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 Knitting for Beginners, Tag: Jaya, Seraphim Drake
Monday West
 Posted: Apr 8 2017, 10:40 AM
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Monday didn't think he'd ever met an Elaine, apart from maybe some dinner lady or cleaner when he was still at school - he thought it was a very old name. Then, who was he to talk about names? "That's nice. My boys are just Tom and Josh, no middle names, they seem a bit odd - me and my sisters don't have them. I suppose most people do. When I knew Tom was going to be born, I just wanted him to have a simple name. Probably the opposite problem that most teenagers have when naming a kid, but I know what it's like to be that kid in class with the strange name." Having been called such an unusual name as Monday had definitely affected his choices for his own children's names.

"I wish I had magic. It might make things easier!" Monday laughed, then laughed again at the thought of a TV show about cougars. "They make programmes about anything. It sounds like the kind of thing my older sister would watch though, she'd probably find it hilarious. She watches all that... Kim Kardashian type of stuff." Indie was... unique, that was for sure. Monday loved her, though, and desperately missed her. He knew Tom missed her too. It was strange to think that Josh hardly knew her when she'd been such a big part of Monday's life.

Tom was adorable... but he could be difficult, too. "It is... just as long as no-one claims to know anything about dinosaurs or really like them because he'll quiz them to death about it. Or on the opposite side, if anyone says they don't like them, they've just made an enemy." Monday laughed, but it was a two-sided laugh. It sounded like he was joking, but he wished he was only joking. "I don't think he lets himself get pushed around, he's pretty determined in what he likes. Probably too determined sometimes." Monday broke off to laugh, "Like I probably go on about my kids too much. I can't really complain about him liking dinosaurs, though... it's a better interest than a lot of things and I've done my fair share of encouraging him. Better him to be obsessed with them than... monster trucks or something else that could be dangerous. Dinosaurs are pretty tame in comparison... y'know, considering they're extinct."
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Seraphim Drake
 Posted: Apr 8 2017, 08:59 PM
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Seraphim was some diner lady. Although she wasn’t middle aged, or elderly, like some people who worked that career path. Gertie’s had employed those who were older, but lately it was a just women in their twenties, and a couple in their thirties. Seraphim currently qualified as a woman in her thirties, although she was definitely on the lower end. Apparently Monday’s children didn’t have middle names. It was certainly a strange thought to consider someone not having a middle name. It seemed incomplete. Like there was always something a bit more behind the name you used to introduce yourself at a job interview. However, some people didn’t have middle names. Emily from work didn’t actually have a middle name, it was just unique.

I understand that reasoning,” Seraphim said when Monday explained not wanting his kids to have odd names in school. Monday was not a common name. Tom and Josh? Well, they were good names, but certainly also what one would call run of the mill. Sera couldn’t recall if she’d ever had any weird reactions to her name growing up. She also didn’t realize that no one called her Sera until college. Always Seraphim, because that was what her parents called her, so why would she go by anything different? It wasn’t until Cooper that anyone called her that, although due to the amnesia, she went by it more now. Except when she was trying to use her full name so that she could get used to it again.

Magic would definitely make things easier. Thus was the whole point of magic. Right? Apparently Monday’s sister liked reality TV shows. “Well, they can be funny, and pretty casual viewing, which is sometimes good. I don’t watch a lot of shows, but it can be good background noise.” Considering she had only recently gotten a TV from her friend. Why? Her friend had an extra. Even with all the money that Seraphim fell into, the idea of just having an extra TV to give away blew her mind.

Aw, that’s quite a thing to make an enemy over,” Seraphim said with a small laugh. Enemies over not liking dinosaurs. “I guess that’s kids. Things are so much more serious, or they’re so much less serious sometimes.” Like homework. There was something so nice about how things could just… go along, for kids. Not having to worry about how every action would shape your life. Monday remarked that it was a tame interest for his kid, because they were extinct. “True… but probably disappointing in that regard for him. He can’t go visit any living ones. Not like wanting to be a rodeo rider. Although I suppose that is also dangerous. And as far as talking about kids… I’m fine with that. I like kids, I used to watch my neighbor’s kids all the time and… I mean, it is how we’ve met. They become pretty life encompassing.

