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The Bachelor: Park Jimin Edition

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A chubby middle-aged man steps out into a lavishly decorated room. “Hello, I’m Bang Sihyuk,” he introduces himself, “and I’d like to introduce you to a brand-new show designed to help two people find the love of their life, and that show is called The Bachelor.”

He walks around the room in a dramatic fashion. “30 individuals, 15 men and 15 women, will be competing to win the heart of one young man. Those individuals who make a connection with this man will receive a rose. Those who don’t will pack their bags. There will be dates, drama, heartbreak, and romance, as one should expect from the journey to love and happiness.”

Sihyuk smiles at the camera. “Why don’t we meet our lucky man? Right now, you may know him as the nation’s sweetheart, but soon enough, you will know him as the bachelor.”

~*~

A blonde male dances in front of a mirror, the slight glisten to his skin indicating that he’s been practicing for a while as a voiceover begins. “Hello, I’m Park Jimin, I’m 25 years old, I’m from Busan, I am a dancer and singer signed with BigHit Entertainment, and I am the first ever bachelor.”

There’s a quick clip of him sitting in a chair in front of a camera, giggling slightly before he continues, his introduction accompanied by many pictures and videos of him, ranging from his childhood to his most recent performances. “When I was first asked to do this show, I contemplated for a long time if I should do this or not. A lot of people don’t realize this because my stage persona is very bold and confident, but the actual Park Jimin is very shy and introverted, which is why I always laugh every time I see a new dating rumor about me.” Another clip of Jimin laughing. “I’m probably going to be in a lot of trouble for mentioning that because my company told me not to acknowledge or address the rumors, but oh well. But, yeah, since I’m so shy, I don’t put myself out there to try to meet people, and even if I did, I don’t really have the time. I began dancing when I was 16 years old and immediately dedicated my life to it. Everything revolved around dancing and studying, then when I was 18, my dance teacher convinced me to audition for an entertainment company and found the BigHit auditions for me, and after I got in, my life revolved around training. I debuted within a year of signing, and then my life revolved around my career.”

“This might be a big shock to everyone,” a shy smile appears on the celebrity’s face, “but I’ve never actually been in a serious relationship. I went on a couple of dates in middle school before I got into dancing, but other than that, I have no romantic experience with anyone. And that’s ultimately why I did decide to come on this show, I think it’s a good opportunity for me to actually meet people and gain that experience. I don’t know if I’ll actually end up totally connecting with someone on this show, or if I’ll end up in a lasting relationship with anyone, but I think this show will be good for me, and I’m excited to see how it turns out.”

~*~

Bang Sihyuk reappears. “And that is Park Jimin, the nation’s sweetheart, and our very first bachelor. Who will be competing for his heart? Stay tuned to find out~”

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“Welcome back to The Bachelor.” Bang Sihyuk says, looking intensely at the camera. “You have just seen Park Jimin as The Bachelor and learned what he is looking for in this show, but now it’s time to see who will be competing for his attention. Hundreds of men and women from all over the country, and some from other areas of the world, sent in their applications to be considered contestants for this very special first season, but only 30 of them were lucky enough to get in. I think it’s time we introduce those 30 individuals, beginning with the men.”

~*~

Kim Namjoon, 26
Waiter/Aspiring Rapper
Ilsan

“My name is Kim Namjoon and I am the future most famous rapper in all of South Korea.” Namjoon smiles, dimples that will melt the hearts of anyone watching on full display. “I say future because I haven’t gotten very far in the music industry yet.”

Clips of Namjoon with his family and in his everyday life play along with his voiceover. “I grew up in Ilsan with my mother, father, and younger sister. My father is a businessman and when I was younger, I guess I always believed that I would have a desk job like him, so I put all my focus in school. I didn’t really explore anything outside of what I was learning in class at the time. Then in fifth grade, I heard the song Fly by Epik High, and I was immediately interested in music, specifically hip hop. I began jotting down song lyrics in and practicing my rapping whenever I got the chance, and it only took a few years for me to become set on making it as a musician.”

“I do have a small following in the underground rap scene~” A video of him rapping at a club appears. “Nothing too major, but right now it’s enough for me. However, until I manage to get signed to a company and start making music professionally, I do have to work part time as a waiter to make ends meet.”

The video goes back to him sitting on a chair in front of the camera. “I wouldn’t say that I am this huge, diehard fan of Jimin, but my sister is, so I have seen him and heard about him a lot, and there is definitely something intriguing about him. He’s like a fairy from a children’s story, every time I see him on my sister’s phone or on the TV, I just want to pinch his cheeks, he’s that adorable.” Namjoon dips his head down in shyness before continuing. “I am excited to meet him and get to know him a bit…and I can mess with my sister about meeting and dating her idol, so no matter the outcome of these next few weeks, I’ll still be a winner in that sense.”

~*~

Park Chanyeol, 28
Special Education Teacher
Seoul

The tall man sits at a table across from a young girl, squirting some shaving cream into a tiny bowl. “You ready to give them a bath?” The girl nods with a laugh, pushing some stretchy toy animals into the shaving cream with the man before her. “Make sure they get all clean!”

“Hi, I am Chanyeol, I’m 28 years old, and I am a special education teacher here in Seoul.” The man smiles at the camera in front of him before more clips of him working in his classroom play. “Working with these children is my passion and there’s nothing else I could ever want to do more than provide these kids with the opportunities that so many people try to deny them just because they’re different.”

“I really admire Jimin, especially after last year when he did a benefit concert to raise money for grants for various special education programs in the country. A lot of people accused him of just doing it for the attention, but I know that’s not true. I fully believe that he is a genuine, considerate guy that truly wanted to help these kids just like I do. I am very excited to meet him, especially because I’ll be able to thank him for having a soothing voice that helps calm the children in my class whenever they’re having a bad day.”

~*~

Im Sejun, 24
Pre-Med Student
Seoul

“I’m Sejun, and I am Park Jimin’s biggest fan.” The young male says definitively, his facial expression completely serious. “He debuted when I was in high school, and I have been following his every move ever since. I’ve downloaded every song, streamed every album and music video, I’ve been to multiple fansigns, I run multiple fan accounts on the internet, I am legit.”

“I am a college student, and there’s a stigma against male fans of my age, especially those as enthusiastic as me. I’ve actually kept my fanboy side hidden for the most part, like my friends and family know that I enjoy Jimin’s music, but they don’t know that I sleep while cuddling a pillow with a picture of his face on it…well they do now.” Sejun chuckles.

“When I first heard about The Bachelor, I’m not gonna lie, I kind of thought the premise of the show was cheesy. And then I found out that Jimin is The Bachelor, and I realized that this is my chance to marry the man I am destined to be with forever. Like, Jimin is my future husband, and it’s only a matter of time before he realizes it too. So, prepare yourself Jimin, because I’m coming.” Sejun winks at the camera.

~*~

Ha Sungwoon, 26
Graphic Designer
Goyang

“I’m Sungwoon, and I am completely ready to fall in love and get married, and hopefully I’ll find that with Jimin.” Sungwoon gives the camera a genuine smile.

A video of him setting a tray with hot soup in front of an elderly woman plays. “My grandmother was diagnosed with cancer last year, so I’ve moved in with her to take care of her. She was doing really well at first, but a few months ago we found out the treatments were no longer working and that there wasn’t much more they could do for her.” The video cuts back to him in his chair, tears glistening in his eyes.

“My grandmother’s biggest dream is to see me get married and start a family. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not only looking to get married just for my grandmother’s dream to come true, I have been looking for a serious relationship for a while, but I would like for it to happen very soon so that my grandmother can see it happen.”

“I’ve always admired Jimin, I think he’s a great person, he’s beautiful both inside and out, and someone would have to be crazy to not be interested in him even the smallest bit, so when I heard about this show and that he was going to be on it, I decided why not give it a shot. I can’t wait to get to know him better, and I’m hoping that we’ll make a connection and that we can pursue a future together, for both our happiness and my grandmother’s.”

~*~

Shawn Mendes, 22
Model
Pickering, Ontario

“I bet you weren’t expecting to see a white person on this show.” The man jokes to the camera before beginning his introduction. “Hello, I am Shawn, and I am a Canadian model.”

“Physical beauty is a very important part of the modeling industry, so I do make a point of checking out the most beautiful faces lists when they come out, and that was where I first saw Jimin. He is definitely one of the most attractive people I have ever seen, and I have been smitten since that first glance.”

“I’m very excited to meet him and get to know him, and hopefully have him fall in love with me so we can pursue a relationship as two of the most attractive people in the world.”

~*~

Min Yoongi, 27
Waiter/Aspiring Producer
Daegu

“I’m Min Yoongi, and unlike most of the people on this show, I am not here with the goal of marrying Park Jimin.” Yoongi looks at the camera with a flat expression.

Clips of him working in a restaurant and sitting at a computer appear. “I don’t have time for romance or falling in love. I spend all day working in my family’s restaurant and all night working on my music. Music is my true love, and no one is going to break that.”

“However, my parents seem to think that marriage should be my priority at this age, so they have been attempting to set me up on blind dates. So, I made an agreement with my parents that they would stop trying to set me up if I went on this show. And no, I’m not going to lie about my reasons for being on the show because I’m not fake.”

Yoongi shrugs. “I’m sure Jimin’s a great guy, but I’m not interested in relationships, and I don’t think I will be for a long time.”

~*~

Kim Seokjin, 28
Chef/Aspiring Actor
Gwacheon

“What’s up, bitches?!” Seokjin exclaims, waving his hands in the air. “The ten has arrived!”

Seokjin flashes a smile at the camera. “Hello, I am Kim Seokjin, and I am the most attractive man in the world.”

“My father is the CEO of a company based in Germany and has always wanted me to continue with the family business. This face,” Seokjin gestures to his face, “was not made to be hidden behind a desk. Uh uh, no way. Obviously, I’m destined to be an actor, and that’s what I’m going to do just as soon as I get signed. I would be signed already, but I was naïve back then and believed I was being scammed.” Seokjin sighs, mumbling about how he was an idiot in his younger days.

“My parents said they would only support my pursuit of acting if I first got a degree and a job in a ‘stable field’.” Seokjin uses air quotes and rolls his eyes. “So, I went to culinary school and currently work as a chef. I’m also back in school to pursue a degree in acting now and hopefully you’ll be seeing my beautiful face on your TV screens very soon…I mean other than for this show, because that’s a given.”

“I do enjoy Jimin’s music, and from the interviews and variety shows I have seen, he is a very nice and respectful person that I’m sure I’ll get along with. I’m not saying for sure that he’s the one for me because I won’t be able to know that until I’ve met him, but I am looking forward to seeing if we’ll click or not.”

~*~

Kim Taehyung, 25
Freelance Photographer
Geochang

Taehyung sits cross-legged on his bed, arranging the parts of his favorite camera. “My name is Kim Taehyung and I’m ready to find love, hopefully with Park Jimin.”

“I am a huge fan of Jimin, have been since he debuted. I’ve never bought an album, I’ve never been to a concert, but I am still completely in love with him. A lot of people like to equate being a fan to how much money you spend on someone rather than what’s truly important, loving and respecting the person, which most of the people claiming to be someone’s biggest fan don’t do.”

“I grew up on my grandparents’ farm and never had a lot of money growing up, but that shouldn’t determine if I’m a fan or not, just because I didn’t have the same opportunities as others.”

“Obviously I applied for this show to get the chance to meet Jimin, and I do hope that we have a connection and fall in love and get married, that would be my ultimate dream. But even if that doesn’t happen, I’ll still be extremely grateful for being able to even speak to him and will be happy for him whatever happens in the end.”

~*~

Jeon Jungkook, 23
Unemployed
Busan

“Hello, I’m Jungkook, I’m 23 years old, and I’m going to win over Jimin’s heart.” The videos that play along with his voiceover include him playing video games, drawing, singing, and editing videos.

“I’m from Busan just like Jimin, so I’ve always looked up to him since his debut, especially since he knew what he wanted to do from a young age. I still don’t know what I want to do, which is obvious since I have no job.”

“I’m a very shy person, which probably plays a part in my not knowing what to do with my life as I never take chances or put myself out there. There’s a lot of things I’m interested in, but I don’t think I’m good enough to make a career out of any of them.”

“I want to go on this show to prove to myself that I am capable of stepping out of my comfort zone, and once this is done, maybe I’ll start to take more chances. I’m hoping that Jimin will be my first chance.”

~*~

Lee Taemin, 27
Special Education Teacher
Seoul

“I’m Taemin and I’m a dancer.” Taemin stands in front of a room of young children. “Well specifically, I use dance as a form of physical therapy.”

“There’s not enough people in this world who follow their passions, and even less who use their passions for good, so I’ve dedicated my life to doing exactly that. The kids’ faces get so bright every time I meet with them, and it’s the greatest feeling in the world to know I created that happiness.”

“Jimin is another person that has made his passion into his career, and also uses his position to do good in the world, and I am highly attracted to that. He’s also a total cutie, which makes him even more lovable.”

“I’m very excited to meet him and I’m really hoping that at the end of all of this, we’ll have found a new passion in each other.”

~*~

Kim Jongin, 26
Freelance Graphic Designer
Suncheon

“Hi, I’m Jongin, I’m 26, and I’m ready to commit myself to a serious relationship.”

“I’ve had quite a few relationships in the past that were mainly for fun or because one or both of us were bored, none of them were ever someone I could actually picture myself settling down with. As I’ve gotten older, I believe that I’ve matured, and I now feel like I am ready to move on from all these flings and settle down with someone I actually could one day marry.”

“I’m coming on this show to get to know Jimin with the full intent of hopefully forming a serious relationship with him. I feel like a lot of the people will be here just to party or to get the bragging rights of dating a celebrity, but that’s not me. I can guarantee I’ll probably be the most mature person in the house.”

“I’m not going to stoop to the level that I already know a lot of people will be going to for drama. I’m just going to go in, try my best to prove myself to Jimin, and hopefully find happy ever after.”

~*~

Khalid Robinson, 22
Singer
El Paso, Texas

“Hi, I’m Khalid and I’m a singer.”

“I was an army brat, so I moved around quite a bit during my childhood, but I consider El Paso to be my home. I started making music in high school and posted my songs to the internet, and that got me discovered by a record company.”

“I actually met Jimin last year when he was doing some promotions in America. I felt like there was a spark between us then, but didn’t pursue it at the time, as we were both extremely busy with our careers. But when I heard about this show, and that they were open to accepting contestants from other countries, I knew it must be a sign. I told my company ‘look, I’m doing this show, I’m going to date Jimin’ and thankfully they allowed it.”

“I’m here in hopes that the spark we had will grow into a roaring fire.”

~*~

Jung Hoseok, 26
Animal Care Attendant
Gwangju

All that’s seen at first is a big-eyed dog while some speaks to it in baby voice behind the camera. “Oh, Mickey, Mickey, cutie Mickey~”

Hoseok’s bright smile lights up the room as he introduces himself. “Hello! I am Jung Hoseok and I am an Animal Care Attendant at Hope World Animal Shelter.”

Videos of him doing various tasks at his job play. “It’s my job to make sure the animals are happy, feeding them, grooming them, playing with them, and most importantly loving them until they find a family to do that.”

“Working with animals is definitely my passion. Animals are pure and innocent and only want to love and be loved, so I relate to them very much. I’m very excited to meet Jimin and see where this road takes us, because although I have not officially met him, I have a good feeling that we’re a good match for each other.”

~*~

Kim Wonshik, 27
Artist
Seoul

“Yo, it’s Wonshik, coming to you from before he won over Park Jimin’s heart!!”

“Jimin and I are both artists, the only difference is that my medium is paper and charcoal while his medium is his body. I believe that artists should stick together, as no one else can understand or appreciate our passions quite like we do. I’m sure that I’ll be the only artist there, meaning I’m the best choice for Jimin, obviously.”

“Honestly, the competition is already over, because we will be together in the end. But the others can have fun trying.”

~*~

Tony Jones, 3? (sorry I couldn’t find his actual age, and I’m assuming he’s somewhere in his 30s Dx)
Basketball Player
Los Angeles, California

“Hey, I’m Tony Jones, and I’m a basketball player.”

“I’m originally from Texas, but I consider LA my home because I feel a great connection here. I’m a huge music lover and I love discovering new artists. Not too long ago, I came across one of Jimin’s videos and I was blown away by his talent. This dude has mad skills.”

“I’ve been recently trying to get into the music industry too on the side of my basketball career, so on top of a relationship with him, I might be able to get some tips from him on how to make good music and get a good fanbase. I think this show will benefit both me and him a lot.”

“I’m really excited to fly to Seoul and meet him and start this journey.

~*~

“Those were our 15 male contestants for this very special first season of The Bachelor.” Bang Sihyuk says. “Is it possible that one of them will be the lucky one to win Jimin’s heart, or will it possibly one of our female contestants who you will be meeting very soon?”

“We will be monitoring social media to see your opinions. Stay tuned for the rest of our contestants~”

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“Welcome back to The Bachelor~” Bang Sihyuk is now sitting on an elegant couch, a glass of wine in his hand. “We have just met 15 men, all of who are vying for Park Jimin’s heart. Now let us meet the rest of our contestants.”

~*~

Yoo Jeongyeon, 24
Beautician
Suwon

Jeongyeon is busy putting color on a girl’s hair. “Did you know that I’m going to be on The Bachelor?”

The girl gasps excitedly. “You’re going to be dating Jimin?!”

“I am~” Jeongyeon says with a small nod and a smile.

“Hi, I’m Yoo Jeongyeon, and I’m a 24 year old hair stylist.”

“I’ve never been that into the entertainment world. I know everything that’s going on with, like, every celebrity in South Korea because my clients and co workers love gossiping, but I’ve never taken an interest in what’s going on. To me, most of the idols out there are fake and just putting on a show for the camera, whether it be because their company is forcing them to be someone they’re not or they’re doing it simply because they want to manipulate people into thinking they are one way.”

“From what I’ve seen, Jimin is more genuine. There have been a couple of moments where I’ve been like ‘woah, that sounds like a manufactured response’, but for the most part it seems like he’s very true to himself and I really like that. I’m here to get to know the real him beyond all the cameras and lights, and I’m hoping he’s someone that I can get along with.”

~*~

Minatozaki Sana, 24
Adult Care Technician
Osaka

Hello, my name is Minatozaki Sana~” Sana first introduces herself in Japanese before switching over to Korean. “Hello, my name is Minatozaki Sana, and I am Japanese.”

“I’m from Osaka where I work in a daycare center for adults with various disabilities or disorders who are unable to take care of themselves and whose family members or caregivers work during the day.” A video of Sana aiding an elderly man eating his lunch. “There’s been a big push, especially in the past decade, for intervention and therapy services for children with disabilities, trying to give them the best chance at success they can. But it seems as if people forget about adults with disabilities and the fact that these children do grow up to be adults who still need help. In fact, I’ve actually spoken with people who have the belief that it’s okay for them to struggle and have their issues when they’re kids, but when they’re adults they need to be over it, which is such a backwards way of thinking.”

“I take a lot of pride in my work because I can see the difference I’m making in the people I work with. I don’t just consider them to be patients in my care, I see them as genuine friends that I always look forward to seeing and speaking with.”

“I am a big fan of Jimin and I actually got to meet him not too long ago when he did a concert here in Osaka. They had a small amount of tickets for fans to meet him backstage and get pictures with him and talk to him, and I was lucky enough to get one of those tickets. He was very sweet and kind and such a down to earth person that it didn’t even feel like I was talking to a celebrity, it felt like I was talking to a friend. I don’t expect him to remember me, because I’m just one of thousands of fans that he’s met, but I am excited to get to meet him again and get to know him a bit better.”

~*~

Choi Yoojung, 21
College Student
Guri

Yoojung makes a show of checking out the camera and mic. “Hello, is this thing on?” When she’s done messing around, she introduces herself. “Hello, I’m Choi Yoojung, and I am the youngest contestant of The Bachelor.”

“I know that there will be a lot of criticism over me being so young and being on a show and making such an important decision that could possibly change my life forever, considering the ideal goal of this show is for Jimin to find the love of his life out of all of us, but I don’t really think it’s possible to be too young to make a life altering decision.”

“People used to be married and have multiple children by the time they were my age, and Jimin was younger than I am when he debuted, and choosing to sign to a company and debuting is a huge life changing decision, so if he could do it, why can’t I? Plus Jimin’s only a few years older than me, so there’s really nothing wrong here.”

“I am very excited to meet Jimin and I am more than ready to date him and commit myself to preparing for a possible future with him.”

~*~

Park Sojin, 34
Chemistry Teacher
Daegu

“Hi, I’m Sojin, I’m 34 years old, and I am more than ready to find the love of my life and settle down.”

“I know I’ll be receiving a lot of criticism, and will probably even be called a cougar because of my age. And I don’t blame anyone who’s going to judge me, I mean, I am nearly ten years older than Jimin. But I don’t believe that age is a big deal. Obviously someone underage shouldn’t date someone years older than them, but if it’s two consenting adults, then age does not matter.”

“All I need is someone mature enough that I can have conversations with them and feel like there’s depth and substance to their words. Jimin has said many thought provoking things and his concepts and lyrics are always extremely deep, so I have good hopes for this journey. If there’s a spark upon our first meeting, then I’d say there’s definitely a chance that he could be the one for me and I can’t wait to find out.”

~*~

Rose Park, 23
Busker
Melbourne

Rose stands in the street, strumming her guitar and singing Jimin’s newest song, Promise. “Hi, I’m Rose Park, and Jimin is my inspiration.”

“I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and moved to Melbourne, Australia when I was very young. I still remember the first time I saw anything to do with Jimin. I was at a friend’s house studying and suddenly my friend said ‘you need to see this kpop person, he’s the best dancer I’ve ever seen’. She showed me a performance he did for an award show and I was immediately captivated. I spent that entire night watching every video related to him.”

“It didn’t take long for me to realize through watching his videos that I also wanted to pursue a career in music. I’d always loved singing and playing guitar, but I’d never thought about it as a career until after Jimin. After I graduated high school, I moved to Korea to pursue that career. I have not been lucky yet, so my profession is limited to performing in the street with my guitar. That plus the odd job I work here and there are enough to sustain me at this moment.”

“I would really love to meet the man that helped me figure out where I want to go in life, and if he and I fall in love on this journey, then all the more better.”

~*~

Hirai Momo, 24
Housekeeper/Dancer
Kyotanabe

“Hello! I’m peachy Momo!”

“I am a dancer, but sadly not a professional one. I do dance in a group, but we don’t get paid very much for the gigs we do book. So I work as a housekeeper as my day job in order to keep myself fed and keep a roof over my head.”

“I don’t actually know much about Jimin.” Momo laughs at herself. “I mean, I know who he is, but I’m not a fan in the sense of I don’t dedicate my entire life to him. I like his music, and I’ve taught myself a lot of his choreographies, but I don’t know anything about him as a person.”

“When I applied to this show, at first I didn’t know he was the bachelor, and then after I found out, I made a commitment to not research him. I want my first time meeting him to truly be the first time. I don’t want to get an idea in my head of what he should be, I want to save all impressions for as I get to know him. That way if we do have a connection and if I do start to fall in love, it will be real.”

~*~

Jennie Kim, 24
Fashion Intern/Aspiring Model
Seoul

“Hi! I’m Jennie Kim, and I am the future Mrs. Park Jimin.”

“I’m from the Gangnam district of Seoul and I currently work as an intern at a fashion company. Most of my work has been as a receptionist, but recently I was promoted to personal assistant for one of my supervisors. My goal, however, is to rise up the ranks until I can become a model, but I would settle for designer if necessary.”

“I studied abroad in New Zealand for five years, so I would call myself multicultural and very well rounded. I would say that makes me very qualified to be the wife of a worldwide icon like Park Jimin. I mean, obviously his future wife will be traveling around with him and therefore needs to be aware of and open to other cultures and lifestyles around the world.”

“I have competed against other people for a guy’s attention before, there’s been a couple of times where I’ve been interested in the same guy as a friend and we would decide to have friendly competition to see who he would rather be with. Key word friendly, we didn’t play dirty, we were very fair, and I do intend to be respectful and fair to everyone involved. However, I’ve never had to compete against guys before, which will definitely make for an interesting experience. On the one hand, I feel disadvantaged because they are guys, and no one know guys better than guys, it’s very hard for us girls to understand them. But on the other hand, while I do know that Jimin is very open with his sexuality, and he has been open about his openness, some of his answers in interviews has implied that he might have a slight preference towards girls, which would give us girls the advantage if it’s true.”

“I’m not assuming or anything, he might have a preference for men, or he might have no preference and like both equally. There’s a lot of factors here, and I feel like everyone has an equal shot at love with Jimin. But I know that I will be the final one, I will be getting that final rose.”

~*~

Park Jimin, 23
Pre-Law Student
Daejeon

The girl deepens her voice. “Hello, I’m Park Jimin, and I’m the bachelor.” She bursts into laughter. “Just kidding, about the bachelor thing. I really am Park Jimin.”

“I am a big fan of Jimin, I think he’s really cute and funny and talented. However, I have been teased a lot since his debut because we share the same name, so I’ve kind of stayed away from him, so I’m not as into him as a lot of his fans are.”

“I think that will give me an advantage because I won’t go in knowing every single detail of his life from his blood type to the exact minute he was born. I’ll actually get to learn about and get to know him as the weeks go by, and maybe I’ll get lucky.”

“I also think that us having the same name will be a great conversation starter when I first meet him.”

~*~

Kim Ahyoung, 28
High School Teacher
Ulsan
“Hello I’m Kim Ahyoung, and I’m a 28 year old dance teacher.”

“I teach dance at an arts high school, and in fact, I actually teach a lot of Jimin’s choreographies in my classes because I am a huge fan.”

“On top of being sweet and kind like I’m sure everyone is saying about him, the guy’s hot. Like extremely sexy. Have you seen his abs? I’m sure you have, everyone has.” Ahyoung sighs dreamily. “I die every time I see a picture of his abs.”

“And the Serendipity choreo! That floor work! I’m blushing just thinking about it!” She fans her face. “I don’t know how I’ll be able to meet him, I’ll probably faint at the first sight of him!”

~*~

Myoui Mina, 23
Ballerina
Kobe

“Hello, I’m Myoui Mina, and I’m a professional ballerina.”

“I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but immediately moved back to Japan and my home is in Kobe. I’ve been dancing pretty much since I began walking, and I can’t imagine myself doing anything but dancing.”

“I think Jimin is a good match for me because we both have such a strong love and passion for dance. We may have different styles as our main preference, his being contemporary and mine obviously being ballet, but they are very similar and can compliment each other when paired together correctly. I feel like that is symbolic of how we would be as a couple, two different people, but still similar and beautiful together. I’m very excited to be able to show him that.”

~*~

Han Seungyeon, 32
Bank Teller
Seoul

“Hi, I’m Han Seungyeon, and I am ready to marry Jimin.”

“I have been smitten with him for a few years now. Don’t worry, he was already an adult when I started to be interested in him, I’m not a cradle robber.”

“He has a great personality, he’s kind, considerate, smart, and he’s very attractive. He’s the whole package, I honestly don’t think he has any flaws on him. I’ve never seen or met a more perfect man than Park Jimin.”

“I know that he has a few insecurities, and he has talked about those insecurities. During my time with him, I hope to show him his true beauty and build up his confidence in himself, because he seriously has no reason to have any of those insecurities.”

~*~

Camila Cabello, 23
Volunteer Music Teacher
Miami

“Hello, I’m Camila, and half of my heart is not in Havana, but in Seoul with one Park Jimin.”

“I have been obsessed with Kpop since I was in middle school, so I have been following Jimin since the moment it was announced he would be debuting, so I of course jumped at the chance when I found out about this show. I never imagined I would get picked though! I assumed they would only choose the Korean applicants! I literally screamed when I found out I was picked.”

“Music is one of my passions, I currently volunteer at a juvenile detention center and teach a music class. I say volunteer because I originally did start going of my own will, but the kids enjoyed it so much that they offered me an actual job and began paying me to come. I like that I’m making those kids’ lives enjoyable and that I’m helping in a way, even if most people don’t believe that music has as much power as it does.”

“I’m very excited to meet Jimin and of course to date him. I think I’ll make it pretty far.”

~*~

Kang Seulgi, 26
Middle School Teacher
Ansan

“I’m Seulgi and I’m a vocal teacher at an arts middle school. I also enjoy dancing as a hobby of mine, and I do have a small dream of being a performer one day, but right now I’m satisfied with where my life’s at.”

“I admire Jimin, I really do. It’s hard work doing what he does, especially since he was so young when he started. A lot of people would have cracked under the pressure, but he’s stayed strong, and it’s very inspiring.”

“I genuinely can’t wait to get to know Jimin and develop a relationship and just see where it goes and have a little fun not only with him but with the other contestants. Maybe I’ll pick up a few new friends along the way!”

~*~

Ahn Hyejin, 25
UX Designer
Jeonju

“I’m Ahn Hyejin and honestly, I feel bad for all the other contestants. Because they’re about to go through all of this only to be rejected while I get to be with Jimin. I already know that I’m the best match for him, so there’s really no competition here at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if he sends everyone home during the first rose ceremony.”

“Jimin and I are going to make a great couple, we’re both funny, smart, and attractive as hell. It’s like we were made for each other! I can’t wait to meet my future husband.”

~*~

Kim Yongsun, 29
Elementary School Teacher
Seoul

“Hi, everyone, I’m Yongsun, and I’m very excited to be doing this!”

“I’m nearing my 30s and I’ve always imagined myself already being married by now, possibly even have kids by now, but that obviously hasn’t happened. I am an elementary school teacher, and being surrounded by kids all day everyday and seeing my former students starting to grow up has made me really reevaluate myself and I’ve realized that I am more than ready to settle down and get married.”

“It is very hard to date around at my age, as there aren’t very many opportunities, so when I found out about this show, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get started. I don’t spend a lot of time following celebrities, so I actually didn’t know who Jimin was when I applied. I have looked him up now and from what I’ve seen his very kind, he’s very sweet, his very much a gentleman. He does have a lot of qualities that I personally have imagined my future husband to have, so I am very much looking forward to getting to know him.”

~*~

“And those are our female contestants!” Bang Sihyuk says, giving the group of 30 a small round of applause. “Anyone caught your eye yet? Anyone you can picture marrying Jimin at the end of this? Anyone you already can’t stand?”

“See you next time when we officially begin the journey to love and happiness on The Bachelor~”

Chapter Text

A limo pulls up to the mansion the contestants will be staying at for the duration of the show. As soon as it comes to a stop, the driver hops out to open the door, revealing Jimin arriving for the first cocktail party. Bang Sihyuk greets the bachelor with a hug and a smile. “I like your suit, is that from one of your music videos?”

Jimin looks down at his outfit while thanking the host. “Why, yes it is.”

“Is there a reason for it? Like you want to see how many of the contestants are fans of yours, or maybe it’s a prod at the people who said you looked like a prince the last time you wore it?”

“…actually I was just too lazy to buy a new one.” Jimin laughs at himself. “But we can go with the prince thing, that works.”

Sihyuk chuckles along with the younger male before continuing on with the show. “So, Jimin, how are you feeling right now?”

Jimin breathes deeply. “I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of nervous.”

“That’s understandable, not only are you about to meet 30 people that could all possibly be the love of your life, but you are the first person in South Korea to do this. It’s gotta be nerve wracking.”

Jimin nods. “It really is, but I am also excited along with the nerves.”

“Do you think there’s a chance that you’ll look at someone and fall in love with them immediately?” Sihyuk asks, but doesn’t bother to wait for Jimin to answer. “Or do you think you’ll be kissing someone tonight? A lot of our social media is filled with fans discussing what your kissing style will be, those girls get crazy over the strangest of things.”

Jimin rubs his hands nervously. “Yeah, that…doesn’t help my nerves at all.”

“Sorry,” Sihyuk chuckles, Jimin nervously giggling along. “Is there something you normally do to help calm your nerves? Anything we can help with?”

Jimin shrugs and shakes his head slightly. “I usually just dance the nerves away.”

Sihyuk nods. “Well, you might wanna get to dancing, because it looks like the contestants are beginning to arrive.” He points over Jimin’s shoulder where another limo is pulling up.

As the driver gets out to open the door for the first of the contestants, the host steps away so that it can be just Jimin and the contestant. As the contestant steps out, the first thing to be noticed is her choice of footwear. The girl steps fully out of the vehicle and, without hesitation, falls into a series of complicated ballet moves (a/n: picture a more simplified version). Jimin’s sure she must be doing a simplified version of the choreography, due to how gracefully she glides over to him even with the slightly uneven pathway, and considering the dress she’s wearing. She finally ends her choreography right in front of Jimin, dipping into a curtsy before standing up straight. “I’m guessing you’re a ballerina.” Jimin says, still getting over his shock from the surprise performance.

“You’ve guessed correctly. I’m Mina~” Mina introduces herself as Jimin greets her with a hug.

Jimin returns the introduction to be polite. “That was beautiful, you are very talented.” Mina quietly thanks him with a smile. “Did you choreograph that yourself or…”

“It’s actually a variation from Sleeping Beauty.” Mina answers.

“Well it was very beautiful, just like you.” Mina blushes at the compliment and thanks him again. “I’ll talk to you inside?”

“Yeah, I’ll see you~” Mina gives him another smile before going on into the mansion.

~*~

Mina

I was really nervous and scared being the first one to come out, but I convinced myself that it was better to be first. Since I was first, there’s no one he’s already able to compare me to, I was able to go ahead and get it over with and while everyone else is arriving, I can attempt to relax a bit and have more time to see the other contestants and get a feel for them, see who is competition and who I don’t have to worry about. Plus your brain remembers the beginning and the end of things better than it does the middle, so he’s definitely going to be remembering me.

~*~

The next contestant steps out of the limo, brushing her hair back from her face as she approaches Jimin confidently. “Hi, Jimin!”

“Hi!” Jimin responds back just as enthusiastically. “You look beautiful~”

“Thank you!”

Jimin’s about to ask her what her name is, but is unable to as the second she’s in front of him, her lips are on his.

~*~

Camila
We were told on our way to the mansion that there would be people going home tonight already. Like, some of us won’t even get to actually get a chance to get to know him and get to date him, and that’s scary to think about. I knew I needed to do something amazing or crazy to make sure Jimin remembers me to guarantee that I will get a rose tonight. What better way to make sure you’re on someone’s mind than to kiss them? And I’m not gonna lie, I am ecstatic that I can say that I was the first kiss.

~*~

In the house, Mina is peeking out the door, hoping to get a peek at the next contestant. When she sees the kiss, she gasps. “Did she seriously just kiss him?”

~*~

Mina

That was bold. Like, really bold. I never would have done that, and I don’t think anyone else on the show would have done that. I mean, what if Jimin doesn’t like for you to be all up in his business from the start. What if he likes taking it slow? I think it’s just a matter of respect for the other person, in this case Jimin, and making sure it’s okay before you just grab them and kiss them like that.

~*~

Camila pulls back from the kiss and smiles Jimin, who’s in shock. “I’m Camila~” She finally introduces herself.

“Hi, Camila.” Jimin says kind of awkwardly, not sure about how to act now. “That was…wow~”

“You weren’t expecting that, were you?” The girl giggles, brushing her hair back from her face once again.

“No, I definitely was not. It was most definitely a surprise.”

“Well, come find me inside and we’ll see what other surprises I have up my sleeve.”

Jimin nods as the girl continues on into the house. “What did I get myself into?” He asks himself as he turns back around to see the next contestant.

She steps out of the limo with a shy smile on her face, unable to fully look at Jimin as she approaches him. Jimin cocks his head as he realizes he recognizes her. “Have we met before?”

She giggles. “I don’t know, have we?”

“Yeah, you were at one of my concerts…” Sana’s eyes widen slightly in anticipation as Jimin tries to recall her name. “Sana?”

Sana’s mouth falls open slightly in shock as Jimin moves in to hug her. “That’s right! I can’t believe you remember me!” The pull back from the hug after a couple of seconds. “You must have met hundreds of fans that day!”

Jimin shrugs. “It’s hard to forget someone so beautiful.” Sana blushes before heading inside the house.

~*~

Sana

He remembers me! *squeals* I seriously did not expect that at all! And he said I was so beautiful that he couldn’t forget me! *clutches heart* This has to be a sign, right? Like, I have a really good feeling about this now.

