"really? that means daddy could finally take you to the arcade." chanyeol told her daughter with the same cheery tone.
"yes & we'll eat a lot!"
naeun is in kindergarten & she goes to a school a bit far from their house but closer to chanyeol's workplace. as soon as she finishes school, chanyeol picks her up & brings her to his work
he'd rather do it on his own. if only naeun's mother didn't leave them, things would've been easier.
and maybe even happier.
"what about it?" chanyeol asked.
"last year, we celebrated the christmas at home with no one else. the year before that, we did too. but at least we visited grandma." naeun pouted.
he feels the same as naeun.
it took the 4 year old a while before having an answer. "okay."
"there are hot packs in your bag, okay? in case it gets a bit colder." chanyeol reminded his daughter.
"okay, daddy. take care~!"
naeun nodded before running towards the main entrance of the little school. she waved one last good bye to her dad before making her way to her classroom.
as soon as he arrived in his workplace, jongin greeted him. "what's up daddy!"
chanyeol went to his desk. opened his computer, then turned to jongin. "can we celebrate christmas with you?"
"yeah," chanyeol sighed. "i think she's had enough of my face."
the two laughed as they did started working. "why don't you just date. i think she wants a mom."
"why not? dont tell me you're not over naeun's mom yet."
"are you kidding? of course i am over her. i just.. cant see myself with anyone for now. and i dont think naeun's ready for that yet."
the 26 year old byun baekhyun beamed at his favorite student."ah~ you finished first again! great job, naeunie~"
"thanks, teacher!" naeun smiled. "does that mean i could stay here for a while?"
naeun always does that, anyways. she loves hearing stories from baekhyun, and she shares a lot of stories to him as well.
the other kids were still busy writing their christmas wishes that baekhyun will 'mail' to santa tonight.
"hmm. my dad said we'll celebrate christmas with my uncles."
"it is a good thing. but it feels different. my uncles are all happy because they have people to spend it with," naeun paused before whispering. "like boyfriends."
"for example, my uncle kyungsoo has uncle jongin. the rest, i'm not really sure but i bet they have people they love too!" naeun sighed. "and my dad doesn't have anyone."
"that's not true. your dad has someone to love, and that's you." baekhyun smiled.
"i know. but i still want him to have someone to take care of him. hehehe."
"yes, teacher baek! once daddy finds someone, we'll take care of him together." she giggled before standing up.
she was about to go back to her seat but.. "teacher, can i use your phone to send my dad & my uncle a text?"
dad, its me naeun. i texted from my teacher's phone. can u pls tell uncle jongdae to pick me up at school today? and pls dont pick me up, let uncle jongdae do that. i also texted him but im not sure if i texted the right number. i love u daddy
baekhyun lent his phone to naeun, then he started collecting the papers from the other kids.
"yes, dad! it's me. you were worried that it wasnt me, werent you?"
"oh! that was my old teacher that you're talking about. this is my new teacher's number."
"nothing~" naeun said.
"naeun.." chanyeol was suspicious.
chanyeol could only shake his head before saving the new teacher's number. "oh i forgot to ask the name."
naeun loves to do weird & crazy things; chanyeol wonders what could be the next.
naeun was about to leave the classroom, but she returned. "teacher!"
baekhyun looked up from the papers she was checking. "yes naeun? i thought you already left."
"i forgot to ask you something."
"how are you going to spend your christmas teacher?" the question caught baekhyun by surprise.
"maybe i'll eat outside, watch a movie at he after. why?"
"only that, teacher baekhyun?"
"yes. my parents are going to japan so i wont be able to celebrate with them."
"so you dont have anyone, teacher?"
baekhyun was then again, surprised. "w-what?"
"you have no one else to spend christmas with?" naeun was straight to the point.
"no. i dont think so."
"okay, then teacher. bye~"
and maybe that's why baekhyun is so attached to her. he sees himself in naeun. she's like a girl version of him.
baekhyun wanted a child so bad.
"jongdae hyung!" naeun ran to jongdae & gave him a fist bump.
"hey, i told you it should be jongdae oppa or uncle jongdae, not jongdae hyung." the 26 year old architect laughed.
"but sehun hyung liked it when i called him hyung. he said it's cute. dont you agree?"
once they were inside, jongdae asked. "where do you wanna go?"
"i wanna eat ice cream~ and jongdae hyung, we are going to have a meeting."
jongdae almost bursted out laughing. "meeting? where did you get that word!"
jongdae decided to just go with the flow. "is there anyone else going to this meeting?"
naeun already found a seat & settled there, her hands clasped above the table.
jongdae cant help but smile as soon as she saw her.
he sat on the vacant seat in front of naeun & they started savouring their ice creams.
"so, what will be the agenda of this meeting?" he asked.
oh. shes still a little kid.
"i want you to convince and help daddy use a dating app." naeun answered cooly.
jongdae doesn't know how to react. oh how he wishes jongin's here right now. or sehun, maybe.
naeun pointed behind jongdae using her lips, and when jongdae turned around, he saw the culprit.
