The following fall, we find Oasis enrolled at the University of Southeastern Louisiana. Which is in the heart of Hammond, Louisiana. Louisiana of course, is best known by the wild and crazy city of New Orleans. Home of Bourbon Street, the New Orleans Saints, (an American football team) and the amazing, delicious food. Hammond is approximately sixty miles (95 km) from New Orleans and 46 miles (74km) from the states’ capital, Baton Rouge.
Hammond is a beautiful, quaint little town. It’s beauty however, is in no way compared to its wonderful residents that reside in the small town. Some of the most cheerful, God fearing people you will ever meet. The people of Hammond has this way of making a person feel at home with their cook-outs and festivals. They have no problems greeting you with a smile on their face and embracing you in a giant bear hug.
On Oasis first day of class, he enters a class room that looks more like an auditorium. He looks upon his classmates and thinks to himself, this is a bad idea. There are over fifty people in this classroom. Shaking his head, he sits down at the first available seat. Moments later another man bursts into the room, comes right to Oasis and asks, “is this the Study of Genetics class?” Oasis then gives the guy a nod of yes.
When the guy sits down next to Oasis, he holds out his hand for Oasis to shake and then states his name, “hi, I’m Brad.” Oasis grabbed Brad’s hand, shook it and said, “I’m Oasis.” Confused, by the name he was given, Brad asked him to repeat his name. Oasis looked up at Brad again and said, “Oasis.” With a smile upon his face, Brad told him, “well that’s a strange name. What exactly are you a relief from?”
“Pardon,” said Oasis.
Brad then sat in the desk next to Oasis and said, “something serving as a refuge, relief or pleasant change from what is usual.” Oasis then turned to face Brad. As he did so, he told brad, “yes, I am aware of what the definition of Oasis is. However, I still don’t understand what you are asking; for, wouldn’t we all be an oasis for our parents by that definition?” Brad then chuckles and said, “yeah, I guess we would be.
Brad then expressed how nice it was meet him. Oasis responded in kind and told him it was nice to meet him as well. Then they both turned to the front of the class and waited for the professor to begin class. By time the professor came in, the class was at its full capacity. She made a terrible joke and then proceeded to educate them on genetics.
After his genetics class, Oasis walked to his basic English class. Then after his English class, he went to basic math class. After his Math class, he had a two-hour break. On his break, Oasis took that opportunity to visit the Library. When Oasis walked into the Library, he immediately fell in love with the millions of books he has never read.
Oasis’s first inclination was to run and read every single book. Although, he knew he did not have time for that. He knew he had his Physiology class in two hours. Therefore, he quickly went to the librarian and asked where he can find all the books about gene mutation. She politely directed him in the right direction and Oasis was off to find them.
After collecting all the books, he deemed worthy to read, he proceeded to his Physiology class. After his Physiology class, he went to apply for a research assistants job in the Science Lab. When he arrived at the lab, Brad was coming up the hall. Oasis did not notice him, so Brad shouted from the top of his lungs, “yo bro, whatcha know?”
Oasis startled by Brads shouting, stopped in his tracks and turned to face Brad. When he turned toward Brad, he raised his left hand to his ear and inserted a finger. He then rubbed his ear vigorously. After a moment of this, he then says to Brad, “well for starters, I am not deaf.” Brad, who turned a bit red in the face, looked at Oasis and said, “sorry, I thought you didn’t see me.”
Taking the finger out his ear and dropping his arm to his side, he looks at Oasis and tells him, “so exactly why would screaming help me to see you?” Brad then said to him, “to get your attention of course. So, where are you going?” Oasis then looked at the door he was standing in front of and said to Brad, “to apply for this Lab Assistant’s job.” Brad then shook his head and said, “oh okay, well good luck man.”
Putting his hand on the doorknob, Oasis turned to Brad and said, “thank you.” With a wave goodbye, Oasis walks through the door and enters the lab. When was in the lab, he was immediately greeted by a woman. This woman stood about 5’3 with straight black hair. She wasn’t real skinny like those model types. She had a body like a Goddess. She had a smooth, tanned complexion, with juicy full lips and the greenest eyes.
As Oasis walked up to this woman who was wearing a white lab coat over a tan colored skirt and pink blouse, he presented his hand in greetings. She then shook his hand and said, “hello, may I help you?” Oasis then replied with, “I hope so, I was looking to apply for the Lab Assistance job.” She than asked, “what is you Major?” He then answered with, “Biological Science.”
Looking at Oasis wearing stone-washed black jeans and a green tee shirt, she said, “have you ever worked in a lab before?” Oasis then looked down at her feet and saw she was wearing pink one-inch hills. He then raised his head back up and looked her in her bright green-greyish eyes and said to her, ‘no, but I am real eager to learn.” Then he gave a huge smile.
The woman then gave a sigh and said to Oasis, “alright, I will talk to the Professor on your behalf. However, I can’t promise you anything. My name is Sarah. What is your name? “My name is Oasis, answered Oasis. Squinting her eyes and tilting her head slightly to the left she asked, “I’m sorry, is that supposed to be a pick-up line or something?”
