A Mystic Messenger fanfic by hxshidan; source HERE. Please follow the link and drop her some kudos if you like it!
WARNING: May contain spoilers
The RFA meet up for a meal and start to discuss what is to happen to the organisation...
Chapter 2: Wavering Eyes
“We’re celebrating you getting released from the hospital! That’s what we’re doing!” Yoosung grinned once you had signed the papers which allowed you to leave the wretched place. “Because you, Saeyoung, and V weren’t able to go to the party… We’re getting together this evening, all of the RFA members, and having a meal! Jumin said for everyone to get into their best clothes, because apparently he is paying and taking us to some really fancy restaurant!”
You blinked at the blonde RFA member for a moment, before you paused for a moment. “Everyone?...”
Yoosung had to take a few seconds to think, before scrunching up his face. “I… should think so,” he then paused for a moment, before shrugging his shoulders. “Anyway, Jumin’s having us all sent there by limo! Jaehee, Zen, and Saeyoung are getting picked up from Zen’s place, and the two of us are getting picked up from my apartment… Apparently V is going to be there too, but he’s going to be quite late...”
“-okay, and there seems to be minimal permanent damage. We just need to run a few short tests, and then you can leave.”
“Before you do that… Could I possibly send a text on my phone? I promised a friend that as soon as I could, I would contact him.”
“… Just a short one. If you wish to leave as soon as you can, it will have to be short because the tests can either be completed now or in three days time.”
The person picked up the pale grey device from beside him, before typing in his simple message.
‘I can make it.’
Your dress was quite loose, as you didn’t want to wear anything too tight, or at least tight enough to irritate your recovering injury. It felt somewhat odd wearing your own clothes after two weeks of wearing a hospital gown. Yoosung was having to help you with it somewhat, because you couldn’t properly reach for the zip across the back of it. “You look so pretty, you know that, right? I have a feeling that Zen will try to beg you to be his girlfriend because you’re so pretty...” All that you could do was put on a gentle smile as Yoosung said that, before laughing and shaking your head. “I’m serious, Zen probably will. Whenever he visited you in hospital when you were sleeping, he was constantly going on about how the selfie you took with Saeyoung ‘barely captured just how beautiful the newest RFA member looked’.”
A small frown formed on your face as you remembered that image. It was only taken to reassure the other RFA members that you and Saeyoung were okay… Later that day, you were on the run from the agency which Saeyoung had worked for, doing your best to stay away from CCTV, satellite feeds, and anything which could reveal your location.
“By the way… Was there anything going on between you and Saeyoung? You two… Seemed really close up to the point that you both disappeared from the messenger for a few days. Now you’re both… quite distant from each other.” A shiver went down your spine as Yoosung asked that. “Y- You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to-!”
“We… we were pretty close as friends...” But then you remembered what had happened the time where you were both locked up alongside Vanderwood in some cell at the Mint Eye headquarters. “But we both had… differing opinions on something… And we kinda of drifted away from each other because of that.” Differing opinions on V is what you failed to mention. You wanted to hear him out, give him a chance to explain why he was with Mint Eye at that moment in time… Saeyoung didn’t want to know anything. Vanderwood and V had tried to get you both to settle your differences before you were dragged away to the events which led to you getting hurt, but… that hadn’t gone so well.
Yoosung didn’t dare ask any more than that, the pained look on your face evidence enough that you didn’t want to talk much more about what had happened. He did what he could to change the topic of conversation. “Hey… Do you want to play a game for a while? There’s still about another two hours before we get picked up.”
You paused for a moment, before nodding. “I wouldn’t mind playing a game… I’ve not really had the chance to play any since I got sent to Rika’s apartment.”
V frowned as he trailed his fingers across his camera, before he then closed his eyes. This felt… odd. So much dust had gathered upon it in such a short amount of time. His blindness had stopped him from doing what he felt most passionate about. Why had he thought that not doing anything about it was the best way to remember Rika? There was… so much more which could have done the same thing… Even though he had even said it to her himself. ‘You can test me until you believe me. Even if you strangle my neck, blind my eyes, and destroy my limbs… I love you. I am your sun.’
