part i.

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It was happening again.

As he was promptly cutting vegetables in the kitchen that were to be thrown into a steam pot, Baekhyun heard the cracking of their front door and his husband's quiet "Shit," when he realized what he had done. Used to the situation time and time again, Baekhyun sighed and dropped his activity. Striding over to the front of the apartment, he wiped his hands on his apron before taking it off and setting it on a counter top.

"Chanyeol, is that you?" he asked rather routinely.

"Hi, Baek," Chanyeol said as Baekhyun turned a corner and saw him standing near their cracked and newly broken door. "I didn't mean to."

"I know, I know," Baekhyun replied as he walked over. "You never do." Standing on his toes, he craned upwards and pressed his lips hastily on Chanyeol's lips. "How was work today?"

"Completely fine," Chanyeol sighed as he allowed Baekhyun to loosen his tie. "There hasn't been any crime going on in the city lately."

"Oh, that's not good," Baekhyun commented while he moved onto the buttons on the top of Chanyeol's white shirt.

Slanting his shoulders, Chanyeol nodded as he watched Baekhyun. "I know--I've been pent up. I don't want to be, but I just am."

"Hasn't Shadow been around?" Baekhyun asked, grabbing Chanyeol's hand and beginning to guide him to the living room.

"No! God knows where that bastard's been," Chanyeol groaned. "I feel like he's going to do something drastic."

"That wouldn't be very good," Baekhyun said as he settled Chanyeol on the couch. "Do you want some water? It's going to take a while for me to finish cooking."

Chanyeol began to shake his head, but then decided that he was feeling somewhat parched. "Yeah--That'd be nice."

"One glass of water for Seoul's best super hero coming right up," Baekhyun said, chuckling.

While he walked back to their kitchen, Chanyeol plopped down on the couch cushions. "What good of a super hero am I if I have nothing to do? All I do is accidentally break things when nothing's happening. It's like I become the city's villain when everyone's gone--I break things!"

"Don't say it like that," Baekhyun argued gently from the kitchen. "You just need someone to fight against. You have Shadow, don't you?"

All the way from the kitchen, Baekhyun could hear Chanyeol bitterly laugh. "Baek, I don't know where he is right now. He's probably off taking some sort of vacation! Argh, he's so confusing."

"And why's that?"

Rolling on his back, Chanyeol stared up at the ceiling. "I don't know. It's like he only a causes chaos when he wants to. He'll give me headaches for two weeks straight and then cause a pandemic, and the next thing I know, he's gone for two months."

Coming back with a glass of icy cold water, Baekhyun leaned over the back of the couch and held the glass out for Chanyeol, who took it with great thanks. Baekhyun watched as Chanyeol sat up and took a sip before returning back to his gloomy cloud.

"Maybe you can go out for a fly tonight? Exert some of that extra energy, maybe?" Baekhyun suggested.

Chanyeol thought about it for a while. "Maybe I should jump off the Namsan tower..."


"Well, if Shadow's taking a vacation, I might as well do something fun instead of waiting around and waiting for something to happen," Chanyeol reasoned.

Moving around the couch, Baekhyun took a seat next to Chanyeol. "Well, I guess if you pull up and fly back up within three hundred meters from the ground, then--"

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