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An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« on: May 21, 2016, 09:35:18 PM »
M’dak’s eyes snapped open as a beam of light flickered across his eyelids. He sat up, looking around the small room that he had called “home” for the last 15 months.  He reached out to Dallarth and found that the brown was still asleep. Whilst he was getting ready he would let his dragon sleep for a little longer, perhaps letting him sleep would let him grow a little more. M’dak sighed, they had already tried that. It hadn’t worked. So the two of them had turned to extra training. Most mornings, Dallarth and M’dak headed off to a secluded corner of the training field in the Weyr Bowl, on the opposite side from the cove, and practiced their aerial drills.

Just last month, the drills had increased, in both length and difficulty and Dallarth, small as he was, was struggling. M’dak worried that in three months time, they would not be able to graduate, that his mother would not be able to allow him and Dallarth to graduate.

The brown rider threw on his riding gear and headed towards where Dallarth was sleeping. As M’dak set a hand on the small brown’s head, just above the eye ridges where they all so loved to be itched, his firelizard Rudas settled upon his shoulder, the small head tucking itself under his jawline quickly for a quick caress.

Dallarth? It’s time to train. The browns eyes flicked open, and swirled slowly in their drowsiness.

We go.  Dallarth lifted himself off the ground quickly, the drowsiness leaving his eyes fast. The brown himself was never worried about his size. He kept telling M’dak that ‘whatever was going to happen would’. Which didn’t seem to help his riders’ concerns in the least.

The trio were trudging across the Weyrbowl now, enjoying the silence of the bowl, and hearing the kitchen folk slowly waking up the boilers and ovens for breakfast. This was perhaps M’dak’s favourite time of day, he could feel the companionship of thousands of sleeping souls but none of them would annoy him. In comparison Dallarth simply made the most of this time, but always wanted to hang around after to talk to people. He enjoyed being up early because it meant he would have more time in the day to talk to people, and M’dak of course.

“Come on Rudas.” The firelizard knew the drill by now and didn’t have to be asked anything else. Rudas quickly took off from M’dak shoulder and found a perch to watch the proceedings.

Alright Dallarth. Let’s start with the new stuff we learnt. He said to his dragon as he tightened the riding straps around Dallarth properly. Remember the aerial ones?

Dallarth scoffed at his rider. Yes, I remember. Let’s go.

The two leapt into the air, and began to slowly work through the aerial techniques. Each time increasing the speed of the drill. Every now and then, Rudas would chirp, and the two of them would start again, the firelizard having informed them that there was something off in their formation.

Alright then. Again.

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 01:56:44 PM »
Even with being the morning person that she was, it wasn’t always easy for Marika to convince herself to untangle herself from the bedfurs and from Ianathe to go train with Kelith. It wasn’t always easy to convince Kelith to uncurl from Ashineth either. In fact for the first few months it had been nearly impossible to get Kelith up, all she and Ashineth wanted to do was eat and sleep. Marika had trained alone then, going out into the Weyrbowl in the early marks of the morning to run and shoot her bow. Slade would come and the two dragons and Ian would stay warm and cozy in the Weyrling Barracks until breakfast.

This morning Kelith stirred quickly when her rider woke. The green stretched and watched Marika as she moved about the Barracks as quietly as possible trying to find her workout clothes and supplies. She was not a neat person in this regard and her stuff often ended up all over the place and mixed in with other people’s things. Finally though she had everything ready and she and Kelith and Slade headed outside.

Marika loved the early mornings, when the light was barely starting to wake up the world and the Weyrbowl was quiet and calm. She sat in the field, dew soaking into her leather pants as she mended her precious supply of arrows. Kelith stretched nearby and was supposed to be working on the wing exercises D’zel was teaching them but she kept getting distracted by the brown dragon who was practicing aerial drills.

I want to do that. I would be able to see the jungle from up there.

Marika never ceased to be amazed by her dragons preoccupation with the jungle, especially since the young green had never actually seen it for herself. She paused in wrapping the binding around the arrow head she was working on and took a moment to watch M’dak and his brown. They’d been Candidates together for a while but she hadn’t seen much of him after he Impressed. Now they were Weyrlings together. No doubt Ianathe had kept her eye on him, the way she was about her brown riders.

Watching him work with his dragon was a sight. She could not wait until she was able to fly with Kelith. Her brows drew together as she watched. Clearly his fire lizard was working with them at a level she didn’t often see outside of Mountain Wing. It was very similar in the way Slade helped her when she was shooting and how she hoped Slade would be when she and Kelith started flying.

Let’s go say hi. Let’s go see if he can see the jungle from up there.

“What? No.” Marika frowned, she didn’t just ‘go say hi’ to people. But Kelith was already moving over to where M’dak and Dallarth were. Cursing and hurrying to gather her arrows into her quiver and slinging the bow across her back, Marika scrambled up after her green. Until recently Kelith hadn’t shown interest in anyone outside of Marika, Ian, Ashineth, and their flits. Secretly she’d been hoping it would stay like that. Clearly her green had other thoughts.

Kelith crooned a greeting to Dallarath. “Don’t interrupt their concentration,” Marika chided, squinting against the lightening sky as she glanced up as the pair did another pass through their routine, looking to catch M’dak’s gaze and nod a hello at least if they were going to be an audience.
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2016, 09:33:00 PM »
M'dak had been so focussed on the latest run, which was lining up to be the best so far, when he and Dallarth were distracted from a croon down below. In his intensity to get the drill right, M'dak hadn't even noticed the younger Weyrling leave the barracks and come over to them, apparently neither had Dallarth because he faltered in the drill. The croon dragging the brown dragons attention down to the ground, and the tilting of the dragons head, caused Dallarth to fly slightly off course.

