Guitar and Piano - A Lovely Mix

Niall and Claire Have been friends for the past 2 years. They had met in the music room at school when Claire had been dumped by her boyfriend of 7 months and decided to play the piano for comfort. It was her getaway from the world. Whenever she was feeling sad or lonely, she would a play beautifully sorrowful tune. That's when the Irish exchange student had been happening to walk by and be mesmerized by the magically haunting tune that emanated from the music room. Ever since then, they had been friends, and secretly, been falling for each other.

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4. Chapter 4

Niall

I didn't know why I was feeling this way. These mixed emotions towards Claire. I was frustrated and sad when she had said that we needed a "brake" from each other.

I didn't know why. I agreed with her actually, but I just got caught in the moment and got angry. I didn't want to flip out at her so I decided that I would leave to think things through.

When I closed her front door, I hesitated and stood there for awhile. After a few minutes, I could hear a piano being played. The song was the same hauntingly beautiful tune that she had played when we first met two years ago in our sophomore year of high school.

~*FLASHBACK*~

It was lunch time, and I was touring around the new school that I had been at for only about three months now. Sure I had friends that I could hang out with, but they weren't the "type" that I would choose. 

I started walking down the halls, passing the small Japanese garden that sat in the quart yard in the middle of the school. I was walking towards what I believed was the music room when I heard a sorrowful melody being played on the piano. It was beautiful, and I wanted to hear it better so I decided to take a peek. I saw a girl whose back was turned to me, sitting up straight with wavy brown hair that reached her shoulder blades. She wasn't petite, but she wasn't small. She was in the middle between small and "womanly". Curvy. And had hands that would occasionally come into view and dance gracefully along the keys and be perfectly in sync with the other notes.

I was mesmerized. I had never heard such beautiful music before in my life. I decided to stay and listen. I leaned my shoulder against the door frame and closed my eyes. Drowning in the music that was being made.

Then it stopped. I wasn't ready for what I was about to say, but my mouth spoke before my mind could register. "why did you stop?"

The girl froze in her seat then relaxed and turned around to face me. Her eyes were red and puffy, probably from crying a lot. But for what reason would she be crying about? "I had no Idea you were here." She sniffed and wiped the tears from her face. "How long have you been standing there?"

"Um. Not long. I came in when you were at the A minor and fell to the D major in a scale. It was beautiful by the way. I've never heard such lovely music in my life." I smiled and I could see that she was blushing as her face turned red and she looked down towards the piano bench. "Your eyes are red. May I ask why you've been crying?"

Her breath hitched and I could see her eyes watering while she put a hand over her mouth, trying to hold back a quite sob. I quickly walked over to her and kneeled down by the bench and put my arm around her. I rubbed up and down her back in a comforting way and held her close. I know we just met, but I couldn't just stand there and watch her cry. It's just an automatic reflex you could say. She didn't pull away, only grabbed onto my shirt and cried into my shoulder. I regretted asking. "You don't have to tell me if you don't want to. I don't want to invade you personal life, but I'm here if you need me."

"Please don't leave.." She gripped my shirt tighter and gave a small hiccup.

"It's okay. I'm not going anywhere." I continued to rub her back in small circles. Her crying eventually mellowed and she was able to tell me what had happened and why she was crying.

"So he just dumped you? After seven months? And for another girl with a better body? I'm gonna have to kill this guy." She chuckled a little and looked up at me smiling. Her blue green, hazel eyes made me catch my breath. They were so beautiful.

"Thank you, for letting me tell you my problems and giving me a shoulder to cry on. I'm sorry that you now have this burden to carry on your shoulders though." She looked back down at the ground. 

"Oh, no it's okay. I don't mind at all. If it's a burden from you, I'll carry it anywhere." I smiled and gave a wink to her. She smiled back and blushed. I decided that I would like to play my guitar for her so I pulled it out from it's case and started to play 'Stereo Hearts'. I sang the first verse and she joined in at the chorus. I was awestruck at her amazing voice as we harmonized perfectly together.

We stared into each other's eyes and realized what we were doing and quickly looked away.

"My name is Niall, by the way." I held out a hand and she gracefully slid her warm hand into mine and shook it.

"I'm Claire." She smiled at me and we just sat there, hands interlocked, for a few more seconds as the bell rang.

"What class do you have next?" I quickly asked her as we walked out of the music room and into the hall as other students started to crowd around.

"I have AP English. And you?"

"Oh, um. I have Spanish next. Room A209. Will you meet me after school by the bleachers at the stadium?" I rubbed the back of my neck. She hesitated for a second, thinking about her plans after school i guess, then looked at me, smiling.

"Sure! I don't have any plans, so I guess I could call my mom and tell her that I'm hanging with some friends after school." 

"Awesome! I look forward to seeing you there." I smiled.

"Same here." Claire smiled back. We both walked our separate ways and looked back at each other and smiled. I think I might've found love.

~*END FLASHBACK*~

~*phew* that flashback was hard to work on. It's about 1:10 am here.. I'm gonna go to bed. I hope you enjoyed this chapter! sorry about the late update. but i've been busy! I will try to get the next chapter up as soon as i can. see ya later my peeps! i'm out. PEACE!~

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