The next few weeks go by in a flash, Chanyeol completely throwing himself into his work so he can do as much as possible in the time he has left at his internship. He doesn’t exactly cut off contact with his friends at his university, but he admits he’s slightly distant.
He just wants a few weeks to get his thoughts together, plus he wants a chance to relax before he moves back in with Kyungsoo and has to start facing his problems again. He still has his weekly phone calls with Kyungsoo but he keeps the conversations on the topic of university and work, he doesn’t mention his break up with Sehun or bring up anything to do with Baekhyun.
It gets a little bit lonely really, especially with him and Sehun not talking anymore and the chats with Kyungsoo being rather generic. He’s grateful that he gets along with so many of his co-workers, they at least make work more sociable. Most of his co-workers are very fond of him and enjoy the energy he brings into the workplace, making things a bit more lively.
Other than his coworkers, he mainly talks to his mum, especially about Baekhyun. He’s known for over thinking and his mum’s definitely the best person to talk him out of his worries. He thinks he’ll struggle a lot when he moves away from his mum again, but remembers Kyungsoo has always acted sort of motherly towards him anyway.
Soon, it’s his last week at the internship and he’s spending his evenings packing to move out again, his mum insisting on helping out which usually turns into her asking Chanyeol about Baekhyun. Apparently, she finds it greatly amusing to see Chanyeol blush and get flustered when he talks about Baekhyun. Every day she tells Chanyeol how whipped he is even though he’s not dating Baekhyun yet, Chanyeol’s not sure how much more teasing he can take.
His last day of work is slightly emotional, Chanyeol’s always the type to cry when saying goodbye, and that sets off the older employees who dote on him. He’s taken out for a goodbye meal with some of his co-workers who are closer to his age, and he gets more drunk than intended what with everyone buying him drinks.
If sober Chanyeol is emotional then drunk Chanyeol is a sobbing mess, which is exactly what Chanyeol is like by the end of the evening. He cries when they give him a goodbye present, cries when he reads the card that came with it, and he cries the most when they decide to call it a night and start saying goodbyes.
He’s driven home by the producer who had requested him to come to the company in the first place, and they spend 30 minutes parked outside Chanyeol’s house talking. The producer insists that it’s to allow Chanyeol to sober up a bit, but Chanyeol knows he’s reluctant to say goodbye yet.
When it hits quarter to 10 however, they decide it’s time to say their goodbye’s. Chanyeol manages to get control of his crying but he’s still sniffling as he’s pulled into a hug, his work colleague saying, “You’ll always have a place at the company, I'll make sure of that. Now get out my car, you giant puppy. I don’t want you making me cry.”
Chanyeol lets out a laugh, holding his hand out to shake his co-worker's hand before saying, “Thank you for everything, thank you for picking me.”
He lingers for just a moment longer before taking a deep breath and opening the car door, sliding out of his seat. He shuts the car door and steps back, watching the car drive away until he can’t see it anymore. He turns around to head towards his front door, having to stop a few steps in when he realises he’s drunker than he thought.
He’s standing at the edge of his driveway trying to keep his balance when he hears a familiar voice call out, “Chanyeol?”
Turning his head towards the voice, he spots Sehun heading down the street towards him, dressed in his work clothes. It’s the first time Chanyeol’s seen him since the breakup and it’d definitely be awkward if Chanyeol wasn’t drunk.
Sehun looks him up and down, a flash of sadness in his expression before it forms into a neutral expression, as he says, “Why are you standing in - are you drunk?”
Chanyeol grins at him, lifting his hand up and holding his thumb and index finger close together as he says, “Just a little.”
Sehun lets out a laugh, smirking as he says, “You can’t walk properly, can you?”
Chanyeol pouts like a kid, eyes cast downwards as he says, “No, it sucks.”
He figures Sehun’s moved on when there’s no response, but then he feels an arm snake around his waist. He looks up in surprise, meeting Sehun’s gaze as the younger says, “Come on then, I'll help you to your door.”
