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Redemption [A TXT and Golden Child Fanfic] [Complete]

By AkiraSanogame



Beomgyu, being kicked out of his coven for accidentally killing his brother, is left to wander around Russia. His goal was to try and redeem himself somehow, but he wasn't sure how. Not until he came across an injured fox 'shifter and decides to take care of him. Youngtaek had been wandering around near the border to Finland when he had been shot by hunters, narrowly escaping them and falling into a pit. He was rescued by Beomgyu hours later, and decided to stay with him for the time being. How will things work out? Let's find out.

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Hai~! Author-nim here with another story! We're back to the spinoff series! Yes, we're back with it again this time in a situation where Beomgyu is now alone instead of being with Taehyun like in the main series.

In this timeline, the setting is a few years after the events of Gunil's story since Gunil has been dead for a while as of the events of the last spinoff story.

How did Kai die? Well, it'll be explained!

To the characters~!

Characters:


Beomgyu: A vampire who had been kicked out of his coven when he accidentally killed his younger brother Kai for finding out the truth of a traumatic event for Beomgyu. He was already going through a lot, being a new vampire and everything, but being told the truth just made him snap. He spent the next few years after being banished wandering alone, wondering when he would be able to redeem himself. His hardened ways came from his time in military school before joining the Russian military and dealing with being forced to shut down his emotions in the face of danger. He is a big softie under that icy exterior, only showing it to those he really trusted.

Youngtaek: A fox shapeshifter who was part of the St Petersburg Coven before it was disbanded due to trust issues within the coven. He travelled with Jangjun for a while before leaving him and joining the shapeshifter pack in Norway led by Eric. He soon left that pack and ended up back in Russia, somewhere near the border of Finland and now patrols it, having nothing better to do. His animal form is a large silver colored fox with a white underside and a black tipped tail.

Heeseung: A vampire/shapeshifter hybrid who was part of the same military school that Beomgyu had been a part of. He was a shapeshifter who was technically half human, so when he had been attacked by vampires he was bitten and had been turned into a vampire. He is a part of the pack that is led by Jungwon in Louisiana as one of Jungwon's trusted pack members. He has a younger brother named Niki, who has yet to start changing. His animal form is a large black furred wolf with a white diamond shaped patch of fur on his chest with forest green colored eyes. He can speak Russian and English, with his English having a slight Russian accent.

I hope you enjoy the story~!

Thanks to ErrorMacro713 for the poster :D
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AkiraSanogame     132d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 1]

Beomgyu sighed as he looked down at the pit that he found, finding an injured fox at the bottom. "Here I thought I'd find easy prey, but I find a fox 'shifter," he grumbled, hopping down into the pit and picking up the fox, hopping out of the pit.

"Careful kit," hummed Beomgyu as the fox started struggling in his arms. "I'm not here to kill you," he added, putting the fox on the ground and checking for bullets wounds, carefully digging them out. The fox whimpered in pain, shivering and trying to stay still.

Once the bullets were all out Beomgyu backed away, watching as the fox got to its feet, its tail wagging slightly in thanks. Beomgyu nodded to it before turning and sprinting off, heading off to hunt. The fox watched him go before it turned and ran off, heading off to change and get dressed before heading back to its small hut that had become its home.

[center ~]

Beomgyu huffed, leaning against a low lying wall as he waited on someone, being back in St Petersburg for the first time in months. He hadn't heard much from Soobin or Taehyun since he had been kicked out, but apparently he had gotten a letter and was merely waiting for it.

"You're as impatient as ever Gyu," came a voice, causing Beomgyu to scowl as he turned to said voice. "Don't call me that," he growled, glaring at Jungsu. Jungsu smirked at him, knowing Beomgyu wouldn't try anything. "And that temper, yeesh no wonder you were kicked out," he hummed. Beomgyu sighed shaking his head.

"Anyway," Jungsu hummed, passing along a sealed envelope. "This is for you," he added. "Soobin was the one to come to me alone for this," he remarked. "It must've been a very important letter," he hummed. Beomgyu took the envelope, glancing at the messy handwriting that belonged to Soobin. "It's from him alright," he grumbled, sounding somewhat relieved. Jungsu nodded, turning and walking away, soon disappearing into the crowd.

Beomgyu sighed as he stared at the envelope before opening it and taking out the letter, unfolding it and starting to read it.

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[i Gyu,

I know you hate it when everyone calls you by that nickname but let me call you that at least?

Anyway. I bring you news.

We're nearby, but we won't be coming to you. Taehyun INSISTED on staying far away. I may try to come see you sometime, if I can get away from him long enough to be able to come to you.

Stay in St Petersburg for a few days, relax a bit yeah? Find Seongyoon for some company or something. I don't know.

I know you hate being around people due to your anger issues but maybe finding someone to be around will help you get your issues under control.

If you stop by the fort, say hello to Kai for me okay?

I heard my brother left a long time ago, so I don't know what the fort looks like now. I may go see it so if we meet up there, well.

Also there's a fox 'shifter near the border of Finland. Youngtaek or something? Can you give him a letter for me? Jungsu refused but I'm sure you'll find him. He said you were around that area a lot anyway. Jangjun just wants to let him know that he's still around. I think there's a letter here with this one, so.

If not tell him that Jangjun is still alive. Him and Keonhee are just wandering around Europe again, and we ran into them in Hungary.

I'll see you soon?

Maybe?

-Soobin]

Beomgyu checked the envelope to see if there was another letter and didn't see any. He shook his head and tore up the paper, pushing away from the wall and walking towards the nearby trashcan and throwing the letter and envelope away before leaving, heading out of St Petersburg.

He had a fox 'shifter to find after all.

[center ~]

There was only one place a fox 'shifter would be, and Beomgyu knew exactly where. He had come across the random hut in the middle of the forest by the borders, and knew from the stench coming off it, to him anyway, that a 'shifter lived there.

It didn't seem he was there today, as Beomgyu knocked on the door to hut and didn't hear a sound.

"What are you doing here?" Came a voice, causing Beomgyu to turn around to see someone standing a few feet away. "I have a message for Youngtaek," responded Beomgyu as he studied the person with a tilt of his head.

"That is me," Youngtaek responded with an eyebrow raise. "What is it?" He asked. "Jangjun said to tell you that he's alive and well," answered Beomgyu as he shrugged his shoulders. "Oh," hummed Youngtaek. "Thanks?" He asked as he blinked in confusion. Beomgyu nodded, turning and sprinting off, back towards St Petersburg.

Youngtaek was left to stand there awkwardly, before entering his hut and closing the door behind him.

[center ~]

Beomgyu found himself outside of a familiar town, blinking as he tried to remember the reason he had come here. "Ah, the fort," he hummed, turning away from the town to run around it towards where the fort had been and where Kai had been buried after the incident.

Beomgyu half expected Soobin to be sitting at the remains of the firepit where many fires were started, making dinner or something. Beomgyu scoffs, but went to grab the sticks for the firepit and some bark for kindling, soon coming back and throwing it into a pile. He turned to the fort and went to open the door, flashing memories of a sleeping Kai on the platform flowing through his head as he looked around the familiar surroundings of the small fort. He looked under the platform and found the zippo lighter, pocketing it and leaving the fort, closing the door behind him and making sure to latch it closed.

After making sure the pit was clear and the rocks were still good Beomgyu started the fire with the lighter and a piece of bark, throwing it into the pile of sticks and watching as it went up in flames. He pocketed the lighter and stood there for a while, staring into the fire as he was in his thoughts.

[center ~]

"So you did come after all," called a familiar voice as Soobin sprinted into view, coming to a stop on the other side of the pit in front of Beomgyu. "I'm here sometimes," hummed Beomgyu. Soobin hummed in response, looking down at the fire.

"How's things been?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked up at Soobin. "Well, they're going," grumbled Soobin as he looked up at Beomgyu. "You're looking well," he added. "I have nothing better to do," Beomgyu responded with a shrug. "I've been keeping an eye on things by Finland, but it seems we've got someone there already," he hummed.

"Youngtaek? He started being there recently," hummed Soobin. "Leave him be, he's only there because he also has nothing better to do," he added. "I'm not stopping the kit," mumbled Beomgyu. "I know," said Soobin. "I know," he repeated.
AkiraSanogame     132d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 2]

Beomgyu found himself alone again, after Soobin had to leave and return back to Taehyun who was about to hunt him down if Soobin didn't reassure him with a picture of himself at the fort. Beomgyu let him go, waving him off before walking over to the gravesite for Kai after the fire was completely burned out.

"Hey Kai," Beomgyu mumbled in the steadiest voice possible as he took a deep breath. "I heard Yeonjun left, and he left his lighter for me," he added. "At least, I have something from this place worth keeping," he whispered, shaking his head.

"This will be the last time I'll be here," Beomgyu stated, bending down in front of the cross that stuck out of the ground and tracing his fingers over Kai's name. "So I'm sending you off, okay?" He asked, getting up and moving away. "I don't know who will use this fort next, but whoever does I hope they use it to its fullest potential," he hummed, turning back to the fort and staring at it for a long time.

[center ~]

Returning back to St Petersburg a few days later, Beomgyu felt more at peace with himself for the first time in years since the incident. Maybe it was a sign that he was moving on, but even someone like him still grieved over the loss of a loved one.

"You're back," called a familiar voice, causing Beomgyu to turn to spot the fox 'shifter he had visited a few days before. "I am?" Asked Beomgyu as he tilted his head to the side in question. "I don't live in this city," he added.

"You disappeared for a few days," remarked Youngtaek. "I just wanted to see you to thank you for telling me that Jangjun and Keonhee are still alive," he added. "Things have changed a lot since the coven I was a part of disbanded, so it was nice to hear from them," he hummed.

"Seongyoon still resides in this city you know," stated Beomgyu as he studied Youngtaek's reaction. "Seongyoon can die for all I care," growled Youngtaek as he clenched his hands into fists. "He's the reason the coven disbanded anyway," he spat. "Hey hey, I'm just saying," Beomgyu said quickly as he raised up his hands. "I know, I know," Youngtaek sighed out, looking at the asphalt under his feet.

"So why were you looking for me in the first place huh?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned and walked away. Youngtaek looked up, quickly following after Beomgyu and walking beside him when he caught up. "You tend to patrol the borders, it's usually me," explained Youngtaek.

"I've always patrolled the borders," hummed Beomgyu as he shrugged. "You just never saw me until the day you fell into a pit," he added.

"Wait, how did you know that was me?" Asked Youngtaek. "There's only one other fox 'shifter that would patrol this side of Russia that I know personally, and he's over by the Sea of Japan right now," Beomgyu answered with a shrug. "I was the one who took his place, so he could go that way," he added. "Also he's not stupid enough to get caught by hunters," he hummed, earning a scowl from Youngtaek. "Oi," growled Youngtaek.

"Just saying," Beomgyu stated with a smirk, earning another scowl from Youngtaek.

[center ~]

"You hungry fox?" Asked Beomgyu as he stopped and turned to Youngtaek. "Not at the moment, no," hummed Youngtaek as he shook his head, stopping a foot away from Beomgyu. "Then why are you still following me?" Asked Beomgyu. "I'm bored," stated Youngtaek as he shrugged. "The borders are fine for the moment," he added.

"Bored, uh huh," hummed Beomgyu. "What? I am," whined Youngtaek, earning a soft chuckle from Beomgyu before he could stop it. Youngtaek grinned at that, earning an eye roll from Beomgyu.

"Tell me one thing fox," started Beomgyu as he closely watched Youngtaek's reaction. "Why do you have a computer chip somewhere on your body?" He asked. That caused Youngtaek to stumble slightly, caught off guard by the question. "How did you-" he started as Beomgyu turned and walked off, disappearing into the crowd.

"Aw come on," whined Youngtaek as he moved to follow after Beomgyu, excusing himself as he moved around people, soon getting lost in the sea of people.

[center ~]

Beomgyu sat in the back rows of a cathedral, not really there to pray, but he studied the statue of Jesus at the alter with a small tilt of his head. He had his hands in his pants pockets, his left hand gripping the lighter in that pocket to seek what little comfort he could get from it.

"Long time no see kid," came a voice as someone sat beside Beomgyu. "Seungmin," greeted Beomgyu.

"You rarely need me for anything kid," commented Seungmin as he looked at Beomgyu.

"I was told that you had some old pictures that Yeonjun left behind when he left," stated Beomgyu as he turned to Seungmin.

"Which one are you looking for?" Asked Seungmin. "Do you have one of Kai?" Asked Beomgyu. "I thought you'd ask for one," replied Seungmin as he dug through his pack for a picture. "Is this fine?" He asked, handing over a picture. Beomgyu looked at it, the corners of his lips going up in a small smile at the memory the picture brought.

"Yeah, it is," hummed Beomgyu as he brushed his fingers over the picture. It had been Kai's birthday and everyone was at the fort about a week before the incident. Beomgyu was helping him roast marshmallows while Soobin and Taehyun were preparing food. Yeonjun had been the one to take the picture, it being one of the few that Yeonjun had kept on him.

[center ~]

[i "Come on, let me help you roast marshmallows," said Beomgyu as he went to get a stick for them both. "Can I get two?!" Asked Kai as he looked excited. "It's my birthday," he whined with a pout. "You can have mine," said Beomgyu as he came back with the sticks and started carving them into spears. "I'm not too hungry today," he added. "Really?" Kai asked as he looked excited. Beomgyu nodded.

"No more than two okay? We have to save some room for the cake!" Soobin called from where he was preparing dinner. "Cake!" Shouted Kai. Beomgyu chuckled, handing Kai a stick with a marshmallow on it. He took the other stick and put it over the fire, Kai putting his stick next to his.

A click from a camera was heard, Yeonjun capturing the moment in time as he watched what was going on. He took other pictures throughout the day, the only picture being saved was of course, the moment he captured where Beomgyu and Kai were roasting marshmallows.]

[center ~]

Beomgyu wandered the streets of St Petersburg after leaving the cathedral, having left the picture at a special jewelry shop to make the picture be part of a locket that he planned on getting. He looked up at the moon high above him, reminiscing about old times.

"I found you!" Came a voice, causing Beomgyu to turn around to spot Youngtaek again. "You again?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked slightly annoyed. "I haven't been looking for you all day, I swear," Youngtaek stated quickly as he raised his hands in surrender. "I actually had a few things to take care of here," he added.

"Well," hummed Beomgyu. "What do you want?" He asked. "I wanted to take up your offer of dinner, but it seems it's a bit late for that," replied Youngtaek as shrugged. "Hm," hummed Beomgyu as he turned around and continued walking. Youngtaek pushed to follow after him, soon walking beside him as he caught up.
AkiraSanogame     132d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 3]

"So how did you know I had a chip anyway?" Asked Youngtaek as he and Beomgyu sat on some benches a few feet away from a food stall that was still open. "The way you healed quickly from the bullet wounds," explained Beomgyu. "Sure, I helped and whatever but a normal 'shifter wouldn't just bounce back so quickly," he added.

"I only have one, and it's on my spine," hummed Youngtaek. "I'm just a fast healer is all," he added. "Also I'm older than you brat, treat me with some respect will you?" He asked with a scowl. "Who treated you to food?" Asked Beomgyu as he raised an eyebrow, fighting down an amused smirk at Youngtaek who sputtered at the realization. "Okay fine," grumbled Youngtaek as he dug into his food with gusto.

"Also, who was the other fox that patrolled the borders?" Asked Youngtaek as he paused in his eating to take a sip of water from the bottle beside him. "You don't know Yuri?" Asked Beomgyu. "I never met the guy," hummed Youngtaek. "Seongyoon never really travelled outside of St Petersburg, and I was with him most of the time," he added as he put the bottle down and went back to eating.

"I met Yuri about a year after I ended up alone," hummed Beomgyu. "He's become one of my good friends," he added. "I see," hummed Youngtaek.

"The only reason he asked me to patrol the borders was because apparently a war may start and we need to keep things from escalating into Russia," explained Beomgyu. "Hm," hummed Youngtaek.

