Seokjin is the Goblin King. Handsome, clever, and charismatic with a cruel streak. The goblins adore him, but the rest of the kingdom is split. He is controlling and doesn’t like when people go against his wishes or plans.
After taking away Yoongi’s baby brother, he becomes smitten with Yoongi. Seokjin attempts to seduce and entice him the entire time Yoongi makes his way through the Labyrinth.
Light pink hair, plump lips, broad shouldered, and absolutely beautiful. He didn't look real. His clothes were dark and intricate, like he came from a fairy tale.
Until the man spoke.
"It's been so long since anyone’s called on me like this. I thought humans had forgotten about us,” The man’s voice was like a melody.
He didn’t want anything to do with this, whatever this was. It was strange and no matter how beautiful the man before him was, he was eerie.
“My name is Seokjin. As for the what, I’m the Goblin King,” Seokjin smiled, but it wasn’t a warm one.
“Yes, and your little brother is going to be one of my new subjects,” At this, Seokjin smiled more genuinely.
Seokjin looked at Yoongi in consideration.
Thirteen hours from now. That was plenty of time.
Seokjin was gone in an instant. Yoongi looked over to the labyrinth.
How hard could it be?
He pushed as hard as he could, to no avail.
His eyes landed on a man with his back turned to him. His hair was red and he wore clothes that actually looked like they came from Yoongi’s world.
Before he could, the man turned around and spotted him. Yoongi opened his mouth and the man absolutely screamed, causing Yoongi to jump.
Yoongi held up his hands in a placating way.
“Sorry, I just. You seemed busy and I didn’t want to interrupt,” Yoongi defended.
The man just frowned and Yoongi sighed.
Finally, he replied, “The name is Hoseok. Most people call me Hobi, though.”
“Because I’m the only hope they have of getting out of here in one piece,” Hobi smiled.
He continued his mediocre gardening, muttering to himself, mostly. Though it was definitely about Yoongi.
He hadn’t. Not that Yoongi would’ve known what those dreams were.
“No. It doesn’t matter anyway, I need to get my brother. If you don’t want to help, it’s fine. I’ll figure it out,” Yoongi sighed and turned back to the doors.
“Aren’t you human too?” Yoongi asked. He definitely looked human.
“Oh. I thought... Aren’t dwarfs shorter?” Hobi was even taller than Yoongi. He only shrugged in response.
Yoongi walked and walked, looking for an opening to go further in. He was only on the outskirts still and there were no twists.
Before long he stopped and let out a frustrated yell. He wasn’t getting anywhere. Yoongi smacked the wall and startled when he hears a voice.
He thanked the worm and continued on.
Keep your right hand on the wall.
They looked almost like cards, a head on the top and the bottom for each of them.
Only one door was correct and he had to figure out which one.
And well, Yoongi had never gotten perfect grades in school, but he wasn’t an idiot.
Snorting, he opened the right door and walked forward only to have the ground disappear from under his feet.
He couldn’t be any older that two, but he was very mobile. The goblins were having fun with him until he accidentally pushed a whole barrel of booze over.
It had been a while since the last human baby had come to be turned into one of them. The last time was maybe twenty or thirty years ago.
He picked up one of his crystals and tossed it up, turning it into an image of Yoongi making his way through the maze.
Suddenly, Taehyung started moving excitedly in his arms.
Big gray hands were sticking out of the wall, keeping him from falling. Creepily, the hands spoke, asking if he wanted to go back up or continue down.
By their mocking voices, he figured it was the wrong choice.
Yoongi stood up and patted himself off, “Where the hell is this?”
“Back out? I can’t go back out. I need to go back in!” Yoongi argued.
“Listen, I couldn’t just leave a baby in a place like this, no matter who it was,” Yoongi pushed.
Hobi’s eyes immediately dropped to the silver bracelet on Yoongi’s wrist.
“Fine! But I’m only getting you back in, that’s it!” Hobi huffed.
Hobi went back and forth with them as they kept telling them to turn around, that they were going the wrong way.
“What, what?” Yoongi asked and widened his eyes when he saw what it was that scared Hobi.
