Exerise and Practice on the Beach

Xanadu Weyr - Beach


The unerring range of subdued white rises and falls in a multitude of sandy dunes, creating an endless amount of tiny valleys constantly demolished and rebuilt by the frequent arrival or departure of a dragon. Smoothing out as it slopes gently to the edge of the deep blue water, the sand darkens and a shell here and there stands out for children to collect. The beach itself is set along a low cliff - the height lessoning as one heads eastwards, blocking a portion of the beach from direct access.

The wide wide stretch of water opens up to the east, the far distant shore way beyond the horizon and the beach curves ever so slowly round to east and west, distant arms of land embracing the wind-ruffled Caspian Lake. East leads up to the mouth of the Rubicon River, where the protecting cliff is merely an arms length higher then the sand, and beyond that, a winding road leading out of Xanadu's territory. Westwards, the beach narrows as the cliff swings out, leaving a path wide enough for dragons in single file before cutting in to the sheltered cove designated the Weyrling Beach. However, cut in the cliff face to the north are a variety of rough, wide staircases, providing access to the clearing and to the meadow.

Its a gorgeous day at Xanadu Weyr - the fog has finally cleared out, and while the various plants have taken the opportunity to create a fog of their own with the release of their seeds, many people are taking advantage of the change in weather. While the gardens are abuzz with various chatter, people have also escaped to spread out across the sandy strip of the beach, amongst them even various visitors to the Weyr. Visitors such as L'ton, who is still at Xanadu as afternoon is fading into evening, the bronzerider sprawled on the beach with Dhonzayth, the bronze dozing off.

S'ya and Sophyrinth come jogging down the beach, the greenrider working hard to get rid of all her babyfat. She's lost a good deal already but she's yet to reach her previous size, so she's been working out regularly. So accompanies her rider just for the fun of it, the green bouncing before S'ya happily and warbling encouragements. When the green spots the familiar bronze pair she warbles a hesitant greeting to Dhonzayth before making her way towards the water, leaving her out of breath lifemate to deal with them. "Tonny, love." She manages before catching her breath. "What a nice surprise."

Seryth walks the beach, or wades. While the young queen is obviously enjoying the day and being entertained by the young ones playing in the water's edge, she's working at exercising. Her harness is on and Thea's on her back. They aren't in the air presently, for walking also helps build muscles. Their workout ends at that point. Seryth wades ashore, Thea slides down, collects the harness and sends Seryth out to swim. She carries the harness further away from the water, and plops down nearby where S'ya and the bronzerider are to watch her lifemate swim. A silent salute is given to the AWLM for she doesn't want to interrupt the pair.

Dhonzayth perks up as first a familiar green appears and offers a greeting, and then a new, young gold is there too. Offering an excited trumpet, the brassy bronze is stretching his neck, to watch the still growing gold playing in the water. L'ton, for his part, grins as he notices S'ya, propping himself up on his elbows and patting the ground next to him in an invitation to join him. "Betcha getting sick of me.." He teases her, leaning to give her a kiss in greeting, before the wave to the AWLM catches his eye as well, and he's grinning at the weyrling, winking at her, and motioning that she can join them, even as he chuckles at S'ya, murmuring under his breath. "Ya didn't tell me ya'll had such pretty weyrlings this time."

S'ya catches sight of Seryth before Thea, the greenie squinting her eyes in order to find the weyrling. When Thea starts making her way towards them she offers a happy little wave. "Thea, working hard I see?" She says before plopping down in between the two. She exhales loudly before relaxing a bit. She's glad for the kiss, smirking a bit at the bronzer. "Get sick of you, love? Impossible." When L'ton winks at the Weyrling she giggles. "Settle down, love. She is still a Weyrling after all." In other words: Touch her and you lose the boys. "And well, I think all our Weyrlings are cute." She doesn't bother muttering, giving Thea a playful wink of her own.

Thea is besieged by winks it seems, but she doesn't seem disconcerted. She nods an affirmative to S'ya's question, "And pleasant work it is, now that we're allowed to fly a little." Her glance slides to the water when Seryth trills her hello to Dhonzayth and Sophyrinth, then back to the pair nearby and she coughs into her hand at L'ton's comment about cute Weyrlings, introducing herself drily, "Weyrling Thea, Sir."

"L'ton, Ista's Weyrsecond." Said bronzerider replies with a chuckle, shaking her head at the weyrling's reaction, apparently pleased with it, for he's settling back on his elbows, leaning lightly against S'ya. "Ya would." He makes a face at her, before nodding his head at the gold and green out in the water. "They look good, both of 'em." Thea's words catch his interest, and he smiles. "Flying, then? How do ya like it?" And the bronzerider attempts to engage the weyrling, even as Dhonzayth is offering another warble to Seryth, though he's polite enough to stay where he is on the beach.

"Oh yes, I remember the first time me and So went up in the air alone. It was just amazing." S'ya says, recalling her days as a Weyrling. "So everything is going smoothly then? No mishaps?" When she catches the Weyrlings cough she giggles a bit, not commenting on that. "Nonsense, love. You are much too cute to tire of." She says soothingly to Ton, giving him a little rub before turning her hazel eyes over to Seryth. Sophyrinth has moved closer to the queen, warbling happily to her. Obviously she wants to play a game of tag! The green doesn't invite Dhon though, the tiny dragon sending him nervous glances every so often.

