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 Weyrling Lesson: Chewing Firestone
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Location: Weyrbowl
Teachers: K’din, T’sai and Gaial
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Class: Zombie Apocalypse Clutch
Type: Task
One of the biggest annoyances K’din had with the new Weyr was that the jungle surrounding them found it so easy to encroach on their space. Raised an entire life in Alaula Weyr and himself a dragonrider, the Wingleader firmly followed the teaching songs and the teaching songs clearly stated no green was to be allowed near a domicile. This was just as important in the Weyrbowl because not only would it prevent Thread from surviving, but it meant dragons didn’t have to worry about a place to land. Trees or bushes -- or the more commonly found vines and creepers -- could trip up a creature or cause undue injury.

Today’s lesson was the perfect way to combat the invasive greenery. It was also the first day he’d been able to schedule it as this season appeared to be the area’s rainy season and they sure didn’t need dragons trying to flame for their very first time in even a sprinkle. K’din looked to the firestone storehouse, tossing the key twice as he thought back to all the work that had gone into salvaging it, along with other necessities, from Alaula. They would need to find more some point soon, but for today there was more than plenty. A few bags for each weyrling should be more than enough for the dragons to get the hang of their new responsibility.

“Sound the call, Akoth,” he called out to the large bronze lazily lying on the warm ground next to him. The bronze sent a slowly whirling gaze at his rider before rising up into a standing position. Class begins; come now. he called out to the dragons of the Zombie Apocalypse clutch, his tone commanding although, despite the few words, never clipped nor harsh. It was time for business now. He would rest again afterwards.
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It had only been a few days since Harmonith had risen and been flown and Gaial was practically glowing as she hopped off her dragon close to K'din. with a flair of waist length hair and a happy pat for Har she turned and quickly let the smile drop off her face as she faced K'din. "Good morning wingleader...has T'sai arrived yet?" she asked the mention of the other rider causing a soft smile to reach her lips. Her feelings for K'din would always be conflicting but when she had woken up next to T'sai she had felt warmth and something there as well. He had always been a nice man and a strong wingsecond, not to mention he was gentle with her.

"What will this lesson be today sir?" she asked formally standing at attention and pointedly not looking at him. As far as she was concerned he was not to be engaged in any other way than professional, even more so after she heard about his recent excapades, and besides she was honestly interested in getting to know T'sai now and she was hoping that the quieter man might want to get to know her. Har was enamored of his dragon and talked of him whenever the opportunity to came along.

Inside her head Harmonith was practically purring and images Gaial didn't want to see forced her to block Har out for the time being. Outside her head a loud draconically pleased noise was coming from the sated and sleepy dragon as well. "Oh Har do you have to give me images love? I mean seriously it's hard enough not to fling myself at T'sai without your added hormones." she said quietly with a snort of humor. Back to the business at hand Gaial was actually excited to see the weyrlings and work with them as she had saved a few of them herself and would like to make sure they were doing okay as well.

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OOC: will put Laerin and Alazandriath in after a bit mwhahaha felt I should give Others a chance to um...reply.
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T'sai and Bone Azcarth

Stop being such a priss. Just claim her and be done with it Azcarth's low growl of a voice was difficult to ignore right now, despite T'sai's many turns of practise at doing just that. Perhaps it was because of the dragons particular choice of topic. Shut up Az. It doesn't work like that The man glared up at where he knew the dragon to be curled tightly around Harmonith. What's to work? Just grab her and mate with her T'sai just sighed Then you can stop mooning over her like a lovesick puppy and we can both be happy. Happy? You? Yes. Happy. I like Harmonith. She is mine. That would be your definition of happy.

At this point T'sai arrived at the meeting place. He couldn't help the soft smile when he saw Gaial, though it faded a little when he saw her standing next to K'din. Oh stop that Azcarth huffed Just go over there and claim her already Shut up Az. It doesn't work like that. Besides, she likes K'din. So you're just going to ignore the way she's been looking at you? What do you mean? Oh come on! She's been looking at you as sappy as you feel when you look at her. I know you know she blushes every time you walk past. And how long did you spend in her bed the other day? T'sai closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose Please Az. Don't do this now The bone grumbled but for once did as his rider asked, falling silent, apart form a comment directed at Harmonith of My rider is an idiot. I keep telling him to just kiss yours and get it all out in the open, but he never listens. Always has to think his way is better. Sharding idiot.

T'sai moved over to where the other two 'weyrling masters' waited. He gave Gaial a smile, unaware of how soft it was, as he lay a hand gently on her slender shoulder. "So we're just waiting on the Weyrlings then?" He asked K'din, seeing the bags of firestone already out and waiting.
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Gaial and Opal Harmonith

Gaial saw him coming and her eyes lit up with nervous excitement. Did she still care for K'din? Yes, but she knew that was doomed and after his recent affairs she had begun to get over her fancies and open her mind to others. She had always been close to T'sai in the wing and after the mating flight she had even let him stay in her bed unlike any other. For years she had admired him and thought he'd make a good partner but her hurt over K'din had kept her from seeing the true possibilities of someone in front of her. For days now she had been seeking him out, feeling her heart rush and warm and soften to the man. Her was someone she could build with if she would let him know, but how did she do that when she knew he was close to K'din and probably didn't see her in that light?

