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 Shadow Patrol, AU:17 [Swithin/Leena]
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It was a request from his Prideleader that saw him switching his patrol day with a handler from another pride so they could deal with something, he couldn’t even recall now what the reason was. Either way he was out on a night he should have been relaxing in his wher hole and it had him rather cross. Why had he even agreed in the first place? Probably because he felt obligated to as the newest member of Epsilon - he had more to prove than the others did. Swisk and Swisk’s prove be best. At least one of them was confident; it was a nice change of pace from how Swisk had been when they were still back in Telgar.

Arriving at the meeting point for patrols he looked around but saw no hint that his partner had arrived before him. “That’s what I get for being early I guess.” With a shrug he sat down on a nearby rock content to wait for her to show up. “Who is it we are meeting again?”

Leesk and His. Swisk’s response came in an uncertain tone and Swithin narrowed his eyes at the blue. “Does that mean something?”

Leesk does not like to be seen. He’d heard as much from a few other whers - Dalibor whers thus far seemed to be fine talking to him. A few were haughty and treated him as if he were useless because of his weak and injured state but overall they were friendlier than those he left behind at his old Weyr. There had been no real complaints about the black wher but from those he talked to it was agreed that he was a tad strange. Swisk was okay with strange but he was unsure how Swithin would react.

“He does not like to be seen? What does that even mean Swisk? He hides? Like he could be here already and I wouldn’t know it?” Eyes turned to scan the surrounding brush and the road leading from the Weyr and the opposite direction. There was no sign of a wher - but being as it was night and the wher in question was black he doubted he’d see Leesk if he in fact did not wish to be seen. No hint of a glowbasket to give away another handler either, odd as he hadn’t been that early. Standing up he gave a little sigh, only to realize his movement had knocked a hide loose from behind his legs. “What in Farnath’s name is this doing here?”

Picking the hide up he lifted his glowbasket to read what it said so he could figure out who he needed to deliver it to once he was back in the Weyr. Imagine his surprise when he learned it was for him.

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Little did the pair realize that Leena and Leesk had arrived well before them... as they usually did, as being the early bird meant more time to find a proper hiding place. She watched as Swithin unrolled the hide she had left for him on the rock, mouthing the words as she watched his eyes scan back and forth across the page, absorbing her measured, but quick, quill-strokes. "Hello," it read, "I can see you, though you probably can't see me. I'm Leena, by the way. I'll be with you during the patrol, even if you can't see me, don't worry." The young woman was currently perched in a tree about 15 feet away from Swithin, her brown pants and shirt blending against the trunk of the tree, her messy black hair blending into the night sky if Swithin happened to look up in her direction, though she carefully shifted her weight so as to make no rustles or creaks. Leesk, on the other hand, was coiled behind a large stone about 10 feet behind the bluepair, his black, blunt-snouted head just peeking over the top of the boulder, observing them silently.

"Go, we'll be close," she said, carefully using the techniques she had taught herself to throw her voice, making her soft, whispering tones seem to originate about 10 feet down and to the right of the tree she perched in.

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Lips moved as he lifted his glowbasket to better read the words sprawled across the hide. When he was finished he re-read it just to let the words sink in properly. Even if you can’t see me. Rolling his eyes he slowly turned in a circle, lowering his glowbasket so his eyes could better adjust to the darkness that surrounded them. When she spoke up his head snapped towards the direction he thought her voice was coming from. ”Shards and shells woman. We are not ‘brats playing a game in the creche.”

Crumbling the hide he stuffed it in one of his pockets before his gaze drifted about once more. Swisk told. Leesk does not like to be seen. Leesk’s does not like to be seen. Told once. Told twice now. He was getting impatient with what seemed to be a lack of understanding on Swithin’s part - the blue told him exactly what to expect so it annoyed him that His was holding things up. Starting ahead on their patrol route regardless of if Swithin followed or not his jarring limp drew the man’s attention. ”Are you hiding because you’re ugly?”, he asked the darkness, musing over what possible reason the other handler might have for hiding. ”Are you very young and not aware that this is considered rude?”

Leesk’s not answer if Swithin rude. Quick to point out His’ lack of social graces the blue earned himself a cold look. ”I don’t care if she thinks I’m rude, she’s hiding in the sharding shadows like a feline ready to pounce. That’s not normal.” Swisk practically hissed in a whisper to the wher as he fell in line behind him matching his slow pace. ”If you’re ugly you don’t got anything to worry ‘bout. Swisk here is ugly as they come and I still love ‘em.” It was unnerving, talking to absolutely nothing but at this point he had no choice unless he could bait his partner into the open. Head turned slightly so he could listen behind them for any snapping twigs or something that would tell him where the woman and her black were.

