Kadin didn’t have any idea what the hell he was doing here, but that was about par for the course with his life lately so he was trying not to think too much about it. All he knew was that in that giant fucking- what did they call it? A kennel. In that giant pit of biomes and bad decisions (they couldn’t have been his decisions, could they? He wouldn’t have made so damn MANY of them), he’d found a lot of crap. Most of it had been alive. Many of what was a live had been some kind of dragon thing.
His mining familiar wasn’t at all impressed with it’s owner, by the way. It was coming along, sure, and the guy had all the stuff a guy going to the mines probably should have, but he seemed lost more often than not. Kun was looking forward to seeking out as many gems as possible for it’s own gains, but there was only so much it could do when it had to babysit this human at the same time. This was going to be a great time.
Sarane. They called them sarane. Kadin had taken a look at a couple of them an decided that he might as well talk them out for- something. Mining. Whatever. Apparently, for some god damn reason, he was allowed to take baby dragons down into an actual god’s honest mine and just let them eat rocks or something while he was supposed to hit things with a pick.
Or a shovel, I guess. Luckily he had something that someone had called a “mining familiar”? And it was supposed to help him with finding the right kind of rocks. But it didn’t seem super interested in what he was doing at all. The sarane seemed even less interested, to be honest. And… They had names. He didn’t remember who gave them the names or where they came from. He didn’t know what they meant or anything about how they came to be. But they had names and he knew them so he should probably use them.
“Chiara, Aodh, you guys really shouldn’t eat rocks. You will die.”
Not that it helped when he did.
“Kunzite.” Kadin said on a sigh. “You probably know the most about this crap. You’re the familiar or whatever. What are we supposed to do down here?”
Kunzite, once again, was regretting its unfortunate predicament. Surely there were other humans out there? Humans who knew the importance of mining and would be able to get it plenty of nice gems to have and hold and hoard and eat? But instead it was here with this guy who barely seemed to remember its name most of the time. Perhaps it should go off on its own. It’d probably get more done that way. Then again, humans were nice to have around for the heavy lifting. If it could just find a good strong store of stones it’d use the human to expose them for it and then the human could do whatever it wanted afterwards.
If a shadow could shrug it was probably just about what the halfbreed did. Kadin did not take this as encouragement. Instead, he sighed more. Gustily. “Well that’s helpful.”
He halfheartedly swung around the pick he was carrying, chipping away a little at the wall of a cavern that wasn’t too far from the entrance he’d found. It didn’t make much of a scratch. This far in, most of the area had probably been picked over. All the minerals or whatever? The veins of precious stones and materials that ran through the rock? It was probably all found here at this point. He’d probably have to go further in to find anything useful, but he didn’t really. Feel like it.
“Where are the kids?” He asked, in increasing horror, as he turned to look at his mining familiar. The gems around its shoulders seemed to move up and down a bit. Another shrug? Probably.
Looks like he was going further into the mines after all. Luckily there wasn’t much to the place yet but one big cavern that narrowed out into a wide tunnel later on.
Kunzite could see where this was going and, for once, it didn’t have a protect waiting to slip out about it. Going further would mean much richer grounds to hunt in. It would happily follow the human along if that meant that it would be able to find all the gems that it wanted to. Even if the little sarane hadn’t meant to do it, they had done Kunzite a great service.
It might even consider sharing its gems with them before deciding not to, that’s how pleased it was.
Kadin just had to follow that, since they would have had to have passed him in order to go out the exit. He just walked along with his mining familiar trailing after him and listening for the sounds of chaos. He was actually surprised when it took a good could of minutes before he heard the sounds of scuffling further in the tunnels. The little assholes had gotten further than he’d have thought possible in the five seconds that he’d looked away. Kadin picked up the pace a bit, trying to be a bit quiet so that they wouldn’t take one look at him and run away, but also not because he was carrying a shit ton of mining equipment and it was loud at fuck. Once the sarane were in sight, however, he broke out into a run and grabbed at their scrawny chicken necks before they could run out of sight.
This would, of course, have been more amusing to the mining familiar if it cared about the sarane at all. Now that they were further into the tunnels it wanted to start looking for gems right away. All the loud noise was annoying, but it was easy enough to ignore while it went around tapping on rocks and walls. Mostly walls. One especially nice thing about its body was that it was able to look into the rocks, unlike many familiars who had to do something as pedestrian as dig.
