But then, it noticed something. Kadin had crushed up gem flakes with him. A PERFECT size to hold on to and make itself shiny with OR to consume the essence of. Kunzite heard the annoying, annoying human call out a word again. A word it was pretty sure was supposed to mean it. After all, it had been said before. It moved closer to the boy, eyeing the crushed gems, and daintily accepted once when it was offered.
"Good job, Kunzite."
It did not see fit to reply to that. But it did finally hand over the gems it had been collecting. The boy was handing out shards, after all, clearly he could be trusted to look after these and do something similarly delicious with them.
The familiar swirled around his hand, accepted another shard, and went back to looking for more gems. A better use of its time, after all.
Kadin turned his attention back to the sarane. Chiara was trying to get at Aodh again and he sighed. "Chiara. Chiara! Stop that!" He reached out, pushing her away. She hisssed! at him and glared. "Chiara!" He said and quickly shoved a treat in her face. She accepted it, a bit befuddled, "Good Chiara! Chiara!" Clearly this human was going insane.
Especially since he was letting Aodh chew on his arm AGAIN. The little drake was still trying to break free. "Aodh, not now. Stop that." He picked up the drake with both hands and held him up in front of his own face.
"Hey, Aodh." The drake squirmed and hissed, eyes on Chiara and clearly trying to get to her. Kadin lifted him a bit higher and kept saying his name. "Aodh. Aodh! Aodh Aodh Aodh. Ao- there you are! Good Aodh!" Annnd treat. He placed the drake back in his lap and called his name again once he'd finished the current treat. Expecting food from sound now, the drake looked up with a chuuurp? and got another treat for its trouble. "See, Chiara? It isn't too hard." Kadin said with a grin to the hen. "Chiara!" She snapped to look at him, hissing, but also expecting food from noises now. "Good girl, Chiara, good." Annnd treat.
"Kunzite, you alright over there?" Kadin called out, dividing his attention back up to check in with the familiar that had wandered off. It was the only one of them that was pulling its weight down here in the minds. It'd suck to lose track of it now.
Said familiar ignored him until the second calling of its name. Then it looked over, annoying that it had been interrupted in its search for gems. The boy should really know better. Nothing was more important than exploring the mines and finding- oh, wait, was that another gem shard? Kunzite went over the accept both the shard and the "Good Kunzite!" the was offered to it. It could do with less of the empty praise. It was no simple animal like the sarane, but it did have an important job to do and it kept getting terribly interrupted.
Kadin chuckled as the familiar went off again. Hopefully it would come back with more gems at some point, but he was happy to leave it to do its own things. Instead of worrying about it, he turned back to the sarane. "Chiara!" He called out, watching at her eyes snapped to him and he hissed. He didn't quite like the hissing, but he gave her a treat all the same. "Good Chiara!" The only point was to get her to know her name, after all. Then he looked down. "Aodh!" Also with the hissing! The drake, still upset about being restrained, hissed right at him the moment he said his name and nipped at his fingers. Kadin rolled his eyes. "Aodh. Good, yeah yeah, that's your name." And gave him a treat. He really shouldn't reward them for the nipping, but they'd get to that later.
"Chiara!" Annnd she was hissing at him again. "Good girl, Good Chiara." Still got a treat for looking at him, though. "Aodh! Good boy." Wow, that time he'd barely even hissed. "Chiara!" She glanced his way from where she'd been watching Kunzite wander off and then hissed, pouncing at his leg. "Good girl, good Chiara."
"Aodh?" The drake tilted his head and hissed... although this time it sounded almost curious? "Yeah, good boy. Good Aodh." Praise and treat, they knew the drill by now. At least with this attempt at some training they were calming down a bit.
"Hey! Kunzite!" Kadin called out to the familiar, grinning and tossing it some treats, too, when it turned his way.
Hmm. The human seemed to be convinced that bribery was the best way to get its attention. Well, it couldn't say that he was wrong, per say, as bribery was what made it keep checking in on him and doing whatever it was he wanted it to do. So perhaps his hypothesis wasn't entirely false. Anyway. The familiar decided that it didn't want much more part in this nonsense, it was must more interested in looking for gems then indulging in the human's weird habits. So it kept up with its searching, looking all over for gems, until its insistence on looking finally paid off! It quickly scooped up the crystal and other gems it found, hiding them in its shadows. It would give these to the human. Eventually.
Now that the sarane were more under control, Kadin figured that they could probably continue their adventure a bit. There was still quite a ways to go and quite a lot to find that still needed to be found. He picked up the sarane and wandered towards the familiar, trying to see if it had anything interesting to add to what they were currently doing. "Hey, good Find!" Kadin exclaimed, offering the familiar a treat for finding some gems. Heck, even if it hadn't intended to, it WAS a good find. And even if it was going to do it anyway, it wouldn't hurt to give it a treat for a job well done. He wanted to make sure his familiar knew that he appreciated it looking for him.
