“WHAT the hell?!” Those were just Teresa Launders’ first three words on her very first day in that wrecked, creepy, old, though huge girls’ dormitory, where her estranged parents had dumped her into before going abroad yesterday.
Her long, black, curly hair was on chaos and she got black circles around her eyes because of lack of sleep. Of course, she couldn’t sleep in that kind of dormitory!
The alarm clock which was on her hand was now broken and had already stopped tickling at exactly 6 o’clock, that was by now one and a half hour ago.
Without having for a second thought, she quickly turned her head to the other side of the room. Her weird room mate was still deeply asleep. They weren’t given the chance to get to know each other last night. From what she had heard, Alexis (her room mate’s name which was the only thing Teresa knew about her, well—aside from knowing that she’s an Asian) got a very hectic schedule in school because of her newspaper club. The girl just nodded at her after knowing her name and went to bed to sleep after a few minutes.
There were lots of thick blankets on top of the girl, Teresa wasn’t even sure if she’s still breathing or not.
Jeez! Why do I care? It was no doubt she was the culprit who had broken my alarm clock! Who else could that be? Teresa furiously thought as she gave her asleep room mate a deadly glare. If only looks could kill…
Irritated, the teenager headed into the bathroom and intentionally slammed the door behind her. Great! She failed to attend her two morning subjects! How lucky she had been!
“TERESA…” She heard someone whispered behind her seat, but she didn’t pay any attention to it. “Teresa…”
She still didn’t move from her seat. She was feeling very, very sleepy she couldn’t even open her eyes.
Let me sleep, will you?!
Okay, okay. I’m getting up! Goodness! Why can’t you just let me sleep for Pete’s sake?
“Alright, already!” she quickly stood up from her seat, her eyes still closed, made a very loud yawn and raised her both hands up on the air. “I’ve already said I’m now waking—” she said this as she opened her eyes, only to realize that she was in a classroom with an angry-looking teacher in front of her.
“Already up, Ms. Launders?” asked Mrs. Dwight.
Teresa who suddenly went pale, looked around her and saw that each and every one of her classmates were trying all their best not to burst into laughter.
She bit her lower lip as she looked down on her feet and was feeling remorseful for the hilarity she had put herself into.
“MS. LAUNDERS, TO THE GUIDANCE OFFICE, IMMEDIATELY!” said Mrs. Dwight in a very loud voice, Teresa thought her eardrums had been broken into pieces.
She just nodded, reached for her backpack and went out from the classroom as quickly as she could.
She was half running, half walking as she headed to the Guidance Office.
“Hey, Teresa! Teresa, wait!” Somebody called behind her. It belonged to the same person who was trying to wake her up in the class room before Mrs. Dwight called her.
“What?!” she exclaimed without turning around. She didn’t even stop from walking.
“Could you stop walking for minute? I need to talk to you?”
Her thick eyes furrowed in disbelief. And what does my ex want to discuss with me?
“Teresa!” he called once again and this time, held her right arm to stop her from walking away.
“What is it?” she asked irritably as she turned her look at him.
Joseph was still as handsome as before when they were still dating. But Teresa could no longer feel any love towards him.
“You’re still mad, aren’t you?” he asked. His dirty blonde hair, though disordered, still looked good on him. And his dark raven eyes still haven’t lost their charms.
“Why would I not be?!” she bellowed, completely forgetting they were still on the hallway. “You just dumped me last week without even telling me the real reason! And to make the matter worst, I found out that you did it because you fell in love with my best friend?! JUST WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, MR. FRANCISCO?!”
“Teresa…” Joseph whispered but didn’t offer any explanations.
Teresa quickly calmed herself. “Just leave me alone, will you?” she said and walked away, leaving the stunned Joseph with the audience around him.