Heechul suddenly stops in his tracks. He wasn't expecting to see anyone he knew. "Park Jungsoo!" he calls out, half in surprise, half in delight. It's been a long time since they've seen each other, years. A decade or two.
The man sitting at the bar startles and pivots on his seat. It really is Park Jungsoo. Heechul remembers a version of him that's older, certainly (a face with more wrinkles, a back less straight...) but not so different, especially as Jungsoo isn't one of the people who chose to go back to what they looked like at 18 or 20. It's hard to say exactly, but Heechul would place him between 30 and 40. "Kim Heechul," Jungsoo finally answers, sounding just as surprised. Heechul pouts at the time it took - he'd have hoped he was more memorable.
Jungsoo and Heechul reunite by chance in San Junipero. Maybe it's the start of something good.
"What was it like being a plant?"
"I was never lonely," Yugyeom replied. He moved, in a gesture in between crossing his arms and hugging himself. His gaze was on the water and the horizon. Bambam wondered if Yugyeom missed it, being a part of a whole, in the stillness of a body that could not move, could only grow. "I was also a bird, once."
Immediately, Bambam sighed in envy, making Yugyeom smile. "Lucky. I wish I knew what flying was like."
"It wasn't only nice, though," Yugyeom said. His smile turned mischievous. "A cat almost caught and ate me, once."
"I would never eat you!" Bambam said, affronted - which, kind of a lie. He had eaten some birds in some lives during which he was a cat.
Hyungwon, standing with his arms crossed, stares at the man bruised up and tied up to a chair in front of him. Jung Kangmin, 41 years old, boss of the gang Nu'bility - who currently looks way too relaxed for a man that's been kidnapped and beaten, who's in an empty warehouse with a rival criminal for only company.
"Now, what use would the Ringmaster have of a man like me? Who put you up to this, I wonder," Jung Kangmin says in a drawl.
Now, Hyungwon was making sure Changkyun would always be safe.
"The person who wants you dead," Hyungwon says, "would you like to meet them?"
- Part 2 of we never let each other go
Soyeon had decided she'd introduce her girlfriend Miyeon to her team on the day of her final roller derby match of the season.
Changkyun presses a hand against his abdomen, where he's been stabbed. Fuck. He holds himself up against the wall of the alley, his breath gasping. He tries to think. Where can he go?
Changkyun can see the precise instant that Hyungwon realizes he's hurt, because he loses all hints of playfulness. He kneels down, carefully pushing open the lapel of Changkyun's jacket. He pales when he sees the blood staining Changkyun's hand from where he was pressing it against the stab wound.
- Part 1 of we never let each other go
Monsta X one-shots. Alternate universe - criminals.
All works in this series take place in the same alternate universe and are ordered chronologically, but are also all stand-alone.