Joellal seemed to be thinking. "Well... Let's head out towards the Hatching Sands first. Show you where you'll be standing when the next Hatching takes place," Koga said, answering before he could. "After all! It's the place of most excitement for a Candidate of the Weyr.
Joellal smiled. "Except when nothing is going on, though."
"But it's good to have an idea of where you'll be. Helps with nerves and whatnot."
Koga was, as per usual, quite stubborn. She smiled at Elora. "Come on, let's get moving."
Her stride was quick, as per usual, as she moved headlong towards the Hatching Grounds. However, this time, she was moving with far more grace and dignity. She wasn't rushing. She simply was walking quickly, taking charge of the situation.
Joellal didn't seem to mind. He walked with his hands at his sides, plain and simple, seeming very at ease and not overly excited about the trip, though he didn't seem displeased. He had a small, pleasant smile on his face. "So... What do you know about dragons?" he asked Elora. He was curious. Candidates tended to have varying knowledge. Of the two of them, Koga probably knew the most. She had grown up in the Weyr.
The Hatching Sands sounded like a good idea to Elora; seeing where she would be where the dragons Hatched would help her be able to focus on the dragons and not be in awe of the Sands or whatever around her. Not that she'd notice anything else if baby dragons were running about; something told her she'd notice them most of all.
That something was probably common sense, she thought, imagining her lips twisting into a smirk for her own sarcastic thought even as she kept the smile on her face.
She slid after Koga, whose dominant strides made Elora rethink what she had been considering about the girl. Perhaps there was a something stronger to her than the clumsy, grinning girl that Elora had first judged her as. Joellal, though, was fitting Elora's image of him perfectly as he walked next to her.
"I know a bit. Probably what the average out-of-the-Weyr-girl knows about dragons." Actually, Elora knew more than that. Not that she would admit it to anybody if they asked, but she spent a good amount of her free time reading about dragons.
She tried to adjust her walking to the shoes she was in now - shoes actually made for walking and not showing off leg, but it was hard. Her toes instinctively wanted to lean down and her heels wanted to come up as if the shoes had wedges. She forced her feet back down to the ground.
"The different colors, at least most of them. They're big. They fly. And Fly. It's impressive to ride one." She shrugged, feigning indifference.
Koga kept leading the way. She seemed to have her mind set on one thing and that would appear to be getting to their destination. She was purposeful in each stride she took, though she was watching where she was going now, not being rushed, necessarily.
"It won't really be that distracting being there... It's the other people and things that will become distracting, usually... People sometimes trip over each other and the like..." He shrugged.
Joellal nodded. "Learning about dragons comes with being in a Weyr... So... You'll learn a lot more than you already know in time." Joellal smiled a little bit. "It is Impressive to ride one, but Between is a very... interesting experience."
Elora's nose crinkled at the thought of the cold nothingness; the one time she had ridden a dragon, it had been to get here, and that space was something she wasn't particularly looking forward to. "I don't understand why you would between when you could just fly normally from place to place. You'd be able to see things you didn't normally see."
She carefully followed Koga, absentmindedly committing the path to memory. She didn't want to lose her way around the Weyr.
A moment later, she realized that that sounded more intelligent than she wanted to portray herself and quickly added, "And you can probably find great places to shop that way, too."
Joellal blinked. He was a little suspicious of her now, but he didn't let it show. Instead, he kept walking. "I suppose it is simply because it is faster and it just helps to make good time and saves the Dragon's energy, though that is not a question I have ever really asked a Rider."
Koga was listening to the two behind her, though more passively. "It's mostly to save time and make sure that all the duties the Rider is assigned to are accomplished on time."
She was, again, not entirely certain what to think of Elora. The girl, though, seemed to be pretending to be someone she wasn't in part. Or maybe she wasn't. Maybe she was just... That inconsistent at times.
Joellal felt stumped by this question. He paused, thinking severely about this. "Well... That's a good question, I suppose.... Maybe because most Rider's only leave the Weyr to go places when necessary? Although, I know there are many who do explore and when they do that, they cannot Between there because they can't visualize their destination..."
