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#taekookau Welcome to Perfect Match where ten single celebrities gather together in a villa to find their perfect match When Taehyung enters the show, Jungkook has already built a match with someone. When Taehyung falls for him, Jungkook falls for his match Let the show begin!

🌹 Based on the dating show perfect match (you don't need to watch or know it for this au) 🌹Introvert/radio host Taehyung 🌹Charming/solo singer Jungkook 🌹Tags: drama, angst, jealousy, reality show, fluff, happy ending 🌹Someone falls hard first, someone falls harder later
Taehyung stands at the entrance of the door. He turns back to the man holding a heavy big camera covering his face. The man stands there motionless. Taehyung sighs and turns back to the grand golden door. He received the invitation to the dating show a week ago. And here he is.
A week is certainly not enough to prepare himself. A dating tv show? For fuck’s sake. The cameraman chuckles, visibly noticing Taehyung’s apprehension. “You’re scared of love that much?” The man asks and peeks from behind the camera. The audacity. Love doesn't believe in him
Taehyung notices deep pimples lightened by the burning summer sun. “Are cameramen supposed to talk?” The man with dimples doesn’t grimace, nor does he look put off. He smiles kindly, in a way that Taehyung didn’t expect. Isn’t everything fake in such dating shows?
“You think it’s possible to find love here?” Taehyung asks and hates the note of pure sincerity and curiosity in his voice. “Why are you here then, non-believer?” Dimple man says in a light tone. Taehyung wonders if this moment will be broadcast later on.
Taehyung dismantles all his elegance and lays on the floor, hands threaded in his hair. In what mess did he just get in? “If you’re willing to listen to a simple cameraman, I’d say we don’t find love, love finds us and we can’t dictate it the path or the time.
But at least you can have fun and memories and experiences. I am Namjoon by the way, your personal cameraman. And I think you really need a hug right now.” It happens slowly, but it does happen. Taehyung still lays on the floor, white shirt and black pants be damned.
He steadily lifts his arm in the air and Namjoon lowers the camera, walking slower and engulfing him in a hug. “I came here because my friend told me I need to get out of my comfort zone, but I am not a celebrity, nor am I good at all this stuff, entertaining or flirting.
I had only one boyfriend in my life and that one was back in school when I would give him my lunches so he spends time with me” Taehyung pauses when he feels Namjoon chuckling. “You just made me laugh, how can you ever say you’re not made for entertainment.”
Taehyung doesn’t believe him crucially. But he does accept the support. He’s an introvert and he’s socially awkward. He has only one friend and had only one boyfriend that should not in any way count as one.
The only time he is confident and acting cool is when he manages his radio channel, hiding behind a mic, not facing crowds and faces or a camera. But Yoongi said he’s a gremlin. Yoongi is a gremlin himself. So coming from him, such a declaration appeared rather terrific.
Yoongi told him such an opportunity could be life changing. Taehyung doesn’t know what to think. Living in a luxurious exotic villa has been the strongest motivator. Living with nine other strangers and having your life broadcast to the whole world is not so much.
Well, Taehyung made a bet with Yoongi who called him a coward, Taehyung took great offence. So, here he is embarking in what must be his first ever experience out of his comfort zone. Only to prove Yoongi that he is not a coward, of course.
It’s not like he is a great romantic and still hopelessly believes he could find love here. No, no, of course not. Taehyung read carefully the premise of the show for nights in a row, anxiety pouring over him. It all takes place in a villa on an island
where the first round starts with 10 celebrities who try to find love in the house. After each 2 days, the celebrities might match between each other and whoever doesn’t have a match at the end of the night leaves the show. The pairs that are formed are put to big challenges.
Such as, one of the partners from the match is sent on a date with someone new, brought from outside in the next rounds. With new people coming in the show, with games and drama and challenges, the pair that is voted at the end as the best one wins the show.
At first reading the card sent to him, he was very confused. Yoongi tried to explain to him, as if Yoongi is better in such matters. As if. Upon entering the villa, the stars are tasked with coupling up with one another before their relationships are put to the test.
The couples that are deemed to have the best connection at the end of a game during day will get the chance to win a luxury date and pick a brand new person to enter the villa. They will also get to play matchmaker,
pairing the newest contestant up with an existing person in the game and putting to risk the existing match as a result. Taehyung was chosen to enter the villa this week and go on a date with a person that has been in the show for 1 week already.
Wow, what a great first experience out of his comfort zone for Taehyung. He should’ve start slower, like registering on a dating app or something. It’s almost as if he just entered a den full of lions of big calibre, whereas he is only a tiger cub with zero experience.
“You’ll be alright” Namjoon pats his head “Now, come on, it’s time for your first date.” For nights in a row, Taehyung has thought of new identities he could embrace while in the show so he could make someone fall in love with him. But now standing in the decorated room,
roses laying around and the fragrance of strong cherries and coffee, his mind is blank and his hands shake somehow. This is not good, not good at all. He will be thrown out of the villa on the first day if he doesn’t form a connection now with the person he’s on a date with.
He glances at Namjoon in the corner. Namjoon sends him a ‘fightin’ in the air. He gulps nervously. The door opens. Taehyung almost faints. The man that enters is breathtaking, pink hair and a shining smile that is almost blinding. Taehyung thinks he’ll throw up.
He rushes to the table and grabs the glass of water, gulping it down fast. He could almost hear Yoongi’s scowling on his right shoulder or Namjoon’s supporting cheers on the left one. He hears a chuckle from behind.
“You’re rather charming, I have never been welcomed like that before on my dates.” The pink haired man walks up close “I am Jimin by the way, you?” Of course, Taehyung knows Jimin, the sweetheart of the country, the high class model and ambassador of Dior.
He remembers Yoongi has all of Jimin's pictures displayed on his wall in the studio like a high schooler crush. Taehyung shrugs. He tries to play it cool. “My best friend has all your pictures on his wall. He stares at them sometimes for hours.” He utters.
Jimin almost falls on the floor laughing. Taehyung is happy Yoongi is at least helpful in something. “I am Taehyung, you may not know me, I am…” “I listen to V every Wednesday and Saturday, it’s literally my stress support. And your voice? An Angel's voice literally.”
Taehyung immediately blushes and quickly covers his cheeks with his hands. This is why he is not good at dating and flirting and playing games. He can’t hide anything to save his live, everything is displayed on his face as clear as the sky. Jimin for some reason finds it cute.
He coos at him as they lay on a couch. The table in front of them is full of cakes and other sweets. “Damn all the anxiety was worth it” Taehyung blurts and forgets the camera or Jimin who is looking amusedly at him. “I like you, I feel like we will be great friends”
Taehyung turns to Jimin and smiles earnestly. Is it that easy? Wait, they are on a date, does it mean Jimin just friendzoned him? Did Taehyung already fail? Will he get sent home today? Yoongi will laugh at him for the rest of his life.
At least Taehyung saw Jimin in reality and not through ass quality printed pictures like others. “You should talk to me too, not just with yourself” Jimin comments and stuffs a whole piece of cake inside his mouth. Taehyung blushes for a different reason.
“Um, I am not that great at this stuff I guess, it has been some time since I went on a date” Jimin nods in understanding “Me too, god, I felt so awkward in the beginning here. It’s been almost a year since my last date. You?”
aehyung debates greatly between telling the truth and embarrassing himself or lying and keeping his cool facade. Well, he didn’t appear cool for a second. “It’s been almost 8 years” He says all at once, fast, hoping Jimin will not catch it. “How old are you now?” “22”
Jimin falls off the couch, laughing his ass off on the floor. Taehyung can’t help and join in as well. He feels easy now and most of the tension fell off his shoulders. Maybe it’s not that bad of an idea to join this show. “So you had a big love at 14?” Jimin teases him more.
“He was well… he liked my lunches” For the rest of the afternoon, Taehyung and Jimin bond. And the bonding is good. They have much in common and both appreciate each other’s work. Taehyung still gets lost sometimes in his own mind, but Jimin is patient.
Jimin also laughs at whatever he is saying and that’s a miracle. “Now, onto the gossip.” Jimin tells him, once they almost finished all the food. “I am all here for it, to be honest I only understood half of the rules of the show” “No worries, you’ll get the hang of it”
“If I stay more than one day” Taehyung says as a joke. Well, not really. If he doesn’t find a match tonight, he’ll have to leave. Jimin looks serious all of a sudden. “Kim Taehyung, do you accept to be my match?” Taehyung chokes with the strawberry juice.
He can hear Namjoon’s laugh behind. Are cameramen supposed to make fun of the people they film? “You want me as a match? What about your current match?” “He is an ashole. And I do think we are a perfect match. Even as friends”
Taehyung knows he didn’t feel any romantic spark with Jimin, but he is so happy he met him. “Is it allowed?” “Let it be our small secret. Many matches in the house are for different reasons than love and attraction, so do not worry” Jimin says. “Now onto the gossip.
