It was hard to believe he had been in Atricis for over a Turn now and Shireth was close to being full grown. I'ent loved every moment he was with her and it was because of her he actually did put in effort to get his lessons done. Most of them he did well but the academic ones he struggled with mostly because his reading and writing skills weren't quite up to snuff. One didn't have Harpers going around in the Bottoms teaching orphans how to read and write. What he did know he learned from his father and that was just enough to get by.
With Shireth now old enough to hunt in the wild it gave him the perfect opportunity to spend some time away from the Weyr with Locke, a friend he hadn't had much chance to say more than a few words to since he Impressed. There was also the fact I'ent found any excuse to fly upon Shireth and since they couldn't leave the Weyr grounds without permission and a full dragonrider to supervise, Locke was the perfect one to take them.
The day was gorgeous and bright, almost painfully bright to the young man who was born and raised in the the underground warrens of The Bottoms but after Impressing Shireth he was getting used to the bright sun even if he stilled prefer cloudy days and nighttime. Hunting was best during the day and safer, everybody at the Weyr had heard about the Feline attack upon a group of Whers causing the injury of several and a couple were killed. I'ent definitely didn't want to risk Shireth against any wild Felines so hopefully with her and Wraith around they will not ruin their hunting.
Joining Locke and Wraith in the Weyrbowl, I'ent was fully equipped in his flightleathers and Shireth was already decked out in her riding straps. Seeing Locke waiting I'ent waved and joined him quickly.
"Good to see you Locke," I'ent told the Chimera rider. He waved at Wraith, knowing the dragon wouldn't hear him anyway. He instead asked Shireth to add his greeting to hers. Once ready he mounted up and followed Wraith and Locke into the air. He made sure Shireth had the coordinates firmly in mind before they followed the other pair Between
. As always when he came out of the cold of Between
I'ent felt relief and glad to once more be able to feel Shireth's back underneath him and the warmth of the sun on his face. Circling down he had her land near Wraith and Locke and quickly dismounted.
<I can't wait to hunt at your side Wraith, I am sure you have plenty of great technique to show me. I am very hungry though so hopefully it won't be long till we make our kills.>
Shireth responded. She didn't know why he felt like he had to be a gentleman because of his rider. >I am ready whenever you are and you don't have to be different for my sake. I can hold my own against a grumpy old beast like you.>
Shireth teased. She was known for her own crass comments as well.
I'ent didn't bring much in the way of gear, other than a fighting knife he bought with some Marks he was able to earn with a little betting he was talked into doing. It wasn't much but he was getting better at wielding it thanks to the dueling and self defense classes which were part of being a Weyrling. Seeing how easily Locke handled his crossbow he was confident he would make a fine protector should they come across any trouble out here. Besides he was certain Locke was The Reaper, too many little hints was said for him to doubt it. He just never told Locke he figured it out, there never seemed to be an opportunity for him to mention it without risking others hearing. Out there in the jungle, there was no such worry.
"I really appreciate you agreeing to do this, you are my first friend here and with Weyrlinghood keeping me so busy we never had much opportunity to talk." I'ent said, falling in step beside him after mentally telling Shireth to be careful and no showing off. "Weyrlinghood has been going well, sometimes I still find it hard to believe I am a greenrider, Shireth's is mine just as I am hers. It is also wonderful to not have to worry about going hungry...there's just so much food at the Weyr."