3 am during a sleepless night, following a terrible day. I stood alone on the terrace of my hostel, watching the scarce population on the road. It was that special time of the day which eluded both night owls and early birds. In a university that never slept, it was the sacred hour. I was on what could've been my fourteenth cigarette that night. The cold was penetrating my skin, despite of the jacket, scarf and cigarette. This had become a routine. I lost count of the nights I slept (or didn't sleep) on the terrace.
I drew my scarf tighter and wondered what would happen if I jumped. The palm trees inside the hostel compound looked ethereal in the yellow streetlights. They reminded me of those pictures in toy cameras me and my friends used to have as kids. They used to be sold at fairs and festivals. They showed pictures when you looked through them. I used to be so fascinated by them.
I thought of how much life has changed. Then I remembered how much have remained the same... Me, I was the same, clueless kid who picked up some habits that made me look like an adult. A soon to be homeless kid. After a few more days, this hostel wouldn't be my home anymore. It was as if I was being swallowed by a snake in a game of snake and ladder. I was going back to level one. Back to the same uncertainty I had before I got admission here... No job, no plan, with a very broken heart and a degree. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't rejoice in that accomplishment.
Down the road, I spied a few small groups of friends and a few couples, trying to make the most of their last days together. The sky was slowly turning pink. Runners were beginning to show up. I took off my scarf and jacket and felt the air on my skin.. it was warmer now. I was certain that I'm going to fall asleep in class. But that's alright. I wouldn't have missed this for anything. My nights were numbered in this place I came to love so much.
So here I'm going to start a Story . "That One Night" . You can read it through #ThatOneNightByK It'll be in parts... I'll upload the next part soon. . Stay tuned for some relatable stuff. Another story of love, in my words . . You can read my 3 previous Stories in my profile by scrolling I'll put the hashtags for them soon.. #story 29 September, 2018