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#taekook au where Jungkook's baffled that his Roommate and best friend suddenly wants to move out and things only get complicated when he finds the adoption papers.

Should I write this??
Ik it's cliche but I'll make it as enjoyable as possible if I do write it🥰🥰 Just tekoo and their son🥺…
Before I start : • Please, please please interact • Ignore typos • Please be patient with updates • Please don't rush me • tw,cw will be put • Soc med and written • NSFW-ish
The alarm blares but Jungkook doesn't move. He hears his Roommate sleepily rustle around the room, grabbing his clothes and heading to the washroom. When the door clicks shut, Jungkook jolts awake at the sound of crying.
Taehyung's an accountant. Though he can work from home, he goes to the Office whenever necessary. His Boss seems to like having him around And that means most mornings, Jungkook's tasked with getting Jun ready for Daycare.
Jungkook checks the time and makes his way to Jun's room. It has been a month since Jungkook and Taehyung "adopted" Jun. The papers hadn't been signed yet but they were Jun's guardians now.
Jungkook remembers vividly Taehyung telling him that he wanted to move out. Jungkook was shocked, dropping the bottle of beer to the ground. Taehyung and Jungkook have been best friends and Roommates since college. Joined at the hip and inseparable.
Jungkook was prepared to let go. But not so soon. He didn't think Taehyung had a reason to leave in all honesty. Taehyung avoided Jungkook for a few days after he informed him of his intentions. And it made Jungkook anxious.
ANd that's when he found adoption papers lying around. "Junnie, Junnie, wake up~" he chimes groggily, carefully patting the boy's back.
Jun awakens almost immediately, his little eyes blinking open. There's a huge smile painted on his face and it makes Jungkook smile because for him, it's a rather rare sight. Jun almost never smiles at him. Rather, Jungkook's sure the kid hates him!
But when it's Taehyung, it's always laughs and giggles. But then again, he probably likes Taehyung because he's his father. Biological father. Taehyung hasn't told Jungkook anything. Nothing about the origins of the kid.
All Jungkook knows is that Taehyung wants to take responsibility of him. Because he's likely the father. And Jungkook doesn't question it. "Good morning~ Let's get you ready~" Jungkook can't help but smile at how adorable Jun looks.
The boy opens his eyes and the smile on his fave vanishes when he notices it's Jungkook beside him. Tears fill his eyes and he begins wailing "Dada! I want Dada! Taetae! Dada" Jungkook sighs defeatedly. "When will you like Appa, Jun-ah"
Jungkook drags his feet to the daycare It was great that they were able to recover most of the game data, Jungkook couldn't help but think about his personal life About himself, Taehyung and Jun Truth was, ever since that day, things between him and Taehyung have been awkward.
And he just can't...feel the connection with Jun yet. Maybe because he has such a strong dislike towards Jungkook. He helps Taehyung with taking care of Jun but Jun only seems to hate him. When Jungkook tries to feed him, he pushes the spoon away.
When he tries to give him a bath, he keeps crying. It's surprising how much energy a 4 year old has. Jun doesn't even call him Appa like Taehyung wants him to. He never even talks about Jungkook. It's disheartening to say the least.
Jungkook wishes that one day, Jun would call him Appa. That's all he wishes for. "Junnie, look who's here!" the lady at the daycare calls. Jungkook expects Jun to smile and excitedly run towards him thinking he's Taehyung and then cry when he realises it's Jungkook.
But there's no such reaction. Rather, there's no reaction at all. He lazily gathers his belongings in his bag and walks towards Jungkook. "What's wrong, Junnie?" Jungkook kneels, taking him in his hands. Surprisingly, he says nothing, making himself comfortable in his arms
"Did something happen?" Jungkook asks and the lady shrugs, unhelpful. Jungkook sighs, springing to his feet. "I feel you. Let's go home, Jun-ah" Jun stays uncharacteristically quiet, as if bummed out. And Jungkook doesn't question it.
He doesn't know what to say or how to react. He could call Taehyung but he knows he's busy. Jun feels light in his arms, he's tiny after all. Too tiny for a 4 year old. Jungkook looks down at him, only the top of his head visible.
The lady at the daycare was useless as ever. Jungkook's begining to think she upset Junnin some way. They walk in silence, Jun snuggled at Jungkook's chest. Jungkook sighs, tightening his grip. "Jun...feels warm"
Jungkook's never had the chance to feel his warmth before. He bites his lip regretfully, wondering what he was doing wrong as he opens the door to their apartment. "Do you miss Dada, Jun-ah?" Jungkook asks. Jun nods and he sighs. "I miss him too, little guy"
Jungkook misses laughing with him. Jungkook misses watching horrow movies with him Jungkook misses cooking with him. Jungkook misses having midnight heart to hearts with him. He misses Taehyung's hugs, Taehyung's smiles and he misses Taehyung.
They talk, sure they do. But that's all they do. They're best friends who have somehow become fathers. But are they a family yet? Jungkook thinks not. They should've become a family. Jun deserves a family. But it just feels like they're Roommates stuck with a baby.
Noticing Jun's half asleep, Jungkook puts him to bed. He wonders if Taehyung would he proud of him for putting Jun to sleep. But then again, he's just tired today. Nothing else. Jungkook messages Taehyung anyway.
Jungkook sighs. He tosses his phone to the side and goes to take a shower. -- He comes out and almost plops onto his couch to relax a bit but then he remembers Jun. Jungkook's still trying to let go of his habits and adjust to the fact that there's a baby here.
He paces to Jun's room The room is silent, eerily so. 'Jun's probably asleep' Jungkook looks at his small figure curled up from afar and sighs. He turns to leave when from the corner of his eye, he notices shaking. Jun's shaking..
Fear runs up his spine and Jungkook rushes to Jun, turning him over Jun's sweating. His puffy cheeks are rosy, red even. His chest heaves heavily and his brows are furrowed. Jungkook's shaking too and presses his palm to his cheek. Jun's...burning up Jungkook's heart sinks
He's breathless as he dashes through the crowd on the streets of Seoul. A cab would've helped but Jungkook's priority isn't saving energy. It's to get Jun to a hospital.
Jun's quiet, extremely still as Jungkook rushes to the hospital on feet, frantic. His arms that hold the tiny boy shiver. He's scared. He doesn't know what happened and why he's burning up so much.
He's scared that if he holds him tighter, he'll hurt him. "Jun-ah, please. Just a little more, please" Jungkook pants, reaching the hospital gates.
He doesn't give himself time to catch his breath and barges into the Hospital, navigating his way to the emergency room. through the endless maze of hallways. Jun's shivering, shaking against his chest. And Jungkook knows it's his fault. It's all his fault.
This morning, he had rushed him. Forgotten to dry his hair properly. It's his fault, all his. If anything happens to Jun he will never be able to forgive himself.
Jungkook reaches the Emergency room. When the nurses spot a rather delirious and shaken up Jungkook looking around they approach him. "Sir what's wrong?" they look at Jun huddled up in Jungkook's arms.
"F-Fever. He's burning up. P-Please, do something" Jungkook stutters, eyes wide and tongue tied. One of the nurses touches Jun and her eyes widen. "Please put him on the bed" she says and Jungkook obliges, sprinting to the bed and carefully placing Jun onto it.
It's the first time he sees his sweaty face after leaving the house. And he's looking worse. His eyes creak open, finding Jungkook leaning over him. "Jun-ah" Jungkook chokes out, fearful.
Jun opens his mouth, as if to say something but when the Nurse approaches him with the thermometer, he freaks. He jolts and begins crying. "Little kid, it's okay, I won't hurt you" the nurse chides but Jun cries, screams, terrified.
Jungkook can't help the tears escaping his eyes. He leans closer, helpless as Jun cries. "Jun-ah, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry. It'll be okay, I'm so sorry" Jungkook cries, kneeling to his side. Jun continues crying as the Nurse checks the temperature, teary eyes locked on JK
"Jun-ah, I'm so sorry, Appa is sorry. Appa is--" "Appa! Appa! Appa I'm scarwed, Appa, Appa it hurwts" and Jungkook stills for a second when he feels Jun's small fingers wrap around his big one.
It's only for a second that Jungkook sees Jun gripping Jungkook's finger, crying for him, asking him to to stay by his side. Because Jun trusts Jungkook the most right now. And that's all it takes for Jungkook to crumble.
He cries more, taking Jun's hand in his, stroking his forehead, soothing him, calming him. "Appa, Appa don't leave, pwease don't leave" Jun cries and Jungkook shakes his head, sobbing. "Appa is here. I won't leave, Jun-ah. Don't be scared, Appa is here"
Jun doesn't let go of Jungkook. And neither does Jungkook.
-- Jungkook awakens to hurried footsteps approaching him. He jolts awake when they get closer and instinctively reaches out to check on Jun. He's asleep and his temperature has gone down by a lot thanks to the medicine.
They're in the emergency room and the curtain separating them from the other beds slides open, revealing a frantic Taehyung. "Jungkook! Jun he--" his eyes land on the slumbering Jun and he rushes to his side. He strokes his forehead, a trembling thumb caressing his cheeks.
Taehyung sighs shakily, biting his lip, holding back tears. He turns to Jungkook. "Kookie, I'm sorry. I-I the meeting and....I..." he blabbers, eyes moist and panicky. But he's cut off midway when a pair of arms encircle him, pulling him into a hug.
"Kookie--" "I'm glad you're here, Taehyung" Truth was that Jungkook had calmed down after Jun's temperature subsided. But when he sae Taehyung, the worry and panic from before resurfaced in him.
When he saw Taehyung, he didn't feel the need to hold back his tears anymore. He sniffles, burying his face in Taehyung's neck, inhaling the familiar scent of strawberries He's glad Taehyung's here. More than ever.
Taehyung sighs and Jungkook feels warm wetness on his shoulder. Taehyung's crying. "I'm glad you're here too, Kookie" he says and hugs him back, pulling him close. They finally, finally, feel like a family
-- "He's asleep" Jungkook announces when he enters the room. Taehyung's sitting on his bed, seemingly over te edge. He's anxious, Jungkook can tell. With a soft smile, Jungkook sits down on his bed.
They're in the same room but they use different beds. They've never really slept together in that sense. They don't speak. They haven't since they hugged.
Their walk back home was silent. Taehyung carried Jun, too scared to let him go. But it didn't mean that he didn't trust Jungkook, no. He trusted Jungkook more than anything. He only wanted to hold Jun closer.
"Goodnight" Jungkook says, turning the lights off and pulling the blanket over him. But he cnt sleep. He couldn't sleep for a long while. He opens his eyes but he's too scared to turn around.
Despite the anxiousness pooling in his heart, Jungkook wills himself to sleep. But it's then that the bed behind him dips and he feels two arms loop around his middle. He gulps, unmoving and silent. He wants to say his name, call out to him. But he stops.
But when he hears the sniffles, he turned around and cups Taehyung's face. "Taehyung! What's wrong?!" he asks frantically. But Taehyung sobs uncontrollably. Jungkook sighs, holding back tears. "It's been a rough day, huh?" Jungkook consoles, taking him in his arms.
Taehyung nods. "But it's been a tough month for you, Kookie" he begins "I-I'm so sorry. I have been... I've neglected you. And brought this entire situation upon you out of nowhere. And there many things that I...I'm so sorry, Kookie" he sobs Jungkook's crying too
Taehyung's right It's been a difficult month. But it's no one's fault. "No, it's okay, Taehyung. If I couldn't handle it, I wouldn't have agreed to itz right? I...I've just missed you a lot" he whispers shakily and Taehyung tightens his grip on him
"I've missed you too, Kookie" Taehyung says. And the words send waves of warmth through his body. He finally relaxes, he finally breathes. "From now on, it's us three, yeah?" Taehyung says and Jungkook nods. "Us three, yeah. That...that sounds nice"
They bask in silence for a while. "Taehyung, you know, Jun called me Appa today" Jungkook feels proud. Taehyung pulls back, eyes bright and lips wide. "Really?! I'm so happy for you Jungkookie!" he cheers, flicking his chin. Jungkook laughs with him.
But when their laughter dies down, they're left staring at each other in silence. Jungkook wants to slap himself for taking a minute to look at Taehyung's face. He's beautiful. "Taeh--" Taehyung clears his throat and breaks the embrace
"Let's go to sleep" he says, hurrying off to bed and covering himself. Jungkook blinks and does the same. It's harder to fall asleep now. He wishes his heart would stop beating so hard. Jungkook doesn't get much sleep that night. Neither does Taehyung
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-- "Appa, is that Moni's eomma and dada?" Jun chirps, catching Jungkook's attention. Jungkook looks up at the Moni's Family playing on the television, Jun diligently watching it.
Since there were no kids in their apartment complex, Moni had become Jun's friend. Moni's Playtime was a kids show made to teach small kids social etiquette. "Hm. That is Moni's Mom and that is Moni's Dad" Jungkook points at the characters and Jun smiles, clapping his hands.
Jungkook dreads that Jun might ask the inevitable question , "Where is my mom?" but he doesn't. He doesn't but it still weighs on Jungkook's mind. 'Does Jun want a mom?' "Appa, what's a family?" he asks. Jungkook doesn't know how to answer without confusing Jun.
"Moni, Moni's mom and Moni's Dad are a family" he says, putting it as simple as possible. "What is Moni's Dad doing to Moni's mom?" he questions and Jungkook finally closes his laptop. Jun's questions are endless! A child's curiosity is no joke.
Jungkook looks at a typical family scene playing out in the TV. The happy family eats breakfast and the Father leaves to earn money for the family. On his way out, he kisses his wife and Moni a goodbye.
"He gave Moni's mom a kiss" Jungkook sits down beside Jun, curious about how this will play out. "Why?" Jun asks "Because he loves Moni's mom" Jungkook shrugs. "Love..." Jun repeats, eyes trained on the floor.
Jungkook's busy staring at the TV when Jun climbs into his lap and yanks Jungkook closer with his tiny hands. He presses his lip to his cheek, giggling when Jungkook gasps. "Jun loves Appa" he smiles and Jungkook's holding back tears at the gesture.
He hugs Jun, lifting him in the air and twirling him as giggles and chuckles fill the living room. "Appa loves Jun too!" he kisses Jun's squishy cheeks, earning soft cackles from the boy.
It has been a month since that incident and Jungkook's over the moon that his and Jun's relationship had improved drastically.
Jun would cling to Jungkook like a koala, reminding him of a certain someone who would cling to him too in his college days. Taehyung thrived on affection and touch and though he hesitated from touching Jungkook these days, Jungkook knew the man still very much enjoyed hugs.
Oftentimes, Taehyung would fall asleep with Jun in his arms. It was a marvelous sight and Jungkook would be lying if he said he hadn't taken thousands of pictures. "Does Junnie want food?" "Yes!" "I'll make some rabbit apples for you, okay?" Jun nods, "YES!"
He feels a tug on his pants and looks down at the small fist. "What's wrong, baby?" Jungkook asks, lifting Jun and placing him on the counter beside the apples "I want to see Appa work" he chimes and Jungkook grins.
He pushes Jun to the side and turns partially, careful not to hurt Jun with the knife. "Okay, but don't move, okay?" Jun nods and Jungkook gets to work. "Taehyung's coming home soom" he says and Jun claps excitedly.
"Dada will eat apples too!" he exclaims, feet dangling of the edge. Jungkook smiles. Maybe if he gets it right this time, Taehyung might praise him. The end credits on Moni's Playtime roll and Jun hums to the song, swaying his hands.
Jungkook done cutting the apples and now, the ultimate challenge, peeling them right. He gets to work, careful with the knife. Jun's still singing, watching with a big smile as Moni bids a farewell to everyone. Jungkook just about gets it right and--
tw // blood "A BIG HURRAY!" Jun yells in unison with Moni and Jungkook jumps, the knife slipping and striking his finger. "FUCK!" he yelps, droppin the knife to the side and Jun jerks, turning to look at Jungkook. And his eyes immediately fill with tears.
"Appa" he hiccups "No, no don't cry. Don't cry, baby. This isnt your fault, don't cry" with a bloody finger, Jungkook takes Jun into his arms, holding him close.
"I'm sowwy" he slurs as Jungkook pats his back, "No it's not your fault, baby. I'm sorry fr scaring you, hm? Don't cry, please don't cry" he luls and hears distant footsteps.
"I'm home~" he hears Taehyung from the hallway and when the man emerges it the kitchen, the smile he had drops noticing the blood stained finger. "Jungkook what the fuck?" he drops his bag and rushes to his side. Jungkook sighs, 'These two panic so easily'
He wants too give Jun to Taehyung and go fix himself up when Taehyung surprises him by taking his finger in his mouth. "Taehyung what--" he shuts up when Taehyung's tongue licks the blood right off his finger.
"Saliva helps, Kookie!" Taehyung says, guiding a now astonished Jungkook to the couch. He pulls his lips of his finger and fetches the Medical kit. Knowing Taehyung's back, Jun pulls away and sniffles. He watches as Taehyung cleans the cut and wraps a bandaid around it.
"I'm sowwy, Appa" Jun repeats and Jungkook sighs, smiling. "Junnie, it's not your fault--OW!" Taehyung smacks his arm. "Um hello!? I'm hurt??" he defends and Taehyung huffs.
"You're not going near the knife ever again!" Taehyung warns and Jungkook gapes. "Not a fucking child, you dick!" he snaps "Then why do you handle a knife like one, you ass?" "meanie!" "clumsy!"
"Appa, Dada..." Jun's voice breaks and Jungkook and Taehyung shut up, knowing what's coming next. Jun begins wailing again and it's absolute chaos for another hour.
-- "Say bye bye to Dada, Junnie" Jungkook croaks, holding Jun in one arm. "Bye bye, Dada" he quips and Taehyung smiles. He leans in and kisses Jun on the nose, ruffling his hair.
"Bye bye, Junnie" Taehyung says and pulls away. As he turns to leave, Jun stops him, clutching his shirt. "What's wrong, baby?" Taehyung asks. "Jun, Dada and Appa are a family" he says and Jungkook already dreads what's coming next. "Yes we are" Taehyung coos and Jun smiles.
"Then kiss Appa too" Jungkook wants to run away but he has Jun in his hands. He settles for looking away to hide his reddening face. Taehyung's red too, "W-What?" "Moni's Dad always kisses Moni and Moni's mom when he leaves. They're a family! We are family too!"
Taehyung smiles awkwardly, "Who the heck is Moni?" he whispers "Moni is that kid he watches on TV" Jungkook answers "Dada, Appa is family. Kiss him" Jun instructs and Jungkook wants to delete his entire existence.
"Ok, that's enoug--" his words are cut off by a pair of lips on his cheek. The feeling of cool lips pressed against his cheek lasts only for a second and Taehyung turns and storms out the door, before Jungkook can even get a proper look at his face.
He stands there for a while, unmoving. "Dada, your face is red" he feels Jun's cool palm on his cheek and snaps back to reality. He clears his throat. "L-let's get you ready, Junnie!" Jungkook says.
Deep down, he wonders if it'll become a regular thing. And truthfully, he won't mind if it does.
-- "Say bye bye to Appa, Junnie" Taehyung rocks him gently in his arms. Jungkook smiles as Jimin comes to stand by Taehyung's side Jimin had stared coming over frequently these days, helping them with Jun and other stuff. He was a big help honestly.
"Bye-Bye Appa" Jun chimes and Jimin coos. He hadn't had the pleasure to get to know Jun earlier but the boy is such a delight to be around. Jungkook grins, kissing his forehead, eliciting a giggle from the boy.
"Bye Junnie" Jimin's glad Jun doesn't seem to hate Jungkook anymore. He straightens up, leans again and places a kiss on Taehyung's cheek. And this gesture has Jimin gaping in disbelief.
"See you guys in a bit" he says and exits the apartment. Taehyung looks at Jun and smiles brightly, "Let's go watch some TV, Junnie" Jimin stands there, still. WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED
--- "Baby powder .... and cream..." Jungkook goes through the list Taehyung had sent him, picking out each item individually and placing them in his cart. "Toothbrush?" he looks up at the options in front of him. Personally, he prefers the Winnie the Pooh themed brush.
But he knows Taehyung would go for the Bugs Bunny toothbrush because for some odd reason, he seems to like bunnies. This puts him in a dilemma. Jungkook had never thought he would find himself in stuck a situation.
Mentally fighting over which toothbrush a child would like. "Is there something I can help you with, Sir?" a soft voice speaks up from behind him, startling him. Its a maternity store. Of course someone offered him help.
This wasn't some ordinary Convenience store. It also took a jab at Taehyung and Jungkook's wallets but Jun's giggles make up for it. Although Jungkook can agree that e price of powder can be much lower!
"Ah, it's nothing. I was just having a hard time choosing between the two for... for my kid" Jungkook turns back to face the toothbrushes hanging from the shelves. She hums, "I guess you could ask your wife what your child likes"
Jungkook's quick to correct her, "Oh uh I don't have a wife" Her eyebrows raise, "No wife? Oh, I see. A single father then" "Ah no. I mean, yes. Uh, it's complicated" Jungkook thinks of Taehyung.
Is Taehyung his... spouse? Certainly not. He's his... Roommate slash bestfriend. Who happens to be raising a kid. But he takes her advice and calls Taehyung anyway, "Ah one second" he excuses himself "Hello?"
"Hey uh, what toothbrush should I buy for Junnie? There's Winnie the Pooh and Bugs Bunny" "Appa! Is that you? Hello!" Jun chirps from the other end and Jungkook can't help but coo, "Hey, baby. Yes, yes it's me! Appa!" "Are you coming home? I miss you!" he asks
"Soon! I'm gonna be right there! I'll come as fast as possible, okay?" and Jun laughs heartily, filling Jungkook with warmth. "Ok, ok. Kookie, what's up? Toothbrush, right? I'd say go with the Bugs Bunny one. It reminds Junnie of you"
Jungkook smiles, taking the Bugs Bunny toothbrush, "Oh c'mon, I look nothing like Bugs Bunny" "Oh, Sir, you do" the shopkeeper chimes in. "Well, not bugs bunny but you do look like a bunny, yknow. And everyone likes bunnies! Jun likes bunnies, you like bunnies--"
"What about you?" Jungkook finds hismelf asking. "What about me?" "Do bunnies?" There's a pause, followed by a cough. "Of course I do. Bunnies are cute. So are you--"
"Wow" "Okay now bye!" and Taehyung cuts the call before Jungkook can tease him some more. Jungkook smirks, putting the bunny brush in his cart. "Looks like Bugs Bunny won" Jungkook informs the shopkeeper.
"Was that your Boyfriend?" she asks and Jungkook thinks it's a totally irrelevant topic to discuss with a customer. "Ah, no. Just my roommate" Jungkook says. She nods, taking the cart from him.
"If that's all, I'll take the items to get billed" and she wheels the cart away from him. Jungkook frowns but shrugs it off, following her. As she puts the items in a bag Jungkook browses through his Twitter. He snickers at no one believing Jimin.
'That's unfortunate' "If you haven't noticed, I'll just say it" he heard the shopkeeper and looks up "I have been trying to hit on you" Jungkook closes his phone, "W-What?" he stutters.
The Shopkeeper sighs, a blush creeping up to her cheeks, "I.. I've seen you around the store a few times and... there's no ring on your finger. But I didn't want to assume anything so I asked you today. And, well, I'll ask again, just to be sure. A-Are you single?"
Her eyes are determined but her fingers fidget with one another. She's nervous and gathered up a lot of courage to speak up. Jungkook knows he would never be able to do that. She's pretty and headstrong. And she's asking him out.
He hadn't thought of her like that up till now, the thought hadn't even crossed his mind because all he could think of was Jun. And.. Yes. Jungkook's single. But it's not that easy, is it? "I...well..."
Noticing Jungkook's hesitation, she hurries with the items and hands him the cover. Jungkook wants to say something but can't bring himself to. Now that he thinks about it, he hadn't been on a date since... for over 6 months now.
She scribbles something on a piece of paper and stuffs it in the bag. "That's my number. I..I like you and I'd like to go on a date with you. Call me if you're interested" she sounds confident but Jungkook can tell she's scared.
So he smiles at her kindly, "May I know your name?" "Mina" she says. Jungkook forwards his hand, "I'm Jungkook. It's nice to meet you, Mina-ssi" he shakes her hand and she fumes.
"I...I'll look into it" Jungkook wants to slap himself for making it look like a business deal but she smiles anyway. "Okay" she quips and Jungkook exits the store with a thumping heart.
'Someone asked me out but...' he sighs, sneaking a glance at the shopkeeper giggling by the counter. With a melancholic heart, he makes his way back home.
-- "Junnie! Look what I got for you" Jun grabs the Bugs Bunny Toothbrush from Jungkook's hand and laughs, "It's a Bunny!" he cheers. "Yes! It is! So you have to brush your teeth every morning, okay? No complaints!"
Jun smiles hesitantly and runs away with the brush, making Jungkook chase him around the house. "Hey, careful! You might fall!" Taehyung warns but they pay him no mind. "Kookie, did you get the cream?" "Yeah, it's in the bag--I caught you Junnie! Hahaha.."
Taehyung sighs, smiling. He leaves the room to get the cream. Jun cackles in his arms and Jungkook twirls him around him in his arms, eliciting a burst of laughter from him. "Jungkook, what's this?"
"Hm?" he turns with Jun in his hand but his smile drops when he sees the note Taehyung's holding. "Oh..." he puts Jun down, "Junnie, go wait for me in he bedroom, okay?" Jun nods enthusiastically and leaves. "Listen, Taehyung, I was going to decline anyway--" "But why?"
"Huh?" "Why would you decline, Jungkook? You haven't gone out on a date in a long time. Why would you say no?" Taehyung walks to him. "Oh, uh, well" Jungkook doesn't know where to begin. "Did you not like her?"
"Oh? No, no! She's very pretty and cute too but--" "but?" Jungkook bites his lip. But? But what? He can find no reason to decline. He has no reason to not go. "But Jun..." Taehyung sighs, ruffling his hair, "I'll take care of him, okay? Don't worry about it"
Jungkook swallows, "so ...I should go on this date?" Taehyung nods, "I don't see why not. Unless you dislike something about her, of course" Jungkook ponders for a while, getting his head in order.
"I...okay. I'll call her!" he's filled with excitement. Taehyung smiles brightly, "That's great! You deserve it, Kookie!" he ruffles his hair again and leaves. Jungkook smiles, looking at the number.
But there's also a feeling he can't quite put his finger on. He shrugs it off, 'Oh well. I deserve a break, right?'
-- "Taehyung?" Taehyung doesn't seem to hear that, deep in thought as he robotically types in the numbers. "Taehyung!" And he jolts out of his daze, turning to look at his Boss.
"Ah, Seojoon-hyung. Sorry, I'll send that report soon" Taehyung adjusts his glasses, straightening up. Seojoon sits on his desk, closing the laptop shut, revealing his kind smile. "Go home, Taehyung" he says before Taehyung can protest. "Hyung--"
"You seem kinda out of it. It might effect your work performance too" "Oh. I'm sorry, Hyung. But today I told you I'd work overtime--" "You don't have to. Go home and get some rest, yeah?"
He doesn't attempt to protest again, letting Seojoon's hand ruffle his hair affectionately. He lets himself find comfort in it and sighs. Later, he packs up and heads home. These past few weeks had been hectic for Taehyung.
He doesn't even remember why he had taken overtime today. He's been out of it and he hated that it affected his work. Had Seojoon not been his boss, he would've gotten fired. He droops his shoulders and makes his way bavk home.
Ever since Jungkook began dating Mina, he had been home less. While it didn't necessarily tire Taehyung out, it did change the way things had been functioning for a while. And Taehyung took time to adjust to that. But rest assured, he will manage it somehow.
After all, he brought this upon himself. It's about 8:30 pm when he reaches home and unlocks the door. Absent mindedly, he walks in and kicks his shoes off, dropping his bag to the floor.
"I'm home" he announces as he walks into the living room but halts when he sees three sets of eyes staring bavk at him. Jun, Jungkook and Mina. "Dada!" Jun hops off Mina's and and rushes to Taehyung, hugging his feet.
Taehyung pats his head but his gazeis focused on Mina and Jungkook. And then, he remembers.
"Fuck" he curses under his breath as Jungkook stands up. "Tae? I thought you said you had overtime?" "Oh, well" his eyes shift between Jungkook and Mina who walks to stand by his side, hand on his arm. "I..sorry. I'll uh go--"
Go? Go where? Maybe Jimin's? Or Seojoon Hyung's? "Hey, wait!" Jungkook stops him by his hand. "Sorry, Kookie. I totally forgot you had someone over. I'm sorry I--" "Hey, no, it's okay. This is good actually. I wanted you to meet Mina anyway" he smiles
Taehyung's eyes shift over to Mina who smiles sweetly at him. Taehyung sighs into a smile, "Sorry for interrupting your date. Hi, I'm Taehyung. Jungkook's...." he pauses for a second "...roommate" Mina take his hand, "I'm Mina. I've heard a lot about you from Kookie"
'Kookie?' Taehyung grins, "Likewise" "Dada! Look what I made today!" Jun interrupts and thankfully, Taehyung can use the opportunity to exit the conversation and leave the two alone.
As Jun takes him towards the couch, from the corner of his eye he spots Jungkook and Mina disappearing into the kitchen. "I'll set the table" Jungkook chirps. "I'll help you" Mina says.
Taehyung's not facing the kitchen but he can hear the giggles and chuckles coming from that direction. "Dada! I made this" Jun excitedly quips as Taehyung settles down, taking the painting in hand.
"That's me, dada and appa!" Jun beams and Taehyung smiles, thumb sliding over their linked hands. Jun even drew bunny ears on Jungkook's head. And what looks like a tiger tail behind Taehyung. He pffts, ruffling Jun's hair. "Why did you draw this, baby?"
"Ajhumma asked me to draw.." Jun answers, referring to the lady at the daycare "She asked me to draw my family!" Taehyung gasps when he hears a loud laugh from the Kitchen, Mina's.
He smiles, "Good job, Junnie. Let's go frame it and hang it on the wall, shall we?" he gets up as Jun nods enthusiastically. They walk off into the bedroom, giggles from the kitchen fading away. Taehyung ignores the way his stomach churns unpleasantly.
-- "What do you do, Taehyung-ssi?" Mina asks as Taehyung takes a bite of the food. "I'm an Accountant at Park Industries" he informs and she puts her chopsticks down, "What? The one with Park Seojoon??" "Yeah. Seojoon Hyung is the CEO"
"You get to call him Hyung?? Wow that's so cool! You guys must be close" and Taehyung smiles, "We are. I'm his favourite apparently" he brags because it most definitely is a thing to brag about.
He smiles to himself but when he catches a glimpse of Jungkook, he swears he sees an eye roll. Maybe that was just his imagination
Wow. You're close to the CEO and an accountant?? You're so cool! I'm just a store employee" she sulks and Jungkook giggles, "Mina, you own the store. Don't underestimate yourself" "Oh you own the store, Mina-ssi? That's amazing" Taehyung says as he helps Jun with the noodles.
"Ah thank you. But not as amazing as you! You're job is so cool!" Jungkook clicks his tongue, "Mina, I told you to not underestimate yourself. Plus, what you do is a little more interesting than Accountancy" Jungkook whispers the last part.
And he's only saying that to make Mina feel better. But it still hurts Taehyung. His words stab him right in his heart because Taehyung loves his job. Jungkook knows Taehyung loves his job.
His grip around his chopsticks tightens as Mina and Jungkook exchange shy glances. Taehyung also knows the two have linked their hands under the table because he saw it when he bent down to pick up the fork Jun had dropped.
He settles for silently tending to Jun, wiping his face. "That's rude, Kookie. You should apologise to Taehyung-ssi" Mina scolds and it only brings a sour taste to Taehyung's mouth. Kookie.
Taehyung had given Jungkook that name when they first met. Because the first thought he had when he saw Jungkook the first time was that he was very pretty. Beautiful. Jungkook disliked the nickname so much. It was it several months later that he no longer complaind about it.
But it looks like he likes it enough to let others call him that too. Taehyung steals a glance at them, 'It's great that Jungkook has found someone else that call him that. It just means that they're close'
Tae shakes his head, shaking off the bitter thoughts creeping into his mind 'Pull yourself together! You brought this upon yourself!' "It's alright, Mina-ssi" he answers and she sighs apologetically. He feels Jk's gaze on him but he doesn't look up, eyes trained on the food.
"Kookie" she repeats and Jungkook pouts. Taehyung sighs. There, he's forgiven. Taehyung can't say no to that pout. The dinner continues in silence.
"Kookie, here, have this" Mina puts the chopstick holding the green beans to JK's mouth Taehyung's about to speak up when Jungkook opens his mouth and eats the beans 'Oh' Taehyung decides to focus on Jun for the rest of the dinner He can't bring himself to look at the pair.
-- "Here" Taehyung hands Jungkook the lemonade when he walks out of the washroom. He looks at the drink and then at Taehyung. He sighs. "Thanks" he says, gulping the drink down.
Taehyung shakes his head, "Why did you eat the beans, Jungkook?" Jungkook flinches. "You know your stomach can't tolerate them, right?" He smiles apologetically, finishing the drink. "It was just a bite. Don't worry about it, Tae" "Jungkook--"
"Why are you calling me that?" "calling you what?" "Jungko--" "Kookie!" Mina's voice comes from the doorway and the two turn to face her. And Jun in her arms. "He fell asleep on the couch" she informs as Taehyung rushes to take him in his hands.
"Junnie~" Jungkook chimes, caressing his cheeks as Taehyung rocks him gently. His eyes creak open and he smiles, registering Jungkook's face. "Not fully asleep" "I should go" Mina says. "Oh. Yeah, it's getting late" Jungkook checks the time.
"I'll drop you home" he says and she nods. The three walk to the doorway. "It was nice meeting you, Mina-ssi. I'll be careful next time. Sorry for interrupting your date tonight" Taehyung bows as Jun shifts, yawning and rubbing his eyes.
"Oh no! This is your house! Please don't think that" she says, bowing. Taehyung smiles as Jungkook puts on his shoes, "Haha, okay. Until next time, Mina-ssi" he says. "See you, Taehyung-ssi"
"Appa" Jun calls as Jungkook heads to the door. He stops and shakes his head, "Oh, how could I forget" he paces to Jun and places a kiss on his nose, "Bye-Bye Junnie" Jun giggles and Jungkook smiles.
He stands, leaning forth out of habit to kiss Taehyung when he stops him abruptly, hand on chest. Taehyung's panicked eyes shift between Mina and Jungkook's equally astonished faces and takes a step back.
"Take her home safely, Jungkook" he says. Realising, Jungkook's eyes widen and he steps back too, taking Mina's hand. "Oh, uh, yeah. See you Taehyung" he says. Mina smiles and bows one last time and the two exit the door.
The door shuts and Taehyung's left alone with Jun, feeling conflicted. -- The clock turns 10 and Taehyung finds himself growing impatient. 'Jungkook should've been back'
He opens the refrigerator, finding no beer and clicks his tongue. He walks bavk to the couch to sit beside Jun who refuses to sleep till his Appa comes home. He picks up his phone and calls Jungkook. A few rings later, Jungkook answers.
"Hello?" his voice is quiet and Taehyung almost responds but stops. "Kookie, wanna come inside?" he hears from the other end. "Oh" he hears Jungkook.