The biggest threat in the house right now are Jungkook and Nabi. They have matched since the first night and are going strong. Jungkook seems smitten with her. Not a big fan of Nabi since she’s a fucking snake, but it’s a dating show, so you can’t expect much.
Then, there is Hobi and Jin, they’re the funniest couple, don’t know what’s going on between them however. The rest are matched, but don’t have any chemistry, there’s Lia with Han, Joy with Jae, and my match, the ashole Hyon.”
“That’s a lot of people I am sure I won’t remember the name of” “No worries, many people come and go, if you don’t have a match at the end of every two days, you leave. Overall, all people are nice, so you shouldn’t worry, you’re a charming one.” Taehyung rolls his eyes at that
But he takes Jimin’s hand in his and speaks in his deep velvety voice “Lead the way to our den” Jimin chuckles and they walk from the beach house to the villa. Taehyung is here to have fun, to create memories, to get out of his shell and maybe make new friendships.
One hour after Taehyung is screwed. Did he just feel those insects with wings in his chest growling? Why are his cheeks all red all of a sudden? What’s with his hitched breath and the hot feeling inside. Taehyung stands inside the villa behind Jimin
as the later makes the introductions. And he stares at Jeon Jungkook, the man with tattoos covering his arms and the body of a Greek god and the smile of the brightest star and… Oh, Jeon Jungkook has a match. Taehyung is so, so screwed.
Just as Jimin said, they seem strong, there is security in the way they behave near each other. One of Jungkook's arms is around her waist and she's playing with his hair often. Taehyung ignores the cold wave washing over him. He didn't come here to date. It's just his first day.
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Everyone introduce themselves to him. Taehyung maintains the smile on his face, although he fears the smile will crack up soon. Then, it’s his time to introduce himself. “I am Kim Taehyung, the radio host of the V Talk channel. Let’s have a great time here”
“Big fan of your show” Jeon Jungkook speaks to him for the first time. Taehyung’s mind blacks out. “Me too” He blurts. Jungkook looks confused, Taehyung wants to pretend he’s fainting and avoid the embarrassment.
“This is the spirit, love myself, right” Jin chirps, patting him on his back a little bit too hard. Taehyung is so lost in his own embarrassment and in the many people’s emotions around him. Jimin takes him under his wing.
“I want a bit of private time with my match, we’re gonna retreat to the lounge” “Does Hyun know he’s going home because you matched someone else?” Nabi asks, her long gelled nail scraping her lip, she is almost settled in Jungkook’s lap.
“He’ll find out, it’s the matching session soon” Jimin says and leaves them all. Taehyung follows him like a puppy. “I think we’ll need a great deal of alcohol here” Jimin speaks once they’re alone in the lounge. Taehyung couldn’t agree more.
The night passes in a blur, he can’t remember much except Jimin saying to the show host that he and Taehyung are a match. There were other people arguing too, some leaving, but Taehyung muted it all, just trying to keep himself afloat everything that was happening.
Hours later him and Jimin are finally confined in the big bedroom reserved for them on the second floor. It’s luxurious and it’s filled with proper romantic things. “So what now?” Taehyung asks as he throws himself in the soft blankets, the sleep crawls up his eyelids slowly.
He did a lot of socialising today.. Undoubtedly, he said only a few words though, embarrassing himself through half of them. What a shame. Maybe this show will really be useful to his growth. Jimin only winks at him when he replies without an ounce of shame “Now we hook up”
Taehyung hides his face in the pillows to not show the way his cheeks burn or his eyes playfully roll. He wants to join the game though. He gives on to his inner desires and retreats from the plush softness of the bed. “Well, what are you waiting for? Get naked”
He speaks in a velvet tone, no trace of joke. It’s truly captivating to notice how Jimin is on the other end of the teasing, suddenly all red and at a loss of words. “But I thought we are… I mean I am…” Jimin stutters and Taehyung shows the white flag.
He rolls on the bed laughing, finally being able to tease someone himself. It's a pleasure to do it with Yoongi. “You… shy on the outside, but shameless on the inside.” Jimin cackles and joins him on the bed. “You know how they say, physically a virgin, inside a whore.”
“No one says that” Jimin exclaims. “Are all of them really hooking up right now?” He asks mainly because of his curiosity, mainly because a tiny seed planted today in his heart, is perked for a certain tattooed singer. “Most of them.
Everyone here is horny, wild and seeking drama and attention.” Jimin pauses as he stands up and leans on the armrest “Now what?” “Please tell me they have uno cards” Next day, Taehyung wakes up not to a piano sound or his annoying alarm. He wakes up to loud noise outside.
“It’s 8 am, what are they doing?” He asks, half of his face having a pillow ingrained on it, red and nested hair, proper look for a dating show. Jimin doesn’t look better as he stumbles on the laid out blankets. “They gossip or cause other drama” “And what do we do?”
“We join there and try to enjoy it too” They get dressed rather slowly, the premise of going downstairs and facing everyone slowing them down. There is a tiny camera plastered on the table in their room to which Taehyung didn’t pay much attention.
Jimin is faster than him, dressed in a light cream robe. Taehyung wears his denim large pants and a white top, black curls loose, adorned by a pearl. When they leave the room, Jimin stops for a second and ruffles Taehyung’s hair “We need to look like we fucked yesterday”.
Taehyung laughs and he unbuttons the first two buttons on Jimin’s azure shirt “Proper fucking” He says and they both walk down the stairs towards the main area. Taehyung is immediately called by Namjoon to the side. “I see you’re doing good, all ready to find love”
Namjoon comments with a chuckle. “Just ready to have good memories” “You won’t even notice me following you when you’ll be alone or will need to answer questions at the end of the day. Relax and have fun” “Can I hug you?” Taehyung asks fast
and when Namjoon nods his head amusedly, Taehyung embraces him tightly. “Thank you for all the comfort” “Big fan of your radio show, so it’s really my place to thank you for all the comfort you gave me” Taehyung might’ve teared up
if not for Jimin walking from behind and throwing his arms around him. It’s always comforting to hear how his radio show impacts others, how his work is healing and warmth for others too. Namjoon winks at him for the last time and Jimin drags him to the main area.
Everyone seats in pairs on the couch, display of affection and all the proper making out or hands on thighs, playing with hair. Taehyung can’t stop but take a look at Jungkook. And wow, he’s even more handsome from up close, in the morning sunlight.
He feels an ounce of guilt for liking a taken person. But a more rational side of him argues that they have been in the show for a week where the purpose is to match up with everyone and find your perfect match. Though it’s clear Jungkook and Nabi found themselves,
as Jungkook smiles at something Jin says, his arm though on Nabi’s back. When everyone notices them approaching, they whistle and cheer them on. Taehyung is stupefied for a moment until he sees others’ eyes train on his unbuttoned shirt and Jimin’s wink directed at him.
Oh, they all think they fucked last night. Taehyung can play the part without stuttering of course. He just keeps silent and sits on a couch, trying to play it cool. Jimin sits near him. “What were you talking about?” Jimin asks, hooking his arms on Taehyung’s back.
“About you finding your great love on this show” Nabi supplies and her smile is borderline creepy with how her lips are not stretched enough for it to be a proper smile. “Aren’t we here for that?” Jimin asks and Taehyung can already sense the tension falling over them.
“I can sense the drama, that’s why I am going to leave with my boyfriend to make out in the pool” Hobi speaks up, louder, taking Jin’s hand and dragging him away. “Thank you for at least letting us now, saves me the trauma from last time when I caught you making out in the k…”
Joy says, but is soon interrupted. “Is there a problem with me matching with Taehyung?” Jimin presses. Taehyung stares at the commotion in front of him. He did expect drama, but not so soon. It hasn’t even been afternoon.
“It’s just funny how almost every session you match with someone new” Nabi speaks. “It’s less funnier that you attaching yourself like a leech to Jungkook and not even letting other people talk to him” Jimin argues back. It burnt. Others are cheering it.
Taehyung can see fire burning in both their eyes. He doesn’t even know if he should interrupt, should he say a word? Hot people arguing with each other? Taehyung keeps silent and observes. “They’re always like this, at each other’s throat” All of Taehyung’s coolness dissipates
Because near him, really close is Jungkook. Taehyung feels the musky flavour. He never felt so attracted to someone before. “Not a fan of drama?” Jungkook asks again. And Taehyung remembers that he should talk, use his words, not stumble on them again and make a fool of himself
“I am? I meant it’s fun while it’s not my drama, which sounds terrible actually, I am not…” “Honestly? Same. Watching hot people have banter, what could be more fun?” When Jungkook laughs, Taehyung’s whole resolve crumbles.
