all aboard the grad school au train

Date: 2016-05-03 12:24 am (UTC)
doubleblind: (Glycine)
From: [personal profile] doubleblind
[So, the thing is, Cosima isn't a law student. She really has no business invading the law school library, not when she has a perfectly good library on the main campus. Except, it's midterm season and that means the place is crawling with stressed out undergrads, including some of her own students. And Cosima would rather not be interrupted by an overly eager freshman who hasn't grasped the finer points of punnet squares while she works on her proposal.

Earlier that week she'd discovered her office and apartment had too many distractions, she'd overstayed her welcome at the three closest coffee shops, and the med students had chased her out of the medical school library after she got into an argument about what qualified as being a "real doctor". She'd practically given up when she stumbled upon the law school library. It had decent lighting, wasn't too crowded, and was free of undergrads, making it the perfect study spot.

Cosima's noticed that she's not the only frequent visitor. She keeps watching on particular law student who never seems to leave. He's always there before her and he's always still there when she leaves. She's also not sure she's ever seen him leave to take a break or lose focus. It's both creepy and impressive.

She's 99% sure he's not a robot, but there's that 1% chance that he is. It's that 1% (and the fact that if she looks at another paper on the epigenetic impacts on stem cell development she will scream and get kicked out of her new favorite study spot) that inspires her to stop at his study table on her next coffee break. She sets down two cups of coffee and a stack of cookies wrapped in a napkin that she blatantly stole from a law seminar, hoping it's enough to lure him out of his study fog.]

You look like you could use a break, man.

Date: 2016-05-03 02:52 am (UTC)
rhymeswithsir: (pic#9754354)
From: [personal profile] rhymeswithsir
[Aaron on the other hand...hasn't really noticed Cosima, to be perfectly honest. It's not so much study fog as an intense focus. He's not panicking though, and his study pace is not frantic. In fact, for all that yeah, he's there for long stretches of the day, Aaron doesn't actually look stressed. He's not cramming. He's methodically working on making every essay he writes as perfect as possible. He's considering his audience.

(He has to. He has to get the best grades that he can because there's this one guy in all his classes who is just insufferable and Aaron has been waiting all semester to pull the highest grade right out from under that guy's feet.)

So, he's focused. But he's not insensible to the world around him. He glances up, first at the coffee and cookies, and then further up to actually look at Cosima.]

I'm pretty sure we're not in one of the designated eating areas.

[But he's got his voice pitched low, and there's kind of a smile on his face, so he's clearly not calling her out. Not actually.]
Edited Date: 2016-05-03 02:53 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-05-03 04:13 am (UTC)
doubleblind: (Transposon)
From: [personal profile] doubleblind
Designated eating areas? Is that really a thing?

[Cosima just manages to hold back her laughter. Even if there are designated eating areas, which she doubts, she can't believe someone actually knows and cares about them. And maybe the guy's joking, which Cosima can appreciate even more. At least she knows he's not a robot now. Though, she still thinks he's desperately in need of a break.]

Date: 2016-05-08 02:11 am (UTC)
rhymeswithsir: (the curiosity of a lady is legitimate)
From: [personal profile] rhymeswithsir
[Look, they are totally a thing. They exist.

...Still. Aaron scans the room, on the lookout for librarians or other library staff, and then grabs a cookie. He's not a robot. He even picks another one up and offers it to her, though he casually shields his hand behind a stack of books. She does deserve some of her own offerings.]

It's a thing. First floor? Near the entrance.

Date: 2016-05-13 12:36 am (UTC)
doubleblind: (Chloroplast)
From: [personal profile] doubleblind
[Cosima snatches the cookie from his hand, making such a face. It's clear she has a less than favorable opinion of the mentioned entrance area.]

The entrance? No way. There are too many distractions. Besides, they keep all the comfy chairs up here. I can't study in an uncomfortable chair.

[Not to mention, the entrance has enough traffic that someone might notice that she's technically not a law student, and technically doesn't belong in their library.]

Date: 2016-08-02 12:45 am (UTC)
rhymeswithsir: (won't I give her a specimen)
From: [personal profile] rhymeswithsir
I'm just saying. That's where it is. Theoretically so you don't damage the books, but I'm not sure how that actually works out. Probably just so that they don't find food in the stacks.

[He shrugs, and then takes another good hard look at her. Too late on that "noticing she doesn't belong" thing, Cosima.]

I don't think I've actually seen you around before. Or in any of my classes.



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