"Oh god I'm so sorry. Bye, Jungkook" he speaks and cuts the call immediately, blood rushing to his face in embarrassment. 'Kookie' he thinks 'wanna come in?' They've been dating for a while now. This was... inevitable.
He rubs his face as Jun climbs into his lap. "Let's go sleep, Junnie" Taehyung lifts him. "But Appa. I want to see Appa. I'll sleep after Appa comes" he protests and Taehyung sighs. He places him on the bed. "Appa's not coming home tonight, Junnie"
-- 'Why are you calling me that?' 'calling you what?' 'Why are you calling me Jungkook?' Jungkook sighs as he walks Mina home. It was weird. To hear Taehyung call him that. Because for as long as he remembers, he's called him Kookie.
They reach Mina's apartment and as she goes to unlock the door, Jungkook's phone buzzes. He picks it up without a thought and that's when Mina asks him before he can hear Taehyung's voice. "Kookie, wanna come in?" "Oh...."
"Oh god I'm so sorry. Bye, Jungkook" he hears Taehyung blabber on the other end of the line before he haphazardly cuts the call. Bye. Bye, Jungkook. Why... why did he stop calling him Kookie? "Kookie?" Mina says and Jungkook gasps, looking at her bashful face.
'Oh right, she asked me in.Does...doesn't that mean...' "Is something wrong, Kookie?" and Jungkook realises, 'Oh...'
-- Jun fussed a lot, messing with his phone and crying for his Appa until he finally fell asleep, exhausted. Taehyung was too tired and fell asleep on the couch. So why the heck is he waking up in his bed?
He checks The bed beside his, vision too hazy to register that though the blanket was neatly folded, there were creases on the sheets. He gets off the bed, stretching. He brushes his teeth as follows the aroma of pancakes to the kitchen.
"When did you come back?" Taehyung asks as he sits down at the table. It's 8 in the morning. Just how early did Jungkook come back? 7? 6? in the morning? Jungkook smiles, "I came back last night" and Taehyung pauses.
"What?" he asks as Jungkook places a plate of pancakes in front of him. "Mina dumped me last night" he informs, non chalant as he pours maple syrup on Taehyung's plate. Taehyung gapes.
'Wasn't everything alright last night? Oh God. Was it because of the kiss? Jungkook didn't kiss him through..But it was obvious that he was going to. Fuck, this is all Taehyung's fault. Mina misunderstood and--' "Stop thinking so much. I can hear you" Jungkook takes a seat
Taehyung grabs his hand, "How dare she! I'll call her! There must've been a misunderstanding! This is horrible--" Taehyung gets up to grab his phone when Jungkook yanks him back into his seat. "There was no misunderstanding, Taehyung. Don't worry about it, okay?" he smiles.
"But--" Jungkook ruffles his hair, calming him down. It reminds him of Seojoon Hyung but Jungkook's hands feel a lot better. They're softer. Taehyung's eyes flutter shut at the feeling.
"I'm sorry for calling your job boring. It's really not. I don't know what I was thinking" Taehyung smiles, humming understandingly. "And I'm sorry for eating the beans" "Jeez, it's okay, Kookie" he laughs. And Jungkook grins, eyes disappearing.
"Why are you grinning?" Taehyung digs into his pancake. "Nothing, it's nothing" he doesn't stop smiling. Taehyung shrugs and goes back to eating. But every time he spied a glance at Jungkook, he would catch the latter smiling widely.
He chuckles and doesn't question him any further. They eat in silence. In the comfort of their home. And each other.
-- Mina kisses Jungkook fervently, yanking him on top of herself. Caught off guard, he kisses her back, placing his phone on the drawer next to the bed. Her hands roam him body and he tries to concentrate on making her feel good, stripping her, but it's hard.
His phone on the drawer buzzes incessantly. He tries to ignore it. But it's too much. He reaches for his phone, pulling away from her lips. She kisses his jaw as he unlocks his phone.
Jungkook smirks. Jun does mess with their phones a lot. There was no stopping him when he did. "Kookie" Mina calls and realising, Jungkook turns the phone off. But he misclicks and the lockscreen pops up
Jungkook pauses. Mina, noticing his attention is elsewhere, stops. When she sees what's got him preoccupied, her eyes widen. "Jungkook" she calls and he snaps out of his daze, turning to face her. He puts down the phone and leans to kiss her when she stops him.
"Jungkook" she repeats and he pulls back. She sits up, pushing him away as she adjusts her clothes. Jungkook's scared of what's to come. He knows what's to come. "Let's stop this" There it is.
"Mina I--" "I...I don't want to waste my time on someone who's in love with someone else--" she gestures at the photo of Taehyung and Jun in his phone. "I don't love--" he's quick to defend. "Maybe not. But it's only a matter of time" "Mina--"
She laughs, "Jungkook, there's a girl under you and all you can think about is them. That speaks a lot, okay?" Jungkook bites his lip. She sighs and leans forth to kiss him, "Go home, okay? It's okay" Jungkook sighs, scratching his head. "I'm sorry, Mina"
"You should be. But don't worry, I'm gonna cry over you. Although, in the future, I won't give you discount" she teases and Jungkook smiles. He kisses her again, "take care" he gets up. "I'll be cheering for you" she says. Jungkook nods.
-- When he reaches home, he finds Taehyung sleeping on the couch, shivering ever so slightly under the cool breeze. He's drooling a little, snoring too. But Jungkook giggles and lifts him up. Taehyung curls into him
He lays him on the bed. "You must've been tired, Tae" And Taehyung hums Jungkook hesitates for a moment but leans down to kiss him on the forehead. Taehyung's lips quirk and Jungkook grins. "This is compensation for not kidding you today. Sleep well, Taehyung"
-- "Hey" Jin pulls Jimin aside. "Hm?" Jimin hums, bouncing a giggling Jun in his arms. "Do you also...notice a tension in the air?" Jin whispers and Jimin turns to face him, following his gaze to Taehyung and Jungkook in the kitchen.
Jungkook scoots closer, Taehyung scoots away. Jimin sighs, turning to face Jun, "Junnie, did Appa and Dada fight?" And Jun's smile drops. He sneaks a glance at his Dads and whispers, "Yeah. Appa and Dada fought today"
Jin groans, "That explains everything" And by everything means what had they had been noticing ever since they stepped foot in the house. The first thing Jimin had noticed were their fake smiles. Taehyung and Jungkook couldn't act for their life.
They had invited the gang over for a sleepover but it looked like they had soured their mood somehow. Jimin noticed the way Jungkook and Taehyung fidgeted around each other. Noticed the angry yet sorry glances.
"Should we do something about it?" Jin asked, watching the two awkwardly host their friends. Jimin sighs, "I have something in mind"
-- "Uh hey, we need more Mojitos. Hobi Hyung likes them" Jungkook informs, facing Taehyung's rather initimidating back "Okay" Taehyung keeps it short, grabbing the Sprite. "I'll grab the lemons" Jungkook fetches them frim the Refrigerator, hesitantly going to Taehyung's side.
"Here, um, let me do it" Jungkook offers to take the knife from Taehyung's hand but the latter pulls away, "No, I'm good" "Taehyung just--" "Why? Are you afraid I'm gonna make a mess?" Taehyung bites, chopping the lemons aggresively.
"Oh for fucks sake can you let that go?!" Jungkook whispers angrily, careful not to let their voice escape the confines of the Kitchen.
Taehyung sets the knife down, "No! What are you gonna do about it? Scold me in front of Jun again? Maybe you should scold me in front of our friends too!"
"Well maybe if you stopped being a grubby ass, I wouldn't scold you!" "Well maybe if you just controlled your temper I wouldn't be fuckin upset--" "Uh guys?" The two turn around, gasping as they face Hobi Hyung, looking quite confused.
"Ah, the Mojito. Right up!" Taehyung clears his throat when Jimin emerges from behind Hobi. "Why are you guys making Mojitos anyway? We're fine with a beer, yknow" Jimin chimes "Ah, we...well we don't have Beer at home, so" Jungkook begins.
"We've cut it down cuz of Junnie" Taehyung adds and Jimin hums. "Well, we want beer" Jimin shrugs, hands locked behind his back. Taehyung and Jungkook stare him down, confused. "Well?" Jimin squints his eyes and Jungkook clicks his tongue, "Fine, I'll go get some"
"Taehyung you go too" Jimin suggests. "No" Taehyung declines sharply and Jungkook rolls his eyes. "I'll--" "Why not? Is something wrong?" Jimin bats his eyelashes. Taehyung's eyes shift between him and Jungkook.
And with each glance, his confidence crumbles. He sighs, clenching his fists. He walks past Jungkook grabbing his wallet, "Let's go, Jungkook" Taehyung kisses Jun bye and exits the door. Jungkook does the same and follows after.
"Do you think they'll be alright?" Yoongi asks from the couch as Jimin crosses his arms,"Hopefully" Jimin feels a tug on his pants and he looks down to see Jun staring up at him, "Uncle" he makes grabby hands and Jimin melts, lifting the boy in his arms "Let's go play, Junnie!"
-- Taehyung walks a few steps ahead of Jungkook, silent. Even at the store, he ignored him, occassionally glaring at him. "Taehyung, let me carry that" Jungkook attempts to reconcile with him. He feels bad.
He did scold Taehyung in front of Junnie. For a ...trivial reason at that. His anger was brought on by a lot of stuff. Stress from work, sleepless night and what not. But he really shouldn't have.. "No, I'm good" Taehyung huffs, quickening his pace.
Jungkook struggles to catch up by walk so he jogs to his side. "Taehyung listen--" Jungkook grabs his arm but Taehyung snatches his away. "Let me go--" he snaps, nudging Jungkook as the latter notices his crooked walk and grabs onto his arm.
"Taehyung careful--" and he falls butt first. "Oh my god, you okay?!" Jungkook kneels halfway when Taehyung sighs. He stops, stepping away. "Taehyung?" he calls, searching for his eyes underneath his bangs. Jungkook swallows and Taehyung raises his hand, eyes downcast.
Jungkook takes his hand and helps him up. He dusts the dirt off Taehyung's clothes, patting his trousers and shirt, grabbing the bag of beers. Taehyung remains silent, embarrassed by his fall. Jungkook doesn't know how to answer him or how to talk to him.
They've had their fair share of fights. But what happened a few hours ago was a little different. Jungkook was tired, stressed when he came back to a messy home. Their friends were gonna come over but everything was a mess. And it was mostly Taehyung's stuff.
His documents, his laptop, soda cans and half eaten sandwich. In a moment of frustration, Jungkook yelled at Taehyung. Called him lazy, tardy and what not. Jungkook remembers the shock on Taehyung's face. He remembers the moment he knew he regretted it.
The moment Taehyung's smile fell after he caught hold of a running Jun. But Jungkook couldn't stop himself. He didn't find the time to apologise after that. Taehyung threw some words at him and locked himself in his room till their friends came home.
Jungkook regrets it even more that when he did come out, his eyes were puffy. Jungkook grabs a can of beer from the cover and hands it to Taehyung. He bites his lip, "I'm sorry" Taehyung shakes his head, "It's okay. I should've been careful just now--"
"I'm sorry I...yelled at you like that, before" he clarifies and Taehyung's lips part in an 'oh' He wraps his arms around the cold can of Beer, nervous. "I..." "I'm sorry too. I... I'll be ... careful next time and--"
"Hey, no, no. It wasn't your fault. I was frustrated and ...that's not why I got..upset" Taehyung looks up at him, urging Jungkook to finish his sentence. "I.." Jungkook takes his hand, "I was just upset weren't taking care of yourself, yknow?" Taehyung frowns.
"Ever since Jun came into our lives, you've been taking care of yourself less, yknow? I love Junnie but I wish you'd ...spend some time on yourself too. You've been eating less, sleeping less. It just worries me" Jungkook confesses, raising his hand to cup Taehyung's face.
Taehyung sighs, biting his lip, leaning into his touch, "Oh...I see..." "Yeah. So when I saw your things all over the place, I knew you were stressed. And I..I mad. At myself for not helping you out enough"
"You're doing your part, Kookie. I brought this situation on you all of a sudden and--" Jungkook shushes him, "Stop saying that, will you? I agreed to this. Don't blame yourself, okay?" Jungkook can't imagine what's going on inside Taehyung's head. He can only comfort him.
Taehyung sighs, "I'll take care of myself, okay? Just don't worry about me, hm?" Jungkook nods, feeling conflicted. Taehyung takes his hand and squeezes it, "Kookie" he reassures and Jungkook sighs. "We good?" Taehyung asks.
Jungkook smiles, pulling him into an embrace. "We're good" he murmurs into his neck. Jungkook and Taehyung don't pull away, hugging as the streetlight flickers over them. "Jun's probably waiting" Taehyung says, beginning to pull away but Jungkook tightens his grip around him.
"W-Wait" "Kookie?" "Just ....2 more minutes" he says and Taehyung giggles, finding purchase in Jungkook's soft locks. "Make that 5"
-- "Appa?" the door creaks open and a sleepy Jun walks in. Taehyand Jungkook exhange glances as the boy walks to the bed and hops on "What's wrong baby?" Taehyung asks. "Uncle Namjoon is snoring"
Jungkook snorts as Jun snuggles into his side. "Goodnight, Junnie" Taehyung kisses him as Jungkook pulls a blanket over. But Jun's hand stops Taehyung, clutching onto his shirt. "Dada, you sleep here too" he requests and Taehyung glances at Jungkook, brow raised.
"Uh, um i--" Jungkook yanks him on to the bed and throws the blanket over Taehyung, "Oh look at that, you're trapped" Taehyung gapes as Jun giggles. He leans up to press a kiss against Taehyung's chin, smiling. "Dada is trapped" he chimes and Taehyung melts.
Taehyung adjusts to the cramped space. His legs entangle with Jungkook's, the latter's arm around his waist, holding him from falling off. "I won't fall, Kookie" he says as he turns the night lamp off. "I'm not taking that chance again" he huffs.
Taehyung giggles as Jun cuddles into their sides. "Goodnight, Dada. Goodnight, Appa" Jungkook and Taehyung lean down to press a kiss to his head. As they look up, their heads collide and Taehyung chuckles.
"Do you want a kiss too?" Jungkook teases and Taehyung blushes. But he isn't one to bavk own easy. He closes the distance and leaves a small kiss on Jungkook's nose. "Goodnight, Kookie" and the latter gapes as Taehyung wraps an arm around him.
Taehyung doesn't look at him the entire night. Only hears a small squeal escape him. He giggles, eyes falling shut to the loud rhythm of Jungkook's heart.
-- Jimin walks out of the guestroom to find all his friends all his friends awake. "I'm heading out" he hears Taehyung. Jun's playing in Jungkook's lap as the man dozes off on the couch, head resting back on the couch.
"See you later, Taehyung" everyone bids him a farewell as Taehyung grabs his bag. Jun stands up on the couch, "Bye Dada" he says and Taehyung kisses him. "Bye Junnie"
"Bye tae" Jungkook sleepily croaks and Taehyung leans down to press a kiss to his forehead, "take a nap, Kookie. See ya" And with that, Taehyung leaves. Jimin turns on his heels to register everyone's open jaws and questioning looks. "I TOLD YOU GUYS I WASNT KIDDING!"
-- "Jun's in Kindergarten!! I'm so happy for you guys!" Jin wraps his arms around Jungkook and Taehyung, pulling them to his chest. "Today was his first day. Jungkook dropped him off" Taehyung informs as Jin pulls away and takes his seat.
"Yeah. He cried a little but made friends soon" Jungkook grins brightly. "That's great!" Jin glances at a slumbering Junnie on the couch and giggles, "So, how are you two feeling?" "Proud" Jungkook chirps.
"Overwhelmed" Taehyung says and Jungkook sighs. He raises his hand to ruffle his hair and Jin swears he sees him flinch. Jungkook then hesitates and pulls his hand back, settling to pat him on his back. "We'll be fine, Taehyung" Jungkook reassures as Jin raises a brow
Taehyung nods solemnly and digs into his food, "Yeah. I hope so" he comments. The atmosphere is suddenly awkward now, full of tension. But it's nothing like the time the two had fought. This is different. Something's wrong. Did something happen??
-- Jungkook wakes up to an empty bed. Taehyung's nowhere to be found when Jungkook rolls over. Jun would sometimes walk into their room at night to sleep with them. Taking that into consideration, their beds, previously separated, were now joined.
Jungkook loved waking up to being wrapped in Jun and Taehyung's arms. Both of them were natural cuddlers. And despite the hardness of Jungkook's body, they enjoyed cuddling him. Taehyung especially. Sometimes he'd wake up to Taehyung sleepily pulling on his cheeks.
Jungkook didn't mind. He liked it. Because it meant that he could take a few minutes to admire Taehyung's face in the morning. Day by day, Jungkook was becoming more and more aware of the turmoil in his heart. Because he no longer looked at Taehyung the same.
He wasn't just his best friend anymore. But while Jungkook was open to exploring thwir relationship further, Taehyung seemed reluctant. Jungkook wonders if Taehyung dislikes him. Or has someone else in his heart. Or maybe it's cuz Jungkook hasn't made his intentions clear
He walks to the kitchen and finds a note on the kitchen table, "Sleep tight. I'll drop Junnie at the Kindergarten. See you in the night" Jungkook sighs. Taehyung has been avoiding him for a few days now. And he knows exactly why.
--Flashback-- It was Jun's first day at his kindergarten and ofc, the house was in chaos Taehyung and Jungkook were running around the house. As Taehyung got Jun ready, Jungkook packed his lunch. Once done, Jungkook grabbed some toast as Taehyung picked out an outfit for him.
"Taehyung what I wear isn't important--" Taehyung shoves clothes into his face, "It is! You're Junnie's dad! You need to make a good impression on the teachers" Taehyung informs. "Why aren't you coming?" Jungkook pouts.
"I have an important meeting, silly. Plus, you got this, okay?!" he cheers as he exits the room to help Jun put on his shoes. Jungkook tries to calm his heart and ears the clothes, checking himself out. He smirks, 'I look good'
When he walks out, Taehyung takes one glance at him and shakes his head. "Ok, no. You're not gonna wear a leather jacket, Kookie" Jungkook gapes. "Why not!? I look good!" "Yeah that's the problem. You look too good!" "What the fuck?"
"Just don't wear the leather jacket, okay? You look like a hot University student. Not a dad" "Hot?" Jungkook smirks and Taehyung turns away, hiding the blush on his cheeks. "Shut up" "Taehyungie, I doubt anyone will flirt with me there. They're all parents"
Taehyung clicks his tongue, eyes wide and tongue tied, "That's not what I meant!" Jungkook giggles as Taehyung hands him Jun and his Bugs Bunny bag. "Even if they do, I'll reject them" "Is that so? Why not?" Taehyung huffs, combing Jun's hair. "How about you guess it?"
Taehyung fumes at how cocky Jungkook is and judges him into the doorway, "Alright, alright" he clears his throat "you're getting late" Jungkook chuckles as he sleeps into his shoes with Jun in his hand. "Bye bye, Junnie. Don't miss is, okay? We'll see you on the evening!"
Taehyung reassures as Jun grins, "Bye bye Dada!" Taehyung leans and kisses him. "And you" Taehyung turns to Kook, "don't be nervous there, okay?" He smiles, "I'll try. Bye now" Jungkook leans to kiss him.
"Oh wait you forgot the admission form" Taehyung spots it doorway drawer and leans to grab it. And it all happens way too fast. Icy lips brush against Taehyung's for a minute and the world around them stops.
Jungkook pulls back with a gasp, eyes wide as Taehyung slaps a palm to his lips. "Taehyung--" "Appa let's go!" Jun cheers and breaks then out of their shovk. "R-Right. Bye Taehyung" Nevertheless, Jungkook presses a quick kiss to Taehyung's forehead and dashes out of there
--end of flashback-- On his way back home, Jungkook touches his lips, heat rising to his cheeks as he remembers the feel of Taehyung's lips against his. 'They were surprisingly soft' he thinks. He shakes his head, "what am I? A teenager in love?" He scolds himself.
He shouldn't be this affected. But he was . And Jungkook's finally realising the intensity of his feelings. It scares him. And maybe, Taehyung's in the same boat. He's probably scared too. He's doubtful too. And Jungkook's kinda happy about it.
Because if Taehyung didn't feel anything, he would've brushed the kiss off as nothing, right? He wouldn't avoid Jungkook because of it. This gives Jungkook a sliver of hope. And it paints a smile on his face.
But as he walks towards his apartment, the smell of something burning alarms him. 'The fuck?' he hurries with the keys and jogs into the kitchen to see Taehyung standing amidst a mess of flour, eggs, a tray of what looked like burnt muffins and smoke.
"Taehyung! You okay?" Jungkook drops his bag and rushes to his side handing him water to help with the coughing. "Yeah, yeah I'm good" he chugs the water down and pants. "Tae why are you home early? And where's Junnie?" Jungkook asks, analysing the mess in the kitchen.
"I heard from a colleague that sometimes, parents gift the teachers and staff some homemade muffins? As a good gesture, yknow?" Taehyung begins to explain as Jungkook wipes the flour off his face. "That's bullshit" "No, I thought so too but--" he sneezes.
"but?" "But when I went to drop Junnie, I heard a few mothers talking about it. Two of them even gifted a box to the teacher in front of me?" "What? Really?" "Yeah! So Jun's parents couldn't be the only ones that didn't give them the muffins, right?" "Absolutely!"
"so that's why I thought I could cook some up and drop them off when I go to pick Jun up later" Taehyung's enthusiasm dies towards the end as he looks at the three batches muffins he had managed to burn Jungkook sighs, grabbing one He taps it on the table and it's rock hard.
"Yikes" he mutters and Taehyung sighs, running his hand through his hair, stressed. "Time's running out and I have no muffins ready" he sulks, voice breaking and it alarms Jungkook 'he's taking this very seriously huh' "Fuck, what do I do? I have to pick him up in an hour!"
"Taehyung it's okay. I'm here" "Yeah but I doubt there's enough ingredients! And I don't think the oven is gonna work! And how do I pack it?" "Taehyung--" "And don't we need icing? I don't know where to start with that!" "Taehyung--" "Oh God this is gonna be a disaster"
And Jungkook's had enough. He grabs him by his arms and pulls him. Warm lips crash into Taehyung's lips and he finally stops talking. It does more than jsut that though. Taehyung freezes completely, eyes wide as Jungkook breaks the kiss.
Jungkook gulps, licking his lips, "Is that whipped cream?" "I-I had some before" Taehyung mutters and Jungkook hums He kisses him again, this time tongue coming out to lick the residue of whipped cream off his lips. Taehyung's eyes begin to close but Jungkook pulls back.
"Alright" he steps away, feeling awkward yet proud "you go fetch some flour and butter from the neighbirs, I'll start setting things up" He grabs the apron as Taehyung purses his lips, face comically red. "Taehyung?" "Yeah?" he gasps. "The flour" "Right!"
Jungkook's surprised at his own boldness. But he's happy that.. atleast now, he's conveyed his message across to Taehyung. And what's more suprising is the tongue that darts out of Taehyung's mouth to lick lips and the smile that dances upon his face.
"Taehyung" he calls and the matter stops , turning around, brows raised. "Yeah?" "Uh, get some whipped cream too, okay?" Taehyung blushes harder and a glazed look washes over his face. "O-Okay" and he runs out Jungkook grins, biting his lips. "Now let's make some muffins"
-- "Say bye to Dada, Junnie" Jungkook says as Taehyung leans to kiss Jun. It's their daily routine now. "Bye Dada" he giggles and Taehyung stands right up. Jungkook smiles and leans in to press a kiss to his lips.
No matter how many time Jungkook does it, Taehyung just can't get used to it. "Bye" he chirps and Taehyung clears his throat, scratching his head nervously. Once Jungkook and Jun are out the door, his palms come pat his warm face, shaking the feeling off.
He pats his chest, hoping his heart would stop racing this way. But it doesn't. Because everytime he thinks of the numerous times Jungkook has kissed him till now, his heart hammers loudly in his chest. He touches his lips, then rubs his face aggresively.
"SNAP OUT OF IT!" Taehyung scolds himself. He shakes his head and walks bavk the bedroom. /Their/ bedroom. He takes a quick shower and comes out to get dressed. He sits down on te bed to wear his shoes. On /their/ bed.
For a while, Jun often wandered into their rooms at night to sleep with them. And since it was too cramoed, Taehyung and Jungkook had pushed their beds together. Though Jun didn't come over as often as he did before, the beds stayed.
Often times, Taehyung woke up tangled up with Jun and Jungkook. But these days, it was just Jungkook Why does he keep thinking about it? He shouldn't! Taehyung knows that ...that Jungkook.. He can't even bring himself to say it Taehyung shakes it off and leaves for work soon
-- "A trip?? To a resort?" Taehyung's eyes shift between his Seojoon's. Seojoon shrugs, "My friend was planning on hosting a fund raiser but it got cancelled. But the rooms and stuff had already been booked and non-refundable. So he's been giving away reservations"
"Sir..well..." "There's about 3-4 rooms. So you can bring about 8 people" Taehyung's eyes light up at that. "8 people? Wow!" he blurts and Seojoon giggles. In all honesty, Taehyung had assumed it was going to be him and Seojoon and was looking for ways to decline.
But apparently not!! He could take Jun and Jungkook to a luxurious resort!! And his friends!! FOR FREE!! He could teach Jun how to swim! Show him some sports! And I think it would be a well deserved rest for them all? Especially Jungkook...
"So, what say?" Seojoon asks and Taehyung's quick to reply, "YES!" Seojoon smiles, "I'll send over the reservation details to you. You deserve a break too, Taehyung. You've been working hard. Even more so since Jun" he ruffles his hair Taehyung grins, excited. 'i...we do..."
And then realization sinks in, "Hyung--er-- Sir, what about you?" Seojoon raises his brows, "Oh, well I'm not interested. I'll be working so" And Taehyung wants to decline again. But cant bring himself to. Because he knows Junnie would enjoy this.
As if hearing his thoughts, Seojoon sighs, "Don't worry about me, okay? You have fun. If there's an emergency, I'll be sure to call you, okay?" And that's all the reassurance Taehyung needs. He grins and bows, "Thank you so much for this, Hyung!"
Seojoon clears his throat, "That'll be all. You may leave now" he says as his secretary walks in. Taehyung smiles and skips out of the office and grabs his phone. The first thing he does is call Jungkook. "Kookie!" "Tae? You okay? Are you hurt?"
Taehyung giggles, ignoring the heat swarming to his cheeks as Jungkook's concern. "No, you dummy. I'm fine! But listen! What are you doing this weekend?" Taehyung asks as he checks his mail. As promised, Seojoon had sent him the details.
Jungkook drones on the other end, as if in thought, "Hm. You know, the usual. Sleeping in, cleaning the house and cooking something special for you and Junnie" Taehyung smiles at the thought, "Nope!" "What do you mean 'Nope'?" Jungkook clicks his tongue.
"I know what you're, no, we're doing this weekend!" "And what's that?" Jungkook plays along with Taehyung's excitement. "We're going to a resort!" And then, silence. "Kookie?" "We're what?!" "A RESORT KOOKIE!"
"What?! How?! Where?!" "In Jeju! An entire weekend!" "Oh my god! H-How did you arrange this??" "Seojoon Hyung gave us the rooms! For free! Long story short, even our friends can go!" "Oh that's amazing! Wow, your boss is generous, huh" Taehyung sneaks a glance at him.
He catches his gaze and smiles, waving st him through the glass separation, "Yeah, he is. Anyway, let's get packing?!" "Yup! Also uh can you pick up Junnie today??" And Taehyung's heart sinks at that. "What? Why?" he doesn't mean to sound so unwilling.
"Ah, I have to wrap some things up here. I'll be home late so..." Jungkook explains and Taehyung hums, gripping the phone. "I-I see. I'll pick Junnie up then.." he swallows. "Thank you so much! I'll see you at home! I'm so glad we're getting this weekend, Taehyung"
Taehyung breaks into a small smile, "I am too" -- There is a reason Taehyung doesn't drop or pick Jun up from his kindergarten. He avoids doing so at all costs. As he stands in front of the building, he clears his throat and adjusts his clothes.
He watches mothers, Fathers, Mom and Dads holding onto their kids, taking their bags as they escort them intona car or walk back home with them. It fills Taehyung with uncertainty. But he can't keep Jun waiting. So after gathering some courage, he enters the building.
Taehyung tries not to get lost in the hallways as he observes the Kindergarten. It's pretty big. Several classes and a huge playground. There's a watchman at the gate and one patrolling the halls. Several teachers and assistants handling the kids.
Taehyung feels proud that his research had paid off. So even though it was a little far from their place, Jungkook and Taehyung decided on this Kindergarten. Jun only deserves the best of the best! As he locates Jun's classroom, a teacher immediately spots him.
She smiles and bows, "Good afternoon, Sir. May I know who you're here for?" Taehyung clears his throat and is about to show her the Parent Identification card (that Jungkook had told Taehyung to have it on him at all times) when a familiar voice runs towards him. "Dada!"
Instinctively, Taehyung kneels and captures Jun in his hand, twirling him as the matter giggles. "Junnie! Have you been a good boy today?" Taehyung asks, bouncing him in his arms. "I have! Ask Miss Lee" he smiles and Taehyung turns his attention to said teacher.
"Ah, Miss Lee. Thanks for taking care of Junnie today" Taehyung bows and she bows back. When stands up right, he's met with her confused gaze. Not just hers but also of others around them. "Dada?" "Where is Jungkook-ssi?" "What abkut Jun's appa?" "Who is he?" "Are they--"
Taehyung clears his throat once again. exactly why he didn't want to come and pick up Jun. People were gonna question him. And there was no way he could explain to these people the complications of their... relationship. The relationship between Jun, Kook and him
"Ah, I'm Jun' dada" Taehyung keeps it short and hopes no one questions him further. From the looks of it, Jungkook had made quite an impression on the parents. Especially the single mothers around here. "Dada?" "I thought Jungkook was single?" "Damn it!"
'Jungkook's single alright' Taehyung thinks. "Ah, I see" Miss Lee begins, "Please sign here" she directs Taehyung towards a registry. He's glad that Miss Lee doesn't have anything to say to him. And that she's very professional. "Junnie, go get your stuff" he says.
Murmurs and whispers flood the room as Taehyung signs in silence. "Taehyung-ssi" Miss Lee begins in a hushed tone. "Yes?" "You don't have to be so tense. Please ignore them. I, for one, am judging you" she says and Taehyung stiffens at that. "What?"
I, for once, am NOT judging you** (Stupid typos)
She clears her throat and leans in, "I'm gay too" And although Taehyung is surprised at her words, he relaxes. He smiles, "I see" "So don't worry about those women. They're just jealous that Jungkook-ssi is taken" she giggles.
Taehyung corrects her quickly, "Ah, Jungkook and I .. we're... we're not.." she blinks innocently at him. "You're not what?" Taehyung's lost for words, "We're not.../together/ We're just raising Junnie together. I mean, I But...I's very complicated"
Taehyung gives up on explaining as Miss Lee's eyes grow. "Oh! I'm so sorry for assuming--" "Oh it's okay! It is!" Taehyung sees Junnie pacing towards them with his bus bunny bag " hope this doesn't affect Junnie" his eyes scan the people eyeing him. Miss Lee nods
"Of course! I'm here! You can count on me, Taehyung-ssi" Miss Lee grins as Taehyung takes Jun into his arms "I'm grateful for that, Miss Lee. It was nice meeting you" Taehyung bows and she does the same "It was nice meeting you too. Bye bye, Junnie" she chimes.
"Bye Bye, Miss Lee" Jun chirps and as he waves at her enthusiastically, Taehyung and him exit the building. "Dada! Where's Appa?" "We'll see Appa at home, Junnie. He's packing!" "Packing? What's that?" "It mean he is setting our clothes"
"But why?" Taehyung grins. "Junnie, do you want to go to a swimming pool?" The concept of Swimming pool isn't new to Junnie, thanks to Moni and his show. Jun grins and his eyes grow, "YES! POOL! I WANT TO GO TO A POOL!"
Taehyung giggles, "we're gonna go to a pool, Junnie!" Jun claps his hands together, "Appa?" "Can't forget Appa!" "What about Uncle Jimin?" "Him too!" "And Uncle Hobi?" "Of course!"
And as Taehyung reassures Junnie that all his Uncle will be coming, and as he tells him all the wonderful things he will see at the resort, Taehyung can't help but smile with glee. A family trip... He can't wait for it!
-- "Hey" Jungkook's voice jolts Taehyung out of his daze. "Hey" Taehyung scoots over, letting Jungkook take a seat beside him. "What are you doing here?" Jungkook asks, rubbing his eyes as he looks around. They're sitting in the Lawn by the entrance of the resort.
No one's here because it's pretty late so it's quite and peaceful. Just what Taehyung needs right now. There's a sort of storm stirring up inside Taehyung. And he doesnt know how long he can contain it. "I'm here for a breath of fresh air" Taehyung answers.
Jungkook hums, stretching. He inhales deeply and smiles. "Why are you here?" Taehyung asks and Jungkook turns to him. "I'm here for you" And there it is. They glazed look in Jungkook's eyes. Taehyung had noticed it a lot. Everytime Jungkook looks at him, something changes.
His gaze softens and Jungkook looks at him like he's the most precious thing in the world. Taehyung swallows, breaking eye contact and turning ahead, "Is Junnie asleep?" "You were the one who put him to bed, Tae" "Right" The air around them is tense and Taehyung's jittery
"Today was fun" Jungkook remarks and Taehyung breaks into a smile at remembrance. "It was. Junnie learned how to swim. Well, sorta" Taehyung giggles at the thought of Jun floating and splashing around in his floatie. "It's cuz you're a good teacher, Taehyungie"
"why do you keep praising me, Kookie?" Taehyung can't take it anymore. The tension is between them is overwhelming. First of all, he's embarassed that Jungkook caught him staring at him this morning. But he swears he wasn't checking him out!
And throughout dinner, Jungkook just wouldn't stop winking at him. It made Taehyung giggle but it also made Taehyung contemplate. Jungkook's been praising him incessantly. But there's a part of him that feels... unworthy. Taehyung bites his lip, awaiting his answer.
Jungkook breaks into a smile. Taehyung gasps when Jungkook's finger dance around his by their side. He inhales, "Isn't it obvious, Taehyung?" It's as if Jungkook isn't drunk anymore. He's dead serious, looking intently at Taehyung.
Taehyung opens his lips to speak when his phone rings. His hand rushes to lift the call when he sees that it's Seojoon Hyung but the momentary disappointment in Jungkook's eyes stops him. He puts the phone down, nervously turning his focus on Jungkook.
Seeing that he had Taehyung attention, Jungkook sighs a breath of relief. He swallows, "Taehyung, um, there's something I've been meaning to tell you" Taehyung purses his lips, "yeah?" "Actually I--" "Taehyung?"
Taehyung jolts away from Jungkook, not having realised just how close they were, and whips his head in the direction of the voice. "Seojoon Hyung?!" "Taehyung's boss?" Taehyung's Boss, Park Seojoon, smiles sweetly at Taehyung. And Jungkook. "Hi there"
-- "Seojoon Hyung? W-What are you doing here?" Taehyung's gaze shifts wildly between Jungkook and Seojoon. Jungkook tongues his cheek, noticing the way Seojoon's eyes light up at the mention of his name. "Am I interrupting something?" He asks.
