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Strung Apart by Fate [A TXT fanfic] [Complete]

By AkiraSanogame
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Soobin is your ordinary college student, going through school, and simply just trying to live his life. Beomgyu is a seemingly random stranger that feels oddly familiar to Soobin, but he can't figure out why for the life of him. And Taehyun? He was Soobin's best friend, but even he had his own secrets that Soobin couldn't figure out.

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HUGE DISCLAIMER: This is my first soulmateau so please keep that in mind while reading the first few chapters. This is new territory for me therefore it will seem very awkward. Thank you!

WARNING: COMMENTS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS


Oh hai~! Author-nim here with another story :D

This isn't a wolfau! I know, how shocking right xD

I decided to try my hand at a soulmateau inspired by a subplot for a fic I had read on Tumblr.

What kind of soulmates are Beomgyu and Soobin? I don't know how to call it but it's one where every single time they meet one person always dies. Soobin is the person who dies in this case. The only way to break the curse is to have a third person in the mix. But even that brings its own set of challenges.

Beomgyu isn't immortal per say, as he can die but he is stuck in his early 20's until this curse breaks.

Taehyun was in the same boat, but due to already breaking the curse he is fine. Soobin had been the one to break it, and is happy with his soulmate who had become one of Soobin's closest friends after Taehyun.

Well now that that's out of the way. Let's get onto the characters~!

Characters:


Soobin: A full time college student who works part time at a cafe to help pay for school. He is best friends with Taehyun who he had met in high school, and was the one who brought Taehyun and his soulmate together. Soobin is skeptical of the concept of soulmates, but is still happy for his best friend. He has a heart condition that has been with him since birth, but refuses to let that stop him from achieving his dreams. He is a biology major, with a minor in computer science.

Taehyun: A full time college student who also works part time at the cafe that Soobin works at. He is Soobin's best friend, having been friends since high school despite the two year age gap that was seemingly between them. In reality he had been alive for a lot longer than he was supposed to be, having been stuck as a teenager when he first found his soulmate. He has since broke the curse and is aging again and is in a happy relationship with his soulmate, Heeseung. He is majoring in computer science, with a minor in education.

Beomgyu: A college student who transferred from one of the other universities when he caught wind of his soulmate being at that particular school. He had been looking for Soobin for years at that point, as the last time they had met each other before Soobin's death was back in the 80's. He had gone through 4 lifetimes by that point it seemed, as the first time he met Soobin was by complete accident, and he had sought out Soobin ever since. He and Taehyun know of each other, as it was easy to spot someone in their predicament by the way they carried themselves. He is majoring in computer science, with a minor in literature.

Heeseung: A college student who also works at the cafe that Soobin and Taehyun work at. He was skeptical at the concept of soulmates at first, but after getting saved by Soobin from a car crash when he met Taehyun seemingly for the first time he decided to give Taehyun a chance. He had since then been in a happy relationship with Taehyun, and is close friends with Soobin. He is majoring in archeology, with a minor in science.

I hope you enjoy the story~!

Thanks to ErrorMacro713 for the poster~!
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AkiraSanogame     208d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 1]

"Did you know we got a new student?" Asked Taehyun as he joined Soobin at the counter to help make drinks. "Really?" Asked Soobin.

"Apparently he's a transfer," explained Taehyun. "Huh," hummed Soobin as he looked thoughtful, concentrating on the drink machine as Heeseung passed over drink orders.

"Is he in some of your classes?" Asked Heeseung as Soobin passed orders down the counter to a coworker of theirs named Jungwon who called for them as they were passed down. "I think so," replied Taehyun as he shrugged. "I don't know though," he added. "Just heard from the grapevine anyway," he explained.

"Ah, Beomgyu?" Asked Jungwon as he handed out more orders. "He moved into our dorms yesterday," he explained. "I had to show him to his room, he's rooming with Jake I think," he added.

"Oh, looks like I'll be seeing him tonight," remarked Heeseung. "You're still rooming with Jay right?" Asked Taehyun. "He'll gossip about it all week since him and Jake tend to do that a lot," he added.

"How's Yeonjun been by the way? We haven't seen him since the end of high school," remarked Taehyun. "He's fine, he said he was still looking for his soulmate," explained Soobin. "I think Kai said he was coming back next week or something right?" He asked.

"Yeah, he's visiting his family for a bit before coming back, he's gonna miss the first week of classes," replied Taehyun. "Hm," hummed Soobin.

[center ~]

Beomgyu looked around the room he was given after returning from a tour of the campus, setting his bag down on the bed that looked unused. "I can't believe that transfer worked," he mumbled to himself as he flopped down on the bed beside his bag, sighing in relief. "Only you would get into the best school in the country huh?" He grumbled, turning his head to stare at the bag that carried only his most personal items.

"Beomgyu was it?" Came a voice that caused Beomgyu to lift his head to spot his roommate. "Yeah, that's me," replied Beomgyu as he sat up, studying who he assumed was Jake. "I'm Jake, welcome to our dorms," greeted Jake as he held out a hand. Beomgyu got to his feet, walking over and shaking hands with Jake. "Beomgyu, nice to meet you," he greeted back, the corners of his lips going up in a smile.

"I only have a few rules here," stated Jake as he motioned to the room in general. "Keep your side clean, no food, water is fine in here, and if you're up studying late at night keep the screen low so we can sleep," he explained. "Sure, no problem," replied Beomgyu as he nodded. "Good, we'll be good roommates then!" Jake exclaimed excitedly as he grinned, reminding Beomgyu of an excited puppy as he fought down a snort.

[center ~]

Heeseung sighed as he looked down at his boyfriend, who simply scowled up at him. "What? I'll be fine," whined Heeseung. "I- I just have bad vibes," mumbled Taehyun as he dropped the scowl for a pout. "I know I've only seen this guy in passing, but just be careful okay?" He asked. "Sure sure," reassured Heeseung as he reached out and tousled Taehyun's hair.

"I'll see you tomorrow then?" Asked Heeseung. "I guess," sighed Taehyun as he turned, leaving the dorm area to head back to his and Soobin's house. Heeseung shook his head before turning and opening the door and stepping into the dorm house, spotting Jay in the living area playing Mario Kart with Niki to see who would make dinner.

"How was work?" Asked Jay as he didn't look up from the TV. "It went fine, Jungwon left early again," sighed Heeseung. "Said something about a date with Sunghoon or something," he added. "Ah, they're here somewhere," explained Jay. "Also we got a new dormmate," he added. "He's rooming with Jake right now," he added. "Hm," hummed Heeseung as he walked out of the living area and headed down the hall to the bedrooms.

Heeseung entered his room just as Jay's shout of victory echoed down the hall and Niki's whining before Niki went to get dinner made. "God those two," Heeseung mumbled, jokingly as he threw his bag onto the chair next to his desk before going to get his towel and head into the connecting bathroom to take a shower.

[center ~]

Heeseung met Beomgyu during dinner, and he understood what Taehyun meant now. "So what'd you transfer here to do?" asked Heeseung as he looked curious. "Ah? I'm in computer science but the literature program was too good to pass up," explained Beomgyu as he shrugged. "I was honestly surprised they let me transfer to be honest with you," he added.

"They had more than my other school did anyway," explained Beomgyu as he shrugged, taking a bite of food.

"So you know everyone in this dorm has yet to find their soulmate right?" Asked Jay. "Well, except Heeseung, but they put him here anyway," he added. "Oh?" Asked Beomgyu. "Hey, I [i could] move in with Taehyun and Soobin but they're about to get crowded with Kai returning," grumbled Heeseung. "Also I can't afford their rent," he added.

"A 4 bedroom house is too expensive for you?" Asked Jay. "You'd be surprised at how expensive that can get," sighed Heeseung.

"Soobin's rich, apparently," explained Niki. "But he doesn't want to let that humble him, so the job he has is just a secondary source of income," he added. "Interesting," hummed Beomgyu, as he listened to the conversation that was about his soulmate.

"Doesn't Soobin pay the rent anyway? While Taehyun, Kai and Yeonjun work on the bills?" Asked Jake. "I think so," hummed Jay. "Where can we get a rich friend like that?" He asked. "I'm friends with said rich person, but Soobin doesn't let it get to his head," chimed in Heeseung.

[center ~]

"Taehyun said to keep an eye on you," commented Heeseung as he confronted Beomgyu. "I don't know who this Taehyun is," Beomgyu replied as he tilted his head to the side. "But I'm harmless," he added. "You don't need to worry about me," he explained.

"Is there a problem here?" Asked Jungwon as he stepped into the hallway from his and Sunghoon's room. "Nothing," reassured Beomgyu as he turned to Jungwon. "Heeseung's just welcoming me is all," he added. "Do you need to spend the night at Taehyun's?" Asked Jungwon as he noticed how tense Heeseung was. "Nah, I'll be fine," huffed Heeseung as he shook his head before going into his and Jay's room.

Beomgyu watched him go before turning to Jungwon who watched him with a raised eyebrow. "Are you [i sure] you're not going to be a problem?" Asked Jungwon. "Yeah, no I'll be fine," reassured Beomgyu. "I honestly don't know where this hostility is coming from," he explained, shrugging.

[center ~]

Taehyun grumbled when text messages started pouring into his phone, waking him up from his sleep as he lifted his head and reached out to grab his phone and bring it to his face to check his messages.

[i Heeseung: You're right, there's something wrong with him.
Taehyun wake up damn it!
This is important!

Taehyun: You woke me up just to tell me THAT?

Heeseung: I met him during dinner, and he just had that kind of VIBE.
like when we met or something.
he apparently is like you, or like you were anyway.]

Taehyun sighed as he turned to lay on his back, thinking of a reply.

[i Taehyun: just keep an eye on him yeah?
you don't need to like become friends, but just BE CAREFUL.

Heeseung: I'll try.
apparently his room is next to mine and Jay's
he's rooming with Jake.

Taehyun: don't do anything stupid hyung

Heeseung: you think I'd do something stupid?
wait don't answer that]

That caused Taehyun to chuckle, shaking his head and turning his phone on do not disturb before placing it back on the wireless charger on his nightstand. He then turned and buried his face into his pillow and tried to fall back asleep.
AkiraSanogame     206d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 2]

Beomgyu was feeling lazy, laying down in his bed as he stared up at the ceiling. What Heeseung had told him the day before really bothered him, as the only way someone would [i know] is to have been in the same situation.

Looks like Beomgyu would have to seek out this [i Taehyun] for answers. He sat up and looked around the room, spotting Jake at his desk working on something on his laptop.

"Do you know if there's a place where everyone just goes around here?" Asked Beomgyu, catching Jake's attention as he turned and looked at Beomgyu.

"There's the cafe just outside campus," replied Jake as he shrugged his shoulders. "[i Everyone] goes there though," he added. "Heeseung and Jungwon work there most days while Jay, Sunghoon and I work the other days," he explained, shrugging.

"Is Heeseung there today?" Asked Beomgyu. "I think so? Sunghoon and Jay had to be called in though, Soobin isn't feeling well and Taehyun refuses to leave his best friend behind," replied Jake. "Hm," hummed Beomgyu.

"Why, what's up?" Asked Jake. "Ah, was just asking," Beomgyu replied with a shake of his head. "I may look for places to just hang out when I'm not busy with classes," he added. "Yeah, the dorm does get boring sometimes," scoffed Jake as he turned back to his laptop.

"Oh, what's your soulmate thingy?" Asked Beomgyu. "A tattoo," replied Jake as he held up his wrist, showing the small tattoo of a rose before returning to the laptop to finish up whatever he was doing. "I think the others are different too," he added. "But I [i know] that Jungwon and Sunghoon can't see colors, but I don't know about the others," he hummed.

"What's yours?" Asked Jake. "Well," mumbled Beomgyu. "Reincarnated?" He asked. "Oh, that's uh..." Mumbled Jake. "I'm sorry," he added. "Hey, it's fine," mumbled Beomgyu as he got up. "I'll head out then," he added. "Do you want anything?" He asked. "Nah, I'm fine," replied Jake as he nodded. "Alright," Beomgyu said as he grabbed his bag and slung the strap over his shoulder before leaving the room and grabbing his shoes. He left the dorm after putting on his shoes and headed to the cafe that Jake was talking about.

[center ~]

Heeseung was worried for Soobin, as it [i had] been a while since Soobin wasn't feeling well. He hoped that Soobin wasn't going to end up in the hospital again, though from the chat he was in with the friend group it seemed Soobin was just feeling a little under the weather.

"I can just [i smell] the worry on you, come on now," sighed Sunghoon. "I'm sure it's fine, you said yourself that it was just Soobin having a cold," he added. "I'm sorry," grumbled Heeseung as he leaned against the counter. "Hey, it's okay," reassured Sunghoon. "We get it, really," he added. "Your situation is rather... Unique," he explained.

The door chimed as someone walked in, causing everyone to turn to see someone they hadn't seen in a while. "Kai!" Greeted Sunghoon. "Welcome back," greeted Heeseung as he waved at Kai. "Yo," greeted Kai as he grinned. "Where's the rest of the crew?" Asked Kai as he walked up to the counter to order. "And I'll have mine, Soobin and Taehyun's usuals please," he added. "Jungwon and Jay are in the back counting inventory," explained Heeseung as he rung up the order, Kai swiping his card as Heeseung handed the cups down to Sunghoon. "I see," hummed Kai as he waited by the counter where the drinks were handed out.

"How's Soobin?" Asked Sunghoon as he focused on the drink machines. "He's fine," responded Kai as he checked his phone to go through the chats. "He was up and eating soup earlier, Taehyun sent me here to get their drinks," he added.

"Oh, did your timer change at all while you were visiting your sisters?" Asked Heeseung. "No," whined Kai as he pouted. "It actually went up, so I'm assuming my soulmate is around here somewhere," he explained. "I am gonna stay around anyway, I want to get into a good club," he added. "Get my portfolio going so I can get into a good job," he explained.

"As much as you like the coffee here you're better off somewhere else to be honest," agreed Sunghoon as he passed over the drinks once they were done. "I can't make coffee for the life of me," grumbled Kai as he took the drinks and left the cafe.

[center ~]

It took some time but Beomgyu found the cafe that everyone was talking about, entering the cafe as someone he didn't recognize walked out, Beomgyu holding the door for them before walking in. "Look who finally showed up," greeted Sunghoon as he recognized who walked in.

"I wanted to check the place out," explained Beomgyu as he shrugged. "Nothing wrong with that," dismissed Heeseung as he shook his head. "What do you recommend?" Asked Beomgyu as he walked over to the counter. "Sunghoon makes a great matcha latte," suggested Heeseung. "I'll have that then," stated Beomgyu as Heeseung rung up the order, Beomgyu swiping his card before walking down to where the drinks were handed out.

"It seems pretty dead right now," remarked Beomgyu as he looked around the cafe. "Most people are still settling in," explained Sunghoon as he focused on what he was doing. "It'll get busy after the next few days and classes start," he added. "Is that why it's just you two right now?" Asked Beomgyu. "For the moment," hummed Sunghoon as he finished making the drink and handed it to Beomgyu who took a sip and nodded, going to sit down at a table by the windows, taking off his bag and putting it on the back of the chair before sitting down and looking out the window to people watch.

[center ~]

Heeseung let out a breath as he leaned against the back counter again, causing Sunghoon to look at him weirdly. "I'll explain later," dismissed Heeseung as he pushed away from the counter and walked into the backroom.

"So we'll need to order more cups, more pastries, more this and that," grumbled Jay as he checked off a list. "Also more lids, more napkins, amongst other things," added Jungwon as Jay grumbled, writing more things down.

"Can I go now?" Asked Heeseung as he stepped into the backroom, the door swinging closed behind him. "I got it Jungwon, you can't see the colors anyway," dismissed Jay as he checked off more. "[i Fine]," sighed Jungwon as he turned to Heeseung.

