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College wasn't something new to Jihoon. It wasn't his first time enrolling in the campus but it sure feels weird and surreal after a while. For the past year, he has done nothing but train and train. It was the only thing he did under the supervision of Yeon's friend; someone who he also grew accustomed to, Daehyun. The niveis was generally cold and aloof, but it didn't take the valkyr long to make him warm up to him with his bright personality. Despite being dismissed for his efforts plenty of times, Jihoon never gave up. Why was he training with Dae for a year? Because one night everything changed for him. Quite literally. He was no longer human and he knew he had to control himself in so many ways, including the way he walks and do things because he had to learn to tone down his own strength for the first two months.
Dae actually had to knock him out a lot because he couldn't succeed the first time. If there was one thing Jihoon did not like and grew to fear, it's being knocked out by Daehyun Stormwind. The other male has a scary aura to him sometimes it actually scared the wits out of him. Yeon came visiting every once in a while too and once the two of them decided Jihoon was ready to rejoin society, the first thing he did was make his way to the city both lived in and enrolled himself in Evermore University. It's the closest thing to normalcy for him. He already moved in a while ago and today was supposed to be the day he joined a campus tour with the rest of the freshmen.
At first he wasn't sure if it was nerves or he's just plain excited at the idea of being able to go back to his life, but now he finds himself walking towards the administration and filling out a few things needed before making his way to the fountain by the building entrance. They were told to gather there and wait for the guide to arrive with the rest. There were not many of them, less than a dozen but it was probably because he joined at the second semester of the year instead of the first like the others. He's a late student. Jihoon was busy staring at the fishes in the fountain and even made faces at them, not realizing he was close to falling in.
She had to admit that coming to college seemed like a strange thing for someone like her to do, she was supposed to be the leader of the niveis, that was her purpose but Freyja couldn’t help herself from wanting more. She had never been the kind of person to settle and after losing so many precious years of her freedom she wanted to reach for the things she wanted with both hands. So she had decided that despite how complicated and difficult it might make things, she was going to reach for the things she wanted with both hands.
And that started here, on the campus of Evermore University, a notebook in hand as she looked around at the group of people who were here to start their semester, they were all latecomers who for one reason or another had been given permission to start their course a little late. She was so glad to be able to start right away and not have to wait until another rolled around, she was itching to start learning. She looked at the group of people around with a curious expression, wondering what journeys they were on. She even greeted a few and asked them their major out of curiosity while they waited for their guide.
It was out of the corner of her vision that she spotted a guy, in his own little world, staring into the fountain intensely. She reached her hand to cover a giggle when she noticed that he was pulling faces at them and trying to get their attention. She was just heading over to say hi to him when she saw him start to topple forward and naturally she reached to grab his hand so she could tug him back from falling in “Careful! You don’t want a swimming lesson before you even finish enrolling” she teased, once she was sure he was steady she let go for a moment and smiled, he was really cute “Hi” she spoke softly.
Things were interesting, it felt like he just stepped into another dimension even though he was just away from the real world for a year and a half, staying at Dae's place the entire time while learning self control so he wouldn't harm anyone. He really did think it was hard to do that but then he realized that he might have been blessed with self control so things got much easier than expected. Jihoon has always been forward and ambitious with what he wanted, that's why he went to Juilliard and not a business school the way his father wanted. It was also the reason why he won the annual dance competition twice in a row during his studies, one of which secured him a ticket to get an admission into what could probably be described as one of the best arts colleges.
He did everything on his own, and he succeeded with it. All the nights he starved and worked himself to the bone didn't go to waste. Not even after he died and returned as a valkyr. Despite having stayed in Evermore for a year and half with Dae, he never stepped a foot outside because of what the niveis told him but now that he finally could, Evermore still felt foreign to him. Jihoon was so deep in his thoughts while fooling around with the fishes in the fountain while everyone else was conversing with each other, and of course he was so close to falling into it if it wasn't due to someone grabbing his hand and pulling him back. Once he was steady, he got up and turned around to face the one who saved him from being soaked from head to toe, and god she was pretty.
