DEAD WOOD

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"Hodges has read that there are wells in Iceland so deep you can drop a stone down them and never hear the splash. He thinks some human souls are like that." 

– Stephen King, Mr. Mercedes

 

Kang Seulgi isn’t sure if she's playing the long game or giving up. At least, not until the wild, devil-may-care criminal profiler Jung Jaehyun bulldozes his way into her already broken life, dragging her back into a battle royale of crime, cold cases and corruption.

Jung Jaehyun is a man on a mission – a revenge plot without an end in sight. He makes an ally out of the weathered, tormented prosecutor Kang Seulgi because she’s convenient, but finds himself with a partner-in-crime to help him fight the ghosts of his –their– past.

main

 

"See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve." 

The Dark Knight

Jung Jaehyun. 32. Criminal profiler. Ex-Seoul Intelligence Agency.

 

"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones." 

– Stephen King

Kang Seulgi. 32. Prosecutor, Criminal Department III – Violent Crimes, Incheon DPO. Ex-Seoul DPO

supporting

 

Johnny Suh. 33. Prosecutor, Criminal Department III – Violent Crimes, Seoul DPO.

 

Kim Jungwoo. 32. Forensic pathologist, National Forensics Service.

 

Wendy Son. 32. Homicide detective, Seoul Metropolitan Police.

 

Nakamoto Yuta. 32. Cyber security officer, Seoul Intelligence Agency.

full cast

 

Prosecution.

Shim Changmin. 44. Attorney General, Seoul SPO.

Kim Joonmyun. 38. Prosecutor, Seoul DPO.

 

Police.

Son Hyunjoo. 50. Commissioner General.

Jung Yunho. 44. Deputy Commissioner General.

Byun Baekhyun. 36. Superintendent, Seoul Metropolitan Police.

Lee Donghae. 42. Head of the Violent Crimes Division, Seoul Metropolitan Police.

Moon Taeil. 34. Team leader, Seoul Metropolitan Police.

Mark Lee. 26. Homicide detective, Incheon Police.

 

Forensics.

Kim Minjong. 48. Director, National Forensics Service.

Shin Ryujin. 28. Forensic pathologist, National Forensics Service.

 

Others.

Byun Minsoo. 56. Minister of Justice.

Kim Jongin. 36. Occupation unknown.

Kang Doyoung.

Jung Soojung.

 

cases

 

case 01: unfortunate

Featuring: Choi Sooyoung, Kim Heechul, Lee Taeyong, Lee Jinki, Park Sunyoung, Amber Liu, Kim Kibum.

 

case 02: tbc

 

case 03: tbc

 

case 04: tbc

 

case 05: tbc

tracklist

 

1. Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran

2. Fate – Lee Sunhee

3. Evil – SHINee

TBC

Foreword

dead wood
Pairings: Jung Jaehyun x Kang Seulgi
Characters: Jung Jaehyun, Kang Seulgi; Johnny Suh, Wendy Son, Kim Jungwoo, Nakamoto Yuta
Genre/AU: Romance, Drama, Detective!AU, Mystery, Crime
Warnings : None
 
Author's note:
 
 
 
Hi guys, back here with a Jaehyun/Seulgi detective!au because I've just been dying to do one. As you can see, there will be individual cases, but there's also one overarching case that will stretch throughout the story. This story is much darker than my usual style, so you can expect lots of angst and generally a pretty dark theme. There'll be a lot of witty banter, but it'll definitely take on a more somber tone. I'm very squeamish and I won't describe things in a graphic way, hence the story isn't rated, but where it's rated I'll make sure to add the [M]. Oh, and also, I added some actors - Son Hyunjoo, Kim Minjong, Choi Minsoo (Byun Minsoo here, because he's Baekhyun's dad for story purposes). I'm aiming for ~40 chapters but we'll see, might be shorter/longer depending on the flow. Hope you're excited! Oh and also - dedicated to DIN for giving me the motivation to write this to begin with!
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Hi!!! Story has been changed to my JaeSeul detective!au "dead wood", hope you enjoy! First chapter out soon!

