"Hi, I'm sorry..." A quiet voice tore my attention away from my book. I lifted my eyes towards the voice that was almost too quiet considering the cacophony that still surrounded us. "I was wondering if I could borrow a pen." He pointed at his messenger bag then, nearly picking at a tare at one of the seams. "I managed to loose quite a few of the things that could fit through this hole..." He explained in a self deprecating tone.
I looked at the small case that rested beside my book on the desk and then back at him before shrugging, opening it, and offering it to him to look inside.
"Thanks." He smiled at me, and after a moment pulled out a dark blue pen. "I'm Tom, by the way."
I closed my book.
"Jane." I offered with a small smile.
"I hope this class won't be as dull as my last one, but at least I have something to write with this time." I looked at him questioningly. "I found myself seated inside a ring of laptop-ers. All of them were typing, and none had pens." I gave him an incredulous look. "I swear I'm not making this up!"
"Ladies and gentlemen!" A voice called from the front of the class, "I'm professor Blackburn, and as soon as my computer is set up, we'll begin, so please take your seats and settle down."
"Here we go..." He smiled at me again. "Good luck." I smiled back and put my book away.