After 10 minutes of just staring down at his perfect angels, Jimin didn’t want to wake up his sons so he laid Jungkook out on his blanket and wrapped him up like a burrito so he wouldn’t move as much. Then for Namjoon he draped a blanket over his small body and placed him across his brother so they weren’t too far away from each other. A vibrate from his pocket brought his attention to his phone and saw that it was from Hoseok. Suddenly he remembered that he forgot to update Hoseok about the situation and clicked the call button, waiting for Hoseok to pick up.
Jimin..hello, are you there? -H
Yeah, I’m here. -J whispered
Hey, I got your text and it’s been a while so I’m just checking up on you. Is Ms.Choi there, are you guys okay? -H
Jimin looked down at his sleeping boys and bit his lip to prevent himself from crying. He tried to speak but a crack of his voice seemed to be enough of a message for Hoseok.
Nooo -H whimpered.
Jimin heard some commotion on the other side of the phone and he can hear phrases of comfort like, “it’s okay”, “don’t be sad”, and “you have me.” A minute of silence fills the air and Jimin knew if he was going to be the best parent for Namjoon and Jungkook then he had to be strong and deal with the idea of death being a common factor. He slowly took a deep breath and cleared his throat again, this time more determined to sound like he has his shit together.
She called me with Jiyeon’s phone and told me everything that happened. Apparently everything was going according to plan but somehow... sigh... somehow they were attacked and she was bit, both of them were. She spent her last few minutes talking with me before she..before she turned and was gone. -J
I can’t believe this is happening, just a few hours ago she was sending me pictures of Jungkookie and Joonie playing together..oh my god! Namjoonie and Jungkookie!! How are they? Do they know? What’s going to happen to them? Poor them, they’re all alone with no one else except each other. -H
Jimin swallowed Hoseok’s sour words because he knows that the latter doesn’t know of the promise he made to Ms.Choi.
Yeah I know. As for Joonie and Kookie, they are okay and Joonie knows because I told him while we ate earlier. Actually, the talk with him went well but he’s still going to need time to process everything so I’m not going to rush him into anything. I mean they’re so young, Jungkookie doesn’t even understand anything that’s happening so I played a movie to get them distracted, it’s heartbreaking. -J
Poor babies, I just want to hug them and tell them it’s okay. Who knows what’s going to happen now that Ms. Choi is gone, I mean a child depends on their mother’s love and nurturing but now that’s been taken away fro— -H
They are not alone because I’m taking care of them, okay? It was Ms.Choi’s wish for me to have Jungkookie and Namjoonie, so I’ll give them all the nurturing and love in the world, damn it, if I have to travel across the fucking galaxy then I’ll go. -J interrupted a bit coldly.
Ji-Jimin, I’m sorry I didn’t mean to offend you. Of course you’re going to take care of them and if there was anyone who had to, it would be you. Look, I’m just worried for you guys, I mean taking two care of two kids won’t be easy Jimin-ah. You’re going to need help getting diapers, formula and medicine if the boys were to get sick. -H
Jimin took a step back as he took in Hoseok’s words and he realized that he was right.
No, no, no you shouldn’t be apologizing, I’m just so stressed and tired. I know it’s going to be hard and I know the boys will be needing stuff later on. But for right now, I’m just trying to comfort them the best way I can. Honestly I don’t know what to do, all I know is that I gave Ms.Choi my word and I will do everything in my power to keep that promise. -J
Then Jimin heard some shuffling in the background as well as voices talking with each other for about 5 minutes. During this time, he carefully cleaned around the living room with his phone to his ear just in case something happened.
Hey Jimin-ah, this is Yoongi hyung. I think I have a solution that can help everyone. -Y
Oh hi, hyung. Please share anything that could help, I’ll do anything if it means Joonie and Kookie will be safe. -J
Well, Hobi and I’ve been talking along with my child friend, Taehyung and we think it’s best if we group together. -Y
Wait, what do you mean hyung? -J
It’s just that we have a kid over here too, so it would be cruel if we just kept all these kids supplies for ourselves when you have 2 on your side. And it’s better to stick together because that means when we have to go out to get stuff we can go in pairs for extra protection. -Y
Jimin takes in his words and the more he thinks about it, he finds himself agreeing with Yoongi. He looks at both boys on his couch and smiles lightly.
