A Stroll Beneath the Stars - Kalesskel <Tag Dru/Fawkes>

The main, central area of the Weyr, since it's no longer a "bowl" like before, people have taken to calling it the courtyard, or more often, the Weyr Yard. Dragons land and take off here while people walk from building to building going along their daily duties.
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It was hard to believe they were already past the half way point in their training. Kalest had lengthened her name much to Kal's surprise and pleasure. Their bond had strengthened with their training and working more together he should have expected it, as the Wherlingmasters had mentioned it at one point. To have it actually happen however, was definitely a moment he wouldn't forget.

He was enjoying life as a Wherling and getting to know Kalest and all her uniqueness, not just because she was of a newly discovered species of Wher but because of who she was as an individual. He was also enjoying getting to know his fellow wherlings and Wherhandlers, those he would soon join in their patrols to learn the routes and routines it will soon be his responsibility to patrol once graduated.

A couple days ago he overheard some Wherhandlers speculating about the next Wher run it occurred to him he had bonded to a female Wher who will eventually Run. It also made him think about Dru and Drust and his past thoughts that his wher may be of the same type as Drust. During his next free time he sent one of his flits to see if Dru wanted to spend time together, perhaps walking the perimeter of the courtyard. He didn't want to intrude of Dru had other plans for her time off but if she was willing he hoped she would join him.

When the time came he headed out with Kalest, pleased it was a cloudless night so visibility was perfect for humans and not so bright to bother their Wher's sensitive eyes. Looking up at the night sky he admired the countless stars and wondered if any of them had people like him looking up at their own starlit sky wondering the same thing. It was a bit of a heady thought and he looked away and towards entrance to the Wher Tunnels. Kal knew he could have just waited for Dru in the common area but a part of him wanted to meet her out here in the open instead.

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When the note had arrived, the crafter woman had been a bit surprised to recognize the flitter as one of Kalesskel's and eager fingers unfolded the missive unsure what to expect. There was a flutter that came to her stomach when she read that the man wanted to see her, asked if she'd join him for some free time later. Of course, she'd said yes, scribbling a response and gave it back to the flit to deliver to the other wherhandler, all the while wondering what it was Kal was wanting. Dru quelled any of those fanciful thoughts though, perhaps he just wanted to compare notes about their whers, or maybe ask about their most recent lesson in wherlinghood. Though, if he'd wanted to do that, he could have done so after classes instead of sending a note with the request of spending her free time with him that night.... Could it be something more then? No no, of course not, they were just friends, colleagues...

And yet, she found herself in front of the mirror just before ducking out the door, curling a strand of hair around her finger and letting it unravel slowly as she regarded herself. On the chance this wasn't just a pair of colleagues chatting about their whers, Dru had chosen an emerald green blouse that was just a little finer than usual, made of a fabric that felt soft against her skin and shimmered slightly in the pale light. Her brown hair was pulled back and loosely tied with a strap of leather, though a few strands were left to frame her face, and one of those is what she toyed with now.

Look fine. No fuss, just go now. The vibrant colored wher said, nosing her purple snout against the woman's side and nudging her softly. When Drujiean turned to look at her, the island whers' feathered crest gave a short rise and fall, with ears perked up and just the slightest tilt of her head that seemed to ask 'what are you waiting for?'. The woman gave a soft chuckle and reached to stroke the creatures' smooth cheek, fingers curling into the soft fine feathers on the fringe. "Yes, yes, we will. Afterall, it's nothing to worry about, right?" The crafter said with the slightest chuckle that didn't seem all that convincing and Drust gave a soft snort and bumped against the woman's leg once more.

With a sigh, she gave one last look in the mirror and gave herself a nod. She looked fine because this is was nothing more than friends spending a little time together, talking, comparing notes... It couldn't be anything more than that, was she ready for anything like that? Dru began to realize that she didn't have an answer for that question, but before she dwell any further, the feathered wher was nudging at her once more and edging her toward the door. "Alright, alright, we're going. In the name of... you impatient beast." The woman muttered softly, yet affectionately as she grabbed her jacket and donned it whilst opening the door and letting Drust out into the tunnels. Just as she was closing the door, she heard the impetuous cry of someone feeling left behind, and the crafter paused for a moment allowing the blur of blue wings to dart through the opening as well.

