not my cup of coffee // kang daniel
*˚○ College!Daniel feat. Brother!Daehwi
*˚○ word count: 1.6k
*˚○ Summary: he uses the coffee as an excuse but he doesn’t even like it.
A/N : I managed to squeeze some time for this and also sorry if its a bit too draggy in the start. My mind goes super saiyan mode when I write in the middle of the night
(GIF’S NOT MINE)
Things seemed to have been going south for you the past few weeks. Due to the death of your grandfather, his restaurant had been bouncing around between his children - also known as your mother and her siblings- and they were debating on who would inherit his restaurant and continue his legacy. And it was far more pressurizing when they came to know that it was the only thing that your grandfather wanted. It was even written on his testament.
But your mother was busy with keeping up with her job and especially since she was being prepared to take the role of CEO of that company, she didn’t want to give up the chance by to take over the restaurant and start back on square one. Sure, your grandfather was famous among the locals but it simply stopped there. Hence, it explained the hesitation among the siblings and how someone would be able to make a comfortable life by giving up their already-good-enough jobs for a completely different one. So then, the responsibility fell on you and your cousins.
“Hold on, you want me to run Grandpa’s restaurant when I’m still studying? Mom, I know I’m your favorite but can’t you think of someone else? Like Daehwi for instance. He’s pretty good with luring people in with his deceiving cuteness,” Your sweetest brother Daehwi gasped at your remark as he began to glare at you with every fiber of his being. He attempted to though, and still seemed too cute for his own good.
“(Y/N), I know you’re studying but you’re already receiving amazing grades and on top of that, you don’t have a job to attend to. You can balance things out if you give this a shot,” Your mother debated with you for hours on end. It had been a week since she brought up the topic and it still had not reached your ears. You were just so stubborn.
And things began to change for the worse. Neither of your cousins were willing to take up the role since most of them already had their own families and had jobs that lead them to have a stable and comfortable life. And your other cousins were just too young to take over the business yet. So everything fell on you once more. You had no choice but to say yes. You didn’t want to disappoint your grandfather for not continuing on with his legacy and on top of that, you didn’t want to lose the most important thing in your life. It played a huge role in your upbringing, going there after school to help out your grandfather with serving and just simply hanging out with the nice folks that filled the booths that your grandfather had worked so hard to earn for. Years of painstaking work wasn’t going to waste just like that, you wouldn’t let it.
After the few weeks of signing papers and ensuring that things were handled at the restaurant, it was now officially handed down to you. The nice ladies and men that you grew up with pledged their loyalty to work under your restaurant even if your grandfather had left quite long ago. Reminder to self, treat them to a nice buffet every once a month, they deserve it. Maybe add some promotions while you’re at it.
After a month of managing the restaurant, you came to know that balancing it out with your studies was an exhausting job and you had mentally saluted the kids who worked multiple part-time jobs and still managed to come out with a pretty good score. You, however, had been receiving lower grades and as usual, things were going south.
“How’s my sweetest sister in the world doing?” Daehwi greeted you as the door chimed, announcing the arrival of Daehwi and his friends, Jinyoung, Jihoon, Woojin and Guanlin. You couldn’t forget their names even if you tried.
“Terrible. I feel like slamming my head on the table,” You groaned as you looked over the expenses and the rent you had to pay by the following week.
“Omo, don’t do that because if you do, you won’t be able to talk to that guy that’s been staring at you for quite some time now. Quite some time as in, for a month.” At the mention of a peculiar happening, your head shot up as you looked over your customers. Nothing seemed unusual. It was all the regulars you see on a daily basis, getting their coffee fix or updating their friends with the latest gossip over your family’s famous lasagna.
“I don’t see any weird guy, Daehwi. If your saying this to mess with me, you better get out of here or I’m- I don’t even have the guts to hit you so just get out of my sight,” You sighed as you propped your head on your palm as you looked at him with an unamused expression. He simply shook his head in return as he leaned over the table, signaling that he wanted his words to be kept a secret from the others.
“I’m talking about that guy from your school. He’s only been going here since you took over the ownership,” He whispered before standing up straight again, but now with a little devilish smirk on his face. A guy from school? You looked over your surroundings once more and one in particular caught your eye. Well only him, since the rest were elderly that frequented the area. If you recalled, his name was Kang Daniel, he majored in Veterinary Sciences the last time you talked to him over pouring him another cup of coffee while he punched on his keyboards, typing out a last minute essay that he had to hand in the following day. He couldn’t be the one staring at you, but who else would other than the elderly ladies who were too immersed in knowing about the recent news around the town. You blushed at the thought that someone was staring at you but it soon brought you back to reality when a thought popped up. Why was he staring?
As you wiped the table of one of your last few customers, you looked around to check on the rest, only seeing Daniel, punching through his keyboard once more no letting out a frustrated huff, wiping his face in hopes that the agitation would be wiped away as well. Well, he was now your only customer, the rest being too old to function in the night. You walked over to him, seeing as his cup was empty yet again and he didn’t look like he would leave the place anytime soon.
“You do know that we close in an hour’s time right? I don’t think you can finish a three thousand word essay in one night, sir,” You teased as you brought the cup towards you, filling it with the black murky liquid. After you had filled his cup, he chuckled looking back up at you as he leaned back in his seat, a wide smile on his face.
“Kicking me out already? It’s only 10 pm. Don’t you close at midnight?” He replied, a little smirk tugging at his lips.
“You caught me. But don’t you feel that pushing it to the very last minute is causing you to bald?” You joked as you slumped into the seat opposite of his. To be truthful, you were only talking to him now out of curiosity ever since you came to know that he had been staring at you with heart eyes, as quoted by Daehwi.
“Don’t jinx it, I might really turn bald and my cats won’t recognize me anymore,” He pouted staring at his phone home screen before looking up towards you. He knew how to pull at your heartstrings, with the most simplest things. But it didn’t distract you from how he was letting a truck load of sugar into his cup of coffee.
“You know your putting yourself at the risk of diabetes, doc? It’s bitter for a reason,” At the mention of his actions, he quickly pulled away from adding the next packet of sugar. His cheeks began to turn bright red from the embarrassment and your melodious laugh didn’t help him at all.
After numerous nights with Kang Daniel still occupying his usual seat in the corner booth, it was now routine that you greet him an hour before closing. You remembered how he had preferred his drinks sweet so instead of filling his cup with coffee once more, you placed a can of red bull by his hand. Your act of kindness was only reciprocated with a confused glance, his head tilted to the side as he looked from the can and towards you in a back and forth motion.
“I don’t want to deal with my customers falling sick, especially since exams are coming,” You sighed as you plopped into the seat opposite of him, as if it was routine.
“Thanks, (Y/N). To be honest, I only drank that coffee out of kindness. I couldn’t refuse you especially with that tired look on your face all the time.” He chuckled sheepishly as he rubbed the back of his neck. You were wide-eyed. Did you really look that exhausted? That wouldn’t be good for customer service. You looked into the reflection of your phone screen as you hear his laughter resonating around the room.
“Don’t worry you look pretty, you always do,” He smiled, still recovering from his laughter fest a few seconds before as he pulled your wrist away, pulling your phone away from you in the process. And once he realised his actions, the room was silent. No hitting of the keyboard, no pouring of coffee or the sound of his laughter. Because the both of you were too busy looking into each other’s eyes in shock and embarrassment to even sputter a word.