My name became Aurelie, Lie, pronounced Lee, for short. It was my favorite name that was french. I had chosen it because it was going to be the name of my first daughter, and I had always wanted to change my name to that since I was a young girl. My hair changed from a dirty blond to a chestnut brown, and with the lack of food, my weight dropped quickly. Surprisingly, I was happy with my new look. My jaw line and cheek bones became more defined, giving my once round face a more pointed and structured look. I looked older, more mature, and a little more sexy.
When "Travis" finally picked Manhattan, New York as our new home, I was content. He had pondered moving to a small town, but he had figured that living in the big apple would make it just as hard to find us, if not harder, then living in a small place. We moved into a crappy, two bedroom apartment and set to work on creating our new identities. Travis knew people, so he said, and apparently it was the truth. He got me a new birth certificate, a drivers license and all that jazz. He even upped my age, so instead of being 18, I was now 21, the legal age. The downside was that I missed my senior year, the year that I had planned so much with my best friends and my ex boyfriend, whom I had dumped mere days before my father and I hit the road.
After we had finished setting up our apartment, I set about trying to make a new life. I couldn't go back to high school, I was too old for that according to my paperwork. My dad suggested that I enroll myself in a local college, so I did. I had always enjoyed writing, so I enrolled myself in a journalism program. Luckily for me I registered just in time to start the fall semester and a week and a half after we moved to New York, I was attending college, but I was terrified that somehow the paperwork would be looked over again and they would realize it was fake. Or perhaps someone, somehow, would find out who I really was, even though I looked far different from those pictures that had been posted everywhere.
Despite all the feelings, I really enjoyed going to college. It was so much different from high school, but mostly all in good ways. For one, there was none of that drama you get in high school. No one cares about those people they don't know. Everyone cohabits peacefully, and are courteous to one another when necessary. The other thing I really liked was that everyone was there because they wanted to be, whereas before, there were all those idiots who just made class an irritating place to be.
My dad stared a new job, and he was gone most of the day. So even when I got home, he was gone. The house was empty, and I was lonely. I needed something to do, I wasn't making very many friends at college, although there was this one girl named Olivia. I had two classes with her, and we talked, but we never hung out outside of classes. So I had nothing to do, and too much time, so I decided to look for a job, very unsuccessfully.
It was a few weeks into a school when I noticed a guy. The last boyfriend I had had was when I was fifteen. We didn't date for that long. He was older, more experienced, and wanted things to go much faster than I was ready for. He got violent when I didn't give him what he wanted, and numerous times tried to force, and sometimes succeeded, into giving him what he wanted. Finally, he got tired of me and moved onto the next one. No guy had irked my interest in the three years since the last one. I didn't want to have feelings for anyone, I didn't want to get hurt again like my he had hurt me, but something about the guy was almost irresistible. He had dark hair, which wasn't short, but it wasn't that long either. He wasn't much taller than me, and he had a pretty little smirk that made me smile just thinking about it
One day, I was sitting outside in one of the courtyards at a table when he strode past me and took at a table just across from me. I looked down at the book in front of me, and when I was sure he was busy with something, I looked up. He was busy on his chunky cellphone, so I studied him carefully. He was young looking, but was most likely the same age as me. Well, my fake age anyway.
I forgot to be inconspicuous about looking at him, and I didn't realize when he shut his phone and put it in his back pocket, I was more focused on other parts of his anatomy that seemed to show through his tight jeans. He looked over in my direction, and caught me looking. I blushed madly as I hid my face behind my book, and my heart almost dropped when I heard his voice beside me a moment later.
"What are you reading?" he asked coolly, and I sort of waved my book at him. He chuckled. "So you got a name?"
I nodded dumbly and sat there. He raised his eyebrows at me, and I felt myself flush again. "Aurelie, you can call me Lie." I replied quickly.
"Well Lie, it's a pleasure to meet you. I'm Frank. I hope to do more then talk to you." He winked and gave me that grin, and then he headed off in the other direction. My mouth hung open slightly, replaying what had just happened, when two other people appeared at my side. I turned to see Olivia watching my mystery man's retreating back, and when the guy beside her spoke I turned my attention to him. He looked nothing like Frank, he was really quite the opposite. He was tall, lanky, and almost nerdy looking with his funny hair, but that didn't seem to matter. When I looked into his eyes, my heart felt as if it had momentarily stopped.
"You don't want to get involved with him," he said, and I was sure I wanted him.