Oasis then laughed and told her, “no, that’s my name. Oasis. A bit embarrassed she looks at him and says, “oh, sorry.” Smiling at Sarah, Oasis tells her that it was no big deal. Oasis then turned and walked to the door. He then opened the door and exited the room.
The following week, Oasis was fully immersed as a student at the University of Southeastern Louisiana. He was enjoying every aspect of his collegiate career. He felt he was learning so much in his classes. Not to mention his extra-curricular activities in the library. He was spending so much time there, he decided to also get a job there. Oasis spent approximately seventeen hours a day at school.
Four months have passed since Oasis has been in school. His knowledge has increased quite copiously. His relationships with Dr. Brandon, (whom he only sees on Saturdays now) and Dr. Washington has dwindled in his pursuit for knowledge. However, he has made a few connections at the University. Oasis has new found friends in Brad Jennings and Sarah Nichols.
Of course, Sarah is more of a work associate. The two don’t hang out too much outside of the lab. And when Oasis is in the lab, he doesn’t really like to be disturbed, but he always made exceptions for her. Oasis found her knowledge of all materials fascinating and wanted to learn as much as he could from her. He admired Sarah immensely.
It was the week of the Southeastern University Lions’ Homecoming and the University was in an uproar. Everywhere Oasis heard conversation about who was taking whom to the dance. What color dress will they be wearing. What color suit they are going to wear. All the chaos drove Oasis a little bonkers. He kept questioning what happened to everyone’s thirst for knowledge.
Oasis was in the library on break reading his Physics text book when he heard loud talking coming from behind one of the book shelves beside him. When he turned to look and see who was making the noise, he saw Sarah emerging from behind the bookshelf accompanied by a rather large fellow. What he heard was her telling this large fellow that she was not interested. Evidently, this large fellow, who looked as if he was six feet two with muscles that rivals those of Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, was not taking no for an answer.
The large fellow just kept pestering Sarah and would not just take no for an answer. When Sarah kept denying his advances the guy got a little bit aggravated and grabbed her arm. When he grabbed her arm, he swung her around to where Sarah was looking directly at him. He the then looked her in the eye and said, “c’mon, you know you wanna go with me, right?”
Sarah freeing her arm away from the guy, looks him in his eye and said with a strong voice, “actually, no, I don’t.” The guy’s face then contorted to anger and begged by saying, “c’mon baby, I know you want to.” Sarah who was trying to get her arms free from the guy cried out, “can you please just leave me alone?” Oasis, who was getting a little annoyed by what was transpiring in front of him, gave a soft cough. After getting their attention with the soft cough, he raised one finger to his mouth giving them the be quiet gesture.
When Sarah saw that it was Oasis, she turned to the large fellow and said to him, “I already have plans for that night.” The large fellow responded with a confused look upon his face and asked her, “doing what?” She looked at him and told him, “I already have a date.” Squeezing her arms tighter, he asks her, “with who? Before Sarah can reply, Oasis interjected and said, “I believe you mean, with whom.”
The large fellow then turned to Oasis, after Oasis corrected his grammar and said to Oasis, “what?” Oasis then suggested, “If you wish to say that sentence correctly, the proper way to said it is as follows, “with whom?” Taking one hand off Sarah, he turns and points a finger at Oasis and yells, “no one asked you, you freak!” Sarah in anger then interrupts and said, “hey, don’t call him that,” With shock in his muscled facial features, he looks at Sarah and then back at Oasis and says, “what, this guy? Are you serious?”
Sarah freeing her other arm by yanking it away from the guy holding her tells him, “yes. Isn’t that right Oasis?” Sarah then turned to see Oasis with a quizzical look upon on his face. Oasis then seeing her looking toward him, he pipes up,” I’m sorry, I lost you both in translation. Is what right?” She then walked over to the other side of the table and stood right beside Oasis.
She then looks back at the large guy and then back at Oasis. When she looked back at Oasis, she bends down and kisses Oasis on the lips. She then says to Oasis, “hey baby, about homecoming, can we stop and at the Cocoa Bean for a slice of wedding cake before going to the dance?” Oasis, who was still shocked by the kiss that transpired, shook his head and cleared his throat. He then looked at Sarah and asked, “cake, homecoming?”
She then looked at the other guy and the looked back at Oasis and said, “yes, did you forget honey?” Oasis then closes his Physics book and says, “I’m afraid I have no idea what you’re talking about. Therefore, if you two don’t mind, can you two please continue your conversation outside? People are trying to study here.” Oasis then stacked the books in front of him to the left side of the table.
Sarah then turned to Oasis with a horrified help me look upon her face. She was pointing suggestively at the big guy standing on the other side of the table. Oasis finally comprehending what is transpiring in front of him, cleared his throat and stood up from his chair. He then looks at Sarah and tells her, “I think I know what is going on here now. He then walks from behind the table.
