Masquerade III: The Rules of the Game – Part 3 (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
“I don’t understand why I have to do what you want me to do when I don’t want to do it.” Jungkook huffed. “We’ve been through this already. I already went to school for business and hated it, but you told me you’d leave me alone if I graduated with that degree. Now you’ve been sticking me here and there to become CEO or something or other.”
"Son, your mom and I just want you to have a stable and safe job.“
"Yeah, but it’s not making me happy. Sitting down, staring at papers with a bunch of numbers, talking to people all day about money matters and such…it’s not me. I understand where you and mom are coming from…but I want to be and am a cop.”
"Last one, Jungkook. Just go to this company, check it out, and try to actually do the work. Please. If it’s really not where you want to be, I’ll accept that, but I want you to try to get hands on experience. It’s different than learning in school, you might enjoy it.“
Jungkook exhaled. "How is this different than any of the other companies you tried to stick me in?”
"Well one of the CEOs in this company worked on the merger of our company with theirs, and from the Chairman’s grandson, CEO Min, I’ve heard that that same CEO has a bit of an edge, like you do. I figured you disliked all the upstanding CEOs I’ve had you meet before, so maybe you’d actually get along with this one.“ Jungkook’s father pleaded. "Please, just go meet them. I have a good feeling about this branch.”
Jungkook shut his eyes, “Alright. But this is the last one. I’m only going to go meet the CEOs and check out the company. If I don’t like them, that’s it.”
"Fine. But if you like them, please give it a shot. I just don’t want you to miss an opportunity because you misjudged the business world.“
"You say ‘stable’ job…but look at where our company is.” Jungkook sighed.
"It’s progress and advancement. A long term investment.“
"Alright, I’ll give it a shot. But don’t send anyone unnecessary to accompany me. I’ll be there.” Jungkook huffed.
The next day, however, he groaned as he found that his father had hired someone to take him to the building, regardless of his warning.
"He never listens to me.“ Jungkook mumbled under his breath as he tightened his tie, and headed out of his apartment.
When he stepped foot into the company building, he was surprised to find that he had arrived earlier than any of the workers.
"Huh. Late start? Alright…not bad.” he hummed as he positioned himself inside an empty room that had a good view of the entrance into the office.
He yawned as he glanced at his watch. He would wait an hour at most then tell his father that he had tried to make this company work, but he didn’t like it. Suddenly though, a familiar voice snapped his eyes up towards the little window of the door.
"I swear Hoseok. If it’s a dude, they could care less about having a crappy bouquet of flowers!“ Jimin complained.
"I like flowers!” Hoseok frowned. “The flowers are for me! Leave them alone! What did they do to you?”
"I’m just saying, don’t be so uptight just cause some hotshot is coming to visit us. We are the Seoul branch, one of the best in the company. Just be natural cause then they might think we’re doing something illegal.“ Jimin explained.
"The only thing illegal here is you, Jimin.” Hoseok wagged his finger.
Jimin snorted. “What does that even mean? Am I illegal cause I’m just so damn handsome and attractive? Oh come on, Hoseok. Jealousy is unbecoming.”
"Why, you little–“
"Mr. Jung, Mr. Park. Good morning.”
Jungkook choked on his water as you appeared behind the two.
"Y/N! My beautiful little intern!“ Jimin outstretched his arms welcomingly, but you walked around him nonchalantly.
"Thank you, Mr. Park.”
Hoseok cackled and stuck his tongue out at Jimin, who was pouting at your rejection of his affection.
"Did my girlfriend say anything when you picked up coffee from her?“ Jimin jumped next to you and threw an arm around your shoulder. "I made her breakfast this morning!”
"Nothing out of the usual.“ You shrugged then paused, making Jimin perk up expectantly. "Oh she did say to make sure you behave today. But then again, when do you behave?”
Jungkook chuckled at your comment and was amused at your natural interaction with the two. To think that you and Red Mask of all people would work at the same company branch, the same branch that was going to be his ticket to freedom from his parents’ constant nagging. He grinned as a brilliant plan formed inside his mind.
Turning around to his father’s hired assistant, he beckoned him closer, “Come here, I’m going to give you very detailed instructions for my grand entrance.”
And so, Jungkook found himself beaming happily at yours and Jimin’s stunned expressions as he stood before you two.
"The name’s Jeon Jungkook– the Jeon & Jeon’s son company heir. I’m looking forward to working with you all.“
"You’ve got to be kidding me.” Jimin laughed. “Jungkook?! What?”
Jungkook giggled. “Hyung!”
"Jungkook!“ Jimin lunged at the younger man warmly.
You, Hoseok, and Silver glanced at each other in confusion.
"Oh, I know Jungkook from my other job.” Jimin winked at Hoseok, and that vague comment seemed to have turned a light bulb on in Hoseok and Silver’s minds because they both went, “Oh. Ohhhhh!”.
All the while you remained puzzled at this mysterious connection that Jungkook, the cop, had to one of your bosses.
"Okay, how about we step into our office and we can discuss your position and such?“ Jimin gestured towards the office door. "Y/N, come too.”
Jungkook smiled shyly and bowed towards you. “Hello.”
"If I didn’t know better, I’d say you were following me.“ You chuckled.
Jungkook blushed. "Wh-what…”
You raised an eyebrow at his change of personality again. “I hope the 2 gallons of milk you carried home were sufficient for you.”
"Oh.“ he laughed nervously. "Y-yeah. It was good.”
You chuckled then spotted Jimin eye-ing the two of you with a creepy grin on his face.
"Mr. Park, stop being creepy.“ You rolled your eyes and opened his office door.
Jimin laughed. "Sorry, I just didn’t know you two knew each other.”