Mine wants yours as well..she is aching cause she feels unworthy of him...she thinks he couldn't care for her outside of flight...they should mate again and see otherwise. I am yours and we mate and it is good. Said the sweet opal as she wound her tail in his and crooned. Turning her thoughts to T'sai she felt the war of emotions in him and smiled toothily as she spoke to her rider.

Gaial you silly girl he is feeling love type feelings for you but is scared like you...say something let him know he may mate you...he is trying to be...what is that word you say...nice I guess. thought ful..... Gaial had a shock go through her as Harmonith said this and she looked at her dragon, happily entwined with the bone, and then she looked at T'sai smiling softly at her with his hand on her shoulder and she knew.

Reaching up and gently putting her hand on his arm she pulled him down and kissed him on the mouth softly before pulling away and smiling warmly at him as well. "Would you like to have dinner with me tonight T'sai...I think...I um...should tell you I feel rather the same...and warn you..Harmonith and Azcarth talk..." she laughed softly at him and winked before blushing a shade of red that even K'din had to notice. "You have nothing to fear from me." she added sweetly. Screw the consequences her heart ached for a real love, one that wouldn't be frought with cheating or uncertainly; one that would be open and mutual and full.

Looking up at the man, her tiny tiny frame shaking she smiled in a way that made her look so very vunerable and alone.

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Laerin and Green Alazandriath

Laerin and Alazandriath were walking through the bowl on their way to sleep after a long sleepless night, well sleepless for Laerin at least. Sighing heavily they turned and made their way to the lesson looking rumbled and dirty from caring for the sick and injured. Duty came first though so they both wobbled over to sit before the weyrling masters, three this time, and wait the lessons. "Hello weyrlingmasters...forgive us we have been up all night caring for a sick auntie and some injured....if you don't mind we'll sit her till the lesson starts and get our barings." she said softly, giving Gaial an extra large smile as she was the woman who had saved her. They were probably well aware that M'kai and she were the head healers now and were over worked. M'kai! Her weyrmate would be at this lesson and she would be able to lean on him when the opportunity arose no doubt.

Laerin's life had been crazy lately but in it all she had Alazandriath the green beauty and M'kai her weyrmated lover. Her mate for life as they had vowed and the man she had fallen so stupidly in love with that her head spun just to think of it. Being with him made her feel whole and safe and she hoped someday to introduce him to her family and to start one of their own as no doubt their dragons would soon enough. She had this feeling that it might happen sooner rather than later with as much time they spent wrapped in each others arms these days. She was a healer after all and knew she was on no such contraception at the moment.

Thought for another time she knew as Alaza nudged her to pay attention and wrapped her tail around her rider forcing the tired blonde to rest her head against the green shoulder. Feeling her eyes close and drift she was completely unaware that she was dozing off while she waited.
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T'sai and Bone Azcarth

T'sai blinked and looked down at Gaial as he felt her hand touch his. What was she? He let her pull him down to her level, wondering what she was doing. Her lips met his, and all the thoughts in his head, whirled to a complete halt. His blue-green eyes looked into her dark gaze. He sought, something, he wasn't sure what. Why was she doing this?

All he saw was truth to go with her words. She did feel something. What that something was, and whether it would be enough to bring them both through his fear of being hurt, only time could tell. But he had mourned M'van more than long enough, had avoided that kind of closeness, avoided forming a relationship, for long enough. If Gaial was willing to try, then so was he.

The bone rider smiled gently down at the opal rider. "Dinner sounds like a wonderful idea." He told her. He gently brushed his thumb against her cheek. She might say he had nothing to fear, but that didn't stop him being afraid. How could he be certain she didn't still have feelings for K'din? That if the bronze rider offered to take her, she wouldn't go with him? He wanted to take this chance, but the fear of letting himself love her, only to loose her as he had his former weyrmate, made him hesitant.
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M'tsu and Red Curvasseth

Lesson time M'tsu Curvasseth stuck her nose in her rider's side just to make sure she had his attention. M'tsu huffed, but put down the scroll he was reading. "I still don't see why we have to go" He complained "It's not like their actually going to let us chew firestone." Curvasseth made a quizzical noise. "Your a red darling" M'tsu explained "Right now the clutches you'll have when you start rising are too valuable to take the risk that you might be sterilised by flaming" Whether or not they allow me to chew firestone, we will attend the lesson. it is important that we show up, even if we'll only be watching today M'tsu sighed, but scrambled up onto the dragon's back. This was a waste of time, time which could be better spent doing other things which needed to get done. He knew better than the think they wouldn't allow Curvasseth to try and flame.

Curvasseth landed a short distance away from the slowly forming group, M'tsu sliding from her back in order to walk beside her. Hello Alazandriath She greeted her sister It is good to see you Akoth. She purred at the bronze I am gald see you are both well Harmonith, Azcarth She settled to the ground a short way away from the all, M'tsu leaning silently against her side.
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M'kai and Silver Taranisleth

M'kai. It is time for lessons. Taranisleth rumbled at his rider. "Huh?" The young man looked up from where he had just finished oiling the last bit of Aziza's hide. "Oh. Right. Is it that late already?" He glanced outside and frowned. Laerin would be just finishing her shift about now. Growing up in the weyr, M'kai knew that it was about time for their dragons to be learning to flame. He wasn't sure he liked the idea of her doing that while so tired. "Alright" He wound Aziza around his neck, and the took to Taranisleth's back. 'let's go"

