From A Different Perspective [A ONEUS and ATEEZ Fanfic] [Complete]

By AkiraInu



Keonhee sat at his desk looking down at the journal in front of him. He let out a soft sigh before picking up a pen and starting to write. "Dear Seoho, This is a stupid way to start this series of letters, but I swear it was Dongju's idea..."

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Hai! Author-nim here with another story~! We're back to the spinoff series! This time with Keonhee being alive instead of Seoho! This will be different from what I've been writing before due to one thing: Starting each chapter off with a letter addressed to Seoho. If you've read my last spinoff story, I ended it with Yunho and Xion writing to San and Dongmyeong respectively in journals. Now it's Keonhee's turn!

This will mostly be entirely from Keonhee's POV but you'll see characters from the main series in this spinoff, along with Xion, who is now going by the name Dongju and Yunho who was pretty much the main character of the last story.

Anyway, onto the characters~!

Characters:


Keonhee: A pure blooded werewolf who narrowly avoided a death sentence when Seoho took his place instead. He had been banished from the pack and wandered around aimlessly for months before running into Yunho who invited him to stay with his pack and has been with him ever since, starting a journal to pass the time and keep his insanity from losing his mate in check. His wolf form is a large cream colored wolf with vibrant blue-ish green eyes and a large diagonal scar going from his left shoulder to his right hip on the front of his body seen in his wolf and human forms.

Yunho: A pure blooded werewolf who is an ex-werewolf hunter. He recently retired from being a werewolf hunter and tries to live out the rest of his days in relative peace. He writes in a journal in the form of letters to his dead twin brother San in a way of coping with his past and pass time. He found Keonhee wandering around outside their territory and had invited him in, and now shares a room with him. He found his mate in a 'shifter named Mingi but Mingi had recently went back to Yeosang when Yeosang needed something so Yunho was pretty much alone most of the time now. His wolf form is a large white wolf with a nasty scar across his stomach and one more across his lower back seen in his wolf and human forms.

Dongju: A pure blooded werewolf who is a vampire hunter under Hwanhee's faction. He is a part of the pack that Keonhee had been a part of and remembers Keonhee as a cold hearted person who only dropped the act when around those he trusted the most. Dongju had changed a lot since his brother was killed by his own hands, but he still retains a sort of child like innocence as a way of coping with Dongmyeong's death. He was the one who started the journal writing, first as Dongmyeong and now addressing Dongmyeong in a letter like format. His wolf form is a average sized white wolf with a silver tint from him dying his hair a dull grey color before he had redyed his hair to brown and a claw mark going down his left cheek seen in his wolf and human forms.

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AkiraInu     156d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 1]

Dear Seoho,

This is a stupid way to start off this series of letters, but I swear this was Dongju's idea. I ran into him when he visited the other day. I guess Yunho had told him about me staying with his pack. Yunho suggested it, I guess to keep my mind in check for when the insanity sets in. I don't know, this doesn't seem like me.

The others still hate me you know? I didn't do what I did purposefully, you know this. We had a job to do, and I guess I did take it too far with that human but she was gonna die anyway, if they hadn't interfered. I'm not going to go further into detail in case someone is actually reading this entry but I'm sure word of what happened has gotten around by now at least.

I should go then. I will write again when I feel like it I suppose.

-Keonhee

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Keonhee put down the pen, letting out a sigh as he did so. He leaned back in his chair, crossing his arms over his chest in thought before going to close the notebook and putting the pen on top of it and getting up, stretching his arms above his head before dropping them to his side and moving, turning to walk out of the room he was sharing with Yunho.

"That was a quick letter write," said Yunho as he met Keonhee outside the room. "I didn't know what to write," said Keonhee as he shrugged, looking at Yunho who just stared at him with a blank look.

"You going to write to San?" Asked Keonhee after a few seconds of awkward silence. "Nah, I'm needed to get groceries, I was wondering if you wanted to head out with me," said Yunho. "Ah, sure," said Keonhee. "Let me get my phone," he said, before going to do so. Yunho turned and walked back downstairs and grabbed his wallet and car keys before putting on his shoes and heading out to the jeep that had been a gift from Hongjoong for retiring.

Keonhee came outside after putting on his shoes and went to join Yunho, climbing into the passenger seat of the jeep while Yunho got into the driver's seat. After a few minutes Yunho started the jeep and backed out of the driveway before driving off, heading towards the supermarket.

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"What are we getting?" Asked Keonhee as he pushed the cart around while Yunho went to get what they needed. "Byungchan wants beef," said Yunho. "Sejun wants to make some ramen so we're getting everything needed for that, along with beef for the stock," he said. "I see," hummed Keonhee.

"Is there anything you wanted?" Asked Yunho as he turned to Keonhee. "No," said Keonhee. "I am fine with ramen," he said. "You're fine with a lot of things," hummed Yunho before he turned to the beef and looked through it to find the best piece.

"Here's one," said Keonhee as he lifted up a package. "Let me see," said Yunho as he went to see what Keonhee had picked out. "That looks good," he said, turning to put it in the cart.

"I used to do the cooking at home, so I know what to look for when choosing the best cut of meat," said Keonhee. "I see," said Yunho. "It must be nice," he said. "It's not too bad," hummed Keonhee as he shrugged. "Cooking is pretty easy, it's just knowing what to look out for,' he said. "I see," said Yunho.

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After getting back to the house with everything Keonhee and Yunho brought all the bags into the kitchen and Keonhee went to help Sejun with the cooking, the both of them dividing up the tasks and getting things done quickly. The smell of ramen soon filled the house as the others soon came downstairs to see what had been smelling so good.

"What's that smell?" Asked Subin. "It's ramen," said Sejun. "Keonhee and I worked on it," he said, going to get bowls for everyone as Keonhee checked on the noodles before dividing them into the bowls Sejun put down. Sejun put the broth in the bowls and everyone went to get their bowls of ramen, going to the kitchen island to fix their bowls the way they wanted.

"Things are changing around here huh?" Asked Keonhee as he ate his ramen. "Everything is changing," Byungchan said with a sigh. "But we'll be fine," he said. "Lots of changes have been made ever since Toronto went to the vampires," he said. "We still run the information network there though," said Sejun. "Luckily Chani gave us that luxury," he added.

"Don't you work at the Starbucks that Chani runs?" Asked Keonhee. "I do, along with two of Chani's covenmates," said Sejun. "Both our information networks go through that Starbucks," he said. "I see," said Keonhee.

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A sigh left Keonhee as he found himself wide awake in the middle of the night. He sat up, turning to look at Yunho who was sleeping beside him with a fox plushie in his arms. He shook his head before getting up, stretching a bit before grabbing his phone from the nightstand and leaving the room. He headed downstairs and into the kitchen to get a drink of water before going to put his shoes on and head outside.

The crisp night air was cool against his body and Keonhee almost wished he had a coat before going to sit down on the back deck to stare off into space.

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Yunho ended up joining him a bit later, going to sit across from him. "Couldn't sleep huh?" Asked Keonhee as he turned to Yunho. "No, but I'll be fine," said Yunho as he looked out at the lake behind the house. Keonhee hummed in response.

"I think everyone liked your ramen," Yunho said, trying to keep it from getting quiet. "Really?" Asked Keonhee as he turned to Yunho who nodded. "Everyone was really excited to have Sejun's ramen since he's pretty good at making it but yours was pretty good," said Yunho. "I see," hummed Keonhee as he shifted in his seat, looking out at the lake behind the house.

"Is there other recipes you know?" Asked Yunho. "Yes, and I don't mind making them if given the time," said Keonhee. "Sejun seems eager to learn more stuff anyway," he added. "So it'd be nice to have a helper," he said. "I'd like to help too, if you don't mind," said Yunho. "Sure," said Keonhee. "Just try and keep up with us," he said with a teasing grin. "Oi," said Yunho as he scowled, earning a soft chuckle from Keonhee.

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Seungsik had joined them after hunting and they just talked aimlessly, talking about anything and everything, from places Keonhee's been to some of Seungsik's and Yunho's craziest hunts.

Keonhee had soon came to realize one thing when Subin had come to get them to get breakfast. Yunho was still grieving, and talking kept him from starting the hallucinations of his dead brother San. Keonhee supposed having a distraction was better than the alternative at least, but at least Yunho didn't have to deal with a dead mate messing up his mind like Seoho did.

Sure Seoho didn't talk when he showed up, but seeing him always sent Keonhee's mind in a downward spiral. At least he didn't show up the night before, but Keonhee was [i sure] he'd see him again at some point.
AkiraInu     154d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 2]

Dear Seoho,

Did you know that Yunho still hallucinates his twin brother San? When I found that out it suddenly made more sense as to why he always seemed to distract himself or keep a conversation going. Apparently if he can't distract himself enough San will show up, but he's learned to ignore San unless he's managed to acknowledge the fact that San is here.

Apparently Xion, who is now going by the name Dongju, occasionally falls back to being his brother. That one is strange to me. Why would I try to be you? I know I can't. Even with a journal to let me read your experiences. Dongju probably had a lot of time to make himself become his brother. I don't know.

I don't blame myself for your death. But I do feel guilty about it. Just don't show up anymore okay? I know you're dead, I don't need to see your hallucination any more.

Just leave me alone.

Please.

I don't want to deal with you anymore.

-Keonhee

[center ~]

Keonhee fell back and out of his chair when he found Seoho standing next to the desk. "Get away damn it," he said, panicking as he scooted backwards, letting his back hit the bed behind him. "Get away from me!" He shouted, covering his face with his arms as a sob escaped him.

Yunho ran into the room, looking around to make sure there wasn't any intruders before going to shake Keonhee. "Oi," he said. "Snap out of it, there's no one here," he said, shaking Keonhee who was near hysterical.

Subin walked into the room, putting a hand on Yunho's shoulder. "Let me take care of it okay?" He asked. Yunho nodded, moving away and Subin went to try and snap Keonhee out of it.

"Hey," Subin said softly, putting a gentle hand on Keonhee's shoulder. "It's okay, no one's here," he said. "N-No one's here?" Keonhee asked, his voice sounding small. "No one's here, just us," said Subin. "There's no one here," repeated Keonhee as a small whimper escaped him.

"Bring down your arms okay? I promise you there's no one here," said Subin. Keonhee put down his arms after hesitating for a few seconds and looked around the room. "See?" Asked Subin. "It's just Yunho and I," he said. "I see," said Keonhee as he wiped away his tears.

"Come on," said Yunho as he walked over, holding out a hand. "Let's go for a run," he said. Keonhee was hesitant, but grabbed Yunho's hand and Yunho pulled him to stand, Subin moving out of the way to let them go. "Don't be gone for too long, Sejun wants to try another recipe with you when he gets back from work," said Subin. "We'll try not to be too long," said Yunho as Keonhee nodded.

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Running around in wolf form always cleared Keonhee's head. It gave him a chance to let the wolf just take care of the running while he sort of faded into the background. Yunho running with him was essentially the same, though they both kept pace with each other and didn't care where they were headed. They both needed to clear their heads, and running always did that.

Weaving in and out of the trees became a game for them, racing through the forest near their property to see who would run head first into a tree first.

It came to a stop when Keonhee stopped, his ears twitching when he heard sounds. Yunho stopped a few feet in front of Keonhee before turning to him.

"You two seemed to be enjoying the run," came a voice as Mingi walked into view. Yunho wagged his tail in response and Keonhee snorts.

"I'm only here for a little bit," said Mingi. "So let's head back to the house then," he added. Keonhee turned to Yunho as Yunho nodded, turning around and running back to the house. Keonhee and Mingi followed after him.

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After they reached the house after changing and putting their clothes on Mingi immediately stopped in the backyard. "Not coming in?" Asked Yunho as he turned to Mingi. "I'm not staying too long," said Mingi. "Come to the front porch at least," said Yunho. Mingi sighed. "Okay," he said. They went to sit on the front porch, Yunho sitting on the porch swing with Keonhee and Mingi on either side of him.

"How are you doing?" Asked Mingi. "I'm fine," hummed Yunho. "Enjoying retirement for the most part, but Yedam knows to call on me if he needs me," he said. "Dongju wants me to go visit sometime, but I can't with this one here," he said, motioning to Keonhee. "Oi," Keonhee said with a scowl.

"Banishment is not fun," agreed Mingi. "I was simply doing my job," Keonhee grumbled, earning a slap to the back of the head from Yunho. "There's some things we don't do, and what you did is one of them," said Yunho. Keonhee sighed. "I get it now," he said. "But what's done is done," he said.

[center ~]

Mingi left when Sejun came home with Byungchan and Seungsik, bringing over the stuff needed for a recipe Keonhee wanted to make with Sejun.

"So what are we making?" Asked Sejun as he stood in the kitchen with Keonhee. "Thai style chicken salad," said Keonhee. "Or Laab, something like that," he added. "Oh, I see," said Sejun. "I think I've had that before," he said.

"Most of the things like this is better homemade anyway," said Keonhee as he went to chop up the chicken. "Squeeze the lemons and chop up the cilantro please," he said. "Sure," said Sejun as he went to do so. "Get the powder too, we'll need to add that to the chicken when I stir fry it," said Keonhee as he went to heat up a wok. Sejun went to get the powder and put it on the counter near the stove.

As they were cooking Keonhee could feel eyes on him the entire time, though he tried his best to ignore it, taking a shaky breath as he went to throw the chicken in the wok. Sejun heard the shaky breath and turned around, patting Keonhee on the shoulder before returning to cutting the onions. "Thanks, I needed that," Keonhee mumbled as he focused on the chicken.

Yunho came downstairs and into the kitchen a few minutes later, looking around the kitchen before his eyes rested on Keonhee who was hyper focused on the stove. "Is there anything I can do?" He asked. "Get the rice cooker and make sure there's rice, otherwise wash and peel the lettuce," said Keonhee as he added the powder to the chicken and stirred it around.

Yunho went to do so, moving to the otherside of Keonhee with the rice cooker and putting it on the counter after making sure the rice was indeed cooked before plugging it in to keep it warm. "Get me a big metal bowl," said Keonhee and Yunho went to do so, digging under the sink to find a clean one before coming over with it. Keonhee turned off the stove and took the wok off the stove, letting it cool down.

"Believe it or not the only thing we have left to do is wait," said Keonhee as he leaned against the counter, refusing to make eye contact with Seoho who was sitting on the counter near the fridge. "That's it?" Asked Sejun as he turned to Keonhee.

"Yeah, after the chicken cools down a bit we mix everything together and serve it, adding soy sauce to it to taste of course," said Keonhee. "I don't know how you guys handle spicy food so I didn't add much in that department," he said.

[center ~]

"Whatever you guys made smells delicious," said Byungchan as he walked downstairs and into the kitchen with Subin and Seungsik. "We're pretty much done," said Keonhee as he put the bowl of Thai style chicken salad on the table. "We have lettuce to make lettuce wraps and rice if you want it," he said, bringing over the lettuce that was piled on a plate as Yunho brought over the rice cooker.

