A/N Well I wanted to get my mind flowing so I wrote this cute little oneshot that was stuck in my head for awhile :) Enjoy!
P.S Crush For Infinity and Alikson doesn't exist, everything that's recognizable does
Crush For Infinity
I was on a mission.
The sun was beating down on me and the strap on one of my flip flops was on the verge of snapping but I had to do this quickly or else I would get caught. I didn't pause to look at the blue neon lights that read CD Central. The automatic doors opened and a rush of cold air hit my skin. I was instantly relaxed when I heard the hum of a rock song playing on the speakers. There was something about a music store that made me calm down, I didn't know if it was the colourful albums or just the atmosphere but for me it was amazing.
If I wasn't skipping math tutor, I would've spent hours in the store just testing the sounds of new bands- but I was. My mother was going to pick me up in half an hour so I had to be quick and stealthy. Of course I didn't come here without a plan. There was only one thing on my mind: Crush For Infinity. Only of the greatest bands in the history of all bands- no biased view of course. It was the pure truth. Not to mention their incredible looks- I quickly regained posture and headed for the rock section of the store. I even had a whole map of how to get to that specific rack. CD Central was a colossal store and it took awhile to find everything. I knew this place by heart though. I made a beeline down the shelves of pop/hip-hop/rap music. I took a deep breath as I started to look through the millions of CD's of all the bands I love. It was a wonderful feeling, I can't explain it.
Another reason why not many people came to CD Central was because most of the things weren't sorted alphabetically. The employees were lazy people and from experience I knew not to go to them for help. I couldn't even tell them apart because there were no uniforms or tags involved in working here. I quickly flipped through a couple of CD's. Some D bands were in the O section and some R bands were in the B section. Sometimes it was extremely frustrating. Gun's N' Roses, The Ramones, Smashing Pumpkins...where was Crush For Infinity?! The whole C section was filled with O bands. I pulled out the latest sampling Alikson album and clutched it against my chest deciding whether I should listen to it or not. I looked at my cell phone- I had twenty minutes left. Finally, I decided that it was enough time and started to head for the CD players attached to the wall.
I stopped midway when the boy there stopped shaking his head to his music and started to stare at me. I was creeped when he leaned forward and started to squint, I was still a good distance away so I whirled around and pretended to look through the jazz albums. I didn't know any of these artists and I was getting impatient. I took peeks at him ever so often. He was a tall boy with rust coloured hair that was in a tousled mess. He wore a Crush For Infinity band tee-shirt, black skinny jeans and bright blue sneakers. If he wasn't acting so weird I would've thought he was cute, even. After seconds of squinting he took the store headphones off and picked up his skateboard. Oh god, he was making his way towards me. I put some old man's CD down and picked up another one, pretending to examine it. I held the CD tight and hoped that he would walk right past me.
"Hey!" he called after me as I started to speed-walk down the aisle. I spun around so quickly he crashed into me. More like my head rammed into his chest. I dropped the jazz CD.
"Oh my god, I'm so sorry-" I quickly scrambled down on my knees to retrieve the CD. He bent down and snatched it before I could. "Thanks," I grabbed it from his hands and started to walk away again. Why the hell was he talking to me?
"Wait!" he said. I don't know what got into me. I took a deep breath and stopped walking.
"What?" I snapped bitterly as I turned around to face him. I assumed that being a bitch would make him go away.
The boy put his right hand over his chest, "My, my I just wanted to see if you needed help with finding any compact discs," he said in mock hurt.
I frowned at him. So he was an employee here. I looked up at his face, it actually looked kind of familiar. I couldn't put my finger on who he was though. "Actually yes, I would like to know if there are any Crush For Infinity albums- the self-titled one to be exact," I said quietly. This made him crack a grin. He whipped out just the CD I was looking for. I gave him a wide smile.
"Thank you!" I reached for it. He quickly pulled it back when I was about to grasp it. What the hell?
"Now I know one thing about you- you're too gullible," he said smugly.
I was stupefied. It took me a long time to realize that he lied about working here. Then I was mad, who did he think he was lying to me like that? "Why are you talking to me? I don't even know you!" I cried out. I guess I was overreacting about not getting the CD. He stuck his hand out for me to shake.
