Welcome to SOULMATE, we are a real-life city role play set in the fictional town of Mariet, Louisiana. Its real life with a twist, can you find your soulmate? Cupid can help you. Over 7 years and still going strong!
Mariet is far from immune to the allure of the Christmas spirit. Some feel that Christmas isn’t complete without a grand live Christmas tree, and this year in Mariet people can find their fill of them. The community has organized a Celebration of Lights. A designated path through the forest is lined with personally decorated displays, with the help of cleverly hidden mobile generators. The organizers and volunteers put their heart into this display, and it is open to the public for nightly walks. Can you feel the Christmas spirit yet?
BOARD AVAILABLE UNTIL: January 8th
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Autumn was unsurprisingly in a perfectly cheery mood. And better yet, for once in her life, Autumn was on time. No, better than that! Ms. Lei was early. Not terribly early since student and teacher alike wanted nothing to do with the school when it was not withing operational school hours. But early enough that the campus wasn't thrumming with the usual student activity, which was a bit of a shame. Autumn rather enjoyed watching her students in their natural environments. They were like wildlife or something and she was on a safari hunt! Emo groups, or goths, scene? What was even the difference or the right title, for that matter. Band kids, thespians, jocks.
But for the moment, there was just the early birds. It didn't take long for Autumn to reach her destination; the teacher's lounge. Oh, she needed coffee and she needed it now. Fingers were crossed as she pushed her way into the strictly student-less portal. Oh, yes, there it was. The aroma of the nectar of life. Part of her had been worried that no one had made a pot yet and for some reason, when it came to making a pot o' joe, Autumn could never get it just right. She settled into one of the tables, legs crossing at the ankle instinctively as they tucked beneath her just a bit. Dark eyes fluttered shut with ecstasy at the first sip, letting out a soft contented sigh.
And that was when she noticed him. "Oh!" She squeaked softly, flushing a bit, had she realized she wasn't alone, the theatrics would have been toned down a bit. "Hola, Senor Novak." She chirped cheerfully, setting down the floral mug she had brought along with her. The usual smile spreading across her lips. Sure, she had definitely seen Freddie around and they had exchanged words as coworkers usually did but it was a rare occasion to have a real chance to chat. Teachers were surprisingly busy people, what with papers to grade and tests to give and what not. Though, honestly, Autumn had been planning on making ice cream with her students today. oh yes, she was going home with a tummy ache and there was nothing to regret.
"I'm afraid that was as far as my Spanish vocabulary goes." The Chinese woman admitted with a laugh, "Er, cómo se dice 'How was your weekend'?" She added with a smirk. Mondays were never fun days but it was the first step in getting closer to the relaxing weekend.
Alright, So Autumn felt a bit bad. Okay, maybe a lot bad. She'd never really considered herself to be unobservant but evidently that was the case this morning. Freddie was kind of easy to overlook and the fact that she'd just done that made her want to find some way to make it up to him. But in all honesty, she hadn't been expecting anyone to even be here. Though she definitely didn't mind the fact that he was here, someone had to hold witness to the miracle of Autumn's early arrival! Plus, drinking coffee by herself in the teacher's lounge wasn't exactly high on her list of things she enjoyed. Company was always better, in Autumn's opinion. Especially if company was as pleasant as Freddie was.
One cream, three sugars. Autumn carefully mixed these things into her drink. Truth be told, she wasn't exactly a fan of the coffee flavor but the sugar helped a bit with that. Bitter was no way as good as sweet and maybe that was why Autumn was a fan of that 'honey of vinegar' saying? Or perhaps she was just over thinking the fact that she liked her tea and coffee ridiculously sweet. Which may or may not also be how she preferred her men. However, that was a different matter all together.
Autumn did her best to repeat the Spanish that Freddie had spoken, wishing that she would be able to pick more vocabulary up or something but learning English had been hard enough for her and the idea of learning another language in her nonnative language was a bit boggling, really. It would probably be best to stick to what she knew to avoid slaughtering a language that her fellow faculty obviously loved. "A competition!" Autumn enthused, her smile widening a hair. "How did you do? Win any titles?" Er, what was it that he did again? A moment of wracking her brain came up with skating. Ice skating, if she remembered correctly. "I've never actually been, I'm afraid of falling and breaking something." Grace was not always on Autumn's side, unfortunately. "Just the look of all you skaters gliding across the ice, it looks so fun!" And who didn't love fun?
Boring people, she supposed, now that she thought about it. Having a hobby and a talent was always a great thing, of course! "Me? I built some model rockets." Autumn admitted with a sheepish smile since it wasn't like most young women spent their weekends doing that kind of thing. "They're finished now, I just need to find a good place to launch them." She even had a few of the older models that survived their maiden voyages and a mess of the gun power packed 'engines', if you will. "Have you ever shot any of them off? They get surprisingly high!" And then you'd have to hunt them down afterwards, if they didn't get too far or explode or something. Actually, Autumn almost preferred for them to explode. It was like her own personal firework or something. And she had an excuse to make another!
