IN CASE YOU ARE WONDERING:
So I worked for Trinity's Admissions Office for many, many moons and know that it is indeed possible to get into a college at such short notice. Especially if you are as smart as we have made young JPad. Of course, it is dependent on how many students decide not to accept admission that year, but we're pretending for the sake of everything that it all worked out nicely for Jared. So, tra la la *hand waves*.
The websites that Jared visits are all actual websites. I really did type "gay" into google and hit "I'm feeling lucky". The first incarnation of the story actually had the links in the text of the story, but I've heard from multiple people that that is a horrible idea, so you were not plagued with it. Of the sites, I am still continually fascinated by the ejaculating cock (obviously NSFW). Go figure.
We, like a lot of people, I would imagine, were not entirely finished with our story come rough draft time. But it was 81 pages and 32k, so we were confident it would be done on time. (SEE HOW IT ALMOST DOUBLED IN SIZE? YEAH.) Anyhoodle, the original ending was this and came shortly after Jared and Ernesto arrived at the Bonham (because that was their date, originally, instead of their meeting place). Honestly, we're a little astonished that our artist and the Big Bang mods didn't look at this and go OMG WHAT IS THIS SHIT. -- I'm feeling the need to mention, since there has been some confusion, that this was never our REAL ENDING. It was just a place holder, since we hadn't finished yet. Kelly and I are not nearly quite so lame as this, but we do like to amuse ourselves.
On a slightly cold and slightly rainy day in February, I made random excuses to my mother when visiting San Antonio and strolled around the campus taking these pictures so that Kelly would know what in the world she was dealing with. There's a lot of red brick (DUDE, Trinity has its own brick color, named by the brick manufacturer we order from. It's called Trinity Red. Tour guide? Why yes I was.) and a lot of twisty oaks and a lot of gorgeousness contained herein.
Also the Liberty Bar! Totally a real place!
I have eaten there on several occasions, and only once been scared for my life. They have a delicious cheese plate.
And here, the tiny sidewalks and nasty water of the River Walk:
It's not at full effect because it is not choked with tourists, but suffice to say it happens, and people have fallen in. (Thankfully, not this person.)
Brief note from Kelly: Jared's high school, in Virginia Beach, is called Cox. NO, REALLY.
Since I'm sure you've all been wondering why in the freaking world this story is called Mildred, WELL. We can clear that up for you!
Merrin: don't hate our fic babyyyyy
Merrin: i'm naming it mildred
Kelly: and that is really enough of that!
Kelly: okay that is fic break up material
Kelly: sorry friend
Kelly: i like you, but i can't keep a baby named mildred
Merrin: you don't want to call it a baby?
Merrin: or you want to name it something else?
Kelly: hahah i am joking
Kelly: MILDRED IS FINE
Merrin: OKAY GOOD
Merrin: you got to name the last bb, i get to name this one :D
Kelly: yeah that should really just carry through
Kelly: all the way to the end
Kelly: a college au.
Merrin: omg, THAT'S THE TITLE
Kelly: I THINK IT KIND OF MIGHT BE
Merrin: MILDRED: A COLLEGE AU
And it was so!
Also for visual reference, here is the picture Ted printed out and taped above Jared's bed:
That's all I can think to tell you about it. We hope you enjoyed the story. :)