Sweet Deception, Chapter Two

Title: Sweet Deception, Chapter Two
Author: Aquariuslover
Pairings: None at this time, SungGyu/WooHyun focus.
Rating: R
Genre: Angst
Length: Chaptered
Beta: tahoeturquoise

Summary: For years a fire has been smoldering deep inside of WooHyun, and now it is burning out of control and wrecking havoc on the group. A danger is looming over SungGyu, but will he pay it heed before it claims his life? Can an ominous deal be brokered in time to save Infinite?

Author’s Note: Thanks to everybody who gives this story a chance!

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A nudge to his left shoulder awoke SungGyu from a restless, miserable sleep. He opened his sleep-filled eyes to find DongWoo sitting next to him and not MyungSoo. He frowned; SungGyu never willingly sat next to DongWoo on a plane. The other man’s limitless energy always wore him out.

“You have to do something,” DongWoo said in a serious voice.

SungGyu, who felt sick to his stomach, groaned knowing exactly what the other man was referring to. He knew the other man was worried. DongWoo’s naturally playful side had been strangely absent of late. “What do you suggest I do?”

“Something, anything…you haven’t done anything so far.”

SungGyu bit his bottom lip, not responding. It was true he hadn’t done anything to fix the situation, except lose his temper a few times—which hadn’t helped.

“You didn’t do anything. Your best friend suddenly couldn’t stand you and you didn’t do anything about it.”

“So it’s my fault?”

“Is it?”

“Honestly, I don’t know. If I did something to piss him off—which hey, is pretty likely, he never gave me any clue. Normally if I did or said anything to make him mad, he’d let me know…he’d let me know real fast.”

DongWoo leaned in and whispered, “Did you say something homophobic?”

SungGyu resisted the urge to elbow the other man. “No…well, nothing more than usual…nothing that we all don’t say. Honestly, I was used to him being gay. It wasn’t like he was trying to hide it.”

“No, he wasn’t.”

“We have all known he was gay for years, and I think we handled it surprisingly well.”

“Me too,” DongWoo agreed. “Plus you were his roommate.”

“For years, so it isn’t like I am some homophobic person. I really didn’t care that he was gay.”

“He didn’t confide something to you…”

“And what?”

“And you blew it off like a thoughtless jerk because it didn’t directly affect you.”

SungGyu side-eyed the other man. “Are you saying that I’m insensitive?”

“You can be.”

“Well, I wasn’t…or I wasn’t really that insensitive. WooHyun knows me better than anybody…when I am like that he doesn’t get offended; he just laughs at me.”

“What if he was telling you about heartbreak or something? Was he in a relationship with somebody and it ended badly? He didn’t mention anything serious to me…did he confide in you?”

“I don’t think so,” SungGyu answered. “The only serious relationship he was in was with Key and that didn’t last long, but they remained friends. WooHyun never cried himself to sleep over anyone if that is what you are asking.”

DongWoo frowned. “He and Key were over a long time ago.”

“It isn’t like I was prying,” SungGyu said, cringing. “I don’t mind that he is gay, but it wasn’t like I was asking for details.”

“I wonder…”

“You wonder what?”

DongWoo pointed in the direction of their tallest member, who was sleeping in the seat across from them. “I am pretty sure SungYeol is pissed with him.”

“Yeah, something happened yesterday,” SungGyu confirmed.

“Do you think they are having sex with each other?” DongWoo whispered. “Hoya thinks they are.”

SungGyu scrunched up his face in instant dislike. “He does?”

“He does; that’s what we were talking about at the concert. What I promised to tell you later.”

“You were talking about it at a concert. Way to be discreet,” SungGyu said in a scolding tone. “Not exactly your brightest moment.”

“Hey, he brought it up…I was just shocked.”

“I suppose so.”

“So do you think they are lovers?”

“I just…I don’t think so.”

“I don’t either, but Hoya makes a pretty convincing case for it.”

“That would not end well…if it were true.”

“No, it wouldn’t—it would be very bad.”

“Members should not have—this is a very bad idea.”

“Those two especially.”

“SungYeol is so…so needy,” SungGyu observed. “This can only end badly.”

“Yes, he is needy—and WooHyun; well, WooHyun isn’t ever going to need SungYeol,” DongWoo stated.

“Unless they are planning a prank,” SungGyu couldn’t help but suggesting. “Please let them be pranking us. They do love to prank us.”

“They are not pranking us.”

“It would be funny.”

DongWoo frowned. “This is not funny! SungYeol is going to end up hurt…he…he can’t keep WooHyun’s attention. You and I both know it. You have to do something about this.”

SungGyu hunkered down in his seat and whined, “I don’t agree…SungYeol is very attractive…he’s tall…maybe he is WooHyun’s type.”

“You know he isn’t!”

“I do not know that! I am not an expert on WooHyun’s type…he hates me; what do I know?”

“He has only recently started to hate you.”

“Well, in the past SungYeol wasn’t his type—maybe he is now. Maybe his type changed. I used to be the type to be his best friend, but that changed. So maybe his lover type changed too.”

“SungGyu.”

“DongWoo.”

“You are the leader; you need to do something, so quit making up excuses,” DongWoo declared, letting his frustration show. “You are strong; you can handle WooHyun hurting your feelings…but SungYeol…SungYeol—”

“He’ll start losing his hair again.”

