Precisely 10 minutes later, you heard several gentle knocks at your door. As you let a small exhale escape your lips, you got up from your couch after muting the television and made your way over to the door - looking through your peep hole to see Jinyoung on the other side, waiting patiently for you to let him in - physically and emotionally.
“(Y/N), it’s me. Open the door, please?”
You rolled your eyes in defeat. It was true that you had fallen in love with Jinyoung in the most beautiful way possible - everything about him was perfect to you. Even his flaws that he always so desperately tried to improve upon or change, you loved every single inch of the man he had come to be. But you were so petrified that one day, the things you love about him would turn into the things you hate the most; as it did with your parents.
Waving a white flag in your mind, you took the chain off your door and opened it slowly, revealing yourself in your comfortable sweatpants and baggy t-shirt - your hair tied up and in the messiest possible bun on your day off. Even with the sombre mood of your previous conversation, Jinyoung couldn’t help but smile when he seen your face; so soft and beautiful to him that he wanted nothing more than to litter it with his kisses over and over.
“Come in then” you said as you stepped back, watching him enter before closing the door behind him and turning to walk back over to the couch - but before you could, you felt his hand gently grab your wrist and pull you into him, flush against his chest.
“I’m sorry that your parents put you through that. I can’t imagine what you’ve been through” he whispered softly in your ear, his voice laced with compassion and understanding while his arms went underneath yours, embracing you around your waist as you felt your heart slam from inside your chest. You closed your eyes tight, trying with every fibre of your being to not cry - but as he began rubbing the small of your back with such tenderness and feeling how close he was to you in that moment, you couldn’t help but open the flood gates once again to your sadness and the memories of growing up in such an unhappy household.
You snaked your arms up and over his shoulders, feeling him hug you even tighter as you sobbed into his neck while he pulled you as close as he could get you. “I’m sorry Jinyoung” you murmured, not knowing what else to say to him without breaking down completely.
“You don’t have to be sorry. It’s not your fault, hmm?” he leaned back slightly to look at you in his arms, “You didn’t ask for any of that to happen, so you’ve no need to apologise” his words were soft and gentle as he raised your chin with his finger tips, staring deep into your eyes and making you think that he could see right into your soul.
“If you give me the chance, I want to teach you what love really means, (Y/N). Love isn’t always sunshine and rainbows - things do get tough, I won’t lie to you. But it’s the tough things that make two people bond closer together. But you can’t fall in love if you’re not prepared to fall at all”.
As the moments passed, and as your sobbing ceased - you let his words echo your mind while you processed your entire childhood in a matter of minutes.
“I’m just so scared of us falling apart like my parents did. I don’t want to lose you because…you’re the only person I’ve ever felt this way about.”
Jinyoung took your head in his hands, resting his lips on your forehead as he gifted you one, chaste kiss before pulling back and giving you a warm smile - the kind of smile he always gave you when you needed comforting, when you needed consoling.
“You’re the only person I’ve ever felt this way about too. Which is why no matter how hard you push me away, I’ll never leave. Because I know the truth now and I’m not letting you go. Don’t let your past stop you from having a future with someone you love…with me..” he trailed off as he leaned into your face. You felt your breath catch itself in your throat, before closing your eyes and feeling his lips on yours - giving you sweet and loving kisses that you’d always craved but been too terrified to experience before. As he kissed you, you completely forgot about your parents hatred for each other, your fear of love and your indifference about completely exposing your soul to Jinyoung - and for the first time in your life, you weren’t afraid to let your true feelings for him bleed out as you reflected your pent up affections back to him despite your tears - and as you both opened your eyes to each other, you let his favourite smile paint your lips for what felt like the first time in too long.
“There she is - the woman I love” he smiled back at you.