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The short-sword was relatively lightweight and Lazuli had chosen it for this reason. She had not taken length into consideration or the disadvantage that might put her in faced against someone with a longsword, but was intrigued by the grip and shape of the design which felt comfortable in her hand and easy to manoeuvre. Outside she gave the weapon a few quick swings before lowering the sword to look across the fields and felt the fool, what was she doing? It was impossible for her to ever envision herself actually using the sword against another person, or that she might ever be skilled enough to do so with confidence.
Her horse, Asher, watched wide-eyed as the woman took to an old fencepost, hacking away at the scarred, weathered wood, where in years passed she had done much the same. Her father’s words echoed to her like the ghostly reminiscence of his form stood upon the porch with arms folded, you will dull the blade, she smiled at the memory and sheathed the sword to pick up her round shield, and with care, attempted to balance the extra weight while climbing up into the saddle. Asher moved nervously at the sight of the shield but soon settled as Lazuli took up the reins and turned him towards the gate with a light tug of the left strap of tightly stitched leather.
The journey to Vivian’s house was pleasant but crisp, the air still holding a chill, nothing a spot of exercise wouldn’t fix though. On the small farmstead, Lazuli looked around for her cousin and put down her things to unsaddle the horse and take his bridle off before setting him free in one of the fenced off paddocks. She leaned against the fence and watched as Vivian’s mare galloped over to meet the stallion, the too sniffing at each other before racing off across the length off the paddock. There was something rather soothing about watching two animals interact, she thought, lingering for a time until grass became more interesting than racing for the pair.
With her shield and sword collected, Lazuli left the horse gear beside the fence and headed towards the cottage in search of her cousin and stood on the steps outside to pause and find the courage to knock. Nerves set at bay; Lazuli walked up to the front door and balled her fist to knock before moving back out onto the lawn to wait for Vivian. Quietly she hoped that her cousin would be impressed with her sword and shield choice but expected the worst.
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Vivian groaned and rolled over as she heard a knock on her door. Hector had kept her up late training the previous night and she felt like she needed more sleep. But courtesy demanded she answer her door, and as a noble of House Warrick, she felt she had to keep at least the appearance of courtesy. Rolling out of bed, Vivian pulled on her pants and her shirt, then shuffled over to the door, sidestepping Pakse, who had stretched out asleep on the floor.

Opening the door, Vivian gave her cousin a somewhat surprised look, then remembered what Lazuli would be doing there. "Right, training. Uh...come on in, Lazuli. I've gotta finish getting dressed." she said, her voice still sleepy as she stood aside and held the door open for her cousin. Her house was a bit more of a mess than usual, her squires tunic tossed over a chair, her jacket hanging off the foot of her bed, her boots, gauntlets, and shield in a pile by the door. The only things laid out with any neatness were her weapons, which currently sat on her table.

Once Lazuli had stepped inside, Vivian sat down on her bed and stretched a bit, then took a look at the sword and shield Lazuli had brought. "Not a bad choice. You'll be a bit a disadvantage against a longer blade, but I think she shield can be used to make up for that. Maybe a defensive fighting style would be best." she said, yawning a bit at the end. "Sorry, wound up staying up late last night in training." she muttered quietly before she shook herself and stood up. "Have you eaten yet?" she asked as she walked over to the pile in the corner and pulled on her boots.
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Hesitantly she climbed the stairs, surprised to be invited inside. Lazuli balanced her shield up against the wall and put her sword down beside it before taking Vivian's tunic to fold gently and set on the table so that she could take up the chair it had moments ago occupied. The young Baroness pushed her hair back out of her face and sat with fingers stitched together across her lap. With all the excitement of getting to the village early this morning and picking out the sword and shield, Lazuli had completely forgotten to eat and instinctively her stomach reminded her of this, contracting as a low rumble demanded she answer truthfully. The girl pressed her lips together, fighting an embarrassed smile and shook her head. "I forgot, would you like me to get something from the kitchen while you dress?"

To her feet once more, Lazuli turned and took the few steps through the living space and opened one of the cupboards in search of something to eat. After a second proved fruitless, she turned and looked over her shoulder for some guidance from her cousin before quickly moving in the right direction, following Vivian's pointed finger to something lower down; of course, the shaded space made a lot for sense for keeping food fresh. Having returned to the table with what had been picked out, Lazuli waited for Vivian to join her before she ate anything. The dog that had been stretched out on the floor sidled over to see if he could earn himself a tidbit and Lazuli smiled across the table at Vivian as she secretly slipped the dog a small piece of bread she had balled between finger and thumb only to be given away by the dog's loud but thankful chewing.
Painfully aware that she had been caught out, Lazuli could do little but laugh and apologise. "Jed does it all the time, I'm sorry," she insisted.
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Vivian smiled slightly as Lazuli's stomach made clear the answer to her question, then nodded at Lazuli's offer. Pausing for a moment to point at the lower cupboards where she kept her bread and cheese, then resumed putting on her boots and pulling on her gloves. She left her coat off for the moment, as it was warm enough in her house. Sitting down across from Lazuli, Vivian took a piece of bread and started eating, only to be distracted by Lazuli's apology.

