Fort Weyr - Gemstone Tavern
The dim lighting by the flicker of candles lining the walls is enough to offer a view of a room decorated in such a way as to be tastefully appealing. Each piece of furniture and decoration is chosen to accent another piece, and so on and so forth, matching and tying the whole room together in a theme that's separate, and yet at the same time unified. Tables line one wall, dimly lit by candles hanging in sconces all along. The bar along the far right wall is made of richly toned mahogany, tooled by a master and polished to shine with the soft glow of wood at its finest.

Candles strategically placed add to the atmosphere, accenting, punctuating. Towards the back is an open fireplace, constantly burning with a bright light, warming the tavern on cold nights and serving as a gathering place for patrons' story-tellings. Across the room, lush pillows and soft-covered floors promote relaxation at ease. Just before the pillows is a long stage, so full of its own vigor and memory - nicks here, marks there, scuffs from footware and other things - that it's possible to imagine the shows put on for the patrons without necessarily seeing the performances.


There's a popular band playing in the Gemstone Tavern tonight, which has drawn in a good crowd from the Weyr as well as from the surrounding area. The place is full, though not to the point of being uncomfortable; there's still room to move with ease, and the dancefloor is still empty enough for the couples using it to twirl each other around freely. From the flush on her face as she makes her way towards the bar, Thys has just escaped the dancefloor; she's dressed to relax in a simple, long dress, and looks to be achieving as much as she says her 'excuse mes' while passing between people.

C'rus has never been one for bars but was politely asked to make a detour by his dragon when he heard music from the tavern. Since the blue couldn't very well fit into the door of the place his rider is the perfect next best option. So C'rus is there, somewhere, sitting at a table with his glass of water watching the goings on. The look on his face is one of being tired, but there is no rest for one doing a good deed for someone else. He does spy Thys though who has extricated herself from the dance floor, "Hi Thys." he calls out to her, though it's anyone's guess if she'll hear over the din and the music.

Lucky for C'rus, Thys is actually close enough to hear him as she passes. "Cy!" She nudges her way past people to get through to his table, her mouth drawn into a wide, toothy grin. "I love this band. Aren't they brilliant? I got to hear them in Crom a couple of turns back and I think they're even better now." She looks over her shoulder to the lead singer, and her grin grows a little more - if that's even possible. Looking back at C'rus, she rests one hand on her cocked hip, head tilted to one side to hear him better. "How are you? No Kera tonight?"

K'drozen makes his way slowly into the gemstone tavern pushing his way slowly though the croud over to the bar he orders a drink before looking up and about to see whom might be about. spotting C'rus and Thys he nods in there dirrection.

C'rus nods his head in agreement with her assesment of the bands quality, "I'm afraid that I'm still not the best judge of music. I like the band just fine. Jai tells me they are very good and I'd trust my opinion more than my own on the topic. He's the one who asked me to come in." Because C'rus…in a bar…without reason…come on. He gives a passing glance to K'drozen and waves before looking back to Thys, "Oh I'll head that way eventually." he assures her, "We are weyrmates now." he adds with a wide grin on his face, "Not sure if its gotten around the rumor mill yet."

"Jaicoureth has good taste," Thys laughs, looking over to the bar as she follows C'rus's gaze, and spotting K'drozen. She winks at him, giving him a finger-wiggling wave. Then she looks back to the bluerider before her. "I had heard something, though I'd thought she might have been here… are you splitting your time between Weyrs? Doesn't the time difference bother you?"

K'drozen gathers his drink and moves to approach the pair and smiles, "Evening you two." he smiles to Thys, "How are you both this evening.

"I'd like to think so. Of course I get the pleasure of hearing his taste in music all the time. My own private harper." he says with an tired sort of smile, for indeed the music never really stops, thankfully he enjoys it. "We are, at least for the time being, going to do sort of a back and forth thing. We both really like our jobs and our homes..so it made the most sense fo the time being." he explains and then gives a dismissive wave of his hand, "It isn't so bad. The change in seasons is a bit strange, but it's totally worth it. Honestly if you love someone you just make time. Simple as that." he says with a grin, "Besides. It makes Jai happy too. He loves Moncerath. You should have heard him when I asked Kera to be my weyrmate. He was just as intent on expressing his feelings to her." He also offers a smile to K'drozen, "I'm doing very well thanks. You?"

K'drozen's approach is met with a salute and a grin. "Evening, K'drozen! I'm well, if I little thirsty… too much dancing." And Thys did sort of detoured on her way to the bar. C'rus's explanation of the whole weyrmating thing is responded to with a thoughtful frown as she processes what he says. "Interesting… I can't imagine Rhenesath being that enamoured with any dragon. Thankfully she's still showing no interest." Which means no glowing gold for Thys any time soon! "What's it like, though, living with someone? Don't you feel you need your own space?"

K'drozen smiles and says, "I haven't been dancing in turns myself." he smiles a bit "Living with someone can be great if it is the right someone.

