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Posted: Mar 25 2009, 01:54 AM


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White blazed across her vision: flurries and flakes of fluttering hints, colourless, flung on a sharp chill of wind as keen as the fresh-cut ice in its cold. White blanketed the landscape with a shroud of cold: from stone-frozen permafrost to the jagged edges of bare rock beneath her toes. Its visage was so bright it burned, hurting the eyes even as it hurt the hide to stand in its path. The sky was lost in the tempest of snow from the heights, but she had no need to hunt for it. She would have seen nothing but shades of heavy gray if she did: the freak summer blizzard at its height.

Violet flashed vivid against the burning white. Her talons gripped rock with effortless precision, tips finding snags and nooks where she could anchor herself against the howl of the wind. Snow tumbled around her head, gathered on her wingsails and about her half-curled tail. She endured its merciless scrutiny with patience, allowing the shrouds of white to hide her form in the storm, amidst the glistening snow. She waited.

Movement. Orange eyes, coloured a brilliant, haunting glow, flicked to it. She fanned out her wings, shaking snow from their spars and from her muzzle. The heavy neck arched downwards as she slid, prowling, through the deepening snow, tail flung out and wings clamped firm against her sides. She halted, nares distended in the whirling fury of the flattening wind tugging at her wingspars, watching. Movement again - a motion that did not carry with the wind. Something dark was huddled amidst the growing drifts, shuddering with the semblance of a snowflake dancing in the breeze. Slipping down the curve of a ragged crag, she stalked around the bend of a large boulder, and drew her head back as she pounced.

Powerful forelegs stabbed down beside the dark huddle, vicious talons missing the small form by bare inches. Wide wings, swirling hues of fuchsia and purple, flung themselves down and around the shuddering bundle, ringing out the savage whine of the wind. Gradually, slowly, the lump of cloth ceased its shaking, began to uncurl. With a calm, piercing eye, the dragon tilted her head sideways to examine her prize: a girl barely past her ninth turn, half-dead from ice and wind. The dragon's parted; her orange eyes darkened to a dull shade of red.

You're not food.

Whether the human huddled beneath actually heard her was irrelevant: Audrath was angry. Bad enough that the calm summer day had produced a freak storm out of nowhere over her favoured hunting site . And now she had managed to find prey - only to find it was human. Her lips curled back into a snarl of annoyance, and the little girl cowered beneath her at the sound. Her eyes were wide, her small mouth gaping; perhaps if she had not been in such poor condition, she would have been screaming. The purple-hued female brought her jaws together with a ringing snap, her tail slashing snow behind her in her disgust. Blazing red eyes glanced out at the frigid landscape, and picked out other dark shapes lying in the snow. All were half-buried, and still. The dragon clamped her teeth shut again, and considered what she was seeing.

Well, she angled her head to fix the trembling child with both eyes, sharp and appraising, You are strong. Perhaps you can still be of use.

The heavy talons moved with swift alacrity, cupping the girl into the right paw before she could protest. She was small, thin, perhaps even undernourished; Audrath had no difficulty holding her with one paw only. Throwing herself onto her hind legs, she snapped her wings wide, leaning straight into the full blast of the wind. The force of it threw her back and up into the air: a purple leaf whirled by violent winds into a massive gray sky. To take flight in the bizzard was madness akin to a death-wish - the stone-cold heights of rocks rose up all around, sharp and ragged. But it was not flight that Audrath was thinking of. Just as the winds seemed set to send her tumbling into the cut edges of a rising cliff alongide, she flexed her wings shut and vanished into between, leaving the gales to their play in the blizzard.

She appeared again above the chasm of cliffs that formed the feral caves, purple wings beating a flurry of white snow still drifting off her wingsails. Sallying forth on the calm, warm airs, she circled to lose some height before twisting to angle her flight towards the humans' caverns, where those who might find partners amongst the ferals had their homes.
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Posted: Mar 25 2009, 04:43 PM


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Cael was, once more, bored out of her mind. It seemed to be her normal state of being, these days. Really, that was the worst thing about this place. After nearly a full turn of sitting around these boring caverns, leaving was becoming a progressively more and more prevalent thought in the girl's mind, haunting her waking or sleeping with the lure of freedom, if only for the option of having something to do.