"And I, you.“ You shrugged as you sat on top of Jimin’s desk whimsically.
"How do you know each other?” Jimin urged. “Is he that one you’re –”
"He’s the cop that told me I didn’t have any appeal.“ You answered bluntly.
Jungkook choked on his own saliva at the comment, while Jimin and Hoseok’s eyes widened.
"Him??” Jimin pointed then glanced at Jungkook. “He said WHAT?”
Jungkook looked away from Jimin sheepishly.
After staring at Jungkook curiously for a few seconds, Jimin chuckled. “Alright then, I believe official introductions are in order. I’m CEO Park Jimin of the Seoul branch.”
"I’m CEO Jung Hoseok.“ Hoseok smiled in his chair, while Jimin leaned against Hoseok’s table.
"I’m their intern, Y/N.” You waved coolly from Jimin’s desk on the other side.
Jungkook bowed and handed Jimin a folder. “I’m Jeon Jungkook. Please take care of me.”
"That goes to Y/N.“ Jimin pointed playfully.
You rolled your eyes. "No it doesn’t, Mr. Park.”
Jungkook stood awkwardly in the middle, unsure of whom to give the folder to.
Hoseok sighed and outstretched his hand. “Sorry about that. I’m the more level headed one around here. I’ll take a look at your papers.”
"Except when he’s hungry. He’s like the Hulk.“ Jimin whispered.
"Well you had decent grades in business school and graduated with a degree from a great university. Plus you’re the heir of a pretty well-known brand name company. I don’t see how we can turn you down.” Hoseok smiled as he sifted through the papers. “It says here that your father wants you to start at the intern level?”
"Oh, well you see. When I graduated, I became a cop.“ Jungkook chuckled as he scratched the back of his head. "He wants me to start from the fundamentals and give business a chance.”
"I heard you gave other companies trouble, punk.“ Jimin cackled.
"Well you know I’m a bit hard to tame.” Jungkook bantered.
"Heyy.“ Jimin grinned and they bumped their fists together happily.
Hoseok cleared his throat and glared at Jimin. "Well, I’m honored you chose our company to cooperate with.”
"As soon as I saw Jimin–uh sorry, Mr. Park– I knew it was a good company.“
Jimin pushed Jungkook. "Oh stop… Keep complimenting me.”
You and Hoseok rolled your eyes.
"Please don’t feed his ego, Jungkook.“ You commented and you saw him flinch a little, as if he had forgotten you were in the room.
"Anyways, since you’ll be an intern with us from now on, Y/N can show you the cubicle you two will be in. She’ll give you a little orientation and show you how to do some of the tasks she’s in charge of.” Hoseok instructed.
Jungkook nodded as you hopped off Jimin’s desk.
"I’ll tidy his cubicle up a bit then. Carry on.“
As soon as you stepped out of the room, Jungkook visibly relaxed. Jimin caught his diffused tension and his mind began brewing with plots and plans for the two of you. He had found his new source of entertainment in his workplace.
"Oh!” Jimin clapped his hands and pointed towards Hoseok. “Now that we’re alone, I can officially introduce you. This was my partner in crime back in the day, Black Mask J-Hope.”
Jungkook’s eyes widened and he gasped. Suddenly, he rushed towards Hoseok and shook his hand fervently.
"Oh my goodness! You’re one of the Masquerade legends!! The gentleman personas look up to you so much! No one knows about the woman who locked you down though so we’re all curious! I’m so happy to be working under both of you. This is such a dream come true! I’ve always wanted to meet the man who kept on par with Red Mask.“
Hoseok fought back a smile, but to no avail. He scoffed lightly then ended up grinning widely. "Oh well, you know. He’s the one that had to keep up with me.”
"No way, you graduated earlier than I did!“ Jimin complained.
Suddenly, a knock was heard at the door.
"Yes?” Jimin called out.
"You done? We have a meeting to go to.“ Silver called out.
"That’s his girlfriend.” Jimin elbowed Jungkook and winked. “And the only woman to have shared two legends at Masquerade.”
Jungkook’s eyes widened in awe even more.
"But sadly, she doesn’t dress as sexily anymore.“ Jimin sighed. "Such a shame.”
Hoseok smacked him in the back of the head. “That’s my girlfriend. She doesn’t need to dress like that, since she’s beautiful regardless.”
Jimin gagged at the comment as Hoseok opened the door. Jungkook smiled as he watched Hoseok ruffle Silver’s hair playfully.
"So you and Y/N, huh?“ Jimin raised his eyebrows suggestively.
Jungkook turned red and waved his hands. "Oh no no. Definitely not.”
Jimin smirked. “You know, my young grasshopper, when guys say someone has no appeal that usually means they were so appealing that the guy just doesn’t want to admit it out loud.”
"She couldn’t act cute or anything! She argued with me about my judgment!“ Jungkook complained. "There’s no way.”
"Maybe that’s what you’re into.“ Jimin winked. "Rule #7: Do you before you do them.”
Jungkook blushed and recited softly, “Know your own kinks and how to get yourself off before you try to get off other people.”
"Good boy.“ Jimin cooed and patted his head. "Now, make a left and you’ll see Y/N at the first cubicle. She’ll teach you a few things.”
Jimin slapped Jungkook’s butt before exiting the room. “Welcome to the team, Jungkook.”
Jungkook smiled, “Good to be learning from you again, Mr. Park.”
Jimin smirked and disappeared.
You were standing on your wheelie chair, trying to put away old binders at the very top shelf when Jungkook stepped into view. You were bending down with your skirt and spotted him hurriedly turn around.
You chuckled. “Was that appealing to you, Mr. Jeon?”
