Chapter 22 - Two Bros, Chillin’ in a Hot Tub, Five Feet Apart ‘Cause… (19+)
The tub was decently filled as Heerak sneakily scanned Doseon’s body up and down with his eyes. Heerak entered first and motioned for Doseon to come in, and the latter obliged.
Heerak had never visited a public bathhouse or sauna before, but sitting in his tub with Doseon, he wondered if this was how it felt like to be at one. Heerak contemplated on this somewhat barren situation—they didn’t exchange conversation, they sat with some distance between each other, and they sat there, warming themselves up with the water.
Eventually, Heerak burst out laughing.
His laugh echoed in the bathroom, and this time, Doseon’s expression changed. Doseon, startled by the burst of laughter, widened his eyes and blinked. That only made Heerak laugh harder.
“Isn’t this silly? Ahaha, in about… 30 minutes from now or so, we’re going to be in bed together, but what’s with this mood?”
He didn’t mean to say that out loud. He was only really talking to himself to cope with this absurd situation. However, Doseon looked troubled and said, “I’m sorry.”
“I don’t know what I can or what I should say in this kind of situation,” he added in a quiet voice after apologizing. Heerak thought that was quite cute. His face was full of smiles as he quickly slid over to Doseon’s side.
Their positions changed in an instant. Heerak moved behind Doseon. He pulled Doseon’s waist toward himself with both arms and gazed down at the back of Doseon’s neck. Unlike at the restaurant, he was finally able to recognize that this back was the same from that night. Doseon’s plump earlobes and slightly skinny shoulders were all things he recalled. While Heerak was glad that he could get the confirmation that he wanted, Doseon was as still as a rock. Heerak snickered and whispered, “Lean on me.” But Doseon just shook his head a few times. Doseon probably did not intend it, but Heerak welcomed this reaction. This was something he recalled clearly.
It was useless for Doseon to say no. Heerak pulled Doseon in his arms closer and didn’t let go until Doseon pressed his back on Heerak’s torso. Once he ended up leaning back on Heerak, Doseon’s ears slowly became tinged pink. It was probably not just because of the warm bath water. Heerak started to enjoy this situation and felt a bit more relaxed because of it. His chaotic thoughts, which were running around like a prepubescent boy just a couple hours ago, finally felt like they could function again.
And thereafter, the two got out of the bath and relocated to the bedroom.
Heerak wanted to pull his hair out and flip a table, but he pushed that desire down and started talking to Doseon. There was a very important thing he realized far too late.
Doseon was lying like a statue in the middle of the wide bed. Heerak laid down beside him and grabbed Doseon’s shoulders, pulling him to the side. Doseon quickly complied and let himself be pulled, rolling to his side. He met Heerak’s eyes that were looking down on Doseon.
There was a slight pause before Doseon said, “Sorry? What do you mean…” to the sudden apology.
“I don’t have any condoms here.”
There was no reason why Heerak would have condoms at home. In the first place, he never brought anyone home for a night of sensual passion. His most frequent visitors were his parents, siblings, and Seokchan, and even then, they never entered his bedroom or bathrooms. His closest friends were not even allowed to step a foot through the front door.
“But you know what’s a bigger problem?”
“Sorry? There was another problem?”
Heerak laughed hollowly. “I don’t have any lube either. I remember thinking about it right before we got in the car. But at some point, it completely slipped my mind.”
This was something that truly should never have happened by Heerak’s standards, and there was only one reason he mentioned his ridiculous mistake to Doseon. He wanted to ask for Doseon’s understanding. Just like that night, Doseon would have no choice but to use lotion or another alternative to lube today.
So the next thing Doseon slowly said obviously made Heerak frown. “Director, if not having condoms or lube bothers you, should I go out and buy some?”
“…” Heerak shut his lips tightly. He felt like something strange and ludicrous would pop if his mouth was open, and he wanted to prevent that from happening.
He watched Doseon’s close face. He felt upset just watching the blinking, unruffled face. “Doseon Yoon.”
“How could you interpret my apology like that? I really can’t understand you at all!” He raised his voice unintentionally. Doseon was probably surprised at how upset Heerak sounded, so he anxiously searched Heerak’s face with his mouth shut.
“I’m sorry, Director, but that’s the only way I could understand that apology.” Doseon’s response was concise, but Heerak felt himself swell with inexplicable emotions. He could not maintain his composure. To say he could fall over from rage or skyrocketing blood pressure would be appropriate for this situation.
So Doseon thought Heerak was asking him to go out and buy those things in a roundabout manner. He thought Heerak was making an indirect apology. That was how this man interpreted Heerak’s remorse.
“Seriously, what the hell…?!” Heerak sighed.
Heerak pulled the man into an embrace. He could feel the man in his arms slowly grow stiff, starting from his shoulders, but he ignored it. If anything, he squeezed tighter and said in an angry tone, “How could you construe it like that? That’s just me telling you to laugh at me for fumbling even though I was the one who invited you! It means that I feel awkward telling you that you have no choice but to use lotion like last time! It means that I’m sorry that I was so unprepared, but I will be ready next time! Why don’t you get that? Why are you like this, seriously?”
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