☾ 9 ☾
A frantic Jungkook in wolf form comes sprinting back from his morning run only twenty minutes after he had left. Taehyung startled by the loud scratching at the back door as he was just preparing to take a shower, confusion only grows within him as he opens the door and Jungkook begins circling him and pushing at his hip.
“Jungkook, what the hell is wrong with you?”
The wolf stops and glances up at the elder, head still pushing at his hip as if he was trying to get him to move. “Can you please just go shift so I can actually understand you? You’re kind of scaring me right now.” Taehyung asks. His confusion reaches an all-time high as he keeps watching the frantic wolf. Jungkook huffs in annoyance but quickly pads off to the bedroom anyway leaving a curious Taehyung waiting for him in the hall.
“Jimin’s coming.” Jungkook runs back into the hallway minutes later, shirtless and still buttoning up a pair of jeans. Taehyung swallows at the sight of beautifully defined abs, the veins in Jungkook’s arms were bulging as he fiddled around with the button on his jeans only making the whole sight even hotter. “Tae? Are you listening to me? He’s not alone, I can smell at least two other people with him, and he’s going to be here in a few minutes.”
“Huh- what? Oh, Chim’s coming. What’s wrong with that? What got you so panicked?”
“The last time he was here he tried to convince you to see a therapist! Now he’s bringing other people here, I think he’s going to try something again.” Jungkook angrily huffs, clearly sensing the guests were almost at the cabin.
“Then I’ll have to show them that I’m not crazy. Go put a shirt on before they arrive.” Taehyung tries to push Jungkook back towards the bedroom but with his weak strength, he couldn’t even move him an inch before giving up. A few knocks sounded from the front door making Jungkook immediately growl towards it. “Hey, no growling, especially when you’re in human form. Shirt on, now.” The elder orders once again.
“But they might-”
“I’ll be fine. I’ve known Chim forever, he might be persistent but I know he’ll never hurt me.” Taehyung says as he beckons Jungkook towards the bedroom and walks towards the front door, the younger sighed in defeat and left to quickly throw a shirt on. “Chim, hi. Oh, and you brought Yoongi with you how lovely... and who’s this?” Taehyung over exaggerates with false happiness as he swings open the door and sees three people standing there.
“This is Hoseok, the guy I told you about last time I was here. You never call me anymore so I thought we’d all come to visit, maybe go out for a double date.” Jimin throws Taehyung a bright smile which doesn’t let up the annoyance he was feeling, there was a reason he hadn’t been calling his best friend after all.
Jungkook almost runs to the front door at the mention of Hoseok and a date, he remembers the statement from Jimin’s last visit about how Hoseok was Taehyung’s type and he wasn’t taking any chances. “Oh, we have guests?” The younger says with a wide smile.
“Who’s this?” Jimin asks, shocked to see Taehyung wasn’t alone.
“I’m Jungkook, Taehyung’s boyfriend.” Jungkook confidently states earning a choke from the elder, clearly, he wasn’t expecting those words to come out of his mouth.
“You have a boyfriend?”
“W-why don’t you come in, you shouldn’t be standing on the doorstep.” Taehyung fake laughs as he steps aside to let the three men into the cabin and leads them towards the living room to sit down. They all squeeze onto the sofa as Jungkook sits down in the one armchair at the side leaving no other places for Taehyung to sit down, he considers sitting on the floor until Jungkook grabs his hand and pulls him down to sit on his lap, wrapping his arms comfortably around his waist. Taehyung grows even more flustered by the action as he tries to hide the blush creeping it’s way onto his cheeks, desperately trying to ignore how good Jungkook’s strong arms felt as they wrapped themselves around him and made him feel so small.
There’s a moment of silence before Jimin decides to break it. “Where’s your creepy ass wolf?”
Taehyung feels Jungkook tense up beneath him and slightly pats his hand to keep him from doing anything stupid. “Okay, firstly my wolf is not creepy, he is the cutest bundle of fluff this world has to offer.” Taehyung knows that Jungkook was smiling behind him from the compliment so he allows himself to lean back further into him to show he means it. “Secondly, he’s going through something at the moment so he prefers to run through the forest for longer periods, I think he’s built up too much energy being in the cabin for too long.”
“Wait, you have a wolf?” Hoseok voices out, nervously glancing around the place as if the animal was going to jump out and eat him.
