Chapter 1: Arrival

Luke stared up at the large building he would be living in for his time at Oxford. His dorm seemed so empty now that he was alone. Any normal person his age would jump for joy at living on his own. Luke, however, was no normal person.

Looking at his watch, he remembered he had a lecture in less than an hour. Getting his assorted books and such together he quickly hurried to his classroom. He ran at such a fast pace that he ended running into a girl completely engrossed in the book she was reading. She had fiery red hair and grey eyes. She was also quite short.

"Oh, sorry." He apologized, picking up her book and handing it to her.

"No, it's okay," she reassured him, "I wasn't looking where I was going, anyway." After a brief pause she spoke again, "I'm Liz."

"Oh I'm Luke." he replied, "Sorry, I've got to get to class."

"That's alright, I guess I'll see you around?"

"Yeah," With that he turned and headed into the direction of his classroom.

It was only twenty minutes into class before the teacher stopped speaking and glared angrily at someone behind him.

"Miss Carter, would you like to read a paragraph of that book if it's too interesting for class?"

"Well, if you insist," a familiar voice said. Luke looked behind him to see the same girl he had bumped into earlier.

She took a deep breath and started speaking, "We have a set of functions which enable us to take a line of input text and turn the line into distinct elements-"

"That will be enough Miss Carter," the teacher said, looking shocked. The class chuckled as she gave him a bright smile, "Oh but sir, I hadn't gotten onto the part about assigned and non-assigned variables yet!" she said in mock complaint. The class laughed again.

"That will be enough Miss Carter or I shall have you exited." he said, clearly annoyed. Liz's smile faded and the teacher went back to his lecture.


As soon as I got out of the room I burst into laughter. Some blonde girl walked up to me and sneered,

"So that's the type of book you read? You really have no life."

I laughed again and countered, "It's better than Twilight at least." With that the girl stormed off and I heard a small laugh from behind me. Turning around I saw the boy from earlier, Luke - was it?

"Thank you, thank you," I said mock bowing, then laughing with him.

"That's programming, right?" he asked me and I grinned in response,

"Got it in one! C, to be precise. Did you see the look on his face? It's the same look my English teacher gave me when I told him Verona wasn't in France."

"So you read Shakespeare, too?" he asked me

I nodded, "That and Dickens. As I said before, better than Twilight."

"Haven't read it, I wouldn't know,"

I gave him a serious look, "Trust me, you don't want to. So, proper introduction – Elizabeth Carter, although I prefer Liz."

"Luke Smith," he said shaking my hand.

Luke POV

That Evening (After meeting Sanjay)

"Hi Mum," he greeted at Sarah Jane showed up on the screen.

"Hello Luke. How was the first day at Oxford?"

"It was fine," he replied, "Accidentally ran into someone, made friends with them..."

"Oh, who's this?" he saw Rani sit down next to Sarah Jane, "It wasn't a girl, was it?"

Luke was confused, "Yeah, is that bad?"

Rani laughed, "No. What's she like?"

"Well smart, funny – she showed up the teacher in class,"

"Really?" Rani said, "Clyde would like her,"

"I would like who?" came Clyde's voice from across the room.

"Nothing!" said Rani who started laughing.

That's all folks! No offense to you who like Twilight, I love Twilight. Liz, however, doesn't.

The bit you hear Liz read out is from a book called Introducing C by Boris Allan. I've never really read it properly because it makes no sense to someone completely new to programming but it's fun to have someone come up to me and ask what I'm reading to have me read out some of that. Their faces are always hilarious.

R&R and peace out!