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116. Last Train To Wherever 1/10

TITLE Last Train To Wherever 1/10
SUMMARY Jonghyun takes the train to the last stop, only to find he's left his life behind.
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS [SHINee] Jonghyun/Key.
RATING/WARNING PG-13.
GENRE Supernatural/light horror/humor/suspense/romance

AN: Pulled this out of nowhere. Haha I guess it's got a Halloweeny feel to it. Anyways, title is after Télépopmusik's song Last Train To Wherever, which is one of my all time favorite songs in life. Click the link to download.


last train to wherever

Because I could not stop for Death
He kindly stopped for me
The Carriage held but just Ourselves
And Immortality.
—Emily Dickinson


The train's last stop was not as exciting as he had been expecting. Jonghyun had to give it some credit though, it was desolate and creepy; all blue-lit forest with a solitary gaslight illuminating the tiny cement slab—the final station. This was the end of the line. He couldn't go back, now. The train was already disappearing in the distance, back into reality, somewhere he would never be welcomed to again.
"Well," Jonghyun said to himself, clutching his used ticket close to him. His blond-to-brown hair swayed slightly with the breeze, and out of the corner of his eye he swore he saw the stars swaying too. Strange.

Stepping off the platform, Jonghyun had to squint into the darkness to see the overgrown dirt path leading into the forest. There was another lamp-lit arch about a hundred yards off, and as he set out towards it he heard the low hum of some sort of vehicle approaching.
"Watch out!" a voice shrieked, "You're not supposed to wander off alone, what are you doing?"
Jonghyun barely dodged what was possibly the weirdest looking car he had ever seen. Maybe because it wasn't a car. It was a carriage of sorts, led by two large, ungulate creatures with long ears and stringy forelocks covering a huge, squinting third eye. Jonghyun repressed a shudder.
"You alive?"
"I'm—"
"I mean technically speaking. Why are you here? You chose a splendid time to show up, seeing as it's Halloween. Aren't you kids supposed to be getting drunk and doing voodoo nonsense hoping to get here? These days, it just gets worse."

The person who had almost run Jonghyun over hopped off the carriage, his jacket flapping as he landed softly, pulling off his top hat to bow elegantly. "I'm Key, by the way. Didn't you hear the bells?"
"What bells?"
"Usually," Key righted himself and placed his hat under his arm, inspecting Jonghyun. "People hear bells when I come to get them. I almost ran you over because—well, you're sort of see-through right now."
"I am?" Jonghyun exclaimed, jerking his hands up to his face. He looked pretty solid to himself, at least.
The Key figure nodded. He pulled a booklet out of his jacket pocket and flipped through. "Uhm, Kim Jonghyun, is it? Do you know why you're here?"
"I guess." Jonghyun shrugged, "I just decided to take the train as far as it could go."
Key titled his head, biting his lip—obviously in some sort of thinking process. Jonghyun felt scrutiny and disappointment in his gaze. "You're the worst type." he eventually said. "I can't tell you anything, either. No wonder you're see-through."
"Uhm, what?"
"Nevermind," Key stepped closer and took him firmly by the shoulder. "This should anchor you for awhile at least, until you get your bearings. Come on, I'm to escort you."
"Escort me where?"
Key sighed explosively. "You ask way too many questions. Another reason I hate your type. Just get in the carriage."
Hissss, thought Jonghyun, frowning but doing as told. Key had asked him just as many questions, and he seemed to know what the fuck was going on. Jonghyun thought it wasn't fair.

Key directed the creatures to turnabout, and they headed off into the forest and under the arch Jonghyun had first noticed. As they traveled beneath it, a feeling of complete disorientation overcame him; he felt like his brain had been flipped upside down and his stomach was miles in the sky. He was promptly sick over the edge of the carriage.

When he sat back up, trying to regain his mien, Key was giving him a disgusted sideways glance. "Okay," he was saying. "That is just not normal."
"What is?" Jonghyun snapped back. "What the fuck just happened and where are you taking me?"
"I'm taking you to The End. It's why you're here, isn't it? The last train stations always come here."
"Oh." Jonghyun mumbled. "Am I dead?" He braced himself for the answer.

