Prompt #: 170
Title: Exchange for love (Pity Love)
Word Counts: 6706
Side Pairing(s): none
Warning(s): character death(?)
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Summary:Baekhyun wears glasses because his eyes can see the souls of the deceased. Not many ghost react kindly to the fact that they can be seen and torment those with "the sight". Baekhyun hides behind the thick rims and baggy clothes-everything to be as invisible as possible. When he meet Chanyeol it's the first time in his life that he wants to be seen by someone again.
Author's Note: First of all, i'm really sorry for the prompter if this is not what you're imagine for. This is my first time to follow a fic fest. I'm apologizes to the mod too for creating this crappy fic //sigh//
Baekhyun is special.
That’s what his mom told him. Baekhyun is special because he could see what people couldn’t see. Ghosts, souls or everything in the same category as supernatural things; he could seen all of it. This gift was discovered by his family when he was 10 years old, crying one night because he saw a lady with blood all over her body. From that day, Baekhyun life changed completely. He was once a loud and cheerful kid but after the discovery, he turned into a silent and self-conscious kid. So, it’s underestimating how Baekhyun hates this gift.
He can’t help it actually. He also didn’t want this to happen but it happened. He didn’t want this ability or gift, which his mother used to tell him. Why? This is because, who exactly wants an ability of seeing ghosts or souls.
He hates them. Baekhyun will always hating on them. They are evil. They are scary. Like the horror movies he watched before he got his sight. Now, added to his dispiss, he actually can see them, heard them and the most important, they tortured him. They always stick with him whenever Baekhyun acknowledged their presence. They will torture him with whatever he does, wherever he goes and whenever the time is. The only thing he can do to make them go away is to ignore them. And, they will go as Baekhyun acts as normal as he can in front of them. It’s hard but it was the only way.
His childhood memories were only filled with pain and misery as he grown up. Now, he is a 20 years old college student who tried to survive every single day without his parents since he moved in to the city. It was a horrible 1 years of living alone especially when your apartment is old. Old means; a lot of stories already happened and it was not all that pleasant and good stories especially when it is about crimes and death.
Baekhyun saw and recognized almost every souls or ghosts inside the building. Although, he ignored all the ghosts and keeps pretending to not see them but there’s the time when his guard was broken. It was not easy to keep his guard up all the times when they keep popping somewhere so suddenly, giving Baekhyun a heart attack. There’s no definition of beautiful ghosts or soul, they are all ugly in Baekhyun’s eyes. They are not only ugly outside but also inside, especially their mind if, they are actually has a mind.
During that one year, Baekhyun actually learned so much about those souls. They have four shape or type of ghosts. The first one is a full body soul like a person but their skin is pale. The second one is a translucent and transparent soul and they float around. They also didn’t have a leg. The third one is a scary one. They are so ugly with their face look like a monster in the horror movie Baekhyun used to watch back then before he got his sight. They are the type of ghosts that Baekhyun hated so much. They let out an annoying sound that disturbing Baekhyun’s sleeps. And, the last one is a lot more scary then the third one. This one, surprisingly, didn’t have any shape. It’s like a black smoke but so dark. They don’t appear too much. Baekhyun rarely, saw them. He actually saw them once, and it was not really a good memory to remember. This thing is too evil and dark. They feed on their target by eating their soul. Once they wrap their target, the person is dead.
However, he still didn’t understand how and why they actually have a different shape or type. And, it’s not because he wants to know, anyway. He’s just curious.
Baekhyun woke up instantly when his alarm clock ringing loudly. Although, he still want to sleep but he need to attend classes for today. In still dazed state, Baekhyun walked slowly to the bathroom but halts his action suddenly when he kicked something or someone on the way. The cold touch makes his mind wakes up completely then, without looking down to observe what did he stumbled to, he rushed to the bathroom.
Baekhyun closed the door behind him and opens the faucet, splashing the water over his faces. He closes the faucet and placed his both hands on the sink as he sighed loudly. He opens his closed eyes and looks at his reflection on the mirror. He almost squeaks when he saw someone’s reflection on the mirror, standing not too far from his back. A pale lady with bloods on her faces and all over her cloths is staring at him. He closes his eyes again and rubs his faces, acting like he didn’t see anything.
