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“Taehyung, do you have a second?” calls Seokjin to his brother who is currently playing an intense game of Mario Kart by himself.

“Hold on a second, hyung. Can’t you see that I’m in the middle of an important business?”

“Since when did Mario Kart become an important business? Seriously, stop that already.” Seokjin lets out a deep breath when he noticed that his little brother is not even listening to him. “Kim Taehyung, I swear to the gods of Mario Kart, I’m going to break all of your controllers unless you will actually pay attention to what I’m trying to tell you here.”

Taehyung finally drops the controller on the floor then turns to look up at Seokjin who looks unimpressed with whatever he’s doing. He just nods at his hyung, eyes big and trying to convince Seokjin to ease his anger towards him. The latter couldn’t do anything but to exhale deeply, asking God what did he do in his past life to deserve someone like Taehyung as his baby brother.

“You know my boss, right? The boss that I’m working for as an adviser?” Taehyung only nods. “Well, you see, he just fired another babysitter.”

“Another babysitter?” he snorts as he raises an eyebrow. “Isn’t that like the thirteenth time he fired a babysitter? Honestly, what’s wrong this time?”

“He said that the recently fired babysitter is always flirting with him and they don’t even care about their job nor his daughter at all.”

“Where does he even get them? It’s always the same problem! They all flirt with him! Seriously, did he really hire babysitters or sluts?” Taehyung scrunches his nose. “Besides, is he really that attractive that they all flirt with him?” he purses his lips then his face lights up. “Can you show me a photo of him, hyung?”

Shaking his head, Seokjin gives his brother a warning look. “Taehyung, how many times do I have to tell you that I won’t show you a picture of my boss? It’s very inappropriate for me to do, seeing that I’m his adviser. But I’m already telling you, he’s really handsome and you know how I am when it comes to deciding whether a person is attractive or not. Too bad though, he’s not my type.”

Taehyung nods, “Well, that really says a lot because you don’t think that Choi Minho is handsome. A whole Choi Minho, hyung. I started to think that you must be blind and you won’t just admit it because you’re afraid of my reaction, but when I told you about that Nam Joo-hyuk, you said that he is handsome.” He suddenly smirks, “But of course he isn’t your type because your type is his cousin. What is that guy’s name again? Kim Nam-june?”

“It’s Namjoon, you uneducated piece of shit. But he isn’t my type either, so just shut the fuck up, you ungrateful kid.” Seokjin throws a pillow towards his brother’s direction and actually groans when the little shit managed to dodge it.

“Anyway, why did you tell me that story now? It doesn’t have anything to do with me nor will it affect my daily life.” Exhaling dramatically, he says, “I can’t believe I paused Mario Kart just because of your bullshit, Jinnie-hyung.”

Seokjin decides to ignore Taehyung’s last statement and simply answers his first question instead. He coughs, “Well, since he doesn’t really trust Namjoon anymore when it comes to recommending the babysit-”

“That Namjoon guy is the one who refers the babysitters to your boss? Interesting.”

Seokjin throws another pillow towards Taehyung that finally hits him on the head. “Like what I said earlier, shut the fuck up, Kim Taehyung.” He glares at him and Taehyung’s expression keeps on telling him that he’s not bothered. He huffs, “Back to the topic since he’s really done with Namjoon and is one step away from sending him to the Bermuda Triangle, he asked me to find a babysitter for him this time.”

Raising an eyebrow, Taehyung picks the abandoned controller up, “And? I still don’t get the point, hyung. It still doesn’t have anything to do with me.”

Grinning sheepishly, Seokjin states,“You see, Taehyung, I may or may not have accidentally told him that I have a little brother that can do that for him.”

It didn’t hit Taehyung right away but when it did, he drops the controller back to the floor and his voice echoes throughout their spacious apartment

“You did what now? Hyung, you must be crazy!”

“I’m really sorry, Tae, but he already ordered me to bring you with me tomorrow morning. He said that if I wouldn’t, I would lose my job.” He bites his bottom lip. “Taetae, he really threatened me! You know how important my job is to me, right?” He cups Taehyung’s face between his hands. “Please, Tae, do this for your hyung?”

Taehyung moves away from him, “Hyung, I don’t know how to take care of a child nor have an experience for it! I’m only a second-year college student and we’re not supposed to have on-the-job training until next year!”

“You want to be an elementary teacher, am I right? You’re supposed to be good with kids, whether you have an experience or not.” He gives him a pointed look. “Besides, don’t think that I have forgotten that time when you managed to make twenty kids calm down when a fight broke out at the playground.”

