SJ Fic: A Good Run of Bad Luck 7A/?
Genre: AU, Gen, Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Minor Fluff, Crack
Pairing: Various [in this chapter: Heechul/Tiffany, Ryeowook/Sooyoung, Minho/Krystal, Siwon/Yoona, One-sided!Kangin/Taeyeon, Implied!Changmin/Seohyun]
Characters: Super Junior + M, So Nyeo Shi Dae, f(x), SHINee, Dong Bang Shin Ki, SM The Ballad, TRAX, assorted SM Entertainment people
Story warnings: Violence, Death (non-main characters)
Summary: [Superpowers AU] Nine years ago in a crooked town, crooked people slept, watched over by the crooked police. Many crooked people in this crooked town were gaining supernatural powers, although nobody knew why, and Leeteuk, the Young Senior Inspector in charge of the town’s crooked police, thought there should be a master-list of all of their powers under record to use when identifying criminals. Unfortunately for Leeteuk, crooked people never were likely to divulge their secrets to crooked policemen. Nine years on and the police are less crooked, but the crooked people still aren’t willing to divulge their secrets—until their own are in danger.
Prologue Day One Day Two Day Three Day Four Day Five Day Six
--- JUNGSU ---
Senior Inspector Park Jungsu is having a busy, bad day.
He’d barely slept, and then woken up this morning knowing that some of his town’s girls are missing and he doesn’t know who or where they are. Breakfast was a quiet affair, just the three of them, eating silently. He and Mi had barely had an appetite, but they knew they had to eat to keep their strength up. Kyuhyun had eaten what they hadn’t been able to finish.
For some reason, when they’d got home yesterday, Kyuhyun was still there, playing a Wii game with Jinki, and didn’t appear to have phoned or emailed anyone—Jungsu had had phone and internet records traced. He is actually fairly impressed. Kyuhyun seems to be loyal enough and that goes against everything he knows about criminals; they never avoid chances to escape, so why had he? Jungsu is suspicious; it must be for some other reason, unless maybe Mi is really good with him, or something, and he doesn’t want to leave. Jungsu hasn’t asked. Today is the sixth day Kyuhyun’s been with them. Maybe he just doesn’t want to be back with his father. Jungsu wouldn’t, either.
After breakfast, Jungsu had allowed Mi, with Kyuhyun, to come with him to the station, knowing how stressed Mi is. Once they’d arrived, Kyuhyun had sat in the chair they’d placed him in and not said a word for most of the morning, simply tugging on Mi’s shirt when he wants his attention. Jungsu is grateful for the silence. It allows him to think about everything. They spend the morning studying the disappearances of the few girls they are aware of. Jinki and Jongwoon, with help of lower assistants, had spent part of the night coming up with evidence, scouring security cameras, and tracing calls and emails. They honestly couldn’t find much. These girls appear to have vanished into thin air. They don’t understand it.
As the day progresses, more and more boys and men turn up to talk about their missing girlfriends, sisters, colleagues, students and friends. Jungsu keeps them in separate rooms at first as he, Jaejoong, Jinki and Jongwoon flit between the rooms with tea and notepads, but at some point around two in the afternoon he decides that it would make more sense to bring them all together, until there are twenty-six people, including Jaejoong, his staff, Mi and Kyuhyun, in the room.
The first people to arrive are the two people who had spent the previous day with Jongwoon. Their names are Kim Ryeowook and Choi Minho. Minho is the brother of one of the missing girls and Ryeowook the boyfriend. Ryeowook is the louder one, who barged in first with his arms folded. He’s short and the kind of person who would seem unthreatening if he wasn’t quite so angry.
“Find Sooyoung,” he demands.
Minho, on the other hand, is tall and has tear tracks down his cheeks. He tries to look stoic and hide in plain sight, but his height makes it impossible for him. He does manage to choke out that his girlfriend, Soojung, is also missing before freezing again. Jungsu orders Jinki to bring him some tea and sits him near Kyuhyun for five minutes in the hope that it’ll calm him down to be near someone young, before moving him and Ryeowook into their first interview room.
