Tag, you're it! (Electrum Gask's Maiden Run)

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Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:45 am

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Galana woke earlier than normal, while the sun was still well up, but she couldn't make herself pleased to be awake. She spent a few minutes playing with Gabriel, before it was time to take him to the creche for the evening, but she didn't enjoy it as she usually did, finding his bubbly personality and easy laughs, especially for such a small child, irritating instead of infectious.

When she made it back to her apartment, she understood, though, and she felt a bit silly. She had been watching for this for months, and was grateful that Gask had managed to wait. This would have been awkward when she was round and waddling from the pregnancy. Now, though, she was just a little extra curvy, and fairly energetic. Galana smiled speculatively, making sure to leave the outer door of her apartment ajar. This could be fun.

Normally, Gask woke with Gabriel still in their apartment, before Galana took him off to sleep at the creche. On a normal day, she would be disappointed that the baby was already gone when she woke up, as she liked the soft noises he and Galana made at each other. Even Galask was more tolerant of the baby than he had expected to be.

Galask. . . was so grumpy. He was awake, watching her right there, with a certain tension in his body, but she ignored him, leaving their den entirely. She was hungry, and almost itchy, but the itch was deeper than her hide, and she was somehow sure that an oiling would not help.

She ignored the eyes of the males following her to the feeding pens, and took down a wherry, eating her fill before she looked up. Galask had followed, watching, and she tossed her head away from the grumpy old blue. He was always ruining her fun, complaining about noises and smells that she found fascinating.

She wanted one of the whers to have fun with her tonight. Galask was always so serious, and Galana had so much to do in the infirmary, and Gabriel was too small and breakable to play with. Gask wanted to run, and jump, and tumble with another wher, and. . .

Who will come and play with me, she asked, darting into the trees that marked the beginning of the wild area around the Weyr. I am so bored, and there is so much to do. Come play!

She did not look back, running for bursts on an established path, before venturing into underbrush, jumping over obstacles, or diving under low-hanging branches. Occasionally she would return to a path for a burst of speed, and at each turn, she managed to glimpse the colors of whers following her, playing with her.

Galask was one of the whers following, and she saw his starry blue hide closer than she liked. I want to play, and you never play with me, she told the blue, then called out to the other males following her. Come play a game, we should be having fun all the time.

She ran into a stream, and ran downstream a few lengths, laughing mentally at the feeling of the water splashing up onto her before crossing to the other side, feet covered in mud. She stopped teasing the males then, just running to please herself, and forgetting for a few minutes about the other whers. It felt so good just to run herself out, but that strange almost itch was still there.
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If it wasn't for his normal guard duties, Corbin and Corsk's hours would have never been consistent. Corbin had always been a bit of an insomniac and he'd always been more productive in the evenings and nights to do his detective work. There was something about the quiet and solitude of the night that allowed his brain to work better on catching details for cases. However, most other detectives and guards did most of their work during the daylight hours. Therefore, Corbin could usually be counted on to be up before the sun completely sank.

This evening, however, Corbin would find both his work as a detective and a wher guard put to the side in favor of something much more primal. Corsk, rather impatiently, was pacing back and forth in their living area. Corbin tried to ignore him for the time being, but when the prism began to make whiny noises there was no ignoring him. "What is going with you, Corsk?" He asked with a bit of annoyance.

Gask. I go to her. She kills. She runs. The prism explained. A smirk spread on his handler's lips as any annoyance he felt slipped away. "I'm guessing you would like to join her. Alright, good luck to you then, Corsk. Go knock her dead." Corbin encouraged his prism who immediately left their place to head to the feeding grounds. He stood to his feet and gave a long stretch. He knew that Galana was one of the handlers that left her door open. The redhead was certainly sexy enough and it wasn't as if there was a reason he shouldn't try and enjoy the run to its fullest.

While Corbin made his way to Galana's apartment, Corsk joined the other males in waiting for Gask to take off. He'd eaten the other day, so he didn't take his own kill, just watched her closely until finally she made her challenge and took off into the moonlit trees. Beautiful Gask. Corsk will play with you! I will chase away boredom! Gask's has my word! Corsk said with a bugle of excitement. The prism did not use all of his energy right off the bat, he knew he needed to reserve some so he would be able to run the entire time and still have some to give a last burst of energy to try and win Gask's favor. Down the stream he followed her, paying only attention to her beautiful glowing hide and not caring about what other males were chasing.

It didn't take long for Corbin to get to Galana's apartment. Politely, for once, he knocked on the slightly ajar door before he stepped in. A charming smirk was given to her as he walked into the room further. "Good evening, Galana," He said as he gave her a small bow. "May Gask have a good long run."
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In the nearly two decades of being alive, a lot of that time had been spent Chasing. As an Agate of Cruiser Class, Vithiresk could and did Chase just about every female, winning some and losing others, as you couldn't win them all. This meant he was very experienced, in Runs, but also in the wilds around the Weyr proper. At nearly twenty, he was very much in his prime. He was still strong, his body still more than capable, and he was experienced. So when Gask Rose, he felt more than ready for the new Electrum.