Someone’s dead in this building…again.
He never saw the ghost before, that’s why he concludes someone was dead. His thought usually right when ambulance and police’s car coming on his neighborhood with loud siren. He used to it, already. His neighborhood actually not really has a good reputation since crimes always happening once in a month. And, it’s all end up with someone died.
He awakes from his trance when the ambulance’s siren booming loudly, stopping at the building entrance, just below his apartment. Baekhyun lets out another loud sighs and prepares to bath.
Fuck my life.
Baekhyun looks at his watch as he waits for the bus to come. He was standing at another bus stop, near his apartment since the road was blocked by the police because of the crime’s case. Although, it’s not his regular bus stop but he is still familiar with it since he used to go there once in every month when something happened in his building apartment. He sighs when the bus still didn’t come. He’s fixing his fake glasses and checking his cloths for the second time in the 10 minutes he’s standing there, so that his neat appearances – it’s actually just a loose grey t-shirt and a black jean - is good enough to not catching someone’s attention.
He did get lucky for one year already since no one in the college and his classmates gave him any attention. When he first enrolled into the college, he wished, he doesn’t attract any attention from anybody for the rest of the years he’s in the college. Especially, bullies. He had a lot of stories regarding bullies in high school already. But, the matter is, he was not really bullied by human but ghosts. So, he was struggles with ghosts at home and also at school. The ghosts at school were a bit annoying and freaking clingy. The students at school isolated him because they thought he was a freak. No friends, always a loner with nerdy looks. So, hopefully, college is different from high school. Maybe, a little bit matured ghosts; if there’s actually any difference between them.
Unfortunately, his wish was never granted because matured ghosts mean a lot more scary and cunning. They kept annoyed and scared Baekhyun during classes until he couldn’t focus any of the lecturer’s explanation.
Baekhyun jerks when the bus suddenly appears in front of him, brings him back to the real world. He rushed towards the bus and hoped on. He sits at the back, his favorite seat every times he is on the bus. Surprisingly, there are not much people inside the bus. One woman about half of hundred years old, two high school girls and three young adult’s men.
After 10 minutes of ride, the bus stopped at another bus stop. Three boys maybe in the same age of him, hop on into the bus. Baekhyun watched them with an admire gazes. All of them are tall with handsome faces. But, one of the boys actually catches his attention. It’s like the time was stopped at the moment when he saw the boy walking slowly towards him. Behind the thick rim, Baekhyun watched as the boy sit beside him with his two friends. Baekhyun felt nervous and anxious suddenly as they sit so close to each other. There’s a lot of empty seat inside the bus but the three boys choose to sit at the back with Baekhyun. Baekhyun tried to stay silent for the whole ride as he steals a quick glance to the boy sitting beside him.
If Baekhyun thinks ghost is the ugliest thing in the whole world, he thinks this boy is the most beautiful in the whole world. If ghost makes his heart beating so hard because of dreadful feelings, this boy makes his heart beating fast because of wonderful feelings. The slight brushing of their tight when the bus sway is making Baekhyun so shy. His heart’s pumping in a fast speed makes his face, ears and neck are red. He tried really hard not to make any sound when sometimes their bodies bump to each other when the bus needs to turn around the corner. This is the first time Baekhyun felt like this, so he really doesn’t know how to control his emotions well. His emotions are really visible from the outside. Maybe, this is how someone is fallen in love, Baekhyun thought.
He was brought back from his trance when the bus stopped for the second times. Baekhyun realizes it’s his stop. He also realized the boy and his friends are leaving the bus. As he hugged his backpack, he hastily lifts his body to get down from the bus. Like a stalker, Baekhyun followed the three boys where they are going, ignoring the fact that he might be late for his morning class. Unbelievably, the three boys are entering the place where Baekhyun should go, his college. Stunned by the sudden realization, Baekhyun was frozen in his spot as he looks at the boy laughing with his friends as they walked through the college’s gate. A smile suddenly creeps over his lips as he knows his crush actually entering the same college with him. This is the first real smile that he manages to show to the world since the past ten years. Maybe, this year will be different for him. He felt so happy that he runs excitedly for the first time entering the college. Now, he has a new thing to look for.
