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The new episode of Run BTS! Is a feast for the eyes, at least in Jimin’s opinion. He sits on the couch with a bag of honey chips in his arms and a lot on his mind. At least today’s episode serves as a much-needed distraction. Jeongguk’s short hair and swollen cheeks gives Jimin all sorts of butterflies. The episode was probably recorded earlier this year judging by Jeongguk’s hair and youthfulness.

Jimin munches, crunches and laughs as the episode carries on. Watching BTS has always helped Jimin heal; from the way they interact with each other to their contagious laughter. It’s nice watching them like this, but his view has changed over the months. Of course, he still finds joy in watching them, but he knows them. Personally. And he can’t help but notice the slight disconnect in their onscreen personas compared to their real-life personas.

Jeongguk’s the same way. Different yet the same.

Jimin dazedly chews as he recalls the conversation with Jeongguk from a few days ago.

“You don’t seem too happy about this…” Jeongguk murmurs as he takes in Jimin’s downcast expression.

“I just,” Jimin swallows. “I don’t know…aren’t things fine just the way they are?”

Conflict flickers in Jeongguk’s eyes, “I’m not saying they aren’t fine.”

“Then we can wait.” Jimin grips Jeongguk’s arms. “Can’t we wait?”

Jimin clicks the TV off and bounces to his feet. Classes were cancelled for today and Taemin told Jimin to take the day off and enjoy himself. “You deserve it.” he said. Jimin plans on enjoying himself, maybe hit up a club or two later tonight. He might even send Jeongguk a few promiscuous photos to mess with him. Jimin grins wickedly. That’s not such a bad idea.

Suddenly his phone buzzes with a message. Jimin tilts his head confusedly as he scoops up his phone. He figures it’s Taehyung messaging him since Jeongguk said he was going to be busy today. However, he’s surprised to see it’s a message from Hoseok.

Sunshine

Ya busy?

JK’s Baby

Nope, today’s an off day for me

JK’s Baby

Wht’s up?

Sunshine

Can we meet?

Sunshine

I need to talk to you

 

JK’s Baby

Me??? U wanna see me and not taehyung???

Sunshine

Yeeaaaaaah….i need to talk to you about him….

Jimin smiles to himself.

JK’s Baby

Okay, give me a time and a place

Sunshine

:D ur the best!!!!!!

Sunshine

Xoxoxox~

Sunshine

Also, is everything okay between you and Jeongguk?

JK’s baby

Yeah, why?

Sunshine

He seemed kinda mopey this morning

JK’s Baby

Oh…yeah everything’s fine

JK’s Baby

We’ve been tlking about somethings, thts all

Jimin sends several smiley emojis for added effect. He doesn’t want to strain his relationship with the other members because of his indecisiveness and insecurity. Honestly though, everything is okay, at least for now.

JK’s Baby

Anyways whn do u wanna meet?

Sunshine

Tomorrow morning at 7am

Sunshine

I know it’s early but I need to be in the studio later

 

JK’s Baby

Nah tht’s fine, I have class at 9 so it works out : )

Sunshine

Awesome!!! I’ll send u the address later tonight

JK’s Baby

Mmkay

 

Biting his lip, Jimin decides to send Jeongguk a short and sweet text since texting Jeongguk eases his mind. The memes, the jokes (sometimes sexual, often not) and Jeongguk’s unnecessary use of “?” and “!”. Texting Jeongguk simply makes Jimin happy, arguably the happiest man on earth.

He calls me baby

Thinking of you, hope you’re thinking of me too

<3

 

Cameras flash in quick succession as Jeongguk changes his facial expression to suit the mood. It’s currently 10am and the shoot hasn’t been going on for more than an hour, but Jeongguk’s already over it. His thoughts can’t seem to focus on anything other than the conversation he had with Jimin. The way Jimin looked at him and spoke to him, so desperate to cling onto the current state of their relationship. Hidden.

“Tilt your head a bit for me.” The director orders.

