Struggles to make it until the end of the month because he spends money on pretty unisex clothes he never wears
Makes sure Taehyung makes it until the end of the month
Left his gf in Busan to study in Seoul
•no mary sue here. they're all rather unlikable
•kook isn’t honest to girls and thinks they’re all the same but he gets feelings
•tae isn’t honest and uses girls to release tension from being closeted
•it’s all fun and games until feelings are involved
Jeongguk guffaws, “the hell? You shouldn’t be saying that.”
Taehyung blinks. “Why not?”
The meeting brings peace to both of their hearts, even if it ends quickly and nothing important has been said.
“Hey,” Jeongguk says softly, a somewhat encouraging smile on his lips. “What’s up? Where’s that shop you wanted to go to?”
Taehyung momentarily sobers up. There was no shop. "I uh. We passed it by.
Taehyung blinks, mildly perplexed.
"You mean you go out with her?"
"Yeah..." Jeongguk is chewing on his lip but stops when Taehyung comes to a halt and folds the suitcase's handle.
"Cool," he forces out, trying to sound natural. "Congrats."
What was the point...
Jeongguk chuckles weakly at the other end of the line. Worried. "You only wanted to ask me that? I'm okay."
"But are you happy?" he blurts out and panics internally but manages to stop himself from uttering any embarrassing sound. There's a short
"Don't get me wrong. I'm just.."
"Worried, she's like Min? Does she make such an impression to you?"
"No. Not at all. I just wanted to know. I don't know why. Maybe she has a friend I could--"
Taehyung squeezes his jaw so hard he can hear beeping in his ears. What the fuck is he doing?
"No. I mean. Yes. I don't know. Kinda lonely here. But don't worry! I don't fancy your girl..."
"Just in case..." he repeats, wondering if they're thinking the same. "Sure. You can count on me."
A weird feeling starts in Taehyung's stomach. Like anticipation. Like something was
It's an otherwise boring and slow time. Taehyung makes sure
Unfortunately, Jeongguk's girlfriend actually reaches out. Taehyung isn't sure if it's not just Jeongguk checking whether he's loyal but he isn't even interested in her, so it's fine.
Or he thinks it is.
He doesn’t really want to talk to Jeongguk at all, trying to remember what he felt towards him when he still liked Min.
"Yeah. Sorry. I didn't want to make you upset. But I have to warn you... And apologise... Don't know why I didn't listen to you... I'm sorry."
Jeongguk sighs and mutters under his breath, "of course you don't know," before he adds, louder, "my current girlfriend... Is Min's revenge on me. You were right warning me earlier. I'm just stupid as fuck..."
Taehyung swallows, "what?"
But he couldn't. He couldn't and he hated it. He was all
"Don't worry about me. Thank you for trying to care about me but I'll be fine. I'm not as good as you are."
"Hyung, please don't say that now. If anyone isn't good here, it's them..."
"Besides, I'm not trying...
"Okay, I--" a coward. He swallows the words instead of letting them out. "Sorry. Please, call me
"Oh this... I need to talk to you. But you're right... Later. I need to sleep now. I'll buy tickets tomorrow when I wake up. Expect me on Friday, probably."
"Okay... I'm really sorry. See you then?"
After Jimin makes another innuendo, something breaks in Taehyung. It’s not as easy to look into Jeongguk’s eyes as it used to be.
Although, it feels like nothing really changed between them.
And even if Taehyung was to ever not be straight (he still haven't made his mind) and even if he was to like Jeongguk in any way (he still isn't sure if he likes him at all or is he just tolerating him because having
The bartender gives them a knowing look and passes two pretty, colourful shots their way before he’s done with the recent order.
“Special occasion?” he asks.
They look at each other for a second too long and start laughing.
“Well, then. Enjoy guys. These are on the house.”
They down it quickly, not paying attention to the taste, even though they were much more sweet than the previous shots. They already are too immersed in their conversation.
They talk about overwatch a lot, but every now and then Taehyung tries to approach the topic of the girls situation. They haven’t talked about it yet and Jeongguk came here to deal with his broken heart, didn’t he?
"Fuck feelings," Taehyung mumbles, clinking glasses with Jeongguk. He’s more than tipsy at this point.
Long after he had stopped counting the drinks, Jeongguk excused himself to go to the bathroom.
It’s like a game at this point, because whenever Taehyung is bored or lonely enough to start thinking about Jeongguk, somehow,
“Hey, are we going?”
“Huh…” Taehyung blinks. Jeongguk is already putting a few banknotes on the bar and waves at the bartender who looks at them amused.
Taehyung’s brain slows down. “Like what?”
And Taehyung sees. The waterfalls at Cheonghak waterside park. The rainbow of lights, the people there. The most of them on a date. It’s pretty and just a place for a
As though reading his thoughts, Jeongguk says after a couple of minutes of walking, “sorry if it’s weird but,” Taehyung turns his head so Jeongguk sees he looks at him. His eyes has been on him for
When the silence is too heavy, Taehyung prompts, “but?” before he manages to shut up.
