Lilith looked up at the Icarian
night sky and was awed by the miracle of the perfectly pitch black sky.
There were stories of a planet called Earth
where the lights shone so brightly the sky was dark, not lighted by stars
Lilith would have mocked the stories of Earth if there hadn't been those
big junks of metal in the desert. Everyone knew those came from the ship
that had brought them here. There was no way anyone could have made such
smooth metals on the planet itself.
Sometimes Lilith wondered what it would have been like in the days before
the move when the humans had still lived on that magical planet. But not
tonight. The silent beauty of the night and the stars was enough to make
her shiver with delight. Well, the cold pretty much took care of that
too. But shivering out of beauty was much more romantic than shivering
because she was cold. Lilith smiled at her own foolishness. She wasn't
some giggly 16 year old girl anymore. She was 21, looking a few years
Lilith brushed away her shoulder long blond hair and got up. She had been
sitting on a rock and was feeling all the numbness on places she'd rather
not think about right now. She might still have to wait for hours to see
Lilith sighed, she had calculated all she could, using the old tools they
had given her. She had studied drawings and maps delivered to her by
aspirants from other worlds and copies of the charts brought on the huge
ship. Today was the day, she knew it. Today a passing star would reflect
just right to form a corona on the nearest planet. An event that would
light the sky for a brief moment, eluding the birds and plants to think
the day was dawning.
Lilith was excited and a bit annoyed at the same time. Annoyed because
no-one else had wanted to join her in her nightly watch. No-one seemed to
be interested in seeing a grand show produced by nature, not now when all
the crops were growing and the animals were giving birth. People needed
sleep... but still, it only happened once every 500 years or so, why
wouldn't they grab the chance to see it?
Following her irregular path of thought for a few more minutes she soon
found other topics to think about. Lilith thought about the cattle on the
land, the stars high in the sky and finally she thought about the draks.
She could just barely distinguish the strange crooked lines of Mi'ihen
castle in the distance. Would the knights be sleeping? Or would they be
watching the sky like her?
Lilith suddenly yawned and closed her eyes. She was tired. She didn't know
how long she had been sitting here, but it could easily have been a few
hours. Thinking always made Lilith forget about time... but then wherever
she was thinking of was probably more interesting than where she really
was. Not that her home and family were awful... just dull. Not one of them
understood the fun in calculating orbits for goodness sake. In her dreams
she was at least understood and sometimes revered.
Lilith sighed... being revered would be wonderful. Not too long, just
enough to get her self- confidence growing and she'd be fine to work on
for a few more years.
"Oh my God..." Lilith suddenly said.
She hastily slapped her cheek and arms. She was melodramatic and
romantic. This was not the time to get lost in daydreams. Ok, maybe it was
to keep the cold away. Lilith sat down again and grimaced as the cold of
the stone oozed through her trousers again.
Lilith looked up and saw the first signs of the nearby show in the sky.
Right on time and desperately needed. She opened her eyes as wide as she
could and pinched her arm. She wasn't dreaming. The shape in front of the
passing planet was really there. A drak...obscuring her view. Everything
she had worked for lost. She had waited the entire night... and for what?
Nothing! Her family had been right, she'd better gone to sleep and forget
about stars and planets. No-one needed those to work or live.
Lilith followed the path of the drak and saw it landed not far off. Unlike
her usual behaviour -blame the hours of sitting in the cold- Lilith felt
it was her right to go yell at the pair. They had messed up her work, so
she was entitled. Besides, they might feel guilty and give her a ride
"Excuse me!" she said loudly.
"Yes? Jaletha, did you know there was someone here."
The Ore drak innocently shrugged.
"You ruined my work!"
"What work? Am I standing on a field?" the rider said hastily
"No, you flew! Right in front of the planet passing hit with the
light reflected by moons and stars! That's what you did! It took me hours
"I didn't realise. Was that the pretty light in the sky?"
"Yes." the look on her face must have shown her anger because
the rider took a step back and carefully said: "My name is Gwaur. Can
I make it up to you in any way?"
"Can you turn back time?" the guild thing was actually working.
Lilith nearly smiled.
"I know! I'm a judge and there are still some aspirant slots
available. Jaletha, do you think she'd be suited for a drak?"
Jaletha nodded and grinned behind his paw.
"Somehow I think he planned this whole thing..."
Lilith didn't know what to stay. This was certainly not what she had
expected. But it was better than returning home empty-handed. Besides, she
wasn't cut out for farming anyway. Maybe she'd be good at riding. ..
