This time I knew what was going on, but Rowan did not. I had known that I would beg the boon to have her elevated to the Order of the Pelican since Pennsic. She has had a lot happen in her life, and so when I saw the tourney was going to be a Pearl Tourney, I told her I would organize the team for her. This just added to how much this event was going to be about her for me. I gathered a team of 100% Terrae Finis members to fight, craft and dance for her. We were not the greatest team, but I felt it appropriate to have only our household represent her on this day.
Petrona gave me crash space, along with Saraswati and Elisa, so that made logistics both better and longer. The day went quickly and the fighting ended early and I even left the field with three others on it. I had things that needed to be done and I needed to be clean. Rowan had a hotel near site and she took me there to shower. I cleaned up and dressed up for court.
I was so nervous for this. It would be the first boon that I ever begged solo. I begged Mary Buchanan's with Brigh and I got to assist with Palymar for Chen but only at the elevation not the announcement. While Rowan was not my dependent, she is so close to me that I wanted this to be perfect, but I still wanted it to be me. That meant doing it by what felt right at the time. I had thought through dozens of things to say, but came down to one theme. I am a knight. Rowan served the Midrealm Army as a primary focus of her service. So even though it was for Pelican, this request would come from Sir Ix.
It would not occur until nearly the end of court. I paced around court. I went from person to person who had no idea why I was so ancy. I got lots of hugs. I did my early business in court with Illiton. Other good people got well deserved awards. Finally I was called in. I can not remember the exact words, but I said I was a knight and it was a knight's job to look for fighters and train them to be peers. I stated how I had found one but it was not to be a squire for her. That person was already more than that. I was very careful not to use a pronoun. I knew she would not know but I at least wanted to keep her a little off guard. I asked her afterwards and she said she knew when I was called up, but I did confuse her.
She has done so much to earn this. I am so pleased to have been able to help her through the process. It was one of my best moments in the SCA. She is an inspiration to me and I think I to her. We reflect off each other well. I love her dearly. I am so proud of her work. I am so proud to be able to officially call her my peer at Festival of Maidens.