“Yep.”

“We can’t have him going bald again.”

“So are you going to do something?”

“Why can’t you do something?”

“You are the leader.”

“You be the leader today; keep this serious face on and try not to bounce when you walk. You will do a great job,” SungGyu told the second oldest member. “WooHyun loves you, he hates me.”

“You know I can’t be serious around WooHyun. He would just distract me and then I would start playing with him and forget what I was going say.”

“True,” SungGyu said, nodding his head. “You have the attention span of a gold fish.”

“So you are going to talk to him?”

“Him who?”

“WooHyun!”

“No,” SungGyu blurted out. “He hates me…we fought yesterday—in front of Geonam Hyung. I feel like shit and every time he mouths off at me I want to punch him and you know I am not a puncher…I am more of a slapper.”

“You just like to swing, but you never make contact.”

“I know…you guys don’t even flinch, now.”

“You’re a softy.”

“I can’t talk to WooHyun—did I mention I feel terrible?”

“You do look like shit,” DongWoo observed. “Are you sleeping at all?”

“I was trying to sleep before you woke me up.”

“Agree to talk to WooHyun and I will let you sleep,” DongWoo promised.

“I probably can’t now, I feel like I need to puke.”

“It’s stress, because you won’t resolve these issues with WooHyun,” DongWoo said, trying to sound wise.

SungGyu stuck his tongue out at DongWoo and told him, “No, I am not talking to him…but I will talk to SungYeol.”

“Chicken.”

“I am being intelligent. I can just see the Japanese headlines, Infinite Main Vocals Brawling at Hotel.”

DongWoo sighed and admitted, “You might have a point.”

“Thank you!”

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“He was doubled over in pain…I thought he was going to die,” a frightened SungYeol described as he hurried back into the hotel room he was sharing with SungGyu with the concerned manager.

SungGyu, who was sitting on the bed, held up his left hand. “No, I am fine now.”

Manager Hyoan asked, “What was wrong?”

“My stomach has been bothering me for days, but then all of a sudden it just got worse. I didn’t think I could stand it. It was a really sharp pain…” SungGyu paused, shrugging. “It felt like it exploded with pain and then it was better.”

“Are you sure you feel alright?” The manager questioned, skeptically.

“I’m just a little sick to my stomach but nothing unbearable.”

“He hasn’t been eating,” SungYeol interjected.

SungGyu shot SungYeol a warning glance and reasoned, “I haven’t been hungry, because I’ve been puking at the drop of a hat. I feel better now.”

“He’s also been pale,” SungYeol offered, remembering WooHyun’s observation from a couple nights ago.

“When do I get to go outside?” SungGyu asked them. “I am either on a plane, performing with Infinite, or filming….the only time I’m outside is when I’m walking from a vehicle into a studio.”

“True,” the manager conceded. “But maybe we should take you to the hospital to get you checked out just in case. It could just be a stomach virus.”

“No,” SungGyu told the manager in a firm voice. “Absolutely not, they will just say I am exhausted and every tabloid will hint it was drugs or something else nefarious. If I am going to have rumors spread about me, then dammit I am going to do something worthy of them. I am fine.”

The manager nodded his head in agreement knowing SungGyu spoke the truth, rumors would spread quickly. “SungYeol, if he looks like he is in pain or if he just seems worse, let me know.”

SungGyu snorted dismissively. “I will let you know. Believe me, I am no martyr. I don’t enjoy being sick and I sure don’t like to hurt.”

“Good,” the manager replied before shutting the door behind him as he exited the room.

As soon as the manager was gone, SungGyu turned his attention on the other man in the room. “That has to be a first.”

“Huh?”

“The first time a member tried to get me sent to the hospital so they wouldn’t have to talk to me.”

“You really were hurting,” SungYeol said in his defense. “I thought you were going to pass out.”

The leader arched an eyebrow and carefully got out of his bed. “So does this mean you want to talk to me?”

SungYeol shook his head. “No.”

“Too bad.”

“I am really, really tired,” SungYeol declared with a yawn and covered up with the blankets. “I think I will go to bed. You should go to bed, too. You will feel better.”

“SungYeol.”

“You should rest, Hyung,” SungYeol said, trying his best to sound respectful and considerate. “You do so much more than the rest of us, you should sleep. I know how much you love your sleep; enjoy a nice long rest. You deserve it.”

SungGyu looked down at his tempting bed, but DongWoo’s voice rang in his subconscious coaxing him to talk to the other man. He fought hard against his desire to sleep, and went over to the younger man’s bed and sat down. He winced a little, noticing his abdominal pain wasn’t completely gone but still he felt a lot better. “I am going to ask you something and I want you to be honest with me.”

SungYeol buried his head in his pillow.

“First off, I am not accusing you of anything.”

SungYeol whimpered, knowing he was not going to like the next words out of the leader’s mouth.

“Are you and WooHyun having sex?”

SungYeol jumped out of bed, causing the bed to shake and causing SungGyu to hold his stomach. “No! No! No! Why would you think that? Of course we aren’t!”

Instead of believing SungYeol’s loud protests, SungGyu found that he was more suspicious than before. “Are you sure?”

“I think I would know if I was having sex with someone.”

