Elora had been in many bed chambers in her time. They had ranged from simple just-a-bed-in-a-room to the most elaborate things she could dream up. (Though she didn't spend much time dreaming about bedrooms; when she dreamed, it was about things besides her profession. Former profession.)
None of them, even the bedroom she herself had lived in for three years, had felt like a home. But this small little room with the barest of furniture, her stuff piled on top of the tables and tucked into corners, felt like home.
She had been there less than five minutes.
With a small grin, Elora patted the bed and turned her head, bronze hair swinging in an arc around her head. Her fabric around her pants shifted ever so slightly as she headed into the main section of the Candidate chambers.
Time to learn who was here, who was worth talking to - after all, Elora told herself, just because she was a Candidate at a Weyr didn't mean she should change how she ran her life.
Koga jogged down the hall, headed out towards the Weyrbowl. She was sure K'nan would have left without her by now. He had stuff to do and she was so late. She ran past each room, making quite a ruckus as she passed other girls. "Excuse me! Pardon me! Sorry!" she said in chorus as she nearly ran into three other people in quick succession, only, in the end, to trip over her own feet outside of Elora's door. She, of course, didn't eve know that there was anyone in that room. Koga picked herself up, dusting off. Well... That was undignified!
She hoped that K'nan would probably tease her... But she hoped not. She also hoped that no one had see her fall. Although, she was fairly certain that she had.
Her eyes flashed gold for a second as she looked around, her brown hair tumbling around her shoulders. She wiped it away from a heart shaped face wiht high cheek bones and plenty of angles. She was tall. Very tall for a girl, just 2 inches short of 6 feet...
She turned her almond shaped eyes around her to see if there was anyone nearby.
Elora's lips twitched as the brown haired girl went sprawling onto the floor, raising one eyebrow slowly as she stood up and brushed herself off. That was undignified; Elora could never afford to look undignified or clumsy. It turned potential friends off - and general society never seemed to find it endearing to most people.
She supposed the girl in front of her could pull off the clumsy, oblivious thing; it seemed to be completely in her personality and not something that she had cultivated.
As the girl's head turned towards her, she quickly dropped the eyebrow back to it's normal spot and offered a small smile. Ignore her, ask for her help, or quick quip?
Quip was more her style; besides, it was more likely to establish her as being fully Elora right away, and she refused to pretend to be anything but herself. Unless, of course, it involves roleplayin-no, no, those days were over.
Koga sighed. Oh great. Koga was generally a dignified person, but as she fixed her eagle-eyed gaze on the other girl, she bit her tongue. She would not further tarnish her dignity in such a way. "Indeed. I suppose that being in a hurry does not excuse me from being polite. My name is Koga. You are?" She was doing her best to remain polite, but Koga's typical determined nature coupled with the fact that she was late, was making her impatient.
She looked back at Elora, sizing her up, her mind working in rapid fire succession. She was a bit of a tomboy, but still had a certain steadiness and grace to her that seemed to come easily, with no thought. It was seen far more when she was being polite.
She supposed this girl was pretty. She definitely had a cutting tongue in her mouth and a self-assured almost arrogant pride. She was new here and seemed not to care what people thought of her. She supposed that would lend her well in the end... But, that didn't really concern her.
Elora linked her arms behind her back, absently stretching slightly. "If you are in a rush, why are you stopping for introductions?"
The already tight clothes pulled tighter at her chest before Elora leaned back, looking at Koga with a small smile on her face. She liked her bluntness; it was a trait very few people seemed to have nowadays.
But she could appreciate it when she saw it.
"I am Elora." Funny, how much a name could identify a person. Koga fit the girl in front of her rather well.
Koga considered saying something witty and cutting, but she restrained herself. "Simple. You said something to me that I didn't really care for, so I decided I wanted to know who you were. And, quite plainly, I'm certain that, by now, my brother, K'nan and his Bronze Embraeth will have left. I would say it is a pleasure to meet you or that you are well met, but I'm not fully certain if that is the case. After all, a snide comment does not a good start to any relationship make."
