Taehyung sat in the back corner of the coffee shop that was on the same block as his apartment. He’d never been inside until today for the simple reason that he /hated/ coffee.
He associated the smell of it with everything bad, like his annoying professors, stressed and sleep
The main reason being the cute barista.
Which is why he silently thanked whoever
He quickly searched up coffee facts on the internet. He knew next to nothing about the drink or the process of preparing it, he didn’t even know
He practiced quietly to himself, not wanting to mispronounce the drinks or stutter in front of the other. He scoffed at himself and
Speaking of whipped, was it too childish to order whipped cream on top of these fancy drinks? He figured if he couldn’t actually drink the liquid under
The barista was leaning forward on the counter rearranging the gift cards on it.
Get it together, Taehyung, you’re just ordering a drink, not asking for his number, he repeated to himself as he made his way to the front.
Once he saw Taehyung approaching, the
“Hi! Ready to order?” his soft voice carried over.
Taehyung nodded before glancing briefly at the menu overhead, then clearing his throat.
“I’ll have one small la-tae with whipped cream please.”
The barista nodded, punching it into his computer. “One grande latte coming up.”
“No, not grande, small,” Taehyung said in the deepest voice he could muster.
“That’s right sir, grande means small.”
Taehyung flushed red, embarrassed already, he didn’t know even sizes had their own names.
“Would you like to pay with cash or card?”
Taehyung’s eyes widened at the price, he had left his apartment
The barista counted quickly, and Taehyung blushed deeper at the realization that he didn’t have enough money to pay for whatever he’d ordered. Crap. Mission abort, his
“I’m sorry, I left my place without my wallet, I can run back and get—“
“It’s okay, this one’s on the house, don’t worry about it.”
There was that stunning smile once more. Taehyung glanced at the name tag on the other’s
“Really? T-thank you, Jun-Jungkook?”
“Jeon Jungkook, and no problem at all sir, can I get a name for the order?”
“Oh! Like latte!” He exclaimed. “I’ll bring it over to you when it’s ready.”
Taehyung never thought he’d be this excited for coffee.
“You too!” Taehyung replied, immediately face palming himself. “Sorry, I meant thanks.”
“Let me just clean and close up, then I’ll join you with a cup,” Jungkook winked back.
When Jungkook returned with his apron off, Taehyung suddenly lost all the confidence he had been building up. Something about the way his fitted shirt and slacks clung to his built body. Something about the way his hair seemed to bounce with each step, something about him.
Tae looked down at the untouched drink then over at Jungkook’s identical cup.
He chose his words carefully, “It looks great, you’re a talented barista.”
Jungkook laughed shyly. “I’m glad, usually I get tired by the end of the day and make mistakes.”
Ok maybe not that last one. Yet.
“Is it usually busy on Tuesdays?” He said instead.
Taehyung took a mental note of his schedule.
“But it does get pretty noisy in the evenings, were you able to get any
Taehyung cleared his throat, shutting everything and putting it in bag.
“Not as much as I wanted, but...”
“I’m glad I finally came in here.”
But Taehyung chose to let that go unanswered, for now.
“You haven’t taken a sip since I sat down here, Tae,” Jungkook pointed out.
Taehyung itched at his neck, nervous.
He took a deep breath and brought the cup up to his lips, careful to only taste the whipped cream on top.
“Mm, it’s so good. But I’ll have to stop here since
Jungkook started laughing, clutching his stomach.
He motioned towards his face but Taehyung still had no idea what was so funny, until Jungkook reached over with his fingers.
Suddenly, Taehyung’s cheeks felt really warm. The cafe felt a little too small, and Jungkook felt a little too close.
“It was so great meeting you Taehyung, and having someone to share a cup of coffee with. But if I don’t leave now I’ll miss the bus for home. See you soon?”
So prepared in fact that he had spend most of the day before searching up the history of coffee and brainstorming ways to casually bring it up in conversation.
It was desperate, he knew, but if coffee was the only way to impress his
So as a soon as class ended Thursday afternoon, he told his best friend and usual study buddy, Jimin, that he was feeling tired and wanted to go home.
Taehyung nodded, “Yeah, usual place in the library?”
Jimin gave him a once over taking in the pin striped button down which was loosely tucked in to black slacks and paired with loafers.
Taehyung had also added thick
“You going somewhere?” Jimin squinted at him, pointing over to his outfit.
Taehyung was quick to shake his head no. “Nope, just felt like dressing up today.”