"I-I don’t know what you’re talking about.“ he muttered, averting his eyes upwards.
You tried to step off the wheelchair, but it was a bit unsteady so you faltered. In no time though, Jungkook was in front of you, lifting you up by your waist with ease so that your feet were no longer touching the chair. You two blinked at each other in surprise. Very slowly, he put you back down on the ground then took three steps away from you.
"Thanks.” You smiled nonchalantly.
"No problem.“ Jungkook mumbled.
"Okay, anyway. We have the largest cubicle in the office because it fits two people back to back. So here’s your space behind me. That’s your desktop. You’re welcome to decorate it with pictures of family, your pets, your girlfriend–”
"I don’t have a girlfriend.“ Jungkook blurted out.
You blinked, a bit flustered. "Oh, okay. Well um – well anyway, you can decorate however you want.”
Jungkook nodded sheepishly.
You coughed to regain your composure. “Things are pretty lax here. As you probably saw, we trickle in whenever we want as long as we get our work done and get our 40 hours a week. All workers here are split up under Mr. Jung and Mr. Park just for checking in and management purposes. Those under Mr. Park are held on very, very loose reigns so their schedules are flexible and he’s only concerned about the quality of their work and the positive results. Things such as time constraints and a constant schedule isn’t his priority. While those under Mr. Jung’s care usually do have to report to him if they are going to be working less hours a certain day and what they are projected to complete by a certain date. He likes to know things ahead of time so he can set realistic expectations and make sure everything’s running smoothly.”
Jungkook smiled. “Which are you under?”
"I’m under both.“ You chuckled. "I think you’ll be the same as well. I typically follow Mr. Jung in the mornings and Mr. Park in the afternoons. I’m not sure what their plans are for you just yet, seeing as how you were a bit…unexpected?”
Jungkook chuckled. “Yeah, this was unexpected for me too.”
"Well, I look forward to working with you too.“ You extended your hand out.
Jungkook stared at it widely. "Um, yeah. You too.”
He shook your hand lightly.
"You aren’t going to fracture my hand. You can grip it a bit tighter.“ You laughed.
"Oh, right.” he laughed nervously and squeezed your hand.
"Ow!“ You winced and he panicked.
You chuckled. “I’m just kidding.”
Jungkook exhaled. “You’re really something.”
You grinned. “I enjoy learning, so people say I’m a walking encyclopedia at times, but since your comment, I’ve been trying to develop some charming points.”
Jungkook glanced at you amused.
"Still not working?“ You questioned.
He scrunched his face playfully and shook his head.
"Well, life’s a process.” You shrugged. “Let’s go get your ID for now. You need to scan that ID when you’re walking around the building. Don’t lose it, and don’t get caught not wearing it.”
"By Mr. Park. He likes to taunt workers who forget their IDs and he doesn’t help them get back in.”
Jungkook snorted. “I could see that.”
"Right here.“ You pointed, your arm crossing in front of his body. He froze where he was so your arm didn’t touch him. You looked at him curiously then stepped into the room first. "Good morning! I have a new intern here with me who needs an ID.”
The woman behind the desk perked up when her eyes landed on Jungkook. She pulled the phone away from her ear. “Well helloooo~ ” Then she rushed. “Hold on honey, I’m going to have to call you back, Adonis just stepped into my office.”
Jungkook bowed shyly. The woman stood up and grabbed his shoulders aggressively.
"Wow, muscular, tall, chiseled jaw…damn.“ she whispered. "You single?”
"He says he has no girlfriend.“ You chimed in.
Jungkook glared at you and you shrugged, enjoying his visible discomfort.
"What’s your name, hot stuff?”
"Like this?” The woman turned her desktop screen so he could check her spelling.
"Okay, stand right over there behind the white screen and give me your most charming smile.” she instructed.
"Um sure…“ Jungkook awkwardly walked over and posed stiffly.
"Ooo boy, you could be a model or something. Damn, I want to print this on poster paper and hang it up in my office.”
Jungkook laughed nervously.
"You like?“ the woman showed him his new ID photo and he nodded.
"Printing. You lookin’ for a girlfriend, Jungkook?” she questioned.
"Uh no not at the moment.“ he answered timidly.
"Well call me if you are. I’m available.” she winked.
"Oh haha.“ Jungkook smiled wryly and stepped back a little.
"Here’s your badge.”
"See ya later!” You waved, highly amused by what you had witnessed.
"Stop by often, Jungkook!“
Jungkook bowed and shuffled away, closer to you.
"Most women here are looking for a little bit of action, so you’ll get a lot of that.” You stated. “Back in the day they pined after Mr. Park, but then his girlfriend came to surprise him one day and they all knew it was game over. But I guess you already know she’s very beautiful. Anyway, seeing as how you’re the first attractive single man we’ve had in awhile, they’ll be attacking you.”
Jungkook perked up. “You think I’m attractive?”
You ignored his question, trying not to look flustered by your slip of tongue, and continued walking, pointing out where places were in the building and in the office, until you both were finally back to your cubicle.
"Well that’s it for the tour. You’ll get lost often, but don’t hesitate to ask me to lead you around.“ You smiled. "Now have a seat and I’ll show you how to log in to the system.”
Jungkook nodded and sat in his wheelie chair. You hovered over his shoulder, leaning close to him, and he tensed up.
"Silver, that’s the secretary and Mr. Jung’s girlfriend, already put your name in the system. So when you first come in, type in your username which is 'JeonJ’. Temp password is password1.“ You instructed.
Jungkook felt himself inching away as much as he could from your proximity. You were too close and he wasn’t sure what to do with himself. You misinterpreted his hesitancy though and moved behind him.