You’re right, I think we should group together as well, anything to protect the kids and us. -J
Okay that’s great, we’ll go to you because even if there was a way for you to come to us with both kids, it’s still dangerous. -Y
That sounds like a great plan, I’ll text you guys my address but Hobi hyung should know the way to my house. Just text me when you’re here and I’ll let you in. -J
Okay we’ll see you in a bit, bye- Y
See you soon Jiminie, I can’t wait to hug you again and see the boys, love you. -H
I love you too, Hobi hyung. Please be careful and text me along the way, bye. -J
Jimin ends the phone call and immediately texts them his address. Taking a look around he sees the sun setting from the window. He looks to his left and sees a bright star and prays to his parents and Ms.Choi to watch over his friends. After his silent prayer, Jimin makes his way to his guest room and sees Ms.Choi’s along with the boys’ stuff scattered around the room. He does his best in tidying up the room by folding all of Ms.Choi’s clothes and putting them away in a storage closet then he puts all of Namjoon’s and Jungkook’s stuff in his room. After he was satisfied with the clean room he took out some extra blankets for Yoongi’s friend and the little boy. Setting it aside on the couch, he got a message from Hoseok saying they’re 10 min away. While thinking about the possible friend for Joonie and Kookie, Jimin hears a scream from outside his door. He closes his eyes and takes a deep breath. Quickly, Jimin looks over at the couch and thanks the stars that the boys were still asleep and out. Taking the knife near the door, he peaks through the hole and sees a man all bloody scanning for something. Jimin took a step back, holding his breath until his finger slipped and the knife dropped to the floor.
“Hello, is anyone there? I need some shelter, my sister was just eaten and I’m not sure if it’s safe to go downstairs. Please, I’m begging somebody, I don’t wanna die,” the stranger said.
When Jimin heard that last part, his heart went out to him. Carefully again, he looks through the hole and this time he sees a man scared for his life. Jimin shakes his head and puts the knife back on the table. Leaning over the counter he takes his pocket knife and puts it in his back pocket and moves the table away from the door. After a few seconds, Jimin opens the door and the man quickly whips his head around to him.
“Thank god, bless your soul, I was afraid that no one was here on this floor,” he said bowing.
“It’s okay, no need for formalities, I’m just happy to see you’re okay and alright,” Jimin said while standing by the door.
His head was telling him to let the guy in but something in his gut was telling him to shut the door and protect his babies. The guy looked up and gave Jimin an expected look to go inside.
“Oh yeah, well um...there’s a place just 2 floors below that has a storage room where you can hide in, you don’t have to worry about it being locked because there is no lock on it. I’m positive it’s a safe place for you to stay at, have a good day,” Jimin said gesturing towards the direction.
“Thank you kind sir, I hope you have a good day as well,” he said bowing again.
Jimin just nodded his head and closed the door but a foot got in the way.
“Oh, is there anything else you need?” Jimin said as he reached for his knife but before he could the door suddenly opened wide knocking him down on the floor.
Jimin quickly got up and saw the man standing right in the middle of the entrance of the door and hallway.
“Yes, I do need something. You see with zombies killing off our species, it’s becoming harder and harder to fill these urges. Now I have never been with a guy before but that doesn’t matter when the world is ending. Plus for a guy you could pass as a girl with those dear dainty features of yours, so let’s have some fun sugar,” he said while looking Jimin up and down.
Jimin just smiled because this prick wasn’t the only who’s tried to hit on him in the past four years of him living here. Plus his mom and dad made him take self-defense classes for instances like this. But before any movement happened though, a whine brought both of their attention towards the living room. Jimin automatically turned his head towards the intruder and felt a new type of fear rise in him.
“Oooo, you have children with you, maybe I can have fun with them next after I’m done with you,” he said with a craze look in your eye.
Every hair on Jimin’s body raised up and he ran into the man causing him to fall backwards into the hallway. Jimin started throwing punches and scratches to his face while cursing every vile thing he could think of. The man, however, was stronger than Jimin so he flipped them over and held both of Jimin’s wrists with one hand. Jimin closed his eyes as he felt hands slip under his shirt and a moment later he could feel his shirt being ripped open while the guy started to graze his nose across his neck.
“You smell so good and sweet. Maybe if you do a good job, I’ll leave the kids alone,” he said as he gripped Jimin’s slender waist tightly.
“Please I’ll do anything, just leave the kids alone,” Jimin sobbed out as he tried his best not to move.
A few minutes earlier..
Taehyung was hiding in an abandoned cafe trying to catch his breath when a small hand started to caress his cheeks.
“Hi Seokjinnie, are you okay? Does it hurt? Don’t worry we only have a few minutes to go,” Taehyung whispered as he brushed Seokjin’s hair back.
Seokjin shook his head and only clung his arms around Taehyung’s neck even tighter. Taehyung just chuckled and adjusted the sling he put Seokjin in so he could maneuver more better. His phone buzzes and he checks to see a text from Yoongi saying it was safe for the next stop. Taehyung just sent a smiley emoji and quickly gathered himself while gripping his gun more clearly and opened the door. Seeing that the coast was clear, he ran behind the cars and in five minutes, he saw the red building that used to be a barber shop but the broken windows seemed to be better interior design. He chuckled to himself as he hid behind the counter making sure the back was closed. Waiting for Yoongi’s text, Taehyung began to play with Seokjin’s fingers and rocked him back and forth. Soon he was on the move again but this time he saw the tall building which seemed to be the address that they were supposed to go to. But before he could make it any further, he saw the small groups of zombies around the corner and heard shouts that sounded oh so familiar to his ears.