He shot the
“Kim Taehyung, we are literally joint at the hip, you can’t keep secrets from me.”
Taehyung sighed, “I know Jiminah, but there really isn’t anything to tell you yet. When there is, I promise you’ll be the
Jimin grinned widely now, “Okay good. Sorry for being overprotective sometimes. I just don’t think anyone deserves you.”
Taehyung gave his friend a quick hug before they parted, Taehyung
As soon as he stepped inside, Jungkook looked up from the counter,
“Tae! You’re back.” He smiled warmly.
Taehyung nodded shyly and walked towards him, repeating the coffee order he’d practiced in his head again.
“Hi Jungkook! Nice to see you again.”
As if he hadn’t meticulously planned this meeting.
“More studying today?” The barista shot him an apologetic look, complete with a small pout, that Taehyung had to resist cooing over.
“Yeah, big exam tomorrow, might be here a while.”
Taehyung perked up at that, “Wait, are you in college too?”
For some reason he thought Jungkook was older, with the mature way he carried himself.
Jungkook sighed, “Yeah, senior at SNU. Photography major.”
“I’m a senior at SNU too. Biology major. Don’t think I’ve ever seen you around though.”
Jungkook chuckled, “That makes sense, we’ve probably never had the same courses, and as soon as I’m out of class, I’m either here to work or out taking pictures.”
Some impatient man called out from the back of the line that had quickly formed as the two had been immersed in their conversation.
Taehyung shot an unamused gaze backwards, before looking back at Jungkook, who found the situation too funny.
He cleared his throat, his moment to shine had finally come. In the most suave voice he replied, “I’ll take one iced skim macchiato with a shot of caramel, please.”
He let out an inadvertent huff after that tongue twister.
Taehyung’s mind went blank as he took in that information. He had studied the Portuguese origins of macchiatos, he had read it had less milk than lattes, he
Luckily, Jungkook saved him the mental agony once again, “How about a hot caramel macchiato?”
Taehyung nodded immediately. Phew. He quickly paid and stepped off to the side, waiting for his order.
Eventually he ended up offering the drink to a couple
He groaned thinking of what new excuse he’d have to
If he’d looked up more, he would have noticed the shy glances Jungkook was sending his way as well. He had
Jungkook did not particularly like his job as a barista. He found no joy in getting yelled at by customers if so much
In fact, the night Taehyung had come in for the first time was the night Jungkook had planned on
And when he did come, Jungkook couldn’t explain the slight skip in his heartbeat.
"Oh! Closing time already?" Taehyung exclaimed, starting to gather his belongings.
Jungkook nodded, "Ready for your exam?"
"As ready as
They let the comfortable silence hang between them for a few seconds before Jungkook asked, "How was the macchiato? Hope the hot one was just as good as the iced?"
Taehyung nodded, maybe a little too eagerly, "It was great! Thanks."
"So, I might need to study Saturday as well," Taehyung began.
"Oh, I work mornings from 8 AM," Jungkook quickly added, "Not that you need me to be here when you study, plus it's kind of early on a Saturday."
Taehyung winked, "Of course, I'll be there
Jungkook let out a flustered breath.
"Alright, have to run to catch the bus again. See you then! Good luck on your exam."
Taehyung walked out of the café with a smile on his face for the second time, too calm for someone that had a midterm.
"Taeee," Jimin whined as the two left their lecture hall, "That midterm was so hard. I swear our professor wants us to fail."
"It wasn't that bad," Taehyung responded, lightly humming to himself.
Jimin stopped in his tracks, whipping around to face his friend & pinched him.
Taehyung laughed out loud.
"Oh no, don't tell me you started drugs. We promised each other we'd stay clean--"
"Shut up! I'm not smoking anything either."
"Fine, are we still on for the arcade tomorrow?"
It was tradition for the two to spend the day after
"Oh, um, I have to study." Taehyung said nervously.
"Study? You? For what, exactly? We're good for exams for the next few weeks."
"I just want to get ahead" Taehyung mumbled, starting to walk away.
"Hey!" Jimin shouted
"Can you please tell me why you've been so suspicious lately? Please."
Taehyung licked his lips, he didn't want to lie to his best friend.
"Fine. You know that coffee shop on my street, the one you always wanted to drag me to?"
"Well, on Tuesday, there was a fire alarm in my dorm, and I really needed to study so out of desperation, I went to that café. And I met a cute guy there, Jimin."
