WOULD I LIE TO YOU? | stray kids smau
warnings: mention of blood, death, implying suicide
wc: 3.3k (texts after the written part)
You hesitated to respond to Felix's message that he needed to speak to you urgently. What could have happened at this hour? It was still early in the morning, couldn't he wait until evening to talk?
After about 20 minutes, your best friend knocked on the door. Opening the door, he had a nervous expression on his face. What was going on? Did you do something unknowingly? But if that was the case, Felix wouldn't have come home for it.
Felix was sure he's never felt this way before in his life. Doesn't know what to do, not sure what will happen between them after talking to his friend. On the other hand, you didn't understand why Felix was acting extra weird around like this. Felix, your best friend, since when has he been so on edge with you?
"So...What do you want to talk about?" You started talking to ease the tension in the room, but that seemed to make Felix even more nervous. What the fuck was going on?
"You know, 3 years ago, you went to therapy after 'that" thing happened." Felix studied his friend's face. When even mentioning the name of that event was destroying you so much, how was it going to keep the conversation going?
You just nodded. What could this have to do with it?
"Oh...Well..." He hesitated for a moment. "Your brother's death seemed very abnormal to me, so I did something." Felix said suddenly as if he had done the simplest thing in the world.
"Like what?" You frowned.
"I got a job in a private place. You can think of it like a detective, but it was mostly illegal in the beginning."
What the hell? You stared at Felix with your mouth open. Is he asking you for help now that he is in trouble by getting involved in illegal business? No way, Felix was never that kind of person, you thought to yourself. Just when you was about to ask what he meant, Felix interrupted you.
"And then, I met a lot of people. People like me who have lost very valuable people in their lives and who find it strange somehow and want to solve it."
"Doesn't this thing you told only happen in movies?"
Felix smiled. "I thought so too at first. However, the situation was completely different."
Felix remembered those days like it was yesterday. How could he forget? It was as if he had experienced what people went through. He had seen it himself, but everyone there seemed to share each other's pain. It was such a place, everyone was like each other's family. No one knew what to do first. Later, someone who had been a detective before started talking. He said he knew how these things were and would help everyone in any way he could. And he had. Kim Mingyu, the current lead detective, Felix's boss and his brother-like friend.
In turn, everyone was telling about the things they had experienced, and then a common solution was tried to be found and they've all solved, was thanks to everyone's trust and support for each other. Felix couldn't find anything for Jung Sunghoon, Y/N's brother, but it still felt good to be able to do something for others. Because of this, he had been secretly trained and became the detective. At first he didn't have faith in himself that he would do it, but as time passed, he succeeded, thanks to the people around him. But of course, it was all thanks to Kim Mingyu. Without him, Felix wouldn't be here. If you told anyone about this, they would probably laugh and not believe it, but it was the truth. Felix has been doing this job for 4 years. And now it was time to reveal this secret to his best friend, because they were supposed to help each other.
"Anyway, something happened and someone said we should do it professionally and legally." Felix looked at his friend, he studied her facial expressions. "You know this person, by the way."
"What? Who?" Who could it be? The other people at the school couldn't be. Probably someone older than Felix but you don't know anyone, except one person. Mingyu?
"Is it the friend you brought to my house three weeks ago? The person I call handsome?"
Felix smiled, he was sure that his friend would know immediately. Nothing could escape your notice. "Yeah. Thanks to him, I started doing this job and I enjoyed it. We've done a lot in these past years and then it's Hwang Jia's turn." Felix smiled at your surprised face, you looked pretty innocent right now. "Your best friend."
You froze. You looked at Felix in shock. How could he learn this? It was impossible, how could he know when even her brother didn't know this? You never made it clear that you were her friend, how could that be? You kept this a secret from everyone, and you didn't tell anyone until today.
Felix shifted slightly from his seat, approached you, and gripped your hands tightly. "I know you're wondering where I learned it, I'll explain it all, don't worry. But first, can you tell me about your friendship with her?"
