Akatsuki no Yona; Reader-insert
"How much faaaartheeer?" Zeno whined, stretching the vowels of each word, as his stomach began to growl again, "I'm hungryyy." He said holding his stomach.
An irk mark formed on Yun's forehead, "We ate just an hour ago." It took every inch of his being not to tackle the carefree blond and strangle him. "You ate the most, too! All you do in this group is eat! Even ____ helps us out in times of need."
"Hm?" At the mention of your name, you turned around to listen to the one-sided conversation. You narrowed your eyes at the boy, "What's that supposed to mean? I've been very helpful even before I joined your group." You turned back to the front with a slight pout on your face as you rested your hands behind your head casually. Shin-ah, who was walking in front of you, suddenly stopped, making you crash into his back. "Hey!" You rubbed your nose before staring at the Blue Dragon with a bigger pout. He either didn't notice your glare or simply ignored it, for all he did was point in front of him.
"I see..." He began, grabbing everyone's attention, "a signboard." That caught everyone's attention as they waited for him to elaborate. He grabbed a stick and drew a sign that looked like a cauldron with steam coming out... Ah!
"A hot spring~!" Exclaimed Zeno, his growling stomach long forgotten. In a flash, he was inches away from Yona with his hands together in a plea. "Can we go? Can we go? Can we goooo~?"
She looked towards the hot spring and nodded. "Let's go! I've never been to one and it should be fun!"
You delayed in following them, mostly because you were slightly worried. Shaking your head, you followed them anyway.
'A little bath won't hurt anybody.'
"Mixed baths...!" The old lady exclaimed making everyone in the room jump. Just two seconds ago, she was sound asleep, "are not allowed here," and her head hung again, signifying her snooze.
Even with your back facing the others, you could feel the disappointment radiating off of Jae-ha. A vein popped out of your forehead as a blush crept its way to your visage. You shook your head, giving yourself a nice, hard slap to the face to wake you up.The boys headed to their side of the hot spring, leaving you and Yona at the entrance. Her eyes shone with delight, as it was her first time at a hot spring.
You didn't like the idea of being naked near anyone else, even if they're of the same gender, so you politely declined and made your way to your temporary room. Yona stared at your back with a disappointed pout. Just then, she heard a soft "pukyuu!" sound coming from her shoulder, pulling her from her thoughts. She gave the little squirrel a sly smile and tip-toed silently a few feet away from you. Right before your figure was out of the doorway, Yona sprinted towards you, yanking you from your shirt's long sleeve.
"Hey, at least keep me company! You don't have to get in the water right away. If you want, you can go after I leave."
"Gah-!" Taken aback, you barely held your ground. You clasped the sides of the entrance with your hands in a tight grip, but it only took a second to loosen after Ao crawled all over your ticklish shoulders.
As you sat on the edge of the spring, you rolled up your pants enough for your feet to enjoy the hot water. You kept looking away from Yona whenever she would jump up, but her company was enjoyable nonetheless. You spoke about anything that came to mind in low voices -conscious of the boys able to hear the two of you. It's been too long since you gave yourself a day to relax, so this was a refreshing change from the constant running and hiding you were used to before you joined the Happy Hungry Bunch.
Yona had tried to slide you in the springs a couple of times, but your fast reflexes came in handy in pulling yourself back. You were caught off-guard, however, when you tried to get up and almost slipped on a bar of soap.
Meanwhile, the boys were all sitting in silence as they kept hearing laughter transform into shouts and vice versa, and their imaginations went wild as to what could be going on over on your side.
After lunch, Yona said she forgot something at the spring and went to get it. In the meantime, you prepared your things to go enjoy the hot spring alone. The boys teased and asked about why you didn't go the first time, but you brushed it off and dodged the question. You snuck out of your and Yona's room, making sure no one was in sight. You walked cautiously, but quickly, until you reached the entrance of the springs. There were two doors. You remember Yona saying to go the right, so you began walking when... Wait!
"Was it her right or my right?" You stopped mid-step and stared at the signs on the wall. Of course, they had to be in Kanji and not pictures; they were also the same color, so you had no way of knowing which way lead to which side of the spring. You face-palmed and stepped away to get a better look at the doors. Since you weren’t facing the doors this morning when Yona dragged you, you failed to notice which door she had entered.
On top of that, you heard footsteps coming, so you jolted out of your stupor and hid behind a wall. Taking a peek, you saw Jae-ha sneaking into the room on the right. He must've wanted to take another dip or scare one of the guys there. Seeing this, you deduced that the other door must be the female entrance.
You walked in and stripped off your clothes, except the undermost layer you wore, to get in the water. You always have spare clothes so it wasn't much of a problem. The real issue was removing the binding that hid your chest. After almost a year of wearing it, it felt like part of your flesh at this point. The hot water soothed your aching muscles, so you closed your eyes to enjoy the relaxing feeling to its fullest. You swam towards a lone rock and rested behind it, making you feel safer in case anyone walked in.
Around the same time, Kija was finally persuaded by Jae-ha to enjoy the springs after the incident with the spider. Just the thought of it made Kija shiver as if it reappears on his back every time he thinks about it. Hak also wanted to step in again before he retired to his room. At the spring, Hak noticed a tuft of blond hair in a loose ponytail lying on a rock in the middle of the spring.
