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12 April 2013 @ 10:29 pm
Decerto: Road to Freedom  
Title: Decerto: Road to Freedom
Chapter: 21/40 + epilogue
Fandoms: Super Junior, U-Kiss
Pairings: KyuHyun/Zhou Mi, Han Geng/HeeChul, KiBum/SooHyun
Rating: R overall
Warning: AU, violence, angst
Summary: Taking place six years before the events of Decerto, the story of how a human and a slave started a revolution.

"Hey, I— I can fix my own bed SooHyun," KiBum sighed when he came back from his shower to find the goat already changing the sheets of his bed. A full month later, he had yet to get the goat to stop waiting on him hand and foot. At least now he picked his battles, convincing SooHyun to let him help rather than to leave whole tasks to the goat alone. The bed was one of those things; jammed in the corner, two people could do it way faster than one. "That's awkward to do by yourself."

"It's fine sir, you have to study for that mid term," SooHyun said, waving him off. "I know how to put a bed together, I make up Master's bed all the time."

"And I make my bed all the time, so we'll compromise and both do it." KiBum took up the other end of the bed from the slave, pulling the sheets over the mattress properly. "See? Much faster."

"Yes sir," SooHyun said, though there was a small smile on the goat's face. He looked up as the dorm room door opened, ears flattening as he dropped the end of the comforter he was holding and bowed low. "Welcome back, master."

JaeSoo dropped his bag on the floor, ignoring SooHyun as he came in. "Ugh, this place is horrible," he said, dropping down on his bed and leaning back on his elbows. "Hey, I don't think I got your name before, was he good?" he nodded towards SooHyun.

KiBum's expression fell when the door opened. His time alone with SooHyun was over already? "Yeah, he was great," forcing a smile, KiBum nodded to JaeSoo. "It's KiBum. How was the trip?"

"Enlightening," JaeSoo shrugged. "Take care of my laundry goat, and get me something to eat I'm starving."

"Yes, master," SooHyun said quietly, moving to pick up JaeSoo's suitcase. JaeSoo stuck his foot out under SooHyun, the goat tripping and falling flat on his face. "Seriously, you are absolutely the clumsiest thing ever," JaeSoo snorted, looking to KiBum. "I'm sorry I just unloaded him on you like that, I hope he didn't break anything."

KiBum's eyes widened and he automatically moved forward when SooHyun fell, before registering what had happened and that the fall hadn't been accidental. Any thought of trying to avoid conflict with JaeSoo went out the window then. "…I'm surprised he didn't break his nose with you tripping him," KiBum scowled. "Seriously? What was that for?"

"What's the big deal?" JaeSoo shrugged. "So what, if he breaks his nose then he'll learn to watch where he's going better." SooHyun was back on his feet and picking up JaeSoo's suitcase, trying to be as discreet as possible.

"He was watching where he was going, you decided to trip him for the fun of it," KiBum managed to keep his voice level, anger burning just under the surface. "A master is supposed to care about their slaves, do you?"

"Excuse me?" JaeSoo looked KiBum up and down. "Who the hell are you to say that to me huh?"

"I'm part of one of Korea's top fighting houses, that's who I am," KiBum straightened, eyes dark. "If you aren't interested in taking care of him, I'll buy him from you."

"You can't be serious," JaeSoo laughed, getting to his feet. "You actually want Useless? He can't do anything, he's absolutely worthless. Only reason I keep him around is because he's so eager to get into bed... Oh, that's it isn't it? Had a little taste and don't want to give him up? Look, you can use him whenever I'm not, you don't need to waste money on him."

It was all KiBum could do not to punch the guy. He could punch him after he had SooHyun out of danger. "You and I have two very different opinions of what's a waste of money. Name your price."

"You're actually serious," JaeSoo shook his head. He glanced over at SooHyun who was stuck frozen in the middle of the room, clutching the bag to his chest tightly. "You know what? Whatever, take him. I'd rather have a bunny anyway, at least they don't stink like garbage. Ten thousand, that's my price."

"Deal." KiBum didn't care if that was more than one would pay at a fighter's auction. He wasn't going to haggle and risk this moron changing his mind. Striding to his desk, KiBum pulled out a cheque and wrote the amount down on it, signing. "I'll have all his papers and the key to his collar."

