Reader 1st person POV
This had to be one of the most ordinary days I’d ever witnessed so far. A clear and uneventful morning leading straight into the annoyingly peaceful afternoon, and I had still only picked up and dropped off a measly number of people. Yes, I was an Uber driver, and had been for about a year and a half. It paid extremely well most of the time, and the job fit perfectly seeing that I had recently bought a flashy new car. Today was an obvious exception. The lack of activity could be blamed on a number of things, maybe a public holiday or event was occurring somewhere else? Whatever it was, it was decreasing the number of customers in this usually bustling city of Seoul much to my dismay. I needed good cash, and I had been working my ass off lately, even closing myself off to social media and other forms of communication with friends and family to focus solely on working.
I need a real job…
Suddenly, as if God had answered all my prayers, a loud ding radiated from my phone and I almost veered off the road in sheer astonishment.
“Thank fuck!” I was seriously considering driving aimlessly for an entire day, but for some reason I was abruptly fortunate. I pulled up quickly up to the curb and examined the request, almost as if I had imagined the entire thing out of desperation. The name read ‘J’. Literally just the letter, boldly sitting in the middle of my screen. I raised an eyebrow, and normally would have considered declining the request if it seemed too prank-worthy, but I needed this job. I don’t think the person had ever ridden before, as there wasn’t a clear rating to be seen anywhere. Once again, I needed this job.
The pinpoint appeared nearby and I luckily only had to drive for about five minutes before reaching the destination. It was located just outside a large shopping mall in central Seoul, and even though this was a seemingly quiet day, it shouldn’t have been this empty. There were of course a few groups of people and individual shoppers wandering about, in and out of the entrance looking for easy buys. Even so, I knew this place to be quite popular and to say I was astounded would be an understatement.
There must be something going on in the city somewhere.
Even if people’s attention was focused elsewhere on this particular day, I could almost say it was a turn in my favour, considering the reduced traffic of both pedestrians and vehicles. Making a grab for my phone about three minutes after looking around for ‘J’, I considered sending him or her a text to ask where they were. The place was basically empty, so spotting someone on the lookout for their ride shouldn’t have been too difficult.
“They mustn’t be out yet,” I clucked quietly to myself, typing out a message to indicate I had arrived.
The gentle hum of my engine was the only sound accompanying me as I waited. After another thirty seconds, I received a simply reply of “there soon”. I glanced at the simple words a second time before lightly scoffing.
“Okay ‘J’, I’m in no rush.”
Still amused over the less than eloquent reply, I leant back in my comfortable leather seat and hummed to myself to pass some time. I would usually have the radio going, and would probably turn it on once my passenger finally arrived, but for now I wasn’t really in the mood for any background distractions. I liked silence when it was comfortable, and especially in a place such as this shopping mall, it was rare to come by.
My reverie was soon shattered when the faint sound of various screams erupted from somewhere in the distance. I instantly jerked my head up and squinted my eyes to observe the area. The paved courtyard area outside the mall wasn’t occupied by a single human being, which was even stranger than before. The only moving things I could eventually see where a couple of dirtied napkins being thrown around in the slight breeze, and a ripped paper cup from a popular juice bar rolling around caught in the same fate. The frantic screaming continued. Should I be worried? The shouting wasn’t in terror or anger, that much I was sure of. I usually would pin it on some brawl breaking out nearby, but these sounds where mostly female when I listened closer. In any sense, it definitely sounded intense. I wondered briefly if maybe there was some massive sale happening at a famous shop brand down the street, causing a flurry of panic within female shoppers. The anticipation from the sounds caused me to tap my fingers on the steering wheel in curiosity.
Then it happened. An enormous group of Korean women and probably a few men, some even looking fairly young, flocked around the corner of a building in a hurry.
Was the sale here or something??
My eyes widened in shock, as the group only seemed to be growing in numbers. Many were holding their phones out, as if recording something, and I scanned the rapidly moving crowd to spot the source of the commotion. Two well-dressed men seemed to be caught in the centre of it all. The pair that stemmed this chaotic crowd were clad from head to toe in clothes, including darkly coloured masks and sunglasses, not to mention the hoods covering their heads. The shorter of the two donning a lighter colour palette through a milky white button-up, while the other was dressed in a night black hoodie and black ripped jeans. They appeared to be trying to escape the bundling mass of people, as they moved quickly and swiftly ahead of the horde in their haste. I gripped the wheel in surprise. The screams where deafening and I could feel them grating my nerves. I hoped my client would not be caught in this mess. I wanted out, and I wanted out as soon as possible.
Maybe they’re famous, maybe idols?
A small excitement sparked in me at that thought, but I was still daunted by the scene playing out in front of me. If they were idols, I felt incredibly sorry for them. This was a clear breach of privacy and personal space, and they didn’t deserve it at all. This was the reason for hatred against K-pop fandoms all around the world.
“Who do they think they are?” I found myself muttering, eyebrows furrowing in disappointment. Suddenly, the more brightly dressed man glanced around and pointed directly at my car, turning to his well-built friend to shout something hurriedly. I stiffened and my breath hitched when both started sprinting towards me, their fans following desperately to try and at least touch them.
My breathing sped up and the situation suddenly dawned on me. The empty mall, the shady name and blunt text response. The timing… I unlocked all my doors and gripped the wheel harder, if that was even possible. The mass of people followed the two men as they drew closer to my car, and I prayed to God that they didn’t leave any scratches or dents by the time I was gone. The one that acknowledged me first reached the car, and I jumped slightly when he opened the passenger door and clambered in swiftly. The other darkly dressed one threw himself in the backseat next and I jumped again when both doors slammed shut simultaneously.
“Hello!” The first guy cleared his throat from where he sat next to me and I could see he was bouncing his knee in apprehension, obviously wanting to scoot the fuck out of there, but still trying to be polite towards me. His breathing was shallow and I could see large beads of sweat rolling down the side of his half hidden face. I was in no mood to sit around and ponder about him.
“Fuck this,” I replied with a squeak and the second after the passenger door closed I shifted the gearstick and floored the pedal. Making sure that no people were in my way before skidding slightly around the pick-up bend. Only the sound of one singular hand slapping the boot of my car made me wince, but I was glad there was no other physical contact on my precious red Hyundai. Only the sound of laboured breathing could be heard amongst sighs of relief as we pulled away from the mall. I looked into the rear-view mirror to see some people giving a hearty chase down the road, but most of the fans had broken away and where just waving towards my car as we rolled away. Adrenaline was pumping through my veins, and I could feel a small smile resting on my face at the thought of escaping something like that. What a turn of events for this tedious day!
A muffled gasp caught my attention and I looked into my mirror again to see the darkly dressed guy’s eyes screwed shut as he laughed breathlessly, one hand slapping his knee in unrestrained reaction. His friend was just leaning his head back against the headrest as he gulped in large breaths of oxygen through his plump lips. They had both pulled down their masks and lifted their shaded glasses to catch their breaths, but the sight caused my own eyes to widen dangerously.
Holy fuck, Park Jimin and Jeon Jungkook are sitting in my car. What in the ever-loving…
My breathing hitched at the realisation, but I continued to drive steadily. The thing I needed to focus on most of all was getting away from the crazy population of the city. I knew internally I was freaking out a little at the thought of members of my favourite boyband sitting in my own car, but I kept it under wraps knowing they would definitely not appreciate another bout of whatever that shemozzle was before.
I guess nothing goes unnoticed when you’re that famous. Why the hell were they alone?
Jungkook stopped laughing as he looked at my wide-eyed and slightly terrified expression. He suddenly grew apologetic due to his unexplained laughing.
“Sorry, uh, just how you drove off… sorry,” His voice died down as he gradually started to regain his composure, and I watched a shy demeanour suddenly take over his form, as if he had been hit with a realisation of overstepping his bounds. Jimin just turned and glanced pointedly at him, and then back at me to search wearily for a response.
“No it’s fine, I’m just a tad shaken,” I huff out an exasperated breath, amusement showing on my features at the maknae’s sudden behaviour change. The idol next to me clears his throat as I turn another corner, luckily no traffic barred my way and I was easily able to fly down the main road.
“We’re very sorry for what happened back there, that was probably quite troublesome for you. We apologise for the inconvenience.”
“Seriously don’t worry. You guys definitely needed an escape from…that. I’m glad to help, honestly,” I smiled to ease any worry radiating from the two flustered boys.
“J, right?” I chuckle, glancing upwards into the mirror to lock eyes with Jungkook, not missing the way Jimin tried to conceal a smirk from the younger member.
