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Not the large stone caverns that Weyr people are used to, these are buildings built on the top of the cliff, sometimes referred to as the Weyr Cliff. These buildings are all the same size, with multiple apartments for dragonriders to live in in each building. Because of space constraints, dragons sleep in large pavilions built around the dragonrider apartments.
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Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:04 pm

Locke watched, but not with judgment, as Elikos attempted to use the silverware the way it was supposed to be used. Neither Finch or Xacke seemed to mind the awkwardness that the newest addition to the table was showing. Finch hadn't been much better when he first got there. Having lived most of his life in this or that slave ring, he was used to being fed gruel and having to eat with his hands. He was finally getting a hang of using forks and knives though.

"This is stupid."

"You get used to using them after a while, Elikos. Don't be frustrated with yourself." Locke said with encouragement. The fact he was trying was good enough for Locke, though he didn't miss the way one of those rolls disappeared into the blanket he was still keeping his hands on. This was just the first day, therefore the child would be given as much leeway as possible as he got used to living in a house with other people and not having to worry about being attacked or worse.

"Don't know yet. Maybe."

"You should stay! It's great here, really." Xacke piped in with excitement. He was a true weyrbrat. Both his parents were riders, so of course, that was what he hoped to be when he got older.

"It is nice here. It's nothing like the Bottoms." Finch added in his soft tone of voice. "I wouldn't go back...not for anything." He said as he gave Locke a look. The wraithrider gave him a warm smile in response.

"The decision is up to Elikos, boys, and we'll support that decision." Locke told his sons before he turned to Elikos. "If you do decide to stay, though, you will always have a place here. However, even Finch and Xacke have their responsibilities, so you would be expected to have some as well. Trust me, it's nothing like what you've done before. Simple things...going to lessons, doing chores, helping around the house, things like that." Locke explained.
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:13 pm

"You get used to using them after a while, Elikos. Don't be frustrated with yourself."

Elikos body and mouth froze when Locke spoke. Not with fear did he pause in his movements. He was not afraid. He was confused. Analyzing Locke's tone of voice and the expression upon the man's face, along with the words that had been spoken, Elikos tried to make sense of what he'd heard. 'Encouragement' was not understood. He had never, to his memory, ever experienced it before. His gut told him this was something good. It was something that made him feel strange. It was a good kind of strange. Such a simple thing to be encouraged, but if one had never known it before, it needed to be considered very closely.

Unfreezing, he finished chewing and stuffed in a mouthful of vegetables. While he relished the tastes and the fact he was actually having a real meal in a real home for the first time in his life, he considered whether to stay or not. Surely though it couldn't really be this good. This had to be a trap.

"You should stay! It's great here, really."
"It is nice here. It's nothing like the Bottoms."


Looking at both of the other boys over the top of his cup as he took another long drink, he wondered at their level of acting skills. Surely they'd been prompted to play this part to encourage kids to stay. Everything in him told him this was genuine. Even his gut said it was true. And yet, he still held onto his distrust. Nothing could be this good.

"The decision is up to Elikos, boys, and we'll support that decision."

Elikos wasn't too sure he bought that either, but sure. He could play along that he'd have a choice. At least he was being fed nice and given a proper bath. But what would come after, if he did stay? As if reading his mind, the man spoke again.

"If you do decide to stay, though, you will always have a place here. However, even Finch and Xacke have their responsibilities, so you would be expected to have some as well.

Elikos frowned. He knew it! He'd be asked to do bad things, maybe even kill people or lead them into traps or...

Trust me, it's nothing like what you've done before. Simple things...going to lessons, doing chores, helping around the house, things like that."

The frown twisted into a neutral mask. Behind it was disbelief and relief at the same time. Chores, helping around the house, lessons? Well, maybe it still amounted to the bad stuff. You could call beating on a target a chore. Helping around the house could be stealing for it. Lessons? Maybe he would be taught how to kill people. He would be long gone before he'd do that without just cause.

But Finch had said...

Elikos looked to Finch again. This younger lad was from the same place he was. The Bottoms. He's said this place was nothing like back home. And Xacke, he'd been downright excited. The Reaper... Locke, had been from that place too. What could he believe? What was true?

"If I ever want to be gone, I'm taken the blanket." He tested the waters with this statement, to judge their reactions. Pushing it a great deal more he added, "If one of those chores is to kill somebody, I gots to get paid lots for it."

Truth was, he'd not kill anyone, not even for all the money in the world. ....Unless he had good reason and the target deserved it. Maybe he'd killed that man back at the orphanage. Maybe not. But...his true heart didn't matter right now on that subject. It was all about the words now. Actions, reactions. Testing. How would they take what he'd said? Would they be shocked, angry, agreeable? He hoped they weren't agreeable, but if so, at least he'd know this place wasn't so great after all.
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Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:28 am

"If I ever want to be gone, I'm taken the blanket."