Following Ryeowook and Minho is Mi’s friend Geng, accompanied by his best friend Shin Donghee. Donghee explains, business-like, that Hyoyeon’s missing as Geng is too busy sniffling all over Mi to make a coherent sentence. Mi sniffles over him in return whilst he laments about Sunyoung. Kyuhyun seems to avoid even looking at Geng. He keeps his arms folded tightly. Geng doesn’t appear to notice.
Jungsu feels like if he moves Geng, Mi will get even worse, so he allows Geng and Mi to cry in the corner even though it’s a bit disruptive. Jaejoong sends him glares constantly but he ignores them; what else can he do? Donghee sighs and sits down next to Jongwoon and asks if he can help. Jungsu’s nodded before he can even think, and then nods to the two crying men. Donghee sighs again and crosses to them. “Geng-hyung…”
After this, there’s a twenty minute pause where Jaejoong and Jinki assign themselves to talking to their visitors before Sungmin arrives with his brother Kim Kibum, Kibum’s best friend Shim Changmin, and a man called Jung Yunho, who appears to also be a professor and seemingly just there for moral support, in tow. The boys both stop upon entering the class and point at Kyuhyun. “Kyuhyun!” Kibum exclaims.
Changmin is just a second after him. “Damn, you’re here? We heard you were shadowing but…?”
Kyuhyun shrugs, brings a leg up so his chin is resting on his knee, and produces a cocky grin. Jungsu blinks at him in utmost surprise, and he can see Mi’s wet eyes bugging. “It’s pretty cool, you know,” Kyuhyun says airily, and even the tone of his voice is slightly different. Mi had told Jungsu of Kyuhyun’s quiet but cocky and sarcastic university personality but seeing it for himself makes him extremely surprised.
“Why are you guys here?” Kyuhyun asks them, and Kibum and Changmin look at each other for a second before Changmin replies.
“Joohyun,” he says, kind of softly. “We can’t find her. It’s okay, we’ll find her. I mean I know you liked her but she and I, after you left—”
Kyuhyun blinks at him repeatedly before tilting his head back and obnoxiously guffawing. Jungsu glares at him for disturbing the peace until he quietens. “No, I think you have it wrong. She liked me.” He shudders. “Eww, girls,” he mumbles.
His friends’ eyes widen. “Oh, wow,” Kibum says. “I had no idea you were gay. No wonder.”
Kyuhyun jerks as if he had hit him. “What? No, no, I—” He sounds slightly panicked.
Kibum crosses the room and hugs him in a weirdly effeminate way to stop the babbling. “It’s okay,” he says, and Kyuhyun quietens, resting his forehead lightly on Kibum’s chest.
Changmin watches the entire exchange with confusion written over his face. Sungmin, who’s watching Changmin, smirks. Yunho just looks confused. This almost confirms for Jungsu that he’s definitely just here for moral support, and probably for Sungmin, although Sungmin doesn’t appear to be shaking at the seams.
Jungsu also feels like banging his head against a brick wall, or his desk. He doesn’t understand kids.
After he moves Sungmin, Yunho and the boys to another interview room, upon which Kyuhyun collapses back into himself to everyone’s bemusement, Choi Siwon turns up.
“My sister’s missing,” he begins, quite grandly. Standing, he fills the doorway and he commands the attention of the room even without asking. “Also, Yoona.”
Jungsu doesn’t even blink, he just says, “I’ll take you to an interview room.”
Because of this, he misses Kim Youngwoon’s arrival, which is apparently dramatic and involves a lot of tears. His companion, Park Yoochun, is serious and careful with his words, and causes no problems at all.
“Leeteuk,” Youngwoon whimpers. “Leeteuk, Taeyeon’s missing.”
“Don’t use that name,” Jungsu finds himself almost snapping. “I’m Jungsu, Youngwoon. Jungsu. I left him behind a long time ago.” He’d been polite last time, but not now. Now he’s angry and he doesn’t want to be reminded of that.
“Why? Just because—?”