Quietly, he sat down on the seat near his camera, before reaching into his pocket and pulling out his phone. Even though his eyes were closed, the actions were somewhat ingrained into his hands. He knew where the app was, he knew where all the buttons were. Even though he had never took part in the conversations on the messenger that often, he had often looked over the old conversations just to make sure that everyone was safe and well.
He pressed one more button, before moving his finger elsewhere in the screen. He had no need to open up the messages… He needed to do something else.
With a sigh, V then pulled his sunglasses out of his pocket and put them on as he opened his eyes as he began to type something.
‘Jumin… I think that I can make it with everyone else now. I got out earlier than I thought.’
Actually being able to see those words on his screen made him feel overwhelmed. Four days ago, he had the surgery. Three days ago, his vision began to return. Today… He could see the world once more.
‘V. Are you sure?’
‘Yes… Let everyone know that I can go with them.’
‘There’s a slight change in plan. I want you and Yoosungto go to where V lives, and I shall have you picked up from there.’
And now… You and the blonde RFA member were stood outside a large looking apartment within the city. It was actually quite close to the building where Jumin and Jaehee worked, which was quite surprising.
“I’ve not been here many times… There was a few times when Rika was still an RFA member when I would come here to see her because of her being with V… But since two years ago… I’ve just refused to come here,” Yoosung sighed as he reluctantly knocked on the door, before he then stepped behind you somewhat. It was obvious that he didn’t want to be here.
After a few moments, the door opened, and Yoosung took hold of your arm as you noticed V stood there. He was wearing his normal clothes (just nowhere near as ragged as they had ended up at Mint Eye), but he seemed to have a different pair of sunglasses on to what you remembered. “I take it… that this is the pair that Jumin said that he was sending here?”
“Um… Yeah… It’s me and Yoosung...” You stated, trying to get Yoosung to let go of you. V bit his lip, but then stepped to the side to let the two of you come inside. Once you had both entered, Yoosung sighed and went to sit down on the sofa which was there. “So, how are you, V?...” You asked as he fumbled about to place a hand on your shoulder.
“I should really be the one who is asking that. How are you? You were only allowed out of the hospital this morning, and now you’re getting ready for a big meal with the other RFA members… Will you honestly be okay?” His hand squeezed a slight bit, and you smiled.
“I should be fine. I’ve been okay for the past week, but the doctors just wanted to keep an eye on me… But seriously, how are you? You visited me every day, but for the past few days, you never-!”
Suddenly, V covered your mouth, before gesturing for you to follow him into another room. When inside, you were taken aback by the sheer amount of photographs which were everywhere. Some seemed to look at least twenty years old, whereas others looked as though they could have been from the past few months. In all honesty… it was amazing. V was an amazing photographer. “I need to tell you something. I don’t want the other RFA members besides Jaehee and Jumin to know until this evening,” he stated, before taking off his sunglasses. “I should at least tell you, because… I believe that it is my fault that you ended up in hospital. If I could have seen the gun that Saeran was holding, then maybe...” He paused for a moment, before his eyes met yours.
They didn’t seem as dull as they did a few days ago…They seemed to be almost wavering.
“Jumin has offered time and time again for me to have surgery on my eyes to help me see again… I took him up on his offer a few days ago. I couldn’t go to visit you because I was recovering from it, and having my eyes adjust,” he then walked over to a large photo of a bright yellow flower which was framed just beside you, before picking it up and frowning. “I knew that I couldn’t use my blindness as a way to remember Rika… Especially after the pain she caused everyone in the RFA using Saeran and Mint Eye,” he placed the photo facing downwards on a small coffee table after that. “Not to mention… I needed to see you. You got hurt… I would like to see you recover,”
You watched as V did the same with a few other photos, and that was followed by him looking over to you. It was obvious that he was worried over you. “Hey… V? I’m wondering something… What are you doing?”
