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Meeting Ray


Today is my eighteenth birthday. I just got back from a trip to Egypt where I have spent the past three months at a dig site in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated about ancient Egypt. I have always wanted to become an archeologist. To be able to understand how people lived thousands of years ago would be astonishing.

When I was fifteen I graduated high school and the following school year I started college at Texas Tech University where I am majoring in Archaeology and Ancient History. I was born in Austin, Texas and lived there until I was fifteen when my parents and I moved to Lubbock, Texas to be near the university.

Even though I'm a total geek I do not look the part. I'm five foot eleven, and I have long, dark brown hair, and gray eyes. I have six tattoos that include: a vine and rose pattern down my right side from right under my arm down to my hip, a lotus flower with stars on my left side that starts on the side of my rib cage and goes down and around to below the side my bellybutton, the quote: "I wasn't put on this earth to be ordinary" around my left wrist like a bracelet, the quote: "What doesn't kill me only makes me stronger" around my right wrist also like a bracelet, three blue flowers behind my right ear, and a flower on the front top of my left ear. I also have a bellybutton ring, both of my ears are doubled pierced and at the center of the flower on my left ear I have another earring.

I drive a Hummer 2 and I also have a motorcycle. I have a third degree black belt in karate. I am fluent in Spanish and Arabic. I don't really have a lot of friends because I spend so much time at home studying or I'm at the gym.

When I'm not doing either of those things I'm usually in my room reading. You probably think that I would be reading history books or something like that, but truth be told, I really enjoy reading vampire books. I don't know why I like them, I just do.

"Rayne!" I heard my mom yell from downstairs. I hate it when she calls me that, I prefer Ray. Everyone else calls me Ray accept for my mom who says that Rayne is the name she gave me when I was born and she will continue to call me Rayne until the day she dies.

I got up and walked out of my room and headed downstairs. Once I got to the living room, I found my mom sitting on the sofa looking at an old photo album. "Yea?" I asked her. She motioned for me to sit. I took a seat next to her and asked, "What did you need?"

"Look at you and your father. You two were always inseparable when he was home." She told me while pointing to an old photo of me and my dad in the backyard building a tree house.

My dad is in the military. Ever since I was little he was always going off to some foreign country and I only got to see him for a couple of months every year. He had left again for Iraq a few weeks before I went to Egypt.

"That was a good tree house. That is until that storm came and the tree got hit with lightening and split in half." I said. My mom chuckled. "Yes, that was unfortunate." She said.

"Well, I have to go see one of my professors. I'll only be gone for a little over an hour. What were we going to do for my birthday dinner?" I asked her. "I was thinking we could go see a movie and then instead of going out for dinner, I could make you your favorite meal." She told me. "Sounds good. What movie are we going to see?" I asked. "Whichever one you want, it's your birthday."

I got up and went upstairs to change. I put on a pair on black skinny jeans, a gray shirt, a leather jacket, a belt, a pair of black knee high boots, and last but not least my favorite necklaces. On one chain was a lock that had the letter "R" on it and on the other chain was the key for the lock. My parents had given them to me on my sixteenth birthday, saying that when I found the right guy I could give him the key so that he would have the key to my heart.

I always thought it was a little cheesy, but I loved them and always wore them everywhere I went. Once I was dressed I went back downstairs and headed toward the front door. "Bye!" I yelled as I was walking out the door. "Bye!" My mom yelled back.

I put on my helmet and started up my bike, then headed toward the school. Once I arrived at the school I parked my bike and then went into the history building. When I reached my professor's office I knocked on the door. "Come in." I heard Professor Bay say. I opened the door and walked into the room.

"Professor Bay." I said. "Ahh, Miss Collins. It's nice to see you're back. I wanted to ask you about your trip to Egypt. How was it?" She asked as I took a seat. "Good. I really enjoyed it. There was so much to learn and so little time to learn it." I told her. An hour later I noticed the time and told Professor Bay that I had to get home. We said our goodbyes and then I headed back home.

As I walked through the door I ran into my mom, literally. "Sorry." I said. "It's okay. No harm done. Did you need to do anything or are you ready to go to the movies?" She asked me. I thought for a moment then replied, "No. I'm ready to go."

Ten minutes later we were standing in the lobby at the movie theater looking at what movies were showing. "The Hangover Part II or Bad Teacher?" I asked my mom. "Umm, how about The Hangover Part II." She told me. "Okay. I'll go get the tickets. You go get the drinks and popcorn." I told her. "Okay." She said.

I walked up to the counter. "Hello. How can I help you?" The young man asked me. "Two tickets for The Hangover Part II." I told him. "That will be twelve dollars and fifty cents." I handed him my card and a minute later he returned it to me along with the tickets. "Thank you." I told him then walked over to my mom.

After the movie was over we headed back home. When we walked into the house my mom went straight into the kitchen to start making dinner. I headed upstairs to my room. Once I was in my room I shut the door and then went over to my pet snake Jagger and took him out of his cage. He is an albino ball python and was about four and a half feet long.

I put him on my floor and then sat down at my computer desk and turned on my laptop. I checked my e-mails and then I started writing an essay Professor Bay had asked me to write about my time in Egypt.

I got about half way done with my essay when I heard my mom yell that dinner was ready. I put Jagger back into his cage and headed downstairs.

I entered the dining room and took my seat at the end of the table. "This looks amazing mom." I told her. "Thank you honey." She said. As we ate dinner, we talked about my trip. Unlike me and my dad, my mom has never been out of the country. So she always likes to hear all about my trips.

When we finished eating my mom started clearing the table. Once she was done she put my cake on the table and lit the candles. The cake was chocolate with chocolate frosting and around the top it had a vine and leaf pattern. "I love it." I told her. If there is one thing you should know about me, it's that I love chocolate and caramel. "Thank you honey."

Just as I was about to blow out the candles, my mom's cell phone started to ring. "Oh, one second honey." My mom said as she ran to answer her phone. "Really?!" I yelled. She gave me a glare and then walked out of the room.

My mom's work has always been very important to her. To say she is a workaholic would be an understatement. No matter where we are or what we are doing she will always answer her phone when it rings.

A few minutes later she walked back into the room. "That was very rude, Rayne." She told me. "I'm rude?! I just thought that for once in my life I would be put before your work." I snapped at her. "Do not use that tone with me Rayne. Without my job you would have nothing. No trips, no car, no bike, no nice clothes, no nothing. So excuse me for financing your life." She snapped back.

"I wish I could just leave this place! To go somewhere where you don't exist!" I yelled. Just then the house shook and a wind came through and blew out all the candles. Then just like that everything stopped shaking. A second later I heard something rattle and before I could blink I was knocked unconscious by something.

Well, there it is. I really hope y'all like it. There are pictures from the story on my profile. I just wanted to clarify that Rayne's name is pronounced Rain just the spelling is different. Please give me a review!