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Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Natan Isaac on Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:10 am

Natan Isaac walked into the herb garden, carrying a large wooden picnic basket in his left arm, and a small, midnight blue book in his right. The pages appeared to be gold-edged. Kneeling at the edge of the herb garden, he put down the basket and opened it. Giving a quick glance over the growing spot, he opened the book and started reading it. 

"Ala renmen mwen renmen ou, Seyè! Se ou menm ki tout fòs mwen." He said in his native language of Haitian Creole. Pulling a small slip of paper, he put it in the page and closed the book, sticking it out at the top to read some of the list written on it.

"Ann wè ... wi, yo dwe gen ke" he murmured. He stood up and leaned over to get a closer look at the whole of the garden. Spotting what he needed, he carefully stepped over the other plants to get to it, whereupon he plucked off a few leaves of the green herb. 

"Se ou menm ki twou wòch kote m' kache a. Se ou menm ki sèvi m' ranpa. Se ou menm ki delivre m'." he started reciting further.
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Vernal Equinox on Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:34 am

He needed some fresh air; that was the excuse he gave himself, anyway. The castle could be near-claustrophobic despite its long and empty halls. With his usual punkish attire of atrociously tight pants and a baggy, torn-up grey top, and leather gloves and shoes, Vernal strutted out into the garden, hands in his pockets, and really just trying to appreciate "nature." The problem was, he didn't know how to, aside from the sparsely-cloudy weather.

He saw a tree on his way out. It was a tree. He guessed it had nice shading and was of a formidable size, but that's all it was to him: a tree. He saw a leaf, and it was a leaf; and so on, and so forth. He picked up one of those leaves and examined it closely, bringing it closely to a squinted eye. Really . . . A leaf was a leaf, a tree a tree. Clouds were different, of course, but beyond that, terms ceased to matter. He was so preoccupied with the foliage that he didn't notice the janitor or that he was standing dangerously close to the herbs in the ground.
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Natan Isaac on Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:51 pm

He gave a small glance upwards as the man walked into the garden. Receiving no attention though, Natan gave none. Instead, he continued to pluck, pull and cut various leaves, stems, flowers and a few roots.

His non-book hand full, he rose and started carefully stepped back to his basket on the edge. Natan gave a quick glance back to the man near the tree. Seeing how close his feet were to some greenery, he commented shortly as he bent down to deposit the plant parts in his basket
"Careful chew dohn't step on de mint dea"

Still bent, he looked at both sides of the book before softly putting it down on a rather puffy patch of grass.
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Vernal Equinox on Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:46 pm

He frowned and finally looked down.  Ah.  He didn't even know there was a garden here.  Vernal took a cautious step back and looked back towards the one who gave him the warning.  Such a strange accent . . .  He was fluent enough in English to understand, but it was still difficult.  All he really got from the man's words was "careful" and "step."  He squinted, almost hoping that improving his visual sight would help his hearing.

He watched for several moments at the meticulous ground work before breaking the silence: "Where are you from?"  Because honestly, someone with an accent like that had to be from somewhere interesting.
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Natan Isaac on Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:13 am

Mixing a swivel and standing at once, Natan faced the other garden visitor. "Port-au-Prince, Haiti" He declared before carefully stepping back into the growing zone, squinting and spying for the next plant he needed. He smiled a bit as he thought about most of the castle residents.
"Bechew neva met someone from dat' far away" he commented lightly.
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Vernal Equinox on Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:30 am

Staring directly at the gardener, Vernal still squinted, still translating in his mind. Hati . . . Wasn't that south? south-west from here? That was relatively interesting. Good. Still, he didn't like the implication that he hadn't met someone from so far away before, even if it were true. He cleared his throat, straightened up his back, and tried to look as dignified as possible. "I have. Several, in fact." Did Up There count--?
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Natan Isaac on Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:13 pm

Natan was squatting, looking over some other plant now as Vernal gave his answer. "Well, can't say dere aren't places furder dan dat." He commented casually, not looking up, but counting the veins on the underside of a leaf. Unsatisfied with what he found, he walked over hunched over to another plant. "So den! What are you called?" he asked over his shoulder, briefly.
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Vernal Equinox on Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:04 pm

H-he knew. That was impossible-- or, was it? Not really. The gardener's logic was sound enough. He simply reasoned out the correct answer. Now, Vernal felt stupid for lying in the first place. . . . He cheered up at the asking of his name, though, and smiled.

"Vernal Equinox." The perfect name, really. He was convinced that no one could beat it. "Yours?"
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Natan Isaac on Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:03 am

Satisfied with this plant, he took a few leafs from it before standing up. "Natan Isaac, Conjure Man, pleased to meet chew" he said, giving a small nod.

