Re: And they all came tumbling down. (Almira/Lerian) #medhunt
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"Alright. Sounds good. I already looked around, didn't see any signs of anything dangerous." Not that he knew all there was to know about dangerous. He was just a kid, and hadn't spent much time out in the wilds. But Sandy was happy, and hadn't reported anything, and Lerian trusted the bronze flit a lot. He reached into his pocket, and carefully removed the still sleeping Star, and set him down next to his sister. The tiny blue blinked twice at the sudden chill, but then wiggled in closer to his sister and laid his little wedge shaped head across her back and with a sigh went back to sleep.
As Lerian headed towards the cliff face, Sandy flew lazy circles around the boy's head. Lerian stood there for a moment, examining the rock in front of him, before he started up. Sandy landed a bit above the boy's head, and hopped from spot to spot as the boy climbed. Everything was going smooth, but then Lerian got to the waterfall. This part would be more tricky, the rocks were wet, and slick.
Almira sighed to herself, leaning back on her arms and looking up at the sky, though she also kept track of Lerian in her peripheral vision. It was nice to have a bit of quiet time, away from all the people in the weyr. Her family hold hadn't been even half as populated, and she still longed for solitude now and then.
Now that he was closer to the water Lerian moved slower, making double sure of his handholds, and that his feet wouldn’t slip off whatever he was standing on. Normally Sandy didn’t worry much, but he gave the boy a cautious croon and flew past the water, and to the top of the ‘dragons’ head. Lerian of course was paying more attention to where he was going than his flit at the moment. He crossed the first set of wet rocks with no problem, and only slipped a little on the second. But he was almost there. The rocks were getting drier again, at least for a bit and he went a little faster through there. Only a little further to go. While he was at a safer point, he sat on a small ledge and turned around to wave at Almira on the ground. He was a little surprised how...small she looked. He must have gone up higher than he thought it would be. Turning back to the rocks, he scaled the last little bit, and was sitting on the dragon’s neck.
It was beautiful from up here. The stream fed down towards the sea, the tops of the trees swayed in the light breeze, further down towards the coast he could see a couple wherries circling. After a moment he grabbed one of the pretty, shiny rocks that Sandy had shown him, a fairly large quartz piece. As he tucked it into his pocket, and shifted his weight, to go back to the cliff face though, he heard and more alarmingly felt a creak in the rock. For a moment he froze, but then the neck started to dislodge from the cliff, Lerian scrambled as fast as he could towards the cliff, and he almost made it. The rocks gave way under his fingers and he fell, though his scramble had at least put him plummeting after the rocks, rather than under them.
Almira relaxed a bit as the sun warmed her up, and a quick search found a patch of particularly soft grass, which she laid back on, with her arms crossed behind her head. She was a bit nervous, watching Lerian climb, especially when he got to the part where he slowed down. But then he was past it, and she closed her eyes for a moment, the warm sun and peace of having a moment to herself making her relax again.
Almira didn't see hen Lerian reached his goal, or when he waved at her. She was almost dozing when the sound of falling, clattering rocks snapped her out of it, her eyes flying open as she sat up and looked to where she'd last seen Lerian. But he had climbed even higher than she realized.
A heartbeat later, Almira was on her feet and running, leaving behind a suddenly wakened Dahlia, who screeched unhappily at the fearful awakening.
As the rocks fell down the cliff, they bounced and rattled, making a great noise, around the tumbling rocks two tiny flits flew wildly, Star had been shocked awake with Lerian’s fear. The first rocks hit the water with great splashes followed by the boy’s relatively tiny form, which was clung to by the two flits, they were pulling frantically on his clothes even as he went under. A few seconds later both flits re-emerged flying in frantic circles above where the boy, who resurfaced was floating face down, blood staining the water near his head.
"LERIAN!" Almira screamed her friend's name
without conscious thought, just as he and several of the falling rocks hit the water of the lake. Dahlia had joined the other two flits in their frantic, fear driven flight. She skidded to a stop at the edge of the water, screaming his name again and watching helplessly, just as terrified of the water as she was of Lerian being dead. It brought back the memories of what had happened to her sister.
