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Aero Dynamic (Part 1)

Aero Dynamic (Part 1)

Honestly, I never expected University to change me.  I’d heard the stories of my ancestors, how each one had learnt a life lesson whilst studying for their various degrees, but I couldn’t understand how a person could change so much in just the space of a few years.

Therefore, I was determined to stay on the straight and narrow, keep studying hard and practicing playing with my instruments (no pun intended).Screenshot-7307I was fortunate to have my girlfriend, Adrianne, as my room mate as well, studying for the exact same degree.  My parents warned me to not let her be a distraction, which, as you can see was a difficult feat.Screenshot-7333Ironically, in the end, the true distraction came from a different source completely.    I met Skip Taylor at the Fresher’s fair, by the “Xtreme Sports” stand.  As friends, we hit it off straight away.Screenshot-7277I had never really saw myself as a jock.  Sure, I had a relatively sporty mum, and my dad was certainly no couch potato, but I had grown up to possess quite the rebellious streak.  Maybe that’s why I caved into the partying lifestyle so easily.Screenshot-7289Screenshot-7281Rushing back home in the early hours of the mornings, head buzzing, soon became a regular occurrence.Screenshot-7285Like a good girl, Adrianne was always curled up in bed fast asleep, piles of books usually stacked next to her on the floor, her alarm ready to go off in a couple of hours time.     Screenshot-7295Still, this never discouraged me from doing the exact same thing the following night.Screenshot-7366Screenshot-7365Nothing could beat downing beer by the warmth of a bonfire, surrounded by fun people.  Or so I thought at the time.Screenshot-7369Finally, the late nights and excessive drinking took its toll.  Completely failing one of my core modules should have been my wake up call, but still even then I refused to see any sense.  Screenshot-7371Even when Adrianne voiced her concerns about me, I took it as a personal attack rather than her attempt to help me out. Screenshot-7377‘Aero, look, I know how much you hate relying on others, but I’m always here for you if you need someone to talk to.’

Her arms outstretched, she stepped forwards to hug me.Screenshot-7375  

Angrily, I raised my hands and cringed away from her advances, refusing to let her touch me after insulting my friends and my party lifestyle.Screenshot-7374‘Why won’t you let me comfort you?’ Adrianne asked, her voice close to breaking, ‘Are your pride and reputation really worth so much that you’d push away your own girlfriend, throw away your degree?’Screenshot-7376Her words hit home, but it wasn’t until receiving my end of term results a few weeks later that I finally saw the extent of the damage I had brought on myself.Screenshot-7382I had vowed to not change, and by doing so I had transformed into an utter idiot. And what for?  To impress a few people who I barley knew, who didn’t care for me in the same way my family and Adrianne did.  Damn, did I feel foolish.Screenshot-7385Following on from that moment, I knew it was time to pick my guitar back up and continue learning.  Partying could wait.Screenshot-7282

Malibu’s Muse (Part 1)

Malibu’s Muse (Part 1)

The beauty of the world never ceases to amaze me, even on a freezing cold day on the University campus.  Maybe it’s just my artistic nature which draws me towards the small things which others may overlook.Screenshot-2343Art was just one of things I’d always enjoyed and it was my way of expressing things.Screenshot-2215Being a triplet, I made sure to  establish my individuality at a young age.  That’s where my interest in cats came about (I had always admired their independent and proud natures).  I couldn’t stop Amaretto or Jameson from going to same University as me, however, and to be honest it was comforting to know they were always nearby.Screenshot-2203My older brother, Murphy, was in his final year by the time we had started our first.  Somehow, despite juggling his relationship with Margaret Cade with the ever-growing demand of his degree, he was on track to graduating with first class honors Screenshot-2266Obviously being the wise older sibling, he even gave me some very constructive advice when I revealed to him my very first University crush.

‘Don’t go out with Steve, he’s a dick.Screenshot-2449Truth was, I was somewhat attracted to the bad boys; be it jocks, rebels or nerds (yes, you can get bad nerds!), being a bit of a rebel myself.  Screenshot-2243Of course I had a sensitive side to.  Between classes and my art projects, I often wandered the University grounds, exploring the endless sights it had to offer. Screenshot-2284I remember one day when I bumped into one of the not too bad looking Chinese exchange students, who looked a little bit lost.Screenshot-2287Sadly he barely spoke or understood a word of English.  I’m not sure how he had even gotten on the exchange student program, or how he was managing to cope with his classes.  Screenshot-2289The thing that depressed me was that Mum had started dating Dad at high school when they were both fifteen or so.  I’d anticipated the same sort of thing would’ve happen to me, but it seemed that times had changed since my parents were young.  Perhaps it was just as well because I would have let the event, which occurred the following morning, slip by without a moments notice. Screenshot-2242I was sat in the mess halls, chewing away at a couple of waffles I had conjured up using my “pro” cooking skills. Screenshot-2250‘Mind if I have some?’ A deep velvet voice asked.  I knew who it was without having to take a glance.  Aaron Matthews; he actually lived in the same dormitory as me and was studying Physical Education, if you couldn’t tell by his six-pack.  Until then we had never really spoken, mostly because he was known to be a party animal so was rarely home when I was.

Realising he was referring to the stack of waffles in the center of the table, I nodded and mumbled through a mouthful for him to help himself.  Scraping back the chair besides me, Aaron sat down and filled up his empty plate and started to munch away. Screenshot-2251As we sat next to each other eating my waffles (oo err) in a comfortable silence, in nothing more than our night-wear, I was certain that this was the start of something most beautiful.Screenshot-2252

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