However, like always his day will never going to be easy. The constant appearing of souls attacked him the moment he sits on the lecture hall. Baekhyun felt today was a little bit different from the previous day he was in this college. He usually will only encounter three to four ghosts that always appeared in the same place. But today, it’s definitely different. There are a lot of new ghosts and in various types except the black smoke. Baekhyun doesn’t know what makes the ghosts now appearing in front of him suddenly. When Baekhyun thought, this day and on ward will be different but it’s actually getting more complicated and awful.
Baekhyun sighed loudly inside the toilet as he sits on the toilet bowl. He is getting tired and tired by the constant ghosts appearing and tried to scare him. Sometimes they will try to whisper and communicates to Baekhyun but he ignored all of it. Sometimes, they will appear suddenly just in front of his face. To try to control his emotion and to keep ignoring their presence are making Baekhyun dizzy and sick. He lets his head down as he massages his temples to ease his throbbing head.
“Why me…,” Baekhyun’s muttering weakly. Suddenly, he felt the air turned to a chill atmosphere. Slowly he opens his eyes and stiffly stands up as he gets out from the toilet like a robot. Baekhyun wants to cry so badly.
Baekhyun thought, he might be never going to know the boy’s name, let alone had a chance with him. He only saw the boy today but he thought, he might be never going to see the boy again. Is he going to give up now? Maybe, yes.
Because, Baekhyun saw him.
Because now Baekhyun knows the boy’s name.
“Chan..yeol..” Baekhyun speaks softly, to taste how to say the name with his lips. As he followed the boy with his eyes, walking pass him to meet whoever is calling for him.
The next day, Baekhyun was standing in front of his mirror, choosing the best outfit he has from his closet. He juts up his lips, pouting as he didn’t find any outfits that satisfied him. He sighs loudly, cursing to himself for not buying any nice clothes aside from the plain large t-shirts he always wear. He sits down on his bed, shoulder shrunk down, and feeling upset about it. Baekhyun starts to wonder about his action, why he suddenly wants to change his style or maybe he is sure that the boy; Chanyeol, his now new founded interest is the reason of why he wants to change it. He wants to get noticed by him. For the first time, he wants to get notice by someone. He might be didn’t like the attention people give him but it was the only way for him to get noticed by the said boy.
If… he actually succeeds.
He sighed for the umpteenth times after he managed to choose the most appealing clothes – he thinks – for that day. He walks slowly to his first lecture, feeling nervous and conscious about his appearance. Baekhyun is having his second thought if this is the best decision to dress up just to get attention from some boy he just meet and barely know. And, that one boy didn’t even know he actually exists in this world. Baekhyun stops in front of the door to prepare himself for the next things that will happen to him when he opens the door of the lecture hall. He takes a deep breath and grips the handle tightly as he pushes it. When he opens it, he expected to hear any sound or reaction from his college mates but instead he was welcomed by an empty lecture hall. He lets out the breath that he didn’t realize he was holding it before and takes out his phone to look at the time. He curses inside his head for being dumb because he was early for about twenty minutes. He walks weakly towards his usual spot in the lecture hall, at the back, close to the door.
Like always, no one actually giving him any attention as the students filled the lecture hall doing their own things. Somehow, Baekhyun felt relieve about it but at the same times he felt a little disappointed since if no one giving him any attention, the boy who he wants an attention to surely not giving him any too. Baekhyun sat there as he watching the lecturer speaking but mind is somewhere else. He needs to find the boy first to prove it. Maybe, the boy is different. Maybe, the boy could see him.
During his break, Baekhyun walks around the college hoping to found the one he’s looking for; Chanyeol. He started from the cafeteria since almost all the students are inside the cafeteria during their break time. However, this will be his first time going to the cafeteria so Baekhyun is quite nervous about going inside it. Talking about it, Baekhyun never going there because there are a lot of people and that’s mean he will gaining a lot of unwanted attention.
