𝙶𝙴𝙽𝚁𝙴: 𝙴𝙽𝙴𝙼𝙸𝙴𝚂 𝚃𝙾 𝙻𝙾𝚅𝙴𝚁𝚂 𝙰𝙱𝙾
Anonymous message: You will never own Jeongguk's heart, for your husband was never yours in the first place.
Taehyung read the message sent to him earlier as he was donating blood for
Jeongguk's so-called omega best friend Jimin.
Who would have thought that the most powerful alpha CEO Jeon Jeongguk married a nameless omega Kim Taehyung just because of blood.
It was Taehyung's third time at the hospital this month as Jimin needed blood transfusion.
Taehyung's blood is all he needs for Taehyung, who has a very unique blood type, which is AB-. Only 1% of the entire world's population has this blood type.
Taehyung wobbled as he turned the doorknob and saw Jeongguk stroking Jimin's head with the sweetest smile on their faces.
In the two years of their marriage, Jeongguk would send money to Taehyung when he donated blood, but not only that, Jeongguk's family treated the omega like a slave, making sure that Taehyung would clean their entire mansion when Jeongguk would not come home for days at a time.
But the scene in front of him was definitely his last straw because when he entered the room, all weak and frail, Jeongguk didn't even spare him a glance, and instead, he just coldly said, "I sent 10 million won in your account, what are you doing lurking around here?"
Jimin smirked because Jeongguk's spouse just left the room with no answer.
That was the last time they saw Taehyung because he just disappeared without a trace.
Jeongguk received divorce papers the next day, and he got really worried because it was only Taehyung who can
donate blood to his childhood best friend, but now he is gone, nowhere to be found, only leaving divorce papers to be signed by the alpha.
Taehyung woke up at Kim Manor the next day. His eldest brother, alpha Kim Namjoon, knocked lightly at his bedroom door before opening it.
Taehyung jumped in his arms, and the alpha hugged him tightly and said, "Are you ready to take over our company, Taehyung?"
Taking over means that he would be CEO.
Taking over means that Namjoon, the richest bachelor, will finally finally introduce him to their company.
Taking over means getting what's finally his, and no one really knew his real identity, not even his ex-husband, the number one rival of their powerful company.
Enemies to Lovers Chaebol ABO
Top Jeongguk, Bottom Tae
Mentions of cheating
T/W will be mentioned
I was inspired to write this prompt from a combination of different stories I have read over the past year, I just thought of maybe using Taekook as my main characters.
Should I write it???
Good morning, finally, i woke up and I am late for work
So I have shared with the others the books I have read, let me share them with you all.
I just thought to make it M/M, ABO and then Chaebol, and yes, it's a happy ending.
The next tweets are the sources of my inspiration to write the above prompt. It's a mix of all these stories, but of course, writing it with TK is entirely different
𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚖𝚊𝚗'𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚜 𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚝. 𝙷𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚞𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚏 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚍𝚒𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚙𝚞𝚕𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 +
𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖 𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚍𝚎𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎, 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎, 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚛𝚒𝚝, 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚒𝚖𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚣𝚎𝚍.
- The Ultimate Warrior
Kim Taehyung walked into The Korean Red Cross Blood Services (KRCBS) in Jung-gu as he was stopped just outside of the library.
He was trying to find purpose to live a fruitful life, he said.
"I saw your flyer and I would like to know, how could I save a life?"
Saving a life.
What does it mean to save a life?
Is this new life mission of his make him have a firmer resolve?
T/W Death due to illness
His mother just died last week from an illness she concealed.
Damn this life!
Illness was something he didn't see coming.
Illness is something money cannot buy.
Illness is something that will render one useless.
How he wished he could have saved his mother's life. So here he is at least trying to save himself from wallowing even more.
Here he is trying to find a purpose in his life.
"You came to the right place." The receptionist stated.
"Can I donate anonymously?" He asked.
"We can withhold your name when we process your blood." She said.
"Why'd you ask?" She eyed him curiously.
"I have a very rare blood type but please don't tell anyone"
"How rare is your blood?" A handsome man comes up to him, rendering him immovable. "Don't tell me you are AB-?"
Taehyung stared at the beautiful man in front of him, speechless, he just looked at him.
He frowned though. His family told him once other people find out about
his rare blood type, they would flock like vultures.
"I will do anything, just tell me, the man pleaded." The handsome doe-eyed man asked him.
Taehyung turned to the receptionist and asked, "Can I come back another day?"
"Of course, you can." She said smiling.
"Tell me, what do you need for your blood?" He followed Taehyung.
"Please, I am not interested. " Taehyung stated, resisting as much as he could. He quickly walked out of the donation center towards his car.
"I beg you, please?" The man ran after him.
Taehyung thought, 'why is he so desperate?'
"I am not a stalker, I promise you." The man touched his shoulder.
He took a deep breath as he slowly turned around.
Brown smoldering eyes welcomed Taehyung's proximity. His ear piercing with his powerful persona was intimidating but his eyes even their sharpness cannot deny intense worry.
"I am sorry. I do not know you." Taehyung said as he held on tightly to his last resolve. He was beyond attracted to the alpha in front of him.
And the alpha should be aware by now because of the strong scents emanating that the omega was flustered, nervous, and needy.
"If you want me to mate you, I will, I just need your blood." the alpha leaned towards Taehyung.
He smelled a slight attraction from him but it was not intense, maybe a mere attraction.
Taehyung turned around hesitantly and looked at him.
The man handed him his business card.
"Think about it, please?" He said as he looked deeply into Taehyung's eyes.
President and CEO
"Sorry, I have to go," Taehyung said as he turned around and pocketed the card.
That was two years ago and somehow Kim Taehyung already lost hope with making his alpha fall in love or mate with him.
Everything was a lie and everyday his hope shattered.
Jeongguk bought him a house, no, not a house, a prison, where he was supposed to live with his husband.
But Taehyung stayed at the house day in and day out, only seeing the alpha when he decides to drop off to see him before Jimin's blood transfusion.
Taehyung looked out the window, with rain pelting so hard.
It was all a big joke.
He was hoping that he could turn back time and didn't allow himself to consent to this arrangement.
He left his life, and his family, with the hopes that he would find love with Jeongguk but he was losing that hope.
Whenever he looked at the alpha, he felt that he looked at him as if he was translucent, nothing, like a dishrag in fact because after donating blood, he was back to being one.
He heard the keys jingle as he was reading a book.
He looked up and immediately smelled the alpha's intoxicating scent.
The harsh truth was he would smell incredibly sexy for Taehyung when he needed to donate blood.
For the two years, they have been together, Taehyung should already be immune with it, but his omega gives in every single time.
"Tae?" Jeongguk said seriously as he approached him.
Taehyung just looked up at him, resisting to approach him, to feed his ego.
"My mother said you visited them? How sweet of you!" Jeongguk said as he ruffled the omega's head.
'I am not your pet.' Taehyung disdainfully thought. "Yes, I did." He smiled a weak smile.
"That's great." Jeongguk sat down, forcing himself to smile at his husband.
Taehyung did, after washing a week's worth of laundry, ironing them and putting them back in their closet oh and mop the entire house after cooking a week's worth of food.
His pheromones must have given off a bitter, foul scent but there were scent blockers, ones that
Jeongguk gifted him with.
"Does Jimin need blood transfusion, is it why you are here?" Taehyung asked as he continued reading the book.
"Yes, tomorrow, I need you tomorrow." Jeongguk said as he stood up.
Taehyung knew it like clockwork and he just sighed.
"Okay, I will be there." He said before the alpha walked out the door.
Jimin, one of Jeongguk's childhood best friends who was engaged to another best friend.
They were out partying one night two years ago when they met with an accident.
Jeongguk was the driver and he was a bit buzzed when he hit a 16-wheeler truck that killed his best friend and caused serious injuries to Jimin, requiring regular blood transfusions.
In life, there are times when one walks a narrow path, struggling not to lose direction toward the goal.
The person that walks the narrow path gets lost sometimes and it is their decisiveness, the resoluteness that enables them to continue...
The decisions they make as they continue walking the path regardless of how long, straight, or winding will define how they will face the consequences of their decision.
And how ironic that this life as it demands one to make decisions, the consequences will somehow start haunting the decision maker, making them swallow the bitter pill someday.
And when the day of reckoning comes, settling scores more often than not demand some kind of revenge, or justice.
The day when retribution comes to fruition will be inevitable, and somewhat painful, and there's no escaping it.
Taehyung lay under the stars that twinkle in his room with the thought that the day of reckoning for the bad decisions that he made is slowly coming but the rippling effect of it reverberates in his entire soul.
He had to be asleep because he had to go donate blood tomorrow but sleep somehow escapes him, an uneasy feeling slowly burdening his heart heavily and wants to be free but he could not.
His phone buzzed with a notification.
It's curious how he is receiving something this late because not even the man he married would bother checking up on him at an ungodly hour.
A silly dream that he built in his head, hoping his husband would come to his senses slowly dissolves as he looked at the message sent to him.
Whoever sent this knew he would be wallowing in misery & eventually, try to escape the excruciating pain he tries to swallow.
But then he knew his alpha needed him because in the first place, his blood was the reason why he married him but he could not take the pain that was slowly simmering in his heart.
At first, he thought he could take it but he was wrong, he couldn't.
They married in front of a judge with no witnesses, no guests, no party, and no honeymoon, not even a ring.
He took his clothes and was picked up by the chauffeur who brought him to Jeongguk's house where he was alone with some staff.
He was compensated though for every three weeks, he would donate blood and Jeongguk would wire him ₩1.2B, as compensation.
They have been together for two years and a few months and Taehyung had saved enough money to finally get his freedom without guilt or remorse.
Sleep finally found Taehyung in the wee hours of the morning.
He dragged himself awake as the driver brought him to the hospital.
"Thank you, Siwon," Taehyung said at the driver who has been nice to him every single time.
Well, the staff are nice or maybe they just feel pity for him because they knew the bitter truth of their relationship.
A notification on his phone buzzed, a week before his heat. He should be fine, he thinks.
The alpha stood in the hallway waiting for Taehyung with his arms crossed on his chest, "you are late!" Jeongguk shook his head.
"Yeah, I didn't sleep well," Taehyung said, feeling faint, feeling weak.
"Did you take the vitamins the doctor prescribed you?"
Taehyung shook his head, "they make me nauseous most especially when I am nearing my heat," he avoided his eyes.
"Oh, is it that time?" Jeongguk asked.
"And the doctor advised me not to donate blood at this time," Taehyung said.
"Taehyung, you promised," Jeongguk warned.
"And I am not backing out of it," he responded.
The nurse sent him to the blood donation room and set him up.
"Are you okay, Taehyungssi?" The nurse asked.
"Just take the blood so I can go home & sleep," he said looking at the floor.
"Okay Taehyungssi," the nurse smiled at him.
They set up the blood draw and after 45 minutes, a pint of his blood was sealed and delivered to the next room.
"Taehyungssi, do you need anything?" Asked the nurse as he taped him up.
"I just need to go pee," Taehyung said, feeling weaker.
"You are pale, you should drink some Orange Juice," the nurse recommended.
"I will after I go the restroom,"
"Okay, holler if you need anything,"
He stepped outside at the same time the door to the other room opened.
He stood there frozen as he watched Jeongguk hold another omega in his arms.
Jeongguk stroke Jimin's forehead lovingly as he got blood transfusion.
Taehyung's cellphone sounded with a notification.
₩1.2B was deposited in his account.
He smiled sadly as he looked at Jeongguk.
Suddenly, an overwhelming heat enveloped his body as he released strong strawberry vanilla pheromones.
Jeongguk's head whipped toward the door as he saw Taehyung standing, red and weak.
Taehyung suddenly held on to the doorknob feeling nauseous. He knew he was going to faint due to the sudden change in his body.
His surrounding started spinning and his knees buckled.
He looked at Jeongguk and said, "help Jeongguk," before he fainted on the ground.
Jeongguk was about to standup when Jimin touched his hand lightly, his face looking up at Jeongguk, "let the nurses take care of Taehyung, I need you here."
Jeongguk then stayed seated.
He was worried and guilty.
He looked at Taehyung being helped by the medical staff as he held on to the omega he promised to care for.
Taehyung opened his eyes to an unfamiliar sight.
"Where am I?" He suddenly sat up.
"Oh, you are awake," the nurse said.
"What happened?" Taehyung asked.
"You fainted yesterday," the nurse responded.
"Oh, and my husband, did he visit me yet?" Taehyung asked.
He asked because he wanted to know if there was a slight chance that his alpha might feel some concern toward him and not just his blood.
"Oh, he sent the driver for you, just in case you needed to go home," the nurse responded.
"Is that so?" Taehyung asked firmly this time.
"Yes," the nurse said as she took his vitals.
Taehyung took his phone but the battery was drained.
"Miss, is it possible that I can borrow a charger from you?"
"Unfortunately I didn't bring my charger but you can borrow my phone," she said taking out the phone from her pocket.
"Thank you," Taehyung smiled as she dialed a number he knew he would use someday.
"Hello, Byeonhosa Park?" Taehyung said on the phone.
"Hello Taehyungssi," Park Seojoon answered.
"I would like to move forward with the divorce proceedings, can you bring me the paperwork?"
It was a quiet ride home, Taehyung thought as he looked at the drops of raining hitting the passenger window as the driver carefully traversed his way, avoiding traffic.
It was already 3PM when he was released from the hospital and of course, it was a given fact already that everything was already paid for by his rich husband.
He smirked and shook his head.
It was a relief to finally speak with Seojoon regarding the divorce.
But no one knew about it because the divorce filing was going to cover everything that was included in their marriage contract.
Is that even a word?
But he was grateful because above everything else, he remained intact, pure, innocent and so in essence, he didn't really lose anything, except two years of his life.
The car slowed down as it entered the gates of Jeongguk's villa, well the house that was his supposedly.
Why was he here?
Taehyung got out of the vehicle and thanked Siwon.
He opened the door to the house.
"Good morning Sir Taehyung," the butler said.
"Is Jeongguk in the house?" Taehyung asked.
"Yes sir, he is upstairs with Master Park," the butler gave Taehyung a grim look.
"Oh, thank you butler Woo," Taehyung said as he went straight to his room.
He went to his closet, surprised to hear Jeongguk in the shower.
He just shook his head as started removing his clothes.
"You are back," Jeongguk said as he stepped in the walk-in closet.
Taehyung took the nearest jacket and put it on, not wanting for Jeongguk to see his body.
He turned around and leaned against the door, "what are you doing in my room?" Taehyung asked him.
"Tae, this is my room too," he said as droplets of water fell on his black robe while toweled himself dry.
"Oh, I wasn't aware, I am sorry," Taehyung said as he grabbed his house clothes & started walking to the bathroom.
"You can change here," Jeongguk said eyeing Taehyung's bare chest, "I don't mind."
"I do," Taehyung said, stepping inside and locking the door.
How dare he come here after leaving him at the hospital.
Well, how dare him think that Jeongguk cares for him when everything is a just a contract.
He quickly changed to his pajamas and washed his face and brushed his teeth, he's tired and he just wanted to sleep.
Taehyung stepped outside of the room surprised to see that Jeongguk wasn't there anymore, instead he found him sitting at the foot of the bed waiting for him, already changed to his suit and tie.
"How are you feeling, Tae?" Jeongguk asked tenderly.
Taehyung deadpanned, "Why do you care? I already donated blood so you don't need to be nice to me." He said as he laid in bed.
Jeongguk looked at his husband, someone he married to save his best friend's fiancé, Jimin.
Jimin's whose unrequited love stayed unrequited until after the accident when he needed blood and that is what he needed, to finally achieve what he wanted, Jeongguk's undivided attention.
A brisk knock at the door interrupted the silence.
Jeongguk opened the door with Jimin smiling, "are you ready to leave Gukkie?"
Jeongguk turned around and saw Taehyung sleeping already. Taehyung who agreed to marry him in exchange of blood and money.
He knew nothing about him and he didn't want to because if he allowed himself to fall with the omega sleeping on their matrimonial bed, there would be no turning back.
He looked at him with a pang of longing, he knew he cannot do anything about it.
He looked at him with a pain in his heart because the scent that wafted was so sweet and addicting and he knew that Taehyung's heat will arrive and there was nothing he could do about it.
The moment Taehyung heard the Ferrari driving away, he sat up and went to his closet and took the luggage from the room's storage space.
He took a deep breath and looked around the place, it was impressively beautiful but he would not miss it because this house was just a prison that held him for two years and finally he decided to free himself from his captor.
He finally finished packing when Butler Woo knocked at the door, "Sir Taehyung?"
"Yes Butler Woo?"
"A man named Namjoon and Seojoon are here to see you," he said as Taehyung opened the door, already ready to leave.
"Oh, is that so?" Taehyung said as he rolled two big luggages out of the room.
"Where are you going, sir?"
Taehyung didn't respond.
The moment he saw Namjoon and Seojoon at the bottom of the steps, he rolled his eyes and shook his head.
He darted Seojoon an angry glare, "how did he find out?"
Namjoon came up to Taehyung and whispered, "you just don't hire our family lawyer and not expect me to find out, wouldn't you?"
Both men took the luggage from Taehyung & went down the stairs & straight to the door.
He then turned to Butler Woo, "Thank you for being kind to me Butler Woo. Thank you for always treating me nicely."
The butler already have his hand on the phone, ready to call Master Jeon.
"Where are you going, Sir?"
"I am leaving for good," Taehyung said and bowed to the butler. "Thank you again."
He looked at the entrance of the house.
It was beautiful for sure. A breathtaking prison that held him captive for so long.
He got inside the Ferrarir Purosangue.
Taehyung just shook his head, "Wow, this is nice, hyung!"
"And it's yours, actually this is yours," Namjoon said as they put on their seatbelts.
"Nice, is this what I get for filing divorce?" Taehyung looked at his brother seriously.
"Yes. It's from Appa, a welcome back gift to you," Namjoon said.
Taehyung turned to Seojoon, "you are supposed to be my bestfriend."
"But your brother is my boss," he smiled at Taehyung.
"Master Jeongguk?" Butler Woo said on the phone as the magnificent car drove away and it didn't have any plates.
"Yes Butler Woo?" Jeongguk said as he dropped Jimin off of his apartment.
"Sir Taehyung left," He said hesitantly.
"Oh, where is he going?" Jeongguk frowned.
The last time he saw the omega was when he was peacefully.
He has been interested with Taehyung, ever since he first saw him.
But he never let that interest grow because he just does not want to lead him on.
"Sir, he did not just leave. He left, permanently,"
Jeongguk ended the call and dialed Taehyung's phone number.
"The number you have dialed is not in service."
Not in service, how could it be not in service?
He stepped on the gas and went back to the villa.
He bolted up the stairs and barged inside the bedroom.
Taehyung was not there and the bed was neatly arranged.
He ran to the closet and there was nothing.
He opened the drawers and all were empty.
He went to the bathroom and everything was clean.
He just left three hours ago and now it was empty.
He then swiped his phone to see Taehyung's latest social media activity.
User not found.
What the fck?
Jeongguk's hurried steps echoed throughout the house, "Butler Woo?"
"What is Taehyung's last name, do you know?"
"No, sir, all you have told us about him was just that his name was Taehyung."
He looked at the bank account that he has set up for him, ₩405.6B still intact, still untouched.
He would meet with his lawyers tomorrow because he knows that when they got married that he was not allowed to leave him and that he would pay Jeongguk the amount he was paid.
He was surprised with everything, how could Taehyung just leave him like that?
Taehyung sat comfortably at their family's private plane and pouted continuously.
"Where are you taking me, hyung?" Taehyung asked Namjoon.
"Seokjin isn't able to visit you because he has a fashion show in Madrid & Appa wanted to show you his latest acquisition," Namjoon said.
Taehyung rolled his eyes at his brother, "Show-off!"
"Not necessarily, you were gone for two years. We didn't know where you were, just married," Namjoon put his hand on his chin.
"Masters. we are ready for take-off," said the captain.
Taehyung sat comfortably & looked out the window. He missed traveling in general because pretty much all he did in the past two years was stay at home or go to museums or the mall, watch TV & wait for his next blood draw.
The moment they reached cruising altitude, Namjoon sat beside his brother and asked, "Really, how are you Taehyung?"
"I guess I owe you all an explanation," Taehyung looked at his brother as he took a few pieces of grapes from the fruit basket.
"It's not that," Namjoon said, looking at him seriously. "what drove you to get married? You have the money," Namjoon added.
"I felt lost when Eomma died, I just thought of wallowing, overcompensating by saving a life, hoping to fall in love as well," Taehyung answered frankly.
"So you fell in love with him?" Namjoon asked.
"I liked him sure, I thought he was someone presentable to introduce to Appa since he came from the same social status you know?" Taehyung popped another grape in his mouth.
Namjoon tried to size up his youngest brother more but the alpha knew he was getting uncomfortable.
Taehyung sat up, "can we not talk about it? I mean yes, I gather I screwed up, can I just move on"
"Sure, what are you thinking of?" Namjoon asked curiously.
"Oh, I was thinking of continuing my masters at London College of Fashion," He responded. "Since I want to be in charge of our global retail division, it would be an awesome endeavor," Taehyung smiled at his brother.
"Then you'll come back to Seoul?" Namjoon asked.
"Well, yeah, that's okay right? I mean spend eighteen months abroad for school? and maybe come back to Seoul after a couple of years?"
"Let's see what Appa thinks, shall we?" Namjoon snickered, "you are all of a sudden becoming too eager."
"You asked & I answered. Besides, my brain stagnated for far too long now," Taehyung looked outside the window, appreciating the big puffy clothes as they jetted in the sky.
"Hey Tae," Namjoon asked.
Taehyung turned his head and looked at his brother.
"I am glad to see you and have you back," He said as he stood up and hugged his brother.
"Me too," Taehyung nodded, "it was a foolish and immature decision."
Taehyung looked at his arm & noticed the faint needle marks.
It's going to disappear in time and so is his past.
He leaned back against his headrest and closed his eyes, at least right now, what he was happy about was that Jeongguk really didn't know who Kim Taehyung really is.
Jeongguk paced in his office the next morning as one of his attorneys, Min Yoongi, spoke to him on the phone.
"Yoongi hyung, tell me, what do you mean that there is no Kim Taehyung with the physical descriptors I have provided you?" Jeongguk demanded.
"Do you have a picture of him?" Yoongi asked.
"I told you hyung, I don't," Jeongguk exasperatedly expressed, sitting down with his palms on his face.
"So you in short, you didn't give a sh!t about who Kim Taehyung really was?"
That stung because in reality he didn't.
"Hyung, I married him for his blood and to save Jimin's life," Jeongguk murmured against the palm of his hand.
"Taehyung must hate you so much to just leave you like that, tell me, do you even talk to him or eat dinner with him?"
"You don't. And why are you looking for him again?" Yoongi asked, "how can we run after him if you didn't even know who he is, so tell me, how will you do that?"
"Oh, trace withdrawal of money?"
"He didn't even touch that account, Jeongguk and if he did, maybe he spent, only 5M won on clothes, that's it."
Jeongguk was frustrating because searching for blood for Jimin would be a problem now because the next person with that blood type is from the US.
"Knock, knock," Jeongguk's secretary, Park Yea-ji knocked at the door.
"Yes?" Jeongguk barked.
"Park Seojoon, Taehyung's lawyer is here to see you," She said.
He just nodded, "stay in the line Yoongi hyung,"
"Thank you for meeting with me, Jeonggukssi," Park Seojoon immediately said as he walked in the office.
"Where is my husband?" Jeongguk scowled.
"Oh, maybe you mean, ex-husband? Well, wait, did you even treat him as such?" Park Seojoon looked squarely at him.
Jeongguk seethed in anger, "how dare you!"
"Well, let me not overstay my welcome," He said as he placed the envelope on his table.
"You will find the divorce documents in order," the alpha lawyer stated, "and a manager's check for ₩405.6B. That check will nullify your marriage."
But his money was not touched and he is paying him another ₩405.6B?
"Or do you want a bank transfer, to make sure you get your money?" Seojoon looked at him in the eye.
Jeongguk looked at the folder in front of him.
And with a heavy sigh, he looked it over and saw Taehyung's signature.
Seojoon then spoke, "And if you are not amenable to this, not agree to the divorce, he would sue you for damages and you would not like his restitution request."
"Just tell me, what are his stipulations?" Jeongguk asked, defeatedly.
"That Park Jimin return the 26 pints of blood that he donated back to him," Seojoon said sternly, "all at the same time."
Jeongguk's eyes widened, "that's a cruel stipulation." He retorted.
"Then sign the divorce papers and I will send you a copy and your business with Taehyung will be over." Park Seojoon stated adamantly, looking at the alpha CEO fiercely.
Jeongguk just shook his head in defeat.
He took his pen and signed.
One's perception of survival is to create this environment where he/she has total control. And in achieving desired results due to efforts continuously exerted, it makes a person more fulfilled.
Human beings in general were born and trained to identify what freedom and independence is.
Parents rear their children to have a good grasp of control in their lives.
Husband and wives compromise in terms of controlling their everyday lives from budget to child care, etc.
But there will be a moment when the concept of control slips through our fingers, the general reaction is for one to seize it back and if not successful, the craving to create chaos or havoc is inevitable, just to gain back the control that was lost.
Taehyung walked inside the halls of a magnificent villa in Barcelona. And as what Namjoon told him earlier, it was their father's latest acquisition.
"Where is Appa?" Taehyung asked as he looked at the cathedral ceilings, instantly enamored with his surrounding.
"Who knows? Maybe at some golf course or fishing or hunting," Namjoon chuckled as he brought Taehyung's luggage with him.
"Hyung, there are no servants here?"
"It's Sunday, Appa gave them a day off." Namjoon replied with a smile.
Taehyung smiled at Namjoon, they might have grown up rich with a lot of influence, but their parents made sure that they knew how to put their feet firmly on the ground.
They were raised to do laundry and wash dishes but one thing that Taehyung never got used to was to cook.
"Where's my room?" Taehyung asked loudly.
"Just choose, there are 20 rooms in the house, 5 master bedrooms, so take your pick." Namjoon laughed as he opened the doors to a beautiful room that has pool and ocean views.
"Wow, hyung!" Taehyung exclaimed, "this is gorgeous!"
"Like I told you, it's Appa's latest acquisition." Namjoon said, ruffling his brother's hair.
Taehyung immediately jumped on his bed and just looked at the high ceilings and bright sunlight inside the room.
"When is Jin hyung coming?" Taehyung asked closing his eyes, basking at the beauty that surrounded him.
"I will just give him a call later." Namjoon replied as he stepped out of the balcony.
"How come no one took this room?" Taehyung asked.
"Because it's for you." Namjoon replied, "before I forgot, I have something for you."
"What is it?" Taehyung asked.
"It's your black onyx card. Appa was supposed to give it to you after Eomma died but you left." Namjoon handed it to him.
"How much credit limit?" Taehyung asked him, eyeing him warily.
"You can buy an island with that card." Namjoon replied.
"Appa was supposed to give it to you because you ran our business in Tokyo and earned revenue, so that was supposed to be his reward then Eomma died."
Taehyung joined his brother at his balcony, enjoying the scenic views that was in front of him.
This was such a great way to welcome him back and he does not regret the decisions he made for the past 72 hours although thinking about the alpha made his heart ache a little.
But it was minute, something trivial and unimportant. It's not even worth a sliver of his attention.
What's most important right now is for him to seize the control back in his life and come back like a hurricane, powerful and unstoppable.
Jimin walked inside Jeongguk's building.
He walked holding his head high, finally relieved for Taehyung finally left Jeongguk.
He approached the beta secretary and said, "Hi Yea-ji, is your boss there?"
Yea-ji gave him a small smile, "he is in a bad mood," she warned.
"I know how to calm him down," the omega smirked at her.
Jimin knocked before entering. Jeongguk was sitting down, his face on the palm of his hands.
"Hey, Gukkie," Jimin said sizing up the alpha.
Jeongguk looked at Jimin, "Jiminie, I spoke to your doctor."
"Oh, why? Is there something wrong?" Jimin asked, sitting at the chair by Jeongguk's desk.
"Taehyung left me and since your blood transfusion is in three weeks, I sought your doctor's advice," Jeongguk looked dead serious.
Jimin held his breath, he didn't like where this is going, "we can ask Red Cross." He said as he tried to reach out to Jeongguk.
Jeongguk opened his desk drawer and took out an envelope with a few hundred dollars.
"This your plane ticket to New York," Jeongguk stated.
"Why do I need a plane ticket and money?" Jimin asked in horror.
"Because Dr. Young said that there is a blood bank in New York with a lot of AB-, so until you get better, you will stay in New York," Jeongguk said seriously, raking his fingers through his hair.
"But you promised Sung-woon you would take care of me! Jeongguk, you promised!" Jimin insisted.
Jeongguk stood up and went to the coffee bar and got some coffee, poured it into two cups.
He gave Jimin a cup, as he tried to find the words to say.
Jimin sipped his coffee, lost for words. His plans were being spoiled by this sickness, by the lie so Jeongguk would listen to his every request.
Jimin released sour pheromones, unsure of what to do.
Jeongguk reached out to him and held his hands. "This is me caring for you,+
doing the best for you!" Jeongguk said sincerely.
Jimin doesn't know what to say, because now that Jeongguk is finally free, he is now being sent away because of blood.
"How long do I need to stay there?" Jimin asked.
"Two years. You will be staying at Sung-woon's old apartment and I will visit you as much as I can," Jeongguk said.
There was no use arguing now because everything was set. The next two years will be the longest two years and for the first time in his life, Jimin lost control.
Jeongguk just left the office.
It was already 8 pm and as much as he wanted to show that he knew what he was doing, the event this morning was something he did not expect.
He just signed the divorce papers and he felt that for the first time in his life, he relinquished control of a situation to his ex-husband.
He scrolled through his phone the moment Jimin left because for sure he had a picture of Taehyung somewhere.
There has to be because deep in his heart he knew that he failed someone.
When they had the accident, that was the first time he ever felt helpless, frozen, paralyzed and he hated every minute of it.
T/W Mentions of past death
Seeing his best friend pass away in front of his eyes was definitely jarring and it was something he promised himself, not to fail others most especially himself.
He finally found that single picture he had of Taehyung.
It was a picture taken after their wedding, shot by the court clerk because she felt sorry that no one came to their wedding rites.
So handsome, Jeongguk thought, most especially seeing Taehyung with his bare chest.
That moment left an imprint in his mind.
Taehyung smelled so sweet that day and he felt bad enough that he did not stay behind at the hospital after Taehyung fainted.
He did not stay behind because Jimin said that he was light-headed and tired and as guilt consumed him every single day, he had to oblige, leaving the emotions he was starting to feel for his husband.
He pressed the elevator door and waited for it to arrive.
The elevator doors opened and he stepped on it with the mellow jazz sounds that played.
He furrowed his brows, trying to remember what Yoongi hyung told him earlier.
'You don't give a sh!t about Taehyung before, why would you care now?' He remembered Yoongi asking him earlier.
He doesn't even know why he was obsessing over someone he just lost.
Was it because for the first time, he thought he could have everything when he in fact did not?
He could not even hate Taehyung because the truth of the matter is, he does not even know who he really is.
He stepped out of the elevators and started walking to his car.
His phone started ringing.
"Hello Eomma," Jeongguk stated.
"We just heard that your ungrateful spouse just left you. Did you allow him to milk us dry? How much money did he take from you?" Jeon Ji-ah asked.
"Eomma, he didn't take anything, in fact, he didn't touch his money."
"He must have a sugar daddy. He must have replaced you instantaneously without you knowing," She said.
Jeongguk stopped in his tracks, "Eomma, I am going to have to call you later, okay?"
"Okay, fine whatever, so what are you going to do with the money he returned?" She asked.
"Eomma, I am going to call you later okay?" Jeongguk said in a clipped tone.
"Okay, call me."
Jeongguk immediately dialed Butler Woo's phone.
"Hello Master Jeongguk?"
"Can you tell me what kind of car Taehyung left with?" Jeongguk asked, biting the nail on his pinky.
"Oh, sir, I looked it up, it's a Ferrari Purosangue, it's the first time I have seen such beauty," the butler shared.
"Do you remember who picked him up?" Jeongguk held his breath.
"It was Namjoon and Seojoon," Butler Woo responded.
"Oh, do you remember if it was Kim Namjoon?" Jeongguk asked curiously.
"I am not sure, Master Jeongguk," Butler Woo sounded apologetic.
"Don't worry Butler Woo, you have told me what I needed to find out," Jeongguk responded.
The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth, of hope, of immortality.
It rises from the ashes every single time
If one is to resurrect, then one needs to die, an inconsequential rite of passage.
If death is an ending, for the phoenix it is a beautiful beginning. A second chance to be able to right wrongs, or maybe to avenge those who have been wronged.
For some the idea of vindication is a very tempting idea however in order to celebrate resurrection in its full glory, before coming back to life, one needs to suffer in hell.
Taehyung stood proud in front of the crowd as he was convinced by his brother Seokjin to model for him.
"You look beautiful, do you know that?" Seokjin said as he gave his youngest brother a huge bouquet.
"You owe me, hyung!" Taehyung said.
"Don't you love your comeback to society?" Seokjin said.
"Hyung, we are in Paris, not Seoul!" Taehyung rolled his eyes.
"Appa and Namjoon are outside!" Seokjin said as they took a last bow.
"It's interesting how you easily gave up being in charge of the company," Taehyung said as they walked and talked, waving at people.
"My gorgeous sons!" Kim Jung Jae exclaimed as he walked towards them both.
"Appa!" Taehyung shrieked.
"Look at my youngest, so glamorous, so handsome," his dad stated.
Namjoon approached them and hugged the two.
"Are you ready to go to Seoul and help me out Tae?" Namjoon nudged at Taehyung.
"Yes, are you excited Vante?" Seokjin grinned as they all got in the limousine.