"You know Jai. He's a creature of the heart. He's cares about everyone, but yeah…he's very enamoured. He loves deeply and completely, and he says its foolish to try to quantify it. It's just something that is, and I have little desire to debate him on the subject." C'rus replies. Because his dragon is usually right. He smiles to Thys, "Who knows maybe someday she will, or she won't…who knows." He points to K'drozen and nods in agreement with the man's statement, "He's exactly right. It's wonderful. I highly recommend it. Never really bothered me when I was living with all you guys. I've been living in dorms all my life it seems. One person is easy." That concerne addressed he's free to go deeper, "It's just marvelous knowing that you have someone to go home too. Someone that wants you to be there as much as you want them there. You can go home and take off the mask we all wear throughout our day and just be you. If you really love someone space isn't really an issue. You'll want them in your space."

"Rhenesath has love for the whole Weyr, it's not that she's… cold, or anything." Thys seems a tad defensive as she says it, crossing her arm over her torso to rub at her elbow. "Like a… maternal sort of love. She sort of thinks of them like… like how a chicken sits on her eggs and chicks? Like that. Not just for one dragon, for them all." As for the answers to her question about living with people, she frowns a little. "I mean, I have Ralik who comes over sometimes, and it's nice and all, but I like to have somewhere where I can be quiet and just think at the end of the day. Can you do that if you're trying to, I don't know, bond with someone else in your free time?" She sounds doubtful."

K'drozen says, "I though I had a bond like that with Kaylen's mom but." he shrugs, "I don't know any more."

C'rus is quick to point out, "I never implied that she was. Jai loves her very much, and appreciates her deeply." C'rus certainly has no difficulties with Rhenesath whatsoever, "I'm glad to hear it. I'm sure we are all better for it." he smiles. He gives a glance over to K'drozen and nods slowly, "Sometimes things don't work out. Always sad when it doesn't." C'rus smiles to Thys, "Sometimes it's all about being able to be quiet in the same place. When I'm with Kera we can just be silent with each other. I might be reading or she might be…we both have demanding schedules, but it's all worth it in the end. It takes time to find a groove I think, but once you do…its easy."

"Oh, I know all about demanding schedules," Thys comments with a gentle laugh and a roll of her dark eyes. Then she cants her head at K'drozen, lips pursed in concern. "Why don't you know any more, K'drozen? What happened? I've got to say that from what I've heard, the whole falling out of love part seems like far more pain than it's worth."

K'drozen says, "We just drifted apart reallly she ended up moving weyrs.." he shrugs and says softly, "Oh it is worth it Thys.." he smiles, "If you find the right person. Sometimes it may only last a night, others times a lifetime, it is worth it though.

C'rus snaps his fingers and once more points to K'drozen for a moment, "Yep. Totally worth it." The riders eyes glaze for a moment as it seems his dragon has an interjection to make in the conversation. When he snaps back to the present moment, "Jaicoureth says that love won't let you go once you've been posessed, and he further adds that to fall out of something you first have to be willing to get off the ground." C'rus certainly can't argue with the logic of the second statement, the first he has always found rather idealistic, "I can say that love has made me a better person. Let's me do my job better and the whole nine yards. It changes you for the better."

Dubious Thys is dubious as she looks between the two seemingly twitterpated riders. "I think love would be a distraction. I've already found that certain… things can distract me from my thoughts, and love would only be worse." She settles both hands on her hips, biting on her lip as she drops her head. "It's not… practical. Aspects of a relationship are nice, of course, but trying to split my attention between three things is going to mean that one suffers - and it won't be Rhenesath, nor can it be my duty to the Weyr. So…"

K'drozen says, "You will find that when you reach a point it changes everything." he smiles, "And there are side benifits, your relationship to your lifemate and your duty to the weyr do not have to suffer at all.

C'rus once more shoots a smile to K'drozen. He likes how this man thinks! "Right!" he affirms him. He takes a moment how to respond to Thys and her situation, "Oh yes. Love is terribly impractical." he puts on a mock sourface for a moment before a grin breaks that apart, "When you have it nothing suffers. I can love Jai completely and I can love Kera completely too, because in the end it's all just one thing, and there's always more to be had. Same could be said for my job…if I don't do it because I love it and believe in what I do then whats the point? I'd say it gives you the ability to do it all and do it all better than you could before. Not to say it's not hard…but it was hard before too."

Thys shakes her head at K'drozen and C'rus. "I'm not sure you understand how busy I can be. It's not as bad right now, given that there's five of us and Nyalle - well, four, since Jajen's… Jajen, but… at the same time, that's not making it easier in every respect." She shakes her head, rubbing her hand across her frown-creased forehead. "It's not so much having the capacity to love more than just Rhenesath, it's being able to divide my time. There's Rhen. There's my Weyr duties. There's my Craft. There's Ralik. There's me. And there's only one of me, trying to balance all of that… it's not easy. Some days it's not even possible."

K'drozen says, "And if you find the right person they will understand that balencing act." he smiles, "A harper once said, "The greatest gift you can give a person is yourself. even if just for a night.' If you truely love each other you will make up for quantity of time together with quality." he sips his drink and smiles just a bit.

