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Apprehension filled the young dhampir as he felt the plane’s wheels touch the ground sending him jolting forwards a little. It felt weird to plan this move for so many months and this now finally be the moment that he arrived in America. He was nervous beyond words, he had a whole new life to figure out, new university, new home, new roommates, new city, no friends, no family. Jae wasn’t even sure where he had got the courage to go through with all this. Now he was here and there was no backing out though.
He allowed everyone else to gather their things before finally stepping out into the alley and getting down his carry on suitcase. He dragged it through the airport taking in his surroundings as he did so, Jaesung was glad he had decided to bring a coat, noting the instant drop in temperature even inside the tunnel. He followed the usual protocol, making his way through the halls and then queuing for immigration where he passed over his visa papers and answered their questions before finally entering the baggage claim area.
This was going to be the nightmare part, he thought to himself as he waited looking out for one of his three suitcases he had brought with him. It hadn’t been easy to pack light considering he was starting a new life here and so he would have to struggle with it all until he got to his new dorm and could set everything down. One case came around and he collected it, the thing was huge and pretty heavy but he managed to set it down just fine. Then the second one came and he looked at them both with an exasperated look. It was just the length of the airport til he got to the taxi’s right?
He sighed dragging the two of them behind him whilst trying to balance the hand luggage on top, it was slow going but he just about managed to keep it all balanced. Thankfully having gotten off the plane after everyone else, there wasn’t too many people around him and he could take all the time he needed. So this was Evermore City. He was both excited and terrified all at once, on the one hand, this was his chance to really test himself and figure out his future but on the other, everything was going to be different and he wasn’t sure how ready he was for that.
He managed to get himself lost in thought and so just as he was passing through the arrivals gate and out into the public airport lobby he didn’t notice the man charging up behind him. The moment the man knocked into Jae, he tripped, falling hard against the floor sending his suitcase flying along the smooth airport floors cracking open the side which spilled out a bunch of his things all over the floor. Jae’s eyes widened as the man kept walking kicking his things further along the floor without a single thought of decency.
Jae cursed under his breath in Korean before quickly starting to retrieve all of his things which were now decorating the airport floor. He let out a long disappointed sigh, not exactly the welcome he’d had in mind.
Jae had made his first focus on getting his things back before someone picked up anything of value or it got kicked further across the floors, with one arm full of stuff he scrambled to grab a few more things piling them up in his arms before he attempted to force them back into his now damaged suitcase. He pulled a face not sure how he was going to be able to take this across the city without losing all of his stuff here there and everywhere. He had been been so focused on getting things together that he hadn’t even noticed the two strangers getting up into each other’s faces until one was forcing the other to apologize.
Jae widened his eyes, being a naturally non confrontational person he didn’t even know what to say as he stared between the two of them a little dumbfounded. After a few moments however he realized the younger looking dark haired male was scolding the other man for his actions. Jae simply half nodded at the poor excuse of an apology before looking over to the male who’s eyes seemed to shine with a purple glow, pleading him to let the scene be over so he could simply sort out his things.
Jaesung didn’t really know what to say at first and so he simply straightened up when the other male picked up his suitcase, he thought about his words carefully before he said them, this was the first person he had spoken to in America but the other male didn’t seem to be American at all, at least his voice didn’t sound American “Thank you” he spoke and bowed his head a little smiling awkwardly at the other male, damn he really hadn’t prepared himself for interactions with other people in English so soon into his trip.
He caught the other male’s words and nodded softly “Yes, here to study English” he beamed softly, he was excited to learn more and practice speaking outside of the classroom, after all everyone here used English as their mother tongue and Jae was interested to see how he dealt with that challenge. Jae looked down at Alex’s hand outstretched to him, he went to speak his full name like he would at home but quickly corrected himself “M...Jaesung” he chuckled “But most people pronounce it wrong so please call me Jae” he placed his hand in the other’s and shook it.
Jae was a little confused why the male was picking up his suitcase, people tended to keep to themselves back home so it seemed strange for a complete stranger to help, regardless, it was probably a good idea to take the offer because Jae had no idea where he was going. Pulling out the printed instructions and map from his pocket he held it out to Alex and pointed where he was going and then the bus service he had circled to take to get there “I need this bus to get to Evermore University” he explained as he looked to the paper and then over to the gaze of the other male.
