A Special Commission


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Date: 02 July 2011
Location: Eastern Weyr: Living Cavern
Synopsis: Maura gets back to Nenienne regarding an earlier conversation they had about a commission.
Rating: G
Logger: Nenienne

The main Living Cavern at Eastern Weyr is a near replica of the "Lower Bowl" in shape. It is circular, with ceilings sloping up into a gentle cone shape. There are a few stalactites hanging from the ceiling, from which the Weyr's few firelizards may perch. Between these, there are a few inverted "hills", showing exactly how quickly the workmen finished this job. It lends an eerie quietness to the place, as the features cut the sound more effectively. The glowbaskets on the walls highlight the tables of all shapes and sizes around the room. The Head Table appears to be more traditional in place and kind, but the rest of the tables are variable. The east side of the room boasts larger rectangle tables suitable for whole groups of riders, while the middle holds smaller circular tables more appropriate for a family with children. The west side of the room has small square tables which often double as gaming tables on lazy days and most evenings.

Near the Head table, off to the East side, the double doors of the kitchen swing open. Near those doors, two long rectanglular tables are set up for food and drink service. On the eastern and western sides of the room, the stairs lead up to parallel hallways which connect to the rest of the Weyr. A third, smaller set of stairs at the southernmost end of the cavern leads to the Weyr Entrance.

Maura obviously had someone watching the living caverns for her; because when she steps in from the bowl trying to wave papers in her face with a fan-like motion for cooling off, she heads unerringly for whatever table it is that Nenienne is seated at. And, the bluerider has a wooden box tucked under her arm. "Are you… do you have a moment?"

Nenienne is enjoying a cup of klah and some form of sweet bread. Glancing up when addressed, she says, "I have time. What's up?"

Maura glances at the klah for a moment, but then seems to decide against going to get some for herself before sitting down. "Great!" The bluerider's natural ebulliance seems to make her disgustingly cheerful sometimes. "I remember talking to you about getting some sort of jewelry done. And I've gotten the glasswork finished that I want for it. Are you still interested in taking on a commission?" Pause. "Once your arm has healed, of course."

Nenienne perks up and says, "Definitely." She sighs at the mention of her arm, however, and warns, "It's still at least a month before it'll be healed enough for me to use it reliably." The arm in question is actually semi-useful already; Neni is holding the mug with her left hand, and the injured right hand is wrapped around the mug.

"That's perfectly fine. It's something I want done right. Not necessarily done quickly. It's… important." Maura emphasises, sliding the wooden box towards the smith. "The glass is in there. There's green, blue, brown, and amber. And I have something real specific in mind for it. Are you alright with that?" A glance is given to both injured and uninjured hand. "It seems to be healing well, yes? I don't know what caused the injury, but if there were permanent damage done you'd know it by now?"

Nenienne nods. "I usually make up a few drawings before actually beginning the piece to make sure it's something the person would want. Fortunately I'm left-handed, so I can get that part done, at least." She shakes her head at the next question. "Some nerves got pinched or something when my shoulder was dislocated. They won't know if I have full mobility back until near the end of the physical therapy." There is a rote quality to her voice as she says this.

"Gosh, that just sounds horrible. Not knowing. I bet you've been hearing it a lot from the healers though. Sounds like yu have it all memorized." Maura notes that with a bit of a grin. "That's perfect, about the drawing then. And I know you told me about the different metals you can use. So I was thinking it should be silver. That's less expensive then the gold, and better quality then the copper right?"

Nenienne nods, saying, "And it won't leave a green tint on your skin like copper would. May I look at the glass? And what kind of design were you thinking of?"

"Yes, yes of course!" Maura flips open the latch on the box so that Nenienne can look at the glass in there. There appears to be exactly 18 ovals there, with a precise number of the different colors laying there. "I wanted each color on a separate 'layer', if that makes sense. One layer of green, one of blue, one of brown, and the one amber. And when it's resting on the skin, each layer should be visible, if that makes sense."

Nenienne nods as she looks at the different pieces. "Do you want those set in a cabochon or more of a bezel or cameo mode?" She puts down her klah mug and, with her left hand, picks up and looks at the individual pieces.

Maura frowns, considering the question as she looks again at the glass. "Mmm, a bezel maybe. And they should lay horizontally. Like…" She ans out the green pieces on a semi-circle the way they should look. "Something like that? Think it would look alright?"

Nenienne nods. "Definitely. I think I know what you mean, but I'll draw a few pictures anyway. Did you want the amber stone offset in some way, other than being on a strand of its own? And do you want it to be on the first, second, third, or fourth strand?

Maura shakes her head a little at the question of the amber stone being offset in any way. "No, no… each stone is as important as the other. None of them should be offset in any way. It's just to have the colors on separate strands as the differentiator." she confirms, a small smile appearing. "Pictures would be great, once you have a chance. I'm looking forward to seeing what it will look like."

Nenienne gives another nod and says, "All right. I wasn't sure, since there's only one. Often that means that it's special somehow. I'll get working on those pictures once I'm done with my klah. Should I just find you when I'm done, or would you like to set up some sort of appointment?"

Maura nods her understanding, not, apparently, taking any offense at all. "Take your time." is insisted. "I don't want you doing anything to hurt your hand just to get a picture done. And you can just leave word around that you're done. I'll hear about it and we'll find each other." she decides, figuring that will simply be easier. "Thanks for taking it on." There's a part of her reluctant to part with the box that had glass pieces in it. But, she leaves it with Nenienne anyway. "I'll see you soon." Cheerful, still, the bluerider picks herself up out of the chair to head back out to the bowl.

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