It had been stupid, plain and simple. Zilelmos knew he should have ignored the taunts, the way one of his fellow Candidates was pushing around the kid or better yet just told one of the Assistant Candidatemasters. Instead he had walked up and body slammed the bully, knocking him prone. Which of course was seen by the Assistant Candidatemaster who picked that moment to show up. Zilelmos didn't protest the punishment, fighting wasn't allowed as was clearly stated in the rules. It was his first offense and no real harm done to the bully he knocked over so being assigned extra chores in the stables seemed fair to him. It was work and work was what he preferred to do between lessons and chores anyway.
While all the other Candidates were enjoying free time Zilelmos made his way to the Stables dressed in his oldest tunic and trousers. No point wasting his better work clothing on Stable duty. He was told to report to one of the Beastcrafters who was overseeing the stables at the time, a name he didn't recognize which wasn't a surprise. He hadn't been at the Weyr all that long so every name was new to him.
"I'm Candidate Zilelmos here to do extra work," he told the first person he saw at the stables.
OOC: Let me know if this setup doesn't work.