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Leena stayed stock-still, giving the man no clues to betray her hiding place. Internally, she shook her head... yet another one who didn't understand. "Being unseen is no game, it is safety," came her breathy, whisper-like words, this time sent to 10 feet down and left of the tree, making sure to speak when he was looking away and keep her mouth mostly shut to hide the whiteness of her teeth.

She ignored his jabs... many had tried it before, but the girl had no reason to be unsure of her appearance... she had no one to impress. She honestly wasn't sure if she would be considered ugly or beautiful, though she assumed she was truly neither, as otherwise keeping hidden in a crowd would be much more difficult... she'd had no one in her life to spend much time seeing her true face to tell their opinion of her looks. As the pair finally started moving, Leena slipped out of the tree as silent as a feline, pacing the blue pair as they started moving, using the distracting sounds of the nighttime wilds, enhanced by Swithin's hypervigilance, to disguise the sounds of her own movements, waiting for the hiss of a tunnelsnake or the buzz of a vtol to move Swithin's attention elsewhere when she had to move from cover to cover. Leesk did the same, having a much easier time of it with his low-slung body and black coloration.

Seeing that the blue pair weren't going to be moving very quickly, Leena and Leesk forged ahead silently, scouting ahead to help out their new partners. After a long time of no response from the woman or her wher, Swithin would eventually see something glowing in the distance, and if he approached, he would find a small scattering of glows outlining a set of deep wher tracks... fresh, and probably at least an iron, maybe even a bronze. The tracks were much too fresh to be from a Weyr wher, since himself and Leena were the only handlers assigned to be out in this area at this time.

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Kicking a rock he continued along trying his best to keep his opinions to himself. Unfortunately for the other handler Swithin didn’t have much in the way of tact or patience. ”Safety from what exactly? Me? What do you think I’m going to do to you? Shards, you’re probably one of those holdless they let in all the time. Used to sneaking around and stealing to live. This is a Weyr. We work together and we don’t steal or hide like children when we are scared or uncertain.” Swisk shook his head some as his handler tried to handle things in his own way - the blue knew it was pointless, if the other pair wanted to be seen then they would be.

Leesk be good tonight? He asked the black, just because he couldn’t see him anywhere didn’t mean he should be completely ignored. Unless of course that’s what the other wher really wanted, in which case Swisk was content to patrol quietly. Picking up the pace when he spotted the soft glow ahead he stiffened until he realized it wasn’t a present threat, just signs that one might be near.

”And I’m supposed to now believe this is what you need to be kept safe from, right? Dalibor is on good terms with the wild whers,” well most of them at least, ”probably one of the friendlier ones come to say hello. A wild blue sired a clutch that’s hardening on the sands, or did you not know that because you stay hidden all the time?” Looking at the size of the print he knew it wasn’t the blue sire but that didn’t matter at the moment, he was fixated on the hidden woman. She was absolutely frustrating, even if he couldn’t figure out why.

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As Swithin continued to rant and (fruitlessly) attempt to draw Leena out with accusations against her character and insults, the blackhandler continued her scouting ahead of the slower pair, moving to attempt to further track the wher after finding its tracks... from the foot position, it wasn't any wher she recognized as friendly to the Weyr, so she wanted to find it and draw it away if necessary.

In reply to Swisk's mental call, Leesk's quietly replied, "Yours very loud, talk too much. Draw attention. Cause problems." The nervousness in the black's mindvoice was crystal clear, even if his location was the opposite.

Suddenly, Swithin's questions finally got a response... but it wasn't from Leena or Leesk. A loud, annoyed grunt preceded the appearance of a massive bronze wher from a mass of thick foliage, the creature's hide covered in scars, his shoulders massive and his front feet pointed inwards... clearly the source of the prints from earlier. Its one good eye swirled red as it locked its gaze onto the bluepair, clearly feeling the two were violating its territory, and it roared in rage as it prepared to charge, the end of its tail, covered in strange spines, whipping back and forth as it pawed the ground aggressively.

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Not talk so much if could see Leesk’s. Swisk was quick to defend His even if he fully understood that Swithin was being a tad ridiculous. It just wasn’t normal for someone to want to be hidden all the time. A wher he could understand, but for that wher to have bonded to someone almost exactly like him seemed strange. Leesk’s not lonely? His was, even if he didn’t ever mention it. He didn’t need to - Swisk knew everything he had been before he chose the man and everything he had become. There was one time the man had found himself no longer alone and he was happy but then… well now they were at Dalibor and none of that really mattered.