As Felix's words swirled in your mind, you remembered the first day you met Jia. After your brother's death, it was like your world had come crashing down on you. Because your parents were so worried about you, they asked you to seek professional help. You objected at first, you didn't want to. That's why you would go there reluctantly for a while and come home without answering any questions, not even making eye contact with anyone. However, one day, while sitting alone in the garden again, you met someone. She was someone your age, she had a pretty face, the clothes she wore suited her very well. At first you were a little hesitant to speak, but in the end you took the first step. Sometimes you would think about this moment and think that it's good that you started talking. Because if you hadn't said anything, you would never have met your best friend. That's what Jia said, "I would never have been able to talk to you if you hadn't said anything to me first. And I wouldn't have met someone as wonderful as you, thank you for letting me get to know you."
As time passed, you and Jia got closer, you looked forward to going to therapy. This situation did not go unnoticed by your family, you did not close yourself in your room for days like before, and you did not cut off your connection with everyone. You had a smile on your face, the sadness in your eyes was gone, albeit a little. However, this was not the same for Jia. She was still suffering from the same troubles, getting more and more unhappy every day. Jia had told you everything, you knew who Changbin is, who Chan is long ago. You had a great hatred for people you didn't know. And that hatred was not gone now, you still hated them like crazy. You couldn't understand why they treated her like this. That's why you tried to get close to Changbin, but the information you got was zero. Who would tell old memories to someone they just met anyway?
"That's it. This is our story."
Felix was silent for a moment, thoughts swirling in his mind. How did she access the evidence Jia was talking about? What kind of evidence was that? Bang Chan was now serving his sentence as a culprit, was there more? Most importantly, would you agree to cooperate with them? If Felix knew you even a little bit, you would be happy to help. But would it be so now?
"Understood, thanks for sharing it with me. I want to ask one more thing."
You nodded, you knew your friend had tons of questions. "Go on."
"I won't say who it is but someone said something about you have evidence regarding Jia's case."
You remained silent, you knew you could trust Felix with your whole life. But you weren't sure if you were confident enough to share what he said.
"What will you do with them?"
What will you do with them? You were waiting for the right time, but as you waited, something made you feel wrong. It has been about 5 months since the incident, how long would you wait? For now, only Bang Chan was serving his sentence, but there was more to it. When would it be Changbin's turn, or Seungmin's? Or to others? You were frightened by what people would think of you for hiding them for so long. Would you be able to look at Hyunjin's face? Would this friendship with him still be alive after hearing what happened? What about Minho? What would he think of you? You were not ready for these.
"I don't know. I promised to give them when the time came," You said with a sigh, this situation was bothering you now. "But it feels like that time has already passed."
Felix thought for a moment. Has time really passed? He didn't think so, he thinks they still have that time. However, all he knew was that this truth would be a shocking truth for anyone. He wondered what Hyunjin's attitude would be towards his friend, he wondered about this a lot. He knew Hyunjin likes Y/N, just like Minho do. Who knows how these two would react after learning the truth. Still, he knew that no matter what, everyone would understand, especially those two. However, for sure, it would still take them a long time to get used to the reality.
"I think you should hand them over first. Later, the facts will already be revealed one by one." Felix smiled, patted his friend's shoulder for support. "Don't worry, I will always be by your side. So are the others."
You nodded. "Okay, I'm going to do it. I can no longer lie to anyone. I don't think Jia would want me to lie to her brother and friend either."
You were so nervous.
You didn't let Felix's hand go for a second, having him by your side gave you strength. You were sitting in a room waiting for a person called Mingyu. And others, Felix said so. You had no idea who the others were. Felix turns to look at you, a smile on his face. I'm with you, don't be afraid, we will solve this together, I got your back. That was the reason behind the smile. And you couldn't be more grateful for that.
