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Bumpig into You

Writers: Miriah, Phoenix
Date Posted: 22nd June 2019

Characters: Maenna, Aviday
Description: Maenna bumps into Aviday and they get to talking
Location: Dolphin Cove Weyr
Date: month 11, day 12 of Turn 9
Notes: Mentioned: Meella (ANPC)
Mentor Approved


Maenna was sitting in the common area going over her notes from her
Smithing lessons. She laid them on the table then stood up to stretch
as she'd been studying for awhile at that point. She found that she
was loving her lessons as it gave her something else to focus on
besides her cousin Meella.

Once she was done stretching, she grabbed her notes and pushed her
chair back only to accidentally hit one of the candidates that was
walking past. "Sorry!" she yelped turning quickly to make sure the
candidate was ok. "Are you ok?" she asked worried.

Aviday had been off in her own little world, her mind flicking from
subject to subject in random bursts of attention. So it was with
surprise, and a bit of pain, that she was startled out of her thoughts
by a jolt to her ribs. She yelped and stumbled back, holding her side.
"Ow..." She rubbed at the spot with a grimace. "Yeah, I think I'm

Maenna winced knowing it had to hurt. "Still I'm sorry about hitting
you with the chair. I should've been paying attention before I moved
the chair." Maenna said moving closer to the younger girl. "Would you
like me to get you some numbweed for the pain?" she said looking

"It's okay. I've had worse." Though she still rubbed at the spot, she
offered Maenna a smile, then frowned. "I don't think I've met you yet.
Who are you?"

"I've seen you around, but was getting my bearings. Name is Maenna by
the way." Maenna replied grinning at the younger girl. "What's your
name?" she asked motioning for the younger girl to sit down. She was
always up for meeting fellow candidates.

Aviday didn't sit, but remained, fidgeting as she bounced on her
toes. "Aviday. Nice to meet you. I was just on my way to my chores,
and I don't want to get in trouble."

"Nice you meet you Aviday. You got a pretty name." Maenna said with a
smile. Her eyes widened when Aviday mentioned chores. She cursed under
her breath. If the younger girl was off to do chores, that meant she
should've gotten to her assigned chore by now as well. "Thank you for
reminding me! What chore were you assigned?" she asked putting her
notes in her satchel. She wondered idly if they were headed the same
way or not.

"Thank you." Aviday smiled at the compliment, "I don't know where my
mama got it, but I like it. I'm supposed to helping with numbweed
today. They're boiling it." Her nose wrinkled. "It stinks but we're
supposed to be helping with it."

Maenna scrunched her nose. She'd never personally helped make the
stuff, but she'd been around it before her family had been taken away
from her. "I know the stuff is useful, but I wish it didn't stink so
bad." she said feeling for the poor, poor girl. "Let me check the
chore board real fast to see where I need to go." she then said
heading for the chore board.

Aviday echoed her expression, following her to the chore board. "I
know. I'll be smelling like it all day until I take a bath and then
it's horrible trying to get the stink out of your hair. It's one of
the _worst_ chores ever. One time, I accidentally stuck my hand in a
vat and it was numb for the rest of the day. All I could do was flop
my hand around." She looked up at the board. "I think it's divided up
between laundry and numbweed today for all of us though, so it's one
of the two for you."

Maenna couldn't help but chuckle at the mental image of a floppy hand.
"That must've been an interesting feeling." she said a few moments
after gathering herself. "Hmm..." she said looking at the board. When
she saw what group she was with she grimaced. "Well looks like we're
both with the numbweed crew." she said grimacing at the thought of the
smell. "We should probably get going then."

Last updated on the July 22nd 2019

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