Endless possibilities open up when you first meet somebody. Will they be a fleeting acquaintance, a cherished friend, a lover, someone who’s going to change your life? Regardless, they all begin with that first fateful meeting.
A fluff series of the BTS members meeting you for the first time. :) Enjoy ~
Jin leaned his
forehead against the door frame and sighed with eyes closed. You nervously
moved closer to the door.
"________,“ he whispered.
"Do you remember when we first met?”
You nodded silently as if he could
see you on the other side but as if he knew you were listening without having
said a word, he went on to reminisce about the past. Even though a door was
between you two, his words whisked you both back in time to how you had first
"Mom, please. Stop setting me
up. They’re always so awkward to go on!“ You groaned into the phone as you
bustled around your kitchen, putting together your specialty – cereal.
"Oh honey, you’re not getting
any younger!” Your mom sighed. “And you’re so focused on work, you
hardly have time to have a social life. You need a balance!”
"Yeah, but I don’t think
setting me up with your co-worker’s perfect son is going to make me any less of
a workaholic.“ You rolled your eyes as you squeezed the phone between your
shoulder and your ear to free up your other arm.
"He’s going to take care of
you! He’s an excellent cook and God knows, your cooking skills are nonexistent
at this point. He’s really sweet, well educated, fun!”
"How come this sounds like a
commercial ploy, and you’re about to save ‘but side effects include diarrhea
and imminent death’ for the end?“ You remarked with your signature wit.
"There has to be some catch.”
"What do you mean?“
"Like what’s wrong with him?”
You began slurping your cereal nonchalantly. “Like anybody near my age
that’s still single and claims to be this perfect has to have something wrong
You paused. “Is he ugly?”
"_______!“ Your mom
yelled. "For goodness sake, just give him a chance.”
"But mom, everyone you’ve set
me up on is either a child, an older fellow who’s dad’s age, or extremely
arrogant. I’m just tired of being in these awkward situations!“
"Honey, I promise. You’ll
really like this boy. I’ve seen pictures of him on my co-worker’s desk. He’s
You squinted your eyes skeptically.
“I still don’t like this, at all. I’m refusing this one. If I’m meant to
meet someone, it’ll happen without it being forced.”
"But sweetie –“
"No. Mom, I’m not going on this
blind date. I have to get to work. I’ll talk to you later…but not about this
anymore.” You curtly put your foot down regarding the situation, and all
your mom could do was sigh for the hundredth time.
"Alright then. Have a good day
at work. Love you.“
"Love you too mommy ~” You
grinned, feeling accomplished at having deterred her attempt to find you a
"Don’t forget we have the
wedding to attend this weekend!“
"I know, I know. I already have
my dress picked out.”
With that, you both mutually hung up
and went about your business.
It wasn’t like you didn’t want to
find love or have a boyfriend, but you just enjoyed keeping busy and making a
name for yourself. You put 110% into everything that you do at your job and
you’re a firm believer that that effort will reward you in the long run. So far
it had. You have your own beautiful studio apartment, a fantastic paying job, a
great group of close friends. What more could you want?
You were fairly organized and
schedule oriented, but your mother complained that you had no assets for being
a good wife. You would jokingly laugh and answer, “Well I guess my future
boyfriend better have wife-like qualities cause I’m going to bring home the
bacon!” Sadly, not much has changed since then. Since you were so busy,
you prepared your quickly put-together sandwiches and salads before the work
week. For dinner, you just merely ate out at the nearest fast food or diner or
heat up your leftovers. While most of your friends enjoyed the night life, you
looked forward to the comfort of your own bed after long hours of work.
Jin, on the other hand, had been away
at medical school during the years of his youth. It had only been recently that
he moved back to the city and found a permanent job nearby to be closer to his
family. He was friendly and sociable, but slightly awkward, which most people
found to be endearing. Since he was essentially on his own since high school,
he ended up teaching himself how to cook and prep meals. It was his form of
escape from the stress of med school. He would learn a new recipe and add it to
his repertoire. He’d bake and decorate them artistically. Focusing on designing
and articulating different tastes together to please his palate relieved his
mind from thinking about his patients, his medical terminology, and his
upcoming tests and practicum. Cleaning, cooking, and video games were what he
turned to when the pressure of becoming a doctor had grown too much. Now that
he was practicing at a world renowned hospital, these actions just became part
of his daily pleasures.
