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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Things the books see by Cambria Covell

Lanny Brentwood shrugged off her soaking, wet coat as she walked into her university’s campus library. She felt like a drowned rat. Inside the room was dimly lit and the lights were flickering due to the thunderstorm that was going on outside. There weren’t many student’s willing to brave the weather that day in order to go and study so that left Lanny alone with the rows of books and tables that were empty for the most part except for the two others.
“Nothing like being stuck in a boring library on a Saturday,” she said.
She took her seat at one of the many empty desks and pulled out her studying materials. Her exam on Hamlet was tomorrow and she still couldn’t make sense of half of what the Danish prince was ranting about.
“Freaking Shakespeare,” she muttered under her breath as she opened up her worn copy of the play then took out her study guide. About fifteen minutes in to her study session, her phone vibrated alerting her that she had a text.
It was from Matt, her boyfriend of two years. Come out with us.
She sighed. Lanny hadn’t seen him much since finals and if she cancelled on him it would be the third time that week. She glared at her book before texting back that she was studying and would try to see him tomorrow. He texted back a sad face and Lanny just shook her head before returning to her work.
As she attempted to translate the “To be or not to be” monologue into modern English, Lanny felt like her head was going to explode. Worse she’d been staring at the same line for far too long. Her throat was feeling dry so she got up and went down the hall to go and get a drink from the water fountain.
She took a quick sip and then she went back to her studying table. She was surprised to see that she was the only one left. Was it her imagination or were the lights dimmed too? Lanny shook her head and went back to doing her homework. She was going to finish her work eventually and then she’d stop spending all her time in that one building.
She went back to her studying only when she was in the middle of writing something she heard the sound of crashing books, causing her to jump. Curious she went to go and see where the noise had come from. When she found the aisle where the books had fallen she was surprised to see a very familiar face standing there looking incredibly guilty.
Lanny couldn’t help but laugh. “Matt!”
“You’re not going to yell at me for hurting the books are you? Because that would make me feel bad since I came all the way over to see you.”
She shook her head and walked over to give him a kiss. “Thanks. Now the library won’t be so boring after all.”

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