I was lying in bed, playing with the beautiful ring on my finger. It still made me giddy every time I thought back to the proposal, which was a two weeks ago.
The ring was gorgeous, absolutely stunning, and the fact that Taehyung had designed it for me just made me soo happy.
Oh my god, I still can’t believe he PROPOSED. I’m going to get to marry the man of my dreams!
The arms around my waist tightened, snapping me out of my thoughts. Taehyung nuzzled his nose against the back of my neck before pressing a kiss there.
“Morning baby,” came his sleepy mumble.
“Good morning, my fiance ,” I said.
He chuckled, turning me around so that he could kiss me.
“Love you Kookie,” he said as he nuzzled our noses together.
“Love y-” a loud knocking on our door cut me off.
Taehyung’s eyebrows furrowed in confusion. “Who is it?”
“Are you guys decent?” Jin yelled in response.
Taehyung groaned and I sighed.
“No we’re naked, go away.” he yelled.
After a few seconds, the door opened and Jin hyung walked in. “What are you talking about? You’re in pyjamas. Why’d you lie?”
“Why’d you come in though? You didn’t know I was lying.” came Taehyung’s exasperated response.
Jin hyung shrugged. “I’ve seen worse. Anyways,Tae, Sejin-hyung called. You and Jimin have to go record your vocals today.”
“In like ten minutes, so go get ready. Kookie come on honey, I made you breakfast.”
“What about me?” Tae pouted. “Did you not make me breakfast?”
“ You lied to me, you can get breakfast on your way to the studio.”
“W-what?” he sputtered. “Your excuse makes no sense, you literally made breakfast before I lied to you.”
I laughed when Jin just stuck his tongue out in response and left.
“Bye baby,” Taehyung said, kissing my cheek as he walked past me to grab his jacket from the coat rack.
“Wait, hugs.” I said, turning away from my breakfast to hold my hands out towards him. He smiled and walked over and wrapping me up in a tight hug.
“Can. You. Two. Stop. Being. Gross. I’m trying to eat my cereal without puking .” Yoongi groaned, making Jin laugh.
“Leave the lovebirds alone you grandpa. They just got engaged, let them have their moment.”
“That was two whole weeks ago, they should be out of the honeymoon phase by now.”
“They’ve been in the honeymoon phase since they started dating, I don’t think they’re getting out of it anytime soon.” Namjoon said dryly as he grabbed his cup of coffee.
“You know, if it bothers you so much hyung, you could just like look away.” Taehyung suggested before kissing me softly.
“Or you could just not makeout right in front of me.”
“Okay no more fighting.” Jin hyung said. “Taehyung go , Jimin’s already waiting for you in the car. You’re late.”
“ Okay, I’m going.” Taehyung said, pressing a final kiss to my lips before leaving.
I returned my attention to my cereal, slightly pouting now that I didn’t have a boyfriend to cuddle. This was the first time that Taehyung and I were being separated since the engagement, and even though he was only leaving for a few hours, it’s hard to adjust to that after spending every waking moment with someone for two weeks straight.
“So Kookie, what are your plans for today?” Joonie hyung asked me.
“Umm… maybe I’ll clean, I’ve been meaning to organise some things, and my room’s kind of a mess right now. I have a photoshoot later today though.”
“Oh, the rest of us were thinking of going to the mall today, wanna join?”
“Sure, what time?”
“4-ish? Sejin hyung said that he could have security arranged for that time, so we have to go then.”
“Oh well then I guess I can’t join you, that’s smack in the middle of my photoshoot. Maybe another day?”
“Sure,” he agreed easily.
After breakfast, I head into my room to clean. I started by cleaning out my closet, rearranging my clothes so that they were easier to access.
Next, I cleaned around the room for a bit, dusting and vacuuming and whatnot. When I was done, I felt a lot more organised and productive, I can’t focus in a messy room.
I worked on some music for a bit, feeling like I should be somewhat productive even though I was on a break.
After a couple of hours of working, I had to leave for my photoshoot. I kept getting the feeling that I was forgetting something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Brushing my thoughts aside in favor of getting to the shoot on time, I quickly grabbed my stuff and headed out.
“Why do you still insist on walking me to my door every time you’re dropping me off? It’s literally not even dark out.”
“Because Kookie,” Taemin ruffled my hair. “You could still get kidnapped.”
“That’s ridiculous.” I said as we got out of the elevator. “There’s no way someone would try and kidnap me in broad daylight. Plus there’s no creeps around anyway.”
