A small glimmer in his eyes was all that gave away the curiosity he felt while studying the angel, observing the look on her face and the motions of her body as she sat up. Demons and angels were not likely to interact very often as it was, but now an angel carried marks of darkness within her and Jonghyun couldn’t help but wonder if anyone had ever done this before them in this way. His research had turned up nothing on how this step would affect Chaerin in the future or whether she would suffer from any long-term drawbacks, so he supposed they were both pioneers in this now, sort of, except that the demon could lean back and feel safe after his work was done while the other had to live with whatever he’d just forced into the very core of her being. And this was exactly how he liked his projects to be.
"I doubt they would make the pain go away completely," he offered in a sympathetic voice and with a small smile on his lips when Chaerin suggested pain killers. "But maybe they’ll lessen the symptoms a little, let me get you something." Jonghyun didn’t mention how she might be in this pain forever unless she actually gave in to the darkness calling her by giving up her white wings instead of trying to find some safe middle ground. He also refrained from asking any more question until he was at safe distance in the kitchen, filling water into a glass and getting two medium-sized pills from a box in one of the cabinets while he raised his voice loud enough to let her hear it in the other room. “Is it strange? The absence of someone who was with you for so long? Or rather liberating?” Jonghyun himself couldn’t imagine living decades with any god by his side, whether the one with a capital G or any other, but he managed to make his voice sound neutral instead of adding personal judgement to his question. The absence of deities was always a good thing, after all, and very much a fact in Chaerin’s life from now on.
After walking back and offering both pills and glass to her, the demon sat down across from the couch and nonchalantly closed the books that were still open on the table between them in the same motion; not so much out of secrecy itself, but because Jonghyun liked to be in charge of what information he gave out to people — and that included letting the angel know what runes exactly he’d put on her body, if she should ask.”I think I said this before we even started this, but there really is no way to go back now. I didn’t just place these runes on you, I carved them into you and perhaps only the most powerful spells from the most powerful demon lords could reverse that.” While he knew how to get close to those rulers of Hell, at least, he also knew that his father would never agree to help him over the matter of one petty rogue-turned angel and so he kept his mouth shut about this aspect however. “You’ll have to act, not immediately but soon, or I can’t say what exactly demon spells will do to someone like you,” Jonghyun then continued, his gaze calm and his voice quiet as he studied her and yet managed to still speak with implied worry.
Was this a risk? Well yea, a pretty big one to be quite honest. The angel had just essentially put her life in a demon’s hands in order to break up the bond between her and the God she’d served since her creation. What more, she didn’t really even know what her friend had carved into her body or what would happen once it was over. If there were any long term after-effects, she wasn’t going to know until she experienced it herself because she wasn’t the one who did all the research. She’d left that up to Jonghyun, and was basically trusting him completely. Probably something that any other angel would have cringed at. Right now her focus was on the pain though, and any doubts she had about what she’d gotten herself into were taking a backseat. “Yea, I kind of figured that would be the likely case. Darn it.” The angel said the words with a small smile, obviously still trying to play off the pain as if it was just inconvenient.
Whatever, this was not fun and while the angel had been ready to decline the pills if offered, she found herself nodding when actually offered. She wanted those pills after all. “Thanks Jonghyun.” Chaerin reached behind her and began to rub along the surface of her spinal bone over her shirt, trying to ease up the burn that was still stinging pretty healthily back there while her demon friend disappeared into the kitchen to grab the pain pills. The sound of running water vaguely caught her attention, and she assumed he was also preparing her a glass of water to down the pills with. For a brief moment over the sound of the water running from the faucet, she also heard Jonghyun’s voice speaking out to her. That was a complicated question, especially when she tried to think it through. Chaerin was silent for a few moments, wondering how to put her thoughts into words. “Well, yes and no?” A grimace formed on her face, but that was more from a new serge of discomfort physically than any conscious she had about what she’d done.
“Even before I forced Him out, I had already felt like he was abandoning me. He left me alone when I really needed him and never once answered my prayers after that. Now, I physically feel that he’s gone too, and it’s strange. It’s like being disconnected from a call with a person who would stay on the line but not respond to you.” After that bizarre explanation, the angel let off a silent laugh, shaking her head. “Did that make any sense at all?” Taking the pills and glass of water from Jonghyun’s hands, Chaerin downed them without a question as if she took pills every day. The downside to painkillers was that it would probably take a good long while for them to even start taking effect, if they were strong enough to provide relief for this kind of pain at all. After having downed the pills, the angel heaved a giant sigh before holding the glass out to Jonghyun again. “I figured as much. That I can’t go back or regret anything.” It wasn’t until her demon friend mentioned something about ‘acting’ that the angel (well former angel) gave him a slightly confused look. “What do you mean by that?”
