Chapter 21 - Two Bros, Chillin’ in a Hot Tub, Five Feet Apart ‘Cause… (19+)
“Let’s get going.”
There were many times during which he regretted his past actions, but not this time. Rather than regret, he felt relief.
Heerak pulled the man by his wrist. Doseon followed without hesitation.
His brain was a mess.
He wasn’t sure if that really fit the situation, but in any case, Heerak felt like he completely forgot how to have sex.
The restaurant they were dining in was inside a hotel, so he could have easily booked a suite without changing locations. Normally, he would have done that straight away without any hesitation. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to be seen with a beta at a bustling hotel front. His mind simply went blank.
He had no idea why he felt so pressed. For some reason, his insides churned, and he broke out into a cold sweat. He couldn’t remember how he even managed to drive. Tens and hundreds of questions endlessly filled his head and disturbed him.
Why was that the only thing he was able to say back there? And why did this person agree without any complaints?
It was all very strange.
He didn’t feel this disoriented when he warned Doseon that he was going to say nonsense or when he actually spit those words out. It was when he grabbed Doseon’s wrist and dragged him out that his heart started hammering against his chest. He was frustrated that he did not know why his heart was beating like mad.
Silence filled the car as Heerak drove them to his home.
Heerak did not think to chat at all, and as always, Doseon never spoke up first. His mind so chaotic, Heerak failed to notice the suffocating silence that permeated the car.
He was able to calm down somewhat when he got on his personal elevator, which would take them up to Heerak’s penthouse. He felt like he could finally breathe when he stepped into a familiar space.
“Director, shall I take a shower first?” Doseon said, after calmly looking around the apartment.
Heerak felt a bit hurt at that. Here he was, his heart beating wildly, his head a mess, and not composed at all. He felt a flood of anger for no reason when he saw Doseon say that with a tranquil face. It sounded to him like Doseon was saying, “We’re going to do it anyways, so let’s get it over with.” Heerak found it ridiculous that, in this very moment, there wasn’t even a pea-sized fraction of a mood.
“I have to wash myself anyways, so let’s get in together,” Heerak responded purposely, with a mischievous smile. He wasn’t trying to be tough this time; he just wanted Doseon to be as thrown off as Heerak was.
“Oh, okay. If that is what you wish, Director, I’ll do that.”
Trying to shock Doseon ended in failure.
Heerak could not smile or laugh this time.
He was at a loss for words after hearing Doseon respond in his composed manner with seemingly no openings. Heerak wanted to know what he needed to do to see surprise or a broad smile on that face.
His penthouse had three bathrooms, but Heerak decided that he did not need to mention that for now. He mentioned going into the shower together half as a joke, but once he said it, he had a mind to act on it. If they were both naked and their bare skin touched, maybe Doseon would react differently.
However, that did not go as easily as he imagined.
Doseon did not show a hint of change while he was taking his clothes off in front of the bathroom that Heerak brought them to. He moved without hesitation as he removed each article of clothing with an indifferent face. Heerak was the one whose fair face became splotchy with red while restlessly taking off his suit beside Doseon.
As they waited for the bathtub, big enough to fit three to four adults, to be filled with water, Doseon calmly looked around the bathroom while standing. Heerak fixed his eyes on the gushing stream of water, taking quick peeks at the standing man. For some reason, he felt like he was peeping on someone that he shouldn’t be looking at.
This was a beta’s body.
Doseon was the first beta he saw naked, but in every moment, he could feel that this body was different from that of an omega. Normally, Heerak’s nose would be tickled with captivating and sensual pheromones in this situation. The fact that Doseon was maintaining his composure despite being in a space completely filled with alpha pheromones was proof that he was a beta.
The most basic foreplay before sex was sampling each other’s pheromones. At least, that was what Heerak thought. This situation, in which there was no point in releasing his pheromones and the other man couldn’t feel a single dose of pheromones, felt unfamiliar and awkward. It felt so foreign that he thought that this was why he was partly out of his mind.
Doseon may remember Heerak’s nude body, but this was the first time Heerak saw the other while sober. Heerak was able to gather new pieces of information from stealing glances at the other. Doseon had a strictly average body, although slim with no blemishes. It was nowhere near the well-funded, well-maintained body of Heerak, but it was clear to Heerak that Doseon had good proportions.
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