Title: TABLES ARE TURNED(25/26)
Genre: Romance, angst, drama
Disclaimer: Owns no one. Just the story.
Pairings: KangTeuk, YeWon, HoRella, KyuMin, HanChul
Summary: A teenager's feelings aren't stable. In love there are lots of circumstances. Life itself don't focus in love. There are a lot of variables to be considered. To reach your happy ending you must fight against rivals, friends even family, fate, the past and most of all yourself. If you are not sure even with your own feelings how would you make things work?
After the coveted reunion and the tension passed, the group gathered around and waited for a few minutes for SiWon's dad before JunSu started explaining the cause of commotions earlier. And so he retold the story starting off with the Choi. JinHo, SiWon's father only got married to SiWon's mom through an arranged marriage for merging companies. JinHo didn't break up with his true love, MinAh, even after the marriage. MinAh got pregnant before JinHo was forced to go to U.S. to start anew. He have no choice but to learn how to love his wife. After almost 3 years, JinHo got the news about his son to MinAh, his parents also knew. JinHo decided to outrun his parents to his baby's side because he knew his parents would think of doing some awful things so he himself decided to hide his son. He left the baby with the bracelet on the doorstep of an orphanage. JunSu explained that YeSung got the bracelet when turtle's run away mom, who is also the best friend of the one taking care of MinHo, borrowed the bracelet to mark her child for the time she return for him, but the woman never showed up before MinAh got MinHo again and JongWoon was adopted, so the bracelet was left forgotten on YeSung's wrist. MinHo was found through TaeMin who is the other side of the story. Baby Kim TaeMin was lost when he was just 2 years old in an avalanche in a mountain ski resort in Japan, Christmas night of that year. Mrs. Kim looked for him but they needed to go back to Korea and they need the youngest of the Kim brothers or else they'd be on the front page in being such irresponsible parents. Mrs. Kim decided to adopt a child as they search for their son. TaeMin was fortunately found by a Japanese couple but their poor status in life made them incapable of taking care of him. They decided to hand him to the government but their childless Korean relative asked custody instead. The Japanese couple thought TaeMin was an abandoned baby so in the end giving him a family is a better choice for them.
JunSu said that it was touch of luck when TaeMin served him at the cafe and dropped his necklace on the floor. The necklace was one like HeeNim's. From that point on JunSu investigated on him, since there are no legal documents about the two missing child, it would be really hard to find them even with lots of funds. It's all luck that JunSu thanks for. He begun befriending TaeMin and getting to know him. TaeMin introduced MinHo and MinHo's mother as well, who became the key to the discovery to the missing Choi. The DNA tests then followed.
After hearing the whole story everyone was in awe. YeSung looked up to Mr. Choi who is exactly opposite him. JinHo is quite dazed as he stare at the floor and mindlessly stood up and went to his son's room without a single word. JongWoon felt depressed. The cold act just got through him and he feels so down. He felt like he somewhat disappointed or deceived JinHo though in reality none of it is his fault, directly. YeSung stared at his lap with gloom. A light tap disturbed his drowning thoughts
"It will all pass soon. Everything would get better, don't worry too much" the bunny boy's smile and calmness made a light curving up of the turtle's lips to happen.
In a corner, KyuHyun is standing with a cup of coffee in hand as he watch his boyfriend comfort YeSung. Nothing unnecessary for the situation passed his mind. It's true that he became close to YeSung, but everything 2sung has gone through together all those years is something that cannot be surpassed by a new guy. He smiled to himself and just walked off to look for something to do. He sighed as he almost smacked his own forehead when he realized he forgot his psp, now he's gonna get bored as hell. He knew it's a serious time but for someone like him, his psp is the stress reliever he needs the most at times like this, well that is if his boyfriend isn't there to be his best 'stress reliever'.
First thing Park JungSoo did the moment he woke up is check out the weight pinning his right arm on the bed. He wasn't able to stop the smile from spreading when he gaze upon an innocently sleeping Kim YoungWoon clinging on his arm for his dear life. The door creaked and who he saw just made his smile get tender. KiBum walked to his brother's side as quietly as possible
"Since the doctor said we could see you he haven't left your side, not even to look at the mirror" snow white remarked lightly and they chuckled in forced silence with their little joke about KangIn's slight vanity. Though they tried their best, the other still woke up and blinked at the angel gazing down on him with a smile. As his brain absorbs the realization, his eyes gradually widen and he hugged the man who worried him like hell.