SungGyu watched the taller man as he paced the room nervously, his face red. “There is no need to be embarrassed. I didn’t ask you this to embarrass you. I was just worried about you…DongWoo was worried about you.”

“DongWoo…”

“Yeah, he is the one that asked me to ask you, he was concerned.”

“Does DongWoo think I’m having sex with WooHyun?”

SungGyu cautiously clarified, “I believe it was Hoya, who initially brought it up to DongWoo.”

A horrified SungYeol gasped, “Does everybody thinks I’m having sex with WooHyun?”

“Not everybody,” SungGyu denied. “I don’t think you are…but I am not at my best lately, and I can’t afford to let this go unaddressed—I have done that too much lately. I don’t want you to get hurt.”

SungYeol sat back down on the bed. “You don’t want me to get hurt.”

“No.”

“Do you think if I have sex with WooHyun I will get hurt?”

“Yeah.”

“Because we are two guys?”

SungGyu shook his head. “No, you know I don’t care about that kind of thing…but you do work together, and I am pretty sure it would end badly.”

The younger member nodded his head.

“I am worried about you…I don’t want you to be hurt,” SungGyu reinforced.

SungYeol confessed, “Hyung, when you ordered that we were going to room together…I thought you were going to scold me.”

“Scold you?”

“For being WooHyun’s friend…the other morning when you slammed my door, I was scared you were angry with me.”

“I was really angry that morning, but mainly at WooHyun and myself.”

“Why were you mad at yourself?”

“For letting things between me and WooHyun get to this point…this point of no return.”

SungYeol studied SungGyu intently and asked, “Why did you let it get this bad?”

“It was like one day he was the best friend I ever had and the next day everything I did pissed him off…it was just…just too crazy to believe. I thought at first if I ignored it—it would get better, but it didn’t…and then he started to really piss me off and I was too hurt and angry to want to fix it,” SungGyu said, answering SungYeol honestly.

“Do you not know what you did?”

“Did?”

“To make him so angry.”

“No.”

“I do.”

SungGyu eyes widened and he eagerly asked the question that had consumed him for months, “What did I do?”

“I just know what he told me. He told me it was because you got a solo album when he thinks he is the better vocal,” SungYeol admitted and then quickly added, “But I don’t think he is! You have way better control.”

“He is the better vocal,” SungGyu stated with ease. “His voice is beautiful in ways that mine never will be.”

“You say that so easily…even after everything he has done.”

“It’s the truth.”

Suddenly SungYeol felt terribly guilty. “I’m sorry.”

“What for?”

“For being such a bad dongsaeng to you; you sometimes are a terrible nag, you’re sexist, you’re rude, you boss us all the time, and push us so hard—but you’re also honest and you care for us, and you make us better than we normally would be.”

SungGyu looked away from SungYeol feeling embarrassed and stated firmly, “I think we are drifting away from the topic.”

“I am not having sex with him, I promise.”

“And…” SungGyu prompted, sensing more.

“I think I’d like to though.”

“You do?”

“Yeah…You know I’m bisexual.”

“I suspected.”

“At first WooHyun and I were cooped up in the dorm all the time while you and Hoya and DongWoo were out doing your activities. He was so angry and I was the only one that would listen to him vent…because I was unhappy too. MyungSoo was usually busy, and SungJong had no use for our complaining. We got closer…and it was like we bonded in our unhappiness. He wanted to destroy the WooGyu ship…because he didn’t want to be paired with you anymore…he hated that fans like the two of you together. So we started doing more fan service with each other, and I agreed because the more couple fans the better. You know couple fans are really loyal.”

SungGyu nodded his head. “Plus, they buy great gifts.”

“Yep, and then…I just couldn’t stop touching him…at first it was just for the cameras, and then I couldn’t stop. He’s not soft like us.”

SungGyu frowned. “I am not soft.”

“You’re not hard like him. There is something about WooHyun that is very hard. He tries to act soft…but he’s not.”

“He’s not that hard.”

“He is,” SungYeol insisted. “He is muscular, athletic and he’s good at everything he does. Like you said with the singing…everything is like that with him. I just got where I couldn’t stop thinking about him.”

“He never encouraged you…did he?”

SungYeol shook his head. “No, never…it was only for show with him…an act. The attraction wasn’t mutual. He tried letting me down gently, but I just kept on. Yesterday he made it very clear he wasn’t interested in me.”

“It’s for the best,” SungGyu told the younger man.

“I don’t think so. I feel really close to him at times…like I’m his only friend. I really want to have sex with a man…to experience it. WooHyun would have been perfect for me. He has just as much reason as me to never tell anyone, so it would have been safe for the group. Nobody would have gotten hurt.”

“But you would have…like you said, it wasn’t mutual.”

SungYeol shrugged. “He has experience…I just think it would have been nice.”

SungGyu fought the urge to get up and go the bathroom, his stomach was churning again, but he didn’t want SungYeol to think the talk was making him uncomfortable. “Your heart would have been hurt…I know what it is like to be the center of WooHyun’s world. I have felt that bright smile on me…and I can understand how someone who was inclined in that direction could get in over their head really fast. I am just really glad he didn’t lead you on.”

