this is a short new installment to the roswell!AU me and damagea have been writing in here. i think the last part i wrote that takes place just before this one isn't posted on this community though, oops. anyway.
Gentle hands pull him aside and a tight supporting grip on his shoulder makes Baekhyun turn his eyes away from the flames raging on the field before him. He meets eyes with the tall and weird guy from school; Chanyeol. Chanyeol, whose hair is bright red and gaze piercing.
“Are you okay?” Chanyeol asks and Baekhyun nods weakly, even though he’s not sure.
Baekhyun looks over his shoulder and instead of a fire sees only a smoking grass field. He turns back to Chanyeol, who’s still staring intensively at him. His hair is silver now, not red.
“Please don’t tell anyone,” Chanyeol suddenly says, so quietly that Baekhyun barely hears him.
“Tell anyone? What–?” His question is cut off by the loud sirens and shouts and suddenly there’s a bunch of people around him, paramedics and Minseok and Sehun, and he can’t see Chanyeol anymore.
His alarm goes off and Baekhyun reaches for his phone. It’s 6.30am.
Minseok looks surprised and judging when Baekhyun enters the café half an hour later.
“What are you doing here? You’re supposed to take the day off! To rest!”
“I’m fine,” Baekhyun shrugs and avoids the other’s strict stare. “I can do my shift.”
“But Baekhyun, the paramedics clearly said it would be best for you to–”
“I don’t need to rest, hyung,” Baekhyun cuts him, trying not to sound snappy. “I much rather work than lie at home doing nothing. If you don’t let me I’ll call Sehun and tell him to fill in for me.”
“Fine, fine!” Minseok sighs. “Just... take it easy.”
Baekhyun happily throws himself at work so he won’t have time think about the accident yesterday or his weird dreams or Chanyeol – any of that. Minseok doesn’t touch the subject but Baekhyun can feel the other keeping a worried eye on him. Sehun is another case though. He barges into the café around noon and wants to go over the happenings yet again and analyze whose fault it was that the firework exploded and caused the dangerous situation. Baekhyun wants anything but to over-analyze the incident so he busies himself at the back in the storage until Minseok has shushed Sehun away.
At 2.30pm, with only 30 minutes left of Baekhyun’s shift, Chanyeol walks into the café and Baekhyun’s stomach drops. He looks around but Minseok is busy finishing up the previous order so Baekhyun can’t really run away from the counter.
Chanyeol slowly steps closer, eyes fixed on the menu above the counter. He looks so ordinary with his big hoodie and a snapback that hides the glowing silver hair. The images of the flames and the red hair flash in Baekhyun’s mind and he tries to push them away.
“Welcome!” he greets in his best customer-servant voice and Chanyeol flinches a little, eyes darting between Baekhyun and the menu.
“Um, hi.” Chanyeol finally approaches the counter and fiddles with his wallet.
“Iced Americano, please.”
“For here or to go?”
“Here... Um, I’d need to talk with you, when do you get off?” Chanyeol suddenly asks hastily in a low voice and Baekhyun barely hears him.
“Uh… in 30 minutes actually.” The truth slips from his lips before he can stop himself. But then again, he does have question he wants answers to, as well.
“So, could we...?”
“Yes yes. It’s 4000 won,” Baekhyun cuts Chanyeol off and takes the bills he’s offering, because he sees Minseok eyeing their exchange. “Please wait at the end of the counter for your drink.”
Baekhyun makes the drink in a record time and when passing it to Chanyeol says quickly: “I made it to go after all. Can you go and wait somewhere else? My friend won’t leave me alone if you stay here.”
“Meet you by Starbucks near the uni gate in 30 then. Thank you, enjoy your drink and good day!” Baekhyun says the last greetings louder and discreetly waves his hand to shoo Chanyeol away. The taller gives him a short bow and half-runs to the door.
Baekhyun heaves a sigh and goes to wipe tables to avoid Minseok and his possible questions. He doesn’t know if meeting up with Chanyeol is a good idea but he really needs answers and explanations and it seems like Chanyeol is the only one who can provide them. It’s not like he can talk about this with Minseok or Sehun or anyone else. I think he put out the fire yesterday. He controlled it. His hair also changed color, weird isn’t it?
Yeah, no. He hopes Chanyeol will have some logical explanation to it all. He hopes it was all just his imagination.
your turn, jojibear! is it enough if i tag you here on LJ or would twitter be better...?