Attention was drawn away from his mostly one-sided conversation with the black when a thick bronze, clearly a wild one, appeared from the brush. Pushing Swithin to the side Swisk let out a snarl as if he felt he were capable of taking the beast down himself. Watch the tail, looks like this one’s been around a few turns. There was no point in trying to talk Swisk down, he knew that his blue would die fighting the bronze if needed in order to protect him; Swisk seemed to be the only one not fully aware of his physical limitations. Drawing the knives he wore on his hip his stance widened and he shouted, ”Git! Go on! You know better, there’s nothing for you here!”

For the first time since coming to Dalibor Swithin was beginning to wonder if it was such a great idea. He wasn’t entirely sure he wanted to die surrounded by strangers.

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"Leesk built for hiding. Not built for fighting. Leesk's good at hiding. Almost good as Leesk. If Leesk's in danger, Leesk have to defend, so if Leesk's hides, Leesk's not get in danger, Leesk not have to defend. Good that Leesk's like hiding," answered the black matter-of-factly in his quiet mindvoice. "Leesk's not lonely, Leesk's always around others, even if they no know she there. If they know Leesk's there, they try to find Leesk's, not accept Leesk's. Leesk's no need that, Leesk's has Leesk," continued the black.

After interrupting the conversation, the bronze scraped the loamy earth at his feet with his front paw, noticing his challenge was accepted when the blue and his faced off against him, rather than retreating from his territory. The massive creature's muscles flexed as its front paws dug into the earth, only for its aggressive roaring to interrupted by a quiet *thwip* from somewhere behind Swisk and Swithin, and a blur flying past the bluepair right at the charging bronze. The king's roar was instantly changed into a howl of pain as it fell forward in a pile, spiked tail thrashing angrily as it writhed upon the forest floor, finally standing to reveal a wooden arrow fletched with wherry feathers sticking out of his damaged eye. The arrow was not sunk deep enough to cause any further harm to the already-ruined orb, and the the bronze was hissing and grunting as it attempted to remove the painful irritant from its face.

If Swithin looked at the source of the arrow, he would see a young woman, raven hair hanging loosely and a bit wildly around her head, dark makeup around her eyes and wearing a dark grey shirt and slacks over her pale skin, black wherryhide boots covering her feet. She sat in the boles of a tree, one knee up to brace her back arm and the other in front of her braced on a branch, a bow in her hands and another arrow already nocked, her sight lined up along the shaft in the direction of the struggling wild king. Before the tree crouched an almost serpentine black wher, eyes flashing quickly between fear-yellow and aggression-red, his wide, flat wings extended out of his sides to make himself appear bigger, clearly only there in case something went wrong. "Run, while he is distracted," she told Swithin, not bothering to hide the source of her breathy, whispery voice, "I will keep his attention and draw him away, then disappear. He will not find us... he never has."

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Neither was equipped to take on the bronze and yet they were ready to do so only for it to no longer be necessary. A well placed arrow through the eye sent the bronze into a frenzy but acted as a fine distraction for the blue and his handler. Head whipped around in the direction the arrow had come from and he couldn’t help but smirk even in light of the danger he was currently in. ”So you’re not ugly at all.” Nodding to the other handler respectfully he heeded her warning, breaking into a sprint to put some distance between himself and the injured bronze. Once His was clear Swisk broke into a jarring trot behind him, continuing on their patrol path since it would lead them back to the Weyr just as fast as turning back would have.

Hand-lers not like whers. Need others. Whers need others too, some-times. Swisk gently pointed out to the younger wher as he retreated. Having nearly a decade on the black he had been around long enough to see even the most antisocial of beasts - human or wher - break at some point to seek out companionship. It was not a matter of if but of when. Still it was not the blue’s place to question how Leesk or His felt; he was just as intrigued by the pair as Swithin was even if His had an odd way of showing it. Leesk and Leesk’s be careful.

Finally slowing once a few dragons lengths were between himself and where they had left the bronze he caught his breath while still moving forward, just in case. A sharp whistle sounded out and he looked around for any signs his patrol partner was keeping up. The weyr wall was visible up ahead and he dreaded the report he’d have to file once he returned from his patrol. Paperwork wasn’t his strong suite but he knew his prideleader would want to know about the sighting and the bronze’s aggression. Casting a glance at his blue he shook his head, ”Don’t you go tellin’ everyone we had our butts saved by a girl.”