"Don't do that to me again! The next time you get hit I'll run to you and make sure we end up on the same place in the same condition so that you won't scare me like that again" KangIn scolded, his arms still so tight around the other who giggled and said tenderly
"Pabo! Next time you should just save me, not die with me"
"Sheesh! Don't speak about dying you- AiSHH!!" YoungWoon chided
"I guess I need to go and give you some time" KiBum stated as he made his way to the door. Eeteuk pulled away from the hug and bid his brother goodbye with a grateful beam
HanKyung finally got to the hospital. He came into an abrupt halt when he saw a familiar face sitting on one of the benches in the hallway.
"YeSung!" the Chinaman called as he stopped infront of the turtle and started trying to catch his breath. HanGeng sat beside him
"HeeChul hyung is in YunHo hyung's room" JongWoon muttered in a low voice the other almost didn't caught but he did. They were quiet for a few moments then a weak smile appeared on the older one's face
"Then I should give them some time alone I guess" he remarked trying to sound playful, then silence overcome again. HanKyung was the one who broke the ice
"I know HeeChul isn't in the mood to tell me about stuffs I want to know and you too are not much into it because of the situation but I really need someone to help me. A few days from now I have to make a decision and I want to get stuffs clear in my mind before asking HeeChul. YeSung, will you please tell me about HeeChul and YunHo? I know nothing about them but I get the hint that they have a past. I just want to know how they are like" the Chinaman inquired in an almost pleading way reminiscing the so called 'HoRella Love Blog' and Jessica's words while being taken by the police
Jessica's hands were bound by handcuffs behind her and she is almost carried off the ground just to get her to the police car. She saw HanKyung and she started to struggle more, jerking the men who held her while she spoke loudly, almost sounds like she's scolding the China man
"YOU STUPID MAN!! IT WAS PERFECT TILL YOU INTERRUPTED! YOU THINK YOU'LL BE HAPPY WITH MY HEECHUL BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU DID?? NO F*CKING WAY!! YOU HAVE NOTHING ON YUNHO IN HEECHUL'S HEART!! EVEN IF YOU KEEP HIM COMMITTED AS YOUR BOYFRIEND HE'LL JUST CHEAT ON YOUR BACK WITH HIS TRUE LOVE!! YOU ARE STUPID! AND A MARTYR!! YOU WON"T GET ANYTHING FROM HIM!! HE WON'T LOVE YOU AS HE LOVES YUNHO!!! YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER PERSON HE USED IN TRYING TO FORGET YUNHO! YOU ARE JUST ONE OF THEM!!" finally the cops were able to force her in the car and they drove off leaving HanKyung getting questioned but most of all drowning in Jessica's words 'just another person he USED'.., is that it? Is he just getting used???
*END OF FLASHBACK*
JongWoon thought about it for a moment before he let out a breath and started to take mercy on the clueless man
"The time you begun showing interest to hyung I've been telling SungMin that I like you as a friend but not as boyfriend for my brother. That's because I've always have a feeling that something like this would happen. Those two knew each other since they are in diapers and their attraction started at first sight. They couldn't be separated since childhood and they are together since they knew about love and relationships. They love each other and their parents approved to it but HeeChul hyung's mom have other reasons. She wanted to use that relationship to get the two engaged and get a contract for the Jung Corp. to be under the Kim Corp. She wants the Jung family's wealth. HeeChul hyung wanted them to break up because he doesn't want YunHo hyung to think that money is all he wants. One day hyung had a fight with his mom, he took his dad's car key and I heard him call YunHo hyung. I really thought they'll elope, but the next minute we are at the hospital waiting for news about the two of them. HeeChul hyung damaged his legs in the car accident. He's able to walk again but they prohibited him to do extremes or even dance which shattered his dream of being a dancer. YunHo hyung protected HeeChul hyung from the windshield and till now he bear the scars on his back. HeeChul hyung hated himself for getting YunHo hyung hurt because of him and YunHo hyung blamed himself for hyung's ruined dreams as he always say that he wasn't able to protect his princess. They eventually broke up, all because they love one another too much. HeeChul hyung acted cold wanting YunHo hyung to hate him. YunHo hyung stayed by his side no matter what. I know they still care and they will forever do. We can't just tell them to stop loving each other because you are hyung's boyfriend now. The heart doesn't always follows the mind. HanKyung hyung, I hope what I told you won't make you hate them, instead please just understand how hard it is for them to forget what they were" JongWoon turned to HanKyung with tenderness in his eyes, asking for understanding about his brother's actions.
