- main: taekook
-side ship: namjin
- slight angst & slow burn
- fluff throughout
- probably long
-happy ending 💞
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Jungkook wasn’t sure why he’d let Jin talk him into this date. Maybe it was the mild threat of “you’ll grow old alone” that had terrified his 24 year old self, or maybe it was the monotony of his life that finally made Jungkook say “fine” when his oldest and closest friend
He hadn’t dated anyone since high school, college had been too busy and life
Perhaps not low enough he thought, as he looked down at his watch. It was 45 minutes past the hour, whoever this date was, was running late, extremely late by Jungkook’s standards. Already a red flag.
As he looked around at the other patrons he noticed most were couples, some young, most old.
Jungkook had only
But there was no way, it /couldn’t/ be. Maybe his memory was tricking him, it had been almost 10 years after all.
Jungkook wasn’t sure how long
“Mr Jeon, if the other member of your party doesn’t show up within the hour, we will have to cancel your reservation and allow another couple to use your table, as we are quite busy tonight.”
Was he here to eat alone?
When he started looking around himself, Jungkook ducked behind his own menu, hoping he hadn’t been caught staring.
He groaned to himself; this was the last time he’d let Jin talk him into anything.
Another glance towards the man who had now swapped his menu for
Was he waiting for someone too?
The more Jungkook looked, the more he recognized him, the broad shoulders, the elegant fingers, adored with the similar rings.
It /had/ to be him, but why hadn’t he recognized Jungkook yet?
To clear his head and
“You done hiding from me, Jungkook?” said the familiar, deep voice.
Jungkook’s first reaction was to blink twice, then rub his eyes, as if doing so would make the other somehow disappear.
The action drew out an amused giggle from Taehyung. Jungkook had expected many reactions out of the other, anger, resentment, even annoyance, but not this.
But considering how they’d left each other, before Taehyung had moved away, Jungkook had imagined balled fists and gritted teeth.
He cocked an eyebrow, arched and demanding.
Jungkook smiled meekly, part embarrassment, part guilt.
Taehyung clicked his tongue in disappointment, “It hasn’t been long enough for you to consider me a random stranger, Jungkook.”
His name rolled off the other’s tongue, heavy and firm.
“S-so, how have you been, T-Taehyung?” He finally let out, voice weak and hushed.
Taehyung let out another giggle, approaching Jungkook slowly as the
A fleeting yet deep breath fanned on to Jungkook’s nape.
“That’s no way to greet an old
He stepped back, scanning Jungkook’s face for a reaction, but the other was still shaken. He hadn’t expected Taehyung to greet him so warmly.
The entire friendly manner and the cheerful demeanor of the other was off putting.
He had imagined that if he ever
But Taehyung had skipped all those steps, presenting his sweet & calm self. No bitterness whatsoever.
He motioned for Jungkook to sit down, the other obeying as if in a trance.
“I didn’t want to
He beckoned the closest waiter with a slight nod, letting him know Jungkook had
“Jungkook? Are you alright? You haven’t said—“
Jungkook’s head snapped up, and their eyes
“T-Tae, I’m really sorry about,” his shoulders shook as he willed his tears to stay in his eyes.
Taehyung reached out to place a hand over Jungkook’s trembling ones.
“Now can I see your dumb bunny smile again. I missed it so
The words finally drew a grin from the other earning a clap of approval from Taehyung.
“There it is!”
And for a second Jungkook believed he’d been blessed with a second chance, another opportunity to redeem himself, earn back Taehyung’s love & trust.
“It’s my boyfriend. The one that’s an hour late for our anniversary dinner, please excuse me while I yell at him.” He smiled to himself as he answered the call.
Jungkook was sitting on Jin’s sofa cross legged, bottle of soda in one hand, the other propping his head up, deep in thought.
“Guk, you’ve been so quiet, what’s going on?”
Just a hum in response.
“You never told me how your date went last week?”
A longer hum this time.
“We’ve known each other since childhood and you’re
Jungkook sighed. He had been moping all week and did want to let it out to someone, who better than his favorite hyung?
“My date didn’t show up.”
Jin gasped, almost comically, “As in /the/ Kim Taehyung. The one from high school. And?”
“And he ended up inviting me to have dinner with him.”
“Oooh,” Jin said,
“It was going well until his boyfriend showed up, a little late since he
He looked at Jin who’s excited had quickly fizzled.
“Oh, Guk, I’m so sorry. It’s my fault for setting you up in that
“No it’s fine, atleast I got closure of some sort. I was able to apologize to him and he seemed happy, so I’m glad, and atleast now I know, there’s no further chance for us. I guess I can finally move on.”