Everyone, even Seungsik since he wasn't feeling thirsty, sat down at the table to eat, though Seungsik refused a bowl since he didn't eat. Everyone made small talk, with Sejun talking about his day at work and Byungchan and Seungsik talking about the news concerning the information network.

"Dongju wants you to visit you know," said Byungchan. "I know," said Yunho as he sighed. "I can't when Keonhee's with me," he said. "I do not mind staying around while you go visit them," said Keonhee as he shook his head. "I can't just leave you here," said Yunho.

"I can just stay in Roanoke," said Keonhee. "It's fine, really," he added. Yunho hummed in response.
AkiraInu     149d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 3]

Dear Seoho,

I'm in Roanoke now, I decided on the small vacation when Yunho decided to visit Dongju. Did you know that he and the others in the old pack live with a pack of 'shifters now? Their leader is named Xiao, and he's a wolf 'shifter.

I haven't seen the old pack in forever. I hope they can see that I've changed. I've worked hard to prove to them that I've changed anyway. It's nice here. I may move here when I feel the need to move on. Or at least, somewhere further south than Toronto.

I know Gunhak won't forgive me, but I wonder if the others would be willing to give me a second chance? I have a feeling they would've done it for you.

-Keonhee

[center ~]

Keonhee put down the notebook, tapping the pen against his cheek as he reread what he wrote. "What sort of god out there would let me back into the old pack?" He asked, looking out the window of his hotel room. He got off the window sill and went to put the notebook and pen back into his carryon bag.

"You've got to stop showing up randomly," Keonhee said, scowling at Seoho who sat on one of the beds. "I don't know why you don't talk, but I'd rather not deal with you right now," he said.

"Keonhee," came a voice from outside the room. "What's up?" Asked Keonhee as he went to open the door, seeing Yunho and Dongju standing at the door. "We're heading out to go shopping, did you want to come with us?" Asked Yunho. "Sure," said Keonhee before he turned around and went to grab his phone and wallet that held his hotel key. He headed out the door, trying his best to ignore the hallucination of Seoho on the bed. Yunho put a hand on his shoulder and led him out the door, Dongju closing the door behind them.

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"I always wondered what it was like over where you're staying," said Keonhee as he walked with Dongju. "It's not too different to be honest," said Dongju. "Xiao doesn't step in much when concerning us and the others just leave us alone," he said. "It's like we live on different floors of the house, with the 'shifters upstairs and us downstairs," he said.

"You get along fine with them though?" Asked Keonhee. "Of course," said Dongju. "If we didn't I think Gunhak wouldn't've accepted the offer of moving back in," he said. "Changhyun and Hwanhee are the hunters in their pack, and I'm the hunter in ours," he said. "We kind of just keep the peace," he added. "I see," hummed Keonhee.

"So where were you after everything?" Asked Dongju. "I was travelling Europe for a bit, then I just wandered over to the states after using what money I had left to get a plane ticket here," said Keonhee. "I wandered around after that, and ended up near Toronto where Yunho found me," he said.

"Things have certainly changed," said Yunho as he walked over, going to stand beside Keonhee. "I don't mind the vampires taking over Toronto, Chani has a good judgement of things over there," he said. "So much has changed, that the vampire and werewolf hunting associations had to change their laws again," said Dongju as he sighed.

"What could we do?" Asked Yunho. "Nothing," hummed Dongju. "Your main pack leader was a douche bag anyway," he added. Yunho hummed in response.

"So what'd he get caught doing? I never heard about it until I joined Yunho's pack," said Keonhee. "Kris was caught doing some very [i illegal] things," said Yunho. "Normally the government would be fine with it but too many people started noticing," he said.

"Illegal as in black market illegal or depths of the dark web illegal?" Asked Keonhee. "Illegal as in "can destroy government infrastructure" illegal," said Yunho. "Yeesh," said Keonhee.

"All the generals were right in immediately cutting ties with him," said Yunho. "But all the subpacks left, except for MK and I," he said. "I'm still with Byungchan and MK decided to stay with JR," he said.

"I was wondering why Hongjoong showed up randomly to tell us he and the others were leaving," said Dongju. "He said you were staying though, for Byungchan's sake," he said. "I couldn't leave him or his side of the pack by themselves when I was the only hunter," said Yunho.

"Things have gone to hell up north, but Byungchan is sure that it'll die down soon," said Yunho. "I didn't think it was that bad," said Dongju. "It's why I've stayed," said Yunho. "With the new laws coming in I had to stay for their sake," he said.

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A sigh left Keonhee as he entered his hotel room, the door closing behind him as he looked around after dropping his bags near the door and taking off his shoes. Seoho was gone for the time being, something Keonhee was glad to see. His mind seemed clear for the first time in months, so Keonhee was able to relax. He flopped down on his bed and threw an arm over his eyes, letting himself fall asleep.

[center ~]

Keonhee grumbled when he heard loud knocking on the door, waking up with a start as he sat up. "I'm coming I'm coming," he shouted, getting up and going to open the door, spotting Gunhak standing at the door. "Oh," was all he said, blinking a couple times before remembering to move to let Gunhak in and closing the door behind him.

Gunhak looked around the room before going to sit down on the chair by the window as Keonhee turned to look at him.

"What brings you here?" Asked Keonhee. "Just came to see how you were doing," said Gunhak. "I didn't believe Xion when he said you've changed," he said.

"My time away from the pack as a whole has changed me," said Keonhee as he schooled his expression to be blank. "To be honest I don't know why you came to visit me in the middle of the night," he said, going to grab his phone to look at the time before sitting on his bed to face Gunhak.

"I just wanted to see how you were doing," said Gunhak. "That's it?" Asked Keonhee as he looked skeptical. "Because there's usually another reason for something like a casual visit," he said.

"I-," started Gunhak. "No," said Keonhee. "If you're here to ask me to rejoin the pack my answer is no," he said. "I'm doing fine on my own, and I'm doing even better under Yunho's pack," he said. "I'm going to live with my mistakes for the rest of my life, but you [i banished] me," he said. "I'm not returning," he said.

"-If you'd let me finish," said Gunhak as Keonhee nododed for him to continue. "I was going to ask if you wanted to come visit the old pack for a couple days?" He asked.

"They want me to come visit?" Asked Keonhee. "After some debate we decided that even though you were banished you do deserve to come visit with Yunho," said Gunhak.

"I guess I'll come visit in the morning," said Keonhee. "You can send Yunho over in the morning," he said. "But if I find out this is a trick I'm leaving," he said. "With or without Yunho," he added. "Fine," said Gunhak.
AkiraInu     147d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 4]

Dear Seoho,

I can't believe it. I can't believe they asked me to actually come visit. Did they actually lose their minds or did Dongju manage to convince them to at least let me visit. The only person I had any kind of relationship with in that pack was you.

I wonder why they decided to ask me now of all times? They probably wouldn't've ever asked me to visit if Yunho wasn't here.

The thought of seeing them again,

[s It breaks me more than people realize]

I don't know what to think.

[s I just want to belong somewhere and call a place home again]

-Keonhee

[center ~]

Keonhee huffed out a sigh as he put down his pen, looking at what he wrote and crossed out. "I guess this is it huh?" He asked, looking at the still form of Seoho leaning against the wall by the door. "What do you think?" He asked. "What will they think?" He hummed to himself as he got up, going to put his journal and pen into his carry on bag.

He turned towards the door again when there was a knock, finding Seoho gone for the time being. "I'm coming!" He shouted, going to open the door and spotting Yunho in the hallway.

"You okay?" Asked Keonhee as he let Yunho in. "I'm fine," hummed Yunho. "You seem exhausted is all," said Keonhee as he closed the door, turning to Yunho. "It's been a long night," Yunho said, yawning before covering his mouth with his jacket sleeve. "You ready?" He asked. "I guess," said Keonhee as he went to grab his bag, slinging one strap over his shoulder. "I've already checked you out, so let's leave," said Yunho as he went to leave the room, the door shutting behind him.

Keonhee looked around the room for one last time, making sure he had everything before leaving the room and letting the door shut behind him.

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Keonhee got out of the truck, staring at the house in front of him. "They're around back," said Yunho as he went around the house to the backyard. Keonhee steeled himself for what was to come, taking a deep breath before taking the first step forward. He found himself almost running after Yunho, following him into the backyard where the rest of his old pack were apparently waiting.

Keonhee was greeted by Dongju who tackled him, Keonhee catching him before returning the hug in surprise. "It's about time you came around!" Said Dongju as he let go of Keonhee and stepped back. The others were more wary, Gunhak especially as he stood by the backdoor, leaning against the wall next to the door.

Hwanwoong was the next person to approach Keonhee from the back deck, a small but sincere smile appearing as the corners of his lips turned upwards. "It really has been a while Keonhee," he said. Keonhee allowed a surprised chuckle to leave him, shaking his head in amusement. "It really has, it really has," he hummed.

Youngjo shook his head at the two youngest's antics before walking over, patting Keonhee on the shoulder. "I see you're doing well," he said, a soft smile appearing on his face and his eyes showing nothing that alerted Keonhee to the oldest's hatred he had held to him. "I'm doing quite well, thank you," said Keonhee as he nodded to Youngjo.

Gunhak pushed away from the wall, walking over to the railing on the back deck. "Keonhee," he said, causing Keonhee to look up at his ex pack alpha. Gunhak looked at Keonhee with a blank expression on his face. A tense moment passed as they had a staring contest, Keonhee refusing to back down from Gunhak's intense gaze.

"Enough," said Yunho, causing Keonhee to back down, turning to Yunho who shook his head at their antics. "Xiao has a game for you," said Yunho as said person came outside with two other 'shifters.

"Before we begin," said Xiao as Hwanwoong, Dongju and Youngjo backed away from Keonhee. "Here's the rules," he added. Keonhee nodded.

"It's a game of cat and mouse," said Xiao as he crossed his arms over his chest, standing in his alpha stance as he kept a steady gaze with Keonhee. "As soon as I say go, you run and hide," he said. "Hwanhee and Changhyun here will quickly give chase, all you have to do is last an hour out in the woods," he said.

"That's it?" Asked Keonhee. "Before I even let you in this house I need to determine if you're the enemy or not," said Xiao. "So yes, that's it," he added. "You got this game from Kevin didn't you?" Asked Keonhee, a smirk appearing on his face. "He did the same with me, that's why I was able to stay in Europe for as long as I did," he added.

"Damn," said Xiao as he dropped his alpha's stance, sighing in exasperation. "I had no intentions of running," said Keonhee as he shrugged, putting his hands in his pockets. "Kevin says hi by the way," he added, dropping the smirk as he relaxed his tense shoulders.

"Your Swedish accent is barely noticeable by the way," said Keonhee. "But the way you pronounced some words made me think of Kevin," he added. "I was in Sweden for a time yeah," hummed Xiao. "I moved to the states before the three brothers took over their father's territory though, so I've had time to work on my American accent," he said, shrugging. Keonhee hummed in response.

"That's it then?" Asked Gunhak. "How does that determine who is an enemy or not?" He asked.

"Kevin invented the game to determine who was the enemy by adding a plot twist," said Keonhee. "Whoever ran was considered the enemy," he added. "It was even worse if you split up," he said. "If you were in a group and split up then you were most definitely being hunted down and killed," he said. "If you were together he'd give you a chance to leave the territory and if you weren't out of it he'd kill you anyway," he added.

"So whoever stayed gets spared," said Dongju. "Exactly," said Keonhee. "If you had good intentions you stayed," he added. "It's a good game," said Xiao. "Most people don't realize the plot twist until it's too late," he said. "Only a few have," agreed Keonhee.

"Well," said Xiao. "If Kevin deemed you okay then I guess I will too," he said. "Since you already know about the game," he added.

"So who is Kevin?" Asked Hwanwoong as they sat around the back deck after Xiao and Changhyun went back inside. "He's one of three brothers that own one of the most closed off territories in Europe," said Keonhee. "I was with them for a time, as I'm from Sweden," he added. "Eric, Jacob and Kevin each own Norway, Sweden, and Finland respectively," he said. "I stayed in Sweden with Jacob for a time before leaving and coming back to the states," he said.

"Kevin's considered the weakest in his family but he compensates through his amazing tracking skills," said Hwanhee. "I was able to learn a bit about tracking through him," he added. "Oh, the wolf 'shifters that we visited when we had missions in Europe?" Asked Dongju. "The exact ones," said Hwanhee.

"I think my brother had missions with them at some point," said Dongju. "He wrote about them in his journal," he added.

"Everyone gets missions in those three countries at some point, I think," said Yunho. "I remember having a couple missions over there anyway," he added. "They take care of the vampires, we get the werewolves," he said.

[center ~]

Keonhee stood next to the windows overlooking the plane that would take them back to Toronto. "Did you have fun?" Asked Yunho as he stood next to Keonhee. "It was... Nice, seeing them again I suppose," hummed Keonhee.

"I'm a lot like you, you know," said Yunho. "I put pack before everything else," he added. "You're the same way, I can see it," he hummed. Keonhee hummed in response, looking down at the ground next to the plane to spot Seoho looking up at him.

Yunho put a hand on his shoulder, offering a soft upturn of his lips when Keonhee turned to him. "It'll be okay, really," he said. "I hope so," Keonhee breathed out, focusing on the plane and the comfort that Yunho's hand gave him.
AkiraInu     145d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 5]

Dear Seoho,

I don't know what to think anymore.

[s It hurt so much seeing them again]

They gave me a second chance.

[s I wish they hadn't. it would've saved me so much more grief]

Would YOU have given me a second chance?

[s I don't think you would've. At the same time I think you would've]

I'm scared. Of what? I don't know. I'm just

[center ~]

Keonhee looked up when he felt eyes on him, seeing Sejun talking with a customer and said customer talking about him from the way they looked over every few seconds. Keonhee let out a surprised breath when he recognized who it was, sinking further into his chair to hide from the one person he [i didn't] want to see again.

What was Eunwoo doing here at Chani's Starbucks? Keonhee was sure it was for missions, but there had to be more to it than that. He had a gut feeling that just wouldn't go away.

A text pinged to his phone and Keonhee checked it, finding a message from Sejun. [i He isn't here for you. Just leave it be] it said. Keonhee breathed a sigh of relief, looking down at his journal before closing it, no longer in the mood to write. He hooked his pen to the front of the journal after moving the strap over the front to keep it shut. He put the journal on the table and sipped on the coffee that had been sitting there for the passed 10 minutes or so.

"I heard from Kevin that you've changed a lot since the incident," said Eunwoo as he walked over, sitting down in front of Keonhee. "I've had time to think over what happened," hummed Keonhee as he put down his up of coffee.

"Rocky and I have also had time to think over your actions," said Eunwoo. "What's done is done," he said. "Nothing can change that fact," he said. "Will we forgive you? Probably not," he said. "But we have agreed to leave you be," he said. "I see," said Keonhee. "Is that all?" He asked. "That's it," said Eunwoo. "Okay," said Keonhee.

