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Author Topic: Live a Little [ 11.6.2589; 7:12 PM ] W’thir  (Read 231 times)

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Live a Little [ 11.6.2589; 7:12 PM ] W’thir
« on: June 30, 2018, 01:40:31 PM »
Strictly speaking, mending clothes was no longer one of his responsibilities. Though it was a common enough chore for Weaver apprentices, he hadn’t been among their ranks for… a little over a full month, now. Just long enough that he was actually going to be able to Stand for the Senior Queen’s upcoming clutch! It had been quite a surprise to him when he’d been Searched, chosen by a Blue dragon he didn’t even know and deemed worthy to present himself for those amazing little creatures that would hatch out of the eggs. Sometimes, it still seemed like a dream—a flight of fancy he had no right having even if there were other dragon riders in his family’s past.

Arveli had never entertained anything for himself other than being a Weaver. Since he’d turned twelve, it had been his calling—throwing himself into the Craft first as a balm for his sorrow and grief, and eventually because he was good at it. Because he enjoyed it more than anything else he’d ever done. His aunt and uncle had certainly been pleased when he’d taken up their profession… and perhaps been relieved that he didn’t show signs of gallivanting off back to the Weyr like his mother had, or becoming a rider like his father. His had always been the stranger side of the family, a little less grounded though still loved by the extended Holder sides of the clan:  even if they hadn’t understood his mother Avelori’s desire to go work in the Weyr and be weyrmates with a dragonrider.

In his youth, like his brothers, riding a dragon had seemed like the most gallant thing. Even though they’d understood Thread was dangerous, it had all paled compared to the vivid and wonderous stories they heard throughout their childhood. And growing up helping their father oil and tend to Kanelath certainly hadn’t diminished any.

That had changed nevertheless—first when their father, T’ver, had died in Threadfall, and then again when their mother was killed too. For Turian, it had been the final straw; that an errant dragon’s flame had killed Avelori just as dead as Thread might have, he couldn’t forgive. Arveloriann and Tuveliann had been more forgiving… but hat had never been their older brother’s way.

But even with that forgiveness, their lives had changed irrevocably. Sent to Fort Hold to live with their aunt and uncle, they’d been exposed to an entirely different side of Pern. Holder life was so very, very different… and with time, Arveli’s hopes for the future had faded to more mundane things. Even if his younger brother’s never had.

Now, though, his dreams were once again buoyed on dragon wings, rather than more down to earth in seeking a promotion to Journeyman sometime in the next several turns. Aunoria and Vemmoki had been disappointed, he knew, though they’d never said such to him. Simply asked him if he was sure and then given him their blessing. But after T’vain, after his accident… he knew they must have been scared too. He certainly was, not that he’d ever admit it. And certainly not to Turian, with whom he had argued viciously after accepting the Search.

So though he’d moved out of their family quarters and into the Candidate barracks, Arveloriann tried his best to reassure his surrogate parents. A fair amount of the time he was assigned to the Weaver Hall for chores anyway, since his experience there made him more valuable than another without a Weaver’s background. And even if he got given menial tasks that were more suitable for junior apprentices, he didn’t mind—surrounded by those who had been, and he hoped still would be, his friends and working with both aunt, uncle, and his cousin Annera.

Having someone inside the Weaver Hall had meant he didn’t need to give it all up, too. There were a few friends who he still repaired things for from time to time, including some other Candidates that weren’t good hands with a needle. That would have to change when they Impressed, of course, but Arveli appreciated having something to do with his hands in his down time. It kept him from getting fidgety.

Like now. Wuarthir had approached him to patch a couple shirts, and he’d been more than happy to comply for his quiet friend—under the condition that Wuarthir had to keep him company while he did so. Odds were good Arveli would be doing most of the talking, but he didn’t mind that either. Perhaps that was even one of the things that had contributed to their friendship in the first place; Wuarthir didn’t get tired of listening to him ramble about gossip, or news, or hypotheticals, and Arveli didn’t force him to say more than he wanted to.