“That was a one-time thing!” He tries to reason out.

“It is a one-time thing that’s really impressive, Taehyung-ah.” Seokjin takes his hands and holds it. “Please, accept my offer. It’s not like you’re going to do it for free, my boss will give you a paycheck, I’m not sure how much though. But I think that it’s a really big money if I’m going to base it on the kid’s previous babysitters. Before they left the place, they all cried about how they won’t ever find a job that would pay them that big.”

Taehyung only eyes his elder brother who is literally pleading to him. This must be really important, just like what Seokjin had told him that he might lose his job if Taehyung won’t agree. Sure, Seokjin could have been joking about him losing his job, but Taehyung knows whenever his hyung lies to him. He also guesses that his Seokjin-hyung must really love his work since even he complains so much about his boss, he had never thought of quitting, even just once.

Exhaling deeply, he guesses that it wouldn’t really hurt if he’s going to accept this. Besides, him being a babysitter might be a good help for him once their on-the-job training starts. And he could probably use the money that he’s going to earn too. He could finally stop relying on Seokjin too much when it comes to money, albeit the fact that he knows that his hyung doesn’t really mind spending money on him.

Another glance at his brother who is looking at him with expectant eyes, he lets out another deep breath before finally letting out a quiet ‘yes’ that made his brother jump to him out of happiness.



Taehyung doesn’t really have an idea as to why he’s fidgeting so much. His knees keep on bouncing up and down, fingers can’t stop playing with each other and his eyes are looking at any direction that it could make. He is sure that Seokjin is probably judging him right now even though he’s not really looking at him.

It seems like Seokjin has had enough of it when he places his hands on Taehyung’s thighs but still not enough to stop it from moving.

“Seriously, why are you so nervous? It’s not like we’re going to meet the Prime Minister or something. Chill the fuck out, Tae.”

“I don’t really know why I’m nervous too, hyung,” answers Taehyung as he bites on his lower lip. “Maybe it’s because of the fact that I really don’t know what to expect? Can you tell me how the kid’s like?”

Seokjin thinks for a moment then says, “Well, I’ve only seen her once but I’m confident to say that she got her looks from the boss. Most of her facial feature resembles the boss’ face more from what I’ve seen. Also, I noticed that she doesn’t like to talk to strangers or just people in general.”

“Huh?” Taehyung sends his brother a confused look. “What do you mean?”

“I mean, when I first met her, I was with the boss and Namjoon. When Namjoon asked her about what does she want to get when he comes back from work, she didn’t even spare him a glance. She just kept looking down on the floor and clung to the boss like her life depended on it.”

“That’s really weird but there must be a reason why she acts like that.” A question pops up in his mind, “What about her mother? Maybe, it has something to do with her mother?”

“I don’t really know much about her mother, Tae,” Seokjin exhales. “I tried to ask Namjoon about it because I was so curious but he only gave me a disapproving look and told me not to ask him that question ever again.” He pouts, hands on the wheel tightening as he remembers the scene. “He also used a harsh tone when he ordered me not to question him about it anymore. Why does he act like asking that question is a taboo?”

Taehyung cackles then point to his hyung accusingly, “Ha, you keep on telling me that you don’t have any romantic feelings towards Namjoon but you get upset when he uses an onerous tone on you. You’re such a big fat liar, hyung.”

“Be grateful that I’m driving right now because if I wasn’t, both of my hands will be on you in a very unpleasant way.”

Taehyung only sticks his tongue out at him then looks away from him. He looks out through the tinted windows of Seokjin’s car, suddenly aware that they are on an unfamiliar road. The road isn’t deserted since they pass by a few expensive-looking cars and some transportation buses going in the opposite direction. Perplexed, he wonders where are they headed. He is about to ask Seokjin where are they going when he sees a sign that says Gangnam – 250m.

He suddenly turns to Seokjin, “Oh my goodness, hyung, are we really going to Gangnam?”

Seokjin nods with furrowed brows, “Yeah, didn’t you already know about it? I told you where I’m working, right?”

“Um, no?”

“No? Didn’t I already tell you years ago about this?” Taehyung shakes his head. Seokjin heaves out a deep breath as he tries not to slam his head on the wheel in realization. “Good Lord. How could I forget that my dear little brother never listens to me?”

The younger makes a petulant expression, “But seriously, we’re going to Gangnam? I can’t believe that you have to drive for hours just to go to work.”

