maps of her design... occupations and new friends.
Clemency had become her confidant. They seemed like they had known each other for years. Their likings brought them together; to the point of living together as roommates. They traveled to work together, shared household responsibilities, and enjoyed the same pastimes (when time lend itself to have pastimes).
Of course an amazing girl like Clemency wasn't single. Her boyfriend of four years, Stéphane (obviously Stephan for the Americans) lived a few blocks away. Stephan was a photojournalist for a local magazine. He looked like "mysterious type" but he truly could never keep a serious face. He was a sweetheart, and he loved Clemency deeply.
They spent their free afternoons and nights having dinner parties. Sharing their perspectives about literature, music, art, and always the appreciation of life. The girls, Stephan, and Stephan's best friend, Xavier. Stephan had met Xavier on one of his teenage rebellious runaway excursions that lead him in Spain; they experienced their own mishaps that bound the two.
Xavier owned and ran a bookstore/coffeehouse in Paris. He was the eclectic type, and sharing his interests with others made him a successful businessman. He would soon close a profitable deal, expanding his dream. Xavier thought his life was complete, that is, until he met Elise. Most American girls had a disfavored reputation but Elise was different. Despite knowing where her heart lay (since men do speak of these things amongst their friends), he had fallen in love with her.