Before Taehyung can say anything, Jungkook speaks up, "No. No you were not" Jungkook's trying to be polite bt the relieved expression on Seojoon's features angers him "Anyway, why are you here, Seojoon-ssi?" Taehyung smacks his arm, glaring at him.
He knows what he's gonna say. That Seojoon was kind enough to give them the rooms and that Jungkook shouldn't disrespect him. But Jungkook can't help it. "I'm sorry, Hyung, we--" "Ah, it's okay. I understand, I interrupted your free time" 'Yeah no shit'
"But truth is there's been an emergency at work and I really needed you. I couldn't reach your phone all day so i took a flight and, well, here I am" Seojoon opens his arms, gesturing at his luggage. "Emergency? What emergency?" Taehyung's straightens.
Seojoon sighs, "The intern messed up the numbers and I don't know how toget around them. The report is due tomorrow" "Tomorrow?! What? Which intern? Was it Minjun? Aish, that kid! I told him to keep a track!" Taehyung gushes and Seojoon giggles.
"Hey, hey it's okay. Um if you're willing we can turn it around over night. It'll he a long night though" Taehyung's eyes flare with determination, "Let's do it!" Taehyung says and takes the bag out of Seojoon's hands. "Kookie, I'll see you in a bit, yeah?"
Jungkook sighs into a smile, "Don't over work yourself, okay?" Taehyung nods, "Okay!" And with that, he walks back inside. Seojoon smiles at Jungkook and bows. Jungkook has no choice but to bow either.
When the tension in the air intensifies, Seojoon clears his throat and follows Taehyung. He jogs upto Taehyung's who seems immersion in his phone, probably going through some documents. Jungkook grins. Taehyung's cute when he's focused.
After they're finally out of his vision, Jungkook drags his feet back to his room. He's fully sober now. Probably because his love confession to Taehyung had been rather rudely interrupted by that Big, Charming Tree. He sighs, plopping on the bed next to Junnie.
He turns to see his peaceful slumbering face and brushes the bangs aside, smiling. He didn't know what prompted it. Maybe it was because his feelings had been piling up and dying to break free that he felt the need to confess to Taehyung.
But after all he did to gather some courage, this happened. Jungkook turns to face the ceiling. It's been almost an year since Junnie came into their lives. And about 6-8 months since Jungkook realised his feelings for Taehyung.
But it's hard to tell what Taehyung feels What he feels about raising a kid together, what he feels about all the goodbye kisses and all the flirty glances. And what he feels about Jungkook. Jungkook knows that Taehyung knows. Jungkook's made his intentions clear.
But he still struggles. Because he can't tell what goes on Taehyung's mind. Taehyung's not oblivious of course. He knows what's going on. And it makes Jungkook feel worse because if he does know how Jungkook feels, he's trying not to face it.
And maybe, just maybe, Taehyung likes him too. Not maybe. Jungkook's about 80% sure that Taehyung likes him. So what's stopping him? Why does he...avoid Jungkook? And today, slightly intoxicated, Taehyung finally reacted. He responded. He was eager and curious to know.
It was the Perfect opportunity and Seojoon had to show up jsut then! Couldn't he have waited another 5 minutes? That stupid, old and ridiculously handsome man!! As Jungkook contemplates, a few hours pass. His eyes won't shut and he remains wide awake.
It's when the clock strikes 3 that Jungkook springs out the bed. It's been 5 hours. Taehyung's smart and it shouldn't be a problem for him to solve whatever happened, right?? Jungkook's getting restless with each passing moment. He thinks, fuck it, and rushes to the door.
He's only met Seojoon once and he gives him bad vibes. Not in general. But bad for Jungkook. Jungkook's uneasy as he whips out his phone to call Taehyung and clicks open the door, only to see Seojoon standing outside, a slumbering Taehyung on his back.
"Ah, Jungkook-ssi" Seojoon smiles as Jungkook gapes. "Wh--" Taehyung groans in his sleep, arms tightening around Seojoon and Jungkook snaps. He rushes to take Taehyung in his arms. The latter resists a bit but when Jungkook calls out his name, he relaxes.
He slides into Jungkook's arms, one around his shoulders and the other under his knees. "Thanks for bringing him back" Jungkook mutters and rather rudely is about to go in and shut door on Seojoon when theatter intervenes, "Why were you awake, Jungkook-ssi?"
Jungkook shrugs, "couldn't sleep" "And I see that you two are sharing the room" Seojoon observes and Jungkook stops himself from rolling his eyes. "Well, we're a family, so" Seojoon nods, "Ah but, I thought you guys were friends, no?" And that's it. He's getting on his nerves
Jungkook exhales deeply, "Goodnight, Seojoon-ssi" Seojoon grins, "Goodnight, Jungkook-ssi" And Jungkook shuts the door, smiling dropping as he walks back to the bed with Taehyung and in his arms He gently lays him down next to Jun.
As if noticing Taehyung's presence, Jun creaks his eyes open. He smiles when he sees Taehyung and snuggles into his chest. Taehyung, realising it's Jun, opens his arms and hugs him, kissing the top of his head before falling asleep.
Jungkook gently removes his glasses, noticing the way they've left a mark on the bridge of his nose and sighs. He places the glasses on the nightstand and kisses Junnie. He leans upto to kiss Taehyung on the head. He's about to lie down next to Junnie when he stops.
He takes the pillow and places it beside Junnie and crawls over to the other side, beside Taehyung. Normally, Jun always slept in between them. But today, Jungkook really wants to hug Taehyung. So he wraps his arms around his middle and pulls him close.
He buries his nose in his nape and his eyes flutter shut. He wasn't sleepy before. Now, he is. Taehyung's usually the big spoon. Now, Jungkook knows why. It feels good to hold the person you love in your arms. And as Jungkook drifts to sleep, he wishes Seojoon's gone tmr.
-- Seojoon's not gone the next day. He even joins them for breakfast, informing them that his flight was in the evening. Although he says he'll spend the time in his room or by himself, although Jungkook completely agrees with him for once, the others invite him anyway.
"He's our sponsor! We can't be rude, Jungkook!" Jin scolds him when Jungkook approaches him with a pout. Jungkook hmph-s, eyeing the way he spreads jam on Taehyung's toast and hands it to him. With a polite smile, Taehyung takes it. Noticing Jungkook's stare, Taehyung turns
He smiles brightly at Jungkook and Jungkook can't help but return his smile. This morning, they'd woken up in each other's arms. Over night, Jungkook had become the small spoon again but he didn't mind it. As long as he was with Taehyung, it was fine.
After that, things did get awkward and Taehyung ran away to the bathroom. Jungkook sighs, gaze shifting over to Namjoon feeding Junnie some apple. Junnie grins, happily playing with his uncles. 'Atleast Jun's happy' And for now, that's all that matters.
-- Jungkook's surprised he hasn't punched Seojoon in the face yet. Because he's been keeping Taehyung occupied all day! Jungkook could tell that Taehyung wanted to talk to him. His shy and hesitant glances made it obvious. But Seojoon just wouldn't let him.
Everytime Taehyung turned to call Jungkook, Jungkook's eyes would light up and his puppy ears would twitch but Seojoon would distract him with either a joke or an important observation about the woods they were trekking through.
Jungkook stayed with the group for most part who walked ahead. Seojoon and Taehyung followed behind, chit-chatting. At one point, Seojoon even stole Junnie from him. He placed him on his shoulders and walked up the mountain, a worried Taehyung follwing closely behind
"Wow, we're more in number than ten but I feel like such a third wheel" Hobi comments as Jungkook glares at Seojoon's broad back. Afte a while, when they reach the top, Jungkook finally gets Juninie back. He deosnt let go of him even when they walk bavk down for the campfire.
As Jungkook watches Seojoon and Tae sititng across him, he wonders why Seojoon hasn't left yet. Night has fallen and his flight was supposed to have been an hour ago! But Seojoon's still here, making Taehyung laugh and burning marshmallows for him
And at this point, Jungkook has just given up. Not only did Seojoon interrupt his confession, he also ruined his holiday for him. Guess who's not invited to Taehyung's birthday this year!! Jungkook sighs when he sees that atleast Taehyung's enjoying himself.
He really needed this break. And that's all that matters. "Appa, can I eat one?" Jun asks, eyes gleaming at Jungkook. He laughs heartily at the state of his charred marshmallow. He takes him in his lap and puts another Marshmallow on the stick, holding it to the fire.
"I'll give you a new one, okay?" Jungkook kisses the top of his head and Jun giggles. -- Taehyung turns when he hears a loud laughter from across. He turns to see Jungkook and Jun coversing before Jungkook puts Jun in his lap. Taehyung can't help but smile at the sight.
Now that he thinks about it, he hasn't...really spoken to Jungkook all day. Taehyung's heart sinks and he bites his lip. He was surprised to see Jungkook's face first thin in the morning. But he didn't make an effort to move until Jungkook opened his eyes.
He panicked and wanted to talk to Jungkook. About this morning and about last night. But he couldn't find the right opportunity to. "Taehyung?" "Huh?" He snaps out of his daze, not realizing that he had been staring at Jungkook.
What makes him turn his head to Seojoon is Jungkook's intense gaze, returninf the stare. "I said I have to leave now" Seojoon informs and Taehyung nods, "r-right" The two stand up. Seojoon informs the group that he's taking his leave. The group thanks him for his generosity
But Taehyung can't stop looking at Jungkook. "Thank you for having me. Sorry for imposing" Seojoon bows and the others are quick to dismiss it, "Ah, it was pleasant to have you here!" Jimin' chimes and Jungkook rolls his eyes. Taehyung holds back a snort.
When Jungkook begins to turn to face Taehyung, Taehyung looks away, gulping, "Hyung, I'll see you off" "Sure" Seojoon ruffles his hair and the two split from the group, making their way to the entrance where Seojoon has a car waiting.
Seojoon stuffs his luggage inside and Taehyung expects him to get in but he stops, turning to face him. Taehyung takes the opportunity to thank him. "Thanks for everything, Hyung" Seojoon smiles, "It's no problem. You helped me out too"
Taehyung hums, pursing his lips, "Then, I'll see you tomorrow, yeah?" "Ah, yeah. About that, are you ugh free for dinner tomorrow?" "W-What?" Seojoon smiles nervously, "I uh, want to take you out for dinner" Taehyung's eyes grow, "A-As in a date?"
To Taehyung's surprise, Seojoon nods and his heart sinks. "Ah, about that...Hyung....I..." Taehyung stammers and he knows that with each word, he's making Seojoon feel bad. But he had never expected Seojoon to be .. interested in him... romantically...
How long has he liked him? Taehyung bites his lip, processing a million things at once in mind. When it came to numbers, Taehyung was quick When it came to feelings, Taehyung panicked. As if understanding his hesitation, Seojoon sighs.
"Hyung I..." "It's okay. I understand. Can I...Can I ask why?" Seojoon's upset but his voiice remains as gentle as before. "I..." Taehyung doesn't know what to say. "I have a and Junnie..." Seojoon nods, "is it Jungkook?"
Taehyung inhales sharply, eyes downcast and heart hammering in his chest. Jungkook? Was it because of Jungkook? Is he rejecting Seojoon because of Jungkook? Why? Jungkook. Jungkook. Jungkook...
Seojoon sighs again, "Would your answer have been different...had I asked you a before today...?" Taehyung exhales and shuts his eyes. He inhales and shakes his head, "No..." No it would not have been different. Because Jungkook... It's always..been...
Seojoon puts onna brave smile and tilts Taehyung's chin up, "Hey it's okay. Don't worry about it, alright? I understand" Taehyung bites his lip, nodding. "I'll see you tomorrow, okay? If you want, take the day off too, okay?" Seojoon explains and steps foot inside.
He sits down and closes the doors when Taehyung stops him, ""Hyung how did you did you know?" Seojoon inhales, "Last night, you fell asleep. I tried to wake you up and you kept calling his name out. So.." Taehyung blushes at the thought.
"Anyway, I'll see you, okay? Don't worry, Taehyung. You're still my most precious dongsaeng, yeah?" Taehyung smiles, "Yeah" With a bright smile, Seojoon drives away. And Taehyung's left alone with his thoughts.
-- "Is Junnie asleep?" Yoongi asks and Jungkook nods, attention elsewhere. He hasn't seen Taehyung since he left to see Seojoon off. And it worries him a bit. It's been an hour. "Looking for Taehyung?" Yoongi asks. Jungkook nods, "Yeah.."
"Jungkook-ah" "Yeah Hyung?" "You can do it, okay? Don't be afraid, hm?" he pats his shoulder. Jungkook wonders if he's been so obvious that even Yoongi picked up on it. But knowing that someone had his back, he relaxes.
He nods and Yoongi ruffles his hair, "I think I saw Taehyung by the pool. You can check there, yeah?" Jungkook inhales deeply, "Okay, Hyung Keep an eye on Junnie please" Yoongi agrees and Jungkook sprints to the pool.
Much to his surprise, he finds Taehyung sitting there. Legs in the pool, alone with a glass, no, bottle of wine by him. "Taehyung!" Jungkook calls and Taehyung turns to face him. One look and Jungkook can tell he's drunk.
"Kookie? Hey~" Taehyung hiccups and Jungkook scoffs. He walks to his side, settling beside him, hesitantly lowering his legs in the water. "It's not that cold, Kookie" Taehyung reassures and Jungkook trusts him, dipping his legs in the water.
"What are you doing here? Why didn't you come for dinner?" Jungkook's voice is soft and gentle, brushin the bangs off his face. Taehyung shrugs, hiccuping again, "Wasn't hungry" Jungkook knows something's wrong. Taehyung isn't the type to drink so much.
"Is, um, Seojoon gone?" Jungkook clears his throat and Taehyung smiles, "Yeah. He's gone" And then silence. While he smiles knowing Seojoon's gone, he can't help but wonder what Taehyung's thinking. They're alone now. But now what??
"I missed you" Taehyung says and Jungkook almost chokes on his spit. "What?" "I haven't talked to you all day" he turns to face him. 'And who's fault is that?' Jungkook mentally curses at Seojoon. "Yeah. I missed you too" he confesses
Taehyung giggles, "Oh, you know what? Seojoon Hyung confessed to me" And that takes Jungkook's by surprise. "what?!" "Yeah! He asked me out hahaha" "WHAT?! AND? WHAT DID YOU SAY?" Taehyung giggles again, disregarding the urgency in Jungkook's voice. "Are you jealous?"
He means it as a joke but Jungkook gulps, "Yes. Yes, I am." The smile drops from Taehyung's face and his eyes grow slightly. But he grins again, "You, Mister, need to cool down a little" Taehyung pokes his chest with each word. "Taehyung--"
Before Jungkook can react, Taehyung pushes him into the water. Shocked, he stays under he water for a second before resurfacing, gasping loudly, glaring at a laughing Taehyung. Taehyung claps his hands, laughing, "you think you're funny?" Jungkook bites and Taehyung snorts.
Jungkook grabs his hands and yanks him inside the water They stay under for a second and pop back up, "Not so fun now, is it?" Jungkook teases as Taehyung gasps fr breath He slicks his hair back and Taehyung does the same, still smiling "You brat! I'm drunk, what if I drown?"
"You won't drown--" Jungkook says when Taehyung tumbles with a yelp. Instinctively, he grabs onto him, steadying him as Taehyung chuckles. "I told you I could drown" "You won't" Jungkook corrects, tightening his hold on his waist. Taehyung's hands rest on his shoulders
"Why not?" Taehyung frowns, expression glazed because if the alcohol. "I wont let you. I'm here" Jungkook says. He doesn't know why but all of a sudden, the atmosphere turns tense. For a second, Taehyung looks like he's not drunk. Eyes earnest and lips parted.
For a moment, they stay like that, staring at each other in silence. Taehyung inhales, "why do you look at me like that?" Jungkook frowns, biting his lips. Taehyung's close and his eyes wander down to his lips. "Like what?" Taehyung sighs " me"
Jungkook gasps. He wanted Taehyung to face him. To confront his feelings. But it's overwhelming. He gulps, "maybe I do" Taehyung's eyes grow, "huh?" "and you know what?" "What?" his voice is barely a whisper. "you look at me like that too"
Taehyung's lips part, eyes wide. He gapes at Jungkook and Jungkook braces himself for what's to come. His heart thumps in his chest, threatening to jump out Taehyung breaks into a smile, "I-I must be really drunk" Taehyung's deviating "Yeah, no shit" he glances at the wine
"I am" Taehyung reaffirms and Jungkook sighs. "uh huh, why's that?" He teases. "Cuz I really want to kiss you" And time stops. The air stills and Jungkook's gapes. "I know you've had a little wine too" Taehyung whispers. "W-Why?" "Cuz I know you want me to kiss you"
Jungkook wastes no time in leaning ahead and capturing Taehyung's lips with his. Taehyung kisses back almost immediately, eyes fluttering shut. The kiss is hurried and passionate as Jungkook pulls him close, moving his lis against Taehyung's.
🔞🔞 They're still in water and there's a chance someone might see but Jungkook can't bring himself to care. He kisses Taehyung like he's been wanting to, deep and hard. He licks his lips and Taehyung's lips part, letting Jungkook's tongue in.
Taehyung moans, hands finding purchase in Jungkook's locks, angling his head to kiss him better. Jungkook licks eagerly into his mouth, breathing hard. Jungkook's hands reach out the water to cup Taehyung's cheek, holding him lse as their tongues slide against each other's.
Taehyung tugs at his hair and Jungkook pulls back and kisses the corner of his lip, then his jaw and ear. Taehyung knees give out but Jungkook holds him up, trailing kisses down his neck. Taehyung pants, tilting his head to give Jungkook more access to his skin.
Hand on his nape, Taehyung guides Jungkook to all the sensitive places on his neck as the air around them steams up. "Fuck, kiss me more" Taehyung whines and Jungkook obliges, frowning as their lips meet again.
He kisses Taehyung passionately, heatedly, to his hearts content. And Taehyung kisses bavk equally fervently. He returns his desire and affection. And there's only one thing Jungkook can think about 'I don't need to be drunk to know that i want to kiss you, Taehyung'
-- "Junnie, go pack your bag. We're getting late" Jungkook instructs and with a determined face, Jun marches back to his room to gather his belongings. Jungkook turns to face Taehyung who's gently smiling at them from the kitchen counter.
Jungkook peeks into Junnie' room, watching as the younger rummages through his belongings busily. Using the opportunity, he walks to Taehyung and swoops down to capture his lips with it. Taehyung's surprised when Jungkook cages him against the kithen counter but relaxes.
His eyes fall shut and he reciprocates Jungkook's kiss, hand finding purchase in his locks. Jungkook licks his lip, biting it after and Taehyung gasps. He breathes against his lips as Jungkook holds him in place, hands resting on his hips. "Appa! I can't find my diary"
Jungkook breaks the kiss and pulls back when Junnie walks into the kitchen, eyes upturned in worry "I'm sure it's there, Junnie. Look properly, hm?" Jungkook says and with a nod, Jun leaves again He turns in his heels to kiss Taehyung again, the latter eagerly kissing him back
This time, Jungkook's hands cup his cheeks, caressing them softly as he kisses him. "Found it!" Jun yells and the hastened footsteps approaching them makes Jungkook pull away yet ahain. When Jun comes into their sight, Taehyung clears his throat.
With the back of his hand, he wipes his lips and steals a glance at Jungkook who looks equally flustered, the hair in the back raising and his face flushed. Jungkook winks and Taehyung whips his head away quickly, hiding his swollen lips. He crouches to Jun's side.
"You ready?" Taehyung asks, helping him put on his bag. Jun smiles, "Yeah! Appa, let's go!" He says. With a smile, the three walk towards the doorway. Jungkook kneels to help Jun put on his shoes when the latter stops him, "Can I do it on my own today?" he asks.
Eyes wide and lips parted, Jungkook looks at Taehyung who looks equally surprised "Missee taught me how to tie my own shoelaces" he giggles and Jungkook nods "Then,I'll kiss Dada goodbye and you tie the shoelaces, okay?" Jun nods, hands finding the laces as he figures them out
And before Taehyung can complain, Jungkook presses a small kiss to his lips "Bye, Taehyung" he murmurs on his lips. "Hm, bye, Kookie" Taehyung whispers. Feeling Taehyung melt yet again, Jungkook kisses him longer and slower Taehyung tastes like the strawberries he just had.
"You need to leave" Taehyung kisses and Jungkook smirks, "Then let me" he says, refering to Taehyung's hand cupping his face. Taehyung frowns and Jungkook giggles. "I want to kiss Dada goodbye too!" Jun protests, having messily tied his shoelaces, hands raised.
Taehyung kneels to his side nd showers him with a generous amount of kisses as Jun laughs. "There. Bye-Bye now" he says and stands up. "Bye, Dada" Jun chirps and takes Jungkook's hand. "What about me?" Jungkook puckers his lips and Taehyung snorts. "You've had enough"
With a pout, Jungkook leaves the house. But he's all giddy inside. 'Ahhhh this is so nice' Jungkook cheers inwardly as he drives Jun to his kindergarten. He hums happily as he drives to his office. So much that his subordinates question why.
It's been a month since their..."heated" make out in the pool and life has been... rewarding. That night, they were interrupted by Yoongi who came to check on them. Thankfully, he didn't see the two kissing fervently.
Things were awkward that night but Jungkook insisted on being the big spoon once again. Taehyung, rather enthusiastically agreed and they feel asleep in each other's embrace. Jungkook feared that Taehyung wouldn't remember anything the next day.
But his flushed cheeks and shy glances confirmed he remembered everything. Jungkook was overjoyed and pulled him in for another kiss. On their way back home, their hands remained linked. And while Taehyung didn't say much, he didn't let go of his hand.
Life had been sweet ever since. Sweet enough for Jungkook to overlook one tiny detail. What were they? That had not been addressed yet. Were they lovers? Boyfriends? H-Husbands?? Jungkook squealed at the thought.
They hadn't talked yet. And Jungkook didn't want to push Taehyung. Because even now, there was a hint of hesitation in Taehyung's mind. It was clear as day. Something was stopping Taehyung from... taking the next step. Something was bothering him.
Jungkook tried taking the first step but it never reaped any fruit. He was always met with silence or Taehyung straight up avoided the question. So Jungkook settled for what they had going on. Roommates that raise a child and occassionally kiss.
But atleast, he knew Taehyung liked him. That he was attracted to him. And for now, that's all Jungkook needs. Thinking about all the secret kisses and quick makeouts, Jungkook can't help but smile. "Jungkook-ssi, you're very happy today" Miss Lee snaps him out of his daze
"eh?" His focus on her and she giggles. "Did something good happen with Taehyung-ssi?" She wriggles her brows and Jungkook blushes. "Oh...uh..well" Taehyung had informed Jungkook that Miss Lee knew about him. About Taking being gay. And that she is too. It's comforting.
Miss Lee, or Yuna, laughs. "Wow you're blushing so much. I take it things are going well at home, eh?" She asks as Jun skips to their side. Jungkook grins, "Yes, things are going good" he informs. "That's great" Yuna smiles as Jungkook picks Junnie up.
They bid her a goodbye and walk out of classroom, only to be stopped by another lady. Another teacher, one Jungkook hasn't seen around as much. "Ah, um, excuse me" she says and Jungkook halts, turning on his heels. "Yes?" She avoids his gaze, "uh, here"
She extends a piece of Paper shyly and he takes it, "what's this?" "Oh I'm sure it's already in Jun's diary but I've been handing it out anyway. It's for the upcoming sports day" she informs as Jungkook skims through the notice. His lips part in an 'oh' He smiles, "Thank you"
He's about to leave when she stops him again, "Uhm, if I may ask, is he your brother?" Jungkook glances at Junnie and smiles. Jungkook looks pretty young so he understands her curiosity.. "Oh, no. I'm his father" he corrects and she nods. "Wow, you're pretty young"
Jungkook chuckles nervously, "that I am" "Your uh, wife must be young too" she says and Jungkook raises his brows. "I don't have a wife" 'I do have a husband, hehe' he thinks and grins. "Oh?" Her eyes sparkle She fidgets nervously and Jungkook understands her intentions.
He's about to speak up when someone cuts him short, "Oh, Dahyun-ssi, Jungkook-ssi is taken" Mrs.Choi says, arms crossed and stance initimidating Dahyun turns to face her, Mrs. Kang and Mrs. Park "Eh? He just told me..and there's no ring so i--" Dahyun stutters under their gaze
Mrs.Kang speaks up, "I'm sure you've seen Taehyung-ssi" Dahyun frowns, eyes shifting between the group, "Taehyung-ssi? I thought he was his brother or..." She turns to face Jungkook and gasps at the stupid gri painted on his face. 'Im taken' Jungkook thinks.
And while he's busy day dreaming again, Dahyun gasps, "Oh...OH!" she takes a step behind, "So you two are ....oh .." he says and Jungkook smiles. "Yes" he says apologetically and her cheeks warm up, "I'm so sorry! I'm embarrassed!" she stammers and Mrs.Park huffs.
"Ah it's okay. You didn't know. But thank you for telling me about this" Jungkook raises the paper and she nods. "Thanks for your time" she bows and hurries away before Jungkook can reassure her again. He sighs, turning to face the three women. Kang, Choi and Park.
From what he had heard, while some parents felt weird about their situation, a few had turned protective. Like these three. So despite their scary demeanors, Jungkook's grateful for their support. He bows, "Thank you for today"
They giggle, "No worries! I know it can get uncomfortable" Mrs. Park says. "Anyway, Jungkook-ssi, are you and Taehyung-ssi coming? For Sports day?" Mrs.Choi asks Jungkook smiles, exhanging glances with Junnie, "Of course! We will!"
Mrs. Kang chuckles, "there are parent races too, alright? Be sure to participate!" "Participate? We are planning on winning, aren't we Junnie?" Jungkook bounces Jun in his arms and the younger laughs, "We will win!" The three women laugh heartily and Jungkook takes his leave.
After going home and taking a quick shower, Jungkook finally sits down to read the paper. As Jun draws by his side, Jungkook fills in the form. Parent(s) : ☑️ He giggles. Parents. They're parents. He writes their name down for a race when the front door opens.
"Dada's home!" Jun yells as he haphazardly springs to his feet and runs to the door. Jungkook follows, have raised to stop his fall. "I'm home--oh Junnie!" Taehyung lifts a running Junnie and twirls. Junnie cackles happily as Jungkook presses a kiss to Taehyung's lips.
"Welcom home, Taehyung" he says and Taehyung blushes. "I'm home" he mutters shyly and follows Jungkook back to their living room. "Dada! Look what I made!" Jun excitedly shows him his drawing as Jungkook stirs some lemonade for him.
Jungkook only hears Jun's giggles and as he takes the glass to Taehyung. He finds that Taehyung's looking at the Sports Day notice. "Here--" Jungkook extends the glass when Taehyung turns to him, "What's this?" "Ah, the kindergarten is hosting a Sports Day soon"
"Yeah but... Why the form?" "Oh it's to let them know we're both going. We're his parents after all" Jungkook giggles and he's about to have Taehyung the pen when the latter flinches. He mutters something under his breath when Jungkook frowns.
"what's that? I couldn't hear you--" "I said, no" Taehyung inhales and Jungkook's eyes widen "No what?" Taehyung stands up, "No. I won't be attending" he slams the paper on the table and walks to his bedroom "Tae--" "I said, no!" He yells and shuts the door. What the fuck?!
-- "Kookie?" Jungkook doesn't turn when he hears the small voice. He stands his ground and continues working on his laptop. Faint footsteps and the bed behind him dips as Taehyung crawls over to him. "Hey" his voice is right beside is ear.
Jungkook's trying not to panic as the fragrance of soap reaches his nose. 'Taehyung smells so good' he thinks and almost turns but he stops himself. "I over-reacted" he says. Jungkook hums. "I'm sorry" he says. Jungkook hums again. "Yah, I said I'm sorry" he whines
Jungkook finally turns to see the regret on Taehyung's face. "I heard you" he responds as he turns completely to face Taehyung. Taehyung bites his lip, avoiding his gaze because he expects Jungkook to ask him why he reacted that way. But Jungkook doesn't.
"I understand, alright? I can go alone--" "N-No! I...I want to come" Taehyung says, voice small. Jungkook raises his brow, "Are you agreeing because you want to or because you have to?" Taehyung chuckles, face lifting to find Jungkook's eyes.
He pushes Jungkook's glasses up the bridge of his nose and smiles, "I want to" Jungkook releases he breath he had been holding and grins. He leans ahead and presses a chaste kiss to Taehyung's lips. "Junnie will be happy" he mutters against his lips.
Taehyung's hooded eyes stare at him, surprised. He gulps and licks his lips, "What about you?" "Hm?" "Will you be happy?" Taehyung exhales. Jungkook flashes him a reassuring grin, "Maybe even more than Junnie" he kisses him again. Taehyung sighs and relaxes into the kiss.
Jungkook cups his face, angling it to kiss him better and Taehyung inhales deeply. Taehyung mirrors the way Jungkook's lips move, hand settled on his nape. Jungkook peeks a look at Taehyung whose eyes are comfortably closed and dares lick his lower lip. Taehyung gasps.
Jungkook takes the opportunity to push his tongue in and Taehyung's suddenly on guard, brows raised and eyes shut tight. "Jung--mhh" Jungkook cuts him off with a bite to his lip. Taehyung hums into his mouth. His hands grip his shoulders when Jungkook's tongue slips inside.
He moans and Jungkook swears it's the sexiest thing he has ever heard. His body moves and he gently lowers Taehyung onto the bed, eyes still shut as Jungkook eagerly licks into his mouth. When Jungkook's hands come to rest on his hips, Taehyung pulls away slightly.
"what are we doing?" Taehyung's voice is a mere whisper as Jungkook diverts his attention to his bare nape, begging to be marked. He kisses in tenderly then bites the skin, making Taehyung tremble. "We're making out is what we're doing" Jungkook mutters on his skin
"You, fuck, that's not what I meant" Taehyung gasps when Jungkook's hand slides under his shirt. But he doesn't resist, parting his legs to let him settle in between. "Then what did you mean--" Jungkook murmurs, tracing kisses along his jaw.
When Taehyung opens his mouth to answer, Jungkook shuts him up again with a kiss, not particularly interested in 'talking' currently. Taehyung's pliant, more so than ever and crumbles, giving up on whatever he wanted to say. Jungkook's hands massage his sides.
He's about to push his top upto his neck when he hears the for creak open and jumps away from Taehyung, tumbling off the bed. "Appa!" "Jungkook!" Jun rushes to his side as Taehyung climbs off the bed. Jungkook smiles apologetically, "I'm fine"
Jun pouts, eyes wide and moist as he pats Jungkook's head. "Appa" he sniffles "don't cry" he says. Jungkook and Taehyung hold back their laughter as Jun stops himself from bursting into tears. His lip quivers as he looks at Jungkook and the latter melts.
"C'mere" Jungkook says and the moment he wraps his arms around Jun, the younger begins to cry. Jungkook laughs and Taehyung sighs. He helps Jungkook up, "Junnie, let's go to sleep, yeah?" Taehyung says, wiping away his tears. The latter nods
After exchanging a glance, Taehyung shuts Jungkook's laptop as Jungkook turns the lights off. They get into the bed, Junnie still clinging to Jungkook as they pull a blanket over themselves. "Goodnight, Junnie" Taehyung kisses the top of his head.
Jun doesn't respond, small fists gripping the fabric of Jungkook's shirt. Taehyung raises his face to find Jungkook's lips puckering, "what about me?" Taehyung fumes, peeking if Jun's watching and then leans to give Jungkook a quick kiss. He disappears under the blanket.
"Go to sleep now!" Taehyung scolds and Jungkook giggles, shutting his eyes. 'We'll continue later' -- "Ah, Taehyung-ssi, Jungkook-ssi, you made it!" Yuna cheers as the trio walk to her. "How could we not? It's Junnie's first sports day afterall" Taehyung grins.
"Ah, Dahyun-ssi, good morning" Jungkook says when be catches her looking at them. Flustered, she bows, "Good morning" Taehyung smiles and bows, "Thank you for taking care of our Junnie" he says and she frowns. Jungkook has to stop himself from screeching outloud.
'OUR JUNNIE??????' Dahyun seems to have caught on and glances at Jungkook who has a shut eating grin painted on his face. He slings an arm around Taehyung, hugging him close. Dahyun fumes, bows and rushes away. "Yah! What are you doing!" Taehyung blushes, nudging Jungkook
"Shush, we're here together" Jungkook can hear the murmurs floating around the room, odd gazes lingering on them. But he does his best to ignore them. Taehyung struggles a bit but his shoulders slump eventually. "Shall we get going?" Yuna ignores their antics and smiles.
"Sure!" Taehyung finally nudges Jungkook away and follows her out into the field. "Cute" Jungkook mutters, gazing at Taehyung who animatedly suitable with Yuna. "Appa? Let's go!" Jun reminds and Jungkook smiles, "let's go!! We're gonna win today, Junnie!" "Yaay"
Taehyung fumes as Jungkook puts them both down Jungkook lifts Jun and twirls him around in the air, "JUNNIE YOU WON!" "APPA WE WON" Jun cheers, giggling as Taehyung gathers himself He joins in on the fun and hugs the two, arms circling around Jun and Jungkook.
They jump about excitedly as Jungkook catches Yuna cheering for them from afar. They break the hug and shower Junnie with kisses, celebrating. Jungkook puts Jun down as Jimin and Hobi jog to their side. Jimin kneels and hands Jun a chocolate bar despite his fathers' protests
"Junnie! You won!!" HOSEOK cheers as Jun dances around in his place, excitedly tossing the chocolate bar around. "I won!" He says and Hobi ruffles his hair, standing up. "Congrats you two! You guys won a lot of stuff today!" Jimin says
Taehyung and Jungkook grin proudly and Jimin sighs, "here" he tosses them a candy each "sugar up" he says. Jimin has known the two for years now. And they haven't changed a single bit. His eyes widen in realisation, "Wait by the way did you guys just ki--" They hear a thud.
The four of them whip their heads around to see Jun on the ground, chocolate bar now in the hands of the kid from before. "You cheated!" the kid, apparently named Seung, accuses. Taehyung and Jungkook immediately kneel to Jun's side and help him up, dusting his pants.
Seung's father walks to his side but doesn't make an attempt to take the bar and return it to Jun. He only looks down at the three with a condescending smirk. "I didn't cheat! That chocolate is mine!" Jun fights back and snatches the bar from his hand.
Noticing the scuffle, Yuna makes her way over from all the way across the the track. This time, the father frowns, "Kid, why are you yelling at my son?" "You--" Jimin stops Hobi from speaking up. "Huh? Your kid pushed Junnie down first" Taehyung says.
"Did he? Or did your kid just fall down on his own? Did anyone even see?" The man raises a brow. "Stop playing dumb and making things worse. Apologize and leave" Taehyung threatens and the man scoffs. "Seungie, give him the chocolate. They're cheaters anyway"
"Yah! Who are you calling cheaters when you're the one that pushed Taehyung down?" Jungkook's had enough. The man huffs as Seung tosses the chocolate away. "It's food! You don't throw food onto the ground like that!" Jun scolds, picking the bar up.
