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The Music Stand and the Me On the Water

Title: The Music Stand and the Me On the Water
Rating: PG
Pairing: Ontae
Genre: Fantasy
Word count: 1,000
Summery: Taemin sees a music stand sitting in the water, but no one else sees it. He starts to think there is something wrong with him until a strange boy shows up.
A/N: This was written for a challenge my school Writing Club gave me. Write a fictional piece with no more than 1000 words in it. i hope you guys like it. I also wanted to get something out because I feel bad for making you guys wait for my other stories....


When I was about eleven years old, I moved to a small town beside the ocean. It was a quiet town with so few people that it was impossible to walk around the corner without seeing someone you knew. There was a tiny school at the edge of town, but at that point in time, I was not yet attending.


The day we arrived at our new house, my mother decided to ditch the chaotic nature of boxes that needed to be unloaded, furniture that needed to be placed, and maps that needed to be memorized. She decided to take me to the beach with her. That was when I saw the strangest thing I had ever seen in my entire short life. There was a music stand just standing in the shallows of the water, half buried to keep it upright.


“Mom,” I exclaimed as if I had just seen the most beautiful thing in the world, “why is that music stand just sitting there?” I pointed to it with curious eyes and waited for her to answer my question, but she just looked at me with confusion in her eyes.


“What are you talking about, Taemin?” my mother asked. “There isn’t a music stand over there. Are you seeing things?”


My eyes widened and I looked from the music stand that I could see quite clearly to my mother’s slightly worried face. I didn’t like it when she looked worried. I could barely remember her giving me a similar look the night my father left. She was always worrying over me. So I lied to her.


“Oh, sorry,” I laughed. “I must have been imagining again.” I gave her the brightest, goofy smile I could muster before she smiled back at me. We placed our stuff on a clear patch of dry sand a little ways from the water. My mother helped me apply sunscreen and then we waited under the umbrella as it soaked in.


My eyes were glued on the strange music stand the whole time.


Even six years later when I turned seventeen, I could still see the music stand just sitting on the beach. Every day, it would be there, glowing in the light of the sun, letting the water run around its long neck, and remaining invisible to everyone but me.


Every day I would look at it and ask myself the same questions over and over again. Who put it there? What did they put it there for? How long had it been there before I saw it? Why was I the only one that could see it?


I never found answers.


The more I asked people about the music stand, the more people that thought I was crazy. I was even starting to believe I was crazy. Maybe something was wrong with me. I had thought about that about as many times as I thought about the music stand.


One day, I was sitting on the beach near the music stand. I had stayed home from school because I wasn’t feeling well, but sitting in my room was too boring for my taste, so I snuck out to the beach and just sat there.


My black hair waved about, ruffling slightly in the salty air that came off the ocean. I loved the smell of the sea. It was always so fresh when the city smelled like exhaust and cigarettes. I looked at the music stand before standing up on my own two feet.


Then, I actually touched it for the first time in six years. It was cool to the touch despite having been in the sun all day. In fact, it made me shiver slightly.


“Excuse me, are you Taemin?” a voice spoke up from behind me. My head shot around to look at who had called me. My eyes met a boy that looked a little older than me. He had neatly trimmed brown hair that covered most of his forehead, beautiful chocolate brown eyes, and a pleasant smile gracing his lips.


“Yes, I’m Taemin,” I confirmed as I stared at him, a little wary. People had been talking a lot about me and my hallucinations of a music stand in the shallows of the water. Sometimes people would come by to laugh at me. It was hard to tell who was who.


“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Taemin,” he said politely, grinning even wider than before. “I’m Jinki, and I’m here to tell you that you are not crazy. I can see the music stand, too.”


My eyes widened at those words. He could see it, too? Was it really true? “Wait a second,” I blurted, stopping my thoughts from racing too far ahead. “I’ve never seen you before. I know everyone in this town. How do you know me but I don’t know you?”


He didn’t answer. He only reached into a deep pocket in his jacket and pulled out a conducting baton and handed it to me. “You don’t need to know that right now, you’ll know soon enough anyway. Let’s just have some fun for now.”


Gently, he grabbed my hands and led me to stand before the music stand. He stood behind me and lifted my hands into the air. I automatically began waving them as if I were conducting an invisible symphony. His hand released mine as I took over. I got carried away when the symphony of the ocean met my ears. I don’t know how long I conducted the sounds around me, but I was tiring when he grabbed my hand and pulled me towards the waters.


My body split into two beings. One stayed on shore conducting, while the other continued to walk, unaware of being over the water instead of sinking into it. The me on the water looked back to shore. The me on shore collapsed into the sand. The music stand was gone.


