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I can't think of any cutesy love songs that'd fit as a thread title, consider this a placeholder; Private; paging ze good doktor
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”Your sugar; yes, please. Won’t you come and put it down on me?”

The song on the radio echoed through the cafe as Alvaro Vacanti sprayed down the table, taking the cloth out and wiping the table it was dry. It was a song that he had been hearing a lot at the cafe recently. He had never heard it before the past month or so but now it was playing at least every couple of hours, though. Not that he minded that, though. He liked it. The vocals sounded sweet, and it was the kind of innocent love song that he couldn’t help but love listening to. He didn’t know what band it was though, that was something he had to check when he got home. It was his favourite song at the moment, although that wasn’t really hard. Uptown Funk was now boring and most of the other recurring songs he noticed weren’t really his tastes. April seemed to be a month not for his tastes, it seemed.

The table was cleaned down sufficiently enough, so Alvaro took the table number and walked back to the counter with it. Lily was still sitting by herself, poking absentmindedly at a piece of cake. She had been here longer than she had before, and it was clear she wasn’t really doing anything. Why was she staying? Did she want to talk to him for some reason? Why would she want to talk to him alone? She was the only customer in the cafe, and it had been nearly half an hour since the last one left. If she wanted to tell him something while he was alone she could have done it by now. Was it something that she had to work up the determination for? He hoped that it was something good. He wasn’t sure what he’d do if Lily went up to him and told him that she hated him and never wanted to talk to him again. It was likely, he had been talking to her a lot lately, but he hoped that it wasn’t real. If his crush rejected him it’d be the worst thing in the world and he-

“Hey, Al.” His uncle clicked his fingers at Alvaro, waving his hand to grab his attention. Alvaro’s head snapped to the desk, and Alejandro Vacanti stopped waving his hands. “I gotta go back behind the shop a bit before we close for tonight. You mind taking care of the store while I’m out back?”

Alvaro nodded. “I’m okay with doing that. Do you need help opening the door?”

“Nah, I’m fine.” And with that said, his uncle wheeled himself out from behind the counter, and went behind the shop. Him and Lily were the only people in the cafe now. He looked over at her. Still poking at her cake. He could feel his hands shaking. The song was still playing as he wondered what she was going to say to him.
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Alvaro still stood at the counter, trying to steady his hand as he waited for Lily to turn her head around to talk to him. The song continued to play on the radio and Alvaro tried to block it out of his head, it was far too cheerful for what he was thinking right now. She wanted to talk to him. That’s why she had stayed way past when she normally did. He knew that it was something major, considering how long she stayed and her not speaking up right now. But what was major enough to merit her doing this? His mind browsed through possibilities, none of them good. Was she going to say that she hated him? He had messed up enough times to merit that. He had the panic attack at the cafe a couple months ago and he acted strangely with the chili in the cafeteria. He acted weird, and nobody wanted to associate with the weird antisocial people in the school. He knew that he wasn’t like that but he knew that the way he had been showing himself could say otherwise and it wouldn’t be too odd for her to think that he was possibly weird for doing those things.

Or even worse, she figured out he liked her. If she came here to reject him it’d just about be the worst thing in the world. He knew that he said it for everything but this time it was true. She’d reject him and then she’d laugh at him and he’d never be able to work up the courage to speak to her again.

He hoped that neither was true, but at this point both possibilities likely were true. All he knew was that she was in the cafe alone with him and that it was almost 7 PM and that if she didn’t speak up now the cafe was going to close and she wouldn’t be able to tell him about anything. His hand was still shaking, despite his attempts to hold it in place. If she was going to do what she was going to do, she had to do it now. If she didn’t then she wouldn’t be able to and it was likely that they’d never get the chance to be alone together again and then he’d graduate and would likely never see it again. She had to do it now. She had to speak now or else she’d forever hold her peace, or however the saying went.

No.

