character: lai guanlin
summary: guanlin borrowed you his jacket because you forgot yours, but because of that, everyone thinks you both are dating
“Great. I forgot my jacket. Again.”
You let out a loud sigh as you got out of your apartment and the cool breeze starts to touch your skin.
If you went back inside to grab it now, you’ll definitely be late for school and you’ll receive a free ticket to detention.
“This is the third time this week,” you mumbled to yourself in disappointment while crossing your arms together.
The cool breeze wasn’t the perfect kind. It was the cool, that sent chills to your skin. You didn’t know why it was so cold. Considering that it was already summer, you expected it to be a little warm.
The wind blew your baby hair away from your face that failed to stay tied up with the ribbon of your ponytail.
“I guess it’s no jacket day, again,” you softly spoke to yourself as you walked in the direction of your school.
But, as you made your way to school, you felt something wrapped around your shoulders, covering your freezing arms.
It was the school’s basketball team varsity jacket.
“Had a feeling you might have forgotten it, again.” Guanlin let out a faint chuckle as he walked beside you.
You turned to look at Guanlin who was walking beside you, looking like he just woke up and didn’t comb his hair. But, he still looked good.
“I don’t need your jac-”
“Yes, you do. You’re freezing,” Guanlin interrupted you.
“What about you?” You asked with a frown.
“I’m not that cold,” Guanlin answered.
You sigh in defeat and just thanked him as the two of you walked to school together quietly.
Your relationship with Guanlin wasn’t complicated. You guys were good friends, but you weren’t close friends. You had your own group of close friends, and he had his.
Occasionally, your group of friends and his would hang out together because you guys were childhood friends, and one of your friends was dating his friends.
In terms of feelings, you definitely liked him more than just a friend. But, you didn’t want things to grow awkward. So, you would rather keep your love for him be a secret.
“Umm, are you going to stay back at school today?” Guanlin broke the silence.
“Yeah, I have student council meeting today,” you answered.
“Oh, then let’s go back together later,” Guanlin offered.
“Why the sudden offer?” You asked curiously.
You were surprised by Guanlin’s sudden invitation to go back together. It wasn’t something you did everyday, but you were happy.
“I don’t want to walk alone,” Guanlin answered. “But, if you don’t want to, then it’s alright.”
“I was just asking, Guanlin,” you explained. “I didn’t say I didn’t want to.”
Guanlin let out a little laugh and showcased his gummy smile perfectly.
“Anyways, what time do you finish?” Guanlin asked changing the topic.
“Not sure, depends on the president. You know how she is,” you answered with a sympathetic smile.
“If you finish before me, wait for me at the basketball court, okay?”
“Okay.” You nodded with a shy smile. “What about your jacket?”
“Keep it,” Guanlin answered. “I’ll take it when we get home.”
As you entered your classroom, you went straight to your table and rested your head on your hands, that were crossed on the table.
You were a little sleepy because you slept late last night, thanks to your good friend, Somi, who was talking about her crush all night.
“Aye, y/n, you didn’t forget your jac-Is that Guanlin’s jacket!?” Somi, who had a really loud voice exclaimed, making everyone in the room grow quiet and turn to look at you and Somi.
You sat up, ears turning red from embarrassment by Somi’s question, but tried to play it off cool.
“Oh, yeah. I forgot my jacket,” you explained. “So, Guanlin borrowed me his.”
There was not a single word spoken after that, by anyone. Complete silence.
“Y/N AND GUANLIN ARE DATING!” One of the boys exclaimed.
The entire class began to “woo”-ing and giving teases to you, as your entire face grew red.
“What!? No! We’re not!” You denied. “He’s just borrowing me his jacket. We’re not dating!”
Some of your classmates began to “boo” at you because they think you’re lying.
“But, it’s true! Just ask Guanlin.”
“Guanlin likes you, though,” one of his good friends, Seonho, who also plays basketball, informed - which made the class “woo” even louder and your face turn redder.
Because of how loud they were, you basically gave up and let them do whatever they want. You knew that whatever you said now wouldn’t even work.
However, your mind couldn’t help but replay Seonho’s words. “Guanlin likes you, though.”
Was he lying to hype up the class, or was he telling the truth? It would be nice if he was telling the truth, but who were you kidding? There were so many girls that liked Guanlin - especially the seniors. The chances of Guanlin liking you was 1/1000.
When school ended, you went straight to the student council room.
You made sure not to wear Guanlin’s jacket this time. Not wanting the same thing to happen. Instead, you just held his jacket in your arm.
However, you forgot about it after the meeting ended. Making everyone in the student council tease you.
“Ooh~ Y/n, are you dating Guanlin now?” Sejeong asked with a smirk plastered on her face.
“What? No, of course not,” you answered with a sigh, knowing exactly why she asked that. “It’s because of the jacket, isn’t it.”
“You look cute in his jacket,” Euiwoong complimented.
“It’s just the school’s basketball team jacket, what even, Euiwoong?”