"I heard Kai was back," commented Jay as he continued looking at their stock. "Oh, then yeah you can go," Jungwon stated, nodding. "I know you haven't been spending much time with Taehyun outside of work either, go," he added. "Don't make it seem like I'm obsessed with him," whined Heeseung as he scowled. Jungwon smirked. "Sure sure," he dismissed, earning a sigh from Heeseung before he went to clock out.

[center ~]

Taehyun drove over in Soobin's car as Heeseung left the cafe, Heeseung quickly getting into the passenger seat and closing the door. He buckled in before Taehyun drove off, heading back to Soobin's house. "Soobin's feeling better by the way," reassured Taehyun. "Good," grumbled Heeseung.

"What a weird relationship huh?" Asked Heeseung as he looked out the passenger side window. "It's just how the world works apparently," grumbled Taehyun. "Just think how long it would've taken if you were taken from me again," he added. Heeseung hummed, leaning his head back against the headrest and closing his eyes.
AkiraSanogame     198d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 3]

Soobin curled up into a ball on the couch, wrapped up in blankets as he sneezed into a tissue. Kai was across the room on the loveseat enjoying his cup of matcha latte as he rambled on about his summer spent with his sisters and parents.

"But yeah, Lea wasn't there the whole time because she got to hang out with her soulmate and Bahiyyih was annoyed that her timer went down to at [i least] 30 seconds and then went up again so she scrambled to look for her soulmate," rambled Kai, with Soobin nodding along the whole time.

"And after that, we got lost and her timer went back up," finished Kai as the front door opened. "That sucks," hummed Soobin as he took a sip of the tea Kai had gotten from the cafe.

"I'm home!" Called Taehyun as he walked into the livingroom after taking off his shoes, Heeseung close behind him.

"You didn't miss much, just Kai talking my ear off," commented Soobin as he took a tissue and sneezed into it, throwing it into a nearby trash can. "You were invested into the story, don't lie," whined Kai. "Of course," Soobin replied, nodding as he took a sip of his tea.

"Soobin needs to rest you know," reminded Heeseung as he sat down beside Kai. "Of course, but Soobin wanted his tea," mumbled Kai as he shrugged, taking a sip of his latte. "I didn't want to stay in bed all day," grumbled Soobin. "At least don't do too much today okay?" Asked Taehyun as he sat beside Soobin. "I'm fine, really, you don't need to dote on me," grumbled Soobin.

"We're just worried okay? Last time you said that you ended up in the hospital," sighed Taehyun. "I get it, I get it," Soobin said quickly. "I feel fine, okay?" He asked. "Just let us know if you start feeling worse," demanded Taehyun. "I will, I will," reassured Soobin as he nodded.

"Tomorrow is the first day of classes, do you think you'll be okay to go in?" Asked Taehyun. "Probably," replied Soobin as he shrugged. "I have a morning class though, so you guys are gonna either have to wake up early or walk," he added.

"Did Yeonjun ever say when he was coming back?" Asked Kai. Soobin shook his head no. "Not that I'm aware of," he replied with a shrug. "Hm," hummed Kai.

[center ~]

Beomgyu sighed as he got up from his bed, going into the bathroom to take a shower and wake himself up some. It was the first day of classes and he had an early morning class so Beomgyu didn't want to try and wake up his dormmate.

After taking a shower and getting dressed Beomgyu went to grab his bag and put on his shoes before leaving the dorms with his keys in hand.

Beomgyu wasn't sure why they had him do a class at [i 8 in the morning], but he wasn't going to complain if he met his soulmate again. He just hoped that Soobin wasn't accident prone this life unlike his last life.

[center ~]

Soobin walked into his early morning class, grumbling about waking up early as he found a seat near the back of the classroom. He had noticed that there was someone there already, though they looked like they were sleeping still. Soobin took his spot near the person and sat down, laying his head down on the desk and waiting on class to start.

Beomgyu peeked out from under his arms as he heard someone enter the room, finding Soobin entering and going to sit down near him. He huffed out a sigh as he sat up, looking around the room as it started to fill with other students, including Jake and Jungwon who were sitting a few seats away from them. He turned his head slightly to look at Soobin who was sitting up and now paying attention to class before turning back to look at the teacher as she started class.

[center ~]

Soobin met up with Jake and Jungwon after class, walking with them to the cafeteria to get breakfast. Beomgyu was left to slowly follow behind them, with the excuse of learning where things were on campus being used to be able to walk with them. Beomgyu's real excuse was to get closer to his soulmate, though he didn't get too close in case the curse decided to pop up from nowhere and Soobin would be taken from him this soon after meeting him again.

They were joined by Heeseung and Taehyun who were just arriving to eat breakfast before they had to go to their first classes.

"How was the first class?" Asked Taehyun as they sat around a table. "It was honestly boring, then again it was at 8 in the morning," replied Jungwon as he shrugged. "I'm surprised you were awake for the whole class," remarked Jake as he turned to Jungwon. "I have nothing better to do, it's not like I can see the colors on the board," grumbled Jungwon. "Also this is a mandatory class," he added. "I [i have] to pay attention," he explained.

"Computer science major too?" Asked Beomgyu. "I'm trying to get into the medical field, as an xray tech," explained Jungwon. "I'm minoring in computer science," chimed in Soobin as he shrugged. "I'm an engineering major, so this is a part of it," explained Jake as he shrugged. "Am I the only computer science major?" Asked Beomgyu. "No, I am but I took the class last semester," replied Taehyun as he shrugged. "We didn't have this class at my other school," hummed Beomgyu as he looked thoughtful.

"Well, I need to go," hummed Heeseung as he got up, slinging the strap of his bag over his shoulder. "I'll see you guys around lunch time yeah?" He asked. "Be careful," said Taehyun as he waved off Heeseung. "I'll try," sighed Heeseung as he turned and walked away, heading to his class.

"Heeseung seems to be in quite the hurry," remarked Soobin as he tilted his head to the side. "Did you two get into another fight?" He asked, turning to Taehyun. "No, no," Taehyun reassured quickly. "He's stressed already with his classes, and it's only the first day," he explained.

"Ah, right, the owner gave us the day off by the way," chimed in Jungwon. "Let us have a few days to adjust to the new semester anyway," he added. "Good," groaned Soobin. "The other crew is never there anymore, they need to take over more now," he added.

"The other crew?" Asked Beomgyu. "Ah, they're a bunch of upperclassmen from various parts of the school," replied Taehyun. "They're there on all of our days off," he explained. "I see," hummed Beomgyu. "They're mostly the morning crew, since apparently we all have morning classes," added Jungwon.

"I'm going to be leaving you guys soon for the morning crew," sighed Soobin. "Right, you're a junior now?" asked Taehyun. "You know how awkward it is to be in a class of freshman and sophmores?" Asked Soobin as he rubbed his face with his hands. "And I only have one morning class so I'll be able to join the morning crew after classes," he added.

"Ah, I never got to introduce my best friend!" Soobin said suddenly as he perked up. "Sorry, Beomgyu, this is Taehyun," he explained. "Taehyun, this is Beomgyu," he added. "You've met the others by now I'm sure?" He asked. "In Heeseung's dorm? Yeah," Beomgyu replied with a nod.

"Do you know what Jay's soulmate thingy is?" Asked Jake. "He's not very open about it," he added. "From what I could see? I don't know," hummed Jungwon. "It could be [i anything] at this point," he added. "I have a theory, but it could be anything at this point," hummed Jake.

"What do you think Beomgyu?" Asked Jake as he turned to Beomgyu. "Truth be told? I don't know either," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged. "What's yours then?" Asked Taehyun as he looked curious. "Ah... Reincarnation," mumbled Beomgyu, causing Taehyun to flinch in understanding. "Oh, I know how that is," grumbled Taehyun.

"How many lives did you go through before finding your way here?" Asked Jungwon as he looked curious. "This will be the 4th," hummed Beomgyu. "Damn, 4 times?" Asked Jake. "What can I say, my soulmate was a klutz," Beomgyu stated with a shrug.
AkiraSanogame     194d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 4]

"It's Soobin isn't it?" Asked Jake as he and Beomgyu were in their room studying. "How'd you figure that one out?" Asked Beomgyu as he didn't look up from the textbook he was reading.

"Something about Soobin saying that you felt really familiar to him is all," hummed Jake as he looked at his laptop in deep thought. "Yes, it's Soobin," replied Beomgyu as he looked up at Jake.

"God, that makes so much sense," grumbled Jake. "Oh?" Asked Beomgyu. "Soobin's been feeling more sick lately," explained Jake. "Ever since you mentioned your soulmate thing and met Soobin he's been in and out of classes due to getting sick," he added.

"God I hope he doesn't," grumbled Beomgyu as he sighed. "Hey, Soobin's a fighter, don't worry," chimed in Jake. "He's not going to die that easily," he added.

"If it helps any, I'm rooting for you okay?" Asked Jake. "Thanks, I hope you find your soulmate too," Beomgyu replied with a nod. "Here's to hoping things work out," stated Jake. Beomgyu nodded.

[center ~]

"Ugh, again?" Groaned Soobin as he laid in his bed, his body aching all over from fighting a fever from the night before. Luckily the school and his job was aware of his heart condition, so he was excused from his classes and his shifts when he [i needed] to be.

"Are you feeling off again?" Asked Taehyun as he peeked his head into the room. "Just slightly," grumbled Soobin. "I'll see how I feel this afternoon but I'm not going for morning classes," he explained. "Need me to bring you anything?" Asked Taehyun. "Tea from the cafe?" Asked Soobin. "It won't be 'til after my shift," explained Taehyun. "No problem," replied Soobin. "If I feel up to it I'll head down to the cafe to study," he explained.

"Where'd Kai go anyway?" Asked Soobin as he sat up. "He went to class early, his timer is going down again so he's hoping to catch his soulmate today," explained Taehyun. "Good luck to him then," sighed Soobin. "Mine's just asking for my death apparently," he grumbled.

"You know that yours doesn't wish that on you, you just ended up on the wrong side of the coin," explained Taehyun as he sighed, turning and leaving, closing the door behind him. Soobin flopped back down on his bed, mumbling to himself as he forced his body to relax so he could get through this span of sickness.

"Whoever you are just let me live damn it," grumbled Soobin as he closed his eyes to try and rest.

[center ~]

Beomgyu found himself walking with Jungwon and Jake to the cafeteria after their morning classes, Soobin's absence being felt in the group the entire morning. "What is this, day 3?" Asked Jungwon. "You know his bouts of sickness will last a while Jungwon, give him a break will you?" Asked Jake. "He didn't used to get [i this] sick [i this] often before," explained Jungwon.

Taehyun and Heeseung met them outside the cafeteria, being joined by Jay not too long afterwards. They got their food before going to sit down around a table to eat.

"How's Soobin?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned to Taehyun. "He's fine, at least for today," replied Taehyun as he nodded. "I think he'll be able to return to classes tomorrow," he added. "We'll see if we see him at the cafe today when we go in for our shifts," he explained.

Jay seemed to be nursing an injured wrist, keeping it close to his chest as he ate. "Is everything alright Jay?" Asked Jungwon as he turned to Jay. "I'm fine," explained Jay. "Just sprained my wrist earlier," he added. Heeseung perked up at that, turning to his roommate with concern.

"Are you sure you're okay?" Asked Heeseung. "I'm fine, I'm fine," reassured Jay. "I know I have a shift today, I should be good enough to come in," he added.

No one noticed the glances that Taehyun and Beomgyu gave each other, the both of them shaking their heads before they both got up, finished with their meals early. "I have a class to get to," explained Taehyun as he grabbed his empty tray. "I was going to explore campus a bit, I'll be around," explained Beomgyu as he took his tray of food and left with Taehyun.

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"Jay's soulmate is very... Not in a good mood," remarked Beomgyu as he walked with Taehyun. "You noticed it too?" Asked Taehyun. "I was the one to bring it up to Heeseung," reminded Beomgyu. "I just hope that his soulmate gets out of whatever they're in, this is hurting Jay more than usual, especially when he has to feel what his soulmate is doing to himself," he added.

"How is Kai?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned to Taehyun. "He's surviving," sighed Taehyun. "He was annoyed that his soulmate seemed to be avoiding him again," he added. "Timer went down before going back up huh?" Asked Beomgyu. "Yep," replied Taehyun.

"I'm trying my best to [i not] get closer to Soobin than I have to, but," sighed Beomgyu as he put his hands in his pockets. "Hey, I get it," replied Taehyun. "When you told me that you were his soulmate [i everything] made sense," he explained. "At least you have a bit longer to be with him this life than before," he added. "True," hummed Beomgyu.

"I wonder how we're going to break his curse," hummed Beomgyu as he looked thoughtful. "Well, mine was simple," sighed Taehyun. "But I don't know how we're going to break yours," he added. "I can't just give up my heart for him, that'd just pass on the curse to him," hummed Beomgyu.

"We'll figure it out," reassured Taehyun. "If it comes down to it, well," he added. "I know, I know," sighed Beomgyu. "It's time I pass on, 4 lifetimes and I'm already done with this crap," he grumbled.

"You would rather have Soobin go through this?" Asked Taehyun as he turned to Beomgyu. "Four times," sighed Beomgyu. "[i Four god damn times]," he emphasized. "I know you've only had to go through this once, but try [i 4], then you'd understand my pain," he explained.

"I'll see you at the cafe then?" Asked Taehyun as he reached his next class. "Yeah, whatever," grumbled Beomgyu as he nodded, watching as Taehyun entered the room. He then turned and walked away, heading towards his next class.

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Soobin walked into the cafe, grinning when he was greeted by Jungwon, Jake and Sunghoon. "Hey, I see you're finally feeling well enough," greeted Sunghoon as Soobin walked up to the counter. "I'll be moving to morning shifts soon enough, you guys will definitely miss me," Soobin stated as he shrugged. "The usual please," he added. Sunghoon rung up the order and Soobin swiped his card before going to wait by the counter where the drinks were passed down. Jungwon got to making his drink, concentrating on what he was working on to make sure he made it right.

"I thought Jay was working today?" Asked Soobin as he noticed that Jay was absent. "Jay sprained his wrist," explained Jake as he shrugged his shoulders. "It's why Jungwon's not-soulmate-but-still-his-boyfriend boyfriend is here," he added. "Oi," Sunghoon sighed. "We're not even doing anything," he added.

"Is Jay okay?" Asked Soobin. "I don't know to be honest with you," replied Jungwon as he passed over the finished drink. "I hope he is, he's been getting more injuries here and there," he added. "Hm," hummed Soobin as he took his drink and went to sit down.

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[i Jake: Soobin showed up!
I know you wanted an update, and he's here

Taehyun: Thanks for telling me, I swear Beomgyu needs to get a phone

Jake: He doesn't have one?

Taehyun: Nah, though I can see why
doesn't have a use for one
he does carry a tablet though, from what I've managed to see

Jake: An iPad maybe? we could add him to the group chat!

Taehyun: No, just a regular tablet. He has no use for a phone right now.]

Jake sighed in frustration as he put his phone away, grumbling about people and no phones. Jungwon and Sunghoon snicker at him before Jake headed into the backroom to take a break and relax for a few minutes.
AkiraSanogame     184d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 5]

[i Beomgyu stared at the still form of his soulmate, reaching out] ever so gently [i to close his eyes. "I'm sorry, whoever you are," he whispered, moving his hand back to his chest and getting up. "I'm sorry, okay?" He asked.]

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Beomgyu opened his eyes and looked up at the ceiling, memories of the first death still fresh in his mind as he sat up.

