Roly Poly (Part 2)
Throughout Uni, Niki and I remained as strong as ever. We often got scolded at by our roommates for frolicking about in the bathroom. Orion was one of these people, that was until he suddenly gained an interest in his physical fitness after he had struggled to unscrew a jar of pickles one evening (Niki had to assist him). After that he was always either in the gym, or at the Student Union studying.After my experience with Elvis, I had distanced myself from making any real friends. Niki had become good friends with Tiffany, a sweet, but sometimes air-headed girl from her course. She was a pro when it came to pulling off the duck face. Orion and I quickly warmed to her. Before long, the four of us started hanging out together to eat or study in the brightly coloured dorm kitchen. ‘What are you cooking for us tomorrow, Rolo?’ Tiffany asked, cradling a greasy slice of leftover pizza in her hand. We had a cooking arrangement, which pretty much no one ever stuck to, apart from me and Orion.‘I’m not sure Tiff, perhaps you should consider cooking us up something for once,’ I half-joked.‘I don’t think that’s a good idea,’ Orion promptly reminded everyone.A few months back, I had been sitting indoors with the others, catching up on some coursework when Tiffany poked her head around the kitchen door and said nervously that she was having trouble with grilling the hot-dogs on the BBQ outside.
Thinking she was merely having issues with switching on the grill, I followed her outside. Unfortunately, the problem was far worse than I anticipated.‘How did you manage to catch the bloody BBQ on fire?’ I asked, not impressed. I had no idea such a feat was possible, especially with an electric grill. As it turned out, she had added fuel to the base of the BBQ, then had lit it up with a lighter. The flames continued to burn out of control. Tiffany had the cheek to faint on me whilst I tried to extinguish them. Fortunately, no one died, so all was well.Of course it meant I was the one stuck with making dinner that night, since Tiffany was feeling too “woozy”.‘I think Niki should cook for once,’ Orion decided as he chewed contently on his pizza slice.‘If you want me to end up poisoning everyone, then sure,’ Niki laughed, not even looking up from her tablet.The following day, Niki and I were playing beer pong in the communal garden. We clearly had nothing better to do with ourselves.‘Graduation’s only a few weeks away. We need to throw a party to celebrate, see everyone off in style!’ Niki decided. Somehow, that girl could be more of a party animal than me. ‘I think you’re forgetting that I was almost arrested the last time we threw a huge party, Niki…’Yes indeed, that had been an interesting night.Mr. Officer clearly hadn’t been a fan of our music.We ended up being fined, and the party flopped like a fish out of water.‘That was hiliarious,’ Niki laughed. ‘Come on though, I think that only had something to do with us blasting One Direction at ear-splitting volume. It won’t happen again, especially if you provide the entertainment with your guitar instead.’ Alas, I threw in the towel and decided one more party wouldn’t hurt, particularly to celebrate the end of our exams and coursework.I put my guitar skills to good use that night. And no, I didn’t get arrested, sorry to disappointment anyone.Graduation day rocked by too quickly. Somehow, I passed my degree with a 2:1.It was a very emotional day.Obviously, Orion ended up with a first.As did Niki, the smart alec.I was very proud of her, and elated we could finally return home and start our own legacy. Preferably under the same roof I had grown up in.Sadly, with my brain-box half-brother, Basil, to compete with, I knew it wouldn’t be easy.