The sweet sound of a song lulled SeHun to sleep. He felt someone tap his jaw, telling him to wake up. When he did, he stared up at a familiar face, a face he had not seen in a long time.
“Am I dreaming?” He asked.
Tao laughed, “No.”
SeHun stood up. When he did, he bumped his head on the ceiling of the cave. He looked around and saw Xiumin standing at the entrance and a strange person dressed in a hooded cape sitting against the far wall. They were still, like statues caught in time.
“What is this?” He asked.
“Do you really have to ask?” Tao answered. He went over to Xiumin, careful not to touch him. He looked at him, smiling happily. His hand wanting to caress his face, “He still looks the same. He hasn't aged a day.” He giggled.
“Tao. Where have you been?”
Tao glanced at him and smiled again, “I've been here… There…. Everywhere. Being able to stop time is quite fun.”
“So it WAS you I saw before.” SeHun said. He went up to the entrance and touched the force field.
“Yes. I've been following you guys. I wanted to help you.”
SeHun shot him a look, “Why didn't you just come to us?”
“Because like them, I'm supposed to be dead. But you never believed I was, did you?”
SeHun shook his head, “I had a feeling and…”
“And?” Tao watched him. He knew way back when, he almost revealed himself. SeHun had gotten trapped and he helped him by stopping time.
“You helped me. I saw you or I thought I saw but I figured I was just delusional from hitting my head. But it really was you!” SeHun said.
Tao giggled, covering his mouth to keep from laughing. He walked over to the hooded man and stared down at him. He shook his head disapprovingly.
“Why are you here now?” SeHun asked. He stood next to Tao looking down at the stranger. He couldn't help but think the shape of those hands looked familiar.
With a deep sigh, Tao turned away, his face turning grey.
“I tried to stay out of it. The red force… they would find me if I got too involved. Or even close to that place. But I think they have detected me. They're not only looking for you and Xiumin but for me…and him.” Tao pointed down at the stranger.
“Who is he?”
Tao bit his lip, he wasn't ready to say, “You have to be careful. What they did to us… It made us more powerful than we were. But they did something, they put something in our bodies. I was able to get it out. It took a long time but I got it out. Kris and Lu weren't so fortunate. It'll make them turn on you when the moment comes. Don't trust them. Especially Lu. Kris, he's nearly immortal, he'll do anything to hold on to that.”
SeHun stopped him, “Wait, what do you mean nearly immortal? And what happened to Lu?”
“You can kill Kris but he'll always come back to life. The last time I saw him, I tried to take that thing out of him but he fought me and nearly killed me.” Tao said remembering that day.
SeHun turned Tao around, “What happened to Lu?”
Tao's head dropped, his chin nearly touching his chest, then he slowly looked up in the direction of that guy sitting against the wall. SeHun followed his gaze. He went over and kneeled in front of him, looking at his face. But he couldn't see Lu’s face.
“You’re lying. This isn't him.”
“Lu liked the change. He sided with the red force. They gave him his power, they gave him immortality, they gave everything he wanted. He was the one that lead them to you and the others. You have to be careful with him. He's not who he is anymore.” Tao walked over to where masked Lu was sitting and hunched down, he pointed at his pocket, “In there, in his pocket, there's a device. It camouflages. It camouflages things and people.”
“How do you know this?” SeHun asked.
“There was a man hiding here before but Lu lead him out and the red force took him. Lu stole his image and has been waiting here for you ever since what happened on the other planet.” Tao said. He grabbed SeHun and pulled him over by the statue that was Xiumin. He reached inside his long coat and pulled a crystal ball out, he gazed into it, like he was searching the room. “There, stand there. He's going to try to seduce Xiumin. When I release you, use your power to push him away.”
SeHun backed away.
“What's wrong?” Tao asked.
“I don't have that power… it was taken… That's why we're here. To take back what they stole!” SeHun said fiercely.
Tao began to realize something, it wasn't until now that he realized what the red force had done. Not only to him, Kris, and Lu but to them as well. The two of them stared at one another, like they were trying to figure out something.
“Just get him away from Xiumin. Once you do, run away from here.” Tao said.
“But how, that force thing is blocking the door. How will we get out?” SeHun answered right away.
“Take that device from him and smash it.” Tao smashed his one fist into his hand. “Smash it hard. Once it's deactivated, the force field will fall, the drones will come and you'll see Lu for who he really is.”
Tao reached out to him, taking his shoulder, “Are you ready?”
Tao nodded as well, “Okay. You're going to feel weird for a second or two. It's just your body catching up with time. You may even throw up.”
SeHun looked at him strangely.
“Good bye for now my friend. I'm glad we got to visit.” Tao nudged him.
SeHun saw him fade away. He watched as everything moved very quickly around him. He watched as Lu got up and cornered Xiumin. When it all stopped, he saw his moment, when he heard Xiumin telling Lu to stop, he reached around Lu's waist, and with all his strength, he threw him as hard as he could across the little cave. Lu flew backwards hitting the wall hard, his head hitting even harder, knocking him out. He slumped to the ground.
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