A/n: written for my pillow joy~ who asked for something 'normal but weird' to be written, hmmm. haha. edited it so it's better now, i hope...


Sometimes, it sucks to have a half-mermaid for a girlfriend.

Ok, so that was a bit harsh. I admit, I am lucky. Well don't go all 'Hi Lucky!' cos it ain't funny and it's my line. No, it's because... All I wanted was for someone, preferably a girl, (not that I'm trying to imply that I lean both ways, though that would mean I open up my choices to 100%) to notice me. As a person. And not as 'that guy who's damn good at playing the piano' or 'the keyboardist for 'S noT Fair (the resident band at my school, Deewaes Senior High)' or 'the guy who wrote the song 'Everything can wait'' or 'that random guy who sits at the front of my class'. I didn't dare hope for a girlfriend for after my traumatic experience with my obsessive cousin Sally, I think I'm too scared of having one.

Anyway. It started all fine and dandy, I was sitting in music class, my extra credit lesson when the teacher decided to drop a bomb on us. So it was just a 'simple rearrangement of a song that anyone could do with iTunes' Garage band or something'. Wow. I rolled my eyes. What a nice way to waste my weekend.

"Names of the groupings are on the board, go check it!" the teacher announced.

I strolled to the front of the class, looked at the board and shrugged. I was paired with some girl named Rise who according to the class seating plan I never knew existed, sat at the back of the class. I walked towards the back of the classroom, approaching this girl who seemed to be half asleep at her desk. She was a brunette, with streaks of red in her hair. I wondered if she had highlighted her hair, but didn't ask.

"Hey," I said as I tapped her arm lightly. "Rise?"

Rise got up almost immediately. Her eyes were a cross between a misty gray and smoky quartz and that intrigued me. "It's not Rise," she said, mildly annoyed. "It's Ri-SAY. Nobody ever gets it right on the first try, except when I was in Japan," she rolled her eyes.

"Uh, ok," I shrugged. "I'm Henry."

She giggled. "Nice to meet you."

I was half enchanted by her laughter and half irked by the fact that she laughed when I introduced myself. Yeah my name's Henry. Big deal. My mum probably decided to name me after Henry the 8th, you know, that dude who had 6 wives. Apparently it had no effect - I've never been popular with the ladies. Seeing nowhere else to plant my butt, I sat down on Rise's table. She did not mind, which was something that made my good first impression of her better.

"So what song are we assigned?" Rise asked.

"The first movement of Haydn's 104th Symphony, 'London', first movement. I'm planning to scrap the introduction and probably use material from the exposition and development or something," I laughed dryly as I thought of the introduction, which started with a tutti and never failed to annoy me.

Rise looked at me, interested but with a glazed look in her eyes.

My eyebrow twitched. "I suppose you don't know how it sounds like?"

She shook her head.

I sighed. "Ok, let us now go to the random keyboard over there and I shall play it for you."

"Ok," Rise nodded, but without the eagerness of one who knew I was the keyboardist for 'S noT Fair. A tiny spark of hope appeared in my heart, could it be, I would finally have a new friend in Deewaes High because we were, well, friends? My heart started pounding hard against my ribs as we made our way to one of the keyboards at the back of the room.

"Put on the headphones," I instructed as I switched the keyboard on. Rise stared at me with a curious expression but did as she was told. "Now, listen," I said as I started on the piano arrangement of Haydn's 104th symphony, first movement. I hated keyboards when I was playing classical music, pianos were much better for that but it wasn't as if I had a choice, the only piano in the room was the lousy one next to the teacher's desk and the last thing I wanted was for the whole class to hear me play.

Just then, someone yanked out the headphone jack from the keyboard, which earned a 'what the hell are you doing?!' from Rise. I looked up without stopping my playing and rolled my eyes as I realized that it was Gabriel, my friend from elementary school as well as guitarist on the band 'S noT Fair.

"Don't be selfish, King," he said, calling me his nickname for me that made me want to kick his ass every time I heard it. He ran his hand through his jet black hair, something he always did whenever he was acting... 'Innocent'. "Share the good music, will ya?"

