The nicest thing about graduation, Bea thinks, is that in the brief window after breakfast and before the flames burn through, most of the mals are migrating down to the graduation hall. So it's possible to let one's guard down slightly more than usual and not feel too bad about it. And if you go two to a room instead of separately to wait for the cleansing to finish... it's not like curfew's being enforced.
She looks more 'high on adrenaline and endorphins' than 'exhausted,' at least, with an exceptionally and possibly unwisely large haul from the workshops in her arms. (She might be in trouble if a mal jumped her. But, on the other hand, 'very few mals are left' is why they're all relaxing a little today.) She's lightly singed, too, and her clothes are covered in a really interesting variety of stains she might not be able to get out later, but she doesn't have any blatantly obvious injuries.
(She and El got a good haul, though. Things for Shinta - a forging apron, sandpaper, a new file; materials for their book chest - purpleheart wood, small gold bars, a coil of titanium wire, a LED strip, and a new fine engraving tool; and materials for a custom knife for Jialin - high quality magnetite ore is the big one there (much better for making truly quality blades than the pre-made steel the school usually provides.)
She smiles at Bea and Liesel, good naturedly, and says, "Hello!"
"Congratulations are in order, I assume?"
"By the skin of our fucking teeth."
"This fucking school," she says, commismeratingly.
She gives her sister a playful nudge. "Pretty sure we got it working at the end, though. But, yeah, it took a lot longer than anticipated..."
"The two of you are nothing if not resourceful."
"...We made it out. And - I don't know who survived. Some people collapsed. But... We got everyone back to their allies, at least."
"Find out next year. Later today, maybe, for some of the enclaves."
"Though most of those who went weren't enclavers..."
"And Jiana didn't collapse."
"It went almost as well as could be hoped, then."
"That we made it back at all is good."
"It's important to manage your expectations."
"Max out your rate of pleasant surprises."
"As opposed to the other kind."
"Important to keep track of."
Small smile. "Oh, now that the new year is begun... I did have something personal to ask you two - maybe not in the hallway?" She hasn't actually mentioned anything like this to Bea.
"Sure, we need to put this stuff away, anyway."
They'll follow to El's room.
...Which has very helpfully combined with Luthien's room! They now have a double wide and don't even need to move the furniture.
Public service has its rewards, apparently.
" - How'd you guys swing a merge?"
"I don't actually know. It wasn't like this this morning."
"Reshuffling hadn't happened yet, this morning."
Luthien touches her elaborate collar, speculatively.