"Here, let me show you.” You wrapped your arms around his shoulders and started typing on the keyboard.
He straightened up so that your chest wasn’t touching his back, but your face was still close to his. His heart was racing and he felt himself sweating instantaneously.
Suddenly, the sound of slow clapping broke you two apart. Curiously, you both turned to find Jimin grinning widely in front of your cubicle.
"I like what I’m seeing here. Good job making moves first, Y/N.“
You rolled your eyes. "I’m helping him log in.”
"Logging in is how everything starts.“ Jimin smirked wittily.
"Oh dear.” You exhaled and turned to Jungkook. “Was he also like this in your other job?”
"Yeah.“ Jungkook smiled, feeling refreshed now that you were a good distance from him.
"Consistency is key.” Jimin chuckled. “Hoseok needs you Y/N, so I’ll take over his training for now.”
"Sure thing.“ You nodded, grabbing the pile of papers on your desk and making your way to the office.
When you disappeared, Jimin smacked Jungkook’s arm. "Why do you look like a mannequin with permanently glued terrified eyeballs? Your charisma is working even outside the Club! Rejoice!”
Jungkook groaned. “I don’t want it to work outside of the Club.”
Jimin shook his head. “Oh Jungkook. What am I going to do with you?”
"Just tell me how to do my work, hyung.“ Jungkook sighed grumpily.
"Hey.” You tapped Jungkook’s shoulders since he had earphones in while he was entering data.
He flinched and spun around, surprised. “Y-yes?”
"Lunch time. Want me to show you the cafeteria?“
"Oh. Yes, please.” Jungkook pulled out his earphones and put his desktop on sleep.
"Some people go to the rooftop for lunch, but most stay in the canteen. I’ll show you both and you can choose whichever you prefer.“
"Where do you usually eat?” Jungkook asked.
"Mmm the rooftop if it’s not occupied.“ You chuckled.
"Well…you know…people use it to do things in between or during breaks.“ You shrugged.
Jungkook blushed. "Oh… have you…ever…”
You glanced at him. “Do you want to?”
"I didn’t mean us! I didn’t–“
You chuckled. "I’m joking, Jungkook.”
"Guess I still need to work on my humor. Maybe it’s cause I’m girl, it’s less funny.” You mumbled to yourself as you walked ahead.
Jungkook chuckled as he followed you.
That weekend, you grinned widely as you found yourself entering the cafe and luckily, there was no line. There was only one tall gentleman in front of you who was amiably conversing with the Receptionist. Probably another one of the regulars.
"Oh, let me take your order. I didn’t even see you there!“ the Receptionist soon noticed you and beamed.
The man stepped to the side politely and you came up to the cash register.
"The usual weekend drink?” she grinned.
"How are you today, Y/N?”
"You’re not working today right?”
"No, just up and about.“ You smiled.
"Good. I know you work too much.” The Receptionist chuckled. “Will it be cash or card today?”
"I’ll pay for her drink.“
Suddenly, the man who was standing beside you extended his arm and handed the Receptionist her card. Your eyes widened, immediately recognizing the voice. Glancing to your side, you locked eyes with him.
"Long time, no see, Y/N.”
"Namjoon.“ You smiled.
"You two know each other?” The Receptionist took his card and swiped it.
"Oh wait! No, I can –“ You panicked, but Namjoon placed his hand on top of your head gently.
"Don’t worry, Y/N. Think of it as a reunion gift.” he chuckled.
You exhaled and looked up at him. “I can’t believe you’re here! Wait- why’re you here?”
"I’m traveling around again, but I needed to check on a few things in the area, so I’m staying here for awhile.“
The Receptionist grinned and handed him his card. "Here you go, Joon.”
"Thanks.“ Then he turned to you with a warm smile. "If you’re not busy…do you want to grab a seat and catch up?”
You perked up and nodded eagerly. “Yes, I’d like that.”
"Great.“ he chuckled then gestured with his head. "Let’s go?”
You giggled as you watched him lead the way to a free corner, bumping into tables and chairs clumsily on the way there.
"Still don’t know your body too well, huh?“ You teased as he finally sat down by the window.
"I’m working on it.” he grinned then leaned his cheek into his palm cutely. “What’re you doing here? I didn’t expect you to turn up here of all places.”
You giggled. “I’m finishing up school here and I have an internship with a nearby company.”
"Just down the street.” You pointed to your clearly visible building with the company name at the top. “You’ve probably heard of it.”
Namjoon chuckled, “A bit. I didn’t know they took interns.”
You shrugged, “Me neither.”
"Namjoon. Y/N. Order’s up!“
Namjoon stood up hurriedly, knocking down his chair in the process. You laughed and waved your hand.
"Please, stay seated for the good of this cafe.” You teased. “I’ll go get our orders.”
"No, I can’t have a lady get the drinks. They should wait for the man to do it.“
You smiled warmly, "Since when have I been a lady like that?”
Namjoon chuckled as you hurried off to grab the drinks. Upon your return, you spotted that his attention had been drawn outside the window. His eyes were glazed over, signaling that he was already deep in thought; a look that you had seen many times before. And so, you quietly placed the drinks down and took a glance outside too, waiting for him to finish his process.
"Oh sorry! I’m being rude.“ he flustered.
You smiled and shook your head. "I’m used to it. I used to sit in silence with you all the time, remember?”
He nodded. “Of course I remember. I enjoyed those moments. Do you still read often?”
"Not since I started my internship. Unless you count textbooks…which I don’t.“ You hummed. "But I really would like to go back to it, once I adjust really well to my workload.”
"There’s a really nice little hidden bookstore that I found the other day. I’ll show you it one day.“
You blushed. "I’d like that. How long will you be in this place for?”
