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Keily, the Bookworm Part-19

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Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

After the midterm exam week was over, the weekend followed when Lucy planned with Keily and the guys she knew to buy a computer for her and help to reach the parts to her apartment.

Accordingly, Lucy came in a strong guy’s car along with another sturdy guy and knocked on Keily’s apartment door.

Lucy said, “Are you ready, Keily? The guys are waiting downstairs. We will buy a cheap good functioning computer for you. We can get excess RAMs to increase the memory if you want. In our complex, we all have cheap computers that function well. Are you for it?

Keily replied, “I have no objection if the computer is cheap and functions well and has enough memory.”

Lucy remarked, "Okay, then we are all set to go to the "Bailey Computers" shop a little distance away from here. We are taking a private car. So it should be all good.”

Lucy further said, “If you are ready, you can come with me downstairs right away. The price of the whole computer set would be between $80 and $100.”

Keily remarked, “That is not a problem. I will lock the door from outside.”

Keily and Lucy went downstairs. Lucy introduced Keily to the deshi guys, Rupom and Adnan. Lucy took the lead in the conversation, "Keily has decided to buy a cheap and good functioning computer from Bailey Computers.

“Okay”, said Adnan who sat behind the wheel. Rupom remained silent.

The girls sat at the back of the car and Rupom in the front passenger’s seat. The car traveled quite a long distance until they reached their destination. They parked in the parking area outside of Bailey Computers, and all four went in.

Keily took the lead now. She said she wanted to buy a good functioning computer set. “I will need to install a lot of software editors because I study in Computer Science. Please take a note of this and give me the appropriate CPU.”

The shop owner said, “Okay, I will increase the memory by inserting more RAMs.” After inserting more RAMs, he restarted the computer, and the computer was working fine.

Next, Keily had to choose a monitor. None of the modern brands were there as it was a shop for old computers. So she chose an old model of a bulky monitor but in good condition. She took a keyboard, mouse and mouse pad. It all cost her $88. And Keily was happy. She placed the keyboard and mouse along with the mouse pad and the receipt inside her backpack.

The monitor was packaged into a box and so was the CPU. And off the group of four headed to the car.

The guys placed the package of the monitor in between the girls at the back of the car. And Rupom took the responsibility of the packaged CPU and put it on the floor of the car at the front, holding it tight with his legs, and the car drove away.

The guys went inside Keily’s apartment and set up her computer. Now all she needed was a dial-up internet connection. Broadband or wireless internet connection was not available during this time of Keily’s life.

She gave the guys and Lucy, each a rice pudding cup from her refrigerator. And the guys and Lucy gulped them, feeling very hungry. Keily offered them bottles of water, and they took them bountifully.

The guys left, but Lucy remained for further fun chitchat. “So what do you think of the guys?” asked Lucy playfully.

Keily replied honestly, “They are okay- in fact, good guys ready to help a girl in need. I appreciate all their help.”

“Why do you ask? Do you have a crush on any of them?” asked Keily out of curiosity.

Lucy laughed but didn’t answer. So it was a mystery for Keily.

Lucy stayed for a few more minutes for a little more conversation. Keily thanked Lucy for all the help she had given her. Then Lucy left before it got pitch dark outside.

Keily fiddled with her computer and craved badly for an internet connection. She thought of calling the techie guys right away and setting up an appointment. After contacting them, the techie guys said they would be able to come in the afternoon the next day. So it was settled. It was a Sunday the next day, and they would still be offering service. That was quite a bonus for Keily.

Keily woke up in the morning to buy cheap telephone cards in the neighboring shop next to Groceries complex as Grace had suggested. She went there at 10:00 am and found the shop open and got the relevant cheap telephone cards, each costing $10. She bought four of them and came back to the apartment to make a meal for herself.

She lay on the bed, after having her meal, taking rest. An hour passed by, and then there was a loud knock on the door. The techie guys had come in with cables and a modem and they started connecting the phone and the computer via the modem. They set up the dial-up internet connection as in this era this was the modern method to equip oneself with an internet connection.

The techie guys asked Keily to test if the connection was working properly. The connection relied heavily on the modem and the phone. After the dial-up process on the computer was initiated, yes she could connect to the internet.

The guys were polite to tell her that they would charge her nothing right now as it would all show in her university student billings account.

After Keily got familiar with using the dial-up internet connection, the guys left, telling her that if she faced any problems, she could call them again, and they would be ready to offer service. Keily thanked them warmly, and they were gone.

Classes were still going on for Keily. She had only recently appeared in midterm exams and was eagerly waiting for her results. Soon she found online her results in her student account and was happy that she had done well in Computer Architecture and Compiler Design, securing A’s but felt bad about earning a ‘C’ in Algorithms.

Keily thought to herself, “I really must rise to the challenge. I cannot afford to do badly in the Algorithm final exam. I will take all the necessary preparations step by step. It’s do or die!”

