I arrived in the town on the Saturday before orientation and discovered I had 2 days to spare before the university would open.
My parents had told me to arrive early to get my bearings but the security agent at the gate was adamant that no students would be allowed in before Monday.
I noticed that the college was fenced up from the town.
It was in a forest away from the center of the town, with a large fence surrounding it.
Unsure what to do, I clenched Melody’s postcard and walked downtown until I found the street of the pension she was living in until school started.
It was an old house from the start of the century, but it was big compared to today’s standards.
The owner, Mrs Porter, was a widowed women who rented her multiple empty rooms to students who stayed for the summer. Melody wasn’t in, but she offered me tea and cookie to help me wait in her loving room.
It took hours! A guy finally came in and presented himself a William. He explained he was a second year law student and inquired on my residence. “Clairevue”, I replied. He smiled with a wide grin: “Nice, can’t wait to see you when class will start!”
He then left to go downstairs to his room.
Melody arrived late, exhausted. So exhausted she didn’t see me until I say hello.
“What the fuck are you doing here, Nancy?”
“Well, hello to you too! I only got accepted as St-David, all of the others rejected me”
“Let me guess, Clairevue?”
“Yeah?”, I said, hesitantly.
“Oh my God Nancy, you can be so STUPID sometimes. Let me guess, they offered you almost a full scholarship after seeing your pictures?”
I was confused.
“Yeah, what’s the matter?”
“It’s an old retarded college Nancy. They still believe in witches and segregation. There isn’t a single African-American person on campus, not even in any of the staff”
“I thought it was illegal to discriminate?”, I replied
“Yeah, but they still do it, using dirty tactics. And Clairevue is the worst”
“It is? Which one are you in then?”
“Well, Clairevue, but that’s not the point. I chose it. You didn’t”
“What so wrong with it?”
“It’s a CMNF college, but only it’s only mandatory for the girls in Clairevue and in exchange, the girls get free tuition. It’s the old witches residence.”
“Wait, what’s CMNF?”, I asked, still confused.
“Clothed Male, Naked Females. The girls from Clairevue, like you and I, have to be naked at all times for the whole school year. The others can choose but there are moments where nudity is mandatory for all female students”
I dropped on the coach.
“I will have to naked all year long?”
“Yeap. Well, you don’t have to. You can take a bus back home”
“Wait, wait, wait.. you said you requested it?”
“Yeah. I specifically asked for it”, she said, half shy half angry.
“Because of the free tuition?”, I said, all confused.
“No”, she said, looking at her feet.
“Because of the enforced nudity?”
She didn’t say anything, she just nodded.
“But why?”, I asked, still confused.
“So sue me. I love being nude in front of clothed guys, and if I can get free education for it, so be it. I don’t know why, I can’t explain it. I just do. You could say it’s kind of my fetish or something. When I was searching old newspaper articles on this, I found this college and I decided this is where I wanted to go”
“But, your parents?”
“They don’t know anything, so let’s keep it like that, ok?”
“So, if I stay in school..”, I started.
“You won’t be allowed to wear any clothes for the whole school year. You won’t be able to leave the school ground. You’ll eat in the cafeteria nude, you’ll go to classes nude, you’ll sleep nude, you’ll visit your teacher’s office nude. Oh, and a few of our female college teachers are former alumni and are nude too and live on campus too, just in case you weren’t finding this weird enough”
“So how many girls?”
“I haven’t been yet, but William tells me that Clairevue is the biggest female dormitory. He thinks about half of the girls are in Clairevue, and about a quarter of the other girls are usually nude in class. He says on average, it 65% of the girls who are nude in class, and usually more in the evening and weekends. Langley, for example, is a dormitory where the girls are banned from wearing clothes between the 30 minutes after end of class and 30 minutes before the start of class. Some are still nude during class, but they don’t have to be. They just choose Langley to have a little more freedom than Clarevue. The girls in Jackson on the other hand, are banned from being nude in public, but there is only space for 7 girls. On the other hand, they can only wear white. Pure white, and they have to remain virgins the whole time they are here.”
I was still sitting. My head was spinning. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me.
“I will teach swimming lessons”
“Well, these will be CMNF swimming lessons. Your female students will be nude, your male student will have a bathing suit.”
I couldn’t believe my bad luck. Did I want to really run away? Was this too much for me?
Could I survive this year? What about two?
“But I’ve never been nude in public!”, I said.
“Oh, I can help you with that.”
“How?”, I asked, confused.
“I work at a nudist resort on the other side of town. I clean their rooms. You could come with me tomorrow”
Holy shit, and I thought I knew Melodie! Turns out I didn’t at all.