Title: Boys Don't Cry
Genre(s): FLUFF, humor
Warning(s): this got so sappy, idk what happened OTL
Word Count: 1,522
Summary: Tao gives a lot of shits about Valentine's day. Baekhyun does not.
------------------“It's Valentine's day this Friday,” Tao mentioned casually on Tuesday morning when they were in the dorm, getting ready to leave for a schedule. Except, with Tao, nothing was casual, so Baekhyun looked over to try to gauge his boyfriend's facial expression, and oh fuck. He looked hopeful.
“Yeah,” he replied with a shrug, not wanting to be an ass and upset Tao, but not really having any urge to celebrate a pointless holiday (in his opinion) either.
When it became apparent that Baekhyun didn't have anymore to add, Tao spoke again, “So, is there anything you were thinking?”
“I'm thinking that I need coffee,” Baekhyun told him honestly and Tao looked confused.
“On Valentine's day?”
“No, now,” Baekhyun told him, “Though I'll probably want coffee then too.”
Tao sighed, long-suffering, “Are you thinking anything about Valentine's day?”
Baekhyun pretended to think for a second before responding with a flippant, “No.”
Okay, now he definitely was being a bit of an ass, but it was just too easy.
Tao frowned, “But it's Valentine's day.”
“And we're dating!” Tao said exasperatedly, throwing his arms up and almost hitting Kris in the nose.
“Are we?” Baekhyun asked teasingly and Tao rolled his eyes.
“Save me!” Tao wailed, launching himself onto a passing Sehun, “My boyfriend has no soul!”
“Well, duh,” Sehun replied, unimpressed and unconcerned about the man hanging off him, “You're dating Baekhyun.”
Tao whined, but followed when Sehun to the kitchen.
Baekhyun hoped that that was the end of that.
The following day, Tao brought up Valentine's day again when they were all lounging in front of the TV.
“Don't you think we should do something for Valentine's day, though?” he hissed, ignoring the glare Kyungsoo sent him for talking over the movie.
“Not really,” Baekhyun admitted, looking at the pouting man next to him and immediately feeling a rush of guilt, “I just don't see the point of being extra nice to each other for some holiday. Shouldn't we just...act like that everyday, or something?”
“When are you nice to me?” Tao deadpanned and Baekhyun squawked, which had Kyungsoo sighing loudly and asking them to please keep it down.
“I'm nice to you all the time!” Baekhyun defended, ignoring the sharp jabs of Kyungsoo's elbow between his shoulder blades and the fact that all of the members were now staring at them because Kyungsoo had paused the movie.
“You just tease me all the time!” Tao protested.
“To be fair, that is how he shows affection,” Jongdae piped up from the other couch and Baekhyun scoffed at the ludicrous notion that he was incapable of showing emotion. He wasn't Sehun, dammit!
“But don't you think we should do something special and memorable?” Tao pressed, also ignoring the ten sets of eyes on them. Well, nine. Yixing had fallen asleep a while ago.
“We do memorable things all the time!” Baekhyun argued, starting to feel a little judged by the way Joonmyun was looking at him like he'd better shape up or something. And was this even his business? No.
“Like what?” Tao prompted, skeptical.
At a loss for specific examples, Baekhyun wiggled his eyebrows suggestively and hoped that that would end the conversation. Because how could you argue with that?
Tao seemed both unconvinced and embarrassed.
“I feel nauseous,” Chanyeol announced, actually looking a little pale.
“Join the club,” Jongin muttered.
Tao sighed and got up from the couch to make his way to his bedroom.
“Nice going,” Sehun said blandly, breaking the silence.
“Shut up,” Baekhyun huffed, but even Minseok was looking at him like he'd fucked up. So yeah. He'd probably fucked up. Dammit.
Tao didn't say anything to him regarding Valentine's day on Thursday. And while Baekhyun might have been relieved, he knew that this was just proof of the fact that he'd screwed up.
And really. He should have seen it coming. Because Tao was the most romantic person he knew, so why wouldn't he want to do something special for Valentine's day? Tao had just somehow gotten stuck with a boyfriend who would rather make jokes than talk about feelings and who would much prefer to just relax than to make a big deal over a holiday.