His mother, being so close now,
would fuss over him consistently about getting out and meeting people. He
didn’t mind having her over. It made cooking a meal all the more fun, having
someone to serve it to.
"You’re putting your good looks
to waste, Seokjin.“ she would scold. "You’re a doctor AND extremely
handsome. You cook, clean, and you’re fun-loving. PLEASE GO MEET A GIRL.”
"Mom….“ Seokjin smiled,
amused. "I’ll meet her when I meet her.”
"How about Tuesday at 6 o'clock
then?“ His mom grinned.
He shook his head. "No, no. You
remember how my brother’s set ups worked out? Sorry, mom.”
"Oh Jin. You’ll really like
this girl. Promise. Give her a chance.“
"Mom, you know I’m a little
awkward. You always hype me up to others and I get uncomfortable trying to meet
that standard.” he complained.
"Hush. Just be yourself. I’m
just speaking the truth.“
"Let them get to know me for
themselves. I sound intimidating on paper and the discrepancy with my
personality confuses people.” He laughed.
"Well you should be a little
more serious son.“ His mom shook her head. "How could you be so
"Eh. I’ve seen too many
patients at the hospital to take life way too seriously.“ he shrugged.
"I’ve always been very playful.”
She sighed, “I know. So it’s a
no go for my co-worker’s daughter, huh?”
"Sorry mom.“ Jin placed
the plate in front of her. "I’d just like to meet someone naturally. I
don’t like the pressure of having to impress someone or them having a perceived
notion of me right from the beginning. I’m grateful you’re thinking of me
He kissed his mom’s cheek before
taking his seat in front of her. “Now let’s eat!”
His mom chuckled as she dug in,
always astounded by how delicious his cooking was.
"Oh. Don’t forget about the
wedding this weekend. Don’t be late.“ she chimed as her son danced in his
seat happily, as he usually did when his meal was a success.
"Mhm.” he hummed.
You flattened out the skirt of your pink
dress neatly as you stepped out of your car.
"Another wedding reception huh…“
you muttered to yourself.
She was your family friend who ended
up working at the same place as your mom, so you recognized a lot of her
co-workers that babysat you growing up. They complimented you on your beautiful
gown as you blushed and bowed gratefully, trying to find your mother in the
crowd. When she wasn’t anywhere to be found, you sighed and went to go collect
your placard with your designated table.
"Table 12.” You hummed as
you searched for the number, pulling up the hem of your dress so it didn’t drag
on the floor. Grinning, you were happy to find it empty. You claimed the seat
facing the dance floor so you didn’t have to crane your neck to watch later on.
Looking around to see all of the
preoccupied guests, you took out your phone, hoping to snag a selfie of your
make-up and outfit before it got disheveled. When you had found this gown, you
immediately fell in love with it. It was a vibrant pink with a satin fabric
that hugged all the right places and trailed elegantly behind you. You adored
the color and the style and knew you had to have it. When it fit you perfectly,
you knew it was destiny.
Smiling widely, you angled your hand
up and turned your head, praying it would be a good picture. You went to check
and frowned, deleting it right away. It looked way awkward. Obsessively, you
continued to take pictures at different angles with various expressions but
found none that could be deemed worthy.
"You want me to take a picture
for you?“ a sudden voice startled you.
You turned and found an extremely
handsome boy with big bright eyes sporting a fitting black suit. Immediately, a
blush dusted over your cheeks at the notion that this beautiful being had
caught you being vain.
"I–it’s okay.” You
stammered and hurriedly shoved your phone into your purse, embarrassed.
Seokjin chuckled as he sat down
beside you naturally. “Well then, don’t mind me.”
