This is the second installment of the student chronicles series. Our quartet is now going to enter university. How is their first year there going to be like?
Words to look out for:
Hisame: Frosty rain.
Hitofuki: Gust. In my story, this is the biggest city in another county.
37 000 yen: About 432 US dollars or 289 British pound sterling.
Soseki: Corner stone. In my story, this is the biggest city in another county.
Amagumo: Rain cloud.
Arrival at Enrai university!
"Thanks for driving me to Enrai University dad" smiled the girl. "That's nothing Himiko-chan. It's a milestone that my first daughter is going to start at university in just a week" replied Shegito. Kumono was about four hours away from Enrai by car. By train, it took roughly two or two and a half hours. There was no way they could fit all her belongings on the train however. Hence why the man had taken a day off work to drive his daughter to Enrai. Her dorm room would be at Hisame College. The photos showed a room that was ten square meters. The basic furniture was already in there. However, the bathroom was shared by two other girls. There were ten people in total who would share the same kitchen
'Coming to think of it…this will be the first time I'm going to live on my own thought Himiko as she bit her lip. She knew that Marii had been to language school in Hitofuki last summer. She lived with a host family during her stay. Her friend Chie was not a beginner either. She completed her last year at high school at a boarding school in Yukisaki.
However, there were some things the university student was excited about. She would be in charge of EVERYTHING for starters. She could make exactly what she wanted for dinner, food, watch the television shows she wanted without interference and when the room had to be cleaned. 'I just hope I'm ready for all the new responsibility' thought the new nurse student. The car stopped in front of the traffic light. Enrai was a rather large city that laid close to a large river. The city was often referred to as the "cultural capital" of the nation. Firstly, there were numerous temples built prior to 1900. Another section of Enrai contained buildings that were at least 200 years old. This section was often featured in movies or TV shows with an old setting. The population in Enrai was three times larger than Kumono. Her family used to visit Enrai about twice a year since her father had to attend a convention there, but that was it really. To LIVE there would be quite different. "There's the university Himiko-chan" announced the man. She looked up and saw the campus right ahead of them.
Chocolate brown eyes widened at the sight. The school was IMMENSE! 'I had no idea that the school would be this big! Seeing it like this is completely different' thought the female. Her parent stopped at a road crossing for a second. A number of professors wearing lab coats were on their way to a nearby building. 'Perhaps one of those are going to teach Kininata-san. I'm sure he said he would be studying biology' recalled the teenager. Her father started the car and drove down the road that lead to the Hisame father took most of his degree in Soseki. He stayed a year in Enrai however to learn accountancy plus English. She noticed that there were a number of people who were carrying boxes as well. Many of them appearing to be at her age or a couple years older. "Let's go in so I can sign the contract and all. We probably need to get that done first" informed Shegito. Hisame College was a somewhat large building made out of gray slate stone. The name of the college was written in big cobalt-blue letters made out of wood. The college was five stories high.
The Fujiyama duo entered the college lobby. A mix of lemon soap plus fresh wood tickled their noses. However, the walls plus the floor were clean. The two chocolate brown sofas plus the table on the right appeared to be brand new. A solid wooden desk was at the left while two restrooms were at the right. All of the walls were painted in pale honey yellow. There floor plus the walls were in good condition.
There were two neatly lined queues in the lobby. Number one was in front of a desk that said 'Residents returning'. Queue number two was in front of the 'New residents' desk. The queue in front of the latter desk was not very long. The duo lined up at the end of the queue. 'I can't see anyone that I know' thought the teen as she looked at the other people in there. "Did you bring all the papers they sent?" inquired the man as he looked down at his child. "I brought the confirmation about school place. Here is my debit card plus the certification from Hisame College. Pretty sure that should be it" muttered the girl. She shielded her eyes for a moment. Some bright rays of sun peeked through the window on her right side.
A little more than ten minutes passed until it was their turn. Behind the desk sat a middle-aged man with greying hair. "Welcome to Hisame College. My name is Isao Tsukino. I am one of the administrators. Are you a new student or have you moved college?" inquired Isao. "I'm a new student. Here are my papers" answered the raven-haired female. She handed him the papers. He then took up a list before scanning it with his dark brown eyes. "Fujiyama Himiko, freshman student in nurse studies. Everything looks to be in order. Have you brought your guardian or one of your parents to sign the contract?" asked the man. "Yes. I'll hand it over to you dad" replied the female before stepping aside. "I'm Himiko-chans father. Here is my ID and a copy of her birth certificate like the letter asked for" informed the toy shop employee.
