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Not So Encouraging
Sat May 13, 2006 4:46am
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In the years that she had worn the novice whites, Sorcha had learnt that her element strengths started at Air and ended with Earth, with Water, Spirit and Fire in that order in the middle. Using Water and Spirit in this weave was no particular reason to rejoice, she had learnt steady control over both of them and could handle them with ease, but they still weren’t as much fun, or as easy, as handling Air. Earth, on the other hand, appeared to be almost as stubborn as it was on the day she’d first tried to use it. A feeling in the bottom of her stomach made her know that she would find this part of the lesson hard, if not the entire lesson if it involved Earth. It was difficult to weave, and whenever she attempted it she seemed to tire easily.

But she’d still have to attempt it, she didn’t want the wrath of Accepted Medaea brought down on her – two students were already stuck standing! – so she promptly took her stool out from her and moved across onto a rose bush that was free. Almost as quickly as she herself had come across, two other girls surrounded her, leaving Erissa to find a seat off with someone else, which Sorcha was silently relieved about; she could just imagine how Erissa would react if Sorcha did something wrong.

Of course, before she made any mistakes she would have to embrace saidar, which she did after closing her eyes and picturing herself the flower so that the True Source entered into her, making her smile in appreciation. The first part wasn’t too hard, although to weave the net it required quite a few threads, so Sorcha took a moment to obtain the required thread before weaving them together as Accepted Medaea had shown them only minutes earlier. Threads of Water crossed over and under threads of Spirit, which in turn crossed over and under threads of Water to complete the cycle until Sorcha had completed the net that was thick with shining threads of Water and Spirit, which she pushed into the soil so that it soaked down into the roots of the bush she had chosen. Now came the hard part.

Luckily, only a few threads of Earth were needed, but even a few threads were a few too many, really, and all of her fears proved to be right as she tried hard to procure a single thread of Earth to no avail. Keeping a conscious eye on her net of Spirit and Water, Sorcha pushed more effort into creating a thread of Earth, until finally one appeared, albeit sluggishly, and was slowly followed by a few more that would be enough for what they had been asked to do. Those threads that she had procured were very stiff and stubborn, and it took a lot of forceful work for her to get them to weave together and up into the next net of Water and Spirit that she had woven. In fact, they were so stubborn that by accident, she somehow let her original net of Spirit of Water dissipate away, so before she could continue with the weave she had to replace it before finally putting the Earth into place.

The result wasn’t anywhere close to ideal; parts of the plant seemed to grow and flourish just as they were meant to, but other parts did not such thing, while a few parts seemed to die! It seemed that somehow Sorcha’s weave had gone wrong – maybe because she had changed the order by allowing the weave to dissipate away? – so that select parts of the plant took nutrients and water from the soil and other areas of the plant, causing those parts to die. However, one flower had bloomed, but Sorcha did not want to be reminded of her failure.

“Excuse me, Accepted Medaea,” she said, as the Accepted walked past, “I think I have a problem, but I’m not sure what I did wrong.”



OOC: You don’t have to reply to this =)

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