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1/3 - Infinite
The next morning, Naeun was awakened by the faint music of sparrows singing.
Her eyelids fluttered open as she turned to face the open window in her room. A few sparrows were perched up onto the windowsill, singing their beautiful song.
Instinctively, a small, sleepy smile graced her lips as she sat up. *…Where am I?*
She found herself to be back in Suho and Kai’s past bedroom. Her body was carefully tucked in the sheets. All the memories from yesterday came back to her and she recalled being on EXO Planet. *It seemed like my imagination was just playing a trick on me…* Naeun scratched her head and stretched her long limbs.
Then, all of a sudden, a lightbulb went off in her head. *Wait…* She blinked. *How did I get here last night? I don’t remember walking back to the room. All I remember is that I fell asleep on the roof.*
Naeun thought about that for a second. *Could it be the work of my angel…? Maybe he recalls who I am…* She found herself to believe it but then shook it out of her head.
Meanwhile, mother hen D.O was cooking an exquisite breakfast while Suho helped set the table. Sehun was still sleeping, Kai was playing a card game with Chanyeol, and Baekhyun was making coffee.
Kai turned around and saw Naeun first. A smirk overtook his lips, “Well, well. Who do we have here?”
Naeun made a face at him but said nothing more.
“Alas, the sleepyhead has finally woken up.” Kai continued as Chanyeol snickered, “Don’t too much.” He shared a quick glance with Baekhyun and winked at him, as if he knew one of his secrets. Baekhyun narrowed his eyes and furrowed his eyebrows, making a “shut up and zip it” motion with his hands.
Chanyeol was sure gonna tease Baekhyun more than ever.
“Good morning, Naeun-sshi.” Suho politely smiled, “Did you have a nice rest?”
Naeun carefully smiled back, “Yes. Good morning to you too.”
Suho seemed approving of her respectful behaviour and beamed.
*He’s like a prince.* Naeun thought, almost blinded by his bright smile. *Graceful, really.*
“You came right on time. Breakfast will be ready soon.” D.O called from the kitchen.
Chanyeol grinned, “Kyungsoo's cooking is amazing. It’s much better than Joonmyun hyung’s.”
*Kyungsoo—I’m guessing that’s D.O.* Naeun made a mental note.
Suho good-naturedly chuckled, “Yeah, that’s true. I can do basic stuff, but Kyungsoo’s more skilled in the kitchen than I am.”
*Joonmyun should be Suho, then.* Naeun mused to herself. “I see.” She unconsciously took a seat in front of Baekhyun as he handed a mug to her.
Naeun graciously took the mug and peered inside.
“It’s coffee.” Baekhyun supplied. “Thought you might want some to shake off the fatigue.”
Naeun gratefully smiled, “Thanks.”
Baekhyun’s gaze was gentle when focusing on her. *She has a gorgeous smile—wait, Byun Baekhyun, what are you thinking?! Ack! Don’t be such a creepy person first thing in the morning.* He mentally hit his head.
In the meantime, Naeun was gulping down the coffee when a loud cry of, “NAEUN!” came from the roof. She started choking on her drink in surprise and Baekhyun extended a hand to lightly hit her back.
Sehun quickly climbed down the ladder and appeared in the kitchen when he saw her. Baekhyun helpfully handed her a tissue as Naeun wiped , coughing.
“Sehun! What’s the matter? You startled her!” Baekhyun gave him a firm, disapproving look.
“Oops.” Sehun entered the kitchen, “Sorry.”
Naeun stopped her violent coughing and blinked at the maknae, “What did you… um… need?”
“Oh!” Sehun’s eyes widened. “I was just startled because I thought you had slept on the roof the whole night. I should’ve stayed up and carried you back into your room. You can catch a cold like that, you know.”
“You stayed up with her?” D.O glanced behind his shoulder with an eyebrow raised.
“Ooh, rendezvous. Maknae, you’re fast!” Chanyeol chortled.
Naeun tilted her head to the side, ignoring the other boys’ remarks, *So if Sehun wasn’t the one who brought me back, then who was it?* Naeun became engrossed in her thinking. She was convinced that it was her angel.