"Yeah, I'll get you his papers tomorrow," JaeSoo said, fishing his keys out of his pocket. He pulled a small silver one off, slamming it down on one of the tables. "You just made a really big mistake, but guess what? I don't care, he isn't my problem anymore."

"I'm not the one who just made a mistake," KiBum finished writing the cheque and placed it down on the table, taking the key. He tucked the key into his pocket. "Come on SooHyun, let's go request a new room. This one's gotten a little filthy." He walked to the door.

SooHyun was stuck, still frozen in the middle of the room. "M...Master?" he whispered, looking between JaeSoo and KiBum.

"Go, he's your master now," JaeSoon said, snatching the bag out of SooHyun's hands, pushing SooHyun away.

"Don't push him," KiBum snapped. "Like you said, he isn't yours anymore, and that means you can't lay a finger on him." He stood by the door, holding it open and waiting for SooHyun to join him.

SooHyun was trembling as he backed away from JaeSoo. "But... sir..." he whispered. "I..."

"I said get out!" JaeSoo pointed towards the door. "Get your filthy goat ass out of here!"

"Yes, sir," SooHyun mumbled, bowing before turning and walking on stiff legs towards the door. "...Master?" he said hesitantly, looking to KiBum with confusion in his eyes.

The hard edge to KiBum's eyes softened as he looked at SooHyun, and he smiled at the goat. "Come on, let's go," he held out his hand to SooHyun. "It'll be okay."

SooHyun looked down at the hand, reaching out to take after a moment and then looked back up at KiBum. He gave a small nod, a flicker of a smile on his face. He didn't say anything else, his head too confused by what had just happened and stuck close to KiBum.

KiBum closed the door after them, not letting go of SooHyun's hand as they walked down the hallway. "We'll stay at an inn for tonight," he said quietly after walking in silence for a minute. "Should be able to get a room transfer for tomorrow, after we get your papers."

"I don't... He just... he just gave me up," SooHyun whispered. "And now I belong... to you... right?"

"Yeah," KiBum nodded, exhaling slowly. He was still coming to terms with the fact he'd just bought a slave, when he'd always said he never would. But it had been the only way to protect SooHyun. "He's not going to be able to hurt you anymore."

"But... why sir?" SooHyun asked, looking at him. "Not for the reasons Mast- I mean, not for the reasons he said because you never wanted me to do anything like that for you."

KiBum glanced at SooHyun, meeting the goat's eyes. "Do you remember what I told you that first day we met? That he was wrong about you, and you're worth far more than he's willing to admit?" He squeezed SooHyun's hand lightly. "I couldn't stand watching him hurt you."

"...Oh," SooHyun didn't know how to respond, looking away and down at the floor. "I'm honored to be joining your house... master."

"Don't…" KiBum sighed, looking up. "Please don't call me that. You can keep calling me sir if you don't want to use my real name, but…don't call me master."

"Why not? That's what you are," SooHyun frowned, trying to pull his hand out of KiBum's. There were other people in the hall they were going down.

Looking down at their hands, KiBum's shoulders slumped and he let SooHyun go. "If it's all the same, I'd rather be your friend than your master."

"But... you're not my friend," SooHyun replied, staying a step behind at KiBum's shoulder. "I never will be. You are my master."

KiBum's eyes dimmed. "Whatever you're comfortable with." He didn't have to worry about SooHyun saying anything else as they'd arrived at housing services, KiBum stepping into the office.

It wasn't easy to request a room change suddenly in the middle of the year, but they were in luck; one of the single rooms in a different building had opened up after someone dropped out. Requesting the room change for tomorrow, along with an extra cot for SooHyun, KiBum signed the papers presented to him.

It was nearly an hour before they could leave the office, KiBum looking at SooHyun with a frown. "We'll need to get you clothes and stuff…I've never had to worry about a slave before, so I'm sure I'll probably forget something."

"As I've told you, you don't need to worry about me," SooHyun said. "Now I really get to take care of you, master..." His head tilted slightly, one of his ears twitching slightly. "I thought you said your family owned slaves?"