He paused for a moment, before sighing. “Rika took those photos. I… don’t want to see them at the moment. After everything… It will take a lot to see them once more.”
Moments later, there was a knock on the door. Your ride to wherever you were eating that night was here…
The entire RFA was together once more, thankfully not in a hospital this time. Saeyoung remained physically distant from you, but he still spoke to you. Quite a lot, for that matter. Jumin and Zen had to be separated after a few minutes, and now Jaehee was sat with a look of pure frustration between the two who kept giving each other evil glares. V was beside Jumin, and you were beside V because of Yoosung and Saeyoung being somewhat reluctant to take that seat.
Up to that point, besides the minor scraps between Zen and Jumin, the night had been quite light-hearted. Wine was drunk (by everybody except Yoosung), jokes were shared, stories were told, and there was a lot of hugs and smiles. Once everyone had ate the main course of the meal though… Everything became serious.
Jaehee had took a small sip of her wine, before sighing. “What are we going to do with the RFA now? After everything which has happened… Some of the bonds in our group have weakened quite considerably… And I don’t think that it is a good idea to have a member living at Rika’s apartment any more on account of the bomb...” She looked over at Saeyoung and V first, before giving you a worried glance.
“Well… One of the reasons that we are gathered here tonight and are keeping Yoosung sober is to discuss this,” Jumin stated, his empty wine glass between two of his fingers. “First though… If you recall, V… You stated in the messenger a few weeks ago that you wanted to pass the baton as leader over to me. Are you still sure about that?” All eyes fell onto V then, and he began to fidget with his sunglasses. You could tell, and so could Jumin and Jaehee, that he was quite uncomfortable with receiving such glances mere days after regaining his sight. To get the eyes to turn away from him, he nodded. “Right… Does anyone besides Zen not accept V’s decision?”
Zen gritted his teeth at Jumin saying that, and Jaehee had to quickly hold her arm out in front of him to get him to stay in his seat.
After a moment of silence, V suddenly began to speak. “Before you go any further, Jumin… I think… that I should do something which I should have done from the beginning,” You could see his fingers digging into the material of his trousers. “I am going to tell you all the secrets which the RFA has been holding.”
The ten minutes leading up to your desserts being brought to the table were spent with V explaining everything which had been withheld from everyone there. It varied in the different secrets, but the main two which were discussed the most were the reasons for the bomb being implanted at Rika’s apartment, and why Rika disappearing to create Mint Eye was covered up with a supposed suicide.
As you began to eat from the small bowl of ice cream which you had been given, the topic of discussion fell to you.
“So. She doesn’t have anywhere to live, and we can’t let her live back at the apartment!” Saeyoung said quite loudly, close to a yell but not quite. “What do we do?! I don’t know if it’s safe back at my house because there may still be remnants of the agency still about and after me and Vanderwood for it falling apart. And Vanderwood is having to live with me whilst they get on their feet.” As soon as Saeyoung had finished speaking, he eagerly grabbed hold of a spoon to start eating his stack of very sweet looking pancakes which were covered in honey and butter, much to nobody’s surprise.
“I would let her stay at my apartment, but… God… I don’t think that I could keep the beast-!”
“So that’s Zen ruled out.” Jumin abruptly sighed, before turning to Jaehee. “Assistant Kang, could she stay with you? Then there would be no risk of… indecency.” He seemed to be quite serious about that, but all that she could do was shake her head.
“My apartment is somewhat small, I honestly don’t think that there would be room for two of us living there.”
Silence lingered as everyone ate their food for a few moments, before V quietly spoke up. “She could stay with me… My apartment is large enough, and I live quite central in regards to where you all live. She could visit you all at any time, and you can visit her at any time.”
Yoosung clenched his fist then.
“But V… you’re blind.”
“… Not any more...”
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