The people here sure had strange names. Though strange names for strange people was fitting Natan supposed. He looked around at the rest of the garden. It didn't seem to be a much used spot. "Might Ah ask, what are chew doing hea?" He inquired suspiciously.
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Vernal Equinox on Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:44 pm

A . . .  A what?  Vernal second-guessed that he heard the word correctly.  What would a Conjure Man do, exactly?  Okay, maybe that was a stupid question . . .  It was too broad, though.  Conjure what?  It took a moment before the man realized that he was being asked a question in return and one that he did not have a decent answer for.

"I was just taking a walk," he shrugged.  It wasn't a suspicious reason and was just as broad as the gardener's apparent title.  Vernal tilted his head down and began to step away from the plants cautiously.  "My turn again: what exactly do you have planted here?  And, why?"
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Natan Isaac on Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:56 pm

"Oh, dis and dat. Most of it was planted befoe Ah came hea." Natan said as he put the leaves in a breast pocket. "Now Ah jus' take what Ah need, and do a little work besides" He gave a little chuckle "Tanks to de weadea hea, dat usually means jus' weeding. No watering much. But as foa why, id's jus what chew need foa Hoodoo"

"Now, instead of talking, why don't chew do someting useful, like helping me weed, oke?"
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Post  Vernal Equinox on Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:10 am

Again, he struggled for understanding through the accent.  "Weadea"-- oh, the weather.  He could talk about that.  The conversation took an unexpected turn, though, and he was left not knowing what to do.

"W-weeding?"  Vernal stared down at the plants with a frown, unsure.  Having something to do with his hands would be nice, but-- "Which ones are the weeds?"  He didn't want to pull out the wrong plants and have whoever planted them become angry at him.
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Post  Natan Isaac on Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:33 pm

Natan pulled up a dandelion while thinking of how to teach someone the difference between a weed and an herb quickly. In a rare moment of insight, he considered briefly that anything could be a weed if it was unwanted in the area. Natan opened his mouth to say anything with thorns, then closed it after a vision of Vernal destroying rosebushes.

"Hm" He hummed unsatisfactorily, looking at the dandelion he had just pulled up. Inspiration! Moving quickly, he pulled up some clover, couchgrass and horsetail. "Anyting dat looks like dese -and only like des- pull up' Natan instructed, holding out the four plants to Vernal.
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Vernal Equinox on Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:36 am

Vernal bent forward and squinted his eyes at the specimens. They were all green and thus all looked similar to him-- except for the dandelion, of course. That was an easy find. The clover was simple, too, but he couldn't even tell the difference between the other two plants, let alone with it being in a mob of other plants. Maybe he would do all right if he just pulled out those--? Though he wouldn't admit such a strategy to the gardener at any moment.

"Just those four? Got it." He gave a self-assured smile before kneeling down and picking out any and all dandelions and clovers. The schrunk! they gave while being pulled out was satisfactory and kept him at work with a smile, albeit a bit twisted. Take that! And that!
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Post  Natan Isaac on Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:11 pm

"Hey, dat's doing it good!" Natan laughed seeing Vernal's enthusiasm. "Careful not to leave dem lying around afterward, dey'll resprout. Put dem on de walk."

It was good to see someone so enthused working. He made a note of this one to recruit for cleaning. Maybe Richard was right. A student wouldn't be so bad. Or at least an assistant.

"Chewr doing a good job! Honest not done dis before?"
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Post  Vernal Equinox on Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:36 pm

His smile grew with the compliment, and in a fatal swoop (or three), he brushed the growing pile of weeds onto the path. Hai-yah! And then, back to weeding. He continued to pull out the plants with gusto, pulling out one or two that definitely did not look like clover or a dandelion. Oops. The gardener wouldn't notice, though-- would he? Best to sweep it away . . .

"Maybe once or twice?" Vernal admitted. The actions did seem familiar, at this point. "I think my father had a garden just out of town." That was a long time ago, though; he couldn't even remember his father's face, let alone what he grew there. Maybe some flowers. Flowers for the mother; that sounded right.

He picked back up the weeding, determined to re-forget.
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Post  Natan Isaac on Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:35 pm

They were making good progress, a little over halfway done. Natan wasn't going as fast as Vernal, but keeping a good constant pace. Not that he'd let Vernal see, but Natan was instead picking his herbs instead of weeding, rationalizing that he'd have let Vernal help if he had been able to distinguish the plants.

"Out of town, eh? He still nearby, den?" Natan asked, mistakenly thinking he meant Sindi's Cove by town.
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Re: Noisome Weeds, Wholesome Flowers. [OPEN]

Post  Vernal Equinox on Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:33 pm

He wasn't smiling anymore, his lips pressed together in the strain of thought. Should he answer? It was suspicious not to. His hands kept weeding but his eyes weren't looking, certainly making a mistake or two in the process.

