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Author Topic: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo  (Read 337 times)

Offline K'eeda

Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« on: July 21, 2017, 03:56:53 PM »
K’eeda felt like she was missing life. Her entire day was largely spent sitting off to the side, watching Aeleroth flap around while she was too fat and awkward to do anything but make everyone fret over her.

It was annoying. Did they think she was going to just fall over standing in place?

Though she certainly looked it. Her slight frame was almost comical as she was nearing the time the babe was to be born. Much of the weight she’d gained was center mass – her legs still slender and her boobs hardly more than a handful. Certainly bigger than they’d been before and infinitely more sensitive, but her entire body was just annoying her. All K’eeda wanted to do was swim or run or even spar. None of which was possible now.

Except sparring. But no one was going to take her seriously if she could even get someone to agree to it.

So, instead, she was stewing in the hot water and glaring at nothing in particular rather than going back to her weyr ( or K’rez’s, whatever ) and being mean to him. She’d do that later. After she was clean and wrinkly from the water.

Being so grumpy isn’t good for the baby, her dragon remarked, though he knew it was to no avail.

//What do you know.// was K’eeda’s immediate response.

Length: 30M || Height: 5M || Wingspan: 51M
20 weeks pregnant as of 1.3.2590 // Powerplay allowed by K'rez

Offline Jossekayne

Re: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2017, 04:22:30 PM »
It had just… not been a good day. The phrase ‘waking up on the wrong side of the bed’ had always seemed a stupid one to Jo, but if ever there had been a time she had, today was that day. Nothing catastrophic had happened, sure, but she’d just been in a pissy mood since that morning, and for no real reason.

Prickly, even. Which had eventually made her waspish even toward Lyrisiveth, who’d flown off with a huff after depositing her rider in the Bowl with a fresh change of clothes. Maybe a soak would improve Jossekayne’s mood, and a nap would better her dragon’s.

That was the hope, anyway.

Clothes draped over one arm, she made her way into the Bathing Springs. Seeing K’eeda there wasn’t really a surprise, and Jo shifted her trajectory to take her to that pool in particular. Perhaps some good company would be suitable too. If the Blue rider told her to fuck off, so be it. But she wasn’t going to ask.

Dumping her change of clothes near the edge, Jossekayne started to pull her shirt off over her head. “You look as grumpy as I feel.”

Offline K'eeda

Re: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2017, 05:03:51 PM »
K’eeda idly splashed at the opposite rim of the pool, simply brooding in her terrible mood. She wasn’t aware enough of anyone else entering the springs, as it was a little late, but that didn’t bother her either. It was a bit of a surprise when the person ended up being Jo.

K’eeda would’ve preferred Finnmaghaine. Or C’ace. One of her fellow blue riders.

Be nice, he quipped, relaxing on ‘his’ ledge. Though it was more like the place on Denoth’s ledge he’d claimed for his own.

K’eeda sunk in the water and bubbled her complaint at her dragon, though she didn’t snap at Jo. Progress. Instead, she watched her fellow wingrider get in the water before she finally said, “I’ve been reduced to waddling around for the last two months or so. I’m restless. What’s wrong with you?”

Length: 30M || Height: 5M || Wingspan: 51M
20 weeks pregnant as of 1.3.2590 // Powerplay allowed by K'rez

Offline Jossekayne

Re: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2017, 05:54:04 PM »
Well, the fact that K’eeda hadn’t told her to go away was at the very least a good sign. Stripping out of the rest of her clothes, Jossekayne shook out her long hair and then slid down into the water, sighing faintly under her breath as the warmth of it soaked into her skin, muscles, and bones. Nice and relaxing. There was still a tight knot of tenseness sitting like a yoke across her shoulders, but she hoped the water would ease it with time.

The Green rider leaned her arms on the edge of the pool and tilted her head as she regarded her Wingmate—waving one hand in a vague gesture. “Nothing so bad as that, so I guess I shouldn’t complain. Just had a shitty day.”

She knew better than to think that K’eeda was actually upset about being pregnant, but she could understand the restlessness that came with the advanced stages of it. Jo had never gotten to that point in the one ill-fated child she’d tried to carry, but she’d heard plenty of stories from friends that had. Sore and swollen feet. An aching back. Odd hungers. And that same restlessness K’eeda was talking about. Trying a smile, she nodded toward the curve of the other woman’s belly. “Looks like your days of waddling should be over soon though, yeah?”

Offline K'eeda

Re: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2017, 06:39:17 PM »
K’eeda waved away the other rider’s words. “A shitty day is a shitty day, no comparison needed.”

Look, you can be nice, he cooed.

K’eeda scowled, but only a moment, before her hand moved over to her belly. “Mm, yeah. Soon, or so the Healers keep tellin’ me. All the more reason I’m not supposed to stray far, do anything, or I’ll get in trouble.” She rolled her eyes. “I can’t do much anyways. Just watch my shardin’ dragon attempt to do drills on his own. He’s a complete useless flit in the air without me.”

That’s not very nice, he pouted.

//Not wrong either,// she answered.

“I can’t remember, do you have any kiddos?”

