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'More Than Friendship...' by farleythewill, Chapter 19
A Mystic Messenger fanfic by farleythewill; source HERE. Please follow the link and drop him some kudos if you like it!

Chapter Summary:
The battle has begun. As the distraction involving Jumin begins in the front of the palace of Mint Eye, the others infiltrate from the rear, blindly going through the structure, only to find it difficult to manage. After losing some on the way, the group manages to come across their goal, striking the final fight for your life.

More Than Friendship...

by farleythewill

Chapter 19: If You Did Anything...

    As the emergency sirens emit a loud, deafening screech, Zen kneels down, and begins to shake Saeran by the shoulders, in attempts to snap him back to reality. "Hey, you bastard! What's going on?! Why are we hearing this," Zen asks, frantically, as his eyes continue to dart between the young male in front of him, and your lifeless body, his pupils shaking from fear.

    Finally, Saeran gathers his senses, and quickly rises to his feet, turning his head towards the short-haired man, a look of panic etched on his face. "It's the alarm for a security breach! Someone's made it inside Magenta!"
    
    "What," Zen replies, confused and scared. "It...it couldn't...no..." he continues, trying to understand the situation. Finally, Saeran's cell phone begins to ring, causing the young male to answer the device.
    
    "Yeah, what's going on?! Why are we under attack? ...oh, I see...well, send everyone to the front! ...what do you mean, 'Everyone's already up front?!' We can't let them come in any further! ...just take care of it!!! I don't have time to babysit you all," Saeran yells into his phone, as he ends the call.

    "Looks like your friends came here prematurely! There's an entire army of guards filling into the main hall! We have no time, Hyun! We need to take the maiden to the medical lab, stat," Saeran commands Zen, as he begins to run out of the cell. "Hurry, you idiot! If she dies, it's your fault!"
    
    "Y-Yeah...I'll go get her," Zen replies, as he scoops your body into his arms. As he feels your full body weight on his arms, a distant memory enters his head, causing slight confusion.

    "What's this? ...why am I remembering this? The time of the party, two months ago...I was sitting at a table with you...we were talking...Seven came and greeted her..and I protected you from him...because of...her...I protected you...for Jaehee...why...why..." Zen shakes his head, after thinking of the memory. "N-No! She's the enemy! She took you away from me, my princess! I...I have to save you, again!"
    
    Zen then turns his body to follow Saeran, tears forming in his eyes, forgetting the fact that he has a contact in his eye. "I...I'll protect you, my love! Your knight is here," he yells out, running for your life.


    "W-we're here, everyone..." Seven lets out, panting heavily. He then turns, and sees everyone else catching up. First to meet him was Jaehee, her amber eyes full of determination. "W-Wow, Jaehee...I didn't expect...you to...keep up...though...I guess...it makes sense," he says, in between his gasps of breath.

    "Well, of course! We're here to save Cream! I can't let any second go to waste! Hurry up, you guys," Jaehee responds, yelling at the security team.

    The mysterious, bald security guard is next, barely breaking a sweat. "That...was not that bad of a run...I thank the gods that I run every day..." he lets out, leaning his back against the wall.

    Next is Shawn, panting just as hard as Seven, his hands resting on his knees. "T-that was farther than I thought...did we have to park so far away, Mr. Choi?"

    Seven lifts his head, smiling. "If...we parked any closer...their cameras would have seen us, so no...I couldn't..."

    Finally, Mr. Kohl, accompanied with Yoosung, show up, the young blond receiving a piggyback ride. "I...I tripped..." Yoosung says, pathetically.

    "I didn't want to risk any other injury on him, since it would jeopardize the mission a bit...so, I carried him..." Mr. Kohl responded, letting the male down on the ground. Yoosung then dusts off his dress-shirt, nodding at the security guard.

    "Thank you, sir. I'll let Mr. Han know of what you did," the young male says, as Seven breathes in deeply, looking towards the door into the building.

