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Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

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Post by Katyusha on Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:40 pm

It was an unusually warm day in the mountains of Layrian, as Katyusha would soar over the snow capped mountains, her eyes barely recognizing anything down below. Everything had been so quiet lately. It was almost as if her tribe had gone into hibernation. The ruler had been despondent lately, and most of her fellow citizens she had talked to had been evasive and avoided confrontation. It was all very strange to the young, tempered artist.

After a while of confusion, she had just shrugged her shoulders. Why should she care what the rest of her tribe was up to? It wasn’t like she needed to concern herself with any of the political affairs. She was just a Sai, after all. She had no business in that kind of stuff. She just went along with what her commanding officers told her.

Now, she had decided to take a quick flight Cashara’s Lake. It had always been a beautiful place to visit. It was one of the largest lakes in Layrian, and its shore was covered in pine trees, always coated with a sleek layer of snow. The lake itself was usually frozen over, but in different layers. The shallow areas of the lake were usually frozen solid, while the center and the deepest areas were usually only covered in thin layers of ice.

There were also a variety of breathing holes, where seals would poke their heads up. Always a pleasant meal for a hungry, passerby Kaamil looking to catch a quick bite.

The dragoness would take a deep breath, as she swooped down to the snow covered shore. The sun was high today, and there was very few clouds in the sky. She felt her paws sink into the soft snow, causing her to let out a small noise of surprise. Usually, the snow up here wasn’t this wet and soft. But she shook her head, and walked over to the lake. It still looked beautiful, glimmering and shining with the sun.

She couldn’t remember the last time she’d been to Cashara’s Lake. Maybe six, seven years ago? Those years all blurred together into a jumble of chaos and her work. She had become so focused on serving the law that she had lost track of time. The dragoness chuckled at the very concept. She gently trod over to the beautiful lake, gawking over it, as she lowered herself into a laying position, admiring it, and attempting to allow herself to relax.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Kenma on Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:21 am

The sun, casting its weak light on Kenma, earned a grunt of irritation as he felt the tiniest tendrils of heat seep into his fur-covered body. Typically, the sun and its 'heat' would have no effect on him, absolutely none, as the Kaamil territory was located at a very cold area, where the sun's rays held no warmth, which was just as well, otherwise his fur would capture the heat and drag him down in a puddle of panting and sweat. The thought brought with it a shiver, as he wished not to have that happen to him...but with the rising temperature, it was a possibility. Maybe he could hide somewhere cold?

Kenma continued trudging through the snow, heading towards Cashara's lake. The snow, usually quite hard and easy to walk on, was now damp and squishy, causing his paws to sink deep in with each step he took, slowing his pace considerably. He stared at the snow that parted and crumbled underneath his paw, a frown forming between his eye ridges, as he wondered what the cause of the melting snow could be. Increasing temperature, perhaps? But what could cause the rise of temperature? He sighed, his breath hissing between his teeth and curling in a faint white wisp in front of him, quickly blown away by the chilly wind that constantly roamed the sky in this area.

When he was going to reach Cashara's Lake, he wasn't sure, but it'd certainly take a while. Perhaps he could try flying, he thought, unfurling his wings and successfully detaching his soaked paw from the snow as his wings rose into flight, his progress suddenly increasing rapidly. He was quickly approaching Cashara's Lake, he noted to his delight, his yellow gaze sweeping back and forth, gazing at the tall pine trees, coated in a thick layer of pure white snow, and the massive, uneven circle of a lake, with clear, blue-white water that shimmered with each ripple of the ever-moving water, distorting its reflections of the sky like a glass shattered.

Kenma swooped down, landing neatly on its shores, his paws once again sinking into the snow. He pulled it out, shaking his paw, before looking up, his eyes widening in surprise at the sight of another Kaamil. That was unusual, seeing that he hadn't met any Kaamil for days - their activity levels had dropped, and Kenma had feared that the Kaamil would fade away into nothing. But here she was, a fellow Tribemate, and he stood there uncertainly; never had he been good at approaching people, only at observing. Perhaps she would greet him first?

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Post by Whispering Soul on Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:53 am

Esridar swooped over several snow capped forests, their tops glittering in the sunlight, gliding trapped deep in his thoughts. He had been unleader-like lately, unresponsive and basically unreachable. He sighed, what kind of leader was he? Nothing like the ones before him, thats for sure. They probably never left their tribemates feeling abandoned by their leader. Esridar took a tight turn towards Cashara’s lake, he needed to be somewhere quiet, so he could think.

  As he flew, he saw two dragons in the distance by Cashara’s lake, feeling no need to interact, he landed on the opposite side of the lake and laid down, watching the numerous breathing holes that seals would pop out of, a perfect snack for a hungry Kaamil. Although he was not there to hunt. He barely noticed the slight heat or the softness of the snow, he was just overjoyed about not being inside the palaces. He had indeed been inside for the past few days, which made many Kaamil think he had become unresponsive. What leader am I to make my tribemates feel like i’ve abandoned them? He thought silently, shaking some snow of his wings. He watched the other dragons, curious to why they were also at the lake. Most Kaamil would stay inside or not go out much when it got warmer, so he was slightly confused, but it didn't bother him. He flicked his gaze to the sky, it was mostly cloudless, which most likely was the cause of the warmer weather. He looked back down to the lake, and laid his head on his paws, watching silently.