The large silver landed as close to the group as he could. M'kai slid form his back, making a line straight for where Laerin and Alazandriath stood, his beast of a dragon following him. "Laer" He called her name before wrapping his arms around her. He still remembered the first time he'd snuck up on her and the warning he'd been given. Taranisleth rumbled affectionately as he settled next to Alaza, rubbing his cheek against hers.
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The first to arrive was one of his fellow substitute weyrlingmasters. Gaial had been more than cold to him recently despite the fact that K’din had done no more than ever before to annoy her. She had been more than accommodating to their other fellow substitute weyrlingmaster ever since his Azcarth had caught her Harmonith a few days ago. It was this extreme difference in treatment that the bronzerider wrote down the undercurrent of annoyance and anger he’d been feeling whenever he saw the two together since. Because, really, K’din respected T’sai and was glad to finally see the man showing interest in someone else. Sure the sickness and subsequent loss of the man’s weyrmate might have been before K’din had been moved from wingsecond under K’io to wingleader of Fierce Flame, but he’d seen enough since his transfer. T’sai needed more than the few flings K’din had seen him have and Gaial looked for the same thing. It would be good for the both of them, K’din knew, but it still aggravated him to see those hands meet, to see those soft looks, to see that kiss.

“They’re learning to chew today,” he replied gruffly to the question Gaial had asked earlier before greeting the incoming weyrlings, glad to see most of them coming in prompt. “Rest until the others arrive, then,” he had excused Laerin -- a beautiful greenrider K’din would never try hard with, especially after seeing how jealous a man her weyrmate was. Her mount would rise in a few months. The beautiful creature would be sterile after today’s lesson. The next arrival drew Akoth’s attention more than K’din’s, although as the greenrider's weyrmate drew near K'din figured it would be better to put distance there. He didn't need one of his students gaining enough of a personal issue with him that it caused issues in his instruction. The red's greeting was promptly returned. As it is to see you, Curvasseth, Akoth replied warmly, nodding his head at the youngling. The red still had time left before she rose, but she would rise and she would clutch and, hopefully, Akoth would would be the sire.

“We will start soon. We can’t wait forever for the others to arrive,” K'din called out to the now three students that were there. To the two teachers, still aggravatingly lost in their own world, K’din kept his voice sharp so as to break through to them. “It’s not a permanent posting, but a little bit of professionalism is still expected. You’ll have plenty of time after class to deal with personal business,” he scolded before going up to M’tsu and his red.

“Your prompt arrival today is appreciated, M’tsu, Curvasseth,” he greeted before directing his attention on the rider. “Even if the two of you will not personally be flaming, it is good knowledge to have. In the future, you never know if you’ll be called to pass the information on to others.” K’din calmed as he focused on this student. With the arrival of M’kai, the bronzerider felt a bit stifled from all the affection. “On top of that, a red shows a potential for leadership and such general knowledge as chewing firestone and flaming etiquette is therefore good to have.” As K’din immersed himself in his job, the tension in his shoulders disappeared and he let out a small, relaxing sigh before shooting a friendly smile at the two. “Even if the first two possibilites never come to fruition, you will be riding in the Clutcher’s Wing during Fall so knowledge of the way other wings move and a strong understanding of flaming will help you better discern how to do your part.” K’din certainly hoped his reassurances were enough to wipe the bit of frustration he saw in the boy’s stature.

Weyrling Xarria and Green Leilanith

Akoth calls! Leilanith informed her rider with a happy chirp. Today we flame! The excitement was audible, and, due to the green’s empathic tendencies, contagious. “Oh!” Xarria cried as she stuck her head out of the tree she was currently in to make eye contact with her dragon, “Really?” The green’s nod sent the young girl disappearing back into the foliage before her feet dropped into view. She hung there for a moment, just like that, before releasing the branch she was hanging from and falling onto the soft, damp earth. “We should go then,” she finally stated after brushing as much of the rich, black dirt off of her rump and hands. The leg up from the green was automatic and Xarria no longer had any trouble in hoisting herself up on to her mount and the two quickly flew to where they saw the rest of the class gathering, Leilanith passing the group by just barely before turning hard on a wingtip and landing gently, Xarria giggling all the while.

“We’re here!” she called out as though her arrival wouldn’t have been noticed, sending a wave to everyone, her hands still holding some of the black loam she had tried to brush off. More than that, however, a red, sticky substance covered hands and mouth, clearly showing exactly what the girl had been up to when the call came. She was in a growth spurt at the moment and the redfruit worked wonderfully at sating her hunger in between meals. At the same time as her rider’s greeting, Leilanith nodded her head emphatically and released a snort in mirrored excitement. I and mine have arrived, she sent as a greeting to her clutchmates and the mounts of those who taught her and her rider.
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T'sai and Bone Azcarth

T'sai turned away from Gaial slightly as more of the weyrlings began to arrive. He moved to stand behind her, sliding his hands down to rest of her shoulders. Blue-green eyes watched as each new weyrling appeared. Young Laerin had already arrived, and there was the young thunder rider coming up behind her. If he recalled correctly the pair were weyrmates. Being somewhat inclined towards having something of a romantic streak, T'sai thought it was a grand thing for the pair to have such a strong connection that it had survived the rigours of weyrlinghood.

