I was looking down at my phone messaging my date for the
fifth time asking him where he was while pacing back and forth in front of the
movie theater ticket booths. I turned around to walk back to the other side of
the booths when I walked straight into the chest of a tall man. I dropped my
phone in surprise and yelped slightly. How
embarrassing, I thought. The tall
guy, being less startled then I, bent down and picked my phone up and handed it
back. I quickly glanced at his faced, curly dark hair in a beanie, brown eyes,
and a slight beard. Then I stammered out an apology.
“It’s okay. I hope your phone’s okay,” he replied calmly. He
flashed me a quick smile and then my phone dinged. It was my date, saying that
he couldn’t make it and that he was sorry. My face fell and I glanced around
trying to decide what to do now. My eyes caught on the guy who’d picked up my
phone. He was looking back at me with a slight smile as he stood by the ticket
booths. I tried to smile back, but I think it came out more as a grimace. The
guy was with four other people, two other guys, one of which had blue hair, and
two girls, the blonde was holding the hand of the other dark haired guy. I bet they’re going to have a fun evening, unlike
me, I thought. I looked at the
movies that were showing that evening; The Space Between Us, Rings, Youth in
Oregon, etc. I was supposed to see Rings with my date. I normally hate horror
movies, but if I’m with someone I’m okay. I didn’t know if I should still go
see it. I’d heard people say that it’s really good and really creepy. Well I might as well still try and watch it,
if I don’t like it I can just leave. I shouldn’t let my stupid date spoil my
night out, I thought decisively.
I bought myself a ticket and some sour patch kids and walked
into the theater. I walked down the left side row looking for a seat near the
wall and away from anyone. I sat down and opened my candy, but waited to eat
them until the movie actually started. As I was waiting, I looked around to see
who had come to see the movie. Sitting in the middle and a bit behind me, was
the guy I had run into and his friends. I quickly glanced away before he saw me
looking at him. He’s not too bad looking
now that I actually look at him, I thought with a smile. Then the movie
started and I instantly regretted everything. I hate horror movies and this
movie was so fricking creepy and scary. I kept jumping at the slightest thing.
I was also extremely self-conscious and uncomfortable. Maybe I should just leave. This is sooo not worth it, I thought
looking around. Just when I had mustered the courage to get up and leave,
someone sat down next to me. I looked over stunned and realized that it was the
guy I had walked into earlier. My face turned red and I looked down at my sour
“I’m guessing you’re not a fan of scary movies,” the guy
asked, sort of matter-of-factly.
“Uh no, not especially. I was supposed to be with someone,
but they didn’t come,” I said, hoping that it was dark enough that the guy
couldn’t see my red, embarrassed face. Out of the corner of my eye I could see
him looking at me and I glanced at him quickly and then back to my candy. I
decided to be nice and offered some to him, he took some and then introduced
himself as Tyler.
“I’m (Y/N),” I said. He smiled and then focused his
attention back to the movie. I glanced back at his friends that he had left for
me and saw that they were all glancing between myself and Tyler and then to
each other. They were all grinning for some reason. I focused back on the movie
and continued to eat the sour patch kids. As soon as I did that, a jump scare
happened. I wanted to run away and bury myself in a pile of blankets.
“God dammit,” I muttered while focusing on the candy.
“Hey (Y/N), you’re okay. Don’t worry – I’ll protect you from
the scary monsters,” he said with a smirk. Is
he making fun of me? I’m not some wimpy girl that needs protecting, I
thought bitterly. First my date stood me up and now this guy I don’t know if
making fun of me for not liking the movie. I stood up and walked out of the
theater, probably with an angry look on my face. When I got out of the theater
and into the fresh air, I leaned my head against the wall. God damn everything today, I thought dejectedly. Today had been
such a bad day, all I wanted to do was go to bed.
“Hey,” a voice startled me out of my thoughts and I spun
around looking for the source. It was the guy I had run into, Tyler.
“Yes? What? Need to make me jump some more so you can
laugh?” I said harshly. He looked hurt, but I wasn’t in the mood to be nice.
“I wasn’t making fun of you in there. I was trying to help,”
he said quickly. I sneered in response. “I don’t like horror movies either. I
only went because my friends dragged me along. I saw you jumping during the
movie and I thought that having someone next to you might be comforting and
when I said the thing about protecting you from the monsters… well I don’t
really know why I said that. I think I was just trying to sound cool or brave…”
“Oh. That’s actually a really nice thought,” I muttered
slightly astounded. Here I was thinking he was a total jerk and actually he was
trying to be nice to me. Damn, I
thought looking him over more closely. He was tall and sturdily built. His
hands were dancing around as he tried to decide what to do with them. Little
curly bits of his hair poked out of his grey beanie and he had a slight beard
forming along his jaw line. His eyes were a soft brown with real compassion
shining through them.
