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Author Topic: [OPEN] [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.  (Read 3833 times)

[Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« on: October 26, 2018, 11:08:24 PM »
[ October 846 ]

There were few times when Gunther felt at ease at festivals. At times it was, in part, due to how Scouts were viewed by the public - all too often there were jeers shouted out. Why hadn't they took Wall Maria back yet? Weren't they strong enough? Such thoughts haunted his nightmares, of twisted limbs and partial bodies brought back to safety.

What had happened to Wall Maria was also in his thoughts. He dreaded the downtime, hated feeling on edge, expecting murderous giants to sweep through the Wall and attack even deeper into human territory.

The Harvest Feast was one occasion where he sought peace. Celebrating food was ever more important, with less mouths to feed but far less land to grow on. It was also a time when soldiers, all of them, were reminded of what they were fighting for, and people genuinely appeared to thank them for their service. There were other such occasions, but to Gunther, the feast felt like people were truly there for one another.

Titans couldn't break their culture apart.

Gunther slipped into the market, browsing wares. His eyes locked onto a particularly delicious looking pie stall. At once, he was in line. He hadn't chosen to wear his uniform, given that he wasn't on duty, though he knew others liked to. Instead, a dusty blue cloak, a gift from his grandfather, draped over his back, clasped at his throat with thin ties. Beneath, a brown tunic and trousers were near enough hidden.

A scuffle to his side caused him to act quickly. His fingers curled around a person's arm at the shoulder, stopping them from tumbling to the ground as somebody shoved past them. "Watch it," Gunther's quiet voice warned, watching the stranger continue past. Just a civilian. Arrogant, believing their space to be of the only importance, he expected. From that walk, certainly.

"Careful of your footing," he directed to the caught stranger, releasing his hold of them once their balance seemed adjusted.

[ ooc: feel free to be the caught stranger, the arrogant stranger, or an onlooker ]

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2018, 07:54:09 PM »
(OOC: Looking at Miri and Gunther's ages  I think they could know each other from training. Tabby is about 8 years old.)

It had taken some doing, but Miri had managed to beg a few days off. It was important, Tabby, her niece, had not seen her paternal grandparents in a while and as Miri’s parents had to work - Miri had taken her. Tabby’s grandparents were servants in a wealthy house and did have to work a few days during their visit, but it was nice to spend time in the evening with them.

Today, while Tabby’s grandparents were away, Miri had decided to take her to check out some of the Harvest Feast festivities. She was dressed for the slight chill in a dark green skirt and heavy flannel blouse with a check pattern. Tabby was in a blue jumper with a sweater underneath. A new yellow cloak (a Harvest Feast gift from her grandparents) was clasped with a little carved bird at her throat. Tabby was very proud of the bird and she wore it like a medal.

They wandered the stalls together and Miri let Tabby pick out a few treats and a new dress for her doll, which she carried with her everywhere. It was just an old rag doll, but it meant the world to the little girl.

The pair had been standing in line, waiting to buy some warm apple cider, when something caught Tabby’s eye and she darted off. Miri had followed but had soon lost sight of her in the crowd. She cursed and pushed her through the masses of people.

Tabby has seen a little cat and had taken off after it. She had been able to keep up with it, her eyes on the cat and the cat alone. When she lost sight of the creature, she had stopped to try and get her bearings. She let out a squeak as she was nearly taken off her feet when two people scuffling knocked into her - dropping her doll as she lost her footing.

"Careful of your footing."

Tabby felt herself steadied and look up to see a large man, about the same age as her aunt, looking down at her.

Miri had fought her way through the crowd, calling Tabby’s name. After what seemed like forever, but was probably only five minutes, she caught side of the familiar yellow cloak. And the blue cloaked man holding onto her niece. Pushing past people and stepping on a few toes, Miri took hold of the man’s other arm and snarled, “And what do you think you’re doing with my niece?”


