Almost got a character post done. I'll edit it in here later today.
Here it is.
Looking back behind him, Leonan glanced at a small group of teens. A rowdy group, they were standing together, joking amongst themselves as they occasionally let out a remark telling him to keep going. Shaking his head in annoyance, the young adult called back in a harsh tone. "Quiet, guys! You'll scare the kriffid." His fellows burst into short laughter again, but they did cease some of their mocking. Leonan was glad he could finally focus on the task at hand. In front of him, a small group of kriffid were grazing in their pen, floating just above the luftshroom moss. He stood just outside that pen, pulling his coat tighter and straightening his vest as he built his confidence. His clothing was good quality, plain but finer than what the others wore. Leonan was fairly tall, just a bit more so than his fellows, and just slightly muscular. His dark black hair was medium length and well groomed, his bangs resting just above his brown-grey eyes. He calmed himself. It was just a matter of timing, that was all.
As he picked out the correct kriffid, he gave just a bit of thought about why he was following through with this stupid bet. He wasn't terribly sure why he agreed to it, really. Earlier they'd been hanging around, him and a few friends. Not the best of friends, but in a town this size you knew most everyone, at least a bit. One of them, soon to be a rancher no doubt, started talking about a kriffid in one of the riding herds. It was proving difficult to break in, which meant they'd have to go about it the good old way. A hundred foot free fall. Normally, it should be an experienced ranch hand doing this. But once the discussion began, naturally they started bragging and taunting. Boys will be boys. They were surprised though, when with a confident smile, Leonan Habbayo stated outright he could do it.
Spotting the right one wasn't too hard. It had fairly distinctive fur, and it was slightly away from the rest. Leonan crept towards it, calmly, moving around the other kriffid in the pen. It was dusk, and the sun was just starting to set. He'd have to work fast, as his parents didn't want him out too late the day before his Trials. Tomorrow, he'd finally be given his job, which meant officially joining the family business. Habbayo Contracting. They handled all the construction and renovation in Hinden, and they'd been doing it for generations. Like his father before him, Leonan was always expected to go into construction. It was a good job, of course; his family had one of the tallest houses in town. There was never much of a choice about it though, Leonan was the family heir and that was that. Leonan shook off his thoughts. Even if he wanted to try something else, it was a bit late now. Nineteen years of living, and tomorrow was assignment day.
Getting on to the kriffid was the easy part. Which wasn't saying much, as it didn't take too well to someone on top of it, as he'd heard, and he hadn't ridden a kriffid in some time now. He really preferred windboarding, probably because boards complained less. While he really should have asked the others for help, he doubted they'd be much help with how much they were laughing at him. The other guys probably didn't even think Leo would be dumb enough to go through with it. Nudging it over to the side of the tier, one last moment of hesitation as he looked down, seeing nothing but sky until the next platform some 100 feet down. Giving one last wave, he hold on tight and forced it over the edge, pushing it's gas valve open. Instantly, they began a rapid descent towards the ground. Free-falling through the air, Leo counted the seconds, hoping they weren't just messing with how this was supposed to work. With a quick movement, he flicked the valve shut. Checking again, forcing his eyes to stay open in spite of himself, the ground still looked to be approaching rapidly. At the last second though, they started to slowly down, and while the landing was rough, both parties survived. Making sure the kriffid wasn't injured, Leo dismounted and looked up. Grinning wildly, both at surviving and winning the bet, Leo found that while it'd been worth it just for the adrenaline, he knew the bragging rights were going to be all too sweet.
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