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Diaries; Open. Quiet time in the park. Nothing to do with diaries.
Topic Started: Jun 13 2015, 08:08 PM (1,304 Views)
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Penelope breathed in the fresh air of the park.

((Penelope Fitzgerald Pregame Start))

The wind danced across the beautiful scenery of the park, blowing Penelope's hair aside as she sat cross legged with her eyes closed on one of the park benches, meditating. She opened her eyes and took a sip from her bottle of tea. Things were quiet, serene. She loved Sumac Park for how nice it was to simply stay there and enjoy herself in the peace and quiet. It was certainly a joy for her to visit on the weekends, just so she could get out of her house and breathe in the fresh air of the park. Life was good, she was glad that she had the life she had. It was sunny and warm, as it usually is in Kingman, Arizona. She enjoyed the sunshine, even if she had to put on sun screen to avoid getting burnt due to her paleness.

Penelope bent over slightly and reached down for one of the flowering weeds that dotted the park. She picked it and admired how elegant it was. Most people would not say that they like these flowers, due to their status as weeds, but Penelope could find the beauty in most things. As far as she was concerned, life in general is beautiful. She placed the flower behind her ear and leaned back on the bench, closing her eyes. She took a deep breath and sighed in contentment. She sat there for a few minutes, and then tilted her head back up. She pulled her phone out of her purse, which had been sitting next to her, and checked the time. She would need to go home soon enough, and she needed to know how much more time she had, but she still had a fair amount of time from the looks of it, so she put her phone away and relaxed again.

Penelope closed her eyes and took in a big breath before returning to her meditation.
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Penelope opened her eyes when she heard a familiar voice call her name. She turned her head toward the sound and gave Alessio a toothy grin when she saw his face. He was one of the friendliest people she knew and a good friend of hers. "Hey Alessio!" She shouted, over the wind. She took herself out of her mediation position and stood up, giving the closest thing she could muster to a cat smile before poking Alessio in the nose. She often did this to her close friends as a way to express her affection in a way that other people typically don't. She doesn't bother poking friends who have a problem with personal space, but as a person she is very touchy towards people she is close to.

"Boop!" She said, as she poked Alessio's nose and continued poking him a few more times after that. "How have things been going, friend? I was just trying to relax here in the park for a moment, I do it pretty regularly if you didn't already know!" She sat back down as she listened to Alessio as he talked, and glanced over what was going on around her. She noticed Adelaide Walker not too far from them drinking out out of the water fountain. She was looking at them in between sips as they conversed. Adelaide was not the type of girl that she talked to very often, but Penelope at least knew her name. She brought her index finger up. "Just a sec, Alessio."

Penelope waved her arm in the air and shouted over to Adelaide. "Hey! Adelaide! Fancy seeing you here! 'Sup?"
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Penelope leaned back on the park bench as Adelaide mentioned her meditation.

"Oh yeah, that? She said, casually. "I like coming out to areas like this and relaxing with it sometimes." Penelope picked up her bottle of tea and sipped at it. "Thinking about things and life in general, trying to attain nirvana." She turned a bit to get a more direct look at Adelaide. "It's all good for the mind and soul."

Penelope had always based her meditation techniques off of Buddhist meditation. Buddhism had always been the most interesting religion to Penelope, she loved the tenets of it and the practices, such as meditation. Buddhist style meditation was enjoyable to partake in and she always felt better about herself and life after doing so.

Penelope sipped her tea again. "Is there anything interesting you find about it in particular?"
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Penelope smiled at Adelaide's comment on her tea.

Now you're getting it! She said, if only mentally. After Adelaide asked about Alessio's groceries, Penelope decided to jump in, always eager to insert herself into things and answer for people, whether they liked it or not. Without giving Alessio the chance to talk, she responded to Adelaide. "Uh, yeah! Alessio here was out doing some shopping for like..."

Penelope reached into Alessio's grocery bags and pulled out them various objects that were in them, listing them off as she went. "Things like milk... cheese... mostly food in here... oh, and meat." She put the meat back before turning her head up towards Alessio.

"Alessio, didn't I tell you that it's healthier to be a vegetarian?" she asked, while having her normal mischievous grin plastered on her face. She poked him a few times in the cheek. "Just teasing, I understand vegetarianism isn't for everyone."

Most people wouldn't be able to get away with shenanigans like this, but when it came to Penelope and her friends, a certain understanding was usually met, especially regarding her lack of a sense for personal space.

Penelope craned up slightly and wrapped her arms around Alessio's neckline. "Sorry if I took the wind out of your sails there."

She leaned her head back and turned it towards Adelaide once more. "Did that answer your question?"
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Penelope stood back a bit as the two of them talked, her eyes darting between them.

She had noticed when she wrapped her arms around Alessio that Adelaide got noticeably uncomfortable. That was troubling her. Did she not like physical contact between people? Physical contact was the best way to show affection in Penelope's books. Did she think that the two of them were dating? They weren't. Penelope sat there silently for several seconds as they bantered back and forth. Then, after Adelaide asked Alessio about his cat's names, she had to interrupt.

"Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, Adelaide. I saw you getting uncomfortable just a few seconds ago. Do you not like physical affection and/or do you think that the two of us are dating? Because physical affection is great. And also we're not dating. I just like hugs." She said, very awkwardly, as she leaned in between the two of them.

She recognized how she was putting Adelaide on the spot and how embarrassing the situation was. However, she was far too curious and couldn't let misinformation stand or potentially be spread around. "Well?"
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((Sorry for the huge delay, real life and writer's block hit me fairly hard in the last week and a half and SOTF took a back seat))

Penelope sat back, content with the response she got, and let their conversation continue uninterrupted.

Penelope stared into the sky, day dreaming a bit as the two of them talked about cats or something. Penelope hadn't really been paying attention to the topic at hand in between her usual lapses of attention and being bothered about what Adelaide thought about her random hugging.

She looked at the clouds, absentmindedly thinking about what they looked like. Those clouds look like walruses, she thought. No, wait, baby seals. Wait, no, polka dotted baby lions. She smiled and squinted a bit, satisfied with her assessment of the cloud's shapes.

Penelope pulled out her phone and checked the time. She would need to be heading home soon. Things to do, people to see, all of that. She looked back at Alessio and Adelaide, wondering if their conversation had gotten interesting.
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Penelope realized that they only exchanged a few words in the time she was staring at the clouds.

She watched as Adelaide turned and left, jogging off elsewhere. She decided that it was probably time for her to head off as well, since she would have to go soon anyway and people were leaving. She gave Alessio a friendly, comforting smile before grabbing her stuff and saying goodbye to him.

Penelope wandered off from the park bench she was just sitting at in the vague direction of home. She had walked this route so many times now that it was just instinct on where she needed to go, so she let herself walk there on autopilot while checking various things on her phone.

((Penelope Fitzgerald continued elsewhere...))
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