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Author Topic: Private To What End? [24.06.2591, 8 PM] K'eeda  (Read 303 times)

Offline Saviavi

To What End? [24.06.2591, 8 PM] K'eeda
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:09:09 PM »
It was several hours after the hatching. The late afternoon sun had faded to dusk, and then to darkness, and Savi had soaked for the majority of that time in the hot springs beneath the weyr. Her firelizards accompanied her, their eyes interchanging between a muted yellow and then shifting to a more playful and natural green as they tried to win her over with their antics. She was smiling but it didn’t meet her eyes, and they seemed to understand this.

When she finally pulled herself from the water they followed still, as close to her person as they had been this time last year. As she dressed they arranged and rearranged themselves around her, dodging her arms as they lifted for sleeves, scampering wide away from her hair as it was tossed this way and that and the subsequent water flew off of it. Stitch and Pip were slight enough that they could loosely attach themselves around her shoulders and neck once she was fully dressed, but Russet had to be content with twining about her legs as she walked back up through the tunnels.

She wasn’t sure where she was headed until she was there, and even then she was a bit dubious about the choice. Most of the Weyr still had the day free, but would K’eeda even be in her weyr? “Russet? Could you find K’eeda? Don’t be annoying, it isn’t urgent, but I’d like to see her sooner rather than later.” She hoped her Bronze flit was memorable enough for the Blue rider to make the connection.

Without further ceremony, and once her firelizard had sprung himself between, she entered the rider’s lair.

@SanctifiedSavage

Offline K'eeda

Re: To What End? [24.06.2591, 8 PM] K'eeda
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 10:55:03 AM »
It wasn’t like they were going to resume normal weyr activities after a hatching. Many Riders were excited about the new batch, some knew those that had impressed, and there was a small celebration going on down at the WeyrHall. K’rez was being the dutiful Wingsecond that he was and playing nice with all the riders and weyrlings, which meant K’eeda was likewise having fun and hanging around.

Since K’eeda’s normal sleeping spot was inaccessible and far too high up just to walk to, she’d told Saviavi that her weyr was more or less K’rez’s. If the candidate she was mentoring ever needed her, that’s where she could always ask to meet K’eeda – or was apt to find her. K’eeda only slept in her own when she wanted space or was having a bout of insomnia and didn’t want to bother K’rez with it.

As the candidate walked in, Goldie perked up on the bedfurs and watched her. The fat gold flit regarded the newcomer lazily, with deep blue eyes, before relaying the information to K’eeda, and going back to sleep.

Just as Russet likewise showed up to let K’eeda know her presence was requested.

The Blue Rider rather liked being a mentor. She was young enough to remember candidacy, though it was vastly different during the Pass, and certainly enjoyed helping those that wanted it. With a parting grin to K’rez, she made her way to their weyr. K’eeda chose not to bother Aeleroth, who was sprawled next to Denoth on the ledge, deep in sleep.

Saviavi didn’t have to wait long for the spry Blue Rider to enter the weyr with a smile. She didn’t want to assume what this might be about so she started with, simply, “Evenin’” and left it open for Saviavi. K’eeda claimed a seat on the edge of the bedfurs since she wasn’t in a hurry to be anywhere else.

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Offline Saviavi

Re: To What End? [24.06.2591, 8 PM] K'eeda
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2018, 11:06:40 AM »
Her head was a mess of thoughts. Never one for strict order, her casual lifestyle had ultimately left her with a case of the scatterbrain. Today was especially bad, but then one couldn’t really blame her. Those minutes spent waiting for K’eeda’s arrival contained the most concentration she’d ever attempted in her life. Her forehead wrinkled, her brows knit together, and she muttered this and that until she seemed satisfied with the rant that was nearly bursting to come out.

K’eeda’s actual appearance brought this all to a stop (although, much like an old dam beginning to crumble, the fidgeting of her fingers suggested not all was well in her structure). She followed her further into the weyr, with her firelizards finding their own stations somewhere respectfully distant from Goldie. The bluerider’s greeting garnered a quiet, “Hey,” from Savi as she picked a place to stand and planted her feet firmly.

“Thanks for coming so quick,” she said, first of all. “I was driving myself crazy with my own thoughts, I thought maybe some feedback might help?” She knew this was technically what K’eeda was here for, but she didn’t just want the rider to stay because of obligation. The idea of doing a task solely out of the duty of it felt laughable at the moment. “I just don’t know how to proceed, if I should proceed.”

She knew she was beginning to babble, something she’d tried so hard to avoid. Savi pursed her lips and looked apologetic.

Offline K'eeda

Re: To What End? [24.06.2591, 8 PM] K'eeda
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 03:10:02 PM »
Goldie was oblivious to the world and Saviavi’s ramblings in the span of moments it took K’eeda to arrive. When the flit wanted to sleep, she did. Nothing would wake her up.

K’eeda leaned back on one hand, casual as you please, while she let the candidate figure out what she wanted to say and sort her thoughts. There was obviously something wrong but K’eeda wasn’t going to speculate. It could be any number of things and she wasn’t the sort to start leaping hurdles when Saviavi was going to tell her. Seemed like an exercise in frustration.

The Blue Rider nodded a little when she was thanked, but didn’t remark otherwise. It was her job, and she had signed up for it because she wanted to, but the candidate didn’t need to hear that. Not when there was something more pressing. Instead, K’eeda responded to the last of what she said. “I’ll do my best to help you, but you know... Everything I end up saying is definitely colored by my own opinion of things.” K’eeda smiled just a little. “But if you want it, I’ll certainly give it.” Most knew that K’eeda wasn’t shy about telling people what she thought. “Did you wont to sit or...?”

