"I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn't something about you at all. It was just you." -Jamie McGuire
Nichole Waters stood on the sandy stone pavement of Honor University contemplating whether or not to attend. This was the first time that she had stepped foot on campus since she left over a year ago. Her departure was a painful one that she just wanted to forget about.
"I can't believe that I'm actually gonna do this," she sighed.
The campus was quiet and scarce during the early morning hours as she sat in front of the Attendance Office with a sour look on her face. The door to the small building next to dormitories crept open, revealing a short and pudgy woman.
"Excuse me, miss! Can I help you with something?” she walked over to her with an arm full of file folders, “Morning classes have already begun."
It's Mrs. Rhodes. She was a strict old lady who didn't allow the girls outside the dorm passed midnight, she thought, her curly red hair is all gray now. I wonder what happened to her.
Taking a deep breath, Nicole explained why she was there. Miss Rhodes nodded and directed her to the small office she came from. Upon entering, she noticed that the room was more crowded than it has been in the past. The photos of her and her husband seemed to have been replaced with her dogs.
"I know it's been a while, but is my room still available?" Nichole asked as she stared at the many amounts of photos on the desk and wall.
Miss Rhodes shuffled through the papers with a confused look on her face, "Well, I don't see your file here at all. I-I'm sorry, I forgot your name, honey. What was it again?"
I haven't even been gone that long. How can she forget about me already, Nichole frowned.
"My name is Nichole Waters,” she sighed as she sat down on the fluffy blue chair in front of the desk.
"Hey, Miss Rhodes!" a husky voice called out as the door of the office flung open.
Nichole quickly turned around to see a tall handsome man standing in the doorway with short brown hair with alluring narrow hazel eyes.
He must be a new resident here. I haven’t seen him before, she blushed, but he is seriously good-looking.
"Ah, yes. Mr. Richards! You're right on time!"
He walked into the room with a confused look on his face, "Right on time for what?"
"I think we have our first guinea pig," Miss Rhodes turned and smiled at her.
I don't really like that look on her face nor do I like the sound of guinea pig! She thought to herself as she watched the suspicious interaction between the two.
"Oh right!" he replied slamming his fist in his hand.
"I'm sorry, but what is going on?" Nichole stood up and looked at both for an answer.
Miss Rhodes clapped her hands together, "Yes! We are trying to implement a new system to allow for more students to attend school."
"Um, okay," Nichole sighed as she was still a bit confused.
"So, what she is trying to say is that we are going to change the dormitories to coed dorms!"
"C-Coed dorms?!" Nichole yelped. That... doesn't sound like a good idea!
"Yes! Would you do us the honor of being the first coed guinea pig?!" Miss Rhodes sat waiting for an answer with a huge grin on her face.
Stop calling me a guinea pig! she mentally shouted.
"Can you please do this for us?" Miss Rhodes asked again.
I don't know about this, she thought as he walked up to her and grabbed her hands while staring into her eyes.
Whoa, dude! Personal space! she glared at him.
"Oh, did I forget to mention that your tuition will be paid in full?"
"Seriously?!" Nichole blurted.
Mr. Richards looks at her for a second before flashing a soft smile, "So, I guess that's a yes?"
Tuition fully paid for? That would make it easier for me... I won't have to ask my stepdad for money, Nichole let out a defeated sigh, "Sure."
"Excellent!" Miss Rhodes hopped up and clapped her hands as Mr. Richards stood proudly next to her.
Why do I have this sunken feeling of regret?
"I have the perfect room for you, too!" he smiled as he logged onto the tablet that he was carrying.
Why is he so excited?! she pondered.
"Don't worry! This guy is the best choice for you!" he smiled.
"Which guy is that?" Nichole looked to Miss Rhodes for an answer.
Miss Rhodes just smiled as he turned the tablet around and showed her the student file. There was a picture of a well-built college student with tan skin, gorgeous green eyes, and long deep brown dreaded hair that was in a ponytail.
Oh my gosh! She gasped as her body began to flush.
"Are you okay, sweetie?" Miss Rhodes stared at her confusingly.
"Yeah!" Nichole quickly turned around in embarrassment, “I’m sorry, yes!”
