A Stitch at a Time [Fel]

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A Stitch at a Time [Fel]

Dobby liked sewing. Sewing leather was harder than sewing cloth though and he kept getting it wrong. They weren't neat, pretty stitches like he usually made. They were too wide. Too crude. He tore them out with a frown.

Bad Dobby. Stupid Dobby. What kind of rider couldn't even fix their own straps?

Camilla said this was just practice, that it didn't have to be right just yet, but Dobby wanted it to be right. It was sewing. He was good at sewing. It was the one part of being a rider he KNEW how to do...

Breathe, kid. Put it down for a candlemark. Take a nap or go out and enjoy the sunshine, Kersuth suggested, Remind yourself that piece of leather's not the moon and stars.
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I'an wasn't having much more luck with sewing his straps than Dobby was. He was unaccustomed to such small, fiddly work. There was no physicality to it, no artistry, just 'put these stitches here'. As though he even knew what to do with a needle other than repeatedly stab himself in the thumb. Leather was worse: he had to punch holes first, but then the needle still never wanted to go through the hole straight. Not to mention the thread always wanted to tangle itself.

He slumped over the table, trying to hide his sad attempts with his face. He was probably the worst in his class at this. Everyone would look at it and know what a failure he was. He didn't even understand how he'd Impressed at all, really.

Because you were right, Coloth told him quietly.

He wasn't so sure. I'an turned his head to look over at Dobby, still laying on his straps. "Are you having a hard time too?" he asked, hoping he at least wasn't the only one struggling.
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"Dobby is trying. Dobby is trying very, very hard," Dobby said with a firm shake of his head. It wasn't hard. It was sewing, "Dobby can do yours too if you'd like?"

Once he figured out how that was. Because Dobby should help people. It was the right thing to do. I'an surely had other duties that were much important than a bit of menial sewing.

My kid doesn't have the hang of it yet. He'll get there, Kersuth said, for Dobby's sake as much as I'an's, Maybe you can learn together. Some paths are easier to walk with a friend.
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I'an rolled his head on the table a bit in an approximation of a 'no'. He didn't need charity. And nothing could possibly make him look worse than letting someone else do his work for him. Being incompetent at it was one thing, but not doing it at all?

"I'll manage it." Somehow. "Besides, Kersuth said you're learning too, so it wouldn't be fair anyway." Not that it would have been fair in either case for Dobby to do it.
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"Oh Dobby doesn't mind. Dobby is trying to learn very fast," Dobby insisted as he stuck his finger. He hadn't pricked himself while sewing in turns. He stared at the drop of blood welling up in displeasure, "Dobby likes doing chores and helping."

There's a difference between helping and taking over, Kersuth reminded his rider, You both need to learn. I bet the rest of the class is struggling through the same thing.
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Ieyasu of Brown Ieyask
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T'rin of Brown Celeth
G'er of Garnet Neozeoth
Lily of Garnet Eridieth
Weyrling Ly'nk of Garnet Sakuyath
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Al'bus of Bronze Matanuth
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I'an rather doubted the rest of the class was struggling as much as he was. They hadn't been aimed like an arrow by their parents at a single goal in life, ignoring all other things in pursuit of it. All he knew was glasscrafting, and that was hardly applicable here.

"But I don't need help. I need to figure it out on my own as well."
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