Jeongguk complies with a light sigh. Two more hours and it’ll be over. He drapes an arm over his face and stares longingly into the camera lens. After a few more shots, the director signals for a break and stylists flock onto the set. They touch up his make-up and muse his hair before dispersing once again. Jeongguk hurries off the set towards his manager.

“Hyung, do we have another schedule after this?”

“Filming a CF for Puma.” Sejin informs.

Jeongguk presses his lips together. “After that?”

“Well, you’re free until tomorrow evening.”

Jeongguk’s eyes light up. “Do you think I could…”

“See Jimin?” Sejin questions with a soft smile.

Jeongguk nods.

“Of course, as long as you’re careful.”

“You know I’m always careful.” Jeongguk says with a light punch to Sejin’s arm.

Sejin regards him with a warm gaze before directing his attention to the other members. Namjoon and Seokjin are gathered by the monitor to look over their photos while Yoongi’s sleeping in a chair and Hoseok—Jeongguk looks around—is nowhere to be found. Maybe he slipped off to call Taehyung? A slow smirk spreads across Jeongguk’s face and with a new mission in mind, he saunters down the hall towards the bathroom. He’s careful to walk on the balls of his feet as he inches down the hall. Jeongguk figures if he catches Hoseok in the act of talking to Taehyung, it’ll be a lot easier to bring up the topic of getting them together. What if he doesn’t like Taehyung? Jeongguk gasps at such a thought and lightly slaps himself across the face. Stop sending out bad vibes, he chastises himself, I’m 100% sure he’d sell his soul to Taehyung.

“Yeah, I’m at a shoot right now.”

Jeongguk freezes at the happy tinker of Hoseok’s voice.

“What about you?” Hoseok laughs lightly as he slips out of the bathroom with a hand to his neck. “Really?! I’m so happy for you.”

Jeongguk backs himself up against a wall hoping he’d somehow become invisible within the next five seconds.

“I was thinking, to celebrate the success of your art project maybe…” Hoseok licks his lips. “we could see a movie. Wasn’t the Blue Theater showing old—” the person on the line must’ve cut him off because Hoseok abruptly stops speaking and a bright smile splinters across his face. “I’m sorry, classic English movies.” He corrects.

Jeongguk watches for a few seconds more before he steps forward into Hoseok’s line of sight.

“Yeah, whatever time works for you.” Hoseok laughs again loud and bashful. “Right, sorry, sometimes I forget I’m famous.” He remarks sarcastically.

Still unnoticed by Hoseok, Jeongguk takes a step forward and deliberately clears his throat. Hoseok’s head snaps up so fast his dark hair whips out of his eyes and Jeongguk momentarily worries for his neck.

However, Jeongguk pushes such thoughts aside to focus on the task at hand. “Who?” he whispers while gesturing to Hoseok’s phone.

“None of your business.” Hoseok snaps, but his tone quickly changes when he speaks into his phone. “No, I was talking to Jeongguk.”

Jeongguk scoffs offendedly

“Yeah, okay, I’ll talk to you later. Mhm, bye.” The second Hoseok hangs up, he pins Jeongguk with a bewildered (slightly annoyed) expression. “What’re you doing?”

“What are you doing?” Jeongguk retorts.

“I don’t have to answer that.”

“But you will once I tell you I know who you were talking to.”

Hoseok’s eyebrows draw together confusedly. “What…logic is that?”

“Jeongguk Logic, it’s a work in progress at the moment.”

Hoseok snorts.

“Anyways,” he straightens up, opting for a serious posture and tone. “you were talking to Taehyung, weren’t you?”

Hoseok’s eyes widen comically.

Jeongguk clicks his tongue. “You’re quite obvious, hyung.”

Hoseok hesitates in coming up with a believable lie, so with a sigh, he places a hand to Jeongguk’s shoulder. “Don’t tell the others, okay?”

Jeongguk beams, “Of course!”

Hoseok visibly relaxes.

“I’m kinda offended you’d think I’d tell in the first place.” Jeongguk murmurs. “Especially since you’ve been there for me when Jimin and I started dating.”

