Interlude: Can’t

Zayne took a few slow, deep breaths as he stood alone in the empty hallway. He’ll understand. He told himself firmly. So stop panicking.

But that was so much easier said than done.

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He closed his eyes for a moment, took one last breath, then finally lifted his fist and knocked.

“It’s open!” A soft mumble came from the other side.

Zayne summoned all the courage he could muster, and opened the door at last.

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He found Eun sitting on his sofa, a cigarette in his mouth and his eyes glued to the television screen. He didn’t even look up until Zayne was practically standing right in front of him.

“Oh, Zayne.” Eun seemed almost surprised. He leaned forward to snuff out his cigarette in the ash tray in front of him and quickly turned off the television. “Must’ve read my mind.” An easy smile found its way onto his lips as he reached out to shake Zayne’s hand.

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Eun always seemed to greet him with a handshake. But it never felt warm or friendly… It was cold and distant and business-like. And this one was no exception.

“Read your mind?” Zayne raised an eyebrow at him as he released the other man’s hand.

“I was about to head over.” He explained. “I’ve got a couple of runs I need you to do for me.”

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A twisting sensation found its way into Zayne’s stomach at Eun’s words. “Oh, um… Y-yeah, uh, actually… That’s kinda what I w-wanted to talk to you about?” He spoke the words as though they were a question. “Can we, like… talk for a minute?”

An expression that Zayne could not quite find the word for seemed to cross Eun’s face for a moment, but it was gone as quickly as it had come. With a small smile, he gestured for Zayne to take a seat on the couch. “I think I know what this is about.”

“Y-you do?”

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Eun nodded. “You’re a smart kid, Zayne. You’ve discovered my secret.” A small laugh passed his lips as he spoke. “You caught me… I haven’t been paying you nearly as much as I should be. I guess you could say I’ve been taking advantage of you, and I apologize for that.” Eun’s tone was suddenly very serious. “You’ve been doing some great work for me. So how does a hundred sound?”

“A hundred?!”

“One hundred euros a run… That’s twice what you’re getting now. More than generous, don’t you think?”

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For one wild moment, Zayne wanted to tell him that it sounded amazing. That would be hundreds of euros a week! With a soft sigh, Zayne chased the thought from his mind. Focus. Don’t chicken out on this now!

“That’s… incredibly generous of you.” Zayne replied seriously. “But this isn’t about money. I just… Can’t do this anymore. I can’t keep working for you. And I’m sorry.”

Eun’s eyes widened slightly. “You can’t?” He asked skeptically. “Why not?”

“I just… I… I really don’t think I’m cut out for this kind of… um… ‘business’.” Zayne spluttered awkwardly. “It’s not for me.”

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To his surprise, Eun laughed softly. “Well, I respectfully disagree. A kid like you was made for this type of work, Zayne. You’re friendly, low-key, blend in well…  Minus that big scar, of course. But it hasn’t been an issue so far.” He shrugged. “So I’m not really sure what the problem is.”

Something about the way Eun smiled sent an unpleasant chill washing over him. Zayne’s throat felt very dry as he opened his mouth to reply. “I just can’t. I really can’t. I’m sorry. You’ll have to find someone else.”

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He watched as the smile slowly faded from Eun’s face. “I don’t think you understand, so let me put this more plainly… What you ‘can’t’ do is leave, Zayne. You can’t just walk away from this.”

“I have to. And I will.”

“No, you won’t.” Eun’s voice was a bit stronger this time. “How do you plan on affording that little apartment of yours, huh? Paying all the bills? You need this.”

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Zayne hesitated a moment before replying. “I… I’ll find another job.”

Eun laughed derisively. “One that pays you as well as I do? I doubt it.”

With a small shake of his head, Zayne rose to his feet. “I’ll figure it out, okay? But this is my final answer. I’m out, Eun.”

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“Like hell you are.” In an instant, Eun was on his feet as well. Despite his short stature, there was something terrifying about the way he was looking at him. “You’re in too deep, kid. This isn’t a choice.”

Christ… He really isn’t gonna let me go. Zayne’s heart was pounding in his chest, but he fought to hide his fear. What the hell am I gonna do?! “L-look… I… I didn’t wanna go there, okay? B-but… But if you don’t let me go, I’m going to the police.”

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What?!