The last bit
Jungkook nodded but there was still something unfinished about their interaction, something shallow about the apology. He wanted to really let
That Taehyung had cared just a bit more and not moved on, the way Jungkook hadnt.
His thoughts were interrupted by knocking on Jin’s door, as the older got up to open it.
“Oh Guk, forgot to
He winked before swinging the door open.
Both Jin and Jungkook gawked at the sight of Namjoon & the man behind him.
Jungkook sat where he was, too stunned to move. It was like the universe was playing some sort of sick joke on him.
Just when he’d gathered resolve to get over Taehyung, here was looking just as stunning barefaced and in casual clothes as he had that night at the restaurant.
“What a pleasant surprise!”
Jungkook just nodded, “So you’re Joon hyung’s new friend?”
“Yeah he’s a
Jungkook cleared his throat, “Yeah that’s my Jin hyung.”
“Oh the one you used to always talk about.”
Their brief introduction was
“Jungkook-ah, it seems you and Taehyung already know each other?” He gave a knowing smile to Jin.
“Yeah. He was my—. We were—.” The words seemed to get caught in his
“We went to high school together and used to be close, Joon hyung.” Taehyung responded for him. “I recently reunited with Guk a week ago but I didn’t know he knew you too.”
The four nodded, accepting the
“Well, Taehyung, it’s nice to finally meet you. I’ve been hearing great things about you from Jungkook all these years and recently Joon. Welcome back! I heard you used to live here, right? If you went to the same high school as Guk?”
“But yes I did live here, but I...” his gaze dropped, briefly turning to Jungkook before continuing, “decided to go
He sighed, maybe too loudly, because the three
“Oh sorry. I didn’t mean that. Continue.”
But Taehyung dropped the conversation almost immediately, as if he understood Jungkook’s discomfort.
Damn it, why was he so considerate? Why didn’t he have a single flaw that Jungkook could use as an excuse to
And during one of Jin’s jokes, when Taehyung accidentally dropped his head into Jungkook’s lap laughing, an old habit of his, and Jungkook felt that familiar proximity, he knew he was too far gone for Taehyung.
Jungkook shut his eyes at the memory, he didn't think of the day often, mostly because when he
Taehyung spoke up, "It was so funny actually. Just like the movies, Jungkook here was rushing off to somewhere and I was turning from my locker when we collided and our books and papers went flying across
He was rounding the corner with resolve when he suddenly ran into
And when Jungkook looked into the eyes of the other boy, he understood why Taehyung had the reputation he did. He was truly stunning, in every sense of the word, and instead of anger
They mocked him for returning for the nth time begging to be let on to the team, but Jungkook chose to ignore it, instead going right
"Alright, a real man
And so he agreed. The next day, he had presented in front of Taehyung, shy
Jungkook took him out to the arcade for their first date, thoroughly enjoying the company of the other. He had tasked one of his
And so while Taehyung was whining about another game he'd lost, Jungkook
"Jungkook, I really like you. I'm so happy."
And he knew he had made a mistake.
He couldn’t do this to Taehyung. The truth was, over the course of just the few days that they’d known each other Jungkook had
“Please tell me you
“But you asked me to!”
Jungkook would spend the next few days bargaining with the team captain to get it back or to atleast not let Taehyung find out. In exchange he gave up his potential spot on the team.
As much as he loved basketball, after meeting
It tore Jungkook apart to know that but he simply couldn’t risk losing Taehyung and so he guarded that secret with his life. He paid the captain large amounts of money, did his homework, ran his errands until he finally deleted the picture.
One day as Taehyung and Jungkook walked into school hand in hand, they were met with snickers and secret glances from classmates who were looking down at their phones.
Taehyung grabbed someone’s phone and took a look at the picture of him and Jungkook
He looked up at Jungkook, eyes wide in bewilderment. Jungkook gulped and brought Taehyung outside.
He quickly tried to explain the condition he’d regretfully accepted and the picture
And although Jungkook couldn’t remember the exact words the two had exchanged, he could still picture Taehyung’s face vividly.
It was painted with hurt and betrayal.
Meanwhile Jungkook tried to frantically hold on, but Taehyung shook his wrist off and without another word turned around and left.
Jungkook didn’t see him in school many days after that and a week
Jungkook felt the loss in every fiber of his being. His best friend, greatest supporter, and only source of happiness had left under the worst circumstances.
They had been the happiest days of his
“I-I need some fresh air I think.” He announced, getting up and heading outside the apartment for a walk.