"hi, hyung! hi naeun."
"you deserve that, you brat! look at what you've done. you're corrupting precious naeun's mind!!" jongdae nagged, but at least he released sehun already. sehun rubbed his ear.
"silly. only chanyeol knows whats best for him!" jongdae said. little girl seemed to understand.
"does it mean i cant help daddy?"
jongdae & sehun looked at each other. how can they ignore the little babys request?
they hung out in a bar not far from their homes.
"i dont know about that, but there must be a reason." sehun answered. "naeun, that kid."
he was busy in his small office, finishing the designs for the game's character's clothes.
"i already did, daddy! i'm going to write in my diary, please don't go the the bedroom yet!" naeun shouted from the other room.
chanyeol could only smile at the cuteness of his daughter. naeun is indeed growing up too fast, and in no time, she'll be starting primary school, then high school, university, and then she's gonna move out already.
hes not ready to let go of his naeun yet. hes not ready to be left alone yet. he wants more time with her.
on the other hand, naeun was busy writing in her diary. she writes everyday & once chanyeol tried to look for the diary but he wasnt able to find it.
he cant keep up with the number of times hes kicked sehun's ass for teaching naeun things. its fine though, sehun knows his limitations.
today i talked to teacher baek about christmas. just like dad, he has no one to celebrate with. he uses a dating app, so i asked sehun hyung about it. he told me what's it like but i dont understand at all
but since teacher baekhyun uses it, dad should too
im sure dad will like him. i wonder if they would meet through the dating app. i hope so. that would be my christmas wish.
i want daddy to he happy.
the new iphone.
that cool shoes endorsed by a kpop group.
those were the usual wishes. but someone's wish caught his attention.
after dropping her off, chanyeol goes to work. to his surprise, jongdae was there in the office.
"what are you doing here? who allowed you?" he asked.
"uh, these lovebirds." chanyeol grunted, but a playful smile on his lips.
"so.. i heard we'll be having a christmas party at jongin's." jongdae said.
"ooh! i have minseok hyung."
"i have jongdae."
jongdae and minseok said in unison. chanyeol made a gagging sound.
"hey, chanyeol. stop mocking us when you have no one to bring for the party." jongdae bickered.
"oops. naeun's not counted." jongin laughed.
"maybe it's time for you to find a date. you still have less than two weeks to find one." jongdae teased.
"oh, please. i'm not interested."
"i told you, i dont need anyone. i have naeun and you guys." chanyeol said firmly.
jongdae sighed. "but your little naeun wants you to have someone. i think she wants a mom.."
"or a dad." jongin piped in.
"yeah." jongdae smiled. "thats why she wanted me to pick her up yesterday. for us to have a meeting about you getting a christmas date. not just a christmas date, but hopefully someone who you can be with. for a long time."
naeun wasnt very vocal when it comes to the issue between chanyeol & naeun's mom, but hes sure that she misses her a lot.
but shes moved on from it.
she loves her mom still, of course, but she's more than willing to welcome another person in their lives.
someone that would make her family complete and happy.
he thought that he'll be fine with just naeun and him. but it's still different to have someone to take care of him and naeun.
someone he could take care of, as well.
he downloaded the app that jongdae & sehun suggested, and after that he finally created an account.
he didn't use his real name though, since he's only trying out. if things dont work out fine, at least he will be.
chanyeol sighed. he knew it wasn't a good idea.
before he could lock his phone & go to bed, he received a notification.
"you have matched with han jinwoo. you may start chatting now!"
studied at ** university
chanyeol bit his lip. what happens now? does he have to send him a message? chanyeol hasn't dated or flirted in such a long time and everything's just new to him.
han jinwoo: hi?
han jinwoo: cha seungyeol right?
chanyeol: hi, jinwoo. yes. i'm seungyeol.
jinwoo: oh, nice to meet you!
jinwoo: i'm reminded of someone because of your name.
jinwoo: ..something like that >< anyways let's not talk about it. how are u??
chanyeol: ㅋㅋ im ok, how about you
jinwoo: im ok too, just a bit tired from work
chanyeol: oh. you're a piano tutor, right?
jinwoo: yes. and you are a what?
it was only when a message from sehun came when he saw how late it's gotten.
he told jinwoo to sleep already & promised him they'll talk tomorrow. chanyeol looked forward to it.
"dad~ i still have school today."
chanyeol quickly sat up as soon as he realized it was late. "oh god–"
"i'll just text your teacher to buy breakfast for you, alright? i'll just pay her back once i get the chance." chanyeol said.
"alright daddy. and he's a he."
good morning, this is naeun's dad. i have a favor to ask. can you please naeun something to eat? we had to skip breakfast since we're running late, and my daughter has to eat something. i'll pay you back once i get the chance, maybe later when i pick her up.
good morning too, mr park. i just bought food for naeun, don't worry. you don't have to pay me back. i treat naeun like my own kid anyways, so please don't worry too much. please eat your breakfast as well, sir.
from: naeun's teacher
naeun is worried. :)
it was playtime, but naeun decided to just stay with her teacher baekhyun, watching the other kids play around.
