HELPLINE —kang taehyun smau ☆ﾟ.*･｡ﾟ
pairing: kang taehyun x reader ⊰⊹ฺ genre: fluff, angst, humor/slice of life ⊰⊹ฺ word count: 2.1k oof ⊰⊹ฺ chapter type: full text ⊰⊹ฺ chapter warning: this is purely indulgent for all the taehyun-y/n enthusiasts (also an apology chapter for being so slow with updates >.<)
GENERAL FOREWORD: I have no ill intention of romanticizing emotional manipulation. I aim to portray a story that will give awareness to these matters, as they are very much real and victims shouldn't be labeled, judged, or stigmatized. Please know that I made a thorough research prior, along with everything that I learned as a psychology major, as I was conceptualizing the story so as to give a realistic point of view.
"i can't believe you like mint chocolate", the man sitting across you frowned.
"i can't believe you don't like mint chocolate!", you retorted, balled fist on the table.
"it tastes awful."
"no, you are awful! how dare you hate on any ice cream flavor!", your brows furrowing as you stared down at him. but instead of being intimidated, taehyun’s lips slowly twisted into what seemed like he's stifling a laugh. "what?", you asked now raising an eyebrow.
"i have never seen anyone got so worked up to fight for ice cream rights", he said before fully letting out a loud laugh.
if he were a different person, you would've given him a smack in the arms for laughing at something so serious.
and yet, he wasn't.
you watched as his eyes transform into upside down crescents, head thrown back, and both of his hands clutching his stomach. you watched as the background begin to blur, the butterflies in your stomach flutter like it was their first time out of the cocoon. you watched as your anger melt into a puddle, dissolving into nothing but complete admiration for the sight in front of you.
he is beautiful. in fact, too beautiful that you thought you were in a daydream.
"it wasn't..." you started but your throat suddenly ran dry. "it wasn't like that!", you feigned.
for a second, he stopped laughing only to see your cheeks have turned brighter than they originally were. "oh god, you are so cute!", he cooed with his eye smile still visible.
it was a playful remark, perhaps he didn't really mean it in a way you like it to be. but it didn't help as the butterflies have now become more frantic.
to distract yourself, you shifted your gaze into the busy view of the amusement park outside the ice cream shop. at one point you even thought you saw someone who looked like soobin.
"you wanna go home now, cutie?", taehyun asked when he finally settled down, to which you quickly shook your head in response.
"i still want to look around", you answered honestly.
"but it's going to get dark soon. i promised yeonjun to bring you home before six."
you sighed and pouted before adjusting the strap of your sling bag. it's not everyday that you get to visit the park, all the more be alone with your long time crush, so you really want to spend the most of it.
"but we can still look around if that's what you like." his suggestion was met with glazed eyes and puppy smile from you as if it was the brightest thing he ever said the whole afternoon. you excitedly stood up and walked towards the door into the noisy park once again.
how you got into this point? you're not really sure. one moment you were having fun with your friend. and then arya had to go home because she said she was feeling sick. beomgyu soon followed saying a groupmate called him for an urgent meeting. and the rest, coming up with random excuses. it didn't really occur to you until the time yeonjun excused himself saying soobin asked for his assistance or something.
maybe this was their plan all along? knowing your friends and the stupid ideas they always come up with. though that theory would be impossible since beomgyu and soobin didn't know about your feelings for the guy nor the sunshine situation; it would just be weird for them to play along.
"look at that plushie", your got cut off from your thoughts when taehyun pointed out something in front of you.
you peered to where he was pointing and saw a weird looking koala plushie hanging under the neon sign that says 'shooting range, winner get's this'
"we should get that one!" he said dragging you towards the booth.
it took him couple tries and several charming pleading eye smiles before the old lady finally gave him the stuffed animal.
"see, i told you i'd get it!" smiling proudly as he passed the gray plushie to you.
“the target was literally at arm’s reach but it took you almost half an hour”, you teased.
"stop that, i tried hard hard so I can get this for you", he whined cutely.
if there was an option where you can pause everything and just scream in exhilaration and giddiness, you would have murdered that button by now.
"something wrong?" he asked.
"it looks weird", you commented trying to mask the blush that's starting to creep in your cheeks.
"yeah, i agree. it looks like you."
"what do—" before you can complete your sentence, he gave you a little shrug and started running away.
"yah! kang taehyun!", you shouted running after him as soon as you realized what he meant.
you circled in that small space, chasing and giggling to each other like little children. the annoyed and endeared stares from passerby didn't bother you as you're both having fun.
"hey cutie, look how beautiful the sky is’’, taehyun said as he walked you home.
you quickly glanced upwards only to see a cloudless afternoon sky, yet you agree with him. the warm orange tint complemented the varying shades of blue and purple, at some point they fused into a color you definitely have never seen before. definitely magical.
though as beautiful as it was, you can’t help but be reminded of how this day is ending soon. just like a daydream.
"it's almost blue hour", you whispered.
"what did you say?"
"did you know in japan, they have this superstition where you can apparently see the spirits at the hour when it’s neither night nor day?" your eyes still marveling at the sight beyond.
"like at this hour?", he asked.
the light touch of his left palm on the small of your back didn't go by unnoticed. you know it was just him being a total gentleman, to guide you so you won't bump into anything while distracted, but your cheeks began to heat up uncontrollably; rivaling the flush skies.