“I’m sorry I was so rude to you,” I said remembering how I
snapped at him. “I’ve had a really bad day, and then my date stood me up, and
then I thought you were making fun of me and I was just not in the mood for
“It’s okay. Totally understandable. Everyone has bad days, I
just didn’t want to add to it,” he said, a smile coming back to his face. I
realized how nice his lips looked and I couldn’t help but bite my own. Then I
gave myself a quick mental slap and looked around.
“Um so uh, I don’t want to keep you from the movie. I’m sure
your friends are wondering where you are,” I stuttered out.
“Eh, it’s fine. I wasn’t into the movie anyways. Would you
mind if I kept you company? We could get a drink or some food… or we could just
walk around,” he said glancing around.
“A walk would be good. Maybe that’ll calm me down.”
“Shall we then?” he said motioning down the street. I nodded
and then started walking. I realized I still had the sour patch kids in my hand
so I ate one and then offered some to Tyler. He took a few and looked at the
street thoughtfully. I kept glancing at him from the corner of my eye as we
shared the sour patch kids. We walked in silence until we came to a playground
with a swing set. I immediately headed straight for it without waiting to see
if Tyler would follow. Luckily he did follow and he laughed slightly as he saw
where I was going. I smirked to myself and sat on one of the swings and started
to rock myself back and forth. I kept my eyes trained on my feet, but I could
feel Tyler watching me.
“You know, you’re really pretty. And I mean like gorgeous
pretty,” he said slightly awkwardly. I glanced over at him smiling. He was
blushing, but also smiling. I stood up and slowly walked in front of him. I had
a half smirk, half smile on my face.
“You really think I’m pretty?” I said with a devious smile.
He swallowed as he quickly glanced at me. Then he took a breath and steeled his
“Yes I do,” he said matter-of-factly. I slowly advanced on
Tyler until he was standing up, but leaning backwards on the swing seat and I
was directly in front of him. He kept glancing at my lips and I bit mine as I
looked at his. I took another step forward and leaned forward until our lips
were almost touching, but then I stopped. I looked at his eyes until he made
eye contact with me, and then I turned around and walked away towards the
jungle gym. I could only imagine the look on his face. I looked over my
shoulder and he was still standing/leaning on the swing watching me. I climbed
up the jungle gym until I was leaning against a pole on an upper platform. I
looked back at Tyler and gave him a big mischievous grin. He shook his head and
smiled back. Then he followed me up the jungle gym. He leaned against a pole
opposite me, but didn’t approach. Boys are used to girls going to them, but I
like to make the guy come to me.
“I’m not going over there if that’s what you’re waiting
for,” I said with a smirk.
“What if I’m just admiring the view,” he said with his own
smirk. After another moment he pushed off the pole and approached me. He put
his hands on the jungle gym on either side of me, giving me nowhere to run to.
He stared intently at my eyes and I refused to break contact with his or move a
muscle. Surely enough, he broke contact and glanced at my lips. I licked them
and smirked again. His eyes glowed like embers and he slowly moved his face
closer to mine. He stopped right before our lips touched and he stayed there,
refusing to move further. I looked into his eyes and then I closed the
distance. His lips were soft and the kiss was slow at first. Then I broke the
kiss off, but I didn’t move away. I waited – feeling the tension of the moment,
and then he grabbed my neck and the back of my head and kissed me with all the
passion and tension that was in his eyes. I kissed him back with all the pent
up emotion I felt and the butterflies that Tyler made me feel in my stomach.
After a few moments, a mixture of shouts and laughter
erupted from the street. Tyler pulled back, but didn’t let go of my neck. He
didn’t turn around, he just bent his head in what seemed to be embarrassment.
“Damn them,” he muttered. Then he looked back up and me and
planted another kiss on my lips. “Those are my friends. They’re very nice
people, but they’re also very loud and sort of nosy. Sorry.”
“It’s okay,” I laughed. I peered around him and sure enough
his friends from the movie theater were standing by the entrance to the park.
Smiles were visible on all of their faces. Tyler sighed and then turned around.
being severely paranoid + a massive fan of horror movies/creepy stuff/paranormal theories ect is so conflicting cause like i love watching and reading that kinda stuff but I know that im seriously screwing over future me but like