Promises || 01
↳ You promised to marry your best friend, and how bad can that be?
Word Count: 7.1K
Genre: Fluff, Humor, Angst, Arranged Marriage!au
You took in a shaky breath, your hands wedged between the seat and your thighs to stop them from shaking as you looked at him from across the table. The house was quiet, much lonelier than you were used to–not a maid or friend in sight. That only added to your nervousness, knowing whatever he was about to tell you was important enough that he made sure you were completely alone, ridding the house of any soul besides your own.
He took a sip of his wine and cleared his throat, looking even more nervous than you did.
“There’s something I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time,” he began, his eyes darting between your eyes and down to your food, trying to avoid your gaze. Your heart speed up as you listened, hanging off every word he said and hoping with all your heart this was what you thought it was.
“I’ve had these feelings stirring in me since we were in middle school, and I was never sure how to tell you, and honestly, I was in denial most of the time,” he whispered as he looked down, losing his nerve. You reached your hand over to his, covering it with your own as you rubbed your thumb along his knuckles, hoping it would help him calm down.
Had he really felt the same way you had this whole time? Had he been crushing on you just as much as you had been crushing on him? Of course you too had pushed your feels down as the years passed, trying not to let them get in the way as you tried to keep your friendship afloat. You always wanted more but never thought you could get it, always finding that his eyes were elsewhere. But now he was here before you and only you, just as you had always wanted.
He smiled thankfully as he took a deep breath, forcing the words he’d been dying to tell you for the past ten years, finally able to share his feelings with you.
And just as you were ready to say “I love you too, Taehyung” he said the two words you never expected to leave his mouth, ringing out to you like some kind of cruel joke, but it was anything but.