Giving her cousin a confused look for a moment, Vivian realized that Pakse had moved and looked under the table at the dog. "Did Lazuli give you treats, you great big scrounge?" she said, her voice more playful than irritated. Looking back at Lazuli, Vivian smiled a bit ruefully. "Don't worry about it, I've been slipping that dog treats since she was a puppy. Used to drive mother absolutely wild. She's spoiled rotten, but she's a big sweetie, so it's all right." she said, before the weight of a large head settled on her knee. Looking down, she tore a piece of bread off and fed it to the dog, who settled back into loud, happy chewing.

Once the pair had finished breakfast, Vivian stood up and stretched before she picked up her coat and pulled it on, then picked up her tunic and put it on over everything. Picking up her sword, she belted it on, then grabbed her bow and quiver as a matter of precaution. "Ready when you are, Lazuli." she said, opening the door. Pakse bounded out and ran over to the paddock, which reminded Vivian she had to saddle her horse. "Er. Almost." she grimaced, grabbing her saddle and heading out to get her horse ready.
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Quick to her feet, Lazuli followed her cousin outside, still smiling at the memory Vivian had shared about driving her mother crazy with slipping treats to the dog while she was growing up. Sated, the pair set to work, saddling their horses, a job Asher always tried to make as difficult as possible, though at least he was kind enough not to stand on her feet this time. Carefully, she did the bridle up, stretching the leather up behind the stallion's ears to fasten the strap and pulled the reins back over his head and neck to bunch at the horn of the saddle before slipping her left foot into the stirrup and bouncing away from the ground to pull herself up and throw a leg over the animal. Asher danced forwards and turned away from the sight of the shield. "He is weapon shy," Lazuli admitted, "I have been trying to train him to accept a rider holding strange things, but it doesn't seem to be working."

As Lazuli wasn't unsure where the two of them were going she let Vivian lead the way and as soon as it became clear that they were heading to the training grounds, she sped Asher up with a light nudge to his sides, seeing the stallion go from a brisk trot to a light canter. They followed Vivian and mount in through the gates, pulled up to find the space relatively empty and led their horses to be tied up at the post before stalking over to the grounds. Lazuli noticed two other people training in one of the sand lined pits, two young men who suddenly started to show up with the girls being there. She tried not to pay them any mind and focused on what her cousin was doing before readying her own gear.
The shield Lazuli had been talked into buying only had one strap and was a lot different from her father's which had always had two, better supported on the forearm than this one, though it made no difference to the strain in her shoulder. The problem with one set hand piece was that the shield moved when knocked and either side and Lazuli had no idea how to work with it. Her grip on the sword felt all wrong too and when Vivian swung at her, she raised her shield to hide behind it, completely blinding herself to any other attacks. A total beginner, that was what the poor Skyrider had to work with.
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Vivian saddled up Speckle as Lazuli saddled up her own horse, giving the stallion a brief frown as it shied away from Lazuli. "Perhaps you should ask at the fort about how to help him with it. I've never had that problem with Speckle, really. Biggest problem I have with her is that...well, she's pretty placid as far as mounts go. Not going to make a warhorse out of her." she said, shaking her head at the end before she mounted. She led the way to the training grounds, letting Lazuli get ahead of her as they got near.

In the training grounds themselves, Vivian showed Lazuli where to tie off her horse, not knowing for sure if her cousin knew, then picking up a padded training tunic from a rack and leading the way to one of the sand lined pits, pausing for a moment to give a stern look at the two trainees who had been showing off, causing them to turn their attention back their practice. Before they started, she handed the training tunic to Lazuli. "Here, it'll keep you from getting injured if I get past your guard." she said calmly.

Once Lazuli had put on the tunic, Vivian drew her rapier. "Let's see what you already know." she said, beginning to fence with Lazuli. The answer, it turned out, was basically how to hold her sword and which end went into the other person and not much else. Her shield in particular gave her problems. Drawing back, Vivian sheathed her rapier and walked over to her cousin. "How are you holding that shield?" she asked. When Lazuli demonstrated for her, Vivian was pretty sure she knew how to improve her cousin's shield technique. "Lock your wrist and hang on to that handle like it's a ledge you're dangling off of. That should keep it from moving around so much." she said. Once Lazuli tried that, Vivian drew her sword and gave the shield another hard thrust, looking to see if her advice had improved things at all.
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Lazuli was thankful for the tunic as the idea of meeting the end of Vivian's weapon, even briefly, made her knees shake. As her cousin then helped her fix the grip on her shield and explained a technique that might come in handy, Lazuli spoke up. "The man in the village suggested I get a long sword, I'm starting to doubt my choice."