“Oh my, this is unexpected,” Seokjin smiled, not at all pleasant.
“And what does it look like? It certainly couldn’t be that it looks like you’re helping our dear Yoongi make his way back into the labyrinth. Further in, even” Seokjin pouted.
“I-I… why would I want to help him? He’s just another dumb human,” Hobi said and Yoongi ignored the stab of annoyance.
“That’s great. Otherwise, I was thinking, you know that abandoned castle in the middle of the sea? The one that’s so skinny, but is somehow a hundred stories high?” Seokjin asked.
“I was thinking it would make an nice vacation home. You would be the perfect person to remodel. Especially the rooftop. I know you could do it all by yourself. It would only take, what? Ten years? You’d be done in no time,” Seokjin smiled again.
“My dear Yoongi, you’re doing even better than I thought you would. You’re quite clever. Taehyung is a delight, you know. I’m sure he’d love to have you stay with us as well,” Seokjin said.
“I’m sure he would love to stay with me. Preferably back at home though,” Yoongi answered carefully.
Seokjin walked closer to Yoongi, and he ignored the urge to take a step back.
Yoongi considered himself smart. Right up until he wasn’t.
Seokjin face changed. It was a chillingly blank and suddenly Yoongi missed the creepy smiles.
Yoongi snapped his head around but all he saw was darkness.
Yoongi blinked out of his stupor at the sound of loud creaking coming from behind.
“Look, I’m sorry but he was being fucking weird and I panicked!” Yoongi yelled back.
“Oh look, a ladder. Perfect,” Hobi sounded delighted and began climbing it. Yoongi sighed and reluctantly followed.
"Where are we now?" Yoongi asked.
"Hedge maze," Hobi shrugged.
"Hm, can't say I really know," Hobi answered. Yoongi groaned in frustration.
"Don't you live here? Why wouldn't you know?" Yoongi pinched the bridge of his nose.
Yoongi shook his head. He wanted to take his bracelet back.
This place was so damn weird.
The bird head told them that they could ask one question that would be answered in exchange for a donation.
He took the ring off and dropped it into the box, noting the longing look Hobi gave the ring.
“How can I get out of the labyrinth with my brother?” Yoongi finally asked.
The wiseman shook his box, the contents rattling around. Slowly, he spoke:
“Well, that was definitely a waste,” Hobi commented.
“Hey, I got you back into the labyrinth! You’re even further than you were before! Let me go!” Hobi demanded.
“What, so you can go piss in another pond? Come on, just help me out!” Yoongi argued.
Hobi gasped in shock.
That seemed to give Hobi pause. He looked amazed?
“Friend? Really? You want to be friends?” Hobi asked.
“Oh. Well. I mean, I guess I could help a friend out,” Hobi said, and he almost seemed happy.
A sudden roar sounded and both their heads snapped in the direction it came from. Immediately, Hobi booked it out of there.
“Dammit, Hobi!” Yoongi yelled, and looked down at the acorn bag in his hands. He shook his head and put it on.
Well, that was shitty.
And wow, if he didn’t have the biggest doe eyes. Now Yoongi had to help him.
Just as he thought that, he felt something hit his foot. He looked down to see a decently sized rock.
Without another thought, he threw the rock at the head of one of the goblins. The rock hit it’s helmet and it ran into another goblin.
When the coast was clear, Yoongi walked up to the person hanging upside down.
“Shit, are you okay?” Yoongi ran over to him and went to help him up.
“Yeah, that seemed pretty unpleasant. How’d you get stuck up there, anyway?” Yoongi asked.
“Wasn’t looking down and got stuck in a rope trap,” The guy sighed. “My name is Kookie, by the way. Thanks for helping me.”
“You’re not from here, right? What are you doing here?” Kookie asked.
“Oh! Man, that’s rough. Do you need help?” Kookie asked and Yoongi blinked.
“Nah, I don’t follow him. None of the night trolls do. I don’t know if he thinks we’re too dumb, but he just leaves up be, usually,” Kookie shrugged.
“Yeah, I’m a bit of an outcast. Don’t really look like a typical night troll, you know,” Kookie said. Yoongi didn’t know, but he could imagine.
