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Part 2: Cursed Prince (Book 2 of the Asteria Series)
Pairings: Sudo
Summary: When a freak storm blows in out of nowhere and his horse throws him, lowly Prince Joonmyun is left outside a lavish mansion with a bruised pride and a twisted wrist. Surely you're not supposed to listen to disembodied voices in an enchanted mansion...
Word Count:472

The next hallway that Joonmyun encounters is much darker and the drapes covering the bay windows are ridded with holes, looking as if a bear had taken a swipe at them.


Joonmyun shivers unconsciously as he walks down the hallway.

The red carpet beneath his feet is covered in dust and muffles his footsteps as he walks.

There is only one room at the end of the hall.

Joonmyun rests his hand on the rusted gold door knob and turns it gently.

His breath hitches at the sight of the interior.

The room is very dilapidated, with shredded curtains and torn couches. The lamps have gone out and the only light in the room comes from a little bell jar sitting on a table in the center of the room.

Joonmyun stares, transfixed at the rose in the jar.

It is glowing softly, warm pink light streaming from the rose, filling the jar it is contained in.

Joonmyun releases the door and holds out a hand to touch the rose.

The serenity is shattered when a furious howl rips through the air.

Joonmyun jerks awake from the trance and spins around just when a massive shape flings itself in front of him.

"WHO ARE YOU?! HOW DARE YOU TRESPASS!"

Joonmyun screams when the shape roars at him and stumbles backwards towards the door.

It is a huge thing of a beast, covered in dark matted fur and deadly looking claws.

Dark furious eyes glare at him and the red mouth roars again.

Joonmyun trembles as the beast backs him into the door.

"You have ten seconds to run."

The beast growls and smiles, sharp teeth glinting in the pale pink glow, seemingly delighted at the thought of a chase.

Joonmyun reaches behind him and turns the doorknob.

His heart thuds painfully fast in his chest as he slams the door behind him.

He breaks into a run, cold sweat running down to soak his night clothes.

Ten.

Nine.

Eight.


Joonmyun sprints down the hallway, counting down the number of seconds he has left.

When he reaches zero, a loud roar echoes from behind him.

His heart skips a beat and he stumbles blindly forward, pain shooting up his chest.

He hears the heavy footfalls of the beast following behind him.

And they don't sound very far behind.

Panic takes over him and adrenaline pumps through his body, spurring him forward.

He reaches for the doorknob of the first room he comes to and wrenches the door open, hurling himself inside.

Joonmyun presses his back against the wood, panting heavily.

The room is completely dark.

He shudders when he hears a loud roar and a furious thump on the door behind him.

Joonmyun twists the lock shut with shaking hands and uses the darkness of the room to his advantage to conceal himself.

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