A lot of the other teachers hated Valentine's Day because of the distractions it caused, but Clara thought it was rather sweet. All the students walking around with flowers and cards, smiling and laughing - everyone just generally happy. Of course, there were those who didn't enjoy it quite as much, but even they couldn't deny the atmosphere of the day.
The bell rang for the end of class and the start of lunch, and the students started packing up. At her desk, Clara started gathering together the mess of test papers she'd been marking.
"Remember, for homework," she called over the ruckus of movement. "Read pages 23 to 45, ready to discuss next lesson."
There were a few groans from the students as they filed out of the classroom, but Clara expected it from this particular class. Getting to her feet and stretching, she began to pack her stuff away. She had one more class after lunch, but that was half an hour away. She pulled on a cardigan over her blue scoop-neck dress and picked up her