“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2018, 01:51:25 AM »
The girl looked up at him, and he couldn't be sure what she was feeling. He had been hoping for some remark of gratitude, but the present climate so often suggested the very opposite was far more likely. Even better, he got nothing out of her, not a peep. It was disappointing, but not unexpected.

Fingers clutched at his own arm, and he turned his head to face a woman, hardness in her eyes. With the girl released, his eyes widened, taken aback by how it had so suddenly turned on him. It took him a moment to even say anything, lips parted, hesitant to say anything wrong.

"I kept her from falling over," Gunther said after that moment's pause. "Your niece was knocked over by a ruffian, miss," he added as further explanation, with a vague gesture in the direction the arrogant stranger had gone in. With any luck, the girl might back him up.

He'd known plenty of maternal and paternal figures blinded by that love only a parent could know, to go on the offence even with a perfectly reasonable explanation behind the action.

They always seared him with glares when their expeditions ended.

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2019, 03:31:52 AM »
"I kept her from falling over. Your niece was knocked over by a ruffian, miss."

"Is that what happened?" Miri asked Tabby, her eyes flicking from her niece to the man - who looked just vaguely familiar.  The little girl nodded, "Yes. I got bumped into and almost fell. He caught me." She turned to stare back up at the man. "Thank you," she said softly before bending to pick up the old rag doll.  It had been stepped on a few times and was now very dirty - with one of the button eyes coming loose.

"Well then, thank you very much." Miri said, the forced sternness in her voice slipping away into a chirpy and sing-song cadence, "She's such a silly goose. I can't keep her on a leash but maybe I could put a bell on her."

Miri took another look at the man's face, her gaze lingering here and there. He was about her age and very stern looking - with eyes that seemed older than the rest of his face. She also thought he looked just a bit nervous. Which struck her as odd. She could not imagine that out of her uniform she was that intimidating.

"So is that your hobby? Running around and saving small run-away children from ruffians?" She laughed at her own little joke, "Well then...what's your name hero? I need to know who saved the day."

Placing her hands on her hips, she waited for the man to answer. She'd offer to buy him some hot cider as a thank you. Did she know him from somewhere? Miri was sure she had seen him before and it was starting to bother her. "You do have a name - don't you hero?"
« Last Edit: February 03, 2019, 03:32:15 AM by Miriam Gracey »

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 01:15:37 PM »
As the girl showed gratitude, and attested to the truth of his statement, Gunther bowed his head to her. "You're welcome," he said gently, briefly eyeing the doll. His attention was torn however by the aunt, whose change in how she spoke to him almost surprised him. Truthfully, he wasn't used to that - the way people could jump from emotional extremes in conversation in such a sudden flow.

He wasn't sure what to say, practically stunned into silence. As she continued to speak, he took another moment to catch up. She seemed... pleasant now, which was good, but he was still adjusting. As she prompted him again for his name, he cleared his throat. "Gunther Schultz, ma'am," he answered politely.

"Something of a hobby - your niece here was minding her own business, I wouldn't like her, or any, hurt due to the lack of perception of another," he reasoned. Saying a bad word against anybody would only draw negative attitudes towards him, so he kept it balance. "Though I don't think 'hero' quite suits me." A ghost of a smile on his lips. If only that were how civilians at large considered the Scouts.

If only.

"Just take care, hm?" he directed to the girl, again glancing at the doll. "Seems that your doll there is a little battle-worn. Are you able to fix her up?" He almost offered himself, though he knew that was both improbable and imposing - likely she, or a family member, was used to taking care of such things. Perhaps even her aunt.

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2019, 01:11:42 AM »
"Gunther Schultz, ma'am."

"Ma'am?" Miri muffled a snort, "People normally only call me ma'am when I'm in uniform." After a beat, she added, "I'm in the Garrison. Over in Trost though." She adjusted her glasses and looked away for a moment.  Not everyone reacted positively to the Garrison. Some saw them as lazy goldbrickers (admittedly more than a few members were) and some saw them as agents of the crown since the Garrison acted as more a police force than the actual MPs.  This man seemed calm - but Miri had been around long enough to know better than to judge by first impressions.

