Music can influence how much you like the taste of beer, according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology.
Their findings suggest that a range of multisensory information, such
as sound, sensation, shape and color, can influence the way we perceive
Hedonic and Taste Ratings in Beer” by Felipe Reinoso Carvalho, Carlos
Velasco, Raymond van Ee, Yves Leboeuf and Charles Spence in Frontiers in Psychology. Published online May 6 2016 doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00636
You hesitantly looked around the silent school campus.
It was only 5:00 PM but most of the campus grounds had already cleared up; students were either still in the buildings or on their way home by now.
You were on your way to your friend’s house when you heard the unsettling rustle of leaves and quiet footsteps that walked at the exact same pace as yours.
It was him again, you were sure of it.
Two months ago, you started dating a guy that you met in university.
He seemed sweet and friendly and since you always wanted to experience a heart-fluttering campus romance and get that somebody off your mind, you naturally agreed to date him.
You should’ve known something was off from the start. The two of you met when he started putting notes and flowers in your locker. You thought it was sweet at first, especially since he knew the exact flowers that you liked. He had gotten you a bouquet of ‘forget-me-nots’ and since they weren’t the most common type of flowers, you thought the two of you were fated.
Soon, you found out that it was no coincidence at all. He knew everything about you, including the things you liked, your daily schedules, even where you lived before you told him.
You lasted with him for about two weeks before you called it quits.
You made sure that you broke up with him a public place so that he wouldn’t act out. However, your break up went too smoothly.
You simply told him that you didn’t think that you liked him in that way but thought he was a nice guy. The wide smile that he had on his face every single time the two of you met was unchanged.
He nodded his head, saying it was alright, finished his coffee and left the cafe. You let out a huge sigh of relief thinking everything was over…until the next couple days came around.
Everything was quiet at first until he started popping up everywhere on school grounds… acting like the two of you were still together. You would be walking with your friends after class when he would come over and take your backpack for you. Your friends didn’t sense anything wrong and you were too embarrassed to say anything about it.
When you were alone he would pretend that he was coming from the same direction and walk home with you. One day, you couldn’t keep it in anymore and burst out at him that the two of you were no longer together. That was the day you saw his expression grow dark as he wordlessly walked away from you.
And that’s when this started happening. The constant following from the shadows and every now and then a text would pop up… like right now.
You tried to ignore the text, but every now and then the text notification sound would go off. You shut your eyes and reached for your phone to turn off the sound, taking a glance at the notifications on your home screen.
Aren’t you cold?
Want me to give you my sweater?
It’s very warm~
Why are you ignoring me?
Oh you picked up your phone now!
Your hands began to shake, knowing he was nearby and watching your every move.
Suddenly your phone started ringing, startling you.
You were worried it was him but when the familiar letters ‘TY’ showed up on your screen you swiped right immediately.
Your voice came out more panicked than you wanted but you tried to hold it in.
There was a pause before he spoke, sensing your insecurity.
“__________? Is something wrong?”
“No, I’m fine. I’m right around the corner, I’ll come in now.”
“Okay, see you soon.”
You walked up to Taeyong’s house where he stood at the door holding it open for you.
You couldn’t help but take a quick glance around before walking in, losing your balance slightly.
Taeyong caught your arm immediately, making sure you didn’t fall.
“Woah, watch your step there.”
When he shut the door you smiled nervously at him and thanked him as you regained your balance.
From the raise of his brow, you knew that he sensed something was off but you weren’t planning on telling him. Sure he was your best friend, but he was also someone who carried a lot of responsibilities and had an image to upkeep. You couldn’t bother him with something as trivial as this.
You felt his sharp eyes observe you and your surroundings. However, when you didn’t speak you saw him lick his lips as if to wipe off the question that was lingering on his tongue.
“The other boys are inside already, come on in.”
Taeyong led you into the living room where the other trainees and group members of his had already started to cheer one another on for today’s video game night.
As per usual, the others waved and shouted “Hi noona!” at you before Taeyong shooed one of them off the couch so you could sit.
He walked around the room grabbing candy wrappers and cola cans off the floor before chastising the others to keep his place cleaner as they shouted a “Yes mom!”’ in response.
