#taekookau a/b/o where beta Tae is the quiet, unassuming student in college. He also runs a discreet service for alphas, along with his best friend.
Jimin as the omega is the one who provides the actual 'service' until a new alpha arrives at their dorm room, asking for Tae.
Or Vmin are trying to put themselves through college by a little side hustle, where Jimin helps alphas through their ruts while Taehyung helps omegas who just need someone to nest with.
Jungkook is the new transfer student who falls hard and fast for the quiet beta .
Alpha Jungkook/ beta Taehyung.
Strangers to lovers.
The one good thing about being disowned by his family, Taehyung realized, was that he no longer had anyone in his life to disappoint. No one truly cared about him, except for Jimin and so he could do things like this without feeling too worthless.
"Thanks Tae. I had a great time truly. " The omega in room 405 gushed, handing over a few notes to him. He pocketed the money, smiling. He needed a shower. Badly.
"No problem. You can call me afaint the next time. "
"Oh, no Joowon will be back by then. " She said brightly.
Of course. Taehyung wasn't anyone's wish or choice. He was just a convenient replacement when the real thing wasn't around. He had made peace with that.
"That's fine. " He leaned over and pecked her forehead. " I'll see you around Lila. " He turned back around.
Making his way over to his own dorm, a few blocks over, he kept his head low. It wasn't necessary. In a world where people did everything by scent, his lack of scent served as a sort of camouflage. Taehyung didn't register on people's radar. Which suited him just fine.
But with it came a bit of guilt. Jimin with his distinct scent had caught a lot of flak, often Tae's share as well. His best friend was treated abominably but Jimin was a lot stronger than him. He gave back as good as he got and now after two years, people just steered clear.
The whole thing had been Jimins idea.
"Not everyone has a partner during their heat or rut, Tae. We'll be helping people out and making money, come on. "
Taehyung didn't understand heats or ruts beyond what he'd learned in school. So he took Jimins word for it.
It was just the two of them, Jimi catering to lonely alphas and Taehyung helping out omegas. He didn't like having sex with strangers but he'd gotten used to it. Thankfully omegas were sweet and gentle. They didn't make him feel too much like an object.
As he made his way over to the dorm he saw a figure leaning against the wall, next to the door. It wasn't Jimin or anyone he recognized.
As he stepped closer, the scent of sandalwood and rain made him pause.
"Hi." He said slowly, " Can I help you? "
The alpha looked up at him and he felt a tug in the base of his belly.
Really, really handsome.
His throat went dry.
"Hi, I'm Jeon Jungkook. " The alpha held his hands out. Taehyung took it.
"Jimin isn't here right now. Would you like his number? "
The alpha cleared his throat.
"Actually, I was hoping I could talk to you. They.. Uh.. Told me you...help put too? "
Taehyung went still.
"Is it for an omega friend? " He asked carefully.
Jungkook was quiet for a second.
"No, it's for me. " He said softly.
Taehyung couldn't quite comprehend. Jungkook stepped a little closer and Taehyung blinked as the alphas nostrils flared a little.
"Sorry... It's just... You smell really good and you're so... So fucking pretty... " He whispered.
Taehyung stepped back.
"Are you drunk? I'm a beta.. I don't.. I don't have a scent. " He protested.
Jungkook shook his head.
"You do.. You remind me of gardenias and sunshine. "
Taehyung shook his head, biting his lips.
"I don't sleep with alphas. " He said firmly. " You'll have to see Jimin."
He moved to open the door but Jungkooks hands came over to wrap around his wrist. It wasn't firm or harsh, but soft and infinitely gentle. He stared at the tattooed fingers, his throat dry.
"Please. I'll pay double. "
He exhaled shakily.
"That's a lot of money. " He said finally.
"You're really beautiful. " Jungkook responded.
"Fine." He said softly, tugging his hand away. " I'll ..think about it."
"Okay, can I call you tonight? To confirm? "
Taehyung felt oddly floaty.
The alpha hesitated before bowing and walking away. Taehyung stared after him, disoriented.
What had just happened?
(A/n : lemme know if you guys liked it)
( this fic is up for commission. I'll start it after I finish the fic I'm currently working on with CEO jk and model tae. But, I'm going to post this next scene for you guys)
Taehyung spent the next few hours cleaning the dorm room, both his side and Jimins side as well. He changed the sheets, aired out the room, wiped down the windowsill, watered the three cacti on the table and also arranged their desks.
When Jimin arrived, he paused by the door.
"Okay... " He drawled. " What happened? "
The beta flushed from where he was trying to sweep under the bed.
"What do you mean? " He asked casually, wiggling out from under the cot.
"You only deep clean like this when you have a lot on your mind. What happened? "
Taehyung considered it carefully. There was just one thing on his mind to be honest.
He relayed the events of the afternoon, voice steadily growing agitated as he explained.
"He's an alpha. I can't do that. "
"Jeon Jungkook? Wait, the transfer student?"
The omega shook his head.
"He's only been here for two weeks. How did he even know about us? "
Taehyung sighed shaking his head.
"What do you think I should do? " He asked worried.
"I mean, if he's good looking just go for it. It's a lot of money."
Yes, it was.
"It's just.... He's going to regret it. I don't want to see him looking disappointed when he realises I'm not worth that much. "
Jimin gave him a stern glare.
"I will not have you talk about yourself like that. " He said sharply.
"You know what I mean. "
Jimin moved to drop his bag on his bed before dropping into the comfortable chair by his desk.
"Tae, no one's holding a gun to his head. If he wants to make use of our services, we indulge him. And we get paid for our trouble. " That's how it goes right? Don't overthink it. "
Taehyung isn't an overthinker.
He's the exact opposite of it.
He doesn't think much even when he ought to. He doesn't ponder the implications of his own words or actions, doesn't stop to consider the possible consequences, doesn't stop to check the depth before stepping in.
He doesn't know Jungkook at all. Jungkook doesn't know him either. In anonymity there is safety he thinks. Three days with the alpha, helping him through his rut wouldn't be that big a deal. It would be over before he knew it. And ruts only happened once every few months.
So he called Jungkook that night.
They agreed on a time and place to discuss details. ( next day at around 5.00pm at a cafe a few blocks away.)
Jungkook asked him if he liked flowers. Taehyung did. But he didn't tell him so.
Jungkook's voice was low and deep. And before he hung up, he asked Taehyung if he was comfortable with nicknames.
"No." The beta said firmly before hanging up.
He stared at the ceiling for a long time that night. Sleep didn't come till close to dawn.
When Taehyung arrived at the cafe, it was closed.
Jungkook was standing outside , leaning against a dark grey Maserati. The beta stared at the car and then at the alpha, who looked sheepish.
"Hey, sorry. I didn't know they were closed today. But uh.. My apartment is nearby."
"You have an apartment? " Taehyung hesitated, " Aren't you a freshman? Isn't it mandatory for you to stay at the dorms? "
He'd asked around about Jungkook, a little. The alpha wasn't a transfer student exactly but he had moved from Canada, recently.
Jungkook looked a little sheepish.
"Oh, um, my parents got me. An exemption. " He shrugged. " We can go somewhere else if you'd prefer that? "
Tatha looked around, the evening crowd was quite busy but he was hungry.
"I know a restaurant nearby. They serve great food. "
Jungkook nodded, quick and eager to get back into his car but Taehyung laughed.
" No offence but I'm not climbing into that car. " He said softly. " It's only a ten minute walk from here. And it's in a side alley. Your car won't fit in there."
"Okay." Jungkook opened the door grabbing his wallet before locking the car again. " That sounds great, let's go. "
Jungkook fell into step next to him, and Taehyung kept his gaze on the road. He let his thoughts drift. Well he tried to. Jungkook's shoulders brushed his own.
"Are you from Seoul? " He asked carefully and the beta hesitated before slowly shaking his head.
"No. But I've lived here since I was eighteen."
"Oh, what about your family? "
Taehyung gave him a look.
"We're going to fuck, Jungkook. Once. This is not necessary. "
The alpha looked a little taken aback at that, ears turning a little red and Taehyung sighed.
Jungkook was young. Painfully so. He wondered if the alpha even knew what he was doing.
"I mean.. We can still be friends right? " Jungkook looked hesitant.
"I have a friend."
Taehyung shook his head. " I'm not looking for anymore. It's easy to form attachments when you're intimate with someone at such a vulnerable time. But I'm not here to be a friend.I'm sorry but.. If you're not comfortable with that, we should probably call this whole thing off."
Jungkook didn't react right away, but he did give him some space on the sidewalk. Taehyung tried not to think of the immediate dip in temperature as the alphas warmth moved away from him. Alphas ran hot in general and it was a cold evening. He bit his lips.
Jungkook didn't say anything else, for the rest of the walk and Taehyung tried to think of other things. But for some reason he couldn't. His mind zeroed in on the conversation he'd just had. Had he been too harsh? It was one question. Not a proposal. Why was he like this?
But what else could he have said? That his parents kicked him out of the house ? That he spent the first two years in Seoul working odd jobs? That his parents didn't know if he was alive or dead and didn't care to find out?
Jungkook with his Maserati wouldn't understand.
"This way. " He pointed out a small side street, a few feet ahead and Jungkook stepped ahead of him, between him and the end of the sidewalk, holding an arm up in front of him before glancing up and down the road, checking for vehicles. It was clearly an unconscious gesture.
"Okay let's go. " Jungkook held his arm out, offering him his elbow and he gripped the strap of his messenger bag hard. He brushed past him, moving briskly towards the door of the restaurant. The alpha had to sprint a little to keep up with him.
"Ah, Taehyung ah! "
Seokjin's loud voice was a relief. The omega stuck his head out of the small kitchen at the back grinning and holding up a ladle.
"Just in time, I have a new meal set I'm planning. Sit, sit... I'll be right out. Hello, handsome stranger! " He gave Jungkook a cheeky wave too.
Once they settled into the table by the window, face to face, Taehyung finally took the time to properly look at Jungkook.
He was very handsome, no doubt about that. His hair, a little longer on the sides, was styled with an undercut.
He had a lot of piercings.
He counted a few on his earlobes, one on his eyebrows and another on his lip. It was astonishing that he looked quite adorable and pretty even with them.
The silence got louder and he cleared his throat.
"I didn't mean to be rude. " He said hesitantly. " Earlier. "
Jungkook who was playing with the salt shaker on the table paused and looked up at him.
"It's alright, hyung. " He said softly. Something jolted inside him at that.
"Okay. It's just important to Have boundaries. I don't want to lead you on. "
Jungkook smiled at that.
He sat up straighter leaning back against his chair , looking a lot bigger than he was a few seconds ago. He threw an arm around the chair next to him and grinned.
"Hyung, come on. It's not a big deal. You just want me to fuck you and not say anything else. Works fine for me."
Tae tried not to let the words get to him.But his ears burned.
"Right." He said briskly, looking away. " I have a form here with a few questions. It's nothing much just preferences and also any special requests. Also, the time you'd want me to be there. " He reached for his bag.
Taehyung took the folder out, placing it on the table and Jungkook leaned in.
"Can you do it for me? " The alpha asked, eyes boring into his own. " I'm still not very good with writing hangul. "
" What? "
"Just ask me your questions and I'll answer."
Ask him the questions?
Tae stared down at the form and back up at the alpha.
"I can't just ask you these things.. It's.. They're.. " He trailed off, feeling flushed , skin heating up. " Just fill them in English then. "
Jungkook chuckled at that.
"Are you shy? " He teased.
What on earth?
Taehyung glared at the boy, eyes flashing.
"I'm not shy. I was trying to protect you because some of these are personal and I don't think you'd be comfortable answering them in public." He said sharply.
"Try me. "
Taehyung considered the alpha in front of him, a small amount of distaste starting to form at the pit of his stomach. Taehyung had a rule when it came to the people he slept with for money. He told himself firmly that he wouldn’t perceive them on a personal level.
He wouldn’t try to get a read on their personality, or on the kind of person they were, or their temperament or their moral values because frankly, that wasn’t what he was paid to do. People came to him for one reason and one reason only, so it was better,
for everyone involved if Taehyung did his job and then left, barely a blip in anyone’s radar.
But something about Jungkook made him pause and observe. He found himself taking in Jungkook’s mannerisms and his attitude and he found himself judging him,
a little unfairly perhaps but he couldn’t help it. The alpha looked so cocky, so arrogant sitting there smirking at him and there was just this odd sense of entitlement in the way he looked at him, like he was certain that he would be able to bend Taehyung to his will.
Or maybe Taehyung was just projecting his own insecurities, prejudiced from the years he’d been bullied and mocked by alphas like Jungkook. Perhaps that was it. Either way, he told himself firmly, giving his head a little shake, it really didn’t matter.
Jungkook had offered him money . A lot of money to be precise.
Taehyung could swallow his hang ups for a few nights.
“Alright.” He cleared his throat, glancing down at the paper and then at the empty restaurant. At least no one was around to hear what he was about to say.
Clearing his throat again, he swallowed.
“How long does your rut last?”
Taehyung wrote that down, pulse kicking up just at that piece of information. He knew most alphas only had their ruts last three day, four at the most for the slightly more virile ones.
Five was just a bit…
He glanced up at Jungkook who was watching him carefully.
“Alright, well, next question is…”
“Hang on.” Jungkook interrupted him. “ Is this one sided? As in Do I get to ask questions too?”
Taehyung stared at him.
“Well, I don’t see a need to..”
“Sex has to be mutual, hyung. I mean, at least for me, I can’t have a good time unless I’m certain my partner is having a good time too. I want to know about you and your preferences too. “
Taehyung felt a bit like there was smoke coming out of his ears.
“I’ve been doing this for a while, Jungkook , trust me there’s no need…”
“Not with me you haven’t “ Jungkook said casually, leaning in and smiling. “ You’ve never been with me so as far as we’re concerned this is our first time. Come on hyung, I’m paying triple.
You told me I can’t buy you flowers or call you cute nicknames. Give me this, at least?”
Taehyung sighed, placing the pen down and staring at Jungkook.
“Alright. For every question I ask , you can ask me one too.”
“Excellent. Will you let me knot you?”
Taehyung felt his thighs clench together on instinct, toes curling and insides churning in sharp, piercing arousal. Blood pooled down there, really rapidly and Taehyung had to dig his nails into his palms to get his bearings again.
" because I can't control it.." Jungkook explained. " I know most alphas can but I can't."
Taehyung felt just a little faint.
“I…” He hesitated. “ If you want to, then of course. You’re paying for it so,” He swallowed. “ I don’t see why not.”
He glanced back down at the paper, the words now starting to blur a little. He shook his head, trying to get his head on straight again. This was his job, he told himself firmly. He was doing it because he was being paid. Not because he wanted it.
He wasn't a slut.
"Where would you want to meet? There are suites on campus we can book for the duration-"
"My apartment. " Jungkook said firmly. "Here let me write down the address for you. "
Taehyung stared at the alpha before quietly giving him the pen.
Jungkook wrote the address down and then slid the paper back to him. Taehyung felt his stomach turn over as he read the name of the apartment.
"You live at the Trimage? " He asked in disbelief. " Oh my God, how rich are your parents. "
Jungkook smiled at that.
"My turn? "
Taehyung took his pen back before nodding.
"When was the last gim you slept with an alpha? " Jungkook asked casually.
"I don't sleep with alphas, I told you that. I prefer omegas. " He shook his head. " It's been years. "
"Hyung, we're going to need to sleep together before my rut then. " He said casually. "You can't just jump in and have sex with me when I'm barely in my senses."
"You don't have to worry about that, I can take care of my-"
"Do you get off on being unreasonable? "
Taehyung gave him a tight lipped smile.
"I'll answer that as your next question. For now, tell me, to what degree are you lucid during your rut. "
"Not much. " Jungkook sighed. " But I won't hurt you. I can restrain myself. But don't run. If you do, I'll hunt you down. "
Taehyung placed the pen down and glared at him.
"Are you trying to scare me into backing off? What is wrong with you? " He demanded.
Jungkook had the good grace to flush.
"I won't hurt you." He said with a shrug. " I wouldn't be here if I was dangerous. "
Taehyung shook his head. He placed the paper down before rummaging in his bag for the small leather bound diary he had with all of his client schedules.
"Alright. When exactly is your rut? I'll block the dates for you... "
"Well, it's supposed to be tomorrow. "
Taehyung stared up at him stunned.
"But.. " Jungkook said with a grin, " I haven't yet felt any symptoms.. So anytime in the next two weeks? "
"Don't you take suppressants to regulate your cycle? " He asked frowning.
"They don't really work on me. " Jungkook shrugged.
"So what, you just have ruts.. Randomly... Anytime? "
"Unfortunately yes. I had one last month and well, it was pretty bad. " He grimaced.
"Last month? " Taehyung gawked at him, " You have one every month? "
"Sometimes twice a month. " He flinched. " It's a real pain. "
Taehyung felt like he was being sucked into some kind of a vortex, with very terrible consequences.
He gave the alpha another slightly worried look.
"Is that not something you should get checked out?"
"Thank you, for that suggestion. I never considered it."
"Well, alright.. Then um.. Here's the details for my account. You can make the payment before you ask me to come over. Whenever that is. " He shook his head. "But if I'm with another client then tough luck,alright? "
Jungkook went over the small card he handed over.
"So is this going to be the start of something? " He asked casually, " For you? Business wise? "
"What do you mean? "
"Are you going to start sleeping with alphas now? " Jungkook leaned in.
Taehyung felt his cheeks heat up.
"Jungkook, let me be very clear. " He said firmly. " The only part of my life you have any say in, is the time that you pay for. Anything else is personal and I told you already. Boundaries. " He said firmly.
Jungkook grinned,eyes all over his face.
"So beautiful." He muttered.
Taehyung blinked,taken aback.
"You." Jungkook said softly. " You really are the most beautiful creature I've ever seen. "
Taehyung clenched his fists, resting them on the edge of the table.
"This isn't funny-"
"I saw you last week. At the library. " He whispered.
Taehyung licked his lips, trying to remember. He had been at the library researching for an assignment.
"You were sitting in one of those cozy little alcoves with the love seat and the reading desks. In front of the large windows. Overlooking the lawns. " He whispered.
"And it was midday and the sunbeams were just pouring onto your skin through the glass panes, just lighting you up like you were some deity, meant to be worshipped. I remember thinking I would gladly spend a lifetime on my knees to be able to wake up to that every morning. "
Taehyung flinched already reaching for his bag and tucking his diary and papers in. Jungkook grabbed his wrist, stopping him from getting up.
"I know what I'm getting into. " He said softly, "But I need a little more than what you're offering now. I'll make it worth it. Please."
It was the please, that made Taehyung pause.
Alphas didn't say please.
They never had to.
Tae had never met one that did.
He stared at Jungkook, easily the most handsome alpha he'd ever seen in his life. In what world did someone like that beg for him?
"What exactly do you want? " He asked shakily.
" No alphas. " He said softly. " I don't mind the omegas but... No Alphas. Other than me. "
Taehyung tugged his wrist away.
"Fine." He said shakily. It wasn't like he wanted to sleep with other alphas.
The alpha let go of him, leaning back and folding hia arms behind his head. " You can sit down now. You told me the food was good and I haven't tasted it yet."
Taehyung put his bag on his shoulders.
"You don't need me for that so.. I'll see you around."
He quickly walked out.
He was half afraid Jungkook would follow him but the alpha stayed seated in the chair merely watching him with a smile on his face.
"He's a lunatic. " Taehyung dropped the small tower of books on the lunch table huffing as he sat down. " Stark raving mad, I tell you. "
Jimin looked up at him from his soup.
"Good day to you too, sweet angel. " He grinned. " Who are we talking about here? "
"Jeon Jungkook. " He said loudly causing a few people to look over at them curiously.
Taehyung flushed, sitting down and groaning. "He's acting like he's some kind of obsessed stalker who-"
"Hi hyung. "
Oh for the love of....
He glanced up groaning.
Before we go further :
Extensive Warnings for this fic :
Heavy angst ( happy ending tho)
non traditional a/b/o dynamics.
explicit sexual content.
possible dubious content because of the whole rut thing
parental abuse( non graphic)
past sexual abuse
Taehyung glanced up at the now familiar figure standing over their table. Jungkook wore a muscle T and fitted dark jeans, his hair styled to fall into his eyes a little and eyes sparkling with mischief as always.
He was staring at Taehyung with his lunch tray in hand and Taehyung couldn’t help but wonder if he should just kick the alpha in the shin at this point. But then, before he could act on his annoyance, the alpha turned to Jimin with a friendly smile.
“Hyung, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about the performance arts club. Is there a chance I could apply for it?” The alpha asked brightly and Jimin looked surprised.
“Oh..” Jimin blinked.” Do you dance?”
“I do, yeah.” Jungkook grinned, an infectious smile on his face as he glanced at Taehyung again, something his gaze shifting as he looked him up and down, eyes lingering on his waist and then his neck before settling on his lips.
The beta felt heat lick its way up his neck, hands curling on the edge of the table just like it had in Seokjin’s place. Jungkook had this way of looking at him, where every glance felt like a caress. He turned back to the table in front of his , keeping his gaze down.
Jimin was rattling off a few details about the club and Taehyung played with the ends of his sleeve, keeping his eyes downcast. He could smell Jungkook, a bit more than the last time. There was sandalwood and rain but underneath it was the musky scent of perspiration and shampoo.
He breathed in without thinking a a few notes of after shave cologne hit his senses as well. He smelled really goo and Taehyung crossed his legs under the table, pressing his thighs together.
His mind very helpfully reminded him of the alpha’s low voice asking him if he would let him knot him and he felt arousal pool in his belly, unwelcome and oddly humiliating. Taehyung always took it as a point of pride that alphas didn’t affect him.
That he didn’t need their attention in any way but Jungkook was just so…
He dug his nails into his wrists trying to ground himself a little.
He felt Jungkook move closer to him and as the conversation continued,
Taehyung found himself sinking into a headspace he didn’t feel was actually possible. His skin heated up, his senses fogging a little as Jungkook placed a gentle hand on his shoulder, squeezing lightly. He jumper a little at that , looking up in shock.
Jungkook wasn’t even looking at him, his gaze trained on Jimin. Jimin himself had his club folder out, schedules and plans and choreography charts spread out on the table, excitement in his voice as he spoke.
Taehyung felt Jungkook’s fingers lightly touch his neck and he leaned into the touch, eyes fluttering shut. He was almost moving towards him, almost about to go lax in Jungkook’s hand when the alpha pulled away from him, leaving him bereft and empty.
He gripped the chair to keep himself from falling over, eyes wide as he came to his senses with a jolt.
“You alright , hyung?” Jungkook grinned at him. Jimin was also staring at him with a deep frown.
“ i.. I need to get something to drink..” He muttered, his entire body feeling off kilter and he stumbled to his feet, staggering a little as he moved to the side of the cafeteria.
He was hard. Really fucking hard.
He couldn’t walk without feeling it between his legs and he shock of it made him all but rush to the side. He rushed past the small crowd near the water dispenser, rushing to the rest room on the side.
He walked in quickly standing in front of the large ornate mirror there and turning on the water tap, before bending over the sink and splashing his face with water to get himself under control.
When he straightened back up, his jaw dropped as he caught the reflection in the mirror. Jungkook was slipping into the room, discreetly locking the door behind him. He turned, ready to yell at him to get out, but Jungkook made a beeline for the stalls .
Taehyung watched as peered under them before stopping at the last one and knocking on the door.
A blonde omega stuck his head out and Jungkook grabbed him by the collar, yanking him out of the stall and shoving him across the room.
“Get out.” The alpha growled.
Taehyung stared as the omega looked back and forth between them before scarpering out of the way and out the door. Jungkook closed the door behind him before sliding the padlock shut. Taehyung felt his pulse quicken.
“Jungkook what are you-“
The alpha was on him in a second, pressing him up against the counter, and gripping his waists before nosing right into the curve between his neck, breathing deep.
“Fuck you smell so good baby…”
No nicknames, Taehyung thought vacantly but he couldn’t quite function.
His arms and limbs going limp as Jungkook’s scent filled his senses, His insides clenching in debilitating arousal. He gripped the alpha’s arm, moaning a little as he pushed his ships up against him, grinding his hard length against Jungkook’s thigh and the alpha growled
before gripping his waist and lifting him up onto the counter. He gasped, because he was usually the one doing the lifting and jostling and he was, by no means small or delicate. And yet Jungkook had lifted him up like he weighed nothing.
Their eyes met and Jungkook’s eyes made his pulse quicken.
“Jungkook…” He whispered again, and this time his tone was soft and enticing, pleading almost and the alpha hummed.
“So pretty. Fucking breathtaking , hyung.. how am I supposed to go about my day, knowing you’re somewhere out there looking like this?” He muttered, hands gripping Tae’s thighs and squeezing. "I keep thinking of someone looking at you and seeing what i see. Wanting what i want."
Taehyung gripped his shoulders, leaning forward and resting his forehead against Jungkook’s own, panting a little. Jungkook’s hands moved to cup his hard length through the fabric of his jeans.
Taehyung closed his eyes in disbelief, whimpering a little as the careful touch sent jolts of pleasure up his spine.
“Look at that… So hard hyung.. it’s going to be difficult, sitting in your afternoon lectures with something this hard between your legs…”
Jungkook whispered, gripping his chin and trailing kisses along his jaw. Taehyung whimpered as Jungkook unbuttoned his pants, before slipping his hand in. Tae closed his eyes and felt his eye roll back a little as Jungkook wrapped his hand around his length, stroking gently.
“Be loud baby.” Jungkook muttered, against his ear, teeth tugging on his lobe for a second, “ Let them hear.”
Taehyung dropped his head onto the alpha's shoulder, pressed up against his neck and breathing him in. His eyes fluttered shut and he gave up trying to fight it.
When Taehyung stepped into his beta studies lecture exactly twenty minutes late, he felt like he was walking on legs made of jello. Jungkook had made him cum twice in the span of thirty minutes and his entire body felt like it had been wrapped in a warm fleece blanket.
Jimin had saved him a seat and the omega had a mischievous grin on his face as he watched him settle into his seat.
"So, had fun with the obsessed stalker I see? " He whispered and Taehyung felt his ears burn red as he shot him a glare.
"Shut up and pay attention."
Jimin hummed, sighing deeply.
"You know I would if I weren't distracted by the hickeys the size of Jeju do all over your neck. "
Taehyung looked away.
He was right. The hickeys looked an angry red against his golden skin and he was going to give Jungkook a stern warning.
Not that those seemed to have any effect on the alpha. Jungkook really seemed intent on doing whatever he wanted. For example, while Tae had been busy washing the cum stains from his belly, the alpha had growled a low, " You're coming home with me tonight." against his ears.
Of course he wasn't going to do that.
He had a test to prepare for and a client to meet tomorrow morning. He also had to stock up on some school supplies and get himself a hair cut.
He had a million things to do and going home with Jungkook was not one of them.
"Mr. Kim have you settled in, the T. A gave him a stern glare and Taehyung quickly ducked his head, concentrating on taking notes.
After just a few seconds, something hit the back of his head, bouncing off and landing on his table.
It was a crumpled ball of paper.
He hesitated trying not to pay mind to the muffled snickers coming from behind him and carefully smoothed the paper open with slightly shaky fingers.
He felt nausea rise up his throat before crumpling the paper again.
He tossed it into his bag, heart racing as he clenched his fists. He told himself he shouldn't let it get to him. That just because a bunch of idiotic alphas called him a slut, he wasn't actually one, but all he could think of was what he had done, just a few minutes ago.
Of course word had spread. And he was such a fool wasn't he? As if he didn't get enough flak from these people on the daily, be had gone ahead and done something so foolish... For what? A lousy handjob from a horny alpha?
And then another thought struck him.
Was it Jungkook who had told them what happened?
He suddenly felt sick to his stomach.
Was it all perhaps a prank?
Taehyung stayed back after the lecture, waiting for the other students to leave before handing the note over to Jimin who looked stunned.
"What the fuck? " He growled. " Tae... Who was it, give me a name.. "
"It's not important. Do you think Jungkook is involved? "
“Involved?” The omega frowned deeply. “ Involved in what?”
“Do you think he told them what happened in the bathroom? How else could they know so quickly?” He demanded and Jimin blinked.
“Taehyung, I admit I don’t know Jungkook but I don’t think he would do something like that. He seems to really like you.” He said seriously and Taehyung scoffed. Right, like an alpha would ever like him. He wasn’t here for trouble.
He was better off not registering on people’s radars. If getting involved with Jungkook would bring him unwanted attention, he was not going to go down that road. He had to graduate and get a job and just disappear into the everyday monotony of Seoul’s workforce.
He didn’t want to be seen by anyone. It felt better that way. Safer. Bad things happened to him when he got attention.
“I’m going to tell him I can’t talk to him anymore.” He said shakily, grabbing his phone with shaky fingers and quickly typing out a text to the alpha.
His fingers trembled so much he had to retype it multiple times to get the message right. He licked his lips as he pressed send. Right after he debated if he should block the alpha as well.
Yes that would be the safe thing to do.
Just as he was about to, his phone rang. It was Jungkook. Of course it was. Furious, he hung up, blocking the number right after. They were virtually strangers. They had only known each other for a day.
There was no reason for Jungkook to pursue him. Hopefully he would get the message and-
Jimin’s phone rang.
The omega glanced up at him, eyes wide.
"Wow. " He whispered. " Persistent."
"Don't pick up." He said quietly.
Jimin did as he asked letting it ring out.
A second later, his phone buzzed again and Jimin gave him a small smile before holding the phone out to him. The message was short and curt. ‘ is Tae with you.?’
The lack of honorifics made him hot around the collar. He swallowed again.
Before he could say anything the phone rang again and Jimin groaned, snatching it back and taking the call, transferring it to the phone’s speakers and holding it out so Taehyung could hear the conversation as well.
“Yes, Jungkook?” The omega asked casually.
“Where are you?” Jungkook asked curtly, “ hyung.” He added as an afterthought. Jimin rolled his eyes.
“Outside lecture hall B21. Why?”
“ Okay, I’m in the building next to you. Stay right there I’m coming over.”
“Don’t.” Taehyung snapped, unable to control himself.
“ Don’t come here. I don’t want to see you.”
There was silence.
“Baby.” Jungkook’s voice dipped a few octaves lower and Jimin’s brow shot up, mouth opening in a small ‘o’ of surprise. “ What happened?”
Taehyung felt a plethora of emotions both at the tone, the concern and the words. Everything about Jungkook was so sincerely honest and genuine and yet everything in him screamed that he was dangerous.
The cognitive dissonance of it was driving him insane. How could something so tempting feel so terrifying?
" Its not just about what happened" He said shakily. " its about what never should have happened. which is you and me . i don't fuck alphas. I don't. Leave me alone."
“Did someone say something?” Jungkook’s voice was soft but demanding. “ you were fine when you left me less than two fucking hours ago. What happened between now and then?”
Taehyung licked his lips. He felt helpless. Cornered.
“Nothing. Just.. why can’t you take no for an answer. There’s a word for people like that Jungkook and it’s not a nice one.”
He closed his eyes as Jimin took a sharp breath next to him.
“Taehyung’s that’s not fair.” The omega said quietly.
Taehyung felt his heart start to race as Jungkook stayed quiet. He wondered if he had done it then. Finally crossed the line enough for Jungkook to decide he wasn’t worth it. Because that’s what people always thought of him. That he wasn’t worth what they had to pay.
“Let’s not meet each other again.” He hung up before handing the phone to Jimin.
Jimin , who was staring over his shoulder with a stunned look on his face.
Taehyung whirled around only to crash right into hard, muscled chest, familiar hands gripping his arm to steady him.
He felt his nostrils flare as Jungkook’s scent hit him, hard, sending his brain into a spiral of arousal for no fucking reason. He was unprepared for how his body reacted, warmth pooling inside him and heat spreading all over his skin from the point where they touched.
He moaned before he could stop himself, fingers gripping the fabric of Jungkook’s T shirt and tugging hard.
“Who was it?” Jungkook demanded, livid. He was staring right at Jimin who looked helpless, gazing at Taehyung and then back again at Jungkook.
The omega sighed deeply, shaking his head.
“Just a bunch of alphas in class… They..” Jimin hesitated before reaching for the note he had tucked into his pocket. Taehyung startled, his skin burning at the prospect of Jungkook reading what was written there.
Of seeing how people looked at him. He tried to reach for it but Jungkook was quicker , opening the crumpled piece of paper , eyes going wide as he took in the words.
Taehyung pushed away from him, face burning in shame and humiliation.
He glared at Jimin who looked contrite and wrapped his arms around himself, am icy coldness dripping up his veins. He wished he wasn’t So worthless. So helpless when it came to defending himself. People called him pathetic and a slut because he was exactly that.
Hands cupped his face, gentle but firm, thumb stroking his cheeks.
“Tae, look at me.” Jungkook said quietly. “ I want you to see me when I tell you this. I want you to look me in the eye so you know that I mean what I say.”
Taehyung blinked, confused. He glanced up at the alpha, lips bitten red and eyes shining a little.
“I’m going to make them pay.” Jungkook said quietly. “ Just give me the names. Give me the names and they’ll be expelled before the day ends. I promise.”
Taehyung stared at him, feeling disoriented from how certain the alpha sounded. And what did he mean he could get them expelled. Just who the hell was he? He licked his lips glancing at Jimin who was staring at Jungkook with a calculative look on his face.
“Jung Yong Su, and Kim Taehwan.” He said quietly. “ Right, Tae?”
Taehyung glanced back at Jungkook not liking the look on the alpha’s face.
“What do you mean they’ll be expelled?”
“Do you want them dead instead?” Jungkook whispered, brushing the hair off Taehyung’s forehead.
“ Because that might take a little bit longer.”
Taehyung stared at him in disbelief and the alpha laughed, shaking his head
“I’m joking, Taehyung.” He shook his head, tearing the note up into pieces. " Although i'm glad you believe that I would kill for you."
Taehyung watched as he tossed the pieces out the window.
“ Can’t believe you blocked me over this. Well, about time people in this place know who I am , I suppose.” He sighed.
“What is that supposed to mean, who exactly are you?” Taehyung snapped.
The alpha gave him a small smile, cupping his face again and stroking his cheeks.
“Those fuckers. Upsetting my baby, like that.” He ran his thumb over Taehyung’s lower lip, “ Did you get something to eat? I know you missed lunch because of me.” He whispered,
“ You’re too thin Tae. You need to eat better. What’s your favorite dessert? Tell me , we’ll get some on the way home today.”
Jimin let out a small noise next to him and Taehyung flushed.
"I'm not going home with you." He muttered.
"Hmm." Jungkook nodded. " We'll see."
