Dolphin party! (Tag: Fali'vas, Kela'vis, open)


New Atricis Weyr's westernmost border of territory lands along a coast of beaches and seaside cliffs. From the western coasts, a large island can be seen, but is off limits due to the dangers of rogues inhabiting the island. Including the Flotilla settlement, slowly, Atricis' coastal border is growing thanks to the Pearls and their riders.
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Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:35 pm

It was a pleasant summer morning near the coast, the sky was clear and there was a gentle breeze that would help keep the heat from being too intense later. The sea was fairly calm out here, a bit away from the bustle of the flotilla and seahold. This particular bit of ocean wasn't great for fishing, since the rocks and reefs made navigation by boat especially difficult. This was no difficulty at all for a pearl, or for dolphins, though. The abundance of interesting sea life and enough open water on either side of this patch of reef to leave room for aquatic acrobatics made this one of Kionvis and Ari'vos' favorite places. With Kionvis' help, they had been able to build and anchor a simple floating platform here for resting or making notes and gathering samples. The pearlrider had spent much of their rare free time here, swimming with their pearl and the Sun Chasers pod of dolphins, exploring the reef and enjoying good company. Ari'vos often felt the dolphins were much easier for them to understand and get along with than most humans.

So it was perhaps understandable that Ari'vos was rather anxious as they prepared for the arrival of other humans to their little sanctuary. It had been the idea of the dolphins, otherwise the pearlrider likely would never have considered trying to throw a party out here. But Darrmin, a dolphin Ari'vos had grown particularly close to over a shared passion for exploring and learning about the life in Pern's seas, had recently had her first calf, and much of the rest of the pod found the idea of a party to celebrate far too exciting for Ari'vos to say no. They had apparently gotten the idea from the stories Ari'vos and other humans had told about hatching feasts and gathers. Ari just hoped at least a few people would come and this would live up to the pod's expectations.

They and Kionvis had added another couple of platforms for the humans and for the food and other party supplies. The pod had helped them to gather, if not a feast exactly, enough fish and other ocean edibles to make a rather plentiful meal full of treats that some of the humans might not have tried before, or at least, would not have been able to acquire very often. There were nets of still living fish attached to the platforms to feed dolphins and pearls as well. Along with food, Ari'vos had brought some toys and things for games, the pod was already having quite a good time with a large floating ball that bobbed around on the surface.

Ari paced around on one of the platforms, rearranging things for the fifth time in the past hour since arriving to set things up. Kionvis rested his great, dark rose head on the edge and watched, offering suggestions on the arrangement.

"...Do you really think anyone will come? I know it's a restday, but people make plans, go visit family, catch up on things left undone... Will anyone really want to come here instead?"
Of course people will come. The pearl reassured his rider. There is food and fun and it is good to play and spend time with your glint that isn't all about work and training.
Ari sighed, leaving the little arrangement of various fried treats they had carefully transported here from shore alone after setting them in a pattern reminiscent of waves on the platter.
"True, but... I haven't been exactly good about getting to know any of them outside of work and training. Four turns and I'm as much a recluse to anyone besides you and the dolphins as ever. I'm just... not very good with human people."
All the more reason for them to come. I'm sure the humans of the glint would like to know you better.
"But... but what if they all... I don't know... secretly hate me for being weird and awkward?"
None of them hate you. Don't be silly.

The black-rose pearl raised his neck to boop his rider with his snout in admonishment. He for one was certain that no one could possibly hate his rider, especially not anyone in the glint. He'd loved them from the moment he first saw them after all. Soon, the others would start arriving and Ari'vos would see for themself.
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A party with dolphins. A party. With dolphins! It would be a hot day between before Kela'vis missed such a thing! From the moment he heard that a local pod wanted to celebrate the birth of their calf in a similar manner to how humans had Hatching Feasts Kela'vis was in. Nothing was going to keep him away!

The same could be said of Nimuevas, which pretty much sealed the deal. Both were thrilled at the thought of partying with dolphins.

...but of course that meant that when the day came, they were late. A large factor in it came from last second preparations. They couldn't just show up; they had to bring presents or at least some food. They had to contribute to the party! But...what did one get a baby dolphin as a gift? A good session of rubbing and petting or play tended to do the trick most of the time, even with the adults. Dolphins did not have pets, did not play instruments, did not wear clothes...hmmmmm. With his skill Kela'vis could easily draw a nice sketch for them but even that was not much good. They lived in the water where paper and hide tended to...not fare very well. They did however like to play with floating balls. Though the pod could hardly take a ball that floated with them when they dove...

It was frustrating but eventually Nimuevas saved the day by fishing up some fish she insisted were liked by dolphins but a little rarer and thus a treat. However a gift like that required speed in its delivery; it was losing freshness by the second.

Kela'vis had quickly stuffed the fish in a saddlebag and climbed onto Nimuevas, urging her to the party area quickly. His beautiful, sweet pearl needed no more coaxing. Her serpentine body shot through the water, with the platform soon entering their sight.

Helllooooo! Nimuevas called ahead cheerfully. I don't know if the little one is off milk yet but if not I am sure the proud mother will love the snack we have brought along!
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:10 pm

Ari'vos was pacing the platform again, rehearsing in their head all the apologies they would make to the pod for getting their hopes up if no one came. As time ticked by and the dolphins were just starting to seem a bit anxious themselves, the pearlrider became more and more convinced this had been a horrible idea and that they had somehow doomed the whole endeavor. They should have passed along the dolphin's idea to one of the folk who made working with the dolphins the focus of their craft. They shouldn't have told Darrmin stories about the hatching of the pearls and the party after. They'd gotten the pod's hopes up for nothing. They should have...

Kionvis heard the call just a moment before the dolphins went swarming out to squee greetings to their first guest. He nudged Ari'vos to look. You see? They didn't forget or decide not to come becuase they don't like you or any of those silly things you were thinking. Here comes Nimuevas and hers.

Ari'vos gasped in surprise as they spotted the white pearl and her rider approaching and the enthusiastic pod leaping around the new arrivals in glee. It brought a rare smile to their face, an expression of relief as much as anything. They had desperately wanted to not disappoint their aquatic friends and it looked like now at least, they wouldn't have to make up for the absence of guests between just them and Kionvis. They waved to the pearl and rider as the pod escorted them in.

Hello Nimuevas! Called Kionvis, swimming over to offer greetings himself. The calf is still very small, but I'm sure Darrmin would like a treat, yes. She is that one by the platform my Ari'vos is on. The calf is much smaller than we were when we hatched, but Ari'vos says human hatchlings are even smaller. Isn't that interesting?
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Kisle'vis was feeling a bit off about this. He'd heard about the birth of the calf and the dolphins want for other riders and pearls to come and celebrate with them. The issue was, however, that no matter that he was the Flotilla leader, Kisle'vis was not the most social of people. Sure, he could delegate orders to people and conduct business meetings just fine, but that wasn't the same as being social at a party or even just spending time with those under him. He was stiff and a bit awkward if he was honest about it. Yet, somehow, Cetovas talked him into going since it would be good for him. Once he gave in, he had told Kunati about it and said she should join them if she had the chance.

Dear rider, you worry far too much. Cetovas broke into his thoughts. She knew her rider and what bothered him...so she knew that he was worried about how the others that were going to be at the party would react to their leader being there. Just relax. It is important for others to see that you are more than just a leader.

Kisle sighed and shook his head, You have told me that before. It doesn't change how awkward I am at this. It wasn't and was a whine that Cetovas was used to by now, but continued to correct him. Eventually, one of these times he would finally believe her. So she stayed persistent. Yeah, yeah, I know. Practice makes perfect. Easier said than done. But I'll try. He said with a resigned sigh. He wasn't going to win this one.

You're even bringing some food. That should be enough to break the ice. Cetovas pointed out, like she wasn't the one to have suggested it.

The gift wasn't anything too outlandish. Merely some food for the dolphins and pearls and a dessert for the humans. It didn't take them long to get to the nice secluded spot away from the Flotilla. There was only Kionvis and Nimuevas with their riders there. That meant they weren't the last ones to show up. Kisle decided that was a good thing as it would not look good for the leader to be late to an event.

Cetovas gave a loud bugle to announce her and Kisle's arrival. Greetings all! Kisle'vis and I decided to join you in this celebration. Being a mother herself, she rather loved hearing about the birth of any creature. If Kisle allowed it she would go to the birth of even the canines that resided in the Flotilla, but if he did then she would spend all her time doing that and ignore their duties.

Cetovas swam up to the floating dock so Kisle could hop off. "Good day, Ari'vos... Kela'vis. Cetov..." he was caught off by a mental reprimand from his lovely pearl. "Cetovas and I thought we would come to join in the celebrating. We brought some snacks. Where would you like me to put them?" Kisle'vis asked politely. Cetovas crooned her encouragement to him.
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It was going to be a beautiful day, and Fali'vas wasn't sure who was more excited for it - herself or Roni. The little girl had heard of the baby dolphin being born, and in turn the dolphins wanting to celebrate with the nearby humans, and while they weren't sure of Omri would get the chance to join them, they knew they were going to attend simply because it seemed like the perfect little adventure.

Suspecting that the girl could hear her whether she spoke softly to her rider or not - it was a feeling, something that she'd said around her only recently - Nymvas spoke openly to both of them as they rode out to the site. There's a growing gathering from what I understand. Young one, are you eager to see your first little dvolphin?

While she had seen them before now, it had only been at a distance, and she had been enchanted by the creatures those first few times. Now was going to be something a little more special to Roni. She would get to see them, maybe even touch them, and there was a baby dolphin, how wonderful was that? She tugged on her mother's sleeve, and glanced up at her. "I hope Papa is able to stop by. But we'll remember this for him if not, right?"

Fali'vas grinned and kissed her daughter's forehead gently. "Of course. You can even share it during story time tonight." Soon enough they were arriving at the location given for the event, and sure enough several pearls were already there, including Cetovas who was glorious in Roni's eyes - "She's so pretty and gold, Mama!" - but soon enough her attention was cut away from the pearls and pulled firmly against the dolphins.

"Mama, look at them!" They slid off, and Roni almost slid back into the water just to get close to them. Not wanting Shimmer to get lost in the water - she was curled up in one of the pockets Roni insisted her clothes have for the little waterlizard - Fali'vas managed to grab hold of her and pull her back before she could. "Sorry, Mama. I'm just excited. So many dolphins, they're all so cute!" She smiled at the nearest person, lifted her hand to wave at Ari'vos, Kela'vis, and Kisle, then settled down to keep an eye on Roni.

Hello everyone. Good to see you here. Nymvas found her position to rest and relax while watching the pod, though most of her attention was as the ever vigilant guard of her rider's charge as she observed the dolphins. It was rather fun to see the awe on another human, one who had never yet witnessed such a wonder as dolphins celebrating a birth. Fali'vas' hatchling is rather eager for this. If I don't seem to be paying attention, I do apologize, but I need to make sure my rider's girl doesn't fall too far from shore. She was happy to be here, and hoped they would understand; if anything ever happened to Roni while she was watching her...
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Amusement rippled over Kela'vis from his bonded as they approached the floating platform. Of course they are, she answered Kionvis with a laugh. Can you imagine if human hatchlings were the same size as us upon hatching? Look how small adult humans are! They could never manage it.

Kela'vis was pursing his lips tightly together, trying desperately to keep from laughing out loud. He didn't want to be rude to Kionvis but it was a funny thought. Pearl-sized babies; goodness! Yeah, there was no way a baby that size would fit inside a human mother. It was like being astounded that flit hatchlings were smaller than human babies; would be hard for the poor flit mothers to clutch eggs of that size! Still, there was no hiding the laughter in Kela'vis' eyes.

Before more could be said a bugle announced the arrival of more of their glint. Nimuevas returned the bugle, as cheerful as ever. Cetovas, Kisle'vis, welcome! Kela'vis, we're here. You can get off me now and greet your glint properly. Her words were one teasing, though there was a mild rebuke in them. Kela'vis tended to get distracted and Nimuevas had grown used to ah...steering his mind back to current matters.

"Right!" Kela'vis said, completely unruffled. In a heartbeat the young man had undone his straps and bounded over to the platform. He was just in time too, for Kisle'vis was greeting them both. Strangely, the Flotilla leader broke off briefly before completing the rest of his greeting. Kela'vis wondered about that but focused instead on the snacks. Snacks...food...oh!

"Oh yeah!" he exclaimed, dashing back to Nimuevas and rifling through her saddlebags.

Oh honestly, the white-rose pearl remarked with a mental eye-roll. You would lose your own nose if it fell off your face.

"Probably," Kela'vis agreed-pausing as more greetings came in. He grinned at the newcomers. "This party is going to be great!" he declared with absolute confidence.

Nimuevas shifted, moving to where Ari'vos was. Might you get these bags off of me? she asked them, amusement and exasperation mingling in her voice. If we wait for Kela'vis to do it the fish will jump back out into the sea. Which was, sadly, close to the truth. Every new face drew his attention away, the endless energy and enthusiasm surging with each arrival. Kela'vis was pumped and ready to party-but still as distractable as ever!

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There was going to be a party...for a dolphin calf. The news had surprised Kunati to such a degree she was musing on it constantly in her spare time. A party for a dolphin calf? It was absurd. No one threw parties over dolphins.

Just because it has never been done, that does not mean it cannot, Anitath had chimed in, rumbling. In fact, I do believe red colored dragons were very much not a thing while you were a candidate, she added slyly.

"Shard-blasted overgrown flit!" Kunati had exclaimed, causing her dragon to rumble louder and earning her a few odd looks. Yet Kunati was not cross with Anitath; the garnet dragon spoke truly and sensibly-just like always. And as always, she knew just how to tickle at her rider's consciousness so that Kunati had to laugh. How the garnet managed it was a mystery but Kunati could still clearly remember the ease with which Anitath had mingled among the candidates at her Hatching. The ones she spoke to were all left with smiles and laughter. There was just a way about Anitath that was hard not to smile and laugh around.

So will you go?

At the time Kunati didn't have an answer. It wasn't long however before she made up her mind, with a little help from Kisle. Anitath was highly amused at how her rider was perfectly happy and willing to go-since her mate already planned on being there. She avoided ribbing Kunati about it though, just in case teasing might dissuade her. She needed a party in Anitath's opinion.

However come the day of the party Anitath was left grumbling as she curled up in the sun. The floating platforms held no room for a dragon like her. The pearls would be in the water with the dolphins, leaving the platforms for gifts, food, and humans. Dragons though? They were a bit large and Anitath did not fancy being in the water that long. Thus she stayed behind, not thrilled at being apart from Kunati but trusting Cetovas and Kisle to look after her.

Once, Kunati would never have asked for a ride. Not from a pearl. Granted she had never felt as much friction with Cetovas as other pearls but still...all her tangled up thoughts and emotions surrounding them would have had her preferring not to ride on a pearl-even Cetovas. That was before she talked things out with Kisle. It wasn't easy since talking was a weak point they shared, but they managed it. Kunati still wasn't a fan of the pearls or Flotilla; those kinds of feelings could not vanish overnight. She could and did, however, feel a fair bit better. Good enough that riding on Cetovas was perfectly fine, pleasant even.

Kunati was in a good mood when they got there, thanking Cetovas while she followed Kisle. For now she remained quiet, especially as others showed up. Everything could easily be a chaotic mess if they all started talking at once. There was time enough for her to greet everyone once things settled down some.
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Kionvis considered Nimuevas' statement on the relative sizes of hatchlings and humans thoughtfully for a few moments. I suppose that's so. At least the dolphins' little ones are sensible enough to swim when they're born though. I've not seen a fresh human hatchling yet, but they sound rather helpless and loud according to Ari'vos.

He was distracted from further discussion of hatchlings of all sorts for a moment by the arrival of Cetovas. He and a good portion of the pod swam over to greet the white-gold cheerfully. The dolphins chattered away excitedly, thanking the pearl and rider for coming, asking if they wanted to play games or eat first and bragging about how strong and fast the new baby was already.

Ari'vos was heading over to help Kela'vis up onto the biggest platform and to help unload Nimuevas' bags as well when Cetovas and Kisle'vis arrived. They called a surprised but happy greeting to him as they were showing Kela'vis where they had set up the start of the picnic-like party feast.
“Hello! Thank you so much for coming! I know the pod really appreciates it, and so do I. I was a bit worried people wouldn't be able to find time to come. They admitted, setting down the bags they had helped retrieve from Nimuevas to come over and offer a hand to Cetovas' extra passenger.
“Hello, I'm Ari'vos of Kionvis. I don't know if we've met? I spend most of my time out with the pod or doing survey work, so I'm not at the Flotilla much except to sleep these days.”

They looked up when Kionvis and one of the dolphins who was keeping lookout for more guests called out about another arrival. There was another swirl of dolphins and black-rose pearl greeting Nymvas and guiding her over to where her passengers could disembark on a platform. Ari'vos waved to Fali'vas and the little girl with her, their slightly anxious smile warming up a bit more genuinely on seeing the child. Most of the dolphins loved children and would likely be as excited as she was to talk and play with her.

In fact, when Nymvas expressed concern and a need for watchfulness over the small human, four of the pods' more maternal females came over immediately to help, declaring that they would make sure no harm came to the small one.
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"Eh? What's going on? I can hear some sort of hullabaloo." Ammy asked. Despite his question he was still reclining against Kohuvis' neck as he swam. They had recently returned from a patrol and it was time to relax and have some fun.

Hmmm it would appear to be a party of some sort. I think it's for a dolphin calf. Kind of like those name day parties you've told me about. The pearl didn't even ask as he changed direction. He knew his rider well and Ammy never passed up the chance to join in on some festivities.

Ammy's interest was certainly piqued and he twisted around a bit to see just who all was gathered.

I'm fairly certain we were invited by Kionvis and his just like the rest of the floatila. Did you forget? Kohuvis scolded as they got closer.

"No!" Only he had, or well kind of had? It was rare for Ari'vos to set up something like this. To be honest he hardly knew them at all, something he felt a tad guilty over. Ammy loved talking to people and getting to know them and he had been here for nearly two turns now. So he had made sure to try to remember to show up and with some sort of food or game, but with them finding a fishing boat with a snagged net while on patrol... Ammy had kind of gotten distracted and it had slipped his mind.

Technically we're only fashionably late. Hopefully no one will hold it against you. Kohuvis hummed before buggling their arrival. Hello everyone.

Ammy spun around to sit on Kohuvis's neck properly. "Hey guys! We haven't missed to much of the fun have we?" He gave a wave and a wink for good measure. Of course he also made sure to speak to the dolphin mother and the pod. "Congratulations to all of you too!"

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Cetovas heard the small child say the word 'gold' and looked over at her. The giant pearl couldn't help but preen a little with the young girl's compliment. Thank you, little one. I appreciate the compliment. Kisle looked over to whom his white-gold was talking to and saw the little girl. He thought he might have seen her before, but he really wasn't that great with children. He was alright with his own, but even then he felt a bit lost at times. Kisle gave a nod of his head to Fali'vas, but again it was Cetovas that answered. Hello to you as well, Nymvas. It certainly seems as if you have an eager one on your hands. No need to apologize. She assured her.

Her attention turned to Nimuevas and Kela'vis as well. It is good to see you both here as well. The celebration of a birth of any kind should always be a big deal like this. The alpha female stated as if there were no room for argument. Once Kunati had dismounted as well, Cetovas moved over to be not so much in the way. She stopped for a moment to speak with the new calf's mom and the new calf. There was much congratulations and cooing over the little baby.

Kisle'vis gave Ari'vos's hand a polite shake at the greeting. "Thank you for the invitation. Cetovas was very curious to meet the new dolphin calf. She's rather fond of babies of all sorts." He explained as then Ari'vos turned to speak to his floatillamate. "Yes, this is Garnetrider Kunati, my mate. She's one of our resident riders that stays at the Floatilla." Kisle explained, though he knew that Kunati could speak for herself.


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