~*~

The next girl steps out of the limo, walking over to Jimin quickly, not wanting to waste any time. “Hi, I’m Jimin!”

Jimin laughs in disbelief. “Really? You’re Jimin too?”

The girl Jimin nods. “Wanna guess my family name?” She gives him a few seconds before just telling him. “Park.”

Jimin laughs again. “So we’re both Park Jimin?”

She nods. “But don’t worry, you can call me Jamie, so that it won’t be confusing.” Jimin nods with a smile at that. “So they say opposites attract, but I’m hoping that’s not too true considering we have the exact same name. That’s quite a big similarity there.”

“We shall see~” Jimin smiles at her as she enters the mansion.

The next contestant to step out of a limo is the first male contestant. “I’m Taemin~” He introduces himself, greeting Jimin with a hug. Jimin returned the greeting. “So, I’m a dancer like you, and I was hoping maybe we could dance together at some point.”

“I think that’d be a lot of fun.” Jimin says sincerely, speaking with Taemin for a few more seconds before the older male goes inside the mansion.

Taemin smiles at the four girls already waiting inside the mansion. “Am I the first guy?”

They girls all greet him , their words overlapping. Sana and Mina are sitting quite close to each other on one end of the couch, having already formed a small friendship, while Jamie and Camila sit on the other end of the couch, not quite as close as the other two girls. “Come sit down!” Mina says, patting the spot next to her.

“I’ll get you a drink~” Sana offers, the camera shifting over to Camila who’s rolling her eyes.

~*~

Camila

I don’t know if it’s just me, but Sana and Mina seem kind of fake. Mina was giving me a look when I walked in, then immediately shifted gears and started being nice to me. I didn’t fall for it and just avoided conversation until someone else showed up. And Sana…Sana’s just too nice. There’s no way she’s that nice without some kind of ulterior motive. She’s definitely planning something.

~*~

Jimin’s eyes widen as he sees how handsome the next man to exit the limo is. He’s so entranced by the man that he doesn’t notice the camera hanging around his neck until he’s briefly blinded by the flash going off. “Sorry,” the contestant says as he lowers the camera. “It’s a habit of mine to take a picture whenever I see something beautiful.” Jimin blushes and laughs shyly at the compliment. “I’m Taehyung~”

“Nice to meet you, Taehyung.” Jimin smiles brightly at the man. “You must take a lot of selfies then.”

Now it’s Taehyung who blushes. “Not as many as you would think.”

Taehyung goes on inside and the next contestant arrives. Jimin’s jaw drops and a bright laugh comes out as he sees the person stepping out of the limo. “Khalid!” He excitedly greets his friend he had met while promoting in America. “What are you doing here?!”

“Isn’t it obvious?” Khalid asks, giving Jimin a hug. “I’m here to date you!”

Jimin laughs again, stepping out of the hug. “Well this should be an interesting experience!”

Curious about the loud laughter tinkling into the mansion from outside, the six contestants already inside stand by the door and peer outside. “Is that Khalid?” Camila asks.

“That is not fair~” Jamie says, crossing her arms.

~*~

Taehyung

I love Khalid. I love his and Jimin’s friendship, it’s really nice to see a western artist that genuinely respects and enjoys what Jimin does. However this does put the rest of us at a disadvantage. Khalid already knows Jimin and has hung out with him, so he’s already a few steps ahead of the rest of us who have to start from the literal beginning with him. While I would be very happy for the both of them if this does end with them getting together, I hope that Jimin still gives the rest of us a fair chance and tries to get to know us too.

~*~

When the driver opens the door, it’s not a person that steps out, but a tiny dog. “Oh my god~” Jimin coos, immediately crouching down and holding his arms out for the dog. The dog bounds towards him and launches itself at him. “Aren’t you a cutie!” Jimin exclaims, hugging the dog to his chest. “Am I dating you now? If that’s the case, we can just send everyone home now.”

The owner of the dog, now out of the limo, chuckles as Jimin stands up, still holding the dog. “While I might enjoy that, I don’t think the others would be too happy. I’m Hoseok, and this is Mickey.”

“Hi, Mickey~” Jimin coos to the dog, stroking it’s fur and giving it a little kiss. “Please tell me you’re giving me Mickey as your first impression. Because if so, I will marry you right here, right now.”

“Change of plans then!” Hoseok jokes, taking Mickey into his own arms as the dog starts trying to fight its way towards its owner. “No, I thought it would be good to introduce you to the most important thing in my life from the start.”

“Well I’m very happy to meet you, Mickey!” Jimin coos to the dog before saying the same phrase to Hoseok.

Jimin watches Hoseok go inside the mansion, turning back around just in time to see the next person stepping out of the limo. “Oh my god, you are very tall!”

The man chuckles, smoothing out his jacket as he approaches Jimin. “I’m Tony Jones~”

“Hi Tony!” Jimin says, stretching up to give the man a hug. “You really are tall.”

After Tony goes inside, Ahyoung arrives, giving Jimin a rose while saying, “I know you’re supposed to be the one giving these out, but I thought you deserve one too.”

Jongin is next, bringing a bucket of fried chicken, saying that he was worried Jimin might be getting hungry with how long he has to stand outside and greet people.

When Jungkook arrives, he presents a seashell to Jimin. “I’m from Busan too, and I thought you might be a bit homesick, so I brought a piece of home to you.”

Jimin chuckles quietly as he accepts the gift from the taller male. “My house was actually closer to a mountain than the beach, but this was really sweet. Thank you so much~”

~*~

Jungkook

I should have brought a rock from a mountain instead. *sigh* I hope he still liked it anyway.

~*~

Jimin’s eyes widen yet again as he’s once again taken aback by a contestant’s beauty. The woman walks up to him, a piece of paper in her hand. “Hi, I’m Yongsun~”

“Hi, Yongsun, it’s really nice to meet you.” Yongsun returns the phrase. “You look very beautiful.”

Yongsun smiles. “Aww, thank you~” She looks down at the paper in her hand before looking back up at Jimin, brushing back a stray strand of hair as she speaks. “So what I have for you is not actually from me.” Jimin gazes at her in curiosity. “I’m an elementary school teacher and one of my students is a huge fan of yours.”

“Oh, really?”

Yongsun nods. “Oh yeah, she talks about you all the time. Anyway, she drew you a picture and made me promise to give it to you, so here you go.”

“Aww~” Jimin giggles a bit as he looks at the stick figure drawing. “This is really cute.” He looks back at Yongsun. “Tell her thank you for me.”

“Hopefully it’ll be a while before I’ll be able to.”

Seungyeon is the next to arrive, not saying much to Jimin from being so nervous before going on inside.

She’s followed by Sojin, who’s wearing a veil and tiara with her dress. “Just preparing for the big moment~” She says confidently before heading inside.

The next person to step out of a limo catches Jimin’s attention. The man that’s just barely taller than Jimin hands him a CD. “Are you going to tell me that this is our wedding playlist for the special day?” Jimin jokes.

The man shakes his head. “No, I’m not here for any of that stuff. That’s my mixtape.” His answer confuses Jimin slightly. “Be careful where you listen to it, you don’t want to accidentally set the place on fire.” The man pats him on the shoulder and walks past him into the mansion.

“You didn’t tell me your name!” Jimin calls after the man, but doesn’t get a response.

The next girl steps out with a guitar, singing a slow version of Serendipity. Once she’s done with her mini performance, Jimin applauds her. “My name’s Rose, and hopefully that gives you a hint for who you should pick.”

The next limo, no one steps out after the driver opens the door. Jimin furrows his eyebrows in confusion, but starts giggling when someone rolls a red carpet out of the vehicle. A tall male steps out, buttoning his suit jacket as he struts down the new path towards Jimin. “Sorry, I’m used to walking down a red carpet or runway. I hope that’s okay.” Jimin assures him it is as he introduces himself as Shawn.

Momo arrives next, using the same tactic as Taemin and saying how much she hopes to be able to dance with Jimin someday.

Then comes Ravi, giving Jimin a portrait that he painted himself.

When Chanyeol comes, he offers a cooking date with Jimin, assuring that he will do most of the cooking during said date.

Sejun arrives and starts fanboying over Jimin immediately, practically screaming as he talks about all of his favorite moments of Jimin’s and talks about all the concerts and fansigns he’s been to.

Yoojung doesn’t say much except about how excited she is to be there and how she can’t wait to go on dates with Jimin.

Namjoon brings a gift for Jimin like many others, this one also in the form of a CD. “Are you bringing me your mixtape too?”

Namjoon chuckles, and Jimin gets flustered at the sudden appearance of dimples. “Did someone do that?” After Jimin nods, he continues. “No, this is not my mixtape. I mean, I did make these songs, but I made these songs specifically for you.” Jimin looks at the man in awe for the rest of their short conversation until the taller male heads inside.

Hwasa is similar to Camila, going in for a kiss. However she goes in for Jimin’s cheek rather than full on the lips. “Come find me if you want more of that~” She tells him as she walks past him towards the house.

Jeongyeon, upon her arrival, insists that Jimin find her later so she can inspect his hair to make sure it’s being taken care of properly with all the bleaching that gets done.

Seulgi and Sungwoon both express how happy they are to be there and to meet him.

The next man steps out of the limo, and Jimin gasps at his beauty. The serious aura in the air soon dissipates as the man breaks out of his serious façade and starts dancing ridiculously down the path towards Jimin, causing the male to laugh brightly. “Sorry, I’m allergic to seriousness. I’m Seokjin~” The man introduces himself. “Also known as Worldwide Handsome, patent pending.”

“It’s very nice to meet you, Seokjin~” Jimin says, still laughing.

Jennie is the final one to arrive, greeting Jimin with a tight hug. “I’m so excited to get to know you. I can’t wait to talk to you more inside.”

Sihyuk comes forward once Jennie’s inside. “Are you ready to get this started?” Jimin takes a deep breath and nods, turning to head inside the mansion himself.

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Jimin enters the house, automatically being welcomed by a round of applause. Hyejin hands him a drink, which he thanks her for. He sips at the drink until the 30 people before him quiet down enough that he can speak. “First of all, I would like to thank you all for coming. I’ve only caught small glimpses of who each and every one of you is, but I can already tell that all of you are amazing, beautiful people.” The camera moves to Sana, who is smiling widely.

~*~

Sana

Jimin is so precious! He’s so sweet and kind and I can’t wait to talk to him more and get to know who he is outside of Park Jimin, Nation’s Sweetheart.

~*~

“I know you are all aware that I will have to send some of you home tonight. I really wish that wasn’t the case, because I don’t know how I’m going to be able to choose anyone. It’ll probably be the hardest decision I’ve ever made in my life. But right now, I don’t want you to think about that. I just want you to have a good time, get to know each other as well as get to know me. I can’t wait to get to know all of you.” Jimin smiles and the group starts clapping again, Yoongi only clapping halfheartedly.

~*~

Yoongi

Yeah, I’m just gonna sleep for the entirety of the party. I have no plans to talk to him, I have no plans to stay past tonight’s, what is it called, something ceremony. I’m sure Jimin is a lovely person and all, he does seem very nice, but I just…yeah.

~*~

“So, let’s get this party started!” Everyone cheers and the group does a quick toast.

Camila moves to grab Jimin to talk to him, but Namjoon beats her to it. “Would you mind if I were to be the first to steal you away?”

Jimin shrugs, taking Namjoon’s outstretched hand. “By all means~” Namjoon leads Jimin outside to find a quiet place for the two of them to talk alone while Camila fumes, the rest of the group breaking off into small circles to mingle as they await their turn.

~*~

Camila

I can’t believe he did that. Like, was it not obvious that I was stepping forward to take my turn? And then he just goes and steals it from me? Hello, ladies first!

~*~

Mina

I’m not gonna lie, I am upset that I wasn’t the first to get to talk to Jimin, however I’m glad that it wasn’t Camila. I do not want her to get her claws in him, because we all know she’s going to be keeping him to herself and not letting anyone else talk to him.

~*~

“So, tell me about yourself.” Namjoon says as soon as they’re seated on a bench outside. “I actually don’t know a lot about you.”

“Really?” Jimin asks. “What would you like to know?”

Namjoon shrugs. “Anything, where you’re from, do you have any pets, what do you like to do, anything.”

Jimin giggles. “I’m from Busan, but from a very small community within Busan. I had all the same classmates from elementary school through middle school, that’s how small it was. As for pets, I used to have a dog Ddosun, but he passed away a long time ago.” Namjoon makes a small noise of sadness for him. “I haven’t had a pet since because Ddosun was my baby, I just could never own another one, but I love dogs. And cats. I love all pets. Do you have any pets?”

Namjoon nods. “I do, I have a dog named Rapmon, but I call him Monie.”

Jimin chuckles. “Where’d you get that name from?”

Namjoon looks slightly embarrassed as he explains. “As I’m sure you’ve figured out from the CD I gave you, I make music. I’m a rapper, and I’ve changed stage names quite often, but at one point, I’d decided for some reason that I would go by the name Rap Monster, and I named my dog after myself.” Jimin can’t hold back from laughing at that. “I know, it’s a horrible name, I honestly don’t know what I was thinking at the time. That’s why I call him Monie, because Rapmon is just a sad reminder.”

“I think it’s cute.” Jimin assures him, subconsciously resting his hand on Namjoon’s thigh. “Where are you from?”

“Ilsan, yeah I’m really close to Seoul.”

“That’s why I can’t detect any satoori.” Jimin comments, the conversation moving on from there.

~*~

Namjoon

I definitely think there was a connection with Jimin from the start. The conversation was very easy, he was very attentive, extremely attentive, actually. When you talk to him, he hangs on to your every word, and his eye contact is so intense. He definitely makes people feel heard, and it’s not a show. I could tell that he was genuinely interested in everything I have to say, which is a great quality for a person to have, and a quality I most definitely want the person I’m in a relationship with to have.

~*~

Namjoon pats Jimin’s hand. “You are an amazing person,” Jimin blushes at the compliment, “and I am so excited to get to know you more and just be here with you. And while I would love to talk to you more, I should probably let the others have some time with you.” Jimin nods in agreement and they both stand up.

In the house, Seokjin, Jungkook, Hoseok, and Taehyung are sitting in a group, talking. “I just want to know what he’s hiding under all that good boy, pure angel, *beep*.” Seokjin says.

“I think he’s genuinely like that.” Hoseok responds.

Seokjin shakes his head. “There’s no way, no one is that pure.”

“What if he does end up actually being like that?” Jungkook asks. “Would you have a problem with it?”

“No,” Seokjin says immediately, “but it would definitely be fun to teach him how to have fun.”

~*~

Seokjin

Jimin is definitely very sweet when you first meet him, but I know there’s more behind that first impression. Call it whatever you want, freak, weirdo, rebel, whatever, but he’s definitely hiding that side of him for the cameras. Which is understandable considering the position he’s in, being the most watched idol in the country, but I’m definitely going to be the one to get him out of that shell.

~*~

“So, be honest~” Seokjin says as soon as he’s sitting with Jimin. “You’re not actually as pure as the media makes you out to be.” Seokjin didn’t even bother to phrase it as a question.

Jimin cocks his head, obviously amused by the choice of topic. “What do you mean by that?”

“You’re practically the poster boy for elementary school children. Don’t party, don’t drink, don’t do drugs, stay in school, listen to your teachers and parents, don’t have sex, all of that. You can’t possibly not have a bad bone in your body at all.”

Jimin laughs at Seokjin’s bluntness, already knowing that he’ll very much enjoy having the older male around. “Well, being in the public eye, a lot of my fans are underage. And I know that some of them probably forget that I am an adult and more than ready to do a lot of the things they shouldn’t be doing at their age and, for some, legally can’t do at their age. So, I definitely play up being ‘pure’ so that I don’t accidentally encourage my underage fans to do things like drinking. Although I do like to think I’m a nice person, and I definitely don’t do drugs or party all the time or sleep around.”

Seokjin nods, “Of course~”

“But I really do enjoy the more than occasional drink, and a couple of other things that would be considered taboo or inappropriate that I’m not going to share right now.”

“What a coincidence, I enjoy the more than occasional drink as well.” Seokjin says, playfully pushing Jimin’s arm. “Looks like you gotta keep me around just to have a drinking buddy.” Jimin laughs along with Seokjin at that notion.

~*~

Jimin

So far, being the bachelor is a really fun experience. Whoever was in charge of picking the contestants did a great job, I have not spoken to anyone that I think is a bad person or that I couldn’t get along with. Everyone is great, and I’m excited to see where the rest of the night goes.

~*~

As Seokjin walks back into the house, Jimin follows to find the next person to talk to but pauses as something catches his eye. He sees the one person that did not introduce themselves at the beginning curled up under a blanket on one of the outdoor benches. Instead of going on inside the house, he changes directions and heads toward the person, unknowingly ignoring how Camila had been on her way to speak to him.

“I’m not intruding, am I?” Jimin asks, sitting on the bench next to the lump.

“Yes,” the man responds, begrudgingly sitting up straight, but keeping the blanket tucked around him. “Can I help you?”

“Yes, you could tell me your name.” Jimin says, smiling sweetly at the person.

The man doesn’t swoon like most others would, instead scoffing and tightening the blanket around himself even more. “I’m Yoongi.”

“Nice to meet you, Yoongi~” Jimin says cheerfully, and Yoongi hopes he’ll end the conversation here. He doesn’t. “So, tell me Yoongi, if you’re not here for ‘all that’, what are you here for?” Yoongi cocks his head slightly. “I’m assuming you were referring to the dating thing, so are you here to promote your music or get connections to the industry or something?”

Yoongi scoffs again. “If I’m going to get into the music industry, it’s going to be because of my own talent, not because I ‘dated’ one of the most famous people in the country.”

“I can respect that.” Jimin says, and Yoongi wonders just how the younger male can smile that widely for that long without hurting. “So why are you here?”

“I was tired of my parents pushing me to get married. So, we made a deal. I would come on this show and they would get off my back.”

“I’m guessing you’re planning on walking out tonight then, regardless of if I pick you or not?”

Yoongi shakes his head. “The deal includes that I have to stay here until you decide you don’t want me here. So, if you could really do me a favor and not give me a daffodil or whatever the *beep* it is you give out, that would be greatly appreciated.”

“Rose.” Yoongi looks at Jimin in confusion. “It’s a rose that I give out.” Yoongi stares at him blankly. “And since your honesty is greatly appreciated, I guess I can consider it.” Yoongi gives a quiet thank you as he curls up under the blanket, signifying that the conversation is over.

~*~

Jimin

I know there are a lot of people here, so I’m sure you’re like “how can you possibly enjoy all of them” and “you can’t know a person after only a minute of conversation”. I believe that it doesn’t take very long to get a feel for what type of person someone is, so even though I’m bouncing around between 30 different people, I can honestly say that I have not gotten totally bad vibes from anyone.

~*~

Jimin sits with Jongin. “Jongin, right?”

“Considering how many people you’ve met tonight, I can honestly say that I am pleasantly surprised that you remember my name.” Jongin smiles and Jimin chuckles slightly.

“Well you did bring me food. That is quite the impression.”

~*~

Jimin

However, even though everyone is great, this is totally new territory to me, and I honestly don’t know what I’m doing. So, if I make an idiot out of myself at some point, please be understanding that this is a difficult situation to be in.

~*~

“Tell me, how many people have actually asked you how you are feeling tonight?” Wonshik asks as soon as he and Jimin are alone. “And not the typical ‘oh, how are you doing’, like the actual ‘how are you feeling in this exact moment’.

Jimin pauses as he thinks about. “Only Sihyuk really, and that’s kind of his job.”

Wonshik smiles. “Well, Jimin, let me be the first to ask you sincerely. How are you feeling?”

Jimin giggles slightly. “Nervous. Extremely nervous.”

“Oh, trust me, we all are.”

~*~

Jimin

I don’t think I’ve even had feelings for or been interested in 30 people in my entire life, and now I’m suddenly dating 30 people in one night? That’s just crazy! How is anyone supposed to do this, I don’t even know how I’m managing!

~*~

“So, you’re a performer.” Taemin starts, and Jimin quickly agrees. “You do all these concerts and interviews and everything, and I actually have a friend who’s a trainee right now, so I kind of now how stressful the time leading up to a debut can be. I have to ask, were you more nervous to debut or to come here tonight.”

“Uh…” Jimin can feel Taemin take his hand as he considers the thought-provoking question. “I think they’re both about equal, except in different ways. Like, when I was preparing to debut, obviously I was extremely nervous because this is my chosen career, I have to make sure people like me, because if they don’t, then my career is going nowhere. And then here, I have to make sure people like me because I’ll actually be dating and pursuing a relationship with everyone.”

Taemin squeezes Jimin’s hand. “You don’t have to worry because I can assure you every single person here does like you in some way.” Jimin holds back a snort at that, as he does know of one person that doesn’t fit into that description.

~*~

Taemin

Jimin is such a sweet guy. He’s so precious. I mean, there are 30 people here literally competing to get him to fall in love with them, and he’s sitting over here worrying if we actually like him or not. You’ve gotta be a really humble and down to earth person to have that mindset coming into an environment like this. I’m really looking forward to getting to know him more and telling him more about me.

~*~

Sana, Jeongyeon, and Mina sit together and talk inside the house as they wait their turn. “Do you think anyone’s going to be lucky enough to kiss Jimin tonight?” Sana asks. “I’m so flustered just thinking about it, I don’t think I could even do it given the opportunity!”

Mina frowns into her drink. “I already know someone has.”

Jeongyeon gasps quietly. “Who?” Mina gestures towards Camila, giving a little glare. “Her? Why?”

“She forced it on him when she got out of the limo.” Mina informs her new friends.

“Well that’s not very nice.” Sana says. “If you kiss someone, it should be because both parties want it. She should have waited until she knew that there was at least a little something between her and Jimin before going for it.”

Outside, Jimin and Khalid are talking. “I can’t believe you’re here!” Jimin is still laughing and enjoying the fact that one of his friends is there. “Wait, so are you here seriously or just to see where it goes or what?”

“All of the above.” Khalid says honestly. “I mean, ask anyone who has met you, and I can guarantee that they are lying if they say they didn’t develop at least the tiniest crush on you.” Jimin blushes and giggles shyly at that comment. “So, I definitely do seriously want to date you, but I also think it would just be fun for us to get to hang out and if something happens, cool, if not, then we’re still good friends.”

“Oh, this will definitely be a lot of fun.”

Inside, the three girls are still discussing the Camila situation. “That must suck, his first kissing experience for this being when someone forced themselves on him.” Jeongyeon shakes her head.

“And it’d be even worse if that’s the only kiss for tonight. He’ll just constantly remember it and might be turned off from kissing at all.” Mina chimes in. “Even if it’s not me, I hope he gets to kiss someone else before the night ends just to be able to push that memory out of his mind.”

Outside, Jimin and Khalid are still talking, the conversation much smoother than all the previous ones as they actually knew each other beforehand. “Can I be honest?” Jimin asks, waiting for encouragement from Khalid before continuing. “I thought you were pretty cute too when we first met.” Khalid smiles as Jimin continues. “Actually, that’s kind of an understatement, I really liked you after we met. In fact, when I first signed on to this show, I was tempted to text you and be like ‘hey, you should come date me for this’ but then I thought it might be kind of desperate-“ Jimin’s rambling gets cut off by Khalid’s lips on his.

Just like Camila’s kiss, this one only lasts a couple of seconds, but unlike before, Jimin kisses back.

~*~

Khalid

Considering Jimin kissed me back, I definitely think it was worth it to come out here and be a part of this show. I have no doubt in my mind that we will have a great relationship and that it will last for a while. I may never be going home.

~*~

Jimin is taking a quick break and the 29 of the contestants, as Yoongi is still outside napping, are gathered in the living room when Sihyuk enters, carrying an intricate tray with a single rose lying on top of it. “How’s everyone doing tonight?” There are some stray cheers and responses, but the majority of the group had their eyes on the object in the host’s hands. “Oh, this? It’s just the first impression rose.” Everyone’s eyes widened at that, as they had not been aware that existed. “Jimin will be giving this to whoever makes the best impression on him tonight, and that person will automatically be safe from elimination tonight.” A tense silence settles over the group as Sihyuk moves to set the tray on the coffee table. “I’ll just leave this here. See you later~”

~*~

Taehyung

The second that rose was brought in and we were told the importance of it, everything changed. It was already slightly tense before, since we are all in a competition and we are all aware of that. But now *bleep* gotten real. Before, everyone was at risk to leave, but now that one person will go into that ceremony knowing they’re not leaving-I wouldn’t be surprised if blood gets spilled. Especially on the side of the girls, none of them have gotten the chance to talk to him yet.

~*~

Ahyoung

Oh, you better believe that I am getting that rose. It’s definitely mine. I gave Jimin one, so it’s only fair that he gives me one. Right?

~*~

Hyejin

Everyone is freaking, especially those of us that haven’t talked to him yet. I know people are gonna watch this and be like “see, girls are crazy”. None of us have talked to him yet, so of course we’re going crazy!

~*~

The contestants have started to disperse as Jimin is ready to speak to more of them, but a handful still sit near the rose, staring at it longingly. “I seriously want that rose.” Jennie says, Rose nodding next to her. “Like, I really want to find Jimin right this second and talk to him so I can guarantee getting that rose.”

“I think we all do.” Rose says. “Do you even know where he is right now? Is he talking to someone already?”

Outside, Tony has led Jimin towards a basketball hoop in the backyard. “You can probably guess from my height, but I do play basketball.” Jimin nods. “So, I thought you and I could shoot some hoops, let this whole thing be a little more casual and take some of that stress away.”

“Sounds good~” Jimin says, watching as Tony takes off his jacket. “However, I must warn you that I am not very good at basketball. I’m not the worst, but I am definitely not the best.”

They spend their time with Tony showing Jimin the proper way to shoot a basketball and Tony asks a few questions about the music industry before concluding their conversation.

Sungwoon speaks to Jimin next, and they both sit at the poolside, their pants rolled up as they dip their feet in. They just have fun and joke around while Camila watches from the window with jealousy.

Camila steals Jimin the second he’s done talking to Sungwoon and takes him on a walk around the backyard. “So that kiss-“

“-definitely made an impression, yes.” Jimin says, laughing slightly. “I was not expecting to be kissed so abruptly, or so soon after this started.”

Camila shrugs. “A girls gotta do what she’s gotta do to make sure she’s noticed.

As soon as Jimin sits down with the Jungkook, the younger is apologizing. “I’m sorry about the seashell. I’m from Busan, I should know better than to assume people live near the beach.”

Jimin can’t help but laugh at the cutie. “It’s really okay! I really like it, it’s very beautiful. I’m going to put it on my desk at home to decorate it.”

Jungkook lets out a sigh of relief. “Oh, good, I really thought you hated it.”

Jimin shook his head. “Of course not!”

“But still,” Jungkook says, “when I get the chance, I will bring you a rock from a mountain instead.”

Inside, some of the contestants have gathered around and started gushing about some of Jimin’s performances and Jennie just watches in disdain before excusing herself from the group.

~*~

Jennie

I’m not gonna lie, I think a lot of the people here are superficial. I’m not saying that to be mean, but I can tell that some of the girls, and some of the guys too, are here for Jimin the celebrity, not Jimin the guy from Busan who loves dancing and being nice to people. That makes me feel more confident in myself because I know that I am here for the right reasons, and I’m sure Jimin will see that too.

~*~

“You have no idea how happy I am to finally get to talk to you.” Jennie says as she sits down with Jimin. “I’ve been waiting for this literally all night.”

“I’m excited to talk to you too!” Jimin exclaims. “Tell me about yourself.”

“Well, I’m from Seoul.” Jennie starts off with. “Gangnam, actually, I grew up there and I love it, it’s amazing. I spent five years in New Zealand studying-“
“New Zealand?” Jimin asks. “That’s amazing! I really want to go there one day.”

“It’s a beautiful country!” Jennie praises her former temporary home. “You would definitely like it there. Um, right now, I work at a fashion company-“

“Excuse me~” Jennie and Jimin both look up to see Rose standing a few feet away. “Do you mind if I cut in?”

Jennie looks shocked at first but agrees anyway. “Yeah, go ahead~”

“I’m sorry, there’s just not a lot of time-“

“No, it’s fine~” Rose leads Jimin away to a different area of the backyard, leaving Jennie to go inside, complaining about how short her time was.

~*~

Jennie

I was kind of surprised when Rose interrupted me and Jimin. She’d seemed really nice and we were getting along really well, and then she goes and cuts my time short. I don’t know if she was just being nice to me to ensure that I wouldn’t fight back when she came up or if she really is concerned about how much time is left, but whatever, I’m not gonna stoop to that level of pettiness. I have faith that even though Jimin and I didn’t have a lot of time together, he will still see that I’m a good person and that there is potential for something between us.

~*~

Jimin sees that Rose has strategically placed her guitar in the area she has led him to. “So, I remember you saying in an interview that you would like to learn how to play the guitar, so I thought that I could maybe teach you a few chords.”

“That would be so fun!” The camera pans to where some people are watching from inside the house.

~*~

Seokjin

Teaching him to play guitar? Why didn’t I think of that? I play guitar too, I totally could have gone with that, but noooo I just had to ask him about his drinking habits. Way to go, Seokjin!

~*~

Taehyung

Now, I understand why people feel like they need to play dirty or lower themselves in this. We are competing against 29 other people after all. However, I do feel bad that Rose cut into Jennie’s time. We should all get an equal chance to talk to Jimin, and while I don’t always condone fighting fire with fire, I do think in some situations it’s necessary. If Rose is going to shorten someone else’s conversation time, then her conversation needs to be cut short to.

~*~

“Hey, Jimin!” Taehyung greets cheerfully. “Do you mind if I still you away for a bit?”

Jimin glances at Rose and hands her guitar back to her. “Yeah, sure, let’s go~”

Taehyung takes Jimin’s hand and leads him away, already talking about the types of beauty that just call to be photographed while Rose pouts over her conversation being cut short.

Sejun is the next one to talk to Jimin, and he has a completely different focus than anyone else. “The tattoo rumors.”

Jimin is slightly taken aback. “I’m sorry?”

“The tattoo rumors!” Sejun repeats. “Is that tattoo real or not? We’ve all seen flashes of it, and it’s been there way too long for it to be fake. So, I’m asking you to clear it up now.”

“Oh,” Jimin drags out the response before nodding. “Yeah, it’s real.”

Sejun claps his hands together. “I knew it! Can I see it?” His hands twitch as if he wants to reach out for the other male’s shirt.

Jimin crosses his arms slightly. “I believe it’s a bit too early to be removing each other’s clothes.”

“Oh, right, of course, duh~” Sejun lightly hits himself on the head before laughing, changing the conversation to something else.

Sana gets to speak with him next, and their conversation is completely full of smiles. “I was so surprised when you recognized me, and even more so when you remembered my name!”

“Yeah, you were kind of hard to forget though.” Sana blushes at Jimin’s words. “And I mean because you brought in, like, 50 pictures for me to sign for, what was it, your coworkers?”

Sana giggles, brushing her hair behind her ear. “Close. Do you know what an adult daycare is?”

Jimin nods slightly. “I’m familiar with the term, but I don’t know everything about it.”

“Okay, so, it’s like a normal daycare except tailored for adults who are incapable of fully taking care of themselves. For example, there’s a woman in my care with Parkinson’s, and her tremors are so severe that she can’t do anything with her hands. She can’t write, she can’t feed herself, she can’t brush her teeth, she can’t fix her hair, anything. She lives with her son and daughter in law, but they both work full time. They didn’t want her to be stuck in a house with the only interaction she got being an in-home nurse, so they put her in the daycare I work at so she can be cared for while they’re at work while still getting to socialize with people.”

“That’s really nice, I really like that there’s something like that.”

Sana nods in agreement. “Yeah, so a lot of the patients that I work directly with, and some that I just talk to when I get the opportunity, they all love you. I don’t think you realize just how popular you are with the older generations.” Jimin giggles and blushes. “You really are. So, when I went to your concert, and got to meet you that time, I knew I had to get your autograph for all of them. They really loved it, by the way.”

Jimin reached out to take Sana’s hand in his. “Well, I’m glad they did.”

~*~

Sana

When I got to have my actual conversation with Jimin, it was, like, so magical. He was so easy to talk to, and when he held my hand, I felt those little tingles in it, and I just knew that there was a connection between us. I have a really good feeling about this, about us.

~*~

“Tell me about yourself.” Jimin says to Sojin after he’s sat down with her.

“Well, I’m a chemistry teacher.” She says first off.

“Are you going to make a joke about how we have great chemistry?”

Sojin laughs. “No, I’m not a punny one, don’t worry.” She brushes her hair back. “And I am one of the oldest people here.” Jimin seems intrigued by this. “I’m definitely the oldest girl. I’m 32.”

Jimin’s eyes widen slightly at that revelation, but he otherwise looks unbothered. “It’s a good thing age isn’t important to me.”

~*~

Jimin

There are for sure a few people here that I’ve already started developing feelings for. All the people here are beautiful, amazing, and I’m seriously not sure how I’m supposed to decide who’s going home tonight. It’s impossible to choose.

~*~

“I believe you owe me a hair inspection.” Jimin says a little ways into his and Jeongyeon’s conversation.

“That’s right! Come here~” She gestures for him to move closer and starts running her fingers through his hair, looking at it carefully. “I can honestly say, considering how much you bleach it, you still have fairly healthy hair.”

“Thank you~” Jimin says, looking directly into her eyes. “I try my best to take care of it.”

“I can tell, it’s really soft.”

Based on how close they are, and with Jeongyeon’s fingers in his hair, Jimin suddenly has the urge to close the gap between them and put his lips on hers, so he does.

~*~

Jeongyeon

I know you got that conversation with Mina and Sana on camera, and I can honestly say that I was never expecting to kiss Jimin tonight. I’m not saying that I expected him to take things slowly, I’ve heard way too many different sides of him from all my clients who like to gossip about him and argue over if he’s one way or another. But I was not expecting him to kiss me that quickly, and I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it.

~*~

The night goes on, and the contestants that haven’t talked to him begin to get more anxious. They’re nervously picking at their clothes as Seungyeon talks to him about working at a bank, as Momo and him talk about dance and the different styles they both enjoy, and as Jamie and him joke about their name some more.

Seulgi, who possibly had been the most anxious, finally got her chance to talk to him. “I’ve been waiting and waiting for this moment, and now that it’s here, I have no idea what to talk about.” She laughs nervously.

“Ask me any question. Just choose one. Go!’

Seulgi giggles as she tries to think of a question. “What’s your biggest fear?”

“Not being good enough~” Jimin answers without hesitation. “During my childhood, I saw my friends and classmates always being praised whenever they did something good, so I’ve kind of been conditioned to believe that if it’s not worthy to get even a comment on it, then it must not be good enough. It’s one of the reasons I push myself so hard in everything I do.”

Seulgi nods in understanding. “I know that a lot of people, including myself, admire how hardworking you are, it shows how passionate you are about what you do. And I can assure you that you are definitely good enough, you will always be good enough.”

After Jimin finishes speaking to the other eight contestants, he makes his way to where Sihyuk had placed the rose before and grabs it, automatically leaving the room again. The contestants that had been in the room with the rose all fall silent as they realize none of them were the recipients. The same silence falls over each contestant that Jimin happens to pass by on his way back outside where he knew this one person was still holed up.

“Congratulations, Yoongi~”

The older pokes his head out of the blanket in confusion until his gaze lands on the rose in Jimin’s hands. “Oh *beep*~”

Jimin giggles and sits down next to Yoongi as the older sits up. “I know you made it clear that you don’t want to be here, but you also made it clear that you don’t actually want to be here, but you also made it clear that it’s up to me when you leave.”

Yoongi obviously isn’t very happy about this turn of events, but he allows Jimin to finish his little speech before complaining. “I’m sure you weren’t inside when Sihyuk introduced this to everyone. This is the first impression rose, it’s for the person who has made the biggest impression on me tonight, and that’s you. I’m sure that everyone else here is putting on their best face and hiding certain aspects of their personalities to seem perfect, but you were the only one that I know for sure was completely real and honest with me, and I think it would be a damn shame to get rid of that, so here~” He holds the rose out to Yoongi.

“Thank you, I guess~” Yoongi awkwardly accepts the rose, looking down at it as he doesn’t actually know what to do with it.

