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19-11-2022

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#taekookau where insomniac taehyung’s attempts to sleep for at least an hour a day miserably fail, until he gets a really talkative (and really cute) roommate. “Wait, you’ve got insomnia? Oh my god why didn’t you tell me to shut up sooner I’d-“ “No. Talk.”

🥟all written! + kinda short? 🥟extroverted jk x introverted tae 🥟and they were roommates :-) 🥟a little hurt/comfort hope you guys like this one :((

“Sure, I’ll give it a try, Jimine.” the message Tae replied with when his friend sent him a link to yet another stupid website that suggested he keep his toes in white vinegar for an hour before going to ‘sleep.’ Supposedly, that will magically cure his insomnia.

To be frank, he has already given up. Accepted the fact that nothing’s gonna save him anymore, learned to live with an hour of sleep in a week combined. He was fine with this, at the end of the day, that was his only choice. It’s been like that for almost a year now.

Until two days ago. Two days ago, when a certain boy named Jeon Jeongguk walked into his dorm room, declaring to be his new roommate.

“You’re Taehyung, right? Can I call you Tae? Oo, are you gonna have that slice of pepperoni pizza? Wait, your posters are so cute! Do you have any limited edition ones? I’m Jeongguk by the way, you can call me whatever you want! I love all types of nicknames.”

Yes, the boy said that all in 7 seconds without taking a single breath. One might think it’d be annoying, but Tae thought it was cute. Too cute.

Being an introvert all his life has taught him to appreciate the beauty of extroverts, and he always secretly hoped an extrovert would adopt him one day and they’ll live happily ever after.

But that won’t happen because no one will cary the burden that his insomnia is. People want a partner, not a baby to take care of.

On the same day, when Jeongguk opened the door at 3am and found his roommate awake, the smile on his face indicated that he was overly happy. Not surprised, he didn’t question it, never crossed Taehyung’s boundaries. And the latter was so thankful for that,—

—as a person who hates explaining his condition to others.

“You’re awake? Coolcool, wanna eat ramen with me? I got two flavors in case you’d want one, do you? I bet you do, riiight right? Do you want the spicy one? Or I can have that one if you don’t like spicy food, I don’t mind! Are you tired? How was your day??”

So they ate. And talked. A lot. Well, Ggukie mostly talked, Tae listened. That’s what he decided to call the boy, by the way. Ggukie just feels right. He was bright, and cool, turns out he doesn’t have many friends which surprised Tae, he likes Marvel and cheese tteokbokki.

And when the younger boy was analyzing one of Britney Spears’ music videos, Tae found himself slowly drifting off to sleep. He doesn’t remember anything after that, only a blanket being wrapped around him and a soft pat on his head.

The funny part is, this wasn’t a one-time thing. It happened again, and again. Everyone started noticing the color of Tae’s face changing, the dark circles slowly disappearing and the red cheeks reappearing.

Don’t get it wrong, Ggukie wasn’t boring. Everything the boy said sparked such an interest in Taehyung that he sometimes even wished he wouldn’t sleep. Can’t blame him though, the boy’s voice was just so.. comforting. He felt safe, warm,—

— felt just like drinking a warm cup of milk before bed when he was little. Now he’s lactose intolerant, but he has his Ggukie.

Until one day, after about two weeks of their late night talks, it slipped.

“Will it bother you if I stay up till morning? Like, my laptop light. I promise I’ll keep quiet, I just have this assignment that I gotta finish before Tuesday or else my prof will k word me, she’s the worst. She always does this shit, it’s not even due till next month—

—but she wants it finished already, ugh. Don’t you just hate professors like that? Anyways, I can go to the library even though I don’t like it there, but I mean if you don’t want me here then I’ll go. Yeah.” All in one breath, as always.

“Nono, you can stay. I probably won’t sleep anyways. My insomnia gets worse during wint—“ “What.” “Oh. Ggu-“

“Hyungie. You’ve got insomnia.. Oh my god why didn’t you tell me to shut up sooner. Oh god oh god I’m so dumb I didn’t let you sleep all this time I’m so sorry I’m sorry please I didn’t know and you just felt so comforting and talking to you was easy and I’m sorry please Tae-”

He was stopped by unfamiliar lips on his own. Just a quick peck on the corner of his mouth, too quick for his liking.

“Jeonggukie. Go work on your assignment, and I’ll watch something in the meantime.” “Are you sure?” This was the shortest sentence the younger has said in two weeks.

“Yes, yes I am. The earlier you start, the sooner you’ll finish, and then we can talk and then I’ll get some sleep.”

So Tae explained everything to him. For the first time it was the older who talked more. And he actually felt okay telling someone the story of his insomnia, which was also a first time thing for him.

With a soft kiss on his lips and a sweet “Sleep well, hyungie” from his now favorite boy, he fell asleep around the time the sun was rising.

And the next time Jimin sent him an article to dance macarena 8 times at 4.07am, he was finally able to reply, “Thanks Jimine, I don’t need these anymore.”

“You found a something that helps you? Was it the vinegar? It was, wasn’t it? I knew it!!” “It wasn’t. :) but yes, I found something that saves me. Someone.”

{fin.} thank you so much for reading! this was my first all written au so it was a bit scary, please like and qrt if you enjoyed it so i know to write more in the future :((

and here is my kofi, if you like my work and want to support me, it really does motivate me🥹 thank you!



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