The last sentence came out in a higher voice than intended.
"Ahh! Am I dreaming or
"Keep your voice down," Taehyung hushed him. "So, last night I went back to the café to study and talked to him again, since he works there. And I was planning to head there again tomorrow morning too."
"Tell me all about him Taehyungie."
Taehyung tried to suppress a smile as he described Jungkook, "I can't really put him in to words. He's so damn attractive, even when
He stopped when he realized
"What's so funny, idiot?"
"Nothing. I'm used to other people describing you like that, not the other way around. This Jungkook guy must be a smoke show. How come I haven't dated him yet?"
This earned another
"I'm kidding. I won't shoot my shot at my future brother-in-law. Can I please come with you tomorrow to the café, I wanna meet him, and see if he's actually good enough for you or just another pretty face?"
Taehyung rolled his eyes.
"Okay, but I'll get to silently observe him."
"That's not creepy at all, Jimin. But fine. You'll have to wake up at 8 AM though, I'm planning to head there at 9, make sure to bring your books. We want to
"But that's exactly what we're going to do."
"I swear if you embarrass me, Park Jimin."
Taehyung shot him a look of warning, which the other just laughed off,
"I won't Taehyungie, pinky promise. I'm so excited now."
The next morning Taehyung opened his door to a very sleepy Jimin.
“I’ve never even woken up this early for a class, so you automatically have to marry this Jungkook guy. I don’t make the rules.” He yawned out.
Taehyung just giggled, locked his door and led Jimin back down.
He waved over to the barista, who immediately shot him his signature sweet smile.
As the two approached the counter, Jungkook’s smile faltered
“Good morning, Taehyung. How are you today?” He batted his eyelashes subtly, causing Taehyung to blush a little.
“I’m well Jungkook, this is my friend, Jimin. I told him what great
“Since when did you start drinking coffee—“ Jimin stopped mid sentence upon receiving a glare from Taehyung, “start drinking coffee here, haha. We usually drink at that other place.” He joked
Jimin did not miss how Jungkook’s eyes seemed to linger on his friend, the way he gently placed his hand on top of Taehyung’s as they exchanged the cup between them, and the shy smiles.
Jimin leaned over, “You both are absolutely whipped for each other.”
Taehyung swatted him away, dismissively.
“You watch too many rom-coms. It isn’t that easy.”
Jimin scoffed in disbelief
“No! It’s too early.”
Jimin deadpanned, “So exactly how many days of pretending you like coffee just to sit and stare at him from across the room does
But before Taehyung could respond, Jungkook had returned with warm slices of lemon cake.
“I remember you said you had an exam yesterday, so I figured I’d bake you something today. Lemon cake
Taehyung was just about ready to get up and kiss him, before Jimin interjected,
“Jungkook! That’s so sweet of you. Taehyung /loves/ lemon
“Also, I was supposed to go to the arcade with him today, but,” he fake coughed a few times, “I haven’t been feeling well, so if you’re free after work
“I don’t have anything to do after work. I can go with him, if that’s okay with him of course.”
Jimin kicked Taehyung under
“O-of course, Jungkook. I would love it if you came with me.”
“Perfect, that settles it then. You two enjoy your day, but don’t have too much fun without me.” Jimin announced.
Jungkook smiled to himself before
“Shouldn’t you be thanking me? I spared you so much time and nervousness. Now you have a date with the hot barista, while your equally hot best friend is single and alone.”
It had taken him hours of research and
As if reading his mind, Jimin said, “Life moves fast Kim, keep up.” He took a bite of the cake, immediately widening his eyes.
“Not to be dramatic but this is
Taehyung tried it too, turning towards Jungkook, who was already looking at him.
They smiled at each other & soon the hours of the morning flew by.
As the noon approached, Taehyung started getting more and more nervous.
“Tae, relax. You’re going to an arcade for goodness sake, not a fancy candlelit dinner. Just be yourself.” Jimin reassured him. “Plus I think pretty boy over there is just as nervous as you. He’s been
Taehyung let out a nervous giggle.
“Jimin, you know I’ve never been on a date where I felt the need to impress the other person, I’m just nervous he won’t like me. And all the effort I’ve put into making it work
Jimin rolled his eyes, “First of all, searching a few coffee facts hardly counts as effort. Second, no need to impress him, if you’re both your normal selves, you’ll either click or you won’t, that is the point of dating after all.”