"My dad had slaves, and ownership went to my older brother when he passed away, but I've never owned slaves and never really paid much attention to how to go about purchasing one," KiBum shook his head. "I do know it's my duty to take care of you though, so that's what I'm going to do, starting with getting you whatever necessities you need."

His eyes landed on SooHyun's metal collar, and he frowned slightly. "No, starting with something else. Come on, I know exactly where we're going first," he turned towards the building exit.

"And where would that be sir?" SooHyun asked, following him.

"The outfitter's a couple blocks down," KiBum replied. "They'll have a much more comfortable collar than the one you have right now."

"My collar?" SooHyun blinked, a hand going to the metal one at his neck. "I'm sure this can wait until tomorrow sir, you were supposed to be studying tonight... You left all your things there, what about all your school work? We need to go back for them sir, that's most important."

"That can wait until we're in the new room, this is more important," KiBum looked back at him. "You're more important, whether you believe that or not." He pushed the door open and stepped outside, shivering a little in the cool breeze as he walked to the street.

"I don't believe it," SooHyun shook his head. "But you would know best, master. I'm sorry for disagreeing with you."

"Don't be sorry, disagree with me whenever you want. It's not healthy to agree with someone all the time," KiBum chuckled, looking back at SooHyun. "I won't get mad at you for it."

"Yes, master, I will do my best," SooHyun said, though his eyes were wary.

Don't call me that, KiBum complained mentally, sighing as he turned back towards where he was walking. They reached the store ten minutes later, KiBum pulling the door open. "What do you want to eat after?"

"I'll eat whatever you want me to," SooHyun said.

"I'm hoping for your opinion though," KiBum said, nodding to the store clerk and heading through the aisles. He frowned, looking around for where he'd find the collars; he usually avoided looking for them.

"And I've told you I don't have an opinion on food," SooHyun said, following behind him. "I'll eat what you want me to."

KiBum wrinkled his nose. "I'll get an answer out of you one day." Finding the collars, he stopped and looked through the selection with a frown. He went over the different materials with a critical eye, running his thumb over the inside of a collar and shaking his head before putting it back.

No, none of these were good. Sighing, KiBum looked around and spotted a sales assistance nearby. "Excuse me? Do you have anything softer than this?"

"I'll check sir, please wait here." The assistant disappeared into the back.

"This really isn't necessary sir," SooHyun murmured. "Doesn't your family have their own collars?"

"We have the standard collars for our house, yeah," KiBum looked over at SooHyun. "I don't really want to get you one of those though. My brother's rabbit, KyuJong…he has a different one, I'm looking for something like his. It's very light, and won't hurt you."

"Doesn't hurt?" SooHyun seemed baffled by that. "Collars supposed to hurt, to remind us of our duty to our masters."

"…" KiBum rubbed his temple a little. "Remind me not to punch that asshole until after I get your papers. No, that's completely not true."

"Then why do they hurt?" SooHyun asked.

"Because some humans aren't nice, SooHyun," KiBum said quietly, looking at him. "They like to see others in pain, because it makes them feel more powerful. JaeSoo is one of those people."

SooHyun's eyes tightened slightly in confusion, looking into KiBum's eyes briefly before looking away. "He was... my master," he said softly. "It is his right to treat me as he wishes."

"Rights like that shouldn't even exist," KiBum replied, frowning.

The sales assistant had returned. "Here's our best style, sir," he held out a box to KiBum. The younger man took it and opened the box, looking down at the collar inside. When he felt the material, checking the inseam and the buckle, he smiled and nodded. "I'll get this one." It was as similar to KyuJong's collar as he was going to find. The soft material wouldn't hold any of the usual safety restraints, but KiBum wasn't worried. Handing the box back to the assistant, he headed to the front of the store to pay.

Placing the box in a bag afterwards, KiBum looked back at SooHyun as they left the store. "Let's go get a room for the night, and switch your collar. Should be able to order in afterwards."