"It's going to be hard on Kevin it seems," hummed Beomgyu. "You know of his condition then?" Asked Youngtaek. "Who doesn't at this point?" Asked Beomgyu. "Kevin's not even in the best of conditions right now and they need him," he added.

"They're too prideful for their own good," grumbled Youngtaek. "Sometimes it's easier to keep things within their own borders, in case anyone tries to take advantage of it," explained Beomgyu. "It's actually a decent strategy, until they [i actually] need to ask for help," he added. "Right, and you would know this how?" Asked Youngtaek.

"Hello, I went to military school," Beomgyu stated with a scoff. "I had to constantly strategize as final projects, mostly dealing with invasions," he added. "I've also had to come up with scenarios where we couldn't get outside help due to well, being Russia," he hummed. "Huh," hummed Youngtaek. "Interesting," he added.

[center ~]

After Youngtaek finished eating Beomgyu paid for the meal before leaving, Youngtaek scrambling to follow after him after cleaning up and throwing his trash away.

"Why are you still following me fox?" Asked Beomgyu as he let Youngtaek follow him out of boredom. "I don't know," grumbled Youngtaek. "Also I'm older than you brat," he said, scowling at Beomgyu. "You're a fox, what else do you want me to say?" Asked Beomgyu as he shrugged. "But I'm older than you," muttered Youngtaek as he huffed.

"Older doesn't mean mature," Beomgyu stated matter-of-factly as he shrugged. "Oi!" Whined Youngtaek.

"You're only like this because you were stuck in the military," Youngtaek stated, earning a sigh from Beomgyu. "I didn't have a choice you know," grumbled Beomgyu. "I-," started Youngtaek as he stopped walking in surprise.

"What do you [i mean] you didn't have a choice?" Asked Youngtaek as Beomgyu kept walking. "Find out for yourself," called Beomgyu as he disappeared from view.

[center ~]

It was a long stretch at this point, but Youngtaek was [i determined] to find out more things about Beomgyu, even if he didn't know his name. He knew from his excursions with Seongyoon to Moscow that if he found a park to sit in and wait a bit he'd find the one vampire that might give him an answer.

Though, if anything a cathedral would work too, but Youngtaek hated churches. Too many bad memories for him. It was why now, that Youngtaek sat in a park with a sandwich, enjoying his meal while he waited. It had been a few days since he had seen Beomgyu, but maybe this vampire that he never caught the name of will have his answers.

"I come around to see a fox," called a voice as Jungsu walked over, stopping in front of Youngtaek as he put his hands in his pants pockets. "I'm in need of information," Youngtaek stated inbetween bites of food, finishing his sandwich as he looked up at Jungsu.

"What kind of information?" Asked Jungsu. "There's this vampire that's patrolling the same area as me," hummed Youngtaek. "Also I'd like your name so I can at least address you by your name," he added. "Jungsu," hummed Jungsu as he nodded. "Youngtaek, though I think you already know that," responded Youngtaek as he shrugged, crumpling the paper that had been wrapped around his sandwich into a ball before throwing it into a nearby trashcan.

"So what's this about a vampire patrolling your area?" Asked Jungsu as he tilted his head to the side. "I don't know his name, but he said he was forced into the military or something, I don't know," hummed Youngtaek.

"Ah, Beomgyu," hummed Jungsu as he looked thoughtful. "What about him?" He asked. "I find it odd that he had been forced into the military," hummed Youngtaek. "Sometimes parents want that kind of thing for their kids," replied Jungsu as he shrugged.

"Isn't it a bit harsh?" Asked Youngtaek. "For what he had done, well it was expected," hummed Jungsu as he shrugged. "What'd he do? Murder someone?" Asked Youngtaek. "No," Jungsu scoffed. "Beomgyu's too good for that," he added.

"What'd he do?" Asked Youngtaek. "It's not my place to say," hummed Jungsu as he shrugged, turning and walking away. "Wait-," started Youngtaek as he got to his feet, watching as Jungsu disappeared into the crowd. "Damn it," he scowled, sighing as he flopped back down on the bench he had been sitting on.

[center ~]

At a different park Beomgyu was standing and admiring the fountain that had many coins thrown into it. "He's asking for you, you know," came a voice as Jungsu came to a stop beside him. "I know," hummed Beomgyu as he flipped a coin into the fountain.

"Will you tell him?" Asked Jungsu. "Why would I? I'm nothing but a military brat to him," grumbled Beomgyu. "You're going to be together for a while it seems though," stated Jungsu as he shrugged. "Yuri's on his way back, I'm heading out that way as soon as he arrives," hummed Beomgyu. "Hm," hummed Jungsu.
AkiraSanogame     132d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 4]

Beomgyu stayed in St Petersburg for a few days, waiting for the locket to be done more than anything.

Youngtaek hadn't bothered him since the dinner but Beomgyu was still expecting him to show up at any point before he left.

Yuri was due to arrive any day now, and that meant that Beomgyu needed to prepare for his departure, going along the Russian border towards the Sea of Japan.

[center ~]

Youngtaek huffed as he got the news about the fox named Yuri coming back towards this side of Russia.

He should've expected that, as Beomgyu had said he was only there due to Yuri keeping an eye on things on the other side of the country before coming back.

Maybe Youngtaek could go with him this time. It would be nice to be able to see the rest of Russia. If only he could find Beomgyu in this huge city. "Where the hell could he be hm?" He asked himself as he stared at the cathedral he ended up being across the street from.

"God I hate being here," mumbled Youngtaek as he tried not to glare at the building.

"Looking for me?" Came a voice, causing Youngtaek to jump, turning to someone he wasn't familiar with. "Uh?" Asked Youngtaek. "You're the one with the cathedral things right?" He asked.

"God you really must hate these buildings if you've never met me before today," commented the vampire in front of him. "Yes, it's me," he added. "I'm Seungmin," he stated, smiling slightly. "Youngtaek," grumbled Youngtaek as he tried not to sound annoyed.

"What did you need me for?" Asked Seungmin. "I don't know, honestly," hummed Youngtaek. "I've been looking for Beomgyu before he left the city, would you happen to know where he went?" He asked. "Ah, that kid?" Asked Seungmin. "Last I checked he was getting a locket made before he left the city," he answered after thinking it over. "I don't know if he's still in the city, but you could find the watch shop here," he added, writing something down on a piece of paper before handing it to Youngtaek.

"No need," came a voice as Beomgyu walked over, coming to a stop in front of Youngtaek and Seungmin. "I actually needed to talk to you," he added, speaking to Seungmin. "What about?" Asked Seungmin.

"Where is Yeonjun now a days?" Asked Beomgyu. "I know he didn't leave the country, you would've said so," he added. "He didn't specify," replied Seungmin as he shrugged. "He might've left the country now, who knows," he added. "He did say that he would let Soobin know of where he went but that's as much info as I got," he explained.

"A human knows about our world?" Asked Youngtaek. "Well, sort of," responded Beomgyu. "He only knows to contact Seungmin and Jungsu if he needs to let Soobin know of anything," he added.

"Yuri is back by the way," hummed Seungmin. "Cool, I just got my locket too," stated Beomgyu as he nodded. "I'll be heading on then," he added, turning and walking away. "Oi, wait brat!" Exclaimed Youngtaek as he rushed to follow after him. Seungmin shook his head as he watched them go before walking the other way.

[center ~]

"So how are we going to get there?" Asked Youngtaek. "I never said you could come with me," stated Beomgyu as he turned to Youngtaek, glaring at him. "Can I go with you? Please?" Whined Youngtaek. "I've never travelled to that side of Russia before," he added.

"Were you [i that] sheltered fox?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked exasperated. "Seongyoon never went that way, he just stayed in St Petersburg because Gunil was always going that way, or we had other people," replied Youngtaek.

"Well, I [i was] going to run there, but you decided to ruin that plan," grumbled Beomgyu. "Looks like we're going by train," he hummed. Youngtaek sputtered. "I don't mind running," he managed to say, though he looked hopeful about going by train.

"Forget it fox, you won't be able to keep up with me," remarked Beomgyu as he shook his head. "We're going by train," he added. Youngtaek almost cheered, grinning at Beomgyu before running off. "I'll meet you at the train station," he called as he disappeared from view.

Beomgyu was left to sigh before turning and going to hunt to make sure he'd be able to last the entire trip to Vladivostok since it was close to where they needed to start.

[center ~]

After hunting Beomgyu used his connections through Seungmin to secure them in the best first class seats possible, in terms of heading out that far east anyway. They met at the train station a few hours later and Youngtaek had a huge bag of food with him, knowing that it was a long journey and it would be annoying to constantly ask for food.

"Jesus, are you feeding an army?" Asked Beomgyu as he tried to not look amused by the amount of food. "I don't want to ruin your bank account with how much I actually eat," commented Youngtaek as he shrugged.

"Who says I'm paying for all the food?" Asked Beomgyu. "Uh," hummed Youngtaek. "I got us the train tickets, you're paying for the meals," explained Beomgyu. "At least pay for one meal or so?" Asked Youngtaek. "Fine," grumbled Beomgyu. "But you better not eat all that food within the first day," he added. Youngtaek nodded eagerly.

[center ~]

Getting on the train was easy enough, getting to their room was easy enough. Having a hyper fox who was excited for a train ride was a bit harder. It took everything for Youngtaek to sit still, and even then he stared out the window with his hands in his lap as he fidgeted, staring in fascination as the train started to move. Beomgyu tried to not look amused as he threw Youngtaek's bag into the overhead part above the door before sitting down on the other seat.

"Did you say there was a hot water thing here?" Asked Youngtaek as he turned to Beomgyu. "Yeah, the train person pointed it out to me when we got on the train," replied Beomgyu as he nodded. "Sweet," hummed Youngtaek. "I brought lots of soup packets, I didn't know if they had hot water or not," he added, shrugging.

It was going to be a [i long] journey, for Beomgyu at least. Youngtaek was able to keep himself entertained at least, but Beomgyu didn't have much to do except read a book and listen to Youngtaek rambling about the scenery passing by.
AkiraSanogame     132d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 5]

The train ride to Vladivostok was honestly [i boring] for Beomgyu, as he couldn't sleep therefore he just laid in his seat for most of the trip staring up at the ceiling in thought while Youngtaek alternated between sleeping, staring out at the scenery and eating.

A 3-4 day trip running took about 7 days for them, but it allowed Beomgyu to relax and not be on the move for once. That was something he hadn't been able to do in years.

"We finally made it?" Asked Youngtaek as the train entered the city. "Yep," answered Beomgyu. "Welcome to Vladivostok," he added. "This is the beginning of our journey, we just head north along the coast from here," he stated.

"When do we leave?" Asked Youngtaek. "We'll set up in the city first, let me hunt and let you get situated before we spend the next however many months up and down the coast," came the reply from Beomgyu as the train came to a stop.

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After getting situated in the city Youngtaek was left to wander around while Beomgyu went hunting and find a place to hide Youngtaek's bag. A hotel would be nice, however an apartment would be even better for their situation. Maybe Jiseok was still around this area, Beomgyu would have to find out.

The only problem was, was that Jiseok could be in China and Beomgyu wasn't sure if he would be able to cross over to get information about the area. He would've went into North Korea to see Baekjin but Baekjin wasn't anywhere near the northern border of North Korea, last he checked anyway.

As if his prayers were answered Jiseok met Beomgyu by coincidence, bumping into each other at a random park in the middle of the city. "Kid," greeted Jiseok as he recognized Beomgyu, hiding a smile behind a smirk. "Captain," came the reply back from Beomgyu as he let a rare smile appear as the corners of his lips went upwards.

"What brings you out this way?" Asked Jiseok. "We switched places with Yuri," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged, leaning against the low lying wall behind him. "We?" Asked Jiseok as he raised an eyebrow. "Seongyoon's pet decided to come along," responded Beomgyu as he shrugged. "Huh," hummed Jiseok.

"I guess the bag you have contains the fox's stuff," remarked Jiseok. "Yep, we're going to need a place to stash it, you still got the apartment over here?" Asked Beomgyu. "I do," hummed Jiseok. "I'll be leaving for China within the next couple days anyway, I'm waiting on Jooyeon to show up," he added.

"Where'd he go?" Asked Beomgyu. "He was in North Korea for a bit, but I don't know where he went after meeting up with Baekjin," Jiseok answered with a shrug. "Ah," hummed Beomgyu.

"You know where the keys are," stated Jiseok as he and Beomgyu walked around for a bit before Beomgyu had to try and find Youngtaek. "I do," hummed Beomgyu as he nodded. "Good, then I shall leave you to it," Jiseok responded as he nodded, turning and heading the other direction.

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After finding Youngtaek at a food stand eating something Beomgyu couldn't quite see due to it being wrapped in paper they headed off after Youngtaek paid for his food. "Where are we going now?" Asked Youngtaek. "I ran into Jiseok," responded Beomgyu. "He still has his apartment here, so we're going to get situated there before beginning our adventures," he added.

"I get to sleep in a bed for once?" Asked Youngtaek. Beomgyu nodded. "Yep," he responded, shrugging. "I never slept in a bed before," mumbled Youngtaek. "Really?" Asked Beomgyu as he hid a look of surprise. "I got a dog bed at best," answered Youngtaek. "Oi," growled Beomgyu. "It seems like I need to have a chat with Seongyoon when we head back," he growled. "I'm used to it, it's fine," grumbled Youngtaek.

"Kit," stated Beomgyu as he glared at something ahead of them. "[i No one] deserves to sleep on a dog bed," he growled. "No matter who you are," he added.

"Did you sleep in a bed?" Asked Youngtaek. "I slept in a cot when I was in military school," came the reply as Beomgyu stopped in front of an apartment building. "But when I was home I did have a bed," he added. Youngtaek hummed in response.

After heading into the apartment building up to the last floor and getting the hidden key Beomgyu went to unlock and open the door, letting Youngtaek enter the studio apartment first so he could look around.

"This place is tiny," remarked Youngtaek as he looked around. "Well, we don't really need much," responded Beomgyu as he set the bag down next to the door as he turned on the lights, closing the door and making sure to lock it before turning around at the sound of Youngtaek flopping down on the bed with a content sigh.

"Having fun?" Asked Beomgyu. "Mhm," hummed Youngtaek as he curled up into a ball on the bed. "Get some sleep then," Beomgyu stated, sighing as he went to the bathroom to take a shower. "We leave tomorrow," he called from the bathroom.

Youngtaek grumbled, though he turned over onto his back as he stretched out on the bed. He listened to the shower turn on before getting up and going to the kitchen to see if there was any food. "I should've expected no food," he muttered, sighing in exasperation before going to flop down on the bed to wait for Beomgyu to come out of the shower before taking his turn.

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Beomgyu didn't even take that long in the shower, but when he came out after getting dressed Youngtaek was fast asleep, softly mumbling in his sleep as he had an arm covering his eyes. Beomgyu was tempted to wake him up but decided against it, going to lay down on the couch after fishing out the zippo lighter from the bag and gripping it in his left hand as he lay his arm across his stomach. He decided to close his eyes and zone out, ignoring the world around him for a few hours.

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[i Beomgyu watched Soobin and Taehyun playfully argue about where to go next, the same zippo lighter in his hand as he flipped open the cap before closing it, repeating the process out of boredom more than anything.

"You're always fidgeting with that thing," stated Soobin as he walked over after they decided on where to go. "What's the story behind that lighter anyway?" He asked. "Ah, this thing?" Asked Beomgyu as he held up the lighter, flipping the cap closed before flipping it between his fingers and putting it back in his pants pocket.

"It was Kai's wasn't it?" Asked Taehyun as he walked over. "No, actually," answered Beomgyu as he shrugged. "It's Yeonjun's," he added after thinking it over.

"You were friends in the army?" Asked Soobin as he looked confused. "Sort of?" Asked Beomgyu. "We sort of bonded, since he had you and I had Kai," he added. "He gave it to me as a parting gift, after being discharged from the army anyway," he hummed. "I was going to give it back to him, to give it to Kai to have something to remember me by," he explained. "Ah," hummed Taehyun.]

