An ex-guerilla soldier running from the horrors of war, Yifan tries to deny his humanity, convinced he is nothing more than a monster as he flees into the forest, seeking the solitude and safety the shadows therein can give him.

Lost, deprived, and alone, he nearly forgets who he is until he stumbles across the innocent and practically oblivious Yixing near his home village located in the same forest Yifan has taken refuge in. Fearing contact with other humans but yearning for it at the same time, Yifan grapples with his inner demons as he watches over Yixing and his closest friends from afar, appointing himself their unofficial guardian.

He is determined not to mar their quaint paradise with his stained and soiled presence until something happens that leaves him with only two choices:

Remain the monster hidden in the shadows,

or...

Embrace the monster within once again.
Category: Korean Entertainment – Drama/Series: None – Challenges: None
Characters: EXO-M: All members, EXO-M: Kris, EXO-M: Lay
Story Type: Multi-Chaptered – Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense – Warnings: Character Death, Slash/Yaoi, Violence, Vulgar Language
Published: Feb 10, 2014 – Updated: Mar 06, 2014 – Word Count: 26201 words – Read Count: 1407 – Completed: Yes

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Table of Contents

# Chapter Title Read Count Reviews
1 Witness to Innocence 295 1
2 Susceptible to Innocence 293 1
3 Compelled by Innocence 316 0
4 Avenger of Innocence 247 1
5 Saved by Innocence 256 1