The campus quad was all but empty by the time the twelfth chime faded from the clock tower. Only the last few stragglers remained, frantically gathering up their belongings and scurrying to class before their professors would notice. The college was small, intimate, but enough that the more shrewd procrastinators could slip through the cracks. After a few more minutes, even they had left, and the wide lawn echoed with the sound of wind and loneliness.
It was strange to see the campus’ favorite ecosystem utterly devoid of life, and yet this time of day also happened to be the when a particular species rarely found outside the library or the dorm would dare venture into the world. A young avian was scurrying down the sidewalk, their near-desperate gait suggesting several invisible monsters at their tailfeathers. It was clear that the student was unused to being in public for any period of time, their heavy jacket bundled around them despite a cl