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Title: Coffee & Regrets ♥
Chapter: 4 [R]
Author: wedspawn
Pairing: Min7en
Overall Fic Rating: NC-17
Chapters: 1, 2, 3

Summary: A pair of lovers, worn and faded by time, hope to recapture what they once had… or walk away after bittersweet goodbyes.

“How is he?” Jaejoong asked as he pushed past Yunho.

It was second nature for the singer to ask after someone’s health but Jaejoong sounded so much like Yunho’s own mother, he couldn’t help but chuckle as he let Jae in.

“He’s asleep on dirty sheets no less,” Yunho said as he closed the door. “Don’t wake him up. He looks like he needs it.”

They’d come some sort of agreement between the two of them although neither man would have been able to explain what it was. After long periods of being kept apart, they drifted back together, sliding away from watchful eyes. Communication between them was clandestine at best. At worst, they would go for a week or two without hearing from one another then a small dot of a touch or a smile and a wink when they were together on stage made life easier to bear.

Neither Jae or Yunho talked about the schism between them. Each had their own ideas… their own reasons for needing to be where they were but one thing was constant; no matter how angry and hot their words became, they found one another again.

Even if it killed them to do so.

Lately the scrutiny from managers and others had lessened and they’d found the time and the means to meet. As public as their lives had become, both men soon mastered the art of staying out of sight. It was sometimes days before a fan found one or the other. Finding them together was impossible.

And for all of their sakes, Yunho and Jaejoong knew it needed to stay that way.

At least for now.

At least for them.

As for the others, only time would tell how things would turn out. Their fates were out of their control but Yunho refused to believe that anyone else would determine their destiny.

“When was the last time you saw him?” Yunho asked, crossing over to the window to close the vertical blinds. Jaejoong hovered near the foyer, keeping out of sight until the glass walls were covered.

“A week and a half ago. He called me, drunk and swearing.” Jae relaxed visibly as the night was shut away from view and Yunho turned on the living room lights. “I tried cleaning up but he shoved me away. He still blames me for…”

“I thought we agreed there’d be no blame given,” Yunho said, stepping over a half-full trash bag he’d left on the floor. “It… we end up hurting each other when we talk about it. I don’t want to go back to that, Boo. Not after we’ve struggled to get to… this.”

“This,” Jae said softly. “You’re right. We’ve come too far, no? I wish he’d tried to come as far.”

The word he tried for was connection but the burr of his country roots slurred its meaning. Yunho knew what the man meant. They’d parted for a bit, angry at the choices they made but over a few months, they found themselves hurting too much inside to stay apart. A single phone call ended their détente. The same could not be said about Min’s relationships with Jae and the others.

“He’s younger,” The leader said. He took smaller steps towards Jae, drawn inexplicably to the sweet-faced man.

Their fingertips touched first; a tentative searching for skin on skin then their palms brushed next, sealing their handclasp. For a while, it was all they needed. Just to touch one another was heavenly after the drought of affection they’d been forced to endure.

Closer in, Yunho took the time to savour the man he’d fallen in love with time and time again. The Jaejoong before him was older and wiser, seemingly more in command of who he was. The years of being at Yunho’s side had strengthened the singer’s confidence and the irony of Jae standing up to the company who created him wasn’t lost on Yunho. In some ways, it was Jaejoong’s only means of telling the world that he was finally his own man — that he wasn’t the piece of perverted filth his father accused him of being.

“I like your hair this colour,” Yunho whispered, touching the soft brush of bangs on Jae’s forehead.

Leaning in, he inhaled the sharp, rich scent of the man’s soap and the spice of shampoo Jae used. He knew if he licked at the soft skin under Jaejoong’s ear, the singer would lift his chin, raising it so Yunho could suckle freely at the spot. A stroke of his thumb at the juncture of Jae’s chin would part the man’s mouth for Yunho’s possessive tongue, leaving Jaejoong vulnerable and murmuring soft noises of surrender.

