Teal Camp, Spring 131
Vedrafe, Kifsina, Karatla and Ganyalis zan-Avei are 12
Aralata zan-Avira and Kitira mi-Avira are also 12
From left to right: Aralata, Karatla and Kifsina
For the six newest adults of Kulo Seeri, this was the first time away from their parents. Teal Camp had been set up outside the village walls for that purpose - they would live together there for a few years, learning to support themselves and each other. At least, that was what the elders said.
From left to right: Ganyalis, Vedrafe and Kitira
The residents of the camp had other ideas.
"We're here to prove ourselves as adults. Sure there'll be lots of work involved," Kitira said to her cousins, "but this is also our best chance to have fun while no one's watching us!"
"That has to be what they want us to do anyway, otherwise they'd have someone out here keeping an eye on us." Vedrafe replied.
So, as soon as the camp's food stores were built up, things got a lot less serious.
They weren't just becoming adults, they were leaving childhood behind. So why not kick little seedballs around and dance when there was no music playing? Getting the kid stuff out of your system has to be part of growing up, right?
No one out here was telling them what to do, anyway.
Aralata and Vedrafe had taken to practising sparring at every possible chance. They were planning to become hunters, so they had to be ready for that...
"What was that for?!"
"Aw, come on, Aralata... you fight like a kitten!"
"This is just training, you know..."
If there's one thing Aralata learned from the exercise, it was that he should never underestimate how hard his cousin was capable of hitting.
Both Vedrafe's brothers were starting to see Kitira in a new way. She wouldn't mind, but she could do with some alone time every now and then.
Kifsina had pretty strange ideas about how courtship worked, anyway... ouch.
It was only the first day, but Ganyalis already seemed like a much better option. Kitira was curious about what he'd look like once he started shaman training and shaved his head.
And she wasn't touching Kifsina with a ten-foot spear after the first time he was on cooking duty. One mouthful of that overcooked glop and it was unanimously decided that it would also be the last time Kifsina got cooking duty.
VT says: The teens are acting on free will nearly all the time here, so there's a lot of spontaneous silliness going on. I have so many pics that this will actually be a three-part post! Updates from Teal Camp will be coming in between other story updates though, there are loads of other things going on in KS that I have to blog about too!
And if you're wondering about the name of the camp and the lack of teal items, well, that is kind of a bad joke on my part... because the elders aren't looking. :P