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Keily, the Bookworm Part-14

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

Keily sat in a waiting area at Dallas international airport for the right announcement to strike. But an hour rolled by but no such announcement could be heard. She was getting exasperated, and the announcement came in that there will be a delay of another two hours.

Keily walked around and saw a phone booth but soon found she needed coins. She went to the nearest shop and asked the lady there if she could give her coins in exchange for a dollar in cash. The lady agreed and supplied her.

When Keily went back to the phone booth, she inserted the coins and dialled her friend's number but no way the call would reach her. She asked for help from an unknown stranger but no luck there also. Luckily the coins came out, and Keily gave up.

She sat again, trying her best to cheer up when all she desired for were a warm bed, food and sleep.

Finally, the announcement came in loud and clear. She queued up at the nearby gate and checked in with her passport, ticket and pass at the counter. She was allowed to pass through the gate, and she walked a little distance to board the plane. After a while, Keily noticed that the plane was much smaller than the earlier ones. She assumed it to be a local plane, not an international one.

She was given juice and crackers. She had them cravingly as the walks and the wait within the airport made her very hungry.

Keily was wide awake. It took about an hour to reach Austin international airport. Her friends ought to be there to receive her, and Keily couldn’t wait to meet them once again.

Once in Austin airport, she walked a kilometer again to collect her luggage. Her luggage comprised of two black modern suitcases with belts all around. She kept looking at the moving conveyer belt when someone tapped on her shoulder. Yes, it was none other than Grace. Her other old friends, Jasmine, Sara and Lucy came along too. They all greeted Keily and hugged her.

As Keily got excited to confront her old friends physically, she forgot her weariness and rather regained energy. Her luggage was in sight, and her girlfriends helped her to take them off from the belt and carry them to their cars parked outside.

They had brought in two private cars, and Keily’s suitcases went neatly inside the two of them in the booty.

Keily went inside Grace’s car, and Sara also followed in, and in the other car, Jasmine and Lucy got in with Lucy behind the wheel. Both cars started driving away from the airport zone to the main highway.

It took about twenty minutes to reach Grace's apartment on the UT-Austin campus where all the five girls washed up and refreshed. They soon started warming up the food they had bought earlier from the nearest restaurant.

Together they had a feast, enjoying their meals, talking, making comments and joking. After they were done with their meals, Keily suggested that she would like to call her family back home to let them know she arrived here safe and sound.

Luckily Grace had a land phone (this was not the era of cell phones), and she helped Keily to connect to her family back home. The phone started ringing on the other end, and Keily took over the phone and soon had a brief conversation with her Mom and assured her she arrived in Texas safe and sound. Keily promised to email her, giving more details of her journey and follow-ups from the current moment. She ended the call happily.

It was time for Keily to get to her apartment. Grace had the keys to her apartment. The four girls accompanied her to reach there.

Keily liked the outer architecture of the Colorado Apartments and their surroundings as well. There were fields of greenery. The apartments were brick red two-floored buildings with large glass window panes.

They walked up the second floor of the fifth building in the fourth row. Grace unlocked the door and handed over all the keys including that of the mailbox to Keily. All the five girls went inside.

The apartment had one private bedroom, a living room, bathroom and kitchen space. It had central heating and air conditioning, a refrigerator and a stove.

The girls told Keily that the complex was within walking distance of grocery shopping, and it was approximately 15 minutes from UT-Austin's main campus and was along a UT shuttle route.

There was on-site laundry nearby. Water, internet, garbage and gas were included in the monthly rent. Keily’s friends further chatted that the Colorado complex was named after the river that flowed behind and was located in Lake Austin Boulevard.

Back inside the apartment, Keily was thankful that Grace and the other girls had bought shampoo, hand liquid soap and toilet paper and filled her refrigerator with the excess of the restaurant food. They also bought her cooking utensils.

Keily was even more amazed at the thoughtfulness of her friends who had bought her an airbed, bed sheet, comforter and a pillow.

Keily promised to pay for everything they had purchased for her apartment to make her feel comfortable. The sad part came when it was time for them to leave. Keily said goodbye as cheerfully as she could and then bolted the door.

She came inside the bedroom to sit on the airbed and relax. Her suitcases and backpack were in the attached closet chamber. She didn’t feel like unpacking and laid down on the bed.

“Everything is going to be okay”, Keily pondered. “Grace will be coming in the morning, and we will have breakfast together. And then she will show me around the campus.”

Keily’s legs were exhausted from all the walking in the airports, and she desperately needed to sleep.

The day after the next day was her orientation. Grace would show her the place. So there was nothing to worry about. It was good to have a friend like Grace – so sincere and caring, ready to assist.