“Oh yeah? What about that extra friendly, creepy looking man we just saw in the hallway. He was clearly a red flag. He’s always in the hallway when I drop you off, and he’s always staring. And he’s bald and way too old to be checking you out. Don’t tell me you don’t think he’s a perv.”
“No he’s obviously a perv. But he’s kinda scrawny, I could take him on.”
Taemin laughed. “You mean to tell me that you’d rather fight a random middle-aged man than have me walk you to your door?”
“No, I just wanted to know why . Besides, I see a flaw in your theory.” I said, unlocking the door to my dorms and gesturing Taemin inside because “If you walked me here you might as well stay for a while.”
My hyungs were still all out of the house since it’d only been about an hour since they left for the mall.
“What’s the flaw?” Taemin asked, grabbing a soda and a bottle of banana milk out of the fridge, handing the latter to me.
“The flaw is that there’s nobody to walk you back to the car. You walk me here so that I don’t get kidnapped by the creepy perv that hangs out in the hallway, but who’s protecting you when you walk back to the car?”
“Nobody,” he answered simply. “I don’t need the protection since ‘creepy perv who hangs out in the hallway’ “ he made finger quotes with his hands, “clearly has his eyes set on you, not me. Therefore, I don’t need the protection.”
“I disagree.” I said smiling as we took a seat on the couch, starting to play video games.
“Oh Kook?” Taemin asked after a few minutes, eyes still trained on the screen.
I let out a small hum to let him know I was listening.
“Are you planning to tell the model hyungs about the engagement? I just need to know so that I don’t accidentally slip up and tell them if you don’t want me to.”
“Uh… I don’t have a problem with it, but I’ll have to ask Taehyung just to make sure he’s okay with it too.”
He hummed in acknowledgement and we were quiet again for a few minutes, focusing on trying to win the game.
“Wait do you think they noticed the ring?” I asked.
“Um… well you aren’t wearing it today, so probably no.”
“What are you talking about? I’m wearing it.”
“Uh…” Taemin’s character dies as he glances over to my finger. “No you’re not.”
My eyebrows furrowed in confusion. I briefly wondered if he was saying that to make me lose, but since he’s already lost, it wouldn’t make any sense. I look over at my finger, almost certain the ring is there because it’s been on my finger since the day Taehyung put it there.
“It’s right here-” I cut myself off with a loud gasp at the sight of my ring finger, with NO RING ON IT.
“WHERE’S MY RING?”
I got up, frantically looking around. Taemin got up too, seeming to realise my state of sheer panic and started helping me look.
We looked under the couch cushions, under the carpet, every corner of the living room and the kitchen. We checked every appliance in there, including the microwave, oven and even the fridge.
By the time that we’d practically torn apart the living room, and it was clear that my ring wasn’t in there, I could feel tears well up in my eyes.
I can’t believe I was so fucking STUPID, I lost my engagement ring, I LOST it. Oh my god Taehyung is going to HATE me.
“ Hey, no Kookie, don’t cry, we’ll find it okay?”
“How?” I sniffed, trying to get the tears to stop but they just wouldn’t .
“Uh, maybe we just missed it, we should look again.”
“It’s got like eight diamonds on it Taemin, we wouldn’t just miss it and oh my god it must have been so expensive- ”
“Hey, calm down. Deep breaths Kookie. Panicking is only going to make things worse.”
I followed his breathing, managing to stop my oncoming panic attack.
“Did you take it off at any time? To cook or something?”
“No, I didn’t cook today! All I did was-” I gasped, rushing to my room, a very confused Taemin trailing behind.
“Okay I took it off to clean, and I put it right here. ” I pointed to my bedside table. Correction, I pointed to my empty bedside table with no ring on it.
“But now it’s NOT HERE!” I exclaimed,
“Okay, let's just look in here. Kookie breath, it’s okay.”
“No it’s n-not,” I started stuttering trying to keep the tears at bay.
“Aww Kookie come here.” he hugged me as I tried to calm down. “I know this sucks, but I’m sure if you tell everyone, they can keep an eye out for it throughout your dorms, you’ll find it Kook.”
I shook my head no. “We have to find it before Tae gets home, I don’t want him to be mad.”
Taemin’s eyebrows furrowed. “Why would he be mad?”
“Taemin, I lost my engagement ring!”
“Uhh- so? He can’t get mad at you for it, you lost it, it was an accident. ”
I shrugged, looking away when I could feel the tears start up again.
“Let’s just look in here first okay?” he suggested and I nodded.
After we’d torn apart my bedroom and found no ring , I was positive that it was gone for good and that I have to be the most careless person on the planet.