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Movement caused Beomgyu to open his eyes, zoning back in as he turned his head to see Youngtaek getting up and walk over to his bag to grab some clothes before walking into the bathroom to shower. He looked down at his left hand where the lighter was still clutched tightly in before he moved that arm to put the lighter into his pocket and sit up. He moved to where he was leaning against the back of the couch, a strange sense of deja vu coursing through his body as he took in his surroundings.

"Ah," hummed Beomgyu as he realized what he was looking at. "Gunil's house," he grumbled, a dry chuckle escaping him as he got up, stretching as he felt the locket move slightly. He raised his arm, gently touching the small leather cord around his neck that held the locket, letting out a soft breath as he fell back against the couch. His arm sort of fell against the couch cushion as he fought down a whimper that threatened to escape him, biting down on his lip hard before he took a deep breath to try and calm himself down.

It was what Youngtaek had come out of the bathroom after getting dressed to, looking surprised at the state Beomgyu was in. "Kid?" He asked. "Hm?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked up at Youngtaek, not really focusing on him. "Are you okay?" Asked Youngtaek. Beomgyu nodded, not trusting his voice at the moment.

"...Do you want to talk about it?" Asked Youngtaek as he sat down at the edge of the bed, looking at Beomgyu. Beomgyu shook his head no. "I'm here if you need someone to talk to," assured Youngtaek as he observed Beomgyu. "I know," breathed Beomgyu as he closed his eyes. "Just- give me a few minutes okay?" He asked, his voice soft and barely audible as he tried to bring in his emotions. "Sure kid," Youngtaek replied with a soft sigh, moving to lay down on the bed with his legs hanging off the end.
AkiraSanogame     132d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 6]

Beomgyu was acting weird, and Youngtaek didn't know what to do about the situation. He knew better than to pry about the weird behavior, but it didn't mean he wasn't worried about Beomgyu.

"Kid," stated Youngtaek as he stood in front of Beomgyu who was still sitting on the couch. "You okay?" He asked. Beomgyu nodded, looking down at his lap with a soft sigh.

"Are you sure you're okay? You haven't hunted since we arrived here," remarked Youngtaek. "I'll hunt when I need to," mumbled Beomgyu.

"Kid," sighed Youngtaek. "Get up," he demanded, grabbing Beomgyu by the arm and pulling him to stand up. "Go hunt, you need to hunt," he added. "Fine," grumbled Beomgyu as he went to put on his shoes, soon leaving the apartment and closing the door behind him.

Youngtaek watched him go, listening as Beomgyu's footsteps faded away before going to lock the door, moving to sit down on the couch with a sigh.

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Beomgyu couldn't bring himself to hunt, walking around instead as he fidgeted with the lighter in his pocket.

A small part of him wanted nothing more than to leave the city all together and leave Youngtaek but another part of him needed to stay for the sake of convenience, as even [i he] didn't want to leave to head back this soon.

His thirst wasn't even flaring up like it usually did, so Beomgyu just walked around in a daze, reminiscing about old memories and times when things were honestly better for him. He continued to wander around, getting lost in his thoughts as he walked around the city.

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"Was I too demanding?" Grumbled Youngtaek as he paced around the livingroom. "I should've just went with him," he sighed out as he went to put his shoes on before heading out the door after grabbing his wallet. He made sure the door was locked with the spare key he had found in one of the drawers by the bed before leaving the apartment after pocketing the key to find Beomgyu and possibly some food.

As he wandered around, following Beomgyu's scent Youngtaek picked up on another, more familiar scent as he looked around in confusion. It was another fox 'shifter, and Youngtaek recognized it, as the scent belonged to Bomin. He looked around before spotting a familiar face.

"Bomin!" Called Youngtaek as he ran over to Bomin. Bomin turned around, blinking in surprise at Youngtaek. "What are you doing here?" Asked Bomin. "I should ask you the same thing," retorted Youngtaek as a grin appeared on his face. "It's been a long time," he added.

"I'm guessing you're not with Seongyoon anymore?" Asked Bomin as he walked with Youngtaek. "No," hummed Youngtaek. "I stopped being with him after leaving with Jangjun," he added. "I'm with someone else though, since I stopped being with Jangjun later," he said, sighing a bit.

"There you are," came a voice as Beomgyu walked over with Daeyeol. "Did you finally hunt?" Asked Youngtaek as he turned to Beomgyu. "I did," came the reply as Beomgyu shrugged. "Good," Youngtaek said with a relieved sigh.

That earned a raised eyebrow from both Bomin and Daeyeol, something that both Beomgyu and Youngtaek ignored as they stared at each other for a few seconds before Youngtaek broke the gaze first.

"Why don't you go get something to eat," Daeyeol said to Bomin who shrugged. "I was going to, when I ran into this one," replied Bomin as he nodded to Youngtaek. "Oi, I have a name," growled Youngtaek. "You coming to get food or not?" Asked Bomin as he turned to Youngtaek. "I can go with you?" Asked Youngtaek as he perked up, looking at Bomin before turning to Beomgyu. Bomin looked at Beomgyu who shrugged.

"Go with them," said Beomgyu as he nodded to Youngtaek. "Sweet!" Shouted Youngtaek as he jumped at the opportunity, taking Bomin by the arm and dragging him down the street, going the opposite direction. Daeyeol and Beomgyu shook their heads in amusement before walking a different direction.

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"What's up with you and Beomgyu anyway?" Asked Bomin as he and Youngtaek got food at a food stand and sat nearby to eat it. "What do you mean?" Asked Youngtaek. "I've never seen you so [i concerned] for someone, even someone like him," commented Bomin.

"What's wrong with that?" Asked Youngtaek. "Nothing," answered Bomin. "You've never had to deal with someone like him is all," he added. "What is that supposed to mean?" Asked Youngtaek. "You'll find out I'm sure," stated Bomin as he shrugged, finishing his food and going to pay for it before throwing it away. Youngtaek blinked at Bomin as he walked off, quickly finishing his food as he got up and went to pay for it. He threw away the wrapper before rushing to catch up with Bomin, soon walking beside him.

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"Why did you lie to him?" Asked Daeyeol as he and Beomgyu walked around the city. "He's been worried," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged. "I wasn't feeling thirsty anyway, so it's fine," he added. "Hm," hummed Daeyeol.

"Did you hunt yet?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned to Daeyeol. "I hunted before I entered the city, I'm fine," replied Daeyeol as he shrugged. "Alright," said Beomgyu as he nodded.

"Why is he so concerned over you anyway?" Asked Daeyeol. "I honestly don't know," Beomgyu replied, honestly. "If I knew then I'd tell you but I really don't," he added. "Why do you ask?" He asked. "He's never done that for anyone before, even when he was with Seongyoon, and Jangjun for that matter," hummed Daeyeol. "Odd," commented Beomgyu as he looked thoughtful.

"Are you sure you don't need to hunt?" Asked Daeyeol. "I'll hunt when I need to," came the reply as Beomgyu nodded. "Don't worry about it," he added.

Before they met up with Youngtaek and Bomin Beomgyu did decide to hunt, as his thirst was catching up to him. Daeyeol helped him dispose of the body before they headed back to Jiseok's apartment just in time to run into Bomin and Youngtaek as they stopped in front of the apartment building.

"We'll leave you two be then," said Daeyeol as Bomin went to stand with Daeyeol while Beomgyu went to stand with Youngtaek. "Come by Moscow sometime, it's where we're at now," he added. "Sure, we will after these rounds of patrols," replied Beomgyu as he nodded. "I wouldn't mind either," agreed Youngtaek. "I need to go to other places other than St Petersburg," he added. Daeyeol nodded before leaving with Bomin.

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[i Beomgyu stared at Taehyun who was glaring right back at him. "Do you not feel] any [i remorse for what you just did?!" Shouted Taehyun. "Did the army change you that much?" He asked, quieter this time as he resisted the urge to rip Beomgyu to ashes.

"I regret it every day," Beomgyu muttered softly as he broke his gaze with Taehyun to stare at his feet. "I'm sorry, for putting this burden on you," he whispered. "You-" started Taehyun as Beomgyu turned and sprinted off, soon disappearing from view.]

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Beomgyu stared at the locket as he held it up to his face while lying down on the couch, huffing out a soft sigh as he let it drop to his chest. Youngtaek was currently fast asleep on the bed, snoring softly as he was curled up in a ball. Beomgyu turned and faced the back of the couch, closing his eyes and zoning out.

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[i Soobin was more harsh on him than Taehyun was, but he didn't just shout at Beomgyu. That wasn't even something he was capable of, according to Taehyun. The normally composed Soobin had outright punched Beomgyu in the face after what he had done. "After everything, instead of being happy for Kai you killed him?" He asked, his voice full of anger and sadness.

"It was a stupid reaction I know," grumbled Beomgyu as he rubbed his cheek. "All that anger just built up and I-," he started before Soobin punched him again sending him into the tree behind him. "Just go," growled Soobin. "I don't want to hear your excuses, so just leave," he spat. Beomgyu sighed, nodding as he pushed away from the tree with some effort before he turned and sprinted off, knowing that Soobin telling him to leave was the last straw.]

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"Kid," Youngtaek said softly, shaking Beomgyu as he had woken up to Beomgyu whimpering in his zone out mode. "Come on, zone back in," he muttered, moving away when Beomgyu jolted, coming back to the world as he sat up.

"I- sorry," Beomgyu mumbled softly as he looked up at Youngtaek who eyed him with concern. "You okay kid?" Asked Youngtaek. "Can you stop calling me kid?" Grumbled Beomgyu, earning a soft chuckle from Youngtaek. "Only if you stop calling me fox," retorted Youngtaek, his expression softening at the laugh that escaped Beomgyu. "Sure fox, sure," replied Beomgyu as he looked away from Youngtaek. Youngtaek snorts, turning and walking back to the bed and sat down on it.
AkiraSanogame     132d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 7]

Youngtaek found out some interesting things as he spent time with Beomgyu. He was slowly figuring out who the real Beomgyu was, as even Youngtaek could tell that this mask of sorts Beomgyu wore was just that. A mask.

The most interesting thing that Youngtaek had found out was Beomgyu's nickname that most people called him. Beomgyu hated the nickname, but Youngtaek wasn't calling him kid anymore, which Beomgyu was fine with.

"Why do you hate it when people call you Gyu?" Asked Youngtaek as he and Beomgyu were taking a stroll along the coast. "It was a nickname my brother gave me," came the reply as Beomgyu looked out at the water.

"You'd rather not be reminded of it huh?" Asked Youngtaek. Beomgyu nodded, sighing a bit. "I'll let you call me Gyu, as long as you stop calling me kid," he mumbled, looking back at Youngtaek.

"Sure Gyu," Youngtaek said, nodding as he grinned at Beomgyu. "Just don't call me fox anymore," he added. "That's going to be a hard habit to break," Beomgyu commented with a scoff, turning back to look at the water.

"Whatever makes you happy kid," Youngtaek said with a smirk as Beomgyu turned and scowled at him. "Stop calling me kid damn it," grumbled Beomgyu. "Stop calling me fox then," retorted Youngtaek.

"You're just a fox, and I'm not a kid," explained Beomgyu. "That doesn't make me a [i fox]," growled Youngtaek. "I'm a 'shifter that changes into a fox, there's a difference," he added.

"Whatever you say fox," Beomgyu said with a smirk before he continued walking down the coast. Youngtaek let out an exasperated sigh before following after Beomgyu.

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Months of patrolling passed, and Youngtaek was able to get to know Beomgyu throughout this time. Beomgyu refused to talk about his brother though, and Youngtaek didn't pry on the matter. As much as he wanted to, Youngtaek respected Beomgyu's personal life.

They built a shaky friendship around respecting each other's privacy and that was enough for the both of them. Youngtaek was more than happy to keep his secrets, as he knew that he could share them with Beomgyu without Beomgyu judging him for it. He also knew that Beomgyu would share with him some of his secrets, eventually.

"We'll be heading back soon," announced Beomgyu as he walked into the apartment. "It's time to go already?" Asked Youngtaek as he looked up at Beomgyu from his spot on the bed. "Yeah," came the reply as Beomgyu sat down on the couch. "Are we taking the train again?" Asked Youngtaek. "Straight to Moscow," confirmed Beomgyu as he nodded.

"Sweet," cheered Youngtaek. "I'll go get the food ready, you hunt, and I'll meet you at the station," he said, getting to his feet. "Sure fox," Beomgyu said with a small chuckle, earning a scowl from Youngtaek. "Let's clean up first," he added. Youngtaek nodded and rushed to clean up with Beomgyu helping and leaving as soon as he was done, trusting that Youngtaek could get the pack ready and meet him at the train station.

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Beomgyu finished hunting and was heading back to the train station when someone called his name. "Hey Gyu!" Shouted a voice somewhere behind Beomgyu. Beomgyu turned around to see a familiar face, the corners of his lips going up in a grin as he recognized who it was. "Jangjun!" He greeted as Jangjun walked over with Keonhee.

"What brings you here?" Asked Beomgyu. "I'm taking your spot," replied Jangjun as he shrugged, coming to a stop in front of Beomgyu. Keonhee stopped beside him, sitting down and watching Beomgyu with a tilt of his head.

"Youngtaek is going to miss you coming to take our place," hummed Beomgyu. "Youngtaek is with you now?" Asked Jangjun. "For a bit," responded Beomgyu as he nodded. "Good to know he is with someone now," hummed Jangjun. "Someone like him can't be without someone to follow," he added.

"Like how Keonhee is with you?" Asked Beomgyu as he bent down in front of Keonhee and pet him on the head. "I don't even know if he can return to human form at this point," hummed Jangjun as he looked down at Keonhee. "He's a good companion, but it's been a few months since he was last in human form," he added. "Huh," hummed Beomgyu.

"Jangjun!" Called another voice as Youngtaek ran over, grinning as he came to a stop in front of Jangjun. "Hey Youngtaek," greeted Jangjun as he nodded at Youngtaek. "I guess you're taking our spot," remarked Youngtaek. "Yep," hummed Jangjun.

"We should get going then," said Beomgyu as he got up, nodding to Jangjun. "Have fun," he added. "You too," replied Jangjun as Beomgyu and Youngtaek headed into the train station.

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Beomgyu didn't end up in Moscow, as he wanted to stop by the fort to see how things were. He knew he swore he wouldn't come back, but Soobin had asked for him and Beomgyu wondered what it was for. Youngtaek was with him like usual, but that was expected now. Beomgyu was fine with his presence, and vice versa.

"This is where you grew up?" Asked Youngtaek as they stood on the outskirts of town. "Yeah, but I'm originally from St Petersburg," hummed Beomgyu as he looked around before running around towards the fort. Youngtaek rushed after him, thankful for the speed that the chip gave him for once.

When they reached the fort Soobin was kneeling at the fire pit, lighting a piece of bark with a match and throwing it into the pile and moving away as it lit up. "You managed to get away from him again huh?" Asked Beomgyu as he walked over, coming to a stop across the fire pit from Soobin with Youngtaek standing beside him as he came to a stop. "Oh no, Taehyun's here," responded Soobin as he looked up at Beomgyu. Beomgyu raised an eyebrow, turning when he heard footsteps.

"I didn't think you'd actually show up," remarked Taehyun as he walked over, going to stand beside Soobin. Youngtaek eyed Taehyun before looking at Beomgyu who tensed at his presence. "Taehyun," greeted Beomgyu. "Gyu," greeted Taehyun.

"So what'd you ask for my presence for?" Asked Beomgyu. "You were wondering where Yeonjun ended up at, and he's still in the country," replied Soobin. "He's somewhere near the Sea of Japan, Vladivostok I think," he added. "We were just over there," remarked Beomgyu. "I guess we didn't see him because we were up and down the coast over there," he added.

"But that isn't the only thing you needed me here for," stated Beomgyu as he looked at Soobin. "No," hummed Soobin as he reached into his pocket and brought out a small photo before handing it to Beomgyu who looked at the picture, his breath getting caught in his throat as he recognized the picture.

