A Dip in the Springs

Ista Weyr - Hot Springs
This cavern off the lower caverns is fairly large, and quite warm. As you step inside, you notice the dominating feature of this room, which is a number of large pools, filled with water from a underground spring. Steam rising from each of the pools speaks of the underground thermal which heats them to comfortably warm temperatures.

Around the room sit various benches and hooks for holding everything from towels to clothing. Near the pools are small containers of sweetsand for the folks that come in to not only relax, but wash. Several of the pools are set back in the wall, within small caverns to give privacy to the occupants. Near one pool, a crack emits a heated steam which mingles with that off the pools to cloud the air.


The swish-swish of water is no odd sound here but perhaps it is more rythmic at the moment as Zipalla stretches out her lean form, swimming. She pauses at the wall then turns and swims back the other way, the ripple of water indicating it isn't the first of the laps she's done. Scattered about the pool are others who have taken up residence in the little enclaves, not so much interested in swimming but relaxing.

Zorya finally finds her way to the springs to meet up with her cousin after getting lost, not once, not twice, but three or four times in the tunnels before someone pointed her in the right direction. "Hey Zip." she greets the girl with a smile as she spots her in the water, slowly easing herself into the warm waters.

Zipalla pulls up and smiles, waving a hand, "Hey! Finally. Get turned around?" she asks with a playful smile, rising up partway to get her breath. Her hair remains braided and she looks to be wearing nothing, as most do in here, though at least this time there's no boys nearby.

Zorya nods. "Yeah. Finally found someone who could get me in the right direction close enough not to get lost again before I got here." she laughs at herself, having left towel and clothing on a bench near Zip's things.

Zipalla gives a playful splash and snickers, "You'll get it down quick.. I like it in here when it's not too full.. gets busier in the evening I've found," she says with a nod then temporary dip beneath the surface.

Zorya giggles, shying away from the splash. "I'm sure." she agrees, "Just takes a little getting used to the layout of a new place." The girl dips her head beneath the water for a second, having quickly grown accustom to the temperature. Hands go to smooth her hair back from her face and she sends a grin to Zip.

Zipalla turns and dives then pushes herself up onto her hands, feet crawling up out of the water in a sort of gangly handstand. She drops quickly feeling the air reaching too near her rump then emerges with a giggle. "Have you met Sharix yet?"

Zorya shakes her head. "No. I don't think so." The name doesn't sound familiar at least, the thought crossing her face as she thinks on the name.
Zipalla nods a bit, "I met her face to face the other day..she's the leader here.." She backs up to the wall and extends her legs, kicking slowly beneath the surface, long strokes, up and down. "Have you met anyone else yet?"
Zorya reaches back, holding the edge of the pool with her hands and letting the rest of her float lazily in the water. "Some at the graduation thing, but there were so many people I don't really remember who was who or anything.

Zipalla grins, "Well there's…R'miel.. he is one of Ton's best friends, his younger brother is K'ael.. I met a couple of girls the other night but I don't know their names really. Niah you met, Ton's pregnant woman, but his mate was gone already."

Zorya nods a bit here and there trying to save the names to memory for later use. "Niah I remember." she agrees, "And Pi of course. There was another girl, one of the ones who graduated. I talked to her some after you left. What was her name…" she thinks aloud trying to remember, "D…"

Zipalla lifts her shoulders some, "Yes..Pi..and I don't know..D..?" she says then turns over, her chest to the wall, lifting her legs up behind her now. "Do you write music then?"

"I don't know I can't remember what it was now." Zorya sighs, just that it started with a D. Rolling over she moves to do the same, sputtering as she lifts her face to the surface having sunk further in the process that she'd meant to. "A little…" she admits, "Not music music, just words sometimes."

Soft giggles accompany a glance to the spluttering Zorya and then Zipalla lets her lets rest, putting her hands on the edge of the pool and her chin atop them. "That's neat.. I couldn't write a song.. sometime you can sing for me."

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