"As model Vante yes," Taehyung held out his hand to his brother. He turned to Namjoon and said, "as your director, I don't know."
"You can do it my son," Kim Jung Jae kissed Taehyung's forehead.
Namjoon took out his phone and shoeed Seokjin first.
He then exchanged glances and looked at their youngest brother.
"We want you to know something before you ride that plane back to Seoul tonight," Namjoon said as he showed his phone.
"What is it?" Taehyung asked as he took the phone.
"Jeongguk had been pestering me for two years now, asking how I know you," Namjoon said, "he's emailed me a dozen times and even stopped by the office."
Taehyung arched an eyebrow, it was a name that he hasn't heard for three years.
"Well, we have to plan," Namjoon said.
"You know what, hyung?" Taehyung looked at him, "his ego was severely bruised. Don't worry, I can handle him."
"That's my son," Jung Jae said.
"If you need me to step in, just tell me and I know what to do." Jung Jae added, squeezing his hand.
"Hyung, as your director, who do I need to report to?"
"Park Hyungsik, he's my vice president," Namjoon said.
"I haven't met him?"
"You did just before mom died."
"Oh, I am sorry, I don't remember," Taehyung said.
The limousine slowed down to their private plane hangar.
"Ready to go home?" His father asked him.
"Promise you'll not leave me to a golf tournament?" Taehyung teased his father.
"Hey Jeongguk, you never go out with us anymore," Jung Hoseok walked in his office without knocking followed by Min Yoongi.
Jeongguk looked at them incredulously, "why would I?"
"Ever since Taehyung left you and Jimin went to the US, you are nowhere to be found!" Yoongi stated.
"Do I really need to?" He looked at them and shook his head, "I don't have anyone to answer to except my company."
"And your friends," Yoongi added as he sat at the couch comfortably.
"Come on, Jeonggukah, be that cool university classmate and not just be a work horse when you own your own company," Jung Hoseok came up to him and massaged his shoulders.
"What do you want?" Jeongguk rolled his eyes.
"Ah, he catches the drift," Yoongi grinned.
"Well, as you can see, KBS is going to cover a once in a lifetime event!" Hoseok stated.
"And of course since our dear friend is a shareholder there, he is invited!" Yoongi added.
"It's the first time after a long time that a fashion model will walk the ramp, Seoul's very own."
"And we want YOU to come with us!" Yoongi stated, "We have to support Hobi in his endeavors right? That is what we promised each other when we were rooming in Uni!"
"What is this event and when?" Jeongguk asked, taking his phone to take a look at his calendar.
"It's Seoul Fashion Week! - look at the details of the event, I sent you." Hobi stated (seoulfashionweek.org/?langSet=engli…
"And it's at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, it's an all week event but we are only attending Friday," Yoongi emphasized.
"Yipee, hooray!" Jeongguk said dryly.
"You are no fun anymore, most especially when Taehyung divorced you," Hobi noted, looking at his friend.
Jeongguk avoided his eyes, "It's not that, hyung, I am just tired, that's all."
"Lies! Absolute lies!" Yoongi exclaimed, "don't tell me you have been tired for three years since he left you?"
Jeongguk stilled, has it been three years already?
"I won't go with you if you don't drop the subject," Jeongguk warned as he stood up.
"Well, Hobi and I have no clue why you are acting out over someone you do not care about?" Yoongi answered back.
"Yeah, I don't get Jeonggukie, weren't you just using him for his blood type?" Hobi added, "There is something I have been meaning to ask you when you married him."
"Just spit it out, hyung," Jeongguk said as he prepared three brandies for them.
"Why did you have to marry him if he did not mean anything to you?" Hobi wondered loudly.
Jeongguk didn't answer, instead, he handed them their brandies.
"I don't know hyung, I saw him and there was a pull, maybe because he was a beautiful omega..." Jeongguk trailed as he sat back again.
"And you wanted him but you had Jimin clinging on to you and you felt guilty because of Sung-woon's death?" Yoongi finished his sentence.
"You were attracted to him, Jeonggukah," Hobi calmly expressed, "whether you liked it or not, you are just an alpha who is very attracted to another omega. Well to tell you honestly, you let a prized one slip through your fingers." He said as he took a sip of his drink.
Was that his truth?
Was he actually hoping to have a future with Taehyung that's why he tied the knot with him and used it as an excuse?
He never expected Taehyung to divorce him to be quite honest and up to this date, he had been contacting Namjoon to no avail.
Kim Namjoon who is the president and CEO of Kim Conglomerates, one of the biggest corporations in the country.
And he even went to his office one time, as a friendly visit but unfortunately, he was out of the country.
Who he was to Kim Taehyung is still a mystery but Jeongguk is relentless because he wanted to know why he picked up his ex-husband that day he left.
The Kims are a private family, in spite of their popularity and wealth, no one really knows who they are except for the patriarch. Kim Jung Jae and Kim Namjoon.
Society does not know their family unlike the Jeons who are all in lifestyle events and parties.
"Jeonggukah, your sister is out of control," Yoongi stated, "I have to handle another individual wanting to sue her for slander and defamation."
"What did Jih-yo do this time?" Jeongguk pinched the bridge of his nose.
"Well, she just spilled an entire bottle of red wine to wait staff because it was not the year of wine she requested," Yoongi responded.
"In all honesty Jeonggukah, your sister is a b!tch!" Hobi exclaimed.
"Yeah, I am sorry," was all Jeongguk could say.
"No offense but how do your parents discipline your sister?" Yoongi asked.
"Appa usually expresses his distress to Eomma but she tones it down, more often than not," Jeongguk says frowning as he was frustrated as well.
He just learned after Taehyung divorced him that the omega would stop by his parents' place and did laundry and he was simply appalled.
Taehyung never said anything at all. He just swallowed his misery without any complaints and that made Jeongguk feel way worse than ever.
He wanted to redeem himself from Taehyung, regret and remorse swimming in his chest for three years now and if he's not given the chance, then the least he could do is to apologize for all the misgivings he'd committed, only if Taehyung would allow.
Jeongguk looked at the mirror, making sure that the bow tie was neatly placed.
It was the first time that he would be attending a formal social event.
He looked at himself somehow satisfied at how he looks.
He was looking forward to tonight's fashion show. It was Seoul Fashion Week and tonight's event is the culmination of the entire fashion week.
They were riding together since Hobi rented a limousine for them.
Just because they would be drinking and he wanted to make sure that Jeongguk would come.
Jeongguk's phone rang.
"Oppa, are you coming to the fashion show?" Jih-yo asked.
"Yes I was invited," Jeongguk said.
"I am going too," she said, "Can I ride with you?"
"No, you can't," Jeongguk asked, then, he frowned, "how did you secure an invitation?"
"I know people," she replied casually.
"If you are gate crashing, I am telling you right now, this is not the way to go," Jeongguk warned.
"No, I am not, I swear!" She said loudly.
"Jih-yo, I have been dealing with your sh!t every single day, can you at least have some decency?" Jeongguk emphasized, getting annoyed with his little sister.
"Ah, don't worry about it, I won't make a scene if they don't," she said arrogantly.
"And if you do, I will make sure Appa disowns you," Jeongguk said in a clipped tone.
"Don't you dare!" Jih-yo said loudly.
"Then, whatever you are thinking, don't," Jeongguk said, "are you almost done with school?"
"Listen, oppa, I have to go, someone else is calling, bye." Jih-yo hurriedly said just to thwart his brother from scolding her.
She had changed majors like she would change clothes and he doesn't get it why his parents condone her so much when they didn't with him.
His phone rang again.
"Hello Jiminah?" Jeongguk answered.
"Can you pick me up from the airport tomorrow? I am coming home!" Jimin said excitedly.
"What? Your treatment isn't done yet, I just spoke to the doctor a week ago." Jeongguk said, surprised at the news.
"Oh no, he said I was fine just yesterday," Jimin stated confidently.
"Oh, okay, if I am not able to then I will let the driver pick you up, okay?" Jeongguk stated.
"But I want you to pick me up, didn't you miss me?" Jimin said sulkily.
There was a knock at the door.
"Yes, Butler Woo?" Jeongguk said.
"Masters Yoongi and Hoseok are here already," the butler stated.
"Listen Jimin, I have to go, I will see you if I can tomorrow," Jeongguk said as he started walking down the stairs.
"Where are you going Jeongguk?" Jimin inquired sweetly.
"Some event you don't need to worry about, okay? Just have a safe flight," Jeongguk stated, "I will talk to you soon, alright?"
"Okay," Jimin said as he frowned on the other end of the phone.
Jimin found it interestingly upsetting that ever since that Taehyung divorced Jeongguk, Jeongguk started drifting away towards him.
First, he sent him to New York to get treatment.
It was great that Jeongguk paid for the doctor's expenses however he could observe the stark difference with the way Jeongguk treated him.
Secondly, Jeongguk promised him that he would visit him and yes he did but only because he had some business to attend in Washington DC.
Thirdly, there was hardly any phone calls from him and he detests it so much.
However, he had been talking to Jeongguk's little sister just to find out if Jeongguk is dating anyone, well he was not because he was just drowning himself with work.
Plus, it was Jimin's time to shine, well because it's about time to make Jeongguk realize that he is forever indebted to Sunghoon and that he was supposed to be married to their bestfriend right now.
It sounded a perfect plan anyways, beside Taehyung isn't anywhere to be found plus he was supposedly recovered from his sickness.
The omega immediately dialed Jih-yo's number, "Hello Jih-yo."
"Hi Oppa," She said.
"Remember what we talked about, if an omega talked to Jeongguk, you make a distraction okay?" Jimin said.
"I know, and remember, you are supposed to buy that limited edition Rolex," Jih-yo reminded him.
"Bought it, giving you when I arrive there."
"You are the best, oppa!" Jih-yo exclaimed.
Jimin just rolled his eyes and fake smiled, as if forcing his voice to sound sweet as it should, "and you are the best, you will be the best sister-in-law, ever."
"I know, right? Anyway, I will leave, I will see you, okay?"
Taehyung stood at the backstage fixing Jin's outfit. "You look amazing, hyung! I am so proud of you!"
"You too, Tae, too bad you are not walking the ramp tonight," Jin pinched his dongsaeng's nose.
"Aaaahhh, stop it. I walked the ramp on Wednesday, remember?" Taehyung said as he pinched his brother's nose.
"You are glowing though, hyung." Taehyung remarked as he fixed his jacket, "have you met anyone?"
"Ahh, shush, it's what you call adrenaline," Jin rolled his eyes.
Taehyung chuckled, "Whatever, hyung!"
Jin said, "And why did you dress sloppily Vante?"
"I am not the star of the show, come on, you are," Taehyung said as he rubbed his hands, "it's freezing!"
Jin placed his coat as he warmed his hands, "yes, it's so cold."
The fashion designer was rushing, "everyone, places, we are about to start!"
"Break a leg, hyung," Taehyung said as he peeked, looking at the sea of faces "it's packed!"
"Well, it's the main event, duh!" Jin stated haughtily as he went to his spot.
The designer rushed in to the back and stretched his neck while the floor manager lined the models to await their turn.
"When are you walking?" Tae asked.
"I think towards the middle, don't want to walk in the beginning because I would be needed to change for another outfit."
Yoongi, Hobi and Jeongguk walked inside the with a few minutes left before the show begins.
Yoongi remarked as they walked toward their seats, "hoping to meet single omegas here."
Hobi then piped in, "not just you, me too." He said as he looked at Jeongguk, "well, we'll treat you as a wallflower, how about that?"
Jeongguk just smiled, happy that his friends are wanting to get into a relationship, or maybe not.
They rushed to their seats as the lights flickered.
"You guys ready to see this?" Yoongi said, he then nudged his elbow at Jeongguk, "you'll enjoy this, I know."
"Whatever, hyung," Hobi mimicked, "what if Taehyung starts walking and you'll be surprised?"
"I will have a heart attack if I see him here, I am not prepared." Jeongguk looked at them both before the light dimmed, "he's not going to be because, he disappeared out of thin air," Jeongguk said, finally admitting defeat.
"Ssssshhh...." The people in front of them hushed them.
Yoongi made a face and Jeongguk quietly snickered with Hobi.
Hobi then whispered with Jeongguk, "I just hope you'll enjoy tonight."
Jeongguk nodded, smiling at his friend.
The spotlight turned on towards the catwalk and the models started walking.
"What is this fashion week for?" Jeongguk asked.
"Autumn/Fall Collection," Hobi stated, his eyes not leaving the models walking on the catwalk.
"Do you know who that is?" Hobi asked the two of them.
"Oh, he is an international model, Seokjin?" Yoongi responded.
"Wow, he is very good looking!" Hoseok stated.
Jeongguk was looking at the models parading in front of them with lack of interest.
What is there to be interested with because in fact, he has enough clothes to last him a lifetime.
Then the music changed to a more jazzy tune, with Hobi leaning towards him, saying, "it's the last set."
"Finally," Jeongguk said finally sitting up from his chair and trying to pay more attention to the models.
Then a gasp erupted from the crowd.
Jeongguk leaned forward, because there were murmurs in the crowd about the model who started walking was an upcoming international model.
Jeongguk scooted from his seat and leaned forward.
"Vante is here," someone said.
Who the hell is Vante?
And then the person stopped and made a full turn where they were seated at.
His heart skipped a bit because he knew those eyes.
Kim Taehyung, those are Kim Taehyung's eyes.
And the moment their eyes met, he knew that he definitely needed to win him back.
Everything else was hazy as Jeongguk's eyes followed every movement he made.
He was the last model to walk and he was definitely in awe.
He stood there in front with everyone giving the designer, Jungwook Moon a big round of applause.
And Jeongguk was mesmerized for Taehyung was clapping too.
His smile, his beauty was just ethereal, unparalleled, incomparable.
And Jeongguk all of a sudden didn't know what to do.
"That omega who last walk is absolutely gorgeous Jeongguk!" Yoongi said.
"I totally agree with Yoongi hyung," Hobi said, then he turned to his alpha friend who just staring at the model. "Jeongguk are you okay?"
"Yeah, I am & by the way, that gorgeous model you were just talking about, well that is my ex-husband, that's Kim Taehyung." Jeongguk said
Taehyung smiled, the designer Moon approached him since he was lacking one model, who he realized did not show up.
Seeing how frantic the designer was, he immediately asked where to change his clothes.
It was very fulfilling every time he walks but knowing that he was able to help, makes it even more worthwhile.
The crowd roared and applauded, giving Jungwook Moon a standing ovation and Taehyung just smiled.
He was living in the moment as he grinned at his older brother who was standing on the other side.
Although they are very close, their father advised against setting them in public, well except earlier when he helped Jin get ready, well they are both models anyway.
"Vante! Woot," Park Hyungsik shouted with Choi Wooshik cheering even louder.
He then tried to recall, he might have seen Jeongguk earlier but anyway, that's not important.
The audience was then dispersed as the catwalk lights dimmed.
Jeongguk pushed himself through the crowd, walking briskly as he wanted to talk to Taehyung.
Security then blocked his way, "Sir, people without a badge are not allowed in the back."
Jeongguk scowled as he saw two men from a distance hugging Vante, "but the two men with the model there, they do not have a badge."
"Sir, they are friends of the model," the security stated.
"But I am his husband," Jeongguk insisted.
The security looked at Jeongguk & was about to let him when someone cleared his throat.
"Do you mean ex-husband?" Seojoon smiled at him.
Jeongguk looked at him as if asking permission to allow him in.
Seojoon just held out his badge.
"I need to talk to him," Jeongguk said loudly.
Seojoon looked at him and asked, "what for? To get more blood? Or to treat him like a puppet?" He stated and with a smirk, he turned around and walked away.
Jeongguk walked away defeated.
Like a phoenix, Taehyung rose from the ashes, more beautiful, more powerful than ever.
He shook his head as he walked back to the limousine.
"Where did you go?" Hobi asked.
"Did you go follow Taehyung?" Yoongi asked.
"Yeah I did,"
"Were you successful?" Hobi asked.
Jeongguk just shook his head.
Like a light bulb, Jeongguk widened his eyes and looked at his two friends.
"Can you both help me tomorrow?" Jeongguk asked.
Yoongi and Hobi looked at each other, there's no way they could escape.
There's no way they could turn away Jeongguk especially after seeing him miserable for three years.
"What is it?" Yoongi asked.
They got inside the limousine and sat down.
"Sir, where are we going?" The chaffeur asked.
"I am starving, hyung!" Jeongguk said.
"The limousine is too much," Yoongi asked them.
Both of them nodded at the same time.
"I don't want to drive though," Jeongguk said firmly.
"Let's go to my place, then, I can call my father's driver to drive us," Hobi said.
"Okay, that sounds good," Jeongguk stated.
They got inside Hobi's penthouse.
"So Gukkah, what were you going to ask us help with?" Hobi reminded him.
"Oh, hyung," Jeongguk said as he removed his suit jacket and bow tie. He looked at Yoongi, "Two things, can you pick up Jimin tomorrow & bring him to my house in Busan?"
Yoongi looked at him curiously, "why?"
"I need to sort out things with Taehyung first and his presence will affect a lot of things," Jeongguk thoughtfully said.
"You know he likes you right?" Hobi said, "the driver's here."
Jeongguk looked at him ridiculously, "no!"
"Yes!" Both of them exclaimed in unison.
"Are you just oblivious?" Hobi asked.
"How can you say that?" Jeongguk looked at both of them curiously.
They got to the elevator and Yoongi leaned on the elevator wall, "he does Jeongguk and it's time to open your eyes to the truth."
Hobi just shrugged, "ever since way before he looked at you differently. I was surprised when he got engaged to your other best friend."
They stepped out of the elevator and then out to the lobby where the driver was waiting for them.
Is he this blind? Ignorant? Clueless?
"So what do you say Yoongi hyung? I will buy you a sports car or a yacht, whatever you want hyung!" Jeongguk asked.
"I will accompany him to Busan even work from there on one condition," Yoongi stated.
"What is it?" Jeongguk asked eagerly.
"Tell Jimin that you don't feel anything for him, because truth to the matter is, I think that he was the reason why Taehyung divorced you."
Jeongguk widened his eyes, "what are you talking about Hyung?"
"Jeongguk, how do I explain this," Yoongi said as they got inside Hobi's Kia Carnival.
They put their seatbelts on and Yoongi continued, "I was looking for something in my drawer when I saw an old phone. I charged in and turned it on, I didn't realize whose it was until I saw+
something." Yoongi looked at Hobi with the latter nodding.
Yoongi cleared his throat, "I saw a text to a phone number and yeah, I took a screenshot and send it to my phone. I was just looking for a way to break to you the news and I think now is a perfect time."
Yoongi took a phone and handed it to Jeongguk, "here is the text."
Jeongguk looked at the phone and looked at them with a frown.
"I looked at the calendar and that was 2 days before Taehyung filed for divorce."
Jeongguk took a deep breath, "I didn't know, I really didn't." He said.
"You didn't or did you just turn a blind eye?" Hobi stated, being the voice of reason.
The streets were jammed pack, because of the fashion show as Jeongguk peered through the driver's shoulder.
"I... I just felt so guilty that Sung-woon died, I was driving and we had a few drinks, if only I was sober then maybe, they would have been married already," Jeongguk explained.
"We know that Gukkah but the accident happened because a ten wheeler truck lost control as well."
"You have to stop punishing yourself Gukkah. You have taken care of Jimin and provided good, amazing rather, medical services," Yoongi said.
"But one thing you have to be very clear about is that you are doing it for him because..." Hobi trailed.
"He is my bestfriend," Jeongguk finished, "and I don't see him as my mate." He slowly nodded his head, "do I suck, like I don't understand basic human emotions?"
Yoongi laughed out loud, "Jeonggukah, you are just wired differently, you work hard and play hard but you have to +
know, you are not exactly the best judge of character."
"Maybe, in business, you are brilliant, but Jeonggukah, I think in order for you to be effective with your approach towards Taehyung, you should tie loose ends with Jimin first," Hobi stated.
The vehicle finally arrived AC Hotel by Marriott in Gangnam-gu where Rooftop Kloud was located.
"We just want you to be happy Jeonggukah, and you are not getting any younger. It's time for you to have a mate not just because you need something," Yoongi declared.
"And if you think Taehyung is for you, then win him back BUT just be clear with Jimin because you might have given him false hope already," Hobi added.
This was an enlightening conversation, one that Jeongguk wasn't prepared for.
They arrived at the rooftop of the hotel. Rooftop Kloud is a bar that has amazing views of the city.
Not only does it have food, they also serve good drinks.
Jeongguk stopped in his tracks.
His heart was pounding.
His palms were sweaty.
It felt like there were thousands of butterflies fluttering in his stomach.
He didn't know whether to feel excitement or dread.
But for sure he knew he really wasn't prepared for this night.
Kim Taehyung is there leaning at the bar, looking at a menu. He is in the company of his friends from earlier, and Jeongguk just stood there frozen, unsure of what to do.
Taehyung sensed someone looking at him and he slowly turned his head.
Their eyes met and it is as if a hundred seconds passed.
Jeongguk looked at him with longing because he finally realized he was just but a fool for letting go of a person, so selfless, so pure.
But Taehyung, he could not have this right now. He was the first one to break eye contact.
He turned around and walked with his friends to their table without muttering a word.
Jeongguk looked down, uncertain of what to do next.
He knew he had to get his sh!t together and he would want to talk to him somehow, just to apologize for being an insensitive prick to him.
"Ahem," Yoongi said, "are you sitting with us or approaching Taehyung?"
Jeongguk looked at the person who had his back on him. He was engaging in conversations, with his friends.
He was lively & upbeat, & Jeongguk has never seen him like that.
"I will sit with you both but I just want to say hi," Jeongguk took a deep breath and walked to him.
He was three feet away when he cleared his throat, "Taehyung?"
Taehyung turned his attention to him for a split second and returned his attention to Wooshik.
He raised his fingers to stop Jeongguk from interrupting.
He laughed at what Wooshik just told him before returning his gaze to Jeongguk. "Mister Jeon, I thought our business was done?" He said standing up and gesturing Jeongguk to follow him toward a more secluded area.
"It's not Taehyung, you left me," Jeongguk said, stepping forward toward Taehyung.
Taehyung stepped back, resisting the alpha's charm, "I paid you the money stipulated in the contract, so if you don't have anything else to say, I want to spend time with my friends."
"But I want you back," Jeongguk said as he held on to Taehyung's arm, stopping him from walking away from him, releasing pheromones to express his desire towards the omega.
"But I don't," Taehyung said, calmly removing Jeongguk's hand from his arm.
"What do you want me to do Tae?" He pleaded as he tried to hold him again.
Taehyung stepped farther back, avoiding the scorching touch of his hand on his skin, "nothing. You are doing nothing."
"Taehyung I am sorry, please, just one date, please, let me explain," he pleaded.
Taehyung took another step backward, "there's no need to Jeongguk, I won't allow it, please leave me be because I have left you and Jimin, isn't that enough? Let me have my peace because I allowed you to have yours," He said in a clipped tone.
With that Taehyung turned around and walked to his friends.
Jeongguk persisted though because he wanted the omega back.
"Guys, let's just go somewhere else, please?" Taehyung said.
"Why Tae?" Hyungsik asked.
"The place became suddenly unappealing. I don't want to waste my time," he said loud enough for Jeongguk to hear.
Jeongguk just stood there.
He just stood there, watching Kim Taehyung walk away from him again.
When one loses a loved one, the natural behavior is grief. Psychology defines grief as not a state but a process one has to undergo with different stages and there are five stages.
First stage is denial followed by anger then followed by bargaining, depression and acceptance.
And in grief, one experiences complex somatic and psychological symptoms. It may be one hell of a roller coaster ride because it includes shock, anger, depression,
longing and there are instances when one cannot control the tears from falling from their eyes.
And it is not limited to a loss of a person, it could be a combination of guilt and uncertainty most especially if the person who passed or left was challenging.
And what people sometimes forget is the timeline of coping but there is no timetable to be able to manage one’s feelings after a loss. Sometimes suppression, and repression happens which just pushes emotions to the side.
Therefore we succumb to grief, a captor, a horrible monster where escape is not possible. There are instances when one realizes we are done with processing it, that we are finally free from it but in reality we never really stood a chance from escaping it.
Jeongguk tried to escape the memories of when his real mother died. A person who was full of life, full of passion, full of love. Someone whose guidance made him achieve all things possible even at a young age.
But then everything changed after a year when his father decided to marry. Decided to choose someone because of status, because of richness, because of society. Jeon Jieun, his stepmother is a very ruthless person, and reasoning with her is like talking to a wall.
Having a new mother at nine years old reset his insights into life.
The once fuzzy and warm place he settled comfortably in became tattered, broken, and uninhabitable.
And with a new stepmother also involves a new lifestyle, new schools, & a new circle of friends & two of them were Sungwoon and Jimin. Their parents were at all the social gatherings, therefore the kids also became a part of an alliance, something inevitable, and predictable.
Jeongguk wasn't able to sleep well at all for he had to process the emotions that plummeted toward him when he saw Taehyung at the party.
He was always prepared, cool, and calculated at all costs because he didn't want the raw emotions that he felt when he lost his mother.
He was selfish and foolish to practice self-preservation but he knew that the moment he allowed himself to feel something for another person, there won't be any chance to turn back.
He just realized that the moment he ran after Taehyung at Red Cross, he already stumbled.
Jeongguk arrived at the airport to meet with Yoongi and to tell Jimin the truth, that he won't be able to return what he wanted.
So he took a deep breath as he got out of his vehicle, and walked to the waiting area.
Yoongi raised his hand, "Jeongguk, here!"
"Hey, kid!" Yoongi said.
"I am not a kid," Jeongguk said.
"Yes, you are! You are a child when it comes to feelings." Yoongi said.
Then a throng of people started walking out from the gate.
Jimin waved at Jeongguk excitedly and ran with his luggage in tow.
"Gukkie!" He exclaimed enthusiastically.
"Hyung!" Jeongguk said as Jimin left his luggage and ran for an embrace.
But Jeongguk looked at him and finally realized that Hobi and Yoongi were right, how could he have been so oblivious?
Jimin's eyes sparkled as he hugged him back and patted his back.
"Gukkie, what's wrong?" He said with a frown on his face, "are you not happy to see me?"
Jeongguk looked at him and searched his feelings.
All he felt was fondness towards Jimin.
Like a brother.
"I am glad to see you, hyung!" Jeongguk expressed smiling.
"Yoongi hyung will bring you to Busan," he continued.
"Why? Why not in Seoul with you?" He questioned him.
Jeongguk looked at Jimin's eyes, pleading, and hopeful, "hyung," Jeongguk said as they walked toward the parking lot.
They got to Yoongi's car and Jeongguk faced him, "tell me hyung, how do you think of me?"
"What? Jeongguk? Tell me, what's going on?" Jimin said, +
his voice laced with fear.
"How do you see me?" Jeongguk clarified.
Jimin's eyes traveled, uncertain of how to answer his question. "Damnit Jeongguk, you are scaring me," he exclaimed.
"It's a simple question, hyung. Or, do you want me to make it simple?" Jeongguk looked at him straight in the eyes, all serious.
"Jeongguk, I feel faint, I feel weak, please my heart!" Jimin started panicking
Jeongguk took his hands calmly, "hyung, I spoke to the doctor late last night. He told me that you have been better since you left Seoul and that you did not need blood transfusion, why did you lie to me, hyung?"
"I..." Jimin started trembling, he was unprepared for what was coming.
"I love you Jimin, hyung. You know that, right?" Jeongguk said with a calm voice and a concerned look, "you have been a great older brother to me and I thank you for that."
"Why are you telling me all these? I just arrived!" Tears started forming in his eyes.
"I just don't want you to expect anything from me anymore, that's why," Jeongguk said. "And since you are better I feel that somehow I was able to pay for Sungwoon's death."
"Jeongguk, I am sorry if I lied to you, please I need you!" Jimin finally realized what Jeongguk was trying to do.
"It's okay, hyung, I forgive you, even if you sent Taehyung this long time ago, I have forgiven you already." Jeongguk said, showing him the screenshot.
Jimin's eyes widened in shock, "how did you get that? Did Taehyung send you that? He's lying, he is trying to destroy what we have."
Yoongi interjected, "it came from your old phone, the one you exchanged for a new one before you left. Nothing came from Taehyung."
Coldness seeped into Jimin's body realizing that he has no escape anymore.
"I... I don't know Jeongguk, it's that omega's fault, he tried to steal you, brainwash you," Jimin tried to reason.
"Hyung!" Jeongguk said firmly, touching his shoulder.
Jimin's tears fell, "Jeongguk, I am sorry, it's just that I am in love with you and I didn't know how to tell you."
"But you know that I cannot love you the way you wanted me to, please, hyung, let's not make it hard for the both of us," Jeongguk said firmly.
Jimin started to cry loudly.
"Hyung, please stay at Busan, at your parent's place. Yoongi hyung will drive you, in case you need anything," Jeongguk said. He smiled and cupped Jimin's cheek, "I am sorry, hyung." He said as he kissed his forehead, "I will always your dongsaeng.'
Jeongguk turned around and walked away, leaving a wailing Jimin in the arms of Yoongi.
"Why is he doing this all of a sudden? What did I do wrong?" His tears continued falling.
Yoongi just quietly stood there, the omega in his arms.
"It will be okay Jiminah, it will be okay."
Taehyung woke up the next day in Choi Wooshik's house.
He just drank a lot, to avoid the surge of emotions that overwhelmed him
Jeongguk wanted him back.
He never thought that he had started feeling any form of affection towards him.
There were polite conversations but never a heart-to-heart.
He doesn't even know who Kim Taehyung is and the same as how he doesn't know who Jeon Jeongguk really was.
All he knew was that his best friend died because of an accident which was his fault.
But there were absolutely no excuses as to how he was treated and manipulated by his mother and his sister.
How he did not defend him to them or how he never tried to even be a friend.
All he wanted was a friend.
Why he wanted to be Jeongguk's friend escapes him,+
and until now, as much as he would want to stop thinking about him, well he could not most especially after last night, when he said he wanted him back.
"What are you thinking about?" Choi Wooshik asked him, his omega bestfriend.
"Come on let's eat," Seojoon said hugging them both.
"Stop hugging me, eww." Taehyung said as he pushed Wooshik to Seojoon, "hug him."
Park Hyungsik went up to him and hugged Taehyung, "is it okay for me to hug to you then?"
Taehyung's eyes lit up as he said, "of course!"
Seojoon started cooking kimchi fried rice with Wooshik chopping green onions for garnish.
"Hyung, is it spicy?" Taehyung asked as Hyungsik leaned against him.
Hyungsik laughed, "are you still not used eating spicy? Taehyung you are freaking 28 years old!"
Taehyung just smiled at the alpha teasing him.
"So, are you ready to tell us what happened last night?" Wooshik asked, leaning against the counter.
"Do we have to?" Taehyung pouted.
"Yes!" They said in chorus.
"I know I am your family lawyer and I haven't told me anything at all," Seojoon stated.
"Thank you," Taehyung said, grateful to Seojoon who did not disclose anything to their friends.
Hyungsik looked at him and held his hand, "tell us Tae."
Namjoon was pacing in the lobby of the airport.
He forgot his cell phone in the car before getting into a chartered flight from Spain to Incheon.
His flight arrived 90 minutes early and after going around the airport, trying two broken cell phones, he started to worry.
He was sitting outside just waiting for their chauffeur to pick him up when a black Ferrari stopped in front of him.
The passenger window rolled down, "Namjoonssi?"
Namjoon walked over and looked at the person in front of him, "Jeon Jeongguk, hi..." he said reluctantly.
Namjoon was both relieved and annoyed. In front of him is the guy who was an ass to his brother but of course, no one knew they were brothers.
Namjoon used his head quickly, there is no room to harbor any grudges because right now he needed a phone.
"Do you need help?" Jeongguk asked, leaning forward.
"Can I borrow a phone? I need to call my chauffeur. " Namjoon asked politely.
"Of course, but Namjoonssi, I can drop you off instead of calling your driver, I have room," Jeongguk said, aware that he would say no.
"Are you sure? I mean, I don't want to be a bother," he stated hesitantly.
"No, not a bother at all," Jeongguk said as got out of the vehicle and opened the trunk. "I think your carry-on can fit here," Jeongguk said.
"2020 Ferrari Scuderia?" Namjoon asked as he placed his bag inside the trunk.
"Yeah, he's my first one," Jeongguk said with a smile.
He closed the trunk and both of them got inside the vehicle, "where to Namjoonssi?"
"Seongdong-gu please," Namjoon said.
Jeongguk unlocked his phone and handed it to Namjoon, "you can call your chauffeur just in case he's on his way," he said as he started driving toward the exit.
Namjoon sat quietly, quite amazed at the demeanor of this CEO.
"Hello, Mr Chai? This is Namjoon, don't pick me up, someone is dropping me off at my house. Yes, the flight arrived early, okay, Thank you. I will see you," Namjoon stated as he handed back Jeongguk his phone.
"What building do I drop you off in?" Jeongguk merged effortlessly into the freeway.
"Galleria Forêt," Namjoon said hesitantly, hoping that his brother is not home.
"Do you have a representative to send to the Annual Corporate Leadership Conference?" Namjoon asked, hoping to break the ice.
Jeongguk looked at the rearview mirror and looked at Namjoon, "I haven't decided yet, Namjoonssi, I have been busy with retirements, transition, etc."
"Yeah, that's a pain, how many vacant leadership positions do you have?" Namjoon asked.
"About five that includes a director and an assistant vice president," Jeongguk responded, "and you?"
"I just have someone occupy my global retail director position," Namjoon said.
"Any tips? I don't know how to hire, this is the first time in five years I have had to hire at that level, my Appa took care of it," Jeongguk asked.
"Did you ask your father regarding hiring practices?" Namjoon asked another question.
"He and I don't see eye to eye lately."
"I see. Well, word of advice, you can hire a head hunter, believe me, they are a huge help," Namjoon said.
