- Chaeyoung Focus
Word Count: 1511
Making your way downstairs, you held onto your lunch bag in one hand and a stack of papers in the other. Lunch break was your favourite time of the school day because you could go ahead and use the music room however you wanted, as long as you didn’t leave food or trash anywhere. Ever since you were young, you enjoyed the sound of classical music. And as you grew older, you had decided to join the school’s band and take private piano lessons. The joy of creating music was far greater than listening. That’s why you were in the music room every lunch break, playing piano right after you finished eating.
Today was no different, you took your sheets of music and arrived in the music room five minutes after the lunch bell rang. Plopping down on the bench, you placed your lunch down on the ground and set up your music sheets on the piano stand. Faintly, you could still hear the rest of the school laughing and talking loudly from upstairs. Although you had your music to accompany yourself, you sometimes craved for another to share your interest in music with. The only one that you really wanted to share this with was Chaeyoung, a beautiful girl from your math class. But, after realizing that she likes rap and hip hop music, you decided that she probably wouldn’t enjoy listening to classical since the styles were so drastically different.
Stretching your fingers and hands a little, you started to warm up by playing some scales. No one ever heard you since the rest of the school was so loud, and even if they did, they’d disregard the music and continue to do what they were doing before. Not that you minded, of course. After you figured that your fingers were ready, you began to shift through some sheets of music until you picked out a classic from Mozart. Your fingers danced across the keys, and the music echoed in the entire room so strongly that it reached the ears of Chaeyoung who had come downstairs to use the washroom.
What’s that sound? Sounds like someone’s using the music room… I thought no one was allowed there during lunch time. Maybe I should go see what’s up. Chaeyoung thought to herself as she made her way downstairs. She paused her music and popped out her earbuds. Huh, it’s that guy from math class. I didn’t know he played piano, he’s always so shy. He’s pretty good too. I wonder if he has special permission to be in here? I don’t want to interrupt though.
Chaeyoung stood at the doorway and watched you play from there. After you had finished, she politely knocked on the door.
“Hey, are you supposed to be in here?” Chaeyoung asked as she walked on over to you.
Caught off guard, you almost fell off the piano bench.
“Huh? Oh yeah, I’m always here. The teachers know, it’s fine.”
“”Sorry, I didn’t mean to surprise you. I heard you playing earlier and I didn’t want to interrupt so I kept quiet until after you finished.”
“No, no, it’s fine. It’s just that I wasn’t expecting anyone.”
Chaeyoung nodded and turned to leave.
“Wait, hey, did you like the piece I just played?” You asked quickly, catching her attention once again.
“Yeah… it was nice. I kind of prefer more modern music though, but it still sounded superb. I didn’t know you could play piano.”
“I really enjoy classical music, so I decided to learn piano from a very young age. No one is ever here to listen to me though, I guess classical isn’t that popular with everyone.”
“Really? Well, maybe you’re right, but I’m sure lots of people out there enjoy listening to jazz, rock, classical, the oldies.” Chaeyoung said, smiling.
“Thanks. Anyways, uhm, I’ll see you in math class?”
“Yeah, of course. Maybe I’ll drop by again sometime and you can play an entire recital here.” Chaeyoung commented before leaving.
You gave her a smile before turning back to the piano. Chaeyoung is so pretty, I wonder what it’ll be like if she sat with me during lunch breaks. We could have so much fun together, but I know she doesn’t like the kind of music that I do. I wish that Chaeyoung would actually come and listen to me play during lunch breaks. Wait, why not? Just because she likes pop doesn’t mean that I can’t incorporate that into piano… I can learn make some ballads of her favourite songs! As you became more and more excited about the possibility of having Chaeyoung listen to you, you completely forgot about how you were going to get her here in the first place. The lunch bell rang a second time, signalling the end of the lunch break which also meant the end of your piano playing for the day. Math class is next, I’ll find some sort of way to attract her. Should I just ask her out straight up? No, no, that’s rude and way too direct. Maybe I can ask her to meet up after school or something? Nah, that’s confusing for her and maybe she won’t show up. What about a note? Yeah… something subtle and discreet. I can just pass along the note, I won’t have to put myself out there and I can tell what her response is just from her reaction! Perfect. Now, to put it into motion.
Passing by Chaeyoung’s desk, you realized that you had to somehow make your way all the way to the front without looking weird or awkward. Since your desk was so far away, you definitely had to create a distraction of some sort. I’ll just throw my eraser there or something and as I go get it, I’ll drop off the note to her. My god, that’s so cheesy but it’ll work. Hopefully. Alright, time to write the note. On a small scrap piece of paper, you wrote down your message to Chaeyoung.
Hey Chaeyoung, its (Y/N). I was wondering if you wanted to come down and listen to me play piano again. I know that classical music might not be your favourite, but I’m sure that I can surprise you if you come again. And… maybe we can get some food sometime? I sincerely hope that you come, because I think that you’re really beautiful and your appreciation for music is something I truly admire.
You reread your little blurb over and over again until you could memorize every single word. This is never going to work. Still, I’ve got to try at least. Determined, you grabbed your eraser and tossed it near Chaeyoung’s desk which was located at the front of the classroom. There, now I just have to make my way over there. You got up from your seat quietly, with the piece of paper hidden in your palm, and made your way there quickly. As you leaned down to pick up your eraser, you rested your hand on Chaeyoung’s desk for support. When you stood up again, you left the note on her desk and speedily returned to your desk. Looking around the classroom, you snuck peeks toward Chaeyoung who had opened up the note and started reading. Under your desk, you had crossed your fingers and prayed that Chaeyoung would give you a chance. From your perspective, you could tell that Chaeyoung was joyful, but you couldn’t tell if she was laughing at your note or actually happy from your note. Then she made it clear to you. She turned around, smiling, and gave you a wink. You were so relieved that you almost melted into your chair.
As soon as the last bell rang, you rushed through the crowd and raced yourself to the music room. Chaeyoung was already there, sitting on the piano bench, lightly stroking the piano keys.
“You’re here?” You asked while panting for air.
“Yeah, of course, you said you wanted to show me something right?” Chaeyoung replied as she rotated her body around.
“Oh… uh… I didn’t exactly prepare for that yet… I was going to-”
“Don’t tell me, I’ll wait. How about that second part of the note?”
“The second… part?”
“The part where you said you wanted to grab food with me? We can go today, and while we do that, I can expose you to my kind of music.” Chaeyoung said, grinning widely.
“I’d… like that. We might want to wait for the rest of the school to clear out first.”
“Good idea, come here, we can listen to my music while we wait.”
Chaeyoung moved over a little and let you sit beside her on the bench. She put one earbud in your ear and the other in her own. As her music played in the background, you slowly turned to face Chaeyoung, trying to catch her expression. Her eyes were closed, and she slowly rocked her body and head to the rhythm of the song. You smiled and began to do the same.
Sorry for the delay, I didn’t know what kind of situation to write about until today. I wanted to make it as interesting and unique as possible. Ninth! And so far, I only have one more pending request and I still have a few days of break left so send me requests guys! Either that, or I could just come up with some of my own again, although those might take a bit longer to write.