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This one is less of a description but actual story line/plot with dialogue. I haven’t had too much time to edit so apologies for any grammar or typo errors. I’m trying to calm a raging headache as I have been sick for a week now. But this one has been on the back burner for way too long.
Also, I’ve been told I might want to put some warnings. I’ll tell you straight up – this is going to be PG-rated. Some violence, due to the nature of vampires in general, but that is all. If you’re looking for 18+ material you won’t find it here. My daughter reads my stories – she’s the one who encouraged me to try this out so of course I’m going to keep it clean.
Jung Hoseok was a rare find for Namjoon. Yet there he was, the life of the party at an illegal, underground club during the roaring 20’s prohibition period.
He was, how Namjoon would often describe, difficult to ignore.
Another top vampire of their team, known as Kim Seokjin, brought Hoseok to Namjoon’s attention when they were alone in the leader’s study.
“I have someone I’d like you to meet,” a determined Seokjin announced.
“Seokjin… I haven’t time for any romance. I’m sure your lady friend is worthy to spend time with, but you know it’s not easy for us to get involved.”
Seokjin chuckled. It’s true he worries about Namjoon who’s a work-a-holic. He would like nothing more to ensure Namjoon has some outlet for all the stress he carries on his shoulders.
“No… You’ve made that perfectly clear when I tried to pair you up with a certain Miss Elizabeth.”
Namjoon raised an eyebrow as he nodded back to Seokjin.
“This is business,” Seokjin continued. “I assure you it’s nothing more. It has to be, however, tonight.”
“Oh? And pray tell what, or whom, exactly is so important for us to meet tonight?”
“Ahh… but what would be the fun in divulging in what could be a very fun surprise? A little mystery isn’t so horrible, Joon. You need to loosen up every now and then, my friend.”
“*Sigh* Alright… but can it not wait for another night?”
“Unfortunately, albeit I admit this is short notice, it really must be tonight… he isn’t one to stay in one spot for too long. This one is sharp. And quick. He’s always one step ahead in the game. Plus, he has invited me to join his table tonight. It’s the perfect opportunity!”
“Well, I’m intrigued. What time do we depart?”
And so Namjoon found himself standing on the balcony of this secret gentleman’s bar, watching the crowd of merry men drink as they are entertained by women and some costly bets of gambling greed.
“So, Seokjin. I’ve allowed myself to be dragged here. And yet I haven’t seen anyone extraordinary from the usual riff raffs.”
“Down there in the furthest dark corner,” Seokjin pointed. “The one draped in the purple velour coat.”
Dressed not only in one of the finest, hand-made coat to grace anyone’s presence, Hoseok’s eccentric appearance was accented by a silk, button down shirt sealed by an emerald green gem securing his high collar. He wore white gloves and sported an ornate, handcrafted cane. And finally, balanced on the bridge of his slender nose was a pair of round, wire-framed spectacles. Everything about this mysterious man screamed elegance but also individual taste.
“He certainly seems to be the life of the party,” Namjoon admired from above.
Seokjin leaned into Namjoon and whispered, “You haven’t seen my reason for us being here. Just… watch.”
Hoseok had been hustling his increasingly agitated human opponent for several hands of poker by now. With a grin from ear to ear, Hoseok laid his cards facing up, showcasing another victory. The man across from him threw his own cards on the table and stood up abruptly while violently knocking down the chair behind him.
“You,” pointing an accusatory finger just inches away from Hoseok’s face. “You are not a beginner! In fact, you are a cheater – I am sure of it! And you’ll pay for your actions!”
“Oh come now…” Hoseok said with the smile still beaming from his relaxed expression. “This is but a gentleman’s game is it not?”
The man’s face turned crimson with sweat forming across his brows. It was evident his next move would result in a violent maneuver.
Hoseok then slowly stood up without blinking and without looking away from his opponent. “There is no reason to be upset, after all, is there? Hmm?”
And as if in a trance, the man’s composure changed from angry and tense, to relaxed and perhaps a little confused to the next words which passed Hoseok’s lips, “I suggest you calm down. Now.”
From above, Seokjin leaned in to Namjoon once more and asked, “Did you catch that?”
“I did,” Namjoon whispered back, “I did indeed. But what exactly did I see?”
“It’s his power. He has the ability to control people’s emotions.”
“Fascinating… an empathic?”
“Yes. But so much more. Not only is he attuned to the emotions surrounding him, he has the ability to control what he feels from others. And do you know what else I found out about this very interesting vampire friend of mine?”
Namjoon said nothing in response as he continued to observe the scene below.
“He’s from our clan, Joon.”
Namjoon snapped his gaze up and gave a look of both delight and seriousness at his teammate. “So, you’re saying…”
“He would be a wonderful addition.”
“Why would he join, though? It’s apparent he’s doing pretty well on his own. Unless…”
“Ahh – you’re thinking, now, aren’t you? Yes, well, as amazing as his powers are, his prey’s correct emotions of whatever they felt when wronged by Hoseok does eventually return. By then, our sneaky vampire is already made himself scarce. His list of enemies seeking him out is growing quite long with each hustle he makes. Luck will eventually run out.”
“And thus, we promise him protection for his loyalty.”
“Exactly. Come on… he will be making his exit soon and I did promise I would come by to have a drink with him. I’m terribly late, as well.”
And so, it didn’t take much effort for Seokjin to convince Namjoon why Hoseok should be introduced to the rest of the group. Hoseok, while surviving on his powers over humans, had no ability to control emotions of other supernatural beings. Yet his ability over humans’ emotions of both evil men and those in control of the political circle and law will prove fruitful for Namjoon.
