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Post by Caramina on Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:43 am

The feeling of the surprisingly warm wind brushing past her brought a wide smile to her face, which broadened further as she anticipated the majesty of the library. Having grown bored of the books in the library closest to her home, she had decided to pay a visit to the library in the Twilight Palace, rumoured to be several storeys high and filled with books containing all types of books. Caramina had successfully emerged unharmed from the Tempest Ring - she did have her wind shields, but still, her heart kind of died each time she entered the Tempest Ring and braved its storms. Putting that behind her, she let anticipation wash over her the way the warm wind was currently doing, and hoped that the library wouldn't disappoint her.

A few minutes later, she was in the palace, feathered wings neatly folded by her side as she walked through brightly lit corridors, whose floors were tiled with simply decorated white marble tiles, gleaming brightly in the sunlight, which poured from the numerous windows dotting the cream-coloured wallpaper. It was obvious that this place was well-maintained, and Caramina's high hopes for the library rose even further. Eventually she came upon the library, her way blocked by a massive wooden door; like the floor, it gleamed, and Caramina was positive she could see a bit of her reflection in it. Shaking her head at the cleanliness of her surroundings, she pushed the door open, which swung away to reveal a massive room.

Caramina was not disappointed as she stared around at the shelves; the sight of row upon row of books of all shapes, sizes and colour, contained in tall, elegantly built shielves, awaited her, and she sucked in a gasp. Eventually her gaze, forcefully torn away from the beautiful sight of books, wandered over to the single occupant in the room - two, she corrected herself, as her gaze passed over to a dark lump in the corner. She'd greet him, or her, later -, sitting on a plush, mauve-coloured cushion, a worn book clutched in her hands. Imperia. Caramina made her way over, bowing her head in greetings. "Hello~" she greeted warmly, unable to resist adding,"This place is wonderful, it's like heaven to me. Do you come here often?"


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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Imperia on Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:58 am

Imperia reclined lazily on her cushion, she was mouthing words to herself, trying to practice her Ki'Shan language. She knew the theory, but there were many words, sentences and pronunciations that she needed to learn. Often she would take books and retreat to one of the towers where she could listen to the rain, the library was deep inside the palace and slightly underground, where it was safe from any possible weather event, and Imperia didn't want to run back and forth finding books if she took away the wrong one.

A dragoness entered the room, Imperia recognised her after a few moments and got up, smiling brightly. "Hello, Caramina, dear! I do come here quite often, although usually just to browse the shelves. I do most of my reading in places that tend to be... quieter." She put down her book gently. "But I can come back to this later. I'm in a talkative mood! How are you?"
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Post by Rihzome on Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:32 am

Humming a quiet song to himself, one he had picked up from a rogue whom he had travelled with for a time, Rihzome lifted his head at the sound of the door opening. A pointless and ignored sound to some, a long ago ingrained mantra to know every sound still plucked at him, forcing him to take note. Taking a few moments, his golden silver eyes quickly examined the newcomer. Roving over the graceful limbs, a green mane and feathered wings, he was thoroughly intrigued, simply due to the fact that he had never met this individual. Noting her (for such a graceful and lithe figure must have been female) odd proportions, his intrigue only deepened. She seemed too… long to a western, and much too short to be an eastern. Maybe a combination of the both? Musing this over, he watched her walk towards the only other occupant of the library, at least, at the moment. He also jumped to his feet, to warn her who exactly it was she was talking too, but it was already too late.

Curling up a little tighter, he returned his gaze to the book in his paws, and almost yelped. He needed to hide it, and fast. If Imperia saw it… by the goddess, he would never live it down. Rising to his feet, he made to move deeper into the library, forgetting, in his ‘panic’ his satchel had arrived with him. As he had settled himself and gotten comfortable, its strap had gotten tangled around two of his paws, as sturdy and effective as any chain. Falling heavily to the ground, the book slipped from his grasp, thankfully sliding under one of the many nearby book racks. Of course there, was only half his troubles. He was now lying on the ground, after having tried to stealthily make his way away… Sighing, no point in trying to slip away now, he curled his head around, and gave Caramina, more than Imperia, a warm smile. “Uh… Good evening.”