She could talk about something else, but if anyone even wanted to pretend that Seraphim had a hobby, then Lainey was really the top of her list. Being a parent was just… up there. “So, what is something you like to do that has nothing to do with being a parent?

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Monday West
 Posted: Apr 16 2017, 10:32 AM
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Monday smiled, knowing that Seraphim was right about children and their seriousness when he thought of Tom. "Hate dinosaurs, make an enemy, love dinosaurs, make a best friend... life is definitely simpler in some ways when you're a kid." He agreed. Making friends as an adult was nowhere near so simple. Instead it was filled with social politics and competition, and that was if you even had much spare time to socialist in the first place.

What did Monday like to do that had nothing with being a parent?

He laughed, a little nervously, when he tried to think about it.

"Well, you know when you mentioned kids becoming pretty life encompassing?" He raised an eyebrow at Sera, shaking his head at himself.

His life pretty much revolved around his children, anything Monday wanted to do as an individual was either tied to his sons or took a back seat.

"I like to draw, though it's become a job as well a hobby. I'm an illustrator. Mostly for young adult fiction, it's the easiest to get into, but it's still linked to being a parent, isn't it? For me, I went after that sort of work because I was a single parent, at least. And anything else I like... I used to love skateboarding and I probably still would if I have the time, but these days I think more about wanting to teach Tom rather than taking a trip down the local skate park by myself. I think I'd just feel out of place now and know all the teenagers were wondering what the old guy was doing there." He hummed, letting out a small laugh. It might be one of the only places he could go to and feel old, if only due to the juxtaposition of the time he used to frequent skate parks. "All encompassing is the right phrase. Everything I like doing has something to do with being a parent. So, it's probably for the best that you don't mind me gushing about kids. What about you?" He flashed Sera a smile as they walked.
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Seraphim Drake
 Posted: Apr 19 2017, 11:28 PM
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Seraphim chuckled. Dinosaurs were the key to Tom’s heart. That was simple enough. Sera would not claim to know of anything that was the key to her heart. One thing that trumped anything and you were just in her trust. While she didn’t claim to know of anything, the simple fact of being decent usually got people farther than it should. Not the naivety applied to the world being all good and fair, but thinking that each person standing in front of her was good until proven otherwise. It wasn’t something that she professed, but it was accurate to how she lived her life.

Seraphim, trying to get to know this man outside their very well discussed shared trait, children, asked him about himself. Something about him that didn’t have to do with his kids. The nervous laugh was a tip that he was struggling, and Sera’s expression turned to amused sympathy. He reminded her of her statement about kids being all encompassing, and she chuckled. “I seem to recall saying that, yes.

So Monday was a parent first, and a Monday second. She could understand that. Sera wasn’t sure she was that way. Probably not. She focused on Lainey, but she had other interests. She included Lainey in them, but Sera knew that she had too much work left finding who she was and who she’d been to stop focusing on herself even if she wanted to. Monday did like to draw, enough that it was his job. Enough that he still liked it while it was his job. He had liked skating. That was nice. It had nothing to do with his kids, even less than the drawing, but it did seem like he didn’t know how to separate from his kids. That was fair. And what about Sera?

Oh… well, its easier not to just want to get Lainey into everything since she ‘s too young to do a lot of activities. As opposed to spectate. I like doing yoga, and ice skating. I’ve taken Lainey on runs and walks and even ice skating. Can’t really pull it off with yoga,” she admitted with a small laugh, “but those are my things that I like to do. And… I guess going through old papers and pictures and things like that.” The reason for that was a lot less charming, so she didn’t try to delve into it. “You’ve never tried ice skating, have you?” She had certainly not skateboarded… that she knew of.

