"Hey, man! Watch it," Jansen said as he jumped back. "Alvin?!" he asked.
Alvin laughed. "Yeah, well, this is where I wound up."
Jansen lowered his voice, "I was really sorry to hear about Wyatt. I know how close you were to him."
Alvin dismissed it with a wave of his hand. "It was just his time to go. I'm fine. Really."
Jansen nodded and then pointed behind Alvin. "This your dorm?"
Surprised, Alvin glanced back and then grinned. "This is it!"
"Me too!" Jansen said. "Sweet! Let's go get dibs on a room!"
Carlye fanned herself. She didn't know there were going to be hotties in the dorm! Wait until she told Catalina!
Alvin dropped his assignments and glanced up. The girl asking for him was so pretty. "Yes," he stammered. "Can I help you?" he asked.
Caryle pointed over her shoulder. "There's a girl at the door for you."
Alvin wrinkled his brows. Someone at the door, he wondered. "Um, thanks," he said and went to see who was requesting him.
Michelle wiped the tears from her eyes and said, "I heard what happened to Wyatt, Alvin. I'm so sorry I didn't come over. You should've said something!"
Alvin felt uncomfortable. He'd decided to leave all of his baggage back in Paradise Bay and start new over here. And starting new over here meant he needed to let Michelle go, too.
Alvin rubbed the back of his neck. "Look, Michelle..."
Michelle tried to hug him and he gently pushed her hands down and backed away a step.
Michelle just looked at him, confused. "Alvin... What's wrong?" she asked.
"Look, Michelle. I'm in college now. I have more responsibilities. I'll always love you, but I... I don't have time for a girlfriend right now. I have to put my studies first."
"I don't understand. What are you saying?" Michelle asked shaking her head.
Alvin's heart was breaking. This was a lot harder than he'd thought it would be. "Go home, Michelle," he said firmly. "I have a new life now."
Michelle sobbed, "I'll never forgive you Alvin Potter!" Then, she turned on her heel and ran down the dark street.
"Are you going to declare yet?" Alvin had asked him one night.
Jansen had shrugged. "Don't know. Maybe I'll do lit," he'd said. He was taking classes and trying to figure out what he wanted to do, but nothing really appealed to him.
So, he played games, he painted, and he goofed around. Alvin kept trying to get him to take college more seriously, but he would often chide Alvin that he was taking it serious enough for the both of them.
Besides, the less work he did, the more time he had for Caryle.
Jansen held out his hands. "Caryle, I don't know what you're talking about! What happened?"
"Don't touch me! I have to finish college! And I don't have time for you!"
Jansen just stared. "You're crazy! Get some meds!" he yelled before storming into his room and slamming the door.
Jansen shook his head. "I just... I need someone with a little less crazy in my life. I don't want drama."
"Really, Carlye. I've known Jansen since we were kids and he's not lying. He's head over heels for you. But, he'd never pressure you. You just have to talk to him and tell him what you need."
Carlye hung her head. "It's just that. Well, my mom was always really unhappy growing up and it's because she quit school for my dad. She always told me to get my education first, and then worry about dating."
Alvin touched her shoulder. "Jansen doesn't want you to quit. I think it's time to make up."
Carlye ran to Jansen and grabbed him up in a big bear hug.
"Whoa," Jansen said. "Put me down!"
Carlye put him down and they laughed together.
Alvin quietly watched the two and thought about what he'd told them.
Jansen turned and looked at him, "Yeah, it worked. So?"
Alvin stewed for awhile longer. "It's nothing. Just something I'm thinking about."
Jansen was intrigued. "Are you going to share?"
Alvin shook his head. "No. It's too late, anyways," he said.
Carlye giggled. "Come on Jansen. Let's go to my room."
Alvin watched them stumble through her door and rolled his eyes. They were driving everyone nuts. Everytime you turned around they were making out or whispering sweet nothings in each other's ears. Alvin was glad they were happy, but geez... tone it down a little!
Alvin rolled his eyes. "Yeah, we've noticed."
Jansen just flicked some food at Alvin. "You're just jealous."
"Yeah, yeah I am," Alvin said seriously.
Jansen put his fork down. "Come on, Alvin. I'm your friend. Are you going to tell me about it?"
Alvin sighed. "Remember Michelle?"
Jansen thought hard. "Michelle Fields? Yeah, what about her?"
Alvin toyed with his food. "We used to date and I broke her heart. And lately wherever I go, I feel like I'm seeing her, but it's never really her. I just... miss her."
Jansen flicked some more food at Alvin. "Then you have to tell her."
"Come on Jansen, quit flicking food!" Alvin said, irritated. "And I can't just tell her. She's still in high school. I'm a young adult. It wouldn't work."
"Well," said Jansen, "Look on the bright side, she won't be a teenager forever!"
Carlye squealed and launched herself into Jansen's arms. "Yes! Yes! Yes!"
"Happy Graduation, Carlye," Jansen said.
She smiled back at him. "Congratulations, Jansen. I can't wait to move to Paradise Bay!"
"My family is a little crazy," Jansen cautioned, feeling a little embarrassed.
"Ha! Join the club! We have our work cut out for us!"
"I still can't believe Alvin went before my graduation party was over!" Jansen said, disappointed.
Carlye patted his cheek. "You know Alvin, he gets nervous around other families."
Jansen glanced at her. "You think so?" he asked, surprised.
"Well, yeah. He always took off on parent's day or whenever your family came over. I figured you knew."
Jansen scratched his chin. "Huh, I guess I'd never noticed. Boy am I lucky to have you!"
"Better believe it," she said as she dipped him back for a smooch.