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 First Manned Flight, Tolkien Clutch
M'lona
 Posted: Oct 18 2016, 06:58 PM
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M'lona looked at Relienyeth and put a hand on his side as she nervously shifted against him, this was the day she was dreading. The weyrlings would fly with their human partner today, today they'd be testing their straps and it was this day that accidents happened. Not as dreadful of accidents as first betweening which was the next lesson, today she was going to be sending the dragons up into the sky. She took a deep breath and silenced the argument brewing among her flits, she looked at Relienyeth who stood up and looked towards the weyrling Barracks then reached out to his class.

Come little ones it is time for a lesson, make sure your rider's bring the straps that they should have made. Make sure that you do not itch or ache before you come, today's lesson is first flight with your rider. Relienyeth called to them, they were old enough and today was the day they'd fly on their own. Today he knew that some may get hurt but he hoped not since this clutch belonged to Morgoth, dear Faranth if any of his favorites got hurt during this lesson.

M'lona looked at the barracks and stood in the open area waiting for the weyrlings to arrive for the lesson. Her back ached as it had with the twins but she knew that she had to teach this class then she'd pass off between lesson to another rider so that she didn't have to worry about her babies. She waited for them to arrive, she would have to make sure the class was there and ready.

The moment the class arrived M'lona smiled at them and took a breath, "Welcome class. This is your first manned flights, today your dragon will be taking off from the ground after you secure the straps on your dragon. You should have made these straps yourself and they should fit your dragon snugly, I will be coming around to check each of your dragons. If any of you don't fit right, I will not let you fly till they do. I do not want any of you getting hurt is that understood?" She asked as she looked at her whole class and her flitters stood sentinel on Relienyeth.

Weyrling Class
Officer Glauth to Adoptable
Officer Carcharoth to Mi'an
Officer Mogath to Genna
Officer [f] Ceriath to Jeanal
Knight Simaroath to R'keal
Knight Leth to Nahtiye
Knight Callrith to Ch'veo [Adoptable]
Soldier Eridith to Adoptable [Dmage, WIP]
Soldier Aluth to Adoptable
Soldier Helarth to Refurine [NPC]
Scout Melath to Nairo

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Mi'an heard the call and he stood quickly. He reached for the straps that was hanging off a peg he'd put in the wall for them. With a critical eye, he looked over the straps again. He had some experience in leather worked, having helped to repair bridles and saddle straps for the runners used to herd the herdbeasts from one place another when he was still at home. That had been a very long time ago, though. He was proud to say his stitching was as good as ever and they had seemed to Carcharoth.. but that was yesterday when he'd tried them on him for the hundredth time. The dragons had grown fast through most of their lives.

Don't be silly. We are almost adults now. We're growing much slower now. They will still fit. Just put them on! We are going to fly today. Carcharoth said matter-of-factly.

Mi'an smiled at his dragon. "They said to bring them. Not put them on yet. We'll put them on when we get to 'bowl." He said, pulling on his boots and warmer clothes. Wherhide jacket would be necessary for this one, he supposed. He rubbed his hand over the jackets fur lining. This had been a gift from his parents that had used up much of their savings, meant to keep him warm when he flew and especially went between.

He slid it on and the two walked out to where the other weyrlings should be starting to gather, but they were first there. After bowing his respects to the Weyrling Master, he moved off the side and started putting Carcharoth's straps on him.

I don't know why you still bow. I don't know why you ever bowed.. We are better than them.

We are younger and still learning. They are our teachers and higher in rank. We bow in respect. Mi'an responded patiently, but Carcharoth just snorted rather than respond. Mi'an would do as he felt he must, and Carcharoth could hardly fault him for that.




Remedial lessons were every bit as intrusive as the regular ones had been before she left. K'rita had only been asleep a few hours off a long shift at the infirmary when the call for lessons came. She rolled over out of her bed and groggily slipped on clothes. "Can't we skip this lesson? I mean.. I've flown on you before."

That ended badly.. Iliarth responded, not quite arguing but more reminding her. He nosed his rider gently to get her moving. She grabbed his straps and grumbled once more before they moved out the Weyrbowl where they teachers awaited them. She bowed as was proper and them moved off to get Iliarth ready.

