As the member of a rich family, Xavier was entitled to live in the fancy house at the edge of the campus.  His distant cousin, Patric, was also.  The other flatmate was Velaria Black who was there because her mother was a DeMarr.  Patric and Velaria hit it off immediately.

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He felt rather left out and wondered if he’d meet anyone at the student centre.  It seemed unlikely.  However, it wasn’t long before a new student moved in.

Her name was Ilse Mantell and Xavier was intrigued.  She was totally different to anyone he had imagined.

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Ilse, for her part, didn’t think much of the rich kids.  Velaria looked spoilt in her fur coat.

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She thought Patric was a bit of a wanker.

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Xavier didn’t rate.

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She thought they were all pathetic.  Someone had screwed up the accommodation application.  She didn’t belong.  So she kept to herself to begin with.

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Xavier tried to introduce himself and strike up a conversation.

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But she just didn’t seem interested in talking to him even after several attempts on his part.

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Finally, though, she thought he was better than the other two.

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At least he didn’t stare at her like Patric did.

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She knew they talked about her.

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“What do you think of the new kid?  She’s a bit of a weirdo.”  Xavier didn’t agree.

The next time he talked to Ilse, she let him and even responded.  Success!

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It was a conversation about food that broke the ice.  Velaria wanted to be a chef, but all she ever made was toasted sandwiches and, later, pancakes.  Xavier had noticed Ilse making spaghetti and commented.  They laughed about Velaria’s attempts.

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Finally, Xavier, plucked up the courage to kiss Ilse – on the hand,

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and the arm.

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She didn’t reject him and even hugged him.  Xavier felt some strange feelings.  This woman did something to him.

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Ilse made an attempt to join the others at dinner times when Xavier was at lectures.  At first it was awkward.

But then everyone relaxed and got talking.

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By now, Velaria and Patric realised that Xavier had a thing for Ilse.

Ilse even joined Xavier when he was sleeping, although nothing further happened.

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One day, Xavier’s ‘aunt’ (Xavier’s grandfather’s illegitimate child and also a student) dropped by.  She wondered about the dark Ilse who never spoke much, and seemed to ignore Cara.

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Ilse making her spaghetti instead of eating the abundant supply of toasted sandwiches.

Cara stayed for “dinner”.

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Ilse had already eaten her spaghetti.  Xavier joined the rest.

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He thought his aunt seemed immature,

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then reminded himself that she was the daughter of a prostitute.  What was she doing at university?

Finally alone, Xavier and Ilse spent some time in the spa pool.

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Ilse was becoming fond of him.  She even forgave his faux pas greeting…

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(Is this woman ever dressed, you’re thinking?)

They were falling in love.

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And then the big moment for Xavier.  He couldn’t imagine any life without her.

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To his delight, she accepted.

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No-one had ever shown her this much love.

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