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Pulling an All-Nighter
« on: April 08, 2019, 09:33:07 AM »
Astrid sat alone and mildly stressed amongst her spread of various notebooks and tomes strewn about the table around the little potted rosemary.  Tonight she was clothed in some fashionably ripped dark-washed boot-cut jeans and a loose-fitted black halter-top tank with a silvery crescent moon print.  She had come to the Sanctuary café to assemble some sort of syllabi for the two classes that she had been freshly hired to teach at the Kerr Galvin Academy.  The witch desperately needed some kind of cash flow.  Even though living at the Parlor meant she didn’t have any living expenses to speak of, she really wanted to find a little place of her own.  Not that she terribly minded the company of Sabrina and everyone else living there.  There were just things that she wanted to do that couldn’t be done with her own place.  Building a forge was one of them, but that was a bigger project.  Need some land first.  And a house.

She jotted down a few notes while flipping through a tome written entirely in some sort of runic alphabet.  Placing the pen down she attempted to take a sip of coffee from one of the several cups she had placed around the table.  Finding it empty, she peered into the cup with a grimace and went to check all of the other cups for a last sip of coffee.  They were all empty.  She took the lids off of them all and stacked them together, bringing them over to the trash and walking back over to the counter to order some tea instead.  And one of the lemon squares.

“Thanks,” she said a bit apologetically with an appreciative smile as the tea and snack were handed off.  Astrid made her way back over to her table and placed the cup and lemon pastry down.  Pen in hand she quickly jotted another note down;

Maybe explore different magical paradigms? too high-level for an intro course?  Theory concept but maybe off-topic for Ethics.

She sighed through her nose and stretched her body backwards to try to crack her back.  Reaching into the leather jacket that hung off the back of the chair, she pulled out her cellphone to check the time.

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Re: Pulling an All-Nighter
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2019, 10:40:33 PM »
Siobhán finished cleaning the espresso machine then wiped down the counter, her long curls were tied securely back in a tight pony tail and she was dressed in comfortable flat shoes, slacks and a light tan colored shirt. The café was doing great and the flow of customers throughout the day had kept her constantly busy. As she washed and dried her hands at the sink, she scanned her café with a look of contented pride in her eyes. She felt tired but in a good way, but she could do with a break. The café had been quieting down for a while now and was fairly empty at the moment; Psych was more than capable of taking care of things on his own for a little bit.

“Hey” she said as he passed her on the way to putting the milk back in the fridge. “I’m going to quickly wipe down the tables then take a break. Can you hold down the fort for a bit?”

He told her he would be fine so she grabbed some disinfectant and a cloth and went into the dining area and started cleaning the tables. As she got closer to Astrid’s table she smiled at her. Astrid had been here for some hours now and Siobhán was pleased that she felt comfortable enough was happy enough to continue to stay and continue with whatever she was working on.

As she stretched and rolled her shoulders back Siobhán decided to go talk with her.

“Hi, how are you doing this evening?” She scanned that table and smiled again and noticed the tea and lemon square. “ Are you happy with everything? Can I get you anything else?”


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Re: Pulling an All-Nighter
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2019, 04:43:29 AM »
Ugh, almost midnight already?  How long had she been in here?  Astrid sighed and stretched a bit, shuffling a few papers around as she stood.  She hadn't noticed Siobhán until she spoke--not even at the counter since the other staff had served her.  Tunnel-vision and all that.  Her brain was seriously fried.

"Hey,"  Shit--she was gorgeous.  Astrid flushed slightly and put her cellphone down on top of the mess all over the table. 

"Everything's great, I'm good, thanks."  She glanced briefly into Siobhán's eyes.  You're a witch!  Astrid was absolutely certain but gave little outward indication that she had recognized something within her.  The cafe itself had some magical tendrils, so this shouldn't have been too much of a surprise.  Could she be the owner? She seemed pretty young.  Maybe this place just employed witches.  That would be cool.  She should definitely come here more often.

"Sorry I've been here forever--I feel like I've been trying to finish up for the past hour or two now."  She laughed a bit and spun the spinner ring on her right thumb a few times.  Astrid sat down again, still facing Siobhán, and casually attempted to consolidate some of the papers.

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Re: Pulling an All-Nighter
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 11:52:16 PM »
She loved Astrids cresent moon top and her tattoos, she found them unusual and intriguing and thought they gave Astrid an air of mystery, she wanted to ask about them but felt that might be a little intrusive,  but as Astrid’s eyes met hers Siobhán felt her magic call to her, like recognizing like, and her breath caught in the back of her throat a little in surprise. Sabrina had said there were other witches in the city besides herself and Tess and had wondered if she would come across them. The fact Astrid could enter her café meant she wasn’t here to cause any harm and so her smile was friendly and welcoming as Astrid retook her seat.
 
“Oh good, I’m glad to hear it” she replied earnestly. The fact Astrid had been here for a few hours already showed that she felt comfortable here and welcome, which was exactly what Siobhan had wanted when she opened the café. For people to feel they had entered a haven, that sanctuary offered them an escape from all that worried them outside her doors.  “and there is absolutely no need to apologize, we’re open till the early hours anyway, so you’re welcome to stay as long as you like.”

