I nearly tripped ass over end into traffic trying to text and walk once, I’ve decided to cut my losses at this point. She looks up from her phone screen properly, then smiles. Oh my, I really am slipping if I didn’t recognize you right away. What brings you down to this end of town, Claire?
At least that’s an almost, and not a did, right? And you’re not near traffic now, so you should be fine. She grins and laughs a bit. We both are, maybe. I’m just doing some Christmas shopping. It’s…a study break. What about you?
Oh, I’d think so. O-Levels weren’t that long enough ago that I’ve forgotten what exams can do to your head. He smiles brightly. There’s something then, something to be right proud of at least. Never quite got around to college myself.
What are O-Levels? But yeah, they can screw up things quite a bit. She smiles in return. Thanks! It’s been a bit rough getting here, but at least I’m here. Hey, college isn’t for everyone, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Aye, I’d think so with the way I’ve heard my mates complain about exams. D’you still have them left to do, Miss?
They complain for good reason. It can get so stressful, especially when exams are all at once like they are for finals. I do, but then I’m done with school for good.
I’m sorry, am I in your way? She glances behind her, the door to the shop is a good two feet clear of her body, but she supposes that could have something to do with the staring. I can’t seem to get the hang of walking and texting, it seemed better to step aside, but I can move.
You’re fine. Claire smiles, not recognizing Gemma initially. Her eyes may be on the brunette, but her thoughts are farther away-moving to break beyond classroom walls. That’s alright, I fall a lot, even with small steps-Gemma?
Ah, I remember school. Things were a lot simpler then.
Simpler would be fantastic. What made it simpler for you?
Yeah, I have a friend who majored in biology and that was some scary shit. Too much reading and memorizing. I’m surprised that his head didn’t explode or something.
It’s crazy. There’s so much bio majors have to memorize and retain.
Well, that’s unfortunate. Interesting choice of major, is it hard? Don’t you have to read a lot in that major?
It has its difficulties, but the challenge is nice. Yeah, we read a good amount, but it’s not as heavy as a bio major, or English lit.
You’ve been in college for a while now? What are you studying?
Yeah, its been on and off. Some things came up outside of class, so I had to take time off. I’m studying criminal justice.
Oh, are you home for the holidays?
No, I’m finishing up classes this week and taking finals next week. This is home, at least, so I don’t have to go far when I’m done.