The sound of cards being shuffled stopped the sound of a cart rolling on wood. The cart remained silent as I walked toward the sound of the cards. The study rooms, all empty. They were supposed to be, anyway.
I checked the large room first. We open it on busy days to help out the laptop crowd with space and power. Today it is empty, the eight tables sitting alone and empty. The only light from high windows that look towards a cold, blue January sky.
The second and third rooms also sat empty, save for the six chairs around a solitary table in each. They were dark, no light inside or out. The shuffling continued around the corner to the last study room.
I could think of no reason for it to be open or checked out. No group had called requesting it. The isolation it provided made it the last target for our staff to give away to walk-ins. People do strange things when they think they are not being watched. Stranger all the more when they do not care.
I heard the shuffling of the cards stop and the simple whisper of cards passing over a table. A giggle, one solitary quiet laugh meant to be hidden. A noise from a mouth that did not want to be discovered.
I wished I had a mirror to peak around a corner without being seen. At least then, I could spare the embarrassment.
Three teens sat at the table. In front of them were Uno cards, the primary colors splashed across the wooden table. The light was out and the shadows colored the corners of the room in dull grey to contrast. Clothes were scattered around the room.
They were in various states of undress. The boy on the right had his shirt off exposing a pale, bare chest. The girl on the left had one hand covering her mouth and the other covering a breast. Her cards were in the hand with the breast. Another girl, blonde, faced me from across the table, earrings on the table. A boy wearing a brown and black hat faced her, leaning forward.
"Who's turn?" he said.
I made a noise in my throat that caused them to turn at me. The girl holding her breast squeaked.
"Please leave the library right now," I said.
"But it's cold outside," The blonde said.
"Then you better put on your clothes," I said.
I turned and walked away, feeling my face flush warm. Moments later the group filed out of the library. They left the Uno deck in the room.