[center ~]

Keonhee let out a soft sigh as he plopped down on the bench that was a few feet from the lake behind the house. "Rough day?" Asked Yunho as he went to sit down beside Keonhee.

"Why is everyone giving me second chances?" Asked Keonhee as he leaned back, huffing as he looked out over the water. "You feel like you don't deserve them?" Asked Yunho. "I do, but I feel like I'm getting let off easy," said Keonhee as he shook his head.

"I think everyone is starting to understand things from your point of view," said Yunho as he shrugged. "You're also starting to open up to me as you continue staying with me," he said. "They want you to keep an eye on me don't they?" Asked Keonhee. "No," said Yunho. "I invited you to stay out of my own volition," he said. "Eunwoo was only here for a mission," he added. "Running into you was simply an accident," he said. "I see," hummed Keonhee.

[center ~]

Keonhee opened his eyes, looking up at the dark ceiling above him. His journal sat on the desk across the room but he didn't bother going to finish it. Seoho didn't deserve a finished letter this time.

"That's right," mumbled Keonhee as he felt eyes on him, figuring Seoho was in the room somewhere. "I'm not going to finish this damn letter," he said, scowling.

"Just let me sleep okay?" He asked, turning over onto his side, facing a still sleeping Yunho who was sleeping with a small polar bear plushie courtesy of Mingi. Keonhee listened to Yunho's soft breathing for a few minutes before he sat up, letting his feet hit the floor before he stood, grabbing his phone and leaving the room. He headed downstairs and grabbed his shoes, putting them on before going outside to sit on the back deck.

[center ~]

Yunho came outside sometime after sunrise, bringing a cup of coffee for Keonhee. Keonhee mumbled a thanks before taking a sip, putting the cup down on the bench in front of him.

"Couldn't sleep huh?" Asked Yunho as he looked out at the water. "No," hummed Keonhee. "Are you okay?" Asked Yunho. "I don't know," said Keonhee as he sighed, picking up his cup of coffee and taking a sip before putting it back down on the bench.

"Do you want to talk about it?" Asked Yunho. "No," said Keonhee. "I just need time to think," he said.

"Where is your mind right now?" Asked Yunho as he turned to Keonhee. "Everywhere," hummed Keonhee as he looked at Yunho.

"You're hurting," said Yunho as he noticed a different look in Keonhee's eyes than what he usually had.

"...I never finished writing," said Keonhee. "You feel bad for that?" Asked Yunho. "I couldn't write what I wanted to write down," said Keonhee. "So I just stopped writing," he said. "There's always next time," said Yunho.

"Do you have unfinished letters to San?" Asked Keonhee. "All the time," said Yunho as he nodded. "There's so much I want to say to him, to rant to him, but I always start it off then never finish it," he said, taking a sip of his coffee. "I see," hummed Keonhee.

[center ~]

Keonhee looked like a wreck when he sat down on the bench a few feet from the lake behind the house. "You look like a train ran you over a few times," said Yunho as he sat down beside Keonhee. "I haven't been able to sleep," said Keonhee. "What's causing that?" Asked Yunho. "I don't know," Keonhee said honestly. "Huh," hummed Yunho.

"I am trying to sleep most nights," said Keonhee. "But I just... I just can't," he said. "How is your insanity?" Asked Yunho. "I don't know," said Keonhee. "I feel fine," he added. "I don't feel like going on a murderous rampage," he said. "I just don't know what is wrong with me," he said. "Weird," said Yunho.
AkiraInu     143d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 6]

I can't do this anymore
I can't do this anymore
I can't do this anymore
I can't do this anymore
I can't do this anymore
I can't do this anymore
I can't do this anymore
I can't do this anymore
I can't do this anymore
I can

[center ~]

Keonhee jumped, feeling a hand on his shoulder as it stopped him from writing on the paper. He turned to see a concerned Yunho standing behind him, his right hand on his left shoulder in a comforting manner.

"Are you okay?" Asked Yunho. "I'm-" started Keonhee as he found himself shaking. "I don't know," he whispered, dropping the pen onto the desk. "I don't know," he repeated, swallowing hard as he tried to calm his shaking.

"Come on," Yunho said gently, moving to close the journal and put the pen on top of it before getting Keonhee to stand and dragging him downstairs and out the back door after putting their shoes on.

"What are we doing?" Asked Keonhee as Yunho let go of his arm once they were outside. "Let's spar," said Yunho. "Spar?" Asked Keonhee. "I can feel the anger rolling off you in waves," said Yunho. "So let's spar," he said.

"You know I'm not a fighter Yunho, I did all the hunting in my pack," said Keonhee. "I'll go easy," Yunho said with a smirk, earning a scowl from Keonhee before Yunho initiated the spar, deciding to fight in human form. Keonhee quickly countered, blocking before spinning as he grabbed Yunho's arm and yanking him forward and over Keonhee as Keonhee flipped him onto his back.

"And you said you weren't a fighter," said Yunho as he stared up at Keonhee. "I'm not," said Keonhee. "I just know how to defend myself," he said, moving away as Yunho quickly got to his feet. Keonhee dodged more attacks from Yunho, delivering his own blows while doing so.

"You're really good for a non fighter," said Yunho as he dodged away from Keonhee. "I've learned from the best," said Keonhee as he jumped out of the way of Yunho tackling him.

[center ~]

"Where did you learn to spar like that damn," said Yunho when they were done, Yunho lying on his back trying to catch his breath with Keonhee sitting beside him. "Eric, Jacob and Kevin," said Keonhee as he shrugged. "I haven't had a good sparring partner like you in ages," hummed Yunho.

"I'm surprised, you seem like a good sparring partner," said Keonhee. "It's hard to differentiate between a spar and an actual hunt for me sometimes," said Yunho as he huffed, sitting up after catching his breath.

"Do you feel better now?" Asked Yunho as he turned to Keonhee. "Well," said Keonhee. "I'm not shaking anymore if that's what you're asking," he said. "Maybe I'll finally get a decent night's sleep," he hummed, looking thoughtful. "You probably will," said Yunho. "Next time it gets to that we'll spar again okay?" He asked. "Sure, I'm down," said Keonhee as he nodded.

[center ~]

Keonhee ended up making pho with Yunho to clear their heads, after getting a feel of what broth flavor the others had wanted. "If it's anything like your ramen, I'm sure it's delicious," commented Byungchan when Keonhee went to him about getting started on another recipe. "Beef is fine, get some meatballs too," he added. "Sure," said Keonhee as he nodded.

After getting the things they needed, even stopping by an Asian Supermarket for the meatballs and noodles Keonhee was looking for Yunho and Keonhee headed home to get started on the pho.

"So what is pho?" Asked Yunho. "It's basically Vietnamese Ramen?" Asked Keonhee. "It's not [i exactly] that, but it's similar in a way," he said. "I see," said Yunho.

"We probably won't be able to eat this til tomorrow," said Keonhee as he stirred the soup base in the pot. "It takes a [i long] time to make," he added. "Just the broth does right? I'm sure everything else only takes a few minutes," said Yunho. "Yep," said Keonhee.

Feeling eyes on him again, Keonhee turned from the stove to see Seoho sitting on the counter by the fridge again. "Hey, hey! Focus," said Yunho as he tried to get Keonhee's attention back on the big pot on the stove. "We need to focus okay?" He asked, going to stand in front of where Keonhee was looking. "We need to [i focus]," he said.

"Right," said Keonhee as he took a deep breath. "Focus," he breathed. "It's just me," said Yunho. "No one else is here," he said. "It's okay," he said. "Right, right," said Keonhee as he took another deep breath before turning back to the stove.

Yunho mumbled something, causing Keonhee to look at him. "San?" Asked Keonhee. Yunho nodded. "He's- he says hi," he said. "Hello San," hummed Keonhee as he turned back to the stove. Yunho breathed out a sigh before turning to the vegetables on the kitchen island. "What do we need out of this pile?" He asked.

"Leave it," said Keonhee. "We'll let the others fix it the way they want it, just wash the vegetables and put them in a bowl," he said. "Right," said Yunho as he went to do so.

[center ~]

Keonhee turned out to be right, as the broth had to sit for hours before it was ready so Byungchan and the others were able to have some for lunch the next day. Seungsik didn't join them this time due to having to hunt, but this one was definitely another favorite amongst the pack that Keonhee had come to call home.

"Sejun's going to be mad that he missed this," said Subin as he shook his head. "He can have some when he gets home," said Keonhee. "I made sure to make enough for everyone," he added. "It's good though," he said. "I'm just not one to brag about my food so this is just normal for me," he said.

[center ~]

Why did Keonhee agree to spar in wolf form? This was insane. The difference between Yunho and his wolf was how much more violent his wolf form was. Keonhee was not a fighter whatsoever, hunting was more his style, but even [i he] couldn't keep up with Yunho's brawler fighting style in his wolf form.

It suddenly made sense now, why no one liked sparring with Yunho. The difference between his human and his wolf form was significant. Keonhee dodged out of the way of the oncoming wolf, snarling in frustration. Yunho bared his teeth in response, launching himself forward and tackling Keonhee.

They tumbled around for a few seconds before Keonhee came out on top, grabbing Yunho by the neck and biting down slightly with a growl. Yunho knew he was able to get out of it if he wanted, but he conceded, huffing in defeat. Keonhee let go, moving away from Yunho who got to his feet, the both of them going to change before putting their clothes on and going to sit on the bench by the lake.

"You're doing better," said Yunho. "It seems so," hummed Keonhee. "You said you were a hunter?" Asked Yunho. "Back in my home pack I used to hunt for food," said Keonhee as he nodded. "My father taught me from a young age, as soon as I was running around on all four feet anyway," he added.

"My brother used to do the hunting for us too," said Yunho. "He was a natural at it apparently," he added. "I was too," hummed Keonhee. "I learned how to fight through my other packmates, I was never that good at it, but I was decent enough to be able to defend myself if needed," he said. "I see," hummed Yunho.
AkiraInu     130d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 7]

Dear Seoho,

I'm sorry. I bet you read the other letters and looked at me like I was crazy. I'm feeling a lot better now I think. Sparring has helped my mental state a lot. So has cooking apparently.

I forget how much I enjoyed cooking, it was nice to have someone to cook for for once. I guess I'll keep going with this pack and see what happens. It looks like I'll be here a while anyway. I don't know what will happen next, but I want to try and make it out of this.

I just want to move on.

Will you let me move on?

I need to move on.

Please let me move on.

[s I don't want to deal with these thoughts anymore]

It'll be easier on my mind.

Please.

I beg you

-Keonhee

[center ~]

Keonhee let out a breath, setting down his pen and closing the notebook. He could feel eyes on him but he refused to look in the direction of where he assumed Seoho was. Yunho was not at the house for once, as he had to take over a shift at Chani's Starbucks while Sejun had to do something.

It had been months since the last letter, and Keonhee was still battling with his emotions. Being under Gunhak made him just mask everything but now he was in a different pack and different mental state entirely. He needed to bring in his emotions again, but being here, being in this pack in general made him lose control over what he managed to build up over the two or three years he was on his own. Time never seemed to bother Keonhee when he was on his own.

Keonhee felt something, a weird feeling that had him get up from his desk and walk downstairs, spotting Byungchan in the kitchen talking on the phone.

"I understand, I'll pass along the word," said Byungchan before hanging up the phone. "What's up?" Asked Keonhee as Byungchan turned to him. "We lost another hunter," said Byungchan.

"Who is it?" Asked Keonhee. "Jae," said Byungchan. "Of Sungjin's pack?" Asked Keonhee. "Didn't know you knew of their pack," said Byungchan. "I spent a lot of time in Europe," said Keonhee. "I spent about 3 months in Spain getting to know Sungjin and his pack," he said.

"Yunho helped train them," said Byungchan. "At least, he helped train Jae," he said. "Jae was on his way to being a vampire and a werewolf hunter, as he felt like he wasn't doing much," he said.

"Did he leave?" Asked Keonhee. "No," said Byungchan. "Dojoon killed him," he said. "Of Woosung's pack?" Asked Keonhee. "That's going to drive a rift into the pack dynamics," he said.

"I think he doesn't want it to happen," said Byungchan. "But it's going to happen," he added. "We'll have to see," said Keonhee.

[center ~]

Yunho wasn't expecting the news, but he just had a feeling that something had happened to someone he had trained. When Byungchan came to him with the news Yunho nearly lost it, going to spar with Keonhee out back to vent his frustration. Keonhee wouldn't let him win until Yunho had calmed down of course.

It was a good half an hour before Keonhee stopped the spar, moving away and letting Yunho fall onto his back onto the ground with a thump. "I needed that," said Yunho as Keonhee moved into his view. "Good," said Keonhee. "I wasn't going to let you win that," he said, earning a bitter laugh from Yunho. "Okay," said Yunho. "Sure," he said.

[center ~]

San's presence was felt again, as Yunho tried to get over the fact that someone that close to him was killed. According to Byungchan this had happened when one of their own had left, back when all four generals were still together as a pack anyway.

Yunho had shown Keonhee what San looked like thanks to a picture Dongju had drawn for him before he came back. At least, now Keonhee had a face to a name whenever San did show up for anything. Apparently they had long conversations too, but Keonhee tended to tune Yunho out when San was around.

Byungchan and the others just went with it, knowing that San would disappear eventually and Yunho would be back to normal. As normal as it could get anyway.

[center ~]

"Yeah, I remember him," hummed Yunho as he sat on the back deck cleaning his rifle. "Gunil is the reason I got into using the sniper rifle, I thought you knew this," he said, looking at a spot across the back deck from him.

Keonhee was laying down on one of the benches reading a book while this conversation was happening, only half listening to the conversation since it didn't involve him in it yet. Though, the name was new to him, Gunil was not a name Keonhee recognized in the slightest.

"Who is Gunil?" Asked Keonhee as he sat up, putting the book in his lap as he flipped a page. "He was my mentor," said Yunho as he examined the rifle barrel he had been cleaning. "My gun is named after him," he said, taking a look at the trigger to make sure it was thoroughly cleaned. He grabbed some compressed air and blew it in all the crevices to make sure it was clean before putting the gun on the table in front of him and going to clean the clip and scope.

"Would I know him?" asked Keonhee. "No, he's dead," hummed Yunho. "Killed on my initiation mission actually," he added. "Ouch," said Keonhee. "I was the one to kill him, with this rifle," said Yunho as he shrugged, like it wasn't a big deal.

"He wasn't unhinged or anything, he just outlived his usefulness in the werewolf hunting association, as he put it," said Yunho as Keonhee thought it over. "Oh, that makes sense, I think," said Keonhee. Yunho nodded, finishing the cleaning and putting the rifle scope back on and the clip back into the rifle even if it was empty.

