A Mystic Messenger fanfic by farleythewill; source HERE. Please follow the link and drop him some kudos if you like it!
The battle is over. You have finally been rescued from Mint Eye, Zen, and Saeran...but, what has happened after the explosion?
More Than Friendship...
Chapter 23: At Last...
Darkness was the last thing you remember seeing before you fell unconscious during Jaehee's fight with Zen, and it's the current scene that's in front of your eyes, as you slowly slip from your dream state back to reality.
"Am...am I alright?" You think to yourself, as you slightly shift your eyes around, trying to grasp the idea that you're finally awake. "Jaehee...please, be alright...and Zen...please be alright, as well...I know you did horrible things to us, but...I know that wasn't the real you..."
A lingering memory gains your attention, one that has kept you going this whole time. It was the moment that Jaehee announced in the chat room her feelings towards you. That moment filled your heart with so much love, as well as nervousness, due to the fact that you have been waiting for that moment ever since you joined the RFA.
You feel your lips curl to a small smile, enjoying the thought that you will finally be able to spend the rest of your life with the one person you love the most.
"I still can't believe that I have found such a wonderful person to have in my life..." You mentally tell yourself, thinking of all the times you spent with Jaehee, all of the little signs of affection you two have given each other. "Gosh...if only I can see your face right now..."
That single thought was enough to get you to try and open your eyes.
Slowly, but surely, your eyelids parted ways, allowing a white scenery to appear in front of you. The image is extremely blurry, but this doesn't stop you from opening your eyes more.
While your vision continues to regain it's focus, you begin to make out the scenery: white walls, with information written on them. A sink and cabinet to your right. A bluish curtain to your left.
It dons on you from seeing these items: you're in a hospital room. "Oh, thank goodness...Jaehee...really did pull through...heh, what am I thinking? Of course she did...there's no way that she wouldn't." You think to yourself, before feeling a slight sensation on your skin.
Your eyes slowly slide downward, as your peripheral vision captures the sight of someone's hand gently squeezing your wrist. Your heart then begins to beat faster, knowing full-well who's hand it was.
Your eyes shift over to focus on the woman, noticing that she is asleep, her head on the side of your bed. She is sitting in the visitor's chair, pulled up as close as it could to your body. She is wearing a light-blue blouse, but the rest of her body is blocked by the bed.
That did not matter at this moment. After seeing the wonderful woman who has stolen your heart, you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you two are together, finally.
You feel tears beginning to form from your eyes, as you notice your free arm attempting to raise itself. Once your limb is in the air, you slowly move it across your body, softly placing your hand on top of hers.
This action causes Jaehee to slowly open her own eyes, waking up from her slumber. "Huh...what..." she softly says to herself, causing your own heart to beat even more, happy to hear her voice once again.
The brunette then lifts her head up, letting out a small, high-pitched yawn, creating a small blush on your face. Once Jaehee realizes that something is embracing her hand, she looks over, and notices your hand.
Her eyes open wide, as they shoot up to meet your own gaze, shock setting in her facial expression. "C-Cream...you...you're awake?" She asks, her voice trembling with nerves.
You feel your lips curl even more, showing a bigger smile than before, as you nod your head. You open your mouth to attempt to say something, but you're cut off, as Jaehee jumps out of her chair, and embraces your body tightly.
"Oh my God, Cream! You're awake! You're really awake!" The woman cries out, her warm cheek nuzzling against your own, creating a darkened red glow on your skin, your blush increasing. Tears of her own begin to show, as you feel a cool liquid brush against your skin from her face.
"Jae...hee..." You manage to let out, as you raise your arm up to return the embrace, sliding your hand along her back, softly gripping the soft fabric of her blouse.
"Please...please, don't ever leave me again, hon! I don't ever want to leave you alone again, ever! I...I..." Jaehee trails off, her sobs finally catching up to her. She hugs your body tighter, her chest pressing firmly against your shoulder.
You close your eyes, your smile never leaving your face. "S-Silly...of course...I won't leave you again...nothing in the...world will be...able to separate us agai-" You slowly respond to her, but your words are stopped by a sensation that you cannot describe.
Your eyes open wide, as you feel Jaehee quickly letting go of your body, cupping the sides of your head with her hands, and firmly pressing her soft lips against yours.