Chanyeol’s sure he’ll feel embarrassed about having to be walked such a short distance tomorrow, but right now he’s just grateful. He lets Sehun slowly lead him to the front door, the younger helping him unlock the door as well.
Before he walks inside, Chanyeol turns to Sehun and places his hands on Sehun’s shoulders.
Sehun shoots him a confused look and Chanyeol blurts out, “Oh Sehun, you’re such a good kid, thank you. You deserve the best, you know that right?”
Sehun laughs, patting Chanyeol’s head before saying, “Okay Chanyeol, inside you go.”
Chanyeol simply just nods before slowly walking inside, pushing the door shut with his hand without looking back. When the door shuts, he realises that may have been slightly rude, but he doesn’t dwell on it for more than 5 seconds.
He heads towards the kitchen, intent on drinking a bucket of water to sober up. He’s met by his mother looking at him amused and he whines out, “Mum, sober me up.”
His mum laughs but still moves to lead him to sit down on a stool in the kitchen before filling a glass with tap water and passing it to him. She instructs him to drink it slowly as she puts some bread in the toaster, keeping an eye on Chanyeol in case he disobeys the instruction.
After two slices of toast and a few glasses of water, Chanyeol feels a lot less drunk and he remembers that he’s travelling back to his and Kyungsoo’s house tomorrow. Knowing that means an early start to pack the car, he thanks his mum, pulling her into a hug before heading out of the kitchen to go upstairs.
He washes up quickly, and once he’s dressed in his pyjamas, he practically crawls into bed. Sleep hits him almost instantly luckily and he’s out like a light just before 11 pm.
He’s thankful to his mum when he wakes up hangover free, and as he’s getting dressed he realises just how excited he is to move back. The morning passes pretty quickly as he packs final things and he starts filling up the car with his parent's help. He makes sure to send Sehun a text to thank him for the night before and say goodbye, hoping it’s not crossing the line Sehun had set when he ended things.
By midday, the car is packed and all that’s left to do is say goodbye to his dad and the house. He feels a little sad leaving his room again but he knows his room in his and Kyungsoo’s house is much more familiar to him nowadays. He hugs his dad tightly at the door, telling him to come and visit sometime and laughing at the awful joke his dad makes in return.
He tries not to get too emotional as he gets into the car, his mum reaching over to pat his leg as she says, “Don’t worry, you’ll be back, but for now, I need to take you home to your best friend.”
The drive is a pleasant one, Chanyeol tells his mum about the night before and she makes jokes about how emotional he is, a fond smile on her lips. When he mentions Sehun helping him get into the house, she starts rambling about how lovely Sehun is. The rest of the journey is spent by them reminiscing Chanyeol’s childhood, his mum telling him funny things about Kyungsoo and Sehun that he can’t fully remember.
As they’re turning onto Chanyeol’s road, she softly says, “I do remember Baekhyun well, by the way, he always used to look at you like you’d hung up the stars in the sky. I don’t think you’ll have any problems talking to him.” Chanyeol doesn’t respond, just smiles softly and reaches over to gently squeeze his mum’s hand as a thank you.
When they park outside of Chanyeol and Kyungsoo’s house, Chanyeol has to force himself not to run out of the car in excitement. He gets out slowly but then he hears his mum laugh as she says, “You’re so excited, go ahead, I'll start unloading the car.”
Chanyeol instantly rushes over to the front door, unlocking and opening it and yelling out, “Kyungsoo I'm back.”
He turns away to head over to the car but stops when he hears Kyungsoo say, “Come and say hello properly then.”
Turning back around, he grins at Kyungsoo, holding out his arms as he says, “Come here.”
Kyungsoo rolls his eyes but still walks over and lets Chanyeol wrap him into a hug. He pokes at Chanyeol’s side as he says, “Welcome back, I guess my peace and quiet is over.”
“You missed me, admit it.”
Kyungsoo just waves a hand at him in dismissal before walking away to greet Chanyeol’s mum and help her with the bags. Chanyeol joins them, picking up 2 bags as he says, “No Jongdae?”