"Nice to meet you, I'm Zack Robinson- the future's greatest drummer," he said enthusiastically. I just stared at his hand, I was not going to shake it. When he finally got that, he pulled his hand back and ran it through his hair. "Too slow!"
God, he was annoying. I looked closer at his face, I knew this person so who was he? I decided that I had nothing to lose anyway. "Have we..met before?" I asked 'Zack' quietly.
"I'm quite flattered that you remember me, since we weren't formally introduced I took this opportunity-" he swiped and grabbed the air for effect, "-so here we are, introducing ourselves."
He was unbelievable. I actually didn't remember him, but it was bugging me. I gave him a strange look, "Correction, you're introducing yourself, I don't tell strangers my name."
This only made him grin wider. I wanted to wipe that stupid smile off his face, it was so irritating. "Ah, correction- we're not really strangers to each other. Your best friend is dating my best friend, so we're practically required to be best friends- right?" he laughed.
I thought for a second, then it hit me. He was that cute skater who wore that bright orange tee shirt when I was dropping Ashley off at her boyfriend's house. I wanted to hit myself, this was beyond embarrassing. "Oh yeah! I remember you! You were that cu- guy on the skateboard at Jake's house!" I exclaimed with too much cheer- another reason to hit myself.
"Bingo!" Zack pointed at me. "You see, I'm a man of risks, I felt this magnetic pull between us and I wasn't going to ignore it! Didn't you feel it? Maybe it was a natural chemistry between us, perhaps."
This confirmed that he was a complete lunatic. I wondered how much time I had left here. "Nope, I didn't feel anything," I said firmly.
"Nope! That's not it," he protested. "-you did feel it, deep inside you. Anyway, because I don't believe in beating around the bush and I am a man of boldness- go on a date with me."
I started to laugh. Really loud too- and it wasn't one of this pretty bell like laughs, it was those donkey like snorting laughs. "You're insane! You don't even know my name!" I said between chortles. Zack crossed his arms and leaned against the wall. Quite nice arms too- focus!
"Then tell me your name and it's a date!" he smiled. I rolled my eyes at him.
"No, I will not go on a date with you," I said, kind of annoyed.
"Notice how I didn't ask you to go on a date with me? I simple stated it," Zack said pompously.
I let out a sigh, "If I tell you my name, will you leave me alone?"
"Of course," he said. I wasn't fully convinced but I had to get out of here as quick as possible.
"London," I finally spat out. "Now if you excuse me, I have to-"
That annoying grin was still plastered on his face. "Pretty name," Zack said. "Plus I was crossing my fingers so that means I can still bother you," he said cheerfully. Oh my god. I wanted to slug him, but he continued to talk. "Hmm, London as in the city? Or London as in, I see London I see France I see grandma's underpants? Perhaps-"
He started to sing. I wasn't kidding.
"-how come every time you come around, my London London bridge wanna go down like-"
Okay- what the fuck was wrong with him. "Shut up! People are staring!" I wailed out. And indeed, people were staring at him. He started to jump around and sing the lyrics Fergie's song.
"I'll stop if you go on go on a date with me, my London London bridge wanna-"
Honestly, I was mortified at this. "Okay! God! Just shut up and I'll go with you to a stupid date!" I screamed. That got him to stop. Now people were staring at the loud bitch who was screaming at the top of her lungs. Even worse. This made him smile like crazy.
"Okay, today, right now," Zack said.
I showed him my crossed fingers. I even crossed my toes to make it work. "Too bad, two can play this game," I said with a smirk. Zack's face immediately fell. I smiled with spite. "And it was the first one, I was named after the city I was born in."
"You were born in London? That's awesome- you don't have an english accent though." No one ever fails to point that out.
"I was born in London, genius, not raised there," I spat out. "The point is- I'm not going to go out on a date with you."
"Aw London! A genius always has a plan B! I'm not leaving you alone until you say yes," Zack flashed the Crush For Infinity album in front of my face. That was the moment I decided to hate him with a passion.
He continued, "One date," he challenged, still waving the CD around. He was going to bribe me? I shook my head violently. Zack knew how much I wanted the CD, he knew!
