It all started when Bambam decided to be an arsehole (but not really). The got7 members were laying around the dorm, doing their stuff on the little free time they had. Jackson and Youngjae were playing video games, Jinyoung was reading, Mark was on his phone and Bambam was nowhere to be seen. Jaebum was watching the two playing while caressing Yugyeom’s hair. Yugyeom was laying on the leaders lap, trying to stay calm. You see, there were a few problems right there. First, Yugyeom had a crush on Jaebum. So laying on the leader’s lap was something of a bittersweet feeling, since it was so good, but left him wanting so much more. But right now that wasn’t even his main problem. The problem here was that the maknae had never been very good with affection, because he felt like letting the others coddle him made him look like a little kid. And one of the things he was scared of the most was looking like a little kid in front of his hyungs. But right now he was ok. He was working hard on being close to the others, because if Mark could lay on Jackson’s lap and be petted then so could he.
Then Bambam entered the room demanding to see Mark’s teeth. Everyone had looked at him, even Jackson and Youngjae, who had paused their game upon hearing the boy’s weird request. The oldest member had raised an eyebrow, but humored the boy, showing his teeth.
"Yah, your pointy teeth are nice, hyung!"
Exclaimed the boy, dragging a giggle from everyone.
"You mean his canines?" Asked Jinyoung, chuckling. Bambam beamed and approached him. Jinyoung sighed, but showed his teeth. “Why are you even doing this?”
Asked the boy as the second youngest finished his inspection.
“Well… I was looking up what makes someone look like a kid, cause I don’t want Igot7’s to think of me like that anymore. And I read online that ridged teeth make you look like a kid, and I don’t have them anymore, but then I got curious.”
The explanation had the others laughing again. Honestly, Bambam had the weirdest ideas. And he went around the room like that, asking to see everyone’s teeth.
Yugyeom had almost forgotten his presence, relaxing once again into Jaebum’s touch, when Bambam poked him. He opened one eye and rolled his eyes, opening his mouth. Then Bambam screeched, startling everyone and making the maknae snap his mouth shut.
"Yaaah, so cute!!!!!!!"
And then everyone was looking at him. Yugyeom felt himself blush and sat up, self-conscious.
"Yah, what’s cute?"
Asked Jaebum. Yugyeom felt a little pang on his heart. Was he so ugly?
"Gyeom has ridged teeth!"
And then everyone was around Yugyeom, curiously asking to see. Ok, when the hell had they all decided to be as weird as Bambam? Last he checked they were only humoring him!
Yugyeom kept his mouth shut, feeling his cheeks burn in embarrassment. Then Bambam tickled him and he opened his mouth in an involuntary giggle. He heard the others coo and snapped his mouth shut again.
"Yah, you really do have ridged teeth, Gyeom! That’s cute!"
"Shut up, hyung."
Muttered the maknae. Someone pinched his cheek and Yugyeom felt like crying, and then Jaebum’s voice shut everyone up.
"Yah, stop bothering Yugyeom, guys! Go back to what you were doing."
He said, glaring at the closest person, who happened to be Jackson. The others grumbled, but accepted. Soon the room was silent again, apart from the sounds from Jackson’s and Youngjae’s game.
Yugyeom was sitting on the corner of the couch, knees pulled against his chest and face buried in them. He felt Jaebum touch him and flinched. He didn’t want anyone touching him right now. (Except he really did, but no one had to know. He didn’t need to give them more reason to see him like a little kid. Stupid teeth.)
Muttered the younger. Jaebum sighed, but backed away. Yugyeom wished he hadn’t.
After that, Yugyeom stopped smiling open-mouthed smiles. If the teasing had stopped that day, things would have been better. But the others had taken to calling Yugyeom 'baby' all the time since the teeth incident, and it made the boy want to cry. He’d tried so hard to not look like a kid, and now his nickname was 'baby'. What the hell had gone wrong? And no one seemed to notice the change in Yugyeom’s behavior, except for Jaebum. The maknae felt the leader’s eyes following him whenever the group played around, but he avoided meeting the older’s eyes. He knew seeing the worry in Jaebum’s eyes would make him do something stupid, like break down crying or go to the leader asking to cuddle, and he did not think he could survive either of these options.
Yugyeom sighed. They were in the middle filming for ‘If You Do’ and were currently resting. The choreography was tiring and the members had to be able to stand up to film, so everyone was taking a break. The members were joking around right now, trying to relieve some tension. Yugyeom had let his mind wander for a bit, but was now trying to actually listen to whatever it was Jackson was saying, because he didn’t want to look antisocial. He laughed when Jackson finished his story, along with everyone. Then Youngjae had looked at him and chuckled some more.
"Yah, look! Gyeom still has baby fat! Look, it shows when he smiles!"
Yugyeom paled and the smile fell form his face. Then he blushed. Oh gods, not this again. It had been bad enough with the teeth, and he wasn’t even aware of that before Bambam mentioned it. His cheeks, on the other hand, were something he’d always been self-conscious about. He knew he still had baby fat, but he’d hoped it was not noticeable. Apparently, it was. The others were laughing and Mark pinched his right cheek. Yugyeom swatted his hand away and glared. The older simply laughed.
And then the conversation went on. Yugyeom didn’t smile for the rest of the filming. At least their concept was dark and sad, not a happy-go-lucky sound like Just Right.
"Gyeom." Yugyeom shut his eyes, pretending to sleep. "Gyeom, I let you be last time, but this time I won’t. Look at me."
The maknae sighed, opening his eyes.
“I don’t want to talk, hyung.”
Said the boy, not turning around. Jaebum, the one standing next to his bed, sighed.
“At least let me sleep here tonight?”
Yugyeom wanted to deny, but really, he wasn’t strong enough to deny Jaebum anything. He lifted his cover and the older slipped under it, hugging Yugyeom from behind. The boy blushed at the contact, but a few moments later he was asleep, more comfortable then he’d been in a while.