"Dallarth!" M'dak said out loud and in his mind in frustration and the brown dragon stopped mid-drill to hover in the air.

Sorry. Dallarth's voice was apologetic, but quickly overcome by happiness. But we have people to say hello to.

'Yeah. Great.' He let out a huff, knowing that now that Dallarth had an opportunity to socialise, he wouldn't be fully concentrated on the drill. M'dak tried to calm his features as he caught Marika's gaze, but he probably didn't succeed. The brown rider worried for a moment that perhaps his expression may have come across as a glare.

Dallarth craned his neck back to look at M'dak imploringly. 'Fine. But finish this run through.' M'dak set a staying hand on Dallarth's neck. 'But don't rush it just to get down there and talk. You still need to be safe.' The brown rider felt his dragon's acquiescence and they started the drill where they left off.

Up. Down. Across. Spin. Through.

"Whooohooo!" M'dak shouted.

'That was perfect, Dallarth!' The touched down to the ground and M'dak leapt off his back after hastily detaching his riding straps. He went to energetically give Dallarth a good eye ridge scratching, but the brown waddled out of reach of his hands. 'Where are you...? Oh.' M'dak had forgotten all about their observers in the thrill of the pair finally getting the drill absolutely perfect. He realised perhaps why Dallarth had been so energetic in that final drill. 'Show off.' Dallarth ignored him and proceeded towards Kelith.

Hi! I'm Dallarth. You're Kelith. Can you fly yet?

M'dak rolled his eyes at his dragon and turned awkwardly to Marika. "Uh, hi. Marika right?" As he spoke, Rudas flew over to land on his shoulder, examining the other Weyrling and her dragon in a calculating way, perhaps weighing up whether or not the upcoming conversation was going to be worth the interruption of their drill.

"We were just working on the new aerobatic drills. What're both of you doing up so early?" He nodded towards Kelith including her in the question as well.
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2016, 12:25:31 PM »
Marika winced when Dallarth careened off course after Kelith’s distraction. //See, this is why we don’t interrupt people’s training.//

Oh, he’s fine. Look at him showing off. The dragon dismissed Marika’s scolding and seemed to preen having gotten the attention of another dragon. Marika stared at her dragon. She knew greens we known for their love of attention and it seemed Kelith would likely live up to that stereotype. Couldn’t she just be happy with the attention from her and Ian and Ashineth?

Marika frowned, which probably looks just as much like a sullen glare as M’dak’s expression seemed to be. He didn’t seem any happier about this interruption to his training as she did.

Hello Dellarth, what a fine flier you and your bonded are! It might have seemed a stroking of the ego, but Kelith truly was impressed, as was Marika, in the pairs flight skills. No, I cannot fly yet. She said morosely as she stretched out her wings and pumped them a few times in the strengthening exercises they had been taught. But soon I will be able to and then I will finally get to see the most amazing jungle!

Marika eyed M’dak, arms crossed, as he and Dellarth came over. Slade hissed a warning at the other flit, lest Rudas even think to get too close to his human. Marika ignored her brown flit. “Uh, yeah.”

Very eloquent. Kelith said to Marika.

//You shut up.//

“Yeah, I see that and it’s not that early.” Marika said back not realizing that might come off as argumentative. But really it wasn’t all that early if you asked her. Of course if you asked Ianathe, she would say this was an evil hour of the morning that people shouldn’t even be aware existed.

“I was having Kelith practice some of the stretches and strengthening exercises we’ve been learning in classes. Or at least trying to before she got distracted.” Again, with her lack of social ques, she didn’t think about that possibly coming off as accusatory as if it were M’dak and Dellarth’s fault that Kelith had been distracted. Then she held up the arrow she’d been working on. “And was hoping to get some shooting practice in too.”
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2016, 03:02:46 AM »
You cannot fly yet? Well it is wonderful. Dallarth cocked his head at Kelith and said, The jungle? Sure. It’s pretty. The brown obviously didn’t understand Kelith’s own fascination with the jungle, but was happy enough to play along, Dallarth liked everything, so he supposed he liked the jungle too.

Rudas flapped his wings once before folding them back into his small frame. He had no interest in the other Weyrling and therefore did not bother to be offended. If the other firelizard wanted to be stupid then he could.

M’dak raised an eyebrow at her words. “Apologies that Dallarth distracted you.” He responded, not quite being able to hide the sarcastic bite in his words. She had distracted them if he was not mistaken and he had just simply been polite.

“Nice craftsmanship.” He replied shortly. “Since you would like you practice your exercises perhaps Dallarth and I should be going.”

Mine! We should help them. We’ve done them already. We were good at them. Maybe if we help then Kelith will get to see the Jungle quicker.

He raised an eyebrow at Marika. True, they had gotten off on the wrong foot, but he was not going to be the one to tell Dallarth no. The brown would sulk if M’dak told him no. Let her choose. If she didn’t want to, which he suspected she would not, let her be the bad guy.

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2016, 05:03:21 PM »
Perhaps when I can fly you can teach me a few things?

Marika’s head snapped to her dragon at the flirtatious words. Surely Kelith wasn’t thinking about that just yet?! She was too young. But it looked like the young green was just fishing for attention, conceited thing that she was and Dallarth’s dismissal of the jungle made the green croon sadly.

Just pretty? But it’s colors mirror mine, and I am more than just pretty Kelith thought the jungle was some kind of shrine to her, a beautiful thing to be loved and protected. Her mottled green hide did look very much like the jungle.

A smirk tugged at the corner of her mouth at M’dak’s sarcastic tone though the grin never fully formed. She didn’t mind the man’s sarcasm. Slade however, did and whatever grin Marika might have given turned into a grimace as Slade’s talon’s tightened on her shoulder in anger, digging into her skin. “It’s fine,” she said hurriedly, more concerned about placating Slade so he wouldn’t draw blood than conceding that both their dragons had distracted each other.