"Can't sleep again?" Asked Jake as he yawned, rubbing his eyes before focusing on his laptop. "Says the one who's awake doing homework," retorted Beomgyu as he turned to face Jake. Jake scoffed, reaching over and grabbing his cup of water before taking a sip, putting it back on the table next to his laptop.

"What time is it anyway?" Asked Beomgyu. "It's almost 4 am," replied Jake as he leaned back in his chair, stretching and cracking his knuckles before returning to his laptop to type out a few more paragraphs.

"And you're still awake?" Asked Beomgyu. "I don't have classes today, I can afford to furiously type this paper," retorted Jake as he continued typing away. "If you're still awake by the time the cafe opens let's get some coffee," hummed Beomgyu. "Sure," agreed Jake as he looked down at his keyboard.

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Beomgyu and Jake entered the cafe at a reasonable time, Jake looking like he was going to pass out at any moment while Beomgyu looked a bit more rested than Jake did. "You look exhausted," commented Soobin as he stood at the counter. "I pulled an all nighter, what can I say," grumbled Jake as he yawned.

"We'll get our usuals," commented Beomgyu as he nodded, keeping somewhat of a distance. Jake went to pay for it, swiping his card after Soobin rung up the orders. He passed down the cups to his coworker as Jake went to stand where the drinks were passed to. Beomgyu nodded to Soobin before going to sit down by the windows and people watch.

Jake sat down across from Beomgyu after getting their drinks, Beomgyu mumbling a thanks before taking a sip of his coffee.

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"So how does your soulmate thing work?" Asked Jay as he sat in front of Beomgyu at the library while Beomgyu was working on something for one of his classes. "Do you just [i know] when your soulmate is reborn?" He asked. "Yeah," hummed Beomgyu. "It's how I found out that I was dealing with reincarnation," he added.

"It also lets us [i know] what others have, which by the way you're more obvious than you think," he added. "I don't know what you're talking about," retorted Jay. "Okay, so what explains the pain you're going through everytime something happens to your wrist?" Asked Beomgyu. Jay turned away, glaring at something in the distance.

"Look, I'm not saying you should find your soulmate before something happens, but you [i may] need to do something before something happens," explained Beomgyu. "I don't know how," mumbled Jay as he looked down at his lap. "It's not like you where you [i know], or Kai and his timer," he added. "I want to help them, don't get me wrong," he explained. "But I don't know how," he added.

Beomgyu reached out and patted Jay's shoulder. "You'll be okay, okay?" He asked. "Just hang in there yeah?" He asked. "I'll try and pull some strings and see who you have as a soulmate," he explained. "I guess," hummed Jay.

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Beomgyu let out a breath, looking up at the building where all the soulmates names were held. There were more Jay Parks than he could count but he was [i sure] with what little information he had he could see who Jay's was. He was also here to see how long it would be before Soobin's next life. If he failed in saving his soulmate this time anyway.

Beomgyu walked into the building after a minute of hesitation, going inside to look around the giant library. He nodded to the receptionist before immediately heading to his section first. The reincarnation list was tiny, with only a few in his category, including Taehyun's. He noticed though, that Taehyun's had been removed, possibly due to Taehyun's soulmate being saved.

Beomgyu found his book and flipped through to the life before the current one, noting the small similarities between that one and Soobin's current life. He then flipped to the current life and couldn't help the smile that appeared at all of Soobin's achievements. "Leave it to you to be the best huh?" He asked, a small chuckle escaping him before flipping to the next life, keeping note of how many more years it would take before the next reincarnation stage after Soobin's death. He sighed before putting his book up, [i almost] wishing their roles were reversed.

Or that it was easier to break it this time around. He knew it'd be an impossible task, but Beomgyu knew the [i one] last resort would switch their roles and he wasn't sure if he wanted that for Soobin.

Beomgyu soon turned and walked over to Jay's section which took up an entire aisle of bookshelves to his surprise and immediately went to look for Jay's name. When he [i finally] found it on the top level of a bookshelf using a ladder Beomgyu leaned against the ladder as he opened the book, quickly reading through it. The surprise was immediate, almost causing Beomgyu to drop the book before he put the book back in place. He quickly got off the ladder, bumping into the bookshelf behind him before he turned and left the building.

"I'm so sorry Jay," whispered Beomgyu as he headed back to the dorms.

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"Did you find out anything?" Asked Jake as Beomgyu entered their room. "I found out how long I have before the next life," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged. "But not for Jay's?" Asked Jake. "No, I couldn't find anything," sighed Beomgyu as he sat down on his bed after throwing his bag on it. He took out his tablet and turned it on, tapping the screen a few times before typing something in.

"Where is Jay speaking of?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked up at Jake who was looking at something on his phone. "He said he was working today, Heeseung and Taehyun are there with him," replied Jake as he shrugged..

"Can you let him know I'm heading over?" Asked Beomgyu as he got up, putting the tablet in his bag before putting the bag on his back. "Sure," replied Jake as he did so. "Thanks," said Beomgyu as he left the dorm and headed to the cafe.

[center ~]

"Jay, are you busy?" Asked Beomgyu as he entered the cafe. "Not at the moment no," came the reply as Jay leaned back against the back counter. "We need to talk, [i now]," explained Beomgyu. Jay blinked in surprise, turning to Taehyun and Heeseung who turned to Beomgyu with their eyebrows raised.

"Go, it's fine," dismissed Taehyun as he knew what this was really about. Jay took off his work apron before walking around and going with Beomgyu to sit down in a quiet corner.
AkiraSanogame     174d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 6]

Jay's shout of "[i what?!]" echoed through the empty cafe as Jay stood up, his wrist clutched to his chest as the chair behind him hit the floor.

"Jay, I know this is hard to handle but," sighed Beomgyu as he got to his feet. "I- how do you know this information?" Asked Jay as he grabbed his chair and set it upright before sitting down, nursing his wrist as Beomgyu looked pained at the information he found out about Jay's soulmate.

"Go to this building," explained Beomgyu as he took a napkin and wrote down an address. "Speak to the receptionist there when you enter, if it's a library, otherwise leave," he added. "I didn't want to believe it either, but you need closure," he explained, handing it to Jay.

"How do you know about this place?" Asked Jay as he looked at the address. "I stumbled into the building after the last death," mumbled Beomgyu as he sat down. "It's how I found out where my soulmate is now," he explained. "The receptionist should give you a tablet that gave details about their life, and it connects you to the network to reach out to others in our situation," he added.

"It's better if you go alone," chimed in Taehyun as he walked over and sat down beside Beomgyu. "I stumbled upon this place myself, after finding Heeseung and managing to save him that day," he added. "Lots of people stumble on that place after learning of something that happened to their soulmate, and we're here, okay? If you need us," he added.

"If I get this tablet, will we be able to communicate?" Asked Jay. "Just mention who you know in the archives, full name and such, and you'll be connected to mine and Beomgyu's," explained Taehyun. "Heeseung doesn't need one, since he's in our group chats, but Beomgyu's fine without a phone thanks to the tablet," he added.

"Do you mind if I leave?" Asked Jay as he turned to Taehyun. "No, I think we'll be fine, I can always call in Jungwon," replied Taehyun as he nodded. "Or Sunghoon and Jake," he added. "Hell, I think one of the morning crew is free right now," he said with a shrug.

"My soulmate is a high schooler?!" Shouted Kai as he entered the cafe with someone who was wearing a high school uniform. "I-I'm graduating this year," whined the person who looked tiny standing next to Kai. "Looks like we have a new baby in the group," remarked Taehyun as he let out a soft chuckle, getting up and walking back to the counter to get their orders.

"Speaking of morning crew," remarked Heeseung as he smirked at Kai's predicament. "Ah-hah," mumbled the newcomer as he scratched the back of his head.

"Soobin's fitting in with y'all right?" Asked Heeseung. "Yeah, of course," replied the new person, who introduced himself as Seongmin. "I'll be moving to afternoon shifts soon, school starts for us next week," he explained. "It actually started today, but since it's Friday well," he added, shrugging his shoulders.

"I never thought I'd see the day a [i high schooler] was willing to do [i morning] shifts," remarked Beomgyu. "Well, it was something to do during the summer anyway," hummed Seongmin. "I came to change my hours, so if you excuse me," he added, rushing into the backroom.

Jay had left the cafe by then, leaving Beomgyu to his devices as he typed things into his tablet.

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"You want to switch rooms?" Asked Jake as he turned to Beomgyu. "Jay's not in a good spot right now," responded Beomgyu as he sat down with his tablet, tapping the screen a few times before typing out a response to something.

"No offense to Heeseung or anything," added Beomgyu as he turned his attention to Jake. "Did Heeseung agree to change rooms?" Asked Jake. "For a while, yeah," responded Beomgyu as he nodded. "Until Jay feels like he'll be fine," he added.

"For a little while then," agreed Jake. Beomgyu nodded and grabbed his bag, slinging it over his shoulder before leaving the room to go into Jay and Heeseung's room. Jay looked up at Beomgyu as he entered the room.

"Thank you for staying," said Jay as he nodded. "No problem," hummed Beomgyu as he sat down on Heeseung's bed. "Heeseung went to stay at Taehyun's then?" He asked. "For a bit," replied Jay as he nodded.

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Beomgyu watched Jay closely in the one class he shared with him, though he was sure everyone else had picked up on Jay's turmoil as news of what had happened to Jay and his soulmate spread throughout the university like an uncontrollable wildfire. Looks of pity, sympathy and disgust were amongst those that Jay interacted with on a daily basis due to his classes.

It was rather fortunate that everyone in their friend group had at least [i one] class with Jay so he wouldn't be alone.

When the morning crew heard of what had happened, they managed to get Allen added to the small group chat, as he had gone through a similar situation. Allen was taking the same major as Jay, and Jay was happy that someone else was watching out for him.

[center ~]

"God you'd think that this is high school all over again," commented Taehyun as he leaned back in his chair listening to whatever the teacher was saying. "I was very lucky to never experience this crap," grumbled Beomgyu as he doodled in his notebook, answering questions whenever the teacher called on him to make it seem like he was paying attention.

The tablet pinged with a message, and Beomgyu discreetly looked at it, tapping at the screen with the eraser part of his pencil as he read the message. Beomgyu got to his feet, looking surprised as he read the message. "Sorry, family emergency!" Shouted Beomgyu as he grabbed his stuff and ran out of the classroom in a hurry.

Taehyun checked his tablet before quickly going after Beomgyu, hoping to get to Jay in time before something stupid happened.

"Hey idiots!" Shouted Beomgyu as he grabbed a hold of one of the people beating up Jay and tossing them away from the fight. "Don't you have anything better to do than this?" He spat as he kicked the other people off of Jay.

A punch was thrown his way, but Taehyun stopped them before Beomgyu could retaliate, Taehyun twisting their arm behind his back and delivering a kick to their back and sending the person to the ground. Jay groaned on the ground as he tried to move, Jungwon and Sunghoon running over and helping Jay to his feet. Allen was nearby with two other upperclassmen from what Beomgyu managed to gather.

"Thanks for calling us over," called Beomgyu as he waved to Allen. Allen nodded. "Sorry I couldn't do much more, I was just coming in for classes when this happened," he explained. "No problem," dismissed Beomgyu. "Go on, we got it from here," he reassured with a nod. Allen nodded, looking at Jay who nodded for him to go ahead. "I'll be fine," reassured Jay. Allen turned and walked away, the two people with him turning and walking with him.

"Jay what the hell?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned back to Jay. "They started it first," grunted Jay as he pushed Sunghoon and Jungwon away before getting to his feet. Beomgyu sighed, shaking his head. "If you're going to be like this, don't bother asking for help then," he retorted, turning and walking away. Taehyun turned and followed after him.
AkiraSanogame     156d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 7]

Beomgyu sighed as he flopped down in his usual seat at the cafeteria, being joined by Taehyun and Kai. Soobin was working, and their friend group had pretty much dissolved after Jay's spiral into depression. Only Heeseung and Jake hung out with them nowadays, and that was fine with them.

"I guess that's that huh?" Asked Taehyun as he leaned back in his chair. "Where's Jay been anyway?" He asked. "I don't know," sighed Beomgyu. "He stopped coming back to the dorms, so I assume he's taking a break," he added.

"Allen lives in a different dorm doesn't he?" Asked Taehyun. "Yeah, Allen told me that Jay is there most of the time now," replied Beomgyu. "Hm," hummed Taehyun.

"Aren't you being a bit harsh with him?" Asked Kai. "Not at all," grumbled Beomgyu. "We're offering our help if he wants it, but he really doesn't want it," he explained.

"What about you and your soulmate?" Asked Kai. "I can't get close to him," sighed Beomgyu as the tablet pinged, causing Beomgyu to look at it, tapping the screen and looking at it.

"Ah, my friend is finally coming back to Korea," hummed Beomgyu as the corners of his lips went up in a smile. "Ah, the one you kept telling us about? You said his soulmate thing was similar to yours," remarked Kai. "His is he doesn't age until he finds his soulmate, so yeah," hummed Beomgyu. "That sounds like Yeonjun," remarked Taehyun. "Maybe we know him, who knows," he added. "I wouldn't be surprised if we did have him as a friend in common," hummed Beomgyu as he put his tablet away in his bag.

[center ~]

"I don't think Jay is coming back," commented Jake as Beomgyu was typing something into his tablet. "Allen said something didn't he?" Asked Beomgyu. "Allen got to the point of pushing him away," responded Jake as he leaned back in his chair.

"Where'd you hear this information?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked up at Jake. "Jungmo and Wonjin are in one of my classes," came the reply as Jake let out a sigh. "Ah, that makes sense," hummed Beomgyu as he got up, tucking his tablet under his arm before going to put his shoes on.

"Where are you going?" Asked Jake as he watched Beomgyu. "My friend is finally here, I'm going to meet them at the cafe," came the response as Beomgyu left the room, leaving the dorms and almost sprinting for the cafe.

[center ~]

Taehyun and Heeseung were working in the cafe with Jungwon who was cleaning the machines while Taehyun and Heeseung focused on drinks when they weren't staying close to each other.

Beomgyu panted as he entered the cafe, stopping to catch his breath before going to get his usual drink. "Your friend is almost here?" Asked Taehyun as he looked at Beomgyu. "I told him to meet me here, so yeah," responded Beomgyu as he paid for his drink. "Make that two," he added. Taehyun nodded and went to get the cups and pass them down, letting Jungwon and Heeseung make the drinks. Beomgyu walked over to where the drinks were being made, waiting for his drinks and making small talk with Heeseung and Jungwon.

[center ~]

The door chimed as it opened, causing everyone to look towards it, Beomgyu grinning at who it was. Taehyun snorts. "Of [i course] it'd be Yeonjun," he scoffed, jokingly of course. "Hey," Yeonjun greeted with his own grin, walking over and sitting in front of Beomgyu who passed over his drink before leaning back in his chair.

"Welcome back to Korea," greeted Beomgyu as he checked his tablet for news on the others he was connected to. "Thanks," muttered Yeonjun as he took a sip of his drink. "Any luck?" Asked Beomgyu. "No," sighed Yeonjun. "I went [i everywhere] looking for them," he explained. "Where'd you go, Europe this time?" Asked Beomgyu. Yeonjun nodded. "No luck this time," he replied before taking a sip of his coffee.

"How long are you staying around this time?" Asked Beomgyu. "For the foreseeable future at least," responded Yeonjun as he nodded. "I gotta help my roommates pay for their rent," he added. "Who knew we would find common acquaintances within our circle?" Asked Beomgyu. Yeonjun shrugged. "At least you found your soulmate," he commented. "For how long do I have him with me this time is the real question," hummed Beomgyu as he looked thoughtful.

"You already know don't you?" asked Yeonjun. "No, it tells me how long I have until the [i next] life," explained Beomgyu. "Hm," hummed Yeonjun.

