Jimin ruffled his younger brother’s flop of brown hair and patted his cheek gently. The latter groaned in complaint and tried to swat his hand away; quite ungracefully as it didn’t even touch his older brother’s hand with how he was practically still half asleep.
Jimin chuckled at Jacob's—or Jay as what he’s called—attempt before shaking him a little more forcefully, causing the younger to whine in protest.
“Okay… hyung! I’m awake. Stop—“
"Are you sure? Do I need to flip you off this bed?”
Jay glared at his brother. “You’re mean.”
Jimin smirked. “You know I’m not.”
“You’re right. Tae Tae hyung said you’re evil.”
“And you believe him?”
“He says Santa really exists and that it was scientifically proven that he lives in the North Pole. Yup, Tae Tae hyung is smart!” The kid smiled lazily as he tried to keep his eyes open.
Jimin sighed amusedly before pulling the curtains aside to let in some light. It was the blue hour, just at the brink of sunrise and Jimin couldn’t really blame his brother for having a hard time waking up.
“Yeah… I think we need to stop hanging out with Taehyung too often.”
“That’s what he told me about you!” Jay said which made Jimin chuckle, knowing Taehyung would actually really say that to try and steal his little brother away.
“Oh yeah? But you have to admit… Hyung is cooler than Tae Tae hyung right?” Jimin said as he helped the eight-year old out of his bed and pulled him onto his feet.
There was a moment of silence.
“Are you actually thinking about this?” Jimin asked incredulously which made Jay laugh. “Why you little—“
The little boy squealed as Jimin initiated a tickle fight, attacking his sides which Jimin knew was his most vulnerable spot. Right there, Jimin forgot his problems momentarily; with the whole skating and ‘save my career’ fiasco that’s currently keeping him up at night.
With Jay, he could just be himself and not have to put up his "champion-athlete” front.
It was a few years ago when their parents passed of a terrible accident. Jimin, who was only sixteen then, was already a competitive skater in the juniors division while Jay was merely three-years-old.
Jay was so young when he was left under Jimin’s care and the older was terrified to death when he thought he would be taken away from him considering they were still both minors. But Seokjin, their amazing and most beloved cousin, had come in and took them under his wing for a few years until Jimin was old enough to take care of Jacob on his own.
With Jimin’s success in his skating career, he was able to do just that: provide a home for the both of them and even support his schooling. Jimin was basically a parent at what’s supposed to be the prime of his youth. Though he never saw it as a downside.
In fact, he didn’t mind it at all. He would rather take care of his brother than do all those things kids his age usually do: like partying or dating.
Jimin would do anything to keep his little brother with him. The only family they got was each other, after all.
He listened with a smile as Jay talked animatedly about his camping trip this weekend. They had gotten up extra early today since the bus would leave at 6 A.M. which should take them up north to a wilderness reserve. Jimin was against it at first, not wanting to have Jay so far from him but after much pleading from his little brother and assurances from his teachers that they would be completely safe, Jimin gave in and thought what kind of a brother would he be if he didn’t let him go out and explore?
He just hoped there weren’t any bears in that place.
“When you get there I want you to send me a text, okay?” Jimin said as they pulled over at the front of the school. “I know there might not be signal in the woods but before you actually go in, please let me know—”
“Yes, hyung.“ Jay huffed while rolling his eyes. Jimin had been talking nonstop during the drive even though he probably gave him the whole safety speech for the hundredth time that week. "I know I know, you even told Mr. Brown about it remember?”
Jimin sighed as he pulled out his camping bag from the trunk. He caught one of the parents looking at his car and smiled inwardly. His BMW has always been a sight for sore eyes.
“Just be careful okay?” Jimin said as he placed the hat over the little boy’s head and helped him wear his backpack.
“It’s two nights hyung.” Jay rolled his eyes and Jimin wondered if Taehyung taught him to sass like that. “The worse that could happen is that I forget to brings insect repellant.”
“No. you packed it yourself remember? And a spare too on my other bag.” Jay reminded him and Jimin sighed in relief. “I’ll be back before Monday!“
"I mean it, Jay. Behave.” Jimin said before pulling him in for a bone-crushing hug. “Love you.”
“I—I can’t breathe—"
“That’s not the reply I was looking for~” Jimin teased as he hugged him tighter.
“Okay I love you too hyung—can you please let go?”
Jimin chuckled and let go eventually, patting his back. “Have fun.”
Jay tipped his hat before jogging towards the bus where the other kids were. Jimin watched him go and was surprised when just before he boarded the bus, his little brother looked back and waved goodbye with the brightest smile on his face and somehow that made Jimin feel a lot less worried knowing his brother was going to have a blast.
I may add more shading to this eventually, but for now, voila! (Also, in case you couldn’t tell, my inner fangirl is caught in this horrible tug of war between Hugfia, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Galavant, and Star Wars.)
I’ve been a bit depressed art blocked lately, so here is a sketch! I update my Instagram more often with silly doodles and things~
I’ve been doing some outfit designing and studies for my piece for the ML dance charity zine jeananasartblog and I are organizing - Menons la Danse! @menons-la-danse-zineThere’s a little over a week left to apply ;)