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Keily, the Bookworm Part-18

The four girls Keily already knows on the campus buy several necessities for her before she arrives in the apartment. Keily pays what she owes them to Grace who will distribute among the others. Keily's classes start, and she shows up in all of them. The course Algorithms proves to be somewhat challenging for her while the other two courses seem to be manageable.

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Rosina S Khan (author) on September 05, 2020:

Yes, Keily finally has a computer and phone cards. She is determined to do well in Algorithms course. Hopefully she will make it. Thank you for your generous and optimistic comments. I do appreciate them.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 05, 2020:

Glad to hear she is set up with a computer.

It seems to be a necessity these days. I use only my phone at the moment.

Finally got phone cards so she is set up.

Well i am certain she will bring her grade up, but i hope she doesn't put too much pressure on herself.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 27, 2020:

I am happy, Chitrangada that Keily's set up of dial-up internet connection brought you back many fond memories.. Thank you for wishing Keily well in her future endeavors. Stay tuned

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 27, 2020:

Thanks for sharing another chapter in Keily' s story.

The setting up of the internet connection, reminded me of the earlier times. I remember, how excited my whole family was, to get the Internet for the first time in our home.

Meanwhile, good wishes to Keily in her future endeavors.

Thanks for sharing.

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

Thank you Ruby. Yes, she is determined. Let's see what satisfying grade she gets in her challenging course. I am happy that you like my writing style. I hope you will follow Keily's story from this point as many others are already doing so and finding interest.

I am happy you are following me. I hope you will stay tuned for the next part.

Gratitude for making the time to read this episode and giving generous feedback.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 25, 2020:

I gave her an A for her upcoming test. She is determined, and that's what it takes to reach success in any endeavor. I hope you will write a short fiction story. I like your writing style. I am now following you.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 24, 2020:

I agree, Lora, Keily has been through difficult times in her life. But things have been going too smoothly for her with the help of her friends. She needs a little challenge otherwise she will not grow. Let's hope she gets an ideal grade in the Algorithm course. Thank you for your generous and insightful comments. Stay tuned.

Lora Hollings on July 24, 2020:

A very good chapter, Rosina. I see that the readers seem to be evenly split on those that think she'll get an A and those that feel she'll get a B in the algorithm course. Because Keily seems to be able to meet challenges successfully as we have learned from her past, I wouldn't be surprised if she receives an A. I hope things go well for her as she certainly has been through some difficult times in her life!

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 24, 2020:

Yes, things will not go smoothly all the time. Keily needs to understand this, keep her cool and take actions towards what has gone wrong. Yes, Fran, this is how we grow and build our character. Thank you for your gracious and constructive comments.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on July 24, 2020:

Another great chapter. And, we all know life sends a few "quirks" now, and things don't always go smoothly. But then, it's how the character is built. Keily will do fine.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 23, 2020:

Yes, it does because Keily's time of current life represents when broadband or wireless internet connection didn't exist. Yes, her friends were kind and loyal to help her out in buying a computer. Now she can remain in touch with friends and family from the comfort of her apartment.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 23, 2020:

A dial up internet connection takes us back in time. Keily did well to get a computer sorted with the help of her friends.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 23, 2020:

Adversities will be there in Keily's life as well. She just knows how to take it easy and plays the game of life right. Ha ha! Stay tuned, Bill.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 23, 2020:

I wonder when adversity will strike? Things are going too well for our young protagonist. I hope I'm wrong.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 23, 2020:

Yes, Keily now has internet access at home so that with a little more effort, she might be able to raise her grade in Algorithm course. Thank you, Peggy, for reading and commenting. Stay tuned.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2020:

With Internet access, Keily is off to a good start. I am sure she will raise that algorithm test score the next time around with her determination to do so.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 23, 2020:

Thank you for enjoying this chapter, John and your generous comments. Stay tuned!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 23, 2020:

Rosina, this is another interesting chapter in Keily's life at University. It is good she now has internet access and looking forward to the next edition.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 23, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela, for enjoying this chapter. Yes, Keily, got her computer for a good price. She will have to put in more efforts to earn good grades. She already got her lesson and she had better be careful. Stay tuned!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2020:

I'm glad Kelly got her computer for a very good price. I think the future is bright for here and she will probably make a good grades. I look forward to the next chapter.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 23, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna for your generous and insightful comments along with valuable advice. Yes, I think Keily has to go for tutorial classes and put extra efforts. Yes, her friends have been very kind and loyal to help her with settling down.

Now that she has a computer with an internet connection, she is well-equipped and can study better from the comfort of her home and keep in touch with friends and family.

I am happy to know you are eager to read the next part of the story. Stay tuned!

Lorna Lamon on July 23, 2020:

Keily is continuing to make good progress and now she has a computer it will make all the difference. Even though she didn't get the desired result on her algorithm exam she must have been delighted with her A grades. I think she should take extra classes in order to achieve the desired grade in algorithm.

Keily is lucky to have such kind and caring friends who have helped her settle into a new way of life. You continue to make the story interesting with just enough detail to bring me back for the next chapter. Well written Rosina.

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