She was on the shorter side and looked kind, especially with the smile she offered, her hair is where his eyes got fixated on though, her blonde locks made her look even prettier if that was even possible. "And I'm Jihoon-" he didn't even realize he had already introduced himself while he was still mesmerized by his savior. The valkyr shook his head and cleared his throat upon realizing what he just did, "I mean thank you… uh thank you for saving me. It wouldn't be very nice to go through the touring when you're soaked…" he rubbed the back of his head awkwardly and shuffled slightly, he actually thinks he just developed a crush. On his first day. "Hi" he waved enthusiastically, "Are you a freshman too? Sorry of course you are, or else you wouldn't be here… no- you could be the tour guide who knows…" he covered his mouth using his hand and grinned sheepishly, "I was rambling… wasn't I?"
The first thing that came to mind when she saw him was just how...effortlessly happy he looked, it honestly made her a little jealous because he had one of those faces she knew would just light up a room and make everyone around him smile. He was lost in his own world with no concern to her and yet he had still been able to bring a smile to her fact and that was honesty impressive. It made her curious about him, she wondered if someone with looks and charm like that might be a performer? They had a good performing arts program here at Evermore university, she remembered the guide bragging about it when she came for her first tour.
She widened her eyes and tilted her head when he immediately introduced himself after the pulled him back from falling and bit her lips slightly to smile “Freyja” she returned his words before giggling slightly “You’re welcome” she commented and put her hands in her pockets before looking down into the fountain “The fishes seem more interesting than learning about the old guy who founded this place anyway” she commented as she peered down into the fountain and smiled softly. When he kept talking she stayed quite, looking at him with an amused but patient expression before biting her lip when he said he was rambling.
“A little” she commented in a soft voice “But yes...I’m a freshman...starting in the middle of the semester because I like to live dangerously” she teased softly “Are you new to the city?” she questioned curiously “I am...it’s a lot to get used to, figuring out a whole new living situation in a place you’ve never been before” honestly she found it a little daunting and she was a little nervous about how things would turn out, she hadn’t got to meet her roommates earlier but she had managed to find a guy in her room so that had been an interesting experience.
God she was so pretty. His head has been ringing with words filled with compliments and nothing but admiration. He never thought he would actually get into this type of situation the moment he laid his eyes on her but alas, that's exactly what happened. It was hard for him to take his eyes off her but equipped with his usual bright smile, he managed to make it look natural and not so awkward while beaming at her. Apparently it was possible for her to look even prettier when she smiled. "Freyja… that's a pretty name. Isn't that the goddess of love, fertility, and war from Norse mythology?" He was rusty with norse mythology studies because he found egyptian mythology to be more interesting but it doesn't mean he wouldn't know who the popular gods were. Did he just make fun of himself in front of her? He was supposed to say thank you but had introduced himself instinctively out of the blue.
Well, at least she introduced herself too and because of that one slip up, he now knows the name to match her appearance to. "Admittedly fishes have better stories to tell than one white man who found this place and got all the glory attributed to him when the rest of the founding council also helped build this place." Jihoon had hoped she wouldn't find him weird or… eccentric. Or maybe that would've been fine, she looks kind enough to not judge people that much. "I ramble a lot when I'm nervous or taken aback… it happens." He rubbed the back of his head awkwardly and grinned sheepishly, this was not the kind of first impression he wanted to show her. But it was already done, so what could he do about it? "I'm a freshman starting in the middle of the semester too" he beamed, so there was someone else like him.
When asked if he was new to the city, he pursed his lips slightly before shaking his head, "Not really, I've been living in Evermore for about a year or so with a friend of mine, or I guess you could call Dae a guardian. He's so cold and prickly… like a cat" he chuckled, "I had a few things to settle and decided to go back to my studies because I was bored." It wasn't a lie. He was a performing artist who is holding a Juilliard's degree, and had won their annual competitions twice which meant he should've been the lead for a showcase somewhere. If he wasn't dead anyway. "How are you finding Evermore? I hope it's not too much, the people here are guarded at first but… they're pretty nice. Better than the bunch I've met back in NYC or San Francisco. Unless your roommates are terrible… then that cannot be helped."