//Relax, he’s not your enemy. If you can’t stay civil then go back to the barracks with Ian and Soot.// Unwilling to leave his bonded, Slade let out a huff and seemed to at least relax a bit, loosening his grip on the girl.

M’dak’s words surprised her and Marika eyed him for a long moment, longer than polite society dictated, as she tried to figure out if his comment about the craftsmanship of her arrow was sincere or another sarcastic remark. If it was sincere she was pleased. She was always happy to talk about her  weapons.

 His next words dashed any hope that she could salvage this awkward interaction though and Marika wasn’t the type to reach out and try to mend the rift and get them to stay even if it was what she wanted. It wasn’t like she tried to be bad at making friends. She just didn’t have the…ease…around people that Ianathe had.

But then Dallarth spoke and Kelith perked up, eyes whirling eagerly. She, like Ashineth’s rider, wanted her bonded to be more social.

M’dak rose a brow at her, putting the answering of the brown directly to her. Marika glanced down at the arrow in her hand, turning it across her fingers and she let the tips of her fingers slide up the shaft and lightly run along the sharp edges of the head. He hadn’t turned away and just left and he must have been considering giving this another shot if he was letting her choose so maybe….

Finally she looked back up at M’dak and nodded and then looked to Dallarth and gave a small smile. “I’m sure Kelith would be grateful for your help. You are very kind to offer it.” And while the dragons worked together—“Do you know how to shoot?” Marika asked turning back to M’dak. Maybe she could teach him a thing or two and they could all get a little practice in.
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2016, 11:13:28 PM »
The brown, in reaction to her words about looking like the Jungle, quickly responded. Why of course, you are very beautiful. It was a simple fact from the brown, not flirting or anything near the like, he was still too young, but compliments made people happy, and he truly thought every dragon was coloured beautifully. The Hunters are just not very nice.

”That’s an understatement.” M’dak thought, but it was exactly what he expected for Dallarth, he couldn’t even say anything too mean when thinking about the Hunters.

M’dak waited patiently for her to decide, he would be fine if their conversation ended here, not wanting to spend his morning in an awkwardly polite dialogue if neither of them really wanted to be there. He was happy being by himself, never one to draw out an unnecessary conversation, but if she wanted to keep speaking, then fine, he would stay.

Dallarth would be annoyed at him if he didn’t try at all.

The brown in question puffed his chest up when Marika addressed him, looking far to happy with himself, and M’dak couldn’t hide the small smile that crept onto his face at Dallarth’s reaction.

Her next words surprised him. M’dak was more inclined from their conversation so far to assume that even if she would accept Dallarth’s help, she would avoid being overly… friendly in terms of talking to him. But he had been telling the truth, her craftsmanship was exquisite, and M’dak couldn’t help but be intrigued by her offer.

Archery had not been something that he had the opportunity to learn before, so why not now?

Throwing aside his worries that she didn’t really want to talk to him, he decided to go with the flow, if she was going to be manageable, he could be too.  He cocked his head towards Dallarth before responding. “Sounds good to me, I’ve never held a bow before so you may have a pathetic archer on your hands.”

Great! Let’s get started, Kelith! What drills have you been working on, and maybe I can help you.

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2016, 10:19:49 AM »
Kelith seemed to accept Dallarth’s clarification. Of course I am. She said simply. The mention of the Hunters caused her to keen sadly. Those horrible, horrible beasts. Taking over my jungle and hurting so many of our brothers and sisters. The green’s eyes whirled with a mixture of sadness, fear, and anger. She wanted nothing more than to be able to rid her precious jungle of the Hunters so that everyone could enjoy the beautiful jungle that looked like her gorgeous hide.

When Marika agreed to stay, Kelith rumbled pleased. We have been practicing relaying message to groups and wings so that we can communicate better. Until recently Kelith had only spoken to Marika and Ashineth and occasionally Ianathe. Their classroom exercises had them relaying more complex messages down a line of them or to more than one recipient at a time. It took quite a bit of mental concentration at this point. 

We are also continuing to do wing exercises, to strengthen our muscles. She stretched out her wings in show. She was still quite gangly, her wings much too large in proportion to her body. They have taken us to the old beaches on the main land. They say swimming will help us build strength, I do not like swimming. I’d rather be in the jungle than the water.

Marika gave a small grin when M’dak said he might not be a good archer. “The basics are not so hard to get down. Just like anything else once you get the correct form it’s just a matter of practicing over and over until it’s muscle memory.” She moved off towards where her target. “Like our dragons with their wing exercises, an archer has to have sufficient arm strength before they can fly…so to speak.” Marika pulled her bow off her shoulder and drew the string back, keeping the arm that held the bow stave straight and the one that drew back, tight up towards her cheek. She held the position for a moment and then without letting the string go, returned to her starting position.

“You don’t want to ever loose the bow without an arrow.” She held the bow out to him. “See if you can draw it.”
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2016, 12:53:48 AM »
Oh I remember the relaying! That was fun, I got to talk to so many more people! He paused for a moment, considering. But we won't be able to practice that with just the two of us. What else have you been practicing? He listened to her slightly impatiently, not because she was taking too long to reply to him, but mostly because he was eager to get going and actually do something entertaining.

But he was distracted from the task by her upcoming statement. You don't like swimming!? The young brown asked, shock clearing present in his mind-voice. But it's... it's just like flying, just a lot easier, and you can float, and you can soak, and it's cool. But much nicer than between. He shivered just slightly, then shook his draconic head.

