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Why can't I cross this river? [Open]

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Why can't I cross this river? [Open]

Nature, nurture heaven and home
Sum of all, and by them, driven
To conquer every mountain shown
But I've never crossed the river

Nyrida was determined, she was resilient. A survivor. No matter how much the mistakes of the past weighed on her, no matter how keenly she felt her suffering, no matter how self-sacrificing and determined to bear her burden (even though it was mostly self-imposed), she still pressed on. Still...some part of her wondered why she couldn't move on. Was she weak? Or did she just deserve it? Her soulmate had been lost, due to her own carelessness. How could she forgive herself?

How could she expect to be worthy of a dragon?

With Fort's queen rising, Nyrida knew she would transfer to meet the clutch. She would hope, she would pray. But did she deserve a dragon? The dragon would decide, of course. It wasn't her call. But why would a dragon choose to be stuck with her?

Some days were worse than others. Sometimes she just needed to wallow in self-pity, and she recognized that. It was her burden to bear alone--so why couldn't she be stronger? Why couldn't she make up for it? With a heavy heart, she let her feet take her where they may. They stopped just outside of her room, in the common area. Someone was around. Maybe she wouldn't need to be lonely anymore. Maybe she wouldn't need to be awful to know. Shards, Nyrida, she thought to herself. Why are you like this, today?

Still, she put on a stiff, awkward smile, and approached her fellow candidate. She'd known them, of course, seen them in her lessons. She made a point to remember people's names, even if she had never spoken to them. No matter her emotions, she kept her expression neutral. No matter her guilt, she still yearned for human companionship. "Greetings," she said, softly.

The hands of the many must join as one
And together we'll cross the river

((Takes place before transferring to Fort for the hatching! Lyrics from "The Humbling River" by Puscifer.))
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