time to warm you up

Igen Weyr - Living Caverns
Second only to the Hatching Sands in size — although its walls are not so nearly circular — the living cavern is filled with numerous tables, almost too many to count. Most bear markings by rank and Wing, though there are a couple of dozen free for anyone's use. The Weyrleaders and other ranking residents have the table farthest from the kitchen and hearths, although the hearths are kept as low-burning as possible, just enough to keep the stew pot that always hangs for late-night nibblers at a good temperature. Favored drinks, particularly iced klah and juice, are kept on ice and interspersed at various food tables scattered about, along with baskets of rolls and fruit. There are, of course, scheduled mealtimes, and at certain points of the day the available fare slides into the menu for the nearest meal, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late-night snackings, but the staff has long since acknowledged that people will sit to talk and nibble here at all hours. In the cooler parts of the evening in particular, the cavern hosts games of chess, checkers, dragonpoker, and others. Several degrees are knocked off thanks to the Technician Craft's new cooling system. There are several 'places' that you can find a seat at.

Ever since the candidates were offered these little faux firelizard eggs to take care of, Malakai's made it a regular habit to check up on his egg as often as possible. He's seen wild clutches in hillsides and beaches closer to forest lines, so he has an idea of how they should look, even if he's never done this himself before… "Ah, time to warm you up again." He says after touching the sand he has built up over his egg and feeling it cooler than the last time he felt it. He'd never admit to it, but he really enjoys stuff like this. Only people who happen to notice him stopping by before and after chores and before bed, would suspect his fondness for the fake eggs.

Chores seem to take up the majority of the time any candidate has, yet even from that there are breaks scheduled into the day and this is one such time. Zorya too has found her way to the station which holds the the faux firelizard eggs, and finding one of the others already there she offers a smile as she sends a pleasant "Hello.." of greeting towards the young man. "They are interesting ain't they..?"

With the way Kasholan has been rushing about to the infirmary and other chores, he's had little time to pay too much attention to his own fake egg. Which is probably why his is a bit on the cool side at the moment. Really, it's just hard to keep track of too many things at once. He tracks through the living cavern though, same as quite a few other candidates, and simply passes by the eggs at first. /He/ is after a bit of food, and that's what's far more important. Even if it isn't a whole lot that he puts on the plate. "What's interesting about them, exactly? They aren't real." It's a curious tone he has, not entirely insulting of the odd little chore.

Malakai shrugs a bit and takes care of the egg quickly. "Hey. I guess." He answers, rubbing his nose a bit and stepping away from the eggs, to give Zorya room. Yeah that's it! Then Kasholan is coming up and checking out the eggs. "Ah, nothing in particular, I guess." He's shrugging again and scratching the back of his neck. "Just sorta a habit now to check up on it." Or something like that. He slings his thumbs in his pockets and grins at the two of them. "How are your eggs doing anyway?" Ah, he just couldn't resist asking.

Zorya lifts a shoulder in a light shrug a Kasholan enters the mix. "Dunno, just are Ah guess." she replies, moving in once Malakai has stepped back to check on her own. "Doin pretty well." she replies to that question, "Ah mean from what Ah can tell anyway." she adds, shifting the sand around hers to turn it over before making sure its still warm.

Kasholan looks a bit miffed about the whole thing, and simply sits down with his food. "Mine is a bit..less than warm. I haven't had much time for it all." But it's not real! So therefore..can't actually die. Which is a good thing, all things considered.

Malakai nods to the both of them at how their eggs are doing. He's not gonna criticize, it's not their fault he's obsessed. "I see." He eye's the healer's food and his stomach growls a bit at him. Apparently he forgot to eat before playing with his firelizard egg here. "That food's makin' me hungry." He says with a bit of a chuckle before going off to grab himself some lunch. He sits down near the other candidate to eat. "So what've they got you two doing today?" He asks between mouthfulls.

Satisfied with the conditions of her pseudo egg for the time being Zorya leaves it be to join the boys at their table. "Sweepin." the girl remarks with a sigh as she settles into a chair. "Sand is terrible." Nuff said. It gets into everything and isn't the easiest thing in the world to get rid of either.

Kasholan tilts his head slowly to the side, and just sighs, head shaking. "I would not mind the sand so much if it weren't for the heat." It's really rather uncomfortable anywhere /outside/ the wonderfulness of the air conditioning. "I have been in the infirmary for most of the day." Which is..pretty often his chore, really, given his craft.

Malakai gives Zorya a pitying look at the new of her chore for the day. "Aw, that's terrible. They had me doin' that the other day. I just swept and swept and swept, and by the end of the day it looked like nothing got done." Then he nods some to Kasholan and grins. "Well, that must be nice, given that's your craft. Getting to do something you enjoy." He eats a bite of his roll before talking again. "They had me down grooming the runners, I thought I might die it was so hot." He nods seriously. "I'm not quite sure how people can stand to live here. Maybe it's an aquired taste you get from growing up here?"

With mincing steps, Dare enters the cavern from the bowl. She looks a bit grubby; but then perhaps she always does. None the less, the candidate spots the others then dicides to venture towards them.

Zorya wrinkles her nose at the mention of runners. "Yeah, the stable can get pretty stuffy." she agrees, a tinge of sympathy touching her voice. As for the sand however, "Ah guess though if ya look at what it might be like if ya weren't sweepin all day.." She seems to ponder the though herself as she makes the comment. "Then it don't seem like ya quite got nothing done."

Kasholan blinks, tilting his head somewhat to the side at Malakai, although he shrugs. "I preferred the healer hall." Things just seem..nicer there. His head shakes however, simply listening to the other two for a few moments while he concentrates on the act of eating. Food..so important.

Malakai really takes in what Zorya says on the sweeping chore that at first seemed so tedious. "Ah, I guess you're right there." he says with a smile. He spots that Dare when she comes slinking in the caverns and he gives her a friendly wave to get her to come join them. "I'm kind of hoping they'll put me on weeding duty soon, just so I can get my hands on some plant life that hasn't been cooked."

Dare smiles at Malakai, "I was doin' some weedin' t'day. It feels good to dig about in good dirt." Then quietly she finds herself a spot at the table and plunks herself down.

"Well…" Zorya begins, sending a smile towards Dare as the woman is spotted. A light laugh at Malakai's commentary on plant life and a nod to Kasholan. A bit of a pause and the girl pushes back to her feet. "Speakin of all that sand though, Ah should really be getting back to it." she notes before heading off with a bit of a wave, "See ya all later then Ah guess."

"A miracle any can grow here." Kasholan..is not fond of the climate at all. His head shakes though, and he watches Zorya take off without a word to her in parting. That might be due to the food he's got in his mouth though, chewing slowly, and then just looks at Dare.

Malakai can't help but laugh at Kasholan's comment there. "I know right?" He waves off to Zorya when she gets up to leave. "Have fun with that!" He calls after the girl before turning his attention back to the two at the table. "That why you have a couple smudges?" He asks, brushing at his own cheek a bit.

Having spotted Kasholan just looking at her, Dare smiles at the young man and says, "You got pretty green eyes, you know that?" Not sure who Malakai might be speaking to; she says, "I got smudges?" And with that she starts combing her fingers through the fine hair on her face.

Kasholan tilts his head somewhat, not really having expected the random comment. He sniffs once, and then goes back to his food, eyes diverted rather purposefully. "So I have been told. ..And yes. You are smudged."

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