“He didn’t,” SungYeol confirmed; his mood darkening as he started to realize something. “Hyung, I never felt the bright smile that—” SungYeol stopped as he watched SungGyu get off the bed and rush to the bathroom. The younger member cringed as the sound of vomiting filled the hotel room.

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The next morning while all the members were at breakfast DongWoo’s took SungGyu by the hand and told the managers, “We have to go take a
wee-wee; we will be right back.”

“Wee-wee,” the Japanese manager repeated, questioningly.

Manager Hyoan waved a hand dismissively and told the other man, “Don’t ask.”

SungGyu kept quiet and followed DongWoo’s lead.

“I need to go to the bathroom, too,” Hoya said, standing up.

“You can go when we get back,” SungGyu quickly told the lead dancer. “This is mommy and daddy time.”

Hoya frowned but sat back down.

SungGyu knew what DongWoo was about to drill him about, and he didn’t want it getting spread past the two of them. There was too much animosity between Hoya and WooHyun at the moment, and even if it was due in part because of Hoya’s sense of loyalty towards him…SungGyu still did not want to encourage it.

DongWoo pushed the bathroom door open and checked the stalls to confirm they were empty. He then turned back to SungGyu and asked, “So?”

“They aren’t.”

“They aren’t,” DongWoo repeated.

“Nope, but the one that would be hurt…wants to,” SungGyu replied, very mindful not to mention anyone by name.

“He does?”

“Yes.”

DongWoo leaned against the sink and asked, “The one that would not be hurt isn’t interested?”

“No, it’s just one sided.”

“Was there talk of love?”

SungGyu shook his head. “No, it is more curiosity than anything else.”

“Are you sure?”

The leader pondered the other man’s words. “I want it to be true…and the one that would be hurt sounded convincing, but lying is a strength of his. When he explained why he was curious I had the urge to hide my head under the covers.”

DongWoo cringed. “I don’t want to know.”

“I’m not telling.”

“I’m relieved…I won’t lie.”

“Why are you relieved?”

DongWoo looked at SungGyu like he had lost his mind. “Because…they are not having…you know what.”

“If the one that won’t get hurt…hears about it…he will do it to spite me.”

DongWoo moaned. “I didn’t think about that.”

“Nope, and I was feeling too shitty to think about it, till it was too late,” the leader told him. “Hopefully, the one that would get hurt is too embarrassed to mention it.”

“Please, please, please let him be embarrassed,” DongWoo chanted. “Please, Please, Please.”

“Begging?” WooHyun asked cockily as he walked into the bathroom. “Did I intrude on something?”

“No,” SungGyu said dismissively as he brushed past the other lead vocalist to exit the bathroom.

DongWoo let out a nervous giggle, and blabbered, “I am starved.”

WooHyun didn’t bother to hide his suspicion as he watched DongWoo hurry after SungGyu.

*****


SungYeol had done a masterful job of avoiding WooHyun while in Japan. He mentally patted himself on the back, knowing it was driving the other man crazy. He had also managed to avoid him on returning to South Korea.

Infinite was currently at M Countdown doing their goodbye stage for ‘Man in Love’ and he had continued to evade WooHyun…until he had gotten a message that Neil wanted to talk to him. SungYeol had been so eager to talk to the other idol he had left the safety of the other members to go find him. Unfortunately for him that’s when WooHyun cornered him.

He reluctantly allowed the shorter man to drag him into an empty supply room. WooHyun might be smaller than him, but SungYeol knew he was much stronger. The door was barely shut when WooHyun demanded, “What did you two talk about?”

“Who?” SungYeol asked, trying to sound innocent.

“Don’t act like you don’t know who I am talking about.”

SungYeol shrugged. “I talk to a lot of people. You are going to need to be more specific.”

“SungGyu!”

“I talk to SungGyu all the time. I was just talking to him not five minutes ago.”

“SungYeol!”

“Like I said, you are going to need to be more specific.”

WooHyun clenched his fist and stated in a clipped voice, “When you and SungGyu shared a room in Japan what did you two talk about?”

“Nothing much,” SungYeol lied.

“You are starting to piss me off!”

“Why? Nothing important was said.”

“You are lying; what did he say about me?”

“You,” SungYeol snorted. “Why would he talk about you? You aren’t the center of his universe, you know.”

WooHyun realized anger was getting him nowhere so he stepped closer, reached out his hand and gently took SungYeol’s. “Tell me.”

SungYeol, who was too smart to fall for WooHyun’s games, jerked his hand away. “So now you want to touch me.”

The shorter man guilty looked down at his feet, avoiding SungYeol’s accusing gaze and begged, “Just tell me.”

The taller man felt unreasonably angry. “We talked! SungGyu and I talked!”

“Did you talk about me?” WooHyun asked, looking up from the floor to meet SungYeol’s eyes.

SungYeol felt that if he confirmed that they had indeed talked about the other man…he would be giving WooHyun something valuable and he wasn’t feeling generous towards him. “No, you never came up.”

WooHyun took a step back. “I didn’t—I mean I thought you might be getting a hard time for being my friend.”

“We all used to be friends, until you decided to be a perpetual ass.”

“I know,” WooHyun admitted, turning around to face the door. “I hate what I am doing to the group. I know I’m a jerk…I just thought…never mind what I thought.”

“Do feel anything besides anger anymore?”

