Genre : Romance, (slight!) angst, fantasy
Pairing : Kyuhyun/Sungmin
Rating : PG-13
Disclaimer : I do not own the characters but I own the plot
Summary : It’s dark and Sungmin is in the middle of the forest when he suddenly met Kyuhyun. Will he become Sungmin’s savior or on the contrary, will he harm him?
Huh? This is the third time I walk through the same path again! Great! I think I’m lost now! But how is that possible? I followed the map correctly..right? It’s dark and with the help from his flashlight, Sungmin trying to check the map he got from his teacher carefully.
Lee Sungmin, a sixteen years old boy is a student of Gaesung high school in Busan. He is a member of the boy scout club in his school and for the whole weekend, they camp at the Geumjeong mountain for some boy scout activity.
Now they’re on a mission to improve their courage and skill to find the right way to their meeting spot on the other side of the forest. They’re not allowed to use GPS or any other gadget, only the map and the signs from the nature itself. And eventhough they have their phone, it’s useless because they can’t get any signal up there.
Let’s see. I’m supposed to go to the south and if this is the west then it means..
Sungmin startled to hear that sound. What was that? He looks around but he didn’t see anything. Okay, calm down, Sungmin. It’s nothing to be wor..
He aimed his flashlight to the bushes a little further and suddenly he saw a brown rabbit jumped out of it.
Sungmin sighed in relieved, “Aish! Mr. rabbit, what are you doing here?” he kneeled on the ground while the rabbit watching him nonchalantly, busy scratching his long ears. “You’re a cute rabbit. Be careful, don’t let Shindong catch you, otherwise you’ll end up in the camp fire.” The rabbit wrinkled his pink nose and run away.
Sungmin chuckled and pour his attention back to his map. It’s 8.15 p.m. and I’m in the middle of the forest now. Normally it will take less than 3 hours to reach the meeting spot but since I took the wrong path then if I’m lucky, I’ll be there about 11 p.m. Yeah, come on, Sungmin! Fighting!
He’s walking through the deep forest. The sounds of the nature makes him somehow feels comfortable. How nice if I can live like this forever, just on my own, surrounded by the beauty of the nature and the lovely creatures. It’s so calm and peaceful. Unlike home..
Suddenly he catch a glimpse of light between the big trees. Huh? Did I see a light there or just my imagination? He heard footsteps coming closer and he saw a young boy about his age with flashlight in his hand.
“Hi!” the boy greets him. “Hi..” Sungmin replied awkwardly.
“Are you lost your way?”
“I was but I guess I’m on the right path now.”
“Ah, okay. Are you a student of Gaesung high school?”
“Yes. How did you know?”
The boy smiled friendly, “I’m from Kyunggi high school. I saw a friend of yours about an hour ago, he told me that he’s a student of Gaesung high school and all of you are on a boy scout mission or something. My name is Kyuhyun, by the way.”
“I’m Sungmin. Nice to meet you, Kyuhyun. And I guess you met Eunhyuk back then,” Sungmin said. “Right! That’s his name, Eunhyuk.” Out of sudden, Sungmin felt few drops of water on his nose and his head, “Omo! It’s raining now!”
Kyuhyun grabbed Sungmin’s hand, “Come! I saw an old cabin back there!” Kyuhyun and Sungmin run toward the cabin as the rain poured from the dark sky. Both of them panting when they finally reach it.
It’s an old, small cabin with two windows. Moldy oak and musty scent filled the air of the cabin but at least they can use it as a temporary shelter until the rain stop. “I’m glad you knew about this place, Kyuhyun,” said Sungmin as he search for something in his backpack. “Yeah. It can be dangerous out there when it rains heavily like now. Here, I have also a candle,” Kyuhyun took a candle out of his backpack and lit it.
With the lights of two candles, both of them sit next to each other. “It’s kinda’ scary here in the mountain, don’t you think?” Kyuhyun asked. Sungmin shrugged, “Because it’s quiet and nobody’s around? I like it actually. The nature makes me feel complete because it’s..honest. And I can be myself here.”
Kyuhyun stared at the smaller boy, “When I saw you, I thought you’re a kind of boy that easy to get scared. For the ghost or something like that.” Sungmin giggles, “If I’m a scaredy cat then I won’t join the boy scout. About the ghost, I never see one in my whole life but to my own experience, I think human can even more worse than a ghost.” “Really? That’s interesting,” Kyuhyun chuckled.
Suddenly they heard the sound of Sungmin’s rumbling belly. “Your worms are calling,” Kyuhyun teased Sungmin, making the latter blushed, “I don’t eat the dinner properly because I was late. Let’s see, I have two Chocopies, a bag of Matdongsan and also Pepero. Which one do you like?”
