V'eri shrugged in return, it had been worth a shot. One day, perhaps. "Really I don't mind. I hardly expected he would allow it anyway. In any case, I'm starving. I can play for you another time but right now I just want a bloody steak." her mouth watered at the thought and Xanth looked up at her. It felt as though she had a furrowed brow as she watched her rider. "I'm glad he enjoyed the music though. I'll go settle Xanth to sleep and meet you back here?" she asked, to which the garnet snorted.
Xanth asked, irritation in her voice as V'eri felt her temper brewing in her small body. She would far outsize the chimera one day and she knew it, but seeing her rider accept that sort of hostility had her on edge.
"Xanth darling, accepting other people's limitations is part of life. Just because you are a garnet and rather high ranked in the color hierarchy doesn't mean that you automatically get treated with respect. You, and I, both have to earn that from others. And as a weyrling pair we are just steps away from the lowest in the Weyr. Now calm your hackles, I won't have you acting like a spoiled child." V'eri scolded, her tone that of a rider keeping their dragon in check. It would seem she had to start early with it, given the garnet's occasional displays of temper.
Xanth said, taking a step forward and then swinging her head around when V'eri pressed silent commands on her. She growled with annoyance, her eyes sparking with tiny flecks of red.
"Xanth, you will desist immediately. You had better show the respect that you want to earn one day before something comes back to bite you in the ass. Now calm yourself, you are overtired and need to sleep. This little fit is not becoming of you." The woman's will won out, of course, after a single push against it. Xanth's tense body released the tension it was holding visibly. She looked so sheepish that V'eri shook her head and went to her to cradle her head. "I am not angry with you, but we need to stay in our place. We are learning still and one day... one day we will rise to the top and make a name for ourselves. I promise."
After her thorough scolding and clearly upsetting her rider, the dragonet was loathe to go back to the Barracks without her. When the woman nodded, kissing her nose, Xanth went and curled around the case for the violin against the wall and closed her eyes.
Verilyn released the breath she had been holding, shook her head and turned to Locke. "I guess I don't have to settle her after all. I'm sorry that Xanth looked like she wanted to do... well, I don't know what she wanted to do but it wasn't okay, whatever it was. That's the first time I've had to force my will on her."
Going to the violin case, she placed her treasure inside and tucked it closer to the garnet who wrapped her foreleg around and rested her head over it. V'eri stretched, shook her arms out and eyed the cigarette that Locke was smoking, making a gesture toward it, "May I?" she had never made a habit of smoking but once or twice had puffed with the Hold Guards. After the moment of tension with her dragon the redhead felt like she might need a puff or two. It wasn't as though she could have a glass of wine, anyway.