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Thatxx
#1
would literally sell my soul for u to update this plsss
luv_kero
2474 streak #2
Chapter 2: Oof, already, right off the bat, I am INTRIGUED by what's going on and my heart is also crying for both Doyoung and Seulgi. ㅠㅠ I'm guessing he didn't survive the bullet wound?? Which makes everything even sadder, knowing that Seulgi probably has MASSIVE PTSD from whatever that situation was. ;~;

But oh my, we're already meeting Jaehyun and of course he's a looker. :') But BRUH, if I didn't already know he was a criminal profiler from the foreword, my head would've spun itself into dizziness if he were a serial killer. x___x Even though it's spinning anyway, trying to figure out WHY he's calling himself a serial killer?! And wow, his portrayal here is SO different from your other fics and I am LOVING it!! He's such a wildcard, so unpredictable, with a different aura of mystery and confidence surrounding him and it's incredible how well it just FITS.

OK, THE FIRM CONFIRMATION THAT DOYOUNG IS DEAD MADE ME REALLY SAD. Poor guy, we barely knew him. :'( And yikes, these murders sound BRUTAL and I really hope justice gets served for these women. For the Gangnam-gu murders AND the Bupyeong-gu murder. >___< And oh my god, Jaehyun's declaration of love was so sudden and I feel just as baffled as Seulgi does, HAHA. Such an interesting character and I LOVE the chaos he's bringing, hehe XD There are going to be CRAZY mind games between Seulgi and Jaehyun, and my small and smooth brain is ready to be utterly confused by the 20,000 IQ mental chess games they'll be playing throughout the story. :')

But yeah, VERY curious to eventually learn why Jaehyun is so bent on working with Seulgi on this case. While the injustice of the situation is probably a fraction of the reason, I'm sure there's a bunch of layers to it, maybe connected to a larger case overall, with clues that'll possibly surface in relation to the Gangnam-gu murders as well?? He seems to know too much to NOT have information related to that case somewhere in that big brain of his, HAHA. :') But yeah, loving the quips they're already throwing at each other and I think their new partnership is going to be very fun to watch as the cases progress, hehe :D
minhoyyuri24 #3
Chapter 2: Please update ❤️
lucidtalk
12 streak #4
Congratulations ^^
Jang_Chaeri
#5
Chapter 2: WHY IS KANG SEULGI HERE SO HOT???????? I'm already in love with Seulgi's character. The strong, cold-headed with an angst past. I'm already excited for the relevation of her past.

AND JUNG JAEHYUNNNNNNN, my heart flipped because I really thought he was some sort of criminal who ended up repenting and coming back to the right path.

I'm so excited for more to come, candy 💗😍😍😍
Jang_Chaeri
#6
Chapter 1: I'm all about healing, slice of life stuff, but the squads in a detective!au? Then count me in 😍😍

My officially third favorite fictional squad, after Ssangmundong squad and 99's squad, is got to be these six people 💗💗💗💗💗 (gotta admit that it's also due to the fact that I'm familiar and loving these squads from "In the name of love")
Suphaleu #7
Chapter 2: I WAS SO CONFUSED HE WAS A KILLER BUT WAS HERE FOR IT BUT GOD YOU DO JAEHYUN SO MUCH JUSTICE
candypark #8
Chapter 2: really excited when I read this!!! I love the previous story but crime!au is just my thing aaaaa. Crime scene, catching up killers, solving clues, and starring by my Jaehyun and Seulgi??? How can I ask for more T_T

Again, you never failed candy. Love the tension of Jaeseul here! This chapter's pieces of puzzles already enthralled me! Looking forward with this one too loveeee
dinjin
#9
Chapter 2: OMG bestie what the hell not you ing snapping???? EXCUSE ME I WAS SO NOT EXPECTING THIS TO SERVE SO FREAKING HARD LIKE PLEASE OMG IM SOOOO EXCITED FOR THIS U WILL NOT BELIEVEEEEE !@#$%^$#@

