The hatchling’s carefree attitude was infectious and Leafy found herself wanting to spend the whole day playing childhood games with him.
“You hide! You hide!” the little hatchling began to chant.
Leafy was happy to oblige him. It was a good opportunity for bonding and if the hatchling liked her well enough, he would be more inclined to leave with her.
“Alright, but no peeking!” Leafy teased him.
She already had a spot in mind that she had scouted out when searching for the Makiyan. She gave one glance over at the hatchling to ensure he wasn’t watching her when she snuck over to a large bush that was hardy enough to grow in the rocky terrain. It offered enough protection to hide her from sight, but if the hatchling got close enough, he would be able to see the colours of her clothes stand out against the leaves. It was the perfect level of difficulty for the being. She didn’t want to make it too hard for him and besides, it wasn’t as though she had enough time to find a really good hiding place. She could hear the Makiyan as he searched. She knew he could be sneaky, but right now he was excited enough to announce his presence as he walked closer.
The little Makiyan bounced happily as he approached Leafy’s hiding place. He sniffed the air, trying to figure out where she was by utilizing his sense of smell. It was a clever trick, one that the girl wished she could do as well. Leafy could see the little Makiyan as he pranced around the bush. He sniffed the air once again to narrow in on her location.
“Smell you! Smell you!” he declared happily.
The girl laughed in response, knowing when to give up. She brushed the foliage away and crawled out of her hiding space.
“That was really clever!” she praised him.
The Makiyan basked in the praise and wiggled happily in place. Leafy was impressed with his skills. Using his nose for tracking was rather impressive. She held her hand out and when the Makiyan didn’t move away, gave him a pat on the head.
“Do you have a name?” she asked the small being.
“Name?” the Makiyan echoed back at her. Perhaps he didn’t know what a name was. It was evident that nobody had named him yet though.
“Perhaps I can think of one for you!” the girl cheerfully offered.
Leafy examined the Draconic closely. She wanted to give him a fitting name and the responsibility felt immense. Perhaps she could explain to him what a name was first though. It would make choosing one easier if he actually wanted one in the first place.
“A name is what you’re called.” She then pointed to herself. “I’m Leafy!”
The Makiyan tilted his head as he stared at her finger and then raised his gaze to meet hers.
“Leafy?” he echoed back.
“Yes, I’m Leafy. And now how about we think of a name for you,” she suggested.
“Yes! Yes!” he pleased happily.
Leafy regarded him for a moment as she tried to think of the perfect name. His colouring was very beautiful and when he grew up, he was certainly bound to be stunning. He needed a strong yet elegant name. One like a prince in a storybook. She tried to remember all the names of royalty and fictional heroes that she had read about.
“How about I call you Mercurio?” she mused out loud.
“Mer… Mercu… Merio!” the Draconic exclaimed excitedly.
Even with his inability to pronounce the name properly, he seemed excited to have it all the same.
“We can work on it if you’d like to come home with me,” Leafy said with a smile.
The Draconic rolled around happily on the ground. His excitement rolled off him in waves and Leafy felt just as happy.
“I could teach you how to fish. And we could go on many adventures. Maybe we could find some treasure and we can definitely play more hide and seek if you wanted to!”
The Makiyan listened to her words eagerly. She wondered if he even knew what she was talking about or if he was simply excited to be hearing them. He wiggled closer to her, kicking out with his hind legs and squirming into her side. The closeness was soothing and Leafy wondered for a moment if he’d ever had a mother to take care of him. Perhaps not if he’d been left at this place. She placed a comforting hand on the top of his head and beamed down at him.
The great draconess has watched from afar, at first a bit cautiously, but soon enough the harshness in her muscles is relieved. Her body becomes quite relaxed and eventually she lays down, watching the visitor interacting with the young Makiyan hatchling. It was quite adorable, but if anything had happened, it is undoubted that Acethylka would have leaped to the defense of the youngster immediately. It appeared as though the young individual would do well with this person. It was always a bittersweet moment, of course Aceythylka wanted each draconic under her care to find a home, but it was always a worrying prospect to see them when it was time for them to go. "You there." She stood up, moving over to them. "You two may go, of course, but only if you both wish it. Take care of this young one, it is your responsibility to guide them." She hoped that her words would be taken quite seriously, but was sure that the individual would heed them even if not taken as seriously at first. At this, she whipped around towards the door, to lead the new pair out into the world. "Good luck, young ones."
Your name: Xandrew Draconic: U Canyon Home: Cave by the Water Do you have plans for your friend?: Xandrew came from a water faring people. Explorers, merchants, and fishermen were common among them. Xandrew wishes to improve his water related skills (swimming, fishing, etc.) and found a nice little cave to call his own. Now all he needs is a few creatures and friends to help pass the time with.