Once Jungkook left, with the promise to come find Taehyung as soon as his last lecture for the date ended, Taehyung found himself facing a very curious and upset Park Jimin.
"I can't believe you literally have the guy courting you and you didn't tell me a word. "
Taehyung groaned at that.
"He's not courting me. " He shook his head. " Do people even do that these days? What are you talking about...? " He ran a hand over his face. " I don't know what is up with him and frankly I'm a little creeped out. "
Jimin rolled his eyes.
"Oh yes, I see him threatening to expel people who bully you, give you awesome orgasms whenever you want and buy you your favorite dessert. " He said with a glare, " Clearly the man is to be feared and hated. "
Taehyung turned red.
"I don't hate him" He muttered.
"It's just... Who is he? " He said softly. " Doesn't anyone know who he is? "
"No. Unfortunately. All we know is that he moved here from Canada which is apparently where he grew up. He has dual citizenship in Korea and Canada. And well, I'm assuming hes filthy rich. "
"He is. He lives at the Trimage and drives a Maserati. " Taehyung said quietly.
Jimin gawked at him.
"Tae, you have got to marry him. " He whispered grabbing his arm and squeezing.
Taehyung jumped, horrified.
"Yes! And then I can come live with you and
I would never have to let a filthy alpha touch me ever again. " He said softly, eyes pleading. " Please, tell him to marry you. He wouldn't even think twice I'm betting on it. "
Taehyung flicked him on the forehead.
"You think someone like that will marry someone like me? "
He shook his head, glancing around at the shaded rest area where they sat. They had an hour off and a last lecture at 5.00 The rest area wasn't crowded at all but he felt like he was being watched by all the students. He stared down at his knees.
"You're going home with him? "
Jimin's tone was casual but Taehyung caught the small hint of concern and he smiled, squeezing his best friend's hand.
"I am going home with you. " He said softly. " Let's go order pizza and cuddle. "
Jimin winced at that.
"Wish I could. Have to meet an alpha later. "
Oh right. Taehyung remembered that this is how they survived. And this is why Jungkook had sought him out. He wanted to fuck him. The beta swallowed, playing with his fingers. Sex was meaningless to him. It was a transaction. Something given in exchange for something else.
And in all the sweet words and gestures he'd forgotten that Jungkook had come to him for that very thing. He wanted him to come home with him because he was horny and someone as desperate as Taehyung wouldn't be dumb enough to say no to so much money.
"Then I'll go with him."
"I have to meet Jiwon in the morning though. So. I'll probably leave afterwards. " He shrugged. " I don't want to smell like Jungkook when I sleep with someone else. "
"Good call. " Jimin nodded.
They sat in silence.
"We'll make it right? " Jimin asked softly.
"After college? " Jimin gave him a worried look. " Because I can't do this when we leave this place. And I know things are going to be so much more expensive out there and I don't know if I'm going to be able to afford anything outside of three meals a day. It scares me. "
"What happened to that dance studio you applied for? " Taehyung asked hesitantly.
"Didn't get the position. " Jimin shrugged. " They want an alpha. All of them want an alpha. And mom called last week. Hana needs new prescription glasses and mom's insurance is going to stop
Covering for her insulin from November. Which is just two months away. " He sighed. " I can't save enough to send her more money but she needs it desperately and I know she doesn't expect me to give her anything but I feel so fucking useless, listening to her and not helping. "
Taehyung hesitated. His mind ran around in circles. He had a degree in early childhood care and education but he knew that it would be a gamble getting a decent paying job with no experience. He would probably have to work some odd jobs for a while. They could live together.
With Jimin, he could make do with a single room bed sit. They could share the bed. Like him, Jimin didn’t enjoy sex outside of what they did for money, Unlike him, Jimin hadn’t even been in a relationship.
The omega had had a tough childhood he knew, with a father who had been physically abusive. The alpha was in prison now but the wounds he had left still lingered. Jimin had worked hard to be independent. Their little venture kept them comfortable.
But Jimin was right about one thing. They couldn’t take this hold rut/heat thing they had going out of the campus. It was one thing to help out their fellow students, most of them younger than themselves
but the idea of dealing with adult alphas and omegas looking for paid sex was honestly terrifying. He glanced at Jimin, who was now staring at his lockscreen, which carried a picture of his sisters. Taehyung had a sister too, except he hadn’t seen or heard from her in five years.
His own parents were pretty well off. But they had cut him off without a single won and he knew that they didn’t want to see him ever again. He licked his lips, as he remembered how Jungkook had held his face in his palms and mentioned that he looked thin.
He had even offered to buy him food. Jimin took care of him yes, but Jungkook… Jungkook had genuinely made him ache for a family, for a second.
But that really wasn’t in the cards for him. Most betas, rare as they were, tended to grow up alone and never mate.
Taehyung had long made peace with the fact that his family would be Jimin till the omega mated and then maybe he would experience a little bit of parenthood by babysitting Jimin’s kids when him and his mate wanted to spend some alone time together. It would be enough.
He wasn’t greedy. The breeze was cold against his skin and he shivered.
Jungkook was young. Four years younger than him to be precise. At 20, of course he had no qualms chasing after Taehyung because of his beauty. Because at 20, you felt like you were immortal.
But as he grew older, he would realize that life was more than just handjobs in a public bathroom and racing pulses because you found each other hot. He would want a family. Security. A mate.
Well, Taehyung would never be any of those things.
it was a bittersweet feeling indeed. Because back there for a few choice moments, he had been quite swept away by the thought of Jungkook wanting him . All of him. Just as he was. It was a fanciful dream. A midsummer night’s dream like Shakespeare would say.
“Should we head back in?” Jimin asked quietly, and the beta glanced back at him with a smile.
“Yeah, let’s go.” He said quietly.
He would indulge Jungkook. But he wouldn't forget what the alpha was. A client who , eventually would tire of him.
“Suspended pending investigation?” Taehyung stared at the alpha in front of him, looking entirely too smug as he carefully packed away Taehyung’s things into his backpack while the beta held the two chocolate smoothies in both his hands.
Jungkook had arrived at his lecture just as it finished, carrying the drinks and a small pastel blue box that had the picture of a cake on its face. Jimin had rushed off to meet the alpha he was spending the next few days with.
“Yes. But I already know how the investigation is going to go.” He finished zipping Taehyung’s backpack up and slipped his arms through it, hoisting the bag onto his back. “ They’re not coming back hyung.” He picked up the pastry box as well and gave him a smile.
“ Come on, I need to stop at the grocery store so we can get fresh ingredients for dinner. What’s your favorite dish?” he asked with a grin.
“Um… Japchae..” Taehyung said hesitantly. “ You cook?”
“I do.” Jungkook said brightly. “ I also do my own laundry, fold my clothes, take care of seventeen indoor plants and I’m a dog dad too. His name is Bam. You’ll meet him tonight.” He grinned.
“Oh…” Taehyung said awkwardly, not entirely sure what he was supposed to say to that.
“ I don’t really know how to cook. I mean.. I’ve pretty much lived…” He trailed off, not sure if he wanted to tell him he lived on the streets and then in a dilapidated shelter, before getting into college. “ away from home all my life so I never got a chance to learn.”
“I could teach you.” Jungkook said easily. “ We can try a new dish every night and before you know it you’ll be an expert.” Jungkook said with a smile. Taehyung felt that familiar fluttering at the base of his belly,
heart clenching at how easy it was for Jungkook to assign permanence to this relationship, with little care for Taehyung’s feelings.
“Every night till I become an expert.” Taehyung laughed nervously. “ Are you certain you can afford that, Jungkook ssi?”
Jungkook paused to look at him. He held his gaze for a few seconds.
“Well, something are priceless, don’t you think?” He asked gently before leaning in breathing deep. " Your scent, baby. I keep thinking of it. I want it all over my pillowcase, so i can dream of you all night."
When Jungkook first mentioned his scent, Taehyung had been pretty certain the alpha was just making things up. But now, he began to rethink his own doubts. There was something about Jungkooks tone that told him the alpha fully believed what he was saying.
"I have a scent? "
His voice was low and hesitant, filled with uncertainty and Jungkook pauses, giving him a small smile.
" Hyung, why would I lie about that? You smell incredible. I'm serious. "
Taehyung stared down at himself.
"No one else has ever said anything. " He said carefully.
"Well, maybe it's meant for my senses only. " Jungkook whispered.
Taehyung frowned at that, but Jungkook was smiling, teasing really. He glared at the alpha, lightly smacking hia shoulder and making him laugh.
"I'm just curious. " He frowned and Jungkook hummed.
" I don't know why others can't smell you hyung. Their loss I guess. "
The alpha wrapped a hand around his wrist tugging him close before linking their fingers together. Taehyung turned red as Jungkook began leading them down the hallway. Not even mated couples walked around holding hands in their conservative campus. He tried to tug his hand away.
But when he did get his hand free, Jungkook moved his arm around his waist instead, and Taehyung saw the other milking students toss them questioning glances. He kept his head down, once again hating the attention.
Thankfully no one approached them or asked any questions.
Once they reached the parking lot, Taehyung looked around trying to find the black Maserati from the other day, but Jungkook led him to a modest looking SUV in shades of gray and silver. The alpha gave him a smile.
"You wanna drive, hyung? " He asked brightly.
Taehyung recoiled, surprised. He didn't know how to drive.
"Uh.. No." He shook his head. " You should. "
Jungkook shrugged before carefully placing Taehyungs bag in the back seat and then moving to climb into the driver's seat. Taehyung slipped into the passenger side.
"The car belongs to my brother. You'll probably meet him if he gets home from work tonight. He's a bit of a workaholic. " Jungkook grimaced. " But he makes amazing food. He lives next door but don't worry. The walls are sound proof. " Jungkook winked. Taehyung choked a little.
Taehyung felt discomfort pool in the pit of his tummy.
"Your brother will be there? " He asked nervously. " Jungkook you sure you want to go home? We can go to a motel or something. " He muttered and Jungkook went stiff, his jaw going a little taut.
He looked a little hurt.
"You agreed that we would do this at my place. " He said quietly. " I'm not breaking any of your rules hyung. " He said quietly, a slight sharpness to his tone that wasn't there before.
"Still, I'm not the kind of person who should be meeting your family. " Taehyung said softly.
Taehyung felt the need to tell Jungkook the truth. The alpha was young and possibly didn't understand what he was doing. But Taehyung knew exactly what he was and what he did for money. He never forgot. And a protective older brother wouldn't like him at all.
And the thought of having that conversation. Of trying to explain what he was doing in Jungkooks bed. It made him feel anxious and terrified. There was a ball of worry rolling around his belly and he didn't want this to explode in his face.
"Jungkook let's not make this hard. "
Jungkook turned to give him a stare.
"What vegetables do you like in your japchae? Anything I should avoid? " He asked casually like Taehyung hadn't said anything. The beta felt frustration build.
"You're acting like we're on a date. Do you not understand what I'm saying? "
Jungkook swallowed before grabbing his phone. Tae watched as the alpha typed something in before closing it again.
A second later his own phone pinged.
He glanced at the screen.
Your account has been credited with an amount of x.
He felt like he'd been doused with cold water.
"There." Jungkook said quietly. " Now you're exactly what you seem so very eager to be. Someone I paid to fuck for the night. Does that make you happy, Taehyung ssi? "
Taehyung clenched his fists before letting his chin jut just a little higher. He refused to be brow beaten, not when he was right. Jungkook had to get a hold on himself and he was doing the right thing.
"You said triple. This isn't triple. " He said casually, holding his gaze.
Jungkooks brow rose at that, his gaze narrowing to slits. He grabbed his phone again and this time the amount made Tae's stomach turn over a few times.
That was a lot of zeros.
He felt his throat go dry.
"Let's skip dinner. I'd like my money's worth."
The air in the car felt like it had dropped a few degrees, as Taehyung stiffened at the words. He felt stupidly, stupidly hurt, his heart clenching so much he couldn't breathe for a few seconds. Jungkook's words made him feel more like a whore than anything else ever had.
And yet, he was the one who had asked this. Right? He had been so desperate to draw those boundaries hadn't he? Wasn't Jungkook merely confirming what he already knew?
This wasn't a date between two people who liked each other. It was a business transaction where his body was the commodity being sold.
He clenched his fists. No he wouldn't think that way. He wasn't selling himself. He was choosing to sleep with someone and they were paying him.
He wasn't doing anything awful. It was his body. It didn't make him pathetic, or immoral or desperate. This was his choice. Something he wanted.
"Well, no one's ever complained before so. I'm sure you'll be satisfied. " He snapped back, turning away to stare out the window.
Jungkook didn't respond, but the way he drove his car was definitely a little reckless and Taehyung winced as he swore at other drivers, voice harsh and cutting , his tone dripping with fury and annoyance. He was angry. Very much so. Taehyung felt his mouth go dry.
"I'm all out of condoms. I'm going to drop you off at my apartment and then go pick some up. You can prep yourself while. I'm gone. " Jungkook said coldly and Tae stared at him, mouth dry.
"You're just going to leave me there? "
"You want me to hold your hand while you do it?"
Taehyung licked his lips at that, looking away again. It wasn't a big deal he told himself. Jungkook was trying to punish him for telling him the truth. Because at the heart of it, Jungkook was just like every other alpha. He didn't get his way so he would take it out on him.
The car slid to a stop in front of large wrought iron gates, flanked by a number of security guards and Taehyung watched as one of them scanned a code that was printed into the corner of Jungkook's windshield. Another guy stopped to verify Jungkook's identity.
"Your guest sir?"
"No one important. " Jungkook said with a shrug. " And don't worry. He won't be leaving the apartment by himself. "
Taehyung closed his eyes. The money he told himself firmly. The money Jungkook had given him would help Jimins mother. He needed this. He had to do this.
Taehyung stayed perfectly quiet bas Jungkook parked the car. The alpha slammed the door shut before coming around and opening his side of the door.
"Get out. " He snapped and Taehyung glared at him.
"Me being honest, shouldn't make you this angry, pup. " He sneered.
"Honest? " Jungkook laughed in disbelief. " You think you're being honest hyung? You think this is what you want? This is how you prefer being treated? That's your truth? "
Taehyung glared at him.
"Not everyone wants you, Jungkook. Deal. With. It. I'm here because you paid me"
The alpha stared at him.
"It was never about anyone else but you. " He said quietly. " So if you're going to be honest, why don't you go all the way and be fully honest? Tell me I don't make you feel things. Tell me you aren't attracted to me. Go ahead. "
He stepped closer, " Say it , baby. Look me in the eye and tell me that you don't want me. That I don't make your heart race. Then ill believe you. "
The beta turned away but Jungkook's hand shot out.
He gripped Taehyungs chin, forcing him to hold his gaze.
"Say it. "
Taehyung glared back.
"Oh, I'll do one better. " He muttered. "I'll tell you exactly why I will never like someone like you. You're an arrogant, self absorbed asshole who thinks he can get anything he wants, just because he wants it. You think people exist to cater to your
Every whim and you're also an immature alpha, who throws a tantrum when his toy gets taken away. Which is exactly what you're doing now. " He growled.
" Jungkook, you're a fucking child. And me? I don't need a pup, I need a man. So, seriously, either fuck me or take your money back. Either way let's just get this over with so I can leave. " He snapped.
Jungkook didn't respond right away.
He kept staring at him, for a few more seconds before sighing. The alpha shook his head.
"Okay hyung. " He nodded. " You sure that's how you feel about me? " He smiled, " That I'm a little pup who can't give you what you want? "
Taehyung lifted his chin, defiant.
"Jungkook, I'm starting to lose interest now. You better make up your mind before I decide that YOU aren't worth the money. " He said with a shrug. "Or are you just all talk? "
"I'm going to remind you of this when I fuck you into the bed and you're struggling to walk later. " He said softly. " Just don't beg and cry later okay? That's a huge turn off for me. "
"Where exactly are we going? " Jimin frowned, staring out of the car window as the alpha turned into a few lanes and then a few bylanes. He wasn't worried for his safety per se. Jimin was more than capable of taking care of himself but still, he wasn't fond of uncertainty.
Before we meet the man, here is Yoongi and Jimin in this fic
The alpha, a senior in the same year as him, gave him a reassuring smile. His name was Juwon and Jimin had spent a few ruts with him. Juwon was a nice guy, albeit a little dumb but that was just most of the alphas in the world so Jimin didn’t hold it against him.
Juwon came from a moderately wealthy family and sometimes bought him lunch at the cafeteria. Jimin liked him.
“Stop being so paranoid, Jiminah” the alpha grinned, reaching over and lightly running a finger down the omega’s cheek.
“ I hate those fucking suites they have at school. So fucking basic and the sheets smell awful. If we’re going to do this, why not do it in a nice place, right?” He smiled brightly and Jimin sighed, settling back against the leather sheets.
It didn’t matter much to him where they did it but Juwon was right. It would be nice to go somewhere else.
As the alpha pulled up in front of a luxury hotel, however, his eyes widened. He stared up at the ginormous building, right on the River.
The neon gold lighting stood out in stark contrast to the black granite embossed building, a shiny The Vista Gloss, inscribed onto the building. He stared in awe, the construction and the architecture blowing him over right away.
“Doesn’t this belong to the Min Family?” He asked , eyes wide as he took in the perfect blend of gothic and modern architecture, with beautiful stained glass windows and pointed arches, blending into the otherwise modern building.
“Oh, yeah. Rich bastards.” Juwon chuckled. “ My cousin works for the older one. You know, Min Yoongi. He’s a complete bastard apparently. So cold and ruthless. Apparently his wife left him for his chauffeur and he’s been a bitter, bitter man ever since.”
Jimin hummed, sitting back against the seats and Juwon pulled up in front of the Hotel’s entrance. The alpha handed over his keys to the valet and Jimin climbed out of the car , stretching his arms and legs out a little. Juwon linked their fingers together , tugging him along.
Jimin grinned, following the alpha into the entrance lounge which then opened up into a large and breathtaking atrium. Jimin looked around, still awed by the beauty all around him, while Juwon moved to the reception to get the keycard to their room.
As he stared around, he noticed a dark haired man standing a few feet away, watching him.He felt his pulse quicken a little at the sight of him. The man looked very handsome, with roguish long hair and feline eyes, wearing an open jacket over a white shirt and fitted grey slacks.
Jimin frowned, tossing the man a glare. He smirked back before turning away and the omega felt an odd shiver run down his spine. What a weirdo.
He turned back to make his way to the counter. Juwon was talking to the woman behind the counter.
"Jiminah just a moment."
Juwon gave him an apologetic smile. “ There’s some kind of issue with the rooms. Let me just sort this out. Why don’t you wait there.” He pointed out the small rest area to the side, with a large number of leather seats, interspersed with little shelved frames,
all carrying some kind of potted plant. In fact the entire place seemed to have quite the number of plants and little arrangements with running water and skylights that let natural light pour into the building. He settled into the chair staring around more curiously.
“It’s called biophilic architecture.” A low , deep voice said, right next to his ear, making him jump a little. He stared around alarmed by the scent of alpine meadows and rainforest damp, musky and deep and alluring.
He blinked at the man from earlier, now moving away and taking the seat next to him. “ Hello, you look quite out of place here.” The man gave him a slow once over. " I take it this is your first time here?"
Jimin stared at him.
"Sorry, do I know you?" He asked coldly.
“oh, I’m sorry. I’m M- I’m Yoongi.” He said brightly. “ I just saw you admiring the place so I thought I could-“
“Staring doesn’t equal admiring, Yoongi ssi.” He said quietly. “ I was merely staring because the place is just jarringly unattractive to me.
Whoever designed the place must’ve been out of their goddamn minds.”
Yoongi’s brows shot up.
“Is that so?” He smiled. “ Wow. That’s quite the review. Any particular reason why you feel that way.”
“Other than the fact that it looks like a jungle? Well, let’s see, the sound of running water is annoying. Some of these plants clearly stink and what if I had pups? I’d be spending the entire time in the lobby, trying to keep them out of the bazillion little water pools here.
Like that woman over there. She’s here to rest, no doubt but she’s been chasing her pup for the last ten minutes.” Jimin shook his head. " So sorry, I'm not admiring the place. I'm just wondering why the architect put zero consideration into designing this place."
Yoongi smiled a little at that.
“Are you always this candid, Mr…Sorry , I didn’t catch your name?”
“You didn’t catch it because I never threw it at you.” Jimin said with a smile. “ And to answer your question. I’m not being candid. I’m just being honest. I don’t like liars.”
“Well, I’ll keep that in mind.” Yoongi turned around pointing at Juwon. “ is that your alpha?”
“It really isn’t any of your-“
“If you guys are here for a while, I would like to offer you guys a complimentary stay here. As compensation for …you know making you experience my jarringly unattractive Hotel.” The man grinned and Jimin blinked.
“What?” He gawked.
“Min Yoongi.” He said with a small smile, standing up and offering him his hand. Jimin, stunned and horrified, held his hand out, jumping a little when the alpha bent over his palm and kissed the back of it, before straightening up and stepping back.
“ I own the place and I was the head architect as well.” The alpha grinned. " too bad we didn't meet seven years ago. Perhaps i could have taken a few pointers from you and made this place look a bit better. Too late for that now." He grinned.
Jimin felt his entire face heat up, steam coming out of his ears as he felt the blood rush to his cheeks.
“Mr. Min, I’m…”
“Please.” Yoongi held a hand up. “ Let me do this for you and your very lucky partner.”
Jimin blinked, taken aback and watched as the alpha moved to the counter and muttered something to the woman there . She immediately bowed and turned to Juwon with a wide smile and Jimin watched as Juwon gaped at Yoongi in shock.
Min Yoongi turned to look at him one last time. Their eyes met for a brief few moments and then the alpha was bowing lightly and turning on his heel, walking away with his hands tucked into his pockets. Jimin stared at him, an odd feeling blooming inside his chest,
warmth spreading all over his body. He felt his mouth go dry. There was also this hollowness, this gut wrenching feeling of loss, like he was just about to miss the last bus home. It was terrifying, and he felt like he was underwater, everything just a little blurry and surreal.
“Jimin ah ! Do you know who that was?!” Juwon sounded excited as he tugged on his arm. But Jimin was still staring at the side entrance through which Yoongi had disappeared. The alpha had smelled so good.
And he hadn’t even given him his name? Should he have done that much at least? He knew his name. Yoongi deserved to know his name, as well, right?
Juwon was still jumping in excitement next to him.
“ He gave us the fucking presidential suite!! Did you hear that? The presidential suite overlooking the river. No body gets to stay there apparently and it has like an infinity pool and a hot tub and a deck !! Jimin can you believe how luck- Hey! Where are you going?!”
But Jimin was already rushing to the entrance that Yoongi had just left through, running quickly across the thick carpeted floor, reaching a hallway that branched off to the left. He turned the corner,
losing all hope of actually finding him when his eyes fell on the scene in front of him, legs skidding to a halt as his heart dropped to his knees.
Yoongi stood hugging a slender, slim waisted man who was laughing with his head thrown back at something the alpha was saying.
Jimin felt the blood drain out of his face as the alpha leaned in, pressing a soft kiss to the exposed skin of the man’s neck, gentle and intimate.
He felt his stomach turn over.
Fuck. Fucking hell. He stumbled back and around , knocking a large framed shelf down along with
the half a dozen potted plants arranged on it. Jimin winced as the pots shattered against the floor, spilling dirt and soil everywhere on the carpet. He glanced up then, teeth caught between his lips.
Yoongi was staring at him, eyes wide and shocked.
“These too…” The omega said loudly, voice shaking a little. “ Who the fuck puts plants in places like this? Places where anyone can accidentally knock them down.”
Yoongi was still staring at him , still had his arms around the other omega’s waist. He swallowed.
And before the alpha could make any move towards him, he turned on his heel and rushed back out to the atrium.
He was half terrified that Yoongi would follow him, but the alpha didn't.
Jimin told himself he wasn't disappointed at all.
( a/n ending updates here today. Warnings for the next update : scenes that could be uncomfortable because it's just... Well two stubborn people trying to hurt each other. )
The first thing Tae realized, as soon as they stepped into Jungkooks apartment, was that the place was absolutely huge. He could just make out a sprawling living space, with a sunken seating area that had steps leading down to it, and large bay windows that showed the skyline.
The second thing that registered was that Bam was a lot bigger than he had anticipated, because the moment he stepped in, the pup had pounced on him front paws landing on his shoulder and making him crash into the wall in shock.
"Bam! House! " Jungkook said sternly.
Taehyug watched as the puppy's face fell, but he drew back dutifully before slinking away to what was presumably his house, a large black block in the corner of the room.
He licked his lips clearing his throat.
"Where's the bedroom? " He asked curtly and Jungkook pointed.
Taehyung stared at the small narrow hallway leading to a door, ignoring the alpha and stalking over like he didn't feel out of place and terrified, like he was perfectly in control of himself and his feelings. Clearing his throat, he opened the door, only for his jaw to drop.
The room itself wasn't that big, cozy and comfortable and the bed looked messy and slept in, with cream sheets and a duvet. There was a beige fleece blanket but what caught his attention was the view out of the window.
"This is... Can they see us from there? " He turned red.
He said it because from here, he could definitely see into a few of the apartments in the other building. The people were miniature but he could see them walking around. Talking. Laughing.
"Jungkook, we can't... "
"So what if they can? It's not a big deal right? "
The alpha was reaching for. His bedside draw and a second later he tossed a large bottle of lube on the sheets.
"I'll be back in ten minutes. Better put that time to good use if you want to be able to walk out of here, hyung. " He said casually.
Taehyung closed his eyes.
"You can kneel on the bed. " Jungkook muttered, stepping closer and turning him around till he was facing the windows. " You can kneel and spread your legs and slip your fingers inside your tight little hole and maybe some old bastard will get a nice view of you being a slut. "
Taehyung went completely still.
"Don't call me that. " He said shakily, voice on the verge of breaking. " Ever again."
Jungkook was quiet for a second.
"As you wish, then. " He said with a shrug, before stepping back and away from bed, before turning and leaving.
He hadnt done this in a while and Jungkooks words got to him, as he stripped out of his clothes. His body felt like it was on fire, blood rushing to his face as he kept his gaze lowered, horrified that if he looked too closely, his eyes would meet some stranger across the road.
When he was done he crawled under the sheets, emptying his head of thoughts and staring straight out of the large glass windows, eyes trained on Seoul's skyline and heart beating rapidly against his ribs.
He waited, quiet and listening for the sound of the front door opening
Where was he?
He grabbed his phone, but just as he picked it up, it rang.
"Go home. " Jungkooks voice came from the other end.
"Get out of my house. Now. "
" There's money for a cab on the media console. My brother will be back in half an hour. If you dont want any awkward questions just leave."
"No." Taehyung snapped. " Get back here ypu fucking coward. "
"What the fuck do you want from me? "
"You brought me here. You paid me to have sex with you. You don't get to leave me here like this without a fucking explanation.Tell me why you aren't coming back?"
Jungkook stayed quiet for a second.
"Because I refuse to sink as low as you obviously want me to "He said quietly.
Taehyung gripped the sheets.
"What.. What does that even mean. " He said shakily.
Jungkook was quiet.
"You were right, hyung. " He said finally. " I'm just a pup. I can't give you what you want, because what you want is so much less than what you deserve. "
Taehyung gripped the phone harder.
"Bullshit." He muttered. " You don't know a damn thing about me. "
"Yeah." Jungkook said quietly. " And I wanted to. It's why I offered to make you dinner remember.. But you told me how you feel about that."
"You're out of your mind. "
"I'm starting to agree with you. " Jungkook said quietly. " I don't know what the fuck I was thinking actually. I shouldn't have come looking for you young. You were pretty perfect as the object of my fantasies, sitting in that damned library and smelling like paradise.
I came looking for you and I ruined it. Just like I ruin everything. " There was a bitterness in his tone. " Well, lesson learned I guess. You can keep the money. Consider it compensation for whatever emotional distress I put you through. Let's not meet again. "
Taehyung grabbed his clothes, slipping them on quickly, the call still connected and transfered to the phone's speakers.
"So what? You don't want to see me again? That's it? " He demanded.
"Yeah. It's what you want too right? You should be happy. "
"I'm more than happy. " He snapped. " I'm ecstatic. You're just like every rich, spoiled alpha who thinks the world revolves around him. I've had enough of your kind. "
Even as he said it, the words tasted bitter and vile and untrue on his tongue. But he wouldn't take it back.
"Right." Jungkook said softly. " So what, I'm just like the alphas who give you a hard time in college? Is that what you're saying? "
Tae bit his lips, shrugging on his jacket.
"You're worse. " He muttered. " Atleast they're honest about it. They don't lie about wanting me. "
"You looked so fucking thin. " He muttered" I know you've been skipping meals to save money and all i wanted was to make you a meal, hyung. One fucking meal. I didn't ask you to fucking marry me did I? It was one meal. " The alpha exhaled. " Whatever. "
Taehyung grabbed his bag, closing his eyes as he swallowed all the feelings, painfully foreign and unusual, bubbling up inside him.
"Yeah, well. I can take care of myself. " He muttered. "I'm not your mate. I'm not even a friend. I don't owe you anything. "
There was another pause and then a beep.
Jungkook had hung up.
Taehyung scoffed a little.
He bit his lips.
He wouldn't give the money back.. He wouldn't. If jungkook hadn't dragged him here and wasted his time he could have had another client.
He walked to the door, remembering Jungkook's words about cash for a cab making him pause. No he didn't need that. He could get a bus and -
The front door opened making him jump.
He stared wide eyed at the alpha framed by the door, exclaiming in shock at the sight of him.
"Christ! Who are you? " The man muttered, eyes narrowed. Taehyung merely gawked at him, too stunned to move or breathe let alone speak.
"Wait are you Jungkook's Korean tutor? He told me he was looking for someone to teach him at home. Is that you? "
"Yes." Taehyung squeaked.
"Oh, yeah. Surprising that kid actually followed through on his promise. Where is he? Is your session done? " He asked gruffly, hanging up his coat. " I'm Yoongi by the way. Jungkook's older brother. "
Taehyung continued to stare, too scared to think of an answer.
The alpha rounded on him, arms crossed over his chest and a frown marring his aristocratic features. He had porcelain skin and ebony dark hair, eyes feline and sooted dark, lips thin and severe.
"He.. He went out. "
"Out? And he left you here? What on earth? "
"It.. Didn't work out. " Taehyung blurted out. " We.. We're not compatible. I.. He's going to find someone else. " He stammered. " I need to go... "
The alpha stepped in his way, holding a hand up.
"Whoa, wait a minute. Not compatible? For tutoring? What did he do?! "
Taehyung blinked trying to think of a reason why tutoring wouldn't work out.
"He's just too... " He paused. " Dumb."
The alpha blinked.
"He's too dumb. I tri d to teach him.. He couldn't understand a thing... He's just plain stupid I think... "
Tae moved to the side, ready to escape but Yoongi stepped in his way again, this time a deep frown on his face.
"Hang on.. Did you just call Jungkook dumb? He's a double major in finance a and business, on full academic scholarship. Why on earth are you calling him stupid?"
What the fuck?
"Please, I don't want trouble. I just want to-"
Jungkook's voice made Taehyung flinch. Oh great, just fucking great.
"Jungkook what the fuck do you think you're doing something, hiring someone for a job and not cooperating? "
Jungkook stared at him in disbelief.
"You told him? " He demanded, glaring daggers at the beta. Taehyung shook his head frantic.
"Of course he told me. You think this is funny? Wasting people's time like this? You agree to do something with someone you stick to your word. "
Yoongi crossed his arms.
"Haven't I taught you that? And what the fuck does he mean when he says you're too dumb for it? " He narrowed his eyes. " What kind of games are you playing young man.. "
"Too dumb for... " Jungkook trailed off. " What?!! "
"Even if you were too dumb, which I doubt...Since Taehyung is clearly experienced, and he's willing to teach you all about it... The least you can do is learn something from him. You know be a better version of yourself. Isn't that what's important? "
Jungkook turned to him.
"Taehyung, I'm going to preserve my own sanity and hope that my brother isn't talking about what I think he's talking about. "
"He's not. " Tae choked out. " He.. He's talking about you being too dumb to study korean. You know the job you hired me for. To tutor you. In hangul."
Jungkook blinked rapidly at that, the pieces finally falling into place in his brain and eyes going wide.
"Oh." He breathed out. " OH."
"Yes, oh. " Taehyung gritted out. " I was just telling him that we aren't compatible so it can't work out. "
" And I just why is that? "
Yoongi demanded. "I'm sorry but if there's an issue you need to fix it.. And not give up.."
Taehyung had never met anyone quite so aggravating in his life.
Well except his brother.
"Sometimes these things just don't work out and-"
"It can't work out because Tae hates me. "
Jungkook said casually, staring right at him. " He thinks I'm an arrogant, spoiled pup who could never be what he wants. "
Taehyung felt heat rush up his face.
Yoongi was frowning deeply.
"Really? Taehyung, is that true? " He asked , shaking his head.
Tae breathed out.
"Mr. Jeon... " He began carefully.
"Min." Yoongi corrected. " It's Min Yoongi. "
. "Min Yoongi ssi-" He paused. " Wait, you're Min Yoongi? The Min Yoongi? " He gawked. "From the Min family? "
"And you're his brother? "
"Well half brother technically. "
A few dozen questions rose in his mind at that but he shook them off. It really was none of his business.
"I don't hate him. " He said carefully. " I just don't think I'm the right person for him to learn anything. "
"I see. And how many sessions have you both done together? "
"None." Jungkook said briskly. "Not even one hyung. He didn't give me a chance to prove myself at all. Just took one look at me and called me as asshole. " The alphas lips wobbled." It was like listening to dad all over again. " He whispered, gaze dropping pitifully.
Yoongis eyes went wide and Taehyung stared as the older alpha pulled Jungkook into a hug.
"Oh, bun bun. " The alpha cooed. " Come on. You know that's not true. You're an amazing guy. And fuck anyone" Yoongi glared at Taehyung, " Who tells you otherwise. "
Taehyung watched as Jungkook grinned at him over his brother's shoulder winking.
Oh, the sheer gall of this man...
"Taehyung.. " Yoongi said gruffly. " Are you a gentleman? " He demanded.
"What? " He asked wearily. " What do you mean? "
"Do you believe that every man should be given an opportunity to show his worth, to prove his character in the battlefield of life? " Yoongi asked seriously.
Good God. He felt a head ache coming on.
Tae turned to jungkook.
"I'll give your money back. Just let me go, I beg. "
Jungkook sniffled at that, burying his face closer into Yoongis neck.
"Hey." Yoongi barked. " Talk to me. Not the baby. "
Taehyung rolled his eyes.
"That is not a baby, that is a grown ass alpha. " He snapped, losing all patience.
Jungkook made another whimpering sound.