“Taehyungie, if you can hear me there’s a door on the other side of the building, when I say now you run with Jinnie and quickly go to Jimin’s place and wait for us, okay? I repeat you stay there, you better not come back, me and hyung got this so go and run,” Hoseok yelled.
Taehyung cursed under his breath and when he heard a whistle that sounded like a mockingjay, he ran like his life depended on it. Looking back he could see Hoseok and Yoongi down the street leading the zombies with them. Seeing the door Hoseok was talking about, he opened it and saw what looked like a closet. Opening the second door he ended up in the lobby where he saw the elevator and pushed the 14th floor but it seemed to only go to the 9th. After it opened to the 9th floor, Taehyung headed towards the stairs and quickly jogged up while Seokjin was laughing at the way his hair flipped up and down. Hearing those giggles made Taehyung smile so he decided that maybe it was worth it. When he reached the 14th floor, he heard some commotion as he opened the door so he shushed Seokjin with a kiss to the forehead and gripped his gun more tightly.
He heard a small voice say, “Please I’ll do anything, just leave the kids alone.”
Taehyung’s heart clutched at the sad tone and he felt his insides burn at whoever was making a person feel such fear. When he peeks his head around the corner, he sees nothing but red rage.
“Close your eyes, baby,” he whispered to Seokjin as he placed his earphones on him and closed his jacket to cover him.
“Oh I know you’ll do anything but I want you to make me feel good because if not then those kids will have to suffer for it,” the stranger said.
“Wow and hear I thought you were just some sick fuck but now you’re just some sick fuck who likes to hurt children and buddy I’m here to tell you that people who hurt other people just because they’re fucking horny deserve to die. So tell me buddy, do you want to die or are we feeling a little regretful of our actions,” Taehyung said as he raised his gun, aiming at the strangers head.
The guy immediately raised his hands and backed away from Jimin who was laying down on the floor. Taehyung took 3 big strides towards Jimin and peered down and saw the most beautiful face he has ever seen in his life.
“Hey, it’s okay now. My name is Kim Taehyung, I’m Yoongi’s childhood friend you can trust me,” Taehyung said as he offered his hand.
Jimin looked at the hand and felt some comfort in the eyes of the stranger but before he can reach up, he saw the intruder make his way towards Taehyung.
“Watch ou—” Jimin started but a gunshot shut his mouth from saying any more words.
Taehyung watched the body slowly fall to the floor and sighed as he wiped his face from the blood that got on him.
“Now that he’s gone, I think it would be nice to go inside and wait for Hobi and Yoongi hyung to come back,” Taehyung said as he stuffed his gun into his pocket.
When Taehyung turned around he was met with a knife pointing to his neck.
“Whoa man take it easy. I told you who I am, let's not get any crazy ideas,” he said holding up both hands.
“How do I know you’re really you? That monster acted like a helpless man and look where that got me,” Jimin said as he motioned toward himself.
Taehyung took in his appearance and wanted nothing more to give him a hug and coo at those pouty lips. But he took the other way and opened up his jacket revealing a tiny Seokjinnie playing with Taehyung’s shirt.
Jimin gasped as the stranger revealed a child and he looked up as he made eye contact with the stranger. Jimin continued to stare as he got lost in those warm, dark eyes but after a few seconds he lowered his knife and looked down as he tried to get rid of his tears that were building up. However a warm fabric was draped over him and he sees that his body is now covered with the big jacket and he gives a small smile in appreciation realizing how exposed he truly was.
Then a cry from inside his living room made Jimin forget all his worries as he ran inside to see Namjoonie standing by the coffee table holding his blanket.
“Joonie baby. What’s wrong?” Jimin said as he crouched down to hug Namjoon.
“You weren’t here, you said you weren’t going to leave. Scary, it was scary. Don't leave me and Kookie,” he cried into Jimin’s shoulder.
“I won’t baby, I swear never again. I just had to open the door for some friends. But don't worry, I told you baby, you and Kookie are mine forever and I’ll never leave you,” Jimin said as he felt the tears roll hot down his cheeks.
Taehyung closed the door and locked it after he saw Jimin run inside and placed his backpack, duffle bag and gun on the table. Then he looked down at Jin and took off the headphones he was wearing and unwrapped the sling off of him. When he turned around he looked around the loft and felt very homey with all the decorations. But the most interesting thing was right in the middle, hugging a small boy who was crying. Taehyung felt his heart become warm and he couldn’t help but snug Seokjin closer to his arms.
“That tickles,” Seokjin said as he felt the tiny kisses on his neck.
Taehyung just smiled and continued to kiss him all over his face, leaving no skin untouched.
“Hyung, there’s someone right there,” Namjoon whispered into Jimin’s ear.
Jimin smiled and picked Namjoon up while turning around to face Taehyung. When Taehyung looked up, his breath was taken away once again as he took in the angel’s tear stricken face.
“Joonie, this is Taehyung-ssi and he has a very special friend for you to meet,” Jimin said as he looked down at Namjoon.
