Eastern Weyr - Candidate/Weyrling Cavern
Huge in comparison to the other major caverns in the weyr proper, this series of interlinked caverns is the weyrling complex. Fashioned out of a multitude of hollows, it serves as a central gathering area as well as classroom. A number of deep pockets have been laborously smoothed to provide comfortable dwellings for the young dragons and their riders away from the weather of the central area, and affording them some privacy but not much. Above the cavern opens to the sky, holding out the worst of the island's weather but allowing an exit to the sky above and providing natural lighting to the area. Branching off from this cavern is an opening that leads to the exercise yard.

It's another one of those rainy days and Kharzan is thankful that it's a rest day and he doesn't have to be out in the downpour. The light that comes in from above is dull and does little to help illuminate, so Kharzan has a couple of glow baskets to help offset the light while working. His wherry egg is sitting in it's bed, while Chewy, his brown firelizard, lays curled around it, occasionally rubbing his cheek on it.

Rest days are something to be thankful for, and while the rain seems to have kept many indoors it seems that few have remained within the barracks. Zorya however is one that has remained, her own wherry egg, propped neatly around the pillow on her cot while the girl sits at the opposite end looking over a few scraps of paper.

Kharzan sits up a little and stretches out a few kinks in his back from sitting hunched over. He glances around and notes that a number have wandered off. He see's Zorya sitting in her area, notes the egg. Least the one blue didn't get to it as well. "Whatcha umm reading?" he calls out softly. After all, without too many people in there, there's no need to be any louder.

Zorya blinks up from the paper to send a glance towards Kharzan, "Was jus lookin over some harper lessons." she notes, "Nothin too important," at the moment at least. "How bout you? What ya up ta?" she replies in turn taking a moment to look over the boy's collection.

Kharzan nods a little "Working on a lesson myself. Umm, making a little generator. Basically umm you use a small copper disc to close the circuit as you hand crank it and produce a small electrical charge. It's kinda interesting. It gives you a little shock that can go through others. Say someones touch me and they touch someone else. And as long as the end person is also touch me, there's a circuit and everyone can feel it."

… There's silence for a moment as Zorya blinks, looking at his work. "That's.. different." she finally settles on, but then gain the tech end of things, no so much her forte. Like at all. "Interesting I guess…" But since he already explained how it works she doesn't have to asks. A glance is sent back over her shoulder towards the egg and the girl reaches back to retuck the blanket around it's base.

Kharzan watches as Zorya tucks her egg in "So umm, how's your egg doing?" he asks after a moment as he looks down at his. "I'm uh glad mines not broken or umm anything. I got lucky, I umm tripped yesterday and nearly dropped it."

Zorya shrugs as she returns to a more upright position. "It's still in one piece." she replies, making a face at his mention of the trip. "Dunn really know how ta tell other than that, but I guess whole is better than not."

Kharzan hmms a little in thought "I'm umm not sure exactly either, but I was talkin with the guys at umm the batteries where they keep the umm chickens and he suggested keepin' it warm and turnin it and all. Even keeping it moist. Something about the chick stickin' to the shell and umm all."

Zorya nods slowly as she take in the information he shares. "Well… Ah suppose that all makes sense." They are eggs no matter what form. "Good ya know someone there then huh." Or they might both be in a more difficult situation.

Kharzan nods "Well, umm one of them's the sister of one of the other uh tech apprentices." he notes "So, talkin with him, he suggested well that I go talk to them." He looks up towards the open cieling "Least umm, humidity isn't umm really an issue."

Zorya ohs, nodding a bit more. "There's that. … How long ya think it is yet?" she agrees, pausing for a moment before her question is asked. "Till the hatchin Ah mean? They been sayin not too much longa, but hard ta say really Ah guess…"

Kharzan hmms a little "Umm, well going by the umm teaching song, it can't be much umm longer. But aside from that and all I mean, I don't really know. I um never paid much attention before."

"Me eitha," Zorya agrees, "Then again… this is my first hatchin'." As it ever by the way it sounds. "You ever been ta one before?" she asks, hinting that he might share the experience if he has.

Kharzan shakes his head "No, I've umm haven't though now I'm wishing I had. I mean, it'd at least give a better idea of what to, well, expect. Though I umm suppose, iffen I well don't Impress this time, then I'll well have a better idea next time."

"Yeah," Zorya returns, though it would seem that the prospect of not being the only one of them to have never attended a hatching seems to put her at least somewhat at ease. "Ya really think ya'd stand again iffen ya don't this time? Ah been thinkin bout that some, dunno if Ah would.."

Kharzan hmms a little and looks thoughtful before replying "I think I might. Suppose it'd have to depend where I am in my studies and all." He notes quietly "Though I suppose it wouldn't really be an inconveniance to umm stand here again. I mean maybe I wouldn't if it meant going elsewhere, but well, if it was here, I might."

"Ah dunno that Ah would here." Zorya replies, "Not that Ah don't like it or nothin'." she's quick to add, "Jus… well its pretty far from Ista and all…" And she's homesick! "Maybe there Ah might though."

Kharzan can understand being homesick. He tilts his head a little "Been a long umm while since I've been on umm Ista, though I've uh never been to the Weyr and all. I mean I was just that the Farm Craft hall before coming here, so I never really saw much of anything else, what's it umm like at the Weyr there?"

Zorya nods. "Yah, Ah hadn't been there til just a few months ago either." she explains, and then he asks what its like. The girl takes a moment to ponder her answer before replying. "Its huge, well Ah suppose not so much for a weyr, but when Ah first saw it Ah thought so. Ain't nothin' like here though. Mostly rock and sand, black sand. Its pretty enough, just not the trees and plants in the bowl, ya know. Forest isn't too far away though."