Of course, Cael wasn't stupid. She knew it would never work. First, there was the problem of the guards. The cavern was always guarded by daylights. Then, even if she could get past them (and she was fairly certain that she could, if she really set her mind to it), there was dodging notice from the rest of the dragons in the cavern, which was no minor task. Everyone knew that they were always being watched. Even if, by some miracle, she managed that, however, and got out, she'd have to evade notice outside, as well, which was highly unlikely, and, could she manage it, she would still freeze to death, starve to death, or be killed by the various creatures inhabiting Pern long before she would ever be able to escape to safety. No, running away was pointless.

But she was still bored, and there had to be something she could do with her time.

As was her custom, Cael had clamored up to the small ledge she had claimed as her own not long after her arrival. It was her favourite part of the cavern, because it overlooked everything, and even gave her a glimpse of the outside, where she could watch those with the freedom to do so moving about, and could keep an eye on her gate-guard. Perched on the edge of the ledge, kicking her feet idly, she leaned forward and peered out, sighing. A handful of people, some distance off, milling about another chamber, were faintly visible at the edge of her vision. Shadows cast by dragons flying far overhead marked the activity in the Weyr. Beside the door, tail curled restfully around her pale body, the soft blue guardian dozed lightly.

Wait, dozed?

Hrmm....

Maybe this would be a good opportunity to stop being bored! An impish smile stretched across Cael's face. She wasn't fool enough to try running away, of course, but she was fool enough to try exploring. Several months prior, she had found a gap in the wall of a tiny alcove. The alcove was perhaps a meter tall and less than that wide, and the gap was smaller still, but it led into a secluded corner just outside of the chamber, if she guessed right, where a large stalagmite should obstruct her from view. She had never been willing to risk it, with the guardian dragon overseeing the exit, before, but with the daylight dozing, now might be a good time to do a little exploring.

Cael moved swiftly, scrambling back down the cavern wall, and scampered across the chamber, over to her alcove. Once inside, she peaked out the gap, but was relieved to find that she couldn't see past the stalagmite, which meant that, presumably, the dragon on the other side, wouldn't be able to see her. Wriggling quickly, she squirmed through the gap. It was tight, but she was small, and she managed to slip through. This was little better than stepping just outside of the cavernous opening, of course, but at least she couldn't be seen from here, or so the idea ran. She hadn't really considered that a dragon is much, much higher up than she is.

Now that she was out, however... which way ought she to go? Standing in a low crouch, Cael bit her lower lip, peering curiously around her in search of a safer path. She never realized that shadows are much harder to notice when they stretch over you than they are when you're watching from a distance.
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Snow continued to flake from Audrath's wings and hide, dropping off to trail away like a line of pale sparkles. In a fit of annoyanne, the twilight shook out her pelt with a long shudder that ran from head to neck to wings and back, and ended with a tremor down the length of her tail. White peeled off her in a shower of glowing sparks, vanishing almost at once beneath the burning glare of the sun. A sob rang from the lump in her paw at the motion. She ignored it, focused on her flight and the winds gushing across the peaks of the mountains all around them.

Calls echoed from below - the watchdragon on the heights had been conversing with a companion beside him, but on sighting her he rose on his haunches and burgled a greeting. Audrath acknowledged him with a soft touch of her mind, her flightpath never deviating from its meandering approach towards the candidate areas. She was still coming in at a great height, and beneath her the rest of the feral Weyr went about its daily business. Her shadow raced along the ground far below, but was overshadowed by a small flock of daylights returning from a group hunt and a supernova drifting lazily towards the bathing areas. With the general activity of the Weyr in full swing, it was easy to miss the lone twilight, a purple spot in a cloud-streaked blue sky.

