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Ahoy, First Lesson!
Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:40pm (XFF:

So the first day of her novicedom had passed and gone, and she awoke yet another day an initiate of the White Tower. She hardly found that plausible as of yet; there must have been a mistake, despite whatever embracing tests she may have passed! But for now she considered it a blessing the Creator had endowed upon her, and took her stroke of luck in good stride. Closer to the truth, she took it in all of ecstasy. Her azure-hued eyes stared at the white plaster of her ceiling at the break of dawn, her lids having whipped back to expose them, and she tentatively patted her hand around her for the feel of the soft, if plain, sheets that were rumpled beneath her, for the material of the coverlets that were tangled about her. Yes, it was all substantial.

With that thought in mind she rose with a smile, and prompted to make her bed in all of careful ministration. Her covers she folded just so, and her sheets she straightened and smoothed, tucking its edges and corners beneath the thin (and hard) mattress that sat above the bed’s wooden frame; giving the whole of it a satisfactory pat, she whipped around and performed the morning’s preparation in getting herself ready for the day’s events. She slipped on her wide novice dress—its width that way because of her unfortunate girth—and as she was attempting to pet her auburn hair into a semblance of order, her door crashed open.

She spun to perceive its source, and came face to face with a girl also in novice whites, whose features might have been lovely if but for an overpowering jut of chin. “I heard there was a new girl—” the novice began, and then her eyes latched onto her properly for the first time; expectedly, her face twisted with a sneer. “Oh. I had heard you were….skinnier.”

Lilli smiled, walking a step towards her and holding out a hand. “Hi,” she said, “I’m Lilli. I am new here, and I was wondering if—?”

“I was told to remind you that there’s a lesson held in the Oval Lecture Hall today,” the girl overrode her, quite without tact, “It’s your first lesson—you might not want to miss it.” And with another smirking grin over her shoulder she turned and left the room. The door slammed behind her, and Lilli flinched.

Walking over to her drawers, she extracted a white pouch that had also been issued to her along with her white novice’s uniforms. Carefully taking this out, she looped the straps around her waist, though to her chagrin and horror, the ends didn’t quite meet. Sighing, she returned the pouch to the drawer and quietly shut it, and then determined to request her mentor, Accepted Aranisia, for another one later today. Giving her hair another pat, she quickly stepped out of her room.

The halls and ramps that spiraled their way down from the wells were foreign to her, though the day previously she had roamed them to a degree. Once she exited the premises of the novices’ residence she was quite and fully lost, but thankfully with the aid of passing serving maids she was able to sketch her way towards the place called the Oval Lecture Hall. There, she found a cluster of other white-garbed figures, as well as two Aes Sedai. Two Aes Sedai! She made her curtsies and waited for her turn to speak, which she did tremulously and with much heat infusing into her cheeks: “I’m Novice Lilli Bloom, Aes Sedai, from Whitebridge. In Andor.” Was it an insult to Aes Sedai if she said it like that? She couldn’t be sure. Another pulse of heat traversed up the thick column of her throat.

Presently what was called a ‘gateway’ was formed before them, to hers and many others’ gasps—though most novices here had seen such a spectacle before—, and Miravalles Sedai and Thorhild Sedai led them into Altara. Altara! She had never stepped foot into the land, nor had expected to do so in such a manner. As she walked into what looked like something out of a dream, her eyes widened their full length even as the sweat popped out of her pores. Distractedly she speculated that this sun would be most hazardous to her skin considering it was so fair. She eagerly joined the others as they took their spots at stone seats reserved for them.

“I would like….I would like to make my bet on Rosamund…”

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