The moment Baekhyun stepped inside the cafeteria, he was stunned by the sight of peoples occupied the cafeteria. He was frozen in his place as he is having a second thought about his decision to search for Chanyeol inside the cafeteria. Suddenly, he was pushed forward by someone, more likely, the person bumped into him because the person didn’t realize Baekhyun was standing in front of the door blocking the way. A deep voice immediately filled Baekhyun’s ears when the person apologizes to him.
“Opps! Sorry. I didn’t see you there.” The person said.
Baekhyun turns back to look at the person who bumped into him, but the moment he looked at the guy, Baekhyun were stunned for the second times. He was gaping like a gold fish as he tried to talk something to answer the guy back. He doesn’t know what to do and what to answer the guy at the moment because the guy actually is the one he was looking for.
“Uhh..,” is the only word that gets out from his mouth since his mind couldn’t function so well in this situation. His face turns red instantly as he saw Chanyeol’s face leans closer to him with a concern looks.
“Are you okay?” Chanyeol asks him. However, Baekhyun still didn’t answer him. Chanyeol frowns with concern as there is no reaction from Baekhyun. “You are not hurt right? I’m sorry if i hurt you.” Chanyeol said panicking.
Baekhyun jolts as he regains his self back. Face and ears turn redder as he realizes he didn’t answering Chanyeol instead making fool of himself in front of the guy.
“I-i’m…o-okay,” He stutters, trying his best to speak as he bows slightly to the guy, hiding his flustered face. Baekhyun couldn’t contain how he feels right now so without looking back at Chanyeol, he dashed from the cafeteria and run to the nearest washroom. Chanyeol was bewildered by it with a little concern as he looks at the retreating figure.
“I hope i didn’t hurt him.” He said to himself as he walks toward the table where his friends already waiting.
“Who is that?” His friend immediately asks him when he sits down on the chair.
“I don’t know.” He said, shrugging. Then, they start to talk with something else but at the back of his mind, Chanyeol was still thinking about the said boy.
Baekhyun leans back on the toilet’s door when he reached there with his both hands on his chest, trying to calm his fast heartbeat. As his heart beating so hard against his chest, his mind was scolding him at how stupid he was. He actually managed to speak with the boy but he ruined it by making the boy thinks badly about him. He sure the boy might be thinks he is a freak now. And, he might be scaring him too. Baekhyun lets out a loud whine and groan as he knocks his head at the toilet’s door, feeling frustrating on how he behaves earlier.
“Stupid Baekhyun…,” he muttered.
The first thing Baekhyun does the moment he woke up this morning was checking his kitchen for something to cook. Yes, cook. He doesn’t really cook in the morning because he never eats breakfast every time he has a class since he always woke up late. However, today is a little bit different since he made a decision to apologize to Chanyeol for his attitude yesterday by making him a lunch box. Baekhyun is never a good cooker but a simple lunch might be easy for him to make; like egg roll and fried tofu with rice ball. Baekhyun puts a lot of effort on the lunch box, hoping Chanyeol will accept his apologizes after looking at the lunch box. He sighs with content feeling when he finally done making it. Now, the only thing to do is just giving the lunch box to Chanyeol but the problem is Baekhyun don’t know how to confront the boy later.
Baekhyun rushed to his first class since he already late for it. He runs as fast as he can to avoid being scolds by his lecturer. He was too focused at making the lunch box looks prettier until he didn’t realize the time. He made a mental note to set an alarm if something like this happened again. Of course, the first time is always the hardest. He couldn’t really blame himself since he never experiences something like this before. The only thing he could do now is just praying that his lecturer still didn’t come as he climbs the stair to the second floor.
It’s a luck how Baekhyun arrived five minutes earlier than his lecturer as he sits on his usual place, panting hard. The other students don’t really giving him attention as they are busy with their own business. Anyway, student being late is a common thing that always happening in the college. However, although Baekhyun is lucky about the time but he never has any luck when it comes to them. And, today it’s getting a bit weird as he actually sees a boy in his age with a really pale skin and large eyes, staring at him in front of the class. This is the first time Baekhyun actually saw the boy. This makes Baekhyun wonder if something is happened last night inside this lecture hall. But, if something happened inside the lecture hall, there will be no class today in this hall but a crime scene. And, if there’s something happened inside the college, there’s suppose to be a rumor about it and students must be talked about it already. As he was thinking about the matter, he didn’t realize that he actually reveals his secret to the boy as they are staring to each other. After the realization hit him, Baekhyun’s eyes opened wide and a small gasp comes out from his mouth. But, surprisingly the boy is disappearing from his sight the moment he realized it. And, this makes thing looks weirder in Baekhyun’s eyes.
