08.26.3013: Lunch in the Park
Summary: Brennart happens upon Elodie during her lunch break in the park.
Date: 26 August, 2013
Related: None
Brennart Elodie 

Gardens of Erkwin Landing, Imperius
While the Arborenin may like their greenery wild and lush, the Gardens of Erkwin are carefully and precisely manicured, even if they are no less green for all the attention they have received at the clippers of gardening drones. Broad expanses of grass are trimmed to exactly the same height, grown to exactly the same verdant shade. Hedges are neatly clipped back into exacting shapes. Some form mythical creatures, others living statues of famous historical figures, and one section even rises in geometric patterns to create a hedge maze. Between the hedges and lining paths of crushed gravel are beds full of flowers from all over Imperius — and before that, from all over Old Earth.

As beautiful as the gardens are, however, all of the paths lead through them toward the stadium on the water's edge. A final parade of flags draws the attention of most onlookers up toward the bulbous blue shape of the stadium's half-roof, which is lit from within by the glow of the lights when a tournament is taking place or a soccer game being played.

26 August, 2013

It's lunch time for many on Landing, and one of those many is young Lady Doctor Elodie Iah, MD. Still in her Naval Medical Uniform, but with her braid uncoiled down her back, the woman is sitting on a bench with a lapful of finger foods and a bottle of water next to her. She watches the people as she eats, her eyes following one or the other that catches her attention. It is possible one of the few days of nice weather she'll have left for such an occupation, and she's taking full advantage.

Brennart heads into the gardens as it seems to be the only place he can get a breath of "fresh" air here at the landing. For now he's just wandering the gardens taking a look at all the pretty little manicured hedges and flowers.

As she watches the people, Elodie tips her head slightly as one seems to have some sort of vague familiarity to it. Her brows pull together as she tries to place him, and then her eyes light as she remembers. "Lord Sir Brennart," she calls in greeting from her bench. The call is meant to carry as far as the man himself, not overly loud as to disturb many others. She lifts a hand from her lap to wave to him.

Brennart glances over towards the doctor and smiles, "Lady Doctor Elodie." He heads over towards her bench, "Care for some company? I was only here delivering some of my reports from scouting, since that's done I have the rest of the day to waste before heading back to the Elder Seat."

Elodie smiles to Brennart while shaking her head. "Please, feel free to join me. And you only have to use one or the other," she adds with a short chuckle. "Would you care for some frozen grapes?" she offers up the cooler container once he's seated. "How fare you and the Arborenin?"

Brennart shakes his head as he sits down, "I'm doing well as is the Arborenin and no thank you for the grapes I just ate." He smirks a bit though, "Well I figured since you were being all formal with Lord Sir I'd go ahead and return the favor Lady Doctor."

Elodie chuckles at his rejoinder. "I never know which to use with some people. Some prefer me to refer to their birthright, others wish to be known for their accomplishment. A very few insist on both." She pulls the container back, and takes one more for herself. "That's good to hear. I hope there are a few more days like this to enjoy… I've been trying to get as many patients outside whenever possible. Even for city dwellers, real sunshine is the best tonic for healing."

Brennart chuckles, "Yeah I prefer just Brennart or Brenn to be honest not really caught up with the whole title thing at all. And yes sunshine is a wonderful thing just love being outdoors most of the time."

Black eyebrows raise in mild 'shock' at the preference of name, but she grins, giving a nod. "Well, I don't suppose I'm so caught up in the title thing as much as… well…" she pops a little piece of cheese in her mouth and leans back to consider. "For instance, when Sir Sammel and I were first introduced, I called him Sir Sammel because we were not very acquainted with one another. Now that we are closer, I call him Sammel because it indicates a more familiar relationship between the two of us."

Brennart chuckles and nods, "Of course us Arborens are usually a little more laid back almost to the point where we are frowned upon by the other Paramounts. Just the other day I was helping dig irrigation ditches for a local farmer which I guess in some of the other families is unheard of."

A frown flits across Elodie's face as he mentions other families frowning upon the Arborens, but then her expression clears with a grin as she finishes her next bite. "Well, perhaps among some other Paramount or Vassal houses. I assure you, however, the Iah would never frown upon such industriousness. Niveus has never been a hospitable enough climate that we can afford to have anyone turn their noses up at putting forth their fair share of hard work."

Brennart shrugs, "Doesn't bother me much what folks say about us I feel if you've seperated yourself from your people then you've lost the feel for them and the land. I'm glad to know that some other houses share the same attitude for hard work though."

Elodie nods slowly, eating a few more bites in silence. "That is one of the things about Niveus. There isn't a lot of space for separation." Then she gives a little chuckle as a thought strikes her. "Oh, I think most houses consider hard work of some kind to be important… it's just what sort of hard work you choose to do." There's a gleam in her gaze as she glances sideways towards him.

Brennart hmmms and shrugs, "Any work that needs to be done is important willing to do most any type of hard work. Why what do you consider hard work that needs to be done?"

Elodie chuckles outright, leaning forward slightly over her lunch. "Well, I was just teasing about some people who seem to think that shopping is hard work. Although, I admit, at times, it can be perplexing and annoying… but not truly difficult." She sobers slightly to consider his question, although the remnants of her chuckle linger in a smile on her lips. "Anything that needs to be done, I suppose, to keep people alive and in the best possible way."

Brennart nods, "Thats a great goal for a doctor. Me I'm better at putting sharp pointy things in bad guys than I am taking them back out. Never had much of a calling for medicine it's a great profession though much respect for healers."

"There are many other things besides medicine that fit those goals. You help your people live a better life by digging an irrigation ditch, or killing the Hostiles that would would destroy them." Elodie smiles a bit as she turns to look at him. "There are many ways to keep people alive and make their lives better than just by being able to patch them up. Sometimes, I think that's the smallest part of keeping people alive."

Brennart hmmms and nods, "This is true. I've also trained with the Druids back around the Elder Seat." He hmmms to himself, "Those woods are majestic. Have you ever been there?"

Elodie shakes her head. "I haven't. I would like to go, and I imagine I will when Lady Ariana marries your Lord Brother. You are Awakened?" she looks him over curiously when he mentions training with druids.

Brennart chuckles and nods, "I'm Awakened." He slips into his awakened state, eyes going that odd milky white and a light green aura forming around him before he releases it returning to his normal looks. "I didn't devote myself to the studies though enjoyed being a Arboren Knight more than a Druid."

Elodie's eyes widen only slightly as he manifests his aura, as she's seen Awakened before, but each one is new. "I suppose it is kind of hard to be both," she muses slowly. "It seems like both take a lot of training and diligence."

Brennart nods, "They do although they also work fairly well hand in hand. I spend most of my time out in nature as a ranger and the druid spells come in handy when surviving in the wilderness."

Elodie grins and nods. "I imagine they do," she agrees. "There are times when I'm out on Niveus that I would be happy to be able to use a spell or two. Especially on rescue missions… too keep the snow from moving too much, or to dig through it to find people." A little beep goes off at her wrist and she sighs. "I am sorry to cut short our time, my lord. I am enjoying chatting with you, but I have an afternoon lecture today." She starts gathering her mostly empty lunch cartons together as she speaks.

Brennart nods, "I understand I should look to start heading back home soon myself I'm sure I've got tons of work waiting for me."

Once she has everything all collected, Elodie stands, nodding. "Enjoy your afternoon, Sir Brennart," she offers her hand. "I hope I see you again, soon."

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