A/N: This is kind of a strange AU and I took it in kind of a strange direction but hopefully it's entertaining. Anyways, I'd really appreciate if you could leave a review! They keep me inspired and I love getting constructive criticism.
April 2nd — Stuck In An Elevator AU
Zoe put her bag in her locker before looking up at the clock. Two minutes till the passing period ends. "I'm sorry I've got to get to English. I'll see you at band practice!" She called out to her friends as she walked over to the elevator. The door was already open so she rushed inside. She wasn't alone, a boy was there, Evan was his name. He was a senior. She blushed a little. She had a major crush on him back in freshman year and she'd almost forgotten about it. Zoe walked in front to the buttons and pressed the one for the second floor. She took a step back, looking over at Evan and giving him a half-smile, which he returned. As the elevator door closed it began slowly inching upwards.
But then it stopped, dead in its tracks. The lights shut off for a moment before they returned, only dimmer.
"What the fuck?" She walked up and pressed the floor buttons again. Nothing. She pressed the open door button. Nothing.
"Oh shit…" Evan said under his breath.
"Let me try the emergency call," she said, pressing the red button. Again, nothing. "Are you kidding me?" She repeatedly pressed the button but with no response. "So, we're stuck. Fun. So much fun." She covered her face with her hands. "Okay, this is fine. This is fine. Hopefully there's someone outside the elevator that will hear us." Zoe walked up to the big metal doors and knocked. "Help! Anyone! Help!" Evan walked up beside her and started knocking as well.
"Hello? Anyone!" He yelled. Zoe could hear his breathing get louder and faster.
"There must have been a power outage. That would explain the lights going out." Evan began tapping his foot, his breathing abrupt. She turned to him. "Hey, hey, it's alright. We're gonna get out of here. It's gonna be fine"
"S- sorry," he muscled out, his breathing still sharp. Zoe could see tears starting to form in his eyes.
"You don't need to apologize," she said, smiling. "Surely someone's gonna notice that we're stuck. Hopefully it won't be too long." Zoe reached her hand to her back pocket, but nothing was in it. "Ah shit. I left my phone in my backpack." Evan reached around his pockets, grabbing his phone. He frowned.
"T- two percent left…" He sighed. Zoe scratched the back of her head, pacing around the elevator. She walked to the back and sunk to the floor, crossing her legs. Evan walked back and joined her. The two sat in silence for a few moments.
"So…" Zoe said, breaking the silence. "How have you been?" He nodded his head.
"Pretty good," he replied, quietly. "You?"
"Pretty good too." She folded her arms. "How was your summer?"
"Miserable, yet sometimes fun, you know?" he chuckled, looking at the floor. "I did volunteer over the summer as a junior park ranger, though… I know that's not very interesting."
"That's cool! Do you want to do that as a career?"
"Maybe? I'm not really sure what I want to do," he said, tracing the patterns of the carpeted floor with his finger. "I- I saw you playing guitar at the last jazz band concert. You were really good."
"Oh, thank you." She blushed a little. "Yeah, I've played guitar since I was 9. Pretty much natural for me now."
"That's cool. That's really cool…" They went silent for a few moments again.
"I-" Evan started, before second-guessing himself.
"Oh it's nothing…"
"What were you going to say?"
"It's just—" He took a deep breath. "Do— do you remember… Homecoming my sophomore year, when they told everyone to pair up for the slow dance…" Zoe blushed and looked away. "You asked me to dance," he said, smiling. Zoe cringed, her face bright red.
"I… had the biggest crush on you that year," she said, chuckling. "I got this random spark of confidence and I just had to ask you." They both laughed a bit. "You must have been traumatized, this crazy little freshman girl who doesn't know how to dance comes up to you and steps on your feet the whole time."
"Oh, no," he chuckled. "Not at all," he said, making eye contact with her for a brief moment before immediately looking back down.
"Why'd you bring that up?" She asked.
"Well, we didn't really talk much after that and I—"
"You— you what?" Zoe asked, blushing. Evan fidgeted with his hands. He looked towards the door of the elevator before looking back down. He stayed silent for a while. "I'm sorry, you don't have to answer… if you don't want to… I shouldn't have asked, sorry…" Evan cringed.
"What I'm trying to say is— I like—" He bit his lip. "I liked dancing with you. I'd want to do it again sometime." Zoe laughed lightly.
"Sure, if you don't mind getting your feet stepped on again." Evan laughed. Zoe looked to the side. "What if we do it again right now?"
"What?" Zoe stood up and reached out a hand to Evan. He reluctantly took it. And stood up alongside her.
"We've got nothing better to do," she said with a smile.
"But there's no music or anything," he chuckled nervously. She smirked at him. She raised her arms out to place around his neck. He cautiously moved his hands to her waist. She began to slowly sway back and forth. Zoe began quietly humming as they danced around the elevator. Evan mostly kept his head pointed towards the floor, making sure he wouldn't step on her feet. Zoe took one hand and lifted up his chin so he was looking straight at her. She smiled. He returned a half-smile as he looked into her eyes. Zoe's gaze drifted from his eyes to his lips. What was she doing? She thought that she was totally over Evan, but apparently she wasn't. Evan took a deep breath as he slowly leaned his head closer to hers. She began to close her eyes and lean in.
"Hello? Is anyone in there?" The voice shocked them, and they instantly pulled away from each other.
"Yes! There's two of us!" Zoe shouted back.
"Are you alright? We're calling 911 right now."
"Y— yeah, we're fine," Evan called out as he looked over at Zoe before looking down.
"Alright, just stay calm. We'll get you out of there soon enough." The two shared a glance before looking away. Zoe reached out her hand and grabbed Evan's, lacing their fingers together.
It took about 40 minutes for the firefighters to arrive and finally free them from the elevator. By the time they were out, most everyone had already left. The two went to gather their things from their lockers and then headed out to the parking lot.
"Well, that was not exactly how I expected the rest of today to go," she said with a laugh.
"Me neither." They both kept walking before they both paused and turned to each other.
"I—" They said at the same time. "No you—" Zoe motioned for Evan to talk first. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath.
"I like you. A lot. I've liked you since 8th grade. And dancing with you that was—" Evan was interrupted by Zoe grabbing his face and pulling him into a kiss. He placed his hands on her cheeks and pulled her in closer. After several moments Zoe pulled away.
"So," she started with a smirk, "Would you want to go to Homecoming with me?"