THREE MONTHS AGO
Nottingham Trent University is every law student's dream place to study. It is most renowned for its programmes in art and design, fashion, and creativity. It also houses one of the major law schools in the United Kingdom. It also has an excellent reputation in sports, with outstanding performances in college sports leagues. It has been rated as one of the top UK universities for international students and student life. NTU's courses provide students with the skills that employers demand. And I consider myself fortunate to study at a place like this.
I've been a student here for over four months now. I made a lot of good friends with whom I spent my time. I assumed college would be difficult at first, and it is. But, with the help of others, I accepted those challenges, despite a few difficulties along the way. I spent so much time studying that I sometimes didn't even have time to help my sister with her work or even do some simple household chores. But she said nothing; instead, she backed me up even more. I even felt bad because of this easy-going life I'm leading here with my sister's hard-earned money. A simple outing with friends would deplete my budget significantly.
All I want out of life is to graduate with good grades and get a hard-earned job through my skills so that I can give my ever-hardworking sister some peace of mind and restore the smile she lost two years ago. I just want to help my sister and care for my disabled father. However, if I am diverted from my current path, my studies will falter. So why? Why is this man trying to do exactly what I fear?
"Could you please listen for a second, Sia?" I came to a halt. I wanted to put an end to this right now. He was becoming more brazen by the day.
"Trevor, as I've already said, I'm not interested in such things." I tried to keep my distance from him, but he got even closer.
"Hey, hey, don't come any closer and start talking from there!" Jhanvi, one of the exchange students and a good friend of mine, was trying to keep him from coming any closer. She has a tomboyish personality. But that's one thing I like about her, and she never hides what she wants to say.
"Why? Because you have to provide for your family? " He ignored her and began talking.
"I don't think that's any of your business, Trevor!" I said.
"Sia, I've liked you since the first time I saw you." He was talking about the day I saw him in the first-floor corridor. He is a third-year art student. "At least give me a chance to express my feelings... If you're worried about money, would you be willing to date me if I took care of that? " and the son of a wealthy family.
"Didn't I tell you? That is none of your concern, and don't waste your money on me; I am sure there are girls outside who would like you for your wealth. "
"Have you heard that? Did you get your answer? Now get out of here. We have classes. " Jhanvi urged him to move out of the way by coming between us. She is always there to defend me when things look unpleasant. She is more of a parent than a friend.
He returned, saying nothing, throwing a sharp glare at her.
Since the four months I've been here, Trevor has been after me. At first, I thought he was just some rich, spoiled kind of guy, but he also stopped hanging out with his usual group of friends, which surprised me. Sometimes I feel like I'm to blame for everything, but Jhanvi says it was his decision to follow me and leave his friends, so don't think too deeply about it. Still, a sense of guilt lurks around the corner.
We walked to our classrooms and settled into our seats.
"Jhanvi, should I tell him about Jessica the next time he talks to me? It still bothers me a little. "
"Are you still thinking about it? I told you to let it go, didn't I? If you actually care about him and want to give him a chance, go ahead. Don't think about how others might feel. In a relationship, someone always gets hurt. That doesn't have to be you, believe me. "
"Aren't you suddenly acting like a big girl? Don't tell me you've already experienced love. Did you date someone from your country!? Or... Are you keeping something from me?" Curious, I inquired.
"What on earth are you talking about, little girl? Someone would believe you if you said it out loud like that."
"Are you serio—" She put her hand over my mouth and closed it. "Mm, mm..."
"Yeah, that sounds lovely. Will you ever talk back to me like that again? Tell me, Sia? Will you do it? I can only be the one who teases. It's no fun if you do the same. " "Hmm... mm..." "What are you saying?" She released her hand.
"I said, in your D.R.E.A.M.S!! Hahaha! "
"This little..." The professor entered the classroom just as she was about to grab me again.