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Offline Saviavi

Re: To What End? [24.06.2591, 8 PM] K'eeda
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 01:31:19 PM »
“I need that,” Savi said, fully aware of what she was getting into. “No sugar coating, no illusions.” She moved toward a chair at K’eeda’s beckoning but didn’t sit quite yet. She was still too restless and standing helped vent some of that. She had a desire to pace, too, but she wasn’t yet so irrational. Besides, she didn’t want to be more of a bother.

Savi felt flushed and stupid and knew at the end of this that she’d leave feeling she owed the Blue rider something, but that was okay. She wanted to thank her again but again felt she was teetering on the edge of too-annoying. Instead, Savi opted to finally sit and placed her palms firmly down, on her thighs. She wouldn’t tap her feet or fingers.

“I know candidates much older than me, but few of them have actually been candidates for as long. I have children I’ve neglected to the creche, my skills haven’t progressed beyond mucking stalls and folding laundry.. What if this has all been for naught? Wouldn’t it be better for me to look toward a craft hall where I’m in charge of my own destiny?” Her heart hurt saying that. All of her life she had dreamt of dragons, of achieving that wonder and being a member of Pern’s elite. But dreams were sometimes just that, weren’t they?

Offline K'eeda

Re: To What End? [24.06.2591, 8 PM] K'eeda
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2019, 10:30:29 AM »
It didn’t bother K’eeda when the candidate didn’t sit. That was only a further indication that the girl was restless and hadn’t yet calmed enough to do so. Which was fine. K’eeda paced when she had a lot going on in her mind too. There should have been a path worn through the room. Being a person of far more action then words, it always made more sense to K’eeda to rant and run around then sit and talk calmly.

It was a small wonder she’d been allowed to be a mentor at all.

So it did surprise her a little when Saviavi eventually did sit, after a moment’s hestitation, but she tried not to show it. Just waited. K’eeda wouldn’t say patience was her strong suit, but she could be so when she applied herself.

Like now.

When it all did come tumbling out, K’eeda watched the candidate for a moment. Still leaning back on her hands, looking for all the world like this wasn’t so serious at all. “I wouldn’t say any child is neglected at the creche,” she started, hoping to remind the girl that such a thought was a little… colored in a holder light, maybe. K’eeda, herself, had grown up in the creche – as many riders did – and there was absolutely nothing wrong with that. Her mother hadn’t had time to visit her and K’eeda hadn’t, and still didn’t, feel any manner of resentment.

The other part, though. “If you are dissatisfied with your life, with the monotony of the chores and all that, I hate to say but the life of a Rider isn’t much more glorious. It’s much of the same thing.” Granted, there would be a dragon, but even the novelty of that would wear off when you had to oil the thing every other day.

Aeleroth snorted his amusement into K’eeda’s mind.

With a heavy sigh, K’eeda stood and brushed her hands off on her hips. “I think it’s normal, and natural, to doubt when you’ve been Standing for a time. But I also think… maybe… you have a skewed opinion of the place of other people in the world, too? Everyone in the weyr is important, from the people in the kitchens to the people that muck stalls and fold laundry.” K’eeda watched her pointedly. “If you’re only Standing because you think being a Rider somehow makes you more of a person, I don’t know that you’re doing it for the right reasons. We’re all here to be a part of the Weyr, and we’re all doing our part in the way we can.” Not wanting to sound like she was just being a downer, K’eeda shrugged a shoulder and added, “It’s not like if you continue to Stand other avenues of your life are gone forever, and choosing to Stand as you are is still taking charge of your own destiny… Committing to the Weyr, Rider or no, is still a choice you are making. And a choice you can make still. If the risk of not Impressing isn’t worth it to you, then….”

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Offline Saviavi

Re: To What End? [24.06.2591, 8 PM] K'eeda
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2019, 06:56:10 PM »
Perspective was an interesting thing. While she felt no less foolish, her chest did feel less tight. She smiled through her reddened cheeks and shallow breaths and even allowed herself to bring a hand up to her hair, touseling it and airing the sweat on her neck. “I’m a mess,” she admitted, a way of apologizing for backtracking so hard on the progress she’d made the last few months.

It was funny how she strived so hard to not be the thing she was presenting to K’eeda. To be more than that narrow-minded holder her family had tried so hard to make her into.

“It’s not that I hate chores, I mean, I do, but I know a rider has that on top of the whole aspect of a dragon,” her eyes found Pip, Stitch and Russet in turn, what she’d thought of as baby steps toward eventual Impression. “I guess I just feel like I’ve earned it, but because I haven’t Impressed yet it makes me feel useless.” Even as she said it, she knew she was being a brat. Candidates shouldn’t need to be patted on the shoulder and thanked for their service.

“I’ve been so good, I’ve been obedient and I’ve limited distractions,” her mind skipped to Erinai and Calladren, who were still present in her life but not her sole interest. “I know I sort of lost it with Dart, but that hatching was hardly a normal situation and it’s not like I was aiming to get mauled, let alone him killed.” One of her hands skimmed along her calf, where the raised and still shiny-pink scarring would forever disfigure her skin. It hurt sometimes still, but not nearly as much as her heart did over the death of her flit.

“I understand what you’re saying though. It’s just hard to keep faith when time and again I see my peers make their Impression. I’m jealous and selfish, I know.”

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