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My New Dorm Buddy

Chapter 10: My New Dorm Buddy


"So do you have everything packed?" Mom asked as I brought the last bag downstairs.

"Yes, mom I have everything. I promise I'll be fine." I told her.

"You know that you don't have to stay at the school you can always come home whenever you want to." She said with tears swelling up in her eyes.

"I know mom." I smiled as we walked out to the car and put my bags in the back.

"I know, I know, sorry sweetie I don’t mean to get so worked up. You’ve just never stayed out of the house for a long period of time before.” She said and I got in the passenger seat and buckled up.

It’s Saturday morning and dad was already at the school and waiting for us. I didn't bring a lot of my things because of being so close to home that I could just come back at any time. But we just took the car so we could bring everything at once. So it took all of a two-minute drive to the school. There were a couple of the kids that lived in the dorms walking around when we pulled in and my dad had us pull right up to the doors of the dorms. I got out and garbed the majority of my bags so that mom and dad wouldn't have to do as much.

"Do you remember where your dorm is?" My dad asked me shutting the trunk of the car.

"Yeah, it's on the second-floor room 201," I repeated and pulled out the key that my dad gave me earlier that week for my dorm. Even though I meant to go to see my dorm and who was going to be living with me I just didn't have the chance to do it. I was actually doing most of my packing this week if that surprises you at all. I raced up the stairs and then walked down the hall till I found my room number. And decided to wait there for my parents so I didn't have to prop the door open.

You would think that I would ask my dad who I was going to dorm with, but I never did. I don't know if it was because I wanted to find out for myself or if I was just lazy and didn't feel like getting yelled at by a teacher for being late to class.

"What took you so long?" I asked as they finally got to my dorm room.

"We're not as young as you are Sasuke." My mother smiled.

“Well your still younger then I am dear.” My dad chuckled a little and mom pushed him a bit.

“Says the one that looks to only be in his mid to late twenties.” Mom commented.

I laughed a little at them bickering and opened my door to the dorm.

The room was clean and my side of the room had nothing on it. Whoever my roommate gave me the bed by the door and he seemed to like the color blue by the look of his blanket on his bed. It was multiple shades of blue in a zigzag pattern. The window was open and the morning sun was making it warm in the room for being September it was a nice morning. You could wear a t-shirt if you didn't want to carry around a sweater for the rest of the day. You could definitely tell that it was cooling off, though. Though I didn’t mind, I have a hard time sleeping with heavy blankets on even in the winter I get so hot.

"Uh, it doesn't seem that he's here right now." My dad said as he set down the duffel bag that he was carrying.

"Who is my roommate?" I asked curiously.

"You haven't asked me all week and now that we've gotten everything in here you're interested in who is your roommate?" My dad commented with a bit of a smirk.

"Yes," I answered simply with a nod.

My parents laughed. "Why don’t you try and guess.” Mom smiled at me as she took my sheets out of my big bag and I took the duffle bag that dad set down on my bed and helped mom make my bed.

“How am I supposed to know? I know my class is small but you could have paired me with anyone in the whole school.” I mentioned.

“Na I wouldn’t be that mean. I put you with someone you know.” Dad answered and I looked over at him to see him smirking at me.

“Liz lives at home and I know you don’t allow girls and guys to dorm in the same room…” I thought for a minute as mom and I finished with the sheets. “It’s not Sean is it?” I asked. Would dad have made him switch rooms after what happened? Of course, Andrew wasn’t directly involved with it. Only Sam and Nick. And they were suspended for a week. They weren’t even allowed on the school grounds till Wednesday.

Dad thankfully shook his head. “No it’s not Sean. Which reminds me, why were you two fighting a few days ago? I thought you two were best friends when you were kids.”

“I think that it’s more so just the people that he had been hanging out with.” I responded to my father not even really thinking. Though we bickered with each other even with him at our house for a few days. Dad just let him come back to the dorms yesterday. My knees were healing up just fine. They weren’t hurting as much any more, but there were some wicked scabs on them.

“I talked with Sean’s foster parents and they said that Sean is joining the Swim team at this school so the group he’s hanging out with could just be team mates from the swim team.” Dad explained.

I wonder how long Sean’s been with his foster parents. I didn’t even know that he was in foster care till Sean was in the hospital because of the concussion. I was nervous to ask him about it though. I didn’t want to upset him.

Mom and dad helped me get my bed set up and the rest of my clothes put away in my dresser. I told them that I can find a place for the rest of my stuff.

"Alright hon you have a good time and get to know your roommate." My mom said and hugged me.

I followed them down to the car and gave them both a hug before they got in the car and went home. After they left the school grounds I went back into the dorms and back to my room. I slowly put my clothes away on the side of the dresser that was empty. The breeze that was coming in the window was nice. I got everything that I brought put away or in a good spot like under my bed. It kept the room clean and what was left was in boxes so it was organized under my bed.

"Hey. "I jumped and clunked my head on the bottom of my bed when I heard the voice of my roommate.

"Ow…" I muttered grabbing my head in pain.