They had come across two doors with big metal talking faces for knockers. One of them, their ring went through the nose. The other, it was held in their mouth.
Unfortunately, when they figured out that they needed to put the ring back in to properly knock and get through that door, the gratitude was decidedly gone.
“Kind of weird,” Yoongi began as they made their way into a forest. “Can’t he just drop the ring back out of his mouth anyway?”
That made sense. Slowly, he made his way further into the forest. It was getting more foggy and he worried that they wouldn't be able to find any way at all, led along the right one.
Yoongi turned all around.
“Kookie, are you there?” No answer. Yoongi frowned.
Great, he was alone.
It hadn’t been a total lie when he told Yoongi that he didn’t know where they were, or the way to get around the labyrinth.
Getting through himself and taking another person through was different though.
He often wondered if that was something written into his DNA, as someone essentially meant to serve whoever ruled the labyrinth.
The shriek he let out ended up startling Seokjin.
“Why do you scream so much?” Seokjin demanded.
Seokjin simply frowned before speaking, “I see you ran away from Yoongi.”
“While I’m glad to see your cowardice is as predictable as ever, you need to go back to him,” Seokjin said.
“Of course not. I want to keep him,” Seokjin said and Hoseok fought off a shudder. Somehow, having the Goblin King’s attention seemed like a very bad thing.
“What is this?” Hoseok asked.
“It’s a peach. Go back to Yoongi and give it to him when his guard is down,” Seokjin ordered.
“It’s not… it won’t hurt him, will it?” Hoseok questioned.
Immediately, Hoseok felt the air grown cold.
“O-of course not. Why would you even think that?” Hoseok asked, nervous.
“A deal?” Hoseok echoed.
“A prince? Really?” Hoseok’s eyes were wide.
Seokjin smiled and handed the peach over.
Hoseok looked down at the peach and he felt sick.
They all had bright orange hair and fluffy orange clothing. Somehow, they looked both birdlike and human.
The problem was that they were taking random limbs off and expecting Yoongi to do the same.
“Sorry, us fireys can get a little too excited. A lot of tend to forget that not everyone is born with detachable limbs,” The creature apologized.
“Aren’t—” Yoongi cut off with a breath. “Aren’t they your friends?”
They reached a dead end and Yoongi cursed. They were at the bottom of a cliff and as he heard the rest of them—fireys, was it?—gain on them, he started to panic.
Before it came to that, a rope appeared. They both looked up and Yoongi was happy as he recognized Hobi.
Quickly, both Yoongi and the one who helped him climbed up. A few of the creatures' heads flew up, but they weren’t able to follow.
“Who the hell is this?” Hobi asked, frowning at the one who had helped Yoongi.
“Ugh, a firey. You guys are so rambunctious,” Hobi huffed and Jimin frowned before lunging at him, Yoongi awkwardly between them.
“Can… can you guys stop?! Or at least let me get from between you before you do this!” Yoongi yelled.
Suddenly, the ground gave out beneath them and they all screamed.
They had slid through a tunnel and out of an opening. All of them just barely managed to grab something in time. Yoongi’s something happened to be Hobi’s leg, but it worked.
"This is the Bog of Eternal Stench. It's like a combination of every bad smell in existence," Jimin groaned, climbing back up onto the ledge.
Jimin helped Yoongi climb back up, much to Hobi's relief. They hugged the wall, the edge being too narrow to walk comfortably.
The Goblin King's threat to banish him to a one hundred story castle in the middle of the ocean suddenly made a lot more sense.
"Shit, shit, shit!" Hobi tried to scramble to the side but it was too late. The edge gave out and he pulled Jimin and Yoongi down with him.
The fall didn't even hurt that bad. It felt like something broke his fall, even.
Yoongi scrambled up and smiled when he saw it was Kookie.
"Kookie! I was worried about you when we got separated!" Yoongj said, watching Kookie push the other two off of him.
"After you ran off," Yoongi scoffed.
"Hey! I came back didn't I? And saved you and you weird firey friend," Hobi argued.