“No, thanks. I’m not hungry, I’m just thirsty,” Kyuhyun replied. “Oh, I have strawberry milk and mineral water. Here,” Sungmin handed him the drinks. Kyuhyun smiled, “You’re a kind boy, Sungmin. But I have my own drink,” he grab a bottle of rose water. “Rose water? You drink that?” Sungmin frowned.
Kyuhyun nodded, “Always. It’s good for your skin, you know? Look at me as a living proof,” he winked his eyes playfully. Sungmin laughed, “You do have a beautiful skin, I admit.” “And a beautiful face, right?” Kyuhyun added as he grinned. “Yah! You’re so full of yourself!” Sungmin mumbled with mouth full of chocopies, making both of them laughed.
After a while, there’s still no sign that the rain is going to stop. “We are here for almost an hour and..” Sungmin begin to cough constantly. “Are you okay?” Kyuhyun asked as he pat Sungmin’s back carefully.
“Yeah, it’s just that I got asthma and when the temperature is so cold like now, I’ll be coughing and a bit choky. But don’t worry, I always take my inhaler everywhere I go.” With a quick move, Kyuhyun took off his jacket and put it on Sungmin’s frail body. “What are you doing? No, Kyuhyun. You’ll catch a cold,” Sungmin protested.
“Don’t worry about me,” Kyuhyun mumbled as he pulled Sungmin to sit closer to him, “Come here, if we sit closer like this, we will get more warmth from each other’s body.” Sungmin blushed, didn’t know what to say. He felt like a butterfly tickling his belly, giving that funny sensation in his body.
Kyuhyun parted Sungmin’s bangs that covered his face, “What is this?” Kyuhyun furrowed his eyebrows when he saw a bruise on Sungmin’s forehead. “Nothing!” Sungmin startled, “It’s was..uh, an accident! Yes, I was stumble over the door,” Sungmin trying to covered the bruise with his bangs again.
Kyuhyun glared at Sungmin as he reached for Sungmin’s right arm and squeeze it a bit hard. “Ouch! Kyuhyun!” Sungmin shrieked, a slight of fear came across his mind. “You did try to defense yourself, do you?” Sungmin bowed his head, didn’t dare to see Kyuhyun’s scrutinizing eyes.
Kyuhyun caressed Sungmin’s cheek and hug him gently, “Poor little thing. I won’t hurt you like that person did, Sungmin. Trust me.” Sungmin nodded weakly, feeling ashamed and empty at the same time. “Who did this to you?”
Sungmin sighed, “My stepfather.”
“He hate me from the beginning. He just want my mother and now they have their own children, I’m just an obstacle for them,” Sungmin sighed, “That’s why I always work after school and also in the weekend, so I can save some money. And when I’m graduate from high school, I want to move to Seoul or someplace else, I don’t care. I just want to live on my own.”
“And this boy scout activity is my only way to enjoy the nature which I love so much. Otherwise, I’m always busy with school and working. I hate school vacation because if I don’t have work, it means I must stay at home with my family.”
Kyuhyun felt a big grief to this boy, “Didn’t your mother say something to your stepfather when he abuse you? And how about your own father?”
Sungmin shook his head, “My mother didn’t dare to say anything. And I never met my own father because he abandon us when I was three months old.” “Sungmin, are you not afraid if you are living on your own, without your family and friends?”
“No. Why should I? I can do everything alone. I’m used to it,” he smiled bitterly.
Kyuhyun looked at Sungmin deeply in the eyes, “Do you trust me, Sungmin?” “Huh? Yes..I think, why?” Sungmin asked perplexedly. “Do you trust me with your life?” “Yes..” Sungmin replied, his eyes keep on staring at Kyuhyun’s dark orbs.
The candles begin to flickering before they turned out completely, making the room almost totally dark if there’s no moon light shining through the window. Sungmin felt the shiver run all over his body as his heart pounding rapidly. He wanted to say something but his voice won’t come out so there’s nothing he can do except staring at Kyuhyun’s eyes whose slowly turned into light green and later begin to change into beautiful blue sapphire color.
It’s mesmerizing, it’s hypnotizing..and this scent, this particular scent filled the air. What is this scent?
Suddenly everything turned black.
Sungmin slowly opened his eyes when he felt the warm sunlight bathed his body. What a strange dream last night. Where am I? He glanced at the room, a beautiful room decorated with red, pink and orange chrysanthemum and also white tuberose.
The scent! Now I recognize it! It’s the scent of rose, jasmine and bergamot. And this room also reminds me of the bedroom of the royal family in Korean historical dramas. Yeah! I’m definitely still dreaming.
“No Sungmin, you are not dreaming,” he heard soft voice talking to him. “Eh?!” Sungmin’s eyes widened as he immediately sit on the bed. “Good morning,” Kyuhyun smiled beautifully to him.
“Kyuhyun? Where am I? What happened?”
“You’re in my kingdom. I brought you here last night.”