“Sorry, what I said came across insensitive, I just…” Hoseok squeezes Jeongguk’s shoulder. “I don’t know what to do.”

“It’s a lot harder when you’re the one walking on fire.”

Hoseok nods with a lopsided grin, “I want to tell the guys, but I’m not sure what we are—Taehyung and I.”

For a moment, Jeongguk figures he could make this easier on all of them by telling Hoseok how Taehyung truly feels, but that isn’t his place and Jimin would beat his ass for doing such a thing.

“So, I’m meeting Jimin tomorrow to talk to him about the best way to approach Taehyung.” Hoseok continues. “About dating that is.”

“You’re really thinking about dating him?”

Hoseok chews nervously on his bottom lip. “Yeah,” his cheeks flush a pretty pink. “he makes me feel things, Gguk, unbelievable things.”

Jeongguk knows that feeling all too well—the numerous emotions of falling for someone and openly loving someone. Openly. “I understand.” Jeongguk replies softly. “Wait…you’re meeting Jimin?”

Hoseok nods, “I texted him earlier.”

“That’s not fair.”

“You can text him if you want to.”

“Yeah, I’m just playing the jealous boyfriend card right now.”

Hoseok laughs, “You’re weird.”

“Jimin loves me for it though.” Jeongguk’s struck with a sudden idea. “We should get together sometime, all four of us.”

“Like a…double date?”

“Something like that, but we won’t label it as such so it doesn’t scare Taehyung off.”

Hoseok tosses the idea around in his head. “That’s not a bad idea…”

“I know, I’m a genius.”

Hoseok eyes him and then laughs lightly. “Whatever you say.”

The photoshoot wraps up smoothly and Jeongguk has some time to spare now that it’s over. He makes himself comfortable in the backseat of the van as the other members climb in. They’re on their way to their next shoot and Jeongguk decides to text Jimin before it’s too late.

Gguk

I’m thinking of u too and how u made plans with Hoseok-hyung w/o me

Gguk

: (

He calls me baby

I was gonna tell u but thn I got busy with some stuff

Gguk

: (((((

Gguk

I thought we were a team

Gguk

I thought we were in this together

He calls me baby

Stop being so dramatic

Gguk

Send me a selfie and I’ll think about it

He calls me baby

[IMAGE ATTACHED]

Jeongguk gasps and his entire face flushes red at the sight.

Beside him Yoongi chokes on his water, “I did not need to see that.” he mutters.

Gguk

BABY WTF WTFW TFDYSFDSFDS

Gguk

WHATFASADCBDKV

Gguk

I’M IN THE FVCKING CAR

Gguk

WITH THE HYUNGS

He calls me baby

Tht was an accident : )

Gguk

WHAT THE FVCK

He calls me baby

are u complaining….?

Gguk

No, hell no, not at all

Gguk

Just…give me a warning next time so I don’t pop one in the car

He calls me baby

I’ll think about it

Gguk

I am so srry for saying tht earlier and calling u out w/o thinking about wht u might be doing

Gguk

I was wrong

Gguk

Gguk

Forgive me

He calls me baby

(Only good boys are forgiven)

He calls me baby

WHY USE THT GIF

He calls me baby

I BAWLED THT DAY WHN YA’LL WON

Gguk

(I’ll be good)

Gguk

I bawled just last night

He calls me baby

….why?

Gguk

Bc I realized I won ur heart

He calls me baby

I can’t with u

Gguk

<3 <3 <3 love you too~

The next day

It’s 7:13am and Jimin hopes he’s not running too late and that Hoseok is still waiting for him. Last night he didn’t return home until 1am and didn’t go to sleep till 2:30am because he was busy on the phone with Jeongguk. Their conversation truly wasn’t much of a “conversation” as it was a more a declaration of how needy Jeongguk’s been these past few days.

“I’m touch starved, Jimin.” Jeongguk declares. “My insides are shrinking.”