"How do you take a back seat, you don't seem to appear stressed," Jeongguk asked before he changed lanes.
"Aaahhh, that's what I try to look on the outside, attend the conference, it's a way to get relax, get some reprieve, strategize," Namjoon said truthfully.
"Yeah, it sounds great, I will consider that," Jeongguk said as he slowed down and entered the streets of Seoul.
"I am sorry if I sound pushy, but I am part of the planning committee," Namjoon chuckled.
The alpha who was driving became amazed at how Kim Namjoon seemed to be a pretty good leade after all.
He took a right turn then a left and a few minutes later, he slowly parked his car in front of the entrance.
"Namjoonssi, I hope you don't mind me saying that this property is breathtaking," Jeongguk exclaimed, his eyes widened with admiration.
"Thank you. Aren't they beautiful? " Namjoon smiled as he got out of the vehicle.
"Yes," Jeongguk said opening the trunk and taking his bag.
"Tell me if you need anything, from me to repay this kindness," Namjoon said, taking his luggage from Jeongguk.
"Don't think anything of it, please. It's just one CEO helping another in a time of need," Jeongguk said as he walked back to his vehicle.
"Thank you Jeongguk," Namjoon said, "and call me hyung."
Namjoon frowned as he entered their family's building, Jeongguk seemed to be a decent guy.
Either way, he wouldn't say anything to Taehyung because primarily, he cares for the welfare of his brother.
Jeongguk's stomach growled, lunch.
The last meal he had eaten was 16 hours ago.
He dialed his phone and called Hobi.
"Hello, Gukkah, what's up?"
"Did you eat lunch?"
"Yeah I did, why, what's up?"
"Well, I just wanted to tell you that I talked to Jimin,"
"Congratulations, proud of you!" Hobi stated. "But listen, I have to go."
"Okay, talk to you soon."
Jeongguk slowed down and realized there was a restaurant he had been wanting to try but never had the chance to.
He drove towards Namsan Tower. It had been a while.
Namjoon was a good guy, he's such a good CEO but it seems that he forgot to ask him something.
Yeah, that's right
It's been awhile that he'd feel good like this, most especially after listening to his friends' advice.
It's interesting why he didn't see it and how he tried to deny his feelings about Taehyung.
How does he win him back?
He arrived at N Tower, a French Restaurant. How could he have not visited this place?
He parked his car and walked inside the restaurant.
"Welcome to N Tower, do you have a reservation?
"No, I don't, is that a problem?"
The attendant looked at the computer.
"We have table for two, last minute cancellation," the attendant said.
"I will take it," he smiled.
"If you can follow me, please?"
Jeongguk started walking, following the attendant when he heard a commotion on the other side of the restaurant.
"You are a fake Kim Taehyung. You don't deserve to be here!" Jih-yo stated.
His sister was about to throw the red wine in her hand to Taehyung.
"Jih-yo stop right now!" Jeongguk said aloud.
He walked towards her and saw Taehyung standing there quietly.
"Why'd you treat Taehyung like that, he's never done anything to you?" Jeongguk stated.
"He left you, and made Jimin Hyung fly to New York for treatment, I hate him." Jih-yo said louder, "and he's a gold digger."
Taehyung stood there calmly, looking gorgeous, watching Jeongguk deal with his evil sister.
"I am so sorry Taehyung for this," Jeongguk said, "I don't know why she's like this.
"It's okay," Taehyung said as he took the tomato soup from his table & poured it on top of her head.
Taehyung watched Jih-yo flail her arms.
"Ho...ho...how dare you?" Jih-yo's eyes blazed on Taehyung.
"It was an accident, I think," Taehyung said as he handed his black onyx card to the wait staff.
Jih-yo's eyes widened even more because their family doesn't have the black onyx card and Taehyung does. What an outrage!
"I am going to sue you," Jih-yo said out loud.
"You won't," Jeongguk stated.
"But he did that," Jih-yo's voice became even more louder.
"I will tell Appa and Eomma that you are siding with him," she said scowling at her brother.
Taehyung was just looking at them as his card was handed back to him, "oh wait, I am paying for all the food for everyone."
The omega turned to everyone, "I am so sorry for causing a disturbance." He turned to the waitress, "but I am not going to pay for yours." Taehyung said looking at Jih-yo.
Wooshik, Hyungsik, and Seojoon stood up.
Hyungsik placed his hand around Taehyung's waist and Jeongguk's eyes narrowed, "let's go Tae," he said.
Jeongguk stepped forward and said, "I am sorry Taehyung."
Taehyung's eyes bore at him, expressionless, "what for Jeongguk? Your sister, don't apologize for her."
Taehyung smiled at Hyungsik and allowed him to hold his hand as they walked out of the restaurant.
The alpha looked threatened by the other alpha who was holding Taehyung's hand.
He breathed heavily, a swarm of emotions smacked him hard, making him both flummoxed and speechless
Jeongguk turned to his sister, "why did you do that?" He grabbed her arm and dragged her to the exit, several feet behind Taehyung's group. "You are embarrassing our family."
"That b!tch!" Jih-yo pointed to Taehyung who took the elevator with his friends.
"Don't say things you don't know. He was never a gold digger, in fact, he never took a single cent from our family," Jeongguk said with two of her friends following.
Jih-yo removed her arm from his grasp, "I am going to tell Eomma what you did and for sure you will anger Appa."
"Tell them. It's okay, in fact, how about I tell them myself?" Jeongguk countered.
He took a handkerchief from his pocket, "wipe yourself first or you are not riding my car."
Jih-yo was on the verge of tears. How can her brother be just so cruel to her?
"Tell me Jih-yo, why did you treat Taehyung like that?" Jeongguk demanded.
"Eomma said he will never be the same as us. He is just a gold-digging omega. The only thing he deserves is that mop on his hand." Jih-yo stated in a brattish way.
"But he's a person who deserves no amount of disrespect," Jeongguk stated.
"Stop, oppa. Don't tell me that." Jih-yo stated, her eyes blazing with anger. "Weren't you the one who married him & ignored his sorry a ss? Tell me who disrespected who first?"
"I know & I was wrong."
His phone buzzed with a text from Yoongi.
"What kind of issue will I take care of when I get back?" He asked, sending a link to a video of Jih-yo pushing Taehyung & then throwing slanderous words. Jeongguk came into the video with a calm Taehyung pouring the soup on her head.
"I am bringing her home," Jeongguk said, throwing his sister an angry look.
"Are you ready to face your parent's wrath?" Yoongi asked.
"I can handle them. I will talk to Appa about Jih-yo as a perpetual concern."
"Be careful Guk, you know how he is."
"I will hyung. By the way, how is Jimin doing?"
T/W Self Harm
"You have a storm coming into your life Jeongguk. He started talking about self-harm to make you feel guilty," Yoongi stated honestly, "do I get permission from you to bring him to the hospital?"
"Let's see first, hyung. Maybe it's an empty threat," Jeongguk said quietly, "because you just do it, you know, not announcing it to people."
Yoongi became quiet, remembering how Jeongguk suffered from depression after Sungwoon's death.
"Guk, I am sorry, I forgot," Yoongi said.
"It's okay, hyung. It's in the past. But to be safe, you can call the family psychiatrist to help Jimin." Jeongguk said as Jih-yo returned with damp hair.
"Good you cleaned yourself up." He said when they stepped out of the restaurant followed by her friends.
"I told Eomma and he is doing Taehyung, " she said arrogantly, stomping towards his parked car.
Jeongguk grabbed her shoulder and said, "you know what, go home with your friends, and don't expect me to protect you when this gets bad, okay?" He said as he returned to the restaurant, realizing he was starving.
Taehyung just got out of Wooshik's car and arrived at his penthouse residence.
His older brother, Namjoon lived in the other building.
He likes his house though because it was just the right space with the right design and for him, it felt like home, not just a fortress.
Taehyung got inside and sat down on his couch. What just happened?
Jeongguk came at the perfect time to defend Taehyung from his sister and he poured soup on her head.
He chuckled, that serves her right.
He then remembers that serious look from Jeongguk.
He was angry at his sister, something he hasn't seen him do before or maybe because he didn't know.
Taehyung never grieved his divorce from Jeongguk because he never got the chance to spend time with him.
But then his smoldering eyes make Taehyung's heart race.
He was handsome more than ever most especially with his tattooed arm he witnessed last night.
Stop it Kim Taehyung, you left him remember?
Annoyed at himself, he stood up to go to his room.
It was good that he left him because he doesn't even think he could stay longer even if it worked out maybe because of his awful family.
His mother and sister were nothing but inconsiderate and a total nightmare.
Taehyung went to his walk-in closet and removed his clothes. Took a robe and went straight to the bathroom.
He turned on both faucets, hot and cold.
If he stayed, would they have worked?
But then there was Jimin.
Well Jimin, where was he anyway?
He had seen Jeongguk twice now and had not seen Jimin's shadow.
Are they married?
Taehyung furrowed his eyebrows as he stepped into the tub. He did not see any ring on his finger.
Taehyung immediately shook his head.
"Stop Kim Taehyung!" He scolded himself.
His phone buzzed.
An unknown number.
"Hello?" Taehyung said as he stepped into the tub.
"Where are you?" Namjoon asked.
"In the bathtub relaxing," Taehyung said, "what's the new phone number, hyung?"
"Ah, I left my phone in Spain. Did you eat yet?" Namjoon asked.
"Yeah, had late lunch at N Tower," Taehyung said leaning his head on the tub.
"I know, I saw a video of you, very compelling stuff," Namjoon stated chuckling, "are you okay?"
"Yeah, nothing she can do will hurt me anymore."
"Are you ready to come to work with me on Monday?" His brother asked.
"Wait, what is your policy on heats and ruts? Taehyung asked.
"Oh, you are permitted for a week, is yours coming?" Namjoon asked.
"Recessive remember?" Taehyung said. "So much for having a rare blood type."
"In need of a dominant alpha, I see. Are we starting the search now?" His brother teased.
"How about I get situated at work first?" Taehyung smiled, and his fingers started playing with the water.
"You ready on Monday?" Namjoon asked.
"I may need some more suits. Maybe tomorrow. "
"You don't me suits Tae! You have tons!"
"How about a few tons more?" Taehyung laughed heartily, making his hyung laugh out loud.
"What are we saying about our relationship?" Taehyung asked.
"You are Kim Taehyung, hired by a head hunter," Namjoon said, "they won't question me and your friends are there, so it's okay. Arrive on time on Monday okay? I will send you the annual report of your division."
"Okay. Are you spending time with me and Jin hyung tomorrow?" Taehyung asked. "Wait hyung. I will call you back,"
"Oh about that..." He heard Namjoon said.
Taehyung quickly rinsed & put on his robe as he dialed Joon's number, "so what were you saying?"
"Jin went to Jeju with Appa to finalize arrangements for the conference I was taking care of."
"It's at Jeju? Can I come?" Taehyung asked.
"Of course you can, we are hosting it."
To pique someone's curiosity means that something is very interesting, strange, or new.
But more often than not, intrigue is also defined as the practice of engaging in secret schemes or conspiracy theories.
The creation of intrigue is what provides control to other people, especially if they are the ones who create it.
The creation of intrigue is what fuels people to gossip and to gloat.
Jeon Jih-yo arrived home and went straight to her parents' room.
"Eomma, Appa! You can't believe who I saw," she said as she stomped across their room.
"What are you saying?" her mother asked.
Jih-yo pulled out her phone and showed the video and showed her.
"Ahhh, how dare him? And your brother did not do anything?" Jeon Jieun stated as she took her phone to call Jeongguk.
But to her dismay, it was off.
She dialed her husband's phone number.
"Hello, Jeong-ho? Your son did something terrible to our daughter!"
"What did Jih-yo did?" Jeong-ho asked.
"He put that omega Kim Taehyung first before our daughter's welfare, you have to do something about it!" Jieun angrily shouted on the phone.
"I saw that video and our daughter is in the wrong. Kim Taehyung was just sitting down,"
"Jeong-ho, how dare you!" Jieun screamed.
"Listen, you both treated Taehyung wrong. I thought at the time the divorce was stupid and that he was ungrateful but I was wrong. You see Jieun, I reviewed the surveillance of our house one time and he was badly treated."
"Well Jaein would never have treated anyone like that." Jeong-ho stated.
"And where is she again? Oh, yeah, right, she's dead." Jieun stated disdainfully.
"And you are telling me this, how about let us be smart about this?" Jeong-ho asked threateningly.
"I married you because I thought you would be a good mother to Jeongguk but it was a big mistake, I think it's time."
"What are you saying, my love? You are going to leave me? Are you going to leave your daughter?" Jieun said, shaking, afraid to lose her richness and status.
"Tell our daughter to get her act together, I am tired of making Jeongguk take care of fees and handling her misbehavior. Tell her if she doesn't get her act together, I will remove her name from my will."
"You cannot do that, she's your daughter!"
"I know and I don't want anymore excuses for her to continuously disgrace the name that my grandfather created. If you don't have any thing else to tell me then I will need to go, I am still in a dinner with investors trying to salvage their trust."
"I...I don't know what to say," Jieun say.
"How about I will teach my daughter good behavior. Goodbye Jieun." Jeong-ho stated.
"Eomma, what did Appa say, are we going to sue Kim Taehyung for slander and defamation?"
"Stop being a brat right now and go to your room!"
Kim Taehyung arrived at Kim Conglomerate looking like a model than a vice president or a director with his hair dyed blonde.
Kim Namjoon's eyes widened and shook his head, "what got into your pretty little head Tae? Where's the suit?"
He just grinned at his brother, "am I not your Global Retail Director? I just want to represent our company well, you know by being fashionable?"
Namjoon shook his head and smiled, "let's go to the conference room and meet with your employees shall we?"
"Everyone, good morning," Kim Namjoon said as they walked inside the conference room.
All of them stood up and bowed to him.
"As you know today, I present to you our new global retail director. Everybody please welcome, Kim Taehyung," Namjoon said with everyone standing up.
Someone then whispered, "isn't that Vante? The fashion model?" Someone loudly whispered as he stood beside his brother.
Namjoon nodded and said, "yes, he is Vante and he will help us increase the margins for global retail. He has masters in Fashion Management from London &
graduated with a bachelor's in Fashion Design at the Fashion Design Institute in New York. He graduated summa cum laude and he was the manager for our Osaka division 6 years ago and they made a lot of profit at that time," Namjoon said.
Alphas Seojoon and Hyungsik both smiled at their beautiful omega best friend as he spoke to everyone.
He took the mic, "Good morning everyone. I received a call from a head hunter when I was modeling in Paris and wasn't aware that I was interviewing for this position."
"It will be a challenge since I just recently came back to Seoul from Barcelona, Madrid, Milan and Paris and I am hoping you would fill me in even if I have reviewed the books and reports, I still believe that you'd provide the best input."
"If you don't have any questions, you can go but I expect everyone especially the managers of Global Retail to apprise your new director. You are all dismissed." Namjoon said.
There were a few stealing glances at Taehyung and there are ones who were smiling widely at him.
Namjoon turned to Taehyung and said, "get situated in your office, have a meeting with your managers tomorrow. I need to bring you to another meeting, later, okay?"
"Yes, Sajangnim," Taehyung said then whispered, "hyung!"
Namjoon just chuckled.
Did he make the right decision of bringing Taehyung to their company? He is hoping he did. "Come on, let me show you your office."
Namjoon and Taehyung walked the hallway with Seojoon behind them.
Namjoon opened the double doors, "does this suit your taste?"
"Who chose the furniture?" Taehyung asked.
"The three of us, Appa, me, and Jin," he smiled at his younger brother who sat and leaned back on his chair.
"It's perfect, hyung! Thank you!"
"No worries," Namjoon said, "Tae the meeting is rescheduled for tomorrow."
"So, I can meet with my managers later?" Taehyung asked.
"Yeah, and Seojoon can you come with me there are some things I need to take care of," Namjoon said after reading something from his phone.
The next morning Taehyung was reading some of his reports when his secretary knocked, "Taehyungssi?"
"Yes Yoon-seo? How can I help you?"
Yoon-seo bowed at him.
And he nodded.
"Your brother is waiting in his office for you, he said you were attending a meeting?"
He went to the bathroom to freshen up first.
He wondered, when is his heat going to come.
It's tiring to be a recessive omega because his hormones are so unpredictable.
He knocked at Namjoon's door and saw that people were already seated at the table.
"I am sorry. I am late," he said as he sat down.
He took out his notebook and looked at Namjoon who already started speaking.
"So we are here as we plan our annual conference. Jeju International Conference Center has been booked, now we talk about keynote & plenary speakers."
"But before we start, we have new members on the committee and I would like you to introduce yourselves."
"Hi, I am Jung Hoseok, director of KBC." He said.
Taehyung finally stopped writing and raised his eyes to acknowledge the new members and he stilled.
Jeon Jeongguk also froze, mesmerized by the person in front of him.
Hobi nudged him by the elbow.
"Oh, hi, I am Jeon Jeongguk, president and CEO of J Corporation," he said as he looked down, not believing that the omega he didn't see for three years is now in front of him.
Namjoon then turned his head to Taehyung who was just beautiful as he spoke to the ones present, "I am Kim Taehyung, Director of Global Retail for Kim Conglomerate."
Jeongguk looked at him in awe.
He never knew that his ex-husband is not only gorgeous, he's also brilliant and he cannot keep his eyes away from his beautiful face.
Taehyung's heart raced again because of his presence and now there is no turning back because Jeongguk finally knows where is at.
"So for the conference, I wanted foster camaraderie, and networking among all companies in Seoul, regardless of our industry, we should talk."
"We have six months before the conference and I suggest we conduct monthly meetings until three months before because by then we can do biweekly meetings until one month before where we do weekly meetings," Namjoon said. "Is everyone okay with it?"
Everyone just nodded but Taehyung's head was a total mess.
As to why his older brother thought that bringing him in was the wisest thing to do, it was not.
He was doodling in his notebook not paying attention. His mind just went haywire.
Because he didn't expect to see Jeongguk three times within five days.
"So, Taehyung," Namjoon tried to grab his attention.
"Yes, what's up?"
"I told everyone that you will be heading visual design, is that okay?" Namjoon stated.
"Hoseokssi will be in charge of video and broadcast. How about you Jeonggukssi? What do you think?" Namjoon asked aware of the tension between the two people in the room because their pheromones are evidence of it.
"What is your plan with registration?"
"How about advertisement strategies?" Namjoon asked.
"That sounds great, hyung!"
Taehyung threw Namjoon a look and arched an eyebrow. Why is he allowing this man to call him hyung?
Taehyung shook his head, he cannot handle his emotions right now.
He stood up and excused himself.
He looked at Namjoon and looked at the rest of the group and said, "I have to go, I remembered I have a previous engagement. Namjoon, just please update me."
Namjoon knew his brother was going to feel like that but he wanted to help him.
He saw him suffer but he also knew that their mother would want him to find Taehyung a suitable husband, a dominant alpha and right now he is in the process of helping him out.
Taehyung went inside his office and called Seojoon, "Lunch with a friend?"
"Yeah." Taehyung bit his lip.
"I have a meeting in 5 minutes baby bear and a lunch meeting from our contracts team and then reviewing vendor proposals for the conference."
"Picking up Wooshik then we can." Seojoon said, "listen I need to go. I will talk to you in a bit."
Namjoon knocked at his door ten minutes later.
"Yes Sajangnim?" He said as he stood up looking at his brother grimly.
"I was just showing Jeongguk and Hoseok your office."
Taehyung widened his eyes, surprised.
What the hell are you doing, Namjoon?
"Jeon Jeongguk is a good friend and Jung Hoseok or Hobi is a great colleague and a batchmate. We took MBA together."
Taehyung smiled at the alpha who held out his hand, "Hi I am Hoseok, you can call me Hobi."
Jeongguk swallowed, unsure of what to do.
His heart was racing, pounding.
His breathing becomes shallow.
Taehyung is just gorgeous and it seems that he could not just allow to be far+
Jeongguk took a deep breath and manned up.
"Taehyung, it's nice to see you again. I wish we'll be able to work well together." Jeongguk said smiling down before meeting Taehyung's eyes.
Taehyung gave a fake smile, "it's not for me though." He looked at his older brother and narrowed his eyes, "I am just on my way out Sajangnim. I will talk to you later,"
He bowed to three alphas.
"Oh I am sorry." Hobi said.
"We didn't mean to interrupt you," Jeongguk said searching Taehyung's eyes.
"It's okay, you didn't know," he darted his older brother an evil look. "Thank you for stopping by." He said as he stepped out of his own office.
Jeongguk took a deep breath and sighed.
Hobi just patted Jeongguk on his shoulder, "sorry Gukkah."
Namjoon turned around to the two, "sorry for what?"
Jeongguk looked at him earnestly, "Taehyung is my ex-husband and I wasn't the best and I was unable to show him because I was a coward and blind and well +
I would like to try again. I would like to win him back."
Namjoon was amazed at how candid, and honest Jeongguk is. He is not the person Taehyung told him or maybe because his brother never really got to know him.
"I am so sorry to hear that," Namjoon said.
"But thank you, hyung! For inviting us. Hopefully we'll be able to work well with each other." Jeongguk said as he bowed to Namjoon.
"Yes. We have to go. Thank you for your hospitality." Hobi bowed as well.
"I can't wait to work with you both."
"What do you mean that he's a friend, hyung?" Taehyung asked the moment Namjoon stepped inside his office.
Taehyung was sitting on Namjoon's chair twirling around with a frown on his face.
"He's a nice guy in fact. He's smart and compassionate but hey Tae, don't let me influence you at all. Don't mind me. You know I have been handling our company for a longest time and we need allies most especially when it comes to my level," Namjoon emphasized.
"I get that, hyung. What I don't get is that I didn't know that you have become friends." Taehyung said, leaning at the palm of his hand.
"It's only a recent friendship and you know your hyung. I don't mix business and family well with you as an exception." Namjoon added.
"How'd you become friends, tell me, I won't judge." Taehyung badgered his brother.
"You are emotional right now Tae and we are at work. I will tell you some other time when we are not here. So as your boss, I command you to stop being intrigued by my friendship with your ex."
Taehyung just rolled his eyes, feeling discontent by his response.
Namjoon just laughed, amused by his brother's reaction, "and stop being a brat and start becoming the director that you are."
"I am never a brat," Taehyung retorted, pouting even more.
"I know you are not. You are the most resilient, patient, and enduring person I know, so, be that person and work with me effectively for this conference." Namjoon responded, ruffling his brother's hair.
"Stop messing with my hair, please?" Taehyung sighed.
"Why did you dye it again? Feed my curiosity," Namjoon said, patting his brother's shoulder as Taehyung stood up from his chair.
Taehyung walked around and sat at the edge of the desk, "I just felt like it, be a new person, be both Vante and Kim Taehyung?"
"Ah, thank you," Namjoon said as he opened his laptop. "And I respect you as much too, do you want to be still involved with the planning of the conference?" Namjoon asked.
"Are there other people helping us or was it the four of us from earlier?" Taehyung asked curiously.
"Of course, I will meet with the rest of the team later. I just wanted to brief you and in the next month, I want you to have specific ideas, a logo, symbol, and sample banners for the conference. Do I make sense?" Namjoon asked, still typing.
"The next meeting will be in the large conference room, if you still want to be involved but you have to tell me as soon as tomorrow so I can reach out to someone to handle your task," Namjoon said seriously, looking up at Taehyung.
"I will do it for the company and our family," Taehyung said as he shrugged and stood up.
"That's my Taehyung!" Namjoon said aloud as his executive secretary was about to knock and Taehyung opened the door.
"Oh hi Taehyungssi," she said bowing, "Sanjangnim, your 1030 is here."
Taehyung smiled as he walked back to the office.
My Taehyung, the secretary heard it so loud.
The company staff was intrigued by the decision to hire a head hunter for the position.
In the past, they would just promote from within but this time they hired from the outside.
And to see that it was Vante, aka Kim Taehyung, piqued the curiosity of everyone, and now he said, my Taehyung, is he... a lover?
Park Soo-Hyun, Namjoon's beta executive secretary is very trustworthy but she was not the only one who heard it.
Park Dae-jung is the Assistant Director for Global Retail and was the next in line to be promoted to Taehyung's position and was surprised like everyone else that Namjoon and Kim Jung-jae decided to hire Vante for the position.
This totally intrigued him and right now, he'd be watching Taehyung's every decision and pointing out that he is unworthy of the position and that he is the one more deserving to have it.
Jeongguk drove with Hobi beside still quite amazed by how he had a meeting with Taehyung.
He has been looking for him and now he has the opportunity to work even more with him, be around him and then eventually win him back.
"So Gukkah," Hobi started chuckling.
"He's so beautiful, and mesmerizing," Jeongguk said, clutching the steering wheel, regretful that he let him go and that he didn't treat me the way he should but then he has his reasons.
"You know Gukkah, you intrigue me."
"What about, hyung?" Jeongguk said as he changed lanes.
"Why did you treat Taehyung like that when he looked like he was someone to flaunt and cherish and be held dear." Hobi looked out to the window.
Jeongguk became terribly quiet. It was something only Yoongi knew. Was he ready to share his truth with someone else?
"It's a long story, hyung," he said as he slowly drove toward Hobi's building.
"I am free for lunch, are you free? Maybe get it off your chest?"
He looked at his friend, an older brother in his eyes. He and Yoongi hyung had been the closest people in his life after Sungwoon's death.
He knows he shut off the world after the accident and experienced depression after, the sense of worthlessness and that inability to move on, to go on numbed him for a long time.
And there was a reason why he's gotten drunk with Sungwoon and Jimin.
And it is something buried at the back of his mind, locked in the recesses of his heart.
"Hyung, can you just distract me? And when I am ready, I will tell you, I promise." Jeongguk sought Hobi's understanding.
"Okay as long as you promise," Hobi said
"Where are we eating lunch at?" Jeongguk asked.
"As long as it's your treat," Hobi chuckled.
"Sure hyung, as long as you tell me about the omega you were tattling about during the fashion show," Jeongguk snickered.
Taehyung sat in his office, as he called his secretary Yoon-seo into the office.
"Yoon, can you come in?" Taehyung asked.
"Yes, hyung," she hung up the phone.
Yoon-seo went inside the room.
"Yoonie, baby?" Taehyung asked.
"You'll tell your oppa anything, right?"
"Yes, oppa, of course you are Wooshik oppa's best friend and so is Seojoon hyung," Yoon-seo stated.
"Does anyone else know that I am Namjoon hyung's brother?"
"I don't think so oppa, just me and Seojoon oppa and of course your dad," she said. "Why do you ask?"
"Joon hyung's executive assistant looked weirdly at me earlier and my brother was loud enough to say My Taehyung, ugh!" Taehyung said frustratingly, "I don't know when Appa is going to announce who I am. It's getting too frustrating."
"Don't worry oppa, I will try to be careful too." Yoon-seo said realizing she might have slipped earlier as well.
Taehyung reached for her hand, "thank you for working for me."
"Ah, oppa,it's amazing to work here." She said smiling widely at him.
"Okay, let's be careful okay?" Taehyung smiled as she stood up. "Yoon-seo, can you get me the previous conferences? I need inspiration to design something."
"Okay, opp.... yes, Taehyungssi," she grinned as she walked outside of the office.
Believing in oneself is a process. There are times when one fails more than one succeeds and with every success, one learns to build confidence. Confidence is where one begins to understand a strong sense of control over their choices, skills, and values.
Self-confidence is something that one desires to have whether it be at school, at home, or even at work.
To be able to your head high despite challenges and circumstances in life is a tough act and one who suffered a lot and overcame them becomes confident and self-assured.
Jeongguk sat in his office, staring into space, thinking of what he should do in order to win the Omega back.
It had been two weeks since their last meeting and he was continuously racking his brain thinking of strategic ways to promote this conference among other things.
Other things like speaking to his father about writing stipulations in his will that Jih-yo will only receive her inheritance if she finishes graduating and will have more if she decides to take a masteral class.
Other things like speaking to Jimin and assuring him that he is still a best friend and that he forgives him but he has to work on himself first.
Other things like convincing Yoongi to stay 6 more weeks and work remotely from Busan.
Other things like talking to Butler Woo, and finding out more about Taehyung when he was still there at his villa on the outskirts of Seoul.
And finally, thinking about himself, contemplating his scars, the ones he collected from his mother's death to Sungwoon's.
Jeongguk took a deep breath, wondering if the strategies he created for himself, to get his omega back would work.
He was always confident in every endeavor he undertakes but with Kim Taehyung, he is absolutely and totally lost.
Taehyung sat down in the doctor's waiting room. He called the doctor because he noticed changes in his heat cycle.
It has been three weeks since he had seen Jeongguk.
Not that he was constantly thinking about him. It was just surprising how he expected that he would pursue him.
But maybe old habits never die, like how Jeongguk used to ignore him. Why is he expecting he would pay more attention to him now?
He took a deep breath when the medical assistant called him in, "Kim Taehyung, the doctor is ready for you now."
Taehyung sat down at Dr Young's office.
Dr Young is their family doctor and someone who knew about his recessive status.
"Taehyung, it's been six weeks since I last saw you," He said as he sat down in front of him.
"Your results are very favorable because based on your bloodwork, there is a significant increase in your hormones."
"I am sorry doc, but what does it mean?" Taehyung inquired.
"It means that you have been in the presence of a dominant alpha," the doctor said encouragingly.
He had been in the presence of a dominant alpha. He repeated the words in his head.
Who could have it been?
There was Namjoon, Seojoon, Hyungsik, Daejoon, Hobi and Jeongguk.
There maybe a few more but the amount of he spent was not long enough to notice a difference.
"I haven't seen you for five years and when you were previously married, do you know if your husband was a dominant alpha?" Dr Young said as he typed notes in the computer.
"I...." Taehyung trailed, how would he know if Jeongguk was a dominant alpha?
"Doc, how would I know if there is a significant difference?"
"When you were with your husband, did you notice you having frequent heats?" The doctor rephrased.
"Oh," Taehyung asked, does he need to recall about the times when he was in the fortress of a villa?
"Let me get something, a certain spray, if you were it, you will be much aware of the scent they are permeating, if it is stronger then you are in the presence of a dominant alpha. Please wait here."
When he was with Jeongguk, he only saw him seldomly, once every three weeks and during that time, he was the only alpha in his presence.
Could it be that Jeongguk is a dominant alpha?
Taehyung sat calmly at the conference room table as he put on the spray that the doctor recommended. Now, as much as he does not want to converse so much with Jeongguk, he needed to know because he wanted to bear pups and be a parent.
There are so many people present now and now Taehyung is uncertain how he would be able to smell the scents except if he invites all of them to lunch.
Sigh, what a dilemma.
Hobi entered the room with Namjoon. His neck stretched, where is Jeongguk.
Not that he was interested but somehow he felt a sudden longing because he was expecting to see him, make sure he identifies if he is the dominant alpha the doctor had stated he had been in contact with.
Then suddenly Jeongguk walked in with a single stem of red rose in his hand.
But Namjoon was already in front so Jeongguk sat beside Hobi as the director saved him a seat.
He turned his attention to Namjoon who started speaking.
"Good morning everyone, welcome to the Annual Conference monthly planning meeting. You are here because we need your help for this conference.
Jeon Jeongguk of J Corporation & Jung Hoseok of KBC are here as they volunteered to assist our company since we are the hosts."
"Before anything else, I would like to introduce our very own Kim Taehyung as he present to us something we could use for the conference. Seoul had allowed us to start with the promotions three months before so we have two more months to finalize the final designs."
"Hi everyone," Taehyung smiled as he felt Jeongguk's eyes on him.
"Since the conference is at Jeju, we have to think of ways to entice the other companies' CEOs and executive staff to participate in the conference."
"So when you think of Jeju, what is the first thing that comes in mind? Anyone?"
A hand shot up at the back, "Beach!"
"Good, who else?"
"Yes, and last one? Anyone?"
Jeongguk raised his hand and looked at Taehyung straight in the eye.
"Yes, Jeonggukssi?" Taehyung gave a nervous smile.
"Oh, absolutely, anyway," Taehyung tried to keep his mind back to composure, honeymoon. "So, the first thing we think about Jeju when we go there is that we could rest, relax and reinvigorate."
"So, this morning, I present to you, two flyers that exude all those."
Taehyung went to the laptop and showed on the screen.
"I would just like to show everyone these two possible basic flyers that we would send as invitations together with an informational packet."
Jeongguk looked at the flyers and was in absolute awe of what Taehyung just made.
It is as sophisticated and magnificent as the omega in front of him.
His gaze was just directed towards Taehyung as he sat with a red rose in his hand.
"Thank you and I return the microphone back to Sajangnim Kim," Taehyung sat down, with Jeongguk's wide eyed-gaze still cast on the omega.
Taehyung sat there consciously, with ears becoming red because of Jeongguk's gaze.
"Thank you for those beautiful flyers." Namjoon said.
"Now, Jeongguk is speaking next with regards to registration and strategy." Namjoon responded.
"Thank you, hyung." Jeongguk said as he placed the rose in front of Taehyung. "for you," he whispered and smiled.
Taehyung stilled. This was the first time that Jeongguk had given him anything.
Taehyung gave him a small smile as he mouthed, "thank you."
"Good morning, I am Jeon Jeongguk and I am the president and CEO Of J Corporation. I have to tell you +
honestly but I am not as prepared Taehyungssi here but what I have will somehow convince you to be enthused in this big event.
CEOS, presidents, directors, vice-presidents, there is a lot of responsibilities placed on our shoulders and somehow we tend to forget the +
company's mission and vision so our strategy is to make them realize that we have to regroup every once in a while and sometimes it is more effective in the company of like-minded people, people who have the same dilemmas and concerns most especially in achieving corporate+
goals and objectives. In the informational packet that Taehyungssi had mentioned, we provide comprehensive information about the classes that are offered during the conference ranging from emerging technologies, trends in the industry from Change Management to Human Resources+
and the planning committee would see to it that we would invite pioneers, experts in the fields so that not only do the executive staff have a chance to regroup but have a chance to get new ideas."
