A Wherling's Journey: Second Chance, Double the Fun

Nothing like the Isil Tunnelhold the wherhandlers used to live in, these tunnels are just big enough for dark living spaces for the handlers and their whers, a small hatching sands, and a small lounge for the whers and any unbonded whers during the day. Wherlings move straight into the dens after bonding.
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Month 1
Sterling had hoped so much to bond at the last wher hatching, but never would she have hoped for, or even imagined, possibly bonding to two wherlets at the same time, from the same clutch. That was exactly what had happened to her though, and she'd only have the chance to work through the surprise when her wherlets were fed and asleep. It wasn't like she had been picked from the stands though, or had never been in a position of bonding with a wher, so it wasn't entirely shocking for Sterling. Her entire world wasn't turned upside down. She had gone to the hatching as a candidate for rebonding, she had just only expected one wherlet, if any.

At first, Sterling watched the wherlets sleep; the fat little hatchlings piled up with each other in a heap on their new wallow with the occasional foot or wing twitch. She took in the feelings of being back in the Wherhandler Tunnels, though she had noted they had been careful not to select her old quarters she had shared with Serisk when assigning her a space. However, Sterling couldn't stay awake for long. With the bonding of two minds to hers at the same time, it hit her fast and hard. Mental exhaustion hit her, and she worried she would have a migraine coming on soon too. She also knew the wherlets would only sleep so long before hunger woke them again. So she laid down while she could, throwing an arm over her eyes and bunching up the covers around herself to try and get as cozy as possible, though it only took her a few minutes to fall asleep.

The first few days together passed in a blur for Sterling. Her time was basically feeding two very hungry wherlets, and keeping them out of trouble. Luckily, it seemed only Stersk, the blue, was apt to get himself into trouble so often and Linsk helped reign him in sometimes. But as hatchlings are hatchlings, both found their way into trouble here and there, like when Stersk and Linsk started chasing around a very angry starlizard, thinking it was a glowing toy of some sort, which also made Sterling certain she needed to keep her starlizards away from the wherlets for a while.

What made that time a bit harder for Sterling was the mental haze she felt. Two minds were a lot to take at the same time, even for whers, and it left her a little less sharp mentally, and slower to react to things. She made it through the beginning few days though, and no one questioned whether she would be an adequate handler for the two wherlets Stersk and Linsk. While two wherlets were a lot to handle, they wouldn't suggest Sterling give up one of her new bonds to someone else, especially when it didn't feel necessary. Besides, before she had been a handler to a clutching Andalusite, which had to say something about her mental strength.

As such, the Blooding Ceremony night arrived, and Sterling had been quietly agonizing what to do. She would do the Ceremony, no doubt about it, but should she use the dagger from her Ceremony with Serisk? She hadn't been able to decide, and had gone to the Ceremony with Serisk's blade at her hip as well. She kept Stersk and Linsk together and behaving while a couple of the others performed their Ceremonies before her, giving her a little extra time to decide. Of course, if she hadn't been able to decide in the days leading up to the Ceremony, a few extra minutes didn't get her to decide, and she walked up to the table unsure.

"Select a blade," Wherlingmaster Irena instructed, though there was a bit of a tilt to her instruction, eyes flickering questioningly to the blade that Sterling had brought with her. She was being given the choice... but she wasn't sure as she unhooked the blade and its sheath from her hip and held it in her hands. Looking down at it, she compared it to the much simpler blades on the table. She looked at Irena as if looking for an answer, but the woman just nodded her head at the blades. It was when her eyes fell on her two new wherlets, Stersk and Linsk staring up at her in wonder... that moment was when she made up her mind.

Serisk's blade was set down on the table, a little forcefully and loudly, before she picked up a fresh, plain blade from the table. Serisk was a part of her story, but Serisk was her past now, and Stersk and Linsk were her present. One blade for Stersk and Linsk. This new blade represented the new bonds together, and the future for them all, rather than the past that once was. Sterling couldn't hold on to Serisk at all anymore, and in setting that blade on the table and selecting a fresh one, she let go of that final sliver of Serisk she had still been holding onto. She would keep Serisk's blade to remember, but never to use again.

Sterling made two cuts on the top of her left forearm as she crouched onto one knee for the wherlets, opposite to the underside of her forearm where she had cut for Serisk turns ago. While two separate cuts weren't necessary, especially since they were right next to each other, Sterling had wanted to, holding the bleeding arm out for the two. Both Stersk and Linsk tasted Sterling's blood, and the show of trust in the two of them to not harm her and the taste of handler's blood made their bond stronger, solidifying it into something with more weight between all three of them. They would be together forever, they all thought together.
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Month 3
Sterling had been through Wherlinghood once before, but the Wherlingmaster had urged her to go through it again from scratch to refresh. It was hard to argue really, especially because, between two minds sharings hers now and trying to keep the two out of trouble and cared for, Sterling was tired and kind of hazy at times. Perhaps that was why Sterling had nodded off in the middle of a history lecture without the Wherlingmaster doing anything about it. It was hard to not feel a bit of sympathy for Sterling, seeing as she had double the wherlet to care for, and it clearly had her exhausted. It wasn't just that though that made Sterling nod off. She remembered these history lectures from before, and honestly found them as boring now as she did back then.

*Hey! Wake up and pay attention!*

Sterling startled awake, sure she was being scolded for falling asleep. But it wasn't the Wherlingmaster who was doing the scolding, much to her surprise, that was clear from the way the Wherlingmaster looked confused at Sterling for a moment before continuing the lecture. No, it had been...

*Linsk, what the shells? You about scared me out of my skin.*

*Sorry. But you need to listen.*

*Why?*

*Because important!*

*Maybe. But I've heard all this already. Besides it's boring and I'm tired.* Honestly, Sterling was surprised that her wherlet who was only a few months old was scolding her like an adult would scold a child. This was an odd reversal of roles.

*Stersk agree.*

Now she was going to hear it from both of them?!

*Lecture boring. Nap better.*

Sterling almost didn't stifle her laugh in time, instead making a choked snerk kind of noise that earned her a warning glance from the Wherlingmaster. Sterling sat up straighter to look more like she was paying attention just to keep from getting called out.

*See? Stersk agrees, it's boring.*

*Stersk lazy. Linsk's lazy too.*

*Not lazy!*

*Lazy!*

*Not lazy!*

*Lazy!*

*Alright you two knock it off!* The two wherlets stopped their arguing in Sterling's mind.

"That's all for today everyone, we'll continue this tomorrow. Go ahead and check in for you assigned chores for the day, after that, the rest of the night is yours."

*The lecture is over. I'm on my way back to the den for a little bit to make sure the two of you nap like you should instead of arguing, ok?

*Ok.*


*Ok.*

Sometimes, two wherlets was not unlike taking care of actual human children, but for all the bickering that sometimes happened, Sterling truly did know that they all loved each other. In fact, she chuckled to herself on her way to check on the two wherlets, amused that Linsk had taken it upon herself to try and keep Sterling in line despite being so young, while Stersk had no concerns for what was proper and only cared about his next nap for now. She wondered for a moment just what they would be like as they continued to grow and learn.
Atricis: Next Generation
~..:: Character & Thread Tracker | Marks Tracker ::..~
Nali ..::||::.. K'rin ..::||::.. M'ir ..::||::.. Raevin ..::||::.. Inakil ..::||::.. Elias ..::||::.. Sterling ..::||::.. Lolena'vas ..::||::.. Rey'vas
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