Eragon Fan Fiction ❯ Kvistr (Book 1 Of The Wyrda Series) ❯ Chapter 2
[ P - Pre-Teen ]
The sun fil tered down the canopy, lighting the forest be low a brilliant green as it reached Alanna's window and hit her in the face.
Wa king herself from her waking dreams, Alanna&n bsp;sat up and stretched languidly before she threw off the covers and walked to her& nbsp;
wash basin, her thoughts lost in ho w much her life might change today. Afte r dowsing herself lightly in the brisk water, she
walked to her closet and chos e her outfit for today. Alanna's shirt was a rich amethyst purple, her pants made out of&n bsp;animal hide.
Three years ago, her mother and father had gone off to war,&n bsp;to fight King Galbatorix. Neither of her& nbsp;parents made it back, and so
the&n bsp;care of herself and her brother went  ;to their uncle, their father's brother. It w as a terrible mistake. Alanna had never liked her
uncle and now she despised him. He wasn 't a nice person, which was the understatemen t of the century in Alannaâ€™s op inion. But,
hopefully, today her lot in& nbsp;life would change. No more eating last&n bsp;because she was female, no more playing&n bsp;restrictions. And,
most of all, no more Uncle Gerard.
Dressed and now excited, Alanna skipped to breakfast and stood beside her twi n brother, Dusan. Together, perfectly synched,&nbs p;
they bowed respective to their genders and watched as their uncle stuffed his face. His scraps went  ;next to Dusan. In the early
days,  ;her brother had tried to reason with th eir uncle to let her eat first, but his& nbsp;only reward was a switch to his backside and
Alanna being& nbsp;starved each morning Dusan spoke again G erard. Now, Dusan did his best to leave Alanna as much as he could.
Alanna knew her brothe r would have gladly given her all of&nbs p;his food and went hungry himself, knowing&n bsp;he could go out into the
forest and handpick his food from the bushes and t rees throughout the day, but their uncle need ed to be sure that Dusan was
eatin g enough because Dusan was the male and so he had to be strong  ;so he could rule over the female of his  ;life and be a good
warrior in batt le. Alanna and Dusan both agreed this wa s completely against their culture and their own&n bsp;personal beliefs but their
uncle had the power to do whatever he wanted to them so they did what they could to  ;placate him.
So, in his usual way, her& nbsp;brother ate enough to satisfy their uncle the n he slid his plate to Alanna's spot, le tting her come up to sit.
Politely,&nbs p;Alanna ate until the plate was clean and drank every&nbs p;drop of the water she was given. After  ;she and her brother gave
their uncle&n bsp;their plans for today they were allowed t o go about their way. Standing before th eir uncle again, they bowed again and
de murely walked out of the dining room. On ce the doors were closed behind them, the&nbs p;faÃ§ade their uncle had cultivated slippe d
away and the two siblings became child ren again as they laughed and raced to t he center of the city.
Because it was so early in the morning, there were not&nb sp;that many elves out yet, so Alanna and&nbs p;her brother raced into line and
bounc ed on their toes as they followed the li ne toward the eggs.
The eggs were set up on tables, organized by first col or, and then size from smallest to largest.&n bsp;Alanna gasped at the number and
col or variety of the eggs and she could alm ost cry. For Alanna, there was little that was more important in life than&n bsp;color, and this
was her dream come true, made even more perfect by the fact that the source of the colors were all& nbsp;dragon eggs, the very epitome
of b eauty.
Alanna was so consumed with the e ggs that her brother had to physically s hake her to get her out of her reve rie. It was her turn to
receive her  ;egg and she faced Queen Arya, curtsying.&nbs p;
"Good morning, Alanna! How do you fee l?" Queen Arya asked after writing down her name.
"Nervous, excited, mystified, a&nb sp;little afraid." She answered quickly, practically&nb sp;unable to stand still. She had to keep&nbs p;bouncing on
her toes to keep her exci tement form getting out of control.
Ary a chuckled. "Yes, I can understand that.  ;Alright, then. Let me see your eyes, da rling?"
Alanna leaned in toward her Que en and tried to not blink as Arya analyz ed her eyes, her fingers gently touching her& nbsp;chin. Then
Arya turned back to the& nbsp;parchment and wrote down a character before t urning to one of her assistants.
"You&n bsp;see, Alanna, Eragon discovered that there  ;is a correlation between the Rider's eyes and the dragon's color. We're using this
to our advantage. Until you either become&nb sp;a Rider or until you hold all of  ;the eggs, you will hold eggs that match  ;your purple
eyes. To make sure you  ;don't hold the same egg twice and accid entally skip over an egg, we're keeping a careful record of the
egg you ho ld every week. Each egg will be measured in size before you take it and bef ore we take it back in one week. Yo u'll
only get one week with each e gg and you'll have to give it back if it doesn't hatch. But even if none&nb sp;of the eggs hatch, don't
worry. Eggs& nbsp;will be produced in the future and you'll be allowed to try again year afte r year until the day you die. If, i n the event,
one of the eggs does hatch, I want you to come immediately&nb sp;to me with the hatchling to begin you r training, okay?"
"Good.& nbsp;Do you have any questions?"
Alanna  ;thought very hard and finally shook her  ;head. Then the assistant came back and handed a purple egg to Arya, who
measure d its size and documented it before she handed the egg to Alanna. Alanna was so nervous that she held the egg like she < br> would an infant. She bowed and stepped&n bsp;out of line to let her brother go.&n bsp;Dusan received a brilliant cyan egg and&n bsp;the two
carefully walked back to th eir uncle's house.
They spent the rest of&nbs p;the day in the same room, talking to&n bsp;each other and their eggs, dreaming about what would happen if they
became Riders. When it became dark, they separated&n bsp;and went to their bedrooms to sleep. Alan na stayed up later than usual,
though,& nbsp;still finding difficulty in her new pred icament. Staring at the egg tucked in be side her, Alanna unknowingly drifted into
her waking dreams.