"Hyung-ah.. " He whined, softly and Yoongi growled.
"Hey.. He might be an alpha but he's still my baby brother and I will not have you treating him with cruelt when he's done nothing wrong. Why don't you give him a chance to prove himself instead of judging him so harshly? "
Tae sighed, shaking his head in defeat.
"Mr. Min. " He began slowly.
"How about this... Why don't you tutor Jungkook for one week-"
"Three weeks. " Jungkook sniffled.
"Right, three weeks and if it doesn't work out you can stop. And I'll pay you double."
What is it with these men and paying him double and triple?
Taehyung wondered if he had fallen asleep on that damned bed and was currently dreaming this whole thing.
Tae stared at Jungkook and he couldn't quite understand him at all. The alpha had been angry right? Tae had called him names, disrespected him and treated him badly. Wasn't that cue for him to start hating him. To start being a monster?
Why was he looking at him like that?
Yoongis phone rang and Jungkook pulled away letting the older alpha take the call.
"Give me a moment, little ones. " He muttered, before walking out into the balcony and Taehyung and Jungkook were alone again.
"Hi." The alpha said casually.
"What are you doing? "
Taehyung said shakily. " What is this? "
"Trying to fight for us. " He said quietly.
. Taehyung felt his heart turn over at that.
"There's no us. " He said sharply.
"Okay. Trying to fight for all that we could be, if you only give me a chance. "
( Authors Note : let me end updates today because my husband has a cold and naturally is acting like he's in the last few minutes of his life. I need to take of him. ).
Tae stared at him, his heart racing a little at the words. They made him feel warm on the inside, but his skin turned icy cold with anxiety. It didn't feel right, enjoying this. It felt awful, in fact. This wasn't right. He didn't deserve this. These things didn't happen to him.
"What do you think we'll become? You make it sound like we could fall in love Or something " He scoffed in disbelief.
Jungkook was staring at him.
"Love? " Taehyung shook his head. " You can't love me. You won't love me. "
"Taehyung -" He said softly.
"You know how I know this? Because my own family couldn't love me. They're my own blood and they told me I wasn't loveable. You're a stranger. How could you possibly love someone like me? "
The words spilles out of desperation. Because he wanted Jungkook to understand.
Jungkook's eyes went wide at that.
"So, " Yoongi's loud voice broke through the hallway. " Have you two worked things out? "
Taehyung looked away.
Jungkook was staring at him.
"Yeah, hyung. Tae's agreed to help me out. " He said softly.
He wanted to protest but the look in Jungkook's eyes made him stop. Something churned inside him, a sick feeling of disquiet. Like he was about to do something life altering. Something that could possibly hurt him or heal him... Break him down to pieces or build him up again.
When Taehyung reached the dorm, he found the door half ajar. He stopped, confused and a little worried.
Jimin was supposed to be with the alpha for three days. Hesitating just a bit, he carefully pushed it open, pausing and peering in.
It was Jimin, curled up on the floor.
Taehyung stepped in, quickly closing the door behind him and locking it for good measure. Jimin glanced up at the sight of him.
"Guess it didn't work out for either of us. " The omega muttered and Taehyung moved to kneel next to him.
"What happened? " He asked worried.
Jimin gave him a disgruntled look.
"Heat." He muttered.
Taehyung blinked, completely thrown.
"Heat? Now? You're not due for.. "
"Three weeks, I know. That's when I happen to have the heat room booked. I don't have a place to spend this heat, Tae. " He sniffled.
Taehyung flinched at that. The heat/rut suites on campus were always in demand and while there were spare rooms, those always cost a lot of money. Even more when you wanted to spend it alone and without a partner. Jimin never took a partner.
"Say, did Jungkook pay you? "
Jimin asked hopefully. " I sent the last of my money to my mom yesterday and I was supposed to get money today but you know.. That went to hell. Could you possibly help me out? "
"Things didn't work out with Jungkook. I gave his money back." He whispered.
Jimin wrapped his arms around himself at that.
"You gave it back? You mean he paid you but you gave it back? What.. Why?! "
Taehyung closed his eyes.
"It's complicated. Let's just say his terms were too... " He trailed off. " Well, anyway. I won't be seeing him again."
Jimin didn't respond, merely closing his eyes and letting his head fall back and rest against the wall. They sat in silence until the omega shuddered, sweat beading over his forehead and dripping down the side of his face, hitting the neckline of his sweater.
Taehyung stared at the fading bruise and bite marks, littering the edge of the fabric, most of them still fresh. He wasn't sure what to say. They didn't have anyone other than each other. The general student population steered clear of them, avoiding them most of the time.
There wasn't anything else to do was there?
"You can stay here. " He said without stopping to think about it too much. " I'll lock the door from the outside and crash with Jungkook for three days. It's okay. "
"You said you didn't want to see him again. "
Tae laughed, looking away from his friend's eyes. He was a terrible luar usually and Jimin could pick it out easily.
"Well, desperate times. " He said with a faux nonchalance. "The alpha won't mind and his house is huge. He'll help me out."
"Are you sure?"
Taehyung stood up, already grabbing his bag from under the bed, and moving to the small closet on the side with his clothes. He packed enough for two days and threw in his school work as well.
"I'm going to drop by with food and snacks and fluids okay. You don't have to worry. "
He opened the small wooden trunk in the corner where he kept a few things that he used when helping omegas with their heat. Taehyungs scent wouldn't be of much use, so he had small scent sachets that mimicked alpha scents.
He tossed a few onto the bed.
"These should help. "
He changed the sheets in his bed, tucking the packets into the corners of the bed and under the pillow case.
Jimin looked hesitant.
"Can I have your hoodie? " The omega asked carefully. " Please, I'll feel safer with that. "
Taehyung shrugged it off quickly.
Jimin hugged the fabric to his chest, staring up at him with guilty eyes.
"I'm sorry, Tae. " He whispered and the beta paused, reaching down and ruffling his hair.
"You want me to stay? " He asked hesitantly. " I'd help if you asked you know. "
Jimin shook his head.
He pulled taehyung into a hug, wrapping both arms around him and squeezing tight.
"Make sure you give Jungkook a nice hard time these three days. " He muttered. " Make him work for it. "
Taehyung chuckled, rubbing his back.
He had no intention of going to Jungkook.
Things with Jungkook were over and done. He had burnt that bridge and watched it sink into the abyss and there was no way he would go wading in those waters again. He wasn't an idiot, thank you very much.
Tae would find someone else.
But Jimin didn't have to know that.
It was pretty late in the night and Taehyung felt a sense of foreboding, walking around campus like this. His bag was heavy on his shoulders, and he was tired. Very much so. The day's weariness weighed heavy on his shoulders as he trudged along looking for a familiar face.
The pathways were mostly deserted, here near the dorms. He knew that most of the late night crowd hung around the communities center and the gym, and also the eateries that lined the east side of the campus. Taehyung always stayed away from there, because of the alphas there.
But most of the omegas hung there too and Taehyung was sure he could find someone. He knew quite a few friendly faces and while he didn't socialize with them, they would help him out right? Let him crash for a day Or two. He gripped the strap of his bag, wincing.
The night air was cold and he didn't have a hoodie. Shivering, he picked his way through the dark sidewalk, eyes fixed ahead, ears tuned for the smallest sound.
About two minutes later, he felt it. Someone was following him.
He felt his heart leap right to his throat.
When he turned around, he felt his heart pound faster than ever, eyes fluttering shut as he clutched his heart, shooting daggers at the alpha in front of him.
"Are you fucking kidding me?!"
Jungkook grinned, unrepentant.
"Hi hyung. " He whispered, " Going somewhere? "
Taehyung shook his head, turning back around and walking along briskly, keeping his pace fast and sure.
"None of your damned business, go home. " He snapped.
Jungkook fell into step with him, keeping up easily with his long legs and confident strides.
"Too late. Already made you my business from the moment I saw you hyung. " The alpha said casually, making Taehyung falter a little on his steps.
it was impossible to fight Jungkook on his terms, he thought in despair. indifference was the only way to go.
He shifted his bag from one shoulder to the other, muscles aching.
"That looks heavy. Need help carrying that?" Jungkook asked casually.
Taehyung ignored him.
A minute or so passed.
"Either you let me carry the bag or i carry you and the bag." Jungkook's low voice made him ground to a halt.
"What the hell is your problem?"
Jungkook grinned holding a hand out.Taehyung stared at him for a second before groaning and handing the bag over.
The alpha propped it up against his knee, opening it with zero hesitance. Taehyung gawked as he stuck his hand in, glancing through the items with a frown on his face.
"Hmm... This looks like the kind of thing you'd take when you're staying over at someone's." He looked up.
Taehyung kept his face completely blank, not betraying a single emotion.
"So?" He shrugged." What about it?"
Jungkook pressed his tongue into the inside of his cheek, staring at him thoughtfully.
"Hmm... Who is it? Who's the poor guy you want dead?"
"Dead?" Taehyung frowned.
"i mean.. That's what he'll be if he touches you." he grinned holding arm up and flexing. Taehyung stared at the bulging biceps, momentarily entranced.
" I would smash his skull right thought the fucking floor if he touches you." Jungkook said cheerfully.
The beta felt his pulse quicken a little at that, much to his utter self disgust. How on earth could he get excited by things like this? He needed help.
"Jungkook...just... You need to learn to take no for an answer." He muttered.
The alpha hoisted the bag onto his shoulders, holding a and out.
"Let's go." He said casually. " where are we heading to?"
Taehyung felt a headache coming on, all the fight leaving his body. Jungkook was hard enough to put up with when he was at his best. Like this? impossible.
"i don't know." He said softly, running a hand over his face. He moved to the side and plopped down on the sidewalk, drawing his knees up and burying his face there.
He felt his lips wobble.
"i don't have anywhere to go, Jungkook. I'm so tired. I just need a place to sleep.
He elt his eyes grow heavy as he closed them. Part of him really just wanted to curl up on the pavement itself and just sleep. He really, really wanted to sleep.
He felt Jungkook in front of him, that intoxicating scent hitting him like a truck as the alpha kneeled on the gravel.
Gentle hands reached out, cupping his face and making him glance up. Jungkook looked worried,eyes dripping with concern and lip caught between his teeth.
"What's wrong? Tell me what happened, hyung. Let me help."
When Tae hesitated, Jungkook leaned in kissing his cheek.
Taehyung stared at him.
"I'm the one who should be saying please. I'm the one who needs help." He muttered. " Why are you saying please, what is wrong with you.." He muttered.
"You're the only one I don't mind saying it to." Jungkook smiled.
Tae looked away.
They stayed quiet for a few seconds, before Taehyung cleared his throat. He carefully explained what happened , how Jimin was in the dorm and he had nowhere else to go for the next three days.
"Don't bother offering me a place to stay." He said quickly." i won't stay with you."
Jungkook gave him an unimpressed look.
"You shouldn't be refusing things that you haven't even been offered in the first place." He muttered.
Taehyung flushed as Jungkook stood up, stretching.
"well, i think Jimin hyung is sensible enough to accept my help."
Taehyung felt his heart turn over at that.
"Help, what do you mean help? " He demanded.
Jungkook gave him a small grin.
"Well, you know, the kind of help and alpha gives to an omega in need." He said casually.
Taehyung felt ill.
"He wouldn't.... He hates alphas."
"But he likes me." Jungkook countered. " Besides it doesn't have to mean anything right? Thought you of all people would understand Tae. Since you're always so sure people can sleep together and feel absolutely nothing for each other." he shrugged.
"You are not going near him!"
Jungkook paused, staring him down with a tired look on his face. Taehyung jumped when the alpha pinched his cheeks, stretching them out, before bumping their foreheads together playfully.
"Is there ever going to be a day , you wont think the worst of me?" He asked quietly.
Taehyung stared, frowning.
"What i meant was that Jimin could stay at my apartment. Nobody comes there except my brother and i'll just tell him to stay out. You can go back to your dorm and hate me peacefully from the comfort of your own bed." he smiled .
Taehyung felt an iron fist around his heart, squeezing tight and making it hard for him to breathe. He licked his lips, trying to get his thoughts in order, but all he could feel was an overwhelming sense of relief. He exhaled feeling terrible.
"I.. Thank you." He whispered.
Jungkook hummed, before moving to stand up but the beta reached out, grabbing his arm without thinking. Jungkook lost his balance, nearly crashing into him and Taehyung quickly grabbed him, steadying him a little.
"Wait.." He whispered, " What about you? Where will you go?"
Jungkook held his gaze, a small smile playing around his lips.
"Maybe I'll find a nice omega who'll let me crash with them for a few days." He muttered. Taehyung knew he was joking. Trying to get a rise out of him.
And he hated that it worked. He felt sick at the words.
"Tell me." He said quietly, " Please."
Jungkook stopped smiling.
"I'll crash with hyung, it's not big deal." he said casually, " Don't worry about me I'm a big boy. A big rich boy." He grinned.
Taehyung licked his lips.
"you..." He breathed in, " You smell nice too."
Jungkook stumbled, loosing his footing, swearing as his knees hit the gravel.
"Fuck, hyung a little warning?" He groaned. Taehyung shifted closer, grabbing his arm and squeezing.
"I can't smell alphas most of the time. But i can smell you." he muttered. " It scares me."
Jungkook held his gaze.
"Yeah? " He reached out brushing the hair off his face, and Taehyung felt his eyes flutter shut at the feather light touch of his fingers on his skin. He grabbed the alphas wrist without thinking, rubbing his cheeks against it and swallowing.
His head felt foggy and when Jungkook started to run his thumb over his skin, stroking gently, the fog lifted.
He felt that familiar panic and drew back, dropping the alphas hand and retreating back.
"You scare me, Jungkook. Please just leave me alone. " He whispered.
Jungkook pressed in closer. And Tae felt his breath catch as Jungkook leaned in, till his face was just inches away from Tae's neck. He shuddered as the alpha breathed in deep.
"Your scent changes when you cum, hyung. " The alpha muttered, " I really wanna smell that again."
Taehyung shuddered, eyes going wide in surprise at the words and Jungkook grabbed his wrists tugging him closer before wrapping him in a hug.
"I'm scared too. " The alpha whispered. " I've never felt this way about anyone. Never felt so drawn to someone. I want you so bad, Tae"
Taehyung swallowed, clinging to the alphas shoulders.
"It's okay to be scared. " Jungkook whispered. " But you don't have to go through it alone hyung. I'm here too. You're not alone hyung... Just let me in. A little... " He paused. "Please, Tae. "
"I don't want to hurt you. " Taehyung whispered, voice shaking.. " I.. I don't want you to end up hating me, I'm just.. "
"I won't.. " Jungkook said feverishly, hands moving to grip the betas waist tugging him close and pressing into him. " I promise... Just.. Fuck.. "
Taehyung felt his skin heating up, his body burning as he fell back against the damp grass of the lawn, the leaf blades, pricking him all over as Jungkook moved over him, before slotting their lips together in a kiss.
Taehyung gasped, hands flying to Jungkooks waist.
Jungkook smelled mouth watering and Taehyung melted into the kiss, his entire body singing with pleasure at the kiss, his hands slipping into the alphas shirt, touching the bare skin of his back. He didn't think, fingers moving to Jungkooks belt without hesitation.
He started tugging on the buckle, finger gripping the zipper of his jeans when some of his senses returned. Jungkook was tugging his shirt up, thumbing lightly at his sides and Taehyung pulled away from the kiss, panting.
"Wait.. " He breathed, shaking. " Jungkook we can't.. "
"No." Jungkook growled, hips grinding down onto him, lips trailing over the curve of Taehyungs neck, nipping at the skin there and making the beta whine, " We can. We absolutely can and we absolutely must because if we don't.. " He shuddered, " I'm going to die hyung. "
Taehyung felt laughter bubble up inside him, making him snort as he kicked a bit at the alpha, who grunted in protest. " Jungkook, we're on the lawn next to a pathway. " He said , shaking his head, " Get off me.."
"It's okay. No ones here hyung. "
Jungkook pressed soft kisses, up Taehyungs jaw and over his brows, his hands reaching down to palm him through his sweatpants. Taehyung yelped, bucking into the alphas hand a little, muscle memory reminding him of what they'd done in the bathroom. Fuck...
"Jungkook," He muttered, whimpering when the alpha slipped a hand into the waistband of his pants, before slipping in and moving back, gripping his ass and squeezing. " Fuck.. " He groaned, rutting up against the hand rubbing his hardness.
"Touch me, Tae.. Fuck.. Please.. "
Taehyung felt his face burn red as the alpha grabbed his hand leading it down to the heat between his muscled thighs, and he felt his mouth water as his hands traced the rock hard length of it, straining against the material of his jeans.
Jungkook was right. No one was here.
Jungkooks hands slipped back, slipping between his thighs and Taehyung jumped a little as the alpha pressed a finger, right against his entrance. He was still wet, still stretched out and the tip slipped in with ease making both of them groan.
"Is this where you want me? "
Jungkooks words made him whimper and he slipped his hand into the alphas boxers, wrapping his hand around his boxers.
He wanted to crawl down and wrap his lips around the pink head of it, wanted to lick and suck and -
"What the fuck are you two doing here?! "
Taehyung froze. And so did Jungkook.
"Mr. Kim... " His professor's voice rang over their heads like a gong. " Is that you?! "
Taehyung felt his entire life flash against his eyes.
"Under normal circumstances, behavior of this sort would result in an immediate suspension. It is only because of Mr. Kim's spotless record and Mr. Jeons relative... Newness to the country, that I've decided to stop with an official reprimand. Is that clear, Mr. Min.? "
Taehyung chanced a small glance at the man in front of him. Min Yoongi was glaring daggers at the pair of them, his hands clenched into fists.
"Yes. Ms Lee. " Yoongi said softly. " I'll make sure these two understand as well. " He gave them another murderous glare.
"So?" Yoongi demanded, hands tucked into his pockets and a fierce glare on his face as he stared at his younger brother, " I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that there's good reason you were trying to mount your tutor in the middle of a public pathway like a mutt?"
Taehyung felt his face flame at that, shame and embarrassment burning his skin. He glanced at Jungkook who looked equally ashamed. Tae felt terrible. He was older. He should know better. What the hell had he been thinking really?
"Mr. Min..." He began cautiously.
Tae felt his eyes go wide and he growled , turning to glare at the alpha next to him.
"No, we are not." He snapped." Jungkook, do you not think before you open your mouth?" he demanded. " Have you ever been honest a day in your life?"
He turned to Yoongi.
"We're not dating."
He closed his eyes. " And I'm not his tutor either."
Jungkook went eerily still next to him.
He rounded on him, furious.
"Why not?" he snapped. " Tell him the truth. Tell him what you really paid me for."
Jungkook closed his eyes.
"He paid me for sex."
Yoongi froze up at that, eyes narrowing into slits.
"What?" he frowned, " Is this a fucking joke?" he turned to Jungkook eyes blazing. " Jeon Jungkook what the fuck is the meaning of this?"
Taehyung flinched at the sheer rage in his tone, the disbelief and disgust. He swallowed.
"Hyung.."Jungkook said hesitantly. " It's not like that.. It's so much more than..."
"Are you telling me you're a prostitute?" Yoongi asked sharply. " Where did you meet him?"
"I study with him." Taehyung said hesitantly. " I'm a few years older."
"Good God. Jungkook?!"
Yoongi turned away from him then, and Taehyung felt the sharp coldness of being cut off and excluded from the conversation. Now that Yoongi knew who he was, what he was.... he didn't want anything to do with him. Taehyung gripped his bag tighter.
"Is this what I raised you for?"
"I'm going to go..." he said hesitantly and Jungkook growled.
"Wait. Don't you dare fucking leave!"
Yoongi gave his brother a stern look.
"let him go." He snapped before turning to Taehyung." I don't think you realize who you're dealing with. Don't come near him again."
Taehyung felt heat rise up his face.
"You should tell that to your brother. I haven't even fucked him and its like he can't get enough of me." he snapped. Jungkook flinched and Taehyung turned away, refusing to look at the hurt in his eyes.
"Get the fuck out." Yoongi growled.
Taehyung turned on his heel walking right out of the small room and onto the hallway leading out of the school's administrative building. He gripped the straps of his bag, mind racing. He was doing the right thing. Jungkook had to understand that...
Fingers gripped his wrist,
tugging him back till he hit a now familiar chest, solid and unmoving. Relentless in every way. Everything about Jungkook was unbending, immovable and just impossible to breath through and it frustrated him. Because it was like trying to get out of an impenetrable fortress.
He tried tugging his hand away but Jungkook only gripped him harder.
"Where do you think you're going?" He demanded and Tae scoffed, shaking his head.
"I'm getting the fuck out of your life. You should listen to your rich handsome brother Jungkook. Stay away from the whore."
Jungkook was staring at him.
"You think he's handsome?"
Taehyung froze, disbelief coursing through his veins at the words.
"Are you out of your fucking mind?! Do you take pleasure in driving me insane?!"
Jungkook grabbed his other wrist as well, tugging him close.
"Yes, i do."
"Ugh! Let me go!" Taehyung raged, trying to pull away but Jungkook caught his wrists together in one hand, the other arm coming around to wrap around his waist, keeping him in place.
"What do you want from me, hyung?" he whispered." What do I have to do, to get through to you?"
Taehyung stopped squirming, closing his eyes.
"You can't. " He said blankly. Because there's nothing in here for you to get through to. I'm not worth it. Not even worth the time you've spent chasing me these few days. Listen to me and just let me go, Jungkook.
If people like me want to eat and live and survive in this god forsaken world, we can't afford to get shaken up by people like you." he whispered. " No matter how much you pay me to fuck you..." he licked his lips, " I'll end up paying a higher price for it in the end."
Jungkook didn't respond for a few moments.
And then he slowly let go of him, stepping away but still staring at him.
"Let me help Jimin at least." He said finally.
"did you not hear what your brother just said?"
"its my apartment."
Taehyung sighed shaking his head before glancing over the alphas shoulder.
"Where is he? " He asked cautiously.
"Hyung? He got another call. But he'll be out soon so please. Let's hurry up. " Jungkook moved ahead and Taehyung grabbed his arm.
"Will you leave me alone after?"
Jungkook held his gaze for a second.
"Are you sure that's what you want? " He asked casually.
Taehyung licked his lips.
"Yes." He said sharply.
"You don't want to see me again? "
Taehyung blinked. That was a bit....
"I mean.. Yeah. "
"You can't change your mind. "
The beta felt oddly cold.
"I won't. And I hope you don't either. " He snapped.
Jungkook smiled at that.
"You're certain then? You don't want to see me ever again? Not even a glimpse? "
Taehyung didn't respond merely nodding, hesitant.
"Okay. I'll leave you alone. "
The dorm felt empty without Jimin.
Taehyung had cleaned the place up for his best friend, did his laundry and changed the sheets.
It was seven in the morning now.
The omega he was supposed to meet was likely waiting for him.
He stared up at the ceiling, numb.
Jimin had agreed to stay at Jungkooks without any argument, the omega relieved that he wasn't making things difficult for Taehyung.
They had picked him and his stuff and Taehyung had watched him settle in.
He would be back in four days.
Till then it was just him, here.
The omega he was supposed to be helping had cancelled earlier, an apologetic message saying his boyfriend was back in town. Taehyung found open relationships like those very odd, although he did benefit from it. Not all alphas were possessive or territorial, apparently.
Living with Jimin, Taehyung knew that certain omega stereotypes were true. They liked soft, gentle things . They were often driven by emotional feelings, and listened to their hearts rather than their minds. They liked certain scents and preferred them during their heat.
He swallowed, licking his lips . There was an odd lump in his throat, as he remembered how Jungkook had been momentarily distracted by Jimin when the omega had entered his home. The alpha had definitely looked a little too long and Taehyung had felt cold and empty.
It was a stark reminder, that even if Taehyung were to, ignore the fact that Jungkook came from an affluent and prestigious family, he still wouldn't be enough simply because he wasnt made to be an alphas mate.
He couldn't carry his scent or his pups or his mark.
He rubbed a hand over his tummy. There was that familiar ache that had no right to be there. If Jimin went out and said he wanted a litter of beautiful pups, people would call it adorable. If Tae did the same thing, they would laugh in his face. They would mock him.
How could he possibly mourn the loss of something, when he wasn't even allowed to want it in the first place?
He closed his eyes, feeling the tears slowly brim. He couldn't go down that path again. Nothing good came from wanting things that weren't meant to be his. Nothing but heartbreak and pain and misery.
There was a reason he was so good at helping omegas through their heat.
It was just so easy for him to imagine himself in their position, to have someone protect and cherish you st your most vulnerable moments. Someone who would put your comfort ahead of their own.
He only went with omegas because with alphas he might start wanting more.
And yet, he'd let his guard down with Jungkook. He had felt that pull, that incredible attraction right from the moment they had met.
Something in Jungkook had called out to him and something inside Taehyung had leapt in response.
And it terrified him.
There was a voice incessant and loud, screaming inside his head, reminding him that these things didn't happen to him. They didn't happen to him because he didn't deserve them and he should know better than to want more.
But with Jungkook.. It was impossible not to want more.
Taehyung sat up, tired and exhausted and just miserable. He glanced at Jimins empty bed and for a second he imagined Jungkook there. Imagined the alpha in his boxers and t shirt, face down and deep asleep.
The knock on the door broke him out of the daydream.
He stared, taken aback. His heart swelled a little skipping beats and he felt his hands and feet gp a little warm.
He was here after all. And wasn't it funny, how Taehyung wasn't surprised at all. Of course he was here.
He moved to the door.
"Jungk-" He froze.* Yongsu? "
"Hello, whore. " Yongsu smiled, before peering over his shoulder, " Heard your little buddy went into heat yesterday. Thought he could use a nice alpha dick, to help him through it. Where is he? " He demanded, moving closer.
"Get out of here. " He snapped.
Taehyung made to slam the door shut but the alpha wedged his foot between the door and the frame, easily holding it open.
" Wait, he's not here is he? I can't smell him. " He glanced at Taehyung with a small smirk. " So it's just you, all by yourself? Interesting"
Taehyung drew himself up to his full height, crossing his arms over his chest before glaring.
"You have to the count of three to get out of here, before I punch you in the face " He said casually.
Yongsu scoffed at that.
"Relax, I'm an alpha. We don't go for your kind."
He gave him a thoughtful look.
"What's going on between you and the Jeon alpha? " He asked casually. " You fucking him? "
Taehyung laughed in disbelief.
"Why do you think I owe you any kind of-"
"The guy's engaged. You don't care about breaking up relationships? "
Taehyung stared at him, keeping his face blank, not betraying the shock coursing through his veins.
"Oh, you don't know, do you? " Yongsu laughed, shaking his head, " This is fucking hilarious. "
"Get out of here. " He said quietly.
"Wait, you think I'm lying? "
Yongsu shook his head, before grabbing his phone. Taehyung watched as the alpha scrolled through his phone, before sticking it into his face.
It was an article from a business magazine.
"With the youngest son returning back to Korea after a decade, Min Corp has
made clear their intentions to go ahead with the merger with Heang Enterprises, to be sealed by an upcoming matrimonial alliance between their younger children. In the picture ( L-R) Jeon Jungkook, Hwang Nara, Min Yoongi.
Taehyung stared at the photo, with Jungkook smiling.
He turned away, glaring at Yongsu now.
"I never slept with him. " He said shakily. " In fact he told me specifically that he doesn't want to see me again. So I don't understand why you think this information would matter to me. "
"Good. " He said with a shrug.
He pulled back and gave him an oily smile.
"It's always good to remember your place. " He said firmly. " A dog doesn't get to eat from the children's plate. You know that right? "
Taehyung clenched his fists, before slamming the door shut in his face.
He leaned forward, pressing his forehead against the door an icy cold numbness spreading from the top of his head , to every corner of his body. He licked his lips, feeling light headed from how sharp and searing the pain in his chest was.
Why the fuck did this hurt so much?
He closed his eyes, taking small but even breaths, breathing in and out as he tried to process the utter devastation that was starting to permeate all over.The hopelessness of his misery made him furious, and who better to direct his anger at,than the alpha who had made him want?
Taehyung leaned back against the closed door and slowly slid to the floor, feeling like every ounce of energy had been drained right out of him. He found it hard to move his limbs, even harder to think or process what he had just heard,
because if what Yongsu had said was true, then everything that Jungkook had said and done the past few days, was nothing more than a mockery. And there was nothing more painful than being the punchline of someone else’s joke.
Taehyung stared at the opposite wall, wanting rather desperately to feel Jimin’s warm and comforting arms around him. He didn’t have anyone else but him. How could he have been so stupid. Had he gotten too greedy, wanting another person in his life?
He should have been grateful that at least he had Jimin. Instead he had made himself covet something that was far beyond his means , far beyond what he deserved.
The more he thought of it, the more Taehyung felt like a fool.
Jungkook with his Maserati and his gorgeous good looks, his Trimage apartment and his multimillionaire family…. Why in the name of all things sane, would an alpha like that want someone like him? Why had Taehyung not thought this through?
Whatever, he told himself firmly. It wasn’t too late. Nothing had happened. He hadn’t slept with him. He hadn’t fallen in love or anything stupid like that. It was a small infatuation. Thats all it was. He would nip it in the bud, right away.
And he would go back to the life that was always means to be his.
Because for all that Yongsu was rude and uncouth, he was also right. It wasn’t right for a dog to try and eat from the children’s plate. Taehyung knew his place and he would stay there.
He was done.
Taehyung spent the next three days, on the lookout for Jungkook. He was determined to give the alpha a piece of his mind and let him know just what he thought of his deception.
But Jungkook didn't turn up. He wasn't in his classes and he didn't turn up at the dorm.
Taehyung debated visiting Jimin in the apartment but he couldn't bring himself to do it, mostly because he was terrified that He would run into Yoongi again. He had a very k drama like idea that the alpha would try to pay him to stay away from Jungkook.
It made him queasy.
But what really upset him, was the sheer banality of the day, the feeling of emptiness, the hollowed out feeling of lacking any sort of purpose. Tae went to class, the library, the cafeteria and then back to the dorm.
His heartbreak didn't matter at all.
Humbled by his own insignificance, Taehyung withdrew further into his shell, gaze lowered and mouth sealed shut for the rest of the day.
He ignored the mocking words from Yongsu and his gang of alphas, and he got ready to spend a couple of nights with another omega.
Taehyung had long learned the art of turning off parts of his mind when he was with one of his clients. It would be mechanical, not personal on any level.
But this time it was different. Taehyung felt numb and lost, a number of phrases running through his mind.
" Whore... "
" You don't know who you're dealing with... "
"He's engaged... "
He was also filled with an odd sense of envy as he watched the omega underneath him. The fragile bones and the slender figure, the clear blue grey eyes and the innate delicateness that made him want to curl into a ball and hide.
But he couldn't.
I took meds and the coigh syrup just makes me #o sleepy...
I'll update as sootas i wake up... I'm sorry.
Taehyung soldiered through the next two days, a very constant ache in the side of his ribs as he tried not to let his misery affect what was , by all means his job. He was being paid for this and he had to keep that in mind.
Thankfully the omega didn't seem overtly upset.
It was a rainy thursday evening when he finally dragged himself back to the dorm, feeling oddly guilty and dirty, filled with a desperate need to scrub his skin raw. He opened the door to his room , only to find Jimin in his bed, happy and sated in a small nest of clothes.
A nest of clothes that smelled nauseatingly familiar.
"Is that Jungkook's brother's jacket?" he demanded by way of greeting, startling Jimin awake. The omega blinked at him, a small frown creasing his pretty features, plush pink lips pouting at being woken up. Jimin turned
into a different person during his heat and Taehyung had the sneaking suspicion that, that was his true self. Soft and delicate with a need to be spoiled with affection.
"Well, hello to you too." The omega said quietly, " I missed you too."
"Why do you have Yoongi's clothes?"
Jimin rolled his eyes a little at that, lightly patting the small , messily made nest with his small hands, he stroked the fabric of a small felt hoodie and the grabbed it, sniffing happily.
"He was kind enough to lend them to me when he dropped by Jungkook's apartment."
Jimin smiled a little.
"You know i can't stand most alpha's scents. Its why I spend my heats alone. But Yoongi smells really nice and I think having his clothes actually helped my cycle end quicker. I may even go back for more next month." he giggled.
"Did you see Jungkook as well?" He asked hesitantly.
"Jungkook? " Jimin frowned. " No. Thought he might be with you, seeing as he's glued to your side these days."
"I haven't seen him in five days." Taehyung moved to drop his bag on his bed. " Give those clothes back, Jimin."
Jimin clutched the hoodie to his chest, glaring petulantly.
"What?!" He snapped. " i will not!"
Taehyung closed his eyes before taking out Jimin's clothes from the backpack, the ones saturated with the omega's scent.
" Jimin ah.." He said tiredly. " Please listen to me."
"They're not like us." He said shakily. " And Yoongi.. well, Yoongi isn't going to be very kind when he finds out about what you do in your spare time." He gave Jimin a desperate look of appeal. " I don't want you to get hurt. Alphas like that don't care about others."
Jimin's face dropped, his gaze lowering to the clothes and fingers going lax around the fabric. He stared at the hoodie for a few seconds before carefully pushing it away. Taehyung watched his best friend's heart break in real time and had to look away from the sight of it.
"Oh," Jimin said thoughtfully. " I.. um.. I didn't think that far along." He chuckled. " I just liked his scent.. i mean... I didn't expect anything more and he offered it himself you know... I didn't ask for it..." he said defensively. " I'm not.. I wasn't being greedy."
Taehyung immediately felt terrible. Shaking his head, he quickly moved to Jimin's side but the omega held a hand up, stopping him in his tracks.
"Don't come closer you'll mess up my nest." He said sharply and Taehyung felt the stab of the words like a dagger.
In the years that Taehyung had known Jimin, the omega had never once asked him to stay away from him or his nest and Taehyung wasn't quite prepared for how hurt the words made him feel. Jimin was all he had and now, the omega didn't want him near. What was he supposed to do?
This was his fault. He should have never let Jungkook offer his so called help. Nothing good came from trusting other people. He was to blame for this. Him and no one else, really. He hesitated before stepping back and away.
"okay. I'll just.. I'll go do your laundry."
Make myself useful somehow, he thought hesitantly gathering all the clothes and moving to the door. He glanced back at Jimin who was still touching the clothes, but a lot less cheerful. A lot more lost. Taehyung felt guilt churn. Why had he said that to Jimin?
And who was to say Yoongi would be unkind to Jimin? Maybe Yoongi had only been unkind to Taehyung because he was a beta, undeserving of his brother. Jimin was a gorgeous, beautiful omega. Who was to say Yoongi wouldn't fall in love with him?
Taehyung was just projecting.
