After following each other with their eyes and some cautious flirting for three and a half weeks, Prentiss Willson finally learned that the name of his crush was Janice Rude. He was sure that he would never forget that name for the rest of his life and wanted her to learn his name as well.
By then, Rude had already learned his name, while reading the newspaper article about the way in which Willson had helped Grisgsby join his fraternity. The story and Willson’s groundbreaking behavior made Rude fall even harder for him. Her infatuation grew and grew until by Thanksgiving break it caused her to do something crazy. Not many women would have the courage to do what Rude decided to do…
Rude Inspired Willson
Although Willson was just a freshman, he was not having a hard time adjusting to college life. He was both a law student and the president of a fraternity, which was a much bigger workload than what your average freshman takes on. He was also keeping in shape by going running every morning.
He found the energy for these early morning runs by hoping to see Rude in the cafeteria later that morning. He usually headed there after his run for breakfast, and a nice morning chat with his crush. It’s hard to believe, but they had been going on like this for weeks and neither even knew the other’s first name. However, when they did learn them, things took a drastic turn!
Willson Didn’t Think He Had a Chance with a Sophomore
Even though he was a freshman, Willson was already a bit of a “Big Man” on campus. However, that did not make him overly confident in his ability to get the girl. Truthfully, he didn’t believe he had any chance with Rude.
He looked back on that time and said, “I actually didn’t think I had a chance with her. She was a year ahead of me and just so beautiful.” He had no idea that his crush was also starting to have feelings for him. The time they spent together each morning, even though it was only a few minutes, was making Rude fall in love with Willson.
The Thanksgiving Dinner No Show
The Thanksgiving break is usually the first time off the students get each year. At Occidental College, there was a traditional pre-Thanksgiving dinner for the students as a way for them to mingle and get to know each other better before heading home for the break.
In her Sophomore year, Janice Rude was especially excited about this campus get together. She was hoping that the dinner would give her a chance to get to know Prentiss Wilson a little better. She went to the cafeteria for her dinner shift but was in for a severe disappointment when Prentiss Willson didn’t show up.
She Decided to Track Him Down
Janice was extremely upset by Prentiss’s absence. She was worried that something had happened to him and decided that she had to find out where he was. Fortunately, she met one of his friends who told her that he had left the campus early to go home and spend time with his family.
At this point, Rude felt that she just had to see him. She went to a lot of trouble and found out where Willson lived but wasn’t sure what to do once she had his address. Should she try and meet him at his house, or should she just wait until after the break to talk to him?