Having practiced saying her name and rehearsing our first conversation for more hours than I could keep track of, it shook me a bit when my roommate never showed up that first move in day.
I didn't know what was going on. I had imagined us spending the weekend together, getting to know the campus. I was about to send her an email when somebody in my hall told me that it was not uncommon for people to drop out of school even before coming.
She showed up in the middle of the following week. It was by pure luck that I had been there when she decided to stop by.
"I go by Sunny," she said. She seemed surprised that I could pronounce her name though.
"So you really won't be staying here? Are you sure?"
"Yes. Please feel free to take up the whole space. The room is paid for."
She made it sound like I should be happy that I got the whole room without having to pay the 'single' price. I didn't want her to feel bad so I acted happy. Even before I was able to offer her a cup of tea, she smiled and said she had to get going. And just as quickly as she came in, she disappeared.
I watched from the window. Wilburn's west drop-off driving loop was right below our, or my, room. I saw Sunny and her silky black hair swinging as she got into a shiny luxury SUV.
I looked back at the room. All she had left was one medium sized bag.