“Ah, he’s not that creative with names it seems,” The older boy’s melodic speaking voice caused my lips to part in an involuntary breath of awe. I had always loved Park Jimin’s voice, whether it be singing or speaking or doing literally anything. Jungkook’s amused exhale and soft chuckle also made me quite soft.
“Ah, sorry about my rude message too,” He looked downwards and bowed slightly. I noticed how politely he spoke and my insides turned to jelly once again. I felt warm and fluffy.
“Don’t worry guys, how could I expect an essay when you were running for your lives?”
The two boys couldn’t contain their amused smiles as they exchanged another glance, seemingly conflicted. I could tell they didn’t know quite what to do with themselves in this situation, as they surely seldom had to get rides from anyone else other than their own personal drivers. I saw Jimin’s brows crease in concentration next to me, as if he was trying to figure out how to maintain his sense of professionalism. His hands fidgeted with the hem of his shirt anxiously.
“You guys may want to start with an explanation, if that’s alright?” I decided to help the boys out. If I could establish a comfortable atmosphere here, it would be much easier to converse and work out what to do.
“I notice you put the next street over as your destination, but I’m fairly sure you’d both want to go further than that,” I make my point with a raised eyebrow and gesture to my phone sitting on the dashboard, destination showing clearly across the bottom of the screen. Jimin clicks his tongue and leans in to read my phone more clearly, and my skin tingles at his closer proximity.
“Seriously Jungkookie, any other place would’ve been better,” Although his tone was whiny with complaint, I could see the traces of a smile dancing across his features. He was obviously trying his best to remain stern.
“Ah, sorry hyung. I didn’t have all that much time in this case, did you forget?”
The cheek of this boy.
Jimin turned around and pointed at the younger boy while failing to hold back a giggle.
“Oi, show some respect you brat.”
Jungkook was also chuckling to himself, and I couldn’t help the smirk from tugging at my lips involuntarily. The group these guys came from always had this certain dynamic of playful bullying that won over so many fans. I include myself in that list honestly, as I always managed to have a good laugh watching their energetic interactions. It did remind me of my youth, even though I was still fairly young at the age of 22. They were fine joking around with themselves for a bit, but I could tell they were still very conscious of me and my presence in the car. They stopped chuckling and Jungkook cleared his throat noticeably in the back, silently handing over the responsibility of the situation to his elder.
“Um, sorry about that as well,” Jimin began to launch into a heartfelt apology, his bouncy blonde hair lowering with his head in a meaningful bow. I stopped him softly with a smile and made steady eye contact for a couple of seconds. His eyes were confused and I knew he was trying his best to deal with the situation properly, like his leader would.
“It’s fine, no more apologies please,” I added with a chuckle, easing the tension successfully as he leant backwards in his seat to relax.
“I just want to know how you both ended up there, if you don’t mind sharing that is. Also feel free to give me somewhere to drop you both off.”
Jimin glanced over me once more as if calculating my chances of being a threat. I made sure to keep my expression calm and clear while focusing on the empty road in front of me.
“Do you know us?” The sudden question from the back caused Jimin’s head to snap backwards, and my heartbeat to speed up incredibly. It wasn’t an accusing tone Jungkook used, but more on the curious side. Jimin still showed slight disapproval before turning his gaze back to me, a newfound curiosity also flashing across his features. It seemed he became a little shy after the topic of their fame rolled around, but I could tell he still wanted to know pretty badly.
“I’d consider myself a pretty big fan, not insane but you get what I mean,” I manage to force out, swallowing the lump in my throat at the thought of explaining my admiration for them. They were literally sitting in my car and I never thought I would be shy, but here I am with an embarrassed blush alighting across my face. Jimin widened his eyes next to me, his mouth parting slightly in his surprise. Jungkook inhaled a sharp breath before letting out another hearty chuckle.
“Wow! I never would have known.”
“Neither, I guess you must not be as emotional as many ARMY are when they see us,” Jimin smiled at the thought and I knew he didn’t mean anything bad by the comment.
“I’m just here to do my job. I’m not usually one to express my emotions that intensely, but I’ll let you both know that you’ve made my entire day.”
I saw Jimin turn his radiant smile towards me with an abashed sound.
“Thank you, you’ve done so much for us already. Thank you for rescuing us.”
I saw him throw a questioning glance at Jungkook, who in turn squinted his eyes in confusion.
“It’s (Y/n). You can use honorifics if you want, but I don’t care much for them,” I explain softly, easing his sudden bout of guilt for not even knowing my name.
“Ah, thanks once again (Y/n)-ssi.”
Both the boys were nervous, as they had just learned that I was a fan and were probably expecting me to flip out on them at any given moment. I knew Jungkook was shy around girls especially, but even he was kind of uncharacteristically silent in the back.
“Don’t worry, I’m not going to freak out on you,” I assure them, keeping my eyes fixated on the road in front of me, my expression amused mostly.
“I’m curious as to why you guys were alone with no protection out there. That usually doesn’t seem to happen.”
“No, definitely not,” Jimin sighed and I heard Jungkook hum in agreement.
“We didn’t mean to get separated from the others, we were all meant to just be shopping,” Jungkook huffed, and I could tell the maknae was still shaken from his escapade from the mall. His eyes were still slightly widened from the adrenaline spike.
“Yeah, everyone was together, and then we weren’t. Then the fans appeared and all we could do was run. Jungkook had to download Uber and make an account and everything on the spot. Lucky you were there because our drivers weren’t going to be around until a few more hours.” Jimin provided, his voice rough and raspy from weariness and relief. I could tell the shorter boy was finally beginning to relax in the presence of the vehicle.
“Shit, I gotta call the Boss!” Jimin whipped out his phone and groaned when he discovered a couple of missed calls from his manager already. I gave him a nod to let him know he could make the call safely. I wouldn’t record it or anything shady like that, I respected them too much and it wasn’t in my nature at all. Jimin gazed at me a final time before finally deciding to place his full trust in me. I was already driving the car he was hitching a ride in, so I basically had already gained the trust of the two band members.
“I’d like to thank you as well (Y/n)-ssi, you really did save us back there,” Jungkook commented quietly as he leaned forward so I could hear. Neither of us wanted to interrupt Jimin as he fell into a heated discussion with his manager, or Namjoon from the sounds of his replies over the phone.
“It’s okay Jungkookie, I know you guys deserve a much-needed break after all that. Sit back and enjoy the ride is my response,” I sighed and finally decided to relax as well, releasing the tension in my muscles to sit more comfortably. I noticed Jungkook smirk cutely at the nickname I had accidently slipped, and was just glad that he didn’t react badly.
“No I swear she’s fine. She won’t do anything like that Hyung,” Jimin’s suddenly louder response caused my smile to drop and my eyes to swivel around to the blonde boy. His temperament had grown agitated and I could see he was having difficulty trying to convince his leader. His round cheeks were blown out in exasperation and I could clearly read the worry flitting across his expression.
“Jimin-ssi, if he wants to talk to me he can,” I offer softly so I didn’t spook him, raising my eyebrows in encouragement.
“No thanks it’s fine, I do trust you,” Jimin shakes his head and I can’t help but smile at his kind yet stubborn nature. These boys had no idea who I was, yet they put their faith in me and my driving skills for longer than they even needed to. Jimin finished up with his call after another few minutes of stressed reassuring.
“Um, (Y/n)-ssi? I have an address I need to put in,” He turned to me after letting out an explosive sigh, and I nodded my head to my phone resting on the dashboard.
“Go ahead, I don’t mind about distance.”
Jimin smiled at my response and shyly reached forward for my phone, still trying to be respectful.
“Hyung said it would be ideal if you dropped us off somewhere nearby the dorms so there’s no suspicion, but apparently all nearby areas are swarming with fans trying to figure out what’s going on.”
“Shit,” I breathe, the full realisation dawning on me. If their fans found out who I was, I wouldn’t be left alone for a while. I could imagine receiving threats and loads of unwanted attention, possibly not even being able to leave my house for a few days at the very least.
“So you’ll have to drop us at the actual dorms then.”
“What?” I question instantly, as it sounded like the dumbest thing I’d ever heard.
“Isn’t that where most of the fans would be?”
“Well, most likely, but there's security,” Jimin ran a hand down his face as if trying to massage away the sudden bout of stress brought on, and I could see just how tired he was from all the disorder.
“Why not drive you somewhere far away and get your driver to pick you up or something?”