Autumn rather had to adore the smile that Freddie was sporting, it exuded his true feelings about his hobby which read loud and clear. He was passionate about it and Autumn could appreciate that. Anyone who had such a fondness over an activity, especially one as cool as figure skating was alright in Autumn's book! She sipped at her coffee, sort of wishing she'd brought some of her flavored creamers from home. Chocolate raspberry coffee? Sign her up for that but she supposed this would had to do. And terrible coffee was made better by good company, or at least she felt like there was a saying like that somewhere. And if there wasn't, there really should have been.
The young woman found herself smiling, head bobbing along with what he was saying. "I wish I could have seen that!" She murmured with another sip of coffee. Second place in a skating competition! How cool was that? The only thing Autumn placed in was a science fair and she'd gotten third for that. But that was quite a while ago in the past! Now days, she was just happy to get wherever she needed to be on time! "You have to be kind of strong for couples skating, don't you?" Maybe that sounded like she was questioning his ability to do that but it wasn't at all how she meant it! Just conversation of course. "With all the lifting and spinning with your partner?" Or maybe they just found exceptionally small skaters or something. "If I knew how to skate, I'd offer." She laughed. Her on ice? More like her face meeting the ice!
Science and skating, alright, Autumn was rather enjoying herself now! Maybe first period would be less of a drag now! "I love them! I've made quite a few in my day. I'll have to keep that area in mind though...and wear my running shoes." She added with a smile. "Did you want to come, maybe? I mean, if you're not busy skating or something." She suggested. Shooting things into the air with a bit of packed gunpowder was always more fun with company. "I can always bride you with food or something." She added, as if watching things potentially explode wasn't reason enough to come!
Hey, this was kind of fun. Maybe Autumn needed to make an effort to pop into work early more often. Besides free coffee, there was good and very interesting company. Not that interesting people weren't everywhere but not every interesting person was also an ice skater, so there was a good reason right there! Free coffee, new friend, weekend plans....man, this was already paying off, wasn't it?
She bobbed her head enthusiastically with what he was saying and she supposed that made perfect sense. Autumn would have to admit that she had to prevent her brain from running off with all the physics and such like that but that was the like of a physics teacher, wasn't it? "Makes enough sense!" She agreed thoughtfully, alright, so she was also thinking about him lifting her. Clearly, they were both on a similar train of thought when she finally piped up. "So can you do that dirty dancing style? You know, the move at the end?" The movie must have been on cable sometime recently or something!
But dirty dancing aside, Autumn was delighted to hear that Freddie wanted to come along! "I don't need to feed you? Oh, in that case, you're on your own with food." She teased, bringing her mug to her smirking lips, maybe to hide the fact that she was bluffing...she didn't have a very good poker face. But that wasn't necessarily a bad thing...except when she was trying to deny the existence of a surprise party or something like that. Christmas gifts were especially hard to lie about! "I don't really like buck shot in my sandwiches so maybe we should dine at the park instead?" Outdoors-y but no imminent threats and no one threatening to charge them with trespassing. That seemed a little more relaxing.
Autumn hadn't even realized that what she said could have come off in any manner less than chaste. But that was just because she was excited. How cool was it that she knew someone who could lift a chick off the ground all romantic like? Okay, maybe the romantic bit was for the audience's cinematic viewing pleasure only, but one could home. None the less, she happily took a sip of her coffee, the after bite of the caffeine surging through her veins in a way that she desperately needed. It was getting closer to first bell and Autumn didn't exactly appreciate students falling asleep in her class...she also figured that the teacher shouldn't be doing anything of the sort either!
Luckily, between the caffeine and the good company, Autumn was feeling much, much more perked up than she had upon first arrival. And she was equipped with weekend companionship! Definitely a good day. her head bobbed quickly along with Freddie's explanation. Ah yes, lift that was definitely the better term than 'end of the move dance move thingy'. "That is really cool! Here I was being proud of building a mini-rocket." She laughed, giving a sheepish grin.
Though she was pleased that he was gung-ho with their launch and lunch plan. Ha, she was so clever. "Hopefully this will just be an extra precaution," Autumn laughed brightly, "But I'll make sure that lunch safe for picnicking at hospital in case we need to relocate there." Oh gosh, she certainly didn't want either of them to be shot, that would require surgery and Lord know that a skater couldn't be held back because of rehabilitation after being shot trying to launch a model rocket. Oh yes, that would be worth it. That and Autumn didn't want a bullet wound either!
Before the conversation could continue, the familiar and dreaded sound of the bell echoed through the building and Autumn exhaled deeply. "I guess I should go...work and stuff." She gave Freddie a very dramatic and pitiful look before refilling her coffee mug. "See you at lunch?" Or at least after work!