I stretched my stiff cramping legs out in front of me-or trying as the seats were cramped up leaving no space for ones legs. I rolled my neck and looked out the window. The sight of L.A was breath taking. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to explore the depts of L.A.
I couldn’t contain my excitement any longer when the air hostess announced that we should seatbelt up and make ready for landing. The plane gave a shake and a rattle when the plane landed, smoother that what I expected. I grabbed my bag that I took aboard with me and left the plane trying to contain my excitement.
After leaving the plane and waiting several hours for my luggage, I finally got a hold of a cab that dropped me off at campus where my student accommodation was located. My dad thought it would be funny to hold out the information of my accommodation.
On the day of my departure my father decides to give me the news. I was going to be living at the campus accommodation where I will be sharing a room with two other girls.
I didn’t always get along with girls as they can be a little bit uptight sometimes and difficult. I had my fair share with girl trouble. Girls seemed to find me competitive and I don’t know why they have a dislike in me. It is not like I stole their boyfriend or their looks.
I got my key from reception at campus and then made my over to where my accommodation was located. I walked across the lawn down the path towards the student accommodation. I pushed the door open once I made my way up the stairs and then took another flight of stairs up to where my room was located.
I tried the door handle to see if anyone beat me to it but I found it locked. I unlocked the door, twist the knob and pushed the door open. I was quite surprised when I found a decent kind of looking room when I switched on the light. We had our own little kitchen, a small living room and then three beds where one was a bunk bed.
I am so taking the top.
I threw my hand luggage on top of my newfound bed and left the other bags at the door. Just to make a point that this bed is taken. I pulled out my phone to contact my father so I could let him know I was safe when another girl entered the room.
She looked kind of average. She was wearing sneakers, skinny jeans, plain shirt and her hair was sprawled over her shoulders. “Oh, hi!” She greeted when her gaze landed on me. “I’m Ruby.” She greeted cheerfully holding out her hand. “Jaylin.” I replied trying to ignore my New Orleans accent. Everyone liked teasing us about it, no matter where we went.
“Seems like we are going to be roommates for a while.” She said making herself comfortable. “Yeah.” I drawled standing at the door watching her unload her luggage on the bed next to the window.
“First time sharing a room?” She asked leaving her bags and turning her attention to me.
“With girls, yeah.” I replied.
“Sounds too interesting for my liking.” She said with half a smile.
“Is there anything fun to do around here?” I asked walking over to the window looking out.
“There is a skate park not far from here and Dockweiler State Beach is walking distance from here.”
“Then don’t mind if I do. I have packed luggage in not less than 24 hours, I need a break.” I said grabbing my phone and earplugs from my bed.
I left the room and jogged down the stairs and followed the path leading down to the beach that Ruby was talking about. Even though I wasn’t dressed to take a walk on the beach as I was still dressed in jeans and sneakers. I went ahead anyway trying to shake of the feeling of sand making their way into my shoes.
I decided to stop and take off my shoes with my socks and then rolled up the ends of my jeans in case I decide to walk through the water. I yelped softly when a beach ball got knocked into me. I picked up the ball to stop it from rolling and stood up to see if someone was looking for it when I saw a guy my age jogging towards me.
“This yours?” I asked holding up the beach ball.
“Yeah, sorry about that.” He said catching the ball when I passed it to him.
This guy was made out of every girl’s fantasy. He was tall, lean, bronze skin of spending too much time in the sun, broad shoulders and then a face that a girl wouldn’t forget easily.
“Do you want to join?” He asked motioning towards a group of people staring at us.
“I think I will pass.” I answered wanting to turn around to make my way back to the dorms.
“What’s a New Orleans girl doing in L.A?” He questioned.
“That obvious?” I asked, my feet glued to the sand.
“An accent like that can’t be missed.” He said taking a few steps towards me while he passed the ball from one hand to the other.
“Travis, come on.” A girl interrupted as she walked towards him. He didn’t even acknowledge her as he kept on looking at me. “Are you sure you don’t want to join?” He asked cocking his head. “I promise there won’t be any kissing involved.” He said with a wink and I had a kind of feeling it normally worked with girls.
Any other girl would have feel offended or taken back. I kind of expected it from a guy like him. “I don’t make out with guys that goes through girls like toilet paper, doesn’t matter how hot they may be.” I replied surprising him.
“You think I am one of those type of guys that you love to date?” He asked smirking.
I looked at the girl who was standing with her hands on her hips glaring holes through my head. “She’s not mine, I promise.” He said raising his hands in surrender.
“Could have fooled me.” I said with a shrug. I left them and walked back to the dorms. I was still shaking sand from my shoes when I got to the dorm.
I entered the room when I found another girl in the room. “Guessing, you are the last of us?” I asked dropping my shoes at the door. The girl looked up from her bags, she dragged her eyes up from my feet until they reached my face. Oh, so she was one of those girls. The wants I just loved to share a room with.
“If you don’t mind. I am taking the top.” The girl said motioning to my bags that was dropped on the ground that I left on the bed.
“Actually, I do mind.” I answered blankly taking a step forward into the room. “I was here first, placed my bags on the bed that I claimed. So, yeah I do fucken mind.”
“I always take the top.” She replied.
“Then you should have been here earlier.”
“I was at cheerleading practice.” She said as if it was a huge accomplish.
“And I don’t care, you could have had a meeting with the president.” She didn’t look pleased with I took her bags from my claimed bed and dropped it on the one below.
“I have a feeling that we are so not going to get along.” She replied snarky.
My phone decided to go off rescuing this girl from me. “Hi, dad.” I answered leaving the room.
“Didn’t I tell you to call me as soon as you landed?” My father asked.
“Yeah, sorry. It is just L.A got to me.” My dad chuckled on the either side of the phone making me already miss home.
“How was the flight?”
“It was fine, a little shaky but other than that fine. Got in a good 30 minutes of sleep.”
“And you room? I haven’t received any warning signals of my daughter being locked up.”
“Disastrous. But nothing I can’t handle.” I replied leaning with my back against the wall and dropping my head back slightly closing my eyes.
“Are the girls already giving you problems?” My father asked with a chuckle. He found this very amusing.
“Girl. You know it is one of those that I don’t get along with easily.”
“Then knock her down a few levels so you can see eye to eye.”
“I think she needs to take a few steps up, her dignity might just be stuck on the bottom step.”
“I believe in you to make this work, you always win a challenge.”
“Yeah, well. I never back down from a challenge.”
That was just not who I was. And one girl is not going to stop me from living my dream.