Key laughed. "You're the one who committed suicide, so you should know."
"I don't remember killing myself." frowned Jonghyun. "I just remember getting on the train after school and deciding I never want to get off."
"Same thing." Key retorted. "You'll probably remember stepping in front of the train instead of getting on it, sooner or later. Right now you're In Between, which could last awhile, so you'll have trouble finding your memories. They're floating around all over the place. If you don't believe me, try to think of your parents, or your best friend."
"Of course I know my parents. My mum's—" Jonghyun felt his throat catch, voice stopping in its tracks—with or without his permission he wasn't sure. There was no picture. No recollection of his family. He couldn't even remember where he was from. He felt sick again, sinking against the seat in wan degression.
Key just smiled wickedly. "This," he said, "is where I say welcome to The End."


Jonghyun adamantly ignored Key the rest of the way, refusing to feel childish as he sat hunkered down with his arms crossed, a huge pout on his face. He was dozing when he felt the carriage jerk to a halt.
"Shit." went Key. "Not only are you the weirdest one I've picked up in my zillions of years on the job, but you're also the latest. We've been locked out of the city for the night."
"Locked out."
"Yes, that is what I said." Key replied, checking a silver pocket-watch hanging from his waistcoat pocket. "I suppose it's all right. We only have an hour until dawn."
"I boarded the train right after school, though."
"You sure?" Key raised delicate eyebrows at him, once again tipping off his top hat and running a hand through his hair, mussing it up. "You wouldn't be the first to have forgotten the last hours of your life."
Jonghyun glared at him.
"For example," Key brushed over the look, eyes running down to Jonghyun's long sleeves. "Did you never notice that you're wearing a shirt several sizes too big, and it's long sleeved."
"What about it."
"It's not your school uniform, and it's not something you'd usually wear either, is it?"
He had a point. But what it was, Jonghyun did not catch. The three-eyed creatures snorted impatiently.

"Just what are those things, anyway?" Jonghyun couldn't help but ask.
Key turned a fond smile to the black animals, running a hand through the coarse, ragged mane. "I call them the Nadir." he said, "Though they're generally known as Time Eaters. Their third eye can see into your past, future, or present. If you look into it, it's said you'll either be enlightened or go insane—that is, if you're human. Never look into their real eyes though, if they open them. You'll vanish."

Jonghyun swallowed as the weight of the situation donned on him: he was dead or somewhere not on earth, time-eating creatures were standing right in front of him, and Key had just mentioned humans as if he wasn't one. Which Jonghyun was beginning to think was true. Then one of the Nadir looked at him with it's large, violet eye, and Jonghyun was entranced before he could realize what just happened. His arms started to tingle, then throb, and his heart felt like it would explode in his chest.

"Fancy that." said Key. "You're solidifying. Finally dying for real, I guess."
"I'm—" Jonghyun wanted to scream at Key, but it was true. He suddenly felt like he weighed something, and breathing was not so hard—he hadn't realized it before. His wrists burned, and he rolled back his sleeves to get them to stop itching. What he saw nearly put him into shock, and memories came flooding back to him. Physical abuse, drinking, a break up, bad grades—then the last few hours of his life replayed in his mind's eye. He saw the knife, the destroyed apartment flat, then his stained and torn school uniform on the ground. Blood, sirens, pure white, then pitch black.