“If you finish that sentence,” Jungsu interrupts, tiredly, suddenly weary to his bones. He doesn’t finish, but the incomplete threat must be powerful because Youngwoon just slumps to the ground as if he’s been hit. He’s a big man, burly and muscled but not as in shape as Siwon, so the effect is almost comical, but nobody laughs. Yoochun simply loops an arm around him and pulls him to his feet. Kyuhyun stares openly in shock.
“Qian, too,” Yoochun says, and, after a pause, probably because of shock, both Mi and Geng start crying again. Kyuhyun stops looking shocked and instead looks like he hates both of them.
Jungsu stops thinking and starts working purely on instinct.
Jungsu doesn’t know the next few people who turn up, but Kyuhyun knows one of them, a Chinese boy called Henry Lau. He’s with three others; a boy his age or younger called Kim Kibum, but more effeminate than their other one, and two older named Lee Hyukjae and Kim Junsu. They are all shaky and appear to have been crying recently, although Henry and the other Kibum seem to be leaning towards anger.
“Our girlfriend is missing,” Henry finally manages, clutching Kibum’s hand, and Jungsu blinks once at our and then decides it doesn’t matter and he doesn’t care.
“And our friend Yuri,” Junsu adds, and he wraps an arm around Hyukjae when he starts shaking and turns to Jungsu, his eyes pleading. Help us, his eyes seem to say.
By this point, Jungsu is almost completely out of interview rooms. He escorts them to the last one and rubs his eyes and temples, hoping that they’re the last.
He isn’t in luck. A man named Lee Donghae arrives on his own ten minutes later. “Jessica and her sister, Soojung, are missing,” he says quietly.
Jungsu thinks for a moment before trying to work out where he’s heard the name Soojung before. It takes him a minute before he shoots out, “Is she dating a boy called Minho?”
Donghae nods twice. “Do you know him? Have you seen him?” he asks, somewhat eagerly.
“He’s with a man named Ryeowook,” Jungsu says, and Donghae demands to be taken to them.
At least he won’t take much room, Jungsu thinks, and waves Jongwoon over.
The final group, although Jungsu does not know they are the last for quite some time, arrive later in the afternoon; four people including two boys who are probably the same age as Sunyoung. They introduce themselves as Kim Heechul, Kim Jonghyun, Lee Taemin and Cho Jinho. Jungsu doesn’t recognise them, and neither does anyone else in the room, although Kyuhyun turns his head away from Jonghyun when he sees him, and doesn’t look at Heechul once, and Geng gets a funny look on his face when he sees Heechul. Heechul also doesn’t look at either of them. Jinho opens his mouth to say something when he sees Kyuhyun, but Jonghyun nudges him in the ribs unsubtly.
Jungsu is suspicious, even though he doesn’t know anything about them or who they are. And yet, the name Heechul hovers in his mind. He’s sure he’s heard it before—not like Soojung which he’d heard recently, but a long time ago, maybe even in his teens.
Heechul’s been explaining the situation with his missing girlfriend, Miyoung, when he gets it. Heechul’s hair is different than he remembers, and he’s older and bearded but incredibly well dressed, but he gets it. Cinderella. The third person who was in his and Youngwoon’s group all those years back in school. How had he forgotten? Youngwoon has been saying Leeteuk all day, after all.
There are not many other people who know that he’s Leeteuk. He hopes Heechul doesn’t remember.
He keeps the final group in the main room. Kyuhyun tugs on Mi’s arm five minutes in and they leave to go somewhere. After he’s gone, Jinho and Taemin seem to relax a little.
Jungsu questions them about Heechul’s girlfriend until he realises, some point ten to fifteen minutes later, that there’s no point talking to everyone separately when they all had something in common, and he recalls them all from the interview rooms. This brings them to now, with all of them sitting in a circle.
Well, technically there are twenty-six people in the room, but there are only twenty-five chairs, because Ryeowook, at some point in the room with just Minho and Donghae for company, appears to have shrunk to the size of a fist. Apparently this has never happened before. Jungsu knows this because Ryeowook is sitting on his shoulder with his arms folded in annoyance, and is jabbering away at one hundred words per second. Jungsu reckons he’s partially angry because both Minho and Donghae refused to hold him out of fear. Jungsu is manly. He can take anything; including a tiny screaming man.