M'dak tuned into the conversation just in time to hear Dallarth rambling. Why don't you try some of the more complicated ground drills? He offered. You can just call out when she's supposed to dodge, or toss some dirt at her. He listened for a moment to hear Dallarth relay the offer before turning back to Marika now that he had guided Dallarth towards being more helpful to the green, rather than just annoying her with questions.

His eyes tuned in sharply to what Marika was doing, trying to take in every little nuance. The angle of her elbow, how she was holding the arrow, how her grip was looking. He was sure that he was going to get most of it wrong, but it didn't hurt to try.

An eyebrow raised, he took the bow from her. "What would happen if there was no arrow?" M'dak tested the taughtness of the string, surprised at her tight it was.

He held the bow out in one hand, that elbow slightly bent, and pulled the string back to his jaw, with a little struggle. "Shards," he mumbled, "it's so hard to do." Silently impressed by how effortlessly she had done the same motion just before. 

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2016, 11:24:08 AM »
Kelith shifted uncomfortably at the sound of Dallarth’s disbelief. Ashineth also did not understand why Kelith did not like the water. The green was gangly, growing quickly and yet still disproportioned with her limbs and wings too large for her body. She wasn’t a natural swimmer, she felt awkward and clumsy in the water.  Is it really just like flying? Worry tinged both the young greens voice and her whirling eyes. If swimming was just like flying then perhaps she would not be good at that either and all this work would be for nothing. What if she was a dragon who could not fly!

Marika glanced over her shoulder, feeling Kelith’s angst. //You are going to be a wonderful flier. What I told M’dak about the bow is no different than you and flying. It will take practice and hard work and yes it may not be pretty and effortless at first but your muscles will learn and your body will grow. You’re going to be okay.//

M’dak’s guidance was welcomed and Kelith was eager to start and follow Dallarth’s lead and focus on something besides her own worries. She didn’t have to be a good swimmer, she was a green dragon who was made for the sky and for the jungle, the ocean was not her stage.

“Dry firing, releasing the bow with no arrow that is,” Marika explained as M’dak took the bow, “can cause the bow to shatter from displaced energy. With no arrow to transfer the force of the string to that force is pushed onto the bow itself.” Her bow string had snapped or frayed before over the lifetime of her bow, arrow heads had broken, arrow shafts splintered, all of that she’d been able to either fix eventually or have someone fix it for her. She’d not had to deal with a broken bow though and hoped not to have to any time soon, with as scarce as wood was these days she would probably be without her bow for a very long time.

She couldn’t help a hint of a pleased grin as he struggled a bit to draw her bow. It wasn’t easy and it had taken her a long time to work up the strength to be able to draw it. She kept her momentary satisfaction to herself, she wasn’t one to brag and even though she was somewhat haughty she knew she worked hard to put herself a step above the other Weyrlings.

“It gets easier the more you do it,” she said, moving closer to adjust his grip on the bow slightly and raise the elbow of the arm that drew the string. “Good. Hold that position for a beat and then return your arms to the resting position. Draw a couple more times and then I’ll show you how to knock the arrow and we’ll see how your aim is.” There was a slight tease to her words, if it had been Ianathe here teaching M’dak it might have even been flirting but it was just Marika and the thought of trying to flirt with the brown rider, intentionally or not, wasn’t at the forefront of her mind.
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2016, 07:21:59 PM »
Dallarth didn't notice her worry at his statement and as quickly as Marika handled the situation, and M'dak's subsequent advice, the reaction passed over the brown dragon's head.

Okay, now you go over there. Dallarth sent her a mental image of her standing a little further away, before he moved to find rocks and branches to place in a pattern on the ground, giving the green a sort of obstacle course that she'd have to make her way through. The brown awkwardly bustled his way across the Weyrbowl, picking up rocks in his hands, branches in his mouth, and sweeping up leaves into large piles as if he was clearing the Weyrbowl with a broom.

He paused for a moment, looking at his handiwork. So here's the rules, you have to dodge rocks, jump over branches, don't try to use your wings, you just have to jump, and then just flick the piles of leaves out of your way. Shivering with excitement a little and bouncing on the balls of his feet, he excitedly viewed the course he had set up and positioned himself on the opposite end to Kelith. And you just have to make your way from there, to me. He rumbled excitedly. Are you ready?

M'dak grinned when he quickly glanced over to see Dallarth bustling around setting up the obstacle course for Kelith's drill, the brown was excited to not just be training by himself for once.

Taking note of how she had adjusted his arms last time, he nodded before returning his arms back down to his sides. The 'resting position' as she had called it. M'dak drew again, grinning a little at her slight jibe about his aim. "If I can't aim properly, I blame my teacher." Relax and draw. Relax and draw. His biceps were now getting used to the positioning each time he pulled the string back into position. M'dak was sure that they were going to be sore the next day, so unused to the slightly unusual positioning. Drawing the bow again, he checked his arms to see what position they were in, before looking towards her and cocking an eyebrow, "Am I ready to shoot something yet?"
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2016, 08:55:38 AM »
Kelith obediently moved to where Dallarth directed her. And she promptly nearly tripped over her own wings in her excitement to get there. It would be awhile until she grew into her large wings and long limbs and for now she was embarrassingly gangly and awkward on the ground. The little green hopped a little on the ground as she watched Dallarth set up her obstacle course.

Dodge rocks. She repeated with a nod. Jump branches. She nodded again, whirling eyes tracking along the course as he explained it all. Don’t use wings. Just jump. Jump and then flick! I can do that! She exclaimed confidently, a layer of determination in her voice.

I am ready. She declared. The green took a steadying breath and then took off through the course. She concentrated on dodging the rock piles. The muscles in her legs flexed as she bounded over the branches. She was breathing hard and as she got to the piles of leaves her lithe, long body twisted and her tail flicked out to swipe at the leaves. She hadn’t quite gotten the hang of knowing the length of her own body so the first flick barely touched the pile of leaves, fluttering only a few to the ground. The second pile she got to, she overcompensated and nearly lost her balance she swing her tail so hard and leaves scattered everywhere.