The bone rider rolled his eyes at K'din's comment. "Just because romance is dead for you, doesn't mean it is for the rest of us" Never let it be said that T'sai kept his thoughts to himself. Of course, after so long working together, K'din should be used to T'sai's mouthy tendencies and inability to be diplomatic by now.
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Laerin and Alaza

When M'kai woke her Laer was nothing but confused. "Huh...what....I ...um...M'kai? I think I fell asleep." she said sheepishly leaning into him tiredly. Looking up at her weyrmate she smiled weakly but it was clear that the poor woman was depleted of all resources at the moment and would probably fall back asleep with her head cradled against his shoulder. "Mal love I think I'm going to be useless here...and besides it looks like firestone...Alaza said that she would never chew it...how am I supposed to get miss save the world to do that?" she asked yawning and sighing heavily. This was why they needed more healers, there was too much strain being put on the few they had and as a weyrling Laerin was already being worked hard. Alaza crooned at her while rubbing against Taran and sending him thoughts of warm sun and sleep. The green was almost as quiet as the thunder and was able to get her point across without the extra effort of talking with him. It was so easy to be around Taranisleth because of this. Having a voice that was whispy made it common to have to repeat ones self and being with someone who understood was a great comfort to the pretty green.

"Mal sweetheart I'm going to close my eyes shake me when this starts, if I don't close them I may pass out." she laughed at him as she did just that. Calling out to Xarria with a closed eye wave as she dozed back off in her lovers warmth.

Meanwhile the site of the other green was the only thing that could pull the lady away from Taran and with a loving nudge she found her way to the other green and nudged her lovingly as well. Alaza was very fond of the other green and was known to go out of her way to pay attention to her.

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Gaial and Harmonith

With the brush of her cheek and the smiling affirmative to her invitation it was like the sun had burst and spilled light all down Gaial as she beamed up at T'sai with relief and hope. She knew who his former lover was and what had happened so she knew she must tread lightly but at the same time she felt like birds had been released in her stomach and were fluttering around excitedly. "I'm so glad you said yes. I was afraid you'd only thought of me as a mating flight...a gentle one but ....not something worth talking about." she laughed softly speaking so as to keep it between them. "You look at me like you are trying to see into me...did you know that." she laughed and took his hand only to have to let it go when K'din reprimanded them.

Biting her lip on a reply she was shocked when T'sai spoke up for them. The anger in her face clear to him and at the same time he would probably see how his words and protective stance behind her melted it away and her mouth fell open in shock. "Romance? Are you going to romance me T'sai?" she asked like a child receiving a shiny toy. "No one has tried that...apparently Gaial is the weyr iceberg." she laughed but it was clear there was hurt there as well. Reaching up and putting her hand on his where it rested on her shoulders she took a delicate step back so that her own back was lightly against his chest. Subtle enough to be respectful of the weyrlings, but enough to let his calming presence keep her from telling K'din to shove his own dragon up something unpleasant. "Wish I could shove his head up his dragons bum." she grumbled softly and meaning it. Anyone who knew her would know that she was not a girl to mess with and hurt as she was very likely to try and physically rip something off. Passion filled the small frame, making up for the lack of stature.

Settling her head against T'sai's chest so that she could look straight at the weyrlings and still keep the subtle contact she smiled at Laering and Xarria....a pair she had always found fun to watch. "Ladies ...it seems we shall be teaching those lovely girls a thing or two about battle today. Harmonith will be honored to see you in the skies!"
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.: M'tsu and Red Curvasseth :.

Curvasseth brightened considerably when Akoth replied to her. How have you been Akoth? The young red purred to the large bronze Are you and yours well? She liked the big bronze, he was friendly and fun.

M'tsu had been staring moodily off into the middle distance when K'din approached him. He looked up at the bronze rider, listening to what the man had to say. Slowly the weyrling nodded. With a sigh he rubbed his face with his hands. "I'm sorry" He told K'din "I'm just, not feeling so great today, and it all seems kinda pointless. I mean, I can understand having to know wing formations and all of that, no matter where you end up knowing those is useful, but I mean, really, it's just so pointless. We're not allowed to chew firestone, because there's a three in four chance Curvasseth wont clutch if she does. And I can understand that, We only have Kyth, and Faranth only knows when she'll next rise, or how good a clutch she'll have if she does. Until we;re back on our feet, the weyr needs the all clutches Curvasseth'll produce when she rises. So I mean, I can understand it. We can't have firestone lessons. But we can't have flame thrower lessons either, because no-body has straps for one to fit a red, because reds usually chew stone to flame, even if their in the queens wing. Cause, once they've chewed it once, their either sterile, or not and chewing more wont change that."

He paused to take a breath and then continued "And I mean, if I'm just going to be standing here, watching everybody else flaming and doing nothing myself, couldn't my time be better spent elsewhere? There are so many other things I could be doing, things far more useful that standing here feeling bitter about not being allowed to be useful. I have charts and lists to memorise, records to remake for Ellena, sewing to do, new straps to make because Vass is growing out of her current lot again, not to mention everything else that I'm supposed to be learning which I could be spending this time revising. Instead I'm standing here, about to be bored out of my mind because I'm not allowed to do anything. I can't even catch up on my sleep."

M'tsu paused, sighed and then said "I'm sorry. You didn't deserve that. You came over here to try and make me feel better and I just blew up at you." He looked up at the older male and said softly "I really am sorry, I'm just so frustrated by everything right now"


.: M'kai and Silver Taranisleth :.