The sun was shining, the grass was green, and the shade was pretty good beneath the oak tree nearby the dark forest. It was perfect for hiding away from the harsh heat that the sunlight brought on. But Chaerin wanted to be in the sunlight, and was sprawled over the grass on her back with her wings fully extended on either side of her. It was rare for her to let loose like this, but hey, she could only keep them tucked in for so long before they needed a stretch, right? Besides, she had to enjoy the greyish white color in her feathers while it lasted.
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He smiled softly at her response. “One of a kind. Actually, I wish your kind were more like you. Most seem… Afraid” He jokingly said the last word, but it was slightly true. Angels or some other “nice” spawn always seemed like they had a bedtime. They kept that goody two-shoes vibe, 24/7 which bothered him. He rather spend his time with his kind than the other.
After the women’s expression his faced went blank. “That’s not what I mean, you look fine. I just meant your… Vibe. It’s not “shining’ as bright as it should.” The reaper scratched the back of his neck, embarrassed. He didn’t want her to get the wrong idea, But his words seemed to be jumbled. “Do you have any plans tonight? Or you’re just enjoying the darkness?”
That made the angel laugh, though it probably shouldn’t have. The male wasn’t wrong, most angels were pretty unadventurous to say the least. But she couldn’t really blame them either, it was just part of their genetic code to be attached to light and afraid of dark. “I can’t disagree with that, most of the angels just don’t have much experience with darkness or things out of their comfort zone.”
Obviously, her joke hadn’t crossed over as well as she hoped and she chuckled, shaking her head. “Don’t worry, I know what you meant. I was just teasing you.” With a shake of her head, the guardian angel gave an honest reply. “No plans, I came out without anything specific to do. Having company is nice though.”
As retaliation for her outburst, Jieun’s hand hit her leg and Taeyeon took the hint to sit down as a few heads did turn their heads at the sound of her voice. “I think most people would stare if they saw how massive that bruise is,” she said as she sat in an empty chair. The milkshake was taken out of hand and she watched Jieun take a sip of it before setting it back down onto the table.
The youngest amongst the three crossed her arms with a concerned look on her face, unconvinced that the bruise was from a little mishap. “Unconscious or not, she still has a bruise on her face and I refuse to believe that she accidentally smacked her face into something.” Although Chaerin was right about Jieun being fine, Taeyeon was still worried since the last time she was unconscious, it was after she retrieved her wings. Jieun was no doubt a tough cookie, but that didn’t mean she’d just stand by and watch her slowly crumble piece by piece.
At the sound of pizza and someone doing something that they both thought, she was confused. “Wait, what about pizza? Who did what you two thought? Do I get some too?” Now that she thought about it, Taeyeon could go for something to eat.
Darn so it wouldn’t be so easy to fool Taeyeon. At least the girl was no longer trying to shove cold glasses against her skin, she didn’t want her cheek to fall off thanks to frost bite. The confusion in her friends voice did so amuse her and tilting her head back Jieun laughed before glancing at the girl. “We’re going to order pizza, you did as we thought and yes you get some too.” Leaning forward she tugged a strand of the angels hair playfully before rising from her seat.
"Okay how about this, we go to Chae’s room and order pizza, I promise I’ll ice my face or duck my head in the sink or whatever it is I know you’re dying to do to me, and then I explain what happened?" Glancing between the two of the girls she smiled in hopes that they would agree with her plan.
Tapping her fingers on the table she made her best pouting face. “It has been super long since we’ve had the gang together, come on! Lets not waste time in the cafeteria with prying eyes and uncomfortable chairs!”
“I think she was doing a pretty good job hiding it with her hair like she was from a horror movie.” Chaerin commented, again, probably not a useful comment. It was a huge turnaround in how she originally acted when she saw the dark angel with the bruise on her face. Yea, she had been worried, but after hearing the story of how it happened and seeing that Jieun was okay, she hadn’t seen a need to be so panicky.
“That’s because she didn’t just smack her face into somewhere.” Chaerin was being really unhelpful today in the news department, but oh well. Tapping her fork on the tray that was under her pasta, the guardian angel nodded. “I just ate pasta, but by the time the pizza comes I’ll probably have room for more food. Pizza and pasta, it’s a good day.” There wasn’t really a reason to deny the get-together, and besides, she wanted to hang out with the two girls. It really had been a long time since they were all together.
