The girl no one noticed || D.H.
A/N: I got this really (!) cool request not long ago and I just felt like writing it! Thank you to the person who sent it in. I feel like this turned out to be one of the purest imagines I have ever written.
Word Count: 1.8K
POV: 3rd Person (uhh something special)
“Mr Howell, can you please pay attention?!”
“I don’t know, can I?” Dan was smirking and cockily looking up at the teacher. She seemed perplex and instead of answering she just handed him a detention slip.
Dan didn’t really care instead he enjoyed that he made the whole class laugh. He felt like he was glowing as Mrs Hammersmith was evilly glaring at every student that couldn’t hold in their laughter.
And then he heard her, the girl that sat in the middle of class right in front of him. He’d been staring at her back all semester but not once had he heard her talk. Okay, maybe she had answered a question that she was asked, but she never said more than that.
But right at this moment he could clearly hear her giggle at his comment and he had never heard anything that beautiful. It was light and so genuine.
Dan had never really noticed her before. She was just there. Nobody ever payed attention to her and that was what she wanted. She didn’t want to be noticed but ever since Dan heard her giggle he couldn’t stop noticing her.
When the bell rang every student quickly sprinted outside. Everybody seemed to hate English Literature taught by Mrs Hammersmith, but Y/N didn’t. She liked the books her teacher gave the class to read and she’d spent nights devouring them. Still she didn’t say much during class even though she knew all the answers. Y/N just didn’t feel like she needed the attention unlike the boys who sat right behind her.
She picked up her school bag and notebook as she followed everyone outside.
“Get out of the way!” She heard somebody shout, seconds later she felt a hard shoulder hit hers.
A blonde guy was chasing his friend through the hallway. He didn’t pay enough attention to his surroundings to see Y/N walking right in front of him. The two of them collided. She was pushed against a stranger’s locker and dropped everything she was carrying. Her notebook hit the floor with a loud thud as the loose pieces of paper she stored in there scattered all over the floor.
Her ‘attacker’ didn’t even say anything he was long gone when Y/N got up again.
“You look like you need help.”
Dan had watched his friend Joe chase Carter, another friend of his, down the hallway. At first, he laughed because he knew that Carter must have done something really stupid, but then he saw Joe run into the quiet girl from class.
Y/N gulped nervously. Before she could tell the brown-haired boy that ‘it’s okay’ he had already started picking up her notes and scribbles.
“Don’t worry about it. I’m Dan by the way.” He showed her his friendliest smile. She smiled back as soon as she saw his dimples. Y/N recognized him as the guy who sat behind her in English Lit.
“Hi, I’m Y/N.”
Dan was surprised that her voice wasn’t all quiet. It just sounded very clear.
She bent down next to him to help him pick up her papers. Dan gathered as many as he could and couldn’t stop himself from taking a quick glance at them before he handed them back.
Her handwriting wasn’t as neat as he had expected it to be. It was rather messy but he could still make out a few words. It didn’t look like anything school related.
Y/N noticed that Dan took a look at her notes. She had just scribbled song lyrics and poems down and she was sure he couldn’t even read what it said.
“Thank you for helping me.”
“You’re welcome. I’m sorry that Joe pushed you over.” Dan nervously laughed a little. He didn’t really want this conversation to end, but he had nothing else to say.
“Don’t worry about it. It wasn’t on purpose.”
“I’ll see you around?” Dan asked her, hoping that they would get the chance to talk to each other again.
“I guess so.” Y/N answered.
They had never talked to each other before. In fact, she didn’t talk much. Dan was one of the loud boys in the back of class, so Y/N was understandably a bit confused by his sudden…interest?
After they had said their byes they walked off in different directions. Dan couldn’t stop himself from turning around again and staring at her back that was moving away from him.
‘Who is she?’ he silently asked himself and he didn’t find an answer.
Yes, she was the quiet and shy girl that sat in front of him in class, but who was she really?
Dan just needed to find out.
He hadn’t stopped thinking about her once after that incident. He even subtly asked his friends about her, but most of them didn’t even knew what girl he was talking about.
The next time he walked into English class he had a weird feeling in his stomach region. He wasn’t feeling sick though, he was excited? nervous even?
She was already waiting for class to start in her assigned seat as always. A part of her face was hidden behind a strand of her hair as she was drawing little butterflies next to some of her notes.
