I trudged up the gravel drive way of my dorm hall, The Hanley Wing. I must admit that the building was beautiful. It was old and gothic, with high arching windows and crumbling brick wall. On the campus there were only two dorm halls; The Hanley Wing for the girls and the Alcott wing for the boys. Both were surrounded with vast gardens with various types of flowers. The school building sat between the two halls, probably so the two groups wouldn't have to cross paths between school and 'home'. I was sad to have to say goodbye to Frank, but I knew that we would be hanging out again soon, either abiding or disobeying the rules.
I entered the hall, and was disappointed immediately. The inside was filled with garish rugs, carpets and curtains. There was a small desk with a older lady sitting at it; the reception I assumed. I walked over and told her my name.
'Yes, we've been expecting you. We thought you'd arrive earlier though.'
'The flight was delayed and there was a slight mishap at the airport' A mishap with the name Frank.
'Well, no matter.' She handed me a key and some papers. 'Your room is on the fourth floor, number 483. That's a map of the school and it's grounds as well as your timetable, the set of rules and regulations with a list of when meal times are, and this weeks menu. Inform the kitchen staff if you have any dietary requirements.'
'Thanks' I turned and headed towards the stairs. Lugging my suitcase up them was a challenge, but as soon as I opened the door to my new room, it actually seemed like fun.
The room was small with an ensuite bathroom (thank heavens for small mercies). The wallpaper was old and faded, the window was barred (barred! There goes my plans of sneaking out) and the bed was creaky. There was a desk along one of the walls, with a shelve above it. I set out on the task to make the room more 'homely' Ha! Who was I kidding. This place could give hell a run for it's money.
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