HanGeng smiled weakly as he stared at his own palm contemplating his future plans, weighing his feelings and the situations all together. He needs to decide or all of them would just end up on the same circle. The cycle would just appear again and they would hurt each other more.
KangTeuk were having the talk of their lives as if they've missed each other for years. The topics were turning serious till they ended up in questions the younger uttered with such seriousness that startled and left the angel dumbfounded for awhile
"What do you feel for me now? Can you already say you love me too? Are you ready to admit your feelings now?" the older one thought hard how he would answer. Is it the right time? Is he ready for possible consequences? He needs something to help him decide. He just experienced a brain-whacking, nerve-wrecking, life threatening accident and now he is getting pressured about his feelings, how is he suppose to be composed?
"KangIn, I--" he didn't know if he should be relieved or scared that one Kim HyoJin came in suddenly, making both their head turn to the newcomer. He's eyeing them like a hawk and Eeteuk noticed why so he immediately pulled his hand away from YoungWoon's. HyoJin(KangIn's dad) cleared his throat and the two regained normal stance, the ever tame and formal Park JungSoo and the fierce and territorial Kim YoungWoon.
"I'm visiting as a good friend and for your parents' favor. They said they can't come because of some business problem." this made the angel to look down.
Mr. Kim turned his gaze to his glaring son
"YoungWoon, leave us for a moment. I need to talk to JungSoo-sshi for a minute"
Hearing the request from the older, Eeteuk stared at HyoJin questioningly. HyoJin gave him the 'look' and LeeTeuk got it. He gazed at the unmoving younger and saw the determination to stay at KangIn's blazing eyes. The angel tapped KangIn's shoulder and whispered
"It's gonna be okay. We'll just talk, neh" this with his bright smile made the other go, hesitantly though. When they were alone, HyoJin sat at a chair and faced LeeTeuk wearing his business expression
"JungSoo-sshi, you should know what I want to talk about privately. I know you are a smart kid. Ask for anything in exchange of giving back my son"
"Mr. Kim, I knew this would come and from the start there is only one thing I want in exchange of letting him go. I just want to ask you to love him" LeeTeuk spoke with such serious expression but the older chuckled, amused by his words
"Love him? JungSoo-sshi, I never lack on giving YoungWoon love. I give him everything he wants. Why are you still asking me to give something I've already given?" HyoJin asked
"Spoiling him with material things doesn't mean you love him. Not declining in his every request, even if it's so ridiculous, could mean you just want to easily brush him off. Didn't you think that maybe he is doing such absurd things because he wants you to complain? To scold him? To give him attention? I know I'm not in place to lecture about being a parent but I'm a son too. I know how it feels I think of doing such things too sometimes, I just have a better temper than KangIn. When was the last time you brought up family matters with him? The last time you scolded him as your son? Is it the time he said he love me?.."
Eeteuk waited for a response but all HyoJin did was look at the ground. The expression on the older's face was taken as a yes by the younger so the angel continued
"..When someone gets the outcome they want it's instinctive to continue using the method which made him succeed" LeeTeuk ended with an indirect conclusion
"So you think YoungWoon is after you just because it's what makes me care about him? I must admit, my method of love isn't likable but it's the same method I'm raised with and I totally understood my father. Maybe YoungWoon and I are different..." HyoJin finally raised his gaze to the younger
".. I accept the deal. Leave my son and I promise to alter my way of giving him parental love."
"I'll have a way to make him go back to you" Eeteuk said firmly
HyoJin stood up to leave. When he's at the door and was about to touch the knob, he added something without turning back
"Though I'm not that close to my son, I'm also a man in love with my wife. I can see that YoungWoon isn't after you just because of his nonsense tantrums. I don't want him to get hurt. When I see that he's mature enough for serious relationships I'll let him choose whoever he loves. I mean 'whoever'....., even you" the silence assured HyoJin that he left an indeed stunned young man still contemplating in his words. The thought made him smirked as he made his way out and walk past his son who gave him a quizzical glare.
++Outside Room 110++
YeSung was still waiting for JinHo to come out of SiWon's room. HanKyung already left his side to find somewhere else where he could sort his thoughts. JongWoon doesn't want to face the older Choi, he couldn't. He's scared of JinHo's reaction to the news. All he wants is to be beside SiWon. He blames himself for what happened to the other and it turned out Christian boy got hurt for nothing. The break up wasn't needed at all. How could he say sorry?? It was such a big damage. SiWon was saved after the blood transfusion but still under observations. His car was thoroughly smashed by the full force impact of the speeding car and the fact that it was hit directly at the driver's side where SiWon sat makes the damage almost imaginable.
