Masquerade III: The Rules of the Game -- Part 1 (Jungkook x Reader x another BTS member)
One must know the rules of the game, in order to come and play.
Summary: With Club Masquerade’s original hosts “graduating” one at a time, it’s up to the newcomers to pick up the slack and keep the customers happy. And who better to take the reins than the notorious Red Mask’s prodigy, Jeon Jungkook. But things become a bit difficult when you come into the picture, with your desire to do research on the rules of love and dating through your experience with your host. Will Jungkook be able to satisfy your curiosities… or will someone else?
Jungkook x Reader x BTS member [Read on to find out who >:P] (ft. Jimin & Hoseok)
CEO au, Host au, Cop!Kook au
Fluff & Smut
A/N: Hey everyone ~ it’s baccckkk! :) That’s all haha blessing your weekend with part 1! Enjoy!
"Crap.“ You exhaled as you pulled over to the side of the road, seeing the blaring lights of red and blue following you. Groaning, you parked your car and leaned your head back into your seat. No longer than a few seconds later, a police officer knocked on your window. Clearing your throat to compose yourself, you rolled your driver’s side window down.
"Miss. You were going over the speed limit.” The officer stated, pulling out his notepad and hovering his pen over the ticket he was about to give you.
"It’s hardly ‘over’ the speed limit if it’s 5 over.“ You argued.
His eyes shot up to you, possibly surprised by your attitude. "You know, normally, this is when women beg me to let them go, not argue with my initial statement.”
"Well, Officer…“ You leaned over to read his badge closely. ”…Jeon. I don’t think I need to beg if the reason you’re stopping me wasn’t exactly a direct violation in the first place.“
"Give me your license.” he huffed and you grabbed your wallet to do so. “Alright, Ms. Y/N. Since this seems to be your first transgression, I’ll give you a chance to appeal to me. I’m in a good mood today.”
You gave him a face of disbelief as he smugly smirked at you.
"Do you normally harass women while you’re in uniform?“
His eyes widened and he scoffed. "You know most people would be thankful I’m being lenient. 5 over or more– it’s still over the speed limit on this road. Do you want a ticket or not?”
"Of course I don’t want a ticket. But what exactly would 'appealing’ to you entail? I have no idea what you find appealing, considering we’re strangers.“ You reasoned nonchalantly.
That seemed to stump him because he was silent for a few seconds.
"I don’t know! Be cute or something? Compliment me? That’s what other women do. You could even start crying for all I care.” he listed as he scratched his neck sheepishly.
Your expression turned into one of disapproval. “And that works?”
"Um okay…” You prepared yourself seriously by taking a deep breath, and then turned to flash him your brightest smile. This was torture for you.
It was his turn to give you a look of disapproval.
You huffed at his rejection then hurriedly poked your cheeks and batted your lashes, mimicking the way women on TV acted cute. The Officer chuckled and shook his head, clearly more amused than appealed.
"Sorry. Can’t help you. You have no appeal whatsoever.” he scribbled into his notepad and ripped the ticket. “It won’t add points if you pay the fine.”
"Are you serious?“ You glared.
"Oh, quite serious.” he laughed. “Maybe you should try finding other ways to appeal to men.”
"I have a lot of appeal!“ You argued.
He snorted. "Sure you do.”
"You’re terribly rude for an officer of the law.“
"And you’re terribly unapologetic for someone who’s broken the law.” he chucked the paper inside your car carelessly as he leaned through your window, his face close to yours arrogantly.
You two stared at each other intently; you, annoyed while his eyes had a glint of mischief and intrigue in them. He was clearly enjoying having the upper hand in this battle of wits.
Suddenly, a car zoomed by the two of you and you exhaled, pointing at it.
"That guy was like TWENTY over the speed limit, and you’re not chasing him? Seriously??“
"I’m currently busy at the moment.” The Officer shrugged, and after a quick glance around your car, he scrunched his face. “You should also clean up your car. Are you trying to run a garbage truck?”
You chuckled in disbelief. “I’m pretty sure you’re breaking the law of proper etiquette right now, Officer Jeon.”
"Etiquette goes both ways, Miss Y/N.“ The Officer knocked on your car playfully and began walking away. "Have a wonderful day ~”
You groaned, irritated.
"Hey Jungkook! You’re back a little late from your patrol.“
Jungkook grinned as one of his fellow cops handed him a bottle of water. "I had a speeding incident down the road.”
"Ooo was it a woman? Did you let them go again?“
"No!” he huffed. “I actually gave her a ticket this time!”
"Ohhh~ wow, Jungkook, you’re growing up!“ his fellow officers cooed as they ruffled his hair. "You couldn’t even look at women on your first patrol, and then you let them go out of pure terror and panic if they so much as touched your arm.”
Jungkook blushed and swatted their arms away from babying him. “I wasn’t in panic!”
"Oh please, Kook, your eyes were as wide as saucers!“ one of the guys pulled him into a headlock. "And if they started crying, you flailed your arms wildly and called in for back up.”
Everyone roared with laughter. Jungkook easily pried himself out of the headlock and frowned.
