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Very similar to the old lower caverns, these ones are a little less than before as well. These Lower Caverns almost exclusively hold storage rooms and living spaces for all the Weyrfolk.
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This should have been the perfect task for Sia. It was out of the way, there weren't any crowds, and she would have the chance to work by herself if she was lucky. Instead she was feeling out of her league and uncertain of what she was supposed to do. She should have asked for help, but when she'd had the chance she'd froze up under self-pressure and insisted after the moment had passed that she would be just fine. She'd guessed, somewhat haphazardly she now realized, what she would need, and based only on what she'd heard in passing from past encounters with brats back at the Hold - and who knew if what they'd used would do her any good here at the Weyr: a net, a knife, and a bag to put her catches in.

She wasn't prone to swearing, being too proper for that really, but she found herself cursing as she entered the lower caverns, and approached the storage room she was supposed to clean - and, she had been told, de-snake. She had never killed a snake before. Had never been instructed on how to do it. And here she was going into a room, completely unprepared on how to do her chore, all because she'd been too scared to step out of her comfort zone and ask how she should do it. She bit down on her lip and felt close to tears. She was supposed to be a dragon candidate, a future rider, and she couldn't even process a simple thing like "please help me understand how to do this thing, please".

She had just enough pride to keep herself from breaking down though, and just enough sense to stop and ask one of the workers on her way down what the best way to kill a tunnelsnake was. They were more than happy to give her a tip, thinking she was asking for an opinion rather than the step-by-step instructions they readily gave. She soaked up what they shared, hoping she wouldn't forget any of it by the time she reached her destination, and continued forth, forcing herself to breath as she took each step forward. The curses dissipated until none were uttered at all, and were instead replaced with softer words of encouragement. "You can do this, Sia. They said a firelizard would help. You should look into getting one. Try to get some marks first. Maybe with plants. Herbs grow around here. Try that."

When she reached the room she was supposed to work, she found the door cracked open and hoped none of the snakes had escaped, then poked her head inside. No one was there, but there was the soft light of glows, making her think that someone had been there at some point. Did that mean someone else was working the room. She bit her lip, and almost turned around to go the other way. If someone else was tending the room, then maybe she didn't have to after all. But she'd been assigned, and she didn't shirk her duties no matter how timid she was around people. She warmed to them quickly enough, especially in small numbers, and she knew that.

Slipping inside, Sia set her things down on the table with the glows to fix up her hair again, wipe her hands over her face, and when she heard the rustle of a snake nearby, she decided it was now or never. This was bound to be messy work, and she figured it was a good thing she'd worn work hardy trousers and a tunic that had long, thick leather sleeves, just in case one of them decided to bite. Then came the all telling moment, and she let out her breath and tried not to close her eyes...

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Raevin never really thought twice about storeroom and de-snaking tasks. As a Weyrbrat, he was used to such jobs, as it wasn't entirely uncommon for some of the braver kids to go chasing after the annoyances. Granted, it helped that they were often flanked by a firelizard or two watching over them in those days, usually sent to them by a dutiful crecheworker or a worried parent. Either way, this wasn't something new or unusual for Raevin as he departed and whistled for Torin to follow. He was also used to being assigned this job often, since he had a firelizard, and a protective bronze at that, so he was well equipped to handle the task.

When Raevin had gotten to the room assigned, no one had been there, and so he had set out a basket of glows he had brought down and left the basket on the table. He glanced around the storeroom now that there was some light, seeing its size he definitely could see why it was in need of some tunnelsnake hunting. He briefly wondered why he had been assigned such a large room on his own, but decided not to question it, assuming he knew the reason and not wanting to dwell on it.

"Alright Torin, time to get to work. Sniff around and see what you can find." The bronze set off without hesitation, flitting through the room to see if he could flush out a snake. Raevin, meanwhile, moved further into the room, around shelving units and crates, to figure out what was where and how it needed to be organized. He didn't hear the other person come into the room when they did, and didn't realize Torin had been distracted from his task by this person's presence.

Unfortunately for the newcomer, they didn't seem to be aware of the firelizard either, or at least, they seemed to think the sounds of the flitt were another creature. So it was, before Raevin realized something was up or someone had come it, Torin made his move.

"Kreeee!" He squealed in delight as he launched off one of the shelves and tried to land on the girl's shoulder to give a friendly greeting, which alerted Raevin and making him jump up and abandon what he was looking through.

