Wait, This Is A Date? (Lin x Reader)
Request: @ruth-hamilton-delrio asked for the line “Wait, is this a date?” and I may or may not have strayed from that a little (I did whoops sorry!)
SHOUTOUT TO @bestfluteninja FOR PROOFREADING I LOVE YOU
Warnings: Female!Reader, lots of fluff
Word Count: 1412
Authors Note: God this is so late I’m sorry but I hope you like it!! I wrote this a little differently too. Also, the link for the outfit is here! x
“I need Lin, Renee, Pippa, and Anthony to Room 103 in 5 minutes!” I shout into the break room. It’s time to dance, which is what I do best. Quickly, I hurry back into the room to get the mics ready. The interns scuttle around, clearing out the area. They take their places at the speakers, with one at the controls. As I finish connecting the last mic, all of the cast members walk in.
“What are we working on?” Renee asks as everyone lines up. I push my hair back as I take my place in front of them.
“Take a Break,” I reply, “everyone ready?” They all nod, waiting for my command. I take a deep breath, and nod at the man by the stereo. He starts the track, and we begin the routine. I watch them all go through it, paying attention to the movements. I look from Ant, to Pippa, to Lin, then Renee, them back to Lin. I have a hard time keeping my eyes off him, but I manage. It’s simple enough that one run through is enough. They’ve been through this number over a hundred times probably, so this is just a quick run through. As the music stops, I applaud them.
“Great job everyone!” I say, smiling. They thank me, and turn in their mics to an intern. This was my last number of the day, so I go to pack up my bag. As I put some papers away, I feel someone standing behind me. I turn around to see Lin, who is awkwardly messing with his hands, talking to Anthony. I can’t help but wonder what they’re talking about, as Ant is starting to move his hands. Then, he points at me, and I can feel my face reddening. Quickly, I bend down and finish packing my stuff. As I sling the bag over my shoulder, I hear Ant behind me.
“Y/N, hold on!” He yells. He runs in front of me as I’m walking out of the room, and I nearly crash into him.
"Jesus, Ant,“ I mumble, not realizing he’ll hear me. He laughs, and I look up at him.
"Did you need something, or are you just being Anthony?” I joke, and he laughs again.
"Uh, my cousin over there,“ he points back to Lin, "with his tongue hanging out, has been meaning to ask you..” he waits for me to pick up. I can’t help but laugh, but inside I’m screaming.
“Yes?” I continue.
“…what a lady, such as yourself, might be doing tonight?” After he says that, I can see Pippa down the hall giggling, and Renee hushes her. Jaz peeks out from behind the wall. When I look over my shoulder, I see Lin staring at us, with his hands in his pockets. The look on his face says he’s nervous, and my heart flips at the sight. I turn back to Anthony, and motion with my hand to start walking. I carefully step backwards.
“Does your cousin… dance?” I ask, loud enough for Lin to hear. Ant grins as he follows me into the studio.
“Like a drunk Chita Rivera,” Ant says. Lin laughs, and I turn to him.
“Okay,” I say, shaking my head a little for emphasis. “After I get ready, we could go out for dinner, then check out the fireworks.” Lin’s face breaks into a huge smile. He nods vigorously, and I laugh. Suddenly, Pippa is at my side, dragging me off. I can hear her talking about the dinner, but I can barely focus over my racing mind. It finally hit me that I’m actually going to go out with Lin. I’m so lost in thought that I don’t realize where I’m going, until Pippa pulls me into a room where Renee and Jaz are waiting.
"We want to help you with your outfit for tonight!“ Jasmine says excitedly.
"If that’s okay with you,” Renee interjects.
“Considering I have nothing to wear except my sweaty dance clothes, I’ll take any help I can get,” I respond, and we all laugh. I sit down in a chair in front of a mirror, and the girls start working. Renee messes with my hair, while Jaz is trying out makeup. I can hear Pippa talking to herself as she tries to find an outfit for me. We all talk about the show and about the choreography. They compliment me a lot, but I know that this would be nowhere without them.
After roughly an hour, I’m ready to go. The outfit Pippa found for me is an off the shoulder dress with a floral design, and some flats to go with it. I’m wearing the same moon necklace Pippa gave to me a few months ago, and my rings that I bought a year ago. The makeup is simple enough that it doesn’t look overdone, and my hair is in loose curls. I can’t help but smile when I see myself.
“Guys, this is absolutely amazing,” I gush, “thank you so much!"
"Of course!” Jasmine says. I grab my purse as I head for the door. Then, I stop, and turn around. The girls look at me worriedly.
“Is everything okay?” Renee asks. I can see the confused looks on their faces.
“Yeah, I just..” I start to talk, but stop. I don’t know how to talk about this feeling in my stomach. I’ve never been so nervous in my life, even when I applied to be a choreographer for the show. Looking down, I notice my hands are shaking some. I don’t know how to hide it.
“Hey, it’ll be okay,” I hear Pippa say. I look up to see her nodding along with the others. They all look at each other, then sing a line from one of my favorite musicals.
I giggle a little, then turn back to the door. Taking a deep breath, I step out into the hall. As I walk to the door where I’m supposed to meet Lin, I run into Anthony. He grins when he sees me.
"Lin is gonna lose his mind when he sees you,” he says, chuckling a little. I laugh some too, and keep walking. I stop at the door, take a deep breath, then step outside. Lin is out there, facing the street. When he hears the door, he turns, and his mouth drops open. I can’t help but blush, and he walks toward me.
“Oh my god,” he says, gesturing at me with his hands. “You look absolutely astounding.” He smiles widely, and my face just gets redder.
“Thank you,” I say, fiddling with my hands. Suddenly, he takes one of them in his. I look up, and see panic cross his face.
“Oh my god I’m so sorry,” he starts rambling, “I thought, since you said yes, I mean, I know I didn’t ask you out, but I mean, since we were going on a date, I thought-"
”Wait,“ I cut him off, then take a dramatic breath. ”This is a date?“ The sarcasm drips off my voice, and Lin starts to laugh. I join him, and suddenly, all of my nerves have disappeared. As we head to the car, he stops again.
"Oh, I got this for you a couple weeks ago, but I kept forgetting to give it to you,” he says. “Guess now is a good time, huh?” I nod, and he pulls something out of his pocket and places it in my hand. It’s a simple bracelet, a thin golden cord with a small stone in the center. It shines in the sun as he helps me clip it on my wrist.
“Do you like it?” He asks. I nod, and throw my arms around him. I look up at him, aware of how close he is. His eyes stare into mine, and before I can think about it, I close the small space between us. The moment my lips touch his, I feel butterflies explode through my stomach. His hands fall to my waist as I move mine around his neck. Everything seems to stand still, and it’s just us in this moment. We finally break apart, and a small smile has appeared Lin’s face. I return it, and we walk to the car. He opens the door for me, and we head to dinner.
Little did I know, this would be the first of many dinners, and time-stopping kisses.