M'kai chuckled as Laerin awoke, looking up at him with confusion on her face. He wrapped his arms around her and she leaned back into him. M'kai hated seen her so worn, the constant strain of their juggling act was really getting to her, trying to balancing being weyrlings, with being among the last of the weyr's healers, and finding time for themselves. But there was so little he could do to help her. When he tried to ease the load of being a healer, taking more of the responsibility onto his own shoulders, she just went out and found another task which he hadn't yet realised needed to be done. M'kai's talent lay with dealing with victims of trauma, massive or otherwise, while Laerin was more of a general practician.

"You rest love" He told her softly "I'll wake you up when we start the lesson" He hoped that there was a bit time until that moment. The longer she could rest, the better, and he had to admit, he certainly didn't mind that she was resting on him.
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K’din and Akoth

K’din knew T’sai well enough to not be surprised when the man spoke up. A retort from Gaial was even more so expected. Before he’d even made it two steps towards the red and her rider, the bronzerider therefore turned back to speak with his fellow weyrlingmasters. “A different definition of romance, T’sai,” he disagreed, although with a grin. Banter was always appreciated in K’din’s book. T’sai’s forward manners were also helpful, however, K’din finding much use in them when he was silenced by Weyr politics. Still, K’din fully believed that professionalism was expected during a job. Just as he wouldn’t flirt with a student of his during class, so he expected others to do the same. Especially T’sai and Gaial. What sort of example were they setting? At least weyrling pair, while still all over each other, had the reason of being new weyrmates. If they were still so touchy-feely in a few weeks, then he’d have a word with them, but Gaial and T’sai needed to separate now. So he continued, “And whether or not that’s true has nothing to do with the fact that you are here to fulfill the role of weyrlingmaster not plan a tryst.” The smirk returned to his face, then, as K’din’s gaze turned to the opal rider. “As for you, Gaial,” he stated smoothly, looking her straight in the eyes the entire time, “Icy would be the last descriptor I would attach to that day out on the plains.” And, with a wink sent her way, he turned around and, as casually as possible, continued on to the frustrated-looking redrider…although he couldn’t help but momentarily pause as muttered words made their way to his ears. He shook his head before continuing on. Really, the way this lesson was going, would the other two even need to be here? What use could they possibly have, fawning all over each other? K’din sniffed. Wait for the post-flight high to wear off. Some form of attachment was to be expected from those two of all people after a flight lust, after all. How long could it last? The wingleader quickly reprimanded his own thoughts. The two were important individuals to him and he wouldn’t think ill of either even if he was annoyed by their current manners.

While his rider might be in a huff, Akoth was doing quite well and he said as much to the young red. Both I and mine have been well, although his mood might currently seem to suggest otherwise for him, he stated in his usual rumble. She was interesting -- quite friendly and gregarious for a red -- and the bronze had no problem interacting with her. After all, unlike many adult dragons, it gave him a chance to impress his worth on her before she rose. Akoth was a calm and easy-going dragon, but he was still calculating. And how go you and yours?

While the dragons continued their conversation, the riders continued theirs. Or, well, K’din listened and nodded at the appropriate times as M’tsu sort of verbally threw-up. It was after the young man got a hold of himself, however, and began trying to explain his rant, that K’din began to understand more and, after silence followed the boy’s quiet apology, the older male placed a hand on the redrider’s shoulder and bent down a bit to closer to eye level with the shorter male. “I can understand where you’re coming from. I’m a wingleader of a Weyr without a Weyrleader and I’m a weyrlingmaster; I’d be frustrated if I was forced to participate in something I couldn’t see the use of,” he said to the boy, trying to validate his feelings. K’din had been pulled into enough pointless meetings since the devastation at Alaula to definitely understand him. “All I can say is that it’s best to keep as wide a range of knowledge as possible,” he continued, “It might seem pointless now, but you never know when that knowledge could be of use. For example: did you know that when I became wingleader I had to spend an entire day learning the theory behind the basics of flamethrowers and watching the Queens’ wing practicing their drills? When we’ve done full flight practices with every wing, however, it helped me understand when a missed Thread was worth sending a dragon to dive for or if we’d be better off giving it to the Queens’ wing.” K’din was quite sure there was more to what was going on with his pupil than just exhaustion and frustration, however, and he sent the younger male a smile as he straightened himself and allowed his hand to return to his side. “We’re about to start class,” he admitted, “but I think maybe it’d be good if we continued this talk. My position as a weyrlingmaster might be temporary, but I take all of my responsibilities seriously and if you’re having any problems I want to help you with them.” “It’s what we’re here for,” he finished, nodding his head back towards the other two weyrlingmasters. He might be annoyed at their behavior now, but he knew T’sai took his responsibilities very seriously as a wingsecond and Gaial had definitely flourished as one of the weyrlingmasters. “What do you say?” he then asked. “Let me know any time and I’d be more than glad to sit down with you to work through any problems or issues you have.” He’d get class started once he got his answer. Right now, scheduling something seemed prudent. The boy seemed down to his last few threads.

