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Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

Jessica Freise
 

"Oh yes," she said, smiling. "It's definitely a learning experience working with Kassia. But no unenjoyable."

On Jul 18, 2020, at 2:28 PM, sailyn2 <empressoftheworld@...> wrote:

"I'm still recovering from being trapped in the cave," Kashara explained. "You enjoying working for my mom, too? I hear you and Andreya are helping keep her sane."


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

sailyn2
 

"I'm still recovering from being trapped in the cave," Kashara explained. "You enjoying working for my mom, too? I hear you and Andreya are helping keep her sane."


Re: (Clutching) Why Kassia Missed Her Party atten: Foreth/Truenoth/Talith/Mendl #clutching Part 8 #clutching

sailyn2
 

“I guess it’s right what they say about a mother’s love,” Mendl said, then grabbed her opportunity.  “Are you pregnant?” If she was, it would explain a lot of things.


“Huh?” Kassia was watching Foreth and it took a minute for her to follow the change in subject. She smiled and laid her hand over her slight baby bump. “I am. From around the time of Foreth’s flight. So I’ve been having some sympathetic memories of what it’s like to be pregnant to feel towards Foreth.”


“I’ll bet. It’s got to be hard on you, to not only have to be here in this heat, but be here while you’re pregnant.” She smiled. “Not that I know what that’s like. Does it happen often? Pregnancy after a flight?”


And more importantly, would she be able to handle that? She wasn’t ignorant, but she hadn’t found anyone worth having sex with. Granted, she’d been introduced to it at an early age, but that’s why she didn’t want it now.


But if she Impressed, well, she’d just lose herself in her dragon.


“It does when your dragon is injured and can’t take you between for a while,” Kassia said with a shrug. “The teas help, but aren’t foolproof. As you can see. But I’m not unhappy, I was just not planning for it.”


She glanced back at Foreth who was showing signs of nearly laying the next egg. 


“You should slow down if you can, love,” she called.


((They come when they come,)) Foreth said, clearly still irritated but not as bad as before.


“Can we see now? Please?”


The gold didn’t appear to answer her at first, then she straightened up and nudged two new eggs forward.


One looked like spiders had been spending days creating spider webs all over it (Kassia shook her hand and shuddered in memories of cobwebs). The other looked like a forest sky under a storm.


“They’re beautiful,” Kassia said hastily.


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

Jessica Freise
 

"Are you alright?" Fali returned, before answering, "I enjoy it. It makes me feel like I have a purpose, like I'm useful. I've made friends and family here."

On Jul 18, 2020, at 2:17 PM, sailyn2 <empressoftheworld@...> wrote:

Kashara couldn't hide a limp as she led the way through the party and outside to a nearby bench where things were a lot quieter, if hotter. She took a seat. "So how are you liking Candidacy here?"


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

sailyn2
 

Kashara couldn't hide a limp as she led the way through the party and outside to a nearby bench where things were a lot quieter, if hotter. She took a seat. "So how are you liking Candidacy here?"


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

Jessica Freise
 

She hated to admit it, but- "Yes, let's do that. We can get to know one another better." She gave her  real smile, one that reached all the way to her gray eyes.

On Jul 18, 2020, at 2:06 PM, sailyn2 <empressoftheworld@...> wrote:

"My mom will put in an appearance when she's ready," Kashara said, taking a sip of drink. "If this is too much, I'd be happy to join you just outside where it's not so noisy."


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

sailyn2
 

"My mom will put in an appearance when she's ready," Kashara said, taking a sip of drink. "If this is too much, I'd be happy to join you just outside where it's not so noisy."


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

Jessica Freise
 

"A bit overwhelmed," she found herself mentioning as she found a seat and gestured to Kashara to sit. "There's so much excitement in the air I think I mihgt choak. And really, Lady Kassia should be here, along with Serati."

On Jul 18, 2020, at 1:55 PM, sailyn2 <empressoftheworld@...> wrote:

"She's probably just held up," Kashara said, not particularly worried yet. Knowing her mom, she probably got caught in the dress by one of her weyrmates and they'd gotten...indisposed. "How are you doing, by the way?"


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

sailyn2
 

"She's probably just held up," Kashara said, not particularly worried yet. Knowing her mom, she probably got caught in the dress by one of her weyrmates and they'd gotten...indisposed. "How are you doing, by the way?"


