Bookstore kid | Zach Herron | (PT.4)
A/N: I took a break in between this to refresh my mind but I feel like it’s fried even more HAHAHA.
PT.1: The boys encourage Zach to get your number, and when Zach gains confidence to do so, he also thinks of an idea - that he thinks is rather cute - on how to get your number.
PT.2: You go about your life, return to Barnes and Noble on the next Thursday to read your book, only for it to lead to a series of semi-anonymous messages.
PT.3: The Saga continues, and a newfound obsession begins.
PT.4: Everything comes to an end when finally, one of the teens give up on their side.
Word count: 1,020. (LONG AF WOOP)
Warning: you might swerve to Zachs lane????
Prompt: #172. “Can I borrow that book of yours?”
Thursday, 9th September, 2017. 4:08pm.
Zach finally had enough time with his busy schedule cleared. So as soon as David had told him he was free - he was at Barnes and Noble. He looked through the isles until he passed the J.K Rowling section, where in between two books was the one that contained everything. He smiled as he retrieved it from the shelf. Then Zach read the girls reply before writing one out himself and putting it back in between the Harry Potter books, then proceeding to sit in the corner of the store, for once actually reading a book.
“I’d love to hear your theories on it, Bookstore girl.”
You had returned to the store the same day, just four minutes after Zach had arrived. You found the book and noticed that the ink was fresh - due to the potent smell of ink and that it smudged when your hand brushed over the writing. You knew he was there, but it wasn’t time yet.
“You haven’t even read the book, Zach. You wouldn’t understand. But when that day comes, you’ll regret saying that, bookstore boy.” You smile and clamp the letter between the pages, then exiting the store before you had the chance to run into Zach.
Zach got up, deciding it was time for him to leave as he was hungry and wanted food. He passed the Harry Potter book section and smiled as he passed the book. He did a double take when he realised the book wasn’t there anymore. In absolute confusion, Zach walked up to the counter. “Ronnie, did someone come through and borrow ‘Playhouse?’”
Ronnie was the girl who had watched everything unfold for the past month and a half, so she wasn’t going to say that you were there at the same time as him again, but she wasn’t going to lie either. “Nope, maybe it was moved?” She suggested with a raised eyebrow before continuing typing away on her computer.
Zach found himself spending the next ten minutes searching high and low for this book. It was beyond hard to find. But when he had, he too smelt the fresh ink as you had not more than twenty minutes ago.
He read what you had said, still shocked that you were in the same vicinity as him yet neither of you had seen each other. Zach looked around to try and see if you were still here, but returned to the spot where he found the book with a frown. Though he did reply straight away.
“And you’ve caught me again.. We almost met today, Bookstore girl -(by the way, you know my name, so don’t call me bookstore boy, its unfair). The ink on my paper was so fresh that it has smudged in several places. I know we will meet soon, I am certain. Please, call me! (:” Zach had to leave to tell the boys that you both had almost met today. And so he did.
You returned five days later. You had already thought out everything you were going to write. This was potentially your last written letter to Zach.
You found the book, wrote out your letter, and left the store with a big smile on your face and a huge weight lifted from your shoulders.
Zach went in the next day. He searched high and low for the book, but was unable to find it. He asked Ronnie, Edward too, neither of them would tell him where the book was - as it was your plan after all.
He spent an hour looking for the book, searched every shelf, behind the counter but still couldn’t find it. Zach grew tired, so he took a break. He plonked himself down onto a chair and sighed. A second later a little thud caused him to jump. He sat up an looked all around him to see what had fallen. When he stood up he noticed a book, the book, sitting underneath the chair with duct tape stuck to it.
“This girl is a genius,” he muttered to himself as Ronnie and Edward clapped gently, so it didn’t make a sound. Zach opened the book, and what he read had taken him by surprise.
“After a lot of thinking I have decided its time. I don’t want to hide behind paper anymore, I’d like to have a real conversation with you. If you found this book - then it just proves to me that you’re serious about us. Hopefully I hid it well enough..
Anyways, if you’re reading this then, congratulations Zach.
Why am I congratulating you? Because you’re going to get what you’ve wanted this entire time. Since I embarrassed you in front of your friends until now.
Reply with anything, absolutely anything you desire. When I see your reply, will be the day we finally talk. Keep your phone near.”
Zach scribbled a quick note down before happily dancing around the room. Ronnie and Edward giggled softly as they watched the teenager cheer.
He quickly taped the book back to the seat and left the store with the biggest smiled plastered on his face.
When he returned home, he instantly began telling Jonah, Corbyn, Daniel and Jack that in just a few days, himself and ‘the bookstore girl’ will be connecting via voice and not paper.
The boys brushed it off, it had gone on for long enough now and at this rate they were just annoyed at how long it has taken the both of you to sort everything out and agree to meet.
Zach celebrated that night by playing loud music and eating a lot of unhealthy foods, which he knew wouldn’t be a good combination. That night he could barely sleep, due to the great amount of excitement he was experiencing. The two older teenagers that shared a room with him ended up sleeping on the couch downstairs due to his nervous and excited fidgeting keeping them up.
He put his phone on charge, not wanting for it to die while waiting for you to call, and then finally fell asleep.
A/N: This isn’t my proudest chapter, as its super duper rushed and probably makes half sense because it’s 4:30AM and I’m exhausted and want to sleep but I have excruciating pain in my stomach and idk why soo ???