Those were things better done in the privacy of a rented hotel room or better yet, in the dark of Jaejoong’s room. In the middle of Changmin’s living room wasn’t where Yunho wanted to splay his love out and explore. Not now that they finally had time to be together, alone except for the trouble brewing between them.

“I miss you,” Jae murmured. He didn’t trust himself to touch Yunho. Their hands touching was enough to make him cry and he blinked, catching a tear on one of his lashes. “I miss sleeping next to you. I miss hearing you talk to me in the middle of the night.” He looked down, unable to hold back the emotion crackling in his voice. “I miss having you hold me when the nightmares hit me. I miss that most of all.”

“I’ll be there again, baby,” Yunho promised, taking the slender man into his arms and hugging him tightly.

The kiss was sweeter for its tenderness, a long lingering taste of one another’s mouths. Yunho breathed in Jae’s whispering moan, taking it into his chest and holding it in until he thought he would burst from the lack of air. When he exhaled, he took another sip of Jae’s mouth, then another until he could no longer taste anything but the other man’s intoxicating kiss.

“It’s bad enough that you called him over,” Min snarled. “Do you have to fuck him here too?”

Jae grabbed Yunho’s arm before the other man stepped back. Their eyes met, a silent war of wills fought over Changmin’s soon-to-be-dead body then the leader looked away, glancing at their youngest before exhaling out his anger.

“Let me talk to him, Yunnie,” Jae prodded. “Maybe go strip those sheets off the bed? Maybe get them in the wash?”

“Fine,” Yunho agreed slowly, sliding a kiss over Jae’s swollen lips before stepping away. Bumping Min’s shoulder, he headed back to the bedroom, his long legs carrying him quickly away from Changmin’s sulking pout.

“How are you doing?” Jae cocked his head, studying the younger man.

The last time he’d seen Min they’d parted on brittle terms, even though Changmin had been the one to call him over. When he’d come over late that night, Min had been fragile and torn. If possible, tonight he looked even worse.

“I’m good,” Min muttered, putting his hand down on the couch arm to steady himself. He blinked as he sat, looking around the room as if he didn’t recognize it. Jae watched the younger man closely, not saying anything as Min stared at the window for a long minute, wondering when the other would realize the blinds were closed.

“You’re not good, Minku,” Jae whispered. He sat on the coffee table in front of Min and placed his hands on the younger man’s thighs, leaning in as Min’s face screwed up with pain.

“Don’t call…me that,” He choked out, tangling his fingers in Jaejoong’s until his knuckles were white and tense. “I can’t… hear that word and not…”

“Why don’t you call him?” Jae asked. “Why don’t you end this and pick the phone up to call him? Both of you… are hurting so much…”

“Have you seen him? Talked to him?”

“Do you really think Yunho would let me go to Dong-Wook right now?” Jae’s mouth quirked with a wry smile. “Do you know how that would look?”

“He’s stupid,” Min said.

Jaejoong, unsure if the other man meant Yunho or his former lover, remained silent.

“I miss him, hyung.” The little boy was back in Changmin’s voice, lost and openly bewildered. “How can I still miss him after all this time? It’s like it happened yesterday and I’m still waiting for him to find me… to tell me that I’m being stupid and that I should listen to what you have to say.”

“You’ve never listened to what I had to say,” Jae remarked.

“He kept pushing at me,” Min explained softly. “Like I wasn’t pushing at myself enough… he had to push me too. Yunho was… everyone was so angry and I just couldn’t… I didn’t want to feel anymore. I just wanted it all to go away.” Changmin closed his eyes and fought back the tears threatening to fall. “I didn’t expect him to go away. I didn’t expect to stop… feeling anything but pain.”

“Dong-Wook… your Shichi… the two of you are so much alike in some ways,” The singer said. “You are stubborn and full of pride, both of you are men who want to take the world on and fight it until it submits. I know how that feels. Or at least now I do.”

“I know that this is your… fight,” Changmin acknowledged Jae’s pained expression with a shake of his head. “No, I’m not going to argue about it. I just wanted to tell you I understand why you… did this even if I don’t agree with you. I do understand why. It was one of the last things …he said to me.”