The walk to the arcade was not long at all, but to Taehyung it felt like miles.
He and Jungkook walked side by side, still admittedly shy and quiet around each other.
From the frustrated groans and grunts to the fists repeatedly punching at the air, he could tell
After they took a break to get snacks and drinks, Taehyung joked,
“I didn’t know you were just a whiny baby under that mature facade.”
Jungkook groaned, shaking his head.
“It’s not my fault, these games are rigged to make us lose.”
“That was a lot of fun, Taehyung. Thanks for letting me join you.” Jungkook said shyly.
Taehyung grinned widely at him, “Of course, it was a lot more fun with you than
“We have to do it again though, something was off today, I need to win so you don’t think I’m a loser. I guess I was just nervous,” he let slip.
Taehyung stared at him, “Nervous?”
Jungkook was looking everywhere but at him now, dragging the
“Y-yeah, I don’t really go out much, & going out with you...” he stopped talking, glancing quickly at Taehyung, who had heard all he had needed to.
“So, should we maybe go on an actual date this time? Like a planned one?” He asked quietly.
“If I couldn’t handle arcade games, what makes you think I’d be ready for an actual date,” he laughed nervously, “How about we have a few more casual hang outs, like this or with our friends, & then go out on a date?”
“That sounds good to me, I’ll let you plan our next casual-hang-out-definitely-not-a-date-then,” he laughed.
Jungkook agreed, before asking, almost in a whisper, “Can I maybe have your number then?”
Taehyung took the other’s phone,
“Is there something on my face?” Taehyung began wiping, remembering the whipped cream incident from before.
Jungkook brought up his phone to snap a picture, “That’s for your contact
Taehyung took out his phone to snap an equally unexpected photo of the other looking doe-eyed.
“So why were you staring?”
Jungkook just shook his head dismissively, “I have to get back home now, but I’ll text you plans for next time.”
There was an understood comfort between them. They still
If he didn’t know any better, he’d think he was in love. In fact, when he’d tell Jimin about his day later on, /he’d/ insist he was in love, but Taehyung appreciated Jungkook’s desire to take things slow, enjoy each
But right now, walking back to his apartment, laughing quietly at himself as he remembered Jungkook’s exaggerated reactions to losing the games, he was happy.
His phone buzzed in his pocket as he looked down at the familiar
“I was staring at your smile earlier in the arcade. You have the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen. Was too shy to tell you in person.”
And after reading and rereading that message several times, Taehyung knew he was a goner.
Every Monday, before classes, and Tuesdays and Thursdays right after, and yes, even bright and early Saturday morning, Taehyung would go to the cafe to see Jungkook’s familiar bright smile and excited eyes.
They’d exchange few updates about their lives, yet it was enough.
It had been Yoongi’s idea. Yoongi was his best friend & role model, he had only attended the college classes where the professor took roll call and
And judging from the glint in his eyes and the unwavering smile as Jungkook meticulously described each detail about
He made fun of him.
“Aww Googie has a little crush. Googie has a little crush. Careful not to catch cooties.”
“Hyung!! Stop, this is why I don’t tell
Yoongi pinched his cheeks, “Aw honey bun, I know you do. I can tell.”
His expression became serious all of a sudden as he made a 10 year plan for the two that ended in Jungkook and Taehyung owning a cottage with
He saw the exasperated expression on Jungkook’s face, “Okay, I see you’re not following. How about we start with a one year plan?” He offered.
Jungkook facepalmed, “Hyung! I still get jitters around him and have to will myself not to stutter. I
Yoongi sighed, “Okay. How about you invite him over your place to watch a
“Okay, but can you be there too? I want you to meet him, I’ve met his friend too.”
“Fine, stop whining, I’ll come. Is his friend cute?”
“Yes I think you’ll like him, he seems nice. Aren’t you going to ask if he’s single?”
Jungkook rolled his eyes at the fake bad boy persona Yoongi often put on, when he knew deep down he was the softest person ever.
“Whatever. Help me draft this text?”
“It’s not a work email
But he did help Jungkook send out the invite, careful to extend it to Jimin too.
“And now we wait.”
Turns out they didn’t have to wait too long because a few streets down, Jimin and Taehyung who had been studying,
Friday night rolled around fast enough and both Yoongi and Jimin were now fastidiously helping their nervous best friends pick out clothes.
“Isn’t this too much for a movie night?”
“I usually watch movies in my pajamas.”
