Emelia POV"So we are still leaving in a week?" Ann asks without even looking up from my piles of clothes. She is helping me pack all my stuff for university."Yes, we are. We need to get there and settle in. I want to be ready once university start.""Well, all I know is we are going to all the parties on and off-campus. Its time you become a proper woman and lose that V card of yours." Ann winks at me.I feel my cheeks turn red. "Will you lower your voice? If my parents hear you, I won't even be allowed to go to university. And you know by now that isn't my top priority right now. I just want to have fun without my parent being there to dictate my every move""I know it's just, I am not a virgin anymore and believe me you will love it once the pain is gone. Yes, I also know you want to wait for marriage and be sure the guy loves you, but you won't buy a car before test-driving it. And how will you know he is the best if you have no reference.""That is how you see sex. You just compared it to buying a car? I'm not marrying a guy because he is good in bed. I will only marry a guy, once I know I love him, and he loves me.""Well just think about it OK. I have got to go home. Not that I want to but I also have a lot of packing to do. Remember we are going shopping tomorrow. Love you."And without waiting for me to reply, she is gone.Let me introduce myself. I'm the type of girl that is a closet romantic. I have been reading romance novels since I could start reading. This is the only way I can escape my life. I have the strictest parents you will ever meet. I'm turning 18 in a few days and never been to a party or even been kissed. That will all change once I start university in a few weeks. Luckily my best friend Ann has been accepted into the same university. Yes, Ann my best friend, the wild child between us. We have been friends since kinder garden and my life would be so dull without her.That night I lay in bed thinking about what Ann said. What will my first time be like? Every girl wishes her first time will be special. I look at the clock on the wall. It's almost 2 am. I need to sleep. I'm going shopping tomorrow even thou I hate shopping.I wake up with a loud bang and looked at the time, it's only 7 am. "Come on Emelia time to wake up. I have something special for you." My mother Amanda Clark was what you call a trophy wife. The only problem was, we don't have money. I stand up and went to brush my teeth and put on makeup. I dressed in some black ripped jeans and a red tank top."Morning Mother.""I am glad you put on some makeup. Don't want people to think you homeless. Why can't you wear a dress? You look so pretty wearing dresses."Like I said a trophy wife. All the decisions are made based on what people will think. And hear favorite words...."You won't get a good husband if you don't wear dresses."And there it is. I have been told that since I was 5years old."Mother you said you have something special for me. What is it? I have to call Ann, we are leaving in about 20min to go to the mall." It's only 7:40, but she doesn't have to know I am only leaving at 9."O yes. Well, your dad gave me this box to give it to you. He said it will help you during university.""Thank you." I open the box and inside there is a key. OMG, it's a car key."You know Emelia, I don't know why your father just gave you a car we cannot afford it anyway."I ignore her and run outside and in our driveway is a Blue Honda civic 2000 model. It's old but it's perfect.My phone rings. "Hey, Emelia are you awake."I can't control myself and start to scream."Wow, my ears. What happened why are you so happy this morning?""Ann dad bought me a car""Your dad brought you a car? Did I hear you correctly?""YES, MY DAD BOUGHT ME A CAR," I screamed into the phone."I'm on my way."I'm walking around my new car. I hear a car in the distance, once I look up I see my dad. I run towards him, but the look in his eyes made me stop. My dad was a military type of man. He never shows any emotion. His eyes were always cold."Emelia, don't run like that. A Lady doesn't run.""Yes, father. I was just excited about the car and wanted to thank you.""Just remember, this is your car you're paying for the gas and insurance. I am already going to pay for your college. You need a job once you get settled in the dorm rooms. ""Yes, father." Why was he always so cold towards me? I am after all his only daughter. He always makes me feel like I'm a burden. I wait awhile outside until I hear Ann's car and before she can climb out of her car, I'm already in the passenger seat."Wait' I wanted to look at your new car Em.""Please just drive I don't want to be here anymore. What's the chance of us moving to the university faster?""What happened? You were so happy just a few minutes ago?"I just look at her and then out the window. Ann knows most of what I endure with my parent, but I think I need to keep this to myself.The day went faster than I expected. We are currently in forever 21. I make a mental note of what I still need. I need new makeup and toothpaste."Em, what do you think of this?"I look towards Ann and in her hands, she has a red and gold bra and panty set."O, they would look nice on you Ann""O no Em, they are for you when you lose your v.""Why are you so obsessed with my virginity? And no I can't afford that. You know my parent didn't give me much money.""I will buy it for you don't stress." She said ignoring my question about her obsession.We have been in the mall for 6hours. I don't understand how time flies so fast. We need to go home I need to pack the things we got today. And to cross all the things that I no longer need to buy. I can't wait for my new chapter to begin.
