Valley Voices

Masks Off

Masks Off / Callia Banks

When: 2020
Where: Microsoft teams chat
Mr. Smith: I am adding a new classmate to 3rd year mathematics
Adam S: Cool, what’s their name?
Kamron J: Hey, I’m Kamron Johnson
William K: Hi
Scarlett R: Hey 😉
Adam S: Sup. Welcome to our class.
Lily M: No offense, but do you know anything about mathematics 1st and 2nd year?
Kamron J: Yes, I do, I did the first 2 years at Cornell university

Lily&Kamron private chat:
K:What’s your problem with me?
L:I don’t have a problem with you. I just don’t like it when people join a 3rd year class as a new student. Especially when my friends and I busted our butts to get this far.
K:I get it, but I busted my butt too, just at a different school
L:I guess
L:So, what was Cornell like anyway
K:It was amazing, an irreplaceable experience.
L:If it was amazing then why are you attending Columbia?
K:I knew that that chapter in my life was over, and I needed a new experience.
L:What made you choose Columbia
K:I used to live around here, and a friend of mine attended and loved it.

Lily&Kamron talked all day long.
(Mainly because there was nothing better to do, it was covid)
They talked about lots of things.

K:Ok, truth or dare?
K:Hmmm…. Who’s your celebrity crush
L:Actually, Ryan Reynolds

They continued talking.

K:Why are you studying mathematics? Where are you headed?
L:Engineering, my whole family for generations have been engineers
K:And if your family wasn’t involved?
L:Journalism, I’ve always enjoyed writing and to have that career would be amazing.
K:So switch your major, become a journalist
L:No, engineering is good money anyways.
K:So, this is all about the money? Follow your dreams, have fun in your career, you’ll be stuck with it for the rest of your life. Money will figure itself out.
L:But I can’t switch majors
K:Why not?
L:Mostly money, and I’ve already worked so hard to get to this far, I can’t just restart
L:I’m tired, I’m going to bed. Goodnight.

And Lily fell asleep thinking “we’re going to be best friends.”
But Kamron fell asleep thinking “I’m going to marry that girl.”

A few months later.

L:We’re allowed to go back to school if we wear masks and follow lots of the Covid rules.
K:Oh really, I don’t think I’m going to go back until it’s mostly over and no more masks.
L:Ya, me too.

They continued to talk basically every day.
Until one day…

L:Did you hear?! Masks off! Starting in 2 weeks
K:I can’t wait to go back to school and finally meet you in person!

2 weeks later
Lily arrived at school and immediately started looking for Kamron, but she didn’t know what he looked like, so it was really hard.
Kamron also arrived at school and started looking for what he pictured Lily looking like.
Neither of them could find each other so they just went to class.
Lily walked in and she immediately saw Ryan Reynolds, she approached him and told him, “Hi Ryan! I’m Lily, and I’m a big fan!”
Ryan responded, “You’re Lily, I pictured you totally different”
“What?”, she said.
“I’m actually Kamron Johnson, I had to use that name for safety”
“And I want to be with you” *he kneeled down on one knee and pulled out a gorgeous diamond ring. “Lily Miller, will you make me the happiest man on earth and marry me?”
Lily was so surprised she definitely didn’t think she would get engaged today, and especially to Ryan Reynolds.
So she told him the only thing that she could think of, “I don’t know”
Ryan tried to convince her, “I love you and I think you love me too. We could get married, live happily ever after, and you could go to school for journalism. Whatever you want”
“Yes! I’ll marry you!”
*He puts the ring on her finger, and they kiss*
The next year Lily changed her major and went to school for journalism.
They got married 3 years later at a spring wedding in June.
They later had 3 kids.
And live happily ever after.


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