As he looked on at the sunset
He turned and saw Taehyung, who had followed him out of Jin’s place until he’d caught up.
“We need to talk,” Taehyung said.
They found a bench in a small park not far from where they’d been walking and sat down. Silence hanging still between them.
“Jungkook, I thought after all these years, when we’d meet again, we’d have forgotten and moved on. But today and that night at the restaurant I noticed
Jungkook looked down into his lap, thinking. His mind was so full of thoughts but his tongue
Taehyung found no matter how nervous Jungkook was, a simple touch like that was enough to ground him.
His words were laced with pain and remorse and
“So I guess I just needed you to hear my whole side of the story and I know it still doesn’t excuse it one bit and I consider that to be the
Taehyung took a deep sigh, he placed himself in the shoes of a 16-year old Jungkook who’s family was struggling to make ends meet. If taking a picture of a kiss with a stranger was his only way out, he probably
He didn’t realize when the tears had begun falling from his own eyes until Jungkook scooted next to him and hugged
“Baby, don’t cry. It’s not too late now, we found our way back, please give me a second chance,” he whispered against the shell of Taehyung’s ears.
“I...haven’t...been able to...trust anyone since...”
Jungkook stiffened at the words, letting go of Taehyung to look at him.
“You’re over me now?”
“How could I ever get over my first love? I still haven’t forgotten the taste of your lips, you know. Maybe I never wanted to, maybe that’s why even after two years of dating him, I still haven’t
It was silent. Jungkook had noticed while he had sat with the two for dinner that Taehyung had not initiated any skinship, and the boyfriend was more keen on impressing him, it hadn’t seemed strange then, but it made sense now.
Jungkook brought up a
“I haven’t loved anyone since you either. I was waiting for us.”
That was all Taehyung needed to hear before he quickly closed the small distance between their lips, and kissed Jungkook slowly, who quickly returned it, passionately.
i had some more angst planned, but I’ll let y’all choose:
Taehyung was the first one to break away, still keeping his forehead pressed to Jungkook’s.
Jungkook just hushed him.
But he knew in that moment, that the anxiety he’d felt in his heart all these years had subsided & was replaced by serenity.
“Tae, I know we have a long way to go.”
Taehyung nodded & buried his face into the crook of Jungkook’s neck, to stop his crying & steady his voice before replying
Jungkook rubbed circles into his back, trying to calm him, he knew Taehyung would feel guilty about this. He could
“We can go talk to him tomorrow. Together.”
Taehyung wrapped his arms around Jungkook’s neck, before nodding.
So, as planned, the two headed to Taehyung’s boyfriend’s house the next day. The conversation was a long one with the two boys trying to explain and apologize but the third boy remained quiet, just smiling softly to himself.
“I already knew, Taehyung.”
The two boys looked
“I already knew your heart wasn’t in it as much as me. And although when I first heard you cry out Jungkook’s name in your sleep, I thought it had been accidental, but that night at the restaurant, I watched you look at him. That look in your eyes is what I’d
Taehyung blinked quickly, “So, you’re not mad? Upset?”
“I mean it will take me some time to get over you
Taehyung stood up to give him a tight hug and Jungkook shook his hands.
Then the two returned home, hand in hand, Taehyung taking in Jungkook’s
“Is that our journal, Gukkie?”
Jungkook nodded, and the two sat down to look through it. They’d decided to get it the first week they’d begun dating and
“There’s still lots of empty pages to go, you know?” Jungkook said.
“Hm, maybe you should ask me out on another date.” Taehyung teased back.
And so the two began dating again, taking it slow, catching up and enjoying each other’s presence in their lives again. They felt the clouds that always seemed to loom over their heads had cleared and they felt light and giddy, just as much in love as they’d been in school.
“Jungkook, Taehyung, since you guys are officially together now, Namjoon and I have to admit something.”
Namjoon started now, “Basically when Taehyung began working at my office, I came
“And I told Joon, I didn’t care whether this Taehyung guy had a boyfriend or not, he was my Guk’s first and only love and the reason why he’d become a mope over the years.”
“Hey! I was not!”
“Go on, hyung!”
“So I asked Namjoon to snoop around and figure out a good place for you two to accidentally meet. He told me about Taehyung’s weekly dates, and so I lied to you Jungkook about
Jungkook face palmed.
“It worked, didn’t it?” He exclaimed.
Taehyung found the whole set up amusing and laughed fondly at how embarrassed Jungkook looked.
Seokjin just smiled, interlocking his elbows with Namjoon’s.
“Didn’t I tell you, when two people are meant to be, they find their way back to each other.”
And the four smiled as they raised their glasses to that.