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 Seashells by the Seashore, Jabry & Enid
Jabry Kouri
 Posted on: Jan 25 2018, 06:45 PM
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Jabry let out a sigh of relief as he felt the soft caress of the sea air against his cheeks, his hair flipping slightly in wind. Baliuth stood stoically by his side, unfazed by the sight of Pern’s vast ocean. They had visited a handful of times previously and the novelty of it had begun to diminish for the young dragon. Despite that, however, the respite from being stuck in Landing or the Catherine caves was welcome for both dragon and rider.

In the past few months things had not improved for the people of Landing. Their streets were being overrun by refugees from the more remote claims and it was clear to everyone that the town had not been designed to house all six thousand colonist, and resources were becoming scarce. And while Jabry would not trade Baliuth for anything, being bonded to the dragon had certainly put Jabry and the other dragon riders in the spotlight - and not necessarily in a good way. Baliuth needed to eat, just like any other living being, but the cattle being slaughtered for the dragons’ meals had originally been intended for the colonist. The sheer amount growing dragons ate was not going unnoticed.

He had recently heard that one of the other rider’s family was being harassed because of the rider’s dragon. Lean times made people do things they would normally never dare to do, and Jabry could only hope that his parents were not facing similar issues. They would be too proud to ever tell him if they were being harassed and even if they did tell him Jabry is not sure what he would be able to do about it. The captain would have his and Baliuth's hide is she thought they were causing any further distrust between the dragon riders and the colonist.

Sighing, Jabry nearly jumped when he felt Baliuth’s nose press against his shoulder. <<You are worrying again.>> Baliuth admonished, gazing coolly at his rider. <<We must do what we are meant to do>>, he continues. <<Let the captain take care of these worries. We must learn to fly well.>>

At this proclamation, Jabry smiles slightly. "You always do seem to know just what you are supposed to be doing, "Jabry says fondly as he reaches out to rub his hand gently along Baliuth’s eye ridges. Doing his best to shake his worries from his mind, Jabry steps back and turns to look back at Enid and Faith who had traveled to the beach with them.

"Alright team!" Jabry says, spreading his arms out wide. "Time to get those wings warmed up. You know the drill!" Swinging his arms and stretching his shoulders in mock imitation of the dragons’ exercises, Jabry grinned over at Enid. “Think they will fare better at it than they did the last time we practiced?" He asked teasingly.

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Enid Faulk
 Posted on: Feb 1 2018, 02:14 PM
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[04.09]

Enid had always been reclusive. Quietly working, even when the days were warm and pleasant; always reading; always occupied. Being on of the colony's first goldriders had been about as much publicity as she could bear, and with rising tensions over supply shortages, she withdrew into herself. Hid in her father's office, sometimes, for the familiarity of the smell of rock-dust and old computers. Made a point of not meeting anyone new.

But all of this aside, Jabry was still able to drag her out. Six months into riderhood, and she still hadn't gotten over feeling so relieved that he was there with her – weathering the storms, facing the changes, making her feel distinctly less alone than she would have otherwise.

She snuggled up into two sweaters to face the ocean breeze. Even though the sun shone, she often felt cold. Figured it was to be expected, with the lessened rations, and all. Poorer circulation. But the dragons seemed fine, and her gold, now rising to Enid's chest – how had she gotten so big! – regarded the sea with softness in her eyes.

We will be able to cross it in a single heart-beat, she reported coolly to Baliuth, watching the waves, feeling rather kindred with the dark water and the refuse of seaweed. Cold and smooth. Soon. And she duly set to stretching and raising her black-and-yellow wings, a much more metallic display than Jabry's human arms.

"Well, I should hope so," Enid teased back, wrapping her arms around herself; digging her boots into the sand. "Didn't look so natural before. Wind Blossom said it would come fairly quickly, though. Genetic design. Instinct." A shrug. She smiled, though. "Soon we'll be up there with them! Not bad for a couple of lab kids."

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Jabry Kouri
 Posted on: Feb 5 2018, 06:41 PM
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Jabry snorted at that. It felt like ages since they had been considered 'lab kids.' They had so rapidly moved from one social strata to another, that it sometimes made Jabry's head spin. Gone were the days of the quiet acceptance from the scientific community. Instead they were now in a realm all their own, which came with unending observation. They had truly gone from lab kids to lab experiments - a small but important distinction which had recently been making their time in Landing far from pleasant.