*Gask! Vithiresk Chase! Vithiresk will show you he is the best!* He happily announced himself when the Chase began and the glistening female led them away from the Weyr. He let out a bellow as he ran after her. *We'll jump and run through the wild. Vithiresk Chase forever!*

Of course, Vithire, the handler was very absent from the Run, but that was no surprise. For all of her turns as a handler with Atricis, she hadn't been known to participate in Runs and was usually nowhere to be found during them, slipping away to whatever hiding place she had for herself until it was over.

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Quite opposite to Vithire, Sterling was well known for participating in Runs when Serisk was alive, and it seemed that had not changed. However, at first, the feelings that hit her were both familiar and strange. She thought for a moment that perhaps it was Linsk, but seeing the Green was pretty calm and not seemingly bothered by anything didn't seem to point to her Running. It was Stesk taking off across the Yard with little warning beyond an earnest growl that told her what was going on. Stersk was Chasing a female.

*Who runs?* She asked, hoping to find out as she made her way back to the Wherhandler dens, hoping.

*Gask.* He answered simply as he tore toward the feeding pens. He would eat, needing it due to being smaller but also due to having not eaten too recently. So as Gask took her own kill, he found his own, blooding it with some reminding prodding from Sterling. He left the wherry on the ground as Gask tossed her own away and took off. Stesk followed close behind, speedy in his movements, and able to jump the fence with ease, but for him, the real test would be the obstacles in the wilds and his own stamina.

Sterling, meanwhile, recognized Gask, how could she not, and knew who to go to. Galana. The woman that had bonded to her Gask at the same hatching that Sterling had rebonded. She still remembered the stinging jealousy she had felt toward Galana who had gotten a second wher while Sterling was searching to mend the wounds left behind by one wher. She didn't feel that anymore, of course, Stesk and Linsk were perfection, the whers she needed to move on from Serisk at last. So Sterling went to Galana's apartment, finding that Corbin was already present. She always liked being the first one there, but she wasn't going to wish no one showed at all. After all, depending on how things went, she could be having some fun tonight one way or another.

"Good night, Galana," she greeted the woman with her mouth cocked up in a sultry grin. She looked to Corbin, a man she was also familiar with since he too had bonded at the same time as she had. She nodded to him. "And good night to you as well. Here's to a long, fun, Run." She winked here to both of them.
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The eager Electrum calling out for whers to play with her caught Inggharusk's attention. Normally he didn't have time to play with younger whers but this wasn't just foolishness being asked for. The bronze certainly could give the Electrum a good time even the play was far more adult oriented than what young whers did to improve strength and learn their place in the group.

>If it's playing you want then you'll find I am not boring at all.> Inggharusk responded, trotting out of his den to join the Electrum out in the yard. It quickly became clear to the bronze she wasn't going to stick around for Whers to join her, already she was sprinting towards the trees. He may not be the fastest Wher but it didn't take long for him to find the Electrum's scent and know even if he lost sight of her he'll find her. Not that this was a tracking game, or a real game at all.

As soon as Inggharudube saw his bronze was taking an interest in a female Wher, the Bronzerider quickly figured out who's Wher it was and made his way towards Galana's apartment. He liked Galana and respected her, a Healer was always good to have around on a mission and she had proven a good companion on missions in the past. But he hadn't really gotten to know her as well as he had other Wherhandlers but now seemed as good a time to get a little closer if she was interested. He hadn't heard anything about her door being closed however so decided to check and see. If it wasn't then he'll focus on work till the Run was done. Inggharudube knew Wherhandlers didn't have it as bad as dragonriders when it came to their bond's mating.

He was pleased to find Galana's door ajar and made himself inside without so much as a polite lock. He didn't think it would be required, she would expect interested Handlers will be coming. It didn't surprise Inggharudube to see he wasn't the first to arrive but he was amused to see Sterling there. It may turn out to be an interesting Run no matter how it played out.

"Good Run to you Galana," Inggharudube rumbled. He glanced over at Corbin and gave him a nod, but Sterling he gave a warmer smile, one born of friendship.

"This promises to be an interesting Run," he added.

Inggharusk noticed the other males and snarled at each one, reminding them to keep their distance. Normally he didn't mind the smaller males but now he saw them all as rivals for Gask's attention. But the Electrum had wanted others to play and he definitely wasn't going to chase off her playmates, at least not till she realized he was the best playmate for her.

>Bah, your other playmates tire while I still fresh,> he called out to Gask but projected his thoughts to all the males joining her. >Inggharusk strong and clever, track anything Inggharusk can. Never forget any scent and run all day. You'll see pretty Gask, you'll see.>

Falling silent Inggharusk set his mind to proving everything he said. He jumped over trees, cut off the other males when he could to show his agility. He ran fast and hard when the path was open and plowed through the stream to ensure he splashed water as high as he could. The bronze may not be as quick or agile as the smaller males but he definitely was determined to show he was strong and had great endurance.
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He had noticed the change in her scent the day before and his interest had been immediately caught.

