Originally published July 22, 2020.
I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not know Astrid of the Yellow Rose. I know, logically, that it exists, but she was my friend in the SCA almost from the very beginning.
She always had a nickname for me, and she always made a point to have that nickname be a terrible pun on my actual name. The last one was “Fault”, because I’d changed my SCA name to Andreas, and she’d say “Fault! Right? Cause, you know, Andreas?” and then she’d laugh and laugh and laugh.
Goodbye, my friend. We’ll see each other again.