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Author Topic: All Work and No Play [18.05.2590 // 5:30PM] A'lori  (Read 104 times)

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All Work and No Play [18.05.2590 // 5:30PM] A'lori
« on: April 13, 2017, 05:23:15 PM »
The introduction to riding straps months ago had been the first time that it had really, truly set in for A'srian that this was going to be his life now; half of it belonging to and more than half of it utterly devoted to a dragon. It was still just a thing that was going to happen, though, and a part of him had been waiting to wake up from this fantastic, beautiful dream to find that he'd never Impressed at all. Cosilanth simply thought he was silly and left it at that, the idea that he didn't exist coming across as quite absurd to the growing bronze.

The fact that he and his classmates were now required to make their own riding straps was a bit of a daunting idea for A'srian; he hadn't had the slightest clue how to do anything related to stitching, sewing or leatherwork before they'd begun practising on discarded rigs, and he didn't think his skills had progressed that far. He told himself that he'd always been his own worst critic, and it helped.

A little.

The small bit of confidence gained was the reason A'srian was currently seated on the floor in the corner of the Weyrling Commons area, the various bits, pieces and tools for his riding leathers scattered about him in a small crescent. He was actually feeling pretty good about his work so far, vaguely surprised by how his straps looked after a couple hours of doing other things and decidedly trying very hard not to think about them. 'You know, this might not actually be that bad, after all. Maybe I remember more than I thought I did, or something.'

Cosilanth snorted from his ledge, both aloud and transmitted to A'srian. I think you don't give yourself enough credit, he said, though A'srian just waved him off with a mental huff.

Normally Cosilanth would have called him boring for staying inside at this time of day, when the weather was so nice and they didn't have any other real responsibilities to attend to, but A'srian had a sneaking suspicion that his bonded was just as eager as he was for the advent of real flying, as a pair. Despite that, Cosilanth hadn't sacrificed his own time, having promptly sprawled himself out on his favorite ledge in the Weyrbowl after they'd been released from the afternoon's training. He fully intended to take advantage of the downtime in his own way.

Cosilanth is currently 9 months old. Length: 24.6M, Height: 5M, Wingspan: 39M

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Re: All Work and No Play [18.05.2590 // 5:30PM] A'lori
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 05:23:38 PM »
Unlike how most of his classmates surely felt, A'lori had actually been looking forward to the portion of their training when they would be making the riding straps and gear. Naturally slender and not overly given to muscle, he had ever felt like he was lagging behind the rest of his class in becoming a proper dragon rider; of course, he could still do all the things required of them by the Weyrlingmaster and the drills -- but A'lori always seemed to struggle more with those things than his stronger or more strapping fellows did. It had been a constant point of frustration for him since Impressing Queriluth.

But the leatherworking and sewing involved for straps? That he could do. He'd never made straps specficially before, but he came from a family full of Weavers and had been one himself prior to being Searched. Working with the leather and the thread felt like coming home.

So it was cheerfully that he'd set to the task, carefully measuring and remeasuring each piece before he committed them to their final form. And now was the time for stitching them all together, or at least beginning it. So with Queriluth enjoying the fading sunlight out in the grass, A'lori had gathered his materials and resolved to get as much work done as possible. Well. Work. He knew he should rightly consider it such, but it didn't feel that way.

Turns ago, he'd never been able to imagine himself as anything other than a Weaver. Now, when this was such a rare chance to ply the trade he'd no longer be able to call his own, A'lori guiltily felt like it was almost a reward for how difficult training had been so far.

Another one of his classmates seeemed to have the same idea, he found as he emerged into the weyrling common area. "Hello," he said by way of greeting, offering a smile to A'srian. The other boy rode a Bronze, though A'lori was embarrassed to realize he couldn't remember the dragon's name.

"Do you mind if I sit with you? I was planning on working on my own straps too. I promise not to get ours mixed up." Faintly playful, and A'lori would not admit to himself that it would have been flirting if their situation had been different.
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Re: All Work and No Play [18.05.2590 // 5:30PM] A'lori
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 08:59:37 PM »
'I don't think this is right,' A'srian frowned down at the leathers in his hands, trying to figure out where he went wrong and why they didn't look right to him. Cosilanth only half-heartedly commiserated with him, distracted by his own people-watching from his perch above the Weyrbowl. It had quickly become one of his favorite past-times in the little free time the Weyrlings had, mostly because there seemed to be so much drama within the Weyr.

Sighing, A'srian sat up, taking the momentary, half-assed break to roll his shoulders a bit. He glanced up from the tangle of leather and frustration on the ground as a person-shaped shadow fell across the space in front of him. Recognizing A'lori, he smiled almost automatically at the other Weyrling. "Hi--uh, yeah, no, that's totally fine. Thanks." He paused, glancing back down at his pile of leathers before looking back up at A'lori. "There's not that much to mix up, to be honest. I'm rubbish at this."

No you're not. You can't be rubbish at anything. His bronze's response was nearly instant, as usual when A'srian said anything negative about himself. It was less surprising now than it had once been, but still warmed his heart just a little every time it happened.

Spoiler for ooc:
Is short, I suck, I'm sorry. But here, have a thing. :bird:

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Re: All Work and No Play [18.05.2590 // 5:30PM] A'lori
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 09:27:47 PM »
A’lori returned A’srian’s smile when he answered in the affirmative, happily taking a seat across from the other weyrling and tucking his legs beneath himself. As he began to settle his various materials into a neatly organized system, he studied what the other had before him. Many of the others didn’t have the benefit he did of coming from Weaver stock, and A’lori had seen more than a few of them struggle with the various necessary skills. Even the lessons they’d had on sewing and leatherworking as Candidates hadn’t completely prepared them for the intricacy of this task.

“You’re just new at it,” he offered graciously, smiling once more. He was firmly of the opinion that this wasn’t so difficult with practice—and he’d stand by that. “I can try to give you some tips, if you like. I used to be a Weaver.”

Initially, A’lori had been reluctant to give too much guidance to his fellow weyrlings on this project. After all, this was his first time making this particular item too; and the rest would need to know how to make them just as much as he would. This was part of their future as riders. But he supposed it couldn’t hurt to help just a little, so long as he didn’t end up doing the whole thing and preventing A’srian from actually learning.
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