“I’m in, you didn’t even have to ask.” Chaerin smiled, turning to look at Taeyeon. “How about it? Pizza and an explanation. You get to torture Jieun with bruise remedies and we all get to hang out together.”
"She’s there with you? Why wasn’t I invited to the party?" The blonde feigned hurt and pouted despite the fact that both angels couldn’t see it. But she was then back to smiling, knowing that they didn’t mean to isolate her from the fun. "I’ll be down there in about five minutes! See you both soon!" Ending the call, she sat up from her bed and tucked her phone inside her pants before skipping out of her dorm. As she made her way to the cafeteria, she happily hummed a tune.
Before she knew it, she arrived at the entrance of the cafeteria. Taeyeon slowed her pace down to a walk, not wanting to run into someone and cause a mess. Food was meant to be eaten, not worn after all. She paused to look for her friends and quickly spotted them. “Hi Jieun, hey unnie!” She greeted as she walked over to them with a bright smile. “What’s being served in the cafeteria today- Lee Jieun, what happened to you?!”
At first, she spotted the plate of pasta in front of Chaerin. Yet when she glanced over at the dark angel, she immediately noticed the bruise on her face. Taeyeon noted the glasses and came to the conclusion that they were used in an attempt to hide the severity of the bruise. But alas, it didn’t fool Kim Taeyeon. “Why aren’t you icing that thing? It’s practically covering one side of your face!” Due to the lack of ice in front of her, the youngest angel saw the milkshake on the table as the coldest thing within her reach and swiftly picked it up, proceeding to lightly press the drink against Jieun’s cheek.
She heard the voice of the angel as she appraoched the table. Dropping her head Jieun voiced a greeting to the other girl as she tried to look away but alas as fate would have it the bruise was seen and as she had predicted her friend did freak out. Lightly smacking the girls leg Jieun motioned for her to sit down.
"Shhh! People are beginning to stare!" She hissed at her glancing around. "OH MY-" As the ice cold milkshake was placed against her face now it was her turn to borderline shriek as she pulled back in her chair. "Okay okay calllm down! I’m fine alright, just had a little….mishap." Taking the milkshake out of the others hands Jieun pointedly slurped it before setting it aside on the table with a glance to Chaerin. "Guess we get that large pizza huh."
It didn’t take very long before a recognizable voice filled the air and Chaerin turned around to find just who she had expected. It was Taeyeon and she looked just as bright and peachy as ever. Too bad she had only just managed to wave her ‘hello’ in reply when that peachy expression dropped in a split second to one of shock when the bruise on Jieun’s face was spotted. “Your glasses kinda stink at hiding bruises, Jieun.” Chaerin said matter-of-factly, glancing between both of her angel friends.
It was kinda funny to see Taeyeon acting like a mother hen, but honestly, she really couldn’t say she expected anything less of the girl. “Yea, she’ll be fine. She’s not unconscious at least.” That probably wasn’t the most helpful thing to say, but it was the truth. Chaerin forked another few bites of pasta into her mouth. “I say we get two. She did a little bit of both of what we thought.”
How long it has been since Taeyeon had spent time with Jieun, her now dark angel friend, or Chaerin, the former guardian angel she calls unnie? The last time she saw both of them was after Jieun regained her wings and they helped treat her wounds. Jieun never called her for help while recovering (not that it was much of a surprise since the girl is extremely stubborn), but it wouldn’t hurt to ask how she was handling the new wings. Grabbing a hold of her phone, the blonde quickly dialed Jieun, twirling a piece of her hair as she waited for the other to pick up.
"Hey! What are you up to? I realized that I haven’t talked to you recently other than when we went to the ball together. Are you free? Cause if so, let’s invite Chaerin and do something together!" Normally, it would be Jieun reaching out to Taeyeon and dragging her off somewhere. But for today, the roles were switched as the blonde spoke cheerfully.
Ah how the word pizza could perk up her soul. Nodding eagerly Jieun raised her hand flashing the other a thumbs up. “You never have to ask my twice when it comes to pizza…actually that’s most foods in general.” She loved eating. As her pocket began to vibrate, Jieun slipped her hand inside of it pulling out her phone. A smile curved her lips and showing the screen which flashed a picture of Taeyeon on it to Chaerin she clicked it on.
"Hey! Funny that you said that, I’m in the cafeteria and Chaerin is here too! You should come down and we can decide what we want to do!" As she switched the phone to the other side of her face touching the bruised skin she winced before saying goodbye to the girl and hanging up. "So….bets on how much she’ll flip? I bet a large pizza she screams."