"Junnie leave it be. Let's go--" Jungkook can tell Taehyung doesn't want to engage anymore so he steps down too. "Did your mom teach you that? Where is she?" And Taehyung stiffens at Seung's words. Jungkook gapes at the words leaving his mouth. "Mom?" Jun asks
What's worse is that his Father looks rather proud. "What the--" "Is something wrong?" Yuna chimes in, lifting Jun up. The man rolls his eyes, "I just think it's unfair that these people won so many prizes" "They won fair and square!" Jimin replies
tw // implied homophobia "Let's go, Seungie" the man clicks his tongue. "You better apologize to my son!" Taehyung stops him. "Your son?" He emphasizes the first word and Taehyung freezes, eyes wide. A nasty smirk dances on the man's lips.
Taehyung's catatonic and it worries Jungkook But more so than ever, he's furious. "Yes! He's my son! He's our son! Do you have a problem with that??" Jungkook marches towards him angrily. Hobi and Jimin have to hold him back from landing a punch on that face
Unsurprisingly, the man stumbles back, fear evident in his eyes. "How about we have another match, huh? No rules this time" Jungkook threatens and his eyes widen fearfully. "Jungkook-ssi, that's enough" Yuna intervenes and then turns to the man.
"Did you see that? He threatened me--" "Jungwon-ssi, you are disqualified" She states and he gapes. "What?!" "For Unsportsmanlike conduct" "Huh? Hahaha why are you taking this so seriously? It's just a race" "Then why are you?" She bites back as politely as possible
And that shuts him up. This is nowhere near what he deserves but it's enough for Jungkook. He smirks. The father and son duo huff and walk away, glaring at the group Jungkook rolls his eyes and turns his attention to Taehyung "Taehyung?" "..Yeah?" "Let's go get our prize"
-- When they part with Jimin and Hobi, the atmosphere turns solemn The ride back home is silent. Uncomfortably so. Jungkook glances at Taehyung and Junnie in the back. He's still holding onto the chocolate bar but Jungkook can tell his mind is elsewhere
Jungkook parks the car as Taehyung takes Junnie and walks into the building. Jungkook follows. Taehyung doesn't say anything, neither does Jungkook. Jungkook knows it's because of what happened before. And he doesn't know how to address it.
Taehyung unlocks the door and the three enter. Jungkook's about to say something when Jun speaks up. "Appa, where is Mom?" Jungkook stills and so does Taehyung. "W-What?" Taehyung utters Jun turns to him, "Seung said something about my mom. Where is my mom?"
It's an innocent question but Jungkook doesn't have an answer to it. And from the looks of it, neither does Taehyung. He's more shaken up than before and unable to answer. "Appa, where is Mom? Moni has a mom. Seung has a mom. Why do I not have a mom?"
Taehyung and Jungkook are speechless in the face of such questions. They'd figured that at some point, they would have to tell Junnie. They didn't expect it to be so soon. Taehyung's frozen in place. Jungkook scrambles to answer Junnie's curious gaze.
He kneels to his side, throat dry and heart racing. He takes Jun's hands. He doesn't know how else to say it because he himself doesn't know what's happened to Jun's mom. Taehyung has never told him. And it doesn't look like he wants to either.
Taehyung looks worse and worse with exch passing second and it's scaring Jungkook. His silence his worrisome. Jungkook exhales, "Junnie, don't have a mommy" Jungkook puts it as bluntly as possible. Jun's lips part in an 'oh' as he holds Jungkook's gaze.
Jungkook braces himself for what's to come but Jun just shrugs. "Okay" he says and sits down, beginning to unwrap the choco bar. Jungkook frowns at how anti climactic that was. "That's it?" he blurts. Jun smiles, "I have dada and appa"
His answer is short. To the point. Simple And a wave of relief courses through Jungkook. It also brings him to tears as he pulls Jun into a strong embrace. Jun giggles, small hands barely wrapping around him.
"I love you, Junnie" Jungkook kisses him as Jun laughs. "I love Appa too" he says, patting the back of his head. Jungkook sniffles and pulls back, Kissing Jun's cheeks when he notices Taehyung's absence. "Junnie, you okay here, okay? Don't eat too much"
Jun nods and Jungkook walks into their bedroom to find Taehyung sitting on the edge, back facing Jungkook. "Hey, you alright?" No response. Taehyung's shoulders tremble and Jungkook gasps. He rushes to his side, watching fat tears trickle down his face.
Jungkook panics, "Taehyung?? What's wrong??" he attempts to wipe his tears. Taehyung shakes his head, "Jungkook I..I'm so.." he can barely speak. "Taehyung please don't cry. Please, I'm scared" Jungkook finds his vision blurring. But Taehyung doesnt stop crying.
Jungkook cups his face, kissing his forehead, cheeks, chin, nose, eyes, comforting him. But as he goes for the lips, Taehyung presses a palm to his lips, "I can't do this anymore" his voice breaks and Jungkook's eyes grow. "Taehyung wh--" Taehyung stands up.
He tries to leave, hand slipping out of Jungkook's. "Taehyung please! Please tell me what's wrong? What did I do? Is it about before? About Junnie?" Taehyung's at the door when Jungkook stops him. "Is this about Junnie's mom?"
Taehyung yanks his hand away, "Fuck, you won't understand!" he cries. Jungkook gulps, "How will I if you don't tell me, Taehyung?! You never share!" Taehyung continues sobbing and Jungkook feels tears trickling down his own face. "Jungkook--"
"You never talk to me! I like you, okay? I love you! I love you so much! But I don't know what we are! I don't know how you feel! And you won't tell me--" Jungkook's voice breaks. "Jungkook,I'm so sorry. I'm so--"
" I feel lonely, okay? We were best friends! We shared everything! What happened to that? Where did that Taehyung go?" Jungkook's crying now. He hadn't realised just how much he had repressed. Taehyung's crying too, eyes remorseful, "I'm so sorry. I'm so...I can't...we.."
"We can't what, Taehyung?" "We can't....I can't be with you!" Taehyung yells and Jungkook gasps. He takes a step back, surprised at the intensity as silent tears stream down his cheeks "W-Why not? I-Is it because of Junnie's mom?" Kook doesn't know what he's asking or saying.
Taehyung clicks his tongue, hands coming to his face as he kneels to the ground. He hides his face, sobbing. "Taehyung-ah, I'm scared, please talk to me" Jungkook murmurs, crouching to his side. He hesitantly raises his hand to touch Taehyung.
But he's scared. Taehyung looks so small, so fragile. Like he'll break. "Taehyung--" "Fuck, I can't do this anymore, Jungkook. I have to leave. I... can't stay. I need to leave" Taehyung murmurs mindlessly as he springs to his feet. Jungkook follows him in utter shock
Taehyung grabs a bag but Jungkook yanks it away from him and tosses it away. "Taehyung you can't leave! What the fuck are you doing?!" Taehyung doesn't respond, sobbing as he distances himself from Jungkook. "I have to, please"
Jungkook scoffs, unable to process everything that was happening "How can you? What about me? What about us--" "That's no us, Jungkook!" Jungkook ignores those cruel words. "And what about Junnie?! He's your son! Your fucking son! How can you do this--" "HE'S NOT MY SON!"
And Jungkook halts. And then, silence. Taehyung finally breaks down, sobbing into his hands. Jungkook's eyes are wide open, a gulp clogging his throat. "What.." "He's not my son, Jungkook" Taehyung weeps.
There's a thousand thoughts running around in his mind. His heart is in turmoil and he didn't understand what's happening. He can only ask. "then....whose son is he?" But as he utters those words, something clicks.
Taehyung sobs and sniffles but he finally turns to face Jungkook. Jungkook's face twists when his eyes lock with Taehyung's. No. This is... Taehyung inhales and finally tells him. "Yours"
-- "Yah! Jungkook-ah, Taehyung-ah, you guys forgot a medal!" Jimin says, entering the apartment leisurely, followed by Hobi "To think they were so pumped for it and ended up forgetting it" Hobi chuckles when they see Junnie sitting on the couch, eyes trained on the bedroom door
"Uncle Minnie" Junnie gets off the sofa and runs towards Jimin who opens his arms, smiling widely. "Junnie! Where are your parents?" Jimin asks, lifting him up in his arms as Jun wearily glances at the bedroom door. "Appa, Dada are....yelling" Junnie murmurs. "Huh?"
Jimin and Hobi exchange a glass. Yelling? But the air is heavy with silence? Did something happen? Jimin hands Junnie to Hobi and makes his way to the bedroom. He shouldn't interfere but he needs to know they're okay. He opens the door and gasps.
There's a bag tossed on the floor, Jungkook's beside it, bsck facing the door. He's on his knees,catatonic Jimin opens the door further and finds Taehyung in the corner,head between his hands, shoulders trembling as whimpers escape his lips "Taehyung?!" Jimin rushes to his side
Hobi rushes to Jungkook's, Junnie still in his arms. And horror films Jimin when he sees Jungkook's face. His eyes are wide, eerily hollow. He's crying but I don't think he realises it. Jimin's throat runs dry at the sight of his best friends, shaken up and beyond broken.
"Taehyung, Jungkook, what..the fuck happened?!" Jimin yells, eyes moist at the state of the duo he adores the most. Jimin kneels beside Jungkook, shaking him but he doesn't respond. He rushes to Taehyung and with trembling hands raised his face, littered with tears and broken.
"Taehyung, Jungkook, say something, you're scaring me" Hoseok says, voice breaking. But neither reply. "Appa,Dada" Junnie murmurs. "Junnie is scared! Say something!" Jimin's yelling now, tears threatening to fall
He doesn't know what's happening.. He doesn't know how to help them. But whatever has happened is serious. Taehyung sobs, standing up, "We...need some time off" "Taehyung what? W-What about Junnie?" Hoseok asks and Taehyung turns to Jungkook. "C-Can I take him?"
Jungkook doesn't reply. But Taehyung doesn't move either. After a long silence, Jimin speaks up, "I think it's best if Jin Hyung takes J--" "No. Leave Junnie here" Jungkook's voice is empty. Taehyung's eyes grow slightly and he clenches his fists. "I-I understand"
Taehyung takes small, hesitant steps towards Jimin, "C-Can I--" "Of course. You don't have to ask" Jimin reassures, hand around his shoulders as he guides him out of the room. He opens his mouth to say something to Jungkook but Hobi intervenes, "I'll stay here. Don't worry"
Taehyung turns to Hobi, sneaking a glance at Jungkook in the room, frozen. "H-Hyung please don't leave him, okay? And please, tell him I'm--" Taehyung begins to cry again "--please tell him I'm sorry. A-And to check the lower drawer... Please... Please" "Dada.." Jun murmurs.
Taehyung wipes his tears and kisses Junnie affectionately, "Eat and sleep on time, okay? And don't anger Appa. Take care of him. You can do that, right Junnie? You can be a good boy, right?" Jun nods, lower lip quivering, "When roll you come back?" His voice is small.
Taehyung bites his lip, tears trickling down uncontrollably. He looks at Jungkook again, "You can visit me anytime, okay Junnie?" Jun doesn't seem to understand but nods nonetheless, cupping Taehyung's cheeks and kissing his nose, "I'll miss you, Dada"
And Taehyung crumbles, raising his hands to hold Jun's, "I'll miss you too, Junnie" He doesn't give himself another second to breathe and turns away, rushing out the door as Jun looks longingly in his direction. "Stay here, Hyung" Jimin pats Hobi and follows Taehyung.
Once out the door, Taehyung drops to his knees again, head in hands. Jimin kneels, holding him close "Taehyung, if you don't tell me what's wrong, how can I confort you?" Jimin croaks He's never seen Taehyung like this. And he's scared "I...I don't deserve that comfort, Jimin"
-- Once in the car, Taehyung decides to not speak. As Jimin drives then to his place, no questions asked, Taehyung gazes out the window, body limp and eyes that have run dry. He closes his eyes and remembers Jungkook's face.
His face that shone beautifully just a few hours ago was now dull and glum. Those eyes that held the stars were uncomfortably obsidian. Their 'family' is broken and it's all Taehyung's fault. His eyes moisten and he's reduced to tears again.
'I've ruined... everything' He cries into his hand as Jimin speeds up,, hoping the the letter reaches Jungkook.
-- "Jungkook-ah, Junnie's asleep. Let's go eat now" Hoseok says, hand patting his head as Jungkook stares into the distance. "I'm not very hungry, Hobi Hyung" he mutters and Hobi swallows. He kneels in front of him, eyes concerned, "Jungkook-ah, what happened?"
Jungkook finally looks at Hoseok, eyes lifeless, "I don't know, Hyung" And Hobi can't question him any further. "I-I'll stay over for the night" Hobi stands but Jungkook shakes his head, "you should go home" "Huh?" "Go home, Hyung"
And all of Hoseok:s efforts to persuade Jungkook are in vain. He ends up outside the Apartment, still trying his best to keep Jungkook stay, only to fail miserably. "I'll come over in the morning, okay?" It's the least Hoseok can offer and Jungkook luckily takes it.
He hugs him one last time and is about to leave when he remembers, "Taehyung he--" Jungkook gasps at the mention of his name. "Taehyung...asked you to check the lower drawer. Can you do that for me, Jungkook?" After a moment of silence, Jungkook nods.
Hobi sighs, "Take care, Jungkook" And with a last pat to his head, Hobi regretfully leaves But something tells him that Jungkook will check the lower drawers. And with that hope, Hobi hails a cab back home
-- When Taehyung first met Jungkook, he didn't think much about him. Only that he played around a lot. Taehyung was a bit of a prude and while he didn't judge him for that, he didn't think highly of him either. He was just his roommate.
He was a good roommate in his defense. He cooked and cleaned and never got his hook ups home. He was friendly too, sometimes walking Taehyung up for his morning classes in case his alarm didn't go off. They were friends who mostly ignored each other at the University
Their friend group was the same and they lived together but Taehyung never really felt that connection with him. That he couldn't rely on him. One of the reasons for that was the number of people that showed up at their dorm looking for Jungkook.
One night stands mostly, wondering why Jungkook hadn't called them back. And Taehyung was left to deal with, forced to make an excuse for Jungkook's doings. It was exhausting and for the most part, Jungkook's cooking made up for it. But not always
Taehyung was here to study, get a job and support his Grandma. Not to tell random girls, sometimes guys, that Jungkook was afraid of commitment or simply an asshole. His Grandmother had taught him to be kind and help others. That's the one reason he put up with this shit.
Taehyung loved his Grandmother more than anything. She was the only one left for him in this world sheet his parents passed away. He /had/ to do what his Grandmother wanted him to. And today, in the last year of his University, Taehyung was ready to do the same.
He opens the door and finds a girl, a little shorter with long wavy hair and attractive moles under her eyes and lips. "Is Jungkook here?" is what she asks, hands fidgeting and eyes shifting. Taehyung inhales, "Sorry, no. He's gone out" Atleast Taehyung isn't lying this time.
She bites her lips and exhales shakily. She digs out a piece of paper from her pocket and hands it to Taehyung. "Please give this to Jungkook when he comes back" Taehyung wants to refuse. Because something about this girl is different.
Hesitantly, he takes the small piece of paper and she bows, "Please give it to him!" Taehyung bows back, "Alright" She avoids Taehyung's eyes after she stands up. She hurries away and that's the last he sees of her. Taehyung closes the door and and heads back inside.
He stares at the piece of paper in his hand. He shrugs and he's about to place it under a weight on the table when his phone rings. He sees the Caller ID and grins. He lifts the call, "Grandma! I was just thinking about you--" "Kim Taehyung-ssi?"
Taehyung halts, "yes?" The voice on the other end sighs. "I'm calling from Asan Hospital. It pains me to inform you that--"
Everything is a haze from then on. Taehyung doesn't hear the rest of it before he sprints out of the door and makes a dash for the Hospital. His heart races out of his chest, his ears ring and there's a scream clogged in his throat.
tw // death When he reaches the Hospital, Taehyung's thrown into a frenzy at the sight of his Grandmother laying on the bed, unconscious and lifeless. "It was a heart Attack. Her neighbours got her here but they were too late. I'm sorry" And that's all the Doctor has to say
Taehyung doesn't attempt to take his Grandmother's limp hand He doesn't try to say some parting words. He doesn't try to be brave. He freezes completely. He takes a step back, another until he reaches the wall and slides to the ground, completely out of it
Reality sets in. His Grandmother is gone. The one who raised him is gone. The one who taught him whatever he knew of the world is gone. The one who promised to attend his graduation is gone. And she's never coming back. Taehyung... Taehyung is all alone.
Taehyung is all alone in this world. He doesn't have any relatives, none that would accept his sexuality. He doesn't have anyone to call, to complain and whine too. He...he has no one to rely upon. For the first time, Taehyung feels dread. Dreadfully lonely.
The air closes in around Taehyung and panic fills him as he looks at his Grandma's corpse. Did it hurt? Was it quick? Was....was she happy? Why was Taehyung not there with her? He should've been This is his fault Now he's alone He brought this upon himslef. He's alone
"Taehyung!" he hears a familiar voice and whips his head upto see Jungkook standing in the doorway, catching his breath as he stares at Tae, wide eyed Taehyung swallows,"Jungkook what-" he wants to know what he's doing here, how he found him But Jungkook silences him with a hug
"I saw you run out and followed you here. You... You looked scared.." he mutters, arms secure around Taehyung. Taehyung doesn't reply. "Jungkook--" he wants to push him away but Jungkook holds his ground. "No. Let me be for a minute..." he says. "... why?" He whispers
Jungkook gulps, "Your heart.... It's not calming down. Let me stay till...till you calm down .." And that's the last straw. Taehyung's eyes moisten and tears stream down his face as his shaky arms clutch the fabric of Jungkook's shirt. "Jungkook" "It's alright, I'm here"
And Taehyung let's himself go. He lets it all out, crying out in agony. He knows he's sullying the Leather Jacket Jungkook adores so much. He wants to apologise but no words leave his lips. Only painful screams of dread. And throughout, Jungkook holds him close.
It was now, in that moment, that Taehyung found someone he could rely upon. It was in this moment that he realised he wasn't alone It was this moment that Jungkook became Taehyung's family.
-- After that, their relationship changed drastically. They became the closest of friends, virtually inseperable. Even after graduating and settling in jobs, the two decided to live together. The thought of moving away had never crossed Taehyung's mind. Not once
But when the doorbell rings, Taehyung can't help but feel a sense of DejaVu. Jungkook's out on a week long business trip and wouldn't be back until Sunday. Taehyung wasn't expecting guests either. So the ring makes him oddly anxious.
He opens the door anyway, revealing an Old couple. And a child. Maybe 3,4 years old And for a moment, he reminds him of a certain someone. But he can't put his finger over it "Are you Jeon Jungkook?" The old man asks Taehyung frowns, "He's not in right now. Can I help you?"
The couple exchange a glance and sigh. "We need to talk" -- Taehyung serves them both some tea and glass of Orange Juice for the little one. With a straw. As he happily sips the juice, Taehyung can't help but smile endearingly at the child. The old man clears his throat
"Ah, yes. How may I help you?" The old woman puts her cup down and opens her bag and retrieves a file. She opens it and slides a photo towards Taehyung. It's that of a girl's. Not just any girl though. Of the one that had showed up at their door 4 years ago.
"It looks like you recognise her" the man says and Taehyung gapes "Ah, y-yes" "So it's true then" the old woman shudders and Taehyung frowns, "W-What's true?" The man puts his cup down, "This child...Jun.. He's your friend's son"
And for a second, n Taehyung thinks this is a joke. That he's on some reality show and is being filmed. Because Jungkook? A father? It doesn't make sense! But from their expressions, he can tell they're not joking. And the woman in the photo... Everything adds up..
Taehyung gasps and turns to look at 'Jun' This....This is Jungkook's child? It's a lot to process. A lot to take in. But one thing remains in his mind. Why ... Why are they here now?
"Our daughter, Areum, passed away a month ago" And Taehyung slaps a hand to his mouth, eyes wide in horror. Their expressions are solemn as they continue, "and we would like Jungkook to take responsibility of this child"
Taehyung hates the way they don't even bother calling Jun by his name. He hates the way they refer to him as..someone unwanted...unloved... It makes Taehyung sick. But he's preoccupied with countless other thoughts that flood his mind.
They want Jungkook to take responsibility of Jun? What kind of grandparents-- "Sir, Ma'am, h-he's your grandson! How could you just give him up?? To Strangers?? D-Do you not care for --" "He was born out of wedlock. He, simply put, was a mistake" Taehyung covers Jun's ears
"HOW DARE YOU--" "We are old. And helpless. We cannot afford to take care of him. Additionally, we had disowned Areum after she got pregnant--" "WHAT?!" There's an odd, sour taste spreading in Taehyung's mouth. He's enraged at their words
"What were we to do? She refused to get the child aborted! She wanted to raise it! She left the house soon after that-+" "She was your daughter! And pregnant! How .. How could you simply send her away? How... How heartless!" Taehyung yells. "Watch your mouth, kid" he warns
Taehyung scoffs, bewildered. "Your friend also refused to take her in. You have no right to shame us for what we did. Jungkook turned her away--" "JUNGKOOK DID NOT--" Jungkook would've taken the responsibility.... If only.. He had known
And it all comes crashing down on Taehyung. Areum... All those years ago... She came. She came to tell Jungkook. And Jungkook...never knew because... Because Taehyung... Taehyung's throat runs dry and his chest constricts painfully. He looks at Jun, wide eyed.
This an orphan because... because of Taehyung. Had Taehyung.... Taehyung passed that slip onto Jungkook... This child would've had a loving family. A mother that loved him and a father would cherish him. It's all because of Taehyung that... Jun is..
Ignoring the way Taehyung's thrown into a sea of guilt and chaos, the old couple push a file towards him. "Please tell Jungkook to take responsibility and provide for him. Here are the adoption papers" But Taehyung's numb. Completely out of it. Everything hurts.
This... This is all Taehyung's fault. He deprived Jun of his parents. He deprived Areum of life. He deprived Jungkook of a chance at a happy family Taehyung.... Taehyung ruined it all.
The old couple clear their throats completely, "Looks like you don't want this child either" Again with "this child" Taehyung wants to puke. He wants to throw up. "If you don't want him, we will find an Orphanage--" "NO!" Taehyung yells, startling them
The old woman raises her brow as Taehyung gathers his thoughts, staring at the loving child sipping on his drink. Jun...Jun deserves a father. He doesn't deserve... To spend his time in an Orphanage... And Taehyung has to give him that. "We...We'll take him!"
-- Jungkook's hand falls limply to his side, tear stained papers fluttering with the wind. He stares at the pages,b reading the rest with his blurry eyes. 'And that is how I came to possess those adoption papers. I didn't want Jun to live in an Orphanage--
-- I wanted him to be loved, to be cared for. It was mostly because of the immense guilt I felt, still feel after all these months. But it was also because I cared for him. Jun's eyes called out to me. And I couldn't turn him away. +
I didn't know how to tell you that I was the reason you don't have a wife. I didn't know how to tell you that I was reason Jun didn't have a Father for 3 years. I was guilty, so guilty. I'm writing this letter only because I'm scared. +
+I know you're in love with me. And I'm scared because I think I'm falling in love with you too. And I don't think I deserve it. I don't deserve your love or your affection. Even now, as I write this letter, I smile as you and Jun chase ech other around. +
+ I want to look away because I don't deserve to witness this. It should be Areum. Not me. But I can't help but smile fondly at you too. My eyes are always on you. You just turned to smile at me and it scares me that you won't look at me light that after you find out. +
+ I don't know how to tell you. I don't know whom to talk to about this guilt I've carried for months. It's Jun and your love that has made my living easy. If you're reading this, I want you to know I'm not asking for forgiveness. I'm not asking you to not hate me. +
+ My only wish for you is to not hate Jun. He's your son. Please don't push him away. He deserves everything. I hope you can give him all that. I'm sorry. And it's selfish of me to say it but..I love you. I'm sorry...I love you'
Jungkook begins to cry, sobbing into his hands uncontrollably. He doesn't know what to think What to do Who to talk to Because the one person he could talk to is..gone.. Everything is a mess. It's overwhelming and it hurts. "Appa?" Jun's voice pierces through the silence
"Yes, Junnie?" Jungkook wipes his tears as a sleepy Jun strolls into the living room. Sleepily, he climbs into Jungkook's lap. He's about to rest his head on his shoulder and drift to sleep when he notices the tears. "Appa, why are you crying?"
Jungkook feels pathetic. He's a grown man and who's crying in front of his son. ... His son Jun is his son. "Please don't cry, Appa" Jun says, tiny hand coming to wipe his tears. "Junnie.." "I don't like it when Appa and Dada cry"
Jungkook sniffles, crying again, "Was Dada....also crying?" Jun nods, lip quivering. Jungkook sighs, inhaling and hugs Jun close. "Junnie?" "Yes, Appa?" "I love you" he says. And all of a sudden, a great burden on his shoulders disappears.
Jun giggles, "I love you, Appa" he says and Jungkook's heart fills with warmth. He pulls back and kisses his cheeks, "Let's go and sleep, yeah?" Jun nods, "okay" He rests his head on his shoulder and Jungkook stands up, carrying Jun to the bedroom.
He lays him on the bed and locks the door, turning off the lights. He pulls a blanket over them both and silence engulfs them. Even with Jun curled into his chest, the bed has never felt this big before. This...empty. Jungkook swallows, exhausted.
"Appa?" "Yes Junnie?" "I miss Dada" Jungkook's heart twists inside his chest. He swallows the lump in his throat, pulling Jun close. "Yeah...I miss him too"
--Flashback-- “We can settle the court matters later but he is yours now, Taehyung-ssi “ The old man says, handing Taehyung the adoption papers while the old woman hands him a bag of his belongings.
“Is that all?” Taehyung asks, swallowing as he looks at the duffel bag of Jun’s belongings. It hurts a little to see that this child has nothing more than a duffel bag. “You want more?” The old woman asks and Taehyung nods.
The couple exchange a glance and when the old man nods in understanding, the old woman digs out a key from her purse "Here. This is a key to his mother's apartment. We got it after she--" she looks at Jun who's busy sucking on a lollipop "--yknow, passed away"
Taehyung gulps, his grip around Jun tightening. "You can go collect his things, if there are any and drop the key at the Post office. We'll pick it up from there" the old man says. "What were you planning on doing with the belongings?" Taehyung asks. "Probably sell them"
It doesn't sit right with Taehyung. And he no longer wishes to be in their company. "Junnie" the name feels foreign on Taehyung's tongue "say goodbye to them" Jun looks up, eyes wide and sparkly. Then he looks at the old couple who hold no affection or worry in their eyes
Only relief. Jun bows respectfully and Taehyung's surprised he knows the significance of a bow at such an early age. It's all thanks to his mother. Taehyung can see what kind of a boy his mother wanted him to be. "Bye-Bye" he chirps, oblivious to everything happening
Taehyung feels sorry and he inhales. "Goodbye, kid" the old man says. The woman says nothing and the old couple leave without another word. When the door closes, Taehyung's left alone with Junnie and there's pin drop silence.
Taehyung clears his throat, crouching to Jun's side. "Hey, Junnie. You'll be living here from now on" Taehyung says as he watches Jun observe his surroundings. "Home?" he asks. Home? Is this a home? Could it ever be a home? Taehyung doesn't know.
"Yes" Taehyung lies "It's home" Junnie doesn't answer and only stares at the TV in the hall. "Can I watch TV?" Is all he asks. Fairly undemanding for a kid his age. Taehyung hums, "okay. But is there nothing else you want to do?" Jun shakes his head, "no"
Taehyung doesn't bother him anymore and takes him in, turning on the TV and switching to Cartoon Network. When Tom n Jerry come on the screen, Jun smiles and Taehyung breathes a sigh of relief. His body finally relaxes and he inhales
Jun watches the TV in silence, as if he hadn't just been abandoned by his own grandparents, smiling as Jerry smacks Tom with a frying pan. And as Jun watches the TV, Taehyung watches Jun. Melancholy fills his heart and he takes a shuddery inhale. What is he going to do now?
Jun is... Jungkook's child. Jungkook doesn't know. His mother passed away in an accident. And his grandparents abandoned him. Jun's situation is.... Taehyung prays no kid ever finds himself in such a situation. Taehyung doesn't know what to do with Jun.
He loves kids but he's never raised one. He doesn't know his nutritional requirements or the level of education. He doesn't know what he likes and dislikes. More importantly, he doesn't know how Jungkook will react when he sees Jun.
And how he'll react when he finds out Jun is his biological son. How should Taehyung tell him? Jungkook will be back day after and Taehyung needs to get his shit together. But he's afraid. Taehyung is the reason... Jun is in this situation.
Will he take Jun in? Will he be able to handle the sudden responsibility of a child?? Will he be able to bear it? Will he ever...forgive Taehyung? "Ajhussi" Jun's voice snaps him out of his daze. "Yeah?" Taehyung's by his side immediately. "I want to pee"
And Taehyung springs into action. A little hastily so, startling Jun. Like his wish is his command. He hurries him to the washroom, and hesitantly undoes his trousers. He sits him on the toilet seat and is about to pull back when Jun stops him. "No. I'm scared"
"huh?" Taehyung kneels to his side, watching his tiny fists curl into the fabric of his sleeves "Mr. Froggy. I pee in Mr. Froggy" Jun says, pointing towards empty the wall Taehyung doesn't understand. So he stands him up on the toilet instead, "can you pee like this?" He asks
"But Mr. Froggy" Jun pouts, clutching onto Taehyung. "Um, I will bring Mr. Froggy here tomorrow, okay?" Taehyung says, unsure of what Mr. Froggy even is. "Pwomise?" He slurs his speech, holding out his pinky. Taehyung smiles, "promise"
And as Jun goes about his business, he doesn't let go of Taehyung's pinky. And Taehyung doesn't let go of his. -- Taehyung somehow manages to feed Jun, seeking help of the Television to keep his entertained and after cleaning him up, it's time for bed.
He doesn't know what to do or where to put him to sleep or how to put him to sleep. But he pulls over Divan to his bed, perfect for Jun to sleep on. He puts some pillows on the divan and sets Junnie on it who rubs his eyes. He would've given Jun the bed but it's too big.
And Taehyung wouldn't have any place to sleep on. And if he doesn't sleep by his side, he'd be afraid of Jun rolling over in his sleep. Taehyung really has no idea what to do. So divan seemed like the best option. It's lower and Taehyung can keep it by his bed.
He doesn't know if he should take him in his arms or if he should pat him to sleep. But Jun looks tired and his eyes fall shut the moment he falls onto the soft pillows. Taehyung thanks God and switches off the light.
Of course, with Jun by his side, Taehyung doesn't fall asleep. He lies awake, realisation of his situation finally sinking in. He had just agreed to raise a child in his own. Now, Jun was his responsibility. Time passes as innumerable thoughts pass through Taehyung's mind
It's almost 3 and Taehyung is still awake. His heart refuses to settle and he contemplates his life when the bed beside him dips. "Dada" he hears Jun and flinches, turning to see Jun climbing onto the bed.
“I’m not your Dada” Taehyung hates that it’s the first thing he says when he hears Jun. and he hates the panic in his voice. Because Taehyung isn’t his Father. Jungkook is. Taehyung is…Taehyung is just a… “I’m sowwy” Jun pouts and Taehyung wants to slap himself for that.
“It’s okay. What’s wrong, Jun?” He asks as Jun hesitates for a moment to crawl closer. But when Taehyung opens his arms, he shuffles closer, burying his body in his chest. “I was scarewed” Jun murmurs as Taehyung pats his back comfortingly. “Of what, Junnie?”
Jun doesn’t speak for a while. For so long that Taehyung assumes he fell asleep. But he speaks up, “Ajhussi, will you leave me too?” And Taehyung stills. His heart drops and he swallows a hard lump. Jun’s just a child but he knows what’s happening around him.
Taehyung’s catatonic. He doesn’t know what to say to him because everything is uncertain. “Ajhussi” Jun whines and Taehyung notes the fear in his voice. “I won’t “ Taehyung swallows. “Pwomise?” It’s been only a few hours and Taehyung’s promised Jun too many things
Taehyung smiles, holding Jun closer. “Promise “ That night, Taehyung falls asleep with Jun in his arms. And he doesn’t let go of him all night. But there’s still uncertainty in his heart he can’t let go of. He subdues it for now. He’ll think about it tomorrow
— The next day, Jun brings up Mr. Froggy again and Taehyung finally decides to go Jun’s home. It’s a small drive so Taehyung decides to take the bus. Jun stares out the window, watching the cars pass by. Occasionally, some women would indulge him and give him candies.
But Taehyung doesn’t pay it any mind, lost in his own thoughts. Taehyung can’t even begin to put forth the thoughts in his mind. His head is a mess. And as Taehyung arrives at the destination, he braces himself.
He doesn't know if it's a good idea to bring Jun back here. It's his was his home after all. He doesn't know how it will affect Jun. He doesn't know how it'll affect Taehyung. But he couldn't leave Jun alone. So he inhales and takes the elevator up.
And as he reaches the door, a thousand thoughts cross his mind. Jun doesn't seem to remember the place. He's a baby after all. He unlocks the door and walks in. Jun peeks inside and as if remembering, walks in. Once inside, he lets go off Taehyung's hand and runs.
"Hey, wait!" Taehyung chases after him, through the hall and through multiple rooms. Jun remembers after all. Because the moment he walks into a room, he rushes to grab a stuffed toy. "BUNNY!" He yells, hugging it. "You like Bunnies, Junnie?"
"Mama liked bunnies!" He chirps, jumpin around. But it only fills Taehyung with sorrow. Jun's mother... Liked bunnies.. He wonders if .. He shakes his head because there's something else on his mind right now. It's Jun's face. Face of realisation
"mama" Jun repeats and Taehyung stills. "Junnie" Taehyung begins, throat dry. "Where is mama?" he asks and Taehyung doesn't know what to say. "Mama ....mama is .. she'll be back soon, okay?" Taehyung mutters, hand cupping Jun's cheek.
Jun's lip quivers, looking around. It's like he wants to say something. Like he's about to burst. But he doesn't. Rather, he leans into Taehyung's touch, closing his eyes, "okay" he says. Taehyung sighs, swallowing as he ruffles his hair. "Let's get your stuff, yeah?"
Jun nods and holding onto Taehyung's finger, he follows him outside. Taehyung surveys the bathroom first, taking note of the Urinal on the wall. It's a Potty training kit. "Mr. Froggy!" Jun says, forgetting he was even upset and Taehyung finally understands.
Taehyung cleans it and packs it in a cover he finds in the kitchen. He checks the refrigerator. It's packed with food and he feels bad that it will all go to waste. But he takes note of some items. Probably what Jun likes.
Taehyung sends Jun away to pick up all his favourite toys. It angers him that his grandparents were planning on selling it all away. And all of that was left of Jun was in that bag He hates that his Mother provided him with so much. Yet his grandparents wanted to make profit
And as Jun gathers his toys, Taehyung makes the mistake of heading to the bedroom. Immediate regrets fills his heart when he sees the photos hanging on the wall The bed a crib by it's side, unused because Jun probably crawled into is mom's arms.