Rolling his eyes, Seokjin smacks the back of Taehyung’s head with one of his free hands, “You are over exaggerating. We’re living in Seocho, not in Gangseo or something. Most of the time, I only have to drive for like thirty minutes or less, depends on the traffic. Besides, I’d rather drive for hours and have a really great pay than drive in less than ten minutes and the salary won’t even help us to survive for weeks.”

“Yeah, right,” Taehyung grumbles while glaring at his hyung. “Since we’re going to Gangnam, that means your boss must be one of the billionaires here in Korea.”

Seokjin just laughs, “It doesn’t matter, Taehyung.” Before Taehyung can even react, Seokjin’s car halts and he opens the window beside him. He pulls out some expensive-looking card which has his name on it then swipes it on a device attached to a wall that looks similar to the ones that the cashiers pull out when you use your credit card as a method of payment. A sound from the said device can be heard and it almost made Taehyung jump out of his seat. Another noise startles Taehyung but this time, it’s the sound from the gates being opened. Seokjin chuckles then start his car again when the doors are fully opened.

Inside the enormous gates reveals a huge mansion. Taehyung is in awe as he stares at the infrastructure in front of him and he vaguely thinks that the place isn’t a mansion but a palace instead. He wonders if the Queen of England really lives there or his hyung’s boss. Whoever it is though, they must be very rich.

Seokjin’s car stops again but this time, in front of a large door with a stairway at the foot. The brothers get out of the car and some servants immediately arrive and ask for Seokjin’s car keys in which he delightedly obeys. Taehyung is now confused if they are at his hyung’s boss’ house or at a five-star hotel. Nevertheless, it still amuses him to the core.

If the outside of the mansion looks captivating and really fancy, the inside looks like the ones that people usually see in movies. If Taehyung isn’t sure earlier if he could call this place a mansion or a palace, he’s confident to call this a palace now. Everything inside it looks like it’s a million times more expensive than their whole apartment altogether. The thought made Taehyung shiver, now terrified to touch anything inside that can probably cost his life.

Taehyung is sure he appears like a lost puppy now as he silently and obediently follows his elder brother who is striding confidently to go to wherever he’s planning to go. As Taehyung is just literally tailing Seokjin, he bumps into his brother’s back when he abruptly stops walking. He starts to groan loudly which earns him a slap on the shoulder from his brother.

“Okay, before I knock on the door, if he asks you any question, call him Master, is that clear?” He is about to protest but Seokjin only shushes him as he knocks on the door then places his mouth in front of a device that looks like a speaker, “This is Adviser Kim, Sir. Just like what I have promised you, I brought my little brother with me to have a word with you.”

The door suddenly opens and Seokjin quickly enters the room. Just like what he has been doing ever since he entered his hyung’s boss’ premises, he follows him but this time, his hands are clutching the back of Seokjin’s dress shirt.

When they entered the room, he quickly realizes that this is probably the boss’ office. Books are stacked neatly in the corner of what seems like a mini library, number of piles of papers arranged near the said shelf too. In the middle of the room is an office table that looks really expensive if he’s going to judge it based on the details engraved on the said table. Gold can be seen on the details carved on the table and he’s sure that his eyes catch something that somewhat looks like diamonds. Real diamonds. At the top of the table, the paper works are scattered around the table. That’s when Taehyung notices a man that has his elbows resting at the top of the table, eyes staring intently at him that definitely catches him off guard.

“Sir, I would like to introduce to you my little brother, Kim Taehyung. He’s the one that I’m referring to when you asked me if I know someone who is a babysitter. He really likes kids and can understand them very well and I can attest to that.” Seokjin’s tone is so formal and reserved and Taehyung is not used to hearing his brother speak like this. He would have laughed if it isn’t for the Master’s intense stare on him.

“Seokjin, I can see that your little brother is inexperienced when it comes to handling kids. I asked you for a babysitter, not someone who likes kids.” The Master’s voice is so strong and stern that it sent chills running down Taehyung’s spine.

“Yes, Sir, I know about that but please trust me when I say that Taehyung is perfect for this job.” Seokjin tries to convince him, the pleading evident in his voice. “I’m confirming that Taehyung is not a professional when it comes to this, but I strongly believe that he can exceed your expectations.”

He cocks an eyebrow, “Are you sure that you want to take the risk about this, Seokjin? If my daughter won’t interact with him or even spare him a glance, you know that you will lose your job, right?”

Nodding his head curtly, he mumbles, “Yes, I’m very aware of that fact, Sir.”

