Title: Horse or Human?
Pairing: Sungmin/Siwon, Eunhae
Word Count: 3165
Theme: 029. Sea Sungmin/Shiwon
Summary: Siwon has a secret. He loves Sungmin but he doesn’t know if Sungmin loves him as a horse or as a human.
“Daddy, can you make me a new pet today?”
The King smiled at his son. “Sure my little Fishy. What would you like me to make, Donghae?”
Donghae smiled brightly at his father. “Can you make me a horse?”
“Sure, my boy.”
“Yay!” Donghae ran over to the giant lake in the middle of the palace floor. He took a seat and waited.
The King strolled over the lake and stood directly over it. With a wave of his trident, waves began to grow and crash on the nearby beach.
Donghae smiled as he watched wave after wave crash down onto the beach. He loved watching his father wield that trident with so much power and control.
As the waves built up, the harder they crashed onto the shore. Donghae watched, anticipating the finale.
Sungmin watched from his bedroom window. It looked like a storm was brewing. The waves were pounding on the beach. For some reason, he wanted to watch from the beach. He couldn’t explain the feeling; he just had this urge to watch the oncoming storm from the shore.
He raced down the stairs, tossing his jacket on.
“Sungmin! Where are you going?”
“Out to the beach for a bit.”
“But it’s going to rain soon.”
“I know, Teukie. I’ll just be out there for a moment. Don’t worry.” Sungmin raced out the door before Leeteuk could reply.
He went to the edge of the water and watched as the waves crashed down. They got closer and closer. He moved back each time the water came towards him.
Sungmin sat down on the dunes and watched, the wind blowing through his hair.
Wave after wave built up and crashed. With each crash, white foam began to form. It began to take on the shape of a horse.
With each wave, more and more of the horse took shape. With one final wave, a majestic horse burst forth from the foam. It stood proud on the beach, water running down its body.
Sungmin could only stare at the gorgeous creature in front of him. As if in a trance, he slowly stood on his feet and walked towards said animal. But a meter away, a giant wave came crashing down around it and swept it away.
Sungmin blinked and stared. Did I just imagine that?
He looked down at himself and found his clothes soaked. Teukie-hyung won’t be happy about this.
He sighed and walked back home, preparing himself for a scolding.
“Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you Appa.” Donghae hugged his father. He ran over to his new pet. He stroked its body. It gave a little whine and bumped his nose against Donghae.
Donghae smiled. “I think I’ll name you Siwon. How do you like that?” The horse bumped his nose against Donghae as a sign. “Alright. Come on. Let’s go play.”
Donghae jumped onto Siwon’s back. “Bye Appa. Come on, Siwonnie. Let’s go.” The two left the palace hall and traveled down the corridor.
Fish could be seen swimming around outside through the windows of the corridor. Siwon raced down the hallway towards Donghae’s room/dome.
Donghae jumped off Siwon’s back to his bed. “Wooo, that was fun. You run so fast, Siwonnie.”
“Thank you, Donghae-sshi.”
“So what would you like to do, Siwonnie?”
“Whatever you want, Master Donghae.”
“Hmm…well first, we should let you get acquainted with your new home. Then at night, after dinner, we’ll go up to the surface and wander around on the beach. How does that sound?”
“Sounds good to me, Donghae-sshi.”
“Good, let’s go then.” Donghae walked out of his room, Siwon following behind.
Sungmin was coming out of the shower, a towel wrapped around his waist when his bedroom door burst open and Eunhyuk came in.
“HYUKKIE!!!! What are you doing here?”
“Come with me.” Eunhyuk reached out and grabbed Sungmin’s waist. Startled, Sungmin dropped the towel he was using to dry his hair. Eunhyuk pulled Sungmin down the stairs and out the door.
“What the hell? Eunhyuk! Why’d you take me outside? I’m just in my towel.” He wrapped his arms around himself to try and keep warm. “What’s going on? Why did you drag me outside?”
“For that?” Eunhyuk pointed to a shadow on the beach. The clouds moved aside, letting the moonlight illuminate the darkness. A lone figure on a horse was riding down the beach.
Sungmin felt his breath catch in his throat. It’s-it’s that horse…the one I saw earlier today. He’s so beautiful.