Taehyung couldn't help but think how lonely...the bed looks. The bed that harboured only Jun and his mom. This apartment that was fairly large for a single mom and her son. It saddens Taehyung it was them and only them roaming these halls.
She was alone. But she raised Junnie on her own. And gave him everything. Toys, food, a house and...a mom. But Taehyung... Taehyung hates that he took away the most important thing. A family. Taehyung is the reason Jun doesn't have a dad. And a family.
He walks to the photo wall, noting all the photos of Jun and his mom. And tears roll down his eyes when he thinks that every photo could fit another person. Jungkook. Jungkook couldve been a part of those photos. He could've been with Jun and his mom.
Taehyung finds it difficult to breathe, head dizzying as he stares at the photos. One with Jun's birthday. One at the park. One at the Aquarium. And in all of them, Jun's smiling. Laughing. Taehyung realises that he hasn't seen Jun laugh.
Kids are supposed to laugh and giggle. But Jun hasn't. Jun was...happy. Now...what? Will he be happy now? Will Taehyung be able to make him happy? Give him the life his mother provided him?? Will be able to bring bavk his smile?? Will he ever see Jun smile?
Tears roll down his tears and there's so much going on around. What about Jungkook? Taehyung totally stripped Jungkook of any chance he had at a family. Taehyung took away Jungkook's wife and his child. Taehyung... Taehyung did this. This is all his fault.
tw // panic attack Taehyung stumbles back, gasping for breath. His phone rings, startling him and he falls onto his butt, looking around. All of a sudden, he's overwhelmed with guilt. The air around him stills. With hazy vision, he looks at the phone screen 'Kookie'
Jungkook. Jungkook's calling him. To check up on him. But what is he going to say? How is he going to explain? Even if he accepts Jun, will he accept Taehyung? Where will he go without Jungkook? He....he has no family. He has no one but Jungkook.
With trembling hands, he lifts the call. "Hello? Taehyung?" Jungkook's voice only brings more tears to Taehyung's eyes. The gravity of the situation zeroes in on him. It gets real all of a sudden. Taehyung's scared. He's afraid. He wants to run away.
"Hello? Tae? You there?" Jungkook's voice grows concerned. And Taehyung doesn't deserve that concern. "Jungkook" he breathes out. "Taehyung? What's wrong? Is something wrong?" Taehyung shakes his head, wiping away his tears, "Jungkook. I want to leave"
Jungkook doesn't speak for a while. "What?" Taehyung hiccups, "Jungkook, I want to move" And before Jungkook can say anything, Taehyung cuts the call, tossing the phone away. He buries his face in his hands, sobbing. Taehyung needs to leave.
--- Taehyung's on the bench, eyes hollow and limbs limp as he stares ahead, tear stained face indifferent. Jun's playing, running around. But Taehyung's mind is muddled with a million thoughts. Taehyung needs to leave.
If he can just explain to Jungkook everything, maybe his guilt will reduce. Jungkook's a nice guy. He will take Jun in. Maybe, he will forgive Taehyung sometime. Taehyung doesn't care even if he doesn't. All he wants is Jungkook to reconnect with Jun.
Taehyung doesn't want to be a hindrance again. He's willing to help Jungkook out. Financially, morally. But ....he has no right to be with Jun. To raise him, cherish him. Taehyung can't take Jun in. He doesn't deserve Jun. He doesn't deserve Jungkook. He doesn't...
Taehyung's eyes wander around and.. And Jun's gone! Taehyung springs to his feet, gasping as he looks around. But Jun's nowhere in sight "JUN!" "JUN!!" Taehyung yells again, running towards the fountain He was right here! Right in from of his eyes and Taehyung messed up
Taehyung messed up again. He... He lost Jun. He lost Jungkook's son. "JUNNIE!" Taehyung shouts, eyes hazy and breath clogging his throat. But he doesn't know where he is. He doesn't know where Jun has disappeared too.
He crosses people as he sprints towards the Play area. They stare at him, eyes curious as he gasps for breath. He just lost Jungkook's son. He lost Jun. He lost Jun. He left him. He promised he wouldn't. He promised he wouldn't let go. "JUNNIE!!" "Dada!"
Taehyung screeches to a halt when he hears Jun's voice. He whips his head to see Jun in a woman's arms, crying as he stares at Taehyung. Taehyung catches his breath, vision focusing on Jun. "Dada" he calls, a tear rolling down his cheek as he extends his arms
"Jun!!" Taehyung runs to him, grabbing him and embracing him as Jun sobs. "Dada" Jun cries, terrified as Taehyung holds him close. "Thank goodness you're here. Poor thing followed us because of our dog and got lost. He began to cry for his Dada" the lady explains.
Taehyung pants, sniffling as she hands him Jun's toy. He takes the toy and she's on her way. But Taehyung doesn't let go of Jun because his tiny body is still trembling in his arms. "Dada" he sobs, clutching his shirt. He pats his back, "I'm here. Dada is here"
And as Jun begins to cry in his arms, Taehyung does too. There is no way .... Taehyung is letting go of him anytime soon. He .. he's not going to break his promise. Not now. Not ever. That night, Taehyung goes back home and they fall asleep in each other's embrace
-- The next day, Taehyung's filled with energy. He's brimming with excitement because he's willing to take responsibility of Jun. He's never going to her go of him. But he makes the mistake of leaving the house in a disarray.
He forgets that he'd called Jungkook. He'd called him in a panic and not called back. He'd cut the call half way. So there's no way Jungkook would stay on his trip. Of course, he came back a day early. And of course, he saw the adoption papers lying on the desk.
— “Appa. Appa~ Wake up. I’m hungry” Jun’s voice bursts through the silence. Jungkook groans, rolling over. He feels Jun’s tiny palms on his back, attempting to wake him up. “Ap ~pa” Jun chimes again and Jungkook can’t bring himself to open his eyes.
“Kookie” And Jungkook jolts awake, sitting up on his bed as he surveys his surroundings. “Appa I’m hungry” Jun climbs into his lap as he catches his breath. He sighs, wrapping his arms around Jun. He can’t believe he’s hallucinating. Why the heck would Taehyung be here?
“Hm I hear you. Let’s go” Jungkook yawns, sliding off the bed and taking Jun to the washroom. He brushes his teeth and cleans him up. They get into the bathtub and Jungkook takes the opportunity to let his mind wander. It’s been a week since Taehyung left.
An entire week and while Jungkook did struggle a lot with Junnie, he grew accustomed to Taehyung’s very noticeable absence. Not only does he have no energy or enthusiasm, he’s also been lacking sleep. It’s been hard to sleep without Taehyung’s warmth around him.
He prays he gets used to it. As soon as possible. Because Jungkook doesn’t know when he will see Taehyung next. Things are a mess and Jungkook doesn’t know how to address the situation. Jungkook is hurt. For a lot of reasons.
There were two letters that Taehyung left behind for Jungkook to read. The second letter was Taehyung’s explanation for things. Rather, it was an apology for everything he had done. He explained to Jungkook how he had missed the opportunity to give Jungkook Areum’s note.
How he came to meet Junnie and how he decided to adopt him. But the thing is, Jungkook isn’t upset about those things. Atleast not after hearing his explanation. He’s upset that Taehyung had several opportunities to tell Jungkook. But he didn’t. Did he not trust him?
What went on inside Taehyung’s mind? Nothing makes sense to him. Why did Taehyung not tell him? Why did he act cold towards Jungkook initially? He can’t wrap his head around it and it’s driving him crazy. He’s upset with Taehyung but at the same time, he wants to see him
Jungkook shakes off his thoughts and gets out of the bathtub, taking Jun along with him. As Jungkook pats him dry, his phone buzzes. He stills, eyes shifting to his phone. Jungkook hopes it’s Taehyung. But at the same time, he hopes it isn’t.
Jungkook chooses the third way and ignores the buzz. He doesn’t want to look at it today. Once they’re both dressed, they grave a quick bite and they’re on the way to Junnie’s school. He quickly drops Jun off, not soaring Miss Lee another glance and leaves
Truth is that he has been avoiding Miss Lee over the past week. And maybe it’s because of this that Miss Lee probably caught wind of what was happening. She’s been trying to talk to him but Jungkook just escapes her every change he gets. It’s rude but he’s helpless
— Jungkook spaces out at work, staring at his computer screen but his mind is elsewhere. Usually, around this time, Jungkook would message Taehyung. Ask him if he had eaten lunch or had anything to eat. He’d chat with him a bit, flirt here and there. He misses that
He misses Taehyung’s voice, his smile his scent and everything. So many times he has picked his phone up to ring him and tossed it away last minute after he remembers what Taehyung did to him, what he hid from him.
Jungkook shakes his head, staring at the packet of instant cup noodles on his side With Taehyung around, Jungkook had the energy to cook. The motivation to wake up and cook something But without him, he’s lost. He cooks for Jun but the boy says it doesn’t taste good these days
As he thinks in that direction, he realises what Junnie had asked this morning. He wanted to take-out! And he wanted some Chinese. Jungkook sighs, rubbing his face. Jungkook doesn’t know which restaurant that is. Taehyung does. He’s gonna have to call Taehyung
Jungkook contemplates for the longest time. Maybe he can order from somewhere else. But he doubts he can fool Jun. Rather, he doesn’t want to fool him. With Taehyung gone, he feels lonely. Like Jungkook, he’s lost interest in things in general
So Jungkook sucks up and calls him. And by him he means Jimin. Jungkook’s still a coward He holds the phone to his ear, leg tapping away nervously and when Jimin lifts the call, his breath hitches “Hello?” he chokes out “Jungkook? Oh my god. Um, what’s up?”
Jungkook knows Jimin is worried. But he doesn’t want to chat with him. Not right now. “Is Taehyung there?” “Oh. Oh my god he’s right here! Here talk—“ “NO!” Jungkook almost yells and Jimin pauses. “Sorry” he says after a second.
“It’s alright. Just un ask him where he orders the Soupy dumplings from “ “What?” “Just do it” Jungkook sighs. After that, Jungkook hears murmurs and whispers and figures Taehyung was in the room. And that he probably heard Jungkook yell. His heart constricts.
“He said he bookmarked the page on your laptop” Jungkook sighs, “Alright then. Thanks” he’s about to cut the call when jimin speaks up again “Jungkook” Jungkook doesn’t answer “I know you’re listening. So I’ll say it. Taehyung…he hasn’t told me anything but he’s hurting,ok?”
Jungkook bites his lip. “Jimin—“ “And I know you’re hurting too. Buy I hope you guys talk it out, okay? If not now then anytime in the future. I…I don’t like seeing you two like this. You’re.. Taehyung and Jungkook. You’re supposed to be joined at the hip.. not like this “
Jungkook sighs, eyes Misty. Not he doesn’t know what to say to Jimin. His mind is a mess and his heart is in a turmoil. So without saying anything, he simply cuts the call. He tosses his phone away and gets to work.
— Jungkook hopes to pick up Junnie and escape but seems like luck is not in his favour today. “Jungkook-ssi. Why are you here? Class doesn’t end for another hour “ Miss Lee’s voice spooks him and he turns to her, eyes wide like a deer caught in headlights.
“” his eyes shift about wildly now that his cover was blown And then it strikes him. He pulls out his phone and sees that it was Jimin who had messaged him this morning
Jungkook curses inwardly. Fuck! He forgot! And looks like Taehyung didn’t. He sighs as Miss Lee crosses her arms, “now that you’re here, let’s have a little talk, Jungkook ssi” And Jungk gulps uncomfortably. Oh boy, here we go.
— “So, what is going on with you? Where is Taehyung-ssi?” Miss Lee gets to the point. Jungkook swallows, “uh, he’s…not with us, right now” “Where is he then?” “He’s with our friend, Jimin” “Not my place to ask but did you guys fight?” ‘Why are you asking then!’
Jungkook chooses not to answer at first but her expression urges him to answer anyway. “It’s complicated. But yes, we did fight” “Why?” “Because he hid something from me. Something huge. Big! I…I just can’t ignore it”
She hums. “He explained some things to me. And…those things don’t upset me anymore but it’s just that…he had so many opportunities to tell me. But he didn’t. And on top of that, he acted so cold with me. I..I just don’t know what to think”
Jungkook didn’t want to speak but he finds him unable to stop. I don’t care what happened or how it happened or why it happened! It was all a mistake! It was no one’s fault! But he…he should’ve told me this. I would’ve talked to him, forgiven him. Even now I’m willing to +
forgive him but I’m furious that he didn’t tell me this earlier. I can forgive him for the past but with what happened recently, I just can’t. It’s…I wish he’d just told me” Miss Lee hums again, deep in thought
“I’m sorry that happened, Jungkook-ssi. But may I ask you something?” Jungkook raises his head to meet her gaze, “Are you angry because you think he didn’t tell you? Or because he didnt trust you enough to tell you” Right on the mark Jungkook bites his lip, nodding
“Hm. I think you’re wrong” Jungkook whips his head in her direction, “what?” She clears her throat, “you’re wrong to think that. I don’t think he doesn’t trust you. He trusts you plenty. He’s your best friend and, well, husband. I hink that how he acted is because of guilt”
“Guilt?” She nods. “You said he hid something from you, right? I think that he feels guilty for that. That he somehow caused it. And I think it’s because he’s brimming with guilt that he was cold towards you.” “What do you mean?”
“Every time my girlfriend makes a mistake, say, spoils my dress or something, she distances herself from me. Out of guilt. And out of fear. And it’s not that she’s scared of me, no. It’s that she’s scared I might distance myself from her. Get it?”
Jungkook gets it. “I think Taehyung-ssi was afraid of losing you. That’s why he couldn’t bring himself to tell you. And like you said, you are willing to forgive him for whatever he did. But do you think he is? He’s full of guilt. He needs to forgive himself. +
Taehyung-ssi is a workaholic from what I’ve seen. He’s hard on himself too. So it should make sense that he hasn’t forgiven himself. And because the guilt is consuming him, he’s been cold towards you. He feels unworthy. Undeserving of you”
Jungkook bites the inside of his cheek. He was so busy getting upset that he hasn’t realised Taehyung was a person who tends to be hard on himself. Not that he thinks about it, Taehyung has been enduring all that guilt all by himself. He had bottled it up. And he was hurting
Jungkook curses under his breath. Miss Lee turns her neck, spying in Jun’s classroom as Jungkook contemplates. “Jun made an airplane “ She says and Jungkook turns to look at him through the window, smiling. He would love to show that to Taehyung
“Anyway, cheer up, Jungkook-ssi. If you don’t, Dahyun might jump you“ Jungkook almost chokes at that. He looks at Dahyun who’s already looking at him, gaze flirty. It sends a shiver down his spine. “Even if she does, I’ll stop her” “And why’s that?” “Because I have Tae—“
He stops himself and Miss Lee hurts into a peal of laughter as the bell rings. Jungkook blushes, shaking his head as he walks into the classroom. “Appa!” Jun charges at him full speed and Jungkook lifts him, twirling him in the air. “Appa! I made an airplane!” He chirps
“Wow! That’s great Junnie!” He says as he grabs Jun’s bag and signs the register. “I can fly~” he hums, moving the airplane around and Jungkook smiles. It’s good to see him happy. “Jungkook ssi” “Yeah?” “I’m not asking you to forgive him. Only to understand him, hm?”
Jungkook grins, bowing, “Thank you for today, Miss Lee” he says and she bows back. “Bye Junnie” She waves and Jun waved back, preoccupied with his creation. As they leave the building, Jungkook’s happy that Jun is happy. “Let’s go buy some coloured paper for you, hm?”
And as Jun cheers, they head to the Stationery shop. — As Jungkook browses the aisle, Jun stays by his side, flying his airplane around. Jungkook’s eyes hover over the highlighters. Taehyung would want them. So, hesitantly, he picks a pack.
Just as he’s about to grab Jun and go to the counter, a voice alerts him. “Junnie!?” it says and Jungkook frowns, turning to face the owner of the unfamiliar voice. A man storms over, eyes wide and filled with worry. Jungkook’s grip on Jun tightens
Jun stares at the man approaching them,long and hard “Jun? Is that you?” The man asks and it finally clicks “Seokminnie!” Jun cheers, freeing himself from Jungkook’s grasp and runs towards the man, right into his arm And as they hug, his jaw drops to the floor What the fuck?
—- Jungkook stares at the duo, unmoving. He doesn’t react because seems to recognise this man. But the way they interact invokes a slight feeling of jealousy in Jungkook. “Excuse me” Jungkook clears his throat. Jun and the man turn to him, laughter dying down
“Oh! Right! Hello! I’m Seokmin “ the man extends his hand and it almost looks like he’s Jun’s father. But he’s not! Jungkook shakes his hand, skeptical of his identity. “And you are?” Seokmin asks. Jungkook smiles, “I’m his Father” he announces proudly
But the smile on Seokmin’s face drops. He lets go of Jungkook’s hand. “Jungkook?” he says and Jungkook’s eyes widen, “you know me?” Seokmin probably knew Jun from before. But he doesn’t expect him him to know Jungkook. “Yeah I…you are..his Father” he looks at Jun. “I am”
Seokmin clears his throat, troubled expression facing Jungkook, “Can we, um, talk?” Jungkook nods, “oh, yeah. Sure “ Seokmin nods, gesturing towards the cafe across the road. Jungkook sighs, “uh, can you give Jun back to me?” “Right of course!”
— They settle outside a Cafe and order drinks. Orange Juice for Jun and coffee for the two of them. They sip in awkward silence for a while but it becomes unbearable for Jungkook. “So uh, how do you know Jun?” Seokmin puts his drink down, “Ah, we are…were friends”
“You and Jun were friends?” Jungkook questions. Seokmin laughs, “sorry I meant…Yeah Jun and I are friends but I was uh thinking about Areum” It’s only been a few minutes but Jungkook can tell though he’s a little clumsy, Seokmin is a good guy.
Jungkook swallows. Areum. It’s been a while since he last heard that name. He still remembers her though. Very clearly. Jungkook and Areum were classmates back in the day. They interacted a little, for projects and such. Jungkook could tell she was a responsible person
Nothing like what Jungkook was back then. He would carelessly hookup with people and party It was a day after their last exam that Jungkook and his classmates decided to get wasted. Areum too Jungkook had never felt anything for her in particular. But one thing led to another
Now that he thinks about it, guilt fills him. He doesn’t even remember the night they spent together. He didn’t bother calling her. Areum didn’t approach him either and he thought all was well but clearly, it wasn’t.
Areum came to his dorm. To talk to him Jungkook doesn’t know where he was but he knows he was probably lurking around, wasting time, like he always did And when Areum came, Taehyung received her Jungkook wonders if had he taken responsibility, would things have been different
Had he not left Taehyung to deal with all those people he slept with and never called back, maybe they wouldn’t even be in this situation But Jungkook is glad that he set himself right and became responsible. Maybe seeing Taehyung broken like that was the push he needed
Because all he could think about at that time was that he had to become someone Taehyung could rely on. He relied on Taehyung. It’s basic decency to reciprocate it. And he Taehyung had lost his only family. They never spoke much.
But whenever they did, Taehyung would fondly talk about his grandmother. It hurt Jungkook to see Taehyung like that, shattered and miserable. He wanted to be there for him.
“Ah, I see” Jungkook doesn’t know what else to say “Yeah. Um,Areum and I were colleagues. We grew closer and became friends. I would visit them often, Jun and Areum” he said, ruffling Jun’s hair “I grew …quite attached to them” He confesses and Jungkook reads between the lines
Seokmin probably… Jungkook swallows, fingers biting into the flesh of his thighs as Seokmin continues. “I was away when Areum, um passed away” Seokmin chokes out “And by the time I heard, Jun had disappeared too so I—“ “I’m sorry” Jungkook bows, head hung low
“Huh” “I’m sorry that I…that I was not there. I’m sorry for everything “ Jungkook says. He’s guilty, brimming with it. But even now, all he can think about is Taehyung. Just how much guilt did he endure? Just how much did he bottle up? It must’ve been difficult
Jungkook should’ve been responsible. “Ah, please don’t apologise, Jungkook-ssi, I’m sure you didn’t mean to —“ “No I..I didn’t reject her. I just…” Jungkook sucks up and tells Seokmin everything. And Seokmin listens to him carefully, attentively
When he finishes, he bows again, “I am so sorry for this. We didn’t mean for it to happen. Had I know I…I would’ve taken responsibility! I wish…I was there for Areum” Jungkook says, eyes Misty. Seokmin doesn’t reply for a minute and Jungkook looks up. Seokmin smiles
“Jungkook-ssi. I understand. But please don’t apologise. There is nothing to apologise for—“ “But had I been there things would’ve been very different. I could’ve helped Areum, supported her when her parents didn’t—“ “Jungkook-ssi, now you’re upsetting me” “Huh?”
“With the way you’re speaking, im inclined to believe you didn’t know Areum at all” Seokmin says But he’s right. He didn’t know Areum at all. “I’m sorry I—“ “Jungkook-ssi, you have nothing to be sorry about, yeah?” “But—“
“The Areum I knew was headstrong and independent. I don’t think she expected you to marry her or support her. I think she only wanted to let you know she was pregnant. And that the child was yours. I’m sure that even before she came to you, she had thought things through”
Jungkook listens intently, “Sure, there may have been times she regretted not asking you or depending on you. But I can tell you that she was happy with Jun. He was his whole life. Nothing else mattered. And from the way she spoke of you, she harboured no ill feelings for you”
Her whole life*
Seokmin continues, “She was happy. She didn’t desire anything. Only for Junnie to grow up surrounded by love and affection” Jungkook blinks, holding back tears “Appa, are you crying?” Jun questions, climbing onto Jungkook’s lap. Jungkook shakes his head as Jun wipes his tears
Seokmin chuckles, “And I think she will be happy to know that Jun is in your capable hands. Hm? So please, don’t apologise. There is a vision in your head. A what if? But the reality is very different. Areum was happy. Jun was happy. And I’m sure he’s happy now too”
Jungkook sniffles, feeling relieved. “Thank you for being there for them, Seokmin-ssi” Jungkook says and Seokmin stands up. He bows as Jungkook stands up too, “thank you for being there for Junnie, Jungkook-ssi” Jungkook bows again, Jun in arms
When they stand up straight, Jungkook sighs. Talking to Seokmin had given him closure. He feels light now. “Anyway, I think I should take my leave now. It was nice meeting you, Jungkook-ssi” he kneels “and you too, Junnie”
Jun’s lip quivers, “Appa, can we meet seokminnie again?” Jungkook grins, “Anytime” he turns to Seokmin. “Please don’t hesitate to come over” Jungkook says, handing him his business card “Thank you. Then, I’ll take my leave now” Seokmin turns to leave but “Wait!”
— Jungkook crouches in front the grave, placing the bouquet of flowers on it. Jun is far away, playing with Seokmin as Jungkook takes the time to clear his thoughts. He stares at the Name. ‘Kim Areum’ Jungkook smiles, ‘So Junnie is a Kim?’
Jungkook doesn’t do much. He only stares at the initials and the flowers. What Jungkook feels is Guilt Fortunately, Seokmin was there to help him out, relieve him of his guilt. But it hurts to know that Jungkook crumbled within minutes but Taehyung has endured it for so long
He’s held this secret, wrapped it in guilt and locked it in his heart for months now. Just how painful was that? To do it alone? To have no closure? To live with it every day? Like Jungkook, Taehyung had assumed a future. He had assumed Areum would’ve wanted this.
He assumed that Areum and Jun could’ve had a perfect family with Jungkook. He assumed he ruined those chances when in reality, Areum had no such intentions. But Taehyung is only human. It’s obvious to make such an assumption. Especially in such circumstances
A tear escapes Jungkook’s eye Because even under such circumstances, Taehyung managed to provide everything for Jun He showered him with love and affection, just like Areum had wanted Jungkook feels bad for pressuring Taehyung with his feelings But he doesn’t want to assume
He doesn’t realise he’s crying, tears unstoppable. Jungkook really wants to talk to Taehyung. He wants to see him, hear his voice again. He wants to meet him. “Appa!” He hears Jun and turns to see the little one running in his direction with purpose
Jun runs at into his arms with full force, tackling him to the ground. “Appa is a crybaby” Jun pouts and Jungkook giggles. Seokmin stands behind him, smiling fondly “You sound just like your Dada” Jungkook says.
Jun giggles, leaning to kiss Jungkook’s cheeks softly. “Dada?” he asks and Jungkook nods, kissing his forehead “I miss Dada” Jun mutters and Jungkook sighs “Junnie” “Yes, Appa?” his eyes glisten expectantly Jungkook grins. “Let’s go meet, Dada”
Updates next week! I’m not sure cuz I might be travelling 😭 So please don’t ask me talk to me🥺❤️…
BTW this is Seokmin and he’s a sweetheart
— Taehyung doesn’t know how long it has been since he last saw Jungkook and Jun. Since he last heard their voice. No, that’s wrong. Taehyung heard them, watched them just yesterday. On his phone. Guiltily so
He didn’t know if he even deserved to keep those videos on his phone. Videos of Jun jumping on Jungkook to wake him up. Or a video of Jungkook recording Jun and Taehyung in the bath tub. Of course the video cut off before Jungkook joined them in the bath.
Taehyung remembers how nice it felt to lean onto a chest rather than on the bathtub wall. With Junnie playing with his plastic duck and soft lingering kisses on his neck, Taehyung had melted into the bath. Although, he doubts there will be another such moment
Where he can truly enjoy himself. Enjoy the presence of his family. Well, it’s not his family anymore. They’re the Jeons. Which Taehyung still finds incredibly endearing. Because Jun resembles Jungkook a lot. His doe eyes and full cheeks are a perfect copy of him
Taehyung shudders out a sigh. He shouldn’t be thinking about all of this. Not when he’s just ruined Jun’s chance at having a family. Or maybe, he didn’t do so. Maybe, when Jungkook has moved on, he will have meet someone.
Will have met*
That person will look after Jun. And after Jungkook. Jungkook is a capable adult but sometimes he tends to forego his own needs for others. He’s selfless to a fault. Taehyung shakes his head again. He should stop thinking about those two. Prepare himself in advance
Prepare for separation. What Taehyung has done…what he has caused …what he has hidden… It’s all coming back to bite him. And he can’t complain because he deserves it. He can only hope that one day, somewhere in the future, they can remain friends.
“Taehyung!” “Yes!” He jolts up straight, looking towards the source of the voice. “H-Hyung” he stutters when his eyes meet Seojoon’s worried ones. “I’ve been calling you for about 5 minutes now” Seojoon says, leaning against Taehyung’s desk as the he gathers the papers
“Sorry. I’ll um, get this report ready right away” Taehyung pushes his glasses up his nose, pushing the laptop open. But Seojoon sighs, closing the laptop. “Come to my office” he says dryly and leaves. Taehyung nods, biting his lip. Seojoon seems…disappointed
Taehyung sighs, tidying his desk a little before taking hesitant steps towards Seojoon’s office. He can’t believe he’s let this affect his work. Seojoon is the one person Taehyung doesn’t want to disappoint. After Jungkook ofc. Now, he’s disappointed both
He’s also broken his promise to Junnie. Promise that he wouldn’t leave him. Just thinking about it floods his mouth with a bitter taste. He knocks on the door and Seojoon waves him in. With the remote control, he turns the blinds down. Taehyung stands across his desk.
Seojoon doesn’t say anything for a while. He only stares at Taehyung. He can’t bear the silence anymore and opens his mouth. “Are you disappointed, Hyung?” Eyes downcast and hands fidgety, Taehyung doesn’t dare to look up. And to his dismay, Seojoon answers, “Yes”
Taehyung lets out a shaky sigh, “Hyung I—“ “I’m disappointed that I gave up on you so that you’d be happy but you’re clearly not” Taehyung frowns, looking up, “What?” “Taehyung, I’m just disappointed that I left you with someone who’s clearly the reason for your sorrow”
Taehyung gapes, eyes wide, “Hyung I…no, he didn’t” Taehyung is sad, yes. But Jungkook isn’t at fault. It’s all Taehyung’s… “He didn’t want? Is Jungkook not the reason you’re upset?” “It’s complicated. But…he’s not at fault. I am” he confesses
Seojoon doesn’t say anything. Only looks at him once and sighs Taehyung feels the need to continue “I messed up, Hyung. I hid things I shouldn’t have. I should’ve told him sooner. It’s so important to him and his life. I ruined his life. I ruined his past, present and future”
Taehyung took away his past, ruined his present and most likely even vaporised his capacity to trust in people. “Because of me he’s suffering so much. He suffered so much. And Junnie too. I…Im not upset because he hurt me. I’m upset because I hurt him”
He doesn’t know why he’s telling Seojoon all of this. Jimin would’ve been a wiser choice. But maybe it’s because he had bottled everything up. Despite Jimin asking him countless times, he couldn’t bring himself to tell him what horrible things he had done.
He didn’t want Jimin to hate him to It was enough that…Jungkook already “Jungkook probably hates me” he voices, fingers twitching as he says it out loud He doesn’t cry. He can’t. Not in front of his boss He had spent enough time crying into Jimin’s arms or in the bedroom
“Taehyung “ Seojoon calls again after a little while. Taehyung doesn’t respond and Seojoon continues. “Did Jungkook say that?” Taehyung looks up at him, “what??” “Did Jungkook tell you he hates you? I doubt he could. You’re such a loveable person”
“Hyung—“ “Sorry I just…If Jungkook hasn’t said it, why are you assuming?” Taehyung sniffles, albeit confused. Seojoon gets up to walk to his side. “Taehyung—“ “Hyung I..ruined everything. His chance at a family, at having a happy life I..I’m the one to blame”
Strong hands come to land on his shoulders and he gasps, turning to look right into Seojoon’s eyes. “Taehyung. Is Jungkook blaming you? Did he tell you that? Have you talked to him?” Taehyung’s jaw is left open as he scrambles to figure out an answer. “I—“
“Are you sure it’s not just you blaming yourself?” Taehyung flinches. Seojoon pats his shoulders, “I’ve known you for a while now and I know you’re hard on yourself. I don’t know what you did. But one thing you did do is run away from it. Now, I mean”
“What?” “Taehyung, I’m saying that the only thing you did wrong is run away instead of talking to Jungkook. And I agree, maybe he needed space. And that you’re scared to confront him. But how will you know if you don’t try?”
Taehyung gets it. And he hates that Seojoon is right. “You’re an honest and loyal man, Taehyung. I’m sure you had your reasons for it. Circumstances you couldn’t control or predict. Happens to the best of us. But will you stay a coward and ruin what you have with Jungkook?”
Taehyung gulps. “Or will you gather some courage and talk to him? And maybe, he won’t accept you. Maybe, things won’t be the same. But you never know until you try. But you need to get that closure. Part on peaceful terms atleast”
Taehyung knows he’s being practical. Realistic. Considering even the possibility that Jungkook might not want him anymore. Taehyung doesn’t want to hear it. He dreads it. But he needs to accept it. He should talk to Jungkook. And get some closure.
He should relieve Jungkook of that burden. And himself too. Taehyung inhales and exhales, eyes closing as he envisions a future without Jungkook. “Hey, I can hear you thinking. Stop assuming the worst, okay? You never know. Just talk to him, okay?”
It’s hard. He can’t just…gather courage. Courage doesn’t materialise out of nowhere. But he knows where to begin. “I get it, Hyung” he says and Seojoon sigh, pulling him into a bear hug.
“Now cheer up, okay? I can’t assure you everything will be okay but I can guarantee some good old soju after you’ve done what you have to, yeah?” Taehyung bursts into a smile. He nods, feeling light for the first in forever “Thanks Hyung” he says and Seojoon ruffles his hair
“Amazing! Now, get back to work” Seojoon says. “Actually Hyung” “Yeah?” “Can I take the day off?” Taehyung has never been upfront about it. Never asked for a leave like this. Maybe that’s why Seojoon agrees in a heart beat. “Okay”
— Taehyung is not surprised that he’s back here again. Because this is where it all started after all. Clutching the bouquet of flowers, Taehyung stares down at Areum’s grave. He exhales, leaning down to put the bouquet by another bouquet, rather old but still fresh
He wonders who it was that out the other bouquet here but he’s happy someone did. Areum….does have people that cared about her. That still do. He stands back up He doesn’t know what to say. Or why he’s here. He doesn’t know why he thought coming here would get him closure
“Hey, Areum” he begins, hoping to start somewhere. But he doesn’t know if he’s worthy of even calling her by her first name. He gulps, “How have you been?” He doesn’t know why he expects an answer and why he’s disappointed when he doesn’t get one. He continues
“I hope you’re fine. And that you’re peaceful. In all honesty, I don’t know what I’m doing here. Seojoon Hyung told me to get my head back in the game and you were the only person I could think of. We’ve never met, only once. But all these months, you gave me courage
You raised Jun up by yourself. And it made me think I could too. Our circumstances are different. And I…quite possibly ruined things for you. I dont want to assume because that only seems to make things worse. But I saw the pictures. And Junnie…was happy.
You and Jun were happy. I should’ve realised that. Junnie is such a great kid, because you raised him to be like one. And that alone should speak volumes about the place he grew up in. It was a happy place. It was..wrong of me to assume otherwise.
And it’s because …I’ve assumed things that a lot of people are hurt. That I lost the two most important people in my life. The two people I love and cherished the most. Seojoon Hyung told me not to blame myself but I can’t help but do it.
There are so many things I wish I could change. I could re-do, undo. But I can’t. I can’t change the past. I can’t promise the future will be better either. But I want to be better. Atleast in the present” Taehyung bites his lip, holding back tears.
“Truth is, I’m kinda in love with someone. And I’ve hurt that someone a lot in so many ways. You’re such a capable person and sometimes I wonder, what would you have done had you been in my shoes. Somehow, you’ve come to comfort me a lot. And I barely knew you.
But you’re such an important part of my life now. Not just because of the immense guilt I carry. But because you’re one of the people I’ve come to admire. And I feel terrible for assuming otherwise. I wish..I was like you. Strong and collected. But I…” he sniffles
“I think I love Jungkook a little too much. Maybe that’s why I’m scared. Because no one has ever meant so much to me as much as Jungkook. Well, Jun does. I love him with all my heart and I wish I could do better. I wish he had a family, he had you. But I can’t go on assuming
I have to change. And Jungkook might hate me, loathe me but I have to do my part and talk to him. I’m his best friend and I should be there to console him. I failed to do that too” Taehyung clenches his jaw. “I’m going around in circles. I’m not making sense either”
Taehyung sighs. “I just want to say that…I’m sorry for what happened. That I was careless. All those years ago. But I’m glad you were happy. And that Jun turned out be so kind and gentle, just like you”
Taehyung kneels, heart racing, “I…I wish I could apologise to Jungkook too. I’ll come around to do it, I know. I promised Seojoon Hyung I would talk to him. Give him…closure” Taehyung buries his face in his hands “I…I also wish I could tell him that I love him. Tremendously”
“Then why don’t you?” Taehyung springs to his knees to look at the owner of the voice. He gulps. He’s in utter shock, having forgotten to even wipe his tears. “Jungkook” he stares at those doe eyes he missed ardently. “Tell me you love me, Taehyung”
— Taehyung swallows. The flight or fight response has been activated inside him. Instead, he freezes. “Jungkook” he utters as the man takes a step closer. “You love me?” he asks. Taehyung wants to run. But he shouldn’t. “I do. I told you so. In the letter”
“Right” Jungkook nods. They stew in silence for a second. For a second, Taehyung had imagined running into Jungkook’s arms and kissing him. Like in any movie. But this is real life. And he needs to talk to him. “Why did you come here?” he asks and Jungkook smiles
He smiles, walking ahead to place a bouquet of flowers by the grave. “I came here to see her” he says, smiling gently at the grave Taehyung bites his lip, clenching his fists. Self doubt fills him. He’s overwhelmed with guilt. But he needs to stop. He needs to talk.
