Morgan was very exhausted this morning, after all of the work they had done the other day on their clockworks final, but they had done it. After much hard work and dedication, they had managed to finish schooling in clockworks in quadruple the time that it was commonly done in. The entire process had been rigorous and exhausting, and Morgan had admittedly waited to get their injured arm in a sling until AFTER the test was done. Their arm was fine mostly, just wrenched a bit out of socket. It was back in now, and was healing, though bruised. Provided they didn't overdo it, the arm would heal back without issue.
The bespectacled human carefully pulled the travel tank for the tat lungs out to the dock; where they would gently use one arm to transfer both Pao and Ondori to the water. Though they knew how to communicate in tat-lung now, they were still in that quiet stage, Morgan had noted. They hoped that today, they could finish the pair's baby lessons, because they were already growing quite fast! Thankfully, the pair had been excitedly waiting for today, like a child would the first day of kindergarten. Morgan was thankful that they would be easier to work with than the previous sets of tat-lungs had been, most likely.
Name training was not something that most folks probably would have even considered as a requirement. For one, creatures picked up the names their masters used for them naturally over time, through the psycho-social bond that they usually started up pretty quickly. In fact, Pao and Ondori already had slight indications that they were understanding their names decently enough, in that way. However, Morgan needed to make sure that the sentient individuals under their care understood the concept of a name, what their names were, and why they were given them. That was something they'd already done quite a few times in the past now. Now, it was this pair's turn to learn that thing.
"Alright you two. Time to learn the concept of names. Ready for your first day of school?" Morgan communicated to them in triplicate as they tended to do with all of their tat-lung wards. They communicated using Labs Sign Language, Common, and through the Ring that allowed them to be understood by Tat-lungs. The idea is that this would hopefully help them to pick up the understanding of this concept later on much more easily than if they had never seen it before. It had to become second nature.
The pair seemed to be pretty ready, so Morgan nodded at them, accepting this as a positive reaction. "Alright you two." Morgan said, of course using the typical way of communicating in triplicate that they did working with all of the tat-lungs that were under their tutelage. Utilizing the 'tat-lung' of the ring, the hand signs of LSL, and the verbal component of Common, they hoped to get the tat-lungs very used to all of them so that they could communicate more easily in the future. "The first thing we need to learn is your two names. Names are very important, because we use them to tell you apart in conversation." They stopped, and looked for any kind of understanding between the two tat-lungs. Pao seemed to be reacting a little more positively than Ondori, which was somehow understandable to Morgan. Pao was, after all, somehow connected to them. They weren't... Sure on how, but they would figure it out eventually.
"It is very important to keep names for use in conversation, and it is common for one's parents, or caretakers, to give them a name upon birth. As I did with you two upon your hatching." Morgan said, feeling a bit anxious as they usually did.
Morgan wasn't really happy with 'training' any sort of sentient creature, not really, especially not ones as majestic as dragons are. However, tat-lungs definitely deserved to have respect and someone that at least understood that they were to be respected to teach them as they got older. Morgan tried their hardest to give them a place to live and food that was as good as they could come up with for them as possible. Morgan had also already had some experience with Ryuusei, Seimei, and Shigeru, so they hoped that they had it down enough that Pao and Ondori would be able to learn without too many issues, or accidental insulting situations. It was always a worry, however, and Morgan was having one of those 'anxious' days today for some reason.
"The name that was chosen for you, Ondori-" Morgan said as they pointed to the crystal tat-lung, who looked back at them with wide eyes full of curiosity; "Is because it means Rooster. Roosters are really proud, pretty little birds, and are quite aggressive; and honestly you are about as proud as one. I think it suits you really well, huh Ondori?" It was probably helping that Morgan had been referring to Ondori by name for a long time, but she already looked at them like she understood what it meant.
Morgan had to breathe a bit after that, and take a moment to get their tongue all untied. They'd been so nervous about this that they'd gotten into a little bit of a stuttering fit. Perhaps today was not the best day to begin working on this, after all. They should have waited until they had a 'better day'; since this sort of thing just happened some days. However, it was hard enough to get the tat-lungs out here when they were still young and tied to the water, so they needed to take their time and work on them for a few things, at the very least. "Alrighty Ondori, now I'm gonna talk to Pao." Morgan said, quietly, pointing from one to the other to make sure that they were going to be understood.
"Pao, you were so named because for some reason, when I think of you; I think fireworks." And that was that. "It sounds fairly exciting, and a bit feminine, in my opinion, and it fits you to a 't'." Morgan said. At this, and an affirmitive of understanding coming from the red tat-lung. Morgan spent the next thirty minutes going between the two making sure that they answered to their names each time. Of course they did!