WooHyun rested his head against the door. “I feel too much, but I try really hard to only feel anger.”

Something sad in WooHyun’s voice had SungYeol stepping forward to rest a hand on WooHyun’s back. “You are tense.”

“I know,” WooHyun said in a shaky voice as if he was battling to remain in control of his warring emotions.

SungYeol placed both hands on the other man’s shoulders and started to massage him. “I could help you with this…I want to help you.”

“You can’t help me.”

“I could if you let me.”

“You can’t.”

“How can you be sure?”

“I tried…I tried with other people, and it just…you can’t help me.”

“Why? Because…because you don’t feel anything for me?”

“I feel friendship for you.”

“Friends…friends…I know you have had sex with friends before.”

WooHyun turned around and gently pushed SungYeol away. “Not with a member.”

SungYeol, who refused to be thwarted, suggested, “Members of the same group…have the same to lose. Maybe you should think about having sex with a member.”

The shorter man let out a loud, bitter laugh that rocked his whole body as if the younger’s man statement was the funniest thing he had ever heard.

“You know I am bigger than you,” SungYeol threatened, feeling hurt by the laughter.

“I am not laughing at you,” WooHyun stated, realizing the taller member had misinterpreted his laughter.

“Really; who else is in here?”

“Myself…I am laughing at myself.”

SungYeol sneered, charging toward the door. “No, you’re not. You are laughing at me! Poor, pitiful SungYeol! SungGyu was right! You’d only end up hurting me!”

Before SungYeol could open the door, WooHyun grabbed ahold of him and swung him back around away from the door with ease. “Did SungGyu say I would hurt you?”

“I am not going to tell you what he said,” SungYeol said defiantly.

“Oh, yes you are.”

“No, I’m not. You want to be angry at him and I am not gong to feed your anger.”

WooHyun took a step closer to the man and warned, “You are right…you are bigger than me, but you’re weak…so you better tell me now.”

“Are you threatening me?” A shocked SungYeol asked.

“What did he say?” WooHyun shouted.

So surprised by the other man’s rage, SungYeol just blurted out the truth, “He wanted to know if we were fucking.”

A look of disbelief appeared on WooHyun’s face. “Why would he think that?”

“Because…I want to fuck you! Gawd! That is why he would think that! I am not exactly subtle with my feelings! He warned me though, that it was just once sided and he said—”

“How does he know it is one sided?” WooHyun demanded, interrupting the other man.

“Because he isn’t stupid like me,” SungYeol offered, sarcastically. “He was just warning me that getting involved with you would be a colossal mistake and I have to agree.”

An enraged WooHyun took a step back toward the door. “How does he know…that I don’t like you? He’s warning you away from me; what if I liked you?”

The taller man shook his head. “You don’t.”

“How does he know that?”

“Because…he knows you!”

“The hell he does! He doesn’t know me at all! He never has!”

A confused SungYeol asked hopefully, “So are you saying…you do like me?”

“No!”

“Then why are you so angry?”

“Because he has no right to say what I feel and what I don’t!”

“But he was right…”

“Fuck him,” WooHyun cursed, opening the door and storming out into the hall to look for SungGyu, forgetting completely about SungYeol.


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The performance had been a disaster, and SungGyu was surprised he had managed to stay upright for it. As the music ended, he was ready to admit that he was sick, really sick. He was more than willing to be taken to the hospital. He knew something wasn’t right; something was very wrong. But before he had time to call for a manager a hand wrapped tightly around his wrist and forcefully dragged him off the stage.

Before he could react he found himself alone in the greenroom that was nearest the stage with a furious looking WooHyun. He watched in shock as WooHyun wedged the door shut with a chair, locking them in the room.

SungGyu, who was finding it a challenge to remain standing, tried to sound commanding, “What the hell do you think you are doing?”

WooHyun whirled around after making sure nobody could get the door open. “Great performance! I really must commend you on your phenomenally bad dancing. Remember when you used to make the younger members cry…when they were so tired they could barely stand upright and you didn’t care. You had no mercy on them; you just kept demanding that they live up to your impossible standards. I remember those times like they were yesterday. I would try to soothe everything over, when you were being an impossible hard-ass. I used to work so hard back then to be peacemaker and make them understand you were just being harsh so we could stand the heat once we debuted. Do you remember those times…when you didn’t dance like complete shit?”

SungGyu blinked, because he knew there was only one angry WooHyun in the room giving him hell and the fact that he was seeing two was worrisome.

“What, you don’t have anything to say in your defense? Why don’t you give me some excuse for that horrible dance performance? Are you too tired due to all your variety shows or are your perky little girlfriends keeping you up at night? Is that your excuse?”

SungGyu closed his eyes; the two WooHyuns had turned into three blurry ones.

“Do you still have nothing to say in your defense? Well, you had plenty to say to SungYeol didn’t you?”

“Huh?”

“You told him that I was only going to end up hurting him! You said I didn’t care about him. How the hell would you know how I feel?”

SungGyu opened his eyes and focused on one of the WooHyuns. “You don’t…do you?”

“Look at me when you talk to me!” the younger man demanded. “Fucking look at me!”

