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Date: 7/21/10
Location: Living Cavern
Synopsis: It's a late lunch for the ladies and chatter ranges from a discussion on AIVAS to men being brutes and cads
Rating: PG
Logger: Ahnika

Eastern Weyr: Living Cavern

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.

Entering the Living Cavern on the tail end of the lunch hour, Ahnika is hoping to find the place slightly less crowded than when the meals are in full swing. She brushes her sleeve across her forehead a moment and then continues onto the food tables, considering what is available on the menu today.

Eissa is not too far behind Ahnika, as the healer also makes her way into the caverns, most likely looking for a quick bite to eat. As the healer walks she continues to idly rubs her hands with a small ragged piece of cloth. Frowning slightly Eissa eyes her hands and fingers before shaking her head in slight disgust, "Well, if I ever forget my know, people will still know I'm healer with these hands." Bundling up the cloth the healer quickly stuffs it into one of the pockets of her apron. When Eissa is close enough to Ahnika she'll offer a smile in way of greeting to the young woman.

Ahnika smiles to Eissa, her grey eyes glancing toward the Healer knot, and her smile widening a little more, seeming appreciative of that fact for some reason. She dips her head politely, and greets, "Good day, Healer." She gestures to the lunch banquet table, "Please go ahead of me. I'm still trying to figure out what I want and if I'm really hungry enough to eat anyway."

At the offer to go before Ahinka, Eissa can't help but smile in gratitude to the other woman, "Thank you, and please, it's Eissa. No need to call me healer, at least, not here in the caverns. The infirmary is another matter especially when I'm on duty, but when I'm not it's just Eissa." The healer does however take a step forward to gather a plate, and hopefully something filling for lunch.

"Nice to meet you, Eissa," the redhead says, smiling back, "I'm Ahnika. And no offense, but if that is your wish, then I hope to never need to use your title, as I hope to never find myself in the Infirmary." Another smile. She pauses a moment then, a critical gaze of one who appears to know something about cooking is given to the food, and then she takes up a plate, too, lingering a little behind Eissa as the Healer fills her plate. Ahnika goes about picking out a meal for herself, too, which appears to consist of fewer starches and carbs than what others might have on their plates. Ahnika has learned not to eat too heavy for lunch, else she'll find it hard to carry out the rest of her day.
GAME: Save complete.

Sadly Eissa isn't one to shirk a full plate, or carbs for that matter, as she loads it with a couple pieces of bread, meat and really anything else that looks good. Healers have learned to eat when they can because sometimes they can't. At the mention of not using her title, Eissa can't help but smile, "Pleasure to meet you too, Ahnika. And don't worry I'm not offended at all. I'd rather see people as a non-healer than healer myself." A mug of juice is then added to her meal as well, before the healer glances back at the other woman, "Care for company? I just arrived here a few days ago, so can't say I've made too many friends yet, or for that matter figured out where everything is."

Ahnika's smile returns, this time a little brighter at the request for company, "I'd love some. Mayhap I can also help you get acquainted with the people and structure of the place, though," she continues after a brief pause to get a beverage, held in her free hand, "the crafters seem to be working harder, so I can't say that how the weyr is ordered now will be how it is ordered in the future." A small wry grin at that, and she motions to the nearest table that isn't already assigned to a specific rank. She starts moving to it, and asks, "This table okay with you?"

"Well, I can definitely agree with the crafters working hard. We treated a few of them for injuries the night before. They're working too hard and too fast, trying to get everything done as quick as possible." Eissa states with a vague grimace. As the other woman moves towards a fairly empty table, Eissa trots after her, "Sure, this one seems fine. I'm not too picky about tables." Settling her plate and mug on the table, she then takes a seat as well, glancing towards Ahnika, "However, I think everyone is working hard also. Not just crafters. So, if I may inquire what do you do here?" She did spy the knot of the younger woman but the healer didn't want to pry too much.

Slipping into the seat across from Eissa, Ahnika sets her own plate and drink down. "Well, you know what they say about idle hands. Hard work is better than not having any work to do at all," says the pragmatic teenager. A moment later, she says earnestly, "I do hope the crafters are all surviving okay, though." She cuts up some of the items on her plate, smiling a bit to the last question, "A little of this and a little of that. I'm a Candidate," a pause, "for now."