Oasis then walks up to the guy and says, “sir, it seems as if this young lady doesn’t wish to be propositioned by you. It would also appear that you are unaware of her dislike for you. Therefore, she has tried to get me to agree that she and I are to go on a date. In the hope, that you would leave her alone. However, I am not a person that deceives or lie. Therefore, I am asking you to be a gentleman and respect the wishes of this lady not to go out with you.”
The guy then walks up to Oasis and leans over to look Oasis in his eyes and says, “or what?” Oasis who did not backdown as he replied, “I’m sorry?” The guy then repeated, “or what? He then said, “if I don’t leave her alone, what are you gonna do about it?” Oasis then answered, “well you would leave me no choice but to call campus security.”
The guy then responded by saying, “and how exactly are you gonna do that with my foot in your mouth?” Oasis stood tall and said, “Sir, are you threatening me?” Sarah was getting nervous as she witnessed this conversation was unfolding before her very eyes. To try and defuse the situation, she ran to the other side of the table and stood between the two of them. She stood there between the two of them with her arms extended in a spread-eagle formation with one hand on Oasis and the other on the big guy.
She then began pleading to the both, “now come on guys, let’s all remain calm please?”
Oasis did not budge or back down. Sarah however, could not keep the big guy at bay. He kept swatting her hand away from his chest as he tried getting closer to Oasis. Oasis who was getting tired of the big guy’s persistence, asked him to leave the premises. The big guy stared at Oasis with malice in his eyes as he responded with a simple, “no!” Oasis then said, “Well then, you leave me no choice. I am calling campus security.”
Everything happened extremely fast. He grabbed the table beside him and flipped it over. He then pushed Sarah to the side as he stepped toward Oasis. He then grabbed Oasis by the throat and lifted him in the air. Sarah grabbed the big guy’s arm, desperately trying to pry at least one hand from Oasis throat with no success.
Oasis, who was gasping for air, started drifting in and out of consciousness. Then the chair next to them starting rattling on the floor. Books started falling off the shelves. The chandeliers started shaking quite vigorously. The windows of the library began to rattle. Then the whole building began to shake. With confusion in the big guys eyes, he dropped Oasis and ran under the table while screaming, “earthquake!”
Oasis was now on his hand and knees was breathing quite heavily. After a few seconds go by, he gathered himself, rose to his feet and bolted out of the library. Once Oasis was out of the library, the building stop shaking. Sarah who was lying on the floor in the fetal position, peeked to see that everything had stopped shaking. She ascended to her feet and proceeded to the window. As she peered out the window she saw Oasis running across the court yard.
Roughly thirty minutes later, an out of breath Oasis burst through the front door of his home. Closing the door behind him, he plopped his back to the door, closing his eyes he took deep breaths. He then raised his head to see Dr. Washington standing in the foyer with a glass of water in his hand, witnessing all that was transpiring. After a few moments of staring at each other, Oasis with a smile and Dr. Washington peering out from the top of his glasses, Dr. Washington asked if everything was alright. “Yeah sure, and why are you just standing there? Do you always just stand in the middle of a room drinking water,” was Oasis reply.
Dr. Washington, who for some reason was finding this to be very amusing, stood there for a second and then took a sip of water. When he finished, he then responded with a sarcastic, “ah, good water. And to answer your question Ace, yes, I love standing in the middle of a room drinking water. Now, would you like to tell me what’s going on?” Oasis, who was looking at the ground, raised his head to Dr. Washington and said, “what do you mean Doc?”
After taking another drink of water, he said, “well, you are acting like you just ran away from the po-pos or something.” Oasis then chuckles sarcastically and says, “don’t be ridiculous, That’s just, well, just absurd.” With a big yawn, Oasis got up of the floor and walked toward his room. Dr. Washington then asked him if he was sure that he was alright. Oasis told him that he was sure and then he continued walking to his room.
The following day Oasis was walking from his car to the campus library when Brad came running up to him. “Man, I can’t believe you got into it with Martin yesterday,” Brad exclaimed. Stopping in his tracks, Oasis looked at Brad and asked, “who?” “Martin, the guy who nearly strangled the life out of you,” Brad divulged. Oasis shrugged and said, “oh him.” Brad then tells him, “thank goodness for that earthquake huh, otherwise I would be having this convo with your corpse.”
Turning his head, Oasis notices Sarah coming up behind them. With a half-hearted smile, he waved hello to her. “Hi. Are you okay Oasis? How is your neck,” she sung as she approached? “I’m feeling much better, thanks for asking,” he answered. She then looked back and forth between Brad and Oasis and said, “where did that earthquake come from? We aren’t even on any fault lines.” Taken back a bit by the sudden inquisition, Oasis shrugged and told them both, “well, I need to get going or I’m going to be late.” And with a wave of his hand, he turned and walked away.
Looking at Oasis walk away, Brad turned to Sarah confused and asked, “late for what? Classes doesn’t even start for another forty-five minutes.” With a big smile on her face, Sarah responded by saying, “he is a strange one, is he not?” They both stood there shaking their heads up and down and a yes manner. Brad then looks Sarah up and down and say, “how you doin?” Sarah then rolls her eyes, shakes her head and turns away. Brad just watched her as she walked away.