Jimin shook his head, “Yeah but if you wore pajamas I’d feel overdressed so just stop fidgeting, you look great.”
“You excited to meet Jungkook’s friend?” He raised his
Jimin giggled, “You’ll be over it in no time.”
He reached out to knock, the muffled voices inside dying down as Jungkook approached the door.
“H-hey,” he smiled at Taehyung, “You made it.”
But Taehyung was
“You-you have tattoos, too?” His
“What he means to say is thank you for inviting us over, he’s really excited. Aren’t you Taehyungie?” He waved his fingers in front of his friend.
Taehyung quickly snapped out of his daze, looking towards the floor, suddenly shy.
“No you don’t.”
Jungkook let out an airy laugh at the whole ordeal. “Tae, I’ve been waiting for this for too long, stay!”
He let out a deep breath.
They made their way over to the couch where Yoongi and Jimin had already cozied up to each other, so much for “tonight’s about you,” Taehyung thought.
But Jimin and Yoongi sitting together meant Taehyung & Jungkook would be squished next to each other
Yoongi turned away from whatever Jimin and him had been whispering about to address Jungkook, “Hey, vanilla cupcake, you forgot the popcorn.”
Jimin and Taehyung giggled
“I call him by different baked good names all the time because he’s a really great baker,” Yoongi explained before turning back to Jimin.
Taehyung sat stunned at
And as Jungkook came back with two large bowls of popcorn, and sat
“Ah hyung, why’d you put on a horror movie, thought we agreed on a comedy.”
“Look Jimin doesn’t like them either, but I told him he can cuddle me whenever he gets too scared, Taehyung can do the same to you,” Yoongi smirked as Jimin
“Hear that?” Jungkook whispered to Taehyung. “Feel free to cuddle me when you need to.”
And Taehyung couldn’t believe that now he was excited for the horror movie to start.
A few minutes into the movie, Taehyung had taken up the cuddle
He also reveled in the unconscious way he wrapped his fingers tighter around his bare upper arms, when something particularly terrifying came up on screen.
He reminded himself to thank
He debated whether to wake up Taehyung or not, not to send him home but ask him if he wanted to change into pajamas, but as he saw the gentle smile that had crept on the snoozing boy’s face, he decided against it.
He went to his bedroom and lowered him carefully onto his bed, luckily he had cleaned his entire room and changed sheets earlier
He stepped back
The thought of getting in beside him crossed
Because now that he got a taste
Taehyung woke up the next morning, groggy and confused, but definitely not tired. Well rested, even.
He was still at Jungkook’s. That too in his bed. Wrapped up in his sheets.
That’s when he noticed the texts from Jungkook explaining how he’d fallen asleep. He pondered the last line of the message:
“Feel free to take a shower and change into
Bring /us/ breakfast. Did that mean Jungkook wanted him to stay?
He dragged himself off the impossibly comfortable bed and made his way to the closet, picking out a casual hoodie and sweats.
When he came out, dressed and hair still dripping wet, he didn’t expect to see Jungkook
The other smiled warmly,
“Good morning, Tae. How’d you sleep?”
Taehyung slipped into the seat across from him, cheeks beginning to get warm, he had so many questions. Why hadn’t Jungkook woken him
But instead he replied, “Really well. My alarm usually goes off and it didn’t today.”
Jungkook cocked his head and suppressed a smile, as if he knew something the other didnt.
“And do you
Taehyung nodded, hesitantly, “Y-yeah, I get up early to....study.”
Jungkook leaned closer, so close that Taehyung calculated their noses were mere inches apart.
“Hm,” he said voice hushed now, barely audible.
Maybe he’d pulled him with more strength than intended because the other came stumbling down right into Jungkook’s lap.
Both hands on his
“You didn’t let me finish.”
Taehyung looked down into Jungkook’s lap, trying hard not to think about how comfortable he felt there, he was supposed to be embarrassed.
“I was going to say, how cute I thought it was. How cute I think you
He took one hand away from Taehyung’s wrist and used it to cup his chin, angling
“And I wasn’t going to tell you this, but I’m so happy you feel the same, because ever since the first night you came to the cafe, I spent every shift after that
Last night I was so happy to spend time with you, and this morning I woke up craving more, so much so I basically ran back here from the bus stop hoping
Taehyung let out a giggle now, leaning forward to rest their foreheads together.
“How could I think of just getting up and leaving when my host is the greatest person ever? If you never ask me to leave, I just might stay forever.”