Marika became so distracted watching her sweet dragon race through Dallarth’s obstacle course, grinning when Kelith attacked that second pile of leaves with a gusto. She laughed softly, an easy, happy laugh that she didn’t generally express around most people. M’dak’s dig drawing her attention back. “Sorry,” she apologized for her lack of attention and watched him draw and relax a few times. “I’ll consider it a win if I can at least get you aiming in the right direction after this morning.” She teased back. She was joking but really it was amazing how many people, when you put a sword, or knife, or bow in their hands, their first dumb instinct was to point it dangerously at themselves or someone else. 

“Well aren’t we blood thirsty this morning,” she said dryly, though his eagerness to shoot made her smile again. “Alright, square up to the target.” She said motioning to the target across the field. They were at a respectable distance that shouldn’t be too difficult to hit from. “Draw back like you’ve practiced and then take your time aiming. Don’t rush it. Always get your form right first, speed will come later.” She was a stickler for form. It didn’t matter if someone could run faster, do more pushups, shoot fast, if your form was a mess you were only risking hurting yourself or you weren’t getting the full benefit of the workout. Rushed work was sloppy work.

“When you feel like you’re ready, take a breath to steady yourself, don’t hold your breath. A lot of people will hold their breath thinking it makes them steadier. Instead try to release when you’re exhaling steadily.”
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2016, 10:49:08 PM »
Well done! Dallarth's exuberant tone was followed by little jump, which brought all four of his clawed feet off the ground with one pump of his wings, his excitement at this new experience very much evident.

Very good very good, you're perfect Kelith!

"Come now, Dallarth. You're supposed to be helping her." M'dak couldn't help but guide his brown towards actually helping the green improve, instead of just deciding that it was good enough. "If you did that, how could you have improved?"

Right right right. The dragon answered to his rider before turning his attention back to Kelith. Well it wasn't perfect, but I think it pretty much was, but apparently it wasn't. So. He took a moment to reconsider what had happened, trying to steady his excitement, only a little shaking of his tail giving him away.
Right right okay. Basically, you tried too hard. You missed the first flick, right? But then because of that you overcorrected the next time. Mine tells me I do that all the time. You just have to focus more when you miss, not hit harder. The brown dragon titled his head in the direction of his rider, as if asking as if he was saying the right thing, but M'dak was pointedly avoid looking in the direction, so that Dallarth would have the opportunity to do it himself. When Dallarth next spoke to Kelith it was with more composure, Yes. That's right. Concentrate more after you stuff up. So let's try again. This time he moved the rocks a bit closer together, she had easily dodged them the first time, so he thought he would give her a little more to think about this time.

"She's a beautiful dragon, you know." M'dak commented to Marika when they had both pulled their minds away from their dragon's drilling, and then felt a little awkward. He did that sometimes, complimented someone and then thought that they might not like it, so he quickly drew the bow to the practiced position. Too quickly in fact and the string almost slipped from between his fingers. "Agh!" He exclaimed, tightening the tips of his fingers so it wouldn't slip. He laughed nervously, "So what did you say about not rushing it?"

M'dak lowered the bow again, taking a breath and regaining his composure before bringing the bow back up as he should. He realised that he was holding his breath. Exactly as she had said not to, and let it out shakily and in a rush, ruining his composure and having to start steadying himself again. Breathe. Just breathe. I never thought it would be this hard to shoot a silly bow properly. His shoulders were starting to ache, he focused on their surroundings trying to find something to aim at, before he spotted a lonely tree. Okay. Breathe. Elbow. Breathe. Cheek. Breathe out. Release.

Sure he had kept breathing like she had said, but he had closed his eyes just before shooting and therefore had completely missed. He couldn't help but laugh, the sound ringing out of him. "You didn't think you would need to remind me that you're supposed to watch what you're doing, huh?"

Dallarth glanced over at the hearty laughter from M'dak and the feeling of mirth that welled inside him from his rider. Well, at least you're having fun for a change, even if you aren't good at shooting.

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2016, 08:41:38 AM »
Kelith certainly wasn’t going to complain if Dallarth wanted to tell her she was perfect. In her own humble opinion, he was right. You think so? I am perfect! She cooed and preened, her head lifted high and proud. Those nasty little Hunters didn’t stand a chance! She was going to knock them all out of her jungle with a sweep of her tail!

Marika, however, was thankful for M’dak’s intervention in guiding his dragon to make sure Kelith actually learned something. Kelith calmed as Dallarath explained where she had gone wrong and pointed out her overcompensation.

//He’s right.// Marika added gently. //But don’t get discouraged. Take his advice and run through it again. Each time you’ll get better. Practice makes perfect.//

Kelith waited for Dallarth to “reset” her obstacle course.

Marika glanced back to M’dak looking a little taken back, perhaps even wary, when M’dak complimented Kelith and she bit the inside of her lip. Ianathe was forever telling her to trust people, not to immediately get defensive when people gave compliments or tried to talk to her. Normally someone commenting on her own looks would annoy her, but Marika knew Kelith enjoyed being told she was beautiful and more than that Marika truly believed her beloved green was beautiful. Even the first time Marika had seen her, covered in egg goo and sand and shards of shells, she had been perfect.

“Thanks,” she muttered with a tone of sincere appreciation. It occurred to her as M’dak rushed to notch the arrow that she should return the compliment about Dallarth but the moment had passed and if she blurted it out now it would be even more awkward and certainly wouldn’t seem sincere. She let out a little breath. How did Ian make this all look so easy?