There are quick introductions for those who don’t know each other, although a lot of them seem to be mutual friends already. Those who aren’t seem to find quick ways to get acquainted and nobody is rude or the slightest bit impolite, which shouldn’t need to be clarified in a room of adults but Jungsu’s seen things in his time as a policeman. This includes adults scrapping like children. Anything can happen.
After this, everyone settles down to discuss their missing girls. Jungsu has the Twins take notes on everything said in case there’s something he can work with and mostly fades out. He didn’t get much sleep yesterday.
Five minutes into zoning out, there’s a crash into the back of his chair and sharp pain as Ryeowook grabs his hair to stop himself from falling off. Jungsu turns to face his attacker, and discovers it’s a wobbling table. He heaves a great sigh. Jongwoon, sensing the cue, drops his pad of paper—his pen starts drawing hearts happily over the notes, which Jungsu thinks is somehow probably not Jongwoon’s doing—and rushes over to the table, shoelaces flapping.
Junsu gasps and nudges Henry. Everyone turns to face him. “I saw this!” Junsu exclaims. “I saw it, right Hengli?”
“He has premonitions,” Henry explains. Everyone nods with understanding, except Hyukjae, who frowns a little, seemingly confused. He pouts a little at Junsu, who doesn’t notice.
“I saw all of this,” Junsu continues. He sighs. “I wish I could see useful things.”
Jungsu shrugs. “It’s always the way,” he says, trying to be comforting, and his buzz rings. He thinks this is unfair. Softening the truth is not really lying.
But this isn’t getting work done. “Alright, let’s do this,” he mutters to himself decisively, and fetches more paper and pens.
Twenty minutes later and the wandering table is still once more and they have a list of all the girls they are aware are missing, which involves Sungmin mentioning that he hasn’t seen a girl called Sunkyu in a few days, and Donghee bursting out that she’s his cousin.
The list states their names, ages, where and when they were last seen, and who last saw them. There are also powers listed for all the girls who have them, which is everyone except Sooyeon, although none of Jinri’s friends had actually been aware she even has a power. Siwon mutters it’s for everyone’s own good that he’d told her not to tell anyone, or even use it unless it’s an emergency.
“When it’s absolutely necessary,” Siwon says to the room at large. “I told her to use it only then.”
The list, when complete, and written in Jungsu’s neat Hangeul, looks like this;
Song Qian (24); Park Yoochun, 9pm, her home (sitting room), Telepathic
Kim Taeyeon (22); Kim Youngwoon, 6pm, heard by Park Yoochun, 8pm, her home (kitchen), Sings so people’s eardrums rupture
Jung Sooyeon (21); Lee Donghae, 7pm, her home (front door)
Lee Sunkyu (21); Kim Kibum, 12pm, home (sitting room), Controls & creates plants
Hwang Miyoung (21); Kim Heechul, 4pm, her home (front door), Heals wounds
Kim Hyoyeon (21); Han Geng, 5pm, work (lobby), Sees auras
Kim Yuri (21); Lee Hyukjae, 11pm, home (her bedroom), Super-attraction
Choi Sooyoung (21); Kim Ryeowook, 10pm, work (the kitchen), Can eat anything
Im Yoona (20); her manager, 7pm, her home (front door), Doesn’t need to sleep; is always refreshed
Seo Joohyun (19); her parents, 9pm, her home (kitchen), Can always find missing objects/people
Liu Yiyun (Amber Liu) (18); Liu Xianhua (Henry Lau), 12am, home (his bedroom), Can turn into a boy
Park Sunyoung (17); Park Jungsu, 9pm, home (sitting room), Senses emotions
Choi Jinri (17); Choi Siwon, 11pm, home (her bedroom), Can borrow other people’s powers
Jung Soojung (16); Choi Siwon, 11pm, home (with Jinri), Knows people’s worst fears & and uses them
Jungsu asks if it’s correct, mutters, “I wish Joohyun-sshi was here,” and then asks for an honest list of all the men in the room’s details.