The administrator then looked over the papers he had been handed. "Everything looks good to me. I need you to sign the contract here Fujiyama-san. It has pretty much the same information as the brochure" said the man as he gave the contract to the guy in front of him. The Fujiyama duo read the contract closely. The rent was 37 000 yen a month. It covered electricity, internet, water plus heating. "Pretty much the same as the brochure said" muttered Shegito. "Everything looks all right to me" stated Himiko as she re-read the information one more time. "Right…I'm going to sign it now" informed the male with a smile. He wrote down his name at the bottom of the contract before he handed it to Isao.
"Great. You will live in dorm 11 inside building number three. There are five guys as well as four girls living there. As far as I'm concerned, three of them are freshmen. The other seven are a mixed group. The hallway representative is Michiru Harada. She is a medicine student. The common room is a bit further in the hallway. Your mail will be delivered to your mailbox inside the room over there. You will find the laundry room in the basement. Here's your key card" informed the male before he gave the card to the girl. "Thank you" replied the girl. She stepped out of the queue with her father. "Let's drive to building number three Himiko-chan. It should not be too far away" told the man. The duo drove a bit further down the road. Moments later, they saw four buildings right behind the college. Building number three was facing the south. The car drove up to the parking lot before it came to a complete halt.
"I think we should take the TV up first" suggested the older male. His daughter nodded in agreement. They opened up the trunk of the car and took the small TV with them. Fortunately, the door was open. 'Let's see. Where is apartment 11?' thought the freshman as she read the map. Apartment number 11-20: 1st floor' said the information sign. "Thank Kami-sama! An elevator!" exclaimed Shegito when he saw the black sliding doors on his left. A small wave of relief went through her body. This would make the moving process a lot easier. However, she would try to use the stairs as much as possible. Her dorm room was at the first floor after all.
They got to the first floor after a short elevator trip. All of the dorm rooms were located in a large hallway. The floors were made out of maroon linoleum. It was a stark contrast to the pale warm-beige walls. Her room was smelled of lemon soap plus chlorine. A large double door was located on the left side. It was probably the kitchen. 'Now to find number 11' thought Himiko as she looked at the doors. They walked down the hallway until they found room 11. The room was situated at the very end. "Here we go" muttered the girl as she unlocked the room. She could feel her heart beat like a drum when she opened the door.
A small 'clack' cut through the silence as she opened the door. The nurse student let out a sigh of relief when she saw the room. It looked rather...pleasant. The room had a nice view of the college yard for starters. The walls were painted in a pale mocha brown colour. Unlike the hallway, her floor was made out of coffee brown linoleum. A single bed plus a chest of drawers stood on her right side. An office chair was parked behind a desk on her left side. A small table made out of ash brown wood stood next to the desk. A comfortable-looking chair with green padding stood in front it. She smiled when she saw the tall bookshelf behind the door. It was nearly identical to the one she had back home.
"I'll place the TV on the table over there. You can go down to the car to get your clothes and whatnot" suggested the man. "Yeah, I will" replied the female. Her father handed her the car keys. She jogged down back to the car while she tried to remember what box they had put the clothes in. 'Thank Kami that my wardrobe is not THAT big. It will take some time to get them up there however' thought the ebony-haired girl. They had six boxes plus a large plastic bag with them in total. Three of them had clothes or shoes in them. Another contained books plus posters. Her last box was assigned for DVD's. Box number six had ironically things that could be used for storage. Some bed sheets were in there too. A pillow and a duvet laid inside the plastic bag.
'Clothes are first I suppose' thought the girl. She picked up two of the cardboard boxes near the front of the trunk. The nurse student was half-jogging towards the building when she bumped into someone. "I'M SO SORRY!" exclaimed the female as she gave her victim a bow. "I'm fine. Don't you worry" assured a male voice. She glanced upwards to see who it was. Her "victim" was a guy at her age. The guy was perhaps six inches taller than her with an average frame. His short hair was a pine green shade, while his eyes were pale brown. "Are you new here? I don't think I saw you here last year" inquired the young man. "Yes, I'm new. And you are…?" asked the female. "My name is Yuji Saotome" answered Yuji. "Ni-nice to meet you" stuttered the teen while she gave him a small bow. "Nice to meet you too Himiko-san. What year are you in?" asked the guy. "I'm a freshman starting on my nurse studies. What about you?" inquired the girl. "I'm a sophomore in accountancy. Are you coming to the party tonight in the common room?" asked the greenette. "What sort of party is it?" replied Himiko. He pointed towards a poster that was posted on the 'common wall'. 'Start of the year party at 24th of August in the common room! The party starts at 8 PM and lasts until 2 AM due to the curfew. Bring your friend and see you there!' read the poster.