“Wrong one,” SungGyu mumbled, shaking his head in an attempt to clear it. “I…was just…looking out for him—”

“What about me,” WooHyun cried out, grabbing a hold of SungGyu. “What about me!”

A startled SungGyu jumped; he had not noticed how close WooHyun had gotten.

WooHyun’s hands dug into the older man’s arms and the younger man stated harshly, “You don’t know anything about me. You never did!”

SungGyu’s head was swimming, but he wanted to focus on WooHyun’s words…he felt like it was very important that he listen. “Whaaat?”

“You of all people…wouldn’t know how I feel. You wouldn’t know if I liked SungYeol…or anybody! You wouldn’t know if I was so in love with somebody it was making me insane! You called me your best friend for years, but you never knew me! I was always beside you, but you never knew me.”

“I did…”

“No, you didn’t. You didn’t know me…I was right next to you bleeding my heart out all over you and you never noticed. You didn’t know I loved you so much it was destroying me. Killing me on the inside and turning me into a different person! A person I hated! You never knew!” WooHyun angrily spit out at the other man, all his anger and frustration unleashing itself.

SungGyu didn’t have time to respond before he felt WooHyun’s hands on his face, pulling him down toward him. To his astonishment he felt warm, hungry lips colliding against his own.

He lacked the energy to fight, to protest, or even to pull away. His world was spiraling out of control, his body refused to obey him, his mind was a fog, and his own thoughts danced around in his mind making no sense.

WooHyun broke the kiss and a hand was suddenly on his forehead. “You’re burning up.”

SungGyu swayed on his feet. WooHyun reached out, holding him with arms that were so much stronger than they appeared; preventing him from falling to the floor. SungYeol’s words about WooHyun being harder than them replayed in mind as he started to slip into unconsciousness.

A darkness SungGyu had never known before was pulling him under, but he struggled to keep his eyes open. He gasped when he looked up into WooHyun’s concerned eyes…because he finally understood…he knew why the other man hated him…because he didn’t hate him at all…WooHyun loved him.
  • Current Mood: worried worried
  • Current Music: Trap by Henry
/gasps.
Finally Woohyun!!

What's wrong with gyugyu??! \o/

Thank you for the update ♥
this chapter was epic !! And serious Dongwoo was so hard to imagine XD
Finally, we're enlightened. Poor Woohyun and poor Songgyu TT-TT
Thank you for the update <3
i knew that woohyun was angry because of his love for sunggyu, this is so good, now i want to continue on reading........Update soon.^^
sunggyu has an ulcer that broke a hole in his stomach and now he is collapsing
too much stress could kill indeed
Too much stress can kill a person, it's horrible for the body...we will see if that is what is wrong.

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Wow, you update really fast.. I love it

Poor Sungyeol, I feel he is the one who trapped between Woohyun and Sunggyu..
"This is mommy and daddy time" --> LOL at this sentece

I wonder how Sunggyu respond to Woohyun's confession once he gets better, cant't wait for the next chapter
I did update rather fast for me. lol

SungYeol...he does seem to be stuck in the middle.

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Ah!!! I knew that was where this was going!!! I am so excited for the next chapter. I haven't commented in so long but I really do enjoy this story so much.
I KNEW IT. HE LOVES SUNGGYU.
but Woohyun did say "loved" so does that mean he doesn't love him anymore? Uh.. /shot So Woohyun was upset because Sunggyu never actually noticed his feelings for him and also because he's insensitive and all that jazz? O.o /shot

Sunggyu has stomach problems nuuuuu. D: Gyu stay strong! D:

And I am very curious about this line from the summary :O

"A danger is looming over SungGyu, but will he pay it heed before it claims his life?"

Is the "danger" his sickness? :O Or is it something far more sinister? O.o

Also this line.... "Can an ominous deal be brokered in time to save Infinite?"

WHAT DEAL OMG WHAT DEAL. DEAL WITH WHAT OMG. /shotshot
Hmmm...did he say loved? Or was he just talking about how hard it was being the best friend when his love wasn't acknowledged? Hmmm. The next chapter will explain.

The danger is whatever made him pass out.

Oh, the deal is far away right now, but it will eventually come into light.:)

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Gosh! That was sooo good. Here take my heart. Do whatever you want with it. It's all yours. You can break it into a million pieces if you want T_T Just make it up to me and give me a happy ending, pls? Haha don't mind me. You're doing great. Ahh WOohyun, the intense one(even in real life, i think). Love hurts. Love can move mountains. It's complicated. Can't wait for the next one. Thank you <333
I gladly accept your heart. I make no promises though. lol

WooHyun is very intense in real life, he hides it under his fan service, but he's very intense.

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awwwww poor woohyun!!! :( I totally understand him... but finally, the truth is revealed!!! Cant wait for next chapter :)
Whoa, you’re so quick with the updates. I have not even commented on chapter 1.

....And Woohyun has finally exploded. It would be very interesting to see how this confession affects the whole group. Everyone was annoyed and pissed at Woohyun for being the biggest drama queen and sided with Sunggyu. Fair enough, I would be as well if one just whines and acts like an ass and won’t even say what the problem is. I’m not too sure if Sunggyu will tell anyone of Woohyun’s feelings for him to anyone. He will eventually but I don’t like it weighing down on him and in the process he will blame himself if something goes wrong. I’m sure the last thing he wants to do is hurt his best friend and fail the group. And when this happens maybe in his mind, he can only pick one and it’s all or nothing. Ohh, I’ve got to stop thinking about things that might hurt them but then you said angst and I’m imagining the pain you will subject these poor boys to. :p
On Sunggyu, was he really that oblivious to Woohyun’s love? It’s either he is the most dense person to ever walk the earth or Woohyun is just really, really good at restraining all his feelings and now it has just exploded.