Taehyung was just as mesmerized with Jeongguk as how the other was distracted with his presence.
It was very interesting that they both knew nothing about each other and right now they are in total awe of one another.
"Thank you for giving me the chance to speak so for those who would like to join the strategic committee, please let me know. Thank you," Jeongguk said as he handed the microphone back to Namjoon.
The meeting continued as Hobi and he spoke about their strategies.
Namjoon was also in charge of the perks that the ones in attendance will receive.
He had spoken to their father and spoke with brand names like L ouis V uitton, H ugo B oss, M ont B lanc, S A P, H P & Sam sung to name a few.
And some have sponsored luncheons and cocktail parties while Hobi talked about coverage and how KBC would convince the journalism industry to be involved - both print and visual media.
Both Jeongguk and Taehyung kept stealing glances as they continued talking.
Taehyung was slowly stroking the satin feeling of the rose petal, so red, so beautiful.
And Jeongguk's eyes keep on landing to Taehyung's beautiful eyes and his luscious lips.
The butterflies in Jeongguk's chest was something he had not felt since 7 years ago and it was absolutely crazy that what he feels right now is double of what he used to felt before for someone.
And Taehyung, granted that he was hurt by this man in front of him BUT he may have gotten hurt more of pride and ignorance more than the supposed love he must have felt for him.
How could you fall in love with someone you don't know?
But how he got treated was despicable and he does not want to crawl back to that hole of uncertainty.
"Thank you everyone. In the sign up sheet at the back, there are five committees. +
please write your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices and when we have the next meeting, you will meet with your group. The meeting is adjourned, have a good day." Namjoon said smiling.
Taehyung smiled at his brother, very proud of him, of his leadership.
And even if he really wanted to congratulate Jeongguk for the amazing speech he just gave, he won't, he can't.
But then the thought of dominant alpha swam to his head.
Sigh, he needed to do this.
"Everyone, care to have lunch? My treat?" Taehyung smiled at the three alphas in front of him.
Jeongguk was very giddy with delight, did he hear right?
Did Taehyung just invite him to lunch? Granted that there was three of them, where did this confidence come from?
"Taehyungssi," Jeongguk said as he approached him after the meeting.
"Oh, thank you for the rose, you didn't have to." Taehyung said, looking at him from his eyelashes.
"But I do, please, I do, really." Jeongguk smiled shyly at him.
"So where are we eating?" Namjoon asked.
"As much as I would love to stay," Jeongguk scratched his head, "I have another meeting in Jongno-gu. It's a meeting with a couple of my real-estate managers."
"And, I have a meeting with two producers for a documentary," Hobi said.
Taehyung pouted and Jeongguk found it very cute.
This was the first time that he was seeing more than a scowl or a frown or a glare and he was delighted with it.
"How about I make it up to you, I mean, we make it up to you," Jeongguk said, trying to catch Taehyung's eyes.
"It's okay, don't worry, I am fine." Taehyung said. "I will see you next time," he said as he turned around and walked away.
Jeongguk looked at Hobi and Hobi gave him a look, a look to seize the chance.
Taehyung was disappointed.
So much for giving chances.
At first the thought of Jeongguk becoming the dominant alpha is very exciting but then what else is new?
It was the same all over again, he'd just be hurt.
Taehyung hated how he kept on expecting that Jeongguk would surprise him, someday somehow but what's there to hope.
He shook his head& was about to leave the room & leave the rose at the end of the conference room table when he heard Jeongguk's voice. He was making a phone call.
"Hello, yes, Mr. Soon, yes, something came up, I was wondering if we could postpone the meeting until 2 pm. Are you available by then? Thank you, I will see you then." Jeongguk said.
Taehyung stopped walking, did Jeongguk just make time for him?
He turned around and asked Jeongguk, "Jeongguk, I didn't mean to make you do that."
"It's okay, I have moved it for another three hours, I will still be meeting with them," Jeongguk smiled at the omega. "Hobi, how about you?"
"The producers are coming from Incheon," Hobi turned to Taehyung, "I am so sorry Taehyungssi, if I could, I would, raincheck?"
Taehyung smiled at him, "It's okay Hoseokssi, I know the meeting is important."
"Call me Hobi hyung," He stepped up to Taehyung to give him a hug when he heard Jeongguk cleared his throat.
Hobi took a step back and looked sideways at his alpha CEO bestfriend with Jeongguk giving him a very small nod.
Jeongguk took a deep breath and gave Hobi a pat on the back.
He faced Namjoon and Taehyung and asked, "so, what's for lunch?"
Namjoon was just simply amused with what's happening with his brother and his ex-husband.
There is this unspoken tension between both of them.
Namjoon likes Jeongguk enough after that incident from the airport and about finding out what he did to the money that Taehyung returned after the divorce.
Two years ago, Jeongguk donated the money to their foundation unknowingly.
Their foundation was a tribute to their mother who died of Leukemia.
That's why when she died, Taehyung got lost because he wasn't even able to save her, given he has one of the rarest blood type in the world.
He blamed himself for that so he thought that helping Jimin was the same as saving their mother, only Jimin was another kind of a person.
Namjoon have never told anyone about the huge donation made by Jeongguk, well Seojoon knew and their father but he wanted to make Taehyung decide on his own.
He may nudge him a little because yes he might be a little stubborn but overall he thinks Jeongguk is a good man.
Taehyung was at the passenger seat with Jeongguk and Namjoon talking tirelessly about the Ferrari Purosangue.
Taehyung shook his head, "Am I not the one supposedly driving my SUV Namjoonssi?"
"I asked you earlier permission if I could drive it and you said yes," Namjoon said.
"I didn't say now," Taehyung rolled his eyes.
Jeongguk was amused with their banter.
Who is Kim Namjoon and what is his relationship to Kim Taehyung?
Jeongguk tried to sense if it was romantic but he felt that it was not.
He wanted to know more about Taehyung, as well as Namjoon.
No use of being a coward, "so, how do you know each other?" Jeongguk asked.
"Oh, Taehyung is someone close to our family, he used to handle one of our offices in Japan, drove it to success," Namjoon looked at Taehyung from the rearview mirror who was just looking outside his window.
And Taehyung felt as if he shot himself on the foot telling Namjoon like that, now, Jeongguk is asking.
Taehyung, don't be stupid!
"And then he disappeared for two years, without a word and then we just happen to see each other in Europe during one of my trips."
And Jeongguk just became so quiet.
There are so many things that he does not know about Taehyung and he has this urgent desire to know him immediately, like a vampire, he has this sudden need for his blood.
Well, not like how Jimin needed it or pretended to need it but he felt that needs Taehyung in his life, like a partner, a mate, a husband.
Namjoon looked at Taehyung and asked him, "where are you treating us for lunch?"
"KwonSookSoo!" Taehyung exclaimed excitedly.
Jeongguk was beyond amused already, most especially after hearing Taehyung get excited like that.
His voice is like music to his hear, soft spoken but also deep.
And whenever he stares at Taehyung, his heart just soars every single time.
How blinded he was, was even beyond his comprehension.
If only he was at this place in his heart and his mind when he married him, then maybe, things could have been different.
And maybe, he could have pursued him and not just pity on himself, drown in his emotions.
They arrived at KwonSookSoo, a Michelin star restaurant known for the best flavors near the area.
And Taehyung heard of this restaurant when he was in London and he wanted to bring his brothers but Jin just left for Jeju.
Namjoon gave the key to the valet and they stepped in the building.
Taehyung walked ahead of the two alphas and went to the attendant and said, "I called earlier, reservation for Vante?"
Namjoon rolled his eyes, "You used for fashion model name?"
"Hell yeah, it's easier." Taehyung grinned at his brother, forgetting about Jeongguk's presence.
He suddenly realized his presence and straightened up.
Jeongguk was so amused with the light that he sees in Taehyung's eyes. It sparkles and it is more than mesmerizing.
They walked inside with Jeongguk following Taehyung and the pheromones that he is smelling was so addicting that he wanted just to take his hand and whisk him away once again but this time, give in to his alpha and possess his omega.
His heart is pounding as the scent of freesia and pear swirl in his nostrils.
And Taehyung was feeling the same as he felt the presence of the alpha he used to call as husband from three years ago.
But to be fair Jeongguk was nothing but a gentleman because even if they were spouses, he never took the chance to give in to his alpha.
Taehyung can smell the woodsy scent of Jeongguk with bergamot and lemon.
It was the first time for Taehyung to feel something like this.
It was the first time that Taehyung is actually giving in to his wolf, enjoying the scent of another alpha even if he had alpha friends like Hyungsik or Seojoon.
Taehyung wanted to badly ask where Jimin is and why Jeongguk gave him a rose.
They all sat down and read the menu.
"How about we get the Tasting Course? Which is what we should do because it's not dinner yet?" Taehyung said without reservations.
He tried to control himself again but at this point there is no use hiding because Jeongguk and him are going to work together.
He took a deep breath, you can do this Taehyung, you have the confidence and the grace.
"So, Jeongguk," Taehyung turned to him, "how is Jimin hyung?"
"He is better. That's what the doctor said. He had been in Busan for a month now," Jeongguk looked at Taehyung in the eye.
"Oh good, I am glad he is better," Taehyung said uncomfortably.
"You two know each other before?" Namjoon asked, fueling the tension between them.
"Ummm..." Taehyung looked at the plate in front of him. Why his brother is a knucklehead, he has absolutely no idea.
"We used to be married but it's a marriage for convenience because of so many decisions that should have been done correctly and not because of desperation."
Taehyung kicked his brother from under the table.
Jeongguk looked at the both of them and took a deep breath gathering his nerves, "I don't want our past to limit us from working together. And I honestly want to tell you one-day reasons that fueled me before."
"Yeah, I think you should talk," Namjoon said, "only if both are okay with it. Don't you think?"
"Yes and I understand if Taehyung does not give me that chance," Jeongguk laughed wryly, "I wasn't really a good husband. If I was Tae, I wouldn't even invite myself to lunch."
Taehyung was overwhelmed by the overflowing honesty coming from Jeongguk.
It was his fault he asked about Jimin.
Taehyung looked at Jeongguk, trying to find fakeness and lies but in all honesty, Jeongguk never lied to him.
They were not friends but he never lied.
"I'm sorry, I asked. It's none of my business." Namjoon said taking a sip of water.
Jeongguk looked at Taehyung earnestly, "if I were to turn back time, hyung, I should have treated Taehyung differently. I know right now I am late, so I accept that."
"Maybe right now, if Taehyung would not forgive me as a husband, maybe I hope that he gives me a chance as a friend." Jeongguk sought Taehyung's eyes.
Despite Jeongguk's confidence, Taehyung felt as if Jeongguk used this chance but what chance could he get when he refuses every single time he asked to speak with him?
"Let's take a step at a time, shall we? Let's work together for now and concerning friendship, I have enough friends," Taehyung said as the food arrived.
Jeongguk's heart sank. He knew it wasn't going to be easy and he could not blame Taehyung because in truth he was a victim.
Victim of Jimin, a victim of his stepmother and half-sister, and his victim.
He felt that he treated Taehyung very badly and yet here he is, beautiful and smiling, tolerating him, allowing him to speak his mind when in fact he doesn't deserve to give him the time of day.
"But thank you Taehyung for inviting me, I really appreciate it," Jeongguk said as Taehyung offered him water.
He is but a dream now and at their age, it could be anytime soon that he would find a mate and then he loses his chance and he would forever regret it.
They had lunch and they had a good laugh. Well, Namjoon and Jeongguk did because they talked business and Taehyung became quiet for the most part.
He was just thinking that Jeongguk won't pursue him anymore, because, well he had said no, most especially after a few minutes ago.
"Taehyung, are you okay? You have been quiet?" Jeongguk asked him.
Taehyung looked at him, if he could have held on to the marriage would they have been like this or the same as how they were before?
"I am good. Food coma," he smiled at him.
"Vante?" an alpha said out loud.
"Park Bogum?" Taehyung shrieked, "Oh my gosh what are you doing here?"
"Here on vacation, are you doing anything later?" The alpha asked.
"Yes absolutely." Taehyung said.
Jeongguk sat uncomfortably, his confidence waning.
Now he feels like a total fool.
Who would have thought he stood a chance?
He looked at Taehyung with an ache in his heart, how he could win Taehyung when this guy Bogum looks at his ex-husband like the sun?
He just sat there though. He'd still try. He will try until he sees Taehyung may be married to someone else because right now, he knew for sure that he is falling hard and fast to the omega who was before his.
Namjoon looked at the scene before him. Jeongguk's face just turned sullen. He can see the heartache of the alpha. He can feel it.
Namjoon is currently engaged to someone he hasn't introduced to Taehyung yet because in this life, no one knew they were brothers, just yet.
Namjoon then stole Jeongguk's attention, seeing if he is truly the worthy alpha he was hoping for him to be.
"How busy are you this week, Jeongguk?" Namjoon asked.
"Except for the meeting later, my vice-presidents just finished their quarterly reports. Why what's up hyung?"
"Can you come with me to Jeju tomorrow? I need to check on some things for the conference. I would typically send Seojoon but since we are the planners, we can have a walkthrough as well, what do you think? All expenses paid," Namjoon said.
"Sure that would be great. It would help me regroup I guess, strategize," he said as he looked at Taehyung who was saying goodbye to Bogum.
Taehyung sensed the alpha's discomfort because the pheromones he released were very potent.
Jeongguk is jealous, why?
"Who was he?" Namjoon asked his brother.
"Oh, he's a classmate at LCF. We dated for a while but you know, I graduated and wasn't able to keep in touch." Taehyung said, side-eyeing Jeongguk, his pheromones getting stronger.
"Here's a picture, wait." Taehyung said.
"You dated?" Namjoon asked incredulously, then remembering they were in the company of another who was not aware of their real affinity. "Not that I was nosy, I just remembered you saying that you did not.".
Taehyung refrained from rolling his eyes because Jeongguk was there.
Park Bogum was okay. He went out with him on a couple of dates but Seokjin invited him to model with him right after graduation so he lost communication.
He was good-looking, sweet, and attentive but something was missing. Something he could not pinpoint.
"Let's go?" Namjoon said.
"Wait, I will pay," Taehyung said.
"Don't worry. I already did." Jeongguk said, "when I went earlier to the restroom."
"Why'd you do that?" Taehyung looked at him, wondering, intrigued.
"I might never have the chance to pay for lunch so, why not?"
Taehyung tried to listen to the words Jeongguk was saying, he might never have the chance to pay for lunch.
He looked at the alpha whose expression was indecipherable.
He had never been confused in his entire life.
Jeongguk was quiet for the rest of the ride. Just nodding and saying yes and Taehyung felt his silence.
He knew he hated him for treating him badly but why?
And now, these actions he had been showing him are confusing him, as he desires him, something that wasn’t felt before.
"Jeongguk I will call you later okay?" Namjoon smiled.
"Yes hyung, thank you for the trust," he said with his eyes not smiling.
Taehyung felt the ache in his heart.
Why does it have to be like this?
"Taehyung, thank you for this, I will see you soon, I hope," Jeongguk said as he turned around and walked inside his company building.
Was he giving up on him?
"Jeongguk," Taehyung said which made him turn around. "Thank you for lunch." He said smiling at him.
Namjoon started driving back to their company with Taehyung hitting him in the arm, "Hyung what were those questions for?"
Namjoon chuckled, "Taehyungie as much as I love you, our parents raised us well to listen to other people's woes. You have to talk to him someday."
"Are you my brother or are you a judge?" Taehyung sat down sulking.
"Three years had been a long time and honestly, you didn't really know him enough to hate him. So tell me, why do you hate him?"
"I don't necessarily hate him," Taehyung admitted. "I hate his mother and sister and Jimin but it's more of his distance, his refusal to know me after everything I was doing for him. All he cared for was my damn blood," Taehyung finally told his brother after three years.
Namjoon smiled, and finally, his brother told him how he really felt.
"Did you like him?" Namjoon asked.
"Yes," Taehyung said, "I was really hoping that he would show more because hyung, I knew we were both attracted to each other, I felt it."
"Every time he would visit the villa, there would be times that we were both lowering our boundaries, and the moment his voice became tender, he would turn 180 degrees. I never knew why he would suddenly become so cold so I stopped trying."
"Yes, hyung?" Taehyung sighed, might as well answer his questions.
"Why did you marry Jeongguk? I want the real reason why!" Namjoon asked.
"Because I thought saving a life would save me from blaming myself for mom's death," Taehyung said.
"Taehyungie, baby brother, why would you blame yourself for mom's death? You did not do anything wrong, it was not your fault!" Namjoon said as they got into the parking garage.
"Because I didn't want her to die. Because I needed her to teach me how to be an omega,+
hyung she promised me that she was going to be there when I have my first heat, when I finally find my alpha, when I mate, when I get my first pups but she left me and I have no one, I have no one," Taehyung said as he finally cried, allowing the tears to fall.
Namjoon parked the car immediately at the next vacant spot and hugged his brother tightly and just allowed him to cry.
"And then when Jeongguk offered me marriage because of my blood I thought it was the best thing to do because I was saving someone's life and then I hoped.
I hoped and I hoped and then I found that I was recessive and it hurt and I had no one to go to. I endured living alone because for a while I knew I was avoiding the reality of mom's death, of my recessiveness and then I started to hope. Whenever I saw
Jeongguk I hoped that I would be able to tell him about this pain in my heart. When he first saw me he begged me hyung, he begged me for my blood, and then when I fainted and said help, he didn't, he just sat with Jimin and that pained me. I finally lost control of everything+
And I thought I was going to have my first heat when I fainted and I wanted him to be there, be the omega I was destined to be." Taehyung said, sobbing in his brother's arms.
"I helped at his house, hoping to find love with his mother but I didn't so I continued wallowing
with what I signed myself up for."
Namjoon stroked his brother's head. He cannot blame him. He was always close with their mother.
"Thank you, hyung." Taehyung said as he wiped his tears.
"Thank you for telling me your truth. I love you my dongsaeng," Namjoon said.
Park Dae-jung was in his car when he saw this scene.
Kim Namjoon was comforting Kim Taehyung.
This is interesting.
He smiled as he took a picture of how Namjoon was kissing Taehyung on his forehead. Right now, he's never been sure of his suspicions about the new director
but this, for him is all he needs to remove the director from the position because per their guidelines, office romance is prohibited in the interest of the company.
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i cried when i was writing this scene because i have lost my mom when i was 16 and it took for awhile for me to grieve so this is very personal to me,
anyway, thank you for the love everyone... to be continued tomorrow!
Jeongguk sat calmly in front of Namjoon as they flew to Jeju on Namjoon's private plane.
"Hyung, thank you for trusting me with this," Jeongguk stated.
"You are a very honorable man. The fact that you were able to handle your company well for so many years. It's amazing."
Jeongguk just looked out the window and smiled.
There are so many things running through his mind right now
Questions seeking answers
Problems seeking solutions
Theories seeking proof
And somehow this trip with Namjoon he thinks somehow he would find what he is looking for.
"Jeongguk, can I ask you a personal question? Only if you don't mind." Namjoon asked.
"Of course, hyung, I have divulged so many things yesterday which I am grateful for because I wouldn't have been given the chance to tell how I feel, or say what I think to Taehyung," He said.
"Did you love him?" Namjoon asked.
"I really didn't know him. I met him, he was at Red Cross, my heart took a nose dive knowing that he has the blood that I needed and his scent, it was the sweetest scent I have ever smelled." Jeongguk stated candidly.
"I see, what makes you say you need him back if you really didn't know him?" Namjoon asked, looking at him as intently as ever.
"I don't want say it was guilt, maybe it was guilt. I don't know, how do I say this." Jeongguk stated.
He looked at the clouds from the window and looked at Namjoon.
"I fell in love with someone in uni. One of Jimin's closest friends. We graduated and I was so in love that I was willing to do crazy things for my ex, even leave my family and career behind."
"Well, apparently, he doesn't love me like how I loved him and I drank and got wasted. I brought Sungwoon with me and we just drank and drank. Jimin apologized to me repeatedly but I was drunk and out of control. We got kicked out of the bar because they were already closing +
so we went to the nearest convenience store and just drank water. I thought I was sober enough to drive. In the car, I remember my anger coming back and I told Sungwoon that I could not be his best friend anymore because he was with Jimin and I cannot bear to see Jimin and
not be bitter about my ex then we were arguing in the car & I didn't know that the red light turned. I still went and a 16-wheeler truck hit us. Sungwoo died & Jimin needed regular blood transfusions because of his injuries and I was lost." Jeongguk said with tears in his eyes.
"Sorry Jeonggukah, I didn't mean to pry, I was just curious because Taehyung is like a baby brother," Namjoon said, telling the truth somehow.
"Is that you picked him up when he decided to leave me?" Jeongguk said, pouring everything out because when it comes to Taehyung, +
he is now willing to risk it all. He doesn't know the reason why right now but he made a solemn vow to win him back again.
"Who told you?" Namjoon asked.
"My butler," Jeongguk said, looking down at his hands then looked back at him.
"Yeah, Seojoon is his bestfriend and
he works for me. So when I found out that he was leaving his husband I had to come and pick him up," Namjoon admitted, as honestly as he could, leaving the tiny detail that they are family. "What made you think that Taehyung will be different?"
"I initially thought that Taehyung was the same but he just gave blood when asked, quiet & waiting. He was just there waiting & then he fainted and I saw him and then I was so blind about my guilt that I let Jimin stop me when in fact, we should be thankful for Taehyung's blood.+
That was my biggest regret, I kept on taking and taking and that was the first time he asked something from me & I denied it. The next day, for the first time I took a shower at my villa. He smelled so good & I wanted to succumb to my wolf but I did not." Jeongguk shook his head.
He took a deep breath and continued, "I never thought that he wanted my money unlike my ex who I found out likes me for my money. So when I found out that the money I sent him was intact and he returned the same money I sent him, I knew he was not a gold digger."
Jeongguk laughed bitterly, "I got so broken hearted from a man who just liked me for my money when there was Taehyung who did not want my money. I was a fool, hyung, I was so bitter and I was so hurt and how I wish I could just turn back time to show him the love he deserves."
Namjoon looked at him, amazed of how he was just opening up to him, "so let me get this straight and I am sorry but Jimin is not your ex?"
"Oh no, no. He was Sungwoon's fiancé. He was best friends with my ex, Eunwoo." Jeongguk said, taking the tissue that Namjoon handed to him.
"And what's your plan to win Taehyung?" Namjoon asked, intrigued & curious because he just wanted to make sure he was doing the right thing, knowing this truth about Jeongguk.
"I hurt him, hyung and to tell you honestly, I don't know just yet." Jeongguk said before the captain announced that they are landing in 10 minutes.
"Thank you Jeongguk for trusting me with all this. I am but a stranger but you trust me." Namjoon said earnestly.
"If Taehyung trusts you with his life, I think I should too and besides, I have no older brother to look up to, so I am glad that you are asking me, only if you don't mind." Jeongguk stated.
They got to Jeju International Convention Center.
"Hyung, I looked at the layout of the convention center and I was going to propose this floor plan to you at our next meeting but since I was invited, let me tell you by means of a walk through."
Namjoon looked at Jeongguk, so awe-inspired by the CEO.
"You are good at this huh?" Namjoon asked.
T/W Mention of S u i c i d e
"After Sungwoon died and I just got married to Taehyung, I was in so much grief, hyung, that I almost killed myself. +
And then after rehab and group counseling, I drowned myself in work and just became an overachiever. I finished my master's while helping my father acquire two other companies and I guess I just forgot that I have a husband.
My other close friends, Yoongi and Hobi, my other hyungs, well they helped me somehow. Except that they knew Sungwoon and Jimin too because we were all from the same uni." Jeongguk looked at Namjoon who was just looking at him, listening intently to everything he had to say.
"Am I running off with my mouth? I am sorry hyung," Jeongguk said, "I don't know where this level of self-confidence and trust is coming from," he chuckled.
"No, Jeongguk, you are good," Namjoon smiled, "Thank you for the trust!"
"Okay, anyway," Jeongguk said, "I was thinking of making this as an expo site - where the vendor could stay,"
"And we can put the registration right here. I was still deciding if we categorize by industry or just alphabetically? Or maybe by company name?"
"I think by company name is ideal," Namjoon answered honestly.
"And then color code by industry?"
"Yes," Namjoon nodded.
Taehyung and Seokjin walked into the Galleria for some shopping.
"So, how are you doing?" Jin asked his brother.
Taehyung looked at him & frowned. "Confused."
"Why are you confused baby bear?" Jin said as he adjusted his ball cap, making sure he does not get recognized.
"My last appointment with Dr Young was two months ago & then yesterday I saw him again, saying my hormones increased significantly, and then the day before yesterday, I was around Dae-jung for 10 minutes, Hyungsik for an hour, Seojoon maybe for 20, and then Jeongguk for 3 hours."
"I think I know who the dominant alpha is..." Taehyung gave a tight lip smile.
"Jeongguk?" He asked as they entered Emporio Armani
"Yeah, and I have never been so confused in my life. Sigh," Taehyung said as they went to the suit section.
"Are you starting to like him is that why? And you are thinking that he hurt you & treated you like shit?"
"It's my fault too because I allowed myself to be like that. It's not just his fault hyung, I didn't even try to get to know him too. Instead I wallowed in self-pity,"
"My smart dongsaeng," Jin said, "I get you got hurt but you allowed yourself to get hurt, and being angry doesn't solve anything, communication does," Jin said as he leafed through a few dress suits.
Jin turned to his brother, "I am sorry I wasn't there for you," he said as he squeezed Taehyung's hand, "I had some grieving to experience too, by leaving the company and deciding to be an international fashion model," he said holding out a light gray skinny dress suit.
Taehyung shook his head, "not your color, hyung, try charcoal," Taehyung said choosing one for his brother.
"Look at what we have here?" Jih-yo said as Jimin walked beside her.
Jimin turned to Jih-yo and said, "stop it Ji, why are you being like that?"
Jimin turned to Taehyung and said, "I am sorry Taehyung."
"For what exactly?" Taehyung smiled as his brother just listened in.
"For breaking your marriage and me for being ungrateful," Jimin said sincerely.
"Jimin oppa? What about your plans with my brother?" Jih-yo shrieked.
Jin looked at Taehyung, trying to conceal the shock on his face.
"Jih-yo, stop you are embarrassing yourself," Jimin said as he bowed apologetically to Taehyung. "I am sorry Taehyung," he said as they exited the store.
"Wow, is that the wicked sister," Jin said.
"Yeah, and that's Jimin. Hmm," Taehyung said, "Jeongguk mentioned Jimin was in Busan."
"When did he tell you that?"
"Two months ago," Taehyung said. He looked at Jimin walking away, maybe he is back with Jeongguk.
"How long is it before the conference?" Jin asked as he chose the charcoal suit.
"Two months more," Taehyung said, "are you not going to try them on?"
"This brand fits me perfectly," Jin said.
"Hyung. I want to see," Taehyung insisted.
"Okay, fine!" Jin rolled his eyes.
Jin went to the dressing room only to hear Jimin trying on clothes. Jih-yo was sitting on the couch, her legs crossed, "do you think he took the bait, oppa?"
Jimin tried on the shirt, "if this is the way for me to get close to Jeongguk again, I will do absolutely anything."
Jin frowned and shook his head but still listened carefully.
"Yeah, Appa is on the rampage, saying he will cut me off his will if I don't finish school, but school is boring!" Jih-yo said.
It's a good thing that Jin was on the opposite side of the dressing room area.
"I have to be nice to Taehyung, though," Jimin said, "Yoongi is like hovering around me, reminding me Taehyung saved my life."
"But you didn't need saving. How many transfusions did you need before you become better?" Jih-yo asked, chewing gum and twirling her hair.
"I really needed his blood Jih-yo," Jimin said, "I am still thankful to him and your brother told me his peace. Why do you hate him so?"
"He's a gold digger, that's what Eomma said," Jih-yo shrugged.
"Well, this doesn't look good," Jimin said. "Let's go," he said.
"Shall we go eat dinner?" Jimin asked.
"Yes, let's go!"
He should help his brother win. The sister is awful.
"Hyung, what's taking you so long?" Taehyung said.
"I changed my mind," Jin said hanging the suit. "How about I buy you clothes for the conference?"
"Why are you buying me clothes again?" Taehyung asked.
"Well, we have to get your dominant alpha," Jin said, "Taehyungie, honey, what did you tell me in Paris? You wanted to be a parent, to bear pups, and now that you know you need a dominant alpha to do that, then+
what's stopping you? What did Namjoon hyung say during our dinner last month? Jeongguk actually told you he wants to win you back and is he trying to prove himself to you?"
"Yes and no?" Taehyung said as they waited for the valet to bring his car.
"Tell me," Jin said.
"He has done a lot of wonderful stuff, hyung. He was the one who brough Namjoon hyung from the airport four months ago, then he made this great layout plan and registration strategy, and then he went with Namjoon hyung to Jeju, he even+
paid for lunch when I said it was my treat and he just acted on it like it's the most natural thing for him to do," he looked at Seokjin as the valet handed him the key to his car.
They got in and Taehyung started driving to the Celine store in Cheongndam.
"And you know what's the craziest thing? He will bring me flowers every time we meet and opens the door for me."
"And why are you sad?" Jin asks his brother.
"It's because I said I don't need him as a friend or I said I am not willing to give him a chance," Taehyung said.
"Taehyungie, awww, do you want him to pursue you still?" Jin asked.
"I don't know, I am having mixed emotions. Seeing Jimin and his sister, oh, I hate his sister. Imagine being involved with her?" Taehyung said in disgust.
"First of all, Jeongguk is respecting your wishes and leaves you alone but he never stops showering you with attention and romantic gestures. Secondly, have you tried to date?"
"Well, when I got back, I went out with Hyungsik but it was just super friendly and brotherly +
and then Park Bogum? I saw him, I had dinner with him but..."
"Something is missing?" Jin asked as Taehyung drove to the parking lot across the store.
"Yeah," Taehyung nodded.
"And Jeongguk?" Jin looked at his brother, observing his reaction.
"Ever since I first saw him, there is something about him that draws me in but he pulled back before."
"And now?" Jin asked.
Taehyung parked his car.
They got out and walked to the store.
Taehyung bit his lower lip and just thought of Jeongguk.
In their last meeting, Jeongguk actually worked with him as Jeongguk shared his ideas about the badge designs and banners which were approved by Namjoon for production.
Jeongguk went with Taehyung to their print department and helped him put together a sample informational packet that was already distributed to all the companies.
They are just awaiting confirmation from the participants.
"We actually work well together," Taehyung smiled.
They stepped inside Celine and Taehyung felt he was in Wonderland.
"Well, one step at a time my baby brother, one step at a time." He said as he pushed his brother to the men's department. "Now, let's buy you some clothes."
Seojoon, Wooshik, Seokjin and Taehyung arrived at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong Myeongdong.
"Ah, it's been a while," Seokjin said as entered the samgyeopsal restaurant.
Taehyung was talking with Wooshik when Seojoon whispered, "Jeongguk is here with others."
Seokjjn had bought Taehyung a lot of clothes yesterday and he poured his feelings to his brother and right now he was just not ready to face him most especially with the idea that Jimin is in town.
Jeongguk was talking to Jimin when he met Taehyung's eyes.
Taehyung's heart ached because the last time he saw this scene was at the hospital.
Was he ready for this, for this to finally happen?
Seokjin placed his hand on Taehyung's shoulder and squeezed it.
"You can do this!" Jin said.
Taehyung smiled weakly at his brother who just nodded at him. "Until when are you staying?"
Jin pulled out his phone and showed Taehyung his next show, "I will be back before the conference."
It's a fashion show in New York and it looked nice.
Jeongguk kept his eyes on Taehyung and the fashion model he had seen at the fashion show. Why is he with Taehyung?
Yoongi was saying something to Jeongguk when he saw that he was preoccupied.
He turned around and saw Taehyung talking to an alpha, the fashion model.
Jimin looked uncomfortable because he knew that Jeongguk's attention was already stolen by the Omega he once called his husband.
Jimin reached out to Jeongguk's hand which he immediately retracted.
He didn't know that it would sting.
But Jeongguk could not just sit there and watch Taehyung's face fill with uncertainty.
He enjoyed working with him so much that he felt everything between them was natural and somehow he felt that Taehyung trusts him and he didn’t want to ruin that trust.
He raised his hand and waved at Taehyung.
Jin looked at his brother who waved back.
He moved closer to his brother and whispered, "I can't believe you waved back to lover boy, dominant alpha par excellance?"
Taehyung threw him a glare.
"He waved so I waved back?" Taehyung shrugged.
"I thought you were uber jealous of Jimin," Wooshik interjected.
"Not you too?" He looked at Wooshik, shaking his head.
Seojoon chuckled, "you know what I don't exactly trust him just yet."
Taehyung looked at Seojoon and asked, "Jimin or Jeongguk?" He asked as the waitress brought them to their table.
"Why, tell me!" Seokjin asked.
"Jeongguk was hesitant. He should have waved to Taehyung at once," Seojoon shrugged.
Well Seojoon has a point.
Dejected, Taehyung sat quietly confused once again, until Jeongguk actually stood up and left the restaurant.
Taehyung frowned, he left without saying goodbye.
Taehyung got busy looking at the meat choices when a single rose blocked his view.
Taehyung smiled automatically at the alpha and said, "you didn't have to."
Jeongguk just smiled at him and said, "I do," with that, he turned around and walked back to his friends, stealing glances at Taehyung smiling.
Jeongguk then looked at Jimin who was trying really hard to talk to Yoongi. He knew Jimin was uncomfortable but he already told him that they are friends, best friends.
He knew too that it was time for him to move on from the past as he looked at Taehyung with hope in his heart.
Jeongguk's friends stood up when their order arrived.
