“Your Most Beautiful Moment in Life pt.2: Ch8
(Non-idol!AU) It’s summer when you and Jungkook meet, and though you got a rocky start, he’s not actually so bad. And if he’s not so bad, then maybe his older brother isn’t either.
Jungkook gives you an encouraging nod when you hesitate at the threshhold of Seokjin’s kitchen. The memory of a completely distraught Seokjin is still fresh in your mind, but Jungkook’s gesture heartens you and you follow him inside.
“Hi kids!” Seokjin greets the two of you.
“Y/N’s here to mooch more food,” Jungkook announces as he sets a stack of food containers on the counter.
You elbow him as you also set down the stack you’re carrying. “You invited me here!”
Seokjin chuckles. “Does that mean your family liked the food?”
“Did we! We all ate twice as much rice as we usually do.” you admit. “Grandma told mom to not cook any more and to just get food from, and I quote, ‘the handsome barbecue man who’s sweet on our Saren.’”
Seokjin bites his lip, his cheeks tinged pink. “You’re free to do that, if you’d like.”
“Weeeell…” You shrug. “We’re not going to marry off unnie for food though.”
He splutters, the blush spreading across his entire face. “I wasn’t asking for that!”
Jungkook leans close to you and stage-whispers: “He was kinda hoping though.”
“Yah!” Seokjin scowls. “Both of you sit down and shush if you know what’s good for you.”
The two of you comply, but not without exchanging amused looks. Seokjin takes a pan off the burner and distributes the contents between a food container and a platter, serving the platter on the counter.
You and Jungkook reach for the dish at the same time and yelp at the same time when Seokjin swats your hands with the oversized chopsticks that he’s using to stir food. He clucks his tongue. “Are the two of you savages to be using your bare hands?”
Jungkook rolls his eyes and mouths his older brother’s words dramatically, but still takes two pairs of chopsticks and hands you one.
You pick up a strip of fishcake dripping with sauce, sniffing experimentally. “My mom usually stir-fries these.”
Jungkook already has his mouth full of fishcake and vegetables. “Yeah, but this is how noona likes to eat fishcake. It’s good this way too.”
Taking his word for it, you pop the fishcake in your mouth and immediately take more, giving Seokjin a thumbs-up with your free hand. You and Jungkook clean up the platter while Seokjin fills the food containers and stacks them together.
Seokjin serves fried mandu next. You bite into one; it’s perfectly crisp and seasoned just right. “Your cooking skills are too much! I really don’t get why unnie would–mmf!”
Jungkook shoves an entire mandu in your mouth. “Eat some more, Y/N, go on.” You glare at him, but chew the mandu anyway.
“Why Saren’s running away from me?” Seokjin gives you a small smile, his hands preoccupied with forming more mandu. “I’m only good at making food and I’m very bad at showing my love. Just ask Jungkook.”
“Hyung!” Jungkook sighs, frowning at you. “Now you’ve done it, he’s going to mope again.”
“I’m not moping,” Seokjin denied. “And anyway, I’m glad Y/N’s talking to me about Saren. It rather feels like I’m being given the benefit of the doubt.”
“Heh.” You stick out your tongue sheepishly. “To be honest, I was really suspicious of you for a long time, but I don’t think you’d act the way you do if you didn’t really care about unnie. Besides, there’s Jungkook…”
Jungkook stares at you, his eyes round with questions and his cheeks stuffed with mandu.
“You can’t be so bad if you’re his hyung, right?” You shrug. “And anyway, he’s a decent fellow, so he wouldn’t vouch for you just because your brothers. So I think… you’re probably alright.”
“Y/N!” Jungkook mock-shivers. “What’s with you? You saying such nice things creeps me out.”
You glare at him. “Just accept it and stay silent.”
Seokjin glances from you, to his younger brother, and back again. “Y/N, why don’t you stay for dinner? I’ll just cook some of the bulgogi real quick.”
You perk up, about to agree, but Jungkook says: “Okay, but make sure to cook a lot… because I don’t want to go hungry competing with her for food.
You pout. "Well, if you’re going to make fun of me…”
“Jungkookie!” Seokjin shakes his head. “It’s the first time you bring a girl home and you tease her about her appetite? And I thought I was awkward…”
The two of you gape at each other and turn back to him, bursting into protests.
“Seokjin-oppa, I think you’ve got it wrong…” You wave your hands in dismissal.
“Hyung! Must you make everything weird?” Jungkook slaps his palm against his forehead, groaning.
“Oh? Why are the two of you so shy?” Seokjin looks genuinely surprised. “I thought all this time–”
“Y/N, I’ll help you bring these home.” Jungkook grabs both stacks of food containers. “We’ll take the car. And maybe never bring it back–let’s leave him stranded here, because my hyung’s embarrassing and should be kept away from society.”
You scramble off the seat as well. “Thanks for the food, Seokjin-oppa, and bye!” The two of you rush out of the kitchen, leaving the older brother to mutter about how the baby bunny is such a late bloomer.
Once outside the restaurant, Jungkook laughs a little too loudly. “Sorry about my hyung, he’s always been awkward like that.”
You laugh as well, but it came out as nervous breaths. “Nevermind that, he was just trying to get us back for teasing him about unnie. Thanks for the invite–bye!” You try to snatch the food containers from him, but he hides them behind his back.
“What are you doing? I’m driving you home.”
“You don’t have to, it’s not that far–”
“These are really heavy though.” He jerks his head to where the car is parked beside the restaurant. “Come on, let’s go.”
You trail after him, hoping that your heartbeat, which seemed to be thundering to your ears–won’t be audible in the confined interior of the car. That Seokjin-oppa’s really too awkward. No wonder he can’t get anywhere with unnie.