I do not own any of the characters in DQMW, I'm only borrowing them for awhile.
Summary: Modern AR fanfic. The story picks up where From Tragedy Comes Hope left off. Follow Katie and Patrick as they discover how deep their feelings for one another run. College life and distance among many other obstacles will challenge their love. Michaela and Sully will be in this story, however only as supporting characters.
"I think that's everything", Michaela smiled as she placed the last box in the small dorm room. "If you need anything, you call us, alright?"
"Yes mom, I will.", Katie wiped a tear from her eye. "I'll be fine."
Michaela gave her one last hug and Sully led her out of the room. Katie watched the truck pull away from the curb, and then turned to start unpacking. She was such a mix of emotions right now. Patrick had finally told her that he wanted more than friendship, but now he was in Boston and she was NYC. It wasn't that far away, but she couldn't help but feel like she'd left part of herself back home. Hannah wasn't far away, but it wouldn't be the same as having her right there all the time.
She turned to the box that had her bedding in it and began making the small bed. When she had put the sheets and comforter on, she picked up the pillow and inhaled deeply. She'd given Patrick her pillow to sleep with for a week before she left. She wanted it to smell like him. She closed her eyes and she could almost see him.
"I can't believe I have to go in five days, where did this summer go?", she sobbed into his shoulder.
"Don't worry, we'll both be home for Thanksgiving and then we get three weeks at Christmas. It won't be as bad as you think.", he hugged her tighter and rubbed her back.
"Patrick, I don't want to leave you", Katie clung to him tighter than she ever had.
"It'll be alright, I promise", he kissed her nose and used his thumbs to wipe away the tears streaming down her face.
"Here", she handed him her pillow. "Take this home with you. Sleep on it this week. I want it to smell like you when I curl up on it in bed at school."
"Alright", he smiled. "I think I can do something about that."
When he had returned the pillow at the end of the week, he'd brought by a few sweatshirts and hockey jerseys also. "I thought you might like to have these to sleep in.", he handed them to her.
"Thanks", she hugged him and placed a kiss to his lips.
He wrapped his arms tighter around her and deepened it. Just then Sully appeared behind them and cleared his throat.
"We need to get going if we're going to get you and Hannah to your rooms tonight.", he smiled at them.
"I'm ready dad", she turned toward Patrick giving him one last kiss. "I'll see you in three months."
He waved and they drove away.
She shook her head to clear it and began putting away books, clothes, and hanging posters to the wall.
After everything was in it's place, she sat down to power up her laptop. As soon as she opened her email, she noticed that Patrick had already sent her two. When she opened the first one it read…I miss you already. I'm counting the days until we're together again. I love you! She smiled as she moved it to a saved email folder and opened the next one. Life stinks without you in it. I don't like my room mate already. You wanna come here and switch? I'd rather share this super small space with you. I love you!
She giggled and wrote him back…I didn't get into to Harvard. I'd love to share the space with you, but I can't. You could always come here. LOL I haven't met my room mate yet. I'll let you know. I miss you too and I love you too. Call me when you have time.
She closed the laptop and rose to leave. Right when she grabbed her jacket, the door flew open. A girl was standing there about to drop a box.
"A little help please", she shouted.
Katie rushed over and grabbed on to the side of the box. The girl followed her over to the bed.
"Thanks, I'm Eden", the girl held out her hand.
"Katie", Katie shook her hand and then moved back to stand by her side of the room.
She looked back at Eden. She was not what anyone would picture a student at Columbia to look like. She had black fishnet stockings on with combat boots. She had a lime green miniskirt and a black leather jacket covering a ripped t-shirt. Her hair had a bright pink streak down one side of it, and she looked like she's bought out the black eyeliner in the store. Katie had a hard time not staring.
Eden turned around and noticed the stare, "What?"
"Nothing, sorry", Katie mumbled.
"My parents are really strict with my brother, I rebelled.", she shrugged. "Wanna see my tattoo?"
Katie gulped, "tattoo?"
"I'm kidding, although I do want one", she wiggled her brow.
"So, where are you from?", Eden flipped her hand in the air.
"Boston", Katie replied, "but I lived in NYC up until 4 years ago."