[center ~]

Beomgyu was surprised that the one class he had with Soobin decided to put them as partners, but this did give them a chance to become closer, and let Beomgyu get to know the Soobin of this life. Jake and Jungwon were in their group, and Jake sat between Soobin and Beomgyu so that Beomgyu couldn't be so close to Soobin and Jungwon sat on the other side of Soobin to make things less awkward for Soobin.

"So I guess we should do this," started Beomgyu as he jotted down ideas in his notebook, letting everyone look at the notebook on the paper. "I think we can work something out," agreed Jake as he nodded. "Where should we meet to do this?" Asked Jungwon. "We can meet at my place, you guys know where that is right?" Asked Soobin.

"With how much Heeseung spends there it won't be hard to get the directions from him," scoffed Jungwon, jokingly. "But we do know where to go," he added. "We can meet today after my shift at the cafe?" He asked. "I'd be down," agreed Jake as Beomgyu nodded in agreement.

"How's Yeonjun doing by the way?" Asked Beomgyu. "He's finally getting out of the house," sighed Soobin. "He tends to mope for a few days before doing anything yeah," hummed Beomgyu. "How long have you known each other?" Asked Soobin. "A [i long] time," replied Beomgyu as the tablet pinged, causing Beomgyu to grab it and tap the screen to look at it.

"Ah, Yeonjun wants to meet for lunch," explained Beomgyu as he typed in a reply. "He asked if you wanted to come along, Soobin," he added. "Eh? Sure," replied Soobin as he nodded. "Cool," Beomgyu said with a grin before typing up a reply. "He's picking us up after your shift at the cafe," he added as he got another reply. "He said that Kai and Taehyun are getting dragged along too," he explained. "Hm," hummed Soobin.

[center ~]

Beomgyu met up with Taehyun and Kai outside the cafe just before Soobin's shift ended, Taehyun with his hands in his pockets while Kai hung back with his hands behind his head, chatting excitedly about his soulmate. Taehyun could only nod along, semi paying attention as he watched Beomgyu closely. Beomgyu was stiff, standing straighter which was unusual for him as Taehyun normally observed him having a more casual slump to his stance.

"Seongmin is so god damn cute it's not even funny," rambled Kai as he nearly talked Taehyun's ears off. "He is shorter than you," commented Taehyun as he turned his full attention on Kai when Beomgyu nodded reassuringly to Taehyun. It seemed like Jay had gotten into another fight, which caused Taehyun to let out a soft sigh.

"Jay again huh?" Asked Soobin as he stepped out of the cafe after clocking out. "Honestly," grumbled Beomgyu as he slumped forward slightly, relaxing into a more casual stance as he tried to smile at Soobin.

"So where are we going?" Asked Soobin. "There's a barbecue place just down the street, Yeonjun's meeting us there," explained Beomgyu as he started walking, heading towards the aforementioned place. Everyone followed after him, Taehyun hanging back with Kai while Soobin walked with Beomgyu.

As they were walking Beomgyu stepped out onto the street and almost got hit by a car that ran a red light. Soobin was quick as he grabbed Beomgyu by the shirt and pulled him back, surprising Beomgyu as he fell back into Soobin's arms as Soobin caught him.
AkiraSanogame     138d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 8]

"What, are you stupid for not looking where you were going?" asked Soobin as Beomgyu looked shaken up by the events that just happened. "Sorry," mumbled Beomgyu as he moved, getting up and turning to Soobin, Taehyun and Kai walking over after making sure it was safe to do so.

Soobin looked him over before shaking his head and sighing. "Let's go and have this damn lunch yeah?" He asked, pushing passed Beomgyu and crossing the street when the light indicated that they could. Beomgyu turned and followed after Soobin, Kai running to catch up with Soobin while Taehyun stayed back with Beomgyu.

"Are you okay?" Asked Taehyun. "I don't know what that did," mumbled Beomgyu. "I don't know how our thing changed," he explained, sighing as he looked down at his feet. Taehyun put a comforting hand on his shoulder. "It's okay," he reassured. "We don't know [i anything]," he added. "We'll just have to wait it out and see what happens, yeah?" He asked. "Right," sighed Beomgyu.

[center ~]

When they entered the barbecue place Yeonjun waved them over, everyone gathering around the table as Yeonjun got the grill ready.

"Everything alright?" Asked Yeonjun when he noticed Beomgyu's mood. "Idiot almost got ran over by a car, I had to save him," sighed Soobin, earning a raised eyebrow from Yeonjun. "I honestly didn't expect that car to run that red light," grumbled Beomgyu as he focused on the food, throwing some meat on the grill. "I get it," hummed Yeonjun, knowing that Beomgyu was going to update the chat they were a part of, to get more information on the matter.

"How's your soulmate doing?" asked Yeonjun as he turned to Kai. "He's doing good," responded Kai with a mouth full of food. He swallowed before continuing to speak, talking excitedly about Seongmin who Kai had set up a meeting with Seongmin's parents to properly introduce himself to them. Their busy schedules kept Kai from seeing Seongmin most days, but that was fine with Kai. He was just happy to finally meet his soulmate.

"What field are you trying to get into again?" Asked Yeonjun. "I want to work in a restaurant, like my dad," responded Kai as he nodded. "I'm doing classes here to get into that and I want to open my own restaurant, and become famous like him," he explained. "My sisters think I'm stupid, but I don't mind it," he added. "Hm," hummed Yeonjun.

"Do you plan on opening your own restaurant first or are you going to try working somewhere first?" asked Beomgyu. "I think I'm going to work somewhere first, I'll need the funds to open my restaurant," hummed Kai. "Good luck," Beomgyu said with a nod. "Thank you," Kai replied with a grin.

Taehyun's phone started ringing and Taehyun excused himself to go answer it, stepping outside to do so. Yeonjun continued chatting with Kai with Soobin nodding along to the conversation. Beomgyu only half paid attention, twitching slightly in his chair as he could feel that something was [i very] wrong. He almost regretted leaving his tablet at the dorms, even though Taehyun was here and they could get him if needed. He focused on eating for the time being though, glancing out the window to see Taehyun looking more worried as the conversation continued.

[center ~]

"What do you [i mean] Jay's in the hospital?" Asked Taehyun as he turned away from the window so that Beomgyu wouldn't see the look of horror on his face. "[i I don't know what happened okay?! This is all on whoever found him]," explained Heeseung. "[i I know you were out enjoying a lunch with Beomgyu and Soobin, along with Kai and whoever the hell Yeonjun is but we took it] too [i far this time]," he added.

"[i Look, just come to the hospital okay? I think we owe an apology to him at least]," sighed Heeseung. "I'll see what I can do okay?" Asked Taehyun before he hung up the phone, letting his arm drop to his side as he gripped the phone in his hand. "Damn it," he sighed, taking a breath to compose himself before putting his phone in his pocket and walking back into the restaurant.

"What's wrong?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked up at Taehyun. "I hate to cut this lunch short but I need to go to the hospital," Taehyun stated with the straightest face possible. Beomgyu got to his feet, looking alarmed at the information. "Is it Jay?" He asked. Taehyun nodded. "Heeseung called to tell me that Jay is in the hospital right now due to an overdose," he mumbled. Beomgyu let out a frustrated sound, torn between looking pissed off and looking horrified.

"I don't know about you," started Yeonjun as he looked up at Taehyun. "But if he's going [i that] far just for attention, he doesn't deserve my sympathy," he explained as he got up, going to pay for the meal before coming back.

"But I'll accompany you," added Yeonjun as he nodded. Kai and Soobin looked at each other before quickly finishing what was left of their food and getting up. "Let's go see how Jay is doing," Kai said with a worried look as he turned to Beomgyu who let out a soft sigh. "Okay," hummed Beomgyu.

[center ~]

When they reached the hospital room Jay was in, Heeseung was sitting outside of it looking worse for wear as he sat in a chair, his gaze concentrated on the floor as he tried to stay calm. Taehyun walked over to him and bent down, wrapping his arms around Heeseung in a hug. "Any news?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked at the door. "He's stable," mumbled Heeseung as he hugged Taehyun back, clinging to him as Taehyun tried to comfort him.

"Was it you that found him?" Asked Beomgyu. "He came back to the dorms earlier today, I was the only one there at the time, though I don't think he realized it," replied Heeseung. "All I heard was a crash in the bathroom, and well," he sighed, letting go of Taehyun who moved back to listen to the conversation.

"They won't let me see him, since I'm not family but I've been sat outside his room since he got here," mumbled Heeseung. "Isn't his family in the states?" Asked Beomgyu. "I don't know," replied Heeseung. "But I think they are," he added.

[center ~]

Beomgyu let out a sigh as he sat down in front of Taehyun who was sitting with Heeseung and Soobin as they waited on news with what was happening with Jay.

"So tell me, what was Jay's soulmate thing?" Asked Heeseung as he looked at Beomgyu. "Because it seems that only you and Taehyun knew what was going on with Jay," he added.

"Well," mumbled Beomgyu as he looked around the waiting room they were in. "Jay's was feeling whatever physical pain his soulmate was in," he replied after a minute of hesitation. "I don't [i want] to assume what was going on with his soulmate, but from what I managed to gather Jay's soulmate was um," he explained, taking a breath to prepare for Heeseung and Soobin's reactions. "They were apparently self harming," he added, flinching at the intake of breath from both Soobin and Heeseung.

"I had to find out more, so I just kind of... Went to find out," added Beomgyu as he let out a sigh. "When your soulmate dies, you continue feeling the pain of their death like a curse," he explained. "Jay was doing all he could to numb that pain, at least that's what I'm assuming anyway," he added. "And it finally reached a point of, well," he mumbled.

"Instead of seeking help, he went and did this?" Asked Heeseung. "Is that why you stopped helping him when he got into fights?" He asked. "I told Allen to stop stepping in too," sighed Beomgyu. "Because the route Jay was going was going to end up like this, and look what happened," he explained.

"You speak like you know from experience," remarked Soobin as he tilted his head to the side. "I went down that route, for a while," explained Beomgyu as he looked away. "My soulmate was killed in front of me on a battlefield," he added. "At least, that was the first death," he added. "I was nearly killed myself, I had a sword in my gut and was ripping through people like nothing," he explained. "I somehow managed to survive that, as Yeonjun found me," he added.

"I went through hell before the next 3 lives and it still hurts you know?" He asked. "That's why, what happened to Jay doesn't earn much sympathy from me as I've dealt with worse," he explained.

"I am in the same boat to be honest with you," confessed Taehyun. "It doesn't mean we don't care," he added. "Just, with everything that's happened to Beomgyu and I, well," he sighed.
AkiraSanogame     134d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 9]

[i Beomngyu stood before Soobin, Soobin looking at him with an eyebrow raised. "C-Can I give you a hug?" Asked Beomgyu as he tried to keep the look of hopefulness off his face.

"I mean," hummed Soobin as he shrugged. "Sure?" He asked. "I know, I won't remember you my next life, but I'm sure I won't mind you giving me a hug," he added.

"T-Thank you," breathed Beomgyu as he tackled Soobin, enveloping him in a tight hug. Soobin hugged him back, gently patting Beomgyu on the back.]

[center ~]

Beomgyu breathed out a sigh as he stayed outside of Jay's room, listening to Jay's parents sobbing and begging Jay to wake up. It had been a few days, and Beomgyu had pretty much planted himself in front of Jay's room out of guilt more than anything. Taehyun and Soobin made sure to bring Beomgyu his school work, Jungwon even showing up once to hand over his work when Soobin was struck with being sick again.

At least he had his tablet with him, so Beomgyu was able to update the others on what was happening with Jay due to Heeseung getting his own tablet after Taehyun insisted that he got one in case Beomgyu needed a break.

[i Taehyun: hey, Soobin's sick again
Jungwon's coming over with Jake with your group project stuff to work out some things because apparently your presentation is tomorrow]

Beomgyu looked at the message, humming in response as he thought of a reply.

[i Beomgyu: I'll leave the hospital to see them, I'll ask Sunghoon to pick me up

Taehyun: Sunghoon still talks to you?
I'm surprised
I thought everyone but Jake, Heeseung and Jungwon stopped talking to us after what happened to Jay

Beomgyu: Sunghoon recently lost his soulmate I think
fatal car crash
it was on the news yesterday or something
also heard a bunch of nurses talking about it

Taehyun: did you snoop around for him too?

Beomgyu: no, I think Sunghoon always knew who his soulmate was
they were on speaking terms but weren't really dating since Sunghoon was already dating Jungwon

Taehyun: who was it?

Beomgyu: I don't remember
I'll ask Sunghoon when I see him
if he wants to tell me anyway]

Beomgyu clicked out of the chat before going to text Sunghoon, mumbling about stupid schoolwork.

[i Beomgyu: hey
Hoon

Sunghoon: what? I don't want to talk right now

Beomgyu: I need a ride
can you get me from the hospital?

Sunghoon: you?
leaving the hospital?
oh
Jungwon and Jake wanted a ride to see you for this project or something
is that why?

Beomngyu: I need a distraction, and Taehyun mentioned that Soobin, Jungwon, Jake and I's project is like due tomorrow or something
plus it gives me an excuse to go home to shower and change

Sunghoon: I'll come over with Jungwon and Jake
Heeseung was looking to switch places anyway

Beomgyu: sorry, we'll be out of your hair after that

Sunghoon: no, it's okay
I was never close to Wonyoung anyway
she was a good person but I don't think it would've worked out

Beomgyu: were you able to see colors before that happened?

Sunghoon: no, I don't think we magically see colors when we meet our soulmates
I think we have to fall in love with each other, to see them

Beomgyu: hm]

Beomgyu moved out of the way when the door opened, turning to Jay's parents as they stepped out of the room. They nodded to him as Heeseung walked over, bowing to Jay's parents before taking Beomgyu's place. Beomgyu bowed to them before nodding to Heeseung and turning to walk away, bumping into Jungwon and Jake who arrived with Sunghoon.

"I'll be back as soon as I can, Heeseung," Beomgyu said in goodbye before leaving with them. Heeseung nodded and waved his hand in goodbye.

[center ~]

After going back to the dorms to take a shower and change into more comfortable clothes, Beomgyu headed over to Soobin's with Jake, Sunghoon and Jungwon to work on the last bit of their project.

Taehyun opened the door, nodding to everyone and giving Sunghoon a pat on the back in condolences before leading Sunghoon into the kitchen to leave Jake, Jungwon and Beomgyu in the livingroom with Soobin who was sitting on the couch.

"How's Jay?" Asked Soobin before he coughed into his fist, taking a sip of tea. "He's still in a coma," mumbled Beomgyu as he sat down across from Soobin. "He'll wake up before we know it," Soobin reassured with a nod. "I'm sure," hummed Beomgyu. Jake and Jungwon came over with their schoolwork and they discussed what they were doing for their project, Soobin dividing up the work between Jake, Beomgyu and Jungwon in case Soobin was unable to make it to the presentation.

[center ~]

After everything was said and done everyone prepared to leave, Sunghoon coming out of the kitchen looking a bit better than before. Soobin was still feeling slightly sick, but his coughing had stopped. Beomgyu turned to Soobin and seemed to hesitate, blinking as Soobin looked up at him with questions in his eyes.

"This may be sudden but," mumbled Beomgyu as he let out a breath. "Can I give you a hug?" He asked. Soobin blinked in surprise, raising an eyebrow at the question. "Well?" Asked Beomgyu. Soobin let out a breath and stood, walking over and giving Beomgyu a hug. Beomgyu visibly relaxed in Soobin's arms before returning the hug, letting out a relieved huff as he buried his face into Soobin's shoulder and breathed in his scent.

"Thank you," breathed Beomgyu before he pulled away, smiling softly at Soobin who smiled back at Beomgyu. "You looked like you needed it," explained Soobin as he shrugged. "You don't know the half of it," muttered Beomgyu before he turned and left with Jake, Jungwon and Sunghoon after they said their goodbyes.