“If you can’t handle seeing me for less than two days, imagine how you’ll be once your encore tour starts.”

Jeongguk gasps, “I hadn’t thought about that.”

“Yep…” Jimin trails off wistfully.

The last tour brought a slight strain to their relationship; the distance and time difference. Sometimes Jimin woke up cranky and unknowingly projected such emotions on Jeongguk. Other times Jeongguk went to bed late and answered Jimin with uncalled for aggression or disinterest. 

Which resulted in their first big fight.

Words were said and silence followed, but soon after they started speaking to each other again. They both apologized and readily forgave each other.

“It won’t be as bad.” Jeongguk assures. “Especially if what I’m planning goes well.”

Jimin flies through the café doors and stumbles inside. People look his way with confused gazes before going about their business. Jimin bows apologetically as he makes his way up the stairs. When he turns the corner, he spots Hoseok sitting with someone by the window. As Jimin nears, he recognizes Jeongguk’s signature oversized hoodie. The green oneTM (it’s the one Jimin’s worn countless times).

Hoseok jumps up the second his eyes land on Jimin. “You made it!”

“A little late though.” Jimin murmurs apologetically.

Hoseok rushes forward to pull Jimin into a hug. “No need to feel bad about it.”

Jeongguk waves from his seat and makes room in the booth for Jimin to sit beside him. Jimin doesn’t question why Jeongguk is here, instead he settles beside him and intertwines his fingers with Jeongguk’s.

“This kid decided to tag along,” Hoseok explains. “he also wants to help out.”

Jeongguk clicks his tongue, “I’m far from being a kid, hyung.”

“Sorry, old habit.”

Jeongguk grins understandingly before directing his attention to Jimin. “We haven’t ordered yet; do you want me to order for you?”

“Yeah, can you get me something strong?”

“Yep.” Jeongguk leans over for a kiss. “Be back.” He slides out of the booth and walks briskly down the stairs.

Hoseok sighs, “You two are so sweet to each other.”

Jimin blushes, “It’s Jeongguk who’s the sweetheart; he practically wears his heart on his sleeve.”

“Don’t disregard yourself like that, Jeongguk’s lucky to have someone so patient and understanding. He was quite the hassle when he was younger,” Hoseok laughs. “but he’s grown into himself.”

Jimin nods. “He truly has.”

Jimin recalls watching videos of “baby gguk.” He was so quiet and introverted as he struggled to piece himself together in a group of four other boys. They were all ripe and anxious about the future yet here they are now. Experienced and wise, yet so young with a will to learn more.

“Anyways, when did you first start to like, Tae?” Jimin rests his chin in his hands and stares intensely back at Hoseok.

“What?” Hoseok coughs.

“Taehyung. Why did you start to like him?”

“Oh…well…” a tender smile slips onto Hoseok’s face as he begins to tell his story. “It was last year when we ate dinner together for the second time…”

“Here’s to successfully completing the Love Yourself Tour!” Namjoon cheers as he raises a glass.

“Thank god!” Seokjin chimes; cheeks pink and lips swollen red.

Yoongi grumbles something about nearly dying while popping a piece of bread into his mouth.

Jeongguk tightens his grip on Jimin’s hand and leans over to whisper, “I’m free tonight…”

Jimin turns to him with wide, excited eyes, “Really?”

“Uh-huh,” he places a hand to Jimin’s thigh. “I was thinking of coming over…”

Jimin swallows.

“Is that okay?” Jeongguk tightens his grip on Jimin’s thigh while giving him his best puppy-eyes.

“Y-yeah,” Jimin mutters. “totally okay—A-okay—fantastic.”

Jeongguk beams.

Hoseok shakes his head at them before facing Taehyung. He’s taken aback to see that Taehyung is already looking at him. Those round, gorgeous eyes are staring straight through his soul. “Y-yes?” he blubbers. “How can I help you?”

His sudden question causes Taehyung to chuckle—light and sweet—his entire face melts like sweet ice-cream. If Taehyung were a flavor, he’d be strawberry.  “Can you pour me a glass of soju?”