"That was back then!“
"Good work, Jungkook. You’re on your way.” One of the senior officers, who just so happened to be female, smiled warmly at him. He stiffened and nodded until she disappeared from the premises.
His fellow officers snorted at his obviously panicked reaction. He turned and glared at them, but they scrambled to return to their computers, appearing to look busy. None of them wanted to fall victim to Jungkook’s wrath. As much as they hated to admit it, even though he was the youngest officer, he was the most fit, capable, and handsome of them all, passing the physical exam with unprecedented ease.
"Was the girl you gave a ticket cute?“ One of his closest friends turned and changed the subject.
Jungkook hummed as he sat down. "Mmm…”
He chuckled, envisioning how you had tried to act cute before.
"She wasn’t appealing at all.“
"It’s unlike you to be late, Y/N.” Jimin smiled as you finally made it to your cubicle.
"I’m sorry Mr. Park. I got pulled over by a cop.“ You admitted and he blinked curiously.
"He claimed I was speeding when I wasn’t, and I ended up getting a ticket because I didn’t beg for forgiveness.“ You huffed.
"Oh Y/N.” Jimin patted your head sympathetically. “You need to use your charms, even if they were in the wrong.”
"I tried but…“ You sulked.
"But?” Jimin leaned against your desk.
"He said I had no appeal whatsoever.“ You stated sourly.
Jimin burst into laughter, causing the other workers to look over at you two.
"Sorry! Just intern stuff!” he bellowed, easing the other people’s curiosities. “Seriously. You crack me up, Y/N. I’m glad I agreed to having you intern here.”
Hoseok coughed, appearing beside Jimin. “I believe I was the one that took her under my wing because someone decided they wanted to run away to Daegu for who knows how long and abandoned me!”
"You won’t leave that alone, Hoseok!“ Jimin snapped.
You smiled shyly as your bosses bickered in front of you. You were already used to it by now.
"Oh Mr. Jung. I had a few questions about the paperwork you had me fill out yesterday.” You knew how to stop their childish banter easily.
Hoseok brightened immediately since you were seeking his counsel, while Jimin walked away coolly because he didn’t want to be bothered by work-related questions so early in the morning. You giggled. They were easy to figure out.
You had been working as the company’s intern for a few months already. At first, you were under Mr. Jung since Mr. Park had temporarily been needed at a different branch, but as soon as he returned, they fought over who would be mentoring you. In the end, they settled on you shadowing Mr. Jung in the morning and Mr. Park in the afternoon. And you had no qualms about the dual mentorship. You thoroughly enjoyed learning– the process, the actual gaining of new skills and information, the effective application – so you were grateful that you had two fantastic role models to teach you.
A lot of your university classmates wanted to strangle you for getting so lucky with your internship. Not only was the company well-known, but so were the CEOs you were under.
"Mr. Jung.“ You called as he was scribbling corrections on your paperwork.
"Am I unappealing?“ You asked bluntly.
His eyes widened. "Wh-what?”
"Someone told me I had no appeal this morning. Do you think I’m lacking in appeal?“
Hoseok coughed and peeked outside of your cubicle, making sure no one was listening in. He smiled warmly and put his pen down.
"Y/N. Everyone has different types of appeal. It’s good to learn about other things, which you’re really good at, but it’s better if you learn about yourself first.”
"Learn about myself?“
"Yeah, like hmm…hold on.” Hoseok stood up. “Mr. Park, I have a question about your charm.”
Jimin jumped out of his office with a wide grin. “My charm? Which charm? I have plenty.”
Hoseok gave you a knowing expression and you chuckled. Jimin skipped towards you two.
"It’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses, Y/N. As both a business worker and as a person. You should use your strengths as your appeal and work to improve or compensate your weaknesses.“ Hoseok tapped on the paperwork in front of you. "Kind of like how we revise these papers. We keep what’s convincing and edit what’s not. Although you should be careful about being overly appealing.”
He shot a look at Jimin, who smirked.
"You have a problem with my overflowing appeal, Mr. Jung?“ Jimin cocked up an eyebrow.
"It’s good to know you have it, but don’t flaunt it too much.” Hoseok commented to you.
"But you didn’t answer my question.“ You emphasized.
"What question?” Jimin questioned.
"She asked if she was appealing.“ Hoseok blushed as he lay a hand on Jimin’s shoulder. "This is your forte so I’ll leave it to you. I don’t feel comfortable discussing this with my young intern.”
Jimin shook his head. “Oh Hoseok, so naive. Don’t worry Y/N. You’re definitely appealing! But what Mr. Jung is trying to say is that you have to believe in your appeal before you can go appealing people.”
"Interesting.“ You hummed.
"Think of it like your resume for people.” Jimin pointed.
"Resume for people?“ You repeated, still puzzled.
"Yeah, you have to know why people like you and play that as your strength. Like me, I know I’m incredibly handsome and friendly, and that’s why people like me. If ever, let’s say, someone accuses me of doing something wrong, I know I could use my looks and sweet words to get out of trouble.”