The door of the Christian boy's room was opened and the expressionless Choi JinHo's appearance made YeSung to stand up automatically, as if it's his obligation to give respect. As the turtle stood, it was not his intention but, his head snapped up to look at the older but then again when JinHo returned the gaze JongWoon felt his nerves and he chose to stare at the floor instead. YeSung decided to just let the older one past but JinHo walked toward him. When JinHo stopped infront of him, YeSung had no choice but to greet him
"Mr. Choi.." JongWoon presumed he have no right to call the man in front of him 'appa' since the truth is out already. Before he could even think of a proper greeting the older slightly protested with the tone of his voice.
"Mr. Choi? Where did the 'appa' go? Isn't it inappropriate calling me Mr. Choi?"
YeSung looked up at the man who wore a serious face
"But.." once again he was cut off
"If you'll marry my son you must call me appa" as turtle's eyes begun to widen, the curving of the older one's lips also got higher and he continued with his hand resting on the younger's shoulder
"Take care of my son. He told me some things and I know his feelings for you are clear in his heart and mind. Go on and stay beside him. I now give my permission to the two of you" an angelic smile, almost identical to SiWon's dimpled smile made YeSung blink a few times before he was able to respond
"but why??" it almost sounded dumb but no one could blame the turtle for the reaction considering his greatly stunned state
"The time you spent with us made me see how good a person you truly are. I've always been afraid that everyone wants to be close to my son to take advantage of him but now I know you and I know you are not like that. I know you'll take good care of him, make him happy and love him truly. I'm sorry if I was so against it before. Maybe meeting my love again made my belief of true love to come back. And I just know that's the kind of love you have. Take care of him for me, okay?" YeSung tried his best to hold back his tears of joy. He was hesitant but due to impulse he just did it and hugged JinHo as he said
"Yes Appa! I'll take care of him, promise! I will love him with all my heart. Whatever happens!"
Just a few meters away, in a corner, a couple watched the scene as the smaller one was wrapped with his lover's warm arms from behind. KyuHyun rests his chin on SungMin's shoulder as they watch. They both smiled seeing that it's a happy ending. But then the aegyo prince suddenly let out a sigh which caught his boyfriend's attention
"Why?" the younger one asked at the peculiar act in such lovely view
"I'm a bit envious of their drama. I mean they could talk about their struggles in the future as they cuddle. Then they would be so proud and happy how they won the fight for love. I just... you know" another sigh and Kyu was amused by the silly reason. He chuckled a bit before nuzzling the pink prince's neck and muttered
"You want drama? Wait till I introduce you to my family. When that comes I'm sure you'll be calling your friends everyday, crying, telling them how cruel fate is when it comes to love."
"Eh?" SungMin was beyond surprised by the idea of meeting Kyu's family
"Don't worry. I'll assure you we'll win our own fight and we will be laughing about it while cuddling someday" the younger said as he tightened his hold of his lover who smiled and closed his eyes, savoring more of the body heat his love is willingly sharing with him,,, in the middle of a hospital hallway... how romantic huh.,.-_-''..,,
A lot of things happened all at once. Tables are turning too fast. Life changing events due to fast paced change of views. Happy endings reached and promises of bright futures are made. But there is one which seems to be turning to a different direction.....
HeeChul sat at the chair beside the patient's bed and started staring at YunHo's face again. He's been doing the same thing since he was allowed inside. No one else came in. Heenim called his parents and closest friends. YunHo's parents are just on the way to their flight back to Korea and JaeJoong, the pretty boy was just informed, is in Paris and there is no way of telling him for he left no contact number or address. The Diva is known for his impatience but marvelously he never got bored as he watched the unconscious boy. As he stare everything in their past hit him like ocean waves. So strong it takes him away from the incredulous white, square, boring and sickening room to a splash down slide of memory. Every moment he spent with YunHo, every memory they made. The love he felt back then felt so raw at the moment as he refresh everything not only in his mind's eye but also in his heart. He knew he shouldn't. They already talked that morning. They planned to clear things.