"So you got on the proverbial train, then." Key stated, whistling at the deep, vertical gashes on Jonghyun's arms. They were scabbed and healing; looked like two red guidelines for a pale paved road.
"I'm dead." Jonghyun breathed out. "I'm really... dead."
"Bingo!" Key clapped. "Anything else obvious you'd like to state?"
"Fuck you." snapped Jonghyun. "Who are you anyway?"
"That's also pretty obvious. Most people don't have to ask."
"Just tell me."
Key's smirk was almost evil, but not quite. "I'm Death."
At Jonghyun's wide-eyed stare, he felt the urge to elaborate. "You know, the Grim Reaper. Thanatos. Psychopomp. Santa Muerte. Whatever floats your boat."
"Like. Hades?" Jonghyun murmured, unable to not think back to the Disney rendition of Hercules.
"Absolutely not." Key hissed. "He's the king here, so to speak. You'll be meeting him in the morning. Which is—" he checked his pocket watch. "Three minutes away."
"Do I have to meet him?"
"You're a rare case that, yes, does actually have to meet him. I feel sorry for you."
"You know what," Jonghyun had had enough. "I think I hate you."
"Yes, that is the general feeling towards me." Key lamented. "Although it's completely not my fault. You killed yourse—"

That was the last straw. Jonghyun lunged forward and punched him. Key stumbled backwards, astonishment written all over his pretty face. He couldn't really bring himself to be angry—nobody had ever thought to stand up to him before. This kid definitely had to meet the king. He was different. He had potential.

"Shit," Jonghyun was crouching on the ground, huddled over himself and cradling his arms to his chest, which was rapidly staining red. "I'm dead, why am I in pain and bleeding?"
"Because you're not legally dead until you enter The End. This is like, the river Styx."
"So you could take me back? Back to life?"
"I can't." Key actually felt a little sad. He had no idea why, because he'd learned to be indifferent after the millionth death. "As soon as you stepped off that train onto the last stop, you officially died in the real world. There's no possible way to bring you back."
"That just makes me want to punch you again."
"I'd prefer you didn't," Key replied, chuckling. "Ah, the gate's opening. Watch the sunrise, it's actually quite pretty."
Jonghyun let his gaze follow Key's point. "Where are we exactly? Is this heaven? Hell?"
"It's neither of those. It's The End." Key shook his head. "There's no other explanation for it. This is the end of the universe—the end of everything."

On that thought, the blue, starry sky turned to a rosy pink, and Jonghyun stared at the sun as hard as he could—it was neither bright nor painful to look at.
"Any last words?" Key said, and Jonghyun wasn't sure if it was sarcasm or sincerity. He just shook his head and Key urged the Nadir forward, across the threshold of life and into death.

He didn't feel any different.


♥ | next

AN: I didn't want to continue this, but I've already written two more installments and I'm thinking there will be four or five. ^^ HAPPY (early) HALLOWEEN! ♥ And if anyone is curious, this is the Nadir. Thanks for reading!

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this fic is taking me so freaking much *__________*
but... jjong is dead?? OMGOMG I want him alive D:

i've to admit. key is the perfect Death.
If he really was the Death... I'd have wanted to die at this right moment. I'm serious!
He's such a diva even with this character LOL And I love him!!

Update soon~~ <3
I'm really impatient when it comes to Jongkey fics :D

In a good way freaking? Haha ^^
Sorry he's dead :P
Haha... I sort of feel the same way. Key as Death is sexy. :P

Haha I think I'll update within the next couple of days. ^^
Thanks for reading ~

oh my ^^
this is a really different fic from the others I've read.
And I LIKE it!
can't wait for the next parts <3 ~~

The Nadir looks cool XD

Good, different is what I was going for, kekeke ~
Thanks! :)

These are one fo my favorite kinds of stories. The witty and surreal kind. And I kind of fell in love with this with, "It's neither of those. It's The End." Key shook his head. "There's no other explanation for it. This is the end of the universe—the end of everything."

I like how fast paced the dialogue between them is, and how original the circumstances (forgetting his memory) are after Jonghyun's train ride.

I'm really looking forward to the next installments.

oh and I can't believe I forgot to say this, A+ for the Emily Dickinson quote :D

They're my favorite too and SHINee does not have enough of them! *cries*
Thanks for reading annnnd ~ haha I loove that Emily Dickinson poem, she's great...