Kharzan hmms a little "That'd be umm different. I've gotten real used to all the trees near at hand and umm all." he notes quietly "Still, it's warm there and all. Least that's what I remember. Though it's umm warm here and all. Just so well rainy at times it seems.'

Zorya nods, "Yah, it's pretty warm there." she agrees, "Spent alot a time sitting on the beach with my cousin jus talking an such. Around chores an all ya know." Of course there were chores and things to do and the like. "That was 'fore Ah went ta harper though."

Kharzan grins "Harper was umm never a thing for me. I'm umm tone deaf and all." he shrugs a little "Not that well I'm complaining. I mean, I can just umm imagine having to umm put up with my brothers teasing on a constant basis and all." he shakes his head a little.

Zorya laughs just a bit at that remark, looking back to the papers beside her. "Same thing's not for ever'one. Ah'd be terrible with that tech stuff, an your great with it." Then looking up, "Your brothers are there?"

Kharzan chuckles "I dunno, you might pick up a think or two, but yeah defiantly not for umm everyone. But yeah, they're both Journeyman now." he notes with a touch of pride in his voice. They may be annoying brothers, but they are his.

"Ya really think?" Zorya asks, sounding rather skeptical that she's be able to. "Its all new ta me. We didn't have none a that stuff back at Shipton." Farmer hicks they tend be, not that many outside the relative area have heard much of it.

Kharzan grins brightly and nods "I mean, you're not dumb. Least, not what I've been able to tell and all. And much of it's just like anything else, studying and all." he shrugs a little "But it's not just umm knowing the stuff and all, you chould be happy with it and all. I mean I think it helps, though I suppose and all iffen you well didn't have a choice, you could get by just well knowing the material. Lot of it's just well safety things and all. Like not standing in water while playin with a generator.
"Maybe…" Zorya starts, falling back on her words to send a glance back at the egg if only for distraction. "Maybe ya could teach meh some bout it, since we got time taday an all?" she wonders, looking back to the boy. "Ah mean iffen ya don't mind a course…"

Kharzan hmms thoughfully at that "Well, umm I suppose I could." he notes and looks thoughtful "I umm haven't actually tried teaching and all." he then grins "I could try though."

Zorya nods once, "Ya sure?" she inquires at his hesitation. "Ah'd hate ta be a bother. An Ah know ya got plenty ta work on without me bein' in the way."

Kharzan shakes his head "You wouldn't be in the way." he notes quietly "I mean, you're not like that one candidate, Ashada." he shudders a little as he remembers her screaming from the night before.

Zorya blinks, "Oh? What happened with her?" Certainly there must be a story behind that comment. "But if your sure ya wouldn't Ah'd appreciate it. .. Not sure what Ah could do for ya though."

Kharzan glances around a moment "Well, hers as well as some others eggs well the got eaten by one of the umm firelizards.' he murmurs and "And well, she wasn't too keen on hearing apologies and all and I thought for sure there was gonna be a fight and all, but she wasn't umm very nice." He's quiet a moment "It umm ended okay, but she's still pretty snippy about it." he murmurs and then shrugs a little "Well, I ain't looking for anything in return or anything."

Zorya ohs… How she hadn't heard about that yet? Who knows. Maybe she was at breakfast then? "Well you can't really blame her for being upset about it…" she sympathizes. "But Ah suppose she coulda been nicer." Blink. "Ya sure? Ah mean Ah could do something…"

Kharzan gives a nod "I could understand her umm being upset and all, but well, she shouldn't have umm said the things she did. I thought she was going to hit or something." he shakes his head a little "But it's umm okay now I think." he tilts his head a little "Well I dunno. I mean, I'm not sure you can teach me to actually umm know a good note from a bad. It's just all the same to me. My brothers say I'm hopeless." he notes with a grin "Maybe from too many explosions as a kid." he adds jokingly.

Joking or not the remark catches Zorya off guard. "Explosions?" she asks a bit concerned. "Ya said you were from Farmcraft…" He did, right? So explosions? She shakes her head lightly as she stands, crossing the room. "Never mind." she agrees to just be confused, settling to her knees on the floor on the opposite side of the cot from Kharzan so as not to invade too much of his space, but still be close enough to see.

Kharzan coughs a little and actually looks embarrassed "Yeah, umm I'd managed to uh figure out how start a generator. Was a small one. I'd snuck it off into one of the barns where they were aging some manure and all, and well it was umm pretty fresh, but I'd left it running in there when I umm had to go. I'd closed the windows earlier so umm no one would hear, and well I closed the door and there was I guess some sparks or something and well." he looks everywhere but at Zorya "Yeah, boom."

"No one was hurt, were they?" Zorya questions, blue eyes wide as Kharzan comes to the end of his story. "Ah can only imagine… Ah mean…" She has no idea. Really.

Kharzan absently rubs his backside "Not, but the umm explosion itself. Luckily." he grimaces a bit "Though, I don't think I could sit down for a week. I mean, father, he wasn't too happy. I mean, umm, not that I blame him or anything. Though well, it umm could have been worse, I mean, they were going to be tearing it down anyways. THey umm had use for the elsewhere. I just uh sorta hastened that umm process."

Zorya does manage to giggle a bit at the rest of the story. "Well then… Ah suppose it wasn't all bad in the end then…" In some fashion at least. "But no, Ah don't imagine that your father woulda been too happy with ya."

Kharzan quirks a little smile "Yeah, not all bad in the umm…end." just a little tender "Well, umm I need to go get some scrapes for Chewy and Byte, umm later wanna get together and I'll see about teaching you umm some things?"

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