"I figured you'd want this one," explained Soobin as Beomgyu put the picture in his pocket. "Thanks," mumbled Beomgyu as he tried not to sound emotional. Soobin nodded. "Junhan took that picture," he explained. "I know, I was there for it," muttered Beomgyu.

"So where are you headed to next?" Asked Taehyun as everyone now sat down around the fire. "Back to Moscow for a bit before I decide on whether I should leave the country for a bit or not," hummed Beomgyu. "Apparently I'm needed to talk to some people over in Canada so," he added, shrugging.

"I wonder who could be asking for you over there?" Asked Soobin. "I don't know, but I'm needed," hummed Beomgyu.

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After leaving the two friends to whatever they needed to do Beomgyu and Youngtaek left, heading back to Moscow with Youngtaek in his fox form running along side him. When they reached Moscow Beomgyu left Youngtaek to change and get dressed while Beomgyu went to find a clear case for his phone.

"Are we going straight to Canada from here or are we stopping somewhere?" Asked Youngtaek after he found Beomgyu wandering around Moscow. "We're heading to Berlin first," replied Beomgyu as he turned to Youngtaek. "Oh, cool," hummed Youngtaek.

"Also, what was on that picture?" Asked Youngtaek as he walked with Beomgyu. "It's a group picture," hummed Beomgyu as he took out his phone, turning it over to show the picture. "It's one of the few pictures we had of Gunil," he added.

"Is that Kai?" Asked Youngtaek as he pointed to the one person sitting down in the middle of the group. "Yeah, and I'm behind him," replied Beomgyu as he nodded. "Taehyun and Soobin look so much happier here," remarked Youngtaek as he noticed Taehyun and Soobin standing to the right of Beomgyu, along with someone Youngtaek didn't recognize. "Who's that beside Soobin?" He asked. "That's Yeonjun," replied Beomgyu. "Ah," hummed Youngtaek.

"And then we have Gunil and Jiseok," pointed out Beomgyu as he pointed to the two standing on the left side of Beomgyu. "I see that," hummed Youngtaek. "What was the occasion?" He asked. "I think it was just before Gunil started training Yunho," hummed Beomgyu. "All of us had gone to visit Kai, and Junhan happened to be in town that day so we managed to get a group photo," he explained. "Huh," hummed Youngtaek.

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Beomgyu couldn't leave Moscow without visiting Daeyeol and Bomin, at Youngtaek's insistence anyway. Beomgyu needed to hunt, so Daeyeol accompanied him while Bomin and Youngtaek walked around for a while.

"You staying for a few days?" Asked Bomin as he and Youngtaek stopped at a food stand to eat. "Probably," hummed Youngtaek. "I don't know if Beomgyu wants me to go with him, but it seems like he'll let me," he added. "My papers are in my bag at least," he hummed.

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"You taking the fox with you?" Asked Daeyeol after he helped Beomgyu dispose of the body. "I am, yeah," replied Beomgyu as he nodded. "He's been out of Europe at least right?" He asked. "No," Daeyeol responded with a sigh. "This will be his first trip outside of Europe," he added. "Well, this will be interesting," hummed Beomgyu as he walked with Daeyeol. "He really is a sheltered fox," he added. "Really," Daeyeol remarked with a scoff. "But you're helping him learn of the world outside of Russia," he added. "Hm," hummed Beomgyu.
AkiraSanogame     132d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 8]

After getting his papers from Berlin Beomgyu and Youngtaek got on a plane headed to Toronto. Business class it was, and Youngtaek was excited for it. He had never been on a plane before, let alone business class.

Beomgyu was more than willing to share his meals with Youngtaek, knowing how much 'shifters could eat, and Youngtaek gladly took the food.

Youngtaek was ecstatic about how cool business class was. Beomgyu remembered the feeling of his first business class trip, and didn't bother to try and calm the hyper fox down. He just let Youngtaek be excited, knowing that Youngtaek could be calm when needed.

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Landing in Toronto brought new curiosities within Youngtaek as he and Beomgyu left the terminal after landing and going to the entrance after making sure they had everything.

"Where are we heading to?" Asked Youngtaek as Beomgyu hailed a cab and got in with Youngtaek getting in on the other side. "We're headed to a Starbucks," responded Beomgyu as he handed the address to the cab driver, settling into his seat afterwards.

"Why there?" Asked Youngtaek as he watched the scenery go by. "So you can relax a bit and I can get to hunting," hummed Beomgyu.

"Ah, right, I forget you need to hunt sometimes," mumbled Youngtaek. "How could you forget something like [i that] of all things?" Asked Beomgyu as he shook his head in exasperation. "I forget okay?" Asked Youngtaek.

After getting dropped off at the Starbucks Youngtaek headed in while Beomgyu went off to hunt, leaving the city since he had to hunt animals.

Youngtaek ended up getting a Frappuccino, sitting down in a chair near the windows after he got his drink. He looked out the window in thought, humming to himself.

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Beomgyu stood in the forest as Chani stood in front of him, staring him down. "You're early," commented Chani as he tilted his head to the side. "We took the first flight here from Berlin," Beomgyu replied, speaking in Russian accented English.

"We?" Asked Chani as he raised an eyebrow. "I brought along a fox 'shifter who's never been out of the country, let alone Europe," hummed Beomgyu as he shrugged. "I see," muttered Chani. "Let's go hunt then," he added after a minute of contemplation, turning and sprinting off to hunt. Beomgyu soon sprinted after him, the both of them finding a herd of deer to go after.

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When they returned to Toronto, and the Starbucks that Chani owned, Youngtaek was sitting there tapping his foot as he looked bored out of his mind. "You could've come with me you know," remarked Beomgyu as he sat down in front of Youngtaek. "I didn't want to disturb your hunt," explained Youngtaek as he shrugged.

"Well, you would've been able to get some sleep," remarked Chani as he shrugged, walking over and sitting down between Beomgyu and Youngtaek. "Ah, I really didn't want to bother," replied Youngtaek, speaking English with a Norwegian accent.

"You're from Norway?" Asked Chani. "Yeah, born and raised," replied Youngtaek. "I went to Russia after a few years though, and I've been there ever since," he added. "Interesting," hummed Chani.

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"So what did you need me here for?" Asked Beomgyu as he and Chani sat down on the front porch swing of Chani's house. "Ah, Junhan stopped by," explained Chani. "Oh?" Asked Beomgyu.

"He was here to drop off Gunil's rifle," explained Chani. "Giving it to Yunho?" Asked Beomgyu. Chani nodded. "He also dropped off a letter," he added. "Really?" Asked Beomgyu. "It's from someone named Kai? That's what he explained anyway," explained Chani as he handed over an envelope. Beomgyu gently took the envelope, looking at it with apprehension as he let out a soft sigh.

"I guess he forgot to give it to you," hummed Chani. "No, there was a reason for this letter," muttered Beomgyu. "I'll leave you to it then," said Chani as he got up, heading back into the house.

Beomgyu looked at the familiar messy handwriting that belonged to his brother before turning the envelope over and gently tearing it open, taking out a piece of folded paper and unfolding it, reading the contents within.

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[i Gyu,

If you're reading this I'm probably dead. Or it's been years since we've last seen each other and I had Junhan pass on this letter.

Or Junhan forgot to give you this letter and handed it over to someone who would be able to give it to you. I don't know. Your world is complicated.

I wanted to tell you that I've always forgiven you for what you did. I was the perfect child, the favorite. But we know that you were the favorite. Our parents tried to protect you, you see. They knew of what you were doing to me. But I guess you never knew that. You ended up in the army anyway.

I guess you never realized that huh? Military school was supposed to turn you away from the army. You ended up joining anyway. It's okay. You came back better than before at least. You're able to control that temper more.]

"I don't think so," grumbled Beomgyu as he sighed. "I couldn't control my temper enough to keep from killing you," he muttered, shaking his head as he continued reading.

[i But what I really admire is what you've done to change yourself after the accident. I may have faked being with the mindset of a child's but you were putting in the effort to change. Soobin was a good influence on you. So was Jiseok.

I forgive you okay? Don't beat yourself up over my passing, or what you've had to go through since we've last seen each other. You're still family to me. I don't care what others think.

Your brother,

Kai]

Beomgyu was tempted to tear up the letter, but he folded it back up and put it back in the envelope instead. He took out the zippo lighter from his pants pocket, opening it and striking the lighter section. He watched as a flame appeared and decided to light the envelope on fire, erasing what was probably the last thing he had of Kai's. He let the burning envelope fly from his finger tips thanks to a small breeze before putting the lighter back in his pocket after closing the lid.

"You okay Gyu?" Asked Youngtaek as he left the house, closing the door before sitting on the porch swing beside Beomgyu. "I don't know honestly," hummed Beomgyu as he stared out at the forest in front of him.

"Well, I'm here," said Youngtaek as he looked at Beomgyu before turning to look at the forest in front of him. "I know, I know," whispered Beomgyu as he closed his eyes, leaning his head back as he faced the ceiling.
AkiraSanogame     132d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 9]

"Can you tell me about your brother?" Asked Youngtaek. "What was he like? Who he was to you, all that," he added as Beomgyu turned to him.

"Why do you want to know?" Beomgyu asked, his head tilting to the side. "He just seemed like a cool person," explained Youngtaek. "You seemed to speak highly of him anyway," he added.

"Kai was one of the best brothers I have come to care for," mumbled Beomgyu as he thought it over. "I wouldn't've traded him for the world," he added.

"What happened to him, if you don't mind me asking?" Asked Youngtaek. "Well," hummed Beomgyu as he tried to think of an answer.

"Before we get into that, I have to explain to you that I was young and stupid,"  explained Beomgyu as he let out a deep breath. "Okay," replied Youngtaek.

"I wasn't the best brother growing up," started Beomgyu as he looked up at the porch ceiling above them. "I used to beat my brother a lot, dealing with neglect because our parents favored him over me," he explained. "Before you judge me for it, I've always had anger issues," he added. "Being neglected didn't help whatsoever, so I had to take my anger out on [i someone]," he explained.

"Who did you do it to first?" Asked Youngtaek. "Taehyun," replied Beomgyu. "He fought back though, and earned my respect," he added. "Then I targeted Soobin," he explained. "It wasn't until Taehyun stepped up for him that I started going after Kai," he muttered.

"Behind closed doors I'd take out my frustrations on Kai, but I didn't beat him nearly as bad as some of the others," Beomgyu hummed as he shifted in his seat. "Deep down I think I still cared for him back then, because he was my brother," he explained.

"Something happened to make you change," stated Youngtaek. "Yes," said Beomgyu. "One day while we were at school it came to an end when I cornered him in the stairwell around the upper floors of the school," he explained.

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[i "Why don't you understand that I'm doing this to you for a reason?!" Shouted Beomgyu as he shoved Kai against the wall.

"You've always been the favorite, the baby," he almost snarled out as Kai just stared at him with those damn eyes. "You're such an] idiot[i ," he growled, grabbing Kai by the shirt and lifting him up before slamming him into the wall again.

"I- it's okay," said Kai. "You can take out your frustrations on me," he mumbled, wincing as Beomgyu punched the wall beside his head.

"I'm only frustrated because you won't] fight back[i ," snarled Beomgyu as he pulled Kai away from the wall before throwing him against it again.

Kai stumbled, tripping over his own feet as he fell, grabbing onto the railing as he went tumbling down the stairs, his head hitting each step it seemed before he hit the wall at the next landing.

Beomgyu stood there stunned as he realized he had gone too far this time. "No...no...no!" He screamed as he hopped down the stairs to the next landing, almost slamming into the wall beside Kai as he landed.

"Kai, stay with me kid, please!" He shouted, grabbing onto his brother's shirt as he slightly shook him. "Come on, come on!" He screamed as teachers entered the stairwell when they heard the screaming.]

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"Damn," was all Youngtaek could say as he took in what he was told.

"Kai ended up with a pretty bad brain injury that left his mind that of a child's," explained Beomgyu as he took a deep breath. "I didn't get to see him grow up, but I came back after graduating from military school to tell him that I was joining the army," he added.

"And then everything happened with you and the others huh?" Asked Youngtaek. Beomgyu nodded, looking down at his lap. "I still wonder why Jiseok chose me out of all people, hell I think Yeonjun would've been a better choice after what happened," he hummed.

"So what happened to Kai afterwards?" Asked Youngtaek. "Nothing," answered Beomgyu as he shrugged. "Nothing really happened, I had Junhan keep an eye on him while he was keeping an eye on Yeonjun at Soobin's request," he added.

"We went to visit him sometime later and that's when I learned the truth," started Beomgyu as he looked thoughtful.

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[i "Gyu," said Kai as he sat beside his brother. "What's wrong Kai?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned to look at Kai. "I-I have to tell you something," mumbled Kai as he looked down at his lap. "What's up?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked concerned.

"I-I've been feeling better since... Since you graduated," mumbled Kai as he flinched at the sudden intake of breath from Beomgyu. "You- You changed for the better, and- I was- I was afraid you'd go back to your old ways," he quickly tried to explain as Beomgyu took in this information.

"You've been normal this whole time?" Asked Beomgyu. "Well, ever since you came to tell me you were going into the army," mumbled Kai. "You- You changed for the better, I-," he started as Beomgyu moved away from Kai, getting up and walking away from him.

"Do you realize the] hell [i you put me through?!" Shouted Beomgyu as he turned to Kai, his eyes pitch black in fury as his vampire side came forward. Kai flinched, mumbling out apologies. "Sorry isn't going to cut it Kai," snarled Beomgyu as he rushed forward, grabbing Kai by the neck and lifting him up. "Sorry isn't going to take away] years [i of me beating myself up for what happened, nor is it going to take away what happened in the past," he snarled out as he rushed forward with Kai and slammed him into a tree with a frustrated growl. Kai tried to grip onto his arm, trying to get Beomgyu to let go as he struggled to breathe.]

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"What happened after that?" Asked Youngtaek as Beomgyu stopped speaking, taking a shaky breath as he tried to explain what happened. "I don't remember," mumbled Beomgyu. "I lost my memory from there since I blacked out from the rage, but I remember coming back to Kai going limp in my arms after I completely drained him," he explained, clenching his hands into fists. "It was an [i accident]," he muttered. "But I killed him... I should've just let him live," he whispered, a sob escaping him as he remembered the event.

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[i "K-Kai?" Asked Beomgyu as he dropped Kai's lifeless body to the ground. What had he done? He couldn't remember what happened. "What the hell?" He whispered, quickly going to shake his brother. "Kai?!" He shouted, listening as footsteps came up behind him.

"What the hell did you] do[i ?!" Shouted Taehyun as he grabbed Beomgyu and yanked him away from Kai's body. "I-I don't remember," whispered Beomgyu as he looked down at his bloody hands. "I-," he started as Soobin ran over to check on Kai, shaking his head at Taehyun. "You killed him?" Asked Taehyun as he turned his attention to Beomgyu.

"It was an accident-," Beomgyu tried to explain before being slammed into a tree by Taehyun. "You killed your own] brother[i ?!" Shouted Taehyun.]

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"They kicked me out after that, I didn't argue with them," mumbled Beomgyu as he sniffled, refusing to look at Youngtaek. "It was an accident," Youngtaek said gently. "You didn't know how you'd react to what you've been told," he added.

"They didn't think so though," grumbled Beomgyu. "They were shocked at what happened," muttered Youngtaek. "They didn't know how else to react to it," he added.
AkiraSanogame     123d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 10]

"Well, now that you know about me, tell me about yourself," said Beomgyu as he walked around Toronto with Youngtaek. "I don't know what you want me to say," hummed Youngtaek. "My past isn't as... Bad I guess," he added.

"I mean, it's not as bad compared to yours," Youngtaek added quickly. "I wasn't part of Seongyoon's coven until much later, when I went to Russia," he explained.

"What caused you to join his coven anyway?" Asked Beomgyu. "I was rescued by Seongyoon, and was given the chip after a bad accident," explained Youngtaek. "I don't remember what the accident was, but I know I couldn't walk," he added.

