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Be Mine (Remix Ver.) - Infinite
Naeun’s eyes fluttered open early in the morning. Her eyelids were threatening to close on her, but she struggled to keep them open.
Beside her, a comforting, gentle hand caressed her cheek. She glanced over, ignoring the growing discomfort in her body, and softened when she saw Baekhyun smiling down at her.
Tears were welled up in his eyes. “Good morning, my Naeun.”
Naeun understood immediately. This was her last day to live. A churning feeling sunk into the pit of her stomach, making the pains worse.
Biting back a sob, she weakly smiled, “Good morning… my… Baekhyun.”
Baekhyun softened at her crackling voice and slid his hand on top of hers. His body language made her feel a little bit better. It told her that he would be by her side today, no matter what.
Naeun gazed at Baekhyun’s quivering lips.
“…Don’t cry…” She hummed, “Don’t… cry…”
Abruptly, he turned away from her and wiped his tears away. A moment passed, and he turned back to Naeun with a smile three shades too bright.
“Araso. I won’t…cry.” He grabbed a damp towel from her side-table and patted it on her forehead, which was breaking out in cold sweat. Naeun relished the moment.
“…Did you… stay here… the whole night…?” Naeun breathed, her voice suddenly wanting to give out. She felt exhausted, but her heart told her not to give in. *No. This is the last day. Please let me live it to the fullest. Don’t let me give up halfway…* Determination to last until the final moment of her life rose in her chest. She had to live, no matter how much it hurt her.
Baekhyun traced circles on the top of her right hand. “Yes, I stayed the night.” He tried to calm himself down first before making a joke. “You have quite a habit of talking in your sleep, you know.”
Naeun shot him a pointed look and he laughed. A sorrow filled her heart. *Maybe this will be the last time I’ll ever hear his laugh.* A thin smile took over her lips. She had to be strong, for him.
“Naeun-ah…?” Baekhyun began.
Naeun stared at him.
“Is there… anything you want to do today?” He questioned quietly. Naeun blinked in surprise. *He’s taking me out?*
“We can go anywhere you want today. Anywhere. Nothing is off limits.” He promised.
Naeun fully knew of his intentions to make her happy. She grinned, nodding. Baekhyun’s eyes twinkled, “What do you want to do? Tell me, and we’ll do it.”
“…F…” Naeun tried to say it, but it hurt to breathe.
“F…Fly…ing.” She murmured. “I want to fly.”
Baekhyun’s eyes widened in amazement for a second, but then he broke out into a small smile, “So you want to fly… do you?”
Naeun sent him a gaze filled with willpower. She nodded once.
Seeing Naeun lying in bed looking so powerless made Baekhyun doubt that she had enough strength to even walk three steps, but the determination in her eyes made him agree.
He softly smiled, “I’ll get your food and your pills. After you take another little rest, we can go.”
Naeun meekly smiled at him as he smoothed her forehead with his long fingers. *You’re such a strong girl. To think that I was the one that made you like this…* He felt a pang of guilt, but quickly pushed it away. *No. I can’t think like that. Naeun would be disappointed.* He pressed a quick kiss to her lips and worriedly gazed at her.
*I will keep you safe.*
Baekhyun came out of Naeun’s bedroom and made his way into the kitchen after she had eaten and taken the pills Lay had created for her.
A weary sigh escaped his lips as he put the tray down into the sink. *The last day… huh?*
Someone clapped their hand on his shoulder as he flinched and turned around. D.O was sadly smiling at him, “Is she… sleeping now?”
Baekhyun nodded. There was a solemn silence that rested in the kitchen, until Baekhyun glanced around.
“Where’s the others?” He asked. Only D.O was in the kitchen, while Sehun had gotten up from the living room and went to go see Naeun.
“They’re all either in their rooms or sitting outside.” D.O raised his chin to the window, showing a couple of the EXO members lying down on the grass, or sitting and staring at things. A numb, emotionless expression coated each and every one of their faces.
“…So they know about today, huh.” Baekhyun muttered. It wasn’t a question.
D.O started cleaning the bowls and the tray Baekhyun had put in the sink. “Mmhm. We all know. Lay told us.”
Another silence. This time, Baekhyun sat down on one of the chairs silently, watching D.O clean.
“You know, Baekhyun…” D.O glanced over at him and shut off the tap, “We all understand if you decide to give up your wings… for her. Do whatever it takes for her to stay alive and healthy. As long as you’re happy—“
“I know.” Baekhyun quietly said. D.O stared at him with his wide eyes in bewilderment.
“I know you guys are all on my side.” He clarified. “I want to give up my wings for her again. I really do. But she made me promise… She made me swear not to do that for her. I didn’t even know that she was sick, and she made me promise not to ever give up my wings for her, before I even found out. I don’t want to disappoint her, but on the other hand, she doesn’t want me to do something rash because she’s too much of a damn saint—“ Baekhyun stopped himself and took a deep breath before continuing, “…She’s worried, about us getting punished again in her place.”
