The sun had set half an hour earlier and now the sky was a mix of soft oranges and faint grays with a dark over tone. Lamps posted along the sidewalk lit her way with bright puddles of light playing across the pavement. The air was cold but that was hardly anything unique for a spring night in Boston. Yet it still took Jackie a while to get used to wearing two sweaters and a scarf in spring. Growing up it had always been short dresses and floral patterns, rarely did she need to carry an umbrella around this time of year. But her life was used to odd changes and she was very well at adapting and blending in with her environment. In fact she could hardly remember a time when her life had been liken to that picturesque carefree American family or even a proper dysfunctional one.
Jackie pulled out her ring of keys as she climbed the steps to the girl’s dorm and unlocked the door. She took the elevator up to the second floor and walked across the hall to her dorm however, when she approached her dorm the door was already unlocked.
“Hey Nina.” Jackie said, opening her dorm on her roommate Nina who was sitting on the edge of her bed in a short French blue dress, her short hair looking curly and pretty as she fastened her heels.
“Hey Jacks, what are you doing here, I thought you had a class tonight?” Nina said standing up and pulling her skirt down as far as it would go, it wasn’t very far.
“It was cancelled, some virus or something.” Jackie said putting down her school bag and leaning her portfolio against the wall.
“Sucks!” Nina said brushing her golden, orange-ish, brown hair behind her ear as she wiggled an earring into her ear.
“My friend is having a house party, you can be my date.” Nina offered checking her makeup in the mirror.
“That’s alright I need to spend some quality time with my Kindle.” Jackie said sitting on to her bed.
Nina looked at her blankly.
“You’re kidding right?”
“No Nina, I’m not kidding.”
Nina made a face as she pulled on her trench coat.
“I’ve never been rejected before.” She said buttoning up her coat.
“Chalk it up to jealously and you’ll be fine.” Jackie said pulling her Kindle out from her desk drawer.
“Jacks this is sad.” Nina said walking over to Jackie and taking the Kindle from her hands. “You’re going to have to get over your aversions to house parties one day.”
Jackie laughed slyly.
“Partying is not a life skill.” She pointed out.
“But facing your fears is. C’mon there won’t be any clowns here just free food.” Nina said, pulling Jackie to her feet.
Jackie sighed. It was not clowns she was afraid of, she’d specifically used the word ‘freak’ to describe the man at her last disastrous house party--or was it ‘creep’?
“Fears are cool as long as you don’t have to confront them, and I’m getting a confrontational vibe from this idea.” Jackie said.
“Jacks I’ma be lonely.” Nina said pulling a sad face.
Sometimes Nina could be very persuasive—this wasn’t one of those times.
“Nina.” Jackie whined. “I’m tired.”
Over the three years they had been friends the girls had learned how to avoid letting one talk the other into things. This was mostly Jackie’s system.
“It’s Nerds night.” Nina offered.
“Oh give me credit.”
“Fine, get off my case I’ll go!”
“Yay! girls night out.” Nina giggled happily. “Get ready.”
Jackie traded her sweaters for a faded leather jacket and fixed her hair.
“Done.” She said, threading her scarf down her zipped jacket.
“Jacks you’re killing me.” Nina said grabbing her car keys from the desk. “Let’s just go.”