“Also, with this you are safe from elimination, which means you’ll be here for another week at least.” Yoongi opens his mouth to complain, but he suddenly forgets how to word when Jimin leans in and presses a kiss to his cheek. The bachelor gets up and practically skips off while calling over his shoulder. “See you later, Yoongi!”

~*~

Yoongi

Yoongi stares down at the rose in his hand. “Well, *beep*~”

~*~

Everyone, Jimin and the 30 contestants, Yoongi included this time, are sitting together in the living room when Sihyuk appears again. “Sorry to break this party up, but it is time for the first rose ceremony.” A tense aura settles over the room as Jimin gets up and stands next to Sihyuk.

“I want to thank you all again for coming tonight. And I also want to make sure you all know that this won’t be an easy decision for me. I don’t necessarily want to send any of you home, because I think you are all wonderful people, but sadly, according to my contract, it has to be done. I’m going to take some time to think all of this over and attempt to make a decision, and then I will see you at the ceremony.”

After Jimin leaves, the contestants all start to talk about how worried they are until it’s time for them to move to where the rose ceremony will take place.

Chapter Text

Jimin and Sihyuk stand just outside the ceremony room for one last conversation before Jimin must begin handing out the roses. “So, Jimin, night one is nearly over. How are you feeling?”

Jimin lets out a deep breath. “Great, but still a little nervous, and a little guilty.”

“Why guilty?”

“I don’t want to send anyone home.” Jimin repeats. “They’re all amazing people and I know some of them will be heartbroken and deciding who gets a rose really has been the hardest decision ever.”

Sihyuk nods in understanding, patting Jimin on the shoulder. “Just remember that it will all be worth it though when you end up with the person you are meant for.”

Inside the room, the 30 contestants are lined up on risers, anxiously waiting for Jimin to come in and start handing out the pile of roses on the table at the other end of the room.

~*~

Jeongyeon

A lot of people here are nervous, and it’s completely understandable. Some people didn’t get as much time as they wished they had to talk to him. Others probably didn’t get to have as fulfilling of conversations as they’d hoped. And while it was a tense atmosphere already and while we already knew that some of us will be going home, just standing in this room, looking at those roses, it’s all way more real.

~*~

Hoseok

I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I am right now. I didn’t get to talk to Jimin until nearly the end of the night and our conversation was really rushed. Right now, I’m kind of relying on Mickey making a big enough impression that Jimin will want to keep us around until the dates start. I really am interested in Jimin and definitely see the potential, so if I don’t get a rose, I’ll be really sad.

~*~

“Are you ready?” Sihyuk asks Jimin.

“Not really, but I know I need to get in there anyway.” Jimin answers honestly, laughing slightly.

Sihyuk pats him on the shoulder again. “You got this.” Jimin nods and turns to enter the room.

~*~

Sana

I am worried about how Jimin is managing, you know, with the having to decide who stays and who goes. Everyone here is beautiful, everyone I’ve talked to has been so nice. There’s only a couple of people that I’ve heard some questionable things about, but I haven’t spoken to them personally so I can’t say for sure if they’re bad people or not. Jimin must be having a tough time.

~*~

Jimin takes his place by the table of roses and once again compliments the 30 contestants. That’s all he says before taking a deep breath and picking up a rose, looking around the room. “Camila~” The girl smiles and walks across the room, the camera catching the expression of slight disgust on Mina’s face. “Camila, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, I will~” Camila takes the rose from Jimin’s hand and hugs him before walking back to her spot.

Jimin picks up another rose and only pauses a moment before saying the next name. “Khalid~” The man steps forward to take the rose from Jimin. “Khalid, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, thank you~” Khalid says with a smile, stepping back to his spot.

~*~

Jennie

Jimin and I would be great together! I really like him, and I’m not ready to go home.

~*~

“Namjoon, will you accept this rose?”

~*~

Jennie

I really think that Jimin and I could fall in love and I don’t want him to throw that chance away.

~*~

“Shawn~” The model smiles widely as his name is called, walking forward to stand in front of Jimin. “Shawn, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes~” Shawn says simply, taking the flower and going back to his spot.

“Jungkook~” Jungkook lets out a little breath of relief as he steps down from his spot. “Jungkook, will you accept this rose?” Too nervous to speak, Jungkook just nods and takes the flower, giving Jimin a small hug.

~*~

Sungwoon

I feel so nervous right now, like, I swear everyone in the room can hear my heartbeat.

~*~

“Rose~” The girl giggles as she comes forward. “Rose, will you accept this rose?”

“Definitely!” She giggles again as Jimin gives her a hug.

~*~

Sungwoon

I really hope I get a rose tonight. I did make plans to leave my grandmother in someone else’s care to come on this show to find love. That rose would be proof that it was worth it.

~*~

“Seokjin, will you accept this rose?”

~*~

Yoojung

All these people are getting their names called, and most of them are the guys. He hasn’t called very many girls forward, which does worry me a bit, because if he has a preference towards the guys, then I might not actually have a chance. I just want a rose so freaking bad!

~*~

“Sana, will you accept this rose?”

~*~

Yoojung

If I go home tonight, that’s it for me. My life is over.

~*~

“Jamie~” The girl that shares a name with Jimin smiles and comes forward eagerly, barely waiting for Jimin to ask the question before answering.

“Absolutely!”

“Hoseok~” The mentioned man comes forward surprisingly calmly. “Hoseok, will you, and Mickey, accept this rose?” Hoseok laughs slightly while nodding, taking the flower from the younger male.

“Sungwoon, will you accept this rose?”

~*~

Wonshik

There are a lot of people here that if they get a rose and I don’t, I’m going to throw hands. Not really, because I don’t believe in violence, but I will be very upset.

~*~

“Yoojung~” The girl lets out a little squeal of excitement as she comes forward. “Yoojung, will you accept this rose?”

Yoojung nods eagerly. “Yes, of course I will!”

“Jeongyeon~” The hair stylist comes forward with a bright smile on her face. “Will you accept this rose?” Jeongyeon nods and whispers her acceptance as she takes the flower.

“Jongin, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, thank you~”

“Tony~”

~*~

Seungyeon

From the beginning, it was easy to tell who would be going home and who would be staying, so I made sure to stay away from the drama causers and the people with no chance. It’s how to protect yourself in shows like this.

~*~

“Sejun, will you accept this rose?”

“I am delighted to accept this rose.”

~*~

Seungyeon

Like, I think it’s sweet that Jimin kept saying it was difficult for him to decide who would be going home, but that has to be just to spare people’s feelings. I could list off right now all the people that definitely don’t need to be here, and if I were in Jimin’s position, it would be so easy to just drop them.

~*~

“Chanyeol, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course! Thank you!”

~*~

Taehyung

I genuinely feel like I might be going home tonight. I’m suddenly regretting cutting into Rose’s time to make a point about what she did to Jennie, because it probably just reflected bad on me and ruined my chances of getting a rose tonight and getting to develop a relationship with Jimin.

~*~

“Taemin, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, thank you.”

“Seulgi, will you accept this rose?”

The girl lets out a big breath of relief as she takes the rose from Jimin. “Oh my god, yes, definitely!”

~*~

Hyejin

Everyone here is nervous and freaking out, but I’m completely calm. Jimin and I had a great conversation, we had great chemistry, so I know I’m getting a rose tonight. I’m completely confident that this is just the start of our journey.

~*~

“Hyejin, will you accept this rose?”

“Absolutely~”

~*~

Jennie

I’m going to be devastated if I go home tonight.

~*~

“Wonshik~”

~*~

Jennie

A lot of people that don’t deserve to be here have already gotten a rose, and I’m worried that the last one is going to go to another person that doesn’t deserve it.

~*~

Sihyuk steps into the room for a brief second. “Ladies, gentleman, Jimin, this is the final rose tonight.” He pats Jimin on the back. “Whenever you’re ready~” He steps back out.

Jimin stares down at the rose and takes a deep breath. “Taehyung~” Taehyung breathes out in relief and lets a smile stretch across his face, the camera panning to show the disappointed faces of the women who didn’t receive a rose. “Taehyung, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, of course~” Taehyung takes the rose and hugs Jimin.

Sihyuk steps back into the room. “I’m sorry, if you did not receive a rose, take a moment and say your goodbyes.”

The seven women going home hug the friends they made and share parting words before making their way to Jimin to say goodbye and wish him luck.

~*~

Seungyeon

This just doesn’t make sense to me. There are people in there who don’t actually want to be here or want to be with Jimin, and I’m one of the first to get sent home? It doesn’t make sense!

~*~

Yongsun

I came here really excited and confident. I respect Jimin’s decision and I wish him happiness, but I can’t deny the fact that I am really disappointed that I didn’t make it through the first night. *laughs sadly* At least I got to give him that picture. My student is going to be so excited that Jimin liked it.

~*~

Jennie

It’s really hard for it to be confirmed that what you felt wasn’t reciprocated. I will say that I am slightly worried for the girls who got to stay. I mean, every single guy is still there and half of us got booted out the first night. I’m hoping it just happened to be that Jimin made more connections with the men than he did with the women and that it’s not a preference thing. Because if his preference is towards men, then the other girls might as well just walk now.

~*~

Momo

I am really sad that I didn’t get more chances to prove myself to Jimin, but as long as he’s happy with his decision and continues to be happy with his future endeavors, then I guess it’s okay.

~*~

Sojin

Part of me is convinced that it’s my age. That he wasn’t being serious when he told me that age doesn’t matter. Only one of the three of us that were over 30 got to stick around. I can’t mad at Jimin over his preferences obviously, but I do wish that, if age were the case, that he would have been more open and willing to look past it.

~*~

Mina

Are you kidding me? I wouldn’t be upset if the people he’d chosen were good people, but seriously?! Camila?! She doesn’t need to be here, she’s just going to make life miserable for everyone involved. And Yoongi freaking got the first impression rose and he doesn’t even want to be here! He’s said it himself, he doesn’t want to be here. I just don’t understand Jimin’s thought process with this.

~*~

Ahyoung

I think Jimin made a mistake letting me go so quickly. He didn’t even properly give us a chance to develop a connection. He’s gonna regret his decision eventually.

~*~

“Welcome home, everyone!” Sihyuk says to the rose recipients. “Get some sleep, because we have a big week ahead of us.”

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Jimin

So today is the first group date. The date I planned out for today is very unique, and I hope people like it. I was gonna go with a traditional style date at first, but then I decided with a setting like this, and since I would be on a date with so many people at the same time, it would be better to get a little bit creative. We’ll see how it goes.

~*~

The 23 remaining contestants are lounging around the mansion in groups, all of them either still in their pajamas or at least in loungewear. Unsurprisingly, the focus of all conversations is Jimin. “We’re all, like, head over heels for him, aren’t we?” All Hyejin gets in response is a bunch of nods.

~*~

Hyejin

When I woke up today, all I felt was a burst of excitement. The first date is happening, which means there’s a chance I’m going to get to see and talk to Jimin again and solidify our relationship.

~*~

Seulgi

I think we’re all really excited, but also anxious at the same time. We’re going to get to actually start dating Jimin at this point, but the competition is also getting realer, so there’s a lot of mixed feelings going on right now.

~*~

Sihyuk enters the mansion and greets the contestants, ushering them to gather in the living room. “How are you doing?” Sana asks as she sits down on the couch.

“I’m doing great, Sana, thank you.” Sihyuk answers before turning to the entire group. “But the real question is how are all of you feeling?”

Wonshik is the first to answer. “I’m feeling really good. This whole experience has been amazing so far.”

Taehyung nods his head in agreement. “Yeah, the experience is great, Jimin is great. Really great, actually.”

“Good, good. I’m glad you’re all liking it here.” Sihyuk says. “It’s going to get more difficult from this point forward, but if you can, try to keep the attitudes you have right here right now and just focus on enjoying yourselves. That’s what’s most important.” Sihyuk pulls an envelope out of his pocket. “By the way, I thought I might as well drop off the first date card while I’m here.”

There are words of excitement shared at all different volumes as the host lays the envelope on the coffee table and gives his parting words. As soon as the host is gone, Jongin gets up to read the date card, words of encouragement following him.

~*~

Seokjin

I seriously want to be on that card. I know that this will be a group date and that I’ll have to share Jimin with who knows how many other people, but to be picked to go on the first date says a lot. It means you’re who’s on his mind the most, and I desperately want to be that person.

~*~

Jongin takes a dramatic pause before beginning to read off the names. “Yoongi~” The male groans quietly and rolls his eyes, leaning further into the couch. “Sana~” Sana gives a little clap of excitement, cheeks already going red. “Wonshik~” Wonshik cheers as his name is called. “Jeongyeon~” Jeongyeon just smiles while the people sitting next to her congratulate her. “Jamie~” She lets out a little ‘whoop’. “Seokjin~” He flips his hair out of his face and smiles. “Taemin~” Taemin lets out a breath of relief. “And Sejun~” Sejun smirks at some of the people sitting around him. “Let’s find love today~

~*~

Jamie

I can’t believe I got picked for the first date! I’m so excited to see what he has planned!

~*~

The eight chosen people leave to get ready for the date, Yoongi taking his sweet time while the others rush.

~*~

Jeongyeon

So, there’s eight people on this date, five boys and three girls. With the cocktail party, he didn’t really get a chance to really get to know any of us, so all of his choices were based on the strongest immediate connection and the strongest impressions. Now that we’ve started dating, he’s going to be able to actually get a sense of our personalities, so this is the first chance to see what type of person he’s actually drawn to, and I’m excited for that.

~*~

After getting dressed in these outfits,

the eight chosen contestants climb into the van waiting outside to take them to their date location.

~*~

Wonshik

I have been on group dates before, but never anything like this. It really makes me wonder how today will go or if it’ll even work being in this kind of setting and dating Jimin.

~*~

The van arrives at a mall and the eight lucky people exit to make their way to the entrance. Jimin is patiently waiting for them wearing

Taemin is the first to reach him, immediately giving him a hug in greeting. “How are all of you?” Jimin asks as the rest of the group gathers around.

~*~

Sana

Jimin looks really good! I love when he dresses casually, especially when he wears flannels. It’s very boyfriend-y. Moving on from his looks, I am very excited for this date, and I’m especially curious about what we’re doing at a mall.

~*~

“You’re probably wondering what we’re doing at a mall~” Jimin says once they’re inside.

“Nope, not really~” Yoongi responds, and other than a few irritated looks from Sejun and Wonshik, he’s ignored.

“I thought we could have a little fun with this date and have a little friendly competition.”

~*~

Jamie

As soon as he said ‘competition’, I could just feel the shift in the air. And I was a part of that shift. My first thought was that the winner must be getting something special, like immunity from elimination this week or something like that. I really gotta win this.

~*~

Seokjin

I’m a winner. I am. Even if this competition isn’t about winning or anything, I’ll still win. And I’ll have fun and look good while doing it. I hope Jimin’s ready for that.

~*~

Sihyuk steps forward to explain the competition, as it is his job as the host. “Jimin here had the great idea of having a scavenger hunt here in the mall.” The contestants look around and at each other as the host continues. “You will be split up into pairs and each pair will receive a polaroid camera and a list of things to find. Each pair will have a different list. Every item on the list is worth one point. You must try to find as many items as you can in 45 minutes. After those 45 minutes, we will all meet back at the food court to compare and see who found the most items. You must stay with your partner at all times, no splitting up. If you are wearing an object that applies to an item on your list, it is acceptable to use that object. You must stay inside the mall, no going out to the parking lot.”

~*~

Jeongyeon

Sihyuk is explaining the rules of this scavenger hunt, and I’m just standing here thinking ‘okay, but how are we going to spend any time with Jimin during this?’

~*~

“Do the winners get anything?” Jamie asks suddenly.

Jimin answers her question. “I will buy a gift for the two winners.”

~*~

Wonshik

Oh, I definitely gotta win this now.

~*~

“Don’t worry, I know you’re all thinking the same thing.” Sihyuk says. “The scavenger hunt is only part of it.”

Jimin nods. “We’ll just hang around here for a bit after it’s over before our dinner tonight.”

“So now we’re going to split you guys up into groups.” Sihyuk says.

They draw slips of paper with a colored dot on them, the colors representing who gets paired up. The purple team is Jeongyeon and Jamie, the green team is Wonshik and Yoongi, the pink team is Sana and Seokjin, and the blue team is Sejun and Taemin. “Alright, time starts…now!” As soon as Jimin says that, the four teams run off in opposite directions. “This is gonna be great~”

~*~

Wonshik

I’m not too excited about being paired up with Yoongi, since he doesn’t even want to be here. There’s a good chance he’s not even going to try, and I’ll have to do it all by myself. But it’s whatever, as long I get the most items, then it’s all good.

~*~

“Who do you think’s going to win?” Sihyuk asks Jimin.

Jimin strokes his chin as he thinks it over. “I honestly don’t know. Sejun seems to be a bit aggressive, but really it could be anyone.”

The four pairs are all in different areas of the mall, working diligently on completing as much of their lists as possible.

Seokjin and Sana are getting along great, working perfectly together to find items. “Sana, Sana, Sana!” Seokjin calls the girls name, stopping her from running past what he just saw. “We need to take a picture of a map of the mall. There’s a map right there!”

“Ooh, great job!” The two of them pose by the map for a selfie, both of them doing peace signs, before running off to get another item crossed off.

~*~

Seokjin

I think my biggest fear going into this ‘competition’ was if I would be able to get along with the person. I don’t want to get wrapped up in drama this early, although I’m sure it’ll happen eventually because I have a very bold personality that a lot of people can’t handle. But Sana is really nice and sweet, and we work really well together, so I’m glad that we got paired up.

~*~

“The first thing on our list is a couple holding hands.” Jeongyeon reads off.

“Wait a second~” Jamie says, dragging Jeongyeon towards the food court where Jimin and Sihyuk are waiting. “So, if we’re dating you,” Jamie doesn’t even bother with a greeting before bombarding Jimin, “that makes us a couple, right?” Jimin laughs a bit and nods. “Good, stand up and hold my hand.” She tugs Jimin out of his chair, him laughing the whole time, and turns to Jeongyeon. “Take a picture!”

~*~

Jamie

I saw my chance and I took it. *shrugs*

~*~

On the other end of the food court, Yoongi and Wonshik are working on their list. Yoongi silently takes the polaroid from Wonshik and snaps a picture of a toothpick he just got from the dispenser, crossing it off their list before handing the camera back to Wonshik.

~*~

Yoongi

I may not actually want to be here, but I am a very competitive person and I don’t like to lose. So yeah, I’m gonna try to win. But not because of Jimin. Although if I do win, I’m totally gonna take advantage of the prize and have him buy me some new equipment.

~*~

Sihyuk and Jimin are sharing some food at a table as they wait for the scavenger hunt to be over. “How many others do you think will be using you to fulfill their tasks?”

Jimin shrugs. “I’m sure all of them are smart enough to think of that.”

~*~

Jeongyeon

Jamie is definitely a great partner to have for this, she thinks outside of the box when it comes to finding our items. However, I didn’t particularly appreciate her little stunt of holding Jimin’s hand. I definitely got a little jealous over that. But I did kiss him at the cocktail party, so at least I have that.

~*~

A little girl runs up to Jimin and Sihyuk’s table and asks Jimin for an autograph, which he gladly gives.

Sihyuk looks at the camera. “Just imagine if one of the contestants were here for this. They would be freaking out.

~*~

Jamie

This scavenger hunt is really easy. We’re gonna win hands down.

~*~

“How much time is left?” Jimin asks Sihyuk.

“About half~”

~*~

“Brown shoes, brown shoes~” Jeongyeon mutters as she and Jamie search for someone wearing brown shoes. They finally spot someone and run over to him. “Excuse me, sir, we’re doing a scavenger hunt, and we need to take a picture of someone wearing brown shoes. Do you mind if we take a picture of you?” Jeongyeon asks the man politely.

“Of course, thank you for being so polite.” The man smiles at them and poses for the picture.

“Thank you so much!” Jeongyeon stays behind to say that while Jamie runs on ahead to find another item.

~*~

“Seokjin, I found a men’s only store!” Sana announces, dragging her partner over to the store in her sights. Seokjin quickly poses in front of it so Sana can take a picture. Once it’s done, they go back to running.

~*~

“Ew, why we gotta look at cringey teenagers flirting?” Jamie asks as she and Jeongyeon walk around.

“What’s the most teen-ish store here?” Jeongyeon asks, looking around diligently for the chosen item.

~*~

“Ooh, magazine!” Sana pulls Seokjin towards the magazine stand and snaps a picture of one of the covers.

~*~

Taemin poses inside an elevator while Sejun snaps a picture. The pair then runs into the closest store and Sejun grabs the first tie-dyed shirt he can find and slips it over his head. It’s then his turn to pose while Taemin takes a picture.

~*~

Wonshik confidently walks up to a random person and asks for their autograph while Yoongi takes a picture of the exchange. Yoongi’s about to take a picture of a random piece of paper laying on the floor, the last item on their list, when the staff informs them that time is up, taking the camera from his hands before he can take the picture.

~*~

Once everyone is back together, it is revealed that Taemin and Sejun were the only ones to completely finish their list during the time frame, automatically making them the winners. Jimin buys them each an item they want (Sejun chooses one of Jimin’s albums, of course, while Taemin just gets a new shirt), and the group spends a little more time just walking around the mall and joking around until it’s time to go get ready for the night time part of the date.

~*~

The eight contestants are all in awe as Jimin leads them to where the rest of their date will be.

~*~

Seokjin

The view is just amazing. And outside the window looks pretty great too.

~*~

Jimin sits down in the middle of the couch that is set up for the date, a single rose lying on the table in front of him, while the eight of them sit around him, Yoongi sitting quite a distance away. “I just wanna say that today was fun. I enjoyed seeing how you all got along and worked hard to do what you had to do. That’s really important to me, if I’m going to date someone, they gotta be able to work with other people and enjoy their time. And just hanging out with you guys afterwards was great to. Thank you all for joining me on this date.”

Sihyuk steps up to explain the purpose of the rose after seeing the way all of the contestants are eyeing it. “This is the first of many date roses. The date rose will go to the individual who has made or will make the best impression on this date.”

~*~

Wonshik

Today did turn out better than I had expected when he first told us the concept of this date. I’m not gonna lie, I was still confused about the whole scavenger hunt thing until he talked about and implied that it was a test to see which of us could and couldn’t work together. Unfortunately, everyone did work together, and now that we know someone will be getting a rose tonight, there’s absolutely no telling who it will be going to. I hope it’s me.

~*~

They all chit chat and nibble on food for a bit until Jimin speaks up again. “Let’s get these conversations started. Yoongi, let’s go~” Yoongi looks up in surprise, cheeks puffed out with food. He doesn’t even get a chance to speak before Jimin has stood up and took him by the hand, dragging him off to talk in private. The rest of the contestants sit in an awkward silence.

~*~

Wonshik

So Jimin decided he wanted to talk to Yoongi first. Honestly, I don’t even know why he’s still here. Everyone knows that Yoongi has blatantly told Jimin that he has no interest, so why does Jimin want him here. Better yet, why does Jimin want to talk to him?

~*~

“What is up with that?” Wonshik asks the others, breaking the silence.

Seokjin is the one who responds. “I know! Why bother with someone who doesn’t want to be here?”

“It makes no sense! Someone else should have gotten that chance!”

~*~

Wonshik

I totally feel like he should have taken someone who actually wants to be here. Like me, for example. I would be much better conversation than Yoongi.

~*~

Seokjin and Wonshik are dominating the conversation amongst the seven contestants patiently waiting their turn for one on one time with Jimin. “You were on a team with him, right?” Seokjin asks Wonshik. “Was he even actually trying or was he just whatever about it?”

“Surprisingly he actually was a decent teammate.” Wonshik confesses. “But maybe that’s part of the deal with his parents, he has to somewhat try or something for this to be valid.”

~*~

“I saw you during the scavenger hunt.” Jimin says to Yoongi, leaning towards the older male and resting his face in the palms of his hands. “You were trying really hard. You sure you don’t want to be here?”

“Yep, pretty sure~” Yoongi says without hesitation, bringing his glass up to his lips.

“That’s too bad, I actually really like having you around.”

Yoongi scoffs looking over at the younger male. “You literally don’t even know anything about me.”

“I know that you’re cute~” Yoongi’s cheeks turn a light shade of pink at the compliment. “And you’re unapologetically yourself, which I really do admire. Coming from a world where everyone is manufactured and wearing a mask for the cameras, it’s a huge breath of fresh air to be around someone like you.” Jimin leans forward to press a kiss to Yoongi’s cheek just like he had when he’d given the older male the first impression rose, however this time his lips landed on the corner of his mouth.

Yoongi’s cheeks darken in color. “I thought we were here to talk~” He points out after clearing his throat.

“Then let’s talk~”

~*~

Yoongi

After talking to Jimin, I started to feel kind of guilty. At first, I thought it wouldn’t really matter if I was being cold and standoffish because I thought he was only doing this for PR, that he didn’t actually want to be here either. However, after today’s ‘date’ and from the few times I’ve talked to him, he does seem like he’s genuinely wanting to get to know people and find companionship in what is probably the only way he can with his career and lifestyle. Now, I’m not gonna start jumping through hoops and getting all crazy trying to impress him like the others are doing. But I am going to actually make conversation with him now and be his friend, because who knows how many of those he actually truly has.

~*~

“Are they done yet?” Seokjin asks the others. “Do you think one of us can go and talk to him now?”

Yoongi rejoins the group mere seconds after the question is asked, claiming his spot on the very end of the couch away from other people.

“How was it?” Yoongi shrugs, not fully answering the others’ questions.

~*~

Wonshik

Yoongi really irks me. Like we’re all on the edge of our seats, wondering when we’re going to get to talk to Jimin and thinking over what we’re going to talk about, and he just walks over and acts like it’s no big deal. It is a big deal. It’s a huge *bleep* deal.

~*~

“I had a lot of fun today.” Jeongyeon tells Jimin as she sits down with him. “I’m not a big fan of the stereotypical dates, so I was actually really happy when we did something fun and unique instead.”

“Well, I’m glad you liked it~” Jimin says sincerely, taking Jeongyeon’s hand in his.

“Although, I didn’t particularly enjoy how I didn’t get to actually talk to you.” Jeongyeon says with a slight smile.

Jimin returns the smile, squeezing her hand lightly. “We’re talking now~”

“Yeah, we are.”

The converse lightly for a little bit, but it doesn’t take long for Jimin to lean in and press his lips to Jeongyeon’s. Unlike their first kiss, this one doesn’t last only a few seconds. Instead, the kiss becomes deeper, taking up the rest of their conversation time.

~*~

Yoongi is the only contestant still sitting on the couch as the rest have gotten up to walk around and mingle. Wonshik and Taemin are standing by the rail overlooking the view as they talk. “Honestly, I’m already done with Yoongi still being here.” Wonshik says, Taemin nodding in agreement.

“Seven people went home the first night, and all of them really wanted to be here. Yoongi’s spot should have gone to one of them.”

“I don’t understand why Jimin’s keeping him around.” Wonshik says. “Even if in some twisted way Jimin does develop feelings for him, it’s not like it’ll go anywhere with Yoongi’s attitude.”

~*~

Wonshik

I just really want Yoongi to go home this week because he definitely doesn’t deserve to be here.

~*~

“How did you feel about today?” Jimin asks Jamie.

“I had a lot of fun.” Jamie says with a bright smile. “It was great just getting to run around a mall like a bunch of teenagers. Don’t get to do that a lot nowadays.”

Jimin nods in agreement. “I thought it was very cute when you decided to use me for your list.”

“Yeah, I’m pretty smart~” Jamie says, laughing afterwards. “When you get the opportunity, you gotta go for it.”

“I wonder what other opportunities you’ll go for.” In response to Jimin’s question, Jamie leans forward and presses her lips to his, the kiss only lasting long enough for him to kiss her back.

“There was one right there.” She says after pulling away.

~*~

“You were very into the competition today.” Jimin says to Sejun.

“Well, yeah! It was practically a battle for your honor!” Sejun exclaims.

~*~

Sana shows that she still has the polaroid camera from the scavenger hunt earlier. “The staff told me I could keep it.” She tells him.

“That was really nice of them~”

“Yeah, it was!” Sana smiles at him. “I know that you really like taking polaroids and have a whole album…” Jimin nods, “so I was thinking that we could take a couple of quick pictures here. One for you and one for me so that we can remember our first date forever.”

“That sounds like an amazing idea.” Jimin smiles at her, scooting as close to Sana as he can while she gets the camera ready to snap a couple of pictures.

~*~

“One great thing about being an artist,” Wonshik says during his time with Jimin, “is that I am very in tune with myself and with what I want and need, and that expands to a potential romantic partner too. I very much know what kind of person I want and need in my life.”

~*~

“So, I know you like drinking.” Jimin says, making Seokjin laugh. “But I don’t know very much. Tell me more about yourself.”

“I work as a chef right now.” Seokjin says. “My dad is a CEO and wanted me to join the company, but I didn’t want that, I actually want to be an actor.”

“I think you’d be a great actor.” Jimin says. “You definitely have the personality it takes to be in that world.”

“Thank you~” Seokjin says sincerely before continuing with his story. “My parents didn’t want to pay for me study acting as they were afraid I wouldn’t be able to make a career out of it, so I went to culinary school first. After I got settled with the job I had now, I re-enrolled and started studying acting so that I can pursue what I actually want.”

“I think it’s great that you’re not giving up.” Jimin says. “A lot of people would, so it’s nice to see people still going after their dreams even when people try to push them down.”

~*~

Seokjin

Jimin is very sweet. Usually when I tell someone that I want to be an actor, they automatically say ‘oh, you’ll never make it, you need a more practical dream’, but he was really supportive. I really appreciate that.

~*~

After Jimin’s conversation with Taemin, he sits on the couch with the rose in his hand, preparing to give it to the person of his choice. “This rose is going to someone who from the very beginning has been completely honest and real with me and has continued to do that even though some people are not too happy with them for it.” Jimin turns his head to the person sitting furthest away. “Yoongi~” It’s very obvious that the older male is holding back another groan as he sits up. “Will you accept this rose?”

Yoongi sighs and nods, taking the rose from Jimin.

~*~

Wonshik

He seriously gets another rose? What is going on? He doesn’t even want to be here and now he’s safe for another week? How is that fair?!”

~*~

“I really enjoyed our time tonight and I’ll see all of you at the rose ceremony.” Jimin gives each of the contestants a hug before leaving.

~*~

Seokjin

I am kind of sad that I didn’t get the rose tonight, but I’m not angry like a lot of the others are. Jimin obviously sees something in Yoongi, and Yoongi isn’t actively doing anything horrible to anyone, so there’s no point in being mad. I respect Jimin’s decision and I’ll just hope to continue to make a good impression on him at our next cocktail party.

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Back at the house during the first group date

 

The contestants are lounging around the living room, wrapped up in their own various discussions. Tony and Chanyeol are talking about the details of the group date that had been shared by some of the chosen people when they had come home to change for dinner. “He bought them stuff on the first date!” Tony is still shocked by that. “Can you imagine what other dates are gonna be like?”

“Can you imagine what a one on one date would be like?” Chanyeol counters.

Suddenly, there’s a knock on the door, causing everyone to start murmuring about whose name would be on the date card.

~*~

Sungwoon

I really want that one on one. Everyone wants that one on one, I would be delusional if I thought otherwise. But I really want to hear my name being read off that card.

~*~

Jungkook goes to answer the door and retrieves the date card, showing it off to everyone as he returns.

~*~

Yoojung

The atmosphere is really tense, and everyone is full of anxiety over this date card, because everyone wants their name to be on it.

~*~

Jungkook opens the envelope and proceeds to read the card. “Khalid~” Everyone turns to look at the man, some congratulating him, others staying quiet while Khalid just smiles. “A first date is like the first snow, pure and highly anticipated.

~*~

Khalid

Of course, I am very excited to be getting the first one on one date. But I’m also analyzing right now. *laughs* The other date card said something about finding love, and then the date was a scavenger hunt. My card mentions snow, so I’m trying to figure out what Jimin has planned.

~*~

Present time

 

“I am happy for Khalid~” Jeongyeon says to the other contestants that are sitting in the living room while Khalid is getting ready for the date. “But I’m not gonna lie, I am really jealous that he’s on a one on one date especially because it means he automatically gets a rose.”

The people who had yet to be on a date look at her in shock. “Wait, what do you mean?” Rose asks.

“At the end of the date, he gave Yoongi a date rose.” There are some eye rolls over that. “I’m assuming that a one on one date automatically guarantees you a date rose.”

“Unless the date goes horribly.” Hoseok points out. “If it’s a bad date, why would Jimin give him a rose?”

~*~

Khalid

I am very much ready for this date. I dressed a bit warmly because I’m assuming it’ll be cold wherever we go, thanks to the date card. But I still have no clue what we’ll be doing, and I’m excited to find out.

~*~

Unlike with the group date, Jimin himself comes to pick Khalid up for their date. The rest of the contestants bid them goodbye as Jimin leads Khalid out to the car. “So, we’re actually going to the train station first.” Jimin informs his date. “Where we’re going isn’t in Seoul and the train is the fastest way to get there.”

“Now I’m kind of wondering if I should be scared.” Khalid jokes, making Jimin laugh.

~*~

Jimin

I’m really excited for this date with Khalid. I chose him to be the one on one date because I do already know him and am comfortable with him, so I don’t have to worry about there being any awkwardness between us. We can get to know each other even more now.

~*~

They finally arrive at their destination. “Welcome to Muju Ski Resort!” Jimin announces, throwing his arms out.

“This is amazing!” Khalid says, looking around.

Jimin takes Khalid’s hand and tugs at him. “Let’s go get set up!”

~*~

“Everyone knows that Khalid’s already the top choice.” Shawn says to Taehyung back at the house.

“Why wouldn’t he be?” Taehyung shrugs, but is obviously slightly upset about the whole ordeal. “They’re really good friends, so he’s already got that connection with Jimin that some of us are still trying to establish.”

“Maybe they’ll realize on the date that they’re better off as friends and Khalid will go home.”

~*~

Now decked out in proper ski attire, Jimin and Khalid begin their date. The microphones pick up their continuous laughter and shouts of excitement as they ski down the mountain.

~*~

Khalid

I was surprised when I found out that we were skiing for our date, but it makes sense with what Jimin put on the date card. I’ve always wanted to try skiing, and even though I’m not the best at it, I know I’ll have a lot of fun since Jimin will be there.

~*~

“You got it?” Jimin asks Khalid, who gives a somewhat weak response. “I would offer to hold your hand and guide you, but we kind of need both hands to ski.” Jimin giggles, checking one more time to make sure Khalid is ready before pushing off.

~*~

Jimin

I knew from the beginning that Khalid would be the perfect choice for the first one on one date, and I am happy to say that I was definitely right. There’s a lot of people that would have complained about this kind of date, especially if they were as bad at skiing as Khalid is. *giggles* But Khalid, I think, is really having a good time just like I am.

~*~

Jimin is controlling his speed to stay back with Khalid as he attempts to make it down in one piece. Inevitably, Khalid slips and falls, managing to bring Jimin down with him. As they both hit the ground, they erupt into laughter, Jimin leaning on his date so he doesn’t completely fall into the snow. Once they’ve both calmed down, Jimin all but lunges forward and presses his lips to Khalid’s, the younger male happily returning the kiss.

~*~

Jimin

It’s definitely been a great day.

~*~

After returning to Seoul and changing clothes, the two of them find themselves near the Han River for the dinner portion of their date. They at first talk about how great the date has been so far, quickly moving onto random conversations about anything and everything. As the night goes on, the conversation does become more serious.

“I was obviously very intent on coming on this show and being with you in this way, because I do really like you.” Khalid says, causing Jimin to smile and blush.

“I really like you too~” Jimin says quietly, holding Khalid’s hand in his and stroking the back of it with his thumb.

“But a part of me is also worried that if something happens, like we decide we’re not right for each other if you decide there’s someone else you want to be with, that our friendship might not stick.” Khalid confesses and Jimin just looks at him intensely, hanging on every word he says. “I mean, it’s totally worth the risk to come here and date you because, as I’ve said, I do really like you and I can see a future with you, but I wouldn’t want to lose our friendship if something does happen.

