My roomie story takes place in a camp room, with my best friend. It had taken a heck of a lot of work to get us to be able to room together, but we had made it. We were there for three days, not including the day we got there. And by the time we got there–we almost wished we had never come at all. We were tired, hungry and bent out of shape after driving for so long and stumbling with our duffles through the darkness.
We went to work, making the place our own. Eventually, we got ham and cheese sandwiches and Sunny D delivered to our room. Despite the sandwich being soft and the Sunny D plastic bottle material being half-melted into the curious yellow liquid inside, we guzzled everything down. The bathroom was outside the hall, and when I came back my roomie had a note taped to their forehead stating IF YOU WAKE ME UP, THE POLICE WON’T EVEN FIND YOUR BODY.
Laughing, I left them alone.
So went our trip. We left each other messages everywhere, and it came to the point where we would trade occasional Doctor Who references, which neither of us watched very much but our group loved so we knew everything about it. Bad Wolf was taped onto trees and doors and curtains wherever we went. We walked everywhere together, from the cafeteria to the store to the group activities. We must’ve spent at least $7o on candy alone while we there, mostly them–not me. I still reaped the benefits though…
Over the course of the time we were there, we began to look out for each other. We would take turns turning on and off the AC in our room, having it on when we were gone to keep the room cool as opposed to staying the same temperature as the brutally hot weather outside that we weren’t used to. I would wake up super early in the morning to blog and write, and she would pretend not to notice the clicking of my keys, which I did my best not to hit too hard. (What can I say, I love the feel of certain keyboards). I would lock the door, and she would make sure I took my card key.
One major thing we really had in common was headaches. We would get them for the simplest reasons. Not drinking enough water was one of them, and combining that with the heat–well, it wasn’t a good combination. The worst one I got, we were up late. We had taken our sleeping bags and blankets and settled down to watch a late-night showing of a movie. Around the middle of the movie, I started to notice this pungent, sticky, sickly sweet swell that drove me nuts and only made my headache worse. That, and the cold that started to sink in, were definitely not helping. My roomie got up and got me some water, but I could not figure out where the smell was coming from so it didn’t help.
As I was getting up at the end, I realized that under my seat, on the concrete, someone had spilled wine, leaving their empty bottle and the stains in the ground to prove it. My head was pounding as we drove back to where we were staying, and I was just extremely quiet, extremely glad that we didn’t have to walk the 30-minute hike back and silently praying that nobody would say ANYTHING to me so I wouldn’t blow up. Luckily, my roomie watched out for me.
Long after we left the camp, we continued trading messages–but in a different way. Using the fact that we both checked our email several times a day, we traded occasional messages back and forth. It was less quick and careless than texting, but we made up whole conversations and drew them over the course of weeks using email.
So. That’s my roomie story. What’s yours?
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