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The Bachelor Season 1 (Jimin)

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Chapter Text

During Yoongi and Jimin’s date

“I think everyone can agree with me that now it’s even more difficult to try to keep from thinking about what Jimin could possibly be doing on the date right now.” Rose says as the six contestants lounge around the suite. “And it definitely hurts a lot more when you do think about it.” The contestants nod in agreement as someone knocks on the door.

“I’ll go get it~” Chanyeol offers, hopping up from the couch and making his way to the door to retrieve the date card.

~*~

Namjoon

I would definitely love for my name to be on that card, but just my name. A one on one would be amazing and give us a better chance at strengthening our relationship enough to guarantee that I’ll be one of the one’s bringing him home to meet my family next week.

~*~

Taehyung

I know that I just had a one on one last week, but I desperately want another one this week. I’ll probably cry if I don’t get one.

~*~

Chanyeol pulls the card out of the envelope and reads it off. “Sana~’ The girl’s eyes widen in both shock and excitement, tears of happiness starting to form. “Let’s get a taste of Busan~” Chanyeol silently hands the card to Sana before returning to his seat.

Unlike in previous weeks where the contestants would happily congratulate each other, the five who did not receive a date card tonight remain silent, some of them even beginning to tear up. “I’m so sorry, guys.” Sana says sincerely, using her sleeve to wipe at her eyes. “I should be really happy right now, but all I can feel is guilty.”

“Don’t!” Jungkook says, wrapping an arm around Sana and hugging her loosely. “There’s no reason for you to feel guilty.”

~*~

Rose

*sniffling and teary eyed* I was hoping that it would finally be my time. *sniffles again* It’s been, what, seven weeks, there are people who are getting their second one on one and I have yet to get one. *wipes tears* It really sucks.

~*~

Present day

Yoongi and Namjoon are talking over morning coffee shortly after waking up. “How was yesterday?” Namjoon asks as Yoongi takes a particularly long sip of coffee. “I mean, obviously it went okay since you’re still here, but, yeah.”

“It was fun.” Yoongi answers. “We walked around Haeundae, like at the beach and stuff. And we went to Dalmaji to look at the moon.”

“That sounds like it was really nice.”

~*~

Namjoon

I really, really want to be supportive of Yoongi, because we are pretty good friends now, but it is really difficult since I also like Jimin a lot and I wish it were me that had walked along Haeundae beach and looked at the moon with him.

~*~

Sana and Jimin greet each other enthusiastically, Jimin picking her up off the ground slightly as they hug each other.

~*~

Jimin

Sana is someone who has had my attention since the very first night. And after our date in Australia, I knew that there was definitely something special between us. I’m very excited to explore that more with her today.

~*~

“So,” Sana starts as Jimin takes her hand in his, tugging her to lead her in a certain direction. “I’m assuming from the date card that today is all about food.”

“You assume correctly.” Jimin says, earning a small giggle from Sana. “You said that you’d never been to Korea before this show, and I’m assuming that you haven’t really gotten to taste many authentic Korean dishes yet. So, we’re just gonna spend the day eating a lot of good food.”

“Sounds great!” Sana says enthusiastically, moving closer to Jimin as they walk.

~*~

Jimin

Sana is always so happy, and that’s something I really like about her. She’s also been extremely open with me, not even shying away from telling me about her last boyfriend. However, the fact that just a few months ago she was ready to marry that guy can be worrisome, especially after last week. So today I’m hoping to get confirmation that she is completely ready for another relationship.

~*~

The couple are seated at an outdoor table amongst various food carts and restaurants, the first of many dishes sitting between them. “Okay, first is kimbap and sundae.”

“This looks like sushi!” Sana exclaims as she uses her chopsticks to pick up the first option.

“Yeah, it’s kind of like the Korean version of sushi.” Jimin responds as Sana eats the dish. The girl gives a thumbs up in approval after tasting it, moving on to try the next dish.

~*~

Jimin

I’m really hoping that I’ll get the answer I want, because I’m already imagining meeting her family, and even further, introducing her to mine.

~*~

They go on to taste ssiat hotteok, patbingsu, and dwaeji gukbap. He also introduces Sana to some of Busan’s signature seafood dishes, but does not partake in them himself, explaining that despite being from Busan, he is not a fan of seafood.

~*~

Sana

Every second that I’m with Jimin, I just fall deeper and deeper for him. And yeah, it does scare me a bit, but I am all here for it. I am so ready to bring him to Japan next week and introduce him to my family.

~*~

Jimin waits until they are at dinner, enjoying samgyeopsal, to bring up his question to Sana. “So, on our last one on one,” Jimin starts, “you told me about your last relationship and how that ended.”

“Yeah, not a fun memory~” Sana says with a tiny giggle.

“I’m sure it wasn’t.” Jimin agrees before continuing. “It was a *bleep* move on his part, and as I said before, you definitely didn’t deserve that. I have been thinking about that conversation a lot, especially the past few days, and I know that relationship ended fairly recently, and I also know that it can take a long time to move on from someone you were in such an intimate relationship with, even if they were a terrible person.”

There’s a pause before Sana speaks up. “So, you’re asking me if I’m ready to jump into another relationship?” Jimin nods. “I would not have come on this show in the first place if I hadn’t been sure that I was ready for a new relationship. But I’m not gonna lie, the fact that I have fallen so quickly for you does scare me quite a bit. I wasn’t expecting to fall so fast and so hard for you like I did.” Sana takes Jimin’s hand in hers and intertwines their fingers. “But even though it’s scary, I am so ready for it because I am falling in love with you.”

Jimin’s cheeks flush pink at that and a smile that matches Sana’s grows across his face. “I can’t explicitly state that at this moment I’m falling in love with you too, but it is a definite possibility that I could very soon.”

“That’s good enough for me~” Sana says, leaning in to press her lips to Jimin’s.

~*~

Jimin

I could really see myself falling in love with Sana by the end of this. She’s beautiful, both inside and out, she’s honest and sincere, and she makes me feel very comfortable. I might already be falling in love *giggles while blushing*

~*~

Jimin picks up the rose from the side of the table and holds it out to Sana. “If you’ll let me, I would love to meet your dad and your mom and your grandma next week.”

Sana giggles while taking the rose from Jimin. “Of course, I’ll let you!” She lets out another giggle, Jimin joining in as he brings his hand up to caress her cheek, pressing his lips to hers once again.

Chapter Text

There is a very poor soul by the name of Paul Saul that commented on the last chapter in a way that was very obviously crying to be educated. To answer their plea, I will happily share with you their comment:

I know a 21 year old Autistic child and she is the definition of IDIOT. You're not a bad writer, though. Of course, you're not as good as a normal person. But then again, if you're autistic, it automatically means you are mentally and emotionally dumb. Stop wearing your autism like a badge, girl. If I were you I'd kill myself. Your only hope is that maybe you'll be born as a cow in your next life...
KILL YOURSELF ALREADY

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Chapter Text

During Jimin and Sana’s date

The other six contestants are all sitting in the living room when someone knocks on the door, signaling the arrival of the next date card. Yoongi gets up to answer the door while the others attempt to prepare themselves. “My heart literally just skipped a beat.” Chanyeol informs the others, clutching at his chest.

“My stomach’s clenching from nerves.” Namjoon shares his own feelings.

~*~

Taehyung

This date card is so crucial. I could potentially be introducing Jimin to my family next week, and in order to do that, I need to have some more solo time with him.

~*~

Yoongi returns from retrieving the card and opens the envelope without hesitation. “Rose~” The girl is so surprised that she isn’t even able to make a sound, just covering her mouth with her hand as her eyes widen. “Music is the language of love~

The other contestants look at Rose with sad smiles as she finally voices her excitement. “I can’t believe it’s actually happening.” She says with a bright smile, happily looking at the card that Yoongi has now given her.

~*~

Rose

Getting this one on one date makes me feel so good. The way I see it, getting a one on one date this week means that Jimin already knows that he wants to be with you and meet your family, so I feel like even though it’s our first one on one together, it should be pretty smooth sailing.

~*~

Rose looks at the other contestants while still smiling. “I’m so sorry, I know how much this sucks for you, but I can’t help being excited!” A small squeal escapes her.

~*~

Jungkook

I am definitely disappointed over not getting this date. I thought that maybe since we are both in Busan, he would consider me for a one on one, you know, having so much fun exploring our favorite places together. But maybe he wanted to spend this time showing people who wouldn’t know as much about what to do here around his hometown. Hopefully we’ll have next week to explore together. *sad smile*

~*~

“It might be stupid,” Chanyeol says, “but I am kind of worried about how the group date will go.”

~*~

Chanyeol

Another group date, and it would really suck if I get sent home during this one. I just hope that Jimin likes me as much as I like him.

~*~

Present day in the suite

Sana approaches Yoongi, who’s lounging on the couch with a cup of coffee after finally dragging himself out of bed. “Hey, you in the mood for talking?”

Yoongi gestures for her to sit down. “I have a feeling I’m in trouble or something.”

Sana giggles and shakes her head. “No, it’s just that now that we’re both for sure going to be around next week and introducing Jimin to our families, and since we’ve been on really good terms so far these past few weeks, I just want to make sure we stay on good terms.”

~*~

Sana

I wouldn’t say that Yoongi and I are the best of friends, but we definitely don’t dislike each other. We’ve had a few conversations, and they’ve all been good, and I just want to make sure that the pressure and stress from both still being here next week won’t put any kind of strain on that.

~*~

“I just don’t want us to suddenly turn and start going for each other’s throats just because we both obviously have a very strong relationship with Jimin at this point.”

“Don’t worry. I’m not the jealous or possessive type,” Yoongi assures Sana, “and I’m definitely not the type to get petty or anything over someone, regardless of how strong my feelings for them are.”

“Good~” Sana says while nodding slightly. “So, what do you plan on doing the next couple of days while we wait?”

~*~

Yoongi

I honestly don’t understand why Camila was so against Sana all the time, because she is so kind and sweet and I don’t think she has a bad bone in her body. I can honestly say that if I don’t end up with Jimin after all this, even though I will be very heartbroken, I would definitely be happy for her if she is the one he chooses in the end.

~*~

Jimin and Rose’s date

“You won’t even give me a little hint?” Rose asks as Jimin leads her to their date location, her arm wrapped around his.

“The hint was in the date card!” Jimin replies, laughing as he does.

~*~

Jimin

While there are a couple of people I was and for sure about wanting to meet their parents, there are a couple of others that I feel like I need to spend more time with in order to decide, which is why I chose Rose for today’s date. She is really bubbly and funny and beautiful, but I haven’t really gotten to know her on a deeper level yet and I feel like we haven’t developed our relationship as much, so we’ll see how today goes.

~*~

They finally arrive at their date location, which just so happens to be a noraebang. “We’re both singers, so I thought why not?” Jimin says to Rose as he leads her inside.

~*~

Rose

I knew from the group dates and from hearing the others talking about their dates with Jimin that he really does pick out the perfect dates, and today just proves that again. You can tell that he really puts a lot of thought into what would be the most fun for both him and the person he’s with. And I am really excited to get to hear Jimin sing in person!

~*~

After getting set up in their room, Jimin picks up one of the microphones. “You can pick the first song~”

“You really trust me with that?” Rose teases him as she picks up the song selection device. She, of course, chooses one of Jimin’s newer songs entitled Promise, making Jimin blush slightly as she sings the first couple of lines.

The two of them spend their day singing to their heart’s content, laughing together whenever one of them throws in a random ad lib or sings in a funny voice.

~*~

Rose

After today, I know exactly how I feel about Jimin, and I am really falling for him. Now more than ever, I hope that I get a rose tonight and can bring him home to meet my family.

~*~

Jimin

Rose is definitely amazing, and I do love spending time with her…but I currently don’t feel as strongly for her as I do some of the others, and at this point, those feelings, to me, are the biggest deciding factor.

~*~

They arrive at their designated dinner spot to continue their date.

~*~

Rose

Today has been absolutely amazing and I just feel really good about my relationship with Jimin. Before, there was definitely some worry as we haven’t had much time just the two of us, but now that we have had that time, I can definitely see us going far together.

~*~

“Thank you so much for today.” Rose says sincerely to Jimin. “I really had a lot of fun, and it was just great.”

“I had fun too~” Jimin says with a small smile. “I’ve really enjoyed being back home these past few days.”

Rose nods. “I bet; I remember how happy I was when we were in Melbourne. Just the atmosphere of being home can do wonders.” She smiles at Jimin, taking his hand. “Being around you can do wonders too.”

~*~

Jimin

I do like Rose, she’s great, definitely has a lot of the qualities that I know I want in a significant other…but I just don’t have those romantic feelings, the tugging of the heart, the fluttering in my stomach…and I don’t know if I will ever have those.

~*~

After some more conversation, including Rose occasionally dropping comments about how much she likes him, and hinting at bringing him home to meet her family, Jimin lets out a small sigh. “You are an amazing person, and I have genuinely enjoyed every moment that we have spent together.” Rose smiles brightly, but that quickly drops at Jimin’s next word. “But…” Rose watches Jimin he continues speaking, “I didn’t feel that enjoyment in the way one would enjoy time with a romantic partner.” Rose bites her lip slightly, obviously holding back some emotion. “I think you’re great and I know you’ll find someone who sincerely loves you, but that person is not me. And I’m really sorry, because I wish it could be.”

Rose lets out a quiet chuckle, using that to cover up the tears trying to come out. “I appreciate your honesty, and I wish it could be too. But you don’t need to feel sorry, because you shouldn’t feel guilty over not having romantic feelings for me, it’s not like you can control that.”

Jimin gives her a small smile and squeezes her hand. “Can I walk you out?” Rose nods in agreement as they stand up from the table, letting Jimin lead her to the car.

~*~

Jimin

I really wish this could have ended up differently, but like Rose said, I can’t control my feelings. I know she’ll find someone better than me one day though.

~*~

Rose

*sniffling with tears welling in her eyes* This definitely didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. It really hurts to be rejected like that. *sniffles* Jimin was really sweet about though, which frustrates me. I really want to be mad at him and hate him because that’s what your supposed to feel when someone dumps you, but I just can’t. *laughs through tears* Why does he have to be so perfect?

~*~

At the suite

The remaining six contestants are watching TV together when one of the producers suddenly enters the suite, grabbing Rose’s waiting suitcase that she had packed prior to her date as per the rules of the show. “What the *bleep*?!” Namjoon exclaims when he realizes what’s happening.

“Is this really happening?” Taehyung voices out, everyone looking at each other in shock.

“I was not expecting that.” Jungkook says.

Chapter Text

During Jimin and Rosie’s date (prior to her elimination)

A producer knocks on the door of the contestants’ suite, and Yoongi immediately offers to go get the date card. “It’s really hard not to have a lot of anxiety over this date.” Chanyeol says as they wait for Yoongi to return. “Since four of us will be on it, and there quite likely will only be one rose given out.”

The other three who have not yet received a rose nod in agreement.

Yoongi returns with the card and starts reading it off. “Jungkook…Namjoon…Taehyung…Chanyeol…” Everyone stays quiet as their name is announced, not showing much of a reaction except for a small smile. “Goodbyes are always the hardest.

“Well…” Jungkook is the first to speak after Yoongi lays the card down on the coffee table. “That’s not foreboding at all.”

~*~

Taehyung

I am very scared about tomorrow because it will be my last chance to show Jimin how much I truly care for him. And I am aware that there is a chance that my feelings won’t be enough for him. That’s not something I want to think about, but it’s the truth, so I have to make sure that tomorrow is all about proving to Jimin that I am the one he wants to choose in the end.

~*~

“I know that we’re all worried about making sure that we’re the ones Jimin wants and that Jimin will want to meet our families,” Namjoon says, “but it’s also important that we make sure that Jimin is the kind of person that we really want to bring home to our families.” Taehyung furrows his eyebrows slightly at Namjoon’s comment.

~*~

Namjoon

I am in no way criticizing the others, because I am so guilty of this too, but I feel like we have all been so wrapped up in impressing and proving ourselves to Jimin that we’ve kind of forgotten that not only is this whole experience about Jimin finding the right person for him, we’re also trying to find the right person for us so while Jimin is analyzing the relationships and connections he has with people, we also need to analyze our relationship with him and make sure it’s heading towards a good place.

~*~

“Tomorrow is gonna be one hell of a ride,” is Taehyung’s final comment about the date card.

~*~

Present day

“Everyone going on this date is awesome,” Jungkook says as they wait until it’s time to head out on their group date. “So, it’ll be shocking no matter what happens. No matter who gets a rose tonight and who gets sent home, we’re all deserving.”

Chanyeol is the next to speak. “I really want to be able to go into this date not worrying about if I’ll get a rose in the end or not, but it’s impossible.”

“Last night with Rose showed us that anything is possible.” Namjoon throws in his own thoughts. “Nothing is predictable.”

Taehyung finishes it up with, “We can only hope for the best.”

“Let’s head out~” Jungkook says, taking somewhat of a leader role for the first time ever, as he’s very comfortable being in his hometown, and the rest follow him out of the suite to head to meet Jimin for their date.

~*~

Jungkook

It’s finally my date with Jimin, and it’s a group date. I tried to give everyone comforting words, trying to follow Jimin’s advice that he gave me on our last date to push myself a bit more, but I’m struggling with comforting myself. I mean, after this, there’s no cocktail party or rose ceremony or any other chance to reinforce my connection with Jimin. If anything is lacking today, I’m gonna be sent packing, and that thought just hurts my heart.

~*~

Taehyung

This could potentially be the last time I will see Jimin, and I don’t like that. I’m just really hoping for today to go well so that I can be one of the two currently on this date who will get to bring him home to meet my family.

~*~

Namjoon

Today is probably going to be very hard for Jimin, having to say goodbye to two of us in the same day. I know that he’s had to say goodbye to more than two people at once, but those were slightly different situations, because he had not yet spent as much time with those people as he has spent with all of us, so there wasn’t as much of a bond between them yet. I’m hoping to be a source of comfort for him today to help him through those emotions, and hopefully through that, he’ll see why he should come home to meet my family.

~*~

They arrive at Gamcheon Culture Village, the three who had never been before gushing over the beauty of it. “I haven’t been here since a field trip in middle school!” Jungkook bounces in excitement, looking around the familiar area.

Jimin appears before them, greeting them all with a bright smile.

~*~

Jimin

Last night was difficult, but I’m not gonna let the feelings from it affect my mood today. I’m dedicated to giving Jungkook, Taehyung, Namjoon, and Chanyeol a great date, despite the fact that we all know I’ll be saying goodbye to two of them by the end of today.

~*~

“So today, we’re just going to explore the village a bit.” Jimin explains as the five of them start walking through the streets. “There are some pretty great restaurants that we’ll hang out at, and I’ll take each of you individually to explore together and just to talk a bit.”

“Sounds great!” Namjoon says, dimples on display at he smiles down at Jimin.

~*~

Jimin

Today is a huge deal, because not only am I narrowing it down to the four people I can most see myself in a serious relationship with at the end of this, I am opening myself up to meeting the families of two more people. That’s big. So today, it’s really important that I talk to all four of them individually and deeply, because I don’t want to be meeting someone’s parents if it isn’t guaranteed that the both of us are in this.

~*~

The group of five sit down at an outdoor table of a restaurant that’s not quite as busy as the rest to act as the central location of the date while Jimin is off with each of the four contestants. A tenseness falls over the group as the contestants catch sight of the two roses that are already resting on the table reserved for them.

“I know this,” Jimin gestures to the roses, “is very anxiety inducing, but please try not to focus on those. I don’t want any of you worrying or doubting yourselves or second guessing. Because I do like all four of you very much and saying goodbye to any of you will be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through.” Jimin smiles at all of them. “Today, let’s just focus on having fun with each other and not think about any possible outcomes tonight.”

~*~

Chanyeol

All last night, and all of today, I’ve really been evaluating my relationship with Jimin and all that’s gone on up until this point. I’ve never once felt confident in our relationship, and I still don’t. If by some miracle Jimin does give me a rose today, I feel like it wouldn’t be right to introduce him to my family when I’m so insecure about us.

~*~

Jimin takes Chanyeol off first, the two of them engaging in simple small talk as they walk around the village for a bit. After a couple of minutes, Chanyeol stops Jimin. “I have to be honest,” Chanyeol starts, “I like you, Jimin. I really do, but I’m not sure if you like me as much as I like you.” Jimin starts to open his mouth to respond, but Chanyeol continues. “I don’t blame you for that in anyway, nor am I going to hold a grudge over it, but it’s not fair to me to have to sit through this date and through the decision of who gets a rose when a large part of me feels like I’ll be going home regardless of my feelings for you.”

Jimin stays quiet for a little while after Chanyeol’s question.

~*~

With Jungkook, Taehyung, and Namjoon

“I know Chanyeol has been struggling a lot.” Jungkook says, and the other two look at him in slight shock. “Just because I’m quiet and don’t talk to a lot of people doesn’t mean I’m not aware. I’m a big observer.”

“You know, that actually doesn’t surprise me.” Taehyung says, with a slight chuckle.

Jungkook nods his head. “I’m sure that right now Chanyeol is trying to get some kind of clarification from Jimin.”

~*~

With Jimin and Chanyeol

“I don’t want you to go,” Jimin starts off quietly, “but I agree that it wouldn’t be fair to you if you really feel that way.”

~*~

With Jungkook, Taehyung, and Namjoon

“He just really wants to know where he stands with Jimin.” Namjoon comments. “Like he just wants that confidence that others have had.”

~*~

With Jimin and Chanyeol

“Will you still let me walk you out, or do you just not want to see my face anymore?” Jimin asks, only partially joking.

Chanyeol smiles and lets out small laugh. “Of course you can.” After the two of them stand up, Chanyeol gives him a lingering hug before pulling away so Jimin can walk him to the car.

~*~

With Jungkook, Taehyung, and Namjoon

“He never got a one on one with Jimin, so I’m glad he got to spend time with him first.” Jungkook says. “Even though we all need time with him, I’m sure we can all agree that Chanyeol definitely deserves this.”

As soon as Jungkook finishes speaking, Taehyung sees out of the corner of his eye that Jimin is leading Chanyeol. “Wait, do you see that?” The other two turn to look. “Is he leaving?”

They watch as Chanyeol and Jimin hug one last time before Chanyeol climbs in the car. “*Bleep*~” Namjoon says, slouching back in his chair in disbelief. Jimin waves to the car as it drives off, turning around to walk back to the others as it disappears from sight. “Did he get eliminated or did he leave on his own?”

“I really hope it’s the latter.” Taehyung says. “I can’t even imagine being eliminated by Jimin during this date, especially being the first one.”

~*~

Namjoon

I knew that there would be eliminations on this date, but I assumed it would be at the end of the night. I definitely did not expect any of us to be leaving not even 10 minutes in.

~*~

Jimin has been stopped to talk to the producers for a bit, so the three remaining contestants continue to talk amongst themselves as they wait. “I’m curious about what you meant last night, Namjoon.”

Namjoon tilts his head at Taehyung’s statement. “About what?”

“About how we need to make sure Jimin is the kind of person we want to bring home to our families.” Taehyung says, Jungkook looking back and forth between the two of them with confusion written across his face. “It kind of sounded like you were saying Jimin’s not a good person.” Namjoon raises his eyebrows in shock.

~*~

Namjoon

I was definitely surprised when Taehyung said that. I didn’t realize that what I said could be taken any way other than what I meant. It also made me worry that maybe he was projecting a bit.

~*~

“No,” Namjoon responds calmly, “I meant that we needed to make sure that we’re as serious about Jimin as we think we are before doing something as important as introducing him to our families.”

“Are you sure that’s what you meant?”

~*~

Namjoon

I’ve never had a problem with Taehyung before this, and I didn’t think he had any problems with me, so I am extremely confused over his accusation.

~*~

After Jimin comes to take Taehyung away, Jungkook and Namjoon take the opportunity to converse by themselves. “I didn’t actually come off that way, did I?” Namjoon asks.

Jungkook shakes his head. “No, I thought you were very clear with what you meant from the beginning.” Jungkook assures the older male. “Maybe the stress is getting to Taehyung and making him a bit paranoid.” The two of them share a small laugh.

~*~

Jimin

I am sad about Chanyeol leaving, but I can’t dwell on it because I do have three other people here that need my focus and attention. And right now, that focus and attention is going to be on Taehyung. Taehyung definitely caught my eye on the first night, because he is extremely handsome. And as I’ve gotten to know him better, I’ve been drawn further in with his personality, and I can definitely see a lot of potential.

~*~

“How are you?” Jimin asks, swinging his and Taehyung’s interlocked hands between them as they walk. “Everything going good on your end of this? No drama or anything?”

Taehyung nods while smiling. “Yeah, things are good. We all get along pretty well.”

“Just pretty well?” Jimin teases the taller male.

Taehyung chuckles slightly. “Well, it’s not like I can say we’re all the best of friends, really. It’s kind of impossible when we’re all dating the same guy, the guy that I really, really, like.” Jimin blushes slightly at that statement. “But we’re not going at each other’s throats, and I think that’s all we can ask for.”

Jimin smiles up at him. “I’m glad that none of you have problems then. It would be kind of bad if you had any issues with each other.”

Taehyung shrugs a little. “I’m not gonna lie, there are some issues, but that’s expected since, like I said, we’re all dating the same guy. Questionable things are gonna be said and done.” Jimin tilts his head a bit at that. “But nothing that you would need to worry yourself about because it’s really not that big of a deal.”

~*~

Jimin

The fact that Taehyung said there has been questionable things being said and done does worry me a bit. I really hope it isn’t a big deal like he says.

~*~

With Namjoon and Jungkook

“You don’t think that Taehyung is gonna tell Jimin something about me, do you?” Namjoon asks Jungkook, who shakes his head slightly. “It’s not the first time he’s acted out because of something he felt was wrong.”

“If he does, then you know Jimin will bring it up, and then you can use that opportunity to clear the air.” Jungkook points out. “Are you going to tell Jimin anything about Taehyung?”

Namjoon shakes his head, shrugging slightly. “I have no need to. He hasn’t really done anything that would show he’s a bad person.”

~*~

Namjoon

I am being completely honest when I say I don’t have any issues with Taehyung. I don’t think he’s a bad person. But I do like Jimin, and I would hate for him to have any doubts about me because of a case of misinterpretation.

~*~

“How are you feeling about next week?” Namjoon asks Jimin as they walk around together. “I bet you must be nervous.”

Jimin nods, giggling slightly. “Meeting one family is bad enough, I have to meet four!”

“You’ll do great~” Namjoon assures him. “You’re amazing and charming and adorable and literally everyone loves you.” Jimin blushes at the compliment.

After walking around and talking for a bit longer, Jimin decides to ask Namjoon a question. “So, it’s been brought to my attention that some questionable things might have been going on between the contestants.” Light surprise appears in Namjoon’s eyes as he looks down at Jimin. “Have you noticed anything?”

“There haven’t been any specific names?” Namjoon asks, and Jimin shakes his head. “Well, I haven’t seen or heard anything. If there has been anything ‘questionable’, it’s probably a case of misinterpretation or misunderstanding.” He tells Jimin honestly.

~*~

Jimin

I’m hoping that what Namjoon has said about it probably just being a misunderstanding is right. I really trust Namjoon, he’s very intelligent and open minded, so I don’t think he would lie to me. I also don’t think Taehyung would lie to me, so, like I said, I’m hoping that he was just misunderstanding a situation.

~*~

Namjoon returns to the other two, Jungkook automatically asking how his time went. “Jimin asked me if I’d noticed any ‘questionable’ things going on and I told him that if anyone thought something was questionable, then it must just be a misinterpretation or misunderstanding.” Namjoon looks over at Taehyung. “I commend you for not throwing me under the bus, but I’m confused as to why you would want to fill Jimin with doubt.”

Taehyung furrows his eyebrows. “I didn’t fill him with doubt, he asked how things were between all of us, and I told him that people do say questionable things, but nothing that he should worry about.”

“And you thought that telling him not to worry about it would make him not worry?” Namjoon asks, Jungkook shrinking in on himself in an attempt to escape the environment. “Telling someone that the people they are dating are saying and doing questionable things is always going to make them worry and make them have doubts.”

“If it was just a ‘misinterpretation’, then you really shouldn’t be worried yourself, should you?” Taehyung shoots back, lifting one eyebrow.

~*~

Taehyung

Seriously, why would he be upset right now if he really didn’t mean anything bad about his statement? It makes no sense. Only guilty people get defensive.

~*~

Namjoon

When people try to throw things back at you rather than explaining their own point of view…that just says a lot about a person.

~*~

Jimin joins the three of them at their table, and the all grow tense, preparing in the case that he’s already decided who’s getting a rose. “So…” Jimin starts, a sad tone to his voice. “I honestly don’t know who I want to give these to yet…so we’re going to carry this over to dinner time, and hopefully I’ll be able to make a choice then.”

~*~

Jimin

Honestly, there is one person that I am completely sure that I’m ready to meet his parents and continue on with our relationship…but the second rose is still undecided. I didn’t want to create panic in the other two, so I’m waiting a bit longer before giving him his rose.

~*~

The three contestants, now dressed up for dinner, make their way inside the building reserved just for their dinner with Jimin.

~*~

Jungkook

My time with Jimin today was very brief. I’m not sure if that means that he’s sure that he wants to keep me around, or if it’s a sign that he’s considering sending me home tonight. I really hope it’s not the latter.

~*~

Namjoon

Taehyung and I haven’t really talked since our disagreement earlier. I wish we would have ended it on better terms, because now I’m worried that it’ll seep over and dampen the whole mood of this date.

~*~

After the three of them have been sitting around the table in silence for a couple of minutes, Jimin arrives, immediately requesting hugs from all of them.

~*~

Taehyung

My hope is that what was discussed at Gamcheon stays at Gamcheon. I’m not going to worry any more about Namjoon and any hidden meanings he had. Tonight is about me and Jimin.

~*~

“The last time I saw you, I said I had not yet made a decision regarding the roses.” Jimin says. “Now, I do have a decision.” Jimin looks to the youngest person present. “Jungkook~” Jungkook looks up, his eyes seemingly bigger than normal with a hint of fear flashing through them. That fear dissipates as soon as Jimin picks up one of the two roses lying on the table. “Will you accept this rose?”

~*~

Namjoon

I wasn’t expecting him to hand out a rose at the very beginning of dinner. In my opinion, he should have waited until later when he was ready to give out both, because now it’s just me and Taehyung, and any hope of letting go of what happened between us earlier is basically gone.

~*~

At the suite

“I honestly have no idea who could possibly be going home.” Sana says to Yoongi as the two of them rest in the living room, both of them trying not to stare at the three sets of luggage waiting in the case that their owner gets sent home.

Yoongi is about to respond, but then they hear the door to the suite open. The two of them look in that direction with bated breath, both letting out sighs of relief when it’s not a producer coming in to take away a suitcase. “I got a rose!” Jungkook says with excitement, holding his flower up. Yoongi and Sana cheer and clap for him, even giving him hugs as they congratulate him. “To be honest, I’m kind of happy to be out of there.” Jungkook comments as they all sit back down. “There’s some *bleep* going on between Taehyung and Namjoon that I do not want to be in the middle of anymore.”

~*~

Sana

I did get a little snippet of what Jungkook’s talking about earlier when they were getting ready for dinner. Namjoon and Taehyung were not talking at all, which was very strange for them because they have been fairly close since the beginning, they, along with Seokjin, were roommates in the mansion. They’re both good guys though, so I don’t think we have to worry about them sabotaging each other.

~*~

At the date

Jimin speaks to Taehyung and Namjoon each again before it’s finally time for him to give out the final rose of the week. “This is honestly the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make up until now.” Jimin says, looking down at the rose he’s currently holding. “You are both great, and I really like the both of you, and I don’t want to send either of you home. Sadly, I can only pick one of you.”

Jimin looks up and between the two of them before following his heart to make his decision. “Taehyung~” Namjoon looks down at his lap in disappointment as Taehyung’s eyes widen in happiness. “Will you accept this rose?”

“Of course!” Taehyung takes the flower from Jimin gleefully.

Jimin turns to Namjoon, giving him a sad smile. “I’m really sorry,” he says quietly, earning just a small nod from the older male. “Can I walk you out?” Namjoon nods again, standing up from the table with Jimin and walking out of the building and to the car.

~*~

Namjoon

I feel so…I don’t even know how to describe it. I really like Jimin, and I know this was a really hard decision for him to make, but I can’t help but beat myself up because I’m obviously not enough for him. *hides face in hands before camera can catch his tears*

~*~

Jimin

While Namjoon is a great person, and I do really like him…Taehyung is special. I felt like Namjoon, while honest and open, still held a lot back from me. Taehyung’s not afraid to be himself or tell me exactly what he was feeling, and every second with him so far has been exciting. I can’t wait for more excitement.

~*~

Taehyung

*laughs brightly* Eomma, Appa, I’m coming home! And Jimin’s coming with me! *smiles down at his rose, twirling it in his hands* I hope you’re ready!

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Busan

~*~

Jimin

This week I will be traveling around Gyeongsang-do and then flying to Japan to meet Jungkook, Yoongi, Taehyung, and Sana’s families. I am both nervous and excited for this. I’m nervous, because it’s always scary to meet someone’s family, especially when you’re dating them. But I’m also excited because I’m meeting people that could potentially become a big part of my life should everything go well. One thing I am very happy about is that I get to start this part of the journey in my own hometown with Jungkook.

~*~

Jimin meets Jungkook near Haeundae beach, the younger greeting him with an enthusiastic hug as if they haven’t seen each other in months.

~*~

Jungkook

I’m introducing Jimin to my family today. Just my parents and hyung, though. Hopefully the others will come later. *bunny smile* Although I do love that Jimin and I have the same hometown, it was really hard to decide what we should do today. It’s not like I can take him someplace new because he knows everything in Busan. But we’ll still have a lot of fun, because we’ll be together.

~*~

“So, I’ve thought a lot about what we should do today.” Jungkook says as Jimin intertwines their fingers together. “And I kind of want to take you somewhere that’s special to me that my parents took me and my brother too a lot when I was little, and where my friends and I would spend some weekends together during middle and high school.” Jimin nods with a smile. “I apologize ahead of time if it’s something you’re bored of or anything.”

Jimin laughs. “Trust me, there’s very few places here that I would legitimately hate if we went to one of them.” Jimin swings their hands slightly as Jungkook starts leading him to the chosen destination.

“With my luck, this will be one of those places.” Jungkook jokes, causing Jimin to laugh again.

“I highly doubt that.” Jimin assures him, bringing his hand up to kiss the back of it as they continue to walk. “I’m really excited to spend the day with you.”

~*~

Jungkook

I’m really excited for today.

~*~

“You haven’t told me where we’re going yet.” Jimin points out.

