Hey guys! So, I obviously didn't get a chance to schedule a card for Saturday. Crazy winds were causing delays with the trains so I had to leave super early. Anyhow, here's the next chapter. It's almost over so I really hope you've enjoyed the story!
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Disclaimer: Many of the characters aside from BTS are made up and BTS themselves are not BTS in this story. And, of course, I don't know the BTS boys personally so their personalities are probably mostly fictional.
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Beginning: Chapter 1
Previous: Hoseok- Chapter 26
Next: Hoseok- Chapter 28
Warning: May contain mild language. And a little PG-13
Later that day, Hoseok confirmed his schedule and asked SooJin out to dinner for Tuesday. SooJin very happily accepted his invitation. On Monday, everyone ate together like usual, though Namjoon and HyeMi were acting a little strange. The others began to wonder if something had happened between the two, but no one said anything. After dinner, Hoseok had some paperwork to do. SooJin sat on his bed and studied her books while Hoseok worked at his desk. She didn’t care that they weren’t doing something fun together, all that mattered was being close to him. Hoseok seemed to feel the same.
When he finished with paperwork and only had work on his computer, he moved to his bed. He sat up cross-legged, leaning against the pillows and SooJin moved next to him, also cross-legged. Without looking at each other, one of them would periodically bump the other’s knee just to play. SooJin and Hoseok were happy that their relationship could be the type where just being together was enough for them. They fell asleep like that.
Taehyung came in a while later to talk to Hoseok about an issue he was having with one of the hospital’s contracts. When he saw two asleep, he snuck in and took pictures of them. Then he quietly left.
Hoseok was the first to wake the next morning. He knew he should start getting ready for work since he had to be in earlier than usual, but he just couldn’t bear to leave. He nestled down further on the bed to where he was eye level with SooJin. He stayed that way for a time, waiting for his alarm to go off, just watching the beautiful view in front of him and gently tracing her face, careful to not wake her. How would it be if he woke up to this every morning? Just the thought made him smile and his heart soar.
After a couple minutes, SooJin started to stir. Hoseok pretended to be asleep. He felt the bed move slightly as she readjusted her position. He waited, but there was no further movement. He was about to check if she had fallen asleep again when he felt her fingers do the same thing he had been doing just moments before. It took everything to fight the grin that so desperately wanted to come out. He heard her sigh happily and he couldn’t hold it in anymore. He grinned and opened his eyes, met with SooJin’s wide eyes. She hadn’t expected that he was already awake.
“H-Hoseok—how long were you awake?” she stuttered.
Hoseok’s grin grew wider. “Since before you woke up.”
Her mouth turned down into a frown. He chuckled at her adorable pout.
“That’s not fair. Why didn’t you say anything?”
“Cause I wanted to see what you’d do…”
She stuck her tongue out at him. He lunged forward and kissed her on the nose.
“Yah…” she whined playfully.
Hoseok pecked her on the lips and the mood changed. He kissed her again, this time a little longer. When he pulled away, she didn’t let him go far. She initiated the next kiss, and it was more than just a kiss. Hoseok moved closer to her and rolled her onto her back, him partially laying on her. His hands gripped her waist and her arms wrapped around his neck. He tried to deepen the kiss and she readily let him. The room, which was silent only moments ago, was now littered with the wet sounds of their kissing and the small noises both of them made. The alarm clock saved them from having to worry about trying to stop.
They both sheepishly looked away from each other and Hoseok rolled over to turn the alarm off. He sighed in annoyance and sat up on the end of the bed. Turning back, Hoseok said, “As much as I don’t want to sound like the stereotypical jerk, you might want to leave before anyone else is up. They might get the wrong impression.”
SooJin chuckled and moved to a sitting position behind Hoseok. Hugging him around the waist, she assured him, “I know what you’re saying. Don’t worry. I feel the same. I love you, and as much as we both want it, I think we both feel that we should wait at least a little while longer.”
Hoseok set his hands on hers. “Exactly. And it would be bad if they thought something else. Especially your brother. I’m pretty sure he would kill me.”
SooJin laughed. “Probably.” She stayed like that for just a moment more before letting go and joining him on the side of the bed. “I’m gonna go get changed and then I’ll see you downstairs, okay?”
Hoseok made a sound of agreement and SooJin stood up. “Wait.” He stood next to her and gave her a short, sweet kiss. She smiled at him and then left.
