Halfway down the hall you heard footsteps behind you and turned around to see.....
You shrank back at his sight. He was rather intimidating, and had a reputation of being bossy and stubborn, and that was not what you needed to deal with right now. Though you had to admit, he was rather handsome with his blonde hair and striking blue eyes.
You were determined to stay strong in front of the stubborn man. You gritted your teeth and said “What do you want? Come to tease and taunt me too? Well no need, everyone else has already done that job for you. So you can be on your merry way.”
He cocked his head to the side and frowned. He said “Why would I be here to pick on you? I might be considered wild, but I'm no bully. I actually came to see if you're ok.”
You gave a sarcastic chuckle and said “Yeah sure. You don't even know me.”
He frowned again and said “You just don't know that I know you. I know your name, your interests, where you live. I know a lot about you. I actually live in the house behind yours. I see you outside all the time, I guess you've just never seen me. But I've lived there for years and I know you very well. So actually, your statement is false!” He gave you a smile.
You furrowed your brow in thought. There was just no way! How could you have never seen him before? You scowled and said “Prove it.”
He grinned and said. “Alright, if you wish. You're always outside alone, you're never there with anyone. You enjoy (favorite outdoor activity), and I see you (calm activity like reading, drawing, listening to music, etc) under the big willow tree that borders my yard.”
You'd heard enough, clearly he wasn't making it up, those things were correct. You said indignantly “Fine fine, so you know me I guess. But anyways, what do you want?”
He laughed and said “ To come see if you're ok! Just like I said, silly!”
You felt the ice you'd built up around your heart melt a little bit, and you blushed lightly. You shook your head to clear it.
You said “Well thanks, but I' fine. No need to worry or anything.”
You turned and began to walk away, but his hand grabbed your wrist and your blush returned. You looked back over your shoulder and saw that he was smiling at you, but his eyes looked sad. Never once had you seen someone hold true sympathy for you in their eyes. You got a little choked up and felt the tears well up in your eyes. You held them back, you wouldn't show weakness.
Calmly, he looked into your eyes and said “You're not going anywhere (y/n). You're going to stay right here with me until you feel better.” His smile widened and he put his hands on your shoulders and pulled you slightly closer to him.
“Wh-what are you doing?” you stammered.
He chuckled and pronounced “Well, I was going to give you a hug!” and he did. He pulled you in close and wrapped his arms around your waist and held you close to him, hugging you tightly.
You froze for a moment, and then relaxed and hugged him back. He as so warm, so comforting. You'd never felt so soothed. So cared for.....so....loved.....
You nestled your face into the crook of his neck and whispered “Thank you....but.....why are you doing this?”
He loosened his grip and blushed. He scratched the back of his head and laughed nervously. He gave a nervous smile and said “Well, I mean, you're sort of....really pretty and I sort of well...haha I kind of, well, sort of I, I well, you see I....I kind of really like you...”
You were taken back. There was no way. He couldn't like you like that! You'd convinced yourself no one ever would. You shook your head and said “Surely you must be joking.”
A look of offense came across his face. He said “No! Absolutely not! I really do like you (y/n)!”
“No way!” you said stubbornly. You'd forgotten you were speaking to one of the most stubborn people of all.
He frowned and said “I do too! You're beautiful, and smart, and funny, and creative, and strong, and just overall wonderful! Of course I'm going to fall for you. Besides, you're almost as stubborn as me!” He began to laugh.
You scoffed and continued to be adamant that he must be joking about it.
He finally lost it and said “Fine! You don't believe me? Do you believe this?” He grabbed you and suddenly kissed you sweetly.
Since your lips were occupied, you gasped through your nose and your eyes went wide. You slowly let them close and returned the kiss. His lips were so soft, he was so warm. Your heart melted and you fell in love.
Once he broke the kiss, he leaned his forehead against yours and smiled sweetly. You got lost in his blue eyes and your face was crimson.
You finally knew what it felt like to be loved. It was the best feeling in the world.