The me on the water continued to walk and walk and walk…


( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 16th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
wow~ this was really cool : )
Jan. 17th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
thanks :)
glad you liked it!
Jan. 16th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
oh my. someone left me this link and i'm very glad that i read it! (i mean i read every story that i'm recommended but you know, just in particular...asldkjfs)
anyway, this was simple yet so heavy and i felt my heart clench at the very end and i couldn't breathe for like 2 seconds after i read 'walk and walk and walk...'
this is really truly lovely! i hope that your writing club appreciated this story as much as it deserves to be :) ♥
Jan. 17th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
lol i'm thinking someone you know likes my writing because this is the second time you've been recommended to read my story lol
i'm glad you liked it. the challenge also said that it needed to be mysterious and intense and so i tried to put that into this so i'm glad to see it worked :)
they loved it and i'm glad you liked it too! thanks for reading! :)
Jan. 17th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
A really, really beautiful story(:
I'm sure your writing club must have loved it, cos I love it!
It's really special, without the usual lovey dovey stuff.
Can't wait for your other pieces!
Jan. 17th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
thank you!
my writing club did love it. it made me happy :D
sometimes i need a break from lovey dovey. it feels a little more free.
i'll get more up when i can!
thanks for reading! i'm glad you liked it :)
Jan. 18th, 2011 11:03 am (UTC)
hahaha awesome!!!! (:

so is ontae your bias?! (squealing rn)

oh btw, i just posted a 2am fanfic.. i know it's not shinee but you mind having a look and give me some comments? cos it's like my first time hahah(:
Jan. 18th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
no ontae is not my bias (i just love them A LOT ^^) my bias is actually Jongyu but i write stories that go better with other couples lol half the time it's ontae.

ok i'll go take a look! :)
Jan. 18th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
hahaha! JONGYU! awesomez(:
oh thank you so much for reading my entry! Haha(:

anyways, I'm kinda new on lj (as you can probably tell) so I wld like to meet more ppl, like you (if you don't mind!) haha(: so~ where are you from? (:
Jan. 19th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
i love jongyu XD
no problem! it was fun to read :D and i've never read a 2am fic before lol

it's alright, we were all new at one point or another. you'll get used to it. sorry i don't have many people i actually talk to on here. the only person i talk to from here is currently not using her lj and removed all her writings :(

i'm from Seattle, Washington (NOT DC) lol everyone assumes i'm from DC. where are you from?
Jan. 19th, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
haha! I love ontae/onkey/jongkey(: rlly, it was fun to read? THANKS(: haha yeah I didn't see any 2am fics too, so I didn't know what community to post it too ):

SEATTLE!!!!!! where JAY PARK lives! AHHH <3
so cooooool :DD it must be cold there now?
I'm from Singapore! hehe(:
Jan. 19th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
ohoh I forgot to ask!
How old are you? (((:
Jan. 19th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
yes where Jay Park lives lol but i've never seen him.

i'm 18 years old :D what about you?
Jan. 19th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
ZOMG JAY PARK! awesomez(:

haha i'm 17 this year!
ooh 18~ so are you in college or uni or smth? haha sorry me not familiar with the education system there :0

I just realized we're 8 hours apart wow!
Jan. 19th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
not in college yet. i'm still in my last year of high school. and i don't plan on going to college next year. i'm taking a year off to work before i hopefully go to college in Oregon

haha cool. i think timezones are so interesting XD
Jan. 20th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
ooh i see i see~
college in oregon; cool!
i'm currently waiting to get admitted into a Junior College, which is equivalent to high sch I think..

so how's school life like there?
oh have you been to any kpop concerts before?

yea time zones! :D
Jan. 20th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
my school starts at 7:10am and goes until 1:40pm. we have 6 classes on monday and friday. on tuesday, wednesday, and thursday we only have 4 classes and they're longer. on those days we also have clubs in the middle of the day for 20 minutes. when we go to class, the hallways of my school are outside. so it gets really cold. if people are in the jazz band they have to come to school earlier and if they have extra classes they stay afterwords to learn. there are also classes online for people who don't have room in their schedule for classes they need. i'm taking one of those. it's a pain in the butt T_T i don't know what else to say about it. lol if there's anything in particular you want to know just ask :)

no i have never been to a kpop concert. (I WISH) i've never even been to an american concert before lol. i have a bunch of cds though ^^
Jan. 20th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
wow it's really different from here...
clubs for 20min? our co-curricular activities (CCA) takes place after school.
wow jazz band! it's not that common here! so cool!
online classes! we only have that once a year and it's the happiest thing for all students LOL!

you're in a mixed sch I suppose?
I actually came from an all girls school.
Like for 10 years!

I've never been to any concerts too )):
I don't even have much CDs ):
My parents will kill me haha.
I've been to a 2am fanmeet thou x)

Jan. 29th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
woaaa... it's great! ^^
btw, aren't u going to continue "I love you..." (is it the right title? abut kyumin)... just curious.
Jan. 29th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
:) thanks!
yes i plan to continue it. i'm working on something else right now, but i will try to get another chapter of "To Love You" up as soon as i can. sorry for the wait!
Mar. 4th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
wahh ur fic is awsome , ontae forever lol ! heheeheh so im kinda new on lj and i was wonderin if anyone could add me as a friend?
Mar. 5th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
thanks ^^

sure i'll add you :D welcome to lj!
Mar. 5th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
aww thx ur da best!
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