authors note: when you fall in love, it’s like your eyes are put on a setting that make things brighter and prettier. but also more harsh, scaring you a bit.
“Your sock is on inside out.” He spoke with a smile, and titled his head looking down at her as she put on her brightly colored socks, with elephants on them.
"Oh, I know.” She said simply and smiled.
"Oh.. Okay?” Shawn laughed in confusion but not questioning her weird adorable habits.
"After you wear your favorite pair of socks for a while, they get dirty right? And you can always wash them, but there’s still going to be a stain on them from that time you stepped in paint, or that time you stepped in spilled spaghetti sauce. But if you turn them inside out, you can’t see the stains!” She said cheerfully, now grabbing her sneakers to put those on next.
"Good point. But no ones going to see your socks. I mean.. Right?” Shawn was still confused so he questioned her further, to see what other creative answer she’d give.
"What if we go to someone’s house and they ask us to take our shoes off? What if someone holds us hostage and they take our shoes? You gotta be prepared.” She smiled crookedly as she tied up her shoe laces. Shawn loved all the odd ideas she came up with, and he wished he was able to think with such an open mind like that. And now he wished even more that there was a way to turn people inside out, a way to personally hide your own stains from past experiences. Shawn had a life like that once, where he was able to make a mistake and not tell anyone about it, so only he knew. No big deal right? But with the life he lived now, now the whole world saw all of Shawn’s stains. Of course there were things that some people just would never know. But for the most part, everyone knew everything.
“Ready to go?” Y/N stood up and grabbed her water bottle heading for the door, to start their hike.
“Born ready.” Shawn replied and they were off
It was very warm out, but not too warm, it was perfect for a hike. The trail they were on was long but it was worth the walk. Apparently Y/N had been on the trail before and so she ended up telling stories about it while they walked.
“And so my sister got stung on the head, and my mom got stung right in the eyes! She looked like me when I wake up in the morning!” Y/N laughed and laughed as she walked over the part of the trail where there once was a small beehive under this one rock. She had went with her family and they stepped in the wrong place, so they were all stung. Shawn liked to watch her walk and talk at the same time, especially with her cute running leggings on, and an old t-shirt with a little picture of a mountain on it. Her ponytail swung back and forth, and her hips moved in sync to what she was saying. Sometimes she’d even start singing, and she’d pull on Shawn’s arms trying to get him to sing with her. And so they had sung a few Maroon 5 songs until they finally reached the top of the trail.
The view was breathtaking. And nature was always breathtaking, but for some reason, it was even more beautiful to Shawn as he stared out into the sky, and looked at the trees. Y/N stood next to him, hugging herself before saying, “We made it!” Her smile lit up the cloudy sky and her eyes brightened the colors of the flowers on the ground. Even the dirt seemed attractive, when she picked up a stick and started drawing herself and him together, at the top of the mountain. She wrote her name into the ground and then handed the stick to Shawn.
So Shawn laughed but took the stick and wrote his name right next to hers in the dirt. She clapped excitedly and spun around, leaning against the trees. Her smile was radiant, making the green trees in the forest seem greener. More appealing than your average tree. Somehow she turned everyday life into something so lovely and interesting. Shawn was slowly catching himself falling in love with her, and it was scary at first. He wasn’t used to being so happy about everything all the time, and he didn’t know what it meant to feel this way. He wouldn’t normally find himself smiling at things like dirt, or sticks, or a t-shirt with a crappy picture on it. But it all involved her. So here he was, staring at her as she stared at the sky, and this was when he knew, that he wanted everything else in his daily life to be this beautiful. He wanted to be with her all the time. He was in love with her and he only hoped that she felt the same.