“Dongbaekseom~” Jungkook answers.

“Ooh, I haven’t been there in a long time!” Jimin says. “You went there a lot as a kid?”

Jungkook nods. “My parents had one of their first dates there, so they liked to take me and my brother a lot so we could see, and I quote, ‘the place where they first started to fall in love’.”

Jimin smiles at the small story. “Aww, that’s cute. Your parents sound great.”

“They really are.” Jungkook says while nodding.

~*~

Jungkook

Did I possibly have a motive for bringing Jimin to Dongbaekseom…possibly. *giggles* But seriously, I know that I am falling in love with Jimin, and just knowing that this place holds special meaning to my parents, then maybe it can also hold a special meaning for the two of us.

~*~

The two of them make it to Dongbaekseom and take in the beauty of it as the walk around the forest and beach areas. They of course make sure to stop by the mermaid statue during their walk. At one point, they take a seat among the many trees and talk for a little bit.

“I’ve really enjoyed today.” Jimin says, running his fingers along the veins on the back of Jungkook’s hand. “I like spending time with you.”

“I’m glad, because I really like spending time with you too.” Jungkook says with a shy smile. “And if you didn’t like it, then that would just make tonight super awkward.”

Jimin giggles. “Speaking of tonight, tell me about your family.”

“What do you want to know?” Jungkook asks, earning a shrug from Jimin.

“Anything!” The older of the two exclaims. “Who am I meeting tonight, what are they like, what can I expect from them? Like, are they super strict and will hate me from the beginning, or are they more relaxed and I don’t have to worry as much?”

Jungkook chuckles a bit before responding. “You’re just meeting my dad, my mom, and my brother today. They’re both pretty easy going, although most of my friends growing up found my dad to be intimidating because he’s so quiet.”

Jimin playfully nudges Jungkook. “I managed to break through you, didn’t I?” He jokes, earning a small laugh from Jungkook.

“My mom is the exact opposite, though. She’s very eccentric and outgoing. My older brother is a little like her, but not quite as outgoing. And I obviously take after my dad.”

Jimin shrugs. “I think you take more after your mom than you give yourself credit for.” Jungkook’s cheeks turn slightly pink, not giving a verbal response to Jimin’s statement. “I can’t wait to meet them, it’ll be great.” Jimin smiles at Jungkook.

The younger of the two matches Jimin’s expression. “I think so too~” Jimin lightly bites his bottom lip before leaning in to press his lips to Jungkook’s.

~*~

Jimin

Jungkook has definitely come out of his shell quite a bit since the first night, and I have a feeling that being with his family will help bring him out even more. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they act around their family, and I can’t wait to see that side of Jungkook.

~*~

They kiss under the trees for a bit longer until Jungkook pulls away to inform Jimin that they should probably make their way to his house for dinner.

~*~

At Jungkook’s home, his mother is working diligently to prepare dinner for that night, her husband and son assisting in the kitchen. “Are you nervous to meet him?” Junghyun asks his parents.

The married couple shares a quick glance before his mother responds. “No, not really.”

Junghyun chuckles. “I didn’t think so. If anything, it’s Jimin who should be nervous because you’re crazy.” His mother jokes like she’s about to smack him with the spoon in her hand before returning to making dinner.

Jungkook and Jimin enter the house, immediately removing their shoes by the door. “Eomma, Appa~” Jungkook calls out to announce his and Jimin’s presence.

“Oh, I guess I don’t matter then.” Junghyun teases his younger brother as he enters the room ahead of their parents, immediately pulling Jungkook into a hug and ruffling his hair.

“And you must be Jimin!” Jungkook’s mother exclaims as Jimin bows to her and her husband, the both of them returning the action. “You look much different than the poster in Jungkook’s room.”

Jungkook’s eyes widen in slight embarrassment. “Eomma!”

“Now, I kind of want to see this poster.” Jimin jokes, Jungkook pouting slightly from the teasing. Jimin holds out the bouquet of flowers he had brought in with him. “I brought these for you.” Jungkook’s mother accepts them happily, gushing over how beautiful they are. She then hands them to her husband and tells him to find something to put them in so she can go finish up dinner, to which Jimin automatically offers to help. She turns down his offer, insisting that he make himself comfortable.

~*~

Jungkook

Other than my mom embarrassing me right off the bat, the introduction went way better than I expected. I expected it to be at least a little bit awkward, especially since is the first time I’ve ever introduced anyone to my parents that wasn’t just a friend. But it went really well, and that makes me very excited for the rest of tonight.

~*~

Jimin steps slightly into the kitchen. “Are you sure I can’t help you, Eomeoni?”

“No, you go sit and relax! The food will be ready soon.” Jimin listens to her and goes to sit with Jungkook and Junghyun.

~*~

Jungkook’s Dad

At first glance, Jimin is a very sweet, polite young man. I wouldn’t doubt that he’s a good match for my son. However, I do worry a bit, as Jungkook is not the only person he’s in a relationship with, and as his father, it is my job to protect Jungkook from any possible heartbreak.

~*~

Soon enough, dinner is laid out and they are all sitting around the table enjoying the delicious food. After they have eaten a substantial amount, Jimin says, “I’d like to thank you for having me over, and especially for cooking this delicious meal. I ate very well.”

“You are very welcome.” Jungkook’s mother beams while Jungkook watches on happily.

After dinner, Jungkook and Jimin offer to wash the dishes together, which make Jungkook’s parents very happy.

~*~

Junghyun

I was really surprised when Jungkook first told us that he even applied to this show, much less was actually planning on going through with it. My baby brother is extremely shy with new people, so I am a little surprised he made it this far. I’m very curious to see just how deep their relationship actually goes.

~*~

After washing the dishes, Jimin is left to speak to Jungkook’s parents while Junghyun drags his younger brother off to talk. “Tell me all about him so that I know I don’t have to beat him up.”

Jungkook doesn’t even bother to hide his laughter over his older brother pretending to be tough. “Trust me, you don’t. He’s…perfect.” A soft smile graces Jungkook’s face as he talks about the blond singer. “He’s kind, patient, understanding. He knows when to be serious and when to be playful. He doesn’t put on this façade that a lot of celebrities would, he’s open with me about his struggles, and he’s helped me through my own.”

As Jungkook speaks, eyes glinting with pure adoration, Junghyun can’t help but smile along with his brother. “So, I take it that you really like him?”

“More than like, hyung.” Jungkook says with a serious tone. “I love him.”

~*~

Jungkook’s mother is the first one to talk to Jimin. “I already knew that you were handsome and polite from seeing you on the TV, but none of that prepared me for you in real life!” Jimin giggles shyly, thanking her with bright red cheeks.  “When Jungkook called us to tell us we were meeting you, I was very excited.”

“I’ve been very excited to meet you to.” Jimin says with a smile.

Jungkook’s mother nods slightly. “But I was also wary.” Jimin’s smile falters the tiniest bit. “I have no doubts that you are a good person and do care for my son, but the fact that you are also seeing three other people and meeting their families this week is troubling to me as a mother. I don’t want to see my little boy hurt.”

“I don’t blame you for feeling that way at all. If I were in your position, I would have the exact same thoughts.” Jimin starts off. “But I can honestly say that I really care for Jungkook and do see the possibility of a future between us. And I would not have come here tonight if I didn’t. I can’t guarantee 100% that he won’t get hurt at all, because I don’t for sure know the outcome of this, but I can guarantee that I will try my hardest to not hurt him.”

Jungkook’s mother gives him a small smile. “Not very many people would be as honest as you are, and I greatly appreciate that.”

~*~

After talking to Junghyun, and while Jimin is talking to his mother, Jungkook speaks to his father. “He seems like a decent guy.”

“He’s more than decent.” Jungkook says, the same lovestruck smile that’s been permanently attached to his face for the majority of the day still there.

“I am very glad to see you happy, that’s all I want for both you and your brother.” His father tells him. “But before I go speak to him and decide if I can truly approve of him for you, I need to know that he is really and truly who you want. If you have any doubts at all about a relationship, that is not a relationship you need to be in. So, do you have any doubts?”

“Not at all.” Jungkook says without hesitation. “I want a relationship with Jimin for as long as he’ll have me.”

~*~

Jungkook

I really appreciate my dad looking out for me and wanting the best for me. I hope that through his protectiveness, he’s able to see that Jimin and I do have a real connection and real feelings for each other.

~*~

Jungkook’s father finally sits down with Jimin for the all-important talk. “Where are you at with this relationship?” He jumps straight in. “Where is your head at, where do you see it going?”

Jimin takes a deep breath before answering. “At this moment, I really like Jungkook. I am very happy with where we are, and I want to grow even more with him. And when I think about it, I can see myself with Jungkook at the end of this.”

Jungkook’s father sighs, making fear flash through Jimin’s eyes for a second. “While I can’t say I’m happy about this whole situation with this show and you dating people other than my son at the same time, I can tell you that I think you are a wonderful, respectable young man that I would be happy to see in my son’s life for years to come.” Jimin smiles widely and thanks him.

~*~

Jungkook’s Dad

I may not like the concept of this whole ordeal, but at the end of the day, I just want my son to be happy. And right now, he is extremely happy. I could see it the second I came out of the kitchen and saw him standing at the door with Jimin. I also trust that we raised him well into adulthood and that he is capable of making life changing decisions like this for himself.

~*~

“This is your room?” Jimin asks as Jungkook leads him into the place that until very recently he had not seen in around two months. “And this is the poster your mom was talking about?” Jimin bursts into laughter at the poster from his rookie years, part of his shirt lifted up to reveal part of his abs.

“Don’t laugh at me!” Jungkook jokingly whines, but the blush on his cheeks is real.

“I’m actually laughing at myself!” Jimin exclaims while laughing, literally cringing as he looks at the poster again. “I had no idea what I was doing back then, and I still don’t know what the hell I was thinking at that photoshoot.”

Jungkook joins in with Jimin’s laughter. “I don’t think it’s that bad.”

“Oh no, it’s horrible.” Jimin deadpans, glancing at the poster once more, a slight look of disgust at his younger self appearing on his face.

“Then I’ll just take it down.” Jungkook offers, walking over and pulling the poster from the wall.

Jimin decides to tease Jungkook some more. “Well now what are you going to look at?”

“I’ll just have to get a more recent picture.” Before Jimin can ask how he’s going to do that, Jungkook’s already grabbing one of the cameras from his desk and snapping a picture of Jimin.

“I wasn’t ready!” Jimin exclaims, stepping forward to try to take the camera from Jungkook. Jungkook just steps back and takes another picture of Jimin. “Stop it!”

Jimin chases Jungkook around his room for a little bit, Jungkook snapping multiple pictures until he decides he has enough and lets Jimin ‘win’. “Look, you’re cute in them!” Jungkook assures him as Jimin clicks through the pictures.

“My cheeks are puffy.” Jimin points out.

In response, Jungkook leans down and kisses Jimin’s cheek. “That’s my favorite part.” Jimin giggles shyly while blushing, setting Jungkook’s camera down. Jungkook then puts his hands on Jimin’s hips and pulls him closer for a kiss, shocking Jimin as the older is usually the one to initiate kisses between them. After pulling apart, Jungkook finishes showing Jimin around his room, showing off some of his drawings and videos he’s edited.

~*~

Jungkook

Jimin fit in perfectly with my family. It looked and felt like he belonged there. Tonight has just reinforced that Jimin and I have something special and I really do think he’s the one for me.

~*~

Jimin bids Jungkook’s family goodbye before Jungkook walks him out of the house. “I hope that was fun.”

“Oh, trust me, I had a great time.” Jimin assures the younger. “And you were right about your dad being somewhat intimidating. But he’s great. I liked them.” Jimin wraps his arms around Jungkook’s neck. “Just like I like you.” He leans up to press a kiss to Jungkook’s nose, the younger wrinkling it in an adorable way almost immediately.

“And I love you.” Jimin’s eyes widen slightly in shock for a split second, but then a wide smile forms and he’s pulling Jungkook in for a proper kiss.

~*~

Jungkook

I wasn’t actually planning on telling Jimin I love him tonight. I was hoping to save it for a special occasion, or maybe if he had told me first. But it’s out, and he didn’t push me away or reject me. And that feels pretty great. *smiles*

~*~

They’re now standing by the car provided by the production team that will take Jimin back to his own home, sharing another goodbye kiss. “Tell your parents I said thank you again.”

“Of course~” Jungkook says, kissing Jimin one last time before letting him get in the car.

~*~

Jungkook

Tonight was magical, and I can’t wait for what comes next.

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Daegu

~*~

Yoongi

We are in Daegu right now, and I am currently trying not to panic *laughs worriedly* I do really like Jimin, and of course I am happy to be taking another step with him, but I am not super happy about introducing him to my parents tonight purely because I know exactly how they will be.

~*~

Yoongi and Jimin meet up at the designated place, Jimin not hesitating to jump on Yoongi in a hug. “Well, hello there~” Yoongi says with a slight grunt, hugging Jimin back.

“Hi~” Jimin says with a smile, quickly pecking Yoongi before the older male can react. “I’m really excited for today!”

“Have you ever been to Daegu?” Yoongi asks with a blush on his cheeks, taking Jimin’s hand and intertwining their fingers as soon as they start to walk off.

Jimin nods slightly. “For, like, fansigns and stuff, but I haven’t gotten to actually explore or anything.”

“I’m guessing you’ve never been to E-World then.” Jimin’s eyes light up at the name of the amusement park, shaking his head slightly. “That’s about to change.”

~*~

Yoongi

I don’t necessarily like crowded places at all, but since Jimin has been putting so much effort into trying to make every date this entire time perfect, I thought it’d be nice to take him somewhere where he can just let loose and have fun. I just hope he doesn’t like rollercoasters.

~*~

They arrive at the amusement park, and Jimin automatically resembles an energetic puppy as he looks around the rides and food stands, trying to decide where to drag Yoongi first.

~*~

Jimin

Yoongi seems to be the kind of guy that enjoys rollercoasters, or at the very least isn’t affected by them. Me, I can handle some, but most of them are just too much. I might have to suppress that today, though.

~*~

They come to a stop in front of a big rollercoaster. “Do you wanna ride that?” Jimin asks Yoongi, squeezing his hand slightly.

When Jimin’s not looking, he swallows nervously. “Do you want to?”

Jimin shrugs a bit. “We can~”

The two get in line for the rollercoaster and soon enough are on the ride. The cameraman films the rollercoaster going around the track, audio filled with both Jimin and Yoongi’s screams. Both exit the ride looking slightly paler than normal, tears in their eyes. “Oh my god~” Jimin says breathlessly.

“You’re crying~” Yoongi points out with a slight laugh, although his laugh is more out of relief of being alive. He reaches out to gently prod under Jimin’s eye to wipe away a stray tear.

Jimin giggles as he looks at Yoongi. “So are you~” Jimin mimics Yoongi’s action, the both of them laughing afterwards.

“No more rollercoasters.” Yoongi states with finality as he takes Jimin’s hand in his again, Jimin agreeing immediately.

~*~

Jimin

Oh, thank god!

~*~

They walk around the park some more, Yoongi only letting go of Jimin’s hand when he’s practically forced to, enjoying the different foods offered. Yoongi takes it upon himself to feed Jimin, never letting the younger hold any of the food himself. They then find a game booth, where Jimin insists on playing and wins Yoongi a small stuffed animal.

“It’s cute~” Yoongi states, looking at the toy with a soft smile. “It reminds me of you.” Jimin’s cheeks turn pink as he giggles. “I’m gonna name it Jimin.”

The younger male then laughs at that. “Why?”

Yoongi shrugs. “Why not?” While Jimin continues to giggle, Yoongi takes the chance to lean in and press his lips to his.

~*~

Yoongi

It’s impossible not to have a great day when you’re with Jimin. There’s just something about him that makes even the smallest of things seem super exciting. Spending the day with him definitely did help me relax a lot and not worry as much about tonight, but I’m still not super excited about it.

~*~

Jimin once again has a bouquet of flowers as they arrive at Yoongi’s home. Unlike Jungkook, Yoongi enters the house quietly, Jimin close behind him as he still won’t let go of his hand, and the two of them remove their shoes. It doesn’t take long for the sound of nails scraping against the floor to be heard, and a small brown fluff appears, barking slightly and jumping towards his owner.

“You didn’t tell me you have a dog!” Jimin exclaims as Yoongi picks up the poodle.

Yoongi cuddles the dog to his chest. “This is Holly. He’s my baby~” He holds him out slightly so Jimin can say hello, the younger male giggling when the dog licks his nose.

“Yoongi!”

“Oh no~” The older male mutters as his parents appear, swarming the two of them like moths to a light.

The two of them talk over each other as they greet Jimin, exclaiming how happy they are to get to meet him and how they have been waiting for this day for a very long time. Jimin’s eyes are wide the whole time, not having expected such an overwhelming response to them meeting him. “Can we give him some space?” Yoongi asks quietly but goes unheard thanks to his parents’ excitement.

Yoongi’s older brother finally comes out and reminds his parents that dinner still needs to be made, which successfully gets them to back away from the still stunned male. Yoongi offers to help his mother in the kitchen, and before they move to head to that room, Jimin suddenly remembers the flowers he had to give to her.

~*~

Yoongi

That was actually much tamer than I expected.

~*~

Jimin hovers around Yoongi as the older male helps his mother cook dinner, doing small tasks that he’s asked. Occasionally Yoongi holds out something for Jimin the taste, and the younger male does so happily, subconsciously wrapping his arms around Yoongi’s waist as he chews the food before telling him that it’s delicious. Yoongi’s mother is obviously holding back squeals every time this happens.

When they sit down to eat, Jimin gives a similar thank you speech to the one he gave Jungkook’s family.

~*~

Yoongi’s Mom

I really like Jimin. He’s handsome, he’s polite, and I know my son, I see the way he looks at him, and he’s in love, whether he fully realizes that or not. I think they are a great match.

~*~

After dinner, as Jimin offers to wash the dishes, Yoongi’s brother pulls him away to talk. “Just watching you with him, I can tell that he makes you very happy.” Joonki states, and Yoongi nods in agreement. “Have you told him about-“

“No.” Yoongi says quickly, cutting his older brother off before he can finish his question. “That’s not something I want to talk about in front of the cameras, especially because it could end up being aired on TV and then I would have to deal with all the people on the internet and social media making assumptions about me, and I don’t want that.”

Joonki nods in understanding. “But you do need to tell him at some point if you really want to be with him.”

Yoongi sighs and nods slightly. “I know~”

~*~

After Jimin finishes washing the dishes, he sits with Yoongi’s parents. “I’m so happy that someone has finally managed to warm our dear Yoongi’s heart,” Yoongi’s mother gushes, “especially someone so handsome and kind.”

Jimin blushes at the compliments. “Thank you~”

“How did it happen?” Yoongi’s father asks, curious about the journey thus far as the show wouldn’t be aired until they were completely finished filming.

Jimin shrugs slightly. “At first, he was really against the whole thing, making it clear that he wanted me to send him home as soon as possible. But there was something about him that made me want to keep him around or at least a little bit. Then after a little while, I guess he changed his perspective and opened his mind more, he didn’t exactly tell me what led to him liking me. And here we are now.”

“Well, regardless of how it happened, we know that he truly loves you,” Jimin’s eyes widen slightly at that, “and we have every hope of this working out for the two of you.”

After their conversation, Yoongi and Jimin hang out for a little bit longer before Jimin decides it’s late enough that he should head back to his hotel. He bids Yoongi’s parents and brother goodbye, thanking them once again for the food and for having him over, before walking out with Yoongi, their hands intertwined once again.

Outside, the two sit on Yoongi’s porch, despite Jimin’s insistence that he needs to go, neither of them are fully ready to part. “I wasn’t expecting your parents to be that…” Jimin trails off, unable to think of the proper word to use. “Especially with your personality.”

Yoongi chuckles, looking down at Jimin’s hand in his and stroking his thumb across the back of it. “Yeah, my dad’s usually not like that, he’s normally exactly like I am. But they’re both really excited over this whole thing.”

“Yeah,” Jimin giggles a bit, “considering the whole them basically forcing you so you can find love means I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised by their reactions. Your brother is really nice, I liked him a lot.”

“I hope not too much.” Yoongi jokes, earning another giggle from Jimin. “But yeah, he’s great. He and I are very close, he’s always supported me in everything I’ve wanted.” Yoongi looks up and into Jimin’s eyes. “He said he likes you too.”

Jimin smiles at Yoongi. “Well if he means that much to you, then I’m glad he does.” After a beat of silence, both of them lean in at the same time, their lips meeting in the middle.

~*~

Yoongi

I honestly have never pictured myself in a situation like this. And I’m not just referring to the show, I’m talking about actually liking someone as much as I like Jimin. And it is both terrifying and exhilarating. Like, I’m constantly worried that something’s going to go wrong or that I’ll *bleep* everything up, but then he smiles, or I hear him laugh and all of that goes away. The only time I have ever felt this way about something is with music, and that’s probably the scariest thing of all.

~*~

After sharing a few more kisses, Yoongi finally walks Jimin over to the car and begrudgingly lets go of his hand so he can go to his hotel to get a good night’s sleep.

Chapter Text

Geochang

Taehyung waits outside a park, holding onto the leashes of two dogs who are currently exploring as much as they can.

~*~

Taehyung

Welcome to Geochang!

~*~

Jimin arrives at the meeting place, greeting the dogs first. “Oh yeah, you’re here~” Jimin says teasingly as he stands up, wrapping his arms around Taehyung in a hug, giving him a quick kiss.

~*~

Taehyung

I’m really excited to show Jimin around Geochang and to introduce him to my family. I wish he would have gotten to meet my grandparents too but…at least I know they’re looking down on us and I know they would have loved him.

~*~

“What are we doing today?” Jimin asks, already giving his attention back to the dogs, but still listening to Taehyung.

“We’re going to take Yeontan and Soonshim on a walk around Suseungdae park.” Taehyung gestures to the entrance to the park behind them.

~*~

Taehyung

I know that Jimin must be very stressed out this week with meeting everyone’s parents, and I also know how much he likes nature and dogs, so I thought that this would be the perfect way to help him relax a bit before bringing him home to meet my family.

~*~

“Take your pick~” Taehyung says, holding both leashes out to Jimin so he could choose which dog he wants to walk.

Jimin chooses Yeontan’s leash, crouching down to scoop the Pomeranian into his arms so he can cuddle him instead. Taehyung giggles at that, leaning in to kiss Jimin before leading him inside the park.

~*~

Taehyung

I’m excited to have Jimin to myself for an entire day again!

~*~

The two of them enjoy their time in the park, playing with the dogs and conversing with each other about various things.

~*~

Taehyung

I am very happy that my dogs get along with Jimin, especially Yeontan. Soonshim is my family’s dog, but Yeontan is my baby, so it’s very important that he likes anyone I’m going to have in my life.

~*~

Jimin

As always, spending time with Taehyung is one of the greatest feelings in the world. It literally feels like I’ve known him my entire life, and I really like that there’s no awkwardness or push and pull between us.

~*~

At one point, the two dogs decide they’ve had enough running around and opt to nap beneath the sun for a bit. Taehyung and Jimin sit on the ground next to them, taking the opportunity to have a slightly more serious conversation.

“My family is very excited to meet you.” Taehyung says, wrapping his arm around Jimin to pull the smaller male closer. “Are you excited to meet them?”

“No, not at all~” Jimin says sarcastically. “Of course, I’m excited to meet them! Am I meeting a lot of people tonight?”

Taehyung shakes his head slightly. “Just my parents and my younger brother and sister. You would be meeting my grandparents, but they’ve both passed away.”

Jimin’s eyes shine with sadness as he looks at Taehyung. “I’m really sorry. Losing a grandparent is one of the hardest things to go through.”

“Especially when they raised you.” Taehyung comments, eyes beginning to fill with tears. “I spent the first few years of my life with them before moving to Daegu with my parents. We moved back a few years ago when my grandmother first fell sick.”

Jimin stays quiet for a second, just resting his head on Taehyung’s shoulder and holding him in a comforting way. “They raised a pretty great guy, so they must have been some pretty amazing people. I wish I could have met them.”

Taehyung nods, a stray tear slipping down his cheek. Jimin quickly reaches up to wipe it away before Taehyung can. “I wish you could have too.” Jimin sits up on his knees, adjusting his hold on Taehyung, and presses a kiss to his cheek. Taehyung responds by turning his head and capturing Jimin’s lips with his, pulling him into his lap.

~*~

Taehyung

It was really nice to open up to Jimin a bit more. He’s so attentive and understanding, doesn’t go overboard with the pity and stuff like a lot of people would. It’s like he knows the perfect mix of when to comfort and when to back away or change the subject. Everything about him is perfect.

~*~

Jimin and Taehyung walk up to the house. “You ready?” Jimin takes a deep breath and nods.

Inside, Taehyung’s family is sitting on the couch, dinner already complete and just waiting for the couple to arrive. “I’m excited to meet this Jimin person.” Taehyung’s father says. “This is the first time Taehyung has brought anyone he’s dated home, so I’d like to see what’s so special about him.”

“It’s Park Jimin, Appa!” Eonjin, Taehyung’s sister responds. “It’d be easier to list what’s not special about him!”

At that moment, the door opens, and the entire family stands up to greet Taehyung and Jimin as they remove their shoes, Yeontan and Soonshim running off to their food bowls, although instead of eating, Yeontan sits and waits for his owner to come feed him by hand, because he is spoiled. Jimin and Taehyung’s family all bow to each other, Jimin giving Taehyung’s mom a bouquet of roses while Eonjin struggles to keep from squealing over the idol in her house. As soon as the greetings and introductions are over, the group of six sit down to dinner.

~*~

Jimin

From the very first moment, Taehyung’s family was very warm and welcoming. There wasn’t any obvious scrutinizing of ‘who is this guy Taehyung has brought home to us’, it was a very smooth introduction, and I’m hoping that’s an indicator that the rest of the night will go just as smoothly.

~*~

As dinner came to a close, Taehyung’s parents began inquiring them about how they spent their day together prior to the meal. After Taehyung and Jimin both gushed about Yeontan and Soonshim and their day at the park, Taehyung’s father speaks mainly to Jimin. “I’m glad you had a lot of fun today, and I am more than happy that the two of you have a good relationship and get along really well. However, as a parent, there obviously are a couple of concerns I have that I will need cleared up tonight.”

Jimin nods. “Of course, sir~”

Taehyung’s siblings are the ones to wash the dishes as Taehyung’s mother takes Taehyung somewhere else to speak while Taehyung’s dad stays with Jimin.

“And here I thought you would never be in a serious relationship.” Taehyung’s mom says, making Taehyung laugh slightly, the slightest hint of pink on his cheeks. “Jimin is very nice and respectful…but…”

“But?” Taehyung’s face falls the slightest bit.

Taehyung’s mom sighs quietly. “He is dating other people, and while I am happy that you have found someone that you truly have feelings for and that you wanted to bring home to meet us, I worry about you getting hurt.” Taehyung doesn’t respond immediately, so she adds on another thought. “I don’t want you to fall to deep or get your hopes up too much in the case that it doesn’t work out for you.”

“I completely understand your worry there,” Taehyung replies, “and while I am aware of that possibility, I am fully confident in my relationship with Jimin. What we have is special and I know Jimin feels the same way, so I do believe that it will be me that he chooses in the end.”

Taehyung’s mom smiles slightly, reaching out to stroke his hair. “You are very intelligent and extremely intuitive, so I do trust that you know what you are doing. But I’m still going to worry about my baby bear.” Taehyung smiles widely at his mom, pulling her in for a tight hug.

~*~

Taehyung’s Mom

Even when Taehyung would talk about Jimin before meeting him just as a fan, he was never this bright or happy or in love. I could see in his body language, in his face, in his tone of voice that he truly cares for this boy and would go to the ends of the earth for him. I hope Jimin is willing to do the same for him.

~*~

Jimin’s conversation with Taehyung’s dad is not quite as smooth as Taehyung’s with his mother. “So, Jimin,” Taehyung’s father’s tone from the very beginning is enough for Jimin to swallow nervously. “I want to start off by saying that none of what I’m about to ask you or say has anything to do with you as a person. I can already tell that you are a good person, you are respectful, mature, polite, kind, and the list goes on. I am strictly speaking as a father about your relationship with my son.”

Jimin nods. “Okay~”

“I’m really worried.” Taehyung’s father says sincerely. “I’m sure you’ve seen the kind of free spirit Taehyung is, how he doesn’t tie himself down to anything unless he cares deeply about it,” Jimin nods again, “meaning he cares deeply about you.”

“And I care deeply about him.” Jimin responds. “I would not have even considered meeting you tonight if I couldn’t honestly say that I have true and deep feelings for Taehyung.”

Taehyung’s father obviously wants to crack a smile but doesn’t want to break the serious tone of the conversation. “And there is no doubt in my mind about that, I know you care for my son. But I know that you also have true and deep feelings for three other people at this time, and that’s what worries me the most. How can I properly gauge how deep your feelings for my son run when I know that you are having the same conversations with him with three other people, and that you’re having this conversation right here with their parents too? How can I have that guarantee that my son won’t be heartbroken within the next few weeks?”

Jimin stays quiet for a second, obviously thinking over his answer in his mind to make sure he words it properly. “I cannot guarantee anything about the future. I cannot guarantee what will happen over the next few weeks. What I can guarantee is that I really like Taehyung and that at this moment I can picture the possibility of a life with him after this whole experience is over.”

Now it’s Taehyung’s dad who stays quiet for a moment. “As I said before, you are a very good person, but my duty is to my son, and you being a good person and having feelings for him at this moment is not enough for me.” Jimin’s face falls. “I hope to meet you again in the future, and if we do get the chance, I would love to have a second part to this conversation, but right now I cannot fully approve of your relationship with my son.”

Jimin nods sadly. “I understand~”

~*~

Jimin

It does hurt that Taehyung’s father doesn’t approve of our relationship. It does help that he assured me it’s not because of me as a person, but it still hurts a lot. Family is really important to me, and I know that family is really important to Taehyung too, so to not have that approval is definitely not what I was hoping to come out of tonight.

~*~

After a few more minutes with everyone together, it’s time for Jimin to leave, so Taehyung walks him out amongst all the calls from his family bidding the singer goodbye. “You okay?” Taehyung asks, swinging their arms as he leads Jimin away from the house and towards the car. “You seem a bit down.”

“Yeah, I’m okay~” Jimin assures him, dropping Taehyung’s hand in order to wrap his arms around the taller male’s waist and looking up at him. “I mean, I am a bit sad about your parents’ feelings about this, but I can’t expect everyone to be fully happy and supportive of this kind of situation.”

Taehyung nods, wrapping his arms around Jimin. “Just remember, you’re dating me, not them. And they still love you, even if they don’t like the whole survival dating show thing.” Jimin smiles at Taehyung’s assurance, rising up to press his lips to Taehyung’s.

~*~

Taehyung

Even though my family has some very understandable worries and concerns, I still feel like tonight was a success. Regardless of their feelings about this unconventional approach to dating, they still loved Jimin, and Jimin got along with my family really well, and that’s all I could really ask for at this point.

~*~

After pulling away from the kiss, Taehyung walks Jimin over to the car, opening the door for him to climb in so he can leave and get a good night’s sleep before his flight to Japan.

Chapter Text

Osaka

~*~

Sana

*in Japanese* Welcome to Osaka!

~*~

Jimin and Sana meet up in a fairly busy area of Osaka, Jimin lifting her off the ground slightly as they hug.

~*~

Sana

I am so excited to share my home with Jimin, today is going to be the greatest day!

~*~

Their lips meet as he sets her back down. “How are you?” Sana asks after they part.

“I’m good.” Jimin answers, his arms still around her. “I missed you.”

Sana giggles quietly, “I missed you too.” She says just before their lips meet once again. “Are you ready to get to know Osaka?”

Jimin nods while smiling. “I am, what are we doing today?”

“Well, I am going to work today, and you are going to volunteer with me.” Sana bounces a bit as she tells Jimin the plans for the day.

“I get to see where you work?” Jimin asks, earning a happy nod from Sana.

“And you get to meet a lot of your older fans!”

~*~

Jimin

I really, really like Sana. She’s always so sweet and happy, and she’s one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met. I can really see the passion in her eyes whenever she talks about her career, so I’m very excited to get to see it in person today.

~*~

They enter the adult care center Sana works at and, after Jimin signs some paperwork, Sana immediately puts Jimin to work. The first thing they do is bring the elderly people their coffee and socialize with them, even doing puzzles with some of them. Sana translates for Jimin and the people in the center as they converse.

After feeding them breakfast, Jimin watching fondly as Sana aids the gentleman who constantly reminds Sana that she’s his favorite caregiver at the center, they spend the day socializing some more and doing activities, such as gardening, board games, even some arts and crafts.

~*~

Jimin

I’m definitely enjoying my time here; all of the people here are kind and I love getting to help out. I also love watching Sana work because you can see how much she loves her job and how much effort she puts into making sure everyone is enjoying their time here. She knows everyone by name and knows about their families and talks to them about what’s going on with their grandchildren and watching her interact with them just cemented what I already knew about how nothing with her is a façade, everything she says and does is genuine.

~*~

After lunch, Mr. Kamo, the man from breakfast, reclines in a chair for a nap as Sana prepares the small playlist he listens to when he sleeps. “Can’t I hear it live instead?

Sana giggles as she looks over at Jimin. “He wants to hear you sing.”

Jimin points to himself in shock. “Why?”

“He’s a big fan of you.” Sana says. “He always listens to your music when he naps because you voice soothes him. Since you’re here, he wants to hear you sing in person.”

Jimin blushes a bit before agreeing, quietly singing Serendipity.

~*~

Sana

Despite the language barrier between him and all of the people here, Jimin has managed to connect with all of them. And the fact that he was open to volunteering in the first place makes me all warm inside. A lot of people think the idea of an adult daycare is stupid or silly, and I’ve been in relationships where they in a sense shamed me over my career choice because it’s ‘ridiculous’. Jimin’s not like that at all, he’s very supportive and understanding, and that’s the most important thing to me.

~*~

After their shift, the two walk hand in hand down the street as Sana prepares him for meeting the family. “Bring food~” Sana says after Jimin mentions planning on bringing flowers for her mother. “Flowers are good, but my mom would appreciate it more if you brought some kind of food instead.”

“Okay, you’re gonna have to, like, show me what food to bring though.” Jimin says while laughing.

Sana laughs with him, pulling his arm so it’s wrapped around her. “I got you.” Sana assures him, wrapping her arms around his waist. “And don’t worry, my family will love you just as much as I do.” Jimin smiles down at Sana, pulling her closer so he can press his lips to hers.