She banked once, wings flaring to catch a line of breeze that would take her straight to the entrance of the candidates' caves. And then...hungry orange eyes turned reddish amber as they sighted movement which did not carry with the easy, casual patterns of the Weyr below her. These were small and on the ground terse, sharp and distinct; furtive even. Wheeling into a wide circle over the candidate barracks, the twilight female allowed herself the leisure of a thorough examination, her head flung out and lowered as she scanned the crags around the cave entrance. As she doubled back on her spiral with tilted wings fixed to glide, she came into just the right angle to spot the thing that had caught her attention.

A child; a human child, hiding behind a large stalagmite and standing on...the wrong side of the caves. She had somehow gotten out of the feral candidates' areas, bypassing the guard at the entrance to the caves. The twilight's maw parted at the sight, though whether in a flare of amusement or a blaze of anger was impossible to say. Folding her wings lightly into half-cups of swirling purple, Audrath began her descent again, her eyes fixing on the small human. She was still quite a ways up: Caeloran would have time to make her move, if any, before the twilight female reached the ground.

Which was, perhaps, what Audrath was waiting for her to do.
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Carefully, Cael peered around the edge of the stalagmite, peeking at the guard dragon, but, so far as she could tell, the great creature was still slumbering. Swiftly, she pulled back, peering at the stone walls that surrounded her. Perhaps there was a climbing path she could use, somewhere. The walls were rough and uneven enough to provide a myriad of hand and foot holds, and she just bet there was a ledge or something just a little ways up that would give her a good view. The problem was managing that without getting seen.

Her eyes skimmed the edge of the wall, but she didn't see any immediate ledges or paths that would make this little exploratory adventure of hers any easier. Furrowing her brow, she folded her fingers around the stone and pulled herself up, glancing repeatedly over her shoulder to make certain that her attendant still slept. The stone was cool and coarse under her hands, and it had a familiar grip to it. Her toes folded around the same holds as her fingers had, with the same practiced familiarity. Though she did not know this way as intimately as she did those of the cavern itself, walls were walls, and she was confident she could find her way, if she could only manage to keep a close enough eye on her keeper to avoid getting into trouble. Daylight dragons were more forgiving than most of the others, but that didn't mean she wanted to be gashed open, even if the dragon would probably try not to kill her.

Some three meters above the ground, she paused, peering speculatively around. Going higher would be very, very risky, because she wouldn't be able to risk jumping down from that high, if the daylight started to rouse. Frankly, she shouldn't be up this high, as jumping a full three meters was risky, to say the least, but if she stayed much lower, she wouldn't be able to get any kind of view at all, and since she couldn't leave, she figured she should at least get a look around in her fleeting moments of opportunity, so, clinging to the wall like a burr, she surveyed the immediate area contemplatively, a small smile playing over her lips at her own accomplishment.
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The human child was a study in carefulness and caution: her examination of the wall beside her was minute and detailed, punctuated by constant and quick glances towards the daylight guard who was clearly not awake. Audrath's tail twitched, ever so slightly, at tha realisation, but though her jaws remained parted she made no sound that would give her approach away. She continued her gradual descent, whirling eyes back on the child now and watching as the girl put what she had observed of the wall to good use. Before the twilight had come half-way down she was already settled comfortably into a posture three metres above the ground, and was eyeing her surroundings with an obvious look of satisfaction. Had Audrath been in a better mood, she might taken note of the child's courage and spirit, perhaps even considered her a human who could be trusted with the harder tasks dragons asked of humans.

At the moment however, she was hungry, frustrated, and in no mood to accommodate miscreants.

The twilight passed a series of ledges along the height of the lower cliffs as she folded her wings in further, and her presence caught the eye of a large dawn dragon lounging sleepily on one of them. He came awake as his eyes fell on her, and then rose to his feet as he spotted the small, odd bundle she carried. Shaking out his wings with haste, the dawn slid off the ledge and flowed easily onto the wind after the twilight, his eyes a calm blue as he picked a flightpath at an steeper angle which would take him to ground before the twilight female landed.

