Why Mates?

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...Or maybe he would wait until Jungkook felt better.

Jimin crouched beside Jungkook, rubbing the younger man's back. Jungkook was sweaty and pale, hands shaking. They hid behind the bushes behind the school. Jimin pushed Jungkook's hair off his forehead, sighing.

"Is he still trying to get in?"

"Of course he is," Jungkook said, swaying and sitting down hard on the ground. "He's... really... persistent..."

"What's he saying?"

"Something about finding me? Wanting to talk in person--" Jungkook leaned forward and threw up, coughing. Jimin growled, rolling his eyes.

"Did he tell you his name?"

"...Kim Taehyung."
Jimin stood abruptly, then crouched again, only to stand and start to leave again. "I'm going to beat him so hard he doesn't see tomorr--"
"Hyung, please," Jungkook said, scooting away from the puddle of sick. "It's my fault anyway."

Jimin froze. "...what?"

"I said I'm sick of this!" Jungkook said. "H-he's a good guy, he's worried..."

"What--"

"Hyung, normally an omega doesn't suppress their scent unless they've been raped!" Jungkook snapped, and Jimin backed up, blinking quickly. The younger man sighed, running a hand through his hair. "He thinks someone hurt me."

Jimin swallowed hard, pressing a hand to his stomach. "Then... you're going to tell him?"

"Yes." Jungkook looked up at him, frowning. "Why? What's wrong?"

Jimin bit his lip, avoiding Jungkook's eyes. "You're not... scared?"

He felt stupid for asking the question. Jungkook had to be scared. His mate was putting him through all this crap just to tell him he loved him. Surely the young man wasn't really considering it. After all, every omega who came to this school wanted to avoid the alphas... right?

Jungkook stood, swaying, and walked over, setting a hand on Jimin's shoulder. "Thanks for worrying about me, hyung," he said. "But I'll be fine. I came here because I wanted to find someone, anyway."

Jimin opened and closed his mouth, but no sound would come out.

"Why are you so sensitive about this, hyung?" Jungkook said, leaning in and resting his head on Jimin's shoulder. Jimin reached out to support him, frowning.

"I just don't want you to get hurt," he said softly.

"You can't stop that from happening," Jungkook chuckled. "Hey, you know what?"

"What?"

"I'll wait until you find your mate. Then we can confess together?"

"Jungkook," Jimin began, but a prickle ran up his back and he looked up, straight into Kim Taehyung's furious eyes.

He gulped. 

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