Seok: There you are! *Strides up to Pierce as she hid at the far end of the reception hall. What have you been up to? Your father’s been looking everywhere for you! I had to stop him from almost murdering Jules.
Seok: *Noticing the conflicted look on the teen’s face. What’s wrong? I thought you’d be more excited. You’re at a party! *Adding in a whisper. With the boy you like.
Pierce: So what?
Seok: *Frowns. You were thrilled about it earlier... Did something happen? Did he say some-
Pierce: Jules would never.
Seok: Then...what's going on? Are you still hungry? They’re about to cut the cake-
Pierce: It’s not that.
Seok: You’re gonna have to help me out here kiddo. I’m not very good at the guessing games.
Pierce: *Sighs, crossing her arms as she looked over the crowd, watching Sang laughing beside Trenton and everyone seeming so happy. ...whenever everyone’s too happy about something, something bad happens.
Seok: *Raises an eyebrow. Is...is that what’s bothering you? You’re worried because...everyone’s having a good time?
Pierce: No. I’m worried about what usually follows.
Seok: *Stifles a laugh. Pierce, it’s okay to be happy sometimes. I promise, nothing’s going to happen if you go out and have fun for a night. Now, why don’t you go talk to Jules? I’m sure he’s been looking for you.
Pierce: *Uncertain. Are you sure nothing bad will happen?
Seok: Positive. Go dance, eat some cake, and have fun with your friends. Everything will be all right. Promise.
Pierce: *Hesitantly steps back out into the room, heading off to find Jules.
*Seok smiled, about to head back over to his husband when he felt his phone vibrate in his pocket. Taking it out, he frowned at the unknown caller ID, wondering if he should just ignore it. With a heavy sigh, he reluctantly swiped to answer and lifted the device to his ear.
*The idol froze, the world around him suddenly becoming small and distant. That voice...it couldn’t be.
Seok: J-Jiwoon? Yah, where have y-
Jiwoon: Oh, ne. “All my friends came to celebrate my birthday today. They surprised me at my parents’ apartment with a big cake, and Eomma even added eleven candles with the sparklers on the ends. Then they all started singing.” Saeng il chuk ha ham ni da, saeng il chuk ha ham ni da, sarang ha neun Jiwoon shi...
*Seok listened to the recording come to an end as his eyes drifted towards where Sang sat at the table. Maybe he wasn’t so crazy, after all. For the past year, he’d been begging, pleading, and crying for anyone to believe him that his son was still out there somewhere. But every time, they'd assumed he was just in denial and did their best to comfort him. Only now Seok was almost certain...
*That maybe Jiwoon’s death wasn't just an accident.
Sang: *Drunk and relaxed against Trenton’s shoulder. What if Loukas and Hide had a kid? Do you think it would be taller than Hide?
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