Lilly Haddock had gotten in to Gleamings University completely on her own. She kept her nose in a book constantly, and studied nearly everything she could day in and day out. She kept to herself much of her younger years, only really daring to open up a bit when she got into college. Her family she never spoke of, but most other things she was willing to speak about. Her first year of college had been a whirl wind of one. Adjusting to dorm life she had done almost effortlessly, creating fast friends with her randomly assigned roommate – a foreign exchange student from Japan named Chiro. Academia was the environment she thrived in, and Gleamings University did not let her down in that respect. The Greek presence was few and scattered there, and Gleamings earned its reputation from having some of the best GPAs and test scores in the region. Lilly fit in there more than she ever had anywhere else. She could have picked nearly anything to study and she would have likely excelled, but Lilly was nothing if not practical. She wanted a job that would support her consistently, although she was not exactly after money. Only stability. This was exactly why she decided to choose Accounting as her field of study. It was one of the most stable job platforms out there, and while numbers didn’t particularly thrill her, numbers had always kept her head above water. Grades, GPA, money, scholarships. All of those things were numbers. She could work at that. Even so, she had decided to take on a lot more than just the basic requirements, and half way through just her first year she had decided to take on a Computer Science minor. Like accounting, computer science was a stable field, and if she grew tired of numbers, computers were always evolving. Which would hold both her interest and the availability of jobs in check. Lilly already knew she was getting a Masters in her field, making her even more hire-able to all those prospects out there. In the long run, Lilly Haddock had everything figured out. It was the short term that sometimes tripped her up. For her humanities class they had to do volunteer work. And most of the hot spots like animal shelters and homeless shelters had already filled up before she could even blink. A lot of the leftovers were leftovers for a reason, undesirable and probably a lot of hard work, boring work, or both. She had been on the brink of signing up to help one of the old folk’s homes when Chiro had changed her mind. The two of them had decided to room together the second semester. They were both in the dorm room about to sign up when Chiro had practically begged Lilly to sign up for a rehab center with her. The two of them were taking the same class, but because of scheduling issues they’d ended up taking the same teacher but at different times. Chiro had already signed up for the rehab center, and had been suddenly seized with fear on doing it by herself. Chiro had learned English fast during the first year at college, but often times her accent prevented people from understanding her (which Lilly found annoying since she could understand her just fine) and despite her fast learning she still sometimes struggled to say what she wanted to say. Or understand. Lilly had signed up for Japanese her second semester in her first year, and was continuing to take it and practice with Chiro, so she probably understood the tall Japanese girl better than most. This was exactly how Lilly found herself bright and early on a Saturday with Chiro, standing in front of a rehabilitation clinic. The two girls could not look any more different. Where Chiro’s hair was straight and black, Lilly’s was curly and a light brown in color. It came down to just past her shoulder, where Chiro’s hair stopped at about her chin. Chiro was very tall, and Lilly below average on height. Lilly had (unintentionally) a hipster vibe about her, with an olive green jacket overtop a baggy brown knitted sweater and yellow jeans. She was soft and quiet. Chiro, on the other hand, could be a bit of a rebel and dressed as such. Which was probably why, upon entering the facility with one other girl from Chiro’s class, they were separated almost immediately. Chiro was sent off to grounds work – probably good for her really since it required little speaking – and Lilly was pushed into paperwork. She was shown the ropes, and for the most part it was pretty easy. A lot of it was forms, which included new patient intake. So she was sat at a desk filing forms and waiting for any new people to show up, dutifully fulfilling her volunteer hours.