No, he had to do it. His mind went back to last year, where Min-Jae and Isaac got mad at each other and left the library. Alvaro had gotten the book report done by himself but when the day came to turn it in Min-Jae submitted his own report and the teacher gave them a C for failing to work as a group. If they were actually able to work as a group, if they were actually able to work together at the library, they could have gotten an A for the assessment. If Alvaro had spoken up at the library, they could have done that; but instead, he stayed quiet as he always did and paid the consequences for it. Isaac left. Min-Jae got pissed and followed, leaving Alvaro alone to fail the assessment.

And it was his fault. His fault for not speaking up at the library. His fault for being a terrible group member. His fault for failing them. If he had spoke up, had actually done something, maybe they could have succeeded. If he had stood up for himself, stopped taking the background when arguments arose, maybe things would be okay. Maybe people would like him then. He’d be seen as someone who could actually stand up for himself.

So no, he had to be the one to talk. He had to be the one to approach her. He could feel that his hand was still shaking. He let go of it. He took steps, slow at first, before speeding up to his usual pace. There was a seat across from where Lily was sitting, and he sat himself down, pressing his hand down on the table as he did so.

“Hi.” He said, turning to face her. It sounded a little odd. A little loud, sudden; as if he had blurted it out. He didn’t notice. He needed to get the truth from her and he didn’t care how he looked.
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Lily jumped at what he said. Oh no, was he too loud? He was, wasn’t he? Did he scare her? Hopefully he didn’t, it’d make him look more worse than he already was right now. He was already overstepping boundaries by just approaching her. Oh god, if she thought of him as a creep there would be literally nothing worse that could happen to Alvaro. Wait, no, calm down, she’s going to talk to you. Breathe in, breathe out. Just handle this like you normally would, don’t act creepy, and everything will be fine. Have Lily talk, hope that it’s not something terrible, and you don’t have to fret anymore. He placed his hand off the table, and under the table, grabbing it with his other hand to prevent it from shaking. Good, just act normal and everything will work out.

She then asked him if she was stopping him from closing up, saying that she could leave if she needed to. He jumped back a little at that. Didn’t she want to talk to him? That was what she was staying here for, right? She wanted to talk to him about something that could only really be talked about while they were alone and he had no idea what it was and he had no idea whether it was good or bad and he was scared just thinking about it. Sure, was the one who approached her, but he had to. If he was going to get anywhere he had to stand up for himself; not be the person in the library who messed up everything because he stayed back and looked away. He was a leader now, he had been elected soccer captain only a couple of days ago; and standing up and charging forth was what leaders did, right? If he had to do it again, then so be it. He just needed to get the words out there and not be weird about it.

“No, no, you can stay! I just thought you wanted to talk to me, is all.”
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Wait wait wait wait wait no no no no no. She didn’t want to talk? Did he will himself up to do this for nothing? Oh no oh no oh no no no no no. He looked like even more of an idiot than he had before! He had to fix it up, he had caused enough damage with his entrance and miss-assumption as it was, if he caused more he didn’t know how he’d be able to look at Lily again. He had to take this slowly, not mess up like he always did.

“Sorry, um…”

No no no no. Words were what he needed. Stuttering through his sentence wasn’t going to do very good for him. People didn’t talk to the kid who couldn’t even form a coherent sentence. He needed to fess up. Be honest. Admit that he messed up. It was, again, the story of him being the soccer captain and the story of him messing up in the library. He had to be an outgoing leader so that he couldn’t fail and bring shame to himself. He considered letting go of his hand, but he decided to keep it in place, just in case. Breathe in.

“Sorry, I thought you um… wanted to talk to me, or something.” And breathe out. He made it. He made it through the sentence without making himself look further like an idiot. He let go of his hand. Nothing to be worried about. She asked him if he wanted to talk. He responded:

“Um… sure! I wouldn’t mind talking! Don’t really know what to talk about, though…”
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the bumbling wreck that everyone hated came back. He fidgeted a little in his seat. He knew that the chairs and cushions of the cafe were supposed to be comfortable - the customers had told him themselves - but the one Alvaro was sitting in felt incredibly uncomfortable for some reason, almost as if he was sitting on a rock. It was probably the situation, he figured. He was sitting on a table with the girl he loved and he had just done something incredibly stupid and awkward and now she thought that he was weird, however good or bad that was. His hand had stopped, though, and he let go of it for what seemed to be the third time in the past minute or so. His hands grabbed the back of the chair he was on, and he hoisted himself so that he sat more properly.

