The winter air was cold and crisp, and the sky was enveloped in a warm gray. Snowflakes fell in slow motion like a world inside a snow globe. Light coming from the hidden sun seemed to be deepening, signifying that it’s already late in the afternoon. Somewhere within the city covered in fresh snow, a male and female’s laughter were audible.
“You should have seen Yoosung’s face!” a red haired male laughed hysterically.
“I can’t believe he drank all that chocolate milk!” your laughter complemented his. “Your pranks are hilarious.”
“Only you think so,” he chuckled.
“Hey! You’re the funniest person I know.”
He bit his slightly chapped lips to prevent smiling any wider, but the red glows on his cheeks couldn’t hide.
Is he blushing? Or are the winds too chilly? We should hurry get indoors so he doesn’t catch a cold.
“This is the first time I get to visit your apartment.” You were honestly a little excited.
“Yeah, well,” he tried to sound nonchalant, “it’s our first partner assignment together. And your roommate always has her new boyfriend over.”
The thoughts of their obnoxious kissing sounds and other disturbing noises sent shivers down both your spines.
Seven was the first friend you made in college and you two were inseparable ever since. For Seven, he already knew a few upperclassmen through a school club called the RFA. But none of his other friends enjoyed his jokes like you did. It was now the beginning of second semester in your third year.
We’ve been friends for a good while now. Is he… becoming more comfortable with me?
Butterflies fluttered in your stomach.
[F/n]. You warned yourself. Don’t be stupid.
You turned your head towards your curly-haired companion. Seeing his yellow and grey striped glasses fogged up from the winter air, you couldn’t help but let out a small giggle. His golden eyes met your [e/c] ones.
“What’s so funny?”
“Oh, it’s nothing,” you teased.
God, [f/n]’s so cute. He gave you a friendly glare.
“I’m going to bite you if you don’t tell me, meow.”
“You don’t believe me?” He sounded a little upset, “I’m really going to bite you, meow!”
You stopped dead in your tracks and immediately shot him a menacing smile. “Woof woof!”
Seven’s eyes widened. “Come here you—!”
“Woof woof!” And you ran as fast as your legs could take you.
It wasn’t long until you were unexpectedly run over by a male body. He failed to realize that he should slow down when chasing after you. And it caused the pair to fall over onto a soft layer of snow. His weight was a bit heavy on you, but not to the point of discomfort. In the midst of the cold snow, you felt his warm breaths on your face. The pounding in your chest was almost unbearable.
“Can you get off?” You managed to finally say.
“I… I told you I’m going to bite you.”
You cheeks instantly flushed with color. Is he serious? Catching you off guard, you weren’t sure how to respond. However, your growing smirk said otherwise.
“So, this is what Zen was worried about.”
“WHAT? NO!” He shot up so quickly it almost startled you. His cheeks flushed pink and mirrored yours. “I—I wasn’t. I mean, I didn’t mean to… Zen shouldn’t worry about things like that. I—I’m good at controlling myself!”
“Not-that-I-need-to-control-myself-because-we’re-just-friends… RIGHT?” What am I saying!?
You couldn’t help but burst into laughter. Your laugh was adorable yet genuine. And it rung between his ears in a heart palpitating way. The existing glow on his cheeks deepened. They were evident even though his winter mittens covered half his face.
It’s not like him to be so flustered. He’d usually play along with jokes like this.
“I—I’m gonna shut up now.”
You grinned at the poor boy and decided to save him from embarrassment. “Man, I’m hungry!”
“Oh!” His face brightened. “I have boxes of Honey Buddha Chips at my place!”
“You’d better have cases of Dr. Pepper too!”
“Of course!” his golden eyes gleamed. “Who do you think I am?”
Almost in unison, the pair declared with purpose.
“Seven Zero Seven! Defender of Justice!”
Both your eyes met for a second. And a burst of laughter filled the winter air.
Snow continued to fall peacefully. The red haired male and the [h/c] haired female continued along with their jokes and laughter until they arrived at Seven’s apartment.