He stares at Jungkook, at the way his eyes crinkle and lush lips dance in a bright smile. Taehyung is so screwed. No, no, it’s forbidden. He doesn’t stand a chance. Taehyung once heard Yoongi saying our mind has infinite powers.
If Taehyung convinces himself he doesn’t like Jungkook, he won’t. It’s only been 2 days, plus Nabi looks quite scary. Taehyung doesn’t like him. Taehyung doesn’t like him. “You’re good?” Jungkook whispers in his ear. Sweet Jesus, Taehyung is enamoured.
He still can see Jimin and Nabi arguing, the others leaving for the pool. Jungkook is close to him. While Taehyung had a crisis inside, Jungkook moved on his couch. “I am good, yes” “Sure?” “Yes, all good, why?” Jungkook chuckles again and Taehyung thinks he can hear bells.
“You just spaced out for a few minutes. Am I that boring?” “Far from it” Taehyung mumbles and then he wants to get up and go to the pool and drown himself. Instead he plays it cool when he sees Jungkook’s serious face all of a sudden.
“Have been watching all your movies and shows, they’re good, you’re good” “Let’s see how long does Taehyung last” Nabi speaks louder and disturbs the little world surrounding them. She gets up from the bed, lowers herself on Jungkook’s lap and leans in to whisper something.
Taehyung doesn’t even need to have hearing superpowers to know what’s happening by the way Jungkook’s eyes darken. They soon leave the room and Taehyung feels his heart sink for a bit. He surely is not made for such a show. Jimin plants himself near him.
“I hate her” Jimin says, pouty lips and stars crinkling in his eyes. “What really happened between you two?” “Well, my first match was Suyeon, she liked Jungkook and I advised her to go and talk to him. Nabi made such a drama out of it. Next day Suyeon left the show.
I am sure it’s Nabi who talked to Suyeon’s match and told him to leave her and match with someone else. She's so tied to Jungkook, it's insane. And Jungkook is actually a good guy. He just doesn't know who Nabi is. That snake” "Well, it's a dating show, what do you expect?"
“Now you’re pro at dating shows?” Jimin fights back and they both stand up from the couch. “Let’s settle this with a water pistol fight” “Oh, you’re on, prepare to be defeated.” Jimin walks outside to prepare the fighting weapons. Taehyung walks the stairs to get dressed.
He feels lighter, there is not so much anxiety anymore. Everyone is very chill. He puts on a red pair of shorts, an unbuttoned Hawaian shirt that Yoongi gifted him. When he leaves his room towards the terrace, Joy is leaning on the kitchen table, sipping from her orange mojito.
“You should be careful” she says and Taehyung pauses. It’s their first interaction as far as he knows. “About what exactly?” “Flirting like that with Jungkook. You’re lucky Jimin kept her busy, if Nabi got to see what I saw, you’d be out of this show next day”
Taehyung is properly confused. “That’s a bit crazy of her” He says. Joy laughs at that, but then sobers up “Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you. Let’s better be friends” Taehyung walks to the pool and plants himself near Jimin.
“I just had such a weird conversation in the pool with Joy. Is there some drama going on with her and Nabi?” Jimin takes his sunglasses and perches them on his hair “Not as far as I know, Joy is really great friends with Jungkook, with Nabi too,
they kind of have this tight circle together with Jae, Joy’s match” “Weird” Taehyung thinks “She just warned me not to talk with Jungkook because Nabi will hunt me down” Jimin cracks up at the absurdity. “They must know how good are you at flirting,
they might also know your compact great dating experience” “I don’t even need to flirt. I will seduce them with my awkwardness, my greatest weapon” “Speaking about weapons, you’re ready?” “Born ready” Taehyung exclaims,
but then a very naked, wet Jungkook emerges from under the water, tattoos inked on display, his curly hair framed perfectly on his forehead and a lot of muscles, abs, chest… Taehyung feels water pinches on his skin. Jimin is aiming at him with the water pistol.
“Earth to Taehyung, bros before hoes or what?” “You’ll regret challenging me” Taehyung yells before he rushes after Jimin. It's not really anyone's fault. It's the producers fault. He knows. Putting hot people on an island and sparking drama between them. It's a reality show.
Hours later, everyone is gathered on the terrace as the host gets to announce the game of the day. Taehyung didn’t pay attention last night, but now he looks at the host. He recognizes Seojoon, a famous actor. He is wearing a black suit, naked underneath.
Everyone cheers loudly when he appears in front of them. “Is the weather so hot here or is it just you all? How are you feeling tonight, ready for another game?” It’s Taehyung’s first game, he really doesn’t know what to expect. But he is good at games,
well let’s rephrase that a bit.. he enjoys games, he is not sure how good he is at them. “And how do you feel here Taehyung? Were you properly welcomed?” Seojoon directs the question at him. Taehyung freezes up for a second. What was he asked again?
He didn’t even hear the question. Others are smiling at him. Taehyung once again remembers Yoongi’s philosophy, if you don’t know what’s happening, always nod and say ‘yes’. Taehyung does exactly so. “Yes” He replies swiftly. The rest laugh amused.
Taehyung doesn’t really understand what’s happening, but at least the attention is off him when everyone is instructed to walk outside on the beach for the game. “You’re killing it, playing cool and mysterious” Hobi remarks while walking alongside him.
“I am really not trying to do that, trust me” He says timidly. Hobi’s aura is warm and inviting. “Anyway, keep up the good work, you and Jimin, what’s it about?” “Um… we bonded well?” Hobi sighs “Ah, so it’s not passion and love, got it”
“No, not like you and Jin, that’s for sure” Taehyung chooses to say. Hobi blushes prettily. “Every love is different, but I think you’ll find yours here too” Hobi walks in front with Jin catching up on him and throwing side glances at Taehyung.
As if Taehyung would do that. As if anything could get apart those too, even if he got to know them only a day ago. "Ready to crush that game?" Jimin sneaks up behind him. "The winners get a luxurious date and also the chance to send two participants to dates with new people"
"Was born ready" When the hosts explain the game, Taehyung stays stupefied for a moment. The game is very silly. One partner needs to stay in a position and say instructions to the other partner who is blindfolded. There is a labyrinth of bushes in front
and at the final position there are cubes that need to be carried back. The main thing is to instruct your partner well to cross all the bushes and get to the cubes, carrying them back. Taehyung expected something more difficult. He and Jimin are gonna crush this game.
He can see from his position how Jungkook and Nabi have their faces blank, strategising. “They’re too competitive in these games” Jimin comments “But we’re gonna win this, okay?” Taehyung nods convinced. But he also can’t help but stare at how Jungkook is all serious
observing the line of bushes, eyebrows furrowed in concentration as if he’s facing a line of army. So cute, so endearing. The game begins. It’s Taehyung and Jimin, Nabi and Jungkook, Jin and Hobi, Joy and Jae and Lia and Han.
Taehyung gives the directions while Jimin is blindfolded. Seojoon whistles and everyone rushes forward. Taehyung is convinced he’ll win for a sole minute until he sees Jimin entangled in the bushes, then rolling in laughter on the ground,
not carrying back even the first cube, while the others are building castles of them. “Go to your left... not that's your right, run straight, no..." Taehyung takes a deep breath "You need to focus, you’re afraid of some bushes? You need to overcome your fear, it’s just bushes”
Taehyung instructs helplessly, trying not to die from laughter himself. “I have a phobia of darkness, not bushes, dumbass” Jimin yells. And then Jimin manages to reach the end of the line towards his first cube somehow,
but while he turns back to Taehyung to send him a flying kiss, his feet get tangled in a bush and he’s falling over. “Call for help, I am injured” Jimin yells, holding a hand to his chest. “I am coming my love, wait for me, no hurt can affect you while I am here”
Taehyung rushes and takes Jimin in his arms carrying him back. When the whistle is heard, Jimin gets rid of the blindfold. They both turn to the couple winning the game, Joy and Jae. At least not Jungkook with Nabi, his mind supplies helplessly.
"I see you had the most fun, Taehyung and Jimin” Seojoon remarks while everyone gets gathered together. “And our winners are Joy and Jae who will enjoy a luxurious date tonight. The rest will have a cocktail party at the villa. Prepare for a hot, spicy night.”
Seojoon walks away and they are left excited over the prospect of a party. Taehyung is not fond of parties, but he loves cocktails. Yoongi sometimes prepares them for him and they organise their little party in the studio.
“Are you ready to find the proper outfit, blast some music and drink vodka while we do our makeup?” Jimin whispers in his ear. It sounds like heaven. Jimin holds his hand while they walk back to the villa. Taehyung gets the urge to turn back and get a tiny glimpse of Jungkook.
Silly of him to like a person so much when it hasn’t been days since their meeting. But Jeon Jungkook is hot, mysterious and he has stars in his eyes, literal galaxies floating there. Nabi is one lucky girl.