“Why aren’t you guys dating?” Chaeyeon asked. “You guys should be dating.
“Chaeyeon-noona, it’s because they’re both shy and in denial of their love for each other,” Daehwi answered Chaeyeon’s question. “Am I right, y/n?”
You were completely speechless by their words.
“This is bullying. I want my lawyer,” you joked.
“Honey, you need a lawyer. You need Guanlin,” Daehwi corrected you, making you roll your eyes and walked out the room quickly while the others were still packing and talking about you and Guanlin.
You sometimes wonder why almost everyone in your school, acted like little kids.
Guanlin just borrowed you his jacket. It’s nothing much, right?
If that didn’t make you feel embarrassed enough, some of the boys, that were in your grade but different class, teased you a little as you made your way to the basketball court.
“Stay sweet with Guanlin, y/n~”
“Go to hell, Justin!”
“Nice jacket, y/n!”
“You too, Jungjung!”
Not wanting to get anymore teasing, you quickly made your way to the basketball court and quietly took a seat at the bleachers, praying that you didn’t attract any attention.
You watched the boys play and spotted Guanlin. He looked so good playing basketball, it made your heart beat fast.
When he had the ball and managed to shoot it into the goal before the coach blew the whistle, making some of the boys cheered in victory.
“Alright, great job boys!” The coach complimented. “Especially you, Guanlin. You’ve improved a lot.”
“Thanks, coach.” Guanlin took his bottle and began drinking as he listens to the coach’s talk with the rest of his teammates.
"If you all can keep it up like this, we’ll definitely win this season. We would give the rest of the team a run for the money. Alright, you’re all dismissed,” the coach said as he grabbed his things and walked out of the hall.
However, before he left the court completely, he turned to look at you, making you jump a little in surprise. “Hello, Ms y/l/n. Don’t think I didn’t see you sneaking in.”
You let out a forced laugh and bowed at him. “Hello, coach.”
“Next time, try not to wear Guanlin’s jacket if you want to sneak into his basketball practices.”
With the coach leaving the basketball court, the boys all teased Guanlin and you because of the jacket.
"Our boy’s becoming a man!” Dongho said proudly.
“You’re already dating Y/N? Since when?” Daniel asked.
“Woah, you never told us anything about it,” Jihoon added.
“She’s been wearing the jacket since morning,” Seonho added. “Didn’t you, y/n?”
You were so speechless that you just stood there with no words coming out.
Guanlin immediately walked to you, ignored the boys’ questions but bid them goodbye, and held onto your hand as he leads the way out of the basketball court.
The walk back to your apartment was awkward. Well, not awkward, but, for you, it was. Especially with everything that’s going on, you couldn’t help but look at your feet, not having the courage to look at Guanlin or talk to him.
“I’m sorry about that, just ignore whatever they said,” Guanlin apologised as he finally broke the silence between the two of you.
“It’s alright.” You gave a gentle smile to Guanlin. “It’s been happening since morning,” you explained with a forced chuckle coming out.
“Really?” Guanlin asked in shock. “Ah, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make such things happen to you.”
“Guanlin, it’s alright. Really.”
“I mean, I don’t mind them saying that because I do like you a lot, but you don’t like me so…”
The two of you suddenly stopped walking as a sudden silence flew in as you both realised what Guanlin just said.
Guanlin liked you? Did you hear it correctly?
“Um, I’m sorry,” Guanlin apologised again. “I didn’t mean to confess to you or anything. I mean, I did but not right now-not like this-I-I-”
“But, I do like you. That’s why it’s embarrassing,” you interrupted him, acting a little coy.
Guanlin looked at you with wide eyes. “Really? Y-you, like me?”
“Yeah,” you answered with a giggle and nodded your head. “I like you. A lot.”
Guanlin’s gummy smile then appears as his hearts feels like it can just fly to the moon.
“Does this mean you would be my girlfriend?” Guanlin asked in excitement.
“Yeah, I guess,” you answered with a giggle.
“Then, I’ll walk to school again with you tomorrow,” Guanlin said as you guys approached your apartment. “I’ll walk to school with you everyday. And I’ll walk you back everyday too!”
You giggled at his excitement and nodded. “Sure, Guanlin. Anything you want.”
“I’ll see you tomorrow then, bye, y/n. I love you.” Guanlin gave a quick peck on your cheek before running off to his own apartment, leaving you there, with your fingers touching your cheeks - trying to process the fact that you just got kissed on the cheek by Guanlin.
You smiled widely as you entered the apartment, went to your house floor and went straight into your room.
Taking out the jacket and placing your bag near your study table, you collapsed onto your bed and took out your phone.
A wide smile appeared on your face when you saw a text message from Guanlin:
Please don’t forget my jacket tomorrow~
And don’t forget yours, either ❤️
“Oh! Guanlin’s jacket!” You exclaimed and face palmed yourself for being so forgetful.
How could you have forgotten that as well?