this plan of yours, Jumin? I hope it doesn't coincide with any plans of my own..." Seven says, opening his notebook from where he wrote last.
Jumin turns his head, opening his eyes, seeing the illegible chicken-scratch on the paper. "You know that I can't read that, Luciel...but, my plan was to have two teams. The first team is the covert ops team. It will consist of three of my men, as well as you, Yoosung, and Jaehee. The six of you will enter through the garage entryway, maneuver your way to where Cream is at, without being detected, and then extract our friend from her place."
Seven smirks, as he quickly closes his notebook. "Good, good...that's what I was hoping for. Wouldn't have it any other way," Seven responds, as he makes his way back to his chair, sitting back down, placing the end of his pen in his mouth, allowing it to hang freely from it.
Jaehee's eyes fixate on a strand of hair on the ground, most likely left by Elizabeth 3rd. "Why...why do I have to focus on this little thing? It's been two months since I've dealt with Elizabeth 3rd...but, now that I think about it...I don't think I did anything about Cream's dealing with the cat, when we received the loan. I used to hate C-hair...in fact, I think I still do...but, I didn't do anything about Cream being covered in the hair...heh, I guess that means that I love her more than I hate the hair...I'm glad that I get to be the one to actually rescue her..." she thinks to herself again, a slight smile appearing from her pink lips.
Jumin nods in agreement, then focuses his attention towards the security team. "That leaves the other team. With our information, we have concluded that there will not be a substantial amount of security at the entrance to the building. So, in order to allow the covert ops team to enter undetected, everyone else in this room, including myself, will barge through their front door. Simply put...we are the distraction," Jumin continues, smirking at those last words.
Murmurs arising from the security team continue from his speech, concerned about their safety. "But, sir! Isn't that dangerou-" one of the security members ask, before being cut off by Jumin's sharp glance.
"I will not tolerate any excuses or weakness! Everyone in this room will be involved! Of course, there will be compensation. If the extraction of our member is successful, everyone will be awarded with vacation time," Jumin says, catching Jaehee's attention, her eyes widening from the mention of that word that has eluded her the entire time of her employment.
Before Jumin is able to continue speaking, a roar of cheers fill the room, as everyone in the security team begin to pump their fists in the air, in celebration. Jumin's lips turn to a slight smile, knowing that his promise will be enough to motivate everyone to do their very best.
Seven springs from his chair, joining in the celebration, jumping up and down, happily. "Yeah! Vacation! Vacation," he lets out, excitingly.
Yoosung turns to the redhead, and sighs. "Seven...you don't even work for Jumin...you won't get vacation...however..." the blond boy places a bright smile on his face, pointing his thumb to his face, "this guy does!"
Seven stops his jumps, and proceeds to sit back down, pouting, much like a child would after being told that he cannot have dessert before dinner. "Awww, that's not fair!"
Jaehee turns her body towards the businessman, catching his attention. "Jumin...you...you're actually offering vacation for everyone?! You...you've never done that before," she says, shock emitting from her voice.
"I know it isn't something that I would normally do...but, in this case, it deserves a special reward. Don't worry...if everything works out, I will owe you and Luciel a favor," Jumin says, pleasantly.
As Jaehee's lips form a bigger smile from his words, Seven springs back up from his chair, jumping up and down, much like how he was a few minutes ago. "Yeah! New babe! New babe," he begins to chant, gaining a displeased look from Jumin.
"Don't count your chickens before they hatch, Luciel..." he responds. Jumin then turns his attention back towards the crowd of security, causing them to tone down their excitement. "It will be dangerous, for we don't know exactly how these people will be armed. Please, take extreme care of yourselves during this mission...but, you may also use everything you got in order to hamper Mint Eye's attempts at anything. All the skills you have acquired, all the strength you have gathered, working for me...use it. All of it. I...will do the same," Jumin says, crackling his knuckles. "I will be your commander...but, I will also be a soldier as well."
Jaehee's lips slowly part, as she continues to hear the passionate words from her former boss. "Jumin..." she says softly, clutching the middle of her tank top with her hand, right above the heating pad.
Jumin smiles again, closing his eyes. "Please, don't be envious of my words. I am simply doing what I believe a friend should do...besides," he pauses, as he opens his eyes towards her, a glint of admiration forming in his once empty, black eyes, "you only need to focus on bringing Cream back into your arms, where she belongs."
Jaehee's smile grows, as she happily nods her head, as every memory of you and her embracing enter her head, causing the blood in her cheeks to increase, creating the usual blush that she gets once she begins to think of you.
Jumin's attention goes back to the rest of the room, his smile quickly fading away. "Now, since we have the plan...we need to execute it. As I said before, we have no time. I know it is of such short of notice...but, we will be leaving immediately. Everyone, please, leave to the private parking area," he says, as he steps away from the microphone, moving passed the three. "Come now, you three. We don't have time to waste..."
Yoosung, Seven, and Jaehee nod in unison, as they follow Jumin out of the conference hall, back into the elevator. As the doors close, Jaehee reaches into her pockets, softly gripping the gloves she placed in there before leaving her house.
"Cream...we're on our way. Please, don't let anything be wrong with you...I swear, if Zen or anyone else has harmed you...I will make them pay...no one hurts my girl, and gets away with it...heh, look at me...calling you my girl...my 'girlfriend.' Never in a million years would I have thought I would be thinking of this, especially about another woman...but, I love you so much, Cream. I know that our culture...our society will frown upon what we have...but...how can I say this...'screw society?' Is that the proper way to think? Regardless...nothing will change the way I feel..." Jaehee ponders to herself, forgetting about the pain in her stomach, the love she has for you giving her the strength to move ahead.
"...I will say this over and over to you, when we meet again. I love you...I have always loved you...and I will always love you, Cream...unconditionally."
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