"So… manipulate people?“
Hoseok snorted and Jimin scratched the back of his head.
"I guess in blunt terms, yes. But it’s kind of a survival skill.” he chimed. “You need it to survive in the real world.”
"Survival skill…“ You mumbled, thinking deeply.
"Y/N, don’t–” Hoseok was about to protest, but Jimin’s hand covered his mouth.
"I see. It’s quite important for me to learn my own appeal.“ You stated determinedly. "As a matter of survival.”
"Yes, yes, exactly.“ Jimin nodded fervently.
"You’re such a jackass.” Hoseok hissed.
"It’s for her own good.“ Jimin nudged.
You beamed happily. "Thank you, Mr. Park, Mr. Jung!”
The two blushed and chuckled, patting your head encouragingly.
"You two are so weak for the intern.“ Silver appeared beside them with her arms crossed.
Hoseok flinched and removed his hand from your head, settling beside his girlfriend. On the other hand, Jimin latched onto you and embraced you tightly from behind.
"It’s cause she’s so cute and clueless about the evils of this world.” he giggled as he nuzzled his face next to yours while you sat there stoically, mulling over his statement instead of his actions.
Silver rolled up the papers she had on hand and started whacking Jimin with it in between her words.
Jimin cackled and let go of you. "You’re no fun, Silver. She doesn’t mind, right?”
You shook your head. “I don’t feel anything when it happens so I don’t mind.”
Hoseok burst into laughter while Jimin clutched his chest, feigning pain at your words.
Silver smiled at you, amused. “There are only a few women who could say that and honestly mean it, Y/N. You amaze me.”
"Thank you.“ You bowed gratefully. "Mr. Park told me you had fallen for his charms before too, so I consider this an honorable compliment.”
Silver lunged at Jimin, but he was quick to evade and hurriedly locked himself inside the safety of his office.
"Now, now.” Hoseok grabbed his girlfriend’s arm and whispered. “We’re at work remember? Don’t let him get you riled up like that. Don’t give him the satisfaction.”
Silver huffed and relaxed at his true statement.
You watched the two interact curiously. Although they tried to keep it relatively low key at work, everybody knew they were in a relationship. You found them to be a very adorable pair, while Mr. Park and his girlfriend acted more like nagging, close friends whenever you saw them together. But you guessed that every relationship worked differently because regardless of how they treated each other, they all seemed very happy and in love.
You shook your head and turned your attention back to your paperwork, pushing your thoughts to the side for now.
Needless to say, you took a different route to work the next day, still feeling a bit sour about the rude cop you had run into. You pushed the speaker button on your car as you spotted Mr. Park’s name light up on your dashboard.
"Good morning, Mr. Park.“ You greeted.
"Hey Y/N! Are you on your way to work right now?”
"Have you passed the cafe yet by any chance?”
"Not yet. Are you running late again today, Mr. Park?“
Jimin chuckled guiltily. "I might have snoozed my alarms a few times.”
"I shall pick up your usuals.“ You stated knowingly.
"You’re the best.”
"But I don’t think your girlfriend will be very pleased.“
"Eh, it’s her fault for not sleeping over. I don’t even know why she doesn’t just move in yet.” he grumbled.
"Mr. Park, please leave your personal matters at home.“
Jimin laughed. "Get something for yourself too, Y/N. I’ll pay you back later.”
"Will do.“ You hummed as you signaled to turn into the cafe. "I’m turning into the shop now.”
"Good. I’ll see you in a bit–ow!“
You heard clattering on the other side of the line and your lips curled up, slightly amused. You could tell he was rushing around his apartment frantically so he wouldn’t get scolded by Mr. Jung and Silver for being tardy again.
"See you soon, Mr. Park.”
You hung up and expertly parked.
Grabbing your purse, you headed inside the cafe where Mr. Park’s girlfriend worked. There was decent line there today and you checked your watch to see if you had time to wait. But then again, it was Mr. Park’s fault if you were. You technically started work by doing what he had asked you to do.
Furrowing your brow, you peeked over a few customers’ shoulders to see what the hold-up was. The line never usually moved this slowly, but you couldn’t see who was in the front and taking their time. With a sigh, you settled on not getting irritated about it because there was nothing you could do. You whipped your phone out and began scrolling through your e-mails and messages until it was your turn.
"Y/N!“ Mr. Park’s girlfriend beamed, welcoming you.
"Good morning.” You bowed. “I’ll take the usual, if you could please.”
"Whoa, someone has a usual?“ A familiar voice bellowed beside you and once you turned to see who it belonged to, your expression darkened.
"Oh?” The cop that had given you a ticket was leaning against the counter, just as surprised as you when you locked eyes. “It’s you!”
You didn’t bother greeting him and handed Mr. Park’s girlfriend your card to pay. “Can I please get a hot chocolate with that?”
"Sure thing.“ she smiled as she punched it into the register. "Do you know each other?”
"No.“ You replied a little too quickly.
"Yes.” Officer Jeon answered. “Unappealing girl, right?”
