Who

Doji, Xanthee

What

Doji was looking for somewhere to thaw out after sweepriding, and happens upon an impromptu gathering in the Kitchen Courtyard. Xanthee joins her for some Klah-toddies and (not so) small talk.

When

It is sunset of the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month of the twelfth turn of the 12th pass.

Where

Kitchen Courtyard, Igen Weyr

OOC Date 16 Jan 2018 05:00

 

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"Well isn't this cozy."


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Kitchen Courtyard

The domestic space of the kitchen courtyard is small, dusty, slightly over-grown, and practical. The focal point of the stone courtyard is a large well found directly in the middle. Turns have worn the once angled bricks to soft, crumbling curves about the lip, and a bucket always slightly damp is tied, secure, and ready to use at the side. Though a broom has swept here since last you passed through, it would appear the wind-borne dust has merely been heaped under the cobble-cracking shrubs of a stubborn environment that grow ever upward. A few benches are scattered around, but the feel is not comfort, for this small slice of sky and wind are saved for a kitchen staff always on the move.


Oh the weather outside is… not really frightful. It might be winter, but it's still Igen so it's not really freezing despite what the locals might claim. Or those poor, poor sweepriders that were out in the wind for hours and it's actually freezing in the higher altitudes. Right after sun has set, Doji is one of those poor sweepriders that come wandering in after work is finished for the day. The goal was probably to get to the living caverns for some klah, but some of the kitchen workers have a bit of a cozy fire set up in the courtyard, complete with klah pot going. That was not expected and so the gawky brownrider ends up just freezing midstep, staring at the unexpected gathering and is that… singing? Someone definitely has a gitar out now. It might not be perfectly in tune, but it's definitely in use.

"Yes! I will be careful with them…Yes…I will clean them before returning them. Shards, it's not like I've never borrowed anything from the kitchens before!" The words drift louder from the direction of the kitchen, until finally a certain ebon-haired weyrbrat appears in the kitchen courtyard. Xanthee is carrying a basket, hanging from the crook of her elbow, and from the way she's walking, it might have a little heft to it. Wearing a simple long tunic dress in emerald green, with a black cloak thrown over. She had come in through the Living Caverns, so the impromptu gathering in the Courtyard takes her by surprise. "Well isn't this cozy." she exclaims and then puts her burden down carefully before heading to the klah pot, spying a certain brownrider on the way, "Doji! Long time no see. How're you doing?"

Seeing as she's been spotted now, Doji unwraps the scarf that was covering most of her face to make talking actually possible. "Xanthee! I've been well, cold." Even with the scarf, her nose is still a bit pink and she's eyeing the small fire over there and more importantly, the KLAH. "Do you… do you think they'd share?" All eyes go back towards her former-candidate classmate and the known former weyrbrat. Can Xan manage to finagle a poor frozen rider a mug of klah? She's doing the whole big puppy eye thing right now.

"No problem! You look half-frozen." Xanthee remarks as she heads over to where the klah is brewing over the fire, smiling and nodding to those weyrfolk she knows, trading a couple pleasantries before she turns back and points at Doji. The people she is talking to nod entusiastically and Xan waves her over. "Come over by the fire, thaw out a bit." A couple of mugs of klah are poured out, one handed to Xanthee and the other just waiting for Doji to join them.

Doji will trail along with Xanthee cause hope springs eternal, even if spring is still so far away. Also, the moving helps warm her up just a tiny bit more, especially when it's closer to the fire. While the other girl is doing her haggling thing, Doji is transfixed by the fire, her hands fanning out in front of it. She nearly jumps when she's addressed again, but oh, there's klah and she's perking up a bit as she goes around towards the other side of the fire and accepts a mug with a smile. "Th-thank you." The slightly-less-frozen rider still lets out a residual shudder as she clings to the mug. "Sweeps near the seahold. The wind was crazy!"

Xanthee blows softly on her own klah to cool it as she watches Doji start to thaw. When sweeprides are mentioned, she gives a little shudder of sympathy. "Brrrr, you're making me cold now!" She moves over a bit to allow the brownrider closer access to the fire if so desired. "Yeah, I've ridden before of course, but never long distances." She finally sips at the klah now, but only a little bit as it's quite bitter. Fixing on a small tray with sweetener and cream, she dump about 4 heaping spoonfuls of sweetener into her klah.

"It's not really something people would willingly do…" Doji has at least stopped her shuddering and the klah is cool enough to not immediately burn her mouth, so she's going to take a big sip now. It's a fact that getting something warm inside you makes you warmer. "Nice enough in spring and autumn, but winter…" She shudders a bit. "Can't imagine what it's like in High Reaches. So… what have you been up to?" There's a bit of a glance towards the basket the other girl is carrying.

