"One pumpkin spice latte, please," Tae hears from behind the counter as he mindlessly scribbles on an empty cup. He rolls his eyes. Of course somebody just ordered a pumpkin spice latte. It's in their seasonal order and people have been coming out of this café night and day with their cups filled with it to the brim because everyone just keeps ordering it.
He sighs, defeated, and says: "Could you be any more ba-" he looks up into the eyes of a beautiful boy. "-sic?"
He blinks. Once. Twice.
The beautiful boy is still there. His eyes are shiny and his cupid's bow is lovely and his nose is boopable and his hair is messy in the cutest way Tae has ever seen. He has piercings in both of his ears and he's wearing black sweatpants and a black hoodie. And he's looking at Tae like he just offended him. Which - okay.
"Excuse me?" the boy asks and his voice sounds like honey to Taehyung's ears.
Tae immediately blushes and stops doodling on the cup. He straightens his back and clears his throat.
"Uh, nothing. Would you like that in a grande cup? We also have a pumpkin cookie to go with it for only $2. Would you like one with your order?" he recites from memory and if he rushes the words out a little bit, he hopes the boy doesn't notice.
The boy still looks offended, but he still says: "Yes to the cookie, no to the grande cup, I'd like a medium, please."
Tae smiles and hopes the boy finds him as charming as he finds him. He throws away the cup he had scribbled on and takes a new one from the stack. "One medium pumpkin spice latte for the cute boy," he says to himself. "What's the name?" he asks out loud.
The boy snickers. "I guess cute boy," he responds and Tae immediately flushes bright red. Oh god, he didn't mean for him to hear it.
He opens his mouth to apologize when the boy stops him. "It's Jungkook, actually."
Tae nods without looking at him and writes in messy handwriting "for Jungkook" on the cup along with the order.
He gives the cup back to Jimin who has been watching the entire exchange without Tae knowing and waits for him to prepare the coffee.
He busies himself so as to not look at Jungkook and he curses the store for not having enough customers in it to make Jungkook stop standing by the counter.
Somebody clears their throat. Tae looks up.
"Um, I still need to pay?” Jungkook says and Tae nearly dies of embarrassment right then and there.
"O-of course." He punches in the order on the cash register and tells him the total. Jungkook gives him the money and Tae takes it with shaky hands. God, he is an embarrassment.
"So, have you heard of the party happening this Saturday on campus?" Jungkook asks as a way of conversation. Tae stands behind the counter awkwardly.
"Uh, no, I don't go to college, actually, I just work here," he says truthfully. He's waiting for the look. That look everyone gives him when he says he chose a life of working instead of pursuing higher education. But it never comes.
"So you don't know about the party?" he asks, disappointed. Tae shakes his head. "I'm actually not one for parties either but I love Halloween and I've been waiting for this one since the beginning of September. My friend Dahye is hosting it. Well, she's actually my friend Yoongi's friend more than mine, but I know her too. It's going to be super cool! You should come!" he rambles on and Tae finds him so cute he wants to coo.
He gains his confidence back a little bit by Jungkook seeming a bit nervous so he says: "I'd like to come, but I have a shift until 9 on Saturday. When does it start?"
Jungkook looks pleased that Tae said he'd come and Tae smiles at him. "It starts at seven, but I'm sure it would still be fine if you came later. Do you have a piece of paper? I can write you the address,"
Tae nods to himself and frantically searches for a piece of paper on the counter. When he doesn't find one, Jungkook just shows him the receipt Tae gave him just seconds ago, and Tae thanks him awkwardly and hands him a marker. Jungkook scribbles an address on it and hands both the receipt and the marker back to Tae.
"Here. I'd like it if you came. You know, since you think I'm cute," Jungkook says boldly and Tae chuckles awkwardly.
He can feel Jimin standing behind him with Jungkook's order and he looks behind himself just to see Jimin smirking. "One pumpkin spice latte for Jungkook," he says and places the cup on the counter.
"Thanks," says Jungkook and takes a sip. Tae is smiling at him with Jimin standing next to him. It's very awkward but so was the entire exchange thanks to Tae, so. Doesn't really matter anymore.
Jungkook nods to himself like he likes it and stares back at them. "Um. Will you give me my cookie?" He asks after a second. "I know I gave you the receipt but I'd still like to get what I paid for."
Tae's face is a tomato at this point and he promptly apologizes as he frantically gets the cookie out of the cookie jar and places it in a napkin. Jimin is laughing at him and Tae considers putting a curse on him later.