While M’dak struggled with Marika’s bow, Kelith ran through Dallarth’s obstacle course again. This time she made a conscious effort to go less for sheer speed and work more on her control and focus. Dallarath’s decision to move the rocks closer was a good one and it forced the green to have to be more precise.

“Callouses build up as you work with the bow,” Marika said patiently as he regained his composure. “It makes the string less slippery.”

Marika couldn’t help but laugh, though she did try to hide her amusement politely behind a hand and a not so convincing clearing of her throat. “Hehe-ahem…ah…” she really was trying not to make him feel bad but it was funny. “Yes, keeping your eyes open would help. Also, let’s shoot for the target and not try to murder any more of Pern’s trees…there are so few left.”

Kelith was also distracted by her rider’s laughter. It was something she so rarely heard when Marika was with anyone but Ianathe. It was good to hear her happy. She impressed her thanks and gratitude to Dallarth for his rider.

Marika pulled another arrow from the quiver on her back. They could go pick up the wayward shots afterward, she didn’t want him to lose his stance or rhythm. “What made you close your eyes? Did you feel the kickback up your arms from the bow? I know a lot of people who learn to shoot flamethrowers will close their eyes at the start but those make noise, the bow doesn’t, not like that.” She held out the other arrow to him. “Try again.”
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2017, 10:17:44 PM »
A triumphant bugle emerged from the brown when Kelith successfully completed the obstacle course, this time more focussed than previously. His eyes whirled colourful and fast while he congratulated her on a job well done.

Now all you have to do is repeat it over and over again until your movements come naturally.

M’dak added to both dragons. ”We will actually have to change it up slightly. Otherwise you’ll just be remembering the course, not developing your instincts for use in flying.”

Right. So Kelith, this time before you run it, I’ll change it slightly, but don’t look. He rustled his wings happily where they were settled on his back. No cheating.

Right. There’s a target. Obviously. He thought to himself, the grin still lingering on his face at the sound of her laughter that had chimed out after his.

Dallarth was moving the course around when Kelith made him aware of her thanks towards M’dak. He admitted to her, that M’dak being comfortable with another rider was rare, and he too expressed his gratitude to Kelith that her rider was not making M’dak regret his decision to allow them to train together.

Accepting the arrow from Marika, M’dak didn’t notch it until he responded to her question. “I suppose… I was trying to understand the bow? I know it sounds stupid, I was just trying to get used to the feel of the draw.. without being distracted by worrying about how to aim. Which was obviously stupid… Right. Trying again, but this time with my eyes open.”

The extension this time felt a little more natural. He knew how his muscles were supposed to be pulling, where the stretch felt weird last time, it wasn’t as off-putting as before.

He paused slightly to let Marika give him any pointers if he needed them, before aiming, exhaling and… release.

It was a miss. But at least it wasn’t tree murder, just grass murder.

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2017, 04:54:01 AM »
Kelith basked in the sound of Dallarth’s triumphant bugle. She did love all of this attention.

I do not think we should ever train alone. The green said to Marika. Not when there are so many lovely browns in the Weyr who can help teach us.
Marika snorted. //Sometimes I think Ian and I got each others dragons.//
No. Ashineth’s rider is hers and you are mine.//

The little green ducked her head beneath her wing, closing her eyes to let Dallarth switch up her obstacle course. I never cheat. she told the brown in a tone of mock indignation. Kelith was quiet as Dallarth explained that M’dak was very similar to her rider in the sense that people seemed to be generally uncomfortable around other people. She was very glad then that she had come over to interrupt their training session, even if both riders had been apprehensive about it at first. It was not the first time Kelith’s outgoing nature had pushed Marika beyond her comfort zone and it certainly would not be the last.

Marika shook her head as M’dak spoke. “No, no,” she insisted passionately, “that isn’t stupid at all and it makes perfect sense. To be a good shooter you have to—” she hesitated trying to think of the best way to say it and unfortunately the best way was the most clichéd way, “—be one with the bow. It has to be an extension of you, the way your dragon is when you fly. It’s a weapon, not a toy. Too many people want to learn to shoot without having the proper understanding and respect for the tool in their hands.” There was an obvious note of approval in her voice. M’dak’s outlook on this whole lesson had impressed her and Marika was not very often impressed.

“Good!” She said when he had shot again. It hadn’t hit the target, true, but he had made conscious effort to direct the arrow where he wanted it and that little bit of control had shown in his shot. Marika moved closer until she was standing right up next to him and just slightly behind. Close enough that she could extend her arm and brace it against his arm that held the bow, her fingers wrapping lightly around his wrist to keep his arm steady.

Reaching with her free hand she took another arrow and handed it to him. Tilting her head her cheek rested briefly on his shoulder to sight down their arms, making sure they were lined up. “Try again.” She said softly, her free hand now going to rest on his back, bracing there as well. “Keep breathing and this time feel how I keep your bow arm straight as you release the string. The reason the last arrow went into the ground was your bow arm dipped slightly at release. You want to keep your bow motionless, this arm shouldn’t move.”
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2017, 03:54:08 AM »
“Be one with the bow.” I can do that. I think.

Just like flying. The brown reminded his rider helpfully and cheerfully. Excited that M’dak had gotten closer with his shot. Dallarth had never been put off by failure, but simply allowed it to be, his rider, as attentive as he was, could then use that failure to motivate them to do better next time.  They were a good pair in that way. Quite like the green pair that they were getting to know now.

Marika’s close contact as she adjusted his grip, sharpened his focus to pay attention on what she was actually doing. What she was adjusting, where she was putting her focus, so that he could hopefully apply that on his own one day. M’dak had always been a interactive learner, next time he shot the bow he knew he would hear Marika’s instructions in his ear, feel her hands on his back and wrist, and remember her cheek on his shoulder.

