[align=right][/align] The springtime breeze rustled through the trees in the courtyard of the school building. This warm breeze carried flower petals in through the open window on the second floor of the school building, scattered the delicate white teardrop shapes over the desk of a young girl who sat there with her face tucked into the pale brown pages of an old book. The room around her was silent, the board before her cleaned. The girl was alone here, enjoying the solitude of her studies. Suddenly, a banging sound broke this serenity. Rapidly approaching the door, several pairs of feet slapped the tile. Through the classroom door, several of the girl's classmates emerged. There were a few men and a couple of women in this group, all smiling and talking loudly. One of the girls stepped forward, a bright grin on her face, and tugged the book out of the girl's hands. "Serith! Quit studying for once and come have fun with us. It's getting hot out now, we can go to the pool to have a good time!" Serith looked alarmed, glancing up to see who had taken her book. An uneasy smile slid over her features and she shook her head in emphasis to what she was saying. "Nooooo, Karine, I don't think..." The other girl laughed and set the book on the desk in front of Serith. "It's fine to just tell us that you can't swim, you know." These words caused Serith's eyebrows to rise on her face, her mouth setting in a thin line. "No, it's all right. I can swim, I'll come with." Serith stood up and tucked the book into the bag that she had slung over the back of her chair. The pool was not far from the school and thanks to the classes involving swimming, most of them had their swimming suits in the lockers within the school. Clad in their swim attire and chatting animatedly, the group arrived at the local pool. Everyone except Serith seemed delighted with the prospect of swimming to cool off from the blazing heat of the approaching summer. Serith on the other hand was attempting to act casual while dangling her feet cautiously into the water.