He looked down at his phone again
When no one answered, he quickly became distracted by the modern interior decor. As a student of interior design and architecture himself, he
Taehyung immediately went to the
Taehyung gently rubbed his back, “Sorry for just barging in little guy, I heard you crying. My name is Taehyung, you can call me Tae. I’m your new housekeeper. Wait, Jungkook’s
The boy looked up at him with watery eyes and a pout, “Yes, he’s my dad. You won’t be mean like the old housekeeper, right?”
Taehyung cooed at the words of the younger, “Of course not, I’ll take care of you and your house. Are you sick?”
The boy just nodded.
“He just left to get me medicine, but my head is hurting a lot.” He brought a small hand to his temple. Taehyung massaged the spot gently, before leaning down to whisper
“How about I make you some warm soup & tell you a bed time story until you fall asleep?”
Taehyung could help it. He always had a soft spot for
He found himself spoon feeding the sick child soup little by little, until the boy exclaimed how yummy it was.
“But I don’t wanna sleep,” the boy whined, crossing his arms, “it’s not even night time yet.”
Taehyung held his hands up, “Fine, fine. You don’t have to sleep. Just listen”
“Once upon a time”
His plan had
He figured not the boy & his dad could use the
That night as he finished up his readings & assignments for the next day, his phone buzzed with several text messages from Jungkook.
‘Taehyung! I’m so sorry I missed you earlier, I should have let you know I was stepping out to
Taehyung smiled as he scrolled through the messages. He had been really nervous about taking up this job, he was worried he’d feel humiliated or unwelcome, but having met Cho Gi and reading Jungkook’s texts, he
This would help.
This time he paused to catch his breath and pat down his disheveled hair before ringing the door bell. Soon after, the door swung open to reveal
Taehyung cut him off, “Please you don’t have to apologize, and you can call me Tae.”
And then he flashed it again, that brilliant smile, that could light up even the darkest rooms. Jungkook cleared his throat, “So Tae, thank you
Jungkook giggles, “Please call me Jungkook, we look about the same age anyway. And don’t be sorry about my wife, I don’t have one.”
Taehyung’s mouth hung open, he’d thought the other was divorced, not a widow.
This caused Jungkook to break into a louder fit of laughter, clutching at his stomach, leaving Taehyung confused.
“Tae! I’ve never been married, I don’t have a wife. I was just really reckless in my last year of
Tae’s mouth formed into a small ‘o’ before he felt his cheeks warm up at the “guys & girls” part.
“Anyways, Cho Gi was probably the result of one of my one
Taehyung smiled at how softly Jungkook’s voice got as he spoke about his son. You could tell how deeply he cared for him.
“Anyways taking him in was the best decision I made because he’s made me more responsible & overall a better person.”
“Not really, figured she didn’t really care and maybe I was a little scared she’d take him back or something.”
Aww, Taehyung thought. So sweet.
“So how can I help, Jungkook?”
There was that picture perfect smile again.
“No that won’t be needed! I’ll watch him
Jungkook smiled fondly at the other, he liked him already.
“Great! But I don’t want this work to get in the way of your personal life, what’s your schedule like usually?”
Taehyung looked down as if embarrassed, “Not that impressive, honestly.”
He said with a small shrug.
And so the conversation went, for the first time he opened up about his wildest dreams to a stranger. He told Jungkook about how he always wanted to open his own architecture firm and have an interior design business on the side but no
Jungkook was genuinely impressed.
“I can help, you know,”
Taehyung shook his head quickly.
“That would be too easy. No dream worth having comes easy. I’ll appreciate the end goal more if I’ve worked for it.”
Jungkook smiled, he REALLY liked Tae.
Taehyung swore there was no sweeter sound.
The next morning, Tae could barely focus in class, thinking back to Jungkook’s sweet smile, the way he spoke about his son, it was so endearing it made his heart ache.
“Mr Kim? Care to elaborate on what I just said?”
His professor’s booming voice brought him out of his daze.
He still had a few hours before Cho Gi got here so he decided to do cleaning first. After gathering supplies, he made his way around the house.
Soon after he finished, the driver dropped Cho Gi off, & the younger ran right into Tae’s arms.
Tae smiled, you would think they’d known each other for years.
“I missed you too little guy, hope you’re feeling better. Let’s get you fed & ready for your nap.”