~*~

Sana

I know that Jimin hasn’t used “love” to describe what he’s feeling for anyone, and that might bug some people, but not me. Everyone moves at their own pace; some people are more particular about who they share the “L word” with and when they use it. All that matters to me is that I love him and that he has strong feelings for me even if he can’t put an actual word to them.

~*~

At Sana’s house, Sana’s parents and grandmother sit with far from happy expressions. “I don’t want a repeat of what happened last time.” Sana’s father says.

Sana assures us that he’s nothing like Takumi.” Sana’s mother says.

It took her two years to realize what Takumi was like.” Her father replies. “She’s only known this Jimin for a couple of months.

Sana and Jimin arrive at that moment with bright smiles on their faces, Jimin’s faltering a bit when Sana’s family greets them with much less enthusiasm.

~*~

Mr. Minatozaki

*in Japanese* Sure, Jimin was polite and respectful upon the first meeting. But any guy who is going to willingly date multiple people at the same time can’t be good for my daughter.

~*~

Due to the language barrier between Jimin and Sana’s family, they are unable to go off for private conversations as Sana needs to be there to translate, meaning all of the interrogating happens over dinner. Sana’s father doesn’t hesitate to jump right in with the hard-hitting questions. “So, how many girls are you still seeing besides my daughter?

Jimin answers after Sana translates for him. “Actually, Sana is the only girl I’m seeing right now.” Jimin smiles at her in pure adoration as she translates his answer for her family.

Sana’s grandmother looks up in slight surprise. “Sana told us that you were still seeing other people though?

Sana hesitates slightly before informing her family that Jimin is also seeing men alongside dating her. Jimin jumps slightly as her father bursts into an angry rant, looking at Sana wide eyed as he waits for her to explain. “He wants to know how you could actually care for and love me when you are attracted to men.”

“Because I’m not exclusively attracted to men.” Jimin says without hesitation while Sana is already trying to reason with her father in Japanese.

Papa, I’ve talked without about how it is possible for a person to be attracted to both men and women, it doesn’t have to be exclusive-

*bleep*! I’ve learned to tolerate homosexuals, but I cannot and will not stand for people who will whore around with any living creature, that is not the way it was intended to be!

Sana doesn’t translate their conversation for Jimin, and from the look on her face, Jimin knows that it’s probably not something he wants to hear. Dinner continues silently after that, and unlike with the other houses, Jimin doesn’t hang around afterwards. Instead, Sana walks him out almost immediately.

“I am so sorry~” Sana is apologizing the second they are outside. “I honestly had no idea my family-“

“Hey,” Jimin cuts her off, pulling her into a hug. “You have nothing to apologize for.” Jimin assures her, pressing a kiss to the top of her head as he tries to hide the fact that tears are already welling up in his eyes.

They continue to the car hand in hand, Sana briefly kissing him before he gets in the car, quietly waving to him as the car drives off.

Chapter Text

Seoul

Sihyuk stands outside the mansion where this rose ceremony will be taking place, waiting for the four remaining contestants to arrive. The first vehicle arrives and Sihyuk steps forward to open the door, revealing Yoongi. “How are you doing, Yoongi?”

“I’m breathing,” is Yoongi’s response as Sihyuk walks him into the room set up for the ceremony. “I am a bit nervous though.”

~*~

Yoongi

I literally never saw myself getting to this point, nor did I ever think I would want to be here. But I am and I do, and I hope to god that I get one of those roses tonight. My hometown with Jimin went really well and we parted on a great note, but I don’t know how any of the others went, they could have gone way better than mine, so there’s no way of knowing if he will still want me after this week.

~*~

Jungkook arrives next, Sihyuk opening the door for him just as he had with Yoongi. “Hey, Jungkook~”

“Hello!” Jungkook responds cheerfully, walking by Sihyuk as the man leads him to the ceremony room.

“How are you feeling tonight?”

Jungkook lets out a breath. “Nervous, but I’m also extremely excited.”

~*~

Jungkook

Tonight’s ceremony is the biggest one to date. My heart is pounding, and my stomach is in jumbles, but I also have a good feeling about tonight. Him meeting my family went really well, they loved him, he had a great time. And most importantly, I told him I love him and while he didn’t reciprocate those words, he didn’t reject or push them away, and I’m taking that as a sign. A good sign.

~*~

Taehyung arrives next, walking into the room with Sihyuk. “And how are you feeling?”

Taehyung breathes out a laugh. “I don’t even know if I could put it into words right now.”

~*~

Taehyung

Meeting my family didn’t go horribly, but it definitely could have gone better. My family loved Jimin and thought he was great, but my dad said that he couldn’t approve of us being together. I could see just how much that tore Jimin inside, and I hated seeing him like that. But I trust that Jimin will be willing to fight for me just like I am for him, and my dad’s perspective could very easily change if I were to get a rose tonight, and eventually get the final rose. So, I do have a pretty good feeling about tonight.

~*~

Sana is the last to arrive, greeting Sihyuk before he gets the chance to. “Hi, Sihyuk! It’s been a long time!”

Sihyuk smiles brightly at her. “It has been a long time! How have you been?”

Sana shrugs slightly as Sihyuk leads her into the room. “Could be better, could be worse.”

~*~

Sana

The other night sucked. There are no other words to describe how that went. I know my family’s not the most open to ‘alternative lifestyles’ as they call it, but I wasn’t expecting that kind of reaction. I wouldn’t blame Jimin or be upset if he decided not to give me a rose. That’s a lie, obviously I would be upset since I love him. But I wouldn’t be upset with him. The look on his face when he realized that my family didn’t like him killed me, and I never want to see him with that expression again.

~*~

Just outside of the room, Jimin is crouched down with his head in his hands. “You doing okay?” Sihyuk asks Jimin, as he was coming to let the male know it was time to begin the rose ceremony.

Jimin shakes his head. “I don’t know how to choose.” He lifts his head up to look at Sihyuk. “I really like all of them, so I don’t know how I’m supposed to pick. I’ve spent the past couple of days since I got back from Japan thinking over my relationships with each of them, and I still don’t know.”

“When it comes to relationships and love,” Sihyuk starts, “you have to feel more than think. Nothing about loving someone is logical, so looking at it with logic most of the time does nothing. For the majority of this journey, whenever you’ve had a hard time choosing who to send home and who to keep, you’ve said that you’re going to let your heart decide.” Jimin nods. “Do that tonight. Empty your head before you go into that room, and just let your heart call out to who it wants to give each rose to.”

Jimin takes a breath before nodding, standing up straight. “Thank you~” He says quietly to the host before stepping into the room to begin the rose ceremony.

~*~

Jimin

I had two hometowns that were really great, one that wasn’t quite as great, and one that was just a disaster. But none of them actually affected the feelings I have for Yoongi, Jungkook, Taehyung, and Sana, and that’s what makes tonight so difficult. But like Sihyuk said, I’m going to forget everything and let my heart decide.

~*~

“This week was unbelievable.” Jimin says after greeting the four remaining contestants. “Getting to see where each of you grew up and learn more about what has shaped you into the amazing people you are was an experience that words can’t describe. And even though there were some struggles, I don’t regret any second of it.” The camera shows both Taehyung and Sana, Taehyung beaming at that final statement while Sana gives a sad smile, looking down. “Tonight’s decision is the most difficult thing I have been through so far, so I am once again going to trust my heart to make the decision for me.”

He picks up the first of the three roses from the table and takes a deep breath. “Yoongi~”

Yoongi’s eyes widen slightly in excitement and he steps forward with a smile. “Yoongi, will you accept this rose?”

“Sure~” Yoongi says, trying to play it off nonchalantly, but anyone could see how excited he is to be getting the rose. Jimin giggles a bit as the older male takes it, giving Yoongi a hug.

After Yoongi returns to his spot, Jimin picks up the second rose. “Jungkook~”

Jungkook also approaches Jimin with a bright smile. “Jungkook will you accept this rose?”

“Of course!” Jungkook gives him tight hug before walking back to his spot between Yoongi and Taehyung.

Sihyuk enters the room. “Sana, gentlemen, Jimin, this is the final rose tonight.” He turns to Jimin. “When you’re ready.”

After Sihyuk walks out, Jimin picks up the final rose, Taehyung waiting with a slight frown on his face while Sana watches calmly. Jimin takes a big breath, looking between Sana and Taehyung as he waits for his heart to tell him which one to call out. “Sana~”

Sana and Taehyung’s eyes both widen in shock, Taehyung’s eyes already starting to fill with tears as Sana walks forward to accept her rose. “Sana, will you accept this rose?”

Sana nods, whispering her yes as she takes the rose from Jimin. After she returns to her spot next to Taehyung, Sihyuk reenters the room. “Taehyung, I’m sorry. Take a moment and say your goodbyes.”

Taehyung hugs Sana, Jungkook, and Yoongi, while still holding back tears, wishing them all luck before walking over to Jimin. The two of them quietly walk out to the car, Taehyung’s tears finally starting to fall as soon as they’re out of the room. “I just…” Jimin trails off before trying again, “I really want to say something, but I don’t know what I can say without accidentally making this worse.”

“I don’t either~” Taehyung says quietly, wiping away some of his tears, although it’s useless as they just keep coming out.

“You know this has nothing to do with you-“

Taehyung lets out a small laugh. “Please tell me you’re not going to give me that ‘it’s not you it’s’ me’ *bleep*” Jimin laughs a bit too while shaking his head. “Was it my dad?” Jimin gives another small shake of his head. “Then what did I do wrong?”

“You didn’t do anything wrong.” Jimin assures him. “You are an incredible person. You’re smart, funny, kind, caring, handsome. I just…” He trails off again, his own eyes starting to well with tears.

“You just don’t know if it would work between us in the long run?” Taehyung nods as if he understands, tears still pouring out of him.

Neither of them have any more words to say, so Jimin slowly pulls Taehyung into a hug, paying attention in case the taller male tries to reject it. They hold each other tightly for a few seconds before pulling away, Taehyung finally climbing into the car to leave.

~*~

Taehyung

I honestly did not expect it to turn out this way. *sniffles* Like, I really could see myself with Jimin after this, possibly even for the rest of my life. But apparently, he couldn’t see that. *sniffles and wipes tears* This is the first time I’ve felt like this for someone, the first time I let myself get invested deeply, and it turned into *bleep* I did not see myself hurting like this.

~*~

Jimin walks back into the ceremony room, where Sihyuk has already provided glasses of champagne for the four of them to celebrate. Jimin downs his glass in one go.

~*~

Sana

I really wasn’t expecting to get a rose tonight. Obviously, a part of me is extremely happy that Jimin does share my feelings still despite my family’s view of him…but a large part of me is still very worried about the stress that he could suffer from in the future. I’ll just have to keep seeing how this goes and, if it comes to it, try even harder to open my family’s minds even more.

~*~

Sihyuk steps back up to speak to the four of them. “I’m gonna tell you what you can look forward to next week.” The four of them look at him expectantly. “We will be flying to a new location and each of you will get a one on one with Jimin. Not only that, but you will all get the chance at an overnight date in a hotel room without any cameras.” Yoongi, Jungkook, and Sana’s eyes all widen.

~*~

Jungkook

No cameras?

~*~

“Complete privacy to do or talk about whatever you want.” Sihyuk continues. “So definitely be thinking about how you’ll want to spend your time with Jimin.”

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Since there’s been some confusion with how voting goes, i’m hear to remind everyone of the rules.

 

There is no limit to how many people you can vote for.

There is no limit to how many times you can vote for said person.

However, you can only vote once per person per comment.

So a comment that says “jungkook and Sana”, both jungkook and Sana get a vote.

Comments that have Jungkook’s name 50 times or yoongi’s 90 still only count as one vote.

To vote multiple times you have to comment multiple times.

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Jungkook

We are in Miami! I’ve never been to America before, and I couldn’t be happier that my first time will be with Jimin. *cue montage of their previous moments* Every second with Jimin has been memorable, and I can’t wait to make even more memories with him today.

~*~

Yoongi

This entire experience has not been what I expected. *cue montage of their previous moments* I know I’ve said this, like, a billion times, but I never thought that I would ever actually fall for Jimin during this. And how much I like him right now is very scary because I’ve never felt like this about someone before, and there’s a lot of things I need to tell him about myself that I hope to get the chance to during our overnight. And those things could either strengthen us or break us apart. I’m hoping for the former.

~*~

Sana

Just a few months ago, I was just a girl who’d had the good fortune of getting to meet her favorite singer at one of his concerts, and I thought that would be it. But now here I am, dating him. *giggles* *cue montage of their previous moments* We’ve had a pretty good connection from the first night, I’m still extremely shook that he remembered me from that concert. After introducing him to my family, I felt like that might have put a slight strain on our relationship, so what I’m hoping to achieve this week is checking our resilience and seeing if we can bounce back from that.

~*~

Jimin

This week is something I have been looking forward to since I first met with the producers to talk about the show. I don’t get very many chances to not have cameras on me at all, so that right there is a big reason why I’m excited for this week. But also, I get the chance to get to know three amazing people that I really care for on a deeper level that we have not yet gotten to with all of the cameras around. This week is going to be amazing.

~*~

Jungkook walks through a fairly wooded area on his way to meet Jimin for their date.

~*~

Jungkook

I can’t wait to spend an entire day and night with Jimin. I’m sure whatever we do today will be fun, because I always have fun with him…but I am extremely nervous for tonight. Like, just thinking about what could happen while we’re alone in a hotel room with no cameras…*trails off with a slight blush* I don’t wanna think about that, I’ll just try to focus on our date and not worry myself about what could happen.

~*~

Jungkook meets Jimin at the entrance to a park, immediately greeting the shorter male with a kiss. “How are you?” Jimin asks after pulling away from the kiss.

“I’m good! Excited to spend the day with you!” Jimin blushes slightly at that comment. “And you?”

“I’m excited too!” Jimin says, and Jungkook then asks what they’re doing today. “Since our other dates involved nature in some way, I thought we could come check out the Oleta River and do some stuff here.” Jungkook seems to be bouncing with excitement as he takes Jimin’s hand, the two of them walking into the park. “We can go kayaking or rent some bikes and go on a trail or whatever you want.”

“Can we do all of the above?”

Jimin laughs as they walk closer to the river. “Of course!”

~*~

Jimin

Jungkook is smart, funny, kind, caring, humble. He’s literally the kind of person that everyone dreams of meeting and dating, so I am very lucky to be where I am with him.

~*~

Just as Jungkook suggests, they do all of the above. They kayak down the river for a bit before returning, then they rent a couple of bikes and goa long some of the trails in the park, basking in the beauty of the nature around them. Once they finish their adventuring, they retire to one of the picnic tables in the area for a light meal. They sit on the same side of the table so that they can cuddle up to each other as they eat.

“You’ve seemed a bit nervous today.” Jimin comments. “I mean, more than normal.”

Jungkook blushes and chuckles shyly. “Yeah, every so often I randomly remember the ‘Fantasy Suite’ thing happening tonight and…yeah.”

Jimin nods slightly. “What makes you nervous about it?” He asks, squeezing Jungkook’s hand slightly. “Like are you worried we won’t have anything to talk about, do you have any weird sleeping habits that you’re afraid I’ll judge you over, anything like that?”

“No, it’s more like…” Jungkook pauses as he thinks of the best way to word it. “We’re gonna be in a hotel room…alone…with no one else around…”

Jimin’s cheeks start to turn pink as he understands what Jungkook is talking about. “I’m not expecting anything like that to happen, are you?”

“Well, it’s not like I would be against it if it did happen but thinking about it just…” Jungkook trails off, but Jimin understands perfectly.

“Anything that we don’t want to do or anything that would make one or both of us uncomfortable won’t happen.” Jimin assures him. “So, you really don’t need to worry.” Jungkook lets out a tiny breath of relief, giving Jimin a smile before leaning down to gently press his lips to the older male’s as a thank you.

~*~

Jungkook

His assurance did help me a lot and I definitely don’t feel quite as nervous as I did before. I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to going further with him eventually, in fact I have thought about it many a time, but it is a very big step, one that I’m not totally sure I’m ready for, so it’s nice to know that it’s not expected for me to do something I may not be comfortable with at this point. Jimin always calms me down and makes me feel safe, which is a very good thing. It probably wouldn’t be a healthy relationship if I didn’t feel calm and safe around him.

~*~

Jungkook gets dropped off at the hotel chosen for his and Jimin’s fantasy suite. He heads straight to an outdoor set up where he and Jimin will have dinner before Jimin offers up the key to their hotel room.

~*~

Jungkook

Jimin and I had so much fun today like we always do, and now as our dinner and fantasy suite approach, all worry I had over tonight is gone. I want nothing more than to know all sides of Jimin, especially his off-camera side, and I am prepared for anything that can come out of tonight.

~*~

Jungkook and Jimin both arrive at the table, Jungkook immediately greeting Jimin with a kiss. “You’ve gotten much bolder.” Jimin comments before leaning up to press his lips to Jungkook’s again.

“Do you not like that?” Jungkook asks with wide eyes.

Jimin shakes his head with a smile. “No, I definitely like it.” Jungkook smiles widely, his eyes crinkling and his nose scrunching, and kisses Jimin once more before the two of them sit down for dinner.

~*~

Jimin

I am very much ready for tonight. There’s a lot of things I want to talk to Jungkook about, particularly regarding my feelings towards him, and tonight is the perfect opportunity to do that. I know, or at least I hope, that he knows how strongly I feel about him, but I am aware that I haven’t fully expressed the extent of my feelings, to anyone really. And that’s my goal tonight, is to express my feelings to him as openly as I am capable of doing.

~*~

“I really was being serious when I said that I like how much bolder you’ve gotten.” Jimin states. “That first night, you were so shy and worried over everything, so it’s nice to see a more confident and sure side of you.”

Jungkook smiles as he rubs the back of Jimin’s hand with his thumb. “You definitely brought out this side of me a lot. Like how much you assure me and how you push me to take chances, and how you opened up to me about your own struggles and insecurities, just that alone instilled confidence in me because it did help me see that even the most outwardly confident person can still be just as scared as I am, so thank you very much for that.”

Jimin is beaming and bright red by the time Jungkook’s mini speech comes to an end. “I’m very glad I could do that for you.” He leans in and gently presses his lips to Jungkook’s for a few seconds.

They converse for a few minutes longer before Jimin pulls an envelope out from under a napkin and hands it to Jungkook to open and read. “Jimin and Jungkook, welcome to Miami, Florida. I hope you enjoy the heat and excitement that this beautiful city brings. Should you choose to forego your own individual hotel rooms, please use this key to stay as a couple in the fantasy suite. Bang Sihyuk.

After Jungkook finishes reading, he shyly smiles at Jimin. “So…?” Jimin asks, waiting for Jungkook to make the final decision.

“Let’s go~” Jungkook finally says, the couple sharing one more, not so brief kiss, before leaving their table to head to the cabana rented for them.

~*~

Jungkook

As we leave to head to the cabana the producers so lovingly rented out for us for the night, some of those nerves from earlier definitely have come back. But the difference now is that I’m no longer scared or worried, I’m excited for what tonight can bring.

~*~

After checking out the one room beachfront cabin, the producers and cameramen leave them alone, the final shot being of Jimin shutting the door on them.

~*~

The Morning After

Jimin and Jungkook are still in bed when the cameras return, the younger attempting to burrow under the blankets to shield himself. “Are you trying to hide yourself?” Jimin asks while giggling.

“I don’t want them to see my body!” Jungkook defends himself, poking only his head out of his shelter so he can see Jimin.

“Then why didn’t you wear a shirt to sleep?”

“I didn’t think they would be here this early!” Jimin and Jungkook laugh together as Jimin wiggles his way inside the younger’s fortress, pressing their lips together in a good morning kiss.

“You have a good body.” Jimin mumbles against Jungkook’s lips before kissing him again.

~*~

Jungkook

*bright smile* Last night was so much better than I expected. Jimin isn’t too much different without cameras, he’s slightly more outgoing and energetic, but not a huge difference. I didn’t think it was possible, but I fell even more in love with him last night. Every second we spent together was magical and definitely not something I will be forgetting any time soon. *giggles a bit*

~*~

They’re still lying incredibly close to each other, gently nudging their nose together. “You want some coffee?” Jungkook asks, and Jimin nods a bit.

“Coffee sounds great right now.” Jungkook smiles and kisses him once more, not fully ready to get out of bed yet.

~*~

Jungkook

Even if it’s not me he wants after all of this, there is no way I will ever regret anything about last night. It was amazing.

~*~

The two of them, Jungkook now wearing a shirt, opt to have their coffee and mini breakfast spread out on the patio. However, instead of sitting in their own chairs, Jimin insist on sharing a chaise with Jungkook, cuddling into the younger male’s side as they sip at their drinks.

“I had fun last night.” Jimin says. “I hope you did too,” Jungkook nods as Jimin continues with a giggle, “despite some of the awkward and unexpected things that happened.”

Jungkook laughs too. “Little bit unexpected, definitely awkward, but still fun.” Jungkook assures him.

“Good~” Jimin whispers, leaning forward to rest his forehead against Jungkook’s.

Jungkook presses a kiss to Jimin’s nose. “I love you~” he whispers, and Jimin pulls back slightly to smile down at Jungkook. After a second, the singer leans down to press his lips to Jungkook’s, their lips moving together until they absolutely have to pull away for air.

After a few more seconds, it’s time for their date to come to an end. “I’m expecting you to keep that promise you made to yourself last night.” Jimin tells Jungkook as they walk towards the door.

“I will,” Jungkook says with a chuckle, giving Jimin one final kiss before letting him go.

~*~

Jimin

Last night with Jungkook was indescribable. I got to see him for who he truly is for the first time, and the side I saw is a side I want to see every time I’m with him. I want more moments like this where it’s just me and him, no cameras, nobody else. *blushes* I’m really falling deeply for him.

~*~

Jungkook

Saying bye to Jimin this morning was bittersweet. Like, last night was amazing, any subconscious doubts I had about us have all disappeared and I am extremely confident in his feelings for me and where our relationship could go. But I am so in love with him that I didn’t want him to leave. I wanted to drag him back into the room and curl up in bed and pretend like he’s not seeing other people and not spending a night with them and those nights not potentially going the same way ours did.

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Jimin

I had my date with Jungkook the other day, and it went really well. It went even better than I imagined actually. He and I are in a very good place with each other, we are on the same page when it comes to where we stand in this relationship, and I just really, really like him. Now today is my date with Yoongi and I couldn’t be more excited! Yoongi definitely caught my eye from the very first night because he is very different from everyone else. He didn’t go all out trying to impress me or try to one up other people, and even now that he shares feelings for me, he still doesn’t compromise himself just to seem like the perfect person. I really admire his level of authenticity he carries with him.

~*~

Yoongi and Jimin meet up near their date spot, Jimin enthusiastically hugging Yoongi in greeting. Yoongi briefly presses his lips to Jimin’s just before he pulls away. “How are you?”

Jimin smiles up at Yoongi, arms still wrapped around him even though they are not fully hugging. “Excited to spend the day with you!” Yoongi flushes pink and mumbles an agreement before asking what they’ll be doing that day. “We’ll be going horseback riding!”

Yoongi sighs a bit. “That’s so much work.” He jokingly whines.

“Come on!” Jimin exclaims, finally removing his arms from around Yoongi and taking the older male’s hand in his. “It’ll be really fun!”

Yoongi groans playfully. “Alright~”

~*~

Jimin

I really like Yoongi and I’m excited to see what will happen today and tonight with him.

~*~

They arrive at a ranch and immediately get fitted for some horses so they can have a beginner’s lesson. They slowly ride along some trails, Yoongi and Jimin joking along the entire time while sharing kisses in between.

~*~

Yoongi

Jimin has got to be some kind of magical creature, because I’m finding myself enjoying things that I never even imagined myself ever doing, and it’s all because of him. I’m really glad that our date today was super fun and carefree, because our overnight definitely won’t be. While I wish it could be, what I have to tell him is extremely important and he needs to know before we get too deep into this relationship. I do think that it’ll go okay, but there is always this underlying worry that he’ll look at me differently afterwards, and that is the last thing I want to happen.

~*~

When they return from their horse riding, they visit the different animals on the ranch before sitting down for lunch provided by the ranch.

“I don’t think I really told you this then,” Jimin starts off while Yoongi rubs his thumb over the back of Jimin’s hand, “but I did really enjoy meeting your family. They were very nice and obviously love you a lot.”

Yoongi chuckles a bit. “Yeah, my parents told me all about their conversation with you and talked about you literally every second of every day until I went back to Seoul for the ceremony.”

Jimin giggles. “Well, I’m really glad they liked me.” Jimin smiles at Yoongi before leaning in to press his lips to his.

~*~

Yoongi

I just really hope tonight goes well.

~*~

Jimin

Even though he didn’t explicitly state it, I could tell that something was troubling Yoongi during our date. I tried my best to make today really fun and I hope that I succeeded in distracting him at least a little bit. I hope that whatever it is, he won’t hold back from talking to me tonight and letting me help him.

~*~

Yoongi is busy getting ready for the dinner portion of his date with Jimin.

~*~

Yoongi

The closer we get to the Fantasy Suite, the more worried I get over what I have to tell Jimin. I really like Jimin, and I don’t want to risk *bleep* things up with him. But even if I don’t tell him tonight, I would have to tell him eventually, so it’s kind of like ripping off a Band-Aid, you just gotta get it over with. I just want to close my eyes and wake up tomorrow morning with it done and everything be okay.

~*~

Jimin waits in a private dining room of the resort chosen for their Fantasy Suite for Yoongi to arrive.

~*~

Jimin

I feel like I’m in a really good place with Yoongi, but I am worried about whatever’s bothering him. I’m guessing that whatever it is, he’s afraid of how I might react to it, which is a valid thing to be worried over, I worry over what people will think constantly. But I’m hoping that he realizes that he would probably have to have murdered someone or done something equally as horrifying for me to ever look at him in a negative light. Another thing that worries me is if we get through tonight, and by tomorrow morning he still hasn’t told me what’s on his mind, then that means I haven’t done a good job at assuring him and expressing to him how I feel about him. I hope I’ve done a good job.

~*~

They greet each other with a hug and kiss, sitting down almost immediately. It doesn’t take long for Jimin to notice just how anxious Yoongi is at this point, the older male looking slightly paler than normal. “Are you okay?” Jimin asks, lightly squeezing Yoongi’s hand. “That’s probably stupid question,” he says before Yoongi can even respond, “but, like, is there anything you need me to do or-“

“No, no, you’re perfect.” Yoongi blurts out, blushing slightly as soon as the words are out. “I just…I have something I need to tell you, but I really don’t…” Yoongi trails off, glancing towards the various cameras around them.

“You don’t want to do it in front of the cameras?” Jimin asks for clarification, and Yoongi gives a small nod. “Well, if you want to and are comfortable, we can skip this whole dinner thing and go straight to the suite.” As he talks, Jimin slides the envelope with the note and room key out from its hiding place on the table. Yoongi gives another nod of agreement, and Jimin takes him by the hand, leading him away from the table. By the time the camera crew catches up to them, the elevator doors are already closing behind them.

~*~

The Morning After

Jimin is already up and moving around the suite, setting out the breakfast he had ordered from room service on the coffee table in front of the couch.

~*~

Jimin

If anyone asked me what I had expected to happen last night, my answer would be not what did happen. And I don’t mean that in a bad way, I’m really glad we had the conversation we had last night because it was really important and necessary for us to move forward in the relationship. I’m very appreciative that Yoongi felt comfortable enough to open up to me and allowed me to open up a bit to him, and now I feel even better about where we stand.

~*~

After approving of the breakfast spread, Jimin moves to the bedroom of the suite where Yoongi is still curled up in a ball, sleeping away. Jimin climbs on the bed, lying on top of sleeping male. “Yoongi~” Jimin sings out quietly, pushing the male’s hair away from his face. Yoongi groans quietly in response. “It’s time to wake up! I ordered breakfast!” The younger male continues to sing, now gently poking Yoongi’s face. Yoongi just groans again. “I got coffee.”

Yoongi lifts his head the tiniest bit. “Coffee?” He mumbles.

“Yeah, coffee~” Jimin answers, and Yoongi lays his head back down for a second before moving. He uncurls and rolls over, Jimin staying on top of him and just shifting himself to accommodate the older male’s new position. “Good morning~” Jimin says as Yoongi blinks his eyes open. Yoongi mumbles a response as Jimin leans down to give him a short kiss. “You gonna get up now?”

Yoongi nods slightly. “I kind of need you to get off of me first.” Jimin giggles, pressing his lips to Yoongi’s for a couple of seconds before finally climbing off of him.

~*~

Yoongi

Last night definitely started off very rough for me. It’s not easy for me to be open and vulnerable to someone. The only other person I’m ever this vulnerable with is my hyung. But I did it, I talked to Jimin, and things turned out great. Once the worst of it was over, we had a very relaxing night, and I don’t regret anything at all.

~*~

The two of them nibble on toast as they relax on the couch, cuddled up next to each other. “You fell asleep during our marathon last night.” Yoongi comments, making Jimin laugh slightly.

“I’m sorry, I was just really tired.” Jimin says honestly.

“You should be sorry~” Yoongi teases him.

Jimin giggles, moving even closer to Yoongi. “We’ll just have to finish it some other time.” Jimin offers, quickly pressing his lips to Yoongi’s before the older male can respond. Yoongi is too flustered to speak when Jimin pulls away, so he opts to finish his breakfast in silence.

The two take their time cleaning up their breakfast dishes to make it easier on the resort staff, but eventually they have no viable reason to remain in the suite. “I’ll see you at the ceremony?” Jimin asks Yoongi, holding the older male’s hands as they stand just in the doorway.

Yoongi nods. “See you~” He says quietly, leaning in to kiss Jimin for a brief period of time before finally parting and letting him go.

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Sana and Jimin walk down the street, hands interlocked.

~*~

Sana

I am very excited for my date with Jimin today and tonight, because I do love spending time with him, and we always have lots of fun. But I’m also really worried. Even though he still gave me a rose last week, I know that my family’s reaction to him impacted him a lot, and I believe that it very well could have driven a wedge in our relationship.

~*~

“Where are you taking me?” Sana asks, as Jimin still hasn’t told her their plans for the day.

“We’re going to spend the day in Little Havana.” Jimin answers, swinging their arms slightly. “Apparently they have, like, a little festival one Friday night a month, so I thought it would be cool to spend the day here then join in the festivities.”

Sana smiles up at him. “That sounds really fun!”

~*~

Jimin

It definitely hurt a lot, realizing that Sana’s family hates me, and it still hurts now, but I don’t care. Sana is a completely separate person from her family, so it would be wrong of me to let my feelings towards her and our relationship be influenced by them. Sana loves me, and I am head over heels for her, so her family can hate me all they want, I’m not giving up on her just yet.

~*~

They walk around the neighborhood, stopping whenever they see a store or café in order to buy something. In the stores, they tried on various hats or pieces of clothing for each other, mostly ones that looked ridiculous just to get a laugh. Whenever they stop at a café, they order a drink or a snack, tasting each other’s as they continue walking around.

At one point they stop for ice cream and when Sana’s not looking, Jimin dips his finger in the treat and boops her nose, leaving the chocolate dessert behind. “Oh, thank you, this really completes my look now.” Sana plays along, causing Jimin to laugh. The singer then bends down and kisses the tip of her nose to get the ice cream off, moving to her lips not even a second after.

~*~

Sana

As expected, today was great. Jimin was great, everything was great. Things were so great that it helped me realize a lot of things, and now I know exactly what needs to happen in the Fantasy Suite tonight.

~*~

As night falls in Miami, music starts playing loudly through the streets as couples begin to dance enthusiastically. Jimin pulls a blushing Sana forward to dance with her, overexaggerating every move to make her laugh and feel more comfortable.

After they get tired of dancing, they head to their hotel for the night.

~*~

The Morning After

Jimin and Sana are lying impossibly close to each other, their foreheads touching as they whisper to each other so quietly that even the mics are unable to pick it up. Eventually, their conversation ends with Jimin kissing her gently.

~*~

Jimin

Last night was…I don’t even think I can put it into words. I have a lot of feelings about it, but I don’t know how to describe it. Sana is beautiful, mature, strong, and I don’t even know how to handle my feelings for her.

~*~

After dragging themselves out of bed, they move to the couch to eat breakfast. Before Sana can sit down, Jimin pulls her so she’s sitting in his lap, then insists on feeding her.

~*~

Sana

I feel content after last night. That everything is going to work out the way it’s supposed to and that Jimin will be happy. That’s all I want right now is for Jimin to be happy.

~*~

After finishing breakfast quietly, they quickly gather their things and leave with a quick goodbye and kiss.

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The three remaining contestants enter the room one by one, two of the three noticeably nervous over the impending rose ceremony.

~*~

Jungkook

I am very nervous for tonight. It’s not because I’m not confident in my relationship with Jimin, I really am. After our overnight date, there’s no doubt in my mind that we both share equally strong feelings for each other. But I am also aware that he has strong relationships with Yoongi and Sana too, so there’s literally no way of knowing how tonight will go. I just hope that when I leave this room, it’ll be with a rose in my hand.

~*~

Yoongi

Now more than ever, I am *beep* terrified of losing Jimin. He took a piece of my heart during our overnight date, and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever get it back from him. I don’t know if I even want to get it back from him. He’s been on my mind every single second since I woke up the morning after our overnight date, anytime I try to picture what the future will look like, I see him right there by my side. I’m pretty sure I’m falling in love with him.

~*~

Sana

Going into this week’s rose ceremony, I’m calm. Jimin and I had a very honest and open conversation during our overnight, and thankfully it ended with us being on the same page. I do love Jimin very much, but whatever happens tonight, I’ll be at peace with it.

~*~

Jimin paces around outside the room, preparing himself for the rose ceremony.

~*~

Jimin

Every ceremony up until now, I have been losing my *beep* in the moments leading up to it. I always went in not a hundred percent sure about who I want, just relying on my heart to decide who it wanted. This time, I’m still freaking out a lot, but my heart knows exactly who it wants, and my head knows exactly what I have to do tonight.

~*~

Jimin finally enters the room and stands before Yoongi, Jungkook, and Sana, taking his spot next to the table with two roses resting on top of it. “I know this probably sounds repetitive and you guys are tired of hearing it,” the three contestants giggle quietly, “but you truly are beautiful, amazing people, and I have sincerely enjoyed every single second with each of you, and it’ll be extremely hard saying goodbye to one of you tonight…” Jimin trails off, picking the first rose up from the table.

“Yoongi~” The oldest person in the room widens his eyes in surprise, letting out an audible breath of relief as he approaches Jimin. “Yoongi, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course, I *beep* will!” Jimin giggles at Yoongi’s statement, giving him a small hug before letting him walk back to his spot.

