Aranrod nodded, biting her lip as she thought about her options. Even if she were still in contact with her brothers, she wouldn't trust either of them with her fire lizards. Gidion would surely try to come up with a way to use the fire lizards in some plot, and Gilwy would allow it. Friends at Harper Hall? She had been here at the Weyr several turns, now, and she hadn't been particularly close to any of them even before becoming a candidate.
"I don't know how I'll handle it either, if I ever Impress," she said, with a weak smile. She hadn't Impressed the little bronzes on purpose, but even if she had known at the time that they would be a problem if she ever Impressed a dragon, how likely would that have seemed. It certainly wouldn't have stopped her even if she had gotten them on purpose. Then Nali's throwaway comment about petsitters registered, and Aranrod laughed a little in delight. "Oh, if there isn't something like that, there should be," she said. And something like an opportunity, if she didn't Impress soon.
How could they arrange it, though? Neither candidates nor weyrlings tended to have a lot of marks to spare. But surely the ones with lizards of their own were more likely than others to be able to promise an egg in the future? Though Aranrod couldn't exactly promise that herself. Not with two bronzes. She bit her lip, looking at her two boys and considering. She could actually pull this off better if she had a gold, but aside from that fact that it was pure luck with lizard eggs, she had no way to get one, and it would be ridiculous to try to get MORE lizards before Impressing if having them at all was her problem.
She sighed and shook her head. "Well, I would be willing to watch someone else's pets until their hatchling is old enough, but that doesn't solve who I would ask to watch mine," she said, frustrated. Maybe she could recruit a weyrbrat at that point. There had to be kids that were old enough to do the work, and young enough to be excited to play with the fire lizards for a while?
The best thing, though, would be if she could set up some sort of system. Something where candidates with pets took care of a few extra until they Impressed and handed theirs off for a while....
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