Semi-deserted 4th floor of a classroom building.
Light brick outside
Light painted cinder block walls inside
Light wood doors with a glass window
Its night outside
Ther is carpet on the floor of some of the classrooms
I'm standing outside the door of such a classroom.
Inside Matthew and Ashok
Are trying to pull out a close one
In the last round of the night.
With their 4 advantage case.
I'm wondering if Gibson will call me a fool
For having my team
On dropping an advantage or two
Another room. No carpet. I sit. Observe.
Lee and Paul's round is hours behind schedule.
C'mon, Paul. Do well, Lee.
I worry my worries in a detached sort of way.
The judge arises after 2NC
Gathers things together
Says "I have to go to class."
The debaters and I look at each other
It's horrifying, astounding, appalling.
There's nothing for it but to go to bed
And do the rebuttals in the morning.