And Taehyung is on national television, he knows Nabi is one crazy obsessed girl, Joy harbours some things too. He is a bit scared to want Jungkook, but here he is nonetheless, wanting the man. There’s something very enticing about Jungkook, no wonder everyone falls for him.
"You really like him, oh god" Jimin exclaims. Taehyung didn't even notice how he was staring at Jungkook's back walking in front of them. "You should tell him, tell Jungkook" "Should I confess to him that it hasn't even been days, but he's starring in my inapropriate thoughts?"
“Maybe don’t say it like that?” “Maybe I shouldn’t say it at all.” “As you wish” They enter their rooms and Taehyung realises he let the show impact him too much, felt its intensity. He needs to chill. “Let our own party begin” Jimin exclaims.
Two hours later they both are descending the stairs, a good amount of vodka already travelling in their veins. There is music heard from the terrace and when they enter the area, Taehyung sees everyone dressed up in shining and revealing outfits.
The sunset is slowly falling over them and the whole atmosphere is enticing. They are away from their normal life, their problems, on an island, where they can focus on their feelings, let go of everything. Jimin is wearing a white dress shirt tucked in a pair of black jeans
with a corset hugging his waist. Taehyung dressed himself in a red toned shirt tucked in tight black jeans, while his smoky makeup is adorned with a bandana holding his curls and exposing his forehead. Taehyung was wholly prepared to stop thinking about Jeon Jungkook.
But it’s not working. Not when Jeon Jungkook is only wearing a black sleevless top enticing his muscled chest, arms with tattoos exposed and black curls gelled to perfection. Oh, he’s hot, out of someone’s imagination. And he has Nabi in his embrace.
He and Jimin walk to the tables holding drinks on them. The villa is nestled in a stunning location overlooking the ocean, with lush gardens surrounding the property. The atmosphere is electric as everyone drinks and talks animatedly between them.
It is possible for a moment to forget about the cameras and just let go, enjoy it. As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, the sky transforms into a brilliant display of oranges, pinks, and purples. Music fills the air. There are sparkling wines, signature cocktails,
and non-alcoholic beverages to cater to everyone's preferences. As the sky continues to change color, the participants begin to let loose and enjoy the party. Laughter and conversation fill the air as people become more and more intoxicated by the atmosphere.
Some take to the dance floor, swaying to the music and soaking up the last rays of sunshine. Taehyung stops himself from glancing at Jungkook. He fools around with Jimin, joking about things, he also talks to Hobi and Jin, both seated at their table.
“How do you like it here, Taehyung?” Lia asks timidly, walking over to him. Taehyung realises he didn’t really interact with her or with Han, her match. He tries to ignore the spike of anxiety. “It’s good, having such a different life than back home, away from all the problems”
“I get you, it’s calming in a sense, it gets you to become loose, act on your feelings that you wouldn’t have done before.” “And what about Han? Are you the perfect match?” Lia pauses and Taehyung can see her chin clench
“We’re actually exes and I really thought we’re meant to be, that’s why I came to the show, but being afraid every moment that he could go on a date and find a better match than me, it’s really stressful” She confesses. And Taehyung feels a bit bad.
He knows all people here struggle with their inner problems. They're all people after all. “If you feel afraid every time that you might lose him, then it’s not really worth it. You deserve having someone who’s confident in loving you.”
Lia trails her fingers on his back, she smiles softly. “Thank you, I… I really needed to hear that.” She walks off to another table and Taehyung feels the anxiety slowly going away. A lot of people keep a confident facade upfront,
but all of them struggle with something inside. Taehyung shouldn’t forget that. He retreats back to the kitchen to take some water, when he bumps into Jungkook inside. Taehyung tried his best to ignore him all evening. It wasn’t very good for his sanity, for his heart,
such a Jungkook, dancing on the dancefloor, radiating confidence, dressed and walking like a Greek God. “I’d look good on you” Taehyung hears. The glass of water slips off his fingers, it falls on his shirt, but he is still a bit in daze to care about that. “What?”
“I said red looks good on you” Jungkook repeats and crunches down with some paper towels to wipe away the water. Taehyung closes his eyes, the delusions his mind creates. The alcohol might’ve been a reason too. “It’s okay, I can wipe it away.” He says embarrassed.
“No, it’s no problem, are you okay, you didn’t hurt yourself?” Jungkook asks, while inspecting his thighs for any damage. This is not good, this is not good at all. The glass is still shattered on the floor. Taehyung crunches down and starts to gather it.
Next, he feels hands covering his. “Don’t do it with your hands” Jungkook says with his silky voice. When Taehyung manages to put the pieces of glass on the trashcan, he curses himself. His shirt is soaked wet. “I will go clean myself and change the shirt” Taehyung says.
Jungkook stares at him for some seconds, eyes unreadable. “Want me to help you?” Jungkook asks, tone serious, intoxicated, eyes a bit dark. “Help me undress?” Taehyung inquires, clearly confused with what’s happening. Taehyung is burning inside.
Jungkook is his first crush. Taehyung knows why crushes are called that. When it's not reciprocated, it literally crushes you. Still the temptation is strong. "Getting undressed is a very tedious and tiring task, you might need a hand helping you" Jungkook replies. Oh, shit.
“Well… I mean” He stutters. Jungkook is too close and the premise of getting undressed by him sounds heavenly. Until a voice is heard from the corridor. “Jungkook, where are you?” Next second, Nabi enters the room, her flashy red dress matching the fire in her eyes.
Her blond hair is curled and she looks far too innocent. “I will go get dressed upstairs” Taehyung says and rushes to his room. He wants to escape the drama, also he wants to escape Jungkook. In the next second, Jimin enters the room, eyes worried.
“You’re okay? What happened? I saw Nabi walking with Jungkook from the kitchen, she looked angry” “Doesn’t really matter, can you help me find a shirt, I spilled water on mine” “Sure, let me choose something.” Jimin opens Taehyung’s closet and looks inside.
Then his eyes stop on a certain corner “Who is this?” He asks, enthralled. “Who?” Taehyung walks closer and sees what got Jimin frozen. It’s a picture framed of him and Yoongi. “He’s Yoongi, my best friend, a genius producer and biggest fan of yours.”
Jimin is still staring at the picture, trailing its frame with his fingers. “I see he’s not the only simp, maybe I should make a copy and give it to you?” Jimin blushes and falls on the bed, sighing dreamily
“He’s pretty. Does he like only my art or he like feels attracted to me, does he find me hot or?” Taehyung starts laughing, this is really good. He falls on top of Jimin and they end up wrestling and tickling each other for the next hour, forgetting about the party.
Taehyung also takes time in telling Jimin stories and things about Yoongi. When they do remember about the party, Taehyung changes quick in a black shirt and they descend the stairs. They didn’t really look properly in the mirror, that’s why they didn’t notice the bedroom hair
and unbuttoned shirts. Hobi teases Jimin for coming late to the party. They look like they fucked. Jimin shrugs it off. Taehyung joins in the laughter, but his eyes can’t help but roam around. Then he finds the source of his inner battles. And he is crushed.
Jungkook is at another table, close to them, passionately kissing Nabi, one hand in her hair while the other holds her chin. After all, Jungkook found someone to undress tonight. Taehyung turned out liking Jungkook more than he envisioned.
He also turned out to be hurt more than he planned. And that does make it for him. To finally realise Jungkook already has his match. Taehyung turns to Jimin and smiles reassuringly, they talk for the rest of the night with Hobi and Jimin.
Then Namjoon asks him in a corner for the daily interview. Taehyung doesn’t look at Jungkook once. “How has it been so far.” “A hot mess” Taehyung replies honestly. Namjoon laughs. Taehyung is seated on a chair. He feels intoxicated a bit, he feels loose.
Yoongi will have a blast watching this later on. “What exactly happened in the kitchen with you and Jungkook?” The memory feels bittersweet, of something he could have. “He offered to help me.” Namjoon doesn’t comment on what type of help that had been.
“And you and Jimin are going strong, do you think he will be your perfect match till the end?” Taehyung smiles at that “He’s my ride or die practically.” The night is cut short soon. They are reminded that tomorrow two people will go on dates, then follow a matching session.
Taehyung doesn’t stay to observe how Jungkook and Nabi are missing. He enters his bedroom and falls tiredly on the bed, letting his eyelids close. He has his first crush on this show. It’s fair he shall have his first heartbreak as well.
The next morning they all gather in the main area. It’s the time for Joy and Jae to announce who they sending on dates with new people entering the show. Jimin is snuggling close to him, the hangover hovering over him. Taehyung can feel a pair of eyes trained on him.
He can also remember how his heart sank yesterday. He doesn’t want it to repeat. Taehyung keeps his eyes on Jimin’s hair, sniffing it from time to time. Soon, Jae and Joy join them. Taehyung is truly curious who will be sent on date.
