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Title: Cursing Innocence
Rating: PG(?)
Pairing: eventual!Onew/Jonghyun, hinted!Key/Taemin, slight!Minho/Taemin
Genre: Fantasy
Summary: Jonghyun comes upon a street magician who performs a lot more than simple card tricks. He traps people in a world of magic and places curses upon them the moment they arrive. Jonghyun meets Taemin, Kibum, and Minho, three people who, like himself, are cursed. Taemin's soul has been torn to pieces, Kibum is turning into a fox, and Minho dreams of a city underwater. Jonghyun himself is paralyzed by moonlight. They must break these curses to escape the magician's dreadful world, but that's easier said than done.
AN:I have to say, I didn't really have much motive to write when my last chapter got only one comment. If you're really interested in this story, please comment so I know and I actually want to write this. I'm sorry to say I won't be posting for a long while if no one reads this.

Somehow, in the morning, Jonghyun still had the courage to leave the small protected area and managed to get a stubborn Kibum, a depressed Minho, and a not caring Taemin to follow him out. They had no idea where exactly they were headed, but Jonghyun figured that staying where they were was going to solve nothing.

“Okay, so Kibum, you need to find some special lock, right?” Jonghyun asked. Kibum nodded in confirmation, the fur covered ears on top of his head twitched in irritation. “And Minho needs to – what did Taemin say again.”

“Minho needs to ‘raise Atlantis’, whatever that means,” Key answered.

“Right, um, for all we know, it could be literal. This world is already crazy, maybe we have to find Atlantis and bring it to the surface.”

“Or it could be one of that bastard’s metaphors and he intends to keep Minho guessing until the dreams drive him insane,” Kibum growled.

“It’s literal,” came the monotone voice of Taemin from behind them. He didn’t say another word about it, but Kibum looked at the boy with eyes that knew he was telling the truth even though there was no emotion in his voice.

“Now how do we break his spell?” Jonghyun wondered aloud. “All we know is that he has no emotions, but where does that get us? We have no idea how to break it.”

Kibum whipped his head around to stare at Jonghyun with his animal-like eyes once more.”That’s right, last night I was about to tell you the strange thing I saw once, but then Minho woke up and I got distracted.”

“Strange thing?” Jonghyun inquired. Kibum nodded and glanced back at Taemin and then Jonghyun once more.

“When I was exploring the forest a while back, I could have sworn I saw a different Taemin running through the trees,” he said, almost in a whisper, as if it were a big secret. “I tried to follow it, but when it moved around a tree trunk, it disappeared.”

“What do you mean a ‘different’ Taemin?” asked Jonghyun confusedly.

“I mean,” Kibum began, looking as if he were struggling to find the right words, “he looked like Taemin, but he didn’t.” At Jonghyun’s even more confused expression, he tried to explain again. “I don’t know, he looked almost younger or something. And from the brief glimpse I got of his face, he looked almost happy.” The expression. That was a definite difference. Taemin had no emotions. But what was with the younger appearance?

Jonghyun was thinking about what Kibum had seen, trying to find a possible explanation. But there was no explanation in this strange world that Jinki had created.

His thoughts were interrupted by quiet music. A single familiar sounding instrument creating an unfamiliar tune. He couldn’t place which instrument it was at the moment.

Jonghyun suddenly stopped walking. Kibum kept walking for a few seconds before he realized Jonghyun was no longer next to him. He stopped and looked at Jonghyun worriedly. Minho stopped behind them as well. Taemin looked like he was walking as if he was in a dream, but no one noticed. “What is it?” Kibum asked Jonghyun, his ears becoming alert as if something was going to attack.

Jonghyun didn’t answer. The music the instrument was creaing was getting louder, shriller, as time went on. It was beginning to hurt his ears, but at the same time, it was telling him something. The sound came from his left. His head jerked in the direction.

“Something is over there,” Jonghyun breathed, staring into the thick trees.

“How do you–”

“I hear it.”

Kibum’s ears shifted to listen again, but he heard nothing. “I don’t hear anything, Jonghyun. There’s nothing out there.”

“Yes, there is. Don’t you hear it? That music!” Kibum was becoming frightened.

“Jonghyun, ignore it. It could be another one of Jinki’s tricks that he put here to trap you,” Kibum reasoned, but Jonghyun didn’t seem to be listening.

