The Kauffman Legacy: Generation 1, Chapter 1: A New Life
"This is it," the taxi driver tells me, pulling up in front of the apartment which will soon be my home. "You're on floor 12. First door on the left."
I smile, thank him and hand him the money. He nods and drives off without another word. I stare up for a moment, looking up at the building towering above me. "Wow." I mutter under my breath, and step through the door and into the lobby. It's completely empty and completely quiet. I walk softly over to the elevator, and push the "up" button. The elevator lights up, the door opens and I step into an elevator for the first time in my life.
I nervously hit the button that says "12" and feel the elevator going up, finally stopping jerkily with another "ding!" I take my key slowly out of my pocket and step out of the elevator. The first door on the left is easy to find - it's the only door on the left. I push my key into the lock and turn it. The door opens.
The first thing I notice when I step into my apartment is there is a lot of green. That isn't bad, I like the color green. Being exhausted, I go straight to the sofa and pass out.
I am awoken by another "ding." Someone else using the elevator? I think sleepily and sit up, rubbing my eyes. "Hey, this is Matthew Hamming, I'm here to welcome you to the area. Will you buzz me in?" Sure. I walk over to the door looking for some kind of "buzz button". Fortunately it's not that hard to find, and soon there is a man standing at my door.
"Er...yeah, come in." I mumble, standing back from the door to let him in. "You're Matthew, I guess?"
"That's right." he says, going past me to stand in the living room. I follow, shutting the door behind me. Suddenly something in my mind clicks. The Matthew Hamming? The one from the Romantic Rendezvous channel? I ask myself. I walk over to where he is standing, biting my lip. "So..." I say, in my mumbley voice again. Way to go Ida. I grumble to myself. He's going to think you're a complete idiot...
"What do you like to do?" Matthew says suddenly, bringing me back to earth.
"I can write." I say immediately, glad to be talking about something I am good at. "I wrote a short kids book. It actually got published, which was a miracle." I stop talking, realizing I should have left the last bit off. I bite my lip again, not knowing why I am feeling so nervous. He's probably not the same as the guy on tv. He just shares the same name as him or something. I think, trying to convince myself that this is some random guy who is probably my neighbor.
It isn't working.
Matthew gives me a look. "What was it called?" he prompts, giving me a smile that seems genuine.
"Erm, The Ladybug who Lost its Way." I say, knowing the title might seem kind of stupid. But hey, it got published...
He sounds intrigued, something I'm not planing for. "Yeah, it was about a ladybug, who tried to run away from home but got lost in a garden. She managed to find her way back home with the help of her ladybug friend, and her mother was waiting for her at home with dinner and a hug." I realize if I put it this way, it sounds a bit dumb. But Matthew doesn't even look bored, which I find weird. Harry said that he nearly fell asleep when he was reading it. Typical Harry.
"Sounds interesting. I have to go though, I have a filming at eight. See you around then. Do you mind if I stop by tomorrow?"
I'm kind of stunned.
"Er, sure. No problem." I say, and Matthew waves and out the door, closing it behind him. Filming? I think slowly, realizing that this probably is the same guy as on tv. Just great. Why did he have to welcome me to the area, of all people?
First, I hope I've gotten better at screenshots. I'm also using poses for the first time, which is making this a lot easier. I'm not sure if my screenshots went with my writing very well, but whatever. I'll get better at this eventually. I also (hope) my writing got better. Also, I'm really sorry about the huge images. I couldn't figure out how to resize them. And that's it for now.
EDIT: Oh and most of my names are EA generated, which is why they are bad ._. The only name here that I actually came up with was Ida. (But this is good, because usually my names are even worse than EA's :P)
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