I almost cut this chapter short because I wanted to include the dinner all into one chapter but then I ended up cutting it again lol. Anway I hope you enjoy PART ONE of this chapter :) Find all the previous chapters here!
NOTE: The outfits for the dinner are all from the Blood, Sweat and Tears MV so try to imagine that ^.^
It was like time was moving faster and faster. Taehyung starts pacing again, ignoring how closer and closer the time was approaching. He catches himself in the mirror, his appearance contrasting his feelings. It’s not like he wanted to look good but Jin demanded everyone dress formally. Usually, Jungkook would come to him and ask him about an outfit or simply to talk about the dishes Jin would prepare. It was something that Taehyung shrugged off and disregarded then but now he longed for. For Jungkook to at least acknowledge him. Taehyung shakes his head and looks at the clock again. He had at most a minute before he would have to step out his room and face the rest of the members. The thought itself made him want to run for the bathroom. A knock makes Taehyung’s heart jump as he turns his head into the direction of the door. He knew it wouldn’t be Jimin or Jungkook but that didn’t stop the glimmer of hope in his body when the door opens. “You better get out here Tae. We’re all waiting for you.” Taehyung can't help as a look of disappointment falls on his face when he sees his blond hyung looks him over, his gaze resting on his face. Taehyung knows Namjoon can see his true feelings as he puts on a smile but the older rapper doesn’t say anything. Instead, Namjoon walks over to Taehyung and wraps an arm around his shoulders, giving the boy a hug. “Now don’t be like that. I know everyone has been acting weird lately. But this is what this dinner is for. It’s time we all sat down and smoothed everything over for the sake of our group and ourselves. Do you understand Taehyung?” Taehyung nods, grateful for his hyung who always provide has something wise to say. Namjoon smiles at the younger, smoothing a few stray hairs on top of his head. “Let’s go then. I wasn’t kidding when I said we’re all waiting for you. Your seat is the only one not filled.” Taehyung felt the butterflies appear in his stomach again. He didn’t even think about where he was going be placed. He knew Jimin and Jungkook would be out of the question, plus they would never sit by each other. Yoongi was a mystery to him. Taehyung could never forget how dark he became when he confronted Jungkook. Yoongi had never shown any particular interest in any of them. But Taehyung couldn’t shake the feeling that Yoongi’s feelings went to another level when it came to Jimin. “Tae?” Taehyung looks at Namjoon and grins, realizing he had drifted off. “I’m ready hyung.” Namjoon gives Taehyung a look before turning and heading out the door. He turns back for a split second with a look of concern and opens his mouth to say something but then closes as he looks Taehyung over once more. He finally speaks after he glances behind him to where Taehyung assumed was the dining room. “Try not to poke fun at Yoongi too much tonight, eh Tae? He seems bothered by something.” With that Namjoon is gone and Taehyung must take a breath before he follows the leader. But not before he stops at the bathroom. He was sweating. ~~~ Taehyung can’t help but cram his pockets with tissues as he rushes to the dining room. He was a nervous wreck but there was nothing he could do now. Gathering up all the courage in his being, Taehyung puts on his most convincing smile and heads into the dining room. All conversation in the room ceases as Taehyung stands in the entryway. The silence in the room is thick and Taehyung struggles to speak and he runs his tongue over his lips trying to form words. It’s hopeless though as quickly bows and apologizes for his lateness. Taehyung may have imagined it but he swore he heard Yoongi snicker. What was his problem? Taehyung skims the table and spots Yoongi first sitting in the chair closest to him. His green hair hasn’t been styled and he’s dressed in a white v-neck dress shirt covered by a white jacket covered with black floral patterns. This is paired with simple black pants and a thick black cloth tied around his neck that remind Taehyung of a choker. Yoongi didn’t look at him but instead kept his head ahead, his face expressionless. Taehyung finds the single empty seat and almost curses out loud at his luck. The last seat is right there between Hoseok and... Jungkook. As he makes