“They will send one of us, that’s for sure, Joy is Nabi’s minion” Jimin whispers and Taehyung believes it. He saw it with his eyes, how the groups here paired, each with their own strategy. “It was hard to decide who to send on dates. But here are our decisions.
First going on a date is Lia” Everyone claps at that, Taehyung does too, he ignores the glare Han sends their way. Lia deserves someone better for her. Taehyung didn’t expect Joy to choose so wisely. “Next person that goes on a date is Jimin” “I called it” Jimin exclaims.
Taehyung laughs at that. Pretty predictable. They must have paired Jimin with someone good, believing that Jimin will match with someone else. They really want Taehyung out of the show, oh. Jimin stands up from his lap.
He departs with a wink “I will come back soon, baby” sending a flying kiss. Taehyung fishes his hand in the air catching it. Taehyung sees Nabi burning holes in his direction. Today will be fun. A whole day without Jimin. He knows the show is just beginning. Drama is coming.
Taehyung spends half of the day in the flower garden, he has his notes and a pen between his fingers, utterly lost in the riddles, words and confessions for his next radio show. It’s warm outside. The rest are chilling by the pool.
As the sun beats down on his face, Taehyung lets the peaceful silence wash over him. It is a beautiful day, the sky clear blue, and the gentle breeze rustling his naked chest. The sweet smell of the flowers fills his nostrils, and he closes his eyes, feeling his body relax,
maybe this day will not be so bad without Jimin who went on a date. But as his mind begins to drift, his thoughts turn to Jungkook. They have only known each other for a few days, but there is an insane attraction between them that he can't ignore.
Jungkook is inhabiting his thoughts and dreams all day and night long. He had never felt this way before. Every time he looks at Jungkook, his heart races, and his palms grow sweaty. He can barely string a sentence together when he is around.
Taehyung sighs, opening his eyes to the bright sky above. Instantly his horizon darkens, dipped in blonde strands of hair and a clipped smile. Nabi is hovering over him. “How are you feeling, Taehyung?” Her voice is soft when she addresses him. Taehyung is surprised.
He sees her laying near him, pulling her dress delicately to the side, her long floaty hair brisked away by the wind. The summer pink dress exposes her inked arms which match her red lipstick. Taehyung is intimidated. He is also not sure if she is worth his energy.
“As good as anyone else here” He decides to reply, offering a timid smile, trying for peace. “And you?” Her smile falters “Not so great. I heard you made a move at Jungkook yesterday at the party, in the kitchen” Taehyung pales. He is not the man for confrontations.
He always dips low, waits for the white flag or for the calm after the storm. What should he do now? He chooses an easy light reply. Taehyung looks around, but there is no sight of Namjoon. Laughter is heard from the pool. “I would hardly call it a pass, we were just talking.”
“You hardly say any words to all of us, but you were talking so loosely to Jungkook, you want me to believe that?” Oh, would you look at that? Here’s the white flag flying off the window. No one except Yoongi can offend his poor conversational skills.
“I guess I was doing what we’re supposed to do here.” He can see her chin clenching. Taehyung pales more. Loose tongue, loose tongue, curse it damn. He needs to shut up. “And what exactly are you supposed to be doing?” Taehyung, shut up, shut up, shut up…
“Finding my perfect match?” His mouth speaks before his mind can filter the words. Here goes no drama. Why, why... it was hard for him to communicate until now, no less drama? He is not fit. Should he abandon the fighting field, go out the window and retrieve the white flag?
Yoongi would be so disappointed if Taehyung shows the white flag now. Screw Yoongi, he’s not here to defend him, he’s probably laying on a couch, eating popcorn and watching cat videos. Taehyung is the one now facing an angry woman.
“I think it’s shady what you did, I think it’s fucked up” Nabi speaks through gritted teeth, her eyes are heated with a silent, unspoken anger. Taehyung doesn't know what to reply, unable to form any words that will spike no further drama.
Despite the aggressive and confrontational air, Taehyung wants no drama, to have no part in it at least. Nabi should confront Jungkook for talking to him in the kitchen, not Taehyung for replying back like any human would do. It’s basic manners.
He can’t say such words to Nabi. She is clearly set on fighting Taehyung. Because she continues. “I need a mop to pick up your dignity off the floor. You’re desperate. You want to stay in the show, I get it, but there are many people who are single, why go for a taken man?”
“They all have matches?” He corrects quietly, but the red in her eyes intensifies. He tries to keep his voice steady. “Me and Jungkook are in a relationship.” She spats out, voice filled with venom. “Focus your sight on other people. You have Jimin, is he not enough?”
Taehyung will not let his anger show, he will not get affected. He takes a deep breath and tries to calm himself down, but he can feel the anxiety building up inside him like a storm. He doesn’t want to fight, but he also doesn't want to be pushed around anymore.
He tries to treat it as a joke, lessening the tension. His sudden lopsided grin confuses the girl “Jimin is enough… every night” He says amusedly. “Then stop talking to Jungkook?” “Maybe you should control your fucking man then?” His voice raises for the first time.
He curses loudly. He takes a deep breath and stands up from the grass. Nabi has been pushing his buttons for too long. Taehyung feels a wave of fatigue wash over him. He is tired and he doesn’t know if he has the energy to keep up with this argument anymore.
But Nabi stands up from the grass as well and doesn’t retreat from the argument. She pushes further. “I think you’re shady and I really want you to go home tonight. But if you don’t, you’ll be with me and my friends in the villa and it’ll be really awkward for you.
Do what you want to, but don’t talk to Jungkook, cause I am fucking over it.” “I will talk to whom I want” “What?” “Don’t ever go to someone and talk down on them just because you feel threatened. Now watch carefully”
Taehyung feels the sun rays dancing on his naked chest, only adorned by a belly chain. His loose pants barely hang on his hips. Taehyung walks towards the pool. He stands in front of Jungkook. Jungkook stops his discussion with Jin, he turns to Taehyung with questioning eyes.
As Taehyung reaches him, he puts his arms gently around Jungkook’s naked sculpted chest and leans in close to his ear. His voice is soft and deep as he whispers, "If you’re ever interested, the offer to undress me still stands."
Jungkook’s eyes widen in surprise and he blushes deeply. Taehyung can hear gasps in the background. He leans back and looks at Nabi who is fuming with anger back in the garden. Taehyung turns away and walks back inside the villa.
When he closes the door behind himself, he falls on the bed and starts cursing himself, whining, crying, pulling his hair. Why did he do that, his heart is beating insanely, his hands are so sweaty he can barely breath. It must have been so cringe, why did he do that.
As he replays the moments in his head, more embarrassing washes over him. Taehyung grabs the pillow and pushes it against his face, covering the light. Maybe if he pretends nothing happened, everyone will miraculously forget his stunt. He’s screwed. What would Jungkook think?
Taehyung rolls on the bed for the next hours letting the afternoon rays bathe his body. Soon, he rises from his laziness and exits the room. He hopes people are not hiding behind the door to ambush him. He can always blame it on the sun heat affecting his thinking.
When he steps outside, it is eerily silent. Perhaps everyone is at the pool area still. Taehyung gets to descend the stairs. And then he hears the shouts from a bedroom. “Please don’t ruin this, we’re trying to make it work, don’t we?” Taehyung recognises Nabi’s crying voice.
“Please calm down, Nabi. Is it okay to panic like this over…” “Shut up, you said we'll work on us, but you’re like the others, you’ll leave me in the end too” Taehyung doesn’t hear the next words, he hears muffled sobbing. Perhaps, Jungkook knelt before her, hugging her tight,
she’s crying against his chest. Then muffled sounds are heard. Perhaps he’s kissing her now. Taehyung’s heart bleeds just a tiny bit. He needs to get out of here. He doesn’t even know Jungkook’s favourite colour, why on earth will his heart ache then?
“This fucking bitch with her fear of abandonment” A velvety voice is heard behind him. Taehyung turns and sees Jae. Taehyung has rarely talked to him. Jae is just as silent as him, most of the time trailing after Joy, his match or tanning at the pool.
Jae is a lean tall man with raven hair and a rose tattoo with thorns placed on his neck. “Trauma fucks us up sometimes” Taehyung replies steadily. Jae is friends with Nabi. “But you don’t start manipulating others with your trauma. Although Nabi is not the real snake here.”
“And who is?” Taehyung asks, he tries to keep his tone disinterested, resting his hands inside his pockets. Jae chuckles “Everything comes with a price, no?” “What’s the price?’ Jae walks towards him, he leans and whispers to his ear his price. Taehyung’s eyes widen.