Re: (Clutching) Why Kassia Missed Her Party atten: Foreth/Truenoth/Talith/Mendl #clutching Part 7 #clutching

sailyn2
 

“What’d I miss?” Kassia asked, emerging from the temporary weyr with glasses of juice for each of them. She’d changed into a much lighter sundress and looked a lot more comfortable.


She was just reaching to hand over one of the glasses to Mendl when a flash of gold color caught her out of the corner of her eye. “Oh Faranth, you laid another one,” she gasped. A wide smile broke out over her face. “Congratulations, my love. She’ll be beautiful.”


((Only the worthy can try to have her,)) Foreth said, shuffling around the eggs so that all were hidden except the gold egg which had a place of pride. 


She wasted no time before she was moving back into position for the next egg.


Mendl wanted to shout, but that would be so unbecoming. But she couldn’t keep the excitement from her voice.


“I can’t believe that I was here to witness that!” she said, her voice hoarse with emotion. “It’s just so...it makes up for the others, in looks anyway, doesn’t it?” And really, with the gold egg there, were the others really that ugly?


“They’re kind of growing on me, y’know?”


((THEY’RE NOT UGLY!)) Foreth’s response was swift and harsh in both of their heads. Then she swung her body around so that she was hiding the next egg she was laying.


“No, no of course not!” Kassia soothed. “They’re beautiful, including your beautiful daughter. Can we please see the next egg?”


((NO!)) Foreth’s eyes whirled in irritation.


Oops. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean for her to hear...they aren’t ugly. Just unusual, like their mother.” Mendl felt bad. She didn’t want to upset Kassia’s dragon. Or Kassia. This was the first time she could remember that the two of them were getting along.


“I really put my foot in my mouth this time.”


“No, that was my fault, too,” Kassia said as she made herself comfortable again. “She’ll cool down in a minute.


Meanwhile it was obvious that Foreth had laid the hidden egg and had moved immediately to the next.


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

Jessica Freise
 

"I am," she answered, killing two questions with one response. Her forehead creased, however, as she asked, "Have you seen Weyrwoman Kassia yet? I would have thought she'd have been here by now."

On Jul 18, 2020, at 1:42 PM, sailyn2 <empressoftheworld@...> wrote:

"Yeah, you're Trifali, right?" Kashara hadn't spent as much time with this daughter of T'rif's as she had with Andreya, but she recognized the girl just the same. She had a plate with food in her hand and gestured around her with the fork. "Enjoying the party?"


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

sailyn2
 

"Yeah, you're Trifali, right?" Kashara hadn't spent as much time with this daughter of T'rif's as she had with Andreya, but she recognized the girl just the same. She had a plate with food in her hand and gestured around her with the fork. "Enjoying the party?"


Re: (Clutching) Why Kassia Missed Her Party atten: Foreth/Truenoth/Talith/Mendl #clutching Part 6 #clutching

sailyn2
 


“If she’ll let me, I’ll check the eggs every day,” Mendl said, voice low. Not that it would matter. “And Dytha. Dytha is very detail oriented. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong. If they were misshapen or physically bumpy, I’d worry. But any ‘bumps’ on them look to be pigmentation.” She looked at Kassia, noting the done-up hair, the nice dress, the makeup.


“Have you been sleeping well?” she asked. 


Kassia shrugged. “As well as I can.” Between Foreth being...Foreth, and the attack at the Gather Dance and Kassia’s own pregnancy, sleep was a little hard to come by. The herbs that the healers were giving her were helping, but it wasn’t perfect. “Usually things are a bit easier once the eggs are laid. At least for the first couple of weeks.


“Yeah, you just look a little paler than usual. Probably from the stress of,” she waved her hands, “everything. It can’t be easy being you. So much responsibility.” And, she probably didn’t delegate it well. Mendl could relate. She wasn’t good at delegation, either.


“It’s a little hot in this dress, which isn’t helping.” Kassia stood. “I’m going to get changed and some juice. Yell if you need me.”


To Foreth she added, “Love, I’ll be right back.” Then she disappeared into the temporary weyr to change.


Mendl watched her go and frowned. Was that…? Instead, she watched Foreth. “Sweetie,” she said under her breath, “I hope everything’s OK in there. But I think it is. You’ve had a rough time of it, but I’ll make sure you’re good, if you’ll let me.” She didn’t know what it was about Foreth that she liked, but of any golds at the Weyr, past or present, the self-proclaimed Sun had always been her favorite.


Oh, she had no assumptions that Foreth liked anyone other than her rider. But what dragon did, actually?