Locke nodded, "That's fine. Consider it yours. A welcome gift if you wish to call it that." That particular blanket was not an important item to him, so he had no qualms with giving it up. Honestly, if Elikos did decide on going back to The Bottoms he would make sure he went back with enough supplies and skills to make life better for him.

"If one of those chores is to kill somebody, I gots to get paid lots for it."

Xacke and Finch looked at each other. Xacke had a look of confusion on his face. Finch had a look of disbelief on his face. How could he think that Locke would expect them to do those sorts of chores? However, despite both of them being from The Bottoms, Finch had only ever known the life of a slave and not that of a street rat.

Locke gave Elikos a soft and patient look. "No one is going to ask you to kill another. The chores I speak of are ones children are normally expected to do. Clean their room, help clean dishes, sweep the floors, chores like that. I will never ask you, or any of my children, to do something illegal. You have my word on that. It is my job and privilege to take care of you all and make sure you are safe, healthy, and happy." His tone of voice spoke how much he meant that. "That means you will never be expected to kill someone."
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Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:12 pm

Gifts were never to be trusted because they always came with strings attached. No matter, he'd cut those strings and take it anyway. He didn't need any gifts. Consider it his? He already did. A welcome gift. What for? Who in this world ever cared if he came or went. Welcome to what, where? He didn't understand. No matter. If he left he'd take the blanket and that was that. No need to bust his brain trying to over think all of the confusing bits in between.

Xacke and Finch looked at each other with obvious expressions and body language. He'd been waiting for just that very thing. Locke could act with the best of them probably. He was The Reaper after all. But the younger boys' reactions. They were more believable. There had been no hesitation to set up an act or fake an expression. They were genuine. He could tell.

What Locke had to say brought his gaze back to the man, as finished up the meat and started working on the greens. What reaction would the man have? What might Locke say to what he'd just dared to utter? Knowing the rumors of what The Reaper had done and seen with his own eyes what had been done just this very night, Elikos knew that killing was not a new experience for the man. Would he welcome an apprentice? Did he already have apprentices?

He listened and watched.

The soft, patient look was confusing as he'd not seen the likes of that expression set before and did not fully understand the meaning of. The words were clear though. The tone of voice that was used could be faked but something told him it was genuine. His gut said that this was the truth. He rebelled even the tellings of his instincts. No man could be trusted. No woman for that matter either. No one.

Looking from Locke, to Xacke and Finch and down at his plate to find that he'd stuffed himself full and it was clean, he yawned so widely his eyes were forced closed for a moment. Opening them quickly and seeing no sudden movements to attack had been made by any of them while he'd been 'distracted' and he gave a nod of his head and a simple reply. A non-committal response that could be taken in whatever way might be safest for him.

"Okay, I gotta go now."

He had to go, not because of what was said but because he was suddenly extremely tired. He had to find a spot in this strange place to hide and catch a few winks of sleep before he passed out. He'd had a very weary night. Dropping his fork loudly upon the plate, he grabbed up another bread roll, tucked it into his blanket and wiggled out of the chair to stand. He looked to the exit.
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Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:47 am

Finch and Xacke went back to eating their meal quietly. Xacke was bewildered. Why would anyone, especially another kid like him, think that his dad would ever want them to kill another soul? It just made no sense to him. He chalked it up to the fact that this Elikos simply didn't know his father the way he did. His father was a kind and caring man and a wonderful father. He wouldn't hurt a trundlebug let alone kill another person.

Finch also knew that Locke, Dad, would never ask that of them. Yes, he knew that such things were asked in the Bottoms, but Locke was not that sort of man. However, he had seen Locke kill people, a lot of people, and very skillfully if he was being honest, but he had done that to protect himself and the others. Though, Finch didn't feel worthy of that protection...not after what he had done. That was a secret that would go to his grave. He'd make up what he had done to Locke by being the best son he could be.

"Okay, I gotta go now."

Locke had continued to eat, though his eyes stayed on Elikos as what he had told him sunk in. The kid wasn't the easiest to read, but then no true street rat should be. However, the large yawn was unmistakable. Locke wiped his mouth with his napkin before he too stood to his feet. The look at the exit was noticed. "Come then. I will show you where you can sleep for tonight." He said and gestured for Elikos to follow him back down the hall where the bathing chamber was, but instead he opened the door to a room adjacent from it.

"This is Hope and Faith's room, but since they are spending the night at a friend's place you can sleep in one of their beds." The bedroom was simple. Two beds sat on either side of the room. A nice dresser in the middle, a small desk, and a chest of toys that was mainly filled with dolls and other more girlie toys. "I will get a bed for you tomorrow and put it in with Finch and Xacke, but for tonight I thought you might be more comfortable sleeping in a room by yourself." Locke explained as he turned on a few glows to make the room brighter.

"There is a lock on the door if you feel so inclined to use it." Locke went on to explain. "I obviously I can't stop you from sneaking out of here tonight, but I would ask you to please not do that. I've meant every word I have spoken tonight. You're safe here. You have my word, not just as Lcoke, but as Reaper. Okay?"
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