"I'm forever indebted to him, despite the fact that I don't follow him anymore like I used to," Youngtaek explained as Beomgyu tilted his head to the side in thought.

"Who's the main holder of the chips?" Asked Beomgyu. "It's Bomin, actually," replied Youngtaek. "So I'm protected as it is, if Seongyoon was going to try something," he added.

"Daeyeol says that the kill switches were turned off, so I'm fine with that," hummed Youngtaek. "I am just happy to be able to walk, you know?" He asked. "I understand that," hummed Beomgyu as he nodded. "Then you'll know that a fox 'shifter with my kind of genes is rare," said Youngtaek as he turned to Beomgyu. "You have the genes of a 9 tailed fox?" Asked Beomgyu as he tilted his head to the side. Youngtaek nodded. "The three of us, Bomin, Jangjun and I, do," he replied with a shrug. "Interesting," hummed Beomgyu.

"They don't exist anymore, but they sort of exist through us fox 'shifters," explained Youngtaek. "I'm pretty sure Bomin's the oldest right now, along with his brother," he added. "Hm," hummed Beomgyu. "But not every fox 'shifter has 9 tailed fox genes," he remarked. "Nope," replied Youngtaek. "Interesting," remarked Beomgyu. Youngtaek shrugged, like it wasn't a big deal.

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It took some time before Beomgyu felt like leaving Canada all together, switching out the pack for a smaller and lighter one that was big enough to hold two sets of clothes, one for Youngtaek and one for himself. Youngtaek's shoes would be tied to the bottom of the pack and that was fine with Youngtaek.

"Where are we going?" Asked Youngtaek. "We're heading south, to the states," came the reply as Beomgyu turned away to let Youngtaek strip and change after he folded his clothes up. Beomgyu turned around and went to put Youngtaek's clothes into the pack and tied his shoes to the bottom of the pack before putting the straps on his shoulders.

"Ready fox?" Beomgyu asked with a smirk after adjusting the pack and making sure his phone was secure in his pants pocket. Youngtaek growled, but nodded in response, causing Beomgyu to turn and sprint off at full speed. Youngtaek pushed to run after him, using a burst of speed thanks to the computer chip in his spine to easily keep up with Beomgyu.

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After stopping in the Rockies to make sure the pack there was fine with him hunting humans Beomgyu hunted in Denver, Colorado before moving on, heading southeast now as he headed towards Louisiana to catch up with an old friend.

Youngtaek followed him without complaint, though Beomgyu did stop for a while so that Youngtaek could catch up on sleep and regain some energy while Beomgyu hunted. After that though, they continued on to Louisiana to meet up with this friend of Beomgyu's.

Youngtaek didn't know anyone, so he was sure that Beomgyu was leading him to meet new people. He just hoped they were fine with him, as he was a new person to most of the people he had met so far.

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Taking a canoe up the river to where they needed to go, Beomgyu had been looking more and more excited to meet up with this friend Youngtaek had never seen or heard of.

"He's an old friend from military school," explained Beomgyu as he rowed his way up the river while Youngtaek kept an eye on their surroundings. "Really? Down here in the swamps of Louisiana?" Asked Youngtaek. "Heeseung is special," Beomgyu commented with a snort, earning a raised eyebrow from Youngtaek as he turned to Beomgyu before turning back to the front.

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"Hyung! Your vampire friend is here!" Someone shouted from the dock that Beomgyu maneuvered the canoe to sit against. "Hello Niki," greeted Beomgyu as Niki went to tie the boat to the dock. "Gyu," greeted Niki as he grinned at him. Beomgyu made sure it was stable before handing Niki his pack and climbing out, helping Youngtaek out of the canoe.

"Gyu!" Came the greeting as Heeseung ran over with someone. "Hey Heeseung, Jay," greeted Beomgyu as he bumped fists with Heesung before turning and doing the same with Jay.

"Long time no see," commented Heeseung as he tilted his head to the side. "I wasn't able to leave the country until a few weeks ago," came the reply from Beomgyu as he shrugged. "I know I have a German citizenship but I needed to do a few things first," he added. "Hm," hummed Heeseung as he turned to Youngtaek.

"This one with you?" Asked Jay as he too noticed Youngtaek. "He is," Beomgyu replied with a shrug. Youngtaek eyed the both of them with his head tilted to the side, wondering what they would say.

"Welcome to the states," greeted Jay as he grinned at Youngtaek. "Thanks," mumbled Youngtaek as he grinned back. "Don't mind him, he's never been out of Europe before," explained Beomgyu. "Oi, we need to introduce you to stuff we're doing here then," Heeseung said, nodding.

"Like what?" Asked Youngtaek. "Gator hunting season!" Explained Niki. "All of us are here, and since Jaehwan is busy this year he gave his tags to us," he added. "Gator hunting season?" Asked Youngtaek. "It's something the 'shifters do here when they're not busy with missions," explained Beomgyu. "It's why I came down," he added.

"We're usually done by the first week though, since it's all of us," explained a new voice as Jungwon walked over with Sunghoon and Sunoo. "We have an odd number of people this year," he remarked. "I'm with Heeseung this year, you know this," explained Beomgyu. "Of course," replied Jungwon as he nodded. "The fox is with you too then?" He asked. Beomgyu nodded.

"You can be our mascot," explained Heeseung as he grinned at Youngtaek. "Mascot?" Youngtaek asked in horror as he look offended. "Mr. Fox the mascot," Heeseung said with a snicker, earning a sigh from Youngtaek. "Leave it," commanded Beomgyu. "He's only joking around," he explained. "Right, right," grumbled Youngtaek.
AkiraSanogame     123d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 11]

Alligator hunting season had started and Beomgyu was ready. Heeseung would be manning the boat while Beomgyu and Youngtaek took care of the alligators. Heeseung knew that this would be a fun experience for someone like Youngtaek, and having three people in one boat was actually advantageous. One person could focus on driving the boat while the other two could focus on getting the alligators.

They ended up taking one of Jaehwan's boats, with Jaehwan's permission of course, and ended up being the team doing Jaehwan's area, being mindful of the humans that were hunting this year.

Poachers were fair game as far as Beomgyu was concerned, and the area they were in was a famous spot for them.

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Youngtaek understood now, the thrill of alligator hunting. He liked just the thrill of being able to bring in the alligators and hit it over the head in the special spot with a hammer and nail. He did miss the first couple times, but was able to memorize the spot quickly enough to get the rest perfectly.

"Good job," called Heeseung as Beomgyu hauled the last alligator into the boat with Youngtaek's help. "We have what, 10?" Asked Beomgyu as he took count. "It feels more than that," commented Youngtaek as he stretched, sitting down on the cooler once he was situated.

"So who was on whose team this year?" Asked Beomgyu. "Well, it was Jungwon and Sunoo, Jake and Sunghoon, and then Niki and Jay," responded Heeseung. "Then you have you, me and the fox," he added as he started driving the boat back to their docking spot.

After maneuvering the boat onto the trailer Heeseung drove the truck out, dragging the trailer out of the water and stopping so that Beomgyu could hop out and secure the boat. "Come on fox," called Heeseung as he leaned out the driver's side window. "We're headed back to get these turned in," he added. "Oh, sure," replied Youngtaek as he hopped down from the boat and ran over, getting in to passenger seat and closing the door. Beomgyu waved to them before Heeseung drove off and Beomgyu headed off to hunt.

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"Where'd Beomgyu go?" Asked Youngtaek. "Kid went hunting," replied Heeseung as he drove, keeping an eye on the road. "Oh right," grumbled Youngtaek. "You keep forgetting that huh?" Asked Heeseung. "Honestly it doesn't cross my mind half the time," replied Youngtaek as he shrugged. Heeseung hummed in response, taking a look behind him before turning into the processing center where the others were already waiting, having dropped off their alligators already.

"Beomgyu went hunting?" Asked Jungwon after Heeseung parked the truck, nodding to Jungwon when he got out. "Yeah, he needed to," came the reply from Heeseung as someone came over to count the alligators while Youngtaek got out and went to watch, curious as to how it was done.

"Nice catches for a first day," remarked Jay as he watched the process. "It took some getting used to, but I was able to get them in the right spot after the fourth try," hummed Youngtaek as he turned to Jay. Jay nodded, tilting his head to the side as he studied the largest catch. "Woo, that's a big gator," he remarked. "It took all three of us to get into the boat, after I killed it," stated Youngtaek as he nodded at it.

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"Your pay for today was already deposited," said Jungwon as Beomgyu returned back to the pack house after hunting. "Okay," hummed Beomgyu. "Thanks for that," he added. "The fox got his share I'm assuming?" He asked. Jungwon nodded.

"We have a busy next few weeks it looks like," called Heeseung as he walked over. "Everyone else is finished with their tags already, we need to step up the game," he added. "We were scouting the area, and just using a hook and line," explained Beomgyu. "So we'll have ours done within the next few weeks," he added.

"Do you think you'll need help?" Asked Jungwon. "Probably not," replied Heeseung as he shrugged. "Poachers are fair game right?" Asked Beomgyu. "Sure, if you catch them," replied Jungwon as he shrugged. "Just don't kill every one you see," he added. "Aw, but that's not fun," whined Beomgyu, earning an amused chuckle from Jungwon.

"Luckily Jaehwan's got the biggest territory right?" Asked Beomgyu. "He does, but we won't be able to get to all of it," hummed Heeseung. "We'll have to have another team out there with us to cover the area," he added. "I can get Jake and Sunghoon to do it," replied Jungwon. "They got the least amount of tags in the bunch, so I know they want to do more hunting before the season's over," he added.

"Sure," hummed Heeseung. "We can work with that," he added. "Cool," replied Jungwon as he nodded.

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"So here's how we're dividing it up," explained Heeseung as he brought out a map of the area to show Jake and Sunghoon. "We're here," he added, pointing to a spot. "We cover this giant area," he explained as he circled the surrounding area. "Jaehwan's pack house is here," he added, drawing a star. "This is the mid point," he added. "Luckily we got permission to dock the boats here," he added.

"They know we're there right?" Asked Jake. "They do, also the property owner said it was okay to dock here, as long as he got a small cut of the profits," explained Heeseung. "How small of a cut are we talking?" Asked Sunghoon. "10%," explained Heeseung. "So we both go up and down the river?" Asked Jake. "Yes," answered Heeseung as he nodded.

"Did they reinforce the small bridge they built years ago?" Asked Sunghoon. "They did," hummed Heeseung. "We just have to be slow going over it," he added.

"Can we trust your vampire friend?" Asked Sunghoon. "You know better than to ask me that," growled Heeseung. "He's not the type of person to just go out and do what he does without reason," he explained.

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Beomgyu blinked, zoning back in as Youngtaek dropped down in a sitting position beside him. "I don't think they trust you," commented Youngtaek as he leaned against the tree Beomgyu was sitting against. "I can see why," hummed Beomgyu as he looked up at the sky. "To the others I'm just a vampire, but I was one of Heeseung's best friends," he added.

"Do they even know he's half vampire?" Asked Youngtaek. "I'd imagine so," hummed Beomgyu. "He doesn't hunt that often though, he's in enough control to not show his vampire side too often," he added. "Interesting," hummed Youngtaek.

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"If you don't trust me to keep him in line then why is Jungwon letting them stay?" Asked Heeseung. "Sorry, we've never met him before, so you understand our hesitation," explained Sunghoon. "It's fine," grumbled Heeseung. "Have some faith in my friends yeah?" He asked. "Sure sure," said Jake.

"I'll go let Beomgyu and the fox know of the plans," Heeseung said as he folded the map and put it back in the bag he was using for alligator hunting before going to find Beomgyu and Youngtaek. Jake and Sunghoon watched him go before turning to each other and shaking their heads before going to find Jungwon.

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"I know you hunted not too long ago, but did you want to go hunting with me?" Asked Heeseung as he looked down at Beomgyu who looked up at him. "Eh, sure why not," responded Beomgyu as he got to his feet, stretching and turning to Youngtaek who shrugged. "Go without me, I'll be here," said Youngtaek. Beomgyu nodded and turned to Heeseung who took the lead, sprinting off into the forest to hunt. Beomgyu followed after him, watching as Heeseung changed to his wolf form as he leaped into the air, landing on four feet.

"You remind me too much of Taehyun," remarked Beomgyu as he came to a stop beside Heeseung. Heeseung huffs, nudging Beomgyu with his snout before they both ran off, heading deeper into the forest to hunt.
AkiraSanogame     122d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 12]

As they went to get the rest of their tags Heeseung was coming to a decision, one that would probably alienate him from the others even though he knew better than to do what he was doing.

Heeseung just hoped that Beomgyu would be okay with his decision.

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"Oi, I'm going to need help," grunted Beomgyu as he struggled to grip onto the alligator's jaws and lift it into the boat. Heeseung and Youngtaek went to grab it by the front feet and help Beomgyu haul it into the boat, the three of them falling back once it was in.

"God damn this is a big gator," remarked Heeseung as he moved to help Beomgyu and Youngtaek move it into the center so the boat wouldn't tip over and they'd lose the 10 they already had. Along with the other important things.

"You think this rivals our first day gator?" Asked Beomgyu. "I don't know yet," hummed Heeseung. "But I think we're done for the day," he added.

"We're already full, and I think it's close to the time to stop anyway," explained Heeseung as he went to sit down at the wheel, turning on the boat and starting to drive back. "If we get any more we'll definitely get them," he added.

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They were stalling, and Jungwon knew it. Or at least, had an idea. Two weeks into the season and even Jake and Sunghoon weren't finished yet with their tags. Jake and Sunghoon even had to drag the airboat over just to try and finish out their run. He was baffled at how had Jaehwan done it within the first week but Beomgyu, Heeseung and Youngtaek took two to finish their tags. Jake and Sunghoon were well into the last week of getting tags and they were still a good chunk away from finishing.

Heeseung was at least allowed to relax, since he was done with his tags so he had time to think of the decision he was about to make. Niki was in safe hands at least, until he started changing anyway. Judging from how things were going? It wouldn't be any time soon.

"You're thinking of leaving with them?" Asked Jungwon as Heeseung finally told him of his plans. "I think I may, if Beomgyu is fine with it," replied Heeseung as he shrugged. "I never fit in here, and I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I'm half vampire," he added.

"Everyone's tolerated you so far, and Niki's fine here," hummed Jungwon. "Why the change of heart?" He asked. "I don't feel like I belong here," came the reply as Heeseung shrugged. "I'll be sure to come and visit since Niki is here but even if Beomgyu says no I'm still going to leave," he added.

"Alright," said Jungwon. "Just know you'll have a place with us again, if it doesn't work out," he added. Heeseung smiled slightly, the corners of his lips going upwards. "I'll keep that in mind," he hummed, nodding.

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"You want to leave with us?" Asked Beomgyu as he blinked in surprise. "I never really fit in with this pack, you know this," Heeseung said with a shrug. "I actually don't, but okay," hummed Beomgyu. "But if you're sure I'll let you go with us," he added. "I'm sure," hummed Heeseung. "I need to find my way in this world, and Niki's in a good place," he added. Beomgyu nodded. "Okay," he muttered.

"Is there a reason you're leaving Niki here?" Asked Youngtaek as he tilted his head to the side. "He's with Jay," hummed Heeseung. "Eh?" Asked Youngtaek. "Platonically of course," explained Heeseung. "Niki is aromantic and asexual," he explained. "Jay respects that, so he keeps it as platonic as possible to make sure Niki is happy," he added. "He's fine here, Jungwon will make sure of it," he said, nodding.

"Also, Niki's underage, for another year," added Beomgyu. "If I remember correctly?" He asked. "Yeah," replied Heeseung. "Jay already swore he wouldn't do anything though, after I nearly tore him to shreds," he added with a shake of his head.

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The others were indifferent about Heeseung's decision to leave. Niki was well aware of Heesung's insecurites within the pack, so he was happy for Heeseung and his decision. It was a hard one for the two brothers, but Niki had Jay, and Heeseung trusted that Jay would keep him safe.