After dinner was over, he’d dragged the man into one of the side booths once all the plates had been whisked back into the kitchen and the surface wiped down. With his small sewing kit open on the table, Arveli sucked on the end of a piece of string to flatten it, and then threaded the needle. Most likely, Wuarthir would have to replace one of these shirts within the next few turns—there were only so many times they could be patched before there was less original fabric than new. But it was a matter of pride to the ex-Weaver to make them last as long as possible.

Thriftiness was one of those things that had been drilled into him from a young age, and making do with what they had was a skill all Weavers had to learn in an environment where new textiles were not especially abundant.

So he’d snagged some old scraps from someone else’s discarded garments that matched in color and texture and material as best he could. From a distance, hopefully the mends wouldn’t be very visible. Wuarthir might not care especially much, but Arveloriann certainly did. They might be practical things, but there was no reason they couldn’t look a little nicer either.

His three flits were arrayed on the tabletop, lazy and watching as he started to sew. Poppet had tried to sit on his shoulder initially, but Arveli had shooed him off so he didn’t have to accommodate both flit and task. The Blue meant well, but his not inconsiderable weight would just make it all the more difficult to stitch.

Sometimes, he wished Wuarthir had been Searched too. At least then he might have had one friend in his Candidate classes that was from the previous period of his life. Of course, Arveli had no issue making acquaintances with new people… but there was a certain comfort to having an old friend that he found himself wistfully wanting.

As he sewed, he began by chattering away about the Touching and the Rider’s Bet a few days before. He hadn’t been able to go to the latter, since there was no rider he knew well enough to invite him—and certainly not that way. But the Touching had been its own kind of excitement:  his first! It had inspired a roiling mix of emotions in him far more powerful than he’d anticipated—anxiety and doubt and hope and joy all muddled up together like badly-made dyes. With others, he might have felt self-conscious talking about it all to someone who wasn’t a fellow Candidate. But Wuarthir had never seemed resentful or upset that his friend had been Searched and he hadn’t.

It was a relief, sometimes, to talk to someone so practical. What was, simply was.

And all of the thrill of the Touching didn’t compare with the strange illicit excitement he felt in hearing the gossip from the Rider’s Bet. Apparently his friend Sethunya had gotten into an argument with O’sir… It still felt a bit scandalous that the two were together, which he loved it all the more for. Sethunya was brave and knew what she wanted; and as far as Arveli concerned, deserved it. The romantic in him wanted to believe that they could survive and endure whatever Pern threw at them, no matter the lovers’ spat they’d apparently had in public.

Had it been anyone else, Arveli would have latched onto that gossip and not let go, speculating on what had started it and why, and what was going to happen next. But out of respect for his friend and her privacy, he skipped over it to simply wish aloud that he’d been able to go.

Maybe someday, when he had a dragon of his own…

If he had a dragon of his own…

He realized he was getting distracted—that his nervousness about the approaching Hatching was affecting him more than he wanted to let on—when he accidentally pricked his finger with the tip of the needle. Swearing far more heatedly than he meant to, he lifted the injured digit to his mouth and sucked off the droplet of blood that beaded on his skin. And then, to direct the conversation away from what was a rather embarrassing fumble, he glanced at Wuarthir and asked, “Are you going to watch the Hatching when it happens?”

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Re: Live a Little [ 11.6.2589; 7:12 PM ] W’thir
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2018, 05:40:00 PM »
Wuarthir had set himself down at a seat that gave him a good view of Arveloriann while dinner was underway, not wanting to be the reason for any delay once the weaver-come-candidate was ready for him. He made an effort to eat at the same pace as the other weyrfolk around him, aware that wolfing down his food would only mean an extended period of waiting until his friend had helped clear the tables with the rest of the candidates. The chatter at dinner was always the most entertaining, in any case, and though his attention never really left Arveli, he was involved enough in the talk surrounding him to acknowledge anything directed at him.

It was a comfortable sort of role he'd slipped into since coming to Southern Winds. He still worked hard, but the focus had shifted as he became more familiar with how the weyrfolk worked. He had few skills to trade, but an extra pair of willing hands was rarely turned away, and he was able to trade his efforts for the necessities he required. They were rather accommodating like that. In a way he hadn't experienced while at the hold.