“Jungkook” What is he going to say? Even saying his name feels almost foreign to him. “Taehyung, can we talk?” And though Taehyung had doubts, he’s glad Jungkook is willing to talk. He doesn’t know what will become of it but he needs to do it. “Okay”
— They settle down, at a bench in the park, on opposite ends, a stark contrast to the way they used to cuddle up on the couch. Taehyung fidgets for a while, not knowing how to start the conversation. “How is Junnie?” He asks. “Junnie is good. He’s with Seokmin right now “
“Seokmin?” “Ah, he’s ….Areum’s friend” Jungkook says. Taehyung gulps at the name. “And you? How are you?” he dares to ask and Jungkook chuckles. “Jun is happy so I am too” Taehyung nods. “But there’s something missing” “What’s that?” “You”
Taehyung purses his lips, inhaling deeply. “Jungkook. I …” he turns to him. “Yeah?” Jungkook replies, patient. And it makes things worse. It reminds Taehyung of what he did. And how he affected Jungkook’s life “I’m sorry” he finally utters.
Jungkook doesn’t reply, looking at him with no proper expression on his features. It urges Taehyung to continue. “I’m sorry I…I’m sorry about a lot of things” Taehyung begins “I’m sorry about….leaving. When I first met Junnie, I promised him I’d never leave him but I ..”
He shudders a sigh. “But I let him. And I’m sorry about…refusing your feelings. I knew how much you…all this time and…I was scared. I’m not trying to justify myself because…there is no way I can. What I did is horrible and” Taehyung is holding back tears
“I was scared that once I got to know what it would be like to love you and be loved by you, I would break if that was taken away from me” he sniffles. “And that’s incredibly selfish of me. That I want that for myself. And I ended up hurting you in the process”
“I am sorry about all the times I made you feel like you were not enough. That you were not doing enough when in reality you were doing your best at giving Junnie all your love and devotion. I’m sorry you had to endure some times because of my cowardice”
Taehyung inhales deeply, “I’m sorry that…I didn’t talk to you, about this. That I didn’t tell you everything. And that I brought this all upon you Out of nowhere” Taehyung exhales, staring at his fidgety fingers with a hazy vision “I’m sorry that….I didn’t give you that note”
He lets a tear fall. “All of this could’ve been avoided had I given you that note. Had i remembered Areum had come over to talk to you. Things could’ve been so different” he lets doubt get the best of him. “Junnie could’ve had a family” he sobs.
“Taehyung—“ “And I’m sorry that I ruined everything we had, you had and what Junnie could’ve had. I’m sorry I ….I caused you so much trouble. And hurt you so much. I’m sorry I ….didn’t show you how much I loved you”
Taehyung’s crying now. “And I’m sorry that my sorrys can’t undo anything. Being back anything. And mend everything. I’m sorry that…even my apologies are worthless”
Taehyung breaks down, unable to form anymore words. He wants to say more but he can’t. No matter how many times he wipes his tears, they keep coming “I’m so, so sorry Jungkook. I-I don’t expect you to forgive me. And I will accept however you choose to punish me. I deserve it”
He sniffles, head hung low. Jungkook doesn’t respond. Doesn’t for a long while. Taehyung doesn’t dare to look at him. It’s so silent that Taehyung’s beginning to think Jungkook left. Or that he was only imagining things. That is until a pair of shoes come in his vision
“Hey” Jungkook begins, in front of Taehyung, “Can you look at me?” Taehyung doesn’t respond. Jungkook sighs, kneeling in front of Taehyung. Reluctantly, Taehyung raises his gaze to meet Jungkook’s. And he hates that he lets his heart race at that.
Jungkook smiles charmingly. “Wow” he begins, “it’s been a while since I properly gazed into your eyes” Taehyung blushes, letting more tears fall. “Jungkook—“ “Taehyung, I’d be lying if I said I’m not angry” Taehyung shuts up.
He inhales. “When you first told me that Jun is my son, it was a lot to take in. Nothing made sense. Even more so because you just..left. And that upset me even more” Taehyung bites his lip. “But I wants you to know that…what I felt for Junnie didn’t change”
Taehyung frowns “I mean, it wasn’t like..I began to love Jun more after finding out he’s my son. Because I think I loved him the same, despite not knowing. But when I found out I thought, of course. It makes sense. I love him so much. But it finally makes sense. Get me?”
Taehyung nods. “And I read your letter. And for a few days, I didn’t blow what to think. When I met Miss Lee and Seokmin, I found some clarity. But over the past week, week and a half, I’ve been thinking. A lot” Taehyung swallows.
“Miss Lee made me realise that you tend to bear a lot of burden yourself. And are hard on yourself. I was sad that….despite knowing these things about you, I failed to realise it in that moment”
“I was angry. And my anger was justified. While talking to Miss Lee gave me a vision of what went on in your head, I was still upset. Because why wouldn’t I be? My best friend, the person I love, hid such a huge thing from me” A tear escapes Taehyung
“But I want you to know that I don’t blame you for anything else, Taehyung. I don’t blame you for this either” Taehyung looks at him. Jungkook smiles. “I don’t blame you for what happened to Areum. Or to Jun. And Seokmin told me that they lived a happy life. Free of worries”
Taehyung sniffles, lip quivering. He’s glad. So glad to hear that. “Yes, I’m angry that you didn’t tell me. You had many chances to. I understand that you were scared. I would be too”
“But know that I don’t blame you for bringing Junnie into my life. Into our lives. Because Jun is the best thing that has ever happened to us” Taehyung purses his lips, letting tears trickle down his cheeks. “Taehyung, look at me” Jungkook cups his cheek.
Taehyung resists for a moment. But gives in. “It wasn’t your fault, okay? All those years ago—“ “Jungkook it—“ “No. It wasn’t. You had just lost your grandmother. And you couldn’t have predicted the severity of the situation, okay”?
Taehyung weeps, “but because of me…Junnie…a family…I took away his chance to be a part of the family” “You’re lying” “Jungkook” “Junnie has a family, Taehyung. He has his friends, teachers, his Uncles….us” Jungkook shudders. “And it’s all thanks to you”
“No I—“ “Taehyung, without you, I can’t imagine what would’ve happened, okay? I don’t know where Junnie would’ve been. But because of you, he’s amidst people that love him with all their heart” Taehyung shuts his eyes. “But Areum—“
“Taehyung, you need to let go of that. You need to let go of the idyllic notion of a happy family you have in mind. Family doesn’t have to be the traditional mom, dad and child. It can be us. It is us. We’re a family. You’remy family. We’re Junnie’s family” Kook’s eyes are misty
Family. He’s Jungkook’s family. “Stop assuming that…Areum had it bad. Because she did not. He loved a happy but unfortunately, a short life. But she was happy. With Jun. and I’m sure she’s happy now too. That Jun is in your capable hands” Taehyung cries, shivering
“Jungkook but I…It could’ve been…please, tell me how to fix things. How to make everything better. I…I feel horrible and after I mend things I…I’ll leave you alone…so please“ Jungkook smiles weakly. “Alright” he says, “I have two demands” “A-Anything!”
Jungkook inhales. “First, I need you to stop blaming yourself” Taehyung shakes his head. “You—“ “Taehyung, please? Please don’t do this to yourself. It wasn’t your fault. Please don’t beat yourself up over it. It wasn’t your fault at all. It happens”
“Jungkook but—I did something so…I made so many mistakes and—“ “Taehyung, please? Forgive yourself, Taehyung. Please” he takes his hands, kissing the knuckles gently “I don’t deserve your love, Jungkook. I’m a terrible perso—“
“No you’re not!Would a terrible person adopt a child he doesn’t even know? Would a terrible person give him all the love and affection in the world?Would a terrible person make sure he has everything he needs?Would a terrible person feel bad about something that isn’t his fault?”
“Jungkook please—“ “I’m upset that you didn’t tell me. But I don’t blame you for anything, Taehyung. I don’t hate you. I don’t think you’re a horrible person. Far from it. You’re a wonderful person and I will remind you everyday if I have to”
He doesn’t deserve it. He doesn’t deserve Jungkook. His love, his patience and his kindness. “Do you want to hear my second demand?” Taehyung wants him to tell him he wants him gone. Out of his life. But Jungkook doesn’t.
“I want you to come home” His voice breaks and a tear rolls down his eye. Taehyung’s eyes widen at that, jaw dropping to the floor. Jungkook takes Taehyung’s hand, putting it to his cheek. “Junnie misses you, so much” he breathes out.
Taehyung sniffles. “And you?” He asks. Jungkook’s lip quivers. “I miss you. So much that it’s driving me crazy “ he buries his face in Taehyung’s lap, soaking his trousers with tears. He holds Taehyung’s hands on his head. Naturally, Taehyung pats it.
He lets out a shaky sigh as he feels his soft locks between his fingers. “It’ll be hard. For both of us because I’m still upset. But I want to move on. Fix things. Start over” Jungkook looks up at him with a tear soaked face. “Will you move on with me, Taehyung?”
Taehyung inhales. And brings a shaky hand to cup Jungkook’s cheek. He leans into his touch, hopeful eyes looking at Taehyung. He swallows thickly. “Okay” he says and Jungkook’s eyes widen. And then, his lip quivers as tears escape his eyes
Jungkook yanks Taehyung forward, into his arms, hugging him close “I missed you. I missed you so much” he says and Taehyung sobs into his neck, recovering from his shock to hug Jungkook back It won’t be easy. It will take time But he wants to move on. “I missed you too”
Two grown men crying in each other’s embrace in a park is a rather peculiar sight to see. But there is no place Taehyung would rather be.
— Taehyung takes a deep breath. He inhales and exhales. He opens his eyes, facing his front door. “You ready?” Jungkook asks, making Taehyung turn to him. “Yeah I’m just a little nervous” Taehyung shudders. Jungkook raises his hand to hold Taehyung’s hand.
Interlace their fingers, give him strength. But he stops himself. He settles for patting him reassuringly on the shoulder. “You’ll be okay” he says and Taehyung smiles. “I hope so” Their eyes lock and Jungkook looks away, clearing his throat. “Let’s go”
Jungkook opens the door for Taehyung, letting him walk inside first. They don’t see anybody for a second. But within a minute, hurried footsteps make their way towards them. “Dada!” Jun comes in their line of sight and Taehyung drops to his knees as Jun runs to him
“JUNNIE!” Taehyung takes him in his arms, embracing him tightly Jun’s arms wrap around his neck. He stands up, holding Jun close, encapsulating his tiny body in his arms. “Dada! You’re back!” Jun exclaims, voice breaking. Jungkook notices the way Taehyung trembles.
His shoulders shake and when he hears a sniffle, he knows Taehyung is crying. “Ah, I should take my leave” Seokmin says, whose presence he hadn’t even registered Jungkook purses his lip, acknowledging him with a nod. Silently, Seokmin exits their apartment It’s only them now
“Junnie. I missed you so much” Taehyung sobs. Jun pulls back, taking Taehyung’s face in his small hands, “don’t cry” he says despite the fat tears rolling down his cheeks. Jungkook chuckles, he’s crying too. Jun hiccups, trying to look brave but doing a miserable job at it
“You said you would be leave me” Jun sniffles and Taehyung sobs, “I’m sorry, baby. I’m sorry I left” Taehyung says as gentle fingers dab away at his tears. Jun pouts, not convinced, “promise you won’t leave again” Taehyung shudders out a sigh, “I promise”
Jun raises his pinky and Taehyung hooks his with it, smiling. Satisfied, Jun grins. Taehyung presses warm kisses to his cheeks, making him giggle. “Why are you kissing me?” Jun smiles. “Because I missed you, Junnie” Taehyung kisses his forehead.
“Then kiss Appa too. He missed you” Jun says and Taehyung freezes. Jungkook flinches in his place. “Uh” Taehyung stutters, “Y-You cried so kisses are for you” “Appa cried too. More than me” “Hey you don’t have to say all that—“ Jungkook interjects
“I-If it helps, I cried too” Taehyung confesses. His voice is stable but his ears glow red. And it paints a shy smile on Jungkook’s face. “We all cried. That’s great news” Jungkook laughs to himself. “Then we should all kiss” “No, no” Jungkook reacts quickly.
Normally, he would’ve been up for kissing Taehyung. Even now all he wants to do is kiss his tears away and hold him close. But they need time. Taehyung understands that too. That’s why he looks away, nuzzling his face in Jun’s hair. They stand in silence for a while
“We can all hug” Taehyung proposes. Jungkook frowns and he continues, “only if you want to” Jungkook stands still for a moment before bursting into a bright smile, “of course I want to” he says and opens his arms to hold the his most precious beings close.
Taehyung’s broader than him. But right now, he fits perfectly in his arms. He doesn’t reciprocate his hug, occupied with Jun in his arms But he leans. Leans into Jungkook’s touch, closing his eyes as Jun snuggles in his embrace And for a second, Jungkook lets himself relax
Taehyung’s home. And they’re finally a whole. Maybe not emotionally. But Atleast, physically. And it’s a start.
— “Dada! Look what Seokminnie got me!” Jun excitedly shows Taehyung an airplane. “Wow Junnie! Do you want to become a pilot some day?” Taehyung asks, sitting him on his lap. “If you do, be sure to let us fly First class, okay?” Jungkook adds on
Taehyung clicks his tongue, “only if we can afford it, okay? Don’t listen to Appa” Jun nods, smiling at whatever he could make of that conversation. Jungkook rolls his eyes, “oh cmon” Taehyung giggles as Jun slips out of his grasp. “I’ll go play with my toys”
“Don’t run so fast!” Jungkook warns as Jun dashes into the hallway. “And we have to go to sleep soon” Taehyung adds. Jun doesn’t respond and the duo sigh. “Is it me or has he grown naughtier since I last saw him?” Taehyung asks as Jungkook takes his seat across him.
“He has. Seokmin has been spoiling him in my absence. Where do you think all the fancy toys came from?” Taehyung giggles, taking a sip of Mojito. Jungkook notices him purse his lips. When Taehyung gets up, he does too. “Is something wrong?” “Just needs more lemon”
“I’ll get it for you—“ Jungkook offers, attempting to take the glass. “No, I can do it—“ Taehyung takes the glass away, reaching forth to grab the lemon. “Taehyung—“ Jungkook holds his hand. No, he only touches it and Taehyung flinches. It’s followed by a loud crash.
The glass is on the floor. Shattered pieces scattered all over and silence follows. Taehyung opens and closes his mouth to say something but no words fall out. He avoids Jungkook’s gaze. Not that Jungkook was looking anyway. “Jungko—“ “Don’t move” he kneels.
tw // blood But Taehyung does, surprised when he feels Jungkook’s hand beat his foot. “Ouch” he yelps, stumbling to hold onto a Jungkook. “Taehyung I told you not to move!” Jungkook scolds, eyes widening when he raises his foot. “You startled me!”
“You got startled you weirdo!” Jungkook notices blood. There’s a small cut. Nothing major. But it scares Jungkook nonetheless “Who are you calling a weirdo, you freak?!” “You’re the weirdo, dumbass” “Oh you wanna go Jeon?”
And despite all the worry in his head, Jungkook smirks. His smirk turns into a smile and then into a laugh. “What’s so funny?” Taehyung questions. “Do you see yourself right now?” He asks. Taehyung’s on one foot, hands holding onto the kitchen slab and Jungkook
“Are you really threatening me right now?” He asks as he carefully picks up the larges pieces of glass. Taehyung huffs, “I can still hit you” “Right. With what?” “With my butt” Jungkook snorts, grabbing a broom. He sweeps the small shards into a dustpan.
“Go ahead” he says, discarding the shards. Taehyung scoffs, “I would if I could” he utters and Jungkook grins. “Can you walk?” he asks. “Yeah, I can” Taehyung says. He hops. “I asked you if can walk. Not hop” “You know what—WHOA!!” his words are cut short.
He’s in the air. No, he’s on Jungkook’s shoulder like a sack of potatoes. Jungkook carries him, Taehyung guesses it’s to the bedroom. “When did you become so ridiculously strong?!” Taehyung complains when Jungkook throws him onto the bed. “I didn’t” Jungkook begins
He helps Taehyung sit up, “you became lighter” Jungkook’s voice takes on a more serious tone and it silences Taehyung. It’s obvious now. To Jungkook. That Taehyung has been ignoring his health again. Not deliberately of course.
Jungkook gets up to grab the medical kit from the washroom. He returns with it and kneels in from of Taehyung. He grabs the tweezers, just to be sure he doesn’t push it in “You should take care of yourself, Taehyung” Taehyung doesn’t respond. He winces when the glass is out
“It’s because I missed you two” Taehyung confesses. Jungkook smiles as he cleans the area with alcohol and presses a bandage to it. It’s only a small cut. “I understand” Jungkook sighs. Normally, he would scold Taehyung. But right now, he doesn’t want to.
“Here, rest your leg” he says, putting his leg on his thigh. This time, Taehyung doesn’t flinch. He doesn’t jump or resist. He lets Jungkook take care of him. And Jungkook’s glad he’s letting him.
— “Goodnight Junnie” Taehyung kisses a sleepy Jun, pulling a blanket over him. Jun holds onto his finger, scared to let go. “Dada” “I’m here” he says, caressing his cheek. “Okay” he mutters, eyes falling shut.
Once he’s asleep, Taehyung turns the lights off and walks back to the bedroom. “Ready to sleep?” Jungkook asks. Taehyung hadn’t noticed it before but the beds are separate now. He stares at the distance between them. “Taehyung” “Yeah?”
“Is ….this okay?” Jungkook asks, gesturing towards the arrangement. Taehyung takes a minute to reply. But he does. “Yeah. I-It’s perfect” he walks to his bed, sliding under the covers after turning off the lights.
“Goodnight” Jungkook says but Taehyung doesn’t turn. He hides under the covers. “Night” he says. He ignores how cold the bed feels or how empty his side feels. And he hopes Jungkook doesn’t notice that he’s lonely. And with that, he drifts to sleep
— When Jungkook awakes the next day, he finds the bed next to his empty. He sits up, alert and fully awake. He looks around. But there’s no sign of Taehyung. He gets off the bed and walks to Jun’s room, finding Taehyung asleep in the crib. He sighs.
He wonders how Taehyung even fit in there. And why he chose to do so. Isn’t it uncomfortable? Why did he leave? The crib isn’t that small. It’s pretty spacious. And junnie can slither out whenever like he has in the past. Taehyung came here in the middle of the night
He wonders what prompted it but he doesn’t question it. Instead, he runs to grab his phone and clicks a few pictures of the two snuggled close. He smiles, admiring them softly. He missed this. He missed Taehyung.
He’s taking his sweet time not to disturb the two, to observe them when his phone rings. And it stirs Taehyung awake despite his best efforts at silencing the ringtone. He answers the call. “Hello?”
Taehyung sits up, careful not to wake Junnie. He forces his eyes open, watching Jungkook converse on the phone. He stretches and yawns when Jungkook walks back to him. “What’s wrong?” he croaks. “Uh” “Kookie?” “That was Miss Lee. We uh, need Jun’s birth certificate”
— “Taehyung—ssi! It’s so great to see you!” Miss Lee embraces Taehyung in a tight embrace. He reciprocates, giggling, “good to see you too!” She pulls back, excited, “So are you two okay now?” her gaze shifts between Taehyung and Jungkook
But when she notices the unusual distance between them. Or the way their gazes fall, she realises he’s messed up. “Oh ah, my apologies” she clears her throat. “We can uh, talk in that empty class. Junnie’s class will be over soon” she says. “Ah, sure” Jungkook says
It’s been a week since Jungkook got a call from Miss Lee. Asking about his Birth Certificate. Rather, that she wanted to talk to them. Taehyung was ready to go but Jungkook told him they could wait. He could feel Taehyung wasn’t ready just yet. And Taehyung was grateful
But Jungkook can tell he’s still on edge. Why? Because he is too. They follow Miss Lee into a classroom. She turns to lean against the table, crossing her arms. “So, do you two have it?” She gets to the point. Taehyung gulps, “well”
All the paperwork regarding Junnie had been received by Taehyung. His grandparents had dropped it off. But it hadn’t even crossed their mind that Junnie’s birth certificate was missing. And it’s safe to say the two felt extremely guilty for that.
Accordingly, they had acquired the key to Areum’s house from her parents. Despite absolutely loathing them, Taehyung called them. Only because he didn’t want Jungkook to interact with them. It’s thoughtful of taehyung. But Jungkook doesn’t plan on letting Tae do things alone
Not anymore. “Well?” Jungkook clears his throat, “we’ll uh, have it soon. Please understand” Yuna sighs, “I understand. But it came as quite a shock to me. To know that you two hadn’t submitted the birth certificate to the Admin office”
“We understand. Uh may we know why you want it now?” Taehyung chimes in. “Yeah about that. Junnie has been here with us for a while now. In the daycare at this kindergarten. And I suppose you two plan on enrolling him here for Kindergarten as well?” They nod
“Right. Admissions will open soon and we need his birth certificate to start the enrolment process. That’s all” Jungkook exhales, sneaking a glance at Taehyung who is already looking at him Enrolling into Kindergarten is the first step towards education. It’s a huge step too
It’s normal they’re a little…overwhelmed “We’ll bring it to you soon” Taehyung says, patting Jungkook’s back reassuringly. His touch is warm. “That’ll be great! I’ll give you two the admission forms a little later. After you get the birth certificate and stuff”
“Uh, why not now?” Jungkook questions. Why not just fill them now? Yuna clears her throat, hesitant, “Kindergarten brings Junnie under the Education system. And all the details need to be correct and in order. And um, I don’t mean to intrude, but the adoption process—“ Oh
Right. They haven’t gone through with the adoption process either. They’re a family in form but not on paper. They were so carried away with their sweet life that they’d forgotten all the other important stuff like documents and forms and what not.
Jungkook exhales. “We uh, I’ve a contacted a friend of mine and since Junnie is Jungkook’s biological son, we won’t have any problems with custody and the rest” Taehyung speaks up. And it takes Jungkook by surprise. He’d thought about that? When?
“It’s just some court work. No big deal. Jun will be registered under Jungkook’s name soon” Taehyung finishes. Yuna exhales, “that’s great. That’s great for Junnie” Jungkook bites his lip, regretful that he hadn’t even given it a thought. “Also” Yuna speaks up
“Once you get the birth certificate, you might get all of Junnie’s details intact” Taehyung blinks, “what do you mean?” “I mean, I have a feeling Jun is not his entire name” Jungkook’s heart sinks at that. Right. That…that is a very real possibility
Taehyung swallows thickly, “I-I see” is all he says. With nothing more left to say, Yuna let’s them go. Jungkook’s still on the edge, even more so than before. Jun is happy to see both his parents there to pick him up, jumping excitedly into Taehyung’s arms.
Jungkook smiles at them, placing a quick kiss on Junnie’s cheek before they begin to walk back home. Jungkook tries to calm the uncertainty rising in his veins, hoping that when they go to Areum’s place tomorrow, he’ll get some clarity.
— It’s more nerve wracking than he had thought, standing in front of Areum’s place. A little less because Taehyung is by his side. “Anytime you’re ready”
Taehyung’s voice reels Jungkook out of his head. He smiles, “yeah. second” He’s glad he didn’t come here alone. That Taehyung is with him. But he wonder how Taehyung felt when he first came here. When he was alone. When he was new to everything.
“Let’s go” Jungkook says and Taehyung smiles, unlocking the door. From what he’s heard, Areum’s parents hadn’t sold the house. Jungkook figures it’s out of sentiment. It belonged to their daughter after all. Makes him think they did care for her at some level
All the furniture is covered with sheets, Jungkook observes. Disregarding all the dust and dirt, Jungkook figures it’s a good place. Especially for a child like Junnie. Open and spacious for him to run around. He notices the furniture is mostly rounded, to ensure his safety.
Jungkook and Taehyung had baby proofed their apartment but Areum had brought furniture with no real corners. Jungkook smiles, she was always one to plan ahead. “I’ll go check the bedroom” Taehyung places the keys on the kitchen counter and leaves. Jungkook hums, observing
He looks around. There are nails on the wall. He figure there were pictures at some point. He wishes he could see them. And since there is nothing else to see, he heads to the bedroom. He finds Taehyung by the closet, crouched on the floor as he shifts through boxes.
“What’s all this?” Jungkook asks, grabbing a bundle of something wrapped in newspaper He unfurls it to find photographs, many. “Photos. I can’t find the birth certificate” Taehyung mumbles as Jungkook takes the time to glance through the photos.
The very first picture paints a smile on his face. Because it’s a picture of Jun. Much younger but the same doe eyes, bright as ever. He’s in the bathtub and Areum’s by his side. He’s grinning, enjoying the water. The next picture is that of his birthday.
He’s in the middle, surrounded by a few kids as he blows out a candle. Jungkook shifts through the photos of the birthday party, even spotting Seokmin in one, looking coy beside Areum. They’re all happy, smiles wide and bright.
He saves that photo, tucking it away in his pocket. After a bunch of other photos, Jungkook comes across one with what he assumes is Jun taking his first steps. Now that he looks around, the photo was taken in the bedroom. He’s holding onto the bed frame, wobbling
He wonder if there’s a video of his first steps. Or his first words. What was his first word? Jungkook should feel content that Areum had captured all his firsts in photographs. But he’s not happy. There’s a part of him that’s jealous. And upset that he had missed so much
So many of his firsts. He sneaks a glance at Taehyung, “hey, look at this” he says and Taehyung looks at the photo, smiling, “yeah, I saw. His first steps. He took them in the bedroom right here. Areum wrote it in the back” Jungkook raises his brows, turning the photograph.
And he’s right. The back reads “first steps” He smiles. But a sour taste spreads to his tongue. When Taehyung first came here, did he also go through these photos? Imagining it upsets Jungkook. He can imagine his small back glancing through these photos, heart full of guilt
He wonder how Areum felt when she wrote these words. If she had anyone to share her excitement with. Jungkook’s eyes moisten. Taehyung and Areum…they were alone. “Not here” Taehyung utters, moving onto the next box. Jungkook swallows, continuing
He goes through numerous photos, so many that he couldn’t count. Areum had taken so many photos. “His first toy” “His first bath” “His first birthday” “Our first trip He doesn’t know why but it’s making him teary eyed. He blinks back tears
But he gasps when he comes to the end of the bundle. A single photo remains in his hand. It’s of Areum. She’s in a hospital bed, forehead sweaty and expression tired. But she’s smiling. Because Jun is in her hand. It’s Jun’s first ever photograph.
Jungkook turns the photo over and shudders out an exhale. “My baby and I” it reads Jungkook stares at it for a moment. “Kookie” a voice calls and he turns to face Taehyung “Yeah. Sorry I—“ he sniffles, putting the picture away He finds Taehyung staring down at a document
He takes a peek at it. It’s face side down and it trembles as a result of Taehyung’s shaky hands. It startles him a little that Taehyung is just as shaken up as him. He watches Taehyung swallow who turns to him, “I found it” he says, voice low and silent.
“Oh” Jungkook gulps, staring down at the document. “Yeah” Jungkook can tell Taehyung is scared. He is too. And it gives him a glimpse of how he probably felt when he first came here. Jungkook takes his hand, lacing their fingers. “Together”
Taehyung replies with a curt nod and flips the document over. And a tear escapes Jungkook’s eye when he reads through the name. But he’s not upset. “Yeonjun” Taehyung smiles, letting his tears fall. Jungkook repeats, “His name is Yeonjun”
Taehyung nods, sniffling as more tears follow. He turns to face Jungkook with a bright smile on his face. Taehyung’s crying. But he’s not upset. Because he’s not alone anymore. He leaps into Jungkook’s arms, hugging him tight. “His name is Yeonjun” he repeats
Jungkook reciprocates the hug, arms tight and firm around him. Jeon Yeonjun. That’s his son’s name That’s …their son’s name Jungkook let’s his tears fall, crying into Taehyung’s shoulder. He’s not upset either. Taehyung’s with him. He wishes he’ll always be with him
—- “Miss Lee! Good morning!” jun runs towards Miss Lee with a bright smile. When she turns to face him, she smiles. “Good morning, Yeonjunnie!” she chirps and he grins. “Where’s your dads—“ And just as she asks him that, Jimin appears in front of her.
“Ah, Good morning, Jimin-ssi!” “Morning, Miss Lee” Jimin smiles. “Might I ask where his parents are?” “Well, Jungkook’s down with a fever and since he worries it could be viral, Junnie will be living with me. Hopefully it’s nothing serious”
“Ah, hope he gets well soon. Please do send him my regards. I’m sure he’ll be fine, especially with Taehyung-ssi with him” To that, Jimin only smiles half heartedly. Because truth is, his best friend isn’t the best with such situations. But he won’t tell Miss Lee that
— “Taehyung” Jungkook croaks, eyes barely open, “you should go. I’ll be okay” He’s lying. Jungkook has been sick for two days now and he doesn’t remember the last time he felt “fine” or “normal” His head hurts and so does every other part of his body
“I don’t think I can leave you like that, Kookie. It’s okay. I can stay and take care of you” Taehyung says, helping Jungkook sit up on the bed. “Tae—“ his words are cut short by the door bell. He frowns, “who is that?” Taehyung turns to him, lip pulled between his teeth
“That um, I booked a blood test” he speeds through the words but even in his poor condition, Jungkook understands His eyes widen. “You what?!” “Look, your fever hasn’t gone down in 2 days and Jin Hyung said that it’s better to get you tested and know if it’s viral or—“
tw // blood, needles Jungkook falls back onto the bed and wraps himself in the blanket, “there is NO way I’m letting a needle anywhere near me!!” Jungkook hears an exasperated sigh from Taehyung and curls up into himself, doing his best to make himself small and inaccessible
“Jungkook” “No!” “Oh c’mon! Don’t be a child!” Jungkook turns to glare at him, “look! Why do you think I always maintain my health?? It’s so I can avoid injections and needles!” “Jungkook! Your arm is full of tattoos!!” Right. That’s a good point.
“No! I’m not going!” Jungkook protests. Taehyung clicks his tongue, “Jungkook! Don’t make me use force!” Jungkook scoffs, “ah I don’t have to worry about that, noodle arms” Taehyung gasps, scandalised, “Hey! I’ve been working out and—“ Taehyung pulls at the sheets
And unwraps the burrito Jungkook had made of himself within one go, startling the younger. He tosses the sheets away and though Jungkook tries his best to run, his weak body gives in. Taehyung climbs atop him, pinning his hands to the mattress.
“Now, be a good boy and come with me, okay?” Taehyung says, eyes focused on Jungkook beneath him Jungkook gulps, a little intrigued by their position. “O-Okay” he utters, as if hypnotised by Taehyung’s voice. Upon the reply, Taehyung smiles and slides off, helping him up
When Taehyung sits Jungkook down on the couch, the latter clears his throat. “You really have been working out” he says as Taehyung unlocks the door. In response, Taehyung only smirks. “You haven’t see anything yet baby”
And maybe it’s because of the fever but his heart jumps around in his chest, cheeks warming It’s been a few weeks, close to maybe a month or more, since they visited Areum’s house And sicne then, their relationship has improved drastically But there are things that bother him
For example, Jungkook finds Taehyung in Junnie’s crib every morning. As the medical professional walks in, Jungkook puts on a mask and straightens his posture. In silence, he watches the man set up everything. And he would be lying if he said he wasn’t scared one bit
But he couldn’t be a baby. Not in front of a stranger. And Taehyung and Jun Hyung were right. A blood test is necessary I know if it’s a viral fever or not. Things are trickier with Junnie around. He’s maintained his distance but it’s best to be safe. So, Jungkook sucks up
“Roll up your sleeve please” and Jungkook obliges. “Thanks for doing this” Taehyung pats his shoulder and goes to sit on the couch across him, smiling sweetly. Jungkook sighs, nodding. And he’s brave throughout, until of course he sees the needle approaching him. “Stop!”
It alerts the man and Taehyung. Jungkook doesn’t know what to say, still a little delirious from the fever. But what he does do is extend his free arm and hopes Taehyung understands And he does. He walks to his side and holds his hand, lacing their fingers tightly.
“Please make it as painless as possible” Taehyung informs and Jungkook relaxes a little, glad to have Taehyung by his side. The man nods and pushes the needle in. Jungkook hisses, but so does Taehyung, as if feeling the pain too. And it makes Jungkook’s pain a little bearable
It also helps that Taehyung looks just as worried, watching the vials of blood carefully as Jungkook watches him. Pain forgotten, Jungkook just smiles. Just this morning, Jungkook had told Taehyung to leave and that Jungkook would manage. Rather, that he’d ask someone.
But when Taehyung had asked him who he would call, Jungkook had no names on his lips. Only Taehyung’s. In response to his silence, Taehyung had only sighed, “we…only have each other to depend on, Kookie”
“I know when I’m sick, I’ll rely on you, like I always have. And you wouldn’t hesitate one bit. But I want you to know that, you can rely on me too” Taehyung had said It was only now, fingers laced with Taehyung’s that Jungkook understands the weight of his words
And as the man wraps up, Jungkook only remembers the feeling of Taehyung’s hands around his and nothing else.
— Jungkook naps for the rest of the day. He doesn’t remember much from the times he’s awake. Only that Taehyung is right by his side each and every time. Even when he’s not, he comes running to him in a heartbeat.
He wonders if it’s because of Jun that Taehyung has learned to take care of people. Taehyung had managed to make him some porridge, without burning the house down. Jungkook has lost count of the times he felt Taehyung’s cool palm against his forehead, checking in on him
He can’t remember the last time someone had taken care of him this way. Maybe, it was before college, when he lived with his parents that his Mother cared for him when he was down with Chicken Pox. It’s always a nice feeling to be taken care of. By Family.
There is no doubt in Jungkook’s mind that Taehyung is his family. And it makes the butterflies in his stomach flutter. “Ah, Taehyung” he groans when Taehyung walks in, “I’ve told you to wear a mask. I don’t want you getting sick” Taehyung sits down next to him.
Jungkook’s about to protest when Taehyung pulls him in an embrace. “Kim Taehyung you—“ “We got the reports. It’s not viral” he says, hugging him tighter and Jungkook relaxes. “That’s great” he his him back weakly. Taehyung pulls back, wiping the sweat off Jungkook’s brows
“You’ll be better by tomorrow if you take the medicine on time” Taehyung says “And Junnie can come back home too” Jungkook adds, grinning. It’s only been a day but Jungkook already misses Jun. He can’t imagine how Taehyung felt when he was away all those days.
