Love At All Ages | Hoseok
“Which one should we get?” Hoseok turned toward you, holding up two different boxes of cereal. His face held a serious expression but you couldn’t help but laugh at the question. “This is serious stuff, Y/N!”
“I like the one on the right.” You pointed toward the box, Hoseok’s face breaking out into a smile before he gently tossed it into the cart you were pushing. As he came closer to hug you, an elderly woman passed by the two of you with a fond looking smile.
“It’s always nice to see siblings getting along.” She complimented, smiling at Hoseok and you warmly. Your heart dropped a little bit, your eyes looking up to Hoseok as he awkwardly smiled at he elderly woman.
“Um, I’m sorry, ma’am. We’re not…related. She’s my girlfriend.” Hoseok gave an awkward smile as the woman immediately began to apologize. You watched his face, the uncomfortable expression making your heart ache a little as the lady explained that she thought that way because you looked so much younger. When she finally moved on, you gave a sigh and pushed the cart away from the aisle. Hoseok blinked once, hurrying to catch up with you as you rounded the corner to the next aisle. “Babe! Where are you going? I thought we were going to get pancake mix-”
“I don’t want it anymore.” You cooly answered, the mood between the two of you shifting completely as Hoseok slowed down and muttered a single ‘oh’. The two of you walked on in silence, you grabbing things off the shelves every so often to examine them before putting them back. As you looked at a random can of beans, you felt Hoseok’s arms snake around your middle. Without another thought, you pushed his arms away and pushed the cart away. “Don’t touch me, we’re in public.”
Hoseok could only frown and follow after you in confusion as the rest of the shopping trip was silent between the two of you. It wasn’t until the two of you got back to your shared apartment where Hoseok tried again, attempting to hug you from behind as you tried putting groceries away.
“Hoseok, stop. I’m busy.” Your voice was monotone as you spoke, shaking off his loose hold as you went to put more of the groceries away. As you reached to place the box of cereal up on the shelf, Hoseok took it from you, a concerned and irritated look on his face when your eyes met his. “Hoseok, stop joking around. I’m trying to put things away.”
“What’s up with you? You were all happy and joking around earlier.” Hoseok whined slightly as he handed back to the cereal box. You sighed, shaking your head as you moved on to grab another item waiting to be put away. “Babe?”
“That old lady, what she said.” You finally blurted out, one hand on your hip and the other on the counter as you turned to face him. Hoseok gave you a confused look before his face lit up before falling back into a frown.
“That we looked cute? Babe, that’s not a bad thing, you know?” He slowly asked, causing you to groan and flail your arms up in annoyance.
“No! That she thought we were related, because I look so much younger! It’s that, I’m so much younger than you.” You explained in a huff, looking down to the floor before cutting him off again as he opened his mouth to interject. “People always assume we’re related or something and I know you hate that I’m so much younger than you. It’d be better if you dated someone older than me, then you wouldn’t have to answer awkwardly and be all uncomfortable explaining I’m your girlfriend.” The silence that followed killed you, and when you glanced up, Hoseok looked deep in thought at your words.
“I don’t mind explaining that you’re not my sister, you’re just a few years younger.” He started, stepping toward you carefully to take your hands in his. “I like that you’re a few years younger, I love you, Y/N. Not anyone else.”
“No, don’t argue. It doesn’t bother me that you’re younger. It bothers me that you’re upset about it. Nothing about you could ever bother me, especially your age. I love you no matter what, Y/N.” Hoseok pulled you in for a sweet kiss, pulling away with a smile as he held you at arm’s length. “Feel better now?”
“Yes.” You smiled brightly at him, his own smile mirroring yours as he started to help put food away.
“Good, let’s hurry up and make dinner so we can watch some movies while eating.” He suggested, making you smile as you agreed and found yourself making dinner with him, falling deeper in love than before at his smile.