That's how he stumbled onto the weaverhall. Helping move bulky items from here or there in exchange for repairs to his clothing, or new items when required... and how he met Arveloriann. The younger man had a knack for making his clothes last as long as possible, so he needed to replace them less often, and never made him feel ashamed for the state of the garment he was fixing. He'd become as much of a fixture in his life as the section of the shared cavern that belonged to him, often encouraged to stick around while the work was being done, and treated to an often detailed account of the happenings in the weyr.

Wuarthir hadn't begrudge Arveli being searched, readily accepting that he would no longer be a weaver's apprentice, and curious as to what was in store for the young man now. He hadn't had a reason to involve himself in the comings and goings of candidates, Not requiring anything from them and vice versa... But now...?

He had waited until he was down to one wearable shirt before seeking Arveloriann out to fix his others, smile lighting up his face as the candidate agreed and nodding firmly at the condition. He'd given him his shirts earlier, and now only needed to wait for Arveli to be free.

He finished the meal and assisted with the cleanup. It wasn't his job, but that didn't seem to matter to the weyrfolk. You helped out where you could, and more often than not it was appreciated. No sooner had the task been finished than Arveli was there, brooking no argument as he dragged him away. It wasn't something that was easily accomplished without Wuarthir's approval, and the enthusiasm of it even managed to coax out an almost inaudible chuckle.

He slid into the booth to sit opposite Arveloriann, face suddenly very serious again as his friend's firelizards positioned themselves. He'd put his arms on the table when he sat, and was almost comically stiff as the smaller creatures sorted themselves out. Even Vanity, largest of Arveli's three was small when compared to the other dragonkind of the weyr, and Wuarthir had never quite gotten over his fear of hurting or startling the little beasts when they were close.

They settled, and he carefully removed his hands from the table, features appearing cross as he concentrated on the action. Once they were safe from unintentional injury by his hand, his attention was fully on the candidate, eyes flicking between the young man's face and the work he was doing, awed as ever by the craft.

His features softened as Arveloriann spoke about his recent experiences, thrilled, though it may be hard to tell, that his experiences as a candidate were good ones. The information about the Rider's bet was tucked away for later, more interested in the fact that going with another was often a way of making ones relationship official than the gossip surrounding the candidate master and another candidate. Arveli hadn't indicated that the coupling itself was the problem so much as their behaviour, and the affection he picked up was enough to tell him that it wasn't important as much as interesting.

"'Veli!" He scolded with a rasp, as the chatter turned to cursing, clearing his throat and half standing to get a better view if the injury before Arveli popped the finger in his mouth. "Be careful..." he added, concern softening the unusual crackle that often accompanied his words.

His frown disappeared abruptly as Arveli shifted the conversation to the hatching again, surprise dancing accross his face as he settled back into his seat and answered. "The hatching?" it wasn't very far off was it? "I had never considered being able to attend."

He looked away for a heartbeat, mulling over his next words. He was sure Arveloriann knew he wasn't weyrfolk, despite feeling closer to the denizens of the weyr than he had ever felt among the holders, he just wasn't sure how much theweaver turned candidate actually knew. "I thought it was only for riders, candidates and their family." He clarified, voice smoothing to a low, almost pleasant tone the more he used it. He wasn't upset by it, merely commenting on what he understood the rules to be. Though there was a hint of a question there, seeking clarification on what he thought he knew.

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Re: Live a Little [ 11.6.2589; 7:12 PM ] W’thir
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2018, 09:08:19 PM »
His flits had been agitated by his sudden cursing too, and fidgeted on the table momentarily, eyes whirling faster and in less happy colors than they had been. They settled soon enough again once it was clear it wasn’t anything serious, though they did sit a little closer to him, clustered around his supplies.