He nodded. “I’ll give them all the dirt I have on you, and they’ll lock you up for a long time, Eun. But I swear to God, if you let me walk away from all this, they’ll never hear a peep out of me.”

Eun did not appear concerned. “Uh-huh… And if you do go running to the police, how do you expect to explain your role in this whole thing, huh? You think they’ll just let you run free? Your hands are dirty too, kid.”

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“M-my Onkel’s a lawyer!” Zayne cried. “He’ll protect me… And… And so what if I end up in jail too? At least you’ll get what you deserve.” He narrowed his eyes as he spoke.

Eun shook his head slowly. “This has been real cute… But I’m losing patience here. You say you wanna walk away? Kid, you’ll be lucky if I let you walk out of my goddamn apartment if you don’t stop running your fucking mouth.”

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Zayne ignored his threat. “Goodbye, Eun.” He turned and began heading toward the door.

He barely made it three steps.

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48 Responses to Interlude: Can’t

  1. Senna says:

    Well, he’s in serious trouble. (and knowing what happened last time, nobody’s going to bother helping him)

    Either he manages to survive this, or…well, maybe he has some secret daughter out there who can be taken in by the rest of his family.

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  2. Yikes! I don’t know why he thought this would end well. Time to call in the reserves. This is headed toward peak tail-between-the-legs. In terms of sympathy for wounded pride, I’m about to have lots of feels for Zayne. I’m almost ready to sincerely say, “poor kid.” Almost. Maybe if Eun punches him one more time…

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Zayne was so dumb here haha. He was trying so hard to do the right thing, but man, he went about it allllll wrong!

      I’m shocked and impressed that you almost have sympathy for poor Zayne here 😛 Hehehe We’ll see how you feel after we see what happens… Thanks for reading, Cece!

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  3. misfit913 says:

    There had to have been a better way for him to do that lol. The whole “I’m going to the police” thing was definitely not bright!!

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  4. maladi777 says:

    At last we meet Darth Eun! Every teenager’s best friend!

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  5. witchazard says:

    Is it weird i want him to accidentally kill Eun and be put on trial fro manslaughter. Or somebody unexpected kills him and Zayne has to live with knowing that, but says nothing. Or he just wakes up in a hospital!

    Total at Beginning of Week 5: 41 points

    Tuesday’s Update 2/7/2017
    Gains 25 points for another five week bonus. Now I’m officially caught up with his weekly bonuses!
    Gains 2 points for noticing that Eun is clearly dangerous.
    Lost 3 points for still continuing this business despite the incident. Whenever someone shady says it won’t happen again it clearly means you’ll be safe for a while then it’ll happen again!
    Gains 3 points for getting a kiss from Victoria Yeah Boooooooiiiiii! If this relationship progresses any further the Double Penalty against this relationship is going to be brutal!
    Gains 5 points for said Epic Party! Double Penalty Pending hehehe!
    TPAU: 73 points

    Thursday’s Update 2/9/2017 Double Penalty Only
    Lost 6 points (Gains 3 points for party going improvement.)
    Lost 4 points (Gains 2 points for being bitten by the popularity bug. Let’s hope the effects of the bite don’t wear off at the worst possible time.) Looks like I was right!
    Lost 6 points (Gains 3 points for getting a date. I’m only happy cause I want you see you fail.) And of course you did.
    Lost 6 points (Gains 3 points for getting a kiss from Victoria Yeah Boooooooiiiiii! If this relationship progresses any further the Double Penalty against this relationship is going to be brutal!)
    Lost 10 points (Gains 5 points for said Epic Party! Double Penalty Pending hehehe!)
    TPAU: 41 points
    Dang I really need to be more critical Zayne gives me way too many openings and I don’t take enough advantage of that.