The door suddenly opened and two men entered. You already knew one, but the other looked very familiar. It was like you saw it somewhere, but you couldn't make it out. They both sat across from you, holding coffee and cake. After handing you your coffee, Mingyu looked at you with a smile on his face.
"How have you been?"
You took a sip of coffee. "I'm fine. I am nervous."
He smiled understandingly and leaned back, taking a sip of his coffee. "Don't be. We understand why you're hiding these, of course, we won't judge you."
After all, they were hiding something, too. Wasn't that their job anyway? Revealing the truth by hiding things. At least that's what you knew, you didn't know how they worked. While you were lost in your thoughts, you felt that the man sitting next to Mingyu was looking at you intently. The man smiled politely at you when you looked up and made eye contact for a moment.
"Long time no see, Y/N. Do you recognize me?"
You frowned, this man was not familiar to you in any way, but he was also familiar. "I don't, sorry."
The man smiled again. "I used to live in the same neighborhood as you. We were very good friends with your brother."
You looked carefully at the man's face again. Likewise, that man looked at you the same way. For a moment you seemed to remember.
"You were young, maybe that's why you don't remember. I'm Ten, by the way. I used to go to your house a lot."
"Ten? My brother's friend from the dance club?"
The man, Ten, nodded. He seemed glad that you had known him. "Yes, that's me. I'm glad we could see each other again after many years."
You smiled and took another sip of your coffee. So what was this man doing here? Has he been doing it for years or has he been doing it since the same time as Felix? You had a lot of questions. Felix watched this moment with excitement. In the end, he wouldn't have to lie to you. He introduced you to all his friends. Except for one person. He didn't know how you would react to him. The door suddenly opened, Felix looked up to see who it was and he saw that the person he had just thought had arrived. He reflexively turned to Y/N and realized how shocked she was.
You were confused because Seungmin came in. What the hell was Seungmin doing here? Was this a prank or something? Jia's boyfriend, Han Jisung's friend, what the fuck was he doing here? So the person you've been blaming for so long was actually helping everything from the start?
Seungmin nervously sat down on the chair next to Ten. He had reconstructed this moment many times in his head, thinking many times of what he would say when he saw her. However, he had never thought that he would be this nervous. Mingyu smiled silently, this clearly amused him.
"What amazing things are happening today, right?" Ten rolled his eyes at that sentence, knowing that two certain people weren't in a position to make a joke. Cautiously, he nudged Mingyu's arm, as if asking him to speak properly.
Mingyu cleared his throat. "I mean, surprising because I'm sure Y/N didn't expect to see Seungmin here. Right?"
You nodded, no matter how much you think about this situation, you wouldn't even think that it would come true. “Yeah, I was really surprised. Were you all together from the start?"
"No," Felix replied. "If you mean Seungmin. He joined us later, I convinced him."
You nodded again, you had a lot to wonder about but guess today was not the time.
“We know there are things you're wondering about, but we'll talk more about them. Let's listen to you now because Felix told us something."
Felix held her hand tightly, it was giving you strength to have him by your side. You looked at him and smiled and he did the same.
“I talked a lot about this with Jia." You sighed, you remembered those days. What a difficult time they were. "I said that we should report them, I mean, Chan and Changbin, or at least tell her family. Many times as well, but she didn't listen to me because she said she was accumulating evidence."
"What kind of evidence and how did she do it?"
"For example, she sent me all his conversations with Changbin in the first place." You cleared your throat, remembering those conversations made you feel bad. "They didn't have a very good communication towards the end anyway."
"What about Chan?" Ten asked.
"Chan… He was really weird. Sometimes he texted Jia, sometimes he cursed in paragraphs, sometimes he wrote good things as if he was in love with her or at least they were friends. Sometimes he would send her videos."
You sighed, remembering Chan, remembering those videos was killing you. Until now, you thought such people would be in the movies, but until you got to know him.
"What kind videos? While jerking off or something?"