At this point I was just ready to curl up and cry in my misery because I loved that ring so freaking much. It reminded me of that night, which had to be the best night of my life, but now it’s gone.
“Is there anywhere else we can look?” Taemin asked.
“We checked everywhere, the only place left is inside the freaking vacuum, which I’m not looking in because it’ll make my hands dirty and the dust is just going to give me allergies.”
“Want me to look in it?”
“If it gets you to stop crying, then yes.”
“I’ll stop crying if you find it in there.”
“Okay… it’s worth a shot.” Taemin got up to go look inside the vacuum.
He returned a few minutes later with empty hands and I just lost all hope, letting myself bury my face in a pillow and cry it out.
“Kookie, please stop crying.”
I didn’t answer.
“Want me to call Taehyung? I won’t tell him about anything, but maybe he’ll be able to calm you down a bit more?”
I shrugged, and Taemin sighed, not a frustrated one, just a sad one. I know he doesn’t like seeing me cry, but I can’t help it right now, I just feel so miserable , and crying helps, sort of.
“Okay I’ll call.”
I quietly left Jungkook’s room to get my phone. It was in my bag, and when I pulled it out, I called Taehyung.
I hated seeing Jungkook so upset, although it’s understandable, but I just really wished he’d stop crying , it sucks seeing him sad. And I can’t even fix it because I can’t make a ring appear out of thin air.
When Taehyung didn’t answer I texted him.
Me: Answer your phone
Taehyung: I’m busy.
Me: This won’t take that long
Taehyung: I can’t answer the phone
Taehyung:I’ll screw up Jimin’s recording session if I talk
Me: Then leave the room dummy
Taehyung: That’s also going to make noise dummy
Taehyung: What do you want anyway?
Me: It’s about Jungkook
Me: Well he’s crying so…
Not even a second later Taehyung was calling me.
“Is he okay? What happened?”
“ What happened to not being able to answer the phone?”
“Fuck that, what happpend to Kookie? Can I talk to him?”
“He’s just upset,and I can’t get him to stop crying, so maybe you can help make him stop, because that shit is difficult to watch.”
“Okay can you put him on the phone?” The clear concern in Taehyung’s voice made me smile, lost engagement ring or not, they’d be fine.
“Kookie?” I poked my head out of the pillow I was crying into when I heard Taemin’s voice.
“He wants to talk to you, is that okay?” he asked. When I nodded, he handed me the phone and I put it to my ear.
“Hey baby,” Taehyung’s voice was so soft and so incredibly gentle, washing over me like a warm blanket, but it also brought the guilt back full force.
I sniffed, seeming to panic Taehyung on the other end.
“What’s wrong bunny?” he asked, concern poorly hidden in his voice.
He’d be upset for sure when he finds out I lost the ring, and I just couldn’t bring myself to tell him over the phone. What if he doesn’t wanna come home when he finds out? I could feel tears well up in my eyes at the thought of how disappointed he’d be.
“ Baby just tell me what’s wrong.”
“J-Just c-come home , please.”
“Okay, alright, I’m coming okay? I’m leaving right now baby, just calm down for me?”
I nodded, but then I realized that he couldn’t see me. “Okay” I said, the sound coming out more shaky than I had meant it to.
Taehyung’s voice softened even more. “Please don’t cry Kookie, whatever’s wrong, we’ll figure it out okay? I’ll be home in ten minutes angel. I love you.”
“Love you Tae.” the line cut off and I extended the phone out towards Taemin, who gently took it from my hand and then took a seat next to me.
I leaned my head on his shoulder, taking a shuddering breath. He ran his hand up and down my arm in an effort to calm me down.
“What do you think he’s gonna say?” I asked.
“Well he’s not going to be mad, that’s for sure.”
I pouted up at him and he pressed a comforting kiss to my forehead. “What makes you so sure?
“Um, maybe the fact that the dude’s never gotten mad at you.”
“You’re right, he’ll just be dissapointed , that’s worse .”
“He’s not going to be disappointed Kookie, besides I’m sure you guys will find it.”
“The point is that I lost it. And I don’t think we’ll find it, I even checked in the vacuum .”
“Uh correction, I checked in the vacuum, you watched cuz you didn’t want to get your hands dirty.”
I laughed a little at that and he smiled. The doorbell rang and I flinched.
Taemin shushed me before getting up to get the door, grabbing his bag so I knew he’d be leaving to let me and Taehyung talk things out privately. I made a mental note to thank Taemin later and curled back into bed, hiding my face in my pillow again as I waited for Taehyung to come to me.