You took a deep exasperated breath and gave him a slight bow of respect, then turned your attention back to signing your receipt.
"It’ll be out in a bit.“ Mr. Park’s girlfriend glanced at the two of you, clearly amused. "It’s a bit slow because he had to buy all of his unit’s coffee orders.”
"I see.“ You replied. This was the second time Officer Jeon had been the root of your tardiness. You walked to the other side of the counter, away from where he was, to wait.
But he had other plans.
"Don’t tell me you’re still upset about the ticket.” he chuckled as he settled beside you.
"I don’t like conversing with strangers.“ You stated, hoping he would stop acting like you two were friends.
"No.” he giggled. “That’s my name. Y/N, right?”
"Slightly creepy how you remember that.“
"I have good memory.” Jungkook shrugged.
"And do you always talk to people you’ve arrested or given fines to?“ You inquired.
"Hmm…” he hummed. “…you’d be the first actually.”
"And why would that be?“
"Well, we have a mutual friend.” he pointed at Mr. Park’s girlfriend.
"Does having a mutual friend mean we have to automatically become friends?“ You turned to him, curiously.
"Well, no.” he scratched the back of his head. “But I mean, it kind of makes you more comfortable to talk to?”
"Huh.“ You nodded, intrigued, but said nothing further.
"Are you getting coffee for your co-workers too?”
"Yeah. Do you usually get coffee at this time on this day?“
Jungkook shook his head. "It varies. We usually play rock-paper-scissors to determine who buys. I don’t ever lose. But I’m pretty sure they all cheated to take me down.”
You raised an eyebrow at him.
"What?“ he blinked.
"You really think highly of yourself, huh?”
He flustered, “No! I just…I don’t like losing.”
You chuckled. “Makes sense.”
"What’s that supposed to mean?“ he asked defensively.
"Nothing.” You shrugged lightly.
"Want another ticket for instigating an officer?“ he threatened.
"I’ll take you to court for abuse of power.” You stared at him seriously, and he backed off.
"I was just joking…“ he mumbled.
You smiled slightly. "I have a question.”
"Show me how you would appeal to me if our roles were reversed yesterday.”
"That’s not a question.“
"A demand then.”
"I have a right to refuse.“
"But I thought we were friends.” You smirked. “Friends are supposed to help each other, right?”
Jungkook grumbled, blushing slightly. “There’s too many people here…”
"Unappealing.“ You clicked your tongue right away and shook your head, disapprovingly.
"I am not!” he retorted.
"The appeal isn’t working for me.“ You looked him up and down blankly.
"Are you kidding me?” he scoffed.
"I’m quite serious.“ You shrugged.
Jungkook opened his mouth, probably to spout out another argument, but he was interrupted.
"Officer Jeon, your order’s up!”
He glanced at you and you smirked triumphantly. You had won this time. With a groan, he grabbed his orders from the counter. You didn’t miss the way the other customers were clearly eye-ing him like glazed meat, but your observation was cut short when he towered in front of you.
"I’ll show you next time we meet, Y/N. I’m very appealing.“
You snorted. "Well, I’ll be the judge of that.”
He pouted and exited the cafe, visibly ticked off.
"Y/N, your order’s ready!“
Smiling to yourself proudly, you left the cafe in high spirits. You paused before heading to your car, to check that everything you ordered was in fact there.
"One…two, three, four. Perfect.”
Suddenly, someone passing by bumped into your shoulder without so much as an apology. You glanced up in time to see their profile briefly but they soon became part of the larger crowd heading to the bus stop nearby. You had a bit of a déjà vu in that moment… or was it that you knew that person? You blinked, trying to make out the figure in the crowd curiously. But your phone beeped a few times, bringing you back to reality. Hurriedly, you rushed to your car to make it to work on time.
As was your usual, you celebrated the weekend with a stroll outside, if the weather permitted it. So today, you found yourself walking down Masquerade Boulevard, a popular place that your friends and co-workers usually frequented. But seeing it with your own eyes, it didn’t look any different than other streets.
You stopped in front of the section that had “Burlesque Lounge” atop and you peered through the window to see if there was anyone inside. But it was empty.
"Not open until much later, huh?“ You hummed as you read the times that hung at the entrance.
Then your eyes wandered over a few doors down, it’s "Open” sign lighting up obnoxiously, catching your attention. Stepping back a bit, you read the name: Club Masquerade.
The name sounded familiar. You heard it being tossed around a few times at work, but you had never tuned into the conversation. What was this place?
Your curiosity led you to push open the door where a bell echoed loudly, signaling your entrance. And immediately, you were greeted.
"Hello welcome to Club Masquerade, where we make your fantasies come true! How can I help you today?”
Your eyes widened as you came face-to-face with Mr. Park’s girlfriend. She looked just as surprised for a split second then she pressed her index finger over her lips, telling you to keep quiet.
"Welcome.“ she grinned as she approached you. "Here.”
You blinked as she handed you a rather flimsy black mask.