"Done?" Asked Keonhee as he looked up from his book. "Yep," said Yunho as he got up and went to put the rifle away before coming back and folding the table up and putting that away. Keonhee was left to sit there for a few minutes before Yunho came back with his phone. Keonhee got up and walked with Yunho to sit down at the bench by the lake. Keonhee left some space for San as Yunho stared out at the lake.

"No, I don't think so," hummed Yunho. "What's up?" Asked Keonhee as he continued reading. "San was asking if Mingi would come back anytime soon," said Yunho. "Oh," said Keonhee. "Yeah, I don't think he'll be back this soon," he said.
AkiraInu     125d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 8]

Dear Seoho,

San's made his presence known, I think Dongju may come up to snap Yunho out of it. I don't know how he'll do it but I think it'll involve me in some way.

Apparently this isn't doing good for his mental state, so does that mean me seeing you is not good for mine either?

Will you ever talk to me like San does apparently? It'd be nice to not have someone unable to speak for once.

I wonder why you don't talk

Is it because of guilt? What guilt would I feel?

I don't know anymore

I just wish

[center ~]

Keonhee looked up when he felt eyes on him, crossing his left leg over his right knee as he set the journal down on his leg. He looked around as he clicked the pen closed, tapping it against the paper.

Sejun was making coffee for someone, and Byungchan and Chani were in their corner having a quiet conversation. "God, I must be going crazy," mumbled Keonhee as he closed the journal, hooking the strap to the front and hooking his trusty pen to the strap before putting the journal on the table. He took a sip of his Frappuccino before putting it back on the table.

"What, are you going crazy for your sense of being watched going off?" Came a voice as Seoho sat in front of Keonhee. Keonhee blinked in confusion before shaking his head and rubbing his eyes with his hands to make sure he was really seeing Seoho in front of him. When he moved his hands away Seoho was gone, and Keonhee breathed a sigh of relief before taking a sip of his drink.

Keonhee nearly jumped out of his chair when someone tapped him on the shoulder and Keonhee quickly put his drink down on the table before it spilled and turned to the person who had walked up to him.

"You okay?" Asked Dongju as Keonhee tried to catch his breath. "I-I," said Keonhee as he blinked several times. "I'm fine," he said after a minute, slumping back against the chair he was sitting in.

"Where's Yunho?" Asked Dongju. "He's running errands," said Keonhee. "But I came here with Byungchan and Sejun today," he said. "I see," hummed Dongju.

"What brings you up to Toronto?" Asked Keonhee. "Missions," hummed Dongju as he sat down across from Keonhee, glancing at the journal on the table before looking at Hwanhee who had come to join them, sitting between Dongju and Keonhee.

"Things are changing again," said Hwanhee as he crossed his arms over his chest. "Of course they are," hummed Keonhee as he sighed. "What's changing now?" He asked. "I don't know exactly," said Hwanhee. "But I'm sure we'll find out soon enough," he said.

[center ~]

Yunho walked into the Starbucks a bit later, looking around for a second before going to get his order and walking over to sit down beside Keonhee who was reading through his journal. Dongju and Hwanhee were still sitting with him, Dongju writing in his own journal and Hwanhee looking through his phone.

"So what'd I miss?" Asked Yunho. "Not much really," said Keonhee as he closed his journal, making sure to put the strap and his trusty pen in their correct spot. "How's San doing?" Asked Dongju as he didn't look up from his journal. "I don't know," said Yunho. "Isn't he with you?" He asked. "Ah, the plushie is fine," said Dongju as he nodded.

"Other San is gone," said Yunho. "I've had time to grieve," he added. "Good," said Dongju as he finished writing, putting the journal and pen back in his bag. "I thought I'd have to come up here to snap you out of it again," he said. "Just don't go crazy on me alright?" He asked. "Hey, no promises," said Yunho as he let out a light chuckle. "I haven't outlived my usefulness yet," he said.

"Dongmyeong talked about Gunil in his journal," said Dongju as he grabbed the old journal and flipping to some of the earlier pages. "I don't know how he got to know Gunil but they've had a few missions together," he said.

"Gunil was one of the most well known hunters at the time," said Yunho. "He believed that he was as successful as he was due to his usefulness in the field," he said. "His coven is still alive I think, but you'd have to ask Chani about that," he added.

"Wait, so you've had only [i one] official vampire kill under your belt?" Asked Hwanhee. "Officially? Yes," said Yunho. "Gunil was my only kill, but only due to it being his time to die, as he put it," he said.

"What caused that sort of state of mind with him anyway?" Asked Dongju. "I don't know honestly," said Yunho. "I never asked him," he said. "But it probably has to do with how he was turned and whatnot," he said.

"It seems you've adopted that mindset," said Dongju. "As long as I'm alive, I have to serve a purpose in life," said Yunho. "I've always had this mindset," he said. "Gunil's just been alive longer," he said.

[center ~]

Keonhee sat down with his journal in hand, determined to finish this letter. After getting home with Byungchan and Sejun Keonhee had immediately rushed up to the room he was sharing with Yunho and sat on the bed, leaning against the headboard, to write while Yunho was sitting at the desk writing in his journal. Maybe this time he wouldn't be interrupted.

Keonhee picked up his pen, turning to the most recent entry he had stopped at and started writing.

[center ~]

I was in your place.

Would things have been any different for you?

I don't know.

How much would have really changed if we had changed places?

What would you be doing now if you were in this spot instead of me? Probably doing the same as I'm doing now.

I've learned a lot of things about Yunho and his past. I've gotten to know San through him, and various people I never knew that he got to know throughout his years of hunting.

Dongju came to visit, did you know? He had missions but with Hwanhee there they had gotten things done pretty quickly.

I don't know how long they're staying here for but Byungchan said they were welcome to stay at the pack house for the duration of their stay.

I can't even think of returning to Dongju and the others. Even if they offered.

Byungchan was wary with me at first, but Yunho gave me a chance. I'm forever grateful that he did.

[s I guess being with him was better than the alternative]

-Keonhee
AkiraInu     113d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 9]


Dear Seoho,

Yunho says hi, Dongju says hi.

I guess the only reason they said this was because apparently they tell the people they're writing to in their journals that they said hi.

It feels weird

To say something like this when it's just a journal.

I'll probably look at this later and just shake my head. Would you?

I wonder if you see San and Dongmyeong where you are?

I don't know if I'll ever join you. When my time comes, I don't know if I'll be good enough to join you. If I am, I'll be surprised.

[s I don't think I'll ever redeem myself enough to see you again in death]

-Keonhee

[center ~]

Keonhee put down his pen, closing the notebook and hooking the strap on it before picking up his pen and clicking it closed before hooking it onto the strap.

"You know the only reason I'm speaking now is because you want me to right?" Came Seoho's voice as he sat on the desk Keonhee was writing on. Keonhee leaned back in his chair, pushing away from the desk as he looked at Seoho.

"You know what I'm saying is true," said Seoho as he shrugged, earning a glare from Keonhee. "Why can't you leave me alone?" Asked Keonhee. Seoho shrugged. "Ask yourself that, you know I'm dead," he said before fading away.

Keonhee got up as soon as Seoho was gone, anger overtaking his mind suddenly as he grabbed the nearest thing in reach and threw it against the wall. "Damn it!" He shouted, grabbing the next nearest thing and throwing it against the wall. A part of him made sure not to touch anything fragile as he threw whatever he could get his hands on against the wall, which at this point was just the plushies that were in the corner.

Yunho and Dongju came into the room at Keonhee's shout and just watched him for a few minutes before Yunho went to stop him, putting a hand on his shoulder. Keonhee turned and went to throw a punch, Yunho grabbing the fist and pulling his arm forward, moving behind him and twisting his arm behind his back. "Enough," said Yunho as Keonhee struggled for a second, growling in frustration.

"I said [i enough]," snarled Yunho, causing Keonhee to stop struggling, Keonhee slumping to the floor as he tried to calm down.

"The hell has gotten into you?" Asked Yunho as Keonhee took deep breaths to try and calm himself down. "I don't know," said Keonhee as he huffed out a sigh. "I don't know how to deal with this anger," he said.

"Sparring is only going to get me so far," said Keonhee as he yanked his arm out of Yunho's grip before standing as Yunho moved away. "You're going to have to do something," said Yunho. "I know," said Keonhee.

"Will you end up killing me? If it came down to it I mean," said Keonhee as he turned to Yunho. Yunho's expression turned blank as he shrugged. "I don't know," he said. "But I'm sure it won't come down to it," he said. "How are you so sure huh?" Asked Keonhee as he glared at Yunho. "No one's fully snapped out of their insanity yet," he said.

"Not completely, but finding your other mate would help tremendously," said Yunho. "I have no desire to put my problems on them," growled Keonhee. "There's some things I refuse to put on my mate, and that is one of them," he said.

[center ~]

Keonhee began to get ready to leave, as he couldn't subject Yunho to his insanity any longer. He wasn't sure where he was going exactly, but he was going to head south, hopefully before he was noticed. He enlisted the help of Chani, who gave his help once Keonhee explained why he needed to leave.

"I can only get you to the borders, but that's it," said Chani. "That's enough, I can get somewhere from there," said Keonhee. "Which part of the border are you going to?" Asked Chani. "Detroit," said Keonhee. "I can seek refuge with the 'shifters there for a bit before moving on," he said. "I'll let them know you're coming," said Chani. "Okay," said Keonhee.

[center ~]

Getting to the borders was easy enough, as Myungsoo ended up carrying Keonhee there. "Chani would've gotten you here himself but he had to make sure no one else would be following me here," said Myungsoo as he let Keonhee down off his back. "Good luck to you," he said. "Thank you," said Keonhee as he stepped back once he was on the ground. Myungsoo nodded, turning around to face Keonhee.

"Do you think you'll be coming back?" Asked Myungsoo. "Probably not," said Keonhee. "Not until I'm dead at least," he added.

"Anything you want me to pass to Yunho?" Asked Myungsoo. "Tell him, tell him I'm sorry," said Keonhee. "He doesn't deserve to be put through my mess anymore," he said. Myungsoo nodded and walked passed Keonhee who turned to watch him sprint off into the forest. Keonhee turned back and adjusted the small pack strap on his shoulder before walking forward, crossing into the states and soon running off, heading in the direction of Detroit before he was found by border patrol.

[center ~]

"You want to seek refuge with us?" Asked Taehyun as he stood on the front steps of his apartment building, looking down at Keonhee. "Only for a bit," said Keonhee. "I want to be able to move on after I've gotten my bearings," he said.

"You know I have to let them know you're here right?" Asked Taehyun. "Who? I don't belong to a pack," said Keonhee. "Gunhak will have to know where you are if they end up coming to look for you," said Taehyun.

"I was banished, I don't think it'd matter then," said Keonhee. "True," hummed Taehyun. "I guess I can let you stay here for a bit," he said. "But since you don't have a job you can't stay here longer than a week," he added. "I don't plan on staying here any longer than that," said Keonhee. "That gives me a chance to prepare for the next spot I'm going to," he said.

"And where is that?" Asked Taehyun. "Back to Europe hopefully?" Asked Keonhee. "Russia preferably but I hope to at least get somewhere close," he said. "I see," said Taehyun. "Alright, come on," he said, turning and walking into the apartment building. Keonhee followed after him, taking note of all exits in case he had to escape in the middle of the night. Taehyun went to get a key for an empty apartment before leading Keonhee to a room on the second floor, unlocking it and opening the door before turning and handing Keonhee the key. Keonhee took the key from Taehyun, putting it in his pocket.

"I only got a few rules here," said Taehyun. "No partying, no messing with the security cameras, trust me Yoonsan will [i know], and don't disturb the other tenants," he said. "Come down to the coffee shop in the morning if you want breakfast, you'll have to get your own lunch and dinner though," he added. "Sure, thank you," said Keonhee as he nodded.

"I'll leave you to settle in then," said Taehyun as he moved out of the way, letting Keonhee enter the apartment. Taehyun closed the door behind him and Keonhee listened to him walk away before going to lock the door, taking off his shoes and leaving it by the door before going to explore the apartment. He briefly wondered if his presence was being missed before he went to sit on the couch, taking off his pack and leaving it beside him on the couch.

[center ~]

Yunho was frantic, almost desperately searching for Keonhee after finding his phone on the desk and seeing a note saying he had left for Yunho's sake. He had asked everyone, even Chani and the other vampires in his coven and they hadn't heard anything from Keonhee.

"Keonhee probably had his reasons for leaving," said Dongju as he examined the note Keonhee wrote. "It doesn't make sense as to [i why]," said Yunho. "He was doing so [i well]," he said.

"Just give him some time," said Dongju. "He'll probably be back before you know it," he added. Yunho sighed. "I guess," he said.
AkiraInu     90d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 10]

Dear Seoho,

Detroit is nice, I think I'll come stay again when I eventually come back to the US. I asked Taehyun to book me a flight to Russia using my card since I left my phone back in Toronto. I'll probably get a new one when I end up in Russia, I'll just have to talk to someone about it. The Russian coven is in Moscow I think, I don't remember.

Yunho still hasn't figured out where I am yet, thankfully. I hope he doesn't follow me all the way to Russia. He deserves better than to have to deal with my insanity. They may think he is helping me but I don't think he does. Do you? I really don't think so.

Something about being here is nice though. I hope to

[center ~]

Keonhee looked up when Sungwoon walked over with a cup of coffee for him. "Thanks," hummed Keonhee as he closed his journal and attached his trusty pen to the strap before putting it on the table. He took a sip of coffee as Sungwoon walked away.

"It's a nice day isn't it," said Taehyun as he sat in front of Keonhee. "Yep," hummed Keonhee as he put the cup on the table. "Here's your plane ticket," said Taehyun as he passed over a piece of paper with all the information. "It turns out you had enough to get a ticket straight to Moscow," he said. "You'll be leaving in a few days I suppose," he added. "Yes," said Keonhee as he read through the contents on the paper.

"So is there a reason you're hiding from Yunho and his pack?" Asked Taehyun. "He doesn't deserve to be put through my mess again," said Keonhee. "I don't plan on returning to Canada until I'm dead," he said. "So I'm going to seek refuge with the vampires in Moscow," he said.

"Daeyeol is with them right?" Asked Taehyun. "Yeah," said Keonhee. "His brother is Sungyeol you know," said Taehyun. "I know that," said Keonhee. "Sungyeol let him know I was coming back," he said. "I see," said Taehyun.

"I was able to come back towards the states thanks to that connection," said Keonhee. "And now you're using that same connection to head back," said Taehyun. "Yep," hummed Keonhee.

[center ~]

Keonhee sighed as he laid down on the couch, staring up at the ceiling. He was due to leave tomorrow, and part of him was relieved. The other part wanted him to go back, but Keonhee [i refused] to subject Yunho to this mess he was in any longer. Yunho didn't deserve to suffer through his own turmoil any longer.

"You're too stupid you know," said Seoho as he leaned against the couch Keonhee was laying on. "Go away," groaned Keonhee as he turned to face the back of the couch. "I don't want to deal with you right now," he said.