“Nobody ever has to ask me when it comes to food either.” Chaerin laughed, but it faded away as she watched her friend dig into her pocket and come up with her cell phone. Automatically, the guardian angel glanced down at her pasta, not wanting to seem invasive on what could possibly be a private call or message. The screen was flashed toward her though, and she blinked at the caller. Taeyeon.
A grin broke out across the blonde’s face, and she watched Jieun answer with mild curiosity as she shoved a forkful of pasta into her mouth. By the sounds of it, she didn’t need to ask to know that they were going to be joined by the youngest of their little group. “I’ll bet on that even though I just know she’ll panic.” Chaerin laughed, shaking her head as she took a sip of water. “I’ll even bet she tries to get you to the healing fountain or to the nurse.”
And just like that the ice was broken between the two of them and at the mention of their other Angel friend finding her lifeless again Jieun’s lips rose in a smile and then a laugh. “I think if that were to happen again I’d be one of the causes of making her go grey early, such a worrier.” It was rare that she spoke affectionately about those who were pure and Heaven sent, but Taeyeon was different.
"Hey," glancing down at the table Jieun toyed with her hair attempting to hide the bruise again as she sighed softly. "Thanks for listening, and caring, and not..freaking out? I’ve avoided coming out of my room for those reasons but I feel better after talking to someone, a friend." Glancing back up she smiled at Chaerin. "So thanks, and its good to see you again."
“She is, but she does it because she really does care.” Chaerin joined in on the laughter, her mind coming up with its own image of the youngest angel in their group and how she would absolutely launch a full scale panic if she ever saw Jieun hurt beyond the point of consciousness again. The girl was much too kind for the harsh sights that the world outside heaven could give, sometimes.
With a smile still on her face, the guardian angel took up her fork again and stabbed it into several bits of pasta and a piece of broccoli. She looked up though when Jieun spoke, the fork lingering in the bowl. After what was said, her smile only grew in warmth and she shook her head. “Just so you know, you’re welcome to come find me when you need to talk. About anything. But next time, let’s order several pizzas and do it in my dorm room. It’ll be more like a party, what do you say?” Chaerin grinned, obviously intending for their next meeting to be on less surprise terms.
Both angels had readily agreed to keep her secret and a sigh of relief slipped past her lips. She hadn’t expected them to deny her request by no means, but it was still nice to have their spoken word. Jieun had managed to bring herself into a sitting position and the longer she remained that way the easier she found it to breath without too much labor. Placing her hands by her side she took a deep breath and swung her legs from the bed to land softly on the floor before using her arms to push herself to a standing position. A triumphant smile was flashed despite the pain she felt from such movements. “I’m fine,” the words of reassurance were part truth because of her stubborn will to keep moving and part lie; she knew she would pay up for not resting later.
It was a short walk to get to the center of her room and after wobbling a few times Jieun managed plant her feet solid enough as she glanced left and right eying how much space she had. “This should do.” Her lids slipped shut over her brown gaze and the angel inhaled once, twice, and a third time before her back arched and her eyes shot open with a gasp. From between her shoulder blades unfurled her newly found wings sweeping out across the room stretching to their full span as Jieun placed a hand on her side and laughed somewhat breathlessly. Not a white feather was in sight from what she could see and she knew they must have changed black completely in her descent back to the academy. “That will certainly take some getting used to.”
With a tentative glance at the other two Jieun smiled clearing her throat. “I didn’t get hurt by accident,” the confession was soft and the smile dissipated as her face became as serious as possible for the typically cheerful and mischievous girl. “I took them from the vault of Heaven and got shot as I escaped.” Saying the words out loud didn’t make it seem any more real than when she had actually been on the risky mission and yet here she stood confessing to two who had managed to keep their grace. The amazement of the situation caused a soft laugh to emerge from Jieun and after a moment she was laughing quite cheerfully again as she rubbed at her eyes. “Oh my. if I wasn’t a rogue angel before, I certainly am one now. They were anything but happy with my sudden appearance.” Her hand rose to brush dark locks from around her face before she crossed both arms over her waist almost hugging herself. “But I did it, I claimed back what was mine, and made it back alive.”
With a smirk Jieun’s chin tilted a bit higher. The revelation was setting in as she spoke to her friends. “Fallen angel? Not anymore girls, I’m dark, and it feels good to have them back.”