"We give all first timers a complimentary mask. But most people design their own as a sort of symbol of individuality. It’s required that everyone here wear one to protect their identity and to create a safe space to be one’s self.“
"Huh.” You were a bit stunned that you had stumbled into such an interesting place, and coincidentally, one where Mr. Park’s girlfriend worked. Obediently, you pulled the mask over your face.
"Take a look around.“ she urged and you stepped forward, taking in the fantastic design of the venue.
The outside didn’t do any justice to what was inside. It was almost a replica of a Renaissance hall. A beautiful chandelier, donned with sparkling diamonds, hung at the center. Your eyes wandered to the dark red velvety curtains further back where people were appearing and disappearing. The people, you noticed, were wearing uniquely designed masks. They varied in design, color, size, and shape. Some were simply designed with a few jewels while others had obnoxious feathers protruding from the top.
"Here’s a pamphlet.” Mr. Park’s girlfriend handed you a brochure.
"Make our fantasies come true?“ You read the catchphrase questioningly.
"Mhm.” she giggled then pointed towards a group of men that were crowding around a table. “Those are our hosts. They specialize in different forms of fantasies. Of course everything is anonymous so you don’t have to worry about being recognized, and everyone knows the safe word.”
You hummed, watching the group of guys surrounding one male in particular. As if seeing who you were staring at, she giggled.
"The one with the gold mask on is our best Aggressor host.“
"Aggressor?” You tilted your head curiously.
"Someone who’s a bit more aggressive and experimental, for the more adventurous customers.“ she winked. "He’s one of the best we have. High in demand.”
"I’ll show you all. I’ll get her to finish before my time’s up, like Red Mask used to!“ Gold mask stood up and slammed his hand onto the table.
"Pfft. No one’s been able to do that. You think you can, kid?” Another one pulled him into a headlock playfully.
"I can! I was close last time. And he taught me himself. Who better than me to follow in his footsteps?“ The man huffed and pried himself out of the headlock easily.
"Oh boy.” the Receptionist chuckled.
"I’ll take him.“ You pointed. "The arrogant one.”
"Really?“ she blinked.
Your interest was piqued. Was he just bluffing or was he truly knowledgeable? And what exactly were these "fantasies” they were advertising?
"You said he was one of the best right? And he seems to think he’s the best, so I’m curious.“
The Receptionist smiled, amused. "Nochu! Come here.”
All the guys turned their heads at the sound of her commanding voice. Hurriedly, the man in the gold mask strutted over to where you two were.
"This customer requested for the arrogant one.” she chimed.
The man’s eyes locked towards yours immediately. “The arrogant one? You don’t even know me.”
"Well, what you were claiming over there was a bit arrogant, don’t you think?“ You retorted.
"Or was she lying about you being one of the best?” You taunted.
He huffed and gripped at your wrist, roughly pulling you towards him, his face inches from yours. You stared at him, not backing down, because you wanted to test his nerve.
"I can guarantee you; you’ll get the best service from me.“ he growled.
You smirked and nodded. "Then I think we have a deal here.”
Nochu seemed to be searching your eyes for something before he stepped away from you. “Put her down for my first session tomorrow.”
"Will do, Nochu.“ The Receptionist’s lips curled up and she showed you her planner, pointing at the time slot. "Sessions can run from 30 minutes to an hour, according to your preference. Which would you like to start with?”
You glanced at Nochu, eye-ing him up and down. He puffed out his chest and tilted his head up confidently.
"How long do you think you’ll need to please me?“
He looked appalled at your question while the Receptionist snickered. He approached you again, grabbing your waist and pulling you flush against him. Leaning over, he whispered into your ear.
"I can please you in 5 minutes… but it seems I have a lot to teach you, so how about you try me for an hour and see if you can handle it?”
He let go of you, still maintaining his threatening aura, which had you a bit taken aback if you were going to be perfectly honest. In just a few seconds, the man you thought you could tease, the man that was spouting out nonsense at the table, had changed into someone who sounded so authoritative. Seeing your astonishment, he smirked and turned to the Receptionist.
"She wants me for an hour. We’re going to have lots of fun.“ he chuckled.
The Receptionist nodded. "Very well. An hour it is then.”
Nochu winked at you and tapped your cheek, “Prepare yourself.”
Then before you could think of a witty comeback, he disappeared behind the veil, leaving you wondering about what exactly you had signed up for.
"What’re you giggling about?“ Jimin raised an eyebrow as his girlfriend waltzed into her own apartment.
"Something unexpected happened at the Club today.” the Receptionist kissed him on the cheek as he was cooking dinner.
"What was it?“
"Mmm…let’s just say your prodigy has a new interesting customer.” she grinned as she began stripping in the middle of the living room.
"Geez, please don’t turn me on while I’m cooking.“ Jimin shut his eyes and turned away. "I’ll end up eating something else.”
She giggled and tauntingly hugged him from behind, wearing just her lingerie. “Does seeing me naked still turn you on, my Red Mask?”
Jimin huffed. “Of course it does. It’d be a problem if it didn’t.”
She laughed as she unlatched herself and moseyed to her room. “Very true.”