Lily then asked him about the chess books. Chess Books? He wasn’t sure what she was talking about…



Oh right! The Chess Books! The gift she gave to him back during that day at the cafe with Adelaide and Jasper! He hadn’t gotten the chance to read them that much, though. School reared his ugly head and meant that between that and the cafe he was never really free. Still, he couldn’t disappoint her, though. It was her gift to him, and he couldn’t mock her gesture, especially considering this was Lily he was talking to. He needed to think of something quick. Um…

“Yeah! There was some cool stuff in there! Um…”

Wait, no. No stuttering, Alvaro. You’ve hurt yourself too much already. Just say something. If it’s wrong, its wrong.

“I learned about a couple openings that I could use, like the… Silician Dragon, and things like that. I haven’t been able to put them into practice, though.”
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Chess. Chess talk. He could do that. He hadn’t been able to play for the past few months and he was terrible at it and he had forgot to read the chess books, but he could still talk about it. His seat still felt like he was laying on a rock, and he squirmed, trying to find the chink of the chair that he could actually lay on. Sicilian dragon. That was the opening that involved moving both knights, right? He had never used it, he normally preferred other openings, but apparently it was one of the best possible openings he could do.

“Yeah, you move the bishop in front of the knight. Not something I really use, though. I prefer using…”

Quick, think of an opening. Um…

“Lechester’s Attack. That’s what I like using.” He wasn’t sure if that was a real opening or not. He knew that there was something with L in its name. Caused a lot of forks and mindgames which would guarantee a win, or something like that. He didn’t know. The song on the radio had ended and now they were sitting in silence, alone.
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Wait, no, ugh. She asked him what Lechester’s attack was. He wasn’t really expecting that. “Um…” Quick, think of something. Doesn’t have to be true. She doesn’t know what it is so it’s likely that she wouldn’t catch you out on your lie. His seat still wasn’t comfortable, no matter what he did. Maybe he should talk to his dad about this? Maybe they’d get more customers if the chairs were comfy.

“It’s an attack that basically guarantees the safety of your um… king the first few rounds, with a couple of tricks in between. You move the right pawn, knight, and bishop so you can get a castle as quickly as possible. There’s some um… other stuff there, but I can’t remember what it is.”

Still squirming. Worth asking.

“By the way… um… are you having any issues with these chairs? I can’t seem to make myself comfortable on these.”
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Lily went through her cake before answering Alvaro, and he just watched her, for a bit. He couldn’t really help it. Every time she did so much as get into his sight he just became… lighter for some reason. Just being near her made him happy. She’d open the door of the cafe in the afternoon waving and the world would literally be perfect, just for that moment. It was dumb, he knew; but he loved it anyway. Maybe that was why he was so scared that she hated him, she had just done so much good for him that her being away would just… hurt. After the incident in the library, for example. She was there at the cafe that day and he felt better about himself, for a bit.

He smiled, slightly. He loved her, but he could never admit it to her. If she rejected him and left his life he didn’t know what he would do. So he kept quiet about it. Watched, from afar. He talked to her, of course; but he tried to keep his feelings out of it. He didn’t want to risk accidentally revealing anything to her. In the eyes of everyone else, they were friends, and that was just it.

But when she began to stand up, saying that she should go, he realised that he couldn’t do that. He had to be the leader. He had to be the captain. He had to be strong and brave so that he could take over the cafe when he grew up. He couldn’t let her leave. He wanted her to stay. Sure, the cafe was going to close soon, but every moment she was with him was a moment that he was happy, and he didn’t want to rob himself of that.