And ohhhh, Sungyeol is experimenting!!! My eyes just popped out when I was reading his conversation with Sunggyu. And since you said that it’s okay to ask questions....Don’t laugh at me, uhmmm that hair thing with Sungyeol, did that really happen?
Yes, SungYeol and the other guys admitted that when SY had a long period of not having any schedules his hair started falling out. The boy gets stressed.

I was quick with this update. lol Maybe I was too quick.

There is going to be angst...but I try to slide humor in whenever possible. The next chapter is pretty angsty I won't lie.

SungGyu was completely oblivious and as for whether WooHy was good at hiding his feelings--I hope to show if he is or not. lol

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interested...
im usually a yunjae fan when it comes to fanfics...so trying to read and like this story was somewhat new to me..i knew infinite and to be honest im not their biggest fan...but i have always loved your work..and this story im trusting would be just as wonderful as your previous pieces...im looking forward to the coming chapters..,
Re: interested...
believe me.... I'm a yunjae shipper also, but this writer made me an infinite fan.... and even though they're really young, they work hard, so I really start to like them.... look for her other stories and you're gonna fall in love with them and Kyuwook couple also (:
OMG! I know I should feel sorry for SungGyu but right now all I can think about is how much WooHyun has been hurting all this time, he has been toeing the fine line between love and hate for so long. To be next to someone you love more than life and yet know that it can never be to watch them get further away from you by every new project they take on that does not include you must have been like torture for WooHyun. At the beginning of this story I really thought that SungGyu had done something awful to him or a member and that is where all the bad attitude came from, then when I started reading this chapter and about SungGyu not feeling well I was thinking oh god he is terminally sick and not caring and that is why WooHyun is so angry but then once again you surprised me by letting us know that it was because WooHyun could not handle the closeness without being close that brought the changes on or so I think ,anyway now I want more. Oh and I don´t feel sorry for SungYeol he should know better.
Oh, that is the worst feeling in the world.:( WooHyun just finally went nuts.

I laughed at the terminally ill, only because I am such an angst hag you guys always expect the worst from me. Well, what can I expect I did shoot Yunho in the head. lol

I love your comments so much...you have been spoiling me since TFAN.:)

Thank you!
HURRAH! We found out at least what has happened! So excited/happy about this chapter.

You were right, I do feel bad for SungYeol. But to echo SungGyu's feelings, at least WooHyun didn't lead him on.

Final note, while reading this chapter I was struck by two ironies. 1) This is a complete reversal from Bed of Roses, while prior it was SungGyu who was head over heals for WooHyun and WooHyun who was in denial, now we find their positions reversed. And yet, either way, SungGyu comes across as (relatively) mature and WooHyun as an emotionally-challenged brat (at least for the most part) 2) SungGyu has the fever but WooHyun is the one who is behaving feverish

So now that i have stated the obvious, I will happily go (happily - that is, until the high of reading this chapter wears off and I sink into the terrible pit of dispair to await the next update). Keep up the great work!
I am glad the chapter made you excited!

No, WooHyun didn't lead him on...and that is a plus. He could have used SungYeol.

Your observations are dully noted. It is a reversal of BOR...I wasn't happy with BOR, so I will see if Sweet Deception fairs better. As for WooHyun being an emotionally-challenged brat....your wording makes me grin. I am curious if you will hold the same opinion as the story progresses.:)

Don't sink into despair! Please don't! I promise the wait won't be too horribly long!

Thank you!
i am sooooo glad you started another woogyu story. i love all your stories! but sometimes i am just trying to be as quick as i can, that i can't even comment. i know you hate silent readers, i'm so sorry :(

it's just the second chapter and i feel like a lot of things happened already. and i just couldn't wait for the next.

what do you think is up with woogyu lately? sometimes i feel like woogyu love is back on again. and then there are times when i'd feel like something is off. i hate it. i wanna see woogyu the way they used to be. i hate it when they're not ok. it doesn't feel right :))

did say i love this story already? i love it so much already. and the ending of this chapter really did it for me. i feel so badly for woohyun and for sungyeol. your writing made me feel their suffering.

i am soo looking forward to the next chapter!
I remember you!!!!

I don't hate silent readers....they just give me the sniffles.:(

I think during MIL WooGyu were...well, those moments inspired this story. They seem to be in a good spot right now, but very aware that we are watching.

This sounds awful but I want you to feel their suffering and if there is any happiness to be had in this story...I want you to feel that also.:)

Thank you for rejoining the glorious commenter club!
You updated so fast! Not that I'm complaining :))

I wanted to quote a lot but I'm on phone! It would be hard to do so. Anyway,
I really love serious Dongwoo! I swear, among Infinite, it is Dongwoo who I hear a lot of mature and wise words. He is beyond that ball of energy and happiness that he usually is. He is smarter than anyone gives him credit for. And I love how Sunggyu encourages him to let out his mature side.

