A girl sits down to eat at an empty dining table. She peppers her meal and strips a napkin from its container. The girl looks down at her plate and picks at the food she finds there. Footsteps get louder. She resists looking up.
- Is this seat taken?
Forcing a smile, she listens as the chair is dragged off across the room. The taking of the chair symbolizes many a lost conversation.
Time crawls by and her meal is gone; the girl picks up. On her way out she smiles at the dining hall worker who replies with a friendly nod. The girl waltzes to class, sits silently, never raises her hand. She takes notes she will never revise. She attends a meeting that totals three people, including herself.
The Sun goes down and dinner time rolls around. A girl sits down to eat at an empty dining table.