With a well-aimed blow, the punching bag reared far back as it could reach for the hundredth time. Cassandra let out her breath quietly, steadying the punching bag as it swung back. She unwrapped her bandaged hands, she had no need for boxing gloves, and headed into the bathroom, wanting to wash the sweat off of her body. She'd been awake since early morning, when the sun was far from rising. Now she had to get ready for school.
After a long bath, she got into a decent pair of clothes: a black T-shirt, cargo pants, and combat boots. She surrounded her eyes with eyeliner, that being the only sort of make-up she ever used, and clasped her favorite studded cuff around her left wrist. She swore the cuff could double as a weapon, but she had no need for weapons. She herself was already one, and she was glad of that.
With one last look at the mirror to make sure she looked the way she wanted, she walked out of her room and made her way to the kitchen. The coffee machine was already empty so she made another pot, making sure to pour herself enough to last the day without slumping to the floor in tiredness. She has been awake for a couple of hours. Okay. She's been awake since last night. It wasn't her fault, though, that she couldn't sleep. No matter how much she tried, no matter how tired she felt, she just couldn't.
A tablespoon of sugar and two of creamer and her coffee was perfect. She didn't want it to taste sweet. She wanted it to taste subtle and creamy, with a touch of bitterness that would surely wake her tired body up. She finished the cup in one go, almost smirking with satisfaction at its delicious taste, before making a second one and pouring it into a paper cup. She headed down into the basement, having only a split-second to decide whether she should just skip classes and go straight to the training room.
"Classes," she muttered, veering left and into the classroom, taking up her usual seat at the very left of the front row.