Hello, this is me taking a little break from "The Arrow of Lead." It's just a little one shot as I don't plan on making another long multi-chaptered story anytime soon.

Haley and Zack were watching a movie in the living room. Suddenly the grandfathers clock standing in the corner began to ring.

Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong.

10. It was getting late. The credits began rolling a few minutes afterwards. Zack got up and stretched. Haley suppressed a yawn.

"Maybe we should get to bed" Zack suggested

"Yeah, it's late" Haley agreed.

Haley was 18 and Zack was 19. They had been friends forever. Yes, that's right, friends. They were not dating. They did however live in the same house. Why? Because Haley's parents were on a business trip for 2 months and she wasn't allowed to be home alone for that big period of time. Sure she was 18, but 2 months was an awful long time, even she had to agree on that. Besides, her parents were overprotective even if they were mostly out on business trips and seldom at home.

Zack had a secret crush on Haley. Ok, not so secret, but she remained oblivious to it. Their friends, classmates and families often teased them about already being practically married. Some of them even made bets about them. Bets like when it would actually happen, who would take the first step, who would confess first. Things like that.

That crush of his wasn't unrequited though since Haley did have feelings for him as well. He was just oblivious to it as she was to him.

They walked up the stairs to the second floor towards his bedroom.

"Do you want to come in?" he asked

"Ok, sure" she shrugged

He opened the door and switched on the light. She followed right behind him and went over to his bed. Pulling out a chair she sat beside his bed. He gave her a puzzled look and sat down on his bed.

"What are you doing?" he asked

"Oh, you know. The normal stuff, just trying to find the answer to why we exist and the meaning with life"

He shook his head, "ha ha, very funny."

"Aren't I always?"

He rolled his eyes and patted the empty space next to him, signaling her to come join him. She got up and sat beside him on his bed while he placed an arm around her.

They sat like that for a while. He would say something and she would reply. Or she would say something and he would reply. Light conversation. It didn't last for long however since he soon fell asleep. She smiled at him before disentangling herself from him and put the blankets over him.

Gazing at his sleeping form a smile crept onto her lips. Her eyes softened. He looked so peaceful, so innocent. So vulnerable. Taking a small step forward she held his hand in hers. Then she bent down and kissed his forehead like a parent would do. Pulling back she heard him mutter something.

Her eyes widened and she felt her heart beating faster.

He had said 'I love you.' Shaking her head she looked at him. Does he really? She had to find out.

Lowering her head she whispered into his ear, "do you love me, Zack? Do you love Haley?"

"… yes…" came a faint reply.

He did. She knew very well that if you asked a sleeping person a question the answer would be true, at least what that person thought was true.

He loves me.

She felt her cheeks burning and felt her heartbeat pounding in her chest. Upon hearing what he had said her grip on his fingers tightened as a reflex. Then she shut her eyes tight. Gods help me.

She opened them and took a deep breath.

"I love you too."

She leaned over his sleeping body but hesitated for a split second. And then she planted a kiss on his mouth. She pulled back and thought about what she'd just done.

Do I regret that? She asked herself. No. No, I don't.

She looked at him, taking in his sleeping form, and looked at his face. She noticed his lips twitching in a faint smile. She scowled.

"You'd better be asleep, Zack" she muttered.

The smile quickly disappeared.

She rolled her eyes and let go of his hand.

Standing up she turned her back to him. Footsteps could be faintly heard before the bedroom door opened and then closed.

Zack opened is right eye a little bit to make sure the room was empty. Then he opened the other one and grinned at the ceiling.

"Nope. Not asleep at all."


He had no idea that he was the first to confess since he was asleep. He woke up when she tightened her grip on his hand. Well, he had no idea before she said the "you too"-part.

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