- Motorboat Mayhem -
- Based upon a true story, but gravely, gravely exaggerated -

Ylessa impressed at Darkling Dawn

Ylessa watched as the first blue, the second dragon to hatch, impressed Elkenjy. She watched even closer as the two left the sands. As they left the hatching sands toward the food tables they passed the cave entrance. The sky was dark grey with black bruises that gave it an ominous atmosphere.
When the two were right in the middle of the opening, Lightning came crashing down. Thunder followed within the second and for a moment her eyes showed her what wasn't there. Elkenjy all dressed in black, thin and white with her  short black hair longer and dyed red. Like Ada. But Ylessa had seen Ada before, what scared her more was the dragon. His claws and teeth were blickering white, the look in his eyes was just horrifying and his skin had the colour of the midnight sky.
Then a pulling got her back to reality. Elkenjy and Hatenth had long disappeared from the entrance. They were at the food tables and they were normal. Ylessa looked down and noticed a small light green dragonet pulling at her wide trousers. Her blond hair, conveniently held together by a clip was the next target of this little nosey dragon. The clip broke and her hair flew free.
"Sorry, Ylessa." The dragon said.
"For what Reath? You are perfect." Ylessa meant it. She knew the dragoness wasn't telling her she felt sorry about the clip. She felt sorry for her on more than one level. More than she had ever even dared to admit to herself. But as long as no-one knew...
"What's the name of yours?" Indan asked. Maybe the first friendly words the girl had spoken to her without having to keep Elkenjy off her back. Ylessa felt a bit guilty that she hadn't seen how or when Indan had impressed her green.
"Reath." She answered and smiled.
"Mine's Emath." Same smile, different face.
Maybe she hadn't been alone. 

Light Green Reath


The next weeks and months Ylessa didn't have much time to worry about Elkenjy or Indan. In fact they were the least of her problems. Reath was growing and she'd picked up a Rukel, a creature indiginous to Darkling Dawn. And later today she'd have to meat with Indan and Elkenjy.
The three of them were so busy lately that they hardly had time to get together and chat. And as much trouble as the two of them had been for her before, she still missed them when they weren't around.
"They're your friends, right." Reath nudged.
"Yeah, I guess they are.
Meanwhile, Indan was busy grooming her Green Emath for the late night weyrling training class 'Flying stealth at night'. She'd managed to stay out of trouble for the most part. Too busy as they all were with training and adapting. And just when she'd gotten used to the changes, she'd had had to move into her own weyr.
"I like it here better though."
"Don't you miss the company of the other dragons?"
"Hmm... not really. I feel them all the time. It's you who misses your friends isn't it?"
"Great now you know how to search my brain."
"I learn fast." Emath quipped.
Across the weyr, Elkenjy was busy drilling her blue Hatenth. Though she hadn't wisened up as much as her two companions on that motorboat joyride, she did understand the importance of training. A well-trained pair could get away with more.
"I'll need to be a few seconds faster if i want to elude the watchdragon." Hatenth said.
"You can't seem to shave those last seconds off, can't you?"
"It's like I'm being kept back by something." he sighed, "If only SOMEONE would lessen the load."
"I guess you found out about the stones."
"I can only tolerate so much." he sneared.
"Fine then. We'll have to go to the meeting anyway."
"You sound so irritated, but I know you love them." Hatenth grinned, "Maybe I should tell..."
"You snitch!" Elkenjy dropped the stones from her sack onto the dragon's back.
"That's abuse you know!" Indan called from a couple of yards away.
"What trouble did you get in now?" Ylessa asked.
"Nothing." Elkenjy gritted her teeth.


Ylessa watched as Reath cleaned her hide with her teeth. Her long neck was curled around to reach her shoulders and the itchy spot on them. Looking at her with new eyes Ylessa realised that she was fully grown.
"You're serious aren't you?"
"I always am."
"True, you've never lied to me or fooled me. But I found this hard to believe."
"I want to be sure you want it too. You tend to go along too easily."
Ylessa smiled at the tender care of her dragon. Eventhough she was an adult too now, her dragon still tried to shield her from things she didn't want to do. But Ylessa knew how it felt to want something and have someone else object. For her dragon, she would do this, even if she had no way of knowing the outcome.
"I'll sign you up. ok?"
"Thank you."

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