The two quickly changed into new clothes and then met for breakfast downstairs. While they ate, SooJin tried to guess where Hoseok was going to take her for dinner, even though he refused to give a hint. When Taehyung joined them a few minutes after, he kept smirking at them suspiciously. Hoseok kept asking him why he was acting so weird, but Taehyung just kept quiet, that same smirk on his face. They all finished eating, Taehyung’s smirk still bothering the couple. The two guys finished getting ready for work and left. The rest of the day went on as usual.
When SunYung and MinJu left for the day, SooJin hitched a ride with MinJu to her apartment. MinJu’s place was only a ten minute walk from the main hospital where Hoseok worked from. Hoseok had told her that they could go to dinner straight after he got off of work. SooJin didn’t want to bother him at work, so she sent him a text saying that she would be wandering the nearby shops. She wandered from shop to shop, boutique to boutique. Even though she had a lot of money now, a lifetime of bare minimum had gotten her into a habit of only buying necessities.
Hoseok called her as soon as his work finished. She was only a few minutes away, so she said she would meet him at the hospital instead of him trying to find her and pick her up. When Hoseok saw her walking up and she still hadn’t spotted him, he hid. She had scared him and now it was his turn. Nonchalantly, so as not to make other people take notice of him, he sauntered up behind SooJin. Before she had a chance to turn around, he wrapped her up in a bear hug. Even as she jumped, the simple touch was enough for all the stress of the day to just wash away. He didn’t know how he had survived so long without her.
“Oppa! You scared me,” she berated him.
“You started it, remember?”
SooJin giggled and turned in his arms to face him. “I guess that’s fair.” Her eyes darted to their surroundings and she tried to pull away. Hoseok wouldn’t let her. “People are staring,” she whisper-yelled.
“Let them stare. Then they’ll know you’re mine and I’m yours. I don’t care about anything other than that.” He gave her a quick peck on the lips and then let her go. SooJin’s face flushed. Hoseok grabbed her hand. “C’mon, let’s eat. I’m starving.”
Without telling her where they were going, Hoseok took her to dinner. When they started getting to the outskirts of the city, SooJin became confused. How far were they going to drive? When she asked Hoseok, he just smiled. So she waited. After about another 15 minutes, Hoseok pulled off onto a small, narrow road. SooJin watched the scenery with fascination. By now, because of the time of the year, it was already dark. Only the headlights and the full moon provided illumination of the trail. Hoseok pulled into a small parking lot for a homely building that looked like a cottage, but a few times bigger. SooJin gaped at the beautiful building.
“I knew you’d like it,” Hoseok declared confidently as he opened his door. When SooJin started to open her door, Hoseok told her to wait. He quickly bolted to her side of the door and opened it for her.
“My Prince Charming,” SooJin cooed teasingly.
As she grabbed his hand to get out, he replied, “Well, I’m the only guy you’re going to date, so…” He chuckled, “I have to make sure you know you’re not missing out on anything. I’m going to make sure that you’re never jealous about any other girl’s relationship.”
SooJin smiled lovingly and pecked him on the lips. “How can I be jealous of any other girl when I have you?”
Hoseok mirrored her gesture. “The guys are gonna get sick of us real fast.” They both laughed as they walked into the building. SooJin was surprised by what she saw inside. It looked like a small café meets a family restaurant. It was a warm and cozy place, and not just by temperature either. The few scattered customers, couples and families, made the place feel even more homely.
“Do you like it?” SooJin turned to him, her look enough to answer his question.
“Hoseok!” a deep voice thundered. A shorter, slightly rotund, elder man walked up to them, his hands immediately taking Hoseok’s. “It’s been so long. I know the wife will be happy to see you.” He turned to SooJin. “Is this your girlfriend?”
“Yes, grandfather. This is SooJin.” SooJin looked at Hoseok in confusion. As far as she knew, his grandparents had passed away years ago.
“Dear, it’s so good to meet you. I’m so glad Hoseok finally found someone to love after that good-for-nothing.”
“I-It’s good to meet you as well. I didn’t know I’d be meeting his family so I apologize for being caught off guard,” SooJin stammered. As a matter of fact, she was completely unprepared.
“Well, I’m not his blood relative. I’ve just known him and Tae since they were babies. They both call us their grandparents.” Right then, the man’s wife came out of the kitchen area. Pleasantries were exchanged again. And SooJin was requested to call them grandmother and grandfather as well. They were so nice that SooJin didn’t even feel the inclination to do otherwise. They reminded her of—well, they weren’t really her grandparents either, but she still thought of them as such. These people made her feel similarly cared for.
They were seated in an area with a view overlooking the open woods. Forget the books and their fancy restaurants, expensive outfits, and even more expensive food; this was what a romantic dinner was. Of course, SooJin wouldn’t turn down any dinner with Hoseok, but this was close, intimate, and full of love. When SooJin asked Hoseok about why he hadn’t come in so long, he explained that he had been here a few times with his previous girlfriend; the one who had cheated on him and broken his heart.