Break time. Baekhyun felt nervous and scared about what happened earlier inside the lecture hall. Now, the boy knew about his ability, he was so sure that the boy will appears in front of him and disturbs him forever. He felt his hands turned cold and his legs a bit shaky when he thought about it. But, he remembers that he needs to search for Chanyeol and give the lunch box. With a nervous heart, Baekhyun braces himself to walk around the college in hope to found the tall guy. It was about ten minutes of walking around the college that he found the said guy. Baekhyun was in another stunned reaction when he saw the tall guy wearing a sleeveless t-shirt, running around the basketball court. Baekhyun was captivated by the sight until he didn’t realize that he actually walks towards the court and sits on the nearest bench. Eyes following the tall guy like a hawk everywhere he goes. Baekhyun’s throat feels dry since he never closed his mouth the moment he sat on the bench. He was only gulped when he saw Chanyeol runs his fingers over his hair, making his arm muscles flexing. The sight makes Baekhyun hot and flushed instantly. He shakes his head to try getting the dirty thought from his mind disappears. But, the action is only making him dizzy so he stopped and looks at the tall guy again. However, a gasp suddenly comes out for his mouth, shocking at the sight in front of him. There, across the court, he saw the boy again. But, the boy actually didn’t stare at him this time but to one of the guy inside the basketball court.
As he stared at the boy across the court, he managed to notice how the boy expression never changes. Strangely, Baekhyun feels a little bit safe and didn’t scare much compared to the other souls. The more he stared at the boy, the more he felt something is familiar with him. But, Baekhyun couldn’t catch it. Suddenly, a shiver runs through his spine brought him back from his thought, a familiar feeling that he used to know so well. Unfortunately, it’s something that so strong which makes him panicked and has a green face. It’s the black smoke.
Baekhyun stands up instantly, feeling scared and panic as he watches the black smoke slowly move towards the court. He was started to pacing and moves nervously, since he doesn’t know what to do. Baekhyun gasps loudly when the black smoke coming towards Chanyeol, his heart beating so loudly inside his chest making his ears hurt as he starts to mutter a ‘no’ repeatedly. Then, the word is getting loud and loud when the black smoke stops just above Chanyeol’s head.
“NO!!!” Baekhyun shouts as he sprints towards Chanyeol and the sound makes Chanyeol turns towards it. A surprise looks adorn his face. But, he didn’t manage to utter any words when suddenly he was falling into his back, impact from the small guy jumping towards him. Baekhyun tightened his hold into Chanyeol as he hugs the taller, closing his eyes and still chanting the words ‘no’. Everyone on the court is looking at them strangely and bewildered.
Chanyeol groans slightly with the impact, feeling his back hurts. He opens his eyes slowly and found the boy earlier lying on his chest, mumbling something that he can’t hear. He hesitantly moves his hand to reach for the boy since he doesn’t know what to do about the situation.
“Umm..ex-excuse me?” He said to gain the smaller boy attention. Luckily, he managed to get Baekhyun’s attention when he felt the smaller boy tense and stops muttering words. Baekhyun slowly lifts his head to look at Chanyeol then they are staring to each other for a moment until Baekhyun lets out a squeak and lifts his entire body from Chanyeol.
“I-i…,” He stutters feeling his face hot as he could feel all the eyes on him. Then, the nervous and anxious feeling is coming back to him. “I-i’m…,” He tried again to speak but he didn’t have the courage to do so. He nervously looks at his surrounding as he tried to find the black smoke but it’s gone. However, he managed to catch the boy’s face from across the court and it’s the first time he saw an expression from him. He was smirking at him and then he was gone in the blink of eye, leaving Baekhyun with a dreadful feeling eating him inside. Baekhyun felt likes wants to bury his self at that moment but a voice brings him back to the real situation.
