Chapter 3

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I lie in my bed, staring at the unfamiliar cement ceiling above me. It was early, maybe around 9 in the morning. After hanging out with Hunter, Nick, and their new friends last night, I was exhausted by the time I got back to my room. I was exhausted, yet I just could not fall asleep. Hunter ended up walking me back to my room and stayed with me until I fell asleep in his arms, but I don't think my deep sleep lasted any longer than an hour after he left.

And ever since then, I've been in and out of sleep, tossing and turning. I'm not used to this stupid bed and this unfamiliar room. It was weird and I still couldn't even wrap my head around the fact that I was here at this school. I decide to stop tossing and turning and just get up. There's no use in it because I know I won't fall back asleep. I don't do well in unfamiliar places because I just think I'm trapped in that room again.

I guess that's why I was only able to sleep when Hunter was holding me. Geesh, I sound so dependent. I look over and I see that Bella is sound asleep. I didn't even hear her come in last light. Nice to know that she had a good time. I was still a little annoyed that she ditched me like that, but whatever. It's not all that important to me, anyways. We don't have to be best friends or anything, just cordial roommates. Though next time I would appreciate her telling me that she was leaving.

I remember that my parents are taking me out to lunch with Hunter, his parents, and Nick this afternoon so I figure I should go and take a shower now. I honestly didn't want my parents to leave. I wish they could just stay here with me. But I know that can't happen and I have to let them go. Ha, I feel that they should be saying the same about me yet I'm the one saying it. I get my belongings together in a shower caddy and hurry down the quiet hallways to the communal bathroom. The bathrooms were quiet and I liked it that way. I go to brush my teeth and wash my face. My face frowned at the sight of the showers. There were about 4 showers lined up and put into their own separate stalls. The floors were wet and it just did not look appeasing to me.

This was not the life I wanted to live.

I inhale and exhale before heading to one of the showers, hating the squeaky noise that my flip-flops made because I had to walk on the wet floor. I try to forget about my complaints once I am submerged into the hot water. It releases a lot of the tension in my shoulders and I stay in a little longer than usual. Once I hear voices, I decide it's time to get out before this bathroom grows flooded with girls trying to take a shower.

I wrap my towel around my body and make my way back to my room. I try to be quiet so that I don't wake Bella up, but I can tell she's out cold because I closed the door a little too hard and she didn't even flinch the slightest. I quickly dress and fix my hair. I decide to just lounge on my bed and watch some Netflix until it is time to go.


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We were all out eating lunch together at a restaurant here in the town. Things were going really well and everyone seemed to be getting along. My father and Mark seemed to be fond of each other; I occasionally hear their laughs and sounds of agreement and deep conversations. Kyle, Nick, and Hunter were much louder and they talked about "guy things" I had no interest in.

And it left me to have to listen to my mother and Patricia talk about ways to "improve your home," which didn't interest me, either. So basically I was mostly just listening in on the three different conversations that was floating around the table, zoning out of one and into another once I lost interest. All of the conversations died down as our food came out. And now that it was quiet, Mark put all of the attention on me.

"So Asia, what's your major? I don't remember if you've ever told us." Mark asks me.

"Oh, I'm undecided for now." I reply.

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