Once the boy was asleep, Tae sat on the couch reading a book until Jungkook came back.
Jungkook took off his coat and smiled at Tae before making his way over to the other, the scene oddly domestic.
“Thank you,” Tae blushed, “I wanted to impress you.”
Jungkook’s smile turned into a chuckle as he realized what the dish was. “Wait does this have nuts?”
Tae nodded eagerly.
“Aw that’s too bad, I can’t eat it, I’m allergic.”
Tae’s face fell.
Jungkook places a comforting hand over his arm, “Don’t worry about it all. I’ll order us a pizza or something, and you can take this home for yourself.”
“I put him to bed after feeding him, figured he was still tired from the fever.”
Jungkook nodded, “Thank you.”
“That’s the first time someone’s asked me,” Jungkook smiled, making Tae blush, the sad pout had now disappeared.
“It was okay, pretty busy as usual. We have a conference coming up that my company is sponsoring so we’ve been pretty busy with that.”
“Dada! You’re home!”
Jungkook picked him up & spin him around before peppering his cheeks with kisses.
“How was your day baby?”
“Good! Uncle TaeTae made the yummiest noodles.”
His love & adoration for his son was so deep. Tae felt his heart ache for the second time that day.
“Alright well I think I’ll head
“No! Uncle TaeTae, stay until bed time and tell me & Dada another story, please please please,” the young boy begged, holding onto Tae’s legs.
“Oh sweetheart, Tae has to get home, he already worked hard enough today. He needs to rest.”
Jungkook blushed at Tae’s softness & felt really lucky to have gotten a housekeeper that genuinely cared, for once.
“Okay, little guy, let’s give you a bath and get you in your
He nodded to Tae to start while he used a hair towel to dry the little boy’s damp hair. As Jungkook did, he couldn’t help but feel happy at the
Back downstairs, Taehyung once again began gathering his belongings to head out, but was interrupted by Jungkook’s voice.
“I usually have a glass of
Taehyung was glad he was faced away from Jungkook so the other couldn’t notice the creeping blush on his cheeks.
“I’ll stay. Not like I have anything
“If it’s not too much trouble, I’d love some. Let me go change out of these work clothes.”
“Is it ready?”
For the second time that night, Jungkook had approached him from behind in the kitchen & Tae was
“Oh yes, yeah.”
“Great, let’s go to my study.”
Tae followed Jungkook through the massive corridors of the house making a mental note of things he
Jungkook sat down first, motioned to Tae to sit across from him. After taking a sip of the
“It’ll definitely help you relax more than the wine would, plus you’ll sleep soundly too.” Tae chirped.
Jungkook quietly replied, “Careful Tae you’ve already spoiled Cho Gi and I enough today, we’ll get used to having
Taehyung gulped visibly at the thought, before quickly changing the subject, “So Cho Gi mentioned your last housekeeper was mean?”
Jungkook let out a breathy chuckle, “Ah Yes. He was a jerk, bitter old man. I guess he just wanted to be paid without doing
Taehyung gasped, “That’s terrible!”
Jungkook nodded, “I had sleep next to him all week because
Tae blushed now and he was sure Jungkook could see it. “I-I really like kids. I’ve always wanted to adopt one of
“Perfect, you can use Cho Gi as practice. I’m sure you’ll be a better parent than me.”
Jungkook set his cup down on the floor, leaned back in his chair, and closed his eyes.
“Why do you say that Jungkook? Cho Gi adores you, you’re a great
“No, I’m not Tae. I’m really not.” A single tear ran down his cheek. “I was thrown into this role without any guidance, I had no clue what to do, and even now when I’ve been doing it for almost 5 years, I still feel like I’m not good. For example that
His voice was shaking now
He began to pull away but Jungkook just pulled him forward making Tae fall
“Thank you Tae, for everything. You don’t know how much it means to hear those words. Every night I come here with a glass of wine & cry about what a bad father I am but today you’ve
Tae nodded quickly, still in the other’s lap. Jungkook pulled him close for a warm hug, “Thank you thank you.”
Tae reciprocates the
Jungkook immediately sprang up, “Let me drop you off, it’s probably not safe by bicycle around this time.”
For the nth time that day, Tae found himself blushing, how could someone as considerate as Jungkook ever feel like they weren’t enough to care for anyone else.
