The following Thursday evening, things are back to normal.
Back to normal. Back to the routine.
Just like always.
But not quite.
A shot glass sits in front of the only unoccupied seat - a new tradition. A remembrance of the one who truly brought the interns together.
The one of their number no longer with them.
But not forgotten.
"When we're all alone, it might be to frightening to bear... but we're all right beside each other. We've got our friends close by. Now, there's nothing to fear. Because we're not alone." -Natsu Dragneel