Sihyuk enters the room briefly to do his job. “Jungkook, Sana, Jimin, this is the final rose tonight. Whenever you’re ready~” Sihyuk pats Jimin on the back before stepping away.

Unlike in the other ceremonies where Jimin has paused or hesitated before calling out the final name, Jimin states his final choice the second he picks up the rose. “Jungkook~”

Jungkook gives a tiny cheer before stepping forward, the camera catching a shot of Sana with a very tiny smile on her face. “Jungkook, will you accept this rose?” Jungkook nods eagerly, hugging Jimin before walking back to his spot.

“Sana~” Sihyuk says after stepping forward again. “I’m very sorry. Take a moment and say your goodbyes.”

Sana gives both Yoongi and Jungkook a tight hug, wishing them both luck with the final step of their journey. She then walks to Jimin, who immediately offers a hand to walk her out to the car. By the time they reach it, Jimin is teary eyed. “Please don’t cry~” Sana says as she turns to face him. “Technically it’s supposed to be me that’s crying right now.”

“I know~” Jimin says with the tiniest hint of a chuckles. “This is just really hard~”

Sana nods in understanding, stepping forward to wrap her arms around him in a hug. “Thank you for keeping your promise.” She whispers to him.

“Thank you for keeping yours.” Jimin whispers back as she pulls out of the hug.

Sana leans up to press her lips to Jimin’s cheek for a few seconds, stepping away towards the car right after. She gives Jimin a tiny wave before climbing into the car that will take her away.

~*~

Sana

It does hurt a lot, saying goodbye to someone I love. But it’s for the best. Jimin could never be happy with me knowing that my family doesn’t approve of him, not only with me but as a person in general. I’d much rather him be happy with someone else than miserable with me, and now he has the chance to do that.

~*~

Jimin, after quickly wiping any stray tears away, reenters the room where Yoongi and Jungkook are waiting for him with glasses of champagne provided by the production team. After a quick toast, Jimin decides to inform the two of the plans for the next week. “As you know, family is something I value greatly, and it’s important that not only do I get along with my significant other’s family, but that my significant other also gets along with my family. So, I’d like to formally extend an invitation to each of you to meet my family.”

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I was gonna wait until the next season to implement this rule, but someone hinted that they would report this fic for "spam" because of there being "too many" comments, so to be precautionary, I'll go ahead and implement it now.

 

You can still vote multiple times if you want, however your comment must include legitimate commentary on the fic or provide a reason for why you are voting for said person for your vote to count. So no more just commenting Jungkook hundreds of times in a row. It also cannot be the same commentary and/or reason in every comment, it needs to be something new with each vote.

 

However, I did go ahead and count up the votes that y'all have already put in prior to me posting this note, so don't worry, those still count.

 

I'm sorry for having to change a rule at the last minute, especially since we're down to the final two, but I hope you understand my reasoning for going ahead and changing it instead of waiting.

 

And because I've seen so many people saying "it's so predictable that *insert person here* is going to win" I'd like to clear it up that it really is anyone's game now. Jungkook and Yoongi are so close in votes and they have been switching back and forth between first place constantly, so it really could be either one of them that ends up with Jimin, so don't write it off as predictable yet.

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Jungkook began removing his tie as Jimin closed the door to their cabana. He was half lost in his own thoughts, causing him to jump slightly at Jimin’s sudden shout of “FREEDOM”. He turned slightly just in time to see Jimin launching himself onto the bed, nuzzling into the pillows. Jungkook giggled as he took his tie all the way off, moving on to removing his mic pack. Jimin rolled over on the bed so he could see Jungkook, also working on removing his mic pack. “Are you laughing at me?” Jimin asked in mock offense.

“No, I would never~” Jungkook said in a teasing tone, climbing on the other side of the bed after setting his mic pack down. He watched quietly as Jimin struggled to remove his mic pack while still lying on the bed. “You know, it might be easier if you stand up.”

Jimin sighed dramatically. “But this bed is soooo comfy! I don’t wanna get up!” Jungkook giggled again, scooting closer to Jimin in order to assist him with his mission. Eventually, they were able to get Jimin’s mic pack off without the older male having to get up. “Now I really am free!” Jimin exclaimed, rolling over slightly so he was facing Jungkook. “Thank you!” He pressed the tiniest kiss to Jungkook’s nose.

“No problem~” Jungkook said quietly, returning the nose kiss.

Before he could pull too far away, Jimin was pulling him back so their lips could meet, butterflies erupting in Jungkook’s stomach the second they touched. Jimin’s hand came up to the side of Jungkook’s face at the same time he swiped his tongue along the younger’s bottom lip, and Jungkook knew that if he hadn’t been laying down, he would have fallen down from his knees buckling at the sensation. Jungkook was about to return the favor when Jimin pulled away much too soon, Jungkook chasing after his mouth. “Sorry,” Jimin said with a tiny giggle, “I just really wanted to kiss you.”

“That’s okay,” Jungkook said quickly, “you don’t have to apologize. I really want to kiss you all the time.” Jimin giggled again, once again wondering how someone could be so adorable and dorky while being insanely attractive. “So, yeah, you can kiss me all you want, right this second if you want.”

Another giggle escaped Jimin’s mouth. “You’re so cute~” Jimin said while leaning in, pressing his lips to Jungkook’s once more.

It didn’t take long for his tongue to dart out again, and this time, Jungkook parted his lips to welcome it, gently flicking his own tongue against Jimin’s. As the kiss deepened, Jimin lifted his leg and hitched it over Jungkook’s hip, taking just long enough to see if Jungkook would push him away before guiding the younger to lie on his back so he could lie on top of him.

Jungkook lifted his hands slightly, not knowing what to do with them. He knew he wanted to touch Jimin, but he didn’t want to seem too forward or push any of the singer’s boundaries, so he settled for just resting them on Jimin’s hips. However, it didn’t take very long for his hands to slide up under Jimin’s jacket, accidentally untucking Jimin’s shirt along the way, and come to rest on the small of his back. As he started to subconsciously trace shapes along the smooth skin just above Jimin’s belt, Jungkook pulled away from the kiss just enough to be able to speak. “I love you~” He told Jimin. “I really do.”

Jimin didn’t respond verbally, just pressed his lips to Jungkook’s for a few more seconds before pulling fully away, sitting up so he was straddling the younger male’s thighs. “Do you want something to drink?” Jimin asked. “I see that the producers set us up with some champagne.”

Jungkook nodded slightly and Jimin climbed off of him, walking over to where the producers had left an ice bucket with a bottle of champagne in it and some glasses. Jimin grabbed the champagne, leaving the glasses, and came back over to Jungkook. He reclaimed his spot on Jungkook’s lap, the younger now sitting up against the headboard so they were practically at eye level with each other, meaning it was impossible for the younger to hide the blush spreading across his cheeks as Jimin handed him the bottle. He opened the beverage as Jimin removed his jacket, tossing it across the room. Jungkook took a swig of champagne as soon as it was open before handing the bottle to Jimin. “I have a question.” Jungkook said as Jimin pressed the bottle to his lips. Jimin waved for him to ask away as he drank a generous portion of the champagne. “Please don’t think I’m trying to pressure you in any way, because that is the last thing I would want, and also don’t feel like you absolutely have to answer, only if you want to…” Jimin pulled the bottle away, quirking his eyebrow slightly at Jungkook. “How come you haven’t told anybody that you love them or are falling in love with them? I’m curious, is it because you don’t feel that way about any of us, or is there some other reason, or…yeah~”

Jungkook took the champagne back, planning on drowning himself out of embarrassment as Jimin stayed quiet for a few seconds. “There’s actually a lot of different reasons for that.” Jimin finally said after thinking over the best way to answer Jungkook’s question. “Part of it is that I don’t want to say it unless I actually mean it, like with Jeongyeon, I sent her home because she wanted me to tell her I was falling in love with her when I wasn’t.” Jungkook’s eyes widened slightly, as up until that moment he hadn’t known the reason behind Jeongyeon leaving. “I’d like to think that I’m an honest person, so the last thing I want to do is lie to someone just because it’s what they want to hear, especially when it’s something as important as being in love with them.” Jungkook nodded in understanding as Jimin continued. “And then on the other hand, even though I do have those feelings now, it doesn’t feel like the right environment for me to say them.”

Jungkook cocked his head slightly. “What do you mean?”

“It’s like…” Jimin trailed off as he thought over how to word his thoughts. “I believe that I should only share those words with one special person, so I personally would feel like I’m a shitty person if I were to tell one or two or all of you that I love you when you’re not the only person in my life at this moment. And not only that, but like, if I were to tell you tonight that I’m falling head over heels in love with you, and then some time in the next two weeks you decided you didn’t want this or me anymore, or if I were to end up choosing someone else in the end, it would just make it hurt more.”

Jungkook hummed before staying silent for a few seconds. While he waited for a response, Jimin took the bottle of champagne and took another swig before reaching over to set it on the bedside table. “That is completely understandable.” He finally said, sitting up from the headboard and wrapping his arms around the smaller male’s waist, tugging him even closer. “But unfortunately for you, your maturity and beautiful mind have just made me fall even more in love with you.” Jimin rolled his eyes slightly while giggling before cupping Jungkook’s face and kissing him once more. Their tongues met nearly instantly, the two of them able to taste the bubbles from the champagne in each other’s mouths. Before Jimin was able to deepen the kiss further, Jungkook pulled away again. “So…you said that you ‘have those feelings now’.”

Jimin nodded. “I’m not elaborating though, for reasons I just explained.” The singer attempted to pull the younger male’s face back towards him, but Jungkook was being a little shit in his opinion.

Jungkook turned his head to the side to avoid Jimin’s attempt at kissing him again, but Jimin didn’t let it faze him too much as he settled for trailing kisses along his cheek and jaw. “You also said if you were to tell me that you’re falling head over heels in love with me.” Jimin’s ministrations stopped, and Jungkook turned his head to look at him again. “Was that just a hypothetical or…”

Jimin laughed slightly out of embarrassment, playfully hitting Jungkook’s chest. “What did I just say?!”

“Okay, I’ll leave you alone!” Jungkook laughed out, tightening his arms around Jimin’s waist. This time when Jimin tried to connect their mouths again, Jungkook let him, but only after mumbling another ‘I love you’ against his lips.

Jimin ran his hands up Jungkook’s chest and across his shoulders until his arms were wrapped around his neck. He threaded his fingers through the hair on the back of Jungkook’s head and shuffled on his knees so that there was absolutely no space between their bodies. With this action, Jungkook became hyper aware of their crotches being pressed together and it only took a few seconds after that realization for his dick to begin to stir. Half of him wanted to see how far they could go before one of them decided to draw the line, while the other half wanted to pull away right then and suggest they do something less stimulating since he wasn’t sure how much he could hold back. Before he could make a decision, Jimin suddenly grinded his hips down, forcing a sound of surprise to come out of Jungkook.

Jimin pulled away immediately, skin already starting to redden. “I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to!” Jimin exclaimed as he removed his arms from Jungkook’s neck. “It was like on instinct; I really didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable!” Jimin exclaimed as he covered his face with his hands.

Jungkook, after composing himself from realizing his dick was now fully awake, reached up to try to pull Jimin’s hands away from his face. “Why would I be uncomfortable from that?”

Jimin refused to move his hands, still hiding behind them. “Because earlier you said it was making you worried and nervous, and that noise you just made-“

“I made because I was surprised and not expecting it.” Jungkook said gently, giving up on trying to pull Jimin’s hands away and instead settled his own back on Jimin’s hips. “And I was worried and nervous because I thought that sexual stuff was some kind of requirement for tonight. You didn’t make me uncomfortable at all.”

Jimin spread his fingers so he could peek through them. “Are you sure?”

Jungkook nodded his head. “Positive~” Jimin slowly lowered his hands until Jungkook could see all of his face again. “To be honest…I’d actually really like it if you did it again.” Jimin covered his face again, but this time he was giggling.

Jimin lowered his head to rest on Jungkook’s shoulder to calm down from his embarrassment, and Jungkook just lovingly stroked his back. He was about to change the subject when Jimin suddenly moved his hips again, making a small moan slip out of the younger. “Oh, you did really like it~” Jimin teased Jungkook as he lifted his head up, opting to lean his forehead against the younger male’s.

“There’s a lot-“ Jungkook was cut off by another moan slipping out when Jimin grinded his hips again. “-a lot of things I would like, but I’m probably not gonna ask you.”

“Why not?” Jimin asked as he grinded his hips again, biting his lip when Jungkook moved his own hips to meet his. “I wouldn’t be opposed to it.” Jungkook pulled back slightly to see Jimin’s face better. “Although I can’t guarantee it would be very good since I’ve never done anything before…” the volume of Jimin’s voice decreased as he spoke, the singer obviously getting extremely shy.

“I haven’t either.” Jungkook said honestly, gently squeezing Jimin’s hips. “But if you want…” Jungkook trailed off.

Jimin bit his lip as he contemplated the offer, coming to a decision after a few seconds. “Where do we start?”

Jungkook smiled at Jimin, and the singer couldn’t help but smile back. “Take your shirt off~” Jungkook was already working on the buttons of his own shirt, so Jimin quickly got to work.

His shirt got stuck for just a split second, but he was able to pull it over his head without too much hassle. After tossing his shirt off the bed, Jimin was met with an eyeful of what must have been the body of a Greek god. “Holy abs~” was the first thing out of Jimin’s mouth as his eyes widened. Jungkook laughed out of shyness, covering his face slightly. “Question: why the hell did you wear a shirt during our pool party and hide all this?!”

“Because I didn’t want people ogling me!” Jungkook exclaimed, running his hands along Jimin’s sides to calm himself down. “Only special people get to see me in all my bare glory.” Jungkook finished his statement by running his finger along Jimin’s tattoo.

“Don’t you know how to make a guy feel lucky,” Jimin said with a smile, leaning down to press his lips to Jungkook’s.

They spent a good while just kissing before undressing the rest of the way. Now, Jimin was standing at the edge of the bed, in just his underwear, Jungkook still laying on the bed in the same state of undress. “So, how are we gonna do this?” Jimin asked. “Like who’s topping and what not?”

Jungkook blinked, obviously not having that of that before. “I don’t know, I don’t really have a preference.”

“Me neither~” Jimin said, falling quiet for a few seconds. “Flip a coin for it?” Jungkook giggled at Jimin’s suggestion but got up to retrieve his wallet from his jeans in order to grab a coin. It was determined that Jungkook would top, so he went to search for the lube and condoms that Jimin had assured him would be somewhere in the cabana because ‘the producers are obviously hoping for this to happen, and they wouldn’t want us to not be safe’ while Jimin situated himself on the bed, kicking his underwear away.

Jungkook returned after finding the lube and condoms in the bathroom and tossed the objects on the bed, removing his own boxer briefs before climbing on the bed and hovering over Jimin. Jimin spread his legs so Jungkook could kneel between them, and Jungkook tugged him so his hips were elevated slightly, and his legs were resting over his thighs. “Hurting you is the last thing I want to do,” Jungkook said as he squeezed some lube onto his fingers, “so if you feel any pain, just kick me in the face.”

Jimin burst into laughter. “Alright, I’ll make sure to kick you in the face as hard as I can.”

Once Jungkook was sure he had enough lube on his fingers, he spread some around Jimin’s hole and took a deep, calming breath before pushing one finger in. Jimin winced as Jungkook got the tip inside, and the younger immediately froze. “Hurts?”

Jimin nodded slightly. “Not enough to kick you in the face, but enough to be uncomfortable.”

“I’m sorry~” Jungkook said, but Jimin waved off the apology. “I’ll try to go really slow.” And Jungkook did, a snail was probably faster than the pace Jungkook was taking to finger Jimin open.

Jimin was okay with the pace, though, until he was stretched open enough for Jungkook to be able to slide in a second finger, at which point Jimin became fed up with him. It wasn’t until right before Jungkook slid in a third finger and Jimin threatened to kick him in the face if he didn’t go faster that Jungkook finally began to speed up.

Once Jimin assured Jungkook that he felt stretched out enough, and then some because Jungkook didn’t want to risk it, Jungkook grabbed the condom packet and opened it, rolling it down his member with Jimin’s assistance. He then positioned himself at Jimin’s hole and paused. “You good?”

Jimin nodded, gripping the bedspread as if to brace himself. “Yeah, I’m good~”

Jungkook pushed in slightly, jaw dropping at the feeling. Jimin felt discomfort after the initial penetration, but after a few seconds, that gave way to a, granted miniscule, amount of pleasure that had him biting his lip to keep from moaning out loud. Jimin was about to ask Jungkook to push in faster when the younger suddenly stopped only a quarter of the way in, a strangled noise escaping his throat. “What’s wrong?”

“…I just came.” Jungkook admitted quietly.

“You just…oh…”

They both looked at each other awkwardly before bursting into laughter simultaneously. “I’m so sorry!” Jungkook said through his tears, still embarrassed from finishing so early.

“Trust me, it’s okay!” Jimin assured him, trying not to wince when Jungkook slipped out of him. “I’ve heard that’s completely normal.”

“That’s good~” Jungkook said after throwing the used condom away, glancing briefly at Jimin’s still hard member. “Do you want to top me so you can get off to?” Before Jimin answered, Jungkook mumbled just loud enough for the older to still be able to hear, “Maybe you can finish in two seconds too, so I won’t be alone.”

Jimin snorted at that. “Nah, I can just take a cold shower or something.”

“Yeah, because I’m totally gonna let you leave this bed without getting off.” Jungkook scoffed.

Jimin smirked up at Jungkook. “Okay, then~” He gestured toward himself. “Have at me~”

Jungkook’s eyes widened slightly. “Oh, uh…what do you want me to do?”

Jimin shrugged. “Whatever you want~”

“Oh…” Jungkook nervously twiddled his thumbs. “I think I’ll just jerk you off, is that okay?”

Jimin waved his hand for Jungkook to proceed. “By all means~”

Jungkook hesitated a bit before wrapping his hand around Jimin’s dick. He gave a few experimental tugs to start off with, trying not to focus too much on the small whimpers that started to come out of Jimin after he found a set pace. Since Jimin had already been so worked up from the making out, grinding, and fingering, it didn’t take very long for him to come with a cry of Jungkook’s name. As he came down from his high, he reached out for Jungkook, silently asking for cuddles. Jungkook obliged, ignoring how Jimin’s cum was now getting on his own stomach as he rested on top of him. After a few minutes of cuddling, they decided it was time to clean up, opting to shower together to ‘save water.’

The cleaned themselves off then proceeded to mess around and joke with each other as they washed and rinsed their hair. “Did you still want to hear me sing?” Jungkook suddenly asked as Jimin was rinsing his hair out.

“That’s like asking me if I still want to breathe.” Jimin replied. “Of course, I would love to hear you sing!”

“I’m not sure if you’re aware,” Jungkook started as he picked up the shampoo bottle, “but I am the master of shower concerts.” He wielded the bottle like a microphone and broke out into a dramatic rendition of Memory of the Wind.

Jimin wanted to laugh at Jungkook’s dorkiness but was in so much awe of Jungkook’s voice that he was unable to do anything except gape at him until he finished singing. “So, you have the body of a god and the voice of an angel? Literally how-I can’t even-what?!”

Jungkook suddenly became shy again at Jimin’s compliments, putting the shampoo bottle back down. “You’re one to talk~” was the only response Jungkook could muster up.

Jimin carefully went up on his tiptoes, wrapping his arms around Jungkook’s neck. “You have a very beautiful voice.” Jimin assured him. “Thank you for sharing it with me.” Jungkook leaned down and bumped his nose against Jimin’s, causing the older to giggle. Jimin then leaned closer to Jungkook, letting their lips brush against each other for a few seconds before finally closing the distance between them.

They finished their shower and dressed in their sleep clothes, Jimin in a t-shirt and pajama pants while Jungkook was content with just a pair of sweatpants. Jungkook got into bed first while Jimin turned the light off before climbing in next to him. “I think I want to audition for an entertainment company.” Jungkook suddenly said as soon as Jimin was settled next to him.

“Wait, seriously?” Jimin felt Jungkook nod. “You totally should!”

Jungkook scooted closer to Jimin and threw his arm over his waist. “A part of me is still scared that I won’t be good enough.”

Jimin snorted. “Yeah, totally ignoring the fact that you have one of the most amazing voices ever. But you really should. I’m betting right now that you’re going to have like ten companies fighting over you.”

Jungkook giggled, “I don’t think I’m that good…but yeah, I really think I’m going to.”

“You think?”

Jungkook stayed quiet for a second before responding. “No, I know. I’m committing right now to going to audition as soon as I possibly can.”

“I’m holding you to that~” Jimin said, turning over so his back was pressed against Jungkook’s chest in the proper spooning position. He rested his arm over Jungkook’s, intertwining their fingers as they bid each other goodnight.

Jimin was woken the next morning to someone knocking on the door. “It’s Sejin!” The main producer of the show called from outside. “Just giving you a five-minute warning before we start filming again!”

Jimin groaned and rolled over, blinking his eyes open to look at a still very much asleep Jungkook. “Jungkook-ah~” Jimin slurred, poking at Jungkook’s arm. When the poking didn’t work, he began to shake the younger. “Jungkook-ah!”

“What?” Jungkook groaned.

“The cameras are going to be in here any second.”

“The cameras…what?” Jimin repeated his statement, and suddenly Jungkook was wide awake. “I need to get my shirt!” Before he was able to climb out of the bed, the door was opening, thanks to the production crew having their own key, which resulted in Jungkook frantically trying to cover himself up with the blankets, Jimin giggling quietly at him.

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As the elevator rose, so did Yoongi’s heartrate. By the time they exited the compartment onto their floor, Jimin tugging him along to their suite for the night, Yoongi was gasping for breath and shaking slightly. He vaguely registered Jimin saying something to him, which did provide a bit of comfort just from hearing his voice, however he was already too far gone. By the time Jimin opened the door and pulled him inside, the familiar coldness had settled in his bones and his knees buckled under him, tears starting to seep out. He felt Jimin’s hands on him as the younger helped him lower to the ground so he wouldn’t hurt himself while falling. Once he was settled on the ground, he curled in on himself, brining his knees to his chest and wrapping his arms around them, in an attempt to gather any warmth he could.

Jimin crouched next to Yoongi, gently touching Yoongi’s arm. “Yoongi, I need you to try to slow your breathing. Can you do that for me?” Yoongi shook his head slightly, but Jimin could tell that the older male hadn’t fully heard his question. A small movement caught his attention and he saw Yoongi’s hand twitching towards his own. He lightly grabbed it, not wanting to freak out the older male even more in the case that he misread the action, however Yoongi just gripped his hand tighter, his breaths finally starting to even out after about a minute of just holding hands.

“Can you hear me now?” Jimin asked quietly, and Yoongi nodded with a shaky breath. “You’re shaking, do you need a blanket? Or I can try to find some tea for you, or run a bath or, something to warm you up.” Yoongi just nodded again, not able to speak yet.  Jimin stood up to go find a blanket for the older male, only for Yoongi’s grip to tighten on his hand. “I’ll be right back, I promise. I’m just getting you a blanket.” After that assurance, Yoongi willingly let go of Jimin’s hand. Jimin returned less than a minute later with a blanket and draped it over the older male, sitting back down next to him and taking his hand in his once more.

Yoongi’s face was buried in his knees as his shaking gradually came to a stop, and Jimin could hear muffled sniffles coming out of him. “I’m sorry~” Jimin barely heard those words from how Yoongi’s face was still pressed into his legs.

“You have nothing to be sorry for.” Jimin said, his voice barely above a whisper as he gently ran his fingers through Yoongi’s hair. “Does this have anything to do with what you were wanting to tell me?” He asked, drawing the connection that Yoongi was probably planning on talking to Jimin about his mental health, something that he could understand being worried over opening up about.

Yoongi nodded, turning his head so his cheek was pressed to his knees and he was looking in Jimin’s direction. “Partially~” They both stayed quiet for a bit, Jimin wanting to give Yoongi the time he needed. “Thank you, most people would have panicked themselves if they saw me like that.”

Jimin shrugged slightly. “I just did what helps me through a panic attack and hoped that it would work for you.” Yoongi lifted his head slightly, but before he could ask, Jimin was already sharing of his own accord. “When you take a perfectionist who already has a somewhat negative self-image and throw him into a world where everyone is watching him waiting for him to make a mistake…” Jimin trailed off, feeling that Yoongi completely understood where he was going. “It used to be really bad when I first debuted, but I’ve been doing better the past year, haven’t really had a full blown one in over six months.”

“That’s really good, I’m happy for you.” Yoongi said, giving a weak smile as he wanted to show Jimin that he was sincere with his words but the exhaustion from his attack was beginning to set in. “I haven’t had one in a long time either, it’s just this whole thing…”

As Yoongi trailed off, Jimin felt his own anxiety bubble up a bit, but at a much, much smaller scale than Yoongi’s. “I didn’t do this, right? I’m not the one causing the anxiety?”

Yoongi was quick to assure Jimin. “No, it’s not you at all.” Yoongi squeezed Jimin’s hand. “I mean, it is related to you, but it’s not you.” Yoongi took a deep breath before continuing. “I know I’m probably sounding like a broken record at this point, but I really didn’t expect any of this. If someone had asked me eight weeks ago if I would still be here and head over heels for you at this point, I would have probably laughed in their face.” As Yoongi spoke, Jimin slowly moved closer to him. “But here I am, head over heels for you in a way that I have never been with anyone before. And that terrifies the fuck out of me. Whenever I’m with you or think about you, my brain just shuts down because it doesn’t know how to cope with the way you make me feel.” Jimin’s eyebrows raised at Yoongi’s confession, not having expected that. “And that’s not the only reason I’m scared.”

Jimin watched Yoongi with soft eyes, waiting to see what the older male was going to say. “My mind has gone to some extremely dark places, places that I would never wish on even my worst enemy. When I was in high school it even got to the point that I tried to…you know…” Jimin lightly squeezed Yoongi’s hand to let him know that he understood. “Obviously it failed, and I haven’t gotten to that point again thankfully. I have gotten close though, and I think about that, and then I think about if it’s me that you choose at the end of this, what would happen if my mind went there again and you had to deal with that.” By that point, tears were starting to roll down Yoongi’s cheeks again. “I would never want to put you through that.”

Jimin moved even closer to Yoongi and rested his chin on the older male’s shoulder. “Don’t worry about that right now, we can deal with that if it ever gets to that point.” Jimin raised his hand that wasn’t being gripped by Yoongi’s and rested it on Yoongi’s back, tracing his finger along his back soothingly. “Are you afraid that I’m going to look at you differently now?” Yoongi didn’t respond, but Jimin already knew the answer. “I’m not. I may see you for just how strong you truly are now, but other than that, you’re not any different in my eyes. I still see the guy that handed me his mixtape and walked off without even telling me his name eight weeks ago.” Yoongi scoffed out a laugh at that. “You’re still the Min Yoongi that I’m crazy for, nothing can change that.”

“You promise?” Yoongi whispered, and Jimin nodded, whispering his confirmation back. After another minute of silence, Yoongi spoke again. “Can I have that bath now?”

Jimin giggled and straightened up. “Sure, I can go get it set up for you.”

Before Jimin could leave for the bathroom, Yoongi spoke again, this time at an extremely quiet volume and with a blush to his cheeks. “Can you join me?”

Jimin stopped with a sharp intake of breath, a pinkish tint spreading across his own cheeks. “I-if you want me to.”

Around ten minutes later, the couple was relaxing in the bathtub, Yoongi holding Jimin tightly to him. Jimin’s back was pressed against his chest and he had his face buried in his shoulder while Jimin ran his hands through the bubbly water. “I have a question~” Jimin suddenly said, and Yoongi lifted his head just enough to rest his chin on Jimin’s shoulder instead, giving a small hum as if to tell Jimin to ask away. “When did you start to have feelings for me?” Jimin turned his head to be able to look at Yoongi.

Yoongi shrugged. “I don’t know exactly when they started, but it was in the Dominican Republic that I realized them. During the rose ceremony, I realized I was actually worried about being sent home, and I was questioning myself because up until then I couldn’t wait to go home, and then that’s when I realized…”

Jimin stayed quiet for a few seconds, the tiniest hint of a soft smile at Yoongi’s response on his face. “Can I be honest?” After getting a nod from Yoongi, Jimin continued. “I did almost send you home that night.”

“Way to boost my confidence there~” Yoongi teased, tightening his hold on Jimin the tiniest bit while the younger male giggled.

“Let me explain!” Jimin insisted. “You might not know exactly when you started to like me, but I certainly know when the feelings started for me.” Jimin relaxed back into Yoongi’s chest. “The first week, I did just keep you around partially to mess with you since I knew you wanted leave so badly and partially because you were the only person I knew for a fact wasn’t hiding any imperfections or flaws in your personality.” Yoongi opened his mouth to remind him of how their camera free night had started, but Jimin held his finger up to stop him. “That doesn’t count, now don’t try to interrupt me again.” Yoongi playfully nipped at Jimin’s finger but stayed quiet so the younger could finish his story. “But during our first one on one, after I saw you interacting with that kid, and then you talking about basketball and the way your eyes lit up…that was the first time I saw something more than the brooding ‘I’m only here to get my parents off my back’, and I liked it. It gave me butterflies.” Yoongi started blushing again, so he hid his face in the crook of Jimin’s neck for the rest of Jimin’s explanation. “Then on the group date in Australia, I think that was the first time you really kind of let go and just had fun and let yourself enjoy the time, and that was when I really started to like you past just being intrigued. That night I actually had an image of you and me as a couple after this whole journey, and that’s when I knew I couldn’t just keep you around for kicks anymore.”

“So why did you almost send me home a few weeks ago then?” Yoongi asked, running his hands under the water until he found Jimin’s and intertwined their fingers.

“To protect myself.” Jimin answered honestly. “When I was thinking over who to give roses to, I kept thinking about how the longer I kept you, the more it would hurt because I knew you didn’t like me romantically and didn’t know if you ever would. Then Sihyuk told me to follow my heart and let it call for who it wanted, and during the entire ceremony, it kept calling for you.” Jimin turned slightly in Yoongi’s hold so he could snuggle into his chest as he spoke. “When I picked up the last rose, I legitimately thought it was going to jump out of my chest and run to you, so I made a last minute decision to keep you for at least one more week and then if you still didn’t show that you had any feelings for me, then I would send you home the next week.” Jimin tilted his head to look up at Yoongi with a smile. “And then you kissed me~”

“And then I kissed you~” Yoongi repeated in a quiet voice, leaning down to gently press his lips to Jimin’s. He pulled away after a few seconds, opening his mouth to say something, but promptly forgot what it was as Jimin scooped up some bubbles and blew them in his face. “Thank you for that~” He said in a flat voice as Jimin laughed. Yoongi then quickly scooped up some bubbles and shoved them in Jimin’s face in retaliation.

“Hey!” Jimin exclaimed, but the way he was still laughing showed that he didn’t mind as he wiped the bubbles away. Once he was face was mostly free of bubbles, he leaned up and pressed a kiss to Yoongi’s cheek, then the corner of his lips, then directly on his lips.

The water soon got too cold for them to stand, so they left their bath, drying off and getting dressed for bed. As they got comfortable on their bed, Jimin turned the TV on and went to see what movies the resort provided. “Ooh, they have the entire MCU!” Jimin said excitedly, bouncing slightly.

“Let’s watch them~” Yoongi said, earning a small ‘really’ from Jimin. “Yeah, let’s see how many we can get through before we either fall asleep or the production crew bursts in.” Jimin giggled and selected Iron Man, cuddling into Yoongi’s chest as the movie started.

It was when they were watching Thor, just after Thor smashed a coffee cup on the floor of the diner, that Yoongi realized he was the only one still watching, Jimin softly snoring as he slept on Yoongi’s chest. Being careful not to disturb him, Yoongi turned the TV off and tossed the remote onto the bedside table, turning the lamp off before wrapping his arms around Jimin and closing his eyes.

When Jimin woke up, his legs were tangled up with Yoongi’s and the older male was holding him tightly to his chest. He would have been content to stay there a bit longer, but his bladder was screaming at him, so he carefully pulled out of the older male’s embrace and tiptoed to the bathroom. When he came back out, Yoongi had rolled over and curled up into a ball, still sleeping away. Jimin had to fight the urge to giggle over how cute he looked as he left the room, searching for the room service menu so he could order breakfast for the two of them, wanting to surprise Yoongi when he woke up.

With their breakfast’s arrival, the production crew also appeared, ready to begin filming again.

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Since I am aware that many of my readers are not on Twitter, and therefore would not be able to participate in the choosing of the bachelorette for next season, I have decided to bring the voting here, and then if it comes out to be a tie when it comes time to announce it, I will then have a poll on Twitter as a tie breaker.

So I'm going to list all of the female contestants from this season (in case any of them have slipped your mind, since half of them went home the first night)

 

In the comments, please name the girl or girls you would most like to see as the bachelorette, then please provide your reason for wanting them to be the bachelorette.

 

Votes for the bachelorette will only count if they are on this chapter and if they include a reason.

 

Here are the contenders for the bachelorette:

Seungyeon

Yongsun

Jennie

Momo

Sojin

Mina

Ahyoung

Seulgi

Hyejin

Yoojung

Camila

Jeongyeon

Jamie

Rose

Sana

 

 

PS: The Sanmin Fantasy Suite should be up before the end of the day. I tried to finish it and post it before the Wembley concert, but failed. But it's almost finished! <3

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Jimin was obviously buzzing with excitement as he and Sana explored their suite for the night. “Someone’s excited~” Sana giggled as they made their way back to the main part of the room.

“Of course, I am!” Jimin exclaimed, wrapping his arms around Sana’s waist as he pulled her closer. “I get you all to myself for an entire night.”

Sana smiled up at him as he leaned down, pressing their lips together. He parted his lips, ready to deepen the kiss, but he only managed to lightly brush his tongue against Sana’s lip before she pulled away. “There’s something I need to talk to you about.” She said with a serious tone, one that shocked Jimin a bit.

“Oh,” Jimin said, stepping back just a little bit and unwrapping his arms from around her. “Okay, yeah, let’s talk~”

Sana took Jimin’s hand and sat down on the edge of the bed, pulling him down next to her. “I’ve been thinking over our relationship a lot, especially after what happened with my family…” Jimin lightly squeezed Sana’s hand. “And today was so much better than I ever imagined. We had so much fun, I haven’t been able to stop smiling since you picked me up from my hotel this morning, it’s hard not to smile when I’m with you. And you’ve been exuding happiness. I like your smile.” Jimin’s cheeks flushed pink at the compliment, the smile Sana was referring to present on his face. “I love seeing you happy…” Sana’s smile faltered for the first time that day. “…and that’s why I think you should send me home this week.”

Jimin’s smile dropped immediately and the happy aura he’d been giving off shifted into something more melancholy. “I don’t understand, you were just talking about how great everything is, and now you’re breaking up with me?”