 

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Post by Katyusha on Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:16 am

Oh my, this silence was blissful! Thought Katyusha, as she laid her head on her paws, admiring the gorgeous view of the wintery wonderland. Looking at the spanning beauty of the lake, and how it seemed to stretch forever, she would faintly recall her old history lessons, and what she had been taught about the lake. Apparently, it had been named after some old noble who discovered it, some adviser of Kyridin or something? Maybe some Kainura from a long time ago. Honestly, Katyusha couldn’t be bothered to remember these kinds of pointless details. She had too many of her own problems to worry about, let alone concern herself with the history of a bunch of dead old dragons from who knows how long ago.

As Katyusha would lay, thinking about her life, she would begin to hear the sounds of wingbeats. Slowly, and lazily, she opened her eyes, and lifted her head. She wasn’t worried about an attack. Most dragons couldn’t survive this far up north, at least, none that weren’t also on her side. And even if they made it this far and were aggressive, they wouldn’t come all the way to Cashara’s Lake. It was too far from most civilization and the palace, being near the outskirts of Layrian. It wasn’t as remote as some of the crystal springs in the mountains farther from Cashara’s Lake, but it was still far.

Just as she had suspected, the dragons that were approaching were clearly of her tribe. One was a dragon she didn’t recognize, and the other was none other than the leader, Esridar. This caused her to sit up in surprise. Despite serving on the police force, she had never actually seen the current Kainura. She had met the previous one, once, but this one had been significantly more reclusive. Actually, the Kaamil in general just felt like they were in a constant state of hibernation. It was honestly ridiculous.

She smirked, watching him fly over to the other side of the lake. Well, so much for her plan of meeting the king. Sighing, she glanced back over at the other dragon. Perhaps he would be entertaining to talk to. The lake was only so interesting alone. And she had been becoming tired of tranquility. Originally, her plan had been to go on a hike when she was done resting, but hikes were always more entertaining with more than one person to come along with you.

Offering a small smile, the eastern dragon would get up, and fly over to where the other dragon was. She let out a low cry, in greeting, “Evening, nice to meet you. Name’s Katyusha. What brings you to the lake?” she asked kindly, though with a hint of spunk and fire in her voice.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Kenma on Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:48 pm

Kenma sat there in silence, his gaze fixed on the clear waters in front of him, occasionally flicking to the silent female, whose eyes were, too, settled onto the the reflective, shimmery surface of Cashara's Lake. She seemed to have no intention of talking, but that was fine with him; the quiet, uninterrupted by any noises - save for the quiet slosh of water as it lapped at its shores -, brought along with it a peaceful tranquillity, and at last his eyes were beginning to close, the eyelids slipping lower and lower, threatening to plunge him into the darkness of sleep.

But suddenly she spoke, all his earlier sleepiness vanishing in an instant, his eyes flying open and his wandering thoughts coming into focus. He offered a hesitant smile, slowly opening his maw to speak. He had never been good at conversing, preferring to keep to himself...but it wouldn't hurt to try, would it? Even if it ended badly, he could fly back to his home and never emerge ever again. His self-confidence built up brick by brick, at last it was enough for him to speak. Mine's Kenma, he said, in his low, calm voice. Nothing much brought me here, really... Just boredom, and a wish to watch the waters of a lake while sitting in silence. Suddenly, loud wingbeats were heard, and he winced - another dragon was coming, he assumed. It'd be harder for him to muster up the courage to speak... He turned, and his self-confidence shattered: it was Erisdar, the Kainura.

No. He had never been good at speaking around high rankers, much less kingly figures. He froze, eyes widening a bit, praying that he could make a quiet escape without kicking up too much of a fuss. He was on the verge of muttering an excuse, already standing up - only to find that Erisdar had landed quite a distance away from the two, and he sagged slightly in relief, hesitantly sitting down. He noticed the glances the dragoness gave him, and told her quietly, You can speak to him if you wish.

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Post by Katyusha on Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:05 am

Katyusha would watch the dragon’s body language. She noticed his unease when she spoke to him, an unease that increased when the king made his appearance. She found it kind of cute. The first dragon she meets in like, forever, is an awkward puss and came here for pretty much the same reason she did. She nodded her head, watching the way he fidgeted to make his escape, only to notice the king landing a rather far distance from the two of them. For a moment Katyusha’s gaze would follow him, then she’d turn back to Kenma when he spoke, mentioning she could talk to him.

Upon hearing this, she merely shrugged, “Nah. Not one to hang around royalty. They’re always too professional and stuck up for me. Like, dude, can’t you chill for just five minutes? Honestly, it’s like all the leaders get the life sucked out of them,” she said with a small chuckle. She would adjust herself so she was sitting in a more comfortable position, one where she was sitting sort of at an angle, so she wasn’t sitting side by side to Kenma, but she wasn’t sitting across from him, either.

“And that’s pretty much the same reason I came here. Haven’t you noticed how quiet everyone’s gotten? Gee, it’s like these heating temperatures are sending them into a hibernation, which is ironic, considering that’s the opposite of what rising temperatures should do,” she pointed out with a laugh.