“Chanyeol, do you really think I'd have him around on the day you’re moving back?”
Chanyeol starts walking towards the house, Kyungsoo following, as he says “He had to go home to do work, didn’t he?”
In response, Kyungsoo kicks the back of his thigh lightly before saying, “Shut up Chanyeol.”
Chanyeol smirks, proud of himself for exposing Kyungsoo. He has to dodge the pillow from his bed that Kyungsoo throws at him, laughing at the glare Kyungsoo sends his way.
Unpacking the car and taking all the bags inside goes by quickly and soon Chanyeol’s watching his mum and Kyungsoo bond as they drink their coffee’s. It’s a similar scene to the day Chanyeol had moved away a few months ago and he can’t help the soft smile that’s seemingly stitched itself onto his face. His mum stays for about half an hour before saying she needs to head back home, thanking Kyungsoo for the coffee and hugging him good bye.
Chanyeol follows his mum to the front door, pulling her into a tight hug as he says, “Thank you for everything, I love you, I'll miss you.”
His mum rubs a hand over his back gently, pulling away as she says, “You have to keep me updated, okay? I want you to be happy.”
“I promise I will, mum.”
Chanyeol presses a kiss to his mum’s cheek before letting her turn and open the door. He stands in the doorway watching her until she’s driven away, feeling his chest clench slightly at the thought of not getting to see her every day anymore. He shakes off the feeling as he heads back into the living room, dropping down onto the couch beside Kyungsoo.
He moves to lie down, his head resting in Kyungsoo’s lap, and Kyungsoo huffs out a sigh before threading his fingers through Chanyeol’s hair. They stay there in silence for a few moments before Kyungsoo says, “Okay, what’s wrong? And don’t you dare say nothing because I know how distant you’ve been since the argument with Baekhyun.”
Chanyeol presses his face into Kyungsoo’s legs, mumbling out, “Sehun broke up with me.”
He feels Kyungsoo tense before he turns Chanyeol to meet his gaze, searching Chanyeol’s face for something as he says, “Why?”
Chanyeol looks away again as he says, “He said I was still in love with Baekhyun, that it would be better for the both of us if we ended things.”
“I know he said more Chanyeol, stop hiding things from me.”
Chanyeol sighs, turning back to look at Kyungsoo as he says, “He told me to talk to Baekhyun, okay? He said I should think about myself for once.”
Kyungsoo gently ruffles Chanyeol’s hair as he says, “I'm assuming you told your mum?”
“She said I should talk to Baekhyun too.”
“It’s not a bad idea, he misses you y’know?”
Chanyeol covers his eyes with his forearm as he whines out, “I miss him so much Kyungsoo, why do I miss him so much?”
Kyungsoo laughs, tracing patterns on Chanyeol’s arm with his finger as he responds, “Are you going to talk to him then?”
“I’ll text him to meet for coffee or something, at some point.”
Kyungsoo seems to notice Chanyeol’s hesitancy to continue talking about Baekhyun so he opts for instead asking, “How’s Sehun coping?”
“I’m not completely sure, he said we need time apart before we can be friends again. I was drunk last night though and he helped me into my house, he just kept laughing at me.”
Kyungsoo smiles as he says, “Well that’s a good sign.” He seems to reconsider for a second before poking at Chanyeol’s forehead and saying, “How could you hurt that kid?”
Chanyeol pouts up at Kyungsoo, whining out, “Kyungsoo please don’t, I already feel guilty enough. I cried so much after he broke up with me.”
“You cry at everything, being your best friend is hard work.”
Chanyeol finally grins up at Kyungsoo as he says, “But you love me, right?”
Kyungsoo pokes his forehead again but says, “Yeah, I love you. I’m glad you’re back.”
“Wow, why are you being so nice? Did you get laid last night?”
Kyungsoo flicks Chanyeol’s forehead but still smirks at him and drawls out, “Obviously.”
Chanyeol swats at his best friends chest, going into a ramble about how he won’t tolerate Kyungsoo and Jongdae having loud sex whilst he’s in the house.
Settling back into living with Kyungsoo isn’t hard at all and Chanyeol’s grateful to no longer be feeling lonely after his last few weeks at the internship. He doesn’t have a single complaint about Kyungsoo, except maybe about how much he nags Chanyeol to message Baekhyun.
It’s not like Chanyeol doesn’t want to see Baekhyun, he’s just terrified. He’s terrified of getting hurt again or even hurting Baekhyun. He hasn’t spoken to Baekhyun properly since the day he was rejected, save from the argument in the cafe, so it’s bound to be awkward.
Chanyeol just wants things to be like how they were before with him and Baekhyun, he just doesn’t know if he’ll be able to handle the awkwardness leading up to things going back to normal. What if Baekhyun doesn’t want to go back to normal? What if Baekhyun actually hates him and the meeting will just be a chance for Baekhyun to show Chanyeol where he stands?
He can’t help but majorly overthink the situation and, in response to Kyungsoo’s nagging, he’s come up with some pretty ridiculous excuses as to why he hasn’t text Baekhyun yet.
Yesterday Kyungsoo had asked if he’d done it yet and Chanyeol had responded: “No, I had to water the plants today.”
“Chanyeol, we own like 2 plants which you’ve never cared about.”
“It was a hard job Kyungsoo, it took all my energy, I couldn’t possibly text after that.”
“I really hate you sometimes, why is my best friend so dumb?”
“Love you too, Soo.”
Kyungsoo had walked away with a mutter of, “Dumbass.”
As if he was looking to annoy Kyungsoo more, Chanyeol also hasn’t left the house once since coming home. He’s too scared of bumping into Baekhyun when he’s not prepared to talk yet. His excuse to Kyungsoo, however, is, “I've just missed the house so much, I want to get familiar with it again.”
Come Saturday, Kyungsoo decides enough is enough. He wakes Chanyeol up around 9 am and chucks him an outfit. Rubbing the sleep out of his eyes, Chanyeol mumbles, “What’s with the outfit?”
Kyungsoo leans on the doorway, his ‘don’t fuck with me’ look on his face as he says, “We’re going to town today, that’s your outfit.”
Chanyeol opens his mouth to refuse, but one look from Kyungsoo has him stumbling out of bed, mumbling, “Okay okay, let me go shower first.”
Kyungsoo has a satisfied smile on his face, watching Chanyeol head to the bathroom just to make sure he won’t go back to bed.
After his shower, Chanyeol considers just going back to bed, but he doesn’t particularly feel like being yelled at by Kyungsoo. He eyes the outfit on his bed as he towel dries his hair, deciding it’s actually something he would wear out to town.
He gets changed and attempts to style his hair, deciding when he has a last look in the mirror that he looks good enough. He makes his way down to the kitchen, finding Kyungsoo dressed and making breakfast.
Chanyeol starts making coffee for the both of them as he says, “So why exactly are we going to town?”
Kyungsoo moves over to the fridge, taking out the milk to pass it to Chanyeol as he says, “I have to buy some things at the market, plus I'm fed up of you just staying in the house.”
Chanyeol pouts but says, “Okay fine, but you have to buy me those cookies I like from the market.”
“Why the fuck should I?”
“Would you rather I refuse to come out and act mopey for the next month?”
Kyungsoo shoots Chanyeol a glare as he plates up their breakfast, letting out an exasperated sigh before saying, “Fine, I'll get you your damn cookies.”
Chanyeol grins, taking the coffee’s out to the dining table as he calls back, “You’re the best, Soo.”
Chanyeol’s missed Kyungsoo’s cooking a lot so he can’t keep the grin off his face as he eats, enjoying how easily conversation flows with his best friend.
After they wash up their dishes, they start the 20-minute walk into town. The time passes relatively quickly though and Chanyeol only gets told off twice for walking too fast for Kyungsoo. Chanyeol gets punched on the arm the second time when he suggests giving Kyungsoo a piggyback to get there faster.
He pouts at Kyungsoo but all Kyungsoo says is, “You deserved it, stop being a baby.”
The market is as busy as always on a Saturday and Chanyeol convinces Kyungsoo to let them wander instead of just heading for the things Kyungsoo needs. Kyungsoo sighs, but when Chanyeol points out that there’s no point in taking the time to come in if they’re only staying for 10 minutes, he gives in. Chanyeol doesn’t miss the soft smile on his lips when Chanyeol gets excited about records at one of the stalls though.
They end up spending an hour at the market, wandering around and trying free tasters at food stalls when they’re offered. Being broke university students means that by the time they leave the market, all they’ve purchased is the items Kyungsoo had needed and the cookies for Chanyeol.
They walk back through town to head home in a comfortable silence, Chanyeol people watching as they go.
He spots Jongdae sitting on a bench, getting an urge to say hello, before realising Baekhyun is sitting right next to him, panic filling his mind.
He reaches out for Kyungsoo’s arm, eyes still on Baekhyun laughing with Jongdae as he says, “Kyungsoo lets go the music store, I forgot something I need.”
Kyungsoo stops walking, leaning around Chanyeol to see what he’s staring at before pinching Chanyeol’s side hard, voice accusing as he says, “Park Chanyeol, you are not running away.”
Chanyeol whines as Kyungsoo starts tugging him towards Jongdae and Baekhyun, voice rushed as he says, “Kyungsoo I can’t talk to him, not yet. What if he doesn’t want to see me?”
Chanyeol hears Kyungsoo respond but he loses all focus when Baekhyun meets his gaze, his eyes widening as he shoots out his hand to grab at Jongdae’s arm.
As Kyungsoo drags Chanyeol closer, they can hear Jongdae saying, “Baek, fuck, that hurts, get off!” Baekhyun mumbles something and Jongdae loudly responds, “I don’t care if it’s the bloody pope, stop gripping my arm.”
Baekhyun grip clearly tightens more and Chanyeol can’t take his eyes away from Baekhyun, even when they’ve stopped in front of him and Jongdae. Baekhyun looks as good as always and Chanyeol groans internally at the fact that even Baekhyun’s surprised face is cute, why is everything about him so cute?
He only moves his gaze away from Baekhyun when he hears Jongdae say, “Soo, get him off me, I'm literally dying here.”
Kyungsoo just rolls his eyes in response and drawls out, “Oh good, maybe I'll finally get some peace and quiet.”
Baekhyun lets out a little laugh, finally releasing Jongdae’s arm, and Chanyeol smiles gently when his eyes meet Baekhyun’s again.
A silence falls across the group before Jongdae stands, taking Kyungsoo’s hand in his as he says, “Come on, I'll buy you lunch.”
Kyungsoo nods, patting Chanyeol’s back lightly as he whispers, “Just relax, you’ll be fine”, before letting Jongdae lead him away. Chanyeol brings his attention back to Baekhyun, the latter looking up at him with wide eyes and an unsure smile.
Chanyeol brings up a hand to rub at the back of his neck, eyes shifting down to Baekhyun’s hands before lifting back to his face. He takes a deep breath, knowing the longer he leaves it the more awkward it will get, and says, “We should go for some coffee, to talk, y’know. Only if you want to though.”
Baekhyun’s smile grows wider as he nods, standing and starting to walk away. Chanyeol’s hit by the sudden realization that Baekhyun’s heading in the direction of the cafe Sehun works at, hand shooting out to grab Baekhyun’s and stop him.
Baekhyun stops, turning back around, his gaze staring down at Chanyeol’s hand holding his. Chanyeol realizes what he’s done, a blush painting both of their cheeks as he drops Baekhyun’s hand.
He rubs the back of his neck again awkwardly, glancing at Baekhyun’s face before saying, “I - we should go to a different cafe.”