Mr. Richards reached down and grabbed her luggage, "Shall I show you to your room?"
She took a deep breath and suddenly realized that they didn't mention anything about room and board, "Wait a sec! What about food, room, and other expenses?"
Mr. Richards turned and looked at Miss Rhodes. She frowned and explained that they could cover those costs.
Ugh! I can't believe that I forgot to ask about the most important thing! She sighed as she followed Mr. Richards over to the boys' dormitory.
They took the elevator to the fourth floor.
Okay, Nikki. You can do this! she tried to give herself a pep talk as they approached the last room at the end of the long hallway.
"Well, I have to get back to the office, but I think your roommate will be back soon. Here's your key," he set her luggage down in front of the door and held out the key for me.
She took the key from him and slowly opened the door as he left for the elevator. The room was quite large. There were tons of posters of some famous football players along with a few gaming ones. There was a large bookshelf in the corner that was filled with comics, and schoolbooks. Luckily, the beds were on complete opposite sides of the room.
"At least he doesn't have tons of chic pics on the walls," she checked around for the owner.
After finally putting all her things away, she flopped down on the bed and took a nap. A few minutes passed as she heard a jingle of keys trying to unlock the door. Jumping up, she stared at the door as two male students walked in.
“Whoa! You got a sweet package, Dei,” the short one stated as he saw her sitting bed.
The tall one turned around to see what the other guy was talking about, “What are you talking about?”
"Um, hi," she awkwardly waved at them.
"Hey," he replied as he pulled off his shirt and tossed it onto his bed.
She forced herself off the bed and walked over to them, "My name is Nichole. It's nice to meet you."
He stared at her for a moment before flashing a smile. She could feel her body temperature started to rise. Suddenly, the short guy reached out and shook her hand.
“Hey, gorgeous. My name is Dante, and that’s Deivian,” he said.
"Hello," Nichole smiled.
"So, how long are you staying?" Deivian asked as he started unbuckling his pants.
What the-! she quickly turned around as he pulled off his pants. She could feel her body starting to burn. Naked! So naked! Y-You can't just take your clothes off in front of a girl like that!
"Miss Rhodes said that I can get free tuition for doing this, so—" she stuttered.
"Wow, seriously?!" Dante shouted in shock.
"I-It's only for one year though," she sighed.
"What a shame, but if you get bored with him, you can always join me in my room," Dante teased.
“Don’t you have basketball practice?” Deivian reminded Dante as he threw a shirt at him.
"Right. Right. Well, I shall be on my way. If you need anything, don't hesitate to ask, Nichole," he winked at her and left the room.
"O-Okay. Thank you," she replied without turning around as he left the room.
"Are you f-finished?"
She let out a sigh of relief as she returned to her bed on the other side of the room.
“You know that you don’t have to turn around like that?” he laughed as he laid down on his bed with one arm bent behind his head reading a magazine.
"I-It's just good manners. Besides, I don't know you well enough for us to be stripping in front of each other," she forced a smile.
Just warn me ahead of time at least! She composed herself and asked, "So, can you tell me a little bit about you?"
He looked over at her from the corner of his eye, "what for?"
“Since we are going to be living together, then—” she hesitated for a minute.
"There's nothing to really know."
You don't have to be a stick in the mud! She frowned at his reply, "Um, Mr. Richards told me that you’re a quarterback."
"Yeah, and I have a girlfriend."
What does that have to do with anything! she pouted at the stern reply, "I am pretty sure that was not what I was asking."
He sat up in bed and put the magazine away, "I'm just letting you know, so you don't go throwing yourself at me."
T-Throw myself at you?! Is this guy serious?! She huffed, "I would never! You aren't even my type!"
Standing up he walked over to her. Her heart started beating faster as he leaned in close to her, "Oh, really?"
Why is he so close?! Okay, don't freak out, girl! She began to get dizzy as she was nearly captivated by his warm scent, He smells so good!
"Trust me… I'm every girl's type…" he closed his eyes and smiled as he backed away from her, "But right now, I have to get some rest before practice."
"S-sure! Okay! I understand!" she awkwardly nodded.
What the crap was that about?! she thought, trying to keep her heart from bursting out of her chest!