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24 March 2013 @ 01:03 am
signed, sealed, delivered  
title: signed, sealed, delivered
pairing: yongguk/jongup
rating: pg
word count: 3300
summary: (college au) yongguk has a secret admirer

Yongguk is still rubbing sleep from his eyes when he shuffles into the coffee shop that’s exactly halfway between his apartment and his first lecture on Thursday mornings.

"Morning," he says to the barista who’s always working when he stops by before class.

"Good morning. Here you go!" Yongguk blinks in confusion when she slides an americano across the counter to him. It’s what he always orders, but he hasn’t ordered yet. "It’s taken care of," she says with a sly smile when he reaches for his wallet.

"Oh. Uh, thanks?" he says, taking a sip.

"It’s not from me," she laughs. "You have a secret admirer." Her words take a minute to sink in, and she finally reaches over to tap the side of his drink. Yongguk turns the cup around, and there, scrawled on the side, is a message. "Bang Yongguk! Good morning. I hope you find love today ㅋ" Right, he thinks, it’s Valentine’s Day.

"Who is it?" he asks the barista.

"If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret," she chides him. He’s not awake enough for this, Yongguk decides.

He’s considerably more awake when he walks out of his lecture an hour and a half later, but he still feels unprepared for the red envelope that’s taped on the wall directly across from his classroom’s door, BANG YONGGUK written in huge letters so he won’t miss it. He pulls it off the wall, looking around to see if anyone is watching him, but no one is paying attention.

Are you awake now? ㅎㅎ Ah, hyung, this is awkward for me...but I really do admire you ㅋ If this is uncomfortable for you, then you can ignore my letters, I’ll understand. But if this is okay for you...well, like I said, I like you a lot and I have for some time now. And so I want to make today special~ Please anticipate it ㅋ

Yongguk’s eyes pause at hyung, but only for a second, his mind already working to figure out who it could be. He’s always been terrible at telling when people are interested in him. So while he’s surprised that he has a secret admirer, he’s not surprised that he has no idea who it could possibly be. He’d tossed his empty coffee cup away earlier, but the handwriting looks similar, he thinks.

He stands there spacing out, note in hand, until someone bumps into him, and he’s brought back to his senses. He carefully slips the note back into its envelope and the envelope into his backpack, heading for the student union to meet Himchan during their break.

Himchan sits there tapping away at his phone while Yongguk finishes his reading for his next class. "Oh, right," he says after a few minutes of this, setting his phone down to dig through his bag. Yongguk watches as he pulls out a red envelope. "I’m supposed to give you this. Letter number two, right?"

Yongguk takes the envelope but doesn’t open it yet. "You know who it is," he accuses.

"I know everything," Himchan replies, raising an eyebrow. Yongguk narrows his eyes, but Himchan just smiles.

"Who were you just texting?" Yongguk asks suspiciously.

"Jongup," Himchan says. He pauses. "Wait, you don’t think Jongup–"

"No, of course not." Yongguk frowns a little. He really has no idea who is writing him these notes, paying for his coffee, any of it. He’s flattered, to be sure, but he’s also dying of curiosity. "I just want to know who’s doing this, you know?"

"Why don’t you just enjoy it instead of trying to figure it out?" Himchan suggests. "I’m sure whoever it is will reveal themselves eventually."

"You’re really not going to tell me?" Yongguk pouts a little, but Himchan is unmoved.

"Where’s the fun in that?" He picks up his phone again, signaling his exit from the conversation.

"Obnoxious," Yongguk mutters, but there’s no heat behind his words. He finally opens the note, a small smile growing with every word until he gets to the last line.

Don’t you have class right now??

He checks his phone, and shit, he’s going to be late for his art history discussion. He shoves his books into his backpack, waving goodbye to a Himchan who doesn’t look up from his phone.

Better hurry so you’re not late ㅋ

His professor doesn’t seem to care that he’s late, just motions for him to sit down. Yongguk slides into his seat, and the sound of crinkling plastic fills the room. The girl sitting next to him giggles when he jumps back up, a half-crushed box of chocolates waiting for him on his chair. He grabs the box and sits back down as quickly as possible, face flushing a bit when the professor pauses to raise her eyebrow at him.