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Post by Caramina on Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:07 am

Caramina smiled at Imperia's chatter, before lifting her slim shoulders in a shrug, in response to Imperia's question. "I've been doing fine. Hunting for a good library, and found the perfect place, as you can see. I hope I'm not disturbing you by forcing you to put down your book just to entertain me." She glanced over at the book, and though she had no eye ridges, she would have lifted one if she did. "Are you learning Kishin? I am, too! Perhaps, if you didn't mind, we could study together," she suggested, inspecting the yellowish pages, faded black ink written in Kishin scrolling across the delicate paper of the pages. She leaned over, hoping that it wasn't too rude a gesture, and squinted at the words, trying to bully her brain into focusing. She was just starting to be familiarised with Kishin; unlike the languages of the Vuari and the Kaamil, she couldn't read Kishin without a lot of concentration. "I...cannot help. My brain is currently refusing to cooperate."

The sound of a thud and the hiss of an object sliding over the smooth floor drew her attention to a dark lump sprawled onto the ground. "Oh my goodness," she said, her voice partially alarmed and worried, partially exasperated, at the fact that the dragon could fall down even when the floor wasn't that slippery...right? She tested the gleaming, pale gray tiles with her own paws, rubbing them against it, finding them slightly slipperier than what she'd thought, but not so much that someone would fall down. Moving closer, she realised that the dragon had tripped over his own satchel, which had been tangled around his lean, muscled limbs. It peeked out from the sprawl of limbs and body, and, looking closer, she found that the dragon's scales were littered with scars, but it wasn't very obvious; only the bright light and her closeness to his body had helped her to see it. He must've been in several battles, and judging from his lean body, he was probably part of an army once. She also noted his black scales - odd, she thought. Most dark-coloured dragons came from the Xoyan Tribe, so why was he here? Still, there were a few exceptions here and there, and this dragon could be one of them, she supposed. "Are you okay? Nothing broken, I hope...?" she asked, gently placing a paw on his back.
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Post by Imperia on Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:25 pm

Imperia waved a paw airily. "My mind is in a similar state. I don't think today is the right day to learn Ki'shan." Imperia closed the book with a soft snap and left it on her cushion.

A sudden sound drew her attention; Rihzome, who she had noticed when she'd came to the library several hours ago, but who she had since completely forgotten about, had managed to trip over his own satchel.
"You klutz!" Imperia giggled, she bounced forwards cheerfully and offered a paw to Rihzome, glancing across and noticing that he'd also dropped a book. Oh well, the library dragons would put it back in it's proper place.
"Caramina, meet Rihzome. He's usually quite charming, so don't let this first impression get in the way too much." She flicked her tail playfully.


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Post by Rihzome on Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:38 pm

With a small sigh, Rihzome quickly untangled his paws, quickly snatching up the book as he did and shoving it into the depths of his satchel, hopefully before the two female's saw. He really didn't need their input. Shrugging off the paw on his spine, more out of habit that anything else, he ignored the offered paw, and pushed himself to his feet. "Good evening Queen Imperia." He responded to her, with a deep inclination of his head to the much smaller female. Having learnt the silvery female's name from Imperia, he then turned and offered her a slightly less extreme bowing of his head. "Caramina. A pleasure to meet you." He greeted, before answering her question. "Nothing is damaged, other than my pride." He told her with a half-smile.

Glancing between the two, he felt oddly out of place. The dragonesses shared silvery scales and relaxed, yet regal stances made him more aware of his pitch-black armour and his lazy, almost bored stance. Straightening himself, he glanced idly between the two, not knowing how to continue their interaction. Normally, he would have just left, and would have if it was just Caramina, but with Imperia there, it would only be the height of offense. "I've never seen you here before… Are you a new member of the family?" He asked Caramina, trying to make some sort of small talk, making sure to glance at Imperia every few moments.

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Post by Caramina on Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:07 pm

Surprise flickered across Caramina's face as Rihzome shrugged off her paw, but it was quickly replaced by her usual polite, but otherwise smooth and unreadable expression, appearing on her face out of habit. She watched as Rihzome got to his paws, surprisingly gracefully for one his size, though the smile she bent upon him was filled with warmth, not one bit mocking or sarcastic. Returning his bow, she said, "It's a pleasure to meet you too, Rihzome." As she spoke, she regarded him thoughtfully, through eyes that most would call dreamy, because she often had that faraway look in her eyes. "So it seems," she said, in response to Rihzome's comment about his hurt pride, allowing a soft chuckle to escape her lips. Caramina noted the way Rihzome's eyes flicked between the two, and guessed that he probably felt uncomfortable or out of place; after all, he was confronted with two females - and in the cases for most males she'd met, they didn't like being the lone male among several females - who shared similar scale colours, and were both shorter than him.

