A New Target

Spring is here and with it, those annoying floating seed-poufs are everywhere, swirling high and low, settling upon everything and sprouting more weeds. Not only are the gardeners and farmers aggrieved by them, but the dragons find the tickle annoying when they cling to their hides and the weyrfolk find they float inside to settle in food and drink, settle on the surface of the hot springs, clog intake vents on machinery.

Since dragons have been practicing with flame on straw targets, the idea has quietly been voiced that some aerial practice might benefit both Riders and Weyr alike. Those secretly concerned about the return of Thread will suggest a more realistic target might be found in the floating seed and offer the dragons the chance to flame something from the sky and those irritated with the stuff can know its being destroyed before it becomes more of an annoyance.

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