C'rus is so terribly unused to having a person with a similar view in any given conversation. It is so wonderful to be in the majority for once, "It is all about self gift really." he says with a smile and then more gently he adds, "Thys. You act as if you are the busiest person on Pern, and that the weight of everything rests on you. I get it. I do. You are new and want to make sure you do everything perfectly. It's a wonderful thing you are trying to do." He can't fault his friend in the least.

"I understand and appreciate those words," Thys says to K'drozen, "but I don't know if I can apply them to my own thinking." She frowns, looking away from both riders to focus on some far-off point for a moment. "I'm sure weyrmating and love is the right thing for both of you, as you seem absolutely enthralled by the idea and the reality of it, and that's… that's great. Good for you, really. But it's not something I can see for myself. Yes, I have a… a something with someone, and it's nice and whatever, but it is what it is and I don't have time for it to grow."

C'rus doesn't have a pony in this race in any real and concrete way, "Thank you." he says with a smile and a nod accepting her compliment, "If thats all you want I don't think anyone will try to stop you." he points out with a little shrug, "Though if I were you I'd be careful. Love sneaks up on you as silently as a feline and pounces just as hard. If you don't watch out you may find yourself in it before you know what's happening. It happened that way for me, and if it can happen to me as wrapped up as I was in my work it can happen to anyone." If Thys were to go to Xanadu and ask around she'd surely hear stories of how C'rus was a hermit before and here he is…sitting in a bar. Times change and so do people, "So keep your eyes peeled. Because it's everywhere." he raises a hand and motions around the bar, "Look at all those people dancing. Not saying they are all in love but some of them are. Maybe a good portion. I used to think I was so special and above such petty things. I had my work to do and boy did I get knocked on my butt. We are all just human in the end. Even those of us that have no time."

"Huh." Thys listens, commenting with that semi-neutral little syllable when C'rus is finished. "What happens happens. I can't control everything." She shrugs, looking wistfully over to the bar. "I'm quite thirsty still. Would you like a drink at all?" She's already flagging someone over to order herself a drink. She rests her hands against the back of the second chair at Cy's table, leaining her weight onto it. "How's Haast treating you?"

C'rus holds up a still half full glass of water, "I'm doing good in that department. Thanks though." He gives a little chuckle, "No you most certainly can't. Anymore than I could…and believe me I've tried." If anyone were to get points for trying it would be C'rus, "I have no complaints. It's much like what I did before. I get to be a healer again. I'm pleased with that. I'll have more training coming up on various topics…so its all good really. Every infirmary has its own culture, it's just a matter of getting used to it."

"Good, good. I'm glad you're settling in… I would have wanted to be in Haast, if I could've been. It would've made getting my promotion a whole lot easier… but Rhen insists I work on it still despite… well, that's going to be my excuse again, really. Despite not having much time." Thys sighs, and rolls her eyes. "And your weyr? How's that? You're going to come to my party, aren't you?"

C'rus is thus far the only weyrling that landed in Haast. He can't imagine that it will be all that popular with Sk'ler or Rynn, though he could be wrong. He says nothing about her excuse of 'not having time' which is quickly becoming Thys's anthem. He just grins, it's all he really can do, "My weyr is fine. I can't say I'm very good at getting things set up. I'm sure that Kera will have her say as time passes." Indeed C'rus has always been rather spartan when it comes to things like that. Bookshelves, books, necessary furniture and thats it, "Our weyr in Xanadu is certainly a bit more homey and lived in…" And boy is it cluttered, "And yep. We'll be there. It should be a good time. I'm looking forward to it…" he says with a smile, "Speaking of which I should probably get going. It's getting late and I'll tear Jai away from his music and put us to bed." Truly the dragon would never sleep if there was music playing somewhere if it was completely up to him. In fact if Rhenesath were to listen across the weyr the blue dragon can be heard happily singing, in a rather loud and chaotic fashion «It's my life! And its now or never. Cause I ain't gonna live forever. I just wanna live while I'm alive. My heart is like an open highway. Like someone said: I did it my way. I just want to live while I'm alive. Cause it's my life!» Apparently he's in a good mood.

"I suppose it is getting late, isn't it?" Thys looks over to the dancefloor, to where the number of couples shimmying away has significantly reduced from when she left. "Yes, it's probably about time to head home. I'll walk with you, if I may? I'm looking forward to the party, you know. It'll be nice to let my hair down a bit, to have everyone over, enjoying themselves… I've organised a barbecue out on the ledge. That's mostly where we'll be, actually. There's too much in my weyr to have many people inside and I've not had ti— the opportunity to sort through it all, yet." She shrugs, taking a step back from the table to give Cy room to get up first.

C'rus nods his head as he gets to his feet, "It is, and please do." The dragon at the very least has to be satisfied, at least for the evening, "I'm looking forward to it too. Should be a good time." he says as he steps away from the table, pushing his chair in first and begining to walk with his friend toward the door, "I never was much for owning things. Some clothes, some books…" A little stuffed dragon that sits on his bed that he won't tell anyone else about beyond Kera (who bought it) and Jaicoureth who finds it amusing, "The ledge will surely be just fine." Once again he'll ignore her time deficency, as it seems to be her own thing to sort through. Everyone has something it seems.