In the 21st century, vampires and werewolves are considered a thing of the past; they are outdated. And don’t worry - neither is John a werewolf nor is Julia a vampire. The reason for their rivalry is something even greater.
Julia was a simple and affable girl. She had a sleek figure and long caramel brown hair. Her fair toned skin aptly matched her straight glossy hair. Her brown eyes were always shadowed under her black rimmed specs.
Julia's life had been very merry lately - and she was fed up of her sweet life. She had grown up physically, and now she desired for some adventures in her cherubic life. It was a tough decision for her - to move away from her family, but this was what she desired.
After a lot of melodrama, her family agreed on for granting her admission into a distant University. When Julia entered her room in the hostel, to her surprise, or rather, shock, a tall guy, wearing a blue hoodie with jeans was standing with his back towards her. He had a strong muscular body, or so it looked from behind.
Julia thought that she had entered the wrong room. She turned back to check the room number again. 415.
“Hey," the tall guy said.
“Hi, um… is this room 415?”
“Yeah. You are Julia right?” he said while rearranging his desk.
“Yeah… how do you know?” she rolled her eyes beneath her glasses.
“I checked the list put up on the notice board to find out who my roommate is…”
Julia was aware that it was a co-ed college, but co-ed hostel?? She was baffled.
“I am Henry… your apparent roommate.” He broke the silence.
“Oh!” was all Julia managed to say.
Henry smiled at her and walked out of the room. Julia stepped inside her room, dragging her black suitcase along. The room had three beds, a washroom and three desks next to a big wardrobe. Two of the beds were already occupied, so Julia had to shift over the corner-most bed.
“Wow!” she said to herself, after seeing the messy beds. “This is great. As if one roommate wasn’t enough, now I have another one.”
She started unpacking her bag. She was unsure of what she was doing. She sat over her bed and contemplated for a while. Sharing a room with complete strangers was really awkward and dangerous. Moreover, she had no friends in this college. Well, to an extent, this was the reason she chose this college. She wanted to start her life again from scratch and she knew that this was the best place for her. Not that her school life was messed up or anything, it’s just that she got bored of her happy-go-lucky life.
Mira, her best friend, really hated her for taking this decision. She tried everything possible to make Julia change her decision but Julia remained firm. Now Julia was having second thoughts…
To clear her mind and fill her stomach she, walked out of the room and went to search for the dining hall.
As she was walking down the steps to the first floor she bumped into somebody.
“Hey, cool, its okay?" Julia said looking up at the boy who she had bumped into.
Done. That was it. All the attraction she felt towards the guy was lost.
“Do not generalise. Boys too don’t walk straight. And by the way, you were the one who bumped into me!”
“Next time I find you making stupid remarks you have had it from me,” she said and walked ahead. The boy just kept staring at her till she got out of his sight.
When Julia entered the dining hall (which she located after a nice hour of tour in the campus) she could smell Italian food, her favourite. She filled her plate with white sauce pasta and a slice of chicken pizza and found an empty spot in the room. She didn’t require company when she was eating Italian. For her Italian food was the ultimate heaven. She finished her food and went back to her room.
She was really glad Henry wasn’t there in the room. She was really not used to sharing room with anybody. At home she had a bedroom twice the size of this all to herself. She was extremely pampered by her parents, especially her mother.
She sat on her bed and texted Mira and her mom essentially saying that she was going well.
Soon her thoughts drifted back to the guy with the greenish blue eyes…
To be continued.
- Khushbu and Shubhankar