“I wouldn’t want to lose that either.” Jimin assures him. “So, let’s promise now that regardless of what happens, we will still stay great friends.” Jimin holds his pinky up, waiting until Khalid wraps his own pinky around Jimin’s so they can make a pinky promise. Jimin smiles brightly and, while keeping their pinkies clasped together, leans forward to kiss Khalid once more, parting his lips almost the exact second they meet the younger male’s.

When they finally pull apart, Jimin reaches across the table and picks up the waiting rose. “I am very excited to see where this relationship goes, so Khalid, will you accept this rose?” Khalid doesn’t say a word, just happily takes the flower from Jimin’s hand while giving him another kiss.

Chapter Text

At the house while Jimin & Khalid are at dinner

“I’m kind of bummed that I haven’t been on a date with Jimin yet.” Rose says to Shawn as they sit outside talking. “I didn’t get much of a chance to talk to him at the party and now I haven’t gotten to talk to him at all.”

“Oh, I totally understand.” Shawn replies. “I haven’t gotten to talk to him either. Hopefully we’ll be on the next group date and get to talk to him at the next party.”

Someone knocks on the front door, causing excitement among the contestants about who will be on this date card. Shawn and Rose make their way inside as Sejun goes to retrieve the card.

~*~

Shawn

I’m not stupid, I know that Jimin is not dating only me, but 22 other people. However, while I know that I can’t take up every single second of his time, I don’t find it very fair that others here have been getting loads more time than I have.

~*~

Sejun stands in front of the rest of the contestants as he begins reading off the card. “Taehyung~”

“Oh, thank god!” Taehyung breathes out in relief as his name is the first one to be called.

“Jongin~”

“Yay!”

“Camila~” Some contestants give the girl a side eye as she dances in her seat.

“Tony~” The man simply smiles as he hears his name.

“Seulgi~” Seulgi gives a little giggle in response.

“Chanyeol~” Chanyeol hugs the people sitting next to him in excitement.

“Sungwoon~” He gives a small clap of excitement.

“Hyejin~” She smiles confidently.

“Hoseok~” He sighs in relief.

“Yoojung~” The youngest contestant squeals.

“Rose~” She blushes while smiling.

“Shawn~” The model seemingly has no reaction as Sejun finishes reading the card. “The secret ingredient is love~

~*~

Namjoon

It is kind of upsetting to see all these people getting to go on a date with Jimin when it’s obvious that I’m not getting one this week. But when I start to get negative feelings about that, I remind myself that he and I really hit it off at the party and that he didn’t pick me for a date because he also feels strongly about the connection we made. I’m not gonna wallow in self-pity, especially since this won’t be my last chance to talk to him this week. I’ll be seeing him at the next party.

~*~

Jungkook

*eyes glistening slightly but no tears ever fall* It is definitely disappointing to not be picked for a date this week. Namjoon talked to me and assured me that it’s not necessarily a bad thing…but I can’t help feeling like Jimin’s already decided he doesn’t like me that much and that I’ll be going home this week. And I’m not ready for that~

~*~

Present Day

(A/N: it's so hard to find pictures of Tony, so no more pictures of him Dx just imagine whatever you want)

~*~

Jimin

Today’s date is all about cooking. I, by myself, am not the best cook. I’m not horrible, but it definitely needs work. However, I do enjoy doing it when it’s with other people. I was always in the kitchen when my mother was cooking as her little assistant. *smiles adorably* I’ve always pictured myself and my future wife or husband or partner having those domestic cooking dates. Preferably them doing most of the work *giggles* but if I end up with someone who has the same relationship with cooking as I do, then I guess we can share the responsibility equally.

~*~

The 12 chosen contestants arrive at the location of their cooking date, where Jimin is already waiting for them. Hoseok is the first one to hug Jimin as they greet him.

~*~

Tony

Jimin looks adorable as always, and I am very excited to see how this date goes. But I am curious why we’re having a cooking date when there are 12 of us here.

~*~

“First, we’re just gonna taste test some of these ingredients before we do any actual cooking.” Jimin announces, some of the contestants cheering in response. “I hope all of you are hungry~”

They spend a considerable amount of time just munching on food and conversing. Some of the contestants, such as Rose, are even confident enough to directly feed Jimin some of the fruit sitting out.

~*~

Chanyeol

I’m not sure exactly what it is, but when you’re around Jimin, you can’t help but laugh and smile the entire time. He just has this special aura about him.

~*~

Rose

If I could spend the entire day feeding Jimin grapes and cherries, it would be a great day. I have a feeling, though, that there’s a lot more to this date than just that.

~*~

Sihyuk enters the room, successfully interrupting the casual, fun atmosphere. With him is famous chef Raymon Kim.

~*~

Tony

I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really know who this dude is. But based on the reactions and looks on some of the other contestants’ faces when he walked in, all I can think is oh *bleep*

~*~

“I’d like to introduce all of you to Chef Raymon Kim.” Sihyuk says, all of the contestants immediately politely greeting the guest.

~*~

Jimin

I met Raymon Kim when I was a guest on Please Take Care of My Refrigerator. His food is sooo good. I’m very excited for him to be here today, and I’m kind of hoping he’ll be cooking today too. *giggles*

~*~

“I’m sure you’ve noticed that this is a very large amount of people for a group date.” Sihyuk says, earning a few nods in agreement. “So, the producers and I decided to have a friendly competition to narrow this down a bit.”

He gets a lot of wide-eyed stares from the contestants, the mood immediately shifting. “The 12 of you will be split up into two teams and will have to cook a dish. Raymon here will be the judge and decide which is the best dish. The losing team will be going back home to the mansion while the winning team will get to go on to have dinner with Jimin.”

~*~

Tony

This should be interesting.

~*~

“Okay,” Sihyuk claps his hands together, “let’s split up into teams.”

They’re split up into the red team and the yellow team. The red team consists of Shawn, Chanyeol, Rose, Taehyung, Tony and Camila. The yellow team consists of Yoojung, Hyejin, Sungwoon, Seulgi, Jongin, and Hoseok.

~*~

Shawn

It’s really imperative to win this competition, because losing this means losing time with Jimin. And let’s be honest, as the most attractive person on this date, I definitely deserve to have the most time with him. And if I don’t win, then I don’t get that.

~*~

Once everyone is split up on their respective sides, Raymon explains the rules and they begin rushing around to cook.

(A/N: imagine clips of them cooking mixed in with this solo interviews xD)

~*~

Yoojung

I told everyone on my team that they have to put in 110% today. If they don’t give their all and we end up not getting this dinner date, then it’s not only going to be onions that are making them cry.

~*~

Seulgi

I know that Jimin has said that he wants someone that can take care of him in the same way he would take care of his partner but based on each other’s capabilities. He can’t cook very well, so he wants someone who can cook so that they don’t survive off of takeout. And I think that’s what this competition is for, to see who would be a good match in that sense. Sadly, I am not the best cook, but I am eager to learn, and I do try my hardest. Hopefully that counts for something.

~*~

Hyejin

It’s going pretty well so far. It seems on our team that we have a lot of people who aren’t necessarily the best, but together we work well. The other team has a lot of people who can’t cook and have no idea what they’re doing with maybe one person who actually has skills. I think that’s working in our favor.

~*~

Eventually, the dishes are complete and Raymon takes his time tasting and critiquing both. He announces the red team as the winner, causing those six individuals to cheer excitedly while the losing team pouts over not being able to have dinner with Jimin.

~*~

Taehyung

So, I am a horrible cook. Most of the time my food is inedible, yet my team won. I’m going to have to thank Chanyeol and Rose a million times over for being such good cooks and taking on the leader roles for us.

~*~

Sungwoon

I’m not a sore loser at all. I usually don’t care about who wins or loses, but when losing means not getting to spend time with Jimin, that’s when it hurts a little.

~*~

At the house, the winning team finishes getting dressed for dinner and leaves while the losing team stays, the rest of the people in the house confused about what’s going on. “Wait, why aren’t you guys going too?” Sana asks.

“We lost~” Hoseok answers. “We had a cooking competition and the winning team gets to have dinner with Jimin while the losing team has to stay home.”

Sana pouts for the losing team, knowing how much they must be hurting. “I’m so sorry! I wish things were different!”

Yoojung is the one who replies. “Yeah, we all do~” Her words have a bite to them, as if she’s taking out her disappointment on the older girl.

~*~

At the dinner, Camila is the first one to steal Jimin away for a conversation. “I am so happy to be here, you have no idea.”

“I can kind of guess.” Jimin giggles. “Based on how passionate you were during the competition.”

Camila nods in agreement, both of them laughing slightly. “Oh yeah, very passionate. My entire family is very competitive, so that’s just ingrained in my personality.”

“I can tell~”

“And I’m just a passionate person in general.” Camila continues. “In more than just cooking competitions.” As if to prove her statement, Camila leans forward to kiss Jimin for the first time since they met.

~*~

Shawn

I’m not delusional, I know that Jimin is making connections with the other people here and further developing connections that are already there. I know this is going on.

~*~

Chanyeol and Jimin’s conversation that mainly consisted of Jimin praising Chanyeol’s cooking skills, ends with them sharing their first kiss.

~*~

Shawn

So, my main focus for our conversation is to get me to the forefront of his mind. So that even though he is developing relationships with everyone else, I will always be there, he’ll always be thinking of me.

~*~

“So, I think that you and I are in similar situations,” Shawn starts after sitting down with Jimin, “with our careers. I’ve also never been in a serious relationship because I don’t have the time.”

“I’d say that’s more than similar. I’d say it’s exact!” Jimin laughs.

“Yeah, but isn’t dating a bigger deal in Korea than it is in the western world? Like, I’ve had a lot of flings, but I haven’t had to worry about how that would reflect on me like I’m sure you do.” Shawn says, earning a nod from Jimin. “But I am ready for a real relationship, I’ve gotten bored of all these flings. I want something serious where I know the person is with me until the end just like I am.”

Jimin smiles. “That’s what I want too.”

~*~

Taehyung sits down with Jimin next, and the conversation goes smoothly from the start. “So, you’re a photographer?” Jimin asks.

Taehyung nods. “Most of my clients are wedding parties and families. My favorites are when I get to take pictures of newborns.”

“Aww, I love babies!” Jimin gushes, and Taehyung quickly agrees. “Did you always want to take pictures or-“

“It actually took a long time for me to decide that I wanted to be a photographer.” Taehyung reveals. “When I was really young, I wanted to be a farmer like my grandparents. Then I went through a phase where I wanted to be a singer, so I took dance lessons. Then I wanted to be a saxophonist, but I wasn’t very good at that.” Taehyung chuckles at himself, while Jimin mumbles something about how he’s sure Taehyung was great. “I ended up just going to an arts high school and taking a lot of classes in drawing, because I was pretty decent at it so I thought I could further my skills and turn that into a career. I took a photography course as an elective, and that’s when I fell in love with photography.”

“I’m glad you were able to find your passion. Not a lot of people ever do.” Jimin comments. “Do you still draw?”

Taehyung nods. “Yeah, I still draw and paint a lot in my free time, but it’s just a hobby.”

“I would love to see some of them sometime.”

“Maybe I’ll get to show them to you one day.”

~*~

After having his conversations with Rose and Tony, Jimin sits with all six of the contestants, date rose in hand. “Tonight was great. I had a lot of good conversations with all of you, but sadly, only one of you can get this date rose. There’s someone that I felt really opened up to me tonight, and I’m really grateful for that because openness is very important to me. So, Taehyung, will you accept this rose?”

Taehyung smiles and takes the rose from him. “Thank you~” He whispers, smiling at the flower in his hand.

~*~

Shawn

I feel like I should have gotten the rose tonight. I mean, I opened up a lot to him too.

~*~

Camila

It definitely hurt when Jimin gave the rose to Taehyung instead. I thought that he and I had a great conversation, so I don’t understand what went wrong and why he wouldn’t want to give the rose to me.

Chapter Text

(A/N: Jamie should go here but it's really hard to find pictures of her that show her outfit Dx)

(A/N: Tony goes here)

Hyejin

The tension is really strong in the house as we’re all getting ready for this party. Some people didn’t get very much time with him, others got a *bleep* ton of time, and then there are three of us who are already guaranteed to stick around. It’s just getting real serious.

~*~

The 23 contestants sit on the couch as they wait for Jimin to arrive. “I’m not very confident right now because of the date yesterday.” Seulgi confesses. “I didn’t get to talk to Jimin at all.”

“Yeah, that must have been really hard for you.” Tony says, earning a few small looks from the other people that hadn’t gotten to participate in the dinner date the night before.

Sejun speaks next. “We all just have to work hard, show him our best selves, and at the end of the night he’ll see which of us deserve to be here.” He punctuates his statement with a not so subtle look towards Yoongi.

~*~

Taemin

There are 20 of us that are competing for these roses. We don’t know how many will be sent home, and there are a lot of people that I wouldn’t be surprised if their claws come out tonight to stabilize their spot. But there are people who don’t need to be here, and if they don’t get a rose, well, it would be a lie to say I wouldn’t be happy about it.

~*~

Jimin arrives, and immediately 23 voices greet him. “Hi, everyone!” Jimin smiles cheerfully, making almost everyone’s hearts flutter. “I want to thank you all for this week. It was so enjoyable and memorable, and I hope it was for each and every one of you too. This week, to me, proved that it was the best decision to sign on to do this show, and I’m very excited to see where things go from here.” He then leads the contestants in a toast to start off the night.

~*~

Namjoon

While I am okay and understanding of not getting a date this week, I am definitely nervous. This is my one chance to talk to Jimin before the ceremony tonight, so this conversation could either strengthen our connection or break it completely. No pressure though, right?

~*~

“Stealing me away first again, huh?” Jimin teases the taller male as Namjoon leads him to a bench outside.

“Just wanna make sure I get my chance.” Namjoon responds, automatically taking Jimin’s hand in his as soon as they’re seated. “I’m glad you had fun on your dates this week.” He says sincerely.

“I hope you don’t think I was writing you off this week.” Jimin says, and Namjoon is quick to try to assure him he’s not upset. “I just felt really good after our conversation at the party and I’m sure I want you to stay around a bit longer. So-“

“No, no, I understand. That was my first reaction, too, was that you must have felt as confident about our connection as I do.”

Jimin smiles. “Well I’m glad there weren’t any misunderstandings then.”

~*~

Namjoon

My conversation with Jimin just confirmed that we are already in a good place with our relationship, so I’m more than confident that I will be getting a rose at the ceremony.

~*~

Seulgi, Tony, and Sejun are sitting together as they wait for their turn with Jimin. “We have no idea how many of us are going home tonight.” Seulgi says, and Tony nods in agreement. “And there’s so many of us that haven’t talked to him much yet that we might be the ones going home.”

~*~

Tony

I am very confident that I’ll be staying here for a while. Jimin and I had a great conversation at the date the other night, so I’m definitely getting a rose.

~*~

“So,” Jimin starts off during his conversation with Hoseok. “I’ve talked a lot about what I want out of a relationship. Now I want to know what you want.”

“Obviously, I need to be able to get along with the person well.” Hoseok says. “But someone that I can have fun with, that not only would we be dating, but we’d also be best friends. If I’m going to spend the rest of my life with someone, I need to have that kind of connection too.”

~*~

Jimin and Sungwoon’s conversation is full of smiles. “From the moment we first spoke, I could tell that you are a very sweet, kind, genuine guy.”

Sungwoon blushes at Jimin’s compliment. “Thank you~”

“I really like that in a person.”

~*~

When Yoongi and Jimin talk, their conversation is centered around Yoongi’s music. Jimin fondly watches the older male, completely enraptured by the passion in his eyes as he talks about what he loves most. Yoongi’s in the middle of a sentence when he’s cut off by an air horn. “What the *bleep*?” Both of them jump and turn around to see the culprit is Wonshik.

“Hey, sorry, just thought I needed to make an entrance.” Wonshik says, shooting a sly look towards Yoongi, who just stares at him in confusion.

“Well, mission accomplished~” Jimin says, giggling slightly.

“Can I steal you away?” Jimin looks over to Yoongi, as if asking permission, and the older male waves him off, opting to go and nap now that he doesn’t have to participate anymore.

~*~

Wonshik

I just don’t like Yoongi and he’s obviously not a good match for Jimin since he doesn’t even want to be here. Why should he take up other people’s valuable time?

~*~

“So, you really like kids?” Jeongyeon asks.

Jimin nods in confirmation. “Yeah, I really like kids. I would love to have a lot of children one day”

Jeongyeon chuckles slightly. “I like kids too. But I’d probably only want like one or two at the most. And it would have to be in the far future, I’m nowhere near ready for that, and I probably won’t be for a while.”

“I can respect that~”

~*~

“Oh!” Sana suddenly exclaims. “You have an eyelash!” She carefully dabs her finger just below Jimin’s eye until she gets the stray lash.

“Thank you~” He says as she pulls away.

She holds her finger up in front of him. “Make a wish~” He closes his eyes tightly, exaggerating the wish making, which causes Sana to giggle, before finally blowing the eyelash off of her finger.

~*~

Taehyung and Jimin are in the middle of another conversation about art when Yoojung approaches. “Hey, can I steal you for a bit?” Taehyung obviously isn’t the happiest about the interruption but lets Jimin go with no complaints.

During their conversation, Jimin asks her a lot of questions about what she’s studying in school and what she wants to do with her life when another interruption happens.

“I believe you owe me a drink.” Seokjin says, holding his hand out for Jimin.

“I believe I do.” Jimin says, taking Seokjin’s hand. He tells Yoojung bye and thanks her for the conversation before letting Seokjin drag him away.

“I’m sure you’re bored of all this wine, I know I am.” Seokjin says, pulling Jimin into the empty kitchen. “So, I scrounged around and found us some good ol’ vodka.” Jimin makes an exclamation of excitement as Seokjin pours them some shots.

While the two of them converse, the other contestants are off in their own world talking when Yoojung suddenly appears, wiping away tears. She hides away in a random room, making the other contestants worry about her.

Seokjin comes back from his conversation, and Sejun leaves to steal Jimin before anyone else can. Before he sits down, he overhears some of the girls talking about how Yoojung is crying. “Wait, she’s crying?”

Rose nods in response to Seokjin. “Yeah, she’s really upset about you interrupting her or something.” Taehyung lets out a scoff as Seokjin leaves to find the distressed girl. “What?”

“She interrupts my conversation, then turns around and has a breakdown when she gets interrupted?” Taehyung asks. “She’s a hypocrite.”

“You’ve interrupted people before, too, Taehyung~” Rose says, recalling the first cocktail party. “It’s not so nice when it happens to you, is it?

“Was I complaining about being interrupted?” Taehyung shoots back. “This show is just full of hypocrites.” Taehyung mumbles under his breath.

As Hyejin takes her time to converse with Jimin, Seokjin finds where Yoojung has hidden away and sits down on the floor with her. “Why are you here?” Yoojung asks through her tears.

“I wanna talk to you~” Seokjin says. “I wanna make sure you know that me interrupting your conversation with Jimin wasn’t anything personal. It had nothing to do with you, and I’m sorry if I made you feel that way.”

“If it wasn’t anything personal, then why did you interrupt my conversation? You couldn’t have interrupted someone else’s?”

Seokjin sighs. “You and I aren’t the only people here, Yoojung. Just since I’ve talked to Jimin, there’s probably been at least five other people to talk to him. We’re all crunched for time with him, so we all have to do what’s necessary to get our time. I probably could have cut into our time in a more polite way but trust me when I say it has nothing to do with you.”

Yoojung turns away from him and continues to cry. “Whatever~”

~*~

Seokjin

I tried, and that’s all that really matters. If Yoojung doesn’t want to listen, there’s nothing I can do about that.

~*~

At the end of the night after everyone’s conversed with Jimin, Sihyuk comes into the room to announce that it’s time to prepare for the next rose ceremony.

Chapter Text

The 23 contestants stand on one side of the room awaiting the beginning of the rose ceremony.

~*~

Taemin

So, there’s something going on between Seokjin and Yoojung, some kind of drama that I really don’t think Jimin should have to deal with. I don’t know if Jimin is even aware that something happened between them, but honestly, I’m kind of hoping one of or both of them go home tonight because I don’t want to say where that drama will go if they both get a rose.

~*~

Jimin takes a deep breath before speaking. “As always, this is going to be very hard, because all of you are amazing, and I don’t particularly enjoy this part of the whole ordeal. If you don’t get a rose tonight…I am very sorry and I’m happy that we did get some time to get to know each other.”

Jimin picks the first rose up from the table. “Jungkook~” The boy from Busan sighs in relief, smiling as he walks up to Jimin. “Jungkook, will you accept this rose?”

Jungkook nods, quietly stating, “Yes, I will~”

~*~

Jeongyeon

I’m 99% certain I will be getting a rose tonight. Jimin and I get along really well and always have great conversations, so there’s pretty much no way I’ll be going home tonight.

~*~

“Hoseok~” The man is all smiles as he approaches Jimin. “Will you accept this rose?”

“Of course, I will!”

“Namjoon~” Namjoon happily takes the rose from Jimin before going back to stand in his spot next to Seokjin.

“Camila~” There are a couple of shocked faces as the girl goes to accept her rose from Jimin.

“Jeongyeon~” Jeongyeon smiles confidently as she walks up to Jimin. “Will you accept this rose?”

“I am honored to accept this rose.”

~*~

Taemin

It’s frustrating to see all these people walking up to get their roses when you’re just standing there still wondering if your name will be called or not.

~*~

“Sana~”

~*~

Taemin

There’s already been one or two people to be called forward that I don’t think are as deserving of being here. Maybe they are great people and Jimin’s seeing a different side of them than we are, but from what I’ve experienced and seen, they aren’t the best choices I don’t think.

~*~

“Sungwoon, will you accept this rose?”

“Absolutely~”

“Seokjin~” The camera shows Yoojung’s reaction, and she is certainly not happy. “Will you accept this rose?” Seokjin does of course, thanking the younger male.

“Jamie~” Jamie smiles brightly as she takes the rose from Jimin.

“Shawn~” The man struts confidently to accept his rose from Jimin.

“Yoojung~” The girl bounces slightly in excitement as she receives her rose from Jimin.

“Sejun, will you accept this rose?”

“Duh~” The male responds as he takes the rose from Jimin.

~*~

Taemin

The number of roses on that table keeps dropping, and my name still hasn’t been called, so I am extremely nervous at this point.

~*~

“Wonshik~”

~*~

Taemin

I really don’t want to go home tonight because I really want to see where I can go with Jimin.

~*~

“Rose~”

~*~

Taemin

If I do go home, I’m gonna most likely cry. A lot.

~*~

“Chanyeol, will you accept this rose?” Chanyeol nods and leans down to give Jimin a hug.

Sihyuk steps into the room. “Ladies, gentlemen, Jimin, this is the final rose of the night.” He turns to Jimin. “Whenever you’re ready~” He steps out of the room to allow Jimin to make the final decision.

Jimin takes a deep breath and a pause before saying the final name.

“Taemin~” The male sighs in relief, laughing slightly as he goes to accept his rose.

Sihyuk reenters the room. “Ladies, gentlemen, I’m sorry. If you did not receive a rose, take a moment and say your goodbyes.”

Seulgi, Jongin, Tony, and Hyejin hug the friends they made and share parting words before making their way to hug Jimin and wish him luck.

~*~

Seulgi

I am very sad to go, because I feel like I didn’t get much of a chance to express myself to Jimin and make a connection with him. But I do respect his decision, it wouldn’t be fair to keep me on just to see if we could connect when there are plenty of other people he’s already connected with and wants to further a relationship with. I hope whatever the outcome is that he’s happy.

~*~

Jongin

I wish I could have gotten to talk to Jimin more. If I had, then maybe I would have gotten a rose. But you can’t change the past, so no point in being upset over something you have no control over.

~*~

Tony

I am completely caught off guard. I thought Jimin and I were getting along real well, but then he didn’t give me a rose. I just don’t understand what happened.

~*~

Hyejin

As the ceremony went on, I had a feeling that I wouldn’t be getting a rose. It hurt when I first made that realization, but I guess I was able to come to terms with it by the time he gave out the final rose, because now I’m just whatever at this point. If he doesn’t want me, he doesn’t want me. I can’t be mad over that. It’s not like you can force someone to have feelings for you.

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My therapist has told me to practice being more open with feelings and communication in order to strengthen my communication and social skills, so I'm practicing through social media until I get to the point where I can do that with my family without getting extremely frustrated with them.

 

I feel like a lot of people are mad at me and blaming me for the outcomes of the show so far, namely for "unfairness" between the male and female contestants.

I have said this multiple times but, unless I'm misreading and misinterpreting the comments, which I very well might be, but if I'm not, some people still have not fully understood:

I am not in control of who gets a rose and who doesn't. It is all based on your comments.

So for people to keep saying "you should let the girls have a better chance", it really frustrates me because I would love if the numbers stayed completely even for the entire fic. I would love for the final two to be a boy and a girl. I was not intentionally planning for the girls to not get as much support as the boys do, but this fic seems to attract the gay shippers more than the straight shippers, and that's not my fault.

And just in case people still don't believe/understand that I'm not really the one in control, I'll use an example from this last rose ceremony:

Right before I started to write the chapter, Seulgi was supposed to get a rose and Taemin was supposed to be eliminated. They both had 7 points based on the supportive comments made from the very first chapter through the second cocktail party, and that's the only control I allow myself to have, if two people happen to have an equal amount of points, but only one of them can get a rose, I'm going to have the girl get the rose to try to keep the numbers as even as possible. Then at the last second as I opened AO3 to confirm the votes before writing, Taemin got another vote which pushed him to 8, which meant Seulgi had to be the one eliminated.

I'm sorry if I sound rude with this but you cannot tell me to "let" the girls have a better chance if you're not going to comment your support for them.

I'm not going to say who has these points, but the current frontrunner has 33 points and is a boy, in last place is three people who have 8 points, and one of those is a girl. So if you want the girls to have a "better chance", then you need to vote for them instead of getting mad at me for the "unfairness" of it.

 

And something minor that I'm just going to put here because I'm tired of putting it in the comments every time someone makes this complaint: Yoongi is not getting it easier than the others

It may seem that way on the surface, but he's not. He got the first impression rose because he had the most votes, and to explain that, I did it in a way that I thought would make sense but must not have. The first impression rose goes to the person who stands out the most to the bachelor. When you have 29 people all putting on their best face and going over the top to make a good impression and you have one person who says "here's my mixtape" then goes to take a nap during the party, who's going to stand out the most? And on top of that, Jimin is an idol also in this universe and is used to people not being 100% honest and real with him to either get on his good side or for whatever reason. So for Yoongi to be 100% honest from the beginning, Jimin was of course going to be drawn to that. Doesn't mean he's not giving the others an equal chance, he is. Every single person that's still in the show has an equal chance as long as people comment in support of them. But with the others, Jimin is not quite sure if they are being 100% honest and real with him. You could even say he's paranoid that some people may be putting on an act. It'll take some time for Jimin to realize that most of the people on the show are being as real with him as he is being to them. He is connecting with every single one of them. Just because some people don't get as much screen time (once again, that's based off a generator, I don't choose that) it doesn't mean they're not connecting with him. There was a girl on this season of the bachelor who made it to Colton's hometown with little to no screen time and only got a date rose once and that was the week before. We couldn't see their connection because of her lack of screentime, but there obviously was one if Colton kept her around so long. So, just keep that in mind if you feel annoyed over the Yoongi storyline. Yoongi will only be the endgame if people keep supporting him.

 

Okay, I think I'm one. Sorry if I offended anyone in any way or sounded rude, I just needed to get that out.

 

<3

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The 19 remaining contestants are all lounging around the mansion, relaxing as they wait for Sihyuk to arrive with the next date card. Sejun and Taemin are sipping at some coffee as they converse outside by the pool. “This show is way more intense than I originally thought it would be.” Taemin confesses.

Sejun shrugs. “It’s exactly what I thought it would be. Dating Jimin while also sharing him with twenty other people. Can’t exactly expect it to go smoothly.”

~*~

Taemin

Last week was kind of crazy. There’s so much tension going on, what with Wonshik’s outright hatred for Yoongi, and what happened between Seokjin and Yoojung. I just really hope that this is kind of the peak of drama for this show. This has all been enough for me.

~*~

“I really hope I get to go on a date this week.” Taemin says. “I saw what it was like for Jungkook last week, and I never want to go through that.”

“Oh, I know I’ll be on a date card this week.” Sejun says, bringing his mug to his mouth.

Not much later, Sihyuk arrives and calls everyone to the living room. “So, how’s everyone doing? What’d y’all think of the first week?”

“It’s been fun, but it’s also been kind of hard.” Rose answers. “Jimin’s great and very enjoyable to be around, but there’s always that lingering doubt of ‘what if he doesn’t like me and wants to send me home’?” A few other contestants nod in agreement with Rose.

Sihyuk nods. “Well, if it helps, I think you’re all pretty great, and from talking to Jimin, I can assure you he feels the same way. Now,” he claps his hands together, “this week, three dates, two group dates, and a one on one date. Y’all are gonna have a great week.” He pulls the date card out and sets it on the coffee table. “I’m gonna give this to you and then take my leave.” The contestants wave goodbye to the host as Sungwoon gets up to read the date card.

“Is it safe to say that we all want that one on one?” Chanyeol asks as Sungwoon opens the card.

Sungwoon gets the card open and begins reading the names off. “Jungkook~” The male is obviously very excited to be going on a date this week.

“Camila…Shawn~” The two of them are sitting next to each other on the couch and have a mini celebration together.

~*~

Shawn

It’s no surprise really, being the most attractive one here, that I am once again going on a date with Jimin.

~*~

“Rose…Taehyung~”

~*~

Shawn
I was hoping that one of the date rose recipients from last week wouldn’t be on this date, seeing as they’re already in good with Jimin. But I think Taehyung’s pretty safe, I’m pretty sure his was more of a pity rose or something because, seriously, who would take interest in him? He’s kind of boring. I just hope Yoongi and Khalid aren’t on this date.”

~*~

“Wonshik...Chanyeol~”

~*~

Shawn

Mainly Khalid. Like, yeah, everyone knows that Yoongi is pretty much Jimin’s favorite, but to be honest, I don’t think there’s any romantic connection nor will there ever be one. Yoongi’s going home eventually, but Khalid…Khalid’s got the biggest advantage here, so I really hope he’s not on this date.

~*~

“Khalid~” The camera goes from a happy Khalid to a not as happy Shawn. “Let’s go back to the good old days together.

~*~

Camila

I could tell Shawn was not happy when Khalid’s name was called out, and I don’t blame him. Like, it’s really not fair for Khalid to be here. He and Jimin are friends and were close before this show, if Jimin wanted to date him, then why didn’t he? Why come on this show if you’re just going to end up with your friend? I really don’t think Khalid should have been allowed to come on here.

~*~

The eight of them go to get ready for the date.

~*~

Khalid

I know there are a lot of people who feel disadvantaged over me being a contestant, and I do empathize with them. I completely understand why they’re not happy with me being here, but I’m not gonna let their feelings bring me down. I’m here for Jimin and Jimin only. That’s what’s important.

~*~

The contestants arrive at the date location, which happens to be Jimin’s studio. The room has been decorated to be cozy, covered in bean bag chairs, blankets, and snack foods. “Welcome to my little corner of happiness.” Jimin greets the contestants, giving them each a hug.

“So, for today’s date, we’re going to reach back to our childhood and play some fun games like truth or dare and other games.”

~*~

Jimin

The most important part of dating someone is getting to know them, and it can be hard to get to know someone in a tense environment like the one this show sometimes provides. I decided for this date to mimic that of a middle school party where you just joke around and play games. I think it’ll be great.

~*~

They spend the entirety of the date laughing and having fun with each other. The games start off innocent and childish, but due to everyone being an adult, it quickly took a more mature turn. Starting with Shawn asking Jimin the all-important question. “Top or bottom?”

Jimin nearly does a spit take while some contestants “oooh”. Others obviously feel bad over Jimin being put on the spot like that. “It depends I guess~” Jimin says, managing to dodge giving a direct answer as he turns to ask Jungkook truth or dare.

~*~

The dinner portion of the date is a little more tense between the contestants, as the time for the date rose comes closer.

~*~

Chanyeol

I think pretty much everyone here has caught onto the fact that Shawn is not too fond of Khalid. I just hope that tension between the two of them doesn’t seep over and mess up the rest of the date for us.

~*~

Jungkook is the first one to speak to Jimin. “You have no idea how excited I was when my name was read off this morning.” Jungkook says. “I’ve been waiting for this moment since the first night.”

Jimin blushes slightly. “Well I’m glad you’re excited. It would probably be a bad thing if you weren’t.” Jimin giggles quietly, Jungkook smiling at the sound. “I was really excited when I woke up this morning too. I couldn’t wait to get to know a little more about you.”

They speak for a bit longer, mainly sharing memories from Busan, until it’s time for Jimin to speak with someone else.

~*~

“Is anyone else extremely glad that Yoongi’s not here?” Wonshik brings up, earning a few looks of confusion. “Like, I’ve just been so annoyed with him that it’s like I can finally breathe in relief with him not around.”

“Why are you even bringing him up?” Chanyeol asks. “As you said he’s not here, we’re on a date with Jimin, don’t you think you should be focusing on him and not someone who’s not even present?”

~*~

Wonshik

I’m not sure who spit in Chanyeol’s coffee this morning, but I didn’t really appreciate his tone with me.

~*~

Camila and Jimin’s conversation is brief, mainly consisting of Camila trying to push Jimin for more information on his vague answer to Shawn’s question earlier.

Rose spends the entire time thanking Jimin for the date and gushing about how amazing he is and how he always has such great ideas.

Chanyeol and Jimin joke around a bit, including Chanyeol teasing him a bit over his height. Jimin pouts at that comment. “Don’t worry,” Chanyeol assures him. “Your height makes you cute. I like it~”

Jimin giggles at the compliment. “Your height makes you cute too.”
“Really?”

Jimin nods. “Yeah, I like tall guys.”

They joke around a bit more before ending the conversation with a kiss.

Khalid and Jimin hold hands the entire time they converse. “I had a lot of fun with you today.”

Jimin smiles at Khalid’s statement. “I had a lot of fun too. Although I wasn’t expecting a lot of the information I found out today.” Jimin can’t help but laugh at the memory. “I can’t believe you’ve had sex in your parents’ bed!”

Khalid laughs too, shrugging. “Hey, it was the closest private area!” Jimin laughs harder, only stopping when Khalid leans in and presses his lips to his.

Shawn goes to talk to Jimin as soon as Khalid leaves and choses a different topic than the others had. “So, um, why exactly did Khalid come on this show?”

Jimin furrows his eyebrows. “What do you mean?”

“I’m just kind of confused, because, like, if you guys already knew each other and were already friends and liked each other, then why would he bother going through this show instead of just asking you out directly?”

“Maybe it’s a personal reason.” Jimin says. “It’s not exactly something that he should be pushed to tell.”

Shawn shrugs. “I just find it a little confusing and I was just curious.”

~*~

After Taehyung and Wonshik have their conversations with Jimin, the bachelor finds himself sitting in the middle of the eight contestants to give out the date rose. “This rose is going to someone that I’ve really gotten to know well tonight that I hadn’t gotten the chance to before. So, Jungkook~”

Jungkook looks up with wide eyes, not having expected in a million years for Jimin to give him the date rose. “Will you accept this rose?” Still too shocked to speak, Jungkook just nods his head and takes the rose from Jimin.

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At the mansion during the group date

The 11 contestants still at the mansion are talking about what they think is going on during the date when there’s a knock on the door, signaling the arrival of the next date card.

~*~

Yoojung

I really want the date card to be for me. I think I really deserve a one on one date with Jimin, and it would be great for the two of us to actually get some time together.

~*~

Seokjin is the one to retrieve the date card and read it off to the others. “Yoongi~” The male looks up with no expression on his face. Sana claps lightly for him while other contestants shoot him a glare. “You entice me.”

~*~

Seokjin

I am kind of sad that I didn’t get the one on one date. He and I always have a lot of fun when we get to talk, so it would be nice to get a chance to have an entire day of just that.

~*~

Present time

Yoongi

So Jimin and I are having a “date” today…it still feels weird to call it that, so I’m just gonna say we’re hanging out. I’m hanging out with Jimin today. Since I am attempting this whole friendship thing, I’m going to really try to enjoy myself today regardless of whatever it is he’s decided to do.