Audrath scarcely noted his interest. She was coming in fast and hard now - it was very likely Caeloran had already seen her, she was certainly making no effort at concealment. For a spare moment it looked as if she might crash straight into the wall where the little girl was, crushing her...

But at the last second she flung her wings wide, catching and driving up a huge bellow of air as she stalled just above Caeloran's position, then dropped into a neat mantle over the girl. Her wide wings angled right over the human child, and the free left paw snatched into a hold on the rock beside her. Her right paw still held her newest catch, who was by now half-concious. Looming over the girl, the twilight snarled her mindvoice into Caeloran's mind, harsh as a thunderstorm breaking over the hills.

And where do you think you might be going?
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There are some shadows which are too dark and too large to fail to notice, and when one passed over Caeloran's head, she started, nearly falling. That extremely dangerous near-mishap scared the girl, and she twisted around, clinging to the stone anxiously, and moved to lower herself as hastily as possible. She'd never reach the ground before Audrath reached her, of course, but that wasn't her immediate goal. Her immediate goal was merely to scramble low enough that she was within jumping distance, so that, if she did fall, she wouldn't hurt herself too badly. At just over a meter of descent, she stopped and clung tightly to the wall. Looking like she was fleeing would do her no good, and though a fall of nearly two meters would hurt, at least it wouldn't hurt too terribly. Certainly, it was better than the three she'd been looking at, before. She could live with bruising. As satisfied as she was likely to be, she waited.

She didn't have to wait long. Within a matter of heartbeats, the dragon was above her, looming dangerously, her grating voice ripping furiously through Cael's mind. It was almost painful to listen to, in the dragon's fury, and fleetingly, Cael found herself reminded of just how very small she was. For a moment, she wondered why she hadn't tried to flee, but it didn't last. Flight would have been a waste of her time, and would probably have only gotten her killed, as opposed to (potentially violently) chastised, which might kill her, but had the reasonable potential to let her live. Still, she couldn't help but wince as Audrath spoke.

Shaking off the wince with a faint shudder, she replied tentatively, "Nowhere. Just wanted to see." Cautiously, she peered upward at the dragon, and felt a fleeting moment of admiration for her startlingly lovely coloration. "Ain't a point in tryin' to go anywhere," she explained, hoping to forestall evisceration. "I'd never make it outta here without getting seen, and even if I did, I'd never make it anywhere alive. It's too cold, and I ain't got any food to bring. I just..." She paused, then shrugged and repeated herself. "...Wanted to see." The words were swift and just a bit babbled, but under the wings and, potentially, claws, of a beast of that size, and one clearly unhappy about a body's presence, there is a propensity for nervousness. Even Caeloran couldn't hold that against herself. She had reason for her nerves!
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The child spoke too much. She was speaking to escape a possibly vicious reprisal for being caught out, that was obvious; but Caeloran's stream of words and sense of fear were hammering against Audrath's heightened senses like a hard rain. The fuming twilight shook out her wings with a snort to clear her mind, the motion bringing a soft whimper from the girl beneath her right paw.

Still ignoring her newest catch, the dragon angled her head again to fix Caeloran with a burning glare as she considered what had been said. The child might be a mischief-maker, and she had certainly overstepped the boundaries; but she had not lied about her intentions, nor had she tried to talk back with Audrath. There had been other candidates, proud and arrogant or sneaky and deceitful, and they had all felt the twilight's wrath in various painful or even maiming ways. The dragon had dealt with her fair share of them, knew when she was being challenged or lied to, and knew that Caeloran was doing neither. She was just...curious. Perhaps a bit too smart too, for her own good - she had answered well.

