While I’ve been pounding away at the keyboard, Timmy brings you Part II of Raidean’s story, “Because It Started This Way.” If you haven’t read Part I yet, you can find it here. Thank you for writing this wonderful, heartfelt story and for helping to educate us, Timmy. I hope authorship always remains a part of your life. Well done!
I look to the head of the line thinking this will take at least a couple of hours. Logically, I know that can’t be right, but damn it’s a long line. I just want to get checked in and get my key. I want to find my dorm room and unpack. I’m ready to make my new home feel as if it is part mine. After doing a budget with my father, I figured out exactly how much money I would have to spend on food, clothes, and any extras I would need. With a full scholarship, I have it made. I have enough to be more than comfortable. I won’t need to work at all through these four years, so all I need to do is go to class, study, and try to keep myself occupied. I have some ideas about the occupied. This is going to be my time to learn more than just my future profession.
As I finally make it to the table, a girl that can’t be much older than me asks my name and student number. She hands me a keycard and points me toward the dorms. I’m so excited. I will meet new people. I will try to make new friends. I know Taylor is attending this college too, but I won’t need to see him. I can be the new me. No one needs to know anything about me and, because the suites have in-room bathrooms, I can keep my privacy and my secret. I have thought a lot about this. I still wanted to see Taylor, but I decided it would be best to make a clean break. I wonder though, how many times I’m going to need to start over. I hope I get it right this time, because starting over is just as painful as the reason I need to start over.
I text my dad to let him know which room I’m in so he can move the car closer to the right building. I meet him at the curb where they allow half hour parking for unloading and grab two of my bags. My dad grabs the big box, and Mom gets the last bag. I lead the way to my new home. My new sanctuary. I open the door to my dorm with a burst of energy and rush in, big smile on my face. That is until I see my new roommate sitting at his desk. Shit! Are you kidding me? How in hell did this happen? Continue reading here.
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Ómorphi. Greek. Meaning pretty
Pretty. adj. /pritē/ Pleasing by delicacy or grace
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