“I know you may not want to give us that information,” he says, “but, believe me, it may come in especially handy when we search for the girls. We may need more of your help and your talents.”
“We’re searching too,” Youngwoon says, having calmed down somewhat. Yoochun nods.
“Us, too,” Changmin adds, gripping Kibum’s wrist, and everyone else in the room nods.
“We want to help,” Junsu says. “We’ll do what we can.”
“There are too many of us,” Jungsu says. “I can’t take everyone. I’m sorry. It needs to be a small group so as to not attract attention.”
At this moment, Heechul stands. “I,” he begins, in a rather grand way, “can help with that. My power will allow all of us to travel without being noticed. I don’t want you to find Miyoung without me being there immediately.”
“Is it invisibility?” Jungsu asks, somewhat interested. Heechul didn’t have a power when he knew him, but, then again, neither did Jungsu. “Invisibility would be incredibly useful.”
Heechul shakes his head. “No, it’s even better,” he says. “But you could say it’s similar.” He doesn’t elaborate.
There’s a pause before the silence is broken by Yoochun. “I’ll fill in about myself,” he says. “I can’t speak for everyone, but I want to help in any way I can. If informing you about my power will help, I will do it.” Junsu nods in agreement, as does Hyukjae.
Jungsu gives everyone separate pieces of paper to preserve some anonymity, and then collects them once all the men and boys have jotted down their information.
This list, once collected, looks like this;
Park Jungsu (27), Lie detector
Kim Heechul (27), Undetectable
Han Geng (27), Controls wind
Kim Jongwoon (26), Makes things come to life
Kim Youngwoon (26)
Shin Donghee (25), Controls earth
Lee Sungmin (25), Controls minds
Kim Jaejoong (25), Controls sound
Jung Yunho (25), Teleports
Lee Hyukjae (25), Bulletproof
Choi Siwon (25), Super-strength
Zhou Mi (24), Creates light
Park Yoochun (24), Never misses anything (throwing/sports)
Lee Donghae (24)
Kim Junsu (24), Premonitions
Kim Ryeowook (23)
Kim Kibum (23), Controls fire
Cho Kyuhyun (23), Controls technology
Shim Changmin (23), Telekinesis
Liu Xianhua (Henry Lau) (21), Puts people to sleep with music
Lee Jinki (21), Gets energy from eating fried chicken
Kim Jonghyun (21)
Kim Kibum (Key) (19), Can turn into a girl
Choi Minho (19), Super-speed
Cho Jinho (18)
Lee Taemin (17), Can summon things
Jungsu does a double-take at Taemin’s power. “Can you summon people?” he asks the boy quietly.
Taemin shakes his head. “I tried to summon Miyoung-noona when Hyung told me she was missing, but it didn’t work.”
Jungsu smiles, trying to be comforting, but it doesn’t work. When he senses it failing, he moves over to Youngwoon. “You don’t have a power?” he asks, somewhat insensitively. “I’d have thought you would have.”
Youngwoon shrugs and sniffs once, before swiping his nose with a finger and seemingly straightening himself out. “I guess if I’m meant to get one, I’ll get one. It’ll happen in time. I just hope it can be useful to everyone.”
Jungsu rather admires this attitude, because he can tell that Donghae, for one, is really unhappy he doesn’t have a power, and Jinho whined petulantly about being useless when he handed his sheet over. Then again, Youngwoon is more of an adult. “I’m sure it will be,” he begins sympathetically, and is interrupted by Ryeowook standing up on his shoulder.
“I think this must be a power!” he says. “Surely? So I must be able to reverse it.”
“This is plausible,” Jungsu tells him, slightly cross-eyed because he can’t really see Ryeowook. He picks him up and settles him on the floor and waits. Everyone leans in closer, to see what’s going to happen, as if sensing it may be something interesting.