“Seokjin! Ah you’ve finally arrived my new and wonderful friend!” Hoseok greeted Seokjin with a firm and boisterous embrace. “Please! I have a private room waiting for us upstairs. Let’s not waste any time – I have set aside some very good whiskey for us to toast the now and the future!”
“Ah, Hoseok! You do spoil me so as I am the lucky one to have crossed paths with you! I brought my very old and trusted friend. I hope you don’t mind. This is Namjoon.” Seokjin stepped aside to allow Namjoon to step forward.
“Namjoon!” Hoseok let out a merry laugh, “Kim Namjoon, I presume? A name not to take for granted in the underworld. Come… let’s all adjourn upstairs. It appears we’ll be toasting to new friendships, and perhaps alliances, tonight.”
As the three unworldly gentlemen gracefully made their way to the upper level, it wasn’t a surprise both men and women took notice. To them whom knew Namjoon and Seokjin, they remained planted in their seats but with nervous shifting for those who had something to hide, and with awe for those knowing the type of force they were in the presence of.
Hoseok lead his two companions down the end of a long and dimly lit hall. A large fellow guarding one of the many ornate, hand-carved, solid wood doors, nodded at Hoseok and then turned the doorknob to the room they were to enter. Once inside, Namjoon took a quick look at his surroundings – a habit he had long formed whenever he found himself in a new environment. He always looked to see any other escape route in case anything became too intense. He noticed a round table in the middle, large enough for a private game of poker, as well as couple of sofas against the wall with a small table holding bottles of liquors and crystal glasses.
Hoseok did not waste any time as he poured his promised whiskey in three of those glasses and served everyone right away.
“You’ve come to offer me some type of deal, am I right?” Hoseok continued to smile as he got to the point of their impromptu meeting.
Seokjin raised an eyebrow.
“Oh come now, Seokjin. What other reason would you have for bring THE Kim Namjoon tonight?”
Chuckling, Seokjin replied, “We haven’t known each other for too long but it appears you already know me too well.”
“Yes and no. I just happen to be very intuitive. Especially with how things work both out in the streets and, how should we say, our world?”
“The underworld or the supernatural world,” Namjoon spoke out.
“Both. But aren’t they both one in the same? Most nights, at least?”
“Hmm… I’ll give you that. And since you seem pretty eager I’ll get right too it. I want you to consider joining my team. You will be an invaluable asset.”
“I’m intrigued – exactly why do you feel I’ll be an asset to you and your men?”
“Because of your sharp mind, your observant eyes and…”
“And your powers.”
“Ahh… of course. My powers! And may I ask how you learned of my powers?”
“Seokjin, here, has powers, too.”
“Oh?” Hoseok turns to Seokjin for confirmation. “It’s been awhile since I’ve met another vampire with powers. What can you do? Can you read minds?”
“No, I’m definitely not a mind reader. And I’m thankful of that – I did know once of a mind reader – it takes much strength to control which mind to listen to when in a crowd. Almost drove her mad! What I can do, however, is sense another supernatural power within a certain distance that is.”
Hoseok lets out a gleeful laugh! “Oh, that is very interesting! Well, I thank you for keeping my secrets from my opponents as you’ve seen me make more than a few wins since we’ve met!”
“Well, I admit there are altruistic reasons. We could use your power against our enemies. Keeping it a secret gives us an advantage after all.”
A knock on the door interrupts the three gentlemen. “Before we continue our discussion, have you had dinner? I’m parched and will need to feed to regain my strength. You see, I can only use my powers for so long. It seems to drain me, and a feeding is what I need in order for me to keep my strength up. Come in!”
The door opens, and two servants enter the same man Hoseok had hustled not long ago. Only this time, the man is gagged and both hands restrained by rope behind his back. He struggles to try and break free, but the servants force him down on his knees before Hoseok, who has now maneuvered to stand before the man.
Seokjin looks up to Hoseok and questions him, “Do you make it a habit of playing with your food? Is this part of a cat and mouse game you enjoy?” Namjoon could sense Seokjin’s concern. While Hoseok’s power and blood line would make a powerful place in their organization, Namjoon never takes in Vampires who with inhumane habits.
“I admit, I don’t feel guilty for swindling them before I end their pathetic lives, but rest assured it’s not for sport. As my powers grew I learned by just one graze of their flesh, I’m sent flashes of sins they have committed. This one… well,” Hoseok leans in close to the man, “Would you like to tell them, hmm? What did you do to that poor girl? Filthy swine!”
The man struggles violently while still restrained by the two servants, trying to scream through his gag. Hoseok does not move away but sneers viciously to the man, “You’re lucky I haven’t time to torture you. You deserve a long and painful death for what you did to her.” His eyes are wide with fear and yet Namjoon is sure he isn’t aware of what they are just yet. Though the man obviously senses his end is near.
“So, you see,” Hoseok continues as he stands erect aain, “I only prey on the evil ones. But I am on my own and well. I do need to survive… so what’s wrong with me stealing their money before hand?” He ends his question with another bright smile. Seokjin can’t help but to be amused how he can go from a deadly creature to the charming, happy-go lucky aura Hoseok’s manner usually portrays.
Namjoon responds this time, “I see. Well, not that you will never end people’s lives who have done very bad things, but if you join us, you won’t have to hustle to survive. You’ll live under high security with rich luxury and only use your powers to serve and protect our kind and the balance of our world.”
Hoseok gives Namjoon a serious and confident nod, “Then you have me,” before rapidly lunging and tearing into the man’s neck.
The rest of the BTS vampire member description will continue…
[* NOTE: Most ideas within my vampire world are not original. From the influences of many read and watched fictional vampire stories, I have formulated my personal ideal vampire world. This is solely just for fun and a way for me to explore my creative side.]