Almira ran back and forth along the edge of the lake, scared out of her wits when she saw blood beginning to turn the water around Lerian red. He was motionless, not responding to her, or to the cries of the firelizards. The blood was what made her wade into the water and begin swimming over to Lerian's limp form. The situation was entirely too similar to what had happened to her sister, with the falling rocks and bloody red water.
Lerian, because of the current floated towards Almira, his flits were tugging at him again, trying to turn him over. To not much effect until Sandy screeched and dove at one of the boy’s shoulders, managing to hit it hard enough to turn him over. The impact made him thrash feebly and cough, though he didn’t wake or move more than that. Once he was floating upright, Star landed on his chest cheeping with worry.
Almira couldn't bear the sight of Lerian's blood. Or the memory of what had happened to her sister. She didn't want a repeat of that terrible day. She had just reached him and was about to tow him to shore when Sandy managed to get Lerian turned over so his face wasn't in the water. It was a huge relief when Lerian coughed and moved, but Almira was still terrified he wouldn't make it. The idea that he might not, that scared her more than anything, even the deep water.
After looping one arm around his chest, Almira began to swim for shore, using her free arm and trying to hurry. Lerian was hurt, but she didn't know how badly. It was good that he coughed on his own, though. And as soon as she was able, Almira stood up and maneuvered Lerian so she could -mostly- carry him to dry land. Once that was accomplished, and Almira knew Lerian was secure and breathing, then she would worry about everything else.
Lerian had a nasty cut along the back of his head that was bleeding pretty badly, and his breathing was fitful until he coughed again and kept coughing till he rolled onto his side and coughed and vomited out a lot of water. After that he was breathing easier.
Sandy and Star landed on the ground next to the soggy humans cheeping fearfully. They kept looking from him to Almira, looking lost. Lerian groaned softly and curled into a ball on his side.
By the time she got Lerian and herself both safe out of the water, Almira was shivering and trying to breathe, and was barely able to stop shaking long enough to make sure Lerian was alright. It seemed like a good sign to her when he moved on his own and curled into a ball. At least he *could* move. Her sister hadn't been able too, after little Almira finally managed to drag them both to solid ground. Both girls had nearly drowned, and only one of them had come away from the incident whole.
Almira didn't have any dry clothes, but there was a small blanket in the pack she'd brought with her, as well as their picnic lunch, and she crawled over to it on her hands and knees, dripping the whole way, then took the blanket back and spread it over Lerian before picking up Sandy, so she could send him for help. Anyone would do, but she especially tried to emphasize that Sandy needed to find and bring back a Healer.
Sandy was willing to come to Almira, and after a moment of concentrating, seemed to pick up on the idea of what she wanted. Sandy projected back a pretty clear image of the healer he knew best, which happened to be the one that had made his pet almost puke. But the image of Cremsden was clear enough, with a feeling of questioning.
Star cheeped sadly, at being ignored then crawled under the edge of the blanket with Lerian and cuddled up against the boy cheeping at him.
Sandy tilted his head at Almira, then chirped once firmly, jumped up into the air, and disappeared, to look for Cremsden, or at least a healer.
Almira tried to focus on the image Sandy sent her, then nodded as he took off and disappeared *Between*. She curled up next to where Lerian was laying, and tried to soothe Dahlia, who had anchored herself to her dripping wet girl, and was cheeping along with Star.
Sandy appeared back at the main encampment, near where he thought the healer he knew would be, the man who had once repaired his pet’s arm after a fall. He was indeed near the healers, and he’d go to the first person he saw.
On Sat, Oct 13, 2018 at 8:36 PM Alyx <scottish.wolfecary@...> wrote:
Have fun with any of my characters. Alyx, Lerian (candidates), Vayka (Healer), J'hen, D'vik, Teyra, Cotai (Riders), Rotasta (AWLM)