Eunhyuk couldn’t stop staring at the man riding the horse. He looked so handsome; his hair blew in the breeze, caressing that beautiful face. His eyes traveled over the man’s face and connected with his eyes. His eyes widened in surprise and he couldn’t stop the blush from forming as he and the stranger held eye contact.
Donghae smiled as he stared at the man standing on the cliff above the beach. He’d never seen someone so handsome before. He knew it was love at first sight the moment he caught the man’s eyes. Even from this distance, he could see the slight tint of red on the man’s face. So cute, he’s blushing because of me. I wonder what his name is. I should go up and meet him.
“Come on, Siwon. Let’s go over to those people up there.”
“Yes, Master Donghae.” Siwon carefully picked his way up the cliff towards the two figures. He stopped a few meters away to let Donghae dismount.
When he lifted his head, his eyes connected with dark brown orbs staring straight at him. He unintentionally shivered. He took in the person’s appearance.It’s the guy from before, the one I first saw when I came out of the waves. He’s so beautiful. His body looks fantastic in this light.
Donghae walked over to Eunhyuk and held out his hand. “Hi, my name is Donghae. What’s yours?”
“Hi Eunhyuk. Want to take a walk on the beach? I don’t think your friend will mind. He might want to go inside instead. I bet you’re cold, standing out here in a towel.”
Eunhyuk turned surprised eyes towards his friend. “OMG! I’m so sorry. I-I didn’t know. I wouldn’t have brought you if I had known.”
“No, no, no, it’s alright. What’s done is done. Besides you were too distracted to notice, making me come outside with you to look at this hot man.”
Eunhyuk and Donghae blushed.
“You-you thought I was hot?”
“Here, why don’t you two go take a walk on the beach and talk about this? I’ll just stay here and keep your horse company.”
“Alright.” Eunhyuk and Donghae wandered off together. Sungmin walked closer to the horse.
“Hi, my name is Sungmin. What’s yours?”
Siwon debated speaking in front of him or not. Before they left, Donghae had told him to act like a horse, meaning no talking.
“Aww, you’re so pretty. Is it okay if I touch you?”
Siwon nodded his head. Sungmin looked at him surprised before reaching out his hand and slowly, softly stroking his flank.
Siwon fell under the spell of Sungmin’s magic hands.
“You’re so pretty. You’re so big and strong. I wish I could stay and keep you company but I’m getting cold.” Sungmin chuckled. “It’s not a good idea to stand outside in just a towel.”
He had no idea what made him do it but as Sungmin walked away, Siwon grabbed a hold of his towel and pulled it off.
Sungmin let out a surprised gasp at feeling the cold wind on his lower region. He quickly covered himself and turned to look at Siwon with the towel in his mouth. Siwon couldn’t help but laughed at Sungmin’s behaviour. He thought he was very cute.
Sungmin tried to grab for the towel but Siwon held it out of reach.
“Hey, give that back. Come on. I need that.” Siwon laughed as Sungmin tried to grab at the towel.
Sungmin pouted. “Fine, keep it. I’m leaving.”
Sungmin walked towards the house. Siwon took pity and tossed the towel back at Sungmin. He looked back at the horse and smiled before walking back into the house.
Eunhyuk came back a couple hours later. He went to Sungmin’s room the moment he got back. He sat on Sungmin’s bed, a dazed expression on his face.
Sungmin looked at Eunhyuk strangely. “What’s the matter with you?”
“I think I’ve found him, my one true love.”
“That’s great. That guy from the beach.”
“Yeah, we’re meeting tomorrow night.”
“Alright, good for you. Now can you leave? I want my beauty sleep.”
“Oh right, sure, sure.” Eunhyuk left.
Sungmin smiled and went to sleep, dreaming of horses and handsome strong men.
“Master Donghae, I want to be a human.”
“I like this human and I can’t talk to him or touch him as a horse.”
Donghae looked at Siwon. “Are you sure you want to be a human?”
“Just for a short while. It won’t be permanent.”
“Are you sure about that?” Donghae sighed. “Alright, I’ll let you be a human for a few hours tonight.”
“Thank you, Master Donghae.”
Donghae smiled. “Hi Eunhyuk. Hi Sungmin. Did he drag you out again?”
“Yeah but only because he said he had a surprise for me.”