She then got a little more quiet, but not by much, looking out at the beautiful, shimmering lake. She commented with a small smile, “Ah, yeah, I hope these rising temps stop soon. On the bright side, more prey will show up. On the downside, all this beautiful ice and snow will melt. Plus, I can’t stand the heat,” she said with a soft snort. The snow over here was actually slightly more pleasant than where she had landed. She wondered, if they were to go hiking if, the snow within the forested areas would actually be nice, and less wet. Was a possibility.
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Post by Artemise on Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:56 pm

A small chuckle had slipped out from between his teeth before he could even stop it, and a flicker of surprise crossed his face - never had he thought that he'd be laughing so soon, not when he was such an awkward, helpless one. "Heh... That's true..." he responded with a half-smile, nodding in agreement. He'd never had a one-to-one conversation with a royalty before, but from what he'd seen of them, they were mostly quite arrogant and impatient, which was what had scared Kenma away from them, grown his dislike and fear of them. He watched as she adjusted her position, and felt a small flare of happiness - at least she didn't seem intent on escaping his awkward presence.

Well, not yet, but hopefully not anytime soon.

"Yeah... Odd how the Kaamil seem to have deteriorated in activity when the new Leader was selected... Though, they'd already been rolling down in activity even before that." He pointed this out with a quiet thoughtfulness, his shy awkwardness fading a bit when he voiced his thoughts. He ventured, "Is it the change of temperature causing this? Or is it because of the lack of activities? It's like everything has been turned upside down, with the rising temperatures, which you pointed out, and our activity. One goes up and the other goes down." He finished this with a mournful sigh, but did not comment any further on this topic.

"I can't, either," he said, in response to her mention of the heat. "My fur makes it worse... It'll capture heat and make me sweat horribly. I wish I didn't have fur," he said, his tone not one bit whiny or complaining, just sad. Wistful. "Would you trade the snow for Kaamil's increase in activity?" he asked suddenly, flicking his gaze to Katyusha, but he quickly returned his gaze to the waters rippling in front of him. He'd never been good at eye contact. And probably never will.

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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Katyusha on Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:06 am

Katyusha’s smile would turn to a grin when she noticed the dragon standing next to her smile a bit. The reason she smiled so much was because it was amusing to watch his reaction. He acted surprised by his own smile, as if it was something he didn’t do too often. This only succeeded in making Katyusha seemingly all the more drawn to him. She listened intently as he spoke his mind about the way things had currently been going, especially with their current leader and political system, speaking about how everything seemed to have gotten a lot slower since the king’s arrival into power.

Well, it certainly wasn’t every day you met someone who shared the same political views as you. Not that Katyusha really had any political views. She either liked the current leader, or she didn’t. It was certainly entertaining watching the nervous dragon go from awkward to slightly more passionate, as he moved his talk over from personal view of the current monarch, to his views on activity and his own thoughts about the rising temperatures. The icy eastern dragon would nod her head in understanding, flicking her tail almost dismissively, as if everything he had just said was super obvious.

“I know, right? I could really go for some party, you know? Just to spice things up! A party, or like, festival, would be really nice. Maybe someone could get the gods to make the temperature colder while they’re at it, you know?” Katyusha said, adding the last part in as a joke, jokingly elbowing Kenma in the side. Katyusha wasn’t really a religious person. No, she preferred to stay away from that crap, just like she stayed away from politics. But she did get a kick out of making jokes about it. I mean, how couldn’t you? There was so much good joke material, it was hard to just pass it up.

Katyusha was beginning to like her decision to come up here. Not only had she been able to get some much deserved peace and quiet, but she also had met a fellow Kaamil that was rather enjoyable to talk to. It was also colder up here than it had been back in the city. Man, had in been unbearable. It was certainly a relief. All the Kaamil she had talked to recently had been very grumpy and very standoffish. Like, guys, calm down. Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean your grandma died. She had just found the city to be too annoying, and so she was taking the free time she had to go enjoy herself. Not like her boss was going to do anything about it. There hadn’t been any crime, after all, and anything that wasn’t an internal struggle wasn’t her job.

When Kenma commented sadly about his fur, changing the subject, Katyusha looked back over at him from where she had been staring at the lake. It caused her to look him over. It did occur to her that he had fur. She had just assumed those were feathers. How odd. He also appeared to have feathered wings. His feathers and fur were a beautiful mix of white and silver. He was also slightly taller than Katyusha by about 12 feet or so. Truly, a beautiful dragon, she thought to herself, smirking a bit.

Her face then contorted in horror when he said his next words. “Man, I would take the cold over activity any day. If my fellow tribe members are a bunch of babies that hide when it gets hot, then who needs them, you know? Besides, it would certainly make my job easier. I rather enjoy the peace and quiet nowadays, even if I seem annoyed by the lack of things happening,” Katyusha was say wistfully, staring up at the crystal clear sapphire sky. She did notice how Kenma would stare at her for a moment, almost as if to make eye contact, but he quickly turned away, almost as if embarrassed. She decided to just ignore this, though. At least, she decided she’d ignore it for now.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Artemise on Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:20 pm

Kenma was pleased to find that the dragoness - Katyusha, she said her name was; quite a unique name, with a nice (fun?) ring to it, though he had trouble admitting it to himself - did not seem impatient or bored with his near-constant awkwardness, shy way of speaking, or inability to keep up a conversation for long. He listened as she spoke in her clear voice, glad that there was someone between the two of them who was more outgoing, able to keep the conversation from dropping dead and tumbling into the grave. He nodded as she voiced her opinions, unable to keep a yelp from hissing through his teeth when she elbowed him in the sides, but managed to huff out a laugh, saying,"Indeed... Maybe I should visit a temple later on and pray for more snow..." his tone half joking, half serious - it was hard to decide which, for his face was straight.

