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Be Still; 'Soon enough you'll be on your own, steady and straight'
Topic Started: Mar 11 2016, 10:47 PM (608 Views)
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[[Technically correct: Enter Lucilly Peterson]]

Lucilly Peterson was a helper. She aided. She bore one's burdens. She eased one's sorrow and lessened one's pain. She tended to children. She tended to her friends. The thick and the thin. The tall and the short. The smart and the shy. The ones who burned with passion and the ones who treated with care.

Because she loved mankind. And mankind loved her.

Benjamin Fields asked her. And she would ask him. Not the same question, but an important one nonetheless.

He asked her for assistance. He asked her to give unto him gentle words and offer a steady hand. There was chaos in the lives of Lani and Benjamin Fields. At the very least, chaos spread in their homes. But they were friends. And who is Lucilly to deny a friend the aid they need to find order?

She stepped towards the door. She came closer. She knocked.
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The door opened. It was opened and Lucilly was greeted by Benjamin. She was greeted by the warm and earnest smile of his. She was greeted by the sweat on his brow as a testament to his hard work. And she was greeted by a violent stench entering her nose. A mixture of cleaning detergents, she would hazard a guess. A mixture of cleaning detergents, and a cacophony of smells whose origin lied in the obscure realm beyond human wisdom.

He smiled. She smiled. He bid her to enter, and so she did enter. He offered her the sweet temptation of candy. She stepped further into the Fields' home, and glanced with a curious eye into the kitchen. As her eyes met the table of the kitchen, she smiled knowingly and turned away. Away from the kitchen, from the temptation of sweets and the taint of spilled breakfast, and to the boy who requested her aid.

"My day has been great, and I am sure it will be greater still. How has your day been?"
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He was alright he said and he was working he said. Lucilly nodded cheerfully and admired the clean surfaces which have already been worked on by the diligent Benjamin. He directed her gaze unto the staircase, and the staircase directed most vulgar words back at her. It was Lana, of course. Lana, who was present. Lana, who would be missing.

Benjamin praised her in words, and he inquired her about which of the grim challenges would be overcome at first. Lucilly looked and judged the habitation she stood in. She judged to be fair what was clean already, and yet she saw great darkness looming. Darkness in the form of dirt and scraps and slips of strange papers strewn with abundance across the rooms.

"Let us take care of the floor first," she said. "It might be tedious and loud, but we will see that the effect will be enormous."

And with that, Lucilly set out to find the vacuum cleaner.
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Benjamin took the vacuum cleaner, and Lucilly had to hold back an foolish urge. No matter how many times they underwent their ritual of housekeeping, she felt the necessity to offer him for her to carry the more heavier appliances. It was not foolish because she was too frail for the cleaner - truly, it would be nothing but self-inflicted doom for any manufacturer to produce household objects the average woman could not carry - but it was foolish because she knew it would help his mind.

Certainly, some people had hesitations when it came to asking for help. Especially as such aid must enter deeply into a place many consider sacred. Perhaps, Lucilly thought, Benjamin would feel worse off if she insisted on carrying the vacuum.

Benjamin asked her about plans she would have later. It would be a lie to say that she did not, though one could argue that she was using a different definition of a plan. Either way, she would gladly help him, even if such help consists of eating food. She offered him a smile.

"Of course, I settled on this. Whatever struggle you had to endure for today, you can endure together with me."
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Of course! - she thought and she did and Lucilly took hold of the vacuum cleaner's dangerously swinging hose.

Benjamin elaborated on the meals his family feasted on. He admitted, the lack of time lead to the inevitable lack of flavor and variance. Yet such was secondary for Lucilly, for who was she to deny him the joy of hospitality?

Now curiosity got the better of Benjamin, for he inquired her about her status and the lack of status on Facebook. He spoke true, as Lucilly had little more to offer to the blue world than her name and her bare existence. She cared little, aside from times in which friends - foolishly perhaps - sought council via the messages of the Facebook, only for little Lucilly to neglect answering. Not out of any ill will or malice, but the simple fact that she did little to maintain the garden of modern communication.

"Ah, yes." They arrived in the living room, placing down the bulky tool. "I have failed to keep it in the now, and continue to do so. Perhaps that will change, yet I found little reason to do so."

She knew she had Lana and Benjamin registered as friends on the Facebook. Yet, she was unsure of how they worked on their social networks. After all, she saw so little of it.

