Hoseok bursts into Yoongi’s apartment.
Yoongi doesn’t regret giving him a key. They’ve been dating for a month and it was basically a right of passage.
So he doesn’t regret Hoseok being able to barge in on his quiet time. He doesn’t regret it at all.
“I met the coolest guy at H-Mart.”
Yoongi sighs. He already hates where this story is going.
Yoongi acknowledges that yes, he has lots of Korean friends and yes, it’s a stereotype. But Hoseok spends way more time than he has to at H-Mart.
Yoongi’s aware it’s cause Hoseok likes speaking Korean, but when Hoseok goes to H-Mart, it means he buys Korean ingredients. And when they have Korean ingredients, it means Yoongi has to cook them.
Unperturbed by Yoongi’s lack of attention, Hoseok rambles on as he puts the groceries in Yoongi’s fridge. “So his name is Vincent Kim. Oh shit, I didn’t ask him for his Korean name. Um, but anyway. He has a boyfriend! Isn’t that amazing!”
Yoongi snorts. “Hoseok, you have a boyfriend. It’s not really that crazy of a concept.”
Hoseok tsks. “No, but he and his boyfriend are both Korean!”
Yoongi stares at the book he’s not reading just so he can try to ignore Hoseok’s pointless story.
Hoseok rolls his eyes where Yoongi can’t see him. “It’s almost like it’s rare for there to be two gay korean couples since our families’ culture hates us so much.”
Yoongi puts his book down to look at Hoseok. “We live in LA. My parents haven’t cared since high school.”
Hoseok pouts. His parents cared. His parents cared a lot.
It’s part of the reason Hoseok moved to LA in the first place. He grew up in San Francisco, but unlike Yoongi, Hoseok was born in Korea. Yoongi was born in LA.
Hoseok ignores Yoongi’s feigned apathy. He’s used to it by now. “We’re going on a double date.” Hoseok has his back to Yoongi. “Don’t pout.”
Yoongi licks his lips to tug his lip back to a normal position. “I’m not pouting.”
“I know you hate double dates. I just… I really want to meet them, okay?”
Yoongi gets it, but- “It’s just not really a date with two strangers there.”
Hoseok smirks and walks into the living room. “I know you like being sweet to me on dates, but no one’s stopping you from doing that while they’re there.”
Yoongi tsks as Hoseok forces himself onto Yoongi’s lap so he’s straddling him.
He puts his arms around Yoongi’s neck. “You can pick the restaurant.”
Yoongi’s hands instinctively go to Hoseok’s hips. He looks into his boyfriend’s eyes.
They don’t have to discuss any of this. Yoongi hates double dates, but he loves picking the restaurants they go to. This is a compromise that they’d figured out a long time ago. “Fine. But we’re not getting Korean food.”
That friday night, Yoongi finds himself in K-Town at a Korean BBQ restaurant with Hoseok as they wait for Vincent and his boyfriend to show up.
Yoongi orders a coffee while they wait. He kicks Hoseok’s foot under the table. “So English or Korean?”
Hoseok blinks. “Language or names?”
Yoongi shrugs. “Both.”
Hoseok hums. “Uh, I guess we can ask once they get here. I know Vincent speaks fluently but I don’t know if his boyfriend does. Oh, there they are!”
Hoseok and Vincent wear matching grins and Yoongi can’t help but find it endearing. Hoseok is a people person. If it made Yoongi jealous to see Hoseok make friends, they would never have even been able to start dating.
Vincent smiles. “Hey, Hoseok! This is so exciting! We’ve never been on a double date!”
His boyfriend, who has bright pink hair, smiles awkwardly. “Um, I’m Christian.” He holds his hand out to Hoseok.
Hoseok nods. “You can call me Hope.”
Christian holds his hand out to Yoongi and Yoongi’s still trying to decide whether to use his English or Korean name, but since they’re all speaking English, he keeps it simple. “I’m August.”
Vincent blinks. “Hoseok, I thought you said your boyfriend’s name is Yoongi.”
Yoongi sighs. “Uh, yeah. That’s my Korean name.”
Vincent nods. “Oh, which do you prefer?”
Yoongi looks at Hoseok. He kind of hates this whole part. It’s easier when someone only knows one of his names. He responds to both of them so he really doesn’t give a shit which people call him. “Well, whatever’s easier for you.”