He had never been good at making jokes, the few times he did usually trailing off into awkward silence, before his conversation partners would switch topics, quite hastily. Rarely did they ever come back to talk to him ever again. But this dragoness was different, and he was glad, glancing at her as inconspicuously as possible, admiring her slim eastern-dragon style of body, curled up into several loops. And those antlers, protruding from her head. It looked odd, yet it matched her. Quickly he flicked his gaze back to in front of him, gazing at the reflection of the sky, thanking whatever heavenly forces up there that had compelled him to come to Cashara's Lake that day. He felt her gaze on him, and wondered what came to mind when one looked at him - many had told him that he had a shy, adorable look, and he hadn't believed them, quickly moving away with a muttered excuse.

He could literally hear the horror in her voice when she spoke, and huffed out another breathy laugh, fading away into silence when he noticed the odd lack of white mist in front of him. Indeed, the climate had changed quite a lot, and, noticing this, worry started to gnaw at his mind, but he pushed it away, telling himself not to focus too much on his worry. Or he'd mess up his conversation with this dragoness, Katyusha, who he was trying desperately to, in front of her, not appear as a hopeless noodle. "You speak sense," he said, surprised at how good her reasoning was. "Indeed, who would want a bunch of 'babies', as you call them, cowering in their homes at every change in their normal, everyday lives... But I find the silence unsettling... While I wish for peace, it seems rather unusual for the Kaamil to be this quiet..."

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Post by Whispering Soul on Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:14 pm

Esridar watched the two dragons for a few moments before turning to the lake. He had a interest in conversation but unsure if it would be proper to intrude in another conversation. Besides, it would do him good to talk to dragons who weren't as stuck up as some of the high ranking Kaamil. Esridar stood, stretched and began to walk over thinking of what to say. Talk of the weather would be a good starting topic I guess. It is quite warm.

Esridar huffed slightly, increase in temperatures made some Kaamil irritable, and he didn't enjoy the slushy feeling of the soft snow under his paws. He preferred to walk on solid snow and ice, not half frozen snow which clung to his scales and feathers along his back and wings. When he got over to them while they were talking about how quiet it had been in the Kaamil.  “Weathers a bit out of wack today isn't it?” He sighed, shaking snow of his paw. “I’m hoping it’ll snow soon, get the Kaamil out of their homes instead of hiding from this weather.” He said softly. “How are you two doing on this uncomfortably warm day?” He finished.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Katyusha on Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:49 pm

Katyusha would offer a nod, continuing to smile over at Kenma as she spoke. Though, considering his avoidance for eye contact, Katyusha only sort of watched him for a moment, before staring back over the partially frozen waters of Cashara. The way they glistened and shined like this in the sunlight wasn’t a sight very many dragons were blessed to see, considering it was usually much colder, and any splotches of water across the icy surface that there was now, usually weren’t there to begin with. It was usually too cold to actually go swimming, unless you were one of those ice dragons immune to the cold. Sure, most ice dragons were resistant to the cold, but they weren’t usually immune to it.

She laughed a bit when he made the prayer joke. Ah, so she hadn’t just been being awkward when she did that. Good to know, she said to herself, making a mental note that this dragon seemed to share a similar sense of humor. She was actually quite enjoying herself out here. It was peaceful, relatively quiet, and she had someone to talk to. It is said any sane dragon can only go so long without social interaction, even those who claimed they were better off alone. And even though Katyusha enjoyed her peace and quiet, she was still an extrovert at heart, and loved talking to people. Well, as long as they didn’t annoy her.

Though, from what she could pick up from Kenma, he did seem to have a slightly different view of how he wanted to interact with others than she did. She couldn’t explain it. And the fact she couldn’t explain it bugged her. She would listen to him comment about how, although he found the peace nice, he was unnerved by the Kaamil’s lack of activity. Katyusha rolled her eyes at this, sighing, though mostly to herself. Mostly thinking about what Kenma had said directed towards the Kaamil not liking the introduction of something strange and unusual.

“Most dragons don’t like when things are out of the norm. But hey, things going out of the norm is a part of life, and I for one, find it quite invigorating. Well, at least when those things provide more of a rush. Rising temperatures is just annoying,” Katyusha would say with an absentminded flick of her tail, staring up at the sky. The sun was still blistering and hot, though not as hot as it had been. She squinted her eyes a bit, though, from the bright light. Curse you, sun, for bringing life and heat. Unwanted heat, anyway.

Her attention, however, was averted back to the other side of the lake, when she noticed a bit of movement out of the corner of her eye. Sure enough, Esridar, their Kainura, was beginning to take flight from the other side of the lake, and it appeared he was coming over to where they were. Katyusha wasn’t entirely sure how she felt about this. She wasn’t one for formality, and hadn’t really spoken to the Kainura before. She awkwardly adjusted her sitting position so she was slightly more upright, as she watched him approach.