Soon he was seated beside you, his arm slung loosely around the back of the couch.
“So, what’s up with school?”
He opened a can of cola that was in front of him, taking a sip before passing it to you. You smiled unknowingly, reminiscing of the memories during your high school days together. Anytime the two of you were together and he offered you a drink whether it be water, cola or juice, he would open it, take a sip and then give it to you. Back then you used to think it was the most annoying thing ever, slapping him on the arm lightly for his teasing ways. However, now it was an action that brought you back to the sweet memory of the past.
“It’s okay I guess, sucks that you’re not there though.”
He laughed and reached out his free arm to ruffle your hair.
“I thought you said I was the most annoying brat ever.”
“Well you are. But this annoying brat is my best friend and I thought we would go to university together.”
His laugh faded to a soft smile.
“I’m not beside you at school but you know I’m always here for you right? You can tell me anything.”
His sharp eyes locked with your soft gaze as you knew that was implying for you to talk about your unfamiliar actions earlier.
Your gaze broke with his when Ten called him over.
“Taeyong! Your turn, help us beat Jaehyun man, he’s so good at this game.”
Ten grumbled as he signalled for Taeyong to join his side quickly.
Taeyong rolled his eyes as he gave you a quick pat on your shoulder.
“I’ll be right back.”
You nodded as he headed over to Ten.
The image of his back walking away from you brought back to another memory. All through high school, Taeyong and you have always had a 'some’ and ambiguous sort of relationship. It was kind of obvious that you liked him and he liked you, but because he was always kind of immature you brushed it off as a crush. Only when he told you that he would be debuting soon and wouldn’t be going to university did it occur to you that the two of you wouldn’t be seeing each other daily anymore. That last day of school when he walked away from you was an image you would never be able to forget.
You took the news especially hard when he finally debuted and you realized that the two of you were living completely different lives now. When you met up and watched his shows on TV you realized that Taeyong had changed, matured and took care of others now. You were happy that he was leading the life that he always wanted, doing what he did best, dance. But it also confirmed that an average girl like you wouldn’t fit into his life anymore, which is why you chose to move on. He found where he belonged, and you felt like you should do the same whether he was by your side or not.
Two hours passed by and you realized that it was starting to get dark. You noticed your phone didn’t ring or vibrate during the time you were at Taeyong’s place; he probably wouldn’t be lurking around after such a long time passed, so you got ready to go home.
“Taeyong, I’ll be off okay!“ You shouted in the noisy living room.
"Let me walk you back!”
He shouted as the others cheered noisily for him to win.
“It’s okay! I’ll text you when I get back!”
He didn’t look convinced but you waved at him and said goodbye to the boys as you left his place.
You took in the comfortable gust of wind that blew against your face as you walked down the familiar road.
Taeyong and you lived a 10 minute walk away from each other but you haven’t been to his place in months. It was nice to be able to catch up with him again, although you weren’t sure when the next time you see him will be.
Everything was going fine but a faint tune had started to hum a short distance away from you.
Usually you wouldn’t find a problem with someone humming on the street.
But this was the tune to your favourite song, ‘Time spent Walking through Memories’ by Nell.
You began to walk a bit faster but noticed that now the humming had been replaced with his voice singing the song.
As soon as you realized, you began sprinting away but his long legs caught up to you immediately as he appeared in front of you, blocking your way.
His wide eyes stared at you menacingly as he began to question you.
“Who was that guy at the door? Why didn’t you pick up your phone? Did you know how worried I was? What were you doing inside?”
You backed away slowly as you reached into your bag for your phone, the only name running through your head was 'Taeyong’.
However, you realized that your phone was not in your bag and you probably left it at Taeyong’s place.
You tried to turn away and run back to Taeyong’s house but he grabbed your arms as you covered your ears and shut your eyes, blocking him out.
A short moment passed before you realized that the shaking had stopped and he was no longer in front of you.
As you opened your eyes, you saw Taeyong on top of him on the floor, punching him over and over.
“Leave her alone! What the hell do you think you’re doing stalking her like this, I’ll never let you go!”
He shouted angrily.