Baekhyun’s face morphs into an expression of understanding and he nods, a soft smile on his lips as he says, “Lead the way.”
Chanyeol doesn’t really know many other cafes in the area, they’d always gone to their cafe, so it’s 5 minutes of walking together silently before he spots a small cafe. He nudges Baekhyun to get his attention, glancing at him before mumbling, “Is this one okay?”
Baekhyun leans past him, hand resting on Chanyeol’s arm to keep his balance, before he nods and says, “Looks good, let's go.”
Instead of letting go of Chanyeol’s arm, Baekhyun links their arms to lead Chanyeol to the cafe. Chanyeol appreciates how much Baekhyun is doing to lessen the awkward atmosphere surrounding them.
They order their drinks and pay separately. Chanyeol feels an urge to offer to pay for Baekhyun’s but he thinks it may just make the situation more awkward currently so he holds back. They wait for their drinks in silence, Chanyeol taking quick glances at Baekhyun, blushing whenever their eyes meet. He hates how awkward they are now, he’s never been awkward with Baekhyun before, things had always just felt so comfortable when they were together.
They make their way to a table towards the back of the cafe once they have their drinks, a silent mutual decision to sit further away from most of the cafe’s current occupants.
Chanyeol’s considering how to start the conversation as they sip their drinks, a hundred possibilities running through his head that just aren’t good enough. He’s saved from further stress however when Baekhyun says, “I guess Sehun wouldn’t want to see me at our cafe, right?”
Chanyeol forces himself to respond casually despite his brain going into overdrive at Baekhyun calling it their cafe, rubbing his neck again as he says, “Well, he wouldn’t want to see me either.”
Baekhyun cocks his head in confusion, mumbling out, “Why not?”, and all Chanyeol can think is oh god, he’s adorable, I'm so screwed.
He pulls himself together and attempts to be nonchalant as he says, “We broke up, I don’t think he’d want to see his ex in his work place so soon after.”
A smile appears on Baekhyun’s lips, his face lighting up before he quickly covers it up and says, “I'm so sorry Chanyeol, are you okay?”
Chanyeol smirks at Baekhyun’s attempt to hide his true reaction, taking a sip from his coffee before saying, “Yeah I'm fine, I think it was time for us to end it. I guess it had sort of grown stale between us, we’re better as friends.”
Baekhyun nods, patting Chanyeol’s hand that’s resting on the table lightly before picking up his drink. They fall into another silence, but it’s less awkward this time, and Chanyeol uses it to prepare himself for the question he wants to ask.
He takes a deep breath, catching Baekhyun’s gaze as he says, “Why did you get so angry when you found out about me and Sehun?”
Baekhyun tenses up and Chanyeol watches him force himself to relax, waiting patiently for Baekhyun to get his thoughts together.
After a few seconds, Baekhyun’s gaze falls to the table and he says, “I wasn’t even really angry that you were dating Sehun, you know I always want you to be happy, Chanyeol. It’s just -”
Baekhyun cuts himself off, hands coming up to brush away tears Chanyeol had only just realised were forming. Chanyeol opens his mouth to say something but Baekhyun seems determined as he takes a deep breath and says, “It’s just that no one had told me, and it probably wouldn’t have hurt much but - but no one told me you were leaving Chanyeol, you didn’t tell me you were leaving.”
At this point there are tears rolling down Baekhyun’s cheeks that he’s given up on brushing away, voice coming out slightly broken as he continues, “I had to find out when Jongdae came back home, I had to find out you’d told Jongdae but not me. It hurt so much Chanyeol, I knew why you’d done it but it didn’t stop it from feeling like a stab to the chest. So, when I found out about you and Sehun, I was just so angry people were keeping things from me again and I took it out on Sehun.”
Chanyeol can’t hold himself back anymore as Baekhyun’s voice trails off into a quiet sob, he stands and walks over to Baekhyun’s side of the table. Crouching down to be at the same height as Baekhyun, he pulls him into a tight hug, rubbing circles into his back as he mumbles, “I'm so sorry Baekhyun.”