[center ~]

Taehyun couldn't keep the smirk off his face as he walked into the livingroom from the kitchen, earning a scowl from Soobin. "Shut up," grumbled Soobin as he sat back down on the couch with a sigh. "You don't know how long Beomgyu's waited to do that," remarked Taehyun as he checked his phone to see if Heeseung left a message or not. "Mm," hummed Soobin before he coughed into his hand, waving off Taehyun who immediately jumped to check on him.

"I'm fine, I'm fine," reassured Soobin as he hit his chest. "Still feeling a bit sick but otherwise I'm fine," he added. Taehyun let out an exasperated sigh before sitting back down on the couch, glaring at Soobin who looked away from Taehyun.
AkiraSanogame     131d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 10]

Beomgyu looked down at his tablet when it pinged, seeing a message from Taehyun as he opened it up to see what was up.

[i Taehyun: Soobin's been rushed to the emergency room

Beomgyu: come again?
are you kidding me?!

Taehyun: would I kid about something that serious?!

Beomgyu: I'm in front of Jay's room again
Heeseung went to get food
is it the same hospital?

Taehyun: yeah
I'll come to you
they won't let me see him
but they may let you
since you're his soulmate and all]

Beomgyu looked up when he heard voices, seeing Jay's parents standing in front of him.

"Is it your soulmate?" Asked Jay's mom. Beomgyu nodded. "Go to him dear, you don't have to be here," encouraged Jay's mom. Beomgyu got to his feet and bowed in thanks before running down the hallway towards where the emergency room was located. Beomgyu remembered to let Heeseung know where he'd be as he took the elevator to where he'd most likely run into Taehyun.

[center ~]

"How is he?" Asked Beomgyu as the elevator opened to reveal a worried looking Taehyun. "He's stable, but this is the worst he's been in a long time," explained Taehyun as Beomgyu left the elevator, running down to the nurse's station to see if he could get access to Soobin's room.

After nearly fighting with the nurse and showing the information on his tablet to prove that, yes Soobin was his soulmate, Beomgyu was allowed into Soobin's room. Beomgyu entered the room and immediately went to sit down in a chair beside Soobin's bed, gripping the tablet in his hands as he tried not to look worried.

Taehyun stood outside the room, biting his lip in worry before he closed the curtain to give them a bit more privacy, huffing out a sigh as he turned, hearing footsteps coming towards him. Heeseung took another step before Taehyun tackled him, hugging him tightly. Heeseung wrapped his arms around Taehyun, trying to comfort him as best as he could.

"First Jay, now Soobin?" Taehyun mumbled into Heeseung's chest. "Hey, Jay was unexpected, we had an [i idea] of when Soobin's condition would worsen," sighed Heeseung. "I know, that doesn't help the situation at all, but you get it," he added. "Hm," hummed Taehyun as he moved away, looking at the floor with a defeated sigh.

"Let's give them some privacy yeah?" Asked Heeseung. "Beomgyu needs to be alone with Soobin I'm sure," he added. "I guess," mumbled Taehyun. "Come on," Heeseung said gently, taking Taehyun by the hand and leading him back towards Jay's room, where maybe there would be better news.

[center ~]

"I never got to tell you huh?" Asked Beomgyu as he talked with an unconscious Soobin. "We passed the presentation, I think you really helped us with that," he explained. "I don't know what else to say," he mumbled. "But I'm here, okay?" He asked. "Just don't die on me yet, please," he whispered, trying not to break down as he bit his lip, looking down at his lap.

[center ~]

Taehyun let out a breath as he stood in Jay's room, seeing that Jay was finally awake. "Jay," greeted Heeseung, trying his best to smile at Jay. "Heeseung, Taehyun," mumbled Jay as he turned to look at them. "I heard you two were holed up in front of my room since I arrived," he remarked with his head tilted to the side.

"As much as we pushed you this far, we [i do] care," mumbled Taehyun. "I get it, really," Jay responded with a huff. "I know you only did it because of the route I was going down," he mumbled. "I didn't get it at first, but when I woke up it finally hit me, why," he added.

"Are you finally going to seek help?" Asked Taehyun. Jay nodded. "I'm going back to the states with my parents, I'm going to finish the semester online before transferring to UCLA," he explained. "Good luck," said Taehyun as he nodded. "Thanks," mumbled Jay as he looked down at his lap.

[center ~]

Beomgyu looked up from his seat when Soobin's parents walked into the room, mumbling a greeting as he bowed his head before turning back to Soobin, feeling useless in the situation he was in. He let out a soft sigh as he listened to the steady beeping of the monitor, keeping an ear out for anything irregular.

Beomgyu felt a hand on his shoulder and he looked up, seeing the kind eyes of Soobin's father. "Don't blame yourself, we waited for this day for years," explained Soobin's father. "It was only inevitable that you two met," he added. "I know," sighed Beomgyu. "But I haven't- he doesn't know yet," he explained.

"This is the fourth time I've met him and- I didn't even get to tell him this time," choked out Beomgyu as tears started falling. "I-I'm sorry," he sobbed, looking down at the floor in defeat. He felt comforting pats on his shoulder as Beomgyu broke down, finally just letting out the pent up emotions of grief.

[center ~]

Taehyun and Heeseung walked over to Soobin's room, listening in on Beomgyu who was still sobbing. Taehyun wanted to go in there, but he knew better than to go in there. It seemed like Heeseung had the same idea, the both of them waiting until Beomgyu was done letting out his emotions before heading into the room, bowing to Soobin's parents. Soobin's father was still providing some comfort by keeping a comforting hand on Beomgyu's shoulder.

"Any news so far?" Asked Taehyun. Beomgyu shook his head no, still looking at the ground and softly sniffling, hands gripping the tablet in his lap as he refused to look up at Taehyun. "I'm sorry," mumbled Taehyun as he let out a soft sigh, unable to say much more.

Heeseung went to stand at the foot of Soobin's bed, putting his hands on the railing. "He's a fighter, we know this," he explained. "He'll be fine before we know it, yeah?" He asked. Beomgyu let out a soft chuckle. "Of course, right?" He asked, wiping his face with his arm. "This is Soobin, the guy who fought in wars many years ago," he added, sniffling. "If his previous lives were any indication, he'll survive, I'm sure of it," he mumbled. Heeseung hummed in response.
AkiraSanogame     123d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 11]

When Soobin woke up he felt disoriented for a few seconds, his mind barely registering that there was someone beside him, clutching his hand in theirs.

He opened his eyes to see Beomgyu sleeping with half his body practically on the bed as he leaned on it with his head laid down on the arm that stretched out to hold Soobin's hand.

"Beomgyu," Soobin called softly, causing Beomgyu to bolt up, sitting up in surprise when heard his name. "Wha-" He started, before realizing who had called his name. "Soobin," he breathed out, relief clear on his face as he realized that Soobin was awake again.

"How long was I out?" Asked Soobin, coughing slightly as he covered his mouth with the hand that Beomgyu wasn't holding.

"Just a couple days," responded Beomgyu as he reluctantly moved his hand away from Soobin's, looking down at his lap. Soobin blinked in surprise, the urge to reach out to Beomgyu overtaking him but he didn't, just kept his hands to his side as he looked towards the door when it opened.

"You're awake!" Exclaimed Taehyun as he entered the room. "I'm awake," echoed Soobin as he smiled at his best friend. "Thank god," breathed Taehyun as he went to stand in front of Soobin's bed. "It wasn't looking good for a while there," he added. "It wasn't huh?" Asked Soobin. Taehyun shook his head no. "But it looks like you're going to be okay for now," he remarked. "Yeah, for now," scoffed Soobin as he looked away.

"I'll leave you two be, Jay's getting released today and Heeseung and I promised to help him pack," Taehyun said in goodbye before leaving the room, leaving Beomgyu and Soobin to themselves.

"Jay's awake now huh?" Asked Soobin. "Yeah, he woke up a while ago," hummed Beomgyu. "They weren't going to release him at first, but Jay's parents wanted him back in the states as soon as possible," he explained. "That's understandable," mumbled Soobin. "Mhm," hummed Beomgyu.

[center ~]

"I'm going to miss having you around," remarked Heeseung as he helped Jay pack his things back at the dorm. "Come visit at least? Or use the tablet to talk to me at least," hummed Jay as he looked at said tablet, holding it in his hands for a few minutes before he went to pack it up in his carry on bag. "Of course," responded Heeseung. "I know Beomgyu will keep tabs on you," he added. "Plus you got the group chat that we're all in," he explained.

"You guys ready?" Asked Taehyun as he stood in the doorway to Heeseung and Jay's room. "As ready as I can be," came the reply as Jay nodded, turning to Taehyun. "Have fun in the states hyung," Niki said in goodbye as he stood in the doorway behind Taehyun. "Thanks kid," Jay said with a small smile, causing Niki to whine at being called a kid. "I'm not a kid," Niki mumbled with a pout. "Kid," snorted Heeseung as he shook his head, causing Niki to scowl.

"Well, let's go," sighed Taehyun as he turned and walked away, heading out the door to Soobin's car. "He's sad to see you go, don't mind him," Heeseung said, shaking his head as he left the room with Jay.

"Goodbye Jay," Taehyun said in farewell as he stood in front of Jay as he prepared to enter the airport. "Keep in touch okay?" Asked Jay as he turned to look at Taehyun. Taehyun nodded, putting his hands in his pockets as he smiled softly at Jay. "I'll tell you how Soobin's doing," he added. "Please do," sighed Jay before he turned and walked into the airport terminal. Taehyun stood there for a few minutes before turning and getting in the car, driving off once it was clear.

[center ~]

Beomgyu looked at his tablet when it pinged, reading the message that Taehyun sent. "What's up?" Asked Soobin. "Looks like Jay's heading home," responded Beomgyu before he put the tablet on the nearby table. "I guess he really needed time away from here huh?" Asked Soobin. "I think it's better on him," explained Beomgyu. "I have some friends in the states, I'll message them and tell them to look out for Jay," he added, doing so after grabbing his tablet and starting a conversation with said people.

"You have friends everywhere," remarked Soobin. "When you've been alive as long as I have you get around," sighed Beomgyu as he leaned back in his chair, typing up a reply to Taehyun before messaging Jay to look out for two of his friends in the states.

"Where were you born at, originally I mean?" Asked Soobin. "What is now North Korea," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged, looking at Soobin. "Why?" He asked. "Was just curious is all," hummed Soobin. "You just don't seem like someone from there," he explained, earning a snort from Beomgyu.

"Well, back then North and South Korea didn't exist, hell I don't think the countries were even a thing back then," explained Beomgyu as his tablet pinged, causing Beomgyu to look at it before typing up a reply back.

"Was your hair always this color?" Asked Soobin. "Nah," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged. "It's normally a deep brown color," he added. "I dyed it some time ago," he explained.

"You've really been alive for that long huh?" Asked Soobin. "I think I grew up around the time when the first kingdom of Korea came to be," explained Beomgyu. "I don't know, time and history blends together when you've been alive for as long as I have," he added. Soobin hummed in response.

[center ~]

Beomgyu wanted nothing more than to explain to Soobin that he was his soulmate. He only had a limited amount of time left, if the doctors making comments here and there while Beomgyu was pretending to sleep was any indication. He didn't though, half expecting Soobin to figure it out but as Taehyun had said, Soobin was oblivious to those things when concerning soulmates.

Beomgyu just hoped that Soobin would make it this time. He couldn't stand seeing Soobin like this.

"Why do you continue to stay with me?" Asked Soobin. "You wouldn't understand," responded Beomgyu as he looked down at his lap. "You remind me of my soulmate, is all," he explained after a minute of silence. "Hm," hummed Soobin as he looked thoughtful.

[center ~]

"Wait, so you were around since King Dangun?" asked Soobin. "I was," hummed Beomgyu as he nodded. "Dann is still around, actually," he added. "I served many kings in my time, but Dann was the first," he explained.

"I wanna meet this guy," Soobin stated with an excited look. "I'll see if I can get him here yeah?" asked Beomgyu as he shook his head in amusement. "I've always wanted to meet a king," whined Soobin as he pouted, earning a scoff from Beomgyu. "What?" Whined Soobin.

"If only you knew," remarked Beomgyu as he looked at his tablet as it pinged, seeing a message from Taehyun.

"Oh, Taehyun's bringing food, do you want anything?" Asked Beomgyu as he turned to Soobin. "Mm I don't know," mumbled Soobin as he looked thoughtful. "I'll take anything that isn't hospital food at this point," he finally decided, nodding at Beomgyu who nodded back as he typed up a response.

"So what's Dann's soulmate thing then?" Asked Soobin. "Same as Yeonjun," replied Beomgyu as he shrugged. "You'd be surprised, how many people have the same thing as him," he added. "Interesting," hummed Soobin.

"I think one has the same as me? I don't remember though," explained Beomgyu. "One of the kings you used to work for?" Asked Soobin. Beomgyu nodded. "Ivan, I think his name was," he explained. "I think I worked for him during my soulmate's second life," he added. "Huh," remarked Soobin.
AkiraSanogame     105d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 12]

Beomgyu let out an exasperated sigh as he tried to focus on his work for his classes. It was close to midterms and Beomgyu had to reluctantly leave the hospital so that he could finish studying for the tests he had to take, hating tests when Soobin still wasn't out of the hospital yet.

"How's the studying coming along?" Asked Jake as he walked over, standing behind Beomgyu and looking down at the book he was reading.

"It's annoying," whined Beomgyu as he put his head in his hands in defeat. "I didn't think it'd be this much stuff I'd have to study for either," he complained.

"Well, at least after this it's winter break?" Asked Jake. "Winter break then it's back to studying and hoping Soobin realizes I'm his soulmate," sighed Beomgyu.

"I don't think he ever will," remarked Jake as he shook his head, moving away from Beomgyu. "This is [i Soobin] we're talking about," he added.

"You do have a point," grumbled Beomgyu as he looked down at his book, muttering about having to study.

[center ~]

Taehyun waited on Heeseung, the both of them heading out to the hospital to see Soobin while Yeonjun was keeping an eye on him. Beomgyu was busy studying for his exams, though both Taehyun and Heeseung were happy to keep Soobin company since the bond they shared was deep.

"I will never understand the bond you three share, but I hope that one day, Soobin and I would be able to share that sort of bond with someone," commented Beomgyu as he stood at the door, taking a break from studying to see them off.

"Heeseung owes Soobin a lot of things," responded Taehyun as he shrugged. "I owe him for saving Heeseung's life," he added. "Yeah, that makes sense," hummed Beomgyu.

Heeseung walked over after a few minutes, nodding to Beomgyu before smiling at Taehyun. "Ready?" Asked Taehyun as he raised an eyebrow. "Sure," hummed Heeseung. "Have fun," Beomgyu said in goodbye as he waved them off. Taehyun and Heeseung nodded before they headed out to Soobin's car, taking it to the hospital.

[center ~]

Soobin was talking with Yeonjun, catching up with each other as Yeonjun talked about his recent travels with Ivan. Unlike Beomgyu, who still served under Dann, Yeonjun served under Ivan, and that had been the reason he hadn't been around since the end of high school.

"I heard Ivan was a strict kind of king," remarked Soobin as Yeonjun checked his tablet for news. "Nah, he's only like that around people he doesn't know, or when he's doing king things," responded Yeonjun as he shook his head. "Besides, Dann was the same way, until he went out of power of course," he added. "Hm," hummed Soobin.

"Did you serve under Dann too?" Asked Soobin. "I was one of his top generals, Beomgyu was the only person to serve directly under Dann," replied Yeonjun as he shrugged.

