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Juliet: *motions to the chaise lounge* Please have a seat, Miss Tate. So lovely of you to join us today. My first question isn’t so much a curiosity as it is an observation and a point of envy. I understand women of your time no longer have to hide in the shadows should they have particular talents for withstanding blood and gore. That they can be on the battlefield as soldiers, or even doctors, if they so choose. Could you tell me what a typical day of your job might entail?
Amber: Hi Juliet! I mean…Miss Emerline, hehe. I love how you’re so proper. Yes, things are very different now, but in a lot of ways women still have to work extra hard to prove themselves. For me, I had to constantly prove my worth to my big brother and his best friend as I was growing up. But I was very lucky to be able to go to nursing school, based solely on my desire and merits, and nobody questioned it. My job as an emergency paramedic is fast-paced, busy, and often heart-wrenching. I’m there to help people at their lowest, and most frightening moments. I’ve watched people die, and I’ve helped people live. It often takes an emotional toll on me, but I wouldn’t change jobs for anything!
Juliet: *smiles and nods* Yours is a noble calling. Much as I like to help others, I wouldn't be comfortable in your shoes. I prefer peace and solitude while crafting my hats. Socializing poses a unique challenge for me. Speaking of hobnobbing, I'm unsure if there’s any stock in this rumor, but there are tales of the undead walking the earth in apocalyptic times. Have you met any zombies yourself?
Amber: Hahahahaha, oh my God, you are awesome. And no, thank all that’s holy, but we have not encountered any zombies in our insane apocalyptic time. There are strange, unexplainable things happening, and we’re working to get to the bottom of those events, but no walking dead.
Juliet: *lets out a relieved sigh* Oh, that's very good to know. I can't imagine filling out dance cards for galas or seating charts for dinner parties when half the guests are decomposing. Let's discuss modern amenities, shall we? It is said you have hot running water and motorized vehicles. I’ve experienced the luxury of warm baths—living in a Manor that sits atop a hot spring—but I must admit to being very intrigued by the horseless carriage. Do you feel that in your society, such conveniences are taken for granted?
Amber: Before this apocalypse hit—World War III—whatever people want to call it, I absolutely took every technological advance for granted. Our cars still work, and we can cover a ton of ground very quickly, but we need gasoline to fuel the engines. Gas (I think you guys would call it petrol?) is hard to find these days. So is running water. But I used to stand under a shower and feel the hot spray for as long as I wanted. *sigh* It was glorious. Frankly, we’d gotten lazy as a society. Now we’re forced to do things for ourselves that we’ve never had to do, and it’s hard.
Juliet: And to think, we use petrol for lamp oil. How brilliant, that it can one day power an entire carriage! I hope in time, you can return to the comforts you've lost. I've one final curiosity, if you'd allow me a whim of fancy …being a hat maker, fashion plays an important role in my life. However, unlike many cultured ladies of my time, I prefer stylish comfort and mobility over societal expectations and guidelines. What elements are important to you in your daily outfittings?
Amber: I am all about comfort. In my job I pull my hair back in a simple band, and wear something called scrubs. They’re 100% cotton, soft, loose, with a drawstring at the waist. You would die of comfort, Juliet. They are the bomb dot com. Uh, sorry, that means they’re really great. Although not very stylish or flattering. I suppose us nurses have to get by on our personalities, ha.
Juliet: *laughs* If that's the case, you must get on quite well with your charm and wit! Thank you again for stopping by, and Godspeed to you and yours. I hope you win the war, for our future's sake.
|Lord Nicolas Thornton|
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