Cleaning out the the room pit the last little bit of a table she stops at the word candidate. "Congradulations." she says slowly. "I guess if the dragons are picking people… it means the eggs are on their way. Right?"

"Oh, I believe the crafters are surviving. I can definitely say I am." Eissa says easily enough as she tears a hunk of bread and wraps it around a bit of meat. "It's nice of you to ask about the state of the crafters …" Begins Eissa with another smile, however, at the mention of being a candidate the healer can't help but look intrigued. However before she can voice her thoughts on it, Vanielle voices the upper most question on the healer's mind as well. Glancing towards the other woman Eissa offers a quick wave of greeting in Vanielle's direction.

"Thanks," Ahnika responds to Vanielle, nodding to her and smiling. Having worked with drudges a lot these last few weeks, Ahnika isn't the sort to stand on rank or pomp and circumstance. She spears a few vegetable bits with her fork, adding, "Yeah, I suppose so. Soon. I'm apparently one of the earliest Candidates Searched, so there's a little ways to go, more'n'like." She takes a bite of the vegetables, her grey eyes glancing first to Eissa and then to Vanielle as she chews quietly.

Vanielle smiles. "Hello!" she says to Essia as she notices the wave. She approaches having swapped the rag out for a peice of red fruit. She exhales a moment. "I didn't think we'd live in such an age where AIVAS was going to … umm exist. I mean the Ancients made something soo.. marvelous." she says biting into her fruit. Vanielle smiles. "But it means the dragons know somethings up— to start searching so soon, I mean before the eggs hit the sands." she taps her cheek. "That harpers chant: heat five weeks and then three more?"

Realizing she forgot to offer her own congratulations, Eissa is quick to murmur, "Yes, congratulations, and good luck too - even if it is a bit further away than we thought." And when Vanielle approaches the table and offers greeting, Eissa is quick to motion towards one of the empty chairs. "Please, join us if you can." However at the mention of AVIAS, Eissa can't help but frown ever so slightly at that, "Yes, the ancients definitely built a interesting device. It seems to herald many changes for everyone."

Vanielle nods. "Good and Bad, but I think we can learn…. enough from it to change our fortunes, at least somewhat."

Ahnika grins at Vanielle, nodding a little in general agreement, and offering simply, "I've never lived in a weyr before coming here, so I can only assume that's the case, yeah." She flicks her gaze between the other two women, including them both as she adds with a sheepish smile, "I still have a lot to learn about it all." Another nod to Eissa, her congratulations and wishing for good luck, "Thanks. I suppose we'll see what the dragons think." She eats another few bites of her vegetables, and flicks her gaze between the other two again as the conversation turns to AIVAS, but keeps silent and just observes while she eats.

Vanielle Smiles. "I never lived in a Weyrbefore either." she breaths. "But I think the dragons just know. They know…. things."

Eissa considers Vanielle's words, and offers a hesitant nod of agreement, "I agree. I believe it could help, but it worries me at times with some of the knowledge that has so far been revealed - surgeries for instance." The healer shakes her head her expression a bit more pensive than before, "I'm not sure if I agree with some of them." Glancing towards Ahnika and Vanielle, Eissa adds, "Then the three of us are more alike than we know. This is actually my first time living at a Weyr as well. I lived at my family's cothold and then Healer Hall all of my life, until my posting here."

Vanielle laughs. "Three of a kind!" she says in a cheerful voice. "You know what, I think some of the things are good. AVAIS, I mean— the ability to surgically— is that it… cutting someone open is good if it helps them."

It's the late part of the lunch hours, allowing some room at tables, the rush having been over and most folks returning to duties. Eissa and Ahnika are seated at a table, eating lunch. Vanielle is hovering nearby, engaged in the conversation with them. Ahnika glances again from Vanielle to Eissa, nodding a little, "They do seem to know things, yes. And knowledge, dragon or AIVAS otherwise, isn't a bad thing in my mind." And then adds to Eissa's comment, "Really? Well, if I can help in any way, let me know. I don't know much about dragons, but the few weeks I've been here have been eye-opening about weyrlife in general." She pauses, "Especially the men here," and sighs, eating a little more of her lunch. "Cads, the lot of them."