~*~

Jimin and Yoongi arrive at the date location and Jimin is practically bouncing in place. “Are you excited?”

“I guess~”

Jimin laughs before grabbing Yoongi’s hand to pull him along. “You should be, because we’re going ice skating!”

~*~

Yoongi

*deep sigh*

~*~

Jimin and Yoongi spend the day having fun at the skating rink, Yoongi most definitely not as graceful on the ice as Jimin is. Jimin teases him about it by offering to hold his hand and guide him around until he got comfortable. Surprisingly Yoongi takes him up on the offer and they spend some time skating around hand in hand.

At one point, they pass by a couple of kids who are also skating and see one fall down. The child begins to cry, mainly out of embarrassment, and Jimin wants to comfort him, but to his surprise, Yoongi stops to console the child. “It’s okay, everyone falls sometimes. You just gotta get back up, brush yourself off, and keep going.” After the boy wipes away his tears, Yoongi helps him stand up and makes sure he’s steady before letting him skate again.

~*~

Jimin

Okay, that was really cute. *giggles* Yoongi definitely has a hidden soft side to him, and now I am determined to make him bring it out full time.

~*~

For dinner, the two of them are in the middle of a very immaculate set up. “I know you’re not exactly ecstatic about this whole situation,” Jimin starts off the conversation, “but I hope you had fun today anyway.”

Yoongi chuckles quietly before responding. “I’m not gonna lie, I’m not the biggest fan of being cold, nor do I like being active unless it’s basketball related, but yeah I did have a lot of fun.”

Jimin smiles at Yoongi’s confession. “Good, because I had loads of fun too.” Jimin quickly changes the subject to avoid any awkward pauses. “So, you play basketball?”

Yoongi nods. “I was a shooting guard on my high school team. I don’t get to play very often anymore though.”

“Looks I’ve got something to add to my list of date ideas then.” Jimin jokes, but there is some obvious truth to his tone.

The conversation continues to stay light until it comes to the point for Jimin to give Yoongi the rose. “I know you were probably hoping to be sent home this week, but tonight just proved even more how much I enjoy having you around, so please don’t hate me too much for offering you this.” A small smile appears on Yoongi’s lips and a quiet chuckle slips out as he takes the rose from Jimin’s hand. “Maybe next week you’ll get out of this ‘horrible’ experience.” Jimin laughs as he teases Yoongi.

“It’s actually not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.”

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During Yoongi & Jimin’s dinner

The contestants are sitting in the living room when there’s a knock on the door, signaling the next date card. “I’ll get it!” Taehyung offers, jumping up and rushing to the door.

“I better be on that card~” Sejun says, pouting slightly.

~*~

Sejun

I deserve to be on that card. Unlike the rest of them who are just here to have fun or get famous, I’m here to date Jimin. I mean, half of the people didn’t even know anything about him before coming here, I know literally everything. I didn’t dedicate the past few years of my life to him and come out here for the chance to date him just to not get a date this week.

~*~

Taehyung pulls the card out of the envelope and immediately starts reading names off. “Namjoon~” Namjoon just smiles and gives a slight nod, hiding just how excited he is to finally be going on a date with Jimin.

“Taemin~” Chanyeol gives him a hug of congratulations.

“Jeongyeon~” She gives a slight smirk, showing how confident she is for this date.

“Sungwoon~”

“Yay!” The male cheers quietly, sporting a big smile.

“Hoseok~” Hoseok gives a dramatic sigh of relief, causing a bought of giggles from the other contestants.

“Yoojung~” The girl subtly glances over at Seokjin.

~*~

Yoojung

Whatever happens, I just do not want Seokjin to be on this date too. It would be great if he didn’t get a date, because that could mean that Jimin is tired of him, as he should be.

~*~

“Sana~” Sana smiles brightly, giving a small cheer and clap.

“Sejun~”

“About time~”

Every day is a picnic when you’re with someone you love~

~*~

Seokjin

So, I didn’t get a date this week. *small sigh* It sucks, but there’s not really much I can do about it except make sure I get to talk to him at the cocktail party. I’m not overly worried.

~*~

Present time

Jimin is in a fairly empty park, spreading out a picnic blanket.

~*~

Jimin

I wanted to keep going with the casual theme I’ve had this week, and what’s more casual than a picnic while still being date worthy?

~*~

The eight contestants are on a bus on their way to the location joking around and having fun, with the exception of Sejun who’s opting to stay quiet.

~*~

Sana

I used to love picnics. My parents used to take me on picnics at the park all the time when I was little. My last picnic experience wasn’t the best, but I’m sure that today will be nothing like that, so I am looking forward to it.

~*~

The contestants arrive and jump off the bus, running straight towards where Jimin is waiting.

~*~

Sejun

Jimin is looking great as always. He could literally make a potato sack look sexy.

~*~

Hoseok is the first one to reach him and greets him with a hug, the other seven following suit. After getting the greetings out of the way, Jimin introduces the date. “So, if you haven’t figured it out, we are having a picnic today.”

“Yay!” Sana cheers, clapping her hands together, although there is a hint of sadness in her eyes.

“So, we’re just gonna have some fun, eat some good food, and get to know each other a little better.”

And they do exactly as Jimin says. (a/n: imagine cuts of them talking and eating between the solo interviews)

~*~

Sungwoon

I personally prefer casual stuff to big, elaborate ordeals, so this date is right down my alley.

~*~

Jeongyeon

I’m confident that I’ll be getting the date rose this time. I don’t think there’s anyone on this date that has as strong of a connection as Jimin and I have at this point in time, so I can pretty much relax on this date.

~*~

Sana

Jimin is very sweet as always. He’s making sure no one’s being left out, he talks to every single one of us and also encourages conversations with each other. I admire that he doesn’t want any bad blood between any of us. I just hope some of the…disagreements that have happened don’t spread enough that they affect him directly.

~*~

Taemin

Some people here, I’m not going to name names are attempting to dominate every single conversation that happens. Jimin’s navigating it really well, though, which I am thankful for.

~*~

Yoojung

I’m actually getting to have actual conversations with Jimin today. If Seokjin were here, that would obviously not be happening, so I am currently thanking every god out there for making today possible.

~*~

Sungwoon

I hope I get the rose.

~*~

The dinner portion of the date is at a fancy, outdoor area. The setup is so beautiful that all of the contestants gush over it.

~*~

Hoseok

The date so far today has been amazing, and I’m sure it will continue to be amazing.

~*~

“I had so much fun today, and I hope all of you did too.” Jimin says with a bright smile, earning a lot of confirmations from the eight contestants. “In a relationship, I want someone that I can relax with, and so I’m glad that all of you were willing to do that with me today.”

~*~

Namjoon

Jimin is amazing. He’s taking this entire thing seriously, which does surprise me a bit. I wasn’t expecting him to be quite as serious as he has been. But it’s nice, and I’m enjoying my time with him.

~*~

“First of all,” Namjoon says as soon as he and Jimin are sitting for their one on one conversation, “I want to thank you for this date today. It was amazing, and definitely worth the wait from last week.”

Jimin giggles. “Sorry again about you not getting a date last week.” Namjoon waves away the younger male’s apology. “If it helps, I do really like you, and I’m even more certain that I want you around for the foreseeable future.”

“Good, because I’d like to be around for the foreseeable future.” Jimin blushes a bit. Namjoon smiles at the reaction of the shorter male, leaning in to press his lips to Jimin’s for the first time.

Jimin happily returns the kiss.

~*~

With the other contestants, Sejun is controlling the current conversation. “Tonight is extremely important. I haven’t gotten enough time to talk to Jimin and show him how we belong together, so I need that conversation to happen asap.” Some of the other contestants have questioning looks on their faces. “But I’m sure you guys are even more pressured than I am, obviously.”

Jeongyeon shakes her head. “No, not really~”

“Well yay for you.” Sejun slightly rolls his eyes at the girl.

~*~

Sana is all smiles as she sits down for her conversation with Jimin. “Today was…fun~”

Jimin returns the smiles, but his eyebrows furrow slightly. “You kind of hesitated there.”

Sana lets out a small chuckle, brushing her hair behind her ear. “I did, didn’t I? Trust me, I did have a lot of fun with you today, it was just kind of started off weird for me.”

“I didn’t make you uncomfortable, did I?” Jimin is quick to ask, concern shining in his eyes.

“No, no, of course not, you were perfect.” Jimin blushes at the compliment while Sana lightly bites her bottom lip, contemplating how to continue. “It’s just a bad memory got stirred up, but it wasn’t anything too serious.”

“Do you want to talk about it?” Jimin offers. “Unless it’s something personally, then you don’t have to. I wouldn’t force you to do anything you’re uncomfortable with.”

Sana shakes her head slightly. “It’s not anything big, just something fairly recent that still hurts a bit when I think about it.” Sana takes a breath before diving into the story. “A few months ago, before this show was even announced or anything, I was in a relationship.” Jimin holds Sana’s hand, giving her his full attention as she speaks. “It was pretty serious, like, we were discussing marriage and children and all of that, serious. Well, he took me on a surprise picnic, and it was really romantic, he had all of my favorite foods, gave me some expensive gifts, he went all out. I was sure he was going to propose to me that day. Instead he confessed that he had cheated on me.”

“He’s a jerk~” Jimin says automatically, Sana nodding in agreement.

“He wasn’t planning on ever telling me, but then the girl got pregnant.” Sana laughs sadly, tears welling up in her eyes. “He said he’d done the picnic to soften the blow to make it easier for me to forgive him.”

“Well I would hope you’d dumped him immediately.”

“And poured the champagne over his head.” Sana giggles, making Jimin laugh with her.

“He definitely deserved that, if I may say so myself.” Jimin smiles down at her. “I hope you know that what he did was terrible and that you didn’t deserve that – no one does.” Sana nods that she does know. “You are a beautiful person, inside and out.” Jimin suddenly compliments her, making her blush. He leans down to steal a very sweet, small kiss that lasts only a couple of seconds, pulling back with pink cheeks to match hers.

~*~

Jimin

Tonight is amazing. I’m having so many great conversations and making connections with people. Sana is a really sweet girl who’s just happy all the time and goes out of her way to make sure other people are happy and having fun, and that…that’s something I really like in a person. It makes me even more excited for the rest of tonight and the next few weeks.

~*~

When Jimin sits down with Hoseok, he presents a small bag of food. “I thought you might want to share your experience with Mickey.”

“Oh my gosh, thank you!” Hoseok exclaims, taking the bag and immediately looking through it to see what food from the date Jimin had saved for his precious puppy.

“He must be home all sad that you’re not there with him.”

“Oh yeah, as soon as I get back to the mansion, it’s gonna be a night full of cuddles and apologies to him.” Hoseok laughs brightly, seemingly lighting up the entire area.

~*~

Jimin

Hoseok is just this bright ball of energy that literally no one could ever dislike. Talking to him is always so much fun and I really, really like being around him. And he has a puppy, so that’s a definite plus.

~*~

Yoojung is very touchy during her time with Jimin, holding his hand and rubbing his arm constantly. “I’m so glad you chose me for this date.” Yoojung says.

“Of course,” Jimin says, “I’m really excited to get to know you better. You’re cute and adorable.”

~*~

Jimin

Yoojung is very sweet, and even though she is the youngest person here, she still seems to have this maturity about her that shows that she is ready for a relationship just like I am.

~*~

Sejun sits down with Jimin, finally, for his conversation. “So, did you have fun today?” Jimin opens his mouth to answer, but Sejun continues. “Of course you did!”

Jimin chuckles awkwardly. “Uh, yeah, did you have fun too?”

“Of course!” Sejun exclaims. “Who wouldn’t have fun on a date with Park Jimin?!”

Another awkward chuckle. “I’m not fully sure what that means…”

Sejun laughs brightly, not catching the slight discomfort Jimin is feeling. “It means that you’re hot, cute, and sexy all at the same time, you’re literally an angel from heaven above, the way you move your body is sinful…” Sejun continues rambling about everything he has thought about Jimin since becoming a fan, not letting Jimin speak no matter how many times the male tries to cut in.

~*~

At the table with the rest of the contestants, everyone is discussing their discussions with Jimin so far. “I wasn’t actually expecting to feel this strongly about him this quickly.” Yoojung says.

Sana nods in agreement, her signature bright smile plastered on her face. “I wasn’t either, but when you’re with Jimin, it makes sense. Like, he just makes you feel so comfortable and heard and wanted that it’s impossible not to catch feelings for him quickly.

~*~

“I have a question~” Jimin finally manages to interrupt Sejun’s rambling. “What made you want to come on this show?”

Sejun cocks his head as if he’s confused by the question. “You, of course.”

“Me or the idea of me?”

Sejun seems to finally pick up on the serious turn the conversation has taken. “Is there a difference?”

Jimin nods. “There is a pretty big difference.” Jimin says. “What you see on the TV and the internet isn’t all of me, there’s much more to me to learn and get to know, and I’m not sure if you’re really interested in learning those things.”

Sejun scoffs a bit, stammering out his response. “I-I’m not sure where you’re going with this.”

Jimin takes a deep breath. “I was really excited to get to know you more and see where this could go, but I don’t think we’re looking for the same thing right now, and it wouldn’t be fair to either you or me to keep this going.”

“Y-you’re breaking up with me?” Sejun asks for confirmation, not fully believing it.

Jimin nods. “I’m really sorry, and I hope you do find the person for you, if not soon then eventually.”

Jimin walks Sejun to the car that will take him to the hotel he’ll stay at for the night before going home the next morning.

As they have to pass by them, the other contestants see Jimin escorting Sejun, and a few gasps of shock leave them. “What’s going on?”

“Did Jimin send him home?”

~*~

Taemin

When we saw Jimin walking Sejun out, I think it all kind of hit us just how serious this is getting. We could go home literally at any moment, and that’s scary to think about.

~*~

Jimin is obviously somewhat sad as he rejoins the contestants at their table for the end of the date, seeing as Sejun had been the last conversation of the evening.

~*~

Sejun

I just don’t understand what went wrong. Those people in there don’t actually care for Jimin, yet they’re getting to stay and finish out the date, possibly stay for at least another week, and then there’s me, someone who genuinely loves and cares about Jimin, and I’ve just been tossed to the side like an old sock. *wipes tear* It’s not fair, and I think Jimin’s going to regret this mistake.

~*~

After Jimin gives his usual speech of how the rose is going to someone who really opened up and connected with him that even, he turns to Sana. “Sana, will you accept this rose?”

Genuine surprise and joy flash across Sana’s face as she looks at him. “Yes, of course, thank you!” Sana accepts the rose and gives Jimin a small hug, whispering another thank you to him.

Chapter Text

Jungkook, Seokjin, and Taehyung are in the kitchen scrounging up some breakfast. “Wait, Sejun went home?” Jungkook asks, shocked at the information Seokjin had just relayed to him after hearing it from Namjoon, as they are roommates in the mansion. “Why?”

Taehyung blows on his tea to cool it down while Seokjin shrugs. “Namjoon said something about it having to do with Sejun’s constant fanboying, but I don’t know.”

Jungkook makes a small noise of sadness as he opens the fridge to pull out some yogurt. “I can’t even imagine how Sejun must have felt, getting sent home during a date. That’s gotta be the worst thing ever.”

~*~

Taehyung

I was shocked when I heard that Sejun went home, but I can’t say I was upset over it. Sejun and I were roommates, and he did say some not so nice things to me during our time together. I also can’t say that I’m happy over it, because being a fan of Jimin myself, I can imagine how hurt Sejun must have felt being rejected by his celebrity crush…I don’t fanboy too much, do I?

~*~

In the living room, over cups of coffee, Jeongyeon is also relaying the story to some of the other contestants. “I could overhear some of their conversation, and basically Jimin felt that Sejun was here more as a fan than as someone who legitimately wants to get to know him.”

~*~

Hoseok

Seeing Sejun leave last night just, like, raised my anxiety levels. The fact that we saw firsthand how you can be sent home literally any time has made us realize just how serious this is. Jimin’s not playing around, and I hope no one here is either.

~*~

Once everyone has gotten up and somewhat ready for the day, except for Yoongi who has just barely gotten enough coffee in his system to be able to tolerate people, Sihyuk enters the house and summons everyone to the living room. “So last night was fun, you all enjoyed it…” There are a few smiles and some nods of agreement. “And then Sejun was sent home. Did that shock you?” Everyone responds that it did indeed shock them.

“I bet that’s made everything even more tense here in the mansion, and I wasn’t even sure that was possible.” A few of the contestants chuckle at his words. “Anyway, in light of the turn last night took, Jimin is worried about if you guys are getting too stressed out or not, and he’s called for a slight change of plans this evening.” Sihyuk pauses for dramatic effect, but nothing could have prepared the contestants for the words that come out of his mouth. “There will be no cocktail party tonight.”

Shocks ring out across the 18 contestants, making everyone that hasn’t gotten to talk much to Jimin this week, especially Seokjin and Jamie, worried. “But don’t worry too much, because you’ll be having a pool party this afternoon!”

Relief rushes through the contestants followed by eruptions of cheers over the excitement of having a pool party with Jimin.

~*~

Camila

I am so excited for this pool party. First of all, I get to see Jimin shirtless, who wouldn’t be excited for that? Plus, what better way to get to know someone and get them to fall for you than getting them hot and wet?

~*~

Sungwoon

This should be fun…I think.

~*~

(a/n: I couldn't find any for Khalid, Jamie, or Sungwoon, just picture them wearing whatever)

Music is already blasting, and drinks are already in everyone’s hands when Jimin arrives. Everyone excitedly greets him when he enters the backyard, only going quiet when Jimin moves to speak. “I think that last night probably worried you guys and caused a lot of stress, and I don’t want that for any of you, so I thought it would be better to have someone more relaxing and fun in lieu of a cocktail party.” The contestants cheer in agreement and the party begins.

“I think you’re wearing a bit too much clothing here.” Camila says as she walks up to him, aiding him in removing his shirt.

~*~

Rose

Jimin looks so good shirtless! I’m still blushing *presses hands to cheeks* I honestly don’t know how I’m supposed to survive for the entire afternoon.

~*~

Jeongyeon watches on with a look of discontent as Camila helps Jimin but sunscreen on. “Don’t want you to get burnt out here~” Camila says with a smile, rubbing his back in a much more sensual way than some of the contestants think is necessary.

As soon as he’s lotioned up, Jimin jumps in the pool, successfully splashing all of the contestants within the direct vicinity.

~*~

Hoseok

You know, I actually wouldn’t mind if Jimin wants to just come to the rose ceremony as is. You would hear no complaints from me if that were to happen.

~*~

The contestants have fun splashing around with Jimin, just relaxing and letting off steam.

~*~

Seokjin

I think having a pool party was a very good idea on Jimin’s part. There’s been a lot of stress and tension in the house, especially with all the rivalries that people think are subtle but really everyone is aware of. This will definitely do everyone some good.

~*~

Wonshik is the first to pull Jimin to the side for a one on one conversation. “Might I say you look really good today.”

Jimin blushes and thanks him while pushing his hair back.

“I also really like your idea of a pool party instead of a cocktail party. This environment is definitely much more enjoyable.” Wonshik says.

“Well I’m glad you like it~”

Wonshik smiles before taking a more serious tone. “I actually grabbed you first because there’s something I do want to talk to you about.” Jimin looks at Wonshik expectantly. “It’s Yoongi.”

Jimin furrows his eyebrows and cocks his head. “What about him?”

“He’s not here for the right reasons.” Wonshik says. “He has no interest in dating you and, therefore, is just wasting your time by leading you on.”

“But he’s not leading me on.” Jimin says, causing Wonshik’s eyes to widen in shock a bit. “I’m aware that he’s not interested in dating me because he told me that from the very beginning.”

“Then why is he still here?”

“Because I do like him and enjoy having him around. He’s not that bad when you actually get to know him.” The conversation becomes a bit awkward from this moment.

During Taehyung and Jimin’s conversation, the fact that Taehyung also has a dog gets brought up. “Why didn’t you bring your dog?!” Jimin asks playfully.

“I know! When I saw that Hoseok had his dog with him, I immediately thought ‘man, I should have brought Yeontan with me’.”

“Hindsight is 20/20~”

Jimin speaks to Taemin next. Their conversation centers around Taemin’s work, which Jimin is very interested in.

Most of the conversations Jimin has during the party happen in the pool in groups, not allowing for many deep conversations, which definitely upsets many of the contestants. Especially when the sun begins to set, and it becomes time to prepare for the rose ceremony.

Chapter Text

(a/n: again, couldn't find any for Jamie, but she's definitely still here)

After showering and changing out of their swimsuits into formal clothing, the 18 contestants make their way to the designated are for the rose ceremony. Jungkook, Yoongi, and Sana have their date roses in hand, earning a few upset looks from some of the other contestants.

~*~

Namjoon

Due to the nature of the pool party, not a lot of people got to have deep, meaningful conversations with Jimin today, so there’s definitely a lot of people who are worried right now about if their connection is strong enough to make it through tonight.

~*~

Jimin enters the room and stands next to the table of roses. “This week, I’ve gotten to know you a lot better, learned your personalities and found different qualities that are something I may or may not want in a relationship.”

~*~

Rose

I am very worried that I might be going home tonight. I haven’t gotten much time with Jimin at all the entire two weeks I’ve been here, so I feel like we haven’t properly had the chance to see if there is a connection or not.

~*~

“I just want to remind everyone how amazing you are and how happy I am to have gotten the chance to get to know and spend time with each and every one of you.”

~*~

Rose

I just really don’t want to be sent home before I get an actual chance to see if there’s something between us.

~*~

Jimin picks up the first rose, a tense air immediately spreading around the room. He looks around the room before calling out the first name. “Jamie~” Jamie smiles and makes her way across the room to where Jimin stands. “Jamie, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course, I will!”

“Jeongyeon, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, thank you~”

~*~

Wonshik

So, I brought up my concerns about Yoongi to Jimin, and he didn’t exactly react the way I had hoped he would.

~*~

“Namjoon, will you accept this rose?”

The taller male’s dimples are on display as he takes the flower from Jimin’s hands. “Yes~”

~*~

Wonshik

I just hope he doesn’t value having Yoongi here more than he does me.

~*~

“Taehyung~” Taehyung smiles brightly as he walks to Jimin. “Will you accept this rose?”

Taehyung whispers his acceptance as he takes hold of the flower.

~*~

Chanyeol

I was really hoping to get to have a meaningful conversation with Jimin today, but the only times I got to talk to him were in the pool with five other people around us. Not exactly the best environment for deep talk.

~*~

“Hoseok, will you accept this rose?”

“I would be crazy not to,” is Hoseok’s answer as he takes the flower from Jimin.

~*~

Chanyeol

I’m not fully sure who got to have one on one conversations with Jimin today, but I really hope they used that time wisely, because there are a lot of us wishing we could have been that lucky.

~*~

“Camila, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes! Thank you!”

~*~

Jungkook

I look around at everyone who hasn’t gotten a rose yet, and I hurt for them. I was in that position last week, especially since I hadn’t gotten picked for a date. It’s a horrible feeling, not knowing if you’ll be getting that rose Jimin picks up, and I don’t ever want to feel that way again. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone else either…except maybe everyone involved in that group chat right now.

~*~

“Seokjin, will you accept this rose?”

“I am more than happy to accept this rose.”

~*~

Jungkook

I personally haven’t had any issues with anyone in the house, so I honestly don’t know anyone that actually deserves to go home. So, no matter the outcome, it’ll still be a shock to me.

~*~

“Khalid~” The camera shows Shawn, who is obviously not happy about the male being given a rose. “Khalid, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, I will, thank you~”

~*~

Rose

There are a couple people that have been given roses that, personally, had it been me, I would never have given them a rose. I don’t think they see this as a serious thing, I think they’re just here for the fun of it. And seeing that makes me worried for Jimin in the future.

~*~

“Sungwoon~”

~*~

Rose

It’s also upsetting that I could be sent home without ever knowing if Jimin and I could have had a connection while people who aren’t here for the right reasons get to stay.

~*~

“Taemin~”

~*~

Rose

I just want an actual chance.

~*~

“Chanyeol, will you accept this rose?”

After Chanyeol accepts his rose and moves back to his spot, Sihyuk steps into the room. “Ladies, gentleman, Jimin, it’s the final rose tonight.” He turns to Jimin and says, “When you’re ready,” before stepping back out of the room.

Jimin looks over the group of contestants one more time before picking up the final rose and saying, “Rose~” Rose lets out a small breath of relief as she steps forward to accept the flower.

Sihyuk reenters the room. “Gentlemen, ladies, I’m sorry. If you did not receive a rose, take a minute and say your goodbyes.”

Yoojung, Shawn, and Wonshik hug the few friends they made and bid them goodbye, all of them shooting a glare towards a specific person each that they had issues with before going to say goodbye to Jimin.

~*~

Yoojung

I am blindsided by this. I was sure I would be getting a rose this week, especially after our conversation on the group date went so well. Someone must have told him things about me that aren’t true. *sniffles and wipes tears* I don’t know why anyone would want to do that. I’m a nice person, I don’t deserve this.

~*~

Shawn

I’m not as upset as I thought I would be over getting sent home. At the end of the day, there are a lot more people out there, including ones even more attractive than Jimin, so I’m good.

~*~

Wonshik

I’m calling it now. Jimin’s gonna legitimately fall for Yoongi and he’s gonna get hurt when Yoongi rejects him. When that happens, he’s gonna regret sending me home instead of listening to my warning.

Chapter Text

The fifteen remaining contestants sit around the room, many of them holding cups of coffee or tea, as they have been summoned by the production crew for the announcement of their first destination abroad. While they wait for Sihyuk to arrive, they converse among themselves. “This room feels so empty compared to the first night.” Khalid comments, everyone agreeing with him almost immediately.

“It’s crazy to think about,” Chanyeol chimes in, “that we’re only half of who was here the first night.”

“A lot of people have left~” Taemin adds on.

~*~

Sungwoon

As the amount of people here gets smaller, the stress and pressure increase. Like I could probably draw out a graph for you right here and would probably be a completely straight line. And there’s a lot of mixed emotions along with that. Obviously, I’m extremely happy to be here and that Jimin sees as much potential as I do, but I’m also way more worried than I was the first night because with less people comes a greater risk of me being the next one sent home.

~*~

Sihyuk finally enters the house and greets the contestants. “How is everyone after last night?”

Seokjin is the one to answer above all the murmurs. “I think that we can pretty much agree that the pool party was super fun and relaxing in the moment, but in the end, it caused more stress because we didn’t have the same opportunities to talk to Jimin the way we have been able to at the cocktail parties. It was really tense last night, but I have a feeling today is going to be a pretty good day.”

~*~

Camila

I do agree with what Seokjin is saying and everything, because it is completely true, but I feel like Seokjin’s, like, hiding his true feelings. Everyone here knows that there was *bleep* going down between him and Yoojung, so he is most definitely jumping up and down on the inside over her being sent home. If he’s hiding that, then what else is he hiding?

~*~

“So, as you know, no date today.” Sihyuk says. “Because you have an hour to pack your belongs to head to the airport so you can meet Jimin in none other than Australia!” The fifteen contestants all shout and jump in excitement, except for Yoongi who just claps. “Now you might wanna hurry and get going!”

~*~

Rose

I’m going home!!! *claps* Never in a million years did I think we would be going to Australia for one of the locations of this show. I thought I wouldn’t get to go home until the hometown dates, if I make it that far, or if I happen to get eliminated, which I sincerely hope never happens. I haven’t been to Australia since I moved to Korea. *sighs happily* I hope we go to Melbourne, it’ll be nice to see where I grew up even if I can’t necessarily see my family while we’re there.

~*~

Hoseok

Sadly, I can’t take Mickey out of the country with me. One of the producers is taking him to stay with my sister while I’m gone. But I’m going to Australia! I’ve never been on a plane before, so I’m really excited…and also kind of scared. But mostly excited…*whispers* and scared.

~*~

Jungkook

If a giant spider tries to eat Jimin, then it better be prepared to deal with me.

~*~

Jimin arrives in Australia earlier in the day than the contestants do, and spends his time exploring the city of Melbourne on his own before beginning the round of dates.

~*~

Jimin

We’re in Australia! Specifically, Victoria, Australia, which is where Melbourne is. I’ve been to Australia once before while on tour, but I went to Sydney for that. I’m excited to be back and in a new city so I can experience this beautiful country even more with people that I really enjoy being with and can’t wait to get to know even more. I know Rose is from Australia, maybe Melbourne but I can’t remember for sure, maybe she can be like a tour guide or something. *giggles*

~*~

The 15 contestants arrive in Melbourne in the late afternoon and grab an early dinner together to celebrate their arrival before going to their hotel to get settled.

~*~

Taehyung

I really hope I get a one on one date this week. A date in a beautiful country with one of the most amazing people in the world, that’s anyone’s dream.

~*~

As soon as they arrive in their suite, the fifteen of them spread out to explore the area excitedly.

~*~

Namjoon

The view from our room is amazing, the room itself is amazing, this trip is gonna be amazing.

~*~

Jeongyeon

Jimin and I didn’t get much time together this past week, which makes me worry that our connection might start to dissolve. I’m hoping that being in a new country will be like a fresh start and we can get back to where we were in the beginning. Most importantly, I hope I get a one on one date.

~*~

Once they finish exploring, they all take seats on the couches and chairs. “So, this is where you’re from?” Sana asks Rose. The girl nods in response, opening her mouth to speak, but is cut off by a knock on the door.

It only takes a moment before the contestants become excited for the date card that must have just arrived. Jamie is the one the answer the door to retrieve the card, bringing it back to the group to read off. Everyone watches her in anticipation as she opens the envelope. “Sana~” The girl gasps in pleasant surprise, her eyes widening as Jamie finishes reading. “The sky is the limit~”

Sana is unable to speak due to the excitement while everyone congratulates her on getting the first one on one date in Australia.

~*~

Yoongi

There are not very many people here that I have actually had lengthy conversations with, but I have with Sana, mainly because she made it her mission to get to know every single person the first night in the mansion. She is very sweet and nice and quite possibly the most genuine person here, so unless the very miniscule, almost nonexistent chance that I do fall in love with Jimin by the end of this does happen, I really hope she’s the one to make it all the way to the end.

~*~

Camila

I still don’t think that Sana is being her true self. I fully believe that the nice girl act is just that, an act. I’m hoping Jimin will see through that today and that Sana will be going home instead of getting the date rose.

~*~

Jimin

*finishes setting up the self-camera* Good morning everyone. Today is the day of my first one on one date with Sana. From the first night, she has caught my eye. She is very sweet and cute and bubbly and just an all-around happy person, and I can’t help but smile whenever I’m around her. I got to know her a little bit better at the group date last week when she opened up to me about her last relationship, and that just made me want to spend even more time with her and get to know her even more, so I am definitely very excited for today’s date.

~*~

It’s still dark outside when Sana and Jimin arrive at their first location of the day.

~*~

Sana

So, I woke up extremely early to shower and get ready for this date, drive for an hour, and the sun still isn’t up. Whatever this date is better be worth it. *giggles* That was a joke, I know it’ll be worth it. I’m really excited!

~*~

“Are you as ready for this as I am?” Jimin asks her as they walk up to the building.

“Of course!” Sana answers. “I’m curious as to why we are out here this early.”

~*~

Sana

The date card said ‘the sky is the limit’ so I’m assuming we’re going to be, like, riding a helicopter. I’ve never been in a helicopter before, but I am so excited!

~*~

“We are here this early to have complimentary coffee and tea before our hot air balloon ride.”

Sana’s eyes widen in excitement. “A hot air balloon?! Are you serious?!”

~*~

Sana

Okay, I was not expecting a hot air balloon at all. Now I’m even more excited! I’ve always wanted to ride in one, and now I get to with a super sweet guy. *sighs* I’m the luckiest girl in the entire world.

~*~

Jimin

I’m not gonna lie, I am a little scared *giggles* that we’re gonna, like, fall to our deaths during this. But, the look on Sana’s face when I told her what we’re doing made that fear go away for at least a few seconds, so it’ll definitely be worth it. Plus, we get champagne afterwards.

~*~

They warm their hands from the chilly early morning air with their cups of coffee as they meet their pilot for the day. The pilot explains how the day will go, explaining that they will be flying over the Yarra Valley, and then, once they finish their drinks, they drive out to where the balloon is waiting for them.

~*~

Sana

I can barely contain my excitement as we get closer to going up in the air. The sun is rising now, so I just know the view will be amazing. Both inside the balloon and out.

~*~

Jimin

Sana is literally bouncing with excitement and it is so adorable, I just cannot stop smiling. It’s the best start to what I know will be an amazing day.

~*~

They finally go up in the air and start their journey over the vineyards and farms that make up the family. “Oh my god, it’s so beautiful!” Sana exclaims, looking over the edge of the basket. “I swear I can see some cows down there…or maybe they’re sheep…they’re something!” Jimin giggles at Sana, wrapping his arms around her both from still being slightly scared, but also just because he feels like hugging her.

They continue the hour-long ride talking about everything they see, sharing a few kisses during the journey. After landing, they are driven back to the original meeting place where they are served an authentic Australian breakfast paired with champagne. After their breakfast, they drive an hour to St. Kilda to spend the rest of their time before they have to get ready for dinner at the beach.

(a/n: but picture jimin shirtless for the show, as that's one way the show gets ratings, is marketing off of 'drool worthy' bods, honestly all body types are drool worthy but whatever. also if you didn't catch on during the first impressions chapter, Jimin does have that rib tattoo in this because nothing can convince me that it's fake, it's been there way too long and it obviously wasn't a stunt for MAMA or anything since it was never officially revealed there)

~*~

Sana

Today has been the perfect date. Being in the hot air balloon with Jimin while the sun was rising was hands down the most romantic thing ever, and breakfast afterwards was great, and now I just get to relax at the beach with him. I’ve realized he’s very cuddly, like he keeps pulling me in for hugs, even when we’re in the ocean, which I’m totally okay with, I love cuddles, so I’m taking this as a good sign that there is something very real here. And he’s a great kisser, I can’t leave that out. *giggles while blushing*

~*~

Towards the end of their time at the beach, they’re sitting cuddled up on a towel, Jimin sitting behind Sana with his arms around her. “So, did you like the hot air balloon ride? I don’t think you’ve told me yet if you did or not.”

Jimin nods, taking one of Sana’s hands in his and playing with her fingers. “Surprisingly, I did.”

Sana tilts her head. “Surprisingly?”

“I’m not gonna lie, I was definitely scared at first.”

“Why? Are you afraid of heights?”

Jimin shakes his head. “It wasn’t so much the height as it was we were in a tiny basket up in the air that we could easily fall out of.” Jimin laughs at himself, which puts a smile on Sana’s face. “But you made me feel comfortable and not as worried, so I did enjoy it.”

Sana blushes at the compliment as Jimin leans in to press his lips to hers, which is just the beginning of a seaside makeout session. (a/n: sorry, I had to, I just couldn’t write all this fluffy stuff out to make that sound romantic xD)

~*~

At dinner, after Jimin finishes explaining how he got into dancing in the first place and what led him to want to become a singer, thanks to Sana saying she wanted to hear the story directly from him rather than just continuing to read about it on the internet, Jimin decides to ask her the same thing. “So, what made you want to do what you do? I can’t think of anyone who would be like ‘hey, I want to work in an adult daycare when I grow up’.”

Sana giggles. “Yeah, it’s definitely not a very common career aspiration. My grandmother moved in with my family when I was in middle school after my grandfather died because she had a lot of trouble getting around the house and taking care of herself. By the time I was graduated middle school, she was just so depressed because she rarely ever left the house, she didn’t socialize with anyone outside of our family and the few friends who did come by to visit. She was just a very lonely person. At the end of middle school, we had to take an aptitude test to see what kind of careers we would be good in as a way to help us decide what kind of high school to go to. Mine came out saying I should work in some kind of human services job, and it listed some examples, and adult daycare was listed. So, I looked into it, and showed my parents what they were, and they found one for my grandma. After her first day she was a much happier person, and she still is the happiest I have ever seen her, and just seeing the change in my grandma made me realize that I would love to see that kind of happiness in a lot of people. And that’s when I decided I wanted to work in one.” Sana smiles yet again. “Sadly, I don’t work at the one my grandma goes to, but I love the facility I work at and everyone there is great.”

