Welllll.... it's a little more fleshed out than just a sketch. I hope you don't mind indulging me, and if I have any details of your overall vision wrong, please do let me know. This is just a start:
Right now, she should have been on the other side of the Atlantic, staying god only knows where, with god only knows who, doing god only knows what. That was the entire point of taking the semester off. Saoirse, her best friend Jennifer, and Jen's cousin Val (also a good friend, closer than sisters really) were going to take Europe by storm for 10 wild weeks. Of course, it had taken Jen twice that amount of time to sell Saoirse on the idea, and it had taken all of them the better part of two years to save up for the trip. Plans were made; itineraries were discussed, discarded, and decided upon. Saoirse's meager belongings were boxed up and put into storage - a more cost-effective plan than paying rent on a set of rooms that weren't going to be used.
Three days before they were set to leave, disaster struck. Three days to the trip of a lifetime, she thought, and it all went straight to hell. Saoirse wasn't there when it all went down. Otherwise she might have been able to prevent some of the events that transpired, but chances are better that she would have just gotten tangled up in the mess too. Saoirse wasn't the most assertive person, while Jen and Val were practically forces of nature. One was wilder than the other, and they would either wear you out or wear you down, but either way - they got what they wanted. Saoirse was usually just along for the ride.
This time, they got more than they bargained for. A lot of the details were sketchy, but the end result was Jen in the hospital with multiple broken bones, not the least of which included a leg and pelvis, and Val was the proud owner of a brand-spanking new police record, including the always impressive 'grand theft auto' and perennial favorite 'driving under the influence'. Saoirse knew her friends - impulsive, impetuous, but definitely not criminals. There had to have been a misunderstanding of some kind. However, it made no difference. Neither one of them was going anywhere for a while, and that meant Saoirse was stuck stateside too. She couldn't afford to go herself, not even for two weeks. To be honest, without Jen and Val she didn't even really want to go. On her own she'd revert into her natural state - quiet, reserved, introverted. It'd be a waste of a trip.
Once sure that Jen would survive (she would) and Val's parents were contacted (she might not) Saoirse tried to figure out what to do. She had no place to stay at school and honestly, she just wanted some peace and quiet. Going 'home' was out of the question - her parents had fled the 'burbs and moved into a tiny one bedroom in the city as soon as she left for college freshman year. It was her mother who had finally suggested staying with her Aunt Meg until next term. Aunt Meg was a little weird - half hippie, half hipster - and travelled around the country doing book signings and teaching knitting workshops. She lived far enough away to feel like you were getting away without feeling like you had gone someplace strange and alien. Saoirse had never actually visited her, but Aunt Meg insisted she stay for as long as she wanted. There were several workshops Aunt Meg was going to be travelling to over the next few months, so Saoirse could help keep an eye on things.
These were the thoughts that whirled through Saoirse's head as she unpacked her things and made herself comfortable in one of Aunt Meg's guest rooms. It didn't take long to get comfortable. The room was large and airy, with bright white-painted clapboard walls and wildly colored tchotchkes scattered around. In the center of the room was the most enormous bed she'd ever seen - it was practically the size of her entire room back at school. Bright shafts of late afternoon sunlight slanted in through the open window and bathed the room in a golden glow. Looking into the mirror, Saoirse considered her features in the flattering lighting: mousy brown hair in a ponytail (but so shiny in the sun!), completely average medium brown eyes behind trendy black-framed glasses, and the lightest smattering of pale freckles across the bridge of her nose. Thankfully, the bright sunlight completely washed them out and gave her normally pale pink skin a healthy sun-kissed glow.
She flipped a lock of hair back behind her ear and idly considered getting gold-blonde highlights. At the same instant, her mind began to run down the myriad reasons why that would be an enormously bad idea, when her eye caught the reflection of a house far down across the street. Despite the warm golden light filling the room, the reflection of the house was a cold, dark thing in her mirror. Saoirse spun around, looking at the house directly through the window. It looked, well, normal - at least as normal as a large, gothic style home surrounded by meticulously kept gardens could look in a neighborhood like this. Turning back to the mirror, Saoirse felt a cold ball of anxiety tighten in her belly as she once again gazed at the reflection of the house down the street. Grabbing her jacket off the bed, Saoirse hung it by the hood from the corner of the mirror, completely blocking the reflection of the house. Then, just for good measure, she shut the window and snapped down the blinds.
Aunt Meg had promised a vegetarian feast for dinner her first night there. Saoirse wasn't a vegetarian, but Aunt Meg meant well and it was kind of nice having someone fussing over her. A meal of seasoned tofu and three different varieties of wild rice seemed like a small price to pay for the accommodations she had for the next two and a half months. It wasn't Europe, of course, but the more Saoirse thought about it, the more she liked the idea of a nice, quiet, peaceful getaway.
Tomorrow, she'd start getting familiar with the town. She might even consider talking to someone.