"Yes, grandma. You even double checked my suitcase, remember?" I smiled, shaking my head a little. The day had finally arrived and I was freaking out of my mind. We were on our way to the airport in a taxi and I almost felt like throwing up.
This entire week had been so chaotic and emotional for me and I wasn't ready to leave yet. I've been spending every day for the past week with Eshika and my grandma, the two people who mean the world to me. They tried their best to keep their emotions in check and cheer me up but I knew them better.
God, this is harder than I thought.
The taxi arrived at the airport and we got out together. After unloading my luggage, we started to walk in silently and neither of us said a word. My flight was on time and it was scheduled to leave in an hour. My grandma asked me to sit down for sometime before I could pass through the boarding gate and I took a huge breath, trying to calm my nerves.
"Beta, I want to give you something." She started to speak and I turned to her side to face her. Eshika was standing in front of us, busy looking at the flight schedule.
"I should have told you about this sooner but I didn't want you to take the easy way out."
I scrunched my eyebrows in confusion as she was not making any sense at all.
"I want you to have this." She pulled out a thick envelope from her bag and handed it over to me. I took the envelope from her hands and examined the familiar font on top of the envelope which read 'RIDHI'S TUITION FUND'
"You mom and dad started a savings account for your education when you were a kid and they wanted you to have it." I remained frozen and my eyes started to brim with unshed tears, "I know you got a scholarship but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have the money. It's all yours, Beta and you can use it for your expenses over there. All the account details are present in this envelope." She continued to speak but my mind went blank and I couldn't hold back myself anymore.
I pulled her in for a tight hug and could instantly feel the warmth of home. I squeezed my eyes shut and sobbed silently, thinking about my parents. They wanted me to have a better life and this is definitely a sign that they are looking out for me even now.
"I love you so much, Grandma and thank you for holding on to this." I sniffled and pulled back, wiping away my tears and she kissed my forehead, wiping away her own tears.
"And I love you too, Beta." She gave me one of her adorable smiles.
"Woah! What about me?" Eshika asked in an offended tone, making us both laugh. I stood up to hug her and she hugged me back tightly. I was definitely going to miss seeing this pretty face everyday.
"Damn, I thought I was done with all the tears yesterday. Phew! This is crazy." She choked out, trying to hold back her emotions. We both pulled back and I took a deep breath, wiping away my tears.
God, I was such a crying mess!
"You better text me every single day or I swear to God, I will kill you." She threatened, making me laugh through my tears and I nodded in agreement.
"This is so hard, babe. Just go before I drag you along with me." She waved her hands and I knew it was time for me to leave.
After saying our heavy goodbyes, I walked towards the boarding gate and just when I was about to pass through, Eshika called out to me, making me turn around.
"Check your phone once you are on the plane," she yelled and I nodded in confusion, not knowing what she was talking about.
Once I was inside the plane, I sat down and quickly pulled out my phone to see what she was talking about before they ask me to turn off the phone.
1 text message from Eshika
I clicked on the notification to find the link of the apartment advertisement that we went through last week followed by a text message.
'You better make an offer for that apartment right NOW!!!!' -Eshika
Oh my God! She was right.
I have enough money now with the envelope my grandma gave me and I am pretty sure I can afford that amazing apartment but I have no idea who was the owner/roommate. The only information about the seller was the email address which read [email protected]
I don't have a problem living with a guy. I would be worried if my grandma knows about it but she thinks I'm staying on campus so that shouldn't be a problem and even if she finds out, I can convince her later on.
This is my only chance of freedom and I need to learn to live independently and adapt to the foreign environment. I took a deep breath and hit the make offer button on the link without thinking twice.
This is going to be so crazy and exciting.
I switched off my phone and put on the seatbelts ready to embrace the next 18 hours of flight from India to Texas for my new beginning.
Here we go!