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Xanadu Weyr - Meadow(#9290RJL)
A large, slightly rolling meadow is set high enough above the riverbank on both sides to avoid suffering from flooding, healthy ground cover and grass spreading out from either side of the dividing river. Scattered amongst the meadow are a variety of weyrs, each with a narrow path leading up to it from a main, winding road. Some are set under a few trees, while others sit by themselves.

Runner stables with the paddock beyond are to the south beyond the meadow weyrs, a smithy and a woodcraft shop are settled closer in towards the path to the clearing, while trees border the western edge of the meadow, and a faint outline of a stone wall and low rolling hills can be seen to the north. Wagons laden with felled trees from the forests to the southwest or ore from the mountains to the southeast are hauled by burden beast up the road through the meadow, over the bridge spanning the river to be processed in the appropriate workshops.

It's late morning andwith morning duties done, Garait is sittine on a blanket with a few snacks, trying to focus on some sheets of paper in front of him, but failing. He glances around at the foggy are and just stares into the forest, thinking since he can't focus at the moment. He absently nibbles on a redfruit and takes a sip of water, but keeps his gaze off in the distance. If one were to look at him they'd think he was daydreaming since there doesn't seem to be anything wrong.

Walking very carefully, with a stuffed brown dragon hanging from her arms and her mother's green firelizard draped over her shoulders, Lanai is heading from the direction of the coastal road for the forest, her mother a short distance behind, "Careful, Lanai." Lorelai's voice is warning, but affectionate as she keeps an eye on the little girl who is getting bigger everyday. It's only when the petite baker notices the younger apprentice staring off into the distance that she jogs forward a few steps to catch up to her daughter, "Don' go tripping over anyone, again…" The little girl is notorious about not watching where she's going…

Hearing a voice and people approach, Garait is brought back to the present. He smiles at the baker, whom he recognises and then waves at her, "It's okay really. I've been run into sincee neither one of us was paying attention, and then nearly tripped over a dragon as well." How could someone trip over a dragon?? Must of been deep in thought or sleepwalking or something. "How are you?" He smiles at the Baker and the little girl as well.

It's only when Garait turns that Lorelai recognizes him. She smiles in response to his smile and offers a little wave of her own, wincing when he mentions run into and almost tripping over dragons, "How in the world did you manage that?" She shakes her head in wonder, giggling softly while Lanai holds her toy close and the firelizard dozes happily.

Blushing slightly, Garait explains, "Well, I was backing up, taking notes on something and Natalya was reading as she walked forward. then we collided next to the weyrleader's Bronze's tail while getting up. The dragon found it quite amusing though." He glances down and upon seeing a bubbly pie, he offers it to the little girl.

"Oh… I can see how that would happen, then." Lorelai giggles softly, earning a softer giggle from her daughter as the little girl hides her mouth behind the stuffed dragon. The offering of the pie gets a wide eyed look from Lanai as the little girl reaches for the treat, making sure to keep her toy held securely. "What do you say?" The reminder gets a shy look and the little girl ducks her head, murmuring a soft 'thank you'. "Garait, have you met my daughter?" The baker rests one hand on the little girl's head.

Garait shakes his head at Lorelai, "No I Haven't." He tilts his head to the little girl, "I'm Garait, Apprentice Beasstcrafter here." He smiles at the Baker and her daughter, "Are you doing okay today?" He folds the sheets of paper he has and puts them into a nearby notebook.

The little girl gives a shy wave, but still doesn't speak, even though she doesn't have any problem with taking a bite out of the pie he gave her. Lorelai chuckles at the little girl and shakes her head, "She's not usually this shy…" At leas she's not hiding behind her mother, though! The baker kneels beside the child, surprisingly being just a little taller than the not quite three turn old when she's on her knees, "Garait, I would like to introduce you to Lanai." She ruffles the little girl's hair, "We're good. We were just on our way to the playground for a little while." She glances at the notebook curiously, "What are you doing out here?" Other than enjoying in picnic, that is.

"Well met Lanai," Garait responds. He smiles at Lorelai, "Well, I understand about being shy around new people." He shrugs then, "Well, i was looking over some notes for my lessons, but can't seem to focus today. Not exactly sure why either. I thought being outside would help me." Obviously it isn't and seems to be distracting him further.

Lorelai nods, smiling fondly at her little girl who hugs her toy closer with one arm, "Lanai is a good little girl. She's just wanting to spend time with Mama, right?" The question gets a quick, eager nod from the girl and she leans back against her mother while the two grown-ups talk. The baker nods while the younger apprentice speaks, "Understandable. I'm lucky being in the kitchen; my studying is really more experimenting with flavors."

"I still spend time with both of my parents." Even though Lorelai was the product of a flight, both of her parents still were a part of her life. She nods as she listens to what he says about his lessons and duties, dily dusting crumbs off of the toy the little girl is holding as she finishes off her treat and holds her hand up to offer sticky fingers to the firelizard to lick. Lanai giggles as the little green's tongue licks over her hand, the firelizard humming happily at getting the sweet treat.

"Spending time with your parents if you can is important." Garait stands up and stratches then starts to gather up his stuff, taking care to fold the blanket as well as he can, "I'm going to have to go soon since it's geting close to time for my lessons."

Lorelai nods, "It is important." Lorelai smiles and kisses her daughter's sticky cheek, "It's important to spend time with all family." She's always felt that way, anyway. She nods when he starts backing his things, "Looking forward to more lessons on the computers, I suppose." She grins, moving to offer to help him fold his blanket, "We don't do much with computers in the baker craft, but I've had a chance to do a few small things on them." And she can totally understand why the younger apprentice is eager to learn on them!

Garait gratefully accepts the help and nods, "The computer work is nice and I do like it. There is a lot to learn and most of it is committing things to memory, as well as practice." Once the blanket is folded, he puts his notbook on top of it and holds hs cup. "I also wnt to make sure that I'm doing well in everything so I can make it to the starcrafter's gather they'll be having."

"You'll be going to the gather?" Lorelai looks down at her little girl, "Do you think you might could bring Lanai with you? I'm going to be on duty for it… I've got all kinds of things I'm making for it!" She grins, "And I've got a lot of dishes that don't have herdbeast in them, too."

Garait blinks at Lorelai for a moment at the request, "Um, well yes I can take her. Are you sure you want me to though?" He smiles when she mentions the dishes without herdbests, "Thank you for that, I greatly appreciate it."

Lorelai positively beams at him when he agrees, "Thank you!" Her grin fades a little, "I mean, you don't have to bring her if you don't want to, but she's been talking about wanting to go since Sahazyth clutched." She smiles and nods, "Oh, of course! You really should try some of my fruit rolls. I've been perfecting that recipe for a few turns now."

Smiling, Garait chuckles, "I'm sure it will be fine. I'll take her." He nods then, "I definitely want to try those!! But have to head to my lessons now, so I'll talk to you later?" He waits until she repods and takes off towards his lessons.

Lorelai grins and nods, "I'll make sure that I've got plenty of them." She looks relieved when he agrees to bring the little girl with him, "Thank you so much! I don't want to make Ers'lan watch all of the kids at once." She giggles softly at that thought and shakes her head, "Even just one of the boys is almost too much; could you imagine if he brought all five of the older ones?" Fortunately, Keziah's youngest is still small enough to be carried and isn't too much trouble, yet! She nods when he talks about leaving, "Of course! Enjoy your lessons."

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