"Hmm it depends on a few things. Now that I know you’re here too, I might stay a bit longer.“ he grinned.
You smiled shyly.
"You’ve definitely grown up, Y/N.”
You could feel Namjoon’s lingering gaze on you, and you would be lying if your heart didn’t flutter at the feeling that he might be finding you attractive at the moment.
"Well it’s been a few years since we last saw each other.“
"That’s true. You’re working now and a university student. Wahhh…” he marveled. “In Seoul no less.”
"How long exactly can you travel for? Have you been traveling this whole time?“ You chuckled. "Do you even work?”
Namjoon laughed, “Well when I saw you, that was a spontaneous 2 week of PTO to get away, but now I’m travelling around for longer before I settle into a really big job.”
“Congratulations.” You grinned. “Knowing you, I’m sure you’ll be fantastic at it.”
"You flatter me.“ Namjoon took a sip to hide his smile, but you knew better. You knew his face read that he was grateful and shy about your compliment.
But what you weren’t sure about, what you were never sure about was how long he would be in front of you. So you decided to seize the moment.
"Want to come take a look at my apartment?” You questioned nonchalantly. “I can cook dinner for us.”
His eyes widened, probably not expecting that invitation in the least. “I wouldn’t be intruding?”
You laughed, “I live by myself. You wouldn’t be.”
"Anybody you should ask permission to first?“
"If that’s your way of asking if I have a boyfriend, my answer is that I don’t have one.” You smiled.
"Good.“ Namjoon genuinely smiled and you found yourself melting at the way he looked so happy to hear that you were single. But you had to pop your own bubble to bring yourself back to reality. This didn’t mean he liked you in any way, shape, or form.
"You still don’t drive right?” You giggled when he immediately looked sheepish. “For the good of the nation?”
"Yeah, I still don’t drive…“
"Good. I brought my car so I’ll drive you around.” You grinned.
"Oh? You even drive now. Wahhh…you’ve become a grown woman, Y/N. I’m impressed.“
"I’ve always been a mature woman, Kim Namjoon.” You flirtatiously smirked as you stood up.
"I’ll be in your care today then Y/N.“ he bowed playfully and followed you out.
In the car, you let Namjoon chat away while you drove. He put on his music and talked about which ones he liked and which ones he didn’t. He discussed places he had been to since you had last seen each other, and what books he had been reading lately. He also had taken up learning a few languages in his leisure.
As always, Namjoon was someone you aspired to be. Intelligent, constantly curious, constantly improving and evolving, constantly seeing the world as a bundle of opportunity for learning experiences. Something more than a place to live, to make money, to build relationships.
No, he didn’t just merely exist in the realm of society, carried off by the crowd. He walked in every possible direction on the sidewalk to figure out why it was that people naturally created two lanes. Why did it have to be veer to your right if you’re walking in one direction? What would happen if someone defied that standard? How would people react?
He lived. He was the living embodiment of someone who worked hard to live and actually lived.
While many worked to live, most spent their time pushing living their lives to that concept of "later”. You’ve heard countless people say “I’ll save that money for that trip I want to go to, later.”; “Later in my life, I’ll be more free so that I can use my money how I want to.”, etc. But what many failed to understand is that this “later” they always continued to refer to, wasn’t a destination, it wasn’t even a real time; it is a perpetually elusive concept, because when “later” comes, it isn’t “later” at that point in time, it has already become “the now”, “the present”, and in a blink of an eye, it becomes “the past”. This construct of “later”, it only exists in our mindsets; it is a place holder of a millisecond of time that gives us something to work towards. But if not clearly defined by the constraints of month, date, and year, it disappears into the abyss, never to come to fruition.
Namjoon seized the moments. If he wanted to go some place to see how the sky looked in that location, he would hop on a train that weekend and go see it. With him, the possibilities of life were endless. The only thing constricting and containing us inside a box is ourselves, our fear of taking risks, our fear of being disappointed. But if we took each hit in stride, taking it as if it was an experience that happened for a reason, then those expectations and fears would dissipate. If you expect to learn and experience things each morning, no matter what shape or form they took, you would never feel disappointed in your life.
That was Namjoon. Deep, philosophical, unique. With a beautiful mind that opened your eyes to the wonders of the world. It made you feel small yet so empowered at the same time.
"Y/N. What’re you thinking about?“ his deep voice reverberated in your mind and sent chills down your spine, pulling you out of your thoughts.
"Sorry.” You smiled shyly. “Just how coincidental it was that we bumped into each other…and how I missed hearing about your thoughts.”
He grinned brightly. “You’re still as candid as ever.”
"No point in being anything else but.“ You shrugged.
"I like that about you though.” he complimented.
"And I don’t think it was coincidental.“ he hummed. "I think something like this was the work of fate.”
And just like that, you were pulled back into his gravity, like you had been so many years ago.
You shyly allowed Namjoon to step into your apartment, silently praising yourself for cleaning up the night before, just because. Was that fate as well? You shook your head before you fell deeper into your thoughts again.
"Are you craving anything?“
"I eat whatever.” Namjoon shrugged.
"Have a seat and make yourself comfortable. I’ll start cooking.“
"You sure you don’t need my help?” He followed you into the kitchen and gently touched your waist. “I can at least wash the ingredients without breaking them.”
You giggled to cover up how strongly your heart was hammering in your chest at his light touch. “Alright then. It’s a big task, but I’m entrusting it to you.”
"Yes, ma'am.“ Namjoon grinned.
"So…Jungkook is actually rich too…the heir of a BIG company…and he is now YOUR intern?” The Receptionist gawked at Jimin.