SooHyun nodded, following along with his head down. It was hard to tell what the goat was thinking, his expression ranging from confused to resigned to happy depending on what moment you looked at him. He didn't say anything else for a while, nodding along to whatever KiBum said as they found a hotel to stay in. The next time he spoke was when the door had closed behind them in the hotel room, SooHyun pulling off his shoes.

"Sir... can I ask you a question?"

"Hm?" KiBum looked up at the goat after kicking off his shoes. "Yeah, of course." He turned on the lights in the room, stretching out his arms and placing the bag down on a small side table.

"You... Did you buy me because of what he said?" SooHyun asked, looking up at him. "About me being eager to jump into bed... is that why you bought me?"

"…What?" KiBum's eyes widened in shock. "No! No, that had absolutely nothing to do with why I bought you. I bought you because that was the only way I could protect you."

"It's okay if you did..." SooHyun said, sitting down on the edge of one of the beds. "Is there anything you need sir? What would you like me to order for dinner?"

"I didn't buy you for that purpose, SooHyun," KiBum sighed, watching him. "We'll worry about dinner in a minute…here." He brought the bag over to the bed, sitting down next to SooHyun. "Lift your chin?" He pulled the silver key out of his pocket.

SooHyun did as asked. "Your brother's slave... KyuJong... is he a personal slave?"

"Yeah, he is. He keeps my brother from working too hard, or taking himself out on a door or something. Also keeps an eye on the fighters when HyungJoon can't." KiBum inserted the key into the small hole at the front of SooHyun's collar. With a soft click, the collar came off and he placed it on the bed.

"And you said he's happy, gets to do... things he wants to do?" SooHyun asked, a hand reaching to his bare neck. The skin was pale and scarred, small holes and scratches all the way around from the inside of the collar.

"Yeah, he gets to garden. I think he'd sleep out there if he could, we regularly find him up to his elbows in dirt." KiBum frowned at the marks. "One second." He hopped to his feet and disappeared into the bathroom, returning after a minute with a damp facecloth. Sitting down next to SooHyun again, he reached out and gently wiped the scraped skin.

"He's a wood element then," SooHyun said, wincing slightly. "And your brother just... lets him do that. To do what he wants. Why is it you don't have a slave already?"

"I don't want to get used to the idea of slavery being something normal," KiBum replied, wincing along with SooHyun and being more careful. "To have Signs below humans…it's wrong. I'm not stupid, I understand how the world is right now. But it doesn't have to stay that way. I wouldn't want a Sign slave any more than I would want a human slave."

"But you do have a Sign slave now," SooHyun replied softly. "And... just hearing how your brother treats his own, makes me a little nervous. But happy. Is your brother pleased with KyuJong?"

"Of course he is," KiBum blinked. "They're really close, I remember them playing tag when we were little. We got him before the rules against independent breeding houses happened, he's been in our family since…I think I was three. It's not that HyungJoon's pleased or not pleased with him…he's family. Why are you nervous?"

"Because I don't know what to do," SooHyun admitted. "With master... I knew what he wanted all the time. You... you don't want me doing anything for you and you just told me that you didn't want a slave so I don't know what you're going to do with me now."

"Well I don't know what I'll do with you, so at least we're on the same track," KiBum chuckled. Seeing he'd cleaned up SooHyun's neck the best he could, he lowered his hand. "Hey…I can at least promise you what I won't do. I won't hit you, I won't hurt you. I won't yell at you, or call you anything other than your name. If I get pissed off cause I had a bad day, I won't take it out on you. I won't make you sleep on the floor, and I won't force you to do anything you're uncomfortable with. I won't ever stop you from asking questions, or sharing your opinion on something…and if you ever find something you want to do, a hobby or anything, I won't stop you from doing it. I might stop you from staring at the wall though, because that has got to be boring after a while."

"...Oh." It was clear SooHyun didn't know how to respond to all that, squirming a little uncomfortably. "Well, it... I'm... I'm used to being bored, master. It's not so bad, really. It's... the only time I ever got any peace and think about flowers..." He seemed startled by his own admission, covering his mouth and looking away.

"…Flowers?" KiBum's lips curled upwards. "So you like flowers, to eat? Or to grow, care for, what?" He placed the facecloth aside.