Zumi was almost always following after her, insistent on staying close to his mistress while most of her other critters seemed content to stay at home; especially Pele who liked to keep to her territory and make sure nothing was out of line. While the fickle basilisk can get feisty sometimes, Dru could also trust in her to keep order with the others whenever the crafter was away. Dakota could usually be found dozing in the various 'nests' he had around the apartment so he was rarely a troublemaker. The gossamer was too tiny to get into a mess either, and Pele liked to keep Poli close as well, though occasionally the little amethyst would follow his human too and want to 'groom' her constantly. Frehzia had been spending more time at the stables since Dru's schedule had changed with the bonding of a wher, because the canine was happier out in the day doing her job and working with the beasts. However, the canine was always happy to come home and spend a few lazy days with the crafter when they had the chance, though today was not one of those days. Perhaps she may even convince Kal to stop by the stables tonight, and she could check in on Freh and the runners... maybe even take the runners out for a ride, it has been too long since she'd taken Neptune and Juliet out of the pasture...

It was that pleasant thought that was on her mind when she first spotted him as they emerged from the tunnels and into the Yard, and a smile tugged on her lips as it always seemed to do when she saw him. She lifted her hand in a wave and Drust picked up the pace to trot out toward them. Drujiean didn't want to see too eager, though her stride did quicken slightly so as not to leave him waiting for long either. The purple hued flare greeted them with a soft warble and snuffled slightly at the younger wher, whose brilliant flame colors were settling in against such an inky black hide. Dru had to say, of all the colors she'd seen of the kin so far, the fiery feathers and contrasting dark hide of the Flares was the most beautiful. Of course, she may be a little bias, but that didn't mean it was any less true. Drust gave a brief nuzzle against the younger whers' neck and then bumped her playfully before taking a hasty step back and trilled at Kalest, encouraging the young one into a bit of fun.

"Evening Kal." The woman said with a smile as she approached, lifting her gaze skyward and glancing up at all the stars overhead. "And a beautiful one at that too." Dru added as she took the last few steps, lowering her gaze back toward him and her smile widened ever so slightly. It lasted for only a moment though, before the flap of wings came at her ear and one blue wing nearly smacked her in the face as Zumi tried to perch upon her shoulder. He was not quite as graceful as most flitters, using his wings as forearms, to steady himself as hind feet clasped onto the hide of the jacket and his tail wrapped delicately around her neck for added stability. Only once he was settled did the dappled blue finally pin his wings against his side, chirruping at the two people curiously, as if he hadn't interrupted and he wondered what they were talking about. Dru couldn't help but chuckle softly and lifted a hand to scratch under his chin, having grown quite used to the flitters odd ways.

"Sooo... What did you have in mind for us?" The crafter asked softly after the firelizard was placated and she turned back to Kalesskel with some curiosity in her gaze. Were they there to compare notes, to speak as colleagues about their whers? Or just a friendly stroll around the Yard with their whers frolicking nearby? She wouldn't mind getting to know Kal a little better, talk to him as a friend and learn more about who he is, while telling him a bit about herself as well... In fact, the thought pleased her very much. A starlit stroll, and maybe even keep the runner ride in her back pocket if things seem to be going well...
"You are only given one little spark of madness,
... you mustn't lose it"


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He didn't have to wait long before he spotted Dru and Drust making their way across the 'yard towards him. When his fellow Wherhandler raised her hand in a wave Kal returned it, a smile touching his lips at the same time. Ever since the day he and Drujiean helped rescue the Island Wher eggs from certain death in a fire, Kalesskel felt a sort of bond with her. She had bonded with Drust that day as well and if it wasn't for the courageous Wher coming to their camp calling for help he would never have Bonded with his beloved Kalest.

"Here they come," he told his wher, reaching over and stroking her soft feathers. Before long Drust was there and he stepped back to let the Whers greet each other. It also gave him a moment to look at Dru and think how beautiful she looked under the starlight with her hair mostly tied back except for a few strands that framed her face. He also liked the blouse she chose to wear even though it was partly obscured by the jacket she had on.

"Good evening Dru," he responded then paused as a blue firelizard landed on her shoulder and distracted her in his efforts to gain a good footing. He smiled at the blue's efforts which turned into a chuckle when the blue gave a chirp as though he was wondering why he had everybody's attention.

Kalest was glad to greet the older flare, given she had known her for most of her life. She enjoyed talking with her and getting new insights into things she may not have considered on her own. In fact she saw the older flare a bit like her mother and respected her. Given her own mother died before she even hatched there weren't any other Whers like her who were older and not her siblings.

<Good to see Drust, good to have somebody to have fun with.> she greeted then trotted towards Drust, more than eager to have a big of fun as long as her Handler didn't mind. It only took a moment to know Kal was fine with it as long as she didn't run off too far.

"I wanted us to spend time together and enjoy this wonderful evening," Kal responded. "Also to talk about our Whers since its pretty likely they are of the same type of Island Wher. They are both females which means they could be Clutchers which will present some things to consider when the time comes. That and just a chance to enjoy each other's company if that's alright with you."

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