His Intro to Art class, second in the day, helped a little, because he enjoyed and was somewhat engrossed by the process of making a mask out of plaster-soaked gauze strips and painting it afterward. Of course he’d done his best to give his mask pedipalps and mandibles such as Nklarka had, so he thought about her a lot of the time while working on it — really, he never got to stop thinking — but at least the process represented some relaxation and fun.