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"Really doctor, this is-"
Gasun's yelp resulted from SaeHa stabbing yet another needle into his back, Yangban holding down the monk's legs as Mano helped by securing Gasun's arms. "Ya ain't gettin' up til I declare ya in good health." The SunBi stated flatly.
"They're bullying him." Yun stated as Jin mixed a dough of some kind while sitting next to him.
MuYoung had Haru on his chest, sleeping on the floor as Maru wrote down several passages of text from a book. "They ARE the doctors. Even if their bedside manner is..." He glanced waspishly at the group. "They'll know what to do."
"Besides they're worried. You wouldn't believe how many times SaeHa-Hyung asked to come back after you told us the news. He wanted to see Gasun-Hyung very badly." Jin pointed out, adding some food coloring to the dough and turning it bright red. "Oh, but he has that water right? From that night."
SaeHa glanced up at that. "I'd rather save that fer an emergency, Young Prince. Dunno when I'd be able to get more of it."
"That was a pretty impressive move they pulled off." Jin thought of how graceful they'd looked, Nabi and Noah dancing together, the rain they summoned blanketing everyone with comfort and soothing their aches.
Gasun weakly lifted his head, his chibi crying. "I missed such a grand thing. I'd love to have seen it but..." He yelped again as SaeHa stabbed lower on his back, the Joong resembling a porcupine at this point. "M-Mind not being so rough, doctor? I can tell you're highly upset but-" He yelped, cut off again with a needle.
"...'m not. I'm relieved you're okay." SaeHa stated, Gasun blinking at him. "...Really relieved." The SunBi planted his hand on Gasun's head. "Ya idiot, makin' us worry like that...Don't go doin' that again."
The monk and doctor had their gazes locked, before Gasun's mouth curled. Not quite his old smile, but it was at least his. "I'll do my best, old friend."
"OKAY~!" Jin suddenly and quite loudly set down the dough in the bowl, getting their attention. "Since we're all finally back together, we're going to celebrate tonight. Gasun-Hyung, we can go to the store with MuYoung-Hyung and you can pick out any alcohol you'd like, even soju, okay?"
Gasun's eyes widened, and his stomach audibly gurgled as his face turned green. Yangban barely moved out of the way fast enough to avoid the Joong as he raced outside and threw up.
"...Uh..." Everyone in the room had gone wide-eyed at the reaction, Gasun laying on the walkway listlessly as Yun scooted over to SaeHa to whisper. "You didn't provoke that, right?" The YiMae asked, SaeHa glaring immediately in reply. "It's a fair question!" Yun defended as Nabi opened the front door, wearing a rather cute raincoat as it'd been raining that morning.
Upon seeing Gasun's state, her chibi wibbled in worry.
"Nuna." Jin bidded her over. "What did your parents say about you staying the night tonight?"
Nabi smiled as she hurried over, setting down her bag after extracting it and herself from her coat. "Oh, th-they said it was alright." She answered. "I-I think they were a little u-uneasy letting me though, since I don't usually stay out overnight." The Horse then returned her gaze to Gasun for a moment before continuing. "H-how has Gasun-Oppa been doing?"
"It looks like he's really been messed with. He used to love alcohol so much but just me mentioning him getting some of his favorite made him sick." Jin whispered in reply to her.
As Gasun retched, Yangban tried to lift him up with two fingers at the back of Gasun's suit, not wanting to touch the ill-at-ease Joong. "Wow..." The rise in concern was visible on the Horse's face. "That's a complete 180... Whatever happened, it really must have been bad. Poor Oppa... I really hope we can help him..."
"I know we can." Jin held her hand, smiling at Nabi. "We're his family, after all." He picked up the dough. "I was making some herbal bread according to SaeHa-Hyung. Want to help me make dinner?"
