(I'm ready too!)
(Ready when everyone else is!)
(okay! Here's the starter!)
Elora was waiting in the north parking lot, where she was waiting for the rest of people in her group.
She had signed up for the buddy program during first semester. It seemed fun to make friends with people over the summer, as she knew no one but her roomate. She was leaning against her car, her long, thin legs crossed at the ankles and scrolled through her instagram feed. She stopped on a comic strip someone had posted and began reading it.
Camie was all packed and excited, he spotted Elora leaning against the car. And he made his way over to her. He was all smiles and excitement, though with his small pony Tail and feminine features he looked more like a big girl then a guy.
He waved at Elora as he approached, "hey!"
Dewey was very excited. Even as he pulled into the parking lot, one of his legs was already bouncing up and down, which would have stressed his poor mother to her breaking point if she was with him. Going to France was going to be incredible and Dewey was just as excited to meet all the new people going with him. He'd signed up for the buddy program the minute he'd heard about it, wanting to meet more people on and off campus if he could. A tug of worry pulled at his heart for his mother and siblings, but he knew they were more than capable of taking care of themselves if necessary, he should just focus on having fun.
Dewey grabbed his bags from the car, probably more than he needed but to be on the safe side he brought extra in case any else needed things. He looked around for any others and spotted a girl, and tall person standing around. Dewey figured he could just go up and ask them if they were here for the buddy program, worst thing they could say was no. He walked with a bouncy gait, waving and grinning the entire walk over.
"Hey! Hey you guys! Are you here for the buddy program too? This is gonna be so much fun!" The blonde boy grinned massively, his eyes sparkling with excitement. He had a round face, with dimples when he smiled. His bag clicked on the ground as he dragged it behind him. He didn't seem to have much regard for any stares he got, he was either oblivious or unbothered.
Alex was both nervous and excited, the two emotions practically going to war with each other in their mind. They pulled their car into the parking lot, the ancient vehicle shuddering with relief once they turned it off. They stayed in their seat for a few minutes, taking deep breaths to calm their nerves. They signed up for the buddy program to meet new people and hopefully make some friends, along with getting a long-overdue break from all of their courses. And also because his two younger siblings guilt-tripped them into going to France.
Once he felt calmed down, Alex got out of the car and took his worn-down duffle bag out of the trunk. Alex looked around and saw three people standing around. Assuming that these were the other people in their group, Alex walked over and waved at the others, a small nervous smile appearing on their face.
"H-hi," they said, inwardly cursing at how they stuttered. "You guys are doing the buddy program too, right?"
"yeah," Elora said, heaving herself off her car and standing up. Slouching a bit due to her insecurities about her height. "She checked her phone, clicking on the email someone had sent her of the names of the people who she had gotten assigned a group with a turned her phone to the smaller, blonde energetic boy.
"Are you any of these people?" She asked, holding the phone out to him nervously.
"I'm pulling into the parking lot now, Dad, of course I have my keys," Rosemary spoke into the phone she had balanced between her shoulder and ear as she pulled into a parking spot. "Yes, Dad. I have everything packed. Don't worry, I'll be fine. I love yo- yes, I will be safe. Love you, Dad. Yeah, I have to go now. Bye- yes, I love you, bye." Rosemary ended the call with a sigh and turned off the car. France. She was going to be in France of all places this summer, with a group of strangers. It would be -it had to be- a good experience for her. Meeting people would be fun, and it didn't matter the location. She could go out an explore, and try new foods, and it would be a blast.
Rosemary slipped out of her car and grabbed her suitcase. Its wheels had long been broken, her father had gotten it at a consignment shop, so she had to lift the thing to carry it over to the small group of people gathered nearby. Catching the words 'buddy program' from the group's conversation gave her enough confidence to walk up and plop her suitcase down beside them. "Hi. I'm Rosemary Skitter-Dubois, here for the buddy program," She introduced herself softly, eyes quickly dancing over the group.
He leaned down and adjusted his glasses to look at elodies phone before popping back up again.
"Mhm! I'm Camie! Camie Hewitt!" He smiled at Elora, He turned to see all the other people arriving, waving at all them as they arrived joining the group.
"Yeah the buddy program is gonna be so fun! I can't believe it's in France of all places." He grinned, before noticing someone struggling with there bag.
He moved over to Rosemary with a bright smile.
"Hey do you need any help with that? I can carry it for you if it's giving you too much trouble."