"Sorry about that Sasuke." He apologized. Wait I know that voice. I thought and backed out from under my bed. "T-Toshiro, y-you're my roommate." I stuttered.

"Yep. I'm surprised that you never asked me what my dorm number was." He smiled and shut the door behind him.

"I should have figured that dad would stick me in the same dorm as you. Other than Liz you're the only other person that likes me here. That’s what it feels like anyways." I sighed and hoped up on to my bed. Considering that everyone says that I can get away with stuff because my father is the principal for now till the actual principal comes back from having his knee surgery. "Where were you this morning when I got here anyways?" I asked.

"I went for a swim in the school pool." He answered and now that he said something I could smell a faint scent of chlorine on him even from across the room. But the room isn't all that big so it's not surprising.

"Did you take a shower after you got out of the pool?" I asked.

"No, why can you smell the chlorine?" He asked.

"Yea, I bit, but not much." I answered.

"I just kind of rinsed off in the locker room." He replied.

"Did you forget your shampoo and what not here?" I asked.

"No, I just don't like taking showers in the locker room." He said.

"Is that pool heated I haven't been in it yet." I sat on my feet as I looked over at him. It was actually closed off last year because they were putting the new pool in. The swim team had to use the local pool instead. But even when we had the old pool I still got out of swimming.

"Yea it's heated, more then likely that's what we're going to be doing in the winter is swimming." He responded.

"Is winter your favorite season?" I questioned curious.

It felt that being his roommate it was actually a lot easier to ask him these questions then if we were sitting in my room at my house. It was probably because of having mom and dad down stairs they could easily listen in on our conversation.

"It is." He laughed a little "You probably think it's stupid because I'm an elemental of ice." He rubbed the back of his head and with his pale skin the blush on his face really stood out as he looks away from me.

"No it’s fine, my favorite season is fall." I told him.

"That's interesting I thought it would be summer." Toshiro commented.

“I guess it’s because I’m already hot and fall brings cooler weather. Though the heat doesn’t bother me. I’m just tired of having to act like it does.” I shrugged and went back under my bed to finish pushing stuff against the wall.

“That’s naturally from having fire as your base element. Can I ask you something?”

I came back out from under my bed and Toshiro was sitting on his own bed. I sat on mine. “Shoot.”

“What did it feel like when your abilities took in my ice element?” He asked.

I tipped my head. “But, you still have your element don’t you? I didn’t take it from you did I?” I asked panicking in a little.

Toshiro laughed and shook his head. “No, no, you didn’t take my powers.”

“Thank god.” I sighed in relief. “But, how it felt…it felt like there were icicles that were running up my arm and then spread through my body.”

“Oh wow. Do you think that every time you get a new element it’ll feel different?” He sounded so interested in my abilities.

“I’m not too sure. Since dad is a moon elemental I don’t think that he could give off a base element.” I stated as kind of a theory. “When I focus I can feel the ice with my fire. I just don’t know how to switch to my other element.”

“We could go for a walk and go talk with your dad about how you can switch between them.” Toshiro stated.

“We can go tomorrow. I’m sure that mom and dad would like some time to themselves. It’s been a while since I’ve been out of the house for a night.” I stated shaking my head a little bit.

“Alright.” It fell silent between us and I laid down on the bed but continued to look at Toshiro.

“Can I call you Shiro?” I suddenly asked.

Toshiro blinked at me surprised and then a smile spread across his lips and he laughed a little. “Sure, that’s fine with me.”

“So how long have you been at the academy in Amoura?” I asked not wanting it to become quiet between us again.

“Um…let’s see…I think that I went to the academy when I was ten. At the academy that’s where I met my friend Kyo. He was there a year before me, but we’re the same age. So I want to say seven years I’ve been at the academy.”

“Who’s Kyo?” I questioned.

“His full name is Kyo Grim. He’s a metal Elemental. We ended up being roommates in the dorm that we were placed in when we were finally able to enter into the official academy.” He explained.

“How did you find out about your powers?” I wanted to know more about him. If we were going to be roommates, we might as well get to know more about each other.

“That’s the weird thing. My parents both had dark hair so they were confused as to how I had white hair. So I must have had my abilities since I was a baby. My first time I actually found out about my powers is when I was picking flowers with my mom and I just froze the flowers that I was holding. That’s when my cold body temperature really kicked in and I was frosting pretty much everything I touched.” Shiro said. “I wasn’t allowed to even touch my baby brother when he was born. My parents didn’t want me to hurt him. And well, you know the rest.”

“Oh wow…that really sucks. That’s no way to treat your son.” I stated.

“Well both my parents were human so I don’t blame them for being so scared of my powers.” Shiro sighed a little depressed.

I threw my pillow at him and it hit him right in the face. “Cheer up. It’s not the end of the world. You’re here now right. You’ve grown up so much since then that I’m sure that your parents would be very proud of how well you can control your abilities.” I told him.