    "Okay, guys...it's now or never! I'm sure that everyone and their mother is at the front of the building, having fun with Jumin! Let's go in, and save Jaehee's woman," the redhead lets out, causing Jaehee's cheeks to blush slightly.

    "Y-yes, everyone! Please, let's get Cream out of here," the brunette responds, as Seven clicks a wire from his mini laptop to the security lock, causing the lock to beep almost instantly, forcing the door to open.

    Seven peeks his head in, looking around, noticing no one around inside. He motions everyone to follow him, as the six enter the building, closing the door behind them. "This door will be open for the next hour, so there will be no issue with escaping. Now, let's search. Also, we need to keep our voices down. Just because there's no one here, doesn't mean there's no one here."

    Mr. Kohl shakes his head, sighing. "Of course, we have to keep our voice down...that's common sense. Now, where should we go first?"

    Seven shrugs, pointing down the hallway. "Like I said before, we're in the dark. I don't know the layout of this building just yet, so we just need to...look," he responds, as he quickly walks down the hallway, placing his back against the wall, slowly peeking around the corner.

    "Okay, guys. The coast is clear," Seven says, as he quickly shifts his body around the corner of the hallway, followed by the other five.

    "W-wow...this place is impressive..." Yoosung lets out, admiring the walls of the palace. He is then greeted by a swift swat from the back of the head, causing the blonde male to turn around, annoyed.

    "H-hey...who did that," Yoosung lets out, attempting to look at everyone in the eyes. Finally, he glances at Jaehee, who is glaring in his direction, shocking the boy. "Why did you do that, Jaehee?"

    "We're not here for sight-seeing, Yoosung. We're here because Cream's life is in danger. Please...don't treat this as a vacation," the brunette responds, a pained expression revealing itself on her face, causing Yoosung to widen his eyes, nodding his head in agreement.

    In an instant, Seven freezes, causing the other five to stop moving. "M-Mr. Choi? What is wrong," Shawn asks, before being silenced by the redhead's hand.

    "Shit...shit, shit, shit...there's someone ahead of us, and there's nowhere to go," Seven responds, sending shock throughout the other five.

    "N-No, we can't get caught! Not when we're so close to rescuing you, Cream...I...I can't get caught...I just can't...for your sake...I need to find you..." Jaehee thinks to herself, trying to not panic. Finally, the bald security guard steps forward.

    "Leave them to me, everyone. I knew from the start that this would happen. Nothing is ever easy...please," the man turns his head, smiling. "Find who we're looking for." he finishes, before running full speed down the hallway, turning the corner.

    The other five stand there, staring at the brave man who just left them. "What...what just happened," Seven lets out, confused and shocked.

    Mr. Kohl crosses his arms, tilting his face down, his eyes closed. "He calls himself 'The Guinea Pig,' because he's always the first to sacrifice himself, when it comes to things like this. He will be fine...let's go. Lead the way, Mr. Choi," the security guard says, his voice poised with a hint of sentiment.

    Seven nods his head, and turns his body, running down the hall. "Come on, you guys! We can't lollygag anymore! We have to book it, so we don't get caught!"

    The other four nod in agreement, and begin to run alongside the redhead, looking down any hallways they pass up.

    Seven looks down, and sees a stray pipe sticking out from the wall, just above ankle-level. "Shit, watch out! There's a pipe there," he lets out, hoping that the pipe does not hamper their speed.

    As Jaehee runs past the pipe, she feels a tight pull, causing her to trip, falling down on the ground. "W-what the hell," she lets out, panicking, seeing the jagged edge of the pipe entangle itself with her pant leg.

    "J-Jaehee," Yoosung yells out, as he returns to her side, kneeling down, attempting to loosen her pants from the pipe. "Guys! It's trapped really good! W-what do we do?! We can't just leave her here!"

    Seven looks around, frantically, looking for a way to help, but sees nothing around. Within a few seconds, he begins to hear footsteps coming towards them, sending a sense of panic through his soul. His teeth begin to grind against each other, unable to think of what to do.

