A Tale Of Two Harpers
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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.


Pyriel can be found this afternoon, sitting on a bench a goodly distance from the lake. He's drawn one leg up to his chest, arm draped over his knee. He's got a red wavy plastic headband on, pushing all the hair out of his face. It reveals all the boy's piercings on his ears, the lobes stretched a bit with black hollow plugs. He's just, staring out over the water, but he's not really looking at it. His eyes have a kind of distance to them, a look found more often on dragonriders than on harper apprentices.

Kaede gave Pyriel space, certainly, after his traumatic experiencing - she stuck her head in the infirmary now and again while he was resting to check up on him, never admitting she was there, however, when asked. Today, though, it seems enough time has passed, and after a few questions and misstarts, she's found the one she's looking for, down on the beach. However, her nerves seem to be failing her as she hesitates a short distance away, silently watching him.

Since Kaede is off trying to work up her nerve on whether or not to approach him, Pyriel is completely oblivious to her presence. He just remains, sitting there, zoning out. A dragon glides by further down the beach, passing his field of vision several minutes later, snapping him out of his funk long enough to idly glance that way and he watches him land upon one of the cliff ledges down there. A brown. As soon as the beast is out of sight, the blond rubs at his face with both hands.

Kaede hesitates for a moment longer, and as Pyriel's attention moves, so does Kaede, a brief smile flickering over her face before she shakes her head, and with a nervous sigh, she moves to close the distance, hands behind her back before she slips onto the bench next to Pyriel, hands resting in her lap. "Hey.." She offers finally, quietly.

Pyriel nearly jumps out of his skin at that quiet greeting, hands falling away from his face as if in preparation for a fight. But it's just Kaede, so he relaxes all at once. "Shards, ya shouldn't sneak up on people like that." he growls, lips pulling down into a frown most people had come to expect from the grumpy apprentice. Eyeing the girl a bit, he props both feet on the seat, wrapping his arms around his legs. "Where'd ya come from anyways?"

"Sorry.." She murmurs after a moment, biting her lip and blushing as she looks away, hands curling around each other in her lap. "That way.." She offers, true enough even though it is rather vague. As he frowns, she winces a little, only meeting his gaze for a minute. "How… How're you feeling?" She asks cautiously.

Pyriel has gone back to looking out over the lake, idly scratching at one of his cheeks as Kaede is fidgeting and blushing. Again, oblivious. He hadn't even waited to see if the girl had pointed in the direction from which she had come. The question she asks next earns her a shrug just as vague as her entering direction. He still had a few scraps that were mostly healed, a couple yellowed bruises that she could see. Otherwise he /looked/ perfectly fine.

Kaede lifts her chin to peek at him out the corner of her eye, trying to be all subtle and such about it. "Py?" She asks slowly, turning to face him, pulling her own legs up underneath her, arms wrapping around her legs as she settles her chin on her knees, staring. "My mothers a mi-" And then she blushes, shaking her head and quickly silencing herself.

Pyriel leans his head back against the back of the bench and turns it towards Kaede when she uses his nickname, "Hmm?" he asks, and ever so slowly arches a brow. The girl gets a scowl, not so much for the blushing she's was doing but for what she said. "No mindhealers. No one needs to know my business." he snaps, making sure to put that particular thought to bed before the girl got any more crazy ideas. Then he growls and drops his feet to the ground, crossing his arms over his chest and slumping a bit.

"I.. I just meant if you wanted someone to talk to." She tries to explain her words, shaking her head a little and then watches as he slumps, frowning at him. "Do you want to talk about it?" She questions, reaching a hand to rest it hesitantly on his upper arm.

Pyriel shakes his head, "Talking about it ain't gunna help nothing. Just makes me think about it more, and I dun wanna think about it." he says, surprisingly soft. He looks to where Kaede has touched his arm, but just returns his gaze to the ripping water of the lake. "Not really."

"Oh… right.." She murmurs softly, nodding, and glancing away. "Sorry.." She offers, shoulders rising and falling gently as she does so, her hand gently curling around his arm, giving a gentle squeeze. "I'm… glad you're okay, though. That… you didn't… didn't.." And she can't say it, trailing off on that word.

Pyriel just sits there, slumped down on the bench, taking in the scenery. Though, he does nod when Kaede apologizes. "It's cool." he says, perhaps relaxing to some degree, as the muscle beneath Kaede's hand feels like it's steadily losing it's tension. He's quiet for quite a while after she confesses to him about being glad, even if she can't complete the sentence. "I did ya know." he answers, teeth toying with the two piercings on his bottom lip. Making them wiggle however slightly. "I died." He slides his eyes in her direction, his head following a fraction behind. "Heart stopped beating for almost ten minutes before they got it started up again."

For a moment, it doesn't seem as if the words he says sink in, and then, her eyes are widening and her fingers are tightening on his arm, even as he relaxes. "Y-you what?" She starts, and then fingers are hurriedly loosened as she remembers herself. "Shards." She says all at once, suddenly unable to meet his gaze. "I.."