"Something of a hobby - your niece here was minding her own business, I wouldn't like her, or any, hurt due to the lack of perception of another. Though I don't think 'hero' quite suits me."

"So...you're a modest hero then?" She smiled back at him and shrugged, "That's probably the best kind." Miri let her eyes fall steady on the man's face. She was sure she had seen him before. She could just not place where.

"Just take care, hm?. Seems that your doll there is a little battle-worn. Are you able to fix her up?"

"Don't worry Gunther the Hero...I think my mom can fix this," Miri said - looking at the doll.

"Grandma can fix it," Tabby repeated...still staring up at Gunther with wide eyes.

"Miri," Tabby asked in a whisper that only a child could think would not be heard, "Why does his hair stick up like that?"


“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2019, 01:23:51 AM »
Uniform - he guessed the Garrison before she confirmed it. Gunther had long learned to not be quite so judgemental of the Garrison Regiment, having both close acquaintances and friends even in their ranks. More than that, the great amount of soldiers meant there was plenty of diversity in the ranks. It was the Military Police who, of any of the divisions, were the most stereotyped and true to rumour. "Ah. Well, I'd rather be polite," he responded, with a slight smile. "What's your focus? Wall, civilian, and so forth?" He wasn't quite so familiar with their various specialities.

He chuckled low at her question, a pleasant rarity. "I'd agree with that... but it might break my streak of modesty," he murmured, looking at her. She was studying him, perhaps looking for something. He couldn't be certain.

Nodding at the response, Gunther was glad to hear they could get it fixed up. The young girl's remark elicited a quirked eyebrow, vaguely amused by the lack of quietness to her whisper. "I've been so windswept in the survey corps expeditions that it's caused a permanent style I can't change," he answered seriously enough, then winked at Tabby. "Always make sure to brush your hair before riding. Or wear your hood up."

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2019, 05:25:33 PM »
"What's your focus? Wall, civilian, and so forth?"

"Oh well." Miri hesitated for a moment. It was a little hard to explain what she did...and she did not want to sound like a braggart herself. "I'm in the...we're called the Elites. Under Mitabi Jarnach." She bit her lip for a moment before continuing, "We handle the spots on the Wall that are busier with Titans...escort the Survey Corps out...stuff like that.

"Wall maintenance though too," Miri added, thinking to the many days she had spent hanging over the Walls checking for chips and cracks to let the Engineers know about.

Miri felt her jaw drop when Tabby asked about Gunther's hair. She had not noticed, but when she did look...it did stick up a bit. "Tabby!"

"I've been so windswept in the survey corps expeditions that it's caused a permanent style I can't change."

She was relieved when Gunther made a joke out of Tabby's question but had to blink when he mentioned the Survey Corps.

"The Survey Corps!? You're in the Survey Corps?!" She put her hands on her hips and peered over the rim of her glasses at Gunther, "Is that where I know you from?"

"Wait...wait wait wait! What training group were you in? How old are you? I KNEW you looked familiar! Knew it!" She had moved to stand a little closer and was wagging her finger at Gunther - though she was smiling.


“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2019, 09:38:00 PM »
Talking to an Elite. He hadn't expected that. "Huh. Interesting." Clearly thoughtful, Gunther wondered how she was doing with the the pressure since Wall Maria's falling. That was hardly a topic to bring up at the Harvest Feast of all places.

Her reaction to his division made him blink, letting her get out her questions without a word. Even once she finished declaring that she knew him he gave her a moment of calm.

"Ninety-fourth Cadet Corps, in Karanes District," he answered, tilting his chin up, proud. Being born within the eastern Wall Rose territories had meant being shipped off to the closest district, and Karanes was as close to home as his family's village. "And i'm twenty-six. What about you?" He didn't remember an awful lot about his fellow cadets nowadays.