He was handsome, maybe not in the traditional gruff-looking guy way, but he had this charming expression and bright eyes that liked to hold your attention. But she was sure it was his smile that had everyone falling head over heels for him. She giggled when he recognized that her name was from Norse mythology, she always loved her name honestly and everything that it represented “It is” she commented softly and tucked a strand of her hair behind her ear “Though she was also in charge of battle and death” she grinned slightly, take that as you will she supposed, Freyja liked to think she was somewhat of a warrior so it worked.
“True” she commented as she sat down on the edge of the fountain and peered down at the koi fish that were minding their own business as they swam around the pool “Koi fish are a symbol of good fortune so maybe if we asked them really nicely they could grant us some” she commented and pressed her lips together, honestly she was going to need all the good luck she could get to figure out her life here in Evermore. She tilted her head slightly when he explained he rambled when he was nervous “Are you nervous about something?” she wasn’t all that much, she was hoping this tour didn’t last too long though because she wanted to get to work on unpacking. She beamed too when he said he was at the same level as her “So we’re the outcasts huh?” she grinned “We should make a pact or something” she teased softly.
She laughed when he said he’d had a friend who took care of him but that name certainly did ring a bell, she shook it off though because there was no way they were thinking about the same Dae right? Jihoon definitely wasn’t a niveis so she couldn’t see why Dae would be taking care of him anyway. “Bored huh?” she laughed softly, well that was an interesting reason to begin studying, on her part she had discovered most jobs in the city required you to have some form of education and so she had been pushed onto this path so that she could make a living here. “It’s a lot busier than what I’m used to” she commented and pressed her lips together “But I kinda like being surrounded by people” she spoke softly “I haven’t actually gotten to meet my roommates yet...so I’ll get back to you on that one” she teased and grinned.
“What about you? Did you meet yours yet?” she questioned curiously.
Has he ever felt this way when he was in high school or university? Crushes? He's had a few, but they were pretty minor and not the type to make Jihoon go out his way to actually ask them on a date that is serious enough to establish a relationship on. And most of them don't even last as long. Perhaps they were looking for someone who wants more than he does. He never held any ill will after the break ups, of course that's just him. But this girl, whoever she is, the male wants to know everything about her already. The valkyr was tempted to slap himself and convince that this is not a dream. "Right, Goddess of War too, how could we forget how brave and strong a woman can be" he chuckled nervously, way to make a fool out of yourself, he scolded internally. He glanced down at the koi fishes swimming happily and grinned, "I think my wish came true already. Somewhat."
Meeting a beautiful girl who also turns out to be pretty nice? That's basically a jackpot over there. He reminded himself not to get too ahead of this in case there's going to be some rejected confession that rhymes with 'she has a boyfriend'. If Dae was here, he was sure the niveis would've teased him for the next century. Thank god he wasn't. "I'm not… I mean not really nervous, I just don't know how to stay still. My nerves keep me up… a lot." He blames the adrenaline and with his senses being all enhanced now after his new supernatural status, he tends to forget how to keep them under wraps the way Dae instructed him to, even after a year and a half of training. He could already hear the elder male nagging about his lack of self control and discipline. "What kind of pact?" If all outcasts are nice and pretty like her then he may as well be in that bubble forever. Pretty girls obviously caught his eye and had him fixated but nice girls? It gets him hooked.
"I can't just stay home and do nothing. Or I can get a job… but I still wished to learn something I never had the chance to, back then. So I guess you could say this is my second chance at taking another degree." Which is ironic considering this is Jihoon's second chance overall. "Your former place was quieter? Well Evermore is always bustling with people. Everyday is a busy day here, even the quietest part of the city." His grin grew slightly upon hearing she likes being around people, "Of course a girl like you would be an extrovert" he chuckled. "Let's hope your roommates don't know voodoo or don't pull any extreme pranks, I think if they steer clear of those two, you should be fine." When asked if he met his yet, Jihoon shook his head, "I'm the same as you. I barely got my stuff moved in before I had to rush here. Heard they're pretty… outgoing though." That could either end up well for him or the complete opposite.
As the campus guide asked them to start moving, he beckoned her to move forward as they walked together side by side. "What course are you taking?"