A CanadaxReader FanFic
He was a new kid, a new kid in town and a new kid in school. Nobody ever noticed him, though. He was quiet, very shy for someone his age. He would never speak out and disrupt the class, even when he knew the answer. When he raised his hand, the teachers never called on him. When taking attendance, he would always be marked as "Absent". It didn't seem to matter to him. He had no friends to miss him back at his old school, so he figured that things here would be no different.
That is until you came along.
You had forgotten your lunch that one faithful morning, so you stepped in line and obtained a tray of whatever leftover slop was being served. After paying, you found that practically all the tables were filled, even the one you normally sit at with your friends. Only one table was left, and it was practically empty. You sadly shuffled your feet towards the table and sat down, unaware that someone else was right next to you.
"...Huh? What are you doing here?"
At first, you heard nothing, but when he asked a second time, you looked up from your "food" and saw him. He was a blond-haired kid with glasses and a red hoodie. His eyes radiated indigo, and a single strand of hair stood out on the right side of his head with a funny twirl to it.
How you didn't notice him before was beyond you.
"Oh! Hello! That's odd, I've never seen you here before..."
"Seems like nobody ever does..."
"Hey...are you new?"
This question suddenly made him a little nervous, as you could tell by the beads of sweat forming on his brow.
"Well, no wonder you're feeling down! Where are you from?"
"Toronto? Where's that?"
"Canada? Wow, that's really far up!"
He looked rather glum, and it made you feel a little sad. You knew what it was like to be a new kid, but it had been several weeks into the school year already, and he still
didn't have anyone to hang out with. You placed a hand on his shoulder, trying your best to console him.
"Hey...why don't I take you out on the town after school today?"
"Sure, why not? You look like you need some time to get out and about and just have some fun, for Pete's sake! You can see everything that this little town has to offer, and you won't even have to worry about getting lost!"
He looked up at you with a glint of wonder in his eyes.
"Of course! I've been living here for years now! I know this place forwards, backwards, inside out, and upside down! I know it like the back of my hand if it were dissected!"
"Heh heh, sorry. Oh hey, I didn't even catch your name! Who are you?"
"Can I call you Matt?"
"Well, it's very nice to meet you, Matt! I'm ___________!"
You held out your hand and waited patiently for him to comply. It took him a moment, but then he shook your hand with a firm grip.
After classes were over, you went outside and waited patiently for your new friend to show up. As you waited, one of your other friends saw you and ran over. You thought at first that it was Matthew, but it ended up being Alfred.
"Yo, ________! What up, dude?"
"Oh hey, Al..."
"...You waiting for something?"
"I'm waiting for someone, thank you. This guy named Matthew."
"Ohhh...how come I've never heard of him?"
You simply shrugged in response. You, yourself, had only begun to notice him today, and you were usually quite an observant person. If it were difficult for you to see him, you could only assume that it was much worse for everyone else to spot him. You talked with Alfred for a few minutes and then said goodbye as he ran off to catch up to some British guy.
You turned around to see that Matthew was right behind you, blushing slightly. You didn't blame him. Having a girl show a guy around must be a little embarrassing.
"Oh hey, Matt! Glad you could make it! Follow me, and I'll show you all that there is to see!"
You turned to leave, but then turned back when you realized that he wasn't following you. He just stood there, shaking nervously. Poor guy.
"Are you coming or not?"
"Well, come on then!"
You then took his hand and led him out of the school grounds. You didn't really care how odd it looked. You were going to give this kid a good time, and that was final!
Over the next several hours, you took him out on the plaza and went window-shopping, showing Matthew all the shops and what was inside them. You showed him where the library was, as well as a few restaurants and town hall. You even stopped by an ice cream place and got a couple shakes. They had a special on Maple Walnut shakes for that day only, and he immediately wanted one. You were willing to try something different, so you got one as well. Then, you walked over to the park and sat down at a nearby bench, slurping your shakes and talking some more.
During that time, Matthew had started to warm up to you. He stuttered less frequently and even smiled a bit as he talked about what it was like back in Canada. He talked about the fairly warm summers and the harsh winters. He talked about how he and his dad would take a boat out on the lake and sometimes fish. He had an old-fashioned Johnson boat that still worked, but they had to sell it when they moved here, as it was too much trouble to take it with them. You talked about living in the same little town for practically all your life. It was small, quiet, and the people were friendly enough, but you were starting to feel like some sort of Disney princess, just wanting something more. Saying this made Matthew chuckle. It was nice to see that he was happy...but that all changed once the topic of family came about.
"My older brothers and sisters were quite a pain in the ass," you said, "But they're all grown up and moved out now, so it's become quiet at my place. How about you? Do you have any siblings?"
"...I don't know..."
"What do you mean you don't know? How do you not know if you have brothers and sisters or not?"
"...I was adopted..."
"My dad took me in when I was five...he was never married...he takes home a new girl almost every week...he never keeps them, either...something tells me that he only wants them for sex..."
"Oh, Matt, that's terrible!"
"He doesn't even seem to notice me when he has a girl around...nobody noticed me back home...sometimes, I'd climb out my back window and take a night walk...I'd go out as late as I pleased...it's as if I was never missed...sometimes, I wonder what would happen if I left and never came back..."
He fell silent after that. Hearing him say these things almost made you cry. To grow up with no friends and practically no family...was inconceivable. You, personally, had so many friends that you didn't even know what to do with. As you contemplated about this, you were snapped back to reality as he broke the silence.
"You're the first person who's ever really noticed me, ________. I'm happy aboot that...and I have to confess...this isn't the first time I've seen you."
"We share the same English class, with Professor Higgens. I sit a couple seats behind you...the teacher calls on you a lot..."
"Oh!" You held your hand behind your head and blushed in slight embarrassment. "Yes, well...I can be a bit of a teacher's pet sometimes, heh heh..."
"...I wish I could be more like you..."
"Hmm? Why's that?"
"Well...everyone notices you. You're so outgoing and energetic...I'm just an extra in the background..."
"Don't say that! Don't you ever tell yourself that you're not important! ...You just need to speak up a little more, that's all. I mean, it sounds like you're practically whispering every time you utter a word! Eh, no offense..."
"It's okay...I'm just glad somebody out there notices me..."
"Hey, look at that!"
At that moment, two rabbits had hopped out into the open grass. They pranced like crazy before finally settling down, nuzzling their little furry noses together.
"Aww...that's so cute!" you cooed. Matthew simply watched the scene, a small smile growing on his face.
"What is it?"
You were so entranced by the rabbits that you were startled when you felt two lips softly peck your cheek. You turned your attention to Matthew, who was blushing deeply and averted his gaze to the ground.
"...I-I think I like you..."
You simply stared at him, not really sure of what just happened. You could tell that he had become nervous again, and the sight was too much for you to bear.
"You know what?"
He didn't respond, too scared of what you might say.
"...I think I like you, too."
Matthew looked up in surprise as you took the opportunity to kiss his cheek back. He stared, stunned, then slowly grinned with his mouth open. You thought that his reaction was quite adorable, and you scooted closer to him so he could wrap his arm around you. As the sun slowly set, the two of you finally finished your shakes and watched the pair of rabbits at play, hoping that your future together would be just as bright as theirs.