Hello there, faithful readers. Here I am with the fifteenth and final one-shot for Let Love In's Challenge. I did something a little different this time, so I hope you like it. And...enjoy!
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Disclaimer: I do not own Harvest Moon or any of its characters.
Just a Stupid Love Song
Mary had always dreamed of being a writer. If you walked into her library, you'd almost definitely find her seated at her desk, notebook open and pen in hand. She usually wrote short stories or parts of a romance novel that she was working on. The girl was a hopeless romantic; there was no doubt about it.
But one day, she decided to try something different. She decided to write a song.
It was a hot summer's day, and she didn't expect anyone to stop by the library. More than likely, everyone would be at the beach, enjoying the feel of the cool water. She could just imagine them, the girls lying on the sand in their bikinis, whilst the boys, dressed in board shorts, played in the water, tackling each other like boys do. And probably stealing glances at the girls sunbaking. They were all very pretty…much prettier than her.
Assuming she would be alone for the day, Mary sat at the desk, writing down and crossing out lyrics, occasionally pausing to hum or sing softly, making sure it flowed together. So distracted by her writing, she didn't hear the gentle sound of the door opening and closing. She didn't notice she wasn't alone until a young woman spoke.
"What are you doing?"
She looked up quickly, snapping her notebook shut. "N-Nothing!" she exclaimed. "What are you doing here, Karen?"
"I came to invite you to the music show at the church tomorrow afternoon," Karen answered, putting her hands on her hips comfortably.
"Music festival?" asked Mary. "But…I thought that wasn't until autumn…"
"Not the music festival, Mary, a music show. I was talking to Claire, who thought it would be a great idea to hold a talent show, and so we decided it'd be good fun if we had a music show. So Claire and I are going to sing, and you're totally going to come, right?"
"Of course," she answered with a smile. "It sounds like fun."
Karen smirked, and walked over to Mary's desk. "Excellent. Now…What were you doing?"
In one quick movement, Karen had snatched the book from the desk, and had it open to the most recent page.
"Karen!" shouted Mary, but said young woman had already read enough.
"You wrote a song? Mary, that's so cute!"
"No, it's stupid, give it back." The shorter girl tried to grab the book, but Karen held it out of her reach.
"You should totally sing it tomorrow."
"No, I don't sing in front of people, full stop. Now give it back, Karen."
"Fine, fine," Karen said with a smirk, tossing the book down onto the desk. "See you tomorrow." And without another word, she left, leaving the librarian blushing with embarrassment and hugging her notebook to her chest.
Mary sat at the end of the front pew on the left, beside Jack. The music show was nearing an end, and Mary was rather glad she had chosen to come. Both Karen and Claire had sung, and they were both very good, and then Kai had done a rap, which was not as good but still made everyone laugh.
Karen stood up at the front. "And now, as our last performance today, I would like to invite to the stage…Mary!"
The librarian blinked, eyes widening. "No, I'm not singing," she said, glaring daggers at Karen.
"Aww, come on." Karen put on a pouty face. "What about that song you wrote?"
Mary blushed darkly. She could feel everyone looking at her. Jack leaned over and said, "You write songs?"
Mary looked away. "It's just a stupid love song." It's not like she could tell him that it was about him.
"Come on, Mary. Sing," said Karen.
"Mary. Mary. Mary," chanted Claire from the pew behind her, and soon almost the entire church had joined in.
"Please?" Jack asked her, giving her his cutest puppy-dog eyes. Mary sighed.
"Fine," she said as she stood up, glaring at Karen as she passed her. She took hold of the microphone, looking up at the crowd, and then down at her feet. And then, softly, she began to sing. And, though she wasn't as good as Karen, anyone would agree that her voice was beautiful.
"You smile at me. And then I can't breathe. You take my breath away." She tried to bring her eyes up to the crowd, but couldn't.
"You don't realise what you mean to me, darling. But now, I think I do." She could feel her cheeks heating up.
"I can't deny it any more. I'm sure now that it's true. I think I am in love with you."
She finally brought her eyes up to the crowd, and saw that they were all smiling at her encouragingly, Claire giving her two thumbs up. She couldn't look at Jack, though.
"Because when you're with me my heart beats fast. And when you're with me I want it to last. And when you're away I wonder if you miss me. So darling please, just kiss me.
"I want to lie there in your arms forever. I never want to let you go. I just want us to be together, oh, just you and me, you know."
She chanced a glance at Jack, who was smiling wider than anyone else in the room.
"I want you to hold me tight. I want you to kiss me goodnight. I want you to call me yours.
"Because when you're with me my heart beats fast. And when you're with me I want it to last. And when you're away I wonder if you miss me. So darling please, just kiss me."
She was shaking a little when she looked at Jack again. And now it seemed that she was singing to him.
"I think I love you. I think I need you. I want to be with you.
"I think of you. I dream of you. I know I am in love with you."
She hesitated for a moment, and then started walking forwards, to the front pew.
"Because when you're with me my heart beats fast. And when you're with me I want it to last. And when you're away I wonder if you miss me. So darling, please, just kiss me."
Her heart sped up, thumping loudly in her chest as she reached the front pew, standing so close to Jack.
"So just kiss me."
And he did.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand...Challenge Completed! Thanks for reading, everyone.