"Thanks for letting me do this last hunt with you guys," said Heeseung as he stood with Jungwon before he left with Beomgyu and Youngtaek. "Sure," hummed Jungwon. "Take care of Niki, okay?" Asked Heeseung. "We will," replied Jungwon.

"Who knows, you may come back and I'll be a 'shifter!" Exclaimed Niki as he grinned at Heeseung. "I'll look forward to it kid," Heeseung replied with his own grin.

"Take care of my brother, Jay," warned Heeseung as Jay walked over, throwing an arm around Niki's shoulder and smirking at Heeseung. "Don't worry," reassured Jay. "He's in good hands," he added, dropping the smirk and turning it into a soft smile. "We'll take care of things here, return when you want yeah?" He asked. Heeseung nodded, turning when Youngtaek and Beomgyu walked over, Beomgyu having the pack slung over his shoulder while Youngtaek was in his fox form.

"Ready?" Asked Beomgyu. "Sure," replied Heeseung as he nodded. "Get us out of here then dog," Beomgyu stated with a teasing smirk. "Oi," growled Heeseung as he looked offended at the nickname. "Let's go," he added, sighing as he shook his head at Beomgyu. "Bye hyung!" Niki called as Beomgyu, Youngtaek and Heeseung ran off into the forest, Heesung leading the way.

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Once they were back on track Beomgyu took the lead, heading north back towards Canada and stopping along the way to let Youngtaek sleep while Beomgyu and Heeseung hunted.

"Where are we going?" Asked Heeseung as they paused to let Youngtaek drink from a stream. "We're headed back to Russia," hummed Beomgyu. "I was only in the states because of you," he added. "Didn't expect me to come back with you huh?" Asked Heeseung. "Nope," hummed Beomgyu.

"So what are we doing back in Russia?" Asked Heeseung. "I was asked to head back, apparently Seongyoon needed to speak to me," responded Beomgyu. "What about?" Asked Heeseung. "I don't know," hummed Beomgyu.
AkiraSanogame     120d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 13]

A sigh left Heeseung as he watched both Youngtaek and Beomgyu interact with each other. It was obvious wasn't it?

The two of them were [i clearly] mates but either Beomgyu ignored it or Youngtaek was too oblivious to the way they acted around each other.

Heeseung didn't say anything though, as he figured they would work things out themselves. All he could do for the time being was just observe.

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"What do you want Seongyoon?" Demanded Beomgyu as he glared at said vampire. "You've had enough time to be with the fox," stated Seongyoon. "I would like him to come back now," he added.

"I'm not coming back to you," growled Youngtaek, being stubborn as ever. "You heard what he said," added Beomgyu. "He's not staying here any longer under you," he spat.

Heeseung was only observing the conversation going on, but he understood where Beomgyu and Youngtaek were coming from in terms of what he had been told, and even [i he] didn't want to be stuck in a place like this for years like Youngtaek had.

"Look," started Heeseung as he got between Beomgyu and Seongyoon. "Here's [i my] opinion, as an outsider," he added. "I wouldn't [i dare] get between a 'shifter and his mate, and even then you'd have to get through his bodyguard first," he growled.

Beomgyu looked like he was going to protest, however he saw how quickly Seongyoon backed off, not expecting Heeseung to say something. "Were you [i too] stupid to see the signs? Because I knew from the moment I met them," growled Heeseung.

"Who are you to be Beomgyu's bodyguard huh?" Asked Seongyoon. "Back off leech," snarled Heeseung as he took a threatening step forward. "Come on then dog, I dare you," hissed Seongyoon.

"Heeseung, stop it," commanded Beomgyu as he put a hand on Heeseung's shoulder. "That's [i enough]," he said, tightening his grip. "[i Fine]," growled Heeseung as he backed down for the time being, glaring at Seongyoon who glared right back at him.

"Youngtaek is staying with me, for obvious reasons," explained Beomgyu. "I'm sure you realize now, what those reasons are?" He asked. "I didn't want to pull that card, but it seems Heeseung beat me to it," he hummed. "Fine," sighed Seongyoon. "Do what you want fox," he said to Youngtaek. "I don't care anymore, it was inevitible that you left me," he added.

Youngtaek let out a shaky breath, causing Beomgyu to turn to him. "F-Fine," grumbled Youngtaek. "I didn't want to stay with you anymore anyway," he added. "We'll be leaving now," he said in goodbye, turning and walking away. Beomgyu turned, glaring at Seongyoon before turning back and walking away. Heeseung scoffed, though he didn't do much else and walked away.

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"Were you two just oblivious to the fact that you're mates?" Asked Heeseung as they stopped at a foodstand so Youngtaek could get some food. "I knew, and I'm sure that Youngtaek knew also," responded Beomgyu as he shrugged. "We've never had to say anything about it until now however," he added, shaking his head at Heeseung.

"[i I'm sorry], I was just trying to keep it from turning into a fight," grumbled Heeseung. "It's okay," hummed Beomgyu as he shook his head. "I know you were only trying to help," he added. "It's fine," he said.

They both turn to Youngtaek who walked over with a sandwich wrapped in plastic, Youngtaek sitting on the other side of Beomgyu who turned his body to face him.

"Are you okay?" Asked Beomgyu. "I'm fine, relieved really," replied Youngtaek as he took a bite of his sandwich. "It's going to take some getting used to, since I don't have to see him anymore," he added.

"Also, we were planning on talking about us being mates at [i some] point right?" Asked Youngtaek as he looked at Beomgyu. "Honestly? I thought we were passed that when we revealed secrets about ourselves?" Asked Beomgyu. "That's true, I guess," hummed Youngtaek.

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"Can you introduce me to Kai?" Asked Youngtaek. "As your mate anyway?" He asked. "I guess I can," mumbled Beomgyu as he shrugged. "I know you probably don't want to head back, but I would like to see his resting place," explained Youngtaek. "I get it," responded Beomgyu. "We'll head over in the morning yeah? You need to sleep," he added. "But where?" Asked Youngtaek. "I know a place, come on," responded Beomgyu as he got up and walked away, Youngtaek scrambling after him.

"What about Heeseung?" Asked Youngtaek. "He'll meet us there, he knows where I'm taking you," hummed Beomgyu. "Okay then," hummed Youngtaek.

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Heeseung was feeling nostalgic as he walked around the city after hunting, humming to himself as he kept his hands in his pockets. He wasn't looking for trouble, but he knew when someone was following after him. He ignored it, getting a text notification on his phone and checking it before continuing on his stroll, spotting a church nearby and heading in, sitting down in one of the pews at the back.

"Wow, I haven't seen you in quite a long time," came a voice as Seungmin went to sit down beside Heeseung. "It certainly has been a while huh?" Asked Heeseung as he studied the cross at the altar of the church.

"What brings you back to Russia?" Asked Seungmin as he looked ahead at the altar. "I decided to travel with Beomgyu," hummed Heeseung. "Thank you, for the help on getting Niki and I out of the country by the way," he added. Seungmin nodded. "It's not a problem, and there's a small door towards the altar you can leave from," he responded as he shifted slightly, crossing his arms over his chest in thought. "I know you were being followed," he added. Heeseung nodded, getting to his feet and making his way to the door, waving to Seungmin before leaving.

Seungmin scoffed, getting to his feet and leaving the church after a few minutes, going a different direction.

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"Jesus Taehyun, can you stop following me?" Asked Heeseung as he stopped and turned around to look at said person. "i thought it was you I saw, does that mean Gyu is back?" Asked Taehyun as he came to a stop in front of Heeseung. "It is," hummed Heeseung. "But you're not getting his location from me," he added.

"That's fine, we were heading back to the fort since it's Kai's birthday next week, tell Gyu to come over yeah?" Asked Taehyun. "Sure," hummed Heeseung. "Is that it?" He asked, crossing his arms over his chest. Taehyun nodded, turning and walking away. Heeseung sighed in exasperation before turning and heading to the meeting spot.
AkiraSanogame     117d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 14]

Beomgyu took Youngtaek back to the fort, Heeseung promising to come over when he was ready. Beomgyu had gotten the message from Taehyun, but he wouldn't go when they were there. He wasn't ready to face them yet.

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"So we're back here huh?" Asked Youngtaek as he and Beomgyu stood in front of the fort. "It's where Kai is laid to rest," explained Beomgyu as he opened the door to the fort and went inside to see how it was holding up.

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Youngtaek was left to look around, spotting the cross nearby so he walked over and stood in front of it, reading the name on the cross before he reached out and traced the letters on the cross.

"Hello Kai," greeted Youngtaek as he sat down in front of the cross. "I'm here because Beomgyu wanted to introduce us, so hello, I'm Youngtaek," he explained.

"Your brother is still hesitant to open up to me it seems," he hummed. "But from what I've been able to gather, he is a good person," he added.

"It's okay though, I have things I need to explain to him at some point right?" He asked, leaning back on his hands as he looked up at the sky.

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"I see you made yourself comfortable," remarked Beomgyu as he walked over and stood in front of the cross, standing behind Youngtaek who was still looking up at the sky. "It's nice here," hummed Youngtaek as he looked at Beomgyu before moving to get up, Beomgyu moving further away to give him some room.

"Taehyun says that it's Kai's birthday next week or something?" Asked Youngtaek. "It's actually today," mumbled Beomgyu. "But I think he told Heeseung so that I'd get here before they do," he added.

"Where'd Heeseung go anyway?" Asked Youngtaek. "I think he said he needed to stop by and see his parents before he left," explained Beomgyu. "I see," hummed Youngtaek.

"Where are we going after this?" Asked Youngtaek. "I don't know yet," hummed Beomgyu. "We may go travel the rest of Europe, who knows," he added. "That does sound like something fun to do," remarked Youngtaek.

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Youngtaek and Beomgyu ended up sitting at the fire pit, Beomgyu lighting a fire once he had enough firewood. Beomgyu was in a solemn mood, being silent as he sat in front of the fire. Youngtaek could only offer his presence in comfort, not knowing what it was like for Beomgyu.

Beomgyu was fine with Youngtaek being close by, just offering his support by just being quiet and letting Beomgyu grieve in silence.

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Heeseung arrived a few hours later, seeing that Youngtaek was not by the fire pit. "He's in the fort sleeping," explained Beomgyu as he poked at the fire with a stick, adding another log to it. "I see," hummed Heeseung.

"How'd meeting your parents go?" Asked Beomgyu. "It could've gone better to be honest with you," came the reply as Heeseung sat down across from Beomgyu on the other side of the fire pit.

"That bad huh?" Asked Beomgyu. "Well, they wondered what I was thinking when I decided to take Niki with me to the states instead of finishing school here before doing that," explained Heeseung. "I couldn't subject him to what we've been through, it's bad enough that we've returned here," he added.

"We're here for some reason or another," hummed Beomgyu. "You [i didn't] need to come back with me you know," he added. "I felt the need to, especially when I learned of what happened to you," explained Heeseung.

"Nothing happened to me Heeseung," hummed Beomgyu. "Not without reason anyway," he added. "Just like what happened when we were human," he mused, looking up at the stars above them.

"Were we ever friends?" Asked Heeseung. "I feel like we were at some point, but ever since we've graduated from military school and joined different branches of the Russian military things have changed so much between us," he added.

"I think we were," came the answer as Beomgyu turned to look at Heeseung. "I don't think we ever strayed passed that, even after everything went on," he added. "I think our similar pasts had brought us together, and I cared enough to try and get you [i and] your brother out," he explained.

"How the hell did you end up becoming part of the Spetsnaz anyway?" Asked Heeseung. "You know about Gunil and what he did," replied Beomgyu. "I do, but you were a nobody," said Heeseung. "But you still managed to get chosen by Jiseok to become his replacement?" He asked.

"What can I say, I left a good impression on him," hummed Beomgyu. "I did it in the name of my brother, and that was the reason really," he explained. "Also, it was either me or Yeonjun, and he ended up choosing me," he added.

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"Did you say happy birthday to Kai?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked towards the cross. "I didn't, but I'll go do that right now," replied Heeseung as he got up, going to do so. Beomgyu got to his feet, checking on the dying embers before walking over to the fort to check on Youngtaek. After leaving a note saying he was going hunting he left the fort, walking over to Heeseung who was sitting in front of the cross.

"Did you want to go hunting?" Asked Youngtaek. "Why not," hummed Heeseung. "I know we'll have to hunt animals here," he added. Beomgyu nodded and motioned for Heeseung to lead the way. Heeseung got to his feet and sprinted off, going hunting. Beomgyu followed after him, keeping pace with Heeseung as they went hunting.

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Youngtaek walked out of the fort after seeing the note, yawning as he went to sit in front of the fire pit. He poked at it with a stick to see if there was any embers left and went to gather some sticks and blow into it once he found a couple embers after placing the sticks down. He let the fire burn for a few minutes before adding to the fire and sitting back, listening to the sounds of the river nearby.
AkiraSanogame     115d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 15]

"Oh, you're here," called a voice as Taehyun walked over while Youngtaek was tending to the fire. "I am," hummed Youngtaek.

"Where's Beomgyu and Heeseung?" Asked Taehyun. "They went hunting a while ago, I don't know when they'll be coming back," replied Youngtaek as he shrugged, poking at the fire with a stick before adding a log, grumbling when his stomach growled.

"Did they forget that you need to eat?" Taehyun asked with an amused snicker. "I'm sure they didn't," grumbled Youngtaek.

"Where's Soobin?" Asked Youngtaek. "He's around here somewhere," mumbled Taehyun as he looked at the fire.

"Is he coming around?" Asked Youngtaek. "Probably not," hummed Taehyun. "I see," hummed Youngtaek.

"Soobin and Beomgyu don't have the best relationship right now, I hope you understand," explained Taehyun. "I get it," replied Youngtaek. "I'm pretty sure he's explained to me what had happened anyway," he added.

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"I can't believe you forgot to get food for him," remarked Heeseung as Beomgyu was at a convenience store looking for something. "It's been a while okay?" Grumbled Beomgyu as he grabbed a few things, making sure to get some bottles of water for Youngtaek before going to pay for it.

"Also we got in late, and he didn't complain about the fact we didn't get food," explained Beomgyu. "He was probably too tired to say he was hungry," hummed Heeseung as he and Beomgyu left the convenience store, heading back to the fort.

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When they got back to the fort Youngtaek got to his feet at the prospect of food, seeing the bags in Beomgyu's hands. "Sorry, I forgot," explained Beomgyu as Youngtaek ran over to get the bags out of his hands. "It's okay," said Youngtaek as he went to see what Beomgyu brought, sitting back down at the fire pit and going to see what he could do to warm up the food. He opened the bottle of water and drank some as he waited on the food to cook.

"Hello Taehyun," greeted Beomgyu. "Beomgyu," mumbled Taehyun as he nodded in greeting. "Heeseung," he added when he noticed Heeseung. "Taehyun," greeted Heeseung.

"Where's Soobin?" Asked Beomgyu. "He's... Somewhere," replied Taehyun as he shrugged, turning to the fire. "It's a shame, he's always here when it's close to Kai's birthday," hummed Beomgyu.

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[i "Does Beomgyu not realize that Soobin is dead?" Asked Youngtaek as he and Taehyun talked for a bit while walking around Moscow. "I think he's in denial," came the reply as Taehyun sighed.

"What happened to Soobin?" Asked Youngtaek. "I don't know," Taehyun replied, being honest. "I wasn't there for the confrontation Soobin had with Beomgyu," he added. "I just know that I came back to him dead," he grumbled, sighing again as he looked down at his feet while he walked.

"That's crazy," mumbled Youngtaek as he took in the information.

"It only seems to trigger when he's alone, so keep an eye on him okay?" Asked Taehyun. "I'll try to," hummed Youngtaek.]

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Beomgyu's eyes seemed to cloud over when he noticed something, dropping the emotionless facade for a smile. "Hey Soobin," he greeted. "You made it!" He exclaimed, sounding excited.

