Clara had been busy writing her final paper and working on various projects. She didn't like all the work she was doing on schoolwork because it was taking her away from her stories. Clara knew that she had to do homework but didn't want to, of course. Instead of continuing her homework, though, she decided that she would hide out in the Student Center in one of the study rooms. At least there she would be alone and could work on her writing.
As she took out her writing book, she thought about the current situation her main character was in. She was still stuck and though she had written some of the villain out, using Rowan as a partial template, Clara still had no idea what she wanted to do. So, as usual when she got stuck, Clara simply started a new story.
Clara started writing, more just stream of consciousness than anything, and kept writing down her thoughts. When she looked back at them, the brunette realized that she had written about missing her parents. It was getting closer to Christmas and this would be her first with them gone. Tears welled up in her eyes and she quickly wiped them away. She could be sad all she wanted, but she didn't want anyone to know if they happened to walk in. Not that she was expecting anyone, but the study rooms weren't reserved and could just be used when needed.
Hearing the door behind her, Clara closed her notebook and checked her face for any remaining tears. Finding none, she turned to see Mario Malkavia at the door. She had met the guy a couple of times in one of their writing classes. He seemed nice from the few times that they had talked. Clara forced a smile.
"Hey there," she said. "Are you here to study? I can leave you alone."
Clara started to put her things away in case Mario wanted to be alone.