When he landed, Katyusha would give a small bow. You know, enough to show you sort of respected them, but not anything one of their loyal henchmen would do or anything like that. Sort of like how you would approach somebody you didn’t care about, but knew they could have you fired if you did the wrong thing. She didn’t care for politics, but she had enough common sense to at least be respectful towards the leader.

Lifting her head up, she would offer an almost fake smile. Luckily, she was in a good mood from talking to Kenma, so that’s why it was almost fake. “Hello, your Majesty. So strange to see you out by Cashara’s Lake. Yes, the weather has been acting pretty strange lately, hasn’t it?” she said with a small sigh, closing her eyes a bit, pretending to be in thought, when in reality she was just thinking about how to ask Kenma if he’d like to go on a hike with her. She opened her eyes once more, staring over at Kenma, wondering what his reaction to the king’s approach would be.
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Post by Artemise on Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:07 am

Kenma was finally allowing himself to relax, smiling and laughing much more easily than he did when he first arrived, returning Katyusha's smile each time she offered one. He found her interesting, outgoing but not too chatty, and did not give him any pressure to fill up the silence that came occasionally, and when it did, both would remain quiet for a while, allowing the peaceful lack of noise - save for the soft sounds of the moving water - to wash over them, speaking up only when they had something to say. Hearing her laugh, ringing out sweet and clear, he felt his cheeks warm, and to anyone looking at him, there would be a faint hue of pink across his cheeks, quickly fading. He had never made anyone laugh before, and it felt him with a surprisingly pleased feeling, glad that the cheerful sound was partly caused by him.

He found his mind running through the many different personalities of dragons he'd met, and some of them were as quiet and shy as he was, though surprisingly passionate about what they liked, while some were as outgoing as Katyusha, but were obnoxiously loud, regarding him with expectant eyes each time they fell silent, as if waiting for him to start up conversation again. Which he couldn't, and each memory of a failed conversation brought him embarrassment, which he quickly stamped down on, not wishing to ruin his current mood. Again he smiled a bit, pleased at the fact that he'd found someone who could bear his presence.

He also liked how Katyusha spoke the truth, sometimes voicing out what he personally thought. "Well," he began in his thoughtful manner, "some are like me, really shy and terrified of things as they already are; imagine what would happen to them if the thing they were scared of changed? Uh, like, I...tend to stay away from other dragons, and if the weather suddenly changes, like, uh, turns bad, I'd have no one to turn to for comfort, and...yeah." He hoped that she got what he meant. He did have his own thoughts, but frequently found it hard to put it into words, another problem that hindered him from conversing easily with others.

His confidence vanished when loud wingbeats - he wondered if anyone nowadays could fly silently - drew his attention to the approaching figure of the Kainura, coming his way. He stood, muttering a lame excuse about being closer to the lake, and hurriedly seated himself on the other side of Katyusha, wishing to be as far away as possible from those Royals. He noted Erisdar's use of the word 'uncomfortably', and once again thought of Royals and their stuck-up manner, their proper way of speaking, of doing things... And found himself inching away. "Doing fine, Your Majesty," he murmured, wanting to quickly exit the scene but not doing so, as he didn't really want to leave Katyusha.

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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Katyusha on Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:08 pm

The dragoness would listen to Kenma, nodding her head. He seemed to be growing more confident as he spoke. Maybe because he was talking around somebody who seemed to share his ideas? Regardless of the reason, Katyusha found herself actually quite enjoying his feeling of empowerment. It made her feel good to know that others felt confident and happy in her presence, even if it was just by a small margin.

And then that happiness seemed to fade when the king arrived. Oh well, it had been fun while it lasted, she thought to herself, trying to conceal a frown. She saw how ridged Kenma seemed to go when his Majesty arrived. Poor Kenma. And she had been enjoying their conversations, too. She wondered if he’d be the same person to talk to now that the Kainura had showed up and made things awkward. Then again, it wasn’t really his fault. Having a position of power often leads to others treating you differently, or acting different around you.

But just because the king was here, that wouldn’t stop Katyusha from asking Kenma out to go hiking. Looking back at him, she smiled, nudging slightly closer to him so he wouldn’t freak out because the king was here. “Say, I was wondering. It’s pretty hot just sitting out here, so I thought I’d ask you if you’d want to go on a hike with me. I hear it’s much colder in the mountains than down by the lake. It might be nice, you know, just you and me and some time to talk.” said Katyusha with a wink.

Hesitantly she turned back to the king, “Though, I was wondering. Do you know when the Fenin Valerce is suppose to be held, your Majesty? I heard the festival is coming up soon. Man, I could really go for a masquerade. Would really liven things up around here.” Katyusha said with a grin, sending a darting glance over at Kenma to see how he was doing.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Katyusha on Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:59 pm

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Post by Whispering Soul on Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:47 pm

Soon I hope, a few dragons in the court want me to wait for when it cools. I don’t know what they are expecting, a drop of temperature in the summer?He sighed. “I will see if I can convince them otherwise, and you’re right, a masquerade would defiantly get dragons out of their homes hiding from the heat.” He casually laid down, hoping that the snow beneath him would cool him off. Esridar noticed how Kenma began to act more ridged. He turned to Kenma, unable to keep the question to himself.