"i dont know. we slept early.. maybe daddy's tired. he should take a rest."
he havent had the chance to meet him yet, since hes a new teacher, but he knows enough about him through naeun's stories.
hes 27, an animator, single parent of a 4 year old.
"if you're going to bombard me with questions, please wait till i finish a cup of coffee." chanyeol warned the two.
he went to the machine & made himself coffee.
"he slept late." sehun whispered.
as soon as he's done, jongdae was quick to ask his questions. "so how was it? you tried it last night didnt you? have you met anyone?"
"it was ok. i did. i did."
"i bet 35,000won it's a he." jongin smiled.
"i bet 50,000won it's a she." jongdae said, pulling out his wallet from his coat pocket.
"i bet 0 won, jongin hyung is right." sehun teased.
chanyeol was then reminded of naeun's teacher. he doesn't want him to pay for naeun's food, but he will. he has to.
"where's my money, man?" jongin laughed so loud he was sushed by the other employees.
"hi baby, how was school?"
"it was fun!! teacher gave me this." she showed chanyeol a really big thing wrapped in christmas wrappers.
naeun shrugged. "i doubt it's a puppy but teacher said that i would definitely like it."
"oh, speaking of your teacher, where is he? can i talk to him? i want to pay him back for his kindness."
"teacher's in a meeting.."
"let's go to the office? or do you wanna eat first?" chanyeol asked.
"hmm, office! i wanna open teacher's gift." naeun smiled before getting inside the car.
naeun ran up to sehun & hugged him tight.
"where's jongdae?" chanyeol asked. sehun gestured to minseok's office & chanyeol got what he wanted to say right away.
"jongin hyung!" naeun ran to jongin as well.
"but hyung is cuter!" naeun & sehun said in unison. then both of them giggled.
"aaah, naeun isnt chanyeol's. she's sehun's child."
"hey," jongin pouted too. "i was just joking."
"you should never say that again." chanyeol laughed. "naeunie, arent you gonna open your gift?"
chanyeol hugged his daughter back, ruffling the little one's hair. "did you thank your teacher?"
"i thank him everyday."
"he must be nice, huh."
chanyeol had to sleep a bit earlier this time though, and jinwoo understood.
the following day, naeun and chanyeol did their daily routine. it was naeun's last day of school.
"oh, dad! there's my teacher." naeun was so excited she unbuckled her seatbelt on her own.
chanyeol and naeun stepped out of the car, and naeun quickly ran to baekhyun. "teacher~!"
naeun hugged baekhyun like they havent seen each other in a while, but naeun's just like that; and so is baekhyun.
both are really affectionate and soft.
"i am with dad now." naeun said.
"really? where is he?"
he was staring at him, and baekhyun was unable to read his expression.
his heart suddenly pounded so loud in his chest.
it's him. he's even taller now, more buff, more mature.
but it's still him. it's park chanyeol.
"so we met again." chanyeol said.
"how long has it been? nine years?" baekhyun smiled. he can't believe his eyes.
"ten, actually." chan let out an awkward laugh.
"you know each other?" naeun asked.
"as much as i want to catch up with you, classes are about to start." baekhyun shyly said.
"oh," chanyeol was brought back to reality. "yeah, yeah. you two take care, alright?"
"yes, daddy!" naeun said.
chanyeol went inside his car, still baffled. what the hell just happened??
it's been ten years since he last saw him! that byun baekhyun! the guy he rejected because he only liked girls before. wow.
they were all crammed inside minseok's office. everyone. kyungsoo was there, chanyeol, jongdae, jongin, sehun, minseok & junmyeon.
"i wasnt expecting this.." was all chanyeol could say.
"true," minseok butted in. "but you rejected him."
"he must've had poor eyesight." even kyungsoo agrees.
jongdae rolled his eyes. "dont start with me. you liked kim hanbeom in middle school!"
"w-well yeah, because he had the limited edition nike shoes." chanyeol reasoned out.
"what's the real deal? why did you reject him?"
"everyone liked him. i admit, i liked him as well." chanyeol said. "and when he confessed, i didn't know how to react. i didn't know what to say."
"you should've told him you like him as well." kyungsoo commented
"but youre not an asshole, hyung." sehun said.
"but i was scared that i'd end up like one."
chanyeol could only sigh. "i know. so it was weird seeing him again today. i think he didn't know that i'm naeun's father. he was surprised when he saw me."
"was he mad?" jongdae asked.
"he didnt seem mad.. i think."
it's the last day of classes anyways, so it's fine.
"so you're saying the father of that naeun kid is chanyeol?" yixing said as took a sip from his beer.
"yep. god, i can't believe i didn't find out sooner."
"you love the kid so much, you even bought her an expensive violin just because she said she want one."
"daddy?" chanyeol turned around to find a little naeun rubbing her eyes. "are you drinking?"