Yoongi and Jimin went to their table followed by Jeongguk.
"We are going to leave now Seojoonssi, Taehyungssi," Jeongguk looked at Taehyung reluctantly, his heart beating loudly. "Before we leave, I would like to properly+
introduce my friends, this is Yoongi hyung my lawyer and bestfriend and this is Jimin..."
"One of his closest childhood bestfriends," Jimin said as he smiled a bit arrogantly for Jin's taste.
Jin internally rolled his eyes as Taehyung started speaking, "this is Wooshik & Jin."
"They are all my hyung best friends."
"And me," Hyungsik said as he appeared on the table. "Hyungsik. Taehyung's boss sometimes and his eternal protector," Hyungsik said as he squeezed himself beside Taehyung.
Jeongguk felt the pang of regret in his heart when he saw Hyungsik look at Taehyung & this was not the first time that he saw how the Alpha regarded him.
Be strong Jeongguk, be confident. He said to himself.
"I will see you on Monday, Tae." He said with a sad smile on his face.
Monday arrived and everyone was getting frantic.
He knew that their conference meeting was bi-weekly now but when Namjoon called him, "Taehyung, Appa is here," Taehyung knew something was going on.
For Kim Conglomerate Chairman and President Emeritus Kim Jung Jae to actually visit the office meant something serious and this was the first time that he would face his father in the business setting.
Taehyung went inside the conference room and Namjoon locked the door.
Inside were all the vice-presidents and directors, Seojoon and Namjoon
"Park Dae-jung had emailed me about a disturbing news and I came here to find out about it. Granted that some members here
have a meeting to attend in 30 minutes, let's get on with your discovery."
"Chairman and President Emeritus, we have been an esteemed company for the longest time with high ethical standards. However due to recent events, I have found something disturbing."
"We know that office romance is inevitable and is permitted in different departments under different divisions, however I find it disturbing that we have someone new who is in a relationship." Park Dae-jung showed the picture of Namjoon kissing Taehyung on the forehead.
In the world we live in, by default, reality is an illusion because everyone has unique perceptions of things.
Ancient Greek Philosophers and early psychologists have shown great interest in the study of perception because understanding it fully makes people have a
better grasp of what’s happening to the world.
Because in essence, perception is so complex because the way we perceive things is different. We may hear the same sounds, and see the same things.
We experience the same stimuli but our perception of the world is built upon prior experiences, interests, skills, upbringing and so many more that makes each experience unique from one another.
Conversely, our perception of the world affects our personality, attitude and behavior of how we see the world. Therefore absolute objectivity is not possible because it is impossible for everyone to be.
And the reality is, this world that we live in is filled with everyday battles where people choose challenges and problems they are only prepared to confront. There are instances when they choose to confront but then one can be triumphant and one can feel defeated.
The level of comfortability one has to experience affects judgment, therefore somehow, truth gets lost in the process, allowing monsters to creep from the shadows and create a battle both inwards and outwards based on differing perceptions.
"Okay, Assistant Director Park, can you please read the guidelines on Workplace Relationships," Kim Jung Jae asked, crossing his leg with his arms crossed.
"Scope: Our company is an equal opportunity employer where we enforce this policy equally to all employees including HR +
Objective: Kim Conglomerate enumerates acceptable behavior for all employees in the Code of Conduct but for the purpose of Work Relationships the following should be enforced in the workplace.
This means you and your partner shouldn’t behave in a way that:
- Does not meet deadlines.
- Hinders operations.
- Does not display professionalism.
- Creates a distraction on the work area.
Examples of acceptable behavior are:
- Talking to your partner in their office/desk for a short time.
- Discussing your joint vacation plans during breaks.
- Coming to and leaving from work together.
Examples of unacceptable behavior are:
- Arguing inside the workplace.
- Public display of affection in the office, in front of colleagues or clients.
- Excessive use of work time to deal with personal problems.
Employees who exhibit unacceptable behavior will be submitted to the immediate supervisor for performance and discipline review. Rev 7/22."
Assistant Park frowned, he has not seen the revised corporate policy & now, he looked at the president emeritus, trembling.
Seojoon looked at Kim Jung Jae who nodded.
"Assistant Director Park, would you like to read the corporate policy on Code of Ethics, section on Discrimination, Harassment and Workplace Violence?"
Kim Jung Jae piped in, "please start on Workplace Harassment."
Director Park swallowed, with shaking hands, he used his computer and scrolled to the page in his PDF presentation:
Workplace Harassment: Workplace harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct or comments, either
directly against an individual in the workplace or made in a general manner that contributes to an
environment that is hostile or lacking respect or dignity.
"Examples of workplace harassment include:
• insulting, intimidating, demeaning, annoying, embarrassing or otherwise offensive behavior;
• isolation and shunning, gossip, rumors, negative blogging, insults, name-calling;
• slamming doors, throwing objects and physical contact;
• any other harassment that affects an individual’s dignity or psychological or physical integrity
• inappropriate or unwelcome focus or comments on a person’s physical characteristics or
• bullying & cyberbullying. Rev 7/22." (source: ilpa.org/wp-content/upl…
"So, Assistant Director Park, what is our concern again?" Seojoon asked then looked at everyone.
Namjoon then smiled before he spoke, "I admire your courage Assistant Director Park because you have exhibited your concern for fairness and equality but
your actions also manifested contempt to management. You could have totally confronted me before bringing our former president, creating this circus. I may have been there for Director Kim because he may be upset from a personal concern but
in no way does that picture exhibit that we are in a romantic relationship. Everyone is aware that we have previous professional relationship and have been close, but it does not mean that what we display is romantic, or does anyone else thing otherwise?" Namjoon looked around.
"Good, therefore, if you would like to escalate your concern, you can bring it up to the Office of Employee Relations and state the part of the corporate policy that I have violated," Namjoon said before sitting down.
"If there are no other questions, this meeting is adjourned," President and Chairman Emeritus Kim said as he tapped loudly on the table. He then turned to Namjoon and Taehyung, "I will deal with both of you later," he whispered.
"Anyways, since our company is hosting the conference, I would like to attend your planning meeting," he said with a smile, "and I would like to meet the man who supposedly broke my son's heart but who is wooing him again," their dad whispered with a slight chuckle.
Taehyung looked around and saw that it was just the three of them left in the conference room, "and who told you such lies?" Taehyung scowled at Namjoon as a warning.
"Why should I do such a thing?" Namjoon innocently raised both his hands in the air, controlling his smile.
Taehyung looked at his brother grimly with his eyes shooting daggers.
Their father laughed heartily, "you don't need to worry Tae, I am just here to observe, that's all." He said patting his son at the back.
"Traitor," Taehyung told Namjoon right before Hobi & Jeongguk walk in.
Jeon Jeongguk widened his eyes when he saw the face of the former president and CEO of Kim Conglomerates.
Namjoon saw Jeongguk's delighted reaction, "Jung Hoseok, Jeon Jeongguk, please meet former..."
"President and CEO Kim Jung Jae. Sir, it's an honor to meet you! +
My entire master's dissertation was about your approach to conglomerate mergers of different industries, it's such a great honor to meet you," Jeongguk said as he bowed to the great esteemed alpha leader of the Kims.
Namjoon looked at Taehyung from his periphery as the current CEO refrained from smiling widely.
Namjoon for sure knows that Jeongguk already swept Kim Jung Jae off his feet because he was in fact the proponent of conglomerate mergers in the country.
"And who would have thought I have a fan," their father smiled sincerely towards the young CEO, "tell me, young man, what was my first acquisition?"
"Sir, that's easy. You acquired Korea Herald, then Korea Air, then the Galleria. You have realty, shipping & other subsidiaries."
Kim Jung Jae then turned to Hobi and smiled, "you must Jung Hoseok from KBC?" He said as the younger bowed.
"It's my honor to meet you too, sir." He said humbly.
"The documentary you produced about Korean pop culture was very visually stunning," he said as people started coming in. "And Jeongguk, I admire the way you handle your business & your passion for helping our company's leukemia foundation, thank you for your generous donation."
Taehyung sat down and looked at Namjoon with tears brimming from his eyes and Namjoon just smiled at him and leaned in and whispered very quietly, "He actually donated the cashier's check you gave him as a settlement for your divorce."
Jeongguk then suddenly stood up from his seat then placed a single rose stem, yet again, in front of Taehyung and in front of Kim Jung Jae who just watching the younger alpha closely.
Taehyung's pheremones wafted across the table with Jeongguk smelling its sweetness.
For the first time that they have known each other, Taehyung looked down at the rose and then smiled at him with the sweetest smile he has ever seen.
The meeting went well and the alpha emeritus was amazed at everyone's passion and zeal. Especially now, seeing how Taehyung expressed himself clearly and showed leadership with firmness but gentleness made the alpha miss his wife even more.
She would have been proud of Taehyung. She would have liked Jeongguk too and from what he gathered from Seokjin and Namjoon, Taehyung is still in doubt.
Well, who could blame his son? But somehow he sees that Jeongguk is trying, all they need now is to properly communicate.
But he doesn't want anything forced too because anything forced just causes more pain, more blame and more anger and he doesn't want Taehyung to experience that.
Kim Jung Jae stared at Jeongguk. He is sure that this person speaking has matured.
Everyone left the room once the meeting was adjourned by Namjoon.
The former CEO stood up and looked at Jeongguk, the answer to this question will somehow move his omega son, he thinks it will, "Jeongguk, feed my curiosity."
"Sir, what is it?"
"Why did you choose our leukemia foundation? Other foundations are deserving of that huge amount of money but why choose us?"
Jeongguk looked at the elder and then looked longingly at Taehyung, "because I lost someone whose blood was precious and I just thought that+
there are already a lot who support the Red Cross but to support a blood illness would help lessen the guilt in my heart," Jeongguk sadly admitted then looked back at the elder, "I know it's hard to explain but I hope I was able to help more people."
Taehyung looked down, his heart beating more reverrently now.
The emotions surrounding his heart are both easy and complex because he was still trying to resist the alpha but after hearing everything, his walls came tumbling down.
He looked at Jeongguk with fear in his eyes, then quickly excused himself from the group, "I have to go, it's nice to see you Chairman Kim," he said as he immediately left the conference room.
He ran to his office and locked the door.
He leaned back against his door, his heart pounding in his ear.
His resolve is slowly melting and he was simply not ready.
He steadied his breathing as he clutched his chest with his hands realizing that he held the rose that Jeongguk gave against his heart.
"Is Taehyung going to be okay? Maybe I should follow him?" Jeongguk asked Namjoon.
Namjoon looked at his father and looked back at Jeongguk, "he'd be okay."
"But I have to be sure, I mean we have to be sure," Jeongguk said, ready to follow Taehyung.
Kim Jung Jae patted Jeongguk's hand, "I am sure he'd be okay. Anyway, I would want to see your father at the conference."
"Who else is going to the conference from your company?" Namjoon asked.
"All my vice presidents and Yoongi as well." Jeongguk replied.
"How about from yours, Hoseokssi?"
"All the directors and a few senior managers. The CEO had prior plans." Hobi said as he started walking with them to head outside.
Jeongguk looked back towards Taehyung's office with worry in his heart and Kim Jung Jae saw this.
"Sir, if you excuse me, I just need to check on Taehyung really quickly," Jeongguk said as he walked back and headed to Taehyung's office.
Taehyung sat at the edge of his desk looking at the view outside the window.
Then a brisk knock startled him.
He whipped his head as the door opened with Jeongguk quckly walking in and shutting the door behind him.
Jeongguk quickly reached Taehyung and stood in front of him.
Taehyung looked up at him with tears in his eyes and it was the first time that Jeongguk had seen him cry.
"Taehyung, I am really sorry, I really am." Jeongguk said.
Jeongguk felt immobile, helpless because he can feel the omega from the emotions pouring from his eyes.
"I wanted to hate you Jeongguk. I really want to but my heart does not want to but I don't know if I can trust you because I don't know if you'll catch me when I fall."
Taehyung's tears rolled from his cheeks and Jeongguk just felt the pain in his heart.
What has he done? Taehyung doesn't deserve this.
But Jeongguk cannot control how he feels for Taehyung anymore so he quickly gathered him in his arms and allowed him to cry.
It was the first time that Taehyung felt his arms "I hated you, I didn't want you, no, Jeongguk, I can't trust you, no, I can't," Taehyung said as he hit Jeongguk's chest.
And Jeongguk just kept him caged in his arms, taking all the hits, taking in all of Taehyung's pain.
"You just used me when you needed me and now you confuse me," Taehyung said surrendering in Jeongguk's embrace, "my mind, my mind wants to still hate you but my heart cannot... it does not want to anymore." He said as he continued crying.
"Why did you hate me so Jeongguk?"
"I didn't, I promise I didn't. My heart wanted you too but my mind did not want to trust anyone too," Jeongguk said, stroking Taehyung's back.
Taehyung finally calmed down to the scent Jeongguk released & slowly Jeongguk loosened his embrace and looked at Taehyung.
"Give me a chance, one chance to tell you everything," Jeongguk said, gazing deeply into Taehyung's eyes. "And then if you don't deem it acceptable, if you think everything is just a waste of your time, then tell me, I will back out. Even if it breaks my heart to step back, +
I will let you go." Jeongguk said, as he stroked his cheek.
Taehyung looked at him and grabbed a tissue and wiped his eyes, "give me time please but don't give up, not yet, just give me time."
Jeongguk smiled. There's a chance.
Somehow. Somewhere. Jeongguk felt that he may have a chance.
He does not want to rejoice just yet but somehow Jeongguk feels that the finish line is near but he still needs to run steady and hopefully wins Taehyung's heart.
There was another knock at the door and Namjoon popped his head in, "you guys good?"
Taehyung nodded and smiled meekly at his brother as he blew his nose.
"We just had a tallk hyung," he said honestly.
"We cleared the air, and cried some tears, we are okay, hyung," Taehyung assured his older brother.
"Good, because you two are flying three days ahead of everyone else before the conference," Namjoon said directly at them both, "we'll talk about it more during lunch, let's go."
a/n before I continue I made a mistake -it's ERRATICALLY not reverently -- I blame The Walking Dead because Father Gabriel was talking (I just finished an episode from season 9) - sorry I got distracted.
ONE WEEK BEFORE THE CONFERENCE
Yoongi and Jimin just finished lunch and they said their goodbyes.
Jimin felt great because he just finished with his therapist. He had learned about mindfulness and other tips regarding relaxation and calming oneself.
It has been six months since he came back and Jeongguk's honesty at the airport broke his heart but slowly he had started to accept that all the alpha sees him as a best friend and somehow along the way, from the guilt, confusion, heartbreak and grief.
He loved Sungwoon. He loved Jeongguk.
He met Jeongguk first one Sunday at a party hosted by the Jeons in honor of Jeongguk's stepmother.
His parent's are friends with Jeon Jieun and their friendship had perks.
Jeongguk was shy but when he came along, he started opening up.
Highschool became easier with Jeongguk who just followed him around until Sungwoon arrived.
Sungwoon and Jeongguk became instant
best friends as they started to play sports together.
He detested Sungwoon at first until the time they all started uni. Well, Jeongguk was held one year behind as he was the youngest of the group.
Sungwoon and Jimin became super close and their added chemistry manifested when Jimin had his first heat and Sungwoon was there.
And when Sungwoon had his first rut and declared Alpha, then their feelings intensified.
Jeongguk was still there yes most especially when he entered uni and Jimin was still fond of the handsome alpha whose smiles and kindness melted all the omegas around him, most especially Eunwoo.
Well the Chas and the Parks were really close to Jeon Jieun. Eunwoo's omega father, Jimin's mother and Jieun were bestfriends but Jimin's family came from simple beginnings so they were still a little bit less arrogant than Eunwoo's mom and Jeongguk's stepmother.
Jimin became Jeongguk and Eunwoo's bridge because Eunwoo had this go-getter attitude most especially when Jeongguk had his first rut and Eunwoo being Jeongguk's first, feelings were instantaneous.
Jimin was about to reach the exit when Jih-yo waved at him excitedly.
"Oppa! Guess what?" Jih-yo jumped up and down.
"What is it Ji?"
"Eunwoo's back and his parents and we are all going with Appa to Jeju next week and your parents said they are coming too with you!"
"Really? We are?" Jimin asked.
"Yes, oppa." Jih-yo exclaimed.
"Does your brother know that Eunwoo is coming?"
"No, but I know Eunwoo deserves him more than that Taehyung guy," Jih-yo declared.
Jimin wanted to go too. He hasn't been to Jeju since Sungwoon proposed to him.
Somehow he knows that he'll finally find the peace he's looking for and Jeongguk's forgiveness at Jeju.
After so many arguments and protests, Taehyung agreed to be brought to the airport by Namjoon but they had to pick up Jeongguk first.
"You can do it Tae," Namjoon said. "He apologized to you and that made you feel lighter yes?"
Taehyung rolled his eyes at his brother, "I am not ready!"
"You are born ready, you are a Kim! You are Kim Jung Jae's youngest son," Namjoon proudly said, "and you make me very proud," He smiled.
"When will Appa announce me? That scene with Park Dae Jung shouldn't have happened if they only knew," Taehyung pouted as they entered Jeongguk's villa, his old home.
"It happened and look at how you have garnered respect." Namjoon said as he parked the car.
Butler Woo immediately came to the passenger side and smiled at Taehyung as he opened the passenger door, "Master Taehyung, it's been a while."
Taehyung smiled at the butler, as he looked at the old place he called home, "Butler Woo, hello!" He said smiling.
"If you would allow me to say something Master Taehyung?"
"You look absolutely stunning," He smiled.
"Thank you Butler Woo," he said as Namjoon got out of the car.
"Butler Woo, it's me again," Namjoon said.
Butler Woo bowed and excused himself.
"Again?" Taehyung whispered.
"Remember, Jeongguk and I went to Jeju together?" Namjoon whispered to his brother.
"Oh, yeah, right," Taehyung said. "Hyung, I forgot to tell you I know who the dominant alpha is," he whispered.
Namjoon looked at Taehyung and shook his head, "Your Seokjin hyung told me."
"So, sorry I was running late, I got something from my car," Jeongguk said as he handed Taehyung two dozen of red roses.
"Jeongguk, you shouldn't have," Taehyung said.
"I told you, I should," Jeongguk said as their hands brushed but this time Taehyung didn't pull back.
Namjoon opened the trunk for the butler to put Jeongguk's luggage.
"Okay lovebirds, let's go." Namjoon chuckled.
"Sajangnim!" Taehyung exclaimed.
Namjoon just laughed & nudged Jeongguk, "Take care of Taehyung okay?"
Jeongguk smiled & nodded, "it will be my pleasure, hyung!"
And true to his word, Jeongguk was very patient.
He noticed though that Taehyung became more relaxed around him.
They had several weekly lunches in the past month and Jeongguk was very happy but he didn't want to be overconfident because Taehyung hasn't forgive him entirely.
Inside their private plane, Taehyung was distracted because he felt the constant gaze of the alpha at him so he kept biting his lips, just staring at the window, allowing his mind to wander aimlessly but he knew in his periphery that Jeongguk was gazing at him.
"Jeongguk," he said trying to sound very serious but his heart skipped a beat.
Taehyung was somehow excited because these three days alone, working with Jeongguk is different than working with the rest of their planning team.
"Yes Tae?" He said with sparkly eyes.
"Stop staring," Taehyung looked at him straight in the eye with his cheeks turning pink.
"You dyed your hair back!" Jeongguk said, hypnotized by his beauty.
"Does it not look good?" Taehyung asked worriedly.
"Tae, you don't look good. You look perfect," Jeongguk said staring.
Taehyung looked away, "you're just saying that!"
"When have Iied to you?" Jeongguk asked again.
Taehyung just shook his head.
"So, you promised me that we have to talk. I think we should before the conference begins, only if you are ready," Jeongguk said hesitantly.
Taehyung looked at Jeongguk who was waiting for an answer.
He asked him to give him time which he honored, so it's only fair to give him the chance he is asking, later after dinner maybe.
"Okay," Taehyung answered softly making Jeongguk both nervous and excited.
Namjoon arrived at the Wolfgang's Steakhouse where his father and Seokjin were waiting for him.
"I brought them to the airport," Namjoon said.
Kim Jung Jae reached out for Namjoon's hand and smiled, "Good, this is the best way for them to talk, don't you think?"
Namjoon looked at his father and Seokjin.
"We have to make sure he gets his heat before the end of the year right?" Seokjin said.
"But why didn't we want to tell Taehyung about this?" Namjoon said as he looked at menu, sipping his water.
"I don't want to force feelings and Jeongguk being a dominant alpha, a younger one, a successful one, and someone Taehyung has feelings for, I would be all for it," Kim Jung Jae said, "I will have the filet mignon, thank you."
"I will have the same," Namjoon said.
"I will have the prime filet mignon cut," Seokjin said with Namjoon shaking his head. "What? I have to keep this body lean and healthy,"
"You guys are not getting any younger, get married soon," Kim Jung Jae firmly expressed. "Taehyung expressly stated he wanted to have pups+
Dr Young had been keeping an eye on his hormone levels because the doctor has been worried because your brother is not getting any younger since he just turned 27 with no heat except lately. Dr Young observed that there is a significant spike in his hormone levels and making+
them spend time hopefully will boost his hormone levels."
"Appa, how many dominant alphas are in Seoul?" Seokjin asked.
"Five including Jeongguk, 4 are past their thirties, 2 married and 2 divorced." Namjoon responded.
"And recessive omegas are very rare too that's why I want the best for your brother. I didn't want to meddle with his personal life, most especially in terms of love but I am hoping that this little push would help him," Kim Jung Jae stated. "And your brother is aware of what to+
do too. My guess is that he is still sorting out his feelings," their Appa said as the waiter placed three wine glasses in front of them.
"Taehyung still has feelings, I am sure of it!" Seokjin exclaimed.
"Yeah, when Taehyung found out about the money donated to+
our leukemia foundation, he excused himself and cried and Jeongguk followed him," Namjoon said.
"It was the right thing to do, I mean, the only thing to do and that's why I suggested for you to send them early," Appa stated, delighted with his decision.
"When did this happen?" Seokjin asked.
"You were in New York at that time," Namjoon said as the waiter finally arrived with their order. "Thank you," he said as he nodded to the waiter.
He looked back to Seokjin, "it was a good talk. It barely scratched the surface but +
I think it made a difference." Namjoon said.
The waiter poured the red wine into their wine glasses, "both of them have been more comfortable around each other," Namjoon stated.
"So, Jin my son, you are attending the conference too?" Kim Jung Jae asked curiously.
"I will go to Jeju with you and watch, maybe shadow Tae or Namjoon. I will be there," Seokjin smiled.
"Good," their Appa stated with gusto, happy to see his kids at the conference.
They arrived at Lotte Hotel Jeju and Taehyung had never been so excited. Jeongguk wondered why because he was so amused by the beautiful smile painted on his beautiful face.
Jeongguk placed his bag around him so he can help Taehyung with his luggage.
Taehyung looked at him and said, "Jeongguk, you don't have to," he said as he approached him to take his bag.
"I do," he said smiling, "I got this." Jeongguk said as he walked to the check in counter.
"Two rooms, for Kim and Jeon," he said.
"For the conference room block, do you want adjacent rooms or across from each other?" The concierge asked.
"Tae, what do you prefer?" Jeongguk turned and asked him.
Taehyung stared at Jeongguk, amazed at the respect he had been constantly showing and he can smell if Jeongguk is faking it by the pheromones that wafts
around them but this one is just sweet with no ounce of arrogance, just pure sincerity.
"Adjacent, I guess would be good."
Jeongguk grinned and returned his attention to the concierge.
Taehyung is still holding the two dozen roses Jeongguk gave him and to his own wits, he doesn't even understand why he brought it when he could have sent it home.
He had received flowers before, sure but this, this is different. Like it has a meaning, well which he might be wrong too.
The bellboy took their luggage so Jeongguk offered to bring his flowers.
"I am good, thank you!" Taehyung said as they walked to the elevator.
"Feed my curiosity, Jeongguk," he said breaking the silence.
"What is it?" Jeongguk said.
"What's with the single red roses and now all of a sudden two dozen?"
They got in the elevator and stood at the back, their shoulders touching.
"You know what red roses mean, it is for love and passion, yes?" Jeongguk looked at Taehyung who just nodded. "Well, a single rose for each time I see you, to say you are the only one in my heart,"
Taehyung quickly looked down and blushed, "and the two dozen?"
"It's for the two years I have wasted," Jeongguk said as he slowly lifted Taehyung's chin, "I hope I don't waste my chance,"
They gazed into each other's eyes, searching, confirming if all these emotions surging are real and they both knew, they are.
The elevator stopped at their floor with Taehyung starting to feel a little dizzy, and nauseated.
"Jeongguk, help," he said as Jeongguk quickly caught him right before his knees buckled.
"Lean on me, I will carry you," Jeongguk said as he scooped him up.
"Jeongguk, my flowers," he said as Jeongguk carried him to his room.
"I will get it," Jeongguk said as the bellboy opened the door for them.
Jeongguk carefully laid Taehyung on the bed and when he was about to leave to get the flowers, Taehyung spoke, "don't leave me,"
Then he instructed the bellboy to get the flowers and put his luggage in his room after which he gave the bellboy a huge tip.
He returned to Taehyung and took the extra comforter usually placed in the hotel closet.
"Sleepy?" Jeongguk asked.
"Hmm..." Taehyung said as he sniffed the pheromones Jeongguk had been constantly releasing.
"Do you want to eat first?"
Taehyung shook his head, "want to sleep," he said as he pulled the comforter.
"Okay, I will stay here in the room with you, then we'll play by ear depending on how you feel if we'd go to the convention center later, okay?" Jeongguk said as he opened the door adjoining their rooms. "Let me get my laptop and I will work beside you okay?"
"Okay," Taehyung said before Jeongguk left the room.
Taehyung smiled. Jeongguk caught him earlier and the bitter memories from the past seem not to be so painful as much anymore.
Jeongguk's adjoining door opened with Jeongguk placing flowers on top of the table.
Jeongguk placed the laptop on top of the bed, "can I work here on the bed so I can watch over you?"
Taehyung nodded again, exhaustion settling in more, "you can order room service, I will sleep first." He said as his eyelashes fluttered before falling asleep.
Taehyung woke up with the sun peeking thru the windows as the curtains were drawn.
He looked around and realized he was in Jeju.
He looked at the clock and saw that it was 6 o clock and then he felt someone move beside him.
He turned around and saw Jeongguk.
He was quietly snoring with a closed laptop near his feet.
Taehyung turned around and saw a tray with a used plate and utensils.
He turned around and looked at the peaceful face of the alpha sleeping peacefully beside him.
It was time for dinner, time for their talk.
But then when he looked at the light from the curtains, the sun was slowly rising and not setting.
He took his cell phone from his bag and realized that it was 6 in the morning.
20 Text Messages
12 Missed Calls
Mostly from Namjoon, Seokjin, Seojoon, and his father.
Jeongguk stretched and reached for Taehyung and when his hand landed on an empty spot, he sat up suddenly and asked "Tae?"
Taehyung turned around, "hey, I am sorry last night."
Jeongguk just stretched, "how are you feeling?"
"I am okay, I am so sorry Jeongguk, we were supposed to go to dinner and talk but I just slept," Taehyung apologetically said.
Jeongguk shook his head and smiled, "it's okay, you needed that sleep. I needed that sleep too!"
"What do you mean?" Taehyung looked at him.
"Well let me recall. We arrived at 130 and you fell asleep. I started working and got hungry at 4. Ordered room service then watched a little TV then fell asleep at 6. What time is it by the way?"
"It's 6:30 am!" Taehyung exclaimed.
Jeongguk looked at Taehyung, so beautiful even if he just woke up. Suddenly he realized maybe the pheromones they were both releasing made them both so relaxed that they both fell asleep peacefully.
"Thank you," Taehyung said as he sat at the edge of the bed.
"What for?" Jeongguk asked Taehyung.
"For catching me before I fell," Taehyung said and Jeongguk caught what he meant.
Jeongguk looked at him and had this pang in his heart, "I am sorry if I didn't catch you the last time," he said as he touched Taehyung's cheek.
Taehyung searched his eyes.
He wanted to know if there are any lies, insincerity, or deception but he doesn't see any. He does not even smell any and his mom told him that when she was still alive because his mom told him a slight change of scent may mean a lot.
Taehyung closed his eyes and just welcomed the warmth of Jeongguk's hand on his face.
Jeongguk's stomach suddenly grumbled.
Taehyung opened his eyes and touched his tummy, "I am hungry too!"
Jeongguk wanted to savor the closeness that they are both showing.
Their pheromones got thicker which made Taehyung panic.
"If we are going to breakfast then we should change our clothes," Taehyung said
"Okay. Let me get my clothes," Jeongguk said as innocently as he could, walking nearer to Taehyung.
"No!" Taehyung said loudly.
"Why? We slept together last night?" Jeongguk asked, trying to hide his amused smile.
"Nope," Taehyung declared.
"Come on Tae!" Jeongguk exclaimed.
Taehyung grabbed his shoulder and pushed him toward his room.
"Fine, I will go," Jeongguk said as he rolled his eyes at the omega.
Taehyung's eyes were sparkling with amusement & Jeongguk was just mesmerized by everything about him
"I'll take a shower & then meet you in 30," Taehyung said as he started closing their adjoining door.
"But Tae, my laptop!" Jeongguk said as he put his hand in between the door being closed by Taehyung, "ouch."
"Oh my gosh Jeongguk, I am sorry," Taehyung said as he flung the door open.
Jeongguk quickly stepped in front of him with their faces inches apart as he pouted.
"It hurts!" Jeongguk frowned.
Taehyung immediately took his arm, the one that was squeezed by the door, and gave it a light kiss, "okay, there, that should feel better," he said wide-eyed looking at Jeongguk.
"This one hurts too," he pouted even more.
Taehyung arched an eyebrow, "Jeongguk?"
"What?" Jeongguk looked at him with his beautiful doe eyes.
"Let's shower," Taehyung looked at him seriously, "separately."
Taehyung closed the door and shook his head.
He grinned unconsciously smiling at their banter.
He stepped inside the bathroom & looked at himself.
He looks different.
He feels different.
He took a deep breath & closed his eyes hoping that this week will be a good week.
He is hoping too that Jeongguk will prove everything he said as long as Taehyung gives him a chance.
a/n before I go further, let me first explain.
In ABO, there's this concept where there are Dominant Alphas and Recessive Omegas.
Recessive Omegas are rare omegas that need Dominant Alphas (who are also rare), which can help them with their hormonal imbalance.
A union between them can balance their hormones, allowing the recessive omega to conceive pups.
There are several mangas/manhwas that I have read and one of them is: bibimanga.com/manga/how-to-c…
end of author's note
Truth is a requirement for people to live harmoniously in this world. It is in truth that our gets fully opened and have a more realistic view of the world
But sometimes, it is in the quest for truth that people get obsessed and ready to journey through chaos.
The revelation of the truth helps people accept things that make them thrive, make them survive but to reveal the truth also means the secrets that people try to desperately hide, try to bury, also come into light.
But more than anything, the truth from these revelations also provide a person, a clearer perspective of who they really are, an answer that shows if the truth revealed is good or evil.
And hopefully the revelation of the truth will also provide answers to questions sought as early as childhood with the hope that with those answers, one can find healing not only for their hearts but also for their souls.
Jeongguk & Taehyung went to lunch with the regret that they wasted the previous day to rest.
But in that restful state, they also have realized that there is a certain peace that is possible when they are around each other.
Jeongguk and Taehyung after their breakfast automatically went to work because they have less than 48 hours and they still had a lot of things to cover with the staff who started arriving at the venue.
"I am sorry about last night," Taehyung said.
"What about last night Taehyung?" Jeongguk asked as they set up one registration table as a sample for the others to follow.
"I just slept and we lost the time to talk, you know, about us?" Taehyung said as he covered the table with a table cover.
"We still have all week Taehyung, and I guess we already have established an understanding, don't you think so?" Jeongguk said as he placed some of the registration materials on the table.
"But we are already in the presence of other people Jeongguk, I doubt we would still have time to talk when Namjoon, Hobi, and the conference attendees are here," Taehyung said as he unfolded the chairs and placed 3 on the registration table.
Jeongguk then carried a badge printer and set one on the table.
Taehyung took three tablets and turned them on. While the tablets are booting up, he set up the tablet holder on the table, " we have to remind the staff to troubleshoot the printer connection to the tablet."
"Tae? Confirm the final count of participants?" Jeongguk asked as he affixed the tablets on their holders.
Taehyung scrolled through his phone, "okay, overall number of attendees is 3,800. +
There are around 3000 confirmed attendees, 500 are vendor representatives including catering, security, ushers, speakers, presenters. There may be around 100 late registrants and 150 staff members and 50 special guests, including your father? is that right?"
"Yeah actually." Jeongguk smiled.
"But that is just for the conference proper. For the Executive NIght, there are 300 more participants including family members but since it's at Lotte Hotel, I don't think we have a problem with that." Taehyung said as he tested the printer.
"Wow, we did this in 6 months?" Jeongguk looked at Taehyung.
"Yeah, I mean, aside from doing our actual job responsibilities, we have this conference thing too. Thank you for volunteering," Taehyung said as he smiled at Jeongguk.
"Okay, I have a proposal," Jeongguk suddenly blurted out.
"What proposal?" Taehyung chuckled.
"Since I was not able to explain to you last night, how about I reveal things to you, little by little?" Jeongguk looked at him as he touched Taehyung's shoulder.
"I guess, it's better than skipping it entirely?" Taehyung shrugged.
"Okay, I have one truth to tell you right now," Jeongguk said as he stood in front of Taehyung.
Taehyung took a deep breath and looked at him in the eye.