“I did suggest that, but they just want us back as soon as possible so they can calm everyone down.”
I guess that makes a little sense, as watching another car pull out of the building might cause the fans to suspect the worst. They could even believe that I kidnapped the two band members instead of saving them.
“Okay, but one of you lend me a mask or something. I’m not going in there with a death wish.”
Jungkook chuckles from the back seat, and I’m slightly startled due to not hearing from the younger boy for a while.
“You’re right though, here you can use mine. I have my hoodie anyway.” A hand appears next to me holding a familiar black mask, the faint but fragrant smell of a rare cologne wafting around me at the action. Of course anything he’s worn would smell this expensive. Seeing how normal they can act, it’s hard to remember just how rich they actually are.
“Thanks.” I slipped on the mask and the smell was now stronger. I almost swoon.
“It’s actually not as far as I thought,” I comment when the map displays the route to take. I knew the traffic was most likely to be more congested in this area than the city mall was before, so I decided to take a couple of back routes.
“Good plan,” Jungkook pipes in with a nod and I see the excited grin plastered on his face.
“What are you so happy about?” Jimin scoffs, but I can tell he’s smiling widely in amusement.
“I dunno, just this whole thing is so… exciting? Nothing like this has ever happened before,” Jungkook replies while trying to smother his grinning, but failing miserably.
“True, you guys would usually be living a careful life, right?” I decide to join in, not satisfied with sitting there in silence when I have the chance to talk face-to-face with a couple of my favourite idols. Jimin and Jungkook don’t seem to be shy or guarded around me as much as they were, but I know they’re still keeping face amongst all the drama.
“Of course, we don’t want our precious fans to worry about us,” Jimin goes on in a level tone, his hand flying up to emphasise his point. I still can’t get over how good his voice sounds in person, and how it’s this close to me.
“Speaking of fans, you’re an Army?” Jungkook’s cheeky lilt gains my attention, and causes me to look up and lock eyes with him in the rear-view mirror.
“What of it?”
I try to suppress my sharp exhale of amusement, but fail miserably as well. Kookie’s adorable expression of playful confidence, bordering on egotistical even, makes the laughter bubble up.
“Well, obviously you’d have a favourite.”
The question causes me to now laugh openly out loud, smacking the wheel once.
“Ah, I should’ve seen this coming honestly.”
Jimin clicks his tongue at his junior band member.
“As if it matters,” His voice is also playful, and I can tell he’s just as curious as the maknae by how he looks across at me with raised eyebrows and a small knowing smirk adorning his full lips. They were both taking this as a joke, and I was not going to be any different.
“Of course it matters Jimin, this is the question that decides my fate,” I feign offense, and watch as his smile causes his eyes to disappear in the cutest way imaginable.
“Oh shit, I forgot the honorific,” I splutter, another embarrassed blush swarming over my cheeks.
“Its fine, you mentioned you don’t care for them before, so I can live without it.” I smirk at him and shake my head slightly.
“You’re actually too nice.”
His melodious chuckle is interrupted by the mischievous maknae in the back.
“Yah, don’t change the subject Hyung. Who’s your favourite member (Y/n)?” I notice he takes instant advantage of the honorific drop, and I almost slip an amused snort.
“Well it’s not either of you, that’s for sure.”
I know they can tell there’s a certain level of sarcasm in my tone, but they still let out varying noises of defeat.
“What, no way. It must be Jin-hyung then,” Jungkook groans and I cannot contain my snort. His narcissistic nature is showing, and this time I’m not even sure if it’s a joke or not. Jimin chooses to pipe in as well, obviously enjoying the mystery that was my ‘supposed bias’.
“Nah, I reckon it’s Tae. She’s weird enough to be a perfect match for him.”
Oh my, he really went there already.
Both of the boy’s breath hitched, as if they thought I was gonna act all offended and kick them out on the curb.
“Honestly, if you think Tae’s weird then I’m a whole other level. Although I guess I can never know who you guys are behind the screen.” Jimin visibly relaxed after hearing me take the joke, but then become serious again with my last comment.
“We’re fairly genuine to our fans,” He defends, but I know he’s not insulted. Jungkook nods in agreement from the back, still smiling from the joking that happened before.
“Of course, that’s why you’re one of my favourite groups, but you have to admit it is kind of impossible for someone like me to make a judgement on someone I’ve never met.”
“That is true, we really do try hard for you guys. I never though super hard about that,” Jimin looked upwards as he pondered, and I felt proud that I’d gotten more than enough glimpses of both of their true natures just from this simple car ride. Though maybe they were just good actors.
“We may be one of your favourite groups, but I’m still waiting for the member,” Jungkook starts lowly from the back, his sentence breaking off into his famous high pitched giggle when he sees my deadpan expression staring him down in the mirror. Jimin joins in and I sigh in defeat.
“Okay. I don’t have one.”
There’s a small silence, but both boys instantly let out sounds of sudden realisation.
“Ah, you’re one of those.” I was about to question what Jimin meant, but Jungkook cut me off.
“I was just about to pin her as a Yoongi stan.”
The sudden and serious statement made me cackle, although the sound was muffled by the black fabric of the mask over my mouth.
“Oh boy, you have absolutely no idea. My best friend…” I trail off as laughter grips me, almost causing me to veer off the road uncontrollably.
“Jesus Christ watch out,” Jimin breathlessly squeaks as he makes a grab for the wheel to steady the moving car. I grip the wheel in fear, but amusement washes over me once again.
“Hyung did your voice just-“
I can’t stop the laughter, but I manage to regain control. My laughs are now borderline wheezes, and I hear Kookie in the back sharing the same demise.
“As I was saying,” I begin, but snort as the memory of Jimin’s voice crack is brought back to the front of my mind. Jungkook is in shambles, but Jimin is just sitting with his head buried in his hands next to me, shoulders shaking as he tries to avoid his inevitable embarrassment.
“Stop,” He drawls it out and reaches behind him to smack the chortling maknae on the knee somewhat harshly. I knew he hated that he just got embarrassed in front of some stranger, who had also been established as a pretty avid fan. Poor chim.
“You forget I’ve seen videos of your many embarrassments,” I offer in between chuckles, and see his face scrunch up in an adorable cringe before he sighs in defeat.
“Yeah, I give up.” He still chuckles and shakes his head, the tinkling sounds cause me to bring a hand up to clutch my chest dramatically. Both boys laugh cutely once again at my reaction, Jimin’s eyes disappearing as he covers his face bashfully.
“You sure you’re not a Jimin stan, noona?” Jungkook chimes in. I raise a brow and decide to skilfully avoid the question.
“Ah, so you picked up that I’m older than you?” Jungkook stops, his jaw going slack at the sudden question, and suddenly I’m face to face with the famous ‘Jungshook’. I almost can’t contain myself.
“Oh, yeah maybe? It kind of actually just slipped out.” I find myself giggling at the return of his shy persona, and he smiles bashfully at the floor in response, his tongue pushing out one of his cheeks in shame adorably.
“Yah, don’t assume such a thing,” Jimin chuckles, obviously grateful that the heat was finally off of him.
“Don’t worry, I’m the same age as Jiminie I believe,” I decide to help the poor boy out, craning my neck forward to check the next turn off for oncoming cars. We were actually almost to the destination, as the trip had flown by too quickly. After Jungkook made a noise of comprehension towards my revelation, Jimin looked around suddenly and grunted in surprise.
“Crap, I was meant to call Namjoon-hyung back a few minutes ago.”
“What are you doing hyung?” Jungkook chides in flippant scolding, to which Jimin responds with another angered slap. He brings out his phone and dials a number quickly, obviously not concerned that I could very well easily read and memorise the number in two seconds flat.
As If I would anyway.
I fell silent as Jimin waited for the phone call to connect.
Jungkook 3rd person POV
Jungkook also waited, breathless at the thought of how dire the situation was to their careers as a whole. This was such a strange occurrence to the famous band members, and they thought about how normal and relaxed the car ride had actually been when compared to how awkward they thought it was going to turn out. When Jungkook had made the Uber request originally, he and Jimin were prepared to face the worst. Anyone who had the opportunity to drive a car unsupervised with two famous idols in tow could easily turn the tables and expose them more, or maybe even do worse things…
Jungkook shook his head at the thought and silently swallowed the bile rising in his throat. He glanced over to your form sitting in the driver’s seat, stiffened slightly due to the very important call being made. You had been nothing but kind and understanding so far, not to mention hilariously easy going. Jungkook found himself respecting you immediately. You could have freaked out and demanded autographs or photos from them at any time. You could have decided to not drop them off where they wanted and just continued to drive for eternity. You could have even taken them anywhere you wanted to, but no, you listened to them, respected their privacy and even agreed to risk your reputation to drive them into their dorms where countless fangirls could eat you alive if they found out. You were just amazing. Jungkook knew his hyung felt similarly. Well, considering how he defended you without question before when Namjoon probably jumped to conclusions, it was evident that Jimin trusted you too. Jungkook was completely numb from bewilderment. Everything could have gone wrong for them in their haste to escape the mob of their excited fans, but it didn’t, and it was all thanks to you.