Vincent shrugs. “I can do either.”
Yoongi immediately feels a headache set in.
Hoseok steps in, knowing how stressed Yoongi must be. “Christian, do you speak Korean?”
Christian waves his hand in the air vaguely. “I can speak it, but it’s not always right.”
Hoseok smiles acceptingly. “Cool. So we all speak it, more or less. Just call him August. You can always switch to Yoongi if you’re mad at him.”
Yoongi glares at Hoseok, but there’s a playful glint in his eyes. Hoseok laces his fingers with Yoongi’s under the table.
Hoseok just turns back to Vincent and Christian. “Do you guys have Korean names?”
Christian nods. “Yeah, mine’s Jimin.”
Vincent crinkles his nose. “Agh, it’s so cute. I think both his names suit him so well. Mine’s Taehyung.”
There’s a ghost of an old argument in Christian’s eyes as he says, “Please just call him Tae. Vincent is so pretentious, I can’t stand it.”
Tae pouts. “Aww, Chim chim. Don’t ruin the fun.”
Yoongi lets out a small happy noise as his coffee is placed on the table. He’s too pleased about the caffeine to be embarrassed by the soft noise.
Christian and Tae both hear it.
Christian’s eyes go wide. “Oh! Do you guys use honorifics? I don’t want to be rude.”
Yoongi tsks. “Only if we’re speaking Korean. Or if Hoseok wants something from me.”
Tae rubs at his head. “Wow, this is so confusing.”
Yoongi frowns. “Honestly, don’t worry about it. I’m August, he’s Hope. Forget about honorifics. We’re just speaking English. It’s simple.”
Hoseok pats Yoongi’s head. “My lil logical bae saving the day.”
Yoongi slaps his hand away as he takes a long sip from his coffee. Yoongi points at the menu on the wall. “I hope you guys are hungry.”
Christian’s eyes speak for him.
Before they know it, they table is filled with meat and Yoongi immediately takes charge of the grill.
Tae reaches forward to help but Yoongi slaps his hand away.
He doesn’t realize that he says it in Korean, <Let hyung do it for you.>
Tae responds back. <Is it traditional for the eldest to do it? I always thought my dad just wanted to.>
Yoongi shakes his head. <No, I just like doing it, I guess.>
Christian blinks at him.
Hoseok elbows Yoongi. “You guys switched to Korean.”
Yoongi looks up at Christian. “Oh. I didn’t realize. I’m sorry.”
Christian shakes his head. “No, it’s fine. I understood. I just was going to ask you about your work and I wasn’t sure how to say what I did so I guess I panicked a little.”
Yoongi snorts. “Well if it’s so complicated you can’t say it in Korean, I’m a little curious what it is you do.”
Christian covers his mouth to answer with his mouth full. “Well, I’ve been doing some freelance modeling.” He gestures at his hair. “So my hair changes a lot which is kind of fun.”
Hoseok’s eyes go wide. “Is that what you want to do? Modeling?”
Christian shrugs. “I like it so far so that’s what I’m doing for now at least.”
Hoseok nods. “That’s so cool. You’ve gotta show us some of your shoots.”
Christian shakes his head. “That’s too embarrassing.”
But Tae already has them pulled up on his phone. “I have the hottest boyfriend.”
Christian panics, dropping his chopsticks to grab for the phone Tae’s passing to Hoseok. “Tae!”
Hoseok whistles at the shirtless picture of Christian and shows it to Yoongi. Yoongi blinks. “Wow. You’re good.”
Hoseok snorts. “Just say he’s hot if you mean he’s hot.”
Yoongi frowns. “I would’ve said that if that’s what I meant.” Yoongi reaches over Hoseok to zoom in on Christian’s face. “I meant that he’s good. It’s hard to get a picture like that.”
Hosek throws his arm around Yoongi as he hands the phone back to Tae. Jimin’s face matches his pink hair. “Yoongi’s a photographer so that’s high praise coming from him.”
Jimin bows his head in thanks. Yoongi shakes off the compliment. “I’m just freelance. I’m not a pro or anything.”
Hoseok fights back, supporting his boyfriend. “You’re good. And that’s not just code for you’re hot, but also, you’re hot.” Hoseok beams and Yoongi sighs, not even embarrassed.
Tae laughs at them. “You should take some pictures of Christian! He gets bored when he doesn’t have a gig.”
