GENRE: Upper MG Fantasy
In the kingdom of Medina the Hatching Festival was in full swing as Princess Reyna and her mother were gently handed up the three steps to their viewing box in front of the dragons’ nest. Bright fabrics and fresh flowers adorned the square. Lively music was playing in the distance while the area near the eggs was kept quiet. Chirping could be heard from inside the large rocklike eggs as the babies were impatient to emerge.
“How are you enjoying the festival?” asked King Leon, Reyna's father, as she took her seat beside him.
Reyna took in the noisy crowd, the tempting smell of festival foods, and the feeling of frivolity in the air. She loved any chance to escape the castle walls but this was special.
"It’s wonderful," she said excitedly. “I always love seeing the new dragons and I truly hope a girl is chosen. It’s been so long since..."
"The dragons always surprise us," her father interrupted. “But it’s not like the girls can become the warriors that the boys do. They will farm or guard the eggs or some such thing.”
Reyna ignored the comment. She knew her father thought talk of dragons and fighting was not right for a gently reared princess. Proper ladies should focus on music or embroidery or some other appropriate hobby. He didn’t even approve of her riding horses. She wasn’t going to let his social standards ruin this. It was only the third hatching she’d ever been allowed to attend.