"You're a firey? That's so cool! Can't you guys detach your limbs?" Kookie asked, eyes glowing.
They all looked at him for a moment before Jimin detached a hand. Yoongi made a face and Hobi a sound of disgust.
"Alright, let's. Let's move on," Yoongi muttered.
Yoongi and Hobi jumped and Kookie immediately cooed and bent down to pet it.
Jimin quickly smacked him over the head and took his hand back.
“Rapmon?” Hobi repeated.
“Yeah, that’s his name. He’s a good boy, don’t worry. He’s just helping guard the bridge,” The dimpled man said.
“My name is Namjoon. I was tasked by the Goblin King to guard this bridge,” Namjoon explained.
“Guard it from what, exactly?” Yoongi asked.
“That’s ridiculous,” Hobi scoffed and went to move past Namjoon. He quickly found himself on the ground.
Yoongi hadn’t even realized that Namjoon had a staff until he used it to knock Hobi over.
“What? Me?” Kookie frowned and looked at Namjoon. Despite having just knocked Hobi on his ass, Namjoon still looked friendly. “Er…”
“Definitely not,” Yoong said, remembering the punch Kookie had delivered to the knocker.
“Whatever, he can’t take us all on,” Hobi reasoned, having picked himself up.
“I mean, there’s gotta be a way we can talk this out. Why exactly can’t we cross the bridge?” Yoongi asked.
Yoongi cut himself off. It really couldn’t be that easy and obvious. He could still give it a try, though.
Namjoon blinked and seemed to consider.
“Oh. No one’s ever actually asked me. But I mean. If I let you guys pass, I’ll feel kind of useless. All I usually do is guard this bridge and tend to my bonsai trees,” Namjoon frowned.
“Smell? What smell?” Namjoon asked. Jimin and Hobi looked disgusted.
“You could come with us! It would give you a purpose!” Kookie offered. Yoongi, Hobi and Jimin looked at him like he had lost it.
“Yeah, we’re trying to get Yoongi’s baby brother back. That’s a good cause, isn’t it?” Kookie smiled and they all automatically smiled back at him.
Namjoon seemed to look down in consideration.
Yoongi thanked Kookie’s doe eyes.
“Wow, I’ve never actually been to the castle. It’s a lot bigger up close,” Jimin commented.
“How much time do we have until midnight?” Kookie asked.
“About eight hours. That’s a good amount of time. Maybe we should rest up for a couple of hours before we move on,” Namjoon suggested.
“You’re literally with someone who creates fire,” Jimin scoffed, lighting one of his fingers on fire.
“Oh, we should get some wood then,” Namjoon said.
“Why don’t I come with you guys, to make sure you get the right kind of wood,” Jimin frowned, clearly not trusting them.
Oh right, maybe he wanted his bag back.
“Hobah, here's your bad. Sorry I took it,” Yoongi said, pulling the small acorn bag over his head and holding it out to Hobi.
Yoongi blinked. It probably had been a bit since he had eaten. He was the type to forget to, so he honestly couldn’t remember the last time he’d had a meal.
“Yeah, it’s not much. I don’t even really like peaches. I just picked one earlier,” Hobi said and pulled a peach out of his pocket, holding it out to Yoongi.
“Thanks, Hobah,” Yoongi said, and held his hand out for it. He took a couple of bites and stopped when he suddenly felt dizzy.
“Hoseok… what the hell is this? Yoongi asked, but already he was starting to lose focus.
That was the last thing Yoongi heard before everything went black.
All of his senses felt muffled.
Things cleared more when he heard a piano playing. It had been so long since Yoongi heard a piano in person.
As he got closer he started to hear singing. The voice was beautiful, light and melodic. Yoongi stopped in front of a door and closed his eyes as he listened more.
It’s my truth
I will be covered with wounds all over
But it’s my faith
It’s my faith
Still, I want to struggle and fight/
He wasn’t surprised to find Seokjin sitting at the piano, able to place his voice easily, much to his own dismay.
Yoongi listened all the way until the end, entranced by the song.
And Yoongi, he was a fool. So when Seokjin stood and walked into Yoongi’s space, placing his hands on Yoongi’s waist, he didn't stop him.
