Meet Me Halfway
Jaejoong/Changmin || PG-13 || Romance, Angst-ish
(A/N: I got the idea for this from a DBSK interview, with some slight modifications...and it's also named after a song haha. I've been in a writer's block these days, so hopefully this turned out well for you guys. ^__^)
The night was cool. A calm breeze met Changmin's skin as he walked through the grass, a thin jacket covering his wifebeater. He wore pajama pants and no shoes with not a care in the world. While on break from his activities with Yunho, he'd returned to the one place to put him at ease whenever he was unsettled. It was the usual things bothering him at the time, stress from daily activities, lack of sleep, the twinge he'd get in his chest whenever he thought of the other three.
Although daily Changmin was surrounded by people, and often he talked to those he'd called close friends, a part of him was still lonely. Maybe it was the side that craved to have that personal, intimate affection, he didn't know. It was times like these, he wished he could just disappear for a while and come back without anyone noticing where or what he'd been doing.
The faint sound of water crashing against the shore brought Changmin from his thoughts. He looked down, seeing his toes buried just slightly beneath the sand. The coast was his favorite place to come to whenever he was in Jeju; at night the ocean was so beautiful, especially with the moon hovering perfectly over it and casting a luminous, pleasant glow over the dark water. He began walking down closer to the water, thrusting his hands into his pajama pockets and feeling warm sand sinking between his toes with every step.
He was so lost into the scenery, he hadn't immediately noticed a person was already camped out in the sand. By the time he realized he was a few steps away from running into them. The person had their knees pulled up to their chest, seeming to be in deep thought. It was a little too dark to see their face properly though. Changmin took a few steps back as the person turned in his direction. He was ready to apologize but the person's gasp made him hesitate.
Changmin heard the voice he could never forget. He didn't want to believe it was true. He wanted to believe it was all a hallucination. He had to be dreaming. He watched as the person stood up, moonlight revealing their identity and he found himself staring at no other than Kim Jaejoong.
His mouth fell open slightly, wanting to say something, anything...but the moment robbed him of his thoughts. He could do nothing but watch the tears rise, shining in his hyung's eyes and the next thing he knew, he was being pulled into a tight embrace.
"Minnie..." Jaejoong's arms were around his neck, face buried into the crook of his neck. "I miss you so much, you don't even know."
Changmin blinked, emotions hitting him hard and leaving him speechless. Before he could even think to return the embrace, Jaejoong had pulled away, cheeks stained with tears. It was then the maknae could see how thin and worn his old friend looked and a piece of him almost shattered. "What...are you doing here?"
"Escaping."Jaejoong gave a tired smile. "I can see you're doing the same..." his eyes lowered to Changmin's clothes.
"I just came out of my hotel room," Changmin said, gesturing towards his room which was not too far away. He looked away, finding himself not able to meet his friend's eyes. "How are the others?"
"The same old annoying pests you know and love," Jaejoong replied, and Changmin couldn't help but smile at the thought. "How's...Yunho?"
Changmin sighed. "Hanging in there. He's tired too, and stressed. I feel bad for him a lot but he says not to worry and he has everything under control. He still has that leader complex in him." As he watched Jaejoong wiping away his tears, the rest of what he was thinking just casually slipped from his lips. "I always knew how you felt about him."
He was not surprised to see the look on Jaejoong's face. He sighed, turning towards the ocean and taking a seat on the blanket of sand. "Even the fans knew, you two were just meant to be." Changmin gave a slight chuckle, though in his heart, the bitter feeling that had been hidden so long resurfaced. I was stupid enough to think I had a chance.
Although he'd managed to convince everyone around him that he was the straightest a man could get, he'd always felt a certain kind of way towards Jaejoong, and a part of him had always hoped the man would return his feelings someday, somehow.
A hand covering his brought his attention to reality. Changmin looked over to see that tears had returned in Jaejoong's eyes. "I think you have the slightly wrong idea, Min."
Changmin was ready to ask Jaejoong to elaborate, but was caught off guard when he felt a pair of soft lips pressed tightly up against his. Before he could even get a chance to register what happened, Jaejoong had pulled away just enough so that their foreheads rested together.
"I can't go on like this, Changmin." Changmin watched the tears slide down the cheeks of the heaven sent angel before him. "I've been hiding how I felt since the beginning, waiting for the day you would come to me and love me even though I'm a man. Yunho has been like a brother to me, he was there for me, but not the way you think he was."
Changmin raised a thumb, gently swiping away the straggling tears on Jaejoong's cheeks. Jaejoong looked him in the eyes, waiting for his reaction. Changmin glanced down at his lips before leaning back over, kissing him deeply. Jaejoong returned the embrace immediately, hands curing around his wifebeater and pulling him closer.
Within seconds the two of them were pressed passionately against the sand. Changmin hovering Jaejoong, placing kisses over every inch of bare skin he could find and loving the way Jaejoong's fingers played with his hair, giving him access. This intimacy was everything he'd ever hoped for and better; Jaejoong was so soft and willing it almost seemed surreal. He was doing everything in his power to control himself, not to make any sudden moves to mess up this perfect moment.
"I want you, Changmin," Jaejoong said breathlessly once they had parted from another intense kiss. He looked up into the maknae's surprised face. "Let's make it tonight." He wrapped his arms loosely around Changmin's neck as as he found himself suddenly picked up from the sand bridal style, the maknae carrying him towards his room.
He didn't need to be told twice.
An hour and a half later, Changmin was staring at the ceiling, the night's events circling his thoughts and beginning to sink in. It wasn't a dream; Jaejoong was really next to him in his bed, head resting against his chest and arms and legs lazily slung over his body. The clock ticked loudly above their heads, their time together becoming more limited. He knew Jaejoong would have to leave him early in the morning, go back to the others and continue on with his life. He was a little scared to know how long he'd have to wait before he could see his lover one again.
"I already knew you would be here on Jeju island," Jaejoong murmured, fingers tracing around Changmin's exposed belly button.
"I figured as much."
"I had this whole night planned out too."
Jaejoong turned his head to look at Changmin, face scrunched up in fake annoyance. "Even after sex you act like a know-it all?"
"I wouldn't be the Changmin you know and love, now would I?" Changmin teased, mocking Jaejoong's facial expression. Jaejoong giggled, sighing happily as he looked up at Changmin.
"Wait for me, Min." Jaejoong's eyelids fluttered closed, his hand moving towards Changmin's and squeezing gently. "It's going to be a while but please wait for me."
"I will." Changmin returned the embrace, his chest feeling tight with emotion. He watched as Jaejoong fell soundly asleep, snoozing softly against his chest. He moved his hand from Jaejoong's, going up to the other man's face and moving his flowing hair away from his eyes. He wasn't at all tired, so he decided to enjoy the moment while it lasts, willing to wait the day when Jaejoong would return to his side permanently.
A/N: there are so many things wrong with this fic...i just had to write something in this recession i'm having in my mind. lol.