Ryeowook shuts his eyes, folds his arms, and stands there for several long moments, during which Jungsu thinks that this probably won’t work. He’s about to say so, when Ryeowook suddenly starts growing, shooting up and up and up until he’s taller than the tallest people in the room. Jungsu is strongly reminded of Alice in Wonderland, even though Ryeowook hasn’t eaten anything.
Ryeowook stops growing once his head touches the ceiling and he stands there for a few minutes before saying, “Ow.” His voice, louder than before, reverberates around the room, shaking the glass of the windows.
“Ryeowook, would you mind shrinking now before you destroy my office?” Jungsu asks, though there’s no malice in his voice, and he smiles before jotting down next to Ryeowook’s name, ’Can grow and shrink himself’.
“Whoa, cool!” Donghae exclaims, as Ryeowook shrinks to his usual height, or so. If he gives himself a few inches (and he does), Jungsu won’t tell.
“Sorry about that,” Ryeowook says. “I didn’t mean to interrupt. At least I’ve fixed that.” He heads across to the chair Jongwoon’s pulled out for him and sits down neatly. Minho, apparently trying to be subtle, slides his hand into Ryeowook’s shakily. Jungsu realises that though the boy may be tall and look grown-up, he’s just a kid after all.
The younger Kibum, the same age as Minho, snorts, however, and turns to giggle in Henry’s ear, and whispers something that sounds an awful lot, to Jungsu’s ears, like, “What a baby.” Henry hisses at him to shut up. Jungsu feels the uncharacteristic urge to smack Kibum, and mentally thanks Henry.
Instead, he merely says, “If there’ll be no more interruptions, I think we should continue.”
“If there are interruptions,” Jaejoong begins, and Jungsu starts, because he’d almost forgotten Jaejoong was there, “I can help with that. To demonstrate,” he continues, and then suddenly it sounds, feels, like there’s cotton wool in Jungsu’s ears. He does hate this feeling.
He can tell that the other boys in the room also dislike the sensation. It’s new to almost all of them, and Jinho, for one, looks on the brink of bursting into tears as he rubs his ears. Even Youngwoon is clenching his fists and grimacing. Ryeowook rocks on his chair, a pout forming on his face. Jungsu signals for Jaejoong to stop.
“If you would not like this to happen, I feel it would be wise for you to stop talking unless it is useful to our investigation,” Jaejoong says, and then suddenly Jungsu can hear again. Jinho sniffs loudly and wipes his nose with his sleeve, and Jonghyun pats him on the shoulder weakly, seemingly not knowing what else he can do for Jinho. He looks around a little pathetically before settling on giving Jungsu a hopeless look. Jungsu gets the parental urge to cuddle Jinho, just as he had with Kyuhyun those days ago. Has it really been nearly a week?
He keeps his hands to himself, however, and instead says, “The girls have been missing for over a day, correct? All of them were seen last at different times, but we can assume that they went missing between midnight and seven the next morning.” Everyone nods. “Can any of you think of any reasons why they would go missing, leave you all?”
He gets shaken heads from everyone except Jinho, who sticks his hand in the air, shyly, like a schoolboy answering his teacher’s question. When Jungsu nods, Jinho says, “Well, they were probably taken by the same person, right? Someone who wanted all the girls.”
Jungsu nods, because there had been a niggling feeling in his brain all along. “It seems likely.”
Taemin sticks his own hand in the air. “But why did he just take these girls and not the whole town? Did they all have powers?” Jungsu shakes his head and Taemin continues, “See, they didn’t even all have powers. So why did he take just these girls? Your parents are alright, aren’t they, Jino-hyung?”
Jungsu notices the nickname but says nothing of it, thinking it’s probably just a pet name between them. It’s none of his business anyway.
“They’re fine,” Jinho says. “And there are still girls in my class at school. It’s not all of them. But doesn’t that make it seem like it wasn’t random?”
Heechul seems to look proud at this moment and claps Jinho on the shoulder. “Atta boy,” he says. “It probably wasn’t random. They took the girlfriends of some very influential people.” It’s not lost on Jungsu the way his eyes rest on Siwon for a second, before scanning the other men there. “They’ll have picked these girls deliberately. I don’t know why.”