"why are you still awake, naeunie?"
"daddy cant sleep."
"why is that?"
"daddy can't get someone of his mind."
"do i need to get it off daddy's mind for him?"
"maybe.. but not now."
& a message from jinwoo. he almost forgot about jinwoo!
jinwoo: hi, seungyeol! sorry i wasnt able to send a message last night. i went to a party & got a lil drunk.
jinwoo: are you free today? you wanna grab some lunch?
also.. thinking about baekhyun isn't healthy. especially when he knows he's never going to get another chance.
chanyeol: ok, let's meet
"is it okay if i ask sehun to come over today? daddy's going somewhere.." with that, chanyeol got naeun's full attention.
"where are you going?"
"daddy has work to do." he said.
he called sehun right away. "sehunie."
"yes, dad~?" sehun joked & chanyeol made a gagging sound.
"ew, gross. i didn't call you for that." chanyeol said.
"please tell me where you're going first." sehun demanded. chanyeol sighed.
sehun is like chanyeol's so. he may be 23 but he's still a baby.
"i'm going out on a date. i'm meeting up with that guy on the app."
"please don't tell naeun yet. i want to see for myself first." chanyeol warned.
"okay, hyung. i wont tell, i promise!"
"good. now get your ass over here because i'm leaving in an hour."
as soon as chanyeol hung up, he plopped down beside naeun & hugged her.
jinwoo: i'm omw, seungyeol :)
chanyeol: alright, jinwoo. take your time.
it always felt comfortable with him, but something was off at the moment. it feels weird. or maybe its just him.
just as he was about to go to a vacant table, he saw someone he wasnt expecting to see there
he was gonna pretend not to see him but it's too late.
the latter made his way to baekhyun's table. he was sitting there alone, lemonade on his table.
"what brings you here?" chanyeol asked.
"uh, to eat lunch, i guess?"
"oh," chanyeol realized that his question was plain dumb. "right."
or maybe it wasnt. maybe he was hoping that baekhyun would say he's here to meet up with someone.
as if on cue, chanyeol's phone vibrated. it was a message from jinwoo.
jinwoo: i'm here. white button up shirt with stripe design on the pocket.
chanyeol was doomed.
his heart crashes. he hoped..
"chanyeol? are you alright?" baekhyun asked as soon as he noticed the distressed look on chanyeol's face.
"can i sit here for a minute?"
"i can't do this.." chanyeol closed his eyes.
"you can't do what?" baekhyun was genuinely worried.
"chanyeol, i don't understand."
"baekhyun, promise me one thing."
"what is it?"
"what guy? don't tell me you're here to break hearts again.." baekhyun sounded hurt, bitter. but chanyeol was too preoccupied to notice.
"please, promise me." it was a whisper.
baekhyun sighed. "okay, chanyeol."
"hi, are you jinwoo?" chanyeol politely asked.
the good looking dimpled guy smiled and nodded. "yes. you must be seungyeol."
"oh, yes. yes i am. have a seat?"
"no, thank you. i'm here to tell you something." chanyeol gathered all the courage to tell jinwoo what he has in mind. but before he could even do so..
"i have something to tell you, as well."
"i'm actually not looking for a boyfriend, or a relationship. when i used the dating app, i was only looking for a friend." jinwoo admitted.
"when i entered, i knew it was you right away." jinwoo added
jinwoo gestured to the door, and chanyeol saw baekhyun about to go out. he mentally cursed. he can't let him slip away. not again
"go on. run after him."
but he left.
is he rejecting him again? for the second time?
"what are you waiting for? go!" jinwoo urged him to do so.
and so he did. he stood.
and he ran after him.
and he found him.
carrying a bouquet of white roses.
chanyeol ran to him and hugged him. tight. chanyeol didn't want to let go of him anymore.
"baekhyun, i love you."
"i thought i was going to lose you again."
"you never lost me." baekhyun replied.
"i did. when i rejected you because i was so damn scared of hurting you. i'm sorry."
chanyeol finally let baekhyun go. "yes. i've always liked you. but i was a coward for not telling you." chanyeol looked down. "god, i thought i was gonna lose you again."
"you lost me. but you kind of found me again, which is weird."
chanyeol was a bit hurt that baekhyun sort of ignored his confession. so this is how rejection feels like huh?
baekhyun noticed chanyeol's face so he made an offer. "come with me?"
they walked around, and baekhyun stopped in front of a tomb, placed the bouquet of white roses, and sat down.
chanyeol looked at the name.
"christmas is coming up," baekhyun paused. "it will be my second christmas without you."
chanyeol was silent.
"daddy misses you a lot. do you miss daddy, too?"
"well.. he was that guy i was telling you about. the guy where you got your name."
chanyeol was surprised.
he named his child after chanyeol & him?
"okay that was a joke. you dont need to do that." baekhyun went silent for a moment. he started fidgeting and chanyeol just watched him.
"chanyeol, why?" baekhyun turned to him.
"why did you say you love me?"
