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Roland secured the buttons of his coat as he made his way over to the elevator, pressing the button for the ground floor. He stepped out to the usual hustle and bustle of his coworkers and strolled casually to the front desk, tapping his hand against the counter to catch the secretary’s attention. He offered her a smile as she raised her head to peer at him. “I’m heading out for a bit, so if my mother or J needs me, tell them to give me a call on my cell, please. Thank you, Rebecca. Have a lovely weekend, okay?” He flashed another smile and waved as he sauntered off; he was in a bit of a hurry to get out of there before someone stopped him with work questions or the like. His brain was already in sleep mode, and rebooting after his mind had become set on embracing the crisp coolness that was just outside the front doors? That would be a challenge he was wholly unprepared for. Ro sucked in a deep breath as the autumn air caressed his skin, front door swinging open wide as he pressed them. He pulled the lapels of his coat up to his chin and threw his hands into his pockets, starting down the busy streets of Manhattan.
He watched cars shoot past for a moment as he kept pace with the rest of his fellow pedestrians before making his way out to the curb. Lifting his hand and giving a loud whistle, Roland hailed a taxi, slide in quickly, and gave his destination to the driver. “The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, please,” he requested, closing the door firmly. Ever since he was a boy, Roland rather enjoyed the outdoors. He felt at home there, but the busy city didn’t allow much of that, which meant that he had to make do with what he did have. The garden was as good an option as any and a particularly beautiful place at that. Just wandering aimlessly there would be enough to please Roland and quench his desire for a view aside from the tower of office buildings across the street that his window at work offered. By the time he had arrived at the garden, it was well into the afternoon. That meant he wouldn’t be seeing the office again today, not that he had planned to. Luckily for Ro, he dressed casually enough for work to still look nice, but not out of place as he strolled through the garden, smiling gently to himself. It was lovely, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves quite a bit.
Ro caught the very end of a proposal as he made his way to the indoor garden, one of his very favorite places there. He chuckled, shaking his head softly as the woman practically flung herself into her lovers arms. There would likely be a lot more of this as the holidays got closer. Some people just adored the idea of a holiday engagement, for whatever reason. Ro, on the other hand, felt that it dampened the magic of the moment, sharing with the holidays like that, but people could do what they liked. Wasn’t any of his business how they wanted to live their lives… He passed the crowd of people that had started to gather ooh-ing and aww-ing, reflexively rolling his eyes. Wouldn’t something more private be— oh, he didn’t know— more romantic? Stepping into the indoor garden, Roland was happy to have escaped. He scanned over the mostly empty area, admiring the plants as he sauntered along. Most people seemed to be chatting enthusiastically with a companion or two, except for one woman who stood by herself, quietly viewing the garden. Roland narrowed his eyes slightly and decided to approach her. Unfortunately, the man didn’t take into consideration that he was unusually good at sneaking up on people, and by the time he had drawn close at started to speak, this thought occurred to him, but by then, it was too late for that. “Light reading I take it?” he mused, carefully plucking the book the woman had with her to examine the cover. A book on nature, eh? An interesting choice— and a pretty large book for her to be lugging around with her, he determined as he lifted his gaze again to lock eyes with her.