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Teja son of Tagila ([personal profile] ostro_goth) wrote2017-04-30 05:08 pm

OOM: In Gotland with Bodhi Rook

It is spring in Gotland, the fields are tilled, and the livestock have young. There is more land under the plough now than in earlier years, as the homestead's children are growing up and can help till the earth, and the horses, pride and joy of the Goths living here, roam wide pastures with their young.

The barrow-hill by the sea is the only land not being worked now, circled by a fence to keep the sheep away, with a small gate for visitors to the special place where the kings from the south-lands lie in eternal slumber.

But with this barrow-hill, visiting goes both ways. As Teja opens the door, Bodhi and he are standing on the hillside, overlooking the fields and pastures, and the large longhouse in which Teja's friends live. It has been expanded since his last visit, and is almost a hall now, with out-buildings and stables and workshops, and many children about.

A group of them is sitting on the fence and staring at them as they appear.

"That is the king," an older boy with a hat explains to some of the younger ones, and they are awed, and slowly approach uphill.
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[personal profile] imthepilot 2017-04-30 03:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Bodhi hefts the small bag he's carrying. He doesn't own much, barely the clothes he arrived in, but the bar made sure he had a couple of changes of clothes, a small stash of his favourite spices and a notebook for writing down what he learns. Apparently keeping a diary can help. Or so he's told.

Myrrh struts along at his side, utterly in her element. As she is everywhere.
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Bodhi unconsciously takes a half step back, putting himself behind Teja.
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"Myrrh is her own person." Bodhi answers softly. "You'd have to ask her. She'll let you know if she doesn't want to be patted."
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Myrrh looks her up and down before accepting the little girl's adoration and worship. As is her right as a cat.

Bodhi nods as Myrrh presses into the girl's pats.
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"Kittens?" He asks Teja, not having heard the word before.
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"Oh." He colours, slightly embarrassed not to know that. "I see. How old are they?"
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Bodhi's spent most of his adult life flying from place to place, adjusting to different worlds with their different cycles. "How long is the lunar cycles here? Compared to the day cycle?" He can calculate it easy enough that way.
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Bodhi listens with fascination, his pilot's mind calculating sizes and distances based on the numbers the child gives him. "Thank you. That's very helpful. Do you have many young animals at the moment?"
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"I'd be very grateful. If you'd show me?" Bodhi asks politely, and a little stutteringly. He's feeling a little overwhelmed already.
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"Where I'm from, we do something like that. A cup of water. I came from a very dry place. Water was precious so we offered it to our guests." He explains.

He stops to admire the lamb. Such a strange, fluffy creature.
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Bodhi starts to say something but then he has arms full of lamb. The smell is odd, oily and strange but warm too. It baaaaas at him, but not in protest, it would seem.
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"Hello." Bodhi looks at it's sideways eyes. He puts the lamb down, passing it to one of the children as they greet the man. "I'm Bodhi." He introduces himself, hoping it's in custom.
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[personal profile] imthepilot 2017-05-02 03:22 am (UTC)(link)
Bodhi looks to Teja, unsure how to answer about where he's from. "I... I came from a desert. We didn't have sheep."

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