Sure Jae was pissed that some guy had come and pretty much ruined his rose tinted view of what his arrival to America would be like but he had become used to things not working out the way he hoped nowadays. He had to admit he was glad when the guy walked away and he could simply focus on getting himself together. Except now there was the other male here and talking to him “It seems most American people are very” he paused thinking about how to say what he meant “self centered” after all, nearly everyone had just walked on by while he struggled except this particular man “Except you, though you don’t sound American” Jae smiled a little thankful there was one kind person here.
Jae nodded softly in response to his words, he knew he wasn’t the best English speaker in the world but he did pride himself on how well he could write it and hoped the speaking part would be greatly improved by interacting with people who spoke it on a daily basis unlike in Korea where it was very rare to find anyone willing to try to speak it. Jae nodded softly with a smile realizing Alex made the effort to copy the way he had said his full first name in his introduction which was appreciated “It was helpful that my parents gave me a half English sounding name” he chuckled thinking about the names of some of his comrades in the military and how their names would sound very strange when spoken in English.
Jae’s eyes widened a little and he shook his head in response to the other male’s offer “I couldn’t ask for that” he stated, he had always been raised to be the least inconvenience on others as possible, you only really asked favors from your family and even then you needed a good reason. The other male seemed pretty insistent however moving towards the car and taking Jae’s suitcase along with him, the Korean male ended up following Alex through the airport. His question caused him to pause for a moment, he naturally wanted to answer 23 as that was his age in Korea but here age worked differently, after a bit of deliberating he went to answer “21?” he spoke though it sounded more like a question than it did a definitive answer.
As if on cue as Alex spoke about food Jae felt his stomach rumble, well if he hadn’t been hungry before he certainly was now “The airplane food was...very bad” Jae spoke with a lot of pauses in his sentences as he put together what he wanted to say in his mind but he hoped he was making sense. Now they had made it outside to the car, Jae guessed he would take Alex’s offer. His question made Jae laugh as he pulled along the other suitcase which wasn’t broken “No” he answered honestly realizing this was going to be so much harder than he had pictured “But I am here now so I should at least try” he smiled at Alex glad he was here to help for now at least. “What food is good in America?” he asked as he moved towards the back of the car ready to load his suitcase inside. It wasn’t like him to trust a stranger but there was a first time for everything right?
Jae laughed, well that was one way to describe it, really he found people in his home country to be very polite to the point where everything was formal whereas Americans tended to treat one another more like old friends unless it was in a business setting “Or maybe they are just less good at keeping their mouth shut” he shrugged a little, it wasn’t like most people didn’t get frustrated by the little things other people did, they just were too polite to say anything to the other person. Though the male who had kicked his suitcase across the airport was more just a royal jerk.
Jae’s widened a little too excited in response to Alex confirming where he was from “You’re English?” he asked with a bright smile “I’ve always wanted to go to London” he admitted, his tone of voice shifting softly to speak his words properly the way that Alex seemed to speak. Jae nodded as he thought about the amount of times his name had been pronounced already and he’d only been here less than a day “I’ll get used to it” he admitted “At least my name is short” he chuckled as he watched the puzzled expression cross the other male’s face, he bit his bottom lip before speaking “In Korea when you are born you are aged 1” he explained “And you age when the new year hits” it was confusing for people in other countries he knew that for sure “Sometimes I forget that I’m younger in other countries”.
Jae moved around the car and climbed into the passenger seat next to the other male. He grabbed his seatbelt clicking it in place before taking his phone out of his pocket and setting it in his lap. Every so often as they drove Jae turned his eyes on the elder male, watching him curiously, there was something strange about the way he looked, like he was human but also not at the same time, he thought he could see purple in the other male’s eyes in certain lights. “I always heard my friend talk about how much he liked the food here when he came on a trip” he smiled “Now I finally get to try it” he rubbed his hands together a little more excited than most would be about dinner “Do you have a favorite?” he asked with raised brows “I really like steak, especially when it’s barbequed” Korean food was mostly meat grilled and seasoned in different ways.
“There are some” he answered with a tilt of his head “There was a Burger King in Seoul I went to once” for the most part he ate his meals at home though, he was never really the kind of person who went out to a lot of restaurants Upon the other male’s offer he pondered over it for a few moments “Well I don’t think my English is bad” he teased “Otherwise they may have made a mistake in giving me a place at university” Jae chuckled “But it would be nice to have someone to talk to and practice my speaking with” he nodded, speaking was still the one place he fell short, trying to translate what he wanted to say on the fly made it hard to take in what the other person was saying.
The dhampir leaned his head against the window as he looked out, the cars flying by and building after building coming in and then fading out of view “At least the city looks the same” he commented wistfully glad that not everything felt new to him..