From the author: Brigitte and Hēi Māo get an unexpected history lesson.
Brigitte started, erased and restarted her latest physics problem. It was her toughest class, next to Mandarin, and she felt her grasp of the subject matter slipping away as the semester progressed. The warm puddle of cat on her lap stirred and shifted, sitting up to look at her tablet.
"You can rest," she whispered, trying not to disturb her classmates during work time. During the lecture, her familiar sat attentive on her table, his head tilting a bit every now and then. She probably should...