Better Late Than Never
Mark x Reader
Requested by celeste-hello:
Hi!!!! Can you write a slightly angsty Mark imagine where he gets jealous because the you’ve been hanging out alot with Jeno lately with a really fluffy ending, Thank you!!💙
“Ya! Noona! Stop it or I’ll have to get revenge!”
“Try me Jeno!” You exclaimed, bursting with laughter at the expression on his face – the result of you hitting him over the head with a pillow. Your laughing quickly ceased when you felt a pillow hitting your face in retaliation. “Oh, you’re so gonna get it now,” you said as you paused the movie the two of you were watching together.
You were over at the NCT dorm with Jeno. It was rare that one of the members was home alone, but today, with all the others out for schedulesm, doing schoolwork, or visiting home, Jeno – who had a sore ankle and was resting – asked you to come over to keep him company. You were close with all of the NCT members, but Jeno in particular had become like family to you. He was only a year younger than you, but he was still like the little brother you had always wanted. If he wanted you to visit him at the dorm, all he had to do was ask and you’d be there in a heartbeat.
He had put a movie on for the two of you to enjoy, but getting bored part way through, you had decided it was a good idea to tease him a bit by hitting him with the pillow you were holding in your lap. It didn’t take long for the two of you to become engrossed in a full-fledged pillow-fight – the movie you were watching completely forgotten. You had stood up off of the couch to get leverage on Jeno who was trying to attack you from the couch. He took his pillow and hit you in the knees, causing you to lose your balance and fall forward onto him. The two of you were so busy laughing and trying to focus on winning, neither one of you noticed the front door open.
You and Jeno ceased hitting each other when you heard someone clear their throat. Looking at each other, you slowly lowered your pillows and turned to look at the door. Mark was there standing in the doorway. You quickly dropped your pillow and awkwardly clambered off of Jeno. Narrowing his eyes, Mark looked back and forth between the two of you for a moment before stomping past the couch into the kitchen. You heard him open the cupboard door, followed by it slamming shut. He was pouring himself a glass of water by the time you arrived in the kitchen.
“Are you okay Mark?” You asked cautiously, already knowing the answer.
“No I’m not okay. I convinced the others to let me leave early today thinking maybe we could finally have some time together. I get back to the dorm after hours of practice, and you, my girlfriend, are all over Jeno!”
“Mark, we were just having a pillow fight,” you tried to keep your voice calm at his accusation.
You heard footsteps approach the two of you, turning to see Jeno awkwardly staring at the floor, knowing Mark was mad at him just as much as he was at you.
“Hyung, I swear nothing happened. She’s basically my sister and I-”
“Shut it Jeno!” Mark snapped.
“Don’t yell at him like that! He didn’t do anything wrong!” Seeing the look of fear on Jeno’s face, you couldn’t help but raise your voice at Mark out of frustration. You had never seen this side of Mark before – no one had. He was always calm, even when he had to step up and act as the younger members’ leader. It was obvious Jeno was stunned that Mark had yelled at him. You gestured for Jeno to leave the room, wanting to hash this out with your boyfriend.
“Of course you’re defending him!”
“Mark, it isn’t about defending anyone. Jeno and I were just hanging out and for you to accuse us of anything more than that is unfair. You know Jeno’s like a little brother to me.”
“I don’t believe that lie anymore (y/n)! I know what I saw!” You had never heard Mark yell before. Everything you knew about him had led you to believe he was always calm and collected. It was one of the reasons you loved him. “I’m not around so you’re falling for Jeno! It’s not my fault that I’m in every sub-unit, have participated in every comeback and was on a survival show. It’s my job and I thought you understood that dealing with that was a part of being with me! I know it’s hard for you that we can’t always be together or even talk on the phone, it’s hard for me too! But I never thought you’d sink so low as to move onto one of my members because he was more available!”
As he ranted, Mark’s eyes had began to fill with tears of anger and hurt, while your hands had balled into fists. The accusations Mark were making were absolutely ridiculous, and you knew that deep down, he knew that too. It had taken so much just to convince the company and managers to let Mark date in the first place. There was no way either of you would do something to mess up what you had fought so hard to have. The two of you had never bickered, let alone had a full blown fight. You wanted to fix it, but at this point, you couldn’t stand there and allow Mark to accuse you of cheating.
“Mark, you know I wouldn’t hurt you. Jeno wouldn’t either. Just think about that.”