"Hm?" Upon closer inspection, Hak realized it wasn't Zeno. 'Who else do I know with blond hair...? Wait! Blond hair... Loose ponytail...' He heard faint humming, 'A slightly effeminate voice...! It's Su-won!'
He walked backwards shakily away from the spring while making as little noise as possible. 'Su-won' seemed to remain oblivious to this, as 'he' continued to hum. On the way out, Hak bumped into Kija.
"Huh?" Kija looked up seeing Hak's widened eyes, "What's wrong?"
"It-it's- he- he's here." Hak whispered. Kija furrowed his brows though he didn't understand who Hak was talking about.
"Su-won, it's Su-won!" Hak exclaimed in a whisper. This caught Kija by surprise, making him clench his clawed fist.
"What is he doing here?" Kija pondered, bringing his clawed hand up to his chin in thought.
"I don't know! Why don't you ask him yourself, White Snake?" Hak retorted sarcastically. Kija, brushing off his hated nickname, noticed Hak's distressed state. 'He must be worried about Yona's safety...' Kija felt the same way.
Just then, they heard the soft footsteps of someone heading their way. It was Zeno.
You believed it was about time to get out. You had this nagging feeling in the back of your mind that things went a little... too smoothly, but you weren’t complaining. Holding the rock behind you to stand up, you stopped midway when, out of nowhere, Zeno's voice pops up behind you, prompting you to lose your grip on the rock.
"Yo! Still in the bath, huh. I wanna join, too!"
'No!!' You mentally screamed, holding your grazed elbow. You dove your head back in the water for as long as your breath could hold. 'Juuuust great!' You groaned inwardly hoping you could last a little longer underwater.
On the surface, Hak and Kija were freaking out, telling Zeno to shut up, though it was obviously too late at this point. Shin-ah walked up quietly behind them after having heard their shouts all the way from the entrance. Shin-ah ignored their bickering and focused on the water with his piercing eyes. Once he caught sight of 'Su-won,' he jumped in fright thanking his curse for forcing him to wear a mask -or else the others would've seen his beet-red face. He expected an enemy, he expected Su-won. He did not expect to see you underwater in thin clothes clinging to your skin.
He ran away back to his room. The sudden gust of wind caught the attentions of the other men. "Where is he going?" Asked Zeno with a hint of disappointment.
“More importantly, when did he arrive in the first place?" Kija added.
"Why don't we stick to the original problem of OUR ENEMY BEING NOT TOO FAR FROM US." Hak was furious. He pointed at the rock where only your hand showed. At this point, you couldn't take it any longer.
"GUYS, IT'S JUST ME. I MESSED UP AND I NEED YOU ALL TO TURN. AROUND. NOW!"
No one spoke. No one dared to. Hak and Kija both had instant crimson-colored faces. A million thoughts clouded their rationality, and every limb in their body wanted to scream. Zeno remained oblivious to all of this, as always.
"____, what are you doing here? Shouldn't you be on the other side?" Zeno smiled with his hands on his hips. "You wanted me to wash your back, too, right?" He exclaimed happily.
You didn't answer. You were too embarrassed. You knew you had to tell them eventually.
'But now's not the best time!' You scolded yourself.
"D-Doesn't matter... Just turn around facing the other way while I at LEAST wrap a towel around myself." You poked your head out to see them out of their daze and turning around. Cautiously walking from your rock to the edge, you scanned the area for any nearby towel, only to see Kija drop one in front of you, his face directed at the sky above.
"Thanks... Now go away." He flinched before scampering next to Hak on the side. The two tomatoes held onto Zeno by his sleeves to keep him in place.
'It's a good thing Jae-ha isn't here.' The same thought passed through everyone’s minds with sighs of relief. As you wrapped the towel around you, you remembered. 'If this is the Men's side...' You secured the towel around you, making sure it covered from your chest to your knees. 'What was Jae-ha doing sneaking over to the other...' -You rolled your eyes- 'Never mind.'
"H-hey, are you done?" Came Kija's uncharacteristically timid voice.
"Y-yeah, now… Turn around to your rig- NO- left." You face-palmed at your own stupidity. 'I really need to work on my lefts and rights...'
"Well, which one is it-?"
"LEFT, JUST TURN LEFT!"
You sprinted out while their backs were always turned to you. "Phew..." You got back to your room without having to bump into anyone else. You slammed the door and leaned against it. "Never. Doing. That. Again."
You promised yourself to punish Jae-ha and Yona for this mess, even if it was mostly your fault. 'No, it's wasn't! It's not my fault I was never taught how to read! Why were they there, anyway? What was Jae-ha thinking? ...Well, he wasn't, as usual, but still.' You ended your thought with a whine. You shivered from the remnants of the water along with the passing breeze and decided to get dressed first before doing anything else.
The next day, you all got up to have breakfast. You didn't want to make eye contact with anyone this morning. Shin-ah was helpful enough to comply with that unspoken request. Hak and Kija focused on Yona. Zeno was busy stuffing himself. Yun was the only one looking unfazed and greeting you casually. 'They must have hidden it from the others.' You felt grateful to them, 'Okay... Maybe I owe them one for that.'
Lastly, you noticed Jae-ha deep in thought with his hand covering the lower half of his face.
You went to sit next to Yona when Jae-ha blurted out, "How come I didn't get to be there yesterday?!" You froze, as did Hak, Kija, and Shin-ah. Yun sent you questioning looks while Zeno happily refilled his bowl.
The veins on your forehead reappeared, 'I owe them NOTHING.'