"And Jungkook knows Y/N too because he pulled her over and bumped into her a couple of times around town?” The Receptionist stared at her boyfriend. “And also…”
"Also?“ Jimin raised an eyebrow.
She shook her head, "No, never mind. It’s just crazy how connected everyone is.”
"It’s nothing.” she smiled.
"Oh come on! Stop keeping all the secrets! I won’t tell anyone!“
She rolled her eyes. "No. We’ve been through this. You always tell Hoseok who then tells Silver and then at that point, I’m breaking my contract of keeping privacy. I’m not losing my job just because you can’t keep your mouth shut.”
"But Hoseok isn’t just anyone!“ Jimin complained.
"Exactly why I’m just keeping my mouth shut. Now go do dishes! I have to get ready for my Burlesque performance.”
"Come home with your costume again.“ Jimin smirked then kissed her on cheek as he took the dishes away from the table.
"I’ll just surprise you with what I come home wearing.” she winked. “Or not wearing.”
Jimin chuckled, “Oh goodness. Keep talking like that and you won’t make it to your show tonight.”
"Why? Have I been a…bad girl?“ She smirked as she hugged him from behind while he started washing the dishes.
Jimin splashed soapy water on her face playfully. "Go get ready for your show. I’ll deal with your antics later tonight.”
"You’re no fun.“ She teased.
"You won’t be saying that later.” Jimin cocked an eyebrow up.
"We’ll see ~“ his girlfriend hummed as she disappeared into their bedroom.
"Thanks for the meal. Wahh…” Namjoon clapped. “That was fantastic.”
You grinned, watching him with admiration. “Probably cause you lack culinary skills and have to eat out all that time.”
Namjoon huffed. “Not everyone can be perfect. I’m good at a lot of other things. Other than cooking and driving…I’m eclectic!”
"And walking apparently.“ You teased.
"Well, that…things just get in my way.” he chuckled.
You giggled then paused. “Did you just say you were eclectic?”
Namjoon blinked. “Yeah?”
"Stay still for a sec.“ You leaned over the table and pulled down his shirt to stare at his collar bones and neck.
"Um Y/N…what’re you doing?”
Your eyes widened a bit. “I’m so dumb.”
You laughed, "Can I ask you something?”
"Sure. If you stop staring at my neck…“ Namjoon tilted his head.
You pulled your hand away and sat back down. "Have you heard of Club Masquerade?”
You smiled and bluntly asked, "Are you Mon?”
There was a few minutes of silence as the two of you stared at each other. He was probably trying to figure out how you had come to that conclusion, while you were waiting for him to reply.
"And if I say I am?“ he finally stated.
You chuckled, "It seems you’ve met your only client in person.”
Namjoon blinked then gasped, finally recognizing your voice from the Club.
"I thought your voice was just familiar because we’ve known each other.“ he covered his mouth with his hand. "Oh…wow.”
You two awkwardly looked around the apartment.
"So…“ you started. "I do have to commend you on your um…prowess in that area.”
Namjoon coughed, “Thanks.”
"What were you doing there though?“ You questioned.
"I was dropping off trials of a new product for the Club. It’s a chip that can be installed into the host’s masks to alter their voices. I actually used it on you…so how did you figure out…” he scratched his head.
"Your neck moles.“ You blushed, hoping he didn’t find you creepy. "Plus your voice was similar the very first time I met you…you probably didn’t implant the chip when we first met right? Plus you didn’t alter your voice too much the second time.”
"Well, I didn’t want you thinking I was a completely different person.“ Namjoon chuckled. "Wow. This is crazy. You’ve always been sharp.”
You grinned. “Well I guess I’m glad it was you.”
Namjoon glanced your way and you two locked eyes. He smiled.
"I’m glad it was you too.“
You two ended up catching up the rest of the day. You told him about your university and any stories of back home that you could recall. He showed you pictures on his phone of his travels and where he would like to go next. It wasn’t until the sun set and you two were covered in the dim darkness of the room that you two realized how late it was.
"Oh wow. It’s this late now, huh?” Namjoon exhaled.
"Stay over.“ You blurted out in the darkness.
You could feel his warmth beside you on the couch. Progressively, your bodies had been inching closer and closer as the conversation continued, until your shoulders were touching.
"Sure.” he answered lightly. “If you don’t mind me.”
"I don’t mind at all.“ You smiled. "Let me go turn on the light.”
"Sure. Be careful.“
"Oh…before I do.” Your heart was beating wildly. The thought had been pestering you since Namjoon had confirmed that he was Mon. The more you thought about it, the more you wanted to spill your idea, but the sheer shame of him rejecting it created fear inside you.
"What’s on your mind?“ Namjoon reached out, trying to feel out for your face.
When he found it, your hand covered his warmly.
"Can you…teach me?” You finally stated.
"Teach you what?“
"How to be good…in um…bed…and romance…dating in general.” You mumbled, but in the silence, it felt like you were screaming.
"Cause I’d really like to learn! And well, I think logically, hands-on experience is usually best so…” You swallowed worriedly.
Suddenly, you felt another hand cup your cheek and slowly, you felt yourself being pulled forward until your lips finally made contact with his. Your body was electrified and he kissed you fervently, enough to take your breath away.
When you were younger, you had envisioned kissing Namjoon countless of times, but reality defied all your daydreams. His lips were soft and plush, gentle and rough alternatively. And the fact that when you opened your eyes, you weren’t staring at your ceiling or your pillows like before, but at the man himself, made it all the more fantastic. The kissing grew to be more heated, so much so that you were now pushed down on your back on your couch. Namjoon was hovering over you, never disconnecting your lips. Not until, he finally answered you with his breath ghosting over your ignited face.