"Was the new customer hott?“
"She’s beautiful, but a bit hard-headed.” She called out. “But that’s why it’s going to be fun for Jungkook. He’s only gotten obedient customers so this makes things a bit more interesting.”
"Ah, I’m so proud of him. My prodigy.“ Jimin smiled fondly. "He’ll overcome this challenge, for sure.”
"You know he’s trying to break your record.“ The Receptionist came back and sat at the table.
"Which record?” Jimin snorted. “I’ve had many in my time at Club Masquerade.”
She rolled her eyes. “You two are peas in a pod. You and Jungkook.”
"Even if he beats me, I’ll always be able to claim that I did those things first.“
"Is that why you refused to hand over your red mask?” She snorted.
"It’s mine!“ Jimin argued. "He could’ve gotten his own red one. That mask is like a part of me.”
Receptionist rolled her eyes, “I gave him my gold one and he redesigned it.”
"But that was our memory!“ Jimin whined.
"Why are you always a brat?” she retorted. “It’s just a mask, and unless you want me going back to those fancy balls, I don’t need it anymore.”
Jimin paused and walked over to kiss her. “You’re right. You should’ve thrown that mask out ages ago. You don’t ever and should never wear it ever again.”
She smirked, “I thought so.”
"How did you get him to take your gold one? He was super adamant about being the next 'Red Mask’.“
She chuckled, "I told him that that gold mask seduced two hott guys in one fell swoop; one of them being you. That it was far more powerful than your red mask because I seduced you with it. I was passing him the power to surpass you, and he was immediately taken.”
"What bullshit.“ he snorted.
"It wasn’t completely bullshit.” She hummed. “You did fall for me when I was wearing that.”
"I’ll give you that.“ Jimin turned off the stove. "But it was your skill that got me, not that mask.”
"But now he has his own title.“ She got up to set up the table for them.
"What is it?”
"The Golden Host.“ She smiled.
"Damn.” Jimin hissed. “That’s hella cool. Why didn’t I think of that?”
"Cause you were so intent on having red because it’s seductive.“ She emphasized.
"Well it was!” he argued.
"Just let Jungkook be, babe.“ She laughed. "You created your legacy, so now let him create his.”
Jimin sighed. “I know, I know. Ugh, this is probably how a parent feels when their kids achieve something they couldn’t.”
"He hasn’t surpassed you yet. Stop being bitter.“
"Oh, but he will.” Jimin sat down, placing a plate in front of both of them. “I had to learn everything on my own. I gave him everything on a silver platter. All my rules, all my tricks, everything. I saved him years of experimenting.”
She grabbed his hand warmly. “But nothing beats the original. He may know what you know, but applying it is different.”
Jimin smiled thankfully and squeezed her hand in return. “You’re right.”
The two of them began scarfing down their dinner hungrily.
"Who was the new customer?” Jimin asked after a few bites.
"Rule #2, sweetie.“ She smirked.
Jimin sighed. "Stop using that rule on me.”
"Rule #2: Even if you know the customer’s identity, you can’t ever reveal them. Maintain secrecy.“ She recited.
"But I’m your boyfriend!” he whined.
"I protect my customers.“ she grinned cheekily while Jimin huffed. "I’m the Receptionist after all. The keeper of all secrets.”
In the meanwhile, you had gone out and bought yourself your own sturdier black mask. Usually you would just read a book or watch TV once you got home, but today, you were humming a song to yourself as you designed your mask. You didn’t want it to be over the top, but you also didn’t want it to be plain. After a few hours of contemplation and sketching, you finally decided to throw in a small amount of jewels around the eyes. But the main feature of your mask would be the wing design you were going to attach. You had always had a certain fascination with wings, angel wings to be specific. It was mysterious, unique, symbolic, and elegant, very much like how you wanted to portray yourself. And no one you had seen today at Club Masquerade had such a mask, meaning you would be recognizable and individual. You wanted the wings to become your trademark.
You grinned to yourself as you placed the finished product by your bedside, letting it dry. A new learning experience awaited you tomorrow, and you were absolutely thrilled. What exactly did this Club Masquerade and this Nochu have in store for you? You couldn’t wait to find out.
"Oh shit. Come on.“ Jungkook groaned as he and his partner pulled up at the scene of the accident.
"Man, our last leg of the shift and we get called in to handle the big accident.” His partner exhaled. “Well, let’s go. The sooner we tackle this, the faster we get to go home for the day.”
Jungkook exhaled as he glanced at his watch. “Right. Let’s get this cleaned up and settled quickly. I have somewhere to be.”
In the meanwhile, you had come a few minutes early, not sure whether there was such an etiquette at this type of club, but you figured it wouldn’t hurt to be prompt.
"Nochu’s not in yet, but let me take you to his usual 'starter’ room.“ Mr. Park’s girlfriend smiled at you apologetically. "He comes from a different job…most of the hosts do, so sometimes —very, very rarely– but it does happen at times…they’re late.”
"It’s alright.“ You bowed, knowing it wasn’t her fault, and things sometimes did happen beyond anyone’s control.