Leesk’s strong, not girl girl. No shame in save by.

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If Leena responded to Swithin's compliment, it wasn't in any way visible to the man before he had made his retreat, and Leesk similarly gave no reply to the wher side of the pair, beyond a slight pulse of thanks at his desire for the blackpair to be careful. Noting that the bronze was still concerned with the arrow in his eye, Leena relaxed her bowstring and quickly dropped from branch to branch until she alighted silently onto the ground, then quickly ran around to the beast's rear. Nocking the arrow in her hand once more, she planted it at high speed into the rump of the wild king, causing yet another roar of enraged pain from the massive wher as it spun quickly to face this new threat. Finally catching the shaft of the arrow between two of his toes firmly enough to rip it free from his shattered eye, blood spattering across the loamy ground, the scarred bronze's good eye swirled red with rage as it looked at Leena, roaring a challenge at the apparent source of its pain. Leena took this moment of loud bravado to beat a hasty retreat, moving in a way designed to purposefully leave deep tracks and broken plant stalks for a short distance before switching to her standard stealth once more, giving the wild bronze a short path to investigate in this direction while she stealthily doubled back behind him to retreat back in the direction of the Weyr. Finding Leesk waiting, she quickly lie atop him, his low-slung body disallowing her from riding him sitting up like a normal wher, and the much faster black moved the pair silently through the trees in the direction Swithin and Swisk had gone back along the patrol route.

It wasn't long before the blackpair picked up the path of their companions, considering their rush to flee and Swisk's injury made their progress quite obvious. Coming up silently behind the pair as they stood in a clearing, Leena smoothly dismounted Leesk and split off from her bonded, Leena moving into the treeline to the left of the bluepair, Leesk to the right. Hearing Swithin's statement to his blue, Leena's mouth twisted into an exasperated smirk as her eyes rolled a bit, and she threw her voice a bit to her left as she quietly replied, "You were my patrol partner, so I kept you safe, just as I'm sure you would have should a threat you were better equipped to deal with threatened me. I meant no harm to your ego."

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Her voice coming from the left made him look right, though he doubted he would catch sight of her he felt he was catching onto her tricks. Casting his eyes around he tried to pick her out of the surrounding vegetation but failed to draw her figure from the shadows. Crossing his arms over his chest he shook his head, ”Can’t save a shadow, only thing that does much to it is the light. Good thing you’re a handler then, hm?” A crooked grin settled on his face and he added, ”My ego isn’t bruised by you coming to the rescue. Just don’t want everyone in the Weyr chatterin’ on about me like they did back at Telgar.”

It had never been so much that they talked about him but rather they whispered about Swisk. The blue knew it and didn’t let it get to him despite how His felt about it all. It irked the man to no end to know that others judged Swisk so harshly over things he could not control. Dalibor, for the most part, seemed different in that regard. Still he hadn’t been there too long so there was a distinct chance he had yet to catch on to the whispers. ”How long you been around Dalibor?” He wondered if she would keep her past just as hidden as she kept herself or if she would be up for talking some.

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Even as the bluehandler's eyes passed directly over Leena's location, the blackhandler remained invisible, only shifting her muscles to prevent cramps when she wasn't being directly observed, and only shifting where it would make the slightest noise when there was a sound from the surrounding forests to mask it. Still throwing her voice, she answered, "I'm very good at remaining unseen, but no one is perfect. And my time spent being good at not being seen means I'm not very adept when a situation arises when I am seen... if one of those occasions arises, I am certain you will be there to help me just as much as I was there to help you." No matter what the girl's faults were, it was clear overconfidence was not one of them, as she obviously understood her shortcomings. Shifting her throat to throw her voice to another location, she added, "I don't speak to people very often... as you're finding, it is difficult for people to speak to me without trying to find me, and so it is difficult to find someone who actually wishes to focus on speaking to me, rather than needing to distract themselves with a need to see me, as well. So, you have no need to worry about any 'chatter' coming from me... if you would like, I'll even let you make our report, to spin the tale however you see fit."

When he suddenly started asking personal questions, Leena paused... this was usually a tactic of people who wished to find her, trying to distract her with talking about herself so they could try to track down her location... they generally had no true interest in the answers, they just wanted her talking. The man seemed mostly harmless, so she supposed she would answer this question... though if he didn't get her hint to stop trying to find her and instead focus on what she was saying as if her answers were actually worth paying attention to, she would do what she always did and silently leave, letting the bluehandler figure out eventually that he was talking to himself. "I was born in Dalibor," came her quiet response, her throat shifting her voice to yet another location.