It could get a much better feel for things how it was and was therefore superior at finding gems. Obviously.
He wasn’t hurting them, of course. Baby sarare were about 50% wing and 50% neck by volume. He was just sort of. Holding them. Like one might hold a goose who was charging at you with the intent to do you harm. Gently, but firmly, so that they couldn’t squirm away or bite you before you had time to properly scold them. Something like that.
Anyway. He had them by their scrawny chicken necks and now would have been the opportune time for them to look guilty and try to get out of this situation by being cute baby dragon things. But these were sarane. So instead of taking that route, they started screeching to holy hell.
Kadin dropped them to cover his heads, “What the hell! Shut up!”
To no avail. The sarane, now released, started running around and screeching as if they’d just discovered how to make noise for the first time. Knowing Kadin’s luck? They probably had, the bastards.
Luckily none of this bothered Kunzite and its quest to find gems. All it had to do was make sure that the sarane and the human were away from it and, considering the light show going on, it wasn’t particularly hard. The sarane had wandered off into the dark, but now that there was light nearby they seemed drawn to it like a moth to flame and kept circling the human like sharks.
It would have been amusing if it was in the mood to be amused. But there were gems to find!
So he was stuck there in a dark tunnel in the mines, the flashlight from his helmet and actual flashlight all going in different directions, mining familiar scratching off in the dirt who knows where, with two screeching baby sarane chasing each other around his feet. It was so dark he couldn’t even tell them apart. He knew that males were brighter than female and that he’d brought one male and one female with him, but they both looked the same in the half darkness half flashlight of the mines. One of them bit the other’s wing and the one that got bit screeched louder and with a different tone, more force behind it, and launched itself at its attacker to try and bite its wing back.
Kadin was having regrets about going to the mines today.
Kunzite kept searching and searching but it could not find anything in this tunnel. They really weren’t far from the cave so it wasn’t surprising. The chance of finding something here had been slim, but it had held out hope that some other familiar had missed something that only it, a superior miner, could find. It wasn’t discouraged. All it needed to do was get the human and the screaming children further into the tunnels. It tried to do so by going further into the tunnels, but no one followed it. With a huff, it turned back to the human.
He vaguely thought about grabbing them by their necks again, but that had gone... so well for him the last time that he figured it wasn't his best shot at getting them out of this scuffle relatively intact. Instead, he picked up one of the sarane (the one that was currently on top, therefore easiest to reach) and lifted it up over his head, hand wrapped around the wings to keep them flush to its body. Now all he had to worry about were the flailing claws, tail, and the second baby that was trying to climb his pants leg in order to get at the shrieking hatchling stuck in his grasp. But Kadin was not going to let them go, no fucking way. He figured that if he just kept them separated for long enough they'd eventually forget about fighting and then he could go back to vaguely looking for mining shit.
Damn. It was a good thing he'd brought a familiar with him. While he dealt with the kids, at least Kunzite would be able to still look for gems. And the sarane didn't seem like they were going to give up on their nonsense any time soon.
This was not how Kunzite was going to get the human to go further into the mines, not if it was dealing with yelling sarane. It did not want to deal with the yelling sarane, but it would make the best of the situation and get the whole lot of them to follow it if it had to.
But then again, if the human was carrying one, maybe it could convince him to follow it. Kunzite came over, dancing in and out of the shadows cast by the flashlight, trying to tempt the human to follow it further so it could find more gems elsewhere. While doing so, it did notice something shiny! Picking up the gems it had discovered, it held them up as proof to tempt the human further. Once his attention was captured, Kunzite lead the human on a merry stroll through the tunnels, further and further into the darkness. The further they went the more likely they were to find more gems, so it was going to try and tempt the human as far as possible. Until the stupid hatchlings interrupted its plans again, of course.
Kadin noticed his familiar weaving around in front of him. Just as he thought, it had clearly been looking for gems while he was on babysitting duty. He walked forward, gently pushing one of the hissing sarane aside with his foot, to get closer to the familiar to hopefully see what sorts of gems it had found. Of course, once he got close, it quickly moved away. Kadin stopped and considered the familiar for a bit, frowning. He wanted to get his hands on those gems so that he could put them somewhere safe and he really wasn't in the mood to play hide-and-go-seek with his familiar, of all things, when he was already worried about holding one squirming sarane and having another one clinging to his leg.