"You were one of the best generals I have ever come to have serve under me though," came a new voice as the door opened, revealing someone new. "Your majesty," Yeonjun exclaimed, standing and bowing. "None of that, I haven't been a king for centuries now," dismissed the new person as he waved off Yeonjun who immediately sat back down in his chair.

"Um?" Asked Soobin as he looked awed and confused at the same time. "Ah, my apologies, I was once King Dangun, but everyone calls me Dann," Dann said in introduction. "Oh!" Exclaimed Soobin as his mouth dropped open in surprise.

"Where is Beomgyu?" Asked Dann. "He's currently studying for his midterms, so I'm keeping Soobin company," replied Yeonjun as he nodded. "He's actually learning something? Wow," scoffed Dann, who got an amused snort from Yeonjun.

"Beomgyu wasn't the scholarly type, you know this," commented Yeonjun as he typed up a message to send to Beomgyu.

Soobin got over the shock at actually meeting a king as he shook his head. "I wasn't expecting a visit from loyalty," he remarked with a shaky laugh. "The royal family still exists you know," commented Dann as he shrugged. "I haven't kept up with my family in so long though," he added.

"What brings you around?" Asked Yeonjun. "Came to see Beomgyu, but I ran into you instead," replied Dann as he shrugged.

"Why do I have a feeling that is not all?" Asked Yeonjun as he tilted his head to the side. "It's not, but I'll explain it later, when your friends get here," responded Dann as he shrugged, shaking his head.

[center ~]

When Taehyun and Heeseung arrived Dann was keeping Soobin company while Yeonjun was getting food from the cafeteria.

"Well, look who finally decided to show up," commented Soobin as he turned to Taehyun and Heeseung as they entered the room with bags of food in their hands. "Traffic was annoying," grumbled Taehyun as he walked over to the table and dropped the bag he was holding on it.

"Yeah, traffic can get rather annoying," remarked Dann as he got up, making sure he had everything as he patted his pockets. "You're going already?" Asked Soobin as he turned to Dann. "I have to meet up with Beomgyu, I'm sure he's waiting on me," responded Dann as he shrugged. "I'll be back to visit soon, maybe Ivan will come along too," he added.

"I'd like that, I do wanna see what he's like when he's not doing... King things," hummed Soobin, earning a chuckle from Dann. "I'll see you later kid," Dann said in farewell before leaving the room.

"Who was that?" Asked Taehyun. "That was Dann, we know him as King Dangun," replied Soobin as he turned to Taehyun who blinked in surprise at the information. "Huh," hummed Heeseung as he shook his head.

[center ~]

Beomgyu took time out of his busy studying time to visit Dann down at the cafe, his tablet under his arm as he entered the cafe. He waved at Jungwon and Sunghoon, who were both working with Kai's soulmate, Seongmin if he remembered correctly.

"Two coffees please," Beomgyu muttered, walking up to the counter to pay. "Two?" Asked Seongmin. Beomgyu nodded. "Okay," hummed Seongmin as he rung up the order, Beomgyu swiping his card to pay for it. Seongmin nodded, taking the cups needed and passing them down to Sunghoon who went to make the coffee. Beomgyu nodded and went to wait on his drinks. After he got his drinks Beomgyu went to sit down and wait on Dann.

[center ~]

When Dann showed up Beomgyu waved him over, Dann going to sit down in front of Beomgyu who passed over his coffee.

"It's been a while Beomgyu," commented Dann as he took a sip of his coffee. "Mhm," responded Beomgyu as he drank some more of his coffee.

"I met the Soobin of this life," stated Dann as he studied Beomgyu who tilted his head to the side. "And?" Asked Beomgyu. "I think I will take him in, after your plans are done," responded Dann as he nodded. "Good," hummed Beomgyu. "Take care of him okay?" He asked. Dann nodded. "I will do my best," he reassured.
AkiraSanogame     95d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 13]

"Let's go to Busan~!" Exclaimed Kai as he stood, the chair falling to the floor behind him.

"What?" Asked Beomgyu as he looked at Kai in surprise.

"I think Soobin would like that trip, and you get a chance to get closer to him!" Explained Kai.

Beomgyu sighed, shaking his head in exasperation. "I'm up for it, but are the others?" He asked.

"I know Taehyun and Heeseung are, I would have to ask Seongmin to see if he's able," mumbled Kai as he looked thoughtful, turning and picking up his chair before sitting back down in it.

"Soobin's happy to finally get released from the hospital," hummed Beomgyu as he nodded in thought.

"Exactly, so a trip to Busan will lift his spirits even more!" Kai explained, nodding along to the plan.

[center ~]

"Busan huh? I'm down," responded Taehyun as he nodded after Beomgyu talked to him about it during a small break in one of their classes. "If I'm down, and Soobin's down then I'm sure Heeseung wouldn't mind coming along," he added.

"Cool, I'll let Kai plan this out then," hummed Beomgyu. "I'm sure he wants Soobin to have as much fun as possible anyway," he added.

"Do you think Yeonjun will come along too?" Asked Taehyun as he texted Heeseung asking if he wanted to go to Busan.

"Ivan needed him for something," hummed Beomgyu. "His roommates updated the group chat I was in," he added.

"You're in a different group chat with him?" Asked Taehyun. "I didn't think he was in any others, he seems to be on his own a lot," he remarked, shaking his head.

"Yeonjun's got [i very] few friends left," mumbled Beomgyu as his tablet pinged, causing him to look at it. "After being with Ivan for so long, there's so few people he actually considers a friend," he explained as he typed out a reply.

"What happened?" Asked Taehyun.

"You know how Ivan had a terrible reputation," mumbled Beomgyu. "He was in a time of constant warfare though," he explained. "It took losing his soulmate for the first time before he finally mellowed out and went out of power," he added.

"He has yet to find his soulmate again huh?" Asked Taehyun as he took in the information he was told.

Beomgyu nodded, letting out a soft sigh. "Yeonjun is the only person to ever stick with Ivan even after [i everything]," he explained. "It alienated him from everyone, myself and Dann included," he added. "But now Dann and Ivan are good friends, and Yeonjun and I talk to on a daily basis about anything and everything," he explained, typing up another reply after his tablet pinged again.

Their conversation was cut short when the professor called for everyone's attention, Taehyun and Beomgyu turning to the teacher and not speaking again until the end of class.

"Don't worry," called Beomgyu as Taehyun started walking away, heading one direction while Beomgyu got ready to head back to the dorms for the day. "Yeonjun considers you guys his closest friends, so you won't have to worry about him pushing you guys away," he explained, waving Taehyun off before he rushed off back to the dorms.

Taehyun paused to look at Beomgyu, shaking his head in exasperation before turning and walking away, heading out of the building and going home. He felt relieved though, that Beomgyu had reassured him. Yeonjun seemed to be closing himself off from them again, but he understood why now.

[center ~]

"You guys are going to Busan? Man, I wish I was going," commented Jake as Beomgyu packed up his bag before Soobin came to pick him and Heeseung up in his car.

"You're from Australia aren't you? Maybe you'd be able to visit them sometime," retorted Beomgyu as he turned to Jake.

"Not at the moment, no," sighed Jake. "I'd love to go, but I'll have to go during summer break, where it's winter there," he explained.

"Maybe next time I'll come with you?" Asked Beomgyu as Heeseung appeared in the doorway with his bag on his shoulder ready to go. "Sure, I'd like that," Jake said with a grin, earning a smile in return from Beomgyu.

"Come on, they're waiting on us," Heeseung said, waving a goodbye to Jake as Beomgyu left with him, heading out the door.

[center ~]

Beomgyu sat in the passenger seat with Soobin who was driving. They had borrowed a van from Soobin's parents who had a rental company and Soobin had been the one to insist on driving. Beomgyu took his place beside Soobin, as Taehyun sat with Heeseung and Kai sat with Seongmin. It had been lively for the first bit, but everyone had settled in their seats and it was now as quiet as it ever would be.

"I think we should visit Jay after the school year is over," Soobin said suddenly, startling Beomgyu who turned to look at Soobin. "It's just a thought," he added, shrugging as he kept focus on the road in front of him.

"I'd be down," agreed Beomgyu. "But let's focus on this vacation," he added.

"Where are we going anyway?" Asked Soobin. "Kai only told me that we'd be going to Busan," he explained.

"We're going to be staying at a friend's house," responded Beomgyu as he shifted in his seat, leaning back as he slid forward slightly. "His name is Seoho, he was one of the people who works for another king I know," he explained. "This king I didn't work for however, but I got a lot of my sword fighting skills from him and Seoho," he added.

"You know how to swordfight?" Asked Soobin as he blinked in surprise.

"It's my specialty actually," explained Beomgyu. "I haven't had a good spar in a while, but Seoho and I used to spar to a draw every time we did," he added.

"Which king is this?" Asked Soobin as he slowed down the van, seeing traffic start going to a standstill up ahead.

"His name is Jahan," replied Beomgyu. "I think he's from India," he added. "I don't know though, I met him after he went out of power," he explained. "Hm," hummed Soobin.

"You know a lot of kings," piped up Seongmin from the back seat. "Is there anyone who you'd go back to if you didn't have Dann?" He asked, stretching in his seat and leaning forward to get involved with the conversation going on.

"Probably King Arthur?" Asked Beomgyu. "He and Dann are like the best of friends," he explained. "They're the complete opposite of each other, but I do not mind him," he added.

"What happened to Jahan's soulmate?" Asked Soobin, afraid of the answer.

"Ah, I don't think they've met yet," replied Beomgyu. "Jahan's got the same thing as Yeonjun, along with Seoho," he explained.

[center ~]

When they finally pulled up to the house Seoho was standing on the front landing of the stairs leading up to the house, waving at Beomgyu who was the first to leave the car, Beomgyu waving back at him before he closed the door.

"Wow, this is a big house," commented Kai as he got out of the van after the others, staring up at the house.

"It's right on the water too," remarked Taehyun as he looked around the area they were in.

Seoho walked over with his hands in his pockets, his stance relaxed and friendly. Soobin, being the ever observant one noticed that despite the relaxed stance Seoho seemed to be on edge, something Soobin figured had to do with being under a king like Beomgyu.

"Welcome to Jahan's summer house," greeted Seoho. "You have the first floor to yourselves, it's big enough for everyone, two to a room," he explained. "The only rules I have is to make sure you clean up after yourselves, and when you leave, make sure to leave the area the way it was when you arrived," he added.

"We'll keep it clean," reassured Soobin. "I don't think we'll be spending much of our time inside anyway," he added. The others nod in agreement.

"Enjoy your stay then," Seoho stated with a nod, bowing before turning and heading back to the house, entering it. Everyone followed after him, Beomgyu taking the lead.
AkiraSanogame     79d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 14]

Beomgyu stood a few feet in front of Seoho, a look of concentration on his face as he stared down Seoho. Seoho was in a similar position as he eyed Beomgyu, the both of them not moving for a few minutes. They had sticks at their sides, held like a sword in a sheathe and were planning a spar. Their audience consisted of Soobin and the others, as they were curious as to how this would end.

"When are-" started Kai as Seoho was the first to move, drawing his stick and launching forward in an attack. Beomgyu quickly blocked him, meeting head on as Beomgyu held his stick in an unusual manner, "-they gonna start?" Finished Kai as he looked surprised at the speed.

"The old trick again?" Taunted Beomgyu as he shoved forward, using the momentum to swing his stick upwards to try and catch Seoho off guard.

Seoho moved away quickly, smirking as he thrust his stick forward. "I've learned a few tricks since then," he returned as he lunged forward with the stick as he slammed his shoulder into Beomgyu's chest, sending him backwards a few feet.

Beomgyu grunted at the impact, standing his ground as he stuck his stick in the ground to steady himself before moving to do a low sweep with his feet, causing Seoho to jump backwards and away from Beomgyu who followed up with a lunge forward as he grabbed the stick and swung down, meeting Seoho halfway as Seoho blocked the blow with his stick.

"You giving up yet?" Taunted Seoho as they stood at a standstill, neither wanting to backdown.

"Nope," retorted Beomgyu as he jumped away, bracing himself on the stick as he stuck it into the ground to do a flip kicking out with his feet and catching Seoho by surprise.

Seoho had quick reflexes, at least enough to lean backwards and out of the range of the kick before he brought his stick up to hit Beomgyu in the legs to knock him away and onto the ground in a heap.

Beomgyu huffed as Seoho quickly stood and went to put the stick at his neck as Beomgyu did the same, bringing his stick up to Seoho's chest and ending their spar.

"That was frikin awesome!" Shouted Seongmin as he ran over with the others as Seoho helped Beomgyu up.

"Your sword fighting has improved over the years," remarked Beomgyu as he brushed himself off, turning and bowing at Seoho.

"I have been stuck with a sword master for centuries at this point, I need to keep my skills up to his standards," replied Seoho as he bowed in return, the both of them straightening and sharing a friendly grin.

"If you didn't, I wouldn't've kept you around as long as I did," came a new voice as Jahan walked over, causing Beomgyu and Seoho to turn to him and bow.

"Jahan," greeted Beomgyu as he straightened, smiling in greeting.

"Your highness," greeted Seoho as he straightened, shaking his head when Jahan waved him off.

"None of that, I haven't been a king in [i centuries]," dismissed Jahan as he turned to Soobin and the others who bowed in greeting before straightening, Soobin looking almost awe struck as he got to meet another king.

"When did you return to Korea?" Asked Beomgyu.

"Ah, the same time Dann did," responded Jahan as he shrugged. "I just took my time coming back to the house due to outside factors," he added. "I hope you have been enjoying your stay here," he remarked, speaking to Soobin and the others.

"Oh, it's been fun!" Replied Seongmin. "Seoho is a generous host," he added. "I almost don't want to go back to Seoul tomorrow, but alas we have classes to get back to," he sighed.

"You're the only person who has to return to classes," remarked Kai. "Being a high schooler and all," he added. "But I'm sure everyone in Heeseung and Beomgyu's dorm is missing them right now," he teased, earning sighs from both Beomgyu and Heeseung.

"Jake says the cafe hasn't been the same since we left, even if we've only been gone for like 2 days," commented Taehyun as he shrugged. "It seems to be busier because we're gone," he remarked, shaking his head.

"Also, Yeonjun's back," piped up Beomgyu. "So you'll see him back at your place," he explained to Seoho who snorts. "That kid," grumbled Seoho as he shook his head.

"What's wrong with Yeonjun huh?" Asked Soobin. "He's not that bad," he added.

"Yeonjun and Ivan are still a touchy subject," explained Beomgyu. "But Yeonjun is making an effort to be more... Sociable," he explained. "Ivan is more humbled than he used to be," he sighed. "But reputation and things," he added.

"Hey," sighed Jahan. "Enough," he commanded. "Yeonjun helped him, and we're grateful for that, okay?" He asked.

[center ~]

After having dinner that Jahan and Seoho conjured up for their last day everyone decided to just go relax in their rooms and make sure to clean up what little mess they had. Beomgyu and Soobin were currently sitting in bed watching TV.

"I enjoyed our time here," commented Soobin as he looked at his phone when he got a message. "I didn't think it'd be this relaxing," he remarked.

"Sometimes you just need to step away from life," agreed Beomgyu as he turned to Soobin. "It was good that we went on this vacation, I didn't want to be stuck studying again," he sighed, earning an amused sounding scoff from Soobin.

"At least midterms are over and done with?" Asked Soobin.

"I guess," sighed Beomgyu as his tablet pinged, causing Beomgyu to reach over to grab it, tapping the screen to see who was messaging him. "Ah, Jay says hello," he commented, typing a reply back before checking the other chats he was in.

"How's he doing anyway?" Asked Soobin as he turned to Beomgyu.

"Better, the therapy is helping, and my friends found him," responded Beomgyu as he shrugged. "They will have to return to their kings at some point, but for now they're keeping an eye on Jay," he added.