Just because alphas didn't see him as a potential partner didn't mean that was how it was with Jimin. He had no business raining on Jimin's parade like that and he had to go back and apologize. Go back and tell him that he was an idiot. that any alpha would be lucky to have him.
Lost in his own thoughts, Taehyung missed the guy walking from the other end of the corridor, only flinching when their shoulders hit, knocking him off balance for a second. He stumbled, clutching the small wicker basket of clothes , when a strong hand gripped his arm, gentle.
Taehyung blinked at the guy, recoiling a bit when he recognized him. He had seen him a few times, hanging out at Seokjin's diner. The omega had mentioned that he was a beta , who worked as an art curator at a local museum.
"Oh, shit, are you hurt. I'm so clumsy sometimes."
Taehyung pulled his arm away clutching his basket to his chest and nodding curtly. He made to move past him but the beta moved to block his way, twin dimples standing out as he smiled.
"Hey, you're Taehyung right? Seokjin's baby brother? I've seen you around at the diner."
Taehyung swallowed, glancing around and feeling oddly cornered.
"Um..yeah.. This is the student dorms by the way... You shouldn't be here." he said quietly.
The beta quickly helped up a small visitor's pass.
"Oh, its fine. My baby sister lives here. I'm Namjoon by the way."
Tae sighed, before finally taking the offered hand and shaking gently on it. Namjoon looked cheerful and it was always a rarity to meet another alpha. Tae knew Namjoon also came from a wealthy family, and his parents owned a chain of museums and art galleries across the country.
"I was actually dropping off some of Seokjin hyung's porridge with my sister. She's down with a head cold." Namjoon responded. " Have you had dinner yet?"
Taehyung shook his head.
"I've got to do some laundry. I'm sorry.." he made to walk away but Joon followed.
"Oh, that's fine." he said softly. " It's just I was off to dinner...Would you like to come with , Taehyung ssi? Just one meal."
I just wanted to make you a meal, Jungkook's voice rang in his head and Taehyung had to shake his head to clear it a little,
Yoongi stood with his arms crossed over his chest, watching as the doctor finished checking his brother's vitals. The steady beeping from the machines hooked up to the alpha made him nervous and upset.
"His vitals are stable for now but I'm not sure how long that would last."
"Can you please stop sounding ominous, and just tell me what's wrong with him? He was fine three days ago. I perfectly good health. "
The doctor gave him a tired look.
"For now, just stop his suppressants. His hormone panel is all over the place. "
"He's always been on those , hyung." Yoongi said urgently, moving closer to Sungho, who was an old friend of his. " Come on, please just take off that doctor hat of yours for a second and tell me what's wrong with my baby brother.."
Sungho sighed, shaking his head.
"Yoon, you think I wouldn't tell you if I bloody knew?" He said frustrated. " Jungkook's body is clearly growing weaker but I cannot for the life of me find the fucking cause. Physically he's perfectly fine. Did something happen the past three days? Any change in routine?"
The doctor paused for a second.
"Did he meet someone?" He asked carefully. Yoongi frowned.
"Meet someone as in, an omega?" He shook his head. " No, he came over to our parent's place for dinner and it was just us. Just family. Why do you ask?"
"You ever heard of imprinting?"
Yoongi rolled his eyes.
" That's a myth." He said blankly. " There has been no recorded case of it in over 300 years."
"You know your history." Sungho chuckled. " Well, you're right. But I'm just telling you...the symptoms do seem to match a bit."
Sungho held both his hands up in surrender.
"Hey don't kill the messenger." he said with a grin. "But here's the thing, try asking him if he feels like seeing someone. You know.. maybe he's feeling drawn to someone? The urge to go after your intended mate is usually very strong."
"He has an intended mate. Her name is Nara and she's training to take over Hwang Enterprises in the coming year." Yoongi said sharply." Do you think it could be her?"
Sungho shook his head.
"its more likely someone he met more recently. " he said thoughtfully.
"An omega he met recently... Wait..there was an omega friend of his.... " he frowned. " I don't know his name or anything but the kid was spending his heat in Jungkook's apartment."
"Yeah, I could smell him when I was there."
"Did you talk to him?"
"Well, a little but I don't know his name and i didn't see him either. He cracked open the door and said something about the clothes in my laundry basket smelling good so I told him he could help himself to them. I meant temporarily but he took them when he left."
Sungho blinked a little at that clearly unsure what to make of that.
"Well, I suppose there's no harm in trying to find the omega just to see if its him. It would of course be better if Jungkook woke up and told us himself but... that looks like it could take a while."
Yoongi frowned, shaking is head a little.
"imprinting?' He shook his head in disbelief. " Hyung come on. Most people don't even believe its real. It was an archaic thing that our ancestors believed in, something that takes away the concept of consent. "
Sungho nodded, standing up slowly.
"I won't argue the semantics of it , Yoongi. I know better than everyone else that its unlikely and pretty sure if you bring this up with someone else, they're going to say we're both crazy. But you told me to take off my doctor's hat."
" Yeah but I didn't ask you to put a crazy hat on in its place." Yoongi sighed. " But I'll go find the omega. I'll ask him if he can come over and visit Jungkook. I mean... just to rule it out."
"It's a good idea." Sungho agreed. "Call me if he wakes up in the meantime."
Right behind their dorm buildings, there was a small wooden shed that the groundskeeper used to store his tools. Taehyung knew the place quite well, its thin metal roof and brittle walls familiar because he sometimes went there when he needed to breathe.
It was the sound of rain pounding those metal sheets that woke him up that night, eyes blinking open as his mind registered the loud ruckus that came from the force of torrential rain hitting sheet metal , with enough force to bend it out of shape. He felt his pulse quicken.
As he lay there , trying to tamp down his own anxiety from the loud noise, he felt his gaze shift to the other bed.
Jimin wasn't there.
Taehyung sat up abruptly, heart now somewhere in his throat.
"Jimin?" He called out, alarmed.
Only silence greeted him.
The beta(?) sat up straighter, throwing his legs over the edge of the bed before making his way over to the bed. The nest was messed up, the hoodie missing. Damn it, had Jimin gone looking for Yoongi? He knew his friend was still a little hazy from his heat but this?
Taehyung grabbed his jacket, and his phone before stumbling to the door. Outside, he could hear the wind howling as the rain grew heavier. His phone lit up the dark hallway as he walked on unsteady legs to the elevator. He had no reception here. He would call Jimin first.
But the moment the elevator doors opened, Taehyung recoiled.
Yoongi stood there, soaking wet , eyes wild.
"Where is he?" he demanded.
Tae blinked, frowning .
"Shouldn't I be asking you that? Where's Jimin?"
"Who the fuck is Jimin?" Yoongi snapped." I'm talking about Jungkook."
"Jungkook?" Taehyung blinked, completely thrown. He glared at the alpha. " Why on earth would I know where he is?" He made to push past him but Yoongi grabbed his arm.
"Taehyung this isn't funny. I'm pretty sure my brother is in rut right now, I have to find him."
Taehyung tugged his hand away.
"Whatever. Not like he isn't used to those. He'll be fine., Let me go, I have to find my best friend." He snapped, walking away but Yoongi was on him again.
"What the fuck do you mean he's used to those?" he demanded.
"He told me how he gets ruts like every few weeks." Taehyung snapped. " So, excuse me, if he gets them that often he'll know what to do... Let me go!"
Yoongi did let go of him, staring at him in shock.
"He told you that?"
"Yes. He told me that. And he's probably with some omega."
Taehyung swallowed the painful lump in his throat.
Yoongi made a noise of disbelief.
"Taehyung, he lied to you."
The beta frowned, turning to him.
"Jungkook doesn't get ruts every few weeks." Yoongi swallowed. " In fact, he's never had one before in his life."
Taehyung stared at the alpha in disbelief.
"Wait, what? " He gawked at him, lips parting in shock. " What do you mean he's never had... "
"That's not important..! He's missing and I think he went looking for the omega who spent his heat at our apartment! Do you know him?! "
"Wait... Who... Jimin?! " Taehyung blinked in disbelief. " Why would he go looking for Jimin? "
Yoongi paused, frowning deeply.
"That was Jimin.... " His eyes widened. " Oh, God.... Are you telling me both Jungkook and Jimin are missing right now?! "
Tae bit his lips.
"Shit, I think the doctor was right. " Yoongi muttered.
"Doctor? What doctor? "
"Jungkooks been sick the past five days and the doctor said he might have imprinted on an omega recently. And I think it's Jimin he imprinted on. "
Taehyung felt his heart take a dive.
"Imprinted? " He whispered, mind going foggy. " I.. What does that mean? Is that something that happens? "
"It hasn't happened in a long time. But it's the only explanation. " He sighed. "Jimin must've triggered Jungkooks rut. If they're together.. "
Yoongi shook his head.
"We can't let that happen. We need to find them at once. " He frowned. " Do you have anything that smells like your friend? " He demanded.
"Smells? Like.. Like clothes? " He asked in confusion. " I.. Yes? " He moved on auto pilot, not able to think.
He stumbled over to Jimins bed and Yoongi followed. Taehyung turned the lights on and Yoongi made a noise of surprise.
"That's my hoodie! "
Tae rolled his eyes.
"You gave it to him. " He pointed out, grabbing the pillowcase and pulling it off. It smelled the most like Jimin.
He handed it over to Yoongi who pressed it against his nose, breathing deep.
The alpha paused and stared at the wall for a second.
And then breathed in again.
"Are you getting high on my friend's scent, what the fuck is wrong with you?! "
Taehyung's loud voice seemed to break Yoongi out of a trance and the alpha had the good grace to look ashamed, clearing his throat. But his ears were engine red and Taehyung was not amused.
"Well, your friend's scent.. " He cleared his throat. " It is quite unique."
Taehyung narrowed his eyes at him.
"Or maybe you're just a creep. " He said quietly. " Now tell me why you need his scent. "
Yoongi was frowning.
"This scent... It's familiar.. I'm pretty sure I smelt it on the way here. " He said thoughtfully.
He turned around.
Taehyung took after him as the alpha walked briskly down the hallway. His mind kept running in circles. He couldn't quite understand what was happening.
What did Yoongi mean by Jungkook imprinting on Jimin? What did that imply? He hadn't heard of imprinting at all.
But it sounded.... bad. Taehyung swallowed. It sounded wrong somehow. Imprinting on someone... Didn't that mean you left your mark on someone. Like a claim.
He felt nauseous. But Jimin hadn't seemed that way? If Jungkook imprinted him why would Jimin want Yoongis scent?
"Ah ha!" Yoongi exclaimed, stopping right in front of the large laundry room. " See?"
Taehyung watched as the alpha kicked the door open,
screaming, " get the fuck away from each other!"
Taehyung stumbled behind him, ready to see something traumatizing but ...
It was just Jimin.
Curled up and asleep in the large wicker basket filled with dirty clothes.
Taehyung squawked, rushing over to his friend and shaking him awake.
"Jimin?! Jiminie... "
"Are these my clothes? " Yoongi demanded looking confounded. " I only lent him one! "
"Where's Jungkook? " Taehyung asked softly. " If he's not here.. Then where is he? "
Yoongi stared at him, just as troubled as the omega.
"I don't know. " He whispered. " I don't know. "
They spent the next two hours, going around Seoul, looking for Jungkook.
They checked all the places Jungkook was familiar with, his apartment, Yoongis apartment, Yoongis hotel, and Taehyung felt with each passing minute, his heart grew heavier with worry.
He had been upset with Jungkook for abandoning him. But the alpha had been sick.
As the night stretched on Yoongi finally told him they should stop.
"He's a grown alpha. And he's built like a fucking wall. So i don't think he's in any real danger. We should head home now, Taehyung. I'll drop you off at the dorm. "
Taehyung sank deeper into his seat.
As he trudged up to his room, Taehyung felt his heart clench painfully in his chest, an intense longing inside him, making him ache and yearn. God he really just wanted to see him.
He wanted just one glimpse, just to be able to reach out and touch-
The beta gaped at the form huddled under his sheets, face buried in his pillow.
"Tae... " Jungkooks voice was slurry and low. " You smell so good, hyung... "
( for those confused, Taehyung wakes up because he sensed Jungkook nearby... And in the time that they went looking for Jungkook, the alpha found his way into Taehyung's bed. "
Taehyung glanced to the side, where Jimin lay snoring in his bed, still buried in Yoongi's clothes. (Tae had offered to give them back but the alpha had insisted that Jimin may need them more.)
He swallowed, before moving to the alpha's side. Jungkook was soaked to the bone.
His clothes and hair drenched and dripping and now dampening up the beta's bed as well. He pressed a palm to the alpha's forehead , flinching at how hot he was.
He was burning up, and Taehyung shrugged off his jacket before moving to shake him awake.
" Jungkook get up!"
Jungkook blinked bleary eyes at him, smiling softly.
"So mean.." he whispered, " even in my dreams. But that's okay... I like it when hyung's mean to me. " the alpha giggled. " You look cute when you're yelling at me."
Taehyung felt a familiar fond exasperation,
He grabbed the alpha's collar tugging him up with a little difficulty. Taehyung was a little slim , yes but he worked out and stayed in shape. Jungkook was broader than him but he could tug him up into a sitting position, flinching at how wet his mattress was.
"You're going to catch pneumonia, you stubborn pup!" he grunted, wrapping his arms around the alpha's shoulder to hold him up. Jungkook grabbed his waist, easily rolling him over and pinning him into the mattress, caging him in with his arms and thighs.
"Hi." he grinned.
Tae stared up at the alpha, hands gripping his broad shoulders as he took in the features.
"I missed you hyung."Jungkook pouted. " I know you told me to stay away from you... but I couldn't....Sorry hyung. I'll do anything else you ask me to. But I can't stay away."
"Jungkook-" Tae began but the alpha shook his head swiftly, his long hair dripping water all over the beta.
"No. i know what you're going to say.. You're going to tell me to leave and go away and not to bother you, but please, just- "
Tae pressed a palm over the alpha's mouth.
"I missed you too, Jungkook" He whispered. " You can stay if you want to."
Jungkook looked surprised at the words and Taehyung smiled, ruffling his hair a bit.
"But first you have to change into something else and let me dry your hair a bit." he said softly, letting the strands run between his fingers. " You're dripping wet and ruining my sheets."
"Okay, but after we change the sheets can we ruin them again- ow!!" Jungkook flinched when Taehyung bonked his head with a closed fist. " Hyung that hurt!"
"Good! It was supposed to."
Although he didn't really want to, Taehyung knew that the right thing to do was to call Yoongi.
He didn't do it in front if Jungkook though, but out in the hallway while Jungkook changed into a pair of the betas pajamas.
Jungkooks brother said he would be over at once.
Taehyung hung up feeling oddly bereft. He wasn't sure what to think. Jungkook wasn't in rut, clearly. He was a little flushed and seemingly a bit disoriented but otherwise he seemed alright. Taehyung wasn't quite sure why Yoongi had assumed Jungkook was in rut.
The door opened and Jungkook stuck his head out.
"I changed the sheets. " He said softly and Taehyung smiled before stepping in and locking the door behind him. When he turned back around, Jungkook was wrapping his arms around him again, nosing into his neck.
"You smell amazing hyung . I went crazy not being able to see you. I got so sick and then I couldn't get up at all." He mumbled. " Tae, don't leave me. Please it just... It hurts me when you do. "
Taehyung rubbed his palm over the alpha's back. He licked his lips, worried.
Jungkook seemed almost desperate and it frightened him just a little. He gripped the alpha's waist, trying to push him a bit but the younger wouldn't budge.
"Come home with me hyung. "Jungkook whispered, startling him. " Let's sleep together. "
He jumped a bit at that.
"Jungkook!!! " Yoongis loud voice rang through the hallway and they jumped a little. Jungkook growled, grabbing Taehyung and pushing him behind before glaring at the door.
Yoongi pushed the door open, eyes going wide at the sight of his brother.
" Stay away! "
Jungkook growled, eyes narrowed, his tone startling both Taehyung and Yoongi.
the older alpha held his hands up, eyes wide.
"Easy, pup. " He said softly. " We don't want to hurt, Taehyung now, do we? "
"Why would I hurt Taehyung? He's my mate! " Jungkook growled.
Taehyung went completely still.
And so did Yoongi.
"Your... What now? " The alpha demanded. " Jungkook are you out of your goddamned mind? "
"Jungkook you should go.. " He whispered shakily, edging away from the two alphas.
Jungkook turned on him.
"I'm not going anywhere. You told me just now that I could stay if I want to. " He snapped.
"I want him. " Jungkook growled. " He's going to carry my mark and my pups. "
Taehyung felt his entire body go icy cold at that.
Even Yoongi looked stunned.
Yoongi stared at Tae who felt like he was going to throw up. He felt like someone had taken a dagger, stabbing it right through his chest, ripping his heart into shreds. Tears sprung up before he could stop them and he stepped back.
"Get out. " He said shakily." Both of you."
Jungkook frowned stepping closer but Taehyung stumbled back holding his hands up.
"Don't fucking touch me. " He snarled. " Get away from me. "
Jungkook looked stricken.
"Hyung, why... " He made to move again but Yoongi grabbed him.
"He doesn't want you. Let's go. "
Jungkook snarled throwing the other hand off him.
"Yes he does! " He growled, before turning on Taehyung. " Tell him, hyung. Tell him that I'm your mate . That we're meant to be together... That you want me. Tell him!"
"No." He whispered, shaking his head.
"I can't..." he said softly, shaking his head. " I can't say that..."
I can't want it either, he thought miserably.
Yoongi looked back and forth between them, and then his gaze lingered on Jungkook and shifted back to Taehyung.
"Jungkook.." he said softly, "It's okay."
The alpha didnt respond to him, merely staring at Taehyung in despair.
"You're lying." Jungkook whispered. " Your scent tells me you're lying. Why are you lying, hyung?"
"You can smell him?" Yoongi frowned. " Jungkook?"
The alpha growled again.
"Of course I can. He's my mate."
"Okay." Yoongi said softly. " Jungkook its okay. He maybe your mate but you can't force yourself on him alright? Let's just relax now. " He glanced at Tae.
"Are you sure you're a beta?" He whispered and Taehyung glared at him.
"If I wasn't wouldn't you be able to smell that?"
"Taehyung, please..." Yoongi said softly. " My brother is not in his right mind now."
Of course he wasn't Taehyung thought miserably. No alpha in his right mind would stand there calling him his mate.
"Jungkook do you want to spend the night here? With Taehyung?"
"Not here. " Jungkook said at once. " I want to take him home. To our bed. "
Taehyung's mind felt like it was being bounced around like a ping pong ball. Jungkooks words made his entire head spin.
"Okay. Taehyung pack some clothes. " Yoongi said softly.
"Please." He added in a whisper. " Please help me out, Taehyung. "
Taehyung stared at the pair of them, toen between the urge to stay by Jungkooks side and the instinct to protect himself.
He bit his lips before glancing at Jimin.
"I can't just leave him."
"No problem. ' Yoongi said briskly before walking over to the bed and leaning down, scooping the omega right up into his arms. " Just grab some clothes. We'll sort this out in the morning, Taehyung, I promise."
Jimin blinked awake before curling back in the alpha's arms.
Jungkook was watching him closely.
"You promised you'd let me stay by your side hyung. " He said morosely. " You can't take back your promises. "
Taehyung had never promised that.
But he felt his defense crumble a little at the sight of him.
Okay, just for one night.
Kofi subscribers, you'll be getting an exclusive scene from Jungkooks POV in your mails by Tuesday I'm almost done writing it. Here's a sneak peek.
Taehyung remembered promising himself that he would never set foot in Jungkooks apartment ever again, and realized that ever since he had met the alpha he had been breaking all of his promises to himself.
Like never getting involved with alphas who were untrustworthy.
In fact, he thought, miserably, all Jungkook had done was come into his life and carefully tip the delicate balance of it, leaving him confused and disoriented about his own feelings. His mind and heart were at war with his body.
Jungkook made him want things.
And Taehyung knew that wanting only led to expectations and expectations always ended in heartbreak and crushing disappointment. He didn't want that. Especially not with Jungkook.
"He's sleeping. What's wrong with him? " Yoongi asked frowning at Jimin who was knocked out.
Taehyung blinked at his friend, who was wrapped around a felt stuffie shaped like a cat. All four limbs encircling the large stuffed animal, squeezing it to death.
"He's like that for a few days after his heat ends. He gets very tired and sleeps a lot. " He whispered.
Yoongi nodded before giving him a questioning look.
"Can you tell me about your family, Taehyung? " The alpha asked carefully.
"No." The beta said shortly. " When is the doctor getting here? "
"I want jungkook to get better too. " He said shortly.
"But I don't think I'm part of the remedy here. Because that would be ridiculous. "
"Taehyung, we need to think logically here. Jungkook says he can smell your scent. Something that isnt perceptible to anyone else. Don't you think that makes you special to him?"
Taehyung looked away at that.
"He also said he wants to have pups with me. " He snapped. " Are you telling me I'm an omega now? " He scoffed. " Because I'm not. Trust me I know. My parents dragged me to every doctor in the country to 'fix me'. I'm just a beta. "
Yoongi didn't respond for a while.
"Jungkook is engaged to someone else Taehyung, " He said carefully. " Her name is Hwang Nara and she's an omega. It's something our parents have planned for years. Something Jungkook knows. " He paused, " And Jungkook never has opposed it. "
Taehyung kept his face blank, ignoring the landing pain in his chest. Breathe, he told himself firmly.
"That doesn't have anything to do with me. " He snapped.
"I know. " Yoongi said casually. " But if Jungkook's attraction to you is because of imprinting maybe there's a cure."
Taehyung wondered if yoongi realized how hurtful the words were.
Was Taehyung some kind of disease Jungkook had to be cured of.
What was so terrible about him that made the older alpha feel that way?
But then, yoongi loved Jungkook. He wanted to protect him.
Because that's what family did.
Too bad Taehyung didn't have one.
That's why he couldn't understand Yoongi.
The beta stared down at his feet.
"If there is, " He said softly, " I'll be happy to help you do that for him, " He said softly, " I don't want to ruin his life. "
Before Yoongi could reply, the door bell rang. The alpha moved to the door and Taehyung moved to the couch, curling up next to Jimin. He reached out, gripping his best friend's hand, linking their fingers together, desperate for some kind of comfort.
Maybe Yoongi was right.
"You're here? " Yoongi asked briskly. " Come in. He's asleep. " He stepped back and Taehyung watched a tall, strapping alpha step into the hallway. He gave Taehyung a warm smile.
"Hello there. " He waved.
"I'm Lee Sungho. Jungkooks physician. You must be Taehyung... " The alpha made his name way over holding a hand out for him to take. Taehyung gave him his own, hesitant. The doctor shook it briskly before turning to the hallway leading to Jungkooks room
"Come with me, Taehyung."
Taehyung blinked, taken aback by that.
"Me? Why? " He asked confused.
"Let's see if Jungkook really has imprinted on you, like our dear Mr. Min fears." He grinned.
"You can find out just like that? " Taehyung asked surprised.
"Well, I did some research. We'll see. "
Still hesitant, Taehyung followed him to Jungkooks bedroom where the alpha had dozed off ( only after Taehyung had laid down with him.)
When the door opened, Jungkook woke up at once and Taehyung winced when his arm shot out to the side, protectively, shielding.
It took him a second to realize that Taehyung wasn't in the bed next to him, and he sat up, looking around till their eyes met.
"Hyung? What happened? "
Taehyung stared at him. This isn't normal he thought miserably. This really wasn't normal at all.
"Jungkook ah? "
The doctor gave him a cautious smile, moving back and gently nudging Taehyung closer first.
"Remember me? "
The younger alpha frowned.
"Why wouldn't I remember you, hyung" he rolled his eyes. " Have you met Taehyung? He's my mate. "
"Jungkook, I'm not your mate. " He said without thinking. " Please, just stop saying that. "
The alpha looked hurt.
The doctor cleared his throat.
"It's fine, Jungkookie... Hyung will just quickly check your vitals, yes? "
Taehyung stepped aside.
Jungkook kept his eyes on him as the doctor took his pressure, his gaze soft and undemanding and yet somehow so stifling that the beta couldn't hold it for more than a few seconds, looking away every now and then, pulse pounding.
This isn't fair to me, he thought.
Whatever was going on with Jungkook, it wasn't fair that Taehyung somehow had to get his heart stomped on and shredded into ribbons for the alpha to get better.
He didn't deserve that, did he?
He hadn't done anything wrong.
But his pain didn't really have any value, did it?
Neither Yoongi who wanted to protect his brother, or Jungkook who fancied himself in love with him.... Neither of them really cared about Taehyung or his feelings or his wants.
Taehyung was just so tired of being hurt.
Being lonely was better than having his heart broken.
And he just wanted to be left alone. He didn't mind spending the rest of his life unloved and abandoned. It would hurt less than to long for something that wasn't ever meant to be his. He didn't want to dream of a life with Jungkook, and then watch someone else live it instead.
"Hyung.. " Jungkook whispered low but firm. "Look at me, hyung. "
Taehyung blinked back tears,his cheeks damp and dripping and he hadn't even realized it.
"It's going to be okay. " The alpha said quietly. " I promise. Everything will be okay. I'm here. I won't let you go. "
But I may have to let you go, Taehyung thought miserably.
Because no matter how much I want you, I have nothing to give in return.
He closed his eyes, swiping at his tears. The doctor turned to him, a cautious look on his face.
"Taehyung, will you let me run a few tests? "
The beta blinked at him.
"Tests? On me? " He hesitated. "Why?
" It's nothing intrusive. Just a dna sample would be sufficient. I have my medical case here. I can collect the sample right now. " He said firmly.
"I'm not an omega. " He snapped.
"I know you're not. "
The doctor said with a gentle smile. " You're a beta, clearly. But Jungkook does seem to have formed a connection with you. I'm not sure how or why but I have a theory I'd like to test out. We'll know the results really soon. If it is what I think it is.. " He smiled,
"We can fix it."
It was the cold that woke him up.
Jimin blinked awake, shivering. His teeth chattered as he sat up, wrapping his arms around himself. The room was dark and smelled completely unfamiliar, and he panicked, fumbling around for his comforter.
Instead he found clothes.
What the fuck?
He pushed them away, the unfamiliar scent making him panic. It smelled like an alpha. A very specific alpha if he was being honest but that was ridiculous. There was no reason Jimin would be lying on Min Yoongis clothes.
That would be horrendous.
He moved to try and get off the bed when his arms landed on a chest.
A warm very naked chest.
Jimin let out a scream, loud enough to wake the dead, pummeling the figure next to him, kicking out with both his feet.
The figure yelped, rolling off the bed.
Jimin sat up, scrambling off the bed and stumbling back till his back hit a wall, staring wide eyed as the figure straightened, fumbling for something.
A second later light spilled into the room from the overhead lamp revealing a naked except for his boxers, Min Yoongi.
"What the fuck are you doing here? "
They both said at the same time.
Silence rang next.
"This is my room. " Yoongi gritted out. " You were supposed to be there on the couch. "
Jimin stared, wide eyed.
"Why am I here in your room? " He demanded. "Did you bring me here?"
"Why would I do that? " The alpha groaned. " You're the one who crept into my bed, stole all my dirty clothes and refused to give them back. " He snapped.
He had done what now?
"Where's taehyung? " He demanded, " What did you do to him? "
"Your friend is asleep in the next room. He's with Jungkook at the moment. It's four in the morning. Let's just go back to sleep and we'll talk in the morning. "
"Back to sleep? " He stared at him in disbelief. " Are you insane? " I'm not going back to sleep with you! "
Yoongi was already grabbing his pillow and sheets.
Without responding the alpha calmly gathered his things and his phone before walking to the door.
"I'll lock the door on the outside so you don't climb into the couch with me. " He said before slamming the door shut.
Jungkook woke up to the sound of someone singing, low and mellifluous. Gentle fingers ran through his hair and he blinked awake. The moment he did, the songbird stopped and the gentle caresses ceased.
He stared up at the beta leaning over him.
"You're awake? "
Jungkooks head ached something fierce. He groaned, shaking his head a little.
"Hyung? Where are we? Am I dreaming again? "
Tae laughed softly at that.
"You dream of me? " He asked quietly.
Jungkook felt like his tongue was too heavy in his mouth.
"Only you." He replied.
Tae blinked at that, and Jungkook didn't miss the blush on his cheeks.
"Do you remember what happened last night? " The beta asked quietly and Jungkook frowned, trying to recall.
"Not really , "He said with a sigh. "I was completely out of it. Hyung was going to call a doctor."
Taehyung stared at him.
"Do you believe in fated mates? " The beta asked casually.
Jungkook blinked at that.
"Fated what? " He frowned. " Mates? What do you mean? There's no such thing is there?" He frowned. " I mean.. I've heard of them in bedtime stories but.. "
" Mates? That just sounds like something in a dream..." Jungkook smiled at him, reaching out and running his finger down the side of his face, " You know me hyung... I'd rather stay here in my reality. Which has you in it."
Tae merely smiled.
"And Hwang Nara? What about her?"
Jungkook went still .
"Who told you about her?"
"Does it matter?" Taehyung's voice dripped with bitterness. " Tell me Jungkook, why do you insist on playing around with me? Is it because I'm a beta? Or because you think whores don't have feelings?"
Jungkook felt sick.
"Hyung that's not.."
But Taehyung was already moving away from him, climbing off the bed.
"Good bye." He said sharply and Jungkook couldn't let that happen. He couldn't.
He leapt across the bed grabbing the other's wrist tugging him back into his arms.
"What the- Let me go!"
"She means nothing to me." Jungkook gritted out, desperate to get that out. " I've only met her once and that was years ago."
"Let me go, Jungkook..."
"No." The alpha growled, wrapping his arms around him. "I won't let some fucking stranger break whats between us."
"There is nothing between us!" Tae screamed. " Everything is in your fucking head, Jungkook. I feel nothing for you, alright?!"
"Liar." Jungkook hissed, rolling over and pinning him to the bed, grabbing both his wrists and holding them up over his head. He pressed down on him.
Tae lay with his back to him, Jungkook's chest bearing down on him and the beta exhaled, trying and failing to tug his wrists away.
"I'm not a liar." he said shakily.
"Yes you are.." Jungkook growled. " You lie because the truth scares you." he paused, " because I scare you."
Taehyung turned his face away, breathing out sharply.
"Yes you do. Because you're literally restraining me against the fucking bed." He snapped.
"You don't like that?" Jungkook whispered, " Hmm.. I think you're lying again, hyung." He pressed a kiss to the side of his face.
Taehyung seemed to tremble just a little at that.
"You're the one I want." Jungkook whispered. " Isn't that enough?"
"Jungkook..." He whispered," Why are you doing this to me?"
"What am I doing?" He asked softly. " Tell me hyung, and I'll tell you why."
His grip on Taehyung's wrist loosened and he shifted back just enough so he could turn the beta around, so he could look him in the eye.
"Tell me what I'm doing to you that's so fucking terrible?"
Taehyung stared up at him, looking lost.
"You're hurting me." he said softly.
Jungkook felt his jaw go taut at that.
"I'm not lying." Taehyung said gently. " Everything you do... it hurts me. It makes me miserable. Everytime I think of you, i want to cry. Every day I wish I'd never met you." He sniffled. " Why won't you leave me alone?"
"Hyung..." he whispered, but Taehyung pressed his hands against his chest, pushing hard. Jungkook moved off him, reaching the other end of the bed and drawing his legs up to his chest, hurt blooming red and raw inside his heart. " Why-?"
"I don't want this." Taehyung whispered.
"You're rich. You come from a powerful family. You have people counting on you. You have people who love you. And me? I have nothing." He choked out. " I can't hold your hand and climb all the way upto your status , Jungkook. Because the fall will break me."
Jungkook reached for him but Tae held both his hands up.
"Nothing you say will reassure me." His voice broke a little. " There's nothing you can say that will make me change my mind about this." He looked up at him. " I don't want to see you again. Please just leave me alone."
Jungkook let his hand drop down to his side. He stared at the beta for a few seconds before chuckling.
"Wow." He said softly. " You're so cruel."
He shook his head.
"So that's it?" His voice shook. " We just ...end like this?"
"What did you think would happen? " Taehyung asked quietly, pulling away and moving to sit on the corner of the bed. " Is there a way, you think this thing between us wouldn't end? " He scoffed. " You should be grateful I'm ending it now before either of us gets hurt. "
He stood up, moving to grab his jacket.
"I came here because I was worried for you. But the truth is, there's nothing I can do for you. " He whispered. " You have money and medicine and a family. There's nothing you need me for. " He shook his head.
Jungkook didn't respond.
Taehyung paused, staring at the alpha on the bed. Jungkook looked painfully young, with his shoulders hunched and his gaze on the floor. And Taehyung felt so much older than his twenty four years. He tugged his jacket on, zipping it up.
The door flew open, startling him.
"Tae!! " Jimin stood framed in the door way, eyes wild and his gaze shifting between them. " What am I doing here?!! " The omega shrieked.
Taehyung quickly moved to his side, tugging him into a hug.
"I'll explain later. Let's get out of here first. "
He turned to Jungkook.
"Just leave. " The alpha said quietly, not looking up from the floor. " If you didn't want me, I could try and change your mind. But when you're just pretending ....there's nothing I can do is there? ". He pointed at the door. "So just leave. "
Taehyung felt his stomach churn a little.
"I'm not preten-"
Jungkook looked up then, eyes blank and mouth grim and the emptiness in his gaze made Taehyung freeze.
"I'm glad one of us at least isn't hurt. " Jungkook gritted out. " Let's keep it that way, hyung. Get out. "
Post heat, Jimin had returned to his usual alpha hating, headstrong self.
But Taehyung couldn't help but notice that his friend was oddly subdued, often lost in his own thoughts. Jimin also didn't take any other clients. Taehyung tried asking him but only received non answers.
Three days after that night at Jungkook's apartment, the alpha returned to college. Taehyung was fully prepared for icy indifference and hurt anger.
But Jungkook, spotting him across the cafeteria, smiled softly, waving hello before making his way over.
"Hi hyung," He said casually before looking around. " Jimin hyung isn't here?"
Taehyung could feel his pulse pounding harshly inside his chest. He swallowed, mouth dry and voice cracking a little.
"Um... He's getting soup. " He pointed and Jungkook nodded.
"Okay, I just wanted to tell him I want to audition for the dance festival later this year. Hobi hyung said I should let him know. "
Taehyung stared at him. Jungkook looked pale, dark shadows under his eyes and a slightly grey tinged pallor to his complexion. It frightened him.
"Jungkook are you-? " Before he could finish his question, Jungkook was already turning away, walking off towards Jimin.
He felt cold, watching the alpha exchange smiles with his friend. Jimin ruffled his hair affectionately and Jungkook smiled before moving away.