He looked down on the floor. "It's such a shame that no one else gets to listen to this wonderful music because it's the last in stock," he said with an exaggerated sigh.
"They restock you know," I pointed out as-a-matter-a-factly.
"Oh I know, but not until another few weeks or so," Zack continued to fan himself with the CD.
"You're an egotistical asshole, you know that," I said. That didn't faze him at all. If anything, his smile probably got bigger- if that was even possible. "Why do you want to go on a date with me? Besides that stupid chemistry theory, I mean," I demanded to know.
"Because I think you're cute," he stated as if it was a written fact.
I looked down at what I was wearing: my older brother's old gym shorts and a black tank top. Huh.
"I don't appreciate your sarcasm," I said with clipped words. "And that's downright shallow," I added quickly.
"I wasn't being sarcastic! Plus I was observing you that day you dropped Ashley off, you're nice and smart," Zack said.
"That sounds a bit stalkerish don't you think? Plus I'm smart enough not to go on a date with a stranger so if you'll just move aside-" I was interrupted by him. I hated people who cut me off.
"Not stalkerish- observant is the word I like to use. So how about it? You, me-"
"Please don't finish," I covered my ears.
"-across the sea um- but if you leave me I'll be lonely," he finished rhyming. I couldn't help but smile at this. I tried to hide it. Damn him and his cuteness.
"Okay, we're making progress," he laughed. "Fine, you're a stubborn girl, London. Since my boyish charms won't work on you, how about my romantic charms?" he took a step closer to me. Standing in front of him made me regret not drinking milk whenever my mother told me to. Normally I would punch a guy who stood this close to me but something about him was intriguing, as much as I hated to admit it. Zack leaned so close to me, I could feel his breath. Immediately I became a little bit nervous. I mean, anyone would right?
"The first time I saw you, I was too nervous to approach you because you were looking so beautiful and I couldn't breathe just because I was in your presence," he whispered in my ear.
I deny that my heart skipped a beat. I tried to convince myself that anyone would get nervous if someone told them they were beautiful. I stepped back and actually started to laugh. "Nice try, that's pure cheese," I stammered a little. Oh god. "And what you said totally contradicts with your 'man of risks slash boldness' label back there," I smiled.
"Aw shucks, London! That isn't even fair! Do I have to take my shirt off to impress you now? I'm pretty stumped now," he tugged at his hair thoughtfully. Zack leaned against the wall again in a defeated way this time though. I don't know if he was exaggerating or not. My face flushed at this. I blame the heat..but there was air conditioning. I looked at the time.
"Shit!" I cried out.
"What's wrong?" he asked with a worried expression.
"My mom is going to kill me for skipping tutor! Hey! Where are you going?" I exclaimed. Zack was starting to walk to the backroom.
"Plan C," he said.
I watched in disbelief when he whispered something in an employee's ear. Zack took out a sharpie from his pocket and- why did I care? His actions were none of my concern and I was going to get skinned alive if I didn't leave right this instant. I speed-walked past all the shelves and racks to the entrance. It was already ten minutes past the time math tutor ended! I quickened my pace and stepped on the sensor mat.
"Wait!" a deep groggy voice called. I took a deep breath and turned around, the last thing I needed was to explode.
"What the hell do you- oh, pardon?" I realized that it wasn't Zack who was calling me. It was the employee he was talking to.
"A gift to you or something," he handed me the Crush For Infinity album and walked to the stereo. I almost screamed from joy. Then I remembered that this must be from Zack and he was going to make me go out with him if I accept this. I looked at the cover one more time, cue tearful goodbye to Crush For Infinity. I walked to the stereos where the man was- I had to return it. He was gone and the song changed. Johnny's voice from Crush For Infinity started to play. I wasn't familiar with the song.
"Maybe someday we'll find each other again and lie on the sand, right under the stars, just you and me across the sea..." Johnny sang. God, how cheesy.
I bit my bottom lip to keep from smiling. I flipped to the back of the album, there was writing in black sharpie letters.
Call me 783-5573-9956
P.S I meant *everything* I said- I really *was* too nervous to talk to you when I first saw you
This time, I admit my heart started to beat faster.
Kind of short but oh well! Reviews appreciated :)