"When will you realize that Yunho is your mate huh?" Asked Seoho. "I said, [i shut up]," growled Keonhee. "What happened to being quiet?" He asked. "I'm only talking because your mind is making me talk," said Seoho. "You [i know] I'm a hallucination," he said. "I just want you to shut up, is that hard to understand?" Asked Keonhee.

"If only it was that simple," said Seoho. "Your mind is making me talk, you know this, and I can't do a thing about it," he said.

[center ~]

Keonhee sighed as he stood in the airport, staring out at the plane that would take him to Moscow. He had gotten word that they had started actively looking for him so Keonhee knew it was time for him to go now. This was his last chance at freedom and he knew there would be no other option after he was found here.

Taehyun had kept them out of Detroit due to the fact that Toronto's problems still weren't resolved and he didn't want to deal with the aftermath if he continued to ally himself with some of the packs that lived in and around Toronto. Keonhee was [i sure] that the pack in Chicago had gone through the same lengths to keep outsiders out of their city.

"You're going through such lengths to stay away, but you know better than to stay away Keonhee," came a voice as Hwanhee walked over, going to stand next to Keonhee. "Of course it'd be you that finds me," Keonhee said with a scoff, shaking his head at Hwanhee.

"I won't tell them where you're going," said Hwanhee. "I'm headed to Moscow also, but I'm not going after the coven that you're seeking refuge with," he said. "I see," hummed Keonhee. "What made you come to Detroit?" He asked. "Taehyun asked me to check on the vampires in the neighboring city, make sure that they're keeping their word and such," said Hwanhee. "I see," hummed Keonhee.

"What class are you in?" Asked Hwanhee. "Economy," said Keonhee. "Why?" He asked. "Was curious is all," hummed Hwanhee. "You're in business?" Asked Keonhee. "First class, actually," said Hwanhee. "Damn," said Keonhee. Hwanhee shrugged, like it wasn't a big deal.

[center ~]

Keonhee sat in his seat, the row empty at least, after putting his bag in the overhead compartment and grabbing his journal after putting down the tray table. He looked at the most recent entry, wondering what he was even writing about before he had to leave Detroit. He opened the journal and took his trusty pen into his hand and started writing.

[center ~]

I hope to what? I don't remember what I was writing. It's been a few days since I wrote in this journal so I'm just gonna complete this entry since I don't want to leave you hanging.

I'm on my way to Moscow now, sitting on a plane ready to sign my life away.

Maybe I'll still be fine

Who knows at this point. I'm going to sign my life away anyway, so this is nothing new.

I don't want to deal with you anymore, and I don't want to deal with Yunho anymore. This is for his own good.

-Keonhee

[center ~]

Hours later Keonhee landed in Moscow, being woken by a flight attendant shaking him awake. He looked at the tray table in front of him, seeing the journal before closing it and putting his pen in his usual spot before closing the tray table and getting up. He went to get his bag from the overhead compartment and put his journal in it and zipping it up before leaving the plane.

Hwanhee waited on him, the corners of his lips going up in a small grin as Keonhee spotted him. "Thanks for waiting?" Asked Keonhee as he walked over. "I thought I'd wait on you, since we're going the same way," said Hwanhee as he walked with Keonhee down to baggage claim.

"Do you know where to meet them?" Asked Keonhee. "I do," hummed Hwanhee as he went to grab his backpack as it went down the line. "The cathedral right?" He asked. "Yeah," said Keonhee. "Did you let them know we arrived?" He asked. "I did," said Hwanhee.

As they left the airport Keonhee turned to Hwanhee. "You didn't let [i him] know I was here right?" He asked. "No," said Hwanhee. "I kept my word," he added. "Good," said Keonhee.

"He is going to wonder where you are though," said Hwanhee. "I know, I was told they were going to look for me everywhere now," said Keonhee. "Russia is a good place to be if you want to hide," hummed Hwanhee.

[center ~]

Keonhee and Hwanhee entered the cathedral, going to sit at the second to last pew in the back to wait on Daeyeol, or whoever was in his coven, to show up. They were sitting there for a few minutes before someone did, sitting behind them.

"I know what Keonhee is here for," said Daeyeol as he leaned forward to talk to them. "But what brings you here Hwanhee?" He asked. "We happened to catch the same flight," said Hwanhee. "I know where my missions are, and I thought I'd accompany Keonhee while he doesn't have a phone," he said.

"You're no longer needed," said Daeyeol. "I know," hummed Hwanhee. "I'm going to stay around the city for a few days, if you don't mind," he said. "That's fine," said Daeyeol. "Just be sure to let us know when you leave," he said. "Sure," said Hwanhee.
AkiraInu     85d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 11]

Dear Seoho,

Is signing your life away something you would do?

I feel like you would do the same thing to get away from the dreams, the thoughts, the everything.

What lengths would you go through to prove your worth though?

I wouldn't become a werewolf hunter, but I'd be a bodyguard for one, maybe. Or I'd be a pet or something. I don't know. I don't know what Daeyeol has in store for me, but I hope he'll let me continue these journals. I want someone to find this eventually, when my death comes. If it does.

[s I wouldn't be opposed to it if it came right after this post to be honest with you. I'm ready for it, but I don't know if anyone else is]

-Keonhee

[center ~]

"You're more calm about this than I expected," said Daeyeol as he walked over, sitting in front of Keonhee as he finished writing in his journal. "I'm done dealing with my mistakes," said Keonhee as he hooked the strap onto the journal and hooked his trusty pen to the strap.

"So what are you looking to gain from this?" Asked Daeyeol. "I just need to control my insanity," said Keonhee. "Nothing more," he said. "We'll have to go the chip route then," hummed Daeyeol. "The what?" Asked Keonhee. "I'm going to put a computer chip in your brain, and force it to integrate with your brain function to essentially render you as an emotionless soldier," said Daeyeol. "It's going to hurt, but it'll only be during the procedure," he said.

"Will you let me continue this journal writing?" Asked Keonhee. "That, would be up to your new owner at that point," said Daeyeol as he stood, walking over to the door and opening it, revealing a new face. "Now why did I agree to getting the dog again?" Asked Jangjun as he looked at Keonhee before looking at Daeyeol.

"Well hello to you too," said Daeyeol as he let Jangjun in, closing the door behind him. "I asked you because Bomin is already with me, and Seongyoon has Youngtaek," he said. "We really missed out on getting Joochan and the rest of his pack but Kevin really needed them," he said.

"Fine," said Jangjun. "I'll take the dog," he said. "That's settled then," said Daeyeol. "We'll get everything set up and you two can bond before the procedure," he said. "Sure, why not," said Jangjun. "Okay," said Keonhee.

[center ~]

Keonhee walked around the city with Jangjun, taking the few days they had before the procedure to really get a feel for each other since they would be stuck together for the time being. Jangjun was not who Keonhee thought he was at first, Jangjun had put that into his head immediately. Jangjun was putting up a front like he was, but more for a different reason than Keonhee's.

"I'm not who you think I am," said Jangjun. "I figured," said Keonhee. "Because I'm not who you think I am either," he added. "We have a lot of things to share about ourselves it seems," hummed Jangjun.

[center ~]

As they got to know each other Jangjun was allowed to read through Keonhee's journal to get a better understanding of how he was leading up to the procedure. Keonhee in turn was allowed to see a different, more soft side to Jangjun. The cold and calculated front Jangjun had up was just that, a front, and Keonhee's emotionless front stemmed from being around someone like Gunhak for most of his life after a brief few years with his home pack.

"What caused you to leave that pack anyway?" Asked Jangjun. "My home pack?" Asked Keonhee. Jangjun nodded. "I honestly don't remember," said Keonhee. "But I do think it had to do with a difference in opinions," he said. "My parents were killed off a bit after I was born and I was raised by someone else," he said. "I left a bit after I started changing," he said.

"Did you ever find our who killed them?" Asked Jangjun. "Probably werewolf hunters if I had to take a wild guess," said Keonhee. "Someone that wouldn't kill a baby," he added. "Because I wouldn't be here today if that wasn't the case," he said. Jangjun hummed in response.

[center ~]

After dyeing his hair back to black and trimming it Keonhee was ready for the procedure. Jangjun was less ready for the procedure but for other reasons, but he was going through with it since he was going to be out of the country for a while, needing to check on things in one of the neighboring countries, namely checking on Kevin and his pack.

Bomin and Youngtaek attached shackles to Keonhee's wrists and ankles before attaching the chains to the table he would be lying on and Keonhee sat down on the table, huffing out a sigh as he [i knew] this would be his last chance to back out. He was adamant about staying though, and watched as Daeyeol walked over with a small nail gun like device in his hands.

"This will only take a second," said Daeyeol. "Right," hummed Keonhee as he braced himself. Daeyeol pointed the gun at the side of Keonhee's head and fired it, Keonhee feeling a pinch and then nothing. Daeyeol moved away, letting Bomin and Youngtaek start attaching wires to various pads placed over Keonhee's head and neck, moving back after they were done. "Lay back, and brace yourself," said Daeyeol and Keonhee did what he was told, Daeyeol going over to a computer and bringing up the system. Jangjun and Seongyoon were watching from an observation room as Daeyeol prepared to launch the program.

"Vitals look fine, everything looks fine," mumbled Daeyeol as he clicked around on the screen, moving windows and making sure he had the window with the start button pulled up.

"Alright, this is your last chance," said Daeyeol as he turned to Keonhee. Keonhee shook his head. "I'm ready for it," he said. "Once this starts, I can't stop it until you do it yourself," said Daeyeol. "So are you sure?" He asked. "Yes," said Keonhee. "Alright," said Daeyeol as he turned back to the screen and hit the start button.

[center ~]

The first thing that registered in Keonhee's mind was pain. He grit his teeth as the pain started, gripping onto the chains so hard his knuckles turned white. His back arched off the table as his mind struggled with integrating the chip. He shut his eyes tight as he heard Seoho's voice somewhere above him, refusing to see him for this last time.

"You're an idiot! You think you can just [i shut] me away like this huh?!" Shouted Seoho as he hovered above Keonhee. "You [i know] this will be temporary, you won't stop seeing me!" He said.

Keonhee had to focus, taking a deep breath as the pain continued. He thrashed around on the table for a minute, refusing to back down from this. He needed to hold out just a little longer. He [i had] to hold out just a bit longer.

[center ~]

"This isn't working," hummed Jangjun as he watched from the observation room. "It is," said Seongyoon. "Have some faith in him will you?" He asked. "It's hard to sit here and watch it happen, I mean look at what it did to Bomin and Youngtaek, and they're 'shifters," said Jangjun.

[center ~]

"You're not doing any more to get rid of me, you'll see me again," said Seoho. "I am-," he started before fading away, Keonhee finally stopping his thrashing and settling on the table. He opened his eyes, looking up at the ceiling as he felt his emotions shut down. He sat up, looking at Jangjun through the window to the observation room. Jangjun stared back, his head tilting to the side as he studied Keonhee.
AkiraInu     84d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 12]

Dear Seoho,

Hi, I'm Jangjun?

I'm writing for Keonhee until he can get used to having the chip controlling his emotions. I'm going to be writing with this pen now, though I don't think there will be much of a difference. The only difference is ink color, which I decided on red since I'm a vampire.

I should introduce myself shouldn't I?

Well, the name's Jangjun. I'm part of the Russian coven who is controlling a part of Moscow and most of St Petersburg. I'm not originally from Russia, I'm actually from the Ukraine, and kind of moved into Russia after being turned.

Hm... What else?

I can speak Russian and English, though my Russian accent when speaking English is a bit less noticeable since I've had years to work out how to pronounce English words right, according to native English speakers from the states and Britain. It's not noticeable compared to Seongyoon anyway, who's native Russian, and Daeyeol isn't even from Russia. I think he said he's from Poland or something.

As for their pets, well.

I think Bomin said he was from Hungary. He's a fox 'shifter by the way. Him and Daeyeol are practically attached at the hips you'd think they were mates or something. I don't think they are, I'm observant enough to see something like THAT at least.

Youngtaek said he was from Norway when I met him. I kind of see it, he occasionally mutters something in Norwegian when pissed off. I think. I don't pay much attention to him or Bomin to be honest with you. He's also a fox 'shifter, though I think Bomin is older.

Daeyeol and I are pretty close friends, at least compared to my friendship with Seongyoon. I don't know where our relationship is going there. Seongyoon just seems like the mom of our coven. Is it that weird to say that? I don't know.

Well that's enough of me and my coven for the time being. I'll update you on Keonhee whenever he decides to start responding to anything at this point.

-Jangjun

[center ~]

"You've been writing for a while," called Kevin as he walked over, looking up at the tree Jangjun was sitting in. "Sorry, I had to figure out what to write first," said Jangjun as he closed the journal, hooking the pen to the strap before putting it in the bag laying across his chest before hopping down, landing in front of Kevin who took a step back.

"Where's Keonhee?" Asked Jangjun. "He's back at the house, he won the race by the way," Kevin said with a shake of his head. Jangjun smirked. "I [i told] you he's fast," he said as he started walking back with Kevin.

Juyeon looked exhausted as he leaned against the deck railing, glaring at Keonhee who was leaning against one of the stair railings leading off the deck waiting on Keonhee. "I get you're the fastest, but Keonhee was a hunter," said Jangjun. "From what I understand anyway," he added. "He had to be quick on his feet to make sure no prey got away," he said. "Though, he's still not as fast as a vampire while in human form anyway," he added.

"You're not utilizing him enough," said Kevin. "I am actually," said Jangjun. "I just know how to defend myself," he added. "I agreed to take him in, but it doesn't mean he's stuck by my side constantly," he said. "I'm giving him enough time to adjust, which isn't for much longer," he said, taking off his pack and throwing it at Keonhee who caught it and put it on. "I'm going to hunt, behave yourself now," he said. Keonhee nodded and Jangjun turned, rushing into the forest to hunt.

[center ~]

Keonhee was a changed person, but a small part of him was still there. He [i knew] that, and he was sure that Jangjun knew that. He could feel little to no emotions now, but he still felt Seoho's presence. It seemed they were one now, or Keonhee finally moved on from Seoho's death. He no longer saw Seoho, but it seemed his insanity turned into strength, and it really helped him keep his emotions in check. This was exactly what he was looking for in terms of finally escaping everything.

"You hungry?" Asked Kevin as he walked over to Keonhee who was now sitting on the couch in the house. Keonhee shrugged not feeling hungry for the moment. "Okay," said Kevin. "We're ordering pizza so come get it when it gets here," he said. Keonhee nodded.

[center ~]

Jangjun found himself being chased, finding it weird that a pair of 'shifters would be chasing after him when Kevin had told the rest of his pack that he was here. It seemed to be Donghyun and Jibeom but why would they be chasing him?

Jangjun jumped over a log, going into a front flip as he landed on the ground on his back. The two coyotes quickly converged on him, causing Jangjun to quickly get to his feet, moving back and tripping over the log. He closed his eyes, ready to accept his fate when he heard footsteps, a snarl erupting from something from his left and Kevin's voice nearby.