his way over to the seat, he greets Hoseok with a smile who does the same. Taehyung doesn’t even look in Jungkook’s direction, anxiety preventing him and he grabs the seat but doesn’t sit in it. Jin looks around the table sensing the awkwardness and looks at Taehyung, ordering him to sit down with his eyes. Taehyung is looking everywhere but toward Jungkook and finds Jimin seated directly in front of him with Yoongi to his left and Namjoon to the right. They meet eyes and Taehyung nearly throws up from the sheer intensity of Jimin’s gaze. The vocalist’s eyes are a shade of gray that feels like they can stare right through Taehyung. Uncomfortable wouldn’t even describe how Taehyung was feeling right now. It was beyond that and yet the dinner hadn’t even started. The silence in the room only thickened and Taehyung knew that by now Jin knew something was up. He looks over and see Jin, his face cheerful as he stands slowly. “Well I must say this is the most quiet I’ve seen all of you all. But I’m not worried about that. We’re here to clear up any problems or...misunderstandings so we can all grow as a group and a family. And what’s the easiest way to please all of you?”, Jin pauses and chuckles, “Food of course. I made all your favorites so I expect you all to have smiles on your faces when I get back. Namjoon, baby, come help me with the food.” Namjoon springs to his feet, giving Jimin’s shoulder a squeeze and follows Jin in the kitchen. For the first time in a while, Taehyung sees Jimin smile and instead of lifting his spirits it only makes his heart feel heavier. This could’ve been another usual dinner but due to him...because of what he did to Jimin and Jungkook. Yoongi was right. What type of friend was he? To ruin another relationship just for his own feelings. It was pathetic. Taehyung lowers his head, not wanting to look at anyone. “So what’s been up with everyone? Everyone’s acting weird. More than usual.” Hoseok’s voice is playful but Taehyung knows how treacherous the question is. Taehyung doesn’t dare lift his head or open his mouth. He is certain no one would answer the question. He is surprised to hear Yoongi’s voice from across the table. “Thanks for trying to start conversation Hobi but I don’t think anyone is in the mood to speak. Some of us have said enough anyway.” Taehyung notices how Jungkook stiffens at Yoongi’s comment. He places his hands on the table in front of him to resist the urge to wrap his arms around Jungkook and comfort him. Gosh what was wrong with him? He couldn’t think this way, not with Jimin right in front of him. Hoseok’s voice sounds a little less playful when he speaks again. “Aigoo. What’s gotten under your skin? Jin created this dinner so we could talk about what was bothering us.” Taehyung hears Yoongi grunt and go quiet. Silence settles again and Taehyung wonders how long it takes to get food. To everyone’s relief delicious and mouth-watering smells enter the room as Jin and Namjoon place the respective dishes in front of the members. Taehyung feels his shoulders relax as he raises his head to look at the food in front of him. He looks at Jin and smile, raising his chopsticks. “I promise to eat well Jin-hyung!” Taehyung doesn’t mean to but his words come out louder and he feels everyone’s eyes on him. He looks sheepishly around him, his smile disappearing. Before he can lower his head again, he hears a voice he hadn’t heard in what felt so long. “Me too Jin-hyung. Thank you for the meal.” Taehyung can’t help it but look to his left, his face in shock, as he sees Jungkook raising his chopsticks toward Jin, his face scrunched up in a smile that Taehyung knew was real. Jungkook’s eyes gazed past Taehyung and toward Jin who was seated at the head of the table. Taehyung notices the bright blue contacts in the younger’s eyes and he can’t help as his heart does a flip and then another when Jungkook steals a quick glance at him. The bright blue eyes immediately dim and Jungkook snaps his gaze back to his food, his face less cheerful as he mutters a message that they all hardly hear. “Let’s all eat well.” To any other ear it would’ve sounded like an invitation to enjoy the meal but to Taehyung it sounded oddly like a farewell. Taehyung spots Jimin staring at Jungkook before dropping his gaze to the food in front of him. Everyone dove into the food, seeking an excuse for the awkward silence settling again. Taehyung can only pick at his food. He lost his appetite.
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