He had a big duffle bag and a decent sized pink suitcase.
Rosemary flushed at the attention, her eyes focusing on the very pink man in front of her. "I- um, it's really no trouble, just old and heavy. Besides, you look like you have enough to carry on your own," She pointed out softly, her eyes bouncing between all of his luggage before she looked at his face. She remembered to pull up a small smile of her own at the sight of his full smile of teeth. He seemed like an alright kind of guy, actually a bit more than alright, and that was quite comforting to begin with.
Elodie watched the exchange of words, leaning back against her car. It felt like she was watching from far away, as if a spectator. She inhaled slowly, to make sure no one else heard her intake of breath and then exhaled just as slowly, not wanting to draw attention to herself.
I wonder if this is going to be the time of my life? she wondered the poster said it would.
Alex stood awkwardly to the side, trying to force down the wave of doubt and anxiety that threatened to flood him. Even though these were the people he'd be spending time with while in France, he still felt like an outsider. He ran his hand through his untamable red-brown hair and adjusted his glasses, not sure what else to say or do.
Camie smiled at her,
"oh my suit case? It's no trouble. I don't mind carrying your suitcase at all if it's a struggle for you. I like lending a hand where I can. "
He smiled at her, he looked around noticing that Alex was just kinda standing on his own. He moved to turn back to Rosemary, "if you need my help it's no issue. Feel free to let me know."
He moved over to Alex, "Hey dude! I'm camie, what's your name??' He just ws trying to make sure everyone was involved
Alex blinked in surprise before giving Camie a small and friendly grin. "Alex," he said, adjusting his duffle bag so it'd stop making his arm numb.
"So, uh, are you excited about going to France?" he asked, not necessarily knowing how else to continue the conversation.
He smiled at him,
"its nice to meet you Alex." He took note of how the duffle bag was shifted on his arm, but he didn't ask about it.
"Yeah actually, really excited. I'm just nervous about my family a little bit. I don't want anything to go wrong and I'm not there to help you know?" He put a hand on his neck.
Alex nodded, completely understanding what Camie was talking about. "Yeah, I get it. I honestly wouldn't have signed up for the buddy program if my siblings hadn't convinced me that they'd be fine if I left the country for a bit."
"Yeah, both my mom and my sister were pushing me to go so I decided finally to go once I was sure they would be safe and taken Care of." He nodded to Alex, moving his beat up duffle bag on his shoulder.
Elora sighed into the air and leaned her chin upward, looking up at the sky.
She wondered if France was truly going to be as fun as the poster and email said it would.
The time of my life she thought.
Rosemary quietly listened to the others, not sure if she wanted to contribute to the conversation or continue to stay silent. After a moment of internal debate, she opted for the second option. She was an only child, and her father could most definitely take care of himself, so she didn't share that barrier between her and this France trip. The cost, on the other hand, wasn't exactly guilt free. She didn't know how her father managed to gather up enough to pay for it, he already worked as much as he could just to get by. One day, once Rosemary moved out and got a job of her own, she would pay him back for her college and this trip.
Elora decided to stay silent as well.
He mam was fine, able to take care of herself, she had been since Elora moved out to go to college, she had a steady job, there was nothing to worry about in terms of family, since her mam was the only one alive.
So therefore, she has no reason to force herself into the conversation she had nothing to contribute to. So she leaned her head back and closed her eyes, letting the sunshine touch her skin softly, warming her up.
Alex nodded at Camie before glancing around at the rest of the group.
"Do you know who those two are?" he asked curiously, gesturing to Elora and Rosemary. He didn't really want to stop talking to the first friendly person he's encountered in a while, but he felt intrigued and eager to meet the other people in the group.
Hearing the question, Rosemary straightened her back and turned toward the other two. "I'm Rosemary. What's your name?" She asked as she ran her hand over her braided hair. The two seemed nice enough, and she would be the first to admit it was nicer to talk to people her age rather than crusty old smelly fisherman on the docks. College was nice yes, but she wasn't the best at making friends because she commuted, and the fisherman tended to talk for hours on hours anyways. Rosemary never knew the quickest way to exit a conversation, so she ended up getting stuck listening.
He smiled at rosemary, "I'm camie, I offered to carry your bag for you. Which the offer Is still up incase you may have changed your mind or anything.'
I swear he's not a simp he's just a really nice guy that wants to help people when he's not around his family.
It helps him feel like he's still at least doing something.