"Cool, you know all cool places to hang out at then.", Eden bounced on her feet.
"Yeah, I guess", Katie shrugged.
Eden walked over to Katie's bed and plopped down. She pointed at the picture Katie had of her and Patrick on her desk.
"Wow, who's that?", Eden cocked her head to the side.
"My boyfriend", Katie smiled wistfully. "He's back home."
Katie looked back at Eden's side of the room, "You wanna go exploring, or unpack first?"
"I wanna go find out where all the cute guys are. My boyfriend broke up with me before I left. He said he didn't do the long distance thing. I wanna have fun, and kiss some cute boys.", Eden bounced up off the bed and made her way to the door.
"I don't know if kissing is my idea of meeting people", Katie blushed.
"You gotta kiss a few frogs to find a prince", Eden giggled. "Besides I didn't say I wanted to bring them back here."
The two girls left the room together and jogged down the stairs.
When they reached the bottom, Katie looked over at her "So where are you from?"
"Colorado, Denver to be exact", Eden shrugged. "I wanted to get away and see what city life could be like. What are you majoring in?", she looked over at Katie.
"I'm pre-med", Katie smiled proudly. "My mom's a doctor so it was kinda decided for me when I was just a little girl. It's what I want though."
"Wow, doctor, huh", Eden's eyes widened. "What kinda doctor?"
"I haven't really decided yet, but I'm leaning toward pediatrics", Katie smiled. "What about you? What's your major?"
"Art", Eden stated matter of factly. "I'm not sure past that. I went to a special school for kids who were gifted in the arts. I didn't really narrow it down past that."
"You said you're from Denver?", Katie's eyes grew wide.
"Yeah, why?", Eden stopped walking and turned toward Katie.
"Did you go to The Denver School of Design?", Katie mumbled.
"Yeah, how did you know?", Eden narrowed her glare.
"I once knew someone that moved to go to school there", Katie shook her head.
What were the chances that she'd end up with a room mate that went to school with Zach? The universe was not playing fair right now.
Eden looked over at Katie's pale face, "you ok?"
"Yeah, fine. Let's go down to the bookstore and get what we need for class Monday.", Katie grabbed on to Eden's elbow and led her across campus.
Just then her phone chimed. She jumped and looked down at the caller id. It was Patrick.
"I need to take this. I'll meet you inside", she pointed to her phone.
"Alright", Eden shrugged. "You sure you're ok? You don't look so good."
"I'm fine", she turned and clicked on the phone. "Hello?"
"Hey baby, how's it going? I miss you.", Patrick's voice came over the speaker.
"It's going ok. I met my room mate. She's ok, I think. I miss you too."
Katie could hear wind blowing in the back ground and Patrick seemed out of breath.
"What are you doing?", Katie giggled. "You sound like your panting."
"I'm warming up. I'm going to go running in a minute with a few of the guys. I've got a study session tonight and I wanted to talk to you before it got too late. I promised I'd call, you know.", his voice was cheery.
"I'm glad you called. I'm sorry that classes started already for you. I've still got three more days.", she sighed. "I wish Thanksgiving Break would hurry up."
"I know, me too baby, me too", he huffed. "Well, I need to go. I'm not going to be able to talk and run. I love you. I'll call you again this weekend ok?"
"Alright, this weekend. I love you too and I'll talk to you then. Have fun with your workout.", she giggled then the call disconnected.
Katie placed the phone back into her pocket and headed into the bookstore. She was going to make this distance thing work with him. No matter how much it hurt to be a part, she would make it work. She would not end up like Eden, breaking things off because of distance. Who would even want a boy that would drop you at the first sign of trouble anyway? She shook her head and began searching the store.
Ok, so I'm doing the best I can, but the story is coming to me in bits and pieces. There will be a lot of new characters that have nothing to do with the show. Remember, Katie's 18 here, and DQMW never tried anything like this. I like the fact that I can take this wherever I want to, but bare with me. I'm trying something completely out of my comfort zone here. Please let me know what you think. I know several of you asked for a sequel. I will not be posting as often as I did with the last story. The holidays are too close. I'm aiming for twice a week. We'll see!