A week later, she again slowly made the endless climb up the stairs to her chamber. Physically tired from consistent battle, and mentally exhausted after yet another round of team mate abandonment, she pushed open her door, pulled off her boots and collapsed face first onto her bed. She slept through the next round of chattering between Voron and Volos, a visit from Obsi, and Druid Krieger returning the portrait of her father with a note that said, “I finally got rid of the spell! You can hang this safely now.”
When she finally awoke, she slowly rose and stretched as she walked over to the window. She gently ran the back of her finger down the raven’s neck as she looked out the window. At least two dozen druids were racing frantically around the base. She quickly changed and groomed herself and bounded down the stairs into the sunshine. She made her way toward the breeding castle just in time to see Jul and Renard being led out of the castle. She let out an uncharacteristic squeal and raced inside.
Lying in a nest of golden straw and bathed in a silvery glow was Hauset’s egg. Dally couldn’t stop herself from staring at it, and was startled when the druids wheeled in a cart to carefully transport the egg to the dragons’ den. She followed, and stayed to watch them toss the egg tokens until the egg was completely covered. The druids then carefully placed the egg back on the cart and gently guided it to the incubator, where Druid Krieger was waiting.
“Ah, I knew you’d want to be here for this,” he said with a smile as she approached.
Dally smiled back. “Wouldn’t miss it for anything.”
The egg was placed into the incubator, and the druids began to chant to start the life-giving fire. Within a few moments, more druids arrived to add the time altering spells Dally and her riders had gathered. Suddenly the egg shook, and several loud cracking sounds rang out as the egg exploded and the dragon within shot into the sky. Hauset circled the base several times before gently coming to rest before her Dragon Lord.
“Aren’t you just gorgeous!” Dally cooed as she gently pet Hau’s neck. Hau stood straight, raising her head as if to say, “Why yes I am gorgeous!”
Dally smiled widely and looked at Druid Krieger. “Please take her in and feed her,” she said softly. “Once she’s ready, she and I have a LOT of work to do.”