"Why don't you try to go find something else?" Kadin suggested to the familiar, which was partly ignoring him because he had the sarane with him. Kadin rolled his eyes and watched the familiar wander off. He wondered if there was a way he could get it more enthusiastic about this whole thing. Thinking fast, he hid some of the gems it had already collected here and there, figuring that even if it was going to be grumpy about it, he could still encourage its searching. It benefited them all a lot, after all.
After some shuffling around, the familiar was annoyed that it hadn't found much more in the way of gems. There weren't any in the walls, in the cracks, in the... hey! There were some! It was so very pleased with itself, finding more gems. Eventually the human would have to hold them for safekeeping, but it was always happy to find more on its own. And once the human noticed that it had found some gems, he seemed happy, too. And even gave it some treats for it. So that was nice.
Meanwhile, Kadin had put the sarane down. They were less interested in eating him or destroying him than they had been before, so instead they focused back on each other. Aodh hissed at Chiara. He was the drake so clearly he was the one who was in charge. This was what most of their arguments amounted to. Chiara, on the other hand, felt SHE should be in charge.
She knew that she was strong and therefore better, even if she was only little. There was something special about her that he didn't know and since he didn't know that she knew that it was her job to put him in his place until he acknowledged that she was better than him. Thus, fighting. Again. So much for them having calmed down.
"Great Find, Kunzite!" Kadin was pleased that his plan had worked. Once he went over to the familiar it offered him the gems for safekeeping, which he was more than willing to accept. That made it easier for him to hide some around the tunnels again, after all. He was careful not to hide the same ones or the same combination of ones lest the familiar grew suspicious. But honestly? He was willing to bet the familiar wouldn't noticed anyway. It was much to wrapped up in searching to pay any attention to him until it found something. "Go find more!"
Said familiar was indeed searching. It wasn't actually super pleased that Kadin had come over and taken the gems once it had found them. It gave them to him right away, of course, since humans had thumbs and bags and pockets and could keep track of things more easily. But it had still wanted to hold onto them for a while. For... reasons. Anyway. It went to search out for more gems. It took a while as it went from one part of the tunnel after another.
It was careful to rechecking places it had already been in case it had been lazy. After quite a lot of searching, it finally found some! More gems! Very pleased with itself, it hid them in its shadows.
Chiara growled at Aodh. Aodh growled back and even took it a step further. He lifted his wings and flapped them at her, as if he could hurt her that way! With a battle cry that was honestly more of a battle squeak, Chiara leapt at Aodh and did her very best to bite him! Only her teeth were stubby and her claws, while sharp, had trouble getting purchase on the other baby sarane. Plus, you know, she didn't want to actually kill him. Yet. Maybe just rough him up a little for being a dick.
Kadin watched the sarane for a bit before moving his attention back to the familiar. He was pleased watching Kunzite search and even more pleased when the familiar actually found some gems. "Good find, Kunzite!" He called out, praising it for a job well done. "Good find." He walked over to offer it a treat for its troubles, which it accepted after a moment of hesitation. It didn't want to give up the gems. It had only just found them and it didn't want to give them up! "Go search." Kadin offered the familiar, not trying to take the gems it already had. He still had some on his person that he could hide. He had no problem waiting to get them when offered.
Kunzite was confused when, instead of taking its gems, Kadin just said 'find' and left it alone. Did he want it to find more first? Did he want it to keep searching? Puzzled, Kunzite did exactly that. It went back to searching for gems since that was what it was comfortable doing and best at. It looked up and down the tunnels, all over. Gems were hard to find! It searched and searched, wondering if it would find any at all this time. It could sense that they were out there, it just needed to find them!
Aodh screeched (although it sounded more like a squeak, too) at Chiara, enraged that she would challenge him like this. HE was the drake! He was going to grow up to be bigger and strong than her and therefore better. There was no way she'd be able to stand against him! The fact that she kept trying was insulting to drakes everywhere! He nommed on her wings, her legs, her neck, trying to get a grip so he could hold her down and defeat her! There was no way he would lose! Chiara also didn't think there was any way SHE could lose. She scrambled at the other hatchling, hissing and spitting up a storm. This time she hit him with HER wings because SHE had wings, too! And they could hurt just as bad! She kept scuffling with him, very angry that he seemed to think she would just roll over and let him be mean. As if!
Kadin paused in what he was doing to freeze. Just a bit. And look around. What the fuck was that. Not all the noise the sarane were making. He knew what THEY were doing. But that sound that came from the mines, the screech. what the absolute FUCK had that been?
Deep breaths. He was hiding gems for Kunzite. It was probably all in his head, just like the shadows were. No need to get worked up about it.