“I can’t even imagine how hard it must have been to see your grandma during her low years, but I am very glad she’s happy now.” Jimin says sincerely. “And I think it takes a very strong and amazing person to be able to dedicate their life for caring for other people who are struggling in different ways. You are strong and amazing, and I am so glad that I’ve gotten to meet you and get to know you.”

Sana blushes. “I feel that about you too.” She leans forward and kisses Jimin for a few seconds.

After a few more minutes of conversation, Jimin picks up the rose sitting at the edge of the table. “Sana, I’ve had an amazing time with you today, and I hope to continue having many amazing moments with you, so, will you accept this rose?”

Sana giggles and takes the rose from Jimin, leaning into Jimin for another kiss.

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During Jimin & Sana’s dinner

The sudden knock on the door catches the attention of the 14 contestants still in the hotel suite. Hoseok gets up to retrieve the date card as the others try to figure out who will be going on this date.

~*~

Taemin

Obviously, I want to get a one on one. Everyone does, there’s no question about it. But even if I don’t get a one on one this week, then I hope to at least be on the group date card, just so that I can get a chance to talk to Jimin.

~*~

Hoseok pulls the card out of the envelope and doesn’t hesitate to start reading names off. “Taehyung~” Taehyung looks up with wide eyes and points at himself as if asking for confirmation.

“Jungkook~” Jungkook gives a small fist pump as Hoseok continues. “Jeongyeon…Hoseok…hey, that’s me!” The other contestants laugh at his exclamation until he continues on.

“Sungwoon…Chanyeol~” The tall male breathes a sigh of relief.

“Camila~”

~*~

Taemin

There are a lot of people going on this group date.

~*~

“Khalid…Yoongi…Seokjin…”

~*~

Taemin

The more names Hoseok called out, the more I, and I’m sure the others, realized that everyone will be going on this date except for whoever will be going on the other one on one…and my name hasn’t been called yet *hopeful smile*

~*~

“Rose…Namjoon…” Hoseok pauses briefly before reading off the final name. “And Taemin~”

It takes a second for realization to sink in before Jamie is squealing. “I can’t believe this!”

~*~

Taemin

I’m happy for Jamie…but obviously I’m really sad because I really was hoping that I would be the one getting the other one on one.

~*~

Present time

The group arrives at the Moonlit Sanctuary for the beginning of their date.

~*~

Jimin

There’s gonna be a lot of people here, so it’ll definitely be difficult to get time with every single person. But I’m gonna try my hardest to make time for everyone. I don’t want to leave anyone out.

~*~

After everyone greets Jimin, the group makes their way inside the sanctuary. Inside the sanctuary, they get to feed kangaroos and wallabies, and some of them even hug a koala.

~*~

Yoongi

I do have to admit, Jimin does a good job at planning the dates. The koala was really cute and now I want to take him home with me.

~*~

Sungwoon

Having 13 of us here, it’s hard because it feels like any time I do get to pull Jimin aside and talk to him just him and me, it’s only a few seconds before we’re surrounded by people again. I’m just hoping we’ll be able to have a real conversation during dinner tonight.

~*~

Seokjin

Today is great so far. I brought my polaroid, so I’ve gotten to take a lot of great selfies with so many cute things, including Jimin. And he also told me that we’re going to wine tasting today, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.

~*~

After finishing at the sanctuary, the group heads to a winery where they enjoy tasting wines and cheese platters.

~*~

Taemin

I can see how Jimin didn’t want to leave anyone out this week since people have been upset the past two weeks about not getting to go on a date, but I feel like there’s just way too many people here. None of us are getting any actual time with him on this date.

~*~

After their wine tasting, the group heads to Phillip Island where they watch a penguin parade. The group of 14 all gush over how cute the animals are, many of them voicing out how they want to take one home with them. After the parade, they all go back to the hotel to change clothes for the dinner portion of the date.

~*~

Hoseok

Today has been a lot of fun, even though I was kind of worried the kangaroo would punch me. But now I’m just looking forward to getting to talk to Jimin.

~*~

Taemin is the first one to pull Jimin aside for a private conversation, which upsets a few people as they wanted to be the first ones to pull him aside.

~*~

Seokjin

There are a lot of people here and not very much time to fit everyone in. I can only aim to try to make the most of my time with him and not worry about what the others may be doing.

~*~

“Okay, so I don’t want to take a super long time and cut into everyone else’s chances to talk to you, so I’m just gonna get right to it.” Taemin doesn’t waste any time getting into a serious subject. “We’re getting further in the competition, which means things are going to be getting more serious, and I just wanna make sure that you and I are still on the same page.”

Jimin nods. “I really like you, Taemin, and while it’s too early to tell if we could work 100%, I do see some potential and I do want you around for a while.”

Taemin smiles and squeezes Jimin’s hand. “I feel the same way,” he says before leaning in to kiss Jimin.

~*~

Taemin

I like that Jimin is honest, and he did answer my question and clear up any confusion I did have over our relationship. So, I feel good now~

~*~

Jimin cuddles into Namjoon, the taller male keeping his arm around him as he plays with his much smaller hand. “What was your favorite part of today?”

“I really liked holding the koala,” Namjoon says, “and I liked seeing the penguins. But my all-time favorite part was getting to spend it with you.”

Jimin looks at Jimin in slight shock before bursting into giggles, covering his face slightly as he blushes. “I didn’t realize you were the cheesy type!”

Namjoon shrugs. “Is it cheesy if it’s true?”

“Yes~” Jimin answers definitively, giggling again. “But it’s okay, because it’s cute.” He intertwines his fingers with Namjoon’s as he presses his lips to his.

~*~

Jimin

I really, really like Namjoon. He’s smart, kind, handsome, funny, he has this calming nature about him that I really enjoy. I don’t know, I just like him.

~*~

“You don’t know how excited I was when I found out we were coming to Australia.” Rose says with a bright smile.

“I can imagine~” Jimin responds. “You must really enjoy being home for a bit.”

Rose nods. “I haven’t been here in nearly a year since I moved to Korea, so I am definitely glad to be back.”

“I liked how throughout today you kept throwing out tidbits of information about the places we were at and the things we were seeing.” Rose just continues to smile as Jimin speaks. “I could see how much you love your home, and I really admire that.”

“Well maybe soon I can show you and teach you even more.” The girl is very obviously implying what could happen if she makes it to the hometown dates.

“Maybe so~”

~*~

Hoseok and Jimin’s conversation centers around a certain absent pet. “A part of me was really hoping that Mickey would join us!” Jimin pouts.

“I really wanted to bring him!” Hoseok assures. “But I didn’t think being on so many plane rides would be a good thing for him, so he’s with my sister.”

“I didn’t even get to say goodbye!” Hoseok apologizes to the pouting male while laughing slightly.

~*~

Taehyung shows Jimin the pictures he took with his camera during the day. “Oh my gosh, the penguins! I already miss them!”

~*~

“You surprised me today?” Jimin says after pulling Yoongi off to talk to him.

“I did?” Yoongi asks confused. “How so?”

“You were openly enjoying yourself.” Jimin says bluntly. “There was no ‘I don’t wanna be here so I’m not gonna like it’ *bleep* going on. You were just having fun, talking to everyone, cuddling koalas. I liked seeing that side of you.”

Yoongi shrugs, but anyone can see the pink tint to his cheeks now. “Like I said last week, this has actually turned out to be not as bad as I originally thought, and I’m not going to pretend to be hating every second of it when I’m not.”

Jimin smiles at him, subconsciously putting his hand on top of Yoongi’s larger one. “Well, I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself now. I was afraid you were going to hate me after I gave you the first impression rose.”

Yoongi chuckles a bit. “I’m not gonna lie, I was extremely irritated in the moment…but I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to ever hate someone like you.” Now it’s Jimin’s cheeks that are pink.

~*~

After finishing up conversations with the rest of the people on the date, Jimin picks up the rose from the table and explains that he’s giving it to someone who has continuously been honest and genuine with him from the very beginning. “Yoongi, will you accept this rose?” Yoongi takes the rose from Jimin with a small smile.

~*~

Camila

Why is he even still here? Honestly~

~*~

Khalid

I am sad that I didn’t get a date rose this week, but I trust that Jimin knows what he’s doing. I trust that Jimin feels the same way I do and that it’ll be me and him at the end of all this.

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If I see anyone saying to "let" something happen from this moment on, whether they are directing it to me or trying to force other people to vote for certain characters or for any other reason that I frankly don't care about, I'm going to ignore those votes. I'm tired of people trying to force something rather than just supporting their favorites.

Chapter Text

During the group date

Sana and Jamie sit on one of the beds in their suite, just conversing with each other to pass the time while the other contestants are on their date with Jimin. “I am so glad I’m not on that group date.” Jamie says. “And not just because it means I’m getting a one on one, I just can’t imagine having to share Jimin with 12 other people.”

“I mean,” Sana shrugs slightly, “we kind of are anyway.”

“Yeah but sharing him in general is different from having to share him on an actual date.”

Sana changes the subject at this point. “How was yesterday? Like, how was everyone?”

“Like how you could expect.” Jamie replies. “Most of us just lounged around, some people moped about not getting a one on one this week, Jeongyeon though she should have gotten one of them. Camila was complaining about you though-“

“About me?” Sana’s eyebrows furrowed in confusion and concern. “Why?”

Jamie shrugs. “I don’t know, something about how someone else should have gotten the one on one date instead of you.”

~*~

Sana

Hearing that Camila has a problem with me was surprising. I didn’t realize that I had done anything to upset or offend her. Now I just feel really bad.

~*~

Present day

(a/n: since I'm struggling to find pictures of Jamie that shows her outfits so much, Imma do this for her outfits from now on lol)

Jamie enters the living room area of the suite, completely dressed for her date with Jimin. “Hey, are you excited?” Seokjin asks her, trying to distract from the obviously upset people.

“Yeah! I don’t know where he’s taking me yet, but I feel like that just raises the excitement levels!” Jamie answers as she sits on the couch to wait until it’s time to go.

At this moment, a producer comes forward to hand her an envelope. “Ooh, is it the date card?” She asks as he opens the envelope and removes its contents. “Let’s go exploring together. I’m waiting downstairs~” Jamie jumps up from the couch in excitement. “I guess I better bet going!” She waves goodbye to the other contestants before leaving the hotel room for the day.

~*~

Jeongyeon

I just cannot find it in myself to be happy for Jamie. I know that makes me seem like a horrible person, but I just-I feel like I should be the one going on this date. I have one of the strongest connections with Jimin, so why haven’t I gotten a one on one yet?

~*~

It didn’t take long for Jamie to find Jimin downstairs and jump into his arms to greet him with a hug. “I can’t wait for today!”

“So, I’m guessing you’re ready to go?”

Jamie nods eagerly, intertwining her fingers with Jimin’s as he begins to lead her off. “What are we going to do today?”

“We’re going to the Queen Victoria Market to walk around, eat some good food, and maybe buy you a thing or two.”

~*~

Jamie

Jimin just said he might buy me some things at the market. I am totally going to take advantage of that!”

~*~

They first stop at an ice cream stand and enjoy the delicious treat as they walk around, just exploring the area before deciding to buy anything. As they explored the various jewelry, clothing, and accessory shops, ‘a thing or two’ turned into Jamie being loaded down with shopping bags.

~*~

Jimin

I definitely ended up buying a lot more things than I’d anticipated but seeing how happy Jamie was each time she found something she liked made it all worth it.

~*~

When Jamie returns to the hotel room to get ready for the dinner portion of the date, all of the contestants can only stare at her in shock as they see how many bags she’s carrying. “Holy *bleep*~”

“Hey, guys!”

“He took you shopping?!” Camila asks, eyeing all of the bags Jamie’s carrying.

“Yeah, you wanna see?” Jamie sits in the middle of everyone and sets her bags down, pulling out item after item to show off her new possessions.

~*~

Khalid

I am in shock of how much stuff Jimin bought her today. Like…*speechless*

~*~

Rose

*trying to hold back tears* I’m just-I am very happy for Jamie, I am. But like *sniffles* I really like Jimin and it hurts to see other people being spoiled by him. *wipes away a tear* And I wish it could have been me on that date instead of Jamie, but then I feel like a bitch for feeling like that-I’m just having a lot of feelings right now.

~*~

“So, you’re studying law?” Jimin asks during dinner that night, earning a nod from Jamie. “What made you want to go into law?”

“I have a friend,” Jamie starts, the expression on her face completely serious, “who was in a very toxic relationship. He was very controlling of her, and it eventually got to the point that I wouldn’t hear from her for weeks because he wouldn’t let her talk to anyone. Then one day she showed up at my house with a black eye and told me that she was finally leaving him. I took her to the police station to report him, but they wouldn’t do anything, saying that it was her fault for not getting out of the relationship sooner. Then we tried to find a lawyer who would take up her case, but no one wanted to do it because no one would believe her over her ex. That’s when I decided to change my major to pre-law so that I could become a lawyer who would represent the people who need it most like my friend.”

Jimin took Jamie’s hand in his. “I find that very admirable of you, and I hope your friend has found some sort of closure over that situation, because no one deserves to go through that.”

Jamie gives him a small smile and nod. “I think she has. She’s engaged now, so I’m really happy for her.”

Jimin returns the smile and picks up the rose from the end of the table. “Jamie, I had so much fun with you today, you are an amazing girl, and I can’t wait to further our relationship, so will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, of course I will~” Jamie giggles as she takes the rose from Jimin’s hand, giving him a quick kiss as a thank you for the flower.

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The 15 contestants make their way to the lounge in the hotel reserved for their cocktail party to await Jimin’s arrival.

~*~

Khalid

Tonight is the rose ceremony, and while I should be nervous considering I didn’t get to talk to him much this week, I am very confident that our relationship is strong and that I am here to stay.

~*~

“Just for the record,” Camila speaks up, “I don’t wanna hear anyone complaining about being nervous or worried. Only three people have date roses, some of us are obviously going home tonight, it goes without saying that most of us here are nervous. We don’t need to be reminded.” A couple of people give Camila a weird look while Jeongyeon even goes as far as to roll her eyes.

~*~

Seokjin

I had been hoping that when Wonshik and Yoojung were eliminated last week that the drama would go away. I was apparently wrong. I can definitely feel some stuff brewing between other contestants, even if they have not yet made it obvious that there is bad blood between them. I’m just hoping that those people will hold off on that.

~*~

“Don’t worry about what other people are doing.” Yoongi speaks up, shocking some of the contestants as they had not heard him speak before then. “You’re gonna do what you think you need to do, other people are going to do what they think they need to do. Don’t spend your time worrying about other people.”

~*~

Sungwoon

That’s kind of easy for him to say since he’s the only person here that’s never had to worry about if they’ll be going home. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those people that hates Yoongi and wishes he were gone, but I don’t think he really has the right to be telling people what they should and shouldn’t worry about.

~*~

Jimin finally arrives, officially beginning the cocktail party. As always, he compliments everyone and thanks them for all their time spent together in Australia before initiating a toast. As soon as the toast is complete, Khalid doesn’t waste any time in pulling Jimin away for a conversation.

~*~

Khalid

I’m really excited to talk to Jimin and just hear him confirm that this will end with me and him.

~*~

“I know that you’ll be getting a lot of insecure people wanting you to reassure them tonight,” Khalid says to Jimin while they’re cuddled up on a couch, “but I’m not going to do that to you.”

Jimin gives a small giggle at that. “I’m not sure if I’m supposed to thank you for that or not.” Khalid shrugs in response. “I mean, it’s not like I mind when people ask me if I really do like them, because I know that if I was in your position, I would be feeling the same things everyone is feeling right now.”

“I wouldn’t say everyone.” Khalid says, prompting Jimin to sit up a bit as he looks at the other male in curiosity. “I am completely confident because I know even if I don’t get a one on one date or even a rose during the group date, that it’ll be you and I together at the end of this.”

Jimin bites his lip and gives a nervous giggle. “You can’t really know that for sure.”

Khalid furrows his eyebrows a bit. “But I do, why wouldn’t I?”

“Because we still have six weeks ahead of us~” Jimin shrugs, sitting up even more so that he’s no longer cuddled into Khalid. “I really, really like you right now, but we don’t know what could happen in the next six weeks. We could realize that we don’t fit together, I could end up liking someone else even more than I like you, we just don’t know.”

~*~

Khalid

So…that wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I thought Jimin would agree with me, but I guess not.

~*~

Taemin

I’m assuming it’s just because of how far we’re getting into this whole journey, but tensions seem to be extremely high tonight.

~*~

Sana

Ever since Jamie told me that Camila had issues with me, it’s been eating me up. I’ve spent the past two days combing through my memories trying to think of anything I could have said or done to her so that I can give her a proper apology. I haven’t been able to think of any specific moments, but I’m still gonna try my best to say sorry to her.

~*~

“Hey, Camila?” Camila looks up at Sana in confusion. “Can we go talk for a second?”

Camila shrugs. “Sure, I guess~” The two girls walk off to speak in private.

~*~

Chanyeol

Camila has not been shy about her dislike of Sana. No one knows why she doesn’t like her, I didn’t even know Sana knew because she’s always as nice to Camila as she is to everyone else. I’m assuming she does know now if she’s dragging her off to talk though.

~*~

“It has come to my attention that I might have done something to upset you.” Sana starts off.

“It has?” Camila asks somewhat innocently.

Sana nods. “I’m not sure what I said or did, but it must have hurt you badly, and I am so sorry for whatever it is I did. I would never intentionally hurt or upset anyone, and it’s been killing me ever since I found out that I hurt you.”

“Okay, thank you~” Camila says, giving Sana a small smile.

~*~

Camila

I’m not buying it. I think she’s just playing up her good girl act for as long as she can. It’s gonna blow up in her face eventually. I just hope she doesn’t take Jimin down with her.

~*~

Camila and Jimin have a good conversation about Camila’s work in the juvenile detention center she volunteers in. She’s just about to share with Jimin her feelings about Sana when Chanyeol appears, asking if it’s okay for him to steal Jimin away.

Camila plays off her annoyance with a laugh. “I guess you can~”

Similar to Camila’s conversation, they talk a little bit about what Chanyeol does in his special education classroom. “And I know a little bit of sign language, since that’s the only way I can communicate to some of my students.”

“Ah, I’ve always been interested in sign language, but I’ve never had the time to learn.” Jimin pouts a bit.

“I can teach you a little bit now, if you want.” Jimin nods eagerly, causing Chanyeol to chuckle a bit.

Chanyeol tells Jimin to follow along with him, going slowly to make sure Jimin can copy him as exactly as possible. Chanyeol first uses his right hand, palm up, to gesture towards Jimin, then brings his left hand up to his chest. He then finishes the phrase by putting his left hand in a fist and moving his right hand in a circle above it. He shows Jimin a couple more times until the singer has it down. “Okay, what does that mean?”

“It means ‘I love you’.” Chanyeol says without any hesitation, causing Jimin to blush slightly.

Hoseok comes in a few seconds late, ready to have his conversation with Jimin. Hoseok tells Jimin about his family, about how his dad is a literature teacher and inspired a love of reading in him. He also talks about his close relationship with his older sister and how she’s an aspiring fashion designer, to which Jimin says he hopes her business goes really well. Jimin’s about to share some stories about his younger brother when Jeongyeon approaches them, wanting to steal Jimin away.

After that, it’s just a long stream of contestants cutting into each other’s time. Taemin cutting into Jeongyeon’s time, Jamie cutting into Rose’s, and so on until the final conversation of the night ends. Namjoon and Jimin have barely sat back down on the couch with the others when Sihyuk comes in to announce that it’s time for the rose ceremony.

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The contestants arrange themselves in the room set up for the rose ceremony.

~*~

Camila

I really wish that I had gotten to tell Jimin about who Sana really is. I get that she has a rose and that no matter what I would have gotten to tell him would have mattered because she would still be here for next week. But maybe I could have opened his eyes a bit and he would eliminate her during a date or something next week.

~*~

Taemin

I honestly don’t know how tonight could go, because there’s not anyone that totally sticks out as “oh, Jimin’s definitely sending them home”. If I were to guess though, Khalid wasn’t too happy when he came back from his conversation with Jimin, so that could be telling. And everyone knows about the whole Camila and Sana issue, but I don’t know if either of them has said anything to Jimin at all. There are a few other people who are iffy in my eyes, but I don’t know what sides of them Jimin has seen. I guess we’ll just have to see who he picks.

~*~

Jimin stands next to the table of roses, looking at each contestant there. “I’ve had an amazing week here in Australia, and I hope everyone did too. All of you are beautiful and amazing, and I’m so glad to have gotten to experience so many new things with you.” He picks up the first rose and glances at everyone once more before calling the first name. “Namjoon~” Namjoon smiles as he walks forward to take the rose from Jimin. “Namjoon, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, I will, thank you~”

~*~

Taehyung

I kind of wanna know how the conversation between Sana and Camila went down. There wasn’t any big blow up, which makes me all the more curious. I really hope I get to stay, not just because I really like Jimin and want to further our relationship, but also so I can ask Sana about it.

~*~

“Jeongyeon, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course! Thank you!”

“Jungkook, will you accept this rose?” Jungkook is too happy to actually voice his acceptance as he takes the flower from Jimin’s hand and gives him a hug.

“Taehyung, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes~” Taehyung squeals quietly with Jungkook after returning to his spot, the two of them celebrating their roses.

“Hoseok, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course, I will!”

~*~

Sana

I think that my conversation with Camila went well. It seems like she accepts my apology, and if she does get a rose tonight, then I’ll be extra careful to make sure I don’t say or do anything that hurts her feelings again.

~*~

“Rose~” The girl gives a little sigh of relief as she steps forward to accept the rose from Jimin.

“Chanyeol~”

~*~

Sana

I don’t think there’s anyone that really deserves to go home. I think that it really just depends on who Jimin has the strongest connection with, because I do fully believe that everyone here does like Jimin at least a little bit and is here for him and no other reason.

~*~

Sungwoon

I like Jimin, I really do. And he keeps calling out names and none of them are mine.

~*~

“Taemin~”

~*~

Sungwoon

I’m not ready to go home. I really want a rose tonight.

~*~

“Seokjin, will you accept this rose?”

“I am ecstatic to accept this rose.” Seokjin gives him a bright smile before hugging him.

After Seokjin returns to his spot next to Namjoon, Sihyuk enters the room. “Ladies, gentlemen, Jimin, it’s the final rose tonight.” He turns to Jimin and says, “Whenever you’re ready.”

Jimin picks up the tenth and final rose of the night, pausing before stating his final choice. “Camila~”

Camila happily walks up to Jimin to take her rose while Khalid and Sungwoon both look extremely upset. Once she’s gone back to her spot, Sihyuk reenters the room. “Sungwoon, Khalid, I’m very sorry. Take a minute and say your goodbyes.”

The two men hug the friends they’ve made over the past four weeks before going to say goodbye to Jimin.

~*~

Sungwoon

I am really sad. *laughs sadly while sniffling* I was really hoping to get that rose and get to spend even more time with him. *wipes tear* I’m not mad at him though. I wish for him to find happiness with someone…I just wish that someone could have been me.

~*~

Khalid

So, I was wrong. I don’t know if I was too forward or what, but I feel like my conversation with Jimin is what ruined things. We were really going strong, and now I’m being sent home. Now I kinda wish that I’d never even bothered coming on this show and just asked him out the normal way.

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The 13 remaining contestants excitedly leave the airport to head to their hotel for the next week.

~*~

Camila

I’m in the Dominican Republic, baby! I’m so excited to be here! I came here once on a cruise and I loved it, so I can’t wait to explore it even more, especially with Jimin. Plus, the official language is Spanish and ¡Soy completamente fluido en español! ¡No puedo esperar para impresionar a Jimin con mis habilidades!

~*~

Taemin

Whoever gets a one on one date with Jimin this week is going to be extremely lucky. Just look at this place! *insert shots of the scenery* It’s absolutely beautiful and no matter what the date is, I can tell it’s going to be amazing.

~*~

Seokjin

This is the kind of place I imagine going to for my honeymoon.

~*~

Much like when they first arrived at their hotel in Melbourne, the group of men and women immediately run around their suite as soon as they step into it to explore it, gushing over how amazing the place is.

~*~

Chanyeol

How much is in this show’s budget? Because, like, everywhere we’ve stayed so far has been top notch. I never would have pictured staying in a place as beautiful as this before coming here.

~*~

Namjoon

I’ve always wanted to come to the Caribbean, and now I’m here!! Maybe we’ll see Jack Sparrow or Orlando Bloom or someone who looks like them.

~*~

“I think this is my favorite place I’ve ever been so far.” Rose says, some of the other contestants murmuring their agreement. “But I might end up changing my mind after the next place, so we’ll just have to see.” She continues while laughing, grabbing one of the pillows on the couch next to her to cuddle to her chest.

“There definitely seems to be more space here.” Namjoon comments. “But that’s probably just because there’s so little of us now.”

Hoseok nods. “It’s really weird to be in a group this small now.”

“It’s also all the more important to make the most of the time we get with Jimin now.” Taehyung adds on just as someone knocks on the door.

“Date card!” Jungkook sings as he jumps up from the couch to answer the door and retrieve the envelope. He opens it and pouts a bit when he sees that it’s not his name on the card, but still reads it in a bright tone. “Namjoon~” The tall male perks up as he hears his name, not having expected getting the first date of the week. “I like long walks on the beach, what about you?

Sana quickly congratulates him, a few other contestants following her lead. Seokjin claps quietly from his seat next to Namjoon, while Jeongyeon and Camila opt to stay quiet, obviously upset that they didn’t get the one on one date.

~*~

Namjoon

I am so happy to be getting a one on one date with Jimin. I do really, genuinely like him, and words cannot describe how excited I am to be able to spend more time with him and get to know him better. I’m hoping that by the end of the day, he and I will have an even stronger bond and be able to further our relationship.

~*~

Namjoon gives Jimin a big hug as they meet each other at Playa Rincon before asking the shorter male what the plan for the day is. Jimin responds by saying they’re just going to have a classic beach day full of swimming, building sandcastles, anything they can think of. They spend the day swimming in the water, kissing between splashes, walking along the beach while holding hands, and digging in the sand to build various structures that didn’t resemble anything. At one point, Jimin even buries Namjoon in the sand, taking the opportunity to sneak a few kisses while Namjoon is physically incapable of moving away.

During the dinner portion of their date, the spend the first part talking about how much fun they’ve had on their date and just learning a few more details about each other before the conversation turns to something more serious. The end of their conversation consists of discussing previous relationships.

“I am completely serious when I say that my relationships right now, the ones with you and everyone else here, are the only serious relationships I’ve ever had in my life.” Jimin says as he plays with Namjoon’s fingers.

“Really?”

Jimin nods. “I’ve been on dates and stuff, but those weren’t like actual dates where you’re constantly thinking about having to impress the other person because of how much you like them. They were just to test the waters. By the time I was actually ever interested in the possibility of being in a relationship, I was too busy with my career.”

Namjoon hums in understanding before opening up about himself. “I’ve had one serious relationship before this. I was in high school and dating this girl, but it wasn’t the best relationship. I was very insecure then and she hung out with a lot of other guys, and I never felt like I could trust her fully. Now I’m not a jealous person, I’m not possessive or controlling or anything like that. If I were, this would not be the best environment for me.”

Jimin giggles a bit. “Definitely not~”

Namjoon gives a small smile at Jimin’s comment. “But with her it was different. I’m not sure if it’s because she actually was being unfaithful or if it was my hormones from puberty, or what, but I was constantly, like, interrogating her over that, and I eventually broke up with her because I felt like I couldn’t handle it anymore.”

“Well, thank you for telling me all this.” Jimin says. “And I do trust you when you say that you’re not actually jealous and possessive. If you were, I would probably tell you to go home right now,” Namjoon and Jimin both laugh, “but since you’re obviously very sweet and understanding…” Jimin reaches across the table to pick up the rose, holding it out to Namjoon. “Will you accept this rose?”

“Of course~” Namjoon smiles widely as he accepts the flower, his dimples on full display as he leans in to meet Jimin’s lips for probably the fiftieth time that day.

Chapter Text

During Jimin & Namjoon’s date

“This sucks~” Seokjin says to Chanyeol as the two of them sit out on the balcony of their suite. “And I’m a *bleep* person for feeling this way.”

“Don’t do that to yourself.” Chanyeol comforts him. “It’s not your fault.”

~*~

Seokjin

I came on this show with the intention of getting to know Jimin and hopefully falling for him and him falling for me. And I did a little bit, he’s a great person and really sweet and I do like him…but instead of actually falling for Jimin, I’ve fallen for someone else. Deep down, I know that’s not something I can control, like, you don’t get to choose who you have feelings for, but I still feel terrible. And I know I need to tell Jimin, and I need to tell him soon, but I’m afraid that I might hurt him because I’m not sure just how much he might have started to fall for me during this.

~*~

“Namjoon was so excited when getting ready for his date today.” Taemin says to the group as they wait for the next date card to arrive. “It made me all that more anxious to get a one on one date of my own.”

Jungkook nods. “I totally agree-“ He’s cut off by someone knocking on the door, signaling the arrival of the date card. Taemin gets up to retrieve the card.

~*~

Seokjin

I hope to god that I’m on this card, because if I get a one on one date this week, it’ll just make it that much more difficult to explain to Jimin that I’m leaving.

~*~

Taemin pulls the card out of the envelope and begins reading off names. “Yoongi…Jamie…”

~*~

Jeongyeon

I am literally praying to every possible god that my name will not be on this date card, because I really want a one on one date with Jimin.

~*~

“Sana…Hoseok…”

~*~

Jeongyeon

I feel like my relationship with Jimin has started to dwindle, and I don’t like that.

~*~

“Taemin,” the man gives a small cheer for himself before continuing, “Chanyeol…Camila…Jungkook…Taehyung…Rose…”

~*~

Seokjin

There’s only two of us left, and I hope to god my name is the next one called.

~*~

“Seokjin~” Seokjin gives a small sigh of relief, small enough that no one else seems to notice it, while Jeongyeon gasps in excitement as she realizes she got the one on one date. “Love is full of wonder~

Most of the contestants congratulate Jeongyeon on getting the date. “I’m literally shaking, I’m so happy right now!”

~*~

After Namjoon returns from the date

Once Namjoon has returned to the suite after his date with Jimin, rose in hand, he begins to share the details of the date with some of the other contestants, as they all usually do after a date. Namjoon is finishing up describing their day at the beach to Yoongi and Taehyung when Seokjin walks past and exits the suit, catching the attention of all of them. “What’s Seokjin doing?” Namjoon asks.

“He said he had to talk to Jimin about something.” Taehyung answers.

~*~

Yoongi

I hope Seokjin’s okay. I actually like him; he and I have become pretty good friends during this. He’s seemed kind of down all day, and I don’t like seeing him like that.

~*~

Seokjin knocks on the door of Jimin’s hotel room, Jimin answering the door with a surprised look on his face. “Oh, hey, Seokjin! I wasn’t expecting to see you until the date tomorrow!”

Seokjin chuckles a bit before responding. “Yeah, but I wanted to come talk to you about something for a bit.” Jimin, sensing the seriousness of whatever it is Seokjin wants to talk about, nods and lets the older male into his room, leading him to the couch for them to talk. “So, what’s up?”

Seokjin takes a deep breath to center himself for talking. “First of all, I just want you to know that you are an amazing person, I’ve had such a great time getting to know you and spending time with you, and you deserve to find happiness with one of the many amazing people who came out here just for you…but I’m not one of them.”

“I’d beg to differ, because you are quite an amazing person.” Jimin comments, trying to lighten the mood just the tiniest bit.

Seokjin snorts at that. “You know that’s not what I mean.” Seokjin sighs. “I was really optimistic about this whole situation, especially when you and I clicked so well at first, and I was sure that even though I may not have had legitimate romantic feelings for you at first that they would develop because, again, you are an amazing person. You are beautiful, kind, sweet, respectful, literally everything that anyone in the world could want.” Seokjin takes another deep breath. “But I ended up falling for someone else, and I don’t think it would be fair to either you or me if I were to stay, because it hurts me to see them going on dates with you, and I wouldn’t want to risk hurting you in the future.”

Jimin nods, staying quiet for a second before speaking. “I’m glad that you were honest with me. I can’t say that I’m not sad though, because I’m going to miss having you around. You have to promise me that we’ll go out for drinks after all this is over.” Seokjin chuckles and mutters his agreement as they stand up from the couch, walking back over to the door. “I’m sorry this didn’t work out the way we’d hoped.”

“Me too~” Seokjin murmurs. “Like I said, there’s a lot of amazing people out there and I know you’ll find happiness with one of them. Just watch out, because there are a few questionable ones.”

Jimin nods. “Thank you for that, I think I know what I’m doing, but it is nice that you want to look out for me.”

They share a parting hug before Seokjin leaves for good.

~*~

Present Day

~*~

Jimin

So Seokjin left last night, and I am definitely sad about it because I did like him and having him around, but there’s not really much I can do. It’s not like I can force him to stay especially if it was hurting him. Although it is very sad that he’s not going to be joining us today, I’m going to try my hardest to still make today’s date as enjoyable for myself and the others as I can.

~*~

The contestants arrive at their date location where Jimin is waiting patiently for them.

~*~

Jamie

Seokjin left last night, and yeah, it’s sad, but I’m not gonna lie, I’m actually quite happy about it. Seokjin leaving means one less person on the date today and one less person means more time for me to win Jimin over.

~*~

After greetings and hugs all around, Jimin welcomes them to the date. “I love exploring and sightseeing and learning about the history of the places I visit, and I would love for my future partner to have that same love of exploring and learning that I do. So today we are going to explore the famous Cave of Wonders!”

~*~

Camila

Cuevas de las Maravillas!! I’ve always wanted to go there! And now I get to with Jimin! This is going to be so much fun!

~*~

The group spends the day following their tour guide around the cave, enjoying the many petroglyphs and cave drawings found along the expansive trail. At one point, Taemin is able to pull Jimin off to the side to steal a few kisses, although he wasn’t too stealthy about it as Jungkook and Rose both witness it and not exactly the happiest about it.

~*~

For dinner, the production crew has set up a nice dinner area near the beach for the group of 11, all of whom are very excited to continue the date.

~*~

Taehyung

Today’s date was a lot of fun, I really enjoy looking at all of the drawings that were made centuries ago and getting to see a staple part of this country’s history and culture. But I didn’t get much time to talk to Jimin, like, at all. So, I’m really looking forward to now when I can hopefully steal him away for an adequate amount of time.

~*~

Jungkook

I can’t wait to spend some time with Jimin just the two of us tonight. I really like him, and I hope he really likes me too, and I really think that we could have something great.

~*~

“I know that last night with Seokjin was probably a big shock to everyone,” some of the contestants nod their heads in agreement, “we all miss him and were sad to see him go, but I’m glad that you were all able to not let that take over today and keep you from having a good time. Because I had a lot of fun with all of you today.”

~*~

Taemin

I think that Seokjin leaving probably made Jimin feel more worried and insecure than he’s letting on, so I hope that me pulling him away earlier let him know that I am 100% in this and will not leave him so long as he’ll have me.

~*~

“I enjoyed our little moment earlier.” Taemin says as he and Jimin walk along the beach during their conversation.

“Yeah, you definitely surprised me.” Jimin comments. “But I enjoyed it too. I always enjoy spending time with you because you just make me feel really good and safe and happy.”

Taemin smiles softly. “I feel the same way when I’m around you.” He then pulls Jimin closer by the hand to press his lips to his once more.

~*~

“I still can’t believe Seokjin left.” Taehyung says to the others as they wait for their turn to talk to Jimin. “I really didn’t see it coming at all and it was a huge surprise when the producers came in to get his suitcase.” A few of the contestants murmur in agreement as Sana stands up to go to Jimin.

~*~

Sana

I was really sad when I found out that Seokjin left. He was a really funny guy that I liked having around, and I know Jimin liked him, so I’m also really sad for Jimin. I also commend him though, because it takes a brave person to be honest about their feelings and do what’s best for themselves. And the fact that he left because he felt so strongly for another person also just reminded me just how precious a connection like that between two people is. I can’t say for certain how strong Seokjin’s feelings for this mystery person are, but I know that what I feel for Jimin at this point is just as strong and precious that I know I would do anything for him.