“Very well then, if that’s what you want.” He trails off for a few seconds then continues. “Did you already orient him about some information that concerns my daughter?”

“I did when we were on our way here. I’m confident that Taehyung didn’t forget about that.”

“Alright, if you say so.” He presses a button on some device that’s attached to his table. “Haechan, guide Seokjin and his brother to Jiyeon’s location.”

As if on cue, the door opens and it reveals a petite man wearing a formal attire who seems to be waiting for Seokjin and Taehyung. Seokjin looks over at his boss who didn’t even move an inch from his location.

“You’re not going to come with us, Sir?”

“I don’t need to. Did you forget that I can monitor everything from here?”

Realization hits Seokjin, “Ah, yes. I’m sorry for forgetting about that, Sir.”

“Just go, Seokjin.” He orders with a voice of authority. But before they can fully leave, he says, “You’re not allowed to enter Jiyeon’s playroom, by the way. Only Taehyung is allowed to since I have to observe him and what he’s going to do.”

Seokjin only nods then proceeds to walk towards Haechan who is waiting for them in front of the Master’s office. Just like earlier, Taehyung follows his hyung who is walking behind Haechan. Not too long after that, they arrive in front of another fancy-looking door. Haechan opens the door carefully like it’s going to break. Taehyung raised an eyebrow at that but doesn’t bother questioning him why did he do that. Haechan motions for Taehyung to enter the room and so he did. He doesn’t really know why he’s being quiet and careful like something is going to break if he’s going to walk faster. Before Haechan fully closes the door, Taehyung looks at Seokjin who is already looking at him with the eyes that say he believes in him. It made Taehyung smile a little and melt the nervousness that he’s feeling in his heart.

Walking further into the room, he tries to find the little girl. The so-called playroom is quite spacious and there are a lot of toys of different sizes can be seen. Taehyung recalls the little girl’s name.

“Jiyeon-ah? Are you here, Jiyeon?”

He starts to roam around the room and searches every corner to find the little girl. When he didn’t find her after a few more seconds, Taehyung starts to think that maybe, the little girl is lost and is somewhere out there. His heart is slowly starting to beat a little faster than it should be. But it immediately calms down as soon as he sees a shadow of a little girl on that one specific corner that he hasn’t searched yet. Taehyung lets out a relieved sigh, silently thanking the gods that he doesn’t have anything to worry about.

Slowly but surely, Taehyung starts to approach the little girl. It seems like she noticed his presence when she stops playing and buries her face in her hands.

Taehyung frowns when he sees the action, stopping at a safe distance from the kid. He thinks that it will be better to stop because he has a feeling that Jiyeon doesn’t like the feeling of being around strangers.

“Hi, Jiyeon,” greets Taehyung softly with a light tone, afraid that he might scare the little girl off. “Is oppa making you feel uncomfortable?” Taehyung asks her but she didn’t even glance at him. Silence takes over them for a few seconds with Taehyung trying to think of something that can make the little girl look at him, even just for a second. He needs to do this or else, Seokjin will lose his job.

Looking around to see if he can find something that he can use, his eye catches something. He points at the toy in front of her, “Is that the toy that you’ve been playing with earlier? Is that an Ironman plushie?”

She still doesn’t look at him but at least this time, she acknowledges his presence and bobs her head as the answer to his question. Taehyung smiles a little, pleased that he made a progress even just a little. He carefully tries to scoot closer to her, “Oh, that’s an interesting since Ironman looks cute in that form. Have you seen any Ironman movies?” She nods again as Taehyung takes another step closer to her. “Don’t you think that it will be better if, in movies, Ironman will look like your plushie?”

The little girl stiffens which makes Taehyung kind of freaked out. Shit, did I scare her off?, Taehyung asks himself when Jiyeon didn’t respond to him in any way.

He is caught off guard when Jiyeon suddenly turns around to face him. Their eyes meet immediately and they just stared at each other.

Jiyeon looks at Taehyung with wide eyes, curiosity clear in her eyes. She doesn’t move nor bother to open her mouth and just keeps on staring at Taehyung, particularly on his face. She moves and unexpectedly walks toward Taehyung, hand reaching out to him. Confusion is painted on Taehyung’s face, not really sure as to why Jiyeon is holding out her hand to him. He decides to walk towards her too and when they’re in each other’s proximity, he crouches down on the floor so that he’s on an eye-to-eye level with her. Her stretched-out hand reaches Taehyung’s face and a smile quickly breaks out on her face as soon as her hand touches it, eyes crinkling. She also lets her free hand touch his face. Now that she’s holding Taehyung’s hands between her hands, her smile only widens.

