"God, I'm gonna miss home food." I sighed, licking the butter off my fingers. She grimaced at my actions and shook her head in disapproval.
"Only God knows how you can stay thin whilst eating like that," she pointed to my plate and I rolled my eyes at her.
"So, what have you decided? Please don't tell me you are going to be staying on campus."
"I'm new to the place. Isn't it better and safer living on campus?" I argued back and she let out a loud groan before joining me on the bed.
"Oh my God! Dorm rooms are the worst. Trust me, I've read all about it. It's so boring and lame." She almost yelled and I already knew that I wasn't going to be staying in dorms,"I'm going to make sure you have a good time in Texas, babe." She winked at me in an evil manner and picked up my laptop from my bedside table.
"What are you going to do?" I asked, both scared and excited by her recklessness. I mean, of course I wanted to have fun but without her, I was a lost case. I don't know what I would do alone and I wasn't the type to make friends easily.
"Finding you an apartment closer to your university,"
"I think the university is providing only $300 dollars for expenses if I'm opting to stay out of campus and I don't have enough money for advance." I explained to her, going through the details in my offer letter.
"We can find something. You can share an apartment with someone and it will totally fit your budget." She replied, not taking her eyes off the laptop screen.
She never gives up, does she?
"This is such a bad idea." I whined and fell back on the bed.
"Look, I found something. Room available for rent. No preference. Pets allowed. Advance payment not required. Rent $500 dollars." She started to read the advertisement and I sat up straight on the bed to look at the laptop screen.
"It's very close to your uni and look at the pictures, babe. It's a 2BHK apartment and it's so spacious."
We began to slide the images and I had to agree with her. It was super cool and so much better than living in a dorm room but the rent was $500 dollars.
"The rent is high. Let's continue to search." I replied, feeling a bit disappointed and she continued to browse through the internet.
After two hours of endless searching, we weren't able to find anything to our liking and my mind was still stuck on the apartment we saw earlier. It was so beautiful.
"What do we do now? I really liked the apartment we saw first." I pouted and she looked at me, blinking a few times before she opened her mouth
"Why don't you ask your grandma for money?"
"I don't want to, babe. She has already done so much for me and I don't want to trouble her further."
"I get it, Ridhi." She gave me an apologetic look and we both remained silent for awhile, "Oh God, I guess we have no choice. It's going to the dorm room then," she burst out, giving me a horrifying look and I couldn't help but laugh at her reaction.
"It will be fine,Esh. I can still have fun. It's not like our country. I don't think there will be curfew and stuff like that," I tried to convince her and we both came to an agreement. To be honest, I was really disappointed that living outside campus was not an option anymore.
"Let's take our mind off that beautiful apartment and talk about boys," she mumbled and I laughed at her response.
"Do you really think the guys will be hot like we have seen in these teen rom-coms?" I asked, playing with the ends of my hair.
"Of course, babe. God, I'm so jealous of you."
"Uhhh...you have a boyfriend." I added, earning a glare from her.
"Secret boyfriend and there is nothing wrong in looking at hot guys." She defended herself and I shook my head with a small smile, "It's so annoying to lie and sneak out to meet him every single time," she complained and I felt sad for her. It was tough being in a relationship in a country like India and especially in our society.
"I'm sure your parents will approve if you tell them about him," I comforted here and she nodded in understanding.
"Yeah, I hope so. I will tell them about Aarnav once he gets a job,"
"He will. Don't worry," I smiled at her and she stood up from my bed.
"Okay, I'm gonna meet him now. Cover for me if my parents call you, okay?" She started to adjust her hair and retouched her makeup.
"Sure, take care and text me once you reach home."
"Yeah, babe and be ready tomorrow. We need to do a lot of shopping," she squealed in excitement and walked towards the door before saying goodbye.
I let out a huge breath and closed my eyes, processing the fact that moving away was becoming real with every passing second. I just wished that my parents were there to send me off and I really wanted to see how proud they were of me.
I wiped a lone tear that slipped away from my eyes and shook my head. I wasn't going to be the sad girl who lost her parents anymore. Life was unpredictable and it has its ups and downs. I forced myself to block the emotions that I was feeling and went downstairs to spend some quality time with my grandma.
Parathas - Indian food similar to pancakes.