These fans are our purpose.
Although if he was honest, he wouldn't mind at all if you suddenly got all flustered and cute while gushing over him. Just a little bit.
Reader 1st person POV
I watched as Jimin jerked the phone away from his ear suddenly, a loud voice booming loudly through the tiny speaker to reach even my ears. Jimin’s face winced as he brought the phone back to his ear hesitantly.
“We’re so sorry for the mess Sir, but it worked out.”
I knew that he was most likely talking to his manager or director with how his language changed. He ruffled his blonde hair anxiously and continued to listen to the voice on the line, eventually chewing his bottom lip in another bout of anxiety.
“Wait, we’re almost to the dorms, she’s got a mask on and everything-” Jimin was cut off and my eyes darted in between him and the road ahead to try and figure out what was happening. His breathing had sped up and I could see his own eyes meeting mine a few times worriedly.
What is going on?
I was getting close to the dorms, and I had noticed before how the housing had become wealthier the more I drove through the city. The streets were becoming beautiful and cleaner. I knew that the boys lived in most likely the richest place in the city, and this place was by far the definition of that. One thing I also noticed is that there were a few groups of girls dotted here and there that were walking or sitting around the footpaths. Some even saw my car and started pointing and taking photos while jumping up and down.
“Well, there goes my anonymity,” I sigh and slump further in my seat, as if to hide my face better than it was already hidden. The only sound as I drove onwards was Jimin’s occasional reply into the phone next to me. His responses were becoming less worried, but still sounded unenthusiastic.
“Yes I understand, okay I’ll tell her,” Jimin sighed and I held my breath at the sound of the call being hung up. My curiosity was nothing short of burning, and I instantly turned to the blonde boy when he looked at me pointedly.
“Um, our manager needs you to come in with us so you can speak with him and sign some stuff.”
I look forward again and nod once in understanding.
“Yeah, I knew this would most likely happen. Confidentiality right?”
I crack a smile at the thought of actually going in and meeting the famous Bang Sihyuk, CEO and founder of Bighit Entertainment.
“Wow,” I breathed after fully getting my head around what was happening.
“I guess you never thought this would happen,” Jungkook chuckled from the backseat, and I scoffed in disbelief.
“Yeah it’s not every day you meet two members of Bangtan and their producer.”
The sarcasm was heavy, and the two boys grinned in amusement. Jimin leant forwards to rest his head on the dashboard in a weary manner.
“Ah, I’m so sorry for forcing you into this mess (Y/n)-ssi.”
“What did I say about apologising? I love you guys and your music, this is the least I can do to repay you for all the happiness you have brought me,” My voice becomes emotional and quiet as I let out my pent up feelings. I didn’t know how exactly I could express my bundling thoughts into formed words, but I felt as though that might have been just enough to let them know how ecstatic I truly was that this miracle had happened to me.
“You’re truly an angel,” Jimin smiled at me so sweetly and genuinely that I had to rip my gaze away from him in order to not tear up. I heard Jungkook sigh in awe at my words, and I looked up to see him smiling shyly at the ground before glancing up.
“Fans like you are the reason we have made it this far (Y/n).”
Jimin turns his head and gives Jungkook a look that says 'Well that was fucking sappy' but I can’t help but smile wider and let out a tiny gleeful squeak unknowingly.
His words had caused my emotions to storm again, and I was so happy to hear them in person that I didn’t even know what to do with myself. I gripped the wheel tighter so I wouldn’t let go and do anything stupid. Since I had my mask on, they could only see my smile through how my eyes and cheeks bunched up. Unfortunately, the mask wasn’t large enough to cover my entire cheeks.
“Awe you’re so cute when you blush like that,” Jimin laughed loudly, reaching out to poke my reddening skin. I gasped and knocked his hand away softly with one of my own.
“Leave me alone, I can’t control it or anything.”
Jungkook was also sniggering in the back, his cheeky nature making a comeback as I shook my head to try and rid myself of the heat.
“Sorry for that noona.”
Now he was using the word to tease me, and I fought the urge to slap him like Jimin did before.
“Silly boy, I swear you’ll never make me blush again.”
“You sure about that? I’ll accept the challenge.”
“And we’re here!” I draw out the first word to hopefully try and cut him off.
I can still hear him giggling in the back, his knowing smile small and mischievous. The sight before me was spectacular, if that was even enough to sum it up. The area in which BTS lived was absolutely breathtaking, and I knew that this was in fact one of the, if not the richest place in all of Seoul. The gardens were amazingly well grown and maintained, while the architecture was marvellously planned and constructed. Modern was also an understatement, as this place seemed borderline futuristic. To describe it in one word, magnificent.
“I don’t even know if someone like me should go in there,” I spluttered, my voice cracking multiple times in sheer astonishment.
“Don’t be silly, how else are we gonna get in there?” Jimin jokes and I snort lightly at his change of demeanour.
“Walk, pabo,” I said it in the most teasing tone I could and shared a cheeky glance with the maknae behind me when Jimin gasped.
“Rude, and here I thought you were a fan?”
“I’m joking Jimin, alright how do we actually do this?” I looked around and saw a parking space out the front of the main building. Jimin gestured towards it and nodded, giving me the go to proceed. There were no fans lurking around this place due to the security, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to escape any photography if it was there. Luckily we had only a few brief, yet concerning encounters with the fans while driving in to the complex itself.
If Kookie hadn’t given me the mask I would be dead meat.
I parked the car carefully and fell back into my seat with a sigh. Jimin and Jungkook eyed me with concern clouding their features.
“Park Jimin, will you listen to any words I speak?” I tilt my head and blink rapidly at him with a smile on my face. He sees my playful, yet tired expression and shakes his head with an annoyed groan.
“I probably will never stop apologising for the trouble we’ve caused.”
I sigh again and exaggerate a pout, almost mockingly. Jungkook lets out a huff and a click of his tongue, bringing back his cocky attitude.
“Come on Hyung, she already said it doesn’t matter.”
His tone causes Jimin to narrow his eyes towards the back accusingly and I watch as the younger member sits back down, satisfied with his reaction.
“Thankyou maknae,” I roll my eyes and suppress a chuckle at his scoff, catching Jimin’s amused and appreciative look. I observe around one more time before turning my gaze upwards to glance at the building next to us.
“Okay it’s now or never boys, run and don’t look back.”
Your day seems never-ending. What more could possibly go wrong for you to fix?
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"You make it sound like we're gonna die."
"Yeah well you will, if you don't move your ass," I swing open my door, tugging the mask higher on my face and swishing my (h/c) hair around to cover the rest partially. Hopefully any lurking cameras wouldn't sneak a peek of my flustered appearance, because that would be embarrassing in itself. I had worn only the lightest makeup possible today. Of course I didn't want to look like a troll in front of my customers, but now that I was breathing right next to two perfect, ethereal human beings, I suddenly wish I had made a better effort to impress.
"Quick!" Jimin's abrupt gasp snapped me out of my thoughtless gazing and I turned around to see Jungkook walking towards me swiftly. Jimin was already heading inside, but had thrown a worried glance back in my direction when he saw my frozen form on the pavement. I instantly started at the sudden pressure on my lower back and jumped forward when Jungkook's large hand pressed me in that direction.
"You probably shouldn't touch me if people can see," I murmur and lead the way through the sliding doors into the cooled administration room. Jungkook's tentative hand jerked away as if he had touched a burning hot iron, and I just hoped he didn't think I was upset or anything. The weather had been quite warm outside, but I hadn't taken too much notice because of the exceptional air conditioning of my car. I whipped my head around one last time to blow a tiny kiss to my precious baby parked outside, as it was still new and had already been through an exciting car-chase of sorts. Even copping a harsh slap to the ass in the process.
I'll be back soon Red.
I turned back around to see the cheeky maknae giving me an incredulous look with one eyebrow raised.
"Don't judge me, it's new."