What is the matter?” Esridar asked in confusion, he wondered if his arrival had made things awkward for the two. He only wanted to have a friendly chat. I wish that some of the tribe didn't think me of me differently than a normal ranking dragon. He thought wistfully, but what could he do? Probably only hope that they would start treating him less like a stuck-up royal , not that the two he was chatting him were treating him like that, and more like a everyday friendly dragon.


Am.. I making things uncomfortable for you two? I-I can leave if you want me to.” He stuttered slightly, blinking in surprise. He didn’t expect Kenma to act so differently when he arrived.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Frostwing on Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:40 pm

He sighed, when the unusual heat woke him. The tempeture only seemed to rise. The tempeture had forced him to stay in his den for atleast a few days, a growl escaped him. Slowly standing up, he looked outisde, the sight only made him more frustrated. The beautiful snow had almost completly vanished,  all he could see was mud. Shaking his head he retreated a bit more to the back of the cave, hoping he could find some place cool.   He did not bother to sleep for a long time, or even stay in his den for a long period of time, the problem he had was food.
There where two options he had. He could go to the Huin or he could hunt himself.  As a proud Kailin of the Kaamil tribe. De did not wanted to bother the huin.  They gatherd food, but with this warm weather there was a possibility some could not hunt at all in this heat.  Sadly he did not know, for the last few days the only thing he saw was that damm sun and mud.
He sighed agian,  a little nap and then he would make his desision. SLowly closing his eyes, he fell in a restless slumber.

Tik...Tik...Tik...

His ears moved to the side of his head. Agian he opend his eyes, could he not get some rest for atleast a few minuts.  He wanted to growl, but in time he saw a deer walking into his cave. His hooves making the annoying tikking sound.

Tik...Tik..Tik..

This was perfect, he did not needed to go for a hunt, he only needed to wait a bit longer for that deer to come closer. His jaws opend slowly as his eyes gazed at the prey.   With one pounce his jaws closed around the poor deer as it snapt his neck imidatly.  He ate verry confincing and when he was done blood was still dripping from his maw.  With a full stomach, a bath would be nice, he thought to himself.  Now he had eating he felt more energy rushing around his body. He walked to the entrance and spread his wings.

Cashara’s lak, was close by and with this warm weather he was sure they was water to clean of his maw. With a big leap he took flight. He learned the air currents to safe energy, He floated from air current to air current, not needing to beat his wings.  
When he reatched Cashara’s lake, his eyes widend. Not only three of his tribe was out of their homes, but the Kainura of their tribe was there.  He gazed and landed at the other side of the three dragons. Not wanting to disturb them. he thought if the Kainura was their it must be an importend meeting, specialy when he reconised a general. When he finaly landed it was the first time his wings made a sound. Not that he was trying to hide himself, but he could be rather silend if he wanted to. He nodded a friendly greeting when they looked.  He wasn't even sure how to speak with them, Nobels... where a bit diffrent in his mind.

When he landed his clawls sunk away in the remainder snow and mud. He would clean those later first he needed to wash the blood of his maw.  He stuck his head in the clear blue water. He shook his head and washed up the blood. The water felt suprisingly nice as it was still colder then the serounding tempeture, and he wast tempted to take a dive. But with the Kainura on the other side of the bank, he layed down and observed the three dragons.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Kenma on Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:06 pm

Kenma's golden-yellow eyes widened in pleased surprise at Katyusha's invitation to go for a hike, and a tinge of pink crept up his cheeks as the tension drained out of him, although his blush was mostly hidden by his silvery fur. He really couldn't believe his luck - encountering someone who didn't seem to see him as a weirdo, and also being asked to join that someone on a hike? All in one day? "Yes!" he exclaimed, trying not to sound too eager, in case she misunderstood his tone for something else, and a small smile lit up his face, but it was brief, quickly disappearing as he remembered whose company he was in, and he seemed to shrink into himself once more, turning away slightly to stare at his claws, digging into the damp dirt. "When, though?" he asked quietly, then added hastily, thinking that he sounded a bit too glum, "Uh, it's not like I don't want to hike with you, it's just, um, I thought it'd be really rude to just go like that - but if you want to, let's go?" He lifted a wing halfheartedly.

Masquerade? Kenma couldn't help but perk up slightly at that - he had read about those in books, and he thought it was cool and mysterious. Though, he didn't own a mask, nor knew of anyone willing to make one for him, so he probably couldn't attend one if an event ever opened up the opportunity for a masquerade. He shrugged to himself, lying that he didn't care, and continued observing his claws. He felt Katyusha's gaze briefly flick over to him and he attempted a small smile, touched by how she seemed to be constantly checking on him to see if he was okay. The Kainura's question caught him off-guard, and his eyes were determinedly fixed on the ground as he lied in a soft voice, "No, nothing, just some worries," though did not answer the Kainura's second question. He didn't know, exactly, if he wanted the dragon to leave or not, but it was not up to him to decide. He was just a normal Kaamil member. A nobody. Who was he to chase the Kainura away? So he fell silent, giving a nervous shrug.