Oh my god. I really really love stories like these since I'm so enchanted with death and all things 'mystical'. You pulled off writing this topic so well, especially with Jongkey. I just love this original plot line. & quoting Emily Dickinson♥

When you said "the end of the universe", I totally thought of the Disney movie Simbad lol ''>_>

You must must must continue this *__* I'm so hooked.

Thank you! :)
Haha... wow I haven't seen that movie in so long! Now I want to rewatch it... lol
I definitely will continue, seeing as I've written out more... :)

i'm enchanted, really. this is so mystical and it flows beautifully.
looking forward to the rest of this. ♥

Thank you! :)

Oh my gawd...I can't wait for the next installment of this!! This is SO GREAT!

Okay, this is unbelievably good. The setting and atmosphere is just creepy enough, the flow of this is wonderful, and the premise is brilliant! Plus the characterization (I LOVE your introduction of Key) and dialogue and the description without being excessively wordy (... what I'm prone to do, ahah). I find witty/engaging dialogue difficult to do while trying to maintain plot and keep the story flowing but you've done it REALLY really well here! Especially with all the background in an AU like this. I generally don't like it when backstory is given in huge chunks of text, but the way you've written this, with the background coming naturally in the dialogue, feels like an actual book I would read. It actually reminds me a bit of the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix :D

Ahhh this is such a long comment but I honestly am so delighted by this fic, you have no idea ♥ the only thing I can say is that you might want to go over it again to check for tiny typos, because I remember spotting a few while reading :) but other than that, I'm really excited to read the rest! :DD

Thank you! :) Hahah wordiness and I are enemies, tbh - I have the opposite problem... sometimes I don't write enough descriptive or narrative elements. :P
Well........ I'm really glad you liked it and thanks for reading! I'll definitely go back and check for grammar mistakes because I've only proofread this twice. I just jotted it down, really, and said wtf and posted it... kekeke

Keys of the Kingdom? I've never heard of it but I'll definitely look it up! :D

I really liked the long comment, so yay! Thanks :D

Okay, Killie, it's fucking 1 AM and you got me excited. Thank you very muchos, now I won't fall asleep. BUT DAMN THIS ONE'S GOOD.

As always, you just got me with the setting. It's feels like even the dialogue shows me a bit more of what the place they're in looks like. Oh, and I had that song on repeat, so I guess it kind of helped. (really, it's like the song was made for the story :D ) If I had to describe what I saw while I was reading it, then it would be...a place just as bizarre as Wonderland but a bit more creepy? Really, bizarre was what was on my mind, but not in any way funny.

Key as Death? Even if this was all crappy (which it wouldn't because, well, it's you), you'd kind of win me over with this. Bitchy, sarcastic, beautiful and sexy. WIN. ♥ Oh, and I love how human he really sounds. I'm a sucker for Deaths that can actually get surprised and all.

They're both actually in character, although this is AU XD I have no problems imagining them as they are. I love both of their characters a lot. They're damn interesting and I've read only this much so far, so I know I'm gonna be hooked on this.

I swear that if you discontinue this, I'm gonna go and find you and...kick your butt.

...I'm being very impolite right now, sorry D:

I'm very grateful that this is Jongkey, because if it were Jongyu, Okey, Jongho, Taekey or whatever, I'd be missing out on a damn good story.

okay, that's all. ♥

Okay, first off, Jongkey = only minutely possible realistic pairing in SHINee. :PP I won't lie, I love OnKey the best... but Jongkey... I can see it existing. (Well, I'm 99.9% sure Key is gay no matter what, but Jonghyun seems totally straight *cries*)

ANYWAYS. Do you have any idea how happy your comment made me? *is dying of yay atm* :) ♥

Yes... that song... is like magic. It's part of what inspired Roses of Discordia too (IDK if you read that but I didn't per-say discontinue it, I've been taking it seriously as in developing my own characters/settings for the past few months, so I removed it ANYWAY) ...... yeah. I love that sonnnnng *dies*

Anyways, wow really they're in character? That's usually so hard for me. I suck at keeping people in character. xD

