Title: Masked Out
Characters (in appearance order): Hankyung, Heechul, Eeteuk
Disclaimer: Love Hannie... :D and definitely Suju!
Author's Note: It was a heartbreaking past that Hankyung went through that inspired me.
Summary: How much he wished he was dreaming. But it was too late, way too late. The clock ticked continuously, racing through his mind. It was driving him crazy. The anguish, the fears was overwhelming. Tears involuntarily welled in his eyes. He quickly brushed them away. How much he wished that his troubles were like the tears, being able to be suppressed with just a brush. But it was definitely not that easy
The rain splashed onto the window panes, and thunder crashed Earth, together with a large bolt of lightning. Wind howled, and doors slammed shut. The scene being playing in front of him was like watching a pianist play “Toccata and Fugue”. The sudden crescendo of notes, and slowly fading into silence… Then the continuous rapid crashing of notes… …
How much he wished he was dreaming. But it was too late, way too late. The clock ticked continuously, racing through his mind. It was driving him crazy. The anguish, the fears was overwhelming. Tears involuntarily welled in his eyes. He quickly brushed them away. How much he wished that his troubles were like the tears, being able to be suppressed with just a brush. But it was definitely not that easy… …
Hankyung put on his mask, and looked himself into the mirror next to him. His face was now almost fully covered. Only a quarter was shown. How did he land himself into this state?
Three months ago, being to this foreign place with not a penny to his name, he turned into a new star overnight with 12 other boys. It seemed as though his initial fear of being an outcaste due to his different nationality was just his own imagination.
But his Lady Luck did not stay for long. Reality came crashing down on him like a meteorite from outer space one day… …
“Hankyung, I’m sorry but that you would have to wear a mask when you perform from now on till your visa problem is solved. You’re the first foreigner that debuted in Korea and we did not know of this earlier either,” explained his apologetic manager.
“It’s okay, I understand,” Hankyung said. Being a strong guy he was, he swallowed hard. But his mouth was dry. At that point of time, his mind was blank. There was nothing much that he could say, so he left the office and headed to his room. That night, he cried himself to sleep…
He jumped. Someone tapped him. It was Heechul. “Hannie, you okay?” asked his confidante, wiping Hankyung’s face. Only then did he realize that he was tearing.
“Yeah, don’t worry about me,” Hankyung managed to utter while pushing Heechul’s hands away.
“Guys!! Hey let’s get ready for the concert! Hurry up!!” It was the leader of Hankyung’s group, Eeteuk.
“C’mon Hannie. You would do fine alright!” the ever optimistic Heechul patted Hankyung’s shoulders while giving him a wide grin. Hankyung nodded.
The huge group streamed out of the waiting room one by one. Hankyung was the last to leave, and as he walked past the mirror, he looked at himself again. The face that was staring back at him looked like a stranger. But that was fate, he told himself silently as he strolled towards the stage…