Curiosity Killed the Cat
Layniee Kent stepped out of Lexington, the wind cascading onto her skin sent shivers down her spine. Her thin J.Crew knit coat wasn’t built for the dead of winter in Massachusetts. She turned her head and admired the sprawling lawns and ivy covered buildings. Another touch was added to the pristine buildings- two feet of freshly fallen snow. Winter in Massachusetts was so different than winter anywhere she'd ever lived, and that list was lengthly, as she was a model, she'd lived in Milan, Paris, Rome and almost every state in the US.
She stepped into the snowy quad as she glanced up at the tree that towered over a side of Lexington, it reminded her of a tree that used to sit in her old home, her first home in New York State. Layniee tore her eyes away from the tree to glance at her cellphone screen and saw that her Dad was calling. "Hello??" "Lane? Hey it's Dad. Did Gia call you?" Layniee sighed. "No. I told her that I'm not taking any more jobs until the summer." Layniee paced around the base of the tree, kicking leaves with the toe of her boot. "Well you booked the Aeropostle Spring ad! They want you to model for their national campaign!" Layniee bit her lip. "I was going to go home with Ane and Maddie, Dad." "Well cancel. This is big for you. You've been lying low lately, and we really need to get you back to where you were last year." Layniee sighed. "Fine. When do I leave?" "I'll have a car come and get you tomorrow morning. You'll come home then fly out next week." Layniee ended the call abruptly then, she was sure she could actually feel the anger coursing through her veins.
"Watch out!" Someone yelled, Layniee twirled around, her dark hair following her. A football soared her way and smacked her on the head. She fell immediately. A girl ran over to help her. Layniee swatted her hands away and stood on her own. Her coat was littered with snowflakes and some blades of dead frozen grass. Layniee looked up at the girl, she wasn't pretty, by conventional standards, but still highly attractive to anyone- even Layniee. She had icy blue eyes, light brown hair and plum colored lips. She was the kind of person who looked stunning even when she was pissed.
"What's your problem?" The girl demanded, as she looked Layniee up and down, seeming pissed herself.
"My problem? My problem is that I can't even walk without people like you getting in my way," Layniee spat, pulling a dead leaf from one of her curls.
Layniee sighed in frustration and fought with a fragment of a stick that was embedded in a curl. The girl softened and reached over to pluck out the stick from the curl. "Thanks." Layniee murmered and jerked away from the girls hand. "Look, I'm sorry for knocking you down." The girl apologized, Layniee brushed her outfit off. “You should be,” Layniee replied. The girl looked at Layniee for a second more before flipping her hair, picking up the football and starting to walk away. Layniee sighed and called. “Hey wait!” The girl paused, she turned. “What?” Layniee walked to where she stood. “I apologize too, I‘m having a bad day- My Dad just pissed me off about something." The girl nodded. “Yeah- I guess I should have watched where I was going.” Layniee nodded. The girl extended her hand, " Arianya," She told her, "Layniee," she replied. "I was just tossing the ball around with those guys from the football team. I was waiting to see if my friend was home." Arianya explained, pointing towards Kaiser, another girl’s dorm that was just over the hill. "Where do you live?" Layniee asked. "Lexington." Arianya replied. "Lexington? No way, I live there too," Arianya smiled. "What floor?" Layniee asked, "Third." she replied. " Me too, 316," Arianya replied. "330."
"How can we live in the same dorm, and the same floor and not know each other?" Layniee wondered. "Maybe we have met, and just didn't think anything of it?" Arianya suggested. Layniee shook her head quickly. "No, I'd remember you," Her cheeks blushed as soon as she said it. Layniee admired her icy blue eyes, her light brown hair and, her beautiful lips. Arianya smiled devilishly. "What are you going to do right now?" Arianya asked. "I was going to go to the library," Layniee replied. “Want to go somewhere and- talk?" Arianya asked. "Absolutely." Layniee replied. Arianya lead the way to the horse stables, becauseno one ever went there unless they had a horse. Arianya sat down on a bale of hay and patted Layniee to sit next to her. Layniee sat and smiled. It was then that Layniee noticed that Arianya had a mischievous glint in her eye, one that Layniee couldn’t place, but she was willing to spend the day decoding it.