He smiled, and Jungkook
They sat down to enjoy the best
“So we never really got to watch the movie we wanted?” Jungkook said, washing down his last bite with orange juice.
Taehyung nodded and went to flop on the couch. Whatever initial hesitation and awkwardness they’d felt the night before was
Domestic, Taehyung thought, the butterflies in his stomach that never seemed to go away, agreed.
Then he pouted, “If you haven’t noticed already, I love cuddling and hugging, and even kisses, so can you hurry up and date me already so I can smother
He reached his fingers out to card through Taehyung’s hair.
“Trust me, cutie, there’s nothing I want more. But, you’re the type of guy I want to take my time with.”
When Taehyung’s forehead
“I’ve dated before. Several times. But I’ve never felt the same towards them. They never made me so happy I had trouble falling asleep. They never made me so happy that the job I used to hate suddenly didn’t feel so bad, they never
Taehyung’s lips curled into a flustered smile, how should he tell Jungkook he wanted to propose to him the first time he’d set eyes on him.
“So when we’re both ready, which will be sooner than you think, I’ll take you out on the best date you
Taehyung closed his eyes now, humming in satisfaction, “Promise?”
Jungkook intertwined their pinky’s.
“Okay then, let’s go to know each other. Tell me about your tattoo.” Taehyung smiled mischievously.
Jungkook just laughed, “Told you we should get to know each other more.”
Taehyung liked that idea.
That’s when both their phones rang at the same time. Yoongi & Jimin.
Within the hour Jungkook and Taehyung found themselves sitting across from a bouncy Jimin and a blushing Yoongi, in a booth at the familiar coffee store.
“Is there a reason why you dragged me to my place of work on one of my three days off?” Jungkook asked Yoongi, sarcastic.
Now Taehyung added, “Do what together?”
“I’d like to introduce you guys to Yoongi,” he paused, dramatically, “my /boyfriend/.”
The two then broke into an uncontrollable fit of laughter.
Yoongi quickly sobered up, “You guys know this is a big deal right? I don’t usually commit but Jimin here is something else.” He looked at Jungkook. “You know, right, banana muffin?”
“We’re happy for you! It’s just funny how it hasn’t even been 24 hours since you met each other for the first time, and you two were supposedly there for us.”
Yoongi and Jimin nodded.
And then as the two went on to
Jungkook intertwined their fingers and
Taehyung came to know about Jungkook’s /three/ tattoos and the meanings behind them, he came to know the other’s
He understood his need for independence from them, which is why he worked so hard to provide for himself
And he came to know how photography meant so much to him. Because growing up, he had more bad days than
And most importantly they both found that being in each other’s arms was like coming home.
It had been a given that Jungkook would plan out their first official date when they were ready, including where they’d go, when they’d go, and what they’d eat. Then he’d ask Taehyung when everything was ready.
So neither were in any rush. Jungkook figured he’d take his time
But his slow & steady approach was quickly tested when one day, he witnessed another student hitting on Taehyung, /his/ Tae.
He felt it for the first time. Bubbling up from deep within him.
It had been a quiet Thursday night, just an hour before closing. Taehyung had his books spread out in front of him, along with a cup of hot chocolate that Jungkook had made for him. Lately he’d been encouraging Taehyung to try out other types of drinks, and although he didn’t
That’s when he felt someone slide into the seat across from him. He recognized the boy immediately. Tall and handsome, one of the more popular jocks from their university.
He gave Taehyung a smirk before
Taehyung looked up shocked, & from his periphery he could tell they had Jungkook’s attention too.
“Know you from one of our classes together, was walking by
He gave Taehyung a wink and finger-walked his hand over to Taehyung’s textbook to shut it for him. Taehyung was unfortunately used to this kind of behavior. He was often hit on in a similar manner, and usually he’d have just
Jungkook had left his counter, walking towards them at the fastest pace he could muster. He had layed his own palm against the book, forcing it to stay open.
“Sir, I see you’re harassing our customers, so I’m going to have to ask you to leave?” Jungkook gritted.
The third boy, leaned back in his seat, clearly amused.
“I’m not harassing him at all. Tae is a class
Jungkook lowered himself down to his eye level
“This is my business, because Taehyung is my boyfriend, so kindly get out before I throw you out myself.” His biceps seemed to flex along with the warning, and it did not go unnoticed by the other two.