FIRST THINGS FIRST, DOYOUNG???? HOW THE COULD U DO THIS HOW DARE U KILL HIM????????? omg doyoung seems to live rent free in her mind and i hope moving forward one of their cases will be doyoung's murder???? as u already know, i'm such a freaking er for characters that have these crazy backstories AND ALLOW THESE TO BECOME THEIR MOTIVES MOVING FORWARD. like from the get go you can see why the gangnam serial murders are important to seulgi??? also the whole notion of like cold cases too?? i LOVE THAT SHE'S NOT WILLING TO BACK DOWN ON A CASE THAT'S "COLD" BUT STILL ACTIVE - GOD HER CHARACTER IS ALREADY SO GOOD I LOVE IT SO MUCH???? i can already feel the tiny bursts of angst when shes thinking "doyoung would do this" "doyoung would say that" — OH MY GOD!!! but anyway omg you were so freakign clever to add that, i swear this story already has 723492 layers AND IM LIVING FOR IT WHAT???

ALSO JAEHYUN?????? I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM LIKE IDGAF ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE'S DEFINITELY ING CRAZY BC MANS IS SOOO INTERESTING AND HOT AND CHARISMATIC MEOW????? THE WAY HE PRETENDED TO BE YOONOH WAS A LITTLE WICKED AND LIKE SUDDEN AND SEULGI WAS READY TO ING BOLT HER WAY OUT OF THERE SKDFDSJJS like firstly i think jaehyun's character is sooo interesting fr he's so unapologetic about everything he does and it's clear that in a similar way to seulgi, he's quite passionate and driven and FOR SOME REASON I FEEL LIKE THIS NEW CASE MIGHT BE PERSONAL TO HIM??? OR MAYBE THERE'S JUST A REASON WHY HE WAS LEGIT WILLING TO DO ALL THAT JUST FOR SEULGI TO JOIN THE CASE??? ALSO WHY SEULGI?? IS IT BC SHE HAS A GREAT SUCCESS RATE OR SOMETHING? im so curious to find out bc i seriously don't NOT believe him when he says that he's been following her work bc that's quite plausible??? ANYWAY THIS STORY IS ALREADY SO INTERESTING AND I CANT BELIEVE IM ALREADY HOOKED UGH I LOVE THIS LIKE DETECTIVE AU AND YOUR WRITING WAS IMMACULATE TOO???? I WAS FREAKING BLOWN AWAY BY HOW QUICKLY U MANAGED TO PLAN FOR THIS STORY BUT LIKE THE WRITING HERE IS INSANE TOO??? I HONESTLY DONT KNOW HOW U MANAGE TO WRITE A CHAPTER IN JUST LIKE ONE NIGHT BASICALLY BUT ALSO MAKE IT INCREDIBLY SPECIFIC TOO? THE DETECTIVE AU IS LAID ON SOOO THICK HERE i dig it so much omg all your word choices were legit AMAZING and the flow of ur writing was of course CHEFS KISS TOO????? i really enjoy the way you made sure to leave JUST ENOUGH suspense and mystery (particularly w seulgi/doyoung) AN DI LOVE MARK TOO HEHE HE SEEMS LIEK SUCH A CUTE AND FUN CHARACTER IM SO CURIOUS TO SEE MORE OF HIS ROLE?!

i love how in this chapter we just get tiny glimpses into each character - THEY SUIT EACH OTHER SO WELL. they both seem really really intelligent (can i just say that seulgi noticing the photograph printing on the other side was so smart omg, i love that she was able to discern things despite the fact that the mans was legit being cray cray) and confident and they both hold their chins high - THEY MAKE SUCH A POWERFUL COUPLE. IM SO READY FOR THEM TO INVESTIGATE THIS CASE???? UGH ANYWAY I STILL CANT GET OVER THE TITLE I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH WOEIRUOWEIUROIUW ANYWAY BESTIE U DID SUCHA GOOD JOB HERE OOFT YOU FULLY ING SNAPPED!!!!!!