Amanda had first met Sean one evening during a late night study session at the local library with some classmates. She'd noticed him immediately with his dark features and tall frame. He'd been quiet, spending most of the evening scribbling in his notebook, but Amanda couldn't help wondering what his story was.
As they packed away their English Lit books, she tried to strike up a conversation.
"So what do you think about Professor Cregg's class?"
"It's ok I guess. The setwork books are a tad uninspired, but otherwise it's bearable." he replied as he zipped up his dark blue backpack.
"Tell me about it! I know Heart of Darkness is supposed to be a great literary work, but I thought it was a major snooze fest."
He gave Amanda an amused look and looked at his watch.
"My brother's waiting for me, I better go. Was nice to meet you..."
"Sorry, I'm bad with names. Cool, well see you around Amanda," he called as he ran out the door.
Major snooze fest? Seriously? What a way to impress, Amanda thought rolling her eyes. She tied her dark brown hair in a ponytail, swung her black leather bag over her shoulder and headed out the door to her car.
A week had passed since Amanda had met Sean, but she couldn't get him out of her head. Their conversation, if you can even call it that, had been short, but there was just something about him that she couldn't let go of.
As Amanda made her way down towards the university, she heard someone call her name. When she turned, it took her a few seconds to realise that it was Sean walking towards her.
"Hey, you remembered." she smiled.
He seemed confused so she quickly moved on. "What's up?"
"I was just wondering how things are going with Heart of Darkness? You managing to stay awake?"
Amanda felt her cheeks warm up. "Barely. Maybe it's just not my thing."
"It's not so bad if you give it a chance. I have some great study notes, maybe we can go over them together at the library one night this week... if you're free?"
"Uh... yeah that sounds great, thanks Sean." Amanda said, feeling like a shy schoolgirl. Why did Sean have this effect on her? She hardly even knew him.
"Cool, well see you Wednesday at eight?" he asked as he turned to leave.
"Perfect, see you then." Amanda smiled and watched him walk off. She had a feeling Heart of Darkness may just become one of her favourite books yet.