Fragile Essence

Fragile Essence
Author: Aquariuslover
Pairings: Yunho, Jaejoong
Rating: R
Genre: Romance, Angst
Length: Chaptered
Beta: tahoeturquoise

Summary: Jaejoong, the half Korean child nobody wanted, and Yunho, the beloved golden son of a town, form an unlikely bond; one that is forever evolving through the passing years as it is repeatedly tested by love, loss, and fire. This is part one of their story.

Author’s Note:  This story is set in an alternate universe, in an imaginary town, and during an ambiguous time period.


He stood there in the hospital waiting room, acutely aware that he was wearing his Hello Kitty pajamas that Hana had gotten him last Christmas. Pajamas he had put on after showering; an unsuccessful attempt to wash away his guilt. He looked down at his feet, eyeing the green flip flops he had somehow managed to slip on during the mad dash to get to the crash site. He mentally chastised himself for thinking of clothing at a time like this. He squeezed his eyes shut and then opened them again, before gazing at the man who he knew to be forever lost to him.

Across the room, sitting in a chair, staring at the wall with tears sliding down blackened cheeks was the person Jaejoong loved most in the world; a person now consumed with overwhelming guilt and self-hatred. His face and arms were covered in burns and blisters; his clothing was scorched; but it was the not the heat of the fire that had left the deepest wounds, and a lifetime’s worth of scars.

Jaejoong did not move from his spot, not daring to take a step closer. “Yunho, you should go to the emergency room.”

“No,” came the broken, hoarse reply.

The painful response had Jaejoong instinctively taking a step toward the other man.

“Don’t! Don’t come near me.”

Jaejoong came to an immediate stop. “I won’t.”

“Do you know what we did?”

“I know.”

“We killed him…I killed him. I killed him,” the other man sobbed, bending over in his chair as if even sitting was too hard. “I killed my dad.”

Jaejoong wiped away the tears from his face with the sleeve of his pajama top. He wanted to comfort the other man, but the words escaped him. Yunho’s father had been such a kind, good man…and their actions had resulted in his death. He had died because of them, and nothing Jaejoong told Yunho could ever change that fact.

“How do I tell her? How do I tell her I killed Dad? How do I tell her she is a widow with two young kids and baby, now?” Yunho cried out with unimaginable grief. “I don’t deserve to live.”

“I don’t know…I don’t know…I don’t know,” Jaejoong repeated softly, over and over. “I don’t know.”

“He burned up…I couldn’t save him. He just burned…” Yunho paused as his whole body was wracked with sobs.

Jaejoong squatted on the floor, unsteady legs threatening to give out as another fire from years ago sprang to memory. He pushed those old memories aside and focused on Yunho and the sight the other man had been forced to watch, helplessly. How would he ever survive witnessing such a sight, knowing his actions…their actions had led to it? How did anybody survive knowing such a thing? “I don’t know,” Jaejoong whispered.

“How do I tell her? I don’t know how to tell her Dad is dead…I just don’t know how.”

Jaejoong, who was struggling for a way to ease Yunho’s pain, reminded him, “She knew about the wreck…that’s why she fell down the stairs. That’s what Mrs. Fields said when she took Hana and Junsu, remember?” Yunho turned to look at Jaejoong with widened eyes, and he instantly knew he had said the wrong thing. “I don’t know what to say,” Jaejoong told him, miserably. “I don’t know how to make this better.”

“There is nothing you can say,” Yunho answered with a slightly raised voice. “Nothing can make this better; there are no words. No words.”

A doctor and a nurse walked into the waiting room, sparing Jaejoong from having to respond to the despondent man. The doctor walked up to Yunho, who had gotten up from his chair when the doctor entered the room. Jaejoong stood back up as soon as the doctor started apologizing. Words and phrases like blood loss, blood failing to clot, abruptio placentae, and DIC could be heard as Jaejoong’s world spun out of control. He fought to keep his feet planted firmly on the floor.

It slowly registered with Jaejoong that Mrs. Jung was dead. Mrs. Jung was dead. Mrs. Jung, who had always been so extremely kind to him…she had taught him to cook. She had not survived…just like Mr. Jung had not survived. They were both dead. They had both welcomed him into their lives and their home. Their door had always been open to him. They had made him feel at home, when he didn’t even know what a home was. They were both dead, and he had contributed to their death. He had killed the kindest, warmest people he had ever known.

He forced himself to look at Yunho, surprised to find that Yunho had stopped crying. Instead his handsome face was deathly still, as the full consequences of his actions were truly understood for the first time. Jaejoong watched the frozen Yunho, wishing he could go back in time; wishing he could undo everything that had led to this moment. He made many a silent plea to God but if the great deity of everything had heard him, he gave no sign.

“Are you family?”

Jaejoong jumped, surprised by the voice. He looked away from Yunho to find the nurse standing beside him.

“No,” Jaejoong answered, shaking all over. “I was a friend…they took me in. They were…Mrs. Jung was always good to me. She was better than…she was more of a mom to me…than anybody else ever was. Mr. Jung too….he was really good to me. He was like a big teddy bear…kinda gruff, but not gruff at all. I wasn’t family though; I just always wished I was.”

“That’s close enough,” the nurse answered, causing Jaejoong to really look at her, and what she was holding.

