Request: Hi, im Rachel! Do you think you could write me a one shot about meeting Finn and him trying to impress me, then us falling in love? I really love your writing. Thank you!
I opened the door to the small café and looked around. I was meeting my older sister, Hannah, and her son Ben here to catch up, since this was her first week back in the UK.
“Rachel!” I heard from the far end of the café, and I turned to see my sister sitting at a table next to the window, my one-year-old nephew bouncing on her lap. I smiled widely as I made my way over to them, greeting them when I reached their table.
“Hi, Hannah,” I said as we hugged. Then I looked at Ben, who was grinning from ear to ear. “Hi, Benny!”
I took my nephew in my arms and gave him a kiss on his chubby cheek, nuzzling his face and making him giggle.
“Should we get something to drink?” Hannah asked, placing her jacket on the back of her chair to indicate that our spot was taken. We made our way over to the line that snaked around the counter, chatting lightly about France, where Hannah was currently living with her husband, and my uni, and about Ben. The line was taking forever to move, but I didn’t really mind.
My sister was scouring the menu on the wall behind the counter for something to eat, when I noticed that Ben was looking over my shoulder and giggling at something behind me. I turned to see what it was, expecting to see someone making funny faces for him. What I wasn’t expecting was for that person to be none other than Finn Harries.
I had been a bit of a fan of Jack and Finn for a while now. Their videos always made me laugh, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t think they were extremely good-looking. I found Finn especially attractive, for reasons I couldn’t quite pinpoint. Something about his eyes…
When I turned, Finn was in the middle of pulling a derp face, eyes crossed behind his glasses and lips impossibly twisted. I let out a burst of laughter without meaning to, and that’s when Finn noticed that Ben wasn’t the only one watching him anymore. He took a startled step backwards, face turning beet red, and looked down at his feet in embarrassment.
“I’m sorry,” I said between giggles. “I shouldn’t be laughing.”
“Nah, it’s all right,” he said, looking back up at me with a smile. “That’s what I get for teasing kids.”
“Was he teasing you, Benny?” I said to my nephew. He grinned in response and awkwardly waved his hand at Finn, tiny fingers grasping at the air. “Aw, he likes you.”
“Glad to know my utter humiliation wasn’t in vain,” Finn laughed. “I’m Finn, by the way.”
“I know,” I said, immediately regretting my words. Was that too weird? Yeah, it probably was. Oops. “I watch your videos.“
There was an awkward silence as we both tried to think of something to say. Ben was still reaching for Finn, both arms outstretched.
“I think he wants you to hold him,” I said. “I mean, if that’s okay with you.”
“Yeah, sure,” Finn said hesitantly, taking his hands out of his pockets and holding his arms out for Ben. I was expecting him to fumble, or not know how to hold a baby properly, but he surprised me when he took Ben swiftly and confidently, and held him against his side.
Ben, who usually hated being held by strangers, never let his smile falter.
“I think I’m gonna get Ben some yogurt,” Hannah said, turning back to me. She noticed Finn holding her son and a look of mild horror passed over her features, but was quickly replaced with relief as she noticed me standing right next to him. “Oh, hi.”
“Hannah, this is Finn,” I introduced. “Finn, this is my sister Hannah, Ben’s mum.”
“Nice to meet you,” Finn smiled.
“You didn’t tell me you had a boyfriend,” Hannah said slyly.
“He’s not my boyfriend!” I quickly denied.
“I don’t even know her name,” Finn said at the same time.
“It’s Rachel,” I said, turning to him. Hannah laughed, then turned back around as it was her turn to order.
“Can I have a strawberry-banana smoothie, a blueberry yogurt, and…” Hannah glanced at us. “What would you two like?”
“Oh no, no, no,” Finn said, reaching into his pocket and pulling out his wallet. “Let me buy you guys something.”
“That’s okay,’ Hannah said, shaking her head.
“I insist,” Finn said, stepping forward. “Add a caramel mocha to that.”
He looked at me, his eyebrows raised ever so slightly.
“Can I have a caramel mocha, too, please?” I asked. Finn paid for our drinks, after waving aside Hannah’s offers to pay again. What a gentleman, I thought to myself.
We headed back to our table while we waited for our drinks, Hannah pulling up another chair for Finn.
“Are you okay with him sitting with us?” I asked her under my breath while Finn was distracted with Ben.
“Of course,” Hannah replied. “I can tell you like him.”
We all sat together for at least an hour while Finn told us about his and his brother’s YouTube channel, and their travels, and projects they were working on. Hannah and I also chatted back and forth, while Finn listened and played with Ben, who refused to leave Finn’s lap. He kept grabbing at Finn’s glasses, and eventually Finn took them off and put them on Ben, who squealed in delight. I took a picture, unable to supress my comments about how adorable he looked. Even though I was talking about Ben, I’m pretty sure both Finn and Hannah knew I was also referring to Finn.
My attraction to Finn grew with every passing minute. The way he acted with Ben was almost too much for me to handle, and I had to restrain myself from flinging my arms around his neck and declaring my love for him right there in the middle of the café. Instead, I resorted to looking at no one but Finn throughout the entire conversation.
Eventually, and much to my dismay, Hannah checked the time on her phone and stood up.
“We should get going,” she said to me. “Mum’s expecting us at home in ten minutes.”
“Okay,” I said, unable to hide my disappointment. I stood up slowly, followed by Finn, who held Ben out for Hannah to take. She did, wiping a little excess yogurt off her son’s chin. Finn turned to me.
“It was great to meet you,” Finn said quietly. “Do you think I could have your number?”
My heartbeat quickened as I nodded, slipping my phone out of my pocket. We traded and added each other as contacts, and when Finn gave my phone back to me I saw he had put his name as ‘Finn <3’. I smiled, blushing slightly, as I looked back up at him. He bit his lip, his expression turning uncertain for a moment, before bending down and kissing my cheek lightly.
“Come on, Rachel!” Hannah called as she opened the door to exit the coffee shop.
“I’m coming,” I said. I took one last look at Finn before turning and heading toward my sister and nephew. When I was halfway there I paused. Just do it, Rachel.
I spun back around and ran up to Finn, stood up on my tip-toes, and kissed him square on the lips. He chuckled, and kissed me back, his hands finding my waist and pulling me closer.
“Rachel,” my sister called, becoming annoyed.
“I’m coming!” I called back, reluctantly pulling away from Finn.
“I’ll call you,” he said to me.
“See ya!” I raised my hand in a small wave, before running back to Hannah and Ben.
As we were getting into Hannah’s car, my phone buzzed in my pocket. I pulled it out to reveal a new text.
Finn <3: I just realized I never said hello.
Me: No, you didn’t, haha.
Finn <3: Hello :)
A/N: Here you go, Rachel! I hope you like it! I’m sorry it took so long to write, it took me several tries. Please send feedback/like/reblog/follow…you know the drill ;). I’m working on the next chapter of my fan fiction now, so hopefully it’ll be up today. Love, Naomi xx