Mendl got back to the Candidate Barracks tired, dirty...and elated. She would happily miss every party in the future if she got to experience this type of thing every time. Imagine! She saw all of Foreth's eggs laid. She saw the two gold eggs! She got to hold (well, briefly) one of the two gold eggs.
Granted, she wouldn't wish this on Foreth ever again, but, well, shards and shells!
She went into the bathing pool in the Barracks to wash off the dirt and fluids. She felt so grubby, but she didn't care.
The pool in the Candidate Barracks was always the perfect temperature, but when Mendl fell asleep and fell under the water, spluttering her way back to air, she decided it was time to sleep. Some candidates were quietly talking; some were still at the party. She just wanted to go to bed.
The next morning, the first thing she did was seek out Dytha. Her friend had to be dying to know what Mendl experienced!