“I’m not breaking up with you, Jimin~” Sana said as Jimin stood up from the bed, beginning to pace around the room in distress.

“You could have fooled me~” was Jimin’s response as he ran his hand through his hair, eyes beginning to glisten with tears.

Sana stood up from the bed. “I’m not breaking up with you. I love you so much, Jimin, and this is really hurting me right now, but today reminded me of just how much I love seeing you happy, and I know you won’t be able to find that happiness with me in the future.”

“Why do you get to decide where I’ll find happiness?” Jimin asked, the first tear of many to be spilled that night slipping down his cheek. “What if it gets to the end and you’re the only person that I want, but you’ve already left leaving me unable to do anything about it?”

“I’m not leaving, Jimin~” Sana said, a tear of her own slipping out. “Trust me, I’m not walking out on you, and I won’t ever walk out. I don’t know what will happen after this, whether you’ll fall in love with me, or Jungkook, or Yoongi. I don’t know any of that. But I do know that you won’t ever be 100% happy with me, not when my family-“

“I don’t give a shit about your family!” Jimin interrupted Sana, tears now flowing freely out of his eyes. “You aren’t them, Sana, they can’t influence any of my thoughts or feelings towards you. They can hate me all they want, I don’t care!”

“You say that you don’t care now, but what about in the future?” Sana asked, wiping away some of her tears even thought it was pointless as new ones replaced them. “If you do choose me in the end and you have to spend more time with them? If we ever get engaged and they constantly voice their disproval over every decision while planning the wedding? If we ever have kids and they ask why Sofu and Sobo don’t want anything to do with them?” Jimin was covering his eyes with his hands at this point, sniffling into them. “Can you honestly say that none of that would bother you? That you wouldn’t care and would still be completely happy with the situation?”

A sob came out of Jimin as his shoulder shook. “I don’t want to lose you.”

Sana stepped forward and wrapped her arms around Jimin, burying her face in his shoulder as he clutched onto her. “I don’t want to lose you either.” After they calmed down a bit, Sana leaned back to look at Jimin. “If you’ve already decided that you can’t possibly see a future with Jungkook or Yoongi, then go ahead and send them home and give me a rose. But if you are happy with both of them and can see yourself with them after this, then please promise me that you’ll choose them and send me home.” Jimin took a shaky breath as he looked into Sana’s eyes. “Promise me you won’t waste a chance at true happiness over me.”

Jimin sniffled quietly. “You have to promise me something too.” Sana nodded a bit, prompting him to go on. “I promise to choose happiness as long as you promise that we can spend the rest of tonight and tomorrow pretending like we didn’t just have this conversation.” Jimin took Sana’s hands in his and squeezed them. “This could be our last night together, and I don’t want it to be sad. I want us to be just as happy as we were when we came through that door.”

Sana gave Jimin a small smile. “I promise~” She leaned up and pressed her lips to Jimin’s gently, pulling away after a few seconds and wiping her face of any remaining tears. “We kind of skipped dinner so we could dance. You wanna see what’s on the room service menu?”

Jimin wiped his own tears away and smiled a bit. “Yeah, I’m kind of in the mood for steak, what about you?”

Although there was a lingering sadness hanging around them from knowing how things would end between them, Sana kept to her promise of pretending as if they hadn’t just had their previous conversation. They changed into their pajamas as they waited for room service to arrive and ate in bed while watching late night sitcoms on the TV. When they’d cleared their plates, they ended the night cuddling each other and sharing kisses until they dozed off.

They woke up the next morning long before the production crew arrived but opted to stay in bed for as long as possible, not wanting to leave their little bubble of happiness for the sharp pain of reality.

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Bang Sihyuk walks out in front of the studio audience shortly after the special screening of the Fantasy Suites episode to thunderous applause. He thanks everyone, but his words are drowned out from the claps, so he waits patiently for everyone to calm down before speaking again. “Hello fans of the newest show that is taking over both your TVs and the internet, I’m Bang Sihyuk, and welcome to a very special night entitled ‘Contestants Tell All’. We’ve had a very dramatic first season with many shocks and twists, including what was just seen last night when Sana, who many viewers, even celebrities who have mentioned this show in interviews, had picked as the final choice, was sent home. The most shocking part? The fact that he apparently promised her that he would send her home. Everyone is curious about that, am I right?” The audience cheers in agreement.

“Now Jimin is left with Jungkook and Yoongi, two dark horses. Jungkook was a very quiet participant, someone who stayed in the shadows, yet seemed to make quite the impression on our bachelor. Yoongi was someone who made a very heavy impression from the beginning with his blatant contempt towards the situation yet fell for Jimin along the way. Who will Jimin choose? You’ll all find out next week with our finale, but first, we are joined by 20 of the previously eliminated contestants who are here to dish out secrets and find closure. Let’s say hello to our contestants~”

The camera pans to the group of 20 people sitting in chairs on the stage. “Say hello to Jongin~” Jongin waves just before the camera moves to the contestant on his left.

“Shawn~” Shawn winks at the camera.

“Jennie~” Jennie smiles and waves.

“Seungyeon~” Seungyeon gives a little cheer and waves.

“Hyejin~” Hyejin just smiles at the audience before turning back to the camera.

“Yoojung~” Yoojung waves excitedly with both hands.

“Tony~” Tony smiles and waves.

(a/n: what Tony's wearing)

“Khalid~” Khalid gives a small smile and wave.

“Jamie~” Jamie smiles widely and gives a big wave.

“Sejun~” Sejun is busy clapping along with the audience for Jamie when the camera pans to him, so he quickly shifts to wave at the camera.

“Sungwoon~” Sungwoon waves shyly to the camera.

The camera pans down to the bottom row, and the audience begins to cheer even louder than they already were. “Seokjin~” Seokjin blows a kiss to the camera, his ears turning red despite the confidence he displays.

“Hoseok~” Hoseok bounces lightly in his seat as he waves.

“Camila~” Camila blows a small kiss.

“Chanyeol~” Chanyeol winks at the camera, then promptly starts laughing while covering his face.

“Taemin~” Taemin is still laughing from how Chanyeol became so shy, as he waves at the camera.

“Rose~” Rose smiles widely and waves at the audience and the camera.

“Namjoon~” There is also an increase in cheers from the audience as Namjoon smiles, proudly displaying his dimples that had captured the hearts of everyone watching the show from home. Namjoon quickly covers his face out of shyness, earning another deafening response.

“Jeongyeon~” Jeongyeon waves.

“And Taehyung~” The response the audience gives rivals Seokjin’s as Taehyung blushes slightly, giving the camera a small wave.

As the audience calms down, Sihyuk takes his seat in a chair across from all of the former contestants. “I would to thank all of you for being here tonight. Everyone looks amazing and excited to get talking. I’m sure you all have a lot of things you want to say to each other and just to express for yourselves, but first I, and I’m sure everyone who’s watching, is curious about your thoughts on last night’s episode and the apparent ‘promise’ that happened between Jimin and Sana.” Sihyuk looks over the contestants before picking one at random. “Seokjin, what are your thoughts?”

“I’m not gonna lie, I was really surprised that he even gave Sana a rose after meeting her family.” Seokjin starts off. “However, knowing what it’s like to love someone and be willing to do anything for them, I could understand why Jimin would pick her despite the train wreck that her hometown was. But the fact that he then sent her home so easily just a week later really confuses me. Like, he’d basically just showed that he was willing to fight for her, only to give up.”

Namjoon speaks up to add his own thoughts. “I don’t think it was so much Jimin giving up, but this promise they had, I’m assuming that when they were in their fantasy suite they had a discussion, possibly about Sana’s parents, and came to an agreement that it would be best to end things there. You know that whole saying of how if you love someone, you should set them free? I feel like that’s kind of what happened here.”

Hoseok responds next. “I personally feel like the promise was more on Sana’s part, because Jimin obviously didn’t want her to go with how he cried when walking her out. He obviously cared for her a lot, and that makes me wonder about his feelings for Jungkook and Yoongi, like would he have responded that way had it been one of them that he was walking out?”

Sihyuk gives a contemplative nod before asking a new question. “There was quite a bit of drama, especially for it being just the first season. I mean, you really set the bar for the following seasons.” Some of the contestants chuckle at his statement. “And we’ll dive into it in just a second when we come back from commercials. And even later, we’ll have Jimin here on the hot seat to answer any and all questions that he gets thrown at him. We’ll be right back~”

~*~

The audience cheers as the cameras start rolling again, excited to see what kind of drama has carried over to tonight.

“Welcome back to the Contestants Tell All special.” Sihyuk greets. “We have had an unbelievable kick off season, and we’re going to get down to the nitty gritty of it all. But first, lets take it all the way back to that very first night.” He turns to the contestants. “Rose, you had quite the impressionable first appearance. Tell me what was going through your head that first night when you stepped out of the limo and saw Jimin in person for the first time.”

“I was so nervous.” Rose says honestly. “Like it was crazy, I was about to meet the guy that was my reason for moving to Korea to try to pursue music, it was a guy I was potentially going to be in a relationship with, and I was going to be serenading him with his own song. It was extremely nerve wracking. But I was also excited because he was all I could think about since I had been told that I was chosen to be a part of this journey.”

Sihyuk then Taemin what his thoughts were. “I was really confident and determined in the limo, like I had planned on doing a small dance move during my introduction, but as soon as I stepped out of the limo, my mind went blank and all I could think was ‘oh *bleep*’. I wasn’t even sure what I had ended up saying to him until I watched the premiere, and now I’m just relieved that I didn’t totally *bleep* it up.”

“Okay, so it’s safe to say that a lot of you were understandably nervous.” Sihyuk says. “But there were a few people that seemed to exude confidence as they came out of the limo. Were any of you nervous too?”

“Not really~” Hyejin says, knowing that she’s one of the people Sihyuk is referring to. “I mean, there was obviously a tiny ball of nerves, because who’s not going to be nervous when meeting someone you’re potentially going to be dating? Kind of like a blind date. But it wasn’t enough to affect how I went in and introduced myself, because at the end of the day, I don’t think it really matters how flashy you are, because a relationship is going to be based off of more than who had the most interesting entrance, it’s going to be based off of who you are as a person. I feel like Jimin did a fairly good job of picking out who was worth it.”

“That depends on your definition of worth it.” Jeongyeon chimes in. “Because there are quite a few people here tonight that should have been gone the first night.” She earns a couple of oohs from the audience.

“As Jeongyeon so gratefully showed us just now,” Sihyuk says, “there were quite a few rivalries and quite a bit of drama that went down over the course of the show. I of course want to as all of you for a little more insight, but first let’s take a look at some of the highlights and refresh our memories of some of the drama.”

~*~

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.

 

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.

 

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

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 moves to grab Jimin to talk to him, but Namjoon beats her to it.

 

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.

 

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.”

 

 “Is that Khalid?” Camila asks.

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

 

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.

 

Camila

I really don’t think Khalid should have been allowed to come on here.

 

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.”

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

Taehyung

If Rose is going to shorten someone else’s conversation time, then her conversation needs to be cut short too.

 

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.

 

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?”

 

“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 your 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~”

 

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.”

 

Before climbing into the car, Jamie looks at him and says, “There are snakes in there. I hope you don’t get bitten.”

 

“I know that we’re all worried about making sure that we’re the ones Jimin wants and that Jimin will want to meet our families,” Namjoon says, “but it’s also important that we make sure that Jimin is the kind of person that we really want to bring home to our families.” Taehyung furrows his eyebrows slightly at Namjoon’s comment.

 

“I’m curious about what you meant last night, Namjoon.”

Namjoon tilts his head at Taehyung’s statement. “About what?”

“About how we need to make sure Jimin is the kind of person we want to bring home to our families.” Taehyung says, Jungkook looking back and forth between the two of them with confusion written across his face. “It kind of sounded like you were saying Jimin’s not a good person.” Namjoon raises his eyebrows in shock.

 

Taehyung shrugs a little. “I’m not gonna lie, there are some issues, but that’s expected since, like I said, we’re all dating the same guy. Questionable things are gonna be said and done.” Jimin tilts his head a bit at that.

 

“So, it’s been brought to my attention that some questionable things might have been going on between the contestants.” Light surprise appears in Namjoon’s eyes as he looks down at Jimin.

 

“Jimin asked me if I’d noticed any ‘questionable’ things going on and I told him that if anyone thought something was questionable, then it must just be a misinterpretation or misunderstanding.” Namjoon looks over at Taehyung. “I commend you for not throwing me under the bus, but I’m confused as to why you would want to fill Jimin with doubt.”

Taehyung furrows his eyebrows. “I didn’t fill him with doubt, he asked how things were between all of us, and I told him that people do say questionable things, but nothing that he should worry about.”

“And you thought that telling him not to worry about it would make him not worry?” Namjoon asks, Jungkook shrinking in on himself in an attempt to escape the environment. “Telling someone that the people they are dating are saying and doing questionable things is always going to make them worry and make them have doubts.”

“If it was just a ‘misinterpretation’, then you really shouldn’t be worried yourself, should you?” Taehyung shoots back, lifting one eyebrow.

 

Camila

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.

 

“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.”

 

“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. 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.

 

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.”

 

“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.”

 

Yoongi

I have no plans to stay past tonight’s, what is it called, something ceremony.

 

Mina

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.

 

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

 

Wonshik

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?

 

“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

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

 

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.

 

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?!

 

“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 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.

 

“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.”

 

Taemin

I really hope Yoongi is worth the inevitable heartbreak.

~*~

“Wow~” Sihyuk says as the audience claps and cheers at the end of the highlight reel. “There were quite some strong opinions going on.”

Camila raises her hand. “Yes, I was one of the one’s with a strong opinion and I still stand by my belief that there was something off about Sana.”

“Are we seriously doing this again?” Jeongyeon asks.

“Does seriously no one else find it suspicious that she plays nice girl then all of a sudden is smiling when she gets eliminated?!” Many of the contestants turn to tell Camila to shut up or drop it as Sihyuk calls for their attention.

“Camila, I promise we will come to your thoughts on Sana soon, but I want to start at the beginning.” Sihyuk shifts in his chair. “You caused quite a stir after your entrance.”

Camila nods. “We were told before ever arriving that some of us would be going home the first night. I did not want to be one of those people, so I had to do whatever it took to make sure I was on Jimin’s mind. And it worked.”

“Okay, Camila, you have a valid point.” Jennie responds. “But think about it this way, if it had been a guy just going up and kissing a girl with no warning, it would have caused an even bigger *bleep*storm than the one you got in response, because there was a lack of consent. You always need consent, even for something as small as kissing.”

Camila hums. “Well maybe if you had kissed him, you wouldn’t have been sent home the first night.”

“I personally don’t see anything wrong with what Camila did.” Taemin offers. “There are a lot of guys who prefer it when a girl takes control like that. At the end of the day, Camila was actually there for Jimin and she actually wanted to be there.”

“Ah, yes, Yoongi…” Sihyuk picks up on Taemin’s subtle dig. “I was sad when Wonshik said he wouldn’t be able to make it tonight because I was hoping to get more insight on why he was so against Yoongi, but you also voiced some feelings about Yoongi, and I’m curious what you think about him making it to the final two.”

“I feel that it’s extremely unfair to the rest of us who were working our asses off trying to maintain a relationship with Jimin.” Taemin says. “It didn’t bother me at first, because I could understand Jimin wanting to keep him around at the beginning, but when it got to the point where he should have been focusing on genuine relationships and Yoongi was still there, it was really frustrating.”

“You don’t think his and Jimin’s relationship is genuine?” Seokjin cuts in.

“I didn’t say that-“

“It sounds like that was what you were saying.”

Khalid leans forward slightly. “You do have to admit that it’s kind of suspicious. The fact that the one time he’s legitimately at risk of being sent home is when he suddenly realizes he has feelings for Jimin.” Khalid puts a hand to his chest. “I work in the music industry, and I know exactly what kinds of tricks people will pull to get a foot in.”

“I know you aren’t trying to accuse Yoongi of using Jimin. That’s total *bleep*!” Seokjin exclaims, Namjoon voicing his agreement.

“We literally saw in that little highlight reel that you even thought he should have gone home.” Taemin points out.

“I did~” Seokjin confirms. “I’m not going to deny that, but that was during the first week before I actually got to know him. See unlike all of you who chose to only talk behind his back and spread rumors instead of confronting him, I actually went up to him and talked to him and got to know him and he is literally the softest, warmest person out there. Like even the soft moments between him and Jimin during their dates after he realized his feelings is nothing compared to what Namjoon, Hoseok, and I saw as his roommate at the mansion.”

Hoseok raises his hand. “I can confirm, as I was there.”

Sihyuk calls attention from the group once again. “As much as I hate to cut you off right now, I am afraid we have to do a commercial break. But we will be right back with more talking through the drama.”

~*~

“And we’re back!” Sihyuk says once the cameras start rolling again. “Jamie~”

“Hi~” She gives the camera a smile.

Sihyuk chuckles slightly. “You were the talk of the internet after your famous last line of ‘there are snakes here’. Literally everyone was discussing what you meant by that and what you were hoping to gain by giving Jimin this warning. So, could you now provide some clarity on this?”

“Well,” Jamie starts, “anyone watching the show could see some of the discussions that went down behind other contestants backs or without Jimin being aware, and there were even more moments that the camera didn’t capture, so I felt it was my duty to let Jimin know that he could very easily make a mistake based on who was still there at the time.”

“*bleep*” Taehyung says just loud enough for his microphone to pick up.

“Taehyung, did you have something you wanted to add?” Sihyuk asks.

Taehyung clears his throat slightly before talking. “Yes, I’m pretty sure Jamie was referring to herself when she said there were snakes-“ Jamie scoffs, “-because the only person that was still there during the last night in the Dominican Republic who could have been considered a snake was her.”

Sihyuk turns to Jamie as the audience reacts to Taehyung’s response. “Anything you’d like to add?”

“Gladly,” Jamie says, turning to Taehyung, “Exactly what makes you think I was a snake? All I ever did was tell other people my own observations, I never once lied about anything.”

“So, it wasn’t you who told Jeongyeon that Rose and Chanyeol were planning to spread rumors about everyone else?” Taehyung shoots back. “Because you were the only other person there during Rose and Chanyeol’s conversation, and they never said that.”

Jamie rolls her eyes slightly. “I told Jeongyeon that Rose and Chanyeol were conversing about the act of throwing people under the bus. I never said they were planning on doing it.”

Jeongyeon jumps in this time. “Your exact words to me were ‘they were talking about throwing people under the bus’. You knew exactly how that would be taken and you knew that since I was falling in love with Jimin, I would have told him, making me seem like the bad guy.”

“I never told you to tell Jimin.”

Jeongyeon turns to look at Rose and Chanyeol. “I know I told y’all this before we started filming, but I really am very sorry about that, now that I know what was really going on, I feel horrible about trying to drag you guys down.”

Jamie shrugs as Sihyuk gestures for her to speak some more. “At the end of the day, you can only be held accountable for your actions. However someone decided to react to what I told them is on them.”

“Is that why you suddenly decided to support Camila in her quest to bring Sana down?” Rose asks. “Because Sana didn’t react the way you were hoping she would when you told her that Camila was talking *bleep* about her? Because that’s extremely snake like, telling Person A that Person B is talking about them, then turning around and supporting Person B.”

Jamie opens her mouth to say something else, but Taehyung cuts her off. “Just admit you were manipulating everyone the whole time and leave.”

“And what do you call telling Jimin that people were saying questionable things?” Jamie shoots back. “Is that not a form of manipulation?”

“That’s already been cleared up.” Namjoon jumps in. “Taehyung reached out to me a few weeks after filming was done and apologized. His emotions were running high because of how intense everything was getting and he let that fuel his responses instead of thinking through logically, and thinking back it’s very understandable for someone to react to what I said in the way he did because that was such a critical time in our journey. Trying to push the heat off of you onto someone else is very much a form of manipulation though.” Half the audience, Seokjin, Rose, and Jeongyeon all clap for Namjoon after he finishes his spiel.

“I’d just like to say,” Seungyeon speaks up, “that even though I wasn’t there for all of this drama right here, I can say that Jamie is correct in that she can not be held accountable for how others react to her and what she said. She chose to share her observations with other contestants, and the contestants she spoke to chose how to react to her.”

“Okay, I’m gonna cut in again.” Sihyuk says with a slight laugh. “Rose, you were mentioned as a victim of this, do you have anything you would like to say about that?”

Rose shrugs slightly. “Personally, to me it’s not quite as big a deal, as Jimin obviously didn’t take what was said to heart. He could have sent me and Chanyeol home in the Dominican Republic, but he didn’t. We got to stay another week and see his hometown, which I am very thankful for that experience. But I do believe that she fueled the feud between Camila and Sana. Originally, Camila was fairly quiet about her thoughts towards Sana. She only mentioned it to a few people, like me and Jamie and a couple of others. Sana wasn’t even aware. And then because Jamie mentioned it to Sana, Sana felt the need to make things right between her and Camila, which then pushed Camila into being even more suspicious. And I feel like Jamie knew exactly what she was doing when she decided to tell Sana about Camila.”

“And again,” Seungyeon says, “Jamie couldn’t control how Sana would react to knowing Camila didn’t like her, so she can’t be held accountable for that.”

Yoojung speaks up now. “Just because you’re, like, ancient doesn’t mean you know all.”

“And this is why Jimin didn’t want you.” Camila says. “Because you are so immature all the time.”

Yoojung huffs slightly. “Jimin happened to say I have an air of maturity surrounding me.”

“Was that before or after you sobbed on the floor of a closet because your conversation got cut short?”

Sihyuk jumps in. “That’s something I wanted to talk about too, the Yoojung and Seokjin situation. Any comments on that?”

Yoojung opens her mouth to respond, but Seokjin quickly turns his head from where he had been looking at someone to the right of him to face Sihyuk. “There’s nothing more to say on that front. I gave my perspective, apologized for coming off the wrong way, and Yoojung chose to ignore that and continue pitying herself. I did all I could do; I’m not going to indulge someone who’s still a child and nowhere near ready for the kind of relationship Jimin is ready for.”

“Ex-“

“I’m not going to indulge!” Seokjin cuts Yoojung off once again and waves for Sihyuk to continue as his fans in the audience laugh and cheer him on.

Sihyuk chuckles. “Okay then, let’s move on. We’re gonna take another little break, then when we come back, will have Jeongyeon here in the hot seat.” The audience cheers wildly.

~*~

“Welcome back.” Sihyuk says as the audience calms down again. “Tonight has already been fairly heated and emotional, for very understandable reasons. And we’re about to get even more emotional.” He gestures to Jeongyeon. “Jeongyeon, why don’t you come join me down here in the hot seat.”

Jeongyeon stands up from her chair and walks to sit on the couch next to Sihyuk as the audience cheers. “Hi, Sihyuk~”

“Hello, Jeongyeon.” The host greets. “You have caused quite a stir among viewers for many different reasons.” Jeongyeon nods slightly. “And you very obviously had a strong relationship with Jimin.” Jeongyeon nods again. “But before we discuss all of that, let’s have a look at your time on the show.”

~*~

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.

 

“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.

 

Jimin and I get along really well and always have great conversations

 

“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~”

 

I already had such high expectations for today, but Jimin just blew all of those out of the water.

 

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.

 

“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.

 

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 me and him at the end of this.

 

“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.

 

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.

 

Out of all of the outcomes that could have happened tonight, this is one that I did not expect at all.

~*~

After the highlight reel is finished, Jeongyeon is teary eyed. “I can see how emotional you already are just from watching that again.” Sihyuk says sympathetically, Jeongyeon nodding slightly as she brushes her hair out of her face. “I can’t even imagine the pain you must have been feeling then. Having gone to see him to express your love and I’m guessing hoping that he would share the same feelings, and instead…”

Jeongyeon nods again before speaking. “It really was and still is. I’m not someone who takes things like love and relationships lightly. You know, I was one of the few people who came into the show not already having an opinion on Jimin based off of him being a celebrity, so everything I felt for him was completely real and true, and when he kept saying that he just wanted someone to be real and true with him, it really hurt to be rejected like that.” Sihyuk nods in understanding as Jeongyeon sniffles slightly. “Sorry, I promised myself not to cry tonight, so I’m trying really hard not to.”

“It’s okay~” Sihyuk assures her. “Your relationship with Jimin was quite the talk on social media, and even among some of the contestants. Many people had doubts about your feelings due to the seemingly overbearing physical side of your relationship.”

“Yes, I was actually a little shocked when I saw my date with Jimin on TV because a whole lot was cut out of it.” Jeongyeon turns to the camera. “I swear, we did actually talk, we weren’t just making out the whole time.” The audience provides a few chuckles as she continues. “I can definitely see why people would be doubtful, but my relationship with Jimin was based on equal parts talking and connecting emotionally and our physical connection. Like I did talk to him about some things I went through in elementary school and then in high school, and he talked to me about certain things. Those conversations just didn’t get aired.”

“It must feel really good for you to clear that up.” Sihyuk says before turning to face the other 19 contestants. “I’d like to now open the floor for you guys to ask some questions about their relationship or make some comments if you wish.”

Khalid speaks up first. “There were people who doubted my relationship with Jimin too, so I fully believe that you were there for him and truly wanted to be with him, and I was rooting for you when watching it. Like I was curled up under a blanket on my couch, ‘get it, Jeongyeon’!” Jeongyeon laughs a bit while thanking Khalid.

“Thank you again, Jeongyeon, for coming here tonight and being willing to talk and open up about something difficult for you.” Sihyuk says. “And you have a bright future full of happiness ahead of you.” He then signals for the audience to applaud for the hairdresser. “Coming up after this next break, we have someone who rocked the internet and viewers everywhere with a sudden love confession that wasn’t for Jimin.” The camera zooms in on Seokjin, who blows another kiss to it. “And even later, we’ll bring Jimin out to face these 20 men and women, so stick around. We’ll be right back.”

~*~

“Welcome back to the Contestants Tell All. Next, we have a man who has set the bar extremely high for biggest twist, and it’s only our first season. Are you guys ready?” The audience starts to go crazy, the camera panning to a couple of girls who even have signs as if they were at an idol’s concert. “Seokjin, please come join me in the hot seat.”

Seokjin dances his way to the seat, Namjoon, Taehyung, and Rose laughing gleefully at him. “What’s up, Sihyuk?”

“Apparently your career~” Sihyuk says as he gestures for Seokjin to sit across from him. “I hear congratulations are in order as a few weeks ago it was announced that you will be the lead in a new drama.” Seokjin thanks him as the audience goes crazy again. “Have you started filming yet or are they still casting?”

“We were actually supposed to start filming today.” Seokjin reveals. “But I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity, so I told the producers to wait a day.”

“And they listened?”

“Of course~” Seokjin says completely seriously. “I’m Kim *bleep* Seokjin, I make the rules, I don’t follow them.” The audience cheers once again.

Sihyuk laughs. “Well, Kim *bleep* Seokjin, how would you like to take a look at your time on the show?”

“Let’s do it~”

~*~

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.”

 

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

 

I have a very bold personality that a lot of people can’t handle.

 

“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.

 

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.

 

I came on this show with the intention of getting to know Jimin and hopefully falling for him and him falling for me…but instead of actually falling for Jimin, I’ve fallen for someone else. 

 

“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 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.”

~*~

Seokjin raises his arms up as the highlight reel ends, welcoming all the cheers from the audience. “You came in very hot from the beginning.” Sihyuk says.

“Like I said, I have a very bold personality.”

“It obviously works for you.” Sihyuk gestures the audience still going crazy for Seokjin. “But it wasn’t necessarily your boldness or your confidence that got everyone’s attention.” Seokjin nods with a small smile, knowing exactly what Sihyuk is referring to. “Do you have anything else to say regarding that situation?”

“I mean,” Seokjin drags it out a bit, “I’m in love with someone, what more is there to say about it?”

Sihyuk and the audience laugh at Seokjin’s response. “Well a lot of people are curious about when and how it happened.”

“By talking~” The audience laughs again at Seokjin’s blunt answer. “I’m serious, though! I know they didn’t exactly show a lot of moment from the mansion or the hotel suites while Jimin was out on dates with various people, but it’s not like we just sat there and twiddled our thumbs, waiting for people to come back home or for the producers to gather us up for the date card arrivals. We all talked to each other quite a bit and got to know each other. And there was something I just connected to right off the bat, this person has one of the most beautiful minds I have ever seen, their thoughts and words and actions, everything about them is breathtaking, and they actually make me feel a bit inferior. And let me tell you, it takes a lot for me to feel inferior to someone.” Seokjin chuckles. “I also don’t mean it in a negative way, I mean it in like this person inspires me to continue to educate myself and grow more, and I really admire anyone who has it in them to inspire someone, no matter how small that inspiration is.” The audience awws continuously as Seokjin talks about the mystery person.

“And is this person aware of how you feel about them?”

Seokjin shakes his head. “The Dominican Republic is when I realized that my feelings were so strong that I couldn’t hide them, but this person was still very much interested in Jimin and working hard at growing a relationship with him, and I couldn’t get in the way of what they wanted. Which is why I chose to leave the show.”

The audience awws again. “Is this person still in a relationship with Jimin-“

“How am I supposed to know?” Seokjin asks sarcastically. “We’re not supposed to know who Jimin is in a relationship with until the show finishes airing.”

Sihyuk chuckles. “Let me rephrase: are they here tonight, or are they possibly still with Jimin?”

Seokjin makes a show of contemplating how to answer that question, even going so far as to stroke his chin. “There is a very high chance that they are here tonight.” The audience screams and the camera films the other 19 contestants, all of them looking around at each other in slightly confusion as they try to figure out who the person Seokjin is talking about is.

“Well, thank you again, Seokjin for sharing with us tonight.” Sihyuk turns to the camera. “We’re gonna have to take another quick break, but when we come back, we’ll be joined with Rose in the hot seat!” The audience cheers.

~*~

“We’re back, and next we have someone who made quite the first impression on the first night, then kind of went quietly about her business, yet still made it all the way Jimin’s hometown.” Rose is blushing slightly when the camera moves to her. “But sadly, it didn’t end well for her. Please welcome to the hot seat, Rose!”

Rose bows a little as she stands up from her chair and makes her way to the couch by Sihyuk. Chanyeol and Hoseok cheer loudly for her, making her laugh a bit as the audience calms down. “Rose, I’m very excited to get to converse with you.”

“I’m very excited too!” Rose exclaims, earning a few cheers from the audience.

“But first, let’s take a look at your journey.”

~*~

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.”

 

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.”

 

I knew from the group dates and from hearing the others talking about their dates with Jimin that he really does pick out the perfect dates. You can tell that he really puts a lot of thought into what would be the most fun for both him and the person he’s with.

 

“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~”

 

I know exactly how I feel about Jimin, and I am really falling for him. Now more than ever, I hope that I get a rose tonight and can bring him home to meet my family. I can definitely see us going far together.

 

“You are an amazing person, and I have genuinely enjoyed every moment that we have spent together.” Rose smiles brightly, but that quickly drops at Jimin’s next word. “But…” Rose watches Jimin he continues speaking, “I didn’t feel that enjoyment in the way one would enjoy time with a romantic partner.” Rose bites her lip slightly, obviously holding back some emotion. “I think you’re great and I know you’ll find someone who sincerely loves you, but that person is not me. And I’m really sorry, because I wish it could be.”

Rose lets out a quiet chuckle, using that to cover up the tears trying to come out. “I appreciate your honesty, and I wish it could be too. But you don’t need to feel sorry, because you shouldn’t feel guilty over not having romantic feelings for me, it’s not like you can control that.”

 

*sniffling with tears welling in her eyes* This definitely didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. It really hurts to be rejected like that. *sniffles* Jimin was really sweet about it though, which frustrates me. I really want to be mad at him and hate him because that’s what you’re supposed to feel when someone dumps you, but I just can’t. *laughs through tears* Why does he have to be so perfect?

~*~

“So,” Sihyuk starts off, “you made quite the impression at the beginning with you serenading Jimin and teaching him guitar, but also with the whole interrupting Jennie drama.”

Rose nods. “I cleared that up with Jennie that night, although it didn’t get shown. Like I went and found her as soon as I finished my conversation and told her I really was sorry and do feel guilty over intruding on her time with Jimin.”

“I’m glad things worked out on that end.” Sihyuk says. “But after that first night you kind of faded to the shadows and didn’t draw a lot of attention to yourself.”

“Yeah, that’s kind of what my tactic was. Make a big impression to catch Jimin’s attention, and then only focus on him and me.” Rose explains. “You know, don’t stand out among the other contestants, whether it be positive or negative. Don’t make myself to be an easy target for the drama seekers that would be there. And I feel like that did work in my advantage at first, because I obviously got pretty far. But it also ended up setting me back. I didn’t get any one on ones, I never got a date rose, and all that.”

Sihyuk hums in response. “I’m not sure if you were paying attention to Twitter or other social media outlets, but after your final episode aired, you got a surge of supporters, and I think it was because of your response to being eliminated.”

“I did notice~” Rose says with a slight blush and smile.

“People were praising you for being mature and relatable.” Sihyuk continues. “Do you still have the same feelings as you did that night?”

Rose nods while brushing her hair out of her face. “I am definitely on the same spectrum of feelings. It doesn’t quite hurt as much thinking about it, or rewatching that moment. And I no longer wish I could hate him. That was the broken-hearted girl talking. Now I think it would be ridiculous to hate him or be mad at him, because like Hyejin said when she was eliminated, you can’t force feelings for someone. And it’s not like Jimin took me on that date with the intent to break my heart, he really was trying, and that’s all I could have asked of him.”

“It probably would have been a lot worse had he gone ahead and given you that rose.”

“Yeah, no *bleep*~” Rose says while laughing. “It would have been a pity rose and he would have put me through the whole meeting the parents thing despite knowing there was nothing there. So, I definitely don’t hold a grudge against him for how things turned out. I’m just at peace with the whole thing.”

Sihyuk smiles at Rose. “What a beautiful answer from a beautiful woman.” Rose thanks him while smiling. “Thank you again, Rose, for speaking to us. After our next commercial break, we will speak to who probably had the most heartbreaking elimination other than Jeongyeon’s. Taehyung will join us in the hot seat. And after that, we’ll look at some bloopers and deleted scenes from this season.”

~*~

The audience cheers as Sihyuk welcomes the viewers at home back. “He was the farm boy with a fiery passion. He’d never believed he would fall so deeply for someone, and then Jimin came along and stole his heart, only for it to end in tears for him. Taehyung, please come join me.” Taehyung stands up from his seat and moves to the couch by Sihyuk to the applause from the audience. “Taehyung, I have so much to ask you, but first, let’s take a look at your time on The Bachelor.”

~*~

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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.

 

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.”