Gasun was here, safe and sound; he'd get the help he needed. "Oh, sure!" Though Nabi's worry was still clear, the offer did cause her to perk up somewhat. A short time later, she and Jin were deep-frying chicken, baking bread, stirring stew and sauces and exchanging terrible jokes and snowballs of flour when Noah and the others showed up.
"-And then he said- ACK! HYUNG!" Jin yelped as Noah walked in just in time for Nabi to duck and let the Rabbit get sprayed with flour in the face.
Noah was still for a moment before spitting out a mouthful of dust and air, a white cloud floating off him. "I see you're having fun."
"T-that we are." Nabi replied with a giggle that was both sheepish and amused.
The Rabbit proceeded to shake free of the flour still on him, the air going dusty for a moment. "We rotated so Dad's still working with Beu Ne tonight, but me and Ho are here." The green-eye in question popped up behind Noah, holding onto the Rabbit with glee in his eyes.
"Cho said we will see him when he is done locking up tonight! But I brought a book from the old man so we can do interesting recipes!"
Jin immediately crowded Ho for the book as Noah sidled up to Nabi's side. 'Looks like Monkboy's still not doing too well, huh?' He spoke in her mind. 'I have a sick feeling I know what might've been done, but I'll spare you the gory details.'
'I-I see...' Nabi was uneasy.
Noah put his arm around her. 'I'll try to talk to him, okay? You just focus on your training.' He grinned and kissed her on the head. 'You've become pretty amazing, Nunim.'
'R-right.' She replied, blushing just a bit at the affection. 'A-and thanks. I'm trying my best. And I'll keep trying my best. For everyone.'
He looked over, and his mouth quirked. "Uh, Jin? Your stove's aflame." The redhead howled and raced to save the food as they laughed, and thankfully, the only damage was a few darker spots. "C'mon Monkboy, you've gotta eat." Noah shoved at Gasun lightly to get him up, the Joong grumbling but getting up in a groggy way.
"Gasun-Hyung, here's some fried veggies." Jin prodded, offering a bite of rice with fried radish atop it.
The Joong recoiled at the scent of food, but eventually took a bite after Jin had set it down. The way he ate half the bowl after that was slow, maddeningly slow, and even with how they tried to keep the atmosphere light, everyone could see how frail Gasun looked.
"Here, drink." SaeHa shoved a glass at the other TAL, narrowing his eyes when it was refused. "It's medicine."
Gasun made a face, but downed it, immediately choking and gagging. Nabi took the glass away to give him a new one of water, rubbing his back gently. "Gasun-Hyung...You were tossing and turning a lot in your sleep." Jin brought up quietly. "Were you having a nightmare?"
"...I don't remember." The Joong eventually answered, getting up and leaving the room. "I'm going to bathe."
EunYul continued eating, but as soon as the door had closed he spoke through a mouthful. "He'll give up his secrets in time. Even he can't hide forever."
It did little to assure any of them.
A soft caress to his back.
Those foreign words, mumbled into his ear.
More caresses to his arms, his legs, his jaw, fingers tracing his jaw and holding his chin-
"GAH!" Gasun bolted up out of panic, panting as he glanced around. The next thing he knew, a large hard muzzle had pushed itself into his face in a rather demanding way, and he sighed in relief as Bellflower's quiet bellow shook his body. "Hello there." Gasun smiled and nuzzled the cow's snout.
Right. He'd taken to sleeping in the loft. Which, coincidentally, was where Bellflower stayed.
"Yes yes, I know." The Joong laughed as Bellflower shoved more of his face into the monk's stomach, wanting attention. The door opened and SaeHa peered in, holding a blanket. "Ah, sorry. How long was I-"
The SunBi shook his head. "It's not even daylight yet, ya fool. Wrap yoself up in this and go back to sleep." He threw the bundle to Gasun.
"I'd...rather be up right now." Gasun admitted with a sheepish expression.
His fellow veteran TAL sat by him and Bellflower, opening a second bundle that was full of miscellaneous herbs. "Ain't nobody else up yet. Ya can help me sort these til someone IS up." SaeHa told him, shoving a pile towards Gasun.