“Is that…?”

The nurse nodded her head. “He survived; he’s a strong boy.”


“Yes, it’s a boy.”

Jaejoong looked at the baby, horrified, and his voice squeaked, “He doesn’t have a mom.”

The nurse shook her head. “No, he doesn’t; but he is going to need someone. His brother is in no shape to hold him.”

“You want me to hold him?”

The nurse nodded her head, and gently placed the baby in Jaejoong’s arms, and told him kindly, “His mother can’t hold him, so I think it’s important that somebody who obviously loved her hold him for her.”

Jaejoong gazed down at the newborn, forcing his body to stop shaking as he held the sleeping baby…a completely innocent sleeping baby who would never get a chance to know his amazing parents. An infant born into tragedy, a tragedy that Jaejoong had contributed to. Jaejoong vowed he would do everything he could to make it up the child, and to everyone. He would be whatever they needed him to be.

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wait wait, what? they killed his parents and O.O whoa. ok my guess is that there was either a car accident or umm or uh some kind of fire at their house idk wae you kill people off? :(
but jae, jae is going to make a good mother, I mean father XD

Edited at 2012-11-06 03:57 am (UTC)
I read it and this image of when Yunho and Jaejoong looked at their past lifes and Jaejoong living with Yunho and his brothers and sister came to my mind... if this is that (or at least... going something like in that way... I have to say that I LOVE YA <3) and that baby better be Changmin because I love JaeMin mom/son relationship (but without forgetting the soulfighter within their relationship XD...
This story will have nothing to do with Expectations at at all. But you are correct it is one of their past lives. It will have no affect on the story though, but clever Expectations readers might chuckle at times.

Adventure four of Expectations was just a way I could write down some of my yunjae story ideas. My head was so full of stories I wanted to write then--and then it went empty for awhile.

I had people vote at for what story the wanted out of the past lives. But then I went with this one anyways, because it just wouldn't leave me alone. It was very demanding.

Thanks so much for commenting! I really hope this story doesn't suck.
My fav author is back-very gripping and knowing you will weave a beautiful story-Cant wait...Thank You!
Whatever the reason why, I am looking forward to it ;____;

So this means that Hana and Junsu are yunho's siblings? and the baby.. ;___; poor baby, poor parents, poor yunho T_T

Great prologue! Waiting for the next one! :)
So the acclaimed author of Damaged is back with another YunJae story! You actually got me into reading YJ fics! I can't wait to see how this story unfolds! Good luck! ^_^
Wow!! This story sounds awesome!! I can't wait to see where this story goes!!
OMG The new story is absolutely freakingly awesome and I am gonna love it :D

OMG, I have a lot of things to write in here...and to Expectations...I wasn't in a condition to write a proper comment, because as soon as I post my comment it will be over...even though only for some time but it'll be over...

I'll be here in few hours, sobbing into the comments..
Okay,to be honest, I haven't expected something like this to come..
It sure will be a great story as always, but right now, I have mixed feelings about it. I mean, it's really interesting and I want to know what's going to happen, but on the other hand, I am a little scared of the beginning.I even can't imagine what kind of relationship Yunho and Jaejoong share in this story.

Okay I mean, it was said that Jaejoong loves Yunho the most in the world, but I hope it gets clearer in the next chapter.. Also the "We killed him" part is really confusing.. I want to know exactly how and why does Yunho think they killed his father..okay, I know I maybe don't make any sense right know, but I'm really confused.
But I enjoyed it till the end, and I'm hungry for the next chapter.

Oh,I have a feeling it's a life Jaejoong visited in Expectations...the names are correct..I mean Junsu and Hana(I like the name, by the way). The Jaejoong of the reality Jae from Expectations was for a while was also a friend and helped Yunho out with his siblings, because their parents both died.
I hope I'm right, because it would explain so much. I hope to read the kitchen scene really soon :D
It's a nice surprise :D I had to extra read the Expectations' Adventure 4 :D it was worth it :D

Edited at 2012-11-06 03:52 pm (UTC)
Oh God one tragedy after another.Did Yunho's dad catch him in Jaejoong doing something inappropriate? I'm just wondering what lead to this...Your one of my fave writers and I know this fic will pull at my heartstrings and make me smile too.
I am so flattered to be one of your fave writers.:) I hope this story doesn't disappoint.

I had one intention when I wrote it but...then another idea was born and I totally went with it.
New fic \o/!
It's sad that story just begun and Yunho is an orphan with two little brothers and Jaejoong T.T

But....OMG I just remembered when the Guardian took Yunho and Jaejoong to see all of their past lives... I can't help to think... is this the universe when Changmin calls JJ 'mom' >///<?? awwwwwwwwwwwww I'm really excited and looking for more chapters!
This is that that past live...but of course they won't know anything about the Expectations life.

Thank you!
Wow so much to take in from just the prologue~
Im very interested to see how everything will unfold! :D
I like how you start off your stories, they leave me curious and excited to see another yunjae love story be told! XD
I think a prologue is very important. It should catch the reader's attention.

I worry if the readers will stick around for the first three chapters.

Than you!
oh my God! such a heartbreaking opening...
what could have happened to them that lead to yunho's father death and his mother's accident?
this is going to be one heart wrenching story and i'm tagging along close to you of course as always... ^.^