"Once you step out on those Sands on the day of Hatching, there's no turning back. You'll either walk off those Sands, or be carried off, and it all depends on how you treat the clutchmother and how you respond to the hatchlings. Your entrance is right over there," she pointed to a seemingly tiny doorway not far from where the golden queen rested beside her eggs. "Can anyone tell me what the first thing is that you'll do when you step out on those Sands?" She paused, waiting for one of the Candidates to respond.
"Now, there are some things you'll have to do immediately before going out on the Sands. There are two rooms to either side of that entrance, one for boys and one for girls. In them are tubs of water and a bunch of towels, as well as a closet full of Candidate robes and boots. As soon as the dragons start humming, you'll be sent to these rooms to clean up and dress before going onto the Sands.
"Now, everyone tell me what you already know about the clutchmother's behavior in the time leading up to Hatching."