"I think I will go there. Maybe some of my friends will be there as well" muttered the female. "Great! See you there then! Oh, here is your box. Nearly forgot my manners there" laughed Yuji. He picked up the box and laid it on the top of the other one. A smile formed at her face. Maybe this would be the start of her student life in Enrai? 'Oh…I nearly forgot! I was carrying these to my room!' recalled the black-haired girl. She jogged towards the elevator straight away.
"There we go. Your room looks quite nice now I think" stated Shegito as they looked at the room. A cool mauve pink carpet covered her duvet. Three dark brown pillows with mauve polka dots were lined up on the bed. On the wall were two posters from the anime Nana. Her laptop plus a small peace lily stood on her desk. Her parents had bought them both as a gift. The TV was securely placed on the small table. A small borwn rug laid in front of the bed. Her clothes were neatly sorted inside the chest of drawers.
"Thanks for helping me with my stuff dad" said the girl while she looked up at her parent. She was slightly surprised at the somewhat sad look in his eyes. "Don't forget to visit us every second weekend now. You can call or send a mail if you get too homesick" told her father. "I will. I think this is good bye then" replied the nurse student. They gave each other a hug. Suddenly, a pang of sadness went through her body. 'I'm going to live on my own now without Yori-chan or my parents. I have never done that before' realized the female. "Take care Himiko-chan. See you in a couple weeks" stated the man as he left. "See you!" exclaimed the teen as her parent left.
A couple minutes later, her cellphone buzzed. 'Hello Himiko. Have you settled in yet? If you have, let's meet!' read the text message from her friend. 'I almost forgot. Marii got here yesterday. I better call her' thought girl. She pressed the 'call' button after selecting a number. "Hello Himiko. How're you doing?" greeted the familiar voice. "I'm fine. My dad just left. My dorm room is now ready to be used" replied Himiko. "Sounds great! Are you going to one of those 'school starts parties' tonight?" asked Marii. "I actually thought I would attend the one at my college. Do you want to come?" inquired the female while she crossed her fingers. "I think so. I don't know anyone over at my college anyways. What college did you got your room in by the way?" answered the girl. "Hisame" muttered the ebony-haired girl. "Nice. That college is not very far away. I live at Amagumo by the way. Can I meet you at 8:30?" asked the brunette. Brown eyes glanced down at the watch. That was in three hours. "Sure. See you then!" replied the girl. She hung up the phone while she tried to figure out what to wear. 'I better wear something that's a bit stylish, but not too skanky' thought the nurse student. She was in university after all. 'Hi hi. This is actually my first party at university!' thought the female. There was a giddy smile on her face as she opened her drawer.
"Hello Himiko!" greeted the younger girl as she approached her. "Hello Marii" replied Himiko with a smile. Her friend was wearing a turquoise T-shirt plus a black waist jacket on top. A black plaited miniskirt covered her legs. On her feet were a pair of black pumps. "You're looking good there. I like your dress" complimented the language student. The older girl had chosen a short-sleeved bright red dress with black polka dots. The dress ended just above her knee. A pair of black tights plus red pumps completed her ensemble. Her friend had used some mousse to get volume in her ash brown hair. It suited her quite well.
"I can hear the noise all the way here. I hope the music is not TOO loud" muttered the younger female as they approached the room. The duo felt a little anxious straight away. Even from here, they could tell that the room was crowded. A table was located at the opposite side. It had pizza, sushi, skewers, salad plus some rice. "Is that sake!?" exclaimed the older girl with a low voice. There were some bottles there with quite familiar white liquid. It was a bit surprising since there were many teenagers in here.
"Do you see anyone you know?" inquired the nurse student. "Himiko-san! Nice to see you" greeted a voice from behind. She turned around and saw Yuji with a glass of beer in his hand. A part of her brain wanted to know why he was drinking. Suddenly, she remembered that he was a sophomore. This meant that he was probably old enough to drink. Or at least closer than they were. "Hello Yuji-san. Nice to see you here too" replied the female. "Who's the brunette?" inquired the male. "Th-this my friend Marii. We are former classmates" informed the inky-haired girl. "Nice to meet you Marii-san. I'm studying accountancy and I'm a sophomore" greeted the greenette. "I'm a freshman. My majors are English and Japanese language and culture" informed the teen. "Cool. See you around" told the guy. He gave them a wink before he walked over to another group of people.