She wondered which Tribe he originated from. Maybe Xoya, since he had black scales? It wasn't right to randomly assume that 'Rihzome originates from the Xoya Tribe since he has black scales' without solid evidence, but still, she couldn't help herself; she generally associated dragons with dark-coloured scales with the Xoyans. Despite her wandering thoughts, she was still focused enough on Rihzome that she heard his question, and responded, "Hm? I've been part of the Stormcallers ever since I was born, though I did go rogue at some point of time, returning within a decade, as I missed this place." She smiled around at the library, and added, "You haven't seen much of me, probably because I live in quite a remote area, and I rarely visit the Twilight Palace. Even if you had visited the libraries around my area....I'm often hiding in a corner of a random library, buried in books. You could've missed me." She confessed her love for books with a bit of embarrassment.
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Post by Imperia on Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:45 pm

Imperia's face fell slightly as her offered paw was dismissed, she used it to rub her nose instead, then began to lick her claws. "You know that I don't need you to bow to me, Rihzome." She laughed slightly. She watched him neaten himself up, seeing he was uncomfortable from that and from the glances he shot her way.

Time to make matters even worse for him.
A playful grin flashed across her face as she posed sweetly.
"Come on! Neither Caramina nor I are quite in the mood for reading at the moment, despite how much we love books, and judging by how fast you put away your book I'd say you're not in a reading mood either! Let's give her a tour."
Imperia filed away memory of Caramina's slight embarrassment for later, it would probably be good information to remember for socialising with her in the future. Since beginning her adult life Imperia had never been shy, even when she pretended to be, but she remembered being shy as a child and understood how Caramina might feel.
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Post by Rihzome on Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:26 am

Smiling politely, and nodding to Caramina, Rihzome hoped that as another reclusive book lover, she would realise how awkward and uncomfortable the situation was, for him at least. “Ahh… Regardless, it is still a pleasure.” He replied to her, the lopsided smile having grown to a grin. “Others tend to miss me, even without being buried, a benefit of darker scales.” He chuckled, before freezing at Imperia’s words.

Stuttering, Rihzome realised Imperia had him in a corner. What could he possibly say? Sorry, I was just putting the book away so you don’t see it. Or, maybe, No, I just wanted to get away from you. One rude beyond anything acceptable, especially given the stature of one of his companions, and the other just digging himself into a larger hole. “That sounds like a grand idea Imperia!” He replied, just the smallest amount of annoyance in his eyes at the last word, which was directed solely at the small, silver scaled female. “Personally, may I suggest we start with the kitchens? I haven’t eaten since midday.”

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Post by Caramina on Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:35 am

[Sorry for flop post. xD]

Caramina brightened upon hearing Imperia's suggestion, her embarrassed blush fading away as she flashed Imperia a smile. "That'd be great~" she said happily. "I was thinking that I'd have to get lost again on my way out." Her smile faded a bit when she saw Rihzome stiffen, almost imperceptibly; but Caramina noticed it anyway, her pleased expression changing to one of curiosity and surprise. His response was casual, normal, but Caramina detected the undercurrent of annoyance buried beneath the word 'Imperia', and bit back a laugh. Obviously he had been reading something private, and Imperia words were chosen well, for they obviously had an impact on him, bringing out annoyance, which was probably what Imperia had intended. "The kitchens? Alright, let's go."
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Post by Imperia on Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:50 am

Imperia merely looked smug at Rihzome's annoyance. Seeing that Caramina had noticed something was going on she made no attempt to hide her amusement at what she'd done to Rihzome. She enjoyed spending time with him, and she knew he enjoyed spending time with other dragons (and hopefully her in particular); however sometimes he needed a bit of encouragement.
Imperia returned a delighted smile to Caramina. "It's quite a maze isn't it? Especially with no open sky by which to tell what direction you're facing. However there is a really simple trick to not getting lost: most of the corridors make huge circles around the centre of the palace, so if you head inwards you'll reach the central stairs up and down. From there you should be able to find your way to most places. Just a little hint from someone who spends a lot of time strutting around this castle."