Arveli couldn’t help but be a little chagrined at Wuarthir’s reaction to his pricking himself, and pulled his finger from his mouth again once he’d felt the few drops of blood slow to a stop. “I’m fine, see?” And he held it up to show that he wasn’t even bleeding anymore. It was annoying, and stung a little still, making the tip of his finger sensitive, but it was no major thing. If he had a mark for every time he’d ever pricked himself on accident with a needle…

Well, he wouldn’t be rich, exactly, since marks weren’t in use any more, but he’d certainly have an impressive collection of them. The older Weavers swore by thimbles, but there simply weren’t that many of them to go around, mostly belonging to people who had at least achieved Journeyman rank. There were more important uses for metal in the Weyr, and so new ones didn’t get made very often. Certainly not for an apprentice Weaver who had accepted the call of a Search.

Arveloriann was pleased, at least, to see that he hadn’t gotten any of the blood on the fabric or the thread. Dealing with such a stain on a piece of clothing he was meant to be repairing would have been all the more aggravating. But he’d reacted quick enough that Wuarthir’s shirt wouldn’t need to be washed as soon as he was done with the stitching.

He glanced at his friend again then as he resumed the sewing, smile faint but no less genuine. “Of course you can go, silly.” But there was no real chiding there, nor any intention of making Wuarthir feel self-conscious. Arveli had guessed that he wasn’t weyrfolk, but beyond that he didn’t know all the ins and outs of the man’s background. That had just never been something they talked about at length… and abruptly he felt embarrassed that he hadn’t asked.

“Anyone in a Weyr can go watch… Unless you’re banned for some reason, I suppose.” He mused on that a moment, but quickly discarded the thought. It wasn’t something he thought Wuarthir would have to worry about. “But no, there’s no reason you can’t go. And you should. I’ve been to tons.” When he and his family still lived at Fort Weyr, it had often been an excuse to celebrate something happier and momentarily forget about the Thread falling out of the sky. It was something he had distinctly missed after the move to the Hold.

“Besides.” And he cut his gaze to Wuarthir as he finished fastening a stitch and securing the repair, tying it off and slipping the thread against a small knife in his kit to cut off the remainder. That was the first fix, at least. “I’ll be less nervous knowing there’s a friend watching as I try to Impress.”

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Re: Live a Little [ 11.6.2589; 7:12 PM ] W’thir
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2018, 08:51:58 PM »
Wuarthir grunted an acknowledgement to Arveli's claim that he was fine, crossing his arms and leaning back in his seat slightly. It wasn't a very approachable pose, but it was a natural one for him as he watched Arveloriann continue with his work, surprised, in many regards that he'd only managed to prick himself once with the speed in which he moved the needle. He didn't imagine he'd be happy if it happened more than once while he was there, particularly as it was his clothes he was mending and thus subsequently his fault that his friend was getting hurt, nevermind the fact that the needle was only a small, almost indiscernible weapon.

His scowl grew slightly more pronounced before Arveli distracted him, slight twitch of his mouth enough of an acknowledgement that the chiding wasn't received horribly. His chest may have tightened for half a heartbeat, but he knew there was no weight behind calling him silly, just as he understood the needle wasn't truly a threat. It certainly helped that Arveloriann continued to explain that everyone, (unless they were banned...?) could go.

"I haven't been banned." Wuarthir stated immediately after Arveli stopped talking, certain that he'd know if he had been. He'd simply not been told he could go... and if everyone was allowed to go, then surely he would have been told if that wasn't the case. Not only that, but the thought of Arvelorrian being more nervous if he didn't attend made him want to make sure he knew he was able to go.

"I'll make sure to sit somewhere you can see me then." he added with a firm nod of his head, already figuring out how to make sure he would be able to attend, no matter what he was otherwise occupied with. He'd have to anticipate the hatching occurring at any point in the day... or night. But he wouldn't disappoint Arveli but not being there.

"Why would you be nervous, though?" He asked after only a short pause. Was being on the sand that much different to watching? "Are you worried about what colour you'll impress?" He didn't quite understand the intricacies of dragon impression, firelizard's and wher's seeming to be less selective, and not having seen one in person, he had no idea that there were dangers associated with candidacy and subsequent weyrlinghood.