"If Mr. Bang is done finding the gifts hidden for him in my class..." she says. Yongguk just nods, sinking down in his chair a little more when his classmates turn to look at him. He doesn’t dare open the red envelope taped to the top of the chocolates until class is finished and he’s outside again, but this one is shorter than the previous two, just telling him to enjoy the sweets.

He runs into Himchan and Daehyun a few minutes later, the other two having just finished eating lunch. Daehyun zeroes in on the still unopened box of chocolates in Yongguk’s hand almost immediately.

"Hyung, are you going to eat those?" he says without greeting the older.

"I was planning to," Yongguk says. He holds the chocolates closer, feeling a little selfish. "They’re from my secret admirer." Himchan makes a retching noise off to the side, and Yongguk feels his ears heat up.

"Yeah, but can I have one?" Daehyun asks. He makes pitiful eyes at Yongguk. "Please?"

Yongguk sighs and hands the box over. Daehyun always did know how to tug at a person’s heartstrings. Daehyun’s face shifts almost instantly into glee, and he graciously allows Yongguk the first piece before picking through the box himself.

"You know, hyung," he says around a cherry cordial, "not all of us are lucky enough to get gifts on Valentine’s day."

"You are a damn liar, Jung Daehyun," Himchan says, reaching over to take a chocolate for himself. "You got three boxes of candy just now when we were in the cafeteria." Yongguk gives Daehyun a flat look, but the other boy seems immune to it.

"Not all of us are lucky enough to get gifts from a secret admirer," Daehyun corrects himself. He checks his watch and pushes the box back into Yongguk’s hands. "Gotta run, I’m going to be late for class. Thanks for the chocolate!" he calls over his shoulder as he takes off running across the quad. Yongguk shakes his head as he looks at what’s left of his chocolates, popping one of the few pieces left into his mouth. He puts the box into his backpack, wanting to save the rest for later.

Himchan drags him back to the student union, saying he wants to see Junhong and Jongup. Yongguk follows willingly enough since he’s finished with classes for the day and doesn’t have work until later. They find Junhong at a table covered in flowers, a sign announcing rose sales to raise money for the university’s dance team.

"Hey," Junhong calls out when he sees them, counting back change for a girl and handing over a single rose, smiling as she walks away with a blush.

"Where’s Jongup?" Himchan asks.

"Here," they hear. Jongup rounds the corner, two more full buckets in his arms. "Had to get more flowers," he says, setting them on the table.

"Busy morning?" Yongguk asks.

Junhong nods. "We’ve made a ton of money so far. Speaking of which...have someone special you need to buy a rose for?"

"Unfortunately, hyung’s life is completely empty and without any love this Valentine’s day," Himchan says dramatically, hand over his chest. Junhong snickers while Jongup pulls a rose out of one of the many buckets.

"Actually, Yongguk hyung, someone bought a rose for you," Jongup says, holding it out. Yongguk feels a stupid smile spreading over his face as he takes the bloom, holding it carefully.

"What? Who?" Junhong asks, looking between the two.

"Didn’t you hear, Junhong?" Himchan asks, throwing an arm around Yongguk’s shoulders. "Our Yonggukkie has a secret admirer." He waggles his eyebrows for effect.

"Himchan knows who it is, but he won’t tell me," Yongguk says. "And I guess Jongup knows?" Jongup just shrugs, but his smile makes Yongguk think that yes, he does know who it is.

"Sounds gross," Junhong says.

"You take that back, Choi Junhong," Himchan says, arm sliding off Yongguk to point at Junhong. "It’s sweet and thoughtful and borderline disgusting, yes, but mostly thoughtful, okay." Yongguk just grins at Jongup.

"Was my gift just the rose?" he asks awkwardly. "Or was there...anything else?" His words make Jongup’s eyes light up in recognition, and he reaches down under the table, coming back up with yet another red envelope.

"I almost forgot," he says with a short laugh. Like usual, Yongguk’s name is scribbled on it in the same now-familiar scrawl. Junhong catches sight of the envelope, and his eyes widen at the handwriting.