With a low snarl, Audrath ripped her left paw with its talons across the rock beside the runaway girl as she drew back, sending a small splatter of pebbles and broken stone over her. Her mindvoice sheared into the child's mind again, no longer so heavy but still sharp as lightning.

Get back down before I knock you off.

Turning away, the twilight backed two steps as she folded her mantling wings to her side, moving carefully to avoid crushing the new candidate in her right paw. She raised her head, mentally casting around for other dragons, and came upon the presence of the large dawn male who had followed her down from the ledges.

Connath, take this one to the candidate caverns.

Lowering his head, the rose-hued male crooned his acceptance of her orders as he moved in to claim the unconcious girl. Audrath in a bad mood was far more apt to using her talons on her surbodinates, and he wanted nothing of that. Lifting the child onto his forepaws with surprising gentleness, he flared both wings and took off, flying low and steady towards the caves where the healer humans were known to reside. The twilight watched him only as long as he took to get off the ground, and then turned back to keep her gaze on Caeloran.
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Caeloran had been anticipating having long since been tossed to the ground, so the suggestion that she climb it herself was more than satisfying, and with an almost grateful bob of her head, she hastened down the last two meters of stone to the ground. It was not as familiar a path as she was accustomed to, so it took her more than the few seconds that her favourite paths took, but that was alright. Her descent was still swift. Prudently, however, she did not jump the last meter, as was her custom. She also did not try to wriggle through the tiny crack in the stone by which she'd found herself outside. Better that they not know it was there. She could have climbed to her position, with a sleeping dragon there, with some ease, after all.

Seeing the unconscious child passing from one draconic forepaw to another, however, piqued her interest. They didn't get new candidates often, anymore, and if the child was already as badly off as that... well. Worrisome. Furrowing her brow fretfully, she watched the girl go for a heartbeat or so before turning back to her immediate predicament. Fat lot of good she'd do anyone if she got herself sliced open, after all, and she very much intended to keep an eye on that girl. If she was that bad off, she was going to need all the help she could get, and she'd probably just end up a mouse the way that so many of them did, anyhow. It was things like that that made her predicament depressing.

Well, couldn't be helped. Besides, maybe she would be alright. Cael certainly didn't know.

And Cael had better things to worry about, like the very large, very annoyed dragon still looming overhead. She supposed she was going to be returned to the candidates' caverns, if the dragon wasn't of a mind to nip her head off, but at the same token, she didn't yet know for sure that the Twilight was actually calmed down. Her voice had seemed better, though--less terrible, anyhow. That was a good sign, wasn't it? Fidgeting restlessly with the hem of her shirt, Caeloran waited for the next blow.
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Audrath took but a single stride to return to Caeloran's side, one wing drawing out as she moved. Her movements, though fluid and cool, pulsed with tension not unlike the vibrant energy of her vivid colours. She had not calmed. She was still angry, tired, hungry, and very much ready to bite someone's head off. And the annoyance of dealing with a runaway candidate just added to it all. Caeloran might have answered well earlier, but for Audrath only the knowledge of Aida's wrath should she dismantle a candidate kept her from doing unpleasant things to the child. She wheeled even as she reached the girl, and her extending wing swung down and around in one graceful motion, giving the child a strong push towards the entrance of the candidate caves.

Back to the caves. Now.

Her eyes whirled a deeper shade of orange as she spoke, and now bordered on red. Sweeping her extended wing around and about Caeloran to prevent any sudden, darting escapes, the twilight prowled back with the girl to the entrance. The hiss of her snarl and the harshness of her mindvoice came together to startle the daylight into wakefulness.

Frelorath, her voice held quiet, predatory intensity, How did this one come to be outside the caves, I wonder?

The daylight's eyes widened as she glimpsed Caeloran beneath the larger female's wing, and they began to whirl a shade of anxious yellow. The pale blue dragon pulled her wings back submissively and ducked her head before hte glowering twilight as she stammered a reply.

It was a mistake, milady, I had not seen her go out...