    "Shit...shit, shit, shit...come on, Luciel, think...what would Vanderwood do in this situation," Seven says to himself, frantically looking around, trying to find a way out of the situation. "This...isn't going the way I planned it to. I'm sorry, you guys..."

    "No...we're not giving up...not here, not now..." Mr. Kohl says, as he, alongside Shawn, stand in front of the redhead, anticipating the source of the footsteps to appear. "Get her free, Mr. Kim! We'll take care of these guys!"

    "You...you guys..." Yoosung lets out, as he attempts to free Jaehee from her trap. "Don't worry, Jaehee...we'll get you free...then we'll be off to save the one you love. It's going to happen...just, hold on."

    Jaehee nods in agreement, as her tears begin to trickle down her cheek, feeling powerless, unable to do anything about it.

    Suddenly, the brunette's eyes widen, as she runs her fingers along her outer thigh, and feels something that she has forgotten about, due to her focus on the mission.

    ...a zipper on her pant leg.


    Shortly after the explosion ends, guard after guard enter the palace, as loud yells of intimidation erupt within the walls. In the midst of the flood of men, walks Jumin, his usual, stern look placed on his face.

    He places his hand over his left ear, pressing the communicator in his ear, letting out a sharp command to everyone. "Everyone, do not forget! We are a distraction! We are not to engage with the enemy further than in this corridor!" Jumin drops his hand, and looks at the doorways from the main hall, waiting for guards to appear.

    Shortly after, two doors open up on the main floor, revealing robed humans, as one after another push their way into the crowd of Jumin's men, allowing the brawl to commence.

    "You bastards! How dare you taint Magenta! You will pay for trespassing on this holy land," one of the robed beings yells out, before being punched in the cheek, causing him to collapse on the ground.

    "My apologies," the guard responds, dusting his fist with his free hand. "I am simply performing my duty as a guard. There is no personal feelings towar-" he begins to say, before he himself collapses, after one of the enemies decked the back of his head with their fist.

    Hateful words, as well as loud grunts and yelps, fill the corridor of the main hall. As Jumin grits his teeth, seeing his own men falling at the hands of the robed beings, he notices two men behind him, causing him to turn his body towards them.

    "You! Are you the leader!? Are you Jumin Han," the first man yells out, causing Jumin's eyes to focus on him. "If you are, then why!? Why are you here?! We have not done anything to provoke you!"

    The black-haired businessman closes his eyes, rotating his hands at the wrist, causing them to crack and pop. "Why? Why are we here? Because, you idiots...you stole something from my organization! You stole something precious! We are here to take her back," he yells back, his eyes opening, revealing a sharp, bitter glare directed at the two men.

    "Do you mean the maiden?! We did not 'steal her!' It was you that took her from us! She belongs to Magenta," the men retaliate with, charging Jumin head-on.

    As a small grin appears across his lips, Jumin begins to step back, anticipating the swings of punches from the two men, easily avoiding blow after blow. "Hmph...these guys don't know how to fight properly...granted, I don't know either. I have never needed to take self-defense, because of my security...but, I do use the gym, to keep myself healthy. Extensive cardiovascular activity increased my flexibility and movement, so I can easily dodge these guys...but, I wonder..." Jumin thinks to himself, as he ducks down, avoiding a left cross from one of the enemies.

    In a counter-attack, Jumin forces his legs straight, launching his fist upwards, uppercutting the attacker, watching the man soar into the air, and fall on his back. The second man stares at the scene, trying to comprehend what had just happened. "You...you hit him...you hit my friend! No one here deserves such disrespect! I'll end you," he said forcefully, attempting to sweep Jumin's legs from under him.

    The businessman easily jumps above the man's leg, dodging the attack, and lands a swift left jab, causing his opponent to stagger over the already fallen enemy. Jumin takes a deep breath, as he laments over his victory, looking at his own fist.

    "Damn...that hurt more than I thought. I should have my physician check it out when I get back..." he trails off, as he looks over to the entrance to a hallway, seeing a mysterious figure leave his line of sight.

