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Stardust

By eternal_seeker

Humor / Romance

Chapter 1

The alarm clock rung and John opened his eyes. He really needed a few more minutes of sleep, because was awake until late night hours and now was exhausted. Once again, he couldn't stop reading. Since a few weeks ago, when Jack showed him his newly discovered tv show - "Game of Thrones", he just had to know the whole story not only this part, which were used in first season.   Of course, he liked it because of very different reasons than his friend, who mostly enjoyed nude scenes (oh this Jack...).

Complex characters, its atmosphere and unexpected solutions were much more important to him. So right after they finished watching it (2 sleepless nights), he decided to borrow all books from the series in the nearest library. And now he couldn't break away from this addicting story. He always had this problem, when something interested him - books, series or movies. 

He was in a college, on the third year of the literature course (he had always dreamed of being a writer...) but was rather rare type of student. Instead of going to the parties or pubs, he preferred spending more time with a good book or in his favorite little cinema, where it was possible to see some alternative movies, not only this pop culture pulp. Probably Jack was right, facetiously calling him a nerd. Not that he didn't like spending time with people. He had a small group of friends, who accepted and liked him for who he really was and from time to time they were hanging around together. Anyway he was known as a little weirdo and outsider in their university, but it didn't bothered him at all.

The summer was almost over and today their classes were beginning, so right now he really had to get up and pull himself together.

And obviously wake up Jack, still snoring in the next room. John reluctantly get out of the bed and yawning deeply, knocked to the sleepyhead doors.

"Jaaaaaaaaaaack, wakey - wakey!!!"

"John, have mercy! I came back home 3 hours ago and... oh my poor head.... give me some water, please..."

"Always the same... you horrid drunkard! Have you forgotten our classes starts today?"

"Blimey! Seriously?! How much time do we have?"

"About 40 minutes. I'll take a and shower and you better get a grip mate..."

It was almost a miracle, but they were late only ten minutes. Jack was on the history course but they had some classes together. Now they sneaked quietly to the lecture hall and quickly found their friend Rory, who was studying history too. They had known him since elementary school and always were great friends. Last few years he had less time for them, because was madly in love with their other old mate - Amy. John always suspected sooner or later they'll become something more and in fact they were really well matched couple. Rather peaceful and prudent Rory made a perfect balance for temperamental and impulsive Amy.
After the first lecture they had a small break and went to the canteen for some coffee.

"Guys, first day and you already must be late?"

Rory was rather solid student and surely much more punctual than them. Actually, they usually had problems with being on time, no matter where were going...

"Oh come on mate, we had a hard night... By the way, where is your better half? John have told me she starts this year..."

"Yes indeed, we are going for a lunch after classes, so she'll probably tell me everything in details. Oh I've almost forgotten she said you must go too or..."

"Just after lectures? Well, I've already had some plans...."

"John, let's be honest...you were planning to read whole afternoon, so I am sure it can wait few more hours."

Really, Jack was reading in his mind or what ?! They came in. John looked around looking for a free table and noticed some new student. She was a pretty blonde with big, brown eyes and full lips and was completely absorbed by the book in front of her - exactly the same book he was reading right now! He couldn't help but was staring at her like a stupid. He had never paid too much attention to girls - at least not "this way" All of them seemed very dull and shallow. Of course, with some exceptions like Amy and Donna - but they were almost like sisters to him. 

Suddenly, like she could perceive his gaze, mysterious blonde looked away from read page, glanced at him and gave him a shy smile, what made him completely dizzy and confused, because all at once it seemed like a herd of butterflies woke up in his stomach.

"John! What do you want?" 

Jack gustily brake him away from the girl and all weird thoughts. 

"Hey, what a blush! Aren't you sick?"

"No, is alright. One big, black please."

In 3 hours they were finally free and waited for Amy before the university. Suddenly, he saw the student girl, who against his own will, was still occupying his mind. She was walking with some student with dark complexion. They seemed very close...

"Amy! At last, we are dying of hunger!"

"Nice to see you too, Jack! Hi John. Are you all right? Cause you look a little faraway..."

She cuddled up to Rory, looking at him with concern.

"John is keeping an eye on some cute blonde whole morning, so he is very faraway indeed! Oh don't think I haven't noticed! But I must agree, she's a pretty. Good choice mate!"

Seriously, Jack must have read his thoughts, what a shame! John could already feel he was blushing...

"Oh wonderful John! About time... But which blonde, that one in a purple hoodie? I know her, she is very nice, we have some classes together. Her name is Rose. Rose Tyler."

And suddenly, he felt the herd in his stomach is awakening again...

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