Chapter 1: Celebration
A group of six is seated in the corner table of a pub drinking and cheering. One of the men in the group stands up, holding his pint high, starting a speech, "So, finally, Ryan is done with his doctoral defence." He points towards the man sitting at one end of the table "And, to be honest, it is about damned time he gets off his ass and joins us in real life and starts working." At this most of the group laughs, whilst the man named Ryan shakes his head and answers "Well, Neill, I wouldn't really say that since I have been earning money whilst doing this." Following onto Neill's short speech, the rest of the group congratulates Ryan with his successful thesis defence.
The group stays at the pub until it closes at around 2 AM, when they start stumbling out. Outside the pub they start splitting up, Neill going with two of the others in one direction, whilst Ryan and the remaining two head the opposite way. Having walked for about 5 minutes they split up again. "I'm heading this way"-indicates Ryan-"so I will be seeing you guys on Saturday for the Dungeons and Dragons game right?" The other two answers with a short affirmative, as if any other answer would make sense.
Continuing alone, Ryan heads towards his home, it being summer at this point it isn't that dark even at 2 AM. Being drunk, Ryan staggers a bit, but manages to make his way back home to his flat without any problems. Outside his door he fumbles some with the keys, adding some extra scratches to the lock, before managing to unlock it. Once inside he decides it would be a smart thing to have a glass of water before heading to the bathroom. He grabs a large glass from a cupboard and fills it with water, sipping from it as he makes his way towards the bathroom. He looks at himself in the mirror, thinking that he finally did it, finally he had the doctorate in Physics he had been working towards for the last 3 years. As he is staring at himself, he feels that a bath right now would be amazing.
Having filled the bathtub, Ryan slowly lowers himself into the bath, letting out a sigh. What wonders a good, hot bath does, he was thinking. He takes a sip from the glass of water and leans back in the tub, thinking about what he would do after sleeping. Tomorrow, well, later today, would be the first full day of him being a Doctor of Physics. With that thought, it also reminded him of the fact that he hadn't confirmed if he would get to continue in the research group he was part of or not. Lying there, thinking, he started to dose off.