((I’m...fine...)) Foreth said with another loud grunt. She fussed around on the stands a moment, wiggling her body back and forth and seeming generally uncomfortable as she pushed at yet another egg.


Very slowly the egg emerged, its color muted by all the secretions that helped it leave Foreth’s body and protected it as she pushed it out inch-by-inch, grunt-by-grunt. Just as it slid free, she turned her body, hiding it from view as she spent an inordinate amount of time cleaning off every inch.


When she finally turned back around she let out a growl of satisfaction and moved it to the front of the growing pile.


One look, and there was no doubt as to what color dragon the dragon inside was. The egg shown like molten gold ready to be poured and worked into a form. And yet there was an almost delicate look to this egg. Whatever could be made from that gold would have to be treasured and protected.


“Oh, Foreth, she’s beautiful,” Mendl gasped, eyes going wide. She reached out her hand as if to touch it, even though she was dozens of feet away. “Whoever Impresses that one is one lucky Candidate.”


But now she felt it was a sign. Not that she’d get that egg, but that since she was there to watch the Clutching, she might...just might Impress this time.


It gave her hope.


Foreth gave a satisfied rumble.


Re: Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Party to Everyone Else atten: ALL 8.28.7.17

Jessica Freise
 

Trifali had expected the Weyrwoman to show up. After all, it was her birthday, too, as well as Sarati's. She enjoyed the food and avoided the drink, though she nearly ran down a concerned-looking young woman in the second half of the second candlemark of the party.

"I'm sorry," she said, then paused. The girl looked a lot like herself. She smiled. "You wouldn't happen to be a part of Lady Kassia's extended family would you?"

On Jul 16, 2020, at 4:54 PM, sailyn2 <empressoftheworld@...> wrote:

Kassia's birthday and Sarati's birthday were the same day. After the Gather Dance had been ruined and the weather had gotten so horrendous, Kassia wanted an excuse to boost morale with another party and their shared birthday seemed as good a reason as any. Word went out a few days ahead of time that there'd be a party and preparations were under way. A grand feast was planned and alcohol (doled out in moderation by Kassia's order) as well. There'd be music and a dance floor. Decorations went up around the Dining Hall and the Dining Hall was cleared early to give time for the rest of the preparations. Guards were posted to keep a close eye on the event.

The time for the party arrived and people started arriving. Sarati made her appearance from the beginning, but the other guest of honor had not yet arrived within the first candlemark.

OOC: Party time! Feel free for your characters to enjoy themselves. Alcohol consumption is being watched, so if your character will probably be cut off if they start getting too drunk or rowdy.

Date is 8.28.7.17



(Clutching) Why Kassia Missed Her Party atten: Foreth/Truenoth/Talith/Mendl #clutching Part 5 #clutching

sailyn2
 

“She was hurt once for the time that made her get stuck on the Island,” Kassia said, “but that was a long time ago.”


Out on the Sands, Foreth was fussing with and rearranging her eggs over and over. One would become visible and then be hidden again by sand and her body before the next one appeared and on and on. That she wasn’t settling down alert Kassia that there must be another egg on the way soon.


“Were there any unusual eggs then?” she asked. “I wasn’t around for that Clutch.” Too young. Suddenly Mendl realized Foreth had probably been Clutching longer than she had been alive. Sobering thought. Though, if she mentioned that to Kassia, it would possibly make the Weyrwoman feel old.


No, she wouldn’t do that. 


“I’m wondering if it has something to do with her medications. There are certain things that can turn a person’s urine different colors, so why not eggs?”


“Who knows.” Kassia shrugged. “I mean, egg colors are always so weird anyway. And I know a lot of it is that people have a tendency to try to make patterns of what they see. I just hope that the dragons inside are nice and healthy, no matter what they look like on the outside.”


Foreth had buried her three eggs again and moved into position for the next egg.


“Have you ever seen a Clutching?” Kass asked quietly.


lMendl shook her head.  “No. I feel so...privileged, sitting here. Lucky. I mean, even Eyesis,” who had stayed away from the caverns--Foreth may be busy but she may also want a snack at some point, “Eyesis will go and clutch privately. At least close to me, but I sometimes feel like she’s part feline. She’ll have her eggs in the closet. Usually while I’m out. There have been times I didn’t even know until the last minute.”


She watched as Foreth got into position for this egg. “Thank you. I really like Foreth.”


“Foreth has surprised me a time or two, but she wanted me around this time,” Kass said. She gestured at her party dress. “I was getting ready to go to the party when she stopped me.”


