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Post by Sienna Linslee on Mon May 30, 2016 12:59 pm

Although not very classically Si-like, Sienna had thought it best for the last few months to just quietly go through her daily routine. It was quite easy for the girl to end up overworking herself, as she usually did, and afterwards she always ended up having to retreat for some time while she lightened her load. Even if the days all looked the same after a while, it was a pretty refreshing change for Si. She’d tried to operate under the “every day should be an adventure” mindset for some time, but it just wasn’t her anymore. Having a monotonous day could be quite relaxing, and she much preferred a vanilla routine with the occasional spice added to it. Si could live with the fact that it made her a boring person now…being a demigod came with enough quirks to make up for her less-than-exciting lifestyle.

Still, the daughter of Venus always had some sort of project to keep her busy. They were usually cohort-related—Si took her duties quite seriously—and this time was no different. Although in the past, her projects had usually been oriented to nontraditional means of running the cohort (chore wheels, cohort retreats and the like), this particular project was quite traditional. It’d come out of an observation that the turnover amongst Centurions was quite high. It wasn’t particularly surprising, Si supposed…they were demigods, and more than likely ended up leaving camp in some way (out of retirement, death, or disappearing). Still, it left a vacuum in the cohort and more often than not led to an inexperienced legionnaire having to take the promotion. They always managed to get there in the end—usually due to other Centurions stepping in to help—but not before a rough early period. Si only had to point to her own promotion three years ago, when the previous Centurion had just disappeared and she’d had to learn everything by herself.

Well, that wasn’t going to cut it for the Fourth Cohort. Although Si had no plans to retire soon (she wasn’t that old, thank you very much), she’d rather not leave behind a power vacuum in case something did happen to her and left her unable to complete her duties. In an effort to get ahead of the curve, Si had chosen her successor. Having spent some time in Camp Jupiter by now, Izzy would be a good replacement for her if something happened. He was honest, dependable, and with enough training would someday be able to take the Centurionship after her. She’d rather be in charge of that training herself rather than leave it to chance, and Izzy had already been shadowing her in an effort to learn about daily life in Camp Jupiter. In her opinion, there was no better candidate.

Sienna had started slow with the ‘training.’ In the beginning, it was more about following her as she completed daily and weekly tasks so Izzy could see how things were done. That was easy enough, and now the girl was ready to change passive watching into active learning. So, on this particular day, Sienna had stayed in the barracks as opposed to going out to do her daily chores. She’d prepared a quiz for Izzy (not the typical kind with a pencil and a blue book), and she’d like to see how well he’d been watching. The daughter of Venus stood in front of him now, having prepared a few props for later on in the day. “Alright Izzy, it’s time for your first quiz! There are a few different components to it, but we’ll just start with hypothetical situations and work our way from there.” Si shot the boy an encouraging smile before folding her hands behind her back and rattling off the first question. “Let’s say it’s midnight, and you’ve just caught me sneaking into the barracks after breaking curfew. This is the third time it’s happened. What do you do?”
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Post by Izzy Abney on Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:17 pm

When he really stopped to think about it, Izzy could hardly believe he had been at Camp Jupiter 2.0 for almost a year.  A short two months more would mark the one year since his arrival.  It was truly a lot to wrap his head around.  And just...everything that had happened in the past ten months.  It was pretty unbelievable.  Between learning to be social- even making friends- to discovering who his father was...learning Latin, starting to learn how to fight.  Every day, Izzy was very grateful for the gift from his father, the journal that would never run out of pages.  The boy was a voracious writer...he would completely lose his mind if he didn't write as much as he did.  Mercury may not know his son...but he obviously had some sort of understanding.  Otherwise he wouldn't know exactly what to give as a claiming gift.  So Izzy wrote.  Sometimes he just wrote about his day...decompressing in a sense.  Emotions went in a lot...fears and insecurities, happiness and excitement...all of it.  Camp had done so much for the Brit.  He was better for it...and nothing could make him happier.

Izzy was truly happy with the person he was becoming.  He had a good home in the Fourth Cohort.  Friends...and more than just one- all he had ever managed in the mortal world.  He had a mention in Sienna, the Centurion of the cohort.  She believed in him and was constantly telling him how much potential she saw in him.  None of his peers had ever been like that...not that the son of Mercury had ever had much interaction with his peers.  But even beyond that.  In the mortal world, the boy had spent years suffering from depression.  His parents were so supportive, and he had a great therapist...but he was never really able to shake it.  And as depressed as Izzy was when he had first arrived at camp, things had...changed.  Sure, he still had some low times, but nothing like it had been.  It sort of seemed like this was what the boy had needed all along.  As much as it sort of bothered him that he hadn't gotten to camp sooner, he also recognized that things happened the way they were meant to.  Izzy had learned a lot in that vein of thought.  After all, his whole life had changed when Lupa showed up and brought him into the world of Roman Gods and Goddesses and demigods.