“Guys,” Minho’s voice came from behind them. Kibum hesitantly shifted his attention from Jonghyun to the tall boy. Minho stared back and asked, “Where’s Taemin?” Looking around, Kibum noticed, to his horror, that Taemin was in fact gone.

“Oh my god, where did he go?” Kibum asked no one in particular. “Where did he go?” He looked like he was breaking down not knowing where the boy was. It was as if one of the lifelines keeping him human had just disappeared. Jonghyun suspected that that, in a sense, was actually true. “Taemin! Taemin!” Kibum screamed into the dark trees, but there was no response.

The volume of the instrument spiked in Jonghyun’s ears and he groaned as he covered them with his hands in hopes that it would quiet down. Even when it did not, Jonghyun still ran where he knew it was coming from. He left Key and his frantic screaming and a concerned Minho behind. He would find Taemin later, but for now, he had to know what that sound was. Something was begging him to find it.

He ran through the trees as fast as he could, following the sound. Then he saw something move between the trees ahead of him. He ran after it without thinking. As he ran, the music got louder and louder and Jonghyun was wondering if he would ever be able to hear anything again. Then suddenly, he burst into a clearing with a small pond at its center and the music halted completely.

He stopped running and looked around for whatever he had seen in the forest. His eyes fell on two people to his left. One had his back to Jonghyun, and the other was laughing and running around screaming, “You’re back! You’re back!” Then the two figures embraced as if they were the best of friends. They spun around, not quite balanced. That was when Jonghyun saw the second person was Jinki. He froze.

As if there were no animosity between them, Jinki looked over his shoulder and smiled when he noticed Jonghyun. “Oh, hello there, Jonghyun!” he called in a cheery tone. Jonghyun was not fooled, and the dark smirk Jinki cast as second later told him that Jinki knew that as well. “Well I was only trying to lighten the mood. After all, Taemin has gone missing and you did kind of leave Kibum screaming back there.”

“I’m not missing,” the boy next to Jinki chirped excitedly. “I’m right here!” Jonghyun’s eyes went to the boy and stared at him for a moment. He looked so familiar, but Jonghyun really had to look at him before he realized he looked like Taemin. However, this boy had a perfect bowl cut and his hair was black as night. He also had a younger appearance; like a kid in their early teens. The Taemin that Jonghyun knew was definitely older than that. Not only that, but this Taemin was smiling. He looked happy. Was this what Kibum was telling him about earlier?

“Taemin?” Jonghyun breathed. The boy smiled in his direction.

“Yup!” he confirmed as he jumped forward from Jinki’s side. He ran over to Jonghyun and hugged him for no apparent reason. “I’m Taemin! What’s your name?” he asked.

“Jonghyun…” he answered hesitantly. “Taemin, why are you here with Jinki?” he asked, keeping a close eye on Jinki across the clearing.

“He appeared out of nowhere!” Taemin said with a large smile and his hands flailing about. “It was so cool! I haven’t seen him in a long time even though–” Taemin’s lips snapped shut when Jinki flicked his wrist once. Jonghyun’s eyes narrowed when he noticed. Taemin just giggled and bounced his way back to Jinki’s side. A rustle in the bushes nearby made Jonghyun turn his head.

“Looks like someone decided to finally show up,” Jinki stated to no one in particular. Jonghyun kept staring until the person came into full view. It was Taemin. The very Taemin who had gone missing a few minutes ago. But why had he showed up there?

“Taemin, what are you doing here?” Jonghyun asked urgently. “Go back and stay with Kibum and Minho.” But Taemin acted as if he hadn’t heard a word Jonghyun just said. Instead, he walked towards Jinki as if he were walking while asleep.

The different Taemin by Jinki’s side bounced forward to meet the first Taemin. When they were only a foot apart, the smiling Taemin jumped and wrapped his arms around the first Taemin. For a moment, it looked like a simple embrace, but after that moment, the smiling Taemin began to glow and then was sucked into the body of the emotionless Taemin. When only one Taemin remained, he collapsed.

Jonghyun made to go to Taemin, but his attention was diverted when he felt something on his cheek. He turned his head to see Jinki pulling away. He had kissed his cheek again. Jonghyun jumped away from the dark smile that followed. “You know,” Jinki began, “I thought you were just being stupid when you challenged me, but you’ve actually gotten a piece of him back already. It hasn’t even been twenty-four hours yet. You’re amazing.” Confused, Jonghyun forgot all about where he was and let Jinki’s words fill his mind. A piece? What was that supposed to mean?