 

It was really nice to open up to Jimin a bit more. He’s so attentive and understanding, doesn’t go overboard with the pity and stuff like a lot of people would. It’s like he knows the perfect mix of when to comfort and when to back away or change the subject. Everything about him is perfect. I trust that Jimin will be willing to fight for me just like I am for him.

 

“Sana~” Sana and Taehyung’s eyes both widen in shock, Taehyung’s eyes already starting to fill with tears as Sana walks forward to accept her rose.

 

“I just…” Jimin trails off before trying again, “I really want to say something, but I don’t know what I can say without accidentally making this worse.”

“I don’t either~” Taehyung says quietly, wiping away some of his tears, although it’s useless as they just keep coming out.

 

I honestly did not expect it to turn out this way. *sniffles* Like, I really could see myself with Jimin after this, possibly even for the rest of my life. But apparently, he couldn’t see that. *sniffles and wipes tears* This is the first time I’ve felt like this for someone, the first time I let myself get invested deeply, and it turned into *bleep* I did not see myself hurting like this.

~*~

Taehyung is already crying again by the time the highlight reel ends. “Take your time~” Sihyuk says quietly as Taehyung tries to compose himself.

Once Taehyung is ready, he takes a deep breath and starts talking. “It just really hurts still, because I really did love Jimin, I really did see us together in the future. And that’s a big deal to me, because I’d never felt that way about someone or pictured that with someone before.”

Sihyuk nods and mumbles, “of course~”

“And yes, I am aware that my dad not giving his approval straight away could have been a setback, but even watching it now, my dad never actually opposed us being together. He even said he hoped to see Jimin again one day, so I’m just so confused on why Jimin decided it wouldn’t work between us, because there really was something there between us.”

“Are you ready to see Jimin again?” Sihyuk asks after a few seconds. “Jimin’s coming out in just a little bit, are you ready to see him and talk to him again?”

Taehyung takes another breath. “There’s a part of me that wants to run away because I do still have some lingering feelings for him, but I deserve closure. There are so many answers I need, and I’ll only get them by seeing him and talking to him.”

Sihyuk nods, muttering some words of encouragement to Taehyung. “Thank you, Taehyung, for being here even though it must be extremely hard for you. Jimin will be coming out next, but first we’re going to have another quick commercial break.”

~*~

“Welcome back to the Contestants Tell All! These men and women have put all of their thoughts and emotions on the table tonight, and now we’re going to see what they have to say to their ex-boyfriend.” The audience starts cheering. “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Jimin!”

Jimin comes out to thunderous applause, running a hand through his black hair as he approaches the hot seat. “Welcome, Jimin, thank you for being here.”

“Thank you for having me~” Jimin says with a bright smile on his face.

“How are you feeling tonight?” Sihyuk asks him. “Being here and facing 20 of the men and women you dated and ultimately rejected.”

Jimin hesitates a bit. “Uhhh-“

“Nervous, huh?” Taemin calls out.

“Yeah, a bit~” Jimin responds honestly. “I think there’d be something wrong with me if I weren’t.” He turns to face the contestants completely. “How are all of you?” Most of them call out that they’re feeling good.

“Hi, Jimin~” Jeongyeon says with a small smile, Jimin waving back in response.

Sihyuk jumps at the opportunity. “Jeongyeon, is there anything you’d like to say to Jimin?”

Jimin looks at Sihyuk with wide eyes. “Oh, we’re starting now?”

The audience laughs as Jeongyeon brushes her hair out of my face. “I just want to thank you for your understanding and honesty. I realize that I might have pressured you a bit too much, but you were still very kind and caring towards me even when you were completely breaking my heart.” The audience laughs at Jeongyeon’s lighthearted tone while saying. “So, no hard feelings or anything.”

“Good, thank you~” Jimin says, bowing a little bit towards her.

Sihyuk also thanks Jeongyeon before moving on. “Right before you came out, I just had an extremely emotional conversation with Taehyung.”

Jimin looks over at Taehyung with a sad smile. “Hi, Taehyung, how are you?’

“Could be better, could be worse~” Taehyung answers. “You?” Jimin shrugs slightly, repeating Taehyung’s phrase to him.

“Taehyung, you mentioned maybe having some things to ask Jimin?” Sihyuk prompts the photographer.

Taehyung takes a moment to gather his thoughts before speaking. “I think the only thing I really need or want to know at this moment is why? Like, we had so many great conversations and moments, and I really felt something with you, and you’d said that you felt something with me. And you meeting my family went really well, even considering your conversation with my dad. So, I’m just, like, wondering why in the end you didn’t choose me.”

Jimin takes a breath before responding. “I honestly don’t think that I can give you an exact reason, because there isn’t one. That specific rose ceremony was so difficult for me, I was on the verge of a mental breakdown from the moment I left Sana’s hometown to right before the ceremony itself trying to make that decision. It was nowhere near easy to not call your name out and send you home that night.” Jimin pauses for a second before continuing. “I think the only answer I could give you that could come even close to answering your question is in that exact moment when I was picturing all possible outcomes of that night, you were one of the two that I couldn’t 100% picture myself with, and it wasn’t until I picked up that final rose that my heart even made the decision. I didn’t go into that ceremony knowing that I would be sending you home. I’m really sorry if this doesn’t clear anything up for you, and I’m really sorry just for everything.”

Taehyung’s lips curl up in a very small, sad smile. “No, it did help, thank you.”

Sihyuk then asks if anyone else has anything they would like to say, at which point Rose raises her hand and starts speaking. “I know I already told you this during our date, but I just want reiterate that you don’t need to feel guilty or sorry at all for sending me home during our date. You can’t force feelings for someone, so I’m not going to hold that against you.” Jimin thanks her quietly as she continues. “I mean, you probably could have put me on the group date and taken Jungkook, who you even said yourself you were completely sure about on the one on one instead, but it’s whatever now. Hindsight is 20/20.”

Jimin chuckles. “Yeah, there’s a lot of things I should have done differently during this time. I have a lot of regrets over some of the choices I made, so I do want to take this chance to apologize to each and everyone of you for anything I may have done that wronged you or invalidated you or just made you feel down in anyway.”

Sihyuk speaks again. “We’re getting close to the end of the night, so we’re gonna have to wrap it up soon, but anyone else?” Hoseok raises his hand. “Hoseok?”

“This actually doesn’t have anything to do with me, but something I saw on the internet a few days ago.” Hoseok says. “I was just casually scrolling through my Twitter, just seeing what’s going on in the world and seeing some reactions some of the people were having to this show, when suddenly I see someone freaking out because they saw Jungkook walking into the BigHit building, and even posted a video as proof.” The audience starts cheering. “So, was he there for any special reason? Maybe to visit a certain significant other?”

Jimin giggles and blushes a bit. “Well…as you are aware, I am not actually allowed to share anything regarding the outcome of this journey, including who I may or may not be in a relationship with at this moment.” The contestants playfully boo him. “But I can say that Jungkook recently signed to BigHit as a trainee, so please watch for his debut and take care of him.” The audience goes crazy as Jimin makes this announcement, and some of the contestants even cheer for ‘shy little Kookie’.

“I actually want to ask you guys about that.” Sihyuk says. “On Twitter, it’s become kind of a Twilight feud, you know with Team Yoongi and Team Jungkook. So, I wanna know whose team are you on? Who’s on Team Jungkook?” Jongin, Shawn, Seungyeon, Yoojung, Tony, Khalid, Taehyung, Rose, and Taemin all raise their hands. “And Team Yoongi?”

The rest of the contestants raise their hands, and Seokjin even goes as far as to stand up and yell, “TEAM YOONGI ALL THE WAY!!” This prompts laughter from Jimin.

“Well we’ll see for sure next week with our special two-night finale.” Sihyuk says, garnering a loud response from the audience. “The first night will include the final episode of the journey where Jungkook and Yoongi travel to Costa Rica to meet Jimin’s parents and little brother before embarking on the final rose ceremony. The second night will be a live interview with Jimin and the final rose recipient where they will tell us about life after The Bachelor.” The audience starts cheering again. “Now, we’re going to take another quick break, and when we come back, we’ll get to ask Jimin about this ‘promise’ that has been all over social media since last night, and then some bloopers and deleted scenes from this season.”

~*~

“So, Jimin~” Sihyuk doesn’t wait to get started as soon as the cameras are rolling again. “Saying goodbye to Sana was obviously very emotional for you.”

Jimin nods. “Yeah, it really was. I never actually said it, but I did love her – I loved all of them at this point – so saying goodbye was definitely not something that I actually wanted to do, but it was necessary.”

“Necessary because of this promise you made her?” Sihyuk asks, earning a nod from Jimin. “Do you mind maybe sharing a bit about what that promise was?”

Jimin takes a small breath. “During our fantasy suite-“ Jimin stops as the audience, and some contestants, start oohing. “That didn’t happen!” Jimin exclaims while laughing. “We just talked a lot, had a very emotional and open conversation and she had me promise that no matter what happened, I would choose the path that would guarantee me happiness. And in the end, there were a lot of different factors that would have made it hard to find complete happiness if I were to continue a relationship with her at the end, so I chose to say goodbye then instead of dragging it out for my own selfish reasons.”

“Were her parents some of those factors?”

Jimin nods without hesitation. “They were definitely a central reason, but there were other things that contributed to my decision.”

“And are you happy now?” Sihyuk asks. “Did you truly keep your promise?”

Jimin smiles widely, his cheeks flushing as he thinks back to the male currently waiting at his apartment for him. “I am extremely happy right now, so I’d like to think I did.” The audience cheers at Jimin’s response.

“And on that note, I think it’s time to check out some bloopers.” The audience and contestants cheer and clap, Jimin giggling as he claps.

~*~

Taehyung and Jimin are walking around the museum when Jimin suddenly slips, nearly falling into a statue. “That totally did not just happen.” Jimin says while giggling as Taehyung steadies him. Taehyung is so busy laughing at him that he ends up slipping, almost falling into the same statue.

 

Jimin is in the middle of discussing his feelings leading up to a rose ceremony during an interview when suddenly one of the lights falls over behind him. “Oh, that scared me~” He says, clutching his chest as he starts laughing while one of the production crew goes to set it back up.

 

Taehyung and Jungkook are sitting at the table during a group date. “You wanna see how many of these grapes I can fit in my mouth?” Jungkook suddenly asks Taehyung.

“Sure, why not?” The older male shrugs, deciding he has nothing better to do as he waits for his turn to talk to Jimin.

Jungkook picks up a handful, stuffing them in his mouth one by one. By the time he gets to ten grapes in his mouth, Taehyung’s eyes are wide in both shock and concern. “Maybe you should stop now before you choke.”

“I’m fine~” Jungkook manages to get out around the fruit in his mouth.

 

“This is really cute~” Rose says as she picks up an item at the market in Italy. The item then falls apart in her hand. “Oh~” She says sadly as the stand owner comes forward to show him how to put it back together.

 

Hoseok is talking for his interview during the Italy group date when a bug suddenly flies near him, making him scream and duck down, running away from the camera.

 

Yoongi is talking for an interview after his first one on one date with Jimin when a sunshade falls over. He quickly catches it and helps the crew member set it back up.

 

Seokjin is holding a mini cooking lesson for some of the contestants in the mansion. He’s checking out his pupils’ hard work when he comes across Namjoon attempting to chop an onion. “YAH, KIM NAMJOON, THAT’S NOT HOW YOU DO THAT!” He steps forward and takes over, showing Namjoon the proper way to chop an onion.

 

A montage of the contestants and Jimin dancing excitedly during filming, things breaking and falling, and random bugs or animals flying near people. It ends with Seokjin dodging a bug and breaking out a Taekwondo stance. “Did you see that, I totally dodged it~”

~*~

“That was great~” Jimin says, wiping away a tear from laughing so hard.

“I’m glad you enjoyed it.” Sihyuk says, laughing himself. “We’ll see you all next week with the special two-night finale. Thank you all for joining us for this special Contestants Tell All!”

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Jimin

We are in Costa Rica, and right now, I can’t picture a more beautiful place for what is sure to be one of the most beautiful, magical moments of my life. This week I will be introducing two amazing guys to my family, and then committing to a relationship to one of them. It’s both scary and exciting at the same time, but I’m ready for it. I’m ready to see what will happen. *giggles*

~*~

Jimin walks down the street to a predetermined place.

~*~

Jimin

I’m very excited to introduce my family to both Jungkook and Yoongi. My family means a lot to me, I greatly value my parents’ and brother’s thoughts and opinions. I’m sure that they’ll love both Yoongi and Jungkook, but it will be nice to hear their perspective regardless.

~*~

Jimin steps into the room reserved for himself and his family, who promptly freak out as soon as they see him and rush towards him. “How’s my baby?” Jimin’s mother asks as she pulls him in for a hug and kisses him on the cheek.

“I’m good~” Jimin says, kissing her back before pulling his younger brother into a hug.

“So, we’re going to be meeting some people this week.” Jimin’s father says after the four of them have sat down. “Tell us about them~”

Jimin’s cheeks have already gained a pink tint as he responds. “You’ll be meeting Jungkook and Yoongi. They’re both very shy and quiet, so keep that in mind when talking to them. Jungkook’s from Busan too and he wants to be a singer, he wants to audition for a company someday soon. Yoongi’s from Daegu and he produces music.”

“Shy, quiet, musicians.” Jihyun comments. “You sure do have a type.” Jimin playfully swats at his brother.

“With them both wanting a career in the music industry, and you already having an established one,” Jimin’s father states, “aren’t you worried that there might be some other reason for their interest in you.

“Absolutely not~” Jimin says without hesitation. “Yoongi is probably the most honest person I’ve ever come across in my entire life, he’s very blunt and straightforward, he doesn’t beat around the bush or sugarcoat things, and he told me the very first night that he would never piggyback on someone else’s fame and hard work to make himself known, he wants to do it on his own. I also don’t think Jungkook is capable of doing something like that, and I don’t think he’d even considered music as an actual career until our first one on one date in Italy, and it was only last week that he told me he wanted to audition for a company.”

Jimin’s mom cupped his cheeks, making him groan in mock annoyance. “You have always had a very good intuition and been able to see people for who they truly are, so if you trust them, then we have no reason not trust in them too. I can’t wait to meet them.”

Jimin smiles as his mom lets him go. “Well, you’ll get to meet Jungkook in just a few minutes. I’m about to go get him now, and then I’ll be back.”

~*~

Jimin

The only thing I’m worried about with Jungkook meeting my parents today is if he’ll talk to them or not *giggles* He’s very shy and believes he’s awkward, so I hope that doesn’t prevent him from talking freely with them and enjoying today.

~*~

Jimin walks outside to greet Jungkook who has just arrived with a small bouquet of flowers in hand. The singer greets the younger enthusiastically, jumping on him and wrapping his legs around his waist as he hugs and kisses him. Jungkook holds him up with the arm not carrying the flowers as he returns the greeting. “How are you?” Jimin asks as he releases Jungkook and drops his legs back to the ground.

Jungkook lets out a breath. “Extremely nervous~”

“It’ll be okay~” Jimin assures him, wrapping his arms around his waist. “My family is very easy going, and I already know they’re going to love you.”

“I just really want to make a good impression.”

~*~

Jungkook

Meeting the parents is already a big deal but considering this could be the thing that makes or breaks my future with Jimin *takes a deep breath* it’s really scary. I love Jimin so much, and even though he hasn’t said it, I know he loves me too, and I do want his parents to like and approve of me. I just really hope things go well today.

~*~

Inside, Jimin’s family is conversing as they prepare to meet Jungkook. “What kinds of things do you guys look for when it comes to who me and Jimin are interested in or are dating?” Jihyun asks his parents.

“Well obviously I’m going to ask questions, and the way they will answer those questions will play a huge role in how I see them.” Their dad answers. “But most importantly is how they interact with and treat and look at Jimin, both with me looking and when they don’t think someone’s looking, that’s what I consider the most. Anyone can *bleep* their way through a ‘parental interrogation’, but not everyone can fake their actions and the looks in their eyes.”

~*~

Outside, Jimin is still calming Jungkook down. “I’m very excited for you to meet my family.” Jimin says. “My brother’s the same age as you, I think you’d be really great friends.”

“That all depends on if I can impress him and your parents.” Jungkook points out.

Jimin goes up on his tip toes so he can be eye level with Jungkook, placing his hands on either side of the taller male’s face. “You wanna know how to impress them?” Jungkook nods slightly. “Be yourself. Be silly. Be cute. Be shy. Be funny. Be passionate. Be a dork. Be Jeon Jungkook.” Jungkook is smiling slightly by the end of Jimin’s mini rant. “If you do that, then guaranteed, they will be impressed, and they will love you.” Jungkook nods. “You ready?” Another nod from the younger. Jimin smiles and briefly presses his lips to Jungkook’s. “Let’s go then~”

Jimin leads Jungkook by the hand to where his family is waiting, the three of them immediately standing up and greeting Jungkook enthusiastically. Jungkook bows awkwardly and holds the bouquet out to Jimin’s mother without speaking. Jimin’s mother thanks him as she accepts the flowers, the group of five moving to sit down. Jungkook sits next to Jimin on the couch, stiff as a board, making an obvious effort not to touch the older male in case his parents disprove of PDA.

Jimin is having none of that, placing his left hand on Jungkook’s thigh. “Relax~” Jimin whispers to him, lightly rubbing his thumb over the younger male’s leg in a comforting way.

“Yeah, relax! We’re all hip here!” Jimin’s dad exclaims.

“Appa, no one says ‘hip’ anymore.” Jimin deadpans, his lips automatically curling in a smile as he feels the tenseness start to dissipate from Jungkook.

Jimin’s father waves him off before jumping into a serious conversation. “Now, when Jimin first told us about how he was going to do this…whatever you want to call it, my wife and I obviously questioned it a bit, but we’ve tried to keep an open mind about it. We’ve raised our sons to regard everything with an open mind and without judgment, and we try to live the same life. But there are still some aspects of it that we are confused about.” Jimin’s father pauses a second. “So, I’m curious about what your experience has been. Maybe if I hear it directly from someone who apparently has strong feelings for my son, and that my son has strong feels for, might help me wrap my head around it a bit more.”

Jungkook nods slightly and takes a deep breath to calm himself. “Well, I was a fan of Jimin before going on the show.” Jimin holds back a giggle as he thinks about Jungkook’s poster of him. “I mean, he is Busan’s pride, you can’t be from Busan and not like him at least a little bit.” The entire time Jungkook speaks, his voice is tiny, showing how nervous he still is. “I’d always lived my life in a little bubble, never taking any kind of risk whatsoever, and so when I heard about this show, I decided it was time for me to step out of my comfort zone a bit. I was completely open to whatever would happen during this journey, whether it be pursuing a relationship with Jimin, or him sending me home the first night. But then I actually met him, and the feelings started almost immediately. And they grew even more with every date we had, and by the time we had a one on one in Italy, I was falling in love with him.” Jimin smiles up at him as the younger subconsciously rests his hand on top of his. “Getting to introduce him to my family, and now getting to meet you, who shaped him into the man he is today, has been so incredible that words can’t even describe it, and all I want is to make Jimin happy. I hope I make him happy.” Jimin flips his hand over under Jungkook’s so he can intertwine their fingers, lightly squeezing the younger’s hand.

“That’s so sweet~” Jimin’s mother coos before suddenly standing up. “I want to talk to my Jiminie for a second.” Jimin begrudgingly lets go of Jungkook’s hand and stands up to walk off with his mother, Jungkook watching after him with wide eyes, obviously freaking out over being left alone with the singer’s brother and father.

~*~

Jimin’s Mother

The second Jungkook walked in, I could tell he was a sweet boy. Maybe it was just him looking like a bunny or something, but I got a good vibe from him. However, that vibe really screams ‘boy’ and not ‘man. I feel like Jungkook is very innocent and naïve, like he needs to gain more experience and wisdom before he can be ready for a serious relationship. Of course, this is just a first impression, which is why I want to speak with my son and talk some more with Jungkook before making a final conclusion.

~*~

“I know that look~” Jimin says with a tiny smile. “That’s your look when you want to say something but are afraid of how it’ll be received.”

His mother chuckles. “I can’t hide anything from you can i?”

Jimin smiles at his mom. “It’s about Jungkook, right? You can tell me? I’m not going to be upset or get mad at you over speaking your mind.”

The woman takes hold of her son’s hand as she speaks. “Jungkook is great. He’s sweet, kind, handsome. He is a bit on the shy side like you said, but I can tell that he’s the type to be really open when he’s comfortable…”

Jimin leans a bit closer to his mom. “There’s a ‘but’ coming~”

“But…” Jimin’s mom says with a very tiny chuckle at her son’s prediction. “I do get a sense of him not being completely ready. Like, I can see that he cares a lot about you, and that you care a lot about him, but he said himself he lives in a bubble. He hasn’t experienced life enough to, in my opinion, commit to a serious relationship just yet.” Jimin nods slightly as he takes his mother’s opinion in. “From the small glance I’ve gotten of him, he seems like the kind to latch onto someone and become too reliant on them.”

Jimin is quiet for a second before responding to his mom’s concerns. “I really appreciate you telling me your perspective, you know how much I value that, and how I always consider yours and dad’s opinions whenever making an important decision-“

“There’s a but coming~” Jimin’s mom interrupts, mimicking her son’s statement from earlier and causing him to laugh.

“Yes, there is~” Jimin says while giggling, waiting until he’s calmed down a bit to continue. “But I feel like your expecting this to end up completely differently from what I want. Like you say ‘serious relationship’, but it’s not like once I make my decision and give someone that final rose that I’ll be like ‘okay, yay, let’s move in together, let’s start looking at wedding venues, let’s start looking at options for kids’.” Jimin giggles again, his mother joining in a bit. “It’s not going to be like that. Whoever I give my final rose to, that just means that they are who I want to continue a relationship with. Who I want to take even more time to get to know and grow with. And if that is Jungkook, we’ll just take it a day at a time. When he becomes a trainee, he’ll have a strict schedule, so he would learn to step out of his bubble even more, he’ll become self-reliant, he’ll gain more experience, which I believe he has already started to gain from this journey. And on my part, there’s still a lot of things I want to experience too in life before I fully settle down with someone, so I also would want to let my relationship with whoever I end up choosing grow and blossom at leisurely pace and see where things go without any rushing or pressure.”

Jimin’s mother nods with a smile on her face. “That’s really good, and it does make me feel a lot better about this whole thing.”

~*~

Jimin’s father has continued asking Jungkook questions while his wife and oldest son are off conversing. “So, Jungkook, you said that you’re falling in love with my son.” Jimin’s father says, keeping his tone soft so as not scare the poor, anxious boy. “I’m just curious, assuming you haven’t ever been in love with someone before based on what you said about your bubble…” Jungkook nods, biting his lower lip slightly. “How do you know? What makes you so sure that this really is how you feel about Jimin?”

Jungkook starts answering nearly immediately. “When I was little, my mom would tell me and my older brother stories about her and my dad and how they fell in love instead of bedtime stories, and as I got older and got more curious, I would start asking her questions and for more details. And one day I asked her how she knew that she was in love with my dad and that he was the one for her. She told me that she couldn’t give an actual answer or tell me any kind of sign because when you know, you just know.” Jimin’s dad nods as Jungkook takes a pause to gather his thoughts a bit more. “That’s what I feel with Jimin. I know that I’ve never experienced love before and therefore wouldn’t know what it feels like, but what I do feel when I see Jimin, when I’m around him, even when I’m just thinking of him, the tightness in my chest and the butterflies in my stomach…I know that is love, and I know that I love your son.”

~*~

Jimin’s Father

That was an extremely mature answer for someone Jungkook’s age, and at first, I had my cynical assumptions that it was something he had rehearsed just to look good in front of me. But looking in his eyes and hearing the way his voice shook the tiniest bit, he couldn’t fake the emotion I saw and felt from him. I fully support him and my son should they continue a relationship after this.

~*~

Jimin’s mother, after returning with Jimin, then asks Jungkook if he wouldn’t mind coming to speak with her. “What I want to know from you,” Jungkook swallows thickly as Jimin’s mother speaks, “is what your plans for after this are. If you do end up in a relationship with my son, and do sign with a company like he says you want, how do you plan to juggle it all?”

Jungkook thinks that over for a second before answering. “When I first made the decision to open myself up to the possibility of a relationship with Jimin, I was already aware that he would have a very busy schedule being an idol, one of the most loved and famous idols in the country at that. So, I was already willing to make compromises and sacrifices to accommodate his work schedule and find ways to legitimately date him.” Jungkook falls quiet again for a second before continuing. “I know that it will be difficult to maintain a relationship if I am to get signed to company and begin training, but if Jimin wants me, I will do whatever it takes to do that. Even if it means that actual dates have to be limited to Facetiming before bed and meeting up for a quick meal between rehearsals, I’ll do it.”

~*~

Jimin’s father also takes the chance to converse with his first-born son. “So, what do you think about Jungkook?”

“Shouldn’t I be asking you that?” Jimin teases his dad before answering. “I care deeply for him, I really enjoy my time with him, I enjoy being around him. I can honestly say that very few people have ever made me feel the way he makes me feel, I’m just really comfortable with him. And that’s the biggest thing for me, is if I’m 100% comfortable with that person.” Jimin starts laughing a bit. “Like if I were to catch the flu, I would allow Jungkook to nurse me back to health, making sure I had enough tissues, feeding me soup, helping me to the bathroom when my legs are too weak to walk, all of it. I wouldn’t let many people do that.”

“You won’t even let me do that!” Jimin’s father jokes, laughing along with Jimin afterwards. “I can see it in your face how strong your feelings are for him, and that boy just exudes love for you. I honestly believe you two would be a great match, and I would support you 100% if you did choose him in the end.” Jimin thanks his dad and pulls him in for a hug.

~*~

Jimin

My parents have always been extremely supportive of me in everything I’ve wanted to do, from dancing to signing with a company to coming on this show. But even through their support, I could tell that they were still a bit wary over this whole thing. I’ve never been in a serious relationship before, I’ve never been in love before, so I know they are scared over the possibility of me ending up with my heartbroken. So, the fact that my dad has explicitly told me that he likes Jungkook and would support us, and that my mom, despite her concerns, does approve of Jungkook means a lot to me.

~*~

Jimin and Jungkook bid Jimin’s family goodbye and exit the small building sitting on a bench outside to talk themselves. “They really liked you.” Jimin says.

“Really?” Jungkook asks as if he doesn’t fully believe him. “I was completely sure that I was going to say or do the wrong thing and completely ruin everything.”

Jimin giggles and shakes his head. “Trust me, they told me themselves that they like you. You didn’t do anything wrong.”

Jungkook pulls Jimin into a hug and kisses his forehead. “And you like me too, right?”

Jimin snorts and pulls back slightly. “Yeah, I totally brought you here to meet my family because I cannot stand you at all.” Jungkook just scrunches up his nose in a silent laugh before pulling Jimin in for a kiss.

After pulling apart, Jimin walks Jungkook to the car and says he’ll see him in a couple of days for their date, pressing his lips to the younger’s once more before really saying bye.

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Jimin

Today I am introducing Yoongi to my family! *cheers quietly then laughs* I really think it’ll go very well. Like, I know Yoongi can be pretty rough around the edges, but once you actually get him talking it’s great. Good thing my family loves talking. *giggles*

~*~

Jimin’s family is sitting in an outdoor area as they wait to see their son and his second boyfriend. “I don’t know about y’all, but I’m excited about today.” Jihyun says, bouncing his legs.

“I wouldn’t say excited is what I’m feeling.” Jimin’s mother responds. “But I am looking forward to meeting this Yoongi and speaking to him.”

~*~

Outside, Jimin greets Yoongi with an enthusiastic hug. “Hi!” Yoongi chuckles quietly and whispers the greeting back right before Jimin presses their lips together. After pulling away, Jimin then puts his hands on either side of Yoongi’s face. “You good?”

Yoongi nods. “Yeah~”

Jimin smiles at him, nodding with him. “You ready?” Yoongi takes a breath and lets out a noncommittal noise that then makes him and Jimin both laugh. Jimin removes his hands from Yoongi’s face. “It’ll be great, trust me~”

“I do trust you~” Yoongi says quietly, taking both of Jimin’s hands in his and swinging them slightly.

“Well, I’d hope you do.” Jimin teases, giggling a bit as he drops one of Yoongi’s hands so he can lead him back to where his family waits.

~*~

Yoongi

I am ready to meet Jimin’s family, but I’m also aware that today could go two very different ways. Either they could love me like Jimin says, or they could disapprove of me and not want me and Jimin together. So, I’m trying to not get my hopes up and not be pessimistic about the whole thing. I’m just going in with kind of a middle mood, that way I can be somewhat prepared regardless of the outcome. I’m also not the best at expressing myself verbally outside of music, so I’m gonna try really hard today.

~*~

Jimin’s family greets them with the same enthusiasm they had greeted Jimin and Jungkook the day before. Yoongi gives them a small smile and introduces himself, handing Jimin’s mother the small bouquet in his hands before quickly intertwining his fingers with Jimin’s again.

Jihyun, who had been regarding the man holding his brother’s hand with slight awe since they’d walked in, is the first to speak after they all sit down. “Holy *bleep* you’re Agust D!”

~*~

Jihyun

My brother’s dating Agust D! *waves arms around like he doesn’t know what to do with himself* What? Like…my brain has stopped working.

~*~

Jimin and Yoongi both look at the younger male in slight surprise. “You know him?”

Jihyun nods. “Yeah, I’ve followed him for a couple of years, ever since I heard his track Diss.” Jihyun looks at Yoongi. “You got some skills, dude!”

Yoongi blushes slightly at the compliment. “Thank you, I try my best.”

Jimin snorts. “Where was that modesty the night we met?” He playfully bumps his shoulder against Yoongi’s as he imitates him. “Here’s my mixtape, try not to set the place on fire!” Yoongi just smiles softly in response, looking down at Jimin’s hand in his as he gently plays with the younger’s fingers.

“Wait, wait, wait~” Jihyun says. “You have his mixtape? The mixtape that he announced he was working on three years ago? The mixtape that he has yet to officially release?”

“Uh…” Jimin chuckles a bit, “I guess~”

Jihyun’s eyes widen, obviously about to jump into begging to listen to it, but their mother jumps in. “You can ask him about the mixtape later, right now I want to hear about what brought them to this point in their relationship.”

Jimin smiles at Yoongi, expecting him to answer. After a few seconds of the older male still focusing on the singer’s hand in his, Jimin lightly bumps their shoulders together again. “Come on, tell them all about how you couldn’t stand me at first.”

“I never said I couldn’t stand you!” Yoongi whines slightly, defending himself. Jimin’s father then expresses his curiosity, so Yoongi answers. “I originally had no interest in the show or any romantic interest in Jimin, and it might sound like a cliché or whatever, but there’s something about him that just draws you to him, and I fell victim to it, and before I knew it I fell for him, and I honestly don’t think I want to get back up.” While talking, Yoongi had turned his head to look at Jimin, the warmest, softest gaze on him.

Jimin’s smile grew as Yoongi spoke, and he ended up laughing quietly at the end of it. “Don’t be cheesy~” He mumbles, covering up how flustered he truly is.

After a few more seconds, Jimin’s parents then ask Yoongi if he wouldn’t mind talking alone for a bit. Yoongi agrees, and Jihyun stands up, asking if he can come too. “Are you only going to ask about this mixtape thing, whatever that is?”

“…yes~”

“Then no~” Yoongi lets go of Jimin’s hand, pouting slightly as he does so, then gets up to follow Jimin’s parents to wherever they want to talk.

~*~

Jimin’s Mother

I was pleasantly surprised today when Yoongi first walked in. Since Jimin said he was also shy and quiet, I was prepared for another extremely nervous boy today. I could tell he was a little bit nervous, but I got a more confident vibe from Yoongi. I could even go as far to say that I felt a sense of control coming from this man, so I already really like him.

~*~

“So, Yoongi, you want to make music as a career?” Jimin’s mother asks.

The male nods. “Yeah, I’ve been playing piano since I was in elementary school, writing lyrics since I was in middle school, composed my first track in high school, and it’s something I constantly work on. I mean, I do work at my family’s restaurant, but in my free time, I’m working on lyrics or beats.” Yoon’s eyes shine the entire time he talks about his number one passion in life.

Yoongi and Jimin’s mom converse a bit more about his music before Jimin’s father decides to bring up what he’s most curious about. “As Jimin’s parents, I’m sure you can imagine that it’s very concerning for us to hear that one of the men our son is considering entering a committed relationship with originally wanted nothing to do with him.” Yoongi nods slightly, signaling that he does understand. “Not only that, but you apparently gave him a ‘mixtape’ when you first met him, which I’m guessing is similar to an album of your own original songs.” Yoongi nods again. “So, there’s a large part of me that is worried that you aren’t necessarily interested in my son for the right reasons and that he might end up hurt.”

Yoongi nods once more, keeping quiet for a few seconds as he organizes his thoughts before responding. “You have every reason to feel that way. People in general can be greedy and dishonest. And you don’t have to believe me, I’m not gonna force you to like me or approve of me, that’s all your own decision, but I honestly did not have any music or career-based motive in going on this show.”

“Why would you go on the show then?” Jimin’s father then asks. “If it wasn’t for a relationship or for your music?”

“My parents,” Yoongi starts without hesitation, “have been trying to get me to settle down in a relationship for the past two years, and they’ve recently been pushing even harder because they believe that at my age I should already be married or marriage should at least be the first thing on my mind. I disagreed with them, my focus was music and trying to get my career started, and I’d had a five-year plan, and after five years I would possibly start looking for a relationship. It got to the point that they were setting me up on blind dates on a nearly daily basis, so I sat them down to talk to explain to them why they needed to stop pressuring me. Instead, they brought up this show and how it would be a great opportunity for me to try to find the person meant for me, so we came to an agreement, I would join this show and they would back off a bit. And me giving Jimin my mixtape at the beginning was me trying to be an asshole, I was trying to get sent home as soon as possible, and I thought that if I came across as selfish and made it obvious that I wasn’t interested, I wouldn’t even make it past the first night.”

“Now I’m curious,” Jimin mother states, “how did someone who was virtually against the idea of dating at this time in their life transform into someone who genuinely wants to be in a relationship with Jimin?”

Yoongi bites his bottom lip slightly. “You know that saying about how sometimes it just takes the right person? I used to think that phrase was *bleep*, but now I do find some truth to it, and I do think that is kind of what happened here.” Jimin’s mother is unable to contain her smile as Yoongi continues. “Yes, I was completely against dating at the beginning, but after getting to know Jimin, talking to him, learning all these little things about him, why he started dancing, how he smiles so widely that he can’t see, his tendency to cling onto the closest person to him when he laughs, and other things that I’m not sure if he would want me to state right now because he only shared them with me away from the cameras, I can actually see myself in a relationship with Jimin for many months, possibly years, to come.”