“Yeah.” Hoseok fumbles for the glass as he tries not to think about the sultry way Taehyung seems to gaze at him. Does he look at everyone like he can see into their souls?

“You’re blushing.” Taehyung suddenly states when Hoseok turns back to him.

“I am?”

Taehyung nods, “Red up to your ears.”

“I can’t hold my liquor well.”

Taehyung laughs. “Neither can I, I prefer wine.” He holds out his glass to Hoseok. “But I’ll drink tonight to honor your success.”

Hoseok begins to pour, “What about you Mr. Art Student? I heard about your gallery exhibition from Jeongguk.”

“Y-you heard?” Taehyung flusters and his eyes double in size.

“God, you’re cute.” Hoseok’s brain must’ve malfunctioned because he just said that out loud. He’s been told he has a bad habit of saying what’s on his mind. “Shit.” He mutters.

Taehyung grins, “You are too.”

Hoseok stops pouring and stares wide-eyed at the artsy God before him.

“Cute that is.”

“I just fell for the way he looked at me and the way he talked—all slow and deliberate as though every word was precalculated.” Hoseok fiddles with the string of his jacket. “But not calculated in the crazy-I’ve-been-watching-you-way, but I-care-about-talking-to-you-so-I’m-going-to-think-about-what-I-say-before-saying-it-way.”

“Oh my god,” Jimin gasps while leaning back. “you’re so in love with him, oh my god.”

“That bad?”

Jimin nods while hiding his smile behind his hand, “Oh yeah.”

Before the conversation goes any further, Jeongguk returns with Jimin’s drink in hand. “I got you something to snack on since you probably didn’t have time to grab something to eat.” Jeongguk says as he scoots in next to Jimin. “I didn’t know if you were in a sweet mood or salty mood, so I got you an egg tart and a ham croissant.”

Unable to respond coherently, Jimin opts to kiss Jeongguk to express how touched he is.

“Okay, that,” Hoseok points between them. “is just gross, but I respect how much you love each other.”

Jeongguk smirks, “Just wait ‘til you and Taehyung start dating.”

“Taehyung’s the clingy type.” Jimin adds.

Hoseok’s eyebrows quirk up. “Really?”

“Yep, he’s a major baby.”

Hoseok pulls out an invisible pen and begins to scrawl across his hand. “Ma-jor ba-by. The cling-y ty-pe. Noted.”

Jimin laughs. “Anyways, let’s get down to business.”

Jeongguk steals a bite from Jimin’s egg tart before pointing to Hoseok. “Are you confident?”

Hoseok blinks, “Come again?”

“Are you confident in your feelings for Taehyung?”

“Yes, of course, I’ve been pining over him for a little over a year now.”

“Confident enough to date him even if others don’t know you’re dating?” Jeongguk asks.

“Yes, that doesn’t bother me.”

“But it’ll probably bother Taehyung.” Jimin says.

This statement gives Hoseok pause.

“He likes being exclusive; going out in public, posting about his partner and things like that.” Jimin elaborates.

Jeongguk nods dazedly as his thoughts shift to his relationship with Jimin. I want that too.

“Okay…I see what you’re saying.” Hoseok replies.

Jimin sips from his Americano, “But you can worry about that once you’re together.”

“Right…”

Hoseok has thought about what it means to date, especially to date someone outside of the “norm” in South Korea and to go public with his relationship as a member of BTS. Now that he thinks about the amount of emotional strength it takes and trust in a relationship—he has major respect for Jeongguk and Jimin.

Their conversation carries on despite a few distractions, one of them being Jeongguk’s need to film Jimin as he eats. Jimin doesn’t seem fazed by Jeongguk’s phone in his face and Hoseok deems that this must be a normal occurrence between them. Besides, Jeongguk looks so happy while looking at Jimin—he’s the epitome of contentedness.

Towards the end of their conversation, they decide it’d be best for Hoseok to confess the night of Taehyung’s second gallery exhibition.

