The Story of Xasnis
A loud banging on the door
awakened Xasnis...who could it
be at this time? Her firelizards started chirping and fluttering...It must
be important if they got up (the lazy critters!)
Topaz, the leader started making circles in the air and
making singing noises... Somebody was giving birth?
the brown male firelizard
Quickly the other
two followed his lead as Xasnis got dressed..."ok, if you want to go, tell
them I'm coming." In a second Emeralda and Topaz vanished...Safyre stayed
green female firelizard
"Why are you
staying? Want to protect me?" She thought a minute about her blue Safyre. He
always wanted to lead although he was low in rank...and when she got Topaz
he was really jealous. She would allow him to stay with her, the others had
chosen freely too.
Safyre, the blue
She opened the door and saw
one of the student-vets.
"Wayness, what is it?"
"A cow has gone in labor, but there seems to be a
complication, Willis asked if you could see if everything is ok. He's really
afraid he might loose her."
"ok. Let's go."
After the cow had delivered (the baby needed some
help), she returned home and hoped mother and child would be healthy...there
were no indications of complications, but you never could be sure... loosing
the cow or the baby would mean a lot for Willis...
Suddenly she noticed somebody calling her...
"T'kel, what's wrong?"
"We have found an abandoned dragon and we need you to
see if she's alright...the poor thing was flying over the forests. We could
see she was hurt, but she wouldn't land. It took us hours to get her
down...After you check her out we can get some rest...everybody would feel
alot better if they knew she was going to be ok."
"Do you know where she's from?"
"No, we have sent out a message, but there were no
reports of a lost dragon."
"She's not telling?"
"No, she refuses to make contact with any of our
They had reached a big field where the dragon was
laying on her side... Xasnis rushed toward her and saw the big wound,
starting at her neck, ending at her tail...It was serious, but with some
care and heeling herbs she would heal completely. After she had seen this,
she relaxed and told everybody it was going to be ok.
"Xasnis of Dragon Soul
Weyr, I'm Hydrath of Gondolin Weyr."
Xasnis almost fell to the ground. Tilana and T'kel
only caught her at the last minute...
"She, she spoke!!"
"That's odd...what did she say?"
"Her name is Hydrath."
Xasnis looked in the eyes of the dragon and saw the
reflection of her face. She had seen it a million times, her brown hair her
thin nose which Zalan said was distinguished, her brown eyes, but now it was
different...her face had a strange essence as if it were more than real, a
new purpose maybe? Who wouldn't believe her if she said Fate had crossed her
"Well, why are you standing there...ask her what
"Me and my rider were flying when suddenly we got
caught in a thunderstorm, the lightning barely missed me, but my rider was
badly hurt...We landed and she got of and told me to go for help, but she
couldn't guide me...I couldn't teleport. I got lost and barely made oit
here...I feel my rider is death. I can live no more."
"Nonsense", Xasnis replied, "You don't need to die, it
was a meaningless accident, we know of a plant to keep you alive. But you
must find a new rider as soon as possible."
"It is not my wish to die, but I feel it is wrong to
stay alive...what is left for me here?"
"Ask me what you want and I will try to give it to
"You become my rider."
"But I can't, I don't know the first thing about
"You use the same frequency as my rider, thus you must
be of the same kind...I can live, but not with too big changes."
Xasnis told what was said to the other people.
Everyone agreed she should do it. there was no thread. Times were easy and
things could be learned in the time needed.
"What am I going to tell Zalan?" She said.
"The truth, I guess." Tilana, logic in person...
"What happened?" Xasnis asked, smiling at the site of her
"I was ambushed!!" Zalan shouted, "They attacked me
from behind and threw me in the water!"
started laughing...Zalan was the first of his friends to get married, and
they repaid him by ambushing him. In fact they all went together and did
stupid things...But if Zaland was happy with it Xasnis wasn't going to say
anything. They were both in there early twenties. Zaland had been the oldest
of the group of boys and e had lost his heart to her...She still didn't know
how it had happened. She was studying hard for her exams (she was a vet) and
suddenly he had sworn her his undivided love... She had never seen that
coming. But she was glad, because she liked Zalan.
"I need to talk to you." She said when he had freshened
"Well, yesterday an abandoned dragon fell from the sky.
She was badly hurt, but she will make it if she gets a new rider. The
council thought I suited their purpose best."
"All of them agreed? And what about your practice, vets are highly needed."
"Well since there isn't any thread falling at the moment,
I could easily combine it. Nurse the dragon back to health and spent enough
time in the practice to help other people, I'm not the only vet here...We
have some promising new students."
"I see you
have already made up your mind. What is the name of this dragon?"
"Green Hydrath" She said, with a twinkle in her eyes.
Zalan thought for a minute and studied his wife's face.
She had deep brown eyes and a straight nose. her hair surrounded her face in
soft curved waves...he couldn't say no to this face...
"I only hope the little firelizards won't get jealous..."
later, everyone had grown into a new routine. Zalan had finally grown
accustomed to their new home in the weyr. He still missed his friends
though. He didn't see them as often as before. And he didn't get to spend
more time with Xasnis either. He had been bored out of his head the first
week, until people had figured a real journeyman tailor in the Weyr was a
After another day of work and training, Xasnis and Zalan met in Hydrath's
weyr and had diner.
"I need to talk to you." Xasnis said.
"About what? Did you meet a charming bluerider and decided you are leaving
me?" He smiled, but the doubt in his eyes did show the fears he had of
loosing Xasnis to all these new duties and people.
"Hardly, but Hydrath says she is ready to fly."
Those words lingered for a while, leaving an uncomfortable silence. Zalan
knew what happened at a mating flight.
"I thought Dragon Soul wasn't an Active Weyr anymore."
"It isn't, but that doesn't mean the dragons should suddenly loose all
interest in mating."
"She says she wants to fly at a new Weyr called Lantessama. Don't ask me
where she got the name, but she wants to fly there." Xasnis took Zalan's
hand and looked in his eyes.
"We will find a solution."
Lantessama!" Trix shouted from the entrance of the hatching sands, "I'll be
right down!" She started walking down the stairs and reached the two of them
at the base of the stairs.
"I hear you want to let your dragon fly here?"
"She wants it herself, but we have our doubts." Xasnis said
"Why? What are your doubts?"
"I don't have a dragon." Zalan said blurting out the problem.
"Ahh, I see. That can be arranged, we have several married riders and we
will send messages out asking for paired up riders."
"Thank you." Xasnis said.
"No problem." Trix answered and left the happy couple. The green looked like
she could fly soon.
Xasnis impressed at
Dragon Soul Weyr.