Koga nodded, though she remained quiet this time, letting Joellal speak. They were at the Hatching Sands anyways. "Well... Here we are. Nothing too exciting at the moment, but... It will be. Hopefully quite soon at that." She smiled, looking at it, sad, hopeful, and happy all at once, causing a strange, almost serene expression to appear on her face.
"Perhaps my duty should be to explore and improve the relations of the Weyr with the people of the world. Then I can explore and do my duty simultaneously." Elora grinned and skidded to a stop as they entered the Hatching Sands, looking around with a slight look of wonder.
It wasn't ridiculously impressive by Weyr standards. But it was nothing that could be seen in the town Elora had grown up in, and thus she was impressed and slightly awed by it. She shook off the feeling as she looked around, trying to absorb as many details as she can.
"Does anybody know when the next Hatching may be, hmm?"
"Perhaps so. Exploring can be something of importance. Although, I have never heard of anyoen who ahs the specific duty of exploring." Joellal grinned. "I suppose you could make it work, though. You seem to be the rather opinionated and determined kind of person who could accomplish pretty much anything the set their mind to."
Koga smiled, letting her take it all in. Feeling a little bit smug and very proud of what she saw as -her- Weyr. It was her home. Thus, her Weyr.
She seemed to consider the question carefully. "I don't know exactly. But soon, most likely," she answered, smiling. "There is indication that it will probably happen sometime soon..."
Joellal shrugged. He really didn't know. He was kind of just going with the flow at this point, doing what was necessary and moving on, hoping for a dragon and every Hatching and waiting for the next one.
"Opinionated and determined?" Elora repeated the phrase as a question, a small smile on her face. "I like that."
Her gaze shifted off of Joellal for a moment to look at Koga, her own smile growing larger as Koga took on that distant-smiley-pride quality that she had seen on a couple people when showed their house.
Good. Pride in one's place was good. At least, she thought so.
Joellal grinned at her. Well, at least he hadn't insulted her by saying so. In fact, he was rather glad she liked it. Hopefully they were on their way to becoming friends.
Koga grinned. "Well... There are plenty of places to get lost in the Lower Caverns. Maybe we should start there ad work our way up."
"But there is also plenty of opportunity for getting in trouble in certain places," Joellal piped in, frowning. They had to be somewhat careful about what they did, where they went, and who they bumped into.
Until Joellal had said that, the Lower Caverns had sounded dull. Just look at the title.
But as soon as the t-word popped out of Joellal's mouth, a smile slid across Elora's face. What could she do? She had always loved trouble. Not actually getting in trouble, but avoiding it. And you couldn't avoid it unless you faced it head on.
"Trouble? To the Lower Caverns it is, then!" Elora tossed her hair to the side and grinned at Koga. "Lead the way."
Koga frowned at Joellal. "We won't get into trouble. Even if we did, who would catch us? Hm?" She stuck out her tongue at him. The boy frowned at her, but sighed. "Let's go." He wasn't pleased not at all. Not that he could really do anything to dissuade the girl. She was the one who was typically the leader. And she liked to have fun way too much. He just crossed his arms and followed as she turned, her pushing black hair from her face with a smile.
"Alright... So... let's just start at one end and work our way to the other. We will get there eventually. It'll take a little while before we get there, though." Koga walked purposefully, but quickly, heading down into the Lower Caverns. She looked over her shoulder with a grin. "The Lower Caverns aren't particularly impressive... but... attracting a bit of trouble always is!" She hummed briefly, then just started walking again.
"Don't mind her... She's just a little crazy and mischievous sometimes." Joellal shook his head and grinned at Elora. He was serious, though. But Koga was a good kind of person all the same.
Joellal would never forget his first tour of the Weyr under the guidance of some of the weyrborn and searched Candidates... It ended up being so much fun. They had ended up getting into quite a bit of trouble which, at one point, ended with them having to do some extra cleaning after making an absolute disaster in the kitchen... What with some of the running around and games they played.