He whipped his phone out and began to
take pictures shamelessly. With a few takes, he grinned proudly as he went
through his shots. Your eyes couldn’t help but wander to his screen to see the
results and you were shocked to find that they all came out fantastic. As if
sensing your awe, the boy glanced over at you and you hurriedly looked away,
trying to play it cool.
"Sorry about that. I don’t
dress up often so I had to take a commemorative photo.“ he chuckled.
"Hope you didn’t mind…”
You shook your head. “Not at
all. I mean, I was doing it too…”
There was an awkward silence as you
both tried to look anywhere but at the person next to you.
"Did you get a good one? I’m
sorry I interrupted you. I just was standing there for a bit and you looked
frustrated.“ he scratched the back of his head.
You immediately turned red.
"Y-you could’ve said something sooner!”
Seokjin realized he sounded creepy
and hurriedly stammered. “Ah! No! Sorry! I - I just know you need the
perfect concentration to get a good selfie so I didn’t want to interrupt!”
You blushed and nodded in agreement.
“I’m not very good at it though so I didn’t get anything good.”
"I can help.“ he perked up
quickly. "I don’t like to brag, but I’m pretty good at it.”
You chuckled. “Yeah I
He smiled, “I’ll teach you my
trick. Get your phone out.”
Shyly, you did so and followed his
instructions. Lightly, he moved your arm where it needed to be and gently poked
your chin down slightly.
"Now smile and click!“ he
commanded and you did so. "Same angle, different pose. Click!”
You laughed at his enthusiasm but
continued to do as he said.
"Now peace sign and click!
Woo!“ he cheered, garnering the attention of people around you.
But neither of you took notice. He
was clapping and encouraging you on as if you were competing in a serious
match, but it took your mind off of the fact that you were publicly taking vain
pictures of yourself and just let yourself have fun with it. Your face muscles
relaxed and your poses got sillier. Jin grinned widely as your arm finally got
"The last few when you were
more natural probably came out the best.” he stated.
You smiled and scanned through your
gallery. Surprisingly, the pictures came out wonderful. So much so that you
didn’t know which one you favored the most.
"Thanks.“ You turned to
the handsome boy beside you.
"Not at all.” he chuckled.
“I hope they open the buffet soon. I came here for the food.”
You laughed heartily. “Someone
dragged you here?”
"Yeah, my mom works with the
bride and asked me to be her +1.“
"Yeah, same scenario. I mean I
know the bride but it’s more because of our parent’s close relationship rather
than our own.” You admitted.
"Ahh sorry. I spoke too
openly.“ he covered his mouth.
"Nah. I’m here for free food
too. It’s great not having to eat out or to heat something up.”
He smiled, “I’m Seokjin by the
way. Most people just call me Jin.”
"_____.“ You introduced as
you both shook hands politely.
You both sat quietly as you watched
the father-daughter dance and the first dance as a married couple. Each of you
were deep in thought and in awe of the beautiful event when suddenly, the DJ
jumped onto the middle of the dance floor, quickly changing the atmosphere.
"Alright everyone! Before we
open up the buffet, we want to get some dancing going!” the DJ announced.
“Who’s ready to celebrate Mr. & Mrs. Jung??”
"Wooo!“ Jin cheered and
you couldn’t help but laugh at his carefree nature while you clapped along with
"Everybody to the dance floor!
Whoever’s happy about the bride and groom getting married get on the dance
"That’s one way to convince
people.“ You giggled at the DJ’s ploy.
"Do you dance?” Jin looked
at you inquisitively.
"Ummm…not at all. Awkwardly
if I may admit.“ You answered timidly.
"Perfect.” he grinned as
he stood up abruptly. “Me too. Let’s go dance!”
"What?“ Your eyes widened.
"Come on.” He grabbed your
wrist and pulled you along. “If two people are awkwardly dancing, no one
will criticize us.”