“Jinnie, this is umm...wait I didn’t really catch your name,” Taehyung said as he looked Jimin straight in the eyes.
“Oh yeah, um my name is Park Jimin,” Jimin muttered sheepishly as he felt his cheeks turning a shade of red.
“Okay then, Jinnie this is Jiminie and there seems to be a handsome boy there that wants to be your friend,” Taehyung said as he smiled politely at Jimin and Namjoon.
“Hi, my name is Seokjin but you can call me Jinnie. Nice to meet you Jimin hyu— can I call you hyung?” Seokjin said as he offered his hand,
Jimin nodded as he smiled sweetly up at Seokjin and extended his hand to shake the tiny one that was reaching out.
“Hi, my name is Namjoon but you can call me Joonie. Can I also call you hyung, Taehyung-ssi?” Namjoon whispered with big eyes.
“Of course you can Joonie,” Taehyung said while ruffling his head.
Both Jimin and Taehyung set Namjoon and Seokjin on the floor and saw them look at each other before embracing each other with a smile and giggles. Jimin melted from all the cuteness and snuck a peek at Taehyung who was watching them with a fond expression. Then he looked around to check on Jungkook and when he saw his baby eyes looking around the room, Jimin started to make his way towards him.
“My sweet bunny are you up?” Jimin said while picking him up.
Jungkook wiggled his hands out of the blanket and laid his head against Jimin’s shoulder. When Taehyung heard the angel speak he was met with cute doe eyes looking back at him and at the moment he was okay with dying right there.
“Hyung, hyung, look it’s a baby,” Jin said while tugging Taehyung’s sleeve.
“Would you like to see him?” Jimin said while sitting at the end of the couch adjusting Jungkook so he could face everyone in the room.
“Yeah hyung, awww he’s so cute. Look at his tiny fingers, what’s his name?” Jin said while looking down at Jungkook.
“His name is Jungkook but you can call him Kookie. He’s only 5 months old,” Namjoon said while holding up 5 fingers.
“Look at my smart boy,” Jimin said as he kissed Namjoon’s cheek.
“Hi Kookie, I’m your hyung. You can call me Jinnie,” Jin said as he lightly kissed his forehead.
Jungkook looked at Jin with big eyes and started to giggle with the attention he was getting. Taehyung was watching the whole interaction from a distance but a small ‘Taehyungie’ brought his attention to Jimin smiling at him brightly.
“Would you like to hold him?” Jimin whispered when Taehyung got closer.
Taehyung nodded his head and quickly ran to the kitchen to wash his hands because he didn’t want any germs to affect Jungkookie. When he came back he held out his arms and when he felt the weight added to his arms he couldn’t help but coo at the baby. Jungkook stared up at the man with curious eyes and smiled when he saw the man make funny faces. Taehyung’s heart became happy when he saw Jungkook’s smile and he felt it explode when a small hand gripped his arm. Looking down he saw Jimin staring up at him with a certain look in his eyes, in short words, it gave him butterflies. The moment, however, was short-lived when his phone started to ring so he adjusted Jungkook to his left arm. After making sure Jungkook was comfortable enough, he pulled out his phone and answered it.
Hey Taehyung, did you make it to Jimin’s place? Are you and Jinnie okay? -Y
Jimin, on the other hand, was trying his best to listen in without interrupting Taehyung’s personal space but it seemed damn near impossible so he pulled on Taehyung’s sleeve to get his attention. Taehyung smirked a little when he looked down at Jimin but put his phone on speaker, turning the volume just a little down.
Yeah hyung we’re good but where are you? Are you okay, do you need some back up? -T
No it’s okay, we’re okay. Hobi and I are at the dance building which seems pretty empty so far but we’re looking around just in case. -Y
Hyung that’s a little far from my place, what happened? -J said with his eyebrows furrowed.
Just a little off course Jimin, but I think we might have to stay here for the night. It’s too dark right now and we can’t risk not seeing anything at night. -Y
Hyung, I have the night vision goggles with me. I can easily meet up with you guys right now and we can come back in less than 2 hours tops. -T
When Jimin heard that he looked over at Namjoon and Seokjin who were playing with the blocks and legos in the corner and then at Jungkookie who was going in and out of sleep from the way Taehyung was swaying back and forth. As he looked up towards Taehyung, Jimin couldn’t see him risking himself even if it meant his friends would be with them right now, all he could think was how perfect Taehyung looked as he carried Jungkook with one arm and kept his gaze on both Namjoon and Seokjin. Without thinking, Jimin slowly shaked his head and took a step back from Taehyung. When Taehyung saw that, he frowned, not liking the distance between them go wider.
I’m not sure if that’s a great idea Taehyung, it’s too dangerous but you know I can never stop you. -Y
I..uh..No I think you’re right hyung, it’s too dangerous and plus we have a room full of wide awake kids. Just be careful and keep us updated. -T
As soon as Taehyung said that, Jimin visibly relaxed and let a breath of relief out as he looked up towards the ceiling.