“Geez man, you could have said
He mumbled, before grabbing his wallet and making his way out of the cafe.
Jungkook sunk down into the seat now, head in his hands, eyes closed,
“Taehyung, I’m so sorry.”
Taehyung looked around, noting they were the only two left since the cafe was officially closed.
“What’s wrong, baby?”
“I’m so sorry I acted so possessive over you, just now. I don’t know what came over me, I was so rude to that guy—“ he began rambling.
Taehyung cupped his cheeks, tilting his face to
“Hey shh, that’s exactly what boyfriends are for. I used to deal with people coming on to me like that all by myself, but now I got my Jungkookie looking out for me too. It’s such a great feeling. Don’t be sorry.”
Jungkook shook his head, “He’s right you know?”
“I already told you Jungkook, all that doesn’t matter to me, it’ll come with time, you said it yourself—“
“No it’s because I’m a coward.”
“Get up,” he whispered.
Jungkook slowly rose from his seat.
Taehyung walked up to him, until their bodies were flush together, he wrapped his arms around Jungkook’s lower back, resting his head on his
Jungkook wrapped his own arms around Taehyung’s waist, taking a deep breath, he immediately calmed down in the familiar embrace.
“I’m a coward because I keep thinking I’ll mess up something between us. I’ll make a mistake and you’ll leave me. And I
He paused to sniffle, and bury his nose in Taehyung’s hair,
“I think I love you, and after seeing my parent’s seemingly happy marriage dissolve into nothing, I’m just scared, that’s why I’ve been going painfully slow, but it hurts me not being
His words got cut off, by Taehyung breaking out of the embrace and
“Jungkookie, the burden of a perfect relationship is too heavy for us to bear. If there was a right or wrong way of doing things or the perfect recipe everyone on the planet would fall in love and stay in love, but there isn’t. We just have each other’s trust
Jungkook nodded, he was so content and happy with Taehyung’s response. They would need patience and understanding, and it wouldn’t always be perfect, but looking at the incredible boy standing in
“You’re right. I’m sorry, I was going to confess during our date but,” he started. Taehyung pulled him in for another hug, “This was perfect.”
They walked out of the cafe, hand in hand, as the first few
“So are you free this Sunday? I might not have the perfect date planned, but I want it to be our first. I can’t wait anymore.” Jungkook said, shy.
“Okay, wear something comfort—“ his words were cut off by a soft pair of lips on his, Taehyung’s lips on his. But before he could take in the feeling, they were gone again.
“Sorry! I figured you deserved that after
“Could get used to that,” Jungkook breathed out.
“See you Sunday.” Taehyung winked, waving goodbye.
It was Saturday night and Jungkook was pacing around his apartment. He’d picked up his phone to call Taehyung a few times, or even message him but he didn’t want to feel like a bother.
The truth was, he was nervous. More so than he’d ever been, this date and how well
As if he could sense the other’s worry, Taehyung called and Jungkook hurried to answer the phone, immediately melting after hearing the soothing voice of the
“Jungkookie, you aren’t asleep yet?” Taehyung joked, “I hope you’re not up worried about our date.”
Jungkook was glad Taehyung wasn’t there to see his light blush and nervous sweat.
“No, not all. Just finishing up...something. I’m excited for tomorrow.”
“You’re so cute. I am too. Finally a date with someone I truly like. I hope you know I like lobster and caviar, if you’re renting a yacht, I want the VIP section, and I don’t even look twice at a bottle of champagne if it isn’t branded.”
“No, you idiot. In fact, I’d be mad if you planned anything remotely fancy or formal. Since I’ve met you, I’ve felt nothing but comfort, so we could go sit at a bus stop eating street food for all I care.”
Jungkook let out a sigh of
“Now can you please come open the door, the hallway is getting kind of cold.”
Jungkook all but sprinted towards the door, shocked to see the other standing there. He immediately jumped into his arms.
When they finally parted, Jungkook noticed the bags of ramen in
Jungkook scratched his head.
“I could sense your tense mood from miles away and I just /knew/ you’d be freaking out
Jungkook was at a loss
“Also since last time we tried this movie thing, I fell asleep, this time I came prepared.” He gestured towards his pajamas. “See?”
Jungkook’s eyes dampened, “What did I ever do to deserve you?”
Taehyung chuckled, “Shh, no crying allowed on the date.”
Although now instead of sitting, Jungkook was lying down, with Taehyung on top of him, resting his chin
“You’ve been so quiet, what are you thinking?”
