Past/Memory chapters in BOLD ITALIC; Past/Memory chapters in BOLD ITALIC; P.O.V - REGULAR ITALIC]
The woman looked at her sadly, swayed a bit as she looked about, wondering where that guy went before turning back to the lost child, "Oh my… Okay well let's try to find him together, okay?"
The little girl came closer and took the woman's hand, she smiled even more cutely, her soft wavy hair and porcelain skin glowing in the moonlight. The woman couldn't believe how unbelievably beautiful the little girl was. She smiled at her, admiring her beautiful little round face and sparkly black eyes.
"You are such a beautiful child."
Just then, Jun Myeon stepped out of nowhere. He looked at the woman, looked at the little girl, immediately he knew what that little girl was, "What are you doing with that child?"
"She says she is looking for her father. Are you her father?" The woman asked.
Jun couldn't take his eyes off the child. The little things eyes sparkled at him, and then at the woman. The woman seemed enthralled at the beauty of this child. Jun Myeon knew better, he knew that that child was using powers to charm her.
"I'm hungry" the little girl said. She looked up at the woman and smiled before giving her a command to bend over and pick her up. The woman gladly did so, the small being buried her face into the woman's neck and began feeding. The woman smiled as her eyes rolled back.
"She's so sweet." She gasped before her arms drooped to her sides. After a minute or so, the woman slowly dropped to her knees as her life slowly draining from her, blood dripped down the front of her white Hawaiian shirt with pink flamingos.
The little girl was standing on her own two feet with the woman still in her tiny arms. Jun Myeon watched as she pulled away, grasped the woman's head and twisted it quickly, making every bone in her neck snap. She turned around and looked up at Him.
"Who are you? Speak." He demanded.
She looked down at the ground, her little feet carefully taking steps towards him.
He stepped back.
When she saw him do this, she looked up at him confused, "My brother calls me Selene, my uncles call me Dal (달), my mother ...she calls me princess moon because she says my father is a King… I felt you passing by… so I followed you, I wanted to see you, I've waited a long time… Mother is going to be very angry." She ran up to him, wrapping her little arms around his waist, "will you protect me from mama?"
He pulled her arms from around him, holding her hands in his, he knelt down in front of her. He brushed her soft hair away from her face, she resembled Yixing but he could see his own face in hers. She has his eyes and nose, his ears. A strange feeling came over him, it was strong like a wave of water rushing over him, drowning his senses. Then he heard her thoughts, he could feel her breathing, he even caught a glimpse of her mother through her eyes. Aria is her mother.
"She's bonded with you." A familiar voice said to him from the dark, "It happened before remember, when you first met Yixing. He bonded to you, that's why you felt so close to him." Kyung confirmed.
"D… She really is mine, isn't she?" Jun Myeon said picking her up, holding her to him, her head rested on his shoulder.
Selene heard Kyung, "Uncle, mama is going to be mad."
Kyung smiled at her, brushing his finger against her cheek, "She will be but it'll be okay, don't worry. You have your papa, she can't do nothing now. Your papa has power over her, she'll do whatever he says."
Jun Myeon eyed him for a minute, "What's that supposed to mean? How far behind is she?"
Kyung laughed, "Don't worry about it. I sent them in another direction. When I heard Selene's thoughts and saw her sneaking away from her brother, I knew what I had to do. I wanted her to find you first. I figured the moment you woke up and came out of hiding, little Dal would find you herself." Kyung tickled Selene's side, making her giggle, "When you get home, you apologize to your brother, he's sick with worry. You shouldn't have done that."
Selene nodded and looked regretful before her attention went back to Jun Myeon. Her head tilted one way and then the other way, "Oh father, you're so handsome, just like mama said."
Jun Myeon smiled, "Thank you kind young lady. And you look just like me."
Kyung smiled proudly watching their interaction but his smile soon faded when Jun Myeon's thought changed all of a sudden.
"You can't…" Kyung said
"She's my child, I can take her if I want." Jun Myeon looked at Selene, "Do you want to come with me? You won't see your mother or your brother for a long time but, we'll be together. Would you like to do that?"
Selene looked at Kyung and then up to the sky, "Mama will be mad, but yes papa, I want to go with you!" She exclaimed, throwing her arms around his neck.
"You can't do that. You're not just taking her from Aria, you're taking her from the rest of us." Kyung pleaded, following them.
Jun Myeon stopped, Selene looked at him curiously, he looked at her little face, he was already in love with her. He's only known her a few minutes but he loved her. He thought about how he lost out on watching Yixing growing up, not being able to be there for him when he cried, when he needed a father to guide him. He wasn't going to miss out on Selene. He held get tightly,
"Are you ready?"
Kyung called to him to stop and then recoiled when he heard the wind whisper to him, he watched Jun Myeon and Selene disappear into the darkness.
NCJM Final: Epilogue