Length: 30M || Height: 5M || Wingspan: 51M
20 weeks pregnant as of 1.3.2590 // Powerplay allowed by K'rez

Offline Jossekayne

Re: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2017, 12:29:58 AM »
Jo had been prepared to feel like an ass for bitching when K’eeda’s complaints were a bit more serious, so the waving away of her concern prompted a smile. For all that the day had been a disappointing and aggravating one, this was… nice. Slowly, a little more of the previous residual annoyance leaked away.

And the Blue rider’s comment about her dragon had her laughing, low and soft but genuinely. “Poor Aeleroth. I’m sure he’ll be glad when your baby’s born and you can join him again.”

Despite their earlier disagreements, Lyrisiveth had still been idly listening to her rider’s conversation while she tried to doze off in the warmth of the night. Sleepily, from her ledge, she reached out to the Blue with an affectionate mental touch. I think you look fine in the air, darlin’. There might have been a hint of playfulness there, but not meant to be obtrusive or directly contradictory to K’eeda. Just a sweet sentiment.

“I’m sure they must know what they’re talking about, but I bet that’s fucking frustrating.” Being restricted in such a way had to be.

In answer to K’eeda’s question, Jossekayne shook her head, hair swirling in the water as long tendrils around her shoulders and collarbone. “No, I don’t have any of my own. At least not yet. Just hasn’t ever quite worked out, you know?”

Offline K'eeda

Re: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 02:21:44 AM »
Aeleroth thrummed at the compliment and rolled over on his back, flaring his wings to take up the ample space on the ledge that was meant for a much larger Brown. It was such a shame that Denoth wasn’t present. Aeleroth did like curling up on the Brown.

Where was he? Probably getting tended to out in the bowl or helping some stragglers in his Wing. Always so helpful.

K’eeda hoped they’d be back by the time she got back.

She did roll her eyes and nod her agreement when Jo mentioned that it was frustrating. It was entirely new levels of frustrating. K’eeda was an active person – she liked doing things. Being a plump, waddling ball of uselessness irked her something fierce.

When Jo said she’d never had any of her own, K’eeda nodded again and bubbled in the water as she exhaled. “Do you want some? Babies, I mean? I know they’re not for everyone but… I mean.” K’eeda shrugged her shoulders. Riders and their children were always up in the air.

Length: 30M || Height: 5M || Wingspan: 51M
20 weeks pregnant as of 1.3.2590 // Powerplay allowed by K'rez

Offline Jossekayne

Re: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 12:56:19 PM »
Turning the question to her was a natural next step in the conversation, but Jo still took a moment to drag her fingers through the water, thoughtful, before she answered. “I’d like to have some, yeah. It’s just never seemed like the right time. I tried a long time ago, and it… didn’t work out.” Time had dulled the ache the miscarriage had left in her heart, but it was still the sort of thing that would remain a part of her until she died, like a Threadscore scar.

If she was being honest with herself, the memory of it was one of the things preventing her from trying again. Strong she might be, and death was a fact of life in a world such as this, but Jossekayne didn’t know if she would be able to go through it a second time.

Smiling a bit, she shrugged a shoulder as she looked back to K’eeda. “And I know it’s hardly necessary, but I like the idea of not being the only active parent. Probably overly sentimental of me since they’d be in the Creche anyway.”

Offline K'eeda

Re: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 07:28:41 PM »
K’eeda wasn’t good at the emotional, mushy stuff so she was glad that whatever ‘hadn’t worked out’ about the whole baby situation in Jo’s past didn’t seem to bother her too much in the present. If anyone was going to become overly sentimental or weepy around K’eeda now, she was going to promptly boot them from her presence. Luckily enough for K’eeda, she’d been able to carry all her children to term and they were healthy, rambunctious lot. She wasn’t about to rub that in or whatever, though.

Instead, she puttered about in the warm water and chuckled a little. “There are plenty of doting Riders in the weyr that’d love to play parent. Or snatch yourself up some obsessive Holder or Crafter. I hear they thrive on playing daddy.” K’eeda wouldn’t say she lucked out in picking K’rez – because that wasn’t how things worked – but rather, K’rez had lucked out that she’d come along and gave him such a lovely family.

Exactly that. And on the rare occasion she was very drunk she’d proudly boast that he was the best father in the weyr.

Length: 30M || Height: 5M || Wingspan: 51M
20 weeks pregnant as of 1.3.2590 // Powerplay allowed by K'rez

Offline Jossekayne

Re: Baths and Bitching [ 25.6.2590 / 9PM ] Jo
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2018, 01:17:25 PM »
At K’eeda’s suggestion, Jo made a face and laughed. “Another rider wouldn’t be so bad, if they weren’t some intolerable arrogant Bronzer.” They both knew the type, and Jossekayne was well aware of K’eeda’s similar feelings about them. Far too many of them had their heads up their asses and though they were the single most important people on Pern.

“Crafter might be okay.” She dragged her hand through the water again, enjoying watching the swirling hot water. “It’d depend on what their background was like, I guess. I don’t know that I could stand a Holder.” She made a face again, and it shifted into more of a scowl.

“I mean, I know they can be a pain in the ass, but I grew up in a Weyr, you know? Never really had to deal with them until we all moved in here. But I had a run in with one some months back.” Her voice dipped down into something like a growl. “He was a fucking asshole. Kept trying to get me to stop carrying shit outside from the Mine Hall because—who fucking knows? I’m a woman? He thought I was fragile. It would almost have been worth it to hit him in the damn nose.”

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