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Late nights at the office were unfortunately becoming more of a habit than a rarity for the human ambassador who often found herself staying extra hours after everyone went home just to get everything she needed done, by the time she got home most nights she didn't have the energy to do much so she would grab her dinner and then fall into bed. One thing that did get her through the day though was texting, she knew it wasn't exactly office etiquette but she figured since she was the boss it didn't matter. She'd message Orion a few times throughout the day along with a few friends.
She'd been having a bit of a funny back and forth with Eric, a long time friend of hers who she always joked around with, recently they hadn't been able to make much time to catch up with one another thanks to their jobs being absolutely crazy but she did make a point of sending him a funny picture or video every so often to remind him that she was still alive. She was laughing at a message he sent her about dreading his night shift that evening and she laughed shaking her head "You know I could always bring you a coffee after work?" She offered as she got to her feet and closed her laptop shut, it was time to call it a night.
Pressure to meet demands was forever growing in what was the basic aspect of the healthcare industry and Evermore General Hospital was no exception to this. It was seeing yet another cut into its resources, equipment, funding and this inventively brought on a steady drop in its staff, leaving what staff who remained pressured to fill task's that perhaps weren't exactly in their training. Eric was one of those members of staff. His main field of expertise was based mostly on surgery but with recent events he found himself working in the ER department. Some would say it was foolish but Eric being the man he was, devoted what free time he could to work, to help other colleges.
He did love his work, it felt good to help, but he was only human and sometimes the day's work would mentally challenge him, so was it truly any wonder as to why he was dreading his second shift of the day?.. Yes, that is right, his second shift, having only gone home to check on his sister, get what couple of hours sleep that his exaggerated mind would allow and then perhaps a quick, tasteless ready meal.
Eric would be close to losing his sanity, if it wasn't for that one friend. Sariah. With all the friends who had come and gone it was Sariah who stuck, probably because of the slight similarities in their lifestyle's with their work and what not.
Their little occasional texts back and forth with either witty comments or... what was it she called them 'Memes'? were honestly something he looked forward too, especially today he was more than grateful to hear from her.
Her last text had him chuckling, he hated coffee, in his opinion it tasted vile (unless doused with an unhealthy amount of caramel syrup) and was overrated, he knew she knew that so the irony of the text was funnier to him than it should of been, battling the touchscreen device he finally managed to reply.
'As kind as that offer sounds...
No thank you.
Go home, go to bed, it's late.
Sariah laughed as she sent that last text because she knew how much Eric hated coffee and the American obsession with it and she teased him about it often because it was funny to see him go on a rant about how much better tea tasted to him. She, however, was one of the slaves to Starbucks no doubt, she didn’t think she could remember the last time she had gone without coffee for longer than 24 hours as ridiculous as it sounded.
She also knew he’d been having a hard time lately, with work constantly bringing him in for long shifts and expecting him to do them with very little thanks for it. He’d do it though because he was a good person and cared about people and she couldn’t argue with that. “Tea it is then” she responded with a laughing emoji not giving him any choice about the matter, she had to pass by the hospital on her way home so it wasn’t like she was majorly going out of her way.
She headed out of the office, shutting off the lights as she was the only one still there and then nodded to security before she headed off down the road. She found a little shop that made hot beverages in and ordered herself a coffee and him a tea before she took the steaming cups and headed towards the hospital over the road. She, of course, knew her way around by now, especially because she was allied with the hospital director here so she knew her way around. About 20 minutes had passed since her first text when she finally arrived at his station and asked them to page him.
A light chuckle left him, his eyes rolled towards the heavens with an amused tut and a slight shake of his head. Her quick comeback and the blatant disregard of his previous message didn't come as a surprise to Eric, as that was exactly how Sariah was, but it wasn't any less frustrating for him (Why hadn't he learned by now?). Sighing with defeat, simply slipped his phone back into his tailored trousers back pocket, not even going to attempt to try and convince her about going home instead.
The next 20 minutes went by fairly quickly, which was a surprise. Having just finished a consultation with a recently admitted patient before his pager violently vibrates on his hip. Excusing himself from the patient's bedside he tugged the pager from his belt to read the message and instantly a smile grew on his thin lips, he turned to the nurse aside of his who was assisting him on his rounds, "I'm going to take a small break..." He informed her as he put his pager back on his belt "...I won't be too long, perhaps you should do the same?" the nurse nodded with agreement and he took his leave to the front reception of 'his' ward.
Seeing the petite blonde his smile seemed to widen if that was even possible "Sariah," he softly called out to get her attention his hand waving in a polite hello, before nodding to the receptionist as he came to stand aside of the desk handing his clipboard over to the receptionist over the polished woodwork
"You know you really didn't have to..."
The blonde was standing there for the next five or so minutes as she waited for them to page him and for Eric to finish whatever work he was currently doing, she didn’t mind waiting, she knew how incredibly important the work he did was, she worked very closely with the hospital after all and she knew how much Evermore General was struggling lately, all the more reason they should take care of their own though, doctors needed to be alert and ready for the situations they were thrown into, not falling asleep from exhaustion.
She was lost in thought, she sipped on her coffee as she watched a few of the nurses skittering all over the place, tending to patients and discussing results with one another, she admired the cooperation and dedication going on here a lot, so much so that she hadn’t even heard Eric approaching until he spoke her name. She turned with a bright smile in his direction and waited patiently for him to hand over his work over before she approached and offered the tea she had gotten for him.
“Of course I didn’t” she responded with a gentle laugh “But sometimes you need a friend to do something even when you don’t want to trouble them” she prompted and nudged against his side softly with her elbow as she looked up at him. He was very tall, he made the blonde feel short every time she saw him. Not that she minded all that much “I don’t want to intrude if you’re busy” she stated up front “Just figured you could use a little caffeine in your veins, maybe a little friendly conversation” the blonde pushed her glasses up on her nose “Hell I could” she added as she took a pointed second sip of her coffee.