My Roommate

You move in your best friend, Georgia, and your new roommate, Justin. What will happen between you and Justin? Will this effect your friendship with Georgia?

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1. Bad News

I slowly walk down the sidewalk, enjoying the summer breeze off the lake. A few people mill about, walking in and out of businesses and driving past in their cars. I hear a familiar ringing and I pull my phone out my purse. My mom’s smiling face lights up the screen, I accept the call and hold the phone up my ear.

“Hey mom,” I say with a smile.

“Hey sweetie. How are you?” My mother’s soft sweet voice replies. I hear a sports announcer talking and a yell in the background. “Hold on a second.” I laugh quietly. Then I hear a muffled, “Honey, can you turn that down a little? I’m on the phone with Natalie.” The background noise becomes softer. “Okay, I’m back.”

“Okay. I am good, I just got done with my history class. Who knew that the U.S. federal government signed so many treaties with the Native American tribes and didn’t keep a single one?”

My mother sighs, “I know, it’s awful. How are your other classes going?”

“Great, I had to write a five page paper on climate change and it’s effects, which I got an A on.” I say excitedly.

“That’s awesome, dear.”

“I really am enjoying my classes this semester.”

“I am so glad to hear that.” My mother goes quiet for a few seconds.

“Mom, what is it?” I ask, worry in my voice. My eyebrows knit together.

“Oh, honey. Your auntie Jen isn’t doing well, you know how hard it was for her to lose uncle Carl last year. Your father and I think it would be easier for her to live with us for a while. And you know we only have one room so you are going to have to move out soon.” I hear a sigh.

My eyebrows go up, “What?”

“I’m sorry, sweetheart.”

I take a deep breath and try to take in what she is saying. “Okay, mom. Whatever help auntie Jen. How long do I have?”

“As soon as you can, Nat. I am really worried about Auntie Jen living by herself right now.”

“Okay. I’ll start looking.”

“Again, I am sorry but you are all grown up now. Let us know if you need any help with finding a place. I love you and I’ll see you later.”

“See you later, mum.” I hang up my phone and put it back in my purse. I run a hand threw my hair. What am I going to do?

I take a deep breath and walk into a coffee shop. I order a raspberry smoothie and sit by myself on a soft couch. I set my backpack on the floor beside my feet and get out my laptop. I began searching for available places. I scroll through a few pages but nothing looks promising. One place looks very run down while another is way too expensive. I hear a ping and check my phone.

A text from Georgia reads, “Hey girl. What are you up to?”

I reply, “Hey. I’m just at the coffee shop downtown. Want to come hang out?”

“Sure, I’ll be there in a bit.”

“Okay.” I put my phone down and continue searching. Still nothing. I close my computer and put it away. About ten minutes later, I hear a jingle as the door opens and I look up to see Georgia coming through the door. She sees me immediately and makes her way to me. She sits next to me and gives me a quick hug.

“Hey Nat.” She moves her blonde hair to one side and smiles at me.

I smile back, “Hey G. All done with class today too?”

“Yes, thank goodness. Professor Smith assigned another ten page paper. This time on beetles and their importance to the ecosystem.” She rolls her eyes. “Like I don’t have enough to do already.”

I laugh at her. “It’s Smith, what do you expect?”

Georgia gently shoves me, “I don’t know, maybe not having to write about the most boring subjects in the history of mankind every single week.” She says sarcastically.

I smile and take a sip of my smoothie. “Oh,” I say, “I have some news.”

Her eyes grow wide and she says loudly, “You’re pregnant, aren’t you?”

I look at her annoyed, “Really, Georgia? Everytime I say I have news, you have to say that?” I push her shoulder and sigh. “Honestly, what the fuck?”

She grins at me, “Yes, really. I think I’m funny.” She giggles.

I roll my eyes, “You are the only one.”

“Anyways, What is your news?” She takes a sip of my drink.

“My auntie Jen isn’t doing good so she is going to move in with my parents, which means I have to move out as soon as possible.”

Georgia looks at me, shocked. “What? Seriously?” I nod and look down. “That’s not fair, Nat. How can you find a good place so soon?” She looks concerned for a second and then looks at me with a smile. “I have an idea.”

“Uh oh. Your ideas are never good.” I frown and take a sip of my smoothie.

She rolls her eyes, “That’s not true.”

“What about that time when we were thirteen and we rode our bikes to the beach-”

“And it was eight miles there and back.” She interrupts, “Yeah, yeah. You can stop bringing that up anytime now. Anyhow, my idea is that you could move in with me and my roommate. We have been looking for another roommate anyway. This would solve both of our problems.” She smiles at me.

“Are you sure that’s a good idea?” I say hesitantly. “Would Justin be okay with it?”

“I’m sure he will but if it will make you feel better, I will call him now and ask him.” Before I could answer, she up and out the door. I see her standing by the window, her phone to her ear. I sigh deeply and swirl my straw in my drink. I hear the door open and feel the couch move.

Georgia excitedly says, “He is okay with it! We are officially roommates!” Seeing her smile makes me smile too. I become excited too but I make sure to remind myself not to get too excited. When I get too excited, something bad usually happens. So I let Georgia be excited for the both of us. “I’m sure you don’t need a tour, you have been there a million times already and you can move in whenever you want. I’ll even help! We cook together and do our homework together and have movie nights! Every night can be a sleepover!”

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