Audrath's paw was a flash of violet as she struck. The cuff knocked the daylight's head sideways, and she staggered with the force of it. Her squeal of shock echoed up the cliffs behind the twilight. Dragons peered down from their ledges, and a few nearby ones drifted over discreetly for a closer look at the source of the commotion. The twilight paid them no heed.

You did not see her as you were sleeping, wasn't it? her mindvoice was a storm of fury, like the touch of lashing rain and breaking thunder, Sleeping on duty! I should give you more - this is not the first time and a few scars would help your memory and your wakefulness. But since you are new to this work, you get off this time. Do not let it happen again.

The daylight whimpered her agreement, cowering in the shadow of the enraged twilight with her half-spread wings. With a snarl, Audrath wheeled away, still dragging Caeloran with her.

And you, little human, are coming with me.

Without preamble she grasped the girl into her talons and flared her wings into a lurching take-off, making for the ledges of the dragon weyrs above them.
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Caeloran offered no resistance as the large dragon shepherded her toward the caves, carefully avoiding glancing back toward her beloved cubby and contemplating darkly what fates could have awaited her if a less forgiving dragon had been the one to discover her brief foray out of the caverns. One in particular, whom she was grateful to say she had never met but whose malevolence was something akin to legendary in the candidate's caverns, came to mind: a massive black menace, whose stunning hide was dotted with the most gorgeous field of stars, from his snout sprinkling down his back. She had seen him, once, at a distance. Somehow, the twilight seemed very much preferable.

Of course, as her claws raked across the daylight's hide, Cael found herself questioning that decision, but the swift exchange gave her little time to do more than mentally express for herself a brief wash of gratitude that she was not the subject of the twilight's direct ire. Even a cuffing like that, which merely served to startle, daze, and sting the daylight, would probably kill her. That was really the biggest problem with being a human amongst particularly irritable dragons: comparably, she was frighteningly easy to kill.

Being scooped into the twilight's claws swiftly jarred Cael's attention back to the present, and with a small, startled yelp, she flung her arms around the dragon's nearest digit, clinging anxiously and peering down toward the rapidly distancing ground. After a heartbeat or so, however, she calmed enough to enjoy the faint thrill of (sort of) riding a dragon, if admittedly not a-dragonback. There was something purely exhilarating about being up so very high. It was thrilling for the same reasons as climbing her beloved stone walls was exhilarating, but distinctly more swift.
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The cool air welcomed Audrath into its embrace as she made the slow, circling flight up through great hollow mass of the extinct volcano, circled by caves on which any number of dragons were lounging or sleeping on private ledges in the fine weather of summer. The general contentment of the Weyr only served to annoy the twilight further, adding to the hunger knawing at her belly and the problem kid she carried in her taloned paws. Caeloran was not scared, she knew; oh no, not yet. But she might be, soon. The afternoon was young yet, and a few hours with an explosive Audrath could work...wonders, especially on the milder personalities.

The purple-hued female shifted her wings, canting sideways towards the western side of the sloping walls, and alighted on the wide slant of a ledge that fed to the dark arch of a yawning cave. As caves went it was a good one: sunlight fell easily onto the ledge through the huge gap above, and though the cave mouth was small the interior was fairly spacious, and positioned to be out of the wind. Audrath, when she wished to be, could be so very persuasive about her living space. She was none too gentle in setting the little girl down on the sun-warmed rock, though she took care not to send her tumbling with the force of her movements. A rough tumble on the unfenced ledge could lead to a very squished child on the ground far below. Arching her neck as she half-turned her head, the twilight stood very still for a long moment, her orange eyes unfocused.

Then with a sudden snap of opening wings she threw herself out onto the winds again. As she fell off the ledge a new flurry of wings erupted from above. A dawn dragon, the same dawn that had taken the unconcious candidate from Audrath earlier, landed on the ledge where the twilight had been with a loud thump, and fixeted Caeloran with a whirling eye.