Feeling his smile diminish somewhat at that thought, Jabry let out a huge expulsion of air, while also making a concrete effort to let his shoulders relax. "This probably isn't what our parents expected when they were training us on how to tell the difference between various rock formations," Jabry finally replied with a wry smile. "Not that I would trade this in for anything."

Jabry turned back to the dragons that stood in the cool sands, stretching their wings experimentally. “Well, shall we do this one at a time, or both try together?” Jabry said as he turned a critical eye to the beach that stretched out in front of them. It would help cushion any clumsy landings, but would make it far more difficult for the dragons to get any sort of running start. “Any volunteers?” Jabry asked as he looked between the two dragons.

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Enid Faulk
 Posted on: Feb 17 2018, 02:26 PM
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"No – it probably wasn't." Her smile was smaller, almost ducked behind the high collar of her sweater, but there was something in that line of thinking that plucked at her heart strings. Made her a little more reflective; melancholy. No one had expected this, really. No one had thought, when they signed on for colonization, that they'd be relying on fire-breathing guardians.

Falth peered at Jabry from her comfortable distance, eyes whirling a cold content blue. Enid nodded to her. 'Go on, then.' And the gold swung her narrow, pointed head away, loosening her wings, shining in the sunlight. Great citrine sails streaked with metallic black. The tide of her wandering mind was sucked back in; pulling dark tendrils away from Baliuth, Enid, Jabry, in all of her concentration. Composing herself.

Then, with almost mechanical decisiveness, she kicked off from the sandy beach, powerful haunches in textbook method, and was able to keep herself aloft for a few wavering wingbeats like some monstrous golden swan. Her tail thrashed the sea in a glittering spray as she came back down.

Short-lived. She blinked calmly.

'Good, though. Very good. How are your wings?'

The gold considered them, and then said, Unstrained. Content, she craned her long neck and look to the bronze, who she had left a fair ways back. Come, Baliuth.

"That's my girl," Enid remarked softly; affectionately. It made her heart swell to see the dragons finally taking their first airborne steps. Becoming what they were meant to be. She leaned in a little closer to Jabry. "Come on, Baliuth! You can beat her, I bet!"

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Jabry Kouri
 Posted on: Feb 17 2018, 06:47 PM
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Baliuth nodded his head slightly to Falth. Well done, he rumbled. You have been growing strong, Falth He eyed her appraisingly before stretching his own wings wide, testing the wind. He crouched low and then with the same powerful thrust that Falth had given, was airborne. With three mighty flaps, he was up. Letting the wind catch in the sails of his wings, he seemed to float in the empty space.

Baliuth could feel the proud gaze of his rider upon him, and he hummed in contentment. It is not so difficult now. he said, his voice echoing to Jabry. Soon we will fly together. Baliuth could feel himself begin to falter as the wind ebbed, and with a final graceful flap of wings he released himself from the wind's grasp and settled himself back upon the sands.

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Jabry was pleased. Both Baliuth and Falth were coming along so well with their flying. "Excellent job, Baliuth," he called aloud as his dragon settled back upon the sands. A large smile on his face he looked down at Enid. "This was a good idea," he commented as he waved his hand at the dragons who now stood further down the beach. "Whoever came up with this idea - they should get a prize!" With a purposefully large step, he moved towards the churning sea, his eyes searching until he found what he was looking for.

Bending down, his nimble fingers plucked his prize from the sands. When he arose, he turned back to Enid and held out a small but pretty seashell to her. "Not a very grandiose prize," he admitted as he turned it slightly in his fingers. "But, this sure beats the hell out of being stuck in Landing right now,"


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Enid Faulk
 Posted on: Feb 24 2018, 10:01 PM
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Falth rumbled contentedly to all of Baliuth's praise. It felt good to her – to earn his admiration and respect. All of the dragons were naturally close and Falth attributed it to their mental connection, but now it seemed to extend to the physical. The appreciation of the stroke of a wing; the grace of a flight.

She watched the progress of Baliuth's descent with keen eyes, marking each angle and vertex. Her mind spun with the inklings of equations; the physics she felt, naturally, in the mind-space.

Then she flew again, and continued her practice down the beach, diligent and sinking further into a comfortable, physical state. Daydreaming a little less.

Enid, meanwhile, smiled as Jabry stepped away on his grand adventure. She tucked her cold fingers under her arms, keeping them warm against her sweater – but they came back out, both tentative and grateful, to accept the so-called prize. She even laughed.

