Where are all the old people?
Foreboding sank into Jungkook's chest as a particularly young girl raced across the sandy clearing.
The little girl didn't look older than four, with dark chocolate skin and long black braids waving in the wind behind her as she ran. And she had a giant sunflower clasped tightly in two hands as she ran, her smile gleaming.
Hoseok leaned down and scooped up the small girl with the sunflower, hoisting her high up into the air as she squealed with delight. He spun her around, then pulled her in and propped her onto his hip, holding her with one arm as his free hand reached forward to take the sunflower she eagerly offered to him.
"Keeks, what did you bring me?"
"Flower. Welcome hooooome!"
Hoseok took the sunflower and smelled it with a dramatic, "AH!"
Keeks giggled with glee. "Missed you, Hobi."
"And I you, sweet Keeks." Hoseok gave her little chocolate cheek a kiss, hoisted her up into the air once more as she let out fresh giggles, and then set her down again onto the sandy terrain. She proceeded to cling to his pant leg, and his beaming smile down at her never wavered.
Shae watched this affectionate exchange with a soft, warm glow showing on her face. Which Ava so astutely observed.
Ava leaned into Shae's ear and stage-whispered about the crowd and the noise, "He's good with kids. What more could you want?"
Shae's soft-glow look disappeared and she frowned in Ava's direction. "Ohmygosh, you literally never quit."
"But you love it."
Shae rolled her eyes. She was quietly annoyed at her friend's seed-planting, but Shae couldn't help but laugh anyway.
Jungkook stood at Tae's shoulder, but he quite suddenly became oblivious to anything that anyone around him might be saying.
Instead, his every sense was drawn and fixed on one face standing in the crowd. A young man in flowing black robes, with a shaggy black mullet, and a slightly elongated face was glowering across the field at Jeon Jungkook. Kookie was returning the favor, his fists clenching and his jaw tightening.