“But I love this place and I kind of spoiled it… I brought both my girlfriends here. Didn’t want to only think about them when I
The look in Jeongguk’s eyes is so genuine Taehyung wonders how the hell he could be asking this question. He thought he’s made it clear he treated him as a friend. Maybe even a close one.
“Of course it’s okay. I love this place,” he says and
“The guy you live with?”
Jeongguk nods and Taehyung tells Jimin he’ll be home late so they don’t fight after he stumbles into the dorm and wakes the other up.
“We should go,” Jeongguk offers and stirs a bit. Then stands up.
“You’re cold and I don’t have a jacket to give you,” Jeongguk chuckles. He’s right.
Taehyung shakes his head. "No way. You'd have to go home by yourself."
"Come over, then?" Jeongguk blurts out. He looks like he wants to take it back but instead he only nods and says, "yeah. You're coming with me and the problem is
Taehyung agrees, obviously, because for one he thinks he has no chances fighting Jeongguk. Secondly, he doesn't really want to part now. Not when they talk so nice.
Jeongguk turns out to be living nearby in a nice apartment they parents were renting before he got
"I'll probably have to move out soon... I'm thinking of dropping out."
"Dropping out? You don't like it there?"
"Not at all. But I don't think my fam will ever let me so, I guess I'll have to survive," he shrugs. Taehyung notices it upsets him.
When Taehyung texts Jimin, Jeongguk comes up from behind him in his pyjamas and with
"What are you doing? Dancing?" he asks and Jeongguk nods. They're drunk so when he steps closer they end up stumbling and bumping
"Oh! Let's take a picture!!" Jeongguk yells into his ear and they make an attempt but it's too dark and the front camera doesn't catch them well so
"Cool. Kinda. Let me just text my friend back and I'm done with my phone for the night, okay?"
"By the way... Didn't mean to peek. You could totally send him one of the pics so he knows you're safe!"
Before Taehyung can respond, Jeongguk disappears in the other room so he just does what
“Jeongguk. I’m sorry.”
“What? What for…” Jeongguk inhales. “No. I need to say something.”
Silence. Breath in. Breath out.
“What do you mean?"
“Sorry. I just meant that I don’t know why but we’re friends, right? And I thought maybe you wouldn’t be mad if we… met. But not for games or talking about our ex-girlfriends.”
“Did I do anything wrong?”
Jeongguk chuckles bitterly on the other side of the line.
“Yeah? What do you mean exactly?”
“I mean, you’re amazing.”
“I mean it.”
“Wait. Taehyung? I need to tell you something…”
“Of course. Give me twenty minutes. Twenty five. I need to get dressed.”
“I’m already on my way.”
And how his face becomes ten years younger when he sees a dog or something he likes, like new gamepads.
"Let's go to... This... Let's eat, please?"
Taehyung blinks. It's uncanny how he realises he's hungry too, having forgotten to eat because of what Jimin said a couple of hours ago.
"Listen, I know that my friends messaged you but I don't know what did they want. I don't really know anything," Taehyung blurts out +
Jeongguk swallows and looks up finally. "I'm sorry... I didn't mean to scare you."
"No, it's not that--"
"They... I wanted to ask you out for a while now and.... But it's hard. Not many guys are... You know?" he swallows thickly.
"What?" Taehyung shifts back.
"I took it as a joke... or maybe I dreamt it but no, I could show you those texts... Although they're not that important..."
"I don't understand."
"If you're not gay or anything, it's okay, me neither. I mean, I'm not sure who I am to be honest. But it's fine, you just treat it like any other +
"No, Jeongguk," Taehyung shakes his head and Jeongguk moves and his eyes look watery when he's already opening his mouth to add something else. "No. Shit. Let me tell you something!"
"Yes," Taehyung says more firmly, almost raising his voice. Jeongguk stares at him a couple of seconds with his brow furrowed.
"Yes, I'll go with you on a date."
"And yes, +
Jeongguk finally smiles and Taehyung can't help but smile back and exhale in relief. "Tae..."
"I mean, I will if you're embarrassing enough on our first date, and trust me the bar is high."
"I know you are."
In his mind, Taehyung admits Jeongguk is right. Even though in reality, he kicks him in the shin under the table, he knows it's true and +
“Taehyung. I’m sorry.”
“You don’t have to be”
“I really am. I didn’t mean to hurt you.”
“You’d rather I said you did?”
“No… I just… Thought you cared.” Jeongguk sighs.
“I do. I really do. But I’m not gonna force you to anything. If you aren’t sure of yourself… Of us. Maybe it’s better not to push it.
“Yeah. That’s it.”
“I still want you to come over. I want us to play and drink and have fun like we always do. +