((You need to be here,)) Foreth said, voice strained the egg slowly worked its way out of her body. She scuffled at the sand and grunted as another slid free.


Kassia swallowed hard at the sight of the ugly egg. It looked like it was covered in oozy, slimy algae. She kept waiting for the egg to come clean as Foreth dutifully licked it clean, but the icky green remained.


Re: (Clutching) Why Kassia Missed Her Party atten: Foreth/Truenoth/Talith/Mendl #clutching Part 4 #clutching

Laurie
 

Mendl swallowed. Hard. "Uh, yeah. And, that red one looks like something I wash out of my monthlies. But the glassy one is kind of pretty." Usually the eggs all had a happy glow to them, no matter who Clutched them. But these...she began to muse out loud.

"Eggshells are just random pigmentation. The colors come from different environmental triggers: mood, food, and various other trace things. I'm sure there's nothing to worry about. Has she ever been injured while incubating before?"

Mendl had put a lot of thought into Foreth's circumstances before Clutching. So much had gone wrong this time around, and that was saying a lot for Arolos. 

On Sat, Jul 18, 2020 at 12:57 PM sailyn2 <empressoftheworld@...> wrote:

Kassia looked up as Mendl was finally let into the Caverns after the guards and the two male dragons. Mendl wasn't always her favorite person, but she was glad that the young woman and gold had bonded somewhat. She patted her seat next to her.

"Foreth's just laying another egg," she said. "Have a seat. Everything's fine so far."

As she spoke, Foreth was just finishing pushing out yet another egg. Kassia blanched. This one looked even worse than the first three eggs. She leaned down and whispered to the dragonhealer, "Does that look like rotting flesh to you?"


Re: (Clutching) Why Kassia Missed Her Party atten: Foreth/Truenoth/Talith/Mendl #clutching Part 4 #clutching

sailyn2
 

Kassia looked up as Mendl was finally let into the Caverns after the guards and the two male dragons. Mendl wasn't always her favorite person, but she was glad that the young woman and gold had bonded somewhat. She patted her seat next to her.

"Foreth's just laying another egg," she said. "Have a seat. Everything's fine so far."

As she spoke, Foreth was just finishing pushing out yet another egg. Kassia blanched. This one looked even worse than the first three eggs. She leaned down and whispered to the dragonhealer, "Does that look like rotting flesh to you?"


Re: (Clutching) Why Kassia Missed Her Party atten: Foreth/Truenoth/Talith/Mendl #clutching Part 3 #clutching

Laurie
 

Mendl was in the Dragon Infirmary doing apprentice dragonhealer stuff when Eyesis came chittering up to her, followed by another flit.

"Awww, Eyesis, do you have a new boyfriend?" she asked. The look her green gave her spoke volumes. Maybe firelizards didn't communicate like people, but they could communicate. 

The note the other flit handed her summoned her to the Hatching grounds. "Whoa! Foreth's Clutching? Yay!" But there was still cause for concern. The leg, the double...dipping? whatever.  This clutch wasn't going to be a normal one. 

Grabbing anything and everything she thought she'd need, Mendl ran to the Caverns. It took some doing, but she was finally allowed in. Knowing better than to just go up to the gold, she stopped by Kassia.

"I'm glad you called. I've been kind of worried about when she started Clutching, myself. What's happening?"  Then she remembered her manners and tilted her head. "Good afternoon, Weyrwoman."


On Sat, Jul 18, 2020 at 11:45 AM sailyn2 <empressoftheworld@...> wrote:

There was a short rest while Foreth caught her breath. Inwardly Kassia felt mixed feelings. Two eggs, but such weird looking ones. Was that a sign that something had gone wrong? A reflection of Foreth's personality? Or was she just being superstitious? She also wondered whether she should call in a healer, especially with Foreth's leg which was a lot better, but was still weak.

"Mine, can I call in a healer?" Kassia asked as the Queen fussed with her first two eggs.

((Why?)) Foreth asked, not bothering to look up.

"Just in case." Kassia knew there was no point in calling someone if the Queen objected unless there was a major issue. Queen's were very finicky about their privacy when they were Clutching. "I could call that Mendl, you liked her."

Foreth had taken a bit of a shine for the young dragonhealer while she helped keep her leg casted appropriately. Probably because Mendl was willing to coo over her and convince her that Kassia was the one being the meanie during their fights.