The path leading up to the rookery was daunting. The hike was more than Xandrew was used to and sweat covered his body. Joy nearly overcame him when he caught sight of the door of the rookery. He also spotted water seeping down from the cliff which was a welcome sight as he cupped his hands and splashed the cool liquid on his face and neck. Xandrew's stomach growled, and he sat down on a nearby rock to pull out his canteen and lunch. He had brought some nuts, cheese, bread, and dried meat with him. As he nibbled on his food, he intermittently took a handkerchief and soaked it in the dripping cool water to apply to his face, chest and neck. After finishing his meal, he stood up and took a deep breath and approached the door and knocked.
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Acethylka had already known that the human was there; but had not expected the individual to stop to eat lunch. Opting to watch him instead of revealing herself quite yet, the draconess waited until the being approached the door before speaking. "Yes. You are at the rookery, did you know that?" The being seemed a little lost, perhaps, and maybe she could send him in the correct direction of wherever he needed to go. "What are your intentions for being here, if it was here you are meant to be?" The draconess was quite beautiful, with her shifting cool colored hide, but she could also be dangerous, that was perhaps detectable.
Xandrew was stunned, for he had never seen such a creature. Acethylka appeared to him as graceful and imposing. After several moments, Xandrew regained his composure and began to speak.
"I believe this is the right place. I was looking for the rookery, and since you say it is, then it must be." Xandrew smiled and chuckled sheepishly. "Anyway, my name is Xandrew, and I've come to make a friend, one that can help me learn about the area. I want to learn more about the aquatic and amphibious creatures of this land, and I was told that draconics are both wise and intelligent beyond that of most humanoids. I've found a nice cavern by the beach that I plan to use as a sort of "hunting lodge" for fishing trips and training with my aquatic friends. It reminds me of my homeland."
Xandrew looked down and became quiet for a minute.
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Acethylka stares at the individual for a moment, simply listening and surveying them for any sort of dangerous leanings. "Yes, I see." She says, listening quaintly. New people came to the area all the time, some interested in finding a partner, and others not. This one did seem more interested than most. "You are correct, my people know of this area quite well, and could certainly provide that for you. But would you be willing to provide companionship for them as well?" She asked. Then, she propped open the door, allowing for the being to come inside if they wished. "There are many here, some will seek what you can offer, others may be less interested. There are young ones here, as well." She could think of one in particular that might appreciate a fisherperson. This individual seemed somewhat melancholy. "If you are willing to also provide companionship and respect, you may enter."
Xandrew regained his senses and wiped "sweat" from his face and forehead with the cool handkerchief.
"Companions are what makes life worth living," Xandrew stated heartily as he stepped through the door. "Thank you for trusting me to meet with your kin." Xandrew was speechless once again at the sight of so many draconics of all sizes, shapes, and ages. Some lazily slept atop their favored perches and others appeared to be enjoying casual conversation with one another. Some of the younglings were playing with one another, but one of them caught Xandrew's eye. A small, blue young draconic sat near a pool of water looking at a collection of shells laid out beside itself.
Xandrew stepped away from Acethylka and toward the pool of water, but made sure not to get too close to the little draconic. Xandrew searched around the water and found several shells of his own.
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After collecting about a dozen shells and shiny rocks, Xandrew moved toward the little draconic and asked if she wanted to look at them. Xandrew sat down and laid the shells and rocks carefully out in front of him to allow her to peruse them. Xandrew took the opportunity to look over the little draconics shells as well and asked if she would like to trade. "My name is Xandrew. May I ask your name?" The little draconic looked over Xandrew's shells and "I like the puprple one." Xandrew looked down, puzzled for a second. None of the shells or stones that he had picked up were purple. "The purple one," said the voice again, but this time she was pointing toward his chest. "Oh, that shell," Xandrew said as his hand subconsciously touched the purple shell hanging from his neck. "Do you like stories, little one? This shell has one. Would you like to hear it?"
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The little draconic looked up from the shell dangling from Xandrew's neck and her eyes gleamed. Nodding enthusiastically, she said "Yes, please!"
Xandrew smiled and picked up a small stick that laid near by, and he shifted to his knees. With his hand, he smoothed out some sand and began to speak, and as he spoke he did his best to draw in the sand what he was describing. "When I was young, like you, I would walk along the beach and hunt for shells. One day, I had found one as large as my head! I remember my grandpa showed me that, if done right, a shell can be used as a horn." Xandrew pulled a large shell form his satchel and showed it to the young draconic. Xandrew blew on the end of it and a sound came from it that startled the little draconic, but she quickly giggled.
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Xandrew sat the large shell down and continued his story. "I took the large shell back to our hut, and showed it to grandpa with pride. I couldn't help but smile when he patted me on the head and told me good job. He sat the large shell down on his work bench and picked up a gleaming purple shell from among a pile he had sitting there. With his other hand, he picked up a tool and hollowed a small section of it and then slipped it onto a hand woven string." Xandrew inched toward the little draconic, untied the necklace off himself, and continued his story. "Grandfather then knelt down in front of me, placed the cord around my neck, and tied it gently." Xandrew tied the old cord around the little draconic's neck. "My grandfather told me that no matter where I found myself, that with that shell home would travel with me."