Your body lays lifeless, as shock takes over your senses. Everything in the world is clouded with darkness, as if only you and Jaehee exist. As quickly as it happened, it was over, though. Jaehee quickly pulls her head back, her blush matching your own.
"I-I'm sorry, Cream...I...I just couldn't help it...I've been wanting to do that for a long time...I...I'm sorry..." The brunette lets out, looking away from your eyes, as if she thinks she has offended you.
The shock finally settles in with you, as you raise your hand up to her face, brushing her soft cheek with your fingertips. "Jaehee...please...don't apologize...I...I feel the same way..." You softly say, causing her gaze to fixate back to your own. "Please...say what...you have wanted to say...at the location of our new coffee shop...please...tell me..."
Jaehee's face brightens up a bit, as she attempts to speak her words in between sobs. "C-Cream...in the past...I was nothing...I...I was a simple secretary...an assistant, doing what others wanted me to do...I thought I was happy, but I wasn't...until you came along. You...brought happiness to my empty life. You gave me reason to belong in this world...and, throughout our journey together, I can with the conclusion that...that I..." she pauses, as she returns her hand back to your cheek, caressing it softly.
"...I'm in love you. I love you with all of my heart." Jaehee finally lets out, causing your heart to jump, your own happiness taking over, bringing life back into your system.
You smile back, tears falling from your eyes. "I...I love you too, Jaehee." You respond, causing a smile to appear on the woman's lips. You slide your hand to the back of her head, slowly pulling it towards you.
Jaehee allows your hand to guide her, as her face inches closer to your own, until again, your lips meet. This time, the kiss lasts longer, as you are able to reciprocate the affection, pressing your lips against her own. At long last, you two are finally able to show each other how much love you wish to share.
The brunette slides her arms behind you, one forearm behind your shoulders, the other just above, her hand softly cupping the base of your neck. After each separation of your lips, another immediately follows, allowing the passion you two share for each other to to be sent through this sign of love.
Finally, after a few minutes of intimacy, Jaehee rests her forehead against yours, her eyes closed from embarrassment, giggling. "I...I can't believe we're really doing this. I mean...it's like we're living in a fantasy world...we've been through so much, but now...I feel like we can finally live the lives we've always wanted." She lets out, gently squeezing the back of your neck.
You giggle in response, causing Jaehee's eyes to open a bit. "You have no idea how long I've been waiting to hear you say those words, Jae. I fell in love with you the moment we actually talked in the messenger." You respond, catching your partner by surprise.
"R-really? I d-didn't realize you felt like that all this time...d-don't get me wrong, I had a suspicion a few days after you moved in...and, well...it was then that I...well, you know..." the brunette says, shyly.
"When you fell in love with me?" You ask, playfully, causing Jaehee's blush to intensify. You raise your eyes so you can see just above Jaehee's head, trying to remember a time in your past. After a second, a memory shoots into your mind, causing a sudden realization. "Oh, hey...I think I remember something...a few nights after I moved in with you, did you...happen to press something against my bedroom door?" You ask, curiously.
Jaehee feels her heart jump a bit, knowing full-well what you are talking about. "Y-yes...yes, I did...I don't know why, but...I wanted to be closer to you, even though you were already on the other side of the door...so, I placed my hand on it." She responds, looking down a bit, but her lips curling into a small, cute smile.
You smile back, just as sweetly as you see her do so. "So did I...I really wanted to be with you at that moment...and, well...I felt some resistance after I placed my hand on the door. I knew that you were doing the same thing..." You trail off, trying to look Jaehee in the eyes. "Heh...we're pathetic, aren't we?"
"Perhaps," Jaehee responds, sweetly. "However, I wouldn't have it any other way...we really are made for each other. I'm so glad that we got to become best friends...and, well...we're more than that now. My heart has grown so much because of you in my life...and I want to share that love with you." She finishes, kissing your nose after her speech.
Before you get a chance to respond to Jaehee's action, you two hear the sound of the door opening. In a panicked state, Jaehee quickly lets go of you, causing you to laugh softly.
After a second goes by, a head pops in through the crevice. You notice that your vision has become clear, and with that, you quickly recognize the person who is peering into the room.
