A Date for Drinks

Ista Weyr - Sable Sands(#3306RJM)
The Sable Sands, Ista's place for relaxation and entertainment in a child-free environment, stretches out before you. Once an old ground-access weyr, the place has been turned into a nightclub catering to riders and weryfolk alike. Dark shadows drift over booths that line one wall, the conversations and actions of the booths' occupents afforded some small sense of obscurity and privacy from the rest of the bar. Glossy black tables and chairs are scattered across the middle of the floor before the stage that sits opposite the main doors, while a long bar lines the opposite wall from the booths. The bar is a fine piece of furniture, its brass fittings shining bright and wood polished to a fine sheen. Brass-legged barstools covered in soft black leather are pulled up to its counter, often crowded as still other patrons push up to it to make their orders. Tropical plants fill in the corners, their huge pots set on rollers so they can be pulled outside during the day. A discrete sound system can be found recessed in the walls, piping either recorded or live music as the day dictates to every corner of the club.
A wide selection of wines, spirits and juices can be ordered from the barstaff, and a constant pot of klah is kept brewing. Towards the end of the bar, a large machine can be seen, its copper fittings gleaming in the light - a klappachino machine for those with more 'refined' tastes.

It would seem that L'ton is waiting for someone, for the bronzerider has staked out what may arguably be one of the best booths in the Istan bar, and its there that he's slid around to leave plenty of space for this person to join him, and a pair of new drinks sit untouched before him. His gaze is constantly scanning the bar, and he taps fingers absently against the table.

M'iken isn't that late is she? So she'd taken a lot longer to get dressed today in the way that she wasn't entirely comfortable wearing a dress on Meluth's back down from the weyr and ultimately decided on wearing shorts under the dress. But it took a while for her to come to that conclusion. When she finally appears, she's wearing a nice and simple brown sundress and her usual pair of leather sandals. Her hair isn't any different than normal either, so she wouldn't be surprised if L'ton were mad at her for being late. Didn't change her smile though when she finally spots him at the booth. She makes her way over with a shy wave. Dresses are not her usual affair. "Sorry I'm late." She says in apology. "I just wasn't sure how to get down here in a dress. Honestly I don't know how anyone pulls it off."

Perhaps of course, L'ton was a bit early. Or, perhaps it was a combination of the two. Looking her over, a huge smile crosses his face, and he hurriedly shakes his head. "It ain't nothing sweetheart. Ya look gorgeous, t'was well worth the wait." Scooting over a bit more in invitation, he rests his arm across the top of the booth, gaze still glued to her, as he shakes his head. "Ah dunno, but ya make it look wonderful, whatever ya had ta do ta get down here in it." The drink is slid towards her carefully, and he finally tears his gaze away to glance down at his lap, before he's stealing another look at her.

The smile that crosses her weyrmates' face is enough to ease any slight fear Mai might have had over him being mad at her. And of course the natural reaction is that her smile becomes a bit brighter. "Thanks. I feel kind of silly though. I don't usually wear dresses, it was just so pretty though that I couldn't /not/ get it." She sighs as she scoots in close to him and takes a sip of the offered drink. "Nice to be able to hide behind the table though. I actually feel like my legs are too long." She gives him a little grin then before leaning over to give him a quick kiss.

L'ton smiles right back, dropping his arm over her shoulders and returning the kiss. "What? Ah think that yer long legs make ya even prettier. Ah bet ya'd look stunning in a skirt, though then Ah'd be fighting everyone off ya." Winking at her, he reaches for his drink, taking a slow sip before tracing his finger through the ring of water left on the table, looking sidelong back at her. "Maybe Ah should take ya ta get some new dresses. Gotta have something nice ta wear when Mel's eggs hatch, after all."

M'iken grins at him. "Well then, maybe I /should/ wear a skirt. I have this little thing where i like you a little jealous over me." At least she's honest about it. She sips her drink a little and surveys the area, quite likeing the music that's being played. The offer to get her more dresses though has her blanching at the thought. "Thanks, but I think one dress is plenty fine." She takes another sip of her drink and puts it down on the table, but keeps her hand on it so it has something to do. "I can always wear this dress to the hatching. I'll blend in with the sand a tiny bit and I'll match my darling lifemate."

"Ah suppose Ah could deal with that. Ya put up with meh, so Ah can just make all of them jealous too, when Ah sweep ya off yer feet and cart ya away in front of them." He smirks just a bit, pouting as she blanches. "But sweets.. Ya look stunning. Will ya at least maybe think about it?" He looks a bit pathetic even as he scoots closer, tightening his arm over her shoulder. "Besides, ya shouldn't worry about me being jealous.. Shards, Ah'm envious that Ysa gets ta spend so much time with ya lately, even." Not that its a logical thing, but.