It was all coming together for Izzy.  Things went...day in, day out.  He found his routine, though sometimes there was different stuff thrown in.  Sienna had been 'training' the boy, so to say.  She had explained early on that Centurions seemed to have a high turnover rate.  That sometimes, people that ended up in the position had no idea what to do.  She didn't want that to happen to the Fourth.  And if something were to happen to the girl, Izzy would be ready to take the reins.  It was definitely an honor, and the boy had very much come to enjoy all the shadowing and learning.  The older girl really did have so much faith in him, and it was so helpful in assisting the son of Mercury find his way.  For the first time ever, the boy felt like he had his place figured out.  The Brit wasn't nowhere, like how he felt in the mortal world, or displaced to another country and setting like he felt when he first got to Camp Jupiter 2.0.  He was Izzy Abney, son of Mercury.  And he belonged.

On that particular day, Sienna had instructed Izzy to be in the barracks at a certain time...training and all.  She mentioned things would be a bit different today, but the boy had no idea what that meant.  But he would soon enough.  It definitely wasn't something to worry himself over.  Whatever his Centurion had planned, the son of Mercury trusted her.  Besides, if he was to take over someday, he'd have to deal with tons of different things that could be thrown his way.  Either way, the boy let it roll off his back.  After all...trust.  So Izzy made sure to be in the barrack when Sienna had asked him to be there.  He was ready...though he wasn't really expecting her words.  "First quiz?" he raised his eyebrow.  Yes, camp had definitely made him better about not stressing.  As much as he wasn't phased, something told him he should be.  He ignored that pesky whisper.  "Brilliant," he chuckled.  "I suppose I should have seen that coming.  A more practical application of it all, huh?" it did make sense.  What was the point of all he was learning if he couldn't put it into practice?

With intense eyes, Izzy kept his usual neutral face at Sienna's first question.  He went through everything that might be able to help him in the situation.  Documenting times, when he could handle it himself and when reports needed to be filed for the Praetors.  "Document the exact time, preferably in the same place as the prior two offenses," okay...maybe he was a bit more nervous than he wanted to be.  "And speak to you during the day.  Stress the importance of curfew, and make sure you know that the next time you break curfew, I'll have to fill out a report for the Praetors," well...at least part of that had to be right...right?  At least Izzy knew Sienna wouldn't get harsh with him if he was off.  She wasn't like that...and in the end, that was how he learned.
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Post by Sienna Linslee on Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:30 pm

In her teenage years, Sienna was not one to be classified as patient. She was impulsive, impetuous, and that had become her brand. Following the rules had been difficult to do as a new recruit, and hardly something she had done at all in her first years. Becoming a Centurion, and generally the timeline of the last few years, had shown Sienna different ways to maintain her “brand” while still fitting in to legion life. During her personal time, sure, Si was hard to peg and she liked to maintain a measure of spontaneity in what she did. Professionally, Si had learned to value order and her Centurionship had managed to temper her wild personality somewhat. One thing it had irrevocably done that changed her life forever was show her the pleasures of teaching.

Sienna had had her fair share of teaching since her promotion three years ago. Some of it had been enjoyable, some of it had been trying. But every experience taught her as much it did the other end of the conversation. In her interactions with legionnaires of the Fourth, teaching had mostly consisted of training exercises and comforting homesick demigods. Her first experience in training a successor to a Centurion had been a year or so ago when Malik first started in the Third Cohort and needed some guidance. He had grown into his role quite nicely and Sienna was very proud to see what he had accomplished. Watching Izzy learn all the duties so he could someday replace her gave her the same warm fuzzy feeling, although the majority of the comfort came from knowing that Izzy wouldn’t be as much of a train wreck as she had been when she first started.

Her own experiences with the Fourth Cohort probably explained why she was so hard on the legionnaires sometimes. As a new Centurion, she’d had to deal with a spy in the cohort and it escalated quickly with the murders and attempted murders. That had ensured that her Centurionship started with a bang. Although she reminded herself the Romans were in peacetime, it was hard to ignore the paranoia that if she didn’t train the Fourth Cohort hard enough, new terrible things would begin to occur.

Thankfully, before the thoughts could begin to fester, she was brought back to the present. “Yes, a quiz!” Sienna chirped, shooting finger guns to Izzy. “And if you score below a certain percentage, you’re fired.” She shot a mock-serious pointed look to Izzy before she stewed over his answer, comparing his response with her typical response. “You’ve definitely included all the basic components in your answer,” Sienna began, giving Izzy a reassuring smile, “but there are a few things to address. First, I tend to follow the three strikes-you’re out system. Since I don’t have any other violations on my record, you could issue a personal punishment and keep it within the cohort. Next strike would lead to a permanent citation on the record. Or, as I would likely do, I’d issue the punishment and report the citation.” It sounded harsher out-loud, but Si had learned the importance of putting one’s foot down. “You have to strike a delicate balance with the legionnaires. If you’re too harsh, they won’t trust you and be less likely to willingly volunteer information. But, if you’re too lenient, they won’t respect you. It’s important to be their friend, but you are first and foremost their supervisor.”

“This is all of course a matter of personal style. You may choose to mark your Centurionship as the more lenient kind. Entirely up to you, these are all recommendations.” Sienna hadn’t realized when she first started pacing as she spoke, but she came to a halt and smiled. “Let’s try a more subjective question. What would you do if a legionnaire approached you and mentioned he was having trouble fitting in to life at Camp Jupiter?”
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