You stopped, think about how to say it. How could Jia endure seeing them every day when it was hard for you to even think about? How strong she was.
"I think they were videos taken from the internet, I'm not sure. Usually all the videos were bloody videos. Someone was torturing someone, beating them until they killed them. It was that kind of video."
"He was sending these videos and telling which of them he liked the most. And he said he dreams of doing it to her one day."
You heard Seungmin gasp, felt Felix's hand, which was trapped in your palm, tremble. You squeezed for support, wanted him to remember you were here.
"Alright... Is there more? Like other people?"
"Jeongin? The one who is Hyunjin's friend?"
You nodded. You knew everyone was shocked. You were once like them. You couldn't believe it.
"He also hated Jia. Maybe he still does."
Seungmin was listening to you in shock. He more or less knew the other two but where did Jeongin come from? Jeongin and Hyunjin were inseparable, how could he have a problem with his sister?
"What did he do?"
“It was when Jia went to therapy. Since she was always unhappy, her family was also affected by this situation. Hyunjin was also affected, that's why Jeongin I think has built up hatred towards her."
"Because Hyunjin is his close friend?" Felix asked, the answer was already obvious.
"It could be said so. He said that Hyunjin suffered a lot because of her one day. And he said that if she doesn't want her family to suffer because of her anymore, she has to find a solution."
"What's the solution? Killing herself?"
You nodded. Yang Jeongin had asked her for this. He even wished. "Yeah. He said that if she did that, that is, if she killed herself, her family would forget about her and suffer no more."
"What the fuck?" Seungmin said suddenly. He couldn't believe what he was hearing.
Ten rubbed Seungmin's back. He understood his anger and confusion. You looked at Seungmin apologetically. You knew that this thing hurt him just as much as it hurt you.
"You have it all, down to the videos, right?" Mingyu asked, this evidence would be of great use to them.
"Yeah," You let go of Felix's hand and pulled the usb drive out of the bag, handed it to Mingyu. "It's all here. Hope it helps."
Mingyu smiled and took the usb drive. "Don't worry, I'm sure it will be of great help. Thanks to you, we have another suspect. And for some reason I felt like we finally found that person."
These words startled you. Could Yang Jeongin really be the person who had been wanted for months? Even the thought of that was terrifying. If so, how would Hyunjin react to it, how could he bear it? This was a terrible situation. You wanted the killer to be found immediately, but the thought of this person being Jeongin made you nervous.
Mingyu looked at the clock, it was time to get to work. He had to go through the documents one by one, the sooner he started the better. He stood up slowly and everyone looked at him.
"Now is the time to start. Anyone want to join me?"
Ten smiled. "I think you should work alone for today because the four of us have a lot to talk about."
Felix nodded in agreement. "Agree."
"I don't think you need to stay here."
"And why is that?" Felix turns to you, his smile widening. "I'm here as Y/N's emotional support."
Mingyu sighed, he couldn't argue with Felix right now. "Okay. Don't talk until it's too late. We have a lot of work tomorrow."
"Yeah, boss. Good luck!" Ten said in a sarcastic tone. He was obviously enjoying this situation.
"I'd love to help you so much, but you know..." Seungmin said in the same tone. It was the first time since he had arrived that he was this cheerful.
"Good luck, I guess." You said it calmly, but you couldn't hide the amusement in your voice. It was so much fun playing with him.
Mingyu shook his head, quickly left the room. He couldn't deal with it any longer, he had a lot to do.
He had a smile on his face as he walked into his room. A sweet, warm smile. Because he had four separate troubles now.
But he loves them all very much.
episode 28: his angels
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୫ description: with the sudden death of a student at jyp university, cops and detectives try to find the killer. at the same time, students who are new to the school find themselves in these events. can friendships, brotherhoods, lovers still stand strong despite the lies, complexities and secrets?
୫ pairings: skz member(s) x fem!reader