"because i do."
baekhyun smirked. "now, do you really?"
chanyeol has been asking himself the same question for days. and he's sure.
"naeun.. she didn't know, did she?"
baekhyun smiles. "i like her a lot. she reminds me of myself. and she's just like my chanhyun."
"chanhyun.. he was your child?"
"it felt like a movie, you know? the parent left a letter as well. told me to take care of the baby and give him a name. so i did."
"but he was taken away from me a few years later. he was still little. his lungs were weak, he couldn't breathe."
"i'm fine, chanyeol. i just miss him a lot."
"naeun loves to make people happy." chanyeol smiled, proud of his daughter.
"i can see that. she's so much like you." baekhyun commented. "bright and cheerful."
"just like your chanhyun."
"just like my chanhyun."
"no worries, baekhyun. thanks for tagging me along." chanyeol smiled.
baekhyun bit his lip, heart racing. he turned to chanyeol and hugged him.
baekhyun smells like strawberry, sweet & delicate. soft. inviting.
when baekhyun let go, he smiled at chanyeol. "this day was crazy. but thanks."
"oh, she's already asleep?" chanyeol asked.
"i made her eat dinner early, i figured you were gonna be home late.. i didn't expect you to be home this early." sehun said.
chanyeol blushed at the thought of baekhyun, he ended up smiling.
sehun watched in awe.. & confusion. "wait, so it went well? you did ~it~ without intoxication? wow im surprised!"
chanyeol walked towards sehun to give him a light punch.
chanyeol pursed his lips to prevent himself from smiling big. he nodded.
"oh my god!" sehun gasped, "so.. is jinwoo hyung a pretty flower boy?"
"he is," chanyeol nodded. "but baekhyun will always be the prettiest flower boy."
"d-did you.. did you have a threesome?!" sehun whispered in disgust, and once again he received a punch from chanyeol.
"no, you idiot! jinwoo was only looking for a friend. he's a nice person." chanyeol smiled.
"im gonna tell you everything. for now, you go home. thank you for babysitting naeun." chanyeol said as he handed him money.
"no, it's fine hyung. naeun is like a sister to me. i dont mind looking after her for free." sehun politely declined the money.
"i hope everything goes well." chanyeol said.
"hope so too. bye hyung! see you soon." sehun said before he finally left chanyeol's
chanyeol smiled to himself.
naeun was only two when her mom left them to go back to her country, and chanyeol was left devastated.
but atleast naeun was there to keep him sane. the little daughter he adored so much.
"i love you, little princess."
the look of desperation in his face when he was begging baekhyun to promise him that he'll wait.
the way he ran after him.
the way he hugged him.
the way he smiled at him.
"ugh, this is frustrating.."
baekhyun threw his phone somewhere in his bed, deciding to just sleep it off. but as soon as his phone vibrated, he scrambled to find his cell.
it was a text from chanyeol.
baekhyun bit his lip as he changed chanyeol's contact name on his phone. he then typed a reply.
to: chanyeol :)
chanyeol: why not? it's late
baekhyun: i cant sleep
chanyeol: me too..
chanyeol: i cant stop thinking of you.
chanyeol: smiley only? :(
baekhyun: stop it..
chanyeol: r u rejecting me?
baekhyun's eyes widened. of course not! and he doesnt want chanyeol to think that. "uh, this brat."
it rang only once; chanyeol answered right away.
"hi.." chanyeol's voice was deep, but soft and breathy. "did you call to reject me?"
"i'm not rejecting you." baekhyun hissed.
chanyeol found it amusing. hes cute.
"silly you. i already did a long time ago by stealing your hoodie." baekhyun laughed
"wait, what? the red one?!"
"yup!! i stole it because i knew how much you loved it. you were heartbroken."
baekhyun was blushing deeply because of chanyeol's words. he thanked god that chanyeol can't see him right now.
baekhyun thought about naeun. and her wishes. "alright, then. if you really love me, then prove it."
"isnt this enough?" chanyeol asked
"i have to be sure, chanyeol."
"alright, precious baby."
"naeunie~ good morning." he greeted his baby girl.
"daddy.. good morning." the sleepy four year old greeted back.
"can you help dad choose a nice shirt for today?" chanyeol asked, smiling.
chanyeol mentally slapped himself. "but dad needs to go the office today."
"we have a meeting."
"so that means sehun hyung will be here again?" naeun asked.
"can kyungsoo hyung & aciel go too?"
"alright, alright. i'll be there with aciel. just make sure to tell me everything once youre done with 'work'." kyungsoo said before hanging up.
chanyeol turned to his daughter. "alright, kyungsoo & sehun will go. aciel too."
naeun grabbed her dady's hand, pulling him to their bedroom. naeun opened chanyeol's cabinet, rummaging through his clothes.
"daddy needs a nice shirt~"
"no problem, daddy~!" naeun said, kissing chanyeol's cheek.
kyungsoo and sehun arrived with aciel, and naeun was more than happy.
"where the hell are you going?"
"someone important? who could it be?" sehun teased.