“You might not be able to come to the exhibit, but it’ll make him happy to see you afterwards.” Jimin assures.

They say their goodbyes and Hoseok hugs Jimin before sneaking off to the parking garage across the street.

Jimin watches as he goes before turning to Jeongguk. “Why’re you following me?”

“Let me walk you to class.” Jeongguk begs. “Please, just this once, angel.”

Jimin scowls, “Can’t do that.”

“No one’ll even know who I am.”

He looks Jeongguk up and down, “I’ve met fans that could recognize you by your neck alone.”

“Then…can we talk at your place later?” Jeongguk mumbles as a pout curls his lips.

Finding him particularly irresistible, Jimin lowers Jeongguk’s mask and steals a kiss. “Okay, I’ll text you when I get out of class.”

Jeongguk beams and in his excitement, he pulls Jimin towards him by his waist. “You’re the best, oh and Jimin…”

“Hm?”

Jeongguk looks around anxiously while chewing on his lower lip.

“What’s wrong?”

After taking a deep breath, Jeongguk confesses, “I was serious though…about going public.”

“I know,” Jimin reaches up to tuck Jeongguk’s hair behind his ear. “let’s talk about it in detail when you come by later.”

Jeongguk leans into Jimin’s touch, “Okay.” He softly replies.

 

<3

 

This’ll be Jeongguk’s hundred-something time lying on Jimin’s bed (that number might be a bit inflated), but he still can’t get used to the comfort of it all. Everything about Jimin’s bedroom feels like stepping into a sauna after a long day and relaxing. He can truly unwind when he’s at Jimin’s place.

“I’m gonna shower really quick.” Jimin calls from down the hall.

Jeongguk perks up at that and nearly falls on his face as he flies from the bed. “Shower?” he questions while peeping out from the doorway.

Jimin laughs loudly, “I’m joking dumbass. I showered this morning.”

“I showered this morning.” Jeongguk mocks while rolling his eyes dramatically. “You’re such a tease.”

Jimin walks up to him while laughing his signature marshmallow-laugh. “I can tease you even more if you want.”

Jeongguk maintains a blank expression as he slides an arm around Jimin’s waist. “I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”

“Aw, why? Is my big baby going to punish me?” Jimin questions daringly.

Jeongguk grins.

“Am I in trouble now?” Jimin drapes his arms around Jeongguk’s shoulders while tilting his head. “Hm?”

Jeongguk’s gaze follows the sway of Jimin’s blonde bangs and he takes a deep breath. “You’re unfair you know that, right?”

Jimin shrugs, “I’ve been told.”

“Like,” Jeongguk leans in close, “I’m trying to ignore the guy downstairs despite having you so close like this.” His eyebrows furrow. “I’m trying to be good.”

“The guy downstairs? Satan?” Jimin asks feigning innocence.  

Jeongguk laughs, “No, angel, the ‘guy’ that’s currently pressing into your thigh.”

Jimin reddens at that, but that doesn’t stop him from pressing into Jeongguk. In the softest and sweetest voice, Jimin whispers against Jeongguk’s lips. “I want you to be bad.”

“Fuck it then.”

Their lips meet with the intensity of days spent without intimacy and Jeongguk figures they’ll talk about the important stuff after making up for the times they never finished what they started.

Bonus

He calls me baby

U busy?

Gguk

Nah not yet whts up?

He calls me baby

I did a thing~

Gguk

???

He calls me baby

 

Gguk

I’m muting

Gguk

Ur so mean

 

He calls me baby

Says the one who LITERALLY gave my back a spasm bc he was “touch starved”

He calls me baby

I had to lie to taemin about y I was limping….

Gguk

I’m so srry about tht  : ((( ily so so so much

Gguk

U were super hot n stuff but ik tht doesn’t excuse my behavior

He calls me baby

Nah, it was fun

He calls me baby

I kinda like bad boy jeongguk

Gguk

….

Gguk

Tht made me hard

He calls me baby

Ew bye u hormonal baby

Gguk

Jimin nooooo come back