~*~

“I didn’t get to talk to you much today!” Jimin says, intertwining his fingers with Sana’s as they sit together. “I missed you.”

“Well, I’m right here!” Sana giggles while smiling widely. “I had a lot of fun today. You make everything fun, no matter what it is.”

“Oh, good! I was afraid I was super boring or something.” Jimin teases, causing Sana to laugh again. “I like your laugh~” Jimin says with a soft smile.

Sana blushes slightly while mumbling a thank you. “I like you~” Sana’s response pulls laughter from Jimin. “I’m serious! I really, really like you a lot.” Even though the conversation may have started light, it suddenly turns serious as Sana says, “I am falling so deeply for you that it’s both scary and exciting at the same time, and I just really hope you feel the same otherwise this whole thing just turned really awkward.”

Jimin chuckles, leaning into Sana so their foreheads rest against each other. “Well, I feel no awkwardness, so I think we’re good.” Sana giggles as Jimin closes the distance so their lips can meet.

~*~

“The past couple of weeks have been pretty tense, so I hope this week, despite the whole Seokjin thing, continues to stay pretty smooth.” Hoseok says.

Jungkook nods in agreement. “Stress makes me breakout, so I’m really glad this week hasn’t been quite as stressful as previous weeks.”

As the group continues that discussion, Camila pulls Rose off to the side to talk to her privately.

~*~

Camila

I still don’t fully trust Sana. Her whole aura just screams manipulative to me, and that doesn’t sit well with me, because that’ll just hurt Jimin in the future.

~*~

“I can’t be the only one that thinks there’s something off with Sana.” Camila says to Rose once they’re far enough away.

“I mean, I haven’t really noticed any red flags…” Rose says honestly, “…but I’m also not super close to her. Like, I’ve only talked to her a handful of times, you were the one that roomed with her back in Seoul and, like, saw what she was like away from the cameras and away from Jimin and everyone.”

Camila nods. “She didn’t do or say anything super obvious, but I don’t know, I just don’t think she’s here for the right reasons.”

Rose shrugs. “I can’t say if she is or not, like I said, I don’t know enough about her, and I’m also not one for just going out and saying something about someone and jump to conclusions or make assumptions without substantial proof.”

~*~

Camila

Even if other don’t agree with me, I feel like it’s important that I share my feelings and opinions with Jimin so that he won’t end up making a mistake and regretting everything.

~*~

“I still can’t believe we went from a ten-person date being only a small portion to it being almost the entirety of everyone here.” Taehyung says. “It’s crazy to think how much has changed already.”

“And I can’t believe I’m still here!” Jungkook says. “I’m not a very interesting person at all, so I didn’t even really expect to get a rose that first night, so to still be here, in the Dominican Republic, this far in the show, is surreal to me.”

~*~

As soon as Camila gets the chance, she steals Jimin away for a conversation.

~*~

Camila

I don’t necessarily want to do this, but it needs to be done.

~*~

“Okay, I’m gonna start with positivity so you don’t think I just came over here to complain.”

Jimin’s eyes widen slightly. “Complain? What?”

“Hold on, we’re getting to that.” Camila says in a light tone, wanting to try to make Jimin laugh at least a little bit. “So today was amazing, every date with you is always amazing, you’re amazing, you’re always amazing, and I really had a lot of fun.”

“Well I’m glad,” Jimin says with a smile. “Now back to the complaining.”

Camila lets out a very small chuckle. “So, it’s not really complaining, more of me voicing some concerns I have…about Sana.”

Jimin is quiet for a few seconds. “Sana?”

Camila nods. “I just…I’m not sure if she’s being fully real and honest with you.”

“And what would make you think she’s not?”

“She and I were roommates at the mansion in Seoul,” Camila says, “and she just always seemed a bit off to me. I tend to have very good intuition about people, like anytime I get a feeling that someone’s a bad person or that someone’s being dishonest, I’m usually right, and I’m getting that feeling about Sana.”

Jimin nods, giving a small sigh. “But you can’t give me a specific example of why you feel that way? It’s just a feeling?”

“A feeling that’s usually right.”

~*~

Jimin

I was really surprised when Camila told me that she didn’t trust Sana. I have not gotten any negative vibes from Sana at all, so for someone else to come and say that they think she’s not an honest person is kind of shocking. Part of me is worried that I’m missing something, but another part of me is like, well there’s nothing she’s actually said or done, and it’s all based on a feeling. Right now, I’m just gonna keep trusting my intuition and hopefully that will lead me the right way.

~*~

After having his conversations with the rest of the people on the date, Jimin gives the date rose to Sana, shocking some of the contestants for two different reasons. Camila is shocked because Jimin obviously didn’t listen to her warnings while other were shocked that Yoongi didn’t receive a date rose this week.

~*~

Yoongi

I might actually get to go home this week *claps somewhat unenthusiastically* yay~

Chapter Text

During the group date

“Hearing you talk about your date with Jimin makes me very excited for mine.” Jeongyeon tells Namjoon in one of the rare times they actually converse with each other, them being pushed together by the fact that they are the only two contestants currently in the suite. “I’m not sure how, but Jimin always comes up with the best date ideas.”

Namjoon nods in agreement. “It’s definitely a skill of his.”

Someone then knocks on the door, signaling the arrival of Jeongyeon’s date card. Namjoon gets up to retrieve it and read it to her, Jeongyeon barely able to contain her squeals of excitement.

~*~

Jeongyeon

I have literally spent all day just a few feet away from the door waiting for my date card to arrive. And it’s finally here!

~*~

“Jeongyeon, love is a taste of paradise,” Namjoon reads off the card.

“Ooh, paradise?” Jeongyeon asks, holding her hand out for the card so she can look at it herself.

~*~

Jeongyeon

I know that Namjoon had a great date with Jimin, obviously or he wouldn’t have gotten a rose and still be here. But I am confident that even though we haven’t had many moments together, our connection is still strong. If Jimin didn’t feel the same, then I wouldn’t have gotten a one on one.

~*~

Present day

~*~

Jeongyeon

After five excruciatingly long weeks, I am finally going on my one on one date with Jimin! I’m so excited!

~*~

As soon as Jeongyeon meets Jimin at their date location, she doesn’t hesitate to pull him into a kiss to greet him. “Well, hello to you too~” Jimin says, causing Jeongyeon to giggle as he kisses her once more. “I’m assuming you’re just as ready for our date as I am.”

“Of course!” Jeongyeon exclaims, intertwining her fingers with his as he begins to lead her off. “What are we doing today?”

“We are going to hike through this beautiful rainforest until we get to Hoyo Azul.”

“Ooh, what’s that?”

Jimin continues to lead her onto the hiking trail they will follow to their final destination as he explains. “It is a cenote down at the bottom of the cliff, and the water is literally turquoise.”

~*~

Jeongyeon

*nods and smiles* That definitely sounds like paradise to me.

~*~

The two of them hike down to the spring, taking their time to explore all of the plant life and animals they see on their way, and stopping every so often to share a series of kisses. When they finally make it to the swimming area, Jeongyeon gushes over how beautiful it is before pulling Jimin in for yet another kiss.

~*~

At the suite

“I wonder what Jeongyeon and Jimin are doing today.” Camila says.

“She said the date card said something about paradise, so they could be literally anywhere right now.” Taemin provides in response.

Camila nods. “Wherever it is, I know it’s beautiful and special.”

Chanyeol says, “I wish I was her right now.”

Taemin laughs a bit as he responds. “Especially since you know they’re making out, like, every few seconds.”

~*~

Taemin

It literally seems like every time their together, they’re kissing, and it makes me wonder if she’s actually getting to know him and opening up to him.

~*~

Hoseok and Rose are also discussing the current date on the other side of the suite. “It’s like, you can see the physical side of their relationship, but it doesn’t seem to be much deeper than that.”

“Obviously physical attraction and affection is important for any relationship,” Rose responds to Hoseok’s observation, “but if that’s all you focus on, then the relationship is gonna implode eventually. You have to establish a deeper connection than that.”

~*~

Living up to everyone’s assumptions and expectations, Jeongyeon and Jimin are practically inseparable while swimming around in the water. They only part long enough for the two of them to breathe in some oxygen, maybe the occasional compliment or declaration of ‘I like you’ coming out before they’re lips are meeting again. Jeongyeon keeps her arms tightly around Jimin’s neck, relying on him to hold her up in the water.

~*~

Jimin

*smiling and blushing* My date with Jeongyeon is going amazing. I really like her, she’s beautiful, fun, and just…amazing. I’m really excited to see where we could go from here.

~*~

Jeongyeon

I already had such high expectations for today, but Jimin just blew all of those out of the water. I can’t wait for tonight!

~*~

At dinner, the two of them sit impossibly close to each other, Jimin’s hand resting just above Jeongyeon’s knee, Jeongyeon’s hand on top of his. “I’ve had so much fun with you today.” Jimin says, rubbing his thumb over her skin.

“Me too~” Jeongyeon agrees, leaning in to press her lips to his.

“From the very first moment, there was something about you that I just really liked. And that has not disappeared at all, I still am very much attracted to you.” Jeongyeon giggles quietly. “And now I just can’t wait to learn even more about you and continue to grow with you, because you are very special.”

Jeongyeon smiles brightly before whispering, “You’re special too~” Jimin closes the distance between them once again, this kiss lasting much longer than the previous one.

~*~

Jeongyeon

Jimin just confirmed for me that we do still have a very strong connection with each other, and he just made me feel so good about myself. We’re in a really good place.

~*~

At the suite again

Taehyung and Jungkook are in one of the bedrooms talking over room service from the hotel. “I’m trying so hard not to, but all I can think about right now is how Jimin and Jeongyeon’s date is going.”

“Especially because she’s definitely been one of the top contenders from literally the beginning.” Jungkook agrees. “Before I wasn’t as worried about their connection the possibility that it’s much, much stronger than ours, but now that she’s on a one on one…” Taehyung nods in agreement. “One on ones are huge, like if you get a one on one, that is your chance to fully solidify a relationship with Jimin because you don’t have to split your time up with anyone, it’s just you and him and you can talk about things you probably wouldn’t want to talk about with other people around.”

~*~

Jungkook

I really hope I get a one on one soon. And Taehyung too, he deserves a fair chance with Jimin too. And I could sit here for a long time listing off all the people that deserve a one on one and why, but I’m pretty sure you’re ready to move onto the next interview, so I’ll save that for next time.

~*~

When Jeongyeon and Jimin part, he picks up the rose from the edge of the table and holds it up to Jeongyeon without a single word. Jeongyeon just smiles and takes the rose from him before pulling him in for yet another kiss.

Chapter Text

The 12 remaining contestants make their way to an outdoor area reserved for their cocktail party.

~*~

Camila

It’s finally time for the cocktail party, and I can’t wait to get another chance to prove to Jimin that we’re a good match and I’m hoping for a chance to show him that Sana isn’t showing her full self. There was originally supposed to be 13 of us tonight, but then Seokjin left, and no one knows how many will be eliminated during the ceremony. But I’m pretty confident that I won’t be one of them.

~*~

“I don’t think there’s been a single ceremony where I haven’t doubted if I’d be getting a rose.” Taemin says as they wait for Jimin to arrive. “I’m not sure how many of you feel confident right now, or have ever felt confident, but I haven’t felt confident, and it would be nice for once to go in and know 100% that Jimin is going to pick me.”

“it’s the same with me.” Chanyeol agrees. “Every ceremony, there’s always that voice in my head that says, ‘he’s not gonna pick you’ and, yeah, it would be nice to not hear that for once. All I can do is hope that we have a great conversation tonight.”

As the two men are voicing their concerns, Camila is sending Sana looks while Sana tries her best not to glance in Camila’s direction. Neither of them are being subtle, as a few other contestants look between the two as if expecting a fight to break out.

~*~

Hoseok

I’m pretty sure everyone here by now knows about the whole Sana and Camila drama, and we’re all just waiting to see what happens. Other than that one night where Sana took Camila to the side to talk, it seems like neither of them have bothered to confront each other personally. And I don’t even think that conversation was hostile or anything either. I’m just waiting for that spark to finally ignite, and when it does, *bleep* gonna get real.

~*~

Jimin finally arrives and greets everyone with a hug and bright smile.

~*~

Rose

I just really hope that Camila doesn’t start anything tonight. She’s not a bad person, I actually quite like talking to her and having her around, and it would sad if she were to be sent home over something like this. And Jimin really doesn’t need any of that drama at all, especially when tonight’s probably already going to be hard enough on him.

~*~

Jimin raises his glass for a toast to start off the party. “To an amazing time in the Dominican Republic with a group of some of the most amazing people out there.”

~*~

Rose

I just want there to be one night without any kind of arguing or drama, because if we can get through one night, then maybe we can get through the next few weeks completely smoothly.

~*~

Taemin leads Jimin a little ways down the beach to where there’s a blanket and picnic basket set up. “Oh, we’re having a romantic picnic on the beach, are we?” Jimin asks, giggling a little as they sit down.

“We are,” Taemin says while opening the basket, “with all of the food the production company so lovingly provided for the cocktail party.” Jimin starts laughing at that, causing Taemin to let out a few chuckles of his own as he pulls out some fruits and finger foods.

“Sometimes, when I was little, my parents would take me and my brother down to the beach for the day and we would have a picnic before getting in the water.” Jimin tells Taemin. “It’s been a long time since we’ve done that, so it’s really nice to be doing it now with you.” Taemin just smiles at him in response, leaning in for a quick kiss before offering Jimin some food.

~*~

Jimin

Taemin is very nice and sweet, and he always thinks of these little things that are unique, and I just really like being around him.

~*~

“I got you a gift~” Taehyung says a little ways into his conversation with Jimin.

“Me?” Jimin asks, his eyes widening a bit as Taehyung pulls a small box out of his pocket. Taehyung opens the box to reveal a necklace with a bright turquoise stone.

“Oh my god, it’s beautiful!”

“This is a Larimar stone.” Taehyung explains as Jimin continues to gaze at the jewelry in shock and amazement. “It’s only found here in the Dominican Republic and is believed to come from Atlantis. It has the power to calm and relieve you of any stress you may be feeling. I got one for myself too.” Taehyung talks about the stone as he helps Jimin to put the necklace on.

“Ah, so it’s like a couple’s necklace.” Jimin muses over his shoulder, but Taehyung doesn’t respond verbally, just smiles.

As Jimin is turning back to face Taehyung after he secures the clasp, Taehyung says, “And it’s supposed to help you find your soulmate.”

Jimin’s cheeks turn a slight pink color as he fingers his new necklace. “I guess we’ll see if it works or not.” Jimin’s smile is mirrored on Taehyung’s face as he leans in to press his lips to the taller male’s

~*~

Jimin

Tonight is such a good night. Every single person here is amazing and I just want to spend even more time with them…I just really don’t want to think about tonight.

~*~

“I really hope the next place we go has a beach too.” Jamie says while playing with Jimin’s fingers. “After two weeks of being near the ocean, I’m gonna go through major withdrawals if there isn’t one close to where we’ll be.”

Jimin shrugs. “You’ll have to wait and see.” Jamie playfully elbows him in response.

~*~

Jimin

I really like everyone, so I do know that no matter the outcome tonight, I will be a very happy man. But I’ll also be a sad man having to say goodbye to two beautiful, amazing people.

~*~

“I realized earlier today that I never gave you a proper response the other night on the group date.” Jimin says as he’s cuddled up with Sana.

“You didn’t reject me,” Sana says bluntly, causing Jimin to laugh. She giggles herself as she continues. “So, all’s good.”

“At this moment, I can’t see myself rejecting you.” Jimin says sincerely, smiling down at Sana. “I really, really like you too, and I can honestly see us going somewhere amazing.”

Sana blushes, only giving a small cheer in response as she’s too flustered to say anything else. Jimin smiles at her adorable response, giggling a bit before kissing her.

~*~

Jimin

I just want tonight to be the best it can possibly be.

~*~

Chanyeol spends his conversation teaching Jimin a few more things in sign language and talking about the meanings of his tattoos, also asking Jimin the meaning of his.

Rose tells Jimin about why she moved to Korea from Australia and how different things are for her being alone in a new country.

And then Camila goes for her turn.

~*~

Taehyung

We all know exactly what Camila is talking about with Jimin, and it sucks because I am literally sitting beside Sana, and it’s obvious she knows too from the way the light just, like, leaves her eyes.

~*~

When Camila returns from her conversation, Rose immediately stands up and asks if they can talk privately.

~*~

Jeongyeon

I have a feeling *bleep* about to get real. I am so glad I’m not a part of that.

~*~

“Okay,” Rose clears her throat. “Camila, I love you and all, but you have got to stop with this anti Sana campaign you’re trying to run.”

Camila gives her an offended look. “I’m sorry for wanting to make sure Jimin doesn’t end up hurt.”

“No, that’s not what you’re doing. What you’re doing is causing unnecessary drama.” Camila rolls her eyes, which irritates Rose as her tone becomes slightly harsher. “If you had an actual example of Sana not being the sweet, bubbly person she’s showing us, then I would say go for it. But there is nothing concrete, no actual instances where she has shown that she’s anything other than what we see, so you going and telling Jimin that she’s not here for the right reasons or that she’s not being honest just fills him with worry and doubt, which is gonna backfire on you.” Camila scoffs. “I’m serious! If he starts doubting Sana because of this, then he’s gonna start doubting you, he’s gonna start doubting me, he’s gonna start doubting every person sitting over there at that table. He’s not gonna trust anyone, and that’s gonna make this whole environment even harder and more stressful than it already is. So just stop.”

~*~

“I can hear Rose, and she does not sound happy.” Namjoon comments, some of the other contestants murmuring in agreement.

~*~

Jungkook

I can hear Rose going off on Camila, and I really want to just go and high five her, because even though I don’t think Camila is a bad person over all, she has made this place toxic for Sana who to my knowledge is probably the most genuine person here, besides Yoongi, so there’s literally no reason for her to be going after her like this. But I also want to go over and ask her to maybe talk a bit quieter, because I’m worried Jimin might overhear, and Jimin’s already been through enough with Seokjin leaving this week, and Camila trying to turn him against Sana during the group date and just now, so he really doesn’t need anymore *bleep* like that happening.

~*~

Jamie

I totally understand where Camila has been coming from this whole time. I mean, if you have reason to believe a child’s being abused, you’re not supposed to wait for actual “proof” before reporting it. So why should she have to wait for it before telling Jimin that she doesn’t trust Sana?

~*~

Sana

I know that the reason they’re arguing right now is because of me, and while I am thankful to Rose for sticking up for me, I feel really bad because I’ve caused an argument and this might end up catching Jimin’s attention, and I just don’t want him to have to get in the middle of some petty girl drama.

~*~

Yoongi

*deep sigh* *bleep* all this drama, I’m probably going home tonight anyway.

~*~

“I hope you’ve enjoyed your time in the Dominican Republic.” Jimin says to Namjoon.

“I really have, especially the beach.” Jimin blushes at Namjoon’s response, obviously remembering their date at the beach.

~*~

By the time Rose and Camila finish arguing and come back to the group, Jimin has had his conversations with Jungkook, Yoongi, Jeongyeon, and Hoseok. They have just sat back down when Sihyuk comes out to announce that it’s time for the rose ceremony.

Chapter Text

The 12 contestants wait patiently for Jimin to enter and begin the rose ceremony, almost all of them eyeing the rose table. Jimin is outside the designated area, talking to Sihyuk. “How are you feeling?”

“Torn~” Jimin says honestly, giving a sad chuckle. “I’m supposed to send two people home, and I honestly have no idea how I’m supposed to choose.”

“You don’t have any inkling at all of people you don’t connect with as much?”

Jimin thinks it over for a second. “There’s one person that I can think of, not that I necessarily want to send them home, but that I don’t think it would work out in the future. But other than that, I’m lost.”

Sihyuk pats Jimin on the shoulder comfortingly. “Follow your heart when you get out there. I know how hard it is but thinking it over like this will cause even more stress. When you’re standing in front of all of them and handing out the roses, your heart will call out to the people it wants most.” Jimin takes a deep breath and thanks him before stepping into the ceremony room.

“Tonight’s decision has been extremely hard for me, because I really like all of you. You are all amazing, beautiful people and I don’t want to see any of you leaving. I’ve really been struggling the past few minutes leading up to this moment, but now I’m going to leave my head out of it and let my heart decide what it wants.” At that, Jimin picks up the first rose to commence the ceremony. “Jungkook~” Jungkook smiles and walks over to Jimin. “Jungkook, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course~” Jungkook whispers as he takes the flower from Jimin’s hand.

“Jamie~” Jamie struts towards Jimin. “Will you accept this rose?”

“Why wouldn’t I?”

“Taehyung~” Taehyung bites his bottom lip slightly as he approaches Jimin. “Taehyung, will you accept this rose?”

Taehyung responds with a smile. “Absolutely~”

~*~

Taemin

Jimin said he’s following his heart for this ceremony, and I just really hope his heart calls out for me.

~*~

“Rose~” Rose walks confidently towards Jimin, Camila giving her a slight glare. “Will you accept this rose?”

“It is my pleasure to accept this rose!”

~*~

Camila

It will really suck if I get sent home because of Sana.

~*~

“Hoseok~”

~*~

Camila

Like, I shouldn’t be punished for voicing concerns over someone. Especially if that someone does turn out to be a total bitch.

~*~

“Hoseok, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, thank you!”

“Chanyeol~” Chanyeol gives a little breath of relief as he steps forward. “Chanyeol, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course~” Chanyeol takes the flower with a smile before returning to his spot.

Sihyuk enters the area for his regular announcement. “Ladies, gentlemen, Jimin, it’s the final rose tonight.” He turns to Jimin. “When you’re ready.”

~*~

Yoongi

Jimin picks up the last rose to hand it out, and I feel this pull in my gut like as if I’m worried about getting sent home, and I’m just like “why do I care, I’ve literally been wanting to go home since the first night” and that’s when I realized…holy *bleep* I like Jimin.

~*~

Jimin takes a deep breath as he looks at the final three contestants, waiting for his heart to tell him which one should stay.

~*~

Yoongi

I’m not in love with him, nor are these feeling super deep or anything. But there is something small there…and I’m just not ready to go home anymore.

~*~

“Yoongi~” Camila doesn’t even bother to hide her eyeroll as Yoongi steps forward to take the rose from Jimin, a slight flush to his cheeks as he does so.

Sihyuk reenters. “Camila, Taemin, I’m sorry. Take a minute and say your goodbyes.”

The two hug the friends they made, Taemin already tearing up, before going to hug Jimin goodbye.

~*~

Camila

This really sucks. Like when Yoongi didn’t get a date rose this week, I was sure he was finally going home. So, when it got down to him, me, and Taemin, I was like ‘oh yeah, I totally got this’. But I didn’t. And it sucks. Especially because Sana is still there, potentially about to break Jimin’s heart. I really hope it doesn’t come to that for Jimin’s sake, because he deserves happiness.

~*~

Taemin

*full of tears* I had really high hopes for us, especially after our conversation tonight. But apparently his heart wants Yoongi more. Yoongi doesn’t even want to be here, so by choosing him, Jimin is just setting himself up to get hurt. I really hope he thinks Yoongi is worth it the inevitable heartbreak.

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Jimin

Hello! I am here in the beautiful mountain town of Brixen, Italy. It is so beautiful here and I’m having a good feeling about this week…but I am also worried. I really like every single person here and at this point, I can’t see myself sending any of them home when it comes to it. So, if I have a mental breakdown, I apologize in advance.

~*~

The ten remaining contestants excitedly make their way to their suite for the week.

~*~

Hoseok

I feel like the Dominican Republic was tough, especially on Jimin. Between Seokjin leaving and everything that went on between Camila and Sana, it was just a lot. Hopefully being in such a beautiful and peaceful place as Brixen will make things better.

~*~

Chanyeol

I have always wanted to go to Italy, but I always pictured myself going to Rome or Florence or Venice. Brixen is definitely a great choice though, it’s so beautiful here and you can see a mountain from the window of our suite!

~*~

Rose

It is very nice to have a change of scenery from all the hot beaches. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beach, but since I did grow up near one, I really enjoy other environments, especially mountains. Here’s hoping that I’ll get a one on one while in this beautiful city!

~*~

Jeongyeon

Jimin and I had an amazing date last week, and best-case scenario, he picks me for another one on one here. Just picture it, last time he took me down past a cliff to a sinkhole and this time he could take me up to the top of the mountain over there. *sighs dreamily* It would be absolutely perfect.

~*~

After exploring their suite, the ten of them congregate in the living room, knowing that the first date card could appear any second. “Just a question,” Taehyung says, “who here hasn’t gotten a one on one yet?” He raises his own hand along with Jungkook, Rose, Chanyeol, and Hoseok.

“There’s not a lot of time left.” Jamie says to the five of them. “Y’all might want to get on that.”

~*~

Namjoon

There are quite a few people that haven’t had the pleasure of a one on one date with Jimin. I sincerely hope that all of them get their chance with Jimin because everyone here deserves a fair and equal shot, and that includes everyone getting a one on one date if possible.

~*~

After a knock on the door, Sana bounces over and retrieves the date card from one of the staff members. “I got a date card!” She sings as she skips back over to everyone to read it out loud.

~*~

Jungkook

Jimin and I have really gotten along and gotten closer every time we’ve spoken, so now I’m really hoping for this one on one. I’d like to see how much closer we can get just having a day to ourselves without him having to leave after a few minutes to talk to someone else.

~*~

“Jungkook~” Sana reads off, the male’s eyes automatically widening in excitement, “Love can move mountains.

“I can’t believe this! Oh my god!” Jungkook exclaims, bouncing on the couch now while some of the contestants congratulate him, others looking sad and jealous. “I gotta go get ready!” He suddenly cries, jumping up and running off.

~*~

Yoongi

I am very happy for Jungkook, he has been waiting for this moment pretty much the whole time. *quiet sigh* But it does hurt a bit. And I don’t want it to, because that’s stupid to get hurt over someone else going on a date with Jimin when that’s literally the whole point of this show. Stupid feelings.

~*~

Jimin and Jungkook begin their date at the base of Plose Mountain.

~*~

Jimin

After last week in the Dominican Republic, it’s nice to just unwind and relax with the fresh mountain air.

~*~

“Ooh, before we start~” Jimin stops Jungkook by tugging slightly on his hand. He then goes up on his tippy toes to press a kiss to the corner of the younger male’s mouth, giggling at the automatic blush on Jungkook’s cheeks even though his own cheeks are now pink. “Okay, we’re good!” He tugs Jungkook along with him to lead him to the chosen hiking trail.

~*~

Jimin

I’m going on a date with Jungkook today and I am very excited! He caught my eye from the first night when he brought me that seashell. I just think he’s really cute and funny, and from every conversation with him I’ve found that he’s a very passionate person and puts his all into everything. I can’t think of a better person to start off a week in Italy with.

~*~

The two of them take their time making their way up the trail, pausing to stop look at anything that catches their eye. They keep their hands intertwined the entire time except for one moment when Jungkook steps away. He picks up a random rock from the side of the trail and holds it out to Jimin. “It’s not from Busan, but it is from a mountain!”

Jimin laughs and takes the rock from Jungkook, leaning up to kiss the younger male as a thank you. “Now I have a Busan seashell and a Brixen rock. My collection just keeps growing!”

“I’ll keep adding to it as long as I can.” Jungkook promises, taking Jimin’s hand once again as they continue their hike.

~*~

Jungkook

If I thought I had feelings for Jimin before, after today there is definitely no doubt that I am falling hard for him. Possibly even falling in love. He is sweet, kind, thoughtful, funny, gorgeous, just perfect in every way. I am on cloud nine right now. *gives signature bunny smile*

~*~

At the suite

“Jungkook is really quiet.” Chanyeol says to Hoseok. “I don’t even think he and I have ever talked, and I’ve spoken to everyone here at some point.”

“I think he’s just really shy.” Hoseok says in response. “I know that he talks to Taehyung and Namjoon a lot. He talks to me and Yoongi a bit too. There are some other people he was pretty close with that aren’t here anymore. It probably just takes a little bit to get him to open up to you.”

Chanyeol nods. “Yeah, I can definitely tell that he’s a nice kid and there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s a great person. I just-I’m kind of worried about if he’ll actually open up to Jimin at all if he’s not even comfortable having small talk with some of the people he’s been living with for the past month almost.”

~*~

Jimin & Jungkook’s Date

The two of them sit down at their dinner set up to begin the dinner portion of their date.

~*~

Jimin

I have to be the luckiest guy in Italy right now. There has been absolutely no awkwardness on this date, all of our conversations were great. I really, really like Jungkook.

~*~

“I had so much fun today.” Jimin says, his hand already being swallowed up by Jungkook’s larger one.

“Good, I was worried that I was going to ruin everything today because I’m so awkward and weird.” Jungkook says with a slightly nervous laugh.

Jimin immediately shakes his head with a bright smile. “You’re no more awkward and weird than the average person. So, trust me when I say that there is absolutely no way you could have ruined today, especially after giving me that rock.”

Jungkook blushes slightly. “It’s just a rock.”

Jimin shakes his head again. “It’s more than that because it has a special meaning that only you and I…and everyone who will be watching this show will know.” Jungkook and Jimin laugh together at that before changing the subject of conversation.

~*~

Jimin

What I’m really looking forward to is diving a bit deeper into who Jungkook is.

~*~

“You’ve told me a little bit about the things you like, like art and video editing and all that stuff,” Jimin starts off, “but you always talk about them as just hobbies and things to pass the time. So, like, I kind of want to know your passions and what you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life.”

Jungkook nods and gives a little sigh. “I actually have no idea. I mean, there’s a lot of things I’m interested in that I would like to possibly go further with, but I don’t think there’s anything that I’m actually good enough at to develop into a career or anything like that.”

“I don’t think that’s true.” Jimin says. “I may not have seen any of your drawings or your videos or anything else, but I do now that you are your own worst critic. Everyone is harder on themselves than other people will be on them, to the point that it’s almost ingrained in every human to feel like they’re not good enough. I have broken down crying after more performances than I can count over mistakes I have made that I feel ruin the entire song or choreography.” Jungkook’s eyes widen slightly at the information. “Something that I’ve been working hard at doing better at is getting out of my own head and using other people’s observations to determine the quality of a performance. Like, there was one award show where I thought my performance was the absolutely worst performance of my career, I was convinced that I had done nothing right, that I would never be able to come back from it, then the next morning when I finally dared to look at reviews of it, almost every article I looked at said that it was the best performance of the night. I still don’t fully believe them, but it did show me that I needed to change my perspective.”

Jungkook is quiet for a second before speaking. “I can’t believe you’ve ever thought that any of your performances could be career ending, because you are no doubt one of the greatest performers of this generation.”

Jimin laughs a bit. “That’s not the point, Jungkookie!” Jungkook blushes slightly at the nickname as Jimin continues. “The point is what you think you may not be good enough at, you may be a prodigy at, and you’re only hurting yourself by not even trying.”

Jungkook shrugs a bit. “Okay, but I still have so many different interests that I don’t even know where to start.”

“First thing that pops in your head when I ask what your biggest dream is. Go~”

“Singing.” Jungkook says with no hesitation, surprise in his eyes at how easy that was.

Jimin smiles. “I think you can definitely do it if you put your mind to it. I would love to hear you sing some time.”

“Okay, but not right now, because I need to time to prepare myself mentally.” Jimin giggles and nods in agreement. “When did our date turn into a life coaching session?”

Jimin and Jungkook both laugh at that. “I don’t know, let’s turn it back into a date.” Jungkook nods in agreement as Jimin leans in to kiss him.

They kiss for a little bit before pulling back. Jimin then picks up the rose from the edge of the table and offers it to Jungkook. The younger male happily accepts it, leaning in to press his lips to Jimin’s once more.

~*~

Jungkook

Forget ‘possibly’, I am definitely falling in love with Jimin.

Chapter Text

During Jungkook & Jimin’s Date

The nine other contestants are lounging around the suite, anxiously waiting for the next date card. “I haven’t gotten a one on one date yet,” Chanyeol says to the group. “And we’re so far along in this now that I just keep thinking ‘okay, when is it my turn?’”

“You and me both~” Taehyung mumbles in agreement.

“I really need a one on one too,” Hoseok speaks up. “I feel like the only way to truly determine if I truly like Jimin enough to possibly spend the rest of my life with him is by getting that alone time with him.”

Before anyone can add onto Hoseok’s thought, the doorbell rings, signaling the arrival of the date card. Namjoon is the one to go retrieve the date card from the staff member.

~*~

Jeongyeon

This might seem like wishful thinking to some people, but I really hope that I’m getting another one on one this week.

~*~

Namjoon opens the envelope and pulls out the card to read it off.

~*~

Taehyung

The ideal outcome tonight is for my name to not be on this card, because if it’s not on there, then that means I get the next one on one, and that is literally the most important thing right now.

~*~

“Sana~”

Sana quietly cheers, “Yay~” and gives a bright smile.

“Namjoon~” The male reading the card gives a little happy dance before continuing.

“Yoongi~” Yoongi just gives a small smile in response.

“Jamie~” Jamie shrugs as if she was expecting to hear her name.

“Jeongyeon~” The girl gives a bitter smile after hearing her name called.

“Rose~” Rose gives a small smile and claps quietly for herself.

“Hoseok~” Hoseok has a slight look of disappointment on his face over being on yet another group date.

Namjoon pauses for a second before reading off the final name, Taehyung and Chanyeol both watching him expectantly. “Chanyeol~” Chanyeol curses under his breath while Taehyung covers his mouth in shock and excitement. “Love is the true spirit of Christmas~” Amid the congratulations for Taehyung, the contestants going on the date all look at each other in confusion, wondering what Jimin meant by ‘Christmas’ as it would be nearly a month before the holiday would arrive.

~*~

Hoseok

*teary eyed* I’m just not sure what I’m doing wrong. Like, I feel like I’ve been doing everything I can to have a good relationship with Jimin, so I don’t understand why I haven’t gotten a one on one yet. *sniffles and wipes at tears* I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do at this point.

~*~

Chanyeol is sniffling in the middle of the suite while Rose tries to comfort him a bit. “This sucks~” He says quietly through his tears.

~*~

Chanyeol

I don’t know why this is happening. *sniffles* I feel like Jimin and I have a really good connection and every time we talk, he tells me he feels the same way I do, but then here I am, seven weeks in and I still haven’t gotten a one on one with him. *covers face as tears start to come out harder*

~*~

Present Day

~*~

Chanyeol

I am not the happiest person today. But I’m not nearly as upset as I was last night. It still sucks that I’m going on yet another group date instead of a one on one, but I’m going to try to make the most out of today and keep hoping to get a one on one next week. I’ll have to get one eventually.

~*~

Jeongyeon

I really wish I had gotten another one on one, but it’s whatever. Jimin and I are still in a good place, especially after our date in the Dominican Republic, so I’m confident that it will be and him at the end of this. *smiles*

~*~

Hoseok

*much brighter than the previous night* The date card said something about Christmas, and I love Christmas, so I am very excited to see what Jimin has in store for us.

~*~

The eight contestants arrive at an outdoor market where Jimin is patiently waiting for them. “Hey, how are you?” Jimin greets each of them with a big smile and hug.

~*~

Namjoon

I love Christmas. I believed in Santa until I was in high school, *giggles* not even kidding. And behind Jimin I can see, like, all of these decorations and a Christmas tree and now I am even more excited for this date.

~*~

“When I first got off the plane a few days ago, I heard about this annual Christmas market, and since we’re lucky enough to be here in Brixen when it’s open, I thought of course we have to go!” The eight people on the date with Jimin cheer in happiness, except Yoongi who just claps quietly. “Let’s get going!”

~*~

Jimin

I love Christmas. Actually, I love pretty much any holiday that gives me the chance to spoil people I love and care about. I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t celebrate Christmas or don’t really care for it, and I don’t expect my future partner to be as into the holiday as I am, but I would like for them to let me celebrate it in my favorite way, by spoiling them with treats and gifts.

~*~

The group walks through the outdoor holiday themed market, eating the delicious treats served at various stands. Jimin even went through and bought a couple of gifts for each of the people on the date with him, surprising everyone and making quite a few of them extremely happy.

~*~

Rose

I know the other people who, like me, haven’t gotten a one on one yet are extremely upset and disappointed, possibly even angry, but I feel like having those feelings is pointless. Any time we get with Jimin, regardless of if it’s alone or in a group, is precious and needs to be used wisely. If you’re going to spend your time with him moping over not getting a one on one, then you’re just putting yourself at a disadvantage.