Baekhyun quietly sipped his coffee, recalling last night’s events.
*Ugh… I hate going to the bathroom at night…* Baekhyun thought as he traveled back to EXO-K’s room from the washroom.
As he was passing one of the hallways, he noticed that the ladder leading up to the rooftop was propped up and the big square on the wall was wide open.
*No wonder why it’s so cold.* He shivered and climbed up the stairs.
Poking his head out of the little opening, he spotted Sehun snoring away, his face visible in the moonlight. *So this is where he went off to.* He looked amused as he stood up.
At that moment, his eyes locked onto Naeun, who had her back facing Sehun’s back. Baekhyun slowly walked over to her and touched her shirt. *She’s still wearing it.* He gently smiled. *But… why is she with Sehun?* He warily glanced over at the maknae.
Baekhyun didn’t seem to like the idea of Naeun getting close with Sehun so fast. Deciding to leave Sehun there, he silently put his arms under Naeun’s legs and back, scooping her up.
With much difficulty, he managed to get her down the rooftop’s opening. *Darn. If I still had my wings, I would’ve been able to get her back to her room more efficiently.* He reached Naeun’s room and put her light body down on the bed.
Unknowingly, she moved in her sleep and cuddled up next to Baekhyun, who was sitting on her bed. Her arms found their way around his waist.
“…My an…gel…” She mumbled sleepily.
Baekhyun’s head snapped up. *So she remembers…*
Although he would’ve gladly laid down next to her and wrap his arms around her small body, he decided against it. Lightly pulling Naeun’s linked arms off of his waist, he pulled up the blanket and tucked her into the bed. She was cold, so he made sure to put an extra blanket on her.
Smiling at her sleeping figure, he took a hold of her hand and softly kissed the top of it.
*Sweet dreams, my Naeun…* He thought as he closed the door and left the room.
Baekhyun smiled secretively to himself while Chanyeol and Kai pulled Naeun to the living room.
Naeun noticed a framed picture on one of the shelves. It was a picture of twelve handsome boys—six of them being EXO-K. She studied the other boys’ faces. *They look… foreign…*
“Oh.” Chanyeol peeked over her shoulder. “That’s EXO-M.”
Naeun spun around in confusion, “EXO-M?”
“Yep.” He nodded, his frizzy hair bouncing in mid-air. “They’re our other half.”
She turned to Kai for a more detailed explanation. Kai spoke up first.
“As you know, we are fighter angels. We protect and guard Heaven from above, using our powers, strength and skills. It’s not only us six, though. There are 12 fighter angels in total. When we are together, we are known as EXO.” Kai explained. Naeun nodded.
“But we were divided into two groups: EXO-K and EXO-M. EXO-K consists of Suho hyung, Sehun, Chanyeol, D.O, Baekhyun, and me. Our other half, EXO-M, consists of their leader, Kris hyung, Luhan, Xiumin, Lay (or Yixing), Chen, and their maknae, Tao.” Sehun continued, pointing at each of their faces. “Everyone in EXO-M except Xiumin hyung and Chen hyung are Chinese.”
“I understand… But why were you separated? And why are you on EXO Planet while EXO-M are in Heaven?” Naeun was still puzzled.
Kai’s voice toned down into a whisper, “After someone in EXO-K did a forbidden thing, their wings were taken away. That’s the worst thing you could possibly do to an angel. It’s like de-ranking them. The rest of us said that if they had to punish him, we would get punished as well, so we were de-ranked and put on EXO Planet. We must stay here until that person is able to gain his wings back.”
“Who is this person? And what ‘forbidden thing’ did he exactly do?” Naeun wanted to know more. This could possibly make her guesses correct. Was she actually sent here for a purpose?
“Th—MMPF!” Chanyeol’s hand was slapped onto Kai’s mouth, disallowing him to speak. Naeun blinked at Chanyeol, who gave her a suave wink, “That’s a secret… for now.”
Before she could open to speak again, D.O called, “Breakfast is ready!”
*Shoot.* She snapped her fingers. Chanyeol just smirked. *I won’t let the cat out of the bag so easily.* He patted Naeun’s shoulder and dragged Kai off.
Without any other choice, she followed the two of them.
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