He baked the cookies himself, putting a "feel good" sigil into the batter to make his customer's days just a little bit better and he's glad that Jungkook ordered one because he definitely wants the boy to be happy.
He hands him the cookie and Jungkook thanks him and turns to leave. Then: "Oh, by the way, it's a costume party," he says.
"We'll be there!" Jimin answers for him as Tae tries to remember if he has any costumes from high school that still fit him.
Jungkook exits the store and Tae doesn't know what to do with himself.
Jimin pats him on the shoulder. "You're such a disaster, Tae," he says.
"Thanks, I know."
It's Friday the 30th and Halloween is right around the corner. Tae switched his shift with a worker so he could come to the party tomorrow early so the only problem he's facing right now, is that he has nothing to wear. He found an old pirate costume from high school in his closet but he was short back then and now he's taller and he'd also put on some weight from working at the coffee shop so he definitely can't fit into it anymore. He has a flower crown that he bought on a whim when he was buying some herbs for his magick so he considered going as a fairy prince but the problem is, none of his clothes are worthy of a fairy prince. He could ask Jimin since the other wears a lot of flowy, fairy-like clothes (that, or skin-tight, there is literally no in-between) but Jimin is short and Tae probably couldn't fit into that either.
So, he does the only thing he thinks is possible at the moment, and he buys a witchy hat from the costume store.
Now, don't get him wrong, he loves the irony. A witch going dressed as a witch, but he feels kind of stupid, with some of his favorite crystals hanging from his neck, heavy rings on his fingers, all black clothing and the stupid hat. He considers putting on some eyeliner tomorrow and borrowing some glitter from Jimin to make his face shinier.
He and Jimin have been trying to figure out what the receipt says because Jungkook's writing is quite illegible and add to it his printed order being written under it and you can't read anything. Still, they eventually figured it out and Jimin agreed to come to get ready at Tae's place early in the evening so they could both go together to the Halloween party. He had no idea what Jimin was going as and, quite frankly, he was afraid to find out.
The next morning, he worked his shift at the coffee shop, leaving with a pumpkin spice latte for himself (judge him all you want, but it was actually tasty) and then went home to get ready for the party.
At seven, Jimin came over and they got dressed together. Jimin did his make-up and Tae did his and at 7:30, they left for the party.
It was a bit difficult to find since Tae had no sense of direction, but thankfully, Jimin kind of knew where to go so they didn't get lost. It took them twenty minutes to get there and when they did, the knocked on the door and a grumpy, strangely cat-looking boy opened the door for them.
He frowned. "Who are you?"
Tae smiled awkwardly. "Hi." The boy frowned harder.
Jimin nudged him with his elbow. "Hi! Jungkook invited us?" he said cheerfully, looking at the boy with his angelic smile.
The boy seemed flustered and averted his gaze. "Jungkook willingly talked to someone?" he mumbled to himself but let them through the door.
The party was - busy. There were people everywhere and the music was loud and a lot of people were dancing and screaming at each other through the music.
They headed to the kitchen. Jimin, the party person he was, mixed them some alcohol that Tae didn't even know what was in it and handed him a cup.
He took a sip and made a face. "What's in that?" he asked, disgusted.
"Just vodka and a little bit of spice," Jimin said vaguely and happily drank from his cup. Tae made a face again but he took another sip anyway.
"So, let's meddle in! Wanna go with me to find the cute boy that opened the door for us?"
Tae laughed. "Sure, let's go."
They went into the crowd and soon enough, Jimin was grinding against the guy that opened the door for them, who before Jimin came, was dancing with a slender guy with the most handsome side profile Tae has ever seen and when he heard "That your boyfriend? Well... do you mind if I joined you guys?" he abruptly left Jimin to his own devices.
He wandered through the crowd a bit but ended up in a hallway decorated with Halloween decorations. The hallway was empty save for a few people and he walked to the very end of it, only to bump into a boy in the dark.
"Oh, sorry," he said, hoping whoever he bumped into wasn't an aggressive drunk. The boy had a face mask over his hoodie and when he took off the mask, Jungkook's shiny eyes were staring back at him
"Oh, hi." He was wearing pink sweatpants and a matching pink hoodie with a white face mask that was over his eyes just seconds ago.
Tae chuckled, a bit drunk. "And what are you supposed to be?" he asked boldly.
Jungkook gasped. "You can't tell? I'm an imposter!"
Tae stared at him, not comprehending.
"From Among Us? Do you not know the game?"
Tae shook his head.