Taehyung kept his gaze on the back of Jungkook's head, watching the alpha settle with other freshmen at a table. He licked his lips, feeling oddly bereft. There was a hollow ache inside him. He closed his eyes, fighting the hurt.
He should go ask him if he was alright.
Yes, he should.
He looked sick. Taehyung felt worried. He made to stand up but Jimin's hand shot out, gripping hiw wrist.
"Leave him alone, Tae. " He said firmly, eyes narrowed. " I'm serious. He's a good kid. Let him be. "
Taehyung flinched, feeling chastised as he settled back against the chair. He had told Jimin what had happened and his best friend had been honest in his response.
"You were right not to lead him on. If you can't see yourself with him it's good to cut your losses."
He couldn't see himself with Jungkook. He could only see all the things that would go wrong if he ever tried to be with Jungkook.
"He looks I'll, don't you think? "
Jimin nodded, glancing over Taehyung at the table where he sat.
"But he said he's okay. "
"You asked?" Taehyung glanced back as well. "What did he say?"
Jimin gave him a thoughtful look.
"You're pretty lousy at not caring." He said softly, and Taehyung flushed.
"I never said I didn't care. " He protested. "I just can't give him what he wants."
"Yes." He agreed. " And we know what alphas are like. Give them an inch they'll take a mile. " He shook his head. " I don't blame you for staying away. " He agreed. " It's a shame he got hurt but... It's for the best. In the long run. Right? "
Taehyung took a sip of water.
"He has no reason to be hurt. " He said firmly. " He doesn't know me at all. He's just exaggerating."
Jimin gave him a small glare at that.
"Are we going down the road of self depreciation again, Taehyung ssi? " He asked with narrowed eyes.
"He's too young to be chasing after me. " He said finally. " And I told you about the fiance. " Taehyung shook his head. " He's reckless. I'm just saving him from himself at this point. "
Jimin hummed, playing around with his vegetables.
"Did that doctor call you? "
Taehyung nodded, glancing back at Jungkook again. The alpha caught his eye and Taehyung quickly turned back, cursing under his breath.
"He said everything looked normal. The hormone panel came out normal too. No anomalies or deviation from what a normal beta would have. "
"Oh? " Jimin blinked, " Why do you sound disappointed? Isn't that a good thing?"
Yes it was. It meant Jungkook hadn't Imprinted on him after all.
But it also meant,
"He's imprinted on someone else. " Taehyung whispered. " Some other omega probably. "
Jimin looked skeptical.
"This doctor sounds like a quack to be honest. " He said firmly. " Imprinting hasn't happened in centuries and there's barely any proof of it being real outside of bedtime stories. Why is he actually considering that a possibility? It sounds impossible. " He shook his head.
Taehyung placed his spoon down and gave him a hesitant look.
"Jimin ah...Have you talked to your mother yet?" He asked quietly. The omega went still at that.
"Yeah, why?" His voice shook a little.
"Jimin , please... You've never lied to me before. Don't start now."
The omega glanced up at him, eyes wide .
"What happened?" He asked quietly. " i know something's really been bothering you the past few days and I know you're worried. And your mother called me yesterday asking if you were back from the school trip."
Jimin shook his head.
"I'm sorry, Tae. She had no business calling you... I... I just.. She was going to come visit me here." Jimin looked up, gaze stricken. " I couldn't let that happen."
"Why all of a sudden?"
"The alpha with the beard?"
"Yes that one. Apparently, he's the kind of weird bastard who would share about paying for a heart partner with his mother. And said mother happens to go to the same meat vendor as my mother." he grimaced. "She told my mother it was me."
Taehyung felt his stomach turn over.
"I know." He shook his head. " I had a hard time convincing her it wasn't me but I don't think she bought it. She wanted to come see me and I'm just... You know scared she'll go around asking people stuff or make a scene."
They were quiet for a few moments.
And then Jimin took a deep breath.
"So, I'm going to stop." he said shakily. " i can't risk this.. i just.. i'm doing this for my family ... It would be stupid if I ended up losing them because of this."
Taehyung stared, numb.
Jimin gave him a small smile.
"Not gonna lie , I was kinda hoping you would hook up with Jungkook. If not a relationship at least some kind of arrangement. But I supposed that's out of the question now."
Taehyung leaned in.
"Its fine," He said firmly. " We'll work something out."
Movement to his side made him turn. Jungkook and his friends had risen up, now moving away towards the door. The alpha hung behind, hunched and as Taehyung watched Jungkook's hips hit the side of a table,
the alpha stumbling onto another guy in the process.
"Watch where you're going asshole." The other alpha growled and Jungkook seemed disoriented.
"Sorry." Taehyung heard him mutter but the other alpha, a senior no doubt and a whole foot taller than him, pushed him, hard.
Taehyung was out of his seat at once, but Jimin was a step ahead of him.
"What the fuck?" Jimin growled, and Tae watched as his best friend stalked over to the scene with zero hesitance.
"Hey, asshole." The omega said cheerfully and the moment the alpha turned he punched him.
The alpha caught off guard, stumbled back a bit. But his eyes flashed red as he growled.
"What's going on here?!" A loud voice behind them made everyone pause, and Taehyung used the momentary distraction to slip through the milling crowd, finding Jungkook.
Jungkook looked up at him and held a hand up at once.
"I'm fine." The alpha snapped. " Fuck... " He fumbled for his bag, which was lying next to him and Taehyung picked it up, hugging it to his his chest.
"I'm calling your brother." He said firmly.
"Give my bag , back."
Jungkook glared at him.
"What the fuck, Taehyung." He growled. " Give me the damn bag. I need to get to class."
"Professor Han!" Taehyung said loudly. " Jungkook here needs to go to the infirmary!"
Jungkook's eyes narrowed, but the professor turned to them.
Taehyung turned to look for Jimin who was cradling his hand against his chest, a little pale. The other alpha was already gone.
"What's wrong, Mr. Jeon?" The professor asked, frowning and Jungkook grunted.
"I'm perfectly fine sir."
"You don't look fine. You look like death."
Mr. Han was never one to mince words.
"Go home." He snapped. " The rest of you go to class."
Jungkook grunted still holding his hand out for his bag but Taehyung gripped it tighter.
"Can i take him home?" He said swiftly. " Sir?"
Mr. Han waved him off absently.
"What do you think you're doing?" Jungkook demanded.
"You need to rest." Taehyung said shakily, grabbing his phone and calling the first number on the log. Jungkook lunged for him then, loosing his footing and crashing on top of him instead, taking both of them down.
Taehyung winced as his head caught the side of the table, pain shooting up his skull as he landed on the hard floor, grunting when Jungkook's large frame crashed into him a second later.
The alpha's breathing was erratic, and Taehyung brought his arm up, wrapping him in a hug.
"Jesus, what the fuck are you two doing?" Jimin's loud voice sounded from somewhere overhead and a second later, the omega was pulling Jungkook off him. Taehyung sat up behind him , and Jungkook seemed to go lax in Jimin's arms, eyes closed.
"He's burning up."
"Call Yoongi!" Tae snapped, moving to help Jungkook up, propping him up against the table.
"What?" Jimin yelped.
"Min Yoongi, his brother. Call him and ask him to bring that damned doctor along."
"Jimin hurry up!!"
"Okay!!" Jimin cursed, grabbing his phone.
"So, this is Dr. Lee Kyungmin.He's an anthropologist who has done extensive research on the evolution of our species from centuries ago.I wanted him here so he can explain exactly what we think is the problem with Jungkook.And this is Dr Song, the best geneticist in the country."
( a/n : everything that follows is pseudo science cooked up by the author. This is fantasy Don't look for logic .)
Taehyung glanced at Jimin who also looked equal parts worried and curious. Yoongi was leaning forward, eyes narrowed.
"Dr. Lee, why don't you start?"
"Yes..Of course. Now, as all of us here know, up until a thousand years ago, most of our kind were fullshift werewolves. "
Alphas in particular could shift at will, whereas betas and omegas were said to be bound by the lunar cycle. Now obviously the only evidence we have of this is not just historical records but fossils as well as bones retrieved from archaeological digs which confirm that."
"Imprinting on the other hand , isn't something we can find proof of from these bones or fossils. But imprinting as an alpha trait is clearly written in those same historical records. So, if you're skeptic about it, this is my proof. Our ancestors had no reason to lie."
"Now shifting as a trait began dying down soon after, and is completely extinct as of now. This is also the reaosn why most scientists assume that imprinting must be the same. A trait that may or may not have been there which had died out. However, Jungkook is showing
symptoms that are alarmingly similar to what is described. its just too accurate to be a coincidence. Which begs the question... Is Jungkook somehow carrying the genetic trait that we believed has gone extinct. Dr. Song?"
"Jungkook's dna is different from ours."
I found a few markers there which we haven't seen in current members of our species. However after Sungho reached out to me, I contacted the Anthropological society up in Japan which carries a number of well preserves alpha specimens from the past and requested for a dna sample"
"We found the same markers there!" Sungho said rushedly. " The exact same."
Taehyung felt a rushing sound in his ear.
"This is of course a gamble but considering his symptoms, I wouldn't be surprised if he has somehow inherited the trait."
"But here's the problem."
"Imprinting is a wolf thing." Dr, Lee said softly. " The alpha wolf in his wolf form was the one who did the imprinting. And back then alpha wolf and the human were separate. Which isn't the case now. "
"What... What does that mean?"
"It means that the only thing that your
subgender affects is your reproductive capacities and your mating cycles. Other than that your subgender is a part of you. But in the olden days, the alpha was a completely different entity. When the wolf took over, the human couldn't control him or her in any way."
Which is why... I'm worried that.... Jungkook's alpha if is capable of imprinting, It is probably also capable of shifting as well. "
Jimin squawked while Taehyung felt the blood drain out of his face.
"Are you saying? " Yoongi closed his eyes and ran a hand over his face." That my brother is going to grow fangs and sprout a furry tail? " He sighed. " I cannot believe I'm paying you people for this."
"They're experts in their field, Mr. Min. Stop being a dick."
Yoongi rounded on him, looking furious but Taehyung quickly shifted forward.
"Is Jungkook in danger? " He asked , voice trembling a little, " This wolf shifting.. Can it hurt him?"
The doctors exchanged glances.
"There's no way to know. " Sungho sighed. " We can only wait."
"Wait for what? " Yoongi demanded. " What are you even saying? "
"The fevers and exhaustion, it's because Jungkook's human side is fighting the wolf inside him. " Sungho. Said quietly. " It's subconscious and a losing the battle. There's nothing we can do to stop it. "
"So what he's just going to turn into a fucking wolf?! Are you serious..?"
"We don't know that. " The anthropologist said quietly. " We can't be sure how the wolf is going to present itself. It may involve shifting but it could also be a purely mental shift. "
"Like he could behave like a different person? " Jimin looked worried.
Taehyung blinked as the pieces fell into place.
"He called me his mate. " He choked out. " That night... He.. Called me his mate and that I would carry his pups. And didn't remember it the next day. "
Sungho sat up.
"What?! " He rounded on Yoongi." Why didn't you tell me that?! "
"I... I didn't know that he didn't remember it in the morning. " He stared at Taehyung. " Is that true? "
"So he's imprinted on you?! " Jimin said sharply.
Taehyung felt faint.
( a/n : That's it for today see you guys tomorrow )
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The room was dimly lit.
There wasa very faint glow from the small vintage lamp on the he bedside table , the bronzed light throwing Jungkook's ethereal features into sharp relief. Taehyung lightly held his hand, thumb stroking the back of the alpha's fingers.
Jungkook was sleeping fitfully. Tossing and turning every now and then. The sky was gradually lightening up and Taehyung suddenly felt completely and utterly inadequate. He wasn't good enough for this, he thought miserably. Jungkook deserved better. So much better than him.
"There's a definite drop I his pulse and pressure. " The doctor said excitedly. " He can sense you're close by Taehyung ssi. Ho w remarkable really. Even when unconscious, his alpha wolf seems alert. "
Taehyung glanced at Jimin, who looked pale. He turned back to jungkook.
There was a small sheen of dampness right over his brows. Tae used the sleeve of his wrist to pat it dry, the movement gentle. He paused, running a thumb under his eye. The dark shadows looked haunting. Jungkook hadn't been sleeping at all it seemed.
"You don't have to help."
It was Yoongi who spoke up.
"If you don't want to be here you can leave. " The alpha said firmly. " Just don't change your mind halfway through. "
Taehyung swallowed, looking back at Jungkook.
"It's for a short time." The doctor said quickly. " It won't be long. "
Taehyung glanced back at him.
The man looked eager.
"If you stay by his side the alpha will want to reveal himself to you. You might be able to coax him out, Taehyung ssi."
"Your attitude, considering Jungkook could get hurt, is absolutely ghoulish and i hope you know that."
Taehyung said quietly, his voice low but firm. He glared right at the man who retreated. He had the good grace to look ashamed.
"I.. I'm sorry... Of course I understand the gravity of the situation . But we may be on the cusp of something truly remarkable and -" He paused.
"Let me wait outside for a bit. " He said quietly before standing up and moving to the door. Yoongi took the chair the man had just vacated, leaning forward and watching Jungkook closely.
"He told me what happened between you guys. " The alpha said quietly.
"Considering the circumstances, it would be awkward, asking you to help him. " Yoongi sighed. " But the doctor tells me the alternative is even more frightening. "He shook his head. " Jungkook's wolf is going to go feral if you stay away from him. And I'm scared you'll get hurt."
"What do you mean hurt him? " Jimin demanded, stepping closer and closing his arms over his chest. Yoongi glanced at him for a second before turning back to Taehyung.
"I don't want Jungkook to hurt you in someway. I think that's what will happen, if you run. He'll hunt."
"Then chain him up to the bed. " Jimin said sharply, coming around to stand behind Taehyung, gripping his shoulder. " And who's to say the wolf won't hurt Taehyung anyway? Even if he stays... We can't risk something like that. It's your brother. Fix it yourself. "
"Jimin ah.. " Taehyung said quickly, grabbing his best friends hand and squeezing lightly. Taehyung felt like he was swinging from a really thin. Thread and Yoongis words only made him more apprehensive. There was the instinctive fear of course but it was overshadowed.
Mostly because he couldn't fathom any part of Jungkook, wolf or otherwise, trying to hurt him. He gave Yoongi an even look.
"If I were to help him, what would that entail? "
Yoongi looked down at his feet.
"You'll have to make it seem genuine. " He whispered." Your interest"
Taehyung felt like someone had dumped a bucket of ice cold water on his head.
Yoongi ran a hand over his face, looking helpless.
"Jungkook has to believe you're interested in him. Interested in a relationship. That could be an incentive for the wolf to come out. "
"And once it comes out? " Taehyung said quietly, " What happens then? "
"Then we find a way to get rid of it. " Yoongi said swiftly. " Dr Song thinks theres a way we could possibly treat him, but he needs to see the wolf first. See how powerful that side of him is. "
Taehyung shook his head swiftly.
"No." He said firmly. " That's not right. Ypu don't know what that could do to Jungkook.. " He said briskly.
Yoongi glanced at the boy on the bed.
"I just want him to go back to being himself. " He said quietly. " I want this to end. "
"I understand you're scared. " Taehyung said quickly. " I would be too, if someone I loved so deeply was in danger." He gave Jungkook a quick glance, " But wolf or not, it's still a part of him, right? I can't think of how Jungkook could come out unscathed if you hurt his wolf."
"So what do you suggest I should do? Just let him be? he's collapsing more frequently and I'm just so terrified that the next time he's not going to be able to come back to me. " He whispered. " That's my baby brother. I can't let that happen. "
Jimin squeezed his shoulder.
"I'll stay here for tonight. " Taehyung said quickly. " Why don't we talk in the morning? " He glanced at Jimin. " You'll be okay by yourself at the dorm? "
" Can't I stay with you? " Jimi asked at once. " I don't want you to be alone here. "
"I'll be fine. Don't worry. "
"I've asked Sungho to stay behind tonight. Keep the door open and we'll keep an eye on you. " Yoongi turned to Jimin. " Need a ride? "
The omega turned his nose up.
"I can call a cab. " He said briskly.
"Cabs aren't allowed inside here. " Yoongi smiled.
"What bullshit? " He snapped.
" I'm serious. No. Outside vehicles unless you get a prior permit. Most of the people here have more than one car and personal chauffeurs. "
Jimin rolled his eyes.
"Stop bragging , it's annoying." He said coldly. " Fine call your chauffeur. "
"My chauffeur is already home with his family. I'm not calling him. " Yoongi said with a grin. " For tonight, I'll have to be the chauffeur. Get your things. " He paused. " Don't steal any of my clothes. "
"Why would I ?! You stink! "
Taehyung watched the exchange , a little amused. Jimin sounded flustered and a little breathless, which was definitely new. But Taehyung knew better than anyone that Jimin disliked alphas, especially cocky, entitled ones like Yoongi.
Once the door closed behind them,
He quickly moved to the desk in the side, pulling out his phone and the search engine.
Taehyung spent the next hours fighting sleep. And pouring over every obscure article amd journal paper published on imprinting and shifting.
All of them were speculations, none proven.
But there really was just one thing Taehyung was genuinely curious about. Taking a deep breath he typed into the search bar.
"Did alpha wolves, ever imprint on beta wolves? "
He clicked on the first link, heart pounding just a little.
Three articles down he had his answer.
No, they didn't. Because back when imprinting existed, there were no betas.
Taehyung closed his eyes completely drained.
It felt like going round and round in circles with no end in sight.
"Hyung? Is that you? "
Taehyung glanced back, eyes meeting Jungkook's across the room and it was hard to explain how he knew but he did.
But he did.
This was Jungkook.
"What are you doing here? " The alpha asked quietly, before running a palm over his forehead. " Fuck, my head hurts. "
Taehyung placed his phone down before standing up, carefully making his way over to the bed. The alpha watched him with a frown.
"How are you feeling now?" He asked hesitantly.
Jungkook sat up, leaning against the bed.
"I asked you a question, first. Why are you here? "
Where to begin? The beta thought miserably.
"They think they know what's wrong with you. " He blurted out without thinking. And then felt awful immediately afterwards. There was nothing wrong with Jungkook... Why did he say that?
"What? You mean like why I'm sick? "
"What does that got to do with you? " He asked eyes narrowed. " Where's Yoongi hyung. "
Taehyung grabbed the chair, quickly dragging it to the bed and sitting down.
"Jungkook I need you to hear me out without interrupting. Please... " He appealed.
Jungkook didn't interrupt.
But there was no mistaking the increased skepticism as Taehyung talked. Jungkook's frown got deeper and when he finally finished, the alpha looked downright disbelieving.
"Wait, you think this is true? " He asked. " That's ridiculous. "
"What do you mean, do I think It's true... There's actual proof Jungkook, there found markers of your dna in a fossil from centuries ago!! "
Jungkook didn't respond.
"I didn't mean that. I meant the part where you think I imprinted on you. "
Taehyung closed his eyes, exhausted.
"I wish it was nonsense. But it isn't. " He said firmly. "This explains everything. No wonder you've been following me around like a lovesick puppy. It's because there's some kind of alter ego inside you that thinks we're mates! "
Taehyung reached out, grabbing Jungkook's hands and squeezing gently.
"I know this must be overwhelming and terrifying for you. And I know I've been fucking things up between us. But, I don't want you to get hurt." He exhaled sharply," I want to help you figure this out."
"Jungkook?" Yoongi's voice came from behind them, making Taehyung jump a little. He dropped the alpha's hand scooting back a bit as the older alpha stepped into the room, worried. Taehyung watched as Yoongi moved to the bed, before leaning down and tugging him into a hug.
"I'm okay hyung." Jungkook said quietly and Yoongi hummed, running his palms over his back, " I'm feeling better."
Yoongi pulled back to look at Taehyung.
"I did." The beta said quietly. " I told him what the doctors said."
Yoongi turned back to Jungkook.
"It sounds far fetched , I know... but these men are experts in their fields." He said quietly." And they seem pretty sure." He glanced at Taehyung again, " And you do seem to get better anytime Taehyung is by your side."
" Sorry about that." Jungkook said quietly.
"You don't have to apologize...You're -"
"An inconvenience." Jungkook said firmly, giving him a rather bitter smile. " I may be young, but I'm not stupid. You don't want to be here. You would rather be anywhere else but here. Its evident on your face, hyung."
"Jungkook, that's unfair to him." Yoongi said quickly, glancing at him. " He's worried for you. Like all of us."
Jungkook laughed a little at that.
"Sure." He shrugged." So, what do I do now?"
"For now you rest." Yoongi said quietly." Both of you. We'll talk in the morning."
Yoongi gave him a small nod before kissing Jungkook's brow.
"Stay with us, bud." He said quietly. " And call me if something happens."
Jungkook nodded, and watched his brother leave the room, closing the door behind him.
The silence that followed was stifling.
Taehyung cleared his throat.
"Do you feel any different?" He said hesitantly. " The doctor he was telling us that the alpha wolf is often separate so.. do you feel that? Like there's something else inside you? Someone else?"
Jungkook tilted his head, thoughtful.
"Okay... You don't feel like there's a wolf inside you?"
Jungkook laughed at that.
"You sound scared now. Are you afraid I'm gonna jump you in your sleep?"
"I'm afraid you're going to hurt yourself." Taehyung said quietly.
Jungkook stared at him.
"Why would my wolf hurt me, hyung?" He said with a grin. " That makes no sense." He laughed before shuffling down and laying on his back.
Tae watched as he tugged the comforter over his shoulders."
"You're taking this pretty well." He said hesitantly." Are you sure you're okay?"
"This is how its always been." He said casually. " Ever since my parents found out I'm an alpha but I never got a rut, they've done this thing where they bring a new expert and they prick and prod and examine me and tell me all the ways I'm wrong to exist."
He turned back to give Taehyung a grin.
"I used to tell myself it makes me special." He said quietly. " That I'm different and unique. That there's just one of me out there and that makes me precious." He shrugged. " But I know thats not true. I'm just... an anomaly."
Taehyung felt something squeeze his heart at that.
"That engagement you brought up. The girl. Nara." He grinned. " You think any parent would want their daughter to marry someone who hasn't presented yet?" He rolled his eyes.
" As if. Don't worry hyung, you arent the first person to not want me and you won't be the last either. So you can rest without feeling bad." he settled more comfortably in the sheets. " But don't tell me I only followed you around because of some wolf inside me."
"i followed you around because I thought you'd understand how I felt." he chuckled. " But I guess I was wrong."
Taehyung couldn't breathe let alone speak.
"Good night, hyung."
Taehyung wrapped his arms around himself, Jungkook's words hitting hard and slashing deep. Guilt began oozing out of the cuts, and soon he felt like he was drowning from the intensity of his own regret.
"Jungkook.." He whispered into the night but the alpha didn't respond.
Biting his lips, he carefully climbed into the bed, making sure there was enough distance between them. Jungkook lay on his side with his back to him and he took a deep breath before lightly touching his shoulder.
"Jungkook, I'm sorry." He whispered. The alpha didn't move.
Moving just a little closer, Taehyung pressed his face up against his back, wrapping one arm around his middle, holding tight and pressing in closer.
"I'm just so scared of wanting things." He whispered. " I... I can't ...I never meant to hurt you."
Jungkook relaxed a little.
After a few beats of silence, the alpha lightly squeezed the hand that was around him.
"Go to sleep hyung. We'll talk in the morning."
Taehyung stayed awake, watching the sun rise through the large glass walls.
It felt like a lot had changed in a really short time.
But it also felt like things were going to get so much worse.
Taehyung woke up to an empty bed.
He blinked awake, stretching lightly and staring at the small digital clock on the side table. He must've dozed off sometime early in the morning, and it was almost midday. Panicking just a bit , he sat up, fumbling for his phone.
Jimin had called him a few times. And had then texted him that he would come see him in the evening. Taehyung supposed the omega must've spoken to Yoongi about him. He heard the faint sound of the shower running and the clothes Jungkook had been wearing, on the floor.
Taehyung hesitated before lying back on the sheets, curling his fingers on the fabric of it. The bed smelled like Jungkook, his scent strong and cloying and he hesitated before turning his face a bit and burying it into the soft pillow. Why did he have to smell so good?
The sound of the shower turning off made him pause. A few seconds later, the door opened , a cloud of steam spilling out and Jungkook stepping out from inside, toweling his hair dry , with another wrapped around his waist. Taehyung felt the strong tug of attraction, a strangled
squeak escaping him before he could stop himself. Jungkook looked up at him at the sound , and Taehyung saw the hesitant look on his face as he glanced away. The alpha didn't say anything, merely glancing at the door.
"You're still here?" He asked casually and Taehyung swallowed.
"Yeah. I...need to wash up before leaving."
Jungkook nodded, before moving away to the large closet on the side, and stepping in. He didn't look at him again and Taehyung felt like he had been snubbed. Scratching the back of his head , he stood up before folding up the sheets.
Jungkook still hadn't looked at him, busy flipping through his shirts and Taehyung felt a sinking feeling in his chest. Maybe he had just gotten so used to Jungkook being friendly and just...all over him. The sudden coldness was genuinely hard to take in.
But he deserved it.
"There's a spare toothbrush in there. " Jungkook said casually and Taehyung paused.
"Oh.. Who is it for? " He blurted out without thinking.
Jungkook paused in the middle of shrugging on his t shirt.
He stared at him evenly.
"For people who stay over. " He said carefully.
Taehyung felt a sick sort of annoyance start to furl inside him, irrational and uncalled for , but completely out of his control. He couldn't stop the huff that left him, nor the small snort of irritation and when he turned around he found himself muttering, " typical."
"What was that?!" Jungkook snapped , loud and jarring and Taehyung closed his eyes, hating himself.
"Nothing." He said quietly, starting to walk away towards the door but Jungkook's loud snort made him pause.
"Typical." The alpha said snidely, voice low and sneering.
Don't, he told himself firmly. Don't do it.
Don't say it , just keep walking.
"Typical what?" He snapped, rounding on the younger, hands on his hips. " Just say what you want to say."
Jungkook shrugged, the gesture annoyingly flippant.
"That's rich coming from you."
"You know what..." Tae said with a shake of his head. " This is exactly why I wanted nothing to do with you. If we got together, I'd be stuck raising a child instead of loving a man."
He turned on his heel, stalking to the bathroom.
But he'd barely taken a step before Jungkook grabbed his arm, tugging him around till the beta crashed right into his bare chest, the breath knocked out of him on impact.
Jungkook's fingers gripped his upper arm.
Taehyung blinked up at him, eyes wide and almost dovelike, long lashes brushing his cheeks as he blinked and Jungkook felt the fight leave him in a rush, his entire body thrumming because , fuck, no one should have the right to look that gorgeous, when being that aggravating.
(I'm sorry just)
Jungkook closed his eyes, fighting the urge to lean in closer and do something uncivilized , but Taehyung beat him to it, grabbing his arm and keeping him in place.
"What?" The beta demanded." What about me makes you so angry, Jungkook?"
Jungkook licked his lips.
"Let go of me."
"I'm trying to help you." Taehyung was saying, " Why don't you , for a second understand that? I'm not used to people like you being interested in me and I just want to make sure that-"
"If you don't shut up, I will kiss you." Jungkook muttered.
Taehyung stopped talking.
They stared at each other, and Taehyung looked at him like he was fighting some inner battle with himself, lips parting as he breathed in and out. The beta's eyes roved over his features for a second before stopping at Jungkook's lips. Taehyung licked his lips.
Jungkook stepped closer, making himself taller somehow when really they were the same height and Taehyung stepped back, instinctively.
"You won't what? " Jungkook growled and Taehyung stuck his chin up, defiant. "Won't shut up? Or won't kiss me? "
Tae's knee hit the bed.
The beta yelped, losing his footing and crashing back but Jungkook caught him, one arm around his waist, tugging him close, till their lips were just an inch apart.
"If my wolf imprinted on you, he's a fucking idiot. Because you're a mouthy, aggravating-"
Tae pressed forward.
Taehyung wasn't sure why he did what he did. But one second Jungkook was glaring at him, calling him mouthy and the next, he found himself kissing the alpha, arms wrapped around his neck, lips moving rough and insistent against the alphas own.
Jungkook stumbled back a bit but wrapped his hands around Taehyung's waist gripping tight and tugging him along, and Taehyung gasped as the alpha moved them around, falling back on the bed with a thud, with Taehyung falling over him.
Before he could react the alpha rolled over,
pinning him down to the bed, one knee slipping between Taehyung's thighs, as he kissed him back, so much harder but definitely more controlled.
Taehyung whimpered a little, hands fisting the fabric of the sheets, Jungkooks body heat making him burn up a bit.
Jungkook pulled back, and a second later the alpha slipped a hand up into Taehyung's thick black locks, gripping lightly but with enough firmness to make him whine,
"What do you want from me hyung? " He growled, " Why do you insist on tormenting me like this? "
Taehyung blinked up at him, licking his lips, the plus folds soft and swollen from the bruising kiss and Jungkook snarled a little at the gesture, leaning forward and kissing him again, tongue licking into his mouth. All Taehyung could do was let him take what he wanted.
Taehyung gently gripped the alphas waist, before moving his hand up and over his chest, pausing right over his heart, where he could hear his pulse pounding. He mewled a little, pressing back and making distance, just enough for Jungkook to pull away.
"Stop." He whispered.
Jungkook stared down at him, eyes flashing and breath coming out in pants. He shook his head , eyes dripping with disdain as he made to move off him but Taehyung gripped his waist, keeping him in place.
"Wait... " He breathed out, " just... Don't go. "
"No." He said shaking his head. " You can't do this to me, hyung. Ypu can't keep blowing hot and cold, changing your mind every few seconds, I can't do this-"
"I'm just scared. " Taehyung whispered. " Scared to let you close but... Also scared to lose you. " He closed his eyes.
Jungkook blinked down at him, and something crumbled inside him, at the words, Taehyung's soft confession turning his heart over and his thoughts going haywire at the implications.
But he was terrified of acting on his instinct. Which told him he should kiss him again.
"You either want me." He said softly, " Or you don't." Jungkook took a deep breath. " Depending on what you say, I'll either walk out of your life forever or we'll figure this out together. What is it going to be hyung ? Because I can't play this game with you. It fucking hurts."
Taehyung held his gaze, his own heart pounding as he tried to say what he wanted, what his heart wanted so badly, but every terrified part of him screamed in protest, fear of rejection and loss and abandonment making him go stiff, unable to formulate the words that were there.
Taehyung watched as the light in Jungkooks gaze slowly dimmed, his lips thinning.
A look of resignation came over his features, and Taehyung could feel the disappointment brimming over, the air between them thick with the ache of it.
Jungkook made to move away,
But Taehyung closed his eyes, clenching his fists tight, till his nails dug into his palm, fighting himself as he blurted out.
"I want. "
Jungkook paused, turning to look at him.
Taehyung had his eyes screwed shut, lips trembling and the alpha felt terrible.
*hyung, this isn't how I want you to agree to this. " He whisper m" You look and sound terrified, and I can't.. "
"Please." Taehyung whispered, gripping his arm tight, lips caught between his teeth. "I'm sorry, just... Don't walk out on me. " His lips wobbled a little," ?
Jungkook hesitated before gently sitting up, tugging Taehyung up with him. The beta blinked as Jungkook gripped the back of his thighs, settling down cross legged on the bed and pulling him into his lap.
"Wrap your legs around me, hyung. " He said softly and taehyung blushed.
He settled into the alphas lap, legs wrapped around his trim waist, gaze trained on the bare skin of his clavicle, because he couldn't quite bring himself to look Jungkook in the eye.
The alpha curled a finger under his chin, tilting his face up till their eyes met.
"Hyung, " He said softly, " Look at me."
Taehyung stared at him and the alpha ran his thumb lightly over his lower lip, rubbing back and forth.
"I told you already. The first time I saw you, I already saw the rest of my life with you. I won't leave. Ever. "
"The rest of our life? " Taehyung whispered, smiling a little weakly, " That's a long long time Jungkook. "
"Okay." Jungkook whispered, " How about till the end of this week. You believe I'll stick around that long? "
Tae frowned confused.
"Or is that too long a commitment?"
"You're making fun of. Me aren't you? " He said, looking away but Jungkook laughed, tugging him even closer, kissing his nose and then his cheek.
"Only because you look adorable when you yell at me, baby doe hyung. "
Taehyung spluttered at the nickname.
"Baby doe-what? "
"Your eyes. " Jungkook said softly. " You know they say the eyes are the windows to the soul... Tell me hyung, what is it like having such a pure, unblemished and dazzling soul? Huh? " He kissed the corner of his mouth," Am I even worthy of it? "
Taehyung pressed a palm to his chest fingers splayed right over his heart. He hesitated, patting over his skin for a second befor looking up at him.
" We'll figure this out right? " He said worriedly. " I mean the whole.. Imprinting thing.. "
Taehyung felt disquiet, but it was impossible to worry, with Jungkook so close, with his scent all around him.
"Okay, " He said softly, " I'll trust you. I need to get ready. Jimins probably worried and-"
He made to climb off him but Jungkook pulled him back, grip tightening.
"So? " Jungkook frowned. " Aren't you worried about me? "
Taehyung let out a small oh of surprise, gripping his shoulders.
"I.. Yes, but-"
"No buts. " Jungkook shook his head, leaning in. " I feel better because you're with me hyung. And now you want to leave? "
"So what? " Taehyung grinned, " I stay here, on your lap for the rest of the day? "
Jungkook hummed, " Well, we could try other positions too. " He winked, " Wouldn't want my baby's legs cramping up. "
Taehyung gripped his ear, twisting playfully.
"Let go of me, now! "
Dr Song had been pouring over a number of articles and journal papers when he finally stumbled on one that seemed relevant.
As he read through the article his frown deepened.
"Sungho ssi.. " He said hesitantly. " I think we have a problem. "
Jungkooks doctor turned to him.
"What do you mean? "
"Listen to this, 'Although the wolf, by nature is an extension of the human, there's a distinct difference in how they manifest. With alphas, the wolf is always seen as a possessive, jealous and aggressive creature, unwilling to share what it deems it's own.
He glanced up, frowning.
"Do you think this would apply to Jungkook? "
"What do you mean? That his wolf would turn out to be aggressive? "
"No, if Jungkook gets close to Taehyung, " He gave him a nervous look, " Do you think the wolf would consider him a threat? "
Jimin sat on the narrow hallway outside the administrative building, his back to the wall and knees drawn up to his chest. He had his arms wrapped around his legs, tears streaming down his face as he tried to stifle the sobs wrecking his body.
This was so fucking unfair.