"When you left the villa, Butler Woo told me that one of the men who picked you up was Namjoon. I was so intrigued by the idea that one of the most eligible bachelors in Korea picked you up from my villa," Jeongguk said, holding his breath but trying to be
as steady as he could, "so I visited his office several times, sent him emails but we always missed each other whenever we have availabilities, until 6 or 7 months ago, after seeing you in the fashion show, I actually gave him a ride from the airport."
"Okay, what is your point?" Taehyung's eyebrows furrowed.
"I volunteered to find out the truth about you, because somehow I have to prove to myself that you are not what my stepmother and half-sister accused you of," Jeongguk said as honestly as he could.
"So I volunteered to help him to find out more about you only to be surprised to be actually working with you," Jeongguk released his breath after speaking his thoughts.
Taehyung looked at him, with a whirlwind of emotions in his chest.
"Stepmother? Half-sister?" Taehyung leaned his head on the side, totally in shock of this truth.
"Yes, my Eomma died when I was a kid and my dad remarried and Jih-yo is my half-sister," Jeongguk explained. "Yeah, they accused you of being a gold-digger which I did not believe +
by the way because you didn't even touch the money I send you," Jeongguk looked sadly at him.
"Is that one of the reasons why you are cold to me? Because you thought of me to be like that?" Taehyung asked.
"Yes and my fcked up emotions," Jeongguk said honestly as he could.
Five staff members approached them.
"Taehyungssi, Jeonggukssi, is this how you want the 9 other tables set up?" one of the staff asked.
"Oh yes," Taehyung said. "There is one main entrance but during our meetings, we have expressed to have 10 registration tables. +
Six will be here by the main gate and one in each floor. We are utilizing three floors so two tables on each floor." Taehyung said to them. "We already have the equipment and supply set up for each table, so please start setting them up," Taehyung said.
"Oh and please don't forget to troubleshoot the printers, to avoid the hassle? We also have three extra printers reserved just in case we get any printers broken," Jeongguk stated.
"Registration is all day Monday, we have to make sure all tables are fully manned," Taehyung said.
"Jeongguk?" Taehyung said after they left the area to take care of the set-up of the main hall.
"Yes?" Jeongguk asked as he looked at the time.
"Can I sit down this time? I am really feeling tired," Taehyung stated, "I have never been tired like this before."
"I can bring you back to the hotel," Jeongguk said.
"But we are supposed to work together!" Taehyung crossed his arms and pouted. "You are the one who is going to be tired!"
"I will be okay," Jeongguk said, "I have at least 40 other people here to help. And besides these muscles should work, right?" Jeongguk flexed his muscles.
Taehyung swallowed as discreetly as possible.
Muscles and those tattoos.
He had been watching him.
But gets distracted easily because of the present tasks at hand.
"Okay, then please bring me back to the hotel. Save some for me to work on tomorrow, please? Because I would really feel bad if I won't able to help." Taehyung looked at him, still with a pout.
Jeongguk could not resist but squeeze Taehyung's cheeks with both his hands, "You are so cute that I could kiss you right now!" Jeongguk exclaimed, so endeared with the omega.
"Why?" Taehyung asked, "and your truth, I want your truth."
"Because ever since the first time I have seen you, I was already very attracted to you," Jeongguk said as he took a step and searched Taehyung's eyes, "and now, I want to prove everything to you so you would accept me once more but this time no arrangements, no contracts,+
only love, care, affection & everything else you deserve!" he said.
Taehyung looked away & blushed, feeling more tired, he held onto Jeongguk's shoulders, "can you please bring me back to the hotel?"
Jeongguk kissed Taehyung's forehead instead which made Taehyung very happy.
They arrived at the hotel a few minutes later with a sleepy Taehyung carried once more by the alpha.
"Sorry Jeongguk, I just feel so sleepy," Taehyung yawned.
"Are you going into heat Taehyung?" He asked as he used his elbow to press the button of the elevator.
"Call me Tae," he said groggily as he inhaled Jeongguk's scent, "I don't know what heat is..I haven't..." Taehyung said as he fell asleep most especially with Jeongguk's scent cocooning him comfortably.
"Tae? I have to put you down," he said as he slowly put Taehyung's feet, his arms still entwined around Jeongguk.
"Hmmm..." Taehyung said as if he was intoxicated with Jeongguk's scent.
Jeongguk quickly grabbed the key card & the moment the door opened, he scooped him up again.
Jeongguk slowly laid Taehyung on his bed and grabbed the comforter he used last night.
He wrapped the comforter around Taehyung.
"Thank you alpha," Taehyung said before drifting off to sleep.
Jeongguk smiled and then all of a sudden looked at Taehyung.
Is Taehyung a recessive omega?
He said he hasn't had his heat yet.
Is that why Jeongguk calms and soothes him because his heat cycle is finally kicking into full speed?
When Jeongguk was declared alpha, his doctor declared him as a dominant alpha.
He didn't understand it at first but he knew the concept of it.
They are very rare and so are recessive omegas.
They must be really meant for each other.
His phone buzzed in his back pocket.
"Do you need help?" Namjoon asked.
"Yes hyung, ummm.. Taehyung had been tired." He said then asked, "can I ask you a question?"
"Shoot..." Namjoon responded.
"Is Taehyung a recessive omega?"
"You have to ask him, Jeongguk," Namjoon said, "it's not my place to say."
"I understand, hyung,"
"So do you need help? Seojoon, Hyungsik and Hobi are asking if you need us, because we can fly tomorrow," Namjoon said.
"Yes please, I am actually returning to the convention center but I brought Taehyung back to the hotel first," Jeongguk stated.
"Okay, see you tomorrow then."
"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Annual Corporate Leaders' Conference, I am Kim Namjoon and it's been a great pleasure to host this year's conference," Namjoon said smiling at everyone.
"There are 3,000 of you in this auditorium and I cannot be any happier to say that
I am humbled by your trust because you are here to gain knowledge and gather information to help your companies build actionable plans to help everyone succeed."
Everyone started applauding with Taehyung standing at the back, surveying the surroundings just in case anybody +
Jeongguk was on the other side of the auditorium, doing the same, making sure that everyone is being assisted.
But of course, he cannot help but for his sights to linger on Taehyung.
They haven't talked that much since Saturday because everyone else arrived.
Yesterday was hectic too as they made sure that everything is in place. From sound systems to vendor expos to banners, kiosks, catering, plenary sessions, agendas, and information desks.
They had a lot to take care of & he noticed Taehyung felt better when they work separately.
And they did so at 1 am early Monday, Namjoon and everyone else made a final walk-through of the convention center before they went back to the hotel.
Taehyung caught Jeongguk staring at him at the same time his Appa's name was called by Namjoon.
Jeongguk clapped the hardest but his eyes did not leave the omega and Taehyung just shook his head until someone covered his eyes.
"Guess who?" someone said with a singsong voice.
"Seokjin hyung!" He said as he gave him a big hug.
Jeongguk started walking to them.
Seokjin whispered, "he is whipped for you Tae tae bear!"
"How'd you know?" Taehyung asked.
Jeongguk handed him a rose, "for you Tae, just to remind you." He said as he grinned before he turned and walked back to his spot.
Seokjin then asked Taehyung, "where can I find a seat?" He asked after their father's speech.
"I will bring you to the front by Appa's seat" Taehyung said as he placed his hand on Taehyung's shoulder with an imaginary mic, "ladies and gentlemen, thank you, I am Kim Jung Jae."
Taehyung chuckled and whispered, "I will tell Appa you are imitating him," he said as they got to the row and their father gestured for Seokjin to sit down with him.
The days passed by so quickly and with family and friends present, the only time that Taehyung and Jeongguk talked was when Jeongguk would hand him his rose for every single day which made Taehyung happy.
Maybe when they go back to Seoul, they could continue their talk.
Jimin arrived at the airport on Thursday morning with Yoongi excusing himself from one of the plenary sessions.
"Hey kid," Yoongi said as he ruffled Jimin's hair.
"I am only two years younger than you!" Jimin pouted.
"I know," Yoongi said as he opened the trunk and placed Jimin's weekend bag.
"Are the Jeons here?" He asked Yoongi when he started driving.
"Yes the elder Jeon arrived Monday night, he and Jeongguk are actually spending time together without the wicked stepmother and daughter +
duo," Yoongi remarked, "you know I'm not fond of them right?"
Jimin nodded, "they are too much sometimes.
"Sometimes?" Yoongi then guffawed loudly, "all the time Jimin. Did you notice how miserable Jeongguk is when he is around them? How they drove Jeongguk & his father apart?"
"She actually drove a wedge between them and what's saddening is when Sungwoo died and you got sick and Jeongguk got lost, he wasn't able to reach his father because of his stepmother," Yoongi shook his head.
"Why are you telling me this?" Jimin asked curiously.
"If we are to be close friends, I am telling you that I am not comfortable with Jih-yo and that she is hindering your healing, that's all," Yoongi said as he started driving slowly reaching the front of the hotel.
Yoongi is right.
Jimin started realizing Jih-yo's cruelty when he spent far away from her.
Taehyung never did anything.
And in all honesty, Jimin was always told by Jih-yo and her mother that he and Jeongguk were great together and that Taehyung was a gold digger.
It was Jih-yo who texted Taehyung with Jimin's permission because he really thought Taehyung was the bad guy.
He realized everything now. It started with Jeongguk's honesty, Yoongi's company and the help of healing through counseling.
They walked inside of the lobby with luggage in tow when Jih-yo ran to Jimin, "you are here yay! And Eunwoo hyung is here too!" She said as Eunwoo walked towards them.
"Jimin hyung! It's nice to see you, it's been a long time!" Eunwoo exclaimed.
Namjoon was standing at the back of the ballroom with Hobi, Jeongguk, and Taehyung. They were sipping wines and cocktails as they were finally relieved that the conference is coming to a close.
Jeongguk pulled Taehyung outside and gave him, interestingly a single white rose.
"Did they run out of red roses?" Taehyung asked curiously, his heart fluttering, heartbeat skipping.
"No, this time I would like to tell you that my intentions are pure," Jeongguk said.
Taehyung looked at Jeongguk so sincerely as he received the white rose from him. His heart was so elated making every second of the conference worth it as he spend some time with Jeongguk.
Taehyung never thought that somehow his hardened heart would be softened finally.
"So, how about we skip dinner? Would you like to walk to the beach with me?" Jeongguk asked.
Taehyung simply nodded because he feels that he and Jeongguk would finally talk and sort out they need to sort.
He was hopeful and elated when someone called Jeongguk.
"Jeon Jeongguk, it's fancy seeing you here!" an omega's loud voice interrupted their conversation.
"Oppa! Look who's here!" Jih-yo said aloud dragging Eunwoo with her.
Taehyung saw Jeongguk's facial expression change instantaneously as if he saw a ghost.
Jih-yo sneered at Taehyung.
"Hey Jeongguk, how are you?" Eunwoo asked.
"What is he doing here oppa?" Jih-yo arched her eyebrow towards Taehyung.
"Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to culminating event of the conference. Let us welcome Kim Jung Jae, the president and CEO Emeritus+
of Kim Conglomerate."
Everything was a blur for Taehyung as he looked from Jeongguk to Eunwoo to Jih-yo, with his father speaking from the background.
Jeon Jieun joined her daughter and spoke to Jeongguk, "what are you doing with your ex of a gold digger?" She asked.
Taehyung looked down as Jeongguk still stood frozen.
"Jeongguk," Taehyung said as he touched his arm.
Jieun pulled Taehyung's arm and said, "don't touch him you gold digger!"
Jeongguk cannot take the noise and faced Eunwoo, "how dare you show your face?"
"But honey I have changed now, you can ask me to run away with you," Eunwoo said.
"No, no, get away from me," Jeongguk said as visions of Sungwoon's death, the accident, and drinking suddenly flashed before his eyes.
Jeongguk started to walk away and Taehyung followed.
"Jeongguk," Taehyung said reaching for the alpha.
Jieun and Jih-yo followed Taehyung when Jeongguk turned around and faced Taehyung, "I know why you need me Taehyung because you are a recessive omega, you are like him," Jeongguk pointed at Eunwoo. "You are a user & maybe
what everyone was saying is true, you are a gold digger just like him."
Taehyung looked down with tears welling in his eyes.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that my one and only omega son had helped make this event possible.
I present to all of you, Global Retail Director of Kim Conglomerate and my youngest son, Kim Taehyung," Kim Jung Jae enthusiastically announced as Taehyung looked at Jeongguk with a single tear falling from his eye.
Jeongguk looked at him in disbelief, "Taehyung, I'm...."
Taehyung slowly walked back, shaking his head and dropped the rose from his hand and turned and walked to the stage.
He stood there and smiled with the spotlight on his face but his heart was just filled with sadness and anger.
So much for second chances.
He crossed his arms as he stood on stage while his father introduced Seokjin.
Well at least now, everyone knows he cannot be a gold digger.
He didn't look at Jeongguk as a dominant alpha truth be told but if that's the way Jeongguk looked at him then so be it.
Jieun and Jih-yo's mouth opened as murmurs from the crowd shook the ballroom.
Everyone knew that Kim Jung Jae had three sons, but no one knew who they were.
Jeongguk looked at Taehyung and how he wished he could take back the words he said as he picked up the white rose.
Taehyung dropped it at the same time he saw a tear drop from his eyes.
What has he done?
And now it's much worse than square one because for sure, Taehyung would never want to see or talk to him anymore.
Taehyung whispered to his father, "Appa, I am not feeling so good," when they got off the stage.
"Okay my son, you go now" Kim Jung Jae kissed his forehead, smelling strong pheromones being released in the air.
Taehyung approached Seokjin, "Hyung, can I borrow your rental?"
"Are you okay Tae, you are so red. Are you going in heat?" Seokjin asked.
"Hyung, please, I need to go," Taehyung said seriously.
"Here, don't go far " Seokjin said.
Taehyung walked so fast as he passed through a blur of faces, not caring what everyone thinks.
Jimin saw Taehyung go outside so he ran to Jeongguk, "hey Gukkah, go follow Taehyung, you have to, you need to,"
Jeongguk looked at Jimin the same way he looked at him when Sungwoon died.
"Just go, he is not Eunwoo. He is Taehyung and he saved your heart. +
Just tell him your truth. Reveal your shadows. You love him and he loves you too, just go!" Jimin said.
Jeongguk rushed out to the lobby seeing Taehyung drive away.
He looked around and saw his father. His father who just witnessed everything.
His father approached him and +
handed to him the keys to a motorcycle, "it's my friend's. Take it and follow him, don't let him go this time. Taehyung made you feel alive, like when your mom was alive, so go."
Jeongguk nodded and rode the motorcycle and followed Taehyung..
Taehyung just parked the car and started walking toward the shore when he heard a loud voice call his name.
He closed his eyes.
And took a deep breath and turned around.
Jeongguk got off the motorcycle and removed his shoes and ran to Taehyung
Taehyung stood there, his body filled with anger, with heat as he take even breaths not just to explode.
"Tae," Jeongguk said as he stepped forward
"Don't." Taehyung said as he looked at Jeongguk
"I am sorry, please, I am sorry," Jeongguk said as he cried
"I saw Eunwoo..." he said, "I... I saw Sungwoon die.... I fought with Jimin in the car... Taehyung I killed Sungwoon....be.... because of Eunwoo," he sobbed uncontrollably as his knees buckling to the sand as he covered his face, "I am sorry Tae... I am soo soo sorry..."
Jeongguk said as he folded his legs with his face streaked with tears.
Taehyung felt the pain in Jeongguk's heart as he knelt in front of Jeongguk and just allowed him to cry with the sand, sea and the moon as their witness.
"I am so sorry Tae, Tae, please forgive me. Tae please, don't leave me, please... please..." Jeongguk said, rocking back and forth.
Taehyung stood up quietly and walked away leaving Jeongguk crying even louder, he knew he's fcked up bad and Taehyung would never forgive him.
Jeongguk cried, "I am so sorry Tae. I am so sorry please, please please come back, don't leave me, please," he sat there when a hand touched his back lightly.
"Jeongguk here's some water, please, stop crying," Taehyung said calmly as he handed Jeongguk a bottle of water.
Jeongguk looked up at Taehyung and sobbed even more. "you came back Tae. You came back, my Eomma didn't, she left me and she didn't come back," Jeongguk continued to cry which break Taehyung's heart.
Taehyung wrapped his arm around the alpha and rocked with him.
"I am here Jeongguk, I will listen, I won't leave just please let me listen," Taehyung said as Jeongguk looked at him and nodded.
"Here Jeongguk, please drink some water," Taehyung said gently.
Jeongguk took the water and drank it.
His sobs started to subside and
Taehyung sat down beside him and handed him some tissues.
Jeongguk blew his nose and looked at Taehyung who was calmly looking at the sea.
Jeongguk looked at the moon then the sea and listened to the waves that ebb and flow.
"Jeongguk? Are you okay now?" Taehyung asked as he turned to him.
Jeongguk looked at him and took a deep breath, "I know the words I said are unforgivable but please listen to me, I know there's no excuse but," Jeongguk closed his eyes, "you are the most precious person for me
and the last thing I wanna do is hurt you and I just did, I am so sorry." Jeongguk said as he started crying again.
Taehyung's eyes are wet again with tears because he can feel the pain searing from Jeongguk's heart.
"Tell me Jeongguk. Please? Make me understand you, I know
you would not say those words because those are lies and from the time I have met you, you have never lied to me, just earlier, so tell me, tell me everything," Taehyung said as he folded his knees and leaned his head looking at Jeongguk ready to listen.
Jeongguk looked at him then his fingers, "my mom died. She had the kindest soul and then she left me. My Appa remarried hoping that I will get that mother figure back in my life when the complete opposite happened. I blamed my mom for leaving me and somehow I have never
grieved her death fully." Jeongguk looked at Taehyung who was listening intently to him.
"Then Jimin introduced me to Eunwoo who I gave my entire world to. He was my first everything and being naive and in love with a CEO father expecting a lot from me, I tried to rebel.
I asked Eunwoo to elope with me, because I thought he was madly in love with me like I am with him. I told my father in front of Eunwoo that I would rather have him disown me. Then Eunwoo looked at me and said that he would not want anything to do with me if I allowed my
father to disown me. He said that he did not love me enough to be poor and miserable and with that, I humiliated myself in front of my father and I ran away," Jeongguk said as Taehyung touched his arm lightly.
"I went to the bar and dragged Sungwoon with me and I told him to
break his engagement with Jimin because I cannot bear to be friends with fiancé and I would stop becoming his best friend since I didn't have any real siblings. Jimin came & since he felt guilty because he introduced me to Eunwoo, he drank with us and I didn't give a fck whether
he drank or not. The bar kicked us out and I got some water from the convenience store and drank 3 bottles and peed. I thought it was safe to drive but Jimin and I started arguing again and yeah, I didn't pay attention to the red light and we got hit by a 16-wheeler truck."
Taehyung took Jeongguk's hand lightly and squeezed it, nodding as if encouraging to continue.
"My best friend died in front of my eyes, then Jimin needed blood transfusion and there were a sh!t ton of guilt going on and then I married you because I thought
that by saving Jimin's life I would feel better but I did not. Of course when I saw you I was attracted to you but I was not in a good headspace and my emotions were in turmoil. I tried to k!ll myself from guilt," Jeongguk showed his wrist to Taehyung who
gently traced the scars, "If I hurt you when we were married, Tae, I was fcked up more ways than one. And earlier in the party when Eunwoo showed up and I heard Jih-yo's and my stepmother's voice, it was too much that I snapped at you and I was wrong, I am so sorry Tae,"
Jeongguk said still holding the Omega's hand.
"When I married you, my Eomma just died from leukemia and I blamed myself for not being able to save her. She was so obsessed with finding a solution for my being recessive that she had foregone her health."
It was Jeongguk's turn to hold Taehyung's hand, "when you asked for help to save a life, I would still have even if you didn't offer marriage but I was lost too and so I married you thinking I would be able to escape the reality that I might never achieve my Eomma's dreams+
you know to help me with my first heat, see me carry my pups, etc. I didn't care if I am recessive omega, with her death I didn't have it in me to find any solutions for my being recessive until we saw each other again and worked with another. I didn't tell you too because
if ever we would catch feelings I never wanted it to be because of my biological need. I want it because of love," Taehyung said as they gazed into each other's eyes. " I didn't tell you who I was because I was trained not to, until the perfect time which was earlier..."
"although the timing was weirdly ideal, I think your stepmother and half-sister are still in shock right now," Taehyung said half-jokingly.
Taehyung returned his eyes to the sea and listened to the waves, so peaceful, so calming.
He opened his eyes and saw Jeongguk
staring at him.
"I meant what I said earlier, about my intentions being pure, if you would allow me Tae, please, I will love you if you can bear being with someone imperfect like me," Jeongguk said and Taehyung knew it came from the depths of his heart.
"Jeongguk, I know you know what you said earlier to me broke my heart but hearing all of these, I would have felt the same too. I am sorry if we didn't have the chance to talk because if I knew all of these then we could have done better earlier," Taehyung said confidently.
"Does this mean?"
"One last chance, final chance," Taehyung said, searching his heart for answers, "granted our marriage was a scam, because we really didn't know anything about one another, we were absolute strangers. Secondly, the events earlier too were a scam too because
you really didn't know who I was & I didn't know you are but now you know me, inside out and my identity and..."
"I have finally revealed my face as I unmasked myself and my heart to you," Jeongguk said.
"I wouldn't say it to be a clean slate, do you?" Taehyung asked.
"It's just that finally, I think, we are getting to know each other for real this time," Jeongguk said as he kissed Taehyung's hand.
"Then I guess let's continue on taking it slow," Taehyung said.
"But not too slow I hope," Jeongguk wistfully said. "because I cannot bear
another day without you."
Taehyung rolled his eyes and shook his head, "you are going to get bankrupt because you have a lot of roses to give me this time," Taehyung said.
Jeongguk smiled, "Thank you for listening."
"Thank you for revealing to me who you truly are."
Jeongguk stood up from where they were seated at, "I guess it's time to go back to the party. Shall we?" Jeongguk reached out for Taehyung's hand but he just looked at him and gave him a small smile.
"You can go back Jeongguk, I will stay for a while. I still need time to process everything that we talked about, everything that happened, so if you please allow me to have that," Taehyung said as his eyes returned back to the sea.
Jeongguk looked at Taehyung who was just staring at the sea, "Tae?"
"Thank you again," Jeongguk said, "Umm... are we okay?"
Taehyung looked up at him and smiled sadly, "we will be, I hope. I think I need time for myself Jeongguk and you should too."
Jeongguk felt the pain in his heart, Taehyung is giving him chance yes but this time he knows that it will be a harder climb.
T/W Panic Attack
"I am sorry again about what I said earlier, about you being a gold digger, or a user. My step mother in law was there and my sister, +
& Eunwoo. I panicked and it just all came out from my mouth and I know it's not an excuse. I just want you to know that."
Taehyung just nodded and said, "okay, thank you for telling me," and he turned back and looked to the sea.
"I will see you later?" Jeongguk asked.
Jeongguk walked back to the motorcycle still with a lighter burden.
He looked at Taehyung who just sat on the sand.
He talked to him and poured out his truth and he knew he should feel better but even if Taehyung gave him the chance, he feels something off.
He looked at Taehyung before rode the motorcycle.
He knew he had to ask for forgiveness because truth to the matter is, he still owes Taehyung for the sacrifice that he had shown just to save Jimin & he will prove to him that he loves him. he will not waste this chance.
Taehyung just sat on the beach as he stared to the horizon.
The moon shining and it's beautiful reflection shines on the sea, it looks like the moon but it isn't.
To grant forgiveness means to be able to finally come to peace with what someone had done.
To grant forgiveness means to be able to finally come to peace with just had happened.
Being able to finally hear Jeongguk's truth was enlightening.
Somehow Taehyung was able to fit the puzzle pieces together.
It was challenging but he felt that there are still puzzle pieces missing and he had to dig deeper to find it.
Resilience is the ability to draw strength from challenges that come to life from tragedies, deaths, & a series of unfortunate events. And in general, when are people faced with such, not being able to deal with the trials that come in the lives of many can result+
to unhealthy coping strategies that more often than not becomes a cycle.
Being resilient is not something one can learn overnight. It is something that a person commits to learn with their body, mind and soul. Being resilient means that one is ready to face different situations.
Being able to maintain control of situation, and thinking of ways to tackle problems and being aware of the situation are some characteristics of a resilient person.
But not all people have been trained to see things like this because resiliency is not something learned from school.
Because psychology says that it is not just from one factor - it is a contribution of several important components that make up a person including personality traits, upbringing, genetics, environmental factors, and social support. (journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00…
One thing that Taehyung learned from the entire situation with giving his blood, his life source, is that when you give something, you should never expect anything in return, and he had practiced this after leaving Jeongguk’s villa some three years ago.
It was not from pride, no. It was the ability to get back up again and relearn to live life & pursue one’s dreams. It was turning the experience to something worthwhile, a lesson learned. He was able to learn something about resiliency, by being able to accept what had happened.
It was also being able to learn things on his own and not just speculate or assume because with these so called theories and assumptions, the likelihood to commit errors is more probable and he doesn't want that.
During the preparation for the conference, the fluctuation of hormones was something baffling for Taehyung because he had never experienced heat. So, he had several tests with Dr Young to learn things on his own and not make any hasty generalizations.
Taehyung learned from Dr Young that the hormones can only balance not only by getting exposed to a dominant alpha's scent.
Complete hormonal balance for recessive omegas can be achieved primarily through sexual acts.
Something which Taehyung needs to wrap his head around because for him, the act is a culmination, an achievement of being ready to bear pups and in order to do it, he should trust the person 100%.
Dr Young laughed at him because the doctor emphasized that he should experience these things, that he's young and the chance to have pups is possible even with his recessive state but his face turned serious when the omega asked him if he could have hormonal suppressants instead.
The doctor asked why but the omega just said that he would be going to a conference, and he didn't want his fleshly needs and wants to take over him because their company is hosting the event, a huge responsibility placed on his shoulders.
The doctor warned him of its side effects and one of them was extreme fatigue and maybe that's why Jeongguk thought he was going into heat because fatigue is also a pre-heat symptom for omegas but he was not.
Taehyung did not go back to the party but instead, he went back to the hotel and slept.
He was tired and got emotionally drained from the events. He told Namjoon and he advised him to even just to rest.
Jeongguk though looked for him because everyone else was, well except his stepmother who walked out not because of shame but because of his father.
He was so worried about Taehyung that he went up the stairs only to see their adjoining room closed.
He was about to knock when a cleaning staff opened the door.
"Oh, is someone sleeping inside?" Jeongguk asked.
"No, the person who stayed in this room checked out."
Jeongguk felt as if he was dipped in hot and cold water. He felt as if he made the most egregious crime and that what happened earlier was a point of no return.
He was walking back to the party when he ran into Kim Jung Jae.
"Jeongguk, where have you been?" He asked.
"I was looking for your son, sir, I am just worried about him," Jeongguk said with all honesty.
"Ah, he is staying in my suite, I told him I missed him." the elder alpha stated.
"I am so sorry if ever I have offended you and hurt Taehyung's feelings, sir," Jeongguk told the alpha with only sincerity with his heart.
"Jeongguk, I am a proponent of true love, because my wife and I were very in love and I don't believe in being meddlesome," He
looked at the younger, "my son is headstrong. He is like his mom. He is independent and resilient and of course he was absolutely like her since he was very close with."
"Sir, I would like to win him back, and I committed something I shouldn't have done. He asked me to
give him some space but I am absolutely worried about him," Jeongguk said with all honesty.
"Well there is no ideal relationship in this world since it's a learning process. You make mistakes you should learn from it. It's a process where respect & humility resides,"
Jeon Jeong-ho approached them, "Jae!"
They both exclaimed.
"If you would excuse me Jeongguk. Taehyung is sleeping right now he'll come around," Kim Jung Jae stated as Jeongguk's father and Kim Jung Jae walked back to the party.
Two weeks later, Jeongguk finally had the time to visit Taehyung's office because he caught up with some work after being gone for ten days.
Jeongguk brought two dozen red roses with him.
"Knock knock," Jeongguk said as he opened the door.
Taehyung wasn't there.
So he walked across the entire floor to visit Namjoon, to see if Taehyung was in the office.
Still holding on to the rose, Jeongguk nodded at Namjoon's secretary, "is Namjoon hyung here?"
"Yes, just knock,"
He knocked and opened the door.
His bedimpled friend smiled.
"Hey Jeonggukie, it's been a while,"
Jeongguk smiled back, "Is Taehyung around?"
"Oh about that, I forgot to drop this off at your office," Namjoon said as he handed him a letter.
"Hyung?" He looked at Namjoon and then the letter, "where is Tae?"
"He went to Europe with our father to organize the same conference. I guess he wrote you a letter," Namjoon smiled at him.
"I am sorry, hyung, you know for hurting your brother before," Jeongguk said.
"I have never judged you even if I knew before that you were his husband,+
it's not my place to blame you or Taehyung," he said, "only you two can figure out if it's worth saving or not."
"Can I read it here? Just in case I have questions?" Jeongguk asked, with a lump forming in his throat.
"Of course," Namjoon said.
July 26, 2023
By the time when you receive this, most probably, I am already not in the country.
My appa asked me three months ago if I could help him do the same thing in our Europe offices so I will be working with others.
I am excited to meet new people.
And also, when appa asked me to organize this event in Europe, it was fortunate that I was invited by LCF to teach, so it will be an adventure.
Please don't think I left because I am avoiding you.
I am doing this for me, to catch up on the times I have missed I have missed.
I am doing this for me because I have to find my footing again, to know where I stand with myself.
I am doing this for me because I want to face myself in the mirror and say that I have moved on from the pain of the past.
I am doing this for me because I want to heal
from all the pain and see you in a new light.
I don't hate you. I am not angry with you. You have explained yourself and I know you have your reasons but I want you to work on your healing too because I know we have to find ourselves so that if we meet again then,
it will be more worthwhile, it will definitely be much lovelier.
This is the chance you have asked me for, please seize it and I seek your understanding as well.
I will see you soon when the events are over.
Save all the roses, I will be looking for them when I get back.
Thank you for being you.
I will see you soon!
"Hyung?" Jeongguk said, holding back his tears. "Do you think there is still a chance for me and Taehyung?"
"It's up to you, it's all up to you Jeongguk," Namjoon stood up and went to sit in front of him.
"I feel I lost everything that day all over again," Jeongguk smiled bitterly, "all these people I have lost, all the pain I have endured, and now I lose him, too!" Jeongguk said.
"When our mother died, I was lost too but I have to be strong so I sought help, do you want to? +
But on your own pace because I think Taehyung wants you to forgive yourself from the pain of the past," Namjoon said assuredly.
"Yes, hyung, please, anything," Jeongguk said, "I think it's time to face my fears."
Taehyung arrived at their office in Madrid when his email notification pinged him. It's from jjk@jcorporation and Taehyung's eyes immediately smiled.
He knew that it was a decision he had to take, not to escape but to fully heal because at least now, he is aware.
He has this nagging feeling in his heart, unsure if the alpha has feelings for him and somehow returning to Seoul and finding out that somehow, the sacrifice he made maybe a hoax at the end but at least in his heart he knew he did it to save a life.
Taehyung read the subject of the email which just says Day 1 with an attachment.
He smiled because it is a scanned letter of Jeongguk with a rose, his daily gesture of love.
Kim Jung Jae walked inside Taehyung's office and he knew that Taehyung was smiling at his computer, well, primarily because of one person, Jeon Jeongguk.
He sat in front of his son and looked at him still smiling like a fool, giddy, elated.
"Is my son smiling because of a certain alpha CEO whose name starts with a J and ends with a K?" He kidded.
"Appa!" Taehyung blushed.
"Hey, I know you are taking this time to spend for yourself, heal and whatever but you know what son? When your Eomma and I started together,+
it was a mountain to climb because there were no counselors. Mistakes were common and yes, there were misunderstandings and arguments but you know what's beautiful? We worked through them and it was more meaningful whenever problems arise, we
held each other's hands and faced them together. Being able to overcome problems together, well, it made our relationship stronger although we have opposing ideas and exchanged hurtful words, we still held on because we know in love, we are able to grow."
"I know Appa," he said as he reached out and squeezed his father's hand. "Eomma always told me how you climbed mountains together and no matter how difficult the climb was, you were always triumphant on your descent."
Kim Jung Jae had tears welling from his eyes.
He suddenly missed his wife, "I miss her every single day you know?"
"I know, Appa," Taehyung said, smiling at his father.
"How about you, my son? Do you miss Jeongguk?"
Taehyung nodded, "I do so much. I miss his smile and his scent. I miss how he makes me smile and blush and makes my heart race. I miss how he trusts me with decisions and then when we are alone, he caters to my every need."
Taehyung looked at his father and continued, "You know, as an omega and trained by Eomma, I should be the one taking care of a future partner, a future mate, but for us it is opposite. At first I thought that maybe because it's out of guilt? You know for what he had done but
Eomma had trained me to identify when actions are insincere and I see none of that with him. I could have forgiven him easily Appa but if I just allowed his apology and not work on himself, Appa, that incident at the party will happen again and it will be an endless cycle."
Taehyung narrowed his eyes and looked intently at his father, "It's a cycle where we would be constantly hurt and that's why I decided that even if it is hard for me and for him, we had to work on ourselves."
"My son, I have to tell you, I underestimated you," Kim Jung Jae said as he reached for his son and cupped his cheek, "Despite of all the difficulties and pain, you have grown to be wise and smart and kindhearted and you deserve to get what you want."
"And Appa, Jeongguk is too. He may be flawed but I see his resilience. He was triggered yes, he may have said those things that he didn't mean. For the lack of a better term, forgive me for saying this but what he said was truly fcked up but you and Eomma have taught+
me not to judge people because no one is perfect. Who am I to cast the first stone when I too made mistakes? Who am I to discount his traumas if he was never given a chance to heal? So I gave him this chance because I know he is a good man. Not because+
I like him, I know he is a good man because he does things without asking for anything in return. He helped Jimin even if the other person was in love with him not just because of guilt but from the goodness in his heart.
