"You'll always have a place here no matter what the future holds for you," Lerina assured her. She wondered if part of the reason Sunaia hadn't Impressed yet was due to her ill health. She may be looking better now since the first time Lerina saw her but Lerina wondered if all her efforts to be a dragonrider may be a foolish dream? Not something she would say to Sunaia, as that would be cruel. But dragonriding was hard work and very physically demanding. Lerina had to work twice as hard as anybody else in her Candidate group partly because she was a woman. Not to mention she had to endure the fall out after L'van was driving off plus the worse treatment she suffered in the first few months since she Impressed a brown. Even after the beatings stopped she still had to work hard, demand to be allowed to continue training as any brown Weyrling would be. Fortunately SUnaia would never have to deal with the worse of what she had gone through simply for being here but still, it was very physical work and Sunaia didn't have good health to begin with.
Despite what many thought however, and her own views, Lerina was confident K'rios would never have allowed Sunaia to be accepted as a Candidate if he didn't feel confident she was able to handle the work should she Impress. Lerina also felt she was looking healthier since the Dodging Hatchling exercise Sunaia had organized.
"I also have a feeling what held you back from Impression up North may not be an issue with Andromedeth's clutch. I will be watching closely on Hatching day and rooting for your success. I will be here for you should this not be your time again either. In fact I will have a fine skin of wine for our enjoyment either way."
Lerina smiled in response to Sunaia saying Issmorth was a perfect partner for her too. Lerina doubted there was every such a thing as a dragon and rider not being perfect for eachother. It may be partly due to the fact one's life depended upon the other and in almost all cases it was the same for the human side. Not a pleasant thought but she was still eternally grateful Issormoth was not the sort of Hatchling to panic easy, otherwise she'll likely have lost him in those first few Sevendays.
With the pace picking up it wasn't long before they reached the water's edge where Issormoth waited. The brown was impatient to meet the sibling of his rider but like with most things he just didn't muster up the enthusiasm to actually speed up the process by meeting them half way. Besides, they had arranged to meet here at the lake and that was where they will meet.
"Sunaia, this is Issormoth," Lerina introduced needlessly. The brown was quite distinct with his clear markings and distinct shades of brown. There are times Lerina felt he looked as close to bronze, at least on parts of his body, as a brown could get. He didn't have the metallic sheen but after a recent cleaning and oiling the sun sometimes gave his hide a similar sheen. Lerina wasn't disappointed in any way Issormoth wasn't a bronze, in fact she was grateful he wasn't. Lerina doubted the fools up at Igen could handle the thought of a woman Impressing bronze much less actually seeing it happened.
<Hello Sunaia, I am pleased to finally be able to meet you...I should apologize for my rider for making you wait so long to do so. I've been here all this time and she dragged her feet bringing you here.>
Issormoth addressed Sunaia.