Love Degree

September. The beginning of his third year. A lonely university student drifting through life is about to be enrolled in the most difficult course of all: the course of love.

[a cell phone novel]


1. In the beginning there was rain

In the beginning there was rain.

My evening class was over, and I stepped into it.

The drops hit my hair.

I hadn't brought my umbrella.

It must have been raining for hours, because the streets shone wet.

The asphalt was a canvas of reflected city lights.

I stomped on them and through puddles on my twenty minute walk home to my apartment.

I pretended I didn't care that all that awaited me there was loneliness.

I passed a couple.

Two people under one umbrella, dry and laughing.

His arm wrapped around her waist.

My waist was empty. I was not dry. I must have still been looking at them, wondering whether I was fated to be alone forever, when--

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