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Re: Live a Little [ 11.6.2589; 7:12 PM ] W’thir
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 12:20:42 AM »
When Wuarthir confirmed that he would attend—or so Arveli assumed, with his promise to sit somewhere visible—the Weaver’s smile turned truly radiant. He’d thought he might have to do more convincing, but he hadn’t been lying when he’d said having his friend there would make him more comfortable.

Folding the newly-repaired shirt with a few quick motions, Arveli set it on the bench next to him and selected another. This one was a slightly different color, so he pulled the old thread free and slid in a new piece that would match it better. “I think everyone is a little nervous about Standing,” he mused as he started to stitch again, this time a little more cognizant of where his fingers were in relation to the needle. “There’s a huge chance I won’t Impress this first time, and that’s going to be… disappointing.”

There would always be other chances, but still… “I mean, I’ll still be a Candidate. I can Stand for a long time before I age out. But there’s still some sense of being… not wanted, you know? If you aren’t chosen.”

That’s what he’d heard from older Candidates, anyway. Arveloriann wasn’t sure how they could take being rejected so many times, even though he knew that wasn’t really what it was about. It just meant a compatible dragon hadn’t hatched for them yet. But the longer that went on, the less likely it seemed that there ever would be one. Privately, he hoped that whatever dragon he Impressed, they didn’t keep him waiting long.

His pensive expression gave way to another small smile then. “I’m not really worried about the color. I already know I’m going to end up on a Blue or a Green.” Arveli had spent a lot of time thinking about it after he’d been Searched, and those were the only two colors that made sense. As he continued to sew, he listed the reasoning’s that he’d ended up coming to himself. “Golds only ever Impress women. Bronzes don’t chose riders who are attracted to men. And Brown’s a possibility, but…” He shrugged one shoulder. “I don’t think I have the personality to be a Brown rider.”

It wasn’t something he felt sad about—he wasn’t sure how well he would have loved a Brown anyway, since it would undoubtedly remind him of T’vain and Patrith. But his father had been on a Blue, so there was a certain familiarity there, and he could definitely picture himself on a pretty Green.

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Re: Live a Little [ 11.6.2589; 7:12 PM ] W’thir
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2018, 07:03:08 AM »
Wuarthir ducked his head at Arveli's smile, not having expected such a... bright... reaction. He couldn't fathom having answered with anything else. If there were no reason for him not to attend (and he trusted Arveli of all people to know if there were) then he would certainly be present to help alleviate some of his friend's nervousness.

He made a small noise as Arveli placed the first shirt down beside him, an approximation of a thank you as he listened to his reasoning. Interrupting for anything more than that singular sound seemed... rude. And he was rather curious as to just what a candidate had to be worried about.

He nodded along, trying to imagine how he would feel in a similar situation, to be left wondering if a dragon would hatch and choose him as theirs. It seemed... daunting. And all he'd managed to fathom in what lessons he'd managed to jump in on was that their bond was altogether different to that of a firelizard or wher's... Which certainly made sense with Arveli's affirmation that Gold's impressed to females and he wouldn't suit a brown... Since he had both of those in miniature form right there with them.

"He frowned, absorbing what Arveli was explaining, aware already about the golds impressing to women but the bronzes knowing something so private as sexuality? It was... unnerving almost. Though perhaps it helped contribute to how open the weyr was about such things. It had certainly been a relief to encounter little to no judgement for his own leanings. But to such an extent?

"They know?" It was awe that coloured his voice then. That the gargantuan protectors of the weyr and hold had such depth to them. He did not doubt that the bond that tied rider to dragon was of significance, but... "How can they?" He shook his head though, dismissing a response for the time being.

"If they get enough of a look you won't be standin' for long." He stated, though the words were mumbled despite his efforts. He'd much rather listen to Arveloriann speak, and he'd have time enough to get answers, he was certain.

He cleared his throat quickly before asking his next question, his own nervousness creating a lump in that made it gruffer than normal. "What should I wear?" It was a weighted question, meant to encompass any aspect of hatching-attendance etiquette. Had he been speaking to anyone else, it was likely Wuarthir wouldn't have asked, but Arveli was... safe. He had a way of clarifying things without making him feel stupider than he already felt, and even as his cheeks reddened for what felt like the hundredth time that evening he waited eagerly for the response.

