Jimin - A Day at the Zoo

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for forever-angel02

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"Kids!" You yell, gaining stares from the people around you. "Stay close to me!"

The children ignore your commands and run toward the nearest attraction. You sigh and hurry after them. For some odd reason, you decided to volunteer last minute to take the first graders to the zoo. Maybe it was because you had thought about becoming a teacher later in life. Who were you kidding? The only real purpose for agreeing to go was because you heard that the hot new teacher was organizing the trip.

"Miss Quyen," one of the little girls come up to you and tugs on the hem of your shirt. You look down at her expectantly. "Can we go see the elephants? I really like them."

You smile at her cuteness. "Sure. Right after we finish looking at the monkeys, sweetheart."

She gives you a quick hug and runs back toward the monkeys with the rest of the kids. You turn to the side when you feel the presence of another person close to you. An irritated sigh escapes your lips as you see Jaebum standing next to you. You admit that he is cute, but he always acts so arrogant. It baffles you as to why he volunteered today because he hates children.

"Why are you here?" You ask, obviously annoyed.

One corner of Jaebum's lip curled into a sneer. "Because Mr. Hotshot decided to bail on you."

"Well, duh," you respond. "Why did you volunteer though? It's not mandatory for you to be here. You could be doing something much more fun like sticking your head further up your—" You are cut off by the sound of crying.

Without so much as a glance in Jaebum's direction, you run toward the source of the sound. In front of the monkey attraction, one of the little boys was sitting on the floor with tears streaming down his face. You kneel down next to him.

"What's wrong, kiddo?" You ask softly.

"Th-the monkey doesn't l-like me," the boy says between sniffles. You resist the urge to laugh and instead rub his back soothingly.

"Why would you think that?"

"He doesn't come to me when I ask him to."

You stand up and pull the boy up gently along with you. You spin him around and point toward the monkey. "Is it that one there?" He responds with a nod. "He totally likes you. Can't you tell? He's just a little scared because of how cool you are."

"Really?" The boy asks, his sniffles subsiding. "I am cool, aren't I?"

"You sure are," you agree. "How about you try this?"

The boy turns toward you eagerly. You hunch your back and bend your knees slightly, before imitating monkey noises and actions. The other kids gather around and join in. When they were no longer paying attention to you, you back away from them and take a seat on a nearby bench that is close enough to keep an eye on them.

"You're really good with children," an unfamiliar voice alarms you.

You look up suddenly and see a young man with cute chubby cheeks and an eye smile to die for. He was wearing a simple white t-shirt and sweatpants, but he somehow managed to look heavenly. Pieces of dark brown hair are escaping from the beanie on his head. Your eyes travel to the short sleeves of his shirt and you immediately notice how tone his arms are. Not too muscular but he clearly works out frequently.

"Um, yeah," you say absentmindedly, "Children are lovely."

"Are you here alone with them?" He nods in the direction of the kids.

You clench your jaw at the thought of Jaebum. "No, I was supposed to be here with the new guy that started working at my job, but something came up and I got stuck with Captain Ego." You point towards Jaebum, who's watching the children with disgust.

"He doesn't seem to like the kids much."

"Tell me about it," you roll your eyes. "I'm Quyen by the way."

"Jimin," he smiles widely and takes a seat next to you.

"What about you then?" You ask. "Are you here with anyone?"

Jimin pouts. "My friends dragged me here and ditched me."

"Your friends seem nice," you joke.

"I'm kind of glad they did," he shrugs, "Because of them, I got to meet you."

You make gagging noises. "The cheesiness is too much to handle."

Jimin gives you an embarrassed smile. Your laughter ceases when you hear footsteps coming toward you. You look up to see Jaebum heading your way. You steal a glance behind him and see that the kids have moved on to the bird exhibit. Your view is quickly obscured by Jaebum's ridiculously good-looking body, but you ignore your hormones and use your brain.

"Yes?" You look up at Jaebum with a bored expression.

He stares at you like you're an idiot. "You should be watching the children, not flirting with strangers."

You turn to Jimin. "Jimin, this is Captain Ego. He apparently doesn't understand that part of his job today is also watching the children."

"I can hear you." Jaebum says with annoyance in his tone.

"It's a miracle! You can finally hear something other than your own annoying voice."

Jimin laughs and you smile at his reaction. Jaebum glares angrily at Jimin and grabs your arm, pulling you up. "Let's go," he says through clenched teeth.

You try to pull your arm away, but his grip was too tight. Instead of protesting, you glance back at Jimin and allow Jaebum to drag you away. When the two of you finally reach the bird exhibit, Jaebum lets you go.

"What was that all about?" You whisper since the children were close.

Jaebum turns his back to you and watches the kids run around. You feel a tap on your shoulder and turn around. Jimin is smiling at you. He puts a finger up to his lips and you nod. He swiftly places something on Jaebum's shoulder. Jaebum is too absorbed in his anger to notice. You smile and walk in front of him.

"What's that?" You ask in mock surprise, pointing at Jaebum's shoulder.

He quickly snaps his head to the left and sees the realistic looking fake bug. An extremely girly scream escapes his lips. He jumps away from you and runs around in circles. You, Jimin, the children and a few people that were close by begin laughing loudly. When he finally realizes that it was a joke, he stalks over to you. You smile sweetly at him and duck behind Jimin.

"Who wants ice cream?" Jimin asks the kids before Jaebum can speak. A loud chorus of "meeeee" comes from the children.

You walk out from behind Jimin and stand in front of Jaebum. He glares at you but you can't take him seriously after that freak out. You quickly wrap your arms around him, making him blush. When you pull away you run back to Jimin.

"Jaebum is buying!" You scream, waving the wallet you swiped from his back pocket. Jimin high fives you and grabs your hand. Your face heats up and you try to ignore it.

"Give that back!" Jaebum's voice is dangerously low.

"Run!" Jimin yells. The kids immediately follow the direction that Jimin is pointing.

As Jaebum runs toward you, Jimin pulls you along after the kids. You can hear Jaebum cursing from behind you. Jimin turns to face you and gives you another one of his charming smiles. I'm glad his friends ditched him.

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