We will and you too. Tell Jinnie and the kids we’ll see them in the morning and to have sweet dreams tonight. -Y
Jimin you rest as well, I want you, Taehyung, to make sure he does that, okay? Anyway we’re going to stay in the practice room and get some rest, we’ll text you guys if anything bad happens. Love you -H
Will do hyung. -T
Bye and sweet dreams. Please be safe. -J
Taehyung ends the phone call and puts his phone back in his pocket. He looks around at the kids and then at himself and mentally cringes at how dirty and sweaty he feels.
“Hey Jimin, would it be too much to ask for a shower, I want to wash off the..” Taehyung said motioning towards his body trying to find the right word but it seemed Jimin understood.
“Yeah um, there’s a bathroom down the hall towards your right. Do you need any clothes? I could try and find some but most of mine are small but I think I have a few that could fit your um...your ummm physique,” Jimin said, mumbling the last part.
“Thanks for offering but I have some clothes in my bag. Could you please just watch over Jinnie and make sure he’s okay?” Taehyung said.
He takes 2 steps forward and stops when he’s about a foot apart from Jimin. He takes note of the new scent of vanilla and strawberries filling his nose and sighs, feeling immense comfort from it. Shaking his head, Taehyung leans down and whispers, “It’s just that Jin is still traumatized and he may look fine now but deep down he’s really scared to be alone. I can’t leave him by himself actually, he only really feels comfortable around me and usually I would let him come and take a shower with me but he seems to like Joonie, Kookie and you. Just watch him and in case he gets too much just guide him to the bathroom and let him in, I’ll leave it unlocked.”
As Taehyung leaned down towards him, Jimin could smell the harsh scent of blood and sweat hit his nose but underneath it all, he found a sense of security in the woodsy and lavender smell which he assumes is his natural scent. Taking in this new information, however, broke his heart as he stared at Jin who looked back at him and smiled, as if he knew that Taehyung was talking about him. Smiling back Jimin wanted nothing more than to hug him and shield him from the rest of the world. Returning his attention back to Taehyung, he didn’t notice how close Taehyung actually was and as he turned he booped his nose against his. Jimin felt his cheeks blush profusely and tried to calm his beating heart by hiding behind his hands. Taehyung was so busy admiring Jimin’s reaction that he couldn’t help but let out a soft groan when he noticed Jimin’s perfect yet cute hands.
“You officially have the world’s cutest hands, I’m not even joking. They’re so small and tiny,” Taehyung said, grabbing Jimin’s left hand and caressing it with his thumb.
Jimin shrieks, feeling exposed as he lets Taehyung examine his hand. After a minute passes by, Jimin starts to feel embarrassed at how actually small his hands are and pulls his hand away.
“They’re not cute, you weirdo,” Jimin scowls a little bit.
“Oh but they are, look I can cover your whole hand with mine,” he said, grabbing Jimin’s hand again but this time actually covering it whole to prove his point.
Jimin was actually surprised and in awe as he looked at Taehyung’s long and slender fingers covering up his whole hand which took little to no effort.
“See not a weirdo, just appreciating a cute hand when I see one and you, my friend, have the cutest hands I have had the pleasure of seeing,” Taehyung said, smirking.
“Yeah, yeah,” Jimin mumbled.
Looking up, he takes the time to really look at Taehyung and wonders if he was personally sculpted by the gods themselves because there was no way a person like him actually exists. Laughing in his head, Jimin brings up his hand and runs his finger along Taehyung’s jawline and smiles at the sudden shiver he feels under his finger. Then he traces his finger down his face going right in the middle while lingering a bit longer on the lips. Peaking at Taehyung, Jimin sees him close his eyes as he sighs onto Jimin’s face. Finally Jimin rests his hand on his cheek, cradling it with such delicacy so he wouldn’t break the spell they were both in. Taehyung leaned into Jimin’s hand and hummed in satisfaction at the cool feeling.
“What you doing there, angel?” Taehyung said as he opened his eyes.
Jimin ignored the butterflies in his tummy when he heard the nickname Taehyung gave him and instead said, “What? I’m just appreciating a handsome face when I see one and you, my friend, have the most handsome face I have had the pleasure of seeing.”
When Taehyung heard that, his eyes widened in surprise and felt his cheeks start to burn from the way Jimin was smiling so sweetly at him and acting as if he didn’t just directly flirt with him just a second ago. Jimin, however, was dying on the inside hoping it wasn’t too much but seeing Taehyung’s reaction told him it wasn’t. Giving him time to cool down, Jimin noticed the dried blood on Taehyung’s neck and remembered that he was supposed to be taking a shower. He looked down at Jungkook who was sleeping against his chest and couldn’t bear the heart to remove him since he looked so comfortable and cute.
“Um Taehyung, earlier you asked me a question and to answer that, I will watch over Jinnie. But I think he’s going to be okay, I don’t know it’s just a feeling I have though so don’t worry and take as long as you need. We stick together now and I think we just have to remind ourselves that we are not alone,” Jimin whispered.
