Taehyung is looking forward to his first valentine's day with his husband, and plans to make it memorable for him.
He becomes disheartened when his surprise gets ruined.
But Jungkook isn't going to let him be upset for long.
As a lawyer, Taehyung is used to handling everything in a calm and composed manner.
However, his husband, model Jungkook is an expert at making things difficult for him.
an: this is a prequel to the main drabble of this series
Taehyung softly nods, his lips pouting in anticipation, as he waits for the results after searching /what should I get my husband for our first Valentine's Day/.
It would be an understatement to say that he's excited for today.
He wants to make it special for Jungkook and create happy memories for both of them to look back at in the future, years later from now.
Some might wonder why he is planning a Valentine's Day gift for his husband, especially since they had an arranged marriage and don't even love each other.
It's because Taehyung doesn't want it to be like this forever.
He wishes to fall in love with Jungkook and make him fall in love with him as well.
Taehyung knows he should probably think something up on his own as he won't find the most original ideas on the internet.
But it's been more than a decade since the last time he celebrated valentines.
It was with his middle school boyfriend who broke up with him when Taehyung accidentally threw a basketball on his face and broke his nose.
He winces at the memory.
Taehyung returns his gaze to the screen as the search results appear.
He scrolls past it without thinking twice.
Jungkook's allergic to roses, so he can't give them to him.
Taehyung sighs and shakes his head. Disappointed.
What is it about chocolates that makes someone want to give them to their partner on Valentine's Day?
He feels bad for whoever received them as a gift.
Taehyung's eyes sparkle as he reads the next option, a smile tugging on his lips.
A cake seems like the best option, and given Jungkook's sweet tooth, Taehyung's sure he'll love it.
To make it extra special, he'll even bake it himself.
He settles on a simple white vanilla cake after thinking for sometime.
What if Taehyung has never baked anything before? There's a first time for everything.
He's certain he can do it after watching some online videos. It can't be that hard.
Moreover, what could possibly go wrong with baking a simple cake, other than it getting a little burnt?
Taehyung closes his laptop, packs his belongings, and takes his car keys. He calls his secretary and asks her to clear his schedule for today because he is leaving early.
On his way home, he stops at the supermarket to get the ingredients for the cake.
While picking up milk, Taehyung's eyes fall on the banana milk in the next row and he decides to buy one carton for Jungkook as he has often seen him drinking it.
He believes he knows this only because he's an observant person and nothing else.
It's not like he notices every little thing about Jungkook. He's a busy man doesn't have time for things like that.
Taehyung pays for the stuff and hurriedly drives, eager to surprise his husband.
He giggles to himself thinking about how Jungkook will react.
Will he be happy? Shocked? Or will he blush?
Jungkook looks the prettiest when he blushes, his cheeks turning pink, his hands covering his ears and little giggles slipping past his lips.
It's unfortunate that Jungkook doesn't blush easily.
Taehyung sighs dreamily, hoping that it will happen tonight.
He balances all the shopping bags in one hand while opening the door to their apartment with the other.
Taehyung sets the bags on the kitchen counter and goes to wash his hands.
He puts on an apron, deciding to change his clothes later after taking a bath when he's done with the cake.
Before beginning, he takes out all of the ingredients so that they are within reach when he needs them.
Taehyung smiles, adding eggs to the cream, sugar, and butter mixture, briefly beating them after each addition.
Except for crushing an egg in his hands, which was a minor mishap, nothing has gone wrong till now.
He can see his mission of making the perfect cake getting closer.
He picks up the flour packet and flips it twice just because he can.
Taehyung hums to himself as he ditches the scissors in the favour of ripping it open with his bare hands.
As a gust of flour lands on his face, he comes to a halt, his eyes closing on their own.
Tears well up in Taehyung's eyes as he splutters in an attempt to get the flour out of his mouth.
Taehyung wipes his face with the back of his hands, grimacing as the rough substance rubs against his skin, stinging the little shaving cuts he had in the process.
He places the open packet on the counter and walks over to the sink to wash his face.
Another minor mishap, he thinks to himself while patting his face dry with a towel, eyes fixed on the mess he has already made; it's not like Jungkook will ever know about any of these.
Half an hour later, Taehyung finally has a cake pan filled to the brim with the sweet tasting batter and the microwave on to preheat before he bakes the cake.
He pulls out his phone to look at some frosting ideas in the meantime.
But frowns when he realises he forgot to get supplies for it.
He rushes outside, heading to the store down the street to get the things he needs to decorate his cake.
As Taehyung walks out the elevator, pleased with the happy valentine cake topper and red heart shaped sprinkles, he finds Jungkook standing in front of their apartment.
His eyes widen, panic rising as he watches his husband taking the spare keys out of his wallet.
No, no, no.
Taehyung cannot let Jungkook go inside right now.
It will ruin his surprise.
With a few big steps, he quickly covers the distance between them.
"Hi," he says, giving his most charming smile as he greets his husband, hiding the shopping bag behind his hands.
Jungkook flinches at the sound of his voice, the keys falling on the ground from his hand and turns around with a hand on his chest.
"You scared me," he frowns angrily.
"Sorry" Taehyung sheepishly says, not liking the said frown.
"But, Jungkookie, what are you doing here? Did your shoot end early?"
"Shouldn't I be the one asking that. What are you doing here two hours early than usual?" Jungkook asks back rather than giving an answer.
He moves forward and looks at Taehyung from top to bottom before narrowing his eyes "That too while wearing an apron over your suit."
The lawyer looks down at himself and curses quietly.
"I just bought a new apron and was trying it out" Taehyung mentally pats himself on the back for coming up with an answer so fast.
"It has stains" Jungkook deadpans, smiling.
Taehyung opens his mouth to say something but then closes it. As the the model crosses his arms and waits for him to respond, he fidgets with his feet and tries to think of something.
Jungkook patiently watches him, enjoying how adorable Taehyung looks.
The truth is that he came early because he wanted to take Taehyung out for a valentine's dinner tonight.
He wanted to do something special for his husband, but he couldn't know much about Taehyung's likes and dislikes in the past two months they've spent together.
Though he knows Taehyung's favourite Chinese restaurant and has already reserved their seats there.
The pleasant, comfortable silence surrounding them breaks by a sudden shrill noise.
Their neighbours open their doors and rush outside, filling the lobby with shouts and anxious screams.
Jungkook stumbles as someone pushes him aside while running; he shuts his eyes bracing himself for the fall, but strong arms wrap around him and embrace him in a warm hug.
His fear filled eyes look up at Taehyung, shielding him with his body, his stance protective and fierce.
The loud continuous beeping of the fire alarm signals everyone to evacuate the building as Taehyung grabs Jungkook's wrist tightly and runs outside.