He said that he used to bring her here because he wanted her to see a part of his life that he really loved. But he couldn’t come back after that because all he would think about there was her. But now, he said, he almost never thought of her; his thoughts were only of SooJin. Even though it might be considered bad manners to take her to a place he used to frequent with another girl, the place meant more to him than just that girl. He wanted to show SooJin the beauty of the place. SooJin told him that she understood and that she loved the place. She asked him to take her back again, which made Hoseok very happy.
They finished dinner while chatting happily. Grandmother brought them dessert on the house. The two would have been happy to stay there all night, but Hoseok had to go back early since he had work the next day. The two walked hand in hand back to the car and held hands all the way home.
The next day, when Hoseok came home from work, he went to SooJin’s room to talk to her. SooJin was a little nervous because of the serious expression on Hoseok’s face.
“What’s wrong?” she asked, grabbing his hands.
Seeing how worried she was, Hoseok was quick to address her concern. “Don’t worry. It’s nothing too bad… it’s just… I’m not sure if you’re ready for this so soon…”
“What is it? Whatever it is, we can figure it out.”
Hoseok smiled and wrapped his arms around her. “I love you. I love that you’re ready for whatever it is. No question.”
“Of course. I trust you.” Hoseok kissed her forehead lovingly and then held himself at arm's length.
“I don’t know how, but… my parents heard about us. They want to meet you, eat dinner together.” SooJin’s eyes went wide. “I know. We only just started this. So it’s perfectly okay if I tell them to wait.”
SooJin recovered. “No, it’s fine. Whether now or later, I would want to meet them. I’m sure this is considered early, but they probably heard about it from my parents since they’re friends. And, I’m not planning on letting you slip away,” she nudged him playfully, “so you’re stuck with me. It might as well be now. I mean, I’m nervous as hell, but I would be if it were tomorrow or a year from now.”
“God, you’re too perfect,” he muttered as he leaned down to kiss her. SooJin readily returned the kiss.
SooJin was extremely nervous by the time Saturday came around. But so was Hoseok. The only other girl he’d brought home had broken his heart. He hoped that his parents wouldn’t make a big deal, but he knew that was probably a hopeless wish. Likely, his mother, or maybe both of his parents, would bring up marriage. That’s just how they were. They had been brought together in an arranged marriage and it had worked out. They had tried to do the same to Hoseok, but he had adamantly refused. They would probably be more than ecstatic to meet SooJin. He knew they would love her. And while most rich parents would try to sell their son’s attributes to a potential partner, his parents would likely simply focus on embarrassing him with old stories and/or pictures.
With it being fall, SooJin dressed in a long, dark blue dress. While she would have preferred to wear the pink one, she was pretty sure that the darker colors would impress his parents more.
The two came out of their rooms at the same time. “Wow…” Hoseok marveled. “It seems that all colors are your colors.” SooJin blushed. “But I’m surprised you didn’t go with the pink one JiEun bought with you.”
“Wouldn’t your parents prefer a more… I guess, mature look?”
Hoseok held her hands. “They’ll love you as you. Wear whatever you really want to wear.”
“Jeans and a T-shirt?”
“Aren’t you a smart alec?” He kissed her nose.
“You already knew that,” she mimicked his tone. “I’m just gonna change real quick then.” She pulled him towards her door. “But I’m going to need your help. I barely managed to zip this up. Unzip me?” Hoseok’s eyes grew wide. “Don’t worry. You don’t have to stay while I change. Unless you want to…” Hoseok closed the door behind them.
Fifteen minutes later, her door opened. “We shouldn’t keep doing that,” Hoseok warned, his breath still slightly heavy. “I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to control myself.”
SooJin fixed his hair. “Well, maybe soon you won’t have to. I can barely keep my hands off of you myself. I suppose I can blame it on an adolescence free of intimacy with the opposite sex. Not that that’s the only thing I’m interested in,” she laughed at herself. “I trust you. I love you. That’s what’s important.”
Hoseok smiled as he kissed her briefly on the lips. “I love you, too.”
“Door!” Jin yelled at them as he walked by. The two held in their laughter.
“Shall we go?” Hoseok bent his elbow so SooJin could slide her arm in, which she did.
The car ride to Hoseok’s parents’ house was filled with more reassurances that his parents would love her. He just warned her that his mother would probably be overly happy and may try to marry the two of them right then and there.
When they reached the house, SooJin started to feel even more nervous. “Deep breaths,” Hoseok coached her.
