It wasn’t until back to back dates, Jimin had finally popped the question to make you guys “official.” He seemed to be, not nervous but, in a way trying to give you time and space to get comfortable with him. Every time you were with Jimin, you got nervous. It would be like a sudden wave of the unknown because you were so caught up in the past, and not living in the present. But, as time carried on, you grew to be more content with Jimin’s presence. In fact, his presence helped you a lot. He always said the right words and knew how to turn the bad days into good ones and you needed that, a lot.
He’s been keeping his words, though, which surprised you. Although it’s only been around 2 ½ months since he first offered you the money, it has already helped you in ways you couldn’t explain. You didn’t have to have unwanted sex, with guys you weren’t even interested in. You didn’t have to work as long and got to spend more quality time with your son. Jimin would never know, he would never understand what huge thing he was doing and how much it was truly helping you. He was like a gift from god, not that you were trying to use him in any way, he was just so simply, perfect.
But, you had to admit, that scared you. You have been so used to people walking out on you, suddenly and unexpectedly. Not that Jimin ever would, but that thought lingered in the back of your mind that he would get sick of you or just use you and break your heart one day because that’s what it seemed like everyone did. You would become so weak and fragile, that they wouldn’t know how to heal you and they would just leave, like Jungkook. Jimin though, was what you needed. He was supportive, caring, optimistic and cheerful. He always told you to find the positive in each day. Without Jimin, you didn’t know where you would be.
Every day was like a new adventure with him. After the two of you made your relationship official but still had to hide it from pretty much everyone, he treated you even better. He seemed too good to be true but when you looked at him, through his soft, brown, chocolate colored eyes, you saw a good man. You saw a man, that would support you until the end and a man that would be there for you when you felt like nobody was. You saw a potential dad for Jae-Eun and that meant a lot coming from you. You didn’t just trust anyone to hold that spot.
Jimin made it better. He made everything better. He was the sunshine, on your cloudy day. The light to the end of your tunnel. He made you laugh without trying and smile by him just being himself. He made you feel beautiful, not like some toy he could just throw around. He made you feel like the only girl in the world and when he looked at you, his eyes poured out his feelings, like they were tattle-tailing on him. He made you feel special and you needed that, so, so, so much. He picked you up when you felt like you were at rock bottom. He was your support until the end.
Andrew and Neil go to an amusement park where Neil gets lost and Andrew *definitely does not* panic and worry, please! You are so amazing!
So like I kind of kept to the prompt??? Amusement park became State Fair, and Andrew and Neil lowkey became all the Foxes??? I’m sorry???
The parking area is already filled to the brim when they arrive. Andrew is pretty sure this doesn’t even count as a parking lot; the large field weighed down by rows upon rows of cars. There are numerous people in reflective yellow jackets using neon orange cones to direct traffic, and Andrew follows the line of cars to the next available spot. Matt’s truck pulls in beside the Maserati, and everyone climbs out, smiles out and wide in anticipation. Families and groups of teens alike weave their way through the cars around them, their chatter and laughter carrying on the breeze. It’s almost enough to drown out the screams and music coming from the Fair.
Despite it only being early October, the air has a chill to it with the sun gone, so the Foxes pull on hoodies and jackets before heading towards the epicentre of excitement. The sky is a pale indigo above their heads, a view stars blotching the inky surface, but the bright flashing lights up ahead are quick to wash them out. With each step closer, the scent of fried dough and spun sugar gets stronger, and seems to fuel the buzz reverberating through the group.
It doesn’t take long to get tickets, and then they’re moving through the entrance gate into the fairgrounds. The lights and sounds are even worse in the mix of things. A cacophony of chaos that grates on Andrew’s nerves and twinges at his temples like the start of a headache. He briefly wonders why he even agreed to come to the State Fair, but he finds he minds a little less when he takes in Neil’s expression. The striker’s face is bright, and his eyes are wide. The start of a smile tugs at the corners of his lips as he whips his head around to take everything in.
“Let me guess,” Andrew starts. “You’ve never been to a State Fair before.”
“Actually, I have,” Neil says. “Crowds like these are a great way to lose someone who’s chasing you.”
“Oh my god; that’s so sad,” Matt chimes in. “You need the full Fair experience, Neil! We’ll start with the Tilt-a-Whirl.”