Jungkook threw up his hands, his drink sloshing in his cup. "I can't believe you don't know it. Here, let me show you." He took his phone out of his sweatpants' pocket and sat on the ground with his back to the wall. He patted the space beside him. "Come sit, you need to see it. I swear my costume makes sense then."
Which is how Tae found himself half an hour later on his phone, hiding his screen from Jungkook as they were playing a game of Among Us.
Jungkook frowned at him. "You look sus," he said.
"Excuse me, you're the one who reported the dead body, I bet you're the imposter."
"I'm not! Besides, I'm pretty sure I saw you go through a vent!"
"That was just to shorten my path!"
"Ha! I knew it! You're the imposter!"
"Says the one who literally came dressed as an imposter!"
Somebody cleared their throat. They both looked up.
"What are you two doing?" a tall guy dressed as a vampire asked.
They both looked up.
"Oh, hi hyung," said Jungkook and put down his phone. The guy raised an eyebrow. "Um, we're just... playing a game. Here. In the dark. In the corridor. By ourselves. Just... vibing."
"Vibing, huh?" The guy asked.
Tae looked down at his screen. "Ah, damn, they voted me out."
"Yes! We won!" Jungkook exclaimed.
"Weirdos," the guy mumbled under his breath. "Anyway, Dahye is having a few people come into her room to play some games, you guys wanna come?"
They both looked at each other. Tae shrugged. "Sure."
"Great. I'm Namjoon, by the way," he said to Tae.
Namjoon nodded and they got up off the floor to follow him to the girl's room.
Once they got there, Tae, who had drunk the entire cup by then, looked around in awe. "Wow, it's so dark in here." Jungkook nudged him with his elbow and Tae grinned at him.
As his eyes landed on a girl in the middle of the room, a sudden wave of energy ran through him. He blinked a few times to get over it. She must be really powerful for Tae to feel her energy like this. Her eyes landed on him and she raised an eyebrow.
"Boys, welcome. Come sit, we were just about to start."
He and Jungkook sat next to each other and along with some other people made a semi-circle with Dahye in the center.
"First, everyone have a drink of this rum, we can't have anyone sober here, that's no fun!"
They passed around the bottle in the circle and when it got to Tae, he could see a herb floating in the drink. He sniffed it. It smelled strongly of alcohol with a hint of rosemary. She must have put it in to make everyone a bit flirty. He didn't like it one bit but he supposed it was harmless enough. So he took a sip and passed the bottle to Jungkook.
"Now, who wants to play seven minutes in heaven?"
He wasn't sure if people were enthusiastic but he himself wasn't because what's the use of waiting for someone to come out of the closet seven minutes after spending it there with someone, he didn't even know these people, it wouldn't bring him any excitement, so he took the unfinished bottle of rum to himself and drank from it. "You want some?" he asked Jungkook sitting next to him.
"Sure." Jungkook drank a bit too and they sat next to each other in silence.
"Um, this is kind of boring. I was hoping for something to do here, but I enjoyed just playing Among Us with you much more," Jungkook said.
Tae smiled happily. He could feel the alcohol getting to his brain. "I liked playing with you, too," he admitted shyly.
Jungkook got closer to him and Tae held his breath. "Should we go somewhere else and play a bit more?" he whispered in his ear and a shiver went through Tae's body.
"Let's choose someone else! You!" Tae somehow knew she was talking to him even though he didn't even hear her a second ago. He looked at Dahye. "Yes, you," she said. "And the boy you like so much. The one next to you. Get into the closet."
It felt a bit forcy to Tae so he frowned. "But we were just about to go play Among Us," he replied.
"You can do that after? Come on, boys, let's make this fun."
Jungkook got up from the floor and reached out with his hand to Tae. "Come on, we can play there too, let's just wait it out," he whispered so no one else could hear. Tae was happy he didn't comment on the "the boy you like so much."
Tae took his hand and almost died on the spot because his drunk brain just couldn't comprehend that he was holding hands with a cute boy. They went into the closet while some of the people in the room cheered them on (for whatever reason) and when they were fully in, Jungkook closed the door behind them.
"We'll call you when seven minutes pass!" somebody called from the room but it was just an echo to Tae. The closet was dark but quite spacious as it could fit both of them comfortably. They were still quite close though and Tae's breath caught in his throat as he felt Jungkook's body heat close to his.
Jungkook looked behind himself. "God, I don't like small spaces," he said and a shiver went through his body. Tae blinked. "Should we sit down?"
They sat down at the bottom of the closet and Jungkook took out his phone. "How many games do you think we can play in seven minutes?" he asked.
