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She grinned at her phone and tucked it into her pocket, glancing out at the rain before she decided to brave it

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She grinned at her phone and tucked it into her pocket, glancing out at the rain before she decided to brave it. Now that she was free, she didn't care about the weather. It couldn't get her down, not from the thrill of finishing the year, and she kept her smile on her lips as she sprinted across the quad to the nearest campus coffee shop, her phone buzzing away as her friends' replies flooded in.

 It couldn't get her down, not from the thrill of finishing the year, and she kept her smile on her lips as she sprinted across the quad to the nearest campus coffee shop, her phone buzzing away as her friends' replies flooded in

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Starbucks wasn't far away. It was halfway across campus, a five minute walk. Less if she sprinted, which she would be doing in this weather. Shaking off the hood of her jumper, she pulled it up over her hair and send a thumbs up in reply to Melody before she headed out. The rain was coming down in sheets, pummelling the pavement and bouncing up off the unrelenting tarmac, but she didn't care. Her feet carried her with confidence, not even slipping out of breath as she pounded down the cobbles towards the coffee shop.

It would be busy. It always was after exams, when hundreds of students – if not more – piled out of various buildings around campus, almost all of them desperate to find their friends and rant and rave about the exam. Hordes headed to each of the coffee shops and every bar around town saw an influx of custom, and Ishaana doubted that they would find somewhere to sit. But Melody was determined and spritely, nifty on her feet when she knew what she wanted.

As soon as Ishaana reached the building, with its tall windows that stretched from the floor to the ceiling and the iconic sign outside, she spotted Melody on the other side. She was hard to miss with her flaming waves, sticking out like a sore thumb despite her diminuitive stature, and Ishaana grinned. She felt as though she was floating on a cloud, bobbing along on the high of the end of the year, and she was light on her feet as she pushed through the door.

Melody had a table already, dragging over a third chair when no-one was looking as Pearl set down three drinks, and when she spotted Ishaana she stopped what she was doing to throw her arms around her. Ishaana was almost knocked off her feet by the force of Melody's hug, stumbling against Pearl, who joined the hug.

"We're fucking done," Melody said, glee in her voice. "I can't fucking believe it. Another year done. One to go."

Pearl wrinkled her nose. "Don't say that," she said. "That means real life is right around the corner, and I'm not ready yet."

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