He doesn’t care that this may not be appropriate with how their current situation is, his heart hurts when he sees Baekhyun cry and he hates that he’s the reason why. He moves to lean back slightly but Baekhyun tightens his grip on Chanyeol’s shirt and chokes out, “Please don’t let me go.”
Despite the uncomfortable crouching position he’s in, and the people in the cafe staring at them, Chanyeol tightens his arms around Baekhyun and softly says, “I won’t, not again, I promise I'll be here.”
When Baekhyun doesn’t show any sign of stopping crying, Chanyeol starts rocking him in his arms and softly humming Baekhyun’s favourite song. Baekhyun’s hands move from Chanyeol’s shirt to around the back of his neck, a hand gripping at Chanyeol’s hair lightly. His face is buried in Chanyeol’s neck as he keeps mumbling, “I've missed you so much.”
Chanyeol shushes him gently, pulling back a little, and when Baekhyun tries to stop him, Chanyeol gently says, “Hey it’s okay, can you let me see your face?”
Baekhyun hesitates but after a few moments he lets Chanyeol lean back, lifting his head to look at him. Despite his red eyes and the tear tracks on his cheeks, Chanyeol still thinks he looks absolutely beautiful. He moves his hands away from Baekhyun’s back to cup his cheeks and gently wipe away the tears, Baekhyun’s eyes shutting as he leans into the touch.
As Chanyeol moves his hands to fix Baekhyun’s mussed up hair, Baekhyun softly says, “Park Chanyeol, I love you.”
Chanyeol’s movements stop and he’s pretty sure he’s forgotten how to breathe as he chokes out, “What?”
Baekhyun meets his gaze and he says, “I love you, and I know you may not feel the same anymore, but I needed to tell you.”
Chanyeol’s hands drop from Baekhyun’s hair, his mouth dropping open in shock as he struggles to form a response. He knows he should just say that he loves Baekhyun too but he’s forgotten how to talk properly, eventually dropping his face into his hands and mumbling out, “So why?”
Baekhyun runs his hand through Chanyeol’s hair as he says, “Why, what?”
Chanyeol lifts his gaze to meet Baekhyun’s as he says, “Why did you reject me?”
A sad smile makes its way onto Baekhyun’s face as he says, “Because I'm an idiot who didn’t realise I have been in love with one of my best friend’s for years until I lost him. I’d never thought about feelings seriously until I hurt you and realized that I can’t live without you, as dramatic as that may sound. I know it may seem unbelievable, but I think I'd convinced myself that you only like me as a friend because you never tried to flirt with me like everyone else who was interested.”
With a hundred different thoughts flying through his head, all Chanyeol manages to blurt out is, “Me too.”
Baekhyun cocks his head again in that way Chanyeol’s beginning to love as he says, “What?”
Chanyeol blushes in embarrassment, mumbling out, “Dumbass”, to himself before saying, “I love you too, and I can’t live without you either, I don’t want to live without you.”
A wide grin appears on Baekhyun’s face, a soft laugh leaving his lips as he says, “But you and Sehun?”
Chanyeol raises an eyebrow, confused by Baekhyun’s timing to bring up him and Sehun, but says, “I liked him, but I didn’t love him. He figured that out, it’s why we broke up.”
“You dated him despite knowing you were in love with -”
“Baekhyun, please shut up.”
A pout makes its way onto Baekhyun’s lips as he says, “Why? I don’t want to.”
Chanyeol grins, poking Baekhyun’s pout as he says, “Please shut up and kiss me.”
Realization spreads across Baekhyun’s face, a smile appearing on his lips in place of the pout as he says, “Okay.”
His hands move to cup Chanyeol’s cheeks, Chanyeol’s eyes fluttering shut, and he leans in closer, his gaze trailing down to Chanyeol’s lips before he softly giggles and presses a kiss on Chanyeol nose.
