Weeks went by as the senior queen grew heavier and heavier with eggs. This was beyond second nature to her now and if she had any discomfort from the extra bulk and weight then she didn't complain about it. Finally, the day came when her and Behemoth's children were to be laid on the sands. Paiseantath did not make a big deal of it. When she was younger she had been eager for the whole weyr to know the marvelous thing she was doing, but now she preferred to clutch alone. When the taske was over with, Paiseantath called out to her rider and her mate to come see Atricis's next clutch. With 22 eggs there was nothing but to be proud of the both of them, even if there was no golden shell.
The next several weeks always seemed to take forever as the soft shells slowly became harder and harder on the hot sand. Paiseantath continually moved and turned the eggs or rearranged them to her liking. Finally, the big day arrived. Or really it was the big night as the clutch decided to make it's entrance into the world in the dark hours of the early morning. Paiseantath called all candidates and those who wished to witness her children's birth to the hatching ground. Thus began another exciting and life changing hatching.
It what seemed too fast a time, all the shells had been hatched and the newly impressed shown off the sand so they could feed their newly bondeds. Once she was sure her children were in good hands, Paiseantath finally left the hatching grounds to stretch her wings and hunt for herself.
- 2 Bronze