“What are you talking about?” Jonghyun asked. But Jinki let himself fade away before Jonghyun’s eyes.

“Four to go. Better hurry before the moon gets you.” Those words were followed by a loud cackle and then everything was silent. Jonghyun couldn’t breathe for a moment more, and then he collapsed to the ground, a short distance away from Taemin. He glanced at the unconscious boy and tried to stand, but his legs had become weak and were refusing to move.

Key and Minho burst through the bushes, at that very moment. Key was on all fours, but he didn’t seem to realize what he was doing. Minho just looked like he was trying not to be left behind. Key looked around the clearing, his ears twitching in every direction until his eyes fell on Taemin’s unconscious form on the ground.

“Taemin!” he yelled, worry evident in his voice. He rushed over and took the limp body in his arms, shaking him in an attempt to rouse him into consciousness. “Taemin are you all right?” he called. The boy began to stir. When he opened his eyes, Key immediately noticed something different about the boy.

“Key!” Taemin yelled suddenly as he jumped up and wrapped his arms around Key’s neck. Then he released him and pranced away with the energy of a child hyped up on sugar. “Come play with me, Key! I haven’t played in ages.” But Key was too stunned to say anything or even move, so Taemin turned to Minho instead. “Minho!” Taemin called. “Play with me!”

Jonghyun managed to crawl over to Key after Minho had confusedly accepted Taemin’s invitation. They were now playing a game of tag. Minho came more alive as minutes passed. Key thought it was a nice change from his usual dreary mood. “What happened?” Key asked Jonghyun beside him.

“After following the music, I found a different Taemin with Jinki.” Key snapped his head in Jonghyun’s direction at the very mention of Jinki’s name. “Not long after, Taemin showed up and merged with the other Taemin; the smiling Taemin.”

“Taemin’s emotions. He seems to have restored his happiness.”

“His emotions?” Jonghyun asked. “Then that means there are more.” Suddenly, Jinki’s words came back to him. “There’s four more.”

“How would you know that?” Key asked skeptically before glancing at Taemin and Minho, running around is if they weren’t trapped in this damned world.

“Jinki told me. He also told me to find them ‘before the moon gets me.’” Jonghyun shivered at the thought. He was going to disappear if he did not break his curse soon. But what exactly was his curse? What did he have to do to gain his freedom once more?


( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 15th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
spot for lovelyrazel
Feb. 15th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
ohmygoodness . that was like a mind fuck for me. why was it a mind fuck for me you ask ? i could literally picture everything written here in this chapter in my mind, it was ohmy- mind blowing.

amazing work bb !

i seriously think that this fic is very underrated, it is worth like a million comments and loves!

plus, it keeps you on your toes which i now can say i love because of this fic ! hehe (:

& i'm sorry for not commenting faster on my spot, i don't deserve the spots you give me ;___;

hehe, i can see the ninja!2min (: hehe , makes the crazy 2min shipper really happy to see that .

ohmy and taemin has 4 more emotions to look for ? what madness is that ? it sounds so hard to find all those emotions, that must be like sadness, anger, bored (?)[ <- that's probably not one ] , what else could be there ?

& key , omooo - he's becoming more like a fox by the way he's walking.

but i see minho smiling and being happy, that's good (: i see a relationship growing between taemin and minho & i can say that i am extremely ecstatic for that ! now i'm wondering how he'll get rid of his curse.

also, jonghyun- how can he break his ? does he have to like succumb to jinki or something ? :3

i'm so curious !

and then also when tamein found his first emotion, i thought his curse would be broken and was like 'is taemin leaving already ?!' but then jinki said '4 more to go' so i was like, ohmygod. that is whoaaa .


♥ this chapter. ♥ the story.

wish people who take more notice to it though, it deserves its credit.

hehe, thank you soooo much for the spot bb ! (even if i don't deserve it ]: )

bye bye bb !

Feb. 16th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
hehe i'm glad you like it so much ^^ it's alright that you didn't comment faster. i will still give you a spot every time because you asked haha!

lol well you got anger and sadness. there's one more real emotion. the last bit i don't think it really considered an emotion, but it's an important part of a person in my opinion. ;)

enjoy minho's happiness while it lasts. i'm bringing him more into the story asap and he will no be happy for long...