Chanyeol’s eyes fly open and he whines out, “Baekhyun, that’s not what I -”
He’s cut off when Baekhyun rolls his eyes playful before pressing a kiss to Chanyeol’s lips. He starts to lean back again but Chanyeol pulls him closer, deepening the kiss despite them being in the middle of a cafe.
After a few moments, Baekhyun seems to remember this, pulling away with a large grin. His thumbs gently stroke Chanyeol’s cheeks as they grin at each other, looking like two love sick idiots.
Eventually, Chanyeol moves back to his seat, the crouching position becoming too uncomfortable, but he takes Baekhyun’s hand in his so they’re still touching.
Baekhyun’s large grin shifts to a softer smile as he says, “I love you and I want you to be my boyfriend, but I think we need to take some time to figure this out. I need to know I can commit myself to you and I'm sure we have some issues we need to handle.”
Chanyeol nods, lifting Baekhyun’s hand up to kiss his knuckles before saying, “I agree, I think I need some time after everything that’s happened too.”
Baekhyun grins cheekily as he says, “So, friends with benefits then?”
Chanyeol acts offended as he responds, “Uh I think you mean best friends with benefits and feelings.”
Baekhyun forces his expression into a serious one as he says, “Oh of course, how could I make such a mistake?”, before the two of them dissolve into loud laughter.
They spend an hour or two more in the cafe, Chanyeol telling Baekhyun all about his internship, the two of them easily falling back into their old ways. Except now the long conversations are paired with held hands and stolen glances that leave them both blushing.
They head back through town towards where they’d met a few hours before, hands linked and swinging between them as Baekhyun energetically tells Chanyeol about a fight that had happened at the university whilst they were away.
When they have to split ways to head home, it takes about 5 minutes longer than their goodbyes used to. Chanyeol pulls Baekhyun in for one last kiss before saying, “Okay, now I'm going, stop being adorable so I can leave.”
Baekhyun laughs, mumbling something about that being impossible, but he pulls away from Chanyeol anyway. He winks at him before backing away, calling out, “Call me”, before turning around and walking away.
Chanyeol knows he got a huge dopey grin on his face as he makes his way home, and he’s not making any effort to hide it.
He enters his house with a cheery call out of, “Kyungsoo, I'm home”, and makes his way towards the kitchen where the lights are on.
He finds an amused Kyungsoo cooking, Jongdae hanging off his back as he questions every little thing Kyungsoo does in a childish voice. Chanyeol hops up to sit on the counter next to the oven, grinning at Kyungsoo when their eyes meet.
Kyungsoo’s voice is teasing when he says, “I see no Jongdae pout, is Park Chanyeol happy after seeing Byun Baekhyun for once?”
Chanyeol and Kyungsoo both ignore Jongdae’s confused, “What’s a Jongdae pout?”, as Chanyeol says, “Well Do Kyungsoo, Park Chanyeol may have bagged himself a 'best friend with benefits and feelings' called Byun Baekhyun.”
Kyungsoo smirks, moving his attention back to his cooking as Jongdae says, “So you’re not in a relationship yet?”
Chanyeol shakes his head, a soft smile on his lips as he says, “Not yet, we’re taking it slow, working things out.”
Jongdae nods before saying, “Look Kyungsoo, the kids grow up so fast, they’ve gotten so mature.”
Kyungsoo lets out a loud laugh as Chanyeol flips the two of them off, even though he’s got a wide grin on his lips. He zones out slightly as Jongdae tries to call an unimpressed Kyungsoo his wife.
The scene has changed so much since the last time Chanyeol was sitting on this counter whilst Kyungsoo cooked, his thoughts no longer bitter and his chest feeling light. He finds it sort of amusing that so much happened just because he couldn’t handle his jealousy when it came to Baekhyun. It’s impressive really.
Chanyeol doesn’t want to be jealous, it’s his least favourite trait that he has, but maybe he can keep it under control now that he knows Baekhyun loves him back. Yes, the whole damn campus is crushing on Byun Baekhyun, but Chanyeol’s the one Baekhyun chose and he feels like the luckiest man alive.