H'lee, of course, hadn't joined in the running. He didn't do that very well these days. So instead, he'd gone down to the barn where they'd been feeding their dragons and started getting oil and towels warmed by the fire. The lake was still frozen over, so they wouldn't be going for a dip in those frigid waters! That meant they needed baskets full of water and brushes to scrub with. Absently, H'lee wondered how many of them would remember to grab the brushes and jars of oil that had been left on the shelves behind their dragons' couches for them.
Normally, the human half of the newly-Impressed pairs would miss a few spots during their first bathing. Between the hatchlings' extreme hunger and exhaustion and the thrall of the new bond, it was easy to miss a place that was hard to reach or didn't itch too much right away. This time, after the youngsters were fed, they'd be starting to stay awake for a bit after feedings already as the sleep and last several feedings rejuvenated them from the strain of hatching. Now was the time to show the human pairs the proper way to bathe a dragon. While Seeth would gladly have volunteered for this, he was far too large to fit inside the barn with all the hatchlings - and it was just as important for the dragon halves to see what was to be done to them so they could tell their riders if they missed a spot.
So, after the youngsters arrived and fed their dragons, he had Zhlucarth, as the largest weyrling, come to the center of the room. "Now, you all did a fine job yesterday, but now you're going to learn how to properly scrub your dragon down. Easier here in the barn than in the lake or the ocean, anyhow."
He stressed the importance of a dragon being clean and oiled from end to end. "It'll be a lot harder to keep up with this as they grow, but by the time they're ready to go between, they won't be growing so fast, so it'll be a lot easier to make sure they're oiled all over then."
Having Zhlucarth's rider perform the actions and correcting them as necessary, H'lee explained that when bathing them right after they ate, it was better to start behind the head - do the neck, the back, and the tail first, then the belly and legs, and do the claws and face last.
Once washed, they could start oiling around the face and work their way to the tail. "I can't stress enough how important it is that you get your fingers into every crease and crevice in your dragon's hide. When we travel to the Academy, you'll have ample opportunity to find out if you're doing a good job. The salt water you'll be bathing in has a similar effect on dragons' hides as the chill of between does, so if you miss any spots, they'll get tender, sore, chapped, and itchy, and your dragon most definitely won't neglect to tell you about it!"
Once the demonstration of techniques was complete, H'lee and the other Assistant Weyrlingmaster's oversaw the other youngsters as they worked on their dragons. After they finished washing their dragons, they had to pass inspection by one of the Weyrlingmasters; similarly, after oiling, they had to be inspected. As they neared completion, H'lee called for their attention. "You have until an hour before lunch to spend with your dragons. I know you're tired, so you can go nap with your dragons, but I encourage you to stay awake; napping will keep your body from adjusting to your new schedule. Go for walks, talk to each other, play games, whatever you'd like to do. If possible, make it something you can share with your dragon. For example, if you want to play a game of dragon poker, mentally show your dragon your cards. Show your dragon your hobby and do it with them if you can. This next hour is your chance to strengthen the bond with your dragon, and will be every day for the next month - take advantage of it."
This Post: Brunch feeding of dragonets, bathing and oiling, bonding time
Deadline: Saturday, June 23
Next Post: Sunday, June 24; Stretching exercises, sandbag tossing
Makeup Deadline: Fayble and Derrick - Sunday, July 1
Additional notes: In reviewing the site's rules, I found a statement under the Crafters section that 80% of all classes are required so...I've updated the weyrling lesson section of the rules a bit to sort of match: you have to make 80% of the posts in a mini-lesson to pass the lesson. For this thread, that means 10 out of the 12 posts. Note: I'll try to plan out future mini-lesson threads so I can tell you at the beginning how many posts you have to make to pass (they won't be nearly as easy to figure out as this one, though, probably).
K'so had not spotted the brushes and oil pot that were left in their barracks, so he and Qancith arrived without them. In fact, K'so didn't even realize they were going to be bathing, so he wasn't at all prepared. Thankfully, the Weyrlingmaster had predicted that, so he wasn't the only one who hadn't noticed.I'm getting a little tired of wherry meat. Can't I have some of that?
Qancith complained, indicating the herdbeast meat.
K'so flinched. He'd been hoping Qancith wouldn't notice. He'd never gotten the hang of cutting the herdbeast meat. "Um, hey, A'lo...does Rikraketh want some wherry meat? I'll trade you for some herdbeast meat..."
he suggested to his friend.
After feeding, he paid minimal attention to what H'lee said about bathing their dragons. It was a good thing Qancith was paying attention. K'so was exhausted and fumbled through the bathing ritual, only kept in line by his blue's jibbing and reminders. The same thing happened with the oil, but the difference was that the warm towel he'd dried off with and was currently draped over his shoulders, the warm oil he was rubbing into Qancith's hide, and the general warmth of the room was making him very sleepy.
He was chided by one of the Weyrlingmasters more than once during the bathing and oiling for sloppiness. He was very glad when he finally passed inspection and H'lee released them. He vaguely heard the Weyrlingmaster's warning about not taking a nap, but he didn't really care. He and Qancith headed back to their barracks and he stripped out of his dirty clothing and, leaving it on the floor where it fell, collapsed into his bunk and passed out.