"Wait," he starts. "Seriously?" Himchan reaches over the table to press a finger over his lips.

"Shhhhh, no telling!"

"Wait, so you know, too?" Yongguk asks.

"Maybe," Junhong says, his words muffled by Himchan’s finger. He grabs Himchan’s wrist and forces him off. "I’m not going to say anything, Jesus, hyung."

Jongup seems intrigued by the whole thing. "What’s your secret admirer been doing?" he asks.

"Well, he bought my coffee this morning," Yongguk ticks off each surprise on his fingers, "wrote me three – now four – letters, left chocolates in my class earlier..." Junhong suddenly looks more interested at the mention of candy.

"Chocolate?" he repeats. Yongguk laughs and reaches into his backpack for the box.

"Yeah, want some?" he teases. Junhong pouts when he finds there are only a few pieces left. "Sorry, kid. Daehyun got into them earlier."

"Bottomless pit," Himchan mutters. Junhong grabs two pieces, and Yongguk offers the last one to Jongup.

"Ah, no, you should have the last piece," Jongup protests, shaking his head. "It’s your gift."

"I had some," Yongguk says, shaking the box a little. Jongup finally reaches over and takes the last one.

"Thanks, hyung," he says softly. "We don’t have Valentines today," he motions to himself and Junhong, "so no chocolate for us."

"You don’t have Valentines yet," Himchan says. "The day’s still young!" Jongup just shrugs, eyes dropping to the rose in Yongguk’s hand.

The next red envelope doesn’t arrive until a few hours later, when Yongguk is two hours into his shift at the convenience store near campus where he works. However, one Yoo Youngjae – this particular envelope’s messenger – is trying to barter a banana milk in exchange for the note.

"Are you seriously trying to trade me something that’s technically mine for a snack that only costs two bucks?" Yongguk asks in disbelief.

"How bad do you want it, hyung?" Youngjae waves the envelope just out of his reach.

"Fine," Yongguk says, reaching for his wallet and putting two bills of his own into the register. Youngjae smiles and hands him the letter.

"Himchan hyung said you hadn’t figured out who it is yet," he says, stabbing a straw through the foil on the top of his milk.

"That would be correct," Yongguk answers.

"Hopeless," Youngjae muses. "Anyway, I have to go. But you should probably open it soon. I heard that one is time-sensitive."

"Thanks," Yongguk calls after him as he leaves, already sliding a thumb under the flap and pulling out the note.

Hyung, are you at work now? I hope you’re not too bored~ Turn the radio on! There’s going to be a very important broadcast on the university’s station at 3pm ㅎ

Yongguk glances at the clock hanging near the door, his eyes widening when he sees it’s five til three. He scrambles to switch off the management-approved playlist and turn the radio to the right station.

"–and next up, we have a request! This goes out to one Bang Yongguk, from his very own secret Valentine." Yongguk isn’t sure what song it is at first, until the vocals come in. This person knows him pretty well, he decides, Frank Ocean serenading him over the store’s speakers.

"You run my mind, boy, running on my mind, boy..."

Yongguk sinks down in his seat, allowing his huge grin to break out while there are no customers in the store.

He gets a text from Daehyun an hour later, asking if he’s still at work. Ten minutes after he replies that yes, he’s still at work, Daehyun comes strolling through the door, headed straight for the candy aisle.

"Hyung, what kind of candy do you like?" he calls.

"Uh, the sour gummy worms?"

"Cool," he hears Daehyun mutter. A minute later, Daehyun’s dropping a bag of said gummy worms onto the counter, along with a red envelope. Yongguk raises an eyebrow, and Daehyun sighs. "I have been instructed to buy you your favorite sweets to make up for ‘hogging’ all your chocolate." This is said with complete air quotes.

"Instructed, huh?" Yongguk laughs, ringing up the candy. Daehyun counts out coins as he answers.

"Yeah, Jongup got pissed when you said I ate all the chocolates, which wasn’t even true, you totally ate some –"

"Wait," Yongguk interrupts him. "What?"

Daehyun realizes his mistake almost instantly. "What?" he says quickly.