When Dan walked past her seat she glanced up at him for a second, their eyes met and then she quickly looked down again.
Dan took the chair behind her and as soon as the bell rang Mrs Hammersmith started with her lesson. It was not unusual that Dan didn’t listen to whatever she said but normally it was because he’d be joking around with his friends.
That wasn’t the reason this time. This time he was thinking about the colour of Y/N’s eyes and how he had never seen more beautiful ones.
Mrs Hammersmith started handing out new books for everybody to read and most of the class groaned as she did so.
Y/N on the other hand curiously examined the title and cover of the book as soon it was handed to her. After every student was given a copy of the book Mrs Hammersmith raised her voice.
“I want you to do presentations on this novel.” She announced and again the class groaned.
“In pairs” the teacher then added and seemed to cheer up most of her students.
Y/N, however, quickly raised her hand.
Before she was even asked to speak, Mrs Hammersmith answered her question.
“No Miss Y/L/N you can’t do the presentation on your own. You’ll need to find a partner.”
Y/N’s hand slowly sank in defeat.
“I can be her partner.”
Every student in this class seemed to turn around to stare at Dan. Their eyes were nearly grouching out of their socket as they couldn’t believe that he had volunteered to pair up with the girl nobody noticed.
Even Y/N had turned around to face him. He was shooting her a grin and shrugged his shoulders as if he were saying ‘why not?’.
She simply nodded, agreeing to do this project together.
After class had ended Dan quickly followed Y/N outside.
“So… when do you want to meet up?” Dan asked her, scratching the back of his neck.
“Do you think you can finish the book until Friday?” she asked him, eying the novel she was now carrying on top of her notebook. It was pretty thin, she would probably read it in one go tonight.
“Sure.” He positively said although it would probably take him a while since he wasn’t really into reading that much.
“Good. Then we can meet up Friday after school. My place?” She wanted to know.
“Sounds great.” Dan smiled at her, already looking forward to Friday.
As the day of days had finally came Dan was unable to concentrate on anything in class or listen to anything his friends said. The only thought he was able to think was ‘I’m going to see Y/N today’.
Dan had stayed up until way past his usual bed time in order to finish the book. He was busy all week and didn’t have the chance to read it, but he would’ve done anything to finish it.
After his last lesson on Friday he nearly jumped up from his seat, he didn’t even say goodbye to Joe or Carter, he walked out of the building straight away to wait for Y/N in the parking lot.
To his surprise, she was already waiting for him right next to the entrance. What Dan didn’t know was that she was just as excited as him.
“Hi” she greeted him and Dan’s heart swelled with happiness at the simple word.
“Hey Y/N” he greeted her back and as she started walking he just followed her.
“We need to take the bus.” She explained as they made their way to the bus stop.
Five minutes later Dan sat in a bus that was driving in the opposite direction to where his house was.
They sat next to each other but didn’t talk much. Still, it wasn’t an awkward kind of silence between them. It just felt normal.
After Y/N had told Dan where to get off they walked a few metres until they had reached her house. She got the keys from her bag and unlocked the front door.
“My parents are at work. How do you feel about ordering something for lunch?” Y/N asked the brown-haired boy that kept looking around the house.
“Sounds perfect to me.” Dan exclaimed, only now noticing how hungry he was.
Dan took his shoes and jacket off before grabbing his bag again and waiting for her to tell him what to do.
“My room is upstairs.” She explained before she ran up the stairs on her tip toes. Just that simple act made him grin.
He followed her and as he entered her room his mouth hung open. There were Green Day posters and lyrics plastered all over her walls. There was even a drum kit in the back of her room.
He stared at her with wide eyes as he noticed the stacks of video games next to her TV. He had played and loved most of them, but he saw some that he didn’t even know of.
“There is a sequel to The Last of Us?” he asked her flabbergasted, picking up the game from where it was lying next to her PS4.
“It came out yesterday. I pre-ordered it. It’s so much better than I had expected it to be, and my expectations were high!” She excitedly exclaimed and Dan was taken aback by how passionate she was about it and how vigorous her voice sounded.
His gaze wandered through her room for a while as he took in all the tiny details and decorations.
Then, his eyes landed on Y/N again and he couldn’t help but stare at the girl nobody but him noticed. And boy, they all missed out on something.
“Who are you?” he asked her with a smile, not being able to read her.