“Are you okay?” Chanyeol asks him and this is the second time he was asking the same question. Chanyeol lifts his body so that he could look at Baekhyun more. That is when Baekhyun realizes about their position. He actually still sitting on Chanyeol, and it makes him sitting on his lap when Chanyeol pulls himself from the ground. Another, heart attack is coming inside Baekhyun when their distance was so close to each other. He felt shy but he also felt so awful about the early situation. He managed to make himself a fool for a second time already in front of Chanyeol. Baekhyun felt wants to cry so badly. So, he quickly stands up and keeps bowing his head as he constantly apologizes to Chanyeol. However, a tear is successfully drops to his face but before Chanyeol could say anything to him, he was already running from the scene. This time, it was Chanyeol turns to feel stunned about the whole situation.
With heavy heart, Baekhyun is running until he reached the college’s park. He can’t really see the front since his eyes filled with tears. But, he manages to spot a bench and sits there, weeping. He doesn’t really care if someone is watching him crying his heart out there because he already embarrassing himself in front of people at the basketball court. And, he was really ashamed when he thinks about it again. As he rubs his eyes, he saw someone in front of him. He wears his glasses again to see the person clearly. Baekhyun squeaks when he saw who it is. It’s the boy. Suddenly, Baekhyun felt anger towards the boy.
“Who the hell are you?!” He shouted, but the boy wears his usual expression looking at Baekhyun. This makes Baekhyun angry more.
“Can you just leave me alone?! Why you have to appear in front of me?!! I know you are a monster too so GO AWAY!!.” Baekhyun screams at the top of his lung just to release his anger and frustrated feeling. He breathes hardly after he done. They are now staring intensely towards each other but Baekhyun easily defeated as he slumps down into the bench, feeling tired from all the intense feelings. He took a deep breath to calm his heart out. The boy suddenly sits beside him making Baekhyun jumps a little. Baekhyun gives the boy a strange looks.
“I don’t know a ghost actually can sit.” Baekhyun speaks his mind. And, if Baekhyun didn’t mistaken the boy actually rolled his eyes to him. But, the boy never speaks. He just sits there as Baekhyun starts to let out all his complaint towards the boy.
“I hate ghost!”
“Why am i the only one who could see you guys?!”
“Can you guys stop appearing in front of me? I’m sick of it.”
“Or could you tell the others to stop bothering me?”
“Could you answering me?! I know ghost can speak too. And, it’s so annoying when you guys speak. So, answer me!.” Baekhyun now glares at the boy beside him. But, still nothing. The boy is simply just looking at him then looking at the front again, ignoring Baekhyun completely.
“Damn ghost..” He speaks under his breath. But, he suddenly felt strange as he actually wants the boy to answer him. You want a ghost to answer you? Stupid Baekhyun! He thought. It was another silent moment when Baekhyun stopped his rants.
“Umm…hi?” Baekhyun jumps at the voice that makes him surprised. He quickly turns his head towards the said voice. His eyes wide open when he recognizes the person is.
“Sorry if i scared you.” Chanyeol lifts both his hands with his palm opened; a gesture to make Baekhyun feels that he was coming for a good reason. Chanyeol afraid that Baekhyun will runs again. Baekhyun stay still then becomes relax again when he saw how Chanyeol wants to make him comfortable. Baekhyun stay silent as he fumbles with his shirt; eyes looking down. He heard Chanyeol clears his throat and trying to speak.
“Y-you..umm..left this.” Chanyeol lifts his hand to show the thing at Baekhyun. Baekhyun lifts his head and found Chanyeol holds his lunch box.
“Oh,” Baekhyun could only manage to speak that word. He couldn’t believe that Chanyeol actually searching for him just to give the lunch box back to him.
“I guess this is yours since i saw you ..hmm..run to me, holding this.” Chanyeol said, feeling awkwardly to explain how he saw the boy running or jumps at him.
“Ah..y-yea..,” Baekhyun speaks shyly as he feels ashamed after Chanyeol mention about the event before. He lifts his shaky hands to take the lunch box again but he retreats it back when he remembers for who the lunch box is. Chanyeol questioned his action.