Pyriel can be felt lifting the shoulder connected to Kaede's hand in a half shrug, letting it fall back down just as quickly as it went up. "I don't remember it or nothing, so not like I felt anything." He watches her face as she reacts to the news, brows rising upon his forehead. There's a pause and he reaches over, snagging up the girl's wrist and sliding her across the bench towards him. "What? Finish yer sentences."

Kaede is caught, and for a split second there's a token bit of resistance before she's pulled over towards him, and she takes a deep breath, sorting her words out before finally answering. "I didn't know…" She finishes, eyes flicking upwards to stare through her lashes at him. "I.. I guess I wouldn't want to talk about that either."

Pyriel drops his arm after the pull to rest around Kaede's shoulders, his hand limply hanging over the furthest from him. He's not looking at the girl now, he's found some point off in the distance somewhere to pretend to be interested in. "How could ya know?" he asks, sparing her a glance, "Not like ya came to check up on me or anything. Right?"

Kaede glances at his hand for a moment, before she slowly lifts the hand closer to him to reach across her own body to gently hold his. "Actually… I, uh.." She starts slowly, blushing and finding her knees rather interesting. "Just… Just not when you were awake to see me." She admits after a moment. "I was worried, that's all!" She says then, suddenly, almost defensively as she turns to stare at him.

Pyriel closes his fingers around hers, "Thanks." he says after a long silence after her stammering, turning his head back to her as she does to him. Then, without warning, he moves to drop a soft chaste kiss to her lips. It doesn't linger too long, but when he draws back it's not very far, his eyes downcast to her mouth.

"You're… You're welcome." She manages, surprised by that simple response, blinking a few times. And then, there's a soft kiss, she gasps a little, and her free hand lifts to brush over her lips, cheeks coloring as she drops her chin a little, sitting there quietly, hand eventually dropping back to her lap.

Oh the boy wasn't done, no. Not when just the touch of his lips to hers gets such a cute reaction. The arm around her shoulders remains where it is, his free hand coming over, to lift her chin upwards with a curl of a finger beneath it. Pyriel leans in again, but this time the kiss he bestows is decidedly less chaste, guiding her into another that is deeper and much more intimate with a slight turn of his head.

For a moment, its as if Kaede doesn't know what to do, her chin slowly lifted by that finger, eyes rising with it to meet his gaze. As he leans, she makes no move to dodge, even if she's caught a bit by surprise. After a moment's confusion, she's following his lead, free hand lifting to gently touch his cheek. When she pulls away, though, she blushes, giggling just a little. "Py.."

Pyriel's tongue slides out to taste her on his mouth when Kaede pulls away, hovering there a moment before he simply returns to slumping on the bench, even if his arm remains about her shoulders. He quiet for a bit, pursing his lips and rubbing them together back and forth. "That's to say I'm sorry ya know, for that first time." he says, more of a mumble really, just under his breath but certainly clear enough to be understood.

Kaede bites her lip as he slumps, shifting to settle lightly against his side, leaning just a little as she slouches to sit more easily with him. "T-Thank you.." She whispers, stealing a look out of the corner of her eye, before looking back towards the water. "That… was much better."

Pyriel nods, but doesn't reply otherwise. He's content for now to enjoy the company of his fellow apprentice harper, his attention wandering back over to the water. People wander by, giving the couple a glance, there might even be a few whispers when they believe to be out of earshot. The boy of the pair was after all, one of those that stuck out like a sore thumb with all the piercings and the way he kept his hair. The two of them must look odd. Pyriel rough around the edges, and Kaede so prim and proper.

Hesitating for a moment, her hand moves to rest on his leg as she sits there, settled under his arm as she watches the people come and go, wrinkling her nose as a few words drift back from one judgmental girl that passes by. "Whatever." She snorts at them, shaking her head, before peeking back at him. "I… Did I tell you, I'm.. really glad you're okay."

Gold eyes flicker to the hand as it comes to rest on his leg, but soon flitter back to the blue-gray line that marks the horizon over the lake. If Pyriel overheard anything being said by passersby, he doesn't react. Which is clear sign that he hadn't for anyone that knew him well. The boy wasn't the type to sit idly by while someone made negative comments about him. It was one of the reasons he usually had a bruise or two, or a split lip. "Ya did say that yeah…" he says, sliding his eyes to the corner closest to Kaede. His chin comes up a little, "Ya wanna go mess around or something?" he asks, rekindling interest in the docks that weren't too far off, but his gaze doesn't linger there long either.

"Mess around?" She starts slowly, eyes slipping to meet his, head turning only slightly so that she can watch the side of his face. After a moment, she turns to follow his gaze, resting on each point of interest in turn, before she shrugs a little, giving him a smile. "They're doing exams so I was locked out of the room, so…" Why not?

Pyriel extracts his hand from Kaede's and slips his arm off her shoulders, popping up from the bench with a push off the seat. He grabs her hand, and helps her from her seat before leading her off, no where near the docks. In fact, the boy seems rather pointedly avoiding them if he can help it. So off they go, to find a quiet secluded spot somewhere. Kaede might not have a clue about what she's about to get herself into, but Py would clue her in quickly enough.

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