Taehyung tensed a little thinking about Jinnie and how they found him but the hand on his cheek relaxed him until he was nodding to Jimin’s words. Giving Jimin a weak smile, Taehyung slowly transferred Jungkook to Jimin’s hands. Then waited a minute to look at Jimin as he shifted Jungkook to a comfortable position, Taehyung couldn’t help but grin at how perfect and beautiful Jimin looked as he kissed Jungkook’s nose, cheeks, eyes and then forehead. Everything just felt so right whenever he looked at Jimin and that should be wrong when the world was being attacked by zombies but here he is feeling calm and happy. Then he walked towards the kitchen, grabbed one of his bags and walked over to Jin to kiss the top of his head as a reminder that he was still here. While walking by Jimin, he gave him a pat on the shoulder but a hand grabbed him, stopping him any further. He looked down at his hands and then at Jimin who was staring down until slowly he looked up and met Taehyung’s confused stare. Jimin didn’t say anything though and only squeezed his hand as if he was saying, it’s alright, I feel it too, before letting go but quickly Taehyung grabbed his hand and squeezed back understanding what Jimin was trying to say.
After Taehyung left for the shower, Jimin grabbed the soft baby mattress from the closet and laid Jungkook on it. Then he went to turn on his bluetooth speaker and began to play some soft music in the background while he went to the kitchen to reheat the food and make some cupcakes since he found a box last week during his hunt for food. He went on his tippy toes to look at Namjoon and Seokjin who were lightly dancing to the music and giggled at how cute they looked. Picking up his phone he started to record about a minute of their dancing before shifting the camera to Jungkook who was in the playpen sleeping and sent it to Hoseok and Yoongi to give them an update while informing them that Taehyung was taking a shower. Returning his attention to the food after receiving a message and video from Hoseok and Yoongi smiling and telling him how much they miss them and they can’t wait to see them in the morning, Jimin begins to move along to the music as well. When Jimin finally puts the cupcakes in the oven, he starts to make the icing but a small cry from the living room moves his feet towards the noise.
“Jinnie, baby what’s wrong?” Jimin said as he crouched down.
“Where’s hyungie, I miss him. Did he leave me? He promised he wouldn’t. Blue, red and orange, I see blue,” Jin said while crying into Jimin’s neck.
“No he didn’t baby, he’s just taking a shower because he felt all stinky and gross. Now we don’t want Taehyungie to feel all stinky and gross, don’t we?” Jimin said while wiping Jin’s tears wondering what he meant by blue, red and orange.
“Nooo..” Jin said, still letting out some tears.
“Don’t worry Jinnie, you have me and Jimin hyung until hyung gets out of the shower smelling all nice and clean,” Namjoon said while back hugging him.
Jin smiled at that and said, “Okay, you’re right.”
“I have an idea, since you boys have been good this whole time, you guys can help me decorate the cupcakes for dessert tonight,” Jimin said while tickling their sides.
The boys let out squeals of cheers and followed Jimin to the kitchen to wash their hands and wait until the cupcakes were done baking. After 5 minutes passed, Jimin took out the cupcakes, laid them out to cool and bent down in front of the boys to grab their hands and bring them to the open space of the living room. Can’t help falling in love with you began to play as Jimin twirled both boys with each hand and started to sing along to his favorite song to dance to. A new voice joined along and Jimin felt Jin’s hands slip out of his as he jumped into Taehyung’s arms. Leaning down Jimin picked up Namjoon and turned around still singing.
~Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things are meant to be~
Their voices flowed well together as both men swayed each boy in their arms and stole quick glances at each other.
~Take my hand
Take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you
Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand
Take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you
For I can’t help falling in love with you~
When the song finished, Jimin felt a kiss being pressed against his cheek and when he looked down, Namjoon just smiled up at him and Jimin repeated the same action to him.
“I love you my sweet Joonie,” Jimin said leaning his head against Namjoon’s.
“I love you more,” Namjoon whispered back.
Taehyung rubbed Jin’s back and felt him snuggle against his neck, breathing him in.
“Jinnie, baby, what color do you see?” Taehyung muttered into his hair.
“Pink, I see pink hyungie,” Jin replied leaning back to look into Taehyung’s eyes.
“That’s good baby, I’m happy too,” Taehyung said, pressing a kiss to his forehead.
Overhearing the conversation Jimin became curious about what Taehyung meant but decided to leave that for a later discussion. Adjusting Namjoon to his side, Jimin walked over to the kitchen and lifted the towel that was over the cupcakes and lightly touched the top to see how hot it was. Feeling a warm yet cool temperature, Jimin uncovered the cupcakes and placed Namjoon on the counter.
“Taehyung can you please bring Jinnie over here, I have a special mission for him,” Jimin called out.
“Coming,” he lightly shouted.
