A New Beginning
Chapter One: Arrival
Today is the first day of college. People milled back and forth not really wanting to go to class, but rather wanted to go back home and to bed, even though it was almost noon. The majority of the students hung out in the student center since there really wasn’t anywhere else to go. There was one such person, who just finished their first class, went to the student center.
A female student walked into the center carrying many textbooks. She stopped and looked around the room. It was packed like a can of sardines and there wasn’t a place that wasn’t taken up by some group of people.
In her awe about the amount of people she didn’t notice that there were others behind her trying to get by and was bumped from behind, which sent her sprawling to the ground. The female student looked up through her ruby red hair and saw that there were three females looking down at her. There were two behind and another one in the front. The two in the back both had brownish blonde hair and wore matching t-shirts that said, ‘Go home if the fire is too much for ya’ and jeans. The one in front wore a designer red polka-dotted dress and black pumps. Her blonde hair was to her chin and was carefully held in place with bobby pins. The two behind sneered down at her while the one in front bent down and picked up the bible that had fell down to the ground earlier.
“Well looky here girls. We have ourselves a little bible thumper.” The woman who picked it up smirked. “Go back to your backwater town. We have no need or you or your kind here.” She threw the bible down on the ground in disgust.
“Alondra, leave the girl alone. She hasn’t done anything to you.” Another female walked up.
The female student looked up to see the another female wearing jeans and a red sweater, a black trench coat and black knee high boots come over. She wore a red cross choker. She had black hair that went over her shoulders and green hazel eyes. She stood with gentle confidence, humbleness and strength.
“Well if it isn’t the goody-two shoes. Don’t you have some silly prayer to go to?” Alrondra mocked with a scowl on her face.
“Not right now. She has every right to be here. Just because she is a Christian doesn’t make her less than you.” The female replied gently.
“Hmph…I don’t have time to argue with a backstabber.” Alrondra got up and left. Her two buddies followed her like lost puppies.
The black haired female bent down and picked up the books that still lay on the ground. “Don’t mind Alrondra. She doesn’t understand us.” She straightened up and offered a hand to the female who still sat on the ground. The red haired female took it.
“Thank you. Why is she like that?” The red haired female asked looking down at the ground nervously.
“You’re welcome. She was hurt a while ago and she still holds onto that bitterness. I understand where she is coming from, though it doesn’t give her an excuse to take it out on others. By this show it means I still need to pray for her about what happened back then.” The black haired female handed the books back to the red head.
“My name is Melva though you can call me Mel. It is nice to meet you.” Mel said.
“I’m Nadia. Um…it’s nice to meet you as well.” Nadia replied, briefly looking up before returning her gaze to the floor.
“Why don’t you hang out with me and my friends? We all are fellow believers as well and we would be happy to accept another in the group?” Mel asked.
“Um…okay.” Nadia shyly nodded.
“Great, come on. They are over there.” Mel pointed at a small group of people who sat around a small table. Mel led the way over as Nadia slowly followed behind clutching her books to her chest.
“Everyone I have someone for you to meet. This is Nadia. She is new here and a fellow believer.” Mel announced, motioning her arms towards Nadia.
The two at the table looked up from their card game and smiled. The one with thin framed glasses and short pale blond hair spoke first. “My name is Theodore and the one with black hair and freckles is my younger brother Xaiver.”
A female with golden blonde hair, which was in a bun, wearing a pink sundress jumped up quickly and hugged her. “My name is Opal. I am glad you came.” Opal pulled away noticing Nadia’s hesitance and sat back down, slightly moving in place excitedly.
The one in the corner peered up from over the laptop edge. He had short messy dark brown hair and dark green eyes like forest leaves. He wore a simple camo shirt and cargo pants. Around his eyes the skin was much darker, like a raccoon or a panda. In a deep voice he said, “You can call me Coon.”
Nadia put her hands together nervously and nodded. “Um…it’s nice to meet you all.”
Mel pulled up a chair next to hers. She patted it invitingly, “Sit down and relax. We don’t bite.”
“Okay…if you insist.” Nadia sat down nervously. ‘Maybe coming here won’t be as bad as I thought.’