She began to lead them out of the library, but did a double take as Rihzome's words sunk in. "That's impossible. You were already here when I arrived, and I arrived just before midday." She giggled. "You skipped lunch, didn't you? You've been here since breakfast!" She clicked her tongue. "You can't just miss meals like that, you're one of the first dragons who I'd go to if I needed protection, you have to stay ready for action!" She smiled, she was just teasing him. Imperia would be terribly hypocritical if she told someone off for missing a meal. She did the same thing every now and then, whenever something more interesting than food caught her attention.
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Post by Rihzome on Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:17 am

Cocking his head, confusion evident on his maw, the annoyance in his tone and eyes quickly faded. “Before midday? My Queen, we were at lunch at midday.” He replied. “Seasoned and lightly seared veal, with rather fruity wine. I could have cooked it a little better though…” He muttered. “But regardless, my Queen, I think you really must keep better time.” He chided, teasing her back, a real smile on his maw. Even thought she was an annoyance, at times, she certainly knew how to pull a smile, even from those who didn’t want to…

Keeping that smile, which, admittedly, had just a hint of superiority in it, he gestured to Caramina. “If you would follow me, Ma’am?” He asked with respect and courtesy, learned and ingrained from an early age, adjusting his satchel to (hopefully) not end up wound about his paws again. “The kitchens are surprisingly close, but yes, as Imperia said, it is quite a maze. If you require it…” He ducked a paw into his bag, rummaging around a pulling out a shockingly large and almost perfect black star sapphire. Glancing nervously between the two females, he slowly placed it back in the satchel, before pulling out a rather large and tightly rolled scroll. Quickly making his way towards one of the nearby tables, he pushed a few books that were still decorating it’s surface to the side, planting the scroll down and undoing a small clasp, the parchment quickly unrolling, revealing a minutely detailed map of the current level of the Twilight Palace, minus a few more… hidden places. “Don’t ask.” He said with a chuckle, before they could, as he moved several books back, placing them on the corners of the page to keep it flat. “Take a look Caramina. It should help, if just a little.”

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Post by Caramina on Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:11 am

Caramina had originally arrived, anticipation and excitement at seeing the library pulsing through her body, but it quickly settled into politeness and tenseness upon seeing the other Stormcallers. She was still painfully stiff and not one bit relaxed even when she'd attempted to sound casual and friendly when first approaching Imperia, but now, the well-concealed stiffness drained away from her, leaving a smiling - a genuine smile - Caramina. She felt at ease around the two, who were lightheartedly teasing each other, and realised how much she missed being in the company of others. With no family members, or any Stormcallers living near her area, she'd had to settle with books as friends, which was fine; she could pretend to be in the stories, pretend to be the characters and hold all their good, certainly admirable traits and good deeds, or maybe hilarious sarcasm.

But it still got lonely sometimes. And she missed her parents so much.

Her eyes began to take on a faraway, dreamy quality, but it quickly came back into focus when Rihzome spoke to her, and she shook her head, the smile still on her maw. "No..." she said softly, giving him a smile that was meant to be happy, but came out a bit sad, but mostly wistful and hopeful. "Don't call me ma'am. Call me Cara. Or Caramina, whichever you like." The sudden moment of oddness passed, and Caramina quickly eased back into her old self, brightening visibly. "Kitchens? They'd better be full of food~" she teased, a quiet giggle escaping her when Rihzome told her not to ask as he drew out map from the depths of his satchel. She leaned over to peer at the worn parchment, faded yellow due to age, fraying slightly at the edges, but its print still clear. "It does, a bit," she admitted, "but I don't think I'll be able to remember this very quickly."
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Post by Imperia on Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:56 pm

Imperia grinned, putting together what must have happened. If Rihzome said that was the last meal he'd eaten then he had been at the library for one entire day, apparently without eating or sleeping. She let him have his victory for now, knowing that she had perfect ammunition for messing with him later. "You're quite right. Many dragons have trouble keeping track of time."

Imperia had turned back towards them to continue playing with Rihzome, and was able to read every moment of Caramina's changes in mood. She'd clearly started to daydream for a moment there, Imperia wondered what was going through her mind. Caramina's smile removed most of the doubt from Imperia's mind, the other dragoness was lonely.
Soon her mood brightened, and Imperia's mood brightened too. She had a new friend!
"Your name is lovely, I think I'll call you Caramina. But that might change to Cara later on. And don't worry about remembering it quickly, I'll probably be around more often than not."