With that, you left Mark in the kitchen to sulk. You walked back over to the sofa, where Jeno had retreated too. Putting your arm around his shoulders, you tried to reassure him that Mark was just overworked and not thinking straight. As angry as you were at Mark, even you knew his behavior was uncharacteristic.
It was true. Since NCT had debuted, he hadn’t had a break. It had to be taking a toll on him. You knew he wanted to spend time with you just as much as you wanted to spend time with him. Maybe seeing you and Jeno play-fighting had caused him to reach his breaking point and take out all of his built-up emotions on the two of you.
Removing your arm from Jeno’s shoulders, you reached for the remote and put the movie from earlier back on. There was nothing the two of you could do now but wait. Imagining Mark standing in the kitchen, leaning against the counter with his glass of water, you hoped he would come to his senses.
The movie credits began to play as you and Jeno got up from the sofa. Both having decided to give Mark space, you made your way over to the door. Jeno put on his sneakers and opened the door as you put on your own shoes and grabbed your bag, which you had left by the door when you arrived.
“(Y/n), Jeno, wait.”
You looked up to see Mark making his way towards the two of you. He reached past Jeno and and gently pushed the door closed.
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have spoken to either of you that way. I was out of line.” Mark watched as you and Jeno exchanged glances, not knowing what to say. He continued. “You were right (y/n). I know that neither of you would hurt me, and I know that the two of you are like siblings. I’m just so tired and seeing you spending time together and having so much fun made me jealous. It reminded me of what I’m missing out on.”
“There’s nothing to be jealous about,” your voice had softened significantly since earlier.
“I bet noona would rather spend time with you than me any day hyung!” Jeno spoke up.
Mark laughed and ruffled his hair. Jeno’s face changed to reflect Mark’s as he smiled as well.
“Jeno, I’m really sorry I yelled at you. I didn’t mean it.”
“I know hyung. Just buy me some ice cream later and we’ll call it even,” Jeno replied cheekily.
Mark laughed at Jeno’s antics. Agreeing to his conditions, he then turned to you to make amends. You could tell he felt ashamed for how he had spoken to you, as he should. But you wanted to fix things just as badly as he did, so you spoke first.
“Mark, what you said earlier is true. It’s hard for me dating an idol and barely getting to see you. But none of that matters to me because you’re mine, and I’m yours. I would never cheat.”
“I know. I’m so lucky to have you. Thank you for standing by me and putting up with me and my lifestyle. I love you so much (y/n).”
You were slightly taken aback. Both of you knew that what you felt for one another was love, but it was a silent understanding. Neither one of you had ever said it out loud to the other. Smiling at his words, you had no problem at all reciprocating his feelings.
“I love you too Mark,” you said as you launched yourself forward to give him a hug and a peck on the lips.
“Aww, you guys are so cute!” Jeno said as he made kissy faces at the two of you. “You know, hyung has been telling us all how much he loves you and how he couldn’t wait to tell you.”
“He isn’t wrong,” Mark smiled at your obviously ecstatic expression. “Actually, I was planning to tell you when I got back to the dorm but well… We all know what happened.”
The three of you laughed at how Mark’s hissy fit had foiled his own plan. The good news was that it had all worked itself out, and in the end he still got to say those three words that the two of you had been secretly wanting to exchange for ages.
“It’s okay Mark. The point is you still got to say it.”
“I could have told you sooner if I wasn’t acting like such an idiot earlier.” Mark hung his head in shame.
You gently placed your hand underneath his chin, lifting his head up and making him look at you.
“You still got to say it Mark. You know what they say. Better late than never.”
And with that, the three of you made your way to the couch to watch another movie – together.
“So what should we watch guys?” Mark asked as he leaned his head on your shoulder.
“I’m fine with anything, as long as noona doesn’t ruin it and start another pillow fight,” Jeno said.
The three of you laughed and settled into the couch. With the earlier argument already forgotten, you were eady to spend time together and give Mark the relaxation he deserved.
YOU GUYS. I haven’t posted in so long omg. I think it’s been almost two months since I’ve posted a fic. I’m sorry I’ve been so inactive. This summer has been kind of difficult for me so far, and as a result I wasn’t really in the mood to write. But for some reason I decided to sit down and finish this fic! Hopefully I can continue to post more regularly now. For those who have sent in requests, I will get around to doing them soon! Thank you guys for your continued support, and for the awesome people who followed me even when I wasn’t posting. I love you guys!!