Lavender yawned as he sighed heavily, stretching and standing before picking the gems that had grown out of his shoulders, off of them. He settled them in his wallet before putting that in his pocket, putting his veil on before grabbing his two blades. Settling them in their subtle but accessible spot, he left his quarters and went to meet with Yogurt Cream Cookie and Lilac Cookie to see what his duties were today. Hopefully, he wouldn't have many laborious duties, since he had promised Dino-sour Cookie that they could go out shopping together since, even though Lavender was provided for by the ruler Cookie, he had some things he still needed to get.
Lilac was, as per his well-kept normality, already awake and at his emperor's side by the time Lavender had arrived, Yogurt Cream soon trilling in a cheerful greeting to his other guard before gently transitioning into what the day had scheduled and what all the two had to do. It was a thankfully light day for the two brothers, so much so that one might even call it a day off considering that the emperor was doing nothing important nor mandatory that day, rather preferring to fill up the free time he was given by relaxing in the library, whereof only one of the two brothers were "needed". Considering that Lilac not only constantly attended to Yogurt Cream in the library and even enjoyed being amongst the expansive library of Yogruca's royal palace, but had recently taken a so-called day off lately, Lavender was dismissed soon after the run-through of the regular morning routine; breakfast, training, bathing, so on and so forth. In hindsight, that was probably the best possible option for Lavender considering Dino-Sour came charging into the city on the back of his Jellysaur mere minutes later, laughing up enough of a storm and causing enough light chaos that it could be heard from inside the palace walls. Sighing, Lilac gestured for Lavender to take his leave, signing "Go tame him before he breaks something," with the tiniest of smiles before hurrying after Yogurt Cream, who had already begun making his royal way to the aforementioned library.
Lavender sighed as he shook his head in disappointment, trotting out to greet Dino before holding his hands out and trying to get the jellysaur to calm down. After a moment, he looked up at his friend with a mildly unamused look on his face, sighing and rubbing his nose before starting to sign. [What's the big idea?] He signed out as he looked up at him with an unreadable expression on his face as usual, even raising an eyebrow at him as he sighed softly. [Are you even ready to go?] His signing slowed a bit so that Dino could understand him a bit better, humming to himself even if he was selectively mute.
Dino huffed out dramatically as if he were offended, slipping off the back of his jellysaur before it went back to its smaller, average lizard-sized form and crawled its way up his back to rest on his shoulders. "The bigger, the better; c'mon man, you should know that much about me by now! But yes, I [i am] ready to go, thank you very much. It's almost like I didn't run in from Dragon's Valley just to be here, [i on time] might I add." He hissed in return, his tone clearly being a joking and playful one, though it was an accomplishment for him to be there on time. Normally Dino was either way too early or too late, so he took pride in the fact he had arrived at a decent time, earning him to quickly add on, "Are [i you] even ready?"
Lavender rolled his eyes before crossing his arms and tsking at his friend, shrugging after a moment. [I'm always ready, Dino. I have to be ready for anything.] He signed out, humming to himself before coming and rubbing the little jellysaur's head with a soft hum. [Let's go, the shops should be open by now.] He signed easily, walking into the little village and wandering around looking for what he needed. This place was his home, his pride and joy, and every day he was reminded of why he loved it so much. He smiled at the little children running around, bowing his head to a few people.
Dino softly sighed and followed closely behind Lavender, unused to the village as he himself didn't live in a modern, industrialized community, rather preferring staying around the various creatures he had made his family back at Dragon's Valley. Don't get him wrong, however, ever since he was a child, he visited every so often, which explained exactly how he knew how to speak fluently as they did rather than letting out similar screeches and semi-squawks as his jellysaur did; he found the modern world fascinating, but he enjoyed his prehistoric life as well, much like Tiger Lily Cookie. "So, what are we shopping for again?..." Dino asked after a few silent moments, his jellysaur letting out a chirpish noise as if asking the same question.
[Just some materials for a weaving project.] He explained briefly, humming softly and glancing back at Dino before going up to a stall and communicating easily with the vendor. He pulled his wallet out after a moment, pointing to a couple of things and getting it bagged up before looking back at his friend. [Would your friend mind helping us carry things?] He asked respectfully, as best he could since he did have a bag in his hands. He hummed to himself and shifted slightly as he came a bit closer, looking around and smiling at his little village as he sighed and closed his eyes. "Mmm..."