Xarria and Leilanith

Just as Alazandriath was fond of Leilanith, so the childish green was fond of her fellow clutchmate. Alaza! she greeted her sister’s nudge with a slightly stronger nudge of her own. Xarria wasn’t quite the rider to teach restraint, not knowing the meaning of the word -- or, to be honest, even the term -- herself so the dragon could sometimes be a bit too over-exuberant in her actions, although she had learned by now how to not injure others in her expressions of affection. Preening under her sister’s attention, the shorter green began to tell the other, in detail, about her entire day, from getting that spot right behind her wing joint oiled to adventuring in the jungle and finding a wild grove of what her rider praised as perfectly ripe redfruit to her excitement over finally getting to learn to chew. We finally get to flame now! she claimed, her eyes spinning a fast blue in excitement. We will fly and flame and fight and be just like all the adult dragons and we will face Thread! Her hide shivered in visible excitement and the slight tinge of fear that the unknown always seemed to cause in living beings.

Xarria, meanwhile, still feeding off her mount’s excitement -- with the way she was jumping from it, the young girl wouldn’t be surprised if those nearby also sensed it -- responded to her older greenrider friend’s greeting. Her vociferous wave stilling as she realized the woman was laying there with closed eyes against M’kai. Her excitement dropped as a small pout came over her face. Well, that was no fun.

Her attitude was quickly changed, however, as she heard the call from Gaial, the female weyrlingmaster and an opalrider. Gaial was fun and loud and bouncy and had lots of pretty jewelry and clothes so Xarria liked her. “We’ve been waiting for this for months!” the weyrling called out in renewed excitement in reply to the older woman’s statement. Leilanith and I will fly circles around everyone!” She stuck her arms straight out to the side and spun in a circle to pantomime what she said before stopping to again smile largely at the woman. Leilanith sent a surge of pride and agreement through their bond and Xarria’s smile only grew, its subject changing from their teacher -- for some reason in the arms of one of the male teachers -- to her beautiful green.
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.: T'sai and Bone Azcarth :.

T'sai once again rolled his eyes at K'din. "Dinner is not a tryst. At least not for most people" He was well aware that when it came to K'din, organising a meal together might well be the same thing, but it wasn't for him... admittedly he'd have few objections should Gaial decide to turn it into one, Faranth knew it had been far far too long since he'd had anyone eager to join him in bed outside of flightlust induced nights, but he wasn't setting out to make it anything more than a meal and pleasant conversation of the getting to know each other variety.

He also didn't think he was doing anything too terrible. It wasn't like he was doing anything more than a little bit of flirting. He wasn't touching anything more than her shoulders. Admittedly she was leaning against him, but what was the harm in that? Hell, they'd done it before, leaning on each other to get back to their weyrs after a particularly difficult wingpractise had left them exhausted. There didn't have to be anything sexual about it. And really there wasn't. There was something a little romantic about it though.

T'sai frowned at K'din comment about icy and plains. He was obviously referring to a private moment. T'sai's mind quickly made the connections, looking down at Gaial as he realised that she'd bedded the wingleader, and apparently not bothered with an actual bed. This could either bode not very well for their potential relationship, or speak of her being open to interesting things.

Gaial lunged forward, and T'sai's hand shot out, grabbing her around the wrist before she could throw something at K'din's back. "Don't" he told her as he examined her shoe, wondering how she'd gotten it off that fast "You'll just encourage him"

The bone rider smiled at the clear excitement in the face of the younger of the two green riders, chuckling at little at her antics. His smile faded as little as he looked over at the older of the two, seeing the way she leaned up against the young silver rider, her eyes closed. He worried about those two, and how much work they were doing. Weyrling work was hard enough, and those two had taken charge of the healers, seemingly without a protest from anyone. The young man seemed to be coping with the added stress better than his weyrmate, but T'sai sometimes wondered if Taranisleth's rider wasn't simply better at hiding his exhaustion that Alazandriath's rider was.


.: M'kai and Silver Taranisleth :.

M'kai smiled as he saw Xarria returning Laerin's wave. He waved back to the girl, knowing that Laer was too far gone to have seen it herself. Taranisleth meanwhile watched his sisters, paying particular attention to Alazandriath and Leilanith. As the two greeted each other he stood back, but when it seemed they were done with that, the large male moved over to them, once more rubbing gently against Alazandriath's small body, as he moved to touch his nose to Leilanith's shoulder in soft greeting, his rumbling static mind brushing against that of the small green, sending warmth and affection.

"Laer" Stifling a yawn of his own, M'kai gently shook the tired green rider awake "It looks like we're about to start"


.: M'tsu and Red Curvasseth :.

M'tsu couldn't help but twist his hands together nervously, fully expecting a harsh dressing down and some kind of punishment for his outburst. He couldn't help but flinch when K'din's hand was set on his shoulder and there was a flicker of fear in his eyes as the taller man leaned down to meet his gaze.

He was surprised by the softness in K'din's tone as the man began to speak, and the sense that the bronze rider understood some of what he was feeling. M'tsu slowly nodded at what he was being told. He hadn't known about the wingleaders knowing about flamethrowers, he'd thought only the queens wing had anything to do with them. Put like that, he could see where the knowledge of something could be useful, even if he never used it himself.

