"Renee!... baby open up!"
Onew turned under the bedsheets. Someone was knocking on a door. Who was interrupting his sleep?
He looked at the alarm clock on his nightstand. 7:00 am. The sun had just risen. He focused his hearing to what was happening outside.
"Renee... baby..." someone said loudly in an apologetic tone. "I'm sorry.... please open up!"
Onew recognized the voice. It was Daesuk. He also recognized the words he was saying. The very same words he repeated every time he came back. Every time he hurt her he would come back the next morning, all regretful, all sweet and apologetic. He got out of bed, his feet touching the wooden floor. He slowly made his way to the door. Took a peek out of the door's eye. He could see Daesuk slowly falling to his knees. Was he sobbing?
Onew took a step back and let out a sigh. Closed his eyes praying that he wouldn't hear the sound of the door opening again. The sound of Renee walking towards him again... But he did.
Renee opened her door and Onew walked closer to his again.
"I'm so sorry baby..." the man said now curled up in Renee's arms. "I'll never do it again... never... I swear to you baby! I swear! I love you so much..."
"I know baby... I know... I believe you..." Onew heard Renee say.
"No! Not again Renee..." he whispered still standing behind the door. "He will do it again... we both know he will."
Renee picked Daesuk off the floor. The door closed with a soft sound.
Onew went to work that morning. He tried to hide what was going on in his head but his four best friends knew him well enough already. A look of mixed frustration and disappointment was written all over his face. They got to see that face very often lately. As soon as he walked through the door they knew. Onew had talked to them about Renee and Daesuk. They had seen her a couple of times when they had been over to his house for a visit.
They all looked at each other slightly nodding.
"morning hyung..." Taemin greeted him.
"good morning." the elder answered back.
"coffee?" Key asked politely.
"yeah that would be nice... didn't have anything since I woke up..." he replied sitting down in a chair.
Key nodded and made his way to serve the coffee. He shot a look at Jonghyun and Minho who were standing near.
"hyung..." Minho said touching Onew's shoulder. "is everything alright? You look... troubled..."
The young man nodded, pretending he was ok. Jonghyun sat in a chair next to his friend who turned and looked at him.
"he did it again... didn't he?" he asked Onew, who nodded positively in response.
"I knew it! Damn it, this guy!" Jonghyun answered back.
"I can still remember how bad it felt when we were there..." Key said giving a cup of hot coffee to Onew.
"I thought my heart would break that night." Taemin added.
Yes. Onew's friends had been to his apartment one night, just a couple of weeks ago. They were there for a visit and ended up hearing another fight. They found out how Daesuk treated Renee. They didn't even know her that well but the feeling of frustration for what was happening was intense. They heard the door slam. They experienced the silence.
"This is just awful. You have to help her hyung." Minho said as Onew took a sip of coffee.
"I want to! I do. But just this morning he came knocking on her door saying he's sorry and all... and she took him back. Like she does every time..."
Everyone let out a sigh.
"How? how can I save her from herself?"