It is a quiet afternoon in downtown Miles Cross, as patrons of the retail stores file out to find some dinner. Hawthorne student John Reach makes his way off the city bus and walks leisurely down the sidewalk and over to Moonshadows. He thoughts mull over his day as he plans for the new year.
**Okay, I'm not totally happy with the elective choices this year, I've got to think about what would look good on a college resume... damn, I should schedule another appointment with my councellor.**
Passing through the door of one of his favorite hangouts he pauses to inhale deeply. "Ahhh. But first, an espresso!"