Jungkook raised a hand to tuck loose strands of Taehyung’s hair behind his ear before answering.
“Just how you’re the calm to my storm. Every time I’ve been upset or anxious
Taehyung hummed, holding on to Jungkook’s hand as it passed through his hair.
“The night I first met you, I had a terrible day and I was planning to quit. A photography project I’d
Taehyung sniffled at the other’s heartfelt words.
“Hey,” Jungkook whispered, after dropping a quick kiss to the crown of Taehyung’s head, “You
Taehyung sat up now, still straddling Jungkook. He looked fidgety.
“Jungkookie, I have a confession too.”
Jungkook held on to both his hands, nodding for the other to continue.
“I hate coffee with a passion. I had never been to a cafe before I
He took his hands from Jungkook’s hold bringing them up to cover his face.
But he peeked through his fingers when the other stayed silent.
Jungkook sat up, holding on to Taehyung so he wouldn’t fall off him. If the other wasn’t so mortified, he would have noticed the slight smile dancing on Jungkook’s lips.
“Oh really? Man, that’s a real dealbreaker. You not liking coffee?” He let out a sigh, shaking his head.
Taehyung’s eyes widened, comically.
Then Jungkook couldn’t hold in his laughter anymore.
“I’m just kidding, baby. I’m not a huge fan
Taehyung’s disbelief quickly turned to feigned anger as he started hitting the other’s chest.
“Don’t scare me like that. So you’re not mad I pretended all this time?”
Jungkook just winked at him.
“Then I noticed when you did ‘drink’ them you’d just lick the cream
Jungkook was still laughing at the memory.
“Why do you think I started to
Taehyung gasped at the realization.
“And for what it’s worth, I think it was very sweet of you to even pretend, because it brought us here, didn’t it?”
Taehyung nodded, “Maybe coffee isn’t that bad, after all.” He said hugging him.
Because now they were each other’s, and any insecurities, nervousness, or fears they’d had were gone, leaving
And the next day, when Jungkook brought Taehyung to his favorite flower field, and showed him how to work his camera (which the other refused to put down for hours), they felt their hearts swell.
And the weekend after, when Taehyung brought
And when Jimin finally planned that double date which somehow ended up with them at a paint bar and laughing so
And as the months went on and melded into years, the gentle way they held hands, the soft smiles they’d share, the sweet kisses, and the comforting touches all stayed the same.
And one thing definitely
Oh, also, despite many efforts and Jungkook’s many creative twists on the drink, Taehyung never came around to coffee. Although now he no longer associated it with bitterness, but rather sweetness and cozy memories they’d shared in that little cafe.
As soon as Jungkook stepped out of the shower, he felt a pair of hands cover his eyes.
“Tae, baby, what is it? We’ll be late! Where did you go early this morning?”
Jungkook said as he stumbled to where Taehyung was leading him, unable to contain his giggles.
“I wanted to surprise you. I may have gotten my hair dyed for today.”
He removed his hands from Jungkook’s eyes and clasped them behind his back, rocking lightly as Jungkook eyed him from head to toe.
Jungkook reached out and pulled him on to his lap.
“Ah you’re going to
“You look stunning, babe. How did I get so lucky?” Jungkook’s gaze dropped to Taehyung’s lips, as he leaned in for a kiss.
Taehyung decided to indulge him, until he felt
“No, no, we’ll be late! And we’re the best men, we can’t be late!” Taehyung peeled himself away from Jungkook, who looked up with his swollen lips and heaving chest.
“Were you planning on giving me any time to react
“It wasn’t fair either when you showed me your surprise hip tattoo with our initials, but did I complain?” Taehyung teased. “Plus, we can continue this later?”
“Fine,” Jungkook grumbled, as he rolled off the bed and got ready.
He kept eye contact with Taehyung while the priest went through the wedding vows, and the
“I guess sometimes you just know,” Yoongi said now, holding Jimin’s hand, sporting their new wedding bands.
“You two are next by the way,” he added, watching as Jungkook and Taehyung immediately blushed.
“No, babe, remember they like to take things
But Yoongi winked at Jungkook, because the other had already divulged his plans for an elaborate
And looking at him now, as his face seemed to glow in the
Jungkook was sure that if there was such a thing as a perfect love in the world, it belonged to them.
it was originally meant to be short but then i decided to elaborate on all the emotions & feelings that come with meeting your first love💗