Era did another undulating nod at Penny's curtsy and tucked her tail close to her side. Penny's praise both pleased and flustered her. And made Era feel awfully shy.
Timidly, she admitted, "I can't do all red roses yet. I haven't practiced enough. It takes a long time to get these things just right, but I'm so glad you like it!"
"Magic's such a tricky thing. I've several books on the subject, and my mother had even more, but I have trouble learning if I don't see it for myself. And it's not as though there are a lot of others willing to show me. Most dragons tend to keep to themselves." Which made sense, even if it frustrated Era.