"Donghyun, Jibeom," said Kevin. "I thought I told you that he's harmless," he said. Jangjun opened his eyes to see Keonhee, now in his wolf form with slightly darker fur thanks to him redyeing his hair black, standing protectively in front of Jangjun with his teeth bared at the two coyotes in front of him.

Kevin sat on Juyeon's back, Juyeon being in his wolf form, glaring down at Donghyun and Jibeom. Jibeom was the first to change back, quickly trying to explain himself.

"We were smelling 'shifters, and thought that Jangjun had killed someone," said Jibeom. "Why would I do that?" Asked Jangjun as he got to his feet, walking over to Keonhee and patting him on the head to calm him down. "You're getting the strange stench a fox 'shifter has," said Jibeom. "We honestly thought we either had an intruder or you killed someone," he said. Jangjun blinked in surprise.

"We'll deal with it later," said Kevin. "Go on home, there's pizza at the house," he said. Donghyun snorts before turning and running back to the house. Jibeom sighed and changed, soon following after Donghyun.

"Go finish your hunt, I'll make sure you're not disturbed," said Kevin as he turned to Jangjun. "Right," hummed Jangjun as he nodded. "Go back then," he said, looking down at Keonhee. Keonhee nodded, turning to Juyeon who after some encouragement from Kevin turned and ran back to the house. Keonhee followed after him. Jangjun watched them go before turning and running a different direction, going back to hunting.
AkiraInu     83d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 13]

Dear Seoho,

I'm starting to see the appeal of writing these journals now.

It's still me, Jangjun by the way.

Keonhee said he might start writing again soon, but we'll see what happens.

We left Kevin's territory a few days ago, we're in route to Berlin, but I stopped to write in this journal for a bit before moving on to let Keonhee get some rest. I think we're somewhere in Estonia. I'm staring out at the ocean looking at Finland now.

At least, I think that's Finland.

According to the others I'm starting to smell like a fox 'shifter. I don't know why, nor do I really care to know why. If I'm a 'shifter I'm a 'shifter.

Though I'm VERY surprised it took this long to start changing. Or, start the process of changing anyway.

I am ready to accept it I guess. I'll be like the mutts in Canada anyway. Which I guess is cool. I don't know.

-Jangjun

[center ~]

Jangjun stretched when he was done writing, quickly grabbing the journal before it fell out of his lap. Keonhee was laying beside him in wolf form, still sleeping, as Jangjun closed the journal and put it in the bag, zipping it up before getting to his feet. He walked down to the water, letting his shoes get wet as he leaned down and let the water flow through his hand as he pressed down in the sand with his hand. He lifted his hand and watched as water quickly filled the gap as the waves hit the shore.

Jangjun quickly grabbed his phone and took a picture of the handprint before it faded away and added a caption saying "Estonia!" before putting the phone back in the bag, zipping it up and standing, turning and walking over to where Keonhee was, who woke up as Jangjun walked back over to him.

"Ready?" Asked Jangjun. Keonhee got to his feet, stretching and nodding as he straightened up. "Keep up with me dog," Jangjun said with a smirk before he ran off, Keonhee huffing in annoyance as he pushed himself to run after Jangjun.

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After hunting and giving Keonhee back his clothes so he could change and put them on Jangjun entered Berlin with Keonhee directly behind him to his left. "I'm [i pretty] sure your friends aren't here, I made sure of it before we left Finland," said Jangjun as Keonhee looked around the city.

"Also you know you can speak in my presence right?" Asked Jangjun as he turned to Keonhee. "I know," said Keonhee as his voice was now flat and expressionless. "I don't talk much now because I don't know how that would go with the chip in my brain," he said. "Well, it's not changing much," said Jangjun as he turned and kept walking with Keonhee following after him.

"Why are we here again?" Asked Keonhee. "We're getting my papers," said Jangjun. "I have yours in the bag you came over to Russia with," he added. "We're heading to the states, and don't worry we're avoiding Canada," he said. "Jaehwan needed me for something, so we're headed down to his territory," he said. "Just be prepared to run into them, if they're there," he said. "Right," hummed Keonhee.

"What a surprise," said Moonbin as he spotted Jangjun and Keonhee as they entered the coffee shop. "Hey Moonbin," said Jangjun as Keonhee ducked his head, bowing slightly in greeting.

"They're looking for your pet you know," said Moonbin as Jangjun went to pay for two coffees. "I know," said Jangjun. "Keonhee is preparing himself for when that happens," he added. "I'm sure," said Moonbin as he rang up two coffees and handed the cups to Sanha and Yuto to make the coffee. "I'll be over with your papers in a second," he said. Jangjun nodded and went to sit down on one of the comfortable chairs, with Keonhee sitting at a table nearby.

Moonbin came over with the coffees, handing one to Keonhee before sitting in front of Jangjun with the other coffee. Jangjun looked at the coffee before grabbing the cup and taking a sip.

"Here's your papers and plane tickets," said Moonbin as he passed over an envelope. "Thank you," said Jangjun as he took the envelope and looked at its contents. He put it in his bag after making sure everything was good to go. "We'll leave tonight then," said Jangjun. "Spend the day in the coffee shop, you can leave later," said Moonbin. "Why not," said Jangjun as he leaned back in his chair, taking another sip of coffee.

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Keonhee drank his coffee, keeping to himself as he waited until it was time to go. He was ready for the trip, and ready for the eventual confrontation with Yunho and Dongju. Jangjun wasn't [i too] worried about the confrontation, as it had nothing to do with him, but he was not about to let Keonhee wander off.

As they got onto the plane and settled into their business class seats Keonhee suddenly had a thought. "I know you're in charge, but what happens when I want to leave?" Asked Keonhee as he turned to Jangjun. "I'll let you go," Jangjun said, shrugging. "I'm not going to keep you around if you choose to leave," he said. "Okay," said Keonhee.

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Keonhee woke when he felt someone shaking him, opening his eyes to look at Jangjun. "We're here," said Jangjun. "Okay," said Keonhee as he got up, making sure he had everything before leaving with Jangjun.

"Where are we?" Asked Keonhee. "Houston," said Jangjun. "I told you we're nowhere near the north," he said. "Right," said Keonhee. "Sorry, I'm just apprehensive," he said. "No problem," said Jangjun. "We're heading to Louisiana now so," he said, shrugging before walking away. Keonhee quickly walked after him, immediately taking his spot behind Jangjun as they left the airport.

Once they were out of the city Keonhee stripped and changed while Jangjun put his clothes into the bag and off they went, towards Jaehwan's territory.
AkiraInu     76d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 14]

Dear Seoho,

I'm back.

Did you miss me?

I doubt it to be honest. I feel decent enough to write again so I asked Jangjun for my journal.

We're in Louisiana right now, in Jaehwan's territory. Apparently Jaehwan needed another pair of people to do alligator hunting. Jangjun is considering it, and I may join in for a cut of the profits.

It seems like something fun to do while we're here.

I'll update you with how many gators we can get within the first day. That should be fun

-Keonhee

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"So you want us to hunt gators with you this season?" Asked Jangjun as Keonhee put his journal away. "I don't have my usual team this year," said Jaehwan. "They're all on missions, it's just Zuho and I," he said. "Every gator you get is your share of the profits," he said, bringing out a map. Keonhee and Jangjun walked over to see where their territory would be in terms of where they were allowed to hunt.

"So this is our area," said Jaehwan as he circled the area with a marker before taking out another map that was more zoomed in and looking at the area they had. "We'll drop off our boats here," he said, pointing to an area. "You have up to here to hunt," he said, marking a line down the river for what looked like a good 5 or 6 miles. "Zuho and I are going the other way," he said, marking it with another colored marker going upstream. "There's a few hidden spots in both areas, and we won't have to worry about poachers," he said.

"If we see them can I kill them?" Asked Jangjun. "The poachers?" Asked Jaehwan. "I only hunt humans, though I haven't hunted since we left New Orleans," said Jangjun. "I guess," hummed Jaehwan. "Just be careful yeah?" He asked. "We don't know when your change will trigger, but the fox 'shifter smell is getting stronger," he said. "Sure," said Jangjun.

"And, the end of your side of the territory is a bridge," said Jaehwan. "With traffic on it," he added. "There's going to be a few along the way near a residential area but as long as we don't bother the humans we should be fine," he said. "My contractor made sure to let them know that I'd have different people with me this year," he said.

"When do we start?" Asked Jangjun. "A week from now," said Jaehwan. "We need to go scout, and make sure the boats are still running," he added. "It'll let you get a feel for the area anyway," he said.

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As Jangjun and Keonhee let the boat go with the current Keonhee was looking for potential spots to hang bait. Tomorrow would begin the hunt, and Jangjun was determined to not use the gun if he could help it, knowing that a tap in one [i very] specific spot on the head with a nail and a hammer would work better than a gun.

"I'll get it into the boat and hold it down," said Jangjun. "You just need to position the nail and hit it as hard as you can," he added. "Got it," said Keonhee.

"Jaehwan rarely asks for outside help, since most of his pack is around this time of year," said Jangjun as he started the boat engine and made a u-turn in the river before heading back upstream when they hit the end of the line.

"Why'd he ask for you?" Asked Keonhee. "Because I'm the only one who can kill these damn things with the best results," said Jangjun. "This is the first year I've done it with someone else though, normally I'm doing it with Jinyoung," he said. "Because normally Jinyoung stays home while the others are on missions," he said. "I see," said Keonhee.

When they reached their drop off point Jaehwan was already there with the truck and trailer backed into the water so all Jangjun had to do was drive the boat onto the trailer.

After making sure the boat was secure Jaehwan drove the trailer out of the water and Jangjun and Keonhee hopped out of the boat. "Any good spots?" Asked Jaehwan. "It looks like a decent area this year," said Jangjun. "We'll see with time I guess," he added. "What about you?" He asked. "I found a good spot further up the river," said Jaehwan.

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Jangjun and Keonhee met up early the next morning to get ready for the official first day, Keonhee drinking coffee as he met Jangjun out on the dock outside Jaehwan's house. Jaehwan was still inside getting ready by packing two small coolers with water for them and then packing another two larger coolers filled with their bait. "Here's the keys," said Jaehwan as he walked over with the coolers and handed Jangjun the keys. Keonhee took the coolers that he and Jangjun would be using and took it over to one of the trucks. Jangjun walked over and helped him load it into the boat before they got into the truck.

After waiting on Jaehwan and Zuho they drove off, following after Jaehwan who was driving the other truck.

"Come back around 5 pm," said Jaehwan as he pushed the boat away from shore. "Sure," said Jangjun. "Good luck," he said. "Same to you," said Jaehwan as he turned on the boat, soon driving upstream. Jangjun did the same, going the opposite direction as Keonhee got everything ready.

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Jangjun was quick to get to the hook and line system as soon as they were in a good spot in the river to start throwing lines at the gators. He cut off the boat engine and they sat in silence, Keonhee ready with a mallet and a spike while Jangjun eyed the water carefully from his spot on the boat.

One gator

Two gators

Three gators

Four gators

Keonhee found himself driving the spike into the 5th alligator's head as Jangjun held it still by the jaws, grunting as Keonhee helped him bring it into the boat. "What time is it?" Asked Keonhee as he sat down onto the drink cooler after downing a bottle of water. "A bit after three," said Jangjun as he went to wash off his hands in the river after tagging the gator.

"Where are we?" Asked Jangjun as Keonhee looked ahead. "We're coming up to the end of the line," said Keonhee as he pointed to the upcoming bridge with cars driving by. "Oh good, I can get a quick hunt in," said Jangjun as he went to sit at the steering wheel of the boat, turning on the ignition and doing a quick u-turn, going back towards where they were docked at.

"Is 5 good for a first day?" Asked Keonhee. "No," said Jangjun. "We'll go and put up some lines for tomorrow to catch more," he said. "This is just a test to see what we have to deal with," he said. "I see," said Keonhee.

"I'm sure that Jaehwan as more," said Jangjun. "I focus more on the size, they bring in more money," he said. "Ah," hummed Keonhee.

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When they got back Jaehwan was also there with the other boat, Zuho having left to go hunting. Jangjun carefully maneuvering the boat onto the trailer before hopping out and securing it before driving the truck forward to get the trailer out of the water.

"How many did you get?" Asked Jaehwan as Keonhee hopped out of the boat. "5," said Keonhee. "Not bad," said Jaehwan. "Come on then, we'll transfer the gators over to my boat and then we'll head over to the spot to turn them in," he said, walking over to the boat and helping Keonhee transfer the gators to the boat Jaehwan was using. Jangjun drove off with the truck he and Keonhee arrived in and Jaehwan and Keonhee left in the other truck to go turn in the alligators.
AkiraInu     72d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 15]

Dear Seoho,

5 gators the first day, 15 total the next, 30 total by the end of the week.

Well, 30 combined. Jangjun and I got 5 the first day, Jaehwan got about 7 or 8? I don't remember. We've been at this for about 2 weeks now. Jaehwan's looking to see if we can get a few more spots because I think we cleaned out this river.

Jangjun is REALLY efficient with the hunting, it amazes even the humans how good he is with getting the biggest gators in the river.

Also, I think the two entries before my return were by Jangjun. I don't know, I can't read Russian. He says they are, and he even started his own, though I don't know who he's addressing in his. I can't be bothered to ask.

His smell is getting stronger every single day, I'm guessing that he'll start changing soon. I don't know.

I'm sitting in Jaehwan's truck outside the gator processing center or whatever it's called waiting on what Jaehwan can do with getting two entire spots for both teams. Apparently it's a big competition but I'm sure they'll grant him something. His contractor is a lawyer apparently, so there's something there to go off of. I think.

Gaining more territory would be nice. Gaining two would be even greater, as Jangjun and I wouldn't have to worry about dealing with the humans.

I

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Keonhee turned his head to look at Jaehwan as he opened the driver's side door and climbed into the truck with a sigh, sitting down and looking at the building in front of him.

"Well?" Asked Keonhee. "We got our next two spots," said Jaehwan. "But they're not very good spots," he added. "Another pack of 'shifters already own the area, this isn't good," he said. "Well damn," said Keonhee. "It's the only thing I could get," said Jaehwan. "I know the pack leader, so hopefully they don't mind too much," he added.

"When do you think Jangjun is going to start changing?" Asked Keonhee. "Soon, as far as I can see," said Jaehwan. "I'm surprised it took him [i this] long to be honest," he added. "It could be years of practice with controlling his emotions around people, who knows," he said. "Who knows," hummed Keonhee.

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When they got back to the house there was a small cream colored fox sitting on the dock, causing Jaehwan to pause and Keonhee to blink in surprise. "Jangjun?" Asked Jaehwan. The fox nodded its head. "I came back when he just changed," said Zuho as he walked over from the bridge that led to the other side of the small river. "I just got back from hunting, I've been gone for about an hour," he said.

