Making An Invitation
She stepped toward her window when she heard the drums announcing a
dragon in the sky as she always did. She didn't see one at first but
then she smiled as she recognized the pair that settled in the square.
She stepped toward her mirror and smoothed her hair, then chuckled to
herself. She who never took the time to primp at all had checked her
appearance. She shook her head and pulled open her door to make her
way to the front of the Hold.
K'ran was just entering the main hall of Emerald Falls, having
finished politely thanking the holder boy who'd insisted on running up
to the door with him and then greeting the guards on duty there. "Ah,
Headwoman," he said, smiling at Jayzine in great delight.
"Wingleader," she nodded and almost smiled... well maybe she did smile
in her own way. It wasn't something she did routinely. "May I ask what
brings you to Emerald Falls?" There were witnesses and he hadn't been
visiting frequently as they'd agreed when she came to the Hold.
"I'm afraid it's not a game of chess but I hope it's something
rewarding regardless," he said. "I wished to speak with you about a
professional opportunity. Would you prefer your office, taking a walk,
"How about my office," she swept her hand toward the doors leading
toward the dining hall and kitchens.
"Absolutely," he said, swept along behind her.
She led him down the final hallway toward the kitchens and turned into
her office. Leaning back out she called for a pitcher of Klah and a
tray of snacks. She turned back then and led towad the desk where she
took one of the chairs and invited him to take the other. "This is a
nice surprise," she nodded.
"It's good to see you again," he said. "I know we've been exchanging
letters, but it's not quite the same."
"Yes," she nodded. "It has been a difficult couple of Turns. Yet, we
survive. You've done well," she said indicating his Wingleaders knots.
"And I hear they're opening a new Weyr." Her voice sounded just a tiny
"That's what I wished to come speak to you about," K'ran said. "The
discussion of opening a new Weyr, as a Weyrhold until it can qualify
to be a full Weyr, was held by a Weyr Conclave. And as the last leader
on file of River Bluff, I've been offered the chance to oversee the
project for now."
"Oh K'ran," she exclaimed. "That is excellent. You deserve this chance!"
A genuine smile of pleasure spread across his face and he blushed a
little. "Setting up a new location is a challenging project, and it's
going to need top people. Which is why I came to see you."
"Really?" She reflected his smile with a rare one of her own.
"I think you'd be perfect for the job, if you'd like it. It's
certainly going to be a novel experience. You have Weyr experience, of
course. And now your work at Emerald Falls helps more. Right now it's
almost more like a Hold kind of project, you know," he said.
After he explained the project to her she became more an more
confident that he was correct. Her experience made her almost perfect
for the job. "K'ran," she said in a soft voice. "I would very much
like to come to this new Weyrhold and be it's Headwoman. It sounds
like an amazing opportunity."
He'd maybe taken a little longer than he intended, waxing a bit
rhapsodic about how working with the crafters and the nearby village
and building it up as a true Weyrhold at first, reliant on the area in
its surroundings more than a standard Weyr did. That was what was so
exciting about the project to him, and as he spoke he laid out a
vision. So it was nice to see that Jayzine wasn't bored, wasn't
glazing over, but was excited about the prospect.
"So if you'd like the job... We'd need you there soon, but I know you
must wrap things up here," he said.
"To be honest," she said, "I've been half expecting this and preparing
my assistant. I've even spoken to Lord Corowal. So, I'll only need a
"Oh, you have been?" he blinked, surprised - but not at all displeased
- by this fact.
"I have been thinking of returning to the Weyr for some time," she
said. "I don't really fit in here as well as I initially thought. When
I heard of the possibility of the new Weyr it gave me hope and I acted
on that hope by getting ready." She shrugged with a little bit of a
rueful smile. "Headwomen have to plan, that's how we get things done."
Her eyes sparkled at him. "I'm guessing it's getting too cumbersome
to live in tents and have someones wife cooking all the meals?"
He said, "Well, I can't speak for the crafters but I imagine so. right
now I'm dividing my time some."
She nodded. "Well it seems I must put my plans into action," she
smiled this time with warmth at the Wingleader and former Weyrleader.
Jeilta and Myon will be coming with me of course," she added.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the pair of them again," he said.
"I'm sure they're looking forward to seeing you as well." She smoothed
the front of her skirt with both hands and looked around the room.
"Well It looks like I should pack and make sure I have every thing
I'll need while we get our supply lines set up. I'll get all my notes
together..." she realized what she was doing and gave K'ran a rather
sheepish look. "Sorry," she said. "I'll make sure to bring the chess
set as well."
K'ran couldn't help but smile. "You're so well organized. I appreciate
it, believe me."
"Thank you," she nodded. "We can be ready to go after the next 'fall
if you could arrange for someone to come get us?"
"I certainly can," he promised her, thinking if he could swing it he'd
manage it himself.
"Thank you," she said and suppressed the impulse to reach out and touch
"We'll see you at the new lake soon, Jayzine. I hope you like the
work, it'll be well suited for you and I have all faith," he said.
"Thanks," she nodded. "I'm looking forward to it."
Last updated on the August 19th 2019