Not even a full week had passed since Laikanurinato had left his family behind. Just a handful of days separated the brothers that usually spent every moment at the other's side. For Lakanurinato it seemed like an entire lifetime had slipped away from him as he tried to adjust to his new home. In that short span of time his whole world had been shaken apart. Not only was he in a strange place, in a strange bed, he just received some of the worst news imaginable. A short missive had found its way to the young man just a few moments ago. The familiar slant of the words proved that it had been penned by his older sibling. Lakaric's words, his phrasing were laced with excitement, wonder and a small dose of sadness. A sadness that Laikanu mimicked in his own features.
His brother had done it. In that short span of days, a hatching had surprised the man's home-weyr. Just as Lai had predicted, Karic had been one of the first to find his life-partner. If Lai had been there the blue eyed man was certain that he too would have been chosen at last! Grumbling, muttering and sighing to himself, Lai tortured his already hurt ego by reading the short missive over and over again in the most public of places in the weyr: the Dining Hall.
With one sharp word and a sharp jab of a fist, Lai's already battered hands spilled fresh blood onto his marred skin and the scarred wooden table. "Shard-it, Karic! Why couldn't you have come with me?!" He muttered harshly. Each word from the man's lips grew in volume until he had the unwanted attention of several people around him. "What? Haven't you ever talked to yourself?" He hissed at the closest of them with a scowl now marring his usually happy face. Didn't the folks in this odd weyr believe in privacy? So what if he was in the dining hall? It wasn't as if he knew anywhere other than his shared candidate rooms! With a heavy thunk, Laikanu's brawler's frame met the wooden bench below him. Why was luck always against him? Letting the scrap of hide flutter to the table's surface, Lai felt his head fall forward into his waiting palms. "Why can't anything go right anymore?" He said choking slightly on his words.