Thea's lips twitch into a slow smile, eyes dancing mischief, "A yes, L'ton. Winner of many Flights. I've heard about you." She doesn't elaborate just what she's heard, though she does give the man a discreet look-over, huhs to herself before answering his question, "It beats walking." She laughs with genuine delight throws her arms wide adding, "There's nothing like it. So free!" She draws her legs up and clasps them with her arms nodding at S'ya, "Not so far, no. But we're taking it slowly." She pauses, then clarifies, "We're only allowed to glide and fly for short periods in low altitudes so far." Out in the water, Seryth joyfully accepts the invitation and dives under the water. Where will she emerge? A trail of bubbles gives her away; a silvery line heads towards Sophyrinth!

"Ah think my reputation is starting ta get ahead of me. S'ya, ya ain't suppose ta let them weyrlings hear all the rumors." He teases, shaking his head, and giving S'ya another nudge, before he's grinning up at Thea. "Well, ya shouldn't believe everything ya here, either, ain't fair ta ya to know what's going on before hand." The bronzerider is truly shameless, watching the women discuss flying with a smile. "Ya'll enjoy it, when ya get the okay, and can just go, be by yerself fer a few hours, up there." He nods skywards, even as Dhonzayth is crooning at the girls, beginning to edge across the sand, wings drooping as they go about their game.

S'ya giggles madly as Thea starts pulling out the bronzers record. "He does get around an awful lot." She agrees, smirking over at L'ton before leaning a bit more into him. "Oh trust me, I know the feeling. And well, So was always pestering me about flying early on. It was such a relief for us when we were finally able to." She bobs her head at Thea, aware of the annoying restrictions placed on the Weyrlings. "Well, soon enough you will truly be free to wander. Between to home and back in time for supper and all." To L'ton she smirks. "Sorry love, not my fault you are so popular." When he tries to cover his butt she just giggles. "L'ton is not all bad though, I think he can be a true gentlemen most of the time." So long as you know what you're getting into with the man. Back in the water So is thrilled at Seryth's acceptance. When the gold dives under she bounces around, moving into deeper water in hopes of spotting the weyrling. Poor Dhon gets a look over and a weak trill. Seems he can play, so long as he doesn't crowd the nervous green.

Thea waves a hand dismissing the topic, not at all timid about letting her viewpoint be known, "Gossip's boring." Then slyly she tells L'ton, "I've heard nothing so bad. Though I've met several-dozen of your offspring by now." She smiles, obviously exaggerating; after all, she's not been to all the places they live. She tilts her head, listening to S'ya, one lid flickers in a wink as she notes the cuddling. "It sounds…like an interesting life. So far, Seryth is at peace with her state. She's…patient." Ice-green eyes survey the game between the dragons in progress and she asks L'ton, "That your bronze out there looking all forlorn? What's keeping him from joining in?"

"So, she dun like him ta much. He says he dun wanna scare her off.." L'ton comments idly, but the nervous trill from the green is enough to send Dhonzayth into the water to join into the game, though he's careful to leave a polite distance between himself and the green. Reaching to give S'ya's knee a squeeze, he grins up at Thea, "Least ya know they're mine." And then he's tensing, looking nervously over his shoulder, down the beach. "Ah.. Ah need ta go. Eiri's looking fer me, and Dhon says she ain't so happy. If'n she asks, y'all didn't see me." He shakes his head hurriedly, as he gets to his feet. "Thea, t'was nice ta meet ya - Ah look forward ta getting ta know ya." He teases the weyrling a bit, before he's leaning to give S'ya a kiss, squeezing her shoulder. "Ah'll come by a lil later, once Ah get Eiri off my back." Dhonzayth, meanwhile is left to play as L'ton is ducking off, still on the lookout for the scary redheaded greenrider.

Gossip isn't boring! Not to S'ya at least, this greenie used to be the queen of it back in her Candidacy days. "Oh? Have you met Zallesh yet? Or was that A'dar?" Another L'ton baby. She giggles at the wink, waving it off. "Ton and I are just old friends, right love?" When Thea points out Dhonz's dilema she rolls her eyes a bit. "So does not like playing with males. She pretty much avoids them except when she is proddy." She bobs her head along with L'ton, backing up what he says on her lifemate. "Silly little thing." When the bronzer starts heading out she grins. "Will do, Ton. Maybe we can take Zal to the beach when you are done with your keeper?" And she gives him a wink, letting him head out before he's found out.

Thea watches as Dhonzayth enters the fray, but catches L'ton's comment. "If they start with Z, I do." She lets his other comment pass, but lifts a hand as he gets ready to scoot, "Nice meeting you too." S'ya's question garners a nod, "Zallesh? Uh huh. So cute, too. Looks like you." she observes Sophyrinth, "It's interesting how different they all are." Seryth isn't at all intimidated by the bronze. She's just diving and surfacing with glee, splashing all in range.

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