Once they reached Tae’s apartment building, Jungkook stepped out to help unload
“Wow, you really bike all that way every single day? Have you ever thought about getting a car?”
“I have, but I haven’t learned to drive yet so what’s the point.”
Jungkook just pursed his lips, “From tomorrow I’m sending my driver to pick you up
Tae hadn’t even thought that far ahead, but he smiled back at Jungkook. “You’re so sweet.”
That night both went to sleep smiling recalling the night’s events.
As weeks went on, the warm sunny days of summer faded into the cooler evenings of fall, Taehyung found himself spending more time with Jungkook and Cho Gi. Sometimes he’d sleep over curled up next to Cho Gi after finishing up a bed time story, other times in the guest room.
One particularly cold evening as the two were seated in front of the familiar fireplace after
“Tae, you know it’s Cho Gi’s birthday this weekend?”
Tae almost spit out his tea, “What? And you’re telling me now?”
“Sorry, sorry, I know how much you
Taehyung shook his head looking disappointed, “Not on my watch. HE’S TURNING 5! We must have a party.”
Jungkook almost laughed at Tae’s serious expression.
Saturday morning, Jungkook woke up early, dressed Cho Gi & took him to the park to play while Taehyung snuck into the house to decorate & set up. Cho Gi was recently into the solar system, so he had made huge
Once they did, he texted Jungkook to head back home and helped everyone find hiding spaces.
“What’s this TaeTae?” Cho Gi cocked his head when he ran in & saw it.
Jungkook stood just as confused behind the little boy.
“It’s your gift!”
“I love it!!” He ran to hug Tae, standing on his tip toes and stretching his arms as far as they’d go. “Thank you so much.”
“You’re welcome little guy, now you can watch
Cho Gi nodded & jumped into bed,
“This was the best birthday ever!”
Jungkook held back tears as he watched his son’s grin grow even bigger while hugging Tae.
“What’s this baby? Why aren’t you asleep yet?” Jungkook asked.
“Sorry Dada, I forgot the drawing I made for TaeTae,” he said handing it
“See TaeTae, I drawed you me and Dada holding hands in front of our house. I wish you lived with us all the time.” He pouted.
“Aw, I’m always here for you cutie,” Tae replied placing a kiss to his head, “Also this is some great art!”
As usual, Tae headed to the kitchen to prepare his and Jungkook’s nightly tea. Jungkook was notably quiet as Tae noticed. As they settled down in their familiar seats, Tae asked, “What happened Jungkook? You okay?”
“Tae, I don’t think I can ever thank you enough, for the party, for making Cho Gi and I the happiest people every single day. You’re my superhero now too.”
Tae blushed now, bringing the teacup up to hide his flustered smile.
“And you definitely didn’t
Tae just shook his head, “Jungkook, the smile on his face all day today was priceless, so everything else doesn’t matter.”
Jungkook just nodded and gulped, he looked
“About his drawing, I’ve been thinking about it a lot. Since you already spend so much time with us, would you like to move in? You’ll save money on rent & you’ll be with us all the time. What do you say?”
He let out the breath he’d been holding.
He enjoyed his time with them & it didn’t feel like a burden at all.
Both men just stared.
“You’re right I basically only go back to my place to sleep anyways & I love hanging out with Cho Gi.”
“Just Cho Gi?” Jungkook teased, seeming somewhat offended.
“Just you wait until you actually move in, we’ll go on more outings, then you’ll be my
Tae almost blushed at the thought. The truth is he loved his time with Jungkook alone, who was nothing but caring & kind. They shared similar hobbies like art & photography, & for Jungkook he was finally glad to have someone his age to talk to.
As promised, soon after Tae had settled into his new room which was an empty one between Jungkook’s and Cho Gi’s, Jungkook stuck to his promise of making sure their weekends & evenings were always booked and busy with fun activities.
Domestic, was the only way to describe it.
Compliments began being tossed around, gifts were purchased for each other, and feelings grew.
They had learned to read each other’s body language & could tell if something was off.
“Jungkook, are you alright?”
That night Tae noticed the same foot tapping as they drank their tea that he had when Jungkook had asked Tae to move in.
“Okay, now tell me! Why do you look so nervous?”
