✖Lai Guanlin x reader
✖Word count: 576
✖“Uh, I like you. There. I said it.”
“Hey y/n, did you finish that dance yet?” a voice called out from behind making you stop what you were doing. You turned around to be faced with your friend and fellow trainee Lai Guanlin. He was also your crush.
You shook your head. For the past week, you’ve been working on a totally “top secret” choreography for the upcoming monthly evaluation. It wasn’t really a secret anymore since Guanlin walked on you practicing and now looks like you have a partner for the evaluation.
“It’s not completely done yet but most of it is” you responded. Actually it was done but being the perfectionist you are, you have to go back and make every single detail perfect. Being Guanlin’s partner only fueled your aspiration to make the dance better.
“Show me and maybe I could help. I mean we are a team” he said as he plopped down on the ground. Before you could protest, he started the music forcing you to do the dance.
When you finished, Guanlin applaud loudly causing you to blush. You were out of breath but practice makes perfect.
“Wow y/n, I think that was your best choreography ever” he complimented making you blush even more.
“Thanks but I need to perfected it. But in the meantime, let me teach you the dance so we don’t cram too much practicing in last minute” you said grabbing your water bottle and taking a long drink. Guanlin got up excitedly and gave you a thumbs up.
“Ready when you are” he said. That was your cue to start teaching. The next few hours were spent on you correcting all his moves and teaching him the whole choreography and some more Korean. It was also spent laughing whenever he tripped and whenever you accidentally kicked him.
“Hey Guanlin, I have a question” you stated as the two of you plopped on the floor after your dance lesson. You were both sweaty and pretty gross but Guanlin somehow managed to still look perfect. His genes are pretty good.
“Ask away” he said, taking a big gulp of his water.
“Why did you partner up with me?” You asked curiously. You could have sworn his eyes went big and his cheeks went red for a second but you blamed it on your tiredness.
“No particular reason, I just wanted to I guess” he replied but any normal person could tell that he was lying. Wow, his cheeks were definitely red.
“Just tell me. You could have partnered up with Seonho and perfected your troublemaker routine” you teased him a bit. His cheeks went redder and by now you were confused. What was his reasoning? Did Seonho do something?
“Do you really want to know” he asked looking at you straight in the eye. You nodded your head, genuinely curious at this point. You weren’t the best choreographer at Cube, nor vocalist or rapper. Guanlin could have done a rap would someone else but why would he choose dance with you out of all people.
“Uh, I like you. There. I said it" he answered nervously, unable to look you in the eye. You blinked a couple of times before his words actually hit you. The Lai Guanlin likes you. This must be a dream or something because you couldn’t believe it.
After a few moments you finally broke the silence and gave him a response to his statement.
“If it helps, I like you too”