He was only a few months away from graduating, so close to the finish line and his professor had out of nowhere called him aside and told him he had outstanding course fee that had to paid off immediately or he wouldn't be able to graduate. Jimin had signed for the course
Thinking it was free of charge. Apparently it wasn't.
And now he had no money.
Fuck, he was so screwed.
He bit his lips watching the milling crowd around him. The obvious solution was to sleep with someone but he was paranoid and terrified. What if his mother found out?
He pulled himself up and off the floor, heart heavy and head aching because he had to find a way and he had for find it fast. Really fast. Sticking his hand into his pockets, he slowly picked his way out of the campus to the side lanes that would lead to the dorms.
As he walked across the road and onto the gravel path, he realized with a pang that Taehyung hadn't gotten back from Jungkooks apartment. He wasn't even sure if he was still there. He wanted to call him but his phone had run out of credit.
Sighing he stopped walking.
He didn't want to go home to an empty dorm room. It would only make him miserable to sit there all by himself. He needed a distraction. Something to take his mind off things. He needed it right away.
He turned down a side street, knowing it led to another bylane with clubs.
They weren't the kind of clubs he visited. In fact he never went to clubs, because everything was so expensive and he had neither the time nor the energy nor the desire to be hit on by random alphas who thought one drink meant he owed them.
But today he could use a free drink.
It wasn't quite late yet, so he picked one of the more posh clubs. This one was named Venture and had a large dragon motif up front. He hadn't been here before. Hopefully he would be allowed in.
But he wasn't too worried. Bouncers never stopped pretty, young omegas.
Sure enough, the tall strapping alpha by the door waved him in right away. Jimin wrapped his arms around himself, shivering a bit as he entered the place. It was cold and somewhere ahead, he could hear the dull thrumming sound of music. It was clearly a high end club.
As the hallway opened out into the the main area, he noticed that the place was pretty packed , which was surprising in itself. There were only a handful of college kids and the rest were older men and women, alphas mostly, going by the strong scent in the air. He felt nervous.
Jimin hung around for a few minutes just walking about the place, seeking out the bar so he could take a seat and get a drink, his eyes taking in the luxurious decor and that rick furnishings.The music was classy but fast and people were grinding on each other on the dance floor.
He found the bar quickly enough, deserted except for a lone alpha slumped over the mahogany surface, and the bartender who was busy mixing drinks on the side. The alpha was nursing a glass of whiskey, looking up briefly when Jimin sat down next to him.
Jimin looked away.
"All by yourself?" The man asked after a few beats and Jimin gave him a cursory smile and a nod.
"Shame." The man said with a sigh, " Pretty thing like you, should be out on the arms of some lucky bastard."
Jimin wrinkled his nose. He didn't like alphas for this very reason.
But call him fickle, because he couldn't help but notice the diamond encrusted watch on the man's wrist and also the platinum band. It was a mating band, with a studded stone right in the middle. The man had a husband, a voice said inside him.
"Can i buy you a drink, pretty?"
Jimin stared at the man. A thought began forming right on the fringes of his conscience and he tried to tamp it down. No, he wouldn't do that. Helping alphas in his campus through a rut... that was one thing. He couldn't possibly..
He swallowed, gaze on the man's watch.
College kids couldn't pay him much and he had to spend days with them. This guy look rich. Was older. How long would he last? An hour? Maybe two? He crossed his legs , hands curling into fists. Easy money, right? Two hours was nothing. He could just close his eyes and endure.
And he needed the damn money.
"You can buy more than that." The words slipped put before he could fully think things through. He felt his pulse quicken, heart starting to pound a little as he realized what he had just said. What he had implied. Fuck.
Taehyung's face flashed in front of him. He could hear the warnings, the protests. His best friend would lose his mind if he found out what he was doing.
The man had paused, mid drink. He was staring at him, amused.
"Really?" He whispered, grinning. " How much would it cost me?"
Jimin didn't want to be there anymore.
He quoted a ridiculous number, more than he could ever imagine earning in a year let alone a month and the man hummed.
"Done." He said casually. " The club is mine. i have a private room upstairs. Do you want the money up front?"
Jimin could barely breathe as the man reached into his wallet. He stared, awestruck as he pulled out bill after bill. Who carried so much cash on them? He could only stare as the man casually slid the money across the counter. It was more money than Jimin had seen in his life.
Would he ever get to hold so much of it ? His throat felt dry and his head ached from the unfairness of it all. What a world this was? Him and Taehyung, they spent sleepless nights and and days trying to survive , and then there were people like this who could afford
spending hundreds of thousand on a single fucking orgasm. He felt sick to his stomach at the thought of it. Get up and leave, he told himself. This isn't who you are. This isn't...
Wasn't it? Who was he anyway? A man desperate for money, right? This was what he was.
And here was a lot of money.
A lot of it.
It was right there on the fucking table in front of him.
He could just reach out and touch it. And then take it and just... let this man fuck him for a little while and then walk out with all that money. It was easy.
He could do it.
Jimin reached out and gripped the bills, slipping them into his backpack without thinking. He needed this. The money would fix his problems.
He glanced up at the man and ignored the trembling in his fingers.
"Okay, let's go."
The man stood up, starting to walk away from him and Jimin followed, in a trance. There was a dull rushing in his ears, a roaring sound that drowned out all thought and thought he hadn't taken a single sip of alcohol he felt drunk and disoriented.
This would make you a whore.
The voice in his head was loud.
After this there's not turning back, no sugar coating, no acting like it wasn't ' that'. This is you being a whore. Selling your body for money. You will never be anything else.
The stairs loomed right ahead of him. The man held a hand out.
Jimin stared at the outstretched hand, taking it without thinking. They went up the stairs, and past a few hallways down another flight of stairs. The man led him to a door right at the end of a narrow passageway and here, it was even colder than it was in the club.
The man opened the door and stepped back so he could enter. It was rich , like the rest of the club, only marginally warm from the small electric fireplace. The man pointed to the bed.
"Strip and get on there." He said with a casual shrug. Jimin felt sick to his stomach.
He stared at the man, ready to refuse when the door flew open.
"How fucking dare you, you cheating piece of shit"
Jimin jumped, stumbling back as a figure flew in, going right for the man. Jimin stared horrified as the omega wrapped his hands around the man's neck.
The sight of the man's face made something click and Jimin recoiled.
it was the omega he had seen Yoongi with.
At his hotel.
Too stunned to react , Jimin stayed rooted to the ground. He watched as the man shoved the alpha back before rounding on him.
"Have you no shame?!" He demanded. " Do you not see the ring on his finger?!"
Jimin swallowed, too terrified to respond.
"I.." he choked out.
And then came a very familiar voice, from right behind him, one that turned his blood cold.
"Jihan?" Yoongi's voice was low and worried. " Jihan what happ-"
Jimin turned slowly and his eyes landed on Min Yoongi, the alpha frozen at the door. He was staring at him in disbelief.
Jimin felt his entire world collapse.
"No.. No.. I..."
"This is him! This is the fucking bastard he's been cheating on me with Yoongi hyung!!" The omega behind him wailed and Jimin shook his head, horrified.
"No.. I... I'm not-" he couldn't get the words out.
Yoongi was staring at him, his entire face ashen.
"He has a husband.." The omega held his hand up, showing a matching ring, " Doesn't that tell you what kind of an asshole he is? Are you that desperate for a knot? You have no self respect?"
"Han , that's enough."
"There's a reason you're here, right, Jimin?" He said shakily. " It can't be to have sex with this man. You can smell that he's mated and he has his ring on. I don't think you would sink that low."
Jimin clenched his fists.
"I... I need to go."
He made to move to the door, but Yoongi grabbed his arm, gripping tight, fury written over his features.
"Tell me this is a misunderstanding," He growled. " Tell me you aren't out here fucking married alphas just for fun?"
Jimin yanked his arm away.
"Not for fun. For money."
Yoongi recoiled at that, eyes going wide.
Jimin saw the flash of surprise .
Or maybe it was disgust.
He curled in on himself.
"That's right." He reached into his backpack, taking the bills out and tossing them on the floor. " Your husband paid me for sex."
He licked his lips.
"i needed the money so I ignored the ring." He turned to Yoongi. " Get out of my way."
The alpha was staring at him in disbelief.
"You too? " he shook his head, " Jimin why would you-"
"Shut up." He snapped. " You would never understand why."
He wrapped his arms around himself before grabbing his backpack and hugging it.
He brushed past the alpha, rushing out to the hallway without looking back.
It wasn't till he was already outside the pub, that he allowed himself to cry.
Jungkook woke up with his heart racing, hands and fingers trembling a little and his body charged and wired, ready for a fight. His senses were heightened, he could feel a low thrum inside his chest, an incessant staccato beat in his ear. It took him a second to realize
that it was the sound of his own pulse, loud and jarring. He became aware, almost at once of the scent next to him. Taehyung, soft and soothing, the scent of a flower garden in spring, really. He shifted, instinctively, reaching for the sleeping beta, his arm coming around him.
He pressed his nose against the back of his neck breathing in deep, and the urgency inside him seemed to intensify. He clenched his fists, trying to breathe even but it was impossible. His teeth ached something fierce, and the soft skin on his neck looked so appealing.
He nosed in, rubbing himself against the silky expaanse of Taehyung's skin, breathing him in and letting his scent fill him up. He imagined pressing a soft , wet kiss, right there at the juncture where his neck met his shoulders, a gentle nip before soothing the sting with his
tongue. He would kiss and lave the spot, get it ready for him and then, he would hold Taehyung close, right up against his chest, before letting his teeth sink in. He could almost taste it, the metallic tang of his blood as Jungkook gave him the mating bite, tying them forever.
Groaning, he pressed forward, mouth already parting, something inside him shifting,
"Jungkook?" Taehyung's low voice pulled him out of his reverie, and with it came a dawning horror. Wait, what was he doing.
"Did we fall asleep? Oh God what time is it?" The beta was saying,
but Jungkook had pulled away, pressing a hand to his chest as his heart pounded inside his chest, breathing uneven as he tried to understand what he had almost done.
He had almost bit him.
What the fuck?
"Jungkook, what's wrong?" Taehyung looked worried.
His head started pounding and his throat felt dry and abrasive, his tongue heavy in his mouth as he tried to swallow.
"Tae.. I..." He closed his eyes, fighting nausea. The pain in his skull was crippling, and there was still this burning ache to grab Taehyung and pin him down.
He felt the older shit around, moving to straddle his thighs, reaching out to gently cup his face, forcing him to look up at him.
"Jungkook , what's happening? You're sweating so much and you're burning up?" He demanded and Jungkook gripped his wrists.
He closed his eyes, trying to get himself under control. But Taehyung was too close and his scent was overpowering. His muscles started to ache just from the effort it took to keep himself from lunging at him.
"Hyung get off me" He choked out.
He grabbed the other's waist, fully intending to push him off his legs, and get himself out of there but instead, he found himself rolling over, pressing Taehyung down to the mattress, grabbing his wrists and pinning them up over his head, hips weighing him down.
He breathed out harshly, staring down at the body underneath him, lips parted and fingers curling.
Taehyung looked up at him, wide eyed, and surprised and Jungkook closed his eyes, trying to get himself under control.
"Jungkook-" Tae reached to touch him and he growled.
Taehyung's eyes went wide, lips parting in shock and Jungkook saw fear flash across his eyes. The beta flinched, his hand falling off and a strangled choke leaving him.
"Jungkook, your eyes..." He whispered.
Jungkook blinked, once and twice.
"Get help." Jungkook choked out, " Now."
He willed himself off of the other, his arms and legs screaming as he climbed off him , and Taehyung scampered off the bed, running for the door. Jungkook's control snapped the moment the door shut and he snarled, going after him.
Taehyung barely managed to pull the door shut behind him, when he felt the loud thud of Jungkook crashing right into it, on the other side. He gripped the doorknob, turning it , his body trembling when Jungkook rammed into the door again, hard enough to make it shake.
Taehyung stared at the door, heart racing inside his chest. That was Jungkook's voice.
But that wasn't Jungkook at all.
He hung onto the doorknob, locking it securely and stepping back , flinching when the alpha barreled into the door again.
"Don't run, omega."
It was a threat.
"Taehyung ssi?" Sungho's voice came behind him and he whirled around, his breathing uneven.
"Something's happening to him!" He choked out.
Sungho blinked moving to the door but Taehyung blocked his way.
"I think its his wolf." He choked out. " He... He sounds furious."
Sungho nodded before moving to the door. On cue the door shook on its hinges, startling both of them.
"Jungkook?" He said sharply." What's wrong?"
"Send him back in." The voice was low and even, a coldness to it that made Taehyung flinch.
Sungho glanced at him.
"Send who?" Sungho said carefully.
And then a soft chuckle.
"Don't play games with me." Jungkook's voice dripped with violence. " He's mine."
Taehyung felt his mouth go dry.
"He's not yours." Sungho said firmly. " He hasn't agreed to be yours."
"You know how it works, Jungkook." Sungho said casually. "You court him. And then if he accepts you, he will come to you when it's time for his heat. You can't force him to be your mate."
Jungkook didn't respond.
Time seemed to stretch and after a long time, Sungho turned to him.
"No." Taehyung said shakily. " No , I'm not alright, what was that?"
"I think you can make a guess what that was." He said quietly. " That was his wolf manifesting."
"He's... nothing like Jungkook."
Sungho shook his head.
"No, he's not."
Taehyung glanced at the door, worry clawing at his insides.
"I have to go see him." He whispered. " He was.. He warned me. He told me to get out. To get help."
"He could feel the wolf coming in?"
"Yes, and he made sure i was safe."
"it may not always be like that." He said softly. " The wolf grows stronger everyday. And now he has a goal. He's not going to stay down for long."
Taehyung moved to the door, reaching for the knob but stopping.
He was terrified of opening the door.
"I want to go in." He whispered and Sungho hesitated, before shaking his head.
"I can't let you do that. In fact, I think you should go back now. I'll check on him and make sure he's alright. I'll have to call Dr. Song as well. We're running out of time. We need to be prepared."
"I can't leave him." He said shakily. " It's... It's still him. He's there. And he's probably scared." He shook his head. " please let me check in on him."
The doctor looked worried.
"Taehyung , I'm not sure what he's capable of. And physical shifting is a real possibility here."
Taehyung remembered the red irises and shuddered.
"His eyes turned red back in there." He said quietly. " God, is this going to hurt him?"
"Hyung?" Jungkook's voice came from behind the door making him jump. " Hyung, did I hurt you?"
Taehyung dived for the door, opening it.
He threw himself at Jungkook, wrapping all four limbs around him, hugging him tight and breathing him in, desperate to hold him.
"My baby," He choked out, the words spilling out of him before he could think, " Jungkook are you alright?"
Jungkook hugged him tighter.
The alpha looked exhausted, his hair damp with sweat and skin florid. Taehyung pulled back, cupping his face and turning to Sungho who was by Jungkook's side, eyes worried.
"There has to be a way to fix this." He whispered.
"What did I do?" Jungkook asked quietly.
"You did good. " Taehyung said softly, smiling gently and brushing the hair off his face " You made sure I was safe and you took care of me, Jungkook. " He leaned in pressing their foreheads together. " Thank you. "
Jungkook breathed out in relief.
"Okay." He whispered.
"Jungkook, I think you should come into my clinic. " Sungho said softly. " If it's true that. Your eyes shifted color, we may be looking at a full shift in the future. You need to be ready for it, Jungkook ah. "
Jungkook looked up then and Tar caught the fear in his eyes.
"Can I come with him? " He whispered and Sungho looked surprised.
"No, you can't. " Jungkook said sharply. " He has to stay somewhere safe. "
Taehyung startled at that.
"What do you mean by that? "
"Isn't it obvious? You need to stay away from me till I get better. "
( guys Jungkook needs medical help. The doctors aren't the bad guys here no one knows what his wolf is capable of. They could both get seriously hurt.)
"You can come with us, " Sungho said carefully, " We'll make sure you stay protected. " I don't know whether it's safe to keep you away from each other. I don't want to trigger anything. "
Tae stepped up to Jungkook linking their fingers together.
"I'm not going anywhere."
"Where's hyung? " Jungkook asked nervously. "I want to see him. "
"I should call Jimin too. " Taehyung said nervously. " And maybe go get some clothes from the dorm and then come over to the hospital directly? " He glanced at the doctor who nodded.
He made to move away.
"Hyung, " Jungkook said quietly making him turn back.
"What's wrong? "
"I'd rather die than hurt you. " He whispered and Taehyung felt his entire body go icy cold at the words.
"Don't say that. " He said sharply. " No one's getting hurt. "
He leaned in and kissed him softly.
"We'll get through this, Jungkook. Everything is going to be just fine. "
When Taehyung stepped into the hallway, leading up to his dorm room, the very last thing he expected was to find Min Yoongi sitting on the floor outside their door, leaning back against the wall with his head buried in his arms.
He looked up when Taehyung arrived.
The alpha gave him a wan smile and a small wave, like it was perfectly normal for a millionaire Hotelier to be sitting on the dirty dorm hallway.
"What are you doing? " Taehyung asked, suspicious.
"I fucked up. " He said simply. " I want to talk to Jimin. "
Taehyung glanced at the door.
"Is he inside? " He asked carefully. Yoongi nodded.
"But he isn't opening the door. "
"Probably because he doesn't want to see or talk to you. " He said casually. " Respect his wishes, Mr. Min. "
Yoongi stood up.
"He's upset. " He said swiftly. " And you're right. I should respect his wishes. " The alpha ran a hand through his hair. " Just.. Tell him I'm sorry for what happened. "
Taehyung felt his brows raise.
"Did you hurt him? " He frowned. " What did you do? "
Yoongi stared at him for a few minutes.
"Jungkook told me you guys don't... sleep with people outside of the campus. That you only do it with kids in your college. Is that true?"
"Okay, you can leave now." He said sharply turning around.
But Yoongi grabbed his wrist, tugging gently.
"Taehyung, please." He said shakily. " I'm just trying to understand things here. I'm not.. judging you or condemning you for it alright? Just help me understand what's going on with your life. With his life."
Taehyung bit his lips.
"Not everyone is born into money." He said sharply. " Some of us are desperate to survive and sometimes we do things that may seem dirty or immoral or awful to you but the only immoral thing is this world where the rich get richer while the poor crawl for crumbs on the ground."
Yoongi stared at him for a second.
"Jimin tried to sleep with someone today. The guy is an abusive alcoholic asshole." He muttered. " If we hadn't found him , he could have been badly hurt. I just ... I understand you're doing something you need to do but, stay safe."
"Someone ? Do you mean outside of campus?" He shook his head. " Jimin wouldn't do that."
"I did." Jimin's voice came from behind them startling Taehyung. The omega was leaning against the door. " Why are you still here, Min Yoongi?" He said softly.
"I need you to say yes." Yoongi said sharply. Jimin scoffed.
"I don't need you to rescue me," He snapped. " Take your offer and shove it down your throat. I don't want it. I don't want you."
Yoongi clenched his fists.
"Stubborn brat." He growled.
Taehyung glanced back and forth between them. The air felt charged and he stepped back as Yoongi pressed closer, eyes blazing.
"You're putting yourself in danger. You don't get points for being reckless in the streets Jimin, you get killed. " He snapped, furious.
Taehyung rounded on Jimin.
"You tried to sleep with a stranger? " He asked sharply, " Jimin what happened? "
Jimin gave him a defiant glare.
"You have Jungkook now. I don't have anyone, Tae, I need to look out for myself. "
" I offered you a job. " Yoongi said sharply, " A safe, sane way to make money and you're just too fucking stubborn to take my help. "
Jimin shook his head.
"I don't need your money. " He snapped.
"You'll take money from bastards who just want to fuck you but
You won't take money from me? "
"That's right. Maybe if you were one of them, I'd take your money. But you're not. You think you're on some moral high ground and it pisses me off Min Yoongi "
"So what if I give you money to sleep with me you'd accept it? "
The silence that rang amde Taehyung go completely still, holding his breath as Jimin and Yoongi stared each other down.
Jimin looked at him with defiance and disbelief.
"As if you would, " He said bitterly, " You're too good for that, aren't you, Mr. Min. "
Yoongi stepped closer, too close in fact but Jimin didn't back away. He stood his ground staring right at him.
"Is that a challenge? " Yoongi whispered, " You shouldn't be baiting an alpha like that, Jimin. "
"Not a challenge. An observation. "
He reached out and gently touched the alphas tie, fixing it a little. " You're the poster child for dignified, chaebol heir who can do no wrong. You're not going to get caught with a whore in your bed. Because let's be honest. " He smiled. " That's what I am. "
Yoongi grabbed his wrist, tugging it from his neck, smiling softly.
"You've got me all figured out now, haven't you? " He muttered, " The question is will you be alright with someone as honest and real as me, int our bed. " He grinned, " Because you can't hide with me. "
"I don't have anything to hide." Jimin snapped, furious. " You don't scare me." he leaned in, " You're all talk. I would like to see you take me on, Min Yoongi. You wouldn't last a day."
"Well, then, let me take you up on that very generous offer."
Taehyung cleared his throat.
But they ignored him.
"You're so full of shit." Jimin laughed. " You think I believe you?"
"Why don't you find out for yourself." Yoongi said with a shrug. " Or are you too much of a coward to go through with it, Jimin ah?"
"You're joking." Jimin said with a glare.
" Come see me at my hotel if you can put your .." he gave him a once over, eyes lingering on his ass" generous assets where your smartass mouth is."
He turned away.
"I will." Jimin snapped, " Just dont beg me to end it later."
"We'll see who's begging tonight." he said with a wave before walking away.
Jimin glared after him before turning to Taehyung.
"I hate him." Jimin snapped. Taehyung held both his hands up.
As he watched Jimin groaned, burying his face in his hands.
Taehyung wasn't entirely sure, what he was expecting when he arrived at the address the doctor had sent him. Perhaps a restricted facility with a cordoned off area and a lot of guards. Or maybe that was because he'd watched too many movies.
Because the building he arrived at
was unassuming and normal. Taehyung took the elevator up to the seventh floor and found Dr. Song and Sungho deep in discussion outside a large glass door. He walked up to them and they smiled at the sight of him.
"Right on time. Your wolf has been waiting for you."
Taehyung felt his heart turn over at the words and Dr. Song chuckled.
"There's no need to be so alarmed , Taehyung. It's alright. He's safely contained , so to speak."
Taehyung frowned at that.
"Did you chain him up or something?" He demanded, furious.
"Of course not. He's in a perfectly comfortable- You know what, why don't you come along and you can see for yourself." Sungho said briskly pointing at the glass doors. Taehyung gave them a hesitant look before following him past the glass, down a hallway.
Sungho stopped at a door halfway down the corridor and carefully opened it.
"He's not a big fan of us at the moment," He explained, " But he's expecting you. Just ... indulge him. " Sungho grimaced. " We've got things under control."
Taehyung felt far from reassured.
But he took a deep breath, carefully turning the lock and slowly stepping into the room. Behind him the door closed and he heard the click of the lock falling into place. The room was doused in darkness and he faltered.
It wasn't pitch black. He could see a glass partition, and presumably, Jungkook was on the other side of it. But the enclosure itself was dark and he couldn't make out anything. He stared around, heart racing and just as he decided he should go back,
The voice was low. Jungkook's voice yes, but somehow not really. Different in the intonation. Different in its tone. There was a wildness to it. A certain recklessness.
If a voice could seem dangerous, this was it.
As he stared, two bright red spots appeared behind the glass.
Taehyung felt like he was rooted to the floor, his feet refusing to move because Jungkook's eyes were trained right on him and he had never felt like prey being hunted until this very moment. He licked his lips, trying to think of something to say but his voice wouldn't work.
"Aren't you going to greet your alpha?" Jungkook asked, and Taehyung saw the shadows shift a little. " Come closer. You're so very easy on the eyes."
He can see in the dark, Taehyung thought panicking. That's why he wants the lights off.
He can see me but i can't see him.
"Can we turn on the lights?" He whispered.
There was a small beat of silence.
"No." The alpha said with a low chuckle. "I prefer the dark."
Taehyung licked his lips.
"I'd like to see you." He tried.
"But you wouldn't be seeing me. You would be seeing him." The alpha laughed.
"i don't want you to see him, feel him or even think of him." The growl was evident. " When you're with me , you look at me. Only me."
Taehyung clenched his fists.
"That's too bad." He snapped. " Because he's the one I like."
"Is that so? Should I get rid of him then?"
Taehyung felt his entire body go taut at that.
"I'm only joking, sweetling. I need him more than he needs me." He sighed deeply, " But don't worry. You only like him because you haven't been with a real alpha."
Taehyung heard the scrape of a chair moving.
He jumped when a hand came down over the glass, familiar fingers against the pane.
"I know you want it, Taehyung. I can smell it on you. You want to be bred, to be mated and cared for. You want to carry young and birth them and raise them. I could give you that. He can't."
Something twisted inside him.
"You're out of your mind. I'm not an omega." He snapped.
There was another low chuckle.
"You trust those fools with their vials and needles ? You should trust your alpha. I would never lie to you. You're meant to be an alpha's mate."
There was a pause and then his voice came again, lower and deeper.
Taehyung felt a shudder run through his body. He was suddenly glad he couldn't see him. Because if it was Jungkook saying this he would be on his knees in a second. But it wasn't him.
"What do you want?" He whispered.
There was a beat of silence.
Taehyung stared, holding his breath and heard the alpha breath in and then out.
"I've been away for too long, sweetling. " The alpha's voice had changed, softer and more gentle." Your scent was what woke me up from my slumber. I want to repay you for bringing me back to life. By letting me take care of you, by your side." Another pause," Let me love you."
Taehyung jumped at the word, his heart racing right out of his chest.
"You... You can't." He said shakily. " I...You're not thinking straight. I'm not an omega. All those things you said, I can't give them to you." He swallowed, " I want you to go away. I want my Jungkook back."
There was another beat of silence.
"Are you sure? Our pups would be beautiful you know? Dark hair like mine, golden skin like yours. I would take such good care of you. I would give you the world, sweetling."
Tae clenched his fists.
"Jungkook-ah, come back to me." he said softly.
Taehyung held his breath as he listened closely. There was a slight shuffling and then a sound like a bed dipping under a heavy weight.
And then silence again.
He stood there, waiting and waiting .
After what felt like an eternity , there was a small groan.
Taehyung had never been more relieved in his life. He rushed forward, pressing his hands up against the glass.
"Jungkook-ie?" He whispered, " Can you hear me?"
He flinched when the lights came on, and felt his body go lax as he saw Jungkook sitting up on the bed.
The door behind him opened and both the doctors stepped in behind him.
"He listens to you."Dr. Song said casually. " That's a good thing."
"He's also full of bullshit." He snapped.
"Taehyung, he just thinks you're his mate."
"He's hurting Jungkook!" He said sharply." We have to get rid of him"
The two of them exchanged glances and then a second later, the glass door slid open.Taehyung watched as Jungkook stepped out, looking tired but otherwise unharmed.
"I fell asleep." He muttered." What happened?"
"When you're asleep, that's when your wolf takes control." Sungho said briskly. " This is the second time it has happened. I don't think he can overpower you when you're awake and in control of your senses. He's not more powerful than you, Jungkook."
Taehyung licked his lips.
"That's not true. Jungkook was awake the last time and he still came through."
"But he could hold him off for a good long while, right Jungkook. It's possible the wolf gets a little excited when you're close." He turned to Tae. " Otherwise, he's pretty harmless."
"He doesn't sound harmless!" Taehyung protested. " He said all that stuff about giving me pups and-"
"He what?!" Jungkook growled." What the fuck?!"
Taehyung stared at him.
Jungkook looked furious and the beta pressed a palm to his chest.
"I can't deal with you being jealous of yourself right now Jungkook so please, don't start. !"
The alpha pouted.
"He shouldn't say stuff like that." He muttered.
"We ran a number of tests." Dr. Song said gently," i don't think there's any possibility of a full shift. But I do think he's going to have a few bodily changes, mostly in his muscles and his teeth and his eyes. I saw an elongation in his canines."
"He's growing fangs?!"
"Wait, does that mean he's going to try to bite me?" He wrapped his arms around himself.
"Hopefully not. Because Dr. Song here is already working on the suppressants." Sungho smiled. "We're going to put your wolf on a leash Jungkook and give the reins to Tae."
"Suppressants?" Taehyung blinked. " i thought those didn't work on him."
"Well obviously the regular kind don't work on him." He shrugged, " But these will be different. We're not getting rid of the wolf. We're... domesticating him." he grinned." Like a puppy. Woof Woof."
"Did you just say woof woof?" Jungkook frowned. " What the fuck is wrong with you?"
Sungho clapped him on the back of the head.
"I'm trying to lighten the atmosphere, you brat." He chuckled. " Nonetheless, the suppressants should be ready in six months."
"That's a long fucking time." Jungkook snapped.
"We're not going to randomly inject you with a medicine without carrying out the proper tests Jungkook." Sungho said firmly. " in the long run, six months is nothing. You just have to work on keeping your wolf under control."
The rain came down in torrents and Jimin stood under the awning of the hotel, drenched to the bone, dripping water everywhere. He had asked the woman in the reception if Yoongi was in and she had said no. Followed by a, " Sir if you don't have a reservation you cannot wait here."
Jimin knew that was probably bullshit. No one treated people like that. But the woman had given him a distasteful look from the moment he had stepped in and he wasn't completely surprised. Whatever, he could survive a little rain. What was more important was making a point.
Min Yoongi absolutely could not be allowed to think he had won. When that happened, alphas got cocky and arrogant. And when they got cocky and arrogant they thought they could order him around , control him . He shivered, teeth chattering. Except Yoongi wasn't here.
It was a little past ten already, and Jimin had been here for over an hour. His phone had died about a half hour earlier and now, with the night growing colder, he couldn't help the small tendril of disappointment curling in his stomach.
Was Yoongi joking?
Was he just a joke?
He clenched his fists on the fabric of his soaked sweatshirt.He wasn't sure , why it felt so imperative to win this stupid fight.All he knew was that Yoongi thought he knew him, thought he could 'read' him. Jimin had to show him it wasn't true. Yoongi would never understand him.
The whole offer to get him a job. What a joke that had been. Yoongi, ever the fair, reasonable alpha that he was, had suggested that Jimin should join as an intern in his company. "Build your career' he had said casually, as if Jimin could afford spending a year not being paid.
And the sad thing was, as internship with Min Corp was a goldmine. Even an idiot could tell you that. They were almost impossible to come by and the competition was fierce. But Jimin? Jimin couldn't go for it because he had bills. He had bills and no money and a sick mother.
You always have options, he was sick of hearing that. When will people realize that just because the option was there didn't mean you could just up and take it. When you couldn't afford more than two square meals, options meant nothing to you. All that mattered was you get paid.
Somehow, he just wasn't in the mood to explain this to Mr. Multimillionaire who made more money in an hour than Jimin would in his entire lifetime. He could already imagine him saying, " Not everything is about money" or even worse, offer to give him the money just like that.
He had no doubt that what would essentially be a fortune to him, was probably pocket change for someone like Yoongi.
He closed his eyes, lips starting to go numb. Yoongi wasn't coming, he thought in defeat. Ofcourse he wasn't. He probably didn't even remember.
He settled down on the granite stairs, buring his head in his arms. He shouldn't have come here at all. This is what he got for being such a short tempered, impulsive fool. For letting that aggravating alpha get under his skin. He had let Yoongi take over his entire mind.
He had let him affect him.He hadn't done the sane thing. Instead of just ignoring the man, and moving on with his fucking life, he had gotten into a petty, ridiculous game, without realizing that yoongi didn't give a fuck if he won or not.Because Jimin was inconsequential to him.
Filled with self loathing, Jimin finally stood up, grabbing his backpack from where he had placed it down by a pillar. It was so fucking late and he wasn't even sure if there were buses running from here to the dorms.
This maybe the stupidest thing you've ever done.
His arms were so numb he could barely get them through the arm bands . Just as he finally managed to slip the bag on, headlights flashed right in his eye, an expensive looking SUV, rolling to a stop right in front of him. He blinked as the windows came down.
"Are you insane?"
Yoongi's growl was filled with a rage that momentarily terrified him.
Throat dry, he could only stare at him.
"I've been trying to call you for the past hour where the fuck is your phone?" Yoongi demanded and Jimin bit his lips.
"The battery ran out." he muttered.
Yoongi stared at him in disbelief.
"How long have you been out here in the rain?" The alpha growled, eyes flashing and Jimin glared back at him.
"i was waiting for you to-"
"Answer the fucking question, Jimin!"
"A little more than an hour ," he lied, looking away.
The sound of the door slamming made him look up and he watched as an enraged Yoongi came around the car, his entire body taut and tensed.
"Come here , you stubborn little brat." he muttered, grabbing his arm and yanking him towards the car . Jimin tugged back, instinctively,
Pushing back with his other arm, glowering.
"Keep your fucking hands off me." He muttered, " Unless you want to pay me upfront."
Yoongi stared at him in disbelief.
"You're soaked . You need to change out of those clothes before you catch hypothermia." he said sharply.
"Okay then. Let's go in there." He pointed at the hotel. " Your staff already saw me going there with two different men on two different occasions. They'll know exactly who you're with. But that doesn't bother you, right Mr. Min? Come on then. Let's go."
He made to move in the direction of the lobby but Yoongi grabbed his arm again, this time with enough force to make him wince.
"Jimin, you're going to get sick. Get in the fucking car so I can take you home."
Jimin shook his head.
"You asked me to be here and I'm here."
Yoongi stared at him for a few seconds.
"Alright, Jimin." He said finally, letting go of his arm. " You win. I'm a coward and you're right. I don't want to be known as the guy who sleeps with a struggling college student just because he wants to score some points. You win."
"I'm sorry I offered you the internship. And I'm sorry I asked you to come here tonight. It's pretty clear that you want nothing to do with me so I'm going to stay away from you after tonight. But just, let me take you home now. Get a shower, warm clothes and some sleep".
Jimin stared at him, at a loss for words.
He wasn't quite sure what to say.
No one had ever really apologized to him before.
He bit his lips, glancing down at his hands. His fingers definitely had a blue tinge to them. Swallowing he wrapped his arms around himself.
After a few second he cleared his throat.
"I'm hungry." He muttered. " I haven't eaten since last night."
The frustration in Yoongi's face melted into concern.
"Jimin that's..." he paused. " Okay. " He said finally. " Okay just come with me I'll make you something."
Jimin stared as the alpha held his hand out .
Hesitantly , he offered his own, idle curiosity making him grip the fingers. Yoongi's hand was so much bigger than his, the digits long and pretty.
The alpha cleared his throat.
"Actually, I meant the bag. Give me the bag."
Jimin tugged his hand away, glaring at him fiercely.
His face heated up, ears turning an alarming shade of red.