Anyways... I won't discontinue it - let you in on a secret - it's already finished, just gotta type it up. :3

Haha thanks for reading !:)

I'll tell you something...Jonghyun is very very probably very very straight. But Key, as you mentioned, is not. And I swear that if he hasn't had a crush on Jongyhun, ever, then I'm God. I'll let you in on a secret too, I don't like God And Jonghyun seems to act kind of different around Key... that's at least how I see it. That's why I think it is possible there could be something going on? XD I don't really like Onkey because of that. Because when I think some pairing is kind of possible, no other pairing with one of those people appeals to me. (for example...idk, Yoosu?) That's why I can read Onew/Minho, Taemin/Minho, Onew/Taemin, (ONEW/SUNNY ♥) and stuff, because none of them seem real to me, at all XD
...that's long, again D:

Thought it fit ROD too :D I read Roses of Discordia, some time ago. But I kind of got lost in the plotline? A tiny bit. I loved it, though. I think you started rewriting it, but I haven't had much time to read anything else than stuff for school for quite some time so, uh D:

Just type it up? I LOVE YOU ♥

Yup. Although I have lol'd my ASS off at some moments where I've seen him staring down towards his fellow member's areas ~ and yeah. I've seen it happen like 5 times, whenever they're dancing or doing something weird and he's not, and it amuses the crap out of me. Yeah, Key is gay and probably has a crush on Jonghyun. I like this reality. 8DDDDDDDDDDD???RIGHT??? :P

Haha yeah the plotline used to be laghjslrgjg and I don't know how anyone could stand reading it. xD

YEAH. I LOVE YOU TOO. ♥

this is so different . I love it ~ and JongKey <3

Thank you! :)

That's absolutely love. And Emily Dicksons♥

It's like a...best AU fic ever? Oh, I don't even know why, but I really love this fic. Srsly.

Adorable♥ ;3

Haha reallly? xD Well thanks for reading! :)

"I mean technically speaking. Why are you here? You chose a splendid time to show up, seeing as it's Halloween. Aren't you kids supposed to be getting drunk and doing voodoo nonsense hoping to get here? These days, it just gets worse."

The person who had almost run Jonghyun over hopped off the carriage, his jacket flapping as he landed softly, pulling off his top hat to bow elegantly. "I'm Key, by the way. Didn't you hear the bells?" --- Why didn't I expect this to be Key?! haha, I was quite surprised. Lost in reading the story and totally forgot Key was another main character. It amused me. I was like omgee!!! That's Keyy!!!!! <3

"I call them the Nadir." he said, "Though they're generally known as Time Eaters. Their third eye can see into your past, future, or present. If you look into it, it's said you'll either be enlightened or go insane—that is, if you're human. Never look into their real eyes though, if they open them. You'll vanish." --- I read this and was like "O.O;; scary"

"Bingo!" Key clapped. "Anything else obvious you'd like to state?"
"Fuck you." snapped Jonghyun. "Who are you anyway?" --- I FELT his anger.

That was the last straw. Jonghyun lunged forward and punched him. Key stumbled backwards, astonishment written all over his pretty face. ---- Did NOT expect that part. And I kinda wanted to smile, cuz I would've wanted to punch Death too. hehe.

Key actually felt a little sad. He had no idea why, because he'd learned to be indifferent after the millionth death. --- It's cuz you're developing feelings for him, Keybee. hehe :3


I would have been biting my nails, at the edge of my seat if this were a special on tv. xD (and on Halloween, which would have been the best time for it)

OMO!!!!!!!!! I'm reading the next part when I go to work-study tomorrow. Now I don't have to play solitaire for three hours! YAY! <33333 You're amazing, Gwyn. xDDDDDD I reallllly love this concept. I could really feel what Jonghyun was feeling, and the last few sentences REALLY had me feeling sad and calmed at the same time. *sigh* So the is The End, huh? ;D

Zwesome!!! :3

man, I forgot to quote them! Now it's gonna be confusing to read! T______T

Haha... Key... in a frock coat and top hat. Is like. Dream come true. I basically took Key and merged him with Christopher Chant from Chrestomanci WHICH YOU NEVER SGJDKLJDLH FINISHED READING, DID YOU. ㅠ_ㅠ

Good. I would be pissed it Key said that to me too, lmao. I really relate to Jonghyun in this fic, as I'm finding I relate to Jonghyun in RL too. It's weird because where I think Key and I have a lot in common, I think that Jonghyun's... thought-processing works a bit more like mine.