"I was just about to ask you the same thing!" Xanthee says with a giggle as she follow's Doji's gaze to her basket. "Oh this! Just needed to borrow some dishes and glasses for a little party I'm having for my Turnday, which is actually today, but the party's not for another couple days." She explains as she takes another sip of her klah, now achingly sweet, just the way she likes it. "What about you? I can't remember the last time I ran into you. Rider life keeping you busy?"

Doji laughs slightly as she apparently spoiled Xan's chance to call jinx or whatever Pern's equivalent of that would be. "Wait, it's your turn day? Congratulations?" Is that the right response to that? Doji sounds very unsure, but she'll just go with it and keep drinking her straight black klah. She's a simple girl. "I think it was the Tea Room?" She tilts her head a bit as she thinks about when exactly was the last time they ran into each other. "And yeah, a bit. Finally think I've managed to get into a bit of a routine though." Which just so happens that the routine involves a whole lot of holing up in her weyr studying and not as much going out and seeing people.

Xanthee smiles a bit as she is congratulated at the mention of her Turnday. "I guess so, I've mananged to make it to seventeen without any serious harm, so that's an accomplishment I guess." She giggles a little bit and then reaches into a pocket sewn into her cloak and comes out with a small flask, she pours a little bit into her mug and then offers it to Doji, "Probably, Faranth knows I'm in there enough." a little giggle and then she takes a sip of her now spiked drink. "Mmmmm…that'll warm you up. That's good that you are getting a good routine going. Always important. And is your Raktraeth in good form?" Xan never forgets the name of a brown.

Doji blinks as more unexpected surprises appear! But she's definitely not going to say no to making a little klah toddy. "Mmmmm… thanks! And Raktraeth is doing well although if he tries to eat any more porcines at the rate he's been eating them this week, he won't stay that way for long!" The last is more of a grumble into her mug that actually directed at a particularly gluttonous brown that's been eating like he's gotta hibernate all winter long. "Is the Tea Room something you want to keep working at, or looking for something else?" Small talk? How does it work? Jump straight into big topics like life planning.

Xanthee giggles a little bit, "He's just got a healthy apetite is all." Another sip from her klah as she ponders Doji's life planning question. "Well…I still want to be a rider. Now more than ever since I found out my father is also a rider. So I've been doing a lot of physical training, lots of jogging, some weight training as well. So we'll see next time there's a clutch hardening." She shrugs her shoulders, and then with a giggle, "Almost forgot, also got myself a boyfriend who is pretty amazing if I do say so, so making sure that keeps going well is super important too." She nods a little bit. Well, Doji did ask.

Doji might have a few more words about Raktraeth's appetite, but she's just going to grumble whatever that might be into her drink. Although grumbling stops when she's nodding along to Xan's plans. "That… that sounds like a plan." But the last bit of news has her furrowing her eyebrows a little bit. "But if you're planning on standing for the next clutch… well, if you Impress how are you going to handle that?" Since Xan did share, Doji will just ask the obvious question there, although she's turning a little bit pink as she does so.

Xanthee beams because she has been planning, thank you for noticing, "Mal want me to go for this, he knows it's my dream. So we're going to break contact if I get asked to stand, he's a Miner so it shouldn't be too difficult. It'll be rough, especially if I do Impress. But I told him this was the deal when we started getting serious, and he told me he wanted me to go after my dreams, but he still wanted to at least try for us so…" A heavy, happy sigh escapes Xanthee as she looks the perfect fool in love.

"What if he gets Searched too?" Doji is really good at the whole what-if game. Coming up with crazy what-ifs that probably would never happen and trying to talk herself out them might be her most frequent hobby. "Rumor is… one of the queens is looking pretty shiny." And seeing as how she's lifemated to one of those potential suitors that's been noticing, Raktraeth is probably a pretty reliable source for that rumor. "So might not be waiting too much longer for the next clutch."

Blink. Xanthee just stares at Doji for a moment and it's obvious the wheels are turning. "Huh." Her brow furrows slightly as she takes another thoughtful sip of her klah. "I haven't even considered that actually." A troubled look crosses her features, "I mean it's not impossible." Apparently Xanthee did not plan for everything as much as she thought. "Thank Doji, I'll have to think about that. And thanks for the heads up about the shiny queen." She says before she finished off her drink. "All warm now!"

ANY TIME you need something to worry about, come to Doji. She's your girl. And just to add fuel to that fire she'll oh so helpfully point out in a very matter of fact voice, "Dragons do like firestone, after all. So usually seems like there's at least a few miners searched every clutch." Then on to just downing the last of her mug of klah and looking very sad that all the klah is gone right as her belly starts to rumble. "You're welcome, and thanks to you as well. Think I'm going to find some dinner before I work on my reports." And with a wave, Doji's off towards the cavern again. She'll make sure that empty klah mug gets put up properly before she leaves though.

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