~*~

Chanyeol

I’m trying really hard to enjoy this date, because Jimin is obviously having a great time, and the whole atmosphere is cheerful and happy…but those lingering emotions from last night are eating away at me and it’s hard to have a totally good time when I’m not happy about being on yet another group date.

~*~

Jeongyeon

Jimin bought me a necklace at a handmade jewelry stand, so I’m a very happy girl right now.

~*~

As always, when the group arrives at their designated dinner area, they are all amazed by the beauty of the set up.

~*~

Hoseok

Last night, I actually debated faking sick today so I wouldn’t have to go on this date today. But then I pushed through, decided to try to make the most of it and be happy, but as the day’s gone on, I’ve just gotten more and more frustrated.

~*~

“I hope everyone has as great of a time today as I did.” Jimin says to start off the date. “And I hope tonight continues to be just as good.”

~*~

Hoseok

I didn’t get much time to talk to him during the date today. It seemed like every time I tried to have a conversation, there was either something else that caught his attention more or another person was butting in to have their own conversation. I really wish I had gotten that one on one.

~*~

“Yoongi, you wanna go talk?” Jimin asks as he stands up, holding out his hand for the older male. Yoongi accepts the outstretched handing, silently agreeing to be the first of the solo conversations that night.

~*~

Hoseok

Tonight is my last chance to solidify a connection and relationship with Jimin. If that doesn’t happen, then the two of us are going nowhere.

~*~

“You were quieter today than normal.” Jimin says to Yoongi a little ways into their conversation. “And that’s saying something because you’re always quiet during these dates.” Yoongi shrugs at that. “Is everything okay?”

Yoongi shrugs again. “I guess I’ve just been thinking a lot today.” Jimin asks what he’d been thinking about. “About how I never saw myself being here for this long. From the moment I applied, I had 100% planned on being a total asshole the first night just so I could get sent home.”

“You were kind of an asshole.” Jimin says, giggling slightly. “But you weren’t, like, a rude and mean one. You were just blunt and honest, and I liked that. And to be fair, I was probably an asshole too, giving you the first impression rose even though you literally told me that you wanted to go home.”

Yoongi chuckles at that, looking down at how his hand is resting on the couch right next to Jimin’s. “I’m pretty sure it’s literally impossible for you to be a legitimate asshole, you’re too nice and sweet.” Yoongi’s cheeks have turned slightly pink as he compliments the younger male, slowly inching his hand closer to Jimin’s. “Besides, if you hadn’t given me that rose, I never would have realized that I actually like being here…with you.” Those last two words were said so quietly that Jimin didn’t even hear them over the dramatic gasp he let out.

“What? Min Yoongi is actually enjoying being here? He likes dating me? We must have transported to another universe, there’s no other explanation!” Jimin laughs brightly, making a soft smile appear on Yoongi’s face as he finally brushed his pinky against Jimin’s. He is pleasantly surprised when Jimin lets him interlock their pinkies without calling attention to the small action. Jimin is still giggling slightly when Yoongi can no longer control himself and leans forward to softly press his lips to Jimin’s. Yoongi’s kiss is very soft and timid, the exact opposite of the man who stepped out of the limo that first night and handed Jimin his mixtape before walking off without even introducing himself. The kiss didn’t even last long enough for Jimin to react, Yoongi already pulling away with bright red cheeks. “Well, I wasn’t expecting that.” Jimin mumbles, his own cheeks starting to match the older male’s.

“Trust me, I wasn’t either~” Yoongi says, laughing nervously along with his words. “Like I said, I never expected any of this when I first applied for this show.”

Jimin tilts his head slightly in a cute way. “Is that a good or a bad thing?”

“If you had asked me before, I definitely would have said bad. But now…” Yoongi trails off, suddenly getting shy. Jimin smiles at Yoongi’s reaction, leaning in to press his lips to the older male’s once again and bringing his hand up to rest on the side of Yoongi’s face.

~*~

Yoongi

*cheeks still bright red* I most definitely had not planned on kissing Jimin tonight, or ever. I kind of believed that he might not have any feelings for me and really was only keeping me around for my honest nature like he said that first night. I was fully prepared to be going home this week despite realizing that I actually like him. But now that it’s happened…I’m feeling really good. *nods cutely with a shy smile*

~*~

“I feel like this group date is much different than the past ones.” Chanyeol says to the other contestants that are sitting around the table, waiting for their turn to talk to Jimin. “Time with him now is more critical than ever before, which definitely makes the entire atmosphere more tense and stressful.”

Rose nods. “With every week that passes, everything gets more serious, the dates, the roses, everything.”

“Roses from this moment on have even more meaning than they did before,” Namjoon says, “because now when he gives you a rose it’s not an ‘oh I like you’ it’s a ‘I can legitimately see us in a serious relationship after this’.” Jamie gives a passive response to Namjoon.

~*~

Jeongyeon

The conversation everyone is having is now scaring me. Now I feel like if I don’t get the group date rose, I won’t last past this week because it means that Jimin doesn’t like me. I need that rose.

~*~

“How are you?” Jimin asks Jeongyeon after she sits down with him.

Jeongyeon sighs. “To be honest, I’m worried.” Jimin intertwines their fingers as Jeongyeon speaks, listening to her intently. “Everyone’s talking about how serious everything is now and how much more meaning everything holds, and it makes me worry about what could happen in the future.”

“Like what?” Jimin asks. “What worries you?”

“I worry about…how much I really really like you and that you might not like me as much as you like other people or as much as I like you and that you might send me home-“

Jimin gently squeezes her hand, cutting off her rambling. “Jeongyeon,” Jimin says gently but confidently, “I can tell you right now that I really like you and I always enjoy when we spend time together and that I definitely want to see where this can go.”

Jeongyeon smiles at the assurance and leans forward to press her lips to Jimin’s as a thank you.”

~*~

Jeongyeon

Jimin is rare. He is so understanding and kind, never makes you uncomfortable and is always willing to listen. He is the exact kind of person that I can see myself marrying.

~*~

“I had so much fun today.” Rose tells Jimin with a bright smile. “I also really like the little doll you got me today, it’s cute.”

“I’m glad you like it.” Jimin says with an equally bright smile. “My goal is to make sure that all of the dates I plan out are fun for everyone. If even one person isn’t having a good time, then I feel like I’ve failed.”

Rose giggles slightly, brushing her hair out of her face. “Well, I don’t think you have anything to worry about. You always pick the best dates.”

~*~

Seeing Hoseok sitting off by himself, Yoongi goes over to talk to one of the few people he had gotten quite close to during the duration of filming. “You okay?”

Hoseok sighs. “Yeah, I’m just…trying to pep myself up so that I can be in a good mindset when I go talk to Jimin.”

“I’m sorry that you haven’t gotten as much time with Jimin as you would like.” Yoongi says.

Hoseok shrugs. “I’m not even too upset about that anymore. I’m sure there are people who have gotten even less time with him.”

~*~

Hoseok

I feel like any interest he had or any connection we had is pretty much gone at this point, and that’s why he’s been focusing his attention on other people during today’s date.

~*~

Jamie uses her time to tell Jimin a multitude of law jokes while Sana chooses to spend her time cuddled up to Jimin, sharing small kisses in between giggles and small conversations.

~*~

Hoseok

I don’t blame him, most of these people are nice, beautiful, amazing people that anyone would fall for at the drop of a hat. *sighs* I had more hope for this than I probably should have let myself have.

~*~

Hoseok brings up his concerns to Jimin, who responds by saying that he’s sorry for making Hoseok feel left behind and that he never wanted anyone to feel that way.

Chanyeol opts not to mention his disappointment over not getting a one on one during his conversation with Jimin. Instead, he says, “When I’m with you, I want to be the best person I can possibly be for you because you deserve the absolute best.”

At the end of the night, before Jimin returns to the table to hand out the date rose, the contestants are sharing stories of their conversations with Jimin and how they’re feeling about their relationships at this point. Hoseok, deciding it’s too much, leaves the table and walks to where he knows Jimin will run into him on his way back to the table.

“Hey, what’s up?” Jimin asks.

Hoseok takes a deep breath before speaking. “Even after our conversation earlier, I still feel like neither of us are getting enough out of this for us to have an actual connection.” Jimin’s face falls slightly as he realizes what Hoseok’s getting at. “I have loved every moment of being here, and I’ve loved meeting and getting to know you, but I feel like there’s not really a point to me staying any longer when I know that it probably won’t go anywhere.”

Jimin bites his lip, obviously trying to hold back too many emotions. “If that’s what you want, then there’s no reason for me to get in the way of that.”

Hoseok gives Jimin a sad smile before hugging him, accepting when Jimin offers to walk him to the car.

At the table, Jeongyeon is the only one to see when Jimin starts leading Hoseok out. “Holy *bleep* Hoseok’s leaving.”

Namjoon’s eyes widen in shock and he sits up straight, trying to see for himself.

Yoongi watches with slightly sad eyes as he sees his friend leaving, everyone else just watching in shock.

Before climbing in the car, Hoseok says, “Good luck with this whole thing. Choose wisely~”

Jimin nods. “I will~” Once Hoseok is in the car, Jimin turns around to go back to the seven remaining people on the date.

Once he’s sitting with them, a serious air falling over everyone, Jimin says, “Hoseok decided to leave. He felt like there was no potential between us and didn’t see a point in staying if he couldn’t see us going anywhere. I am sad he felt that way, but I am glad that he was open enough to communicate that with me and leave on his own terms rather than waiting and causing some to get hurt.” He reaches across the table and picks up the rose. “Tonight’s rose goes to someone that I am seeing a new side of for the first time. A side where they’re starting to open up more rather than closing themselves off. A side that I hope to continue to see more of as time goes on.” Jimin can’t help the small smile that grows on his face as he holds the rose out to the person sitting directly across from him. “Yoongi, will you accept this rose?” For the first time, Yoongi accepts the rose with a smile.

~*~

Namjoon

Things took a turn tonight. I don’t think anyway expected Hoseok to just up and leave like that. And I know that Yoongi’s been like a ‘favorite’ since the beginning, but I honestly expected Sana or Jeongyeon to get the rose tonight. Yoongi and I talk a lot when the cameras aren’t around, but he’s never once talked about Jimin in a romantic way. Maybe he’s just not opening up to everyone else, but if he’s opening up to Jimin, then good for him. I’m happy that he’s finally enjoying his time here.

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At the suite

“Last night was…something.” Jeongyeon says, sipping on her morning coffee as she talks to Rose.

Rose nods in agreement. “So many things that I don’t think anyone was expecting happened.”

“I’m not too upset about Hoseok leaving.” Jeongyeon confesses. “I mean, why would I be sad over one less person being here?”

Rose opts to not comment on that, changing the subject. “I wonder how his and Taehyung’s date will go. Taehyung’s really nice and I would be crazy if I were to deny the fact that Jimin definitely likes him.”

Jeongyeon shrugs. “Maybe that will change today, and he’ll be sent home before the night’s over.”

~*~

At Jimin & Taehyung’s date

Taehyung meets up with Jimin outside of a historic looking building. “I’m so excited for today!” Taehyung exclaims after greeting Jimin with a hug. “This place looks beautiful! What is it?”

Jimin giggles at Taehyung’s excitement, subconsciously intertwining his fingers with the taller male’s as he answers the question. “I know how much you like art, so I thought we could go to this museum and see all the sculptures and paintings and everything else it has to offer.”

Taehyung’s smiles widens, if possible, and he doesn't hesitate to speed up his walking, dragging Jimin inside the museum.

~*~

Taehyung

Hoseok went home last night, I actually spent most of the night crying over it, my face isn’t puffy is it? *waits for response from producer* Anyway, Hoseok was one of my closest friends out of the people here, so it was really hard for me when I found out he left, especially because I didn’t actually get to say goodbye to him. But now his leaving has made me even more determined to build my relationship with Jimin, because I don’t want to end up in the same place Hobi was in and end up leaving, or worse, getting sent home by Jimin.

~*~

“I’m really glad we’re finally getting to do this.” Jimin says to Taehyung. “Like last night with Hoseok made me feel really sad because there are people like him who are feeling neglected because I haven’t had the chance to go on a one on one with them. If I could, I would only do one on ones-“

“But then that would result in even more people feeling neglected from not getting a date at all.” Taehyung says with a sad smile.

Jimin nods. “Exactly! I try to talk to everyone and spend time with everyone to try to grow with them as much as I can, but it gets difficult, especially with all the different personalities there are.” Jimin giggles a bit before continuing. “But when I do get a one on one, I can focus everything on that one person, in today’s case you, and it feels really good to be able to focus on only the one relationship for the time being.”

“Well I am very happy to be the center of your attention today.” Taehyung says cheekily, throwing in a wink to top it off.

~*~

Jimin

I really enjoy spending time with Taehyung. He’s both energetic and calming at the same time, he’s extremely considerate and kind, and he’s very attractive. He always sees the best in a situation, and I feel really good about where we’re heading. So, I’m very excited for today to see what can come.

~*~

The two of them walk around the art museum, quietly discussing their opinions on various pieces. Jimin constantly stares at Taehyung in complete admiration when the taller male goes on a rant about a specific style or anything that catches his attention.

~*~

At the suite

“Things are getting so serious now.” Chanyeol says to Jamie and Rose. “Like, I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned into a bloodbath soon from people trying to get time with Jimin and strengthen their connections and throwing others under the bus.”

Rose nods in agreement. “I’m hoping that won’t happen to that extent, especially since Jimin has been pretty good at catching on to the drama makers and throwing them out. At this point I feel like if anything does happen, it’ll either be based off of rumors or a misunderstanding or miscommunication. Kind of like how earlier Namjoon was asking Yoongi when he started to actually like Jimin and Jeongyeon assumed he was accusing Yoongi of faking it for some reason.”

“Yeah, I’m glad that they were able to talk that out and realize what he was actually asking before it got too far.” Chanyeol says.

“I would probably laugh if it did get too far, because Yoongi is the least likely person to fake feelings for Jimin for any personal gain, especially after his whole ‘I don’t wanna be here’ attitude the first week.” Rose and Chanyeol laugh a bit at that as Jamie excuses herself from the conversation.

~*~

At Jimin & Taehyung’s date

The first part of their dinner is dedicated to recounting their day and talking about their favorite parts. Eventually, Jimin takes the conversation to a more serious place, inquiring about Taehyung’s relationship experience. “You told me before that you’ve also never been in a serious relationship, and I kind of want to know what your reasoning for that is. Just out of curiosity.”

Taehyung nods. “As I’m sure you’ve seen, I’m not a super serious person. Like, I have my serious moments, but overall, I’m kind of a carefree, go with the flow kind of guy.” Jimin nods, giving a small ‘yeah’ in agreement. “And especially during my teen and college years, I was not wanting to be serious and settle down, so I had a lot of flings, but nothing that ever lasted more than a couple of weeks. Serious relationships and marriage and all that was always the last thing on my mind, in fact the only reason why I’ve ever even considered settling down like that is because I do want a family one day, just not when I’m this young and supposed to be having the best years of my life.”

“And yet you came on this show.” Jimin teases him, lightly shoving his shoulder.

Taehyung chuckled somewhat nervously. “That’s because I’m a huge fan and I wanted to jump at the opportunity to meet you. But after getting to know you the way I have, I can honestly say that you are the first person I could ever see myself in a serious, long lasting relationship with.”

Jimin blushes, asking, “Really?” Taehyung nods, and Jimin giggles a bit in disbelief. Both from wanting to thank Taehyung, and from being too flustered to do anything else, Jimin leans forward to kiss Taehyung briefly. After pulling away, Jimin picks up the rose from the edge of the table. “I guess it would be kind of a dick move of me if I were to not give you this after that confession.”

Taehyung laughs along with Jimin. “Well, I guess I’ll have to accept it then.” Taehyung takes the rose while laughing, leaning in to kiss Jimin once again.

~*~

After their date

~*~

Jeongyeon

With Hoseok leaving last night, I feel like Jimin needs a bit of a pick me up, so after Taehyung gets back from their date, if he does, I’m going to go over to Jimin’s room to surprise him.

~*~

Taehyung enters the suite with his rose in hand, greeted by Namjoon who’s lounging on the couch with a book in hand. “Hey, how was it?” Namjoon asks as Taehyung falls on the couch next to him. Taehyung gladly tells Namjoon the details of his date with Jimin while Jeongyeon quietly walks out of the suite.

~*~

Jeongyeon

I’m excited to get to sneak a little extra time with him and further our relationship a bit more.

~*~

Jeongyeon knocks on the door and Jimin answers it within a few seconds, obviously very surprised to see her there. “Hey, what’s up?” Jimin asks excitedly, but also obviously worried that this is yet another person leaving him.

“I just thought I’d come see you.” Jeongyeon says with a smile, stepping into the room after Jimin moves to the side. “I thought you might like some cheering up after last night.”

Jimin smiles, leading her to sit on the couch so they can talk. They chat for a bit before Jeongyeon dives into her true intention for coming over to Jimin’s room.

“So, I know I said this at our conversation last night, but I do really like you, to the point that I might be falling in love with you.” Jeongyeon admits. “And every moment that we’re together never feels like enough because I just want to be with you all the time. And, like, I hope I’m not crazy, but I feel like you feel the same about me.”

Jimin takes a deep breath before responding. “Well, I can’t actually say that I am falling in love with you yet, because I feel like I haven’t gotten to that point with anyone yet.” Jeongyeon’s face automatically falls. “I’m still getting to know everyone and seeing where we can go, and to me, it’s too early to be saying that when I honestly don’t feel that way at this point.”

Jeongyeon nods, taking a shaky breath. “If it’s too early now, what makes you think it still won’t be too early a week from now, or two, or even three?”

Jimin shrugs. “I don’t know if it will be or not, I can’t for sure tell the future. All I can tell is the people that I could see myself still being with after all of this. And yes, you are one of those people.”

Jeongyeon scoffs in disbelief. “How can you say I’m one of those people when you can’t even say that you’re falling in love with me?” She runs her hand through her hair, obviously trying to hold back tears while Jimin contemplates what he wants to say next.

“I can’t promise that I can get to the point of saying that within in the next week, or two weeks from now. And I’m sorry I can’t do that for you.” He takes a deep breath. “And I’m also sorry for sending you home,” Jeongyeon looks at him in shock, “because I feel like after you not being satisfied with my not being able to honestly say that I’m falling love with you, I can’t make you go through a rose ceremony.”

Jeongyeon doesn’t say anything, only nodding after a few seconds. Jimin offers her a comforting hug and she accepts, finally letting some tears fall as she rests her head on his shoulder.

~*~

Jeongyeon

Out of all of the outcomes that could have happened tonight, this is one that I did not expect at all.

~*~

Jeongyeon pulls back, wiping her tears. “Because I do still have strong feelings for you, even though I’m going home, I do feel like I need to warn you. Someone told me that they heard Rose and Chanyeol saying some things about the other contestants.” Jimin’s eyes widen. “Like, they were talking about spreading rumors with the intent of throwing others under the bus while gaining more favor with you. And I just want you to be careful.”

Jimin nods, still in slight shock at what Jeongyeon just said. “I will, thank you~” He then walks Jeongyeon to the door, giving her one more hug before she goes back to the suite to pack her things.

When she gets there, she goes straight to the room she and the other two girls share, Sana being the only one still awake. Sana looks up and is obviously about to ask what’s wrong after seeing Jeongyeon’s tears, but before she can, Jeongyeon says, “I’m going home.”

“What?!” Jeongyeon sits on the bed with Sana, letting the girl hug her and rub her back comfortingly as she relays her conversation with Jimin. “I’m so sorry~” Sana whispers into Jeongyeon’s hair, continuing to comfort the girl until she’s calm enough to pack her belongings to leave.

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The contestants are all busy getting ready for the night, most of them still in shock over Jeongyeon being sent home on top of Hoseok leaving.

~*~

Rose

This week has been crazy. I don’t think anyone expected Hoseok to leave the way he did, and this morning we found out that Jeongyeon was sent home by Jimin which was a huge surprise. With everything that’s gone on, I’m expecting Jimin to really take tonight seriously to make sure only the people who he truly wants or truly thinks deserves a rose will get one. Jungkook, Yoongi, and Taehyung are good, but the other five of us are gonna have to work hard to try to solidify our connections with him tonight.

~*~

Namjoon

I was really surprised this morning when I found out that Jeongyeon was sent home. Whether people wanted to try to put down their relationship as being ‘only physical’ or not, it was obvious that they did have a strong connection with each other. I’m not sure what happened to make him change his mind so suddenly, but for him to suddenly send her home after seeming like she would be here for the long run definitely shook a lot of us. It confirmed that no matter how strong your connection may be with him, something small can shatter it at any moment.

~*~

Jimin is also getting ready in his own hotel room.

~*~

Jimin

Hoseok told me as he was leaving to ‘choose wisely’ and then last night Jeongyeon informed me that Chanyeol and Rose were saying some questionable things. I don’t think Jeongyeon would ever lie, she’s never come across that way, but I also don’t believe that Rose and Chanyeol would ever say that. I feel like there was probably some sort of misunderstanding going on there. But a part of me is also worried that there is someone still here that probably planted that seed in Jeongyeon’s mind on purpose, but I don’t know who that would be. I’m going to try very hard to follow Hoseok’s advice tonight because if there is someone trying to spread false accusations, I do not want them to be here when we go to Busan next week.

~*~

The eight remaining contestants sit around the living room area of the suite as they wait for Sihyuk to come and tell them that it’s time for the cocktail party to start. “I think,” Jungkook starts, “that no matter what the outcome is tonight, it will be shocking. I think everyone here is amazing and deserving of being here. Like, I wouldn’t want to see any of you leaving tonight.” The contestants without roses smile at Jungkook and thank him as Sihyuk finally enters the room.

“How’s everyone doing tonight?” Everyone responds with different answers, most aligning with being stressed or worried with some excitement thrown in. “Italy has definitely given us an interesting week. We came here with 10 of you and now I’m only looking at 8. Definitely very shocking.” The contestants nod in agreement. “And I’m sorry to tell you that the shock has not yet ended.” The contestants look at him in confusion and curiosity, some of them even tilting their heads. “Jimin has already made his decision of who will be receiving a rose, so there will be no cocktail party tonight.” The contestants didn’t think the air could become any more tense, but they were obviously wrong as a whole new air settles over the eight of them. “Ladies, gentlemen, take your time to get your thoughts together and I will see you at the rose ceremony.”

The contestants remain silent until Sihyuk leaves. “Well that is definitely not what we were wanting to hear.” Namjoon comments, Chanyeol patting him on the shoulder in agreement.

~*~

Rose

When Sihyuk told us we weren’t getting another chance to talk to Jimin this week, I could just feel how the five of us who don’t have roses stopped breathing. It’s a scary thought to be walking into that ceremony, into that environment when the last time we saw and spoke to him was two nights ago on the group date. All we can do is hope that our conversation that night was enough for Jimin to want to keep us around.

~*~

The eight contestants enter the outdoor area reserved for the rose ceremony and wait for Jimin to appear.

~*~

Jamie

I am definitely not happy about this turn of events. I’m afraid that with Jimin not talking to any of us prior to this ceremony will lead to him making some mistakes with his choices. He’s already made some mistakes with the people who are going into tonight with a rose. I don’t want Jimin to reach the end of this and have regrets over the choices he made.

~*~

Jimin arrives and takes his place next to the table of rose. “Hi, everyone, you all look amazing, as usual.” He smiles at each of the contestants before taking a more serious expression. “Saying goodbye to Hoseok and Jeongyeon was difficult and definitely not something I was expecting to do this week. I wish them both happiness in wherever life takes them after this. As for me, I’m going to continue following my heart because I trust that it will lead me in the right direction.”

Jimin picks up the first of the four roses. “Sana~” She smiles softly as she walks forward. “Sana, will you accept this rose?”

“Yes, thank you~” She says quietly, giving him a hug before walking back to her spot.

Jimin picks up the next rose. “Namjoon~” His dimples make an appearance as he walks to Jimin. “Namjoon, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course~” He says, giving Jimin a hug and walking back to his spot.

Jimin picks up the next to last rose. “Chanyeol~” The tallest contestant gives a small breath of relief before going to Jimin. “Chanyeol, will you accept this rose?”

Chanyeol whispers his acceptance as he takes the rose, hugging Jimin before moving back to his spot.

Sihyuk then enters the area. “Ladies, gentlemen, Jimin, it’s the final rose tonight.” He looks at Jimin. “When you’re ready~” He gives the bachelor a small pat on the back before leaving.

Jimin picks up the final rose, Jamie and Rose watching with bated breath. Jimin takes a deep breath before voicing his decision. “Rose~” She smiles brightly as she walks over to Jimin to accept her rose. “Rose, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course, I will, thank you so much!” Rose takes the flower and hugs Jimin before walking back to her spot.

Sihyuk reenters after Rose settles back into her place. “Jamie, I’m sorry. Take a moment and say your goodbyes.”

Jamie doesn’t hug any of the other contestants, just quietly saying goodbye to them before walking over to Jimin to hug him goodbye. Jimin offers to walk her to the car, which she accepts. Before climbing into the car, Jamie looks at him and says, “There are snakes in there. I hope you don’t get bitten.”

~*~

Jimin

Jamie saying that is definitely concerning, so I am definitely hoping that I didn’t make a wrong decision tonight. I’m not going to go and tell the contestants ‘oh, by the way, I was warned about you’ because that would just start a panic and make things extremely difficult next week. I don’t want that. I feel like I’m pretty good at figuring out someone’s intentions, so I trust that next week I’ll be able to talk to everyone and see if Jamie is telling the truth or if she is misguided or something.

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The seven remaining contestants walk through Gimhae International Airport after landing in Busan.

~*~

Rose

We have landed in Busan! It feels great to be back in Korea, especially because I’m not returning due to an elimination. The past couple of weeks have been rough, with Seokjin and Hoseok walking out and then Jeongyeon being sent home before the rose ceremony, it’s just been a lot. I’m hoping that being back here, and in Jimin’s hometown of all places, will act as a sort of clean slate for all of us still here.

~*~

They walk through the streets of Busan, exploring the city before having to meet up with Jimin, Jungkook acting as a guide for the other six contestants.

~*~

Chanyeol

I was feeling extremely confident for the first time since the first night, and then right before the flight, the producers informed us that only four of us will make it through to next week. That’s scary in itself, but then they took it a step further and said that next week, Jimin will be meeting the top four’s families. Meeting the family is a huge deal, definitely not something to be taken lightly, so this week is probably the most important week we’ve had so far.

~*~

“Holy *bleep* Busan is beautiful.” Taehyung compliments, looking around in awe as he continues to follow the youngest of the group.

~*~

Taehyung

I really hope that I make it to next week, because I know right now without a doubt that I am 100% ready for Jimin to meet my family should he choose me. I can’t wait for him to meet my mom, my dad, my brother, my sister, and of course my dogs. I know they’ll all love him, because it’s literally impossible not to.

~*~

Jimin enters a café where he’s greeted by someone who looks like the younger version of himself. “Hyung!” The younger male calls out, standing up from the table he’d claimed and hugging Jimin.

“Jihyunie!” Jimin lovingly ruffles his younger brother’s hair as they pull out of the hug, sitting down at the table to converse.

“When you called and said that you were in Busan and wanted to get together, I was really surprised.” Jihyun says to his older brother. “I thought you were supposed to be, like, cut off from the world or something while you did this.”

Jimin giggles. “They said that if I wanted to, I could pick a friend or family member to talk to when I got here and of course I was going to choose my baby brother!”

They spend the next couple of minutes with Jimin catching up on his brother’s life, Jihyun talking all about his friends and college. Eventually, Jihyun finally asks about the show. “Have you met anyone you really like?”

Jimin nods his head. “A few of them~”

“Do I get to meet them today?”

Jimin chuckles and shakes his head. “Not today.” Jihyun sighs dramatically, causing some more laughs to escape the idol. “In a couple of weeks, you’ll get to meet two of them.”

“Are you allowed to tell me about them, or is that strictly forbidden?” Jihyun asks, shooting a glance at the camera.

“I don’t know~” Jimin answers honestly. “Just in case, I’ll keep it vague. They’re all very sweet and kind, and they all have different personalities.” Jimin smiles at the thought of the people he’s dating. “I think you’d really like them.”

“Well, now you’re getting me all excited to meet them!” Jihyun exclaims, pouting slightly over the fact that he won’t be meeting any of them right that second.

“You will eventually.” Jimin assures him. “I hope that the ones you get to meet are the right choices. This past week a few things were brought to my attention, and while I don’t want to blindly believe it, I am a bit wary just in case.”

Jihyun nods in understanding. “I know you, and you have really great intuition. You’ve always been able to make the right decisions for yourself, and I know that it’ll be no different this time around.

Jimin smiles brightly at his younger brother. “Thank you~” He stands up, Jihyun following suit, to give his brother another hug. “I wish I could stay longer, but I have a date to get to.”

“Have fun! Use protection!” Jimin playfully shoves his younger brother, although his pink cheeks give away just how Jihyun’s comment flustered him.

~*~

Jimin

This week is a very big week. I’ll be meeting families next week, so I have to somehow decide which four I would most like to meet their families. And on top of that, I have to determine if Jamie was being honest or not. I’ll probably be more serious this week than I have been this entire show, and that’s saying quite a bit because I have been taking every moment of this experience completely seriously.

~*~

Jimin and the seven contestants finally meet up, Jimin greeting all of them with hugs as they all talk about how excited they are for this week.

~*~

Namjoon

I am definitely nervous; this is a very important week. At the end of this week I could either be going home after being eliminated or I could potentially be bringing Jimin home to meet my family. That’s kind of scary to think about. But I am ready to spend more time with him and get to know him even more and show him how great we could be together.

~*~

“I hope all of you are enjoying Busan.” Jimin says, turning to glance at Jungkook. “And Jungkook, I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am to be back home.” Jungkook nods, bouncing eagerly as he shoots Jimin a thumbs up. “Instead of having a rose ceremony this week, all of the roses I’ll be giving out will be given during the dates…which start right this second.” The seven contestants anxiously wait for Jimin to announce who will be receiving the first date in Busan. “Yoongi, you ready to go?”

The other six contestants are obviously disappointed that they did not get the first date, but all still manage to smile as Yoongi walks over to Jimin and takes his hand in his. They bid the others goodbye as they walk off to begin their date.

~*~

Namjoon

If anyone can say that they were legitimately happy watching Yoongi and Jimin walk off, then they have to be lying. Like, I really want to be happy for Yoongi and everything, but…*sigh*

~*~

Yoongi

This is my first one on one date with Jimin since realizing that I do have feelings for him, and I am both nervous and excited. Before I realized I like him, we did talk a lot on the group dates and at the cocktail parties, so we have gotten to know each other quite a bit, but I am aware of the fact that I have still been fairly closed off when it comes to more personal things. Today I am going to attempt to open up a bit more to him, but I honestly don’t know how well that will go.

~*~

The couple arrive in the Haeundae district where they will be spending the day. “Have you ever been to Busan before?” Jimin asks as he leads the older male to one of his favorite cafes in that area of the city.

Yoongi nods. “I have an aunt who lives here, so I’ve been here a few times to visit her.”

~*~

Yoongi

This is probably the most excited and energetic I’ve ever been while being in Busan. My entire family will definitely be very shocked watching this *laughs*

~*~

“I know you’re not super big on the flashy, romantic type of dates,” Jimin says as they continue to walk down the street. “So, we’re just gonna have a really chill day.” Yoongi hums in acknowledgement. “Like, we’ll go to a café, walk around a bit, maybe check out the beach, just kind of go with the flow.”

“That sounds great~” Yoongi says, squeezing Jimin’s hand a bit as they come to a stop before crossing the street. Jimin takes advantage of the small pause by pressing a kiss to Yoongi’s cheek, giggling at how Yoongi blushes almost immediately.

They stop at Jimin’s favorite café first to get some coffee to go then walk around the area, Jimin basically giving Yoongi a tour. They also stop for ice cream at one point, finishing it just before they get to the beach. Once they arrive at the sandy area, Jimin wraps his arms around Yoongi’s waist and leans up to press his lips to the older male’s.

Yoongi pulls away with a slight flush to his cheeks. “You taste like strawberry.” He giggles a bit.

“So do you~” Jimin giggles too, capturing Yoongi’s lips again.

~*~

Yoongi

I really want to bring him home to meet my family.

~*~

“You did, like, a complete 180.” Jimin says as he and Yoongi walk hand in hand down the beach, each of them holding their shoes in their free hand so they can feel the sand between their toes. “I’m still confused on how you went from hating everything about being here and wanting to go home to you actually liking me and wanting to stay.”

“Trust me, I’m just as confused as you.” Yoongi says with a chuckle, letting Jimin swing their arms a bit. “I’m not sure when or how, but you wiggled your way in, and I don’t think you’ll be going away anytime soon.” Now it’s Jimin who’s blushing. “At least I hope you won’t.”

Jimin moves closer to Yoongi, bumping him with his hip as they continue to walk. “You said that you were only on this show in the first place because you wanted your parents to stop pushing you to get married.” Yoongi nods. “And you also said that they haven’t been the most supportive of you wanting to produce music. Is that something I should worry about next week?”

Yoongi’s lips quirk at Jimin’s implication that he will for sure be meeting Yoongi’s family next week. “If you’re asking if my parents are horrible people, the answer is no. Despite my complaining and ranting, I’m not mad at them over any of that, because I do know that they have good intentions.” Jimin watches Yoongi carefully as the older male speaks. “My family’s had it pretty rough, especially when I was in high school and for the last few years. Like financially and everything. So, whenever my parents would put down me wanting to make music for a living, yeah, I would be upset, but I also know that it’s just because they don’t want me to struggle like they have. And it’s similar with the marriage thing. Both cases may be extremely irritating and annoying, but I could never be mad at them over it.”

“I completely understand that, my family struggled financially too for a bit.” Jimin shares. “I’m glad that it’s not just your parents being assholes.”

Yoongi laughs at that. “I’m just picturing how my parents will react to you saying that when this show airs.”

Jimin giggles too. “Well if it ends up being you at the end of this, I’ll just make sure not to be around when they’re watching it.”

~*~

At the hotel

“I really hope to get another one on one this week.” Jungkook says to Sana. “Does that make me a bad person that I want to take a one on one away from someone who hasn’t gotten one?”

Sana tilts her head a bit as she contemplates that. “I don’t think so. It’s not like you’re saying, ‘god I hope so and so doesn’t get a date’, you’re just expressing that you would like one.” Jungkook nods at that. “I’d like a one on one too, but we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

“I bet Yoongi’s having a lot of fun.” Jungkook then comments.

“Yeah, he’s been a lot bubblier lately, hasn’t he?” Sana responds.

~*~

At Yoongi and Jimin’s date

Yoongi continues talking to Jimin about his journey in making music, how when he was in high school, he would even sell his own tracks to try to help his parents pay for things. Jimin shares with Yoongi how he almost dropped out of his high school due to not being able to pay tuition, but then his dance teacher offered to let him study for free, saying that his talent was too great to just let go like that.

As they finish their walk along the beach, Jimin takes the chance to ask one more heavy question. “Something that I really need to know before we continue this is if you are actually all in now.” Yoongi stays quiet at first, so Jimin finishes his train of thought. “Like, can you promise me that there is no way you will walk out on me between now and the end of this?”

“Technically I wouldn’t be able to walk out regardless because of that whole deal with my parents.” Yoongi says with a slightly teasing tone, making Jimin giggle a bit as he playfully hits Yoongi on the arm. “But, yes, I am 100% all in with you.”

Jimin smiles, cheeks flushed pink. “Good~” He wraps his arms around Yoongi and pulls him in for short, sweet kiss.

They finish their date with a picnic dinner at Dalmaji Hill where they have the perfect view of the moon. Yoongi tells Jimin a little bit more about his family, especially how much he looks up to his older brother, and they share a few more kisses before ending the night with Jimin presenting a rose to Yoongi.

~*~

Yoongi

*looking at the rose in his hands in awe* It is insane to think that at first, I wanted nothing to do with any of this, and only six weeks later, I am preparing to introduce a guy that I really, truly like to my family. Fate works in strange ways.