Taehyun, Heeseung and Youngtaek looked at each other before deciding to humor Beomgyu, Taehyun speaking up first. "I didn't think you'd actually show up," remarked Taehyun as he smiled in Soobin's direction. Or, at least, where he assumed Soobin was.

"Of course not," mumbled Beomgyu. "Come sit by the fire, Youngtaek can share some food," he added. "Sure," hummed Youngtaek as he checked on the food.

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[i "What happened to Beomgyu?" Asked Heeseung as he confronted Taehyun. "A lot has happened since he left the army, you know this Heeseung," came the reply as Taehyun looked up at him, rubbing the back of his neck with his left hand.

"You've changed a lot," hummed Heeseung. "Well, I didn't see myself tutoring your brother and yet I managed," grumbled Taehyun as he shrugged.

"I know him, Beomgyu isn't known to kill without reason," remarked Heeseung. "Dude, he's a part of the Spetsnaz, I know this," said Taehyun as he sighed in frustration. "I don't] know [i what happened between him and Soobin okay? Soobin wanted to confront him and he wanted to confront him] alone[i ," he explained. "I just don't know, okay?" He asked.]

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"Beomgyu," said Soobin as he stood in front of Beomgyu. "Yeah?" Asked Beomgyu as he blinked at Soobin. "It's time to let me go," hummed Soobin as he put a hand on Beomgyu's shoulder, causing Beomgyu to flinch.

"I'm dead, remember?" Asked Soobin as he looked down at Beomgyu. "I'm sorry," mumbled Beomgyu. "Don't be," reassured Soobin. "What you did was an accident okay?" He asked. "I know you want to be with Taehyun, and I'm sure he wants you back in his life," he added. "I-I can't," mumbled Beomgyu as he fell to his knees, staring at the ground.

"It's okay," reassured Soobin. "I won't be hurt if you've moved on," he added. "Just, don't blame yourself for what happened okay?" He asked, patting Beomgyu on the head. "It's my fault, it's all my fault," mumbled Beomgyu as he closed his eyes, clenching his hands into fists.

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[i "You still have your anger issues huh?" Asked Soobin as he confronted Beomgyu. "It was an] accident[i ," shouted Beomgyu. "You] know [i this," he shouted. "I'm not blaming you for killing your brother," Soobin said as calmly as possible. "Really, because it sure as hell seems like it," growled Beomgyu.

"If I blamed you I would've gotten Taehyun to kill you on the spot, you know this," added Soobin as he looked away from Beomgyu. "Like that mutt can kill me," snarled Beomgyu as he rushed forward, slamming into Soobin and slamming him into a tree behind him. "Don't. You. Dare compare me to him," he growled, the anger taking over.]

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Taehyun walked over, leaning down in front of Beomgyu and forcing Beomgyu to look up at him. "Soobin is okay," he reassured. "I don't know what happened between you two, but I think he forgives you," he added.

"I know you've had anger issues in the past, I used to be bullied by you too," hummed Taehyun. "But you've worked so hard to redeem yourself within the past few months," he added. "I know we went through a rough patch, but honestly I need you by my side like it was supposed to be," he explained.

"Can you forgive me for killing your best friend?" Asked Beomgyu, his voice quiet. "I don't think I ever will, but I've come to realize that sometimes these things happen," responded Taehyun as he let out a sigh. "Being part of this world is dangerous," he explained. "I don't want to be alone anymore," he whispered.

"I'd be down to join you," chimed in Youngtaek. "I don't think we'd be able to be apart anyway," he added. "It's been a while since I've been back home, I might as well stay around too," chimed in Heeseung.

Beomgyu looked around at everyone, hearing Soobin speak somewhere behind him. "See, they need you, all of them do," remarked Soobin. "I guess," mumbled Beomgyu as he closed his eyes. "We have a lot to work out, and it'll take some time," he added as an afterthought.

"We'll work it out, we did before didn't we?" Asked Taehyun. "Mhm," hummed Beomgyu.
AkiraSanogame     112d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 16]

Months had passed and though Taehyun and Beomgyu didn't have the best relationship they made it work. Taehyun was hesitant to be around Beomgyu at first, but with Youngtaek and Heeseung's help they were able to build a shaky friendship.

Youngtaek and Heeseung were there throughout the hardships, Youngtaek being there for Beomgyu as his mate and Heeseung becoming like an older brother to Taehyun.

As for the faction that Taehyun had become the owner of, he finally got missions, and Jiseok and Jooyeon had come out of hiding to help Taehyun filter missions down to them and made sure that everything was done correctly.

Heeseung had officially joined the faction, becoming one of the more active members with Taehyun. Beomgyu and Youngtaek had to get back to patrolling, so they let Taehyun and Heeseung do the hunting.

Soobin still appeared every now and again, but Beomgyu was steadily seeing him less and less as he worked through the issues he had while maintaining his friendship with Taehyun.

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"Why do we have to patrol the southern borders again?" Asked Youngtaek as he and Beomgyu walked along the southern borders back towards the European side of Russia from Vladivostok after spending months patrolling to let Jangjun and Keonhee head back to check on things.

"We normally don't, but I didn't feel like taking the train back," explained Beomgyu. "I also want to get back in time for Soobin's birthday," he added. "It's almost December, there's gonna be snow there, if all the snow here wasn't any indication," whined Youngtaek. "You know you don't get cold, what are you complaining about?" Asked Beomgyu.

"I'm just saying," grumbled Youngtaek, though he wasn't really complaining by this point, and Beomgyu knew it, if the look of amusement wasn't any indication.

"Besides," added Beomgyu. "Taehyun and Heeseung was getting the old coven together to celebrate," he explained. "Oh, that means I get to meet the others?" Asked Youngtaek. "Junhan is the only one you haven't met yet right?" Asked Beomgyu. "I think so," hummed Youngtaek.

"Does that mean Jangjun and Keonhee are going to be there too?" Asked Youngtaek. "I don't think so," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged. "It's just the original members of Gunil's coven for now," he added. "Hm," hummed Youngtaek.

"Come on now fox," yelled Beomgyu as he sprinted forward. "Oi!" Youngtaek called after him, soon rushing to follow after him.

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When they got back to the fort it seemed they were the first ones there, though Beomgyu was sure the others would show up within the next few hours or so. Youngtaek wasn't feeling hungry, but they did stop by the convenience store to get food for himself, Jay and Niki, who would be coming over to see Heeseung.

"I'm going to hunt, make yourself comfortable," said Beomgyu before he went to do so. Youngtaek nodded, going to get the stuff he needed for a fire, breaking sticks into smaller portions and going to pile them up by the firepit. If Niki was still human they would need a lot of wood for the fire.

Maybe Yeonjun would show up, they had made contact with him the month before and Beomgyu had sincerely apologized for killing Soobin. Yeonjun wouldn't forgive him fully, but he did accept the apology. It was a step in the right direction for Beomgyu anyway.

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Beomgyu looked up at the sky when he was done hunting, huffing out a sigh as he reminisced about old times. He looked down at the dead buck at his feet, looking thoughtful as he took out the lighter from his pants pocket. It had run out of fuel long ago, but it was a comforting object to Beomgyu. He put it back in his pocket before walking away, heading back to the fort.

"Everyone's gathering together for my birthday huh?" Asked Soobin as he appeared beside Beomgyu and walked with him. "It's going to be fun," hummed Beomgyu. "I hope Yeonjun makes it, it didn't seem like he was going to," he added. "I'm sure he will, have some faith in my brother will you?" Asked Soobin.

"Says the one who's dead," mumbled Beomgyu. "Oi, you're seeing me less and less, isn't that a good thing?" Asked Soobin. "I guess," sighed out Beomgyu as he walked out of the forest to stand near the fort.

"Soobin around again?" Called Youngtaek as he looked up from the firepit. "He was," replied Beomgyu as he walked over, sitting across from Youngtaek. "When was the last time you saw him anyway?" Asked Youngtaek. "Last month?" Asked Beomgyu. "At least, I think that was when I last saw him before today," he added. "Hm," hummed Youngtaek.

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Yeonjun was the first to show up, much to Beomgyu's surprise, bringing along the old camping bag that Soobin had that had all the camping supplies they would need. "When did you get in?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked up at Yeonjun after he put the bag in the fort and walked over to the pit where Youngtaek was poking at the fire he had started. "This morning," came the reply as Yeonjun sat down in the grass, getting comfortable as he held out his hands to warm them.

"I had to stop by the old storage unit and find Soobin's old camping backpack, it still had all the pots and pans for cooking," explained Yeonjun. "Otherwise I would've been here earlier," he added. "Good, I hate looking for stuff to cook the food on," sighed Youngtaek as he added a log to the fire.

"What are you working as now?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked at Yeonjun. "I'm a software engineer, being on the other side of Russia is actually pretty calming," answered Yeonjun as he shrugged, rubbing his hands together.

"How's the fire?" Asked Youngtaek. "It's warm enough," replied Yeonjun as he nodded. "The fort still has the stove in it I think," he added. "Oh, that metal box thing in there?" Asked Youngtaek. "Under the platform?" He asked. "That's the stove," hummed Yeonjun. "It'll definitely warm up the place, if the hole for the vent system is there," he added. "To keep the smoke from gathering in the fort, yeah," hummed Beomgyu. "That's what that hole is for? Huh," hummed Youngtaek.

"Will the platform fit 3 people?" Asked Beomgyu. "I don't know," Yeonjun replied, being honest. "I guess we'll have to see when the others get here," he added.

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Junhan, Seungmin and Jungsu were the next people to show up, showing up later that night when Youngtaek and Yeonjun were sleeping in the fort and Beomgyu was sitting with his back against the wall of the fort zoned out. He soon zoned back in and opened his eyes when Junhan stopped in front of him though, Junhan grinning in greeting.

"Hey you three," greeted Beomgyu as he nodded in greeting. "I'm guessing they're sleeping?" Asked Junhan. "Yeah," hummed Beomgyu. "Feel free to hunt, I think Niki should be here in the morning and I'd rather not have to deal with you three wanting to feed off of him and Yeonjun," he added.

"We already hunted, so we'll just hang out nearby," said Seungmin as he looked at Jungsu who shrugged. "I guess," hummed Jungsu. "I'll be here," stated Junhan as he went to sit beside Beomgyu, leaning against the wall of the fort. Jungsu and Seungmin nod, turning and sprinting off into the forest, finding trees to climb up and sit in to wait for the others.

[center ~]

Taehyun and Heeseung were next, bringing more food and putting it in the fort before joining Beomgyu at the firepit as he started a fire with some matches he found since he didn't want to wake Youngtaek to ask for the zippo lighter he had gotten him as a present.

"Niki and Jay should be in later today," explained Taehyun as he sat down at the firepit. "Is Niki still human?" Asked Beomgyu. "Yep," hummed Heeseung. "It's looking like it'll snow soon," he added. "There's a stove in the fort they can use for warmth, but I think Yeonjun brought over another tarp to use to replace this one since it's getting old, and torn in some places," added Beomgyu.

"The firepit's for us then?" Asked Taehyun. "Yep," hummed Beomgyu.

Yeonjun stumbled out of the fort after getting dressed and grabbing some of the food and making sure he had some pots and bottles of water to warm up and going over to the firepit to start on breakfast, Beomgyu moving out of the way to let him to do so. Youngtaek walked out of the fort after a few minutes, Seungmin and Jungsu coming over after Jiseok and Jooyeon arrived.

"Captain," greeted Beomgyu as he waved at Jiseok. "Kid," Jiseok greeted back with a grin. Jooyeon inclined his head in greeting, all the vampires making sure to keep their distance from Yeonjun as they stood nearby and talked about their adventures.

Beomgyu went to replace the old tarp, setting up the stove and making sure to cut a hole for the vent, setting up the vent and making sure to keep it open before starting a fire to warm up the place a bit and look around the fort. He soon left the fort and walked back over to the firepit.

"I never got to thank you for the picture of Kai," Beomgyu remarked to Yeonjun as he focused on cooking. "Hey, it's the only one I could find, luckily I managed to remember how to get a hold of you," explained Yeonjun as he moved sausages around in the pan.

"Thanks, Junhan for the group photo," Beomgyu called over to Junhan who gave a thumbs up at Beomgyu. "You still have that one?" Yeonjun asked, sighing as he remembered that day. "You don't?" Asked Beomgyu. "I do, but it's the one where I'm taking the picture," responded Yeonjun as he shrugged. "Ah," hummed Beomgyu.

"We need another group photo," remarked Youngtaek. "This time with [i everyone]," he added. "We can do what we did last time, and take two separate photos," hummed Beomgyu. "We should do one for Kai's birthday next year," added Yeonjun. "If Jay and Niki can make it," he added.

"I'm sure they'd be able to, I'll have to ask when they get here," added Heeseung.

"You don't need to worry, because we'll be here," called Jay as he walked over with a shivering Niki, wrapping his arms around Niki to provide some warmth. "Come sit by the fire, I forget how cold it gets here," called Beomgyu as he went to grab one of the chairs from the fort and brought it over for Niki to sit in. Niki sat down, Youngtaek adding more logs to the fire to help warm Niki up.

"We can take this to the fort?" Asked Yeonjun. "N-No it's okay," mumbled Niki. "I feel signs of the first change, it's probably why I'm shivering so much," he explained. "Wolf 'shifter?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned to Niki. "Nah, he smells like fox," hummed Heeseung. "I'm around this fox too much," Beomgyu sighed out as he nodded at Youngtaek who pouted.

[center ~]

They spent most of the day at the fort, catching up on things and chatting about plans to meet up during the summer where it was definitely a lot warmer.

Yeonjun got everyone together for a picture, Beomgyu kneeling in the middle with Youngtaek and Heeseung on either side of him. Taehyun was beside Youngtaek, Niki was beside Heeseung and Jay was leaning over behind Niki. Junhan, Jiseok and Jooyeon were beside Jay with Seungmin and Jungsu behind them. Yeonjun took the picture once everyone was settled and then he swapped places with Beomgyu who took the picture.

Everyone ended their night with Youngtaek, Niki and Yeonjun going into the fort to sleep, Jay joining them after exchanging some words with Heeseung. Jooyeon and Jiseok left after the pictures were taken, Seungmin and Jungsu sticking around for a bit longer before they left.

"And then there was 4," remarked Beomgyu as he poked at the fire pit with a stick. "Being here certainly brings back memories," commented Junhan as he leaned back on his hands to look up at the stars. "Some good, some bad," hummed Taehyun as he stared at the fire. "This is a good place to chill at though, I see why you chose it," hummed Heeseung.

"To Soobin?" Asked Beomgyu as he held out a fist. "To Soobin!" Said everyone else as they bumped fists with Beomgyu.
AkiraSanogame     103d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Chapter 17]

As more time passed Beomgyu still kept seeing Soobin every few weeks or so, mostly when he was alone but sometimes it was when he wallowed in his own thoughts.

There were times where he thought he wasn't doing enough, but Youngtaek was there to remind him that he was fine, he was doing more than enough with him and with Taehyun and Heeseung.

"It's okay," reassured Youngtaek as he sat beside Beomgyu who was looking rather depressed. "You're fine, we're all here," he added.

"I know," replied Beomgyu as he closed his eyes. "Sometimes I'm just not feeling it," he added. "I'm here, you're not going to force me away that easily," Youngtaek said with a huff.

"Stubborn fox," grumbled Beomgyu. "Kid," Youngtaek retorted with a snort, earning a laugh from Beomgyu. Youngtaek grinned when he heard the laugh, patting Beomgyu on the shoulder before getting up.

"Come on, I'm hungry," whined Youngtaek as his stomach growled. "You and your neverending hunger," commented Beomgyu as he opened his eyes, getting up and following Youngtaek to the nearest foodstand.

[center ~]

"Hungry again?" Called a familiar voice as Jay walked over with Niki. "I can't help my stomach okay?" Whined Youngtaek as he went to pay for his food, taking the sandwich from the vendor and going to sit down next to Beomgyu.

"It's nice to be here when it's not cold for once," remarked Niki as he and Jay stopped and stood in front of Beomgyu and Youngtaek.