"Do you know how to change back?" Asked Jaehwan as he turned to Jangjun. Jangjun shook his head no. "Okay," said Jaehwan. "I want you to close your eyes and concentrate on your human form," he said. "It should come naturally for you after that," he added. Jangjun did as he was told and was soon back in his human form.

"I shredded my only pair of clothes," he said, sighing. "I think I got some spare somewhere that may fit," said Jaehwan as he went into the house to find something. Jangjun jumped into the river to clean himself off before coming out and standing on the dock while Keonhee handed him a towel. Jaehwan soon came over with some clothes and Jangjun quickly put them on once he was dry enough. Luckily he still had his shoes as he put them on, making sure they were good and tight before looking at Jaehwan.

"What's the news?" Asked Jangjun. "We got two new spots," said Jaehwan. "One for each team," he added. "Nice," hummed Jangjun. "I didn't think we'd get much through the first spot anyway, it looked picked clean before we even got there," he said.

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Jaehwan and Keonhee were sitting on the dock, Jaehwan catching dinner for the night and Keonhee writing in his journal as he propped up his left knee to put his journal up against as he wrote. They both sat in silence, the only sounds around them was Keonhee writing and Jaehwan reeling in the occasional fish along with the occasional frog and typical animal noises.

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know that Yunho and Dongju would eventually show up again.

I mean it's only a matter of time right? According to Hwanhee they were in Asia looking for me but that was before we left Russia. They could be anywhere at this point.

I made sure my phone was reset before I left at least, because all my banking information was on that phone. I don't know if my money from stocks is finally back up but who knows. I had to pay for my own plane ticket to get back to the states, but Jangjun has been rather lenient when paying for me to eat.

On a good note we got another spot to gator hunt at. Jaehwan had to also ask for more tags since it's a new spot and Jangjun pretty much filled up both of ours within the two weeks we had.

The season ends at the end of the month and we each have 200 tags. Surprising right? Jaehwan was able to pull a few strings for that one. It looks like there wasn't many hunters this year. A human crisis or something? Pandemic maybe? I don't know.

We don't get sick, well the supernatural world doesn't anyway. We'll have to be careful now when leaving the states. If Jangjun decides to leave the states after this season anyway.

Travel restrictions are going to be annoying as hell.

I do need to return to Sweden, I think I still have my Swedish citizenship. I can stay with Jacob again, that's cool too. Or spend time with Eric. I think they'd have to reprogram my chip to let me function around them.

Joochan is

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"Well, I'm done here," said Jaehwan as he got up, grabbing the bucket after hooking the hook onto the fishing rod to make sure it didn't go anywhere. "Dinner will be ready in an hour or so," he said. Keonhee nodded, and Jaehwan went into the house.

Keonhee huffed and turned back to his journal before continuing to write.

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a bit harsh at times I think.

Him and Eric tend to clash but I think it's due to them being alphas in their own right.

Apparently their friendship rules over that instinct though, Joochan respects Eric as the main alpha, as Eric respects Jacob when he needs to step up. Kevin, well. I don't know.

Kevin was never an alpha to begin with but everyone respects him when it comes to anything dealing with strategy. He also earned the respect of the members of his side of the pack.

Anyway, I'll update you with whether we finish it out with the last two weeks we got here. Jaehwan is thankful for the help, but I don't think we'll manage 200 by the end of it. 100 between the two teams maybe, but not 400 between the two teams.

Hm.

-Keonhee
AkiraInu     69d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 16]

Dear Seoho,

One week has gone and went. Jangjun finds this spot SO much better than the other one. I'm sitting with him in the boat now, as we're on our way back to the docking spot. We had to get one of those airboat things with the giant fan on the back to even finish today's run. We got so many today that we had to switch boats so the other one wouldn't capsize.

The pack that lives in this section of the swamp let us borrow their boat at least. Jaehwan seems to be on good terms with them. Jangjun is indifferent about it, though I guess being able to access something like this is nice. Jangjun is very serious when it comes to stuff like this, since he had to negotiate half of today's profits to use the boat.

Jay, who is the other pack leader wanted more, but Jangjun wouldn't budge. He was willing to waste the rest of the day to drive all the way back to the center just to process these like 20 or so gators today to finish the last of the tags. We still have about 30 or so left, Jangjun is hoping the rest of our lines have them by the end of the season. Which ends in like 2 days.

I'll update you on whether we finish these tags out or not. Jangjun wants to leave the country as soon as we're done so that we're not stopped by travel restrictions. I'll have to pay for my own ticket again, woo.

[s I still have a good chunk of money saved up, it's fine]

-Keonhee

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Jangjun maneuvered the boat onto the shore, stopping beside the truck that belonged to Jay and his pack. "Well, I see you got the rest," said Jay as he walked over as Jangjun cut the engine, taking off his ear muffs while Keonhee put the journal in his bag before taking off his ear muffs. "Yeah, thanks for letting us use the boat," said Jangjun as he hopped out of the boat.

"Didn't expect to literally be on your property though," said Keonhee. "Well, we weren't hunting anyway," said Jay. "It's just Jake and I," he said as he went to help Keonhee move the alligators into the trailer attached to Jay's truck. Jangjun went to help, making sure to grab their things and put it in the truck bed first before going to help transfer the alligators into Jay's trailer.

"This is your half of the profits," said Jangjun. "Sure," said Jay. Jake walked over, whistling at the amount of alligators in the trailer. "Well, we're definitely making bank after today," he said. "How many more tags you got?" He asked. "About 30," said Jangjun. "I don't know how much Jaehwan has though," he added. "Hm," hummed Jake.

"Well that's it," said Jangjun as he stepped back. "Sweet," said Jay. "Let's go return this haul," he said. "I'll move the air boat back," said Jake as he went to do so. Jay got into his truck while Keonhee and Jangjun got into theirs and Jangjun started the truck, driving off back towards the processing center. Jay followed behind them in his truck, making sure to keep at a decent pace to keep the alligators from falling off the trailer.

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Jaehwan had met them at the processing center, whistling at the two truck loads of alligators. "Half of the profit is my pack's," said Jay as he got out of the truck after parking it. "Sure," said Jaehwan. "Thanks for letting us use your airboat," he said. "No problem," said Jay.

"So is there any reason you're not hunting this season?" Asked Jaehwan as he helped the others bring the alligators over for inspection. "Jungwon's out of the country at the moment, with the others," said Jay. "We wouldn't have much of a team to go off of this year, since Jake and I are here," he said.

"We could always use the extra hand," said Jangjun. "My side has 30 tags left, with two days left in the season," he said. "Split it up between you and I," said Jaehwan. "I'm done on my side," he added. "How many more alligators do you think is left in that part?" Asked Jay. "Enough," said Keonhee as he shrugged. "There's still one big section we haven't gotten to yet, due to almost capsizing our boat," he said.

"The northern side?" Asked Jay as someone walked over to count and measure the alligators, talking with Jaehwan. "Yeah," said Jangjun. "Hm," said Jay. "I can get Jake to help with that section, unless you need to borrow our boat again?" He asked. "I think we'll be fine," said Jangjun. "Jaehwan will help with that," he said. "Okay," said Jay.

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"Okay," said Jangjun as he and Jaehwan met up the next day to plan out the next two days. "We need 15 total today and 15 total tomorrow," he said, grabbing the map. "This area is where we didn't get to yesterday due to almost capsizing our boat and going to borrow Jay's airboat," he said. "I still have lines there, but I'm sure there's still gators in that area," he said. "Just follow me out there and we'll go on both sides of the bank to get to our lines," he said.

"Are you ready?" Asked Keonhee as he looked at Zuho. "Always am," said Zuho as he nodded. "Your method really does work it seems," he hummed.

"If we get any more on the way back we'll grab those," said Jangjun. "If we manage to finish today that'd be [i great] but we'll definitely finish tomorrow," he said.

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"Getting to leave tomorrow would be nice," hummed Jangjun as he drove the boat, heading towards their destination. Jaehwan was a few feet behind them in his boat with Zuho, having a discussion about something that Jangjun or Keonhee couldn't hear.

As they reached the section they were going for Jangjun slowed the boat to let Jaehwan pull up beside him. "This is a rather large section, so we have lines on both sides of the bank," he said. "I don't know if poachers got to this spot or not, since it's private land, but we'll see what happens," he said.

"Get as much as you can," said Jaehwan. "I know you want to leave as early as tomorrow, we may be able to get the rest today, if you say that this spot is as good as you think it is," he said, maneuvering the boat towards the first line on his side. Jangjun went to start on his side, Keonhee standing and going to stand at the end of the boat and holding onto a rope attached to the end of the boat.

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The first few lines were successful, at least on Jangjun and Keonhee's side. They had 4 alligators in their boat, and were only halfway down the river. Jaehwan was doing the same it seemed, and they were on track to get the last alligators on their tags.

Seven

Eight

Nine

Ten alligators.

They got to ten of their lines before reaching the end and turning around in the boat. Jaehwan had also gotten ten alligators. "Can we manage 5 more in these boats?" Asked Jangjun as he killed the engine. "We should be able to," said Jaehwan as he killed the engine to his boat.

"Are you up for throwing hooks in the water?" Asked Jangjun. "That's more your thing," said Jaehwan. "But we can do it," he said. "I'll keep an eye on the water," said Zuho. "You just keep your rifle ready," he said to Jaehwan. "Sure," said Jaehwan.

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They spent the next few hours getting what they needed, shots ringing out a few times as Jaehwan got the last five alligators into his boat. Jangjun managed to get his five and cheered when they got the last one into the boat.

"Let's get these turned in!" Said Jangjun as he started driving the boat back to their docking spot. Jaehwan soon followed after him, Zuho sitting down on one of the alligators with a satisfied sigh.
AkiraInu     66d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 17]

Dear Seoho,

We did it!

We finished off the season one day before it actually finished!

Jangjun and I are on our way back to Russia, as he really needed to return home before we weren't allowed to leave the US due to human travel restrictions. We had to run back from Berlin so that Jangjun could drop off both our papers with Moonbin. Europe is so easy to traverse, and we can even get to Asia if we need to.

That's the thing about being part of the supernatural world I guess. We're not bound by borders we can cross by land.

I'm fine with that I guess.

I feel bad for those in the states, well in the Americas in general. I think they can still cross from the Bering Strait during the winter but I don't know.

I think we're somewhere in Estonia again? I asked to stop so I could rest for a bit and do some writing. It's only been a few days, and I think I've come to a decision.

I need to die.

-Keonhee

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"What language are you even writing in?" Asked Jangjun as Keonhee closed his journal and handed it to Jangjun. "It's in Thai," said Keonhee as he shrugged. "Since Seoho could speak and read/write in Thai I thought I'd learn how to read and write the language," he said. "I [i was] learning how to speak the language when I was wandering around after returning to the states, but," he said, shrugging again. "I'm not as fluent in it as I wish I could be," he said.

"That's cool, I guess," said Jangjun as he turned away from Keonhee who shrugged. "I can write better than I can speak it, that's good enough in my book," said Keonhee as he stripped down, stretching before changing to his wolf form. Jangjun turned around, going to fold and pack Keonhee's clothes and putting them into his bag. "Well come on then," he said before sprinting off. Keonhee followed after him, pushing to keep up.

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When they reached Moscow Keonhee changed back to his human form and put on his clothes before following Jangjun into the city.

"You're about to deal with Seongyoon's wrath," said Daeyeol as he and Bomin met them outside one of the many cathedrals in the city. "I was not able to charge my phone, can you blame me?" Asked Jangjun as a small growl escaped him.

"Also congrats on changing by the way," said Daeyeol. "Yeah yeah," said Jangjun as he walked off, Keonhee following after him. Daeyeol and Bomin went to follow after him.

Seongyoon sighed as Jangjun walked over with Keonhee behind him and Daeyeol and Bomin a few feet behind them. "I couldn't charge my phone where I was," said Jangjun. "You know how Jaehwan lives," he said. "You [i know] where I was the entire time," he said.

"I don't belong to you Seongyoon, you know this," growled Jangjun as he turned and walked away. Keonhee eyed Seongyoon for a minute before turning and following after Jangjun. Seongyoon blinked in surprise before sighing and letting him go.

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Jangjun finished hunting, dropping the body to the floor as Keonhee turned away, looking at something else while Jangjun made sure to burn the body.

"Something on your mind kid?" Asked Jangjun as he walked over to Keonhee after burning the body. "I think I want to fake my death," said Keonhee as he turned to Jangjun.

"Any reason why?" Asked Jangjun as he tilted his head to the side. "I'm ready to fully commit to this... Bodyguard role," said Keonhee. "But to do so would mean I need to fake my death," he said. "You plan on staying in wolf form don't you," said Jangjun. "Mhm," hummed Keonhee.

"The chip will keep you grounded at least," said Jangjun. "For the most part, yes," said Keonhee. "But the longer I stay in wolf form the higher the chance I lose what's left of my humanity," he said. "The chip should keep me grounded, I've always been connected with my wolf," he said.

"If that is what you want," said Jangjun. "I will help you, but I want you to think it over for a week," he added. "Being my bodyguard is a [i lot] different than just being my pet," he said. "Okay," said Keonhee. "Go spend time with the 'shifters in Sweden, I know you want to return home," said Jangjun.

[center ~]

Jacob sat with Keonhee who was sitting on the back deck, watching the clouds above him. "They're still looking for you, you know," he said. "I know," said Keonhee. "I'm surprised they didn't find me when I was in the states," he said.

"They're on your trail now," said Jacob as he shrugged. "You'll have to fake your death quickly, if you want to get away from it all," he said. "I know," said Keonhee.

[center ~]

Eric brought over a coffee, sitting it in front of Keonhee as he watched the stars. "You're planning the impossible aren't you?" Asked Eric. "How impossible is impossible?" Asked Keonhee as he drank some coffee. "You're really signing your life away now," said Eric. "I know," said Keonhee.

"Why are you willing to do that?" Asked Eric. "I can feel my insanity coming back, very slowly, but it's coming back," said Keonhee. "I will probably end up spending the rest of my life in wolf form," he said. "It'll be easier on me," he said. "Well, I wish you luck then," said Eric. "Thank you," said Keonhee.

[center ~]

Kevin eyed Keonhee with a calculating look as Keonhee sat down in front of him. "Do you realize what you're about to do?" He asked. "Of course I do," said Keonhee. "I feel like it's better for me to do this, than to let it go on," he said. "We knew the chip was only a temporary thing," he said.

"We know going back to Yunho would fix all of this," said Kevin. "It won't," said Keonhee. "I've had this problem even before I left him," he said. "I know what I'm doing," he said. "Alright," said Kevin.

[center ~]

"Now, are you sure?" Asked Jangjun as he looked at Keonhee. "I am," said Keonhee. "I even wrote one last letter to Yunho, and asked him to continue writing to Seoho," he said. "Can you give it to him?" He asked. "Sure kid," said Jangjun as he nodded. "Thank you," said Keonhee.