**Flashback of that morning**
Before they could get out of he room, YunHo pulled HeeChul to sit with him on the bed to talk. The stern look on his ex-lover's face made him curious
"Princess, I'm leaving the day after tomorrow. I'll study in states" the bluntness almost cut through heenim whose eyes widened with the surprise goodbye
"Huh? But uncle never said you need to. He never demanded you to do so if you don't want to" he suddenly panicked at the thought of losing the one who had always stood beside him through everything
"I want to.." YunHo muttered softly tearing his gaze away from the Diva who opened his mouth to speak again but YunHo spoke before he could even attempt to
".. I want to because I have to. You are confuse about me and HanKyung. Someone has to leave for you to clear your feelings. You can't love the two of us at the same time in the same way. There must be a difference of how you want us in your life. There is a difference, there would always be. I've been with you for far too long and I think it's me who must be oblige to give space. When I return I'll be expecting that you have decided."
HeeChul suddenly engulfed him in his embraced and started sobbing
"No! I don't want you to leave!" YunHo returned the hug with much intensity for the fear to not be able to have the chance again
"This is for all of us. If we won't do this, we would just keep hurting. I know it hurts you the most. I hate seeing you suffering"
.....*End of flashback*
The reminiscence was disturbed by the knocking at the door. HeeChul managed to get the door in time the visitor is about to leave
"HanKyung..." he muttered with absolute surprise. Of all people, HanGeng is the last person in HeeChul's list who would likely visit YunHo..,, or is the Chinaman knocking for another reason.. Ah,., perhaps he came to have a glimpse of HIS boyfriend who's neglecting him for days and is now tending for an ex-lover. Heenim almost slapped himself in front of the other as the thought passed by. He made way for the Chinaman to get in before he shut the door behind him. HanKyung walked beside the bed and gazed at the unconscious one. He got a chance for a brief head-to-toe look before Heenim reached his side. The man who is in this state to save somebody else's boyfriend. HanKyung honestly doesn't know how to feel. If YunHo is just a stranger saving the love of his life he'd be forever thankful..,, but no. This Jung YunHo is the man Kim HeeChul loved and loves like no other. That thought alone makes this pinching feeling in his chest almost unbearable.
"It'll be an understatement for me to say that I'm shock you visited YunHo.. Or is this for some other reason? Geng, I know I owe you a hell lot of explanations big time but please not now. And---" the break of the ice from the cat was cut off by the boyfriend who found his voice in the middle of his horrible self-consoling
"I'm here to visit.. and maybe a word or two for you.." Heechul was about to say that he's not in the mode for some words but HanKyung immediately pacified the upcoming excuse
"..I just want to say goodbye. I'm leaving on Sunday. It'll take years for me to get back because I was given a scholarship in a med school there."
HeeChul was left dazed and dumbfounded as he stare at the Chinaman who turned to him with sullen eyes staring back
"But.." before another word that could immediately change HanKyung's mind the other decided to speak again
"This is for all of us. If I won't do this, we would just keep hurting. I know it hurts you the most. I hate seeing you suffering"
A bitter smirk graze the Diva's lips as he looked down on the floor and uttered
"It's funny to see how different the two of you are but you still say the same things" his eyes went to the tanned hand out of the covers. He took YunHo's hands in his and squeezed it, giving the cold hand a bit of his warmth. HanKyung's eyes followed and understood who the 'two of you' Heenim just spoke of. A small smile also made it's way to the China man's face but his was a gentle one
"We are different in a lot of things. But we have you as our common denominator. We both love you"
HanKyung's eyes looked up to the tilted head of his boyfriend. He put his hand against the other's cheek but the princess wouldn't spare him a look and he understood why and just gave the pretty boy a kiss on the forehead before he made his way out of the room. The silent goodbye was clear to the both of them. They knew the parting would be inevitable and that drama would rise if their eyes connected at that last moment. Heenim closed his eyes and slumped down on the chair without letting go of YunHo's hand
'I'm sorry Hannie. YunHo needs me now. And I know we need to say this goodbye somehow. To ease your pain. Heal and comeback. The next time we meet I promise not to hurt you again like this'
Author's note:...THE END???? ARE YOU SATISFIED? NO? Then I would give an extra chap for a better ending... hoho! Sorry talking to myself again.. but I think this needs one last chappie... Em sorry for the long wait and all I got is this.. T^T .. I really don't know how to say sorry. Especially to those who stayed with me from start till end.. I'm sorry if all I have given you is disappointment. I'm taking a vacation after the last chap of this coz I really need a lecture on how to write a better fic.... All I've given everyone is disappointment... T.T .. I really feel bad... But comments are of course always welcome than anything... I'm really sorry for such a sucky story and thank you for everyone who reads and tried to cheer me with their comments.. Love lots. thanks.. <3