n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet—a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds—an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.


#the more you know #(though as a homeschooler who often went to groups that held meetings at the elementary school when it wasn’t in session) #(in my experience the proper and natural state of a school is deserted) #(sometimes I’d arrive a little early and people wouldn’t have finished leaving yet and the halls were still busy) #(and *that* was wrong)

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