Notice You // Lee Mark
the prompt: may I request a Mark fluff?? Something like you dropped your books and he had a crush on you, and decided to help you out?
author note: awkward mark is everything and i love him.
Mark leaned against his locker, listening to Donghyuck complain about yet another detention he received.
“To be fair,” Mark stated. “You did throw a spitball right between the substitute’s eyes.”
“So? It wasn’t like I was aiming for his eyes,” Donghyuck grumbled as he pulled a few books out of his locker. “Honestly, should substitutes even be allowed to give out detention? I think not.”
Mark only chucked and shook his head. His eyes surveyed around the school, “Hey, have you see–”
“Y/n?” Donghyuck interrupted with a smirk on his face.
Mark began to blush and sputtered out, “J-Jeno. I was going to ask if you’ve seen Jeno today. I haven’t seen him.”
“Sure,,“ Donghyuck nodded. “Too bad that excuse sucks, because you were talking to Jeno this morning.”
Mark cursed under his breath. Of course all of his friends knew about his crush on you. He couldn’t help but stare a bit too long or talk a bit too much when it came to you.
Because of their constant teasing, Mark tried his hardest not to bring you up in any conversations. Sometimes, like today, he slipped.
“There’s Jeno now,” Donghyuck snickered, seeing you walk down the hallway.
Mark’s heartbeat picked up, and he felt somewhat stupid for being so enthralled with your presence. It wasn’t like you were anything special or out of the ordinary. You were just an average student who tended to have more books around you than friends. Often times you made your way down the hallway with multiple books in your arms, struggling to see over the pile as you took them to your locker.
Mark thought it was cute how you always found good books to read in the school library. Luckily, your school library was connected to the town’s library, so it was easy to find the novels you wanted as opposed to the educational books most school libraries offered.
You intimidated the boy. Not because you were mean, or loud, or anything of that sort. In fact, you didn’t speak much in class, and you only hung out with one person. Mark was intimated by your closed aura. How do you talk to someone who doesn’t talk to anyone? How do you just approach them and try to be friends?
Mark was too awkward to approach you. Even when Donghyuck offered to do it on his behalf, he declined. If he was going to talk to you, he didn’t want it to be through his best friend. He wanted the courage to do it himself.
Mark watched subtly as you made your way towards your locker, at least ten large novels in your arms. He read the spines, and was surprised to see a few romantic titles thrown in the usual thrillers and science fiction books you read.
When you reached your locker, you bravely balanced all ten books using one arm, and tried to open your locker with the other.
Donghyuck closed his locker and smiled, “I’m going to help you talk to her.”
“Don’t,” Mark said. “I’ll do it when the timings right.”
“That time is now,” Donghyuck fired back. “You can thank me later.”
Mark opened his mouth to protest, but Donghyuck was already walking towards you.
Mark watched helplessly as Donghyuck walked towards you and slyly tapped your shoulder before he kept walking. You whipped around to see who tapped you, which resulted in all of your books falling from your hold.
You sighed and kneeled down to gather up all of your dropped books.
Mark stilled for a moment, before realizing what he was supposed to do. He ran over and dropped down, picking up a few books to give you.
“Thank you,” you breathed, looking up to meet his eyes.
Mark felt his throat go dry when he saw your pretty eyes. He wet his lips and nervously looked back at the books. “Yeah, n-no problem.”
He picked up another book, and handed it to you. “Here.”
You laughed as you took the John Green novel from him. “I promise I’m not a hopeless romantic.”
Mark felt a grin appear on his own face. “It’s okay if you are. I won’t judge.”
He looked at you and saw a sheepish smile on your face. You held up your pointer finger and your thumb, “Just a little bit. Most of the time I read sci-fi or horror.”
“I always see you carrying books with scary titles,” Mark commented.
When you didn’t answer, he looked up. You were busy straightening your pile of books. Only now Mark noticed the hue of your cheeks were pinker than usual.
You stood up, and he followed. “Did I say something wrong?”
“No,” you replied, pushing a stray strand of hair behind your ear. “I’m just surprised you noticed me, is all.”
“I’ve always noticed you,” Mark said before he could stop himself. He held out his hand. “I’m Mark.”
“Y/n.” You accepted the handshake.
Mark was surprised to hear the next words that came out of your mouth, “Would you want to walk me to class?”
“S-Sure,” he managed to say in his state of disbelief.
You stuffed all of your books in your locker and turned back to him, smiling, “Okay, let’s go.”
As you and Mark walked away, Mark caught the eye of Donghyuck.
“You’re welcome,“ Donghyuck mouthed, a satisfied smirk on his face.