“And he’s right.” Donghae smiled and turned to his companion. “May I introduce you to my friend Siwon?”
Siwon smiled and Sungmin felt his heart flutter. A blush crept over his face as he looked at Siwon’s well defined body. It just brought back his dream from last night, where this tall good-looking stranger came to him. They had ended up making love for hours.
Siwon looked at Sungmin. He was dressed in clothes this time. His jeans hugged his nice lean legs and his shirt gave a hint of what lie beneath.
“Why don’t you two go walk along the beach and get acquainted?”
“Uh sure. Hey, what happened to your horse?”
“Oh, he’s at home resting. He wasn’t up for taking a walk on the beach.”
“Oh, that’s too bad. I was hoping I could see him and play with him.”
“Well, maybe next time.”
“Alright.” Sungmin smiled and waved at the two.
Siwon looked at Sungmin. Does he prefer me in my real form or as a human? Hmm, I’ll find out on the beach.
Sungmin followed Siwon down to the beach. There was a slight drop at the end of the path. Siwon went first and turned around to help Sungmin down.
Sungmin blushed as he felt Siwon’s warm hands on his waist. “Th-thanks.”
They wandered to the shore. The two walked along the beach in silence. Siwon debated for a moment before he took Sungmin’s hand in his.
Sungmin was surprised at the sudden move. He couldn’t stop the blush from rising. His hand felt warm in Siwon’s. It was nice.
“So what do you like to do?”
“I like to play my guitar and write songs. If I ever have writer’s block, I just come out to the sea and just relax on the beach for a few minutes or a couple hours. The beach is really relaxing.”
“I love the beach too but I think I prefer the sea. I love running on the beach but swimming in the sea is much more satisfying.”
“Really? I don’t really like to play in the sea.”
“What? You don’t like the play in the sea.”
“Yeah. It’s all because…well I don’t want to say.”
“No, what? Maybe I can help.”
“I don’t know how you can help but I’m afraid of the sea. I-I almost drowned once. And if Leeteuk hadn’t saved me, I would’ve died.”
“That’s…that’s sad. So you haven’t been in the sea since then?” Sungmin shook his head.
Siwon grinned. “Well maybe you should go in this time.” Siwon picked up Sungmin and dove into the water.
Sungmin came up, gasping for air. “Siwon?” He treaded water as he searched for Siwon.
“Siwon? SIWON?!?!?” Sungmin made his way towards the beach. He collapsed onto the sand and looked at the sea.
“Siwon…Siwon…” Tears fell from Sungmin’s eyes. “Siwon…”
Siwon watched Sungmin helplessly from under the surface. He had completely forgotten; the moment he went back into the water, he’d turn back into a horse. He watched as Sungmin cried on the beach for him.
It tore his heart for him to have to leave Sungmin like that but what other choice did he have? He wasn’t sure how Sungmin would react to seeing him like this.
Siwon slowly made his way back to the underwater castle to wait for Donghae.
Sungmin went back to his room, heartbroken. Who knew he could fall for someone so quickly, so completely, just to lose him in the same instant?
He fell onto his bed and slept the sleep of the heartbroken, for days and hours.
For the next few nights, Sungmin stayed in his room, alone and depressed. Siwon stayed in the castle, filled with guilt and hurt.
“Come on, Siwon. You need to go see him. Talk to him, explain everything.”
“How can I? Do you know what will happen when I do?”
“Yes but it’ll all be worth it.”
“How do you know, Master Donghae?”
“Because I’m in the same situation as you.”
“Come on Sungmin. You need to get out. You can’t stay cooped up in here any longer. You’ll wither away and die.”
“Good. That’s exactly what I want.”
“No you don’t.” Eunhyuk struggled to get Sungmin up and dressed.
When he looked partly acceptable, Eunhyuk dragged Sungmin down the stairs and out onto the beach.
“Eunhyuk, what are we doing here? I don’t want to be here.”
“Well it’s for your own good.”
“What do you mean?” Sungmin looked around and noticed a man on a horse coming towards them.
Donghae and Siwon stopped right in front of Eunhyuk and Sungmin. “Hi Sungmin. I brought someone to cheer you up.”