“Yep,” she replied, her hands still playing with her dress. Hoseok parked, went to SooJin’s side and escorted her out of the car. The front door opened even before the two reached the porch.
“Hoseokie!” a woman, whom SooJin assumed to be Hoseok’s mother, sang out.
“Hi, mom,” Hoseok called back. His mother was quick to close the distance and hug her child.
“How have you been, dear?”
“Really good,” he answered, looking to SooJin who stood awkwardly just to the side. Mrs. Jung’s attention turned to her.
“This is your girlfriend?”
“Yes. This is Kim SooJin. SooJin, this is my mom.”
“I-It’s nice to m-meet you,” she stammered as she bowed politely.
“Oh, she’s adorable!” she almost screeched. “I love her already!” SooJin went rigid when Mrs. Jung hugged her and looked to Hoseok for help. He just laughed and shrugged his shoulders, mouthing the words “Told you so”.
“Dear, shouldn’t we let them come in?” a deeper voice cut in. Mrs. Jung released SooJin and motioned them to come inside. Hoseok took SooJin’s hand and led her inside. Mr. Jung greeted the two of them and directed them towards the living room where all four of them could talk while waiting a few more minutes for dinner to finish being prepared.
Hoseok’s parents were familiar with SooJin’s backstory since, not only did they watch the news but, they were close to her parents. They started asking the typical questions about where they met and how things went from there. Hoseok had only barely gotten into the story by the time they moved to the table. They talked more at the table. Hoseok and SooJin didn’t get too detailed, but they talked about the events leading up to the confessions. Hoseok’s parents soaked in all of their words. When the couple got to the drunk confession, minus the intense make-out session, Mrs. Jung squealed in adoration.
“So where do you see yourselves going from here?” Mr. Jung inquired. The two looked at each other.
“I’m very much in love with her,” Hoseok admitted to them. “I can, very easily, see a future with her.” He turned to SooJin with loving eyes causing SooJin to blush.
“So cute!” Mrs. Jung gushed.
“So when do you plan to marry?” Mr. Jung asked.
“We’ve only been dating for a week. I know that my feelings won’t change, but I also know that there’s a lot both of us need to do before we get married,” Hoseok told them.
SooJin nodded in agreement. “That’s how I feel as well. I would like to get my degree and start on a career path. I don’t necessarily want to wait until after all of that, I don’t think I’d be able to wait that long, but I do want to have solid footing in it.”
“And I want to make sure that the company can become stable enough for when I leave for my military enlistment. After that I want to be able to work and take time to take care of my family. Whenever we decide to start one…” SooJin’s cheeks turned pink again.
“I’m looking forward to that and to seeing my beautiful grandchildren,” Mrs. Jung said dreamily.
“Don’t scare them so soon,” her husband chastised her.
After dessert and more conversation, the two bid Hoseok’s parents goodnight. Mrs. Jung was loathe to let SooJin leave. All throughout dinner, Mrs. Jung kept telling SooJin that SooJin was the daughter she always wanted and that she looked forward to her becoming family. With a promise of visiting often, the two left for home.
Once in the car on the way home, Hoseok asked, “So, what do you think?”
“I really like your parents.”
Hoseok squeezed their clasped hands. “I knew you would. And they really liked you. If it were up to them, they would probably have us marry next week.”
“Mm. It is.”
“It’s something to look forward to.”
“Definitely.” The rest of the car ride was a happy and comfortable silence. Their hands stayed together between them and they both thought about the future.
They drove up to the gate of the house. They were about to go in when they saw a woman standing in front of the buzzer, pacing back and forth. When the headlights reached her, she looked exactly like a deer in the headlights.
“Who’s that?” SooJin asked Hoseok.
“I don’t know. I can’t really see her very well.” SooJin craned her head. Within a second, she pulled her hand from Hoseok’s to unbuckle her belt. “SooJin, what are you doing?”
She frantically climbed out, leaving the door open. Hoseok put the car in park and shut it down. Before he was able to get out of the car, he heard SooJin.
Forever with the cliffhangers!!! Lol. I guess I'm a little sadistic, lol. But I hope you enjoyed. I really liked writing all the cuteness between them. Hoseok's such an easily fluffy character.
So, one more chapter and then the epilogue. Can you believe it? I can, just because it feels like I've been writing this forever, lol. Well, I did have to rewrite it, so I guess there's that. I almost gave up on the story when I lost it the first time. I'm glad I didn't because I think it turned out even better than I could've hoped. Thank you all for sticking with me through all of it.
Thank you @Mavis2478 for the story.