No, he leaned into Seokjin’s chest while his eyes fluttered. Faintly, he registered Seokjin pressing a soft kiss below his ear.
Seokjin’s soft lips met Yoongi’s own dry ones, and when Yoongi leaned into it, he knew he truly was a fool.
It should be done in 3 more updates! I once again thank anyone who is reading this~
Their jackets were off, and Seokjin had removed the cloth choker that Yoongi had been wearing. Other than that, they were still clothed.
Something was odd though. It felt so good and Yoongi couldn’t even remember a time when being with someone felt this right.
Wasn’t he supposed to be doing something?
That didn’t sound right.
Hadn’t Yoongi been doing something? Maybe it wasn’t important, though. Maybe it could wait. It could probably wait.
“What’s wrong, my Yoongi?” Seokjin asked, trailing his open mouth down Yoongi’s neck.
Yoongi raced down the hallway searching for an exit, finding none. He turned around and saw past Seokjin that the other side was a dead end as well.
“My Yoongi, where are you going?” Seokjin asked.
“Don’t leave, Yoongi. Everyone always leaves,” Seokjin said and Yoongi turned back around to look at him.
Until a flash of Taehyung’s face went through his mind. Yoongi couldn’t be selfish so he just frowned and shook his head.
All at once, the world fell apart.
He looked around and startled when he realized he was in his childhood bedroom. Before his parents had split up. Yoongi stood up from the bed and looked around. It looked exactly like it had before they all moved.
“What was that dear?” The goblin asked.
Before he made it, things went dark once again.
“He’s awake!” Kookie yelled and looked relieved.
Yoongi knew he needed to sit up, but he didn’t feel he had it in him to.
“I don’t know, last thing I remember was him giving me a peach,” Yoongi said, and he tongue felt heavy.
“I guess it was something like that,” Yoongi sighed and finally sat up. His head was killing him.
Yoongi immediately covered it.
“Did you get hurt or something? Or something?” Kookie asked with his own eyebrow raised.
“Seokjin’s magic works in interesting ways. He has a way of bending dreams and realities,” Namjoon said and he also stared at Yoongi’s neck.
“Wow so… alright. You and Seokjin. I mean, I get it. Who wouldn’t, if given the opportunity,” Jimin shrugged.
“Six hours,” Namjoon filled in.
“Why did you stay with him then?” Kookie asked. Yoongi sighed and ran a hand through his hair.
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So they took him to the other goblins that had gathered into the city and they decided he wouldn't be changed into a goblin.
Goblins can be mischievous or even cruel. They will take care of their own, though. Amazingly, Seokjin was raised with an almost spoiling love.
-Expect nothing for free. Even information has a price, and it should be a fair one.
-One shouldn't lie, but they didn't necessarily have to be truthful.
-Be careful who you trust and even more of who you give your heart to.
Seokjin didn't ever completely forget, but he perhaps thought he found the exceptions of the last lesson.
In the fifth year, they told him they couldn't live amongst monsters. To Seokjin's surprise, he was the biggest monster of all in their eyes.
Seokjin didn't fully open his heart to them, but it wasn't long before he realized what they were after.
When he opened it again ten years later, he found their skeleton adorned with a crown, necklaces and rings.
But this person, they didn't like the goblins or any of the creatures in the labyrinth.
“For the most part. He talks to others, but he’s really only open around the goblins in the city,” Namjoon said.
“Probably because they liked him so much. At first, anyways,” Yoongi guessed.
“No offense, but I was wondering that as well. He had his heart broken by those that apparently adored him and then closed himself off. Why is he suddenly acting so interested in Yoongi?” Jimin frowned.
“All the other ones pursued Seokjin. Maybe he thinks if he goes after Yoongi first, it will set the tone,” Namjoon guessed.
“You know, I see why he’s pursuing you, but he probably doesn’t realize why himself,” Jimin said.
“You guys would suit each other well,” Namjoon said. Yoongi shrugged.
He didn’t love Seokjin. Seokjin couldn’t love him. Not as they were. It was too soon. There was a connection though. A very strong one at that.