"Sorry about this. You’ll definitely get your full hour of service.” she explained before she closed the door, leaving you in an empty room by yourself.
You stared at the pillow fort that lay in the center of the room curiously.
"What do you mean you’re going to be late?” The Receptionist hissed. “This isn’t one of your regulars. She’s new!”
"I’m sorry!“ Jungkook groaned. "I’m dying over here too, but there was a big accident that involved three cars so it’s taking awhile. I really want to show her that I’m not bluffing about my skills, but this shit happened and ugh.”
"Officer Jeon.“ His partner called him.
"I have to go. Reschedule her or something please.” He pleaded.
"She paid for this session, Nochu…but I’ll see what I can do.“
"You rock, Noona.”
The Receptionist sighed and hung up. She opened up her planner to scan the schedule for the day, “What can I even do?”
Suddenly, the front door opened, causing the bell to ring, and her head whipped up eagerly. Immediately, she beamed, relief washing over her.
"Oh thank goodness you’re here! I need you to do me a BIG favor.“
You patiently sat inside the pillow fort, which had a sort of canopy lining around it that served as a barrier from the outside world. It made the sea of pillows a bit more secluded, as if you were in your own world, in your bedroom, and not in some public host club.
Suddenly, the doorknob turned and you perked up. Through the fabric, you saw the silhouette of a man coming in. Tall and lean. Your heart raced as he approached, knowing he was watching your outline just as much as you were observing his. He reached out and pulled the canopy apart slightly, entering as you two kept your eyes on each other. Your eyes traveled down his form knowingly.
"You’re not the man I had requested.” You commented.
The man chuckled and bowed, “Well, I can assure you my service will still be of high quality.”
You hummed as you made room for him by pulling your legs back closer to you. Seeming to understand your closed off body language, he took a seat in front of you and waited for you to say something. You curiously stared at him for a few seconds before saying.
"Enlighten me then. What exactly is the purpose and the intrigue of such a business as this?“
The man grinned, "Well why don’t I show you first and then you can tell me if you’ve found an answer?”
"Is it not something that can be answered with words?“ You questioned.
"I don’t think words can ever replace experiences.” he replied.
You smiled. “No, I suppose not.”
"Then do I have your permission to please you?“ he shifted.
You nodded, feeling the air thicken immediately at his words.
"I have to ask.” he whispered as he reached out to touch your face. “This isn’t your first time doing this sort of intimate thing, right?”
You shook your head. “It isn’t.”
"Good.“ he traced your cheek, traveling down to your neck, and you felt yourself shiver immediately. "Mind telling me what you’re looking for here?”
You glanced at his masked face. “Hopefully answers to many questions.”
You caught his eyes twinkling expressively as he grinned. “Well then let’s hope my body answers some of them for you today.”
Nodding, you scooted back into the fort of pillows, getting comfortable.
"Relax.“ he whispered as his fingers continued to roam the outline of your body. "You’re tense.”
"Sorry, being with a stranger is a bit…“ You tried to think of the word. ”…worrisome?“
"How so?” he questioned as his hands found your hips, and you felt your body tingling at his mere touch there. Were your hips always so sensitive?
"Well, I mean you probably see naked women a lot…so it’s a bit embarrassing? I don’t necessarily have the ideal body type.“
He shook his head. "I think every person’s body is its own unique sculpture.”
Then one of his hands cupped your face. “Is that the only thing you’re worrying about?”
"Pretty much.“ You shrugged.
"I can assure you that I find your body very attractive.”
You grinned, enjoying the compliment that had spilled from his mouth. “Thanks.”
He chuckled. “Are you carefree or just open-minded?”
"Can I attest to being both?“ You smiled.
His lips curled up. "I’ll go slowly.”
You nodded as he leaned forward and pressed his lips onto the expanse of your neck. Gently at first, as if worried that you would shove him away and escape, then open-mouthed the next few times. His mouth traveled across your throat, up behind your ear, and your body responded to him by simply melting.
Slowly, he urged you to lay down; your back hitting the softness of the pillows. You felt like you were enveloped by a cloud; all while feeling hints of paradise as he flicked his tongue out against your neck.You inhaled quickly as your heart lurched forward at the new sensation. He adjusted himself so that his body pressed against yours as he continued to suck on your skin. Your first time had been hurried and clumsy, not at all like what was depicted in movies–the soft music playing in the background and the slow motion, picturesque love making. But whatever was happening now, with this masked man, you felt like it was close to what you envisioned this act to be– unhurried and breathtaking.
His hands made sure to touch every part of your body, as if he was cherishing it, as if to let you know that every inch of you was loved. But that was crazy, how could someone you had just met make you feel this way?
"Don’t think. Just let your body act.“ he breathed onto your skin as he pulled your shirt a little lower from your collar so he could kiss your chest. "You’ll find your answers faster.”
"Will I?“ you mumbled, a bit more strained than you anticipated your voice to be.
"Mhm.” he hummed, his lips still attached to your chest; the reverberations shooting through your entire being.
