not my cup of coffee // kang daniel part 2
*˚○ college! kang daniel
*˚○ word count: 1.8k
It had been a few weeks since the incident happened and when Daniel had left the restaurant without saying a word while he hid his head into the hoodie of his jacket. You were left flustered in his favorite corner booth as he left you. You didn’t know how to react to the situation and neither did he. Well, it was obvious that he didn’t want to face you again, seeing as that was the last time you saw him, in his corner booth, sipping the black bitter liquid out of kindness.
“(Y/N)…(Y/N)!” Your name was being called out repeatedly and you only heard it once your hand was pulled away from pouring coffee all the way to the brim of Daehwi’s cup. Daehwi realised how much you had been in a dazed lately, how you were so distracted to the point where you didn’t care about your dear customers well-being. He knew that you didn’t have the guts in you to disrespect the sweet people that tipped your restaurant generously.
“You’re so out of it today, worse than before. And I see, it must’ve have been that weird guy right? Haven’t seen him around lately,” The both of you sat in a booth closest to the cash register. Before Daehwi could ask you once more, everything began to spill from your lips, all the emotions that you were confused about as Daehwi nodded his head, absorbing all the information even when you were talking at the rate of a mile per minute. After you had vomitted words out of your mouth and ended it with a little sigh, he looked up towards you with a knowing look as he propped his head on his palm. You knew that face and you were in denial of accepting your fate.
“No, Daehwi. You’ve got to be kidding me. I barely know him and we’re friends at most. Nothing more,” Your heart hurt a little once your last sentence was spouted. You wished that it was something much more than that. You had even imagined what it felt like to be cradled in his arms as you smothered your head in his wide chest. And what it would have felt like to leave a kiss on those soft pink ones, and thinking how it would taste so sweet yet bitter from the coffee he had poured a load of sugar in. And that’s when you realized that you were whipped, and your little brother wasn’t going to let go of that opportunity.
“Hey (Y/N), I brought some friends who might know about your missing regular,” Daehwi chuckled as he ushered in tall men that seemed too beautiful to occupy this small plain town. You even felt a little jealous that your brother came to know so many good looking people while you were stuck with trying to study and manage your business. You may have recognized some of their faces, especially since they were known for their good looks and capabilities of capturing the hearts of many.
“Hi, I’m Ong Seongwoo, but you can call me anytime,” This guy had the confidence but you weren’t into that. You were into the small shy smile that tugged on Daniel’s lips whenever you threw a smile his way. But you had to be kind, customer service and all.
“Nice to meet you too, anytime. What will you have? These are some of our regular’s favourites,” You smiled sweetly as you ushered them to their seats and placed the menus on the tables, flipping to the ‘special menu’ page. One of them burst into laughter at the out right rejection to the flirtation and that you had told a dad joke in its stead. His name was Jisung as Seongwoo mentioned his name when hushing him about being such an old man and also out of embarrassment.
“I can’t help it, I’ve never seen THE Ong Seongwoo get rejected this hard before,” He clutched onto his stomach while sliding into the booth.
“So I heard you guys know Daniel?” You spoke to end the bickering between the men. Once you had uttered his name, all of them looked towards you with the same knowing smile that Daehwi had on when you had ranted to him about your little crush. All you did was sigh and expected for remarks that were far worse than Daehwi could.
“Oh we know him alright. But why not tell me more about yourself first?,” Seongwoo smirked as he swung his arm onto the top of the seat. This guy was pretty persistent, huh.
“Your intimidating her Seongwoo. Let’s just tell her so things at home can finally turn back to normal,” Minhyun was his name since Jisung had spoken his name when he agreed with the suggestion.
“What do you mean ‘turn back to normal’?” You inquired as all them looked your way with pity. You were so absolutely lost on how the lack of your presence in Daniel’s life had greatly affected him. It was to the point where he wasn’t shocked when a bug had crawled into his room. Minhyun further explained that he begun drinking coffee at home and didn’t even bother to alter it to his likings - a load of sugar. He had been so totally out of it lately that he didn’t bother to go to his lectures and that his cats, Peter and Rooney, had been whining a lot more recently since the attention given to them had been dwindling. Minhyun let out a frustrated sigh and ranted about having to clean after the two fur balls since Daniel couldn’t even leave his room for the past few days. And that was when you had to step in.