D.O stared at him in sympathy. To be honest, he didn’t know what to do either.
“Tell me, Kyungsoo. What the hell am I supposed to do? I’m already out of time. She’s going to die. She doesn’t even know what she wants to be yet. She hasn’t even graduated high school. Naeun has so many dreams and potential to do something great in the course of her life, but now, she’s not even going to have an opportunity to do that. I don’t want… I don’t want—“ Baekhyun broke off mid-sentence and shut his mouth in fear that he would let out a sob.
“Baekhyun…” D.O murmured, hugging him in a brotherly manner. *Why does this have to happen to them? Their happiness only started not too long ago… Why to them?* Kyungsoo bit his lip, a sorrowful expression on his face.
“She’s not going to die.”
Baekhyun froze and slowly looked up to see the ten other EXO members. He gawked at them.
“We won’t let her die. Never.” Sehun stepped out and stared at Baekhyun, unwavering.
“Naeun… She’s become someone special to me… no… to all of us. She’s important. She’s family, hyung.” Sehun searched Baekhyun’s eyes. “Families always stay together. We’re not going to give her up, even if it means going against what we are.”
Baekhyun looked down, “Look… I appreciate it guys. But Naeun… She has no hope—“
“What’s gotten into you?!” Chanyeol pushed past the others and growled in frustration. “I thought you loved her!”
“I DO!” Baekhyun protested.
“…Then why aren’t you doing anything to help her live?” Luhan gently asked. Baekhyun turned to stare at the kind elder hyung.
“Yeah, Baekhyun hyung. You’re already concluding that she’s going to die.” Kai shook his head in disbelief.
Baekhyun furrowed his eyebrows, “But Lay said—“
“It doesn’t matter what I said.” Lay spoke up. “Baixian, don’t you think you need to believe in a miracle?”
“…Miracle…?” Baekhyun repeated.
“What we need is a miracle, gege.” Tao began to explain. “And we will make one, if we have to.”
Xiumin smirked, “Even if it costs us our titles as angels.”
“What are you saying…?” Baekhyun didn’t quite understand.
“It means that we are willing to give up our wings for Naeun, too.” Chen explained.
“Aren’t we a team?” Kris straightened up, smiling. “We’re a team, Baekhyun. We are one. We are EXO. If one of our members goes down suffering, we’ll all suffer too. Likewise, if you give up your wings for Naeun and end up getting punished, we will follow you.”
Baekhyun’s jaw opened a bit in stunned realization. “S-So you’re saying…”
“We’re saying that we’re all gonna give up our wings too, you doofus!” Chanyeol rolled his eyes. “I know you love Naeun. You’ve been moping around about it for the last bazillion years. If you love her, then save her, dammit! What’s more important? Naeun being disappointed in you, or Naeun being alive?”
“Chanyeol… Guys…” Baekhyun couldn’t believe his ears.
“We’ll save her. Together. After all, isn’t it our job as angels to protect what we cherish most?” Chanyeol broke out into a large grin.
Baekhyun wiped away his tears and smiled, nodding once.
“Well then? We’ll save her. No matter what it takes.” Suho clapped his hands happily.
“Guys… really. Thank you.” Baekhyun softened.
“No need to—“ Kai was suddenly cut off when a knock came from the door.
Everyone exchanged confused looks. No one came to their house, and they rarely had any visitors.
It was quiet until a loud, authoritative voice came from the other side of the door.
“We have been given orders to bring back both EXO-K and EXO-M, who have reclaimed their status as fighter angels and have been given back their wings around approximately one week ago. Please open the door and kindly come back with us, or else we will have to open this door by force.”
Kris’ eyes were wide, “Oh no. They’ve come faster than we’ve expected.”
“What, these goons want us to come back to Heaven with them?” Kai furrowed his eyebrows.
Xiumin nodded, “And fight altogether, protecting Heaven like we did before.”
“…No.” Baekhyun shook his head. “I won’t leave Naeun now. I can’t.”
Chanyeol beamed, “Then we’ve got your back.”
“What do we do about them?” Sehun murmured worriedly as he glanced at the door.
Suho smiled pleasantly. “Let them come. We’ll just fight back twice as hard.”
“Trust us, Baekhyun.” D.O straightened up with a hard look in his eyes. “We’ll be okay.”
Seeing that as his cue to leave, Baekhyun unleashed his wings and flew up the stairs as fast as he could to Naeun’s room. Getting her out of here, saving her life, and protecting her were his only goals now.
A loud boom from downstairs made him freeze, but he didn’t stop for long.
“We’ll be okay.” D.O’s voice rang in his head.
*They’ll be alright.* He continued moving until he reached Naeun’s room. He slammed the door open and saw Naeun staring back at him, scared and worried.
*She was probably shocked by the noise.* Baekhyun scooped her up into his arms and gritted his teeth, determined to save her.
Naeun was stunned. “B-Baekhyun oppa…”
“Keep the questions for later. Right now, I need to save your life.”
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