He is confused. “Now onto the gossip, the real snake here is Joy, she likes Jungkook and she’s the one putting Nabi against anyone that dares to interact with him. She whispers lies to Nabi and hopes that one time Nabi will explode and Jungkook will see her face,
Joy will be there to comfort him and all that jazz.” “Are we in a movie?” “No, we are in a dating show.” “It’s a bit too intense. I know the premises of such shows, but it feels like the feelings here run deeper, as if everyone has a longer history with each other.”
“You don’t know the half of it, some do already know each other from other shows and projects. Not to even talk about how Jungkook and Nabi have been friends with benefits for months before. That's why she came to this show, to finally make the relationship work”
Jae laughs loudly when he finally sees shock on Taehyung’s face, something different from his disinterested gaze. Taehyung had no idea really what’s going on in this show. He thought everyone started walking here from the first floor.
Turns out, everyone is on the 10th floor while he still walks on the 3rd. “Now don’t forget about the price I asked of you.” “I will not” Jae walks beside him and pats his head “Good boy” he descends the stairs and leaves Taehyung.
Taehyung is still standing frozen by the stairs, so lost in his thoughts he doesn't hear the approaching steps, but he does hear the exclaimed voice "Catch me" Intuitively Taehyung opens his arms. Jimin jumps in them. He tolds him about how boring the date has been.
Jimin asks him to be his match. The matching session passes the same. Taehyung is lost, tired, everything feels disruptive. Jungkook is a taken man, everyone has romantic history with each other. What a mess. Taehyung's thoughts then drift to the price he'll pay Jae. Oh, damn.
The next morning criples up with a cluttered warmth. Taehyung suffocates in it. The scorching heat wakes him up at 6 am and he’s laying on the cold floor of the balcony. Taehyung listens to the morning sounds, he looks over the sea in the distance.
It would be easy to give up on this game. But he does not do half things, he does not love in half, he does not play in halves. It’s either he lets himself rot in his couch or he stands up and leaves a mark. He thinks about how the viewers will see him once the show is released.
Taehyung loves his fans dearly. He read all their reactions on Twitter once the news of him joining Perfect match were released. He knows they want to see him shining more on TV. Taehyung can give up and go home where Yoongi will behave like a grumpy man.
Or Taehyung can stay here, have fun with what he was offered, help others find their perfect match, watch from the sidelines and create his own image on TV. He lays on the balcony for hours in a string. His eyes remain on the sea, his thoughts wander overseas.
And then his thoughts match the sight in his eyes. Taehyung lowers his eyes to the trial path. Jungkook is naked, running along it, hair sweaty, breath rushed, he has his headphones in. Taehyung does not know much of Jeon Jungkook, except just what the singer displays publicly.
Jungkook on stage, TV, shows appears to be a cheeky charming man, cunning with his words, dangerous as the venom on a staggered sword, but its charm is just as sweet as of a rose poisoned with venom. Taehyung knows why Jungkook is so popular and secretive.
He lets you see just what he wants, he lets you want more. Taehyung’s heart stops its heartbeat, their eyes meet. Jungkook notices him on the balcony, he stops running. Taehyung doesn’t blink, nor does he avert his eyes even if all of him is burning because of a mere stare.
“Tae, where are you, I am starving like a mad man” Jimin’s grumpy voice slashes the long stare. When Taehyung turns back to the trail path, Jungkook is not there anymore. Taehyung walks back inside the room. Jimin jumps on him, attaching himself like a koala.
Why would he give up? When he can enjoy free food, an exotic place with ana amazing person. Hours later, they are all gathered in the main hall for the game of the day announcement. And as the second week ends, it’s time for wicker games.
When Taehyung looks at Nabi and Joy chatting amusedly on the couch, Taehyung can only pity both, for what the show turned them into. When he looks at Jae, the later winks at him. Taehyung can just guess how the price will affect him further, he hopes it does not reach that point.
When he looks at Lia and her new match that entered the house, a boy Taehyung didn’t learn the name of, he can only hope that something good sparkles there. He does not look at Jungkook. Jungkook has troubled him a lot, he is someone Taehyung doesn’t understand, an enigma.
Taehyung does not like enigmas. Seojoon appears in the big hall, far too happy and dressed up. Taehyung sighs heavily in advance. He can only guess what today’s game will be. “Lights, camera, action” Seojoon exclaims, tightening at his dress belt with a suspicious grin,
looking down with his lower lip twitched into a devilish smirk that bestows not so great news. Taehyung can see it. “You are all here to find your perfect match, but your current match may not be your perfect one. We all know kissing is a big part of a couple’s compatibility.
Seven minutes in Heaven, that’s our take on it. Today’s game is called…” Seojoon walks his eyes over them and then his voice exclaims “Kissing game” “I knew it” Jin mumbles from his right, a loud grumble escaping past his lips.
No wonder, Jin revolts, he and Hobi are almost married at this point. “Now we’re talking, I love this game” Jae curses with a grin, threading his fingers through his hair. The others are oddly silent. Taehyung doesn’t look around him to read the reactions of others.
He said fuck it to all. This show is not fair, so Taehyung is hell bent on riding the wave himself and enjoying it, playing a good game, creating a good show and then leaving it with his honour in hand.
Seojoon continues “In today’s compatibility game, you’ll each kiss your partner and other two potential matches that we chose for you. You’ll kiss three people in total while being blindfolded. You’ll rate each kiss without knowing who you’re kissing.
The couple who scored each other the highest will win the game, go on a luxurious date and have the right to choose two people from the villa to go on dates with new participants. The game will be in the evening, prepare your lips.” “Oh, shit.” Right, it will be fun.
Seojoon leaves them with their jaws hanging open. “Wanted to taste your lips for a while” Jimin teases as they retreat to the pool. “All you need to do is just ask” Taehyung grins. But the calmness he portrays outside doesn’t match the storm steering inside.
There is a possibility he'll kiss Jungkook. There are the lowest chances that could happen. Taehyung saw the strong friendship between Joy and Jungkook, he also has seen Jungkook multiple times talking with Lia’s new match, a mint haired man with an eyebrow pierced.
Taehyung greatly thinks about what could be his two own matches, who would he kiss beside Jimin, when he has close to no interaction with others. He can hear sneers from the main hall. For sure, many are averted to the game. But they came to a dating show,
Taehyung understands the purpose of the game, the hype it’ll create in the viewers. “Who do you think will be your two other matches?” Taehyung asks Jimin who perched his ass on the kitchen table, a cocktail in his hand. “I feel like it may be Lia.
We had talked at times when she cried about her heartbreak. Maybe another person could be Hobi, we bonded over our love for dance. Or maybe Nabi, we have a great hatred between each other after all.” “Well, she’s hot, a bit psychotic, but you know…”
Jimin grins, taking a sip from the glass. Taehyung can see where Nabi's charm is coming from. She is carefree. He walks to the fridge to prepare himself a drink, when an arm grips his shoulder tight. Taehyung turns to Nabi. The girl smiles wildly as she whispers in his ear.
“Better keep your lips shut if he becomes your kissing partner, otherwise I won’t keep my fists shut” She retracts swiftly with the same intense smile that matches her daily red lipstick. Jimin watches them with curious eyes, sipping from his drink, swaying his legs in air.
“Did you say the same things to Jungkook?” Taehyung asks with a tilted head. He can see how Nabi keeps her anger under control, no surprise if she’ll explode soon. Because if you start poking something, it won’t be soon until it pokes you back.
Taehyung is great at pushing buttons, ask Yoongi. “You have no idea what you are getting yourself into. I am Jungkook’s first and only match.” Taehyung speaks calmly back, he will not let his calmness be swayed away
“The early bird might get the worm, but it is the second mouse who gets the cheese” “Good luck, then.” Nabi relents, leaving the kitchen with a huff. “What was all that about?” Jimin questions with amusement latched onto his voice. “Oh boy, do I have a story to tell.”
Taehyung prepares a cocktail for himself and they both walk to the terrace. Soon, Hobi and Lia join them on the grass. The sun is generous these days, it is extremely warm and sometimes its warmth appears suffocating.
“I will not be against kissing your plump lips, Jimin” Hobi utters with a grin. “All you need to do is ask, we don’t have to play a game for this.” “And how is your new match Lia? Didn’t have much time to talk to him, Duri is his name?” Lia nods,
but neither a smile nor a grin reaches her face. “I fear he too fell for Jungkook’s charm. Saw them yesterday talking alone on the terrace in the evening. Jungkook seemed troubled with something.” Right, after Jungkook had a fight with Nabi. The drama thickens.
Who doesn’t like an enigma? Everyone wants Jungkook. Lia turns abruptly to him with a raised eyebrow “I heard that Jungkook fought yesterday with Nabi because she came onto you. Is there something brewing between you two?” Her eyebrows wiggle, so are Hobi’s and Jimin’s.
