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The Average College Night

Later that evening, after the pizza dinner, the rules stated that all students must be indoors. If weather permitting, they may be outside on the front steps. Rikki and Suzy still sat together on one of the couches in the main room. He could tell that the others were starting to know that they were in a relationship. He thought that Dan must have been starting rumors about them, or something. They sat together and talked until 7:30 when Jack wanted the students to start heading to their dormitories. Rikki and Suzy had to part ways until the morning. At least they were in the same building. He headed to the room he shared with a boy his age. He was the last to arrive on the first day and no one wanted to stay with Rikki so they had to share. He was a lot like Rikki in a lot of ways. They had similar interests. They both liked video games and they were both car enthusiasts. They also had similar faces, so similar that they could be brothers. His name was Luuk Van Der Vennen. Rikki was already in and was standing on the balcony that every room had. Luuk came in so quietly that when he spoke it startled him.

"Hey," Luuk said. Rikki turned and looked at him and smiled.

"Hey," Rikki said.

"Thinking about home?" he asked. He had his native Danish accent.

"Yeah. You know, you can't see it, but if you look off that way," he pointed down the direction of the driveway. Luuk looked out that direction. "About 700 miles that way, is my home. I lived there all my life."

"Well, you can't miss home already, it's only the first day, and besides, my home is on the other side of the world, 6,000 miles away."

"I guess you're right," he said agreeing.

"Here," he said walking inside, "I know what will take your mind off that for a while."

"What is it?" Rikki asked following him inside, shutting the screen door behind him. Luuk went to the bed where he would sleep and he pulled a box from underneath it. "What you got there?"

"My XBox One." he said pulling out some cords.

"Seriously?" Rikki asked.

"Yeah," Luuk said pulling the console out of the box.

"Wait, we don't have a TV," Rikki groaned.

"Well then, I guess we'll have to wait for the weekend."

"I guess we will." Luuk and Rikki laughed.


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