    Saturday’s Update 2/11/2017
    Gains 3 points for finally getting it that the lies were a bad idea!
    Lost 2 points for thinking this was gonna end any other way than badly.
    Gains 2 points cause I don’t really get why Remi and River were upset they had the power to end this months ago and they didn’t.
    Lost 3 points for isolating yourself.
    Lost 2 points for not apologizing.
    Lost 5 points for hurting Victoria.
    Lost 3 points for not understanding the fact that he lied to these people for 5 months. Did he really think they were going to be okay with this!
    Gains 2 points for admitting Ben was right. Not even your brother in law yet and he’s still looking out for you.
    Lost 5 points for asking a stupid question. How can I say no just say no damn it!
    Gains 3 points for realizing he should stop working with Eun.
    Lost 2 points for saying he can’t!
    Gains 3 points for once again contemplating the idea that he should go home. Zayne go home please just go home!
    TPAU: 32 points

    Sunday’s Update 2/12.2017
    Gains 3 points for deciding to leave Eun!
    Lost 2 points for not keeping a cool head.
    Lost 3 points for threatening a drug dealer. What were you thinking!
    Gains 2 points for that line about being okay with going to jail. You got ballz kid!
    Depending on how this fight turns out he might get bonus points next time.

    Week 5 Total Points 32 points

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  6. theplumbob says:

    Lol Zayne, what did you expect? A month’s notice, signing some paperwork, sharing a few old work anecdotes over cookies and milk? Especially that “so what, I’ll go to jail too” part haha… like Eun said, it’s very quaint. He’s such a kid, but unfortunately for him he’s wrapped up in a very grown-up mess.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      His naivety is most definitely showing here! He was trying so hard to do the right thing, but he clearly had no idea how to properly do it… And now he must pay the price!

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  7. julyvee94 says:

    The only good thing I find in this is that Zayne will have zero temptation to keep working for Eun after this. I hope someone hears the noise from outside and saves him:P

    Like

  8. shamanarza says:

    Dun dun DUUUUNNN! (you need a dramatic sting chord with that cliffhanger)

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  9. Brass Buckles says:

    Well, Zayne’s trying to do the right thing, but really he should’ve avoided saying anything about the police. I mean all he had to do was leave, then… call the police. You don’t tell the criminal, “I’m gonna tell on you!” I mean, Eun is a criminal for goodness’ sake! You think he’s going to play nice if he already doesn’t…?

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  10. fabtiffsim says:

    Ah I knew he wasn’t even getting paid enough!

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  11. SilentWolf101 says:

    I really, REALLY wanna see more Hope. 🙂 And I can’t wait to see what happens next. 😀 Even 100 euros seems like a bit too low, in my opinion… O.O

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  12. Jes2G says:

    So like, even though this was REALLY dumb and he didn’t think this through, I wanted to initiate a slow clap for him…but then he got jumped. Whoops lol. Son…go home!

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  13. thegraeyone says:

    Wow. I can’t believe Zayne is dead.

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  14. Coulourofmusic says:

    THIS IS NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING
    fucking hell, poor Zayne. He just wants to fix things. I really hope he is alright. 😦

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  15. CitizenErased14 says:

    Those are some big predictions… But all are very possible! We’ll see soon what happens 🙂

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  16. lisabeesims says:

    Oh shit … my boy here is an idiot … geesh

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  17. The road to redemption is paved with karma, and karma never holds back. Especially when it comes to Rosebrook blood. I’m proud Zayne had the courage to take the first big step, although he wasn’t smart about it (then again, he never is). Karma won’t stop until everything is paid for, and when it is, then Zayne will be able to breathe easy. Not a moment before.

    You better man up, Z, and endure it. Deal with your consequences and let the truth free you. Otherwise the Rosebrook Curse of Painful Drama will haunt you like it did those before you.

    …And screw you, for making me go all philosophical on your ass, Mr. Liar liar.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I love the idea of the “Rosebrook Curse of Painful Drama” hahaha. Hopefully Zayne will make it out of this brush with karma in one peace so he has a chance for that redemption!

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  18. kaffepigen says:

    Oh wow, i honestly didn’t expect him to get violent, but i guess i should have. I have a lot of respect for Zayne for quitting, but perhaps it would have been better to do it a public place. I Hope he will be okay…

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  19. SpurklyNinja says:

    Well, shit.

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  20. theceltygirly says:

    ZAYNE
    Eun you little shit head.
    I just looked up the meaning of the name Eun: “kindness, mercy, charity” which is definitely not him or “silver, money” which makes loads of sense.

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  21. kaycee39 says:

    Well OH! I don’t think Zayne expected to get the crap beat out of him by Eun. But that’s what happens when you deal with people like that. Poor, poor Zayne. I don’t fear for his life because well, you know I know lol. But I am curious how he gets out of this one.

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