After working with the pair for a long while, Morgan was hoping that they had gotten their names down pat. They seemed to have already been sort of picking up their names before this, but now it seemed to have been quite accepted. Now, Morgan was going to have to move on to the next thing they were going have to work on today; the signal for them to come to Morgan. All of the tat-lungs were taught this particular thing; just in case they needed to get all of the tat-lungs in one place very quickly. It was a signal on the whistle that would travel for a long while, so that no matter where they all were on the town, all of the tat-lungs would be able to hear it. Morgan was glad that both of the more excitable youngsters were paying a lot of attention right now, instead of playing. Perhaps they really had been ready for 'tat-lung school' after all? Morgan had been worried that they would not be ready.
"Alright you two, time for the next thing." Morgan said, sitting down on the edge of the dock. They were slowly beginning to feel more confident.
Morgan was quiet for a second, looking between the two tat-lung youngsters to make sure that they had their attention still. Morgan knew that this kind of thing that they were working on was boring above all else (which was why Morgan did this 'menial' stuff when the youngsters were well, young) and that it was difficult to pay attention to lessons that seemed like busywork. It was something that Morgan had difficulty with as well, especially in the annoying botany class they were taking. They were so ready to get it over with, in all honesty! So they figured that they needed to get this done with lots of speed, though they also needed to do this well.
"Alright you two. Sometimes, the two of you may need to come to me in order to hear something, or perhaps come to dinner, or maybe because of a very worrisome issue." Morgan explained to the two, as per usual, in triplicate. "You two have the right to make decisions for yourselves of course, but I will have a whistle signal for the two of you whenever I need y'all to come to me. It will be useful in case of emergencies, of course." Morgan explained.
Ah, the teacher voice was showing through! Morgan was trying to sound calm and rational of course, but it would seem that the tiny youngsters had gotten a bit bored. They were glancing at other things around them, and Morgan couldn't help but give them a bit of an understanding look. "Okay you two, we'll need to practice of course, to make sure that you understand the correct signal from other signals, okay?" Morgan said, trying to get their attentions again. At that, Morgan decided that they needed to move on to the practice stage regardless. "So we'll practice. This whistle is the signal to come to me, okay?" At this, Morgan blew on the whistle the same command they used to let the tat-lungs know that they needed to come to Morgan; just in case. "That's the signal." Morgan said, noting that it did, at least, get their attentions back on them again.
That would be good in the long run, at least. "So when you hear that, come to me, okay?" Morgan said, in triplicate as per usual. Both of the tat-lungs sent Morgan an affirmative, so at least that was good.
Well, hopefully this would go as well as the rest of the lesson had gone so far. Morgan was quite hoping to do a few things before needing to go home today, but if this didn't go very well very quickly, they may be unable to really continue the rest of the list today. Morgan looked really determined, for a moment. "Alright Pao, you first." Morgan decided to make this a game, get them competing, and see if that was going to help them along any. These two were a lot more competitive (though friendly) than Morgan's other tat-lung family members. Morgan gave the whistled signal for 'come', and Pao blinked for a moment before shooting over to Morgan. "Great job Pao!" At this, Morgan threw Pao a small fish fry, one of the ones used for treats. "Alright Ondori, you now!" Morgan said, trying to keep them excited instead of bored. They immediately gave the signal for come to Ondori, and Ondori was much quicker after having watched Pao do it than Pao had been, just as Morgan had expected. Ondori shot over to Morgan, and the human made sure to give Ondori a treat as well. "Great job, Ondori!"
Morgan had planned for this; and it worked excellently! Pao saw how much better Ondori had done than she had, and she was immediately quite competitive and wanted to do better than she had. When Morgan called out to Pao next, and then gave the 'come' signal, the little red firework of a tat-lung rushed towards them instantly, quickly and without any sort of hesitance. Morgan was pleased of course, and gave her lots of praise and a small fish fry. Then they moved to do the same for Ondori, giving her the same signal and watching her become a crystalline streak against the water to get to Morgan. At this, she was given a lot of praise and a treat. At this, both of them began to come to the signal together, not just individually. Morgan was super pleased with the progress, of course they were learning super fast! That was just great, of course, but they were indeed sentient beings, so they learned super quick of course. They continued to work on it for the next twenty minutes; until finally the pair were pretty tired, and Morgan was sure that they had learned the signal and would do fine in the future.