~*~

Jimin’s Father

I’m still not too sure about Yoongi. It’s not that I don’t believe him, I do think that he’s being honest about his reasons for coming on the show. But I worry that he may not have all of the traits that Jimin needs and wants in a partner. I have no reason to dislike Yoongi either, especially since just seeing the way he looks at Jimin and how they interact shows just how much they truly care for each other, so if he were to be the one Jimin chooses in the end, I wouldn’t oppose it…but I definitely would be a little wary until he fully proved himself.

~*~

As Yoongi is being interrogated by Jimin’s parents, Jimin and Jihyun are conversing. “Hyung, if you don’t date and marry Agust D at the end of this, I will never forgive you.”

Jimin laughs a bit at his younger brother. “I’m not gonna date him just because you’re a fan of his. If I choose him, it’s going to be because he’s who I truly want to be with.”

Jihyun groans. “At least promise me you’ll let me listen to his mixtape.”

“No can do~” Jimin says, laughing at his brother’s despair as Jihyun starts complaining. “If he hasn’t released it officially, then it’s for a reason.”

Jihyun pouts. “Can you at least tell me how good it is?”

“Oh, it’s amazing!” Jimin exclaims, eyes shining slightly. “When I listened to it the night he gave it to me, I was shocked by how he hasn’t been signed to a company yet.”

“He’s extremely picky, that’s how~” Jihyun deadpans.

Yoongi and their parents return shortly after that, and Yoongi automatically returns to his spot next to Jimin and intertwining their fingers once more. They only hang around for a couple more minutes before Yoongi and Jimin give their goodbyes, Jimin hugging everyone in his family with one arm, as Yoongi still won’t let go of his hand. Jihyun shouts out how he’ll patiently wait for Yoongi to drop his mixtape as they leave.

“You were more talkative than I was expecting.” Jimin says as he swings their arms between them. “You’re just always surprising me, aren’t you?”

Yoongi chuckles a bit, standing to face Jimin as they come to a stop by the car that’s waiting to take him back to his hotel. “That’s just my specialty.” Jimin giggles, leaning up to briefly kiss Yoongi. “But really, I really tried hard to not shut myself in and try to be expressive, so I hope I did well.”

Jimin nods, whispering, “you did,” before pressing his lips to Yoongi’s again. Yoongi finally lets go of Jimin’s hand, opting to encase Jimin’s face in his hands, lightly stroking the younger’s cheeks as he deepens the kiss.

By the time the couple pulls away from their most passionate kiss yet, Jimin’s arms are around Yoongi’s waist, and both of cheeks are gaining a red tint. “I’ll see you in a couple of days?” Jimin whispers, and Yoongi nods in response, quickly pecking Jimin’s lips once more before stepping out of his embrace and climbing into the car.

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Jimin and Jungkook meet outside of Jungkook’s hotel to start their day. They both greet each other with a big smile, Jungkook lifting Jimin slightly off the ground as he presses their lips together.  “I missed you~” The younger male says quietly as they party.  

“It’s only been a couple of days!” Jimin teases him, intertwining their fingers. “So, since this is our last date before the final rose ceremony-don’t pout!” Jimin playfully hits Jungkook’s lips as if trying to make the pout disappear while giggling. “As I was saying, since this is our last date before the ceremony, I want us to just relax and enjoy being together.” Jungkook nods in agreement, quietly saying that he thinks so too. “But we do have kind of a nature theme going between us, so what do you think about going to the Arenal Volcano and checking out the hot springs around there?”  

“That sounds great~” Jungkook answers with a big smile. “It’ll be lots of fun.”  

Jimin returns the smile, wrapping his arms around Jungkook’s neck. “It will~” Jimin states before pressing his lips to Jungkook’s. “I hope you brought a swimsuit.” Jungkook giggle while assuring Jimin that he did.  

~*~  

Jungkook  

There’s still a part of me that can’t believe I’m actually here with Jimin in Costa Rica just two days before he gives out the final rose. Two months ago, I never would have imagined this as possible. Then there’s another part of me that’s really scared. This is our last date before the ceremony, but this could also be our  last  date. That’s not something I want to think about, but I am aware that it is a possibility. The majority of me, though, is trying to push that to the back of my mind so that I can just focus on Jimin and enjoy the day with him like I always  do.  * smiles*  

~*~  

After arriving at their date location, they waste no time in changing into their swimsuits  (Jungkook of course still wearing a  t-shirt  with his)  and climbing into a private hot spring. “Oh my god, the water is so warm!” Jungkook exclaims as soon as he’s in the water , sinking down so only his head is above water as he savors the feeling of the heated water.  

“What, did you think it would be cold?” Jimin teases him, swimming over to join him. “It’s heated up by the magma that flows underground.”  

“What if the volcano erupts while we’re here?” Jungkook suddenly asks.  

Jimin giggles a bit. “It’s been asleep since 2010, so I think we’re good.”  

Jungkook nods. “But what if it decides to wake up from it’s coma today?” There’s a brief moment of silence before the two of them burst into laughter, Jimin falling against Jungkook’s chest.  

~*~  

Jimin  

Every second with Jungkook is enjoyable and I can never get enough with him. I can’t even imagine what this experience would have been like had he not decide to take a chance and apply for this show. Like, where would I even be right this second if I’d never met Jungkook and he hadn’t become such an important part of my life.  

~*~  

After joking around a bit more, and even getting into a brief splash fight, the two of them calm down. Jimin wraps his arms around Jungkook’s neck and pulls him into a kiss, Jungkook responding instantly as he wraps his arms around Jimin’s waist and pulls him close.  

~*~  

Jungkook  

Jimin deserves the world, and I want to be able to give that to him. Or at least get as close I can.  

~*~  

The dinner portion of their date takes place in a private room of the restaurant at the hotel Jungkook is staying at. They’ve obviously been there for a while from the way they’re laughing together, Jimin cuddling up to Jungkook.  

“So,” Jungkook starts, “I’ve  really enjoyed relaxing with you today, but I do have something serious I want to say to you, and considering the next time I’ll see you is at the ceremony, I want to do it now.” Jimin nods and waits patiently for Jungkook to continue. “I love you,” Jimin smiles widely, his cheeks turning pink, “and I want to be with you long after this whole experience is over. I want to be able to show you off to my family and friends, although the friends will have to wait until after the show finishes airing.” Jimin giggles a bit. “But if something happens and you don’t choose me, then I will be okay.” Jungkook says sincerely, looking directly into Jimin’s eyes. “It would  suck,  and I would definitely hurt for a bit, but I would be fine, because I’ve already gotten to experience so much with you now, and for that I will be eternally grateful. I’ve grown and learned more about myself in the past two months than I have in my entire existence on Earth. So regardless of if we’re still together a week, or a month, or even a year from now or not, you will always be my first love, the first person I’ve opened up to, pretty much most of my firsts, and I’m content with that, and could never resent you for everything.”  

Jimin is blushing like crazy, looking like his cheeks are about to split from how big his smile is. “You’re gonna make me cry~” Jimin jokingly whines, pushing at Jungkook’s shoulder before pulling him close to press their lips together.  

Their dinner lasts for a few more minutes after they pull apart before they both mutually decide that it’s getting late. With one more goodbye kiss, Jimin leaves the hotel while Jungkook heads upstairs to his room.  

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Yoongi waits for Jimin outside his hotel, leaning against the wall with a bored expression.

~*~

Yoongi

Today is my last date with Jimin, and it very well could be my very last one with him ever. I’m still trying the whole “don’t be overly pessimistic” thing, but a big part of me is already preparing for him not choosing me in the end. Thankfully I’ve gotten really good at suppressing and ignoring negative thoughts, so I don’t have to worry about them getting in the way of me enjoying my day with Jimin.

~*~

“Min Yoongi!” Yoongi looks up as Jimin calls his name, a soft smile making its way across his face as the singer bounces over to him. Jimin immediately throws his arms around Yoongi’s neck and pulls him into a hug. “I’m sorry I’m late! I had a phone call with my manager that ended up lasting longer than planned.”

Yoongi chuckled a bit as he returns the hug. “You don’t have to apologize, it’s a part of your job, if I’m gonna be upset over things like this, then I definitely shouldn’t be dating you.” Jimin just smiles in response, briefly pressing his lips to Yoongi’s before tugging at his hand.

“Today’s gonna be really fun!” Jimin exclaims.

“As fun as horseback riding?” Yoongi grumbles, although everyone knows that he did truly enjoy their previous date.

“Even better!” Jimin assures him. “How do you feel about boats?”

Yoongi blinks at Jimin in confusion. “I mean, I do get seasick, but I’m not opposed to them or anything.”

A small look of concern flashes across Jimin’s face. “Do you have medicine or something for it? Or we could stop by a store to get some.”

“Oh, I’m still wearing a patch from the flight here, so I’m good.” Yoongi assures him.

“Okay, good, because we’re about to go on a whale watching tour!”

~*~

Jimin

Apparently, humpback whales migrate through this area during these months, so we should get to see a lot of them. *claps in excitement*

~*~

The couple arrives at the location for their tour and, before they know it, are out on the water, looking around for the whales. Soon enough, a whale song can be heard. “Ooh, I hear them!” Jimin says excitedly, gripping onto the railing as best he can with Yoongi still holding his hand so he can look over at the water.

“I see one over there~” Yoongi says a few minutes later, pointing in the direction of the whale so Jimin can look too.

“This is so cool!” Jimin exclaims while jumping slightly. He lets go of Yoongi’s hand, much to the older male’s disappointment, so he can wrap his arms around Yoongi’s waist and lean into him as they watch the whales.

~*~

Jimin

I knew whale watching with Yoongi would be fun, but it’s even more fun than I imagined because he keeps stating all these random facts.

~*~

“Female humpback whales are larger than males.”

“Humpbacks have two blowholes.”

“They use bubbles to catch their food.”

Jimin looks over at Yoongi with that fact. “Bubbles?”

Yoongi nods. “The whales circle around their chosen prey then blow bubbles at them to herd the fish before attacking.”

~*~

Jimin

I don’t know how he knows so much about whales, but I love it.

~*~

As their tour starts to come to an end, Jimin smiles up at Yoongi. Yoongi leans in and softly presses his lips to Jimin’s. He tries to pull away after a few seconds, but Jimin quickly pulls him back, kissing Yoongi repeatedly while giggling in between kisses.

~*~

Yoongi and Jimin enjoy their dinner at an outside table, feeding each other more than they feed themselves. “What are your plans after this is all over?” Jimin asks. “Like are you going to rest for a few days to get over all the traveling, spend a day with your family, or what?”

“Lock myself in my room and work on my music.” Yoongi says honestly, earning a small laugh from Jimin. “I’m serious, inspiration strikes me at the most random of times, and I’ve been writing notes and lyrics down constantly since this all started, and I’ve been itching to actually put them to use.”

“Am I part of that inspiration?” Jimin is just teasing when he asks this, but when Yoongi falls quiet and starts blushing, the singer becomes flustered too.

Yoongi clears his throat. “What about you? What are you going to do?”

“I have to start preparing for a comeback.” Jimin answers. “That’s part of what my call with my manager was about this morning, he was giving me information about the proposed concept and get my opinion on it and stuff.”

“And what was the other part?” Yoongi asks, genuinely curious.

Jimin pauses for a bit before answering. “Negotiating how much time I could have off to spend with my boyfriend after this. I mean, I’m not wanting to take away a lot of rehearsal and recording time, because my career is important, it’s a big part of who I am, and I love what I do, but I also want to have more time than just the occasional studio visit or phone call. I want to be able to have the time to drive out and see my boyfriend or spend an entire day with him every so often. That’s important to me too.”

“If you wanted to visit before it was revealed to the world, you would need to drive instead of take a train so that you won’t risk people seeing you, then you’d have to take like two days off.” Yoongi states. “I doubt you’d want to drive six hours and only spend a few hours before driving back.”

Jimin shrugs. “It might only be a two-hour drive.”

Yoongi bites his lip slightly before replying with, “Well you have a couple of more days before you can actually set anything in stone.”

~*~

Yoongi

If Jimin doesn’t choose me, I can’t say that I’ll be okay, because honestly, I wouldn’t be. I would cry, probably scream, definitely question what I had done wrong, and lock myself away from the world for a period of time. But I wouldn’t blame him or resent him because it’s not like I can force him to feel one way or another, and I would eventually move on after pumping out, like, fifty songs about my feelings.

~*~

Their dinner wraps up shortly after that. “I’ll see you tomorrow?” Jimin asks after walking Yoongi to the car that will take him back to his hotel. Yoongi nods, leaning in to press his lips to Jimin’s in a goodnight kiss.

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Jungkook

No matter what happens today, it’s Jimin’s decision and I’ll respect that. His happiness is the most important thing, whether that be with me or not. I mean, of course I hope it’s with me, and I do have a pretty good feeling that he will choose me, but in the chance that he doesn’t, I’ll be okay.

~*~

Yoongi

I honestly don’t know how today will go, whether I’ll be leaving here as Jimin’s boyfriend or not. But I do hope that regardless of who he chooses that he’ll be happy. As long as he is, I’ll be at peace with whatever outcome.

~*~

Jimin is sitting on the couch in his hotel room, face in his hands. “Jimin, you should probably start getting ready soon.” Sejin says from off camera.

“I just need a minute~” Jimin says quietly, running his hands through his hair and tugging slightly.

He continues to sit with his head in his hands for a few minutes until Sejin speaks again. “I really hate to be pushy, but we’ll end up running behind schedule.”

“Yeah, I know, I just really need a minute.” Jimin says, standing up from the couch and walking past the camera into the bathroom, locking the door behind him. Due to him still wearing his mics, the audio is able to pick up sniffles and sobs mere seconds after he disappears.

The producers mumble behind camera, discussing what they should do. Eventually Adora, one of the female producers, steps forward and knocks lightly on the door. “Jimin, can I come in?” It takes a few seconds, but eventually Jimin unlocks the door, allowing Adora to come inside before promptly closing it again. The producers still outside the bathroom opt to take a quick break, but still leave one camera trained on the bathroom door to provide a visual for the inevitable audio scene that would be included in the final cut.

I just don’t know what to do, I don’t want to hurt either of them.

Have you tried making a pros and cons list? Sometimes that helps.

*sniffles* Yeah, but it didn’t help. They’re both pretty much equal when it comes to what I want and need, and neither of them have any obvious red flags or issues. Why does it have to be this hard?

Because love isn’t easy…you wanna know what my mom always told me? Whenever you’re deciding if someone is worth being in a relationship with, you need to picture the absolute worst situation you can think of, like your parents’ funeral or something, and if you can picture them there with you, then you know that it’s meant to be. *silence other than Jimin’s sniffles* Did that help a little?

*sniffles* Yeah, it did. Thanks, Adora~

~*~

Jimin

So, I did have a mental breakdown from trying to make a decision. Adora really helped me with her advice, although I didn’t use it completely. My mind was already all over the place so I couldn’t exactly pinpoint a situation that I think would be the worst thing to ever go through, so instead I just thought about who I wanted most by my side and comforting me in that exact moment. Choosing between Jungkook and Yoongi is most definitely the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make, but now that I’ve made it, I’m completely confident in who I’ve chosen to continue a relationship with.

~*~

Jimin stands in a courtyard with a small table next to him, a flower sitting on top of it. Sihyuk comes forward to have one last talk with Jimin before the singer takes the next step in his life. “How you feeling?” He asks. “I heard you had a bit of a struggle earlier.”

Jimin nods. “Yeah, it was really difficult for me, making this decision definitely wasn’t fun, but I’m content with my choice now.” A small smile appears on his face. “I know I’ll be really happy with him.”

Sihyuk smiles back at Jimin. “That’s good, I’m very happy for you, and I’m glad that you’re able to be content despite how difficult this whole journey might have been at times.” Jimin quietly thanks him. “Well, I believe it’s time for the final rose ceremony to begin, I see a limo approaching.” Sihyuk pats Jimin on the back before walking away just as a limo pulls up to drop off the male that Jimin will have to break the news to.

Jungkook steps out of the limo, the same smile that he was wearing the first night on his face, only this time he walks with more confidence. “Hi, how are you?”

“I’m good, how are you?” Jungkook gives Jimin the same response and a short bout of silence falls between them. “Wow, this is really hard~” Jimin whispers, starting to tear up, and Jungkook’s smile starts to falter as he begins to realize Jimin’s decision. “You are an amazing person. You’re smart, funny, kind, caring, passionate, attractive, and I could stand here all day listing off adjectives that describe.” Jungkook giggles a bit, using a finger to wipe at his eye as he feels a tear trying to come through. “You also have a whole life ahead of you, I mean you’re about to pursue a career in music. Trust me, I know how much time and effort goes just into training, so I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to you to make you have to divide that time and effort between your soon to be career and me.”

Jungkook is quiet for a little bit before nodding. “I guess that makes sense.” He takes a shaky breath. “But I wish things could be different.”

Jimin bites his lip slightly as he tries to hold back his tears, giving Jungkook a small smile. “You gotta promise me you’ll train and work really hard so you can debut and become one of the greatest and most popular singers in all of Korea.”

Jungkook chuckles a bit. “That’ll be difficult when I’m competing against you.”

Jimin giggles with him. “You can do it. I believe in you. Now promise me~”

Jungkook gives Jimin a small smile. “I promise to work really hard.” Jimin returns the smile and the two males from Busan give each other a small hug before Jungkook walks away.

~*~

Jungkook

It definitely hurts more than I thought it would. *wipes away a tear* But it definitely could have been a lot worse, and at least I know that it wasn’t because there’s anything wrong with me as a person. *sniffles* Now I’m gonna go audition for as many companies as possible and work hard like I promised Jimin. Maybe the next time you’ll see me it’ll be when I debut. *small smile, but his eyes are still teary*

~*~

Jimin finishes wiping away lingering tears as a new limo approaches, the sight of it making a wide smile spread across his face as he starts to bounce slightly.

Yoongi exits the limo, immediately smiling as his gaze falls on Jimin. His smile soon falters as he walks closer. “Have you been crying?”

Jimin’s eyebrows shoot up slightly in surprise. “You can tell?” Jimin asks, automatically wiping at his face again.

“Just barely, are you okay?” Yoongi asks as he stops in front of Jimin, concern written all over his face.

Jimin nods, his smile coming back. “Yeah, I’m great~” He reaches onto the table next to him and grabs the…yellow flower lying on top of it.

After a moment of silence, Yoongi says, “that’s not a rose.” The older male’s face drops a bit, believing that this must be something they do for whoever gets rejected as a way to ease the pain a bit.

Jimin shakes his head, his smile only growing brighter. “No, it’s not. If I remember correctly, the night we met you mentioned something about a daffodil ceremony, and I thought what better way to officially ask you to be my boyfriend-“ Yoongi’s eyes widen immediately at that word, “-than by finally giving you one?” Jimin holds the flower out for Yoongi to take.

Yoongi doesn’t take it immediately, still shocked from Jimin asking him to be his boyfriend. “Boyfriend?” Yoongi asks for clarification, earning a small giggle from Jimin. “Me?”

Jimin nods. “Yes, you, Yoongi~”

“Are you sure?” Yoongi asks. “Like, are you sure you know what you’d be getting into dating me?”

Jimin pretends to contemplate that for a second. “Are you sure you know what you’ll be getting into dating me?” He finally counters.

Yoongi lets out a small laugh. “I guess that’s fair.” It falls quiet between them for a second before the two of them start laughing at the slight awkwardness. “I’m sorry, my words just aren’t working right now.”

“Your words aren’t working?” Jimin asks with a giggle, earning a small nod from Yoongi in response. “Then how about you just kiss me instead?”

“That I can do~” Yoongi says quietly, a blush spreading across his cheeks as he leans in to press his lips to Jimin’s, his hands coming up to either side of the younger’s face.

Their first kiss as boyfriends only lasts a few seconds before Jimin pulls back just enough to be able to speak. “Technically I’m supposed to ask you if you’ll accept this daffodil, but can you just take the stupid flower so I can kiss you again?” Yoongi chuckles, removing one hand from Jimin’s face to take the flower from Jimin’s hand as he presses their lips together once more.

 

 

Park Jimin
@fairyjiminie

Finally

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The audience cheers as the camera pans to Sihyuk sitting in an armchair next to an empty couch. “Welcome, everyone, to our very exciting live After the Final Rose special!” The audience goes crazy once again. “Last night we saw the emotional end of Jimin’s journey. He struggled a lot with making his decision, but eventually he chose Yoongi and let Jungkook go to spread his wings a bit. It has been a couple of months since Jimin and Yoongi definitively began their relationship, so the question is where are they now? Are they still happily together? Have they hit a few bumps and called it quits? We’re about to see as we bring them out now for their first public appearance together.”

The audience begins screaming as Sihyuk announces the two, Yoongi and Jimin walk out hand in hand. They both greet Sihyuk cheerfully as they take their seats on the couch. “Well, you two have certainly done a good job at keeping this a secret.” Sihyuk comments after the audience calms down a bit. “Nothing Jimin said in any interviews gave anything away, no tweets with hidden messages, and dispatch wasn’t even able to get any pictures of you guys!”

“I’m a very private person, so that helped.” Yoongi responds, already subconsciously playing with Jimin’s fingers as the younger male’s hand rests on his thigh.

“This is your first time being seen together in a public.” Sihyuk says. “How are you guys feeling about that?”

Jimin looks over at Yoongi with a small giggle before responding. “It’s definitely a bit weird. Much different than hanging out in his room or my studio.”

“I’m assuming your relationship is still good then?” They share another look and Yoongi nods. “No issues? Just happily in love?”

“Every relationship has issues at some point.” Yoongi says, Jimin watching him with a smile. “No relationship is perfect, we have arguments every now and then and we’ve had to work through a lot of things, but we communicate with each other, we talk through everything any time we have a problem, whether it be internal or external.” Yoongi looks over at Jimin and matches his smile. “But yes, we’re happily in love.” The audience screams once more as Jimin’s smile widens, laying his head down on Yoongi’s shoulder and giving him a tiny squeeze.

Sihyuk can’t help but smile at the couple, looking back on how he watched them grow together throughout the filming of the show. “Now, Jimin, some of your mom’s concerns were if you would move too fast in a relationship, and you assured her that you had no plans to get super serious super quickly. Is that still your mindset, or have you and Yoongi already secretly gotten married? Because you two have proven to be really good at hiding things.”

Jimin laughs at that before answering. “No, we’re just going with the flow, taking steps as they come naturally. We’re very content with how things are right now.”

“I can tell from the smiles you’re both wearing right now.” Sihyuk comments. “Now, I have a lot of questions I want to ask the two of you, but first we’re going to look at how your relationship has been since that final rose-sorry, daffodil ceremony.” The audience cheers as the camera cuts to a pre-edited video of footage taken of Yoongi and Jimin after the final ceremony.

~*~

Yoongi

Things are really great between me and Jimin. Is this what they call the honeymoon phase?

 

Jimin sits on the counter as Yoongi cooks a small meal for the two of them, stealing food and laughing when the older male playfully scolds him.

 

Yoongi

We’ve been spending as much time together as we can since Jimin is busy preparing for his comeback, and yeah there have been rough moments, but overall everything is better than I even imagined.

 

“If you’re gonna be my boyfriend, you have to at least try to learn some of my choreography.” Jimin teases Yoongi as they stand in the middle of the dance studio. He then shows a sequence from one of his easier dances, to which Yoongi responds by overexaggerating every move. Jimin bursts into laughter, falling onto the older male, and Yoongi instinctually wraps his arms around Jimin.

 

Yoongi

I honestly have no idea why I was so against this in the first place. Now I can’t even imagine what life would be like without Jimin.

 

The two of them cuddle on the couch, Yoongi’s head in Jimin’s lap, as Yoongi talks about some of the changes he’s making to his mixtape to ‘make sure it’s absolutely perfect’. As the older male rambles, his eyes lit up with passion, Jimin just watches him with a smile, running his fingers through Yoongi’s hair. “Why are you looking at me like that?” Yoongi suddenly asks.

Jimin shrugs and shakes his head slightly. “I just love you~” Yoongi’s cheeks turn pink as he whispers those words back, sitting up slightly as Jimin leans down, their lips meeting in the middle for a short but sweet kiss.

~*~

“Wow~” Sihyuk says as the audience’s applause dies down. “You guys really look like a couple in that.”

“Thank you, we try really hard~” Jimin responds, earning laughter from the audience.

Sihyuk chuckles. “No, I mean you guys look very natural and relaxed with each other. There’s no awkwardness nor does it look like you ever have to try to force something.”

“Like Jiminie said,” Yoongi responds, “we’re just going with the flow, taking things as they come.”

“That’s amazing, I’m very happy for the two of you.” Sihyuk smiles at the couple. “Now, we have to take a little break, but when we come back, I’ll have a few more questions for these two and then even later, we will announce our first ever Bachelorette, so definitely stick around.”

~*~

“Welcome back!” Sihyuk announces. “We are here with our happy couple, Jimin and Yoongi, and just discussing how life has changed for them since this show and the final ceremony.” He turns to face the couple. “And now time for some of the harder questions.” Jimin and Yoongi both nod, signaling that they are ready for whatever gets thrown at them. “Jungkook~” Some audience members cheer at the name of the runner up. “The both of you, on social media, have received some far from happy responses over Jungkook being rejected, especially since he is now signed under the same company as you and must see you quite often. Do you want to take the chance to clear things up or explain yourself to some of the disappointed viewers?”

Jimin nods, biting his lip as he thinks over what to say. Yoongi just continues playing with the younger male’s fingers and stroking the back of his hand. “It was extremely difficult to make that decision and say goodbye to Jungkook. I’m not saying I don’t regret it, because I love Yoongi and I’m very happy with him and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. But I do still feel a bit guilty over the whole thing, and I probably always will, but Jungkook and I are really good friends now.”

“So, the two of you are friends, you don’t act like exes who can’t be around each other?”

Jimin shakes his head then pauses. “Well, the first time we saw each other at the company, he did literally dive behind a trash can to avoid me but…” the audience laughs at the image. “I can’t speak for him because I’m not inside his brain and he could just be putting up a front for my benefit, but I do feel like we’re both content with how things turned out, and he is one of my best friends.” He turns to face the camera. “And he is working very hard for his debut, so definitely be looking out for that.” The audience screams in response to that.

“And now last question~” Sihyuk starts before pausing for dramatic effect. “The Fantasy Suite~” Yoongi can’t help but glance at Jimin with a smile at the memory of that night. “That night seems to have been a turning point for the two of you, as going into it, Yoongi mentioned multiple times that he had to tell Jimin something that could have possibly ended your relationship for good. So, I’m assuming you guys talked about whatever that was.”

Jimin nods, slipping his hand out of Yoongi’s just enough to be able to rub the older male’s thigh lightly. “He did, and I feel very happy that he felt comfortable enough to share with me what he did. He really is one of the strongest people I have ever met, and I’m not just saying that because I’m in love with him.” Jimin gives a slight giggle, turning to look at Yoongi and meeting his gaze with a soft smile. “I really admire him.”

The audience awws as Yoongi mouths ‘I love you’ to Jimin. Jimin leans forward so their foreheads touch, giving the older male a really quick kiss as Sihyuk starts speaking again. “You also mentioned something about a marathon that went unfinished.” The audience starts screaming at the tone Sihyuk was using, going crazy over the implications of what kind of marathon the couple had. “Did you ever get to finish it?”

“Of course, we finished it!” Jimin answers, using the same tone as Sihyuk, which makes the audience go even crazier. “And we’ve repeated the marathon multiple times.”

Yoongi is covering his face in embarrassment at his boyfriend as the audience continues screaming. He finally looks up and holds his hand up as if to get everyone’s attention. “Just to be clear, we are talking about a movie marathon!” Some of the audience laughs while the rest continues screaming. “We had a movie marathon and finishing it was the first thing we did after our daffodil ceremony.”

Sihyuk laughs. “Well thank you for clearing that up for us, Yoongi~”

“But we’ve also had other marathons too.” Jimin adds in purely to tease Yoongi, who just covers his face again with a mumble of ‘oh my god’. Jimin laughs and leans into Yoongi, pressing a kiss to his cheek as a silent apology.

“Well, after that exciting confirmation,” Sihyuk teases them further, “I’d like to thank the both of you for being here tonight. I couldn’t be happier for the two of you, seeing you so happy and in love with each other. I hope you continue to have this for a long, long time.” The couple thanks him as he turns to the camera. “We’re going to take another quick break, but then we’ll be back for the moment I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for…the announcement of our first Bachelorette!” The audience screams as they fade to commercial.

~*~

“Welcome back to our very special live finale~” Sihyuk greets. “We just finished speaking to our very much in love couple, Jimin and Yoongi, and now it is time to begin the journey for the next person to take Jimin’s place. Are you ready to meet our first ever Bachelorette?” The audience screams out that they are ready. “Let’s bring her out then! Please welcome…Rose!” Rose walks out with a big smile, waving to the audience as they cheer for her. “Very nice to see you, Rose~” Sihyuk says as they both sit down, Rose sitting on the couch previously occupied by Yoongi and Jimin.

“It’s very nice to see you, too, Sihyuk!” Rose responds. “I’m really excited to be here!”

“And you have reason to be, considering you are the Bachelorette.” The audience cheers again. “Congratulations, how does it feel?”

Rose giggles. “It’d be easier to say how I don’t feel. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to get another chance at finding love. And especially after seeing Yoongi and Jimin backstage, like there’s no doubt that they are head over heels for each other, I really want that, so that just reinforced that I made the right decision in saying yes when you called me a few weeks ago to ask me if I wanted to come back as the Bachelorette.”

“And is your family happy for you?”

“Well…they’re a little skeptical, especially after what happened with Jimin, which I am completely over by now, but they for some reason still think I’m hung up over that. But ultimately, they do want me to be happy, so they said that they do trust my judgment and are supporting me through this.”

Sihyuk nods. “Now, we have a clip here of the moment you found out that we had chosen you to be the first Bachelorette. Do you mind if we show it, because I think it’s really sweet and shows who you are really well.”

“Yeah!” Rose responds immediately. “Go for it!”

~*~

Rose enters the room where Sihyuk and a cameraman are waiting with a bright smile. “Hey, how are you?” She greets the host with a hug.

“I’m great, how are you?”

“I’m good!” She sits down in the seat across from him. “So, you said you wanted me to come in for some kind of post-show interview?”

Sihyuk nods slightly. “Yeah, kind of…As I’m sure you’re aware, the ratings for this first season have gone through the roof, so we have gone ahead and decided to continue on with a second season.” Rose nods, signally that she is listening. “And we’ve decided for next season we want to have a girl frontrunner, have a Bachelorette as opposed to a Bachelor.”

“Oh, that sounds cool!” Rose responds.

“And we’re wanting to ask a contestant from this season to see if they’re willing.”

Rose nods with a smile. “So, are you wanting my opinion on who it should be? I could definitely see Sana or Jeongyeon. Sana’s really sweet and deserves to find happiness after what her parents put her and Jimin through, and Jeongyeon has a really good head on her shoulders, so she would definitely be good in that kind of position.”

Sihyuk smiles at Rose and chuckles a bit. “We were actually wanting to ask you to be our first Bachelorette.”

Rose’s eyes widen and her jaw drops in shock. “Me? You want me?”

“Yes, we want you.”

Rose starts tearing up slightly, still looking at Sihyuk in shock. “Why? I’m not that interesting!”

“I beg to differ~” Sihyuk argues. “The way you handled the breakup with Jimin was a level of maturity that not a lot of people have, and it’s a level that the Bachelorette would need to have. You’re also very honest and caring, but you’re not afraid to stand up for someone or call people out even if their your friend the way you did with Camila when she was talking about Sana. And you sincerely want to find someone to love you for you that you also love. So, Rose, will you please be our first Bachelorette?”

“Oh my god~” Rose says quietly, running her hands through her hair as she tries to compose herself. “Yes! I will!” She hugs Sihyuk once again. “I can’t believe I’m the Bachelorette!”

~*~

The audience cheers as the video ends. “You got emotional there~”

“I did!” Rose agrees. “I’m still a bit emotional. I sincerely thought that I was just doing a standard after interview that everyone was getting called in to do, and then when you mentioned next season and wanting a Bachelorette, it literally did not even cross my mind at all that you would have considered me.”

“I don’t see why~” Sihyuk says. “You’re an amazing person and deserve to find love just as much as anyone else does. And that is what you are here to do, right?”

Rose nods. “100%~”

“And in just a few months, you very well could be in love and in a relationship with the person meant for you.”

Rose giggles and nods again. “It’s definitely weird to think about, but I am more than ready for it, and I can’t wait to get started on my journey.”

“You can’t wait? Well then how about we start right now?” Rose freezes slightly and looks at Sihyuk with a similar surprised look to when he had told her they wanted her to be the Bachelorette. “Can you please get our special guests ready?” The audience cheers and Sihyuk holds his hand out to help Rose up from the couch.

“What is going on?” Rose asks, slightly bewildered as a producer brings in a backdrop that looks similar to where the first impressions from the first season happened.

“If you don’t mind, we are going to start your journey right here, right now with five of your contestants who are already dying to meet you.”

Rose laughs nervously. “Okay, I wasn’t expecting this, but I’m ready!” The audience cheers. “Let’s do this!”

“I like that attitude!” Sihyuk encourages her. “Okay, so you are going to meet your first five contestants, anything in particular you are looking for from the start?”

“Uh…just honesty and being themselves. Like, yes, go all out if you want to impress me like that, but don’t do anything you’re uncomfortable with. Don’t do something that you don’t want to do just because you think I’ll like it, that would be an immediate turn off for me.”

“That definitely sounds like something everyone should look for.” The audience laughs. “Now, Rose, are you ready to start your journey to love?”

Rose takes a deep, calming breath. “I am~” Sihyuk nods and motions for the first contestant to come out.

The first person to step out is a girl. “Hi!” She greets excitedly. “I love your dress!”

“Thank you!” Rose says with a smile as she hugs the girl in greeting. “I’m Rose! But you probably already know that.” Rose laughs awkwardly.

“I’m Yerim~” The girl greets with a wide smile. “You don’t know how elated I was to find out you are the Bachelorette. You were my favorite during the first season, and a part of me was like ‘oh I hope she ends up with Jimin’ and the other was like ‘no because I want her’.” Rose and Yerim giggle together. “And now I’m getting a chance to be with you, and it’s just so surreal, and I’m very excited to get to go on this journey with you.”

Rose smiles brightly at Yerim. “Aww, well I’m very excited too!” The two girls hug once more before Yerim exits so that the next contestant can come forward.