“W-Why are you touching my face, Jiyeon-ah? Is there something wrong with my face?” questions Taehyung but she quickly shakes her head. He tilts his head to the side, confused. “Then why are you touching my face if there isn’t something wrong with it?” He pouts at her and then she surprises him when a giggle comes out of her mouth. “Can you tell me, please, Little Miss Jiyeon?”

Again, she shakes her head as she giggles. She suddenly squishes Taehyung’s cheeks that only made her laugh more. Taehyung beams at the sound of her laugh, thinking how melodious it sounds.

“Come on, Jiyeon-ah, tell me why you’re squishing my face now,” says Taehyung a little more seriously which made her step back away from him. Taehyung immediately notices the shift of the mood and he frowns. It made him frown even more when he sees the gloomy expression casting Jiyeon’s face.

He starts to move sluggishly towards her, very cautious so that she would not move farther away from him. He is quite thankful that Jiyeon’s back is now facing him. It just means that he can do this more easily.

Taehyung continues to move near her, still careful with his move. Somehow, his instincts are telling him to be careful when it comes to Jiyeon. He doesn’t really know why but right now, he’s not bothering to find out about it.

His hands finally manage to touch Jiyeon’s shoulders and she visibly winces. It made Taehyung cringe a little but it didn’t stop him from reaching out to her. Slowly, he turns Jiyeon around so that she’s facing him now. Her eyes are directed to the floor and it looks like she doesn’t have any plans to look at his face. Taehyung groans internally, thinking how this scenario is so similar when he first arrived in the room. Her lips are also wobbling now and Taehyung is afraid that she will start crying soon.

“Jiyeon-ah, oppa is sorry for being careless and inconsiderate. I didn’t mean to say it in a way that will scare you.  I swear that I’m not mad or anything so please, don’t be sad now, okay?”

Tears start to fall from her eyes as she shakes her head. Her shoulders are shaking and quiet whimpers can be heard from her. Taehyung can’t do anything but to slowly pull her in for a hug. For a moment, Taehyung is convinced that she will push him away when she placed her hands on his chest, already exerting a weak force. But when he started to stroke her hair softly while whispering words of encouragement in her ears, the stiffness in her body began to disappear and her tears gradually ceased.

It didn’t take long for her to calm down and pull away from Taehyung’s warm and comforting hug. Jiyeon looks around the room like she is searching for something and her eyes light up a little when she finally finds it. She runs to the direction where she found what she has been looking for. Shortly after that, she comes back with what seems to be a sketch pad and a pencil.

“Are you going to draw something for me, Jiyeon-ah?” She shakes her head like what she has been doing whenever he asks her a question. “What are you going to do with that then?”

Instead of answering his question, she just opens the sketch pad and places it on the table next to them. She sits down and starts scribbling something on the paper. When she’s done, she shows Taehyung the pad, sadness evident in her eyes.

I can’t talk.

“What do you mean with that? I can’t quite comprehend what you’re trying to say, Jiyeon-ah.”

Jiyeon just opens her mouth then shakes her head. Taehyung is perplexed for a few moments but realization dawns on him.

He doesn’t really want to believe it but he knows that Jiyeon is not lying to him. He knows that Jiyeon can’t lie about something like that. But he knows in himself that he has to accept it, although it’s making his heart ache so bad and feel pity for the little girl.

Taehyung pulls Jiyeon in for a hug again but this time, it’s a little bit tighter than earlier. Jiyeon wraps her arms around him then nuzzles her head on his neck, causing for him to chuckle because her hair is tickling him.

It became the reason for the start of a tickle fight and their loud laughter fills the serene atmosphere of the playroom. The gloominess is long gone as Taehyung’s and Jiyeon’s jointed laughter can be heard.

Their tickle fight continued for some more until they’re both panting hard because of laughing too much. Jiyeon and Taehyung flop down on the floor, their eyes closing for a moment. Everything is quiet once again and it is really peaceful.

“You know, Jiyeon-ah,” Taehyung starts off as he decides to break the silence. “I don’t really care if you can talk or not but all I know is that you’re a nice and playful little girl and I would love to play with you more.” He turns to look at her who is already looking up at him with wide and happy eyes. “Do you want to play more with me too?” She nods enthusiastically and throws her arms around him. However, their happy moment is interrupted when the door of the playroom opens, revealing Seokjin, Haechan, and the Master behind it. They quickly get up from the floor and fixed their appearances.

