05 September 2017 @ 06:36 pm
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As of today, the Interfaith Center's officially open for business.

We're downtown, right by
[ location ]. If you're looking for a place to observe your faith, or lack thereof, you're welcome to drop by. All faiths are welcome. Abrahamic, Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Shintoism, a faith that worships Seraphim, pagan or polytheistic, Humanism or secularism... it doesn't matter to me.

What I do ask for is respect and common courtesy. Depending on your needs, we'll either host interfaith services or talks.

Also: tonight, at 6:30, Misty and I will be hosting an open house! No gifts necessary. If you have questions, just ask. I promise, I've heard almost everything at this point.

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[ As promised, the interfaith center is up and running for business! Stefan will be here most of the day, making sure everything's running in top shape.

In the morning, he'll be in the kitchen, running around at super-speed to make sure all the food's fully cooked. And since this isn't outer space, he's free to cook to his hearts' content. Baklava, falafals, baba ghanoush, dolma... His Jordanian roots demanded a traditional Middle Eastern feast. If he's not cooking, then he's observing a rare moment of quiet in the lounge, with a cup of tea and a book (a collection of poems by Rumi).

In the evening, however - the Center is bustling with activity, and Stefan's flitting around like a nervous host that would probably make Caroline Forbes proud. If he catches you, he'll wave his hand and rush over. ]

Hey! You finding everything okay?

[ Even now, he frets about the littlest things. ]
17 May 2017 @ 07:31 pm
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Elena had just gotten off work after a very long shift. She'd stepped through the front door of the Gilbert house, exhaustion etched in every inch of her body. She'd been about to toe-heel her shoes off when she noticed she wasn't in Kansas Mystic Falls anymore. She'd lived there nearly her entire life and Mystic Falls, for all its charms, never had a beach, among a few other things she could point out. Exhaustion had been forgotten in favor of figuring out what the hell was going on. At first, she'd thought it was another Mystic Falls thing, or a vampire thing.

It turned out that it was a whole new thing that she'd never even known could exist. The next few days Elena spends researching this place and settling in. She drinks a lot of coffee from the bookstore and gives the clinic a thorough look over, signing up to work there (volunteer? Can it be called work if one isn't being paid or doesn't need to be paid?). She also stops in at the boxing gym and works over the punching bag for a little while, venting her frustration at being here. Finally, she does some shopping around town, ending the day on the beach with a glass of wine.

It's not until several days later that she finally approaches the N E T W O R K with a text message:

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