"I don't think he would mind, let me ask first," Dino responded after a second of decoding what Lavender had signed, quietly chatting away with his jellysaur for a moment in a tongue the both clearly were native to, the jellysaur hopping off Dino's shoulders before spoofing into its larger form after Dino semi-politely told people to stay a few feet away. "He's cool, though the longer he is like that the faster he gets hungry and loses self-control," Dino warned with a small laugh, gently grabbing the bag Lavender had before handing it off to his companion, who obediently held it by the handles with a tiny arm.
Lavender hummed as he lead them away, paying for a couple more things before looking at Dino. [Did you need anything?] He signed out easily, watching him carefully for a response before yawning softly as he sighed calmly. He wanted to make sure that he wasn't skipping out on what his friend wanted, even if he didn't think he was. After all, Dino didn't much like some things from the modern world. He wandered up to a booth with some meat packaged in it, thinking for a little while as he observed the cuts of meat laid on packages of ice.
"Nah, I've got lots of supplies to last a few..." Dino paused, trying to recall what the modern Cookies referred to their amounts of time, continuing even after he gave up on the term he was searching for. "Moon... circle thingies... I've got a lot to last a few... Months! Yeah, months!" He clarified with a prideful toothy grin, then and only then processing the booth his friend stood in front of. Staring down a piece of the cut meat that was laid out, Dino forced himself and his jellysaur companion to look away; that [i was] their main diet- raw meat- but he couldn't risk either of them trying to push their way closer to devour the stand entirely after all! Civilization had taught him [i not] to do that, at the very least.
He thought about it for a moment before buying a few cuts of meat, using his free hand to pull Dino away from the meat as he hummed softly. The jellysaur could probably still smell it, but he didn't mind. He'd gotten enough for both of them to have their fill, settling them just outside the village before placing the decently-sized package in his friend's lap. "Here." He spoke raspily, watching him calmly before spearing a couple of scorpions on his blades without thinking much about it. That's how good his reflexes were, just watching his friend and still killing the annoying buggers.
Dino blinked in surprise, not at the package of meat set in his lap but at the fact Lavender had willingly [i spoken], catching him off-guard for a second. He eyed his friend for a few more moments before happily, and a little greedily, doing as was expected of him by chewing at the raw meat while his jellysaur set down the bags it was carrying before it poofed into its smaller self and joined him in his meal. "'re you gunna eat those?" He asked somewhat politely despite his mouth being full, pointing with a seemingly clawed finger to the scorpions the other Cookie had speared on his blades after noticing how many Lavender had killed.
He looked up at him before shrugging and pulling the scorpions off of his blade and piling them up a bit. [We'd have to roast them to make them safe.] He went back to his usual method of speaking, watching him before standing up, going over to one of the palm trees that was nearby and grabbing some wood from it in order to get the proper stuff for a fire. He might singe the sand beneath them a bit, but he'd rather his friend not have to deal with the consequences of eating a raw scorpion.
"Really? They're different from the ones back at the Valley then..." Dino mumbled out quietly, soon after shrugging it off and going back to gnawing at the hunk of meat he held between his hands. His jellysaur looked up from its own piece of meat, taking one of the spare pieces into its mouth before skittering over to Lavender, hitting its head gently against his leg to gain his attention before attempting to offer the piece of meat to him whilst it trilled, muted somewhat by the meat. Dino seemed to catch onto what his jellysaur was trying to communicate, soon chiming in to help assist the translation, "He wants you to eat. You should eat. It's good food," He choppily commented, not caring much about the smoothness of his language skills at the moment.
"Oh-?" He hummed out, looking down at the dinosaur before smiling softly and rubbing at the creature's head. "Thank you." He thanked the creature gently, walking back over and starting the fire before starting to cook the scorpions and the meat over the fire he'd made. He was humming a song to himself, like usual, although the song was a bit unrecognizable given his scratchy voice. He seemed to need to clear his throat every so often, even if he didn't want to. His eyes glimmered as he watched them cook, eventually closing them as he sighed.
The jellysaur skittered back to Dino after the piece of meat had been successfully given to Lavender, the both of them resuming to chow down until the meat pile abundance had run thin. Neither dared to touch the last few chunks, however, as if saving and rationing it despite there not being a need to do so. It was natural instinct, neither could help it even when they knew they could easily get more; survival was a violently strong primal instinct, especially so to the dinosaurs, even including the Cookie given he didn't grow up alongside what was considered modern. Shuffling over, Dino peered at the flames silently for a moment, yet again pointing to the scorpions with an apparently clawed finger, "Take away sharp end?" He asked, roughly making an understandable description of the pointy and barbed tail of the scorpion, not yet knowing the words to describe it without flaw.