Realization flooded you when you saw Taeyong’s bloody knuckles and the blood of your ex spray on the road.
“Stop! Taeyong, stop!”
You yelled and ran over to hug him immediately, knowing he would stop if you were nearby.
His hands dropped to his side as you pulled him up and your ex stood up shortly, wiping the blood from his nose.
“Quit acting like she’s a gem or something. She’s just some average girl, I’ll go find another one, you can take her.”
He began to walk away as Taeyong shouted after him.
“What the hell did you say? Average? Come back here you b-”
You called his name again and held him tighter.
That seemed to wake him up as he turned his angry gaze towards you, pulling his arm away from your grasp.
He pulled your phone from his pocket as he held it in front of you.
“What the hell is this.”
His angry gaze didn’t fade as he held the phone screen up for you to see, showing your ex had dialed your number exactly forty-two times in the two hours you were at his place and sent you countless messages asking you what you were doing.
You quickly grabbed your phone back.
“It’s nothing, everything’s settled-”
“WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN __________! You were being stalked, damn it!”
You couldn’t look him straight in the eye as you glanced around, worried that someone would see or recognize Taeyong.
“You should go back, what if someone recognizes you? You need to clean your wounds and-”
Taeyong held both of your shoulders as he pulled you closer to face him.
“Do you think that matters to me right now? Why didn’t you tell me about this? Am I not important to you anymore?”
You looked up to stare at his gaze, seeing the hurt in his eyes.
“Of course not! I didn’t want to worry you and I thought that he would eventually stop and besides he was nice before and-”
You glanced up to look at him, seeing the disappointment on his face as his hands slid down your arms and back to his side. The two of you knew that all the words coming from your mouth were excuses.
“So that’s all I am to you now huh…”
He turned back in the direction to face his house as he ran a hand through his hair and began walking away.
His fading back reminded you of that horrible memory once again, of him leaving you on that last day of school. You knew if you didn’t say something now, the relationship between the two of you would take a turn for the worse.
“LEE TAEYONG! Stop right there!”
You ran over and shoved him lightly, turning him to face you.
Tears were starting to build up now but you ignored them, not caring if they ran down your face.
“How could I tell you about this when you didn’t even know I was seeing someone in the first place! If I told you about how I was dating him, then I’d have to tell you why and if the reason I told you why is because I was trying to get over you, what would you say?! I know exactly why we never got together and I know my boundaries. Why do you have to force me to tell you that my feelings for you never left and that-”
Before you could continue, he cupped your cheeks with his palms and pulled you in for a deep kiss, expressing his feelings to you.
You were shocked but found yourself returning his kiss as you held onto his arms lightly, closing your eyes.
When the kiss ended Taeyong and you shared a knowing smile together.
He pulled you in for a hug, arms encircling your waist as the two of you stood still, face to face.
“If that’s how you felt why didn’t you say so earlier?”
You shrugged and looked up at him.
“Well if that’s how you felt, why didn’t you say so earlier?”
He smiled and shrugged as the two of you laughed softly and he pulled you in tighter, patting the back of your head affectionately.
“I don’t mind if you stay quiet about other matters, but if it’s regarding your safety, you better tell me immediately okay?”
You nodded your head and nuzzled deeper into his embrace, finally finding where you belong.
okay but just imagine this concept: alcoholic!seungcheol who you have to regularly look after and make sure he’s okay. one day you burst and tell him all the things you’re just so fed up with and it’s a heated argument with yourself as seungcheol just stares blankly at you. his response? he pushes you against the nearest wall and kisses you for the first time.
Oikawa and Makki are the type of person that bawl their eyes out when watching or reading a series while Iwa quietly pauses the episode or closes the book and leaves the room (probs cries in the bathroom). Mattsun is like, stoic tho. They binge watched your lie in april and Makki and Oiks were personally offended Mattsun didn't even shed one tear (Iwa had gone to the kitchen for like, 3 eps). Mattsun spoils the three of them each time this happen. (this isn't even fluff im sorry)
OK but I can totally see Mattsun being like this?? (I am Mattsun when it comes to these things)
And ofc Makki and Oiks cry that doesn’t surprise me. And Iwa acting tough is cute c: