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One More to Stand Attention
Tue May 2, 2006 1:56pm
80.62.159.58 (XFF: 192.168.1.3)

Trying not to yawn Taphen got up to put his tray away, some days lunch seemed to make him more tired than revitalize him, and this was slowly turning into one of those days. He had spent the morning running from the Grey Halls to the library and back, apparently not all Aes Sedai felt a need or a desire to conduct their own studies in the vicinity of the library. That was not what had bothered Taphen, chores and running errands was part of a Novice’s training. She could have made up her mind as to what book she actually needed. he couldn’t desire whether she had done it, because she was in a foul mood, and novices were such easy targets, or that she was just ignorant to the history of Domani nobility.

Taking a deep breath, Taphen schooled his mind to stillness. These past few months had been a steady climb in self-confidence, but he still made a habit of not harboring ill feeling toward Aes Sedai. Well most Aes Sedai anyway, somehow he could do nothing toward his dislike of Myrth Sedai, a sadistic and torturing Yellow. He still had no proof, but he didn’t really need any, he could very well imagine what kind of sick experiments she was up to. Again he calmed his mind, his face seemed to mirror his thoughts too well and he would not be caught scowling, if he could avoid it.

The lesson he was heading to could prove interesting. It was Medaea how would be teaching, an Accepted he had taking lessons with when she was a fellow novice. They had never talked; Taphen had not been able to muster up the courage. Her entire presence made it clear that there had to be a very good reason for contacting her, and Taphen had never been able to voice one that was good enough. Still, she might remember him, and it was always nice to see people advance in ranks, it meant that he might too one day.

Almost six years in the Tower had pushed Taphen into his twenties, adding age to his eyes and general demeanor, but little else. He was still tiny in frame, average in height and slightly pale. He no longer looked as if he would die of famish at any moment, but he could not yet pass for a well nourished young man. His blond hair still only reaching his neck, was fairly tidy, as demanded by the Tower. Many a time he had thought about changing the cut in his tunic, but being a novice that would only have served him penance, and he would rather not experience any more of that. The rules were clear and following them was not that difficult, however tiresome they might be.

Reaching the garden Taphen felt slightly more refreshed as the sun seemed to feed him new energy. He was not the first to arrive, Accepted Medaea and Alain were there with a few novices. Not enough to make him the last which was good, it was never fun to be the last one there and Taphen would rather avoid the attention. Reaching the two Accepted, Taphen gave each a bow as deep as they deserved, “Goodday Accepted Alain, Accepted Medaea,” he flashed her a brief smile, only for an instant, as if to acknowledge her ascendance from the novice-hood they are shared for a time, even congratulating it. “I am Novice Taphen al’Goud, pleased to be here.”

He moved to stand with the others, as no one but the Accepted were sitting. The smile might have been beyond good manners, as it indicated that they were friends, which they were not, but she had had tightness around her eyes. Taphen figured she was nervous about teaching, and he had meant it to be nothing more than an assurance and an acknowledgement of her newfound status.



OOC: one has to be careful here it seems… punishment is but a poor choice away. :-) Enjoy!

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