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Homecoming [Fel]

The spires of High Reaches, where bronzes used to sit and secure their thrones. The wind is cold and the silence is sometimes overwhelming.
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The last time Riku had set foot in High Reaches, he had still been a candidate, bitter and disappointed over watching his best friends in the world Impress without him. He'd thought he'd only be gone a few sevendays- time enough to clear his head. Instead it had been nearly two turns and he came back as a rider.

He hoped his friends were as he remembered them. He hoped he was still as they remembered him and that all that had lay between them wasn't lost forever.

So this is where you come from, huh? Taissath asked as she glanced around, It's very...mountain-y. And kind of cold for spring.

It's not home, Riku said. Home was still their little cothold by the sea, where they'd grown up and explored together, But it is where my friends are. I can't wait for you to meet them.
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Kairi had spent the past few sevendays in a melancholic miasma. Sora had gone—she wasn't even sure where, just "onward to another adventure"—and despite having other friends, she felt as though a large part of her heart was missing. Neither Sora nor Riku was around any more. After everything, she'd just been left behind. Again. She and Shiloth both, never really able to keep up with the adventures everyone else went on.

Shiloth was watching the sky, lying on the Fireheights. They weren't on watch duty, but she liked to be out here anyway. It was where she could at least imagine that she might be going on some grand journey to discover new things.

I wonder who that is? she asked, spotting a white appear from Between. The pair was too distant to identify the rider.

Kairi squinted at the white. Not sure. Someone visiting from another Weyr, I expect.
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Was that...Kairi? It had to be. The dragon's markings looked like hers. That was the red of her hair. She was far away and didn't see him yet but...Riku was sure it was her. Shards it was good to see her again. It wasn't their island, but as long as he had his friends and his dragon, maybe it was still home.

He stood up in his riding straps and gave her a large wave. He wasn't sure she saw him yet but she'd be happy to see him too...wouldn't she? Kairi and Sora had to have missed him too and not moved on without him, right?

Taissath landed and looked at Kairi and her white, So...you ARE Kairi, right? Where's the spiky haired one?

"Yes. That's Kairi," Riku said, an uncharacteristically bright smile on his face. Faranth, he'd missed his friends.
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Kairi smiled brightly at the sight of her friend. He'd been gone for what felt like a lifetime, even though she knew it had only been a couple of years. "Only". As though it wasn't still a substantial length of time in either case.

"Riku! I'm so glad you're back!"

She waited for him to dismount, wanting to hug him to make sure that he was really back. At long last, maybe things were going to go back to normal. Back to the way that they should be.

"Sora's... gone. He wanted to go somewhere new, he said. Go on an adventure..."
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"Kairi!" Riku reached over to give her a brief, awkward hug. He wasn't really a hugger. But shards it had been so, so long. And it was such a relief that she was happy to see him too.

Sora though...Riku's heart sank as he heard that Sora was gone for real. He had abandoned them, gone onto bigger and better things without them. Perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise. Sora had always been bright and happy and looking for the next great adventure,

It still hurt. And leaving Riku behind was one thing, but Kairi was bright and sweet and happy too. Why would Sora have just LEFT her?

"Well it's okay," Riku tried to shrug it off. Because he was a rider and was supposed to be tough now and Kairi was probably upset enough already without him getting all weepy about it, "We'll just have to have our own adventures without him and make him sorry he's missing them."

Adventuring alone is lame anyway, Taissath rolled her eyes. She didn't know Sora from anything but her rider's memories. But it bothered him so she should probably try to help.

She wondered if that was how her own friend was feeling now that she'd left him. Her and Langeth had always been there for each other. Shards- why couldn't Riku's friends have just come to Fort? Taissath didn't know anyone in High Reaches. This was going to suck.
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Kairi smiled faintly. She could always count on Riku to try to one-up Sora in some way or other. She supposed in this case she was certainly glad of it. Just to have him back here again was a relief. It felt like it had a long time since she'd smiled simply because someone was there, and yet there she was doing just that.

Oh, sure, there were plenty of other things in the world to be glad about. Shiloth was one of them. But none of those other things were the friends she'd known just about her entire life.

"We will. I promise. So you'd better promise too."

She glanced up at Taissath. The other white was right, of course. Adventures were far better enjoyed with one's friends.
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"Of course I promise! I'll never leave you behind again," Riku said. He had left his friends to become a candidate and Impress a dragon and it had been worth it. But now all the important parts were done and he'd much rather be a rider and go adventuring with Kairi. Sora was already gone. Maybe he'd gotten the idea from watching Riku. Would he have brought Riku and Kairi along if it had still been the three of them, as it always was supposed to be? "And if we need to leave again, we can go together. We both have dragons now! We're riders! We can do anything!"

Well...not really. You can't fly or breathe fire or go between. Humans can't do a lot of things when you think about it. Although you do have those thumbs which are pretty nifty, Taissath observed.

"But we have you who can do those things. And you're a part of us, right?" Riku asked.

Taissath shrugged, Not really. But yeah- I'll help you out. We're friends.
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Kairi looked away momentarily, glancing over at Shiloth. "I'm... actually not so sure Shiloth and I are going to be up for much in the way of adventures," she admitted quietly. The white still couldn't fly very far, and it was probably a good thing she'd been destined for Healer's Wing in any case. She couldn't imagine the pair of them managing to make it through a Threadfall, or even a part of one.

But we are all definitely friends, Shiloth agreed.
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"Oh," Riku said. He hadn't even thought of that. Shiloth had been a fragile hatchling but she was a dragon. Riku had always thought she'd outgrow it, "Sorry Kairi. I didn't..."

It seemed after all this time, and getting a dragon of his own, Riku still couldn't keep from saying exactly the wrong thing. Why did he have to be so stupid?

"Well we can make our own adventures near here," Riku tried, "I bet there are lots of cool parts of this weyr no one's explored in centuries."

Staying in the weyr didn't sound nearly as fun. The whole idea felt like something Sora would have said. But he was going to figure out how to be a better friend. It was just the two of them now. Sora had left. So maybe he wasn't so great a friend after all, "And of course we're friends."

Well...maybe you guys are. I just met you people. Don't make this weird, Taissath huffed. She didn't declare friendship to strangers. Because she was NORMAL.
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