Partners in Crime (Changbin x fem! reader) (FBI/NIS AU) Chapter 1
A/N: Just a quick note that this story is completely fictional! I'm not too familiar with the NIS of Korea, so it will be combined with my knowledge of the FBI to make things more entertaining for you, the reader.
Warnings: Again, this story is completely fictional. It does not represent Stray Kids in any way and is purely for your enjoyment. With that being said, it contains depictions of death and weapons. There is also slight swearing.
The aroma of strong coffee infiltrates my senses. Minho stirs the spoon in his mug and waits for the sugar to dissolve. "Did you get any sleep last night?" he asks, taking a sip.
"Actually, yes, for once in my life," I sigh. It was typical for the majority of us to get little sleep around here. We either work so often that we live off of 15 minute naps, or we're kept up by nightmares. The nightmares are quite prevalent in my life especially; the things we've seen aren't very pretty.
He raises his eyebrows, impressed. "I did too." He takes another sip of coffee before Chan enters the break room.
"Good morning, lovelies."
I smile and greet him. "Good morning, Chan!" Minho just rolls his eyes and mumbles what might be a "hello" of sorts. He has always wondered how Chan was in such a nice mood every morning...and I could never answer him.
Finally, Felix rolls in to join us. "G'day everyone." We all smile and greet him back as he grabs his designated mug from the counter.
"Y/N, have you finished putting the files from last week into storage?" Chan asks.
"Ugh, I finally did yesterday. This week has been a mess. Did you know some of the info was missing? I had to search everywhere since boss is so damn messy."
"Alright Y/N, don't get stressed. It's too early!" Felix chuckles, coming to lean against my table while his coffee cools on the counter. He lightly strokes my hair but is careful not to mess it up.
"It's never too early to be stressed when you're me," I mumble.
"She has a point." Minho smiles, raising his mug up like he's about to give a toast, then leaves the break room.
"When Minho starts his day, that means it's time for us to do the same," Chan says, hastily leaving the room. (Not before giving us a cute smile of course.)
Now, I'm not one to be worried about starting work when Minho and Chan do, especially if we don't have an active case. If you think about it, do we ever really stop working in the first place? Not in my book. I rest my chin on my hand and watch Felix lazily as he goes to retrieve his drink.
"Hey, did you hear someone new transferred to our unit?" Felix asks, keeping his eyes on his mug while walking towards me.
"No? Who told you that?"
"Boss man was talking about it yesterday," he says casually. I immediately sit up straight.
"And when did he plan on telling us?"
"Well, I'm not sure. I don't think I was meant to hear it."
"You what?" I question, raising an eyebrow.
"I overheard boss man talking about it on the phone yesterday when I was on my way to the bathroom. Let's just say I happened to be in the right place at the right time."
"Oh brother." I roll my eyes and get up from the table. The thought of someone new taking part in our work is scary, though I'd hate to admit it to him. With an empty gaze, I pat Felix on the shoulder and set out to my cubicle. My desk has a small but cozy set up in...get this...the corner of the office. That makes it a good place to think, so I do just that as I take my seat. Someone new in the unit? Who could it be? "Felix talked as if the transfer had already occurred...why didn't the higher-ups tell us sooner?" I groan quietly, setting my head in my hands.
You know what? I'm going to ask about it.
I stand up and march over to the office of none other than my boss, who sits at his messy desk. Though always disorganized, he somehow knows where everything is.
"Yes, Y/N?" He looks up at me from his seat.
"Word around here is that someone was transferred to our unit. Is this true?" I ask.
Jaehyun looks almost amused by my confrontation. He twirls a silver pen between his fingers. "Yes. We just finished working it out yesterday."
As soon as he answers, my mind is jammed with stubborn ideas and concerns. I'm simply too consumed with worry. What if the new person throws off our task? If we don't work strategically together? What if—
"Y/N." Jaehyun snaps me out of my thoughts. "I know how you are, so I know exactly what you're thinking. I think that all of you will work well together and that is why I allowed the decision for him to be here. There's a reason why he was transferred. He'll be good at this," Jaehyun says, reassuring me. It does make me feel a little bit better in the moment.
"Okay, thank you sir." I bow, the worry from my expression slightly dulling.