“Chim didn’t tell you? I saved him a while back, nursed him back to health since he had a nasty wound on his back leg. He’s basically harmless unless you decide to harm me in any way, pretty sure he’d outright kill you if that happened.” Taehyung teases the scared man, Jungkook laughing along with it.
“Uh- he- uh- he could k-kill me?” Hoseok stutters out, slowly shifting to the edge of his seat as if he just wanted to get out of there.
“I’m just messing with you, he’s a big softie.”
“It’s true though, they harm you and I’ll have them dead within a second,” Jungkook whispers into the elders ear so only he could hear, earning himself a warning slap on the arm. Although somehow the statement had Taehyung once again flustered.
“So, how did you two meet?” Jimin asks curiously as he eyes up Jungkook.
“We bumped into each other at the market, Tae told me how he lived out here alone so I came to visit him every day. It was love at first sight so it didn’t take us long to make things official, right baby?”
Taehyung swallows thickly from the nickname, he tries not to focus on how good it sounded and nods in agreement. Something about the situation seemed off to Jimin as he continues to stare Jungkook down. “And you don’t mind the wolf thing?”
“Not at all, JK is a great companion. He keeps Tae safe whilst I’m not here, what more could I possibly want?” Jungkook smiles widely as he rests his chin on Taehyung’s shoulder.
“Does anyone want some tea?” Taehyung quickly asks in his flustered state, slightly wiggling in Jungkook’s hold so he could go to the kitchen and leaves without even hearing the answers. Jungkook follows him, a habit that he never seemed to grow out of. “What do you think you’re doing? Why did you tell them that we’re together?” The elder whispers as he starts to prepare the tea.
“He brought Hoseok here for you to date, what else was I supposed to do to get you out of that?”
“What made you think that I wanted to get out of it?” Taehyung asks, attempting to hide the smirk on his face as he pours the hot water into different mugs.
“I - uh - you didn’t seem up for it when Jimin last mentioned the idea of going for a date, so I just assumed...” Jungkook tries to make up an excuse fast as a bad attempt to hide the jealousy he was feeling.
“Sure you weren’t jealous my little Kookoo?” Taehyung teases.
“I’m not little, and I’m not jealous.” Jungkook huffs as he slumps himself against the kitchen counter making Taehyung giggle at him, he tries to will away the warm feeling in his chest at the sudden nickname.
Taehyung’s still giggling as he picks up some mugs and motions for Jungkook to bring in the others, they turn around to find both Hoseok and Jimin staring at them and Yoongi looking like he’d rather be anywhere else other than in the cabin.
“I hope you all like tea, I don’t have much else to offer.”
Jimin raises an eyebrow from the statement, “shouldn’t you have some coffee? Doesn’t your wolf drink coffee?”
“The wolf does what now?” Yoongi asks, suddenly engrossed in the conversation.
“He drunk the last of it this morning, I was meant to be going to the market to pick up some more but then you guys arrived.” Taehyung shrugs as he sits back onto Jungkook’s lap, now more relaxed about doing so.
“Why are we acting like it’s a normal thing for a wolf to drink coffee? That’s like me giving some of my iced americano to Holly.” Yoongi scoffs, completely dumbfounded by the situation.
Jimin laughs at the statement which only adds to Jungkook’s anger, how dare these people compare him to a dog. It was bad enough when Taehyung used to do it and now these strangers have to audacity to insult him. He feels a growl bubbling in his throat which Taehyung seems to notice and gives him a calming squeeze on his thigh.
“Don’t compare JK to your dog, wolves and dogs are completely different.” Taehyung jumps in to stop the conversation before Jungkook ended up doing something stupid.
“Tae, can we talk alone for a minute?” Jimin asks as he sets his tea down on the table and motions for Taehyung to follow him into the bedroom, Taehyung sighs but goes anyway as he pries a reluctant Jungkook’s arms from around his waist.
Taehyung walks into the bedroom to see Jimin already scowling at his unmade bed which causes him to sigh from the judgment. “I was going to make the bed after I showered, but then you all decided to come round a disrupt my entire morning.”
“I wasn’t judging you about not making the bed, I was judging the amount of black hair covering it.” Jimin wrinkles up his nose in disgust as he looks for a clean enough space to sit down on.
“I brush the hair off before I make the bed, JK can’t help the fact he sheds a lot.”
“Well, maybe you should stop him sleeping in the bed?”
“Then who will be my cuddle buddy?” Taehyung shoots back.