Foreth was quiet a long moment then, ((Her, no one else.))

 

"I'll be right back," Kassia got up to go ask her guard to send his flit to send for the girl.

By the time she came back Foreth was fussing over another egg. This one was a dark ominous blue with what looked like trees and branches. Kassia shivered. She could almost feel the cool, creepy air blowing over her while walking through that forest.

"Are all of these eggs going to be so creepy?" Kassia asked before she could stop herself.

Foreth's head came up sharply and she turned an irritated whirling eye on her lifemate. ((What's wrong with my eggs?)) Her tail slashed irritably.

Kassia put her hands up and shook her head. "Sorry, they're beautiful.  As always."

((Sharding right they are,)) Foreth snorted, pulling in the dark forest looking egg even as another started to emerge.


Re: (Clutching) Why Kassia Missed Her Party atten: Foreth/Truenoth/Talith/Mendl #clutching Part 3 #clutching

sailyn2
 

There was a short rest while Foreth caught her breath. Inwardly Kassia felt mixed feelings. Two eggs, but such weird looking ones. Was that a sign that something had gone wrong? A reflection of Foreth's personality? Or was she just being superstitious? She also wondered whether she should call in a healer, especially with Foreth's leg which was a lot better, but was still weak.

"Mine, can I call in a healer?" Kassia asked as the Queen fussed with her first two eggs.

((Why?)) Foreth asked, not bothering to look up.

"Just in case." Kassia knew there was no point in calling someone if the Queen objected unless there was a major issue. Queen's were very finicky about their privacy when they were Clutching. "I could call that Mendl, you liked her."

Foreth had taken a bit of a shine for the young dragonhealer while she helped keep her leg casted appropriately. Probably because Mendl was willing to coo over her and convince her that Kassia was the one being the meanie during their fights.

Foreth was quiet a long moment then, ((Her, no one else.))

 

"I'll be right back," Kassia got up to go ask her guard to send his flit to send for the girl.

By the time she came back Foreth was fussing over another egg. This one was a dark ominous blue with what looked like trees and branches. Kassia shivered. She could almost feel the cool, creepy air blowing over her while walking through that forest.

"Are all of these eggs going to be so creepy?" Kassia asked before she could stop herself.

Foreth's head came up sharply and she turned an irritated whirling eye on her lifemate. ((What's wrong with my eggs?)) Her tail slashed irritably.

Kassia put her hands up and shook her head. "Sorry, they're beautiful.  As always."

((Sharding right they are,)) Foreth snorted, pulling in the dark forest looking egg even as another started to emerge.


Re: (Clutching) Why Kassia Missed Her Party atten: Foreth/Truenoth/Talith #clutching Part 2 #clutching

sailyn2
 

Truenoth and Talith had slowed up and Foreth relaxed a little. She was protected at one of her most vulnerable times in her life. A couple more twists around and then the first egg slid out of her. Kassia's eyes widened from the Stands as she cot glimpses. Surely that one diffn't look like a bloody and oozing wound? That wasn't the most auspicious of beginnings.

"Mine, is everything okay with that egg?" she called nervously.

((Yeah, what's wrong with it?)) the Queen snapped defensively and she quickly tucked it under her body where Kassia couldn't judge it.

"Sorry, I meant to say it's beautiful, love!" Kassia said, realizing her error. She settled back in the Stands.

Foreth was quiet for a few more minutes and then she moved back into position, carefully keeping the first egg safely tucked out of sight.

The next egg was laid gently into the sand where Foreth took a few minutes cleaning it. Kassia frowned at the odd pattern.

"May I come see that one?" Kassia asked, even she knew better than to just barge down to see the egg without Foreth's permission, especially with her just getting started laying.

Foreth settled down with a grunt. ((If you must. Don't get too close!))

The Queen's tail flopped irritably but she let Kassia approach the unusual egg. Inside the green there almost seemed to be the form of a green dragon hidden behind glass. Kassia stopped a couple of feet away, but part of her wanted to step closer and run her hands over what looked like glass holding a fully formed baby dragon back. But she knew that the eggs were just yolk or something at this point. It'd be weeks before the dragon inside was fully made. Assuming nothing went wrong. It almost felt like there was a ghost in there. Maybe the ghost of one of Foreth's previous eggs that hadn't made it.

((Get back,)) Foreth snarled, dragging the egg under her body as she broke Kassia from her thoughts.

Kassia hurried back into the Stands.

Two eggs so far and all Kassia had was foreboding in her head.

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