"Jongup got mad?" Yongguk repeats. The register is still open, his hand paused over the cash tray.

"Did I say...? I don’t think so–"

"No, you definitely said Jongup," Yongguk says.

"Right, I did," Daehyun backtracks. "He was just mad about the injustice of you not getting to eat your own gift, and wanted you to have something for yourself. And this," he holds up the envelope, "has nothing to do with Jongup wanting you to have more sweets, nothing at all. Total coincidence." He’s talking with his hands, trying to distract Yongguk.

It doesn’t work. Yongguk just stares at him until he trails off and deflates.

"Fine, fine! Yes, it’s Jongup. He’s gonna kill me," Daehyun groans, slumping over the counter. Yongguk pats his shoulder.

"Nah, you’ll live." He pauses. "Probably." He laughs when Daehyun groans again.

"I’m leaving. I’ve done enough damage for today," Daehyun says as he stands up straight again. "Hey, can I have a gummy worm though?" Yongguk shakes his head, ridiculous, but he opens the bag anyway and lets Daehyun grab a few before shooing him out the door so he can read his letter in peace.

Hyung, Daehyun ate all your chocolate? I should’ve known that would happen ㅎ He should have bought you something else to make up for it...Anyway, this letter was unplanned so I’m writing it quickly. This isn’t the last one, though! There’s one more waiting for you in your mailbox~

He sits there for a minute, weighing his options before grabbing his phone to call the one person who knows everything.

"Hey, it’s me. I have a favor to ask..."

Despite Himchan’s efforts, Yongguk decides against wearing a suit ("It would be romantic–" "It’s like zero degrees outside, Himchan") and settles for just changing into his nicer pair of jeans before heading out. Jongup’s final letter asks him to go to a park in the center of the city, to meet him near a specific bridge over the small stream that cuts through the park. Yongguk gets there much too early, feet shuffling to stay warm while he watches night fall over the city.

"You came," he hears after a while. He turns to see Jongup standing a few feet away, looking cautiously optimistic, like he can’t quite believe Yongguk is here, waiting for him.

"Yeah," he says, clearing his throat a little. "Hi."

"Hi," Jongup says back, his posture relaxing a little.

"These are for you," Yongguk says quickly, remembering the flowers in his hand and holding them out. Jongup just stares at them for a minute, long enough for Yongguk to start feeling foolish (maybe he shouldn’t have listened to Himchan, maybe flowers were a terrible idea, maybe –), but then Jongup’s eyes practically disappear with his sudden smile. He takes them gently, holding them as if they’d break if he wasn’t careful.

"This is for you, too." This time Yongguk holds out a letter of his own. "Don’t look at it until later, okay?"

"Okay, hyung." Jongup takes the envelope, eyes stopping on Yongguk’s messy scrawl. "This has my name written on it," he says slowly.

"It does," Yongguk agrees, grinning at the mixture of confusion and happiness on Jongup’s face.

"How did you know it was me?"

"Daehyun talks too much."

Jongup shakes his head, but his smile stays fixed in place. "Are you sure I can’t read it now?" he teases.

"Please don’t," Yongguk says, his ears heating up just a little. Jongup laughs, but he tucks the letter away into his coat pocket.

"Do you maybe want to get a coffee?" Jongup asks, still a little shy. "There’s a nice cafe a few blocks over."

"Yeah, coffee would be good," Yongguk says. "Lead the way."

Nearly two hours later, their drinks have long been finished, but neither is really ready to leave.

"I didn’t plan this very well," Jongup admits during a lull in the conversation. Yongguk looks at him questioningly. "I didn’t ask to meet until late because I knew you had work, but I, uh, have a class at eight a.m. tomorrow."

Yongguk checks his watch; it’s nearly half past eleven. "You want to head back?"

"Yeah," he says. "Sorry."

"Don’t apologize," Yongguk says. "Can I walk you back to your dorm?" Jongup nods.

They take the subway back to campus, shoulders pressed tight in the crowd of last-train passengers. A jerky stop makes Yongguk rest his hand on the small of Jongup’s back, but Jongup’s grin down at his flowers makes Yongguk leave it there for the rest of their trip.