I felt nervousness unfurl in my gut at the sound of quiet footsteps padding down the hallway.
“Baby?” Taehyung’s voice was soft. I felt the bed dip beside me before arms wrapped around me, bringing my head to rest on Taehyung’s chest.
“Honey, look at me.”
I did, slowly looking up to meet Taehyung’s eyes. He made a pained noise in the back of his throat, tightening his arms around me as he leaned in to kiss the tears away.
“What’s going on baby?” his voice was so gentle and coaxing, and I knew I had to tell him.
“I-I um,” I sniffed, and Taehyung nuzzled my cheek, pressing a kiss to the spot before pulling back a bit to look at me.
His eyebrows furrowed in confusion. “Huh? I’m sorry baby can you say that again?” he was being so incredibly patient and I was close to tears again.
“I- I lost the ring.” I said, barely managing to get the words out before bursting into tears again. I braced myself for Taehyung’s reaction because he should be upset and-
“Oh shhh. Jungkookie, my love. Baby it’s okay, we’ll find it. Please don’t cry Jungkookie.”
Huh? Is he not upset?
And he wasn’t, all Taehyung did when I told him was pull me closer to him and kissed me, brushing away the tears.
“You- you’re not mad?”
He looked genuinely confused. “Why would I be mad?”
“Because I lost the ring, and it must have been so expensive-”
“That doesn’t matter baby. Is this what you’ve been so upset about?”
I nodded and he sighed.
“Baby, I understand if you’re upset because of the ring, it was important to you, but don’t be upset because you think I’ll be mad about it or anything like that. It’s just a ring Jungkookie, it doesn’t change anything honey, okay? Besides, that ring isn’t worth a single tear from your eyes.”
I sniffed, calming down when I realised that Taehyung wasn’t upset. “But I loved that ring, and it’s gone. Now I don’t have a ring.” I pouted.
He smiled a little, wiping away the last of my tears. “I can get you another ring bunny.”
“I want that ring.”
“I can get you the same exact one, you won’t even be able to tell the difference.”
“ ‘s not the same, it’s not the one you proposed with.”
He huffed out a laugh. “I can propose again too if you want? Just no more tears baby, you know how much I hate seeing you cry.”
I smiled at that and he let out a relieved sigh. “Finally, there’s that smile.”
I relaxed into his arms, although I was still upset about the ring, I guess it didn’t seem like the end of the world anymore.
I was sitting on the couch, cradling a still slightly upset Jungkook in my arms, rocking us back and forth. Some random comedy was playing on the TV, but I wasn’t paying attention, gaze focused on the precious boy in my arms.
I made sure to keep reassuring him and pressing kisses to his forehead every time he looked remotely close to sad. I just can’t handle seeing those normally happy doe eyes look all red and puffy.
The door opened and Jin hyungs walked in.
“Hey guys,” he said, dropping a few shopping bags onto the ground. “How was your day?”
“Terrible” Jungkook grumbled and I kissed his nose, pulling him in closer.
“Why?” he asked.
Jungkook groaned in response, tucking his head into my neck. I pressed one,two,three kisses onto his head, nuzzling my nose into his hair.
Jin hyung was still waiting for a response, so I answered for Jungkook.
“My baby just lost his ring today, so he’s really upset.”
“The engagement ring?”
“Oh it’s not lost, it’s with me.”
Jungkook head shot up at lightning speed, turning to look at Jin.
“Well you left it on the table, so I figured it might fall and get lost, so I kept it in my pocket.” As he was saying this, he reached into his pocket and pulled out the ring. “Here.”
Jungkook grabbed it quickly, hugging it to his chest and it made me laugh.
“Put it on?” he asked me, and I complied easily, slipping it onto his finger and pressing a kiss to his lips.
He smiled a big bunny-toothed grin for the first time that day and I finally relaxed knowing that he was happy.
“Love you bunny.”
“I love you too, so much.”
After kissing me a few more times, Jungkook got off of my lap and walked over to Jin, proceeding to tackle him to the ground.
“Yah what are you doing brat?!??”
“Do you have any idea how much STRESS you put me through? I CRIED SO HARD HYUNG! I looked everywhere! I even made Taemin look in the vacuum!”
Jin cackled in response, tickling the younger in retaliation.
I relaxed on the couch, the sound of Jungkook and Jin giggling echoed through the dorm and I watched them with a fond smile.
I can't believe I get to marry that precious angel of a boy. I can't believe I get to marry the man of my dreams.