“I-i…umm..this l-lunch box is f-for y-you.” Baekhyun felt his heart going to explode as it’s beating so hard against his ribcage, feeling all sort of feelings when he told Chanyeol about it.
“Eh?” Chanyeol confused.
“I m-made this for you.” Baekhyun gains his courage to tell Chanyeol about it.
“Really? Why?.” Chanyeol asked, curious about the lunch box.
“T-the other day…i run from you..s-so..,” Baekhyun speaks incoherently, feeling so nervous towards Chanyeol’s reaction.
“The other day?” Chanyeol was quirking his eyebrows to remember the said event. “Ah!” He exclaimed, making Baekhyun jerks. “You mean the first time you running from me? Opps! Sorry about that.” Chanyeol cups his mouth as he tried to stop himself from mentioning about how Baekhyun running from him, afraid he hurts the shorter feeling.
“I-it’s okay.” Baekhyun answers softly.
“Alright, i’ll accept this but i one condition.” Chanyeol said as he guessed that the lunch box is actually an apology from Baekhyun.
“C-condition?” Baekhyun tilts his head to look at Chanyeol.
“Eat with me.” Chanyeol said simply. Then he walks towards the bench and sits on where the other boy sat before. Chanyeol beckoned Baekhyun to take a sit beside him. Baekhyun hesitates to sit but the looks from Chanyeol’s eyes making him followed him.
They eat silently for about five minutes; more likely Bakehyun’s watching Chanyeol eats until Chanyeol breaks the silence.
“I hope you don’t mind but i’m curious about it. Why are you suddenly running to me earlier?” Chanyeol asked, beautiful large eyes staring at Baekhyun. Baekhyun swallows the food hardly at his throat. He doesn’t know how to tell Chanyeol about it. It was not a simple thing that he could tell anyone about his ability. He also afraid Chanyeol will accuse him for being a liar. But, more important he afraid Chanyeol will freak out and distant himself from him. However, he doesn’t want to lie at Chanyeol about it. Its better if he told the truth and let Chanyeol decides if he wants to believe or not. He wants Chanyeol to know him as he true self, lying is not a good treat to build a relationship.
“I saw something really scary coming at you that why i run.” Baekhyun said, taking a deep breath.
“Something scary?” Chanyeol asked curiously.
“Yea.” Baekhyun nods. “It’s a black smoke.”
“Black smoke?” Chanyeol creased his forehead, puzzled.
“The truth is i can see souls or in other meaning, ghosts.” Baekhyun said as he looks at Chanyeol in the eyes to let him knows he is not lying.
“O-okay…,” Chanyeol said, a little bit unsure if he should believe what he has heard just now. Baekhyun could see the look on Chanyeol’s face that the taller trying to comprehend the matter.
“Look, i know this is ridiculous and unbelievable but the fact is i could see them so it’s up to you if you want to believe me or not. I just don’t want you to think that i am a freak or a crazy guy like that.” Baekhyun spills his heart. This is what he wants from Chanyeol. Now, he said that, he felt lighter and content since this is the first time he told his secret to other people. It was hard but it’s also simple and easy.
“I believe you.” Baekhyun was surprised by Chanyeol’s answer. He is now looking at Chanyeol with judging eyes because he still couldn’t believe that Chanyeol is easily believe what he says.
“Are you sure?” Baekhyun asked him to get the confirmation.
“One hundred percent sure.” Chanyeol smiles at him. Baekhyun could see the truth in his eyes so he smiles at him too.
And, that is how Baekhyun tells Chanyeol all about his secrets. With Chanyeol occasionally, jumps feeling afraid when Baekhyun told him he saw a ghost behind his back or walking beside him. And, Baekhyun used that to tease the taller.
“What’s your name? It’s kinda weird that we’re talking but i don’t know your name.” Chanyeol asked when they walked back to their own classes.
“Baekhyun. Byun Baekhyun.” He said.
“I’m Park Chanyeol.”
“I know.” Baekhyun said, smiling at him.
