Veera sighed. It was too hot to be comfortable. And this in the storm
season of the Southern Continent. She hoped it would cool down at least for
tonight's party. It was her sister's birthday party, the little brad would
turn 14 and she was 'a real lady' in her mother's eyes.
Veera herself was 20 and the second child of 6, she had 2 brothers:
Sardain (23) and Livinston (15) and 3 sisters: Salma (18), Linia (15) and
Mavia (14). Sardain was everything you could expect from an oldest son and
an older brother, he was fair and strict and was handsome and charming
enough to have found a wife soon. Salma was the prettiest of them all and
was also married, to the town harper, who was probably the most exotic man
in this seahold. Livinston and Linia were twins and Mavi was her mother's
pride and joy. Veera however was too boyish to find a husband any time soon.
She rather went along with the boats to fish then stay on shore and do what
she considered stupid girlish things. She was big and square, with short
black hair and icy blue eyes. She enjoyed rough seas and was known to be as
strong as any man. As rewarding as it was too her to be considered as being
one of the guys, her mother hated it, maybe that was even why she had
started in the first place, although no, she remembered building ships from
twigs and leaves when she was only 6.
The night got hold of the skies too soon. Veera was forced into a totally
awkward dress in the ugliest colour green ever made. She hated it. She fled
as soon as possible, which meant right after dinner, to the harbour and
walked along the shoreline with her feet in the water. The sea could always
calm her down. After a nice stroll she looked at the sea and said: "Goodbye,
fair Lady, I promise to return to you in the morning.'
She did, the seahold's 3 ships sailed out the next morning and Veera was on
the third, 'The Shipfish', of course everyone knew now that they were
actually dolphins, but still the name had a nice sound to it. After they
left the bay the 3 ships split up and went fishing. 'The Shipfish' went
south and found an excellent to fish, calm waters and almost no wind. Veera
turned to look at the skies and saw the bluest skies she had ever
encountered on this side of the ocean. It felt wrong. Terribly wrong.
Not much later a squall raged over the ocean and they were right in it's
path. Normally they would have ridden the storm out, 'The Shipfish' was a
medium sized vessel that could support a crew of 12, with sea-anchors they
would have made it. But a net got caught on a piece of debris in the water,
it held them tied to the floor so the ship couldn't rise with the waves.
Each wave pulled harder on the ship, rocking it violently. While Veera and
the others desperately tried cutting the net's lines.
"Shards! The lines are too slippery to be cut!" Veera yelled, trying
to sound over the wind.
"It's our only chance! If the squall gets the ship lined up bad she'll
sink and take us with her." Sardain replied.
As usual, the squall seamed to listen in on the conversations. The next wave
she finally rocked 'The Shipfish' into the worst position thinkable, dead in
the waves, they'd capsize in the next attack. But Veera didn't even get to
see that, because she was thrown overboard when her safety link broke.
Veera scolded herself about her imprudence when she fell overboard. She
tried to grasp a tiny piece of the ship's hull, but everything was too
Veera's head hurt. Bad. She dared opening her eyes, It seemed to be
night, there was a strange light around her though. She blinked her eyes,
trying to get everything in focus. How could there be a sun when the sky was
dark blue? She struggled to get up, immediately growling at the feeling of
pain and nausea taking control of her mind.
"Easy, I'll bring you some water." a voice said somewhere to her
"Who, who are you." Veera managed to say with a very soar throat.
"I'm Zaera. Amenth spotted you in the water and informed me you were
Faint as she may be from laying in the water in the burning sun Veera didn't
miss the th at the end of that name, she was rescued by a dragonrider.
"Why is it day and night at the same time?" she asked.
"hmm, it's very much day, the blue you see is Amenth sheltering you from
the sun." She laughed "Amenth, move a bit out of the way so she can
see it's day."
the sky moved away and a head appeared, a big blue head with whirly eyes,
snorting, not frightening, more like asking her if she was ok.
"She'll be fine now, Amenth, good you spotted her." She turned to
Veera "He has really good eyes, You weren't far from drowning." She
looked concerned and asked "Will you be ok now?"
Suddenly Veera remembered how she had gotten in the water, before it all
was more like a dream, she hadn't needed a reason for being in the water.
She tried to get up in a rush of panic, only to be pushed back down by
"Wait a minute, Girl! You won't leave my care until a healer has seen
"But I have to see my brother! he could still be out there!"
"I can see your point. But! first the healer, Ameth can take us there in
no time, once you've dried up at least."
Veera had to admit they were fast, only 30 minutes later she stood in her
own hold and could ask her mother about news. The rest of the crew had been
in luck. The winds had changed and had chased the squall off. They had
searched for hours to find her, but she had been caught in tidal currents,
ending up half a continent further where Ameth had spotted her. Clutching
some wrecked wood that had kept her floating.
The relief was enormous to find her brother and friends safe at home.
Suddenly thought Zaera emerged beside her and asked if she could speak her
in private. Veera, grateful for being saved, would have done anything to
repay her, so they went inside the hold and found an empty room.
"You see, we were out there on a search for Beach Shards Weyr. We were
flying over the ocean to take a dip before we would return back when Ameth
said he had spotted a candidate. I didn't believe him at first, I said only
shipwrecked people got here and they were mostly dead. To my surprise he
said that you were still alive, hanging on to life. That's what I need to
know now, would you consider being a candidate?"
Veera overwhelmed by this flood of words went silent and thought, she
thought deep and long, knowing what she said now would have a great impact
on her life, all she had known until today had been the seahold and fishing.
Dragons were a step in the dark, the Unknown. But then, hadn't she conquered
the Unknown this past 2 days?
"I will be a candidate." she replied and smiled.
Veera keeping a close watch of the
hatching sands was first to enter when she heard the commotion of the Green
and her rider. She had been out watching the stars and counting the days.
She knew the clutch could hatch any time now. So she was there first when
the eggs did hatch. She ran in and saw a little dark green dragonet. The
green lifted her head towards Veera and jumped! She was trapped with the
green looking into her eyes.
After the first moments of the bond she softly tried pushing the green off.
"Wanna teach me how to swim? It looks
That made Veera laugh, she had done enough swimming.
But the dragonet wouldn't budge. She sat there. She was getting pretty
hungry and Veera could feel it, but the dragonet kept saying to her:
"Now why were you late if you knew we would
hatch? I'll just sit here until you tell me."
Veera could spot the Weyrwoman and rider of Serth laughing. No help would
come from there.
"Well, um, no-one told me I could be right on this one?" Veera tried.
"Ok, let's go eat."
The happy green jumped off and almost pulled Veera
with her to the tables. "You made me wait so
long I'm even more hungry than possible."
Veera dove under the waves and felt the dark form of Silqueth
below her more than she actually saw the dragoness. Two red lights
appeared as the dragoness opened her eyes and looked at Veera.
"Enjoying your swim?" Veera asked.
"The water is nice and warm." A soft
voice replied, "I'm getting sleepy..."
"Just don't drown." Veera winked.
A huge splash and both Veera and Silqueth were floating on the water in
stead of swimming below the surface.
"I won't drown. Neither did you."
"It doesn't hurt to be careful."
"It doesn't hurt to celebrate life either."
Veera leapt from Silqueth's back to get back into the warm water. She
lazily floated beside the big bulk of her dragon.
"Speaking of which. I've given up my name for a
flight as soon as the mating tables open up."
Veera lost her balance and swallowed more than enough water before she
was able to call out: "What!?"