Location: Hotel Party Date: Friday, December 11 Time: Post-game (open)
Claudia’s sitting cross-legged on someone’s bed, basking in the afterglow of their win and just taking in the crowded hotel room with a drink in hand. At this point, she’s not even sure which hotel room this is, because they’re constantly switching roommates and they’ve been bouncing all over the place tonight, but she’s sure whoever is meant to sleep here tonight doesn’t mind her sitting there.
She’s sore and exhausted from such an intense game and playing her absolute hardest, but it’s all a distant inconvenience that’s easy to ignore when she’s so happy they won. She wanted to have faith in herself and her teammates, but she definitely reached a point where she thought for sure they’d end this season feeling humiliated and unmotivated.
Claudia hopes now that their season ended on such a high note that the others will actually be excited for next year and take practice seriously, even if there aren’t any games to prepare for. She still thinks it’s okay to have a lighter spring semester, as long as they don’t slack off. That won’t help them actually make it to the Championships for once.
It’s ingrained in her to plan ahead, especially when she’s trying so hard to become the next captain, but she doesn’t want to spend the night after their first win worrying about what’s going to happen next. They’ve been working for this all season, and she just wants to celebrate. At the end of the day, the media will still treat them like an embarrassment to Class I Exy, but they lost a captain and two players, and they still managed to pull through. That’s an accomplishment in Claudia’s eyes.
“It feels like someone should give a toast,” Claudia says to the person closest to her. Maybe it should be her if she really is going to be captain, but the petty side of her wants to save her best speeches for when the title is officially hers after having to wait so long. “Here, want to sit?” She offers as she pats the spot next to her, “Unless, this is your bed then thanks for letting me sit here.”