I WISH THIS WAS A SPECIAL ON TV. :[ Like, those 5 ep mini series. It needs to happen or FML. >o<;;;

Thanks! Haha you know I wasn't even inspired by anything. I thought of Last Train To Wherever AFTER I had written this part and needed a title, then the song fit and I was like, wtf..... but yeah, this is The End. I admit I stole that title from Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World... but they are completely different from each other. You should read that book, but it might befuddle you...

Ooooooo. *__*

*goes to next chapter*

omgg this is fcking amazing *off the read the other chapters :D*

will it become NC-17 at some time?

Okay, I need to critic and give feedback and all that. NO MORE QUOTING AND JUST SAYING ILY /crack knuckles

The train was already disappearing in the distance, back into reality, somewhere he would never be welcomed to again.
THIS IS NOT THE REALITY I WANTED. okay surry but idk how I'll be able to say anything bad about your stuff "I guess." Jonghyun shrugged, "I just decided to take the train as far as it could go."</i>
Is the first period supposed to be a comma? /unsure

"You're the worst type." he eventually said. "I can't tell you anything, either. No wonder you're see-through."
First period again. I'm not sure about the period after said though.

You prefer a comma over a period so work on that bb <3

My mum's
OT but I love that you spell it mum not mom.

They were scabbed and healing; looked like two red guidelines for a pale paved road.
I love the analogy but something about the sentence seems off. I think the word looked is bothering me/ruining the flow of the sentence idk.

I'm no help, bleh. Only thing I see is the comma/period sentences. Everything else is mucho perfecto ♥

Are you kidding me html. GODDAMN THIS RUINS MY CREDIBILITY MORE. /wrists

i'm re-reading. shit this is good.

haha, ilyyyyyyyyyy

I've started reading this, and I felt like I should comment, even though you posted this a long time ago.
It very different compared to other fics, it's unique, and it just caught my attention.
You are a very skilled writer.

Thank you. That means a lot to me. <33

Happy b-day! May all your wishes come true and may your future be bright. I hope you will become a successful author and that this fic," The Last Train to Wherever" will be published. I can't wait to buy it honestly.
I can't believe how years passed so quickly. You are one of the very, very few fan fic writers whom I still remember everything they've written. Your fics truly changed me and I will remember them until my last breath. They were greater than a lot of books.
This was the first fic I've read from you and since then you've got me hooked up. I simply cannot forget the simplicity yet depth and overwhelming emotions of "Camel lights" it had such a relaxing feeling to it, I smile bitterly every time I remember about it.
Spirits and sidewalks gave me all these mixed up emotions.
A different kind of crazy is.... indeed one of a kind. I must catch up with it since I'm at chapter 20 or so if I recall correctly and damn that was a very strange fic with so many ups and downs and at some point every single character seemed completely crazy, how you manage to portray your characters which such depth and such a overwhelming personality is beyond me, you have a real talent there, use it That fic was the most unexpected one out of all your writings.
Anyway Happy b-day again and have a great day! *hugs*

I just realized.... the last comment on this fic was mine, from almost 2 years ago, and you posted this fic 3 years ago, that's so.... weird. wow. ^_^
Anyway, Happy Birthday!

I know it has been quite a while. I do not even know if you still read your messages. But I still come here every year aparrently to tell you a late " Happy Birthday", hope you are doing great in life and if everything is not ok i hope it will be better. You really touched me deeply with your fics and I will always remember them as I do with my favorite books. I hope you will become a writer someday and change some other people's lives too. Take care! :)

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