Jungkook just smiled
“Remember that conference I told you about? The one our company’s hosting this year? Well to finish off the final day, we have a fundraising gala for the host, and everyone goes.”
Tae just nodded, “Okay, and?”
“Well, since I’m the host CEO
Tae could feel the
“B-but why me? I’m j-just a housekeeper?” He mumbled.
“Nonsense Tae, I’ve considered you a friend since day 1, plus I think since you’re interested in starting a business yourself, this will be a
Tae wanted to say ‘yes’ he wanted to tell Jungkook he’d been waiting to go on a date with him & this was the closest thing they would have to one, but
“I-I don’t have anything to wear? I don’t own any fancy suits or tuxedos, I’ve never been to such a fancy event before, what if I embarrass you?”
The words just slipped out easily.
Tae looked up
Jungkook’s cheeks were still flushed
A date. He had just secured a date with Taehyung, & all he could think of was why he hadn’t done so sooner. That night he lay awake, excited for the gala. Where he’d proudly walk in with his date. His Taehyung.
When Jungkook had mentioned he’d get stylists for Taehyung, the latter hadn’t expected a whole group dressed in all black, clad with grooming tools he’d never even seen.
Temporary dye, hair straightener, gels, cufflinks(?), every type/color of dress shirts and tailored suits.
Meanwhile, Jungkook had gotten ready and was sitting
“Dada where are you and TaeTae going dressed so fancy?” The boy asked, voice slightly lilted, as if teasing.
“Um an office event? Like a party?”
“You look nervous Dada, why are you tapping your feet?”
“I’m nervous because I don’t know how to dance. And I might have to...”
Cho Gi laughed, “Don’t worry TaeTae knows how to dance.”
Cho Gi just giggled in response, attempting to wink, but failing and ultimately just blinking both eyes. Jungkook cooed at the endearing action, before both turned their attention to the
Jungkook felt his breath hitch in his throat as he took in the sight.
“Beautiful,” he whispered.
As Tae made his way over to the two below, he stopped
Jungkook cleared his throat, struggling to find the right words, “G-great, you look great.”
“He’s lying, TaeTae,” Cho Gi chimed in, getting up to hug Tae. “He said you looked beautiful.”
Tae laughed as he looked over
“Well, tell him he looks handsome.”
Jungkook’s already pink cheeks had just darkened. The tension suddenly relieved by the arrival of the babysitter, prompting Tae and Jungkook’s departure to Jungkook’s car.
Jungkook opened the passenger seat for Tae
“Don’t worry Kim, I’ll make sure this night is unforgettable.” He said winking at the blonde.
Tae felt that wink somewhere in his stomach. And for the record, Jungkook was right, it would be.
Taehyung stared wide eyed at Jungkook who was addressing the room full of people. He looked so natural, so at ease. The words just cascaded from his mouth, accentuated by his charming persona and gently smile.
This was the first time Taehyung was seeing THIS side of him
From the looks of this gala and all the guests that greeted them when they got there, Jungkook was a very
His humility, despite having every right to brag, shocked Taehyung.
If these people were impressed now, they should see how much better of a father he was.
“Shall we?” Jungkook bent down to offer a hand to Tae who took with a smile, & followed him.
Taehyung replied with a smirk, expecting the usual blushing pink Jungkook in response, but instead he felt the fingers on his waist squeeze tighter, drawing the two closer, impossibly closer.
“How hot?” Tae felt the other’s lips move against the top of his ears, soft.
“Mm, as hot as you think I look today.” Tae countered, trying so hard to grapple with the confidence he’d started this conversation with, aiming for control.
Taehyung pulled away, smirk forming “How about I make you wait a little longer, Jeon?”
“Do you not like me, Tae?” He had noticed the hesitation each time he’d suggest something & Tae would hesitate.
Jungkook rolled his eyes before turning towards Tae
Tae stood frozen, had Jungkook just called him /that/. More importantly, why did he like it so much?
He fixed his suit and walked to their car, sliding into the seat. He was suddenly overwhelmed by emotion and began to cry.
Tae just slid both his hands upwards to cup Jungkook’s cheeks and left a kiss on his lips once again.
“I do Jungkook, so much it scares me.”