"Oh, hey Seven." You say, causing Jaehee to quickly turn her head, her radiant blush still exposed on her face.
The redhead opens his eyes wide, covering his mouth. "Oh my God! Cream, you're awake! Thank the Gods! Please, God, allow these two women to have a long, glorious life together!" Seven yells out, but pauses, looking at Jaehee. "Wait...are you two...a couple yet?"
Your friend's statement causes your heart to race, as your confused eyes move back to Jaehee, who is rubbing the back of her head, her eyes closed in embarrassment as she nervously laughs. "Wait...what does he mean by that, Cookie? Does...do the rest of the RFA know?" You say, slightly worried, but more or less curious. Right after your question was asked, you take notice of Seven's head disappearing back behind the door.
"W-well, hon, I did kind of blurt out that I was in love with you in the chat room, right before you logged in, after you were kidnapped..." Jaehee responds, her eyes growing a bit misty, as she remembers the past, of what happened between her, you, and Zen.
You grow quiet as well, remembering the pain and suffering you had to go through due to Zen's actions. "Oh, yeah...now I remember...gosh, those were some bad times...how long was I out, by the way?" You ask, forgetting the fact that you had a heavy dose of drugs pulsing through your body when Jaehee and Zen fought each other.
"Four days," said a voice that was obviously not Jaehee's. Both of you turn your heads to the door, as you notice a familiar, black-haired male enter the room, carrying a bouquet of flowers.
Jaehee turns her chair a bit, so she could see the room a bit better, her hand placing itself into your own. You notice Jaehee's hand, and begin to blush again. You also take notice of the needle that is in your arm, as your eyes trail the base of the needle, up the tube, all the way to the I.V. machine.
"Heh...I was so happy to see Jaehee after waking up, I didn't even notice this was here...makes sense, though...if I'm feeling better, that means a lot of medication was placed in me, to counteract the drugs..." You ponder to yourself, forgetting that people were entering the room. A gentle squeeze of Jaehee's fingers brings you back to reality, as Seven, Yoosung, and Jumin are placed throughout the room, holding gifts in their hands.
"Oh, uhm, sorry, Jumin...I guess whatever medication I'm on now is still affecting me...so, four days, huh? What...what exactly happened?" You ask, as Jumin places the bouquet of flowers in a finely decorated vase on the counter.
The businessman then turns his body to look at you, a content look plastered on his face. "Jaehee...you didn't tell her anything, did you? Her question signifies it." He asks, turning his gaze to his former assistant.
Jaehee's eyes widen a bit, surprised at Jumin's question, but moreover, embarrassment enters her expression, as she remembers that she did not ask you how you were feeling. "Oh...I'm sorry, Jumin...and Cream," She begins, turning her head to you, her lip slightly quivering. "I guess my emotions got the best of me again, and I forgot to ask...how are you feeling, hon?"
Yoosung places a box, neatly wrapped with red paper, and a fine ribbon tied around it, on the counter next to the vase, then folds his arms, shaking his head. "Really, Jaehee...one would think that you, of all people, would be the first to ask how she was doing." He states, lightly chuckling.
"It's because they were busy being all lovey-dovey," Seven chimes in, causing the blood in your system to further make its way to your cheeks, increasing your blush. You turn to Jaehee, who has had the same thing happen to her.
You blink a few times, staring into Jaehee's eyes, torn on the subject of showing affection to her in front of the guys, or waiting until you two are in private. "I, uhm...I feel like I'm doing well...though, I don't know exactly what's happened between now and then...but, thanks for asking, Cookie...and you too, Jumin." You let out, squeezing Jaehee's hand tightly.
"...You didn't deny Luciel's statement...that must mean that the feeling is mutual, am I correct?" Jumin asks, calmly.
Before Jaehee could cast a cold stare at her former boss, you respond in a way that makes Jaehee's heart race a bit more. "Of course, it's mutual...I mean..." you pause, once again gazing into Jaehee's sweet, amber eyes. "It's really special to fall in love with your best friend, right?"
Your partner smiles, her lips curling more than usual, happy to hear those words spoken, around her friends. "Yes...it really is special...but, the main topic to be happy about is your health. Even though we asked if you were feeling alright, we knew what the doctor said about your condition. You had a lot of drugs in your system, mainly those who have strong side-effects with each other." She stops, sliding her other hand under yours, holding your hand with both of hers now.