Vivian gave little pause and soon there was a second attack to try and defend against. Lazuli lifted her shield to block the oncoming attack and then sidestepped and swung her sword at empty space, finding she would have to get dangerously close to her target in order to do any damage with the short sword. Lazuli sidestepped again and trust at Vivian, dropping her shield arm and leaving herself open throughout the attack, she was finding it difficult to concentrate on doing two things at once, something that would get easier with practice she supposed.
There was an iron cup in the centre of her shield with a ridge used for catching swords and stopping them from slicing down the edge of her shield to attack her legs, but the woman had little idea how to use this to her advantage, something that could have been easily achieved by just tipping her shield. Never charge directly at your opponent, she recalled her father's lessons from years before, keep them moving and go for the shoulder or side of their shield arm.
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Vivian couldn't help but agree with the mysterious shopkeepers recommendation, along with perhaps a shield that would be easier for Lazuli to use. Her grip was better, but still wouldn't stand up to a real attack if it came, and she dropped the shield whenever she swung. Her attack was pretty bad itself, wild and unaimed, but Vivian hadn't been any better. As the blade came, the soldier made sure to catch it on her shield, while returning with a light thrust of her own rapier.

After a few minutes of this, Vivian called a pause. Stepping back, the dark haired Warrick took a breath and looked over at her cousin. "Quick question. Why did you pick that kind of sword and shield? The shield in particular gives you a lot of trouble." she said. Vivian wasn't particularly winded yet, but she guessed that the strain was likely a lot more intense for Lazuli, who wasn't at all used to a sword and shield. "Also, did you want to practice with your crossbow while you were here?" she asked, taking a quick stretch.
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Lazuli turned into the light attack, throwing her weight behind a defensive stance with shield raised, the clatter of sword meeting shield causing her wrist and shoulder to burn and as soon as Vivian called for pause, the young baroness threw her sword and shield down in the sand to stretch out her arm and fingers. She crouched down then, tucked her face against her knees and wrapped her arms about her legs. "I'm bad at this," Lazuli admitted, and she wasn't wrong, "I don't know why I picked the shield, but the short sword felt comfortable," words muttered through the gap between her knees.

The baroness knew her cheeks were ablaze and could feel the heat of her embarrassment burn the tips of her ears and down the length of her neck. Why had she done this? She had accepted her fate long ago, aspiringly to little more than her current position as farm girl for the for Warrick farmstead. What had possessed her to flirt with the idea of obtaining anything more? There was hope, however, Vivian had mention working with their range weapons and it just so happened that Lazuli had planned ahead, locking her crossbow to the saddlebag before she had set off to her cousin's house. Slowly she unfurled like a spring flower from her bud-like state, and marched with gaze pointed at the earth, towards her mount in order to collect the crossbow and bolts.
The heir to the Warrick region did not take criticism well, and the absolute dread that took hold of her at the thought of Vivian judging her stemmed from arcs of bullying during her school years, not too long passed. They hadn't teased her for anything normal like being overweight, bad at sports, or just plain stupid, as none of these things could be used to tease the girl as they just weren't true in her case, instead she had just been labeled as strange, ugly, or far away, always dreaming, always staring they would say, causing Lazuli to overthink every decision she made. Why do you walk like that, why do you talk like that, what are you staring at, farm girl?
Lazuli whipped a tear from her cheek with a flick of her finger, she didn't know why she was upset and hoped Vivian hadn't noticed, and instead of taking pause to explain herself, she peered down the sights of her crossbow, took aim and fired at one of the training targets, her aim thrown off by the watery glaze she blinked away from her eyes several times before setting up again to take another shot.
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Vivian bit a sigh as Lazuli retreated, though she did take note of her reasoning behind the sword before Lazuli went to get her crossbow, resolutely looking at the ground. Letting her sigh out quietly, Vivian walked over to her own horse and took up her shortbow. She had forgotten how badly Lazuli took criticism, a hold over from their school days. Vivian herself had stood up to the people who had picked on Lazuli, but she hadn't always been there and the people who had picked on her had been relentlessly cruel.

Vivian watched as Lazuli missed her target, then reached over and gently patted her should. "Hey, it's all right. The first time I held a sword, I was scared of it and bolted every time my trainer even approached me." she said, her tone encouraging before she drew back her shortbow and loosed an arrow at the target, landing on the outside edge of the target. "Besides, you've got two advantages I didn't have. One is you're better with your crossbow, the other is that you didn't learn a non-shield fighting style before getting a shield." she said, her tone warm and gentle.
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