-a young lady comes calling, one familiar to the medic. Though her hair has gotten slightly shorter and now sticks up in a particular fashion in the front. Her glasses are now white plastic cat-eye frames but all of that aside, she looks quite the same. Will this Medic she called her second father remember her? She hopes so. Looking around, she calls out- Doctor Haswell? Abel?
She could hear laughter. A kind sort of laughter, accompanied by playful chiding in German. The sound itself was inviting, not at all like stepping into Aldous’ wing of the RED infirmary. One would hear the squawking of ravens, the maddening cackle of the madman himself, or… worse: silence.
After the young lady calls out, though, the talking stopped, but the laughter remained. It merely dimmed down to a chuckle. And… she could see why.
Abelärd Haswell poked his head around the corner of his infirmary wing, and he had a few mourning doves perched on his shoulders. They were gently picking at a few locks of his hair.
Laughing, he tries to wave them off once more, but one refuses to leave. The rest fly off, one stays. “Sorry,” he says quickly, attempting to brush himself off, wiping away a few stray feathers. “They get affectionate after they get fed.”
She pauses in her steps to observe the scene in front of her, attempting to stifle a giggle with both hands but unfortunately it isn’t enough. Shaking her head, a smile tugs at one corner of her mouth.
"I can certainly see that, judging from the way you were laughing and how they all seemed to be very happy all settled on you," she muses, making her way over to him, "And from what I can see, one decided to stick around and keep you company a while longer."
"Yes," he mused. "This one always stays. Zhe others will fly of, but not him. Never." He gently rubs under the dove’s beak, and the precious little bird lets out a cooing sort of sigh. "He is precious to me."
After a few more moments of petting the fluffed up dove, the Medic glanced at his guest once more. She… looked familiar. And she sounded familiar. And…
"…I know you." He begins to smile, a smile that’s soft and loving. "I’ve missed you."