“Angel, it’s time for you to go to your room now.” The Master orders but his voice is unbelievably soft, unlike the voice that he had earlier when he was talking with Seokjin.

Jiyeon shakes her head and clings onto Taehyung, her hands clutching his shirt. “Angel, please, listen to me. It’s already past eight o’clock in the evening. You need to go to bed now.”

It seems like Jiyeon won’t obey her father’s orders as she didn’t even move nor let go of her hold on Taehyung’s shirt. Taehyung exhales deeply and now decides that he will take some action and step in.

He strokes her hair softly, “Jiyeon-ah, I’m afraid that we have to follow your Dad’s orders. You don’t want him to be mad at you, right?” She curtly nods at him, “That’s great! Now, listen to him and go to bed already. I think Haechan-ssi will accompany you on your way to your room.” Again, she nods her head and finally lets go of her hold on Taehyung’s shirt.

Taehyung watches Jiyeon leave with a heavy feeling in his heart. It’s kind of ridiculous how he’s already attached to her but no one could really blame him if the kid is really amazing and is fun to be with. It’s like he had gained himself a little sister which he has been wanting to have ever since he’s little. Unfortunately, he can’t have that anymore.

Snapping out of his own musings, he looks up at the Master who is eyeing him intensely like what he has been doing ever since their first meeting several minutes ago. Taehyung feels shivers running down his spine, causing for him to rub his own arms. He clears his throat, “Um, did I pass your test, Master?”

“I can say that I’m quite impressed with what you did,” he answers with his monotonous tone, obviously not buying whatever Taehyung is trying to do. “Albeit the fact that I thought you already knew about her condition. Didn’t Seokjin already tell you about it?”

“Hyung didn’t exactly say that Jiyeon is mute,” He defends himself while internally cringing when he finally says it out loud. He really feels pity for Jiyeon. “He only told me that she won’t talk with anyone, not even with this Kim Namjoon-ssi that hyung tells me about. You can’t really blame me if I didn’t expect that.”

The Master gives Seokjin a look of disappointment and exhales, “Let’s forget that. It’s a matter that we shouldn’t discuss anymore.” He turns to look at Taehyung again. “Since you’re still going to university, let me know about your schedules so that we could arrange something. Make sure to give me your schedules as soon as possible but preferably tomorrow. Tell me what’s your schedule for tomorrow so that I can arrange something.”

“Uh, I only have my morning classes tomorrow and it will last until twelve noon. After that, I don’t really have anything to do.”

“Brilliant. You can start working here from that time since it’s just right after Jiyeon’s private lessons with her tutor.” He turns to Seokjin. “Since your brother is a novice here and doesn’t own a card yet, you can accompany him on his way here. Donghui will be here tomorrow and he’s the one who is going to give your brother the card.” He turns to Taehyung again. “Don’t forget to bring your schedule and the basic requirements that I’m going to send Seokjin. Make sure everything is ready because I don’t want any interruptions, is that clear?” Taehyung can’t do anything but nod. “Good. I will take my leave now since I still have a lot of things to take care of in the company.” He eyes Seokjin again. “You can drive your brother home but after you’re done with that, go to the company. Namjoon and I have important matters to discuss with you.”

“I understand, Sir.” Seokjin nods then bows to his boss.

Taehyung is caught off guard when the Master looks at him once again, “I’m expecting you tomorrow, Kim Taehyung-ssi. Please don’t be late because that will not make a good impression.”

“Yes, Master.”

The Master is about to walk away when Taehyung calls out to him.

“Wait, Master!” Seokjin widens his eyes at his brother like he’s warning him not to continue whatever he has in his mind. But as usual, Taehyung ignored Seokjin’s warnings. “I have something to ask you.”

The Master raises an eyebrow at him, “What is it?”

He clears his throat, “This will be really weird but may I know what’s your name? I’ve been wondering about that ever since I first saw you. Although you looked really familiar because I think I have seen you somewhere but I just can’t remember it.”

Taehyung expected for the Master to get annoyed with him or even snort at his stupidity. It truly surprised him when a low chuckle escapes his mouth.

“You’re really something, Kim Taehyung-ssi.” Taehyung is sure that a whimper escapes from his mouth. “But to answer your question, it’s Jeongguk. The name’s Jeon Jeongguk.”

And with that, Jeongguk leaves without sparing Taehyung another glance while the latter is standing frozen in his place as the realization hits him. Shit.