I absolutely do not recommend thinking about Laura refusing to talk to anyone for some time and then one day she hears a knock on her door that she doesn’t recognise and Kirsch opens it just a little and she’s so surprised to see him and she doesn’t immediately tell him to get out. So he comes in and he sits on the end of her bed and puts his hand on her knee and starts to just talk about SJ.
He tells her about how he noticed her the first day he arrived on campus. How he thought she had the prettiest smile and that he didn’t think he’d ever seen someone with such kind eyes and he was immediately convinced that she was too good for him because she was crazy smart and stunning and he was this dumb freshman dudebro and he didn’t think she’d ever look twice at him and then one day she did… of course now looking back he knows that she wasn’t in her right mind and he knows that in all likelihood nothing would have ever happened between them. He almost kind of wishes that nothing had because at least then that would mean she’d never been taken… she never would have died.
Imagine Kirsch just spilling all of this to Laura and her just listening to it all until he talks himself into silence and then they just sit there for a few minutes until Laura eventually speaks up and starts spilling her own guts about Carmilla.
They talk and talk for hours until eventually they fall asleep right there and in the morning they wake up and Kirsch asks Laura if she wants some breakfast and she nods because it’s the first time she’s felt hungry in days and Kirsch goes out and buys all of the comfort food he can carry because that’s what he did after SJ.
Just… Kirsch and Laura grieving together and talking themselves into some kind of closure where they have each other to lean on in the most simple and wonderful way