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Monday West
 Posted: Apr 22 2017, 11:42 AM
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They were getting closer to the school as they walked, the air chilly but not unbearable, the sun even peeking out a little through the cold clouds in the sky. Monday smiled as he watched Josh slowly drift off to sleep, the movement of the pushchair sending him off into a slumber as per usual.

"No, I've never tried ice-skating," Monday admitted, "I used some rollerblades a few times when I was younger, is that similar?" They'd been someone else's rollerblades and he'd just used them out on the street near his friend's house, rather than going to a skating rink. It was more accessible than ice-skating. The weather in England was very rarely icy and cold enough for ponds to freeze over completely so skating on a pond was unlikely and going to an ice-skating rink was costly and a privilege Monday had never experienced as a child. No-one he knew exactly had any ice-skates he could borrow to try, either. He didn't think he'd even seen a pair in real life. "I thought about taking Tom a few times but I worry about not being able to help him when I don't know what I'd be like on the ice." Plus, the cost of the outing. It was a lot of money to spend on an activity Monday wasn't sure he or Tom would enjoy or even be able to do. Maybe it was something to think about in the future. "He's never expressed much interest. I can't believe you've taken Lainey! You must be really good to feel that confident. I'm guessing you carried her, rather than kit her out with skates when she can't walk." Monday smiled down at Lainey - she was cute.

"I'd like to take Tom sometime. Maybe when he's grown into himself - he's growing so fast at the moment, he can't get used to his size before he's growing again. He's a little clumsy... and growing me out of house and home." He'd never been so thankful for Indie's overspending and random presents because she thought this outfit was cute or that outfit was adorable - or 'hot', if it was for him rather than the boys. It wasn't only because she liked certain items of clothing, Monday knew she liked to help however she could and the distance between them must have been as difficult for her to bear as it was for him. "Then again.. he might surprise me and turn out to be some pro."
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Seraphim Drake
 Posted: Apr 24 2017, 09:17 PM
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Was ice skating like roller blading? Hm. “Conceptually.” such a non-committal answer that should be a clear enough no. She didn’t want to just leave it at that. Of course there was the atmosphere. One actually slapped blades on your feet, to cut through ice… not just roll along. You were going to roll a lot more just standing on a slope on wheels than on blades and ice. Then there was the control. It was a perfect atmosphere for working out too. It was so cold, and you could start out alert, then work yourself down through your outer layers until those skimpy little stretch fabrics were actually enough to keep you warm. None of this really mattered to a casual skater though.

If you are good at one your body will better understand the other but… being quite good at one does not translate into the other. Usually people rollerblade more than ice skate. It has a degree of control that you can’t get in roller blading because you are blading on the ground, but your ice skate… the metal is actually cutting into the ice, so you get a grip with that.” That was probably simple enough to be accessible. And a good place to stop. Although on the topic of taking Lainey, she laughed.

Yeah, I don’t think they even make skates her size. But… I started skating,” she had the picture books, ribbons, and notes to tell her this much, “when I was two.” She’d have a few years off, but it was hard to casually dismiss that anomaly. Even though she’d taken time off, it felt amazing on the ice, and she knew that Lainey was safe. She hadn’t taken her out the first time. She didn’t do any leaps through the air, or jumps. She also tried not to get too much cold air on Lainey.

Seraphim laughed when Monday informed her that Tom was growing her out of house and home. He might go pro even, she chuckled some more. “Could be. You learn to move about whatever way is presented to you. So, sometimes learning when you are clumsy can help. Not for everyone though, definitely. But if there is some skating event in town, or the lakes are frozen over, and you ever want to try, I’m not a bad teacher.” She wasn’t sure if she should offer, since they just met, but it came up. She liked ice skating, and it was a bit hard to just turn that off when the topic came up. Even if she brought it up. It was ice skating. Were there any activities that she loved more? “In any case, trying things once is fun just to have done it, even if you don’t like it.

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