Sungmin smiled for the first time in days. “Oh, look at you, handsome. You’re just what I need to cheer me up. Oh thank you Donghae.” Sungmin turned towards the horse and nuzzled his neck. “How are you beautiful? I missed you. You look so handsome but you seem a little undernourished. Have you not been eating well? Well when you get back, you need to eat a lot of food. You want to be big and strong, don’t you?”
“Hey Sungmin, so how are you feeling? Better now?”
“Yeah, all thanks to this guy.” Sungmin smiled. “Thank you so much. He’s just what I need to take my mind off Siwon.” Tears came to Sungmin’s eyes and he instantly turned his head into Siwon. “I can’t believe it hurts so much. I didn’t know it would hurt like this. I miss him so much.”
Donghae and Eunhyuk looked at Sungmin. “Sungmin, if there was a way to bring Siwon back, would you take it?”
“No. As much as I love him, I think he’s better off where he is.”
“But what if he isn’t?”
Sungmin jumped back in shock. “Wha-what? Did he-did he just speak?”
“Yes. Sungmin…it’s-it’s me…Siwon…”
“Siwon…you’re-you’re the horse…h-h-h-how? Why? What? Can someone please tell me what’s going on?”
“A couple weeks ago, I asked my dad to make Siwon for me.”
“And your father is…?”
“The King of the Sea.”
“Oh. So then what?”
“Well let’s see love at first sight happened. Siwon wanted to be a human for a bit just to be able to talk to you. Then he did a stupid thing by going into the water. I had warned him beforehand that if he gets wet, he’d turn back into a horse. So he panicked when that happened and left you alone on the beach, thinking he had died. Now for the next few days, the two of you suffered so it was up to me and Eunhyuk to get you two together again and clear up this misunderstanding. Now that everything’s been explained, what are you doing to do?”
“Wha-what do you mean?”
“Are you going to take Siwon as a horse or as a man?”
Sungmin looked at Siwon then at Donghae and Eunhyuk then back at Siwon. He walked around Siwon and thought for a moment.
“I don’t care as long as I’m with the one I love, Siwon.” A smile crossed his face as he gazed lovingly at Siwon.
Siwon couldn’t believe it. Sungmin loved him. But that still didn’t solve the problem.
“But-but do you want Siwon as a horse or as a man?”
“Let him decide. I’m happy with whatever he decides.”
Siwon looked at Sungmin. “I want to be a human. So I can live with Sungmin on land.”
“Good choice.” Donghae smiled. “Now Eunhyuk can come live with me under the sea. This works out perfectly. It was going to be too crowded if you and Eunhyuk lived with me in my room. Come on. Let’s go fix this problem now.”
“Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!”
“Yes Donghae?” The King stopped and stared. “Donghae, what are these humans doing here?”
“That’s what I wanted to talk to you about. This is Eunhyuk and this is Sungmin. I’m in love with Eunhyuk and want to marry him. He’s agreed to come live down here with me. Now Siwon here is in love with Sungmin and wants to become a human so he can live on land with him.”
“So what did you want me to do, son?”
“Well change Siwon into a human and change Eunhyuk to one of us.”
“It’s not that simple. Have you two thought of all the sacrifices you’ll be making?”
“Yes. I love Donghae and want to be with him no matter what.”
“I love Sungmin and will do whatever it takes to be with him.”
“What about you Sungmin? Are you willing to take this horse?”
“Yes I am. I love him no matter what form he’s in.”
The King smiled. “That’s what I wanted to hear. Now you two come with me.”
“I can’t believe it. You’re actually here, with me.” Sungmin curled up into Siwon’s side.
“I know. I can’t believe it either but it’s true. It’s real.”
“I’m going to miss Eunhyuk though. He was my best friend.”
“We can visit them any time we want. Remember what the King said?”
“Yes I do. But I think it’s too early to go visit them right now. They’re probably busy doing stuff.”
“Stuff? What kind of stuff?”
Sungmin smiled. “Stuff like this.” He sat up and leaned down, kissing Siwon’s lips.
“Mmm…I like that. Let’s do it again.”
Sungmin laughed at Siwon’s eagerness. “You have a lot of learn as a human. But I don’t mind teaching you. Why don’t we start with your first lesson?” Sungmin leaned down and captured Siwon’s lips for a passionate kiss.
A/N: sorry about the ending but didn’t feel like going on into smut. Thought it might be okay to end here. Sorry if you don’t like that XD