Sometimes he recognised their names, but it only ever seemed to be in light of their death. « Last Edit: October 15, 2019, 09:38:19 PM by Gunther Schultz »

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2019, 12:01:23 AM »
"Huh. Interesting."

Miri shrugged her shoulders and removed her glasses, giving them a little scrub with the sleeve of her sweater, "Sometimes. Lots of time it's just training or paperwork. Lots of patrols though. Especially now." She sighed and put her glasses back on, "I imagine it's the same for you. Everything is just...amped up."

"Ninety-fourth Cadet Corps, in Karanes District. "And I'm twenty-six. What about you?"

Miri let her mouth gape open for a second before clapping her hands and practically squealing, "By the Walls!!! The Ninety-Fourth? We were in the same group!!! That's amazing!" Miri closed the distance between then and gave Gunther a warm hug - wrapping her arms around his waist and squeezing. If she had been strong enough, she would have lifted him up and bounced him a bit.

Tabby peered up at Gunther for a moment before shrugging and wrapping her own arms around him.

Pulling back, Miri gave his chest a playful jab with her finger, "And you never ask a lady her age...but I'm twenty - six."

"I'm eight," Tabby offered, still holding onto Gunther's waist and looking up at him.

Miri took a step back and grinned up at Gunther. He had looked familiar. At first, she thought it was just from escorting on the Survey Corps out on their missions and/or greeting them when they came back. She was excited to meet someone from her training group, "Gunther the Hero from the Ninety-Fourth Training Group. C'mon! I'm buying you a drink!"


“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2019, 08:27:13 PM »
He considered her words thoughtfully. "I suppose so," he agreed. "I'm part of the Special Operations Squad - it works a little differently to most. I expect we don't have as much paperwork as the others." They had minimal amounts of supply and equipment to focus on, though he supposed his medical supplies gathered more paperwork than the others received.

Surprised by her thrilled reaction to his cadet corps, Gunther was even more stunned by the hug that followed. He didn't know how to react, momentarily frozen, until he felt smaller arms around him too. Somewhat awkwardly, he patted Miri's back with one hand, the other resting at Tabby's shoulder.

It reminded him a little of home.

"Apologies," he murmured, though the smile was good-natured, recognising her joke. "It's always good to meet another from your own intake - I remember when I last saw everybody. Graduation - they had all the divisions collected together, didn't they?" And he had been one of very few to hold back for the Survey Corps when signing up.

The smile turned to Tabby, amused by her gentle clinginess. "It's really not necessary," he directed back to Miri, more seriously. "Anybody would do the same with the right set of values. If not me, somebody else would have gotten here." Selfishness might have been popularised by plenty since the Fall, but he was certain somebody would have helped. It just happened to be him today.

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2019, 12:03:48 AM »
"I'm part of the Special Operations Squad - it works a little differently to most. I expect we don't have as much paperwork as the others."

The Special Operations Squad? Well...damn. That was....unexpected. And impressive.  The Special Operation Squad really was the best of the best of the Survey Corps. Maybe in the entire military. "It must be a great honor to be in the Squad. We all hear about what you do. It's pretty amazing. See....seeeeeeeee....you ARE a real hero. Told you."

"Well...paperwork is no fun so you're not missing anything there!"

"It's always good to meet another from your own intake - I remember when I last saw everybody. Graduation - they had all the divisions collected together, didn't they?"

She gave him a final tight squeeze and pulled away - patting his cheek as she did.

Miri nodded, "They had the top ten go off and then the rest of us...well most of us...went off to the Garrison. I had a friend...a close friend...who went into the Corps and uh..." Miri trailed off. Her friend had not made it through her first mission outside the Walls. "Well...you know."

Tabby was still hanging onto Gunther and looking up at him with huge eyes. She unwrapped her arms from around Gunther and gave his hip a little pat - mimicking what her aunt did to her new friend's cheek. 