Yoongi shrugs. “No offense, but I usually do architecture photography.”
Tae puts his arm around Christian. “Well not to brag, but my man is built, so I think he fits your genre.”
Hoseok laughs so hard he spits out his food.
He recovers and turns to Yoongi, his expression is deadly serious. “Yoongi, these two men are our new best friends and we are never abandoning them, okay?”
Yoongi smirks as he gently runs his hands through Hoseok’s hair. “Whatever you say.”
Hoseok presses a quick kiss to Yoongi’s lips.
Christian and Tae smile at each other shyly as the older couple kisses.
Hoseok changes the topic. “What about you, Tae?”
Tae takes a deep breath. “Well, I have one of the most important jobs in the city. I don’t mean to cast a shadow over the rest of you, but I just happen to be… an Uber driver. And yes, it’s true. I also drive for Lyft. I know what you’re thinking, it’s not possible. Oh but it is, I am that essential to the Los Angeles nightlif-”
Christian shoves a piece of pork in Tae’s mouth as he rolls his eyes. “He says this shit every time someone asks. He wants to be an actor. I’m just trying to make sure we have time to hear Hos- uh, Hosik… Sorry, I- Hope. Hope’s answer.”
Hoseok smiles. “No worries. I actually drive for Lyft too. But just on the side. I teach at a dance studio. For kids. Nothing fancy. I’m not training the next Sinatra or anything.”
Yoongi hums. “I mean, you might be.”
Hoseok nods thoughtfully. “You’re not wrong. Huh, the Sinatra of hip hop. This will be my legacy.”
They all laugh before changing the topic to how terrible traffic is. It comes up at least once during every conversation in Los Angeles. It just does.
Yoongi didn’t hate the double date. Usually he hates them.
But he liked Tae and Christian.
The double dates become a regular thing.
They usually go to Korean places, just cause Hoseok likes being around the language in the menus or the conversations next to them, but they go out to BJs one night and it’s not surprising that that’s the night where Christian asks-
“Can we speak in Korean?”
Hoseok’s eyes light up. “Are you sure?”
Christian blushes. “It’s just… it’s really nice being around you guys. Honestly, most of my friends are white. So I don’t get to practice speaking it a lot. You said you’re both fluent, right?”
Hoseok’s beaming. <Yeah, we are. Just let me know if it’s ever too much.>
Christian laughs. <You use Korean names in Korean, yes?>
Yoongi tries to hide his smirk at Christian’s stinted sentence. He doesn’t mean to be rude. It’s just kind of cute.
Tae’s staring at Christian like he just lit the stars. <You’re beautiful when you speak Korean.>
Christian blushes more. <I’m always beautiful.>
Tae snorts. <Sure, that you can say perfectly.>
Christian just smiles around a mouthful of food.
Yoongi interrupts. <Can you remind me of your Korean name?>
Christian nods. <My name is Jimin. What is your name?>
Hoseok points at Tae. <Taehyung.>
Tae points back at Hoseok. <Hoseok!>
Tae and Hoseok both scream. “DOCTOR SCOTT!”
Yoongi rolls his eyes, but smiles at the reference. <That’s Hoseok hyung to you.>
Tae nods, apologizing through a mouth full of food. There’s a few things he and Jimin have in common and stuffing their faces is a significant one.
Yoongi always eats slowly. Christian and Tae have theorized that he does it so he can make the excuse that he’s eating to avoid talking more than he wants to.
Yoongi gestures to Christian’s hair. <Jimin ah, did you have another shoot?>
Tae and Hoseok look at Yoongi with sly grins.
Christian glances at both of them, confused. <Yes. Grey now.>
Hoseok waves his hands. <Okay, back up. We’re not letting Yoongi hyung get away with being soft without calling him out.>
Yoongi rolls his eyes as he stabs at his food.
Christian tilts his head. <What do you mean?>
Tae explains. <He called you Jimin ah instead of just Jimin. It’s an honorific kind of. It just means he’s fond of you.>
<He calls me Hope ah sometimes.> Hoseok smiles, but Yoongi is steadily ignoring all of them as he pretends to read through emails on his phone.
Christian nods. <Oh. I knew that. I didn’t hear… > “Um, I didn’t notice it as he said it. It blended into the sentence.”
