Like some of the others, Inakil had come to the merchants with a mission in mind. Between his Gold and Najden's Gold, they heard a lot of grumbling, chattering gemlizards when they were together. He had been hoping to snatch an egg or two from one of their two golds when they clutched, but lately, the two gemlizards had been hiding any clutches they'd been having, and Najden and Inakil couldn'y seem to find them before giving up. No one else had been handing out any gemlets lately either, so with a Gather being held, it was time to take matters into his own hands.
Inakil approached the 'lizard merchant, looking for the tiniest of eggs, soon finding the little round mottled orbs. They seemed to be sectioned by size, though for being so small it was hard to tell the differences. Even so, Inakil pointed to the eggs.
"How much for the gemlizard eggs," he asked hopefully. At the merchant's answer, his expression fell just a bit. "Darn, I was hoping to buy two. I'm hoping more gemlizards will keep my gold from picking fights." He had enough for one though, and handed the marks over in return for one of the smaller Gemlizard eggs, given they were the cheapest and really, Inakil didn't need any more of the larger gemlizards in his little fair. One was good though, it was better than none, and with it being so small, he gently placed it into a carefully made pouch at his hip that was designed with padding and hard leather to keep a small delicate egg safe.
While the wherhandlers were still trying to handle the issue of the wild felines around Atricis, Sterling had no real part in it anymore. Serisk had given up and betweened
permanently, leaving Sterling without a wher and the feeling of something missing. No, it wasn't like losing a dragon, but she still lost something deeply important to her when Serisk gave up. At times she still harbored anger over it, sometimes returning to her old wherhandler living space and yelling at the empty wallow, other times waking up from dreams where Serisk returned to her. It was clear, Sterling was mourning still, and while there was the chance that she could try and rebond to a new wher, Darilex had even suggested it, she wasn't ready to consider that yet, as part of her still wanted Serisk to come back to her.
That couldn't happen though, and she knew it.
Because of that, Sterling didn't have much to do, though even if she did the wherhandlers were being given time to come enjoy the Gather, taking a break from their near endless surveillance to try and learn more. Sterling herself almost didn't come, but a buddy of hers from her days as a wherhandler convinced her it would be good to get out of the Weyr for a while. So she did, heading out during the day when the other wherhandlers were most likely asleep still. In fact, her starlizards, more accustomed to night, were still asleep too, dozing back home until just before sunset. They would likely find her once they woke.
Speaking of starlizards, as Sterling moved through the Gather market, she found the stall that tended to garner the most interest, a trader covered in 'lizards, selling eggs. She didn't bother to approach until there was a brief period where it was clear, then shuffling forward with her hands in her pockets. She looked over the many eggs, seeing some groupings of Starlizard eggs. She pointed to one.
"Can I have one of these," she asked, receiving the answer of "Sure if you pay," and a laugh from the merchant. Without another question, Sterling dug out the marks the merchant was requesting, handing them over in return for one of the more middle sized eggs. Sure, she already had three back home, one a little Obsidian Queen and one not that far out of hatchling stage, but with Serisk gone... Sterling needed something else, something new in her life to take care of and do. One more starlizard seemed like a good idea at the time.
((Inakil purchasing 1x Itty-bitty Gemlizard egg for 150 marks
Sterling purchasing 1x Medium Starlizard egg for 150 marks
Total: 300 Marks))