1- For You I'd Catch the Stars
Most mornings, Jennie could be found in the library with her nose in a book only stopping when the bell rang signaling the beginning of the school day. She preferred her own company and kept to herself most of the time. She couldn’t help wanting to avoid the drone of the teacher’s dull and tedious lesson. Who wouldn’t? Her mind would rather wander through time and space usually influenced by one of her current reads. She found solace in the peaceful library where she was able to enjoy her music and lose herself in a book.
Lately, she had been devouring historical novels and had moved on to Regency romances, consequently listening to the music of that period. Lisa, her best friend, found it weird but Jennie didn’t see anything wrong with it. (◠‿◠✿)
When she invited her best friend over for afternoon tea laid out in the back garden with white linens and little tea cakes made by Jennie, Lisa thought her friend had finally lost her mind. Although it painted a beautiful picture it wasn’t typical for a girl in her teens but Lisa had a plan. Jennie needed to fall in love. (◕ ﺮ ◕✿)
The next day Lisa found her exactly as she pictured, with her cute little face staring at a page. “You need to get your head out of that book! Look around at all the hot guys in real life,” Lisa offered, pulling the book down for her to see. (ʘ‿ʘ✿)
.· ‘𝔩𝔢𝔱 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢 𝔟𝔢 love☆‘¨━━✫・*︵¸.·*¨︵¸.·‘‿¸.·‘*‿¸.·‘*︵ ¸.·‘*‿ ¸.·‘* ︵¸.·’* *¨
Low and behold that did the trick! As Jennie looked up and laid her eyes on the most dashing rake of the ton. Wait no, more like the cutest guy in school. He passed by without even noticing her, but that didn’t stop her from falling for him. From that day on, her eyes searched for him and consequently, the heroes and rakes in her books mysteriously looked like him.
The handsome fella’s name was Kim Taehyung. He was no rake or hero but not the typical teenager either. Much like Jennie, the independent Tae was ever mindful of his thoughts and dreams, making it difficult to concentrate in class. With a mind that never stops, his curiosity about everything made him either a great listener or the worst kind whose mind would wander when the subject became too boring, and his quick mind was off to the next thing.
Jennie finally met Tae in her second year of high school after having a secret crush on him forever. She had fallen hard for his natural charm, and the shy way he would look at her whenever their eyes met in the busy halls of their school. Jennie always looked forward to catching his gaze as they changed classes and hoped one day he would have the nerve to talk to her.
She was shy herself, so there was no way she would make the first move. In fact, she nearly died of mortification one day when her best friend, Lisa offered to help by telling him that Jennie liked him. When her friend started walking towards the unsuspecting fellow, Jennie ran in the opposite direction through the crowded halls. Hearing Lisa’s loud voice yelling, “Jennie, come back!” just made her run faster.
When she met Lisa after school, she threatened to unfriend her if she exposed her secret. So things continued much as they did before with longing stares and wishful thinking. Jennie liked it that way. Her fantasy of Tae was probably better than the real thing. Right? She consoled herself for being too scared to confront him.
The next day was even more tortuous than usual since Jennie thought he must have noticed her embarrassment. She even considered walking a different way to class so she didn’t have to see him. But there he was suddenly in sight walking next to another cute boy and poking the poor boy in the ribs as he saw her approaching. That day, said boy, being sick of being poked, pushed Tae in her direction making them bump hard into each other and finally forcing them to speak. Tae immediately turned crimson at the awkward meeting. Being as they were both shy with the opposite sex, the conversation was not very long.
“I’m so sorry,” he blurted reaching out to steady her.
Ahh, his voice is so velvety and beautiful, she thought. “You owe me,” she said, which didn’t make any sense, turning red when the words escaped her mouth. It only made sense to her that she had been waiting forever for him to talk to her.
“Excuse me?” He asked giving her all his attention. His curiosity about this beautiful girl ignited even more by her strange response. He wanted to know what she meant and everything about her. Casting his gaze on her cute blushing face, she was the most charming creature he had ever laid eyes on.
“You owe me ... for stepping on my foot. That’s what I meant. Can you meet me after school by the flagpole? There is something I would like you to do for me.”
“....Oh, um, okay.” Tae smiled and bowed going along with her request. “My name is Taehyunie.”
“Don’t worry. It’s not too bad, Taehyungie, I promise. By the way, I’m Jennie.”
Jennie ran away leaving Tae mystified but with a silly grin on his face staring longingly at her retreating figure. ♡ (ʘ ꒳ ʘ)
Later that day, Tae patiently waited by the flagpole in front of the school for her approach. As she walked towards him, it was as if time slowed down. He got a funny feeling in his stomach which reminded him to suck it in and stand up straight. Nothing makes you feel more self-conscious than seeing your crush heading towards you. He was really excited but also really afraid he would say something stupid.
“Hello, Taehyungie, thanks for coming,” she said more confidently than she was feeling.