Imperia returned her focus to Rihzome, her curiosity piqued by the black gemstone. He knew how curious he was, and if he really didn't want to talk about it he would have gone to any lengths not to let her see it. That meant, as far as she was concerned, that he did want to talk about it.
"That gemstone was beautiful! What was that?"
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Post by Rihzome on Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:24 pm

Chuckling, Rihzome glanced over at Caramina, a small smile on his maw. "I hope so as well. I believe it's lamb for dinner tonight." He replied, licking his lips a little, finding it odd just how hungry he was, more so than usual. Returning his gaze to the map, he stepped back, and waved a paw to it. "Take it. It's just a copy, after all." He told her. "Admittedly, an old copy yes, almost the same age as the original, but a copy none the less. We have… ohh… a hundred of them? Give or take a handful." He informed her, with a little pride, turning his head to gaze at Imperia, shaking his head in fake exasperation. "I will never understand how you can so quickly go from not knowing someone to acting as if you're old friends…" He muttered, both annoyed and amazed, as per the usual, his own friends consisting of books, books, the odd artefact and some more books.

"That gemstone? Nothing, really." He replied a little too hastily after Imperia's question, the smallest hint of crimson on his otherwise pitch black scales, and the smallest tint of embarrassment in his voice. "Just a… uh… Little something I found while out adventuring." He replied after a smaller pause. "As I said, it's really nothing. Just an… oddity."

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Post by Caramina on Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:37 pm

"Mmm, lamb! Hadn't had that for ages," Caramina responded, some enthusiasm easing into her voice. An image of lamb flashed into her head, and she could taste their meal already, and was still thinking about it as she accepted the map, but Imperia's question drew her attention back to Rihzome, and the gemstone that had briefly appeared before being pocketed by Rihzome. Caramina had noticed the gemstone, a small circular piece of stone that glittered and sparkled, reflecting the light that shone onto it, but hadn't taken much interest in it, her mind skipping past the details of the gemstone to the parchment. Only when Imperia asked the question did she start to take interest in it, but remained silent, preferring not to ask, but a hint of an amused smile touched her lips when she saw the faintest of colours slide into his cheeks, tinging them crimson. She'd have asked more, but decided to let the topic drop, and said, "Thanks, by the way. For the map." She herself was carrying a satchel, and she folded the frayed paper gently into a small square, the crinkling noises it produced as it folded pleasant to hear, before she placed it into her satchel. "Shall we go now? I'm starving - and I'm sure Rihz is too," she said, the nickname she already had in mind for Rihzome slipping out, and she pretended not to notice.
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Post by Imperia on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:05 am

Imperia, sadly, had to crush their dreams. "It was lamb for dinner last night. Tonight is beef, although there may be a few sheep left over."
Imperia accepted the comment about making friends silently at first, and frowned at his dismissal of the gem, but as soon as Caramina came out with one of her favourite pet names for Rihzome she began to grin wickedly again.
"She's using one of the names that your closest friends call you, I'd say that you're not half bad at making new friends either, Rihz." She stepped up beside Rihzome and bumped him with her hip playfully as they walked to the eating areas.
She wasn't done with the topic of the crystal either, and so she smoothly switched to questioning him about that as well, hoping to take full advantage of the embarrassment she knew she was causing him. He was cute when he blushed, as if she needed another reason to be a tease."Oddities are interesting, hence my interest in you! Come on, we'd both just loooovvvveeee to see the gem again~ What is it?"
She shot a consipratory smile at Caramina. She wasn't trying to create a dynamic of the two females against the male, but she was trying to get Caramina deeper into the conversation.
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Post by Rihzome on Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:29 am

Nodding in agreement with Caramina, Rihzome began to walk off, next to Caramina, rude to walk ahead, and pointless to walk behind, just in case she did get lost. "Lamb… Last night?" He asked after a few moments, as he turned his head to Imperia while still walking, before shrugging. "Ah. I guess I just heard wrong. I missed dinner last night, and I guess I must have overhead someone talking about last night's food… I'm sorry Caramina. But, as Imperia said, hopefully there is a few sheep left… As for Rihz… Well, it makes sense, does it not? Like calling our friend here Cara, or you Imp…" He said matter-of-factly, unable to keep the small blush from his maw, both hating and liking the pet name.