But every time he tried to approach it, the familiar moved further and further away, as if it was leading him down the tunnels. With a sigh, Kadin figured that he might as well follow it. It wasn't like he was getting much done just standing here like this. And if the familiar had already found gems, it only stood to reason that it would find more. So he started to follow it further in.
Kunzite was pleased that it's plan was working. It kept the gems on its form so that they would not get lost and go away, stalking further and further into the darkness. It had to be careful not to go too fast and to be mindful of how the human was carrying sarane with himself and was therefore burdened where Kunzite had never been itself. It moved through the shadows with ease, occasionally stopping to look further into the walls or shuffle around some stones. It looked for places where other creatures had dug and places where other creatures dare not dig. It was on a mission, not, leading this sad party through the mines to find more for its hoard. It would not be stopped, only slowed, but any delays the spoilt little dragons caused. Honestly. They should not even be here. They did not care for the mines the way it did.
Kadin continued following his familiar, but he was getting tired of carrying the sarane now. Not that he could put it down. He had a feeling... he just knew, the moment he put it down they'd start fighting or playing again.
Honestly it was surprising he was able to get the other hatchling to follow him this far. It hadn't been able to hold on to his leg forever and had eventually fallen off, but it was still trailing after him on its spindly little legs. The noises coming from it alternated between pitiful little whines and growls that were probably supposed to sound fierce, but came off as cute. The further they went, the more it began to lag behind. The other sarane had eventually given up to its fate and got itself comfortable being held. But eventually the other sarane was so far behind Kadin was worried about losing it in the darkness. With a sigh, he turned back and picked it up. Not he was carrying two sarane and kicking himself a bit for not bringing a backpack or some sort of carried for the damned things. Of course, they were babies, they'd tired themselves out and now he'd have to carry them until they got their second winds.
Kunzite did not appreciate the delay. It had gotten used to Kadin following it and didn't notice at first when it was no longer being followed. It quickly turned back and circled the boy, impatient while he picked up the other sarane too. It hissed its own hiss of frustration, just knowing that this would slow them down further and it was all the sarane's fault. A creature of the air did not belong under ground. This journey was only proving this knowledge to it more and more.
But perhaps all was not at a loss! While Kunzite was angrily contemplating all the ways it could get its revenge on the small draconic in order to pay them back for all the lost time in finding what it really cared again- gems and crystals and other precious things, it stumbled across some quite by accident! It noticed some glittering in a crevice not far away and went to investigate. Gems! It added them to its body to hide away until later. Eventually it might run out of room and need to use the human to hold on to some, but for not it would be greedy, oh yes.
Meanwhile, since the sarane had finally tired themselves out, Kadin was able to tell more or less which one was which. "Alright guys." He said with a sign, not at all looking forward to when they'd eventually get their energy back. "We're not going to accomplish much if I'm just yelling at you all the time. Let's try something else, ok? We'll start teaching you your names or something. Then at least we'll all be familiar with each other."
"You're Chiara." He said at the hen sarane, since he could finally tell which was lighter and which was darker. "You're Aodh." To the drake this time. "And you're Kunzite." He said out to the minding familiar. After a moment of thought, Kadin also continued, "And I'm Kadin. Now we all know each other's names and we're all going to be friends. Right? Right."
No one seemed impressed by the sentiment, much less the mining familiar who wasn't even looking at him. Kadin sighed. All he could do was try, after all, no matter how frustrating this was going to be. Much to the anger of said mining familiar, Kadin decided that this was a good time to sit down in the tunnels. He put one sarane in front of him and kept the other one in his lap, restrained. The sarane on the floor was Chiara because he hoped (probably in vain) that he would be the more reasonable of the two. Clearly Kadin had never worked with small girls before. He was going to learn.
"Chiara." Kadin said, dangling a piece of meat in front of her face. Aodh bit at his arm to try to get at it, but Kadin's other arms was wrapped around his chest and he couldn't reach. "Chiara, there! Good girl." He said once she looked at him (or the meat. She was looking at the meat).
"Aodh." Kadin said next, giving the drake a treat, too, since the damn thing glared at him once he turned his attention to it. This wasn't so bad, after all.
Kunzite was utterly unimpressed. It didn't see at all how this was supposed to get more gems which, as stated before, was the only reason it wanted to be here in the first place. Even when Kadin called it name it wanted nothing to do with the noise he was making.