Then his hand slipped underneath your shirt. Warmth spread throughout your stomach and his hand smoothed across it carefully. You felt your lower half heat up. He was so close to where you were starting to need friction.
He shifted so that his face was in front of yours. You stared at him as you bit your lip to prevent yourself from panting or crying out, from acting on the way your body was shamefully reacting.
"Can I kiss you?“ he questioned.
You nodded, licking your lips a bit since your whole mouth had gone dry ever since he had initially approached you.
He smiled warmly and captured your lips with his. They were soft and plush, and all you could focus on at that moment was the movement of your mouths against each other. Your mental strings slowly snapped one by one with each second that passed by. He kissed you senselessly until your body moved on its own, grinding up to meet his, surprising even yourself. He grinned as he bit down on your bottom lip.
"That’s it. Something like this feels better when you just feel.” he hummed as his hand traveled upwards, lifting your shirt up as he cupped your bra.
You kissed him more aggressively when he squeezed your breast in his large hand. Seeing that you were less tense and more responsive after a few more massages, he slid his hand underneath and you gasped instantaneously. He watched you, his eyes lidded as he rolled your nipple between his fingers. You moaned as you looked back at him pleadingly. You weren’t even sure what you were feeling. Did you want more? Was it awkward? Was it painful? Was it good?
He brushed his thumb across the sensitive bud again and you sighed, closing your eyes. He was right. It was no use trying to analyze the emotion you were feeling because your body was reacting before your mind registered anything. You cleared your mind as you lunged forward, attacking his mouth with your lips. The way he kissed you served as the best distraction, the best way to calm down your thoughts. He seemed to understand because he welcomed your lips hungrily. And soon enough, his hand traveled lower, to your jeans. He squeezed your thighs and you spread your legs eagerly.
He broke the kiss and stared at your face, wanting to see your reaction as his finger traced up your thigh and hovered over your core. You gulped as you observed his hand from afar, excitedly and anxiously all at once. Your chest heavily rose and fell as you panted.
Then, one finger caressed up the center of your jeans and you felt your underwear dampen. Another stroke of his finger, then another as his pace quickened, rubbing you through your jeans. You groaned and threw your head back. The fact that he was watching you intently added to the thrill for some reason. He bit his lip as you moaned when he pressed his finger harder against you.
His hand left and before you could wonder what happened, it found their way to unbutton your jeans. With a quick look at your expression, he pulled your pants down. You swallowed harshly as you watched him settle between your legs, his breath fanning across your clothed core.
A thousand worries flitted across your mind in that moment, but they soon dispersed when he edged forward and pressed his lips into your center. You inhaled sharply and arched your back responsively. He kissed you again then flicked his tongue out, making your already damp underwear wetter. You clutched at the pillows that were within your reach, trying not to make any of the noises that were threatening to come out of you.
"Be as loud as you want, baby. These walls are soundproof. And I sure don’t mind.“ he smiled before dipping his face into you again.
You groaned and began heaving as he circled the tip of his tongue around. The fabric between you and your dripping core was completely soaked, but it made the sensation feel insanely more pleasurable.
"Oh my goodness.” You exhaled as his hands glided up your thighs.
You didn’t think you could be wrecked by a few simple moves. It was almost shameful that a stranger had unraveled you so easily. Was he just that knowledgeable? Was there a universal tactic that made all women go crazy? Or had you been in need of intimacy more than you thought?
But you never did get to find out more in that point in time, because the buzzer you had come in with, started flashing and vibrating. The masked man unlatched himself from you and kindly handed you your jeans.
"Sorry our time was so short.“ he apologized.
You smiled and shook your head, your brain was a little fuzzy with all the sensations you had just experienced.
"It’s not your fault. Thank you for filling in.” You sat up.
He grinned as he offered you his hand to help you stand. “Did I serve to answer some of your questions at least?”
You chuckled, remembering the arrogant air in which you had greeted him. “I can certainly see the intrigue of this business much clearer now.”
He bowed playfully. “Well, I shall escort you out when you’re ready.”
"Oh. Sorry.“ You blushed and hurried to get into your pants, struggling because they were a bit tight. He steadied you by your shoulders so you could shimmy inside them with a shy smile. "Skinny jeans. Heh.”
"Yeah, I try to avoid them. It’s hard to get around my thighs.“ he bantered.
"Shall we?” he gestured to the door and you nodded, letting him walk you out.
"How did it go?“ the Receptionist greeted you brightly. "Sorry about the switch in host.”
You shook your head. “Don’t be sorry.”
Before the Receptionist could ask you anything else, the host interjected.
"Well, I have to take my leave.“ The man bowed. "I’ll let you two speak freely.”
"Wait!“ You called as he reached for the doorknob to exit.
He turned to you questioningly.
"What should I call you if I want to see you again?”
He stared at you, a bit surprised that you verbalized the desire of having a second session with him so openly, considering he had just been a substitute to your original choice. But his face softened when he saw your sincerity, and he turned to face you fully.
"Mon.“ he grinned, his eyes turning into small, crescents of appreciation. "Call me Mon.”