Hiding In Plain Sight (ATTN: Any)

Jessica Freise

Yiyu closed her eyes and breathed. Excitement was almost so thick within the Weyr that you could have cut it with a knife. Her heart beat hard in her chest, her palms sweat. She couldn't imagine, if this was how things were on clutching day, what it would be like on hatching.

Eyes still closed, she rubbed her damp palms on the thighs of her outfit, then trailed them in the water of the lake where she knelt. She had never imagined she could be Searched, never thought she would amount to anything. A little voice inside her mind snidely remarked that she had yet to amount to anything, even now.

A candidate was not guaranteed Impression. That thought made her breath catch, her heart ache. She wanted to Impress, and badly. No more, she supposed, than every other boy or girl sent to stand, but in her heart she feared not doing so might break her.

Rising to her feet, she turned away from the lake and began to walk.

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