So, a year has slipped by and I hardly noticed. Time flees when you are content, I thought. I was feeling jittery and ecstatic about going home. I was just packing the last of my belongings when warm arms enveloped me from behind, instantly I knew who it was. They were so familiar and the emotion they roused was like the sixth sense to me. Will placed a kiss on my cheek “Are you ready? I am here to collect you” he whispered. “I am going to miss this place; it was like a second home to me” I commented. “My place is your second home” he joked. I shoved him playfully and he chuckled. “So, how are we going to carry all these things?” I asked worriedly. “You worry too much my love; you know I got you” he said whilst collecting luggage. I smiled and started taking some bags too.
I was a tad sad that I was leaving the university residence, but silently I send a prayer to heaven hoping to return to the same room again the following year. We said our farewells with Linds the previous night and it was very emotional. We shed tears, embraced, ate ice cream, watched soppy movies on her laptop; and repeated the circle until we fell asleep on the same bed. I smiled at how ridiculous we must have looked as I descended the steps following Will. I was out of it when I noticed that Will had stopped near a nice red car. A guy with shades pushed to his forehead and a shy smile conversed with Will. “Hey babe, come over here, I want you to meet someone” Will spotted a smirk as big as heaven on his face.
I put on my best smile and approached them as I tried to hide fact that I was deep in thought when Will spoke to me “Babe come meet Simon, my very good friend. He is here to help us carry your things” he resounded. “Hi Simon, pleased to meet you, I am Suri” I shook his hand. Simon simply smiled; nodded and cleared his throat. I raised my eyebrow at that and beheld Will.
Will said “He arrived early in the morning from the Northern Cape”. He opened the car boot and Will started loading the bags. I attempted to assist Will but my night in shining amour said “Don’t worry babe. I got this”. Simon stepped closer to me and spoke when he found his voice, “I finally get to meet the famous Suri that Will never stops raving about”. I chuckled and rolled my eyes; how typical, I thought. I found it weird that most of Will’s friends had something to say about me. They are a colourful bunch, I believed. He shook his head and continued “I have never seen him like this before, not with anybody. He is like a teenager in love but don’t tell him I said that” we both laughed. I had a feeling that we were not going to be enemies with this one. A strong sense of déjà vu wrapped itself around my heart, felt like I had been there before and heard those words about Will somewhere.
“So, what are you two laughing about?” Will asked. “I was just telling Suri about how you used to be scared of girls” commented Simon. “Man, that is not cool” retorted Will. “Babe, I am going to pick the remainder of the luggage and then we can leave” he said. “Okay” I replied. Will looked at Simon and said, “And you don’t sell me out again” and he left. There was an awkward silence as we watched Will’s back recede back to pick up what was remaining of my belongings.
“So how is varsity life?” Simon broke the silence. “It’s good, Will made my transition very easy. I suppose things could have been worse” I replied. Already we were having small talk. It was so like Will to let me fend for myself at the hands of his friends. He enjoyed putting me in awkward situations regardless of knowing that I am a very shy person. “Will said that you are very intelligent, I am sorry, that just slipped out” he mentioned. “Oh! What else did Will say about me?” I interrogated him. “Besides having stolen his heart, being intelligent and fun, bubbly, authentic, humble, kind, beautiful, and turning him inside out?” asked Simon. “Wow, didn’t he exaggerate? Because I think he lied to you” I observed. “Will would never lie to me about something like that; he has no reason to” he retorted.
I only met the guy for five minutes and already I was bombarding him with my opinions. Will must have forgotten to mention that I am very forward. I bit my tongue at that thought. I was very thankful when Will came waltzing out the residence with my bags towards us. “What did I miss?” Will asked. “Nothing” we said in unison. “Wow! I leave you two for two minutes and you are already finishing each other’s sentences. Amazing” Will teased. We laughed. “Let me go and drop these keys at the reception” I said and left. I could sense their stares at my back but didn’t bother to look back and somehow, I knew that I was going to be the heart of their conversation in my absence.
A few minutes later I returned, and we boarded the Simon’s car to Will’s place. They both sat in front and I was very thankful to be seated at the back alone for a while as that afforded me a chance not to fully engage in their conversation. They caught up on golden days’ jokes and I occasionally commented and laughed so that I wouldn’t seem rude and indifferent.
But the entire time I was wrestling to keep my selfish self in her cage as she was roaring like a hungry lion. This was my last day together with Will before going back home and I was not very eager on sharing him. I didn’t want to admit, even to myself that I was selfish, but I think I knew it. Maybe that was the reason I hardly made any friends at varsity because most of my varsity life revolved around Will and books. We managed to keep our circle small and I wasn’t ready to let anyone else in other than the ones who were already there before me. I chastised myself from those dark thoughts.
Soon we arrived at Will’s place and we assisted each other in offloading my belongings and packing them. Will had already prepared space for that. And we shared a meal; the three of us like old friends. Will stole glances at me as if he was gauging my reactions towards Simon and the smile on his face was like an indication that he was pleased. I tried keeping a straight face and not act like a love – struck teenager in Simon’s presence but I felt like I was failing dismally. “You guys look cute trying to keep your eyes and hands off each other. You just can’t hide it, it’s all in the eyes” said Simon without looking up from his plate. Will and I looked at each other and back at Simon and we all laughed.
After the meal, I excused myself to afford them some privacy and it turned out that they needed it as they started talking in hushed tones and laughter would erupt. I could only imagine what they discussed. Simon requested to borrow Will for a few hours and prepared to leave. Before they left and Will was out of earshot Simon said to me “Whatever you are doing keep it up, it’s making Will so happy. God knows he deserves it. I am glad he found you when he did. It’s a pity he downplayed how kind you are. Thank you for welcoming me.” He was gone before I could say anything.
He was too kind. Will appeared out of nowhere and embraced me, kissed my forehead and held me a moment longer than necessary. “Are you okay?” he whispered, I nodded. I wondered and pondered over Simon’s words. I felt that they held a deeper meaning; an unspoken appeal and a silent thanks. Just what I needed on my last day at the city, I thought.