“What was that?”

“That sometimes a man has to stand against the tide, even if he knows the ocean is going to sweep him away into oblivion,” Min replied. “Because he stands to protect something dear to him.”

“Yes, it’s like that,” Jae agreed. “Even if…everything I’ve done is a mistake, I need to… take control of my life. I’ve let it happen to me for too long. I’ve drifted too long, letting life take me where it wanted to. I need to do… more. I need to be more than just something pretty for people to look at.”

“You were never just something pretty for people to look at,” The younger man grumbled and a hint of the old Changmin peeked out for Jae to see. “Sometimes they’d drool too. It’s disgusting. I felt like there should have been a sheet or a tarp in front of us sometimes to catch the slobber.”

“Ah, you are so romantic,” The singer teased. “Is that how you treat our fans?”

“Fans?” Min’s eyebrows raised up in disbelief. “I was talking about the event crews. If you even looked like you were tired they’d make their bones into a chair so you could rest. It’s too much sometimes.”

“Aish, you’re an idiot,” Jae said with a shake of his head. “But then, I already knew that.”

“Because I haven’t called him,” Min finished Jae’s thought. “Suppose…”

“Suppose what?”

“Suppose he doesn’t want me?” Min asked. The ache started anew and he dropped his head, ashamed at the fear icing his chest. “I don’t think… I can’t… it would be too much to reach out to him and have him hurt me. Not like that. It would… be too much, Jaejoong-ah. Too much.”

“If you don’t reach for what you want, then you’ll never get it,” Jae reminded the younger man. Cupping the man’s chin, he lifted the other’s face until he could see Min’s bloodshot eyes. “Call him, dongsaeng. If anything, it will let you know where you stand with him.”

“Suppose…”

“Suppose nothing. Assume nothing, no?” Gripping tighter, Jae forced Min to turn to look at him. “You will know either way. He will want you or reject you but you at least will know. Isn’t the love you had with him worth that? Isn’t it worth knowing if he still needs and wants you as much as you need and want him?”

“Yes,” Changmin whispered, sliding forward into Jae’s arms. He shuddered in the embrace, feeling the strength of Jae’s soul wrap around him. “I’ve missed you, hyung. I’ve missed you as much as I’ve missed…him.”

“Well, then it’s a good thing I’m not as stubborn as the two of you,” Jae teased. “Or you’d be neck deep in your own shit instead of Yunho changing the sheets on your bed. Call him, Min. Because I can’t watch you kill yourself like this. I’d rather help you heal a broken heart than bury your broken body.”

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ame_lockheart
Mar. 31st, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
I am loving these fast updates :D
And I am pretty much hanging on this waiting for them to actually talk to each other lolll

... and I wish I had friends that would come and clean my apartment. They have no problem telling me when I'm a moron... :\
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥ heh... i'm waiting for them to talk to one another too! bastiges! :::shoves them together:::

heh... smooches and ah, i have no idea why the updates are quick. just happening. watch today i'll fall over and sleep. :::grins:::

me too! i want housecleaning elves! ♥
chloe1910
Mar. 31st, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Wah, unnie, you are really on a writing roll, lucky, lucky us♥

Oh Jae, always the umma to the rescue....I'm so glad that Min finally opened up to Jaejoong. I think Yunho and Jae make a good team, one uses forceful method while the other uses the soft method. I am so gld Changmin speaks up.

Changmin ah, I hope you'll do what Jae advised you to. Call Dongwook. No matter what's his answer, at least you'll get an answer right? Sigh...

I really love your take on their current situation. The feelings, anger and other stuff mentioned here are really similar to what I think might be happening, well especially on the worrying part of it, but sigh, I'm more of a pessimist on this issue. *huggleschutight*



wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥ and hugs and snookies.

ah, i am sure i will now fall asleep that i've written four chapters in two days. my brain is all... OMO! :::grins. o_O

heh... right now, i am focused on getting min and se7en talking... and well maybe someplace else too. :::Grins:::

and yes, jae and yunho... EXCELLENT team. ♥

thank you baby.
chibi_chibit
Mar. 31st, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
Hope!

