Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
I slide open my balcony door and step outside, thankful that the sun has already dipped behind the building next door, cooling the air to a perfect fall temperature. Almost on cue, the sound of his guitar floats across the courtyard as I take a seat and lean back into the patio lounger. I tell Tori I come out here to get homework done, because I donâ€™t want to admit that the guitar is the only reason Iâ€™m outside every night at eight, like clockwork.
For weeks now, the guy in the apartment across the courtyard has sat on his balcony and played for at least an hour. Every night, I sit outside and listen.
Iâ€™ve noticed a few other neighbors come out to their balconies when heâ€™s playing, but no one is as loyal as I am. I donâ€™t understand how someone could hear these songs and not crave them day after day. Then again, music has always been a passion of mine, so maybe Iâ€™m just a little more infatuated with his sound than other people are. Iâ€™ve played the piano for as long as I can remember, and although Iâ€™ve never shared it with anyone, I love writing music. I even switched my major to music education two years ago. My plan is to be an elementary music teacher, although if my father had his way, Iâ€™d still be prelaw.
â€œA life of mediocrity is a waste of a life,â€ he said when I informed him that I was changing my major.
A life of mediocrity. I find that more amusing than insulting, since he seems to be the most dissatisfied person Iâ€™ve ever known. And heâ€™s a lawyer. Go figure.
One of the familiar songs ends and the guy with the guitar begins to play something heâ€™s never played before. Iâ€™ve grown accustomed to his unofficial playlist since he seems to practice the same songs in the same order night after night. However, Iâ€™ve never heard him play this particular song before. The way heâ€™s repeating the same chords makes me think heâ€™s creating the song right here on the spot. I like that Iâ€™m witnessing this, especially since after only a few chords, itâ€™s already my new favorite. All his songs sound like originals. I wonder if he performs them locally or if he just writes them for fun.
I lean forward in the chair, rest my arms on the edge of the balcony, and watch him. His balcony is directly across the courtyard, far enough away that I donâ€™t feel weird when I watch him but close enough that I make sure Iâ€™m never watching him when Hunterâ€™s around. I donâ€™t think Hunter would like the fact that Iâ€™ve developed a tiny crush on this guyâ€™s talent.
I canâ€™t deny it, though. Anyone who watches how passionately this guy plays would crush on his talent. The way he keeps his eyes closed the entire time, focusing intently on every stroke against every guitar string. I like it best when he sits cross-legged with the guitar upright between his legs. He pulls it against his chest and plays it like a stand-up bass, keeping his eyes closed the whole time. Itâ€™s so mesmerizing to watch him that sometimes I catch myself holding my breath, and I donâ€™t even realize Iâ€™m doing it until Iâ€™m gasping for air.
It also doesnâ€™t help that heâ€™s cute. At least, he seems cute from here. His light brown hair is unruly and moves with him, falling across his forehead every time he looks down at his guitar. Heâ€™s too far away to distinguish eye color or distinct features, but the details donâ€™t matter when coupled with the passion he has for his music. Thereâ€™s a confidence to him that I find compelling. Iâ€™ve always admired musicians who are able to tune out everyone and everything around them and pour all of their focus into their music. To be able to shut the world off and allow yourself to be completely swept away is something Iâ€™ve always wanted the confidence to do, but I just donâ€™t have it.
This guy has it. Heâ€™s confident and talented. Iâ€™ve always been a sucker for musicians, but more in a fantasy way. Theyâ€™re a different breed. A breed that rarely makes for good boyfriends.
He glances at me as if he can hear my thoughts, and then a slow grin appears across his face. He never once pauses the song while he continues to watch me. The eye contact makes me blush, so I drop my arms and pull my notebook back onto my lap and look down at it. I hate that he just caught me staring so hard. Not that I was doing anything wrong; it just feels odd for him to know I was watching him. I glance up again, and heâ€™s still watching me, but heâ€™s not smiling anymore. The way heâ€™s staring causes my heart to speed up, so I look away and focus on my notebook.
Way to be a creeper, Sydney.
â€œThereâ€™s my girl,â€ a comforting voice says from behind me. I lean my head back and tilt my eyes upward to watch Hunter as he makes his way onto the balcony. I try to hide the fact that Iâ€™m shocked to see him, because Iâ€™m pretty sure I was supposed to remember he was coming.
On the off chance that Guitar Boy is still watching, I make it a point to seem really into Hunterâ€™s hello kiss so that maybe Iâ€™ll seem less like a creepy stalker and more like someone just casually relaxing on her patio. I run my hand up Hunterâ€™s neck as he leans over the back of my chair and kisses me upside down.
â€œScoot up,â€ Hunter says, pushing on my shoulders. I do what he asks and slide forward in the seat as he lifts his leg over the chair and slips in behind me. He pulls my back against his chest and wraps his arms around me.
My eyes betray me when the sound of the guitar stops abruptly, and I glance across the courtyard once more. Guitar Boy is eyeing us hard as he stands, then goes back inside his apartment. His expression is odd. Almost angry.
â€œHow was school?â€ Hunter asks.
â€œToo boring to talk about. What about you? How was work?â€
â€œInteresting,â€ he says, brushing my hair away from my neck with his hand. He presses his lips to my neck and kisses his way down my collarbone.
â€œWhat was so interesting?â€……………………………
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