She smiled in reassurance at the freshly bandaged angel as Chaerin spoke, knowing that they were both happy to help with Jieun’s recovery. Besides, who else could she expect to call for if they were the ones to find her wounded body and do whatever they could to make sure she was safe and not on the verge of bleeding to death? Of course, Taeyeon wasn’t surprised to hear her unnie agree to not say a word about what happened to her outside of the room. Whatever it was surely meant serious business. Her brown eyes watched as Jieun sat up from her lying position on the bed which she had expected if she was to share her story. However, she didn’t expect the brunette to move off the bed and force herself to stand up right when she was finished being treated no more than two minutes ago. Taeyeon’s mouth dropped open and she stretched out her arms while leaning forward, thinking that she Jieun would lose balance from the movements. Seeing that the brunette was able to stand on her own and maintain balance, she frowned, knowing that her resting period was extending with each second that she wasn’t laying back down.
Taeyeon stood up as she watched Jieun walk further from her bed, still confused on why she insisted on moving when she was supposed to be giving them an explanation. Her arms were still outstretched and ready to catch her if she fell backwards, but Jieun only wobbled before she stopped in the center of the room. Unable to hear what she said, she watched in curiosity as her friend closed her eyes and took three breaths before her back arched, revealing two black wings. The blonde’s jaw dropped in pure shock and confusion, watching with wide eyes as she watched the wings stretch to its full length. Taeyeon was rendered speechless, just barely catching the gist of Jieun’s story. She plopped back onto the bed, confusion fully taking over as she continued to stare at her now dark angel friend. “So you…but how exactly did you know…wings are kept in a vault?!” Being the youngest and the most sheltered of the group, it would be expected of her to not easily comprehend the situation.
There were so many questions she wanted to ask, but she thought it better to not overwhelm Jieun or herself for answers. “Not that I’m not happy to see you with wings, but doesn’t this mean that people will be after you for stealing them? Wouldn’t they try to take it back again and then make sure that you not able to reach heaven besides banishment?” Taeyeon worriedly glance at Chaerin, waiting to hear what she would say since she previously was the guardian of heaven’s gates before attending the academy. Her former job required her to fight off those that weren’t welcome so she was more familiar to their rules than she was and unfortunately, Jieun was classified in the category of people not allowed in heaven.
Oh man were there a buttload of questions going through Chaerin’s mind right now. One of them was, ‘are you really going to stand up when your guts could spill out and bleed until death?’ when she saw that the brunette girl was moving around and doing the exact opposite of what she should have been doing. Laying down. She would have protested, but Taeyeon seemed to have that part under control and well, Jieun really didn’t need two worrying friends fussing over her own stubbornness. If she got up and then collapsed, well then Chaerin would lift her up and plop her back on the bed where she was originally intended to stay. So instead, she just sat back down on the bed and watched the other’s movements attentively. If she swayed too far to any given side at any moment, the guardian angel would leap into action and try to avoid a body hitting the floor. At least, if she didn’t make it in time, Taeyeon would catch the injured person. Right? Oh well. Let the chips fall where they may.
It took a while, but before she knew what was happening, there were black wings expanding from either side of Jieun’s back, taking up most of the available space in the tiny dorm room. Chaerin didn’t gape as broadly as her blonde friend, but she did have raised eyebrows that expressed her surprise. Those weren’t there before. Unless she had been talking to Jieun with her head stuck in a bowl of punch, she was fairly certain that the brunette had mentioned being a fallen angel. Not a dark one. This, all of this black winged-ness, was definitely a new development. The guardian angel sighed heavily and ignored the question the youngest had asked. “You know, you have some real guts to do what you did. Sneaking in and nabbing those is no walk in the park. It’s no wonder you’re so injured now.” To be fairly honest, it didn’t matter to Chaerin how Jieun had found out where wings were stored, she was just amazed by the deed itself. Besides, anyone could do their research.
It wasn’t until Taeyeon directed a question towards her that the guardian angel blinked and glanced between Jieun and Taeyeon with a thoughtful expression on her face. “Oh, they’ll be angry alright. I imagine they’ve already alerted the archangels since it’s not something that happens often. But, I think you’ll be fine.” Chaerin ruffled her hair slightly, an action that made her seem a bit frustrated at the thought. “They probably won’t come after you. Not yet, anyway. It’s not easy to find a rouge, and honestly, they don’t have the best methods of searching the Earth for a single person. Most angels can’t even navigate lands that aren’t heaven since most never leave. Maybe in time, if they haven’t forgotten about this whole thing, they’ll form a search party with older angels.” Finally, Chaerin smiled, standing up and walking over to Jieun with a teasing tone in her voice when she spoke. “You know, things would have been much harder for you if I’d still been at the gates.” And with that, the guardian angel gently placed a hand on Jieun’s shoulder. “I’m glad you made it back alright, but you really should suck those black feathers in and lay down now.”