The Safest Place in the Weyr

Fort Weyr - Living Caverns
This cavern, having been created by bubbles in the volcanic flow of this extinct volcano, has a breathtaking ceiling — a vast dome that arches high above the heads of the weyrfolk that scurry around beneath it. A hollow echo can be heard from loud enough noises, and the chatterings of various firelizards are consequently multiplied into a chaotic babble. All in all, the living cavern is a loud place.
Tables are scattered around the room, apparently in no particular order. Over to one side near the kitchens, two medium sized serving tables are constantly spread with snacks, klah, and other goodies. The tables look worn, yet perfectly fitted to the atmosphere of the caverns. In the 'corners' of the cavern, smaller two and four place tables are set up for more private talks or just a less chaotic atmosphere in which to eat.


Hotaru is back at Fort! At least for a little while. First she was off at Xanadu. Then at her grandparent's cothold. Then off at the vintners. But now she's back at Fort. And this morning she's in the caverns with everyone else. Getting something to eat. For Hotaru it looks like it's the works. A big breakfast. Meatrolls, pancakes, tubers, toast. The works. And a cup of juice to go with it all. She takes a seat at a table as some riders are getting up, off they go to their duties. And then she digs in, ignoring everyone's talking around her for the most part.

Abigail is making her way on into the cavern, a slight yawn escaping her as she moves along. Something warm to drink would be grand at the moment, and this is why she is moving on over to the food and drink tables working on finding a mug which is filled with klah. The food is looked over, a plate picked up and some things are added to it before she is off to find a seat. Where to go, it takes her a moment before she catches sight of Hotaru, a warm smile caught and she is off moving towards her friend. "Hotaru!" Is said happily. "When did ye get back ta Fort?" The brownrider's bandages are off, she has a broken arm to deal with for a while there, along with plenty of scrapes and cuts, there is a scar resting upon her cheek now. There is also that pesky new wingsecond knot for Thunderbird wing upon her shoulder showing someone got a promotion it seems.

It's morning at Fort and Abbey and Hotaru have sat down to breakfast. Hotaru blinks a bit and perks her head up when someone addresses her. A familiar voice! It's Abbey! Hotaru grins. "Hey there, Abbey! Mm… few day ago? I was up at Benden with a few of the vintners. Apparently I missed all the fun." She blinks a bit. "I take it you were involved in the whole Laris expedition. I saw D'ani over at the rec cavern. He looks beat up, too." It seems that Hotaru isn't one for recognizing knots. She didn't notices D'ani's either. "He's got a bum arm. I'm glad you're in one piece though. Did everyone get out okay?"

J'son walks through the entrance early in the morning as well. He is looking around for those that he would recognize and he does as he sees the pair. "Oh, Hey." J'son offers as he walks along towards the grouping. "How're ya both?"

Abigail rolls her eyes a bit at the talk of 'fun' a slight smirk seen while she settles upon a seat. "Aye I was in with that group. Glad it's over and done with that's for sure." She takes a sip from her mug. "On are side everyone got out alright." Not on the other side. "Yer off learning how ta be a vintner now?" This question sent to Hotaru before a glance is sent over at the voice, a soft smile seen and she waves. "Hey J'son. I'm well, how are ye doing?"

"A vinter?" J'son asks. "Ah love Vinters.. that's somethin' that would be rather nice." He offers before he moves towards the pair. "Mind if Ah join?" He asks and kicks out a chair as he looks towards the pair. "Ah just wanted ta see how ya all were doin'."

Hotaru blinks when J'son makes his way over. "J'son? Wow, hi! What brings you out to Fort this morning? It's been a while since I've seen you. I guess you're not a weyrling anymore, eh?" She giggles a bit, then grins to Abbey. "Me too, actually. Glad everyone is okay and all. That whole thing is scary. Not just for the weyr but everyone around, too. Anything else fun going on?" She nods a bit. "I'm not officially an apprentice yet, but soon. Unless something prevents it. Like being searched again or something weird." Hotaru picks up a meatroll and munches on it. "So which wing did you get tapped into, J'son?"