“So you're going to chase her...” Rhea had said, because the two had been bonded for more than half of his life and all of Rheask's life and knew each other that well. Just like how Rheask knew that, while he was out chasing, Rhea would remain in his quarters, finding something else to do with his suddenly free time, rather than participating in a chase of his own.

Rhea had snorted and curled up in his wallow, with Rask giving him as much of a berth as possible. The two did not get along as well when Rheask had his eye on another female wher or when Rask was getting ready to run, on her own.

He woke up before he could even step outside and made his way to the common area of the tunnel to watch for when she did finally walk by, heading straight for the pens.

Rheask had fed yesterday in preparation for this, not making it back inside until the light had begun to hurt his eyes to make sure he had properly fed. He would be light when he ran today, lighter than Gask and lighter than the males who fed now, at least.

But all that physical lightness might not be enough to help him out of the hole he found himself in when Gask demanded a playmate. Rheask had never been the playful sort. Rask scolded him about it often enough. He would chase her, all the same, however, barreling through the underbrush, running around or jumping over the roadblocks he could not avoid.

He did not speak out to Gask, being a mostly nonverbal wher, but he honed in on her scent and heat. When she demanded her chasers play with her and jumped into the river, Rheask followed her in despite the firmer footing being on the shore. He might not be the most eloquent or most playful, but he could tackle each challenge she provided them and prove to her how adept he was, all the same.
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Gask did not know how long she had been running. Several males pursued her, and while she was disinterested in Galask's pursuit, and it even seemed merely casual and perfunctory from his end, she somehow knew that she needed to choose just one of the males to be her playmate.

Corsk seemed fun, with a burst of playful energy, an eagerness that matched her own. He was nearly impossible to see darting through the trees, but she caught glimpses of violet in the moonlight, and for a little while she kept the hue in her peripheral vision as she ran. Not bored, Corsk, but there were other possible playmates to consider.

An older agate ran as well, and Vithiresk was certainly able to keep up with her through the woods. He was not able to follow every one of her twists and turns, but he almost seemed to predict them, and if he was not quite as playful as Corsk, he was certainly having fun anyway. Chase forever? That did not sound quite right, though she wasn't sure why. Surely, at some point even she would get tired of this game of tag.Maybe new games.

Like Corsk, Stersk was a clutchmate, so Gask was fairly familiar with him. Beginning to get bored with her long run, she considered stopping to play with him. Like her, he knew how to share, and he was not old and grumpy like Galask. But there were still other possible playmates. A bronze and brown were chasing. She really did not know either of them at all.

Rheask was quiet, and she thought she could play hide and seek with him, if he were the only other male playing. But it would be harder with the others also seeking, and she was beginning to understand a little better why she needed to choose one playmate.
>Bah, your other playmates tire while I still fresh,> he called out to Gask but projected his thoughts to all the males joining her. >Inggharusk strong and clever, track anything Inggharusk can. Never forget any scent and run all day. You'll see pretty Gask, you'll see.>
Gask supposed some of her playmates were tiring, though she though Rheask at least could have continued a while longer, and Vithiresk as well. Still, Inggharusk was more exciting and dangerous than the others, while still being playful for her. Deciding it was time to change her game, she doubled back, darting through the males, calling back as she passed the last one, Inggharusk, we keep playing? Different games, I play all night!


Galana felt Gask's enjoyment, and though it was accompanied by Galask's mild disappointment, neither of them had expected the electrum to choose her bond-brother. The bronze was a bit of a surprise, but then he had not been as serious as Galana would have expected.

She stepped away from the handlers a bit, toward her bed, giving Inggharudube a wicked grin. She really didn't care if any of the others wanted to stay and watch. Or join in.
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Inggharusk knew Gask would choose him in the end, he wa the best male here afterall. He whistled in agreement and circled around Gask and baring teeth at the other males, especially any who looked like they may try to interfere with Gask's choice. Satisfied he didn't have to put any male in their place he bumped playfully against Gask and followed her somewhere private to play different games with her for the rest of the night.

The Bronzehandler was enjoying this particular Run as Inggharusk was having a good time being playful towards Gask and making sure his competition didn't get in his way. It was a slightly different style for the bronze but Inggharudube didn't care, he was enjoying the sensual rush from the Wher. When it was clear Gask had chosen the bronze for her mate, Inggharudube knew he'll be enjoying this even more.

Seeing Galana's wicked grin, Inggharudube strolled after her, more than happy to make this Run one she'll not forget either. As for the others he ignore them, expecting they would show themselves out and find their own 'fun' for the evening elsewhere. It never occurred to him Galana would like more than one partner tonight. Just as well as Inggharudube wasn't the sort of man who liked sharing.
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