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"Call me Concha." The little draconic jingled the shell around its neck and let out a happy sound. "Where is home now?"
"I have a cozy cave on the beach away from the loud noises of the city. At night, the light that comes in from the ceiling causes a beautiful shimmer on the walls. It is a nice place to get away, spend the day fishing, and there are plenty of shells and shiny stones to collect."
"Would you collect some more shells with me. I want to find a really pretty one for Acethylka. Please, please."
"Of course Concha, I would be happy to help you put it on a cord like before."
"Yes!" Concha's eyes almost seemed to sparkle as she set herself about the task of finding a suitable gift for Acethylka.
Xandrew and Concha spent the next hour finding just the right shell for Acethylka, and Xandrew could see the excitement and pride in Concha's gaze when she spotted it.
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Aceythylka was of course supervising the entire time, and watched as the story was told and the two bonded fairly quickly. That was the way it tended to be, the more intelligent the draconic the quicker the bonding tended to be. Aceythylka was sure that this individual and the young draconic would bond quite well. As the gift was brought to her, she gave a draconic 'smile' so to speak. "Oh, is this for me?" She asked, sweetly to the young one. "Young one, are you interested in going with this person? Adventure is very good for someone, and you two seem to be getting along." It was always the decision of the draconic, after all. After a moment or two, Aceythylka seems quite satisfied. "If so, you two may go." She looks to the humanoid more seriously. "If you do, take care of each other. Companionship can make life interesting." That was true, at least. There is so much to learn for such young ones.
Xandrew looked over at Concha and waited for her to respond to Aceythylka. Concha moved toward Acethylka and nestled her head against the grand draconic's chest. "Thank you for watching over me." Xandrew smiled at the display and could swear that the saw what appeared to be a blushing draconic. Xandrew stated "As I said, my cave is not far from here on the beach. Since you can fly, you could visit anytime you like. Though I'm sure you would even if I didn't extend the offer." Xandrew smiled.
Xandrew continued "I promise that we will learn together. I will teach her, and she will teach me. I imagine that Concha will make our home a happy place.
Concha looked up at Aceythylka one final time and stepped away toward the door, and she looked back expectantly toward Xandrew. Cocha stated "I have my shells, so home follows with me." Xandrew smiled and followed toward Concha. "Farewell, Acethylka. See you soon." Xandrew smiled and waved.
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Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that piece of info Ren! <3 | But would it be allowed for the flavor of the rp if the berry wasn't filling enough for the Lotine?
Jun 1, 2020 6:09:21 GMT -6
Renathan: There is no need to double up on a fish and a magical berry (doesn't change the effect of the berry at all) in a lotine breeding.
Jun 1, 2020 6:02:21 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Does anyone know if it is possible to combine both a magical berry and a fish in a Lotine breeding? Or is you can only choose one of them? (right now writing a Lotine breeding)
Jun 1, 2020 5:36:49 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I am still interested in trading it for a green drake.
Jun 1, 2020 0:31:33 GMT -6
Ridelys: If you are still interested in a trade twilight, for your fidelity result, let me know.
May 31, 2020 22:49:49 GMT -6
Riku: I got three pet levels and 15c out of it. <3 And all the necessary posts for my job salary form.
May 31, 2020 18:49:26 GMT -6
Riku: In mine my crossbreed used foxfire to burn it - but then it used incendiary illusion, which was extra scary because my cross is a plant pet with thick fur. It used the distraction to escape. I’m proud of it, and it’s okay that I won’t finish this month.
May 31, 2020 18:48:42 GMT -6
Renathan: *But of course, the RNG was not having that. / In Morgan's story, the Nyssa was a real thing, so I wanted to have two different situations for the variety.
May 31, 2020 18:15:27 GMT -6
Renathan: Yeah, the 'finished the story but the RNGods are being a butt' thing is a rather unfortunate situation to be in. I had already decided that in Ren's story, the elderly woman had lied about the nyssa and just wanted someone to talk to*
May 31, 2020 18:14:49 GMT -6
Riku: That makes sense. I've considered that before. -nod- I hope your non-hxr life is going smoothly.
May 31, 2020 16:38:08 GMT -6
Haix: Just quitting the job. Don't believe I'll be making the ten posts required per month any time soon. XD
May 31, 2020 16:34:01 GMT -6
Riku: Note to haix, I believe you can post the new application form at the same time as the quitting form. Unless you are simply taking an overall break from the job system.
May 31, 2020 16:30:58 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: even AT the gardens yet. XD It sucks when you've finished writing your story and haven't gotten a success, because then its like "well... now what?" XD
May 31, 2020 15:51:47 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: ive found that when there's a quest that might take longer like this, its a good idea to try and space out the story beats to try and roll a success before i get to the meat of the story. XD Like, by the time i was 5 posts in my character wasn't
May 31, 2020 15:51:21 GMT -6