University Household: Rafael Ribeiro (20)
Rafael had jumped through a lot of hoops to gain readmission to Sim State University after his poor performance in his freshman year. He’d written letters, procured letters of recommendation from his employers, and even worked full-time to come up with the tuition money. The university finally allowed him to re-enroll on a probationary status, and his advisor suggested that he make up some of his failed coursework during the summer session.
Rafael gratefully took his advisor’s advice and left for university in May. He would be attending university for a three-month summer session, and if he performed well he would be allowed to sign up for classes in the Fall.
Right way, he met some of his fellow dorm-dwellers, Tiffany Angles, Tiberius Willard, and Tammy Parker. Tiffany was quiet and mostly kept to herself. Something about Tiberius gave Rafael the heebie jeebies–he could have sworn the guy was fixated on his neck for some reason. Tammy was very opinionated, but he liked talking with her.
Rafael decided to spend the night before classes began re-acquainting himself with the campus. He went over to the student union building and shot pool by himself. On his way back to the dorm, some random guy handed him a flyer for a party that he was throwing at his house.
Rafael decided to go–after all, he had no homework or anything yet, so he might as well go when he had the time. He ran into Tammy there, and they tried to talk over the music–but it was so loud it was difficult to hear anything she said.
Rafael had asked Tammy her sign, then immediately wondered what he was doing–Claudia was still his girlfriend, and he had no business even thinking about other girls. He and Claudia had taken a very serious step before he left for college, and he felt awful for letting his eye stray even one bit. He decided to douse his libido in the keg.
Despite his best intentions, he couldn’t keep his eye from wandering for long–especially when he found himself eating breakfast almost every morning with Millie Grubb. He kept the conversations innocent, but she was so open and sweet that they quickly became friends.
His coursework was progressing fairly well, though he couldn’t stand some of the other students in his class. Sometimes they asked really stupid questions–and he did believe there was such a thing as a stupid question, unlike some of his professors.
Rafael spent a lot of time in the computer lab typing up papers and studying. He especially liked studying in the science lab, because he could go straight from using the lab equipment to the computer.
Sometimes during class, his mind would wander. He’d learned some things about the brain, and it made him wonder whether love was just an illusion caused by the chemical processes in the brain–or if he was just trying to find an excuse for his seeming inability to remain faithful to Claudia.
Or maybe he was just trying to explain why he let Millie talk him into posing for her sketches. Anytime he felt anything other than simple friendship for her, he would remind himself that it was just some silly chemical process, and he’d write Claudia a love letter.
He and Millie were both invited to another house party to celebrate the end of the summer session, and Rafael was dared to kiss someone at the party by a bunch of jocks. He didn’t want to lose face, and he knew only one person who he was almost certain wouldn’t slap him silly for kissing her….
Millie was shocked, and Rafael stammered out, “I just thought I’d uh…kiss you goodbye. I’m leaving later tonight for home and won’t be back until Fall semester starts up in late August.”
Rafael left campus feeling guilty and exhilarated all at the same time. Part of him felt terrible for kissing another girl, even on a dare–not only was it unfair to Claudia, but it was unfair to Millie, too. But another part of him knew that he wouldn’t have acted on the dare if he hadn’t already been attracted to Millie. He wasn’t sure what he was going to do, but he knew he couldn’t keep leading Millie on and he couldn’t be unfaithful to Claudia any longer. He had some serious thinking to do.
- Rafael is having quite a lot of fun at university! I started hearing some warning bells about his relationship with Claudia after seeing this:They were just eating together, and suddenly there were hearts everywhere! What the–? What is really strange is that if I have Rafael consider Millie’s attractiveness, he doesn’t seem to think she is attractive–but game-wise, he does seem to think she is attractive. Hrm.
- When Rafael got the dare and followed through on it by kissing Millie, I got this:Uh oh…..