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To make an effort
Tue May 9, 2006 10:41am (XFF:

Observing the two Accepted, Medaea and Alain, Teiran was struck by an increasing awareness of just how much higher than him they were placed in the order of things. Sure, he had been explained that reaching Accepted was something that required a lot of work, and that it was as high above Novice as Aes Sedai was above Accepted. One thing was hearing it, however. To be seeing it was another thing altogether. Medaea and Alain both led the class with a presence and firmness that suggested authority and station far above those they were teaching. Accepted Medaea might be taking advantage of her upbringing - every Novice knew what she was capable of, or thought they knew -, but Teiran couldn't see Accepted Alain being able to fake that kind of authority if it hadn't been given to him. And that was the clue, wasn't it? No one had authority within the White Tower, unless it was given to them by the Aes Sedai. As he had learned in a White Tower class just a few days earlier, that applied even to the Amyrlin Seat.

It was just dawning on Teiran that becoming Accepted wasn't just a stopover on the road to Aes Sedai-hood, when Accepted Alain began demonstrating the weave they were going to learn. All thoughts except concentrating on learning the weave fled his mind, as they always did when it came to learning more about the One Power. Water, Earth and Spirit, woven into the now-familiar grids. Earth and Spirit would be easy enough, but Teiran had been having problems doing anything with Water lately. Of all the five elements, Water was the most elusive to him. He found comfort in the fact that everyone had a weak element, though. He might be weak in Water, but even Aes Sedai had been impressed by how quick and successful his Earth weaves was.

As they all moved over to a rosebush of their choice, Teiran noticed one of the other Novices sniggering at him while he sat down on his stool with demonstrative ease. Suppressing an urge to hit him with a flow of Air or his fists - which in either case would have earned him more than a talking-to - Teiran instead rolled his eyes, as if at a silly child, and turned his back on him. Half a second later, the other Novice - the entire class, in fact - was gone from his mind. The rosebush in front of him was indeed stronger and healthier than any he had seen before, the deep green leaves contrasting beautifully with the white roses, but he hardly noticed it, totally focused on the channeling. Embracing saidin, Teiran began trying to duplicate what Accepted Alain had just shown to the class. He had been working with grids in previous classes as well, and had learnt exactly where to reinforce it to avoid having the Water threads falling out. Teiran allowed himself a moment just savoring the sweet battle of saidin before beginning to weave. The sheer power of it all made him giddy sometimes. Just feeling the power wasn't enough, however. He had to know how to use it as well, so he quickly picked out one thread each of Water and Spirit.

When he was satisfied with the first part, a grid of interlocking Water and Spirit weaves was floating before him. He had used a bit more Spirit than Accepted Alain had, to be able to hold the whole thing together, but he considered it'd be alright. Settling the weave around the roots of the bush, Teiran began working on the rest of the weave. The Earth threads almost flew into place, and the rest of the Spirit and Water only slightly less so. They entwined themselves around the roots, Spirit mixed with Earth mixed with Water, and finally, as the last thread was laid in place, they sunk into the roots. The effect was as immediate as Accepted Medaea had promised. A few of the roses grew slightly, and one bud just in front of his eyes grew, and opened up into a fully grown flower within seconds.

Looking around at the rest of the class, Teiran noticed most of the Novices were almost finished as well, only a few were struggling over the weaves. They seemed to be weaving almost without care of what they did or where they placed them, just trying something in haste, and when it didn't work, try again. Whereas Teiran's careful, deliberate weaving had paid off. At the first try! When Alain came around to him, Teiran carefully removed the one bud that had grown into a full rose, and asked for a Keeping weave. Observing as closely as he had done when the flower weave had been performed, he thought he soon could perform a Keeping weave himself. Added together with the Keeping weave being demonstrated over and over again in that Healing class with Myrth Sedai, he sure had enough examples of how it was supposed to be done. What he lacked, was the opportunity to practice. Perhaps he'd just risk one small attempt tonight, when everyone was sleeping.

Teiran smiled and thanked Accepted Alain as the rose was delivered back to him, and he went over to join the large place where they had all been sitting, and standing, in the beginning of the lesson. To his astonishment, the boy who had sniggered at him for being punished, came over and offered a sincere apology for being so rude. Teiran accepted the apology, and told the boy not to think anymore of it. In truth, even though it had been Teiran who had been punished today, the next time it might be someone else entirely, and for a trivial a reason as any. Someone who made fun of other Novices, would find little compassion when it was their turn.

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