Yoosung nods, his simple, childish smile appearing on his face. "Good news was, the doctors were able to create a treatment that counter-acted those effects. After three days of treatment, your system was finally clear of all of those stupid drugs." He finishes, as you see Jaehee nod in agreement.
"Yes. Though, I knew that they would have been able to help you. These are C&R's private doctors. My father has only hired the best of the best, so a guaranteed recovery was delivered...however," he trails off, looking at the curtain, as well as Seven. "The doctor has said that two other patients had the drugs in them...patients in this very same hospital."
Immediately after hearing this statement, Seven moves to the door, placing a thin envelope on the counter, next to Yoosung's box. "I'm going to go check on him...go ahead and tell them about him as well, Jumin. She deserves to know," Seven lets out calmly, as if a different personality has taken over his tone.
You tilt your head in confusion, but before you can respond, Seven closes the door, as gently as he can.
"Don't worry about him, Cream...Luciel's going through a...tough time, especially because of...him." Jumin follows up, catching your attention.
"Jumin...what do you mean? Who is 'he?' Who are the other two that are here that had those drugs in them?" You continue to ask the businessman, a bit of desperation hinting in your voice.
Jaehee gently brushes the top of your hand, attempting to calm you down. "Hon, it's alright...you should already know who one of those people are. If it's the same drugs that were in their system, then that means it was the brainwashing drugs they put into you...and into Zen." She finishes, instantly reminding you of what Zen has been through, during the time of her kidnapping.
"Oh, yeah...that's right. I guess it slipped my mind...some things are still fuzzy to me." You let out, sighing. The brunette then raises her hand, and pets the top of your head, giving a sense of soothing to your system.
Yoosung nods, glancing over at the curtain. "Yeah...you went through a lot, Cream, but, in reality, Zen went through a lot as well...I don't think anyone here will be able to look at him the same way again, but it was those drugs that made him do what he did..." He trails off, looking at the ground, beginning to be upset from the memories of the fight.
You look at the blond male, pondering what he meant. "What exactly happened to Zen, by the way? I...I hope you were able to save him..." you pause, moving your eyes to Jaehee's. "I do remember asking you to save us both...did you?"
Jaehee's eyes go misty, but a faint smile appears across her lips. "Yes...yes, we did...though, he sustained a lot of damage. Not just from the drugs, but from...well, me." She finishes, turning her gaze from your own, ashamed from the words she just spoke.
Jumin walks over, and places his hand on his former assistant's shoulder. "It's alright, Jaehee. You did what you had to do...besides, I remember you telling me that he, for a second, sounded like himself during that fight, and asked you to finish the fight." He says, as you notice your partner's sigh.
"I know...but, still...it doesn't stop the sting of what I did...I mean, he suffered several broken bones, internal bleeding...not to mention what happened to his eye, as well as that gunshot wound in his shoulder..." She softly lets out, tearing up.
"Jaehee..." You respond, this time you squeezing her hand, to bring her back to the world. "Thank you for doing what you did...I'm sure that Zen understands as well...but, what happened with his eye...and the gunshot wound?" You finish, inquiring the scenario.
Jumin sighs, narrowing his eyes a bit, staring at the base of the hospital bed. "It was his left eye. He had a contact lens in it, though...the contact was made of glass. Why it was glass, and not anything else, we don't know...but, he fell on a fallen bookshelf, and his eye hit the corner of it, shattering the lens. The doctor said that he would have to have surgery done to his eye, but he will eventually be able to see with it in the future..." The businessman states, now closing his eyes.
"The gunshot...came from the hacker, known as Saeran. He had Yoosung at gunpoint, threatening to...kill him, if Jaehee didn't leave you there," Jumin then spoke softly, his gaze moving to Yoosung's, who is now holding the front of his face in his hand, trying to not remember the sensation of his life being threatened, almost ending.
You begin to tear up, as well as Jaehee, as you take a look at Yoosung's posture and actions. "Yoosung...I'm so sorry..." you let out, as Yoosung chokes a bit from the tears he has been fighting back.