"Torin! What's going on!" He ran over to where he heard the 'lizard and stopped when he saw the other person Torin was being too exuberant with. "Hey, Torin! Stop!"

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Of all the things she'd expected to find in the "empty" storeroom, the firelizard wasn't one of them. Sia gave a startled yelp and tried to brush him off at first, her arm having no success at getting it off. The first, kneejerk reaction had been that a snake had somehow managed to leap out at her and attach itself to her, simply because that's what she'd anticipated when she'd started forward with her knife out, which now rested on the floor, having been dropped when she'd been startled by Torin's presence.

It was only through chance that she'd heard Raevin the second time, and it was then that she started to realize, somewhat foolishly, that she wasn't being attached by a snake with wings, or even attacked for that matter. She was simply in the presence of a very friendly firelizard and Faranth, she just about burst into tears when that realization dawned upon her. She wasn't suited for Weyrlife at all, not at all, and this was just one of the signs. Granted, there hadn't been many of them, but this was proof, wasn't it?

Quivering, she glanced between Raevin and the one he'd called Torin and tried to discern what she should do, because clearly she'd made a fool of herself, and in front of one of her fellow candidates no less. "I feel like such a dimglow." She muttered as she glanced at Torin once more, noticing now that she was trying to look how handsome he was. "I thought he was a snake... with wings. I've never done this before and... I'm just not prepared for this chore at all."

Cautiously, and because she wanted to make amends with the bronze that was on her shoulder, she reached out a hand to him, hoping he might let her make it up to him somehow. They liked being scratched, didn't they? She wondered if the others would trust her enough after this to have one of their eggs. She rather liked how it felt on her shoulder, come to think of it...

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Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:53 am

At first Raevin couldn't fathom why she felt like a dimglow, in her words, but as she explained, he understood, and had to press a knuckle to his lips to muffle the quick snerk of laughter and hide his smile. As she further explained and he caught that she definitely didn't sound too happy, he schooled himself to be more sympathetic, stepping closer now to better see her in the glowlight.

"Don't worry about it, if anything, it's my fault that Torin startled you. I can't entirely blame you for thinking he was a 'snake the way he ambushed you like that. Wherrybrained thing, he's not usually that friendly with strangers," Raevin explained, looking at Torin and shaking his head at him. The bronze, meanwhile, was happy on the girl's shoulder, and more than welcomed her pats and scratches, crooning and carrying on as if they were best friends. Raevin chuckled.

"It's good to see him not being so protective for once though. I'm Raevin. You new to the Weyr then?" Raevin offered his hand in a greeting shake as he introduced himself.

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Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:30 am

The fact that the bronze wasn't normally so friendly made her feel kind of special. She wondered if others would ambush her like he did, and if they would cuddle up to her shoulder as he did. Would she be prepared if they did? She didn't think she would be, but she would certainly be happy for the company, and even more so for the chance to give them scratches. She had to admit this was nice, the longer it went on, and she definitely was liking the idea of getting one of her own someday. "Oh, it isn't your fault at all. I'm thinking now that I might like one of my own someday. He's awfully sweet, actually. Aren't you, Torin? Such a lovely boy."

She turned as Raevin introduced himself, and asked if she was new to the Weyr, and she took his hand for a shake and smiled almost shyly. "Yes, I am, not here very long truthfully." She chuckled and dipped her head, figuring that was pretty clear actually. "It probably isn't too much of a surprise though. I feel like such a fish out of water on some days." And then she realized she'd forgotten to share her name, and she wanted to sink back into herself and if it weren't for Torin on her shoulder, she might have asked for the ground to swallow her up then and there. "Oh, sweet Faranth, I'm so sorry, Raevin, I'm not usually so daft. I'm Sianca., and it's lovely to meet you."


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Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:23 am

Torin was happy with all the attention from the girl, and trilled softly, almost as if he were purring before nuzzling behind her ear a moment. Raevin chuckled, seeing no harm in letting Torin get some attention for now as long as she didn't mind. "They are quite useful," Raevin agreed with her sentiment of being interested in one. If he had a clutching female he might have offered her an egg, but he had Torin, and Torin hadn't sired any clutches that he knew of.

"Ah, don't worry about it," he reassured her when she apologized for nearly forgetting to introduce herself. It was easy, sometimes, to forget how proper some holders could be on a regular basis, having grown up in the Weyr and all.