"It's really not necessary. Anybody would do the same with the right set of values. If not me, somebody else would have gotten here."

"You don't know that," Miri said, her voice lowering to indicate she was serious. That was true. The Garrison often acted the true police within the Walls and Miri had seen how just...bad people could be to each other.

"It's very necessary. There is a hot cider booth right over there. Let's go!"

Tabby looked up at Gunther, shrugged, and took his hand and started walking towards the booth. "You've been outside the Walls? I'll go outside someday. When I'm big like you and Miri."

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2019, 09:52:34 PM »
Gunther smiled at her insistence of him being a hero. "It doesn't quite work like that," he refuted, though gently. Being under Levi was an experience, to say the least. Mostly, it meant working with unorthodox leadership and doing their part even more than usual. It didn't always feel any different to the rest of the legion. Though there were occasions when he could see the difference.

Her confession on her friend didn't need to be finished. He understood. "I know," he confirmed softly. Plenty didn't make it. Experience was all well and good, but it didn't guarantee anything either. "They must have been a good person." Most of the Survey Corps were - there were, perhaps, the occasional few who sought nothing but their own death, or else had such arrogance that even he couldn't put up with it.

Confused at the pat, he looked down at Tabby quizzically, but he didn't know what to say. Physical affection and body language still confused him - his family had never been particularly strong in showing emotions.

Leaving the topic alone, supposing she was right, he bowed his head and took Tabby's hand. That much he could handle. He walked alongside her, listening to her claims with a hidden wince. "I have," he confirmed quietly. "Hopefully, by the time you're older, nobody will need to go outside the Walls again." They had years to figure out a way, to fight to ensure that no more lives had to be lost. Some way of defeating the titans - any. "What else do you like?" Any means of distracting her.

Re: [Harvest Feast] Off-duty.
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2020, 12:01:27 AM »
OOC: Thanks for your patience!


"It doesn't quite work like that."

Miri paused and then nodded, "No, I don't imagine it really would." Her voice lost some of the singsong and squeak that it had carried. "Still...it's probably something else...exciting seems like the wrong word." Miri was not sure what to say. She had thought about the Survey Corps for about half a second and then thought better. Her friend who had died on her first mission out - she lasted twice as long as Miri would have at that age...being that green.

"They must have been a good person."

"She really was. One of the best." Miri had been one of the people to come to identify her friend's remains. It would not have been right to have her parents see her like that. "She believed in the mission. That is for sure."

As Gunther took Tabby's hand, Miri had to smile. The little girl tended to be a good judge of character. And she seemed to really take to Gunther. For his part - Miri could see he was doing his best. Miri was of the opinion that it was hard not to like Tabby. But she was very very partial.

She cringed visibly when Tabby mentioned going outside the Walls. And she hoped Gunther did not notice. But the idea of Tabby going outside the Walls made Miri's blood run cold. Except for a special few - outside was certain death.

"I have. Hopefully, by the time you're older, nobody will need to go outside the Walls again."

Tabby pursed her lips, "I want to go outside to see outside. All the fields and forests and rivers. It's all the same in here."

“There is plenty to see here,” Mira said - firmly. “You’ve never been to Yarckel or Orvud or any of those districts. So you have plenty left to see...plenty.”

"What else do you like?"

Thank the Walls for Gunther the Hero, Miri thought to herself as she stepped up to the cider counter. Tabby, like most little kids, could be easily distracted and the sooner her mind was off joining the Corps...the better. And she was touched by Gunther's kindness and attention towards her niece. Not everyone would let a little girl they just met hold their hand and chatter on like that.

There was no line so she was quickly handed three mugs of hot cider. There was also an apple tart that looked big enough to split three ways so she ordered that as well.

"I like...school. Math is my favorite but teacher says I have to work on my handwriting. And I have a cat. His name is Blueberry and I like him. I like...Aunt Miri...and grammy and grampa...uncle Pavel."

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”


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