"I-it's alright...I knew...that I would be alright...though, I...I was ready to lose my life, if it meant saving you..." Yoosung lets out, in between his sobs, causing your heart to sink, not wanting to think of a life where Yoosung wasn't there.
Jumin clears his throat, trying to direct the attention back to him, away from the sorrow that filled the room. "Saeran then pointed the gun at Jaehee, while she was holding you up, blaming her for everything...however, before he was able to pull the trigger, Zen rose up from his unconsious state, and shoved you two to the side. That's how he gained that wound." He finishes, but without allowing anyone else to react, he begins to speak again.
"Saeran...the hacker...is the third person to have the drugs in his system." He states, causing your eyes to widen.
"The hacker did?" You let out, attempting to confirm the news that had just entered your mind. "I...I mean, that makes sense...I think I remember him saying something about it, but he didn't say much...well, that I remember, of course..."
Jumin nods in agreement, then turns his attention to the door, his gaze showing sympathy. "Yes...that boy, Saeran, underwent the same brainwashing that Zen did...however, he was under the influence for a long while...but, we will be taking him in, upon Luciel's wishes." He lets out, sighing.
You tilt your head, curious on what Jumin has meant. "What does Seven have to do with all this?" You question, as everyone in the room lower their gaze.
"...Hon, I don't know how to say this," Jaehee lets out, slightly shaking her head. "Apparently...Saeran...is Luciel's twin brother." She finishes, causing your heart rate to jump a bit, shocked by the news.
Before you have a chance to respond, Jumin lifts his finger, signaling you to pause. "I know you have a lot of questions, and in time, they will be answered...but, we all have to focus on the recovery of you, Zen, as well as Saeran. Once that has happened, then all of the information I gained from Jihyun will be released to everyone. Yes, there will be secrets that I will have to keep from everyone, as the leader of the RFA. However, this information...everyone deserves to know of it, especially you, Yoosung. I'll tell you what I know once we leave the hospital." He finishes, causing Yoosung's eyes to widen a bit, unsure of what's to come.
"Oh...alright, Mr. Han." He responds, causing you to lightly giggle. Jaehee looks at you, slightly blushing, admiring every little thing that you do.
You then lock your eyes to Jaehee's, noticing the tint of her cheeks, causing you to blush as well. Jumin looks at you two, then smiles slightly, turning his body to the door. "Mr. Kim, it looks like this is where we will take our leave. I know it's sudden, but I think..." He then pauses, turning his head to the bed, looking both you and your love in the eyes. "...that they should be alone. Let's go...we will catch up later."
Yoosung rubs the back of his head, nervously, then follows Jumin out of the room. "Don't make too much of a scene, you two...you don't want to wake Zen up." He says, pointing to the curtain, causing you to turn your head to it, not realizing that someone was on the other side of it.
"O-oh...t-thank you, Yoosung...for everything, really." You say, causing the boy to smile happily, as he disappears from the door.
Now, aside from the apparently asleep Zen, it is you two alone. Jaehee places her hand on your cheek, smiling. "I know it's a lot to take in, Cream, but...I'm here for you. I'll always be here for you." She says, as you nuzzle into her soft embrace.
"I know you will, Jae. I love you, so much..." You let out, peacefully. "I think...I'm going to...take a small nap...do...do you want to join me?" You finish, patting the side of the hospital bed.
Jaehee's blush intensifies, as she giggles to your question. "Silly...there's no room for us both...but, once you're clear to leave the hospital, we will take a nap in my bed...and, this time..." She pauses, moving her head to yours, lightly brushing her soft lips against yours. "Nothing will hold us back."
You widen your eyes for a second, a deep-red blush entering your cheeks, causing your partner to laugh. "I didn't mean it like that, hon...I just meant, that...well, you know..." She stops, embarrassed, trying to find the words to describe her meaning.
You smile, and return the kiss, causing Jaehee's attention to spring back to you. "I think I know what you mean, Jaehee...and I would love that. Just...being with you makes me happy." You say, as Jaehee's eyes begin to water again, her head resting on top of your chest, nuzzling into it, her arms loosely wrapping themselves around your waist.
"...being with you makes me happy as well, Cream...and, yes...again, I love you, too...now and forever."
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