[LMB] Happy Birthday, Sue Pittak

Sue Pittak sukiyaki531 at gmail.com
Sun May 30 17:39:05 BST 2021

>From The Birthday Tixie:

For your special day, you're spending it  with Aral at Vorkosigan Surleau.

Your day starts with an early dive from the dock and a brisk swim to wake
up.  Maybe a brief race, or just paddling around to enjoy the sunrise over
the lake and other scenery.  After a brisk toweling off, quick change, and
light breakfast, you're ready for your sail on the lake.  Your nautical
vocabulary constantly expanding [the man is an *excellent* teacher], you
learn to move with the boat.

Mostly.  A sudden wave mid-turn sends up an unexpected splash Aral doesn't
have time or will to dodge.  He throws his head back, guffawing heartily,
his eyes closing in laughter.  The sun lights up his hair, and you can
almost hear the *ting* as it glints off his teeth.  As you sail around the
lake, he's confident and relaxed.  Watching the vigor of his movements and
the flow of muscle, you can easily believe his judo championship.

After a turn or few around the lake, you tack into the lee of an island,
drop anchor, and fish.  There will certainly be lunch, from a hamper packed
with mysterious delights.  There may well be beer, should you incline that
way.  There will be no need of explosive power packs, although a certain
mischievous look suggests the option isn't exactly closed.  You are given a
privilege granted to very few: to see Aral at [relative] rest.

When the time is right, you return to the dock and secure the boat.  Then
you enjoy a pleasant stroll in cool, shaded woods.  Not even the shade can
dim the garish colors of the floral design on his shirt, which has
obviously seen many adventures.  Your walk takes you to an overlook, whence
you're able to view some of the new plantings.  He talks about some of his
hopes and plans for the district and the empire.

Over dinner in gazebo [all your favorite dishes], you savor the sunset over
the lake.  Considering your exploits of the day and that delinquent wave,
he chuckles reminiscently, twinkling merrily.  One by dozens the stars come
out.  It's a companionable time.

The fireworks over the lake are, inevitably, superb.  He thanks you for a
relaxing, fun day.

I hope your day is filled with even more good things.

Sue says:

Now THAT’S what I call a birthday treat!!! A nautical adventure with Aral
Vorkosigan, in his beloved, tropically floral shirt. At Vorkosigan Surleau.
Fishing and a picnic lunch, followed by a shady woodland hike. Sunset
dinner at the gazebo. Fireworks - but of course there’s fireworks, it’s
Barrayar, after all! Sheer bliss! (Insert many, many heart emojis here)

For further maritime adventures with Aral (yes, I have devoted some thought
to the subject), see http://archiveofourown.org/works/933345

Shameless promos are allowed, even encouraged, on one’s birthday. It’s
another delightful Barrayaran custom!

Many, many thanks for a heavenly birthday! The *ting* of sunlight off his
teeth was  just the icing in the cake - pun fully intended!

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