The blush quickly worsened as Imperia mentioned the gem again. "I told you… It's nothing. Just a… really nice looking stone I liked." He told them, failing to mention it's rarity or worth, nor who it was for. "I just traded a couple of things for it, petty objects, and this was my payment." He continued. "As I said, mostly worthless, and all but meaningless. I have a few nice diamonds if you'd rather look at them though, and a few nice opals."

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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Caramina on Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:23 am

Caramina shrugged, saying, "Don't really mind if it's lamb or beef; I'm fine with either. Just as long as there's something to eat, and that something is meat, I'm fine. Rihzome did seem a bit scatterbrained," she said suddenly, a curious expression slipping into her face as she glanced at him, "and he lost track of time pretty easily. I wonder what book he was reading, to pull him in so deeply?" Then, hearing Imperia's words, Caramina, unable to hold herself back from doing so, chimed in, a teasing tone easing into her voice: "I find oddities interesting too, perhaps you could show us the gem and satisfy our curiosity? Your Majesty Imperia does seem quite eager to see it; and so am I." She returned Imperia's smile with one of her own, trying to convey through her eyes her gratitude at Imperia's effort to include her in their conversation. Having noticed the faint blush on Rihzome's cheeks, she decided to tease him further. "Who's the gemstone for~?" she teased. A really random guess, but still it was a try.
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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Imperia on Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:42 pm

Imperia let the matter of dinner go, but as soon as Caramina mentioned the book her curiosity was renewed.
"He is a bit scatterbrained, it's true; although I'm just as bad. But you've got an excellent point, dear, and I too am most interested to know what book he was reading." She glanced inquisitively at Rihzome, although in the back of her mind she was also playing with ideas of how to turn her teasing towards Caramina as well, the other dragoness was adorable, and Imperia looked forwards to trying to make her blush.
"You can both call me Imp or Impy, by the way. It's not terrible as far as pet names go."

Imperia almost purred, seeing the appreciation in Caramina's glance over at her. She flashed a smile at her, letting her know that she'd seen.
"Oh yes, I adore gemstones. It must be worth looking at..." She trailed off as Caramina asked who it was for, Imperia didn't repeat the question; but the wicked, playful, gleam of excitement in her eyes was probably a clear message that she was interested in the answer.
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Post by Rihzome on Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:38 pm

Blushing even further at the mention of the book he had been reading, Rihzome shuffled his satchel around, holding it firmly nestled under his wing. "The book was… A journal on flora and fauna of the territory of the Xoya. An interesting book, nothing too good though, quite dry really. I was just reading up for an expedition I'm planning." He replied, after a brief pause, thinking back to the book he had forced himself to be read a few weeks prior. Broken out of this thought, and almost tripping over his own paws as they continued to ask and talk about the gemstone had had, and who it was for, he was glad to see the kitchen approaching ahead of them. Untactfully changing the topic, embarrassed to no end by the topic and the prying of the two females, he quickened his pace a little and pushed open the doors to the kitchen, or rather, the dining hall, which the kitchens were connected to. "Ah! Here we are." He said, not so much ignoring as unwilling to answer, knowing answering either questions would supply, at least Imperia, with a wealth of ammunition to embarrass and tease him further.

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Post by Caramina on Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:12 am

"Imp," Caramina echoed, a soft chuckle slipping out between her lips in an exhale of breath. "It makes you sound mischievous, which you are to Rihzome, I suppose, with all those questions. No offence intended; you're as regal as an imp Queen could be. A wink followed her words, directed at Imperia, then she turned her attention back to Rihzome. Amusement slipped away, curiosity once again taking its place at the mention of the book Rihzome was reading earlier, one that had pulled him in so deeply that he'd missed lunch. "Hm? And why Xoya?" she prodded.

A knowing smirk unfolded on her face, knowing that Rihzome was deliberately changing the topic, but she let it drop, deciding to poke him for answers later on, hopefully with Imperia by her side. Goal: Make Rihzome choke on his food. It'd be quite a hilarious sight, to see the strangely graceful yet large male to choke on his food. But a delicious scent wafting from somewhere - probably the kitchens- tugged her eyes towards their destination, and her eyes widened, taking in the massive room, probably just as large as the library was. "Everything in this place is so big," Caramina couldn't help saying, trying to conceal her awe. Large rectangular tables, made out of dark gleaming wood that shone, occupied most of the space, their legs carved into delicate swirls at the ends, pressing into the beige marble floor. The arched ceiling was held up by pillars - actual pillars, and light emanated from the gems. "Quite fancy for a dining room..."
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Post by Imperia on Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:25 am

