"Well, some of you already know," he paused to acknowledge Apollo and any other Candidates who had firelizards or dragonets on their shoulders, "some of the exciting things that happen after you Impress. Would any of you like to share some of the things that happen in those first few days after the bond is formed?"
After answers were volunteered, he continued. "I and a couple of my Assistants will be remaining here with you for the first fortnight after you Impress, helping you through these days. After that, we'll all travel by foot to the Sea Hold and we'll board a ship bound for the Academy. You'll be doing physical and mental exercises and I'll be teaching you things about dragons in general. Starting in your third month of weyrlinghood, we'll start formation drills.
"Does anyone know at what age your dragon gets to start flying, or when you get to fly with your dragon for the first time? How about when you get to start using firestone or flamethrowers? At what age do you get to go between for the first time? And at what age will your dragon start participating in mating flights, either as a rising female or a chasing male?"