2009-07-23: Entertainer In The Park


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Summary: Eddie is caught up in the acrobatics of Siegfried.

Date: July 23, 2007

Log Title Entertainer in the Park

Rating: PG

NYC - Union Square

Always bustling with life is Union Square, with its large statue of George Washington standing in the center. Live music, dancers, artists, activists, vendors, and more can all be seen here on a daily basis. There are even some tables set up for chess games. The Green Market can be found here, selling fresh fruit, breads, vegetables and other farm products. Union Square has more of a younger feel as most the kids who hang out here have that artistic, indie look to them, making Union Square one of the more open minded parks in the city.

It's mid-afternoon and even though it's cloudy and looks like it's going to rain, Siegfried is out here in Union Square hoping that the rain holds off for a bit. Even though he has a day job, he also busks a bit to make some extra money. Besides, Siegfried will always love preforming for an audience. He's currently doing some sort of juggling act with five batons which all seem to have one end lit on fire.

Currently dressed in jeans and an X-men t-shirt, Eddie Parker-Mayfair is rather happily sipping a milkshake as he walks along. It's been a good day, first he managed to actually save someone (warning them before they stepped into an open grating…he'll take what victories he can get) and then spotting the Fantastic Four flying back to the Baxter Building. It's put him in a very good mood. Even enough to not be worried about impending rain. The sight of flaming batons causes Eddie to pause and watch the show with wide eyes. "Wow…"

Now comes the hard part, or what looks to be the hard part, Siegfried flips one of the batons higher than the others and keeps on juggling while the one flipped higher curves to the side and lands right in a small bucket of water to put it out. He does this will all five batons before taking a bow. It sure does look amazing he and won't tell anyone he's using his unatural ability of accuracy to do this.

Eddie jumps as the baton is tossed up in the air, watching it go. Once the fifth goes in and Seigfriend bows, Eddie smiles and gives an awkward half-clap. "That was great," he chimes, digging into his pocket for a pair of bills and some change that were change from his shake and dropping them in whatever Seigfriend's using to collect money.

After a few people give donations and Siegfried thanks them, he looks at Eddie and smiles at the compliment. "Danke, Not many people appricated jugglers anymore." He says as it's an art that's dying in a sense. "I am glad you enjoyed it."

Eddie offers another smile. "Well, it's still cool. Especially the fire part," he says. "How long did it take you to learn how to do that?" he asks curiously.

"The fire is added to draw people to wanting to see more and their curiosity." Siegfried's accent is definately thick and he's still trying to get a firm grasp on the English language. "It take me about…I don't know." He says with a chuckle. "I have been in circus since I vas little so I learned at a young age."

Eddie blinks in surprise. "You were in the circus? That's cool," he declares. "So it's easy to do the juggling for you? You don't burn yourself?

Siegfried nods. "It vas cool vhile it lasted." He says kind of caught up in the kids surprise and enjoying it. "Oh it is very easy, the ends are veighted so it is harder to grab the end that is on fire vith your bare hands. I do not believe I have ever burned myself since I learned with easier…things first."

Eddie nods quickly, glancing at Siegfried's hands just a moment. "What did you learn with? Non-flaming sticks?"

"Ja." Siegfried says. "I learn to juggle with scarves, balls and batons before moving to things that are like flaming batons and knives." Start small and work towards the bigger objects. "It vas small circus so ve had to learn many talents."

Eddie looks up thoughtfully. "That makes sense," he agrees. "Learning with small things then moving up to the big and dangerous stuff," the power booster chuckles. "Really? What other acts did you do?"

Siegfried smiles brightly and nods. "My big act vas the trapzee in fact I teach trapzee here in New York. Not as fun but it still lets me fly." He bends down to finally collect the money from the small container on the ground and shoves it in his pocket, that's dinner money. "I vas an acrobat and trapzee artist."

Eddie smiles. "Wow, there's really a place that teaches trapzee here in New York?" he asks. "I didn't think there'd be enough room for that."

Siegfried nods. "Ja, there is an indoor location and outdoor along the river…Hudson river." He says taking a moment to remember the name. "I vas happy vhen I learned it and vith my experience it vas not hard to get job there. If you interested in trying some time, you can always take class. It is very safe."

Eddie nods right back, making a mental note to check the place out sometime out of sheer curiousity. "Well, I'd have to check with my Dads first," he says with a chuckle. He does think Chris and Jeri probably wouldn't object too much though considering what Eddie normally wants to do.

"That would probably be a good idea, since you probably need parent signature on form for class." Siegfried says since he assumes Eddie's under 18. Then something Eddie says catches his attention and he looks at the teen curiously. "Did you said Dads? As in more than one?"

Eddie lets out a thoughtful noise, wondering which parent would be least likely to object to such a thing if he did decide to try learning. The question gets a blink and Eddie nodds. "Yep," he chimes with a smile. "I got two. I'm adopted."

Siegfried nods. "Adopted by two fathers, that is unusual, ja?" He asks not really sure how Americans usually handle that sort of relationship. He's not even sure how that works but then he didn't exactly have the most usual of upbringings himself. "I just had my mutter and vater."

Eddie nods slowly. "Yeah. Not something that's all common," he says. It takes him a second to make sense of what Siegfried says but he nods again once he does. "That's a lot more common, yeah."

"It is good to see they let you have two fathers, good to see people being accepting." Siegfried says with a nod. "Vell it sounds more common, but I grew up in circus, in a vay, ve had big family. Everyone vas like family. Ve all lived in tight space together, I miss it."

"Yeah," Eddie agrees. He seems curious as Siegfried describes his situation and nods. "I'd miss that kinda thing too," he admits. "Why did…you all stop being together?"

"That…is long story." Siegfried says his smile fading a bit. "Long story, but just say Circus disbanded, ve had to go our seperate vays." He says with a nod without getting into too much detail. "And vith seperate vays, I must be on mine. Here is card, of place with Trapezee school, feel free to come in and try one day." He says with a nod as he starts to gather up his things so he can go and get some dinner.

"Oh…" Eddie pauses, mentally kicking himself. "I'm sorry," he says. He accepts the card and nods. "Alright, I will. Thanks," he says. "Have a good day, sir," he says, lingering just a moment before starting to walk off.

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