When SooHyun finally lowered his hand, he pouted a little. "Eat... I love to eat flowers. Sometimes... master's sister would sneak me some from the garden. I guess... they're the one good thing I've ever had in my life."

KiBum's expression softened. "We'll get you tons of flowers then, how does that sound? It'll be spring soon, we can find whatever kind you like most…I bet the library has some books on different types."

"I'm not too fussy on which kind," SooHyun said, looking down with a small smile. "If this is true sir, about me being your slave from now on... then I hope one day I can be like KyuJong, and I hope that I please you."

"I wouldn't try to be KyuJong, he's so easily flustered," KiBum chuckled, nudging SooHyun lightly. "Just be yourself, and that'll make me happy. Oh, and whatever you do don't eat any flowers from KyuJong's garden without his permission, I won't save you from being turned into fertilizer."

"I can't imagine ever doing something without permission," SooHyun said, shaking his head emphatically. "I'm still a slave sir, that isn't going to change. I'll do what you tell me, and I'll do it as well as I can. That's all I ever want to do."

KiBum sighed, shaking his head. "I'm hoping if you hang around with me long enough, you won't worry about asking for permission anymore, but I guess that's a little much for right now." He opened the box beside him, picking up the new collar. "Guess I should put this on."

"Yes, please," SooHyun nodded, lifting his chin again. "I feel... wrong without it on. No more pain though right? No more metal spikes in my neck?"

"No, and I tell you what, you can have the pleasure of tossing that metal thing into a dumpster." KiBum reached out and carefully secured the new collar around SooHyun's neck, buckling it in the front. "Too tight?"

"No sir, it feels... very nice," SooHyun said, touching the soft leather. "Thank you sir, thank you so much," he whispered, sliding off of the bed onto the floor. On his knees, he bowed to KiBum. "Thank you."

"Hey…hey," KiBum sighed, edging off the bed to sit down in front of SooHyun. "Don't do that, you don't ever have to bow to me." He rested a hand on SooHyun's shoulder. "If you have to thank me for anything, do it with your head held high and looking right at me, not at the floor."

"It's not my place sir," SooHyun said, sniffling a little. "You have shown me kindness, this is how I show my gratitude and respect."

"SooHyun, it is your place. You're in a different house now, remember?" KiBum took SooHyun's hands lightly. "Look at me."

It took a moment, but SooHyun did look up, his eyes glassy. "I'm just a slave sir... why are you so kind to me?"

"Because you're not just a slave," KiBum smiled at him softly. "You're SooHyun, the silly goat who likes eating flowers and won't listen when I tell him I can fold my own laundry. And that's a very special person."

"But.. I'm still a slave," SooHyun said, pulling away slightly. "I know my place... and that place doesn't include being happy."

KiBum's eyes dimmed. "I do hope you'll be happy one day." He slowly stood, moving the box and the metal collar from the bed. "I'll order us something to eat, you should rest."

"I should be the one to order us food, you've had a long day," SooHyun said, shooting back up to his feet. "What is it you would like?"

"…Oh I give up," KiBum groaned, flopping onto his back on the bed and covering his face with his arms. "Whatever, I'll eat anything."

"Very well sir," SooHyun bowed to him. "I'll bring you up a meal shortly," he said, going to the door to put his shoes on.

"Hey, don't forget something for yourself," KiBum pointed in the general direction of the door. "Something decent, if you don't eat properly I'll drag you to a restaurant myself."

"Yes sir, as you wish sir," SooHyun said, bowing again before he left. He did bring back meals for them both, though SooHyun's dinner wasn't quite as decent as KiBum would have hoped. It was a start though.
silverstorm666 on April 13th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
*grins foolishly*

Yay yay yay! Kibum and Soohyun are really together now. :D
TakaGacktHydetakagackthyde on April 13th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
way to go kibum.
Amaranth Pearbuckleapearbuckle19 on April 13th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
*hugs Soohyun and forces to sleep listening to subliminal messages of support and empowerment beneath a playlist including https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX7XMwBVZ6c *
NT59NT591 on April 15th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
:P :D Flowers!! :P

dune_ashesdune_ashes on May 2nd, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Precious chapter <3 It even made me cry a little ! XD;