"just.. don't tell naeun yet. i wanna surprise her." chanyeol said & the two were left with no choice.
chanyeol bid his farewell, then left.
he was so nervous but, who the hell cares? if its for baek, hes all in.
he stepped out of the car, looked for baekhyun's name in the long list of buzzers.
he pressed the buzzer twice. a few seconds later, his phone buzzed.
chanyeol: yes, baekhyun?
baekhyun: youre downstairs, aren't you?
chanyeol looked up and saw baekhyun peeking from the window, his phone pressed onto his ear.
chanyeol's phone started ringing. he answered the call and waved at baekhyun, and the latter smiled.
he grabbed a pink sweater and put it over his white shirt.
"visiting.." chanyeol replied. "and, uhm, i wanna tell you something."
"cant you tell me now?"
he just stared at him in awe for a few seconds; almost a minute.
chanyeol looked hot in that navy blue button up shirt, his hair pushed back. a bouquet of yellow tulips in his hand. his black sleek sedan behind him.
baekhyun's cheeks reddened as soon as he heard those words from chanyeol. the latter handed him the tulips. "thank you."
"i promised you, right?" chanyeol asked, to which baekhyun nodded.
"also.. uhm. are you free today?" chanyeol asked once again, now shy. "i have two tickets for the hermoso desastre show today. do you wanna come & see it with me?"
hermoso desastre was every aspiring musician's favorite back in middle school. baekhyun was one of them, and chanyeol knew about it.
everyone knows what he likes.
"so.. you wanna go with me? the show starts in about.. three hours." chanyeol said, looking at his wrist watch.
baekhyun shyly nodded. "sure thing."
as soon as baekhyun opened the door, the fresh strawberry scent greeted chanyeol.
baekhyun's room was neat & tidy, it was bright inside, and it felt comfortable. "nice place."
"it's fine, baekhyunee. i'm fine." chanyeol smiled at baekhyun to assure him he's fine.
"alright.. just, sit there for awhile. i'll just take a shower." baekhyun said, picking his outfit from his cabinet.
"okay. i'll wait."
everything feels weird; but in a good way.
yes, he did like chanyeol back in middle school, but this one's different.
it's not the same type of romance. it's different. more mature.
everything was fine back home. the only thing that wont calm down was his heart.
"chanyeol?" baekhyun called.
of all things he could forget.
chanyeol walked towards the bathroom door while baekhyun turned the lights off. he slowly opened the door, chanyeol handing him the towel without looking.
that was embarrassing!
he made the wrong choice in making chanyeol wait inside his apartment. he could've waited inside his car.
baek decided to just shrug it off. it doesnt matter. hes going out on a date.
that was baekhyun's first thought when he got inside chanyeol's car.
"oh, seatbelt." chanyeol clicked his tongue. "can you put yours on? or do you want me to put it on for you?"
baekhyun quickly scrambled to put his seatbelt on. ugh, park chanyeol!
baekhyun was so focused during the performances that he didn't feel chanyeol staring at him.
chanyeol thought baek looked perfect that day. he always was, but that day was a bit different.
baekhyun looked happier, livelier, more cheerful. chanyeol wanted to keep it that way.
they were already in front of baekhyun's apartment building, but he didn't seem like he wanted to step out of chanyeol's car yet.
"i hope you had fun." chanyeol said, looking at baekhyun expectantly.
"i did. i really did, chanyeol."
he caught the two of them by surprise, but baek didnt make a move to stop chan
chanyeol held baekhyun's cheek & the latter leaned into his touch. it was warm.
he wants to feel that way forever.
they were going to church since it's a sunday. naeun was wearing her pink dress under her pink coat. chanyeol was wearing a pastel pink button up as well.
"excited?" chanyeol asked.
"hmm, a bit. but yeah!"
the mass just ended and baek was on his way to grab lunch, but the cute little voice made him look back.
as soon as he saw the little girl in braids, his smile grew wide.
baekhyun squatted & naeun attacked him with a really, really tight hug.
"ah~ you must have missed teacher baekhyun that much, huh?" the older male teased, and naeun nodded.
when she finally let go of baekhyun, she pinched his cheeks & giggled. it was enough to make baekhyun flutter.
but the next words made baekhyun even more flushed. "i'm with daddy. do you want to eat lunch with us?"
"daddy~ can teacher baekhyun eat with us?" naeun asked, looking up to her dad.
"i-i shouldn't disturb you two. maybe next time." baekhyun politely declined, he was too nervous.
naeun looked so sad so baek looked at chan, asking for help.
"teacher, are you going to let naeun be sad for the rest of the day? are you going to allow it?" chanyeol asked in a cute voice.
chanyeol brought them to a small korean restaurant, not far away from their former school. baekhyun remembered the first time he saw chanyeol. it wasn't on campus.
it was in this place.
he fell for him here.
baekhyun and chanyeol were given a chance to talk in private.
"i shouldnt have interrupted your—" baekhyun started, but chanyeol cut him off. he placed his hand on top of baekhyun's.