It only ended badly because I had no straps and we came out of between too low. Is it my fault you've refused to try again since we've been back?

Well I suppose not, but they told us not to and I could hardly risk hurting you so badly again.. He responded, sounding unsure of himself now. He had made the right decision hadn't he? Even a queen had commanded him to fly with his rider until they'd been properly trained, so he couldn't have even if he'd been willing...

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Genna sighed softly as she heard the call, she may not be able to complain about the content of their lesson but she wasn't all that happy that it had to be right now. Come now My Genna, we must show them just how good their future rulers are. Mogath's smooth voice floated into her mind and made her smile. "As usual you're right Mogath, alright let us go." She smoothed the soft leather front of her shirt, carefully put on her warm fur lined hide jacket, turned and picked up Mogath's straps, and headed out her door to make her way down to the lesson.

Genna looked around at the other weyrlings as she joined the rest of them, Mogath standing at her side rather imperiously. She rolled her eyes a little at their teachers words, but turned to Mogath to put his straps on him, knowing perfectly well that her dragon's straps would fit perfectly. Mogath was doing his best to behave as perfectly as he could and was ignoring his siblings as his rider put the straps on him, the feeling of excitement at flying with Genna was a mild surprise to the larger officer.

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Ari had been rather busy, trying to finish up her straps last-minute. Sharding things, wouldn't do what she wanted them to. The gall. "Why do we have to do this?" she grumbled to herself, as she worked. "This is the most stupid thing." She made her stitching careful, but not meticulous, not willing to put in the effort to make it perfect but certainly not wanting to risk bad straps. That was, up until she heard M'lona's call. "Aw, shards and shells." She was almost done, but she really should have finished this long ago. It wasn't her fault that making straps was so impossibly hard for her!

It's your own fault, said her dragon, who quickly reconsidered. And maybe whoever decided that it was a good idea for you to make them. He growled suddenly, annoyed that they had FORCED his dear rider to make these straps, when leathercrafters existed at the Weyr. Still, it was mostly Ari's fault.

"Ugh, it doesn't matter." The two were going to be a bit late--not that either seemed to care. They likely had a reputation for being late, anyways--couldn't bring themselves to care too much! But...first flight on Glauth? For once, Ari didn't want to be late. She hurried through the last stitches, finally finishing up her work, and jumped to her feet. Ari dashed towards the Weyrbowl, only slowing down when anyone was nearby to notice her, and Glauth accompanied her at a rather sedate pace.

As they arrived, Ari and Glauth made their way over to the likely-accumulated group of weyrlings. They glanced over to the others, giving little thought to whether they had interrupted the lesson with their tardiness--or whether they had even taken long enough to be tardy at all. "Hey, middenstains," Ari said quietly, to her classmates, just loud enough for a few nearby to hear her. Glauth, on the other hand, had no qualms about broadcasting his thoughts to the whole group.

Oh, Ari. My clutchmates look terrible today. Oh! Mogath! Did you get uglier? Upon noticing Mogath, Glauth growled, annoyance coloring his eyes. You disgust me. Ari was just glad that Glauth wasn't trying to fight anyone yet--not that she minded, of course, but this was one lesson she was actually excited about, and didn't want anything getting in the way.

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Tiye had been tracking the impending Flying Day over the past few sevendays with rising dread. It was not that she did not believe Leth to be capable--he was strong and sure in the air, and the flying practice that he had done in lessons so far only confirmed her suspicion that he was very good at what he did.

It was her own role in the process that made her pulse quicken and palms damp with sweat. She did not want to think about the likelihood that she would do something dreadful and ruin Leth forever. That she had managed to avoid such a fate to this point was unimportant. She might, and could think of dozens of ways. And if they were on the verge of their first manned flight, that meant that their first trip Between was also imminent and that meant....Tiye did not want to think about what it meant. If her growing suspicions were correct, she would need to have a very uncomfortable talk with the Weyrling Master very soon.

