Surprisingly, she hadn't had to wait long for her request to move into a dorm to be filled. It appeared that another student was leaving, and there was an opening for her to move in for the start of the new semester after winter break. She hadn't been told much about her new roommate - possibly new best friend!? - just that it might take a bit for her to warm up to the idea of change, which Dinah could understand. Not everyone had the same mindset as she did. Dinah was a creature of curiosity, always thirsty for new experiences and ready to embrace change. Felines were an adaptable species, after all.
Whomever her new roommate was, Dinah was more than ready to meet her and set them on the path to becoming fast friends. Stepping out of the van, the petite redhead stepped around to the back, where the volunteer movers from Haven Hill were talking to a boy who appeared to be a volunteer from the university. She skipped forward and greeted the young man with a cheery smile.
"Hello there! I'm Dinah Tenniel, moving into the dormitories today. Does that adorable little neon vest mean you'll be helping us?" The boy blushed.
"Uh, y-yes, I have your room assignment. Y-you'll be in room 323 with Riley Anderson." He dropped the keys into her hand.
Riley was a pretty name. The faculty had only mentioned her roommate's last name previously, referring to her as 'Miss Anderson'. Riley sounded much nicer. "Wonderful! Thank you... I didn't catch your name, dear." The boy grew ever more flustered and tried to mumble out what sounded like 'Mathew' but could have been 'Patrick'. She really wasn't sure, and just as she was about to ask for clarification, he shuffled off in a hurry to help the next arrival. With a sigh and a shrug, Dinah turned to her lovely helpers.
"Is it alright if I head up to the room first? I don't want to just barge in with all my things right away." They nodded, and she gave them both a grateful grin before marching her way up to the third floor of the residence building she'd been assigned. There were multiple residence buildings on this campus, as big as it was, but this one was conveniently closest to her course's classroom and studio buildings. Dainty feet stepped lightly up the staircase, excitement growing rapidly as her heart began to beat against her chest. It was terribly thrilling, meeting someone for the first time - especially when they would be your roommate for the foreseeable future, the person you'd spend the majority of your time with. She'd be lying if she said that, in amongst her excitement, there wasn't a slight twinge of nerves and fear. She simply chose to focus on the positive.
Coming to a stop in front of the door, Dinah readjusted her dress before she inserted the key into the lock. Breathe in. Turn, click. Breathe out.
With only the gentlest push, the door swung slowly open and Dinah poked her head into the room, taking a few steps in gingerly. Her gaze immediately fell upon the other body in the room, hunched over a book on the floor, eyes fixed in her direction. She took a few more steps in and offered a warm, friendly, excited grin. Tossing her satchel onto the empty bed on what she assumed would be her side of the room, Dinah closed the distance between her and Riley and reached out, grabbing her roommate's hands and pulling her up into an embrace. "You must be Riley! It's so lovely to finally meet you! I'm Dinah, your new roommate." Pulling, back, Dinah chuckled. "Of course, how else would I have a key." Taking a few steps back, she released a breath and gave Riley's arms a squeeze.
"You really are quite lovely you know," said the ginger with a wink and a chuckle, before moving to take a seat on her empty bed, emerald gaze surveying her new room. "Cozy, isn't it?"