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Farewell, My Friend

Writers: Devin, Miriah
Date Posted: 1st January 2018

Characters: Lanniya, A'dryn
Description: Lanniya says goodbye to one of her closest friends.
Location: Dolphin Cove Weyr
Date: month 2, day 11 of Turn 9


There was a soft tap on A'dryn's door, and Lanniya called out,
"A'dryn? Are you home?"

He hurried to answer the door, smiling when he saw his friend. "Hello."

"A'dryn." Lanniya smiled and bent to give him a quick hug and peck on
the cheek. "So, how are you liking your new weyr? You haven't shown me
around yet, you know."

"Oh. Well there's not much to it." A'dryn stepped back to let her in.
He glanced around, realizing just how bare it was. He hadn't had much
to begin with and some of his few personal effects had been lost at
River Bluff. "Certainly not as large as yours, although of course I'm
grateful to have it."

"Well, you don't need as much room, honestly. Besides, " she replied
as she stepped in, "it's nice and cozy." She looked around and smiled.
"You'll fill it all up, I know." She turned to face him. "Uhmm...I
have some news though."

"Oh?"

She nodded. "Yes. Uhm...after the gold egg hatches, Cyradis is
transferring me to Dragonsfall. There's going to be too many queens,
and they need another one there."

A'dryn's stomach sank. Everyone was leaving him. Lenala died, A'kades
had gone to another Weyr and now his best friend was moving away from
him. Again. "Oh," he said around the lump in his throat.

His expression made Lanniya as big as a trundlebug. "It's not my idea,
A'dryn. It just has to be done. I don't really want to move, but..."
She reached to give him a hug. " I mean, Pierka's here, you're here,
my friends are here. I'm going to have to start all over, all over
again. I mean, I'll have K'ale but, I'm going to miss you so much. And
I'll visit as much as I can. It's not like you'll never ever see me
again. You're one of my best friends and I'm not just going to
disappear on you, I promise!"

A'dryn hugged her back. "I'm sorry, I know it's not your decision."
Dragonriding meant no distance was really far, but that wasn't the
same as living in the same place.

"Do you promise that you're going to be okay? You can still come and
visit me any time you want. I'll always be there if you need me. Plus,
my gran still comes with the tithe train and she'd love to visit with
you too, you know. "

"I..." A'dryn didn't want to lie. "I'll do my best. And I'd love to
visit with her too." Annileri had been incredibly kind to him and
helped to fill the hole his own family left when they disowned him.

"You should." She leaned back. "And you'll promise to visit me too?"

"Of course I will." He blinked rapidly, trying to hold back tears.

"How about this," she replied, seeing the moisture in his eyes. "Why
don't you help me and K'ale decorate and then we can have weekly
dinners either here or there? That way we don't go too long without
seeing each other?"

"Yes, that sounds lovely." A'dryn felt a bit better, and really what
more could she do under the circumstances. "Is this only because of
the new queen? The Weyrleaders aren't upset at you, are they?" He'd
never gotten a full explanation for why Lanniya had gotten into so
much trouble at River Bluff that they'd sent her away.

"No, they're not upset." Lanniya shook her head. "It's because they
can't ship off Kapera with all the experience she has. So it has to be
me 'cause who ever Impresses the gold will need to stay here."

A'dryn felt a flare of anger toward the gold egg. The new queen was
causing his best friend to leave. "It's not fair." It was childish
whining, but he felt bad for himself and bad for Lanniya.

"Well, no, but it's what has to be." She sighed and took a seat. "I
don't think they'll transfer me again any time soon. At least I hope
not." She looked up at him. "I'm tired of moving around. I've done it
all my life. I want to stay somewhere."

"I can only imagine what that must be like. I've moved only twice and
both times it was hard." He also took a seat. "Would you consider
going back to River Bluff once it's rebuilt?"

"They may not want me back, A'dryn. I made a lot of mistakes."

"We don't know who the leadership might be then, or what they might
think. I know what Rhosyn thought of you but she might not come back.
It might be a different goldrider who doesn't know anything about
you." It would be a Turn or more before River Bluff could be a
functioning Weyr again, and a lot could happen in that time.

Lanniya sighed. "Or they could have all new goldriders in from the
North." She shook her head. "I really don't know. I just know that I
want to stay in one place for a while."

"I understand." A'dryn didn't want to move for a while either.

Last updated on the February 28th 2018


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