Hoseok shrugs. <You’ll pick up on everything pretty quick if we speak it a lot.>
Christian nods. <That is the plan!>
Tae smiles proudly at Jimin. <He’s been practicing pretty hard for a few weeks. He’s still trying to figure how what people younger than me would call me cause he thinks it’s stupid to call me Taehyung hyung.>
Christian pouts. “It just sounds so redundant. Taehyung squared. Or Tae-hyung. I don’t know. Hyung hyung is like... Moon moon.” Christian pauses. “You know, on second thought, hyung hyung kind of suits you.”
Hoseok snorts. “Oh my god, Moon moon.” <Hyung, you remember Moon moon, right?>
Yoongi glares at Hoseok, offended. <Of course I remember Moon moon. How dare you even ask.>
Hoseok smirks at Tae and Christian. <Yoongi hyung loves Moon moon. Almost as much as he loves Kumamon.>
Yoongi frowns at his phone. <If you don’t shut up, we’re not having sex tonight.>
Hoseok makes a show of zipping his lips.
Tae speaks up. <You guys have been together for awhile?>
Yoongi nods, locking his phone to rejoin the conversation now that he’s not being mocked. <Yeah, going on two months. But we’ve been messing around for almost half a year.>
Christian raises his hand awkwardly. “I’m not understanding most of this.”
Tae quickly translates. “They’ve been fucking for half a year but only dating for two months.”
Someone at the next table over looks at Tae with horror.
Yoongi shakes his head. <Didn’t say we were fucking for half a year. Said we were messing around. Didn’t let him fuck me til it was official.> “I’m not that kinda girl.”
Hoseok raises his eyebrows. <Is this foreplay, right now?>
Yoongi pretends to grip his knife tightly. <Just a phrase, Hope ah. Don’t get any ideas.>
Tae giggles but Christian’s staring down at his food. Tae reaches over and grabs his hand. “If you’re not understanding, it’s cause everything we’re saying is really dirty.”
Christian snorts, but his frown doesn’t fade. <I wish I can understand like you.>
Hoseok reaches across the table and pats Christian’s head. <You will.>
A week later, Yoongi gets a text from Christian.
It’s written in really bad Korean. Yoongi smiles at it.
Christian/지민: <My hair is blue but no one takes pictures of it. Do you want to make history?>
Yoongi stares at the dramatic text for a moment before his phone buzzes again. It’s in English this time.
Christian/지민: I feel like I didn’t say what I meant. I dyed my hair blue just for fun but I don’t have any gigs booked. So I was wondering if you’d document it for me!
Yoongi laughs at the translation.
August Hope’s bf: yeah. i should practice my portrait photography
He stares at the text.
August Hope’s bf: didnt mean to sound so bored. it’d be really cool to take pictures with you! when are you free?
Christian/지민: tongiht?! Before the dye gets a single chance to fade?!?!?!
August Hope’s bf: it’s not gonna fade over night
Christian/지민: between the two of us who knows more about hair dye
August Hope’s bf: me. i used to dye my hair myself. you go to salons
Christian/지민: ……..but can we do it tonight
August Hope’s bf: yeah im free lol
August Hope’s bf: but the color would probably come out better in sunlight. i have lights but it’s not the same
Christian/지민: oh no guess we have to do two shoots wow im so upset how horrible
August Hope’s bf: you really like modelling dont you
Christian/지민: i do :)
August Hope’s bf: good. maybe you wont be as fucking awful to work with as the models who made me swear off portrait photography
Christian/지민: !!!!!!!!! I WILL REDEEM PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOU. I WILL BE A MODEL MODEL. I’m omw btw
August Hope’s bf: hope’s asleep but he wont care if we wake him up
Christian/지민: it’s 6pm why is he asleep
August Hope’s bf: he was out from 1am til 10am for lyft
Christian/지민: gross. Tae does the same thing sometimes. it pays better tho. anyway. Im just wearing skinny jeans and a button up. Ok?
August Hope’s bf: ur the model you tell me
Christian/지민: if i dont look hot enough ill just take my shirt off
August Hope’s bf: wow confident
Christian/지민: >///< no it’s not that! It’s just… that’s how it works.
August Hope’s bf: i know. im just messing with you
Christian/지민: oh :’)
August Hope’s bf: 지민이 바보
Christian/지민: *frowns in korean*
August Hope’s bf: wow your korean has gotten so good. im gonna set up the lights. ring the doorbell when youre here