Just as Inggharudube found it easy to spot Sterling, Sterling found it easy to spot him. After all, he was a tall man with dark ebony skin and well toned muscles. He was hard to miss when he started weaving through people on his way to her. Alrune rumbled unhappily at his approach, but she silenced the creature mentally and patting her head with a hand. The dark starlizard's blunt wings folded back down for the moment as Inggharudube greeted Sterling.
"All things considering," she answered him with a nod, though her tone didn't sound as frustrated with everything as when they'd met and talked in the Lower Caverns. She patted Alrune's head again when she tried to chatter at Inggharudube as he pointed at the egg he wanted. "Ignore her," she said though she didn't need to.
"That one? Sure, it's yours. They should be hatching soon, so just keep it warm and have some food ready for when it hatches." As she gave him those basic instructions, she scooped the egg he'd pointed to out of the basket, and made sure he was ready to take it before depositing it into his hand.
Shortly, someone else approached, this one was just a kid by comparison to Inggharudube and herself. In fact, he had Weyrling's knots. Wow, he was young. However, he seemed very respectful, and she wasn't going to assume he wasn't capable, especially since it was hard to neglect a flitt. They could take care of themselves if they needed to. So when the boy bowed and made his request, Sterling couldn't help but chuckle a little.
"No need to bow, I'm not Lady or anything. Here," she told him, handing him an egg from the basket before Alrune could try to object or stop them. "Keep the egg warm until it hatches, and provide food when it does. They should hatch soon."
She couldn’t help but chuckle when the next person approached and asked for her “lady’s” egg. That was a sweet way to put it, and while Alrune didn’t seem to care, Sterling just smiled back and nodded, even after the candidate nearly rambled on.
“I got’cha,” she said with a wink, then fished out an egg for her and handed it over. “And relax a little, I’m not here to scrutinize you. Just take care of the starlet when it hatches. Oh, and I’m sure you know, but keep the egg warm and have food ready for it when it hatches. It should hatch any time today or tomorrow, maybe a few days later, but no more than that I think.”
The next to arrive was another candidate, younger this one, possibly around the same age as the Weyrling earlier. When she explained it was for her father though, Sterling nodded. Though she found the gesture sweet, she had an issue with fathers, thanks to her experiences with her own before she ran away from him. She’d of course keep that to herself, as she normally did.
“That’s nice of you,” she said with a nod, then scooped up another egg, quieting Alrune when she complained that the number of her eggs were dwindling and she wanted to snatch them all back.
“Hush you,” she told the starlizard before handing the egg over to the candidate.
“Tell your father to keep it warm, and feed it as soon as it hatches and it’ll become his lifelong companion as long as he does that. It should hatch anytime today or in a few days at the most. So take care of it.”
Finally, the brownrider who had been waiting with the little boy stepped up, and she recognized him as V’an, the Weyrlingmaster Assistant with the partly blind dragon. Even as a wherhandler one heard about these kind of things. At his greeting though, adding on the little “morning” bit, she couldn’t help her slight chuckle at the statement. She chuckled again when the little boy had to be prompted to say hello, and he seemed far more interested in the prospect of ‘lizard eggs than anything else. He seemed young, so it was no wonder, not that Sterling had any real experience with children.
“Yeah, I still have a few,” she said with a nod. “Much to Alrune’s unhappiness here. She’ll forget and get over it quickly though.” They always did, after all, which was their saving grace, otherwise no one would want to have female ‘lizards because they’d be drowning in pets and it would be a nightmare.
“Just be careful,” she reminded them when they looked at the eggs to pick out which one they’d want. She humored them, since the boy was young and obviously excited, and V’an seemed responsible enough to keep the boy from causing any problems. She couldn’t help her grin and stifled laugh at the boy’s reasoning for picking an egg and his little wiggle as well, but she scooped up the egg he’d pointed at, making sure she picked the right one, and handed it to the brownrider.
“You’re welcome,” she responded to the boy for his good manners, even if he had been a little loud about it. Alrune complained some more, but Sterling hushed her just like before.
The next to arrive seemed like he only had just now realized there were 'lizards being handed out, judging by the cup of klah in his hand as he approached. She wasn't all that familiar with him as a person, but she nodded as he asked if he could have an egg, or rather, made it sound like he was doing her a favor by taking an egg, rather than the other way around. Then again, Sterling didn't mind, and really people taking the eggs were doing her a favor. Imagining being surrounded in starlizards wasn't something she wanted to live.
"Just be careful with it, and don't drop it," she couldn't help but remind since he seemed to be rolling it in his hand. "It should hatch sometime soon so make sure you keep food on hand and keep it warm until then."
Egg 1 for Mickell (Shiftergirl)
Dramatic, Trusting, Cuddly
Another person approached, this person one of the small handful of Garnetriders in the Weyr, who had been standing off to the side for a little while, almost as if she hadn't been sure. She seemed more sure now, pressing forward and asking politely for an egg. Well, there were two eggs left still, Sterling saw no reason to deny the young Garnetrider one. So she nodded to her question, and scooped out an egg for the rider.
"Here you go," she said, handing the egg over carefully. "I'm sure I don't need to tell you, but keep it warm, have food ready for it, it should hatch before long."
Egg 2 for Aesidhe (Nymphali)
Faithful, Quiet, Curious