Taehyung slowly walked over to the kitchen and sat Jin next to Joonie while he took the chair next to the playpen Jungkook was sleeping in. Peering in, he lightly grabbed his tiny hand and smiled when Jungkook, unconsciously, wrapped his whole hand around just one finger. Turning his head, he watched Jimin stick out his tongue as he concentrated in carefully icing the cupcakes. Then looking at Namjoon and Seokjin who were choosing the decorations and lightly placing it on top of the cupcakes that were already iced, creating an array of happy faces, hearts and blobs of mixed colors. The whole scene felt very domestic and homey, Taehyung just closed his eyes and took the time to really capture the moment not wanting to miss a single detail. From the smell of the sweetness of the icing, feeling of Jungkook’s firm grip on his hand, hearing of lover by Taylor Swift play in the background, tasting the tears that fell from his eyes betraying his emotions and the cause of it was seeing Jimin compliment Jin and Joon’s decorations, giving them kisses on the cheeks and finally meeting his eyes. Jimin was concerned as he took in Taehyung’s tear stained face and seeing him shake his head as he gave him the most beautiful smile he has ever seen was enough for him to walk over after making sure the boys were safe from falling and hurting themselves. Taehyung tried to convince Jimin he was fine but deep down inside he hoped Jimin could see past the lies and facade he puts up because Taehyung was just so tired. But seeing him turn his head around scanning everywhere except Taehyung’s eyes hurt and he wanted nothing more to go so he could curse himself for thinking someone like Jimin could actually understand his twisted soul however two small hands grabbed his face proving him otherwise.
“I forget sometimes, you know. It’s usually whenever I’m playing with Joonie and Kookie or when I’m making dinner but it doesn’t make us bad people. I think it’s what keeps us sane or normal, I really don’t know what to call it, I just know it’s moments like this that remind me I’m not alone and that I have people worth fighting for,” Jimin confessed trying to keep the conversation between them.
“It’s just...it’s not fair and it’s so fucking messed up that they have no choice but to grow up like this. A lot of people have died and somehow we’re still alive with 3 kids to take care of. Don’t get me wrong, I would die for Jin, Joonie and Kookie but it shouldn’t have to be like that. Do you know how many zombies I have killed who were actually people I know, god damn it, I had to kill Jin’s parents to save him and they were my neighbors for seven fucking years. I met them when I was 15, ate dinner with them every single night, was even there for all of Jin’s birthdays but just like that they were gone because I killed them. Am I a monster?” Taehyung whispered as more tears fell down his face.
Jimin couldn’t help but let a couple of tears slip down after hearing Taehyung’s breakdown about his personal struggles and Jin, poor baby Jin.
“I’m not going to try and understand what you’ve been through because I haven’t killed someone I know, hell I’ve only killed 11 zombies these past 2 weeks. But I will be here by your side as you go through it, I would never judge you for something you have done to survive. Call me selfish but I’m glad you’re here with me now, if you hadn’t been there earlier I..I..I would have died and the boys...oh my god I can’t even think about that without it physically hurting right here,” Jimin said pointing to his heart, “and Tae, as for your question, you are not a monster. I don’t even think that should be a word in your vocabulary. Look, we don’t know each other that well but for some reason the second you said that word, it started to hurt right here.”
Jimin grabbed Taehyung’s free hand and placed it over his heart to make him see and feel how much it hurt him to know Taehyung thought himself that way. When Jimin did that, Taehyung could feel the warmth of his fast beating heart through his jacket and he could also feel the truth in Jimin’s words sink in. He let his hand rest there for a minute until he realized that Jungkook had let go of his other hand so he gripped both of Jimin’s hands and pulled him forward to properly wrap his arms around him. Jimin squeaked as he felt a pair of strong arms slip around his waist but relaxed immediately as he slipped his hands into Taehyung’s hair, pushing it back as they stayed there in silence. Taehyung hummed in appreciation, spreading his legs wider while tightening his grip to bring Jimin closer, considering their position with him sitting down and Jimin standing up. His face was smushed against Jimin’s bare and warm stomach.. wait a minute..he thought, he quickly leaned back and felt himself get mad as he took in the appearance of Jimin’s ripped up shirt.
“Jimin, do you want me to set up dinner?” Taehyung whispered as he looked up.
“It’s okay, I can do it. You must be exhausted from traveling with Jin. Plus it’s not really a hard job to do and it won’t take long,” Jimin muttered softly.
Taehyung sighed, “Angel I hate to be the one to break it to you but your shirt is still ripped from that asshole earlier and I think it would be a good idea for you to change before I get extremely mad again at that bastard for doing this to you.”
“How can you get mad at him, he’s dead Tae,” Jimin said while his ears blushed a red color at the thought of his exposed stomach being next to Taehyung’s face.
Taehyung gushed at the nickname as it rolled off Jimin’s tongue, “I don’t think you want to know the details, Jimin, so please for me.”
“Okay, for you. In the drawer by the stove is a placement mat for the pot. You can also grab the plates and cups from the cabinet above it,” Jimin said as he caressed Taehyung’s face.