“No, um, please stay!” He almost stood up from his chair, pushing it back slightly before he sat back down. His hands went up, and they waved in the air a little bit. He wasn’t even sure how he looked, now. He just knew again that he had to do what he had to do, no matter how silly he looked.
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Lily sat back down again. Good, good. He could hopefully relax now, for a bit. The cafe would close soon and she would have to leave anyway but if she stayed for now he could be okay. The cafe was silent, and the night reigned outside, but that didn’t effect the moment. He was sitting with Lily alone for a bit and that was fine with him. Even if she hated him, even if all of his worst fears were true, he was still happy, at least for a bit. Even if Alejandro came back, he might still be able to look back on this moment with a fond tone to it.

And then Lily said that he was acting oddly.

His hand started shaking. Everything went from okay to a nightmare scenario in a heartbeat. He was right. She thought that he was weird. She thought that he was weird and she hated him and only pretended to bear him because he was the kid whose family owned a cafe. She hated him, just like everyone else did too. he grabbed his hand. No, she wasn’t. She was friends with him. People liked him. They came to the cafe and talked to him and no no no they were lying. He was weird. Lily said it herself. He was the weird kid who came from the other country who couldn’t speak English at all. Nobody liked him. They came to the cafe and talked to him but behind their backs they laughed at his inability. His difference.

He had to say something, anything. He had to fix this. He loved her, and even if she only pretended to be friends with him he still liked being with her. He had to say something. Protect his friendship with her. He had to say something. Anything. Anything that could mask the fact that he liked her and that his love overpowered him.

“Um…”

But nothing came out. He couldn’t think of anything to say. He lied to her before about his crush and he hated it but now he was against the wall. Nothing was coming to his mind and he was up against the wall and he had to just….

Tell the truth.

There was no other option. He had to tell the truth. He had to fess up and say that he loved her and that she made him happy every time she came to the cafe and that he wanted to stay with her, at least for a bit. He had never entertained the possibility before. Every time it came though to his mind, he bat it down. She’d never accept. That’s what he always thought. She’d just laugh at him and then she’d be creeped out by him and she’d never want to see him again. That was the excuse he used, every time the opportunity came up.

But now she hated him. Said that he was weird. He had acted oddly one too many times and now he was paying the price for it. He panicked in the cafe. He had failed to listen in the cafeteria. He had made all of these mistakes and now he had to fess up to them. Explain. It was his only hope. If it was good enough maybe she’d like him back. Maybe she’d requite him.

And if it wasn’t good enough, well, it wasn’t like it was going to change her opinion on him.

He had to do it. It was the only option. Breathe in. He could do it. He could. Breathe out.

Then:

“Listen, um…”

But the words failed to come out again. No. No. No. He had to do this. He was the leader. Soccer team, library, Isaac, Min-jae, captain, failure. The stories that he had heard a thousand times by now. He had to be strong. He had to be a leader. He had to do this.

“I like you.”

The words came out. Silence reigned in the cafe.

“I mean, like like you. I think you’re amazing and beautiful and every time you walk through the cafe door ready to order something it makes me happie-”

He couldn’t continue. He couldn’t. He looked down, away from Lily. He looked stupid. Nobody else could see him but he looked stupid. His arm was still shaking. He just hoped that she’d leave at this point. He was just asking for it at this point.
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Silence continued to reign through the cafe as Alvaro looked down at his hands. They had stopped shaking again, but they no longer told how Alvaro was feeling. He messed up. He had messed up in front of Lily and now he couldn’t even look at her. And who knew what she thought of him now? Even if she didn’t hate him, would she still want to associate with someone she knew liked her? He could feel his mind tense; he hadn’t gone through the situation as usual and now there were some consequences he was only now thinking of, like usual. It was how he played the game of chess, it was how he played the game of life, and he was equally terrible at both.

Eventually, he looked up - he couldn’t look down and pretend to hide, he had to face the music at some point - and he saw that her face was red. Oh no oh no oh no she was flustered. He admitted he did it so now she was awkward and he was awkward and everyone in the room was awkward now. He needed to say something, he needed to break the tension in some way but he couldn’t think of anything.