The next thing that they needed to work on was the 'no' signal. Morgan wouldn't dare to teach this to an adult tat-lung. Morgan wouldn't blame a full-grown dragon for ignoring that kind of teaching, it was really below a grown tat-lung in all honesty. However, Morgan wasn't too worried to teach this to young baby tat-lungs, since they were usually much like children. Really smart children that were quite aloof as well, but children either way. Morgan had a lot to work on with the pair from here on out, but it would be worth it despite all the work. They were going to get all the way through their list, since that was something that Morgan wanted to teach before this pair of sisters got too old to pay any attention. "Alright you two, you've got that down pat. I wouldn't expect anything less." They said, and of course they meant it. Tat-lungs were incredibly intelligent beings, even as youngsters with no wisdom.
"Now we need to go over the meaning of another word." They said in triplicate, through the ring, in common, and in LSL so that maybe they would get used to all of them eventually.
Teaching Tat-lungs were a lot more simple in some ways but difficult in others. The most difficult part was catching their attention. They were super bored all the time, and Morgan trying to explain basic 'stupid' aspects of 'training' bored them even more so. With Shigeru, he'd been more attentive of course, Morgan didn't have any trouble, however the pair of sisters here were much more interested in playing with each other than paying attention to much more annoying and base concepts. Morgan watched them chase each other around quietly for a while. Two little streaks of bright color in the water, it was always beautiful to watch. Finally, they decided to call out to them to get their attention. "Hey, you two, the quicker we get your schooling done, the quicker we can get you home!" Morgan called out. The two finally stopped playing their little game, and paid more attention to Morgan now. "Good, good. It's an easy word." Morgan said in triplicate. "The next concept we're going to work on is 'No'." Morgan said, and signed to them, using the ring as well. "To repeat to you, it's 'No'." Morgan said.
Morgan was more than a little glad that the pair couldn't ask a lot of questions yet. Shigeru was a big ole mess when he finally got verbal; question after question, Morgan was sure that these two would eventually be that way as well. For now, they were just struggling to get their attentions and such. "Alright, so the concept of 'No' is that something is wrong, or bad, or not that way. It's basically a negative. However, that doesn't mean that it has to be a bad thing, but it can save you if something bad is going on. It can also be used in order to tell someone that something isn't how they say it is." Morgan tried to be a little slower about this, just in case. However, Morgan was sure that they were going to get it eventually. "Does that make any kind of sense?" Morgan asked in triplicate. They waited for any kind of an answer. After a moment or two, Pao seemed to give an affirmative, and Ondori agreed soon afterwards. Well, that was a good thing at this moment. Maybe it wouldn't take too long to get this completely fixed up.
Morgan waited for a little while, and then asked- "Okay, so do you know what 'no' means?" Morgan said. The pair looked at one another for a moment, and then to Morgan, and then each one give an affirmative. "So whenever you hear me say 'no' and it is not in answer to something, y'all need to look out and p-probably need to stop doing what you are doing just in case." Morgan said, quietly. "You two got it?" The pair seemed about as bored as Morgan was, but at the very least they could be past this sooner rather than later. "So there is another word; this one is 'yes'. That's basically the opposite of that." Morgan said, smiling to them. "But no is the most important part." They signed, spoke, and then conveyed to them to make sure that they got all of that. "You're doing great you two." Then Morgan continued on. "So we'll practice. Go ahead and give me a negative if I say 'no', and a positive if I say 'yes'." Morgan conveyed to them and spoke, knowing that they knew how to give affirmative and negative reactions conveyed through the ring.
Twilight-Claw: I really, really love all the updates that have come~! <3
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Fiera Ferella: np!!! I hope y'all like it!
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Riku: What an awesome update, staff! Thanks for that! <3
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Jack: All have been found!
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Jack: Might want to be on the lookout for anything... odd
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Fiera Ferella: Yeah it’s definitely a coincidence but wow did it work out well for us! XD
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Silver: I'm pretty sure that was just a coincidence, but it sure feels lucky!
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Riku: So did you guys make this hosting switch perfectly RIGHT before pb broke? >.< Thaz crazy. It’s a huge relief and I’m very glad we’ve come to this. <3
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Fiera Ferella: It’s free up to a certain number of GB, which we haven’t hit yet.
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Twilight-Claw: Is the site that is going to be used to host all those images also the type you'd need to pay for? (definitely noticed the broken images yeah. Photobucket feels like it is standing on its last legs. X3 )
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Morgan: I'm just kinda nervous about them going down before things get moved over completely. It's prolly nothing to be worried about though. :3
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Fiera Ferella: Thank goodness we're moving out of there? XD
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Renathan: Ugh, photobucket has the images broke again. x3
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