When Namjoon came to fetch his two younger members, he was definitely far from pleased. As soon as he entered the room all three of us were sitting in, he gave me a quick glance over up and down while his expression hardened slightly. He still managed to flash me a small, strained smile as he dipped his head respectfully. He was truly a kind soul, and I knew he would need to make an initial judgement based off this first look. His professional demeanour continued as his careful eyes flickered to Jimin and Jungkook. He had already gone through the initial apologies and displays of gratitude as soon as he bowed, but now his expression was disappointed as he beckoned the other two members in the room.
"You two come with me."
Damn, his leader voice was definitely no joke! I felt myself squirm in my seat, probably from the uncomfortable tension suddenly flooding the room. Namjoon looked as good as ever, silvery grey hair styled in a way that just made me speechless, but his usually calm and thoughtful expression was tired and stressed.
Poor guy, he must have torn his hair out over this. I hope he doesn't think I'm insane or something.
I knew there was absolutely no way he would trust me completely on the first meeting, but seeing as though his fellow band members had mentioned their situation and fortunate escapade, his gaze seemed softer than it could've been. Thinking about what could've gone wrong made me shudder, and I pushed the thoughts away as the two boys I had shared a car with for the past half an hour jumped to their feet. I was sad, but I mean who wouldn't be? I had fangirled over them so many times and when I actually met them, it seemed like it was nothing but a dream! I knew they couldn't stay though, and when it came down to it, I was most likely viewed as just another fan. Just another fan that they had happened to meet coincidentally, but still nothing too estranged from a fanmeeting event where girls from various backgrounds would provide them with gifts and words of encouragement.
Why would I expect anything different from this?
I forced down the bile rising in my throat and avoided making eye contact with any of the boys, as I couldn't bear watching them go. The realisation that they had halted in their movements took me way too long, but as I snapped up to meet Jungkook's conflicted expression, I suddenly gasped.
I tugged off the mask he had graciously lent me and held it out with a shaky hand in the younger boy's direction. His eyes flashed with recognition and even surprise, much to my own confusion.
"Oh, that...I won't mind if you keep it, I have plenty of others."
I let out a sharp breath and smiled forlornly.
"Creepy, you're giving me your clothes now?"
I laughed loudly when he rolled his eyes and dismissed me with a wave of his hand jokingly, bunny smile flashing. Jimin also couldn't help but grin at the maknae's chivalrous attempt and how it had completely backfired, much to everyone else's amusement. Someone cleared their throat deeply and I met the pointed look of Namjoon once more, although his gaze had settled the tiniest bit at seeing his fellow members act comfortably.
"(Y/n)-ssi, is it?"
"Yes, I'm sorry to make you wait so long Kim Namjoon-ssi. You must have been worried sick," I struggled to be as respectful as I could, my eyebrows knitting together in concentration as I spoke. Did I even use the correct honorific? Maybe I should have used something higher because he's the leader of the group. Ah, I don't know!
A chuckle broke me from the horrifying contemplation and I flinched slightly as Jimin bent down to enter my line of vision.
"Don't worry too hard about all the honorific stuff, Namjoonie-hyung will understand."
I nodded with a cringe alighting my features, annoyed at my own obvious floundering with their language. I had been in the country for a couple of months, so why couldn't I just get my act together and converse properly?
"Do...you speak English by any chance?" Namjoon ventured with a smile that made his dimples pop adorably. I let out a big sigh and ran a hand through my windblown hair while nodding.
"Yep, I'm from (Y/c). But I do understand Korean fairly well, it's just the honorifics and technicalities that trip me up a bit."
Jimin and Jungkook groan simultaneously at the revelation that I was fluent in the language they practice the most, and I couldn't help but smirk. They must have had some suspicion, as I don't exactly look Korean anyway, but there was always the notion that I could have been born to foreign parents and grown up here.
"I never would have known! Your Korean is still great," Jimin whined lowly and I couldn't help but laugh, the look in my eyes eventually becoming apologetic.
"That's fine, it's alright to just use 'ssi' anyway," Namjoon nodded and I relaxed my shoulders in relief.
"But Hyung, she told us she doesn't mind if you don't use them for her," Jungkook was next to pipe up, and I was surprised he even remembered such a thing at this point in time. I just smiled and shook my head in response.
"The thing is, I don't mind either way. I'm not fussed at all."
"Yes, well we should be going anyway," Namjoon cut off the conversation and glanced at his watch, looking back around at everyone in the room.
"Thankyou (Y/n)-ssi for taking care of the boys, something like this shouldn't happen again."
At the sound of their leader's stern voice, the boys both hung their heads slightly, and I knew that even though the situation had worked out for the best, it definitely was not ideal for this kind of thing to happen when their careers could be put on the line.
"It's alright, Jungkook's mask is the only thanks I need," I decide to joke so that I can see the younger boys smile again, and I'm rewarded with the most beautiful couple of pearly white grins yet. Namjoon chuckles and motions with one hand for the boys to leave the room before him. Jungkook turns and throws a small wave and bow in my direction, in which I return before he exits the room with a sigh, letting out all of his pent up stress. Jimin follows with the same gestures and I respond with a faintly sorrowful smile. Ah, what I would give to just spend a whole day with them. A chorus of 'thankyou' is all that is heard before I'm left alone with the leader of BTS. To say I'm not a tad intimidated would be a lie.
"Once again, you have truly done us a service. We are glad to have a fan such as yourself supporting us."
"Thank you, you have no idea how much you guys have helped me already, so please don't feel as though you owe me anything," I quietly respond and watch as his eyes cloud with admiration and respect suddenly. Maybe he regretted acting so robotic and cold when he came in, but he was the leader and professionalism mattered so much when you were faced with a situation that called for big demonstrations of leadership. Namjoon smiled and bowed again, reaching out to shake my hand kindly before leaving the room to join the others. I knew all that was left was meeting the CEO of Bighit Entertainment.
Yeah, because that's something to just brush over.
God, so much was happening to me today. How could I possibly go back to streaming endless amounts of videos and fangirling over pictures when I had actually spoken with three members of the band itself? I forced down the niggling thoughts of 'that's only three out of seven' and grunted apprehensively.
You're lucky enough as it is, don't be greedy.
The thing is, nothing about my long-distance relationship with the boys was normal anymore, and I wondered if the girls who attended fan-meetings felt exactly the same way. The fact that they were just normal boys with normal thoughts had always crossed my mind when I watched them through the screen, but seeing it in action proved to be disarming at the very least.
Stupid world famous idols, don't play with my heart like this.
The meeting and disclaimer signage with Bang PD had gone well, and I was consistently surprised at how kind-hearted and open he was with everything that had gone down. All the staff I had encountered were nothing short of accommodating, and they were continuously apologizing for the mess caused. Even though I had told them many times it was truly a blessing in disguise, they remained insistent on the matter.
"Please, I want you to take this as a token of our gratitude," Bang PD smiled warmly in my direction, and before I could refuse he held out a slip of paper. It was a cheque, and my eyes blew wide when my eyes scanned the tiny bold numbers printed neatly on the surface.
"Please, I can't accept this, I already got paid for my service."
Before the short man could shake his head and insist further, a light knock sounded on the frosted glass pane of the office door before opening. In stepped a young woman who bowed repeatedly for her intrusion, her short night black hair bobbing up and down along with her.
"I'm terribly sorry Bang PD-nim, but the donor from Chile has arrived back at the office ahead of schedule."
The founder of Bighit nodded in understanding, clearing his throat to speed up whatever process was happening. He turned back to me with a reassuring glance and I took a deep breath, fully understanding I wasn't really able to refuse his generous offer.
"Right, well thank you once again for your service, I have other things to attend to it seems. It was lovely to meet you."
The cheque still flaming in my left hand not going unnoticed, I forced myself to return his smile with a gulp. He gestured softly for the door and followed me out, the young woman looking quite flustered as she shifted from foot to foot just outside the bleak office entryway. The building's interior was very modern and clean-cut, and I knew it was probably very, very different from the actual Bighit Entertainment building itself. Seeing as it was meant for living arrangements and not vital meetings such as the one mentioned earlier.
I exchanged formalities with Mr.Bang once more before I turned for the exit of the dormitory building, my big and exciting day coming to a close just like that.
"I'm sorry, but it seems our Spanish interpreter has called in absent today. I've just been informed that the donor came without one," The hushed whisper from the woman reaches my ears as I take a couple of steps towards the large glass doors. I hear a sharp click of a tongue and a deep, masculine sigh from behind me.