*chus*
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
some hope. ♥♥♥♥♥ :::cheers::::
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jheana
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:14 am (UTC)
Yes! Hurray for Jaejoong for talking some sense into Minnie. At least someone was giving good advice. :0

Thanks for updating so fast. I can't wait for the next chapter!
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
i am certain i am going to fall asleep dead. too much updating. and damn, i just wanna shove them together but ah, that would be bad. ♥

heh... and yes, jae... always good advice.
pinksiren18
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
2 chapters in one day! wow! keep 'em coming! :)
i have always love this side of jae. in your stories he has his own doubts and insecurities but when it comes to his dongsaeng he's always been the reliable and caring hyung :)
and im happy that yunjae finally made and appearance on this chapter.. yehey! :)
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
snookies and thank you.

i do try to have a... layered jaejoong. he does have insecurities but he's strong enough to step up when he needs to. so in this, he reached out to min to tell him to follow his heart.

ah, yunjae. so much love for them. ♥

haato.
mexicananallama
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
please min, please call him!!!
i have my fingers crossed, hoping min listens to jae's advice and calls se7en.
gah!! you have my heart beating rapidly in nervousness :P
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
snookies. ah, hopefully that will happen. :::cheers min on:::
vermillion77
Mar. 31st, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
fast updates are love.....
hope changmin calls se7en soon! can't wait to see them make up...
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
smooches and thank you.... ah, min... hopefully he will do the right thing. ♥
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mimz_song
Mar. 31st, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
Yes...Jae brought some sense into Min :]
And Yunho stop getting so angry easily -.-...min is bitter and he needs love and caring now...not anger *sigh*
Poor Min7en...I hope They talk soon :'[
Loved the chapters ^_^
P.S. how many chapters will this one have?
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
well since i um... don't know how the story is going to go, i can't tell about chapters. :::nods::: but ah, hopefully i will figure out if min and se7en will remain together. that's key. after that, i'll know a bit better about the story.

yunho at least is... a bit calmer :D and jae... ever the peacemaker. ♥ that's why yunho called him.

smoches and snookies.
lady_nyx22
Mar. 31st, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
ahhhhhh what's going to happen?! XD
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
i honestly don't know what's going to happen :D ♥
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jhing_tearjerky
Mar. 31st, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
yunjae ~ ♥

jaemin ~ ♥

i miss them. so much. :(

i think min badly needed someone to talk to or to put some sense into his head, and i'm happy that it's jaejoong. ♥

thank you for the double updates. ♥

wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
snookies and thank you for reading! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

i've missed them too. :::squishes all of the boys:::: ♥

yamapilovergyal
Mar. 31st, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
SPOTZ
yamapilovergyal
Mar. 31st, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
i cried through the whole thing. god i miss them so much. im crying like a baby right now. i love you for making it hurt less
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blinkable
Mar. 31st, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
The quick update caught me by surprise lol!
Oh shucks...changmin should continue to pretend to sleep while YJ made out ;p
ok ok...this is shichi and minku story...very random I jus wana say I am learning Jap at the moment and with your fic on Se7en and Min I was able to remember 7 = shichi x3
Prior to learning it never occur to me that whenever you used shichi in the previous fics, you were referring to the number 7 in Jap *headdesk*
Changmin should make the first move because idk I always see se7en as the weaker one between them both *shrugs*
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
it caught me by surprise too :D the updates :::grins:::

heh... yep. shichi. se7en :::grins::: and yay! fanfic is good for your numbers in japanese. okay one number but still! yay! :::grins::: heh.