Keily fell fast asleep in no time. But she woke up late at night from the sharp pain in her legs. She didn’t walk long distances for a long time until the journey. So she took a pain relief pill and went to sleep again. She slept blissfully until eight in the morning.

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As the bus at Heathrow airport halts, Keily gets off quickly. She finally boards the American Airlines airplane which takes her to Dallas. At Dallas, she passes through the immigration area and then collects her luggage and puts them on to the correct conveyer belt. Keily is excited to fly to Austin.

© 2020 Rosina S Khan

Comments

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Yes, Keily is courageous and has good friends to support in UT-Austin. Thank you, Lora, for stopping by and for your generous and insightful comments.

Lora Hollings on July 08, 2020:

What wonderful friends Keily has! She is very fortunate to have them. I never had friends like this! Good friends make difficult transitions in our life so much easier. I'm glad that Keily had a safe journey and she is finally at UT-Austin where she can pursue her goal! Looking forward the the next chapter. I like your main character very much! She has a lot of courage. Very good writing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 25, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda, for your meaningful comments. Yes, Keily was tired of walking, and her legs hurt at night. Yes, she is lucky to have thoughtful friends. Hopefully, her next day will be better for her. Stay tuned.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 25, 2020:

Walking for long periods do have a way of hurting your legs at night.

So glad her journey was successful.

Having thoughtful friends surely helps.

I hope her next day finds her happy and content with her move.

Nice write.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 21, 2020:

Thank you, Chitrangada, for your generous and insightful comments. Yes, it is easier to settle down in a new environment in a new country if you already have friends there. Keily chose this university on purpose and was happy all along about her choice.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 21, 2020:

Good and interesting continuation of Keily’s story. It’s good to have helpful friends at a new place, in another country. Makes it easier to settle down.

Thank you for sharing another chapter of your interesting story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 18, 2020:

Yes, Fran, Keily's friends helped her to revive her energy and happiness. They showed true friendship by buying her basic necessities for her apartment. Yes, she should treasure the friendship and return it when she can. I am happy you enjoyed the article. Stay tuned until next week.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on June 18, 2020:

Even though she was exhausted from the delay and final destination, she got her second wind when her friends met up with her. And truly helped her by furnishing basic necessities for her room. Friends like that are hard to come by. I'm sure she will return the friendship at a later time. Great article.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 18, 2020:

Yes, Keily has friends living on campus in Austin already, which will help her to settle in more conveniently. Hopefully, her journey in the campus will be off to a good start, but she was rather exhausted after her long journey. Thank you, Peggy, for reading and commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 18, 2020:

Having friends already living in Austin will make Keily's transition to living there so much easier. She is off to a good start after her long day of travel.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 18, 2020:

Yes, Keily was very happy to see her old friends again who had given her a warm welcome at the airport. Thank you, Liz, for reading and commenting.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 18, 2020:

Keily certainly had a good welcome party waiting for her at the airport.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 18, 2020:

Yes, Keily needs to remember her friends who helped her out selflessly and she is going to need more of them for fully settling in. Thanks for the reminder, Bill. I really appreciate it. Stay tuned until next week.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 18, 2020:

The value of good friendship can never be understated. Kelly needs to remember that going forward. I'm sure she will, with your guidance.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 18, 2020:

Yes, Keily was exhausted by the time she reached Austin but meeting her old friends revived her energy and happiness. Stay tuned until next week. I am very happy you are enjoying the story, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 18, 2020:

Kelly had an exhausting day of travel but when she met her thoughtful friends at the airport she was so happy. It seems like everything is going well for her. I look forward to next week's chapter of this interesting book, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 18, 2020:

Yes, the journey was an exciting yet tiring one for Keily. Hopefully, her friends will provide her with all the help she needs to settle in. Stay tuned until next week.

manatita44 from london on June 18, 2020:

I suppose an exciting, yet tiring or exhausting one for Kelly. Good to have friends. Hope you get help in settling in. Om Shanti!

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 18, 2020:

Yes, Keily has good, thoughtful and helpful friends in Austin. That should really make her next journey easier to cope. Let's keep our fingers crossed. I am glad, Lorna, that you enjoyed this part. Stay tuned until the next part.

Lorna Lamon on June 18, 2020:

I'm glad that Keily finally made it to Austin and how lovely that her friends were there to greet her. I think moving to another country can be very daunting, however, Keily's friends are very thoughtful and I am sure she will enjoy the next phase of her life abroad. Another very enjoyable read Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 18, 2020:

I am happy that you enjoyed this part and are looking forward to the next. Yes, Keily is fortunate to have old friends on the Austin University campus. Stay tuned until next week.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 18, 2020:

You are continuing the interesting adventures of Keily. It was fortunate that she already had friends in Austin. As always I look forward to the next chapter, Rosina.

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