"Whatever. I can carry my own bag. Fuck you." He snapped, before pushing past him and climbing into the car.
Yoongi smiled softly before making his way around.
"So, this is some kind of a vitamin supplement , I don't know what its for but you're supposed to take it twice a day after your meals and-" Taehyung flushed, as Jungkook nipped at the skin right behind his ear, making him squirm on the alpha's lap. " Jungkook!" he protested.
The tattooed arms around his waist tightened as he tried to get of, pulling him flush against the other's chest, and Jungkook hummed, pressing more kisses to the side of his neck. " I'm listening, baby." He muttered, " Go on." His fingers slipped up Taehyung's shirt.
Tae sighed, swatting at his hand as he turned his head, lips pursed in a tiny pout.
" You need to take these meds so we can control the wolf." he said softly, "Be serious."
"Oh , I'm serious." Jungkook muttered, hands brushing over his chest, thumb rubbing against his nipple.
Tae sighed, swatting at his hand as he turned his head, lips pursed in a tiny pout.
" You need to take these meds so we can control the wolf." he said softly, "Be serious."
"Oh , I'm serious." Jungkook muttered, hands brushing over his chest, thumb rubbing against his nipple.
"You wouldn't be so flippant if you knew what your wolf wants to do to me." He muttered under his breath and Jungkook went completely still.
"What?" He asked quietly. " What does that mean?"
Taehyung grinned secretly before looking at him with an innocent face.
"Your wolf sounds so much mature than you, though." He said thoughtfully. " It was like talking to someone older." he shrugged. " You know I've never been into younger men."
Jungkook growled, arms tightening even more.
"Are you trying to rile me up, hyung?"
"I'm just being honest." He protested. " Don't you want to know what I thought about your wolf?" He batted his lashed and Jungkook gave him a calculative look.
"Okay, go on.Tell me." He prompted.
Tae gripped his thigh turning himself around on his lap till they were face to face,
He gripped his shoulders, and held his gaze.
"He was a lot bigger than you." He said softly. Jungkook's eyes went wide at that.
"What the fuck?!!"
Taehyung laughed, hands coming up to gently cup his face.
"I meant his figure. It was dark i didn't see his..." He paused, biting his lips, " Well I didn't see him like that."
"And you never will." Jungkook growled, " hyung what the fuck?"
Taehyung grinned at him.
"Oh, come now Jungkookie, you know what they say. Never say Never." He said flippantly.
The next second, Jungkook was standing up with Tae in his arms, moving to the bed and dropping him on the mattress . Tae grinned as the alpha crawled over him.
"Say that again, I dare you."
Taehyung shrugged, unrepentant.
"Come on, Its just healthy curiosity." He whispered, hand coming up to lightly grip Jungkook's arousal through his shorts. " I wonder how a wolf fucks."
Jungkook grabbed his wrist, tugging it up.
"I can show you how an alpha fucks." he growled.
Taehyung smiled as Jungkook grabbed both his wrists, pinning them up over his head, eyes practically flashing. There was slow simmering heat at the pit of his tummy, a fond adoration mixed with arousal. Jungkook was just so cute and hot at the same damn time.
He spread his thighs , letting him rest in between his legs, blinking up at him.
"You know what I told him?" He said softly and Jungkook frowned.
" I told him you're the one I want. That he should give me back my Jungkookie because he's the one I like."
His gaze softened.
"Yeah?" He said softly, grip loosening om his wrist, hand moving down to gently touch his waist instead.
"Yeah." He said softly. " Because you're the one i can't stop thinking of." He whispered, " No matter how much I try to stop... You're always on my mind."
Jungkook held his gaze before leaning down and lightly catching his lips in a kiss. Taehyung melted into the soft cotton sheets, letting the alpha kiss him, sweet and gentle for once. There was no urgency like usual, but a contentment and security in knowing the want was mutual.
Jungkook held him close, kissing him with infinite care and longing and Taehyung felt the knots in his chest come undone, parts of him melting under the gentle touch. It was like Jungkook had found all the most insecure parts of him and found a way to make him feel enough.
Just as he began pressing up against him, his hand reaching between Taehyung's legs, the intercom buzzed.
"Jungkook not only are you on camera, " Sunghos voice was dry and unamused, "I'm also supposed to be recording the footage to show Dr. Song. I doubt he wants a porn video."
Taehyung yelped, shoving the alpha off him and rolling over, eyes wide. He smacked Jungkook in the arm.
"Why didn't you tell me? " He demanded. Jungkook shrugged.
"Well you were okay with fucking on the lawn of our college, thought you'd be okay with this. " He grinned.
Taehyung smacked him again, swearing and moving away but Jungkook grabbed his waist, tugging him back.
"Just stay with me tonight hyung. " He whispered. " Please. "
Taehyung stared at him, looking lost.
"I can't Jungkook, there's some where I need to be tomorrow." .
Jungkook saw the way Taehyung couldn't meet his gaze and his heart dropped.
"Oh." He muttered. " Some one as in..? "
"A client yes. " Taehyung said quickly, eyes averted. " I'll be busy for a couple days and I'll come see you on Wednesday. " He reached for his bag.
Jungkook felt cold and empty all of a sudden like someone had sucked all of the warmth and elation right out of him. He stared at Taehyung who was busy checking his phone.
"Can't you cancel? " He asked before he could stop himself. Not that he wanted to stop himself.
Taehyung glanced up at him, his lips caught between his teeth.
"No." He said softly. " They paid me already and I made a commitment. "
The air hung heavy between them.
"Hyung.. " Jungkook began " I could-"
"Don't." Taehyung said sharply. " Please don't say it. "
Jungkook held his gaze for a few moments. Before lowering his head.
"Okay hyung. " He said softly. " I'm grateful for whatever you give me. It too you this long to give me a chance I'm not going to be the fool who fucks up by demanding more. " He muttered.
Taehyung felt his gut twist inside him.
"I have to do this. " He said shakily. " jimins mom.. She.. She's really sick and Jimin has this course fee and he can't... " He trailed off staring at his feet.
" My body is just... There, Jungkook. I've lost count of how many people have touched it. But my heart is worth so much more. " He whispered. " And you're the only one who has ever managed to touch it. " He smiled. " it's exclusively yours. "
Jungkook stood up from the bed, moving closer and kissing him, hands cupping his face. Taehyung closed his eyes as the alpha hugged him tight. He pulled back only when they had to catch their breath.
"When I touch you, " He said softly. " I'll make sure it matters, hyung. "
Warning : fluff. Seriously this fluff needs warning. Yoonmin fluff is always unbearable.
Yoongi didn't bring a lot of people to his apartment. In fact he didn't bring anyone to his apartment. There were two main reasons why he didn't. 1. He liked his privacy.
2. His cat did not like strangers.
When he opened the door to his apartment, Byul gave him a glare.
Jimin however looked completely surprised.
"You have a cat? " He exclaimed, and Yoongi nodded.
"Yes. Now. Strip. "He muttered. " Fast, you're going to catch a cold. " He made a beeline for the linen closet, grabbing his dryer and a towel.
When he made his way over,
Jimin had stripped out of his jacket and outer clothes, wearing only a thin white shirt and his boxers. But that wasn't what made him stare.
What stunned him was the fact that his cat was curled up in Jimin's lap.
He watched as Jimin carefully lifted the little thing, pressing kisses to her face. There was a smile on Jimin's face,one that he had never seen there before and the sight of it made his insides clench.He wanted to keep that smile there for as long as possible
"You can have her."
Jimin looked up at him, eyes wide and shocked and it took him a second to realize what he'd blurted out.
"What? " Jimin stared at him and he choked.
"Claw.. " He muttered. " Be careful of her claws. "
Jimin frowned, picking up one fluffy cat paw. " These lil things? "
Jimin rubbed the furry mitts against his face, soft and gentle. "They're like marshmallow clouds, hyung. Don't be silly. "
The hyung threw him off completely and Yoongi could only stare.
Jimin glanced at the dryer and towels and then back at the cat.
"Oh, " He frowned,
realizing he would have to let go of byul to dry his hair. Yoongi quickly moved to his side.
"You can keep holding her, " He said quietly, moving to stand behind the omega and turning the dryer. He held it up to his hair and then used the towel on the damp strands.
Jimin stayed perfectly still as Yoongi towel dried his hair, the heat dryer, warm on his skin. The alpha for his part carefully rubbed the towel on the silky strands, his breath catching when his fingers brushed the fair locks. His hair was fine and soft to the touch.
As Jimin continued to coddle the cat, Yoongi carefully dried his hair, eyes fixed on the top of his head, till the wetness disappeared leaving, a fluffy mess in its stead. Yoongi stared down at it, and the omega just looked so gorgeous and tempting that his mouth went dry.
He leaned in without thinking, and just as he did, Byul made a break for it, making Jimin jerk back on instinct.
The top of his head caught Yoongi right on the chin and he swore. The omega yelped, turning quickly and cupping his face.
"Oh, did I hurt you? " He asked worried.
All Yoongi could focus on was how soft and tiny Jimins fingers were, how gentle against his skin, how concerned he looked with his wide eyes dripping with concern and hia mouth parted in worry, plump lips caught between his teeth .
He reached up without thinking,
His fingers closing over the soft fold of his lower lip tugging out from between his teeth, thumb running over the pink flesh right after, catching some of the wetness from his tongue, smearing it over the fold of it.
"Don't hurt yourself. " He whispered.
Jimin looked stunned.
Yoongi didn't bring people to his apartment. Yoongi didn't blow dry people's hair for them. Yoongi didn't let people hold his cat.Yoongi didn't run his thumb over their lip.
And Yoongi most certainly didn't kiss people on an impulse.
Or at least he didn't, till he met Park Jimin.
The omega was not alone.
Taehyung felt it, the moment he stepped into the room, something in the sir setting him off, making him nervous and tense. It was the instinctive fear that came when you were being watched.
"Is it just in here?" He asked, honest. The omega looked away.
Taehyung thought he was pretty tall for a beta, built pretty well too but the omega in front of him was just a half inch taller, with a compactly muscled build and rather sharp eyes. Eyes that didn't meet his own. Was he being paranoid? He swallowed, placing his bag to the side.
"Do you want to take a shower?" The guy offered, eyes trailing over him , heavy with intent. Taehyung frowned deeply.
"Now?" He shook his head. " No, not really."
"I've stocked up on food for the next few days. And drinks too. Uh...Would you like a glass?" He asked.
Taehyung stared at where the guy was pointing. An open beer can on the counter making him stare. He stared for a second before swallowing. He glanced around the room, before shaking his head.
"You know what, I changed my mind. I'm going to refund your money and -"
He moved to grab his bag, turning on his heel, ready to bolt out of there but the door opened and a familiar alpha stepped in, leering at him.
"What a smart little cookie?" He sneered, " Nothing gets past you does it?"
Taehyung glared, shaking his head in disbelief.
"Your obsession with me needs to be studied." He said quietly. " One would almost think you're in love with me ." He said mildly, making to move past him but the guy grabbed his arms shoving him back into the room.
He glared over Tae's shoulders at the omega.
"You had one job."
Taehyung turned to look at him too. The guy looked uncomfortable, ashamed almost.
"Really?" He said softly. " You realize you could get expelled for this?"
"For what?" The alpha shoved him again." For fucking a whore? Don't think so, Taehyung. We paid for it right?"
"Yongsu..." he said quietly. " You almost got expelled last time. Can't believe you're still here being a complete dumb-"
The punch to his face took him completely by surprise, and Taehyung stumbled, crashing into the table next to him.
He tasted blood in his mouth, his jaw on fire and eyes watering.
"Fuck.." He choked out, trying to get his bearing but before he could blink back the tears Yongsu was grabbing him by the collar and tossing him on the floor.
"Stupid, worthless bitch.." the alpha sneered.
Taehyung flinched as he moved to crawl over him, and when he made to get up, the alpha straddled his hips , grabbing both his wrists and pinning them to the side of his head, glaring down at him.
Taehyung stared up at him.
"What the fuck is wrong with you?" he growled.
"What's going on between you and Jungkook?" He snapped, squeezing down on his wrists with enough force to make the bones shift.
Taehyung stared at him , before brnding his knees, feet flat on the ground as he threw his hips up.
Taken aback, Yongsu lost his balance, crashing forward onto him and Taehyung crawled lower, letting the alpha's face hit the floor with a sickening thud.
"Fuck.." Before he could react, Taehyung grabbed his arm, rolling over and crawling on top of him before
smashing his elbow right into the guy's jaw, a vindictive feeling of satisfaction when he heard the jaw crack.
Yongsu howled and Taehyung pulled back before pulling his arm up again , this time bringing his elbow down right over the angle of the rib that was the weakest.
He heard the crack of the rib breaking and exhaled shakily as Yongsu started choking from the pain. He glanced up at the omega who was pressed up against the wall , staring in horror.
" You wanna go next?" He panted.
The omega shook his head, already scarpering for the door and Taehyung closed his eyes, jaw still throbbing something fierce. He took deep, shallow breaths, trying to regulate his fury. He had worked at a self defence class as an assistant a few years earlier.
But he'd never actually beaten anyone up before. His throat was dry and to be honest he felt like he was going to throw up. The adrenaline was already falling and he was getting dizzy. He glared at the alpha underneath him, reaching out and wrapping a hand around his neck.
"What was that about, huh?" He demanded. " What do you think you're doing?"
Yongsu clawed at his wrists, breathing with a lot of difficulty.
"You know if that was a clean break , there's a pretty good chance you're going to puncture a lung and then drown in your own blood."
It was an exaggeration, but the words did their job.
"Fuck.." Yongsu choked out. " Chill the fuck out, man.. I just wanted to ask you a fucking question." he choked out.
"What business is it of yours? Why do you care?" he demanded.
Yongsu stayed quiet.
Taehyung raised his elbow again and he howled .
"Alright! Alright!! It was this guy alright?!! He asked me to find out what was going on between you and that guy... He was the one who made sure I didn't get expelled. " He panted. " He paid me to just rough you up a bit."
"Guy?" Taehyung frowned. " Who?"
"Let me go you fucking freak." he whimpered. " i don't fucking know okay? It was some old dude in an expensive car.. fuck it really fucking hurts..."
Taehyung moved off him and glared at the guy before kicking his side. Hard.
"Stay the fuck away from me." He growled, turning on his heel and walking away.
He paused near the door and then stopped.
Walking back over, he crouched over him.
"And Jungkook." he added. "I broke a rib because you hurt me. You try to hurt him?I'll gouge your fucking eyes out."
When Taehyung stepped into his dorm, exhausted and looking to put some lidocaine on his throbbing lower jaw, the last thing he expected to find was Jungkook, sitting cross legged on his bed, flipping through one of his textbooks.
He stopped short.
The alpha glanced up at him and Tae felt his breath get knocked right out of his lung. Jungkook's pupils were rimmed red and when the alpha smiled, the flash of elongated canines made Tae's blood turn cold.
Instinct kicked in and he turned on his heel, but Jungkook was faster,
The door slammed shut with a force enough to knock it right out of it hinges , and a second later Tae was pinned to the hard surface, the alpha pressed up against him with enough force to make him wince.
"Where have you been, omega?" he leaned in breathing deep. " is that blood?"
Tae closed his eyes.
"How did you get here?"He whispered.
The wolf leaned in, breathing in his scent even deeper.
"I tore their necks out," he whispered, rubbing the sharp edge of his fangs back and forth on the sensitive skin over his neck, slow and deliberate," with my teeth."
Taehyung wasn't too proud to admit that he was terrified. His fingers started trembling as he clenched his hands into fists. He wasn't sure what to think, what to say and after a long, long moment of silence, there was a soft chuckle.
"Are you scared, little one?"
Tae couldn't make a sound, other than a high, keening mewl, fueled entirely by terror.
The wolf chuckled deeply, gripping his waist and lightly slipping a hand up his shirt, stroking his skin.
"I am only teasing,"he said softly."Human necks are quite tough. i would need a knife."
"Where's Jungkook?" Taehyung asked shakily.
"Resting." The wolf said simply. " He's a weak little thing. Gets tired so very easily." He made a tutting sound. " Not that I'm complaining. It makes it so much easier for me to come see you." He slipped his palm over his belly.
Taehyung bit his lips as the familiar fingers traced the soft planes of his tummy, moving up and over to thumb at his nipple. He felt his thighs clench shut as arousal shot up his spine.
"So sensitive." the wolf whispered, " Does that youngling even know how to touch you?"
Taehyung felt his head spin , because this wasn't Jungkook, not really... But it was still him. It was his fingers, his body pinning him down and he'd fantasized about this... About being held down and ravaged.
"When the moon calls, " The beast whispered, " The wolf answers. "
Taehyung blinked at that, frowning.
The wolf pressed in closer, lips pressing kisses over his neck.
"It's getting closer. " He whispered. " I can feel it. " He grabbed him by the shoulder, turning him around till they were face to face.
They stared at each other and Taehyung flinched when the wolf leaned in, and he turned his face to the side so his lips brushed over his cheeks instead.
"What is this? " He growled.
Tae took a deep breath.
"Not only does he know how to touch me. He also knows how to love me."
The wolf grinned , slow and feral. And it was jungkooks face, but there was a wildness there, a reckless, terrifying harshness to him that made him tremble.
Jungkook was all soft edges and rounded curves but this.. This was something different.
Something primal and dangerous.
"You think we're different, him and I? " He grinned. " We feed each other. " He whispered. " I am a part of him and he is the one I am grounded in. You cannot separate us. He maybe the one fucking you.." He grinned, "but you'll still be feeling me inside you... "
Taehyung glared pressing his palms against his shoulder blades, shoving as fast as he could.
The wolf snickered, moving back and holding his hands up. There was a teasing glint to it and Taehyung felt his heart turn over.
Because that... That looked a lot like Jungkook.
The knock on the door made him jump.
"Taehyung? " Jimins voice came from the other side. " Open up. "
The wolf gave him a look.
Taehyung reached for the door and his best friend all but fell in.
"I kissed Min Yoongi. " Jimin choked out, eyes wild.
Jimin frowned at the sight of Jungkook.
"You... What the fuck are you doing here? " Jimin demanded, walking over and poking him right in the chest. " You and your brother can't fucking leave us alone, can you? " He growled.
The wolf stared him down.
"Jimin can you just... "
"No, because you're supposed to be in a hospital getting rid of that stupid beast inside you... and instead you're here... Bothering Tae.. Tell me what is wrong with you? Huh? "
The wolf looked at Taehyung over Jimins shoulders.
"Are you going to get rid of him? Or should I test out my theory on human necks? " He smiled. " Either way, I want him gone. "
Jimin blinked rapidly at Jungkook, and Taehyung watched as the omega's eyes widened in outrage, lips parting in disbelief.
"What the fuck did you just say, you-"
"Jimin ah..." Taehyung said quickly, grabbing him by the arm and tugging him aside, " Come here, just a second."
He pulled him out into the hallway, slamming the door shut behind him and leaning against the door in exhaustion.
"Who the hell does he think he is, talking to me like.."
"That's not him. That's his wolf."
Jimin went still.
"His wolf?" he frowned. " As in.."
"His alpha yes."
Jimin looked back and forth between him and the door.
"Why is he here?" He asked quietly. " Isn't he supposed to like be strapped down in a lab ?"
The door shook on its hinges as if someone had punched it.
"I can hear you, omega." Jungkook growled.
Taehyung ran a hand over his face.
"What do i do?" he asked shakily. " How do I get rid of him?"
Jimin gave him an unimpressed glare.
"Don't ask me! Did you not hear the part where I said i kissed Min Yoongi? Does that not tell you that I make shitty life decisions?"
They stood staring at each other for a few seconds and then the door shook again , only this time, the force of it was a lot lesser.
Jimin stared at the door and then back at Taehyung.
"He doesn't seem to know how to work doorknobs." Taehyung whispered.
They stared at the door for a few more seconds.
"Do you have the-" Taehyung began excitedly but Jimin was already reaching for his backpack.
"Here!" he grinned holding out the key to the room and Taehyung quickly locked it, turning the key and hearing it click into place.
He gripped the key in his hand and closed his eyes.
"I miss him." he said shakily, lips wobbling before he could bring his emotions under control. " i hate that he wears Jungkook's face but is nothing like him." he wrapped his arms around himself." I want him gone."
Jimin reached out, tugging him into a hug.
"Hey.." he said softly, sensing his friend's distress. " It's going to be okay, Tae. We're going to figure this out."
Taehyung closed his eyes, hugging Jimin tighter. in all this mess, he had truly missed his best friend.
For years now it had just been him and Jimin. And as he clung to the smaller boy, he realized how much of his strength and will came from Jimin. He buried his face into the other's neck breathing deep, fingers curling into the fabric of his shirt as he fought tears.
"So you're telling me, you let my vulnerable brother walk out of here because some idiot left the door open? "
Sungho sighed deeply.
"We didn't leave the door open, Yoon. The door is supposed to autolock. The mechanism must've been a bit faulty...anyway, we found him."
"No harm, no foul. "
Yoongi shook his head in disbelief, staring through the glass window where Jungkook was asleep.
"How are you going to fix this? " Yoongi demanded. " I want my brother back. "
Sungho looked troubled.
"Before we talk about that, your father called me."
"My father?" Yoongi went completely still, glancing at him in disbelief. " My father as in-?"
"Yes. He wanted to know what was going on with Jungkook.Before you panic. No, I didn't tell him anything , only that we're running a few tests and that we're trying out a new treatment."
Yoongi closed his eyes, running a hand over his face and groaning.
"What did he say?"
"That he wanted weekly reports and if I didn't get them for him he would talk to my superiors."
"Fuck." Yoongi swallowed. "I'll talk to him."
"You do that. As for Jungkook, we have two options."
Dr Song has been working with a clinic down in Busan for a few years now and one of the things they've been experimenting on is gene therapy for people looking to change their sub-gender. Its still in its fledgling stage so to speak and we're not sure about the possible effects.
"Can they be worse than him spouting a tail and howling at the moon?" Yoongi said drily. Sungho chuckled.
"I would say no. But still, hear me out. In Jungkook's case we would have to either suppress the alpha side of him completely, getting rid of it for good, or
Sungho paused, " this may sound ridiculous but we could strengthen his alpha side, and hope that it would make him strong enough to control the wolf and not let it take over without his consent."
"What if it goes the other way round."
"It won't." Sungho paused. " i hope."
"You hope?" Yoongi scoffed. " That's your idea of a solution...hope??"
Sungho sighed deeply.
"Yoon, I understand where you're coming from okay. But, you need to understand that we've never seen anything like this before. I don't like the idea of keeping your brother caged."
Sungho glanced at the window.
"We can't keep him sedated for long periods of time. The wolf exhausts him out. He needs to get stronger. Its a gamble but I genuinely think its a gamble worth playing because the alternative is just... its not fair to him."
Yoongi was quiet.
After a few moments he sighed.
"How soon can you get him onto this treatment."
"You sign the consent form , we'll get started right away."
"And you'll just let him walk around?"
"His wolf isn't aggressive." Sungho said carefully. " He's only looking for his mate."
"Not aggressive...how can you be sure of that... ?"
"Because if he was , he would've hurt someone by now. He was out there for many hours and he went looking for Taehyung. That's all he did."
"Taehyung." Yoongi sighed. " How does that even work? He's a beta... Doesn't the furry fiend realize that?"
"The furry fiend has imprinted on him." he said with a shrug. " He wants him , no one else. He calls him omega. So, either he doesn't realize ..or..."
"Or Tae isn't really a beta after all." Sungho shrugged.
"What the fuck."
The doctor shrugged.
"All of his tests suggest otherwise, I know . But the past few weeks have been so bizarre, i no longer question anything. So yes. Maybe Tae is an omega and only the wolf knows."
"On a scale of one to ten," Taehyung said softly, " how badly do you want to be with Min Yoongi right now?"
Jimin who was slumped over his desk, immersed in an assignment, didn't even look up.
"Ten." He muttered absently and Taehyung jumped, pointing right at him.
Jimin jumped at that, hair messy and eyes wild, " What..what?!"
Taehyung glared at him, frowning deeply.
"I knew it. You like him. You like ..like him." He shook his head in disbelief. " Whatever happened to not letting rich alpha assholes play with your life, Jimin?"
Jimin frowned deeply.
"I would take you seriously if you weren't a literal furry."
Taehyung gawked at him, ears turning red.
"What the fuck, I'm not a ..."
"Oh please." Jimin rolled his eyes. " Your boyfriend is well on the way to turning into an actual canine. You should be worried about getting arrested for bestiality and not about me." he smiled.
Taehyung stared at him for a second and then grinned.
"so aggressive." he muttered. " The stronger the denial, the deeper you've fallen. Wow. Must have been one hell of a kiss, huh, Jimin? "
The omega turned red at that , glaring at him.
"Shut up." he muttered. " i hate him."
For a few moments they stared at each other.And then it seemed to happen at once, for both of them.The amusement fading into something more somber.They stared at each other and it was like a veil lifting, both of them realizing just what they were doing.
"Jimin.." Tae whispered.
"This won't end well." Jimin was ever the pragmatic, never one to mince words. " We're not getting any kind of happily ever after with either of them." he whispered. " You know that right?"
Taehyung stared down at his hands, linked together on his lap.
"They're rich." Jimin said softly. " Not just rich but also really powerful. They don't... They don't associate with people like us for a reason Tae." he sighed." We're nothing like them. And they know it."
Tae looked up at him.
"So what?" he smiled softly, " are you just going to Push him out of your life.?"
Jimin chuckled at that.
"Too late for that, don't you think?" he shrugged." We're already hurtling at breakneck speed down the highway, might as well drive off the cliff."
"So, you think they'll definitely leave us? At some point?"
Jimin didn't respond for a few seconds.
"People get tired of other people all the time." he said finally. " Everything loses its charm after a while and people look for other things."
Taehyung hated that he couldn't argue. Because Jimin was right in so many ways.
But he was also right about the cliff thing.
It was too late to back out.
And even worse, he didn't think he even wanted to.
"Stay in a burning car or drive off a cliff into the ocean?" he smiled.
Jimin laughed at that.
"Well, drive off the cliff, because there's a chance the water will put out the fire and you can swim to safety."
Taehyung felt his lips wobble a little.
"I think.." he whispered," I'm in love with him."
Jimin paused at that.
"And do you think he feels the same way?"
Tae closed his eyes, taking a deep breath before nodding.
"Yeah. He does."
"Then it's worth it." he shrugged. " Car or cliff, doesn't matter as long as he's right there with you, don't you think?"
"So what we're doing here, is something called genome or gene editing." Dr. Song explained, watching as one of the assisting doctors carefully inserted an intravenous tube into Jungkook's wrist. The alpha was awake, flinching lightly as the needle pierced through his skin.
Tae sat next to him, fingers twisting into the fabric of his shirt from how nervous he was. Yoongi was across the room, leaning against the wall with his arms crossed.
"What we're doing here is changing your DNA in a way that your wolf is.." he paused," tamed or so to speak."
"We aren't going to get rid of him then?" Jungkook asked softly, his voice a little weak.
"No." Dr. Song said softly, shaking his head." You're an alpha Jungkook. That's your subgender. Taking that away from you isn't something that we should be doing, impulsively."
Jungkook turned then, catching Taehyung's gaze. The beta gave him a reassuring smile, reaching out and brushing the hair off his face.
" This particular techniques is often used when we're looking to treat certain genetic, inherited diseases. In this case,
the editing molecule is going to carried to your cells using what we call a carrier or a vector , usually a virus. And what's its going to do, its going to take that editing tool and fix your dna and restore protein function there."
"We think you might even get your rut then."
Sungho said with a small smile,"Don't worry Jungkook. Lab studies have shown really promising results and there's no doubt that this is the best option we have."
"You mean the only option." Yoongi said gruffly from his spot by the door. The alpha moved to stand closer to the bed.
"How're you feeling kiddo?" He asked softly.
Jungkook gave him a small smile.
"A little thirsty." he licked his lips. " Can I get a bit of water?"
Taehyung ran his hands over his face , eyes shut as leaned back against the chair, exhausted. He hadn't slept well.
"Hey." Jungkook said softly and the beta glanced down at him. " You alright?"
Tae sighed, shaking his head in disbelief. "I'm the one who's supposed to be asking you that."
"I'm just ..." he paused, " I'm wondering if this is all too much for you, hyung."
Taehyung frowned a bit at that.
"What do you mean, too much for me?"
Jungkook stayed quiet as the doctors finished fussing over him, fixing the IV line and his bed into a more comfortable position.
"I know this isn't what you signed up for." He said after a while.
Taehyung didn't respond right away. He waited till the doctors stepped outside, Yoongi leaving to talk to them.
It was just the two of them in the room.
"Jungkook, I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that this doesn't scare me. It terrifies me." he whispered.
"But I'm not scared of you." he said softly. " I'm scared for you. And that's a pretty huge difference don't you think?"
Jungkook held his gaze.
"Have I told you about my dad?" he said softly. " I haven't right?" he chuckled. " Its all so fucked up hyung."
Tae swallowed, licking his lips nervously.
"Tell me." he said softly.
"Where to begin?" he sighed. " You probably guessed that he's not my biological dad."
"The different surnames kind of gave it away."
"Yeah." Jungkook nodded.
"My mother was what she used to would call a free soul." he grimaced, " which is probably just a fanciful word for incredibly selfish and uncaring of anyone around her." he sighed. " I don't know who my actual dad is . And she took off when I was two months old."
" Dad raised me till I was five . And then she came back. Claimed she had changed. Turned over a new leaf. Wanted to be a part of her children's life. All the usual things you hear. Dad couldn't kick her out. And she stuck around for a couple of years. Left again when i was 10"
Jungkook stared at him for a second.
"Yoongi hyung pretty much raised me. The only constant you could say. But then... I didn't present and Dad was furious. He was sure that it was my mother's fault. That all of her sexual misadventures were the reason I was born this way."
"And i think around the time I turned 16, he stopped blaming her and started blaming me." he shrugged.
"He sent me to Canada because there's a research center there, for sub gender studies. I lived there and pretty much was a guinea pig that they experimented on."
"Unapproved drugs, supplements, injections." he sighed. " They would fuck me up s bad but none of them triggered my rut. Biologically I was an alpha. Had all the parts and the blood work to prove it but... the alpha wasn't coming out."
Taehyung licked his lips.
Jungkook stared at him.
"Till now." he nodded.
"Tell me something." Taehyung said shakily. " When it's not ...you. When it's the wolf ... Are you aware of the things he says? Are you conscious at all?"
"No." Jungkook said quietly. " I miss pockets of time. I hate that."
"He's going to be here." Jungkook said quietly. " Pretty soon, I think. I just wanted to let you know so, you don't get caught off guard."
"He's not going to be very fond of me , is he?" he whispered.
"I won't take the money." he grinned.
"You know ...The money he'll offer me to never see you again." he leaned in . " The way they do in dramas."
"Take it." he said briskly. " Take it. Use it. And stay by side anyway." He linked their fingers together, smiling. "That's smart."
Taehyung laughed, playing with the alpha's fingers , tracing circles on his skin.
"I'm not going anywhere." he said softly. " Not for a long, long time. We're going to get through this. Together. I promise."
Jungkook held his gaze.
"Will you marry me?" he whispered.
Taehyung felt his eyes widen, jaw dropping a little.
The alpha grinned.
"What?" he shrugged. " If we're married, there's not a thing he could do to us."
Taehyung laughed, loud and in disbelief.
"You're insane. I keep forgetting it but you keep reminding me."
"I've been reading a lot." he said softly. " This past week. I wanted to learn as much as I could about this wolf thing....and well, Sungho hyung thinks the wolf...he's imprinted on you."
"He thinks I'm an omega." he sighed." Poor idiot."
"No he doesn't." Jungkook said softly. " He thinks you're his mate." he held his gaze. " He calls you an omega because that's all he knows. He knows that you're the one for him and because he's an alpha he assumes you're an omega."
Tae looked away.
"Yeah, well. I'm not."
Jungkook watched him for a few moments.
"You're not what? Not an omega or... not his mate?"
Taehyung sighed, shaking his head.
"I don't know about this imprinting thing" he said shakily. " All I know is that I'm a beta. And that means, I'm not made to be an alpha's mate."
Taehyung wrapped his arms around himself.
"Your wolf... he.. He has all these fanciful ideas. I don't know what he's playing at. " He breathed out. " Nothing that he says or does, makes any kind of sense. There's no reason for him to be so obsessed but ...somehow , he is."
"I think it makes perfect sense, actually ." he whispered. " No matter which part of me is in control, my thoughts are always on you." he laughed. "You don't know just how crazy I am about you, Kim Taehyung. My wolf's just a reflection of that."
"Jungkook?" Dr. Sungho stuck his head in. " All good?"
The alpha smiled, nodding.
"Taehyung... a word with you?"
Taehyung nodded, before standing up. He turned back to Jungkook and brushed his hair back again, before leaning down and kissing him lightly on the lips.
Taehyung stepped out of the room, gently closing the door behind him.
"So, the treatment... its going to take a while for us to start seeing results." Dr. Sungho said evenly. " In the mean time, we don't really want to keep him here . It may be good for him to go home."
The beta nodded.
" However, if the wolf really did imprint on you, there's a pretty good chance he's going to keep seeking you out. So..."
"You want me to move in with him?"
"And maybe avoid getting together with other people." Dr. Sungho said softly.
"Yoongi hyung told me that you..have ..." he trailed off. " um... I mean... you sometimes..."
Taehyung rolled his eyes.
"I sometimes fuck strangers for money? Yes." he shrugged. " What about it."
Sungho looked a little green.
"Just... don't?" he laughed nervously.
Taehyung felt his skin bristle in annoyance.
"Hear me out." Sungho said hastily. " It's not about whether its right or not. I'm only saying this because of how I feel Jungkook's alpha might react. We're trying to get him to stay calm and ... hopefully become dormant again."
Taehyung watched him for a few seconds.
"you know, there's something I've noticed about Jungkook's alpha." he said softly. " He's all bark and no real bite." he smiled. " I think he gets off on scaring people...not hurting them and there's a huge difference between the two."
"So..um.. I'm going to go ahead and do what I usually do..which is live my life the way I want to and Mr. Wolf can either put up with it or take his mangy little butt elsewhere. Simple as that ."
Sungho gawked at him.
"You're not scared of him?" he asked , stunned.
"I'm more mad at him than scared of him." He shrugged. " What are you going to do with Jungkook?"
"He's going back home."
"You're not going to ..."
"Move in with him? " He shrugged. " We'll see. For now I want to study a bit more about full shift alphas."
"We don't think he's going to be a full shift alpha." he said hesitantly.
"You don't sound too sure about that." Taehyung smiled.