Taehyung nodded his head looking towards the kitchen. Then he looked back at Jimin who was smiling so wide at him, it made him feel dizzy.
Jimin giggled as he said, “Tae, you have to let me go silly.”
“Oh, yeah you’re right, well um off you go and off I go to the kitchen.. which is right next to me,” Taehyung stumbled out, feeling very embarrassed.
Jimin laughed as he walked down the hallway to his room as Taehyung cried internally at himself for sounding so stupid. Jimin reached his bedroom door and opened it to reveal more added stuff such as a baby cot, clothes, bottles, diapers and toys. He felt weird but satisfied at his new room which he’ll be sharing with his babies. Heading towards his closet, he picked out a long-sleeved grey shirt to wear and brought the ripped pink shirt to the trash as he whispered a ‘fuck you’ to it. He went to the bathroom to quickly freshen up and winced slightly as he saw his reflection. Staring back at him was Jimin but more slightly puffy around his cheeks, nose red from crying and hair slightly disheveled. He washed his face and his neck wanting any trace of that man’s lips on him gone and moisturized right after with his all natural strawberry lotion which left his skin feeling so smooth and refreshed. Jimin quickly added some lip balm to his lips before turning off the lights and heading towards the living room. When he got there though, he was practically screaming at the scene before him. Right there in front of him was Taehyung carrying Jin and Joon in both arms while peering down at Kookie who he guessed was awake again because those sweet giggles can only belong to his bunny. He couldn’t help but lean against the wall while taking out his phone to take a few (more like 30) pictures of the scene before him.
When he was done, he announced his arrival by saying, “hello my sweet babies, shall we eat?”
“Yes we shall,” Taehyung said, smirking.
Jimin froze as he realized that he called Taehyung his baby but soon dismissed it to save his pride by showing he was not affected but the smile breaking out on Taehyung’s lips told him he was not doing a great job. Taking the seat next to Jungkook’s playpen, Jimin scowled at Taehyung as he passed him.
“Aigoo, my little bunny, are you hungry again? Did you have a good nap? Yes you did, you’re going to grow into a strong boy aren’t you?” Jimin cooed as he took Jungkook out of his bed.
Jungkook only snuggled his head into Jimin’s neck as a response.
“Will he be a strong boy like me hyung?” Jin asked as he grabbed his chopsticks to eat his dinner.
“Of course sweetie, he will be a strong boy just like you and Joonie,” he said while patting Jungkook’s back.
Looking around the room, Jimin got up as he saw Jungkook’s bottle on the bookcase in the living room and went up to grab it so he can feed Jungkook some more. But before he could sit down he started to cry lightly and Jimin quickly began to check what was wrong. He checked his diaper first sensing it right off the bat and was correct so he went to his room to change it while flashing a quick smile to the boys as he saw Taehyung’s concerned look from across the room.
Laying Jungkook on the bed, Jimin started to talk to him to make him feel like he wasn’t alone as he looked around for his diaper bag, which contained all of his stuff for a diaper change.
“My sweet, sweet bunny, don’t worry I’m coming,” Jimin said, dropping the bag next to Jungkook’s face and reaching down to take off his pants and unbutton his onesie.
The diaper change didn’t last that long since Jimin was an expert diaper changer and when he was done, Jungkook was feeling slightly better considering he was no longer crying anymore. But Jimin wasn’t satisfied with his outfit so he looked into their bag and brought out an onesie that resembled a bunny. Jimin recognized this outfit because he gifted it for Jungkook’s 100th Day celebration.
“Now Kookie, I think it’s only appropriate if you wear this because you are my only bunny and it’s just so cute,” Jimin brought the onesie in front of Jungkook’s view.
Jungkook reached out to grab it and started to hug it to his chest.
“I thought so, too,” Jimin giggled.
After changing Jungkook into his new outfit, Jimin carefully brought him to his chest and stood there for a minute. He walked them to his window and pointed to the bright star he saw earlier.
“Jungkookie, I know you’re probably too young to understand me but if you ever miss your mom then you can look to the stars and talk with her. She loved you very much and in this very second she still loves you. And I made an important promise to her that I was going to be the best parent to you and Namjoonie. I love you so much,” Jimin muttered into his head.
Jungkook looked back at Jimin and leaned forward to kiss him but only managed to reach his chin. However, Jimin was satisfied nonetheless, and gave him a kiss back.
“Let’s join the boys shall we?” Jimin said.
Jungkook screeched into his ears and started to laugh in excitement. Jimin just gave him kisses as he walked back into the kitchen.
“Hello my sweet babies, shall we eat?” Taehyung said as he saw Jimin and Jungkook enter.
Jimin just stuck his tongue out at him and grabbed the bottle he left on the counter to feed it to Jungkook while he sat back down. Looking around, he saw both boys eating their food and talking to each other as they discussed their favorite toys to play with then he looked towards his right and saw Taehyung looking straight back at him as if he was waiting for him.