♥♥♥♥♥ smooches and snookies and hugs!
queenlucifer
Mar. 31st, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
"Because I can’t watch you kill yourself like this. I’d rather help you heal a broken heart than bury your broken body.”
WOW you know! Nothing quiet compares once I've read you works. Honest to god, I mean the ideas are never clichéd, its brilliantly written. I mean I noe writing comes naturally and stuff but really the more you write the more I admire you (though it seems impossible)...
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
you are so sweet. and god... really... um.. i don't know what to say. i just write and i try to write what... tastes right... feels right for the character to say.

sometimes it's good... sometimes...not so good :::Grins:::

♥♥♥♥♥

this is a bit starker but oh, i think it works for them. i hope to bring min around.
atobekazuki
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
ME

SPOT

ILU UNNIE~
atobekazuki
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you Jaejoong! I don't know what the band would do without Jaejoong.

I love how you incorporated how JaeHo was doing too into this chapter. Min's become such an ass. >_< But once again, glad that Jaejoong was able to break that. Hopefully Min7en can start talking, and working back to where they were.

♥♥♥
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Mar. 31st, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥♥ ah, min7en are missing one another and the yunjae... there is so much love there. there is!

snookies!
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wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
kyosai
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
yess yess call him T___________T

i want my min7en comeback TTTTTTTTTTTTT
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥ we shall see, yes? :::hugs and cookies you::: ♥
maple88
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I go to sleep and this happens?? noooooo!

Jaejoong makes my heart smile. He can crack Min with a few words and make the world almost right again.
And Min, God, it's good to break down every once in a while.
Call Se7en!!!

Can't wait to see what happens when he calls Shichi, or if he does.
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
i don't know what it happened. seriously... this is tomorrows.. okay today's chapter. now i have to see what is going to happen.

jae is very good at getting to the heart of the matter. now if only min will listen.

se7en... god he is hurting so deep down inside. ♥
anime76
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Wow double chapter! It's only chapter 3-4 & i'm reaching for tissues already. Chapter 3 is great by the way; i can really feel Se7en's anguish & despair. Chapter 4 - Love Umma Jae & Appa Yunho. Reading between the lines, you get that YJ was separated for a while too but they managed to get over their anguish & disappointment and got back together. I guess you are trying to show how different a r/ship will be if you handle it differently. LOL guess YJ will always be the couple to compare Min7 to.

Oh Minnie, please do take charge & call Se7en. In a way i do get why both are so scared to call the other party. Simply said this is their first REAL r/ship. They have come to understand that one wrong word or action from the other party will hurt more than death....
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
i wanted to address YJ but not make it... overwhelming. they're still... tender. but we'll see how they are. ah, min7en... always the difficult problem children.

they are both stubborn and yes, while yunjae tends to be more drama... they've both hammered at this before so it's easier for them to come together. i dunno if min7en will. i am hoping so. :::nods::: ♥

smooches and snookies. ♥
agnetalovek
Mar. 31st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Changmin and Se7ven really are alike. It's their pride which kept them apart and now they are afraid to call and make the next move. Reading your fic makes me think, this might actually have happened...
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
oh that is the nicest thing to say... ♥ thank you.

and yes, they are very prideful and stubborn. hopefully they will get over things. we shall see!
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wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
♥ smooches and haato. thankyou and kisses.

ah these chapters have been a bit stark but lovely to write. it's been a good expansion on an idea. i hope to continue. thank you for reading :::cookies you::::

snookies! ♥
hitomi2oo7
Mar. 31st, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
*o* OMG!!!
OMG! YunJae *dies*
Now I can die happy! x3
*hugs tight* wedspawn-sensei I love your writing!
I know I already told you that many times but I will tell it till the end of life!
Wedspawn-sensei you ROCK!!! <3<3<3
I can't wait to see more with each part I'm so addicted! x3
wedspawn
Mar. 31st, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: *o* OMG!!!
you are so goofy sweet. :::hugs you:::

ah yes, yunjae. aren't they sweet? i adore them but ah, min7en. :::grins::: we shall see what they are up to :D ♥
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glamdiva28
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
Ahh good cop bad cop. I ache for Minnie, call seven he is hurting too
thanks for the update babe
wedspawn
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
oh yes... heh... they definitely do play off of one another. :D smooches and snookies. ♥
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