Kebrin: Journal Entry 1

This journal entry takes place between Episodes 1.8 and 1.9.

My name is Kebrin of Ista Weyr, and I am 13 Turns old.

Garoway gave me this journal, and said I should keep my thoughts in it.

He also warned me to think  very carefully about everything I want to write before I do it, because “paper is precious and ink unforgiving.”

They decided a few months ago to shut down Ista Weyr because it’s stood mostly empty my entire life.

Ista Weyr is my home and I don’t want to see it go away.

But Thread was an awful, horrible thing and I’m glad that we don’t need brave dragons and dragonmen to fight them anymore.  I don’t want to see my friends, human or dragon, hurt or even killed.

So I feel two ways about the same thing, which is really confusing.

Garoway sent a letter a few months ago with the Captain of the Cormorant, Brychan, asking that Harper Hall consider taking me as an apprentice.

A response arrived by dragon a few days ago, telling me that I had a month to get to Harper Hall at Fort Hold.

I leave tomorrow.

I’m excited and scared.

I always love flying and I look forward to meeting other kids my own age – I hope I fit in and make lots of friends! – but I really hope that the Master Harpers see the same thing in me that Garoway does.

If they don’t, they’ll probably send me home in a few days in shame.  I don’t even like thinking about that; if it’s possible to die of embarrassment, I think I would.

When I wasn’t packing or trying to learn what I could about life in Harper Hall – I think I’ve worn Garoway’s patience thin at this point – I was studying and practicing my music.  I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard in my life.

I want to make Garoway, Harish, Nialla, Kindi, Rianne, Oswina, H’nor, B’dir, and all the rest of my family proud.  I want to make Ista Weyr proud.

This is my chance to become a real Harper, not just someone who strums a guitar or can pick out a few notes on a set of pipes, and I won’t waste it.

One day, I will come home to Ista Weyr to be their Weyrharper – to make certain that their songs and stories aren’t lost.  They’re my friends and my family, and I won’t see them forgotten.

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