“Wait, wait, you and Jungkook? I want all the details. I know me and Jin 90% of the time are busy doing each other here, but I need all the gossip in the 10% meanwhile” Taehyung lowers his head, mainly because there is nothing really to talk about,
partly because his cheeks burn under the hopeless desires. Everyone wants Jungkook. He is not special. Because he does too. He is spared from further questioning when they hear Seojoon's voice. The game is about to begin. The sunset is falling over them. It's almost evening.
Half an hour later. Taehyung is standing in the great hall. His eyes are blindfolded. His hands are sweaty and his breathing is rushed. He likes kissing. He likes to make out. But the secrecy of it all is putting him on edge. He knows the rest are all in different rooms.
The first person he is walked in front of seems just as nervous. Taehyung can feel a rugged breath on his cheeks. There is a hand slowly perched on his face. Taehyung tilts his head, he leans in close and feels a soft pair of lips meeting him halfways.
The person seems taller than him. The touch is fragile, light, their lips collide against each other for some seconds. But then both retreat back and Taehyung can breathe lighter. The kiss wasn’t bad, it was barely a kiss, like a feather touch, like the spring wind.
Taehyung has no idea who it was. Then he raises his arm towards Namjoon, who is his assistant in this game as well. Taehyung raises his fingers, he scores this kiss an 7. Namjoon pats him on the back. He doesn’t see much of his cameraman, only late at night for interviews
and at days for quick smiles and encouraging words. Nonetheless, Namjoon holds great comfort for him. The second person is walked in front of him. Taehyung waits and then in a swift movement, he receives a quick peck on his lips. The person retreats fast. Taehyung smiles.
He could taste in that frantic movement the berry's taste of lipstick. A lipstick Jimin uses most of the time. The kiss although short, was very sweet. Taehyung scores it an 8. He is not going to cheat. For the last person, Taehyung stays on his place as well.
Someone walks close to him. For some reason, a sense of apprehension lingers in the air. Both are uncertain to lean in first. Taehyung feels a warm breath against his cheek, for some unknown motif his heart beats rapidly in his chest.
Then he feels fingertips brushing over his cheek and then nose, then those fingers trail over his lips, lingering there, then settling on the chin. Taehyung is impatient, he doesn’t wait any longer. The sooner the game ends, the better. He leans in and captures the other’s lips
It is a short kiss, Taehyung wants to retreat back, but then his lips are captured in a lock. The person’s grip on his chin is stronger and Taehyung feels heat swim through his body at the way he is handled. It’s maddening. Their lips are intertwined but neither does move.
And then the person deepens the kiss, swallowing his lips, his gasps. It feels like he’s drowning or falling from the sky without a parachute. His chin is kept in place, tilted to the side as the person kisses him hard, deep, urgent, with a fever he has never known before.
The gradation of intensity makes him cling to the person as the only solid thing in a dizzy swaying world. He feels a finger pressed to his lips, opening it wider and then a tongue swirls inside. The person’s mouth is parting his now shaking lips, sending wild tremors.
And before he knows it, Taehyung is kissing the person back. Taehyung tastes the bite of liquor and he can’t have enough. It drives him insane, the way their lips slot together. Fuck his life. He is still unmoving in his place, a hand is still gripping his chin with force,
holding it in place as his mouth is ravished and he gasps for air between kisses. He breathes through the kiss. There is something in not being able to see, but having other senses heightened. Because he feels the kiss with all his senses. He feels the hand sliding down his body
and curling around his waist pressing him closer. His body meets a muscled chest. “Okay, this is enough, you will be walked to your rooms. You are the last to finish the game. Do not take the blindfold of your eyes yet.” The kiss ends abruptly. Taehyung steps back.
He ignores how the other person’s lips trail after his in an attempt to catch them again, biting, trying to hold in place. Taehyung feels an arm on his back guiding him back to his room, up the stairs. All the time he can’t but think how much he’s screwed.
Because he scored the kiss with a ten. Namjoon takes off his blindfold. “Come downstairs in half an hour. They will reveal the scores.” Taehyun enters the room and meets Jimin’s questioning gaze. “I am a dead man, Jimin. I am screwed.” He utters before he falls on the bed.
“What happened? Were the kisses that bad?” “No, opposite, I will burn in hell” Taehyung lets his body fall on Jimin’s lap. He keeps his eyes closed. He can’t face the world anymore. “I scored someone a 10, we kissed for 5 minutes and I am pretty sure that is Jungkook.”
“Oh, damn” “Exactly. What about you?” Jimin smiles timidly “One of the kisses was very sweet, too short, wouldn’t mind to continue it, I scored it a 9” Taehyung whistles and his sadness turns into happiness for his close friend. “We’re not winning this game, are we?”
Jimin shakes his head amused. Soon they are asked to come downstairs. Taehyung quickly grabs a black cap, hiding all of his face with a bandana too. “This for sure won’t save you from Nabi” Jimin says as they walk out of the room. “It’s the heating, the sun.. you know”
“Sure, sure” Jimin is still laughing, holding his hand all through it as they approach the main hall. Taehyung doesn’t dare to look around. He sits fast on a couch and ignores everyone. Jimin sits near him and keeps him company. Seojoon joins them.
Taehyung can hear everyone cheering. He guesses those cheers will die down soon. “How are y’all? Did you have fun?” Seojoon asks. “Oh, yeah” It’s Jae who exclaims, which earns him a punch on the back from Joy. Although, Taehyung knows Joy likes Jungkook. What a great show.
“Let’s dive right in. Why don’t we start with Jimin. Tell me sweetheart about your second kiss” Jimin goes pliant near him, with his body trapped in Taehyung’s arms. “I enjoyed it. It was too short, but very sweet.” “You scored it an 8. Your second kiss was Taehyung.”
They both hug each other and the rest cheer. Taehyung lowers his bandana as he whispers into Jimin’s ear “soulmate. you’ll see why.” Seojoon smiles at them “And how was the first kiss whom you scored a 9?” “It was really good, um… sweet, deep” Jimin is shy when he describes it
“Well, I am glad to announce that your first kiss was Lia.” Taehyung can see that there is no much surprise in Jimin’s eyes. But his cheeks burn a little. And he hides his head in Taehyung’s chest. “Now, we’ll go to Nabi, do you want us to tell how was your second kiss?”
Taehyung doesn’t look at Nabi, nor at Jungkook beside her. He keeps his eyes either on Seojoon or Jimin. But his heart is restless. Nabi grins “The kiss was passionate, lots of tongue, wet, wild, I scored it a 9” “Well, you did right, because your second kiss was Jungkook”
Then Seojoon goes like these through the rest. Joy has scored the highest to Jungkook, a solid 9. Taehyung sees the exact moment when Nabi freezes, there’s surprise in her eyes. Taehyung can see the wheels turning into her head. She doesn't let it show on her face though.
Jae has scored the highest to Joy. Lia for Jimin, Hobi scored Jimin the highest while Jin scored Nabi the highest. Taehyung pales when Seojoon’s eyes fall on him. “I believe you enjoyed the game greatly, Taehyung” “Just like the others” He mumbles and squirms in his seat.
“Will you tell me about your second kiss?” “Um… it was sweet, short, definitely an 8, plump soft lips.” “Lips who belong to your match Jimin” Seojoon announces with a grin. Jimin high fives him. He whispers “soulmate” to his ear. “Will you now tell us about the third kiss?”
Taehyung almost dies on the spot. The cap and the bandana hold little to no protection. “It was okay” He replies swiftly. A laugh follows. Seojoon wipes the tears from his eyes as he is almost rolling on the floor from it. Okay, a bit exaggerated. Others are immersed.
“It was just okay but you scored it a whole 10? Don’t be shy now, tell us more” “Let him be, he’s shy” Jimin rasps as he envelops Taehyung in a tight hug, almost shielding him from the others. Even though Jimin is tiny. “Glad to announce that your third kiss was Jungkook”
It all happens at once. Cheers, gasps, whistles. Taehyung mutes it all. He hides in Jimin’s chest. He knew it was Jungkook. There was nothing giving it away. Still, it was clear to him. Taehyung must’ve gone insane.
“Now, on the last person of the evening. Jungkook tell us how was your second kiss?” Jungkook’s voice is rasped at the edges, as if he lacks oxygen, as if he ran a mile “It was passionate, crazy definitely, how I like it.” “You gave it a strong 9. I am happy to say it's Nabi.”
Taehyung almost melts onto the couch. The suspense is killing me. He fears the upcoming drama. But he fears Jungkook’s scoring just as much. What if all the intensity of the kiss was felt only on his part. “And how was your third kiss Jungkook?” Jungkook pauses.
Taehyung can’t see his eyes, but he knows there’s hesitance in them. And then Jungkook speaks. “The kiss took my breath away.” Gasps are heard around. “I understand, no wonder you scored Taehyung’s kiss with a 10.” In the next moment a lot of things happen.