Kadin hid the gems and waited for Kunzite to find them. It wasn't too difficult. It eventually found them all and hid them in its shadows, just like it had been doing before. Kadin let out a sigh of relief that nothing else happened in the meantime. He gave Kunzite some treats for his troubles and let him hold on to the gems for now. He knew he'd get them back eventually.
But now there were other things on his mind.
Well, this one was going to be difficult. Kadin figured that it was about time he teach his sarane something more useful than just responding to its name. After all, she was destined to go on and fight other sarane or something like that. So she needed to be prepared for it.
…What would she need to know?
He thought back to the fights the Coyle had just recently gone through. He was strong enough to take down most drake fairly quickly. He just had to bite them and they were down.
But this would be a hen doing the same gauntlet. If she didn’t take down the drakes right away, she’d probably fall in battle. That meant that, first of all, she need to know how to get out of the way of an attack.
Kadin picked up a rock and tossed it up and down in his hand. He had some kind of idea how to teacher her that. He tossed a rock towards Chiara, watching her startled.
While they were messing around, Kunzite went back to looking for its gems. It really couldn't care less what the human and the sarane were getting up it. It had been doing very well finding gems so far and Kadin was even giving it rewards for a job well done. It wondered what it would be able to get for something bigger? Well. No use wondering, it was time to get to finding! It kept going up and down the tunnel, looking for this, that, and the other thing, trying to see what it could find.
Aodh, meanwhile, was feeling left out. The familiar had a job and now Kadin was paying so much attention to Chiara and not him! It wasn't fair! The drake huffed a bit, but that didn't get him any attention. He huffed a bit more, but still no attention. Maybe if he went to go chew on some rocks or bit Kadin on the leg he'd get some attention? He was bored! They were playing and now they weren't! He still wanted to fight!
He walked over to Chiara and showed her the rock. She tried to eat it. Shaking his head, Kadin gently tossed the rock at her, hitting her wing. She hissed at him, displeased that he would take such action against her! Clearly he wanted to kill her! Well not if she killed him first!
He rolled his eyes. Were sarane always this dramatic?
He picked the rock back up and gently tossed it at her again. It hit her wing again. She straight up growled at him this time, launching herself at him to nom on his pants.
Patience, Kadin. Patience.
Kunzite continued to search for gems. Aodh continued to be bored. If Chiara and Kadin both weren't going to pay him any attention, he'd have to seek out attention elsewhere. So he toddled over to where Kunzite was looking around in the dirt and tried to nip at the familiar. Maybe he could get it to fight with him instead of Chiara? He didn't know how much fun that would be since he didn't feel the same strong desire to just utterly destroy the familiar as he did with other sarane, but it was worth a shot. Unfortunately, the familiar didn't seem to care that he was there at all. How room! He hated it! He hissed and puffed up his wings really high to try and show how big he was and how much the familiar should pay attention to him, but it didn't even look his way! He'd show it.
He removed her from his person, picked up a rock, and gently tossed it at her wing again. THIS time, finally, she moved it out of the way with a nasty look in his direction. She wasn’t going to let him hit her again! No sir! Relieved that she finally seemed to sort of get what he wanted of her, he patted her on he head and gave her a treat. She tried to snap his finger off.
Why was he doing this again?
Kadin picked up another rock and tossed it at her wing. He kept doing this, tossing the rock at around the same spot on her wing, until she could reliably move it out of the way in time. That was step one, not letting herself get hit when she could see the attack coming.
Kunzite deftly moved out of the way of the flailing, angry drake hatchling. It really didn't have the time or the patience to deal with this right now, not when it was so busy looking for gems. So instead of dealing with it, it just moved away from the hatchling and hoped that it would lose interest eventually and go away. Unfortunately? No such luck. Moving away only seemed to make the sarane more angry. It followed after it, hissing and spitting all the while, as if it could be intimidated by such tactics. Pathetic, really, and it almost pitied the small thing for all the effort it was putting in to something so useless.
There was more to it than that. He knew there would have to be. She’d have to be able to dodge attacks that she couldn’t see coming, ones she could only sense. So next he need to get her used to dodging from a bunch of different places.
Kadin tossed a rock at her tail this time. The first few times, just like before, it hit and she got progressively more huffy about it. But, also just like before, every time she successfully dodged he gave her a treat. This was giving her a positive reason to keep her wits about her and actually DODGE the damn rocks instead of getting hit all the time. The more he kept tossing them, the more she was able to dodge them. Once she was able to dodge them every time, he’d move on to another part of her body.
But Aodh was persistent. It dogged the familiar while it came in and out of focus, following it as it tried to move further and further away. It didn't seem to want to get too far away from Kadin since the human was still carrying so many of its gems and that was its mistake. Drakes could be very persistent! The only way it would get away would be by disappearing entirely! But it couldn't do that because Aodh kept following it and trying to jump on it and show it who was boss. Which, uh, wasn't working out too well.