“Your new boyfriend maybe? Although that’s what I wanted to talk about, he’s a bit weird, Tae.” Jimin states which makes Taehyung roll his eyes, of course, Jimin wasn’t going to approve of someone he chose for himself.
“You don’t even know him, you haven’t asked him a single question about himself since you’ve arrived.”
“That’s because I have no desire to get to know a person who thinks it’s healthy for his boyfriend to live with a wolf. Do you know I panic every single day knowing you could be laying dead in your cabin because that wolf has snapped and ripped you apart? Every night you don’t phone me it just makes me worry more, you’re putting yourself in constant danger and that kid out there is letting you!” Jimin yells.
“He’s not a kid, he’s eighteen and very mature for his age.” Taehyung crosses his arms over his chest as he glares at Jimin.
“As if that matters. He doesn’t care about you, clearly.”
Taehyung startles as the door opens behind him revealing a very irritated looking Jungkook. “I care about him more than you do, all you do is show up and try to convince him that he’s insane. You’re supposed to be his best friend, do you even care about how he felt the last time you visited and tried to bring him back to your shit city?”
“How would you know how he felt? He didn’t even know you back then.” Jimin spits back.
Jungkook probably should’ve stopped there knowing he’s let something slip, but the frustration and anger and need to protect Taehyung was completely taking over his judgement to do the right thing. “He told me all about it, but that isn’t the point. The point is all you’re doing is hurting him, he isn’t a danger to himself so you shouldn’t act like he is!”
“He is a danger to himself, he’s living with a vicious wild animal and he thinks there’s nothing wrong with that! What would you do if you came to visit one day and you found that wolf standing over him feasting on his dead body?”
“He wouldn’t do that,” Jungkook speaks through gritted teeth, the accusation hitting him like a truck.
“How can you be so sure?” Jimin looks at Jungkook in disbelief.
“BECAUSE I LOVE HIM!” Jungkook all but screams, starling both of the men inside the room. “I mean, the wolf loves him...”
Jimin scoffs, he didn’t understand why Jungkook was getting so mad about the situation when he thinks he should be backing him up. “Wolves can’t love, they’re wild animals.”
“This has gone way too far, I think you should leave.” Taehyung cuts in, still shocked by Jungkook’s statement.
“Fine, but this isn’t the last you’ve heard from me. I just want you to be safe, Tae, why can’t you understand that?” Jimin sighs as he stands up and leaves the room.
Taehyung and Jungkook stand in silence as they wait to hear the car leave, the weight of the conversation they were about to have hanging thick in the air between them. Jungkook swallows thickly as the car finally starts up and drives away, the scents of all three of the men growing weaker as they drive further away.
“You love me?” Taehyung whispers, almost as if he was scared to break the silence.
“I just said that to get him to shut up, he was talking shit about my wolf form.” Jungkook smartly answers, a desperate attempt to not face up to his slip-up.
“Please don’t lie to me.” Taehyung finally glances up to meet Jungkook’s eyes.
“Fine. I love you, and I know that changes everything between us and I understand if you don’t want me around anymore. I can leave if that would make you feel more comfortable.”
“What about your mate?”
Jungkook almost laughs at the question but manages to hold himself back from it knowing it would make the whole situation seem like a joke which it was definitely not. “I think you’re my mate... I didn’t want to tell you because I was nervous about scaring you off, I know you can’t feel the bond or become attracted to my scent so I knew if anything was going to happen you would have to learn to love me back.”
“I can feel it.”
“The bond. I thought it was just friendship, like a loyal companion, but then you showed me who you really were and that’s when I knew I felt something different.” Taehyung explains in a small voice, he doesn’t know how he’s always been able to feel the bond between them but he’s grateful that he is able to feel it to some extent. “I don’t really know how being in love feels so I can’t tell you if I love you or not just yet, all I know is that I feel different when I’m with you.”
“So you’re not scared by all this?” Jungkook asks, eyes wide from Taehyung’s admission.
Taehyung shakes his head with a sweet smile held firmly on his face. Jungkook was relieved that he wasn’t thrown out of the cabin now that Taehyung knows how he’s been feeling the entire time he’s been there. There wasn’t an ‘I love you’ reciprocated, but knowing that Taehyung could feel their connection was enough for him right now, it gives him hope that one day he’ll be able to hear the words he longs to hear leave Taehyung’s mouth.