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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

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