Yoongi wanted to scream.
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The rest of them were dodging while trying to find objects to throw at it. Quite a bit more useful than Yoongi was being, not that he was surprised.
“Fuck if I know. Kookie is the strongest one here and even he’s having a hard time,” Jimin huffed.
He trailed off as they all probably wondered the same thing. How the hell were they gonna get up there?
“Dammit, how do you stop this thing?!” Hobi yelled.
“I didn’t expect to see you again,” Yoongi said. Hobi sighed.
Yoongi did mean it, not in a bad way. Seokjin was obviously strong and he ruled the place.
Kookie looked confused for a moment before he scrunched his nose up in a smile.
So, Hobi joined them once again, despite any trepidation. It was a good thing he did, because when they finally made their way through the gates, they were met with a small army of goblins.
They were doing well, but Yoongi worried about how long it would take to get through them all.
Yoongi stared until he felt and heard rumbles. Boulders of various sizes started rolling into the city and Yoongi watched as those boulders rolled right over and took out countless goblins.
Between the boulders and everyone else, the goblins were taken out in record time. Yoongi silently thanked whatever entity that he had managed to meet all of them. With a grunt, he climbed back down the house.
“What the hell?” Hobi asked tried to move his hand forward, only to have it stopped by an invisible wall.
“What? We can’t just leave him,” Kookie frowned.
Namjoon sighed, “We probably don’t have a choice. This is how the labyrinth is.”
“It’s alright, you guys have helped me so much. I couldn’t have made it this far without you guys,” Yoongi said. For an odd moment, he felt emotional.
“We…” Hobi started and sighed. “We can’t follow you, but you’re going to get your brother. I know you will and... afterwards... if you need us..."
“Or, wherever you need us to be,” Kookie added.
“Just like friends do,” Namjoon said.
“I’ll see you all again one day,” Yoongi promised.
Stairs and archways all over. Up, down, left, right, diagonal. Gravity seemed to make its own rules.
Yoongi climbed down a set of stairs and came face to face with Seokjin.
Yoongi shook his head.
Yoongi wanted to deny that. He himself wished it wasn’t true.
Something tugged at Yoongi’s heart and he looked at Seokjin. Really looked at him.
“Seokjin. I wouldn’t betray you. And, I know I could love you, but…” Yoongi shook his head and thought of what he’d heard from the wiseman.
As though the words triggered something, the room suddenly shifted, like it was beginning to crumble.
Seokjin looked unconvinced and Yoongi wished he could talk more.
He didn’t hit the ground, instead time slowed and the room gradually fell apart.
Before he blacked out, he reached out and grabbed Taehyung.
Immediately, his mind went to Taehyung and he rushed out of his room and down the hallway. He opened the door to Taehyung’s room and ran to his crib.
Inside was Taehyung, peacefully sleeping.
“Do you want to sleep in my room tonight, Taetae?” Yoongi asked, and Taehyung nodded his head while rubbing an eye.
Yoongi’s chest clenched and he cursed himself for ever even jokingly asking for his baby brother to be taken away.
Somehow, damage was minimal, despite the large boulders that had ransacked the place. Given how destructive the goblins could be, it wasn’t bad at all. He tried to let that thought comfort him.
“I hope this is important,” Seokjin said.
“I’d like to think that it is,” Hoseok said and Seokjin whipped his head around.
“I think a little awe would in in order,” Hoseok said and Seokjin snorted.
“No,” Hoseok answered, his tone had Seokjin furrowing his eyebrows. “You can send me there. I did what I did knowing that would happen. I just. Wanted to talk to you before that.”
“We… did help him. But, you have to know that he wouldn’t have made it without his own cleverness and determination,” Hoseok said slowly and Seokjin frowned.
“Isn’t that great?” Seokjin snorted.
“I don’t want you to think this is some stupid last ditch effort to get out of my punishment. I get… why you’re big on loyalty and all that. And even if I didn’t necessarily want to hurt you guys, I ended up betraying both you and Yoongi,” Hoseok sighed.
There's gonna be an update with a sort of epilogue! I'll post that before the end of the week~