"Heh, as you wish~" Gasun replied playfully, but there was exhaustion in his voice that made SaeHa glance to him worriedly.
When Nabi woke up, she had the JuZes as well as Ara sleeping on her, HaNaRin to her other side beneath her blanket. As she turned beet red she heard a snicker to her left. 'Daaaaang Nunim, better hope the rest of your harem doesn't find out.' Noah was grinning at her from the doorway, already dressed with a bunny-themed apron on.
The jumble of squeaking noises and random words that floated over from her end only made him giggle harder.
"I see, I see. So you enjoyed this from that far away place then?" Gasun was saying after everyone had gotten up, Noah and Jin having made a feast of pancakes.
Nabi was chewing away at a sweet and spicy stack made just for her, feeding the blue JuZe every third bite or so; it seemed he loved the hotter side of food. "Oh man, wait til you try the stuff Dad made there!" Noah beamed. "There was rainbow smoothies and we came up with a really nice salad, and Doc even brought back a bottle of this stuff called Ocean Vodka for you-"
"NOT ON THE FOOD!" Yun yelped as Gasun doubled over with his hand on his mouth, clearly ill.
Getting him tea seemed to help, the Joong breathing weakly as he sipped at the green liquid in his cup as everyone else ate. "...Hey." The Ox finally spoke from beside Noah, GaBe eating GamunBe's pancakes. "If you aren't feeling well still, you should stay here and continue resting. It won't do any good."
"I have been idle too long." Gasun countered quietly.
Yangban was staring at him. "From what we were informed of, that's hardly the truth." Gasun tensed. "You were assisting Logan to cure the Infected as well as take out the Resistors, weren't you?" The Joong lowered his head, shadows covering his eyes.
"Hey c'mon, back off tone-deaf." Noah hissed.
Yangban's eyes narrowed and he snapped his fan shut. "You were willingly working with your abductors."
"Ryang I swear t' Jack-" SaeHa began in warning.
However, Gasun bolted from the room at that moment, brushing by a startled Lotte who had an envelope in his hands. They all watched as Gasun bolted to the front gate and left the yard of the house, Lotte turning back as Henry stood to walk over to him. "Uh...I brought pictures?"
"You are dead to me." SaeHa's evil glower actually got Yangban to flinch and sweat.
Noah held up his hands. "Hey c'mon. Yeah what Dickban did was harsh, but y'know, it's not like we're gonna be able to ignore it." As the aristocrat hissed at him, the Rabbit got to his feet. "Nunim, you stay here in case I need backup. But I'll go talk to him." Noah did a swan-dive to the floor, fluidly shrinking into his rabbit form to take off after Gasun.
"Monkboy!" His squeak bounced along the stone as he ran after the Joong, who by now was in a leisurely stroll. Gasun's staff formed, and Noah immediately halted, tumbling and rolling into the veteran TAL's leg.
He just barely recovered in time to see a flash over Gasun's head as he stared at Noah, the blurry image of blood and Noah's own face twisted with rage. "...I just need to walk. They kept me cooped up." The monk finally uttered, sighing and bending down to scoop the Rabbit up in one arm.
"You sure that's all?" The rabbit was undeterred by being on his back.
Gasun smiled, and it hurt to see he was forcing it. "We've got more important things to think about right now, don't we?" He looked up just as a far away roar rang in their ears.
"Christ it's good to have you back, Monkboy." Noah chirped as he dove out of the Joong's arm, donning his TAL uniform and skating towards the Infected on a pink tide gliding him through the streets. Gasun nodded, but then froze, turning around as he sensed a familiar gaze on his back. The street behind him was empty, and as the eerie feeling slipped away Gasun sighed, realizing he was being too alert.
He was home.
He was safe.
Gasun turned back to begin following Noah, completely missing the glint of red from the corner of a nearby alley.