"I’ll teach you.“
When the new week rolled by, you returned to work and found yourself spending time training Jungkook for most of the days. It was definitely nice having company in your cubicle and splitting the work between each other. Things got done faster, plus once he got into a rhythm with his paperwork, he would hum a tune angelically. It was a nice change of pace to the silence you were always in. And soon, you brought in your own earphones too.
"Um uh…” Jungkook hesitated as he stood behind you, trying to figure out how to get your attention. He stiffly and cautiously moved his index finger closer to your shoulder then immediately pulled back before he could touch you. With a deep breath, he tried his other hand but he still couldn’t bring himself to tap your shoulder.
"Y/N. Jungkook!“ Jimin appeared and Jungkook immediately stumbled away from you, flustered.
Jimin raised an eyebrow at him and you pulled your earphones out curiously.
"Yes, Mr. Park?”
"We’re staying overtime today so can you two pick up coffees from the cafe for me, Silver, and Hoseok. Oh, and get yourselves something too.“ Jimin handed you his card. "Oh and grab some pastries and take out while you’re out.”
"Sure thing.“ You grabbed the card then turned to Jungkook who was still pinned to the counter nervously. "You okay?”
He nodded. “Y-yeah…”
"Have fun!“ Jimin winked and disappeared.
"Did you drive or did your father’s men drive you?”
"I drove, but I don’t want to take my car out…it’s in one of those tiny spots. It was a pain to park.“ he huffed.
You laughed and threw him your car keys. Reflexively, he caught it with one hand, which impressed you.
"You drive my car then. I’m feeling a bit sleepy so it’d be unsafe. Plus you know all about traffic laws and such, who knows if you’ll arrest me for speeding while I’m in the car with you.” You rambled.
Jungkook snorted. “I’m off duty.”
"Still a cop.“ You shrugged. "Let’s go.”
You two hopped into your car and drove to the cafe down the street.
"So is your unit okay with you working a different job all of a sudden?“ You questioned. You had been curious about Jungkook for awhile now since his whole situation was unique. You often wondered how he ended up being a cop when he was a company’s heir. It seemed illogical.
"Yeah, it’s happened often since my dad’s been trying to pressure me to get into business. Plus everyone knows my background at the police academy. Everyone needs to go through a scrutinizing background check before being accepted. Can’t have past criminals being the police force.” He replied.
"And why did you want to be a cop instead of inheriting the company?“
"Mm…no offense, but I don’t find an office job very exciting. I’m someone who’s very physical and likes moving my body. I love doing extreme sports and challenging myself physically. It’s what excites me, and I don’t want to be bound to a desk, staring at numbers for more than half my day. It’s my life so I want to do something that makes me happy. Something that makes me enjoy waking up early and staying up at night. Being a cop is that for me.”
You smiled at him warmly and he stepped away, a bit creeped out.
"What? Why’re you smiling like that?“
"No. I just didn’t think you had a sentimental and deep side.” You shrugged.
He rolled his eyes. “You need to get over that ticket I gave you.”
"I’m over the ticket, but your harsh words, I will probably never get over.“
"I heard you two are working together now.” The Receptionist handed them their orders. “Must be nice. I wish I worked with my close friends.”
"You could always join the company, Noona. I’m sure hyung can pull some strings.“ Jungkook grinned.
"No thanks. I already have one desk job, I don’t need another one.”
"See, you understand me Noona.“
"Oh Y/N. Joon’s over there reading if you wanted to go say hi.” The Receptionist pointed out.
Immediately, you perked up and turned around. Sure enough, Namjoon was sitting by the window, calmly reading a book with a serious expression. Hurriedly, you scurried over to him and tapped his shoulder.
Namjoon glanced up and grinned widely, exposing his dimples. "Y/N.”
He studied your outfit curiously. “You look pretty. Are you working?”
You blushed and nodded. “Yeah.”
Jungkook appeared beside you.
"Oh Namjoon, this is the other intern Jungkook. Jungkook, Namjoon. He’s a family friend.“
Jungkook bowed. "Nice to meet you. And you have really strong looking thighs.”
You and Namjoon blinked then giggled at his comment. Jungkook blushed shyly.
"Thanks Jungkook. You’re pretty built yourself.“
"And so they’ve met in real life now too.” the Receptionist hummed as she watched the scene in front of her. “Mon, Nochu, and the client they’re sharing. Mon knows the client from the past. Nochu and the client work together, but Nochu doesn’t know Mon is Mon. Do Nochu and Mon know each other? Does the client know their identities? I wonder…”
She grinned widely to herself.
"Ahh this is so exciting! I can’t believe this is happening. It’s mind blowing! Too bad I can’t tell Jimin.“
You watched in awe as Jungkook threw his arm behind your chair to reverse out of the parking spot. His dress shirt pressed against his defined chest and his face was handsomely concentrated.
"So that guy is just your family friend?” he questioned once he got back on the road, pulling you out of your stare.
"Like what you’re seeing?” Jungkook smirked. “You were staring at me before.”
You rolled your eyes and scoffed. “Just focus on driving. You’re so weird.”
"I’m weird? You couldn’t appeal against the ticket by acting cute but when you approached this Namjoon guy you were full of cuteness and flirty-ness.“
"Was I?” You blinked.
"You didn’t know? Your voice got all high pitched like a dolphin shriek.“ Jungkook mimicked you. "And you were batting your eyes like you had something in them.”
You huffed. “I was not!”
He snorted. “Oh please. Like you could see yourself. Take my word for it. Your crush on him is so obvious.”
"It was an old crush. I haven’t seen him in years.“ You stared out your window.
"Well you could use this time to rekindle that flame.” Jungkook teased.