But that wasn't what Tao wanted and Baekhyun wanted to make him happy, not disappoint him.
Knowing that Tao was in his shared room alone, Baekhyun knocked on the door and let himself in even before Tao had a chance to reply. He looked a little pouty when he glanced up from his phone to see who was coming in, but he smiled when Baekhyun settled on the bed next to him and pressed a quick kiss to his lips.
“Sorry I was an asshole,” Baekhyun apologized, stretching out alongside Tao and resting his head on his shoulder.
“I knew you were an asshole when we started dating,” Tao told him with a laugh that ruffled his hair and Baekhyun let out a sound that was half protesting and half amused.
“That's true,” he conceded, “But that doesn't mean I shouldn't go out of my way to be less of a dick to make you happy.”
Tao was quiet as Baekhyun rolled over a bit and angled his head up so he could see his boyfriend's face.
“I've never really seen the point of holidays like Valentine's day or White day or whatever, but I certainly see the point in doing something for you. I want to make you happy,” he admitted, feeling a little off balance since he wasn't the type to put his feelings out there so plainly. It was weird to speak so openly and not, at least, follow it up with a sarcastic comment or something, but he wanted Tao to know that he was serious. Because Tao put his feelings on the line daily, so it was only fair for Baekhyun to do the same.
“Hyung, I am happy,” Tao assured him with a soft smile, eyes shining and hands grasping at Baekhyun's shoulders.
“We can do anything you want tomorrow,” Baekhyun went on, keeping tabs on the way Tao's eyes looked suspiciously wet, “I mean, it'll be kind of hard to go out without getting mobbed, but if that's what you want, we can figure it out-”
Baekhyun was interrupted when Tao kissed him, lips warm and insistent and yep, there was that wetness against his cheeks. Tao was crying and Baekhyun was pretty sure they were happy tears, but he still didn't want to make Tao cry. Especially if all he had to do was offer to go on a date for Tao to be so overwhelmed. Was he that bad of a boyfriend?
“Hey, hey,” Baekhyun pulled back and used his thumb to wipe the moisture beneath the other's eyes, “Are you okay?”
“We don't have to do anything special tomorrow,” Tao told him, “Just this is enough.”
“Okay, I clearly need to step it up if your expectations are so low that me just offering to take you out makes you cry,” Baekhyun joked even though he truly meant what he said and could feel his chest tensing up at how many opportunities he'd missed to do something nice for his boyfriend.
“No you don't,” Tao laughed, sniffling and wiping at his own eyes, “I just like knowing that you care.”
“Well, of course I care,” Baekhyun told him, brow furrowing at the fact that apparently that wasn't obvious. He'd never really thought about it before because he knew he cared for Tao and he knew Tao cared for him with the way the younger man wore his emotions all over his face. But it was becoming apparent that his feelings weren't so obvious to Tao.
“Okay,” Tao said with a watery smile and Baekhyun knew that wasn't good enough.
“I love you, okay?” he said earnestly, eyes searching Tao's to make sure he knew that, “I really, really love you.”
Tao let out a happy laugh even as a few more tears slid down his cheeks, “I love you too.”
And Baekhyun couldn't stop the grin that stretched across his face even if he'd tried.
(The next day, Baekhyun woke up early and dragged Chanyeol out of bed to help him cook breakfast for Tao with the promise of a free meal later. Chanyeol still grumbled about how Baekhyun should just learn to cook himself so he could sleep, but breakfast was successfully made and Tao did, indeed, cry when Baekhyun served it to him in bed.
But Baekhyun vowed to do a better job at being Tao's boyfriend so that it took a little more to move him to tears. It was the least he could do.
And Baekhyun most certainly did not tear up when Tao gifted him with a self-composed rap later that day. That Tao had obviously prepared before he even knew Baekhyun was willing to acknowledge Valentine's day. Nope. No tears there. It was half in Mandarin anyway, so Baekhyun could only understand parts of it. So he didn't cry. He did not cry.
No matter what Tao says.)
-So this is a late V-Day drabble...hopefully I can finish a couple more?
Oh god why is it so schmoopy??? I sincerely apologize.
-Title taken from the Natalia Kills song of the same name.
-Comments make me as happy as Baekhyun when he mimics Tao's Korean pronunciation ^^