Dark eyes scanned K'din's face when the man offered to talk about things with him, M'tsu instinctively searching for some kind of trick, a sign that this man might try and hurt him, like other folk had when they'd made an offer to help him with his problems. In his experiences few people were ever genuine in wanting to help him. But he didn't see anything except honesty in the rider's face. Slowly M'tsu nodded, willing to take a chance and give a little trust, and said "I.... I think I'd like that sir"

As their rider's interacted, Curvasseth all but purred at Akoth. That is good to hear. She said. Curvasseth was not that far away from Akoth and it was easy for the red to stretch out and touch her nose softly to that of the older and larger dragon, before returning to how she had been. I have been well. My M'tsu had not been like himself lately though. He does not miss the ones who taught us before quite as much as he used to, but now he is so tired and snappish. He is better when it is just him and myself. he keeps telling me not to but I worry about him
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Posted: Feb 3 2012, 05:07 PM


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Feeling wicked Gaial looked up at the man behind her and smiled softly. "It may not be a tryst but it could be more." she said and winked again. The words so soft that it would reach no ears but his own. She wouldn't mind another repeat of the time they had in her bed. Granted she really had invited him for food and a conversation. She had always been fond of T'sai and knew that given a chance there was a chance there, but she had only now thought he'd agree. Squeezing his hand she was tempted to kiss the poor man again and the look ran through her eyes before she bit her lip hard and smiled at him sheepishly. It felt good to be around someone so easy going and who knew the value of a good joke.

Things would have continued to go rather smoothly but K'din had decided to say something, as per usual, and the anger that flew through the tiny frame as only stopped by the big man behind her. She knew that it looked bad and was a very horrible example to set but it was hard to control the opal rider and her temper. This was partially why she and Harmonith were such good fighters in a wing, but it was hard to keep locked down on the ground. Looking at K'din as her anger turned to hurt, her eyes showed the absolutely horror at his words and the pain they had rendered. Turning away from the students so that the only one that could see the pain now was T'sai she felt her mouth compress, as the anger was still there. "I'm sorry T'sai but I think I over estimated my ability to be around a man who would comment on the past in such a deplorable way...he makes me feel dirty for a preflight induced mistake." she said her eyes wavering in a way that suggested frustrated tears were being held firmly at bay. "How could I have expected to stay friends with a heartless fool?" she sighed and gave T'sai's hand a squeeze before walking past him toward Har and letting the dragon know she would be leaving.

Turning back toward K'din she walked over, the picture of control and cleared her throat when there was a break in his chat with the weyrling.

"Excuse me wingleader but I feel I must inform you that I've been called away." she said. Her eyes telling the story of the betrayal she felt at his actions. She knew he would know that she hadn't been called but there was nothing he could do about it at this point. "It seems I'm off to talk to the weyrwoman about wing reassignment." she added viciously at the end of it. Before smiling at the weyrling genuinely. "Good luck darling." she said to the young man and turned in a flash of hair and walked away. "T'sai I'll see you tonight if you still wish to see me...she said softly to him on the way out. Hopping on Har and taking off.
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Alaza couldn't help but chuckle at the youthful green and her bouncy nature. Granted this green had no intention of chewing firestone but she didn't need to ruin the other one's good fun and exctement for it.

You will be a lovely flyer dear and I know you will flame well. You are so full of energy that it makes other happy and full of life. whispered the quiet female. Her head snaking around in humor at the antics of the pair in front of her. Laerin smiled at this as she struggled with her eye lids. "They are a rather cute pair aren't the Mal?" she was tired but she couldn't help but feel the pair was probably the most enegetic of the group. If Sansryn had survived the earthquake those two would have been trouble all wrapped up in new baby dragons and then some. Looking up at him and pouting playfully she yawned back at him.

"Do I have to? I swear between these lessons and you ..not to mention the healing this weyr needs. I gotta tell you it's hard enough finding ways to get around you trying to shield me...even worse when he patients are on your side." she laughed and tugged on his arm gently. "Now what exactly is about to start?"
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K’din and Akoth

It was easy enough to wave off T’sai’s words. Whether or not the two planned to sleep with one another had nothing to do with it -- although K’din did have to admit to a relaxing of the tension that had been knotting in his chest and neck. What was difficult to ignore, however, was the lack of response he got from Gaial over his comment. He hadn’t stuck around long enough to see the pain, finding, in that quick moment after he said what he had to say and before he turned around, only the beginning sparks of pure anger. It was, therefore, quite disconcerting to hear only silence behind him when he expected loud words, or at least the sounds of approach before she hit him or kicked him or, shells, even just spoke angrily to him under her breath since she wouldn’t want to advertise what had happened to the rest of the students.

But she remained silent and, despite the oddity, K’din let her be. Maybe she was just waiting until the weyrlings were gone -- or too occupied with firestone and dragon and flaming to pay attention to a small dispute. Whatever it may be, K’din let it drop and instead focused his attention on M’tsu. Gaial was the smallest woman in the Weyr, but few would ever call her fragile. This boy, however, seemed to have the words ‘Handle with care’ stamped across his forehead. The hesitation and distrust K’din sensed in the boy’s hesitancy and searching glances only added to it and made the man all the more curious. Was there a reason for the boy to not trust him? K’din surely doubted he could’ve done anything, unless the young man just didn’t believe in his abilities or authority. That happened sometimes for him. A person heard the stories passed around about him and managed to catch all the gossip and, therefore, none of the Wingleader’s good sides. He was glad, therefore, when the young man agreed to a meeting; the smile on K’din’s face remaining open as he nodded in approval.

