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Seungcheol smiled, letting his gums show and his eyes slip ever so slightly closed. ‘You think this is a game?’

‘N-no, Choi-nim!’ the man before him stuttered out, his whole body trembling despite being tied to a chair.

‘Well, you quite clearly think it is, because you still haven’t told me where you’ve hidden the drugs. My drugs.’

‘I didn’t take them!’

Seungcheol chuckled and walked around the man. They were in a dark room upstairs in the Choi mansion, but it was soundproof, and the door was locked. No one would be coming to save this man. ‘Then why don’t I believe you?’

‘I-I don’t know,’ the man whispered. ‘But I swear that I didn’t take them!’

‘You’re still lying,’ Seungcheol sung, then he swung his fist into the man’s face with a sickening crack.

Jeonghan bit his lip as he watched the scene unfold before him. He’d been dead for three years now and had been watching Choi Seungcheol ever since. He knew he shouldn’t. His job as an angel was to help good people in need or who had fallen off track slightly. Not to watch with awe in his eyes at someone who was clearly destined for hell. But he couldn’t help it. Seungcheol seemed so wonderful to him despite all of the bad things he did. Jeonghan knew there was good in him.

‘Jeonghan.’

He gasped and turned around, seeing Joshua, one of the angels in charge, floating not to far behind where he was sat, a disapproving look on his face. ‘Oh, hi, Josh!’

He rolled his eyes. ‘You were watching him again.’

‘I wasn’t!’

Joshua tutted. ‘Your mischievous behaviour on earth won’t do well here. You should know that. You’ve been here for three years.’

‘It suits me, don’t you think?’ Jeonghan said with a wink, but Joshua just rolled his eyes again.

‘Maybe it did on earth, but not here. Come on, you have more training to attend. And if you don’t stop watching Seungcheol, you won’t be allowed to watch anyone at all.’

Jeonghan pouted as he flew over to Joshua, taking care to not bash their large feathery wings together. ‘But I think he’s wonderful. Is there really so much wrong with that?’

‘There is when you admire someone who sells drugs for a living. Leave him be. Soon, you won’t be able to watch him at all.’

‘What’s that supposed to mean?’

Joshua just shrugged. ‘Everyone dies someday, and with bad people, it’s usually due to their own actions. Choi Seungcheol is not destined to last much longer.’

Jeonghan gasped and he flew in front of Joshua, stopping him from going any further. ‘Let me go to him.’

‘And do what?’

‘Save him! There’s goodness in him, I know it!’

Joshua sighed. ‘You are nowhere near the end of your training. You won’t be able to do it.’

‘But what if he dies before then? We’re angels. This is our job. I won’t be able to forgive myself if I don’t at least try. Won’t it be a sin to not help him?’

Joshua frowned: Jeonghan had a point there. ‘And what will be your plan when you get down there?’

‘I don’t know. Talk to him. I need to figure out a way to get close to him. But I know what the Choi mansion looks like. I know where to find him.’

Joshua hummed. Jeonghan was right about that, too. His watching over Seungcheol had been obsessive. He knew that man’s every step. ‘Okay.’

‘Okay? Okay! Let’s do this!’

‘Just wait a minute. I need to check: do you remember anything of your past life?’

Jeonghan shook his head. ‘Nope.’

Joshua nodded. When they were sent to heaven, all memories of their life on earth was erased to stop them from pining after their friends and family and the life they could have had, and to stop them from seeking them out if they were ever sent to earth on a mission. They retained bits of information, like their name, age, and the general culture of the country they were originally from, but nothing specific. ‘You’ll need to be extremely careful.’

Jeonghan rolled his eyes playfully. ‘It’s only been three years. Seoul won’t have changed that much.’

‘I mean in regards to Seungcheol.’

‘I’ll be fine, Josh.’

‘Alright, well, if you’re sure…’

‘I am.’

Joshua nodded and placed his hand on Jeonghan’s shoulder. ‘If at any time it gets too dangerous, you can use your wings. Just concentrate on your back, and they will come out for you, okay?’

‘Got it.’

Joshua nodded. ‘Good luck. You’re going to need it.’ He closed his eyes and squeezed Jeonghan’s shoulder then, and a moment later, Jeonghan felt a rushing sensation all around him as he was being pushed down to earth, and then he landed on his knees in the garden at the centre of the Choi mansion.

Completely surrounded by Choi Seungcheol’s men.