The walk from the station to Jongup’s building feels too short to Yongguk. Jongup’s fingers are laced between his own, and not even the cold makes Yongguk want to walk any faster.

"This is me," Jongup says when they slow down in front of his dorm. He’s looking down at his flowers, not at Yongguk, so Yongguk takes advantage of the opportunity.

Yongguk will later swear up and down that he just meant to press a quick kiss to Jongup’s cheek, but Jongup turns his head right when Yongguk leans over, both of them freezing when their lips meet. Yongguk pulls back first, awkward laugh bubbling at the back of his throat, but then Jongup tugs on their joined hands, making Yongguk stumble a step closer. This time Jongup is the one to close the distance between them, kissing Yongguk with a slow kind of purpose that has Yongguk’s eyes falling shut and his hand reaching to curve around Jongup’s throat.

"Go out with me tomorrow night?" Yongguk murmurs when they finally separate.

"I’d like that," Jongup says back just as quietly, another smile lighting up his face.

"Cool." Yongguk wants to kiss that smile again, so he does. "Goodnight."

"Goodnight." Jongup squeezes his hand once more before letting go and letting himself into his building, looking back to wave once before he disappears into the elevator.

Yongguk tucks his hands into his pockets as he turns away, eyebrows furrowing when his fingers make contact with something he doesn’t remember putting in there. He laughs a little when he sees it’s yet another red envelope; Jongup must have snuck it in there when they were saying goodnight.

Happy Valentine’s Day, hyung~

i meant to finish this in time for valentine’s day. oops.
the song jongup requests for yongguk is forrest gump by frank ocean.
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littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
thank you for reading!
andersenmom on March 23rd, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
They're so FLUFFY!

Nicely done. I love the pacing, the envelopes, DaeHyun being an idiot... Nice.
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
thank you for reading!
awildneko on March 23rd, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
thank you for reading!
badillac on March 23rd, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
this is your fault
mouthings on March 23rd, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
oh god.
this fic is so sweet i don't know what to do with myself.
never thought of this pairing honestly. but jongup is such a cutie pie. :3

THIS LINE!!!!: A jerky stop makes Yongguk rest his hand on the small of Jongup’s back, but Jongup’s grin down at his flowers makes Yongguk leave it there for the rest of their trip.
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
they're definitely underrated :c
thank you for reading!
mouthings on March 25th, 2013 01:42 am (UTC)
yes they are.
thanks to you, i now ship them. lord help me.

...aaaand i just read this fic again.
i'm wondering what yongguk's letter to jongup sounded like. XD
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)

idk what it said but it was probably really cheesy and gross like him!
moreliana on March 24th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
aaaaaack no just....AAAAAAAACK i cannot even start to explain all the fluffy warm feelings i got reading this XD you just gave me a new ship. its so fluffily cute i just wanna scream XD
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
thank you for reading!
chiharu on March 24th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
Omo omo how cute. Daehyun's big mouth is great :')
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
thank you for reading!
bictory on March 24th, 2013 01:11 am (UTC)
This is too cute ;A; I am dying to know what was in Bbang's letter to Jongup :D fatty/dumb Daehyun is the best too <3 thanks for writing this!
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
i'd tell you but idk haha /lazy
thank you for reading!
blackheart_lies on March 24th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
this was just adorable ♥
oh my gosh! i loved this. i like how it flowed. you done a great job with this :)
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
thank you for reading!
thatdayismine on March 25th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
CLAM DOWN also hope you liked it huuu
thatdayismine on March 25th, 2013 06:30 am (UTC)

WHHHHHYYYYYYY ;______________;

((i liked it so so so much this is so cute i could die oh my god like the levels of adorable and jongup with a crush is my favourite because he is so charming and lovable and sweetsweetsweet ohhhh. also loved the banter between everyone!! sighs sighs everything you write is always so wonderful~))
littlecolossus on March 25th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
if you die, i will revive you!

((i feel like yongguk would eat this kind of shit up, so he'd be the only reason any of them would do something like this. himchan was pulling the strings, too, as per always. i'm glad you liked it~))