Is that why he goes to Junnie’s crib every night? Because he missed him? “Hey, do you want to take a bath?” Taehyung’s voice snaps him out of his daze. “Huh?” “A bath? I’ll draw you a warm bath and we can put you to bed” Jungkook snickers
“Why are you talking to me like that?” “Like what?” “Like I’m a baby” Taehyung smiles, ruffling his hair, “because you are” Jungkook pouts and Taehyung giggles. “I’ll call you in a minute” Taehyung walks away to the washroom, leaving a flustered Jungkook behind
— “Oh good, you’re here. You can get in—“ Taehyung shuts himself up when Jungkook begins to strip. He looks away, turning to give Jungkook space. Jungkook scoffs, stripping out of his clothes. Is Taehyung shy? He wants to tease him a little but he decides against it
When Jungkook steps into the bathtub, Taehyung begins to leave. “Wait” it’s a little desperate but he grabs his hand, in an effort to stop him. He doesn’t know why he does it but he does. He wants Taehyung to stay with him a little longer, like 24 hours wasn’t enough
“What’s wrong?” Taehyung asks. Jungkook opens his mouth a few times but no words roll out. “I…can you keep me company?” Almost immediately, Taehyung’s cheeks warm up. And upon retrospection, his cheeks warm up too. “I-I didn’t mean it like that!”
Taehyung pulls away, “yeah, yeah I know! I-I’ll uh, I’ll get stool to sit down and um, keep you company till you’re done” “Yeah, that’s yeah, that’s nice” Jungkook sinks back into the water, hiding his blush
Later, when Taehyung comes back with a book, he reads it to Jungkook. And Jungkook hopes that, in the future, there are more moments like this. Him, Taehyung and peace. And something tells him that there will be
— “Alright. You’re all tucked in” Taehyung pulls a blanket over Jungkook, making him giggle. He’s feeling much better after the bath now but he enjoys being babied by Taehyung. “Taehyung” he calls
“Yeah, Kookie?” “Will you stay with me? Tonight?” Jungkook doesn’t know what he’s expecting. Taehyung doesn’t reply, eyes shifting wildly, avoiding Jungkook’s gaze
“Yeah. Till you fall asleep” he sits down on the bed. Jungkook hums, “what about after?” Taehyung bites his lip, “oh, well” he hesitates, “I mean, I’ll be on the bed there” Taehyung points to his bed, one he has barely used.
“What about here?” Jungkook pats the spot next to him. Taehyung gasps, a little flustered. “I, well—“ Before he can reply, Jungkook yanks him with all the strength in his body, till he’s beside him, in his arms
Surprisingly, Taehyung doesn’t try to resist, head low, avoiding Jungkook’s gaze. Taehyung has always been the big spoon, but today, he wants to hold Taehyung close. Like it’s overdue. Like this intimacy is much overdue. “Taehyung?” “Yeah?”
“Why do you sleep in Junnie’s crib?” Taehyung doesn’t reply. But Jungkook has figured out the reason Taehyung finds it difficult to close the distance between them. “Is it cuz you miss Junnie?” Taehyung nods. “Then, what about me?” “Huh?” “Don’t you miss me?”
Taehyung shudders out a sigh, snuggling closer in response, hesitantly wrapping his arms around Jungkook’s middle. “Not anymore” he replies. And it’s all the reaffirmation he needs Next morning, Jungkook finds Taehyung not in the crib, but in his arms.
— several months later — When Yeonjun opens his eyes, he doesn’t wait a single second and hops off his bed, hurrying to his parents’s bedroom. He pushes open the door with his small hands, eyes sparkling when he sees the bundle of blankets and pillows
“Appa! Dada!! WAKE UP!” he yells as he climbs the bed, throwing himself over them. But to his dismay, he falls flat on bed. The grin falls off his face as he struggles with the blankets. “Appa?” He calls, finding no one on the bed
“Dada?” He’s holding back tears at this point. His parents are nowhere to be seen. With a pout on his face, he slides off the bed, shoulders slumping as he walks back outside.
But when he reaches the hallway, he finds a balloon. A large purple one. He rushes to grab it, allured. And it’s then he finds another one, towards the living room. He runs to grab it too, smiling as he finds a third at the corridor of the living room. And then, he walks in
And he bursts into a huge smile when he sees a room full of balloons. And his parents standing in the middle of it. “HAPPY BURTHDAY, JUNNIE” Taehyung and Jungkook cheer as Jun runs to hug them. “APPA! DADA!”
Taehyung grabs him and tosses him the air, twirling him when he’s back in his arms. “Happy Birthday, Baby” Taehyung peppers his face with kisses. Yeonjun is just about to kiss him back when Jungkook snatches him, wrapping him in a bear hug
“Junnie!! Happy Birthday!!” he kisses the top of his head. “Yah! Jeon Jungkook! You can’t just steal him like that!” Taehyung scolds but Jungkook pays him no mind. “Oh, shut it” he giggles, handing Junnie a balloon “Junnie, do you know how old you are now?” Taehyung asks
He grins, raising his hand to show his fingers, “4!” he says Jungkook giggles, opening his pinky to make the three he was showing into a four Jungkook kisses his button nose and doe eyes, “You’re a big boy, huh? What does the big baby want?” Taehyung asks
“Hey” Jungkook calls, pouting, “im the big baby. Junnie is the small one” He nudges the side of Taehyung’s arm. Taehyung giggles, biting his lip before he leans in to press a soft kiss on Jungkook’s cheek. Jungkook suppresses a scream as Taehyung takes Jun away
“Now that Appa has gotten what he wanted” Taehyung clears his throat, glancing at Jungkook through flushed cheek, “what does Junnie want?” Junnie seems to think seriously about it for a minute before grinning at them, “I want kisses too”
“Well, that you will get” he kisses his forehead, “anyday and everyday” “But you gotta ask us for something else, Junnie” Jungkook sits down beside them. And it seems to overload his little brain. It’s too much responsibility His expression falls and Jungkook giggles
“You can tell us later, baby” Jungkook suggests and Junnie smiles, “okay” “Okay! Junnie, let’s get you dressed for the day! We have to chocolates to your friends at the daycare!” “New clothes!” Junnie cheers, hopping off Taehyung’s lap to run back to his room.
Once Jun is out of the living room, Taehyung turns to Jungkook. “Okay! I’ll take Junnie to the daycare and manage things there and you’ll set everything up at home, right? “Right! And make sure he’s fallen asleep by the time he comes home. He can wake up to the surprise party”
Taehyung huffs, determined, “Affirmative!” he declares as he stands up to follow Jun. But he’s stopped by Jungkook, fingers wrapped around his wrist, “hey” he says Taehyung turns to raise his brows, “what’s wrong?” Jungkook smiles, shaking his head. He stands up to hug him.
“Nothing” he begins, sighing when Taehyung’s hands wrap around him, “Im a little scared” Taehyung relaxes, “whys that?” Jungkook shrugs, “it’s his first birthday with us. I want to make it special, yknow? Something he remembers”
Taehyung chuckles, pulling away to cup his cheeks, “Oh, Kookie. Don’t worry, alright? To be honest, Junnie might not remember. Or the one after this. But he’ll enjoy it now. I can assure you that when he sees the photos 10 years from now, he’ll remember just how cool his Appa is”
Jungkook bites his lip, smiling as he nuzzles into Taehyung’s palm, “you think?” Taehyung smiles, “Of course! I’ll also be sure to tell him how scared his Appa was” Jungkook chuckles, shaking his head. “You think about stuff like that?” he asks
“Like what?” Taehyung questions “You know, stuff about the future” Taehyung sighs, “Of course I do. Don’t you?” his thumb slides across his cheek. “I do” Jungkook admits. Taehyung nods in acknowledgment, eyes lowering as he speaks up, “am I in it?”
“Huh?” “I…Am I in the future?” he asks, voice hesitant. Jungkook’s eyes widen, lips parted as he thinks of how to reply to Taehyung “Tae—“ “Dada! I have to get ready let’s go!” Jun interrupts them, making them jump apart. “Let’s go!” Taehyung grins when Jun takes his hand
Jungkook watches as Jun drags Taehyung away Taehyung doesn’t look back and Jungkook scratches the back of his head, calming his racing heart. He checks the time and gets working, packing Jun and Taehyung’s lunch.
It’s been months since Jungkook found out the truth. Months since they parted and months since they reunited A lot happened and Jungkook really needed some time for himself. But it didn’t mean that his feelings for Taehyung had faded.
Rather, they’ve been spending more time together these days and his feelings have only intensified. Jungkook thinks he’s ready to move on to the next level with Taehyung, ask him out officially but something still inhibits him from doing so. He’s unsure as to what it is
And what Taehyung asked today, it was uncharacteristic of him too ‘Am I in the future?’ Jungkook figures Taehyung still has doubts about certain things. Because while Jungkook does hug him and kiss him on the cheek, he never addresses the problem between them
He problem is that there is no problem. But he doesn’t know how best to communicate it to Taehyung How does he approach that question? Lost in thoughts, he doesn’t realise Taehyung and Jun are out and ready, waiting on their lunches
When Jungkook notices their presence, he wraps his work up and accompanies them to the door. “Have fun with your friends, Junnnie” Jungkook kisses his cheek. “I will!” Jun chirps as Taehyung giggles. He turns to face Jungkook. “Don’t stress, okay?” He reassures
Jungkook nods, relaxing, “I won’t” he reassures and Taehyung smiles. The latter then leans ahead to place a kiss on his cheek, pausing for a moment before pulling away. Before Jungkook can see what kind of a face Taehyung was making, he leaves with Junnie
— After taking Jun to the daycare and having him distribute candy to the other children, Taehyung had instructed Miss Lee to tire him out as much as possible. After she had reassured him that he had nothing to worry about, he had come to work.
He spent half the time thinking about just how happy Jun looked today as he told people it was his birthday, the other half he spent stressing about how he had acted this morning Taehyung is thoroughly head over heels for both the father and the son
But guilt still remains in his heart and he doesn’t know if Jungkook has forgiven him. They fall asleep together, cuddle each other, hug and sometimes even use the Couple’s discount at restaurants but nothing has been made explicit
Taehyung figures this is much better than living away from the two. Or walking around Jungkook like he’s walking on eggshells He likes that they’re comfortable now. And maybe, Jungkook does too But does Jungkook still love him the same? As he did before?
Or is he staying with Taehyung for convenience? He knows that’s not true. But he can’t understand Jungkook completely. Maybe he should try talking to him. But what should he say? ‘Have you forgiven me for keeping your Son a secret from you for so long?’ Taehyung sighs
Even if it’s not via words, even if it’s a simple gesture that makes it clear that Jungkook loves Taehyung, that he’s willing to accept him if not now then later, Taehyung will take it. “Whoa, I can hear you thinking all the way in my office” Seojoon’s voice alerts him
Taehyung straightens in his chair, “Ah, hey, Hyung” he says, opening his laptop. “What, you’re gonna pretend to work to make things awkward? Come on, Taehyung, I know you finished the report hours ago” Taehyung sighs. Because Seojoon is right on point. He closes the laptop
Even after all this time, things have been awkward between them. More so since Taehyung got back together with Jungkook. They’re okay for most part but things aren’t the same. Taehyung wonders if it’s because Seojoon still likes him. Does he still like him?
“Sorry, Hyung” Seojoon chuckles, “it’s okay. So, what got you frowning” Taehyung really shouldn’t tell Seojoon about his troubles with Jungkook. It’s not very nice of him. “Ah, it’s Junnie’s birthday today so I was thinking about party preparations” he lies
Seojoon hums, “Well, wish him Happy Birthday from my side” he seems to have bought the lie and Taehyung relaxes “Will do” he smiles and Seojoon grins, standing up from where he was leaning on the desk “I better get back to work” he says and is about to leave when Tae stops him
“Ah, Hyung!” Seojoon turns, “yeah?” “Oh, um, would you like to come to the party?” Taehyung doesn’t know why he does it but he thinks it should be okay to do so. Seojoon doesn’t reply, brows raised. Taehyung continues, “ahh, there’s accommodations for adults as well”
The guest list involves Jun’s friends and Taehyung and Jungkook’s friends. So the along with a kids party, there will be gathering of adults as well. “No, yeah, I got that but” Seojoon walks back him, “are you sure Jungkook will be okay with it?”
Oh. Taehyung hadn’t thought about that. Seojoon smiles, “see?” Taehyung bites his lip. Now he feels bad for even inviting him. “It’s okay, Taehyung” he ruffles his hair and walks when Taehyung gives up and calls, “Hyung!”
“Yeah?” Taehyung sighs, “just come, okay? It would mean a lot to me if you did” Seojoon smiles, “If you say so”
— Before Taehyung walks into their apartment with a slumbering Junnie in his arms, he takes a deep breath. He still doesn’t know how to face Jungkook yet so he needs to prepare himself for it. After a few seconds, he goes in.
And when he walks into the living room, he’s absolutely mind blown by how beautiful their apartment looks, decorated with balloons and toys and everything. “Hey! Welcome back!” Jungkook whispers as he walks to Taehyung, checking if Jun was asleep “This is so beautiful, Kookie”
Jungkook giggles, “Thank you! Yoongi Hyung helped!” he says as Yoongi stands up from the couch he was sitting on to wave at Taehyung “You got Yoongi Hyung to help you out?” Taehyung whispers back and Jungkook chuckles, “yeah! Miraculous, right?” Taehyung chuckles
“Anyway, let me put Junnie to sleep. I’ll go pick up the cake from the bakery, hm?” “Ah, um Taehyung?” “Yeah?” “The cake—“ “Jungkook, I’m done decorating the cake—“ a familiar voice speaks up and Taehyung’s eyes widen, turning his head to look at the owner of the voice
“Ah, Taehyung-ssi, it’s good to see you again” Mina bows. Taehyung puts on a smile and bows back, “good to see you again, Mina-ssi” Mina smiles before walking to Jungkook’s side, “ah, the cake is done” Jungkook smiles at her, “thanks, Mina” and then he turns to Taehyung
“Let’s go put Junnie on the bed, hm? Please excuse us” Jungkook says before taking Taehyung into the room. Taehyung silently puts Jun onto the sheets as Jungkook locks the door behind him, fidgeting “Listen, Taehyung” he begins,
“the bakery, as it turns out, is owned by Mina’s family. So uh, when I went to pick it up cuz Yoongi Hyung said he had it covered here, I ran into her and well, I had no choice but to invite her, yknow? It was a sticky situation—“ “Hey, hey, relax, Kookie” Taehyung turns
Jungkook raises his brows after catching his breath, “what?” “It’s okay. I understand” “You do?” “Yeah. I can imagine the situation. Rather, I was in one today” he utters and Jungkook hums, “what? A similar situation? Who did you invite?”
Taehyung bites his lip, “Seojoon Hyung” Jungkook’s eyes widen. He doesn’t say anything for a moment. “Ah…I see” he says. “Sorry, Kookie I—“ “No, it’s okay. Couldn’t get out of it, right?” Taehyung sighs, “yeah” Jungkook smiles, “then it’s okay”
“Are you sure?” he asks and Jungkook nods, smiling, “yeah I am. Don’t worry, okay?” “Okay. Thank you. Plus, he’s far too busy. I doubt he’ll even come” Taehyung says and Jungkook giggles. “It’s okay, Taehyung. Now, let’s get ready, yeah?” Taehyung smiles, “yeah”
— As expected, Seojoon doesn’t come. And Taehyung is secretly thankful for that. He’ll be sure to talk to him about it tomorrow. But for now, it’s best to focus on tending to the guests. “Tae, we need more beers” Jungkook says as Jun and a few children run across the hall
Turning his attention away from the kids, Taehyung says, “I think I stocked some in the back of the fridge. You can find some there” “Alright. And, one more thing” “Yeah?” Jungkook looks around “You look really good tonight” And presses a kiss to his cheek before running away
Taehyung pats his cheek, blushing as he does so. Jungkook’s a little drunk, he can tell. Or what would make him make such a bold move. But Taehyung likes it. The party had been successful. The joy on Junnie’s face when he saw his friends waiting for him was amazing
Judging by the mess around the apartment, the kids seemed to have enjoyed the party thoroughly And the adults seemed to have enjoyed the gathering as well. Taehyung was glad. Most importantly, Taehyung wasn’t as anxious about Mina as he thought he would be
Not just because the flirty glances Jungkook threw towards him, but also because Mina had come with her boyfriend. Taehyung trusts Jungkook. But to see Mina with her boyfriend did Taehyung at ease. The door bell rings and Taehyung answers the door to reveal the parents
“Ah, I’ll send them right out” Taehyung says after greeting the people who had come to pick up their children. It was a rather difficult task to reassure them and Jun that they would meet again tomorrow and that there is no need to be sad. But he manages, sending them away
He takes a teary eyed Junnie in his arms and goes to check up on Jungkook. Jimin, Hobi, Namjoon, Jin, Yoongi and Mina and her boyfriend seem to be the only ones left. When Jungkook spots Taehyung and Jun, he stands up to walk to them. “You putting him to sleep again?”
Taehyung nods, “he might cry” he mouths and Jungkook giggles, kissing Junnie. “Alright” — Once Jun falls asleep without shedding as many tears as one would have expected, Taehyung finally breathes a relieved sigh
He’s about to lie down to catch a breath when his phone rings. Without sparing a glance, he answers it. “Hello?” “Hey, you busy?” Taehyung sits up at the voice, “Hyung? Ah, no, I’m not. What’s up?” “I’m downstairs”
— Taehyung puts on a coat as he walks over to where Seojoon is, standing by the car. “Hyung! You came!” Seojoon stands up, “I had to. I had to give Junnie his gift” Seojoon hands Taehyung a bag. Taehyung takes it, smiling softly. “Thanks Hyung. But Junnie is asleep”
Seojoon smiles apologetically, “ah, shoot” Taehyung giggles. For a while, they stand in silence. “I should go” Seojoon says. “Wait Hyung” Taehyung feels the need to talk it out with him
“Yeah?” Taehyung sighs, “listen, Hyung. I know things have been awkward between us. Especially since you…” “Confessed to you” “Yeah” he bites his lip, “but I…hope we can go back to being how we were. It’s selfish of me but I…you’re my precious Hyung and I miss you”
Seojoon smiles and Taehyung thinks he sees a flash of disappointment in his eyes. “Is it possible to do that, Hyung?” Taehyung asks. Seojoon watches him fondly, silent for a moment. “Not right now” Taehyung’s eyes widen, “w-what?” Seojoon sighs, “I…I still like you”
His jaw drops to the floor. “W-What?” Seojoon chuckles, “I didn’t want to lie to you, Taehyung. But it’s the truth. I still like you and it will take me a little more time to get over you. Can you give me that time?” As shocked as he is by the confession, Taehyung nods
“Of course” Taehyung lowers his gaze. “Hey, this is my problem, okay? I don’t want you to feel burdened by it, hm?” Seojoon says, patting his hair. Taehyung chuckles, “that’s sweet of you, Hyung. Thank you for hearing me out”
“I’ll see you tomorrow, okay?” Seojoon asks, lifting his chin. Taehyung smiles, “yeah” Seojoon sighs. “Let me…” he leans closer, “just do this just once” he says and presses his lips to Taehyung’s cheek. Taehyung blushes, “Hyung” he whines but Seojoon pulls back, ”sorry”
“I’ll go now” Seojoon says and Taehyung nods. “See you Hyung” he says as Seojoon pulls away when a voice alerts them. “Hey! Get away from him big tree!”
— Without Taehyung, the party had grown rather boring. Every one was pretty tipsy, dancing along to the tunes of music. He’s sure he saw Jin Hyung and Namjoon Hyung making out in the washroom. He sighs, standing up to check on Taehyung and Jun.
He finds Jun asleep but Taehyung’s nowhere in sight. While Jungkook was happy that the party was amazing, he wanted to talk to Taehyung But more than that, he misses Taehyung the entire party. They were busy and he didn’t even get a chance to talk to him properly
He wonders where Taehyung is as he walks around the apartment, taking a bite of the cake as he does. And then, he notices his coat is missing from the rack Did Taehyung go out? Jungkook grabs his coat and walks out as well, figuring that their friends would be just fine
The chilly wind hits him, making him snuggle further into his coat as he walks towards the edge to glance at the cityscape Where’s Taehyung? But as he lowers his gaze, he spots him. With Seojoon. And their faces are a little too close together for his comfort.
And on instinct, his body moves. — “Jungkook?” Taehyung says as Jungkook walks to his side, wrapping an arm around him. “You!!! Giant ..Human!” Jungkook begins as Seojoon watches with a smile, “how dare you…Taehyung…you…he’s not yours to kiss!”
Taehyung gapes as Seojoon giggles. “Jungkoo—“ “I’m not afraid to fight you! I work out, yknow!” Jungkook threatens as Taehyung holds him back. “Jungkook” Seojoon says “What?!” “I didn’t kiss Taehyung “ Jungkook stills, “what?”
Seojoon stuffs his hands in his pocket, smiling softly, “I mean, I did kiss him. On the cheek though” Jungkook’s eyes widen, “that’s not any better!” he argues as Taehyung holds him back, suppressing a smile. “Kookie, it’s okay. Seojoon Hyung is..” he turns towards Seojoon
When Seojoon smiles gently at him, Taehyung sighs, “he’s leaving” Seojoon raises his hand to ruffle Taehyung’s hair but stops, choosing to pat him on the shoulder instead “See you tomorrow” Taehyung nods, “See you tomorrow, Hyung”
— The moment Seojoon disappears, Taehyung relaxes, turning to look at Jungkook who had gone deathly silent “Hey” he says, finding an adorable pout on his lips. Jungkook looks at him and then away, taking the hand Taehyung had extended, “hey”
“Seojoon Hyung and I….” Taehyung doesn’t know where to begin. Jungkook turns to him, “Yeah. I understand. I…I can’t lie and tell you that…he doesn’t bother me” Taehyung purses his lips, “Yeah” “He…” Jungkook clicks his tongue helplessly, “he still clearly likes you”
“Yeah. I know. But we talked and…it might not mean anything to you but he promised me he wouldn’t expect anything from me from now on” Jungkook frowns, as if contemplating whether to relax or still think about it. Taehyung bites his lip, “Kookie” he begins
“Yeah?” “Even if he does like me, do you think I’ll go to him?” Jungkook’s eyes grow, hair flowing in the chilly wind. Taehyung smiles, pulling his collar to hide the skin exposed to the cold. Jungkook snuggles into his touch, eyes locked with Taehyung’s
“Can I ask you something?” Taehyung asks “Yeah” Jungkook replies, voice barely a whisper. “Why…why did you get so mad?” it’s a question Taehyung already knows the answer to. But he needs some confirmation. He needs to hear it. Jungkook licks his lips
“Because…” he breathes, hand raising to brush the bangs off Taehyung’s face “Because?” Taehyung takes a step closer. Jungkook sighs, “because I’m the only one who can kiss you” And before Taehyung can react, Jungkook closes the distance between their lips
Taehyung kisses him back immediately, moving his lips against Jungkook’s slowly. They’ve done it a million times before but this, this is brimming with emotions and feelings Taehyung can’t even begin to comprehend. It’s like their first kiss all over again But better
Jungkook is the first to pull away, hooded eyes observing Taehyung’s soft features. “Your lips are cold” he says Taehyung laughs, “and you taste like cake” Jungkook shrugs, “well, I took a bite before heading out” “Hm, it tastes good. Mina’s bakery is good, huh?”
Jungkook giggles, pulling Taehyung closer by the waist, “Enough about cake. Let me kiss you again” Taehyung bites his lip, “not if I kiss you first” And their lips meet yet again, giving Taehyung all the reassurance he needs. One kiss conveys everything Jungkook feels
Huddled together, seeking warmth in each other, Taehyung and Jungkook kiss softly, unwilling to break away. But it can’t go on forever and Jungkook is the first to break. “Taehyung?” “Yeah?”
He swallows “The question you asked me this morning?” Oh ‘Am I in the future?’ Taehyung gulps, “yeah?” Jungkook cups his face, sliding his thumb across his cheek. He smiles reassuringly “You /are/ my future” And his words make Taehyung pull him in for another kiss.
— “Anyone home~?” Jimin enters the apartment, delighted to find Junnie sitting by the entrance, tying his own shoes like a big boy. Jimin grins, “good morning, Junnie” patting his head “Good morning, Uncle Jiminie!” he chirps. “Where are your parents?” jimin asks
Junnie giggles, “Appa and Dada are kissing” Jimin’s eyes widen and his jaw drops to the floor. “WHAT?!” He’s not shocked that those two idiots are sucking faces BUT IN FRONT OF JUNNIE? OUTRAGEOUS
cw // nsfw Somewhere inside the bedroom, Taehyung’s leaning against the desk, Jungkook stands between his leg as they kiss each other. Jungkook angles Taehyung’s head to kiss him better, licking into his mouth. “Mnph, oh, wow” Taehyung breathes in between kisses
The fingers tangled in Jungkook’s hair tug at them ever so slightly every time his tongue brushes against Taehyung’s teeth Jungkook smirks, triumphant that a stroke of the tongue has Tae melting in his embrace “Fuck, Jimin’s gonna be here soon” Taehyung says, attempting to stop
But he keeps Jungkook close to himself, loving the way their tongues glide against each other. “Hm, you’re right” Jungkook needs to be the voice of reason, being the first to break the kiss. “We should go” he says, admiring his swollen lips and dazed eyes. He smiles
Albeit disappointed, Taehyung agrees, attempting to get up but he stops. Jungkook raises a brow, “what’s wrong?” Taehyung flushes, avoiding his gaze, “m-my legs gave out. I need some time” And it drives Jungkook crazy, making him@crash his lips against Taehyung’s again
Tae welcomes him eagerly, wrapping his arms around his back. But just as the kiss is about to get deeper, a voice alerts them “Oh for fucks sake! You can make out AFTER dropping Junnie at school!” And the two pull away from each other, startled by Jimin who busts into the room
“Jimin! You’re here!” Jungkook acknowledges his presence as Taehyung gathers the strength to stand up, wobbling. “Hahah, Appa and Dada’s faces are red” Jun chimes in, peeking in from the door, making the two blush more Jimin rolls his eyes, “taehyung, let’s go”
“Right” he says, clearing his throat and adjusting his clothes. “I’ll see you tonight, Kookie” Taehyung turns to him and is about to go in for a kiss when Jimin yanks him away, “not again!” And like that, he’s dragged away from Jungkook and Jun, out of their home
Once they reach the car, Taehyung finally slaps Jimin’s arm, “did you have to do that?!” Jimin gasps, scandalised as he holds onto the arm he was hit on. “Yes?? We’re getting late! I woke up so early in the morning to pick you up and you do this?” “It’s 9. It’s not early”
Jimin rolls his eyes, whatever. “I told you, if you want good costumes last minute, you’ll have to hit the stores early” Taehyung sighs. That’s true. It’s halloween today. And also Jungkook and Taehyung’s University reunion. For that, they need costumes
They had been so busy with Jun’s stuff that they’d forgotten to buy something for themselves. Jimin came in handy, offering to help Taehyung pick out costumes So while Jun goes around trick or treating with Seokmin, Taehyung and Jungkook will go to the reunion.
Taehyung wasn’t very keen on attending the reunion. Because for most part, he wasn’t as popular as Jungkook. Plus, he was worried how people would react to them being together. And having a child together. Taehyung figured they could leave that part out for the night
But other than Jungkook, Taehyung never really bonded with anyone. Except, well, Bogum. Who is his ex. And is the one person Taehyung hopes doesn’t come to the reunion Bogum was his….first everything, almost. But he was unnecessarily obsessed with Taehyung
He’s the type to boast and brag. People change but Taehyung doesn’t want Bogum to run into Jungkook. He’s not very fond of what could happen if Bogum were to rub in Jungkook’s face that he was, hm, Taehyung’s first blowjob? Whatever it is, he doesn’t want that to happen
“So, what are you guys planning on going as?” Jimin breaks him@out of his thoughts Taehyung grins, “Bikers! I need leather jackets and stuff” Jimin scoffs, “you don’t need a costume store for that! We can just go buy that in any store! I didn’t have to wake up so early!”
Ah, he’s right Taehyung smiles apologetically, “haha oops?” Jimin sighs, “whatever. Let’s go find some leather jackets. After we grab a cup of coffee to wake my brain up though” Thankfully, Jimin isn’t as mad “Alright!”
They drive in silence till the Coffee shop. Order in silence as well. But the moment some coffee enters Jimin’s system, he exhales, relaxed “Now, tell me. You’re going as Biker Boyfriends eh?” He wriggles his brows and Taehyung blushes. Boyfriends??? They’re boyfriends??
Taehyung can’t believe it. They’ve been through a lot but it’s safe to say they’re better than ever. And thanks to Jun’s birthday last month, their feelings have been confirmed mutual The only problem is…they can’t seem to move past making out
Taehyung wants to. So badly But there’s still hesitation lingering between them. “Oh, look at you. You’re blushing” Jimin says and Taehyung giggles. “So tell me! How are you two?” Jimin asks. “We’re good. Better. Amazing than ever” he rambles
“I could see that when you were smooching this morning” Jimin scoffs, “can’t keep your hands off each other, eh?” Taehyung fumes, “it’s so incredibly hard” he admits And Jimin chuckles Taehyung considers asking Jimin about his problem. He’d have some answers right?
“Listen” he asks as they get into the car. “Yeah?” He clears his throat, “ah, there’s something bothering me though” “What is it?” “Well, we can’t seem to” he gulps, “go past kissing, if you know what I mean” Jimin’s eyes grow, he nods, “uh huh”
“I want to. I can tell he wants to too. But—“ “Yeah, you can’t seem to initiate anything, right?” Taehyung purses his lips, “yeah” Jimin hums, “when was the last time you had sex, Taehyung?” And wow, Taehyung hadn’t even thought about that. “Hm, before Junnie came?”
“Wow!” Jimin exclaims, “that’s long! Aren’t you pent up?” “Shut up, Minnie!” Taehyung scolds, cheeks warming. “Sorry, sorry. What about him? Do you have any idea?” And Taehyung has no clue. They’ve dated people but never really talked about it. “Long ago, I guess”
Jimin hums, “I guess you guys are hesitant because it’s been a while since you got intimate with anyone” Taehyung nods “Plus, you guys have been friends for so long. What if you’re scared of crossing that line?” Taehyung hadn’t thought about it that way.
But both seem like a pretty good reasons “I mean, years of familiarity moving onto something so intimate, it’s a scary feeling. Plus, you guys are still hesitant about conveying your feelings. Like, what exactly are you two? Everything plays into it, yknow?”
Taehyung sighs Jimin’s right So many things are in play. It’s difficult to single out jsut one reason Until Jimin pointed it out, Taehyung hadn’t realised that they hadn’t yet labelled their relationship They kiss, hug, take baths together, live together, are exclusive
They’re basically a couple But are they boyfriends? Husbands?? There’s no label and all this time, Taehyung was okay with it But what will he say at the reunion? They’re friends who are raising a baby together? Or what?
“Taehyung?” “Yeah?” “I say, it will come with time. Don’t force yourself into it. You’ll know when you’re ready, okay?” Taehyung smiles, “yeah” Jimin grins, “great! Now let’s get you all biker-ed up!” “That’s not a word” “It can be. Shut up”
— “Kookie? You ready? Seokmin is here” Taehyung says as he lets Seokmin in. “Looking goood, Tae” he compliments and Taehyung grins, “thanks, Seokminnie” “Junnie! Look who’s here!” Taehyung calls and Junnie runs out of his room, running into Seokmin’s arms “Seokminnie!”
As Seokmin twirls Jun, who’s dressed as an Angel, in the air, Taehyung walks to their bedroom. “Hey? You ready—“ He stops midway when he finds Jungkook wearing the leather jacket he had bought this morning “Wow” is all he can say as Jungkook checks himself out in the mirror
Jungkook smirks when he hears what Taehyung had said, clocking a brow that has Taehyung’s heart skip a beat. “Like what you see?” Taehyung walks to him, dazedly groping his biceps and body, “fuck yeah” Jungkook giggles, kissing him, “same here, you look ravishing”
He whispers in his ear and it sends a chill down Taehyung’s spine. “I really want to kiss you right now” he confesses and Taehyung giggles. “We have to go. Can’t keep Seokmin waiting” Jungkook pouts, shoulders slumping as Taehyung drags him out
“Whoa! That’s a power couple right there!” Seokmin declares and the two fume, “thanks, Seokmin” “Alright. You guys have fun!” Taehyung and Jungkook kiss Junnie a bye “You too!” Seokmin says. And with a wave, they’re out of the apartment. (Their fits)
— Of course Of course nothing in this Universe could ever go in Taehyung’s favour After almost an entire hour of socialising with people and running into no problems, they had to run into Bogum just as they were leaving
“Hey! Taehyung!” The familiar voice almost sends a chill down his spine. He forces a smile and turns, “Bogummie Hyung! Good to see you!” he says as Bogum pulls him into a hug. “Oh god! It’s been so long! Last time I saw you we were making out during our graduation!”
Jungkook frowns and Taehyung wants to bury his head in the ground like an ostrich Of course he was going to mention that! Taehyung was a bit lonely on their graduation. And very drunk! They were broken up but hooked up anyway.
Taehyung smiles politely You haven’t changed, Hyung” he speaks through a clenched jaw “Taehyung?” Jungkook calls, a little confused by the exchange “Oh, right. Jungkook, this is Bogum Hyung my uh, ex. And Hyung this is uh…” he leaves his mouth hanging for a while, “Jungkook”
“Oh you’re Jungkook?” There’s a hint of something in Bogum’s voice that Taehyung can’t quite comprehend. “Ah, yes. It’s good to meet you” he shakes his hand. “Like wise” Bogum smiles and Taehyung hopes they can escape. But the Universe hates him
“So, matching costumes, huh?” Bogum observes and Taehyung bites his lip They were here the entire night. Chatting away, meeting old friends, drinking and socialising They were together for most part But no one had really questioned them, you see
The thing with Bogum is that…he’s the only one to question their relationship While no one cared, he did. Taehyung could tell he was dying to know just what he and Jungkook are “Uh, yeah. A pair of bikers” Jungkook answers, sipping on beer
Taehyung smiles. They do look cute together They’re a good pair as well And it fills his heart with glee “Uh huh, I can see that” Bogum begins, “actually, I saw you two at the beginning of the party. You guys came together, right?” Good lord why can’t Bogum be direct?
“Yeah. That’s right” Jungkook replies dryly and it seems to test Bogum’s patience. He smiles politely. He’s about to say something when Taehyung’s phone rings Saved by the bell. “Ah, excuse me” he says, turning away to lift the call “Hey, Seokmin. What’s up?”
His eyes widen, “he what? Can you put him on the phone?” “Junnie, so much candy isn’t good for you, baby. Listen to Seokminnie, okay? Junnie? No don’t cry—“ he turns to Jungkook, “hey, can you talk to him?” Jungkook takes the phone, “what’s wrong?” he asks Taehyung
“He’s eating too much candy and won’t stop” Taehyung says and Jungkook nods “Junnie, hey baby. No, no. Don’t cry, I’ll scold Dada okay?” Taehyung scoffs. Scold him? For what? “Listen to Seokminnie okay? If you eat so much candy, your teeth will hurt”
He continues, “look, baby, if you eat so much candy, your teeth will hurt. And if your teeth hurt, you can’t eat candy later, right? So eat some now and tomorrow, we can eat more, okay?” Taehyung gestures against it, rejecting the offer. But Jungkook dismisses him with a wave
And then, he smiles “That’s my boy! Now listen to what Seokminnie says, okay? Good boy. Appa and Dada love you. Bye now” And with that, he effortlessly cuts the call He smirks as he returns the phone to Tae “Why? Why won’t he listen to me?” Taehyung asks and Jungkook giggles
“Guess it’s Jungkook-season at home. Everyone likes me” Jungkook boasts and Taehyung rolls his eyes, “yeah, sure” But Taehyung shouldn’t have gotten carried away by Junnie Because there’s a curious pair of eyes watching them “Appa? Dada?”
