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The thrill of the chase
Mon May 1, 2006 7:42am (XFF:

Classes. Schyler’s upper lip curled with displeasure as she thought of them. Even she had to admit, that some of the classes were informative. It was interesting to learn about different cultures and nations. All this information could be used to create new songs and polish up the stories gleemen told children. Schyler knew well enough how such stories were pieced together with practice and constant rehearsals as her own parents were gleemen too. She had been brought up with such kind of stories. Arthur Hawkwing and Brigitte and such other heroes were quite some friends to live up with when you were a child, but Schyler had enjoyed the ability to play with her dreams and fantasies as she wished. Growing up with a travelling theatre-troupe didn’t exactly help one get friends Schyler’s own age so that was the only way how she could have any friends at all.

But still Schyler didn’t like classes. They took away part of her freedom. Part of the time she could spend running in the gardens, brushing the horses in the White Tower stables, dancing or climbing trees while exploring the gardens. Schyler wasn’t a lady and she had never made a secret of it. She was vain in her own way, wishing she was prettier and that she wouldn’t look so much of a child. But she would always prefer country-folk and simple workers to fancy nobles who couldn’t do anything with their hands. And she would much prefer chasing the wind rather than attending some stuffy ball where etiquette rules denied you to do anything fun.

Schyler cooed softly and petted the dove sitting on her outstretched arm while feeding bread-crumbs to the bird at the same time. There was a number of birds gathered around her and even a squirrel could be seen at the foot of a near-by tree. Living so close to the White Tower had made sure that the birds weren’t afraid of humans. And the months Schyler had spent feeding bread to the birds had finally paid off and allowed her to get close enough to the animals to actually touch them. Sure, it meant that she went around with her stomach a bit emptier as she fed half of her food to the birds but it didn’t matter. There had never been too much food when she grew up, so the feeling wasn’t unfamiliar to Schyler.

Schyler threw the last pieces of breadcrumbs to Cariad, the black crane catching the food on flight. The crane was a smart one. Half-wild, half-tame. Schyler had nursed him back to health after finding the newly hatched bird with a broken wing on the side of the road about two years ago. And so Cariad had stuck with her. He never came very close and he never stayed with Schyler constantly. But he came by about once a week or so expecting Schyler to feed him. A task Schyler fulfilled merrily. „Sorry, folks, that’s all for today,“ Schyler told the birds and clapped her hands to clear her palms from small crumb-pieces stuck there. The birds hooted and let out thrillers and beated the air with their wings as they took off, the dove who had been sitting on Schyler’s arm scratching her skin with it’s claws a little bit.

„Wish I could fly away just as freely as you guys,“ Schyler muttered moodily while looking at the birds soar away in their own direction. A strand of hair fell onto Schyler’s cheek and she blew it away while turning around to see where she had dropped a ribbon with what she could secure her rather wild mane of hair at the nape of her neck. A croak caught her attention before and Schyler glanced over her shoulder to Cariad: „Yes, yes, I know. I’m not a bird and therefore I’m condamned to travel only as far as my legs can carry me. That doesn’t mean I can’t dream, so hush you.“ Schyler smiled noticing Cariad sitting on a near-by rock with the tan ribbon she had been searching for between the birds beak.

„Good! You found my ribbon,“ Schyler stated with a small grin as she straightened up and took a step towards Cariad. Only to have the bird spread its wings and took off. „Cariad!“ Schyler called almost admonishingly while grabbing hold of the skirt of the white novice’s dress and raising the hem of the skirt so that it wouldn’t get caught under her legs. Chasing after the crane that seemed to be floating just out of her reach all the time Schyler ran through most of the garden until coming to a small pond that Schyler almost toppled into. Grabbing hold of a near-by branch to steady herself while letting go of the hem of her dress Schyler felt a chuckle escape from between her lips while she stayed a bit bowed over for a moment. Her chest was heaving as Schyler panted a little for once giving the white dress some shape that Schyler’s almost childish body couldn’t usually do. Her cheeks were red from the exercise, but her hazel eyes with golden specks in them were shining with the thrill of the chase. Even if her hair with it’s naturally red and strawberry-blond and brown and almost golden strands was tumbling down her back up to her waist in a mess once again.

„Cariad!“ Schyler called again to the crane looking around in search for the bird but instead noticed a woman sitting on the benches that were gathered next to the pond. Schyler griamced at the sight of the seats. A class. At least in open air today. Schyler pushed her hair behind her ears in a fruitless attempt to look a bit more proper even if her hair was doing pretty much what it wanted once again a moment later. She couldn’t very fell run away from this class now that the teacher had already seen her, so she might as well try to get this over with as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Cariad seemed to have gotten tired of the game as well as Schyler wasn’t chasing him anymore so the crane circled the benches for a couple of times before dropping the ribbon on the ground and flying off to handle whatever business it was that crane’s had to handle. Schyler walked towards the benches stumbling once on a small rock making her leg bend awkwardly for a moment. The woman could take it as a curtsy if she wanted to. But Schyler wasn’t going to bow before someone who wasn’t an Aes Sedai. And this girl was still lacking the tell-tale ageless features so Schyler was rather certain she wasn’t an Aes Sedai yet.

„I’m Schyler,“ Schyler told the woman almost challengingly as she picked up her ribbon and sat down on her knees on the ground as near to the pond as possible. Turning her eyes over to the lake Schyler tried to untangle her hair with the help of her fingers before starting to braid it. The serene atmosphere of the garden here soothed her nerves a little so Schyler didn’t even fully notice at which point she started to quietly sing about the Horn of Valere to herself. One good thing about g´being the daughter of a gleeman – Schyler could sing and she knew a very wide variety of songs to fit pretty much her every mood.

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