M’dak’s chest rose slightly with his inhale and sunk with his exhale and he released, his arm being held steady by the expert this time.

“Wow.” From the bow, the arrow had soared through the air and shot straight into the target, slightly off centre, but close enough that a more easily pleased man would have called it a bullseye.

He stayed in his stance for a moment, trying to memorise every detail so he knew how to replicate it again. Until he realised that he was probably invading Marika’s personal space, so he awkwardly relaxed his position and took a small step away from her.

“Well, that wasn’t a complete failure then.”

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2017, 11:08:31 AM »
Kelith had become distracted from her and Dallarth’s own training by their two riders. It seemed everyone was invested to see whether M’dak would hit the target this time. Third times the charm right? The little green had peeked her head out from underneath her wing as Marika pressed up against the brown rider to help him aim and to steady him.

Because she was teaching, and because she was so focused on adjusting M’dak’s aim, making sure his bow arm didn’t budge when he released, Marika didn’t really notice their closeness. She was well of his breathing, and she tried to match her’s to his as he readied himself so as not to throw his shot off. She inhaled when he did, exhaling slowly with him as he let loose the arrow.

The solid thunk of the arrow as it buried itself deep into the target was a beautiful sound. That control and that precision was one of the things she loved about the bow. She thrived on control and schedule. She wasn’t one for spontaneity. The concentration and repetitive motion of shooting suited her nature. She squeezed his wrist briefly as a sort of congratulations, grinning warmly. The extra moments spent holding that position, still standing straight and still with his and her arm extended towards the target didn’t seem unnatural, Marika had been taught when she was first learning to shoot to do exactly that, hold the position, exaggerate the motions until it became a natural movement.

She hadn’t noticed until M’dak moved away that is, and then the sudden absence of his presence was very noticeable. She didn’t care though, she was still smiling. “Well done. It usually takes beginners a lot long to hit the target that well.” She had a feeling that his adeptness came from the same driving force that had him and Dallarth out here training on their own. Some people thought just training with the Weyrlingmaster and his assistants was enough. Some people thought that just training with their Wings was enough. Then there were people like her and him. “So no, definitely not a failure.”

Marika wished she could tell him she could get him his own bow to practice with but that probably wasn’t feasible with the high demand of raw materials. The island only had so many trees on it. The only reason she had her bow was because it was from Fort Weyr and she’d fought tooth and nail to keep it from becoming scrap wood or firewood. So she did something she almost never did, offered to let him use hers. “Um…if you liked it and want to keep practicing we can meet up every once in a while in our free time—only if you want, I know we don’t get much free time and if you don’t it’s okay, I won’t be offended…it’s not for everyone…”

You are rambling. The green rumbled with a keening amusement.

Marika shot a glare at the young dragon.

“What I mean, is if you’d like to do this again, we can.” She turned to the two dragons, hands on her hips. “You two are supposed to be training too aren’t you?”

Watching you and Dallarth’s rider was more fun.

//Careful, I'll have him aim at you next.//
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2017, 06:50:42 PM »
Yes! He would love to keep practicing. The brown dragon answered quickly before M’dak had even the slightest chance to respond. Not like he was wrong, M’dak had been intending to accept her offer, but now Dallarth probably made it look like he was hesitating and the acceptance now would be insincere.

 “I am very thankful for your offer Marika. And no I’m not just accepting because Dallarth did it for me.” M’dak glared at the dragonet.

You were taking too long.

You didn’t even give me time to take the breath that I would need to answer!

“I know that your bow is unique in the Weyr, and that there would be no opportunity for me to get one of my own. So I would be incredibly grateful if you would continue to teach me the ways or the archer.”

Very eloquent.

I’m trying to be sincere! No help from you. Hearing Marika’s own admonishment towards her dragon, M’dak added his voice to it as well. “She’s right, get back to it. And this time, Dallarth you should run the course after Kelith. You had a nice break by teaching her, but you need to do some work as well.”

Not one to shirk away from the idea of work, Dallarth happily agreed and turned back to the course to watch Kelith do her run.

“Marika, I would very much like to do this again. And maybe we could think up some more drills as well for next time? We could even rotate them each sevenday so that they don’t get too used to each drill… Uhm… If you’d want to that is.”

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2017, 05:10:48 AM »
Marika’s brows rose at Dallarth’s quick and assertive answer. The corner of her mouth twitched with a smirk and laughter flashed in her eyes though she had the decency not to outright laugh at the poor brown rider.

Kelith was not so polite. She rumbled with her laughter at both her rider and Dallarth’s. It was just too fun to watch them flounder around each other like two gangly newly hatched dragons.

It was always exciting when Marika found other people who enjoyed shooting as much as she did, and having someone to teach was a surprisingly pleasant opportunity. Maybe one day there would be enough wood and these weapons could be made again. For now, though, she was content to share her prized possession with those worthy of her tutelage.

“Run your course,” Marika admonished her laughing dragon. Kelith took a moment to compose herself before taking off through Dallarth’s course again. Each time was a little bit better than the last.

“I’d like that,” she nodded eagerly in response to M’dak’s offer for continued joint drills. Training with an older dragonpair would give her an edge up on her Weyrling class and Marika would be looking for any opportunity to put herself ahead of the rest of her group. She didn’t just want to be a good green rider. She wanted to be the best. And if that meant waking up at the crack of dawn and training hard and more often than anyone else, well so be it.