Taehyung turns to him, realising. “Oh, uh, um—“ “So, are you two married?” “No! I mean” he turns to Jungkook who looks clueless, “not yet. I mean, no, we—“ “So? You two dating then?” Bogum’s only asked two questions but Taehyung’s over worked “I..we..”
And Taehyung doesn’t calm down until he feels a familiar arm wrap around his waist, a body coming to his side. “Well, we haven’t labelled it yet. But I guess, you could say that. We’re boyfriends” Jungkook says and Taehyung gasps, taken aback He said it He said it!
Bogum’s just as surprised, for all the wrong reasons though. “And to be honest, it feels like so much more, with him. Even now. And hopefully, in the future, we’ll be more than what we are now” Jungkook says, pressing a kiss to Taehyung’s lips And Taehyung thinks he will faint
He’s giddy with joy and he can’t stop staring at …staring at his boyfriend! And more! Jungkook is his Boyfriend and more!! “I knew it!” Bogum says, ruining the tender moment Jungkook and Taehyung were enjoying. “What do you mean?” Taehyung rolls his eyes
Bogum smirks, taking a step closer to them. “I mean, I always knew you had the hots for Jungkook” “What?” “What?!” And Bogum’s smirk widens. “You know, that night at the graduation? After you got shit drunk?” he begins
And Taehyung’s not sure where this is going. “Uh huh?” he replies, urging him to go on Bogum turns to Jungkook, leaning in, “we hooked up that night and he wouldn’t stop moaning your name” And Taehyung’s eyes widen, “WHAT?!”
He watches as a smug smile paints on Jungkook’s face. Taehyung stutters, “what?! That’s not true!” he blushes as Jungkook’s gaze bores into him “Oh come on. You kept whining his name it was so cute. Although, a little bit of a turn off” “Okay! Shut up!” Taehyung fumes
“Well—“ “Okay! Goodbye! It was nice to meet you again!” Taehyung says, grabbing Jungkook and pulling him away. “Taehyung! Jungkook! You guys leaving?” Someone asks. “Yeah we’ll see you! Bye!” Jungkook says as Taehyung drags him out of there
Once they’re in the car, Taehyung says nothing as he pushes Jungkook into the driver’s seat. “Let’s go home now! Away from Bogum!” Taehyung declares but Jungkook doesn’t start the car. “I’m not starting the car until you fess up” Jungkook holds back a smug smile
Taehyung buries his face in his hand. To be honest, Taehyung doesn’t remember anything! But why would Bogum lie?? “You’ve liked me since University?” Jungkook asks Taehyung sits up, “no! I mean, not like I do…now” he speaks, “I..well I was attracted to you. You’re hot”
Jungkook bites his lip. “Oh, wow” is all he says, and continues, “So much that you moaned my name?” “Oh shut up!” Taehyung scolds, shocked at the revelation. Jungkook gets a text. He’s so, so confused! And embarrassed! “Seokmin just texted me” Jungkook informs
Taehyung inhales, his cheeks not cooling, “and?” “Junnie is asleep” Jungkook says, turning the car on Taehyung gulps. Because it’s not as simple as Junnie sleeping There’s another meaning to his words Taehyung gulps. He can’t wait to go home
— “Hey, thanks for taking care of Junnie” Jungkook says as Taehyung walks past him and straight to their bedroom, hoping Jungkook won’t pester him about it anymore. But then, he hears the main door click and footsteps approach him His heart beats in sync
He doesn’t turn when Jungkook walks into the room. “Hey, moaned-my-name-with-someone-else Taehyung” he calls and Taehyung groans, “shut up!” he says, removing his jacket “Hey, it’s funny” Jungkook’s voice is a lot closer than he had expected. The hair on his neck rise
“No, it’s embarrassing” Taehyung sighs, dropping the jacket to the ground. “No. I think it’s cute” the next words are spoken in his skin, lips pressing against his neck. He tenses when he feels hands on his arms. “It is?” Taehyung’s eyes flutter shut
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Taehyung can’t help but laugh when he comes down from@his high. “What’s so funny” Jungkook asks, pulling away to look at Taehyung’s flushed face. “No I’m just…jerking each other off…it’s such a …high school student thing to do” Jungkook laughs too, kissing him
“Then, do you wanna do something grown ups do?” he suggests, clocking a brow and Taehyung gasps. His hand caresses his face and he gulps. He pulls Jungkook in for a kiss, leaning back and pulling Jungkook with him They find themselves entangled on the bed, heating up again
“Fuck, get it off” Taehyung attempts to wriggle out of his trousers. “On it” Jungkook breathes between kisses and his hands almost push the pants down when a familiar voice startles them “Appa?” Taehyung’s quick reflexes save their asses when he pulls a blanket over them
“JUNNIE” Jungkook says when the sleepy boy looks at them, rubbing his eyes. “Were Appa and Dada fighting?” he asks as Jungkook and Taehyung hurry to put their pants on under the blanket Junnie climbs up the bed. “Uh, no?” Taehyung replies when Jungkook gets off of him
“Then what were those sounds?” He questions, snuggling into Taehyung’s side And Taehyung stares at Jungkook in disbelief, the latter only laughing. “We uh” taehyung tries to reply, “we were uh—“ “Go on” Jungkook teases and Taehyung rolls his eyes
“Junnie we uh—“ taehyung halts when he finds Junnie asleep. He sighs, plopping down onto the bed next to him. “Damn it!” he groans into the pillow as Jungkook sits up. “I’ll get something to clean us up” he says, gesturing towards their spikes abdomens
As Taehyung watches Jungkook and his glorious body away, only now dies it dawn on him what they had just done. He squeals into the pillow, face burning up. And as he waits for Jungkook to come back, he drifts to sleep, exhausted
But he knows Jungkook cleans them up And he knows he slips into the space behind Taehyung and lulls him to sleep with soft kisses to his back Taehyung inwardly promises himself that next time, there won’t be any interruptions
— “Bye now, Junnie” Taehyung says, kissing his forehead. “Me too” Jungkook chimes, holding Junnie up in his arms Taehyung bites his lip, leaning into press a kiss to his boyfriend’s lips.
Jungkook grins. “One more” he says and Taehyung obliges, kissing him again He hadn’t been able to look Jungkook in the eye cuz of last night But he can’t ignore his kisses “You should go” he breathes against his lip “One more kiss and I will”
Taehyung gives in, “one last one” he says and kisses him again. And he’s a little too lost to register the sound of the door opening up. “Jungkook! We’re back!” a voice announces and Taehyung’s eyes shoot open. Landing on a couple, standing in their doorway, shocked
Jungkook turns, looking at the old couple “what were you—“ the woman says, a hand raised to her mouth. “Appa? Who is that?” Junnie asks and their eyes grow wider And Taehyung braces for the worst “Mom! Dad! I can explain!”
Dad walks towards them and grabs Taehyung’s arm, pulling him away from Jungkook and Jun. “Dad wait—“ Jungkook tries to interject but his Dad drags Taehyung towards himself and Jungkook’s mom “This is exactly what I told you not to do!” His dad roars and Jungkook halts
Taehyung purses his lip, eyes shifting my between the three members of his family. “But Dad—“ “We wanted to give you a surprise upon returning from the States but got a surprise instead” his mom chides “I am shocked!” His dad adds and Jungkook clicks his tongue.
“You guys are making a big deal out of this!” Jungkook protests His Dad’s eyes widen. He stomps towards Jungkook but the latter stands his ground “We let you and Taehyung stay friends because you promised us you wouldn’t make a move on this gem of a guy! But look what you did!”
Taehyung sighs as the Jeongcheol butt heads. “I’m not a kid! I like him and of course I would want to date him, old man!” Jungkook says “Old man? Honey! Look what he’s calling me!” His dad turns to complain to his wife who’s busy adjusting Taehyung’s bangs
“Taehyungie, has Jungkookie troubles you when we were gone? I hope not” she says and Taehyung smiles, “he hasn’t, Mom. Please tell Dad to stop fighting with Kookie” At that, Jungkook’s dad turns, “I’m sorry but I don’t approve of this guy, Taehyung. Not for you” Jungkook scoffs
“Hah? This guy? Have you forgotten that I’m your son?? And not him!” Jungkook argues But his dad only crosses his arms and turns his head away from his son, refusing to respond “Taehyung! Look at him!” Jungkook whines, grabbing him by his wrist and yanking him towards himself
“Taehyung, don’t listen to him. I still don’t approve of him” his dad yanks him back And as the father and son tug on Taehyung, he gives up, mind drifting back to years ago Jungkook’s parents were influential. And Jungkook was basically a spoilt rich kid.
They were worried about him and his habits. It was after Taehyung’s grandma passed away that Jungkook changed his ways to be a better friend. Of course, his parents don’t know that. They assumed Taehyung had miraculously changed their reckless son for the best
While Taehyung wanted to explain to them that Jungkook had changed on his own volition, Jungkook refused “Well, in a way, you /are/ the reason. Let it stay that way” he had said and Taehyung couldn’t refute that As a result, his parents came to love Taehyung
They took him in as their own. And Taehyung was eternally grateful for that. While he made sure to never rely on them, they helped him in subtle ways. It was easy to grow close to them But their relationship, though strong, was short lived They had to move to the States
Of course, they did so after they helped Taehyung and Jungkook move in together They didn’t want them to separate But at the airport, they made sure Jungkook had ingrained in his brain that Taehyung was off limits You know how old people are They liked Tae a little too much
Of course at that time, they didn’t think much of it Because they weren’t even on each other’s mind Dating each other, loving each other, it never crossed their mind. Sure, thanks to Bogum, now Taehyung knows that he was attracted to Jungkook subconsciously
But at that time, Jungkook was just a dear friend Until Jun came into their life If you were to approach 20 year old Taehyung and tell him he’d be dating Jungkook, he wouldn’t believe it Even now, it feels like a fever dream that he’s fallen in love and dating Jungkook
And he loves it He wouldn’t have it any other way But they hadn’t expected Jungkook’s parents to have taken those words uttered all those years ago seriously “Ah, stop it you two!” His mom interferes, freeing Taehyung from their grasp, “you’re annoying Taehyungie”
They let go as his mom pulls Taehyung away, patting his back. “Taehyungie” her voice is mellow and he turns to her, “yes, mom?” “Are you and Jungkook together?” “Excuse me, you can ask me that as well—“ “Shut up, brat” “What did you call me, old man?” “A brat!”
“Ah, please stop it” Taehyung interferes. When the Father and Son stop butting heads, Taehyung sighs He walks to Jungkook “Mom, Dad” he begins, “Jungkook and I—“ “Appa, Dada” a weak voice calls, one they’d forgotten about amidst the chaos
The couples turn their attention to the small figure hiding behind the shoe cabinet. Taehyung and Jungkook exchange a glance before Jungkook walks to Jun and takes the small soul in his arms “Hey, don’t be scared” Taehyung says and Jun nods, peeking at the old couple
“Mom, Dad. We have something to tell you” Jungkook says, getting their attention “That child…he just called you two Appa and Dada” his mom observes “Son, what’s going on?” His dad puts a hand on Jungkook’s shoulder, eyes worried. Worried that Jungkook seems hesitant
No matter how much they bicker and fight, they’re still Father and son He’s obviously worried about Jungkook “This is Jun. Jeon Yeonjun. Your grandchild” Their eyes widen, now focused on Jun who hides in Jungkook’s arms “What?” His dad asks
“I….I didn’t know same-sex couples could adopt” his mom says Taehyung swallows, “Mom, Junnie is…we didn’t adopt him” The confusion on their faces intensifies “..what do you mean?” Taehyung and Jungkook exchange a glance before Jungkook inhales “Jun is my biological son”
—- “Fuck, fuck, fuck! How did this happen?” Jungkook paces across the living room “Hey, it’s okay. Don’t worry” Taehyung says “Fuck, we should really stop locking doors” Jungkook says and Taehyung sighs. “You’re right” Jungkook sighs, coming to a halt
Start locking doors **
Even after hearing it from Jungkook’s lips, his Dad and Mom were unable to process it Taehyung suggested they talk in the afternoon, properly Confused and shocked, Taehyung offered to drive them to their Hotel. They refused and took a cab instead
And that worried Taehyung They had never refused Taehyung “What do I tell them?” Jungkook asks Taehyung takes his hand, “We” he begins, “will tell them the truth” Jungkook smiles, “the truth? That I was reckless and knocked a woman up? They..they’ll be disappointed..”
Taehyung pulls him into a hug, “if it helps, they’ll be disappointed in me as well” Jungkook scoffs, wrapping his arms around Taehyung’s waist, “I won’t let them” Taehyung smiles, “then I won’t let them either” Jungkook tightens his grip, “I…”
“Yeah?” “Nothing. I’m just glad you’re with me” Taehyung sighs, “I’m glad you let me stay by your side” he buries his face in his shoulder. “Hey..” “No, don’t say anything” he pulls away to silence Jungkook with a kiss, “let’s go meet them tonight, okay?”
Jungkook sighs, “okay” Taehyung smiles, “let’s go talk to Junnie, yeah?” They need to tell Junnie who those people are and what to call them. Jungkook remains silent “Hey, what’s wrong?” “What if…what if they don’t accept Junnie?” Taehyung swallows, “they will”
“Will they do it out of love or out of obligation?” Taehyung purses his lips, “a bit of both. But mostly, love. They’ll love Junnie, Kookie” “You promise?” he pouts and Taehyung smiles, kissing him, “I do” Jungkook relaxes, “let’s go talk to Junnie” “Yeah, let’s go”
— “Are grandpa and grandma inside?” Jun asks as they stand outside their suite Taehyung nods, “yes, baby. Greet them when we go in, okay?” he takes Junnie’s hand. “You ready?” He turns to Jungkook on his other side, taking his hand as well Jungkook nods, “yeah”
And with that, they ring the doorbell. They brace themselves and when the door opens, they hold their breath “Come in” His dad answers the door, letting the trio in He isn’t his energetic self And it worries Taehyung They walk in to find his mom seated in the living room
His Dad joins his mom on the couch. “Please, have a seat” she smiles politely and Taehyung’s never felt more nerve wracking before They settle on the couch, Jun on Jungkook’s lap Jungkook clears his throat, about to speak when Jun hops off his lap and rushes to the old couple
They’re startled by the tiny body rushing towards them. Junnie bows respectfully, “Good Afternoon, Grandpa, Grandma” Taehyung and Jungkook exchange a glance And so do His parents His Dad smiles, “Good afternoon” His mom repeats, “Good afternoon”
Having his greeting returned, Jun straightens up and walks back to his parents but not before shining his grandparents a bright smile It takes them aback, making them smile a little as well When Jun’s back in Jungkook’s lap, his dad speaks up. “So, what is going on?”
Taehyung’s throat runs dry. He can’t imagine what Jungkook feels like. Despite the anxiety spreading through his body, Jungkook speaks up when he feels Taehyung’s fingers around his “Like I said before. Jun is my biological son” His Dad swallows the lump in his throat, “how?”
How. And together, Jungkook and Taehyung tell them everything They tell them about Areum. About the misunderstanding About her death About how Taehyung was given the responsibility of Jun out of nowhere Even how Taehyung didn’t tell Jungkook for a long time Everything
And as they did, the faces of Jungkook’s parents displayed a variety of emotions Confused, regretful, disappointed, sorrowful. Jungkook’s hand had began to tremble at some point. But Taehyung held it throughout, unwilling to let it go
When they were done, his parents looked at Jungkook, then at Taehyung, then at Junnie who was busy playing with the toy he had brought along with him They look at each other and then at Taehyung and Jungkook They stand up, “please excuse us for a moment” and leave
Taehyung finally releases the breath he had been holding, turning to pull Jungkook into an embrace. He was trembling, scared out of his wits, overwhelmed. “Hey, I’m here” Taehyung doesn’t know why he has tears in his eyes “I know, I know” Jungkook chuckles, leaning onto him
For a long time, the door behind which they had disappeared doesn’t open For a long time, Taehyung and Jungkook sit in silence, unable to predict what would happen But when the door finally opens, Taehyung and Jungkook spring to their feet “Sit down, sit down” his mom says
And they do, glued together on the couch. “Mom, Dad—“ “Jungkook” his dad begins and they see their lips shut, “your mom and I talked” he begins and Taehyung gulps “After what we’ve heard, we are, naturally, disappointed in you” “Dad—“ Taehyung interjects
“Not now, Taehyung” he says and Taehyung sinks back in his seat. Jungkook swallows, nodding. The one thing Jungkook was worried about the most had happened Jungkook must be devastated
“We knew you were reckless but didn’t know it got so out of control that you ended up getting someone pregnant” Taehyung wants to say something He wants to argue, protest But he’s frozen in place He doesn’t know what to do. He’s helpless
“But” he says and their heads shoot up to look at them, “we can see that you rose to the occasion and took responsibility of Jun” Jungkook gulps, eyes expectant “And we…are very proud of you for that, Son” And a tear escapes Jungkook’s eye. A tear of relief
“Junnie” his mom calls and Jun looks up. When she extends his arms, he glances at Taehyung who reassures him with a curt nod He hops off his lap and walks to his mom. When she lifts him up into her lap, she smiles. She pulls him closer to herself, smiling.
“Mom, that’s your grandson” Jungkook says and she chuckles, setting Junnie’s hair. “Yes. My grandson” she says and her voice drips with love. “Our grandson” his dad corrects and Jungkook chuckles through tears Taehyung shudders out a sigh, holding back tears
They accepted Junnie Junnie…Junnie will have grandparents that love him He’ll have grandparents who care for him Taehyung can’t begin to express just how thankful he is How grateful he is Especially after seeing how his other grandparents had once treated him
But the sweetness in the air doesn’t last much longer. “Taehyung” his dad calls and the hair on his body rises. “Yes, Dad” he straightens up. Jungkook frowns, who had also been lured into a false sense of relief “What—“ “Wait, Jungkook” and he shuts up
“After having heard the entire story, we are disappointed in you as well, Taehyung” Taehyung purses his lips, “I understand” “It was very irresponsible of you to keep such a secret from Jungkook” “Dad—“ “Jungkook, be quiet” he says and Jungkook shuts up again
“But, like Jungkook, you rose up to the occasion as well. And took responsibility for your actions. Jungkook has forgiven you so we have no right to punish you either. As elders, we can only scold you for your mistakes” He nods. But somehow, this doesn’t seem like the end of it
“I’m sorry, Mom, Dad” Taehyung bows. “You two have done a great job raising Junnie and taking care of all his needs. You’re still young, and we understand it was a Herculean task for you two. But you two have done a good job” Jungkook bows as well, “thank you, Mom, Dad”
“But” Taehyung swallows There’s a but. Even after all of this, there is still a but “We are worried about the relationship between you two” Huh “What?” “What?” They ask in unison, flabbergasted. The older couple sigh, “what is relationship between you two?”
It’s an easy question And it should’ve been obvious But they’re asking them what their relationship is And Taehyung doesn’t know what to say. “We are together” Jungkook says “We know” they turn their gazes to Taehyung, “but why?”
Why? What do they mean why? And how is one supposed to answer that? When Taehyung looks at Jungkook, he seems just as clueless as him Seeing them silent, his Dad speaks up again. “Taehyung, are you with Jungkook because you feel obligated to be with him?”
Taehyung’s throat runs dry “….what?” “From what you’ve told us, we understand that you felt extremely guilty for keeping it from Jungkook. Do you think it’s because of that guilt that you want to stay with Jungkook?” What Because of guilt? Obligation?
Taehyung’s heart is beating out of his chest and his ears are ringing “Though we bicker a lot, Jungkook is our precious son. We didn’t want to assume but we would be upset if someone was forcing themselves to stay with him because of guilt—“
“Mom, Dad—“ Jungkook’s weak voice breaks. And it’s the last straw. “You’re wrong” Taehyung enunciates, loud and clear The old couple watch him intently and Taehyung stands up. “I apologise, Mom, Dad. I understand your worry. But you are wrong” he repeats
He turns to Jungkook, “we…we’ve known each other since University and though we didn’t get along at first, he became a major support to me. I don’t know what I would’ve done without him by my side, taking care of me, looking after me. Jungkook became my family”
He turns to the parents, “when I brought Junnie into our house, he said nothing and took care of him without complaints. Even when I dropped the bomb on him that he’s his real father, he accepted me for my faults. He accepted me and he accepted Junnie”
“Jungkook…is a gem of a guy. People like don’t find them everywhere. And I’m blessed enough to stay by his side. Im blessed for being able to raise a child with him. I’m blessed ….for having fallen in love with him” Jungkook gasps as Taehyung gets down on his knees
“Mom, Dad. I…I love Jungkook. I love with the bottom of my heart. I love him with all my being. I love him for who he is. An dear friend, an amazing father and the person who loves me” he bows, “you have always been kind to me, Mom and Dad. I can assure you it’s not guilt”
“All those years ago, not only did Jungkook become my family. But he also brought me into a family of his, which cared for me greatly. Today, I ask that family to allow me to love and cherish their precious son, for he is precious to me as well”
“And I promise to protect his heart like it’s mine. Please, give us your blessing, Mom, Dad” he says And silence blankets them He doesn’t rise from his position. “Taehyungie” his mom says and he looks up, “yes, mom?” “Jungkook‘a crying” and at that, he whips his head around
Before he can turn around, he’s tackled to the ground by Jungkook, “you jackass! You dropped the L bomb on them before me!” Taehyung swallows, wrapping his arms around him, “I’m sorry” he laughs as Jungkook sniffles “I love you” he says and Jungkook chuckles. “I love you”
Jungkook’s tears dampen the fabric of his shirt But it doesn’t matter Because Taehyung is crying as well, overwhelmed by what had just happened “I love you so much” he repeats and Jungkook pulls back to kiss him, “I love you too”
And Taehyung’s never been happier as he embraces Jungkook tightly, kissing his cheeks endlessly Jungkook giggles, kissing Taehyung again, “I love you so much, Taehyung” “I love you too, Kookie” “Junnie loves Appa and Dada too” Jun jumps onto their entangled mass of a body
The duo giggle, holding Junnie close. “Appa and Dada love Junnie too” they shower him with kisses and the little one giggles “Oh, my. Honey, are you crying?” his mom asks and they turn to face his dad “They’re perfect for each other” he sobs and Jungkook chuckles
They untangle themselves and stand up. They link their hands and bow, “Mom, Dad. Once again, please give us your blessings” Jungkook says His parents exchange a glance and smile, walking towards them and pulling them into a hug, “of course we will”
When they pull back after a mess of tears, his parents ask them to stay for dinner. They accept and all day long, Junnie plays with his grandparents
When they sit on the dinner table later, Taehyung can’t help but feel fulfilled He looks at Kook’s parents, Junnie.. and Jungkook who smiles brightly at him Taehyung smiles back, grateful. This…is his family And he vows to treasure it
— “Hey, we need to go. Mom and Dad must be waiting” Taehyung speaks in between hushed kisses “They can wait a little longer” Jungkook silences him with a deep kiss, holding him close Taehyung sighs, letting himself be kissed silly by his lover “Appa, Dada! Stop kissing!”
Taehyung and Jungkook pull away to look at Junnie glaring at them, arms crossed The little bean thinks he looks threatening but he’s really not Taehyung smiles, lifting him up to kiss him, a smile emerging in his lips. “Junnie you’re so jealous” Jungkook kisses him.
Taehyung shushes him, “sh, he likes our kisses is all. Right, baby?” And Junnie nods, wrapping his arms around Taehyung And then, he side eyes Jungkook, making his jaw drop, “Taehyung! Did you see that?” “See what?” Taehyung asks as he walks out of their apartment
Jungkook follows, locking the door and getting into the elevator “Junnie! He’s marking his territory!” Jungkook whines as Junnie kisses Taehyung repeatedly “And look! He’s showing off! He wants you all to himself!” Taehyung chuckles, “is that right, Junnie?”
Junnie hmphs, burying his face in Taehyung’s shoulder, “Dada is mine” Jungkook gasps, “hey—“ Taehyung pushes a finger to his lips, “he’s a kid. Let him be, baby” Hearing the nickname from Taehyung’s lips effectively shuts him up. He sighs, getting into the car
When Junnie smiles, Jungkook narrows his eyes at him, “this isn’t over pal” As sparks of rivalry fly between Jungkook and Jun, Taehyung only laughs, endeared by the father and son. “So, you ready to tell them?” Taehyung asks and Jungkook’s face takes on a more serious tone
He sighs and a smile coats his face, taking Taehyung’s hand, “yeah” — “Junnie! I missed you my baby!” Jungkook’s mom exclaims when jun hops off Taehyung’s arms and runs into hers “Grandma!!” he cheers as she twirls him in air
“Hey mom” Taehyung and Jungkook greet once she stops and regains balance. Their dad appears from behind and his poker face turns into a more cheerful ones when his eyes land on his grandson “Junnie!” he takes him and hugs him, eliciting giggles from the youngest “Grandpa!”
“Hey dad” Taehyung greets, wrapping him in a half hug before Jungkook does the same “How have you been, Taehyung?” He ruffles his hair, smiling brightly It’s been a few weeks and they’ve been coming over every now and then, helping their parents settle into their house
Normally, Taehyung would smile just as cheerfully and reply But today, his eyes wander to Jungkook who’s already looking at him, equally nervous Noticing their anxious glances, their parents frown, “is something wrong?” Jungkook inhales, “I think we should sit down”
Once settled on different places on the couch, Taehyung clears his throat. “Jungkook and I have something to tell you” Taehyung says, lacing his fingers with Jungkook’s Taking the cue, Jungkook turns to his curious parents, “mom, Dad…”
He inhales, “Junnie is now your grandson. Officially” And it takes them a moment to understand But as the words deep into their brains, their eyes widen “IT’S OFFICIAL?!” “YOU GOT THE CUSTODY?!” they exclaim and Taehyung and Jungkook burst into wide smiles
“Jungkook is officially Junnie’s Father!” Taehyung declares and the couple stand, pulling Jungkook into a tight hug. “Our son is officially a father” “I’m so proud of you, Son” “Guys, don’t cry. I might end up crying too” Jungkook says Taehyung chuckles, “you already are”
“Shut up!” Jungkook sniffles and Taehyung chuckles as the three pull away. Teary eyed, Dad takes Junnie back in his arms, “Junnie, my boy. My grandson” he says, hugging him gently Their mom chuckles, “I guess Jungkook gets it from his Dad” she tells Taehyung
They watch Jun, Jungkook and his Dad chatter, wiping their tears and Taehyung laughs “That’s true” he says. He continues watching them fondly when he feels an arm wrap around his middle, “Congratulations on becoming a father, Taehyungie”
The tremble in Taehyung’s hand halts and his raving heart relaxes. He shudders out a sigh. Jungkook’s mom is a tiny woman but Taehyung leans into her side, finding comfort in her warmth “Thanks mom” he holds back tears. And fails miserably
When the Grandfather, Father and Son trio notice his tears, they pull him into a warm hug, and Taehyung lets his tears fall They’re a family after all
— “So, tell me” Dad begins and all eyes are on him, “did it go smoothly?” Taehyung nods, “Yeah there were no problems. Our lawyer was of great help and got it done soon” “There was no problem since Junnie and Inare biologically related” Jungkook adds
“That’s great!” His mom begins, “although, I do feel sad that Areum isn’t around. I suppose she had no will. Maybe that was why it was easy to get custody of Junnie” Jungkook purses his lips, “yeah” “We were apprehensive about it too. It didn’t feel right” Tae adds
Dad hums “It’s a little sad that Junnie has no family from his mother’s side” he comments “So we’ll give Junnie all our love” Mom coos, feeding Junnie As he smiles, Taehyung glances at Jungkook who reassures him wihh to a smile
—flashback— “Jungkook, I’ll be here, okay? And we don’t have to do this. Rather, you don’t have to. I can do it, okay?” Jungkook shakes his head, “no. We’re in this together” Reassured by his lover’s determination, Taehyung rings the door bell
When the old man opens the door, his face falls when he finds Taehyung at his door Taehyung bows, “Good afternoon, Sir. We have something important to tell you” He frowns, glancing at Jungkook who bows as well
Reluctantly, the old man pushes the door open further, grumbling, “come in” “Thank you, Sir” Taehyung says and they follow him inside They’re asked to settle in the living room. A moment later, the couple appear with glasses of water “Thank you” Taehyung says.
Neither of the couples speak up, letting awkwardness spread. “What brings you here?” the woman asks and Taehyung clears his throat. “We’re here to talk about Junnie” he says They raise their brows, “I see. And who is this young man?” the man asks
Taehyung purses his lips, about to answer when Jungkook does instead, “I’m Junnie’s father. Jungkook” And their eyes widen at the name of the man their daughter had a child with The tension in the room increases ten fold “And what do you want now?” he snaps
“Like knocking up our daughter wasn’t enough” the woman adds. Taehyung’s about to say something when Jungkook grabs his hand, shaking his head Taehyung sinks back into his seat, head lowered “I am sorry for all the inconvenience caused, Sir, Madam” Jungkook bows
An arrogant huff resonates in the room and Taehyung clenches his jaw. “Whatever. Move on to what you want to say” the man says and Jungkook straightens his posture Taehyung begins, “when the paperwork checks out, Jungkook will become Jun’s official father”
Their eyes widen. “Junnie will be my child, legally. And we felt it was only right to inform his grandparents” Taehyung inhales deeply He can hear Jungkook’s nervous gulp as they await a reaction But all they hear is a click of tongue “We are not his grandparents”
Taehyung exhales, ‘as expected’ He glances at Jungkook who does look disappointed despite Taehyung having warned him already He nods, “I understand. It was my duty to inform you. Thank you for your time” he stands up and Taehyung follows
They huff bitterly, not bothering to stand up to see them off Seeing that Jungkook’s affected, Taehyung laces his fingers with his, comforting him “Hey, you did okay, alright?” he utters and Jungkook nods, “yeah”
They turn around, bowing, “thank you for your time” Taehyung says When they turn to leave, a voice stops them, “wait” the man says They turn halfway, “yes?” His eyes narrow at their linked hands, “what’s the relationship between you two?”
tw // homophobia Taehyung breathes in and out “We’re lovers” he firmly grips Jungkook’s hand And their reactions are nothing Taehyung has never seen Disgust Shock And then, they break into a kicking laughter, “that child is doomed. No mother and two men raising him. Heh”
And this time, Taehyung doesn’t hold back. “We have a lot to learn from you, Sir, Madam. And it’s how not to treat your child or for that matter, any child. We’ll be better parents than you two ever were” he says and their eyes widen in rage “Get out of my house!” He yells
Taehyung only smirks at the couple before bowing half heartedly and they exit the apartment, slamming the door behind them “Those pricks” Taehyung curses when they walk out “Tae—“ “How dare they—“ Jungkook yanks him in for a hug, calming Taehyung down.
“I love you. So much” he breathes into his shoulder Taehyung melts in his arms, sighing as he buries his face in his neck, “I love you too” “You’re a good man, Taehyung. And a wonderful father” Taehyung bites his lip, because he understands the fear in Jungkook’s voice
He pulls away, cupping his cheeks, “we will be okay, okay? We are not like them. You are not like them. Okay?” Jungkook chuckles, “it’s scary how you always know what im thinking” “Scary?” Jungkook smiles, “comforting”
— end of flashback — Taehyung can’t help but smile as he watches Mom and Dad shower Junnie with love and affection He’s been through so much and deserves nothing but the best. He’s glad that he will forever be surrounded by people that love him
Almost done with dinner, they’re wrapping things up when Dad’s phone rings “Hello? Yes. Delivered? Okay” “Who was that?” Mom asks and he shakes his head, “no one” he smiles at Taehyung and Jungkook before digging in
— “Ah, I’m full” Taehyung says as he follows Jungkook who’s carrying a slumbering Junnie back into their apartment “Me too. Mom’s cooking hits different” Jungkook exclaims as he opens the door Taehyung kneels to pick up their mail. “I’ll put him to sleep” Jungkook says
Taehyung hums as he goes through their mail Electricity bill, water bill, advertisements and — huh? “Hey, there’s an envelope but with your dad’s name” Taehyung yells “That’s weird. Why don’t you open it?” Jungkook yells back “You sure?” It’s his dad’s after all “Yeah”
Taehyung walks to the kitchen island, grabbing a scissors to cut it and unfolds the paper His breath hitches and his eyes widen when he reads the title, prominent and in bold Marriage Registration Form
Wide eyed and heart racing, he turns on his heels to call Jungkook, “Jun—“ And there he is, on one knee, a velvet box nestled in his palm, displaying a magnificent ring “Hey”
His ears ring and Taehyung stumbles, leaning onto the Island for support “Jungkook” he utters, his entire being trembling But Jungkook’s no better, watching Taehyung with teary and unsure eyes, quivering as well “Taehyung”
Taehyung’s lost for words, mouth hung open as he watches Jungkook hold out the ring for him “I know, this is sudden. And I know you’re a hopeless romantic and wouldve loved a grand gesture. But…I couldn’t wait” Jungkook begins Taehyung swallows
Jungkook smiles, “I know we can’t get married in Korea. And we won’t be recognised as a family. And I know we don’t need a form to be a family. But I do want to get married to you, legally” he continues
“I asked Dad to have these delivered. I-I…I want to marry you. In the States where it’s legal. On a beach or a cliff, during a sunset. I want to kiss you in front of everyone. And call you my husband.”
“Kookie…” “And there’s no rush. Y-You can say no. But I want to make it clear that I want to date you, live with you, kiss you and hug you, all with the intention to eventually marry you. So..” he shudders out a sigh, “Kim Taehyung, will you marry me?”
And Taehyung’s hearts jumping in his chest, threatening to rip out At once, all their memories together flash in front of his eyes All their hardships and milestones And Taehyung thinks he wants that for the rest of his life A tear escapes his eye and he smiles “Yes”
And it’s as if Jungkook couldn’t believe it “W-What?” His voice falters and Taehyung laughs, kneeling in front of him, “I said yes! I’ll marry you, Jungkook!” Taehyung embraces him, tackling him to the ground. When arms wrap around him, he knows Jungkook finally believes it
“Oh my god. Oh my god! YOU SAID YES!!” Jungkook tightens his grip, rolling them over Taehyung giggles, wiping the tears beginning to fall from Jungkook’s eyes, “I’d never say otherwise” he kisses him gently. “We’re gonna get married” “We’re gonna get married” Tae reaffirms
Taehyung pulls away, overwhelmed, “And I don’t need any grand gestures, Kookie. All I need is you” Jungkook smiles, face crumbling as he kisses Taehyung. “I love you so much” he sniffles against his lips Taehyung can’t help but smile, “I love you too” This is forever
— THE END — Thank you for reading❤️ They get married after a year in the States and live happily ever after.
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