"A regal Imp queen indeed, that sounds like me. And it is very fancy, isn't it? I love this place."
Imperia curtsied gracefully in appreciation, then flicked her tail and danced her way into the dining room. She walked backwards to the dragon who served food, continuing the conversation and beckoning Caramina and Rihzome to follow.
"Rihzome dear, you're not a good liar. Don't think that you've gotten away with this. Cara, please do take a cushion; I'll get you your food. You still want lamb if it's available? Rihz, you too, I'll get your food. I owe you at least a small kindness to balance out for my behaviour!"
There were a few chairs, to accommodate for the preferences of some dragons, but the vast majority of the tables were low and surrounded by squishy cushions.
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Post by Rihzome on Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:19 am

Glaring at Imperia’s back as she walked towards the kitchens, he cast the glare to Caramina, before it softened, inclining his head to her. “Thank you for the compliment. It’s part of our nature, somewhat of a weakness, but really… Why settle for subpar? Fancifulness and grandeur is what our kind lives for!”  He exclaimed, before chuckling. “But I understand… I remember walking into this room for the first time and mimicking your exact response. Sure beats a cave in the middle of a war zone…” He muttered the final part under a breath, before frowning. "I’ve been a horrible host!” He almost wailed, as he quickly dashed over to Caramina and pulled out several large cushions and fluffed them, gesturing for Cara to sit. “Please, sit down. Relax. I can’t imagine how tired you must be after your trip here…”

“Tell me… Your ‘remote area’… Where do you hail from?” Rihzome asked her, sitting on his haunches, his tail curling around his paws as he took of his satchel and set it carefully to the ground, on the side next to the silver scaled dragoness. “I remember back home, my father helped out in the local library almost constantly, a scholar, like myself. Not full time of course, he did have other… Callings, but whenever he could, he would be covered in books…” He let out a low and fond chuckle, before shaking his head. “I haven’t seen either of my parents in… ooh. Four? Five hundred years?” The chuckling morphing into a sigh, he hung his head. “Apparently, I even have a sister! That was the last thing I ever heard from them…” He said sadly, teetering on the edge of saying more, before clamping his maw shut with a small snap. “But you probably don’t care about that. A dark and dreary story, for a dark and dreary day. For now, we have a new family member! So, where are you from?”

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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Caramina on Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:50 am

"I'm fine with anything," Caramina said, in response to Imperia question about food. "I wouldn't be able to decide on one anyway, as both sound equally delicious and if you left the choice to me, I'd probably eat the whole kitchen, meat, cooking pan and all." Caramina chuckled to show that she was kidding, but the real reason why she didn't want to choose was because, like she said to Imperia, she wouldn't be able to decide on one, and it would seem rude and greedy of her if she had both. She moved towards the cushions but Rihzome got there first, wailing about about being a bad host as he grabbed several cushions and fluffed them up. "Nah, it's fine," Caramina said reassuringly, nodding her thanks before plopping down onto one of the seats. "You're not too bad a host, I've met worse."

Caramina, unlike Rihzome, did not take off her satchel; she rarely took it off while outside, not seeing a need to do so. After all, it wasn't that heavy, and she might forget all about it and leave it there. "Remote area? Oh, it's actually not that far. Maybe ten or fifteen minutes' worth of flying to get to the Tempest Ring. I can manage it, plus I like flying, so not much of a problem." Hearing Rihzome's words, she 'oh!'ed in surprise. "My dad was a Scholar too! And like yours, he loved books. I remember that he was usually found in the library, reading books on all sorts of things, but only when he was not busy with other jobs," Caramina said, a wistful smile crossing her face. It was quite obvious that she longed to see them again, but couldn't, for some personal reason. "A younger sister? Oooh, that's cool, what's her name? Come to think of it, I had an older brother too. He left us at the age of...237 if I remember correctly. Parents said that he was killed in battle - he was a soldier you see - but I don't believe it. I don't want to believe it actually, and I'm still looking for him. I can't remember his name or his exact appearance as my parents tried to wipe my memory, but I know his name started with a R. Like yours." Again, that wistful smile. "I apologise for rambling..."

Hearing his question, she didn't reply for a few moments, choosing to stare at the ground, then finally lifted her eyes to meet Rihzome's gaze. "Xoya," she said quietly, then added hastily, "Please, please don't let that change how you see me..."
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