Tae chuckled. "I don't think they're expecting us to play games in here."
Jungkook's big doe eyes looked at Tae in the dark and Tae swallowed loudly. "Why? Wanna do something else?" he asked and put down his phone.
Tae shrugged nonchalantly. "I don't know. Do youwant to do something else?" He shuffled a bit closer to the other boy and wondered if he's reading things right.
Jungkook's eyes widened. "Um, we could... we could...um." He looked away shyly. "Let's just play among us?"
Tae smiled widely, not showing his disappointment. "Sure." He shuffled back to his previous place. "Where's your mask by the way? You kind of just look like a pink man rather than an impostor without the mask."
Jungkook laughed, taking out his phone. "I can be a pink man, it's fine with me. These aren't even my clothes so I'm dressed up anyway. But my mask is in my pocket. Why, should I put it on for the game?" he asked jokingly.
"And you'll see your screen... how, exactly?"
"I can improvise."
They played the game for 6 minutes and came out of the closet together once someone called from the room, smiling at each other from ear to ear like two lovesick fools. Tae was kind of lovesick. Kind of. He was also slightly drunk and Jungkook was also extremely gorgeous, so. No one can blame him.
Once they got back in the room, Jungkook excused himself to go to the bathroom. Tae spent that time being on his phone because he didn't feel like talking to anyone else.
It's been about twenty minutes and Jungkook still wasn't back. When Tae realized, he felt like a fool for thinking Jungkook was going to spend the entire evening with him. He looked around the room and found everyone either talking to each other or making out. He saw Namjoon on the lap of a beautiful boy and Dahye talking to a guy with a lot of piercings. Just as he was going to look away, she turned his direction, caught his eye, and winked. Tae basically ran out of the room.
The second he left the room, he regretted his decision seeing as he got face to face with a half-naked Jimin leaning against the wall, with the boy that opened the door for them pushing his shirt up, and the boy with a great side profile kissing at his neck. Well at least someone was having fun.
He side-stepped them and headed to the kitchen. The effects of alcohol had almost disappeared and he wanted something to drink. Might as well get drunk since he was going to have to spend the night alone.
He poured himself some juice vodka and headed to the balcony. Passing Jimin once again, he opened the door and stepped outside.
"Oh. Hi again."
Jungkook turned around, his eyes glossy. "Hey. Um. Hi. How are you?" he asked awkwardly.
Tae stepped in and closed the door behind himself. "I'm bored, to be honest. Sorry, should I leave? I suppose you don't want me to be around?" he said.
"I do!" Jungkook all but yelled. Tae was taken aback. Jungkook lowered his voice. "I do want you around. Sorry for not coming back, I, um, freaked out a bit."
Tae leaned against the railing. "Why?"
Jungkook was holding a cup with some kind of drink and he took a sip, eyes wide. "I, uh, chickened out. I really wanted to spend time with you but then I... made things awkward in the closet so I was afraid to face you again. I'm really sorry. Are you mad?"
Tae got his hopes up. "Why would I be mad?" he chuckled. "You didn't make anything awkward, I promise."
Jungkook pouted and Tae wanted to coo. "But you asked if I wanted to do something else and I should've said I wanted to kiss you and I didn't do anything. I suggested playing freaking Among Us of all things." He looked disappointed in himself and Tae wouldn't have that.
He stepped closer to Jungkook and gently touched his elbow. "You want to kiss me?" He whispered. Jungkook looked into his eyes.
He nodded, slowly.
Tae stepped even closer. "So I can kiss you right now?"
"Yes please," Jungkook whispered and leaned in.
Their lips collided sweetly and they kissed and kissed and kissed and Tae was in heaven. He took Jungkook by the waist and pulled him close and Jungkook wanted to touch him too but he was holding the cup in his hand so he couldn't. Te didn't mind. He was close to Jungkook and he was kissing him and it was all he could ask for, really.
When they parted, Tae let out a slow breath. "Wow. You kiss like an angel," he admitted. Jungkook laughed.
"Thanks. You're a great kisser too," he complimented him.
"So... wanna kiss some more and play Among Us together?" Tae asked boldly.
Jungkook's smile reached his eyes. "I'd love to."
"Hi, can I get a pumpkin spice latte to go?"
"Jungkook, it's not October anymore, we don't sell pumpkin spice lattes here."
"You'll make one for your lovely boyfriend though, right?"
"....Just this once."
"Hehe, love you, hyung."
"Love you too, Kookie."