“That’s what we have to find out,” Jungsu says. “We need leads. Can any of you think of anyone who wanted to hurt one of the girls? A stalker, or an ex-boyfriend? Someone who the girls might have in common? Or even someone we know? Any people at all?”
Heechul shrugs. “I don’t have any names. I mean, I’ve always angered people, but I bet some of these people have never done a bad deed in their life.” This time his eyes rest on Mi, and he also pats Jinho’s shoulder again and gives Taemin a hug with his other arm. He sighs. “I’m sorry I can’t help.”
Kyuhyun raises his hand unsurely at this. Jungsu knows he’s unsure because he’s biting his lip and his arm is quivering, but he’s not shy like Jinho was. “Hyung,” he says. “I think…would you let me on the computer? I can see if I can trace some of the names.”
Everyone stares at him. Kyuhyun seems to fold back in on himself nervously at Jungsu’s disapproving stare; no sign of his strong personality now. Changmin laughs openly.
“Oh yeah, I forgot you had that tech geek thing going on,” he says. “You could, like, ninja your way into Naver and see whether they’re talking about our girls, right?”
And suddenly it seems like a brilliant idea to Jungsu, even though that’s technically illegal and his boss is in the same room. “Only if you keep it above board,” he mumbles, trying to make this situation legal once more. He doesn’t think that Jaejoong will approve at all of hacking.
Kyuhyun shrugs and instead heads over to sit behind Jungsu’s computer. Jungsu moves to sit next to him, so he can keep an eye on him. It’s with this view that he gains his first glimpse as to what an extremely experienced hacker can do. Kyuhyun doesn’t even need to touch the computer for it to turn itself on, speed past its login cycle, and open the internet. Jungsu is lucky that he manages to cover his mouth before anyone sees his jaw drop.
It takes less than a minute for the internet to load Naver, and then Kyuhyun delves into the illegal. All Jungsu can see is pages and pages of code that’s completely indecipherable to him. He’s not sure that even Kyuhyun can understand what’s on the screen as it flits by at ten scrolls per second.
Instead of focusing on the screen and making himself dizzy, Jungsu turns away from the computer, and instead calls Jinki over to watch over Kyuhyun. He returns to his seat and looks around at the people in the room. Minho is still clinging onto Ryeowook, but now more people are following his example. He thinks Junsu and Hyukjae might be holding hands, hidden behind Junsu’s thigh (or certainly their hands are close together, maybe just touching). Jinho appears to be nudging Jonghyun as if he’ll hold his hand if he asks enough (Jonghyun seems to be disapproving of this). Even the younger Kibum is touching Henry’s knee, and the older one’s hand is resting close to Changmin’s. Jungsu thinks they’re all adorable and rather wishes he had someone to hold onto. Mi’s on the other side of the room, and he’s not sure he would even if he tried.
Kyuhyun is making hissing noises under his breath behind him, and some of them almost sound like swearwords to Jungsu’s ears. He can hear Jinki making disapproving clucking noises and is glad he picked him. For all his young years, he’s not exactly an idiot. If any member of his team can keep the boy in line, it’s Jinki.
Jungsu thinks that when it comes to the rest of them, it’s probably up to him to make sure they don’t all start throwing themselves off buildings in their angst. “We’ll get them back,” he mumbles under his breath, so that nobody can hear him. “I have to believe we will.” As he turns his head away from them an image of Sunyoung’s face smiling at him appears and he stares at her for a few moments, hearing her voice cheering him on, before he remembers that it’s a family photo, taken the last summer, when he couldn’t take too much time off work and she didn’t mind anyway. She had Mi to play with. “I promise,” he tells her sincerely, and then turns to the rest of the people in the room. “We will get them back,” he says, this time aloud, his voice forceful. “We just need to find out where to start. Once we can start, we can get them back. We’ll find out who took them, where they were taken, and then we can fix this.”
“With us, and not some kind of army of policemen?” Changmin asks, and Jungsu nods.
“If we’re prepared, we can take them down.”