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Finding a fallen branch just off the path he turned and with a small jump sat himself upon it. One hand rubbed against the back of his neck as he glanced around - for her or just to ensure there were no more surprises it wasn’t clear. Staring at the outer weyr wall he nodded some, ”Impressed Leesk here then too I take it? Sounds a bit droll. Didya do something bad and decide to go on the lamb for life to avoid facing it?” It’s all he could figure with what little he knew about the other handler. Wanting to stay in the shadows and never be seen just seemed so odd; given she wasn’t terribly disfigured as far as he’d noticed in his brief glimpse of the young woman he was betting on her having done something bad. Maybe she had killed someone or she’d broken so many hearts she’d decided to just hide from everyone to avoid hard feelings.

The possibilities weren’t endless but there were a few of them and he was interested to see if he could figure her out - it was the next best thing to getting her to come out of wherever she was hiding.

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So, it appeared the man was interested in more than just hunting her down to prove something... at least, he didn't seem to actively be hunting down her location. So, she'd give him the benefit of the doubt, for now. "No, I Impressed him at Southern Weyr. I visited there with others to gather Infirmary supplies after the Storm of All Passes left Dalibor's supplies thin." Rolling her eyes, despite the fact that he couldn't see her do it, she continued, "And no, I haven't done anything wrong. I hide because I'm good at it, and because it keeps me safe, and therefore leaves Leesk at less risk. I'm honestly unsure why you seem to have so much trouble accepting that I do something because I enjoy doing it." This last sentence was said with an edge of irritation to her voice, showing the annoyance the bluehandler's attempts to make up some salacious reason for her stealth was causing the young woman.

From his hiding place across the clearing, Leesk sent to Swisk, "Leesk's is getting upset, and will probably leave soon. Yours very rude," giving the blue wher a warning he could send to his handler if he so chose, considering the man seemed quite dense when it came to understanding how to talk to Leena... the blue had been polite, and deserved this much, Leesk figured.

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It wasn’t that he couldn’t understand the desire to not be bothered by every T’om, Dich, and Harriette on Pern because he did. Rarely had Swithin desired to be the center of attention - the exception being when he’d put his hat in the ring for one of the ‘master positions. Taking care of wherlings or even candidates was different though, he wanted that because he felt he would be good at it - that he could offer something substantial by taking up one of the positions. Attention wasn’t something he actively sought. People, overall, were a load of wherry dung but even he understood that there were very, very few people who were meant to live isolated and alone. Humans did best when they worked together and for that reason alone he found himself perplexed and somewhat annoyed by the woman’s insistence that there was nothing more to her hiding in the shadows outside of her being good at it. ”Because people need other people in their lives.” Shrugging Swithin pushed himself off the log and continued along the path towards the Weyr. There was nothing to figure out about her, she was no grand mystery as she suspected she might be. For all he thought it was strange she seemed to sound convinced that what she was doing was the right thing and she was happy that way, ”Seems a bit foolish to come to a Weyr where you’re forced to work with others if the long and short of it is you just don’t want to be around others. Say I’m wrong all you want but one doesn’t just hide away in the shadows and still claim to want company. If you want to be alone then it seems silly to be here rather than tucked off in a cothold somewhere where you can be alone, hide, and be forgotten.”

Kicking a rock he watched it bounce before he lifted an arm and waved it, not looking back. ”Thanks for saving my hide. If you ever find you need something I’m sure you’ll find me, since I have no intention of wasting my time trying to find you.” If she wanted to be a shadow, wanted to be forgotten then he was all too happy to oblige. Wasting his time trying to get to know someone who didn’t want to be known wasn’t on his agenda - he could waste his time doing other things that didn’t give him a headache.

Swisk’s not mean to be rude. Just no understand. Leesk’s confusing. Swisk’s want to be friends but no know how can when Leesk’s hides. Swisk’s thinks Leesk’s is rude, playing games thinks funny seeing Swisk’s talk to air. Sorry if Leesk’s upset.

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Leena's pale face became slightly red as the bluehandler continued to speak, her feelings a strange combination of anger and sadness. She thought that maybe, just maybe, Swithin might understand... that he might care enough to realize what she needed... someone who would respect her enough to just listen and accept her need to not be seen. But he was just like the others... he didn't want her around unless he could see her. Her looks were more important to him than her mind, and so she and Leesk vanished without a word to the bluehandler or his wher... he would never see her again.

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