Eissa smiles faintly when Vanielle laughs about the three of them being three of a kind, however, when it turns back to AVIAS and the topic of surgeries and cutting someone open, Eissa can't help but shake her head. "I disagree." She states firmly, "At least right now. We're not up to the same level of technology as the Ancients were. I believe we'd be doing more harm than good, and as a healer I just can't condone that." She tilts her head to the side for a second, "Though I will say not all of what Healer Hall has learned so far, is so bad. There were many herbs and recipes for various tinctures, powders, and oils that we've forgotten. And I'm sure eventually we'll be ready to take even further steps ahead, but right now?" The healer shrugs both looking apologetic but firm in her convictions, however, before she can possibly say more about her thoughts on technology Ahnika's mention of men being -cads- snags her attention, "Really? Why do you say that? They seem fairly decent, but then, I haven't met that many so far."

Alara walks into the room, having been reminded that she missed the normal time for lunch. She steps past the group just in time for Ahnika's comment on the men of the Weyr. "And brutes too, or they certainly can be." She snorts softly. The other topic gets a miss for the moment. "Do you ladies mind if I join you?" She normally would sit all the way up at the top at that big table, but there seems to be conversation going on here, and she's all for getting to know people. "If I wouldn't be interrupting anything, that is." She gives a bright smile.

Vanielle says, "THe men are cads?" she raises an eyebrow. "Maybe I am just not their type I've not had any kind of problem. She moves a little bit and looks up as another female voice joins in. "Not at all!""

Ahnika listens a bit to Eissa's commentary on Healer-applicable knowledge learned from AIVAS, seeming genuinely interested, but either she holds no opinion on it herself, or she has learned to hold her tongue if she feels an opinion wouldn't be well received, because she says nothing, just nods a bit in non-committal understanding or acknowledgement. The redhead Candidate seems all too eager to launch into a mini diatribe about the men of the weyr to explain further to Eissa when Alara's voice draws her attention and Ahnika stands up, inclining her head and shoulders in a bit of a bow to the senior weyrwoman, then smiles, looking from Vanielle to Alara and agreeing, "We'd be honored, Weyrwoman. Please do."

Nenienne drifts into the living cavern, her attention, as usual, apparently on something else, as she has several near-misses with other people who are in her path. No actual bump-ins, though, and she manages to get to the klah pot without incident. Only after she has a mug of the stuff does she take notice of her surroundings, and she zeroes in on Eissa and Vanielle. She heads purposefully over to their table and asks, almost in unison with Alara, "Mind if I join you?" Then she *notices* Alara and goes a bit pale, saying politely "Weyrwoman."

Eissa is also one to stand up when the Weyrwoman arrives at their table and likewise she offers a respectful head bob, that almost borders towards a bow, "Please do, ma'am." Glancing between Vanielle, Alara and Ahnika, Eissa is also quick to add her name, "I'm Eissa, newly posted Healer." And at Neni's request about join Eissa is quick to offer a wave in greeting, and then a wave towards one of the empty seats, "Afternoon, Neni, by all means have a seat and join us."

"Oh, please." Alara is still uncomfortable with a lot of the trappings of her new post. However, she inhales, and nods. "Well met, Healer. Welcome to Eastern. I hope you find our Infirmary up to standards. If not, do let me know, and we'll do our best to get things squared away." Each of the other ladies gets a nod as she sits down at the table. "I was informed I needed to stop and eat some food." She rolls her eyes.

Shaking her head a bit, Ahnika smiles at Nenienne, saying, "Of course, please do!" with a smile, and then glances from Eissa to Alara as each speaks. Distracted as she is, Ahnika seems to miss the young drudge boy, a teen a few years her junior, coming up behind her. Looking mildly alarmed about something, he tugs on her arm, and when he has her attention, he pulls the tall Candidate down a little to whisper in her ear. Ahni frowns thoughtfully, then nods, "Okay. I'll figure something out. Hold a moment." She picks up her half-eaten plate and beverage and dips her head back toward everyone, "Please excuse me. I need to see to something." She smiles distractedly, and adds, "Enjoy your meals." And with that, she takes her leave, stopping by the central dirty dish bin to deposit it and save a drudge a little extra work, and then follows the boy out with a quick pace to her gait.

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