As their riders continued their conversation, Akoth saw no reason to halt his with the red, especially with the attention she was giving him. The bronze lowered his head and reached out to touch his nose to hers, as well: a mutual greeting. As she spoke, Akoth listened patiently, nodding encouragingly and attentively. The losses from the earthshake will probably always be with us, he admitted, Many riders, dragons and nonriders were lost. Enough so that the memory would probably forever stay with the dragons as well: a devastating loss. Mine tries not to think about it. He lost his two youngest siblings. Akoth’s tone was softer than usual then, showing his own compassion for his rider. It changed however, with his next comment. Still, mine tends to cause his own worries. Unsaid was that he had therefore learned to show the man less compassion so as to avoid coddling him. K’din had grown to understand the dragon’s half-comments over there time together, to read what the dragon had not said, but most others couldn’t and often found the bronze difficult to converse with as his comments often seemed disconnected or tangent to the conversation. His next comment was a perfect example as the bronze switched back to Curvasseth’s worries about her rider’s mood shift: Perhaps he is overworked?

Back to the riders, that was when Gaial came back into the picture. The wingleader was slightly surprised at her words and turned to the opal rider, shock evident on his face. It grew at the hurt he saw hidden in hers and realized this was her extracting her revenge. Why K’din would mark this revenge, he wasn’t quite certain himself because all she was doing was leaving, but it seemed almost a betrayal to him that she suddenly acted so differently. Where was the anger? Where was the spite? Where was the passion? The passion only he could incite in her! The woman standing before him now held none of that but plenty of pain and betrayal and a reserved acceptance -- of what, K’din had no idea…until she said her next words, however, and then K’din couldn’t help but feel like the floor had dropped out from underneath him. He opened his mouth to call her name, to argue with her, but she paid the bronze rider no more mind, turning instead to their student, and the words died in his throat.

They did pick back up, however, as she began walking away. “W-we’ll talk about this later, Gaial!” he called out to her, still unable to process what this woman had just threatened. She couldn’t! He wouldn’t allow it! Gaial had to be in his wing! The woman held his attention until he could no longer see her atop the black and purple mount anymore. “We’ll schedule a time later,” he offered to M’tsu, referencing back to the red rider’s decision to meet with him at a later time. The blonde was far too confused at the moment to think beyond the situation that had arisen.

He felt the comforting brush of Akoth’s mind against his and grasped for it. Shall I order them to return? the gravelly voice asked curiously in his head. K’din thought on that for a moment, before giving an imperceptible shake to his head. He wouldn’t want to show Gaial up for the lie she had just told and, to be honest, K’din wasn’t quite sure she would even obey. Tell them I am disappointed in them. No matter what happens, to leave during your responsibility is inexcusable. They’ll return if they have any pride in themselves. There was a pause before K’din cut back in hurriedly. But don’t tell them that last bit! Gaial would definitely return then, but only to truly kill him. The bronze rider rubbed uncomfortably at his neck and cleared his throat. The admonishment would grate on her nerves enough as it was. It is done, the bronze reported mere moments later. K’din sought further solace in the dragon’s mind but sensed a disapproval and admonishment of his own and winced. The bronze clearly found his rider in the wrong and was making his thoughts clear without saying a single word.

The rebuff was painful, but K’din was comforted by the distaste for the action he could feel emanating from Akoth. Neither liked being in this sort of situation. Luckily, K’din knew what to do to escape the awkwardness and the questions that were beginning to consume him. Already with a professional façade on from his message to Gaial, it was easy for K’din to slip into his role. “Alright!” he called out loudly as he stepped more towards the center of the small group. “Before we lose any more members…” and here is tone was joking despite the whirlwind blowing just under the surface, “…let’s get started!” He shot a smile to each of the weyrlings individually then before continuing. “This first part is very important,” the man explained as he walked over to the bags containing the material for today’s lesson, “so wake up, get up, calm down, do some quick calisthenics if you must and then be ready to pay some close attention. We don’t need any injuries.” The man reached down and pulled a dark clump out of the one already opened bag. “Today,” he stated, with a tone of finality to his introduction and call to order, “you’re all going to learn to chew.” K’din held up the firestone for his students to see then waited for their undivided attention. T’sai worked with him long enough; K’din trusted the wingsecond to know when he would be of the most help.
Xarria and Leilanith

“So you’re going to join us, too, Taranisleth?” Xarria laughed as the large silver -- twice her Leilanith’s size, actually -- greeted the tiny green. Taranisleth! Leilanith’s greeting was just as ebullient for the silver as it had been for the other green. Not quite being able to reach much but leg, Xarria momentarily hopped up onto her hind legs to stretch up and return the greeting, her nose able to reach no higher than the middle of his neck. Whereas Leilanith was the smallest of her color, Taranisleth was one of the largest of his. The green dropped down to her hindquarters as Alazandriath spoke to her. She placed her forelegs back down on the ground then, before standing back up, nose proud and high in the air. Of course I shall flame well! And, silly Alaza, I’m already a lovely flyer! Didn’t you see me just now? But the child-like green’s words belied the pleasure she took in the compliments, soft giggles wending through each of her replies.

Xarria didn’t have the patience to either sit or stand still while the dragons talked, so with a quick look around to see that everyone seemed preoccupied, Xarria picked what appeared to be the most approachable group and moved to trade places with Alazandriath and Taranisleth. Before she made it, however, the call to begin the lesson was rung out from the bronzerider -- he was all gold-colored like Laerin -- so she quickly sent the two riders she’d been about to walk up to a smile and a wave before trotting back to her dragon, ready to begin class. Rider and dragon turned an excited eye to the piled up bags and a shiver ran through both simultaneously.

Firestone!
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