Emelia POV (1 week later)Moving day and I can't wait. This last week has been one crying fest. Our last day of school was on Friday. While I hated school, I'm going to miss so many of my friends."Ann, let me just check my list one more time than we will be able to go.""Emelia, I'm going to take that list and burn it. We have been over that list 3 times. We have everything. Anything we missed we can buy once we are in Pennsylvania."I know Ann has a point but the list is calming me down. I'm nervous. Lots of new friends to make. What if the college kids don't like me? Wait, I'm jumping the gun. Let's first get to the university."Ann I'm just going to say bye to my parents. I know we still have a 10-hour drive.""Make it quick. Please."I run into the house. I hear my parents in the kitchen.
Emelia POVI jump into the shower and wash my hair. I have about an hour to get ready for work. We finished unpacking at 12. I thought we had more stuff. I get out of the shower and start putting on my makeup.Idecided to go with only light makeup that brings out the jade in my eyes.Ann left to familiarize herself with the town, so we don't have to stop strangers on the street for directions.Keegan and I have been chatting since this morning. I can see we will become good friends. He is quite handsome with his black hair and blue eyes. He is funny and caring. Maybe in the future, we can become more, but first, we need to get to know each other. Ann already thinks Keegan has a crush on me, but it's too soon to tell.I walk to the closet and put on my blue and green flor
Keegan PovMy name is Keegan Davies. My parents died when I was 12 years old and now I live with my uncle. Uncle Rave Williams was my grandfather, on my mother’s side’s, twin brother. He is the only family I have left. He was married a long time ago but his wife and child died during labor so he never remarried. That was 40 years ago. I work in his restaurant and he told me that I will be the owner, once he retires but first I need to get my business degree from the university.I started my shift 2 hours ago and tonight we
Emelia POVI have been awake for the past hour getting ready for my date with Keegan. I decided to dress casually in my black ripped jeans, sneakers, and a tank top with minimal makeup.Ionly have a few minutes until Keegan arrives.Ihear a knock on the door, so I leave the bathroom to open it for Keegan."Wow, you look beautiful. Are you ready to leave?""Yes, I just need to go get my purse and tell Ann I'm leaving. I'll be right back."I walk towards my closet to get my purse and a jacket."Ann I'm leaving. I don't know what time I'm going to be back home.""Have fun. I want details once yo
Emelia POVI've woken from my sleep thanks to Ann that is jumping on my bed."Come on sleepy head time to wake up. Man, you sleep like the dead. Wake up please we need to leave, so we can do some shopping before you need to leave for work.""I'm up I promise. So did you make a list?""Yes miss sleepy head. I made the list and before you ask I will stop at star bucks on the way to get us some coffee.""Thank you let me get dressed." It takes me 30min to brush my teeth comb my hair and get dressed. We leave and stop at star bucks. I wait in the car so Ann can run in otherwise we won't finish today. We drive towards furniture Mecca. I know we need beds and kitchenware."Good morning ladies how can I help you.""Well, we are here to shop. We have a whole apartment to decorate to we will tell what we need and you just need to deliver it at the apartment. I
Emelia POVI'm so happy the weekend is finally here. We are almost done with the painting of the walls. All that is left is the rooms. Ann and I are already at the apartment. We have been busy from 6am this morning. Yesterday was so fun. I don't know how we have gotten this far since we had about 3 paint wars. Hopefully, we are done by Sunday. Monday the semester starts then we will be really busy."What time does lover boy arrive" Ann decided that will be Keegan's new nickname. Why I don't really now. I don't think he is in love with me. It is still early days. I check my watch to see what time it is and I see it's already 8:30."Keegan will be here at 9am. And please don't call him that once he is here. He said that he will bring a friend along to help us move the furniture. Maybe one of us should do a breakfast run. Neither of us has had any food this morning.""Good call I will go and
Emelia POVMonday morning and the weekend is over. Luckily we can both focus on the start of the semester. I haven't spoken to Keegan since Saturday and maybe that is for the best. I need to get my head wrapped around the fact that it's only been a week, and he already asked me out.Currently, I'm waiting in the car on Ann. She is going to make us late on the first day. I hate being late. I love learning while Ann would probably party her life away. That's how it's always been. Ann trying to bring me out of my shell and me, trying to get Ann to be more serious."Don't tell me you're still thinking about lover boy. You know what you did what's the best for both of you. It is way too early to think of dating if you only know each other for a week. Go on a few more dates and then decide if you
Emelia POVIt's the weekend already. This week went by better than expected. After the miss hap with my parents, I must say the rest of my problems seem so small. Keegan and I decided on an early dinner and a movie so now I'm just trying to do my assignments before we go. Things have also been going better with Keegan. He has opened more up to me and for that I'm grateful."Em, how far are you?""I still have two assignments to finish. Why?" I look up from my computer to see Ann standing in my doorway. We decided that no matter what the time of night we need to just sit together and talk about our day so we don't lose sight of our friendship.<