“How do you know?” Chanyeol’s asking, watching at the smaller with curious eyes. “Ah!! Did the ghost tell you?” Chnyeol whispered to him. And, that makes Baekhyun laughs at him.
“Really?!” Chanyeol exclaims as he guessed Baekhyun’s laughter is the answer to it. But, Baekhyun laughter becomes loud just to tease the latter more. They exchange phone numbers to promise to hang out together again and that makes Baekhyun really happy because he finally have someone to talk to, and it’s no other then his crush.
Baekhyun and Chanyeol’s relationship escalated from a friend to something more. Although, they didn’t speak anything but both of them have the same feeling. They are okay with their relationship now and thinking not to ruin it.
Until one day…..
“Baekhyun, you have to follow me now. It’s already past your actual time. You can’t stay here forever. You have to forget all the memories here and let go all of your resentment.” The death said.
“I..i still have things to do here…i don’t want..” Baekhyun said as he starts to cry.
“There’s nothing you can do anymore, Baekhyun. Remember, what you are now. This place is only for those who are still alive. Let’s go now or it’ll be too late.”
“B-but…but…i’m still alive, why you have to tell a lie to me?! You’re one of them, so i’ll not going to believe you!.” Baekhyun was crying so hard that he couldn’t breathe properly. This is all a lie, he thought. He is still couldn’t believe what the boy said to him.
“Baekhyun, you’re already dead.”
No..no..he’ll not going to believe what the monster tell him. He is not dead. He is still can feel his heart beating. He is still can feel how his heart alive just looking at Chanyeol. So, why?!! Why the boy still told him he was already leave this world. Chanyeol; he needs to find Chanyeol. Chanyeol is the only one who could believe at him just like how he believed Baekhyun could see those souls.
“Chanyeol…,” he said. “I’ll find Chanyeol and he’ll believe what i say.” Baekhyun told him. But, the boy closes his eyes and takes a deep breath as he preparing to tell another thing that Baekhyun didn’t know about. And, Baekhyun hates that because the moment the boy said the words his world crashes.
“Chanyeol is already waiting for you.”
“Where?” Baekhyun gulps as he tries to prepare himself for the next blow.
Baekhyun woke up from his sleep drenched with sweat. He was panting so hard that he needs to catch up his breathe. The dream look so real that he didn’t realize he was sobbing because of it. He grabs his phone on the table beside his bed and dialing Chanyeol’s number.
“Hello..,” A raspier voice was heard from the other line.
“Chan..,” Baekhyun said with his own raspier voice.
“Baek? What’s wrong?” Chanyeol asked as he clears his throat.
“N-nothing..i just..couldn’t sleep..” He lied. He actually just wants to hear the other voice since he missed him so badly. They didn’t have time to hang out like always for one week already since Chanyeol have a big basketball match outside the college.
“You want me to sing a lullaby for you?” Chanyeol offers, a hint of teasing in his voice. But, that makes Baekhyun chuckled.
“Yes, please.” He asks for it anyway since he just wants to hear his voice and Chanyeol gladly sings for him although it’s a little bit hard since he just woke up. For about three minutes into the song, Baekhyun hears a snore from the other line indicating that Chanyeol is already sleeping. Baekhyun chuckled at the sound, the song supposed to be from him to sleep but instead of him, Chanyeol was the one who sleeping. Baekhyun waits for another few minutes just to hear Chanyeol’s snore before he cuts the line.
The next day, Baekhyun rushed to his class but stopped his tracks when someone he didn’t see for a few weeks, from the beginning of his relationship with Chanyeol started until now is standing on the hallway. He is still like the last time he saw him and the expression his wears too. He also stills the same just like in his dream last night. The feeling from last night is coming to hit him again after he saw him. Now he saw him again, Baekhyun doesn’t feel good about it. Something is going to happen.
The boy suddenly appeared in front of him in a blink of eye, making Baekhyun gasps.
“Remember Baekhyun, you save him.” The voice is just the same with the one he heard from his dream. Baekhyun’s face turns white with the revelation. He couldn’t utter any words as his body frozen there as a single tear dropping to his cheek when he hears the next word.
“You have to pay for it so in exchange of his soul, your soul is Mine now.”