That Sungyeol and Gyu talk in the hotel room...
Sunggyu saying that he knows how to be Woohyun's center of his universe, seeing that bright smile... I think he unknowingly proclaimed how he enjoyed Woohyun's attention that he somewhat craves for it...

Is it weird that I cried reading the confrontation of Woohyun and Sunggyu? You know how much I love those two! I was feeling sad, hurt and frustrated for Woohyun but also sympathetic towards Sunggyu. And that angry yet warm kiss from Woohyun, I hope Sunggyu will handle this maturely (I know he will but I have yet to see/read it). I teared up remembering that tension between them during MIL promotions. I love how you make this so real.

I'm typing so much, sorry :)) thank you for giving bus a great chapter!

Edited at 2013-08-05 03:36 pm (UTC)
My WooGyu friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, and when SungGyu can't bring out DongWoo's mature side he stays close to him so he can whack him or bite him on the ear.:)

Oh, SungGyu misses that wonderful beacon of light that is WooHyun's smile that used to shine so bright on him. You know me well, from Twitter so you probably have a good idea where this story is going--------------------unless I did the opposite to not be predictable.:) Who knows. lol

I do know how much you love them. I love them, too! Yesterday was a good WooGyu day though, wasn't it? Hoping Weekly Idol will feed us some more good moments!

Never apologize for long comments! Never!

Thank you!
Oh man this chapter was so good. I literally squeed out loud when I saw you updated so quickly. Thanks for that. Man I'm thrown for a loop though now, I really thought we wouldn't find out why Woohyun was acting like this for a few chapters, and I thought maybe another member would find out first, but this is even better. Woohyun's confrontation with Sunggyu was really something else. I felt all the pain pouring out of Woohyun after keeping all his feelings pent up for all this time. Its must be so heartbreaking for him to feel this way about Sunggyu even though it seems like he tried really hard to not feel this way.
I hope Sunggyu is okay. Sungyeol is another one I'm confused on whats going on in his head. Can't wait for the next chapter, this story is so addictive. Bye
I love it when updates make people excited.:) It makes me very happy!

I am so glad you could feel WooHyun's pain...I wanted for people to feel his heart bleeding out. I love it when readers can sympathize and empathize with the characters.:)

Thank you so much for commenting!
ahh, I'm loving this fic so much. I just read the three chapters in a row and as I was reading I couldn't stop thinking "this is getting so good, this fic is so good". I absolutely adore how you're writing their relationships, especially Sunggyu/Dongwoo scenes, I loved their talk on the plane. I actually love all dialogues lol.
So pumped for next chapter now that Woohyun has finally confessed... ugh all the angst leading to this has been so, so good. I can't wait to read more. <3
edit: I forgot to add that fics which have real events are my fav. It took me way too many lines to realize when this fic is set and I'm just so happy to read something like this. I was really waiting for some angst Woogyu during MIL~

Edited at 2013-08-05 11:58 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you like it.

Dialogue has always been my favorite thing to write...probably because I'm a little crazy and say it aloud as I write it.

When I read fan fic I always like real event stories best, too; although sometimes they can be tricky to write.

Thank you so much for commenting/reading!
hello:)
soooo happy you started a new story,I'm not an Infinite fan but I'm your fan so I think I'll become also an Infinite fan:))
as always I'm in love with the way you construct your characters (or use them but that in itself is a talent)
I was anticipating another angst drama, because it gets me in like 2 seconds:).
I was waiting for summer but your update makes me happier:).
Thank you for the wonderful story and update;)
Hello again!

You wonderful person you! It's so great that people are willing to read a story where they don't even know the guys...just because I wrote it. I am really touched. It means a lot. Thank you so much.:)

It will have a lot of angsty moments.:) You are so sweet! Thank you for reading/commenting!
Such an awesome chapter! Ugh, I just love how you characterized both Woohyuna nd Sunggyu here. can't wait for the next chapter!
I love your name! haha

I am glad you like the characterization! Thanks so much for commenting/reading!

Thank you! Thank you!
I think you got me with this one. Im afraid i have to learn much more about Infinite to know who im reading about cuz it is more fun that way. ;) im glad i started to read and i cant wait to read how the story goes on. Thank you for the fanvid links on twitter and especially a big thanks for sharing your fics with us. <333
I am so glad you gave it a chance~!!! Thank you!

If you need anymore Infinite info just let me know. I really recommend watching Sesame Player and Ranking King.
BOOM!!
woohyun said it.

he fucking said it.


and now my solem activity on lj would be refreshing ur page for updates
kyuzizi is sick. poor baby. WooHyun is scary in this story and I like it. he's bold. and sungyeol....hum... I'm still getting the hang of the fact that he's gay. lol
Nice update!
WooHyun has an edge in this story so far. There is something just a little bit off about him. lol

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Im just totally loving dongwoo and sungkyu~
Is it bad to ship them? ^.^ lol
"Wee wee" had me cracking up so hard! I could only imagine the face of the reporter! >.<
And sungyeol my favorite~ i feel so bad for him~
I hope gyu doesnt have anything serious~~
Cant wait to read the next chapter!
I don't ship them but I love their friendship. They are opposites but gel so easily.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!