"Visiting again?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked up at Jay. "For the moment, it's almost August," hummed Jay. "Ah, right, Kai's birthday is soon," remarked Beomgyu.

"How's my brother doing? He's not causing you guys trouble is he?" Asked Niki. "Nah, Taehyun's fine with him," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged. "They should be going to the fort with us soon," he added.

"Jungwon was wondering when you guys were coming back for gator hunting season," added Jay as he shrugged. "Probably won't be this year, depends on when we can make it over," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged. "Heeseung will probably make it, Taehyun wanted to try it this year," he added.

"Does Taehyun still change into that big wolf?" Asked Niki. "Only when hunting, why?" Asked Beomgyu. "That's cool," hummed Niki. "I'd ask him to show me what it looks like but from what I heard it's a painful change," he added. "Heeseung can vouche for that, and so can I," said Beomgyu as he shrugged. "Taehyun and his wolf have a pretty decent relationship though, from what I hear," he added.

"That's good," commented Niki. "Is what's his name going to be there? Yeonjun?" He asked. "I don't know," came the answer as Beomgyu shrugged his shoulders. "He hasn't been back this way since last winter, but he did say he'd try and make it," he added.

[center ~]

It took some time before they could head back towards Beomgyu's old home town but they did end up making it just days before Kai's birthday. Junhan had found a photo of Beomgyu and Kai with Kai sitting in a chair and Beomgyu standing behind him with his hands on Kai's shoulders so they were going to use that as a keepsake at the cross for the next few days before they decided to tear down the fort for good.

After celebrations they weren't coming back, everyone needing to finally move on from this place. Beomgyu just hoped that by doing this, it would be the final time he'd see Soobin.

Youngtaek was doing all he could to distract Beomgyu, though even that couldn't be enough. Taehyun would be back soon with Heeseung, but for the time being Youngtaek, Niki and Jay distracted him.

[center ~]

"Is he usually like this?" Asked Niki as Beomgyu and Jay were fishing in the river nearby. "I haven't seen him like this in a long time," replied Youngtaek as he sighed. "Is Soobin bothering him?" Asked Niki. "I don't know," replied Youngtaek as he shrugged. "It could also be partly because of how close it is to Kai's birthday," he added. "I don't remember if he was like this last year to be honest with you," he explained. "Hm," hummed Niki.

[center ~]

"Are you okay?" Asked Jay. "I'll be fine," replied Beomgyu as he reeled in a fish. "It's just a hard time right now," he mumbled. "You don't need to hide anything from me you know," reassured Jay. "It's nothing, really," reassured Beomgyu.

"Can you get the fish ready for dinner? I need to hunt," said Beomgyu as he reeled in the last fish and put it in the bucket before hooking the hook back onto the rod. "Sure," hummed Jay as he walked over with his bucket after hooking the hook onto the fishing rod. He took Beomgyu's fishingrod from him and went to pick up the other bucket, bringing everything back to the fort and the firepit. Beomgyu turned, sprinting off into the forest to hunt.

"Did you get anything out of him?" Asked Niki. "No," sighed Jay as he went to put the buckets down in front of Niki and Youngtaek who immediately went to skin and prepare the fish for frying. "I think this is something that Taehyun and Heeseung can only fix," he explained. "They should be here soon right?" Asked Youngtaek. "It seems like it," replied Jay as he shrugged, turning and going to put the fishingrods into the fort, leaning them against the wall before leaving the fort and closing the door behind him.

[center ~]

Beomgyu looked ahead of him, spying the two large wolves that belonged to Taehyun and Heeseung respectively, smirking as they both bow their heads in greeting. "Let's hunt then?" Asked Beomgyu. The two wolves nod and Beomgyu rushed off to hunt, Heeseung and Taehyun following after him.

They were joined by the other members of Gunil's old coven, everyone spreading out and going their own way to hunt once they greeted each other.

It took an hour before everyone appeared back at the fort, Heeseung, Beomgyu and Taehyun coming back last since Taehyun and Heeseung had to change back and get their clothes back on. By that time Yeonjun had come over, helping with the fish frying.

"You made it," called Beomgyu as he walked over to the firepit. "I had some time off, I was able to use it," explained Yeonjun as he shrugged. "Besides, I couldn't just let you guys take down the fort without me," he added.

"We should do a group photo with the fort in the background," chimed in Junhan. "With you, Beomgyu, and Taehyun first," he added. "Then we can make one giant group photo again," he explained. "We can do that yeah," hummed Beomgyu. "Also we should get a photo of Soobin," he added. "It is his and Taehyun's fort first," he added.

"You don't have to," protested Taehyun. "Nah, it's fine," explained Beomgyu. "You guys made the fort first," he added. "It's only right to have you two get the picture first," he explained. "Do you have a picture?" He asked. "I do, I think," answered Taehyun as he went to see what he could find in his pack. "I got one," chimed in Yeonjun as he dug through his bag to get the picture. "Here," he said, handing a picture to Taehyun who walked over and took a look at it.

[center ~]

A few days later Kai's birthday had passed and everyone had fun celebrating it. The pictures were taken, and Yeonjun was taken back home with Junhan who was switching with Keonhee and Jangjun while they had headed back west to visit some friends.

Taehyun had taken off the tarp before Yeonjun left, letting him take the tarp with him as a keepsake before the rest of Gunil's coven left, having needed to head back to wherever they needed to go.

"God, I'm going to miss this place," remarked Taehyun as it was just him, Beomgyu, Youngtaek, Heeseung, Jay and Niki left. "It was only right to tear it down though, right?" Asked Beomgyu. "We weren't coming back here, and it wasn't being used anyway," he added.

"Is Soobin here?" Asked Heeseung as he turned to Beomgyu. Beomgyu looked towards the river, seeing Soobin walk over from the riverbank. "He is now," responded Beomgyu as he turned back to the fort.

"Are you ready for this?" Asked Taehyun as he looked at Beomgyu. Beomgyu took a deep breath, nodding. "I'm as ready as ever," he breathed, slumping his shoulders as he took the first step, walking up to the fort and taking apart the door. The others soon joined in, breaking down the fort one by one and bringing it to the fire pit to make one last giant bonfire.

Beomgyu could feel two sets of eyes on him, and knew Kai was now here.

"You're tearing down the last of the good memories you have of this place," remarked Kai as he followed Beomgyu around. "Just to what? Move on?" Asked Soobin as he shook his head. "You won't be able to move on from something like this," he added.

"Gyu," called Heeseung as he noticed Beomgyu stop what he was doing. "It's okay," he reassured, walking over and putting his hands on his shoulders. "We're here okay?" He asked. "You need to do this, you know we won't be able to come back here," he added. "Right," sighed out Beomgyu as he closed his eyes and tilted his head back. "I'm okay, we're okay," he chanted, taking a deep breath before opening his eyes and moving his head to look at Heeseung.

Heeseung watched him with a raised eyebrow, questions visible in his eyes. "They're gone, for now," huffed Beomgyu as he noticed it being silent. "Good," responded Heeseung. "Come on, you can light the fire," he added, moving back towards the fire pit where the others were throwing the last pieces of the fort into the pit.

Youngtaek handed Beomgyu his lighter and a piece of bark, and Beomgyu lit the piece on fire before throwing it into the pit and watching as the fire grew.

The silence was deafening, but Beomgyu was glad for it as he sat down in front of the pit, sighing in resignation as he felt someone put their hand on his shoulder.

[center ~]

"So where are you going next?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned to Heeseung and Taehyun. "We're headed back to the states with Jay and Niki," replied Heeseung as he shrugged. "It's almost gator hunting season," chimed in Jay as he shrugged. "Jungwon needs us back there, as Jaehwan can't hunt this year," he added. "So you two are having a go at it huh?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned to Taehyun.

"I honestly wanted to see what all the fuss was about," Taehyun replied with a shrug. "Have fun," Beomgyu said with a chuckle.

"Where are you going?" Asked Taehyun. "I'm on this side of Russia for the next few months," responded Beomgyu. "And I guess I'm with you," chimed in Youngtaek.

"Back where we started huh?" Asked Beomgyu. "It seems so," hummed Youngtaek.

"Well," started Taehyun once the fire was burned out. "We'll head on now," he added. "Keep in touch will you?" He asked. "Sure," replied Beomgyu as he nodded. "We'll do our best to keep in touch also," chimed in Heeseung before he left with Taehyun.

[center ~]

Beomgyu stood before the cross for the last time, picking up the picture they were using for both Soobin and Kai and putting it in his pocket.

"Goodbye you two," he whispered into the air, putting a hand on the cross before turning around to face Youngtaek who tried to give a reassuring smile to him. "Are you ready?" Asked Youngtaek. Beomgyu nodded. "Let's go," he said, turning and sprinting off, Youngtaek following after him.
AkiraSanogame     101d ago
Playing Oneus's Same Scent on repeat

[center Epilogue]

Beomgyu stood at the borders to Finland, watching as Kevin and Juyeon, who was carrying Kevin on his back while in wolf form, escort Youngtaek back into Russia. "Ah, you dyed your hair!" Exclaimed Youngtaek as he walked across to stand in front of Beomgyu.

"It's a nice color isn't it?" Asked Beomgyu as he waved to Kevin and Juyeon, Kevin waving back before Juyeon turned and ran off. "The dark red suits you to be honest," agreed Youngtaek as he nodded.

"How was Norway?" Asked Beomgyu as he put his hands in his pockets. "It was fine," hummed Youngtaek. "Eric is a good host," he added. "That's good," commented Beomgyu as he turned and walked away, Youngtaek pushing to follow after him, adjusting the strap of his pack on his shoulder as he caught up with Beomgyu.

"I was thinking of re-dyeing my hair back to black to be honest with you," huffed Youngtaek as he walked with Beomgyu.

"Well, it'll make you less of a walking target?" Beomgyu asked with a snicker, earning a sigh from Youngtaek. "If not just cut it, I'm sure you'll find something that suits you," he added. Youngtaek hummed in response.

"So what happened while I was gone?" Asked Youngtaek. "Nothing much really," hummed Beomgyu as he shrugged his shoulders. "It was rather boring for a while," he added. "Nothing's really gone on since the semi-peace treaty that Kevin and the others managed to put up," he said as an afterthought.

"Have you heard from Taehyun and Heeseung?" Asked Youngtaek. "Ah, they're busy with missions," responded Beomgyu as he shook his head no. "Jiseok and Jooyeon do keep in touch though, when they can," he added.

"Oh yeah," chimed in Youngtaek as he stopped to dig through his bag. "Here," he added, taking out Beomgyu's lighter and handing it back to him. "I know we switched lighters and yours was empty so I refilled it for you," he explained when Beomgyu took the lighter from him, blinking in surprise. "I still have yours," Beomgyu said with a snort, taking said lighter from his pocket and handing it to Youngtaek. Youngtaek took the lighter and put it in his bag. "I see," hummed Youngtaek as he zipped up the bag and continued walking with Beomgyu.

[center ~]

Heeseung sighed as he leaned back in his seat, glaring at the space in front of him. "What's wrong?" Asked Taehyun as he walked over and sat down beside Heeseung, waiting on the train that would take them back to Russia from Germany. "It's been years since we were last in Russia, do we [i really] need to head back?" Asked Heeseung. "We could always ask Beomgyu and Youngtaek to relocate or something," he added.

"You know, I tried to ask that question to Beomgyu the last time we were home and he said he couldn't leave due to personal reasons," hummed Taehyun. "Yeonjun?" Asked Heeseung. "No," replied Taehyun as he shook his head. "He left Russia years ago," he added. "Said he was going to try and make it in the states or Canada or something," he explained with a shrug.

"Are Soobin and Kai still bothering him?" Asked Heeseung. "Not from what I've seen from what Youngtaek's told me," came the reply from Taehyun as the sound of their train arriving signaled them to get up and get ready to go. "And from what I've heard apparently Beomgyu dyed his hair," he added. "Huh," hummed Heeseung.

"Well, let's head home then?" Asked Taehyun as the train stopped and opened the doors. "I guess," sighed Heeseung as he followed Taehyun onto the train.

[center ~]

Beomgyu rubbed the back of his neck in a sheepish manner, his fingers brushing against the leather cord that hung around his neck while Youngtaek glared at him. "I can't ever stay mad at you," whined Youngtaek as he pouted. "Well, I can't do much about that," Beomgyu retorted with a scoff, dropping his arm as he shook his head in amusement.

"You can, you just [i won't]," grumbled Youngtaek as he sighed. Beomgyu shook his head. "Come on fox," he called, turning and running off. "Oi!" Shouted Youngtaek as he ran after Beomgyu.

[center ~]

Ending up back in Moscow, Beomgyu was oddly feeling excited for the news of Taehyun and Heeseung returning. Youngtaek had told him they were coming back, and Moscow had become their city after Daeyeol and Bomin decided to make a coven that consisted of them, and Taehyun and Heeseung. Seungmin and Jungsu still came around every now and again, but Moscow was officially theirs. Beomgyu became the unspoken leader, though Daeyeol was the known leader since he stayed in the city and more people knew him anyway.

"Can we get some food first?" Asked Youngtaek as he and Beomgyu walked to the train station that Taehyun and Heeseung would be arriving at. "You and your damn stomach," sighed Beomgyu as he turned to Youngtaek. "I guess," he added, shrugging. "I'll meet you at the station then?" He asked. "I-," started Youngtaek as he blinked before nodding. "Sure," he added before turning and heading to the nearest foodstand.

Beomgyu blinked in confusion before turning and walking towards the train station, going through it to stand on the platform to wait for Taehyun and Heeseung.

Daeyeol appeared on the platform, going to stand next to Beomgyu as he looked ahead of him. "They're almost here huh?" He asked. "It's been a few years," hummed Beomgyu. "I shouldn't've snapped at Youngtaek like that, but," he added, sighing. "It's alright, they're your best friends," chimed in Daeyeol. "Youngtaek understands," he added.

[center ~]

Youngtaek and Bomin walked over just as Taehyun and Heeseung's train arrived, Beomgyu almost bouncing on his feet as he waited for the doors to open.

"He's got the excited puppy look again," remarked Taehyun as he stood at the door with Heeseung. "We haven't been home in a few years, of course he's like this," sighed Heeseung, jokingly. "Well, let's go greet our friends shall we?" Asked Taehyun as the doors opened. "Let's," agreed Heeseung as he stepped off the train first with Taehyun stepping off behind him. They moved out of the way to let the other passengers step off the train before walking over to stand in front of Beomgyu, Daeyeol, Bomin and Youngtaek.

"You did dye your hair!" Pointed out Taehyun as he took in how Beomgyu looked. Beomgyu smirked, shrugging. "It's nothing really," he said. "The color suits you," hummed Taehyun. "I thought so too," agreed Beomgyu as he turned and walked off. "This kid," sighed Youngtaek as he followed after Beomgyu.

"It's his way of saying welcome back?" Asked Daeyeol. "He was like this in military school too," scoffed Heeseung as he shook his head. "Don't worry though, he's happy we're back," he added as they followed after Beomgyu and Youngtaek.

[center ~]

Heeseung could only observe how how much Beomgyu changed since they last saw each other, but he did notice how much more at peace Beomgyu was. It was like the time away from each other had changed in everyone, as even Taehyun found himself observing how much the 3 of them changed.

"We've changed, a lot," remarked Heeseung as he, Taehyun and Beomgyu hung out around the city. "It's something that happens with time," agreed Beomgyu as he shrugged, reaching his hand up and fidgeting with the leather cord around his neck.

"I'm surprised you still have that thing," pointed out Taehyun. "It's a keepsake, just like the lighter," sighed out Beomgyu as he dropped his hand, putting it in his pocket. "Besides, you two keep the group photos we took a few years ago, don't lie," he added, smirking at the sighs from Taehyun and Heeseung.

"Just don't get yourselves killed yeah? I don't think my mind can handle it," hummed Beomgyu as he turned and continued walking. Heeseung and Taehyun turned to each other, nodding as a silent promise to stay alive before following after Beomgyu.

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