He still respected his step mother who is not even worth respecting. So who am I to judge right Appa?" Taehyung said.
Kim Jung Jae just nodded. He smiled at his son who is not only smart but courageous for being able to see the worse in people but still give them chances.
"Okay my son! I believe you, now let's wow them with your proposal for Jeju and see if our European partners will agree." Kim Jung Jae said as he stood up and dimmed the lights.
He pressed the button that opened the wall. A screen appeared with people waiting for them.
"Hello, welcome to our first planning meeting. I am Kim Taehyung, Global Retail Director for Kim Conglomerates. Thank you for taking the time to join us for this meeting. So, let's start shall we?" Taehyung said to the meeting participants enthusiastically.
Jeongguk just got home and immediately went to shower.
Taehyung read his email.
He knew because he received a read receipt and somehow, this way of communicating with Taehyung, well, even if he doesn't respond, for him what matters is giving his all, and this is him
giving it without expecting anything in return.
He opened the laptop and waited for the operating system to boot.
It was Day 2 and there were things that happened that he cannot wait to tell Taehyung.
He brought his briefcase in the room and took the personalized stationary he designed. He sat on the desk inside his room and started writing.
It took 15 minutes for him to write the letter as he carefully wrote it, trying his best to avoid committing any mistakes.
He took a picture of the letter and synced it with his phone.
He sat down and placed the laptop on his thigh and started typing Taehyung's email, kth@kimconglomeratekr
as he leaned on the headboard of his bed and typed Day 2. He attached the picture and hit send.
It was Wednesday and Taehyung knew that Jeongguk was going to his first appointment.
He was proud of him for finally taking this step.
Taehyung too started talking to Dr Song through video conferencing because well Dr Song is someone who have helped Namjoon after their mother's death.
He arrived at the office and started dealing with email suggestions of where to hold the conference.
Since they are abroad, some places have been reserved for over a year so he had to think of strategy, something Jeongguk discussed through email.
He had learned a lot from Jeongguk that's why he was confident when he said yes to his father and Namjoon's request for him to plan
the European Executive's Leaders Conference.
Taehyung was on the phone when he saw his laptop notify him that an email had arrived from Jeongguk.
He was silly as he was romantic. Making sure to write at the end of his day meant the world to the Taehyung
and seeing this with Jeongguk right now may mean that if they end up together, their nights are going to be filled with conversations, other than, you know.
He immediately blushed as he talked on the phone as carnal thoughts had filled his head.
Jeongguk's arms were strong and steady as he carried him to bed twice.
He remembered how he leaned his head on his muscular chest and just the thought of it made his heartbeat quicken a bit, with his breath became shallow.
He is an omega with need and Dr Young saying that the sexual act can balance his hormones was very tempting.
Ah. He shook his head again as he took a deep breath and opened the email for Day 3.
The days passed with a blur and regardless of how busy Jeongguk gets, he makes sure that every single day even before 12 mn, he gets to send a letter to Taehyung even if it was a short note or a long one.
Writing to Taehyung is cathartic and nothing can beat the peace of mind that he started having most especially after his session with Dr Song earlier.
He opened his briefcase and took the personalized stationary he printed so he can start writing to Taehyung when a photograph+
from the conference fell.
Hobi sent it to him earlier because he wanted Jeongguk to have it just in case he missed Taehyung.
Seeing the picture made him miss him much more as he put his arm on his shoulders and Taehyung just looked at him.
It was their second picture together and he treasures it as much as he treasures the first one.
He placed the picture in front of him and started writing the letter to Taehyung for Day 7.
Jeongguk was going out to lunch to celebrate his birthday with his staff when his email pinged.
It's an email from kth@kimconglomeratekr with the subject Day 31 - Happy Birthday.
Taehyung wrote him a letter! He is excited to read to it.
With a smile on his face, he took a deep breath as he looked at the picture of him and Taehyung that he placed on his desk.
Even if he hasn't read the email, he knew that the glimmer of hope that he had in his heart since Taehyung left became bigger all of a sudden.
He took a drink of water first as he calmed his racing heart.
Taehyung wrote him a letter on his birthday and his day now is complete.
And the moment Jeongguk printed the letter so he can read it several times, maybe have it framed to place beside his bed.
Jeongguk finally talked to his father when he went with him to play golf.
It's amazing how Taehyung thinks that he is already talking to his dad already.
T/W Mentions of Trauma/Anxiety/Panic
He poured his heart and soul to his father, ever since when his Eomma died to the time he had his very first display of panic attack which was in front of Taehyung.
He was good at keeping his thoughts except when he gets drunk but he vowed
to keep alcohol away as much as he could.
His father apologized to him too for marrying someone he didn't really know.
Jeongguk understood because in general alphas have needs and one of them is an omega by his side.
Taehyung is the perfect omega with his almond eyes, his honey colored soft skin and those lips that he could stare at and kiss when he gets the chance.
Taehyung arching his body as he imagined sucking his nipples while his hands roam all over his body.
Just thinking of how Taehyung's sweet voice whisper against his ear like how he whispered his name before made him come and Jeongguk would like to experience that with him.
He stood up from his desk and went to the bathroom inside of his office.
He looked at his watch and saw that he is about to have lunch with his executive staff 10 minutes from now.
So he rolled his sleeves &and washed his face with cold water, amazed of how just the thought of Taehyung can make his skin hot & his breath hitch.
There was a brisk knock at the door.
Jeongguk came out of his bathroom when Yoongi and Hobi peeked inside.
Jeongguk grinned as they came inside with all of the employees on his floor with his father holding a birthday cake with everyone singing to him.
He closed his eyes and wished for him to be better and for Taehyung to be better as well with the hopes that they would be together.
Jeongguk arrived at Samwon Garden as instructed by Namjoon.
To his surprise, Kim Jung Jae was also present as well.
"Namjoon hyung, CEO Kim," Jeongguk bowed.
"Happy birthday Jeongguk!" Namjoon said as he hugged Jeongguk.
Kim Jung Jae also reached out and gave Jeongguk a hug and whispered, "that hug is fresh from Spain, well who is now in London," he smiled at the alpha.
Jeongguk grinned at both of them.
"Come on birthday boy!" Namjoon stated.
They were seated and while Namjoon ordered for the three of them, Kim Jung Jae placed a gift wrapped in black and gold, "From Taehyung," he said smiling widely at Jeongguk.
Jeongguk looked at the elder alpha with tears in his eyes, "this is the first time I receive a birthday gift beautifully wrapped like this!"
"Well, Taehyung said you have to open it and then he has part two of the surprise." Namjoon said as he rolled his eyes laughing.
Jeongguk unwrapped the gift.
A pocket watch.
He took the watch and saw his name engraved on it.
He cannot stop smiling because not only it is special, he knew this had a special meaning.
He saw that there was a card inside the box and his heart just cannot help but to be giddy with happiness as he read the birthday note included.
He smiled even more to see three roses on the note.
As Jeongguk was reading the note, Namjoon started a video call to his brother (credits ma bes from tiktok).
When he answered, Namjoon said, "Hey Tae, I am calling like how you instructed me."
Jeongguk was nervous because he didn't expect for Taehyung to give him a surprise as grand as this.
Yes he had parties, he had bigger gifts but this was the most heartfelt gift he had ever received.
"Hey Jeongguk, happy birthday! I hope you like my gift."
"Tae," Jeongguk smiled with tears in his eyes, "thank you, you didn't have to!"
"I do," Taehyung said smiling widely at him.
"Ah, you are telling me what I usually tell you," Jeongguk said and then he realized Kim Jung Jae and Namjoon were both watching them amused.
"When does your class start?" Jeongguk asked.
"Soon, I am nervous," Taehyung said.
"You can do it! I trust you!" Jeongguk said.
The food started slowly arriving and he didn't want to be rude to the two Kims so Jeongguk said, "Tae, I want to talk to you even more but the food is arriving, can I ask your number from Namjoon and then I could call you? Only when you want to."
Taehyung nodded, "I will message you. Trust me?"
Jeongguk nodded, "Yes, I will wait for you."
"Happy birthday Jeonggukie," Taehyung said as he bit his lower lip and Jeongguk cannot be anymore happier.
"Bye Tae," he said as he pressed end and handed it back to Namjoon with a bunny smile from his lips. "Thank you, hyung and..." Jeongguk said.
"Samchon, call me Samchon Jung," the elder alpha stated.
Jeongguk does not have any words because to be allowed for Taehyung's father as Uncle is assuring. It might be something small but for him, it truly means a lot.
The bunny smile on his face was just overflowing with gladness, something that he has not felt for the longest time.
Trust is a basic foundation in any relationship.
Erik Erikson defined trust as an important factor in the first psychosocial stage in a person's growth.
His theory states that if a child is able to successfully develop trust, they will feel safe and secure.
Building trust is not an easy feat because it is hard to gain and sustain because individuals have different perceptions, opinions, understanding of the world and can easily have a trust broken with one wrong move.
Building trust is a difficult thing because in reality, finding the right people or even trusting the right people can have still do harm because of malicious thoughts or ill-intents, impatience, jealousy or intrigue.
But the hardest thing to do is not just trusting others but trusting oneself, one's heart because in order to fully do that, one has to love oneself first, including one's flaws.
Kim Taehyung entered the Kim Conglomerates offices in Kensington.
He was thrilled because it is an entire different experience to be in another different country but with the same corporate structure, the Kim corporate structure.
Anna, the director's assistant welcomed him and invited him to have a seat and enjoy some pastries and short cakes.
"Thank you, Anna," Taehyung said as the assistant bowed at him.
"Mr Peter will be joining you shortly," she said as she left the cabin.
He tasted a strawberry shortcake and sipped the earl grey tea in front of him, when a strong scent of rose and white musk started wafting near him.
Taehyung knew that whoever is walking towards him is a dominant alpha because it is one of their traits - having two scents as pheromones.
"Mr Kim, I am so pleased to meet you," the guy with eyes that are as blue as the sky and a face as handsome as Adonis walked to the room.
Taehyung smiled at Peter and said, "you call me Taehyung," he said as he offered his hand for a handshake.
Instead Peter pulled him in for a hug, "I finally meet Namjoon's younger brother, I am so chuffed to bits!"
Taehyung looked at Peter, wondering what he meant with what he just said.
"Oh, chuffed to bits... I am absolutely happy to meet you, he never told me that you are such a stunner!" Peter said smiling widely at the omega.
Taehyung blushed with Peter's deep voice and the way his eyes sparkled.
"So tell me, Mr Kim, how can I help you?" Peter said as he sat in front of Taehyung, pouring himself some tea.
"I have been having a difficult time finding a location for European Regional Leadership Conference. I know it will never be as big as the one we held in Korea but at least big enough for the leadership staff of Kim Conglomerates and other partner companies," He said.
"Have you toured the city just yet?" He asked after taking a sip of his tea.
"It's been a long time and it was only for a few days," Taehyung responded.
"Then how about I give you a tour of the city and then we can decide on what place would be the best for the convention."
"I heard from your old man that you'll be teaching in LCF, that's marvelous," Peter then stood up, "do you want to see your temporary cabin in the meantime?"
Taehyung nodded and stood up as well. He followed Peter out the meeting room and entered a huge office.
"It's where your father and brother stay at when they come here so presently, this is will be your cabin," he said.
Taehyung's eyes widened, it was gorgeous, "thank you!"
"Wonderful!" Peter exclaimed, "well I will leave you so that you can get situated."
"Of course, thank you Peter," He said as the alpha started walking.
"Don't thank me just yet. Thank me after I show you the city," He winked at Taehyung.
Peter started walking away when he walked back and asked, "do you have any dinner plans?"
"I do not but I plan on staying in, I have to do something tonight," Taehyung smiled at the alpha.
"Well, perhaps another time?" Peter asked hopefully.
"Yes, some other time!" Taehyung said smiling warmly at the alpha.
Jeongguk sat on his desk, he just finished reviewing the August monthly report when he looked for a background to be printed on.
He placed his face on the palm of his hand and sighed, where can he find a rose picture with 46 roses?
It gets challenging day by day truth be told but he has this strong resolve as to fulfilling a promise that he made not just for himself but to Taehyung.
He found a flower shop background with different roses - it may not be red but his love consists of other colors too.
It's mid-autumn and Taehyung lay in bed, exhausted from classes and planning an event.
It's a good thing that Peter's team is very helpful most especially with finding a venue.
The schedule is only for a shorter conference since there was nothing available for five days.
Taehyung, Anna, Peter and another staff spent a working lunch at the Mezemiso, Rooftop Restaurant and Shisha Terrace with a view of the entire city and the River Thames.
"It would be absolutely delightful for leaders of the companies to have a reprieve from the work for at least three days," Peter said.
"Absolutely," Anna said, "It gets so dark and dreary during winter, it's great to have a conference like this!"
Taehyung smiled at them.
Taehyung was looking at the River Thames thinking of what strategy Jeongguk would advise him.
He knew Jeongguk to be a calculated leader, a very wise one in fact because their planning session, he would never hesitate to say what he thinks, the pros and cons and he admired that.
He was a master of that and he that Jeongguk would be against haste and that time should not be taken for granted.
He looked at his phone and computed in his head, it's 10 pm.
He knew Jeongguk to be awake but should he reach out?
Taehyung looked up and saw Peter looking at him. It was overwhelming because to be looked at with this kind of intensity is beyond Taehyung.
He never stopped asking Taehyung out but between writing lectures and exams, planning the conference and sometimes attending meetings+
in Seoul through video conference.
He thinks Peter to be handsome but he made a promise to Jeongguk that he went here to work on himself and not to replace him but sometimes Taehyung wonders what if he succumbs to his omega?
Taehyung muses silently under the eye of the alpha in front of him.
But he is deciding for the company and he should not let his personal situation take over him.
So instead, Taehyung said, "let me make a quick call," he said as he dialed Jeongguk's number.
Jeongguk just got out of the shower and took the stationary he printed earlier.
He started writing his letter when his phone starting ringing.
"Kim Taehyung, why are you calling me?" Jeongguk said as he finished writing his letter to Taehyung really quickly.
"Hello?" Jeongguk answered, out of breath, "Tae? Is it really you?"
"Peter, give me a second, I will answer your question," Taehyung said talking to someone, "Jeonggukie?"
Jeongguk grinned, he loves it, he is called Jeonggukie.
"Yes Taehyungie?" Jeongguk said hearing Taehyung giggle.
"So I have a dilemma with this conference thing and I know you will give me the best answer," Taehyung said as he leaned on the railing facing the River Thames.
"Of course," Jeongguk said as he stood up and sat on his bed, leaning on his pillows, his heart delightfully happy.
"I am sorry, did I disturb you?" Taehyung asked.
"I just finished writing you my letter, so, my ears are all yours," Jeongguk said.
"The conference location is available for only three days & I would call it hardly a conference, I feel it is rushed and a waste of money if we were to proceed, do you get what I mean?" Taehyung asked.
"Oh no, I totally get you. When is the next available time?" Jeongguk asked.
"At the same time with the one in Seoul," Taehyung responded with the others talking about the operations of the company.
Peter was looking at Taehyung who turned his body away from them and talking on the phone.
He tried so hard to hang out with him because well,
Kim Taehyung is one gorgeous omega and from his scent, he is pure and a virgin.
It thrilled Peter but what thrilled him more is that he is not in a relationship. He knew this because he knows an omega when an Omega is an a relationship and Taehyung is not marked yet.
Peter looked at Taehyung with his eyes sparkly and smiling eyes talking to someone on the phone. Interesting, Taehyung is attracted to someone.
"Oh wow, that is dilemma," Jeongguk said, "but I have a great idea and you have to hear me out," he stated excitedly.
"Tell me, I am desperate," Taehyung said, he knew he did the right move to call Jeongguk.
"So, it's J corporation's turn to host the conference next year, so, if you like, I can tell my Appa and the board of directors to make it a global instead, and then on your end, +
you can do a cost analysis because I know your company is spending for the conference there in Europe, so, how much would it cost to send delegates to the Annual Conference here in Korea instead?" Jeongguk said all in one-breath.
Taehyung's eyes widened, "that is such a brilliant idea Jeonggukie! I knew I made the right decision to call you! Thank you for answering my call and promise, I will read your email later. I am sorry if I haven't answered, I have to read and research about my classes+
but I read them first thing when I wake up except a few weeks ago because the dean asked us for midterms and what not so, yeah," Taehyung said.
"It's nice hearing your voice Tae," Jeongguk said gently.
"It's time to get back, Taehyung," Peter said in the background.
"I will join you shortly Peter, I am just finishing this call," Taehyung said.
"Hey, it's time for you to go," Jeongguk said, "thank you for giving me a call, I love hearing your voice Tae," his voice was low and husky, sending him shivers.
"Okay Jeongguk, thank you for answering my call," Taehyung said smiling widely, "say hi to everybody for me okay?"
"Okay, I miss you," Jeongguk said, "bye."
Taehyung giggled a little, "bye."
Taehyung turned around, almost bumping into Peter, "Oh my gosh Peter, I am sorry,"
"It's alright," he said stepping aside to make Taehyung walk ahead of him, "he is some lucky bloke, the man you spoke with?"
Taehyung turned around and looked at him, "I am sorry?"
"Your smile is dazzling just right after talking to him," Peter said.
"Oh," Taehyung said, is he that obvious?
"Peter, I would talk to my father & Namjoon about some alternate plans before we continue our meeting about the event," Taehyung walked out of the restaurant with him.
Taehyung stopped in front of the group and said, "I will be heading to the college soon, I will see you all tomorrow?"
"Do you mind if I walk you to wherever you are going?" Peter asked.
Taehyung swallowed, Peter confuses him but what could an innocent walk do, right?
To his relief, his phone rang and he looked at it and saw Jeongguk's name, "I need to take this phone call," Taehyung faced Peter and said, "I am sorry."
Peter just nodded as Taehyung waved goodbye and started walking away.
"Yes, hello?" Taehyung said.
"Umm, Tae, I am sorry to call you back but Namjoon and I talked," Jeongguk said.
"oh, you did?" Taehyung was relieved, he did not have to deal with his brother.
"It was great that he was staying with your father, so your Uncle Jung heard me out as well," Jeongguk said happily.
"Uncle Jung huh?" Taehyung chuckled.
"Well, your father asked me to call him Uncle instead on my birthday, if you don't want it, then..."
"I am kidding Jeongguk, anyway, what did you tell him?" Taehyung said as he crossed the street.
"Well, I put my father on conference call too and it would be a great collaboration - to do a global conference instead," Jeongguk said. "Umm, did I overstep? I am sorry Tae..." Jeongguk started saying.
"Jeongguk it's okay, you are the host and I sought your advice+
and it's for the good of our company and your company so it's all good. Anyways, what else did they say?" Taehyung asked as he took the apartment keys from his jacket.
"That we should start planning as soon as possible," Jeongguk said.
"Yes, please!" Taehyung stated excitedly, "Jeongguk, will you be including me? I mean I still have classes until December, I can attend meetings through video conferencing?"
Taehyung entered his apartment and removed his jacket and hung it by the coat rack.
Jeongguk grinned, "Yes, I can do meetings at 4 pm or is that too early for you? and it's once a month"
"Oh, right, it's once a month," Taehyung said, "but it's an international conference now."
Jeongguk chuckled, "I will start drawing up plans and will contact you as soon as I can, how does that sound?"
"Thank you!" Taehyung said, suddenly relieved.
"You know I would do everything for you," Jeongguk said with a lower voice.
"Thank you for calling me Jeongguk and letting me know at once," Taehyung said.
"I will email you and cc you with your father, my father, Namjoon and Hobi. I would ask my other friends from other companies tomorrow morning," Jeongguk said.
"I will be waiting for it then," Taehyung said as he sat on the couch, both glad and excited to start working with Jeongguk once again. "Good night Jeonggukie," he said sweetly.
"Bye Taehyungie," Jeongguk said with so much tenderness in his voice.
The next morning, Taehyung called his father immediately, "Appa!"
"Why are you so awake so early?" Kim Jung Jae was delighted to hear his son's voice.
He wonders though if it is anything to do with the alpha who is in love with his son who boldly spoke with him and his father last night.
"Oh, I am so excited you agreed with Jeongguk!" Taehyung said, "we should start planning ASAP because it's an international conference."
Taehyung started babbling and his father knows that hearing his son like this is such a great delight, "okay, okay, we'll do that!" He chuckled.
"Does this mean I can go home after classes?" Taehyung pondered loudly.
"Are you asking me or are you asking yourself?" His father laughed louder now.
"Appa!" Taehyung pouted.
"You and Jeongguk are doing wonderfully, so hopefully by that time, you'll talk?" Kim Jung Jae said teasingly.
"Whatever, Appa!" Taehyung started giggling, "let me take a shower & go to work. Should I tell Peter to cancel all the meetings for the ILEC conference center then?"
"Yeah, that would be very smart," Kim Jung Jae stated.
"Bye Appa, I love you," Taehyung said.
"Good afternoon everyone, my name is Jeon Jeongguk and welcome to the first planning meeting for next year's conference. There are a few stakeholders with us today and we are videoconferencing with the Kim Conglomerates in Europe which we are going to call right now."
"I am Kim Taehyung and I am here at the London offices of Kim Conglomerate and I am thankful for this chance. I have spoken to Jeongguk because I was concerned that the availability of venues from Madrid, Switzerland and London is just limited so I have expressed my concern to
him and he immediately brought it to the attention of Namjoon, CEO Emeritus Jeon Jeongho and CEO Emeritus Kim Jung Jae, so I am grateful for this chance. By the way with me, our company's operations director, Peter."
"It's my immense pleasure to be asked by Namjoon & Jung Jae +
to represent the European region. I am excited to attend this event in Korea next year," he looked at Taehyung, "and get to know more about this beautiful gentleman beside me," his face returned back to the screen, "so thank you,"
Jeongguk's face started to become serious as he witnessed how the alpha beside Taehyung looked at him. So this is is Peter, the guy from the background from their phone call from a week ago.
The rest of the group was introducing themselves when Peter whispered something to Taehyung which made Jeongguk really unsettled.
He saw that guy Bogum and Vice President Hyungsik talk to Taehyung before but this Peter guy, just hit a nerve.
Taehyung noticed Jeongguk frown as Peter scooted to sit closer beside him.
Taehyung pretended to reach for something so that he could scoot farther and Jeongguk saw this.
Taehyung smiled at Jeongguk who was scowling. He leaned on his shoulder and just watched Jeongguk.
Truth be told, he is very thrilled to see Jeongguk jealous, this must mean that he really does feel something much more towards him.
Jeongguk saw Taehyung looking at him, somehow assuring him and he remembered in his letter to trust him so he will.
Although it's irritating that Peter kept on looking at Taehyung on and on and he just wanted to go to London and snatch him away from the other alpha.
Well, maybe he should do that, now that he started the planning for the conference.
Hmmm... that is an interesting concept.
"Thank you for introducing yourselves," Jeongguk said seriously.
"I have done an evaluation of the previous conference and one thing I have observed and recommend is that strategies and promotions should team up together so I will be partnering with Taehyung," he said.
Namjoon tried to hide his amusement.
The smell of jealousy from Jeongguk is so strong right now that he wants to reveal it right now to his brother but hey, it's none of his business.
"Taehyung, are you okay with it?"
Taehyung just looked at him and smiled.
"Whatever is best for the conference, from planning to implementation and execution, I am all for it," Taehyung said, smiling widely at Jeongguk.
"Since I will be your point of contact with the European representatives, I reckon I would be included in the forthcoming meetings?" Peter asked.
Namjoon responded, "absolutely and you can direct all your concerns with me, if in case you have questions."
November 30 is a Thursday night and Taehyung decided to finish his final exam earlier.
It is due on Monday but this weekend he decided to go shopping since he is going home in three weeks.
He was super relieved of Jeongguk's take charge attitude that he took the weight off of Taehyung's shoulders and for the first time, he was able to make things better for the conference as they are the host and for Taehyung.
He was about to turn off his computer when an email notification popped up in the browser.
He opened it immediately and it just made him smile. His letters always make Taehyung smile because no matter how good or bad his day is, he always make time for Taehyung.
He can feel the change with Jeongguk or maybe he is like this for a long time, it was just buried deep within because of the pain he felt from losing his mom, being treated like a wallflower by the stepmother and from his awful relationship with Eunwoo.
Taehyung quickly took a paper and wrote a response. Usually he doesn't have the time because of his exhaustion from classes.
Good thing he doesn't take the hormonal suppressants anymore even if smelling Peter overwhelms him sometimes but he made a promise to a certain
Dominant Alpha from Seoul and once he makes a promise, he abides by it.
It's day 120 and he still haven't had dinner or accepted any invitation from Peter because he feels that it's unfair for Jeongguk and no matter what, his feelings for the alpha intensifies a day at a time.
Jeongguk was drifting off to sleep when his cellphone pinged with a notification.
He only has notifications on for Namjoon, his father, Hobi, Yoongi and Taehyung.
He grinned when he saw it was an email from Tae.
A letter with a heart on a beach.
It's funny how he was scolded by Taehyung because the last time he got scolded was when his mom was still alive.
It leaves this new-found funny tickle in his heart and it spread all over him.
His eyes started to close at the thought of Taehyung with his smile at the beach.
Taehyung got extremely busy with the exams.
Not so much with work anymore because he had been working remotely and it was becoming more difficult to catch up because of the time difference so Namjoon suggested that he take time off since he was about to come beck soon.
It was a random Tuesday afternoon.
Taehyung looked at the clock and it was ticking so slowly so for the first time he did something and his heart was racing as he pressed send.
"Ready?" Jeongguk's boxing coach asked him.
It was his weekly boxing class and Jeongguk zoomed his attention on his coach.
He decided to take boxing classes in November as a way to love himself as well.
"Go," Jeongguk's coach said as he threw back-to-back punches and jabs.
"Good class," Coach Tommy stated as Jeongguk wiped his forehead with a towel.
"Thanks Coach," He said, "I will see you next Tuesday," Jeongguk said.
He walked towards the locker area and looked at the clock but it wasn't working so he took his phone from the locker when he almost dropped it.
Kim Taehyung just texted him.
He took a deep breath and bit his lip and texted back hoping he'd respond for it had been 20 mins.
Taehyung was grinning widely that his heart wanted to jump out of his chest.
He doesn't know how to describe it but texting Jeongguk gives him this overwhelming feeling of giddiness, something he had never experienced before...
And then he gasped? Why does he want his picture?
Jeongguk grinned Taehyung wanted to play this game, asking him first...
He leaned on his locker door and scrolled through his album... should it be something the dominant alpha type or the caring alpha type?
Taehyung smiled as he bit his lower lip.
Aaaahhh.. so he can't decide... why can't he decide.
Taehyung shook his head as he texted back... let's see what his response is going to be...
Jeongguk grinned, his heart was beating so fast... he wanted this kind of feeling.
He's never felt these warm feelings.
And then what?
What did Taehyung say?
Send him pictures until Taehyung tells him to stop...
What kind of trickery is this?
So Jeongguk texts back.
Taehyung smiled, Jeongguk is definitely a very handsome alpha.
He knew him to be very handsome, for sure he knows that because that is how he had seen him ever since he first met him.
Taehyung was about to text back when he sees Jeongguk text him that it is his turn now.
Jeongguk was astonished, what the heck? Taehyung is such a brat!
He really wanted to play so he sends him an eye-roll emoji which Taehyung instantaneously responded to.
Jeongguk laughed so loud and it echoed throughout the entire locker room.
Taehyung is definitely cheeky.
Taehyung can't help but smile as he bantered with Jeongguk.
He finds it delightful to flirt for the first time with his ex-husband. He wondered if they would have been like this if they haven't experienced all of the things that happened in the past few months.
Jeongguk sends another reply, with a picture of him. It's so unfair for him to be sending pictures when he has not received any yet but it's okay as long as Taehyung texts with him.
Taehyung smiles at the picture sent to him with a text of plea right after it, he still said no.
He miss Jeongguk, more than he wanted to admit & talking to him like this makes hundreds of butterflies flutter in his chest like how it was during the first days of the conference.
So Taehyung texts back, still resisting until Jeongguk sends him an unexpected picture of his muscles and his beautiful smile.
Taehyung's heart started beating fast thinking how this beautiful man have so many growing pains and how he deserves real happiness too...
Jeongguk was counting the minutes but Taehyung has not answered his text yet... he started to gather his clothes, preparing to take a shower when he received a text.
He must have liked the last picture he sent.
So Jeongguk made a mental note, he'll remember that.
Looking at Taehyung is like looking at the sun. It's too bright for Jeongguk and at the same time, it's like he's the moth and Taehyung is the flame and he wanted to get nearer but he doesn't also want to be burned.
So, Jeongguk texts back what Taehyung deserves to know.
Taehyung is so surprised by how Jeongguk has been very honest with him since he started spending time with him.
So he changes his pfp & edits his name as well.
Is he getting too ahead of himself or is he just being truthful instead? So he sends back a text.
He sends back a text hoping that Jeongguk will understand that he is starting to feel something for him too.
That he is seeing the changes in him as he tries to heal himself of the pain from the past.
At this point, truth be told, there is no sense in resisting the alpha.
Jeongguk has tried to do his best in absolutely everything just to prove to him that he tries, every single day he tries.
He just hopes that this final chance is worth it for them both.
During ancient times, the definition of sacrifice had a deeper meaning. It means a religious ritual offering but as the mere ritual is not applicable to the present day, sacrifice is then defined as an act of giving up +
something precious or important for the sake of gaining something or allowing more important events or things to happen.
Overall, in order to achieve something greater, sacrifice demands surrender of ourselves or things we hold dear.
More often than not in order to make sure that the sacrifices made are all worth it, people tend to create a new vow, a resolution to make sure that the entire journey where sacrifices are made is successfully brought to the finish line.
Taehyung sacrificed his time, his blood, and a part of his youth with the idea in his head that he is able to save a life.
Jeongguk sacrificed himself for the sake of others, out of guilt, pain and suffering because for a while he thought he did not deserve happiness.
Jeongguk sat at the conference room, having a meeting with the board of directors and both Yoongi and Jimin were with him.
Yes, he hired Jimin to be Yoongi's assistant and it was one of the best decisions he made because seeing his other best friend happy is incomparable.
Jimin and him had a talk after Taehyung left.
He did not hate the elder most especially even if he was being pushed to Jeongguk by his stepmother & his sister but then again, Jimin's parents were friends with his stepmother & it's just fair to give Jimin the benefit of a doubt.
Jimin told Jeongguk that maybe when they were younger, he had a crush with him but his love for Sungwoon can never be replaced.
Jimin apologized too for being clingy like that. He had his fears that Jeongguk would leave him too.
Jeongguk realized that there were just so many to process and now after hearing Jimin, somehow he felt he had forgiven himself a little.
"Sajangnim Jeon, how do you want to allocate funds for the conference?" the finance vice-president asked.
Jeongguk's trance was interrupted as Yoongi motioned to him, "Since it is a collaboration of Kim Conglomerate & J Corporation - it is now an international conference, I will confer with them first regarding the disbursement of expenses. Of course there will be sponsors as well."
The board of directors nodded as Jeongguk continued, "Personally, I am excited for this collaboration because not only will it bring respect to our company, but it's a unity among many. I will ask them next week as there are already several proposals made regarding the venue."
"And you will apprise us of the developments, Sajangnim?" the finance VP asked once again.
"Of course, I will be having a meeting with the President and CEO of Kim Conglomerates tomorrow and I will let you know on our next board meeting."
Jeongguk looked then at the sea of faces looking at him.
He smiled and then said, "If there are no other questions, then our meeting is adjourned."
"Hyungs, can you stay a while? I have something very important to discuss," Jeongguk told both Jimin and Yoongi as everyone exited the room.
The next day Namjoon arrived at the offices of J Corporation with Seojoon and Hyungsik.
They were there to talk about strategy regarding the division of expenses for the conference and to discuss possible sponsors.
Yoongi and Jimin already agreed to take care of the +
Busan Port International Exhibition & Convention Center reservation once Namjoon agrees with the location of the conference.
And since it is an international conference, they agreed during the previous meeting to push it back towards the end of August or beginning of September.
Jeongguk proposed the location as it will hold a lot more participants. BEXCO offers 53 conference rooms with an accommodation capacity of 7,200 persons, and an auditorium that seats 4,002.
His second alternative is Coex Convention & Exhibition Center which is around the corner from their offices, however, it's also booked around those times and the next available time is nearer which is in May and that would not give them enough time to plan thoroughly.
"Hyungs," Jeongguk said as they entered the room.
At this point, they have gone to several dinners already and drank on occasion, so hand shakes are obsolete, but instead, quick hugs were welcomed.
"Thank you for coming," Jeongguk said as he waited them to all take a seat.
"As you all know, there is a major decision for us to undertake before the year ends. And we would like to lock the reservation before someone else takes it," Jeongguk said.
"We spoke on the phone Gukkah and the cost is not a problem, you know that," Namjoon stated.
"Yes, and our global retail division - meaning me, is currently dealing with the supposed participants for our European arm and I am also in contact with our North American division," Hyungsik stated.
"Busan will be better, it has more options for leisure as well, not that I am saying Seoul is not. The beach appeal is remarkable and in order for us to have more delegates most especially with the executive staff of companies, recreation is a great marketing," Jeongguk said.
"100%" Seojoon stated as he looked at them and then looked over Jeongguk, "I guess we'll have to wait for Taehyung to have a say as well," he smiled at the alpha.
Namjoon chuckled and Hyungsik tried to hide his smile.
"What?" Jeongguk asked naively.
"You can deliver the message when he gets back, you know?" Namjoon said.
Jeongguk sighed, "but that's next week."
He then looked at Hyungsik, then Seojoon and Namjoon as if asking for permission and they just nodded and smiled.
Classes were already done and Taehyung already gave everyone their grades.