Jimin bursts into laughter near him. Hobi squeals. Nabi stands up and rushes out of the room. Jungkook follows. “What a great game” Duri, Lia’s new match speaks for the first time. “Couldn’t agree more. Anyway, the winners of this game are Nabi and Jungkook. Enjoy the night”
Jungkook and Nabi won because they scored each other the highest points. The next second Taehyung rises from the couch. He rushes upstairs, storms inside the room, lays on the floor, closes his eyes. He ignores the chaos outside, that Jungkook and Nabi are going tonight on a date
“If you lay on the floor and pretend nothing happened, Nabi will still be after your ass” Jimin speaks amusedly as he enters the room as well. “I do not know what you are talking about” “About the magnificent, magical kiss you and…” “There was no kiss. I don’t know anything”
“You know what I am curious about. I have yet to see you and Jungkook have a proper conversation, did you even spend some time alone this week at all?” It dawns on him, Jimin’s words. He shakes his head. “Then it’s insane, your chemistry. Imagine if you talked alone…
you probably wouldn’t even talk, just jump each other and…” “Shut up, shut up, nothing happened. And what about you and Lia, when that happened?” Jimin falls on the bed and hides himself between the covers “I am very sleepy, talk tomorrow.” Sleep is good.
It puts an end to his inner torments. The next morning, he purposefully takes a long time to be dragged from his bed. Then he spends an entire hour in the shower. He tries not to think of the luxury date Jungkook and Nabi had yesterday night.
It is awkward when he joins the others in the main area. Jimin is already seated on a couch. Hobi calls him to his side and Taehyung lays near him. On the other side there’s Jin. Taehyung knows both have questions laying at the tips of their tongues. But they do not ask.
“I wonder who Jungkook and Nabi will send on dates.” Lia breaks the silence, a soft smile on her lips. “It must be me for sure again” Jimin utters. They do not have much time to ponder over the question. Taehyung sees him and his breath halts. Jungkook enters the mansion.
He seems troubled. He is alone. “Where is Nabi?” Joy asks. “First person who goes on a date is Duri” Jungkook speaks, ignoring the question. Lia’s match stands up with a grin and heads outside. “Jungkook, what’s happening?” Joy pushes.
“Nabi… she sent herself on a date with her ex. She’s bringing him in the show” Jungkook speaks. “Drama” Jae says lowly. Joy rushes and hugs Jungkook. Taehyung looks at Jimin. Jimin stares back at him. “I don’t have any idea what’s happening.” “Me neither”
Soon, Jungkook is not in the room anymore. Honestly Taehyung has no idea what to think. He feels like he knows how Jungkook kisses, but he has no idea what his soul is made of, or what he's thinking, feeling. “Won’t be surprised of anything on this show anymore” Jin says
Taehyung excuses himself. He goes to the kitchen. Cocktails nowadays are the only way to survive and entertain the drama. “She is stupid” Taehyung hears a voice over his shoulder. He turns and faces Jae’s amused face. “Why the hell has she done this?” Taehyung inquires.
“She acted impulsively. She wants to make him jealous. Jungkook has a bad history with Nabi’s ex. They’re from the same industry, a bit of close friends turned rivals. Insane, I tell you.” “And will Jungkook be jealous?” Jae smiles again, leaning on the kitchen counter.
“Nabi is stupid. Jungkook will never be jealous. Or won’t show it at least. He’d rather leave the show, than do what Nabi expects of him.” “I just got a headache from all of this” “Don’t forget about the price for all the precious information I share with you.” “I won’t.”
Jae leaves with a cheeky grin. Today’s the matching session. Taehyung doesn’t see much of the rest during the day. They lounge near the pool with Jimin, splashing each other with water, playing some board games with Hobi, Jin and Lia. Soon, the evening falls upon them.
There’s a party coming before the start of the matching session. Taehyung chooses a pair of tight black trousers, a silver chain hanging over his belly, a black sleeveless top with an adorned matching silver choker. He styles his curls that fall on his forehead.
Jimin promises to attend later. Taehyung walks downstairs. Jin and Hobi are wearing matching red suits. Lia is nowhere to be seen. Jae is chilling by the bar. He’s probably drunk already. But he does look good in his black suit with a naked chest underneath. Taehyung walks to him
“I guess it’s time you pay your price, darling” Taehyung feels the bittersweet taste of the champagne he drowns down his throat. “Are you sure?” “He’s now packing his things. Jungkook wants to leave the show.” “And is Joy there with him, consoling him?”
There's a surprise colouring Jae’s black orbit eyes. Taehyung smiles. So, this is it. “How did you know?” Jae asks, he seems defeated. “You are not the only one observing others well. This is why I must pay the price. You like Joy, you truly like her. What a pity.”
Finally, a smile bestows upon Jae’s face. He grins and leans in with his drink. “Let’s cheer for the heartbrokens' club. After all, you understand me well.” It burns. Taehyung clinks his glass with Jae’s.
The sun has just set over the horizon, casting a warm glow over the sprawling gardens of the luxurious villa. The air is thick with the scent of blooming flowers and the sound of gentle jazz music drifted from the direction of the pool. As Duri arrives with his new match,
a petite black haired girl, so does Nabi with a tall man, all muscles and tattoos, fierce red hair. It must be Nabi’s ex, Eun. Nabi shines and she retells their date excitedly. Taehyung sees though how her eyes roam around in search for someone.
Jungkook and Joy are still absent from the party. Hobi and Jin act like the hosts, they seem like wealthy socialites, they make their way around the garden, greet the participants, invite others to the dance stage. Nabi is standing in a corner, her eyes are downcast.
She is wearing a flowing summer dress, adorned with sparkling jewels, and her laughter echoes across the garden. But it’s a fake sad laugh. Soon Joy walks out of the house and Jungkook follows her. Joy joins Nabi and hugs her. Jungkook heads to Jin and Hobi.
Taehyung’s eyes shamefully trail from head to toe, Jungkook looks magnificent. He’s wearing a black see through, barely holding his ripped arms and chest. His thighs are enveloped in a pair of black jeans. His beauty is striking. Face chiseled, with high cheekbones
and a strong jawline, giving him an air of confidence and power. But it was his eyes that truly captivated anyone who looked his way. His eyes were a deep, rich brown, with flecks of gold that seemed to glimmer in the light. They held a depth that was almost hypnotic,
drawing people in and leaving them transfixed. They were the kind of eyes that held the secrets of the universe, as if each one held a star that shone brightly in the darkness. His face was cute, with a slightly crooked smile that was both charming and disarming at the same time
It was a face that exuded warmth and kindness, making anyone feel instantly at ease in his presence. But there was also a hint of sexiness there, a subtle undercurrent that hinted at a hidden intensity lurking just below the surface.
“Are you writing poems about Jungkook’s beauty in your mind?” He is woken up from his elusive thoughts. He faces Jae with red burning cheeks. “I was not.” “Don’t worry. It’s embarrassing, but I do the same with Joy.” “Damn, we are fools.”
“One fool is misery, two fools are victory.” Jae exclaims and Taehyung is sure he just invented the quote on the spot. Taehyung excuses himself from Jae. He approaches Jimin. It begins to hurt the more he stares at Jungkook. “I have something to tell you” He immediately says.
Lia excuses herself and leaves them both. Jimin grins “You want to match with Jungkook tonight, but you don’t know how to tell me?” Taehyung’s eyes widen “This soulmate bond is scaring me” Jimin engulfs him in a hug “You’re just too enamoured. I think it’s worth a chance.
The instant chemistry between you too. It’s worth exploring it, otherwise you’ll regret it.” “And what about you?” “I think I want to try and match Lia,” Jimin replies sheepishly. “So, take the risk.
You need to have better love experiences to talk about than that one from school when you’d trade lunches for love” Taehyung laughs, but his voice is pained “I don’t know if Jungkook wants to stay in the show, I actually don’t know him at all.” It’s horror that captures him.
He really has no idea who Jungkook is. “That’s what this chance is for, to get to know him. You’ll spend days together and nights in a bedroom. You’ll join games and if you win you’ll go on dates together.” Taehyung turns to look at Jungkook, but he sees Joy instead.
She’s drowning a shot of vodka. Her eyes are fixed on Jungkook standing alone on the terrace. Oh, no. Taehyung then sees Jae trailing her with his eyes. There’s a silent sadness in them. Oh, no. Taehyung grabs the shot from Jimin’s hand. He drowns it in one go.
It burns, no more than what he’ll do. Taehyung sees Joy ready to go to Jungkook. Taehyung walks forward first. He reaches Jungkook who raises his eyes at him. He seems surprised. “Can we talk?” Jungkook nods. He holds his hand. Taehyung takes it. They walk to the flower garden


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