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• Solo • [Warrick] A Day in the Life

Postby Lei'lira » Sat Aug 27, 2016 6:55 pm

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35 Saun, 716

You're worried about something.

Lei'lira turned and stared at her wolf familiar incredulously. Of course she was worried! She was late. It had been twenty three trials since the last time the bandits...Lei'lira shuddered, as a small whimper escaped a throat that was suddenly locked up. Twenty three trials since...then. It was bad enough that it had happened at all. Sleep had become her enemy ever since she'd been captured, because Lei'lira relived those days in her nightmares each night. A good night's sleep had become a memory that taunted her.

And her monthly cycle was nearly three weeks late. At first, she hadn't even noticed. Recovering from her injuries, learning the truth about what had been done to her twin...there had been a lot for her to cope with while she'd stayed at her grandmother's house. But now she was back home, and safe...hopefully, at least. There was more time for her to think, and realize just how much time had passed.

Stress could be causing the delay. There had been a few times in the past where stress caused by a problem with the farm, or by grief over their father's death, and their mother leaving them had been enough to delay her cycle. It was a possibility, and one that Lei'lira had to cling to. Because the alternative...was something Lei'lira couldn't bear to think about.

She needed a distraction; something...anything she could focus on other than the fear that she might be pregnant. Fortunately, she had one. She'd managed to scrape up enough money for a chicken coop over the last season or so. And she'd contacted the son of a nearby farmer earlier in the season to ask him to build one for her. Yesterday, she'd gotten word that the chicken coop was ready, and that he would be bringing it over today.

"You're right, Lei'luna. I am worried about something, but it's too painful for me to be able to talk about, even to you. And since it isn't something I can do anything about, I can't afford to be thinking about it now. The new chicken coop is ready, and they're bringing it over today. In fact, I think they'll be here soon."

With that, Lei'lira bustled about, making sure that she looked presentable. Although she really didn't care about such things, she was painfully aware that she was a baroness...even if she didn't feel like one, or act like one. And while it wasn't something she thought about often, she did understand that people liked to gossip. If her neighbors saw her looking less than presentable, they would talk. It wasn't likely that her grandmother or any of the other members of her family would listen to gossip from commoners, but it wasn't impossible that they would, either. As Lazuli's twin, what she did might reflect back on Lazuli for good or ill. And with the recent reminder that she was a burden to her sister on the best of days, she didn't want to do anything that might reflect badly on Lazuli in some way.

Once her hair was brushed, and her clothes had been checked for stains and tears, Lei'lira headed back out to wait. She didn't have to wait long before a man driving a wagon came up the road. It was the man who had agreed to make her chicken coop, and Lei'lira was happy to see it strapped securely in the man's wagon.

He drove through the gate, and pulled up not to far from where Lei'lira was standing.

"The coop's in back. What do you think? Good enough?"

The man was clearly a man of few words, and that was a relief to Lei'lira. It meant that he wouldn't want to talk to her outside what was necessary to get the chicken coop set up, and Lei'lira was too nervous about his presence to want to talk to him, or let him linger longer than was strictly needed. To hasten the time of his departure, Lei'lira hurried around to the back to the man's wagon so she could inspect her chicken coop.
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[Warrick] A Day in the Life

Postby Lei'lira » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:23 pm

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Lei'lira didn't really know anything about carpentry, or what might be evidence of a flaw in her chicken coop. But the planks of wood that had been used were all even, and flat. None looked like they might be warped in any way. There were no visible holes in the wood, or gaps where the planks fit together. And when she ran her fingers along the wooden walls of the coop, they felt smooth, and solid.

The man watched her inspection of his work for a while before moving to unstrap it from his wagon, and set it on the ground so she could see all sides of the coop. Again, Lei'lira could see no obvious flaws in either the materials used, or the construction. The hinges on the door worked freely, and silently, not making the squeaky sound that old, or rusty hinges might make. The door itself opened easily, and closed completely. It looked to be solidly built, and Lei'lira thought that it would keep predators away from her chickens quite handily. The coop was a good size, too; large enough to house a lot more chickens than she currently had comfortable...which was a good thing as she planned to buy some more today. There was a hatch in the door where the chickens could come and go freely when it was unlatched. But it could be latched at night, or when no one was around to keep an eye on them. All in all, Lei'lira was very satisfied with the end result.