I am sure that it will be fine! She seems like a very nice woman and she will understand, Leth said. He padded along beside her as they made their way to the lesson, stepping carefully over the band of a strap trailing over Tiye's arm. In fact, I am sure that it will go better the sooner you stop lying...

Tiye wrinkled her nose at the pointed note of criticism. I'm not lying. I simply haven't told her yet. There is a difference. And the longer she could postpone it (she told herself that it was to be sure that she was not just imagining things), the longer they could have nice, normal lessons and nobody would be mad at her. Before he could respond, she added, Now come on, don't you want to fly?

As they joined the others, she nodded to M'lona and Relienyeth, taking up position to the back of the group to listen to the instructions. When the Weyrlingmaster finished talking, Tiye began to buckle Leth into his straps, trying to keep the tremble out of her hands. "Here we go."

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"All right class! Who wants to go first?" M'lona called to the dragonets that stood with them and she smiled at them all, she was sure that she'd be able to get someone to volunteer. As she asked she saw Jeanal, R'keal and their dragons show up and she smiled, the class was ready for flying and this was the day she'd let them all go on their own. "The first one will be the one to show the rest how to do this, I know that your dragons have been flying on their own for a little bit but today you join them." M'lona added watching the people.

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When M'lona asked for volunteers, Tiye laced her hands tightly behind her back and hoped to disappear. Leth took this as a sign to do the opposite. Ignoring the way that Tiye's shoulders hunched and she started to migrate farther from the back of the group, he raised his head to better see over everybody in front of them and crooned.

"Leth," Tiye hissed. There was a note of desperation in her voice. Flying today might be unavoidable but at least they could wait long enough to see somebody else do it first, so that they could have a better idea of what to do (or avoid). Going first meant every other weyrling in the class would be watching, scrutinizing their performance, and while Tiye had nothing against performing when it was a role for which she had practiced, this was another matter entirely. This was a test and they were going to fail and look ridiculous.

She put a hand on Leth's side to deter him, but he only crooned again. We may as well get it over with, he said matter-of-factly. We will do fine, I am sure of it!I am getting very good at flying, you know, and I am the one who has to do the hard part.

That makes it worse, Tiye told him, because I know that if it goes wrong, it is my fault! And I'm...ah...getting heavier thanks to... Leth snorted before she could finish the thought. Don't be ridiculous. Then, directly to M'lona, he added Tiye and I will go first, if you like. Tiye gritted her teeth and stared fixedly ahead on the off chance that nobody else had noticed, fingers twitching around the urge to dig her firestarter out of her pocket. Maybe M'lona had not heard.

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When M'lona asked for volunteers Mi'an wasn't over eager to step up, but Carcharoth was confident. He nudged his rider gently and when Mi'an didn't immediately do as he wanted, the dragon gave another snort.

I am ready and you have practiced in the water where you would not hurt me. The practice has prepared you. You are ready. We go. And almost in the same moment as Leth, he addressed M'lona.

We are ready, if wish us to go first. He stated, aware but uncaring that he had talked right over the other candidate.

Unlike Tiye, Mi'an nodded his assent. If Roth thought they could do it, he would go along. He wasn't afraid. Or at least the others wouldn't see his fear.




K'rita should have been the one. Her dragon was full grown. She'd flown before, even if the trip had been disastrous. Iliarth had done his exercises diligently in the months they'd been back to rebuild what muscle he'd lost while grounded from the volcanic ash. He was ready. They were ready.

But they weren't. For all her talk of having flown before and her bravado, when the volunteers were asked for, she didn't even consider putting them forward. Even as she felt the wash of eagerness from Iliarth. Now they were being supervised. Now if something happened, there was help. Now they had straps and he was ready. He was sure he was ready. Except that worry, that fear that he would hurt his rider again.. maybe even kill her... wiggled in the back of is mind. An insidious worm eating his confidences and leaving its trail of lies.

So neither stepped forward. Neither uttered a sound. They waited quietly for someone else too. There were always eager volunteers for this lessons. K'rita had to repair some even. Her mind flinched away from the thought of the injuries she'd seen from this very lesson as a healer.

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