Sungmin scanning Kyuhyun’s appearance from the top of his head to the tip of his shoes.
“You look like the king in those ancient, fantasy movie thing! And your kingdom..are you a king or something? You said this is not a dream so..gosh, am I gone crazy?!” Sungmin blabbering, feeling confused and scared at the same time.
Kyuhyun chuckled, “No, you are not crazy. I am the God of Geumjeong mountain. And please don’t be afraid because I mean no harm. Would you like a cup of tea?” “Uh..yes, please.”
Kyuhyun handed him the pretty porcelain cup to Sungmin, “Here you go. I hope you like it.” “Thank you,” Sungmin took a sip of the tea, “Mmmm! This is the most delicious tea I’ve ever drink!” Kyuhyun smiled when he heard it.
“Kyuhyun..oh, I..I mean, Your Majesty. I’m sorry..” Sungmin covered his mouth, feeling guilty because he called the king of this kingdom only by name. “It’s alright, Sungmin. I don’t mind if you called me by my name. I make an exception for you,” Kyuhyun said calmly.
Sungmin took a deep breath, “This is really like a dream to me. I mean, wow..I met the God of the Geumjeong mountain! But why am I here? Am I dead now?”
“You are not dead, that’s for sure. And I brought you here because I want you to stay here with me but that’s only if you want to. I will not force you against your will, Sungmin,” Kyuhyun stopped for a moment.
“You see, I can feel your love and passion for the nature. You honor it with all your heart and I cherish you for that. The human world didn’t treat you kindly, that’s a fate you can’t change. But now, I’m giving you a chance to stay in my kingdom forever and together we will look after this mountain.”
Sungmin is dumbfounded, can’t believe everything he heard just a second ago.
“You have to know, once you decided to stay, you will never be able to go back to the world as a human being. And if you decided to leave, you will forget everything. You also don’t need to worry about your asthma anymore because I’ve healed you with song hwang1 and deulgireum2.”
“Th..thank you. Uhmm, you mentioned Eunhyuk last night. Is he..alright?” Sungmin finally managed to speak.
“Yes, he is alright now. He almost fell into a ravine last night and I save him. That’s one of my duty as God of the Geumjeong mountain, to keep good people out of danger. Yes, you heard it correctly. Only good people. Just like what you said before, the nature is honest. I knew every intention of the people who came to this mountain and if they have bad intention, they won’t see me as Kyuhyun but as a big white tiger,” Kyuhyun replied with firm tone.
Sungmin amazed, “I heard about it before. The legend of the holy white tiger of Geumjeong mountain.”
Kyuhyun nodded, “I will leave you alone so you can think about it,” and he walk to the door.
“Is that the only reason?” Sungmin whispered, making Kyuhyun stopped his step. “Is that the only reason why you want me to stay here? Because of my love and passion for the nature?”
“No,” Kyuhyun steal a glance to Sungmin, “Also because you’ve captured my heart.”
Kyuhyun walk outside the room, leaving Sungmin all alone.
Sungmin took a deep breath. Okay! I can do this. I’ll tell him my decision and I’ll live with the consequences. Take it or leave it, right?!
He opened the door and taken aback. My God! It’s so beautiful here! Look at those colorful flowers and the lovely butterflies! Aaahh..and the sounds of birds chirping! Splendid!
“Do you need anything, sir?” Sungmin startled when he saw an old man with long beard suddenly standing next to him.
“Oh..I want to see king Kyuhyun. Can you please show me where he is?” Sungmin asked politely. “Right this way, sir,” the old man replied and Sungmin followed him.
They are at the garden now and Kyuhyun is there, standing near by the lotus pond. He looks so gracious and handsome. That’s true, there’s no way a human being can be very perfect. Look at those enchanting eyes, his long lashes, his high nose bridge and those inviting lips. His tall figure is like the statue of ancient Greek’s God, making me want to..
Sungmin almost drooling when he suddenly realized something. Oh no! He can read people’s mind, does he?! Omo! Sungmin, you’re idiot! He knew that you’re lusting over him! STOP IT! I must behave myself and stop thinking about ‘that’! Sungmin mentally cursing himself.
Kyuhyun smirked as he stared at Sungmin, making the latter swallowed an imaginary lump in his throat.
“You want to see me?”
“Yes..” Sungmin smiled sheepishly, feeling embarrassed about his naughty thoughts a moment ago, “Can I ask you something?”
“Will you please show me your whole kingdom?”
“Alright. But may I ask you why?”
Sungmin bowed his head, “Because I don’t want to get lost if I live here with you,” he whispered.
Kyuhyun pulled Sungmin to his embrace, holding his chin and whispered ‘I love you’ before he kissed Sungmin’s lips softly.
1 Medical mushroom.
2 Perilla oil.
- Current Mood: hungry