Abigail glances over to Hotaru as it seems she knows J'son too. "Go on and have a seat J'son, nice ta see ye again." She points towards the drinks and food stuffs. "Can grab yerself something ta eat if'nn ye like too." This said to the other brown rider. "I bet yer do fine. Borodin is working on doing that a well. Maybe yer two can take classes or something?" OR maybe they are.
"Deluge, Hotaru." J'son tells her as he sits down with the pair before he grins and nods. "It's nice to see ya both." He tells them before he goes to the food court and snags some meatrolls. He comes back and nods at the others. "Nice to see y again Hotaru… and a Vinteress huh?"

Hotaru nods to Abbey. "Yep. He is. Or at least he was kind of, when I last talked to him. I think I scared him a little when I said I wanted to join up, too." She giggles. "Poor Borodin. I don't think he knows what to do with me. He's such a nice guy though. Sweet, just like you, Abbey." Maybe once they's both official they'll have some classes together. Hotaru tilts her head at J'son. "Deluge… which one is that again? I get my Eastern wings mixed up." She grins and nods to J'son. "Yeah. Hoping to specialize in spirits."

Abigail chuckles as she hears Hotaru. "Right, ye tell Borodin that by chance? I bet he would disagree with it actually. We're total opposites." At least that is what everyone has said about the siblings. There is a pause and she ohs at Hotaru's question. "It's like Thunderbird Wing here, search and rescue actually."
"That's it exactly." J'son points to Abigail as she answers for him and he munches down on some food. "Did ya wan anythin?" He asks the pair before he scratches at his nose. "And ah'm gonna have ta have ya make me some spirits, Hotaru."

Hotaru laughs. "That you're alike? You're twins, aren't you? Anyways, you might be more assertive than Boro is, but you're both sweet. At least when you want to be." She nods. "Search and rescue. Nice. Between you and Abbey I'm the safest girl in the weyr." She grins a bit in between bites of tubers and pancakes. She shakes her head. "I'm good. Once I learn how to distill properly, I'll make sure you get a bottle, J'son." She looks between the two riders. "Well? So what else is going on? Abbey how's your bronzer? J'son how's your… uh. Did you have a girl at Eastern?"

Abigail shakes her head slightly. "Naw I'm fine, thanks e J'son." She peers back to Hotaru and chuckles. "Aye, we be twins. As for being sweet I an't to sure on that one." There is a grin seen and she nods. "Safest girl around that be for sure." At the question on T'us she's quiet for a moment and shrugs, a faint glance sent to her right arm, where the bracelet she has is gone. "Wouldn't know, haven't spoken to T'us for a while now. I'm sure his busy."

"Ah din really have one, Hotaru. Remember? Ah was a Weyrlin'." J'son counters, eating some more of his food before he turns and looks at Abi. "Ah didn't know ya had a twin." He tilts his head to the side. 'Tha's fascinatin'." J'son turns back to Hotaru and he grins. "Tha's a deal. Althought ah do have some Benden if'n ya all are feelin' up ta it?"

Hotaru giggles at Abbey. "You both are so sweet to me, so I guess maybe I am biased a little." She pokes at Abbey a bit. "Mm. That's sad." She says about the lack of T'us. "Busy probably, yeah. He's from Eastern, too, isn't he? I can't remember. Maybe you need to find a guy here at Fort, Abbey." Hotaru grins a bit at J'son. "Soooo? Well, I guess that does rather put a damper on things. Being a weyrling and all. Xanadu's candidacy was strange. They still allowed candidates to have sex and all." Hotaru raises a brow to J'son. "You have wine with you? Ah… it's too early for me to drink, but if you're still around later maybe."

Abigail smirks at Hotaru and glances towards her curiously. "Right, I'll get right on that." Well not really. She munches on a bite of meatroll while her fingers slide across her mug. "Aye Borodin be me twin." Not that many could tell by looking at them, very different. "Maybe yer get a chance ta met 'em J'son." A wink is sent to Hotaru. "No reason nat ta be sweet to ye. Yer nice Hotaru, are friend too." She shakes her head to J'son at the talk of wine. "Naw, not for me at the moment. Hotaru is right, bit early for something like that." Not to mention she has training to get too rather soon.

"Ah too early? Nonsense.. it's late.." he turns his attention back towards Abi and he grins at that before he laughs. "They did? So who'd ya shack up with, Hotaru?" He asks, teasingly. "It's no early at Eastern."