"Now," said Jangjun as he brought out a collar. "This collar will bind you to me as my bodyguard," he added. "It's similar to the wolfdog's contract he held with his owners until he found his mate Chunji," he said. "But this will keep me in wolf form," said Keonhee. "Until I remove the collar, yes," said Jangjun.

"You will now only respond to the name which I put as the letter K," said Jangjun. "This is your last chance now, are you sure?" He asked. "I am completely sure," said Keonhee. Jangjun nodded and Keonhee went to change, coming back in wolf form. Jangjun bent down and put the collar around Keonhee's neck, clicking the buckle closed and feeling a slight jolt as the contract completed itself.

Jangjun patted him on the head before standing. "Let's head to the states then, shall we?" He asked. "We still have some time before travel restrictions are in place," he hummed, going to get ready. Keonhee followed after him.
AkiraInu     64d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Chapter 18]

Dear Yunho,

This is my only letter to you.

I'm writing in English for this reason alone.

By the time this letter gets to you I'm probably dead, with Jangjun handing you this journal.

All I ask is for you to continue writing to Seoho, maybe get Dongju to do the same.

I knew we were mates since the beginning, but we all knew that it wasn't going to last.

Don't mourn my death, as I asked for this.

I'm sorry, that it came to this. Keep on living for me okay? You'll be fine. I promise.

-Keonhee

[center ~]

"So that's that huh?" Asked Yunho as he finished reading the last note in Keonhee's journal and closed the journal. "It is," hummed Jangjun.

"Did he suffer?" Asked Yunho. "No," said Jangjun. "We had fun in the last few weeks up to his death," he said.

"What did you do exactly?" Asked Yunho. "We went gator hunting in Louisiana with Jaehwan and his pack," said Jangjun. "We finished the season about two weeks before his death," he said. "He had a lot of fun doing so, and got to do something he enjoyed," he said. "That's good," said Yunho.

"So what caused you to get a wolf companion?" Asked Yunho. "I felt like I needed a friend, a bodyguard of sorts," Jangjun said, shrugging. "I don't treat him like one, but he's a good pup," he said. "I see," said Yunho. "His name is K," said Jangjun. "Hello K," said Yunho as he bent down in front of Keonhee and pat his head. Keonhee nuzzled his hand before stepping back, going to stand behind Jangjun.

"Sorry, he's a little shy," said Jangjun. "It's okay," said Yunho. "Thank you, for bringing me Keonhee's journal," he said. "I'll make sure to see if Dongju will start addressing Seoho in his journals too," he added. "I'm heading down there anyway," said Jangjun. "Keonhee left something for him too," he added. "I see," said Yunho.

"Also, this is for you," Jangjun said, giving Yunho a box. "I'll see you then," he added, turning and walking away. Keonhee watched Yunho for a second before turning and walking away, following after Jangjun.

[center ~]

Dear Dongju,

When you see this letter you probably heard the news of my death.

Yunho got the same letter, so don't bother asking Jangjun if he went there first. He probably went over to Yunho before coming to bring you this letter.

I'm sorry it had come to this. I didn't want to resort to this but my insanity was becoming unbearable. Continue the letters to Seoho for me please?

I'm writing in Thai for this. Even though I know you can't read this, but maybe Youngjo could translate for you. If he remembers how to read Thai. I don't know how far he got with Seoho before he died.

I'm sorry about your brother. I didn't know him, but I'm sure he was a good person.

Tell him I said hello okay?

Goodbye.

-Keonhee

[center ~]

Youngjo finished translating the letter and Dongju could only sit in stunned silence. "H-He did that huh?" Asked Dongju. Jangjun looked away, keeping a hand on Keonhee's head as Keonhee watched their reactions.

"I guess, that's it then," said Dongju as he closed his eyes, sighing as he did so. "Did he suffer?" He asked. "No," said Jangjun. "He was with me the entire time, we had fun down in Louisiana for a month as we helped Jaehwan with gator hunting," he said. "Good," said Dongju. "At least he was happy," he said, opening his eyes and looking at Jangjun.

"So who's the wolf?" Asked Dongju. "This is K," said Jangjun as he turned to Dongju. "I saved him some time ago from abusive owners," he said. "I see," said Dongju. "I guess that would explain the scar on the entire front of his body," he said.

"It's not hard to believe some owners would be [i that] cruel to their pets," hummed Jangjun. "Of course not," said Dongju. "I just thought he looked familiar is all," he added. Jangjun shrugged. "I mean most normal wolves are hard to differentiate from werewolves," he said. "That is true," hummed Dongju.

"Ah, before I forget," said Jangjun as he brought out a folder from his bag. "When he wasn't journal writing he did draw apparently," he added. "So this is for you," he said, walking over and handing it to Dongju. Dongju looked surprised as he took the folder and started looking through it. "I see," he said. "Thank you," he added. Jangjun nodded, turning and walking back to Keonhee.

"Leaving already?" Asked Dongju. "We're on borrowed time," said Jangjun as he waved off Dongju. "I have to head back to Russia anyway, before we get stopped by the government and what not," he said. "Ah, good luck," called Dongju. Jangjun waved before sprinting off into the forest. Keonhee watched Dongju with his head tilted to the side in thought for a minute before turning and running after Jangjun.

"That's really Keonhee isn't it?" Asked Youngjo. "I have my suspicions," said Dongju. "But if this is what he chooses to do, I'm not stopping him," he said.

[center ~]

Jangjun took off Keonhee's collar, letting him return to human form. Keonhee stretched once he was in his human form, grunting as he stretched. "Well?" Asked Jangjun as he handed Keonhee his clothes.

"I think it went well," said Keonhee as he got dressed. "It looks like it," said Jangjun. "Let's head home then," he said. "We won't be travelling for a while, so it's up to you whether you want to keep the collar on when we reach home or not," he said.

"I think it'll be easier to stay in wolf form," said Keonhee. "You can write to Seoho I guess," he hummed. "Who do you think I've been writing to this entire time?" Asked Jangjun as he shrugged. "Really? But you didn't know him," said Keonhee. "I don't usually write to anyone to be honest with you, but I do see the appeal of writing these journals," said Jangjun. "So that's what I'm doing," he said.

"What do you even say to him?" Asked Keonhee. "I have a lot to say to be honest with you," said Jangjun. "I mostly throw all of my frustrations into one long post to him, but lately I've been talking about our adventures," he said. "Oh?" Asked Keonhee.

"I do enjoy your company," said Jangjun as he grinned at Keonhee. Keonhee shook his head. "I'm sure," he said. "No, really," said Jangjun. "I did enjoy your company," he said. "I wouldn't've had you stay with me for this long if I didn't," he said. "I see," said Keonhee.
AkiraInu     63d ago
King of angst and cliffhangers. Fanfiction writer, Kpop stanner. Also notice is going to kill me. oops

[center Epilogue]

Dear Seoho,

It's been months since Keonhee decided to spend the rest of his time in wolf form.

It's Jangjun again by the way.

I left the coven in the time it took for me to write to you again. I'd go back to the Ukraine but apparently there's a war going on? I'm just going to leave that be and hang out around Berlin.

Youngtaek decided to go with us, and Daeyeol and Bomin also left. Seongyoon hated my decision, but let it go. He fought for Youngtaek though, but Youngtaek refuses to deal with Seongyoon now.

The thing about the chips is that the ones that we gave to Bomin, Youngtaek and Keonhee don't have kill switches. I don't think Seongyoon realizes that.

Sanctions around the world are lifting but this war is annoying. I hope it ends up fine, I'd like to go explore my home country for a bit. Let's see what happens hm?

-Jangjun

[center ~]

"How much longer are you going to just hang around?" Asked Moonbin as he brought over two coffees and sat down in front of Jangjun. "I don't have a coven to return to Moonbin, you know this," said Jangjun. "But you also know that I'm only here until I need to leave, I'm not intruding am I?" He asked. "No," said Moonbin. "But your 'shifter smell is is driving everyone nuts," he said.

"Sorry," said Jangjun. "I didn't choose to start changing now," he added. "It's no problem," said Moonbin. "How's K doing?" He asked. "Fine," said Jangjun as he looked down at Keonhee. Keonhee lifted his head to look up at Moonbin. "Yunho and Dongju were asking about him is all," said Moonbin as he shrugged, getting up and walking back to the counter. Jangjun shook his head, nudging Keonhee with his foot before taking a sip of coffee.

Youngtaek walked over and sat down, taking the other cup of coffee and taking a sip. "They figured it out huh?" He asked. "Dongju has, I don't know about Yunho," said Jangjun. "Hm," hummed Youngtaek.

"Also technically I'm a refugee?" Asked Jangjun as he looked at Moonbin who shrugged. "I guess you are, since you have a Ukrainian citizenship," said Moonbin. "Just stay out of trouble yeah?" He asked. "Sure sure," said Jangjun.

[center ~]

Dear Keonhee,

I know you asked me to write to Seoho, but I didn't know him so I'm here writing to you.

Dongju has his suspicions that you're alive, and I sort of believe it.

I'm not feeling the insanity that you did, even with Mingi back by my side. He says hello by the way.

I know you probably had your reasons for doing what you did. I'm not mad at you whatsoever, as this is something I know you had no choice but to do.

I've taken up hunting again, Mingi and I are gator hunting with Jaehwan and his pack this year. I think Jaehwan wanted to have Jangjun with him this year but he couldn't due to whatever's happening in Europe right now.

I've never gator hunted before, but from what I've been doing the passed few days since the start of the season we've been doing good. Mingi gets them into the boat and I just jam a nail in the head. It's easy enough.

I'll talk to you later, I guess.

-Yunho

[center ~]

"Okay we need to stop before we capsize this boat," said Mingi as he looked at the pile of alligators in the boat. "We're done anyway," said Yunho as he put his journal in their waterproof bag. "We'll leave the lines up for tomorrow, Jaehwan's expecting us back by [i now] at least," he said, starting the boat engine and turning around in the water before heading back to their docking spot.

"God damn we got so much today," said Jaehwan as he met them at the docking spot. "Almost capsized the boat again," said Yunho as he drove the boat onto the trailer in the water before turning off the engine and hopping out. Mingi hopped out of the boat and walked over, whistling at the amount in Jaehwan's boat.

"Any news from the others?" Asked Yunho. "Ah, Jinyoung and Jihoon got a full boat load I heard," said Jaehwan. "Don't know how Seongwoo did with Jake this year but I'm sure we'll see how they do when we get to the processing center," he said.

"I'm surprised Jungwon let him hunt with you this year," said Yunho. "Not a lot of humans hunting this year apparently," said Jaehwan. "Still a bit iffy about whatever's happening to the world apparently," he said. "They have to make money somehow, and so do we," he said. "Let's get back to the processing center then," he said, going to get in his truck. Zuho waved to them before he sprinted off to go hunting and Mingi and Yunho waved back before getting into Yunho's jeep with Yunho driving.

"Good job this year," said Jaehwan as he high fived everyone. "We're already done with tags, and apparently that's it," he said. "I'll let the humans deal with the rest, so you guys can relax the rest of the season," he said.

"We're already on day what? 7?" Asked Yunho. "We're out of tags already?" He asked. "We'd have to go out of state to hunt more," said Jaehwan. "I'll let the humans get their chance to gator hunt, I don't want to run them out of their business," he said.

"Thanks for inviting me along," said Jake. "No problem," said Jaehwan. "Be careful on the way home," he added. Jake nodded and turned, running off and heading home.

"Good job everyone," said Jaehwan. "Tell Dongju and the others I said hello then," he said, turning to Yunho. Yunho nodded. "I will," he said.

[center ~]

Dear Seoho,

I'm finally getting around to writing to you.

I'm sorry it took so long, as I was busy writing to my brother for the last few entries while being busy with missions.

Yunho says hello, and I guess Keonhee does too?

I don't think he's really dead. Something about Jangjun's wolf companion makes me think it's actually Keonhee.

Keonhee left a drawing of you for me, I didn't know he could draw so well. I put it on the desk in my room. I still draw, but I haven't bothered drawing anything lately. I should probably draw something, a tribute to you two maybe?

How's my writing? I think I'll have Youngjo check it over to make sure my Thai is at least readable. I'm not even nowhere near home at the moment.

I'm in Austria with Hwanhee, as he had missions here. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit Seungwoo and Wooseok. Wooseok's done so much for us, I think you would've liked him.

I'll write again soon, I promise.

-Dongju

[center ~]

"You're doing better," said Wooseok as he sat beside Dongju who sat on the dock on the pond writing in his journal. "I'm doing a lot better," said Dongju as he looked up from his journal to look at Wooseok.

"So how's the old pack been?" Asked Wooseok as he looked out at the water. "They're fine," said Dongju. "Xiao's doing a decent enough job to keep everyone in their place," he said.

"You'd have to go and check on Jinwook though, his insanity is getting to him," he said. "Of course," said Wooseok as he sighed. "I'll go and see what's up later," he said. Dongju hummed in response, closing his journal and putting it in his bag before taking out his sketchbook and getting the inspiration to draw.

"What are you going to draw?" Asked Wooseok. "A tribute to Keonhee and Seoho," said Dongju as he started drawing. "Ah, I'll leave you be then," said Wooseok as he got up, stretching before turning and walking back to the house.

[center ~]

Dear Seoho,

I bet you didn't think you'd hear from me did you?

It's been so long since I was in human form, months maybe?

I'm doing fine, a lot better now.

I got a sketch in the mail from Dongju, did you know he drew a picture of us?

Ah, I'm living in Sweden with Jangjun now, as he decided to stay with Jacob and his side of the pack while Youngtaek got to live in Norway again.

Jangjun doesn't have a place to stay anymore so he asked to stay in Sweden for a while.

Time runs differently for me in wolf form. I barely notice what day, month or even year it is anymore.

This contract thing is working at least, I'm in a state of sleep unless I'm around people I know. Jangjun is kind to me, and so is Youngtaek.

Jacob and the others are understanding of my situation at least, though I worry about Kevin sometimes.

[s I think everyone does]

His condition seems to be worsening, but I don't know. I don't know much about the 'shifters anyway.

Don't take this the wrong way, I DO care, but I just don't know what's wrong. I don't think anyone else does either.

This may be the last time I write to you, so I leave you with this final goodbye.

Goodbye Gunmin.

-Keonhee

[center ~]

"You seem ready," said Jangjun as he walked over. "I am," said Keonhee as he closed the journal for the last time, hooking his trusty pen to it and handing it to Jangjun. Jangjun took it, turning away as Keonhee started to strip.

"Where are we going?" Asked Keonhee. "Home," said Jangjun. "At least, for a while," he hummed. "To the Ukraine?" Asked Keonhee as he stretched one last time. "Yep," said Jangjun. "Well, I'll be with you where ever you go," said Keonhee before he changed, landing on four feet in wolf form.

"I know you will," said Jangjun as he turned around, going to put the collar around Keonhee before packing up his clothes. "Let's go then," he said, sprinting off. Keonhee huffed, following after him.

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