    Widening his eyes in curiosity, Jumin places his hand on the communicator. "Chief! This is Jumin. Please, act in my place for a bit. There is something I wish to check out," he says, lowering his hand down to his waist, walking towards the hallway opening.

    "B-but, sir! You commanded us to not expand any further than here! Why are you suddenly going," the chief of security lets out, harshly. Silence follows suit, as Jumin turns the corner, heading into the dark, shallow hallway.

    "Come on out. I know that someone is here," Jumin says firmly, attempting to draw out the mysterious being. Aside from the constant shouting and grunting from the main hall, there was no sound coming from within the hallway.

    Jumin clicks his tongue, closing his eyes, as he turns his body towards the main hall, walking towards the fight. Suddenly, he stops, as he feels a firm hand grip his wrist, causing confusion to come across his eyes. "W-what the..." the businessman softly says, as he looks at the dim-lit hand. His eyes trail up the being's arm, as he finally focuses his attention to the being's face.

    Shock sets in Jumin's mind, unable to comprehend the person in front of him. "W-what...why are you here? Why..." he trails off, gritting his teeth in anger. "Why are you here, Jihyun?! Of all places, why are you here?!"

    The being steps towards the dim light, revealing the face of the former leader of the RFA, Jihyun Kim, also known as 'V.' The teal-haired male, accompanied by his sunglasses, frowns, as he loosens his grip on Jumin. "It's...been awhile, Jumin. I'm sorry...about all of thi-" V says solemnly, before being punched in the stomach, the fist belonging to the black-haired male.

    "You...you bastard...why are you here..." Jumin lets out, harshly, causing V to tilt his head down, as if he is disappointed in something.

    "I cannot take back what has happened...but, the situation is out of my hands now. Therefore, I will do everything I can to help out. I should have done this sooner...but, Jumin...my friend..." V begins, taking his sunglasses off, revealing his pale, mint eyes, full of sadness. One of his eyes focus on Jumin's, showing his friend that his vision is improving.

    "I will tell you. I will tell you about everything."


    
    Jaehee quickly grabs hold of the zipper, and begins to unzip around her thigh, in attempts to free herself from her snare. "Thank God I wore these..." she says, under her breath, as the zipper comes completely off.

    "Oh, good," Yoosung says, in exhaustion, as he helps the woman slip her leg out of the sleeve, revealing her smooth, beautiful skin. Blushing, Yoosung looks away, helping Jaehee up onto her feet.

    "Thank you, Yoosung. I won't be needing that, so let's go," she says, as she turns to Seven, who is still thinking of a way out of the area.

    "Seven," the woman yells out, snapping him into reality, causing his eyes to widen in her direction. "I'm free, so let's go!"

    Seven slowly nods, then returns to look around, finding another hallway. "There! Let's go there! Shawn! Mr. Kohl! Let's go!"

    The two security guards remain in position, shaking their heads. "I'm sorry, Mr. Choi. I cannot leave this post. If both of us leave, they will simply catch up." Mr. Kohl replies, turning his head to the younger guard. "Shawn, please, go with them. I'll take care of these guys. Besides..." he stops, and looks towards Jaehee, smiling. "It's the least I can do for what I have done. Please, let me do this..."

    Shawn widens his eyes, then anxiously nods his head in agreement, turning his body towards the others. "O-okay, Mr. Kohl...please, take care of yourself..." he lets out, as he follows the group towards the other hallway.

    The group quickly turns the corner, as Jaehee gets used to the wind brushing against her bare leg. "Heh...this is actually comfortable to me. This is my primary leg to use when fighting, so it works out. Zen wouldn't be able to use the fabric to his advantage. Besides, I can always unzip the other...maybe Cream will enjoy it as well..." she thinks to herself, causing a slight blush to appear on her cheeks. She quickly shakes her head, not believing the thought that entered her head. "N-no! I can't think about things like that now! I need to rescue her! Then...no, no! Stop! Jaehee! Just focus on her...just, focus on her..."

