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Finders keepers [Arc]

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Finders keepers [Arc]

Being dumb. Have Arktask, the green told her handler, even as Arkta slipped from their quarters. The woman offered a grin and a shrug. She didn't care, and Arktask couldn't change her mind. If Arktask didn't want to come, that was fine...but Arkta was going to go make a new 'friend' today. Arktask or not. Don't die. The wher lowered her head, closing her eyes. She trusted Arkta to be fierce enough to succeed, but there was still a hint of frustration in her voice, even as she dozed off.

It was late at night. Arkta left the Weyr proper, passing by the holes in the guard with ease. She knew the patrols relatively well, despite seeming like she didn't care. Even IF she didn't care.

Once she was outside the Weyr, she began her search. She'd found a wher clutch a bit ago, but the eggs had been just laid; by now, they would be hard enough to take home without damaging one of them. What luck, to have discovered them. Bad luck, though, to struggle to find them again. She could have sworn it was by this tree...no, maybe that one?

Oh! There! Was that it?
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If this was the tree, the eggs have since been moved. But there are wher tracks nearby. If Arkta follows them, she'll find the queen wher, sleeping in front of her eggs. There's one that lies near the edge that Arkta just might be able to grab without waking her, if she is very, very careful.
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Could have sworn this was the right tree, she thought to herself, before noting some wher tracks. Slowly, she crept off in that direction, quietly walking through the undergrowth. She was rewarded by seeing a clutch of wher eggs...but they were guarded by a queen. She was sleeping, but would be vigilant around the theft of most of her eggs.

That said, there was a single egg near the edge. Arkta could definitely grab that one without any issues, she was sure of it. Quiet as she could be, she moved towards it. Slowly, slowly...and if she could, she would reach out, her hands moving to grasp the egg. She might even get a chance to lift it...
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Arkta wasn't quite careful enough. The wher woke with a roar and lunged, teeth and claws bared, for the human who had dared to touch her eggs.
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Arkta was gone.

She wasn't practicing with her squad. She wasn't in the Dining Hall. She wasn't in her weyrbowl or the bathing cavern or any of the places she would usually be.

Their last conversation had gone badly. Adora wanted to apologize, to try to make it right, but she couldn't find Arkta anywhere.

Arktask slept alone in their quarters, the last place Adora had come to check. And if Arktask was here...

Wherever Arkta was, she had gone alone.

What if she was in trouble?

"Where's Arkta?" Adora loudly demanded of the sleeping wher.

Wake up, Meilith, she thought in her head. Because if Arkta was in trouble, they might not have much time.

You should be asleep, Adora, Meilith chided mildly, We need to be at our best for practice.

Arkta's missing!

Guarding Arkta is not our duty, Meilith said distantly, but Adora was sure she'd help. Her dragon was dutiful and sometimes distance, but she was a good dragon. Adora had known that from the moment she hatched.
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Arktask opened a single eyelid, looking at Adora with boredom. Arkta-- she began, before a flash of yellow shot through her eyes. Was her handler in actual danger? Surely, Arkta could get past whatever this was. That resiliency was why she'd "chosen" (accepted) Arkta, but there were some things that even Arkta couldn't do... Arkta try steal egg. Is danger! The wher leapt to her feet, ignoring Adora for a moment, before stopping short. Blondie and dragon go save. Arktask wouldn't be fast enough, but she could get there eventually. Running, Arktask took off, to reach Arkta on her own. She couldn't rely on Adora, but maybe, just maybe, Adora could get there first.

Arkta yelped as the gold wher pounced, striking out. She attempted to roll out of the way, falling to the ground. The wher didn't land on top of her, but this was a small blessing, as the wher dug into her. Painfully. "Stop!" she growled, trying to pull herself away from the angry wher. Survival instinct kicked in, but she could do nothing but try to run. If only she could get away. She scrambled backwards, away from the wher, if she was able to dislodge herself.
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The wher was undeterred by Arkta's pleas and it was too fast for her to escape. It growled and lunged again towards Arkta. This one had dared to touch her eggs. There would be no escape for her.
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Despite her unassuming appearance, Adora was fast and strong. But not even the fastest of humans could keep up with a wher. Adora fell behind Arktask quickly, even as she ran at a full sprint.

Arkta's in danger! We have to save her! Adora urged Meilith as hard as she could as she raced for the weyrbowl.

Why would Arkta try to steal a wher egg? She already had a wher and a place at the weyr. Why could nothing Arkta had ever be enough? Was a stolen egg really worth her life?

Arkta would be safe had she kept to our laws, Meilith repeated. She didn't understand her rider's attachment to this handler, who caused her nothing but pain and frustration, It is not our place to save her. We should inform the authorities and let them decide on a proper plan of rescue.

It'll take too long! She could be hurt! Or worse. We have to save her. There is no one else. Please, Meilith! We have to go!

And what if we can't survive whatever mess Arkta's gotten into this time? You're letting your emotions blind you, Meilith said. She didn't intend to be cruel, but the rules existed for a reason. It wasn't a kindness to let Adora run into danger thoughtlessly.

Well I'm going, with or without you, Adora said. If she couldn't take a dragon, she'd try to get Arktask's attention. And if she couldn't do that? She'd find a runner. Whatever it took to save Arkta.

This truly is the height of foolishness, Meilith sighed. But she owed a duty to her rider too. She didn't doubt her rider would charge in on her own, with nothing but a knife and a runner. She lunged from her ledge.
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Arkta scrambled backwards...directly into a tree. She couldn't avoid the wher much longer, as the wher attacked her. She lifted an arm in front of her face, as she flinched, preparing herself for the pain.

Arktask thought quickly, relaying the visual information about Arkta's whereabouts to Meilith and Adora. Could they use the visuals to between there? Maybe not. But visions of Arkta trying to scramble away from the gold would appear in the minds of the two, regardless. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Arktask grumbled. She could only hope that Arkta wasn't too far to reach in time...

Yes! Stupid! I'm sorry, just get over here! Arkta thought, and then the wher was upon her.
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Adora knew better than to ask Meilith to between based off what Arktask saw. Whers didn't see as dragons and humans did. It was dangerous. But this wasn't Artask's vision. This was Arkta's. And that they could use.

The green pair appeared right above Arkta. Meilith lunged for the wher, reaching for her with her claws. The gold was big for a wher and Meilith was small for a dragon, but still, Meilith was big enough to push the wher off Arkta.

"Run, Arkta!" Adora shouted.

Don't...don't kill her, okay? She was just trying to protect her eggs. Let's just get Arkta and go between before she can follow.
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As the wher tore into her arm, Arkta gave a shrill shriek. For all her toughness, for all her preparation, she hadn't expected it to hurt like that. Blood. Why was there blood? Her shoulder hurt, her arm hurt. She'd take inventory of the pain later...if she even survived. She closed her eyes, waiting for it to end, one way or another.

And then, the wher was off of her.

Well, Adora didn't have to say that twice. Arkta scrambled away from the wher, towards the safety of the woods. Adora could grab her, hopefully, but for now, she just wanted to get as far as possible. Her legs still worked. She could still run, so run she did. Dumb, dumb. She wasn't thinking straight, and just ran, for the moment. If Adora and Meilith retreated to land beside her, she'd quickly scramble onto the dragon. She'd consider how she felt about her savior once she reached safety.

"Let's get out of here!" she yelled.
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