M'iken smiles at him. "Humm, and it's just too bad that it'll be all too easy for you. Might make someone mad at you rather than jealous." She just continues to smile though, like that's probably busniess as usual for the bronzer. "You get all the girls, or some simillar complaint." She tries to look away as that face starts to look like it's going to come out. "Ah, I'll think about it." She says, though she's not goign to promise to do it by any means, but she'll consider it depending on how inconvinient this dress turns out to be. She looks back at him then when his arm tightens around her, grinning slyly at him. "Humm jealous of Ysa. That's kinda cute. So I can count on you to be jealous if I happen to decide that guy over there is pretty cute?" She jerks her head in a random direction that just happens to have like ten guys in that line of sight. She's just playing anyway.

"Oh, definitely." And guys that happen to be sitting in said random direction are all the recipients of a rather angry glare. And then he's turning to steal a kiss to show to anyone who happens to be looking at his rather spectacular weyrmate. "Well, she's getting ta spend all that time with ya on the Sands, and everything else. Ah dunno.." He shrugs a bit, leaning to rest his head on her shoulder, before turning wide eyes up at her. "Ta bad there's next ta no way that we'll be able be stuck together."

M'iken can't help but laugh at the glare he shoots the guys over there before happily kissing him. "Ah, I don't even know who's over there." And she takes the chance to look, blinking. "Ah! I actually know that guy." She points to a shorter man at the bar. "He's in the tanning craft." She snorts a little with laughter again, greatfull the man wasn't looking their direction, and hides her face in L'ton's hair. "Don't be jealous of Ysa. I'm sure she's been jealous of you this whole time having me over here basically to yourself." Not to mention Ram probably is also. Though these are just assumptions on her part. "And what do you mean stuck together? You me like joined at the hip or something? I think that might put a cramp in your flirting ways." She says with a happy grin.

"Dun keep ya from thinking that they're cute." He teases her, absently running his hand through her hair, before gently rubbing her arm and shaking his head. "Ah just can't help it… Ah mean, ya get ta spend yer time there with them…" He shrugs a bit, before shaking his head. "Ah dun mean ta flirt so much, Ah promise. But.. some of 'em are just so cute, and innocent that.." He shakes his head. A soft sigh, and he's leaning to hide his face in her shoulder, voice dropping to a whisper. "Ah.. Ah ain't suppose ta tell ya, but.. Niah's pregnant. But, she really really wants ya ta be too, so that ya can go through it together. She really thinks yer the sweetest woman ever.. If'n Ah didn't know better, Ah'd be worried she was gonna want ta steal ya away."

M'iken just shakes her head a little at his teasing. "I know you can't help it. Either one. But you know, I'm gonna end up spending time with them one way or another and this is more for Meluth than it is for my wanting to spend time with them. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love being around them, but I miss you when I'm over there." She says that last part softly and then smiles when he tells her about Niah being pregnant. "You know. I was in Ierne the other day, getting a new book to rad from L'ren's shop, and I had lunch with Niah. Did you know she's terrible at keeping secrets?" Ah ha! She already knows! "And you know I honestly feel the same way about her wanting to steal you away from me. And I gotta say, I'm a bit worried. You /do/ really have a thing for the cute innocent ones." She turns her head a bit to kiss the top of his head softly.

"Ah understand, Ah understand. Ah do miss ya a lot when ya're over there, ta. But, Ah know how Dhonzayth is about his eggs, so Ah can't really think that Meluth would be any different. Shards, it seems like he'd be more protective." As she replies about knowing, he sits up looking at her really shocked. "Really? She made this huge thing 'bout me not telling ya, not til ya were pregnant ta, and.." He seems rather shocked, shaking his head with a soft sigh before leaning his head back against her shoulder. "Ah promise, she ain't gonna steal me away. Ah mean, she's cute, but Ah think she's more like a lil sister than anything. Ah mean, Ah feel kinda responsible fer her… Like, Ah need ta make sure that she's taking care of herself, ya know?" He tilts his chin up to catch another quick kiss, before smiling shyly. "Shards, we ain't even slept tagether since a few sevendays before she found out, if'n that makes ya feel better. We normally just sit ta talk. Usually 'bout ya, and what yer like."

M'iken nods lightly. "He takes full inventory of the clutch everytime he visits, checking everything so Ella can relax as much as possible and gossip his 'ear' off. But actually he's very welcoming to everyone who comes onto the sands, quite proud to show off their eggs." She says, a grin on her face, which only grows brighter with the look of shock on L'ton's. "Yeah she broke down and told me. I didn't even think to pry it out of her. didn't even think to ask. We were just talking about Meluth and the fact that he's keeping me from getting anywhere near having a baby myself. And she just about started crying and felt the need to tell me she was pregnant." She leaning back against her shoulder has her smiling at him. "I'm glad. Because this is the only person I can totally see /why/ you would go after her. She's just so.. I just wanna hug her to death everytime I see her." She makes a face at him then at their subject of conversation. "You talk about /me/? There are so many other things you could talk about and you sit around with your adorable little lover/sister bear person and talk about me?" She sounds a bit incredulous, but for some reason she didn't feel the need to not believe him.