Shortly after Lilith had arrived at Mi'ihen castle, carried through the
night on a drak like she was valuable, the clutch had hatched. It was the
middle of the night, hours from dawn when she heard Marianne, knight of
Water Valeiski knocking on all doors to come.
"This is going to ruin my night-day rhythm..." Lilith sighed and
When she got out of her room, following the other sleepy aspirants, she
wondered if she should ask on of them if they knew why all the big events
at Castles happened at night. Eventually she decided not too. She had only
been there a week, besides the question would make her look silly. She
Downstairs she saw the other aspirants waiting. The High Prince and
Princess had also been waked, she noticed. A cruel smile lit her face. She
wouldn't be the only one to suffer a bad night's rest.
Suddenly Valeiski came out of the Deep Cavern bringing her draklings
along. The first to go out was a small Ore drak that paired one of the
boys. Lilith sighed as the pairing occurred. Would she feel that sensation
tonight too? The next drakling seemed to make it all happen, but in the
last possible moment the female water chose one the other girl and Lilith
was again left standing. She could only see two more draklings waiting
with their mother. Lilith looked around, there were still three aspirants!
The two seemed far more possible to find draks so Lilith bowed her head, concealing
some tears that came to her eyes.
Suddenly she heard a drak say something and she pulled herself together.
She should be happy for the two others. there would be other clutches
after this one. She had only been at Mi'ihen for a week. Lilith bravely
looked up and stared at a small shadow walking towards her. A night drak
gone unnoticed in the dark.
"What did you say?" Lilith asked.
"Why are you ssso
sssad, Lilithch? My name
isss Tebanaki." she said.
The little golden-black drak crawled as close as she could against
Lilith's legs, leaning against them as if they were the only secure object
in the world. Lilith bent down and hugged her Tebanaki. After that
Tebanaki made her hunger public by the rumbling in her stomach. Lilith
smiled and let her drak toward the waiting food.
Trained by Head Knight Tamond and Night Sonelet
Tebanaki soared through the sky, dodging the clouds as she encountered
"I'm not particularly fond of this game Tebanaki..." Lilith said
clinging to Tebanaki for support as she took another unexpected turn. It
was late evening and Lilith was getting rather annoyed with Tebanaki's
"But I have to
dodge the clouds if you
want to see it."
IT. The spectacle she had missed on the night she had been judged.
Tebanaki had offered to take her to the spot halfway across the planet so
Lilith could see it on the Southern hemisphere. Lilith had really been
thrilled at the prospect, but now she could only wish she had stayed at
"Miihen is rather
"I thought you didn't like all the green." Lilith answered.
"How so?" Lilith asked, she had long since stopped trying to
make sense of her drak. For a night she had a peculiar sense of logic.
"I have for the
first time seen a meaning to
me being there." Tebanaki
"Philosophic tonight, are we?"
"A bit. Do you
"What a way to change the subject." Lilith said, "Of course
I believe in Faith. How else would I have met you?"
is a reason."
Tebanaki said cryptically.
Lilith shrugged and adjusted her telescope. Being on a flying drak had
"Now keep absolutely still, dear." she said and looked through
Tebanaki hovered, her two sets of wings almost a blur in the air as
Tebanaki flapped them too fast to follow with the human eye. She sighed
and followed her own trial of thought while her rider was busy looking at
"Drats! I miscalculated." Lilith exclaimed.
"Maybe it is
Faith that you won't get
to see it."
"IT better be ready for me because I won't rest until I see it."
"IT will be here again if I wait 50 years. I can wait."
"Does that mean
I have time enough to rise?"
"Of course. You could fly thousands of days before IT will be
"I don't need
thousands of days."
Tebanaki said, "I just
"You fly every day." Lilith said, making notes into her journal.
"Yes, but not
every day I get to choose
Something dawned in Lilith's head. In her frantic searching and
calculating she had somehow overlooked the fact that Tebanaki was a
full-grown drak now. Lilith guessed it was only right for Tebanaki to want
to fly. It was the way the world turned round, ever renewing itself. Maybe
it was time for Tebanaki to give the cycle a go. But then, hadn't she
always heard draks mated for life? Shouldn't she have some say in this
"I'm not ready
to find a lifemate
just yet, mine." Tebanaki said.
"We will search and
see what is out there. And then
we will choose once we are both ready and willing." Tebanaki said ending the
Lilith paired at Mi'ihen
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