He was cut off by another kiss on his lips and a smirking Tae, “Stop being sappy now. Will I have to start all the kisses?” Jungkook didn’t have to be told twice. He hoisted Taehyung up
Jungkook began placing open mouthed kissed along Tae’s neck & jaw.
“TaeTae? What are you guys doing?”
Jungkook & Tae just started laughing, resting their foreheads against each other. Jungkook groaned, “Chooo, I thought you were asleep.”
After they put Cho Gi to sleep for real this time, Tae headed to the kitchen to make their nightly tea. When he entered Jungkook’s room, he saw the other sitting on his bed with his head in his hands. He offered the cup to which Jungkook just smiled,
“Tonight’s been the only
“Shut up,” Tae laughed. “I’m glad he stopped us when he did.”
“Why?” Jungkook asked.
Tae sat himself down next to Jungkook, before leaning over to whisper.
“Because I would have been too loud anyways.” Now it was Jungkook’s turn to get chills.
“I want to take my time with you.”
“I want to take you on hundreds of dates. I want to shower you with lots of presents, I want to prove to you how much I love you.” He stopped talking when he felt tears against his neck
“Because I don’t deserve you. You’re too kind. You’re too caring. You’re so much more successful and wealthy, I’m nothing next to you. Why do you even like me anyways?” There it was. Tae had finally managed to let it out.
“Because you loved me
Tae just nodded & the two
The next morning, Tae woke up first and headed down to prepare breakfast. As he cooked he noticed Jungkook’s phone, which had been discarded on the counter last night, rung several times.
“Wake up, cutie.”
“I’m awake, but I’m going to continue to prentend sleep you can keep
Tae pushes him back down, reaching over to hand him his phone, before lying down on Jungkook’s chest again. “Who’s been hitting you up so early in the morning?”
“Shut up,” Tae playfully hit him.
Jungkook sat up now, pulling Tae to rest on his lap as he looked at his phone, groaning. “It’s my dad. He must have seen the news reports and pictures of the event yesterday. He’s probably calling to tell me what I did wrong.”
Both men listened to a gravely voice over the phone as Jungkook’s dad delivered his message.
“Tae, baby where are you going? I’m going to teach that old man a lesson for speaking
Tae’s own tears stung his eyes, “Your dad is right, Jungkookie. I don’t want to be
Tae turned to go, each cry of the other echoing in his ears. He didn’t want to hurt Jungkook, but he knew in the long term this was better. He didn’t want to hold him back. From his success. Maybe time away would
At first Taehyung thought he’d be okay. After all he’d been craving the presence of his friends and family all these years, but now despite being surrounded by them day and night, he felt lonelier than ever.
Each night he’d find his mind drifting to Jungkook and Cho Gi.
It hurt him every time he’d read Jungkook’s messages or hit decline on every call. God knows he wanted nothing more than to hear his voice. Than to hear they were okay.
He felt the emptiness of the nights he spent alone again. He noticed Cho Gi’s
Tae was seated on his bed trying to catch up with assignments he had missed, he’d have a lot of explaining to do to his professors when he returned.
“Mr Kim, this is the school nurse at your child Cho Gi’s school. Your son got into a fight today with a classmate and he got a large cut on his face. I’ve bandaged it for now, but I recommend you let him rest at home for a few days, and maybe
Tae’s throat was dry. He had forgotten Jungkook had added him as an emergency contact for Cho Gi at his school.
“I, uh, I will do that. Thank you. Um, I can’t come get him
“Will do Mr Kim, take care. Let me know if you need suggestions for psychologists. I know some good ones.”
Tae hung up and immediately began packing to head back. He had to now.
Jungkook opened the door to find the other man at his doorstep, bags in hand and a solemn expression on his face.
“Jungkook. I’m back.” Tae stayed, noticing the dark circles around Jungkook’s eyes. The puffy blotched face, the disheveled hair and the messy clothes.
“I’m so so sorry for leaving, Jungkook. I—“ he started, but Jungkook had already lunged at him, pulling him into a tight hug.
“I missed you so so much. Don’t ever do that again.”
“Cho’s been getting into fights daily. I’m struggling at work. I’ve lost my appetite & my sleep,” he continued.
..I love you.”
Jungkook stepped back to look
“Tae, I love you too. I thought it was obvious before, but if not I’m sorry. Those important people that you’re talking about mean nothing to me, no one takes more importance than you and Cho in my life, please always remember that.”