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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Katyusha on Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:39 am

Katyusha listened to the king, to Esridar, with an expression of indifference. However, internally, she really wanted him to go away. But the Sai wasn't stupid. No matter how naturally blunt she was, saying something like that to the Kainura only spelled for trouble. It was like poking a Ki'sha and expecting it not to slaughter you. But provocative stereotypes aside, the ice snake didn't think it mattered much whether the king stayed or not, though he was making Kenma visibly uncomfortable. And she didn't like the idea of that very much either.

She straightened herself up a bit, breathing in deeply. "Right, right.... jeez, the weather gets a bit warmer and suddenly no one wants to come outside. It's not like our glaciers are melting or something ridiculous like that...." she commented, amused by everybody's strange actions lately, and how they had decided to deal with everything. After she said this, Katyusha glanced over at Kenma once more, smiling. She gave him a look, as if to say Don't worry, I've got this!

Then, she turned back to the Kainura, dipping her head, "It's fine, your Majesty. You're not interrupting anything too important...." as she spoke, she overheard the beating of wings, and glanced up. Just her luck, another dragon. She sighed at their arrival, and merely glanced over at Kenma, wondering how he was doing.

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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Whispering Soul on Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:58 am

The Kainura sensed that Kenma may have been lying, he had seen the look before. Refusal to look at the one asking said question, and speaking in a voice that wouldn't give away that they were lying. I can thank my classes for that, He thought as he realized this. Nevertheless, he didn't think much of it. It wasn’t up to him to decide on how others thought about him. Having a position of power often made others think differently about someone, he knew that for a fact. Hearing Katyusha’s comment, he laughed slightly.
Yes, it is very ridiculous. No one can stand the heat I suppose…” Esridar replied, he two was bothered by why everyone was staying inside, what was the deal with the heat? Bothering yes, but not worth hiding from.
Hearing the wing beats from above, Esridar watched as the new arrival laid down and just watched them. An observer I suppose, its good to see other Kaamil out and about. Esridar turned back to Kenma.

I do not mean to be a bother but, what are you worrying about?” Esridar couldn’t help but be curious, to him, Kenma seemed to be a unique dragon, and he was curious to why he would be worrying about something.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Frostwing on Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:34 pm

Frost tried to lissen what the three dragons where talking about, but the voices where to silend.  He started to clean his maw and the rest of his body, if he was going to collect the courage to move over. He wanted to look good as he possibly could. First impressions are always importend, he thought to himself.

His tail flikt when he stood up and slowly started to walk towards the three dragons. His wings where pressed agianst his body. A soft snarl escaped his maw. Why was he so tenced up, he wasn't shy or even scared of talking to others, was it only because the Kainura stood there? he wonderd and took a deep breath. The walk was annoyingly long. He did not wanted to fly it. When he came closer he could hear a part of what the Kainura said. Worrying? did somthing happen, Frost blinked with his eyes, the heat maybe? His mind tried to work as hard as it could, but he only ended with more questions then awnsers.

When he came close he gave all three of them a warm smile "Hello, I hope i dont disturb. Frost turned to the Kainura and bowed towards him. " your highness.  When he he lifted his head and slowly sat down, he could not help but ask "what do we need to worry about? did something happen. I'm sorry i could only hear a part of what you where saying.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Kenma on Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:15 pm

Kenma's smile had faded; he wasn't really one for such joyous expressions, but he once again tried to summon it to his face for Katyusha's sake, when she glanced at Kenma to check on him and see how he was doing - nice of her to worry. He had to quit being a wimp, but it was hard - the Kainura's presence had completely flattened the fragile confidence that Katyusha's easygoing personality had built, and the more questions he asked, the more Kenma wanted to run, to hide. "No, no, you weren't interrupting anything..." he muttered quietly, lying just as he did when the Kainura had asked him what was up. Kenma's eyes remained stubbornly fixed on the ground, murmuring quiet agreements when he felt it was needed, but otherwise not saying much.

He seemed to be retreating further into himself the further he remained around the Kainura. Kenma wished he would stop asking questions, his fur bristling and standing on end as he responded quietly, "Nah, it's nothing to bother you about..." and took a step back, his head snapping up in alarm when a new dragon, who he had desperately hoped would go away if he ignored them, began speaking. Wonderful. And he was asking the same thing, about worrying, and his quiet voice was sharp when he said, "It's nothing."

He took another step back, and another, his wings unfurling slightly as if he was planning on leaving right there and then, but Katyusha... He didn't want to abandon her like that, so he remained, trying to slow his breaths, which came in shorter, faster pants with each minute that passed. His wings drooped slightly, its tips brushing against the damp dirt, and he said out loud, "Sorry, I... I'm just..." He had to stop lying; he felt bad. "Nervous," he finished truthfully, but did not elaborate.


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Post by Katyusha on Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:42 pm

Katyusha could tell, as she would glance several times at Kenma, that he looked just about ready to take off. She couldn't blame him, but on the same token, she was curious. After all, as someone who isn't really phased by personal opinions of her, and whom didn't have as much respect for the Kainura as others might, it struck her as odd at how the Kaamil would act so unsure and nervous. Perhaps it had just been the way he was raised. Didn't get enough social interaction when he was younger, so now he's awkward as an adult.