"No," he eventually answered; he had to. "No, he lives a ways from here. Lived," he corrected but a moment later.
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Post  Natan Isaac on Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:22 pm

"Ah, gotcha" Natan nodded. Lived. It was a long time ago, so he probably moved. At least, that's how Natan figured. If the father was dead, he further reasoned, Vernal would have said so.

Natan did not practice subtle conversation.

At any rate, his grocery list (of sorts) had been filled. Natan stood and deposited his pickings in his basket before looking back at the (student? Something about none of them were students anymore. Young person who happened to learning here). Not a bad job... for someone who wasn't sure if they'd done it before. He planted a fist on his hip, lip twisting in some weighty (at least in his head) decision.
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Post  Vernal Equinox on Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:56 pm

He exhaled his held breath, stopping his weeding and wiping off beads of forming sweat from his brow.  That . . .  He hadn't realized how nerve-racking that had been.  It was just the past; there was no harm in talking about it.  None at all.  Just a garden, just a father, just . . . Arnica.  That was the flower-- arnica, for treating bruises.  That way, their mother wouldn't worry about the children as much, and she had something to look at.  And, of course, some alpine roses in the corner . . .

He really needed to stop thinking about this.

Vernal turned towards the gardener for a distraction only to find the man mulling over a question.  He dared to ask after a few moments a suspicious, "What?"
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Post  Natan Isaac on Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:35 pm

Natan didn't answer right away. There was still some doubt, or consideration.
"Oh, Ah'm jus tinking. It's noting." he said dismissively, but didn't move. Natan bent down and picked up his basket and book.
"Tanks for weeding. See you round." He turned around, as if to leave.

Oh, why not? He wasn't getting any younger, and it would be useful anyways. Natan turned back after a step.
"Ah lied. Chew were not too bad at de weeding, yeah?" he addressed Vernal. "How would chew like to be a... uh..." Natan sought the word, snapping a few times, and mouthing silently upwards. "Janitorial Assistant?" he caught it. "Chew'd be helping me wit de cleaning an what not. "
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Post  Vernal Equinox on Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:10 pm

Oh.  Oh, he knew this tactic.  Vernal waited, his face not forming a frown, per-say, but not a smile, either.  It bore the irritation of impatience.  It was a demand to get the formalities out of the way and--

And then, the penny dropped.  And, his face changed to a frown.

"A--"  He stopped himself before he could continue.  His throat was itching for some italics, but he knew that they wouldn't come, so why let himself become disappointed?  Skip the formalities.  "No.  No, I like weeding, and I would even do it again, if you'd ask nicely-- but, not with that title.  I will not be an 'assistant' to anybody."  Let alone a janitor . . .  But, he wasn't going to say that last part.  He wasn't lying about the weeding, and insulting the gardener was not wise.
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Post  Natan Isaac on Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:05 am

There was obvious disappointment in Natan's face. Not directed at anybody, but the kind when a short cut goes awry. Mr. Wallace's suggestion of a helper was a good one, but choosing was so difficult, Natan was hoping he could get it over and done with.

"Well, alright den" Natan replied acceptingly. Couldn't blame the boy anyways. Nowadays, it always seemed the youth never liked menial work anyways. Well, their loss, someone had to do it. He'd find someone who could get their hands dirty.

"Dat's ok. De important ting is chew...'contributed to de castle's welfare'" he said, pausing to think of how his boss would say it. Natan smiled again. "But chew certainly did a good job today, and Ah'd be glad to have you help again"
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Post  Vernal Equinox on Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:44 pm

Vernal merely nodded to the acceptance.  Yes, that's right: grovel to him every time.  That would get him a good power high . . .  He had nearly forgotten the feeling.  And yet, this was something he liked, so would he even feel such a rush?  He shoved such questions out of his mind for another time.

He smiled at the praise.  That was a more recent pleasure and something far less on the spectrum of joy than being in control-- but, it was nice.  It was stupidly human but nice, regardless.  He got up and brushed off the few remnants of dirt from his pants.

"Oh, yes; the chores."  He honestly didn't like the formality in its name; it was just as ridiculous as calling a "hospital" a "medical care center" or . . . or, calling "Disaster" an "Occurrence."  Hmm.  "Really, I preferred the classes to this."  He properly turned towards the gardener and then back to the garden plot.  "Then again, at least I can see my work here."
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Post  Natan Isaac on Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:35 am

"Well, half de time" Natan responded and bent down to pick up his belongings. "Watching plants grow is slow work, and chew can only wait".

The janitor took a deep breath in and out as he looked over the garden again. It was nice work, calm and unhurried. They had done a good job today, but he wondered if soon Mr. Wallace might hire an actual gardener soon. Ah well. It's not like he could never come back.

He looked at Vernal one last time. "Good to meet chew. Orevwa!" Natan concluded, turning and heading back to the castle.

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