My pillow fell down to his lap and he blinked shocked at me. “You’re not being depressed on my watch. That’s the past. Don’t live in it. If we all lived in the past we wouldn’t get anywhere. You’re here with dad because dad trusts you and believes in your abilities to be able to help him with whatever you have to do.” I continued and couldn’t help but smile at him and run my fingers through my hair to pull some of my bangs out of my eyes just to have them fall back in pace once more.

Toshiro finally smiled a little and looked down at the pillow that was on his lap. “Thank you Sasuke…You seem to know what to say when I need it.”

I rolled onto my back and looked up at the ceiling and put my hands behind my head. “Well someone needs to kick you in the ass from time to time.” I commented.

“The kicking in the ass part is usually Kyo’s job.” He chuckled a little. “Kyo’s not all that great as giving advise. He means well but, sometimes he just says things wrong, or at the wrong time. You can be blunt and very straight forward when it comes to thing, but you mean well and you have a caring nature with the words you choose. You want to help and I really thank you for that.” He smiled wide at me with pure happiness in his expression. “Thank you Sasuke. I don’t think I could ask for a better friend then you and Kyo.”

I smiled back at him and sat up on my bed, “Your welcome, now give me back my pillow.”

We both started laughing and he tossed my pillow back over. Shiro and I decided to go for a walk on the cross-country trail to get some fresh air.

“How long has your dad been the principal here?” Shiro asked as we entered the trail.

“Just this year actually. Principal Wolfe had back surgery in July and since dad was qualified for the position and Wolfe and him are good friends he asked dad to take his place till he was allowed to come back to work.” I explained.

“That makes since. It also kinda explains why he wanted me to come with him.” Shiro answered crossing his arms over his chest.

“What is it exactly that dad wanted to you to come here? Don’t you have schooling that you’re missing at the academy?” I asked tipping my head a bit at him.

“I am missing some work, but it’s not as much as you would think. Doing something like this is called a mission on Amoura. When you’re given a mission you are excused from your classes and given an extension on whatever work you may miss while you’re away. This also counts for if a loved one that’s here on earth has passed and you need to go and be with your family.” Shiro explained.

“But if it’s a mission can’t those take weeks or months to finish?” I asked a bit confused. “That’s a lot of school work that you’ll have to make up.”

Toshiro though shook his head, “There’s a time difference between here and Amoura actually.”

“Really?” now he lost me.

“Mhm.” Toshiro nodded as we rounded a turn on the trail. “For every five years that pass here only one passes in Amoura.”

“Why is that?” That was completely confusing. Why would there be such a huge difference in time between the two realms?

“It’s actually explained in the history of Amoura. There’s a history class that everyone has to take at Elemental Academy.” Shiro stated.

“On your left.” I looked behind me when I heard a voice. It was Sean. He was in gym shorts and a tank top with running shoes on.

I moved closer to Shiro so Sean had plenty of room to pass by us. Sean nicked my arm with his fist. It stung slightly but it was probably from the momentum that he had when he passed by. I could have sworn I saw a slight smirk on his face. “Thanks.” He said simply and continued running past us. He was going slow at least so I’m not going to chase after him and tell him that he had to slow down.

“I didn’t know that he ran on the trail.” Shiro commented as we continued walking.

“Dad said he’s joining the swim team so he’s probably running to make sure he stays in shape. Before he left in middle school he would always drag me to his swimming meets and a few times he tried to get me to join the swimming club he was a part of.” I answered smiling at the memories. Though I’ve never been a good swimmer. In fact, I can’t really swim at all. I just can’t really get everything to function right so I can go forward in the water. I can sink quite well though.

“So what happened between you two? You two don’t seem to really enjoy each other’s company anymore by the looks of it.” He mentioned.

“Yeah. For some reason Sean had to move away in middle school. He never told me why, he just told me he had to go. We didn’t talk or try to get in touch with each other after he left so we did what anyone does when they move. We drifted apart…I just didn’t think that we would have drifted so much.” I replied rubbing my left arm and looking down at the ground.

“That would make since, but if you two were good friends then I feel like the two of you shouldn’t have drifted so far apart. Even with physically being apart from each other.” Shiro said.

“I’ll see if I can’t get him to talk with me and see what’s up.” I sighed giving in.

“Good. That would really suck if you two lost what sounds like a good friendship.” Shiro smiled down at me a little as we exited the cross-country trail.

“So can I help you out with your mission?” I asked a bit curious.

“Of course. I’m supposed to be on the look out for elementals. So any elementals that may not know they are an elemental. There are usually certain signs that people give off when they are an elemental. Like if they are trying to pull them selves away from others because they don’t want to hurt them or be considered a freak. They are small hints but not everyone is the same.” He explained.

“Okay, hopefully I can be some help with that then.” I nodded taking mental notes on what Toshiro told me.

“Thank you for helping me out. With another set of eyes that will be very helpful.” Shiro said.

“Friends help friends out. Your welcome Shiro.” I nodded with a smile back and then my stomach growled really loud and I felt my face heat up as I grabbed my stomach.

Toshiro laughed lightly, “I’ll take that as let’s go get some food.”

“That’s embarrassing.” I laughed sheepishly as we headed to the cafeteria to get some food.

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