Appreciate What You Have Before it Becomes What You Had!

Appreciate What You Have Before it Becomes What You Had!

That moment when everything becomes clear.
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Rebecca's Point of View:

We don't know where we're going, because they blindfolded us to ensure that we don't know the location so we can't call for help. For the whole ride I held his hand to comfort him in his time of need. I kept telling him that we were going to get through this and everything was going to be okay. But, I honestly had no idea, of what was going to happen to us. I don't know how his wound is holding up because I can't see. I have a feeling that he's not going to make it. When I thought of that, for some reason I started to cry. A few moments later, Mr. Brooks moved closer to me and embraced me. We stayed like that for the rest of the ride.

I knew we got there when the van stopped and when Mr. Brooks let go of me. The back doors opened and some of the gang members pulled us out and lead us somewhere. For what felt like hours of walking, we finally reach the destination. They push us into a room, push us down onto the floor, tie or hands and feet together, and remove our blindfolds. The gang leader says, "This is where you'll stay until I figure out what I want to do with you two." Then all of them leave and slams the door behind them.

As I look towards Mr. Brooks, I notice he's on the other side of the room. I see that his tourniquet has bled through, and it's only a matter of time until he bleeds out without any medical attention. I need to know why he took the bullet for me even though I rejected him. So I ask, "Mr. Brooks, why did you take the bullet for me?"

"Because I didn't want to see you get hurt."

"But what about all those times I denied you?"

"That doesn't matter. I'd take a bullet for you any day." It looks like Mr. Brooks is about to say something, but I cut him off by saying, "Going through all of this, I finally realized that I loved you from the beginning. I just didn't want to get hurt and it seemed like you and Clair were involved. I didn't want to get between you too, so I tried to ignore the feelings I had for you. I didn't want to lead you on, but this experience made me realize that it doesn't matter."

"I never thought I would hear those words from you. There was never anything going on between Clair and I. She has deep for me, but I don't have them for her. The only one in my life that I love is you. And I don't know what I would do without you in my life. Since the day you started working, I knew you were the one for me. But when Liam came into the picture and you chose him over me, I was heartbroken. I didn't know what he had that I didn't. But I knew I had to make sure I distanced my self because your happiness is the only thing that I wanted, and still want."

Mr. Brooks Point of View:

I can't believe that she said she loves me. I would feel very happy if I wasn't about to die. I really want to kiss her, but we're a little tied up at the moment. She's everything to me and I don't know what I would do if I were to ever loose her, that's why I had to take the bullet. She's my everything, and I love her and always will. All of a sudden, I hear arguing outside and they say, "We have to clean his wound, because we were ordered not to shoot him."

"But Justin, but they know about us, so we can't let either of them live."

"We were ordered to keep him alive, so you're going to help me clean his wounds!" After that is said, both gang members enter the room. The leader also known as Justin, says, "We need to keep you alive, so we're going to change your bandages. As for her, we're going to keep her alive, until we figure out what to do."

Justin's Point of View:

This has just turned into a mess. The one that we wanted to keep alive is dying, and the one we wanted to kill is perfectly fine! I can't believe I signed up for this, I better get paid a lot for this. I need to figure out a way to dispose of her but also to make sure no one finds out. If we want to get paid that's what needs to happen but I'm not sure if that's my main worry anymore.


Cover Image Credit: Reasons why they kidnap in Nigeria

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

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10 Of The Best On-Campus Date Ideas For Broke UK Couples

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Planning a good date on campus can be difficult when you and your S.O. are both low on funds. You want to do something fun, but everything on your mind is out of walking distance or costs more than the $3 you found in your jeans pocket. You don't have to stress any longer. There are plenty of sweet spots on campus, perfect for bringing a bit of fun and romance to your day. Here are my 10 favorite campus dates.

1. ​​Picnic outside of Willy T​​

picnic outside Willy T

Spring is fast approaching, and there is no better way to enjoy the warmer weather than a picnic in the quad outside the library. Grab a basket of your favorite foods and snacks, a couple of blankets, and your sweetheart, and get ready for a good time. My favorite picnic snacks are sandwiches, cheez-its, chocolate-covered strawberries, and probably everything else in my mini-fridge.

2. The Johnson Center

Johnson Center rock wall

Couples that sweat together, stay together! Maybe that's not a fact, but the gym on campus can be a great place to spend some time with your boo while being healthy. You can use machines side by side, spot each other, or (my favorite) rock climb together! After a date at the gym, all of the endorphins your body released will put both of you in the best mood ever. Feel free to take a post-date nap together too (if you're not too sweaty, of course).

3. Hammock, anywhere!

couple hammock

The campus is full of trees, which are perfect for hanging your hammock and cuddling up with your favorite person! A hammock is a perfect place for napping, reading, daydreaming, and even having deep conversations. If you or your S.O. are lucky enough to have a hammock, find some trees, grab a blanket, and get relaxed and romantic.

4. Your dorm

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Believe it or not, your dorm can be the perfect spot for a cute date. The options are endless! One of my favorite things to do is to build a sick fort, watch some Netflix, and cuddle. It may sound childish, but it's a great time, and the building process may even start a pillow fight. Other things you can do in your dorm are the classic binging Netflix, ordering in, having a spa night (face masks FTW!), or anything really! Don't be afraid to get childish, and just have fun.

5. Gatton Student Center

Gatton Student Center

There are always plenty of fun activities going on in the Gatton Student Center. Whether it be live music or "The Office" trivia, you're guaranteed to have fun! You and your favorite guy or gal can do anything, from trying stand-up comedy, to watching a movie or just chilling on the Social Staircase.

6. Bike around campus

bike around campus

UK's campus is so beautiful, especially in the spring, and the best way to take it all in is by a scenic bike ride with your honey. Find your favorite route and ride by the prettiest places on campus. While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, one of the prettiest spots is in front of the main building. You can even combine some dates and add a stop for hammocking or a picnic during the bike ride. The possibilities are endless!

7. Starbucks

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Every college student I know is constantly starved for coffee. Starbucks can be a great place for getting your caffeine fix, having a meaningful conversation, and even getting some studying in, all at the same time. Make silly faces at your S.O. with a whipped cream mustache and make a café latte toast to life. If you find yourself at the Starbucks in the student center, go UK merch shopping too! Maybe you can even get your date to buy your coffee (wouldn't that be nice).

8. Do something for charity

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Charity work can be so much fun and it's good for the soul, too. Do something good for your community and make it into a date! There are plenty of things you can do, from decorating cakes for Sweet Blessings or giving blood at a UK blood drive. You can find volunteer work on your own, or you and your S.O. can join a service organization like Alpha Phi Omega (APO).

9. Stargaze

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If you live right outside of a big city, I'm sure you can understand how hard it is to see actual stars in the night sky. When I came to UK, I was so excited to see real constellations in the sky. As a hopeless romantic, my immediate thought was to plan a date under the beautiful Lexington sky. This is one of the easiest dates out there because all you need is a blanket, a nice spot outside, and someone to share some beautiful moments with.

10.  The Arboretum

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The Arboretum is a beautiful place, and it can create a very romantic setting for a date. You can relax in the grass and take in the beautiful surroundings or opt for a more high energy date with a walk, run, or bike ride. Either way, the Arboretum is full of gorgeous trees and flowers guaranteed to have you in awe (but the best part is all of the dogs that people bring, IMO).

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