"Well what are we going to do? I don't know enough Spanish for an entire face-to-face meeting like this."
"Does anyone else in the company?" The woman's voice was growing frantic, as she was apparently about to drown in her sudden bout of panic.
"Why the hell was this not scheduled better?" Bang PD's tone was irritated, and I honestly could not blame him. What kind of interpreter would just call in absent on such an important event? Even if the sickness was life-threatening, there were ways to organise something to compensate for it, or give some warning to reschedule. A small smile stretched my lips as I twirled around on one of my heels happily, once again facing the distraught looking woman and CEO who were deep in hurried conversation.
"If I said I was fluent in Spanish, would that help?"
After a tiring and eventful week or so, maybe you can finally rest and start cruising around in Red again. Well, if only the world had no other plans in store for you...
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My pen glided across the paper with ease, and I couldn’t help but smile when my signature looked back at me from the page on the table.
Reading through the three folders of fresh information had taken nearly an hour and a half to finish, but I only had myself to blame for that. I always took way too long to analyse everything I was getting myself into, never one to take massive risks when it came down to business.
I knew I would never refuse this deal though.
It had been a week since the ‘fateful’ encounter. The spontaneous incident in which my entire world had forever changed, and the evidence sat right in front of me on the very table my knees knocked lightly against in anticipation. The same table situated in the main Bighit Entertainment building itself.
“Well shit, I knew I recognised the car!”
A familiar voice broke me from my trance, and I flicked my eyes upwards to see a very excitable Jungkook jogging towards me. His face was split into a somewhat shy grin, and I could immediately see how the corners of his eyes crinkled in joy as he finally reached my side.
To my shock, the surprises didn’t stop there, and I watched as six other very familiar people followed in their youngest member’s stead. The sliding doors to the company’s building finally slid shut, and so did my mind as the sudden nerves took hold.
“Hello noona, what a surprise! What brings you here?” Jungkook queried as he stood beside the couch where I was seated. I stopped my eyes from flickering over to where the other members of Bangtan were standing a few meters behind, and smiled warmly at the younger boy.
“You probably thought you’d seen the last of me right? It’s a bit of a long story, and all of you are probably busy so I won’t keep you,” I swallowed apprehensively as my eyes tore from his widened ones to gaze further behind. All of them were here, in the same proximity as me.
Controlling my breathing was a priority, sorry Kook.
I looked up again when someone made a loud noise of recognition, and Jimin jolted forward with his eyes blowing wide cutely. All of them were in light, breathable active-wear of sorts due to the heat, but the sight of Jimin’s exposed biceps in particular caused me to swallow thickly.
“(Y/n)-ssi? Wah, I knew Jungkook wouldn’t just go up to a random girl like that. How are you doing?”
I laughed as the maknae huffed at his elder’s words, and crossed one leg over the other to face them properly. Seeing as I had met these two once before, the going was a little less rough as it would have been if all seven of them had just jumped straight over.
“Nice to see you again Jimin-ssi. I’m doing amazing surprisingly, how about all of you?” The smile was natural, but I was surprised I could even keep a level tone when my emotions were positively storming beneath the surface. I could see Hoseok and Seokjin exchanging curious murmurs with each other as they observed the interaction from afar, while Taehyung was animatedly questioning Namjoon much to the latter’s gradual irritation. Yoongi remained still, but he had tugged one of his earphones out to gather snippets of whatever was happening. He wasn’t glaring, but his thoughtful gaze speculated as it switched between me, the maknaes and eventually Namjoon instinctively.
“We’re great, just about to start daily practices, actually,” Jimin returned my smile instantly and I nodded my head in understanding, my ruffled hair swinging into my eyes annoyingly. The amount of times I had run my hands through it in the past hour or so caused it to become messy, and it had been infuriating me more and more as time dragged on. I caught Namjoon’s inquisitive gaze behind Jungkook’s shoulder when I flipped the straying hair away, and saw him tightly smile before gracing me with a tiny courteous wave. I knew he was just as curious as Jungkook had been about my presence in the Bighit building.
I waved back, and saw Taehyung joining into the silent exchange with his own doubly excited hand gestures. I couldn’t believe how instantly warm and friendly the boy already seemed in person.
“Are those the things you had to sign after…the other day?” Jungkook wondered after looking back at his hyungs, then down to the sheets of paper sprawled on the table. My pen loudly tapped the documents twice before I smirked.
“Nope, those were signed on the day. This’ll sound pretty straightforward, but I somehow got a job here.”
“You what?” Jungkook’s shook eyes and slacked jaw made themselves known, and he exchanged surprised gazes with Jimin and Namjoon behind him before smiling widely.
“That’s great noona, what will you even be doing?”
Namjoon, hearing the sudden shift in conversation, couldn’t douse his flames of curiosity any longer it seemed. He tentatively made his way over with his large hands stuffed deeply in the pockets of his shorts.
“What’s happening, kids?”
“(Y/n)-ssi just said she got a job here, that’s amazing,” Jimin chuckled and I bowed in gratitude towards both him and Jungkook as they congratulated me. Namjoon’s eyes flashed with a few emotions before settling down. His eyebrows raising high before furrowing, then lifting high again as he nodded with a gentle smile appearing on his tanned face. I could understand if he was suspicious, as my entrance into the company had not been the most professional one out there.
“That’s great (Y/n). I guess you can let us know the details later, but for now, welcome to the Bighit family,” His dimpled grin and outstretched hand of welcoming and acceptance caused many feelings to swirl around within me. I was so truly blessed this fortnight, seeing as though I had landed a brilliant job and met some of my favourite people in the process. Experiencing Namjoon’s kindness was just a sweet cherry on top.
“Ah, thank you so much. I know I’ll love being here,” I grasped his significantly larger palm and shook it confidently, relishing in the feeling of his slightly calloused hand engulfing my own. I knew I probably held his gaze for a heartbeat too long, but it didn’t remain. The moment was interrupted by some staff calling them from down the hallway.
Probably their choreographers.
“Ah, when will we see you again? You still didn’t mention what you’re doing,” Jungkook spluttered when the older members began traipsing away to follow the sound of the impatient voice. Taehyung looked back with a pout, and I pouted back light-heartedly to let him know I was just as eager as he was to finally meet. The others, including Namjoon, left with polite smiles and waves, obviously having their priorities straight unlike the two vocalists standing before me.
“I’m an interpreter now. And you two should seriously think about getting to practice,” I raise an eyebrow, craning my head to see where the others had disappeared to down the hall. Jimin at least had the sense to start making his way backwards, futilely tugging on Jungkook’s shirt. My suggestion had a delayed effect, but Jungkook finally bowed again before turning around to follow the blonde boy.
“Have fun, I’ll talk to you guys another time!” I called and returned to my paperwork after hearing their hasty farewells. My hands and face were tingling from all the interaction I had barely been able to comprehend. How was I not a stuttering mess whenever they acknowledged me? I’d always thought for sure something like that would be the case if I ever met them. Hell, whenever I thought about meeting them, it would always be at some kind of fanmeet where I would only get a few choice words to say…or more like rehearse.
With a sigh, I recalled how this situation had morphed into an integral part of my life, that part being my career. Even though I was only a mere Uber driver, it seems pure luck had rained down upon me within the span of just two days. I must have cured diseases in my past life for these things to be granted to me so suddenly.
“If I said I was fluent in Spanish, would that help?”
The woman whipped her head around to gaze at me thoroughly, and I suddenly felt uncomfortable. Why had I just gone and boldly inserted myself into their predicament? Bighit was a large and successful company, they could figure something out for sure. Rescheduling to add another day wouldn’t even be a problem if the donor could stay in a hotel somewhere in the city, just for example.
Still, it’s not like I know the circumstances.
“Uh, Miss-” The woman stopped her awkward approach when Bang PD raised a hand suddenly. His smile turned in my direction, and I felt my shoulders relax when I was reminded yet again of his direct, but kind attitude.
“You’ve done us a great service already Miss (L/n) (F/n), we couldn’t trouble you further.”
I opened my mouth to respond when the loud ringtone of the woman echoed along the walls of the dormitory reception. She picked it up and I kept an eye on Bang PD’s face while he scanned over her. When her facial expression winced, Bang PD frowned deeply with a sharp exhale, and he turned back to me when she shook her head at him. This obviously indicated something I missed, but it most likely meant whatever help they had tried to line up for themselves had failed.
“Well, it turns out we may need your help once more. Miss (F/n). I’m afraid I won’t be able to pay you as much as I did before.”