Audrath says, he snapped peevishly, I am to keep an eye on you. So I will, and you would do well to be quiet.

Settling himself onto his belly on the ledge, the large dawn inclined his head to gaze over the Weyr below, his wings folding to his side. He kept Caeloran within his field of vision at all times, though it was clear his attention was not fully on the child, but on various happenings with the assorted dragons all around them.
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Keep an eye on her? Caeloran sat, faintly staggered by the rough landing, and stared at the dawn like he was an idiot. That may have been the silliest thing she had ever heard. And anyhow, he seemed more interested in keeping an eye on the other ferals than on keeping one on her. Snorting at the silliness of the whole affair, Cael stood carefully, brushing off, and walked over toward the edge of the ledge, plopping onto her knees as she got closer and crawling toward it to peek over.

That ... was a long way down. Scooting back a foot or two, she sat down and dropped her chin into her hand. "Keep an eye on me. Pfft. What's she think I'm gonna do, jump? I'm not that stupid," she muttered, more to herself than anything. "Where's she think I'm gonna go, anyway? Awful silly, for a dragon." Blowing the hair out of her eyes, she flopped backwards to stare up at the ceiling.

Of course, her idle complaining was effectively meaningless. She was, after all, as she herself had already pointed out, effectively stuck, without Audrath's assistance or that of another dragon. It was much too far for even her nimble ability to climb to see her reach the ground before exhaustion made her muscles give out on her and sent her tumbling to a rather... unpleasant death. Nimble or not, she was not that strong. She was only eight, after all.

Stupid dragon. Where was she off to, anyway? Probably figured she'd leave Cael there for a while to 'teach her a lesson' or something silly like that. Now that the beast's imposing figure was out of sight, Cael's confidence had entirely returned, and there was a put-out sort of irritation taking her. After all, although there was nothing to do in the candidate's cavern, there was even less to do up here, and with the dawn right there, she couldn't even try to find ways to amuse herself.
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Considering the naturally strong senses of wild creatures, added to the ability of dragons to hear thoughts and communicate telepathically, it might not have been altogether wise to kick up a fuss within close proximity of a feral dragon. But whether or not the distracted dawn actually Caeloran's complaints was difficult to tell. His tail-tip twitched to the mutter of her words, to their intonation - but that might simply have been impatience, coincidentally timed in with the girl's reactions to being left with him. He stayed as he was, ignoring her, and continued to watch the happenings of the Weyr all around them.

Audrath did not take long. The first sign of her return came when the large dawn stood up, his wings flaring for flight and tail curling back to make space on the ledge. In the next moment a vivid flash of purple hues marked the twilight's arrival as she blew up from below and stalled just above her ledge with cupped wings. The move dropped her onto the solid stone with a clack of talon against rock, and ichor splattered the stone. Ichor from the torn bodies of a herdbeast and a wherry, one held in each forepaw. She turned her head towards the dawn, eyes whirling as quick words passed between them. The dawn dragon lowered his head, backing away, and then wheeled and leapt from the ledge to drift off towards the candidate barracks once more.

Audrath watched him go a moment before she turned her gaze on Caeloran, her orange eyes whirling. The twilight lowered her head to seize the herdbeast in heavy, powerful jaws. Still clasping the limp wherry with one forepaw, she proceeded to drag both carcasses further in from the ledge on three legs. Ichor stained the ground along the tracks of her movement, and splattered again as she dropped her food at a comfortable position. Settling onto her belly, she sank fangs into the herdbeast, ichor oozing from her maw as she ripped a chunk of the haunches out and began to chew. Her talons tore into the bovine's ribs, splintering bone to expose the innards for her perusal. With a low hiss, the dragon curled her tail towards and around Caeloran, pushing her closer to the gory feast.

