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It's not a terribly depressing conversation
Sat Oct 15, 2016 16:43

Amelle shrugged. “It’s why I haven’t been to any meals since the feast and only go to dinners when I do have helpers.” Amelle explained. She really didn’t have any options regarding her work hours. She knew that some people would probably believe that her job was incredibly easy. All she had to do with sit at a desk and check books out, but it was more than that. Some of those books had personalities that she had to be mindful of. There was taking inventory, helping students, keeping the space clean regularly (even with the elves help, the amount of dust that constantly filled the air was ridiculous). There were her contacts for more books when they were required and so on and so forth. While most of the staff had breaks throughout the day and ended around five each night, Amelle did not. She would work from morning until night because she could not leave the library unattended. Even when she did have helpers, they were only there in the evenings and weekends, so she never had the regular break schedule as most others. She was not naïve enough to believe that her job was any worse or better than the staff; she had subbed once and that was stressful enough, but she could respect the differences between them.

“That’s very nice of you to offer.” Amelle commented when he brought up taking over to cover for her some time. “But you already do enough as a staff member. I will, however, take you up on the offer of you coming to see me throughout the day.” Amelle said. “Lunch is awfully boring when you have to eat by yourself at your desk every day. It would be great to have some company from time to time.” She really meant that too. There were very few students who came during the day unless they were Aladrens with a free period, but that was never very likely. So, despite not being able to leave the library, she was often alone or with only one or two students sitting at various tables. Most of the activity came during the lunch hour or after the end of classes.

“Ah, the grass is always greener syndrome.” Amelle said while she listened to Rory explain to her what it was that was keeping him awake. She did sort of understand what he meant. She didn’t have a wildly adventurous life as he had had before Sonora, but she was often invited to travel with her friends’ jazz band but turned them down because of her obligations to the school. They always wrote to her to tell her about some city or another that they played at and Amelle sometimes regretted her choice not to go. “You had a very exotic life before you came here.” Amelle said, “It’s no surprise that you miss it.”

Amelle heard the emphasis in his words and the implications of it. Such a tiny thing made her heart race and she felt like a sixteen year old girl getting a note from her crush. It was so silly that something so little could have such an effect and there was likely that chance that he didn’t even mean it in any way. She shifted in her seat a bit, moving closer to Rory. She was attempting to be subtle about the movement, but she knew that it was more obvious than subtle. Hopefully, Rory didn’t laugh at her for it.

She sort of gave a snort when he asked her how people became proper adults. “You’re asking me?” Amelle looked at him, she thought she was the least adult person she knew. “If my parents had it their way, I would have gone to those marriage meetings, been married by twenty, and likely a mother of two by now.” Amelle said, amusement in her voice. “That’s how I would have become a proper adult instead of the adult I am now, even if I’m not much of one.” She laughed. “I really don’t know though. I guess you just keep taking chances until it finally pays off.”

  • Rory frowned at Amelle’s response. “Fifteen hours a day? That doesn’t sound particularly healthy,” he replied, a little concerned. Fifteen hours a day was really too long for anyone to have to work... more
    • It's not a terribly depressing conversation - Amelle, Sat Oct 15 16:43
      • Let's hope it's not depressing at all - Rory, Sun Oct 16 05:00
        Well, that settled it. Rory had noticed Amelle’s reduced feast presence, but had thought that maybe he just hadn’t been at Sonora long enough to know the habits of his colleagues, even those of... more
        • I would say it's the exact opposite - Amelle, Sun Oct 16 14:47
          Amelle was a little jealous of his life style outside of Sonora and his life prior to Sonora. She had started working at Sonora was she was like nineteen, so she didn’t have much experience of any... more
          • And I'm far from depressed too! - Rory, Mon Oct 17 15:06
            “Well, you’ll have to come with me on my travels at some point then,” Rory suggested. He’d love to take Amelle with him and show her all the wonderful creatures that he loved so much. His work was so ... more
            • Good, I'm glad we feel the same! - Amelle, Mon Oct 17 16:30
              Amelle’s eyebrows shot up at Rory’s invitation for her to travel with him. Amelle didn’t really know what his traveling entailed. Would it be like camping around dangerous animals? Was it a group of... more
              • You have no idea how relieved I am! - Rory, Wed Oct 19 14:56
                “Hey, no need to look so alarmed,” Rory laughed, amused by Amelle’s reaction to his camping suggestion. “I wouldn’t let you get hurt,” he assured her. Seeing Matthias Gould’s unfortunate accident had ... more
                • Amelle relaxed as Rory laughed off her expression. She must have looked more terrified at the idea of traveling than she had thought. That didn’t surprise her too much though as Amelle sometimes wore ... more
                  • Comfortable enough to fall asleep? - Rory, Mon Oct 24 16:17
                    Planning a camping trip was now officially on Rory’s list of things to do, and he was going to find the perfect place. Hopefully by next summer Amelle would feel confident enough to travel somewhere... more
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