“Hi, so what is it you wanted,” Tae said staring at his feet.
“Well, my service club is having a t-t-treasure hunt annnd ...” Jennie was embarrassed, now that she had to tell him her limbs shook and her tongue refused to work.
“What is it?”
“Well you see,” Jennie continued also staring at her feet, “one of the items we need to find is a hot guy. Soooo, can you accompany me to the meeting? It will only take a few minutes. Please,” she finally uttered looking up at him with puppy dog eyes.
Tae was laughing now, especially at her red cheeks and worried eyes.
“So, you think I’m hot?” He couldn’t help smiling wider, his confidence boosted.
“Shut up! Will you do it? Pleeease!” She said hopefully trying to evade his eyes.
“Okay, okay,” Tae acquiesced, boxy grin in full display as she dragged him along.
“Thank you. I’m very competitive and I know if I bring you I will be the winner!” She smiled.
After that day, Tae got the courage to tell her he liked her and they started hanging out together. From then on, they met at the same place after school and walked home together. Tae leaving his childhood friend behind for the sake of his crush. Although his friend was a little jealous, he was actually happy for him.
It was a happy time when they were getting to know each other and it was apparent to both of them that his friend Jungkook was a hero for bringing them together. Although Jungkook didn’t seem as happy about it as they were, at least he wasn’t jabbed in the ribs and didn’t have to hear about Jennie ad nauseam.
“Can we hang out at your house today?” Tae asked taking in her exquisite beauty.
“I told you, we can’t,” Jennie pouted cutely. “My grandma will kill me if I bring a boy to my house.”
“Okay then come with me. I know just the place we can be private.”
Unknown to them, a boy was following them at a safe distance, both curious and jealous of Tae’s new relationship.
Tae pulled her hand as they reached the side gate to, of all places, Jungkook’s house. They entered the shady yard with several large trees and approached the ladder leading to the abandoned childhood hideout.
From the ground, the treehouse looked kind of small but very quaint and just the kind of place to inspire Jennie’s imagination. It looked well made and sturdy so she had no qualms going up.
Tae went up first pushing the small hatch opening as fond memories flooded his thoughts of all the adventures he had there with his friends.
The space seemed a lot smaller than it did back then but that made it even cozier for a young couple falling in love. The old bean bag chairs he remembered were still there, although faded and flat, and he was surprised they weren’t very dirty. Gentlemanly Tae shook one into a better shape and offered it to her.
Jennie smiled sweetly, the filtered sunlight hitting her long eyelashes taking his breath away. He put another bean bag next to her and slowly came closer for their first sweet kiss but stopped before their lips met. He began to pull away seeing her flushed cheeks when suddenly she pressed her lips to his. With his confidence regained, Tae finally got the nerve to ask her to be his girlfriend and Jennie was blissfully happy to say yes.
“This can be our hideout. Do you like it?” He whispered to her not wanting to break the magical spell of their first kiss.
“Yes, it’s so cute.”
Jennie looked around admiring the look of the wood but wondering if there were any spiders to watch out for. The place looked like it needed a bit of sweeping since dead leaves were scattered on the floor, though it did add to the rustic charm. Her mind already thinking of how to make the space cozier with pillows and twinkle lights.
Whose house is this?” She asked him afraid of getting caught trespassing.
“Oh, this is my best friend’s house. Jungkook won’t notice though. We haven’t been up here for years.”
“Shouldn’t you tell him though? What if someone sees us?”
“I will if it makes you feel better.”
“He’s not answering his phone. Let me check if he’s home.”
Jennie nodded. “Ask him to come. I want to meet him.”
“Okay,” Tae, said as he descended.
From her vantage point, Jennie could see the clear blue sky out the little window opening and she could hear the chirping of baby birds. She got up to get a better look and found the prettiest pink flower just beyond her reach. There was only one open bud of the delicate pink blossom on the entire tree. The first brave little flower. She took out her phone to capture it but suddenly she heard a noise. A head popped up from the opening in the floor. She snapped a pic thinking that it had to be Tae but it wasn’t. It was a dark-haired boy with the cutest cat eyes just as startled by her presence. The boy’s adorable pout and their first meeting captured by her pic.
After a frozen moment of mutual staring, Jen came to her senses and spoke.
“Hi, I’m Jen. Who are you?”
“Yoongi,” came from his rosy pink lips.
“Is this where you hang out?”
“You must be Jungkook’s friend. Want to be friends?”
He blushed and then popped his head back down out of sight without an answer. A moment passed and a hand popped out of the hatch holding the perfect little bud. Jennie took the flower and once again he disappeared without a word.
“I guess that means yes,” Jennie mumbled to herself.
Jen giggled at the sweet gesture and peaked her head out the window at the retreating boy. He looked smaller than Tae so she assumed he was a little younger than them.
She called out to him, “Yoongi! Come back,” but the boy just kept going.