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At dinner, Roran breaks the news to Garrow about his new job.
Roran and Eragon are expecting the worst, but Garrow is actually okay with it: "It's life's natural course," he says (8.12).
Roran is leaving in two weeks, but in the meantime Eragon feels bummed out and awkward around his cousin.
On the bright side, Saphira is getting bigger. Eragon can now sit on her, in the hollow between her neck and shoulders.
They spend a lot of time together. Eragon teaches her new words, and she teaches him about how a dragon thinks and behaves.
Eragon struggles to find a good time to tell his family about Saphira. It's never a good time to break the I've-been-raising-a-baby-dragon news.
He finally decides to tell Roran the night before he's about to leave for the miller job. When he gets to Roran's room, though, Eragon sees him start to pack a gift that Eragon gave him: a polished rock. (We're guessing that iGadgets and video games weren't around in Alagaësia.)
Something stops Roran, though, and he puts the rock back on the shelf.