"it's interesting, isn't it? like who knows you’re passing by a person not from our reality."
he hummed in response. "you'll never know who you'll come across", he said with a hint of tenderness in his voice making you glance at his side.
"i was talking about spirits mr. kang," you teased trying to make the mood a little lighter. "but it seems that you are referring to a different subject. something a lot deeper, hmm?"
"i was following your line of thought, cutie", he said as he booped your nose, which caught you off-guard.
"w-well, if you say so", you shyly replied.
you wanted to say something more but your mind decided to focus on that spot on top of your nose; and if your cheeks could get any more hotter than it already was.
you thank the gods when taehyun decided to break the growing silence, "if i'm going to answer your question, would you answer mine too?"
"is this twenty questions or what?", you laughed.
"yeah, why not? i have a lot of questions to ask.”
"dude don’t even try to ask me why the sun is yellow.”
“well the sun isn’t even yellow in the first place, but my questions are about you, tiny. i want to know you more”, he said casually. and for some reason, his calm demeanor right now was the icing on top; you swore he heard you gasp for air.
“okay, whatever you say,” you replied trying to mirror him. “answer the question then.”
you heard him chuckle, “i technically answered your question already, but i'm going to say it again. i was just following your line of thought."
"what? no fair!! you said—"
"shh keep quiet cutie, it's my turn now." he said, running his hands through his hair. "is there something going on between you and yeonjun?"
"yeonjun? why would you think that?", you replied almost stumbling in your nerves.
"you don't answer a question with a question, babe."
“i-i would never win in technicalities with you, won’t i?” you shot him with a side glare, making him chuckle for the nth time today. “well mr. kang, there is nothing going on between me and yeonjun. i don't know where you got the idea but i guess we're just really close to look like we're dating or something, when we're not."
he hummed in response. okay? and what was that supposed to mean?
"n-now my turn!"
"why are you stuttering?"
he dipped his head to peer at your face, ”you seem nervous.’’
“i-i said i’m not!“
‘‘yes you are. did i make you nervous?“
"i should be the one asking you the question now." you said crossing your arms while pouting.
he let out a small okay as a sign of surrender.
"did i do something for you not to like me?", realizing how that question could easily be misunderstood, you quickly added, "i-i mean, you were kinda mean to me before. so uhh... that's what i meant with not liking me"
"i know cutie. and no, i've always liked you. what made you think that way?"
"dude i also asked the same thing with the yeonjun question."
he shook his head in disbelief. "humans and their frail comprehension to human behavior", laughter evident in his voice.
"spoken like a true alien," you played along. "tell me sir, what do you know about comprehension to human behavior?"
"i never get why can't just humans tell their feelings and thoughts out loud for the other person to know? then, it would solve almost all of their worries."
"as if that's easy thing, mr. alien", you paused momentarily thinking whether you should stop yourself or not. you decided the latter. "you see, humans are more complex than what they seem to be. while it's an admirable trait to live bravely, there will always be fear”, you sighed. ”sometimes, living in the reality of not knowing is better than dying from the pain of the truth. if you've been there, you'll know."
it was after you said those that you realized how intently was he staring at you. you can tell even through your peripheral vision. you were about to ask him what's wrong when you saw his eyes glistened with awe, his mouth slightly hanging open in an ‘o’ shape.
"yah! stop looking at me like i just discovered gravity or something!"
"it felt like you did", he whispered. "i didn't know you had this side of you, y/n."
"w-well probably because you were so busy hating me before", you replied.
"hey, when did i ever become mean to you?"
"for starters, you always give me the ‘taehyun look’ everytime we pass by each other at the hallways before!" you pouted.
"yeah, that sassy i'm-going-to-kill-you type of look. i was scared you’d suddenly pick me up and throw me or something."
and just like earlier at the ice cream shop, he suddenly gave you that. head thrown hands at stomach, laugh.
"yah! what’s even funny with what i said?"
"god, you're so cute y/n, what am i going to do with you?" he murmured as he reached out to your cheeks.
his warm hands against your equally warm cheeks, steadying your eyes to meet his. he was still smiling from the laughing fit. it was then that you finally got what his body mist actually smelled like, lavender. but that information did nothing to help your heart from beating so loud. the was incredibly tall, his fringe lightly dancing along august air, and his calming scent clouding up your senses. up close, he looked even more surreal.
"did you really kissed yeonjun at the rollercoaster?", he whispered, making you scrunch your forehead.
in normal circumstances, you would've racked your brain for that non existent memory. but the fact that he's bringing up the topic when you're in this proximity with each other is just too much.
"when..." you whispered, making him lean a little closer to hear what you had to say. he could be unaware of the excruciatingly small gap in between, or he's completely aware but he's doing this on purpose.
he's now an inch away, breath fanning across your lips, his eyes never leaving yours— and then it hits you. you might have your first kiss taken away a few seconds from now; under the beautiful sunset sky, by the man you liked for a long time.
"would it be fine if i—"
the thick air was suddenly cut off by the sound of his phone blaring, 'sofi' registered on the caller screen.
it did hit. and God, did it hit you faster than a train running 320 kilometers per hour.
HELPLINE —kang taehyun smau ☆ﾟ.*･｡ﾟ
♡ synopsis: determined to take the pain off the past, y/n wanted nothing more but become the help and comfort that others needed. yet here comes the man with an obnoxiously adorable eye smile, unintentionally ready to sabotage all that she thought was healing— that includes a 24/7 help line and an alternate persona.
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