She heard Esridar's response, but she wasn't really all that interested. Of course, she turned back to look at him respectfully, but she wasn't really thinking about what he said. That didn't concern her. It was all small talk, and was hardly important. Something that did catch her attention, though, was the sight of another dragon flying over to them. Another Kaamil, by the looks of it. Huh, interesting that all the Kaamil seemed to be here at the lake today. And thus, any possibility of tranquility was quickly diminished and thrown out the window.

Not to mention Katyusha didn't think Kenma would appreciate the new company. Now, Katyusha wasn't normally super pleasant to those she didn't see a reason to be, and thus her cheerful attitude towards the Kainura. He could fire her from her job, after all. But who knows. Katyusha didn't know much about him.

Katyusha flashed an annoyed glance at the newcomer, "Maybe don't involve yourself in matters that don't concern you." she said with a scoff. Were in anyone else, Katyusha would have just ditched them, but she needed an excuse to get out of confrontation with the Kainura. She let out a mental sigh, wondering what it was she should do. Could she just fly away? What if they followed her? Who knew...

"Well, your majesty, why are you out by the lake? Don't you have better things to do?" Katyusha asked, trying to make the question hold as little sarcasm and cynical attitude as possible.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Whispering Soul on Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:47 pm

Oh, I'm sorry I asked. I don't like making people feel nervous or uncomfortable.” Esridar replied in surprise to Kenma’s answer. He glanced over to the newcomer as he approached, wondering what he would say. His uncertain gaze hardened slightly when he heard that Frost had heard part of what they were talking about. Does he know that interrupting, let alone eavesdropping is considered rude? I know he didn't mean to hear what we were talking about, but it doesn't give him a right to ask about things that don't concern him… Esridar held back a growl as he spoke.
I wouldn't bother yourself in others business.” He spoke to Frost, his tone annoyed.



The Kainura let out a chuckle when Katyusha asked him if he had better things to do.
Most likely, but I wouldn't want to risk being inside the palace, or any of the palaces right now. All the higher ups and court members are unnecessarily grumpy this day. I would rather fly in a electrical storm than risk myself with the wrath of the irritated dragons of the court.” He sighed.
Besides, I needed to get outside, it can get awfully boring inside the palaces sometimes,” He paused thinking of what to say,” I needed a bit of conversation with dragons who aren’t all stuck-up and easily aggravated.” Esridar finished, glancing over at Kenma with a sorry gaze.

I’m awfully sorry for making you feel uncomfortable, I really didn't mean to intrude.” Esridar said, trying to hide his annoyance with the newcomer with a apology. He let out a mental sigh, he could really do with a fly in a storm, he had been feeling very unsettled lately. Esridar shifted the position he was laying in restlessly, trying to hide the fact that he was feeling unsettled.
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Re: Toiling Through Strange Times [Open/Kaamil]

Post by Frostwing on Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:55 am

Was a bit suprised he was turned away rather rude. "I'm sorry Kainura. Frost was well aware when he was wanted and not, and this was not the place or time to argue. Even if he was sure he did nothing wrong. "It was only a question. I only heard alittle when I walked closer, I was not eavesdropping if thats what you think. But you clearly want me to leave.

Slowly he bowed to the Kainura and opend his wings. With a big leap he jumped into the air and flew to the otherside of the lake. They could ask him to leave their conversation, but they could not ask him to leave the lake. He made a frustrated flik with his tail, and a soft growl he was sure no one heared, "Fool' He thought to himself. It was not a good start, if he ever wanted to meet more of his tribe. A bad reputation would spread faster then a good one.
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Post by Kenma on Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:33 am

Some of the tension that gripped Kenma's body drained away upon hearing Katyusha's comment towards the stranger, her words edged with displeasure. Thank goodness he wasn't the only one unhappy with the new Kaamil joining in on their conversation! He had been worried that he was acting too selfishly, making others feel uncomfortable by being unwilling to act normal, to open up. Katyusha defending him... It was a nice feeling, yes, but he needed to stop relying on her. He listened to her as she spoke, and agreed, joining in quietly, "Yeah, don't you have more important things to do as the Kainura? I mean like... I dunno, I was just asking. I don't actually know about what happens in the castle?" He shrugged, the movement somehow managing to look both apologetic and shy.

He bit his lip nervously. "Um... No, it's alright, I don't blame you for asking. After all, that's what everyone would consider normal to do, right? Being concerned for a stranger's wellbeing...?" Kenma said, making an effort to speak properly, instead of giving muttered responses that could barely be heard. He wondered what Katyusha and Erisdar thought of him. Ha ha, probably nothing good... His head lowered ever so slightly, almost as if the energy to hold it up had fled him. He eyed Katyusha, noticing that her expression was polite, but holding a tinge of irritation, and wished that he was as bold as she was.

He returned Erisdar's sorry gaze with a startled look. "They're grumpy and easily aggravated? But... I, uh, I mean, like, seeing that you're the Kainura, shouldn't they treat you with more respect? I... Um, I don't know how it works, but, yeah," he said lamely, his eyes breaking contact with Erisdar's in an almost embarrassed manner. He watched as the dragon left, though made no move to stop him, but at least he had one less dragon to deal with! "I don't think flying in an electrical storm is necessary though...?"

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