“Um…”

Wait, no. He needed to say something. He needed to say something that’d make things okay again and would create a chance that Lily would talk to him again and he needed to say something that wasn’t him umming all the time. He needed to apologize to Lily. Yeah, that was it. Say sorry for messing up so that Lily might talk to him again and hopefully forget that this ever happened.

“I’m… sorry… about that.”

Silence still reigned in the cafe, and Alvaro's chair still wasn't comfortable. He didn't really notice, at this point.
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Alvaro kept looking up. Even though he wanted to look away from her so bad he kept looking up. He knew the rejection was coming. There was no way she liked him, and the way he confessed to her wasn’t going to do him any favours at all… but he didn’t know. If she rejected him, wait no, when she rejected him, he wasn’t sure how he was going to feel. It no longer seemed quite like the massive, world ending event that it had been. Of course, it was still going to suck, but he felt prepared for it, felt as if he could manage it. He felt that if she rejected him, he could still talk to her, look at her when she came into the cafe every day. He looked into her eyes, prepared for what was about to happen.

But then she did something different than he thought she would. Didn’t reject him. Said that his confession was surprising. What did she mean by that? Did she… like him back? She couldn’t, no way. She didn’t like him back, he knew that the moment he opened his mouth she wasn’t going to accept him. If she said that she wanted to be in a relationship with him, he’d likely have to pinch himself because there was no way that he wasn’t in a dream if that was the case. She was going to reject him and the weird statement she said only delayed it.

But then, again, she said something totally different from what he expected.

She asked him out to the Sadie Hawkins dance.

“I… what?” No way. No way this was happening. She didn’t like him. Well, she probably liked him as a friend considering she just asked him out but there was no way she liked liked him. He didn’t know why she did that. He didn’t know whether it because they were friends or to mock him or if she was stringing him along or anything. He looked away, around the cafe. Why was she asking him? She was pretty, she was attractive, she could easily pick someone better than him. Did she like him back? He didn’t know, and it was likely he wasn’t ever going to know.

But, she did ask if he wanted to go with her; better to answer the question and figure things out later.

“Sure, I’ll go with you! I mean, um…”

His hand wasn’t shaking, but he was looking around. This was just a totally weird proposal and he didn’t know how to react to it.
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“Cool! Um…”

Alvaro was no longer looking around the room, and had kept his eyes trained on Lily’s face. He needed to focus on her. It was polite. Always look at somebody when they’re speaking to you, or however the saying went. Look at her in the eyes when you speak, and only tell the truth. And that was what he was doing. It really was something cool! So long as it was legitimate. If she was going to stand him up like how he thought some of the other girls would stand up a couple of his friends, he wouldn’t know how he would react. Well no, he kinda did know, a little, in the vein that the way that he was going to react wasn’t going to be good. Still, he had to be hopeful. The girl he loved wanted to go out with him! So long as she was telling the truth there was no way that could be bad!

Then Lily stood up, staying that she had to go. He understood. The café was going to close down in a couple of minutes anyway, and this would be less awkward. He yelled out a “bye!” and smiled as she left the café. He liked her. He couldn’t help it. He doubted that there was any way he wasn’t going to confess his love, one way or another.

Although now he had, and he had a date with her. In two days, even. He was planning to stay home the night of the Sadie Hawkins Dance to study, but now he couldn’t do that. He had a date, and even if she was going to stand him up, he still had to go, in the case, the hopeful possibility that she wasn’t. He stood up from his seat, going up to the door of the cafe and locking it. If she was genuine, and he chose not to go for whatever reason, then wasn’t he the liar in that case? Wouldn’t he be the one that people couldn’t trust?

Besides, it was Lily. Even when he felt like he couldn’t trust her, she had never lied to him, and he wasn’t going to leave her alone because of himself. So yeah, he was going. He was going regardless of what happened to him at the dance, and that was final.

Besides, it was only a dance. What was the worst that could happen?

((Alvaro Vacanti’s sadie hawkins adventure, continued elsewhere))
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