“It’s a dat—plan. Sounds like a plan to me.” Marika shifted and glanced over to Kelith as the green finished her run through. “Are you going to be out here longer? I think Kelith and I will be heading back soon, would you like to join me for breakfast?” Marika also needed to oil Kelith before morning training session with the rest of the Weyrlings.
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2017, 08:50:11 PM »
"That's a good... plan." He shook his head in reply to her as she continued talking. "No, I was thinking of heading back soon anyways, I would lov - like to join you for breakfast, but-"

I need to be oiled! The brown dragonet announced to everyone. M'dak rolled his eyes, grinning at Dallarth. "As I was saying before I was interrupted, I still need to oil Dallarth before we have to meet up with the rest of the Weyrlings."

But he enjoyed her company, she was easy to get along with. He didn't want her to think that he was telling her to shove off, so he quickly went on. "But how about we get some food and bring it out here and do both at the same time. One of us can oil while the other eats, and then we can switch over so we don't get dragon oil all over our food?"

Dallarth thrummed his approval at that idea, eyes swirling a happy green. "I can go get the food, if you want to go to the barracks and get the oil, if you like? Or... the other way... Whatever you're happy with."

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2017, 06:26:45 PM »
Marika couldn’t suppress the snort of laughter that came with Dallarth’s exclamation. The brown was rather endearing.

He is more hyper than Ashineth’s rider on too many cups of klah. Despite her words the young green still seemed rather amused and charmed by Dallarth as well. I too need oiling. I would like my hide to shine like the most vibrant green leaves of the lush jungle. Marika was thankful Kelith did not announce this to the entire group, only her. She didn’t need M’dak thinking her dragon was a little touched in the head with her obsession over the jungle.

“Kelith also needs oiled,” she said and when he offered to have them eat and oil their dragons together a genuine smile crossed her features as if she wasn’t used to people wanting to spend more time with her.

“That sounds good,” Marika said evenly, almost disinterestedly, not wanting to seem too excited or eager. “Uh, no—no, I’ll get the food, you get the oil.” She wanted to be the one to get the food, she could put away a lot more than most people gave her credit for given her slender frame and the last thing she wanted after the mornings vigorous exercise was for M’dak to come back with not enough food and to be having her stomach growling through the rest of the days classes and chores.

“Kelith, stay here with Dallarth, we’ll be back soon.” Marika said.

It didn’t take her long to get the food, the Weyr Hall was still fairly uncrowded at this mark of the morning. She loaded up a tray full enough to easily feed them both and got two large cups of klah. Her trek back to the Weyr Bowl was slightly slower as she didn’t want to drop anything.
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2017, 11:18:35 PM »
Marika was surprisingly... easy to get along with, even if Dallarth seemed to be doing quite a bit of the talking for him, but M'dak wasn't surprised. He and Dallarth made a good pair, two sides of the same coin, his mother said.

Reasonably pleased that Marika was happy to go get the food, M'dak didn't want to make a complete fool of himself and spill it everywhere, Faranth knew that Dallarth would probably get so excited about the prospect of company that he would cause the disaster.

Dallarth, stay here while I go get some food. "Come Rudas." The firelizard flew to his outstretched arm, and they walked back to the barracks together. He didn't want to assume anything, by going into Marika's room and searching for her oil, but he had two jars of his own, neatly stacked away in the room he shared with Dallarth. One for use, and the other as a spare when he had to go take the empty bottle for a refill. Perhaps some would think it was a little... over the top... but it worked for him. And it did make his storage space look nice and symmetrical.

He gave one to Rudas, as a bit of weight training, the firelizard was almost fully grown now, but it didn't hurt to always keep him working, the brown liked it anyways.

They returned, sitting to wait for Marika, M'dak lying back to watch the colour of the sky change as the sun started to complete its rise.

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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2017, 07:22:11 PM »
It was probably good M’dak hadn’t tried to go to Marika’s room to find the oil. Her area tended to be rather messy, with things strew about and not put away. Anytime Ianathe said something about it Marika joked that it was a special kind of organization and it didn’t matter anyway, she knew where everything was. Usually.

Kelith thrummed a greeting when M’dak returned, happy to stretch out in the Weyrbowl and relax in the early morning light.

Marika finally made her way back and stopped just to the side of M’dak, peering down at him as he stared up into the ever lightening sky. “See anything interesting?” She asked as she handed a cup of klah down to him. She lowered herself to the ground carefully to avoid spilling anything on the tray. “I wasn’t sure what you liked, so I kind of got some of everything.”

She didn’t wait for ceremony and dove into the pile of food on the tray, helping herself to a roll with heaps of berry jam. She set her own cup of klah safely between her crisscrossed legs, out of the way of any dragon or flit or brown rider that might knock it over on accident. Klah was too important to be watering the Weyrbowl grass with it.
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Re: An Early Morning Training Session [12.04.89 5am] - Marika
« Reply #24 on: June 01, 2017, 10:33:07 PM »
"Thank you," he said cheerfully, smiling up at her and accepting the cup, sitting up slightly to take a sip. M'dak had never mastered the art of drinking whilst lying down. "Nope, nothing interesting just... uhm... pretty, I guess."

Raising himself up fully, he plucked a small piece of fruit from the tray, popping it into his mouth and chewing it slowly, savouring the flavour. "Works for me." He was necessarily a picky eater, but he did like very specific food. So a wife variety was perfect for him.

"You eat. I'll oil first." They still had some time before their morning began, but he didn't really want to still be out here when the rest of the Weyr woke up for the day. It lead to a lot more talking, and answering questions, and pretending like he wanted to socialise then he liked.

Marika was... nice, easy to get along with. He was actually having an enjoyable morning.

Her placement of her klah safely between her legs was probably a good idea, because as M'dak urged Dallarth forward to an easy position for oiling, the awkwardly proportioned brown would probably have taken the klah down with him, considering the way he whacked M'dak in the shins at least twice with his tail as he positioned himself.

Spotting a flaky patch, M'dak attacked the spot with the oil, making sure the the patch was well and truly moisturised before he moved on.

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