Koga was quiet again. She was, as per usual, blunt, determined, and could care less about what people thought of her words and opinions. She shrugged and started walking. "How long have you been at Rainbow Mists Weyr, Elora?"
At least they both didn't care what others thought of them.
There was always that.
Elora folded her legs and sank neatly into a sitting position, reaching up to begin to braid her hair as she looked at Koga. "I arrived very recently. Did your brother drop you off here or do you live here or..." She let the sentence trail off, giving a quick shrug.
Her fingers knitted through her hair, stitching the bronze threads back and forth. Pretending not to care was sometimes the best way to get people to talk; it was also the best way to keep people away. She would have much preferred to learn about the brother, but as a Bronze, he was probably too honorable to suit any cravings she would have recently.
Why had she come to the Weyr again? Oh, yes, because she thought she deserved better than what her town was offering. Or something noble like that.
Elora scanned him up and down quickly, a half smile flashing over her face as she finished off her braid. He was pretty; she could appreciate that.
She realized a moment later it was going to take some energy to keep her out of her search-for-'friends' mentality and actually switch into a search for legitimate friends. It would be weird. And it would take a while. But she could do it.
Casual conversations with people who didn't have an opinion about her was a good start.
"Hello, Joellal. And to answer your question which wasn't a question, yes, I am, or I doubt I would be here in these chambers or at the Weyr at all." Elora flashed a cheeky grin at Koga.
Koga rolled her eyes. It wasn't a question and she knew that Elora knew it. She was starting to find this girl a little bit patronizing... And yet, she thought she could probably be friends with her to some degree. The kind of friends who drove each other crazy, but they still hung out and helped each other company from time to time. Perhaps not best friends, but friends. She did suppose, however, that she really didn't know the girl whatsoever.
Joellal nodded. "How long have you been at Rainbow Mists?" he asked, his voice rich and rather deep. He had his hands at his sides. Not awkwardly, just naturally. He was hungry, but he wouldn't die of starvation if he stood and talked to the two girls a little bit...
"I just got here, actually. Was going to do a bit of exploring before Koga tumbled into my life." Elora's lips twitched, eyes glinting mischievously as she looked back over at the girl. "Literally."
The former escort couldn't decide whether or not Koga liked her or wanted to strangle her; to be fair, if Elora had been Koga and Koga had been Elora, Elora sensed that she'd want to strangle herself. She could be a bit irritating. But entertaining.
And hey, at least she wasn't flirting.
Considering Joellal's gorgeous voice, that was saying something.
Koga couldn't help the small smile that pulled at the corners of her mouth. "Well, what can I say," she grinned here, "I'm just good at disrupting people's lives."
Koga was rather amused by this girl. She was initially annoyed, but was finding that, the more she talked to her, the more she just brushed off the jabs the girl made at her. It was almost comical in a way, she supposed.
Joellal gave a quick flash of a smile. "Indeed. You're quite good at disrupting life," he said to Koga, then turned back to Elora. "Well... Perhaps you would like to explore with us? It wouldn't probably be as much fun since I've been here for awhile and Koga has been here for however long she's been alive."
Koga chuckled. Joellal was so bad at remembering ages.
Joellal grinned. "Quite possibly. New eyes tend to pick up on a lot more than those that have been around for a while." He gave a small wink. Koga rolled her eyes at him. Oh that boy. One minute he was shy and quiet and out of the way, the next he was trying to flirt with a new Candidate!
Koga shrugged. "Should be fun," she said, grinning and standing up straight, letting her arms fall to her sides.
Elora's eyes darted between Koga and Joellal, trying to figure out their relationship even as she returned Joellal's wink with a flirtatious smile of her own. Koga seemed irritated at the boy's actions, but that could just be out of friendship, not because she was interested.
Elora didn't want to start any trouble here. (At least, not yet.) Best just to flirt for a bit but not pursue it any farther.
Even if pursuing it farther could be fun.
Elora reached up and absently made sure her hair was in place as she sashayed towards the two of them. As she reached them, she crossed her arms over her chest, eyes glinting delightedly. "Do you have any suggestions as to where we should venture first?"