"Wasn't this your idea? Shouldn't this be your prize?" But she admired the shell anyway, turning it over in her palm. "Oh, it does. And being stuck in the same rooms with the same people. Getting out – mm. I needed this." Falth's refreshment compounded with her own. Enid could honestly say she was happy, out here on the beach with Jabry. Even if she was getting sand in her boots already.

"A Pernese ochre-shell, I think," she identified, peering at the prize. A clam-analog, technically – but with legs. It seemed like everything on Pern had too many legs. This one, of course, was long since uninhabited. A nice shimmer of yellow on the inner enamel. "Not grandiose, but it's very pretty. For the empty house of an animal, that is." She grinned.

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Jabry Kouri
 Posted on: Mar 11 2018, 10:06 AM
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Jabry laughed aloud at that. “I suppose it is just an empty house,” he agreed with a chuckle. Not that there were many of those in Landing anymore - the place was overflowing. Even the house that he and Amelia had initially built towards the outskirts of Landing was now occupied by someone else, and wasn’t that a sobering thought.

The smile that had adorned his face slowly fell and transformed into a tight lipped scowl as he turned his gaze towards the sea. Since Baliuth had hatched, he had found himself thinking less and less of Amelia, but every so often something would prompt him to think of her and the aching pain of her loss would be felt anew. In another few weeks it would be a year and half since the first fall, and they still were losing people to thread. His scowl deepened at that thought.

Are you well?

The question caused Jabry to startle slightly. Yes, he responded automatically, because what else was he supposed to say. He would be okay. He was alive. I have you.

That is true. You have others, as well. Falth and Enid are with us, Baliuth said with an unapologetic frankness.

A weak smile returned to Jabry’s face and he turned apologetically back to Enid, realizing he had been silent for some time now - not that it was that strange for a dragon rider to go silent for a time while speaking with their dragon. “I’m sorry,” he said, ducking his head slightly “I feel that I have been such poor company recently. The tension in town is getting to me, I think.” He paused slightly, looking back out towards the sea again. “It’s almost been a year and a half since this started,” he said softly.

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Enid Faulk
 Posted on: Mar 13 2018, 10:56 AM
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Empty houses – at once Enid felt the melancholy of her joke rush in, filling the gaps left by laughter. Loss and tension pervaded Landing and there was little they could do about it. The dragons could fly – but they weren't the guardians that the colonists wanted yet. Not what they needed. And though Enid herself had felt loss so keenly – she still had her father, the only person she had ever had – there were still desks in the labs that were empty. Gathering dust. Scientists devoured alive in the field.

The tops of the waves, far out at sea, glimmered silver like Thread.

She saw the fall in Jabry's features, too, and felt not so much guilty as weary. They were in this together. A year and a half didn't feel like a very long time, sometimes.

Time moves onward. One-and-a-half soon shall be two. Three. Four. Falth stretched her wings. Crouched on the sand and took off again. A smoother flight. Her implied optimism – that the colony would continue and endure – steeled Enid. Decades and centuries. Millennia.

Enid turned to look up at Jabry as he ducked his head. "I don't think I've been much better," she admitted. Carefully she took his hand in hers, and even if her fingers were cold, her touch was earnest. "Maybe someday we'll look back and think that a year and a half was hardly anything – or that we were silly to be so worried. But you don't have to be sorry." She squeezed his hand. Gazed out at the ocean. Put the seashell into her pocket, for safekeeping.

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Jabry Kouri
 Posted on: Mar 17 2018, 12:04 PM
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Jabry listened intently to Enid's soothing words and felt the tension his shoulders ease. Then her cool hand took his own. He looked down at her hand, small and delicate when compared to his own, and a small smile tugged at the corner of his lips as he felt her give his hand a quick and reassuring squeeze.

"Thanks," he said softly as he squeezed her hand in return, silence falling peacefully between them as the waves filled in with their own soothing melody.

As she gazed out at the ocean, her hand still cradled softly in his own, he looked at her - truly looked at her. Despite the uncertainty that still hung over them, to him she looked calm and sure that everything would work out. It was charming, endearing, and beautiful all at once, and Jabry felt something loosen slightly inside of him - his grief giving way to something else.

Baliuth, he whispered in his mind. Don't ever let me mess up what I have with Enid.

You wont, his dragon replied calmly. She is too important.

Yes, Jabry replied as he gave Enid's hand another soft squeeze. Yes, she is.

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