L'ton grins, nodding at her tone of voice. "Like Ah said, she's mah lil sister. But, she wants ta know about ya, and us, and Ista, and.." He shakes his head a bit. "She likes ta talk, once she calms down, really. Ah know she's real quiet, but Ah really do just want ta pick her up and squeeze her cause she's adorable." Leaning to nudge her shoulder with his own, he looks at her sidelong. "Besides, Ah can't help it. Ah love getting ta talk about ya, when Ah can. Ah mean.. if'n Ah dun get ta always have ya, at least Ah can always talk 'bout ya right? Ya are mah love." He comments with wide eyes.

M'iken humms a bit and shakes her head. "I don't know if I had a little sister, I don't know if I'd sleep with her." She gives him a little wink then and kisses him quickly. "I /did/ notice that it's a bit easier to get her to talk to me though. I suposse I'll thank you for that. I'd be kind of sad if you got to talk to her and I didn't." Maybe L'ton does have a little bit to fear of this adorable little bluerider stealing his brownrider from him. Not really, but maybe just stealing some of her attention then. "I suposse you can talk about me, but it's embarassing. And I love you too." She says with a silly smile.

"Well, ya didn't grow up with mah family. Hell, Ah's slept with mah cousins." L'ton offers rather cheerfully - sadly though, he's not kidding, though at least they are distant cousins. Giving her another nudge, he tilts his head. "Ya should come ta Ierne with meh, when Ah go check on her next. Maybe ya'll have better luck convincing her that she needs ta eat than Ah do." Taking another sip from his glass, he looks back at her. "Ya do know Ah want ta have a child with ya more than anything else, right?"

M'iken laughs a little. "This is very true." She loved Zipalla very much after all and knows her origins. "I'd love to come, but you know, she was eatting just fine when I saw her." If eatting a little bit was better than eatting nothing at all, then Niah was doing splendidly at the eatting thing. She gives him a softer smile at that last question. "Yeah, I know that very well." And the question earns him a real kiss, for once Mai /really/ doesn't care who sees them.

"Yer the one that fell fer me." He winks at her, before shaking his head. "Ah mean, she'll eat a lil bit, but she's not just eating fer her no more. She's eating fer 2 of 'em. And she's gotta have ta go ta the Healers, ta, even if she doesn't want ta, and Ah dunno if Ah can always make her, though Ah guess it'd be easier when she's at Ista ta." Did Niah tell M'iken that little detail? But then it doesn't matter for he's being rewarded with a real kiss, and he just smiles at her after finally pulling away. "Shards, Mai.. If'n that the reaction Ah get… Ah can't wait fer them eggs ta hatch."

M'iken nods lightly, it's true that she'll ahve to start eatting more substantially. And honestly, despite all the trips she's made to the Healers herself in the last months, she wouldn't have wanted to go either if she were Niah. She blinks a bit though after that lovely kiss. "Wait, she's moving here? Suddenly I'm very happy I spend a lot of my spare time in the weyr or in Xanadu." She says pouts a little but can't help but grin at him. "Ah well, it won't be much different than it always has been. Most every night we're together is plenty a lot. Though maybe in the morning before we go off to the day? A little fun after lunch on those rare and special occasions we managed to sneak off at the same time were pretty fun." You could almost see the cogs whirling in her head as she calculated all the times she could get him in the bed during the day.

"Ah ain't gonna be spending mah nights in Ista in anyone's bed but yers, short of a flight sweetheart. That Ah promise ya." He leans to give her a quick kiss on the cheek. "She just wanted ta make sure someone else she trusted would be 'round, ta help out if she needed it. And Ah think she's real caught up with ya ta, and really wants ya around, and ta be around ya. As much as meh." Reaching for her hands, as awkward as an arrangement as it might be, he smiles at her, giving her hands a squeeze. "It ain't gonna be no different, Ah promise." Though, as she seems to come up with a variety of suggestions, its all he can do to try and keep a straight face, even as he's already leaning closer to her. "Ah think we can still arrange those though, sweetheart." And then he's even resting his chin on her shoulder with a smirk. "Ah could suggest now, if'n yer able ta make it back up ta the weyr in that sexy dress of yers." He murmurs softly, with an arched eyebrow.

M'iken grins at him and squeezes his hands in return. "Well then, good." She says before really smiling. "I'm kind of shocked that she's choosing to be near me of all people. Though I suposse she couldn't have picked anyone much better. Meluth would at the very least coddle her till she's as spoiled as any Holder's youngest daughter." Though the comment itself is kind of rude, she says it in a way that makes it sound endearing. "And you know what, I think since I managed my way down, getting up with probably be easier now taht I know what to expect. Though I don't think this dress counts as sexy." She gives him a grin before moving to scoot out of the booth and drag him back to their weyr.

"Well, /Ah/ think it does, and that's what matters. Ah like seeing yer legs." He mutters, completely caught up in being drug off, and letting the earlier conversation completely slip his mind. One track mind, after all, right? And so he continues to half stare as he's tugged out of the booth, smirking at one of the younger guys who gives him a dirty look, before following quite willingly.

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