You let yourself be dragged. You
couldn’t figure out this man that was taking you to the dance floor. He
intrigued you with his overflowing confidence. He wasn’t afraid about what
other people thought and was simply happy being himself; something that you
didn’t have the courage to do in front of others. You bit your lip as Jin moved
his body to the music, wiggling his arms and torso side to side while bobbing
his head. It was truly awkward, but he looked like he was truly having fun that
you were jealous.
"Oh what the heck.“ You
muttered and jumped in to join him.
Your body was completely stiff to
say the least and it didn’t exactly move where you wanted it to. Most of the
time, you didn’t even move to the beat but with your eyes on Jin and
butterflies in your stomach, you just let yourself go. Surprisingly, no one
laughed at you two; you actually got extremely loud cheers which encouraged
Seokjin to present even sillier moves. You couldn’t keep up.
After a few songs the dance floor
dispersed back to their seats and the buffet opened.
"12…please 12 please.”
Jin mumbled as he clasped his hands together in prayer.
"We’re in the middle so I don’t
know about that.“ You laughed.
"Anything’s possible!” he
pouted as he stuffed a piece of bread in his mouth. “I should’ve eaten
"I know right?“ You
grumbled as you also ripped off a piece of bread to hold you over.
Suddenly, your mother walked over to
greet you with her co-worker.
"Mom!” Jin grinned warmly
and you froze.
"Well, well.“ His mother
patted his shoulder. "We were going to introduce you two as a surprise
later, but it seems you already got acquainted.”
Your eyes widened as the situation
dawned on you and you hurriedly glanced over at your own mother.
"Don’t complain to me,
honey.“ your mother shrugged. "We didn’t set this up.”
"What?“ Jin blinked,
"Jin, this is the girl I was
trying to set you up with. My co-worker’s daughter.”
Jin looked at you, surprised, and
you studied him again as well.
"Told you he was
handsome.“ Your mother giggled as you shot her a glare.
Jin blushed as he smiled. "Well
I’m glad I met her naturally then.”
Both of your mothers laughed as they
walked over to the buffet.
It was your turn to blush at his
statement as he faced you.
"Let’s try this again.“ he
exhaled. "I’m Dr. Kim Seok Jin. Jin for short. An overall awkward person…
since birth. I like to dance even if I’m not too good at it, and I can sing
pretty well too. I’m confident about my looks and I’m a bit childish. I like
Super Mario quite obsessively. When I saw you, I immediately thought you
reminded me of Princess Peach with your pink dress and knew that you were
someone I could get along with.”
You chuckled at his honest
confession. “What was that for?”
"Well my mom always over-exaggerates,
and people get the wrong idea of me. So I want to be honest from the
get-go.“ He explained.
You smiled and patted down your
skirt as you moved around to face him too. "Well Dr. Jin, I’m ______. I
heard you can cook so I’m going to tell you right off the bat that I can’t cook
to save my life. I can’t sing or dance, but I still do it anyway in the comfort
of my own apartment. I have a good paying, stable job and I’m a complete
workaholic. I’m awkward in general too, but I’m pretty sociable. I didn’t
believe my mom when she said you were handsome, but I was terribly
He graced you with his big grin
which turned into an infectious laughter and soon you joined him at the
ridiculousness of the situation. Had your parents planned everything out or was
it simply fate and circumstance?
[Back to the present]
You smiled as you placed a hand
against your door frame, feeling reassurance that Jin was just on the other
"You’d think with the amount of
weddings we had been too, we’d be less nervous about our own, huh?“ he
"Having doubts?” You asked
He grinned as he straightened up
"See you down the aisle.”
Jin pressed his hand against the door before walking away to get into position,
leaving you with a wide grin on your face and butterflies in your stomach just
as he did when you first met in this same exact wedding hall.
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Hyundai Motor Company has revealed its latest mid-engined model, an aggressively-styled high-performance coupe concept named ‘RM15’ (Racing Midship 2015). The lightweight two-seat concept, unveiled today at the 11th Seoul Motor Show, makes a confident statement about Hyundai Motor’s passion for performance and its expertise in the development of advanced vehicle technologies.
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