(Razelth's Clutch) Serenading the Queen: A Montage (ATTN: Razelth, Any)
When the candidate class had been told they could bring instruments to play for Razelth, or that they could sing, or converse with the mighty gold, Asheran had sat there quietly and wracked his brain for some way he could have contributed meaningfully - some way to prove himself to the dragon, to prove that he was worthy of one of her as-of-yet unhatched hatchlings. His initial impulse to take to the stands and do push-ups for as long as he could, but he quickly dismissed the idea. He wanted to entertain her, but in a useful sort of way, not put her to sleep. He wasn't sure what exactly impressed a dragon (wingspan, probably) but she could benchpress more than he ever could aspire to. Weights were out.
In the end, he had gone back to his cramped, crowded quarters and carefully extracted the letters his family had sent him over the turns, and had made his way to the sands. There, he had waited until the last trilled note of a pipe had quieted, and that candidate who had played last had exited the cavern, and then stepped in himself and taken to the stands, carefully shuffling the sheaf of papers in his hands, clearing his throat. A part of him felt silly and small and hopeful; another part of him was proud because he was here, confident enough to read aloud, proud of all the progress he'd made during his time at the weyr.
"My sister, Felisa, she's with child again. It'll be her third. She's said... 'Dearest brother' - those are probably the harper's words, she wouldn't say it like that. Maybe 'Little Ashy' or something like that. Shards, though, uh, I mean - well, I'm larger than her by two and a half heads at least. But this will be her third. She thinks maybe a boy again. She's got one of each, but the..." He skimmed the first letter, skipping to the part in question: "The kicks make my back ache, like it did with Faelen, that's her boy, and I can't hardly sit down without having to get up again to, ah, well..." He scanned the letter again, searching for something more interesting than his sister confiding to him how often she had to relieve herself, and how that meant another nephew and not a niece.
"I hope you're doing well. Tomlin's had trouble with the harvest this turn, which has strained things between him and I on account of it's Raegar who helps collect the tithe. But ma is doing well, and da seems better some days. He actually came out of his sick to play with Ava, that's her girl, and she was riding him around the cothold like a runnerbeast the last time we came to visit. You wouldn't have believed how fast he could move on his bad leg, either. It was almost like he was back to how he used to be before the accident."
He hesitated at the next paragraph, then shuffled that letter to the back and started on the next:
"...Dearest brother, I hope you're doing well. I'm so proud to hear that you're doing well in your classes. Don't worry, you'll be certain to..." to Impress this time, I'm certain of it. "...and even if things don't go as you've planned, then you'll have a place here until you find your feet again. Da's leg has been bad again in the cold, and it's put a strain on ma. News from Braden. He might be this way soon for one of the Gathers. He has a new instrumental piece with drums and pipes, and looks forward to playing for the Lord Holder..."
And on and on, carefully reciting all the little things that had happened to his family during the three and a half turns he had been a candidate at Arolos Weyr, focusing on the child-rearing parts, hoping there was at least some overlap between his little nephew learning to walk, and the trials and tribulations of laying eggs.
Eventually, finished reading - spying more anxious candidates waiting in the wings, he let his voice trail off until only the echo of his words remained, sketched a polite bow, and then made his way back toward the barracks, to catch a bit of sleep between chores and craftwork.
(OOC: If any candidates want to pile onto this with how they're entertaining the queen on the sands, feel free!)
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Kendia hadn't missed the invitation to interact with the gold, and rushed along, bouncing down the walkway and grinning brilliantly. She only tripped *once* before she replaced the boy who'd gone before her, and beaming brightly, began to sing, one of the songs she'd learned in her lessons when she had been younger.
She was no Harper, but she had always done well enough that the Harper had always passed by her quickly - no need to give her further instruction on proper singing, apparently. The poor fellow had had horrible indigestion, apparently, with how he had always grimaced at her performances.
The child continued to wail away, taking no notice of anyone's reaction to the hideous sounds she produced.
Finally, her turn over, she managed a curtsy - knocking into the railing, somehow, in the process, and bounced away.
Bleon had no talent to speak of (though he was pretty sure he could have done better than the painful caterwalling of the girl before him), but he wanted to at least be seen. Surely being recognised would be to his advantage, right?
Even if he wasn't so sure he wanted to impress anymore, he didn't see as he had any other real options, given how his apprenticeship as a healer was going. That said, he still held out that he was someday going to remember what he'd been studying for so long and couldn't really afford the break from studying. So, he read her his notes - herbs and medicines with their uses and dosages - before slinking back off to study them some more.
On Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 5:20 AM Jenna Cunningham <jenna.layne.cunningham@...> wrote:
Val had found what he was looking for: a simple wooden flute. As he held the object in his hands, he thought of his mother and knew he needed to do this. The Candidate made his way back into the area the dragon had made her clutch.
He had never been in the presence of a gold dragon before. Razelth seemed to almost glow to him. She radiated a power that the boy had never known previously, and he responded with the only gesture that made sense to him. He bowed before the magnificent creature.
"My name is Valouran. I am not sure whether I'm worthy of being in your presence or the presence of your eggs, but I wanted to give you a gift." Pulling out his wooden flute, Val sat down and crossed his legs. "This is a song my mother used to play for me to calm me down or help me sleep. I hope you enjoy it."
Putting his lips to the instrument, Valouran began to blow. The melodic tone that filled the air was one of deep emotion. He played this song for his mother and the dragon. While it wasn't perfect, due to his absence of playing for two years, he quickly picked up and remembered the subtle tricks she taught him. After several moments the song had finished. Val looked into the dragon's eyes but could see no inclination of her feelings on the song.
Slowly he stood up and again bowed before departing.
"Thank you again for allowing me this honor."