"Speaking of him, here he is," Jaehyun says, standing up and bowing at someone behind me. I turn to the door to see a handsome man in the doorframe. A man of short stature, but definitely no less intimidating than any other. His muscular build is visible through his button-down shirt. And upon further inspection, the first two buttons are undone...not typical for a work setting.
Damn it. He's attractive.
When I look back to Jaehyun, he catches my eyes and understands my expectancy to be introduced.
"Y/N, this is Seo Changbin. He will be working with you and the rest of the team."
Changbin looks to me and bows politely. I return the manner, trying to keep my face void of my emotions. "It's nice to meet you. I look forward to working with you," he says.
"As do I," I respond, turning on my heels and nervously heading past him out the door.
I didn't even think twice before my feet carried me over to Felix's desk. "He's here," I whisper, glancing around nervously before getting his attention. He looks up from his desk.
"Who? Oh! Wait! What's his name? What did he say?"
"His name is Changbin. He said he was looking forward to working with us and I said that I was, too. Even though I'm actually really nervous about it."
"Changbin...cool! I'll go greet him. Maybe we—" Felix starts to stand up excitedly, but I quickly grab him before he can go anywhere.
"Noooo, please don't be the first to greet him. He'll think we're crazy if he meets you first," I plead.
"Hey, I'm not crazy! Plus, you already met him first. So he already thinks we're crazy." He pats my head and starts towards Jaehyun's office. All I can do is sigh and return to my own desk.
Not even an hour later, we catch news of the new case we'll be working on. Jaehyun calls us into the meeting room to inform each of us about it. Changbin, Chan, Felix, and Minho file in through the door one after another. By the way they're talking, I assume that the rest of the boys had met Changbin earlier along with Felix.
After the door is shut by Minho, Jaehyun clears his throat and begins to feed us information. "There have been two homicides in Hongdae in the past two weeks. We think that they're connected due to similarities at the crime scenes, but we don't have a trace of DNA to test."
I skim over the file of the first murder out of the two. The cops that had been at the crime scene had started to create a profile, but the information could change once we gain more knowledge. "In Hongdae? At 3 AM? Wow, there are a lot of people around there at night. How come there were no witnesses?" I question.
Jaehyun gives me a look of defeat. "I have no idea. But I need you all to focus. Two murders in two weeks is quite fast. We need to work as best as we can before someone else is affected."
We all nod as our boss moves some papers around the table in a stressed manner. I take some time to look through the files with the others, eager to solve the new mystery. It looks like the victims were both male, in their twenties, and in the entertainment industry? I mean, a possible motive could be jealousy. Two attractive young men in the same general career field. One was a manager and producer of a small band, and the other, a radio host.
The first murder occured at 2:59 AM. The second was eight days later, estimated to be around 3:46 AM. So, both early Saturday morning. We could probably check CCTV footage for anyone suspicious in the area.
The autopsy results of both victims concluded that the cause of death was a lethal dose of cyanide in their systems. Millions of possibilities run through my mind. The way I think about it, we could be looking for a woman. A small female that can't physically conquer these men? A smart move is drugging. It also allows her minimal contact. But it couldn't have been a pill, could it? They most likely didn't voluntarily ingest anything dangerous. Perhaps the suspect slipped it into a drink or meal. Most reasonably a drink, with the time they would have for the cyanide to kill the victim she wouldn't be able to drag them out of a restaurant per say. My ideas start to create dead ends.
After looking into the cases and sharing thoughts, I propose that we start with the CCTV footage. "I'll watch it," Changbin volunteers, standing from his seat.
Jaehyun hums in approval. "Y/N, accompany Changbin and look into footage of the first victim. Chan and the others can do thorough background checks and find social connections. Dismissed." He turns to leave the room.
"J—" I don't even have time to protest before he's out the door. Why would he make me go with Changbin? He couldn't have made Chan to go with him? I swear if I have to put up with this everyday, I'll quit.
"Bye Y/N, bye Changbin! Good luck!" Felix says, dragging Minho and Chan through the door frame. At this moment I wish I could just melt into the floorboards and disappear. Letting out a sigh, I stand up and adjust my clothing.
"Let's go newbie," I say, leading the way out the door.