Hotaru chuckles. "No? What about D'ani? Or does he have a girlfriend? He needs someone to keep him occupied while he's got a bum arm. Also he's weyrsecond now. So it'll be a nice salary bump. He could buy you some furniture for your weyr." She teases. Hotaru eyes J'son. "Yes, but it's still time for breakfast here! I wouldn't even be able to enjoy it now." She laughs. "I didn't shack up with anyone! Most of the candidates were too young for that. And I was dating someone here anyways. Sort of. But some of the other candidates shacked up."

Abigail blinks as she hears Hotaru, a faint glance sent towards her. "Please. I'm rather sure D'ani would not want to get stuck with me." She smirks at the thought. "I'll get around to getting stuff in my weyr at some point. Just seems a bit pointless with just me and Niumdreoth." A slight chuckle escapes her as she hears J'son. "Well yer at Fort at the moment." She points outside. "Still morning bud."

"Ah, and who was tha?" J'son wonders, laughing a little bit at that. "Ah ya couldn't find anyone eh?" J'son asks, grinning impishly at her before he looks between the pair. "Ah, ah see." He shrugs at that before he gives a small laugh. "Ah'm not used ta it."

Hotaru raises a brow at Abbey, then laughs. "Why not? I suppose D'ani likes prissy girls that wear dresses and are polite. He'll probably end up with some quiet hold-bred girl. Who will be sweet, but boring." She chuckles. "Well, maybe I ought to come visit you more often then. Crash at your place so you get some furniture." Hotaru peers at J'son. "Why do you want to know? Anyways, just because we -could- doesn't mean I was going around looking for someone like I -should-. But no, I couldn't find anyone if you have to know. I don't seem to have much better luck than Abbey when it comes to nailing down a boyfriend."

Abigail shrugs as she hears Hotaru and glances to her mug. "I'm sure D'ani has interests elsewhere." She chuckles softly. "I told ye that yer more than welcome to come and stay at me weyr before." She points out with an amused tone at the idea. A nod is seen and she chuckles. "Well ye hang around long enough and maybe yer be use to it J'son."

"Ah see ya c'n go and find yerself a galfriend 'stead, Hotaru?" J'son says, giving a small laugh there as he teases his friends. "Ah'm glad ya are friends with each other.. Ya both are rather nice.."

Hotaru shrugs, too. "Probably he does. He doesn't really talk about his personal interests too much. Other that the stuff everyone knows about. At least not with me. But he does find me fantastically annoying, so…" She grins to Abbey. "You might regret that." Hotaru laughs. "You would like that, wouldn't you, J'son? Me finding a girlfriend. Anyways I already asked Abbey out. She turned me down." She says, too seriously to actually be serious. Then she sticks her tongue out at him.

"At least he doesn't see ye as a 'damsel that needs to be rescued' or something along 'em lines." Abigail offers with a roll of her eyes. There is a pause and she huffs a moment. "If I did regret it I'd just get Niumdreoth to push ye out." This said with an amused tone. There is a pause and she looks amused before a soft chuckle escapes her. "No comment."

"Wha?" J'son offers before he looks between the pair and he snickers. "Ah'll say this then… why don't we all go out ona date." J'son tells them both and he grins at the pair "Ah'll make sure ya both get a nice date out of it… show ya lots 'n lots ah care.." He admits. "Ah promise." He's being serious!
Hotaru peers at Abbey. "A damsel that needs to be rescued? Why's that? Does D'ani think of you like that?" She chuckles at Abbey. "I suppose you could. Though I'd hope you'd at least let him give me a ride down and not just shove me off the edge of the ledge." Hotaru rolls her eyes a bit at J'son. "No thanks. I'm an only child, so I'm bad at sharing. You and Abbey can go out and have fun though." The red-head gets up and stretches. "Well, I should head off to my chores. I'll see you two later."

Abigail waves a hand slightly as she hears Hotaru. "Long story. I'll tell ye sometime." It goes back to when D'ani and her was weyrlings. Hearing J'son she peers at him a few moments, blinking and she soon ahs not to sure what to say. "I think I'll pass on that idea." This said with a slight shake of her head before she waves after Hotaru. "Have a good day Hotaru."

J'son shrugs at that before he looks up and waves towards Hotaru. "Ave a good evenin'" He tells her, smiling. "Ah hope ya have a good day."


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