"What fortune we still see one another in school, however."
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Benjamin showed great expertise and even greater finesse with handling the beast that was the cleaner. Grandiose words, of course, for the cleaner was ever so heavy in both weight and sound. Lucilly helped by picked these and those up, which was too large for the cleaner to consume, and some other of these and those, which Benjamin has accidentally knocked from a table as he turned.

She made no mention of it, as the frantic roar of the machine was too loud for usual conversation. Yet Benjamin pushed forth and tried nonetheless. Alas, there was much trouble in understanding, but Lucilly did her very best, and even fetched a scrap here and there. Enough, at least, for her to piece together the meaning he had tried to convey.

He mentioned the usefulness for Facebook. If not for the current moment, then for the moment for when they depart from each other. It was a thought that concerned Lucilly. She had left friends behind once in her life, and there was doubt in her mind. Was the way she held contact enough, or was it perhaps even too much? She did not know, for she was strange.

Either way, as Benjamin continued on, a thought of concern for Benjamin was planted in her soul. She was aware of where life would take her next, yet poor Benjamin had yet to find a path into his future. Such was the way of the fallen and the wicked, but as she would not leave Kingman, she too resolved she would help him in any way she could.

"Actually, I shall stay in Kingman, as I will attend the Mohave community college." She thought she spoke a little too softly, so she repeated herself, yet with more volume in her voice this time.

"Perhaps we will accompany each other for a longer time. Despite this, however..."

She trailed off, and she smiled at Benjamin. She knew why she came to him. She knew why she came aside from the fact that she was an aiding soul, for she had a question that she had to pose. She knew she had a segue and she knew she did not dare just yet.

It was the vacuum, without doubt.
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He heard. Of course he heard and he heard her say the words 'despite'. An ugly word, and yet sometimes a word of hope. For it all depended on context. It depended on context which Benjamin did not have.

Lucilly smiled. Lucilly fidgeted. Lucilly thought.

Soon, her time in Cochise shall end. A chapter draws to a close so that she may enter a new one. There was no hint of melancholy and no hint of premature nostalgia as Lucilly pondered. For she has been blessed with purpose. A purpose she shall pursuit. Yet there was a single stray thought, all alone wallowing in her head. It yearned for a moment, a memory to be made, as her current chapter began to end.

Sadie Hawkins, a festivity hosted by their school. A dance, unique and special, for it is the lady who shall ask the gentleman. For it was the lady, who asserted her presence and did the deed. A strange situation for little Lucilly and yet there was that stray thought. That stray thought that wished to partake in such rituals, for it would be the last opportunity Cochise would offer her.

Lucilly smiled. Lucilly fidgeted. Lucilly dared.

"If there is no further hindrance... would you mind to attend Sadie Hawkins with me..?"

Lucilly smiled. Lucilly fidgeted. Lucilly blushed.
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For the young maiden braved the turmoils of her battle and as such, the Lord rewarded her. Benjamin said yes. Benjamin said yes and she was happy. There was little interest she held in the bodies of men. Yet Benjamin was different. His flesh, too, not a thought on her mind, yet she loved his soul. She loved his soul, and she knew that he loved hers. He understood. He said yes.

She wished, in secret and without mention, that his choice of words would have been different. Yet Lucilly was not the judge, and as such judge she did not.

There was a 'thank you', a curtsies and a blush to end all blushes, for Lucilly was truly grateful. A task has been completed, and another ordeal shall soon be endured. Yet for the moment, there was another beast to wrangle, and that beast was the Fields household.

The children besieged the dust and rust of living, and as they finished the lower floor, a great craving came to Lucilly. For there was this great craving, she suggested they shall take on the kitchen next, and take it on they did.
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Why, he asked. Why, she asked too. Not to him, but to herself. A single question, urging her to find an answer to this juvenile urge that has plagued her for weeks and weeks. Yet, she has found an answer. A solution. A 'that's' to the 'why'. Lucilly believed she found one.

For a moment, Lucilly paused. The battle of the Fields house gave way to her pondering, and for a single moment she considered throwing the question back at Benjamin. Ah, but such insolence. For he had asked and she would answer. All she needed was some time. Some little time, and a few seconds for her to express her thoughts. To express her inner feelings in a package that was palatable to the young man to her side.

"The common school life has never been my forte," she said and added "for at least that is how I perceived it."

Lucilly looked Benjamin into his eyes, waiting a second more.

"Yet, as we pass the last pages of this chapter in our lives, I only wish to participate. Directly, actively, if only a single time." She could feel an awkward warmth rising within herself. Lucilly rubbed her cheek, as if petting to calm herself.

"What better chance is there than the Sadie Hawkins? What better person was there to ask than... you?"
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