“Please, I seriously don’t need to be paid for this one. It’s on me,” I smiled and my keen, pointed gaze left no room for argument. The short man sighed and shook his head with a chuckle, looking at his assistant beside him before gesturing for me to follow them outside.
“We’ll be heading to the actual Bighit building for this meeting, are you an experienced interpreter?” The woman begrudgingly agrees with her boss’ plan, and falls into step beside me. I won’t be driving my own car out of here, but will be dropped back later it seems. I answered her as we all clambered into a transport van.
“I’ve done some work with interpreting, and I have a Bachelor Degree of International Studies to support it. I earned that back in (Y/c).”
The woman’s eyes widened, and she exchanged a glance with her equally impressed boss before returning it to me.
“So how many languages are you fluent in?”
“Five actually, that’s Korean, English, Spanish, (language choice 1) and (language choice 2). It’s different levels of fluency, but I can definitely hold conversations in each,” I smiled, feeling proud of my achievements so far. Yes, even though I was only a mere Uber driver, I still had big plans for my future. Hence why I was even travelling to Korea in the first place. It was to continue my studies and gain experience for various languages. I was planning to enrol into a famous university at some point during the next couple of years, and I was filled with overwhelming glee that I was going to receive some first-hand work experience with interpreting today. Only a couple of months into my travels!
“That is truly amazing, every company needs someone like you,” Bang PD spoke in awe, and I dipped my head to him in appreciation. The woman wrote something on her planning clipboard and then reached down to fling a text to whoever had called her before.
“Say, how would you feel if I asked you to work for Bighit, Miss (Y/n)?”
His words shocked me to my very core, and I almost choked on my own saliva in response. The woman also balked at his words before an understanding and calculating expression appeared. She nodded slowly and then met my eyes with her strikingly serious ones.
“You would be such an asset, as our current interpreters are only numbered few. They don’t have the extent that you do either, and a wider range of languages means a wider range of opportunities. Boss, this is…” She trailed off and her hair whipped around with her head as she caught Bang’s chuckling grin.
“I know, why do you think I asked?”
My mind was reeling from the new turn of events. Working for Bighit? I was surely dreaming. This was something majority of fans wished for with their whole, open hearts. To be close to their favourite idols for most days of the week, and to see what goes on behind the scenes to the shows and vlogs.
How do I even wrap my brain around this?
“I-I would actually love to, but it’s not really that easy, right?” I stammered, my eyes blown wide and my heart erratically hitting my ribcage with every spoken syllable.
“No, there’ll be heaps of paperwork and necessary background checks, etcetera etcetera,” Bang PD began, “But I basically had an interview with you before. I would love to have you on our team, and I’m sure you’d love to be on ours.”
His smirk and chuckle was enough to have me burying my face into my hands in embarrassment. Heat was flaring up my neck, and I knew the tops of my ears weren’t dissimilar.
“I know I’m a fan, but I promise it wouldn’t get in the way of anything,” I laugh along with him, my emotions almost spilling out onto my cheeks as I fully revelled in what had happened.
I’m going to work for them? And in turn help the process of Bangtan’s success? Bloody hell what has even happened to my life?
The music industry had actually interested me too as a teen, but getting to try both career pathways in one bundle was too good to even be true. My heart was fluttering.
“Yes, well, we’re going to see how you go in the meeting here, but from what I’ve already gathered you have very strong willpower and morals. I easily judge people when I meet them, and I can tell you put everything into what you do. You’re compassionate and make decisions quick and easy, as shown by how you rescued our little ones today. Without your help, they would have struggled, and with your help now, I know we can strive for larger goals in Bighit’s future. In addition, that’s helping Bangtan Sonyeondan strive for larger goals within their careers too.”
I closed my eyes, unable to stop the spread of inevitable happiness throughout my very being. Breathing deeply, I joined his gaze from across the car seat with a sparked confidence, and I saw the assistant even smile at me approvingly.
“I won’t let you down, Bang PD-nim.”
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Stress weighs you down, but there's nothing like picking yourself back up with a lengthy, relaxing drive and some long-awaited quiet time. What happens when someone decides to join you?
Back again, lol these updates are seriously sporadic, I hope you guys have endless patience! I promise every member will get the spotlight at some point, it's just going to happen at different times. Also...this is kinda short, sorry.
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Another three days passing brought forth another fresh steaming pile of emotions.
I was due to start my job at Bighit in the following week, and had been dropping in to meet with Bang PD and the staff regularly since the initial signing of the documents. Its only purpose was just for me to get to know everyone, since I would start off in the company playing a major role, and for me to get comfortable in the environment. PD-nim knew I was not used to working for such large and famous companies, and I was so happy he had taken that into consideration.
Another meet-and-greet done today, and I was trembling. I don’t know why it had all suddenly decided to drop on me now, but my only solace was the splash of vivid crimson sitting out in the otherwise monochrome carpark of the building. I yanked open the car door with shaking fingers and all but fell into the familiar leather seat, my breathing uneven from the tightening within my chest.
Don’t get me wrong at all, the company was absolutely amazing, and so were all the staff and their immediate hospitality. Bang PD was like a second father to me already, and I’d even had him ruffle my hair once today after he’d laughed heartily at one of my jokes. His assistant, which I now knew as Chang Soojin, or just Soojin-unni as she had told me to use, was becoming a reliable colleague and friend pretty quickly too. I had met many members of the staff, including the coordi noonas, managers, stylists etc. Even a group of interpreters who specialised in only a few languages.
Hence why they employed me so quickly. I had thought to myself when finding out they only knew English and Korean.
There was that one Spanish interpreter, who had been absent on the ‘fateful day’, but he was now doing fine and had profusely apologised to me afterwards. I felt bad for the guy, as I probably seemed like a warning replacement if anything of disarray was to happen again.
Bighit can be bloody scary, damn.
My breathing had evened slightly, but stress was still coursing thickly through my veins. So much had happened and changed in my life recently, and even if it had an overall positive effect, my mind was left reeling. This was the kind of sudden responsibility that made me want to revisit my childhood days, to let go of being an adult and to be surrounded by nothing but carefree bliss.
A light rapping on my car passenger window tore me from my strangling thoughts. I gasped, squinting my eyes to glimpse at the darkly clothed figure before sighing. The person had thoroughly frightened me, and I wasn’t very happy about it. They crouched down to look in, and when they saw I was making no move to stop them, they pulled open the passenger door hesitantly.
“Is this Uber operating?” Yoongi softly asked.
I was still irritated that my precious alone-time had been ruined, as I was going through quite a bit of anxiety about my life in general, but I couldn’t bring myself to refuse the impassive rapper at the moment. After even more thought, I came to the conclusion that having someone to talk to would probably help me the most right now. When I nodded slowly, sighing again in an attempt to regather myself, he nodded at me knowingly.
“Uh, if it’s a really bad time I-”
“No, Yoongi. Wait is it even okay to not use honorifics? Should I call you oppa?” I shook my head, my voice steadily gaining life again from how croaky it sounded before. I hadn’t cried, but I was definitely on the verge before he had made his appearance.
Yoongi settled into the passenger seat holding a lidded coffee cup. He was dressed in dark but flowy clothing, and I questioned his sanity briefly considering how hot it was outside. It was mid-afternoon at the moment, but we both didn’t seem to have schedules planned.
“Even though I’m not against it, I feel like dropping the honorifics would work better for you. I won’t get offended,” He hummed, sipping his coffee. I noticed how tired his eyes were under his cap, and I instantly felt bad for being annoyed with him before. He adorned a black mask too, but it was sitting under his chin so it was easier to drink and talk.
“Did you also want coffee? I could offer to get you one.”
His sudden question caused me to blink in confusion. Then I realised I had been eyeing the cup in his pale hands quite intensely. His dark eyes were blank And his pale blue-white hair was slightly roughened from the breeze outside. Trying not to fawn over him, I broke out into a strained chuckle while my hands came up to slap my cheeks in embarrassment.
“No no no, I wasn’t…Ah I’m sorry, I just have a lot going on at the moment,” I decided to let the cat out of the bag with another sigh. He may as well know what was going on behind my outwardly apparent emotions. I didn’t even know how I was meant to hold a decent conversation when my insides were such a nervous wreck. I knew I would build myself up again eventually, but he had just happened to catch me at a vulnerable time.
“Yeah, I could tell,” He started “I followed you out because I saw you running out here shaking like a leaf. I guess it sounds kind of creepy when put like that,” He shrugged, eyeing the dashboard of my car while I just tried to take in his quiet observation.
