-------☆-------Claudia reveled in the silence that had washed over the school grounds. The absence of noise wasn’t common for her, as with her younger siblings and noisy dorm room. It seemed as if even the library couldn’t hush up its sparse whisperings! So when Claudia was very stressed or just needed some alone time, she went to the astronomy tower.
Some went to the common room, where they could socialize and spend time in the warmth of their friends. Those people found their sanctuary in the noise. They were social and daring, people Claudia tried to steer clear away from.
Some went to the bathrooms, where they could think to themselves. No one heard them in there, no one knew their thoughts. So in the bathroom they could keep their secrets and discuss them to their own self. These people had secrets they wanted to keep. It was true Claudia had secrets - many, in fact - but it wasn’t because she was trying to hide. She just didn’t have anyone to share them with.
Some went to the library where they could stick their nose into a book and clear their head. Lost in the abyss of a different world, they could escape from the watchful eyes of reality. These people just needed some alone time to clear their mind. When Claudia wasn’t particularly stressed she went there.
Some were in the library, yes, but more specifically were in the study room. They wanted to dig down deep into their studies because they wanted to do something productive. They were the more reasonable people who went to the library,
But some were scattered throughout the castle, trying to find the quiet. These people wandered around and around until they got lost. These people were a mix of many different places and different thoughts. You could never tell what they were thinking. This was Claudia.
So Claudia had found her sanctuary in the astronomy tower. She could never tell when someone was there, and wanted to be able to sit it the quiet. In the tower, people shared their greatest secrets, their greatest fears. In the tower, Claudia felt as if in her second home.
The library was her first.
Claudia squeezed her hand while clutching the railing. If someone walked up to her, she would have her whole illusion ruined. But when she stole a glance to her left, she knew that wasn’t true. Two girls stood side by side just staring at the stars. Sharing a deep friendship from the depths of their minds. It was a silent friendship, yet one so deep. Like their minds were communicating when their mouths were not.
The astronomy tower was a sanctuary of peace, but also a sanctuary of minds. People came and people went, stirring up deep and thoughtful friendships when they were complete strangers. Maybe Claudia was wishing for one of those kinds of people. One that would listen to her without being noisy and rude. Even if that was what she was like.
Maybe Claudia needed someone like that. Maybe what she was yearning for was... a friend.
Or maybe not.-------☆-------
☆ Claudia Gears, First Year ☆
Confusion... personified; the awkwardness is real.