"I've been here at the Weyr my whole life, so I honestly can't say I know how you feel, but others who come from outside usually find their footing and get comfortable before long. I think that's part of what candidacy is supposed to achieve for newcomers," he said with a smile and a nod.

"Maybe that's why they sent me down here too, so Torin and I could help you out. I'm sure Torin will keep you from any 'snake bites today, which is good because some of the Southern ones are more venomous than Northern ones. Those are just Venom Snakes though, and you can tell what they are when you see them. They have bright patterns on their hides, while the common ones are just dull colors, so you'll know it when you see one. Torin will be taking care of a lot of the hunting though, unless there are too many for just him." With that, Raevin snapped his fingers to get Torin's attention who was still crooning on Sianca's shoulder.

"Alright Torin, time for work, you can love on your new favorite person after," he instructed the lizard, giving a whistle and gesturing toward the rest of the room. Reluctantly, the bronze left Sianca's shoulder and took off into the room to search and flush out tunnelsnakes.



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"Awwww." Sianca felt the weight leave her shoulder, and with it, a hint of the warmth that had been there as well. But Raevin had been right when he'd spoken - there was work to be done, and it was probably best that they get it over and done with, especially if there were some of the venom snakes to deal with. Those were the ones that made her more nervous, truth be told. If there were other ones, the regular 'snakes, then she'd probably be fine. But the fear of being bitten led her to feeling like she had to be fear for herself, which she suspect is the true reason why this chore had her squirming in her own skin.

Still, in the face of Raevin, she would be brave, because she wasn't going to let him down even if she was a little frightened of what would happen. Besides, if she could get through this, it would mean more time in the company of Torin, and that might be a lovely comfort to have after dealing with whatever it was they had to in the room. She tightened her hold on the knife at her belt, then hoping there might be a better way of dispatching the damn things, she glanced at the young man beside her. "What's the best way to take care of them?"

She knew it would show just how clueless she was, but... "I'm not sure if the cavern's worker I spoke to gave me the best information. I spoke with them, and sounded rather naive, I'm afraid. They probably didn't think it would do any harm to mess around a little..." She felt her shoulders sink some, and knew she was going to have to earn some starch in her spine. "I don't even know why I came to the Weyr in the first place. I'm not really suited to be here. My parents didn't really want to let me come here at first, and maybe they knew best after all."
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Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:18 am

Before Raevin could answer her first question, Sianca spoke a little more, and he turned back toward her. He wasn't necessarily an intuitive person, or empathetic, but she was making it quite clear how she was feeling right now. Unsure, lost, a fish out of water. Raevin understood that, not for the same reasons, but he knew how all of that felt, enough that he could almost feel it hit him in his chest.

I wouldn't be surprised if the worker was messing with you, some like to mess with the newbies for fun," he said with a shrug before continuing. "You haven't been here long though right? Of course you feel out of place, it's totally new. You need to give it some time before giving up. He said in a matter of fact manner, shifting to look over some of the shelves as if he was taking in what needed organizing and cleaning.

"But don't let your parents or anyone else decide what's best for you. You know what's best for you, even if you don't feel like it, or others tell you otherwise. If you decided to come here, maybe there's a reason in your heart that you aren't fully aware of yet. So don't let anyone else bring you down and make the most of your choices." He looked back at her here, offering a smile before looking back at the shelves.
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It was the first time it had really been set out to her like that, and it felt... better, somehow. She wasn't sure how to really explain it to herself yet, but she knew it wasn't as bad inside as it had been prior to now. She nodded her head and smiled in return, even if he couldn't see it just yet. She was glad she'd been placed with this particular candidate - he certainly seemed to know what he was talking about, and for that, she would be thankful for his kindness always. "Well then, I suppose I'll just give it more time then. Wait and see. Keep on pressing even after the hatching." She had hopes she would Impress, but from the stories she'd been told, not everyone did their first time standing.

The way her parents spoke though, she'd be going home if she didn't, which would be difficult to face if she failed. She didn't think she wanted to. She wanted to stay here, and she instantly recalled what she'd just been told. Do what she wanted, she knew her, no one else did. Again she nodded to herself and immediately she grabbed a clipboard and started to write down what they had to do, because she needed a list before they got going, being the sort that did better if she was a little more organized like that. "Alright, so how should we split this up - snakes first, cleaning last?" She grasped her hips. It would be nice having the two of them tackling the room, get the work done just that much faster.
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