A few days, Tae and Jungkook held hands as they walked into Cho’s psychologist’s office, awaiting his assessment results. Jungkook was nervous, Tae could tell & he squeezed his hand tighter to reassure him.
“Whatever happens we’re in this together. I’m right here with you.”
“Mr Jeon and Mr Kim, I’m glad you brought your son in for the assessment and consultation. It seems that Cho is finding it hard to grapple with everchanging family dynamics, coming & leaving.”
“But what’s more concerning is his fixation on his mother’s identity, he kept bringing it up in our session. Apparently other children in school talk about it a lot and he’s at the age now where he’s curious about these things.”
“If it’s at all possible, I suggest you find out the identity of his mother as soon as possible and if she’s okay with it, allow Cho Gi to meet her. I think that will calm him down and reduce his aggression and
That night as Tae & Jungkook sat drinking tea Tae wrapped one arm around Jungkook’s shoulder.
“I’m proud of you, Kookie. I’ll be there every step of the way.”
“Good, I’ll make the
Tae hugged him gently, “You’re doing the right thing, baby.”
& Jungkook still blushed at the nickname. The truth is, with Tae by his side again, he felt
Taehyung and Jungkook stood on either side of Cho Gi, trying to console the little boy who was crying.
“It’s okay baby, this is not going to hurt at all. The doctors will just get a small sample from you and then we’ll go to find your mommy.” Jungkook explained.
“Tae, baby. I want you to know this won’t chance anything between us. It was a meaningless
Tae laughed, “I know that Kookie. Plus I don’t care what happens I’m not leaving you or Cho. Even if I have to fight his mom.”
The two broke into laughter as Tae fake punched the air in front of them.
“Is everything alright doctor?” Jungkook asked, suddenly overcome with a sense of panic. Tae held him down, holding his breath as well.
“Yes, yes Cho Gi is quite healthy,” the
Taehyung & Jungkook’s jaws dropped open.
This, they definitely did not expect.
“Doctor, are you sure, could there be a mistake?” Tae asked, desperate.
“Babe, aren’t you going to say something?” Tae whispered. He put the cup down on the side table and joined Jungkook in bed, bring his head to his chest and stroking his hair in comfort.
The truth was, Jungkook didn’t know what to say or
And now, knowing Cho Gi wasn’t his to begin in and there was a chance that his real parents would take him away, forever, terrified Jungkook.
“Tae...” his voice caught in his throat.
Jungkook shook his head no.
“It wouldn’t be fair to his parents. If I put myself in their shoes and I had a child out there that I didn’t know where
Taehyung drew circles on Jungkook’s shoulder, smiling at the sweet words. It was this care and love that had made him fall for Jungkook in the first place and Tae had promised himself to protect it.
“Jungkook. Cho lives you, you know that. So
“You think his parents will be okay with that?”
“They better be. It’s the
Taehyung couldn’t see his face but he knew Jungkook was smiling now. He wrapped his arm around him and dropped a kiss on the crown of his head.
“Parents aren’t always defined by biology you know.
Jungkook nodded, sitting up now to hug Taehyung back and that’s exactly how they fell asleep.
The next morning, a Sunday
“TaeTae what’s wrong?”
“Nothing baby. You’ve just
He knew he was doing the right thing but
About an hour later, the three stood awkwardly outside a run down apartment building, waiting for the tenants of Apt. 2C to let them in. Cho smiled eagerly oblivious of the situation as Tae gave Jungkook one final nod.
Jungkook at the edge of his sofa, too mentally exhausted by the events of the day to even change, as Tae prepares dinner for him.
To say he was at a loss of words was an understatement. The only thing keeping him from breaking down and crying was the couple’s smiles upon
When realization hit his small little body, that the man and woman standing in front of him were his parents, Cho Gi eventually hugged back.
He knew what was coming next. He’d have to say goodbye.
Cho has nodded, but
Jungkook couldn’t do it anymore, he walked out of the apartment, straight in to his car, and wept.
Tae sighed as he watched the other go, signaling to Cho’s mother and father to take him in.
“Dada’s not feeling well, I’m gonna
He, himself couldn’t hold back tears upon the realization that they’d be returning home without the little boy.
“Will you be back to get me?”
Tae just nodded. “I love you.”