"I'm no longer sure about anything to be very honest." he said with a sigh.
"He calls me an omega." Taehyung said softly.
Sungho watched him as he turned fully around to look the doctor straight in the eye.
"What do you think that's all about?" he smiled.
"You're not." Sungho said quietly. " Not in any sense of the word. Not physically or otherwise."
"Hmm.." Tae hummed. " So he's just delusional"
"Well, we are assuming he's driven entirely by the most primitive part of Jungkook's brain so there's a chance that he's only seeing you as his mate and not stopping to consider if you qualify, physically to be his mate."
"i see." he nodded." Makes more sense."
"It bothers you."
"Let me guess. You hate omegas? think they're weak?"
Taehyung laughed a bit at that.
"You realize my best friend is an omega. And he is easily the strongest person I've ever met." he said sharply. Sungho held his hands up.
"Hey, just trying to help."
Taehyung slipped his hands into his pockets.
"You've been a friend of Yoongi for a long time right?" he asked casually.
"We grew up together."
"I see. Tell me a bit about Jungkook's father. What kind of a man is he?"
"Unforgiving. Rigid. Cruel."
"Wonderful." Tae flinched. " Is he going to make things difficult for Jungkook."
"He's already moving fast." He said with a shake of his head. " If I were you, I'd brace myself for a bit of pain."
"Pain." Tae grinned. " I'm good with that." He glanced back.
"He's probably asleep by now." he said softly. " I'm going to head back to the dorm. Take good care of him."
The doctor watched as the beta slowly picked his way across the long hallway, to the elevators. He was tall but his sloping shoulders made him look small.
And he realized that Taehyung looked fragile , but there was a quiet strength to him that was staggeringly attractive. He didn't back down from things.
He realized, with a pang that he knew exactly why Jungkook couldn't stay away.
Kim Taehyung was breathtaking.
The knock on the door came at exactly two in the morning.
Taehyung blinked his eyes open, staring at the ceiling for a few moments, wishing fervently that he had imagined it. But then the knock came again, just a bit more insistent.
Next to him, Jimin groaned.
"Who the fuck."
Taehyung hesitated before sitting up.
He grabbed his coat, slipping it on along with his shoes before moving to the door. He opened it, just enough to let himself out.
The alpha in the hallway gave him a small smirk.
"That was very quick. You're learning." he smiled.
Taehyung stared at him for a few seconds.
"Jungkook." he said softly, the heaviness in his chest lifting right off as he exhaled. " Oh , God. I forgot you and your wolf. You're equally insane." he shook his head, turning away but Jungkook grabbed his hand, tugging him closer.
" Why do you sound like you hoped it was the wolf? " He muttered, pulling him closer till they were pressed up against each other.
Taehyung smiled at that.
"I find it endlessly amusing that you're threatened by yourself. "
"Come home with me. "
Taehyung shook his head.
"Home where? To your apartment? " He shook his head. " Don't you have classes to attend? You're still in college aren't you? "
Jungkook rolled his eyes, tugging his wrist again.
"That's not important. What's important is that we need to have sex. "
Taehyung frowned at that.
"We need to... What? "
Jungkook groaned before moving to stand in front of him.
"Think about it. If we have sex, there's a good chance the wolf is going to realize you're taken and he'll leave you alone. " He said firmly.
Tae stared in disbelief.
"That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard you say , which is saying something because you've said some pretty stupid stuff to me since we've met. "
Jungkook rolled his eyes.
"Listen, from what I'm hearing it's either him or me and I'm not going to stand by and watch when he tries to take what's rightfully mine. " He snapped.
Taehyung sighed deeply.
"Okay , Jungkook." He whispered," I'm coming home with you. "
Jungkook blinked in surprise.
"What, really? " He frowned.
"Yes. But not so we can have sex. I'm coming home so i can help you understand that your wolf is very much a part of you. You aren't two different people, Jungkook. He is you and you are him. "
"How do you know? " He demanded.
"Wait here. " Taehyung grinned before slipping back into the room.
Two minutes later, he came back out, hauling a large leather bound book, thick as his forearm.
"I found this in the library."
"What is that? " He frowned.
"OF Wolves and Men : a Commentary on full shift wolves and their life. Written by Robert Burton Jr. A research scientist in the Smithsonian. "
"Oh. Sounds fancy."
"It is. I also shot him an email and I'm hoping he will respond, soon. "
Jungkook stared at him for a few seconds.
"Oh... Are you um... Going to teach me all about it? " He asked slowly, voice dropping a few octaves. " Like a hot tutor? "
Tae raised his brows.
"Really? Research and studying are doing it for you? "
" You are doing it for me."
"Anything you do... Completely and utterly turns me on. " He grinned.
Tae rolled his eyes, but his lips twitched up a little.
"Okay, then. " He smiled. " Maybe if you're good for me, I'll let you do a little research on me too. " He winked. "Did you bring your car? "
Jungkook's room was cozy and warm, but the sheets were pleasantly cool against his skin as he crawled under them, the large book tucked under his arm. He could hear Jungkook brushing his teeth in the en suite.
"This is just a theory but an interesting one. Wanna hear it? "
Tae settled back against the satin sheets.
He had stripped out of his own clothes in favor of wearing one of Jungkook's large oversized white t shirts.
"Shoot! " Jungkook called from the bathroom.
"Only the pack alpha could shift whenever he wanted."
Taehyung ran his hand over the large glossy page. It had a number of really pretty illustrations, one of which was a wolf, standing on a large flat Rock at the edge of a cliff , overlooking a lush green Valley. A pair of cute pups lay curled under the rock. He smiled.
( the above image is from here. I loved the pictures fineartamerica.com/art/paintings/…)
The bathroom door opened and a second later Jungkook stepped out, closing the door
"Why was that? " The alpha asked, walking out completely naked except for a towel around his waist.
Taehyung stared at him.
"Why was what? " He asked , eyes wide and lips parted.
Jungkook glanced at him and grinned.
"Why was he the only one who could shift? "
Jungkook chuckled a bit at that. And then as Taehyung watched, the alpha walked over to the bed, one hand resting dangerously close to the loosely knotted fabric at the base of his belly, holding the towel up.
"Hyung, you're the one being a bad boy right now. "
The alpha moved close to the bed and Taehyung stared as Jungkook casually lifted one knee onto the bed, causing the ends of the towel to part. Not a lot, but enough to let him know Jungkook wasn't wearing anything underneath.
"Eyes up here, Mr. Kim. "
Taehyung didn't look the slightest bit ashamed as he grinned up at the younger.
"The alpha was the only one who could shift without a trigger. Apparently the rest of the pack wolves, could only shift in response to the alpha wolf's call." He leaned in. " Put some clothes on. "
Jungkook grinned, reaching for the towel, tugging it off but Taehyung was faster, reaching over and gripping the fabric together and glaring playfully.
"We're supposed to be learning. " He chided. His fingers moved a little South, brushing over the alphas half hard arousal.
"Hyung, I can only use one head at a time, and right now it isn't the head attached to my neck. "
Taehyung grinned at that, laughing as he reached out, grabbing Jungkook's hands and tugging him closer, laughing out loud when Jungkook toppled onto the bed, right on top of him, nearly squashing him into the sheets.
"Ow! You're heavy." He pouted and Jungkook grinned.
"That's because I'm big" he waggled his brows. " Everywhere."
Tae hummed, reaching down between them and tugging the towel off completely, before spreading his legs and letting the alpha settle between his thighs.
"it doesn't matter how big the sword is. Can you wield it right?"
Jungkook smiled a bit at that, before leaning.
"It doesn't matter how good I am at wielding it, hyung. The question is are you okay with not walking right for a week?"
Taehyung couldn't help but laugh out loud at that.
"You're such a little brat." he said softly, fond.
Jungkook hummed, rolling to the side and pulling him closer into a hug. He brushed his hand through Taehyung's hair.
"There was a part of me that was always so terrified."
"Of what?" Tae frowned.
"Of never having you like this?"
"In your bed, naked?" Tae laughed.
"No." Jungkook said softly. " in my bed, laughing." he leaned in pressed a kiss to his nose, " in my bed , happy." he kissed his cheek, " in my bed , because you want me." he kissed the corner of his mouth. " in my bed because you love me."
Taehyung breathed out shakily.
"Do I?" he asked with a small smile. " You seem awfully certain of it."
"I am." Jungkook said quietly. " You hide your heart in your words and your actions, hyung but you wear it in your eyes. They don't lie at all. And right now, they tell me that I'm important to you."
Taehyung smiled softly, pressing in closer to him.
"You are." he said simply. " Quite easily the most important person in my life right now." he sighed. " It scares me too, you know. Because I need you so much. I don't know how I lived all these years without you to be honest."
Jungkook leaned in closer, kissing the side of his neck and nipping the skin gently.
"Those don't matter. As long as you live all the rest of them with me." he whispered right into his ears.
"That i can give." Taehyung whispered, and Jungkook sighed.
"Don't leave me, hyung."
Taehyung didn't miss the small amount of exhaustion in Jungkook's tone as he said it.
He pressed a palm to his chest.
"Are you tired?" he whispered and the alpha blinked a little.
"The meds ..." he muttered. " They have me feeling a bit..."
"You have to rest."
Jungkook didn't protest but he looked despondent.
"Will you stay?" he asked softly. " Here."
"I promise i will."
"And you'll be here when I wake up?" He looked at him with wide eyes.
Tae smiled at the child like worry.
"Yes, darling." he whispered. " I will be right here."
Jimin stared down at the small scrap of paper in his hand and then back up at the unassuming grey building in front of him. This was the right address he assumed. He had been standing here for about twenty minutes now.
Hesitant and possibly a little scared.
He needed the money.
Just as he took a deep breath, finally moving towards the building , the loud honk of a car horn made him stumble and swear, eyes flashing with anger as he turned around to glare at the source of the sound.
A very familiar SUV stood there and his eyes widened.
As he watched, Yoongi climbed out the car, glancing both ways down the road before making his way over to him.
"What are you doing here?" he demanded.
"Saving you from yourself." Yoongi snapped. " What the fuck are you doing here, Park Jimin."
"None of your damn business."
"It is my business if you're out here visiting a fucking loan shark in the middle of the night." Yoongi snapped. " What the fuck is wrong with you?"
Jimin stared at him in disbelief.
"Do you honestly, for a second, think that I want to be here?!!" he snapped.
" Some of us don't have a bank account with a balance that grows by the second, alpha." he snapped. " Some of us have to work hard for a living."
Yoongi stared at him.
"How much money do you need?" he snapped.
"i don't want your money!"
"You can pay me back."
Jimin stared at him .
"How did you know I was here?" He demanded.
Yoongi didn't respond.
The alpha sighed.
"I asked one of my men to keep an eye on you."
Jimin gawked at him.
"And clearly, I did the right thing! Because look where you are now!"
"I'm looking out for you."
"Tell me something, Lord Alpha, ruler of the world, and Supreme being who thinks he can control the life of every person he meets.. " he sneered. " Since when did I become someone you have to look out for?"
Yoongi stepped closer.
"Since the moment we kissed."
Jimin blinked up at him, surprised.
"I..." he stammered." We didn't ...kiss."
Yoongi grinned, moving closer.
"No. You kissed me. There's a difference!"
"Is there?!" He smiled, and Jimin stepped back.
"Yes. i didn't kiss you." he stumbled, and Yoongi caught him.
"Are you sure?" he whispered, tugging him closer till they were pressed up against each other. " I think , you need a little reminder." he leaned in. " Because I remember you kissing me back with a lot of fervor. I even remember some pretty desperate little moans."
Jimin swallowed, hands coming up, ready to push him away but Yoongi caught his wrists, gripping them hard and squeezing a little, before moving his hand to grip his slender waist.
"The sounds you make." he whispered, "I don't like the idea of sharing them with others."
Jimin couldn't stop the small, breathy little whine that escaped him and Yoongi grinned.
"Yes, exactly like that." He said softly. " You sound so soft and delicate when you're just a little aroused, Jimin-ah. It makes me wonder what you sound like when you're drowning in desire."
Jimin stared wide eyed as Yoongi leaned closer, till their lips were just a hairsbreadth from each other.
His eyes fluttered shut, and his lips parted of their own volition, his body thrumming with need, back arching a little in invitation. Every cell inside him screamed for it.
Yoongi didn't kiss him though.
Instead he smirked.
"Oh no," he whispered, blowing gently against the omega's eye lashes. " Not so fast, my pretty little siren. I won't kiss you this time. If you want to be kissed, you have to ask for it. " he grinned. " Nicely."
Yoongi's words felt a bit like a dousing of cold water, rousing Jimin out of the momentary haze of arousal. The omega blinked once and twice then again, his entire body going cold as he looked away, hands coming up to press right up against the older man's chest,pushing him away.
Yoongi, not expecting the rebuttal, stumbled a little, smile fading into surprise as he stared.
"You know there's a word for men who can't take a no, Mr. Min." Jimin spat out, " and its not a very nice one."
Yoongi blinked rapidly, frowning .
"Jimin- what are you-"
"Jimin, I'm not going anywhere." Yoongi snapped. " You're not going in there. And I don't fucking care what name you give me, I will drag you out with my own bare hands if that's what its going to take to make you listen to some sense."
Jimin closed his eyes at that.
"Why do you think.." he said shakily, " that you get to decide what I do with my life? I don't remember giving you the right to make such decisions for me. You are a fucking adult and you're here harassing a kid more than a decade younger than you. Be fucking better, alpha."
Yoongi stared at him, refusing to look away as the omega glared him down.
"What is it about me that frightens you so much?" he asked.
Jimin closed his eyes.
"You flatter yourself too much. You don't frighten You exhaust me. I feel drained after every meeting of ours."
"Do you now?" Yoongi laughed shaking his head, " I don't think so. You don't feel tired , you feel confused. And it's not because I exhaust you, its because I intrigue you. And I think the reason I intrigue you is because no matter how much you want to hate me, you just can't."
Jimin inhaled sharply.
"Shut the fuck up."
"Hit the nail on the head didn't I? One of the many good things that come from being older, Jimin. You learn to read people like an open book. Everything about you is begging for my attention. You just don't realize it."
Jimin closed his eyes at that.
"You know you're right." he said softly. " I do find you intriguing. Especially because I cannot for the life of me, understand how your huge fucking head fits inside those skin tight turtlenecks you like wearing." he smiled. "Fuck off."
Yoongi didn't seem offended, instead he just smiled, before tucking his hands into his pockets.
"The guy you're heading up to borrow money from? Six months from now you'll be paying him thrice the amount of money you borrowed. He has gang affiliations too and
was questioned once on a trafficking charge. Now the question is, is your ego too big to accept that you're putting yourself in actual danger, just because you want to prove that you don't need my help? Or are you smart enough to put your safety ahead of your need to outwit me?"
Jimin stared down at his feet.
"I need money to pay for my mom's meds." he said shakily. " She needs them to survive."
Yoongi didn't respond for a second.
"Alright." he said after a pause. " Where is she?"
"In my hometown in Busan."
"Can I meet her?"
The omega frowned, glaring at him.
"No. " He snapped. " Why would you need to meet her?"
"I'd like to know if you get your delicate mannerisms and charming disposition from her." he said drily. " What do you think? If she needs medical help, I need to know how she's doing."
"I don't need your..."
"Help. I know. You've said that already. Multiple times. But you do need some help. And it just so happens to come from me. If you would rather trust the gang runner over me, that's up to you. Maybe its true that beauty and brains are mutually exclusive."
"So, what? You want me to take you home to Busan?"
Yoongi tilted his head a bit at that.
"That is quite tempting. Could we make out in your childhood bedroom?"
Jimin rolled his eyes.
"No but I can show you how I used my trusty baseball bat on alphas who bothered me."
Yoongi grinned, " I'll have someone drive her over here. One of my very close friends owns a multi specialty hospital up in Gangnam. We can have her thoroughly evaluated and put her on a proper treatment plan. Diabetes can be controlled with the right lifestyle you know."
Jimin stared at him.
"And how would I be paying you back for it, Min Yoongi. " He asked quietly.
The alpha stared at him for a few seconds.
"You stop putting yourself in dangerous situations. You graduate and you get a job. " He paused, " You let me take care of you. "
Jimin scoffed at that shaking his head.
"And what happens when you get bored of taking care of me? " He asked with earnest, honest eyes. " What happens when you find another omega who makes you want to take care of them? What then? "
Yoongi stared at him.
"Is that what scares you about me? " He whispered. "The thought of me leaving you for someone else? "
Jimin didn't refute it, instead he wrapped his arms around himself, pulling his coat closer around his own body.
"I'll let her know that she has to come over here." He said quietly. " Just let me know when. "
Before Yoongi could respond, Jimin began walking away.
The alpha watched him leave with a heavy weight. In his chest. Everything about Jimin was a puzzle he couldn't undo. And it frustrated him but it also made him feel alive, for the first time in a long time.
Taehyung stepped out into the hallway, his feet aching a bit as he shifted the backpack on his shoulder, filled to the brim with a number of books from the public library. Some of them about gene therapy and more about how alphas functioned back in the day when
they could manifest as entirely separate beings. He wasn’t sure how wolf packs functioned, or if Jungkook’s wolf would be anything like the ones in the books, but he thought being informed would definitely give him an edge over everything else.
Just as he turned the end of the hallway, leading to his room, he went still.
For a few minutes he believed that the lack of sleep had caught up to him, that he was seeing things, because surely, surely there was no way Kim Taehwan was standing outside his dorm room,
flanked by his wife and his older son.
Taehyung stayed completely still, until his estranged family finally glanced up at him.
“Taehyung.” His mother exclaimed, eyes wide as she rushed over wrapping both of her arms around him, hugging him close and squeezing tight.
Taehyung stared straight ahead, his body numb and mind completely blank, as he tried not to flinch from the embrace of someone who was essentially a stranger to him. He hadn't seen his family in three years. They hadn't cared if he was alive or dead.
He met his brother's gaze and Taesung looked away, staring off to the side instead.
"What are you doing here?" he stuttered out, holding his mother's elbows and pulling back and away, putting distance between them.
His mother looked nervous, glancing back at her husband.
"Your finishing your degree in the next few months, right?" she said with a small smile. " Well, we just wanted to come see you, Tae. We wanted to make sure you were doing well. That you were comfortable."
Taehyung pulled back even further.
"You can't be serious."
"Don't be stubborn boy." His father spoke finally, voice low and gruff and unbending." You shouldn't be arrogant and prideful. We've come here, willing to let bygones be bygones. After everything we've done for you, the least you can do is treat us with respect."
Tae felt tongue tied and confused as he looked away, guilt churning inside him.
He felt his mouth go a little dry as he tried to get his thoughts together.
"I... I just don't understand why you're here. Now. " His voice shook a little.
"Isn't it obvious? To take you home."
This from his mother, who looked up at him, one hand resting lightly on his arm, squeezing gently.
"Home? " He stuttered. " What do you mean home? Daegu?"
"Well, yes. You can come back there and get a job and-"
"Please stop. " He said sharply. ' are you... Hearing yourself? "
"You school called for us." His father said gruffly. " They issued an invitation to your graduation along with a small note about how well you've done for yourself." he took a deep breath. " We had a number of differences in opinion when you were younger but , you're
older than that now. You're old enough to understand that there were a lot of factors involved and more than anything else your mother and I, we were upset with the way you handled the situation back then..."
"You mean the situation where your brother sexually assaulted me?"
His mother gasped.
"Taehyung that is enough." she said sharply, " I really don't understand why you must use such distressing words . Its completely unnecessary and a huge exaggeration. You know that."
"Your uncle was trying to help you." his father said roughly. " His methods-
"His methods were traumatizing." Taehyung said quietly. "I was seventeen years old and he made me think I had no autonomy over my own body. If you're here to justify his actions-"
"We've cut him out of our lives." His father said quietly. "He won't come anywhere near you again"
Taehyung smiled a little, glancing down at his feet.
"We're still your family." his mother whispered. " We made a few mistakes but we don't want to live the rest of our lives without having you in our life, Taehyung. And your sister, she misses you so much -"
"Where is she?"
"She wants to meet you." His father said quietly. " She's really looking forward to it. She was really upset that she couldn't see you all these years..."
"Because you didn't let her." Taehyung said with a shake of his head, " are you going to let that part out?"
His father made a noise of impatience.
"We're talking in circles now." he said sharply. "Your sister is back home. She has her school and thats why we didn't drag her here. If you would come with us, this weekend, we can head home you can meet her and ..we can talk more."
"Darling, don't you miss her?" His mother asked softly. " We just want to work on this.I know things went down badly back then but theres no reason we have to let it take over our entire life like this." she sighed, closing her eyes and shaking her head, "i don't feel very well."
"Oh, mom what happened, is it the headache?" His brother finally spoke, stepping closer and gently taking his mother's hand . Taehyung watched as his mother leaned heavily on him, eyes still shut.
"I get these headaches. They're very severe."
Taehyung bit his lips, looking away.
"I" -he swallowed. "I'll think about it." He ran a hand over his face. " Just leave now."
"I have a few people to meet here in Seoul. I'll be sticking around for the next couple of weeks. Mom and your hyung will leave this weekend. We're staying here." His father held out a card.
He stared at the address.
"You can come see me there if you like. " His father reiterated. Taehyung didn't say anything.
He watched as his mother moved away, sniffling a little.
"Please don't throw you family away, Tae. You know we never meant to hurt you. "
His brother still hadn't looked at him.
And Taehyung knew why.
Of all of them, his hyung had always been the one bad at being deceptive. He didn't want Tae back. He didn't want to reconcile and it was obvious in the way he looked at him.
The beta preferred it.
But he stayed quiet, watching as they gave him one last look , before turning around and leaving.
Taehyung stood there, in the hallway for a long, long time. He had a million thoughts racing through his mind, none of them coherent.
He wasn't sure what was right anymore.
( this is an interview in one of the journals that Taehyung is reading) (1)
"Did it hurt? " Taehyung asked quietly, gently stroking the back of Jungkook's fingers. The alpha gave him a wan smile. He was pale, ashen almost and the nurse fussed over him, checking his temperature.
"When I fell from heaven? " He coughed a little, " Yes it did. "
Taehyung rolled his eyes a bit at that.
"No. When they used the IV line. I noticed you were wincing. A lot. "
Jungkook sighed deeply.
"It does hurt a little. I'm running a fever too. "
"It's a one time thing though. Right? It's over. I don't understand why you're here? "
Jungkook squeezed his hand in reassurance.
"Baby, don't worry. Alright? I was running a fever and I just wanted to get it checked out. That's all. I'm fine. "
Tae sighed deeply.
"It's just.. Scary. All of this. "
"I know. " He smiled. " But I'm really glad you're here."
Taehyung watched as the nurse gave him a nervous look before moving to the door.
"What?! " He said sharply, sitting up straight. " What's wrong? "
"Nothing's wrong, Mr. Kim, I'll be right back. " She didn't meet his eyes, rushing out instead.
"What happened? "
"Give me a moment. " Tae said softly, squeezing Jungkook's hand and standing up. He moved to the door, stepping out and peering down the hallway. He caught sight of the nurse talking to Sungho who glanced right at him.
Taehyung clenched his fists as the doctor looked away.
He moved quickly, stalking across the distance between them before stopping right in front of him, glaring daggers at him.
"What's wrong? " He demanded.
"Taehyung... " Sungho sighed, " There's nothing to panic about.. "
"I'll decide that. You tell me what's wrong. "
Sungho gave him a look before turning to the nurse.
"He's not responding to the acetaminophen then? Fever still running high? "
"Yes and. " She glanced at Taehyung. " He also said he's having trouble moving his arms and legs. It's painful for him. "
"Why don't you start him on.. " He paused, glancing at Taehyung. "Give us a moment, Taehyung. "
Taehyung watched as he moved away , putting a few feet between them, and he notices how they huddled together.
After a few minutes, Sungho finally made his way over.
"It's nothing serious. There's inflammation which is something you do see with gene therapy . We've started him on steroids and we're just going to keep him overnight for monitoring. It's all routine stuff. That's all. "
Taehyung turned to glance at the door behind him.
"Are you trying to sugar coat things? " He asked shakily.
"No." He said softly. " But I do want to warn you that this is new for us too. We're working with what we have which is mostly theoretical knowledge. You have to cut me some slack here. I'm risking things too. "
Taehyung closed his eyes, feeling distraught.
"Did Jungkook mention being on any medication to you? " He said softly. " He told me he wasn't on anything but I just want to be sure. "
"What do you mean? "
"Like suppressants? "
"No, he said those didn't work on him. But he also told me he had like five ruts in a month so I'm not a reliable source here. " He sighed.
"His body isn't reacting the way we thought it would. " He said softly. " It's.. Odd. But also too soon to tell. I need time. "
"Does he have time? " Taehyung snapped.
Sungho started responding, but before he could continue a loud voice rang through the hallways.
"Sungho what the hell is going on with my son?! I don't spend 40 million dollars funding research in your hospital so you can screw up."
Before Taehyung could turn around, Sungho was grabbing his arm and tugging him behind himself.
"Go." He hissed. " Get out of here, right the fuck now. "
Taehyung blinked at the look on his face.
"What... I can't.. "
"Leave, Tarhyung... "
Instead he turned right around, and found himself face to face with a tall, hulking figure, towering over him.
The alpha barely looked at him, gaze fixed on Sungho.
"Where's my boy? " He demanded.
"Mr. Jeon there was no need to -"
Taehyung turned then, slowly moving back and away, making a beeline for Jungkook's room. He rushed in before closing the door quickly.
"Hyung? What's wrong-"
"Your father's here. " Taehyung said quietly.
The blood seemed to drain from Jungkook's face.
"Whatever happens, don't let him change your mind about anything. You're an adult. You can make your own choices... "
"Wait.. Where are you going? "
Taehyung grabbed his bag.
"I can't be here. You need to get better, Jungkook. I can't.. I can't risk making your dad mad. "
"So what, you're leaving? " Jungkook snapped.
"No." He breathed out, shaking. " You promised me you wouldn't leave, hyung... You fucking promised... "
"I'm not leaving you... " He snapped, " I'm just going to.. "
The door clicked open and Taehyung froze.
( there's a small correction, Jungkook's father is Mr. Min. I was thinking of another fic and got confused )
"Jungkook." The voice said sharply, " Get up kid. We're taking you home right now. " The man growled and Taehyung felt his hackles rise.
"No you're not. " He snapped without thinking, " He's sick. He needs to be here. "
Mr. Min frowned deeply at him.
"And who might you be? "
Taehyung stared up at the man, ready to respond with an angry, “ Someone who actually cares about Jungkook,” when the alpha on the bed grabbed his wrist, squeezing subtly but firmly.
“Taehyung sunbae is a senior. He’s doing volunteer work at the hospital and he was just here to keep an eye on me while the doctor is away. ” he said quickly. Taehyung frowned deeply. He wasn’t sure how he felt about Jungkook’s propensity for lying.
The alpha really did seem to jump at the chance of deceiving people with untruths.
“A student?” Jungkook’s father frowned, “ And you dare raise your voice against me like that?”
Sungho stepped forward at that, grabbing Taehyung’s arm and tugging him behind his own body.
“Well, you know how these young kids are. No sense of propriety or manners. Disrespectful for no reason.” He turned to Taehyung. “ Mr. Kim , I have to warn you, if you continue to antagonize patients and their families I will be forced to terminate your volunteering program.”
Taehyung rolled his eyes but stepped back, deciding to stay still, if for no other reason than the need to stay by Jungkook’s side. He really wanted to see what the alpha’s father was upto.
He watched as Mr. Min frowned deeply, moving to stare down at Jungkook with a disappointed look on his face. ‘
“You know that I only permitted you to leave Canada under the condition that you would stay in touch with me and the people responsible for your …health.”
Taehyung watched as Jungkook looked away, not meeting the older man’s gaze.
“You told me to let you know if I ever got my rut. I didn’t . That’s all there is to it.” he said shortly, keeping his gaze fixed on the opposite wall. Jungkook was on the bed,
covered by sheets and yet, Taehyung could sense the tension in his body, his entire form, taut and strained under the fabrics and his fists clenched by his side. He looked at Mr. Min who was watching Jungkook with a thoughtful look on his face.
“ARe you trying to act smart with me, boy?” the man asked quietly and Jungkook swallowed at that.
“No, sir.” He said quietly.
There was another small pause and then he nodded.
“For your sake, I hope that’s true.” he said softly before turning to Sungho. “ What is wrong with him?” he demanded.
“He seems to have had an inflammatory reaction to the medication we have been giving him?”
Mr. Min frowned deeply.
“Medications for what?” he asked casually.
Sungho stared back at him with a completely blank look on his face. He didn't look away and merely smiled.
“I’m afraid I can’t disclose that because of doctor patient confidentiality.”
Mr. Min blinked at him, once and then again.
"Are you fucking serious right now?"
" As a heart attack." Sungho smiled. " As long as Jungkook , an adult, happens to be under my care, i don't intend to share any information about his treatments or his underlying conditions."
Mr. Min laughed at that.
"Very cute." he smiled before turning to look at Taehyung.
"You, boy." he snapped, " Are you an alpha?"
"Yes he is." Jungkook said quietly.
"Thought so." Mr. Min said with a nod. " i can see it. You're strong. Stubborn. I like that. This one? weak."
He shook his head , glaring down at Jungkook.
"What he really needs is to get the weakness pushed out of him. Which is what they were doing and for a moment, I was so certain it was working." he shook his head in disbelief. " But I see it isn't." he leaned over, " i'll be back."
Taehyung watched as the man straightened, before giving Sungho a small smile. The young doctor had a deep frown on his face.
"What do you mean, what they were doing? What exactly were they doing to him?" He demanded sharply. Mr. Min chuckled.
"I'm afraid I don't know."
"Doctor patient confidentiality and all that." he turned to look at Taehyung. " It's good to see an alpha with some balls, willing to stand up for himself. But be careful who you butt heads with boy. Some of us tend to bite. " He bared his teeth in a smile before turning away.
Taehyung watched him leave, heart pounding a little in his chest. As the door shut behind him, Sungho rounded on the alpha on the bed.
"Jungkook, what exactly did they do to you back there in Canada?"
"I told you. I was on tablets to help regulate my hormones."
"Didn't hyung give you my medical reports?" he asked quietly and Sungho frowned.
"Yes he did." Sighing he ran a hand over his face. " How are you feeling now?" he asked gently. " Still feverish."
"No, its a lot better. "
"It's just a small inflammatory reaction. You'll be fine."
Jungkook nodded before turning to Taehyung.
"Sorry about my dad." he said quietly and Taehyung '
shook his head, his mind running in circles.
"Do you think.." he said quietly, " they did something like this too?" he turned to Sungho.
"What do you mean?"
"This thing.. Your idea. Where you try and alter his genetic make up and possibly suppress the alpha .... Is there a chance they did something like that too? Maybe the opposite? Maybe they tried to bring it out?" He glanced at Jungkook. " Do you think thats possible?"
Sungho looked back and forth between them.
"Oh, fucking hell." he groaned. " I need to go find Dr. Song."
Tae watched as he rushed out of the hospital room.
Jungkook looked pale.
"I don't know anything about that." he whispered, and the fear in his gaze was agonizing to look at.
Taehyung moved closer, settling on the bed next to him and wrapping his arms around him. He was a little taller than Jungkook and he wondered if that was why Mr. Min assumed he was an alpha. Men like that were dangerous. Stereotypes buried deep in their minds.
They looked at the world with such narrow mindedness and anything that didn't fit with their idea of what was ideal, was wrong and perverse. He had grown up with parents who were exactly like that and he was still paying the price for it.
"How old were you, when you went there?"
"16." Jungkook said quietly. " Why?"
"You told me they were using a lot of drugs on you. Injections and supplements. Who's to say they recorded all of it?" Taehyung swallowed, nervous. "Especially if it was something potentially harmful. They would have hidden it right?"
"I guess." Jungkook hesitated. " But those drugs they didn't affect me physically. I didn't feel any different except for maybe a little lethargic sometimes. So I'm not sure...if you could say that they were harmful." he sighed. " I don't know. I felt safe there sometimes."
Jungkook closed his eyes.
"My father."he hesitated. " he was a fucked up man and he still is...and.." he closed his eyes. " i wasn't happy with him. They were nice to me there . "
"I dont feel that way now, I'm just saying. They weren't bad"
The alpha sighed.
"Is it fucked up that I'm defending them? " He asked quietly.
Taehyung watched him for a second.
"No." He said softly. " You were young and you needed someone and they were the only ones there. It's Understandable that you formed a connection to them. "
"There was a doctor there. Her name was Maria. I... She was the one who told me I should leave the facility once I turned 18. She helped me break ties with my father." He hesitated. " She risked her job for me. I don't want to get her in trouble but.. "
"Do you think she would be willing to talk about what treatments they used back there?" Taehyung asked quickly.
Jungkook looked hesitant.
"I mean, we can try asking her."
"Okay. We should tell Sungho then." He stood up quickly and Jungkook grabbed his wrist.
The beta turned back to stare at him.
"When all of this is over... will you let me take you out on a date?" He asked softly. " Just... you and me."
Taehyung smiled, squeezing his hand tight.
"Yes. Yes of course." He leaned over and kissed him gently on the lips. " Soon."
Jungkook hugged him tight for a second and Taehyung closed his eyes.
"We'll get through this." he whispered. " I'm here okay? I'm not going anywhere."
Sungho dropped a large number of files down on the desk, eyes blazing.
"They did it first." he closed his eyes in disbelief. " One of the researchers there did the same tests we did and Mr. Min paid them a lot of money to keep it all under wraps. They're the reason."
Dr. Song frowned deeply.
"What is the man's problem? Does he not realize the danger of playing with something like this?"
"Delusions of grandeur and megalomania can do that to a person." He muttered. " He wants Jungkook to be something he can flaunt."
Dr song sighed.
"So what now?" He said quietly.
Sungho shook his head.
"I have no idea. I suppose its too much to hope that those two treatments just can cancel each other out."
"Its more likely they stabilize each other." Dr. Song said quietly.
The two men stared at each other.
"The wolf and man, intricately bound in the very core of their being." Sungho said softly.
Dr. Song laughed.
"Its very odd to hear you quoting my own book to me."
" You meant it metaphorically, in your book. But I think you were right."
Sungho shook his head.
"There's no way we can suppress the wolf or give Jungkook more or less control. Both parts of him are in control. There's no way to predict or determine when one or the other will manifest."
Dr. Song sighed.
"You may be right there." He shook his head.
More silence as the two men stared down at the floor, each lost in thought.
"How's he doing? Physically."
"He hasn't shown any signs of shifting in a few days. I assumed it was the therapy keeping the wolf away but...."
"But maybe he's just waiting." Dr. Song said quietly.