    Another sharp corner appears in their pathway, causing the group to follow suit. "Man...this place is really like a maze," Shawn lets out, showing how out of breath he is. "How can someone manage to get through this place?"

    "I wasn't able to get a good read on the layout of this place because there's no digital map," Seven replies, in between breaths. "They must have memorized the place. This is a palace, not a hospital, so there aren't any signs anywhere. Everyone must live here, so they know the layout well."

    "But, why all of the empty hallways? Are they hiding something? All I see are bookcases! The people here must love to read," Yoosung says, tiredly. The sight of seeing the exact same thing over and over again causes his head to feel dizzy, as if he has been running in circles for awhile.

    Jaehee notices Yoosung's swaying, and places her hand on his shoulder, bringing his attention back to what's happening. "Yoosung, it's alright...I feel it, too. All of these bookcases...don't make sense..." she says, her bangs brushing against her forehead.

    The blond male nods, thankful that he was not the only one who thought so. After another sprint of time along the same hallway, the group comes across another turn.

    Without noticing the sound of loud footsteps approaching from in front of them, Seven and Jaehee turn the corner, and instantly collide with solid objects, causing loud yells to be emitted, as the two of them stagger backwards, falling down from the impact.

    "W-what the hell!? Look out where you are going, you idiots," an unfamiliar voice lets out, as the source struggles to get up, looking around frantically. "What the hell, man?! Why did you drop her!? You know of her condition! You shouldn't hav-" the male voice stops midway, as he looks towards the course of their impact.

    Seven's eyes open wide, as he barely recognizes the tone of the voice. He tilts his head upwards, propping his body up with his elbows, getting a good look at who said those words. "N-no way...V...V was right..." he lets out, as he slowly rises to his feet, staring into the mint-green eyes of the gray-haired male, with light-pink highlights.

    Jaehee sits upright as well, noticing Seven's gaze towards the unfamiliar young man. "Who...who are you," she says, as the male turns his gaze to the woman. "S-stop looking at me...both of you...please...stop..." the male  responds, looking back at Seven, his eyes losing focus.

    Finally, a simple, soft cough catches Jaehee's attention, as she looks past the young male. Her eyes widen in shock, seeing the small heap on the floor. "C-Cream...Cream...is...that you, Cream," she asks softly, tears instantly forming in her eyes, as she slowly stands up from the impact, walking towards the lifeless body. "Please...please be you, Cream...please..." she lets out, reaching her hand out slowly, wanting to check if the body is really yours.

    "Hey," another familiar voice lets out, shouting at Jaehee, causing her attention to divert to the source. "Remember what I said?! If you decided to come here...I will end you," the voice says, revealing himself to be none other than her former friend, Zen. His crimson and mint-green odd eyes focus on Jaehee's amber irises, anger coursing through his veins. He looks down at the heap, his teeth grinding against each other. "Don't worry, my princess...I'll finish this quickly...then we will fix you..."

    "Zen! What do you mean by 'fix you?' Did you hurt my Cream?! Did you hurt my precious love?! I-if you did...I'll...I'll..." Jaehee trails off, looking back at the lifeless body on the floor, now knowing it was yours.

    The short-haired male lowers his eye lids, purely focusing his attention to the woman in front of him. "Then...you will...what, exactly?"

    Jaehee's heart could not handle the strain anymore. Tears begin to flow from her face, hating the fact of seeing your body without movement. "You had such life in you, Cream...you were full of energy, and passion. Every day, I would wake up, and embrace that energy and love. I wish...I was able to tell you 'I love you' a lot sooner...I...I don't want you to go away, Cream. Never again...please...be alright...and Zen...you bastard...I...I can't hold this in anymore! I have to do something! This anger...I need to release it...I..." she finishes thinking to herself, as she clenches her fist tightly, attempting to swing it towards her enemy, placing all of her strength in her arm, her actions blinded by rage.

    "...Zen...if you hurt Cream...and she ends up leaving me again...I'll kill you!!!"

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