Supposedly, he was going to fly back to Seoul tomorrow, however, the office in Kensington invited him for dinner as a thank you for the past three months he had spent with them.
Of course it was all Peter's idea so instead he was going to fly back on Sunday & arrive Monday in Seoul.
In spite of the so many rejections in the past three months, Taehyung found Peter very insistent up until the last minute and had also expressed that he was not interested.
The restaurant reservation was at 7pm at Quality Chop House which is in Farringdon, more or less 26 minutes away from the office.
Peter insisted to drive Taehyung but Taehyung refused because he was already in the area, shopping for his family and friends.
Plus, now that Taehyung was already free from his classes and his work responsibilities, he decided to roam London that day starting from the Natural History Museum and made his away to Farringdon to visit the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
At 6:45, he was walking to the restaurant when Jeongguk texted him.
Why is this alpha even awake?!
Taehyung smiled though because he too is excited so he texted back as he waited to be seated by the wait staff.
Anna, Matthew (Accounts Manager), Simon (Procurement Manager) & Peter arrived promptly at 7:00 PM.
Taehyung just smiled as Anna whispered that there were three other people from personnel arriving.
"But I don't know them all?" Taehyung said.
"Well they are grateful for your family and they want to show their appreciation by being here tonight for your send off," Anna said as the waiter gave them the menu.
"Don't forget to order your bloody brew. It is top notch here," Peter said as he leaned towards Taehyung.
"Oh," Taehyung frowned.
Anna looked at him and whispered, "Peter meant beer," she chuckled. "Do you even drink?"
"I like red wine," Taehyung responded.
"The have a fab brand of cabernet here," Peter said as he gestured towards the waiter, "A bottle of Bartinney, please."
"We are going to miss you Taehyung," Anna said smiling.
"Aww, Anna, thank you for being so nice to me," Taehyung said at the same time the waiter approached him.
"I would like to get Hereford sirloin medium please?" Taehyung looked at the waiter when he noticed Peter staring at him.
"Peter, stop being a creep!" Anna exclaimed.
"I can't help but appreciate Taehyung who never gave me the chance to take him out on a date," Peter said.
"Obviously Peter, you're such a dimwit!" Anna said as the waiter started to bring the wine. "Taehyung has absolutely no interest in you!"
Taehyung was just quiet because the truth is, he finds Peter very handsome but his heart & soul are back in Seoul.
"I can't wait to go to Seoul though, I believe Namjoon offered me to stay there and still work here, I can't wait to spend sometime with you there. Perhaps, tour me around?" Peter gazed deeply in Taehyung's eyes.
Taehyung's phone buzzed and he was grateful for the interruption.
Taehyung grinned. Jeongguk was still texting him and even if he was annoyed that the alpha was still awake, it was okay. At this point, he welcomes the interruption.
Food starting arriving and Taehyung was excited because truth be told, he certainly loves sirloin.
The group happily ate.
They also started discussing about Taehyung's plans for the holidays which Taehyung happily said that they might go ski somewhere.
Taehyung kept on glancing at his phone, waiting for Jeongguk to respond.
At 8:15 pm everyone started becoming a bit buzz most especially Peter.
"So Taehyung, why are you so repulsed by me? I have asked you so many times but you didn't want to go out with me." Peter slurred.
"I came to London to teach and to take care of the conference and I have been very honest about that. I am not interested, I am sorry," Taehyung said with boldness as he too has already consumed two glasses of cabernet.
"Can't you not at least try?" Peter insisted moving an inch forward.
Taehyung felt his personal space violated so, he stood up, "Thank you for the dinner. It was delightful but I think it's time for me to go. I am hoping to see you at the conference," he said.
He got his coat and took the paper bags.
He headed out of the restaurant and was already a 100 meters away when Peter ran and followed him.
"All I ask is one bloody coffee date from you and you still refuse!" He shouted.
Taehyung refused to turn back, instead he hurried.
Peter still walked behind, "Taehyung, I just want to get to know you," he shouted as he walked briskly towards the omega.
Taehyung quickly turned his head and said, "Peter, I told you, I am not interested," he said as he neared the crosswalk. "Please return to the restaurant."
There were a lot of people on the streets and somehow Taehyung was grateful.
He thought he was walking fast enough but he was not.
Peter grabbed his shoulders and said, "for crying out loud, can you give me a bloody chance! I won't take no for an answer,"
"You are hurting me Peter," Taehyung complained amidst the crowd.
But before Taehyung turned around, someone tapped at Peter's shoulder and said, "Taehyung just said he's not interested, can you leave him alone?"
Peter let go of Taehyung, "Who the bloody hell are you?" he asked as he turned around, trying to tower over the man.
"Just leave him alone, man, you don't want to get hurt."
Peter looked at the alpha incredulously, "me get hurt? don't be ridiculous!" He said as he swung his hand.
"Peter stop!" Taehyung shrieked.
"You will never touch Taehyung ever," Jeongguk exclaimed as he stepped to the side fast enough to avoid his punch.
He curled his right hand into a fist and with one forceful punch, he swung toward Peter.
But Peter was able to duck Jeongguk's punch.
A small crowd started to gather around them.
They were pushing toward Taehyung which made him trip.
Everything was as if it was in slow motion when Jeongguk turned to catch Taehyung when he reached out to his hand but Peter threw a punch at Jeongguk.
Jeongguk fell backward as the punch landed on his jaw near his lips and made him step back.
"Jeongguk," Taehyung exclaimed as he rushed to him but not fast enough that Peter threw another punch landing on his cheek and making him fall backward.
"How dare you interrupt, I will sue you!" Peter said as a couple of police officers got a hold of him.
"No you won't," Jeongguk said as he reached out to Taehyung who ran to the alpha's embrace.
Taehyung gazed into Jeongguk's eyes, overflowing with emotions. He's here at the right place and at the right time.
Since Peter was drunk, he was slurring and shouting, "how dare you interrupt?"
Taehyung turned to look at Peter, "Do you wanna know why I am not interested? He's the reason why I am not interested, so please before I speak to my father about your behavior, I suggest you stop."
The crowd dispersed as the two police officers took Peter away. They are going to detain him for being drunk in public.
Taehyung took Jeongguk's hand and pulled him up. Staring at him, in total disbelief that he is here in front of him.
"Sir, do you want to press charges?" One of the police officers approached Taehyung.
"No, it's okay," he said just looking at the blood from Jeongguk's busted lip.
Taehyung touched the bruise on Jeongguk's cheek, the bruise that is turning purple.
"Where is your nearest pharmacy?" Taehyung asked they started crossing the street.
"The nearest chemist is just around the corner from that intersection," the police officer said as Jeongguk followed them from behind.
This is the reason why he's awake and texting him was because he was here.
His heart started beating really fast when Jeongguk reached for his hand and he allowed Jeongguk to intertwine it against his.
"Are you sure you are okay with this, me, holding your hand?" Jeongguk said as his cheek slowly turned into a deeper shade of purple.
Taehyung just nodded, thrilled beyond words because for real this time, Jeongguk was there to save him.
"How did you get here? Why are you here? How did you find me?" Taehyung asked as they headed to the pharmacy.
Jeongguk laughed as he pulled Taehyung closer to him, "we had a meeting the other day. We meaning Namjoon, Seojoon and Hyungsik hyungs "
"Well they said they can send the plane early because Seokjin hyung canceled his trip and I asked Namjoon hyung if I can pick you up from the airport on Monday and they suggested for me to pick you up here instead and I am sorry if I didn't tell you and if you are angry at me..."
"Jeongguk, stop," Taehyung said as they stopped walking.
Taehyung touched his purple cheek lightly, "I am glad you are here, truly. I am happy you are here. " He said as they started walking again.
"So how did you find me?" Taehyung said as they entered the pharmacy.
"You told me you are at a steakhouse in Farringdon so I dropped off my bag at your apartment lobby and took a cab and it just happened that I got off the moment you stepped out of the restaurant,"
Taehyung headed to the first aid corner and bought a kit and an antibiotic cream.
He paid for it and they headed outside.
"I am glad you followed me," Taehyung said as they stood in the corner, waiting for a cab to pass by.
"I was about to call your name when that disgruntled Peter, is it? Anyway, he started following you, and I walked behind him," Jeongguk said as he leaned against the light pole.
"My hero," Taehyung said as he raised his hand to call the cab.
Jeongguk was speechless because he never thought that Taehyung would call him as such because for all he knew he hurt Taehyung so much before that this kindness is beyond his imagination.
"Tae?" Jeongguk asked as they got inside the cab.
"Yes? Jeonggukie?" Taehyung asked with Jeongguk pulling him closer.
"I missed you, " he said as he kissed Taehyung's hand.
Taehyung just smiled & bit his ljp.
He looked at him, & for the first time, he allowed his feelings to speak honestly, "me too, I missed you too."
They arrived at the Kim's flat and Jeongguk walked slowly behind Taehyung.
"Hey come on Jeonggukie, don't be shy," he said as he felt nervous too because it had been too long not being within each other's proximity and... Taehyung is not taking any hormonal suppresants.
After removing their shoes, Taehyung went inside the room, "Jeonggukie, I will be right back," and put his shopping bags near his luggage.
He came back with Jeongguk enjoying the sights of London.
Jeongguk smiled as he smelled Taehyung's pheromones softly wafting around him.
Taehyung went straight to the kitchen island where he dropped what they bought from the pharmacy.
Jeongguk was somehow hesitant, how will he know if Taehyung wanted him to be around his personal space.
Taehyung smelled the strong musky scent released by the alpha.
He looked at Jeongguk, "Jeongguk? Come sit with me. I wanna treat your battle scars," he said smiling widely at the alpha.
Taehyung really thinks Jeongguk is a knight in shining armor and since they+
are in the land where fairytales were born, pretty much nothing is impossible right now.
Taehyung took a swab from the kit and placed the wrapped swab on the table.
He took the antiseptic disposable towelette and ripped open the packaging.
He slowly dabbed Taehyung's upper lip gently with the antiseptic towelette and desire automatically ran through him because, for all he knew, he thinks he cannot deny Jeongguk anymore.
He then wiped the bruise slowly, making sure there were no open wounds.
Jeongguk flinched a little, "ow."
Taehyung panicked and stood up.
He ran to the refrigerator and within seconds, he gently placed a cold compress on the bruise.
"You didn't have to do that earlier, Kookie," he said as he took Jeongguk's hand to hold the ice.
He ripped the swab packaging and squeezed a thin strip of antibiotic cream on it and lightly dabbed Jeongguk's lips with it.
He then took a small hydrocolloid lip dot and placed one on the wound opening.
Jeongguk just looked at Taehyung taking care of him and at this point, +
he for sure is a goner.
His heart was doing hundreds of somersaults while he trained his eyes to focus on Taehyung's lips.
Taehyung took the ice pack from him & he was just staring at the beautiful omega in front of him.
He has never been this intimately close with Tae & he cannot just get enough of the omega.
Taehyung moved a little & accidentally pressed a little harder on his cheek."
"Ouch," Jeongguk whimpered.
Taehyung put the ice pack on the table and kissed his cheek ever so lightly, "there then it won't feel painful anymore yeah?"
Jeongguk shook his head and showed his elbows, "I fell here too,"
And absentmindedly Taehyung kissed it.
And then Jeongguk pointed to his upper lip, "this is very painful," He said trying to withhold his mischievous grin.
Taehyung looked at him and shook his head, "I know you are my hero but I think you're too much," as he scrunched his nose.
Jeongguk wasn't able to resist now most especially with the sweet smelling strawberry vanilla pheromones surrounding him so he cupped Taehyung's face, "I will cross the ocean, walk the longest road, even if I get beaten up, as long as it's for you, I will do everything for you."
Taehyung had tears in his eyes when Jeongguk gently wiped them with his fingers, "I will do it over and over again as long as I could keep you safe."
Taehyung then took a deep breath and asked, "is your upper lip still hurting?"
Taehyung asked lightly touching it and Jeongguk understood what he meant so the alpha said, "yes it does."
Jeongguk knew this was the opportunity he was waiting for, now he felt that the knight in shining armor will receive his reward.
And he did because Taehyung kissed the top of his lips, featherlike that made goosebumps spread throughout his body.
But Jeongguk took this chance as he cupped Taehyung's face and moved his head forward, kissing him gently on the lips for the first time.
Jeongguk stared at him the moment they broke their kiss, "You make me extremely happy Tae, I never knew we would be like this." He said he gently rubbed his cheek against Taehyung's, whispering on his ear.
Taehyung looked at Jeongguk's face, his eyes wandering at the handsome face of the alpha before him.
Jeongguk just stared at Taehyung's face, overwhelmed by the omega's astounding beauty, "You are so beautiful Tae," he said.
Taehyung closed his eyes, steadying his breath, his heart hammering in his chest.
He was starting to get drunk in the presence of Jeongguk and he wanted this.
The feeling like the warmth of the sun enveloping his skin.
Jeongguk touched his chin with eyes roaming on his face, "I can never bear for you to leave my sights again," he said as their eyes met again.
Taehyung's eyes glimmer as he places a kiss on Jeongguk's bruised cheek, "why do you think that?"
Jeongguk's voice became huskier, as his lips brushed gently Taehyung's lips, "it feels that each day is my last not seeing you."
Taehyung is already intoxicated by the scent surrounding him.
Jeongguk felt the same. He is feeling a certain high, one that he refuses to come down from.
"Tae?" Jeongguk asks him again, inching closer once again.
"Yes," Taehyung sighs, "what is it Jeongguk?"
"Is it okay? To kiss you?" Jeongguk asks kissing Taehyung's eyes, then his nose. then his cheek. "I would not kiss you if you don't want me to."
"Kiss me, kiss me please," Taehyung said with his resolve reduced to none.
Jeongguk closed the distance, his lips touching Taehyung's lip but not as gentle as it was earlier.
For Jeongguk, kissing Taehyung is unlike anything else.
Taehyung felt the same because Jeongguk's mouth is perfect. It was firm, yet yielding; strong, yet gentle.
And when Jeongguk's tongue slipped in his mouth, allowing their tongues to teach, air was knocked out from Taehyung.
Taehyung's hand raked through Jeongguk's hair, keeping the alpha where he wanted him to be and for him everything is nothing else but bliss.
And when Jeongguk's tongue slipped in his mouth, allowing their tongues to teach, air was knocked out from Taehyung.
Taehyung's hand raked through Jeongguk's hair, keeping the alpha where he wanted him to be and for him everything is nothing else but bliss.
Jeongguk did as his lips landed on Taehyung's lips causing butterflies to swarm in his belly and his heart continued pounding, his head spinning with exhilaration.
But Jeongguk didn't want to overwhelm Taehyung so he slowed down his kiss.
Jeongguk took one deep breath as he broke the kiss with a small smile on his lips.
"Hey," he said with their foreheads touching each other.
Taehyung just smiled, "hi Jeonggukie."
Jeongguk wrapped his arms around Taehyung, "do you know this make me feel?"
"Hmmm?" Taehyung hummed, "how does it make you feel?"
"Like I cannot breathe without you in my life," Jeongguk said kissing Taehyung's forehead, "I feel like finally finding light after walking in darkness."
The doorbell rang with both of them whipping their heads toward the door.
"I don't want to move!" Jeongguk said exasperatingly, he said as he stood up and walked to the door.
He opened the door with the doorman with his small luggage.
"Oh, thank you!" Jeongguk said.
Jeongguk reached for his pocket for some change and handed a tip to the doorman.
He turned around and chuckled, "I forgot my bag downstairs."
Taehyung was just looking at the alpha, still in disbelief that he is here, in London.
Jeongguk sat beside Taehyung and pulled him, wrapping his arms around him.
"Tae?" Jeongguk asked as he rested his chin on the top of Taehyung's head.
"Are you finally giving me a chance?" Jeongguk asked carefully, his heart in his throat.
"Perhaps," Taehyung said, nuzzling his cheek on Jeongguk's chest.
Jeongguk laughed, "do you want me to convince you?" He asked, enjoying every inch of Taehyung in his arm.
Taehyung turned his head and looked at his alpha who was looking down lovingly at him, "how will you convince again?" He asked.
Jeongguk rubbed his nose against Taehyung's nose, "maybe a night full of making out?"
Taehyung smiled against his chest, "perhaps," he responded teasingly.
"Do you like that I am here?" Jeongguk asked as he stroked his hand gently, running his fingers on Taehyung's back.
"Do you want to be here?" Taehyung returned his question with another question, looking again at Jeongguk's handsome face.
"I can't imagine being anywhere else other than here," Jeongguk responded as he kissed him lightly on the lips once again.
Taehyung closed his eyes, finally relieved.
A certain peace washes over him as their bodies molded in a warm embrace.
Jeongguk felt the same as their scents lightly intermingled in the air.
They both wanted each other, yes, but for tonight, maybe just tonight, they would feel somehow content just to know that they are together, hearts peacefully beating, happy and satisfied.
Jeongguk opened his eyes, his arms wrapped around Taehyung who was sleeping peacefully beside him.
He was happy he followed his instinct to find him.
He was happy that he was the one who protected Taehyung from the alpha last night.
He stared at Taehyung, the most beautiful person he had seen.
Everything was like the last time, but, this time they both slept peacefully wrapped in each other's arms.
He stared and stared, hoping and wishing Taehyung had already forgiven him.
Hoping and wishing that the sacrifices they have made were all worth it because being far apart is something Jeongguk cannot afford anymore.
Granted that both of them have painful pasts. Jeongguk thinks this time they have healed enough.
They have healed enough to accept each other's flaws and complement each other making them whole.
Jeongguk suddenly felt the pain on his face.
Yes, the event from last night when he protected Taehyung. His eyelids are heavy and his face felt as if he was punched once again but everything is worth it in the end because Taehyung is in his arms.
Taehyung smelled Jeongguk and smiled.
It was relaxing and calming but overwhelming because he is allowing his emotions to finally surface.
He is afraid as well because he is allowing himself to open up with walls down to someone who had hurt him in the past.
Jeongguk looked at Taehyung who was smiling and at this time, he knew that Taehyung is finally awake.
"Good morning sleepyhead," Jeongguk said as he kissed Taehyung's nose.
"Hmmm," Taehyung hummed once again as his lips just smiled, "why are you staring?"
"Who said I was staring?" Jeongguk asked innocently.
"I can feel your eyes Jeonggukie," he said as he slowly opened his eyes, staring directly at the alpha's handsome face.
Jeongguk tightened his arms around Taehyung, "I love it when you call me Jeonggukie." He said, savoring the warmth of the omega.
"I like it when you call me Taehyungie," he said.
"But I want to call you something else?" Jeongguk said mischievously smiling.
Taehyung looked at him, arching an eyebrow even in his sleepy state, "what is it?"
"I want to call you mine. I want to call you my love, my baby. I want you to be mine," Jeongguk expressed sincerely.
Taehyung buried his face in Jeongguk's muscular chest. He wanted to scream with giddiness but he still tried to control his reactions, although his pheromones say otherwise.
"Let's see," he said.
"You know I will wait for you right? I just want to tell you my truth, the only truth." Jeongguk said as they gazed into each other's eyes.
"And what is your truth?" Taehyung asked gently, touching Jeongguk's bruised cheek.
"That I am helplessly and have fallen hopelessly in love with you," Jeongguk said which made Taehyung's eyes disappear with happiness.
Taehyung was nuzzling his chest when Jeongguk looked at him seriously, "Tae?"
"Yes, Kookie?" Tae said, high on the alpha's scent.
"I want to help you," He said, wrapping his arms tighter around him.
"Help me? For what?" Taehyung asked.
"Your recessive trait, I want to help."
"Why?" Taehyung asked, suddenly wondering why the alpha is saying this.
"Because I want you to fulfill your mom's dream. You have sacrificed a lot and I want to do everything for you, if I could," Jeongguk said tenderly towards Taehyung.
"Perhaps," Taehyung said.
Suddenly, Jeongguk's stomach growled so loud which made the room filled with a chorus of laughter.
"When did you last eat Jeonggukie?"
Jeongguk looked at him and fixed Taehyung's hair, parting it so he could see his eyes, "When I was in flight?"
Taehyung suddenly sat up and said, "We have to eat breakfast Gukkie, I am hungry!"
Jeongguk tugged him, making him fall in his arms, "Can I just not hug you? Be like this all day? Do nothing?"
"How about we eat then go around then when we come back, we can cuddle some more?"
Taehyung and Jeongguk walked outside of the Kensington Palace, as they followed the directions on Jeongguk's celphone.
They were walking but Taehyung feels as if he was walking on cloud 9.
Jeongguk looked at Taehyung, so beautiful and so amazing.
Taehyung looked at him and smiled shyly, "why are you looking at me like that?" He asked they crossed the street.
"Because I am making sure I am walking here with you, holding your hand," Jeongguk said grinning at Taehyung.
"What do you mean?" Taehyung asked, "that's where we'll eat!" He exclaimed.
"Have you eaten here yet?" Jeongguk asked.
"No, not yet, I was going to try with Appa but he had to leave," Taehyung said they walked at the door, "now I am trying it with you," he said smiling sweetly.
Jeongguk opened the door for him.
"Thank you," Taehyung said as he walked in a cozy little breakfast place.
"How intimate!" Taehyung exclaimed.
"I like that, intimate," Jeongguk said as he pulled Taehyung in and kissed his forehead.
The waiter had them sit by the window.
Taehyung sat first and was surprised to see Jeongguk sat beside him instead of across him.
He looked at him, no, he stared at him.
"I missed you," Jeongguk said as he shrugged, "I told you, since you are now here with me, I won't allow you not to be with me," he said.
The waiter handed to them the menu and with heads together they perused what to order.
Taehyung looked at him and asked him, "what do you feel like eating?" He asked as he returned his attention to the menu.
"Are you sure you are going to ask me that question after you dragged me out of bed to eat?" Jeongguk arched an eyebrow.
Taehyung pushed him gently as he blushed profusely. Heat rising in his cheek and ears as Jeongguk chuckled, "Stop it Jeonggukie."
"What did I do?" He asked in a low voice, their knees touching and thick pheromones surrounding them both.
"Stop it, Kookie," Taehyung whispered.
"O-kay," Jeongguk said sighing.
"Can I get you anything to drink?" An omega wait staff asked them.
She was eyeing Jeongguk and Taehyung saw it and he felt flushed with anger. How dare her!
So Taehyung did what he does best, he rolls his eyes at the omega and pulls Jeonggukie closer, their faces within a few inches from each other.
Jeongguk knew Taehyung was already jealous as his pheromones started become sour, "baby, calm down, I am yours," Jeongguk whispered against Taehyung's ears.
Taehyung looked at him and touched his bruised face lightly, "I am sorry."
"I would like to have an americano and orange juice for him please," he said as he placed a hand on Taehyung's shoulder.
"I would like to get a Mexican Omelette," Taehyung said feeling a little smug because she looked a way from Jeongguk.
"I would like to get an Eggbreak benny with toasted English muffin," Jeongguk said as he handed back the menu and placed his hand on his chin and stared at the omega beside him, "do you want anything else, baby?"
Taehyung blushed and shook his head.
"Well that should be enough for now, thank you!" Jeongguk smiled as he returned his attention to Taehyung.
"Why are you jealous? You know I am yours right?" Jeongguk said, "and don't say sorry, I am yours I promise."
"I am just not used to being like this, you know?" Taehyung said as he looked at him in the eyes, bruised purple and swollen, "I am sorry you got hurt because of me."
Jeongguk shook his head, "no, no, don't think that, I would protect you no matter the cost, I learned my lesson before and made the wrong decision, so no, I know what to do especially when I am with you," Jeongguk said, looking at Taehyung, "please believe me?"
"Okay if you say so," Taehyung said, "I like what you said earlier," he shyly told him.
Jeongguk looked at him, "what part?" He asked, taking Taehyung's hand and stroking it slowly.
Jeongguk looked at Taehyung's face and cupped his cheek, "what part, baby?"
"That part," Taehyung said as the waitress came back with the americano, "it's nice to hear, you know?"
"I will get the orange juice. Sorry, it's just me," the waitress said.
"It's okay, we can wait," Taehyung said, smiling slightly at her because by this time, she knew that they are together.
"Yeah?" Jeongguk asked huskily. "You like me calling you baby? I love calling you that," he looked at Taehyung who was leaning more on him.
The waitress came back, this time with their food and Taehyung's orange juice.
"This is your Mexican omelette," The waitress said as he placed the platter on the table.
"Yum," Taehyung exclaimed, biting his lower lip because he's hungry already.
"And here is your orange juice and eggs benny," the waitress said as she excused herself quickly.
"She's afraid of you," Jeongguk whispered, taking the fork and knife and cutting a piece of his egg benedict and allowed Taehyung to have a bite first.
Taehyung looked at Jeongguk, surprised how he found out that he was actually curious of his order, so Taehyung did the same and took a piece of his Mexican omelet and offered it to Jeongguk who immediately took a bite.
"How did you know?" Taehyung asked Jeongguk.
"I saw you eyed my food, that's why I wanted you to take a taste first," he said, "how about you, how did you know?"
"I saw you look at my omelet that's why," Taehyung smiled.
"We can share, only if you like," Jeongguk said.
"I like that very much," Taehyung said.
Jeongguk smiled widely because there's a certain sense of happiness surrounding him.
He knew somehow that Taehyung had allowed to open himself up again and he did not want to lose this chance, this last chance, his last chance.
He looked at Taehyung happily munching, taking some of his eggs benedict as he took some of his Mexican omelet.
"Gukkie," Taehyung asked after swallowing the egg, "I have a question," taking another forkful of Jeongguk's food.
"Yes?" Jeongguk looked at him, "ask away."
"How sure are you that we'll not suffer the same as 6 months ago, or three years ago?" Taehyung asked, looking thoughtfully at the alpha.
"Well, let me tell you this," Jeongguk paused and looked at Taehyung, "I will be honest to you right now, because in truth, I don't know. I am not perfect Taehyung, I have my flaws, I have my faults, I can still be triggered by the pains of my past but there is one thing +
I am absolutely sure right now," Jeongguk said putting down his fork and knife.
He turned to Taehyung and looked at him lovingly, "what I know is that, I love you and I am willing to try with you, if you are willing to try with me." He said as he kissed him lightly on the lips.
Taehyung smiled and took the napkin and wiped Jeongguk's lips.
"Oops," Jeongguk said.
Taehyung just scrunched his nose and nodded, "Let's see where this leads us. A day at a time?"
"Yes, a day at a time," Jeongguk said as he squeezed Taehyung's hand, "thank you!"
Taehyung drank the last of his orange juice and put the glass down.
Jeongguk took the napkin this time and wiped the side of Taehyung's mouth.
Taehyung fluttered his eyelashes, trying to control his heartbeat.
Jeongguk bit his lower lip and smiled at him.
Because he was feeling the same.
Jeongguk wondered, what would Taehyung say if he asked him to be his boyfriend, "Tae?" Jeongguk asked.
"Let's go?" Taehyung asked, "I wanna show you the Kensington Palace & Museum of Natural History!"
"But what about cuddles?" Jeongguk sighed.
Taehyung laughed softly, never would he have thought that Jeongguk is a clingy, needy alpha.
"You promised we'll walk around," Taehyung pouted.
Jeongguk stood up and reached out for Taehyung, "ummm.. I need for you to answer one question first," he asked.
Jeongguk then went to the cashier and gave them his card.
Taehyung watched him as Jeongguk signed the receipt.
"Ask me your question," Taehyung said as Jeongguk held his hand once again.
They stepped out of the restaurant and started walking towards Kensington Palace.
Jeongguk pulled Taehyung towards him and placed his arms around his shoulder.
"Are we? Umm... Are you..." Jeongguk asked nervously. He gulped as his forehead started to sweat, "ummm... will you be my boyfriend?"
"Let me answer your question with two questions, just for science, I mean for curiosity's sake," Taehyung asked, his heart overwhelmed with happiness.
'A little more Jeongguk, a little more, just answer my question correctly,' Taehyung said to himself.
"Ask me, ask me anything," Jeongguk stated eagerly, his chest bursting with anticipation.
They crossed the street and Taehyung entered the Kensington Gardens
He wanted to go here in September .
Good thing it wasn't snowing but it was literally very cold.
The leaves were already gone but it was still a sight to behold because of the palace.
"Okay," Taehyung said as he stopped walking and turned Jeongguk, "hypothetically, if I say no, what would you do, tell me, please?"
"If you were to say no, I would try again. I will always try again, I will do it as long as you are single and not in love."
"And sacrifice not having pups?" Taehyung asked.
"If it meant that I am not with you, I will sacrifice anything," Jeongguk said earnestly, his eyes lovingly gazing into Taehyung's eyes.
"And what if I say yes, what will it mean to you?" Taehyung said, then biting his lips, bracing himself.
"Aaaahhh, I will do the same, everyday I will try. I will try to make you happy every day and show you my best. If you say yes or no, Tae, you will see the same Jeongguk."
Jeongguk held both hands, "but if you say yes then it only means, that I will be very happy and that you have accepted and we are both willing to try. Oh and one more thing, I will do my best so that when I propose to marriage, you won't say no."
"Oh. Wow, okay then Jeongguk, this sounds great." Taehyung smiled widely as they continued walking.
They walked again and Jeongguk just kept silent why is Taehyung not saying anything but smiling prettily?
"Tae what is your answer?" Jeongguk asked with boldness.
Taehyung grinned at him as they walked back to Eggbreak.
Jeongguk was nervous for Taehyung was just quiet.
The early winter afternoon was a bit chilly but still manageable as they neared Eggbreak but turned left instead.
"Stay here," Taehyung said as he entered a flower shop, "and no peeking," he looked sternly at Jeongguk.
Jeongguk nodded, overwhelmed with nerves.
Taehyung came out of the flower shop with a bouquet of flowers in his arms, "let's go?"
Jeongguk just followed him this time.
He was quiet though and it made Jeongguk very nervous.
He was nervous that the alpha didn't realize that they were back at the apartment.
They were in the elevator and Taehyung was just smiling, secretively, his heart hammering in his chest.
They took off their shoes & Taehyung turned to Jeongguk, "umm I have an answer to your question also, my brother texted when I was in the flower shop, we have to leave this afternoon because Appa needed the plane on Monday for Japan," Taehyung walked to the living room.
Jeongguk was taking short deep breaths as he kept on licking his lips because of nervousness.
He stood facing Taehyung with his face down, starting at the intricate pattern of the carpet.
"Jeonggukie, look at me, please, I am nervous as well." Taehyung said.
Jeongguk slowly looked up, his heart pounding in his ears.
"Ready?" Taehyung asked.
"Yes, I am ready," he said as he took one very deep breath.
Taehyung took one bouquet from the wrappings, "I am giving this to you, it's white and two dozen white tulips."
"Thank you," he looked at it then looked at Taehyung waiting for him to continue.
"These white tulips symbolize forgiveness, forgiveness for the two years of our marriage that wasn't really a marriage. And to answer your question from four months ago, yes, I forgive you."
Jeongguk's eyes slowly become wet as Taehyung held in his hand a single tulip and smiled, "you have given me a rose every single time and now, I am giving you this first red tulip, to show that I am willing to take a chance with you."
Jeongguk's lips started to quiver.
He was releasing pheromones, lighter but happier and he held the flowers tightly as he listened carefully to what Taehyung was saying."
"And to answer your question earlier," Taehyung bit his lip, "I am glad when you said you would not give up on me so my answer is yes."
"Yes?!" Jeongguk eyes widened with lips quivering in excitement as he took the tulip that Taehyung handed to him.
"Yes, yes, I would love to be your boyfriend," Taehyung said as Jeongguk quickly placed the flowers down on the coffee table and hugged Taehyung tightly.
Jeon Jieun looked at her daughter chatting with Eunwoo and Eunwoo's father with her husband.
She smiled at Eunwoo's stepmother and just nodded at her remark about the upcoming fall fashion show in January.
But she looked at Eunwoo's father and took a deep breath.
"Jieun," Jeongho called upon his wife.
"Jihoon here had invited us to dinner on the 30th at Momoyama for New Year's since they are traveling the day after," Jeongho said.
"Oh my gosh, Oppa needs to go," Jihyo said.
Jieun nodded and then asked her husband, "where's your son again?"
"Oh he's in London," Jeongho responded, returning his attention to Jihoon.
Jeongho met Jieun through Jihoon.
It was three months after his late wife's funeral services when Jihoon introduced Jeongho to the pretty omega Jieun.
Jihoon was sad too at that time because his first wife just left him and Eunwoo.
So their friendship was strengthened by their pain and so was his attraction to Jieun who was so rosy and beautiful.
"Is Jimin's family invited too?" Jihyo asked.
"I don't know yet, I will talk to them at a later time," Jieun told her daughter.
Jihyo turned to Eunwoo, "Have you tried talking to my oppa?"
Eunwoo shook his head, "I don't want to try Jihyo."
"Why? Because Kim Taehyung is rich?" Jihyo scoffed, "my Eomma still doesn't want him to be with my oppa so I don't want him either."
Jeongguk leaned Taehyung against the wall as they continued kissing.
They have been like this for the past 30 minutes and they know that the driver will be arriving any minute from now.
"We have to stop Kookie," Taehyung said as Jeongguk started kissing his neck.
"Nnngggghh," Taehyung moaned as he kissed the spot near his scent gland.
"Tae," Jeongguk said as Taehyung arched his body which made Jeongguk excited.
He responds well to him and he cannot wait when Taehyung tells him he can mark him, own him finally.
They stopped kissing the moment the doorbell rang.
"I told you to stop," Taehyung said as they started kissing again.
"I can't stop, I don't want to stop," Jeongguk said, heady with Taehyung's scent.
Taehyung hugged Jeongguk's waist and leaned his forehead against his.
"Come on, my dad will kill me if we don't fly in time," he whispered hugging Jeongguk tightly, "I don't want you to either, honestly."
Jeongguk chuckled, "okay we can leave. We can continue making out in the plane, right?" He winked at the omega which made Taehyung blush.