"Who do they work for?" Asked Soobin as he blinked in surprise.

"One works for Mujin, and the other works for Arthur," hummed Beomgyu as he responded to the chats he was in. Soobin hummed, nodding as he turned back to the tv.

[center ~]

Soobin drove back, everyone back in their usual seats because it just seemed easier to do so. Everyone but Beomgyu and Soobin were sleeping, as Soobin had decided to leave early in the morning.

"By the way," started Soobin as he kept an eye on the road. "When were you gonna tell me we were soulmates?" He asked.
AkiraSanogame     76d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 15]

"Does this have to be answered now or can it wait?" Asked Beomgyu as he felt his heart skip a beat when he was asked that question. He was happy that Soobin had finally figured it out, but this usually meant one thing for Beomgyu. Soobin's time was coming, and he had a feeling it was going to be [i very] soon.

"I want to know why now," mumbled Soobin as he gripped onto the steering wheel. "I'm not mad or anything," he added. "I just feel bad because when I die it'll be, what the fourth time?" He asked.

"What caused you to figure it out?" Asked Beomgyu as he prepared himself for this conversation.

"The day you said that I reminded you of your soulmate," responded Soobin as he shrugged, changing lanes once it was clear enough to do so. "I had a lot to think about since then, and everything made more sense with you," he explained. "With how you feel really familiar to me, how you seem to gravitate towards me whenever we're together and such," he added. "And that hug, I- It just felt right," he explained. "Like, you were meant to be in my arms or something," he mumbled.

"I-" started Beomgyu as he let out a deep sigh. "Because everytime you figured it out, it meant you were dying sometime later, up to a week later," he mumbled in explanation. "I wanted more time with you, because this is the longest I've been able to spend in your presence before your death," he added. "Am I being selfish? Probably, but if it meant getting to know you from this life when I couldn't even do [i that] the last two lives, well," he mumbled.

"Tell me something," hummed Soobin. "Am I that much different than the first Soobin you've come to know?" He asked. "I feel like this hug wasn't done the last two lives, but you were finally able to do it this life," he added.

"Oh believe me, you aren't the same Soobin as I knew before," responded Beomgyu as he looked out the passenger side window. "Neither were your last two lives," he added. "But I [i see] the first you in the current you now," he added. "There's things that you do, that you used to do during the first life," he explained. "But the Soobin I once knew and the Soobin I know now are two completely different people," he added. "Do I mind it? No," he hummed, tapping his fingers on the armrest. "Because I'm not comparing you to your first life, to me you're always my soulmate, no matter how many lives I go through before this curse breaks," he explained.

Soobin took a while to respond, focusing on the road as the others in the back were listening in, though they kept silent. Kai was going to speak up, but Seongmin shook his head at him, knowing this conversation wasn't one to be interrupted. Taehyun found himself thinking back at what he knew of Heeseung's last life, and found he knew [i nothing].

Heeseung could only sit in silence with his arms crossed, a lot of questions on his mind but he didn't voice them. Just like Soobin, Beomgyu had also felt familiar to him and Heeseung wasn't sure why. He had a feeling that he knew Beomgyu from before, and would probably ask him later, when they had finally gotten back to the dorms.

"So that's it huh?" Asked Soobin. "We just wait til my next life to figure out how to save me?" He asked.

"I have a plan," mumbled Beomgyu. "Don't worry about that," he added. "Just focus on yourself for now, okay?" He asked. Soobin hummed in response.

[center ~]

Seongmin was dropped off first, as he had to get back to his parents house to help them with something. After that it had been Heeseung and Beomgyu, who both turned and waved to Soobin who had driven off after they had gotten everything.

"Did we ever know each other before this life?" Asked Heeseung as he turned to Beomgyu.

"We did," responded Beomgyu as a sad look appeared in his eyes. "You were one of my best friends, and survived for so long," he explained, sighing. "You and I shared the same curse apparently, but when you tried to save Soobin, Taehyun had showed up around the same time and apparently passed on his curse to you," he added. "Taehyun had also been one of Soobin's best friends back then, and we- well," he mumbled, entering the dorms with Heeseung following after him.

"I tried to save Soobin his last life, and ended up dying myself huh?" Asked Heeseung. "That- sheesh," he muttered. "I'm sorry," he apologized with a sigh.

"Don't worry about it," dismissed Beomgyu as he shook his head. "The past is the past, and besides, I am glad I get to meet you this life," he added.

"I was with you for the longest time though," pointed out Heeseung. "We went through hell and back just to get to our soulmates the last life only for you to lose yours again and for Taehyun and I to switch places," he sighed.

"What are you two talking about now?" Came another voice as Jungwon appeared in the livingroom with Sunghoon behind him.

"Ah, I just had some questions for Beomgyu, is all," mumbled Heeseung as he turned to Jungwon before walking passed him and into his room. Jungwon turned to watch Heeseung before turning back to Beomgyu who shook his head.

"Don't worry about it," dismissed Beomgyu. "I am going to get some sleep," he added before walking passed them and into his and Jake's room.

[center ~]

Soobin curled up on his side in his bed, letting out a resigned sigh. He could feel it, that feeling of death that was looming ever so closer to him ever since the last hospitalization. He hated it. He hated that Beomgyu was the reason he was dying.

But Soobin hated himself more, he had finally came to terms with his own feelings with Beomgyu and he was soon to leave this world for Beomgyu to wait however much longer to try save him again.

"Are you okay?" Asked Taehyun as he entered the room and walked over to Soobin's bed and sat down beside him.

"I don't know," mumbled Soobin. "I don't know how I'm feeling right now," he added. "I feel lost," he muttered. "Did you know this whole time that Beomgyu and I were soulmates?" He asked.

"I did," hummed Taehyun as he let out a soft sigh. "He didn't want to tell you, because he was afraid," he explained. "He was afraid he wouldn't have you in his life much longer," he added.

"I'm dying Taehyun," mumbled Soobin. "We all know this," he added. "I don't know whether I want to let Beomgyu continue to suffer as he has been though," he sighed.

"Don't worry about it okay?" Asked Taehyun. "I'm sure he has [i something] planned out," he added. "You just try to survive, okay?" He asked. Sooobin hummed, closing his eyes.

[center ~]

Beomgyu looked dazed as Jake stood over him, looking down at Beomgyu who was just lying in bed and staring up at the ceiling.

"Are you okay?" Asked Jake as he snapped his fingers in front of Beomgyu's face.

"Mmm," hummed Beomgyu as he nodded.

"Is he okay?" Came Heeseung's voice as he walked over to look down at Beomgyu.

"I think so," responded Jake as he shrugged. "I need to get to classes," he added.

"Go, I got it from here," reassured Heeseung. Jake looked unsure, but he nodded and turned, glancing one last time at Beomgyu before leaving.

"Talk to me Beomgyu," demanded Heeseung as he sat down beside Beomgyu. "What's going on with you and Soobin right now?" He asked.

"I don't know," whispered Beomgyu as he closed his eyes. "But I think his time is coming," he explained. "I just... I just feel it," he mumbled.
AkiraSanogame     64d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 16]

Beomgyu laid on the operating room table, looking up at the ceiling as the doctors moved around to prepare this surgery. Soobin was unconscious beside him and Beomgyu reached out a hand to hold onto Soobin's before the doctor put the mask on his face. It was the last thing Beomgyu felt before he passed out.

[center ~A few days earlier~]

Soobin's condition was worsening, and Beomgyu felt off the whole time. He stopped going to classes, seeing no point anymore since Beomgyu would most likely not live to see the end of the school year. He still did his work for his classes but he was preparing for his departure in the mean time.

Beomgyu got in touch with the old group, letting them know that he wouldn't be in this world much longer and to take care of his soulmate, who would be taking his place.

After letting Dann know of what was coming Beomgyu went to the hospital to talk with Soobin's doctor, to let them know he was ready. This type of procedure Beomgyu knew he had a [i very] slim chance of surviving, but it was better for Soobin to stay alive this time. Beomgyu didn't know how many more deaths he could take at this point. He just knew that he had to change his fate this time. Even if he was being selfish for it.

[center ~]

"Don't tell Soobin what I'm about to do, okay?" Asked Beomgyu as he sat with Heeseung while he was on break at the cafe.

"I know," mumbled Heeseung. "I thought it'd be me you know, that'd save Soobin," he sighed.

"I can't separate you from Taehyun," explained Beomgyu. "You waited so long to finally get to Taehyun and now you've had your chance to live together without this curse," he added. "But if I take Soobin away it won't be the same for you two," he explained with a sigh.

"I'll do my best to take care of Soobin, as will Taehyun," Heeseung reassured, earning a nod from Beomgyu as Heeseung got up and headed back to the counter to get back to work.

[center ~]

Taehyun let out a huff as he sat down in the chair beside Soobin's hospital bed.

"Am I gonna survive?" Asked Soobin. "I don't want to let Beomgyu continue alone," he mumbled.

"You'll be fine," reassured Taehyun. "You got approved for your surgery so," he added with a shrug.

"Do we know who the donor is?" Asked Soobin.

"They decided to remain anonymous," responded Taehyun as his tablet pinged, causing him to grab it and tap the screen a couple times before reading the message.

"Who was that?" Asked Soobin as Taehyun typed up a reply before pressing send.

"It was Heeseung, his shift is done so Sunghoon's bringing him over," responded Taehyun as he nodded.

"Does Beomgyu hate me?" Asked Soobin. "It's just- he hasn't visited me since I ended up in the hospital again," he mumbled when Taehyun looked up at him in question.

"Beomgyu's just been busy, school, things with Dann, the like," hummed Taehyun as he shook his head. "I'm sure he'll be around when he can," he added. "Yeonjun was the same way remember? He's around more now because Ivan doesn't need him at the moment," he explained.

"I can't imagine what I'm doing to him," sighed Soobin as he looked down at his hands. "I just want him to know that I'll be better soon," he added.

"I'm sure he has an idea," reassured Taehyun. "You know how he is though, he tends to not show up for a few days before coming around when you really need him," he added. Soobin hummed in response.

[center ~]

A few days later came the day of Soobin's surgery. Beomgyu had successfully avoided seeing Soobin before then so that the curse wouldn't activate early. He walked into the observation room, dressed in a gown and ready for what was to come.

The doctor was already working on Soobin, preparing him and Beomgyu was left to prepare himself for what was to come. After being told to head on in Beomgyu headed into the operating room and went to lay down on the operating room table, taking a steady breath to calm his nerves.

Beomgyu laid on the operating room table, looking up at the ceiling as the doctors moved around to prepare this surgery. Soobin was unconscious beside him and Beomgyu reached out a hand to hold onto Soobin's before the doctor put the mask on his face. It was the last thing Beomgyu felt before he passed out.

[center ~]

When Soobin woke up again it was several days after the surgery, and for the first time in a [i long] time he felt... Alive. He wasn't sure what to call what he felt now, but he knew one thing. It had been successful. He looked around the room, seeing Taehyun asleep in a chair next to his bed, half his body practically on the bed as he used his arms as a pillow.

"T-Taehyun," whispered Soobin as he reached out and gently shook Taehyun awake, a feeling of deja vu overcoming him as he waited on Taehyun to wake up.

Taehyun jolted, sitting up immediately in surprise before turning to Soobin. "You're awake!" He exclaimed as he got to his feet. "I'm going to get a nurse okay? Don't try to talk," he demanded, waiting until Soobin nodded before leaving the room to get the nurse.

Soobin was left to look around the room again, seeing flowers from who he assumed were his parents and a teddy bear with a get well card sitting on the table near his bed. He [i knew] that the plushie had to have come from Kai, as Kai did have a small plushie collection and he didn't give any of them to just [i anyone]. The card, Soobin just assumed had all the signatures of his friends and classmates.

When Taehyun came back with the nurse it was to Soobin wondering where Beomgyu was, though his thoughts were interrupted when the nurse checked on his bandages and removed the oxygen mask from Soobin's face only to replace it with a nasal cannula to supply oxygen.

"B-Beomgyu?" Asked Soobin, his voice sounding strained as he coughed, covering his mouth with his arm.

"Ah..." Mumbled Taehyun as he looked down at his feet. "He- he told me to hand you this," he explained, walking over to another table and grabbing a tablet before returning with it and handing it to Soobin. "He's-," he muttered, sitting down in the chair again as Soobin tapped the screen to wake it up before blinking as a video started playing.
AkiraSanogame     62d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 17]

[i Beomgyu let out a resigned sigh as he stared at the camera. "Hey Soobin," he greeted.

"You're probably wondering where I am right now," he remarked with a shrug. "Well, if you are watching this video that means that you survived the surgery," he explained. "That means I am no longer here," he added.

"I couldn't have it any other way," he explained with a sigh. "I am probably being selfish for passing on my curse to you but I knew that if I didn't do this then the chance of you dying would've still been there if someone else donated," he added.

"I know you didn't want me to continue suffering alone, and I'm now making you go through this but maybe you'll be able to save me the next life," he commented as tears started falling.

He quickly wiped away his tears, taking a deep breath before looking back at the camera.

"You'll be fine, okay?" He asked. "Dann will keep an eye on you, and so will everyone else," he added. "You won't be alone, my old group will look out for you, along with Taehyun and Heeseung," he explained.

"I'm sorry," he whispered, a sob escaping him before he reached over and turned off the camera.]

[center ~]

"H-He," whispered Soobin as he dropped the tablet on the bed beside him. "He really did that?" He asked, sniffling as he wiped away his tears that were now falling.

"He didn't want to see you because he knew this was the last chance he'd have to save you," explained Taehyun as he took a steady breath to calm his nerves. "This took a lot on his part you know?" He asked. "Beomgyu insisted he did it because he didn't want a chance for it to fail," he explained.

"I-I get it," mumbled Soobin. "It doesn't make it hurt any less," he added. "I guess that was his big plan after all," he sighed, moving his right hand over his heart and resting his hand on his chest. "I'll continue to live for him, until next time," he mumbled.

"Did anyone else visit while I was unconscious?" Asked Soobin as he changed the subject.

"Kai dropped off one of his teddy bears," responded Taehyun as he looked over at the table with the teddy bear and card. "Heeseung brought over the card and your parents left the flowers before they had to go back on a business trip," he added. "Beomgyu got you your tablet, so that's yours," he explained when Soobin picked up the tablet and looked at it. "I'm in your contacts, along with Jay and Heeseung," he added. "Dann should be stopping by one of these days before your release to talk about future plans regarding what happens concerning you both, and I think that's it," he hummed.

"I guess I'm under Dann now huh?" Asked Soobin. "Since I guess I'm taking Beomgyu's place," he sighed. "I wonder how that's gonna work out? Will I be able to finish school before I have to do any travelling?" He asked.

"You still have the rest of this year then next year right?" Asked Taehyun. "You should be able to finish it," he added. "But I'm sure Dann will explain everything," he remarked with a shrug. Soobin hummed in response.

[center ~]

When Dann finally came around a few days later Soobin was breathing a bit easier, and the nurse had taken the cannula off and moved the bed to where he was sitting up slightly. Taehyun had gone back to classes, but Kai was there to keep him company since Yeonjun was off travelling with Ivan again.

"So you'll be travelling like Yeonjun huh?" Asked Kai as he ate lunch with Soobin.

"Mhm," hummed Soobin, his mouth full of food as he nodded. He waited until he swallowed all the food before deciding to speak, putting his bowl down on the table in front of him. "I think so anyway," he added. "I think he said he'd come over to discuss everything with me before we do any travelling," he explained.

"That's what I came around today to do," came a voice as Dann walked into the room, nodding to Kai who bowed his head in greeting as he finished eating his food. "I won't be long," he added. "As you still need to recover fully before any travel is involved," he explained.