You, little one, her mindvoice was heavy with hunger, taunting with sarcasm, Will accompany me for food. And you may ask if you would like a portion.
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Posted: Jun 12 2009, 08:13 PM


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Cael wrinkled her nose at the dragon feeding, but it was hardly the first time she'd seen such a sight. After a full turn in the caverns, she had already seen dragons feeding passingly, and had seen one particularly gory display in which one of the more vicious dragons had been trying to frighten the candidates for what, as far as Caeloran could tell, was nothing more than the thrill of seeing them scared. It did little more than send a shiver up her spine, these days. At the dragon's suggestion that she ask for a portion, however, she could not help but recoil, just a little.

"Thank you, but, uh... I ate earlier. I'm not that hungry," Caeloran replied, hopping to her feet. With the tail pressing her forward, trying to remain stationary would have been a waste of time and only resulted in her falling over again, anyhow, so instead, she walked over, standing just far enough away to avoid being mistaken for a piece of the meal (and hopefully avoid getting blood on her clothing). The sight was still unpleasant, however, and she couldn't help but wonder, once again, if she really wanted to impress, if it meant seeing this all of the time.

Then again, she had seen the alternative: the broken shells of people left behind, unwanted by any of the dragons, too old to impress, and too broken by turns of witnessing all the unpleasantness that the feral Weyr had to offer to really be seen as alive, anymore... No. Impression was far and away a better option. After meeting Audrath, however, she rather hoped she didn't end up on a Twilight.

Of course, having a dragon like Audrath on one's side might be a very, very good thing.

...If she kept on like this, she was liable to go mad. Fleetingly, she wondered if that wasn't the goal, but watching Audrath eat, she supposed it was probably just a side effect. Dragons didn't try to drive people mad, did they?

"You didn't need to leave a guard," she added, changing topics swiftly. "I wasn't going anywhere. Even if I'd wanted to, I couldn't have."
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Audrath noted with relish the look of disgust on Caeloran's features, even as a sharp jerk of her head pushed the piece she had been chewing down her throat, splattering a little ichor in the process. Digging her talons into the limp carcass, she took a second bite that encompassed most of the entails, some sticking out her jaws as she sank her teeth into them. Her wings curled back, relaxing as the edge of her hunger finally began to soothe. Swallowing the innards with a smooth flourish, the twilight arched her neck and turned her bright orange eyes on the girl.

That is a pity - the food is good.

But if the situation was unusual for Caeloran, it was no less so for Audrath. Direct dragon-to-human communication was rare for Audrath, who vastly preferred the company of her own kind to that of a puny human. While her sharp, quick-witted mind made her a good Searcher of candidates, she had never seen a need to be associated with them beyond the fulfillment of her duties to the Weyr. She was an independant dragon: fast, strong and intelligent. When she spoke to humans at all, it was to shut them up while she carried them away from their homes, or else to discipline them for their stupidities or to vent her anger at something. To be speaking to a human over her food was...historic, to say the least. And the bad mood that had prompted her to do was fast slipping away with her filling belly.

She ripped another large chunk from the herdbeast's shoulder, turning the body over to get at the meat at the other side. Her eyes mellowed into a duller orange, softening with the hot taste of ichor and fresh meat in her stomach. Caeloran spoke again just then, and the twilight turned her ichor-stained maw towards the girl.

"You didn't need to leave a guard. I wasn't going anywhere. Even if I'd wanted to, I couldn't have."

Amusement cause the amber eyes to whirl, even as the female dragon lowered her muzzle to crack the herdbeast's skull with a resounding crack. With a long forked tongue she lapped out the contents, her tail curling back and away from Caeloran as she considered the girl. The child was anxious and nervous, that much was obvious to Audrath. Yet she seemed to be coping remarkably well with the psychological effects of watching a feeding dragon up-close. Remarkable, indeed. The twilight raised her head fully to regard her.

You are a bold one. I wonder that you have not fallen foul to one of us as yet. Not least of all Melanthioth, who would rip your guts out for speaking like that.

She dipped her head to prod the herdbeast carcess a moment, jaws widening for another bite. Curiousity glimmered in the whirling eyes.

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