“Love you too TaeTae. Tell Dada I love him too.”
The silence was deafening.
How desperately he had wanted the three of them to be a family. And just when that had started, it had come crashing down.
But before he could answer, a dull knocking came from the front door. Tae went to open it only to find Cho’s father & the little boy there.
Cho’s father let out a sigh of defeat.
Tae and Jungkook looked surprised.
“The truth is even though his mother and I may be his parents, you guys are his true guardians. He’s been miserable all week, he’s
And so the three of them quickly fell back into their routine. Cho’s parents came to see him every week and he returned back to school, happy and content.
Tae returned back to college and Jungkook was finally able to focus on work again. Although one thought kept creeping in
He didn’t want to worry Tae, so he’d wait to hear the soft snores next to him before getting out of bed and going to his study to think.
Except one night.
“Yes babe, I’m just, I’m getting water.” He lied.
Taehyung sat up now, rubbing his eyes open then patting the spot next to him, inviting Jungkook to sit by him.
“What are you thinking about?”
Jungkook isn’t even sure where to start.
“Tae, we’ve been
“And I’ve felt what it’s like to lose everything. First when you left, then when we had to drop Cho Gi off.”
“We’re past that now.”
“I know, but still. The thought just scares me. So I’ve been thinking about making my dream of us three being an official family come true. A dream I’ve had since the first night I watched you telling Cho Gi his bedtime story.”
“So...what are you thinking?”
“...Tae” Jungkook breathed out, his voice shaking, ever so slightly.
“You know I love you, right? More than any
Taehyung nodded, smiling.
“And I love you just as much Kookie, if not more.”
“So then why don’t we make it official.”
Taehyung choked on his breath, “Y-you mean like...”
“Yeah. I mean marriage.”
Jungkook couldn’t see him but he
“I mean I want to marry you. And then I want us two to officially adopt Cho, like on paper. I know we’re a family already, but that would make me the happiest.”
Jungkook got off his shoulder and hit Tae’s chest, “You think I’d propose to you panicked and sleepy in the middle of the night? No you’ll get an official proposal, when you least expect it, but I didn’t want to catch you off guard, so I
“So it’s not a question then?” Tae reached out to hold Jungkook’s hand, a slight lilt in his voice.
“You’re stuck with me for life, Kim.”
“Of course, there’s nothing I’d love more. But what about your father? What are people going to say?”
“When have I ever cared what people think? I only care about you.”
Tae hugged him back, suddenly feeling shy.
“Hey, hey save the blushing groom agenda for the big day. I haven’t even asked you yet, loser.”
After much arguing and debate, Jungkook and Taehyung had come to the consensus that they’d have a small wedding, probably by the beach, and then treat themselves to a nice honeymoon. After all neither really had an extensive guest list and Jungkook surely didn’t want to invite
This had been Tae’s idea and Jungkook had loved it.
“Are you ever
“I’ll see.” Jungkook would joke back.
But the truth was he didn’t know what to do. Someone like Taehyung deserved the world and then some, so nothing seemed sufficient.
One day as Taehyung was finalizing the interior
“Come on Taehyung, I have to show you something! Follow me.”
“Okay where are we going detective?” Tae smirked.
“Shut up! It’s fashion okay?” Jungkook whined.
Taehyung grabbed his coat and held Jungkook’s hand, as the other led him to the car
“Wait...Jungkook...you have a
“Oh yeah, my dad bought it for me when I was 16, I use it for business trips mostly. But anyways, come on, the pilot’s waiting.”
Taehyung knew not to question Jungkook, and that things like would be standard in his life now. He loved the thought of
As they took off, Jungkook kept looking everywhere but at Tae.
“Kookie, it’s been almost 2 years now and you still get shy around me. How is the rest of our lives going to go then?”
“Sorry sorry it’s just my resolve starts to weaken when I make eye
“YOU HAVEN’T ASKED ME YET!” Tae shouted, trying to suppress a laugh.
Jungkook looked at his phone then finally nodded towards Tae, “Look outside.”
Their baskets were filled with roses and flowers of every color, Tae admired the
It was all so meticulously planned, Tae couldn’t hold back his tears.
Tae just bent down next to him to hug him tightly. “Kookie, you didn’t have to do all this.”