"naeun missed you. i did too."
she's so excited, and she kept mentioning her wishes that only baekhyun knows. when chanyeol asked what are the wishes, naeun covered baekhyun's mouth with her hands.
"don't tell daddy~ it's a secret!"
thank god, naeun didnt notice.
"daddy will know when santa grants my wishes already. im sure he will!" naeun grinned.
they look like a theyre out for family day.
also, he feels how happy naeun is. he doesn't want her happiness to disappear just yet.
"dad! lets watch that."
baekhyun felt chanyeol's hand in his shoulder, so he turned to him. chanyeol mouthed, "can i hold your hand?"
so that's what happened.
baekhyun & chanyeol were tired, too, but it was worth it.
"thank youfor spending your day with us." chanyeol said. "do you want to spend the rest of your life with naeun & me, too?"
he always had a soft spot for naeun, even when he didn't know yet that she's chanyeol's daughter.
he liked chan back in middle school & he's sure he's never gotten over him. he named his son after chanyeol, too.
he knows what to say.
when he looked out the window, he saw his apartment building.
"actually, baekhyun, don't answer that yet." chanyeol spoke.
"why not?" baekhyun asked, disappointed.
"just.. not tonight. okay?"
he stopped, turning to chanyeol. "hmm?"
"dont be sad. i dont wanna hear it now because i want to hear it tomorrow. can you meet me tomorrow? in our school?"
"i think i can."
chanyeol: lets meet tmrw at our mid school.
baekhyun: are we allowed to go there??
chanyeol: yes, dont worry.
chanyeol: i wont be able to pick u up, so lets just meet there
jongdae is with naeun right now, and they will be spending the night at kyungsoo's since it's aciel's birthday.
when he arrived there, sehun was already waiting. "hyung, here are the uniforms."
at that exact place, baekhyun ran up to him 11 years ago. chan was the last one to leave the building so there were no other students.
that day, baekhyun confessed.
he rejected him.
chanyeol became worried that baekhyun might not come.
he was afraid that he's gonna be the one to reject him this time. he was so afraid to lose him again.
he was about to leave the building when he heard rushed footsteps.
and then he saw him. he was running to him like the last time.
he was youthful. ethereal.
he was panting and sweating. but it doesn't matter.
he noticed that just like him, chanyeol was wearing the uniform as well. when baekhyun arrived, sehun gave him a uniform with his name tag on it.
"baekhyun," chanyeol took a step forward. "for the past few days, i couldnt get you out of my head. i know, everything happened too fast.."
"you're still doubting my feelings for you, dont you? i feel it baek. and its fine. really."
"maybe, things happened for the better. if i hadn't rejected you, maybe we'd be happy. but we were still young back then. really young."
"when naeun's mom left, i was so devastated. but.."
at this point, baekhyun couldn't fight his tears anymore.
"byun baekhyun.. can you be with us this christmas? next year too, and the years after that?"
chanyeol laughed. "okay, let me rephrase it then. will you be my christmas date, and then my new year's date, my valentines date, birthday date, everyday date? be mine?"
he feels the same. of course he feels the same.
"im more than willing to be your forever date. im more than willing to be naeun's santa as well."
baekhyun tiptoed, crashing his lips onto chanyeol's.
he slightly moved his lips, trying to get in sync with baekhyun. and when he finally did, he grabbed him by the waist, his other hand on baekhyun's cheek.
"i love you." he whispered in his lips.
sehun stood up from the bench. "wow, you're down earlier than what i expected."
chanyeol glared at the younger male, so he made a peace sign. "congrats~! im oh sehun by the way."
they chat for a few more minutes before sehun left to go to kyungsoo. chanyeol & baekhyun went out to eat dinner first before chanyeol dropped him off.
chanyeol placed his head on baekhyun's shoulder, his right hand found baekhyun's. when he did, he intertwined their fingers.
"ive always wanted to do that, baby."
"now, everything's genuine. sincere. i want it because i love you."
"i promise, we'll take things slow starting from here, okay? one at a time." chanyeol said.
they stayed there for a few more minutes before baekhyun decided to go inside. "i'll text you, okay?"
"i love you too, chanyeol. drive safely, ok?"
baekhyun waited for chanyeol to leave before he went inside his apartment. everything felt crazy.
at the same time it all felt right.
when they pulled away though, naeun noticed something. "daddy~ you smell like teacher baekhyun."
junmyeon almost spit out his soda. everyone was silent.
"w-what do you mean?" chanyeol asked.
sehun stood up and went to naeun. "that's because daddy went to a strawberry farm."
"how did you know?"
"i was with him."
"but you smell like mint hyung, not strawberries!"
jongdae clapped his hands once before shouting, "all right kids! line up, uncle jongdae is going to give you money~!"
with that, naeun's eyes sparkled so he ran to jongdae right away. aciel followed soon. minseok and sehun too.
on the table were bottles of liquor; the seven guys were there enjoying their night.