As she looked over the table again, she noticed the open book with the runic alphabet and raised an eyebrow in curiosity. “What is that? Pictish? Norse?” she tilted her head slightly to try and get a better look at it. She loved runes and old scripts, and these looked familiar but she couldn’t quite place them. She looked at Astrid with honest curiosity in her eyes. “Are you studying for an exam or something?”

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Re: Pulling an All-Nighter
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2019, 12:11:01 AM »
Astrid was glad to hear that there wasn't an issue with her hanging out for a few hours.  She was consistently making purchases anyway, so it was good for their business. 

"Elder Futhark,"  she confirmed, running her right hand across the open pages.  This tome was a family heirloom, containing mostly incantation and song.  She couldn't remember why she had that particular page open--something about composition maybe?

"I'm actually working on putting together a couple of syllabi."  Astrid smiled shook her head, "I feel like I'm a bit in over my head with this."  She confessed with a light laugh.  There were a few drafted versions already written in one of her notebooks that would have worked fine.  She had a better handle on the situation than she let on due to a mixture of modesty and perfectionism.  It felt like a great deal of pressure to be the only professor (she hated using that word, it didn't feel like it fit her) teaching magical classes.  There were so many things that could have been covered but two classes were absolutely her limit.  She wanted time to herself and her own practice. 

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Re: Pulling an All-Nighter
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2019, 01:11:08 PM »
"Syllabi?"  Siobhán asked in surprise. She had assumed Astrid was a student not a teacher. She looked at the book again and surmised it wasn't High School Astrid was teaching at. "Are you teaching at the new Academy?"

Originally she had been told the academy was a a place for vampires who were being taught wizardry by a wizard named Kerr, later she learned that Kerr was actually a vampire and the academy was open to all supernaturals and was run and owned by another vampire named Ben. Astrid would be the first person she had met who actually went there, taught there and knew anything real about it.

 Siobhán was instantly intrigued and curious. "What subjects are you teaching?" she asked with interest before she blinked then blushed with embarrassment. "I'm sorry, I'm being nosy." she said with a smile. " I'm Siobhán by the way"

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Re: Pulling an All-Nighter
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2019, 11:49:32 PM »
"Yeah, I am." Astrid blushed, looking a bit sheepish.  She figured that would be surprising--her appearance didn't exactly scream teacher.

"Siobhán.  My name is Astrid."  When she had offered her name, Astrid became Aware of the fact that her bloodline was not completely human.  Interesting.

"Oh, you're not being nosy, so no worries.  I'm teaching The Ethics of Cursecasting--a theory class.  And a more practical Intro to Crafting Magical Objects."  She spoke with a slightly hushed tone, knowing that she could trust Siobhán since she was magically-inclined (and not fully human) herself, but unsure about anyone else in the vicinity.

"Were you thinking about taking any classes?"  It would be cool to see you around, she thought to herself with a hint of a smirk.

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Re: Pulling an All-Nighter
« Reply #7 on: Today at 12:35:33 AM »
" Astrid" she said, sounding her name out, it was a good name, strong, powerful and hinted of a person with many different depths and layers. Her classes would most definitly be interesting and not just because of their subject. "Ethics of Cursecasting?"  the irony of it had her lips twitching with amusement. "Now that sounds like an intriguing and fun class."

She hadn't given any thought about going to the academy but at Astrid's question she suddenly found herself wondering what she could learn. However running the cafe was taking up all her time at present but if she could hire some more staff then maybe she would get some free time. "Running Sanctuary pretty much takes up all my time at the moment, but yeah" she admitted as she looked over all the papers and books strewn across the table with a thoughtful look in her eyes. " If I could see myself signing up to a few classes at least" her eyes once again fell on Astrid's tea and pastry. " Is that all you've eaten tonight?" she asked as she looked at Astrid with a raised eyebrow.

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Re: Pulling an All-Nighter
« Reply #8 on: Today at 01:13:49 AM »
"Yeah well I'm doing my best to make it fun," she laughed lightly, "It tends to be a bit of a controversial topic, as I'm sure you know."  She met her eye, acknowledging that she knew, and watching her reaction.  Astrid was excited to get to know more witches in the city.  Back home she had pretty much been exposed to one type--her family--which was nice and familiar.  Sure she had met the occasional practitioner on the road, but there was something about this city.  It radiated magic here. 

So she was the owner.  That made sense.  She hoped that Siobhán would find the time to take some classes.  As it was, she wasn't sure what sort of group she would be having.  Would there be any witches at all--or just a bunch of curious non-magical humans and supernaturals?  A mix would be ideal.  She wanted to learn from the students as much as teach them.

Was that all she had eaten?  "Uh, yeah I guess it is.  That and like seven cups of coffee."  Astrid blushed a bit, laughing, and picked up the tea to take a sip before it got cold.  "I kind of lost track of the time--I was on a roll."