“Hey you said you would get mad? I just wanted to spoil
“As if I would ever say anything else, of course I’ll marry you baby.”
They kissed & took their time, eating, enjoying the view of the city below them, when Jungkook said,
“We’ve done everything
“And we already planned our entire wedding and honeymoon before you even proposed. Our own way.” Tae added.
They reached out to hold hands as they watched the sunset in front of them.
Jungkook nuzzled closer & held his /fiancé/ in his arms as the sky darkened and they lay on their backs to watch the twinkling stars above them, that held in them beautiful promises.
A few days later as they sat Cho Gi down to explain how they’d be getting married, the little boy looked at them with equal confusion and awe.
“But TaeTae is already my dad! Who’s Mary? I don’t want Mary.”
He pouted as they explained (with pictures of course), and soon
The night before the wedding as Tae and Jungkook sat in their individual rooms, as they weren’t supposed to see each other the day before, Jungkook sat reading the vows he had prepared. So far it was already two
He shook his head and grabbed the papers, heading towards Tae’s room.
“Jungkook?” Tae asked from behind the closed door once he heard the knocking. “What are you doing here baby? We can’t see each other!”
“Fine,” Tae said, “How about I open the door a tiny bit and you face away from it and I face away from it but that way we can hear each other?”
And so they stood, back to back. It took every bit
“Tae...” Jungkook began, shuffling the papers around in his hands. “I began writing the vows but I realized I don’t want to say them tomorrow in front of some stranger judge in a empty court room. These words are meant for
Tae smiled to himself, reaching backwards until he felt Jungkook’s empty hand and intertwined their fingers. “Of course, baby.”
And so Jungkook began telling their story, starting from their very
He didn’t know he’d started crying until Jungkook
“How was it? Did you like them?”
“I-I loved them.” Tae managed through his tears.
“Ah don’t cry baby, tomorrow’s supposed to be the best day of our lives. I wish I could just turn around and hold you.”
Tae let go of his hands and tapped
“Your hair? It’s mint colo-“ Jungkook gasped, interrupted by Tae’s arms holding him close.
“Every day we spend together is the best day of our lives, and I love you so so much.”
He rested his head on Jungkook’s chest.
“What happened to not seeing each other the night before?”
Tae looked up at Jungkook’s face before dropping a quick kiss on his lips, with a soft pout of his own.
“Since when have we ever followed the rules or done things the right way?”
“You look gorgeous baby.”
Tae laughed and started pushing him out the door again, “Okay, okay that’s enough if
And the next morning they’d go on to become official husbands in a sweet ceremony followed by a small reception at the house. In between looking
But if they could read each other’s minds they’d hear the same question over an over, ‘how did I get so lucky?’
As they lay together one morning of
“Mm” Tae hummed. These days a permanent smile was always on his face.
“You made my dream of having a family come true. And now I want to help make yours come
Tae sat up, immediately.
“Babe, you know I appreciate that. But you also know that’s not my
Jungkook sat up too, but Tae didn’t miss the slight pout on his face. He didn’t want to seem ungrateful for the
“How about this? You just help me secure an interview for an entry level position at your company and then with my amazing brain and hard work I’ll make it to that Chair position by myself in no time?”
Jungkook’s smile returned as he nodded
“Ahh Kookie! You’re such a sap.” Tae laughed as he reached forward and grabbed the back of Jungkook’s head
And so that’s exactly what happened, Tae interviewed for a position at Jungkook’s company and got it. As for Cho, he got to see his parents once a week and the weekends the three of them would spend volunteering at the foster home
And every single night, just as they had the first day, the three would snuggle on Cho’s bed as Tae would tell them a bedtime story, like this one. And they lived happily ever after, the end.
Cho clapped his hands with joy as Tae finished up
Taehyung just nodded, smiling at the boy.
“Then that’s my favorite story ever!” He said, reaching out to hug Tae with one arm and Jungkook with the other.
The two looked at each other with pure happiness.
After Cho had gone to bed, Tae and Jungkook were back in their room sipping their customary bed time tea. Jungkook said, “I can’t believe you remember it all.”
Tae leaned over to drop a kiss on his husband’s
Jungkook turned around so they were facing each other, “Okay now tell me the whole thing, including the /parts/ you left out.” He smirked, as Tae’s face got red.
“Ahh! We’re parents now, stop this!”