“Visit our apartment. It will definitely scare the heck out of him but I’d rather see that than his messy room,” Once they begun to bicker once more, you left their table to send in their orders and to think over the decisions you had to make. You barely know the guys who had only introduced themselves to you a few minutes ago, but a little visit wouldn’t hurt right?
“Ok so before we enter, Daniel may or may not pace around the living room so only enter once all of us has, got it?” Jisung explained to you and everything seemed as if you guys were a group of swat soldiers who had to detonate a bomb.
Once they had step foot into the apartment, you follow suit and ensured that the coast was clear. Jisung gave you a thumbs up to signal that Daniel was indeed still in his room, probably still in his bed with his sorrows. Seongwoo lead you to the room that he shared with Daniel and made sure that the both of you had the place to yourselves to sort things out. They just wanted to see their cheerful hyper best friend back again and return the hectic screams in the household.
You knocked a few times before entering the room, but no one replied to your greeting so you simply entered the room in hopes that they were right and that he was still in bed. But all your eyes had laid on was Daniel in the midst of changing his clothes as he grabbed his shirt upwards but only stopped midway to see who was entering the room. His torso was completely naked but you were thankful that his bottom half was still covered with a pair of sweatpants. The bomb was definitely not detonated, instead it went of with a loud screech. You screamed as you closed your eyes tight and covered your face behind your hands while Daniel scrambled to put his shirt back on and it made him take a longer time due to the panic that had surged through out his body. Why were you here and how did you know where he lived?
After things had settled down, as well as the howling and laughter from the guys who waited patiently outside, you sat on the bunk bed that was opposite his bed while Daniel tucked himself in his, still scarred from the previous events. It remained quiet until you had enough of seeing him glancing at you and opening his mouth, only to close it once more.
“The guys told me how depressed you were the past few weeks,” You told him as you fiddled with your fingers, glancing back and forth from your hands and to Daniel.
“They did? B-but I’m fine. I just didn’t feel like going to the restaurant anymore,” He mumbled as held on tightly to one of his plush toys. You knew he wasn’t being straightforward with you. With the way he was attempting to avoid eye contact at all cost gave it away. You sighed before getting up from your spot and headed towards his bed, sitting on the other end of the bed as he looked at you wide-eyed.
“Do you honestly want me to tell you about all the embarrassing stuff you’ve done for the past few weeks? They exposed you so much, even I couldn’t handle it. So why not tell me about it yourself?” You asked, now facing him with a sorrowful look as he looked back at you, hesitating if he should spill the beans and let you know.
“Daniel, you know telling me that you were simply flustered about that compliment was enough? Why were you even telling me about how Peter and Rooney was disappointed with you?” You chuckled as you cradled his hands in yours while he looked up regretfully.
“Because, I’ve… I like you for q-quite some time now and I was such a coward for ignoring you. That night was supposed to be me confessing you, not running away. And I could feel Peter was judging me with the way he looked at me. Rooney was doing the same thing too. I-I’m blubbering again. Let me get to the point, I like you (Y/N) and not having you in my life is driving me insane. You can’t have Iron man and exclude Captain America in Civil war. It just doesn’t make sense. So…s-so will you be my Captain America?” He looked up towards you with a twinkle of hope in his eyes. But all you could do was laugh at the references he was making and how much of a superhero fan he was.
“W-why are you laughing? I’m confessing to you and all you can do is laugh!” He huffed frustratedly as he hid himself under his blanket, frustrated with the way you had answered his confession. But that wasn’t your answer at all. You flipped the blankets over, revealing Daniel all curled up while he hugged his plushie ever so lovingly. You grabbed him by his arm, pulling him towards you so you could peck his round cheek.
“Is this what you were looking for?” You blushed, a wide grin adorning your face while Daniel was a stuttering mess.
“Y-yah, I’m the one who’s supposed to make the move here,” He looked at you, furrowing his eyebrows while doing so. And as revenge, he pulled you into a tight hug, covering the both of you with his blanket. Let’s just say your nights at the restaurant weren’t so lonely anymore.