"Can we wait until I graduate from university?" Asked Soobin as he put all of his attention on Dann. "I would like to do that at least," he added. "Plus it gives me enough time to fulfill a last wish of Beomgyu's," he explained. "Jake mentioned that Beomgyu offered to go to Australia with him when he went back to visit," he added. "And I don't know when you're planning on heading back to the states, if you are, but I'd like to try and visit Jay too," he added as an afterthought.

"That's fine," responded Dann as he nodded. "It gives me some time to prepare for my own departure again," he explained with a shrug. "Seoho will come and help you, he's taken a liking to you," he added.

"I did like him," commented Soobin. "I'm guessing I'll be learning a bunch of things from him too?" He asked.

"Expect some spars here and there too," Dann responded with a shake of his head. "I don't know how you'll fare against him, but if Beomgyu said you were a lot like your first life you should be able to sweep him off his feet," he explained.

"Did I really?" Asked Soobin, his mouth dropping open in surprise before he shook his head in amusement.

"Believe me, you used to dominate the spars back then," Dann boasted with a chuckle. "But that was the first life, who knows how you will do this life," he added.

"Who knows, my mind may still remember the spars enough, but my body may need to adjust to it again," remarked Soobin.

"We'll work it out later, right now just focus on healing kid," Dann said in finality before turning and leaving the room.

"Always straight to the point, huh?" Asked Kai after Dann was gone and the door had closed behind him.

"It's the king side of him," sighed Soobin. "I'm sure he only acts so formal due to certain circumstances," he explained.

[center ~]

When it was time for Soobin to get released from the hospital there was quite the party waiting for him that consisted of Seoho, who had become one of Soobin's closest friends after Taehyun, Taehyun and Heeseung, Kai and Seongmin, and Jake. Jake had wheeled Soobin and Kai's teddy bear, which Soobin kept after Kai said it was a gift to him, out of the hospital where the others were waiting by the entrance with a van that would take Soobin home.

"Time to go home, huh?" Asked Soobin as he took in the welcoming party. "Can't wait to finally sleep in my own bed again," he sighed, hearing Jake chuckle from behind him.

"Rest easy yeah?" Asked Heeseung as he helped Soobin into the passenger seat of the van. "Jake and I need to return to the dorms, so Taehyun's taking us back," he added. "Seoho's taking you, Kai and Seongmin back," he explained as Soobin nodded.

"You've been excused from classes by the way," reassured Jake. "Just focus on healing okay?" He asked as Heeseung closed the door.

Kai and Seongmin quickly got into the back of the van while Seoho got into the driver's seat and started the van. After waving in goodbye Seoho drove off, heading home.
AkiraSanogame     58d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Chapter 18]

Soobin clashed with Seoho, sparring with proper training swords now as they battled head on. Soobin was right with one thing, his own sword fighting skills came naturally, but it had taken some time to relearn a lot of it.

The rest had come easy for him at least and the first proper spar Soobin had done something that not even Beomgyu could do when sparring with Seoho. That was to knock Seoho to the ground before quickly ending the spar.

Seoho was quick to initiate another spar though, and that ended in him winning, only because he was quick on his feet and Soobin couldn't keep up.

The current spar they were doing was one that happened every week or so, with Seoho usually being the one who initiated the spar when Soobin wasn't busy studying.

The spar ended when Seoho was pushed back by Soobin, with Soobin jumping to put his sword at Seoho's neck.

"God, you're just like the first life," huffed Seoho as he dropped his training sword, smirking at the triumphant look Soobin sported.

"I'm just happy I can still knock you off your feet," huffed Soobin as he shook his head, letting the arm that he was using to hold his sword drop to his side. "I do wonder though," he inquired with his head tilting to the side. "Did we ever know each other before this?" He asked. "Since you're apparently with Beomgyu's old group and such," he added.

Seoho thought it over as he hummed, moving away to pick up his sword and examine it. "We were brothers in all but blood," he decided to go with, shrugging as he let his arms drop to his sides. "Beomgyu was the one who brought us all together, even before the war that led Dann to go out of power," he explained.

"Am I ever going to meet the others?" Asked Soobin. "I mean, I know I probably will eventually but," he added with a sigh. "I feel like I should at least get to know the others, and learn about how Beomgyu was with them," he explained.

"You'll meet them eventually, I mean you already know Yeonjun and I," responded Seoho as he shrugged again, turning and walking away, going to put up his training sword. "Besides, getting the others to agree to a meetup is a bit difficult at the moment," he added as Soobin followed after him. "Not everyone is able to, as they either need permission from their kings or are keeping an eye on things else where," he explained.

"Like the two keeping an eye on Jay?" Asked Soobin, earning a nod from Seoho. "I think Dann is organizing a trip for Jake, Taehyun, Heeseung and I to go to the states to see Jay soon," he explained. "After that I'll be heading to Australia with Jake for a month," he added. "Do we have anyone in Austrailia?" He asked.

"Not that I'm aware of," hummed Seoho as he looked thoughtful, turning to Soobin after they put their swords away. "But who knows at this point," he added.

[center ~]

Soobin stood shirtless in the bathroom, staring at himself the mirror and examining the scar on his chest. He traced the scar with his left hand before dropping it, letting out a sigh before turning and getting fully undressed, stepping into the bathtub to take a shower.

After getting dressed Soobin headed out of his room and downstairs into the livingroom where Kai and Taehyun were sitting and playing video games. By the looks of things Kai seemed to be winning, but Soobin couldn't really tell because it was all confusing to him. He had never been that good at them anyway.

"Is Kai winning?" Asked Soobin as he went into the kitchen to grab a bottle of soda before coming back to sit in the loveseat to the left of the tv.

"Yes!" Boasted Kai as he looked triumphant, quickly defeating Taehyun and jumping up and cheering.

"I was close this time," sighed Taehyun as he put the controller down. He turned to Soobin who shrugged, taking a sip of his soda before putting it on the coffee table in front of him. "What brings you out of your room anyway?" He asked. "You usually stay in there to study," he added.

"I'm done studying for the time being," replied Soobin as he shook his head. "Besides, I'm done with exams, we gotta plan the trip to the states to visit Jay, remember?" He asked.

"I can't believe you guys are going without me," whined Kai as he sat down with a huff. "I know, I don't know Jay as well as you guys, but LA has [i so] many restaurants I can try," he explained. "I can still try all the restaurants here but," he sighed. "Have fun though, and tell Jay I said hello," he added.

"We will," reassured Soobin as he nodded.

[center ~]

After a week of planning everything out and making sure everyone's passports were still in date everyone took a plane to the states, landing in sunny California late in the afternoon. Soobin felt his heart beating rather weirdly throughout the flight, but it had stopped as soon as they landed.

"You're close to someone who has yet to find their soulmate," explained Taehyun as Soobin confided in him about it as they waited on their bags from baggage claim. "I felt it when I met Beomgyu for the first time, and I'm sure Heeseung felt it too but I think it was more due to the fact that they knew each other before Heeseung's second life," he added.

"The only person I know that has yet to find their soulmate here is Jake," inquired Soobin as he tilted his head to the side in question.

"There was someone on the plane," piped up Heeseung as he shrugged. "I felt it too," he added. "Someone we both knew at some point I'm sure," he added.

"Are you talking about us?" Came a new voice as two new people walked over to get their bags.

Soobin blinked in surprise, his heartbeat starting to beat weirdly again. "I guess it is you two," he responded, raising an eyebrow in question.

"Arthur," Arthur said in introduction. "The one with me is Mujin," he added, introducing the person standing next to him.

"Ah!" Soobin exclaimed suddenly. "Your um, bodyguards? Are watching over Jay?" He asked.

"Yes, that would be them," chuckled Arthur, causing everyone to look at Soobin weirdly.

"Sorry, Jay mentioned that his companions said their kings were on the way over for a visit," explained Soobin as he rubbed the back of his neck with his hand.

"Jesus, you guys are as loud as ever," came a new voice as Jay walked over with two new people.

"Jay," greeted Taehyun, nodding in greeting.

"It's good to see you man!" Greeted Jake as he went over, making sure it was okay to pat Jay on the shoulder before doing so, grinning as Jay smiled in return. "You're definitely looking better," he added.

"Yunho, Dongmyeong," greeted Arthur as said people turned to him and bowed in greeting. "If you don't mind us taking our bodyguards for the next few days?" He asked, turning to Jay.

"No problem," reassured Jay. "I think I can handle being by myself for a bit," he added. Arthur nodded and turned, grabbing his bag when it came down before leaving when Mujin grabbed his. Yunho and Dongmyeong followed after them.

[center ~]

Being able to spend the week with the others left Soobin with a strange sense of longing, causing him to just hang back, and let the others spend more time with Jay. He figured it was just something that Beomgyu felt when he had hung out with them before his death.

"What's got you down all the sudden?" Asked Jake as he sat beside Soobin. "I know we'll be leaving soon, but don't be too sad about it," he added.

"It's not that," sighed Soobin. "I just- I feel like once I graduate and go travel with Dann for who knows how long I'll miss everything that would happen with you guys," he explained. "I don't know though, Dann may come around for every important milestone, but," he added, shrugging his shoulders as his tablet pinged for the first time in weeks. He reached over and took it out of his bag before tapping the screen and reading the message.

"Who was that from?" Asked Jake.

"...From Seoho?" Asked Soobin as he typed up a reply. "Ah, this is the group chat," he added after seeing a reply from some of the others before pressing send. "He's gonna be out of Korea for a while," he explained before putting the tablet down and getting up. "Let's go see what the others are up to yeah?" He asked. Jake nodded and got up, following Soobin who walked off to find the others.
AkiraSanogame     57d ago
Playing ONEWE's End of Spring [English Version] on repeat

[center Epilogue]

Soobin felt like he was an outsider, looking in on other people's lives as they continued to age and he stayed the same age for all the years it took before he could find Beomgyu again.

The one constant person in his life after Dann was surprisingly Allen, who revealed that he was working for one of the elusive kings that just didn't need him at the moment. He had met his soulmate, but they didn't want anything to do with him.

Yeonjun and Seoho still checked up on him every now and again but the one person that constantly stayed by his side was definitely Allen.

[center ~]

As years passed Soobin got to see the others achieve their dreams, Kai getting his own restaurant that quickly became famous and Taehyun and Heeseung landing their dream jobs after they both graduated from university.

Jake had returned to Australia after graduation, though Soobin maintained contact with him despite all the travelling he ended up doing after he had finished school.

Jay had been someone that despite the odds managed to move on and live a successful art career. Thanks to Yunho and Dongmyeong who stayed by his side through out the hardships Jay had managed to sell a lot of art and was able to do something he truly loved doing.

Seongmin stayed with Kai and now helped run the restaurant and made sure everything was good financially. Soobin always went over for a free meal whenever he did visit Korea, as Kai insisted that he did. Kai did the same for Jake, and Jay whenever he visited.

[center ~]

The first of their friend group to die was Heeseung, who after a long career of being an archeologist died of a stroke after returning home from teaching at the university.

Soobin had been there for his funeral, as he happened to be in Korea at the time, and got to catch up with the others.

"It's good to see you again," greeted Taehyun as he patted Soobin on the shoulder. "You're still as young as ever I see," he remarked, smirking at the sheepish look Soobin sported.

"This will probably be the last time I'll be here to see you," Soobin reminded with a shake of his head. "Alive anyway," he added. "So don't wait on me yeah?" He asked.

"Until the next life," Taehyun said in farewell as he gave Soobin a bone crushing hug.

"Until the next life," echoed Soobin as he returned the hug before stepping away and waving at Taehyun as he turned and walked away, putting his hands in his pockets.

[center ~]

Soobin wasn't able to make it to Taehyun's funeral, but Allen had gone in his place and ended up taking over Kai's restaurant with Seoho who had returned to Korea to help him out.

Their kings weren't in need of them for the moment, so it seemed that Soobin was alone again, with the occasional travelling partner in Yeonjun or Yunho, as Dongmyeong by that point had found his soulmate. By that point it looked like Kai and Seongmin where the next in their friend group to go, and Soobin made sure to ask Allen to send him updates.

Dann had him in Australia for the moment at least, so he was able to catch up with Jake before he eventually left this world for the next. Jay was not too far behind from what he understood, as cancer got to him later in life. Jay had a family now though, and they made sure to send Soobin updates on how things were going.

"You're in a somber mood," remarked Jake as he sat down in a rocking chair on the porch where Soobin was sitting and staring off into the distance.

"I guess I understand now, why Beomgyu didn't have many friends," commented Soobin as he let out a soft sigh. "But I guess because he lived as long as he had it didn't matter much," he added. "He had his friends, and those left are like me," he explained.

"I'm sure that's why he didn't bother getting close with anyone before his death," remarked Jake. "But that was years ago," he hummed.

"One day I hope to see you again, in the next life," Soobin said in farewell as he got up, leaving the porch and heading for the road where a car pulled up.

"Same to you my friend," Jake said in farewell as he waved at Soobin as he got in the car, said car driving off after Soobin put on his seatbelt.

[center ~]

More years had passed and Soobin found himself [i back] in Korea, starting university again after so long. He was annoyed that he had to go back to school, but Dann had explained that everyone was required to go back at some point. Soobin had been the last person to go back, putting it off as long as possible so that he had a chance to meet Beomgyu once again, and maybe. Just [i maybe] meet the others again in their next life like he had promised.

After getting a free breakfast at Allen's restaurant Soobin grabbed what little things he had and went to the dorms he would be staying in, a sense of nostalgia hitting him as he stared at the building in front of him. "Welcome back huh?" He asked himself before he stepped into the dorms, looking around the living area to get a feel of the place. He remembered staying here his freshman year, so he took it in stride and went to find his room. It was only for one year, then he'd go live off campus for the rest of his time as a college student.

[center ~]

Soobin was running late, waking up late as he rushed down the street to where his first classes were. It was the first day of his junior year and he was already late to classes.

"Wait up man!" Yelled Heeseung as he rushed after Soobin. Heeseung had met Soobin during Heeseung's freshman orientation and he had been assigned as Heeseung's mentor. They became fast friends and were now roommates.

"Unlike you, my professor doesn't like us being late," Soobin shouted back as he turned to look back at Heeseung before feeling himself collide with someone, stopping him in his tracks as he fell back onto his back with a grunt.

"Oi, watch where you're going yeah?" Came a [i very] familiar voice as Soobin looked up to see Beomgyu as he held out his hand for Soobin to grab. Soobin grabbed it and Beomgyu helped him up.

"Oi, what's the hurry?" Came another voice as Taehyun walked over.

"-Sorry, was running late, excuse me," mumbled Soobin as he bowed before pushing passed Beomgyu and Taehyun and running to classes. He didn't want the curse to-

"Oi, watch out!" Yelled Heeseung as there was sounds of squealing brakes behind Soobin.

Soobin turned around to see Taehyun grabbing Beomgyu as Beomgyu had turned to follow after Soobin, nearly getting run over in the process. Soobin ran over once it was clear, his hands immediately reaching out to grab Beomgyu and bring him into a hug.

"W-What?" Asked Beomgyu as he just stood there.

"We just broke our curse," Soobin mumbled into Beomgyu's shoulder, sniffling as all his pent up emotions finally just burst, sobbing into Beomgyu's shoulder.

[center ~]

"So we switched roles huh?" Asked Beomgyu as he got the explanation from Soobin. "That's crazy, but I guess I do see why my past life would do that," he sighed.

"Your past life lived for so long," remarked Soobin. "But now, we can finally live our life together," he added, grinning at Beomgyu who smiled back.

"There's people I haven't seen again yet though," sighed Soobin. "But I'm sure, we'll see them again," he added.

"You made that promise yeah? I'm sure we'll see them soon," hummed Beomgyu as he looked off into the distance.

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