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• Solo • Getting into the swing

Postby Vega » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:53 pm

122nd Vhalar 717
Vega was bored and irritated. Neither of these were good things, but they were undoubtedly both true. She'd woken up yestertrial morning in the bedroll they had shared since the 105th of the season and she was alone, like he'd vanished in the night. It had been just sixteen nights of them being together, fifteen of which he'd been there with her, but she'd grown more than used to waking up with him. That notwithstanding, this morning when she woke, he was gone. Vega was worried, a niggle in the back of her mind, but he had told her about the mission for U'frek which he, Pash and Kali'rial were going on. Yet, still, she missed him. Not that she'd tell him that. She knew that it was where he was. She knew that he wouldn't just up and leave in the middle of the night. Vega smiled to herself as she cupped the hot tea in her hands; she knew those things and yet there was still that tiny quiet voice in her mind. What if? Shaking her head, she considered very seriously that, if he got back and told her that Qit'ria was anywhere near this mission, Vega was going to get testy.

Being in the camp on her own was more of a challenge than she remembered. They'd travelled together more or less an arc now, after all, and they'd fallen into roles. One of the main ways that she missed him, other than the obvious emotional ones which she was busily trying to ignore, was in the fact that he could cook and she, most certainly, could not. She'd used the yellow dragon wood, specific to Scalvoris, which they had in the camp to keep the fire going last night. It was cold, the snows swirling around her and the storms howling. Sleep had been hard to achieve and, once she had achieved it, she had been bombarded with dreams. Her familiar was close, Vega was sure and it was unnerving. Using the yellow dragon wood meant that she was able to keep a low fire burning overnight and so the camp wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Yet, she was grumpy and she knew it.

Normally, she'd tidy around while he cooked breakfast. This morning, she did both and when she used the word "cooked" it was a somewhat loose term. Kneeling in front of the camp fire, she could not help the grin which graced her face as she considered that he was right about her porridge. If she had a house to build, she could use it to keep the bricks together. Still, it was hot and it was not completely tasteless so she ate.

Later this trial, she was going to see her father, but she had a few breaks to kill now and Vega was twitchy. It was not like anything she could easily describe, except to say that she was itching in her skin. She had to move, to do things. Vega was, and probably always would be, a fundamentally physical person. So, she made sure that the camp was tidy and everything was cleaned away and then she decided that she was going to get going with doing some things that they had agreed on. This came was getting sorted and they were getting into the swing of things for winter, she resolved.

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Getting into the swing

Postby Vega » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:39 pm

Getting the camp ready for winter, that was what they had discussed yestertrial. Just before her cousins had made their way into the camp, just before all of the Beneath had broken through. Reese, her cousin, had called her a whore and whilst Vega told herself most firmly that she did not care, he had implied that her behaviour was worse because she was sleeping with Arlo, a human. Things had grown nasty.

But she wasn't going to think about that now.

Now, she was going to finish what they'd been doing when her cousins had arrived. Or, more specifically she thought with a grin, not exactly what they were doing when her cousins had arrived. She'd been fumbling with his shirt buttons, but Reese and Shon's timing had been about as awful as it could be. No, before they'd gotten distracted from what they were supposed to be working on and instead focused on getting to work on each other, they'd been preparing for the winter. That made sense. If he was going to be gone for however long, on this mission for U'frek, then she could make sure that things were as organised as they could be.

She started with the pot. The cast iron pot which she'd scrubbed clean and, in doing so, scrubbed of all it's seasoning off it. So, what she'd seen him do with a pained look on his face that he tried to hide that she'd removed arcs of work, well, that was what she did. He'd used soapy water, then dried it and then, put a thin layer of the good quality oil over it, before putting it in the warm coals. Not for more than a break.

In the meantime, she decided, she was going to sew their individual tents together and finish what she'd been doing in terms of winter-proofing their sleeping space. She started by carefully stitching them together. It wasn't neat or even, but Vega concentrated on getting the two tents flush together. It could have been done quicker, but she took her time and in total it took her a full break to do it. At which point, she took the pot out of the coals and left it to cool. She doubted that he'd notice that she'd done that, but it was important that she made it up to him, somehow. So, tent done, it was on to the next bit.

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Getting into the swing

Postby Vega » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:11 pm

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Once the tent was one piece, Vega set about setting it up. It would give them a lot more room and she smiled to herself as she considered that it was probably a little ironic, all told. She would sleep in it tonight and, so it seemed likely, she'd do so alone. But that was alright, because she had ideas. Setting up the tent, the trick to it was that it was secure and not just well balanced. Balance was important, but it had to be sturdy, it had to withstand the wind and be able to stand against the weight of the snow that would land on it. Were they mad, she wondered? Here in the extreme edge of the world, where the snow flurried and drifted taller than her in Vhalar, they slept in the wilderness.

Maybe they were, Vega thought with a grin. She'd have it no other way. Maybe one trial they'd stay in an Inn or live in a house, but that seemed like a dozen lifetimes away to the young woman right now.

Shaking herself out of her reverie, she considered. Having set up the tent, sheltered and not likely to get caught in a wind tunnel, she first erected the tent and then went around and checked it. By doing that, she was able to make the small adjustments which meant that she maximised their space and kept the wind and rain and snow out. Once she was absolutely sure that this was in the best place, she secured it in place much more carefully. Using the mallet, she drove the pegs into the ground and Vega frowned in concentration. It required all her strength to do that well, making sure that she drove the pegs into the ground the best way possible. It was good for her to concentrate her strength in that way, ensuring that she focused. So often, strength was about 'big' movements, but in this, it was small ones.

Once the tent was up, she could set it up. They had the packets of the warm orange sand and she put those around the edges, then she turned her attention to the tarpaulin. Like the trial before, it would have been a lot easier if she'd been able to call on him for help but, unlike the trial before, Arlo wasn't here to help. So, Vega scrambled around, climbed where she needed to and attached the tarpaulin over the tent. Testing it was important and she did that, then adjusted it.

Eventually, after pinning the tarp down with stones and then testing and re-testing it, she was content and so she attached that firmly too. That should keep them warm, she determined. Then, it was just a case of putting all their things, which she had taken out, back into the tent and making sure that everything was where they were used to it. That was going to take some time, she knew, so she repeated the whole thing with the pot, swilling it with warm water, then coating and warming for a full break. Which, as it turned out was about the length of time it took her to put everything where it should be.

If he wasn't back tomorrow, she determined, as she put the pot away, she'd do the same thing again and at least he'd know that she'd been thinking about him and she wouldn't have to tell him. He wouldn't notice, but that was fine. On some level, it mattered and that she was happy with.

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Getting into the swing

Postby Zipper » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:21 am

@Vega
Overview : Solid solo thread. Loved some of the visuals cooked up. You've earned your fieldcraft lores with the detailed ten making, cleaning, and 'cooking'.
Points : XP: 10/10 (Cannot be used for Magic)

Fame:
Nope

Loot/injuries/overstepping:
Nu
Knowledge : Skill Knowledge:
Strength: Focusing your strength on a single spot.
Fieldcraft: Choosing a spot to set up your tent for winter
Fieldcraft: Combining tents
Fieldcraft: Using tarpaulin to protect against the wind
Fieldcraft: How to season a cast iron pot
Fieldcraft: Prepare for the winter. Winter is coming.

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