The next contestant is another girl, only she is much taller than Yerim. “Wow, you’re really tall!” Rose exclaims as the girl approaches and hugs her. “Are you a model?”

The girl giggles while shaking her head. “I’m Tzuyu, I’m from Taiwan-“

“Wow, this show really stretched out everywhere, didn’t it?” Rose jokes. “I’m expecting you to tell me all about what Taiwan is like when we have more time.”

Tzuyu giggles again. “For sure!” She takes a small breath before continuing. “You asked if I was a model, but I’m not. I’m actually a college student on a pre dental health track, so I do want to be a dentist. And I did bring you a small gift.” She holds up a bag and Rose questions what’s inside as she begins to pull out it’s contents. “So, we have a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss. Always remember to floss, no one wants to kiss a mouth that hasn’t been flossed.”

Rose laughs as she accepts the gift from Tzuyu. “I’ll keep that in mind when we start filming in a couple of weeks.” She hugs Tzuyu once more before letting her go. Sihyuk comes up after Tzuyu’s gone to retrieve the gift from Rose and put it somewhere safe until the end of the show and promptly leaves once more as the next contestant comes forward.

The next contestant is heard before he’s seen, singing into a microphone as he slowly approaches Rose.

Jigeum nae nune jeil aleumdaun geon neoya lady
Neol hyanghan nae mami donimyeon ama nan billionaire

He pauses to take Rose’s hand, the Bachelorette watching in amazement as he serenades her. The audience is also already going crazy at the man’s talent.

Neol johahae
Really really really really
Nae mameul mideojwo oh wah
Really really really really
Neol johahae
Really really really really
Nae mameul badjwo oh wah
Really really really really
Neon na eottae?”

“Wow!” Rose exclaims as he finishes, clapping along with the audience who is going crazy for male. “Fellow singer?”

“Actually, I’m a math teacher.” The male says. “But I do write songs and sing on the side a bit.”

“Did you write that one?” He nods. “Oh my god, it was so good!”

“Thank you!” The male is suddenly a bit shy. “Oh, I should probably introduce myself, I’m Seungyoon.”

Rose smiles at him and gives him a hug. “It’s so nice to meet you Seungyoon! And thank you for the performance, it was so good!” Seungyoon thanks her again shyly before taking his leave.

The fourth contestant to come out is another girl. “Hi, I’m Joohyun!” She greets politely, giving Rose a hug as she reaches her.

“It’s so nice to meet you Joohyun!”

“You too!” Joohyun says as she pulls back from the hug, smiling up at Rose. “So I don’t have any gimmicks or speeches about feelings that I already have for you based on seeing you through a TV screen, but what I do have to say is that I really admire the way you stood up for Sana. Regardless of if Camila was right or not, it’s petty to talk bad about someone behind their back, especially when you’re trying to sabotage a relationship rather than focusing on yourself. And Camila was a friend of yours, so that must have made it even harder, but you still did it, and I do like that about you. I’m the same way, I don’t tolerate pettiness or drama like that, so that’s one thing you can look forward to while dating me.”

Rose returns the smile Joohyun gives her. “I definitely will look forward to that. I’m hoping for my journey to have much less drama than Jimin’s had.”

Joohyun giggles. “I’m sure it will, because I can tell that you aren’t going to put up with any nonsense.” They hug once more before Joohyun walks off to allow the final contestant to come forward.

The final contestant is another male, carrying a lotus flower in hand as he confidently walks towards Rose. “Hello, Rose, I am so happy to meet you.”

“I’m happy to meet you too!” She greets as they hug. “What’s your name?”

“Yixing~”

“That’s an interesting name.”

“Yeah, I’m Chinese~” Yixing states before continuing on with his plan for his impression. “So, I love the idea of this show, the whole idea of taking risks in the name of love and devoting yourself to trying to find that one person is amazing…but there is one aspect I disagree with.”

Rose tilts her head. “Oh, and what is that?”

“I think it’s wrong for you to be giving out flowers, because someone as beautiful and kind as you should be the one showered in affection and receiving gifts from us.” Rose’s cheeks start to turn pink as Yixing holds up the lotus flower. “I’ve brought you a flower today, it’s a lotus flower.”

“It’s so pretty!” Rose gushes as she takes the flower from his hands.

Yixing nods. “Lotus flowers are very important to Chinese culture. They grow in mud yet still maintain their exquisite beauty, although they don’t compare to you at all.”

Rose’s blush deepens. “Oh, stop it~” She brushes her hair out of her face with her free hand.

“And the lotus flower also symbolizes perfection and purity of both the heart and mind, and I feel like this is the perfect flower to represent you, because you are both perfect and pure in both mind and heart.”

Cheeks bright red at this point, Rose hugs Yixing again. “You are so sweet! I don’t deserve this!”

“Trust me, you do~” Yixing says definitively. “You deserve this and much more.” They don’t say another word, just hug once more before Yixing exits in the same direction the previous four had.

Sihyuk comes forward after that, gently taking the lotus flower from Rose’s hands and hands it to a producer to go set it with the gift from Tzuyu. “So, he’s definitely a charmer.”

Rose nods in agreement. “He definitely is~”

“What do you think about all of them? Good batch so far?”

“I just-“ Rose starts, still flustered from Yixing’s mini speech. “I can’t imagine how it could get any better than this. I’m even more excited to get this show on the road now!”

“Is there anyone you can already see yourself giving a rose to?”

Rose nods without hesitation. “Yeah, definitely~”

“Interesting…” Sihyuk says, raising a reaction from the artist. “So, if we were to get a rose out here, you would go ahead and give it to said person?”

The audience screams as Rose thinks it over. “Is that allowed?”

Sihyuk shrugs. “Hey, you’re in complete control of when, where, and how many roses to give out. It is all up to you.”

Rose thinks it over some more before making a decision. “Yeah, let’s do it!”

The audience cheers. “There you have it, Rose will be giving out her first rose tonight, live, as soon as we come back from commercial!”

~*~

When the cameras turn back on, the five contestants are standing in a row across from Sihyuk and Rose. “Welcome back, I’m here with our first Bachelorette, Rose!” The audience cheers for her. “So, Rose, your journey has already begun, you’ve just met three women and two men who are already very much into you. What do you think?”

Rose looks over the five people, giving them a small wave and a smile. “I can honestly say that I already like what I’m seeing and can’t wait to get to know them more.”

“That’s great, I’m glad that our producers are capable of picking good people.” Rose laughs with the audience at that. “Now, right before commercial break, you decided that you would like to really get this journey started and go ahead and give at out a rose tonight.” Rose nods in agreement. “So, I’d like to welcome you to your first rose ceremony!” The audience cheers again. Sihyuk turns to the five contestants. “Don’t worry, this isn’t a typical rose ceremony, the four of you who don’t receive one aren’t going home. You’ll still be coming to the mansion on night one for the official start of the journey.”

“That’s very good news~” Yerim says in response.

“Are you ready to get this going?” Rose nods that she is ready. “Okay then, Rose, ladies, gentlemen…this is the only rose tonight…” The audience, Rose, and the five contestants all laugh at that. “Whenever you’re ready, Rose~” Sihyuk walks off, leaving the Bachelorette to do her thing.

“Okay,” Rose rubs her hands nervously as she turns to face the five contestants. “So, I’ve loved meeting all of you and I can’t wait to get to know all of you even more when we get to night one. This is definitely the most difficult decision I’ve made so far this season…” Rose can’t hold back her giggles at that statement as the contestants and the audience laugh along with her. “But just know that if you don’t get this…” she trails off and picks up her ‘rose’ for the season, a picture of herself, “picture of me, it doesn’t mean I like you less or that you have no chance of getting the real Rose in the end. This really is just, like, a split-second decision that I’ll be making as soon as whoever’s name comes out of my mouth.” Rose falls quiet for a second. “It’ll be coming to me in a second, I swear.” The audience laughs again, and Rose waits for them to calm down before stating the recipient of the first rose. “Yixing~”

The man smiles as he comes forward to accept his rose. “As you can see, I’m not giving out a flower, so you don’t have to be disappointed or anything.” Yixing laughs and nods in agreement. “So, Yixing, will you accept this rose?”

“Of course~” The male says with a smile, taking the picture from her.

Sihyuk comes forward at that point to make the closing remarks. “Thank you to everyone for making this first season of The Bachelor better than we ever imagined, and we hope you enjoy this next season with Rose just as much. Have a lovely night, and we’ll see you in a few months once Rose’s journey is complete!”

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“No, Eomma, you cannot tell anyone that Jimin and I are dating.” Yoongi groaned into the phone. Jimin walked back over to the couch where Yoongi was, carrying a bottle of wine and two glasses as Yoongi listened to his mother’s response. “Because we’re literally under contract, we have to keep it a secret until it’s revealed on the show.” Jimin set the wine and glasses down on the coffee table before sitting down on the couch, cuddling up to Yoongi as he finished his phone call with his mother. “Don’t be surprised if the entire world knows we’re together by the end of the night.”

Jimin giggled as Yoongi adjusted himself so he could wrap his arm around the younger. “Your mom’s just excited!” Jimin defended the older woman. “Can you blame her?”

Yoongi grumbled as Jimin sat up to pour them each a glass of wine. “I thought you didn’t like drinking when you have an early schedule the next morning.”

Jimin shrugged as he tried to hand Yoongi a glass. “This is a special occasion. I saw a lot of people on Twitter saying The Bachelor is going to be a wine show, so I want to be prepared.”

Yoongi looked down at his lap, picking at his sweatpants as Jimin leaned forward to set the glass back down on the table. “Why do we have to watch it?”

Jimin tilted his head a bit as he looked at his boyfriend. “You don’t want to watch how we fell in love?”

“And how you also started to fall in love with Sana and Jungkook?” Yoongi asked bluntly. “And have to see you kissing other people? I’d rather not~”

Jimin wrapped his arms around Yoongi, resting his chin on the other male’s shoulder as he spoke quietly. “I may have had strong feelings that could be described as love for them, but I was never in love with them. I’m in love with you, I chose you, and I only want you. Don’t let your brain try to trick you into thinking otherwise.”

Yoongi took Jimin’s hand in his and started playing with his fingers. “It’ll still hurt to see you with them and all of the others.”

Jimin intertwined his fingers with Yoongi’s, causing the older to have to stop playing with them. “You don’t have to watch it with me, you know.” Jimin informed him. “Trust me, I completely understand how you are feeling, if the roles were reversed, I wouldn’t want to watch it either.” Jimin ran his thumb along Yoongi’s in a soothing motion. “I just want to see what you were like outside of our dates and what was going through your head at the time. But you can go work on some lyrics or something in the bedroom if you want, I wouldn’t force you to watch this with me.”

Yoongi was quiet for a second before responding. “No, I’ll stay in here and watch it with you.” Jimin sat up slightly, obviously about to question Yoongi’s decision. “I came all the way out here to spend a few days with you, and I’m gonna spend every second I can with you until I have to go back to Daegu.” Jimin beamed at him, leaning in to press an appreciative kiss to his cheek. “But I’m still gonna have a problem with seeing the kisses.”

Jimin shrugged slightly. “Well for every kiss that happens in the show, I’ll give you two better quality kisses. How does that sound?”

“Better quality?” Yoongi smirked a bit at that.

Jimin nodded. “Should be easy since my boyfriend has such great ‘tongue technology’.”

Yoongi sighed in exasperation at Jimin’s teasing while the younger just laughed. “I’m gonna change the lyrics or just completely take that song out of the final version of my mixtape.”

Jimin tightened his hold on Yoongi. “No! How else will I use your lyrics to brag about my awesome, talented boyfriend?”

“You could brag about the quality of my lyrics if you want to talk about talent.”

There was a glint in Jimin’s eye as he responded. “Not the kind of talent I was referring to.” Yoongi’s cheeks turned pink, and he opened his mouth to respond, but Jimin stopped him by pressing their lips together. Yoongi responded to the kiss almost immediately, parting his lips so he could swipe his tongue along Jimin’s plump bottom lip. Jimin parted his own lips in response, allowing Yoongi to explore his mouth as he practically climbed into the older male’s lap. Jimin pulled away slightly after a couple of minutes so he could speak. “Now we’re getting closer to that talent.” He pressed his lips to Yoongi’s again, only for the older male to pull away after a few seconds.

Jimin didn’t let that deter him, moving to trail his lips down Yoongi’s jaw towards his neck. “You know, there was this show that you were really excited about watching, and it’s coming on right now.”

Jimin nipped a spot just a few centimeters below Yoongi’s jaw, not hard enough to leave a mark, but hard enough to make Yoongi shiver in pleasure, before finally pulling away and unmuting the TV just in time for The Bachelor to start.

Rather than watching in silence, the couple spent almost every second of the show conversing and commenting on various moments throughout the episode.

When Jimin’s introduction video played after Sihyuk’s opening, Yoongi turned to Jimin and said, “I kind of miss your blond hair.” He ran his fingers through Jimin’s black locks that had only been colored a few days prior in preparation for his upcoming comeback.

“It’ll come back eventually~” Jimin assured him, subconsciously tilting his head towards Yoongi’s hand as he loved the feeling of the elder’s fingers in his hair.

When Yoongi’s introduction video played and showed him working at his family’s restaurant in Daegu, Jimin immediately started cooing over how adorable he looked in his apron.

When Camila came out of the limo and stole the first kiss of the night, Jimin wasted no time in giving Yoongi two quick, short kisses. “I believe you promised me ‘better quality’ kisses.” Yoongi teased the younger.

“Oh, trust me, those were better quality.” Jimin insisted. “She was not the greatest kisser.”

When Namjoon came out and gave Jimin his mixtape, Yoongi said, “Oh, he gave you his mixtape too?” He then shrugged. “I did it first~”

Both of them cracked up laughing when Seokjin started dancing towards Jimin. “Aww, I think I miss Seokjin the most. He was great!”

“He gave me his number and I’ve talked to him a couple of times.” Yoongi said. “In a couple of months when we no longer have to keep it a secret, we can invite him for dinner or something.”

Jimin nodded excitedly. “That would be amazing! How is he doing?”

Yoongi shrugged a bit. “He’s good. Still pining over his crush, that’s the focus of our conversations 75% of the time.”

Jimin’s eyes widened a bit. “You know who it is?”

Yoongi nodded. “Yeah, he told me the second he realized he liked him.” Jimin immediately begged Yoongi to tell him who it was. “No, I promised him I wouldn’t tell anyone. The only people who know who it is are Seokjin hyung, me, and Chanyeol.” Jimin pouted, making Yoongi chuckle a bit before pressing a kiss to his bottom lip. “You can ask him when we get together for dinner.”

“You’re sure the crush doesn’t know?”

Yoongi snorted. “He’s an oblivious dumbass, so yeah, he definitely has no clue.”

The night continued with more comments like that, and many kisses. After the episode ended, and the bottle of wine was emptied, Jimin dragged Yoongi to his bedroom to ‘practice his talent some more’ before going to bed for the night.

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Yoongi had barely finished knocking on the door before it was swinging open and a body was throwing themselves at him! “Yoongle boongle!”

“Is this a new thing?” Yoongi asked, wrapping his arms around Jimin. “A different nickname every time you see me?”

Jimin pulled away and smiled at his boyfriend. “Uh, yeah~” Jimin stated as if it were obvious. He leaned up to press his lips to Yoongi’s before dragging him inside, barely even giving him time to pick up the bag he had dropped when Jimin had attacked him.

As they entered Jimin’s childhood home, his family greeted Yoongi, Jihyun and Jimin’s mother enthusiastically while Jimin’s dad settled for a tight smile and brief nod of acknowledgement. Since it was Yoongi’s first time seeing Jimin’s family since he had first met them, the evening was spent with Jimin’s family asking him how he’d been and what had been going on in his life, all while Jimin stayed permanently glued to his side, cuddling into him every chance he got.

“Why do I get the feeling your dad hates me?” Yoongi asked as the two of them climbed into Jimin’s childhood bed.

“He doesn’t hate you~” Jimin assured his boyfriend, playing with the buttons of the older male’s pajama shirt.

Yoongi sighed. “Okay, but he definitely dislikes me.”

“No, he doesn’t~” Jimin insisted. “He just starts to worry over how much time you put into your music and how invested in it you are.” Yoongi tilted his head slightly, eyebrows furrowing in confusion. “He doesn’t want you to ‘neglect’ me or put me on the backburner for the sake of your career. He’s very touchy about that kind of stuff because my grandfather was a workaholic, wasn’t even there for my dad’s birth or anything.”

Yoongi nodded slightly in understanding before leaning slightly forward. “Well, I can for sure promise that I will never put my music before you.” He assured Jimin, lightly pressing his lips to the younger’s right after.

“Good~” Jimin smiled at his boyfriend, returning the kiss. “Now, are you going to fulfill your promise of deflowering me in my childhood room or not?”

Yoongi scoffed at his boyfriend as Jimin began to unbutton his pajama shirt for him. “You’ve already been deflowered, pretty sure that can’t happen twice.” Jimin shushed, pushing at the now open pajama shirt to get Yoongi to take it off.

Once they were both naked, Jimin lay back against his pillows, letting his legs fall open and casually resting his arms behind his head as if he weren’t waiting for his boyfriend to start fingering him open. Yoongi grabbed some lube and a condom from Jimin’s bedside table (knowing it was there as the younger male had eagerly shown him before when he’d first shown him his old bedroom), dropping the condom packet on the bed for later and squirting some lube onto his fingers.

Jimin flinched at the coldness as Yoongi gently ran his finger around his hole, waiting for him to relax before pushing it inside, a second finger joining shortly after. “You think you’ll be able to be quiet enough tonight? Because I’d really rather not alert your parents to what we’re doing.”

“Please don’t talk about my parents when you have two fingers up my ass.” Jimin said before lightly biting his bottom lip to hold back a faint moan he felt trying to come out as Yoongi twisted his fingers in the way he really liked.

Having great knowledge of Jimin’s body and how to take care of him, it didn’t take long for Yoongi to properly stretch him out. When the older male reached down to retrieve the condom packet, Jimin shifted down the bed slightly, using his core strength from being a dancer to lift his hips slightly of the bed and wrap his legs around Yoongi’s waist, crossing them at the ankle’s to lock him in. Yoongi responded by gripping Jimin’s hip with one hand, the other one guiding his member to Jimin’s hole.

A very small whimper of pleasure slipped out of Jimin’s mouth as Yoongi pushed in, the older male moving slowly to allow Jimin time to adjust without being in pain. Once he bottomed out, he leaned forward until his chest was against Jimin’s, intertwining his fingers with the other male’s and kissing him as he began to slowly thrust in and out of him. Yoongi and Jimin’s lips met repeatedly, only the slightest hint of tongue involved, as they fully enjoyed each other.

After a while, Jimin pulled back from the kisses and looked into Yoongi’s eyes. “I know you like being gentle and making love to me, but if you could just speed up the tiniest bit, that would be great.” Jimin attempted to speed his own tiny hip movements, only for Yoongi to remove one of his hands from Jimin’s and reach down to keep him from moving. “If you don’t stop teasing me, I will bite you~”

“You’d bite me anyway~’ Yoongi retorted. In response, Jimin tilted his head up to playfully nip at Yoongi’s jaw, laying back against his pillow with a giggle.

After a few more thrusts, Yoongi decided to grant Jimin his wish and gradually sped up his thrusts until Jimin had to dig his teeth into his bottom lip to prevent any noises from escaping him. Yoongi sat up so he was no longer pressed against Jimin, removing his other hand from the younger’s and planting both on either side of Jimin’s head to give himself a better stance to pound into his boyfriend. Jimin wrapped his arms around Yoongi, digging his nails into his shoulder blades with each thrust.

Yoongi felt the familiar tightening in his lower abdomen and shifted his weight to one hand, wrapping his now free hand around Jimin’s member and stroking it at the same pace as his thrusts, occasionally twisting his hand around the head. When Jimin’s orgasm finally hit him, he once again dug his nails into Yoongi’s skin, fingers dragging down slightly to leave small scratches, but the older male barely felt them as he chased after his own high, finishing into the condom a couple of minutes after Jimin came. He grinded against Jimin a few more times to ride his orgasm out before finally stilling his hips, leaning down to press his lips to Jimin’s in an open mouth kiss, careful not to lay against his cum covered stomach.

When their breathing was relatively normal again, Yoongi carefully pulled out of Jimin, the younger whining slightly, and tossed the condom in his bedroom trash can. He climbed off the bed and slipped his underwear back on. “Where’s the bathroom again?” Yoongi asked so he could go get a warm washcloth to clean Jimin up with.

“Second door on the left~” Jimin informed him, the older male disappearing immediately. He slowly shifted to sit up slightly, leaning against his pillows comfortably as he waited for Yoongi to return. When he did, his face was bright red. “What-“

“I just ran into your dad.” Yoongi informed Jimin, already wiping Jimin’s stomach clean despite the embarrassment he was obviously feeling. “And he said, ‘I trust that you’re taking care of him and being safe.’”.

Jimin let out a small laugh of disbelief, feeling his own cheeks heat up. “Did he really?” Yoongi nodded, tossing the dirty washcloth in the corner of the room, not feeling up to risking running into one of his boyfriend’s family members again.

He helped Jimin into a pair of underwear and retrieved a t shirt from his own overnight bag at the younger male’s insistence. Once they were both redressed, Yoongi climbed into bed and pulled the covers over them. Jimin immediately wrapped his arms around Yoongi, intertwining their legs and nuzzling his face into the crook of the older male’s neck.

“Goodnight, I love you~” Jimin whispered as Yoongi reached across him to turn the lamp off.

“I love you~” Yoongi whispered back, wrapping his arms around Jimin and burying his face in the younger male’s shoulder. He waited until he felt Jimin’s breaths slow and even out, only closing his own eyes once he was sure he was sleeping peacefully.

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“This feels so weird~” Jimin turned his head to look at Yoongi. “I keep thinking the producers are gonna bust in here and set up cameras and steal you away for a date with someone else.”

It was dark outside, hours after their daffodil ceremony that morning, and the now boyfriends had been cuddled up on the bed in Jimin’s hotel room for the better part of the day to continue their MCU marathon. However, the movies often served as background noise as the two men shared kisses and whispered words.

Jimin nuzzled into Yoongi’s neck, wrapping his arms tighter around the older male. “It’s just you and me now, baby~” Yoongi simultaneously felt a warmness spreading through his stomach and shivers over his body at the pet name. “I mean, except for when they film us to have stuff to show during this ‘after the final rose’ thing they’re planning. But that’s not gonna be until after we go back to Korea.” Jimin lifted his head to lightly run his nose over Yoongi’s jaw, pressing a kiss to the chubbiest part of the older male’s cheek. “So, we have the rest of today and tomorrow just to ourselves. No producers, no cameras, and no stealing me away.”

“Good~” Yoongi hummed, lightly pressing his lips to Jimin’s for a couple of seconds. “It’s also weird because I wasn’t expecting to come back to your hotel room after this.” Jimin giggled a bit as he asked why. “Because I was sure you were going to pick Jungkook over me.” Jimin asked why again, this time more seriously. “Because he’s Jungkook.” Jimin couldn’t help but roll his eyes at Yoongi’s reasoning. “He’s tall, muscular, handsome-“

“And you’re Yoongi.” Jimin cut him off. “Cute, hilarious, and the person I wanted most this morning.”

Yoongi looked at Jimin in confusion. “Wait, what happened this morning?”

Jimin shrugged a bit as he answered. “Just had a hard time making a decision at first.” Jimin smiled up at Yoongi. “But I know for a fact that I made the right one.” He tilted his head up to kiss Yoongi again.

Yoongi returned the kiss but pulled away after a few seconds. “Okay, but have you seen Jungkook’s arms? They’re like tree trunks and all I have are these noodles-“

“I like noodles!” Jimin insisted while laughing, shifting so that he was hovering over Yoongi instead of cuddling into his side. “Now shut up and let me kiss you.” Yoongi smiled at him and obliged, parting his lips as soon as Jimin’s were on them. As the kiss deepened, Jimin pushed Yoongi fully onto his back so he could lie on top of the older male, putting a hand on either side of his face while Yoongi’s arms wrapped around his waist, just above his butt.

After kissing for a while, Jimin pulled away and nudged his nose against Yoongi’s. “I love you~” He whispered, pressing a kiss to the tip of his button nose.

As it was the first time Jimin had uttered those words to him, Yoongi was initially at a loss for words. When he finally processed what Jimin just told him, his gummy smile appeared and he shifted his hands to rest on the younger’s hips, rubbing his thumbs along the sliver of skin between his t-shirt and sweatpants. “I think I might love you too.” Yoongi responded, leaning up to press his lips to Jimin’s once again.

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Jimin was very excited to get to spend a few days in Daegu with Yoongi and his family. He left after a photoshoot for his impending comeback and arrived at his boyfriend’s house shortly before dinner. Yoongi greeted him enthusiastically, his parents greeting him even more enthusiastically, and he was quickly fed and offered a drink as they settled in to watch the newest episode of The Bachelor, which just so happened to be the Fantasy Suites episode.

After the episode was over, and after Yoongi managed to free Jimin from his parents, the couple retired to the older male’s bedroom. “Was it just me, or did your parents actually seem a little disappointed when I told them that we just talked and watched movies during our fantasy suite?” Jimin asked as he sat on Yoongi’s lap, the older male sitting at his desk to do some quick work on a couple of his tracks.

“Yeah, my parents are weird, just ignore them.” Jimin giggled at that. “That’s why they kept asking you what you did in the other fantasy suites too.”

Jimin nodded a bit. “Yeah, it is a bit weird that they wanted to know what I did with other people when I’m dating you.”

It was silent for a moment between them before Yoongi spoke again. “So, what did you do in the other fantasy suites?”

Jimin looked at Yoongi. “Are you actually curious or is this one of those moments where you ask but when I go to tell you, you say, ‘oh no, never mind, I don’t wanna know’?”

“I’m really curious.”

Jimin looked in Yoongi’s eyes for any sign that he didn’t want to hear it, but when he found nothing, he went on to tell him. “Okay, well with Jungkook, we talked a bit, he decided to pursue a career as a singer, and we had sex-”

Yoongi tensed up at that, unintentionally interrupting Jimin as he was about to talk about his fantasy suite with Sana. “Wait, you and Jungkook had sex?” Jimin nodded. “You had sex with Jungkook?” Yoongi asked again, still trying to process the information.

“Pretty sure that’s been established already.” Yoongi moved to stand up from his computer chair, forcing Jimin to get up too. “Don’t go silent freaking out on me.” Jimin pleaded as Yoongi started to pace around the room.

“I’m just trying to wrap my head around the fact that you had sex with Jungkook, who you still see on a regular basis.”

Jimin scoffed a bit at that. “What exactly are you implying there?”

“I’m not implying anything!” Yoongi insisted.

“Oh really?” Jimin asked, obviously not believing him. “Because to me it sounds like you’re implying I would cheat on you with Jungkook, who, might I remind you, I rejected in order to be with you.”

“You didn’t want to ‘be with’ me very much then, did you?” Jimin looked at his boyfriend in confusion, then rolled his eyes at Yoongi’s next question. “You didn’t exactly try to have sex with me then.”

“Oh, yeah, that would have been a great move. ‘Hey, you just had a huge panic attack and then told me all about your mental health struggles and how you tried to kill yourself once. Let’s go fuck now!’” Jimin took a deep breath after a minute. “We’re both obviously worked up right now, so this isn’t going to go anywhere. I’m gonna go get some air. When you’re ready to actually talk, come find me.” Jimin left the room, and Yoongi fell back on his bed, rubbing his face as he groaned.

He took a few deep, calming breaths, and once his mind was clear, he realized just how much of a jerk he’d been. He climbed off his bed and hurried downstairs, exiting the house to find Jimin sitting on the front porch. Yoongi quietly sat down next to him, awkwardly playing with his own fingers and looking down at his lap. “I’m sorry~” He said just loud enough for Jimin to hear him. “I was an asshole.”

Jimin sighed a bit. “Yeah, but you’re my asshole.” He looked over at Yoongi, who kept his gaze trained on his lap. “Why do you do that?” Jimin gave Yoongi the chance to respond, but when the older male stayed quiet, he continued. “Anytime Jungkook’s around, or he gets mentioned, or when I talk about our previous relationship, which I only ever do when you ask about it, you always either shut down or freak out about it.”

Yoongi took a moment before answering Jimin’s question. “I don’t know if it’s because he was the closest to getting to date you or if it’s because you’re still close with him now, but whatever it is, my anxiety goes up and tries to convince me that he’s better and who you really should be with.”

“Well tell your anxiety to suck it.” Yoongi couldn’t help but laugh as Jimin sat up straight and leaned close as if he were trying to talk to Yoongi’s brain through his skull. “Hey, I chose Yoongi, not Jungkook, now leave him alone.”

Yoongi looked over at Jimin with a small smile. “I wish it were that easy.”

“I know~” Jimin hummed, resting his head on Yoongi’s shoulder and intertwining their fingers. “I can stop hanging out with Jungkook if that would help.”

Yoongi shook his head immediately. “I may be your asshole, but I’m not that big of an asshole. I’m not gonna let you end a friendship just because my brain is a cunt sometimes.” He rested his head on Jimin’s. “I’ll get used to it eventually, it’ll just take some time.”

After a few minutes of sitting together in silence, Jimin lifted his head up and looked at Yoongi. “I think I know something that will help.” Yoongi looked at him expectantly. “Anytime your anxiety tries to convince you I’m secretly in love with Jungkook, just remember this: you’re the one I say, ‘I love you’ to.” Jimin leaned forward so their foreheads are touching. “You’re the only person I’ve ever said that to.” He whispered, tilting his head so his lips brushed against Yoongi’s.

“Really?” Yoongi whispered back. Jimin nodded, pressing his lips to Yoongi’s again. “Thank you~” Yoongi said, kissing Jimin one more time. “Let’s go inside now, it’s cold out here.”

Jimin sighed in relief. “Thank you, I was about to turn into a popsicle.”

Yoongi giggled as he helped Jimin stand up, leading him back into the house. “Let’s go get you warmed up.”

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“Yoongi, there’s a package for you!” Jimin called out as he entered their apartment, returning home from a long day of rehearsals. He and Yoongi had been dating for nearly a year now, living together for nearly six months, and their relationship was still going strong. They were also still the most watched couple in Korea, the only couple gaining as much popularity as them being Rose and her significant other, as it had been four months since her season had ended.

Jimin inspected the box he was carrying, trying to figure out what his boyfriend had ordered, only to scream in shock when it was snatched out of his hands. “Don’t look at it!” Yoongi exclaimed, holding the box close to his chest and running off with it.

“I’m in love with a weirdo~” Jimin muttered to himself, moving to the kitchen to get something to eat, too tired to bother questioning the older male.

In the safety of their bedroom, looking at the door once more to make sure Jimin wasn’t about to walk in, Yoongi opened the package. gently taking out the small velvet box resting inside. He popped open the top, admiring the ring nestled inside that he had picked out himself from the online store weeks earlier, as he couldn’t risk going to a store in person due to the number of fans and paparazzi that might catch him. After making sure it was the proper size and in good condition, he closed the box, standing up to find the perfect hiding spot for it.

However, the perfect hiding spot ended up not being so perfect. For the next couple of weeks, Jimin would end up getting close to seeing the ring, causing Yoongi to have to distract him long enough to move it to a new spot. That happened enough times that eventually Yoongi was no longer able to find it himself.

One day while Jimin was at practice, Yoongi turned the apartment upside down trying to find the ring but came up with nothing. He cursed himself for being so careless, dejectedly deciding to propose to Jimin without the ring, as a new one wouldn’t arrive in time for his set proposal date.

A few days later, it was Christmas Eve, and Yoongi and Jimin were cuddled up on the couch, watching the newest episode of the second season of The Bachelor. “It’s totally gonna be them at the end of this.” Jimin commented, pointing to where the bachelor was talking to Jimin’s favorite contestant during the date.

“You only say that because you want it to be them.”

Jimin playfully hit Yoongi on the chest. “No! I can sense these kinds of things! It’s them! They’re probably doing the frickle frack as we speak!” Yoongi laughed at his boyfriend, pulling him in for a sweet kiss as the show went to commercial. “I have to pee~” Jimin announced unwrapping himself from Yoongi and standing up from the couch.

Jimin returned not much later with an unreadable expression on his face. Yoongi was about to ask what was wrong when he saw the object in Jimin’s hands. “I went to get some more soap, and I found this.” Jimin held up the velvet box Yoongi had lost the previous week.

“Um, I, uh-“ Yoongi stuttered, his cheeks burning as Jimin came closer.

“Is this what I think it is?” The singer asked, slowly sitting back down on the couch.

“Uh, th-that depends on what you think it is.” Yoongi asked, attempting to act cool but failing miserably. He continued to stammer, unable to get a full sentence out as Jimin opened the box, gasping at the ring sitting inside.

“Was this that package you were being so weird about?” Jimin asked, earning a slight nod from Yoongi. Yoongi felt a pull at his heart as a couple of tears slipped down Jimin’s cheeks, but before he could say anything, the younger male was shoving the velvet box in his hands. “Well, go on~” Jimin insisted, sniffling slightly. “Do it~”

Yoongi was surprised his face hadn’t burned off yet from how hot it felt, looking down at the ring in his hand. “I was-I was planning on waiting a couple of days…until our anniversary. I had this whole thing planned-“

“Are you going to propose to me, or am I going to have to do it?” Jimin asked, staring at Yoongi expectantly.

Yoongi cleared his throat nervously, sliding off the couch so he was kneeling on the floor in front of Jimin. “I always thought that music would be my only love, that nothing could ever have a place in my heart like it did. And then I was pushed to go on this really weird dating show where a bubbly, beautiful, amazing singer stole my heart with no signs of ever giving it back. And I don’t ever want him to.” Jimin took a shaky breath, more tears coming out as Yoongi continued his mini speech. “You have been the greatest thing to ever happen to me, and I never want to go another day without you in my life. So, Park Jimin, will you marry me?”

Jimin nodded eagerly. “Yes, I do, I accept, put that ring on my finger!” Yoongi smiled brightly at Jimin’s excitement, granting his wish and sliding the ring onto his left hand. Once it was on, Jimin wasted no time pulling Yoongi towards him, their lips meeting messily as Jimin poured his feelings into the kiss. “I love you so much~” He whispered against Yoongi’s lips before kissing him again.

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Hello everyone! No, it's not another update into yoonmin's life post bachelor TT

I'm here because it is official this au's 1st birthday! This fic gained way more attention and success than I ever imagined it could, and I often come back and just read through the comments again because the amount of detail and theorizing y'all put into this fic is amazing and I love it!! <3

Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, and voted for this series, and thank you to those that continued on to see Rose's season (if you haven't yet, please do so, I promise you won't be disappointed).

Expect many more installments in the future! <3