"Mmhm. We will." He couldn't sign given that the thing holding the scorpions near the fire was in his hands, pulling them out of the fire before pulling the stingers off of the ends of the scorpion's tails. Of course, cooking it denatured the venom, but he'd rather not eat those bits since they didn't taste that good. He then pulled a couple of them off of the stick, handing the rest over to Dino as he smiled at him. "Enjoy." He mumbled before sticking the whole scorpion in his mouth as he hummed pleasantly. He enjoyed eating scorpions sometimes, they did taste pretty good when cooked properly.
Dino handed off a few of his scorpions to his companion, who squeaked in appreciation as it chomped its way through the shell and happily ate at the fleshy, gooey insides. Only when the jellysaur had started eating did he decide to do the same, the two of them gnawing their way through the cooked arachnids with ease until their meal had finished. Contented and with their bellies newly mostly filled, Dino flopped back onto the sand, the jellysaur snuggling its way on top of him as he hummed out, something he had picked up from Lavender from being around him for so long. It took him a second, but eventually he spoke up after thinking of something, "Hey, why do you talk with your hands? Why not your voice?" Dino asked curiously, such questions having been two of his most burning questions he wanted the answer to, continuing on. "Jellysaurs use their voice often to show off to attract a partner. You [i can] use your voice, but you choose not to... Do you not want a partner?" He gently watched Lavender for an answer, only able to do so much independent thought without relating things back to his favoured life. Though, to be fair, it was how he tried to understand the rest of the world, by comparing them to his beloved jellysaurs.
He fidgeted a little bit, which seemed to be like a stutter for him before he started to sign. [I've never liked my voice, and I've found it's easier to speak when eating with sign language rather than speaking aloud. I can still speak, yes, but I'd prefer not to if I don't have to. It's also a bit of a rarely known language, so I can apply it in situations where I'd rather not have it be known what I'm saying. Does that make sense?] He signed out slowly so that Dino could understand easier, watching him with a soft hum before settling his hands in his lap so that they could rest a bit.
Dino laid silently as he processed what he was given as a response, taking a few moments more than usual to comprehend due to the length and somewhat complexity of the answer. He nodded when he mostly decoded what Lavender told him, making as best of a mental note of that information as he could, gently petting at the jellysaur's head as he hummed out again. "Wait, wait. If you don't use your voice, how do you find your partner then?? Do you guys do something else? I haven't asked other Cookies how they pair up... I should ask Herb and Sparkling, they're partners, right?"
He blinked as he stared at him for a moment before flushing a bit, letting out the slightest laugh as he rubbed his arm quietly, looking away and shifting slightly. [I...suppose? I don't know how we find our partners, I don't really want one at the moment...] He trailed off a bit, softly dropping his hands into his lap after a moment as he sighed softly. His eyes glimmered softly as he shifted a bit since he was a bit uncomfortable from the prospect of having a partner. He'd rather focus on his work.
Dino hummed out once more, shifting his gaze to the desert sky above them, silently admiring the cloudless blue expanse. "I'll ask them later. I heard they have a child who speaks their own language [i and] has sharp teeth like me! I look forward to meeting them, they seem cool!" He subtly redirected upon noticing Lavender's uncomfortability. Besides, the sky had reminded him of the ocean, the place where he overheard one of Sparkling and Herb's children mainly resided in; not that he would know personally, he had never met the kid before, only the parents, but that was only briefly.
He hummed in agreement, laying on his side as he closed his eyes and sighed comfortably. He seemed comfortable at the moment, sighing out as he curled up a bit. It seemed like he was thinking to himself, trying his best to keep comfortable as he looked up at the sky after a moment. "Mmmm..." His eyes glimmered softly as he glanced from the sky to his friend, watching him softly while sighing.
Dino was two seconds away from aimlessly commenting on anything and everything that came to mind, much like he typically did to fill the quiet space to prevent it from, well, being quiet space, as silence was [i not] a good thing in his eyes. Usually, silence was a precursor and a dead giveaway to a dark event, or to a skillful hunt, hence why he tried to avoid it to the best of his abilities. "You sigh a whole lot, are you sad?" Dino jokingly asked, a playful smile on his face as he looked back to his friend rather than continuing to stare into the sky.
"Mm." He hummed noncommittally, looking back at him as he shifted a bit. It seemed like he was going to fall asleep after a while, but he flinched and sat up as he heard something, looking around before sighing quietly as he looked down and tried to calm down. "Hmm.." He seemed to be calming down, relaxing a bit as he sighed out slowly. His eyes glimmered a bit as he looked up at him. He hoped Dino wouldn't judge him for hearing something that he presumably didn't.
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