"It looks good. Thank you." she said in Xanthea.

The man frowned at her, clearly trying to translate her words in his head. Lei'lira realized that he must not know Xanthea well, despite having spoken it earlier, and wondered if she should try and repeat herself in Common. The problem with that was that she didn't have high hopes of being able to make herself understood if she did. But it turned out not to be necessary. The man grunted, and nodded.

"Where you want it?" he asked, gesturing across the yard with his hand.

Lei'lira thought quickly. She had several places in mind that might work, but she had yet to make a final decision. It needed to be close to the house for practical reasons...but not close enough that the noise of the chickens wold be a bother. Nor could it be too close to Lazuli's fields for fear the chickens could wander into them, and eat the seeds or damage the young plants. And it also needed to be in a spot where the chickens could feed without being disturbed, which meant that it couldn't be too close to the barn. Eventually, she would be able to fence in an area around the coop for a chicken yard, but for now, she would have to make due without one. After a few trills, she made her decision.

"Over here." she said, pointing in the direction she wanted to go.

Lei'lira showed the man the location she had decided on. Then the two walked back to where the coop was waiting. By then, three more men arrived on horseback. Their presence made Lei'lira shiver with fear, but she tried to hide her reaction. They had obviously come to help move the chicken coop to where it was supposed to go; even with her help, there was no way that she and the first man could have moved the small building on their own.

It was hard work, but between the five of them, they were able to lift the chicken coop, and move it into place. Once that was done, Lei'lira thanked the men for their work, and paid them for the chicken coop. Then she watched them leave with more than a little relief. When they were no longer visible, she returned to her chicken coop. It was big enough for her to go inside if she bent over. Although it would be an uncomfortable position to be in for any length of time, it would be manageable. And it would provide a safe place for her hens to lay their eggs without fear of predators...and without making Lei'lira search for their nests each morning.
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[Warrick] A Day in the Life

Postby Lei'lira » Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:22 am

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The next step was to prepare the chicken coop for the chickens that would live there. Lei'lira entered the barn long enough to get some fresh straw. This was carefully arranged in the grooves along the floor of each side of the chicken coop. They were shallow enough that the hens would be able to get into and out of them easily, but deep enough to appeal to them as a place to build their nests. There were also a row of nest boxes attached to each wall about two feet off the ground that would hold additional nests. It took several more trips for more straw before she had enough.

If I were a hen, I'd lay my nest here. came Lei'luna's amused comment.

Lei'lira grinned at her.

"Well, let's hope that the hens feel the same. Now we have to find them."

She had already disturbed the hens earlier that morning when she'd collected their eggs. That often meant that it would be harder to find them again. Although Lei'lira knew that chickens weren't smart enough to have much of a personality, it was almost as if they'd go off and hide so they could sulk about her taking their eggs. But they were smart enough not to leave the confines of the farm when they hid.

Tory was easy enough to find. Lei'lira put him in the chicken coop first, hoping that if the hens saw him there, they would accept their new home more easily. With Lei'luna's help, it took less time to find the five hens than Lei'lira feared it would. Two sets of eyes allowed them to cover more ground faster as they searched, and since the chickens couldn't see the wolf spirit, they wouldn't take fright, and flee before Lei'lira could get there. So within half a break, all five hens had been found, and placed in their new home to get settled.

The hens seemed to take to the chicken coop quickly. Lei'lira wasn't sure if it was Tory's presence, or their own instincts that made them feel safe. But rather than fluttering about in distress, they quickly began working out among themselves who was going to roost where. Satisfied that her presence wasn't needed, Lei'lira closed the chicken coop, and left them to their business.
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[Warrick] A Day in the Life

Postby Kingdom » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:38 am

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Knowledge:
Lei'lira: Pregnant
Pregnancy: Would reflect badly on Lazuli
Animal Husbandry: Housing hens in the henhouse
Animal Husbandry: Preparing the henhouse for hens
Carpentry: Constructing a henhouse
Language: Common, use gestires to convey meaning
Strength: Lift with your knees

Loot: A new henhouse
Injuries: n/a
Fame: n/a

Story: 5/5
Collaboration: 0/5
Structure: 5/5

Comment: Obviously it was an epic adventure but job threads are job threads. Scandal in the Warrick House huh? Don't tell uncle Victor hahaha.
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