"Sadly, there was no flame in the past to rekindle.“
"Well, starting fresh is always good too.”
You eyed Jungkook. “You haven’t dated a lot either, have you?”
Jungkook tensed, “Wh-what? Of course I have! I mean look at me! I’m handsome!”
"Nope, guess you haven’t.“ You shrugged.
"I’ve had plenty of girlfriends for your information. Girls lined up at my locker back in school and my whole desk was always filled with gifts. I’d have dates lined up every day of the week.”
You stared at him skeptically. “Then why do you freak out whenever I touch you?”
"I do not–“
You covered his hand with yours. Hurriedly, he swerved to the side of the road in panic.
"Don’t DO that!”
"Do you have a phobia of girls? Or is it just me?“ You raised an eyebrow.
"Neither! I’m fine!” Jungkook bellowed.
"But I’ve seen you pin yourself against the wall when a female employee walks by you, and duck your head down when females approach the cubicle to ask me questions. Tell me what your problem is.“
"I don’t have a problem! I know women like the back of my hand. I can get someone off in less than 5 minutes.”
You stared at him intently.
"What?“ He furrowed his brows.
"You know, I’ve been wondering this for some time…”
"If I say, 'Nochu’…what do you think?”
Jungkook’s eyes widened and his eyeballs whizzed around anxiously. “Wh-what?”
"Let me ask you straightly then. Are you Nochu?“
Jungkook’s eyes threatened to fall out of its sockets as he stared at you in shock. "Why…?”
You exhaled, seeing that his answer confirmed your suspicions, and opened the front compartment of your car. You took out your signature mask and pulled it over your face, observing the way his face contorted to one of horror and astonishment when you did.
"Cause we know each other a lot better than we thought.“
Jungkook unbuckled his seatbelt hurriedly. "Excuse me. I have to go run away from you and probably jump into the deepest hole on Earth.”
You grabbed his shirt to pull him back into his seat, and leaned your face close to his.
"I have a proposition for you, Nochu.“
He winced at the nickname being used without his mask present.
"What’s the proposition?” he exhaled.
"I want to learn about dating. That Namjoon guy, right now we’re in some kind of mentor-student relationship, but for some reason, I want him to take me seriously and actually consider dating me. Since you’re having an awkward time around girls without the mask, and I never know how to properly appeal and flirt with guys, we can help each other. What do you think? It’s beneficial for both parties, don’t you think?“
"Are you suggesting a merger with mutual benefits and co-ownership?” Jungkook raised an eyebrow.
"Yes. Shall we create a contract?“ You smirked, going along with his banter.
"I’ll…I’ll think about it. It’s a bit overwhelming to find out someone I work with…well I’ve done things with you…”
You released your grip on him and chuckled. “It doesn’t bother me since it’s your job, and I was curious myself. It was a good transaction.”
“Wait…you knew it was me…so does that mean you like me?” Jungkook blinked at you curiously.
You glanced back at him blankly, “Well other than whatever I’m feeling for Namjoon, I can’t say that I’m exactly sure what it means to like someone…but I figured you fascinated me from the beginning.”
You two stared at each other intently.
"Well, I don’t know if you’ll be a cure to my nerves, but I guess we’ll never know unless we try.“ Jungkook exhaled. "It’s getting a bit embarrassing that I can work my way around a woman in bed, but not in any other way.”
You smiled and patted his shoulder. “We’ll get through this together, Nochu.”
Jungkook glared at you, “Don’t call me that outside of the Club.”
You grinned teasingly. “But it’s okay if we’re alone right?”
Jungkook rolled his eyes and started the car again. “I can’t believe I agreed to pretend date you.”
"Think of it as a beneficial learning experience! A training module of sorts.“
He shook his head and merged back on the road.
"Just don’t go falling in love with me.” You chuckled.
"As if.“ Jungkook rolled his eyes.
Later that day, Jungkook changed into his host outfit and snugly pulled his gold mask over his face. For some reason, your proposition made his heart feel lighter. The fact that you accepted his strange behaviors around women, and the fact that you too struggled with similar issues; he felt like a burden had been lifted from him. He wasn’t sure if it was the solution to his problems, but it definitely was better than doing nothing. Spending time with a female might ease his anxiety around others, and besides, other than the Receptionist, you were the only other woman he talked to frequently. Maybe it wasn’t so bad. Although he felt himself heat up, remembering that it was you who had given him his first blowjob ever.
"Oh my god.” he crouched down and covered his face, embarrassed.
Jungkook’s head whipped up at the sound of that name. This Mon had eluded him every single time. The man who had taken one of his clients away from him, he wanted to see exactly what he looked like with his own eyes. Jungkook rushed from the back towards the Receptionist’s desk. Panting, he finally came face to face with a tall, lean man in a deep purple mask.
Okay, he was attractive.
But his presence irked him the more he thought about how he had to share one of his customers with this mysterious person, who incidentally got perks and benefits for no reason. He felt like his title as the Golden Host and as one of the best hosts in the Club was being threatened.
"Does your mask have this chip now?” the Receptionist questioned.
"Mhm.“ Mon grinned.
"Yah.” Jungkook curtly spoke, garnering attention from both of them. “Are you Mon?”
"Nochu…“ the Receptionist frowned.
"Yes, I am. How can I help you?” Mon stood up straighter and spoke refinedly.
Jungkook faltered a little, but kept his proud stance.
"Who do you think you are? Waltzing in here like you own the place? You think you can just take and give customers as you please? You’re not even on the roster or anything. What gives you the right to take being a host so lightly?“
Mon chuckled and glanced at the Receptionist, then back at Nochu, "Kid, I do own this place.”