"Ha, ha," I muttered sarcastically as I did my best to continue playing at the original speed and not speed up to end it as quickly as possible.

"What're you gonna do with it?" Gabriel asked.

"Turn it into an awesome rock piece with Rise as a vocalist," I answered without really thinking.

Gabriel's dark brown eyes gleamed. "Really. Nice one."

Rise seemed slightly taken aback. "Are you sure?" she cocked her head to her left and I could detect a hint of worry in her voice.

"I'm not sure, I'm Henry," I replied, using one of my usual 'I'm-gonna-lame-the-hell-outta-you' lines. "What song did you get, Gabe?"

"Ode to Joy," he answered, irritation evident in his voice as he folded his toned arms. He was one of the few guys in school who were not on the rugby team and actually looked rather... Buff. One of his random obssessions was going to the gym, which he tried to influence me into going but unfortunately (according to him) failed. "And I'm paired with Lyla," he said dryly.

I laughed. Gifted guitarist with a tone-deaf wannabe singer. "I applaud the smartass who set you two together. Utter stroke of genius. Match made in heaven, eh?"

"Shut up," Gabriel growled through gritted teeth, clearly pissed off with the pairing. Plus, Lyla was one of those cheerleaders who never did anything during project work and expected her partner(s) to do everything.

"Well, what's done is done," I shrugged, reaching the codetta of the movement, finally, doing away with the repeats. "What's most important is to... Enjoy. Yourself. Thoroughly," I said as I ended the piece with a final flick of my wrist, playing the last chord.

There was a sudden silence. I frowned, wondering what happened when Rise started to applaud. Slowly but surely, the applause started. That was when I realized that when Gabriel yanked the headphone jack out he raised the volume to maximum too.

"Er, thanks," I muttered as I felt my face burn slightly, somewhat embarrassed by my impromptu performance. Thankfully, I had not made a mistake, or I would probably never live it down. The bell rang just in the nick of time and I grabbed my things, heading for the door.

"Wait!" Rise called after me as I ran out into the corridor and she followed me.

"Yeah?" I asked, walking briskly to my locker.

"Did you really mean what you said just now?" she asked breathlessly.

I stared at her, then slowly I remembered what I said without thinking. "Oh."

She fidgeted. "You see, I don't think I can sing..."

I smiled wryly. "Let me be the judge. Sing a song, like, say... I dreamed a dream from Les Miserables."

Rise stared at me and I was about to change my mind and ask her to sing any song she knew instead when she burst into song. Ok, that was an exaggeration. Her soft, almost whisper-like rendition of I dreamed a dream was perfect, note for note, pitch for pitch that I almost stopped breathing when she stopped singing. "Are you alright?" she asked, noticing my jaw hanging open.

Hastily, I shut my mouth, imagining how much of an idiot I must have looked with my mouth open, gaping like a goldfish. "No, I'm Henry. You can sing, don't worry."

Rise looked uneasy but when I smiled, she grinned in return. "Ok then," she said, sounding rather reassured by my smile. Something inside me stirred, her smile was... Beautiful. "Um, see you around then!"

"What?" I was kind of stunned, but recovered fast enough. "Wait, what's your number?" I whipped out my handphone. She cocked her head to the left, with an absolutely adorable expression on her face and keyed in her number.

"Bye!" she smiled her dazzling smile and in a flash, she was gone.

"Falling in love, King?" I heard a deep voice from behind me and jumped.

"Gabe!" I turned around and promptly kicked his ass, which he managed to half dodge. My foot came into contact with his ass and he yelped, but nevertheless, started laughing madly.

"Never thought I'd live to see this day, Your Majesty," Gabriel said, hooting with laughter as he ruffled my chocolate brown hair, as if I was this little kid who needed to be praised.

My eyebrow twitched in irritation. "So you have a death wish?"

"Naw," he shook his head, laughing. "Nice one, the King and Rise."

I didn't know whether to agree and tell him about my attraction to her or try to kill him. I decided on the latter and proceeded to strangle him.

And that was how my 'troubles' began.


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