^^ you will have to see how jonghyun break's his own curse later

lol of course i wouldn't get rid of taemin that fast.

i'm glad you're really interested in this story! hope you continue to like it! ^^
Feb. 15th, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)
Jinki is cute but evil at the same time

Ahhh this is so damn good! I seriously love it~ and I can't wait to read more^^; seriously LOVE LOVE LOVE IT :D
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
i like evil jinki ^^ no one ever writes him evil, so i thought it would be fun! XD

i'm glad you liked it! thanks for reading! :D <3 (happy late birthday btw!)
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
I do too! ^___^ well I like Jinki in general so ... uh... XDD XDDD Yeah it is fun^^; I'm so curious to know what will happen~ :D

I did~ your imagination ♥ is so amazing ;D and thank you~~ ♥
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
haha i do too. i just ordered a "I have Onew Condition" shirt a few days ago because i love him so much XD

well you have to wait a little bit because i haven't even started writing chapter 3 yet lol

thank you! ♥ and you're welcome! ♥♥♥
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
^^ okay I shall be patient! XD I might wait until you post a few more chaps so I have more to read XDDD

yay that is an awesome shirt! *O* woaaah~ hehe I need one of those too! XDDD
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
lol that's completely understandable XD i'm a slow writer as you know anyway XD

lol my friend and i are getting the same shirt so we can have matching outfits when we go on a school field trip together XD
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
hahah yeah XD I hadn't read it until then because I usually like to wait! so I can read it in one go^^;;;;

hahah that is so cool lol XD matching shirts :D
Feb. 15th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
This story is really interesting ;__; I can't wait to read the rest of it so do continue writing! The plot's really original and different. Good job~!
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
^^ thank you! i'm glad you like it! hopefully i'll have more on the way soon!
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Feb. 16th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
hehe you will have to wait and see what jonghyun has to do to break his curse ^^ hope you can wait!

hopefully the next chapter will get started soon. :)
Feb. 15th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
AWW!! Taemin got his happy back!! WTG Jjongie ^^

and Minho has to raise the literal Atlantis? shit. good luck w/that! LOL

I love this so much!! I missed it :) I hope lots more people comment on it's awesomeness, I'd hate to see it disappear.


Feb. 16th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
lol the whole atlantis thing kind of popped out of nowhere. i only have a rough idea of how he's going to manage it XD

i'm glad you like my story! don't worry, this story isn't going to disappear, even if a chapter comes and it doesn't get a single comment on it. my motivation will just be in the tank and the next part might not get done for a long long LONG time.
Feb. 16th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Tbqh I opened this thinking it wasn't going to be anything special but after reading, I was actually pretty surprised. The idea, the curses and Onew's relation with the other is interesting. (Seriously, it's nice seeing Jinki as a villain-type). All in all I'm really interested to see how this story pans out. :)
Feb. 16th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're interested! Thanks for giving my story a chance! More is on the way. I hope I don't disappoint! :)
(hehe I like villain!Jinki a lot ^^ he's fun to write :D)
Feb. 18th, 2011 09:39 am (UTC)
AWESOME!!!! I must track this!
Feb. 19th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
^^ thanks for reading!
Feb. 19th, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
i love this! the plot is so interesting and amazing. *Q* i love how jinki's sort of the antagonist in here, and god, that smirk. i just can imagine him doing that bad boy smirk. keke. why do i think jonghyun's curse will be broken once the rest of them are free from their own? ah! but i really can't wait ^o^ please update soon! and i hope jinki gives more kisses to jjong. kekeke. always my favorite part. <3
Feb. 19th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
heehee i love evil jinki ^^ he's fun to write lol cause he's so not this dark in real life XD

you'll have to see how jonghyun's curse is broken. ;D hope you can wait for it!

thanks for reading!
Jul. 28th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Uhm, I was a bit confused when you switched from Kibum to Key. I thought I missed something again. You can't stop writing this, it's uber cool. It's really imaginative and in in inventive and totally unique. I would really like to read more.
Jul. 29th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
OOPS! i didnt even notice i did that lol. sometimes i write on autopilot and Jinki becomes Onew and Kibum becomes Key all over again even though i like writing them with their real names lol :P

i'll fix it later when its not 2am lol

and dont worry, im not going to give up on this story. i just needed to put it on hold because life was taking over :(

thank you for reading!
Jul. 29th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
I understand the name switching. I do that and also call Jonghyun a dinosaur too much... I also understand life taking over. I will continue reading when you have time to write more.
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