He did not know who knew, or cared for that matter, about his friendship with Arveloriann, but if there were any reason to bring it into the spotlight, it would not be because he had failed to behave appropriately at the hatching. He didn't want to embarrass him, and the more he knew, the less likely it would be the case.

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Re: Live a Little [ 11.6.2589; 7:12 PM ] W’thir
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2018, 07:38:00 PM »
Arveli shrugged a little at the first question, focused enough on the sewing that he didn’t really notice the awe and perhaps discomfort his friend felt at such a thought. “I don’t know, really. I don’t think anyone does. But they’re meant to be like… your other half, right? The part of yourself you didn’t know you were missing. It makes sense to me that they’d know everything so they can make sure they’re choosing the right person.”

It hadn’t been that difficult with his flits at all, and he glanced at them absently then. Bonding to the creatures didn’t require any particular personality or motivations or sexual preferences. Fire lizards didn’t discriminate save for who in the vicinity fed them first when they hatched.

There was a certain comfort in that. They were far less judgmental. But he knew at the same time that his experience of their connection to him would be vastly different than that of any dragon he might Impress.

Arveloriann did blush at the easy compliment in Wuarthir’s mumble. “You’re sweet,” he murmured, and self-consciously tucked a lock of his hair behind his ear. “I just hope the dragons agree with you.”

But it was nice to know his friend believed in him.

As the conversation moved on to an easier-to-answer topic, he seized upon it gladly, his voice once again less serious and more his chatty self. “There aren’t really any requirements for anyone except the Candidates,” he explained, pinching the fabric of the shirt in his hands to get a more measured stitch as he rounded the curve of a tear. “It isn’t really formal, so you don’t need to worry about that. Just make sure you’re wearing something clean.”

A sentiment which was not said with judgment, or any implication that Wuarthir didn’t normally. Just him rattling off another fact.

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Re: Live a Little [ 11.6.2589; 7:12 PM ] W’thir
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2018, 01:16:30 AM »
Wuarthir nodded slowly at the reasoning, trying to figure out just how someone would recognise such an... absence without knowing it was there... and then to have it filled. Such a foreign concept. But Arveli was speaking again, and his face lightened with a smile. "They will" he reaffirmed, delight at being called "sweet" muffling the words, though they would no doubt be heard. His tone switched back to something more inline with what Wuarthir was usually subject to, and he listened intently, habit stopping him from leaning forward though he found himself wanting to.

He nodded at what was said, listening to the words carefully though his attention was focused on Arveli's hands once more. He wished in some way that he had the same skill with a needle and thread, that the holes in his clothes could be tended to int he afternoons when he had some time to himself. It certainly looked peaceful enough, if one didn't think about the tiny spot of blood that had welled up when the other man had pricked himself.

On the other hand,... he wouldn't be able to justify sitting here, listening to Arveloriann talking about the weyr, almost always brushing on concepts that seemed so... foreign to the mindset his parents had. To see his face light up as he recounted his latest exploits and the way he lowered his voice when retelling something particularly scandalous not minding that Wuarthir himself didn't join in. He couldn't quite imagine not having such moments with the weaver come candidate... So he didn't try.

"I might have something appropriate then." He said, pausing as he mused over what he could remember of his clothes. "That shirt, there." He pointed at one of the last shirts he'd requested be fixed. He'd waited before asking his friend, not wanting to waste his time when he still had perfectly suitable items of clothing to wear. The shirt in question was one of his newer ones, and this would be the first time it needed to be fixed. It was lighter than most of his others, and he tended to only wear it where he knew he wasn't going to get dirty enough to stain it, so it was still rather neat.

"I have a pair of trousers or two that might go with it... " He paused, shifting uncomfortably before adding, "It would be nice to hear what you think would be more suitable." It opened him up to be criticised for the garments he owned, and had it not been Arveloriann, there is little chance he would have invited such a thing. It did matter, however, what he thought, and if it meant being appropriately attired when he watched such a significant event he'd wear any critique that may end up coming his way.

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