"Maybe we should have invited Arkai-san and Kininata to come with us" muttered the female. She had a sour look on her face. Her friend knew that this look meant 'I'm not very comfortable with this situation'. "I'm sure we'll be fine. Maybe we should get something to eat" suggested the girl. Her friend nodded in agreement. The duo weaved through the crowds to get to the food table. "Hello girls! Are you 20 or older?" inquired the cyan-haired woman who was serving the drinks. She had a badge that said 'Hisame administration' on it. "No" answered the duo. "I'm glad you two are honest. I'm afraid that means that you can't drink any alcohol. However, feel free to enjoy the food here. It's all fresh" encouraged the female. Both of them took a couple skewers, a slice of pizza, some salad plus a can of diet soda. "Do you see a free table somewhere?" asked Himiko. "There's one over there" informed the brunette. There was a small table in a corner. It was just big enough for four people. Both of them sat down, and started to eat. It was delicious. The salad was fresh while the fruits on the skewers were juicy.
"Maybe this won't-". "Can we join you two?" inquired a male voice. The female duo looked up. A black-haired guy who stood in front of the table. A guy who had dark purple hair stood right next to him. He looked a little tipsy. Neither of them appeared to be dangerous at the first glance. The girls looked at each other and nodded. "So...what brings you two sexy chicks to Enrai?" inquired the guy after he sat down next to Marii. She noticed that he laid an arm around her shoulder. 'He's just trying to be friendly Marii. Don't get angry' thought the female. "Studying" replied the younger of them. "What about you?" inquired the older guy as he looked at her friend. "Same" answered the female. She tried her best to push the uncomfortable feeling away. "My names Jiro. I'm a junior in mathematics" informed Jiro. "We're freshmen" muttered the brunette. "Can you repeat that? I didn't hear you" replied the guy. "We're freshmen!" repeated the girl a little louder to drown out the music. "I see. Why didn't you two get alcohol?" asked the junior. "We're not old enough" stated the older girl. "You aren't!? You sure look mature enough for 20" mused the male. He reached out for the beer can he brought with him. 'Why do I feel so uncomfortable when he's touching me like that? Maybe it's just my shyness kicking in' realized the language student.
"What sort of clubs have you signed up for?" inquired the inky-haired guy after he had taken a sip of beer. "We have not signed up for any clubs yet. Do you know about any interesting ones?" inquired the older female. "Are you kidding me!? Off course there are! Enrai has TONS of clubs to choose from! We got everything from animation to track and field. Some of the largest clubs are divided into genres or gender only groups too. The latter is usually applied to sports club. I'm a member of the mixed gender anime club plus the male fitness club" informed the male.
"Thank you for telling us Jiro-san" replied the female. "No problem. What's the name of you two hotties?" asked Jiro with a somewhat teasing look in his eyes. "Marii" deadpanned the freshman. "Hi-Himiko" stuttered the girl. "Himiko? So you're a princess child? Or something like that?" wondered the guy. His arm wandered down to her hip.
She felt her cheeks get a little warmer. This was getting too uncomfortable for her liking. The female was a bit shy and did not have much experience with guys. Especially not when they touched her, pulled her close to them or a combination of both. "Jiro-san, could you please remove your hand? Himiko is a little uncomfortable" informed Marii. "Is she? Do you feel uncomfortable Himiko-chan?" inquired the mathematics student as he turned towards her. The nurse student felt herself squirm on the inside. His breath smelled like beer. To make matters worse, she did not like beer at all. "Uhm, Marii, I think I'm feeling a little nauseous" muttered the female. "I'll follow her to the bathroom. Don't want her to vomit all over you Jiro-san!" replied the younger girl. "Neither do I" replied the male. He leaned back so they could step out of the sofa. The duo headed straight for the lobby area.
"Do you need a plastic bag or something Himiko? I can find a trashcan too if you'd like" suggested the brunette. "I'm better now. I just felt a little uncomfortable that Jiro-san touched me like that and pulled me close to him" confessed Himiko.
"Really? Was he being itchy-fingered or something?" inquired her friend. The older girl realized that they looked colder than earlier. "No no! He only touched my hip but I felt a little uncomfortable with it. But I guess this is a thing that comes with university. We'll be legit adults in about a year after all so…" muttered the nurse student. "HIMIKO! AND MARII-CHAN!" exclaimed a voice from the back. The duo turned and saw Chie from their Japanese class. She was a slightly tall girl with lavender purple hair, pale cool beige skin plus sepia brown eyes. Her party attire consisted of a creamy yellow short-sleeved dress with brown polka dots. Her feet were in a pair of brown high-heeled shoes.
"CHIE! I'm so glad to see you!" greeted the olde female before they hugged each other. "What are you doing here Himiko? Do you live here?" asked the younger female. "I am. Where did you live again Chie-chan?" replied the inky-haired female. "I live over at Raiu. It's only a couple minutes away from here. My senpai was going to this party. I thought I could join" informed the purple haired girl. "Let's return to the party. We better sit down at a girls table next time" stated Himiko. "Why?" inquired the newcomer. "It's a long story Chie-san. But we'll tell you when we get inside" promised the language student.