Time - Middle of the Night
Locations - Atricis Weyr | Dining Hall
Ever since the loss of her sister, Amuderudalya lived with the keen awareness of her absence in every moment of every day. She heard it in the still nights when once Midoca's weighted breaths hummed in her repose. During the night, when Amuderudalya was at her most lonely, the fair woman reached her mind out to her sister, hoping to feel those wisps of peace that often omitted from Midoca as she slept. Instead, she felt nothing. When she arose in the morning, the chair where Midoca read her book was unnaturally vacant. At the arm rest was a text she had only partially completed; the bookmark that protruded along the head of the book showed her sister had progressed through two thirds of the book. Amuderudalya finished the task for her three days after her death, and read the text, but reason returned to her, reminding her that even if she finished the text, Midoca never would.
A stack of folded tunics had become stale upon the bedside table. Midoca normally put them away, but she could not be bothered that final night when her heart beat and lungs filled with just enough breath for her to collapse into bed with an exhausted sigh. Every day, Amuderudalya returned to her room and stared at the pile. She would never have the heart to put away the attire, for in doing so, she knew it would be that final act that confirmed the fact Amuderudalya longed to deny: Midoca was dead.
During her darkest hour, four days after Midoca's death, Theria found her sister curled in on herself in their sister's bed, with her fancy flit, Croquembouche nuzzled in her arms. Despite her flit's attempts, black thoughts continually penetrated the younger woman's mind, pitch as the void she dreaded. But Theria stayed strong for them both, and rocked Amuderudalya to sleep that night. They mourned their loss together the following day Theria, Evora, Inez, Amuderudalya, and Irali watched as the bodies of the dead were taken between by their father, Mul'rec. Midoca, Estella, and Theria's weyrmate Jesuinn. All dead. For them, the remaining sisters would have to live.
The day Amuderudalya left Benden, she paid one last glance to the stack of folded clothing stagnant upon that bedside table. As her final act, Amuderudalya folded those clothing. All the while, Croquembouche watched from the bedside, churring in support for his friend.
Mounted behind Theria with Siligath eager to depart, Amuderudalya paid one last glance to the weyr she once called home, and said goodbye to it one last time. Theria's green called out, and Ostellith answered, and together, green and blue shot into the skies, and slipped between to Atricis.
The days to follow were chaos for Amuderudalya. The Headmaster situated the woman into her new home, a space just big enough for Amuderudalya and her starburst prized pet. It would be the first time Amuderudalya ever resided in a home by herself. At night, it felt all too dark and lonely to her, even worse than those final weeks in Benden. She often lost sleep, tossing and turning in her hard bed. After an hour or so, she would give up and find herself wandering away from her hollow quarters to brew herself a cup of chamomile tea in the dead of night.
Even after four days, the insomnia refused to abate. Tossing once more in the dead of night, Amuderudalya threw the sheets off of her and found a fresh set of clothing, a long skirt, and a tunic that hardly matched. She cared not as she wandered out of the room, padding down the corridors with Cromquembouche trailing behind her. As a cook, she slipped into the kitchen with ease, and found what she required for a cup of her much needed brew. Not long after, she wandered into the dimly lit dining hall and settled at a table in a daze. Things appeared so much darker than they did in the day, though the cook suspected that had something to due with the fact the night whers and their handlers were out now. Several sat at their tables for a lunch break, but Amuderudalya sought reprieve from the waking world, wanting nothing more than to go back to sleep.