"so, everything went well with you & baek, huh." minseok smiled. "you finally have someone to hug you this christmas."
"she still hopes, though." junmyeon butted in.
"when are you gonna tell her?" kyungsoo asked.
"on the 24th." chanyeol replied. "she's gonna ba really happy."
"that's for sure."
daddy & i went shopping today. we bought gifts for uncles & aciel & grandmas & aunt yoora. we ate korean bbq. we went home & wrapped the gifts
when daddy took a nap, i used his phone because i wanted to text teacher baekhyun. i found his number in dad's phone
i asked teacher baekhyunee what to do to make my uncles happy. he said that i should sing or dance for them. so i will sing or dance for them!
i believe teacher baekhyunee & i miss him. i want him to be my dad but i dont know if he wants too.
dad hasnt found someone yet. thats sad.
baekhyun was both excited and nervous, but he was more excited. he held puppy in his arms. naeun will love it, and that's for sure.
chanyeol already left naeun at jongin's so she could play with aciel, and chanyeol went to baekhyun's apartment.
"i'm sure naeun will love you even more." chanyeol said, resting his chin on baekhyun's shoulder.
"you can never be so sure." baekhyun joked.
"but i am very, very sure. we do have the same taste, y'know."
baekhyun & kyungsoo used to go to the same study group way back in middle school, so baek was more than excited to see him again.
"oh, baby. there's a text. can you read it for me?" chanyeol asked.
"what did he say?"
"hyung, naeunie was crying earlier and we dont know why. but she's ok now. junmyeon hyung lulled her to sleep." baekhyun read the text message.
"she must be really sad."
chanyeol smiled. "after this day, she'll be with us too. i wont have to leave her to sehun's care. you don't have to worry."
they arrived at kyungsoo's around 11 in the evening. baek was nervous.
"oh, chanyeol's here." minseok said. "where's naeunie's present?"
chanyeol smiled as he gestured baek to walk inside. when he did, almost everyone wanted to scream but sehun sushed them.
"look at the flower boy," junmyeon smiled. "he's gotten prettier."
baekhyun blushed at the compliment. "thank you."
"you still remember us?" jongdae asked.
"how could i forget?" baekhyun beamed at the boys.
"but my kyungsoo is prettier for me." jongin grinned as he cuddled kyungsoo.
the latter slapped his face away. "ow!"
"how's yixing?" junmyeon asked.
"he's good, he travels a lot these days."
it's almost christmas.
"where's naeun?" chanyeol asked, standing up.
"shes in aciel's room." sehun replied. "lets wake them up."
chan rubbed her back, planted a chaste kiss on her cheek, before he woke her up
"come here, little princess." chanyeol said as naeun wrapped her arms around his neck.
"merry christmas, naeunie." chanyeol greeted her and kissed her cheek again.
"merry christmas dad." naeun wasn't as cheery, especially since she's still sleepy.
"do you wanna see your presents?" chanyeol asked.
"should we open naeun's gifts first?" sehun suggested.
"we should." everyone agreed.
baek was hiding behind the door, smiling to himself. merry christmas, naeun.
"yes, baby. and the first present from santa is a.. puppy!"
naeun quickly stood up as soon as she heard what her dad just said. "PUPPY?!"
naeun was all smiles, but at the same time, she looked like she wanted to cry. she hugged the puppy tight.
"she's a girl?"
"yes she is." sehun answered.
"i'll call her hyunee~" naeun said, smiling.
naeun nodded, remembering the things she wrote on her wishlist.
"let's ask naeunie's uncles if they are happy." chanyeol smiled as he went the guys to ask.
"we are very happy."
"sehun hyung is the happiest!"
naeun clapped her hands once the six uncles all said they were happy.
now it's time for the final present. the one that naeun prays for everyday. the one she wants to have so bad.
chanyeol took a deep breath.
"this will make naeunie really happy. but santa asked me to tell you something."
"what did santa say, daddy?"
"santa said you must love & take care of his presents. especially this one."
"naeunie?" chanyeol called his daughter. "we've been spending the last two christmases together with just the two of us, right?"
"that's never gonna happen again."
on cue, baekhyun showed up. "merry christmas, naeunie~"
"t-teacher baekhyunee?" naeun was confused as to why her teacher is there, but when chanyeol took baekhyun's hand, naeun somewhat understood.
"i-is teacher baekhyunee.. daddy?"
naeun was so happy she ended up crying while trying to fit both baekhyun and chanyeol in her embrace.
then she moves to hug baekhyun. really, really tight.
baekhyun hugged naeun as well, gently ruffling her hair. "thank you, naeun."
"no. thank you teacher baekhyunee."
sehun sniffled, jongin hugged kyungsoo, jongdae & minseok rubber their eyes, junmyeon took a picture.
"i love you both." naeun smiled.
she was seated on baekhyun's lap & wont get off of him. she kept cuddling her new 'dad' & everyone loved the sight.
"you three use the spare room. jongdae & the others could sleep here in the living room." kyungsoo said.