“No, actually I appreciate it. You haven’t even met me yet…ugh why am I doing everything backwards right now?” I rested my head onto the steering wheel, positively exasperated. I hadn’t talked to Yoongi before, but here I was acting like a total idiot and making him worry about my mental health.
“Don’t worry about it, you’re all I hear about these days,” He sighs with a groan, letting his head roll back to rest against the leather headrest. My own curiosity was tickled.
“Really? Let me guess, ‘the crazy Uber chick who somehow managed to get herself involved with shit that didn’t concern her’?”
He laughed silently, the gummy smile melting my bundling insides into a puddle, and suddenly everything was alright. I didn’t have to have everything in my life figured out right now, I just had to make the most of my time with these amazingly driven individuals, who had undoubtedly captured my heart, and this job which was actually my passion to begin with. I didn’t even know how I hadn’t freaked out over the fact that the Min Yoongi, worldwide famous producer and rapper, was sitting in my car. He was sitting in the same seat the Park Jimin had sat in about a week and a bit ago. I needed to shut down my brain before it began to burn a hole into the back of my skull from overworking.
“That would be funny, but no, definitely not. I just wish the young ones would let me sleep, but they’ve been excited. I swear I’ve already met you ten times because of that.”
I snort in amusement, absolutely loving how blunt he was about the whole situation. Too many people, since I had arrived in the country, were overbearingly polite and careful with their words. I was not used to it at all, and it made the ‘foreign’ experience all the more jarring. Yoongi probably understood this to an extent, so I was grateful that he tried his best to be more comfortable right away.
“Look, can I start driving? I just need to clear my head a bit. Maybe I can introduce myself properly,” I exhaled loudly, my nerves significantly calmed since chatting a little. Even though I felt terrible at the thought, I couldn’t help but be grateful that it was Yoongi who had paid me a surprise visit instead of one of the others. His presence was somewhat reserved and I had trouble reading the guy half the time, but his company was the type I needed instead of something loud and overwhelming.
“Sure, I did kind of barge in so you can continue with whatever you were doing.”
You mean almost having a mental breakdown?
“But I do want to actually meet you, because if I just have to hear your name around the dorm one more fucking time without knowing who you are, I may just snap.”
I laughed loudly, his grunted words causing amusement to roil around in my chest. I figured I would question him about exactly what was said a bit later. For now I just needed to relax and ease my worries, and driving was my channel for exactly that. I started reversing out of the carpark, silence finally befalling the car, and was grateful to finally leave behind the line of black company vans surrounding me. I found it ominous if I was completely honest. Engulfed by the view of several identical black vans was a little unsettling when the only car I was used to was Red.
When did I even decide to name my car? It’s such a boring name too.
“Well, I can start by saying my name is (L/n) (Y/n). (Y/n) is fine, and you already known I don’t care for honorifics. I come from (Y/c), and I landed a job at Bighit Entertainment by letting two of your band members hitch a ride. Ultimately escaping their foreseeable deaths,” My dramatic tone increased the longer I spoke, and I could see the corners of Yoongi’s lips turning up gradually.
“That sounds about right. Jiminie told me you were a big fan, but you are really collected when you see us. I appreciate your efforts, but feel free to let it out if you need,” He tilted his head with a smirk, his ‘Genius Suga’ persona surfacing within the span of two whole seconds. I just bit my lip to contain another amused giggle.
“Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I’m not one to freak out after the initial shock. Most of my extra-ness is of the internal type, I’m afraid.”
He shook his head in mock disappointment, eventually flashing me that famous expression where his lips stretched across his whole face. I covered my cheeks with one hand to stop my bubbling amusement to erupt.
“Stop please, or I’ll crash!”
He simply sipped his coffee, smirking again at my reaction. I knew I hadn’t actually doused his ego, but his antics still aided in lifting my spirits higher and higher. As I tried to figure out where I wanted to drive, Yoongi pulled out a small notepad full of scrawled notes and scribbled out lines.
“Well, you already know who I am, that much I can guess. Now that we’ve met, I can tell those kids to shut up and do something useful.” He continued. Even though his tone was full of complaint, I knew he loved every single one of those boys wholeheartedly.
“Where are they now?” I asked through a smile, glancing down as the rapper flicked through his notepad to the page he had last used.
“Practicing more, at least I know Jimin, Jin-hyung and Jungkook are. We’ve got a big concert and a comeback soon, so everyone is riled up.”
“Yeah, that seems like a packed schedule for at least a few months. I’m really excited for what you guys have in store though, it seems too unreal that I actually get to see everything behind the scenes for the first time in my life,” I sighed in awe, thinking about a new album and new content. How could I even go about it normally when everything was different? Wait, was I going to get a discounted album? I surely hoped so.
Yoongi looked at me carefully before making a few notes in his notepad, his fingers working the pen deftly through long and hardened experience. His ripped black jeans were tighter than I initially thought they were, but my attention only went there because he was tapping his foot rhythmically as he wrote.
“Lyrics?” I questioned, raising an eyebrow in his direction and diverting my attention. I was driving towards the outskirts of Seoul, hoping to find somewhere quiet and peaceful to settle for a bit. The drive had flown by, but I was sure the sky wouldn’t darken just yet
“Yeah, just the usual. I help write a lot of songs, and lyrics always just flood into my brain at the most random times, you know?” He murmured, flicking backwards to another page and filling in another empty space.
The realisation that I was driving somewhere random and unknown hit me suddenly, and I briefly wondered if taking Yoongi with me would ultimately end up costing me my job. I was suddenly reminded of a similar occurrence with two maknaes, generally causing the managers and Namjoon to lose their marbles.
“Um, I was gonna drive to somewhere random, but I just realised that your managers would skin me alive if they knew I took you with me. Does anyone know you’re with me?”
Yoongi looked up, his eyes, which were once laser-focused on his lyrics, now scoured into my own and I gulped suddenly. His long, dark eyelashes were always beautiful, but they were even more mesmerising in person, and this close. They contrasted so nicely against his milky skin that I almost lost focus on the road, again.
I may just crash and kill someone one of these days.
“I texted a few people,” Was all he said before returning to his notepad, and I shrugged indifferently. He was an adult, and he could make his own decisions. I just hoped I didn’t cop any roastings later for it.
“Can I show you something?”
I glanced sideways, seeing him picking at his nails with his teeth apprehensively. It seemed he was stuck on something to do with a lyric, but I didn’t know how I could possibly lend a hand. His lyrics were always so impactful and flowed so nicely, how could I form my own opinion when everything I had heard so far was nothing less than fantastic.
“Yeah? Just lyrics or something?” I probed, willing my feelings of disbelief down into the depths of my subconscious.
“Well, I’m trying to tie together my verse in one of the new songs, and I almost have it. I want someone fresh to have a look,” He held out the pad and I pulled over onto the side of the smaller road. We were now definitely nearing the more ‘nature’ side of Seoul anyway, and the city fell away behind us as my eyes scanned over Yoongi’s handwriting. The last line struck a chord deeply within me.
“This is real you, and this is real me” – which one is “you”? Which one is “me”?
“Wow, this really hits hard,” I breathe, reading over the snippets of the verse he had written again to fully absorb what was going on. The whole thing was emotional, and raw. I could imagine his voice rapping hard to form these thoughts, the angry and hurt emotions seeping in.
“I can feel the struggle through the lyrics. It’s like you’ve been through a love that is fake and betrayal, yes…that, cruel betrayal,” I meet his eyes again, and grow a little confused when a chuckle of irony sounds from him. It must have been some joke I didn’t understand.
“I’m glad you feel so much from it. I’m actually going to try a different technique with this track, so expect some changes from my usual style,” He smiled again, taking the notepad before I can catch any glimpses of the other notes. I huff with annoyance.
“You’re not just gonna tell me?”
“Just because you work for Bighit doesn’t mean you get every special privilege,” He deadpanned, and I almost reeled at the thought of bothering him with my question. Then, he smiled again while tucking his notepad away.
“Plus, you’re a fan, so my goal is to keep it a secret for as long as possible.”
“Mean,” I grunted, pulling onto the road again so I can start to head home. The sky was darkening, and I knew there was only so many boundaries I could push before I crossed the line. Yoongi seemed to know this too, but he avoided addressing the subject for some reason.
“Where do you want to be dropped? I’ll have you know I’ve been charging you handsomely for this Uber service,” I mutter, still pretending to be pissed off at him for hiding information.
“I’ll buy you a coffee next time, I swear.”
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